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L-R: Vice President of Ghana Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia; President Muhammadu Buhari; President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, First Lady of Ghana, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Speaker of  Ghana Parliament,  Prof. Mike Aaron Ocquaye, Wife of Speaker of  Ghana Parliament, Mrs Alberta Oquaye and Nigeria Senate President Bukola Saraki during the 61st Independence Celebration of Ghana at the Black Star Stadium, yesterday in Accra, Ghana. Photo: NAN

30 killed in fresh Benue attack >>>page 10

1420 Days after The nation awaits rescue of the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls

Reps probe banks over diversion of 2bn PHCN fund Summon Okonjo-Iweala, Emefiele on Maina

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Akwe-Doma, Nasarawa ex-gov dies at 76 By Ali Alkali


he immediate past governor of Nasarawa State, Aliyu AkweDoma, is reported dead after a brief illness. He died at a foreign hospital in Israel, a nephew Ahmed Bako, confirmed last night. Akwe-Doma was Nasarawa State governor from 2007 to 2011 when he was defeated by incumbent governor Umaru Al-makura. Aliyu Akwe Doma, was born on 1 September 1942 in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State to parents from the Alago Ethnic group. He completed his primary education in Doma Junior Primary School and Lafia Senior Primary School respectively between 1951 and 1957 and proceeded to Government Secondary School, Katsina Ala and the Higher Teachers’ Training College, Gombe, where he obtained the

Grade II teachers certificate in 1963. He attended the University of Ibadan (1964–1966), the British Drama League, London, England (1968) and the World Tourism Organisation, Centre for Advanced Tourism Studies, Turin, Italy, (1973). He attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1976, and Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in 2002 where he obtained a Master’s in Public Administration. He served in the old Plateau State civil service, where he rose to become Permanent Secretary in several departments between 1976 and 1983. He then became Deputy Governor of Plateau State. He was a member of the Presidential Joint National Consultative and Advisory Committee of Traditional Rulers and Leaders of Thought (1995– 1998), and a member of the National Committee on the future of Higher Education in Nigeria (1996–1998).

He was appointed a member of the Technical Committee of Presidential Council on Tourism in 2004. He also held private sector positions as Chairman of the Oriya Group of Companies in 1984, Chairman of Integrated Tourism Consultants in 2003 and as a representative of Steyr Nigeria. Aliyu Akwe-Doma ran successfully for election as governor of Nasarawa State in April 2007 on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, taking office on 29 May 2007. He ran for a second term in office in April 2011, but lost to Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the current governor of the state, who was then candidate of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). Since last night, sympathizers have already been seen gathering at his house in Orozo, Karshi district of Abuja.

China replies U.S. on Nigeria, other African countries’ debts


hina hopes that other countries will do more good for Africa’s development and treat ChinaAfrica cooperation in a fair and objective manner, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday. Geng Shuang was responding to U.S. accusation that low interest loans from China and other countries have driven some sub-Saharan African countries deeper into debt. “Such remarks are totally out of line with the truth,” Geng told a news conference. “The debt of some African countries

is the result of long-term accumulation instead of a recent appearance. “China is not the main creditor of African countries,” he said. In the initial stage of industrialisation, any country needs financing support. The spokesman said it is hard for Africa to realise industrialisation and modernisation without financial guarantees. Mr. Geng said China’s financing support to Africa is mainly in infrastructure and production areas. “Chinese companies have built

a lot of highways, railways, ports, airports and communication facilities, greatly improving Africa’s economic development environment and helping Africa attract foreign investment.” The Chinese government has also encouraged and supported its companies to increase direct investment in Africa and explore new cooperative modes of investment such as publicprivate partnership, he said. “I emphasise that the Chinese side attaches great importance to the sustainability of Africa’s debt,” Mr. Geng said. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Kidnapped Kano SUBEB scribe regains freedom From Mustapha Adamu Kano


he Board Secretary of Kano State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Uba Muhammad has been freed by kidnappers after paying undisclosed ransom. Muhammad was kidnapped on Saturday in his home town, Shiye, Bunkure Local Government area of the state, on his way home. Speaking to newsmen in Kano yesterday, the scribe said the kidnappers released him after a prolonged bargain, adding that he did not pay the N20 million they initially demanded. According to him, the kidnappers told him that they were informed that he had more than N100 million in his possession, but they later found out that the Information was false. He added that after thorough investigation, the kidnappers found that he had only N10, 000 in his account. He further disclosed that they collected the key of the SUBEB’s official car from him, adding that the car was also recovered by Police shortly after he was reunited with his family. “My abductors told me that they were informed that I had more than N100 million. I told them that I had no such huge amount of money. I told them I had only N10, 000. They thoroughly investigated and found out that I am true. “They initially demanded for N20 million ransom. We latter settled at a certain amount. But they snatched the key of my official car. Thank God the car has been recovered by Police. “I have been released unhurt and have since reunited with my family,” he said Mr Muhammad also thanked security operatives and journalists for their efforts towards his safe release.

R-L: President AANDEC, Brig-Gen Jonathan Temlong presenting the gift to Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Commandant of National Defence College, Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo, during the 8th National Security Seminar organised by AANDEC in Collaboration with National Defence College (NDC), yesterday in Abuja.

Group moves to complement Buhari’s anti-graft war By Ochiaka Ugwu


oncerned Association for Transparency and National Advancement (CATNA), an anti-graft group has vowed to boost the anti-corruption war waged by President Muhammadu Buhari by complementing it through its various programmes of action. In a press statement released yesterday in Abuja and signed by the association’s Board of Trustees Chairman and Vice-Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption, Hon. Tukur Idris Amiru, it stated that the group was formed to

complement the efforts of President Buhari’s fight towards eradicating corruption. The group lamented that Nigeria being the most populous black nation in the world and coupled with the fact that is gifted in terms of human and mineral resources has more of its citizens swimming in poverty. Continuing, the group stated that corruption has become so endemic to the extent of eroding morals, ethics and values to the extent of becoming a national symbol. The statement read, “Nigeria, the most populous black nation in

the world and the most endowed in terms of human and mineral resources with population of over 180 million people, has the vast majority of her citizens remained poor due to corruption in low and high places. “Corruption has become so endemic in every strata of our national psyche that it has reached a catastrophic dimension. It has gradually eroded morals, ethics and values to a point that it has become a national status symbol. “The purpose of the association is to complement the efforts of government in the eradication of corruption”.

The association also revealed that its strategy of “One Unit, Five Hundred Advocates”, saying that is a social behavior change communication tool and process that will be used to change the mindset of the people through various activities that include smaller group inter-personal communication, sanitization and education sessions at various social, cultural, religious, professional, school peer levels, larger group community outreaches and wider group campaigns leading to nationwide solidarity campaign/ movement/action in support of the fight against corruption and corrupt people.

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Senate laments deplorable interstate roads By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu


he Senate has expressed concern over the deplorable state of interstate roads across the country, tasking the federal government to take immediate action towards ensuring the rehabilitation and repair of the roads this year before rainy season. This followed a motion titled, “Urgent need to repair and rehabilitate interstate roads in Nigeria” by Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) and Senators Ali Aidoko (PDP Kogi East and Stell Oduah (PDP Anambra North). To this end, the Senate directed its Committee on Works to investigate the award and execution of the Idah–Odolu–

By Lawrence Olaoye


resident Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to support his Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Akufo-Ado, in his fight against corruption. According to a statement made available to newsmen by his Spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari in a speech delivered at the Ghanaian 61st independence anniversary yesterday in Accra also noted that with the right leadership and implementation of public policies, Africa’s drive to eradicate poverty and entrench democracy is on course. The President pointed out that Nigeria and Ghana were benefitting immensely from leaders committed to improving their economies and tackling corruption. He commended President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana on his achievements in the first year in office, lauding his committed fight against corruption and the passing of the Special Prosecutors Bill into law. Noting that the menace of corruption had eaten into the fabrics of both societies, the President’s said “From Nigeria, I have watched closely your achievements, ranging from your ingenious approach to creating jobs for the teeming youths through various initiatives, including the repositioning of agriculture for modern farming, ‘Farming for Jobs and Food’, Senior High School (SHS) free education, OneDistrict-One-Factory, and One-VillageOne-Dam as well as the improvement being recorded in the Republic’s macroeconomic indicators. ‘‘All these efforts, I am aware, have made Ghana to become a good destination for foreign direct investment just like Nigeria. Accept my congratulations!

Nsukka–Adani–Otuocha–Onitsha federal road which it said has been in a state of total disrepair. The Red Chamber also urged the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to, in the interim, begin immediate repair of bad portions of the road to make it more motorable pending full rehabilitation works. In his lead debate on the motion, Utazi said “Nigeria has the second longest network of roads in Africa, after South Africa with over 200, 000 kilometers of roads in the country”. He observed that “road as major infrastructure signposts the performance of a government in terms provision of facilities to improve the quality of life of the citizenry.

He particularly lamented that the Idah–Odolu–Nsukka–Adani–Otuocha– Onitsha road, which traverses the three states of Kogi, Enugu and Anambra has been awarded to various contractors and huge funds released to them by the federal government without any appreciable job done on the road, with many sections impassable. In his contribution, Senator Albert Bassey (PDP Akwa Ibom North–East) lamented that there was nothing to show for the billions of Naira that have been sunk into various road projects in the country. He described good roads as a major factor of production that would in turn not only improve the nation’s economy, but also the quality of lives of the people.

Also contributing, Senator Ali Aidoko (PDP Kogi East) argued that rehabilitation of the Idah–Odolu–Nsukka–Adani– Otuocha–Onitsha road would reduce pressure on both the Niger and 2nd Niger bridge, and cut the journeys from eight to three hours from Abuja to Onitsha. Similarly, Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central) expressed fear that Nigeria might not achieve meaningful development without improved road infrastructure across the various parts of the country. In his remarks, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, promised that the upper legislative chamber would always be alive to its responsibility, asking the federal government to address the entire road infrastructure deficit in the country.

Buhari pledges support for Ghana in corruption fight ‘‘I congratulate both the government and the Parliament for the quick passage of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act and its signing into law. ‘‘Your Excellency can be assured that you have a good partner in me as I look forward to any form of collaboration between Nigeria and Ghana in tackling the menace of endemic corruption. ‘‘Given all these public policies, it becomes reassuring that with the right

leadership, Africa’s drives to eradicate poverty and to entrench democracy is on course,’’ he said. Buhari, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the ceremony, recounted the historic and cultural ties between Nigeria and Ghana, urging citizens of both countries to uphold the fraternal relations. ‘‘It is, therefore, my strong desire that we owe it as a duty to ensure that our good peoples continue to live in each other’s countries unhindered.

‘‘Our newly rejuvenated Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation has already provided us with good platform in resolving any differences while focusing on our main developmental objectives,’’ the President said. Commenting on peace and security in West Africa, the President commended Akufo-Addo’s contribution to ensuring peace in neighbouring Togo. ‘‘Permit me to put on record, Ghana’s untiring efforts in brokering peace in Togo, by bringing all the

warring parties to the negotiation table. I am appealing to the opposing parties in Togo to please come together and resolve their differences so that Togo will move forward. ‘‘In the same vein, I wish Nigeria and Ghana to continue to provide the impetus in realising the objectives and ideals of the founding fathers of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to ensure security, peace and development of our region,’’ he said.

Members of Association of Physically Challenged Applicants (graduates) protesting against the unemployment rates of their Members at National Assembly gates, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

ABU senior staff pullout of nationwide strike From Femi Oyelola Kaduna


he Ahmadu Bello University chapter of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities Union (SSANU) has pulled out of the national strike embarked since December 2017. The senior staff union arrived at the decision after its Congress held at the union secretariat in the main campus of the university yesterday. The union directed all its members to resume work immediately. Briefing newsmen shortly after the

congress, the union’s chairman Ilyas Abdulrauf Bello said the national strike had lost direction and focus hence the decision of the chapter’s Congress to pull out and resume work. According to Bello, “The union embarked on the strike action on the 4th of December 2017. This is the 4th month and up till now, the strike has lost direction, it has lost focus. The government is not inviting the union, most universities are in session, academic activities are in progress. And so, we felt the best we could do is to call on our members to resume work immediately.

“This idea was muted by the congress and it was unanimously adopted. On this note the SSANU members have been directed by the congress of SSANU, Ahmadu Bello University chapter to resume work with immediate effect”, he said. Bello also lamented that, continuing with strike where academic activities are going on smoothly and the striking workers getting their salaries regularly was meaningless. The SSANU members were also angered by the purported expulsion of their chapter chairman and resolved that, the letter of

expulsion issued to their chairman, Ilyas Abdulrauf Bello was null, void and of no effect. The association said that, the constitution of the union was not followed in the purported expulsion, adding that, the national body of the union does not have power to expel any official or member of the local chapter. The chairman also disclosed that, the Congress of the ABU chapter also expelled some erring members upon their failure to appear before its disciplinary committee after their initial suspension.



3 killed in another Plateau clash

From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos


o fewer than three people were confirmed killed in a communal clashbetween Fulani and lregwe youth in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State. The Media and Information Officer of Operation Safe Have (OPHS), Major Adam Umar has confirmed the incident, adding that normalcy has returned to the area. He said , “ our troops have taken control of the area to prevent escalation of the situation and process of peace meeting is in progress.” Also the Plateau state Police spokesman, ASP Tyopev Terna, confirmed the attack. Terna in a communication to our correspondent, said: “one Fulani cattle rearer, his name and address not yet known was killed by unknown persons suspected to be Irigwe people at Rafin Bauna Area.” He said two Irogwe youths were also attacked and injured by suspected Fulani herdsmen, while on their way from mining site at Gero Area, but were taken to Enos Hospital for treatment. He said intensive patrol and investigation is ongoing in the area. State chapter chairman of Miyyety Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) Muhammad Nura Abdullahi, who also confirmed the attack said: “Irigwe militia attacks and killed one Fulani boy and four other boys are still missing, many cows were killed and many were rustled by the irigwe militia to unknown place.” “Five of our boys were attacked, the dead body of one of them was seen, while the other four boys were either killed or taken somewhere or they were hiding in somewhere.” “13 dead bodies of cows were seen in the bush, and some others are still missing,” he said. He added that the attack occurred Monday at 1:00pm, local time.

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‘Meningitis kills 40 children in Jigawa’ From Mika’il Tsoho Dutse


o fewer than 40 children have been reportedly killed as a result of outbreak of a disease suspected to be Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) in Majia town, Taura local government area of Jigawa state. Findings by our reporter revealed that the victims started complaining of fever and numbness in some part of their body before they met their death. Our reporter spoke to some residents who confirmed the disease outbreak.

According to one Ali Sunusi who is a father of 3 year- old girl, Khadija who died three days ago from the ailment, told newsmen that he did all he could to save his only daughter when she started feeling feverish. Ali Sunusi added that, when the girl started feeling feverish he went to a patent medicine store and was given some drugs thinking that it’s not a serious disease. He said all attempt to get the attention of the medical personnel stationed in the area to come to his rescue failed as they told him to take the patient to Taura General

Hospital, a distance of about 30 kilometres giving excuses of not having sufficient drugs to deal with the situation. Mallam Ya’u Salisu a father of 12 year- old Ummu Kulsum said he took her for treatment: to a chemist during the day when she complained of having severe headache. According to Ya’u, she was relieved at that time only to start stooling later at night. “We had to rush her back to the chemist who administered a drip on her only for her to give up the ghost.” Another father, Mallam Usman

told our reporter that his 11 year old son was rescued from the clutches of death after he was admitted at the Taura General Hospital. He said his son, Ya’u Usman who is now in class 4 has recovered from the ailment but could no longer hear. When our reporter visited Taura General Hospital about 50 children were on admission due to the ailment. All effort to speak with Commissioner of Health in the state, Dr Abba Zakari was was unfruitful as he was not available as at press time. L-R: Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu; Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Executive Director representing Nigeria at World Bank Board, Mrs. Bongi Kunene and World Bank Country Director, Mr. Rachid Bennessaoud, during the launch of World Development Report 2018(WDR 18), yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Police arrest female human trafficker in Delta From Osakhare Erese Asaba


he Police in Bomadi community, Bomadi Local Government Area of Delta State has arrested a middle-aged woman (name withheld) for alleged trafficking, and its related offences. Reports said that the suspect’s attempt to traffic a 16-year old girl (name withheld) to Italy met a brick wall when the police acted on intelligence gathering to arrest her. It was gathered that the suspect allegedly lured her victim into travelling to Italy with purported agreement by the sister to pay the sum of N100, 000. But this was not to be when the

victim told her parents who advised her to play along; a situation the parents alerted the police. It was further gathered that the suspect upon the agreement with her victim, said she would travel with her through Benin city to Lagos on route Italy when the bubble burst. Confirming the arrest of the suspect, the Police Image Maker in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, said the suspect was arrested on intelligence gathering, adding that upon interrogation, she confessed to the crime. DSP Aniamaka explained that the victim confirmed the discussion she had with the suspect, adding that upon

completion of investigation the suspect would be charged to court. Meanwhile, three suspected kidnappers who allegedly had been behind the kidnap of a businessman, John Ukawe in Agbor were on Monday arrested by the police in the area. The suspects, our informed sources said, had been responsible for serial kidnap activities in Agbor in the recent times before nemesis caught up with them. DSP Andrew Aniamaka, Police Image Maker in the state confirmed that the suspects had made useful statements to the police in Agbor, adding that they will be charged to court on completion of investigation.

In another development, operatives of the Nigerian, Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Delta State Command has warned vandals against their involvement in criminal activities, saying that officers and men of the command were working hard to bring to book vandals who operate across the state. Mrs. Ego Sam Ezeagbogho Commandment, who spoke to journalists in Asaba, said the command will not tolerate vandalization of government structure, adding, “Security is everybody business that NSCDC will not tolerate vandalization in the state, will bring the vandals to book.”

Oil: Respond to marketers demand to avert shutdown - Reps tell FG By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Muhammad Puma


he House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to respond positively to the demand of the Deport and Petroleum Products Marketers Association of Nigeria DAPPMAN to avert the proposed shut down of private depot and the massive sack of workers. It equally mandated the committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure the implementation The resolution followed a motion moved under matters of urgent public

importance by Hon Bolaji Ayinla (APC Lagos) at the Plenary. Ayinla noted that on 22nd of February DAPPMAN issued a 14 day ultimatum threatening to shut down their depots and embark on massive sack of their workers if the outstanding subsidy debt of 650 billion naira owed to its members are not paid by Federal Government. The lawmaker expressed worry that if the association is allowed to fulfill its threat, it would have a multiplier effect on the Nationwide supply and distribution of Petroleum Products. “Concerned that if the

association is allowed to fulfill its threat, it would have a multiplier effect on the national wide supply and distribution of petroleum products as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) uses the private depots owned by members of the association to stock most of its imported products for a fee due to shortage facilities in the country “Aware that sometime in 2017, the Vice President, prof . Yemi Osibanjo directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun to pay oil marketers their outstanding subsidy claims estimated at about

$2 billion dollars after verification but the debt is still outstanding “Further aware of the lamentation of the members of the association who claims that they are heavily indebted to banks that are threatening to take over their petrol stations and tank farms if their debt are not settled. They are also indebted to tanker owners and drivers for freight services “Convinced that there is a need by the Federal Government to respond positively to the demand of the DAPPMAN in order to prevent another round of terrible fuel scarcity that can cause untold hardship for the generality of Nigerians” he

added. He lamented that members of the association are heavily indebted to banks, that are threatening to take over their patrol stations and tank farms, if their debts are not settled. Ayinla stressed the need for the Federal Government to respond positively to their demand in order to prevent another round of terrible fuel scarcity that causes untold hardships on Nigerians. In his ruling, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara mandated the Committee on Legislative compliance to ensure the implementation.

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Buhari seeks three-pronged strategy against terrorism By Lawrence Olaoye


resident Muhammadu Buhari has advocated three ways by which terror war could be won, namely: “It is first to win the minds of young men and women fed with the false ideologies that promote terrorism. “Second is to continuously address the material conditions that make it attractive for some young men and women to take up arms against innocent people as an option for economic survival. “Third is to rebuild and secure the communities destroyed by terrorist acts.” Buhari stated this while addressing the 8th National Security Seminar 2018 of the Alumni Association of the National Defence College (NDC) in Abuja. The theme of the seminar is “Fighting Tomorrow’s warfare Today’’, and the president was represented by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. Osinbajo said, “The President has asked me to Chair an interministerial team to plan and implement the physical and social rebuilding of such communities.’’ “He also said that his administration prioritizes intelligence gathering by the nation’s security agencies in his fight against insurgency and other violent crimes in the country. “One current focus is the strengthening of Nigeria’s intelligence gathering capacity. For this to happen, intelligence gathering must not be seen as solely a task for law enforcement agencies. It is a task that must involve every citizen, every community. And at the level of the military and intelligence agencies, intelligence-sharing must become

the rule and not the exception,’’ he stated. The President also said that it was important to recognize that there was a limit to what the armed forces could achieve by conventional means of establishing barracks and bases. According to him, the scope of the battle against insurgency is broadened by the vast land mass in the North-east. “Land mass on that scale is unquestionably a delight for terrorists and their unconventional tactics. “The primary advantage that the Government should have over them is in intelligence gathering; the ability to expertly assemble the pieces of various puzzles together in order to be able to progressively contain and limit terrorism.’’

He noted that without investing in intelligence gathering there would be very little hope for the country at the mercy of large swathes of ungoverned spaces and feeble borders. “This necessity of robust intelligence gathering underlies every one of our security challenges in Nigeria, not just terrorism but also clashes between herdsmen and farmers, cattle rustling, armed banditry, cultism and militancy. “In the herdsmen, farmer crisis we have seen that herdsmen attackers have included armed confederate from neighbouring North African countries, especially Libya which has in the past few years been a repository of small arms. “We must significantly upgrade our capacity to collect intelligence,

as well as build a culture of sharing it amongst our military and law enforcement agencies in a timely manner. “We must also increasingly depend on cutting-edge technology to make this task easier. “Cutting-edge technology will allow you to better anticipate and predict the antics of terrorists, increase your capacity to surprise them before they surprise us. “And it will make it far less likely that tragic recent events like Dapchi and Rann will ever happen again,’’ the President noted. Buhari said that government was aware that Boko Haram was being inspired by ISIS in the Middle East and had quickly learned that a terrorist group could benefit much from its media operations as from its armed warriors.

The president commended members of the Nigerian Armed Forces for striving in the face of unimaginable odds, to keep Nigerians safe from terrorists, bandits and criminals of all shades. “You have displayed remarkable bravery and professionalism and we are immensely proud of your sacrifice and all that you have achieved on our behalf,’’ he stated. According to him, the nation has for nine years been confronted with the menace of Boko Haram insurgency but as of the end of 2016, Boko Haram as a fighting force has been effectively degraded. He said that with the use of cyberspace and technology by terror and criminal gangs the armed forces should re-strategise by making technology an important tool of warfare.

L-R: Minister of Health, Professor Issac Adewole, Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Professor Chris Bode and the Board Chairman LUTH, Alh. Isa Bello, during Inauguration of newly constituted Boards of Federal Agencies and Teaching Hospital, under Federal Ministry of Health, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

Reps probe banks over alleged diversion of N2bn PHCN fund By Christiana Ekpa Muhammad Puma




he House of Representatives has resolved to set up Ad-Hoc Committee to investigate over N2 billion and N3.8 million nonpayment of interest by Banks from the sale of proceeds of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to Successor Companies. This followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Chukwuka W. Onyema (Anambra PDP). Presenting the motion, Onyema disclosed that the Successor Companies made payment to the Federal Government through Standard Chartered Bank, Fidelity, Stanbic IBTC, Access, FCMB, Skye Sterling, Zenith and Unity Banks respectively. “Concerned that the accurate interests due to the Federal Government to the tune of 2 billion Naira and 3.8 million Us Dollars were alleged to have been diverted by those banks in collaboration with officials of Central Bank of Nigeria, he noted that the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 unbundled the Power Holding Company of Nigeria into series of 18 successor Companies composed of six Generation Companies, and twelve Distribution Companies covering all the 36 states of the federation and a National Power Transmission Company.

•Summon Okonjo-Iweala, Emefiele on Maina He noted that, following the divestiture of Federal Government from PHCN through privatization, the Company was divided into separate Companies known as the local Electricity Distribution Companies. “Cognizant that, section 88(2) (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) empowers the House to conduct investigations for the purpose of exposing corruption, inefficiency or waste in the execution of administration of laws within its legislative competence and in the disbursement or administration of funds appropriated by it,” he stressed. Amending the motion, Hon. Kingsly Chinda (PDP River) urged the House to set up an Ad-hoc committee to properly investigate the matter. The Ad-Hoc Committee is expected to report back to the Green Chamber in 6 weeks. Also, the House has commenced investigation into the disbursement of N23 billion released by Federal Government to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The Chairman, Committee on Tertiary Education of the House, Suleiman Aminu, requested for the breakdown of the disbursement.

He said that the ASUU strike also affected the polytechnics and colleges of education. In his presentation, Samson Ugwoke, Chairman, Joint Action Committee of the three non-academic unions of universities, confirmed the release of the N23 billion. He said that the committee set up to oversee the disbursement of the fund, approved 89 per cent for ASUU and 11 per cent for the nonacademic staff unions. Mr. Ugwoke, however, explained that University of Ilorin and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, did not benefit; while University of Lagos got the least allocation. He said that the Minister and Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Education at a meeting held on September 19, 2017 admitted that ASUU hijacked the process of distribution of the fund. He added that they promised to mop-up money for the three non-academic staff unions, with an appeal to the unions to call off the industrial action. Earlier, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), had argued that most of the demands in the 2009 agreement were not implementable as

most of the demands were not clear. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives’ Ad-hoc Committee investigation on N2 billion allegedly squandered by the Presidential Task Team on Pension Reforms yesterday summoned former Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and former Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Jonah Otunla to appear on Monday March 12, 2018, to explain their involvement in the alleged misappropriation of N2 billion pension funds. This was just as the committee said it believed that not only the Chairman of the Committee, Mr.Abdulrasheed Maina, should be held accountable but all those who participated in the then Presidential Task Force on Pension Reform. According to the Committee, its decision is predicated on the idea that the team was constituted to track stolen public fund and, should be regulated by the principle of collective responsibility. The investigation of administration of pension funds was meant to cover the periods from 2010 to 2013 and activities of the other successor agencies.

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Reps urge CBN, others to recognize NIN slip for identification By Christiana Ekpa


he House of Representatives on Tuesday urged the Central Bank of Nigeria and other banks to recognize and accept the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), National Identification Number NIN slip as a valid means of identification. The decision of the lawmakers following a motion sponsored by Hon. Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara state APC), who expressed concern over central bank’s directive to commercial banks not to recognize the NIN slip which is a proof that the permanent I.D card is in process. Yerima lamented that such directive may cause NIN slip holders waiting for their permanent I.D card to experience untold hardships in their quest to carry out normal banking and other transactions. “Concerned that the Central Bank of Nigeria, being the key monetary policy regulator, in its effort to maintain order and transparency in Bank transactions, does not recognize or accept the NIN Slip of Customers “Cognizant of the fact that National identification Number (NIN) is one mean of identify as noted on the slip which is confidential and may only be release for legitimate transaction and the states clearly

Okowa mourns third republic senator, Francis Nwajei From Asaba




overnor Ifeanyi Okowa on Tuesday commiserated with the family of former third Republic Senator, Francis Nwajei, who died on Monday in Lagos at age 81 years. The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, in a statement on Tuesday, in Asaba, said Governor Okowa received with sadness, the death of the Octogenarian politician, pharmacist and former Senator representing Delta North Senatorial District. The statement also said the Governor extended heartfelt condolences to the people of Asaba and the Anioma nation, over the loss. He prayed God to grant his immediate family the strength to bear the irreparable loss, pointing out that his achievements in different areas of national life will always be remembered..

that the bearer will be notified when the National Identity Card is ready and stands in place of the permanent card until it is produced , and it takes a long time to be produced “ Further concerned that the CNB has also directed the commercial Banks not to recognize the NIN slip which

is a proof that the permanent identification card is in process and this may cause NIN slip holders waiting for their permanent identification cards to experience untold hardship in their quest to carryout normal banking and other transaction “ he disclosed However, some of the

lawmakers opposed the motion noting that NIN slip is not an appropriate means of identification for bank transactions. In his contribution, Hon. Kayode Oladele (Ogun state APC) said the motion may encourage fraud as temporary slips may not authorized or

issued by the commission On his part, Hon. Mojeed Alabi(Osun state APC) said CBN should find a way of synchronizing the NIN with Bank Verification Number. The house consequently resolved that NIMC urgently fast track the production of the national Identity cards to ease banking transactions.

L-R: Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Adamu with the Emir of Dass, Alhaji Usman Bilyaminu, during the Open Defecation Free campaign at Dass Local Government Area, yesterday in Bauchi State. Photo: NAN

MAN wants Ambode to reverse new land use charges law


he Manufacturer Association of Nigeria has appealed to the Lagos State Government to reverse its current increment of land use charges to ensure the survival of the manufacturing sector. Dr. Frank Jacobs, MAN President, made the plea on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. Jacobs said that the sudden rise in the land use charges in the state could lead to the collapse of the already burdened manufacturing sector. NAN reports that the Lagos State Government had recently repealed its 2001 Land Use

Charge Law and replaced it with a new Land Use Charge Law, 2018 to increase its internally generated revenue and continue to expand its tax base. The state government had explained that the recent increase in the land use charge would provide more resources to the state to provide social services and infrastructure to the benefit of the general public. It also extended the period for the payment of all annual Land Use Charge Demand Notices for 2018, to Saturday, April 14, 2018. This is to enable Property Owners and affected occupiers to take the option of enjoying the discounts available for the

prompt and early payment of LUC invoices. However, the controversy had trailed the review of the land use charge as the Organised Private Sector rejected the newly passed LUC Law, vowing to fight the law with every legal means at its disposal. Jacobs said that the state government ought to have consulted widely before considering the implementation of the new charges law. “The stakeholders in the manufacturing sector were not carried along adequately before the execution of the policy as the sector is already contending with a lot of challenges.

“One of the challenges of this policy is that, if allowed to stand, other states in the country will soon begin their own increment of the land use charges,’’ he said. The MAN president said that the increase, if not reversed, would also make the cost of the finished commodity to be too exorbitant for Lagosians to afford. “The new charges can make our locally produced commodities to be too expensive compared to imported products. “The new charge negates the Federal Government’s initiatives for the spread of locally manufacturing companies in the country,’’ he said.(NAN)

We’ll run an open door policy -Pilgrim Commission board By Albert Akota- Abuja


he Chairman of the Board of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Pastor Yomi Kasali has assured that the Board of the Commission would run an open door policy where all issues concerning the Commission would be treated with fairness. He disclosed this yesterday in Abuja during a maiden interactive meeting with Board and Staff of the Commission. In the words of the Chairman, “I am a man of fairness. I judge

with fairness because I want the Holy Ghost to lead my life” He further stated: “Let’s treat men and women well because this is a Christian Organisation”. Pastor Kasali further affirmed: The Board will run an open door Policy and all I want is fairness, equity and just”. He admonished the Staff to maintain a high level of honour and commitment in the discharge of their duties. His words: “I will affect you positively and you will affect me so that there will be Justice at the end”.

He stressed the need for continuous engagement with the Staff as that would diminish speculations and gossips as he believed in appropriate engagement with people. The chairman further advised members of Staff to always give support to the Executive Secretary of NCPC, Rev. Tor Uja and be by his side as him and the Board would ensure that the Commission is run with integrity and ensure that the welfare of Staff are not compromised. He said he has known the

Executive Secretary for quite some time with whom he has tremendous respect for, adding that all the Staff are precious and honoured. Responding, the Executive Secretary of NCPC, Rev. Tor Uja urged the Staff to give maximum cooperation for the new Board. According to him: “all these people are very important to our lives and to our country” He further enjoined the Staff to wake up and work effectively. His words: “let’s improve and move forward”.


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Armsgate: Group wants Gen. Sarkin-Yaki arrested, prosecuted By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


group, Kebbi Patriotic Forum (KPF) has called for the arrest and prosecution of retired Gen. Sarkin-Yaki Bello, an aide to detained former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd). Gen. Bello, who headed the counterterrorism department in the NSA’s office, fled Nigeria in the wake of a the federal government probe of $2.1 billion meant for arms procurement by the last administration. In a statement yesterday in Abuja, KPF said it had on good authority that Gen. Bello has since sneaked back into the country, and has been spotted in Abuja.

The statement was signed by Alhaji Lawal Ahmed and Mallam Inuwa Mohammed, the group’s coordinator and secretary respectively. “We urge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other agencies involved in the armsgate probe

to dust the file of Gen. SarkinYaki Bello, who we heard has returned to Nigeria under an alias,” the statement said. “This call is particularly important in the face of documentary evidence on how a few Nigerians converted monies meant to combat terrorism in

their personal use. “A clear conscience, they say, fears no accusation. And those who wish to appear before the alter of equity, should do so with clean hands. Why is General Bello on the run if he has nothing to hide? “Today we find ourselves

Edo assembly considers bill to prohibit human trafficking


do House of Assembly on Tuesday began consideration of a bill for a law to prohibit human trafficking and establish the Edo State Task Force against trafficking in persons. The majority leader, Roland Asoro, the member

representing Orhionmwon South constituency, moved the motion for the house to dissolve into a committee to consider the bill. The Chief Whip of the house, Iyoha Osaigbovo, member representing Oredo East constituency, seconded the

motion. The committee consequently considered sections one to seven of the bill. According to the house, the appointment of members of the task force shall be by the governor and subject to the ratification of the house of assembly.

Vigilante group seeks pact with northern leaders to end farmers, herders clash

The Speaker, Kabiru Adjoto, directed the majority leader to schedule further consideration of the bill for the next sitting day. News Agency of Nigeria reports that Government Godwin Obaseki had in January sent the bill in person to the house for consideration.(NAN)

L-R: Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr Habila Joshak and Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr Abdullahi Gana, with students of Government Girls Secondary School, Yarwa, Maiduguri during their visit as part of operational tour to enhance security in northeast schools on Monday in Borno. Photo: NAN

From Osakhare Erese Asaba


he leader of the vigilante group in Warri, Mr. Zion Esi, has called on Northern leaders resident in South-South to collaborate with the group to end incessant clashes involving herdsmen in the region. Esi said that herdsmen activities remain a security threat to the West and the South-South regions. He also expressed his strong belief in restructuring, saying for Nigeria to have genuine unity, the issue of restructuring must be taken care of urgently. He said prominent members of the South-South Assembly and the Council of Chiefs in South-South and the Youth Forum have thrown their weight behind restructuring. Esi advocated the need for regionalism and community policing, adding that “we have to build Nigeria to a country that we can call our own”. He described the issue of herdsmen as a sad reminder of what Nigeria is known for. “Candidly, what we hear about the Fulani of the past negate the stories we hear now and this is pathetic and sad “The stories started filtering in from the North Central and North-East and metamorphosed to the South West and SouthSouth where people were killed and properties and several hectares of land destroyed.” While he called for synergy with the Northern leaders, and the South-South to curb herdsmen activities, he said, am using this opportunity to appeal you and at the same time ask for your cooperation on the best way to end the unnecessary killings by herdsmen. “The issue of herdsmen is a security threat to the South-South, South West region and the Federal Government must do something to stop them immediately.”

battling the scourge of terrorism simply because persons entrusted with the responsibility of arming our troops ended up lining their pockets,”, the group said, stressing, “this is the day of reckoning and all should be made to account for their stewardship”.

Suicide bomber kills 3, injures 17 in Borno

By Mustapha Isah Maiduguri


male suicide bomber on Monday night detonated an Improvised Explosive Device, (IED) strapped to his body

in Maiduguri killing himself and three civilians. Spokesman of Borno state Police Command, DSP Joseph Kwaji disclosed this in a statement yesterday, saying 17 people were

injured in the incident. “About 2030hrs , a male suicide bomber riding on a bicycle detonated IED strapped to his body at Muna Datti area mine , killing himself and three Civilian

JTF members” “The Scene was visited by EOD and patrol teams. The death and injured were evacuated to UMTH Maiduguri and normalcy has been restored,” he said.

Police foil kidnap attempt, arrest two in Lagos


he Lagos State Police Command on Monday said it arrested two suspects over alleged attempted kidnap of a teenager (name withheld) in Iyana-Ipaja area of the state. Parading the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said the suspects planned to carry out their nefarious act on March 1. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that also paraded are two suspected drug peddlers said to have specialised in selling illegal drugs to primary and secondary school students. The police also paraded 12

other suspects, who allegedly stole or received cars snatched at gunpoint and drove same to a workshop in Kaduna. The allegedly stolen vehicles are a Toyota Camry, Nissan Versa and Honda CRV. The commissioner said that the police also recovered vehicle number plates, English pistol, military uniform and one hand grenade from the suspects. Mr. Imohimi said that the suspected kidnappers were arrested following a tip-off by a person who they invited to take part in the failed kidnap. “When he sighted the father of

the teenager, he discovered that he is someone who he knew from his hometown and that he had been good to him. “He sought audience with the man’s wife who later discussed it with her husband and subsequently reported to the police,” the commissioner said. The police boss said that the suspected drug peddlers were arrested following reports by the Ministry of Women Affairs, after which the schools’ authorities and the pupils were interrogated. “The interrogation led to arrest of two suspects who had been selling Tramadol, a highly

addictive stimulant, to underage pupils. “The suspects confessed to have been selling the drugs to the pupils,’’ Imohimi said. The commissioner advised parents to keep constant watch on their children and their friends. He also advised members of the public to be more vigilant, adding that a suspect who disguised as a man was arrested on the Eko Bridge, Lagos, with a prototype of Berreta pistol. “The suspect used the toy prototype Berreta pistol in dispossessing motorists of valuables,’’ Mr. Imohimi added.

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News Why we’re training judges on oil, gas law -CJN By Vivian Okejeme Abuja


he Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Justice Walter Nkanu Onnnoghen, yesterday, explained the rationale behind the training of judicial officers on laws guiding the oil and gas industry. The workshop is being organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB) in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute(NJI). Speaking at the opening of the national workshop on Nigerian local content development and monitoring for judicial officers, the CJN said the workshop is organised with the objective

UN, partners to assess Rann attack

of keeping Justices and Judges abreast with the role of the judiciary in ensuring mastery of the dealings in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. “Indeed, the adjudicatory duty of a Judge can only be performed optimally when he remains up to date with the emerging developments and trends in jurisprudence pertaining to the oil and gas sector. The CJN stressed that the workshop “seeks to highlight matters that are germane and critical to the ongoing reforms being experienced in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector. He further explained that the reforms are epitomised by the willingness of the government to promote local content in the provision of technology and manpower to the downstream sector. “In addition, the recent passage of the Petroleum Industry (Governance) Bill is an indication

that the government is steering the oil and gas sector in the right direction,” he stated. “I make bold to say, without any fear of contradiction, that the Nigerian Judiciary is a key partner in ensuring stability in the oil and gas sector by interpretation of the relevant laws to the industry. “In this regard, I must not fail to emphasize that you must have recourse to the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act, 2010 when adjudicating over disputes related to Oil and Gas Servicing and Exploration Contracts as the clauses contained in such agreements must respect the stipulation of the Act with regard to deployment of local expertise and manpower in the downstream sector,” he concluded In her own view, the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Justice Rosaline Bozimo, said judges were required to possess adequate knowledge and skills on

oil and gas to efficiently adjudicate on the cases that may come before them. “This has ultimately informed the need for this workshop to be held so as to expose judicial officers to legal and technical aspects of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.” Represented by the Institute’s Secretary, Abubakar Maidona, charged judges to be proactive in the discharge of their constitutional duties by not allowing technicalities stand in the way of substantive justice, especially with regard to oil and gas disputes which accrue huge financial costs for the litigating parties. Also, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engineer Simbi Wobote, in his remarks, solicited the support of the judiciary to achieve the board’s drive to create wealth for local businesses and jobs for teeming

populace in line with the law. He noted that an enabling regulatory framework backed with the appropriate legislation was fundamental for sustainable local content practice. “In Nigeria, we have moved from the ‘best endeavour’ environment into the one in which there is a law in place. Thus, it is no longer optional or debatable whether to comply. “Much of the 28 per cent local content achievement has been done, using the passion and commitment of the various directorates in the Board. “Our next big leap from 28 per ceng to 70 per cent in-country value retention will require change in the enforcement of the law to drive reversal of capital outflow. “We need the support of the judiciary to achieve our drive to create wealth for local businesses and jobs for our teeming populace in line with the law.”


he UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) humanitarians would, on Friday, conduct an assessment of Rann in wake of last Thursday’s attack and evacuation. “At present, there is no aid worker presence in Rann, as the 52 aid workers who were there were evacuated last Friday,” the UN said. “Across north-east Nigeria, there are approximately 3,000 aid workers operating in 26 locations, compared to only a few hundred in early 2016.” It explained that the operational capacity of humanitarian partners in the three most affected states by the Boko Haram insurgency – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe – continued to expand. The UN said the humanitarian partners in the three states consisted of 73 national and international partners. These were in addition to 31 international nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), 33 national NGOs and nine UN agencies. Following the attack, UN Secretary-General António Mr. Guterres had announced the immediate evacuation of all humanitarian personnel and the temporary suspension of all humanitarian deliveries in the area. The UN chief mourned the killing of three aid workers in Rann, following the attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Thursday night. According to the UN, one other aid worker remains critically injured and another three are still missing while eight members of the Nigerian national security forces were also killed. The UN chief had said: “at the time of the attack, over 40 humanitarian workers were in Rann. “All humanitarian personnel have been evacuated from Rann, and all humanitarian deliveries in the area have been temporarily suspended”.(NAN)

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, inspecting the training session of the 150 youths Sponsored by Kano State Government, at Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), Training Centre, yesterday in Kaduna.

Group blames Nigeria’s underdevelopment to recycling of leaders From Uche Nnorom Makurdi


nonpolitical group known as Benue Young Aspirants’ Forum, BYAF has lamented over the recycling of leadership position in Nigeria, noting that this is largely responsible for underdevelopment of the country. Chairman of the group, Gideon Inyom who is also, an aspirant for Benue North West Senatorial District made the lamentation at a maiden meeting of the forum.

He recalled that in the past, young people at the age of 30 years held leadership positions and performed well, regretting that over the years, young people have been denied leadership opportunity of the nation. “In the past, the colonial masters provided succession opportunity for the youths but unfortunately what is happening now is a recycling of old uninformed leaders who are not in tune with new trend of governance. Leadership in the 21st century is knowledge

and technology driven not the recycling of corrupt and mediocre leaders,” he fumed. Gideon urged political parties in the country to allocate 60 percent to young people, warning sternly against any form of political violence by contesters to attain position in Benue towards 2019. Commenting, Nandeve Terhide, a Human Resource and Management Consultant decried that Nigeria and Benue lack idea driven leaders to advance development. While Wuaga Isaac who is aspiring for Makurdi /

Guma Federal constituency said foundation and process that produces leadership remains Nigeria’s biggest problem, adding that the system is always skewed and manipulated in favor of some political bourgeois. Iyo Hilary Terngu an aspirant for Kwande West State Assembly noted that the mindset and archaic ideological thinking by our leaders has continually hampered development of the country, insisting that the new political trend should emphasize selfless service to the people.

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ano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, on Tuesday pledged to deploy the state’s population to stimulate the economy and ensure growth and development. He also pledged to offer women equal opportunities to attain their potentials in life. Ganduje made the remarks on Tuesday when he visited 150 young men and women sponsored by his administration for skills training at Peugeot Automobile of Nigeria in Kaduna. The News Agency of Nigeria report that out of the 150 trainees, 100 are males, and 50 females. “Population can be a liability, but we are making our population an asset, and the best way to make our population to be an asset is by developing skills acquisition among our youth.

Expert bemoans Nigeria’s poor rating in Corruption Performance Index

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Population is Kano’s greatest asset -Gov. Ganduje “We assure you, we are training you not only for you to work but also to employ others. “This government is very serious on women empowerment; days are gone when women still rely on meagre resources. “We want you to be earning good income, it is necessary for women, that is why we are exposing them to all kinds of legitimate trades so as to earn a living. “Once you are earning good income; it will contribute to peaceful co-existence with your husbands and families and that is what this government is doing.’’

The governor disclosed that the government has built a N5 billion skills acquisition centre to empower and create enabling environment for sustainable skills in the state. Ganduje said his dream was to make Kano the hub of international trade attracting investors and traders from across the globe to the city. The governor faulted the current curriculum in the country’s education system, saying it can no longer sustain Nigeria’s manpower development needs. “So we want to break from that, the only way we can do it is to

modify our curriculum. “To see that we have identified the necessary skills we need in our day-to-day activities, so that youth will embrace skills and be trained, that is the only way to ensure sustainability in terms of employment in the country,” he said. He said that the state government had commissioned a study which identified 24 trades which would offer gainful employment to the youth. “That is why we decided to build an ultra modern skills acquisition centre in Kano worth N5 billion.

Earlier the Managing Director of PAN, Mr Ibrahim Boyi said the company was training the second batch of trainees from the state, with the first batch having 75 participants and 150 in the second batch. “The Governor during the graduation of first batch, promised that the second batch will include girls and women, and you can see clearly, the direction of the government in ensuring youth empowerment on inclusive bases, so that nobody is left behind.’’ Boyi assured the governor that PAN would give the students the best training.(NAN)

From Osakhare Erese Asaba


he Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) and The National Contact of Transparency International (TI), Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) has said that the Nigeria’s poor performance in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) was a serious setback in the fight against corruption. Rafsanjani who stated this in a press statement yesterday, averred that the report confirmed that grantcorruption, political corruption, nepotism, favouritism and bribery persist in Nigeria at all levels. He noted that the negative perception was mainly a consequence of the inability to combat grand corruption and astronomical plundering of public coffers costing the Nigerian tax payers around 25 percent of annual gross domestic product (GDP) He lamented that since the current administration came to power on the anti-corruption ticket, no significant politically exposed person has been duly sentenced on anti-corruption charges. He noted that anti-corruption agencies have accelerated the rate of convictions on anti-corruption charges, adding that Economic Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) alone brought 286 cases to conviction in 2016 and 2017. Accusing the judiciary, he said, “there is reason to suspect that the judiciary is either not able or willing to prosecute the VIP cases of senior public servants and elected politicians who have either directly plundered lucrative Nigerian state resources or were at least responsible for the catastrophic lack of oversight over public funds as mandated by the constitution”. He disclosed that promising steps such as the drafting of the first-ever National Anti-Corruption Strategy in 2017 have been undertaken but that little was done to put the strategy in motion. “Such half-way abandoned projects are unlikely to convince the Nigerian public and the international community about the seriousness to fight corruptions”, he acknowledged.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state (4th right) with members of the newly inaugrated Board of the Katsina Investment Promotion Agency under the Chairmanship of Malam Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi (3rd right).

DFID offers free medical treatment to pregnant women in Jigawa From Mika’il Tsoho Dutse


o fewer than 6000 pregnant women and children from hard to reach communities in Jigawa state have so far benefited with a free medical treatment by the DFID funded programme “Maternal and New Born Child Health” (MNCH). The MNCH Coordinator for outreach programme in the state, Hajiya Saratu Muhammad Lawan dropped the hint while speaking

to newsmen at the completion of the exercise for the month of February in the state. She explained that, four hard to reach communities were selected and covered in each of the three local government namely Taura, Garki and Ringim local government. According to her, the services which include drugs was provided to the beneficiaries through their MNCH monthly outreach to hard to reached rural communities in the state.

Mrs Saratu added that, the services provides to the communities during the outreach exercise include antenatal, malaria treatment counseling, referral and other related medical treatment for children and pregnant women. “For this month of February we have already completed the exercise which was very successful even though very tedious due to the nature and terrain of the places we visited” “This out reached exercise is

always given us an insight on how people in the rural area are willing to access medical treatment but due to their geographical location and sometimes ignorance on the process they are so skeptical in attending the hospital” She stated that, next month they will visits another local governments for similar exercise and at the end of the project they will hand over all their reports and findings to to state government for continuation and other appropriate action.

Group wants accountability in board appointments By Osaigbovo Benin



Benin-based group, the Vanguard Anti-corruption Watch, has appealed to authorities concerned to consider accountability in the composition of boards of Federal Teaching Hospitals in nationwide. The group alleged that multiple lists were submitted by the National Executive of

the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), for the ongoing process at the Federal Ministry of Health. This was contained in a statement by secretary of the group, Barr. Valentine Osayuki, which was made available to journalists in Benin City. The statement alleged one of the nominees, Dr Gabriel Ogbebor and four others are currently facing corruption charges before the Economic and

Financial Crimes Commission. Recall that Dr. Gabriel Ogbebor, along with Dr Emmanuel Ighodaro, Dr Quincy Atohengbe, Dr Anthony Owolabi and Dr Raymond Ogieva were in February 2018, arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in a Benin City High Court for offenses bordering on fraud. The statement, wondered why a government that prides

itself for its zero tolerance for corruption, will accept a person undergoing corruption prosecution for appointment into a Federal Medical Board. “One wonders if the NMA has lost its sense of morality and modesty in spite of the huge confidence reposed on them by the public. It is the last expectation to have such a character nominated to a board of that repute”.

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Adamawa: UNDP trains young business entrepreneurs on self-reliance From Umar Dankano Yola


he United Nations D e v e l o p m e n t Programme,UNDP has trained fifty young entrepreneurs in different business endeavours in Adamawa state. Country Director of the Organisation,Dr.Samuel Bwalya said the entrepreneurship training workshop was targeted at Nigerian youths engaged in menial businesses with a view to encouraging selfreliance and economic development. Represented at the closing ceremony of the six days intensive practical workshop by the Team leader Inclusive Growth,UNDP ,Mr. Robert Asugwa explained that,the workshop was equipped with needed skills for moulding of participants in selected areas. Mr.Asugwa said the organisation is creating an entrepreneur monitor with the federal government so that accessibility and information flow for business development. Asugwa added that the training is targeted for young stars employable handled by UNDP noting that it has been successful in some states like Lagos where companies are employing their trainees. Earlier in his keynote address, representative of Adamawa state Government, Executive Secretary of State Emergency Management Agency,SEMA,Alhaji Haruna Furo expressed delight with the training saying it will go a long way in developing our economy. Responding behalf of the trainees,Mr.Jimmy Lot told the trainers that the training impacted on them will not go for nothing promising to use it judiciously.

30 killed in fresh attack on Benue community From Uche Makurdi



head of the planned visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Benue State to empathize with the people over the new year killings of more than 73 persons, suspected Fulani herdsmen yesterday struck in Omusu Edumoga, Okpokwu local government area killing more than 30 people. The incident according to one of the locals Peter Ojabo who spoke to newsmen in the area, occurred around 4:30 PM. Ojabo said the marauders stormed the area in a commando manner, killed his father aged over 70, regretting that he could

not rescue him because of illhealth. “They murdered my father Innocent Ojabo in his house. I heard gunshot coming from LGEA primary school. I could not save him because I just had an operation and still weak. The herdsmen came from river Ogege and carried out the mayhem”, Ojabo cried. Another local Paul Abah, a farmer said he hid inside his room and watched how over 26 people were killed and 5 persons injured. “They came from Ado local government area which shares border with us. I saw them because I could not run due to my fractured leg as they unleashed

terror on them people”, Abah lamented. Meanwhile, the village have been completely deserted with the people taking refuge in nearby Ojapo village while the dead bodies have been deposited at General Hospital Okpoga and the injured, most of whom are children within the ages of 5 and 7, are receiving treatment at St. Mary’s Hospital, Ogwu also in Okpoga. Addressing the displaced persons in Ojapo, Governor Samuel Ortom described the incident as ‘unfortunate ‘, regretting that in spite of spirited efforts made to curb the killings, it has continued unabated. He said government cannot

fold its hands and watch it citizens been brutally murdered, reiterating calls for the arrest of leaders of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore. “All we seek is justice and nothing more. We have some of their weapons to track them. We cannot surrender our land to criminals who come to our community to kill more than 24 people. One day, they will attack us, the leaders. Even when effort was made by the local government chairman Ogwuche Olofu to address the issue, they still went ahead to kill innocent people especially children. Since two wrongs cannot make a right, I urge you not to take laws into your hands”, Ortom appealed.

L-R: The Chief Executive, Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI), Dr. Seth Berkley, Minister of State for Health, Dr. Ehanire Osagie, Executive Director/Chief Executive National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Director, Disease Control and Immunization, NPHCDA, Dr. Dorothy Nwodo, and GAVI Champion for Immunization in Africa, Dr. Awele Elumelu, at Inter- Agency Coordinating Committee on Immunization held at the Federal Ministry of Health, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Child enrollment in schools rise in Nasarawa -Dep. Gov. From Gamba Ahmed Lafia


asarawa state Deputy Governor Mr Silas Agara, has said that child enrollment in primary schools across the state has tripled as a result of the collaboration between Universal Basic Education (UBEC) and the Nasarawa state government. The deputy governor made the disclosure in Lafia the state capital yesterday during a courtesy

call paid on him by the Minister of state for Education, Professor Anthony Onwuka, Doctor Hameed Boboye, Executive Secretary and other officials of the Universal Education Board (UBEB) across the country. Agara said the improvement in the enrollment of children in schools across the state harps on the proactive approach of the Governor Umaru Al-Makura administration in providing new and adequate structures and

paying the state’s counterpart fund, a prerequisite for support from UBEC in states. According to him, “We met structures absolutely decayed. We came on board in 2011. The enrolment roll was quite low. But we got to work and cleared all our counterpart obligations. We had to pay our counterpart funds for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 to access funds. Today, our schools are wearing a new look”. Agara continued “Our kids

saw new structures in their villages and were excited and that encouraged parents to send their children to schools. Our improved relationship with UBEC played a key role in the improved enrollment”. The deputy Governor opined that apart from the support and collaboration with UBEC, the Nasarawa state government had to introduce free education at all levels across the state so as to encourage more enrollment and

Culture veritable tool for peace, unity -NICO boss By Paul Efiong Abuja


he Acting Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation(NIPCO) Louis Eriomala has identified culture as a strategic tool for peace, unity and national integration. Eriomala stated this yesterday in his welcome remarks

during Children’s Cultural Extravanganza organised by his office to awaken students interest in Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage. NIPCO boss further reminded students on the need to value their culture even as he disclosed that such could be a positive for to achieving unity in diversity among all ethnic groups and regions in the country,

In an interview shortly after the event, the Director Federal Capital Territory, FCT Art and Culture, Mr. Danguma Kujambo urged parents to always inculcate Nigerian culture into their children adding that proper ways of life and manner should start from home. He lamented that most Nigerian students especially

those living in the cities have abandoned their mother tongue thereby adopting foreign language as their own, a step he said could spelt doom for the nation. Different speakers at the event advocated for the use of Nigeria’s diverse cultural heritage as a tool for solving our peculiar challenges.

meet the basic law. Agara further said that the state government has also contributed immensely and supported education of people living with disability with structures in Lafia, Akwanga and Keffi local government areas of the state and paid fees of the disabled children so as to encourage their enrollment in schools. “Mr President was here few weeks back to commission one of those structures. We have one in Lafia that is 100 percent completed and has been commissioned by the President. We have one in Akwanga and another in Keffi. We are hoping that by the end of the year, they will be completed,” he said Also speaking, Onwuka applauded the Nasarawa state government for the efforts towards revamping basic education in the state and said that they were in the state to hold a UBEC quarterly meeting to deliberate on matters affecting basic education across the country.

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Still on the Kano-Lagos partnership initiative

The MoU “seeks to create a common platform for exploring, expanding and developing areas of economic development and Investment”. The two states agreed to expand the current level of economic and investment cooperation between them “especially in key areas of governance, security, internally generated revenue (IGR), agricultural value chain, tourism, education, information and communication technology (ICT) and skills development.” This ‘ north-south’ cooperation began in the late 1990s when a former civilian governor of Kano visited Lagos to learn first hand the secret of Lagos state’s vast economic fortunes. It is only one of few states that can afford not to wait for statutory allocations from Abuja. It brings in a huge IGR that can finance its annual budget running into over a trillion naira. Other areas of cooperation covered in the MoU include commerce with “specific focus on ease of doing business and infrastructure in power, transportation and urban waste management”. The

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“specific objectives” of the MoU “are to governors are telling the world that establish a formal and flexible framework collaboration, cooperation, partnership to expand trade and investment can work to bring about economic cooperation, foster scientific and sufficiency in our states and off course technological collaboration for business the entire nation.” development in emerging key sectors, strengthen communication, enhance We, at Peoples Daily, welcome this “wind trust, boost economic development of change” in inter-state relations in our and create jobs”. Under the agreement, country. Before now, state governments the two governments have set up a saw themselves more as rivals than Technical Working Group to oversee the collaborators. Take, for example, the infamous court case involving Cross River and Akwa Ibom over oil wells. A more recent case brought the governors of Benue and Nasarawa to a war of words over the raging herders/farmers violent conflict in the former. This is not healthy at all.


ano and Lagos state governments, over the weekend in Lagos, concluded a successful joint economic summit with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), outlining their intrerest in economic partnership to “facilitate growth and development”. The governors of the two states (Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for Kano and Akinwunmi Ambode for Lagos) personally signed the document to underscore their earnestness.

We, at Peoples Daily, welcome this “wind of change” in interstate relations in our country. Before now, state governments saw themselves more as rivals than collaborators.

We urge the other states to emulate the Kano/Lagos strategic partnership initiative. There are lots of positives to take from it. Apart from the immediate economic gains that it signals, there are also cultural advantages. Much of the social tension in the country today arises from our unwiilingness to get to know our commonness. We prefer to dwell more on our negatives than the positives. Also we tend to undermine the very institutions set up to consolidate national unity. Take the NYSC as an example. It has not wotked as it should because parents are resisting the posting implementation of the objectives of the of their sons and daughters to do the MoU. one of compulsory national service after university graduation in states other While officially closing the summit, Lagos than theirs. state’s Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, said the signing bceremony was “a clear testament of the commitment of Let us come together to make our country work for our collective good. It is in our both states to collaborate in the overall hands to make it happen. best interest of their peoples. The two

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Agriculture and the future of Africa By Chidi Oguamanam


frica is continent of 55 countries and thousands of nationalities with incredible human and cultural diversity. Anthropologists have long associated the prevalence of human and cultural diversity with biological, ecological, ecosystem and agricultural biodiversity. Africa is an outstanding evidence of that concordance. In addition to its wealth of incredible diversity, Africa is the youngest and fastest growing continent. In 2050, a quarter of the world’s people would be resident in Africa (2.5 billion). Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, would rank the world’s third. Over 70 per cent of Africans would be under 30 years of age! How can the continent harness this incredible potential which could readily flip into unprecedented tragedy if not well-managed? That is the big question for the future of Africa. That future is at the intersection of strength and a ticking time bomb. In a way, Africa’s future lies on the continent’s ability to capitalise on its strengths, to exploit its late-comer advantage in the development dynamic. A few of those strengths and their intersections include the continent’s population and youth power; its traditional knowledge and the latter’s intersection with technologies, all of which have ramifications for agriculture as a crucial sector for the continent’s political and economic stability. As a starting point, Africa must be able to feed itself. In doing so, it must creatively engage its youth and leverage the continent’s value-added in the global market place by interfacing information

communication technologies with agro production and marketing. The need to fill the gap between youth power and the continent’s ability to feed itself needs no emphasis. Most political ruptures in history from the historical bred riots to fairly recent Arab Spring have been linked to the frustrations of a hungry population which is inevitably an angry population. But development experts construct Africa, as they do of world’s indigenous peoples, as in a desperate need for “capacity building and capacity development” in virtually all areas including agriculture. They are wont to recommend orthodox solutions. Hardly any regard is given to what the rest could learn from Africa. For example, they prescribe hi-tech/ industrial agriculture as the solution to Africa’s food insecurity. Now, the entire country, including Nigeria is in a race to the bottom over the introduction of genetically modified organism as the prime gift of agrobiotechnology to be uncritically embraced. But “experts” are silent on the cost of that approach or the overall industrial agriculture option on the continent. In a counterintuitive way, these uncritical advocates of capacity building and capacity development are themselves in need of inward capacity development to understand Africa’s realities. Hi-tech agricultural has troubling legacies illsuited for replication in Africa. Consider this: Since 1990s, we have lost 75 per cent of plant genetic resource diversity for food and agriculture. Today, 24 billion tonnes of healthy soil and 15 million trees are lost yearly; one third of the world’s agricultural land is degraded. The future of industrial agriculture beyond 60 years is bleak! Only 3-5 mega transnational

agro-chemical corporations have monopoly over key economic crops; we rely on three – rice, maize and wheat – (out of an estimated 30,000) of those for 75 per cent of our calorie intake. For these mega agro transnational corporations, African is another market frontier for their investments. Africa’s case is different: At 874 million hectares, Africa has 60 per cent world’s fertile land. Of 600 million Africans engaged in farming, 80 per cent are women. They are smallholder farmers. They are, by default, organic farmers relying mainly on TK and agrobiodiversity. The costs of wholesale adoption of industrial agriculture include massive social disruption and displacement of rural populations, deforestation, and replacement of agrobiodiversity with monoculture. Those are already evident from developments across the continent from Cote d’Ivoire to Cameroon; Liberia to Ethiopia, for example. Other costs include degradation of soil quality, another race to the bottom in the form of foreign direct investment desperation in agriculture which has resulted in unconscionable massive agricultural land grab across the continent. Gradually in agriculture, we are at the risk of repeating what has happened in the pharmaceutical sector. There, R&D priorities are set by the Big Pharma, with huge investments in medicines for the rich and diseases of the affluent as opposed to the needs of the poor and vulnerable. With Africa’s agriculture in the hands of agro-TNCs, R&D agenda in agriculture will be far removed from Africa’s priorities and needs in agro-biodiversity and the sustainability of traditional agricultural knowledge and practices. That is not a

viable pathway for the continent. Africa’s factor endowment in TKdriven agriculture sustains ‘the culture in agriculture’ as Africa’s way of life. The communal and cultural components of agriculture in Africa are the reason African agriculture resists being reduced to mere production line of industrial monoculture. Africa can lead the search for how best to integrate its agricultural traditions into a sustainable and winning business model. That would include selective and dynamic adaptation of technologies such as those relating to climate change adaptation and mitigation, not to mention irrigation (only four per cent of Africa’s agriculture benefits from irrigation technology) and the use of new ICTs for global market optimisation of Africa’s niche and value-added in crop diversity and organic production. Not only would ICT bridge the gap between farmers and sophisticated brokers in the global value chain, it would open untapped legitimate branding through trademarking options, geographical indications and other custom market options. Although it may feel like the genie is out of the bottle, African may yet resist being screwed by the global supply/value chain. Through internal self-sustaining investments in its areas of factor endowment, it may still avoid developmental havocs of advanced economies by re-thinking the prospects of agriculture for the continent’s future in a constructive manner in relation to the selfserving and conventional prescriptions of western development experts. Oguamanam is a Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, Co-Founder Open African Innovation Research.

Tackling climate change and health: Why Nigeria can’t wait any longer! By Oladipupo Ajiroba


ith the growing concerns over climate change, it has become necessary that world leaders commit to a fair deal. Nations are working towards a new global climate change agreement later this year in Paris. These negotiations offer governments a critical opportunity to craft a broad, balanced and durable agreement strengthening the international climate effort. There is no more time to waste in our efforts to protect our generation, and those to come after us. There has been increased call for climate action as disasters hit Myanmar and the Middle East recently. The President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama has joined the world’s leading health experts to support their claim that Climate Change may pose the biggest health risk of the 21st Century. Extreme climate conditions such as high wind, heavy rainfall, heat and cold can result in wide-ranging scenarios such as tropical storms, floods, landslides, droughts and sea-level rise. Climatic catastrophes induce populations to be displaced (or decimated by death), which in turn can lead to conflict and civil unrest. As well, the public health infrastructure would be eroded if resources are diverted from its maintenance to disaster recovery. Communities and government would be burdened with having to make reparations to individuals for property damage and loss, unemployment, clean-up, and reduced socioeconomic viability of the communities affected. As Obama announced that the USA is now taking “unprecedented action” to combat climate change, he also noted that “no challenge poses a greater threat to our future and future generations than a change in climate”. However, his plan is not just about preventing the longer term impacts of climate change. According to health experts across America, his plan to reduce

pollution from coal-fired plants will actively prevent 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days. Actions such as this, however, will not be able to reach as far as Myanmar, which recently reported the worst flooding across the country in decades. According to an update from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, between 67,000 and 110,000 have been were “severely affected” by floods that look to set the country back years. …human settlements in Nigeria will be affected by climate change in a variety of ways. Urban and rural population concentrations will be disrupted, particularly along the coastline due to sea-level rise and related phenomena. Some settlements are known to have already relocated farther inland from their original sites in response to sea incursion over some decades. Population displacement and migration from, and to, various human settlements will arise from either or both of drought incidence in the Northern states of the country and accelerated sea level rise in the coastal regions. However, other parts of Central Asia are currently in the midst of one of the hottest heatwaves ever recorded. In the wake of temperatures above 46 degrees Celsius last week, Iraq had to declare a four-day national holiday. Meanwhile, temperatures in neighbouring Iran reached a relative temperature of 74 Celsius today. This comes in the wake of recent heatwaves which have killed upwards of 2000 people in India and Pakistan earlier this year. In the wake of events such as these, Catherine Thomassan, Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility has called Climate Change “the greatest threat to public health in the 21st Century”. This reiterates a growing awareness from the international medical establishment as to the dire impacts that climate change is already having. In fact, it is the central theme

of a recent series of publications commissioned by the leading medical research journal, The Lancet. According to Nick Watts, the head of the commission, “Climate change has the potential to undermine the last 50 years of advancements in public health.” Nick calls “the great localiser of the impacts of climate change,” because the impacts that will be faced “aren’t just in low income countries, they are in middle and high income countries as well”. And these impacts are “especially alarming”. The impact of climate change on Nigeria is also a great concern and different studies have been commissioned around it. According to the Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST), human settlements in Nigeria will be affected by climate change in a variety of ways. Urban and rural population concentrations will be disrupted, particularly along the coastline due to sea-level rise and related phenomena. Some settlements are known to have already relocated farther inland from their original sites in response to sea incursion over some decades. Population displacement and migration from, and to, various human settlements will arise from either or both of drought incidence in the Northern states of the country and accelerated sea level rise in the coastal regions. Rises in sea-level will also threaten urban and rural infrastructure facilities in low lying coastal regions. According to a (UNDP) 2005 evaluation of Nigeria, alongside other 23 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa, projected that meeting of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), particularly with respect to child and maternal health, will elude the country because of climate change and other multiple stresses. In a research work published by Mobile Health Without Borders, evidence was established that due to climate change, developing countries (such as Nigeria) will have to cope with droughts and/or the growing risk of flooding. In 2012, Nigeria experienced one of the worst

flood disasters in its history. Nigeria, being one of the countries with long coastal regions and many rivers, which previously benefitted from water provided by rivers, seas and oceans, was devastated by the flooding of 2012/3. Without doubt, the flooding was linked to global change. Consequences of the flooding were worsened by poor urban planning, indiscriminate disposal of refuse and public defecation (due to unavailability of toilets for a significant proportion of the population). Expectedly, the flood displaced many communities, human waste (that served as sources of infectious diseases) and led to the death of hundreds of individuals. Therefore, flooding could account for decrease in water quality and reduced access to water because flood water is not fit for human consumption. Consequently during flooding, communities still need access to clean water. According to a (UNDP) 2005 evaluation of Nigeria, alongside other 23 countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa, projected that meeting of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), particularly with respect to child and maternal health, will elude the country because of climate change and other multiple stresses. With the growing concerns over climate change, it has become necessary that world leaders commit to a fair deal. Nations are working towards a new global climate change agreement later this year in Paris. These negotiations offer governments a critical opportunity to craft a broad, balanced and durable agreement strengthening the international climate effort. There is no more time to waste in our efforts to protect our generation, and those to come after us. In fact, we owe it to future generations to take timely concrete and decisive actions. Oladipupo Ajiroba is a member of Leak Times Editorial Board and a Nigerian Sustainable Development Expert currently based in Toronto, Canada.

PEOPLES DAILY, wednesday, march 7, 2018



Incorruptible judiciary as catalyst for an equitable society

By Gado Ageh Gado


he hope of that common man, the future of the societal values and norms, the peace and stability of the Country, the conscience of the interpreters of the law and the watch of the watchers is being threatened by a dangerous and incurable (but controllable) infection in the guise of corruption with its widespread tentacles ready and willing to kill justice and to hinder the just progressiveness of the society by making justice a purchasable virtue. There is no denying the fact that no society is devoid of corruption but its surveillance is what matters in any given society of ours. For corruption is as old as creation itself. Therefore, corruption cannot be completely wipe out in any given society, sector and judiciary is not an exception. Corruption has been an issue which has equally become an obstacle to the achievement of a better, efficient and effective economic development and virile democracy globally. Corruption is not exclusively economic phenomenon but manifests in every facet of our life, in political, and other sectors like industries, banks, government establishments/ institutions, law enforcement and judicial system, legislative assemblies, that is to say in both private and public sectors. Nigeria as a country is progressively being destroyed by a weapon of mass destruction in the guise of “corruption”. Not surprising, Nigeria is commonly referred to as the headquarters of the Advanced Fee Fraud otherwise known as 419. This suggests that for all rhetorical emphasis successive governments since 1999 have not placed emphasis on combating corruption. Nigeria Judiciary is a reflection of the problems in Nigeria. It is trite that justice sold is justice killed. And in the words of Seneca, “fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.” At this juncture, it is of pertinent to define the term corruption- Corruption is the abuse of power by a public official for private gain or any organized, interdependent system in which part of the system is either not performing duties it was originally intended to, or performing them in an

improper way, to the detriment of the system’s original purpose. The abuse of public offices for private gain is paradigmatic of corruption. The role of Judiciary in nation building and in combating corruption globally cannot be over-emphasized, especially in Nigeria with its experience of long period of Military Rule and historical evidence of corruption in government. The Judiciary has a vital role to play in stabilizing and catalyzing the other two arms of government on its toes and by extension, itself. This is because the fate of the masses lies in the Court. As a mother, her arms are always open to the cries of the oppressed especially when the weather of the Executive and the Legislature seems unbearable. It is not a gain-saying that the citizens enjoyed little or no dividence of democracy in a Country like Nigeria in spite of the abundant resources at her disposal. This is due to the fact that there are no viable laws or judicial pronouncements to address their yearning plight. Yet, the political class and those that are on the corridor of power enjoyed some kind of privileges and still swooped upon even the crumbs left for the masses or the electorates to their detriment. Painfully to say that our Judiciary find itself in a state where the rich-class get away free even after diverting billions of naira whereas the poor masses rot in jail for misdemeanor offences. As if to say that there is a conspiracy among the three arms of government. The question is, is this Court still the hope of the common man? For corruption adore is destiny abort. To a large extent, all Organs of a State submit to the Judiciary. To this end it is being regarded as the last hope of the common man and by extension the society at large. To understand the law is to understand the interpretation therein. Law is not law until being tested by the furnace of justice. And the judiciary is vested with this sacred duty of interpreting the laws enacted by the legislatures. Therefore, acts or omissions committed by the legislatures, executive and the citizens of the society must conform to a given existing law in order not to invoke the wrath of the law through

the pronouncement of the judiciary. Hence, the need for such an Organ of government, that is, the judiciary, to set itself apart as a vessel unto honour ready and willing for the implementation of the cause of justice to its end. That is why there is no civilized society even in the ages past that existed without this Organ in whatsoever names it had been or is being called. Be it the council, council of elders, council of chiefs, king(s), arbitrators or judges. Where this organ of government is paralyzed, the whole society, paralyzed. Its corruption corrupts the society. It (judiciary) is the light or doom of a given society depending on the state it is in a given time. It is trite a saying that the Executive Arm are the Watchers of the Law. As it ensures the implementation or execution of an existing law in its proper order. It dictates and apprehends offenders. However, with all these vested duties of the executive arm of government, to me, I will say, the judiciary is the “watch of the watchers” as she is constitutionally bound to see that all acts and omissions conform to the law without which the person in breach will be made to face the wrath or music of the law. That is why in any given circumstance the legislatures enact laws that are not practicable by the members of a given State, the judiciary usually declare such a law enacted null and void to the extent of it inconsistency with an existing law or way of life of the people. As law does not compel the doing of the impossible. Indeed, law is the collective conscience of the society. The need for the judiciary to remain incorruptible cannot be over emphasized. As justice and corruption are offspring of different mothers and each having it unique bearing fruits thereof. Corruption and justice cannot walk together or even come into an agreement. And if they do, justice suffers. Therefore, a judge cannot serve the cause of justice and corruption at the same time. As seen in the Jesus’ saying in the Holy Book of Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (KJV). To this end,

judiciary must be seen to be administrators of justice as they are trained and sworn to bereading and willing to say no to corruption and all it proceeds. Judges are debtors to the societal conscience. Discharging the debts is by discharging justice. And that such justice must conform to equity and law. Judges are knowledgeable men and law presumed them to know the laws to a substantial amount for the sake of justice and the society. This is because their very acts and/or omissions influence the society negatively or positively. Jesus Christ of Nazareth acknowledged this aura of theirs when he said in the Holy book of Luke 11:52 “Woe unto you, lawyers! For ye have taken the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves and them that were entering in ye hindered.” (KJV). Therefore, the right or wrong interpretation of the provisions of the law bound the society (and when a wrong interpretation is given, it will be bad for both-as it paralyzed justice and the progressiveness of the society) and such “key” of unlocking (interpreting) the intents of the legislatures is being vested in the judiciary. Moses recognized this vital role played by the judiciary and began by calling for incorruptible judges who would be impartial in their rulings. These judges must be committed enough to law and equity. And an alleged offender can only be convicted upon sufficient evidence of the existing crime. And this he said in Deuteronomy 16:18-20 “Appoint judges and officers for your tribes in every city that the Lord your God is giving you. They are to judge the people fairly. Never pervert justice. Instead, be impartial. Never take a bribe, because bribes bind wise people and deny justice to those who are in the right. Strive for nothing but justice so that you will live and take possession of the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” (God’s Word). Looking at the foregoing, the progressiveness and stability of the society depends upon the administration of justice free from any external interference. Gado, Ageh practitioner.





Sudden Emergence of the Beggar-Prenuership Industry By Issa Ahmed Babatunde


ho would imagine that ‘Beggars’ could contribute to the GDP of a country, the attempt to make begging taxable shows the government have successfully turned serial dreams killer creating an industry out of abject poverty. No one would be left out as the finance Minister as stated, beggars are earning millions and the proceeds from begging are taxable, so if your means of income is Begging you are supposed to pay tax. Suffice to say that begging which used to be a means of living for the less privileged and defaulted nationals is vast becoming so financially attractive and legitimate in a world of almost 200 million populace living below two dollars daily with larger percentage being youths, describes the diminishing and devastating state of the nation, turning people into all sorts of things to earn a living. Many have turned to this worrisome trendy habit of Enterpreneurship which is believed easy to set up, as the streets has been flooded with an army of beggars in order to survive due to the failure of the government though developed countries are also masked with this challenges but our own society has favoured and encouraged this act as a means of survival. Beggars vary so as their reasons and motives but one common modus operandi is their strategic positioning, which is most prevalent anywhere that is busy. This includes important monuments, railway

stations, religious and spiritual sites, shopping districts and at major traffic intersections where they approach vehicles while the lights are red. The fact that location is of paramount to this act means the biggest cities around the world are the major victims hit by the socio-economic implications of begging, depleting the environmental status and exposing the city to different forms of contaminations, Lagos falls in such radar. The country is under developed though but Lagos is proving to be one of those places that can launch and lure more tourists and business activities as it’s striving to be a mega city. Lagos is a Mecca for hustlers, which is why it is a target for many, a melting pot of all tribes but a particular tribe known for alms collection keeps trooping in only to be wandering the streets to beg, some with defections and many with deceptions but both turning out to be stigmatised to that act as its fetching them a lot, one time a governor of the state did a massive swept of the state arresting beggars and sending them back to their states but they(beggars) keep coming back just like the sun appears every day . After many realised alms collectors were pampered and becoming financially buoyant, lots of lazy, unemployed, less privileged, disabled and other reasons which will never be enough reason to stigmatised to begging flocked the act massively. Despite the economic growth in Lagos with plenty of opportunities to tap many

able bodied youths turned beggars riddled the streets, they are everywhere and they come in different categories if care is not taken the Beggar-Prenuership might find its way to the stock market as the act is presently facing a lot of rebranding and packaging, in fact it’s no longer begging its extortion or coning! They approach with lots of, courtesy sympathy, persistency and are very consistent, coming up with different kind of stories, people can’t just but give them whatever is on them, some look so good and well dressed that even the giver is ashamed of given out a little amount but they(beggars) will tell you “nothing is too small” and atimes people go extra mile of taking them to the ATM machine just to grant their wishes after hearing their tales, they are the high classed beggars who either lose their wallets, missed their ways, dint meet their family or friends they came to visit, job searchers, or they were robbed and some will even claim of paying back. They are the highest class of beggars called corporate beggar, they are organized bodies that take different forms to appeal to people, some claim of having health issues, inability to pay bills such as school fees while some bring infants which only God knows where they rent them from claiming it theirs but lack money to feed themselves benchmarking the old set up of begging but can’t side line them because those ones even have well-known locations such Kano Street at Ebute-meta, Agege railway station is flooded with beggars low class or old

form of beggars which are the regular ones This doesn’t dispute the facts that people need help, anyone can really be in need of others regardless of your social status but should not be relied upon as a way of life, you can’t even stop Nigerians from giving alms who does it for various reasons either spiritually or out of pity but the right people and channel should get it and not those who are Able-bodied who can fetch for themselves. Whatever good that is intended if it is in wrong hands it is as bad as doing bad, we cannot let poverty turn us to criminals, fraudsters or conmen, so for the sake of our economy and society we need to defect this form of source of income and not make an industry out of it by improve earnings of various government workers and private institutions in order to curb the menace on our streets. The urgent establishment of a Rehabilitation Centre is necessary for those with disabilities and other health issues so that they can be properly taken care, as well avoid the risk of exposing others to it, this will also prevent them from relegating the society while the young ones who are always shouting Baba Alaye (my chairman Sir! with their thick voice) find us something should be trained by acquiring a particular skill that can earn them a living in order not to put them in positions of being recruited by criminals as an armoury or top man on the field. Issa Ahmed Babatunde is a Public Affairs Analyst.

PEOPLES DAILY, wednesday, march 7, 2018



Buhari unveils Plateau peace roadmap tomorrow -Lalong From Ado Abubakar Musa Jos


he Plateau State Governor, Barrister Simon Bako Lalong has disclosed that the People of Plateau State had been anxious to receive President Muhammadu Buhari come tomorrow


President Buhari is expected to be in Plateau State for one day official visit. Lalong made this known at the Plateau state Government House, Little Ryfield yesterday shortly after the inspection tour with journalists in Jos north and south.

He said , “It is not an easy thing to host Mr. President and that is why you can see the anxiety in the people to see him. “We are not only touring to inspect project but also ensure the safety of Mr. President during his visit, he added. The governor added that

besides commissioning and inspecting some of the projects, the president will also hold town hall meeting and unveil the state roadmap on peace. Buhari according to Lalong would also commission the newly procured 400 unit of tractors. This according to him was part of

Plateau agenda of diversifying the economy to agriculture which indeed had helped Nigeria get out recession and create jobs to our youths. Lalong expressed delight on the level of works to be commissioned and inspected by the president.

FG offers input to 40, 000 rice farmers in Zamfara, Kebbi


R-L: Commandant-General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu Gana congratulating Dr. Linus Ugwu after his decoration as Commandant in NSCDC recently in Abuja From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d Gusau


he Zamfara state Police Command has issued a 3 weeks ultimatum within which unlicensed firearms in possession of groups, individuals comprising hunters, herders, vigilante and voluntary groups (‘Yan Sakai) should be surrendered or face the wrath of the law. This was announced by the state Commissioner of Police, CP Kenneth Ebrimson at a press conference yesterday in his office at the Command Gusau, the state capital, saying, it was a directive by the Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris aimed at ensuring calm environment for 2019 general elections.

Surrender illegal firearms in 3 weeks, Zamfara Police tell public Other paramount reasons for firearms surrender, according to the Commissioner include; efforts to make the entire country crime-free, emphasizing that, “It is only statutory security agencies recognized and gazetted by the federal government of Nigeria are allowed to bear firearms and ammunition”. CP Ebrimson further informed that, the directive was to embark on immediate mopping up, seizure and recovery of all illegal firearms and ammunition from the wrong

hands, suspected militias, militants and other unlawful gangs. He said that, all men under the Command are directed to cordon, search and raid suspected hideouts .He listed the targeted prohibited firearms to comprise artillery, apparatus for the discharge of any explosives of gas diffusing projectile, rockets bombs and grenades. Others include, machine guns and machine pistols. The Commissioner further mentioned military rifles with calibers 7.62mm, 9mm and 300

inches, revolvers and pistols, pump action gun of any brand and any other firearms or lethal weapons fabricated to kill. “All affected groups and individuals are having only 21 days to surrender their illegal firearms but, with the expiration of the stated time, Police would continue with its aggrieved operations in mopping and raiding any questionable structure, identified hideouts and suspected camps of criminals until all prohibited firearms are seized,” he said.

Masari tasks Katsina youths on skills acquisition From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua Katsina


overnor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state has tasked youth in the state to take the issue of skill acquisition seriously as a way of becoming self-reliant and contributing to the development of the state. Masari stated this yesterday in

Katsina during the distribution of resettlement package for 255 best graduating students of Katsina Youth Craft Village. He said “there is no government job for even those who graduated from the university. The best way out is for people to embrace skills acquisition as a way of developing themselves and the society”.

Masari urged them to make judicious use of the equipment given to them to not only develop them but also serve as employers of labour. He similarly advised them to eschew the virtue of commitment, discipline and financial prudence in managing the businesses to achieve success. “You should also resist fam-

ily pressure from crippling your businesses. Do not imbibe a lifestyle that your business cannot support. If you do that it will collapse” he added. Our Correspondent reports that the 255 best students were given sewing machines, tye and dye materials, hair dressing equipment, clippers and photography facilities.

ore than 40, 000 rice farmers are to receive farming inputs from the federal government in Kebbi and Zamfara States for dry season farming, local officials said on Monday. In Zamfara, Chairman of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Ishaq Ajiya-Anka, said 5,403 rice farmers would receive the inputs within the week. According to him, five cluster distribution centers in the state have been set up with locations in Gusau, Shinkafi, Bukkuyum, Dansadau and Talata-Mafara. According to him, all the necessary inputs, including organic fertilizer, seeds, herbicides, NPK and urea fertiliser, sprayers and pumping machines, are in place and stored at the designated centers. “However, we could not commence distribution today (Monday), because we have not received the margin cards from service providers which will serve as the benefiting farmers identification,” he said. Nevertheless, Mr. Ajiya-Anka stated that the association plans to encourage farmers to plant crops three times in a year to maximise production. “Following the sensitisation of our members on the benefits of the scheme, rice farmers in the state are now fully prepared to start off. “I want to appeal to the state government to improve security in all farm sites to ensure conducive farming environment,” he said. Mr. Ajiya-Anka commended the federal government for the introduction of the Anchor Borrower Programme to guarantee food security in the country. In Kebbi State, RIFAN chairman, Sahabi Augie, said 39, 000 rice farmers would benefit from the scheme, even though the dealers had not supplied the required inputs to the designated distribution centers in the state. He also said that the farmers expect to receive fertiliser, seeds, herbicide, sprayers, chemicals and pumping machines. The chairman urged farmers in the state to remain steadfast as the association push for early supply and distribution of the inputs within the next two weeks.(NAN)


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Reps to probe INEC over issuance of PVC, underage voting By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Muhammad Puma


he House of Representatives yesterday set up Ad-hoc committee to investigate the incidence of registration and issuance of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to under aged voters by the INEC. This followed a motion moved by Rep Johnbull Shekarau. Presenting the motion, Shekarau expressed concerns over reports on the social, print and electronic media which indicated that there were incidences of under aged voters who presented themselves at polling units with Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) to vote in the recently conducted Local Government Elections in Kano State. He explained further that the Director of Publicity and Voter Education at INEC, Oluwole Osaze Uzzi, while responding to questions on the Africa Independent Television (AIT) on the matter on 15/02/2018, said that the under aged voters were registered because the lives of the registration officers were being threatened. “The incidence has caused danger to the security of lives of officials posted to handle sensitive national issues such as registration of eligible voters “The incidence, if left unchecked, will have adverse effects on the peaceful conduct, credibility of future elections and the legitimacy of elected leaders,” he said. Contributing to the motion, Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta(Abia State PDP) stressed the need to conduct an investigation into the matter. He averred that the house should call for the INEC voter register used during the election, to ascertain the lapses and to restore confidence in the nation’s electoral system. The committee is expected to report back to the house within five weeks for further legislative action.

Egmont Suspension: Senate debates NFIA bill today By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu


he Senate has slated today to debate the conference committee report on the Bill seeking to establish as an independent body, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), which has been domiciled in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). This measure by the Senate is aimed at averting Nigeria’s impending expulsion from the Egmont Group of financial intelligence association. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said this during yesterday’s plenary, where he pointed out the need to expedite action on the report so as to prevent Nigeria from expulsion from Egmont Group. Receiving the report from the Chairman, Senate Committee on Financial Crimes and AntiCorruption, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, he commended the committees of both chambers for their efforts

in preparing the report before the deadline. Senator Ike Ekweremadu said, “It is a very important bill and I am happy that you have come into agreement with the House of Representatives. “It is important that we consider the report tomorrow so that Nigeria will be out of the suspension and be counted among the comity of nations in the Egmont Group”. Nigeria is currently serving a suspension from Egmont Group, a body of 154 financial intelligence units across the world, which provides a platform to secure exchange of expertise and financial intelligence to combat money laundering and terrorism financing. It accused Nigeria of sharing confidential information and constant leakage of sensitive intelligence to the media, contrary to global best practices it signed up for. The NFIU, which represents Nigeria in the Egmont Group, was suspended at its July 2017 meeting in China, following Nigeria’s failure

to grant operational autonomy to the financial intelligence unit, a situation which the group has objected to for years. The group had threatened to expel Nigeria permanently by March 11 if the Nigerian government failed to grant the unit the autonomy required to become its member. The Senate and House of Representatives had differed over the passage of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency, NFIA Bill establishing the NFIU as an independent entity. Senator Utazi had last week raised a point of order, accusing his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Hon. Kayode Oladele of frustrating efforts to expeditiously pass the bill and warned that failure to pass the bill ahead of the next Egmont Group meeting would cause a major economic crisis for the country. Reacting to the allegation, Hon. Oladele, said he never frustrated the process, and instead accused Senator Utazi of putting off all efforts for them

L-R: Chairman Senate Committee Security Intelligence, Sen. Muhammad Shaba Lafiyagi, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Nigeria. U.S. A Friendship Group/Inter-Parliamentary Relations, Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma, Leader of the Delegation of US Air War College, Lieutenant Colonel Stancy kihara and Member of the Committee, Hon. Ali Muhammed Wudil, during the Official visit by the US Air War College to the National Assembly, in Abuja, yesterday

to meet. Both lawmakers, according to Senator Utazi, however, met on Monday evening and came up with the report. If given the Presidential assent, the bill is expected to act as the central body in Nigeria responsible for requesting, receiving, analyzing and disseminating financial and other information to all law enforcement and security agencies and other relevant authorities in the country.

Why APC will rule Imo for 24 years – Okorocha


mo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, said the All Progressives Congress, APC, will rule the State for 24 years. He said this is because the party in the state has achieved a lot under seven years to win the trust of the electorates. In a statement to newsmen in Owerri, by his Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha said his political opponents are trying hard to use the said attack on Archbishop Anthony Obinna at the weekend Okorocha supported his son-inlaw to be the next governor of Imo, by saying that, “The same America, where George Walker Bush became the 43th president, from 2001 to 2009 after his father, George Herbert Walker Bush had been the country’s 41st president from 1989 to 1993. “At the moment, the All Progressives Congress, APC, holds the political ace in Imo and will continue to govern the state uninterruptedly for the next twentyfour years. “What gives victory in an election are achievements and the electorate and not blackmail or propaganda on social media.” he said. (PREMIUM TIMES)

Ganduje visits Kano PDP chieftain, Little shot by gunmen From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

Governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has paid a sympathy visit on Ibrahim Al-Ameen Little, a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state at his residence in Kaduna State.

This was contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje, Alhaji Abba Anwar, made available to newsmen yesterday. Little, a former chairman of the defunct All Peoples Party (APP) in Kano, was shot by unknown gunmen in Kaduna, where he

sustained bullet wounds on his arm, on February 27. He was discharged from hospital two days ago after a successful surgical operation. The statement said Ganduje sympathized with Little, who narrowly escaped death, praying to God to give him quick recovery and protect him in future.

He added that the governor delivered the sympathy message on behalf of the government and people of Kano State, praying to God to see to his quick recovery. The statement further said that Little expressed profound gratitude to the governor for his surprised visit.

Little was a former State Chairman of the defunct All People’s Party (APP) and one time gubernatorial candidate under People’s Redemption Party in 2007. He is currently an elder in the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

With Buhari no party can challenge APC in 2019 – Adebayo Shittu


he Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, has said that there is no competition to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Shittu, a former member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, disclosed this to newsmen that President Muhammadu Buhari has

been a blessing to the party. He said that no party in Nigeria could challenge the ruling party, adding that the current crisis rocking the party will not pose a challenge. He said, “Currently, I don’t see any competition to APC. “The fact that you have crisis – even in individual homes, we have

crisis. That does not make that family to go into extinction. “You must appreciate that political parties are not classrooms where you have one master, one teacher who beats everybody to line. We have a party which came as a result of the agglomeration of several interests who all believed in the

symbol that President Muhammadu Buhari represents. “No other party has that symbolic leader who can be respected, who commands the followership of millions of ordinary Nigerians, and I believe all active participants in the APC appreciate that Buhari is a blessing to the party. He’s the one

whose euphoria, whose whirlwind brought a lot of people into political offices in 2015 and he is still available to do the same magic there. In any case, if anybody doubts you, you want to ask them who is the alternative who can beat Buhari and which is the alternative political party which can compete with APC in 2019? ” (NAN)


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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu


he Senate, yesterday, summoned the Minister of State for Transport (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika, and other stakeholders in the aviation industry, to appear before it in plenary, to fully brief it on steps taken by government to minimize human errors and avoid preventable air crashes. Others required to appear alongside the minister are the heads of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) and every other relevant agency in the aviation industry. The Senate also urged the Minister of State for Transport (Aviation), to immediately direct all relevant agencies in the Aviation industry to immediately conduct a maintenance and airworthiness audit on all commercial aircraft operating within the Nigerian airspace as well as the training of personnel operating within the industry. These resolutions were taken by the senate following a motion sponsored by Senator Gbenga Ashafa and nine others, entitled, “the need to minimize the possibility of air mishaps and near fatalities in Nigeria”. Leading the debate on the motion, Ashafa, said that on the 20th of February, 2018, the country woke to be terrified with the news of a near fatal incident involving Dana Airlines with number 9J0363. He said that it was reported that the aircraft overshot the runway upon landing at the Port Harcourt Airport, on a flight from Abuja, noting that the incident was attributed to the wet surface of the runway. The lawmaker further pointed out that just a few weeks before the afore stated event, there was also panic on Wednesday, 7th of February, 2018, when the emergency door of an aircraft conveying passengers to Abuja fell off upon landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe, International Airport in Abuja. Senator Ashafa noted with concerns that the recent occurrences might be a sign of a sequence of human errors, caused by the failure of officials and staff of the agencies saddled with the responsibility of guaranteeing safety to carry out their due diligence before issuing clearance for aircrafts to operate within the Nigerian airspace. He lamented that Nigeria had experienced a significant number of air catastrophes that cost the lives of hundreds of Nigerians, due to a range of causes including human and technical errors. “It is against this backdrop that it has now become imperative to move with speed and alacrity in order to

Senate summons Aviation Minister, others over air safety ensure that all relevant agencies in the Aviation industry do their work with excellence and minimal human error in order to prevent avoidable loss of human lives”, he said. Contributing, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP, Enugu North) lamented that nothing had been done to the recommendations of an ad hoc committee chaired by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso (APC, Kano Central) set up by the Senate in 2015 for onthe-spot assessment of the nation’s airports. As a member of the ad hoc committee, he said “ordinary landing equipment are not available at our airports, especially during rainy season”. In her contribution, Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) said

that the first person to ensure that accident and indeed incidents did not occur was the pilot, adding that he/she was guided by aviation policy. She stressed that Nigeria has no aviation standard of its own but operates global aviation standard like other countries of the world, noting that the major problem in the nation’s aviation sector is poor funding. “We do not have aviation standard of Nigeria, we have a global aviation standard. The problem that aviation has is that of funding because you need to train the personnel, you need to buy the requisite equipment, the airline operators need to ensure that the aircraft is maintained. “In aviation, there are a number of hours that when you fly you must shut down the aircraft and do maintenance.

When an operator has to borrow at 30 per cent, and he is regulated on the pricing he has on his ticketing, it is impossible to maintain his fleets”, she said. Oduah, who was a former Minister of Aviation, called for a review of the aviation industry masterplan which she said was reviewed last in the 1960s. Also, Senators James Manager (PDP, Delta South), Ibrahim Gobir (APC, Sokoto East), Umar Kurfi (APC, Katsina Central), Sam Anyanwu (PDP, Imo East) and Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger North), all frowned that a lot of lives had been lost as a result of air mishaps in the country, urging that the issue must be addressed with utmost priority. In his remarks, the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike

Ekweremadu, who presided over plenary, recalled that in 2016, the Chamber had a similar debate and set up a committee that went round and collated information on the state of Nigerian airports. He pointed out that there was urgent need for the issue of safety in the aviation industry to be taken seriously and addressed promptly, to guarantee safety of air travelers. “We did a resolution which was sent to the Federal Government and today we are back to the same issue debating the aviation sector and security concerns. “This shows that we must do something quickly. It is important that this matter is settled quickly so that we ensure that those who fly in Nigeria fly safely”, he said. L-R: Representative of the speaker House of Representatives/Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. Pally Iriase, Chairman, of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on the investigative activities of Presidential Task Force on Pension Reforms, Hon. Anayo Nnebe and Member of the Committee, Hon. Mohammed Sharrif, during a public hearing by the Ad-Hoc committee to investigate the presidential task force on pension reforms, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Buhari’s rejection of Peace Corps bill is sound reasoning – Media Support Group By Our Correspondent


efusal of President Mohammadu Buhari to sign the Peace Corps bill passed by the National Assembly is in the national interest, anchored on the need to avoid proliferation of security agencies and unnecessary overlapping of their functions. Taking this position in a Press Statement in Abuja this week, the Buhari Media Support Group (BMSG) emphasized the need for Nigerians and federal lawmakers, to appreciate the restraint exercised by President Buhari in refusing assent to the Peace Corps (Establishment Bill) 2017, and to shun any form of dissention against the President’s action. In the statement signed by the

Coordinator Austin Braimoh and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group says it stands by the reasons adduced by the President for rejecting the Bill, “taking into cognizance his concern that Peace Corps, if created by law, would in no small measure, duplicate the functions of the Nigerian Police which constitutional role of providing security at the grassroots is already being complemented by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). “To us, the President could not have accepted to impose additional financial burden with the government through a new security outfit being canvassed, given that the existing security agencies have at the moment been struggling with financial constraints

The group therefore appealed to sponsors of the Peace Corps Bill in the House of Representatives to reconsider their threat of working to over-ride the President’s veto of the Bill, “as doing so will expose them as having ulterior motives in ensuring that the Bill becomes law by fire by force. BMSG recalled that the Peace Corps has been in existence since 1998 when it got registered by one of its founders, with the stated objectives of capacity building for youth development, empowerment in agriculture; peace, education and conflict resolution. “We believe that nothing stops it from continuing to operate as a voluntary organisation to fulfill its aims. “In advanced economies,

organisations such as Peace Corps operate on voluntary basis, making huge impacts in the societies in very diverse ways without necessarily transmuting into government outfits. “Peace Corps over the past few years of its existence has been enmeshed in crises and controversies, getting into conflict with security agencies, which viewed its existence as questionable. This is needless in a country like Nigeria that is currently battling with security challenges. “It is against this background that we salute the courage of President Buhari to withhold assent to the Bill on Peace Corps, his action having demonstrated that he has a good grasp of the incongruities surrounding efforts to pass the Bill into law.”

PDP raises alarm over harassment, detention of members, supporters By Lateef Ibrahim


he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised has raised alarm over what it called the continuous harassment, arrests and detention of its members in various parts of the country by agents and officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government. The party has therefore sought the intervention of the international community to halt the trend.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement on Tuesday, said the lives of its members and supporters are increasingly at risk as the government is becoming more intolerant of opposition, particularly, having realized that its chances of getting re-elected in 2019 has dimmed as the people have rejected it due to its abysmal performance in the nearly three years of misrule. According to the statement, “The PDP is alerting the entire world of

the increasing aggression and cruelty against opposition members and perceived opponents of government by the APC-led Federal Government, which is now using the apparatus of state power in their desperation to cow and subjugate opposition, suppress constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and association in our country. “Today, there is thoughtless abuse of human rights in our country and the people now live in fear. Opposition members are now being arrested,

manhandled and detained, with some of them having their family houses demolished for holding and expressing opinion even under a democracy. “Currently, our members and supporters in many states including Edo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kogi, Borno, Adamawa and others are being hounded for expressing opinion, particularity on the exposed corruption, abuses, constitutional violations and incompetence of the APC administration. “We decry this raging intimidation

of our party officials, members and supporters and call on all good-spirited Nigerians and the international community to stand up and condemn this drift towards a stone age despotism. Nigeria is a democratic state and we reject any attempt by anybody to suppress the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people, particularly regarding the choice of how they can be governed. “The APC has failed and should not be allowed to vent its frustration on innocent Nigerians”, it said.


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Niger APC still intact despite PDP rally, Party insists From Yakubu Minna

Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara (Middle), Congratulating Hon.  Chukwuemeka Ujam (left) on his 44th Birthday celebration While Hon. Ali Isa JC looks on at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja 



he Niger State All Progressive Congress (APC) has said that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP has a long way to go for chasing shadows to rustled power from them insisted that Zone B remained intact as APC zone in the state. The State Legal Adviser to APC, Barrister Khalid Ibrahim Aliyu made the disclosure yesterday in Minna while speaking to journalists noted that Niger East senatorial district will remained hundred percent APC in 2019 elections as PDP rally in Paiko last Saturday has no negative impact on the APC from the zone. Aliyu however called on the people in the state to ensure they are registered and collect their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) as the only instrument to be used to return APC to power in the next elections but sensitization of the party structures was needed especially at the grassroots levels. He stressed that the APC administration led by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has done his best in the provision of developmental projects considering the merger resources made available to the state hence the party gender sensitivity by given responsibilities to the women. The Legal Adviser further applauded the state governor’s tour concluded recently as it has given opportunity to the present government to ascertain first hand information from the electorates and government plans to intervene in their plights. He charged on Nigerlites to come out in their numbers to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari during his planned visit to the state devoid of party differences hence his visit is for the peaceful coexistence and development of Niger State.

Reps to enact law criminalizing electricity theft From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


he House of Representative is putting together a legislation that will criminalize electricity theft in the country and provide for stiffer penalty against the perpetrators of the act. The Chairman, House Committee on Privatization and Commercialization, Mr. Shodimu Mutiu disclosed this in Kaduna yesterday when he led members of the Committee on oversight visit to Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company yesterday The Lawmaker stated that the challenges facing the Kaduna Disco is

not any different from the challenges being faced by other Discos and that a nationwide legislation will be put in place to address them. “Most of the challenges are industry wide, hence all the stakeholders must work together to address the power sector challenges”, he stressed. The House Committee Chairman commended the Management of Kaduna Electric for the creative initiatives taken by the Company in the last three years to improve its services and charged it to do more in the areas of customers’ enumeration and reduction of and collection (ATC&C) loses. “We are particularly glad by the

network reinforcement and other infrastructural improvement made by the Company in the last three years, but more need to be done. Your total registered customers are very low; you need to do more in the area of customers’ enumeration; this will surely impact positively on your ATC&C status”, he observed. Representative Mutiu also advocated for constant engagement and exchange of ideas between the Discos and the legislators, promising to accommodate inputs from the Discos for more effective legislation. Earlier, the Chief Operating Officer of Kaduna Electric, Mr. Major Bashkar who stood in for the Managing

Director/CEO, disclosed that the menace of energy theft and vandalism of the Company’s power supply assets are the major hindrance to ensuring stable power supply and the development of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry. He appealed to the law makers to join in the campaign for attitudinal change among the Nigerian electricity consuming public. Mr. Bashkar also called on the House of Representatives to look at the need to support the nation’s power sector through effective legislation against energy theft, cost effective tariff and provision of rebate to the less privileged electricity consuming public.

Edo LG chairmen get brief on work schedule By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin


lected Council Chairmen across the 18 Local Government Areas of Edo state on Tuesday received brief on work schedule in their localities. They were swornin by the state governor, Godwin Obaseki Monday. Chairman of Ovia South-West Local Government Area, Destiny Enabulele was on a guided tour of the Council Secretariat at Iguobazuwa, headquarters of the Council on Tuesday.

He was conducted round the facility by Director of Administration and General Services, Mr. Jude Iduwe and other Management staff of the Council where he urged the workers to shun indolence and be proactive. He urged the Council workers to take their duties seriously and expressed shock over the dilapidated and disrepair state of the Judge's quarter, which is surrounded by bushes where the court Clerk is squatting. "It is totally unacceptable to us. We cannot allow the residence of the

Judge to be in the bush. If the person living here cannot maintain the quarter, he should leave the place," Enabulele said. He also directed that the Chairman's residence should be habitable. According to him, "the essence of local governance is for the Chairman to reside in the midst of the people. That is my belief”. Addressing the Director of Works, Engr. Edwin Omoregbe, the Council boss, said: "we are here to work and we want to make it work". His counterpart in Etsako

Central Local Government Area of the state, swear-in elected 10 wards Councilors on Tuesday afternoon. Besides, Council heads of Owan East, Orhiomwon and Esan North East Local Government Areas, were on ground for the presentation of handover notes by the Council's heads of service. The situation was not different at the three Metropolitan Local Government Areas, Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba-Okha where workers turned up for duty early, according to checks by our Correspondent.

Bauchi PDP educates supporters on ongoing voters’ registration exercise From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi


he Peoples Democratic Party PDP Bauchi State Chapter has urged their supporters to come forward and register to enable them votes the candidates of their choice during the forthcoming general election in 2019. State Chairman of the Party Alhaji Hamza Akoshe Akuyam stated this yesterday in Bauchi while interacting with reporters, He said “ we are not campaigning because the electoral body didn’t lift ban on Political campaign, the reason why we embarked on visits to local government areas recently we

were in Ningi , Warji and Kafin Madaki was to sensitize our supporters especially people that were born at the time PDP started ruling the country in 1999 today they are eligible to vote we want to advise them to come and register” Akuyam said even people who have problems with their voters card and those who migrated from one place to another we sensitized them that they should please come out to register, collect their cards and have the right to vote during elections, even if you have a candidate of your choice at heart the only thing that you would do to show your love is to vote for him you and can’t vote

without voters card”. He reiterated the commitment of the Party to reopen all its offices in the 20 local government areas as part of preparation to take over power from APC in 2019. Deputy National Chairman of PDP Senator Babayo Gamawa said the abduction of 110 girls at a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, confirmed the ruling APC’s “nonchalant attitude in the fight against insurgency in the North East and alleged that APC administration had failed to fulfill any of the campaign promises made to Nigerians before the 2015 election, they always gave fake promises to deceive Nigerians.

Gamawa said the has nothing its own even the real fight against corrupt practices was done by the PDP, because the PDP created all the agencies that are fighting corruption like EFCC , ICPC and Court of Conduct . The two leaders reiterated commitment of the PDP to take over government in 2019 due to the failure of APC government, the only change that ASPC brought was introducing untold hardship to Nigerians you can ask whoever you want to ask people will tell you that they feel comfortable during PDP led administration than today where they are faced with untold hardships hunger and poverty”.


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FG identifies 130,000 persons, companies in tax underpayment By Etuka Sunday


he data mining efforts of the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Finance has identified a new batch of over 130,000 high net worth individuals and companies that have potential tax underpayments. The Honourable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, revealed this on Tuesday while appearing on the Good Morning Nigeria programme of the Nigerian Television Authority. The Minister disclosed that the data was

WASRA to establish Bond Issuing Framework

currently being compiled by Project Lighthouse in preparation for the closure of the ongoing Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), which ends on 31st March, 2018. Project Lighthouse is a unique project of the Federal Ministry of Finance that combines data from Federal and State agencies and overseas countries. She said, “The data have been received from a number of sources including land registries of the Governments of Lagos, Kaduna, Kano and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory. “In addition, Nigeria has been able to request data from a number of nations including traditional tax havens. The data have been received from a number of foreign jurisdictions under the exchange of information protocols. “Under the exchange of information protocols, this information relates to bank records and

financial filings for tax purposes and is obtained from tax havens who are signatories to the information sharing agreements such as British Virgin Islands and Mauritius.” She explained that the data received from overseas countries would only be used for taxation purposes in line with the protocols governing the exchange of information “The sole interest of the Federal and State Governments in the use of the data is in raising tax revenues. There is absolutely no hidden agenda on the use of the data,” she added. Adeosun hailed the ‘unprecedented’ level of cooperation between the Federal and State Governments, which she said was a marked change from the past when the various arms of Government did not align their efforts. The Special Adviser, Media & Communications to the Minister of Finance, Oluyinka Akintunde in

By Etuka Sunday


he West African Securities Regulatory Authorities (WASRA) is planning the establishment of a regional bond issuing framework for infrastructure financing in the region. This was one of the high points of the meeting of the body held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire last weekend. Also, the body is working towards building relationship between WASRA and ECOWAS Commission, the supervision model needed for the establishment of cross border transaction and issuers, the development of the WASRA website, the signing of the Revised Charter of WASRA and the assigning of web master to a member country amongst others. Chairman Mr. Soumahoro Executive Secretary of Le Conseil Regional de l’Epargne Publique et des Marches Financiers (CREPMF) Abidjan whose tenure was extended for another two years, stated these at the end of the meeting. Soumahoro thanked the members for the confidence and the leadership bestowed on him and he spoke on his desire to continue the efforts already in place that brought the organization to its current dimension. He said, “I am pleased with this opportunity and for the confidence bestowed on me and looking forward to strengthen our cooperation by looking at the same direction with the specificity of our respective markets to strengthen integration in our region”. In his remarks, the Acting Director General, SEC Nigeria, Dr. Abdul Zubair, commended WASRA members on their determination to building a strong and competitive regional market that will rank at par with the markets of other regions of the world, and more importantly, in the areas of transparency, disclosure, efficiency, accountability and indeed, investor protection. While congratulating the Chairman on his election, zubair also noted the imperative of a cohesive collaboration between the relevant regulators, operators and other stakeholders in West Africa, and the need to ensure that adequate resources are devoted. The attendees of the meeting include the DG SEC-Nigeria, Mr. Abdul Zubair, DG SEC-Ghana, Rev. Daniel Obgarmey Tetteh and Mr. Mory Soumahoro, the Secretary General of CEPMF (Chairman WASRA). Others are the Members of the Technical Committee (TC) from SEC Ghana Mr. Jacob Aidoo, Caliis Badoo, the Secretariat, Mr. Harouna Ouedraogo and two observers from SEC Nigeria, Mr. Tony Iloka & Mrs Amina Abakura. The Executive Council members had earlier voted and decided on the extension of the Chairman’s tenure. During the voting, all three voted in favor of the Chairman’s extension which gave victory for the continuation of his tenure. WASRA is a regional organization for West African countries that aims to fashion out modalities and to establish an umbrella body as mutually acceptable basis for cooperation and consultations aimed at fostering market integration in the region. WASRA, established in 2015, is the recognized forum for capital markets regulators in the West African Sub Region Capital market regulators in the West African sub region came together to establish a mutually acceptable basis for cooperation and consultations in a bid to foster market integration in the region.

Left to Right: Director General Securities and Exchange Commission Ghana, Mr. Jacob Aidoo, Chairman West African Securities Regulatory Authorities, WASRA Mory Soumahoro and Acting Director General Securities and Exchange Commission Nigeria, Dr. Abdul Zubair during the WASRA meeting in Abidjan last weekend

a statement quoted the Minister to have identified the common violations by non-compliant tax payers to include: Under-declaration of and non-declaration of income earned including income from Government contracts and overseas trading; Collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) which is not duly remitted to FIRS; Charging of non-allowable personal expenses to company accounts particularly with reference to overseas school fees; Inconsistency between income declared for tax purposes and the value of assets owned. She advised non-compliant tax payers to seek professional advice and to also consult relevant literature available from the tax authorities on tax rules. She underscored the Federal Government’s commitment to raising tax revenues which were essential to grow the economy and create jobs for Nigerians. She cited the fact that just N1 million could feed over 14,200 primary school children under the Homegrown School Feeding programme as well as creating many jobs in the agricultural sector. Asked if the Federal Government would extend the deadline of the tax amnesty programme, the Minister ruled out an extension of the deadline saying sufficient period had been given to tax payers to voluntary and truthfully declare their assets and income which had not been declared previously. On the economy, she assured that the country was on the path of growth. Nigeria, it would be recalled, had exited recession in the second quarter of 2017, recording a growth of 0.72 per cent. Adeosun said, “The Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has laid the foundation for the repositioning of the economy by a series of reforms which are being sequenced to ensure maximum impact and benefits to Nigeria and the citizens. She further noted that revenue mobilisation was potentially the master key to unlocking Nigeria’s huge growth potentials and funding the infrastructure programmes. In addition, the Minister said the Federal Government would continue to create more fiscal space for reforms to enhance productivity and opportunity in the non-oil sector.

NNPC emerges Best Participant at 39th Kaduna Trade Fair By Etuka Sunday


...Drives down crude oil production cost to $20pb

he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it has emerged the overall best participant at the just concluded 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair which held in Kaduna from 23rd February to 4th March, 2018. NNPC said, it was so announced by the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCIMA) at the closing ceremony of the fair. The corporation, which returned to the fair after a two-year absence, beat Dangote Industries and the Nigerian Ports Authority to second and third positions respectively to clinch the top prize at the 10-day event. NNPC in a statement by its spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu said, speaking while presenting awards to outstanding participants at the closing ceremony, Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El- Rufai, commended the Corporation and other participants at the fair for the quality products showcased as well as the innovation and grandeur they brought to bear on the event. The Theme of the Fair was: “Promoting Industry, Commerce and Agriculture for International Competitiveness”. In an address at the NNPC Special Day at the fair which was marked on 28th February, Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, had restated the corporation’s commitment to the economic diversification program of the Federal Government. He said it was imperative to intensify and support the Federal government’s economic diversification program to free the economy from the “vagaries of oil price volatility, which during a period of glut, could spell doom for the nation”.

The NNPC’s helmsman noted that a renewed focus on commerce, industry and agriculture would have a greater impact on the standard of living of Nigerians as “these sectors can engage more people in productive activities compared to oil and gas which despite its significance, accounts for only 12.7 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”. He assured the KADCIMA of NNPC’s participation in subsequent editions of the trade fair. Speaking earlier, President of the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Hajia Farida Dantata, who was represented by Alhaji Tijani Ahmed Musa said the absence of NNPC in the last two editions created a void at the fair. Meanwhile, NNPC said it has brought down the cost of producing a barrel of crude oil to $20, even as it now targets producing the black gold at $15 per barrel. NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this in Abuja during the NNPC Day at the ongoing Technology and Innovation Expo 2018, attributed the feat to the impact of science, technology and efficient work processes, saying the mileage would enable more revenue generation to the Federal Government. Represented by the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, the GMD noted that the NNPC had been innovative and efficient in its various operations to drive down the cost of production of crude oil and gas. Dr. Baru said the NNPC was not only participating in the Science Fair but was also in full support of the ideals behind the event, stressing that science and technology is the bedrock of the

Oil and Gas Industry. The GMD stated that the corporation had succeeded in domesticating engineering, procurement, construction and most of the major activities of the Oil and Gas Industry, adding that heading to London to prepare mere tender documents for engineering, procurement and construction belonged to the distant past. He explained that today, there were fabrications going on in the areas of valves, line pipes, stressing that Nigeria has also gone into fabrication of vessels. Dr. Baru disclosed that NNPC would continue to support all sorts of innovations in the upstream, midstream and downstream sector. Commenting on the Ajaokuta-Kaduna and Kano pipeline project, popularly referred to as AKK pipeline project, the GMD stated that the pipelines of the project were fully domesticated in line with the local content policy of the Federal Government, saying for the other areas of services required, Nigerians would do all the precommissioning and commissioning services of the project. On the refinery revamp, the GMD disclosed that already the NNPC was training some Nigerians that would be fully engaged in the refineries revamp, stressing that tremendous amount of jobs and services that would be required would all be provided by Nigerians. The GMD stated that the NNPC was committed to promotion of efficient consumption of energy in the mold of biofuels, adding that already the corporation has signed four Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with different State Governments and investors to actualize the introduction of more environmentally friendly fuel.

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Business Feature

The Gains & Pains of 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


he just concluded 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair has come and gone, but it has left behind memories of gains and pains in the minds of Nigeria’s business community. The fair which started 39 years ago at the popular Murtala Mohammed Square before it was moved to the permanent site is hub of business activities whenever in session. The 2018 fair is not an exception as it brought in business communities within and outside the borders of the country all showcasing their products to attract potential customers. The gains of this year’s fair is that it is coming after the country has moved out of recession portraying that the country is getting back into competitive business and that is why President Muhammadu Buhari tasked participants at the fair to take advantage of it and grow their business. According to him, Nigeria is presently facing challenges steering the economy towards global economic integration through trade liberalization, efficient and effective mechanism for conflict. President Buhari called on Nigerians to gird their loins to face the challenges of global trade through adhering to best practices. He said Nigeria’s economy is influenced by both external and internal factors like any other country operating within the present global setting. In answer to this, Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMMA), organizers of the fair used this year to lure local manufacturers to actively participate in it and display their products that can compete favourably with international standard. It is not surprising that companies like the Dangote Group quickly took advantage of this by flooding the fair with its local products such as Dangote Cement, Dangote Salt and Dangote Flour, Dangote Noodles among others. These products marched any other products across the globe. According to Hajiya Hadiza Musa, the Dangote Group has brought in products that hitherto were far away from Nigerians closer to them. To her visiting the fair gave her the opportunity to buy some of the products at even a reduced price from what obtains in daily market. The 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair also served as a venue for new innovations in the marketing of products. For example, Kaduna Electric used the advantage of the fair to launch its online payment platform which makes purchasing of electric token for customers easy. From the handset, customers can easily load and reload tokens without necessarily to the office. This is a new innovation. Similarly, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Alhaju Umaru Ibrahim, used the fair to warned Nigerians against patronizing trading in


Bitcoins, Crypto-currencies; saying they are neither issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) nor insured by NDIC. He disclosed that people who transact in digital currencies or ponzi schemes are getting themselves involved in risks which cannot be mitigated or covered by the Corporation, adding that it is better to steer clear of such businesses to avoid complete loss of investments. NDIC also informed Nigerians at the fair that unlike other currencies issued by CBN, there is no digital currency guaranteed by the Apex Bank since it is not a legal tender. He disclosed that there are over 1,000 types of bitcoin globally. “Digital currencies do not belong to the category of currency or coins issues by CBN or a Central Bank of any country, digital currencies are not backed by any physical commodity such as gold. “Digital currencies are not deposits or instruments authorized by the CBN, therefore they are not insured by NDIC,” he said. In the same vein, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), used the 39th International Trade Fair to refute the allegation that telecom mast and towers causes health hazards; saying that the World Health Organization (WHO), has affirmed that no result of any such hazard has been established against base stations. The Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Professor Umar Garba Danbatta disclosed this during the NCC day at the fair. He reaffirmed that the Commission will maintain the position of the WHO team that conducted test on some base stations. He therefore called on individual, or community adducing such reasons to deny right of way to the telecom companies, and prevent them from expanding services. He said the NCC an independent telecom regulator in Nigeria, recognizes that telecommunications services are very important to the nation, and more importantly, that the consumers of telecommunications services deserve to get value for their money, and be treated as a very important stakeholders in the scheme of things as far as service delivery is concerned. “The main thrust of our participation

Kaduna International Trade Fair

39th Kaduna International Trade Fair, in Kaduna. Maikanti Baru, group managing director, NNPC

at the fair this year is to promote a major campaign, dedicated to the welfare of the consumer, which the Commission launched last year. “On March 15, 3017, the Commission flagged off a major consumer centric initiative tagged 2017: Year o the Nigerian Telecom Consumer. This date coincided with the Consumer Rights Day celebrated across the globe. “The objective of NCC’s 2017 YNTC, is to engage, empower, educate and inform the consumer about his rights and responsibilities, opportunities and solutions that are available in the industry. “The essence of this declaration is to reassure the consumers that the issue of protecting them from unfair practices is

The availability of locally made products displayed at the fair is commendable. It goes to show that Nigeria can become a manufacturing giant if proper machineries are put in place.

not a mere talk. It is call to action,” he said. The availability of locally made products displayed at the fair is commendable. It goes to show that Nigeria can become a manufacturing giant if proper machineries are put in place. Another gain of this year’s trade fair is proper security measures put in place by KADCCIMMA in collaboration with security agencies. Investigation by this reporter revealed that unlike past fairs where reported cases of stolen vehicles, this year’s fair did not record such. According to one of the security officer Adamu Ibrahim, Management developed vehicle tags given to each going into the premises and no vehicle is allowed to move out without such tags. This year the management adhered strictly to it. A lady who lost her tag has to send back to security office for question and answer before allowing her to move her vehicle even though she had the particulars and key. This is a welcome development. However, the general patronage at the fair is not encouraging as many foreign countries did not show up. Stands of other companies are locked up. For example, the Union Bank permanent site did not open through out the fair and none of its officials are around for any explanation. The Director General of the fair, Mallam Usman Saulawa, said the security situation in the northern part of the country also contributed to the low turn out. However, he assured that KADCCIMA will embark on massive media publicity to educate investors that Kaduna State is save for business. Even though there are different types of wares and products available to customers at the fair, shop owners lamented the low patronage as people just come for sight seeing. An official of KADCCIMA attributed this to the economic situation in the country because Nigeria is just coming out of recession and people are careful on what to spend their little cash on. The 39th Kaduna International Trade Fair might have come and gone, but certainly the memories will remain on the minds of the Kaduna business community and with hope that the 40thedition of the fair will supersede the year’s fair.

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We are choking in Jabi Masallachi, give us Shere Galuwyi - Esu By Stanley Onyekwere Recently, the FCT Administration issued a quit notice to police personnel currently occupying Jabi 1 proposed Resettlement site in Shere Galuwyi, in order to way for your relocation. How ready are your people? We are very eager to relocate to Shere Galuwyi for obvious reasons. Majority of us are farmers, and there is no where to farm here (Jabi), and believe that as government told us that there would be provision for farming. That’s one of the reasons we agreed to move. And anybody that is resisting the planned relocation is not part of us. I’m the paramount ruler, and majority of my people have agreed that we want to go, and nobody can change our minds. Are you and your people under any form of pressure to immediately relocate to the proposed resentment site? Since the time of the military administration of late Sani Abacha, my people have been agitating for a resettlement, so nobody is forcing us to move. Initially, we were shown Deidei, where the then Minister took us to inspect the site and its development plan, unfortunately the site was given to the police, who are living there till now. But it was during the administration of the then FCT Minister, Mallam Ahmed El’rufai that the new site, Shere Galuwyi was earmarked for our people to relocate to. All we believe is that the government should uphold it’s promise of provision of essential social services and amenities, which will stop us from wanting to return to the city centre. And once we have the social amenities in the new site, we don’t have any business with the city centre. So let the government do what they need to do, to enable us move. As a Chief, you must have visited the new site. What is your assessment of the place? Yes, even before actual development, officials of the Resettlement and Compensation Department have taken us to inspect the new site. And after the commencement of works especially the houses, we were taken to the level of development there. So far, we are satisfied with the place. Nobody forced our people to go there, as it’s

In this interview, Alhaji Yakubu Auta, the Esu of Jabi 1, in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) declares willingness and readiness of his people to relocate to proposed Shere Galuwyi resettlement site, in Bwari Area Council. Yakubu, who spoke through his Assistant Secretary, Mu’azu Ahmed, insisted that their resettlement was overdue, as they are now choking in the densely populated indigenous otherwise called Jabi Masallachi. The Chief also touches on other sundry issues. Excerpts: within their willingness to do so, and based on the satisfaction of development there, that they like the place. What informed your decision to accept resettlement there? Like I said before, the reasons are very obvious. My people want a place that would give them social security. This place (Jabi), majority of us are farmers, and there is no provision for farming activity here. But where the government is taking us, there’s provision for that kind of activity. That’s main reason why we want to go there. Also, here we are having serious problem. Where we are supposed to farm, somebody will come and say it’s their plots. And even we build any structure, somebody will come and demolish it, because it’s illegal settlement. We want a place where government will take us to, and nobody will come and be disturbing us. We need to expand, because we are worried that our upcoming children are developing fast. And the buildings that we have in this place cannot carter for their accommodation needs. So we need a place where our children can develop and live in.As long as the government is done with works there, we are ready to move into the new site, because we choking in this place, as we are not allowed to expand. For instance, in my house, there’s a room where five children are sharing, because there is no enough rooms for them. So, somebody who is in that of situation that we are now, and the government provides more comfortable place, then anytime the government tell us to relocate, we will gladly do so, as we are ever ready.

What has been the level of involvement of community stakeholders in the entire exercise? We have been carried along by the authorities of Resettlement department, because whatever they are doing concerning the resettlement they involved us. Most of the time when they are going to the site, they go with us. More importantly, the government should ensure that essential things like schools, roads, water, markets, hospitals and police station that are supposed to be in the place, should be there. This is so we will feel at home. But, there have been various organizations claiming to be speaking and representing your community, in the process discouraging your people from relocating. What’s take on this? Yes I’m aware of these organizations trying trying to cause disharmony among my people in the community. My advice to them is that they should to desist from such, as nothing will change our collective decision to move. Because, for Jabi 1, where I’m the paramount ruler, those resisting the planned relocation to Shere Galuwyi, should please leave us and relocate to their respective states. In fact, I and majority of my people are ready for resettlement, and nobody can change our minds on it. I’m only appealing to the government to into consideration other tribes living in the community, and see how to also take care of them, so as to not be left out in the resettlement process.

• The Esu of Jabi, Alhaji Yakubu Auta

We have been carried along by the authorities of Resettlement department, because whatever they are doing concerning the resettlement they involved us.

• The palace of Esu of Jabi Masallachi.

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world news


he UK would respond “robustly” to any evidence of Russian involvement in the collapse of former spy Sergei Skripal, Boris Johnson has said. Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, are critically ill in hospital after being found unconscious in Salisbury, Wiltshire. The foreign secretary said he was not pointing fingers at this stage, but described Russia as “a malign and disruptive force”. Russia has denied any involvement. Counter Terrorism Police have taken over the investigation from Wiltshire Police. But in a statement, the unit said the inquiry had not been declared a terrorist incident and there was no risk to the wider public. Family deaths Mr Skripal’s relatives have told the BBC Russian Service that the former spy believed the Russian special services might come after him at any time. His wife, elder brother and his son have died in the past two years, some in mysterious circumstances, the family believe. Ms Skripal is based in Moscow and has visited her father in the UK regularly, especially over the past two years. Mr Skripal - a former Russian agent convicted of spying for Britain - and his daughter were found slumped on a bench outside a shopping centre on Sunday afternoon. Earlier they were seen walking through an alley leading from a Zizzi restaurant, which has now been “secured” by police. The Bishop’s Mill pub has also been cordoned off as a precaution. Scientists at Porton Down - the UK’s secret weapons research facility in Wiltshire are studying the “unknown substance” that is thought to have made the pair ill. Mr Johnson told MPs: “Honourable members will note the echoes of the death of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. “I say to governments around the world that no attempt to take innocent life on UK soil will go unsanctioned or unpunished.” Mr Johnson said that if it emerged Russia was linked to the incident in Salisbury “it would be very difficult to imagine” that UK representation at this summer’s football World Cup could go ahead in the “normal way”. Aides to Mr Johnson say he was referring to “officials” - and not the England team. Mr Johnson said the UK was “in the lead across the world” in trying to counteract a “host of malign activity” by Russia. In a statement, the Russian embassy in London said: “Media reports create an impression of a planned operation by the Russian special services, which is completely untrue.” Responding to Mr Johnson’s comments, the Russian embassy added: “We regret that instead of a proper official clarification on the issue the Foreign Secretary chose to threaten Russia with retribution. “Looks like the script of yet another antiRussian campaign has been already written.” Although Boris Johnson was careful to stress this was still an ongoing investigation -

Russian spy: Boris Johnson warns Kremlin over Salisbury incident

Brad Parscale was digital director during the Trump campaign it’s absolutely clear he, and others in government, believe it’s highly likely this was a Russian state-sponsored attack. The big question now - how does the government respond? A question made more pressing by accusations that ministers were guilty of appeasement in the wake of Alexander Litvinenko’s killing. Mr Johnson suggested there could be targeted sanctions against those close to President Putin. And, perhaps most significantly, in an indication the government could seek to rally international support to make a stand against Russia, Mr Johnson said there could be a coordinated response with Nato allies. Whatever measures are eventually decided upon - if Russian involvement is proven it’s clear relations between London and Moscow have plunged to new depths. Andrei Lugovoi, the former Russian agent accused of poisoning ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006, told the BBC that Russia would have considered the matter closed when Mr Skripal was flown to the UK as part of a spy swap in 2010. Mr Skripal was pardoned by the Russian President and so the incident was over, Mr Lugovoi said. Igor Sutyagin, who was one of four agents released by Moscow in the exchange, is now a research fellow at the Royal United Services

Institute (RUSI). He told the BBC’s World Tonight programme that he was not yet concerned for his safety and added: “I don’t think that he (Mr Skripal) would be targeted, because he was pardoned.” Russia has insisted it has “no information” about what could have led to the incident, but says it is open to co-operating with British police if requested. Police are currently examining CCTV footage, filmed by a Salisbury gym, showing an unidentified man Boris Johnson warns Russia over spy collapseand woman - thought to be Mr Skripal and his daughter - walking near the location where they were found. Wiltshire Police has said two officers caught up in the suspected contamination have been treated in hospital for minor symptoms, before they were given the all clear. It is understood their symptoms included itchy eyes and wheezing. A third member of the emergency services remains in hospital. In Salisbury, some residents have told the BBC of their surprise at the incident happening in the small city, while others are seemingly unruffled. “I’m not nervous for my own safety,” says Sue Doe, smoking a cigarette a stone’s throw from Zizzi’s. “I’m just interested to know what’s happened.”

Who is Sergei Skripal? Colonel Skripal, a retired Russian military intelligence officer, was jailed for 13 years by Russia in 2006. He was convicted of passing the identities of Russian intelligence agents working undercover in Europe to the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. In July 2010, he was one of four prisoners released by Moscow in exchange for 10 Russian spies arrested by the FBI as part of a swap. He was later flown to the UK. According to BBC Newsnight’s diplomatic editor Mark Urban, in recent years Col Skripal gave lectures at military academies offering insight into Russia’s foreign military intelligence agency, the GRU. The possibility of an unexplained substance being involved has drawn comparisons with the 2006 poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. The Russian dissident and former intelligence officer died in London after drinking tea laced with a radioactive substance. A public inquiry concluded that his killing had probably been carried out with the approval of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Mr Litvinenko’s widow, Marina Litvinenko, told BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight that the latest incident felt like “deja vu” - and called for those receiving political asylum to be protected by the UK.

France to set legal age of sexual consent as 15

France plans to fix the legal age of sexual consent as 15, meaning sex with someone younger than that would be considered rape. Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa welcomed the move, which follows advice from doctors and legal experts. Currently, prosecutors must prove sex with someone under 15 was forced in order to bring rape charges. The change comes amid uproar over two recent cases of men accused of having sex with

11-year-old girls. Under the existing legislation, if there is no violence or coercion proved, offenders may only be charged with sexual abuse of a minor and not rape. This has a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of €75,000 (£66,000; $87,000). Sentences are the same for sexual assaults of minors and non-minors, but rape convictions carry much harsher punishments. The government is to approve the new age limit

as part of a package of other laws against sexual violence and harassment in the coming weeks. It had been discussing whether to set the age as 13 or 15, which is what groups fighting violence against children had campaigned for. Ms Schiappa told AFP news agency that she was “very glad” that the higher age was chosen. The limit is also supported by President Emmanuel Macron. Minister of Solidarity and Health Agnès Buzyn said setting a legal age of sexual consent would

allow a “collective awareness” and that everyone would see what was “legal and illegal”, Le Figaro newspaper reports (in French). Last November, a 30-year-old man was acquitted of rape after a court determined his 11-year-old victim had not been subjected to “constraint, threat, violence or surprise”. In another case, a court initially said a 28-yearold man should face charges of sexual assault, and not rape, after saying the victim was not physically forced to have sex.

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As Africa/China Beijing Summit Draws Near By Zhou Pingjian


he Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit is coming, fairly soon. As President Mahammadu Buhari recently said in his felicitation message to President Xi Jinping on the occasion of the Chinese lunar new year, “I am looking forward to China hosting the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation summit in Beijing in September this year, and have every reason to believe that the Year of Dog will bring us more success stories and mutual benefits for China-Africa cooperation.” The Chinese Government is working hard to ensure the success of the Summit of the Forum on ChinaAfrica Cooperation, according to Premier Li Keqiang while delivering the government work report to the ongoing first session of China’s 13th National People’s Congress on March 5. This year marks the 18th anniversary of FOCAC. The past 18 years have seen fruitful progress in ChinaAfrica practical cooperation across the board. Two-way trade and China’s total non-financial investment in Africa in 2017 were 17 times and around 100 times that of 2000 respectively, which shows China’s contribution to Africa’s economic development has risen significantly. FOCAC has become a pacesetter in China-Africa cooperation, a champion for greater international attention to and input in Africa, and the largest and most effective South-South cooperation platform in the world. The FOCAC Johannesburg Summit held in December 2015 was a great success, and it is now China’s turn to hold a new FOCAC. China decides to upgrade the forum to a summit in response to the positive and urgent wishes of the African members of FOCAC. President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, the FOCAC co-chair, will jointly invite all the leaders of the forum members to attend the summit. Building on the success of Johannesburg Summitwe are willing to strengthen communication and consultation with our African friends to elevate the FOCAC Beijing Summit to a new level. We hope to, through the joint construction of the “Belt and Road” between China and Africa, inject fresh and strong impetus into ChinaAfrica mutually beneficial cooperation and elevate it to a new level. China-Africa cooperation has always been open and transparent. China welcomes the concerted efforts made by the international community to support Africa in achieving peace, stability and development. Some allegations by some people in the international community however, are biased and not fact-based, and we frankly don’t agree. Take the concessionary loan provided by China to African countries. Has it increased the debt burden of countries concerned? Are there any political considerations behind it? The answers are definitely negative, contrary to the claim. That kind of claim, I should say, is full of groundless words with an attempt out of ulterior motives.

Dr. Zhou Pingjian

In recent years China has indeed increased its financing support to African countries including Nigeria, with China-Africa cooperation having been increasingly expanded and deepened. However, as Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi made it very clear during his visit to Africa early this year, it needs to be stressed that China has always adhered to the following principles in this process: First, the response made to the development demand of Africa itself. Any country has huge capital demand at the initial stage of economic takeoff and industrialization and Africa is of no exception. Based on the wishes put forward by the African countries, China provides financing support within its due capacity and offers timely assistance to the economic and social development of the African countries, which has been unanimously recognized and welcomed by all countries. Second, never attach any political conditions. Like African countries, China had a painful experience of having its economy under the control of the foreign countries and then suffering unfair treatment and even being exploited and oppressed. Therefore, China will never do what the western countries have done or impose its will on others no matter in assistance or cooperation, but will always respect and work together with Africa, considering

both righteousness and benefit with the former as the top priority. Third, stick to the principle of mutual benefit and win-win results. The nature of China-Africa cooperation is South-South cooperation, one of whose major characteristics is equal treatment, mutual benefit and win-win results. Only by doing in this way can sustainable and long-term cooperation be achieved and common development of both sides realized. To this end, the financing support provided by China to Africa must undergo serious feasibility studies and market-oriented arguments to ensure that each cooperation project can achieve the desired economic and social effects. The current debt owned by some African countries was accumulated over a long period of time instead of occurring in recent years. China is not a main creditor of African countries. The solution to debt issues is to achieve diversified economic development by taking the path of sustainable development. China firmly supports this solution. China’s financing support to Africa is mainly invested in infrastructure construction and the productive field. The Chinese companies have built a large number of infrastructure projects such as highways, railways, ports, airports and communications facilities in Africa, which greatly improved the environment for Africa’s economic

This year marks the 18th anniversary of FOCAC. The past 18 years have seen fruitful progress in China-Africa practical cooperation across the board. Two-way trade and China’s total non-financial investment in Africa in 2017 were 17 times and around 100 times that of 2000 respectively, which shows China’s contribution to Africa’s economic development has risen significantly.

development, added to its appeal to foreign investment and enhanced its capability to achieve self-driven development. In addition to loans, the Chinese government is more inclined to encourage and guide Chinese enterprises to increase their direct investment in Africa and has offered support in this regard, and actively explores new investment cooperation model such as the Public-Private Partnership (PPP). China always attaches high importance to Africa’s debt sustainability. We are committed to intensive development. The large infrastructure projects are planned and moved forward along with promoting Africa’s industrial development. While pursuing the economic and social benefits of the relevant projects, we have also laid emphasis on enhancing African countries’ capability for independent and sustainable development so as to avoid adding to African countries’ debt burden. There is a saying in China that “Only your feet can tell whether your shoes are suitable or not”. Africa has the best say on China’s cooperation with Africa. There is another saying in China that “Justice naturally inhabits man’s heart”. African people will have their own judgment and naturally come to the fair conclusion that who helps Africa sincerely and who is the most reliable partner of Africa. We hope that relevant countries can contribute more to Africa’s development and view China-Africa cooperation in a fair and objective way. As the FOCAC Beijing Summit draws near, we believe we will surely be able to open up broader prospects for China-Africa comprehensive strategic partnership irrespective of detractors and distractions, as long as we adhere to the principle of shared growth through consultation and collaboration. Dr. Zhou Pingjian is the Ambassador of China to Nigeria.



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Russian plane crash in Syria kills dozens

The An-26 - like this one in an archive photo - is a twin-engine turboprop civilian and military transport aircraft A Russian transport plane has crashed in Syria killing more than 30 people, the defence ministry says. The An-26 plane crashed during landing at Hmeimim airbase, near the coastal city of Latakia, the ministry is quoted as saying by Russian media. It says all 39 military personnel on board died, not 32 as earlier reported. The plane was not fired upon, the ministry says, and preliminary data suggests a technical malfunction could have caused the crash. An investigation is now under way. Meanwhile, medics in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta area of Syria say they have been treating people with breathing problems after a suspected chlorine attack. The reports follow government air strikes and shelling just hours after the last UN aid envoy left the enclave following a supposed fivehour truce. In a separate development, UN war crimes investigators say air strikes in Syria by both

Russia and the US-led coalition killed large numbers of civilians last year. What is known about Tuesday’s plane crash? The Russian defence ministry says the An26 crashed at about 15:00 Moscow Time (12:00 GMT). It says the plane went down about 500m (1640ft) from the runway. A special commission is to be set up to investigate the crash. On 7 January, Russian forces said they had foiled a drone attack on Hmeimim. This was just a week after Russian warplanes were damaged at the airbase in a rebel mortar attack. Hmeimim is Russia’s main base for air strikes on rebel groups in Syria - strikes that have enabled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces to recover much lost ground. What are Russia’s air force losses in Syria? Russia launched its military operation in September 2015, saying it was acting upon a request by President Assad.

Images said to show the wreckage of Russia’s Sukhoi-25 plane shot down over Idlib on 3 February Here are the confirmed air force losses: • Feb 2018: A Sukhoi-25 warplane is shot down in a rebel-held area in north-western province of Idlib. The pilots ejects but later dies in a ground fight • Dec 2017: Shelling damages several planes at the Hmeimim airbase, with two Russian servicemen killed • Dec 2016: A Tu-154 carrying 92 people - including army musicians - crashes into the Black Sea after taking off for Syria from Sochi, killing all on board • Aug 2016: All five people on board a helicopter are killed when it is shot down over Idlib • Nov 2015: Turkish warplanes shoot down a Sukhoi-24. One pilot is killed, the other rescued. The incident sparks a severe deterioration of bilateral relations What about the suspected chlorine attack in Eastern Ghouta? The attack targeted the town of Hammoria and led to the evacuation of dozens of civilians,

according to the Syrian Civil Defence, whose volunteer rescue workers are widely known as the White Helmets. Local medics said they were treating a number of people who had breathing problems. Syria denied allegations it had carried out the attack, dismissing them as an act of desperation by Western powers. Meanwhile, Russia - a key ally of the Syrian government - offered rebels safe passage out of the area. What did UN war crimes investigators say? They said they found that an attack by the US-coalition on a school near the city of Raqqa last March killed 150 local residents - many times more than Washington had admitted to. The investigators also said Russian air strikes on a market in Atareb, west of Aleppo, killed at least 84 people last November. Their report talked too of chemical weapons attacks by Syrian government forces, and war crimes allegedly committed by their rebel opponents.

North Korea is willing to discuss disarmament, says South


orth Korea is willing to talk about getting rid of its nuclear weapons but only if its own safety can be guaranteed, South Korea says. The South says the subject was raised when its officials met with the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, in Pyongyang on Monday, during a rare visit. They said Mr Kim is also open to US talks, and would pause weapons testing. In previous programmes to halt its nuclear ambitions, the North has failed to keep its promises. The leaders of North and South Korea have also agreed to meet at a summit next month, Seoul’s envoy says. It will be the first such meeting for more than a decade and the first since Kim Jong-un took power in North Korea. Mr Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet on the heavily fortified border next month, at the truce village of Panmunjom. The countries also agreed to open a hotline between the leaders. Throughout February’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, the two countries struck a friendly tone, sending athletes to compete in a joint team and holding talks. But the US maintained that North Korean gestures of rapprochement would carry little weight without a commitment on nuclear weapons - particularly following last year’s nuclear and missile tests carried out by the North. The South Korean delegation is expected to visit Washington later this week to brief US officials on their talks in the North. What is North Korea reported to have said? A statement from the South Korea president’s office said: “The North showed willingness on denuclearisation in the Korean Peninsula. If military threats to the North Korea

Kim Jong-un was pictured welcoming delegates from the South to a dinner on Monday decrease and regime safety is guaranteed, the Trump tweeted: “The World is watching and North showed that it has no reason to retain waiting!” nukes.” “May be false hope, but the U.S. is ready to The North’s KCNA news agency said Mr go hard in either direction!” Kim had “warmly welcomed” the delegates and Vice-President Mike Pence added: “All held an “openhearted talk” with them. options are on the table and our posture In said the dinner took place “in a warm toward the regime will not change until we see atmosphere overflowing with compatriotic credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward feelings”. denuclearization.” However, some critics have suspicions over Meanwhile, China’s foreign ministry said it North Korea’s intentions. In the past, they have hopes the Koreas can continue with efforts to failed to follow through on deals, notably an aid- advance reconciliation, Reuters news agency for-disarmament agreement in 2005. reported. Where does the US stand? What next? The United States has said it will only go in This is, of course, South Korea’s take on to formal talks with North Korea if Pyongyang is what North Korea is offering. ready to give up its nuclear weapons. Some of the suggestions are, at face value, After the news from the South Korean encouraging - not least North Korea’s apparent officials was made public, President Donald willingness to discuss the denuclearisation of

the Korean peninsula. However, its conditions - that the military threat to North Korea is reduced and regime safety is guaranteed - raise all sorts of questions. The North also says that it is willing to talk to the US with the goal of normalising relations with Washington. The most positive element is the most immediate; that the period of calm initiated by the Winter Olympics looks set to continue. “While the dialogues continue,” the South says, “the North will not conduct any nuclear tests, missile launches or other provocations.” (Surely not Pyongyang’s words!) The two Koreas appear willing to create diplomatic space to try to improve relations across the board. Much will now depend upon how Washington reacts. What happened at the Pyongyang dinner? South Korean officials had a four-hour dinner with Kim Jong-un on Monday. Among the delegation were intelligence chief Suh Hoon and National Security Adviser Chung Eui-yong. Pictures showed Mr Kim and visitors from the South smiling broadly around a dinner table. Also present was Mr Kim’s wife, Ri Solju, who rarely appears at official events, and his sister Kim Yo-jong, who was part of a North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The two sides appear to be aiming to capitalise on the reduced tensions after the Games, which saw the Koreas march together under one flag. During their visit, the South’s officials also held a boardroom meeting and passed on a letter from South Korean President Moon Jaein, in which he invited Mr Kim to attend further talks. KCNA said Mr Kim had “exchanged views and made a satisfactory agreement” on the letter and gave orders for it to be acted on.


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Is India’s Bangalore really running out of water? A

recent report has said the south Indian city of Bangalore could be doomed, like Cape Town in South Africa, to face the threat of running out of drinking water. But is this really the case? The BBC’s Imran Qureshi investigates. The fact that Bangalore is under “water stress” cannot be denied. The term is used to refer to pressure on water resources which causes problems like shortages. Officials and experts admit the growth of the city has put pressure on its water resources, particularly because in the last few years alone more than 100 villages have been absorbed into this rapidly expanding metropolis, known as India’s Silicon Valley. In 2012, nine million people lived in Bangalore. Now, there are 11 million. Government officials say shortage of water is a very real problem, particularly in the peripheral areas of the city which are already dependant on tankers for drinking water supply. These tankers get their supply from borewells, but as demand increases they are being forced to dig deeper and deeper to find water. The Bangalore water supply and sewerage board ( BWSSB), the agency that provides drinking water and manages the city’s sewage system, acknowledges that in 2014, a survey predicted Bangalore was on the verge of running out of water. But, they say the situation has changed since then - one critical government decision just may have staved off complete disaster, at least for now. In 2013, the government decided to divert an additional 10 thousand million cubic feet of water from the Cauvery river to Bangalore for its drinking water needs. The Cauvery is the principal source of water for not just the city, but also for the irrigation needs of much of Karnataka state where Bangalore is located. And Cauvery water is precious. The state has been involved for more than a century in a dispute over sharing water resources from the river with neighbouring Tamil Nadu state. The Supreme Court has had to intervene on multiple occasions, but has also permitted states to prioritise the use of water for drinking purposes. “The current supply of water to Bangalore amounts to about 100 litres of water per person per day,” Tushar Girinath, chairman of the water supply board, told the BBC. Officials estimate that by diverting the river water, the city will gain a little more than 50% of its current supply. The project, called “Cauvery Water Supply Stage Five”, is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency. The additional supply is expected to help Bangalore provide drinking water to a 225 sq km (87 sq-mile) area that is currently dependent upon water supplied via borewells and tankers.

Water pollution also affects the city’s

Authorities are confident their plan will stave off disaster for Bangalore

In addition to the additional supply from the Cauvery, the city will in the next 18 months also receive water from another river called the Nethravati. Mr Girinath said this would make the water position of the city more “comfortable”. “Yes, we will face some water stress until 2023. But we certainly are not facing a crisis, because we are augmenting the supply,” he said. Officials say the plan has taken the rapid growth of the city into account.

Merely increasing supply will not be enough to ensure Bangalore has adequate water supply though. The city’s residents also need to participate in conservation and harvesting efforts. But this has not been the case so far. The water board has run massive campaigns promoting rainwater harvesting in an effort to help replenish ground water supplies. But this has got a disappointing response. It is mandatory for people to construct rainwater harvesting facilities at their

Officials estimate that by diverting the river water, the city will gain a little more than 50% of its current supply. The project, called “Cauvery Water Supply Stage Five”, is funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency.

homes, but this is often ignored. The board in fact, collects a sum of more than 20m rupees (about $300,000; £222,000) in fines every month from people who have not complied. “Bangalore’s annual rainfall alone could give the city 2,740 million litres of water a day,” Vishwanath Srikantaiah, a water expert, told the BBC. Mr Girinath adds that people will also have to begin recycling water using their own sewage treatment plants. “They will also have to understand that the board cannot provide treated water. Our sewage treatment plants are so huge that we have set them up outside the city. So, we expect people living in complexes housing 50 or more apartments to construct smaller plants to treat water for their own needs,” he said. A sewage treatment plant small enough to be used by an apartment costs around 750,000 rupees to install. People living in smaller houses or slums will get free treated water from the water board. “Of the 100 litres used by every person per day, people need only 20 litres for cooking, drinking water and bathing purposes. The remaining 80 litres is used for non-potable purposes like flushing toilets, cleaning floors and washing cars,’’ BN Tyagaraja, who headed an expert panel to look for additional water sources, told the BBC. “The citizens have to realise that water is a scarce commodity. Not just in Bangalore but across the world. We need to conserve water,” he said. Mr Srikantaiah agrees. “Bangalore is not likely to run out of water but we will have to manage it well,” he says. Source: BBC

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Funding will improve infrastructural development -Engr. Mohammed

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he Director, Highways, North East, Engr. Rufa’i Mohammed,said adequate funding will improve infrastructural development in the country. This was disclosed during an inspection of on going construction work on Federal roads in the Zone. Rufa’i emphasised that “funding has been identified as a key ingredient to road development” . The Director told Journalists that “ the past administrations paid lip service to road development financing, saying that the entire 2015 Capital Allocation to the Works Sector was a mergre N18 billion compared to over N260 billion in 2016 and N274 billion for 2017. A statement signed by M. A. Ahmed, Deputy Director (Information), said Engr. Rufa’i observered that though the personnel responsible for planning, supervision, monitoring and development of road infrastructure in the country, the Ministry and the construction industry remain, largely, unchanged, the financing has significantly changed. The Director, Highways, North East Zone further disclosed that, apart from increased budgetary allocations, the present Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has recently, released additional funds to select 25 - road and brigde projects, under the Sukuk (bonds), a novel financing window hitherto unexplored in the provision of critical road infrastructure, in Nigeria. Recurring decimals from all the Federal road projects visited in the Zone were increased tempo of work occassioned

Gov. Wike flags off Etche road construction, promises to empower Residents


he Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has flagged off the construction of OduforAkpoku-Umuoye Road to link the rural communities of Etche Local Government Area to the economic zone of the state. Flagging off the road construction on Wednesday, Governor Wike said that the road will expand economic opportunities in the area and empower the people. He said that the 23.3kilometre road is the fifth major road to be constructed by the administration since May 29, 2015. “Etche people this is the fifth major road this administration is constructing in this local government area”. “This is to show that politics must not be deceitful. If you make a promise, you are under obligation to fulfil the promise”. “Some politicians plead for votes, but after elections, they run away. It is unfortunate that since the creation of this state, this important road has not been constructed“. The governor noted that in line with his campaign promises to the people of the area, the road will be constructed on schedule. “We are not here to give excuses because excuses are not necessary. This tells the Etche people who are their brother? Under this administration, an Etche man became a High Court judge and an Etche man was appointed a Vice-Chancellor of a university. “Etche is key and very important to Rivers State and it must be at par with others. Etche was relegated in the past, but we are working to lift Etche. We will continue to support and develop Etche “, Governor Wike said. Rivers State Works Commissioner, Mr Dum Dekor said that the 23.3kilometre road has 20 culverts and will provide 550 direct employment opportunities for the people.

by adequate funding, out pouring of ecomious on the Federal Government from the contractors, motorists, benefiting communities, construction workers and service providers and, most importantly, reduction in travel time and the cost of vehicle maintenance. None of the Federal Controllers of Works in the States visited nor the Contractors complained about lack of paymen for certified jobs executed. Some of the projects visited are, but not limited to ; Dualisation of Kano -

Maiduguri Road, Sections II (Shuwarin - Azare in Jigawa and Bauchi States), III (Azare-Potiskum in Bauchi and Yobe States), IV ( Potiskum - Damaturu) and V ( Damaturu - Maiduguri in Yobe and Borno States) and the Rehabilitation of Gombe - Numan - Yola Road, Phase II (Gombe - Kaltungo in Gombe State) and the Emergency Reinstatement of Failed Sections of Gombe - Bauchi Road in Gombe State. Others include the Rehabilitation of Damaturu - Biu Road in Yobe and Borno

States, Rehabilitation of Nguru - Gashua Bayamari Road, Section I, Phase I (Nguru - Gashua in Yobe State), Rehabilitation of Nguru -Gashua - Bayamari Road, Section II, Phase I (Gashua - Bayamari in Yobe State), Construction of Ningi - Yadagungume Fuskar Mata Road, Phase III in Bauchi and Plateau States, Construction of Burga - Dull - Mbatt ll - Tandum - Gobbiya - Badagari Gwarangar - Sum Road in Bauchi State and the Construction of Yalo - Bashar - Dengi Road in Bauchi and Plateau States.

Cities in North of England are major global property investment hotspots


he so called Northern Powerhouse cities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have joined the Bangkok, Lisbon and Berlin at the top of a list of global property investment hotspots, according to a new ranking report. These cities could soon also be joined by Newcastle and Seattle at the top of the table, offering the best return on investment, says the latest quarterly global real estate outlook report from IP Global. Manchester continues to take the top spot. With rapid growth taking place, the report says that house prices are on the up, with an 8.6% increase recorded from October 2016 to October 2017 and rents are forecast to increase 16.5% from 2018 to 2022. Healthy rental yields of 5.6% gross were recorded at the end of 2017 too, driven by a large working age population and a 51% graduate retention rate from the city’s 105,000 students. With significant investment in Liverpool the city has experienced faster economic growth than the rest of the UK and is also one of the UK’s best performing property

investment locations with average rental yields of 6.2%, the report says. Since 2015, house prices have increased 14%. Rents are also on the up, with predictions of 17.6% growth from 2018 to 2021. The report says that Leeds is the largest economy in the UK outside London which is proving very appealing for international investors. Rental growth of 18.8% is forecast between 2018 and 2021, which is being driven by a student population of 65,000 and key growth industries bringing 6% annual job growth in the private sector. There is also a significant supply shortfall with 90,000 units to be delivered by 2021, but only 60,000 units in the development pipeline. ‘With willing renters and buyers Leeds is well-placed to grow and showing all signs of a strong future,’ the report points out. Newcastle will not be far behind these cities with an economy driven by a thriving digital industry which accounts for 40% of all business and employs more than 27,000 people. Over the last 13 years, the number of rental properties entering the market has increased by almost 60%, with 22,000

homes and apartments now available in the city. If development cannot keep up with demand, IP Global predicts that Newcastle will shortly be joining that list of global property investment hotspots. These statistics are further evidenced by wider investment in Northern Powerhouse cities since the proposal was announced in 2016. In 2017 some £106 million has been invested in the Northern Powerhouse, which works out to be a 36% uplift from 2015/2016. The report forecasts that £200 million will be invested in 2018. ‘The trend of Northern Powerhouse growth shows no signs of slowing with increased investment in vital services and infrastructure continuing to appeal to individual property investors from all over the world,’ the report says. ‘Although more exotic locations such as Bangkok and trendy European locations such as Berlin continue to attract investors, it’s the Northern cities of England that are attracting international attention for quality developments at affordable prices with very strong growth trajectories,’ it adds. Source: Propertywire

Research suggests confusion means home owners are not getting best mortgage deal


ome owners choosing a mortgage deal with one of the UK’s biggest six lenders could save an average of £390 by ignoring their lowest rate, new research suggests. They could save this money by opting instead for a higher rate product with fewer additional charges, according to the study from online mortgage broker Trussle. The way that mortgage deals are advertised by lenders, and sorted by many comparison sites, encourages borrowers to prioritise headline interest rates and many borrowers do not consider upfront costs, says the firm. The research suggests that the benefit of eye catching low rate deals is often wiped out by high upfront costs. Confusingly

for prospective customers, the actual best value deals offered by the lenders, once all fees and incentives have been accounted for, come with significantly higher headline interest rates, which make them seem less attractive. For example, if a customer was to opt for the lowest two year fixed rate deal offered by Barclays at 1.39% they would pay £13,709 in capital repayment, interest and charges over the two year introductory period. This is £649 more than they would pay if they chose Barclays 1.63% rate deal. Similarly, a Santander customer who opts for the bank’s lowest rate deal of 1.29% would pay out £577 more over the introductory period than if they chose Santander’s 1.64% deal, according to

Trussle. The calculations are based on someone getting a mortgage of £135,574, which equates to a 60% loan to value ratio on the UK’s average house price of £225,956. The report says that with Lloyds Bank, the Nationwide Building Society, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Barclays and HSBC the difference in true cost between each bank’s lowest rate deal and their best value deal averages at £390. Some 68% of new mortgages approved in 2017 were with these lenders, that’s just over a million in total and the report says that if each of these million customers were to choose a two year fixed deal based on how low its rate was, rather than its true cost over the introductory period, they would collectively lose out on £405million.

Apapa-Wharf road is almost 20% completed -Officials


he Director, Federal Highways, South West, Mr Emmanuel Adeoye said that the ongoing Apapa-Wharf road project under reconstruction had achieved about 20 percent completion. Adeoye, during an inspection of projects in Lagos, expressed satisfaction with the quality of construction on the project. He said the construction met the standard which was stipulated by the Federal Ministry of Works. “The contract is close to 20 percent completion now”. “As of today, they are about 16 percent, 17 percent completed. “And at the rate at which they are working now, bearing all odds, they should be able to complete the project on time,” he said. He said that the Federal Government had made huge investments in the road sector. He said this was creating employment

in the various value chains for Nigerians and professionals in the construction industry. Also, Mrs Olukorede Keisha, the engineer from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing supervising the project said that the ministry was able to resolve all problems of utilities in the Right of Way (RoW). She said this had been slowing down the project. Keisha explained that because the entire Apapa axis was already built up, it was difficult to relocate the pipelines in the RoW. She said that was what led to the ministry to evolve a new design to move away from the pipes and protect them with covers. “It is the gas pipelines that we met on the ground that constricted the road to 8 metres; originally it is supposed to be 11.4 meters. “We met gas pipelines in the course of excavation which made us to shift towards inbound,” she said.

She added that the road was a rigid pavement that would last a minimum of 30 years. Mr Babatunde Jimoh, the Project Manager of AG Dangote Construction Company, contractors on the project said that the project was divided into four sections. He said that Section 1 has been completed and would be opened to light traffic. “At present, we have completed work on Section 1 and we are going to open it to light traffic next week. “Section 2 would be completed as planned by the end of March, like that, and we keep going,” he said. Jimoh said that security had been beefed up on site to ensure safety as the firm currently worked both day and night to speed up construction. He said that 90 percent of local construction materials and 90 percent local manpower were being used on the project.


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THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.Ayodele Babade Sofekun 2.Olugbenga Olanrewaju Awe

THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To render health services to the less privilege in the society.

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HEALTH AWARENESS AND COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE [HACEI] This is to inform the general public that, the above name has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part “C” of companies and allied matters act, 1990 THE TRUSTEES ARE. 1. LAWAN B AHMAD -CHAIRMAN 2. PROF. ZILKIFILU ABDU -MEMBER 3. AKOR ELIZABETH -MEMBER 4. BAFFA MUHD DAWAKI -MEMBER 5. ABDULLAHI IBRAHIM MAGAMA –MEMBER 6. MUHD YAKUBU – SECRETARY Aims And Objectives 1. Empowering Women and Youth to actively participate and support health issues 2. Build the capacity of the grass root women and Youth to manage and sustain Development issues 3. Community Mobilization and general Awareness Creation Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General corporate Affairs Commission Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, off Aguyi Ironsi street, Maitama, P.M.B 198, Garki Abuja, within twenty eight (28) days from the date of this publication. SIGNED. SECRETARY





I, formerly known as Danladi Jemima kpama now wish to be known and addressed as Nwanodu Jemima kpama. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

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I, formerly known as Mohammed Yahaya now wish to be known and addressed as Abdullahi Umar. All former documents remain valid. Zenith bank and all Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.





This is to notify the general public that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Dr. Jacob Abdullahi 2. Major General Patrick Ademu Akpa (Rtd) 3. Ochen Jacob Odiba AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. To care for the less priviledged in the society Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED: SECRETARY

This is to notify the general public that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Engr. Friday Olaye 2. Stephen Onwugbonu 3. Samuel Okojere 4. Peter Iwegbu 5. Andrew Young Omuri 6. Cletus Chukwuma 7. Isaac Otabor 8. Mabel Onwugbonu 9. Glory Idehen AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. To assist in the development of Iru-Egbede community and promote the welfare of members Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED: Onu Eke Uche Esq

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I, formerly known as AISHA MOHAMMED now wish to be known and addressed as AISHA MOHAMMED TELLA. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

I, formerly known as ABUBAKAR UMAR DANDINA now wish to be known and addressed as ABDULLAHI HARUNA UMAR. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

PLOT 1125 OLADIPO DIYA ROAD GUDU DISTRICT ABUJA, RC. 1074238 THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990 SPECIAL RESOLUTION OF THE MEMBERS OF SPANISH VILLA HOTEL LTD. RC. 1074238. PURSUANT TO SECTION 457 OF CAMA At the Extraordinary General Meeting of SPANISH VILLA HOTEL LTD (‘the company) held on the 6th day of March, 2018 at plot 1125 OLADIPO DIYA ROAD GUDU DISTRICT ABUJA NIGERIA AT ABOUT 10.00am, it was resolved pursuant to Section 234 of CAMA 1990 as follows: 1. THAT SPANISH VILLA HOTEL LTD be wound up voluntarily pursuant to Section 457 of companies and allied matters Act 1990. 2. That BENEDICT OKAFOR OF OBIORA OKAFOR & CO. OF 42b Shaki Crescent Aguda Surulere, Lagos be and hereby appointed as the Liquidator of the company for the purpose of such winding up and that the renumeration of the Liquidator be and is hereby fixed. 3. That by this notice, both creditors and debtors of the company, are to liaise with the Liquidator. chidozie Chike

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I, formerly known as EZEANYA PASCHAL OSITA now wish to be known and addressed as ANENECHUKWU PASCHAL OSITA. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.


I, formerly known as garba shuaibu now wish to be known and addressed as garba shuaibu mohammed. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

ABDULLAHI haruna I, formerly known as usman ali now wish to be known and addressed as shehu usman ali, my corect date of birth is 11-8-1989. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

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When NGO call for end to violence against women, children

By Tobias Lengnan Dapam


orried by the threat posed by rapists and peadophiles In the country, a non governmental organization, The Amazon Healing For Women and Children Empowerment Initiative (AHWOCEI), has called on stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians to work assiduously towards ensuring an end to such violence against women and children in the country. “We ask starting now, that leaders be true leaders. And let any one who has authority command it. Those who can mobilize support should do, so as to defeat those who seek to destroy our women and children”, said AHWOCEI Executive Director, Esther Gwamna during the flag off of the NGO in Keffi, Nasarawa state. She continued; “As we sit here, and as each day passes by, army of rapist and pedophiles are on the march. A hot and hungry catastrophic march which leaves several abused women and children on the path they follow. Those who are lucky to survive are nicknamed victims by the society. While those who are not lucky will be six feet bellow - aside those forced in to the family way at the early stage. “Distinguished guests, time is against us to safe many. It was against us yesterday. It is against us today. The moment compels us to unclench our fists and stretch a hand to lift those people who no longer trusts anyone or feel loved by the society which did not protect them. “The horror they face which we

see in the news might be oceans away from us. But tomorrow might be a sister, mother, relative and so on. The question begging for answer is; “will our silence continue if these vipers who rape women and children approach our door steps? To arrest this monstrous monster, let’s join hands and ensure that this disease doesn’t spread like Ebola, which has no respect for class, religion or ethnicity. “It will interest you to know that all of us are sitting at the door step to the larger room where these dastardly acts have become common place, and even sometimes awarded medals, owing to the conspiracies of silence in high places. Cases of rape and child abuse in Keffi and environs need urgent action by well meaning Nigerians to address it”. She said the issue of rape and child abuse has been the most pervasive violation of human rights in the world and one of the least prosecuted crimes. “It is also one of the greatest threats to lasting peace and development

as women and children are seen as builders of any great nation.” She said the NGO has started working in most communities in the state to create awareness about the abuse against women and children, and has carried out advocacies on the need to speak out against all forms of abuse, to provide counselling services as a therapy to trauma. Also speaking, the Executive Director of Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development (SDDD), Ambassador Abdullahi Omaki, called on parents to discipline their children and teach them right values. He said women and children need protection from all and should not be turn into objects of abuse. Omari who was a former Ambassador of Nigeria to Chad, also expressed worry over the increase rate of child abuse in the continent. He said the world has gone past that stage and that Nigerians should begin to emulate good societal values.

The horror they face which we see in the news might be oceans away from us. But tomorrow might be a sister, mother, relative and so on. The question begging for answer is; “will our silence continue if these vipers who rape women and children approach our door steps?

“This country need good people. We must team up with government and make it a better place. All of us have a role to play and we must start contributing now”. On her part, Helen Ibrahim expressed worry over unsafe abortion and teenage pregnancy in the country. She said the trend is alarming the world over, adding that teenage Pregnancy also face several issues and challenges in the country. “They suffer complications and we need to make them know some of these issues. Most of them have not finished growing and are growing another person. They want to take responsibilities even when they don’t have what it takes. We need to educate our children properly so that they won’t become problems for us later. “The family has a major role to play in ensuring the safety of our women and children. Culture that encourages such has caused a lot of problems for the girl child.” She said children should be kept in schools to learn and not homes to make babies so as to create a responsible environment for all. She cautioned against use of social media to encourage abused. “It should be used to ensure positive change in the society and not for destruction. She added that young children should be counseled to safe them from unholy activities. We have centers in various schools to ensure that. Let’s not abandon the children. We should instead, protect them. The family should also assume its responsibilities in bringing up responsible children.




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World Cup trophy arrives Nigeria today

FIFA World Cup By Albert Akota


he original FIFA World Cup, which will be handed over to the captain of the victorious team inside the 80,000 –capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 15th July 2018, as prize for conquering the world at the 21st FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, will arrive in Nigeria today. We have learnt that the trophy, on a tour of 91 cities in 51 countries across six continents before the finals, will touch down at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport aboard a chartered flight at 11am. Officials have said that the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung; the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola; President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick; NFF Vice Presidents Seyi Akinwunmi and Shehu Dikko and; NFF General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi will have the first view of the trophy on the aircraft before it leaves the airport. From the airport, the trophy, accompanied by several top officials of Coca-Cola’s Global Office and Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, including Coca-Cola Nigeria Managing Director Bhupendra Suri

and Managing Director of Nigeria Bottling Company Georgios Polymenakos, will make its way to the Transcorp Hilton Hotel for a press conference. The iconic prize of world football will then be on its way to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, where President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) will have a feel of the trophy and deliver a welcome remark, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Dalung and other members of the Federal Executive Council will view the trophy as from 4pm. Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited officials have confirmed that there will be a dinner at the Banquet Hall of the State House for invited guests, and on Thursday, a whole day consumer viewing of the trophy is planned for the Old Parade Ground, Abuja. The trophy and its accompanying team will then fly into Lagos on Friday morning, to be received by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of his cabinet as well as NFF President Amaju Pinnick and NFF 1st Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi. A dinner is planned for the Eko Hotels and Suites, Victoria Island the same evening, while there will be a consumer viewing of the coveted diadem at the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday, before the trophy departs

Nigerian shores in the evening of Saturday. This is the fourth Global Tour by the FIFA World Cup Trophy, and the third time it would be visiting Nigeria. Meanwhile, Liberian President has also warned Ministers especially that in-charge of the Sports ministry to desist from the habit of tampering with money meant for the welfare of players during any tournament. He expressed dismay over the attitude of African leaders who always complain when it comes to investing in sports, and thanked President Buhari for the qualification of Super Eagles to the World Cup. He said he was amazed when he met the President of France, Emmanuel Macron who spoke passionately on his sports agenda and how he plans to build capacity through sports. He said, “I have been fighting for so long for my national team to qualify. Imagine, in the world best here in Africa, the only world best. And I said to President Macron, that FIFA built one stadium in Liberia and we have one Balloon d’Or, so if you build 10 stadia in Liberia, you will have 10 ballon d’Ors. “I think Nigerian team is a model, we all followed them. I have played with great Nigerian players, I played against them. Now you have a new generation, the fact that they

qualified is a good thing for Nigeria. “But I hope that they will prepare very early because they are going to represent Africa and we will be there to watch them, for them to bring the trophy for the first time if it is possible. But I think the seriousness to go to World Cup is not to pay players to go, I want every African government to know, if you win World Cup is a pride to Africa, it is not just to Nigeria, so we must do everything to ensure that the players are not stressed, make sure they concentrate, make sure their incentives are given to them to motivate them. “Some of the things you see at the World Cup, you will see an entire team go to represent a whole country and you will hear that one minister took the money, they did not pay these players and the players are causing problem. When players are going to camp, it is to relax and focus. And for them to be in camp they must have everything there for them not to worry. “Remember I played in European setting, when we go camp we have nothing to do. The only thing we have to do is to take a shower and prepare for the game, everything is laid down here and so you have no excuse.

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George sets goals target World Cup: Liverpool coach warns Nigeria after ending drought against Iceland AITEO -NFF Awards against Sunshine Stars


Enugu Rangers’ Ifeanyi celebrating after scoring


fter scoring his first goal of the season, the Flying Antelopes’ forward has stated his mission for the season Ifeanyi George has set a target for himself after ending his Nigeria Professional Football League drought this season in Enugu Rangers’ 1-1 draw at Sunshine Stars. George got the curtain raiser of the game before the hosts levelled scores through Nojeem Raji’s header to ensure the game ended all squared at the Akure Sports Complex. It was the former Enyimba man’s first goal of the season and he has disclosed his aspiration for the ongoing league season. “I felt good to score for my team, but the most important thing was for us getting a tangible result against Sunshine Stars,” George said.

“It was not about who scored and who did not. But as a player and especially a striker, it was a good feeling that I got a goal and I’m hoping of getting more to help my team. “I also want to promise that I will continue to do my best to improve on my scoring form to ensure that we get better results at home and away.” “I need to do more as the highest goal scorer of the team last season,” he continued. “I know that a lot is expected of me and I have set a target of scoring up to 15 goals this season. I am happy I’ve opened my goal account and hoping it will keep coming.” The draw moved Enugu Rangers to the eighth position on the log with 15 points from 11 games and they welcome Enyimba in their next encounter on Sunday.

iverpool FC coach Jurgen Klopp says Nigeria’s rivals; Iceland can win the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will be hosted by Russia. Iceland is in Group D alongside African giants Nigeria, South America’s Argentina and European side, Croatia. ‘’Iceland has done amazing things in football. Not only in football but also in handball and other sports,’’ Klopp said a press conference. “It could be thought that the country was full of athletes, but there are also doctors, teachers and everything else. The former Borussia Dortmund manager stated that if Germany and England fail to win the World Cup, then Iceland can surprise many by winning the global tournament.

Jurgen Klopp ‘’I do not understand how there are only 330-340 thousand residents there. They must be physicians, teachers and professional footballers at the same time,” the German said. “If Germany cannot win

World Cup and England cannot win then I hope Iceland will win. It would be the greatest achievement of sports history. ‘’I feel comfortable with all the people in your wonderful country.

Congratulations on being an Icelandic.’’ Nigeria will take on Iceland at the Volgograd Arena in their first Group D match on the 16th of June 2018.

4 lifters set for Commonwealth Games

Mariam Usman


he Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF) said four weightlifters would represent Nigeria at the 2018

Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The Secretary-General of the federation, Umar Lambu, said yesterday in

Abuja that the four athletes were selected out of the 12 invited to camp. The 12 weightlifters were invited to Abuja for a

close camping in December, which ended on Feb. 28. He said the weightlifters were selected at the end of the third phase of the camping, adding that they consist of two female and two male weightlifters. Lambu gave the names of the weightlifters to represent Nigeria as, Uweh Monica 48 kg female; Fatima Yakubu, 53 kg Female; Agboro Favour, 62 kg Male, and Anyalewechi Michael 85 kg Male. He said the weightlifters have continued training while awaiting the commencement of their training tour of Europe ahead of the games earlier fixed by the Sports Ministry for March 1-30. The 2018 Commonwealth Games will hold from April 4-15 in Australia.

City not at Barcelona level yet - Guardiola


Manchester City managers

anchester City manager Pep Guardiola said that the Premier League leaders must maintain a lengthy period of dominance in England and Europe in order to be compared with his former club Barcelona. City has won the League Cup in Guardiola’s second season in charge and is closing in on their first league title under the Spaniard. They are virtually through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League after a 4-0

win over Swiss side Basle in the first leg of their last 16 encounter last month. Asked ahead of today’s return fixture at the Etihad Stadium if City were at the same level as La Liga leaders Barca, Guardiola said: “No. It is not good to compare us with them. That team dominated the last 10 years. We just won our first title.” Guardiola, 47, won 14 trophies in four seasons as a manager with Barcelona, including three league titles and two Champions

League crowns. City are 16 points clear of second-placed Manchester United in the league and despite needing just four wins from the final nine games to be sure of the title, Guardiola said he would not shift his attention to securing European glory just yet. “It’s a Champions League game and the Champions League is something special. In football, anything is possible but we have to be calm and focused on what we have to do,” he said


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“Even if you are PDP and a member of the National Assembly, there are situations where you are supposed to be bipartisan, meaning there is a limit to where you can go by being anti -government because the person occupying the presidency is not from your party. Only those who know such limits, and are ready to abide by such limits are the ones who can answer their father’s name in the National Assembly.” —Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa-APC)

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Kano Pillars aim to maintain unbeaten run in NPFL - Musa K

ano Pillars are looking to sustain the momentum to keep their unbeaten run in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) as long as possible. This is to the club’s head coach Ibrahim Musa, who was speaking to the league’s official website. ‘Sai Masu Gida’ has gone eight matches without a loss and occupy top spot on the league table with 20 points from 11 matches. They recorded a 2-0 victory over Go Round in a league game which was played at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Sunday. “We have started well and today the tempo of this mentality is still burning like a flame,” Musa said.

I want to score against Croatia in Russia- Ighalo


igerian international striker Odion Ighalo says he wants to score against Croatia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The Yatai Changchun striker in the Chinese Super League will be celebrating his birthday on the same day. Ighalo will be turning 29 on June 16 and reveals that he wants a special gift in a form of a goal. The match comes up on June 16, in Kransdor and the Yatai striker has assured his fans he will not disappoint them if selected to face the Europeans. The former Watford player hasn’t played at the global showpiece before and he is optimistic he can score loads of goals in Russia if Coach Gernot Rohr considers him in his team. Taye Taiwo and Oduamadi

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Towards a Chain or Change Election


olitical terrain across African continent has continued to evolve in dimensions as the continent continues to slide desperately into anomie. The continent is cursed by leaders who are only known for self based, gluttonous agenda, always taking from the people and never adding value for posterity. It took the masses time to wriggle out of the cloud of fear designed by the few rich to contain voices of descent. The wind of change is blowing across the continent. South Africa is the latest experience where “veteran” politician Jacob Zuma was edged out of seat for Cyril Ramaphosa. Only recently it was Mugabe, Jammeh.Nigerians took it out on former president Jonathan in 2015. And Sierra Leone is up against the protégé of Earnest Bai Koroma, and that is the leadership antics that has kept the great continent of Africa motionless in a world where nations compete for peace, security, greater digits in economic growth and speed in infrastructural developments. With the emergence of former African football legend George Weah, who secured victory against an ‘ordained’ incumbent vice president, there might just be a chance the masses will win against the nouveau rich. It is on record that at least 82 billion Leones is stolen by government officials through MDA’s every year since the past seven years of president Koromas administration. The breakdown is estimated as follows; in 2009 – 81 billion Leones; 2010 – 81 billion Leones; 2011 – 111 billion Leones; 2012 – 82 billion Leones; 2013 – 10 billion Leones; 2014 – 141 billion Leones; 2015 – 65 billion Leones. Going by the average public fund theft rate excluding special intervention funds like the Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone may lose 656 billion Leones in the next 8 years to corruption if a protégé of the incumbent is elected. When the hidden motive of handpicking a successor is added to the value of corruption as it stands, it means, more monies will be stolen for the next president and the outgoing. The consequence will definitely be brutal for the economy of Sierra Leone. Already 1.3 trillion at the least may cost taxpayers in a make or mar election of the West African country. Africa has been savaged, ravaged and the system damaged by a few to suit their prebendal agenda. The continent is worse in its doldrums of uncertainly as youths like Esau, sell their birth right for hand outs from corrupt politicians. The failure of youths to assert themselves properly in taking the reigns of leadership has enthroned mediocrity, bigotry, nepotism, ethnicity, leadership impunity as political bastion to wrest or protect interests by the very few rich. If Koroma had his way, he would have vied for a third term in office. In fact, if all our incumbent leaders can extend their

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stay in power, they will do so without minding cost implication to lives and properties. Sierra Leone will test its democratic mettle on the outcome of this election. The thin line between peace and war will be tested through the lens of the political actors. The problem with the political train driving the March 7 dramatis personae is that it is pulled by camels instead of its original locomotive engine. The baying, hooting and bleating of supporters on an ordained candidate by a few for a few only expresses how we are bereft of true concept of democracy. It is no news that 16 candidates, including two women, are vying for the presidency. President Koroma has however handpicked Mr. Samura Kamara, a former foreign and finance minister and ex-governor of the Central Bank Sierra Leone. The handpicking policy of African outgoing leaders indicts them of cover-ups, denies the electorates opportunity of voting the best personality that can deliver on the goods of campaign promises – which often go up in smokes after winners emerge. The choice of Kamara only satisfies the democratic monarchical interest of the outgoing but the chunk of All People’s Congress (APC) members are disgruntled, maintaining an uneasy silence. Sadly, in most climes of Africa, power is built around a single personality. The president is seen as all powerful, impregnable, even all mighty. The system is subdued to pave way for the leaders to their “godly” omni-powers. Mr. Kamara’s main challenger is expected to be Julius Maada Bio of the Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP). He ruled the country in 1996 as military leader for three months after overthrown his former boss and friend, Valentine Strasser. He has considerable

political presence after polling 37.4 percent of the entire vote cast next to Koroma who had 58.7 percent in 2012. Third on the chain of prominence in the presidential race is Kandey Yumkella. Flying his presidential ambition under the political platform of National Grand Coalition, his crowd of oppressed, hungry and marginalized Sierra Leoneans may affect the entire outcome of the election. The pendulum may swing in either direction for KAmara and Bio, if the projections for Yumkella support base pull their strings to bite off some chunks out of the meat of votes in the forthcoming presidential election. The challenge of the Sierra Leone election is fears of manipulation through “constitutional” means to secure backdoor victory for the preferred candidate of Koroma, using security operatives to ensure compliance. Concerns over security issue have become palpable since Koroma decided on Kamara who is an unpopular candidate. The silence of the APC does not reflect the anger of the masses at the “wrong” choice. The position of Brigadier Bio (rtd) that he would not “sit down and do nothing” if the 2018 election is stolen is unsettling to say the least. A man still reeking from the foul smell of military rule, feared for his past record and dismissed at certain level for possibility of brutality if elected, certainly is not giving the already tensed political stratosphere the required tranquil energy it should exude. Koroma may be the commander in chief of the armed forces, Bio also has a chunk of loyalists in the armed forces. He proved his mettle of popularity in the military in 1996 with a successful palace coup. With the level of corruption recorded by the Koroma administration, the level of disenchantment among the population, the stage is set for dramatic military,

Sierra Leone Election will definitely add to the change trend blowing through the continent of Africa. How the people will play out their own rendition of the treatment given to sit tight ex leaders of Gambia, Angola and Zimbawe in 2017 is what the continent will wait to savor

civil revolt if there is perceived or real manipulation of results. Already the social, political and economic cauldron in boiling. The precipice has been reached and it may not matter if there is forward of backward movement from it as the foundation is already whittling. The APC has been tagged dictatorial, the SLPP in the opposition has always been a lifetime hate partner of the ruling party. The tension now has been a cumulative bad blood overtime, summed under the more recent gaffs of the ruling party. Hate speeches, has increased the heat between leaders and supporters of the divide. Religion, ethnicity has come to play with terrifying implication for the country. As the country hangs on a balance, canting and listing against the waves of bad body languages of a few influential politicians, any wrong move will send everything spiraling with devastating consequence in cost to lives and properties. The country is already raped gazillion times financially and would be thrown into dire economic situation once civil unrest adds to their present predicament. Sierra Leone Election will definitely add to the change trend blowing through the continent of Africa. How the people will play out their own rendition of the treatment given to sit tight ex leaders of Gambia, Angola and Zimbawe in 2017 is what the continent will wait to savor. Social, economic, political challenges have characterized the way and manner badly governed African countries live. Unemployment has pressured many youths in Africa to take refuge in crime and terrorism. The system is fast making the poor eat everything they see including themselves. The death toll rises astronomically just as the ill-gotten wealth soar for prebendal politicians. The clock is ticking for Sierra Leoneans, it is indeed a make or mar presidential election. Ebije can be reached via: ebijeo5@ or @ebijeisrael


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