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Vol. 13 No. 57

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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Borno: Gunmen kill 300 in fresh attack  Abduct eight more girls  Jonathan accepts Obama’s rescue offer  Northern govs, US officials meet >> Pg 2 Chartered jet

Reps insist on Diezani’s probe, summon PPMC MD By Lawrence Olaoye

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A parent withdrawing her children from the Vine Kiddies International Academy, Nyanya after unknown gunmen hijacked the school’s bus, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

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Governor Ramalan Yero bans commercial motorcycles

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Panic in Nyanya as gunmen hijack school bus

espite the purported court order seeking to restrain the House of Representatives from carrying out the probe of the alleged N10 billion spent on chartered jets by the Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, the House has initiated a fresh move to actualize its determination to conduct investigation into the matter. To this extent, the House Committee on Public Accounts mandated to conduct the probe yesterday served a fresh summon on the Managing Director of the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr. Haruna Momoh, to appear before or face criminal charges. The fresh invitation was contained in a memo dated April 30th this year, was signed by the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Honourable Solomon Adeola Olamilekan and addressed to the Managing Director Contd on Page 2

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At last, Yobo, Osaze make Keshi’s World Cup provisional team


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Immunity clause must go- Jerry Gana – Page 8

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Borno: Gunmen kill 300 in fresh attack From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri, with agency report

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t least 300 people were confirmed dead on Monday night when Boko Haram gunmen driven in armoured vehicles stormed Gamborou Ngala town in Borno state. The insurgents had targeted a local market and fired sporadic shots into the crowd before proceeding into the town to wreak more havoc. This came just as gunmen reportedly invaded Warabe village in Gwoza local government area of Borno state near one of their strongholds and abducted eight girls. The latest abduction is just three weeks after some insurgents stormed Government Girls Secondary Chibok, also in Borno state and kidnapped over 200 students. And while President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan yesterday accepted the offer of help from the United States of America in the ongoing effort to locate and rescue the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok three weeks ago, the U.S. mission in Nigeria and some select Northern governors will tonight meet in Abuja to discuss wide range of issues, including insecurity, the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Prof Ade Adefuye, has said. Gamborou, which is situated along Nigeria-Cameroon border is the administrative headquarters of Ngala local government of the state, about 200km from Maiduguri, the capital city. Senator Ahmed Zannah, who represents area confirmed the killings, saying the invaders spent 12 hours wreaking havoc on defenceless civilians. He said several other persons were also injured in the attack, while almost all the houses and shops in the town were burnt down. Senator Zannah, who spoke in a BBC Hausa report monitored in Maiduguri yesterday said many people were wounded, while surviving victims were rendered homeless as thousands of houses and shops were burnt by the rampaging gunmen. He said the attackers were armed with dangerous weapons comprising of Armoured Personnel Carrie, (APC), Improvised Explosive Devices, (IEDs), petrol bombs, assault rifles and Rocket Propelled Launchers (RPGs). ``The attackers stormed the

communities in the night when residents were still sleeping, setting ablaze houses and shot residents who tried to escaped from the fire,'' he said. He added:`` about 300 persons were confirmed dead after the incident, with several others injured. Almost all the houses in the communities were destroyed by the hoodlums who threw Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at the buildings. “My brother who was at the scene of the attack told me that the actual number of the dead cannot be ascertained but that at least they are up to 300. In fact as we spoke he wept following the high number of the dead bodies which littered the market", he declared. According to him, the security forces earlier deployed to area, moved to the Lake Chad axis when they received intelligence report that some gunmen were sighted with abducted schoolgirls moving to the area. "Initially there were many security operatives in the town to secure it from possible attacks. However upon receiving information over the movements of insurgents with kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls towards Lake Chad area, they withdrew and moved further to confront the gunmen. It was just an hour after their withdrawal that the terrorists invaded the town, shooting everyone at sight and setting buildings on fire. So far 200 vehicles and thousands of houses, shops and an outfit of the Nigerian Customs Service, (NCS) were all burnt", he explained. A local government official who declined identification also confirmed the casualty figures. ``It is really a terrible situation, we had wanted to rush relief materials to the area to provide temporary succour to the victims. But we were prevailed upon by security agents to shelve our plans for security reasons". The official appealed to the state and Federal Government to assist the area with resources towards rehabilitating the victims. Regarding the fresh abduction of eight girls, our correspondent learnt that gunmen also carted away foodstuff and livestocks including chickens belonging to the villagers before fleeing into the bush. Warabe is about 160 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital which had witnessed series of attacks by suspected terrorists in re-

cent times. When contacted, Borno state Police Commissioner, Lawal Tanko said he was not aware of the incident. Though details of the incident was not immediately available as at press time, however residents of the area who spoke to newsmen on phone insisted that eight of their daughters were taken away by unknown gunmen. Malam Bello Umar claimed to have witnessed the incident saying that he was among those who fled the village after the gunmen abducted the girls and fired sporadic shots into the air. "A group of suspected terrorists invaded Warabe village on Sunday night and abducted eight of our teenage girls before carting away large quantities of assorted foodstuffs and livestock", he said. He said that the gunmen numbering over 20 armed with AK47 rifles stormed the village but did not kill anybody. According to him, they only abducted the girls and fired warning shots in the air before fleeing towards the hilly areas. "As I am talking to you now, parents of the captives were already identified and that Muslim and Christians in the area have embarked on extensive prayers, seeking divine intervention over the unfortunate incident", he further explained. The military’s inability to find the girls in three weeks, has led to protests in the northeast, Abuja and Lagos. Meanwhile, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, representing Borno South, has confirmed the abduction of eight girls by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Warabe village, Gwoza local government area of Borno state. Though the state Police Commissioner, Lawal Tanko refuted the incident, however Senator Ndume who hails from the local government and represent the area, confirmed it. The senator who spoke in a BBC Hausa report monitored in Maiduguri, explained that he contacted the secretary of the local government over the issue, who in turn, said eight ladies including a bride were indeed kidnapped by the insurgents. "When I heard report over the incident, I quickly contacted the secretary of the council and asked if it was really true some girls were taken way.

The secretary told me that it was true that some gunmen stormed Warabe village on Sunday night and kidnapped eight girls, including a bride." He added that the council scribe said one of the ladies succeeded in escaping from the captors, but had a fracture in the process of escaping. Meanwhile, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan yesterday welcomed and accepted a definite offer of help from the United States of America in the ongoing effort to locate and rescue the girls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok three weeks ago. According to a statement signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity), Reuben Abati, the offer from President Barack Obama which was conveyed to President Jonathan by the United States Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry in a telephone conversation which began at 15.30 Hours yesterday, included the deployment of U.S. security personnel and assets to work with their Nigerian counterparts in the search and rescue operation. The statement said Mr. Kerry assured President Jonathan that the United States’ is wholly committed to giving Nigeria all required support and assistance to save the abducted girls and bring the reign of terror unleashed on parts of the country by Boko Haram to an end. After speaking with the United States Secretary of State, President Jonathan today met with the Chief of Defence Staff, Service Chiefs and heads of national security agencies in continuation of the national efforts to find and rescue the abducted girls. The President received updates on the ongoing search and rescue effort, and gave approval for recommended further actions. The U.S. mission in Nigeria and some select Northern governors will tonight meet in Abuja to discuss wide range of issues, the Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S., Prof Ade Adefuye, has said. Adefuye told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja that the meeting was a follow up to last month’s meeting between U.S. officials and some Northern governors in Washington D.C. ``The U.S. is very much committed in the stability and development of Nigeria and they have not reneged in strengthening areas of shared mutual concerns and interests,’’ he told NAN.

Reps insist on Diezani’s probe, summon PPMC MD Contd from Front Page of the PPMC. According to the memo obtained by newsmen, both the PPMC and its MD have within one week to submit, in a written form, all that they knew about the charter of the 850 Challenger Aircraft. The Committee in the memo said that the action to summon them was “based on the response from Vistaget international limited, one of the Companies involved in the transactions. “It was observed that you and PPMC played a central role in the charter of the 850 challenger Aircraft; you are therefore requested to submit a memorandum on your involvement and that of the PPMC in the said transaction,” the memo stated. The memorandum, according to the Committee, shall include but not limited to the following: “Details of the financial trans-

action on the amount paid by NNPC/PPMC to Vistajel international Ltd for the Charter and maintenance of the 850 Challenger Aircrafts and other related Aircrafts such as the OE-LXR GLOBAL EXPRESS XRS from January 2012 till date. “Details of any financial liabilities that may be currently outstanding on the Charter and maintenance of the 850 Challenger Aircraft and other related Aircrafts used by the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Allison-Madueke for both national and international trips”. “Copies of the agreement (if any) between NNPC/PPMC and Vistajet International Ltd over the Charter and maintenance of the 850 Challenger Aircrafts 0ELXR GLOBAL EXPRESS XRS and other related aircrafts by the Minister”. “The manifest in the custody of the Committee revealed that you

have always been in the Company of the Minister while on international trips on board the said aircraft, you are therefore required to furnish details and particulars of trips (with the Minister) embarked upon by yourself with the Minister and the justification for such tips”. The Committee pointed out that failure of the PPMC and its MD to submit the memorandum as required would be considered as a criminal offence and would be treated as such. It said that apart from the submission of the memorandum, the PPMC and its MD would also appeared before the House Committee on public Accounts for a public hearing on a date to be communicated to them in due course. Though the Chairman of the Committee could not be immediately reached for comments on the fresh invitation, a member of the Committee confirmed the de-

velopment in confidence to newsmen in Abuja insisting that the House was resolved to get to the root of the matter. The Minister of Petroleum Resources had instituted a suit against the House at an Abuja Federal High Court over her invitation to appear before the Committee on the matter but it had to stand down the probe which was earlier slated for April 28 having been served with the Court process. Although the court has clarified that it never issued any ruling to stop the House from probing the Minister in the chartered jets issue, the House had maintained that it would study the ruling to ascertain its next line of action. The latest summon of the PPMC and its Managing Director could be regarded as the aftermath of the House resolve to study the ruling with a view to acting appropriately.


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Yero signs law banning motorcycle operators From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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aduna State Governor Muktar Ramalan Yero yesterday signed the law that banned commercial Motorcyclists from operating within Kaduna state and environs with effect from May 21st, 2014. The ban followed the passage of the bill by the State House of Assembly last week. It was gathered the law would be operational in 8 local government areas of the state. They are

Kaduna-North, Kaduna-South, Chikun (areas of Unguwan Yelwa, Sabon-Tasha, Maraban Rido, Narayi, Unguwan Rimi, GoninGora, Kamazo, Unuguwan-Boro, Nasarawa, Trikaniya, Kudandan), Igabi LG (Rigasa, Mando and Rigachikun). Others include; Zaria township, Sabon Gari local government area to include Sabon-Gari, Samaru, Basawa, Hanwa. Zaria local government areas such as Zaria city, Wusasa, Gyallesu, Tudun-Wada, Gwargwaji, Gaskiya, Tukur-tukur, Magume,

Danmagaji, Local government layout, Police barracks, state polytechnic. Others include Kafanchan township excluding surrounding villages; Lere local government areas such as Abadawa-Unguwan Bawa (Jos-Zaria road, Saminaka), Low-cost Jaja village (Kano-Zango road) Birnin Gwari, ungwa Nachibi along Birnin-Gwari/Funtua road, Kwadaga and Janbirni villages, Dogon dawa- Kaduna road while in Giwa Local Government areas like Farin Ruwa-Zaria road and Maraban-Yakawada/Kuyello road

are all affected. The law states that any person who contravenes the provisions of the law shall be guilty of the offence and shall be liable upon conviction to a fine not exceeding 10, 000 naira or three (3) months imprisonment or both. For any subsequent offence, offenders shall pay a fine of not exceeding N20, 000, or 6 months imprisonment or both. Peoples Daily gathered with the signing of the law, it showed that all calls on the state governor not to sign the law has fallen on deaf ear.

President Goodluck Jonathan (5th left), Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo (4th left), Chairman Presidential Fact Finding Committee on the Abducted School Girls in Borno state Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo (rtd) (3rd right), and other members of the Committee, after the inauguration, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo Joe Oroye

Confusion in Edo Assembly over gunshots From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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lleged sporadic gunshots within the precinct of Edo state House of Assembly Complex caused confusion yesterday at the King Square, Benin City, the state capital. The atmosphere was said to have heightened tension from some

suspected thugs loyal to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition parties, led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It was not clear of who fired the volleys; but sources attributed it to an orderly attached to a serving legislator in the House, who attempted to hang his rifle which dropped on the floor and the bullet ricocheted. However, another source said the gunshots may have been fired

by some suspected armed thugs loitering around the complex to effect a leadership change in the House of Assembly in connection to the ongoing leadership crises in the APC. No life was lost in the incident; however, workers hastily closed their office windows and doors, chanting quick payers before the lawmakers adjourned sitting, which was attended by 12 legislators, out of the 24.

An eyewitness said: “We were just in our office when we heard the shot”. Another eye witness said it is the police that shot but some said it is the thugs that have been at the House since Monday”. Efforts to obtain comment from Edo State police commissioner, Mr. Foluso Adebanjo were unsuccessful, as calls put across to him went unanswered.

Lagos, PH airports remain open for WEF From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) yesterday alerted air travellers and airport users, that the Federal Government’s directive to close all schools and public offices in Abuja between May 7 and 9, 2014 for the World Economic Forum does not affect operations at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International

Airport, Abuja and all other airports in the country. FAAN said normal flight operations will continue to take place at all airports, as scheduled, throughout the period of the forum. A statement by the FAAN spokesperson, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said “We are constrained to disperse possible misconception in some quarters that the Abuja Airport, being a public utility, is af-

fected by the closure order.” We also wish to assure all passengers and other airport users that adequate security and operational arrangements have been put in place at all our airports to ensure hitch-free passenger facilitation during and after the World Economic Forum” he said. Meanwhile the tempo of night and low visibility operations is expected to increase and reduce operational cost to airlines via less

taxiing and long wait for take- offs and landing with the installation of solar powered airfield lightning system at Lagos and Port Harcourt international airports. The Public Affairs General Manager of the agency, Supo Atobatele told reporters in Lagos that NAMA is also expected to benefit in areas of low maintenance and running cost as power generation and cabling are totally eliminated.

You can’t sell Arewa Textiles unless you pay our entitlements, workers insist From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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orkers of the closed Arewa Textile Industry, Kaduna yesterday protested the non-payment of their entitlements since its closure in 2004 and vowed that they will resist any attempt to sell-off the company unless they are fully paid. They workers, who came out in their numbers protested at the entrance of the company following information that the potential buyers were going to visit the company to inspect the facilities. They protesting workers carried placards with inscriptions such as: “Caveat Emptor, Arewa not for sale, buyers beware” “Payment of Arewa workers benefit not sale of the factory” “resolve all workers issues in Arewa textile before any transactions” among others. It would be recalled that the factory have been advertised for sale by Chief Hon. D.E Ogona (Chartered Accountants) and Bolarinwa Fabola who are serving as legal advisers of the company. It would also be recalled that the National Union of Textiles Garment and Tailoring Workers Union of Nigeria (NUTGTWUN) had dragged Chief Ogona and Bola Fabola (Receivers of Arewa Textiles Plc in Receivership) before a Federal High Court in Kaduna, in 2005. On the 30th June, 2009, the Presiding Judge Justice M.L Shu’aibu ordered that, “that the plaintiff’s members in Arewa Textile Plc (in Receivership) are entitled to their outstanding salaries, allowances and other workers benefits from the receivers before settlement of debenture holders. “That the defendants are hereby directed to pay the plaintiff’s members in Arewa Textile Plc (in receivership) their outstanding salaries, allowances and benefits.” According to the Assistant General Secretary of the Textile Workers Union, Comrade Emeka Nkwoala JP who spoke on behalf of the workers, “all we are saying is that the order of the court should be respected; we are not against selling off the factory, but our entitlements should be fully paid first. “We are calling on prospective buyers to beware of buying the factory unless the entitlements of the workers are paid; we are also calling on Kaduna state government to please intervene in our predicaments.”


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EFCC to partner NECO in anti-corruption fight campaign in education sector From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Malam Ibrahim Lamorde has indicated that the Commission is to partner with National Examination Council (NECO) in its campaign against financial and economic crimes in the country. Lamorde, disclosed this yesterday, during the opening of a twoday workshop on EFCC Anti-Corruption Sensitization Programme for Senior Management Staff of National Examination Council held in Minna, the Niger state capital.

Lamorde said: “The programme is specially designed for public and private sector workers in direct response to the mandate of the commission to prevent economic and financial crimes, including corruption.” Lamorde, represented by the Deputy Director of Public Affairs of the EFCC, Osita Nwajah, said Section 6 of the EFCC (Establishment) ACT requires the commission to fulfil its enforcement responsibilities of taking measures to prevent the commission of economic and financial crimes. He said: “Amongst such measures is aggressive public enlighten-

ment and education. “It is cheaper to prevent crime than to fight crime. “The essence of this workshop is to take the anti-graft campaign to the workplace and encourage workers to have a buy-in as EFCC alone cannot fight and win the war against corruption, economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.” Lamorde said at the end of the programme, it is hoped that the performance of NECO staff in the discharge of their duties and in strict accordance of the law would have been enhanced. Similarly, the Registrar of NECO, Prof. Promise Okpalla,

said that the examination body is a major watchdog in the education industry. He then urged NECO participants to take the workshop with all the seriousness and commitment it deserves through demonstration of transparency and

accountability inservice delivery. Okpalla urged all NECO staff to be personally transparent and accountable as that is what integrity is all about. Opkalla was decorated as the Ambassador of Anti-Corruption in NECO by Nwaja.

Justice Oputa defined Road Map for Nigeria’s judiciary - Mark By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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enate President, David Mark, has described late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa as the pathfinder who charted the road map for the nation’s judicial system. In a tribute signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiya, Mark noted the unquantifiable contributions of the late Jurist to the economic and socio-political development of Nigeria and lamented that a huge vacuum has been created with his death. He said, “He was one of Nigeria’s best and foremost judicial officers. His landmark judgments are eloquent testimonies to this.

He was a judicial officer per excellence. He remains a reference point on virtually all judicial matters. “Justice Oputa unarguably a legal giant occupy a prominent chapter in the history of Nigeria especially in the Judiciary. Nigerians and generations yet unborn owe him debt of gratitude “. Mark also counseled that late Oputa’s legacy of selfless service, hard work, honesty, patriotism and professional excellence should be sustained by all, especially in the Judiciary. He urged Nigerians, especially the Oputa family to take solace in the fact that their patriarch lived an accomplished life worthy of emulation.

Edo youths threaten oil facilities shutdown over NDDC slot From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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L-R: Alhaji Ibrahim Bunu, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, Alhaji Khalifa Hassan Yusuf, former Minister of Defence, Alhaji Shetima Mustapha, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Kirfi, former Minister of Finance, Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, and others, during the North East Elders meeting with President Goodluck, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Taraba: Acting gov flags-off sale of fertiliser, other inputs for this farming season From Yusha’u Alhassan, Jalingo

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araba state Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar has flagged-off the sale of fertilizer and other inputs to farmers for this farming season in the state. At the ceremony in Mile six, Jalingo, the Acting Governor reiterated the commitment of his administration to provide farm implements at subsidized rates. Umar directed that the commodities be sold to farmers at ward levels while the thirty tractors bought by government will also be distributed to the sixteen local government areas in the state, to improve farming activities and boost production. The state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Musa Isa said about forty thousand farmers are expected to benefit from the programme this year and gave a breakdown of the

cost of the fertilizer as three thousand two hundred and fifty naira per bag of NPK and two thousand nine hundred and fifty naira for Urea. The Commissioner commended the state government for complementing the efforts of the Federal Government to provide an easy way of farming to the people. Also speaking, the Regional Director, Ibrahim Mohammed Araba appreciated Taraba state for being one of the most productive states in the country and urged it to do more to support agricultural programmes. In another development the Acting Governor says the ruling people’s Democratic Party (PDP) will win all its elections in 2015. The Acting Governor stated this when members of Goodluck Jonathan Mandate Group paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House, Jalingo.

Umar said Taraba was a PDP-controlled state, assuring that he would support the group to actualize its dream not only in the North-East region but in the entire country. He pleaded with the group to move the zonal headquarters of the forum to Taraba state due to the support it is receiving beside the peace being enjoyed in the state. Zonal Coordinator and leader of the Forum, Alhassan Mohammed Fawo said they were in the state in continuation of tour of states within the region to solicit support for Goodluck Jonathan’s mandate to succeed in the general election in 2015. Fawo stated that the zonal secretariat was proud of Taraba state and expressed their desire to set up a zonal office of the forum in the state, to enable members deliver the party in next year’s elections.

pressure group, Edo youths for good governance yesterday, threatened to shut down oil facilities across the state over Federal Government’s delay in appointing a substantive Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Commissioner. It said Edo State is the only state among the nine oil producing states in the Niger Delta region without NDDC Commissioner since last year, thereby hindering development. The declaration was contained in a statement issued by the President of Edo Youths for Good Governance, Comrade Culture Iyamu

and three leaders of the oil producing areas of the state. It gave a 21-day ultimatum to President Goodluck Jonathan to reconsider his decision, adding that in the event of his failure to appoint one among the nominees for the position, they will ground all political rallies, federal establishments and agencies in the state. The statement blamed maverick politicians for ‘playing politics for pushing their personal interest to sabotage common good for the people’. “Edo youths will not hesitate to shut down all Federal establishments, oil companies, oil wells and all political rallies and visitations”, it stated.

Insecurity: Sokoto govt donates 4 vehicles to Civil Defence Corps From Raji Bello, Sokoto

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okoto state government yesterday donated four Ford brand Pick up Vans to the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for operational purposes. The vehicles were handed over to the Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr. Yusha’u Yamel by the Permanent Secretary in charge of Government House on, Careers and Special services, Alhaji Tukur Mohammed. Mohammed said that the gesture was aimed at enhancing the operations of the corps in the state. According to the Permanent Secretary, “The gesture was aimed at encouraging the resolve of the corps to provide adequate security of lives and property across the

state.” He appealed to the corps member to use the vehicles properly, with a view to further securing the lives and property of the people of the state. Mohammed also pledged the state government’s commitment to continue to assist all security agencies in the state to function effectively. He also called on the people of the state to continue to support the various security agencies, especially in rendering intelligence reports to them. Responding, the Commandant of the corps, Mr. Yusha’u Yamel commended the state government for the gesture. Yamel said, “The vehicles will go a long way in further boosting our operational duties.


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Missing School girls: APC says First Lady’s intervention counter-productive From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the intervention of the First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan in the abduction of over 200 school girls as melodramatic, distractive, counter-productive and calibrated to scapegoat others with the sole intention of exculpating her husband rather than finding the girls. ‘’Make no mistake about it, there is nothing wrong in the First Lady, as a woman and the mother of the nation, playing a role in re-

solving the unfortunate abduction of the girls, but that role must be within the realms of social activism, not in policy making or conduct of state affairs,’’ the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. It warned that melodrama, highlighted by the shedding of made-for-television crocodile tears, cannot and will not bring the girls back safely to their parents. ‘’What will bring them back is a purposeful and sustained ef-

fort by the Federal Government, which has hitherto been tentative and lethargic. Therefore, enough of the distracting, absurd and overbearing show that the First Lady has put up in the past few days,’’ APC said. The party advised the First Lady to stop grand standing and to get real by leading a protest of other First Ladies from all the 36 states of the Federation from the Eagle Square to Aso Rock to pressure her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, on whose laps falls the responsibility of leading the nation to find the girls,

to act fast. It also urged the First Lady to stop apportioning blames at this time so that all efforts can be geared towards finding the girls. The party wondered where the First Lady derived the powers to summon elected and appointed officials to Aso Rock to answer her queries over the missing girls, saying by doing so, she is usurping the President’s constitutional role, making him to look weak and ineffective in conducting the affairs of state and also making Nigeria the butt of jokes in the international community. L-R: President, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Comrade Chibuzor Asumogha, Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education, Professor Junaid Mohammed, and Supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration of a technical review committee on the content and curriculum of Higher National Diploma (HND), yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Strike action: Gombe FCE orders students to remain home From David Hassan, Gombe

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he Leadership of Senior Staff Union Colleges of Education in Gombe state has directed its students to remain at home as the Federal government has refused to meet their demands. Briefing newsmen yesterday in Gombe, the chairman of the union comrade Danladi Ali Msheliza who gave the directives during its

congress meeting also said colleges of education in the country are mandated to train students to acquire Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in order to become teachers with sufficient skills of teaching to enable them teach at primary school level but yet are being denied their right. “We there fore, wish to let Nigeria know that strike has never been part of us. In fact, since 1989, unions in colleges of edu-

cation sector have never gone on an indefinite strike. We believe in dialogues but the federal government has severally failed to honor agreements with us” he said.. According to him, the migration circular that was approved by late President Umaru Musa Yaradua in 2010 was also denied by the government, stressing that only principal officers and chief lecturers of colleges of education were

migrated and paid their arrears of 20 percent since 2009. The chairman also expressed sadness that the government went on media to lie to the world that it had made 50 percent offer of the migration arrears owed to staff. He called on stakeholders especially His eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and CAN President to wade into the lingering crisis so that children can go back to school to enable us have future leaders.

Southern Kaduna professionals lament killings by unknown gunmen’ From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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group of seasoned Southern Kaduna professionals, at home and in diaspora, have lamented the incessant killings by so called “unknown gunmen” which has persisted unabated. The group which stated this af-

ter a crucial stake holders meeting at Zonkwa in Kaduna State, added that the organization is concerned about insecurity in the nation and the incessant and mindless killings in Southern Kaduna. A communiqué at the end of the meeting, signed by the Convener, Dr John Danfulani,

lamented the lack of effective, productive and sensitive political representation at local, state and federal levels and . “The obvious gradual and systematic erosion or outright abandonment of the Late Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa’s ongoing developmental projects within South-

ern Kaduna despite constant pledges to that effect by the state governor” “We also throw our support behind one of their illustrious sons, Dr Ishaku Mabushi Shekarau, to commence plans to join political the contest for the Kaduna South senatorial seat.

‘’The First Lady has summoned the Borno State Police Commissioner; the Divisional Police Officer for Chibok; the Borno State Commissioner for Education, the relevant Local Government‚ Chairman, the school principal and the school gate man, among others. Where did she derive the authority or power to issue such summons? Does she know the implication of forcing security officials to divulge, on public television, sensitive information that could even hamper the search for the girls? How can a Police Commissioner, who is not accountable to the Governor of a state, be subject to the First Lady? Where in the Constitution, or any law for that matter, is the role and powers of the First Lady delineated or articulated?’’ it queried. APC said if the First Lady would not heed the advice to stop summoning public officials to her executive chambers, then the officials should stop honouring such illegal and unconstitutional summons.

Mrs. Yero tasks women on security From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he wife of Kaduna state Governor Hajia Fatimah Ramallan Yero has called on women in the state to be security conscious and ensure that the security of their home become paramount especially in the face of the security challenges facing the country. She made the call during a security sensitization and training for women held in Kaduna yesterday. Hajia Fatimah Yero added that a large percentage of women in the country have become insecure due to the security situation the nation found itself and hence the need to reawaken security consciousness in women who are seen as centre of activities both at home and outside. The Kaduna State first lady said the major question bothering everybody today is what happens to us, how did it happen and where did we go wrong. “I will tell you that the problem of insecurity started when we stopped believing in God and when we took other people’s beliefs, norms, tradition and cultures as ours and we let the labour of our heroes past in vain,” she said. Hajia Fatimah Ramalan Yero expressed dismay that parents. families, women and community stopped nurturing their children on the right part and became materialistic. The guest lecturer, Dr Salma Abbasi of Worldwide Group said the greatest security threat to any country is the people in the country and people should be security conscious and alert especially the women flocks.


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Abducted girls: Seek international assistance, Journalists tells FG

L-R: President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, during a summit for child health, yesterday in Abuja.

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roup under the aegis of Independent Hajj Reporters yesterday called on Federal Government to deploy available security machinery and seek the assistance of international community to help find the abducted girls. The group also called on civil societies, human right activists to come together and lead the ongoing clamour for the release of 276 abducted girls from Chibok, Borno state of Nigeria. In a statement signed yesterday in Kaduna by its national coordinator, Ibrahim Muhammed and publicity secretary, Abubakar Mahmoud made available to newsmen, the group said the government should bring back the girls immediately. “ Why is it difficult for the super powers to rally together and help Nigeria in search of the abducted girls? We need all the available assistance from anywhere in the world as Nigeria leaders has demonstrated a glaring incompetence. Bring back our girls. “The case of abducted school girls from Chibok in Borno state is a challenge to all civil societies and human right activists in Nigeria precisely, and the world in general. It has brought to fore the universality of human rights being championed by the west as anchored by civil societies. “ It is also a challenge to United Nations and other international agencies whose crusade for girls’ child education remains of top priority. These are over 276 young school girls kidnapped by unknown forces in their quest to have education. “Is there anything more discouraging to girls’ child education than this madness? They should come to our aid and help bring back our girls. They are ours and not theirs,” he said The statement also condemned the attempt by some wicked forces to trivialize and reduce the safety of the lives of over 276 innocent girls into religious identities and political leanings. The group further advised “leaders to put themselves in the shoes of the parents of the abducted girls and imagine how sorrowful such traumatic experience could be.

Photo: Justin ImoOwo

Niger Delta group faults US report on Lagos From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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nited Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS) led by Professor Pat Utomi yesterday condemned the mode by which the United States chose to warn its citizens and others, of suspected terror attack on Lagos. In a statement signed by its Secretary General, Mr. Tony Iprinye Uranta after its 15th emergency meeting in Lagos, the group argued that the mode did not conform to responsible dissemination of information, and could even be said to be the terror acts and threats. The group added that it is not impossible that it was

probably a mischievous attempt by intelligence elements in the US system, to achieve a self-fulfilling prophesy of a Boko Haram attack in Lagos. The aim, they said, could be to create fear before the commencement of the World Economic Forum, and thus create the impression that the whole of Nigeria is insecure, with the possible sinister aim of further plunging Nigeria into the failedstate status the US had, until very recently, loudly predicted we’d be in by 2015, next year!” The group also expressed surprise that none of the World powers has come to Nigeria’s aid to date, in deploying their great satellite monitoring powers to help forestall Boko Haram carnage,

both in the North Central and North Eastern regions of Nigeria; or, to track the fleeing human beasts after they would carried out their inhumane attacks on hapless villagers, even where, as in the Chibok case, they carted away hundreds of young innocent girls. UNDEDSS also condemned the gross ineptitude of Nigeria’s security forces which it accused of apparently operating so blindly that they even joined in misleading the world that a majority of the abducted girls from Chibok had been rescued. The group wondered why no heads have rolled, publicly, after that faux pas by the military’s PR Unit! “The continuing level of porosity of national borders is also a cause of worry to the group and

Polytechnics medical directors elect officers From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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he resuscitated Association of Medical Directors of Federal Polytechnics of Nigeria (AMDFPON) has, during their meeting in Kaduna, elected pro-tem officers. This was disclosed in a seven point communiqué signed by Senior Executive Officer, Information and Protocol, KPT, Godwin B. Ayegba

made available to Peoples Daily in Kaduna. The Association at the meeting agreed to meet quarterly to deliberate on topical issues and ways to improve Medicare and health care services in member’s institutions. In his acceptance speech, the protem chairman, Dr. I.O. Audu pledged to move the association forward adding that their re-union has given them voice to address critical issues that affect medical

and health related issues in Nigerian Polytechnics. Kaduna Polytechnic Medical Director, Dr. Ibrahim O. Audu, was unanimously elected as protein Chairman while Dr. S.O. Makinde of Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti emerged as the Secretary. Others are Dr. A. B. Mustafa, Federal Polytechnic Bida, Treasurer and Dr. Dauda E. Ahmed, Federal Polytechnic Auchi, Public Relation Officer (PRO).

Northern govs condole Buhari over in-law’s death From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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s condolence messages continue to pour in for former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his fatherin-law, Alhaji Halilu Ahmed Chiroma, the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has joined several Nigerians

to commiserate with the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain. Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu described Alhaji Halilu’s exit as painful, especially that it is coming at a difficult time in our national life when his parental support and guidance are most

needed. In a condolence message signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, the forum urged General Buhari to be consoled by the fact that “from God we are, and unto Him we all shall return.” The statement urged the former presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive

Change (CPC) not to be discouraged by his in-law’s death, but should contribute to the development of the country. The statement prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and members of his family, especially General Buhari’s wife, Hajiya Aisha Halilu-Buhari the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

it urged the Federal Government to take a cue from other countries, including the USA, that have deemed it necessary to put up border fences/walls/barriers in an attempt to curb the influx of illegal aliens,” the group said

Insecurity: NURTW vows to monitor motor parks in north-west From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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he National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has announced the conclusion of arrangements to introduce new security approach that would help to x-ray movements in all motor stations operating across the states in the north-west zone. Speaking yesterday during inspection visit of an ongoing construction project of the zonal office of the union in Gusau, Zamfara state capital, zonal Chairman, Ardo Muhammad Kiruwa said the NURTW has role to play in tackling the current security situation that has bedeviled motor stations in the zone. Kiruwa, who said the union would not be reluctant while passengers’ lives are endangered by insurgents it would collaborate with security agencies for the provision of detecting devices to be installed in motor parks across the northwest aimed at safeguarding lives of innocent citizens. Meanwhile, the zonal chairman, who is also a national President Miyetti Allah however, denied Fulani herdsmen involvement in merciless killings, contending that the Fulani are viable and productive towards the development of the nation’s economy instead.


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20 yr-old SSS 2 student defiles 2 year-old girl in Ibadan A

Ex-staff of Skye Bank seeks N7.2m over alleged unlawful sack

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Senior Secondary School (SSS2) student , one Afeez Raimi aged 20 have been arrested and detained in police custody for allegedly having carnal knowledge of a two-year old girl (names withheld) in Ibadan. The two-year old victim, whose parents were tenants in the suspect’s grand father in Dalemo Street of Bembo area, in Apata, was said to have wandered

off from her parents rented apartment into Raimi’s room, where he perpetrated the act. The student of African Church Grammar School in Apata during an interview, confessed to the crime attributing his act to “the work of the devil”, saying he did not know what prompted him to commit the crime.”I was returning from somewhere, when she followed me into my room. I was ironing and she was sleeping on the bed. So I dipped my finger into her”, he said.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs. Olabisi Clet-Ilobanafor, the police immediately swung into action, when the incident was reported, arrested the suspect and placed the girl on medical examination, which revealed that her private part was penetrated and that she was bleeding. It was also learnt that the victim is now on intensive medical care due to the high temperature she now suffers since the incident. The Police Spokesperson

however, urged parents to take charge of their young children and not entrust them in care of anyone. She also admonished them to beware of rapists on prowl, who may be suffering from various psychotic conditions as they have no respect for age barriers or body development. While the suspect remains in police custody, the case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department for further discreet investigation

former staff of Skye Bank Plc, Mrs Funmilayo Olowu, yesterday urged the National Industrial Court in Ibadan to order the bank to pay her N7.2million as damages for alleged unlawful termination of her appointment. Olowu, who was represented in court by her counsel, Omasan Brikinn, told the court that the bank unlawfully terminated her appointment on Jan. 31, 2008 without giving her any notice. She urged the court to order the bank to pay the claimant the sum of N5.2 million being the six months salary in lieu and the sum of N2million for damages. But the counsel to the defendant, Judith Ebiteh, told the court that the bank had given the claimant one month salary in lieu of notice. Ebiteh, however, said she could not ascertain the actual date the money was paid. She urged the court to strike out the case, arguing that the claimant was not entitled to any payment. Justice Edith Agbakoba adjourned the case till June 28 for adoption of written addresses of counsel. (NAN)

Aviation consultant, 40, arraigned over alleged N1m visa fraud

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Bring Back Our Girls group stage a peaceful protest on the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno state to the Army Headquarters, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Norway child custody case: Reps ask Nigerian to appeal ruling By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora has advised Ms. Queen Agho, a Nigerian living in Norway, and who is facing legal battle for the custody of her one year old son to explore the option of appeal as provided by the Norwegian legal system. The Chairperson of the

Committee, Rep. Abike DabiriErewa gave the advice yesterday following a complaint brought before the Committee’s Public hearing. The child case, it was learnt has been decided by a court in Norway with the child given to a Norwegian family for adoption on the excuse that the mother and child do not have emotional connection and lack eye contact,

and may not have further relationship until after eighteen (18) years. The Queen’s case came to public notice a few weeks ago when a motion on matters of urgent national importance was brought in by Hon. Samson Osagie, (APC, Edo) on behalf of Ms. Queen Agho, a native of Benin in Edo State who was having a running battle with Norwegian officials over her one

year-old son forcibly taken away from her. According to the relation who approached Hon. Osagie on the matter, Queen was forcibly taken to a psychiatric home by the police and child welfare service for the purpose of generating official evidence to substantiate their claims, a move which he said failed as the doctor confirmed her to be mentally fit.

Court orders Obasanjo to file statement of defence

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n FCT High Court yesterday ordered former President Olusegun Obasanjo to file a statement of defense in a libel suit brought against him by a chieftain of PDP, Mr Buruji Kashamu. Justice Velentine Ashi gave the order when counsel to Obasanjo, Mr Ojugwu Akana made oral application for an extension of time to file the statement. Ashi also awarded N20,000 cost against Obasanjo and subsequently adjourned the case until June 10 for definite hearing.

Earlier, Akana told the court that he filed a motion dated May 5 seeking an order of the court to grant extension of time to file their statement of defense. He also submitted that the extension of time would enable them to file the statement of their witness on oath. ``My lord, this extension will enable us to get a copy of the judgment of Court of Appeal in Illinois, the United States of America. `` My lord, this judgment is vital in the defense of our case

because a high court in Illinois had earlier ruled that Kashamu has a case to answer. ``He appealed the ruling because he was not satisfied with the decision of the court in Illinois”, he said. Akana objected to granting any cost to Kashamu, as this was the first time the case was being adjourned at the instance of the defendant. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Kashamu filed the suit in March over a letter Obasanjo allegedly wrote

to President Goodluck Jonathan which referred to him (Kashamu) as ``a criminal and fugitive wanted in the United States.’’ Kashamu is asking the court to award him N200million as the cost of damages he suffered due to the alleged libel. Counsel to Kashamu, Mr Kenneth Omoruan, did not object to the oral application. Omoruan, however, prayed the court for N200,000 cost that the adjournment might cause him. (NAN)

n aviation consultant, Mikel Enedowa, yesterday, appeared in a Wuse Zone 2, Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding a man of N1 million. Enedowa, 40, is residing at No 11, Hunbori St., Wuse 2, Abuja, He is standing trial for the offence of criminal breach of trust and cheating. The Police Prosecutor, Mr Abdullahi Adamu, said that on April 29, Franklin Ihesie , of Agbor, Delta State, reported the accused to the Wuse Zone 3 police station, Abuja. Adamu said that Ihesie reported that sometime in January 2013, the accused fraudulently collected the sum of N1 million from him promising to help him procure a visa to Europe. He told the court that the accused also promised to make the visa available to Ihesie within three weeks, but failed to do as promised. Adamu said the accused had also been in possession of Ihezie’s international passport and refused to give him. ``During police investigation, the sum of N100, 000 was recovered in possession of the accused,’’ Adamu said. He said that the offences contravened sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code. The accused pleaded not guilty. The Senior Magistrate, Mr Aliyu Shafa, granted the accused bail in the sum of N250, 000 with two reliable sureties in like sum. Shafa said that the sureties must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. The magistrate said that one of the sureties must be a civil servant of not below GL 10. Shafa adjourned the case until June 19 for hearing. (NAN)


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Immunity clause must go- Jerry Gana By Hassan Haruna Ginsau

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L-R: National Conference delegates, Senator Ibrahim Ida, Dr. Salome Jankada, Mr. Ray Ekpu, and General Raji Rasaki (rtd), yesterday at the National Conference, in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Resource control: FG gets less, LG’s get more in proposed revenue sharing formula By Hassan Haruna Ginsau

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he committee on devolution of power at the on-going national conference has come up with a new revenue sharing formula which will see the Federal government get fewer funds, increasing the share of the local governments. Currently, The Federal Government gets 52.68% of revenue, the states get 26.72%, while the local governments get 20.60%. In the new formula, the committee proposes the Federal Government should get 42.5% of revenue, the states should get 35.0%, while the local government increases to 22.5%. Speaking to newsmen after yet another closed door session, co chairman of the committee, Obong Victor Attah said the proposal was not just a consensual agreement, but a unanimous one by the entire

committee. Said Attah: “Committee members acknowledge and accept that the existing constitution of Nigeria should form our point of departure. Anything we want to disagree on, at least that should be the basis. And since the constitution says that all minerals on, under, in, upon any part of Nigeria belongs to the Federal Government, if we accept that, then where do we go from there? He went on to say the committee had decided therefore that they should concentrate more on the issue of derivation rather than resource ownership by the areas where the minerals are found. In saying this, he defended those who didn’t agree, saying that there were some strong voices that came to the conference with the mandate to insist on 100% resource control, which meant that the states should own, but it was pointed that

that would occur only if that section of the constitution is amended, “otherwise you have to regret the fact that for them, what they came with, they will not be able to attain.” “So from that point on we decided that every member of the committee should state his/her position again on the issue of derivation. Because at the beginning, there were some suggestions that we should reintroduce dichotomy, increase the percentage of derivation, we should scrap the NDDC, we should scrap the ministry of Niger Delta affairs, but one thing that has guided us is the spirit of wanting to create a new Nigeria and launch it properly on the understanding that development has been very uneven”, he went on to say. He was optimistic that even the thorny issue of derivation would be resolved today. The issue of horizontal sharing was also deferred until today. Also speaking on the

developments of the committee’s session, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu said the reason for reducing the revenue received by the Federal Government and increasing those received by the state governments is to aid them (state governments) in carrying out their own projects, payment of salaries, and job creation for unemployed youths. Said Dalhatu: “We agreed that Nigeria must turn a new page, for the privileged and less privileged to sit down and see how we can move forward. Therefore, the entire committee agreed that states that don’t produce oil but have mineral resources, to be given a large sum of money towards the exploration and mining of these minerals, minerals that for 50 years now subsequent governments have neglected. This is in order for wealth to be equally distributed, and to put a stop to the view that some parts are wealthy and others are not.”

he chairman of the committee on politics and government at the National conference, Professor Jerry Gana has said the immunity clause in Nigeria’s constitution must be removed in order to ensure good governance. Talking to the media on the committee’s developments after its session yesterday, Gana said they had taken a very important decision on the immunity clause,” we believe that to promote this anticorruption, to ensure that we have the rule of law, and for all those who are in governance to rule well, and act in accordance with the rules, we must not protect anybody. So the immunity clause we believe should be expunged from the constitution so that if you are elected, if you do what is wrong, you face the law and people will behave better,” said Gana. He went on to say that those who govern should be the first to obey the law, “we’ve looked at a number of areas of the constitution that will require an amendment, but we argued that whether we have a new constitution would depend on the nature and volume of the changes that the conference intends to make.” He added that if the committee was making some radical changes, definitely there will be a new constitution, noting that that will be one of the final things they will debate because issues are being discussed in other parts of the conference. What is in addition that needs to be done according to him, is to ensure that Nigerians can enjoy good governance on a sustainable basis, in other words, can there be a new model for Nigerian good governance? He queried. He said the committee had received recommendations from five out of the six subcommittees, with only that of good governance and democratisation reaming.” We’ve taken reports on mechanisms for a more participatory, inclusive democracy, that of national ethics, anti-corruption measures, freedom of information, the role of traditional rulers within the governance of the federal republic of Nigeria, the only one left is on minority rights and ethnic nationalities, because the strength of any chain is that of the weakest link. So any society that does not take care of the weak members is a very weak society indeed,” said Gana. Other key decisions taken by the committee so far relate to matters ensuring that those who are elected to govern govern effectively with accountability, with deliverance of service, and how leaders are raised and elected within society.


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Abandoned Taraba residents starving to death- Delegate

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onourable Dr. Mrs. Salome Audu Jankada, former minister of water resources, and minister for youth development, now a delegate representing Taraba state at the National conference, in this interview with Hassan Haruna Ginsau laments the unstable security situation in regards to lives, food and property in besieged Wukari local government of southern Taraba state. How would you describe the current situation in Taraba state? Well, firstly my name is Honourable Dr. Mrs. Salome Audu Jankada, a member of this conference and a former minister of water resources, and minister of youth development, representing the Taraba state Government, and also representing the southern zone of Taraba state, so I’m a daughter of the soil. If you may recall, when the situation was at its peak I rose on the floor of the conference to cry out over the massacre that my people were going through. Having said that, today it is curfew upon curfew. My people are locked up and the most beckoning issue now is the issue of hunger. They are locked up, a bag of maize is about N10, 000, that is if you can get one to buy at all. They release them for about 4-5 hours and they are locked up again. So now, as a representative of the people of Southern Taraba State, we are calling on the Federal government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), those that go in to salvage the emergency situation of our times. My southern part of Taraba State is in dire need of emergency assistance in terms of food, we are not even talking of shelter here, because now all of the houses have been razed and burnt down.

L-R: Alhaji Abdullahi Ali Kano, Justice Usman M. Argungu, and Emir of Yauri, Dr. Zayyanu Abdullahi, during the National Conference, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Honourable Dr. Mrs. Salome Audu Jankada, former minister of water resources, and minister for youth development,

But first what we are talking of now is food and later on I’m sure shelter will come, because some of the residents that came under attack left without anything to carry away but their lives. They left with just the clothes on them, but we are not even talking about clothes now, we are talking of what to eat. Some of the children are now sick, they cannot even go to the hospital as it were, and people lay in wait on

the roads. About 4 days ago, a family member; a man, his wife, and 2 kids were going to the hospital and they were apprehended and slaughtered in the eyes of everybody. We are not exaggerating, so we are calling on the Federal government to please pay more attention to what is happening in Southern Taraba because we believe that unless the Government comes in with a heavy

presence, nothing can be done, though she is there, but it’s not enough because the people keep attacking, they have not stopped attacking us and we are wondering what is happening. With or without a curfew, it’s still going on. You hear of this village today, tomorrow it’s the next; next tomorrow it’s another village, so where are we going to turn to? I’m using this medium as a daughter of the soil to call on the federal government, we appreciate what they are doing but they can do more, especially the issue of food, because people are really dying of hunger. They (the displaced peoples) don’t even have the money; they have all left their various homes and are living in makeshift shelters, so where do they even get money to buy food as it were. So we are appealing to the public, philanthropists, and other forms of government to come to the aid of the people of Southern Taraba. We are not asking for anything but food, because that is the

basic, that is the number one thing needed to survive, and that is my call on the people. We are not exaggerating; those that go there will see what we are taking about. Does this mean that NEMA and other emergency agencies are not on ground? No, for now they are not, that is why we are now telling them of the gravity of the situation on ground, maybe they don’t know. Our people call us every day; it’s a whole local government with its environs that has been made to be in the situation they are currently in. So we are calling on NEMA, if they haven’t heard, we are now saying that they should please turn their attention to Wukari, the southern zone of Taraba, and at least provide the displaced with some emergency services, the first of which should be the food we are talking about, then the shelter can come afterwards, because youhave to be alive before looking for shelter anyway.


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Lorry crushes two Jigawa NYSC members From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse

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wo Batch “C” Corps members serving in Jigawa, on Monday died in an auto crash involving a truck and motorcycle in Dutse, the state capital. The state Commandant of FRSC, Mr. Amin Umar, told newsmen in Dutse that the accident occurred along G9 Quarters Road, at about 10.00a.m. Umar said the accident occurred

when the three corps members, who were said to be riding on a motorcycle, fell on the road and the truck coming behind ran over and crushed them. He explained that two of the corps members, Mustafa Sufi and Muktar Abubakar died on the spot while Haruna Abubakar, who survived with injuries, was taken to Rasheedi Shekoni Specialists Hospital for medical attention. Reacting, the Public Relations

Officer (PRO) of the NYSC in the state, Mr. Obemeata Alex said that the corps members were on their way to the Federal University Dutse (FUD), which was their Place of Primary Assignment (PPA) for their monthly clearance when the incident occurred. Alex said that Mustafa Sufi, who read Accounting and Finance in East London University, was from Kano, Muktar Abubakar, who read

Business Administration in Cafe Briton University, was also from Kano. He added that Haruna Ahmad, who survived the accident, read Human Resource from New Castle University and was from Yobe. According to him, the remains of the two corps members were taken to their parents in Kano for burial while the survivor was still in hospital receiving treatment.

Institute assures on harnessing religious, cultural differences in Nigeria By Evelyn Okakwu

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he Country Representative of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD), Mr. Dickson Osas Omoragie, has assured that the institute will harness religious, cultural differences in Nigeria. Omoragie, who gave the assurance in an interview in Abuja on Monday, said the ICD understands that in an increasingly globalized world in which people are able to travel and exchange information faster than ever before, this will grow inter-dependency between cultures and religions. In his words: “As a result, successful inter-cultural interaction will undoubtedly become a major challenge for international relations in the 21st century. “In this regard, the ICD believes that inter- and intra-cultural relations can be strengthened and maintained through dialogue. According to him, this will in turn lead to a better understanding and greater trust between cultures, prevent misunderstanding, improve communication and help to reduce the likelihood of socio-cultural conflicts. He explained that ICD is an international, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, founded in 1999, with headquarters in Berlin, Germany and the USA. He identified major objectives of the ICD as to extend current research, programs and practices in the field of cultural diplomacy and create a platform to promote

and sustain inter-cultural dialogue at all levels. “The ICD´s ultimate goal is to promote global peace and stability by strengthening and supporting inter cultural relations at all levels. “Since 1999, we have worked

hard to raise awareness of the field of cultural diplomacy and bring together in sustainable networks individuals from diverse cultural, acade m i c , a n d p r o f e s s i o n a l backgrounds. “The result of this combined

effort is a large archive of publically-available material including audio visual interviews and speeches, academic papers, academic presentations, and a broad range of case studies in cultural diplomacy”, he said.

L-R: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Dr. Habiba M. Lawal, Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Maina, Director General, National Centre for Development, Lady Onyka Onwenu, representative of Benue state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Gbankon Hannah, Katsina state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hajiya Amina Isah Gachi, and Bayelsa state Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Otazi Serifinah, during the mid-term review meeting of the 15th Regular National Council of Women Affairs, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

IPMAN expresses shock over VP’s brother death From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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he Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), yesterday condoled with the family of VicePresident Namadi Sambo over his brother retired Captain Sabo Sambo’s death, describing the deceased as an

illustrious son of Kaduna state. It could be recalled that late Sambo died in an auto crash along Airport expressway in Abuja, last week. IPMAN, in a statement signed by their state Chairman, Alhaji Mohammad Ndakogi, made available to newsmen in Kaduna, expressed shock over the unfortunate death.

The group further added that they believe every human being must taste death and nobody can stop it when it comes. “We received the shock of the death of our illustrious son who served the country meticulously during his life time and we pray to Allah to grant him Aljannatul Firdausi.

“We share with you also in this grieving moment and pray to Allah to give you the courage to bear the loss,” the group said. The group equally sent their condolence to the state governor, Dr. Muktar Ramalan Yero over the death of young Sambo, who was an indigene of the state.

Don’t turn Nigeria into banana republic, Yoruba community tells Jonathan From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Yoruba community in the northern states and Abuja have expressed great concern on the situation of insecurity across the country and urged the Federal Government to urgently find a lasting solution to avoid a state of anarchy. Rising from an emergency meeting in Kaduna on Friday, the community called on all citizens of the country to pray fervently to get an end to the series of calamity so that

the nation may not break as predicted by the enemies of a united Nigeria. A communiqué signed by its leader, Ambassador Mohammed Arigbabuwo, noted with regret that the federal government has treated the situation with levity hence the deteriorating security situation every now and then without anyone knowing where the nation is moving to. According to the communiqué, President Jonathan and his party, the (PDP) should stop playing politics

with the lives of the citizens, but find a way out from this menace and the senseless killings and abduction of innocent people. The community noted with regret that President Jonathan has allowed himself to be pushed around by these with him at the corridors of power, who are mere scavengers that have refused to tell him the truth and the way forward. “We, therefore, call on Mr. President to be weary of the fifth columnists that have surrounded him for personal gains”, the communiqué

added. The communiqué further adviced the president to borrow a leaf from other leaders who ruled before him in an atmosphere devoid of insecurity, and call those past leaders such as Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shagari, Yakubu Gowon, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida, Alex Ekueme, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto and CAN President, to sit on a round table to find solutions to the current insecurity ravaging the entire nation.

Lecturers to be trained on Science, Mathematics subjects soonMinister From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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upervising Minister of Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, yesterday said very soon, the training on: ‘Strengthening of Science and Mathematics Education’ (SMASE) project would be extended to tertiary Institutions across the country. The minister said primary and secondary school teachers are not the only people that would benefit from the training. The minister, who disclosed this at the opening ceremony of SMASE Cycle ll, 3rd cohort training, held in Kaduna, said in this country there are teachers with 10 years’ experience in teaching who have never attended any training course. “We are working very hard, because we believe in SMASE programme. We intend to extend the project to secondary school teachers; because it is not only primary school teachers that should be trained; we are also going to extend the training to lecturers in the tertiary institutions. “We have already entered agreement on how to involve lecturers in SMASE programme”, he added. The Minister, represented by National Coordinator SMASE, Chimeze Agwui said the minister really wants to ensure that SMASE project is sustained in Nigeria. Declaring the event open, Director-General NTI, Associate Professor, Aminu Ladan Sharehu said teachers training is a very important business because without quality teachers there will never be a quality education in the country. He expressed the institute’s readiness and commitment to ensure that the SMASE is extended to not only primary, secondary but tertiary institutions in the country.


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Money Sense

6 traits that you need to move from being an employee to self-employed

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eople say this always, “I just lost my job!” Then they ask, “How do I start a business?” More people are getting downsized, terminated or just plain fired all the time. Due to state of the economy, finding another job can be difficult. Creating a job of your own by starting a business looks attractive when you can’t find a job, or just can’t stand the job you have. You ask yourself, “How do I start a business?” This is not the first question you should be asking if you’re in this situation; the first question you should be asking is “Should I start a business?” Before you start thinking about the different types of businesses you might start, you have to do some thinking about you. Starting a business is not for everyone. Being self-employed is very different than being an employee. Some people find it impossible to adjust to the differences. Let’s see if you have the necessary entrepreneurial mindset to become self-employed. These are the six traits that I think encapsulate the ways you have to think and behave if you want to make a successful transition from being employed in someone else’s business to starting a business of your own. 1) You have to be flexible to be self-employed If you start a business, you no longer have “one” job with clearly defined duties and responsibilities. You’ll suddenly have multiple jobs, which will be often interrupted by unforeseen crises (particularly in the startup phase). Many employees are used to having days filled with predictable activities; many self-employed people don’t.

Money Tip: Make money marketing other people’s product and yours too

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arry out a research and find out which companies have recently been set up and offer to help market their products and services. You can achieve this by making fliers and brochures to be distributed in every neighborhood. The other way is to conduct marketing online. It does not cost much to make the fliers or even to use the internet for marketing purposes because you can start the business on your own without the need for employees.

Quote It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference. – Michael Dell

Once you start a business, there’s nowhere to pass the responsibility. As an employee, you may be used to passing problems up along the food chain or not be very involved in decision making. As a selfemployed business owner, you’re the one who will have to deal with whatever the crisis is and solve the problem. You’re the one who will have to make the decisions. You have to be a self-motivated initiator When you’re an employee, other people tell you what to do, either directly or indirectly. You get used to having your actions directed by others but you have to direct your own actions as a small business owner. You can’t just sit there and hope that maybe some clients stroll in or that someone will drop by out of the blue with inventory for your retail store. No one’s going to drop work on your desk or point out what needs to be done. For many people who try to become self-employed and start businesses after having a long-term full-time job, this is the hardest adjustment to make. 3) You have to be able to recognize opportunities and go after them Most employees do what they’re assigned to do. There’s someone else who’s “assigned” to look out for opportunities, either a boss in a small business,

or perhaps a sales department or a managerial team in a large corporation. If you start a business, you need to be the one constantly watching for opportunities, and be able to recognize them when you see them. It might be a small

opportunity, such as the chance to pick up a new client, or a large one, such as getting your product on the shelves in a large retail chain, but as a small business owner, you have to keep scanning the horizon yourself and positioning yourself to benefit

from the opportunities that you find. As an employee, you may be used to operating in a “head-down” position; if you’re going to start a business and become successfully self-employed, you need to start operating in the “head-up” position. To be continued…

How to clean/keep Naira notes clean

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ow that Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has made its intention to deliver new Naira notes next month, there is need to educate ourselves on how to clean and maintain these notes in order to enhance the durability which is an important property of money. In the early 20th century, the U.S. Department of Treasury invented a money-washing machine that cleaned and dried more than 35,000 notes per day. Money-laundering sounds like an easy way to end up in jail, but what do you do when you have a bunch of grimy bank notes? Before you start cleaning, consider the options. If the paper

currency is very old, it is best to leave it be, as the material has aged too much to be cleaned in most manners. It is still worth a lot to collectors. If you simply wish to clean the currency enough to use it again as tender, perhaps you should go to your local bank. Most banks will provide a crisp bank note of equal value. Note that paper money is not actually paper. But normally should have 75 percent cotton and 25 percent linen, so you are actually washing fabric. There are also red and blue threads distributed throughout that keep the currency together, meaning it is manufactured to withstand wear and tear, not to look pretty. Though there is this question, can Nigeria

notes be trusted with this quality? Nonetheless, there is need to keep money clean by avoiding squeezing, dropping it in dirty bowls, touching it with dirty hands and most importantly, writing on the note! In any case, if there is need to clean your valued naira notes, you can try this. Remember to apply caution though. 1. Fill bowl with warm water, adding a small amount of dish detergent to create a soapy mixture. 2. Place paper money on a clean, flat surface. Lightly dip a corner of the soft rag in the soapy water and, starting from the middle of the money, brush it laterally toward the edges. Brush past the edges of the paper money to avoid

tearing the corners. Do this for roughly three minutes. 3. Brush the money gently in a circular motion with a slightly moistened soft rag. Again, be careful around the edges. Do this for roughly two minutes. Most paper bills have series silver threads distributed in them that make cleaning harder than on regular paper or fabric. 4. Turn the money over and repeat steps 1 through 3. 5. Once your money is washed, use a dry, soft rag to wipe any excess soap or water away. Lightly pat down the paper money until it is fairly dry. 6. Place the paper currency in the middle of a thick book, making sure that the entire bill is within the pages. As long as you don’t mind a slightly damp text for a brief period of time, this will dry the money quickly and flatten it. Leave the paper money in the book for at least five hours. Do not try to iron the money; ironing may cause further damage and weaken the integrity of the material. 7. If you need the money dried faster, use a hair dryer on the low heat setting. Too much heat can cause the fabric to become brittle. Warnings The key word is brush, not scrub. Scrubbing with any excess force will remove ink and/or fray the fabric of the money. This process will not restore dirty money to its original form. This process will clean excess dirt or stains from paper currency that is not too old. If the paper money in question is very old, do not try to wash it.


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EDITORIAL

n spite of seemingly intractable security challenges, Abuja is playing host to the glamorous World Economic Forum. Its Africa edition began yesterday. Despite also the security sweep that will keep residents in their homes for the three-day period of the high-brow meeting, we support our government’s decision to host the forum. On another occasion, we would raise issues with the decision to keep residents away from their daily engagements. The WEF, founded in 1971 by a German, Mr. Klaus Schwab, originally operated as an esoteric conclave of world business leaders in western Europe, ostensibly designed to work out better and more effective strategies for their global operations. However, in the nearly half a century of the WEF’s existence, the world has changed considerably. Both the end of the Cold War and the emergence of new dynamic economies in North-east Asia, especially China, have added a new mix to the WEF. Africa’s own pre-eminence in the world economy as its precious minerals assume a strategic importance in driving the global economic order and the continent’s more visible role in the WEF confer on it a more

inclusive outlook. However, while the forum remains an independent global think tank, the seriousness

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As Nigeria hosts ‘World Economic Forum on Africa’ If the Abuja meeting is able to design a road map to break this enduring paradox, it will have served its purpose. with which it is taken in policy circles makes it the engine room and resource centre of global economic policy making. This is why we are taking very seriously this 16th edition of the WEF specifically focusing on Africa that Nigeria is hosting. Its theme, “Forging inclusive growth and creating jobs” cannot be more apt for Africa in general and Nigeria in particular. For avoidance of doubt, we did not share the government’s excitement over our rebased

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GDP that has made Nigeria the largest economy in Africa. This is because of the large army of unemployed Nigerians who, according to reports, have taken the extreme measure of committing suicide while most young people have taken to anti-social and even criminal behavior like kidnapping, armed robbery etc. The most worrisome expression of this tendency is the recourse to religious bigotry and its concomitant of terrorism. A growing economy, as in the case of several African countries and especially Nigeria, without a critical component of absorbing an expanding labour force is a recipe for social strife and political instability.The optimism of the WEF that “Africa’s remarkable growth trajectory is projected to remain above 5 percent in 2014, with West Africa the fastest growing sub-region, representing the continent’s largest opportunity…”, sounds effusive. However, it hardly underscores the acute misery more widespread in the region from the noxious variable of growth without development. If the Abuja meeting is able to design a road map to break this enduring paradox, it will have served its purpose.

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Opinion Nigerians’ ‘one love’ doctrine’ By Emeka Asinugo

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ay 29 is around the corner. Nigeria and Nigerians will, as usual, observe a bank holiday on that day, to commemorate the nation’s Democracy Day. I suppose the holiday will also offer Nigerians an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of their democracy, and to take stock of how far they have come. Needless to say, on that day, Nigerians should also take a closer look at other older democracies like Great Britain and America. These are the countries which can pride themselves today as being in the forefront of democratic governance. They were in the arena much earlier than Nigeria. So, Nigerian leaders should appraise the social and political challenges these countries have had to contain over the years. Trust Nigerians. Their leaders should be able to encourage them to photostat how these advanced democracies are overcoming their challenges and how they are becoming more and more able to wield their countries together in the interest of the human family. It is not that Nigerian leaders are yet to see the need! Trust their “One Love” slogan! Nigerians know that

they have indeed come a long way since their country attained independence on 1 October 1960. The peculiar need for its very existence made it mandatory for the country to drop the parliamentary form of democracy it inherited from Britain. The country had experienced series of coups and counter-coups by its military for most of its postindependence years between 1966 and 1999. At the closure of the military adventure into the country’s governance, it became necessary to institute a home-made Nigerian constitution which would ensure that the military stays back in the barracks and that soldiers are no longer in a position to stage coups in the future against constitutionally elected governments of the people. The nation’s leaders decided to tailor government to fit into what they saw at the time as the needs and aspirations of Nigerian citizens. The end of military rule ushered in a new era of elections, and a return of civil liberties and freedom of the press. It saw an end to arbitrary arrests and torture which were prevalent during the military interregnum. Nigeria also began a long campaign against

the bureaucratic and military corruption which had paralysed its economy and severely tarnished its international reputation. The 1999 Nigerian Constitution made important provisions which differed considerably from the American model. Most of them were made to ensure regional balance. One of the important provisions, for example, was that the President must have in his cabinet at least one minister from each of the states in the Federation. Today, Nigeria is the world’s fourth largest democracy. It is said that one African in four is a Nigerian. With a population of over 170 million people, Nigeria is larger than any country in Europe. It is the world’s eighth largest producer of crude oil and the United States’ second largest supplier. Nigerian leaders knew that theirs is a country which constantly faced the challenges of extraordinary socio-political complexities. They knew that their people speak hundreds of ethnic languages. Half of them belong to the three largest ethnic groups – the Hausa, the Igbo and the Yoruba. The rest of them, usually identified as the “minorities,” come from the more than 250 other groups which also

speak different ethnic languages and have their various cultural identities. Nigeria’s constitution makers were determined not repeat the nation’s past mistakes. Unfortunately, this diversity in language and culture has continued to inflict a bloody nose on Nigeria. The nation’s leaderships seem to find it difficult to grapple with the challenges. But the fact remains that the case of Nigeria is not different from the case of other big democracies, especially the United States and Great Britain. America has more than 50 states and Great Britain is great because it can contain four countries in one – England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. All of these people have their different ethnic languages and ways of life. But whether we look at America or Britain today, there is a trend that each of these progressive countries is adopting. They all believe that UNITY IN DIVERSITY is the only way forward. The doctrine of unity in diversity has sustained them and made them great. That same doctrine, known in Nigeria as “One Love” can also sustain Nigeria’s democracy and make Nigeria great. As usual, 29 May this year will be celebrated as a bank holiday all over the

country. But before Nigeria celebrates its Democracy Day in the next couple of weeks, the nation’s leaders need to consider a few things that are important in the evolution of any democratic dispensation. They need to consider what exactly the concept of unity in diversity which prevails in similar countries with people of divergent cultures and political persuasions means to the citizens of Nigeria. If countries as complex as the USA and the UK which recently opened its doors to Eastern European countries are surviving their national challenges because they believe in and are encouraging the concept of unity in diversity, why can Nigeria not do the same in the name of “One Love”? They should consider the fact the God will not forgive us if we fail the youths of our country. My idea is that it is possible to get the youths involved in determining the future of the country if Parliament should consider enacting a law which will ensure that citizens are only allowed to hold public offices for only two tenures in their lifetime and that public office seekers are within the age brackets of 25 and 65. Emeka Asinugo is a London based journalist.

A colony of terrorists and perverts By Bamidele Ademola-Olateju

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do not watch the Jonathan media chat because I want to be spared the agony of seeing him say nothing meaningful. I usually read the transcripts and I have never been disappointed at my decision that nothing good can come out of this Presidency. Mr. Jonathan has no reassuring presence, in his own words; “He does not give a damn!” We all can “go and die!” Under his watch, the country grew confused, we are left to wallow in confusion creating more frustration, more tedium, more fear and more despair. Terrorism escalated during his presidency. In place of concrete action we have disparate information, deliberate manipulation and official distortion of facts which makes every effort to combat Boko Haram and its shoots practically impossible. Nigeria has become a country of anything goes; Boko Haram foot soldiers and their Nigerian sponsors are hiding in plain sight. They are left to roam free because of their position and status in the society. The government has no will power to confront these destroyers because each and everyone in position today has a lot to hide and it has become a dangerous game. The monster they bred as a tool for political intimidation has mutated into something they

cannot recognize nor control. In his latest media chat, Mr. Jonathan was quoted as saying “stealing is not corruption.” This statement is not only incredible coming from the President of over 170million people, it also means this President is unteachable! He learns nothing and forgets everything ever so conveniently. With him, we have “entered one chance”. Hopefully, there will be something to salvage from Nigeria by 2015. Whether our elites agree or not, this fetid sore of our lives in the name of terror is the latent function of the protracted failure of the Nigerian State to deliver good governance. When all the tiers of government steal the money allocated for hospitals, roads, schools and when its youths are denied good and qualitative education, employment and its elders die for lack of healthcare, welfare and looted pensions; terrorism is what you get. Terrorism is what you get when a country is held sedate by religious merchants, when the youths are battered socially, psychologically and economically. Terrorism is the price we are paying for producing a colony of frustrated, depraved, dejected, deprived and hopeless youths as a consequence of official stealing, graft and general dysfunction. Boko Haram is difficult to contain because they want to

wish it away. It is difficult to fight terror because corruption has eaten deep into the nations security apparatus. Because of corruption, we have a rag tag army who wield inferior weapons compared to the adversaries they are expected to confront. Defense budgets for two decades have gone into private pockets leaving morale at the lowest ever! Soldiers on assignment are not paid their allowances while in the trenches to fight. Nothing is sacred anymore in the country. We seem unaware that corruption as perpetuated by public servants and political office holders creates unemployment, undermines democracy, the rule of law, good governance and security; it also destroys the capacity of institutions to perform well. We are witnessing the early onset of a failed state as the result of the complete metamorphosis of corruption. The country’s elite may not want to draw this parallel so they are not fingered as enablers of terrorism but the variables for the corruption object exists and cannot be erased. Unfortunately the actors do not believe we will all go down with the ship one way or another. The ingredients are complete in the triad of corruption, state neglect and terrorism. No country can have all these three ingredients without brewing massive bloodshed. I cringe at the though of it, but it is true.

For those of us who thinks terrorism is a northern problem I urge a rethink. This is because terror spreads and the fear knows no boundaries. To people of Northern origin; why did Boko Haram emerge from the poorest parts of Northern Nigeria? Why is Boko Haram finding recruitment easier among the lumpen plebeians and in such places where people have not had the opportunity to go to school and have decent source of livelihood? While the influence of religion cannot be downplayed, these colonies of destitutes became major recruiting reservoirs of foot soldiers for Boko Haram due to hopelessness. Otherwise, why is it that the largest chunk of recruits are young adults drawn from the pool of the poor underclass, idle youths with no skills and limited survival options? Let’s not fool ourselves, we must begin to organize more and agonize less. Otherwise, sex perverts will continue to sneak in at odd times to rape our mothers and abduct our girls. Our leaders are busy buying private jets that will help them and their families escape when things get really bad. Those of us who have no private jets and nowhere to run must begin to plan how to defeat terror. The present crop of leaders Nigeria has the tragic misfortune of being blessed with will rather live out their miserable lives in

exile in Trinidad and Tobago than build Nigeria. Do something on your own to safeguard yourself and start asking questions and hold them to account. The dimensions of our home-grown terror is based on class and gender. Don’t be fooled! The abduction of the Chibok girls confirms the intent to subdue the northern female from getting educated. The patriarchal culture of subduing the female kind in the north must stop. A country that keeps its women subjugated cannot thrive. Osama Bin Laden died surrounded by his choice collection of the best pornographic movies ever made. The bombings are no longer enough, the girl child must be abducted and married off forcefully for N2,000! Islamist terrorists are plain hopeless sex perverts selling hokum to those deluded enough to buy their version of jihadi nonsense and their obsession with female genitalia thinly veiled as safeguarding female purity. Is anyone still in doubt over the failure of Mr. Jonathan’s state of emergency? Is anyone still in doubt that this President is a failure? The failure of leadership is glaring here. What use is federal might to this President? Diaris God ooooo!!! BamideleAdemolaOlateju is on Twitter: @ olufunmilayo


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Opinion By Donald Ikenna Ofoegbu

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oday we have a rebasedGDP that has catapulted Nigeria to the position of the largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $510billion. This has placed us amongst the fastest growing economy in the world. However, such growth has not translated into development as the above abridged reality suggest otherwise. The rebasing of the GRP was long overdue and deserves commendation, but the bulk of the work remains undone. The rebased GDP ought to have been reflected into sector development and improved welfare. The Vision 20:2020 envisages a transformational growth which can be seen in the vital sectors of the economy and translated in an improvement in the Human Development Index. In achieving the vision 2020 there are guidelines prescribed by the Vision 2020 documents and other enabling acts, which requires a committed and disciplined application by all stakeholders. Overtime, the contrary persist in the pursuit of the vision as governments at all levels have contributed to killing the vision through irresponsible fiscal prioritization. For instance, both state and federal governments budget are dominated by government operating and personnel cost, instead of a reasonable proportion to capital infrastructural projects. Currently the operating and personnel cost of government is over 70% of the entire budget, while capital budget have hardly exceeded 26%. Aside the low infrastructural appropriations, capital budgets are far from fullutilization. Official figures released from the Budget Office of the Federation, shows that only 51% of the budgeted sum for capital infrastructure provision and maintenance was used in 2012, and 45.7% as at September 2013. For the rebased GDP to have any impact on the entire society there is need for the redistribution of wealth amongst the people. An equitable fiscal system must be put in place: the PAYE system must be fully and widely enforced; Properties that are hardly occupied around the country should be taxed, as well as all corporate

Re-appraising the rebased GDP bodies and political office holders (in which case a disclosure of remuneration must be enforced). This would require a strengthening and empowering of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to enforce collection; as well as cooperation with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to ensure compliance.

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Areas of revenue leakage need be plugged; the government need to be true and serious in their fight against oil theft and vandalism; oil cabals should at least be named and shamed, if not booked and jailed. The construction of local refineries relative to sizes should be the agenda of all administration, as the current subsidy scheme seem to be bloated with scams. The Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which is long overdue should be signed into law. Waivers of custom duties should be abolished as developmental funds are wasted in the name of preference. Funding commitment need

be focused to the agricultural and manufacturing sector as the re-basement suggests. Funding of these sectors need to be tilted towards mechanisation and infrastructure development; for instance factory and processing plants should be erected to engineer the extension of agricultural value chain. This will create more jobs for Nigerians, reduce the over-dependence on oil; cure the effects of Dutch disease, cut down import dependency as more made in Nigeria products come to existence. This effort must be guarded with the right trade policies which must protect

the Nigerian manufacturer at all cost. There is also a crucial need to achieve steady power supply; the DISCOs and Transmitting companies need to upgrade their services; improving electric facilities through financial sourcing

of floated of securities. This will ensure the needed available long term financial leverage as well as increase ownership by Nigerians. Intervention schemes such as the SURE-P should be focused on stand-alone-projects against merging with existing projects. Synergising the SURE-P to the federal government projects makes the outcome and impact of the intervention to be rather unclear and questionable especially in the areas of infrastructure. Hence the SURE-P infrastructure projects can be limited to educational infrastructures, health facilities, as well as agricultural projects; along

For the rebased GDP to have any impact on the entire society there is need for the redistribution of wealth amongst the people. An equitable fiscal system must be put in place: the PAYE system must be fully and widely enforced; Properties that are hardly occupied around the country should be taxed, as well as all corporate bodies and political office holders (in which case a disclosure of remuneration must be enforced). This would require a strengthening and empowering of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to enforce collection; as well as cooperation with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to ensure compliance

with the social safety nets. The Nigerian budget process should be timely and participatory in accordance with the fiscal responsibility act. Still on the budget, the cost of governance should be prune down as annual budgets are over-blotted with frivolous and wasteful line items such as the Security Wide votes. These ought to be abolished and channelled into priority areas like the infrastructure, security and defence. According to the Economist Magazine in July 15 2013, Nigerian legislatures are the highest paid in the world; making political offices a do or die affair; susceptible to adverse selection. Such remuneration is not commensurate with Nigeria’s state of want. Despite clamours and appeal to the Revenue Allocation Mobilization and Fiscal Commission (RAMFAC) upon whose shoulder lies the responsibility to restructure the remuneration packages of the public and political office holders, the agency seem rather handicapped, hence, a wider income inequality. This ought not to be. Finally, the rule of law must be upheld. Nigeria must rise to the point were no individual citizen or group stand supreme over the nation or her constitution. Full and stiffer sanction must be played out on offenders; the common practice of plea bargain should be eroded from the constitution and all acts. The Judiciary must be given independence from the executive; from the selection of judges by the governors/presidents to their daily judiciary proceeds. Such autonomy must be granted to all other government agencies. Citizens must also learn to be responsible and inquisitive into the affairs of the government. For Nigeria to attain higher development, the governments at all levels must be fiscally responsible; having an existing fiscal commission to oversee this. Donald IkennaOfoegbu is a public finance expert/ researcher, Centre for Social Justice

A May Day tragedy By Ibrahim Biu

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o doubt, security and the protection of lives and property of FCT residents is an issue of huge concern to the FCTA- led administration of Sen. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed. Following directives from the President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, an emergency security meeting was held in Abuja early in the week which was presided over by Mr. President himself in order to provide increased security surveillance to Abuja, the nation’s capital. This directive became necessary due to the fear and anxiety among FCT residents following two bomb incidents and bomb scare at the Federal Secretariat and National Assembly last week. During the first and second bomb incidents about 100 persons lost their lives and many vehicles were damaged while many other people were also injured. The FCT minister and his

team have been busy doing their best to ensure the adequate protection of lives and property. He and security agencies have advised FCT residents to go about their legitimate duties without fear as according to them proper arrangements have been put in place for their safety and that of their property. Theses assurances have become necessary because apart from Abuja being the nation’s capital, it is now playing host to the whole world. As from Wednesday the 7th of May, 2014 to Friday 9th of May, 2014, over 1, 200 delegates from across the world will be in the city to attend the 24th edition of the World Economic Forum, holding in Abuja with its theme titled “forging inclusive growth, creating jobs”. Sen. Bala said last week through his SA Media, Mr. Nosike that Abuja is the face of Nigeria and nobody wants his face scratched. Therefore everything humanly possible is being done to

make Abuja a safe place for all of us. We will continue to do our best on this issue of security.” He said the residents should help security people with useful information since everybody is part of the government, adding that the 12 million eyes in Abuja should assist our security people to do their jobs of securing lives and property all over the FCT. Recently measures adopted by Sen. Bala Mohammed are necessary because as explained by one security consultant, Samuel Ojo, recently, many Nigerians are worried about the lack of proper prosecution and punishment of persons involved in security breaching at all levels. After all every Nigerian should be involved in security issues unlike before when people feel only the government is responsible for our security. The forum will help towards bringing investors to Africa and will create job opportunities to millions of people in developing

countries like Nigeria which is a leader in Africa. Therefore the enhanced security measures adopted by Bala and his team have become necessary especially in view of the importance of the forum and due to the current security threats issued by some miscreants who have struck about two or three times in Abuja within the past two years. Apart from allaying the anxiety of FCT residents the measures adopted by Sen. Bala will re-assure participants at the forum which involves heads of governments and foreign envoys from all over the world about the safety of their lives and their property. Those who have been putting heads with Sen. Bala about the issue of enhanced security in Abuja include the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army, Chief of Air Staff, Inspector General of Police, representatives of DG SSS, and DG national intelligence.

Decisions taken by the Presidency and by the enhanced security committee are important and should be vigorously implemented because lack of punishing offenders have contributed to the on-going poor attitude of security issues by some Nigerians. With our check points being heavily monitored by security men and our airports properly secured as assured recently by the FAAN Managing Director, Engr. Saleh Dunoma the safety of the over 1, 200 participants as well as FCT residents have been guaranteed. Engr. Saleh has been able to properly secure all our 26 airports especially that of Abuja and Lagos for the security benefit of air travelers. In fact the disbelief and anger of some residents to recent happenings will be replaced with hope and optimism. Ibrahim Biu sent this piece from Jabi, Abuja.


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Executing foreign judgements in Nigeria By Ggenga Bamodu

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n a series of judgements going back to at least 2003 Nigeria’s highest courts, especially the Supreme Court, have provided greater clarity concerning the statutory regimes for enforcing foreign money judgements in Nigeria. Nevertheless, an examination of the decisions of the courts and the practical implications of some of the most recent decisions indicate that an enormous amount of caution is still required when seeking to enforce a foreign judgment in Nigeria. There are two statutory regimes under which it may be possible to enforce a foreign judgment in Nigeria. The first is the Reciprocal Enforcement of Judgments Act 1922 (‘the 1922 Act’ which is sometimes confusingly referred to as the 1958 Act) and the Foreign Judgments (Reciprocal Enforcement) Act 1960 (‘the 1960 Act’ which is sometimes referred to, also confusingly, as the 1990 Act). While it had been assumed to some degree that the advent of the 1960 Act had led to the repeal of the 1922 Act, the Supreme Court has decided, rightly, that the 1922 Act was never repealed and remains in force; (see inter alia Macaulay v RZB of Austria [2003] 18 NWLR 282). The 1922 Act continues to be available for the enforcement by registration of judgments of the courts of the United Kingdom and some

Commonwealth countries to which its application is extended by proclamation. This is what was always intended and the countries to which the 1922 Act applies include specifically the countries listed in an extant proclamation order (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria and Lagos (1958) vol IX, cl 175, s. 5). Rather surprisingly, the Nigerian Supreme Court has held that a particular part of the 1960 Act can be invoked to enforce a foreign judgment, even in the absence of a ministerial order. The Nigerian Supreme Court has held that section 10(a) of the 1960 Act can be invoked as an exception to the requirement of a ministerial order. In reaching this conclusion, the court took the view that section 10(a) is an “interim” provision intended to apply before the Minister of Justice makes an order under the Act. It has been argued extensively elsewhere that this approach is not only of dubious accuracy but that it is also self-contradictory; otherwise, it is at best an exercise in judicial pragmatism. (See the article: ‘The Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgments in Nigeria: A Case of Unnecessary Judicial Pragmatism?’ in (2012) 12(1) Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal 1) The reality is that the provisions of section 10(a) of the 1960 Act are not supposed to apply at all before the making of an Order of the Minister; rather

they are supposed to apply before the commencement of an order of the Minister. This presupposes that only when an order has been made but before its commencement can the provision of section 10(a) of the 1960 Act be invoked. The drastic reality is that the provisions of the1960 Act are not truly supposed to be invoked at all presently – unless and until (a) relevant ministerial order(s) is/are made! That the conclusion of the Supreme Court applying section 10(a) of the 1960 Act in the absence of any ministerial order is contradictory is apparent on a careful examination of some of the statements of the court itself. For example Mohammed JSC, who delivered some of the most lucid reasoning on this topic, observed as follows: ‘the entire provisions of Part I of the [1960 Act] containing section 4 of the Act require a positive action on the part of the Minister of Justice of the Federation to bring that part of the Act into force. Part I…. comprises sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. From the provisions of section 3 of the Act . . . it is quite clear that the provisions of Part I of the Act remains (sic) dormant or inactive until life is breathed into them by an order promulgated by the Minister . . .’ (Marine & General Assurance Co Plc v Overseas Union Insurance Ltd &Ors [2006] 4 NWLR 622,643) It is not difficult to identify reasons why it is easy to fall

into the temptation to find a way to make the provisions of the 1960 Act invocable for the enforcement of foreign judgments. In the absence of the approach taken by the Supreme Court judgments from several countries, including judgments from important trading partner countries, cannot be enforced by registration though they can still be enforced by action on the judgment debt. The only statutory registration regime that can be invoked, the 1922 Act, is only applicable in respect of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth countries to which its provisions have been extended. For example, a case like Teleglobe America Inc v 21st Century Technologies Ltd (2008) 17 NWLR (Pt 1115) 108 would have had to be decided differently since there is no ministerial order extending the 1960 Act to the USA. Consequently, it would mean that American judgments cannot be enforced by registration but rather by action, although it may be possible to expedite the action to some extent by use of the undefended list procedure. A surprising recent development arose from the judgment of the High Court of Lagos state from which the suggestion to adopt an ex abundanticautela approach is taken. In Access Bank plc v Akingbola, the Lagos High Court ruled that the court in which the enforcement of the

judgment of the English court in the particular case should have been sought was the Federal High Court. The reason for this was, in effect, that if the original action had been tried in Nigeria the court with rightful jurisdiction would have been the Federal High Court because the original (foreign) judgment concerned the statutory duties of the judgment debtor under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 as a director. The court concluded that, in light of that fact, the judgment creditor should have sought enforcement of the foreign judgment in the Federal High Court ex abundanticautela i.e. out of an abundance of caution. The judgment debtor’s arguments that he did not carry on business in the jurisdiction of the foreign court or that he did not voluntarily appear before that court are not key issues in this particular respect. Compare e.g. Union Petroleum Services Ltd v Petredec Ltd (CA, 2014) It would be very surprising if the decision of the Lagos High is not challenged further in the Nigerian appellate courts. Nevertheless, the case does confirm that seeking to enforce a foreign judgment in the Nigerian courts is a matter that requires ‘an abundance of caution’; it is truly a case of proceeding ex abundanticautela. Dr. Gbenga Bamodu via oobamodu@essex.ac.uk.

Does Nigeria need an anti-terrorism agency? By Emmanuel Tyokumbur

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ertainly yes. Nigeria needs a Federal Anti-Terrorism Agency to combat the domestic terrorism siege on the country today. This does not necessarily mean exaggerating the impact of terrorism on the country’s resources and human psyche to the global community. For whenever the tide of terrorism goes down, such an agency can be merged with one of several security agencies and from there they can still be in veiled operations to checkmate those gangs and other emerging threats. As commendable as the military operations against terrorists are, these gentlemen were trained to protect the territorial integrity of the country and so may only try their best in the offensive that requires counter intelligence that is sophisticated and complex. This is what zoologists refer to as evolutionary adaptability: as the predator evolves new ways to devour the prey, nature also makes it possible for the prey to evolve new ways to escape or evade the predator, so that it cannot be wiped out of existence. Terrorists are like wild animals- very dangerous, highly unpredictable and suspicious of every other animal except one of their kind. Knowledge of the behaviour of animals and animal studies has been used to extrapolate to human findings and this explains while those researches are valued

and applied in developed countries. Psychologists and zoologists use animals to study behaviour and to predict patterns in them for human applications. Perhaps we need such an agency where these experts and graduates of these fields and other related ones can be called upon to serve their fatherland. But do we value them, our complaint will first and foremost be about funding such an agency. Luckily, in his May Day address to workers, President Jonathan asserted that Nigeria is a rich country, so what are we waiting for. The biggest economy on the African continent cannot be ranked as poor, even if the wealth is not fairly distributed. With the granting of amnesty to militants in the Niger Delta and the provision of some opportunities, restiveness in the region has abated save for some pockets of occasional flash points by those claiming to be sidelined or not well-catered for in the program.

Curiously, the emerging threat of oil thieves operating in that region has impacted negatively on the national economy. This has often resulted in the dwindling allocations to vital components of the government machinery. More worrisome is the recent calls that oil subsidy should be removed. Stealing oil should be considered as an act of national terrorism against the economy and should be matched with appropriate force and enforcement. If at some point, certain militia were demanding to be outsourced for the protection of federal facilities especially oil pipelines that traverse their local domain, it only shows that such hands need to be properly engaged. Recent happenings show that there is no limit to allocating resources for security matters that affect our country; therefore existing security agencies must see the establishment of such an agency to combat terrorism as a boost to their collaborative joint operations. The outstanding performance

of our country in regional peace keeping operations and major Security Council role at the United Nations makes us (Nigeria) a global player in security issues which calls for the establishment of such an agency. For we will have no moral justification pontificating on regional and global security issues when our house is in disarray as a result of a rag-tag Boko Haram sect that is threatening us with extinction. The planned massive recruitment into the army ought to be for a clearly defined anti-terrorism agency that apart from carrying out offensive in collaboration with other security forces with gather intelligence. With such an agency in place, it will be able to identify vulnerable locations and provide the information to the military to beef up security in such location. I don’t think with such an agency in place, those fatal school invasions would have occurred nor the Chibok incidence. It will be difficult to say precisely whether the military offensive against terrorists

The outstanding performance of our country in regional peace keeping operations and major Security Council role at the United Nations makes us (Nigeria) a global player in security issues which calls for the establishment of such an agency. For we will have no moral justification pontificating on regional and global security issues when our house is in disarray as a result of a rag-tag Boko Haram sect that is threatening us with extinction

in the Northeast will end terrorism there, for it is a festering wound. Unfortunately, terrorism seems to be perennial wherever it occurs and this requires such an agency. An autonomous and independent agency in all time that will fight terrorism and coordinate all anti-terrorism security is needed and should be established. The anti-terrorism agency will definitely work in collaboration with other security agencies. This will boost the security of Nigerians, instill confidence in foreign investors who will have greater level of confidence in the safety of their foreign direct investments (FDI), bring about development, and create jobs that will mop up potential terror recruits. Above all, it will send a strong message to the international community about our readiness to fight terrorism, that our shores are an unwelcome and unsafe territory for terrorists and terrorism, and that our country is a safe place for the citizenry, visitors and investors. In addition, a lot of opportunities will be created collaborating with other countries that have similar anti-terrorism outfits. This will generate a lot of good will among the people even though the beneficiaries may form an insignificant proportion of the populace as with other government agencies. Emmanuel Tyokumbur. Via emanuel_tyokumbur@ yahoo.com


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Economic Forum: Movement restriction will not affect WAEC candidates -FCTA

The driver of Vine Kiddies International Academy, Nyanya school bus, Mr. Abu Sunday (left), fielding questions on his encounter with unknown gunmen who hijacked the school bus he drives, yesterday at Nyanya, in Abuja. With him are Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba (middle), and Executive Director of the school, Mrs. Temitayo FolaKolade (right).

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Abduction scare in Nyanya, as gunmen hijack school bus By Stanley Onyekwere

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here was pandemonium yesterday morning, in Nyanya, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as some parents invaded schools to pick their children following the hijack of one of the school buses of Divine International Academy, by unknown gunmen, in the area. Consequently, most primary and secondary schools in Nyanya, Jikwoyi and were thrown into chaos, as parents rushed in different directions to evacuate their wards from schools in those areas. Meanwhile, the FCT Administration has disclosed that the snatched bus was recovered later in the afternoon of the same day at Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital. Two men found in the bus were promptly arrested by security

… Snatched bus recovered- FCTA agencies. According to the FCTA, contrary to reports in a section of the social media, no school child was abducted when the incident occurred, in the area or any other part of the FCT. Earlier, in a swift reaction, the principal of the affected school (whose name could not be ascertained), was reported to have said on a live radio programme later in the morning, that the incident occurred at about after 7 a.m., when some unknown gunmen came and hijacked the school bus used to convey the pupils from their homes to the school. However, the principal debunked the rumour, saying all the children had disembarked from the school bus and had entered inside

the school premises before the alleged hijack of the bus. The principal further said that, in the aftermath of the incident, many concerned parents invaded other schools in Nyanya to pick their children following the alleged hijack of a school bus in the area. A statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to the FCT minister, Mr. Nosike Ogbuenyi, quoted the Secretary, FCT Education Secretariat, Malam Kabir Usman, as saying relevant security agencies were immediately contacted and the school premises were secured. The statement added that security already in place in other school premises were similarly enhanced as security agencies

launched investigation into the incident. “Residents of the FCT are enjoined to remain calm and vigilant as they go about their lawful activities. The Administration will continue to treat the security of lives and property in FCT as matters of utmost importance,” the statement said. It was however gathered that another school in the area, called Haven Mariah School was also affected but the principal of the school dispelled the rumour, saying it is untrue. It could be recalled that the suburb is struggling to recover from the deadly twin bomb blasts that killed scores and left many others injured some few days ago.

Hygiene: Akinjide inaugurates FCT Sanitation Task Group By Stanley Onyekwere

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inister of State, for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, yesterday inaugurated the FCT Sanitation Task Group, to serve as a coordinating platform for the implementation of a WASH programme, aimed at promoting hygiene in the Territory. According to the minister, WASH services make a major difference particularly in health, education and socio economic development, as “they prevent diseases and save lives; 5000 children die every day due to infectious diarrhea, which is caused primarily by poor sanitation and hygiene.

She added that the impact of using basic sanitation, safe drinking water, and improved hygiene practices extends beyond the convenience of simply having facilities. Represented at the occasion by the Senior Special Assistant on administration, Mrs. Jumai Kwanashie, the minister noted that the FCTis experiencing WASH challenges in communities, schools and in public places leading to health challenges and economic loss. Akinjide, who described the present sanitary situation in the territory as unacceptable, however acknowledged that local communities in the territory still lack access to portable drinking

water, safe sanitation and proper hygiene education. “This group shall analyse and promote policies, programmes and projects that will specifically trigger the implementation of community and school-led total sanitation. We expect that this group will work with relevant stakeholders in the FCT, and nationally to ensure the achievement of Goal 7 of the Millennium Development Goals. (MDGs), that is, ensuring environmental sustainability,” she said. The minister, however expressed the hope that advocacy can ameliorate this global crisis, noting that over 2.6 billion people lack access to basic latrine, and nearly 900 million people are thirsty

daily because they lack access to safe drinking water. The Sanitation Task Groupm, according to Akinjide is mandated to develop a standalone FCT Water Sanitation Policy and its implementation guidelines, raise awareness on water sanitation and hygiene, coordinate sanitation delivery at FCT level, monitor programme implementation and advocate for effective sanitation delivery in the FCT. Responding, the chairman of the Task Group, Tpl. Tukur Bakori who is the Director of Satellite Towns Development Agency (STDA) pledged the group determination to deliver on the task ahead, promising that the group will swing into action.

s the World Economic Forum begins meeting today, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), students writing the May/June West African Examination Council (WAEC) terminal examinations will not be affected by the closure of public offices and schools during its three days duration. The Federal government had announced the shutdown of public institutions and restriction of movement, to ease traffic flow in Abuja, the nation’s capital, for the forum holding between May 7 (today) and May 9. A statement issued by the Special Assistant on Media to the FCT minister, Mr. Nosike Ogbuenyi, quoted the Secretary, FCT Education, Malam Kabir Usman, as saying the students were free to move unhindered to their various examination centres, like those on essential services. “They (students) are however advised to wear their uniforms and carry their identity cards at all times. “Public and private schools are also advised to convey their students from designated points to the various examination centers, and parents and students were also advised to contact the various school principals for further details,” the statement said.

2 women get 2 weeks in prison for fighting over man

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Senior Magistrates’ court, in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, has sentenced two women, Franca James and Comfort John to two weeks in prison for fighting over a man. James, 33, of Xtracare, Mpape, Abuja and John, 35, who resides in Karimo, Abuja, were charged with disturbing public peace. The Magistrate, Mr. Celestine Odo, sentenced the women after they pleaded guilty to fighting over a man. He, however, gave them an option to pay N2, 000 each as fine and advised them to desist from fighting. Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, had told the court that an Anti-Robbery Patrol team attached to the Divisional Police Station, Wuse Zone 3, in Abuja, arrested the two women on April 29, at about 11 p.m. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 154 of the Penal code. (NAN)


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Business activities going on at Madalla market, on Monday along Abuja Zuba road, in Abuja.

An old woman waiting for alms, recently in Mararaba.

Business activities going on at the major road leading into Mararaba orange. market, yesterday in Mararaba.

Young man frying fish, recently along Abuja-Keffi Road, in Masaka.

A young man watering flower, recently at Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital, in Abuja. Photos: Mahmud Isa


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Asokoro Rotary Club empowers women in Wumba village By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Rotary Club, Asokoro, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), through its micro finance scheme has disbursed cash to some women at Wumba village, Abuja, aimed at empowering them to contribute towards the economic development of the society. According to the Club secretary and Coordinator of the micro-finance, Frances Bekey, the scheme which started with 30 members and has grown to over a hundred in FCT, would encourage the women to enlarge their businesses and contribute not only to their families but to the society at large. Bekey disclosed that the Rotary Club of Asokoro has long outstanding records of empowering women in FCT, because they are at the fore front of the house hold and are managers of every family. She therefore advised the women to use the money given to them wisely to advance their business, and ensure that they don’t disappoint the club by not using it in the business they were

advised to use it for. “Our concern is to empower women as the saying goes; if you empower a woman, you have empowered a nation” she said. Also, the director of international service of the Club, Nikky Uchime, said a total number of 20 women were selected to participate in the micro Finance scheme. After series of training, 16 were selected and 9 persons were given cash.

“Our coming to Wumba village is another achievement of the Rotary Club of Asokoro, in its efforts to empower women through this king of humanitarian gesture. “Rotary doesn’t give money by proxy; they will have to wait for next time. But my prayer for them is that by this micro finance, they will grow their businesses” Uchime added. Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Chidinma

Uche, said it is a good thing that the Club has come to identify with them. “A lot of women are looking for such opportunity to grow their business. This is really encouraging because what we have received today will boost of business,” she said. She therefore called on all Nigerians with kind minds, to support what Rotary is doing to empower women in the society.

Monarch begs Bwari chair for boreholes By Usman Shuaibu

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n order to boost potable drinking water in Deidei in Bwari Area Council, Abuja, the chief of Yoruba community, Alhaji Nuradeen AbdulAzeez Bankole, has appealed to the chairman of the council, Peter Yohanna Ushafa, to provide boreholes for the residents in the area. He also called on the Chairman to repair the dilapidated roads in the community, so as to improve the socio-growth of the place. Bankole, who made the appeal in an interview with People’s Daily during the weeding of his daughter, Mrs. Aisha Nuradeen, recently, in community, also urged the chairman to build a befitting hospital for the people to prevent them from travelling out for medical treatment. He expressed dismay that the residents of Dei-dei community were being neglected, in terms of provision of social amenities in the area, while calling on the current council leadership to do something about it before the expiration of its tenure. He however assured that his leadership would continue to co-operate with the government of the council, for the overall development of Youruba community in the area.

Traffic gridlock on Abuja-Zuba Expressway, on Monday in Abuja.

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NGO unveils leadership programme for young women By Usman Shuaibu

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Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Guardians of the Nation International, in partnership with the OXFAM NOVIB, an Abuja based organization, have launched an empowerment initiative known as ‘Young Women Leadership Programme (YWLP)’. Speaking to newsmen during the launching, at the University of Abuja mini Campus, last weekend, the team leader, in charge of the events planning and logistics, Nonye Odiri, said that the programme was

aimed at building the leadership competency in young women in Nigeria. She said the programme was charged with the responsibility of empowering the young women, so as to become productive in the society. She noted that about 200 young girls of the University of Abuja were engaged in the programme in order to be trained as good leaders at various levels of human endeavours in the society. Odiri, however, said the leadership of the organization would sensitize the young women

across the country to benefits from the programme. On her part, the founder of Bloggers Network, Jenny Chesom, said that the programme would aid young women to stand up and speak for themselves in the society. Chesom used the occasion to advise Nigerian students to focus on the practical aspects of their studies in the universities to avoid searching for jobs in the labour market after their graduation. She therefore urged parents to always be role models to their children, so as to deter them from the societal vices.

Court remands tricycle rider pending bail application

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n Upper Area court in Kado, Abuja, has ordered that a 29-year-old tricycle rider, Haruna Abdu, to be remanded in prison pending a formal bail application. Abdu, of 14th Road Corner shop, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, is charged with two counts of criminal trespass and attempt to commit a crime. The Presiding Judge, Malam Abubakar Sadiq, gave the order after the Prosecutor, Mr. Salisu Mohammed, prayed the court to

remand the accused. Mohammed said the accused was allegedly a habitual offender and would jump bail. Sadiq ordered the accused to get legal representation and adjourned the matter until May 22 for hearing of bail application. Earlier, Mohammed had told the court that Mr. Nurudeen Mohammed, of 14th Road, Gwarimpa lodged a report against the accused at the Gwarimpa police station on April 29.

Mohammed said the accused person trespassed into the complainant’s shop and attempted to steal provisions but was apprehended by security men. The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348 and 95 of the Penal code respectively. If convicted, the accused is liable to seven years in prison or an option of fine or both. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the offence. (NAN)

Nyanya blast: Victims solicit help from FG

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ome victims of the Nyanya bomb blast receiving treatment at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), have called for Federal Government’s assistance. A victim of the April 14 bomb blast at Nyanya, Eyinaye Gabriel, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that no government official had visited them since they were brought to UATH in Gwagwalada. Gabriel said that they had also not received any money or materials from anybody. “We heard that some government officials have been visiting victims in various hospitals, but we are yet to see them. “We have also heard that money and other materials were being given to bomb blast victims, we have not seen any,’’ he said. However, he commended the effort of the hospital management for taking care of them and called on the Federal Government to do more in terms of security in the country. ``If not for the hospital that is taking care of us and giving us the attention that we deserve, we would have been dead by now. I really appreciate their efforts,” he said. Another victim, Mr. Eduku Eze, told NAN said that the only group of people had visited them from the church. He said the hospital management had been responsible for their treatment while their relations take care of their feeding. The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Peter Alabi, also said that the hospital had been taking care of them, except their feeding. He said the hospital had estimated the medical bills of the victims and had sent same to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), but were yet to receive any response. Alabi, who explained that the hospital received three causalities from the Maitama General Hospital in Abuja, said one them died within the first two days of arrival. “The victims referred to this hospital sustained several injuries with burns. “They were three; we lost one within the first two days. The remaining two, who sustained injuries and burns of about 35 to 45 degrees are receiving treatment, and their conditions are improving; they will spend two to three months in the hospital to get better,’’ he said. (NAN)


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NCRIB set to flush quacks in insurance brokerage system -Pg 21

Unruly passenger causes commotion as airline lambasts NCAA over weak regulations L-R: World Bank Country Director, Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Economist, Matthew Morton, and Special Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Dr Chika Akporji, during the presentation of gender at work, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

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Vision 2020: FG wants coys to embrace backward The NPDC integration to boost steel production

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he Federal Government on Tuesday urged steel industries to embrace the backward integration and value chain approach to achieve the nation’s production target of 12.2 million tonnes of steel by 2020. Mr Also Abdullahi, the Director, Steel and Non-Ferrous Metals Department in the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. NAN recalls that the Federal Government had set a steel production target of 12.2 million tonnes by 2020 as part of efforts to revitalise the steel sector.

Abdullahi said that this year, the ministry would come up with guidelines for steel production in the country to encourage backward integration processes. He said that the cardinal principles of National Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) launched in January by the Federal Government were the effects of the backward integration efforts on the iron and steel sector. He said that the Federal Government recently inaugurated a committee to come up with a wide range of incentives for steel manufacturers to boost steel production in the country. He said that the ministry would

soon prioritise iron ore mining titles to enable investors to carry out backward integration activities. According to him, the Federal Government wants the private companies to invest in backward integration projects in steel production so as to facilitate the country’s efforts to achieve industrialisation. Abdullahi said that the ministry would encourage investors to acquire iron ore mining titles to enable them get iron ore and other raw materials for steel production. He said that the Federal Government in 2006 came up with an incentive which entailed a zero-per-cent duty on imported

Power: Nebo applauds JICA on sector capacity building By Etuka Sunday

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he Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo yesterday commended the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) for its positive contributions to the development of the sector in the area of capacity building and training of critical mass of professionals that would be required to run the sector. According to him, as the sector advances in the implementation of its on-going reform, the role of technical experts, engineers, craftsmen as well as other artisans/operators in the industry, to bring to fruition the goals of the reform cannot be over emphasized. A statement issued by the Ministry’s Information Officer,

Grace Njoku on behalf of the Deputy Director (Press) said the Minister spoke when the Director, JICA’s Research Institute Kato Hiroshi led a delegation to his office. Nebo also thanked the Agency for its upgrading of the Jebba Hydro Power Plant through its programmed repair works and rehabilitation. He further commended the recent grant given to the sector by the Japanese Government for developmental programme, describing it as a positive move in the right direction. On the Lower Usman Dam 1MW solar power project sponsored by the agency for the provision of electricity in Bwari area council of the FCT, the Minister applauded the feat, stating that if such miniature

projects were replicated in smaller communities, it will ginger them into being more protective of their power facilities, as these infrastructure are meant to provide them electricity. In his comments, the Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil welcomed the delegation, urging the Agency to play a more positive role in the area of renewable energy, to complement the already laudable developmental activities JICA is known for in Nigeria. Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Kato Hiroshi stated that the country was developing systematically beyond imagination; he thus expressed the Institute’s desire for continuous collaboration with the sector.

equipment of steel rolling mills. According to him, the incentive led to the establishment of many private steel companies in the country. The director said that the ministry would also come up with other incentives on hot rolled steel and cold rolled steel soon. He said that one of the incentives would be granting a zero-per-cent duty on equipment used to produce cold rolled steel from hot rolled steel. Abdullahi said that the bodies of cars were made from hot rolled steel and were not produced in Nigeria; while metal sheets were made from the cold rolled steel could be produced in Nigeria. He also said that some of the iron pipes were made from cold rolled steel, while others were made from hot rolled steel, depending on the size and the thickness of a particular pipe.

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cripting exactly what customer service employees should do in every situation drains the initiative out of even the most highly motivated workers. But when you set up a system that enables you to trust your employees to exercise their own judgment and learn from their experience, they may well deliver a far better customer experience. • Establish guardrails. People handling calls should understand where they have latitude and where they don’t. Within those guardrails, your team should be free to exercise judgment.

• Seek feedback. Ask customers for feedback after each transaction. Circulate the comments to team leaders so they can see where they’re succeeding, where they still have work to do, and what, specifically, your customers point out. • Coaching and support. Free your supervisors and experienced customer care professionals from some tasks so they can devote time to coaching and getting new hires get up to speed. Source: Review

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Unruly passenger cause commotion as airline lambast NCAA over weak regulations From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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n unruly passenger yesterday caused a stir on board a FirstNation aircraft forcing the flight’s pilot to temporary abort after the said passenger exhibited attitude that threatens the journey. The aircraft, with number FRN 101 en route Abuja to Lagos when the passenger, Sadiaq Iliyasu on seat 8D became unruly after the

aircraft had commenced taxi and at the threshold claiming he had forgotten his phone, while efforts to prevail on him were abortive. A statement signed by Luke Terver-Uzer, spokesperson for the airline said “Hence, in accordance with our operating procedure the captain of the flight returned the Aircraft back to ramp to off load the passenger. The unruly passenger was then handed over to

Law enforcement at the airport”. It said as a precaution, the aircraft was then searched in line with security procedure with its standard security procedure affirming “It is important to clarify that the passenger did not have checked bag and the flight thereafter operated to Lagos safely.” Terver-Uzer told journalists the regulatory authorities and Law

enforcement Agencies will need to enforce sanction against such type of unruly behaviour. “Our regulations and law enforcement is weak when it comes to dealing with unruly passenger” he emphasised. “This is not a bomb scare. However given the mood of the Nation at this time we appreciate the apprehension and over reaction” he said.

L-R: Benue state Governor, Mr. Gabriel Suswam, receiving a carton of Dangote noodles from Engineer Joseph Makoju of Dangote Group, as part of the 12-truck load of items donated by the Dangote Group to victims of insurgency in the state, at the weekend in Makurdi.

Lafarge tasks block makers on collapsed building From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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he National Relationship Manager of Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria, Ibrahim Zitta has tasked block makers in Nigeria to adhere to modern and international best practice in block making as that would help reduce the spate of building collapse in Nigeria. Zitta said this at the Block Makers Forum, Ikotun Zone organized by Lafarge Cement at the Toluwalase Event Centre, Ikotun, Lagos. The programme brought together 50 block makers, civil engineers, safety experts, investors which feature safety talk, health chat, seminar and distribution of shovel, rain boot, head pan and other souvenirs. According to him, poor substandard sand Crete block

in the quest for excessive profits, product knowledge inadequacy, poor supervision, and regulation, wrong election of materials, poor workmanship and use of non-professionals have been responsible for building breakdown in Nigeria. He said that the block makers are very vital to the building and construction sector and the near absence of quality standard practice will continue to lead to poor production. He berated that there are many investors in the block making industry that has little or no knowledge about block making and has thrown many families and communities into morning due to building collapse. Zitta noted that although the company is working hard at providing quality cement material needed for block makers in Nigeria,

he said “the survival of the block makers to make profit will be dependent on the right standard practice put in place that would make their block strong enough in building projects”. He said: “We have discovered that 50% of our customers are block makers, thus he said getting the right mix and materials to get the right block for Nigerians is imperative”. “Lafarge’s contribution is to continue to develop and inform the end users of our cement on mix composition to ensure quality products. This is because some of block molders lack the essential knowledge of modern methods of making quality blocks. Besides, our bricklayers also have things to learn as we also have things to learn from them”. At the interactive session, issues of pricing of the cement

product, materials used in block making, availability of the cement products and other cost in block making was extensively discussed. In his speech, the National President of the National Association of Block Moulded of Nigeria, Alhaji Rasheed Adebowale lauded the effort of Lafarge Cement in organizing the forum for block makers called for greater synergy among block makers across Nigeria so as cut down the activities of middlemen in purchase and delivery of cement products. He said: “Standard Organisation of Nigeria will be coming out with a new gazette that it will make it difficult for individuals without adequate knowledge in block making to survive and that calls for greater synergy among all stakeholders in the building industry.

Pensioners hail DG PTAD for keeping hopes alive From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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he National Union of Pensioners Bauchi state Chapter has commended the Director General Pension Transitional Arrangement Department (PTAD) Ms Nellie Mayshak, for keeping their hope alive and her efforts towards addressing the challenges of pensioners appropriately and promptly. The Chairman NUP Bauchi state Alhaji Habu Gar Made the commendation while talking to journalist yesterday in Bauchi,

saying that the establishment of PTAD, with the appointment of Ms Nellie Mayshak, as the DirectorGeneral of the agency is good development to pensioners. According to him, the DG is working hard to see that all issues of financial recklessness and corruption in pension administration would reduce or stop by God’s grace. Gar said “Considering the problem of mismanagement bedevilling the old pension scheme, the establishment of PTAD with Mayshak as DG would address some lingering issues in the

administration of pension in the public service. “With the Director-General hopes are high that the people whose pensions are under PTAD management will enjoy the fruit of their labour,” he said. Habu Gar said she also assured that our members that lost their data and particular should go to court for affidavit with a promised the will paid all their entitlements and outstanding in two months this has gladding pensioners heart “She promise to also look in to payment of gratuity and pension to the existing pensioners and

the category of officers exempted under the Act, in accordance with the relevant and applicable computations under the existing pay-as-you-go Pension Scheme” NUP chairman said The NUP chairman commended Governor Isa Yuguda for taken care of pensioners and payment of their outstanding allowance and prompt payment of their wages monthly He also appealed to Bauchi state government to pay the two months arrears outstanding for the local government pensioners in the state.

FG renews commitment to automobile, manufacturing sectors From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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xpert opined that private sector investment was key to the success of technology incubation programme in Nigeria. An Official of Technology Incubation Centre, Bauchi, Mr Miskom Attahiru, yesterday told newsmen that private sector investment was a powerful catalyst for innovation, economic growth and poverty reduction. He said that if the private sector was encouraged, it would play a vital role in improving the technology incubation environment and help enterprises respond to new and changing demands. He explained that the idea of technology incubation programme stemmed from the desire for rapid socio-economic development. According to him, it is expected that the programme will propel the nation to become an industrial giant in Africa and key player in global technological matters. Attahiru however blamed the current low performance of the programme to lack of proper funding, credit facilities, infrastructure, poor management as well as insufficient power supply. “I want to state emphatically that poor infrastructure generally was responsible for the little or complete absence of private sector investment in technology incubation programme in Nigeria. “Nigeria would only attain global competitiveness with massive private sector investment in the privatisation and commercialisation of research and development, as well as promotion of techno-entrepreneurship culture. “In addition, private sector investment would ensure the adoption of best practises in our technology incubation programmes. “It would re position the programme to be at par with similar programmes in Europe, China, Japan and Korea, among others. “The target is to fully exploit and tap the benefits of technology incubation, which include job and wealth creation, through all inclusive technology acquisition, `` Attahiru said. He however said that there was the need for government to give priority to economic infrastructure and financial market development as key areas in promoting investment. The official said that such measure would help pave way for the desired robust growth as well as strengthen the capacities of local firms to respond to new investment opportunities. ``If the investment climate is conducive, the private sector investment could encourage entrepreneurship and innovation by supporting education and vocational training, research and development activities and technology transfer,” he said.


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Pension/Insurance

NCRIB set to flush quacks in insurance brokerage system Stories from Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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he National Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (NCRIB) has intensified effort aimed at driving out fake insurance brokers practicing in the country. The President of the council Ayodapo Shoderu who disclosed this at the April 2014 Edition of the NCRIB Members’ evening held in Lagos, urged its members to continually complement the effort of the council in the enforcement of ethics and elimination of charlatans in the system. “This task is a collective one and it behoves us all to mount surveillance across the zones of the country to ascertain those who are practicing as insurance brokers

illegally, with a view of bringing them to book”, he said. He noted that extant law stipulates that no one should undertake the business of insurance borking in Nigeria without due registration with the NCRIB as a precondition to obtaining operational license from the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM). Shoderu assured that the council will be more stringent in admission of new members to prevent infiltration of broking world by opportunists who may want to borrow the grab of insurance broker under whatever guise. “Whatever bad name the insurance industry has attained today could be said to have been caused by the activities of these

unethical practitioners who are always set to dupe unsuspecting insurance clients. This trend must stop”, he said. Shoderu informed members that the council has continued to spread its frontiers of relationship towards strategic international insurance organizations. He said, recently, the council paid a professional visit to Australia where they met with top members of the National Insurance Brokers Association (NIBA. The knowledge of delegates was greatly enhanced through professional interactions and visitations undertaken while in Australia, he said. He further advise members on need for them to always comply with all the requirement and regulations for insurance borking

as enunciated by NAICOM. The Commissioner for insurance, he said recently frown at the non-compliance of brokers with its several regulations. He commended Old Mutual insurance Plc for hosting the meeting. Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director, Old Mutual, Keith Alford emphasize on the need for the sector to be deeply involved in education of the people on insurance, he said this will enhance their knowledge as well as increase their interest in insurance The operators, he said should pay claims promptly which without the business of insurance will not be attractive to the people. He also emphasized the need for operators to develop relationship with the insuring public.

L-R: Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil, in handshake with Vice-President, Africa Rural Development, Mr. Kato Hiroshi, during the latter’s visit to the minister, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

FBN Insurance, Etisalat introduce “Sure4Life”

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BN Insurance Limited and Etisalat Nigeria has launched “Sure4Life” an airtime-based insurance product designed to increase penetration and consumer access to affordable insurance products via the mobile telephone. The General Manager, FBN Insurance, Mr Segun Balogun while presenting the product to the media in Lagos said the product will help drive availability and accessibility to a vast portion of the uninsured

Nigerian population and will provide Etisalat customers with one month free life insurance cover between May and July 2014. On process of claims payment he said it takes maximum of 72 hours for the claims to be made after the customer has made the initial complain to the company, adding that cheque will be paid to the customer. Speaking on performance of paddy 4 life introduced last year he said it was a huge success

and Sure 4 Life will be a bigger success because is an advance of paddy 4 life, adding that they have settled one or two claims on the product Also speaking at the event, Business Segment at Etisalat Nigeria, Lucas Dada, said that the partnership will bring inexpensive and easy to reach insurance products to the benefit of Etisalat’s growing prepaid and post-paid customers. “Sure4Life is an innovative insurance product which takes

away all the challenges that may be associated with taking an insurance policy and allows our subscribers to access and maintain insurance coverage with ease. It is in line with our reputation as the most innovative telecommunications company to provide such life changing products to our customers.” Dada added that the plan is optional and open to all registered Etisalat subscribers that are between 18 and 80 years of age.

PenCom to deal with pension defaulters

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he Executive Secretary, Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp), Susan Oranye has reiterated the pensions industry’s regulators (PenCom) resolved to deals with organizations that does not remit workers contributions. Speaking during the associations campaign to educate Nigerian workers on the important of maintaining Retirement Savings Account (RSA) on the May Day 2014 celebration in Lagos, Oranye stated that investigations have shown that some employers were not remitting deductions from their employees salaries and remunerations adding PenCom has resolved to sanction such erring institutions. She noted that the issue of non-remittance has become a serious challenge for both the regulatory authorities, Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) and allied bodies within the pension industry adding that PenCom and pension operators were working hard to tackle the problem. The PenOp secretary disclosed that the industry had come up with names of defaulters and was working on their compliance. She also said that PenOp had been having seminars and interactive sessions with employers to find out why they were not remitting the contributions. “We have been educating them on the need to understand that the funds are for their employees and that they should also consider the system as a corporate social responsibility which helps in boosting the morale of workers,” Oranye said. According to her, when employers provide secure future for their employees through pension, they will be happy to give their best, which will raise the bottom-line of the employer. She said employers of labour should see adequate remittance of pension funds of their employees and adoption of such scheme by those that are yet to do so as a corporate social responsibility (CSR) to their employees and the society. Oranye equally hinted that the association has started a campaign to encourage employers to open Retirement Savings Accounts for their workers. We are here to kick off our campaign with the theme ‘Every worker deservers an RSA’. We have come to let workers know how important it is to have a pension account,” she said.


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Business Analysis

The NPDC and Nigeria’s dwindling crude oil reserves By Chinedu Gregory

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here were two breaking news recently in Nigeria. One was cheering Seplat’s successful listings on the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) and London Stock Exchange (LSE). The other was a disturbing news that Nigeria’s crude oil reserves had dropped to 35 billion barrels from the 37 billion barrels it stood in the last two years, and the reasons were linked to the lull in hydrocarbon exploration activities to replace depleted ones. This sorry situation was further confirmed with the recent rebasing of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), showing that the share of crude oil and natural gas to the nominal GDP has declined to 17.52 percent, 15.89 percent and 14.40 percent for 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively, indicating an obvious decline in the contribution of the oil and gas industry to the country’s economy. Sadly, this piece of critical news which emanated from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Nigerians regulatory agency for the oil and gas industry, went largely un-discussed, the reasons understandably being that the country, is at present, immersed in several wars which takes the front burner of national discourse, among them, a war of words by delegates at the ongoing national conference, and from that conference also comes the never ending war between the South and the North, and dissenting voices between Christians and Muslims. But I doubt, as it concerns dwindling oil reserves, if there is any Nigerian who would not pause to think twice and reflect more on that news considering the harm that depleting reserves could do to Nigeria’s economy even in the immediate future, given that sales of crude oil accounts for more than 90 per cent of the nation’s source of revenue. Even the sustenance of the ongoing conference, and the quest to win the various fights earlier listed, depends directly or indirectly on the availability of crude oil in such commercial volumes for the international market. The question and this is very natural, that most people have demanded an answer to this subject is, ‘what really is responsible for the dearth in the exploration and production of crude oil in Nigeria’? In attempting to answer this question, as someone who

Kaduna Refinery and Petro-chemical Company for the past two decades has been a major stakeholder in the industry, I will say that majorly; it is the inability to pass the proposed Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) into law, an action that has created a lull in both existing and prospective investors in Nigeria’s hydrocarbon exploration. Who really wants to invest in a climate of uncertain fiscal regime, the very contentious issue, in which the PIB is premised upon? Certainly no one! So, until the PIB becomes law, Nigeria should continue to expect this investment lull. But again, there is another issue, which must be speedily addressed. And that has to do with the challenges that serious exploration and production firms partnering with state-owned firms like the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) are facing in the quest to jointly bring on-stream, projects that would boost both Nigeria’s crude oil reserves and production capacity. And that brings me to the latter story, which bothers on Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc, listing its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on 14 April 2014. By listing its shares on the NSE, Seplat has, according to Future View MD, Elizabeth Ebi, ‘opened a new vista of opportunity – dividend earnings, as well as capital appreciation opportunities – that was formally unavailable to local investors in the Nigeria

capital market’. Seplat’s success can be traced back to the period between 2010 and 2012, when Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) in the bid to divest some of its onshore assets, sold about 8 Oil Mining Licenses to the following indigenous companies: Heritage Oil Plc. (OML 30); Neconde Energy (OML 420; Afren Plc. (OML 26); ND Western (OML 34); Eland Oil & Gas Plc. (OML 40) and Seplat Petroleum Development Company (OMLs 4, 38 and 41). Of the lot, only Seplat (OMLs 4, 38 and 41) has been in full production since it acquired these assets from Shell – an average gross operated oil production of 60, 000 bpd, having grown from 13,900bpd in August 2010. The Company’s average gross gas production in 2013 was 99 million standard cubic feet per day (“MMscfd”). SEPLAT is targeting gross operated oil production from its existing assets of 85 Mbpd by the end of 2016. This success is owed largely to NNPC, who for some unexplainable reason did not only waive its preemptive rights in the blocks, but also transferred operatorship to Seplat. Three years after it acquired OML 42, Neconde Energy, with a production capacity of 30,000 bpd has dropped to a dismal 13,000bpd. Heritage Oil (OML 30) and Afren Plc. (OML 26) are yet to commence full production. ND Western (OML 34) is producing at a much lower

level than when the assets were transferred from Shell. While Elcrest Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, owners of OML 40 have only produced oil for a few days in the past eighteen months. With the exception of Seplat, all the other indigenous firms have had to at some point (and will continue to) swallow the bitter pill call NPDC if the situation is not reversed quickly. Like the PIB, which has stalled further investments in crude oil exploration, the situation is not different to what happens when oil firms engaged in crude oil exploration activities are unable to bring their work programmes into reality. In fact, all forms of delays due to government bureaucracy on oil and gas projects are not suited to the dynamics of the oil and gas industry whose end products is usually sold in the international market. It is one factor that has dampened indigenous companies’ ability to fund and develop the oil and gas sector, and to build a promising indigenous upstream industry. And I must add that one of the reasons why local banks are refusing to fund any project where NPDC is the operator is because of the inconsistency in government policy and bureaucratic delays and undue government interferences. Seplat has enjoyed an astronomical growth and success since it began operations because, unlike other companies who do not have the operatorship, is not bogged down by procedural constraints (which is one of

the major challenges of a state owned company like NPDC). These constraints do cause unnecessary delays. They do not add value nor do they increase production that the country desperately desires. Delays stifle investments; its inimical to efforts to create jobs and curb rising unemployment; it diminishes the opportunity for humanb capital development and training opportunities for Nigerians; provides less or fewer contracts opportunities for local contractors, and thus contributing to militancy in the oil communities. In fact by more than 90 per cent, it is the crisis created by the government in keeping to its own terms on any Joint Venture oil project that had resulted in the failure of the partnering oil firms to meet the demands of its host communities in time, thus resulting in community backlash against joint venture partners, and sometimes the attendant delayed oil spill cleanup rate. So to nip the impending danger to the economy on Nigeria’s falling reserves and production demands, both the government and oil firms must act fast acknowledging the inherent danger posed by the delay in the passage of the PIB as well as the government bureaucracy which stalls technical and fiscal provisions of oil and gas projects. Indeed, if Nigeria’s onshore and offshore oil development should befast; it will be in everyone’s interest.


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Special Report

As Nigeria hosts the world for WEF By Evelyn Okakwu, with Agency report

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s Nigeria gets set to host other parts of the continent and indeed the world in The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, a look into the various speeches of stake holders on the issue becomes pertinent. According to Elsie Kanza Director, Head of Africa, at the World Economic Forum “No other sector of the economy comes close to agriculture when it comes to providing jobs for Africans. And yet smallholder farmers face a perennial struggle to make ends meet. In 2011 the Forum, along with the African Union and NEPAD Agency, launchedGrow Africa to make faster progress towards improving their livelihoods”. It is hoped that the forum will indeed look into the agricultural problems of Nigeria, as in that of the continent. Speaking further he adds that “Greater collaboration is helping Africa grow through businesses acting responsibly and government investing effectively. But it is not all about growth. This year, the theme of our meeting is Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs because we want to make it clear that no economy can call itself successful just through growth alone. Too often in the past, growth in Africa has been uneven, enjoyed by too few and neglecting too many. Central to our discussion will be exploring ways to address this. How can Africans acquire the skills to be compete in the global economy, or start businesses of their own? How can we improve access to quality healthcare for the many and not the few? How can we build societies that are respectful of minorities and listen to the voice of youth? How can we plan our cities better, travel more freely across borders, or ensure clean water for everyone?

President Goodluck Jonathan

This is what we will be aiming for in Abuja this week. It’s a big task, and one that will not be achieved overnight, but as I’m often reminded, there will be a lot of people that can talk. And act. But this is not a conversation for the thousand people in the meeting; it is a conversation for the whole of Africa” Well stated, but all of this beautiful event will hold hear in Nigeria. The World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa is an annual event which began two decades ago. Nigeria won the right to host the WEF on Africa at the WEF annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, in January, making it the first West African country to host the forum. The WEF on Africa, which will be held in Abuja from May 7 to May 9, has ``Forging Inclusive Growth; Creating Jobs’’ as its theme. Experts are of the opinion that the theme of the forum is quite apt, considering the growing challenges of unemployment and poverty facing the region. Ms Elsie Kanza,

Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Director, Head of Africa, WEF, said that Nigeria was a good choice for hosting the WEF on Africa because of its significant roles in African affairs. She said that about 13 heads of state and more than 1,000 delegates had confirmed their intent to participate, adding that this would be the highest number of participants at the forum so far. They include: President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of Nigeria and representatives from his

government, other leaders that have confirmed their participation are: Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, President, People’s National Assembly, Algeria; Thomas Yayi Boni, President of Benin; Li Keqiang, Premier of the People’s Republic of China; Daniel Kablan Duncan, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire; John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana; Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger, Prime

A skills initiative is being launched by WEF and within that, we are going to see a new initiative of `Safe Schools’ being launched by the private sector in Nigeria

Minister of Madagascar; Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda; Macky Sall, President of Senegal; Jakaya M. Kikwete, President of Tanzania; and Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo. Also, the Co-Chairs of the meeting are: Dominic Barton, Global Managing Director, McKinsey & Company, USA; Jean-François van Boxmeer, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer, HEINEKEN,Netherlands; Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Nigeria; Bineta Diop, Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security, African Union, and President, Femmes Africa Solidarité, Switzerland; Jabu A. Mabuza, Chairman, Telkom Group, South Africa; Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises, India; and John Rice, ViceChairman, GE, Hong Kong SAR. Africa has been able to record an appreciable economic development, particularly in the last 10 years, with expected accelerated growth of 4.7

Bineta Diop is one of the Co-Chairs of the World Economic Forum on Africa.

per cent in 2014 and 5 per cent in 2015, according to the projection of international financial organisations. In spite of this growth, the continent is bedevilled by high poverty and unemployment rates and this has become a major source of concern for most African leaders. For instance, in spite of the recent assessment of Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa and the 26th in the world, with its 89.22 per cent growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2013, the country is still grappling with the twin challenges of unemployment and high poverty rate. Although the rating is by all means some cheery news for the country’s economy, many Nigerians have yet to witness inclusive growth in pragmatic terms. This is because the expectation of the average Nigerian includes creation of jobs, reduction of inflation, proper remuneration for workers and broad-based development, aimed at reducing high poverty and inequality rates among the citizenry.

It is, therefore, a welcome development that the WEF on Africa in

Abuja, aimed at fostering all-encompassing growth, will discuss wide-ranging economic issues affecting the people. President Goodluck Jonathan, in a media chat at the weekend, noted that WEF on Africa would enable Nigeria to attract investments in critical sectors of the economy such as power, oil and gas, manufacturing and agriculture, among others. He said that the forum would also provide a window for Nigeria to showcase its economic potential and opportunities, adding, however, that the forum’s benefits might not be instantaneous but they would materialise within a couple of years. Besides, the Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi OkonjoIweala, said that Nigeria would gain a lot of benefits from the hosting of the WEF on Africa. ``Nigeria has 70 per cent of the ECOWAS economy, 30 per cent of the economy of sub-Saharan Africa and 21 per cent of

The forum also plans to boost agricultural production in africa

Africa’s economy; this is a substantial chunk. ``So, our hosting of the meeting is meaningful, while the focus of the meeting is in line with our efforts to ensure that we have inclusive growth in the country,’’ she said. Okonjo-Iweala stressed that the forum would dwell on issues that would facilitate efforts to create jobs and reduce inequality in Africa. She said that the meeting would also address plans to create skills and improve the service delivery of public workers. The minister said that civil society groups, religious groups and private sector organisations would participate in the forum and recommend how the government could structure its policies to foster positive change in the region. Going from the general to the specifics, OkonjoIweala said that the Nigerian economy would benefit a lot from various initiatives that would be

introduced by the forum. ``There are specific things that will be of benefit to us as Nigeria for the forum being held here. The first is that there are several initiatives; we have the `Grow Africa Initiative’ which is for funding of agriculture in the continent. ``They have been able to raise about N7 billion investments and about half of it will be coming to Nigeria; there is the healthcare initiative designed to strengthen people’s access to healthcare services. ``A skills initiative is being launched by WEF and within that, we are going to see a new initiative of `Safe Schools’ being launched by the private sector in Nigeria. ``Aliko Dangote, Nduka Obaigbena, together with Mr. Gordon Brown, former British Prime Minister and UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Education, would take charge of the session,’’ she added. The minister explained

that ``safe schools initiative”, which would be geared toward the NorthEast political zone of the country, would be of great benefit to women and girls. In a nutshell, OkonjoIweala said that Nigeria, as the largest economy in Africa, had a great role to play in efforts to expedite the economic growth of Africa. She noted that by 2040, Africa would have a workforce that was larger than that of China. All the same, Kanza stressed that said the major focus of the forum would be on how best to ensure inclusive growth for Africa, the region’s positive growth rate notwithstanding. The Head of Africa Region at the WEF noted that 59 per cent of African youths were unemployed, adding, however, that private sector participation would aid efforts to proffer solutions to unemployment problems, while facilitating job creation.


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Property

A public servant who is not housed is not well motivated – Executive Secretary/CEO, Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board

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an you tell us more about Federal Govt. Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB)? The Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board came into being in 1924, as the African Staff Housing Loans Scheme. Then, the Public Service in Nigeria was still under colonial rule. As such, as long as you were working for the then Government of Nigeria, which came into being in 1914 and after the amalgamation, you were entitled to the loan schemeand you could draw from FGSHLB. So, wherever you wanted to build your own home using the loan in any state in Nigeria, you could do so.

Dr. (Mrs.) Hannatu Adamu Fika is the Executive Secretary and CEO of Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board.In this interview with Peoples Daily,the seasoned bureaucrat speaks on issues of mortgage financing as it affects employees on the payroll of the Federal Government. She also unfolds the issues ranging from her achievements and challenges and the commitments of the present administration at providing affordable housing for its workers. Excerpts: avoid wastage. Apart from title documents, what other documents are required? Its either you have title document or a letter of provisional offer from an accredited property developer and of course you must be a confirmed employee of Federal Government. The scheme is a welfare scheme of FG to its workers. Were you able to solve the challenges of high interest rate charged the beneficiaries of owneroccupier by the Primary Mortgage Institution (PMI)? Yes, we paid the PMI that are involved, especially the public servants who applied.

What makes a public servant eligible for the loan? As long as you are an employee of the Federal Government of Nigeria, I mean the public service, the core civil service, the armed forces, the para-military, Police Force and all agencies of Federal Government of Nigeria. All these groups of officers are entitled to draw loan from FGSHLB provided the Funds are there. Regardless of level? Yes, regardless of their levels. And status? Yes, and status, as long as they are not politicians. What is very important is for an officer to be a confirmed staff. It means you are building your career in the Federal Public Service. And as long as you are a public officer, you are free to pick our forms and apply through your employer by filling the form. And afterwards, you provide collateral; because in mortgage operation, the collateral is very, very important even if you are an employee, without collateral, I don’t think anybody can give you loan because you must have something to hold on to. What are the collaterals or what are the criteria for collateral? Collateral must be a landed property; that is all. How many of them own landed properties? Well, there are quite a number of public servants, but because we have noted the constraints or difficulties being faced in getting landed property, that is why we are tilting to align public servants to identify with private developers who receive lands under the mass housing scheme, because their operations arein all states’ capitals, FCT and local governments. So, public servants are free to partner with property developers who already have such lands and when they bring in their provisional offers

Dr. Hannatu Adamu Fika here, what we do is to process it after we have verified that title documents they are presenting are genuine title documents with no encumbrance. Has the Board granted any housing loan to public servants lately? My God, so many people have gotten the loan, especially from 2010, when Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan provided the Board with N10 billion so as to enable us clear the backlog of applications that we received as a result of monetization policy of government. So, through that windfall, I called it windfall, because we know a lot of civil servants were able to get loans because from inception till date, over 22,000 staff have gotten loan, about 60% of those who got the loan got these loan under the present administration of the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President.Then one could easily confirm that under him, public servants were able to own their own homes. Ok, talking about the process of application, can

people get the form from their offices? No, not from their offices, from our office here; for the purpose of forestalling abuse. Also, our forms cost N1,000.00 only and why we have it pegged to N1,000.00 is that we want to avoid abuse; you know, somebody can come 10 times to collect this form. We want to

It must have been a great task giving loans to such a large population of federal public servants including the military and paramilitary? Well, we thank God and we thank the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. However, our major challenge is inadequate funding. We depend largely on the allocation from the Federal Government and the repayment, which trickles in as a result of long period of repayment of loans, mostly 25 years. Also, we are very prudent with the little we have and the approach is first come-first serve. You mentioned 25 years as the gestation period of repayment, if a civil servant has 10 years more to spend in the Service, Is he still qualify to obtain the loan? Yes, He is qualified. What we do in such cases is to arrange the

So, through that windfall, I called it windfall, because we know a lot of civil servants were able to get loans because from inception till date, over 22,000 staff have gotten loan, about 60% of those who got the loan got these loan under the present administration of the Transformation Agenda of Mr. President.

repayment period for him/her to be accommodated within the ten years period remaining. In addition to that, what the Board is trying to do, subject to the approval of the Head of Service, who is “our Minister”, is to key-in into the pension reform whereby the Public servant who has not being able to liquidate their loans before retirement can roll it over to post-retirement through the PFA scheme so that the retiree can have peace of mind having served creditably. How do you handle defaulters? Not too many defaulters, but what we have been able to do is to establish Inspectorate Unit, whose duty is to pursue defaulters so that they pay back and they agree with us in writing how they are going to pay back. Secondly, we are working with a repayment consultant who is helping us to recover old debts from those who have not liquidated their loans; they are few in number, anyway. Is there a bar to the amount of loans a public servant is entitled to? Yes, it depends on your salary GL, but we’re trying to review as soon as funds are available because we noted that if we gave N3m, in 2006 for instance, the cost of building materials has gone up to about 10 times, so if we gave N3m it will not complete the building, in view of the present reality. We are at the process of looking at the loans ceilings so that public servants can get the loans and build their own houses. This is your 2nd tenure as Executive Secretary of the Board. What can we really say are your achievements? My achievements are numerous; when I came here, there was no proper documentation of the number of staff who have benefited from the scheme but we have been able to come up with the list of every public servant who got loans from the Board into a book form. Secondly, when I came here, very few public servants have been able to access the loans, but I was able to make a case with the former HOS. Mr. Steve Oronsaye to prevail on Mr. President on the need to provide accommodations for public servants, because a public servant who is not housed is not well motivated. The Board believes that by the time the government is able to meet these basic needs to the public servants at least, it will serve as a role model and we are very happy with this.


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Property Lafarge tasks blockmakers on building collapse

Property for sale in Abuja Exclusive 6-bedroom Luxury Duplex for sale in Maitama

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he National Relationship Manager of Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria, Ibrahim Zitta has tasked block makers in Nigeria to adhere to modern and international best practice in block-making as that would help reduce the spate of building collapse in Nigeria. Zitta stated this at the Block Makers Forum, Ikotun zone, organised by Lafarge Cement at the Toluwalase Event Centre, Ikotun, Lagos. The programme brought together 50 block-makers, civil engineers, safety experts, investors, which featured safety talk, health chat, seminar and distribution of shovel, rain boot, head pan and other souvenirs. According to him, poor, sub-standard sand, blocks in the quest for excessive profits, product knowledge inadequacy, poor supervision, and regulation, wrong election of materials, poor workmanship and use of non-professionals have been responsible for building breakdown in Nigeria. He said: “We have discovered that 50% of our customers are block makers, thus he said getting the right mix and materials to get the right block for Nigerians is imperative”. At the interactive session, issues of pricing of the cement product, materials used in block-making, availability of the cement products and other costs in block-making was extensively discussed. In his speech, the National President of the National Association of Block Moulders of Nigeria, Alhaji Rasheed Adebowale, lauded the effort of Lafarge Cement in organising the forum for block-makers and called for greater synergy among block-makers across Nigeria, so as cut down the activities of middle-men in the purchase and delivery of cement products. He said: “Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) will be coming out with a new gazette that it will make it difficult for individuals without adequate knowledge in block-making to survive and that calls for greater synergy among all stakeholders in the building industry.

Property Description: A fabulous and wellbuilt 6-bedroom duplex with guest chalet and boys quarters is up for sale. Location and property is one of the best in Maitama district. The upper floor presents four gracious bedroom suites and an inviting living room, all looking out over thecity. Two additional rooms offer ideal spaces for a gym, massage room, or an office. An elegant and cozy two-bedroom guest apartment with a living room, kitchen,

Affordable housing: Expert seeks promasses land policy

Nigerite introduces new roofing sheets A into the market

From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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n a bid to consolidate its leadership role as a complete component building solutions provider, Nigerite Limited has launched a new product known as Solo Xtra Roofing Sheets into the market. The new roofing product is expected to offer more choices to users of the company’s roofing products. Managing Director of Nigerite,

Mr. Frank Le Bris, said the “new product was launched into the market to offer our numerous customers more choices from the array of quality products in our products port-folio”. He explained that in the last 55 years, Nigerite has constantly and consistently provided Nigerians with quality and innovative products which have earned the company its current leadership position in the housing industry. “We have in the last 55 years

met the needs and yearnings of Nigerian home-owners with our innovative and quality products and we shall continue to do that even more so that we intend to become a complete building component solutions company,” Le Bris said. Speaking in a similar vein, Head, Nigerite Roofing and Ceiling Sales Unit, Chris Adegbile, an engineer, said the introduction of the Solo Xtra is in line with what Nigerite stands for.

Why Festac, Shagari housing schemes failed – Expert From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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estival Town popularly called FESTAC in Lagos and the Shagari housing schemes built all over the country, failed as a result of poor sites selection. This view was canvassed by a housing expert, Prof Timothy Nubi. Prof Nubi who oversees the Centre for Housing Studies at the University of Lagos, Akoka, spoke to Peoples Daily, at a two-day training/ workshop on Real Estate Packaging

and Infrastructure financing organised by the Centre last week. The workshop was the maiden outing of the Centre, which was inaugurated in January this year. Nubi posited that some private developers who invested billions of Naira into housing projects, have little or nothing to show for their efforts today, simply because they failed to do thorough feasibility studies to determine the suitability of the site chosen for such schemes.

Buttressing this assertion, the don said; “FESTAC for instance, failed right from site selection. We selected a site that is below sea level to build a town. At that time, Nigeria still had money, so they said, the waste cannot flow into the water-treatment plant and we said no, we will use pump to pump it. We were using pump to pump. But when Nigeria started running into electricity problems, the pump packed up and Festac is today what it is”.

Yobe takes over FG’s indoor complex in Damaturu for renovation

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o improve sports and other recreational activities in the state, Yobe state government has officially taking over the indoor sports complex in Damaturu, the state capital. The state Governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam announced the takeover recently, when he led a

team on inspection of the facility shortly after inspecting some housing units meant for lecturers and medical doctors serving in the state. Constructed in 2003 by the Federal Government, the facility was under-utilised and left in a dilapidated state due to lack of maintenance over the years.

The Governor said the state government will do everything possible to renovate and operate the facility and put it to greater use for sporting and other recreational activities “We’ll do everything possible to ensure that it is upgraded and becomes a befitting facility for indoors games in the state,” Gaidam said.

humansettlement expert, Mr. Steve Ike has called on the Federal Government to address the land acquisition problems in the country with a view to making housing provision more affordable. Ike, who is the chief executive officer, CEO of Campaign Hype Ltd, opined that efforts to make housing affordable in Nigeria, would continue to be a mirage until the pro-masses land policy is developed and genuinely implemented. Ike, who made the call at the 2014 Nigerian Urban Development Awards, in Abuja, noted that housing the over 17 million homeless Nigerians should not be treated with levity. “The best approach in solving the problem of housing deficit in Nigeria is through the publicprivate partnership approach and one of the steps to be taken in that regard is making land accessible and cheap so that developers can build and reduce the cost of housing for ordinary Nigerians,” he said. He noted that although the government has promised to make land available, he regretted that it (land) is still very expensive. “If you purchase land at a very high cost and manage to build on it, definitely you will want to sell or rent it out at higher price. What we are saying is that the government should make available land at affordable rate so that the prospective builder or developers can actually build houses at a cheaper cost, for them to sell at lower prices. “While we commend the efforts of the government in this regard, we enjoin them to do much more for the average Nigerian to be provided with shelter,” he said.


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Audi A5 offers more than mere surface charms

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uxury coupes have a certain sex appeal. Perhaps it’s their defiant lack of practicality that gives them such a glamorous edge. The 2014 Audi A5 is one of the more fetching choices in this comely bunch and it offers more than mere surface charms. This shapely two-door impresses in almost every way imaginable. Some cars present a beauty that’s somewhat of an acquired taste, but this is not the case with the A5. Its sheet m e t a l

boasts an allure that’s easily understood. This stylish refinement is also reflected in the cabin, which is one of the most deluxe and eye-catching interiors in the segment. The A5 continues to inspire praise on the open road, with sure-footed handling that makes you want to take the long way home. It even has a sensible streak, in the form of strong fuel economy. And drivers who frequently face intemperate weather will appreciate its available all-wheel drive. Under the hood is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While this engine might seem puny relative to the sixcylinders that dominate the segment, in reality, the A5 is only slightly slower than its rivals under full acceleration. If you crave more power, you could always look at the Audi S5 and Audi RS 5, both of which offer improved performance and sharper handling. The 2014 Audi A5 is in many ways an ideal luxury coupe, and it has the goods to please a wide range of buyers in this segment. With competition like the BMW 4 Series, Infiniti Q60 and MercedesBenz C-Class, this Audi isn’t exactly going up against lightweights. Still, it stands out even among this

distinguished lineup by offering a thoughtfully calibrated blend of luxury and The 2014 Audi A5 is offered in four-passenger coupe and Cabriolet (convertible) body styles. All cars are sold in a base Premium trim level, and from there you can choose whether to add the Premium Plus and Prestige option

packages, which dictate the availability of other option groups. The base A5 Premium trim level comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof (coupe), automatic lights and wipers, trizone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power front seats with four-way driver lumbar support, splitfolding rear seats, a dash-mounted MMI electronics interface controller, a 6.5-inch display, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface. The Cabriolet adds a power-operated convertible top and a wind deflector. To this you can add the Lighting package, which includes xenon headlights and LED running lights and taillights. Opting for the Premium Plus package gets you all the Premium trim’s standard equipment and the features in the Lighting package, along with keyless ignition/entry, auto-dimming and heated mirrors, heated front seats and driverseat memory functions. To that, you can add the optional MMI Navigation Plus package, which includes front and rear parking

sensors; a navigation system; Bluetooth audio connectivity; an upgraded, console-mounted MMI interface; a slightly larger 7-inch display; a rearview camera; HD radio and Audi Connect (enhanced Web-based navigation, information and WiFi hot spot). The range-topping Prestige package includes the MMI Navigation Plus package and adds adaptive headlights, a blind-spot monitoring system and a premium

14-speaker (12 for the convertible) Bang & Olufsen sound system. Also included are unique “S line” exterior details, including fender badges, bumpers and door sills. A5s fitted with the Premium Plus or Prestige packages are eligible for the optional Sport package, which includes a sporttuned suspension, front sport seats, the Audi Drive Select system (providing driver control over steering and transmission settings) and shift paddles for automatic transmissions. An S line Competition package is also offered and comes with the sport suspension, 19-inch wheels with performance tires, unique exterior trim elements, brushed aluminum interior trim, sport seats and a three-spoke sport steering wheel. An S line Interior package (available only with the Prestige package) adds extended leather upholstery, a black headliner, a three-spoke steering wheel, unique aluminum interior trim and sport seats. The Black Optic package (Premium Plus and Prestige only) adds 19inch wheels and high-gloss black elements. An Audi Exclusive Line Interior package (Premium Plus and Prestige) features premium

two-tone leather upholstery and other interior upgrades found in other packages. The Driver Assist package is Prestige package-only and adds adaptive cruise control, adaptive steering and Audi Drive Select. Cabriolet models with the Premium Plus or Prestige package are eligible for the Comfort package that adds a neck-level heater, premium leather upholstery and perforated and ventilated front seats. Standalone options include 18-inch wheels, a variety of wood interior trim and a power rear sunshade (on Prestige coupe only). Powering the 2014 Audi A5 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 poundfeet of torque. Coupe models come standard with a sixspeed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. A5 Cabriolets c o m e standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an option on the Cabriolet and it comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is also offered for all-wheel-drive coupes. Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 26 mpg combined (22 mpg city/32 mpg highway) for the coupe with the manual transmission. The automatic drops down to 24 mpg combined (20/29). The front-drive Cabriolet gets 27 mpg combined (24/32) and the all-wheel-drive version rings in at 24 combined (20/29). Standard safety features for the 2014 Audi A5 include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side and knee airbags and fulllength side curtain airbags (for the coupe only). A blind-spot monitoring system is standard for the Prestige package and optional on Premium Plus models. The Prestige trim also comes standard with adaptive cruise control that includes a collision mitigation system with forward collision alert and automatic low-speed braking. Source: Edmunds.com


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Arts & Culture

3 African authors shortlisted for 2014 Commonwealth Short Story prize By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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hree African authors have been shortlisted for this year’s 2014 Commonwealth Short Story prize. A statement issued by the Commonwealth Foundation said the authors include; Adelehin Ijasan, from Nigeria; Michelle Sacks, South Africa; and Jennifer

Nansubuga Makumbi from Uganda. The authors have been selected for their respective stories Ikanre, All Them Savages and Let’s Tell This Story Properly. The Prize provided a platform for writers from the 53 countries of the Commonwealth to inspire others by bringing compelling short stories to a wider audience.

Meanwhile, regional winners for the Commonwealth Short Story prize will be announced on 14 May for each of the five regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. The overall winner will be announced in Kampala, Uganda, on 13 June to coincide with a series of Commonwealth Writers initiatives in East Africa.

Son of Picasso cries foul over Paris museum delay By Mark John

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rench authorities are trying to make peace with the son of Pablo Picasso after he accused them of dishonouring his father by delaying the re-opening of the Picasso Museum in Paris. The refurbished 17th century mansion housing the collection had been due to reopen in June, after a five-year, 52 million euro ($72 million) refurbishment. But the Culture Ministry said it would not now open until midSeptember, missing the tourist season’s summer peak. “I am outraged and deeply concerned,” Claude Picasso, the 66-year-old son of the painter seen as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, told Le Figaro newspaper.

“I get the impression that France couldn’t give a damn about my father or me,” he said in the interview, published on Friday just before the Culture Ministry confirmed in a statement its decision to wait until September. Inaugurated in 1985, the Picasso Museum includes nearly 300 paintings including “Selfportrait” from his early Blue period through to “Matador” and others completed in the years before his 1973 death. It also includes some 250 sculptures, relief paintings and other works. [ID:nL6N0M134Z] “What possible interest could the Culture Ministry have in hindering the re-opening and functioning of one of the country’s most popular museums?” the ministry said. “The Ministry appeals to

everyone to put their own personal interests to one side and share the enthusiasm and calm required to complete this project,” it added. Addressing widespread incredulity in arts circles over previous official explanations that the delay was partly needed to recruit new guards, the statement also announced the creation of 40 new jobs “despite the tough budgetary climate”. The office of Prime Minister Manuel Valls could not immediately be reached to confirm a Le Monde report that Valls would receive Claude Picasso on Monday. However the news daily noted that if anyone could calm the irate Picasso heir down, then Valls who himself is the son of a Spanish painter who emigrated to France could.

Journalists attend a press visit during the renovation of the Hotel Sale known as the Picasso Museum in the Marais district of Paris, March 4, 2014.

National Library Association tasks governments on public libraries

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he President, National Library Association, Alhaji Rilwanu Abdulsalami, has urged governments at all levels to rise up to their responsibilities in ensuring that public libraries across the country are well funded. Abdulsalami, made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the side lines of a workshop at the opening of the 2014 International Book Fair at the University of Lagos. The workshop on the theme: “Emergence of E-book and Changes in Librarianship’’, is part of events set aside for the weeklong fair. According to the president, who is also the University Librarian, Federal University, Wukari in Taraba, said that though the current generation was tilting more to e-book resources, there is the need for the revival of the traditional hard prints. He said that the state of

public libraries across the country was becoming an issue of great concern not just for the purpose of reading but also for the classification, documentation and preservation of vital documents for posterity. “We need to wake up to our responsibilities in paying adequate attention to our libraries by way of funding. “There is no way we can neglect our public libraries all in the name of the emergence of the e-book. “We are saying that whether we like it or not, the libraries remain the heartbeat of our quest for knowledge. “Should we allow them to die, it would then mean that we might not get to our destination as soon as we are looking forward to and this would place us miles apart with countries in other climes,” he said. Abdulsalami added that in as much as persons the world over were realising the advantage

and potency of the e-books, they must also take cognisance of the fact that the society cannot be completely free of the traditional hard prints. He noted that there must be a hybrid collection of both the e-book and the traditional prints, in order to attain maximum benefits. “Even the international media the world over still use hard print as at today and the Librarians, governments and other stakeholders must key into this development and seek a means of ensuring that both the e–book and the hard print compliment each other for effective services. ‘We cannot afford to overlook the importance of the traditional prints and therefore, it is the duty of our librarians to also make themselves relevant by ensuring that they push for its sustenance and also get owners of these libraries to be positive about its development,’’ he added. (NAN)

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The dearth of hope

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ope it is which like faith gives you a feeling of wellness despite the contrary. Hope is that which is not seen but you simply feel it and it gives you the confidence that you will prevail. Hope it is when you want something to happen and you actually feel that it is very possible no matter how insurmountable the odds. This has been our lot in the last couple of weeks. We actually never thought it would get worse than it was. Right now the feeling is of hope against hope. The second bomb blast in Nyanya went off last week as we were rounding off the May Day. What a way to remind us of the miserable conditions of the average Nigerian worker! Talk of lightening striking twice in the same place. As at last night our Chibok girls are yet to be found and it is my fervent hope that they would not be consigned to the back burners of our dialogue. It was barely four years ago when the ugly head of the evil we are being confronted with reared its head. We thought it was consigned to a tiny remote part of Nigeria. For a lot of people, Maiduguri then was a place within the geographical space known as Nigeria. Yobe was even more remote until they started bringing the bodies’ home. I believe a lot of people thought it had a lot to do with politics. Our politicians did nothing to wish that away. A lot of them were in their elements and a lot still are. They have carried on as if all these cannot touch them but the double bombing of Nyanya has brought the chickens home to roost. They must begin to realise that 2015 is and has become very shaky indeed. I look within the space of our country and I seek for people who will give one hope that we will prevail. There is none yet. General Buhari’s letter on the Nyanya bombing gave one a semblance of hope but it did not capture the real essence of it all. A lot of those who should inspire us in this moment of gloom are sadly not talking least their talk should be mistaken for politics and on which side they stand as we approach 2015. But sadly this is not the way to go. We are looking for men and women who will talk and walk the talk. Some people have suggested that we enlist foreign help in this faceless fight but more people are claiming territorial integrity and national pride – the war we dreaded has come to our doorsteps. And drastic measures need to be taken. The pain in a lot of hearts is the kind of pain you feel after watching Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot, Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths and Wole Soyinka’s Madmen And Specialists. You just feel numb and sad at the human condition. And you still dare to ask – how did we arrive at this point? What must be done? How can we ameliorate the pain we all feel? There are some of us who still believe that life is normal. This is a false illusion as all reason has failed and now is the time for one singular blow that will send a message to the enemy that we are not a nation of water melons! This is the time to justify and see why defence has been taking the bulk of our annual budget. If that blow is not struck, we would simply not be able to defend all the expense in this sector. The news just came through that from Wednesday this week, the nation’s capital Abuja will practically be shut down. It is the time for the World Economic Forum in Africa and we are hosting. This unfortunately is what we have been reduced to. From now on, any summit or conference we are going to host will demand that the nation is shut down to guarantee safety of delegates. For every Nigerian, even after the successful hosting of the event, it will not be time for chest thumping rather it will be a time for sober and painful reflections that it took us closing the nation to host. This is the kind of pain that you leave the theatre with after watching any of the three plays above – the pain of the plays is doubly intense when you realize that we could have written a comedy instead.


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Arts & Culture Book Review

Saro-Wiwa’s Last Strike At The Hangmen (I)

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enule Beeson Saro-Wiwa’s latest book, Silence Would Be Treason – Last Writings of Saro-Wiwa (2013) came to us as a big surprise. Some of us had thought that, “A Month and A Day (1995) was his last memoir. On 11th June 1993, operatives of Nigeria’s secret police, State Security Services (SSS), seized Saro-Wiwa’s international passport. Ten days after, he was “kidnapped” by plainclothes detectives and held in solitary confinement until 22nd July (a month and a day). SaroWiwa’s 180 page book (Silence Would be Treason) is published posthumously by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal. Silence Would be Treason is a different detention diary. The title is taken from one of SaroWiwa’s poems in the book, “Keep out of Prison,” page 159. From the book, (Silence Would Be Treason) wouldn’t be his last prison or so work. The current memoir is a collection of 28 letters and 28 poems (not 27 poems, page 3) he wrote while in military custody in Port Harcourt to (Sister Majella McCarron, the Irish missionary, teacher, poet, letter writer and environmental activist) between “20 October and 14 September 1995” (page ix). Majella was Saro-Wiwa’s long-time friend and supporter of the Ogoni people’s nonviolence struggle for justice. She preserved them and “In 2011, -- donated letters she received from Ken Saro-Wiwa to the library at NUI (National University of Ireland) Maynooth.” (Page vi). There were correspondences between SaroWiwa and Majella. We hope she will publish her letters too. Nigeria’s leading environmental rights campaigner, poet, activist and architect, NnimmoBassey wrote a foreword to the book (page ix-xvii), while three distinguished international scholars (Helen Fallon, Ide Corley and Laurence Cox) all at NUI, edited the book. Bassey in page ix denounced the inhuman conditions Saro-Wiwa was subjected before his hanging on 10th November, 1995. His foreword summarized the entire struggles of the Saro-Wiwa, his Ogoni people, the era and its challenges; NnimoBassey in the book boldly admitted that he was a student of the Saro-Wiwian School. “…Saro-Wiwa challenged me as a fledging writer who thought I would find a niche as a poet and short story writer. His pioneering work in building a virile environmental justice movement as well as the rights of minorities in Nigeria remains outstanding and continues to inspire campaigners around the world.” In the introductory section of the book, Helen Fallon, the Deputy Librarian at the NUI wrote the article, “The Saro-Wiwa Collection at the Library, National University of Ireland Maynooth.” (Page 3-13). While Ide Corley, whose expertise in the areas of “Postcolonial and World literatures,” Irish,

Title: Silence Would Be Treason Author: Saro-Wiwa Reviewer: Patrick Naagbanton Publisher: Publisher: CODESRIA Conseil pour le Developpement de la RechercheEconomiqueetSociale en Afrique Year of Publication: 2013 Number of Pages: 198 African Literatures and struggles for modern African identity is outstanding. She wrote an article in the book, which runs from page 15-30, “Ken Saro-Wiwa and West African Literature; the Politics of Language.” And Laurence Cox, a specialist in social movements theorization and praxis, wrote, “Ken Saro-Wiwa in Political Context; Social Movements in the Niger Delta”(Page 31-38). Expectedly, the above scholars explicated the SaroWiwa phenomenon, its merits and demerits and the post-Saro-Wiwa’s epoch in the Niger Delta. Saro-Wiwa belongs to the PostColonial Nigerian writers who view literature as a tool for consciousness nurturing and mobilization to confront problems of society. This is demonstrated even in his letters and poems in the book. The book exposes Saro-Wiwa as an archetypal soldier of the pen. Writers whether in the global south or north are just the same. Louise PurwinZobel and Jacqueline Harmon Butler, both famed travel writers and academics, in their book, “Travel Writer’s Handbook” (2007) warned old, new or aspiring writers. “Writing is a public profession. You reveal so much of yourself. You may be writing about somebody quite different in a setting far away, but there’s always a great deal of you in the story. Your secrets, your mistakes are there for the world to see,” (Travel Writer’s Handbook) (page 284). Silence would be Treason shows that Saro-Wiwa lived as a writer in the Zobel and Butler’s categorization. He knew that what the secrets he was exchanging with her friend and comrade, Majella McCarron would be made public a day. From his tortuous military detention, he shared his secrets

about the Ogoni cause, his family, friends and foes and his passion for writing. The letters start from page 46 and end on page 131, while the poems start from page 134 and end on page 162. The first letter dated 20th October 1993 was virtually a response to Majella’s earlier letter. Saro-Wiwa was thanking her for mobilizing grants to help his poor Ogoni villagers when they were attacked. “Thanks for your note. I’m really quite happy to have EC (European Commission) help pass through the Catholic Church. You’ve all been supportive and MOSOP will be right glad to have such friends or supervisors”, he wrote on page 46. From page 54, one sees the real anguish of Saro-Wiwa in deplorable military custody. On Saturday, 21st May 1994, four chiefs from the Gokana Kingdom of the Ogoni nation were murdered at Giokoo community, the traditional home of the Gokana people. SaroWiwa and others were promptly arrested as the masterminds. In the letters, Saro-Wiwa stated explicitly his innocence of the allegation of murders. There was no evidence of Saro-Wiwa’s direct or indirect involvement in the murders of the chiefs, which he had some relations with. In the third letter on page 54, he lamented about his condition. “My current detention is sheer torture. I’m a private prisoner of the Lt. Col. Komo and his Internal Security Task Force”. Komo was the Military Administrator of Rivers State, who from the letters, was posted to the state to “pacify” the Ogoni. While, the Rivers State Internal Security Task Force (RSISTF) was headed by Major Paul Okuntimo. In the book, Saro-Wiwa tagged Okuntimo, “the

sadist” because of the beating of famous British ecologist, Nick Aston of Jones, (page 66). In page 86, the 15th letter to Majella dated 27th October 1994, he described Okuntimo again as “Commander of the Ogoni murder squad.” In September, Saro-Wiwa informed that as a new person, Major Obi Umahi took over as the head of the RSISTF and continued the bloodletting from where his successor stopped. Apart from Ogoniland, the RSISTF also committed violence and extrajudicial killings in place like Etche Local Government Area and other places in the state. But their killings and violence spree was more in Ogoniland than any other place. In later part of that third letter in page 55, Saro-Wiwa told us again that he knew the consequences of his nonviolence struggle. “I am not worried for myself. When I undertook to confront Shell and the Nigerian establishment, I signed my death warrant, so to speak. At 52, I think I’ve served my time and, come to face it, I’ve lived a charmed life. A few more books, maybe, & the opportunity to assist others would have been welcome. But it’s okay,” he said. In page 117, offended by the unbearable condition in detention, sought for martyrdom for the sake of his people, “… have always recognized that my cause could lead to death”, he said. In same letter above, SaroWiwa reinforced his guiltlessness and blamed the murders on the tyrannical state under General SaniAbacha “I even suspect that Kobani and others were murdered by the security agencies in order to justify some of the reports that had been submitted by the security people in support of the Constitutional Conference. We (LedumMitee and I) have met soldiers who are prepared, if they have the protection, to talk about what instructions they had, who looted what, who killed whom,” he said (page 88). He redefined what the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), the organization he founded was all about. “Of course, I and MOSOP had nothing to do with the death of the 4 gentlemen. We are struggling for justice, not for power” Here again, SaroWiwa pointedly accused Komo of complicity in the murders of the chiefs. “Komo has just succeeded in mask the government’s role in the unfortunate and brutal deaths”. Though such custody SaroWiwa was dumped into wasn’t a good place to be, but it afforded him the opportunity to write and read copiously. In letter 16(page 11), he took solace in what the comrades before him had suffered. “Yes, I have everything to be thankful for, and do not forget that I’ve been here only 23 weeks now. Mandela and Walter Sisulu were there for 26/27 years. How can I complain?” He also lamented the lack of culture of writing among his Ogoni people and others.

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POEM OF THE WEEK Cut to the heart I wanted a sunrise instead The moonlight pours into my cells So Helen Martin’s ghost has come for me She has bided her time well While India shatters at my feet Standing at the edge of it is an angel of water With wings made of ice– soporific vampire You landed like an avalanche I started off by trimming your icicles When you couldn’t keep your hands to yourself The pupil is radiant, so are the missing case studies A table has been set for me A forked tongue where my water glass should be I think in another life I might have been Virginia Woolf Rage is splashed against my childhood love Her name is ‘mother’ She tastes like cold plums I must be mad if I am having visions Of a woman sleepwalking in my house Wearing an alluring scarlet cloak Dripping blood where it Is not supposed to be like a vampire Bleeding into the fragile lines of being– The eternal that is love and death There is pain in the fire Of her belly not unlike the India of my sister’s travels My vision is formidable, dark and as serious as war She takes the perfume of wine, roses, And discontent wherever she goes The evidence of fear follows swiftly–she burns me Like lava and it is only the knowledge of childlike Innocence that keeps my mind far away from hers I become like a child once again In my dreams, the smell of rain in my hair Climbing over my parents thrones in the living room Already housing collections of darkness visible. Source: Africanwriter.com

QUOTE “The duty of literature is to note what counts, and to light up what is suited to the light. If it ceases to choose and to love, it becomes like a woman who gives herself without preference.” - Anatole France


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International ANALYSIS

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n May 4, in New York, a panel was held at the PEN International Literature Festival, devoted to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Central European revolutions of 1989. Although originally the panel - which consisted of prominent intellectuals from Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic - intended to take stock of the lofty lessons of the democratic “velvet” revolutions, the agenda quickly devolved into an angst-ridden colloquium about the tinderbox that is Ukraine these days. If there was any consensus reached during the discussion, it proceeded along the following lines: 1) The master in the Kremlin may go all the way in his Ukrainian adventure and there is little stopping him; and 2) Ukraine is a crucial battleground for Vladimir Putin’s emerging new doctrine and a decisive test of the western resolve. To the last point, I would add that Putin’s emerging “New Russia” doctrine serves one paramount goal: his own and his regime’s survival. As the date of Ukraine’s presidential election, scheduled for May 25, approaches, cities and towns in eastern Ukraine and now Odessa continue to fall victim to the secessionist hysteria, with armed balaclava-wearing men in turn vandalising and occupying office buildings and setting upon anyone who dares disagree. Their demands range from a referendum on the independent status for the region to an outright annexation by Russia, based on the Crimea model. It is thus becoming clear that Putin is growing anxious that his operation in Ukraine may be losing steam as the government in Kiev steps up its anti-terrorist operations in the east, with some success. As the May 25 election approaches, the window of opportunity for Putin to justify an invasion of Eastern Ukraine is closing. The rabble-rousers’ identities are apparently mixed - for example, many of them are local veteransof the Soviet war in Afghanistan while others, though mostly citizens of Ukraine, have an enduring nostalgia for the Soviet Union and may see in Putin the saviour of the Eastern Slavic, Eastern Orthodox world against the “onslaught of the decadent, fascist” West. Daring tactics Despite this demography and thanks to the capture of many rebels bearing Russian passports in Odessa and elsewhere, it has become undeniable that their actions are inspired and coordinated from Moscow - whether directly from the Kremlin, or through its now captive acolytes - former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich and his son Aleksandr. The rebels and their masters are resorting to increasingly daring tactics, with the reported downing of a Ukrainian army helicopter in Slovyansk and the apparent collusion of the police with the pro-Russian thugs in Odessa on Friday, which led to dozens of deaths after an administrative building was set on fire. TV stations are being stormed to take Ukrainian channels off the air in favour of Russian state propaganda. The latter then dutifully files its “reports from Ukraine’s battlefields”, turning every single instance of blood

Is Putin going all the way in Ukraine?

Policemen stand guard outside the burned trade union building in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa [AFP] spilled into a crime against humanity committed by Kiev’s “junta”. This is done in order to question its ability to hold a legitimate presidential election on May 25 and to continue the drumbeat of the threatened military intervention. How ironic and indicative of the Kremlin’s crude machinations is this spin, considering that it stayed completely silent when former President Yanukovich’s storm troops and snipers were killing protesters on the Maidan by the dozen. It is thus becoming clear that Putin is growing anxious that his operation in Ukraine may be losing steam as the government in Kiev steps up its anti-terrorist operations in the east. As the May 25 election approaches, the window of opportunity for Putin to justify an invasion of Eastern Ukraine is closing: It will carry too high a political cost to justify invading a country with an elected president as opposed to the current “junta” in Kiev. And if a few weeks ago a sober analysis of Putin’s motives may have precluded an invasion of eastern Ukraine as being too politically and economically costly for Putin, now

that cold-headed calculus may have to be revised. Having woken up the beast of Russian nationalism and jingoism, for Putin the Tsar and Liberator of Historically Russian Lands to back down now, seemingly in the face of limited Western sanctions, would be seen as ultimate weakness. One only has to look at the readers’ comments under a random Ukraine-related article in state-sponsored press, such as the Soviet-era Izvestiya or Pravda, to see the kind of popular pressure Putin has placed himself under: “Putin is a coward. Where is the army? Donetsk is up in flames and we are still idling by the border? What is this lice-ridden russophobe waiting for?” “Were Putin to give up on Ukraine he would be the ultimate traitor to all Russians. Ukraine will be folded into NATO and will be used as a bulwark against Russia.” “All of the blood spilled in Ukraine is Putin’s responsibility, for as long as he refuses to act and to teach those ornery Ukrainian fascists a lesson.” This sort of rhetoric is common currency today in Russia. Containing henchmen and sympathisers

A major trial for the government in Kiev is looming on May 9, the day which celebrates the Soviet victory against Nazi Germany, when the Kremlin is expected to be planning spectacular pro-Russian “fireworks” throughout Ukraine’s Russianspeaking areas. If the government is able to prevent a major conflagration and if in the days that follow Kremlin henchmen and sympathisers in Donetsk, Luhansk or Odessa are contained as a result of Kiev’s steppedup anti-terrorist action, Putin may feel it a matter of his own survival to intervene. For then there will not be anyone left to push for the referendum leading to Ukraine’s federalisation, as according to all reputable polls, 70 percent of respondents in eastern Ukraine are against the country’s division. Ukraine will have chosen its president; its army and security services will have honed their skills in dealing with the separatists; IMF funds will have started flowing to shore up the economy, and the Ukrainian state will have become much more viable, free to revisit the trade agreement with the EU. Ukraine will then reemerge on

“Were Putin to give up on Ukraine he would be the ultimate traitor to all Russians. Ukraine will be folded into NATO and will be used as a bulwark against Russia.”

the path towards the West through adoption of EU’s economic and political norms, which is what it sought to achieve when its citizens gathered in the hundreds of thousands on the Maidan square: a model antithetical to Putin’s “sovereign democracy” and a potential threat to his survival. Were that allowed to happen, “the train will have left the station”, as an old Russian saying goes. Putin might then consider the cost of this scenario to himself and his coterie to be greater than the cost of the broken economy he would inherit in eastern Ukraine and even the inevitably harsh subsequent sanctions from the West. And so, we continue to stand on the precipice of war in Ukraine and may be inching closer. But does an internal conflict in Ukraine, with or without Russia’s military incursion, portend a World War III, as even cool heads are now asking? As Adam Michnik, the great Polish intellectual and leader of the 1980 Solidarity movement, asked rhetorically at the aforementioned panel: “Will a European or an American want to go to war to defend Estonia or Latvia, both of them members of NATO and the EU, if Putin invades them ‘to protect the large ethnic Russian minorities’ there?” The audience responded with a resounding silence. “Much less would it be willing to engage in any military action over the non-NATO, non-EU Ukraine,” concluded the speaker. And that’s why Putin is acting so recklessly in Ukraine: Because he can and because he thinks that he cannot afford not to. Peter Zalmayev is director of the Eurasia Democracy Initiative (EDI) Source: Aljazeera.com


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Rebel leader agrees to S Sudan peace talks Tunisia to hold presidential elections within 2014

UN Sec Gen Ban Ki Moon in S Sudan

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unisia’s legislative and presidential elections will be held before the end of 2014, local media cited Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa and Head of Elections Board (ISIE) Chafik Sarsar as saying on Tuesday. Significant progress has been made in preparing for the next elections, Jomaa said following his meeting with elections board members on Monday evening. The ISIE perviously asked the government for 10 million dinars (6.3 million U.S. dollars) as an election budget and Jomaa said his government has granted the elections board an advance in March. Sarsar explained that the first estimation of the election expenses was around at 100 million dinars (63 million dollars), but the ISIE is working on reducing the cost in order to guarantee that the elections will happen by 2014. In addition, two scenarios are currently being discussed about the election: the first one is to hold both the legislative and presidential elections simultaneously, and the second one is to hold them separately and have two presidential election rounds. No final decision has been reached yet, and political parties have been divided about the two options. Source; Xinhua

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outh Sudan’s rebel chief Riek Machar has agreed to attend direct talks with President Salva Kiir to end to a fourmonth long civil war, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said. Ban, who landed in war-torn South Sudan on Tuesday, told reporters that Machar promised he “will be present” at talks in the Ethiopian capital. Ban’s comments, reported by AFP news agency, came moments

after he spoke to the rebel chief via satellite telephone in his remote bush hideout. Kiir has already promised to attend talks with his arch rival. Tuesday’s visit, which comes as rebels and government forces battle for control of a key oil town, is the latest major push for a ceasefire in the conflict that has seen the world’s youngest nation collapse amid a brutal cycle of war crimes. Both sides in the conflict

have been accused of widespread ethnic massacres, rape and the recruitment of thousands of child soldiers. Al Jazeera’s Anna Cavell, reporting from Juba, said that Ban’s first priority during his one-day visit was the protection of civilians living in UN bases. With about 80,000 people taking shelter in UN bases across the country, including 20,000 in the capital, “people have

id d this hi to be b a great considered success for the UN as it fulfills its mandate to protect civilians,” Cavell said. “But now, what we have is a potential long-term problem for the UN as these bases are not sanitary, and a lot of them are not fit for humans to live in. “Also, very recently in the town of Bor, we saw civilians sheltering in a base come under attack from the outside despite the presence of UN peacekeepers,” Cavell said. Many of the occupants are too frightened of attacks to leave the protection of the peacekeepers. Ban’s arrival comes days after US Secretary of State John Kerry visited the country and extracted promises from Kiir to meet faceto-face with Machar, a former vice-president who leads the rebel forces. But despite warnings of US sanctions if fighting continued, the government has pushed forward with a major offensive to claw back towns from the rebels, capturing one of their strongholds and forcing Machar to flee into the bush. Ban last visited South Sudan amid euphoric celebrations at its independence from Sudan in July 2011, after it voted to split away following decades of war with

UN to contribute to organization of Burundi’s 2015 elections

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he special representative of the United Nations secretary general in Burundi Parfait Onanga Anyanga said Monday the UN is ready to help Burundi in the organization of the 2015 elections. Anyanga was speaking after meeting in Bujumbura with

Burundi’s First Vice-President Prosper Bazombanza. Anyanga said in official reports that the UN has always expressed satisfaction with Burundi’s security situation. “We have always said it and we shall continue repeating that

this was due to the choices by Burundians themselves to reform their security system. It should never happen that the progress the country has obtained through support of its partners should be threatened,” the representative of the UN secretary general in

Burundi said. He encouraged Burundian authorities to ensure that by the time elections are held in 2015, the country will be as peaceful as possible. Source; Xinhua

US secures 10-year deal for Djibouti base T he United States has secured a ten-year lease for a key military base in Djibouti that it relies on to launch “counterterrorism” missions, including drone strikes, in Yemen and the Horn of Africa. US President Barack Obama and his Djibouti counterpart Ismail Omar Guelleh announced the renewed lease on Camp Lemonnier on Monday as they met at the White House, pledging to counter al-Qaeda and al-Shabab fighters in the region. Under the agreement, the Washington would pay $63m annually for a ten-year lease, with an option to extend the arrangement

for another decade, administration officials said. The new deal represents a major increase in rent, as the US reportedly pays $38m a year under the current lease. “Camp Lemonnier is extraordinarily important to our work throughout the Horn of Africa but also throughout the region. We very much appreciate the hospitality that Djiboutians provide,” Obama said. “Overall, this is a critical facility that we maintain in Djibouti, we could not do it without the president’s co-operation, we’re grateful for him agreeing for a longterm presence there.”

Djibouti, a tiny nation of less than one million people, has become essential to US operations in Africa and the Middle East. Camp Lemonnier houses conventional forces, as well as special forces and aerial drones flown over Yemen and Somalia. Guelleh said his East African country and the US were linked in a “strategic partnership” to deal with “the fight against terrorism, piracy and human trafficking in our region.” Obama also promised more US assistance and equipment for Djibouti’s forces, including for troops deploying to the African Union mission in Somalia.

Washington to pay $63m annually to lease base which houses conventional and special forces, as well as aerial drones.


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Asia & Middle East

Anger mounts among Divided Afghan mudslide survivors Thailand marks king’s

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olice in Afghanistan have fired gunshots into the air to disperse villagers angered by the slow delivery of aid in the wake of a deadly mudslide, according to witnesses. Dozens of people tried to board an aid truck on Tuesday, and then attacked two police officers who attempted to restore order near Aab Bareek, the village in the Argo district of Badakhshan where hundreds died in the catastrophic mudslide last Friday. “Up to 80 people on a nearby hill pelted the police with stones and the police fired into the air for about a minute,” a witness told the Reuters news agency. A man armed with a pistol also approached an aid truck and “four police were pointing their AK47s at him, and one rushed at him and twisted his arm and grabbed his gun”, the witness added. The aid workers were handing out emergency supplies near the village. Aid agencies have struggled to get supplies to the more than 4,000 people displaced by the landslide, but tensions have been running high in the area, as victims say emergency supplies

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hailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej made a rare public appearance on Monday to mark the 64th anniversary of his coronation, as his country faces heightened political turmoil. King Bhumibol, the world’s longest-reigning monarch and a father figure for Thais, was crowned on May 5 1950, although he came to the throne in June 1946 following the death of his elder brother. The 86-year-old monarch is seen as a moral authority in Thailand, which has been deeply divided along political lines since 2006 when former premier Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a military coup.

Aid agencies have struggled to reach the more than 4,000 people displaced by the mudslide

are not arriving fast enough. The Geneva-based International Organisation for Migration said distribution of aid had was halted due to shooting and insecurity. The situation also intensified as residents of neighbouring

villages walked to the refugee centre in an attempt to get food and other rations. Meanwhile, large tracts of northern Afghanistan are reeling from floods with the UN saying some 75,000 people have been affected.

The US and NATO-led coalition troops battling Taliban fighters offered assistance, but the Afghan government said it could manage on its own. Relations between Kabul and Washington are at an alltime low over President Hamid

China to unveil counterterrorism operations

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hinese authorities will launch special operations against terrorism, said a senior security official here Tuesday. Law enforcement agencies will fully implement the leadership’s arrangement on counterterrorism, said Meng Jianzhu, head of the Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist

Party of China Central Committee, at a meeting of officials from law enforcement and judicial departments. Meng vowed that the authorities will hit terrorists hard. Law enforcement agencies and judicial departments will deploy new technologies to detect and remove security threats. They are urged to improve their relations with

the public and win their support, especially on Internet. Meng also asked the officials to exercise their power in line with protocols and laws instead of abusing it. Three people were killed and 79 injured in an attack at a railway station in Urumqi, capital of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on April 30,

and on March 1 assailants killed 29 civilians and injured another 143 at a railway station in the southwestern city of Kunming. The two incidents were confirmed as terrorist attacks. On Tuesday morning, a male suspect carrying a knife attacked people at a railway station in the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou. The nature of this attack has yet been confirmed.

Thai court to rule on Yingluck’s personnel transfer case on Wednesday T Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, May 6, 2014. Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday denied the allegation that she had abused power in a personnel change.

he Thai Constitutional Court said Tuesday that it would deliver a verdict at noon Wednesday on the allegation that caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had abused power in a personnel change. Yingluck denied the allegation at the court on Tuesday, saying she did not violate any law or receive any benefit by transferring Thawil Pliensri from the post as secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC) in 2011. If the court rules against her, Yingluck could face removal from office and a ban from politics. Moreover, the verdict could also be extended to the entire caretaker cabinet. The transfer was ruled unlawful by the Supreme Administrative Court in March, and Thawil has already been reinstated as the NSC chief.

Saudi Arabia busts ‘AlQaeda cell’

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audi Arabia has said that it has uncovered an al-Qaeda group that has been plotting to assassinate officials and attack government and foreign targets. The cell is made up of 62 members, including 59 Saudi fighters, a Yemeni, a Pakistani and a Palestinian, Mansour al-Turki, a spokesman for the country’s Interior Ministry, said during a televised briefing on Tuesday. An investigation into social media postings “led security forces after months of hard work to pinpoint suspicious activities that unveiled a terrorist organisation through which the elements of al-Qaeda in Yemen were communicating with their counterpart elements in Syria in coordination with a number of misguided [people] at home in various provinces of the kingdom”, al-Turki said. Saudi Arabia was hit by a string of al-Qaeda-led attacks between 2003 to 2006 in which fighters targeted residential compounds for foreigners and Saudi government facilities, killing dozens of people. The kingdom responded by arresting thousands of suspected fighters and launching a media campaign to discredit the groups’s ideology with the backing of influential Muslim leaders. The courts have sentenced thousands of Saudi citizens to prison for similar offences over the past decade. And in early April of this year, a Saudi court sentenced Faris alZahrani, a top al-Qaeda leader, to death for his role in the violence that erupted in the kingdom in 2003.


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US grants Syrian opposition diplomatic status

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he United States has said it will recognise the offices of the main opposition Syrian National Coalition (SNC) as a diplomatic foreign mission and announced plans for a $27m increase in non-lethal assistance to rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad. The announcement came at the start of a visit to Washington on Monday by a Syrian opposition delegation led by Ahmad Jarba, president of the coalition, in his first official visit to the US since the SNC was set up in 2012. Jarba is set to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday. State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said Washington was announcing new measures “to empower the moderate Syrian opposition and to bolster its efforts to help” those in Syria. The US now recognises the coalition’s representative offices in Washington and New York as “foreign missions under the Foreign Missions Act.” The upgrade will facilitate banking and security services for the opposition in the US and help it reach out to Syrians living in the US, Harf said. “This is an important step in the path toward a new Syria, its recognition on the international stage, and its relations with Syrian nationals in the US,” Jarba said. He welcomed the move as “a diplomatic blow against” the legitimacy of Assad. Syrian government forces have made gains on the battlefield and Damascushasannouncedapresidential election for June 3, with Assad expected to win. Washington has said the elections are not credible and US officials have denounced them as “phony.” Worsening ties The State Department suspended the operations of Syria’s embassy in Washington and consulates in other US cities in March, as efforts by the United Nations to broker a peace deal failed to make progress. Diplomatic initiatives by the US and Russia to end the civil war in Syria have failed amid worsening relations between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine. Russia is Assad’s main backer in the war, which is in its fourth year. HarfsaidtheObamaadministration was working with Congress to increase non-lethal aid to the moderate opposition by $27m, bringing total assistance to about $287m.

Jarba called the move ‘an important step in the path toward a new Syria’

Russia questions ‘unusual’ Ukraine election

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ussia���s foreign minister has questioned the legitamacy of Ukraine’s upcoming presidential election amid troop deployment in the east of the country. Sergey Lavrov said it would be “unusual” to hold a presidential election on May 25 while the army was being deployed against Ukrainians. “Scheduling elections in times when the army is used against parts of the population is not conventional,” he told a news conference on Tuesday at a Council of Europe meeting in Vienna. “This is not Afghanistan.” Scheduling elections in times when the army is used against parts of the population is not conventional “We will see how this process ends,” he said. Lavrov said Ukraine should agree a new constitution to define presidential powers before people went to cast their ballots. Ukraine’s foreign minister said if Russia backed the poll, he was ready to support a new round of

Geneva peace talks. Acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsia said: “If Russia is ready to commit itself to support these elections and to eliminate this threat and eliminate its support for the extremist elements in Ukraine,

we are ready to have such a round of meetings.” With presidential elections less than three weeks away, Ukraine and its allies are keen to reduce any threat to the vote, which they see as providing added legitimacy to the

government in Kiev. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s interior minister said 30 pro-Russian gunmen were killed on Monday during government operations to drive out anti-government forces from the city of Slovyansk. Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page Tuesday that four government troops also died and another 20 were injured during the fighting.

Lavrov said it would be “unusual” to hold elections while troops were being deployed against Ukrainians

Stars boycott hotels over Brunei Islamic law

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S television star Jay Leno has joined a growing list of celebrities vowing to boycott the Dorchester Collection, a luxury

hotel chain linked to Brunei’s sultan, after he introduced the first phase of a controversial Islamic penal code last month. The move to introduce an Islamic penal code has sparked rare domestic criticism of the sultan on social media

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah announced last Wednesday that he would continue with further implementation of the law that will eventually include tough penalties such as death by stoning. Former late-night talk show host Leno, speaking at a small protest outside the sultan-owned Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, said: “What is this, Berlin, 1933? This doesn’t seem far off what happened in the Holocaust. “Come on people, it’s 2014. Evil flourishes when good people do nothing.” Virgin group founder Richard Branson said at the weekend that Virgin employees would not stay at the exclusive hotel chain, which includes The Dorchester in London

and the Beverly Hills Hotel, the AFP news agency reported. “No Virgin employee, nor our family, will stay at Dorchester hotels until the Sultan abides by basic human rights,” the British billionaire posted on Twitter. Others who have called for a boycott include comedian Stephen Fry, TV host Sharon Osbourne and comedian Ellen DeGeneres. Late next year, punishments such as death by stoning for offences including sodomy and adultery will be introduced. The US group Feminist Majority Foundation said it had also pulled its annual Global Women’s Rights Awards, co-chaired by Jay and wife Mavis Leno, from the Beverly Hills Hotel in protest.

Northern Ireland police release Gerry Adams

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orthern Ireland police have released Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams following four days of questioning over the 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville. Police arrested Adams on Wednesday over the murder of McConville, a widowed mother-often, who was killed by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who wrongly believed her to be giving information to British forces. Adams denies any involvement in the killing or being a member of the IRA. The Irish republican leader on Sunday criticised the police’s handling

of his arrest over a notorious IRA murder, saying it sent a wrong signal for the peace process that he remains “totally committed” to. “Those that authorised this (arrest) didn’t make the right strategic decision,” Adams said at a press conference in Belfast’s Balmoral Hotel. “This is entirely a wrong signal”. The extended detention of the Irish nationalist leader was threatening to undermine power-sharing in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein said detectives questioned Adams about audiotaped interviews by IRA veterans to a Boston College oral history project that made

those claims against him. The decision to release Adams came after police faced a Sunday deadline to charge or release him or seek a judge’s permission to extend his detention, a step they took on Friday when an initial deadline was due to expire. The IRA abducted, killed and secretly buried McConville. It did not admit responsibility until 1999, when the underground organisation defended its action by claiming she had been a British Army spy. McConville’s remains were found accidentally in 2003 near a Republic of Ireland beach.

A 2006 investigation by Northern Ireland’s police complaints watchdog found no evidence she had been a spy. Adams’ arrest over the killing of McConville is among the most significant developments in Northern Ireland since a 1998 peace deal ended decades of tit-for-tat killings between Irish Catholic nationalists and mostly Protestant pro-British loyalists. The Sinn Fein leader, who is a member of parliament in the Irish republic, has been dogged throughout his career by accusations from former IRA fighters that he was involved in its campaign of killings, a charge he has repeatedly denied.


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Strange World

The creepy snake that’s actually a harmless caterpillar

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ooking at a photo of Hemeroplanes triptolemus, nine out of ten people would swear it’s a snake. But look closer, and you’ll realize there’s something peculiar about it – the body is unusually short and ends abruptly with a large reptilian head. The truth is, it’s not a snake at all. The Hemeroplanes is actually a caterpillar pretending to be a snake. And it does a darn good impression of the deadly creature, often fooling curious travelers and predators alike. Hemeroplanes are moths of to the Sphingidae family, found in many parts of South America, Africa and Central America. In the larval form, they are capable of expanding their anterior body segments to closely resemble a snake, complete with reptilian scales and scary eyes. To make their mimicking act even more believable, the harmless caterpillar will sometimes even snap at potential predators. Of course, they have no real fangs so they can’t really do any serious damage, but their appearance is convincing enough to scare even humans away, What’s incredibly fascinating about Hemeroplanes is that they are able to completely transform

more like an Eyelash Viper than it did a caterpillar. Just when we thought it possibly couldn’t get any weirder, it did. The caterpillar began to flail, as if trying to strike out at us!” Tracie and her companions were awestruck, wondering if all this was really possible. They quickly returned home to find out more about the wondrous insect, and then came to know that it was a Hemeroplanes. Their research also revealed that the caterpillar came in two varieties – Hemeroplanes triptolemus usually found in the Dry Forest, and Hemeroplanes ornatus which lives in the Rainforest. Both caterpillars are quite harmless; they feed on the leaves of apocynaceous vines. Ultimately, Hemeroplanes shed their reptilian disguise and turn into large moths. their appearance. It’s almost like magic. They’re quite rare to spot, but those who were lucky enough to witness the transformation were left stunned. Here’s what we found on the website of Tracie ‘the bug lady’, who runs a nighttime adventure trek in the rainforests of Drake Bay, Costa Rica: “At first glance, this large

caterpillar was quite ordinary. As Tracie lowered the branch, we realized that the caterpillar was changing… becoming something entirely different. After posing placidly for a few shots, the caterpillar suddenly released the twig on which it was perched and hung dangling by its rear set of legs. It began to pull the tip of its head inward, puffing out the

front part of its body.” “Gradually, previously hidden shades of yellow, white and black lit up the caterpillar’s new ‘face’. Then, what appeared to be eyes, nostrils and scales slowly began to materialize. It quickly dawned on us that this caterpillar was transforming into a snake before our eyes! In just a few seconds, Hemeroplanes looked much

165-meter-high swiss dam is the world’s tallest non-natural climbing wall

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iga di Luzzone is considered to be the Everest of wall climbing. The 540-foot artificial structure is the tallest vertical climbing wall in the world. It is actually part of the functioning Luzzone dam, but while it was never built for climbing thrillseekers around the world have made it their own. Nestled among the Alps, the wall offers a terrific view of the surroundings, although climbers don’t really get much time to enjoy it. Access to the Diga di Luzzone costs about 20 CHF, which is quite cheap. The cost includes a ladder that you can use to gain the first 20 ft. right up to the holds of the first pitch. There are five pitches in total – each one long enough for you to feel the weight of the rope as you clip the higher bolts. Look down, and the exposure is simply mind blowing. All through the climb, you are exposed to the elements, making the man-made route feel as natural as possible.

The first pitch is the easiest of all, with a climbing grade of 5.7. It wanders left and is described as an entertaining experience because you get to watch the person behind you figure out how to secure the ladder and continue the climb. The second pitch is tougher, with a grade of 5.8, as the wall starts to curve back. On the third pitch (5.10a), climbers slowly trend left and about mid-way, traverse left for 10 ft. before moving upwards again.

The fourth pitch, also a 5.10a, goes straight up. At this point you can take a peek down to really enjoy the exposure. And then you get to the fifth and final pitch (5.10b), where you’re just shy of the top. You can faintly hear the crowd below cheering you on. Once you reach the very top, you are free to graciously accept applauds from all the onlookers. This is when you get to enjoy your 15 minutes of fame. Diga di Luzzone is meant for thrill-seekers looking for the ultimate non-natural climbing experience. There really is no other wall that comes close!


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Jonathan’s Planned Visit To Nasarawa: Dancing On The Graves Of Slain Operatives By Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

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ith all things being equal, President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to arrive Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital anytime soon, in continuation of his nationwide rally ostensibly to receive political decampees. Like in other states so far visited by the president, plans are underway for Jonathan to personally welcome politicians that have seen reason to defect from mostly the All Progressive Congress (APC), with already a 41-man committee put in place by the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) preparatory to the visit. While every Nigerian has the right of association, with the decampees simply exercising their individual rights, the visit of the president merely for political reasons however, particularly at this point in time when the country is facing serious security challenges, with insurgency claiming the lives of many Nigerians, is obviously not only a misplaced priority but more than anything else, a confirmation of the alleged insensitivity of the president to the plight of the citizens. The pressing security challenges across the country along, not to mention the lingering communal clashes have that so far consumed several lives in Nasarawa state, including the lives of scores of security operatives who were brutally murdered while on their constitutional responsibility in Alakyo, with recently over 50 people murdered in Iggah, Nasarawa-Eggon local government area, should have prevailed on the president to cancel the visit intended to celebrate the entry of politicians who are only too willing to change political parties at the drop of a hat. Since his assumption of office as president, Jonathan will be visiting Nasarawa state for the third time. First he visited on 22 December, 2010, when he addressed PDP delegates from across the North central zone at the Lafia City Hall, with Nasarawa being the zonal headquarters of the party. The president equally visited on 7 February 2011 at the heat of the 2011 presidential campaign, when youths loyal to the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) heckled the president, with the then CPC’s governorship aspirant, Umaru Tanko Al-makura whisked to Abuja to answer questions over the conduct of the youths. Incidentally, by the time Jonathan will be in Nasarawa, it would be exactly one year and three days since the brutal murder of over 70 security operatives that went on duty to Alakyo, a suburb of Lafia, the state capital. According to a white paper released by the state government relating to the outcome of the high profile judicial commission of inquiry instituted in the wake of the Alakyo massacre by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura, 74 law enforcement and security personnel, comprising of 64 policemen and 10 men of the Department of State Services (DSS), were actually killed by members of the Ombatse in Alakyo on May 7, 2013. The Justice Joseph Fola Gbadeyan judicial commission in its findings maintained that the Ombatse members converged on Alakyo from Eggon communities from across the state to engage in the fatal ambush that led to the brutal murder of the security operatives. The Nasarawa state government noted that despite its earlier proscription via Legal Notice No.4 of 2012 banning its activities, the Ombatse has continued with its activities, including the breach of peace, among others; ethnic rivalry to achieve political dominance, manipulation of youths by political elites for personal political objectives, as well as the inability of the police to enforce the law with perpetrators of the heinous crime allowed to wander freely. However, and according to the government white paper, “the federal government’s lack of concern over the Alakyo killings even when its agents were the victims has not help in the containment of violence in the state. The federal government’s attitude has given room for tendentious interpretations (largely of a political nature).” Indeed since the Alakyo incidence, not a word was heard from the president over the matter except for one of his Ministers who spoke on “forgivingness” even when it was clear the Ombatse committed an unprecedented crime against the Nigerian state, killing the highest number of armed security personnel in one fell swoop. Lending his voice to the growing disenchantment over the apparent

nonchalance of the federal government over the murder of the security operatives, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, accused the PDP led federal government of deliberately creating tension in Nasarawa state, stressing that the persistent security challenges and spate of fatal clashes among the various ethnic groups in the state are politically motivated. “I warn the powers that be to stop causing conflict among the people, because it has the potency to explode far beyond the local enclaves and spread across Nigeria”, Sen Adamu had cautioned, noting that the growing disaffection among the people, who had before then lived peacefully, was as a result of desperate political manoeuvres. Even after the Alakyo massacre, the Ombatse, unhindered, struck again and again, leaving behind a trail of death, anguish and destruction on its path. Even while the Justice Gbadeyan judicial commission was still sitting, the Ombatse again unleashed its terror on two predominantly Alago settlements, Assakio and Obi, launching on a killing spree to the outright consternation of the people of the state. Yet not a word from the federal government suggesting there is any plan to curtail the activities of the ethnic militia. Only recently, precisely on Saturday, April 19, the Ombatse struck again and with impunity. The Eggon militia struck at a Gwandara community in Iggah, Nasarawa Eggon local government area, killing over 50 people and destroying property worth millions of naira. Still, not a word from the presidency even after Governor Al-makura reportedly met with President Jonathan over the matter. Of more significance however, is part of the government white paper indicting several persons alleged to be financiers and sponsors of the Ombatse, as well as establishing a clearly defined chain of authority starting from the chief priest of the group, Baba Anda, popularly known as Baba Alakyo, through to area coordinators. The commission particularly recommended the immediate prosecution of some persons of high social standing who it said are least expected to misdirect the cause of justice. These are; Sen Solomon Ewuga, Haruna Joseph Kigbu, federal lawmaker representing Lafia/ Obi constituency and member representing Lafia east/north at the state assembly, Nathaniel Agyo Mesa. It has therefore become a source of worry to many that a president Jonathan who has so far remained unperturbed by the circle of violence being perpetrated by the Eggon militia group, will now chose to visit Nasarawa to welcome into the fold of his party, the PDP, persons lined up for prosecution over alleged sponsorship of the Ombatse. For among those Jonathan is scheduled to welcome into the PDP when he come visiting on May 10, are Sen. Ewuga, Rep Kigbu and Agyo Mesa, all indicted by the Gbadeyan judicial commission, accused of being the financiers and sponsors of the Ombatse. The president who has so far remained unconcerned as the Ombatse unleashed its terror on innocent lives is now coming to embrace the alleged financiers of the group. For many, the president has allowed himself to be surrounded by people who continue to misguide him into taking decisions that may adversely affect his political career, the decision to turn the blind eye even when heinous crimes are committed, merely for political ends. Having distant himself so far, with the Ombatse having a field day, with the president openly fraternizing with sponsors of the group, pundits wonder whether the president considered the enormity of his decision, to side against the people, the electorates who has the real power to decide his fate, in favor of ethnic charlatans seeking to fulfill selfish objectives at the expense of the collective wish of the people. Indeed, the date fixed for the presidential visit coincides with the one year memorial of the slain security operatives and this will definitely leave no one in doubt as to the reason for agreeing on that date for the president to welcome into his fold suspected financiers of the Ombatse accused of the brutal murder of the operatives. The message is clear, Jonathan will come to Nasarawa not to bring succor to the widows and children of the murdered security operatives, or even order the immediate prosecution of all those indicted but to fraternize with the alleged killers and to dance on the graves of the slain operatives as well as hundred others killed by the Ombatse.


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Group urges Ekiti indigenes to vote wisely From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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ith the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State barely a month, a NonGovernmental Organisation (NGO), has called on the electorate in the state to vote with their conscience and not to be swayed by monetary inducement from politicians. President, Rights Monitoring Group (RMG), Comrade Olufemi Aduwo told airport journalists at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, MMA, Lagos yesterday that in a bid for the state not to lose its progress track, the electorate should eschew political affiliation in deciding who to vote for in the forthcoming election. Aduwo alleged that some moneybags without enterprise have started camping in the state, strategising on how to rig the forthcoming election and urged the electorate to be vigilant of their environment. He emphasised that it is pertinent for the electorate to vote for the best candidate with track records, most trusted one with a noble character and virtues as well as the most brazenly determined to genuinely change the fortune of the state. He said “They should know that they are the ultimate authority to decide who would govern them and manage their commonwealth very effectively. “This becomes necessary in order that the state may not lose the track of its ever respected progressive inclinations in politics. It is important to stress here again that party affiliation should not count for the people of Ekiti as they file out to decide the direction which the state political power will go in the coming governorship election. Already, indications are rife that some multi billionaires without enterprise have started camping in Ekiti and pitching tent with rabblerousing politicians while attempting to educate the already informed people on who they should elect as governor, come June.” He said from intelligence reports, monies are being shared to the most vulnerable voters amid whispers that some billions had been budgeted for the election at the instance of money bags. “Ekiti people, we believe, know too well that a heavy investment by the strange billionaires on Ekiti governorship election amounts to an attempt to mortgage the future of the state for individuals who had no blood link with any part of the state. This is our worry for the ever progressive people of Ekiti, a reason we felt obliged to drum it hard on the people to shun unstable elements and candidates who, if voted into power by June, would unleash great yoke on the state.”

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2015: INEC to intensify consultations with stakeholders By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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ndependent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said it will intensify consultations and interactions with critical stakeholders ahead of the 2015 general elections. The acting Chairman of INEC, Ishmael Igbani, said this in an address at a one-day knowledge sharing workshop with Publicity Secretaries and Deputy National Publicity Secretaries of political parties organized by INEC with the support of Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project held at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, last week.

While declaring the workshop open, Dr. Ishmael Igbani said “this is in line with the Commission’s continuing resolve to embark on a series of regular engagements with critical stakeholders as we intensify our preparations for the conduct of the 2015 general elections”. At the workshop tagged “The Optimization of the Voter Register, Continuous Voter Registration and Permanent Voters’ card”, Igbani gave an overview of the Commission’s preparation for 2015 general elections which he said began immediately after the 2011 general elections. “These regular meetings

have proved very useful in assisting the Commission bridge the communication gaps that hitherto existed and have also gone a long way in smoothening INEC’s relationship with stake holders through the provision of regular briefings and updates on its activities and programs”, he said. According to him, some incremental progress made by the Commission thus far include, gathering of data for the review of delimitation of constituencies, works towards provision of real time result collation come 2015, publishing of election monitoring and observation guideline on the

Commission’s website. Others, according to him, were continued Interagency consultations with critical stakeholders to bridge communication gaps, deployment of Election Risk Management Tool, review of the Commission’s Communication policy guideline, among others. The acting chairman further informed participants that the voter register optimization and cleaning to remove multiple registration is in its second stage at the state and national levels, saying it is aimed at eliminating any possible cases of inter-state multiple registration. L-R: Ekiti state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Ekiti state Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Jide Awe, PDP defector/ member, House of Assembly, IdoOsi Constituency I, Hon. Bunmi Oriniowo, and Deputy Speaker, Ekiti state House of Assembly, Hon. Adetunji Orisalade, during a campaign rally where Hon. Oriniowo announced her defection from the PDP to APC, yesterday in Ido-Osi Local Government Area of the state.

APC congress: Aggrieved members hold three lawmakers hostage in Kaduna From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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t was pandemonium at the venue of All Progressive Congress Party (APC) stakeholders meeting in Kaduna yesterday when aggrieved party members disrupted the meeting as they held three lawmakers hostage at the venue. The three lawmakers held hostage include two APC members of the House of Representatives and one member of the Kaduna state House of Assembly. The meeting was convened by Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to mediate on the ward congress crisis in the party. It was gathered that Kwankwaso was asked by the Party’s National leadership to mediate and settle

aggrieved party members in the state. Sources from the party said the meeting was meant for stakeholders in Kaduna South, Kaduna North and Igabi Local government Area of the state. The meeting which was scheduled for 10 am at the Guest House of Kano State Governor along Sultan Road, Unguwar Sarki, could not hold because of the members that stormed the venue to express their dissatisfaction on what they described as injustice within the party. The aggrieved members, mostly youths, blocked the entrance as they insulted all senior party members going into the guest house for the meeting. It was gathered that the

lawmakers held hostage inside the house were threatened by the youth as they vow to beat them up if they step out. “Governor Kwankwaso’s plead fell on deaf ear as the youth refused to listen to him. The three lawmakers held captive inside the house were Alhaji Bala Yunusa Minority Leader in Kaduna state House of Assembly representing Tudun wada constituency. “Barrister Ibrahim Zero, House of Representatives Members representing Igabi Local government and Alhaji Rufai Chanchangi representing Kaduna South at the house of representative Abuja,” said APC chieftain who was at the meeting but do not want to be mentioned. Shehu Usman APC member

representing Kaduna North at the House of Representatives was also said to have been attacked at the venue by the youth but his Media Adviser, Zubairu Shan’una, denied the allegation saying he was not attacked. It was further gathered that all efforts to plead with the aggrieved members to allow the lawmakers out of the house since the meeting couldn’t hold prove abortive as they insisted they must deal with them if they dared to come out. Peoples Daily further gathered that angry Kwankwaso left the venue in his car after some hours without holding the meeting. It was learnt that the lawmakers were set free after the youths were made to believe that they were inside Kwankwaso’s vehicle.


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Politics 17 APC appointees quit Oshiomhole govt From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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L-R: Governors Theodore Orji of Abia; Martin Elechi of Ebonyi, Sullivan Chime of Enugu, and Deputy Governors, Eze Madumere of Imo and Nkem Okeke of Anambra addressing newsmen after South-East Governors Forum, on Sunday in Enugu. Photo: NAN

Yoruba group begs Kwankwaso to vie for presidency From Edwin Olofu, Kano

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group made up of Yoruba sons and daughters in the thirty six states of the federation and Abuja has appealed to the incumbent governor of a Kano state, Engineer Rabiu Kwankwaso, to contest for the 2015 Presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). A statement signed by its National Secretary, Chief

Folorunso Olusegun Olukorede and made available to newsmen in Kano, it urged the governor to contest for the coveted seat in 2015 because of his achievements in all facets of development in the state. The Yoruba group stated that their decision was based on the meeting they held in the ancient town of Owo, Ondo state where all political variables were considered as it affect those jostling for the coveted post across the major political parties.

Olukorede in the statement listed the achievements of the governor which include infrastructural development, health, Housing, Agriculture, security, Transportation and education, noting that above all the free education policy declared by the governor recently and the sponsorship of over 2000 indigenes of kano state abroad for acquisition of knowledge has endeared him to the over 150 million Nigerians.

The group added that they want the governor to replicate his achievements in the state at the national level if elected, adding that all his programs were devoid of religious or tribal considerations. “We have met all prominent Yoruba leaders to seek their advice and blessing and their response were collectively positive even with some of them describing Kwankwaso as the Awolowo of our time because of his unprecedented achievements,” he stated.

Ekiti guber candidate, Bamidele, survives gun attack By Lawrence Olaoye

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ome hours after Labour Party’s (LP) governorship candidate, Hon. Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, resumed his campaign rally hitherto suspended over insecurity, he has escaped death by whiskers just as his activities were again disrupted on Monday. This happened despite assurances given to him by various security commands in Ekiti that he should resume the rallies in towns and villages across Ileje-meje local

government area of Ekiti State. But Bamidele who last week Friday sought police protection was shot at, from a close range, by some thugs suspected to have been sponsored by All Progressives Congress (APC) politicians in the state. This latest attack occurred at Ewu Ekiti in Ileje-Meje Local government area when Bamidele was about to alight from his vehicle. The two gun-wielding youths fired gunshots at Bamidele’s armoured Toyota Land Cruiser

SUV and quickly disappeared into a nearby bush. Efforts made by men of the SSS and Police attached to the convoy to arrest the hoodlums however failed. It took about thirty minutes for the security men and LP youths who combed nearby bushes looking for the APC youths to return to the rally ground. Also at Eda-Oniyo Ekiti, APC thugs barricaded the road leading to the town and fired gunshots at the waiting crowd, but one of the attackers was arrested and handed

over to the police. Meanwhile, indication has also emerged that no fewer than fifty anti-riot policemen and soldiers have been deployed from Abuja to beef up security around Bamidele’s rally grounds. Subsequent detachment of the men, according to a party source, followed two days of consultations embarked upon by the gubernatorial candidate. The source also revealed that the men who are expected in Ekiti before end of this week were “provided from the above”

Groups endorse Yuguda as Zamfara Governor in 2015 From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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amfara state Peoples Democratic Party {PDP} Coalition of youths have called on the Minister of State for Works, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, to accept the unanimous endorsement made on him and to subsequently declare his interest for the 2015 governorship. Speaking to Peoples Daily in Gusau, the state capital, Chairman

of the Yuguda Foundation for Goodluck 2015 North-West zone, Aminu Yuguda Gusau, who declared the minister as their choice urging him to contest the post of the state Governor by 2015 elections, said it has become necessary for the teeming youth in the state to realize the danger of playing politics for money against the aims and objectives of democracy. Gusau said it is the time the minister should accept their call

under the umbrella of PDP in order to rescue the people of the state from the whirlpool of insecurity. He added that youth were suffering for dearth of sound education and employment as the attention of the state government was only drawn to serve the interests of few individuals of political wills in the state. H e said “In fact, every PDP supporter in the state knows what Ambassador Bashir Yuguda has immensely contributed to the state.

Since he became minister, he has been making party more lively through cash donation and other contributions to party officials and supporters which virtually made impact to the growth of the party in the state”, the chairman added. “We have to look for alternative by 2015 general elections. Any patriotic leader who would serve not his interest and that of his and relatives, but the entire people of the state,” he said.

eventeen All Progressives party (APC) political office holders in Edo State yesterday quit Governor Adams Oshiomhole government and the party in anger. Former Secretary to the State Government, Pastor Osagie IzeIyamu led the splinter group including some party chieftains and Boards Chairmen, members, Heads of parastatals, past commissioners, former House of Assembly member who also announced their resignation at a Stakeholders in Benin City, the Edo State Capital. Prominent among the aggrieved party members who resigned include, Chief Evelyn (Omokhodion) Igbafe, State Director Poverty Alleviation Agency, Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Projects Monitoring, Mr Osaretin Edosomwan,Mr Festus Iwu – Special Adviser to the State Governor on Water and Energy and Mr Ralph Oshiomo, Executive Director, Edo State Neighbourhood Watch. Former National Vice Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN, Southsouth, State Chairman and Deputy Chairman of ACN, Prince Tony Omoaghe and Alhaji Usman Shagadi. The decision of the stakeholders followed the expiration of 7-day ultimatum handed down to the State Governor to ``cancel the very questionable party membership resignation as well as dubious wards and local government registration according to the spokesman of the splinter group, Prince Tony Omoaghe – former Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), urging supporters to be prayerful. Omoaghe said apart from alleged non-compliance with their request, ``Governor Oshiomhole attempted to woo aggrieved members of the party individually by offering them Greek gifts’’ instead of making effort to redress the flaw that trailed membership registration. He accused the governor of playing the ostrich over the latter declaration during Workers’ Day at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, that ``the reason his party members were challenging him was because he promised to handover power to a fellow labour leader. Osaretin Edosomwan, Special Adviser on Project Monotoring said the structure of the group was what brought Governor, Adams Oshiomhole to power. He argued that ``you can imagine, I’m his Special Adviser, who are you Advising? He doesn’t even listen. If you tell him to do this, he (Oshiomhole) will tell you No!’’


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News Extra Jonathan is not being fair to Chibok parents- Falana By Akilani Abdullah

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uman Right Lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) has faulted President Goodluck Jonathan as not been fair to the parents of over 200 young female students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok in Borno state, saying the president have not taken the necessary steps in rescuing the children. Falana Make this known while speaking at the public presentation of a book, titled: “Before We Forget: Obasanjo Letter to President

Jonathan and the Aftermath” yesterday in Lagos. He said “President Goodluck Jonathan claimed ignorance of the whereabouts of the abducted children. He also accused their parents of not co-operating with them. While lamenting, the lawyercum-activist made it known that it is wrong for member of the public to have identify the abducted girls. “The identification of the children should not be made public, in order for them not be stigmatised at the nearest future.

We pray that the children be released and we don’t want them to be stigmatised.” Falana urged the president to make sure the girls are returned safely back to their parents instead of dancing all over Nigeria in the name of peace rally. Speaking earlier, the Director, Peace and Development Projects (PEDEP), Mr. Francis Abayomi condemned the abduction of the girls, saying the collective burden Nigerians carries now is a direct consequence of the ruling elites. He said “It is a great concern

this event is at a time the country is in deep, harrowing pain of horrendous violence. A sad metaphor for the consequences of leadership deficit that have prevailed in the politics and governance of our dear country over the years. “As the call to bring-back-ourgirls resonates across the globe, we must bear in mind that the collective burden we carry at this time is the direct consequence of the deceit, hypocrisy and avoidable failure that have characterised the present leadership.

Abducted girls: Turai Yar’adua calls for prayer From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

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ormer first lady, Hajiya Turai Umar ‘Yar’adua has called on Nigerians to intensify prayer for the safe release of over 200 girls abducted from Chibok government secondary school in Borno state. Turai, who made the call at a memorial lecture organised for her late husband, President Umaru Musa ‘Yar’adua, added: “All Nigerians need to intensify prayers to make sure these girls returned to their families safely”. The former first lady thanked the organisers of the memorial lecture in honour of their husband for keeping his legacies of education, peace, security and development alive. Delivering a paper on the late president’s legacy on education, former executive secretary of National Universities Commission, Professor Munzali Jibrin delved extensively into the late president legacies in education. Professor Jibrin noted that late president ‘Yar’adua had during his time gave special attention to education from primary, tertiary and university level priority, disclosing how the late president transform primary education in Katsina state. He similarly cited the Umaru Musa ‘Yar’adua University, Katsina as one of the legacies of the late president, where he said the university was fast competing with its peers all over the country. In his remarks, the state governor Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema, who was represented by the Head of Service, Alhaji Lawal Aliyu Daura noted that the Shema’s administration has kept the late president’s vision for the state alive.

L-R: Resident, Institute of Transport Administration, Prof Innocent Ogwude, presenting a plague to Niger state Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, after decorating him as the new National Patron of theInstitute, on Monday at the Government House, in Minna.

‘Fire outbreak killed 7 in 101 fire cases this year in Bauchi’ From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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auchi state Fire Service Command, says it recorded 7 deaths in 101 fire incidents this year. The State Director of the Command, Alhaji Tata Balarabe Azare disclosed this to news men on Monday. In Bauchi, saying that 7 people were killed while 65 lives

were saved and properties worth N129m was lost during the fire incidences. According to him, the highest number of fire incidences we recorded were in market places and shops while those in residential houses and offices were low. “We observed that most of the fire disasters were as a result of electrical faults, usage of candles,

lack of proper storage of petrol and kerosene”, Alhaji Tata said. “We attended to more fire incidents in 2013 than the previous years, particularly toward the end of the year. Whenever we receive any distress call from members of the public, the fire service usually swing into action and try to save the situation before it goes out of hand” he said.

NUJ hails Blueprint correspondent over award as peace ambassador From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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he chairman of the Bauchi state council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Alhaji Dahiru Garba Mohammed has expressed appreciation to the North East Youth Initiative forum (NEYIF) for recognising the efforts of one of his members Najib Sani and finding him worthy to be awarded as peace Ambassador. Dahiru, who was speaking during the civic reception

organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation in the state ‘Action Group For Youth and Child Development (AGYCD), to celebrate with the Blueprint journalist asserted that the conferment of the award on Najib did not come to him as a surprise considering the role he plays in peace promotion through his reportage. Speaking at the occasion, the Secretary-General of the AGYCD, Comrade Ibrahim Suleiman explained that the reception was

organised to honour Najib Sani, who is also the President of the group. In his remarks, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi state command DSP Haruna Mohammed, who congratulated Najib on the award, urged journalists to help government and security agents in the country to fight crimes as well as address the present crises in parts of the nation when writing their news stories, articles and features on security matters.

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Ogun NLC chairman calls for LG financial autonomy From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

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he Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Ogun State chapter, Comrade Akeem Ambali has called on the state government and other wellmeaning Nigerians to support the call for local government financial autonomy in Nigeria, saying this will enable the third tier of government in the country perform its primary roles at the grassroots. According to Ambali, who made the call in Abeokuta, this will reduce the political pressure on the state government in delivering dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots. “Labour Congress has keenly watched various debates as it concerns the existence role and performance of local government system in Nigeria, the amount of energy, concern and attention given to this major issue has further confirmed that all Nigerians irrespective of creed or tribe believe that local government should be the bed rest of democratic growth and development” “The anger of most Nigerians can therefore be situated within performance or nonperformance index by various shades of opinion”, Ambali said. He noted that Ogun Labour believed firmly in the efficient local government administration, which he described as pivotal of development, instead of stifling local government, stressing that “we, therefore, opined that we should collectively strengthen the system”. The workers’ union leader also disagreed with a call from some quarters that the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) should be abolished while roles of the agency should be transferred the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), positing that the call contracts the spirit of true federalism in the country. He affirmed that the call was as a result of the “substandard electoral performance of SIEC, which he said is not too independent in some states”. Ambali said rather than calling for total abolition of SIEC, the laws and guidelines regulating the establishment and monitoring of the electoral body at both the federal and state levels should be amended in area of composition of membership, adding that they should be allowed to choose their Chairmen and Secretaries and that they should be answerable to the Judiciary, which is expected to inaugurate them.


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Security men at the Vine Kiddies International Academy, Nyanya after unknown gunmen hijacked the school’s bus, yesterday in Abuja.

Erosion threatening Tambari Housing Estate, yesterday in Bauchi.

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Photo: NAN L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan, in a handshake with former Minister of Finance Malam Adamu Ciroma, during the North-East Elders meeting with the president, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Plateau Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Silvanus Dangtoe, clearing refuse, during the launching of public health enlightenment and sanitation, yesterday in Jos. Photo: NAN

Some pupils during the launch of child safety campaign by Lagos state Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission, yesterday in Lagos. Photo: NAN


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At last: Yobo, Osaze make 30man provisional World Cup squad Stories Albert Akota

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he Chief Coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi has invited Joseph Yobo and Osaze Odemwingie to his provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup that starts on June 12. The reigning African champions will be making their fifth appearance at football’s showpiece and have been drawn in the same group with Argentina, Iran and Bosnia. Usual suspects Vincent Enyeama, Mikel Obi, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses are called, as well as dark horses Ramon Azeez, Michael Babatunde and Azubuike Egwuekwe while midfield ace Joel Obi and Peter Odemwingie return after several months in the international wilderness. Top scorer of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations, Emmanuel Emenike, back from injury, returns to the fold. However, injured Nosa Igiebor and Reuben Gabriel are the surprise inclusion in the squad while the big boss snubbed the trio of Ikechukwu Uche, Hull City’s Sone Aluko and Fegor Ogude who have had a great season. There are four goalkeepers, eight defenders, eight midfielders and ten strikers. Full Squad Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide, Chigozie Agbim, Daniel Akpeyi. Defenders: Elderson Echiejile, Juwon Oshaniwa, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo, Kunle Odunlami. Midfielders: Mikel Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, Ramon Azeez, Ejike Uzoenyi, Sunday Mba, Reuben Gabriel, Nosa Igiebor, Joel Obi. Strikers: Ahmed Musa, Shola Ameobi, Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike, Obinna Nsofor, Osaze Odemwingie, Babatunde Michael, Michael Uchebo, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Nwofor Uche

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2014 World Cup: FG sets semi-final minimum target for Super Eagles T

he Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Tammy Danagogo, yesterday said that the target set for the Super Eagles at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil was a minimum of semi-final or the title. Danagogo made the assertion in Abuja when he was decorated by the Nigeria Supporters Club as one of its patrons. The minister said he was misquoted in some sections of the media that the semi-final stage was the target set for the Super Eagles. “I have been misquoted in some sections of the media that the target for the Super Eagles is semi-finals, but that is the minimum target. “Our minimum target is semi-final or bring back the cup,’’ Danagogo said. He urged the Nigeria Supporters Club to give the team the needed support to succeed. “You have to galvanise and mobilise your members to support the Super Eagles to achieve this feat and we are really count-

ing on you. “We at the NSC have seen the commitment, love and dedication of the Nigerian Supporters Club and we appreciate you for that. “This is because sports are a unifying factor that boosts the image of this country, so, we want you to continue with that spirit and to also redouble your zeal,’’ he said. Danagogo told club officials that the N50 million that President Goodluck Jonathan promised the club would be given to the club next week. “Ever since I assumed office, I have seen the commitment and dedication of the President to sports and this is manifested in the N50 million he promised to your club. “Right now, the processing of the money is ongoing. “If you do not get the money before the end of this week because of the holiday in Abuja, you will get it latest by next week,’’ the minister said. Earlier, the President-General of the Nigeria Supporters

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Club, Rafiu Ladipo, said it was necessary to decorate the minister as a patron before the World Cup begins in June. Ladipo said the minister needed to be decorated as one of the club’s patron because President Jonathan had decorated as the Grand Patron. “This is because as the Grand Patron, he might not be physically present with us at the World Cup, but we are hopeful that the minister will be with us in person over there. “And he will give us the support we need,’’ Ladipo said. The former Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro, was also decorated as a patron of the FCT Chapter of the club. Also, the NSC DirectorGeneral, Gbenga Elegbeleye, was presented a medal of merit for fostering good relationship between the club and the NSC. The Super Eagles are in Group F at the Mundial scheduled for June 12 to July 13. They have been grouped alongside Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran.


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2014 World Cup: Don’t 2015 AYC: Tanzania confirms be scared of big Sunday for qualifier names, IGP tells Eagles

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he Former InspectorGeneral of Police, Mike Okiro, yesterday advised the Super Eagles not to be scared of ``big names’’ as they prepare for the 2014 World Cup. Okiro told newsmen in Abuja that the team should go to the 2014 World Cup finals, which begins in Brazil on June 12, and fight their opponents ``with team spirit’’. “It is a known fact that the Super Eagles are going for the World Cup for the fifth time, but nothing changes in the pattern of the World Cup. “It is still 11 players versus 11 players on the field. So, my advice to the Super Eagles as their preparation continues is not to be bothered by the `big names’. “They should go out there and fight with team spirit and come back to Nigeria with the trophy. “This is because if other countries have been doing it, we can also do it with the ambition and desire to succeed,’’ he said. Okiro, who is the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), called on Nigerians to support the Super Eagles in their campaign at the mundial in Brazil. “We need to all come out to

support the Super Eagles if we want them to succeed in Brazil, because they are going there to represent us. “The team members are Nigerians drawn from different states in the country. So, we must identify with them to give them the sense of belonging while representing us over there,” he said. The Super Eagles have been drawn in the competition’s Group F with Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran

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in the first round. The 32-team FIFA World Cup is scheduled to hold in 12 Brazilian cities from June 12 to July 13.

anzania yesterday confirmed that the second round, first leg of the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifier against Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will be staged on Sunday. Flying Eagles Media Officer Samm Audu said in a statement in Abuja that the message was contained in an official correspondence by the Tanzania Football Federation. The statement, signed by its General Secretary, Mwesigwa Selestine, said the host federation apologised for shifting the game by a day, adding that “it was due to reasons beyond our reach’’. According to the statement, the match will be played at the 60,000-capacity natural grass pitch National Stadium in Dar-esSalaam. “Kick-off time is 4 p.m. local time, which is 2 p.m. Nigerian time as they are two hours ahead,’’ it said. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had earlier been kept in the dark about the match details. Tanzania eliminated neighbours Kenya on penalties to reach the second round, while six-time African champions, Nigeria drew bye

ranked tournament with the gold medalist getting 40 points. The tournament will also play a crucial role in determining the country’s qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil. Uche will compete in the mens -87kg category, in which he recently won gold at the Belgian Open and he is the current All Africa Games Champion. His world rating is 35. Muhammad, who is rated 46 in the world and also a gold medalist at the 2011 All Africa Games will compete against the continent’s best in the -58kg. Abuja-based Onofe, a bronze medalist at the 2011 All Africa

Games has missed out from the world rating following his inability to compete in an international competition and he is expected to jostle for honour in the men’s -80kg category. The only female in the team, Joy Ekhator is a double All Africa Games medalist and she is ranked 67 in the world. She will compete in the women’s -49kg. Chika, who captained Nigeria to the 2012 London Olympics will compete alongside, Olympics champion, Gabon’s Anthony Obame as well as former world champion, Mali’s Modibo Keita in the men’s +87kg.

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Chukwumerije leads taekwondoists to African senior tourney B

eijing Olympics bronze medalist, Chika Chukwumerije is leading Nigeria’s quest for honours at the 2014 African Senior Taekwondo Championships, which kicks off today in Tunis, Tunisia. Chukwumerije, whose last major outing was at the maiden World Taekwondo Federation Grand Prix held in Manchester, England, will compete alongside his elder brother, Uche, Jamilu Mohammad, Sunday Onofe and Joy Ekhator. The five-man team departed the country at the weekend with the aim of amassing points from the competition, which is a G-4

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into the second round. The return leg of the AYC qualifier will be in Nigeria two weeks later. Meanwhile, Flying Eagles Head Coach, Manu Garba, has said that the national U-20 team was ready to fly the country’s flag high in the qualifier. Audu in the statement in Abuja said that Graba made the promise moments after the team’s training session at the National Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday. The statement quoted the coach as saying that his team was fully ready for their first leg qualifier against Tanzania. “We respect our opponents, but we want to win in Tanzania so that the second leg in Nigeria will be a mere formality. “We have very good information about Tanzania after the NFA sent an official to spy on them last month. “They like to play football and have a good recovery rate, but we will be equal to the task,’’ Garba was quoted as saying. The coach was also quoted as saying that the depth, resilience and character of the team were unrivaled. “We are a Nigerian team and so we have the character to withstand any situation and we will again prove this in Tanzania,’’ he said. The statement also said that all 18 squad players were free of injury in spite of the bruising warm-up match against Benin Republic on Sunday in Cotonou. The U-20 team played two test matches in Morocco in April, which they drew and had also played against local clubs in Abuja ahead of this qualifier.


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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.RUFUS OMONIYI JEGEDE - CHAIRMAN 2.OLATUNDE ODUNOWO 3.OYETOYAN KUNLE VINCENT 4.ADELEKE EMMANUEL AYANWALE 5.DIKE ESTHER IHUOMA 6.APATA ALABI IBIKUNLE THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1.TO ENABLE THE TRUSTEE/MEMBERS TO SAVE WHICH WOULD BE RECEIVED AT RETIREMENT OF THE TRUSTEES. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED:BARR. OGECHI OKORIE (08030933313)

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.JULIUS KPADUWA, MD 2.DEEDEE CHUKUKA,CHHA,CNA 3.SAMUEL OGBUIGWE,MD 4.IVIE EJIWUNMI (MRS) 5.AIYO EHIEMUA (MRS) THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.CREATING AWARENESS FOR THE PECULIAR NEED OF THE ELDERLY AND PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS IN THE SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED:TSEDAQAH ATTORNEYS 3RD FLOOR,OKOI ARIKPO HOUSE NO 5 IDOWU TAYLOR STREET,VICTORIA ISLAND,LAGOS STATE

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EASTERN BROTHERS SOCIAL CLUB OF NIGERIA

TRUE BELIEVERS IN CHRIST MINISTRIES

ADEDAPO ADEYENKA AFOLAYAN ORPHANAGE

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CLUB HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.APOSTLE F. O. AGBAWADIKEIZU 2.PASTOR (MRS) ROSELINE AGBAWADIKEIZU 3.PASTOR TIMOTHY C. OBIYO 4.ELDER MALFRED IZEKOR 5.DEACONESS ROSE EGHAREVBA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO PREACH, TEACH & PROPAGATE THE TRUE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST. 2. TO ESTABLISH & MAINTAIN CHRISTIAN MISSIONS & MINISTRIES. 3.TO PRINT, PUBLISH & DISTRIBUTE GOSPEL LITERATURE MATERIALS. 4.TO TRAIN AND ORDAIN DEDICATED MEN & WOMEN FOR THE WORK OF THE GOSPEL.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED:OLUSEGUN ADEKEYE 08067094964

THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1)ADUAKA CHINEDU - CHAIRMAN (2)UGWU LIVINUS (3) NWANKWO KELECHI - SECRETARY (4) MBAMARA CLIFFORD THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: (1)TO PROMOTE THE UNITY AND WELFARE OF MEMBERS. (2)TO ENHANCE MUTUAL PROGRESS OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED:BARR HYGINUS IBEGA 08039577007

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THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.EVANGELIST DORCAS OLUWATOYIN AFOLAYAN - CHAIRMAN 2.SISTER ADETOLA ANUOLUWAPO AFOLAYAN 3.PASTOR TIMOTHY ADESANYA 4.EVANGELIST OLUBUSOLA ABOSEDE OLUWOGA 5.BROTHER ADEOLU NOIM BALOGUN 6.SISTER ADEREMI OLAIDE BALOGUN 7.BROTHER OPEYEMI OLUWAROTIMI ADEKEYE - SECRETARY THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1.TO CATER FOR THE LESS PRIVILEDGED IN THE SOCIETY.

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QUEEN EMMA INSURANCE BROKERS LITD

AYEMLO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT AID FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR CHANGE OF NAME TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.AKUBOH GABRIEL - CHAIRMAN 2.AKUBOH ROSEMARY - SECRETARY 3.ADEIZA PETER 4.AKUBOH SOLOMON 5.ATTAH SUSAN 6.AKUBOH JUSTUS 7.KALU NNENA 8.AKUBOH GRACE 9.EKEZIE KALU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO ASSIST THE HEALTH INSTITITION IN THE URBAN AND RURAL AREAS IN THE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF THEIR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. 2.TO SEEK FOR DONATIONS OF GOOD AND BROKEN DOWN MEDICAL EQUIPMENT,REFURBISH THEM FOR DONATION TO NEEDY MEDICAL AND HEALTH INSTITUTIONS. 3.TO ORGANIZE SEMINARS,TRAINING,WORSHOPS AND SYMPOSIUMS FOR BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERS/ TECHNICIANS ON HOW TO MAINTAIN AND REPAIR MEDICAL EQUIPMENT THAT WILL HELP THE POPULACE. 4.TO DONATE SPARE PARTS OF MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO HEALTH INSTITUTION THAT WILL ENHANCE BETTER PERFORMANCE OF EQUIPMENT FOR HEALTH DELIVERY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRARGENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

OLD NEMA: QUEEN EMMA INSURANCE BROKERS LITD THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.HON. OGIDI BARATUAIPRE BENJAMIN 2.DR. BADOM GOGOTE BADOM 3.ANDERSON BRUCE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.FOR THE EFFECTIVE SENSITIZATION OF THE MASSES TOWARDS SELF RELIANCE OR DEPENDENCY AND THEIR ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT IN THE SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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NEW NAME: OPTIMAL INSURANCE BROKERS LTD THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.VICTORIA IKWUNZE 2.AUSTIN T. ASOGO 3.IKWUNZE AUSTIN . O THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO RENDER QUALITATIVE INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGE OF NAME SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED:VICTORIA IKWUNZE

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SE-IBI CLUB

GOD IS ABLE DIVINE PRESENCE MINISTRY

ORPHAN SOCIAL CARE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CLUB HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.PROPHETESS KELECHI CHUKWUDUM 2.BRO. DANIEL CHUKWUDUM 3.BRO. KIZITO NWACHUKWU 4.BRO. UCHENNA OBIEZE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO PROPAGATE THE GOSPEL OF THE MIGHTY POWER OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS TO THE WHOLE WORLD. 2.TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP GOD AS THE 24 ELDERS AND THE 4 BEASTS THAT SURROUNDS THE THRONE OF HEAVEN. 3.TO WIN AND LEAD PEOPLE TO THE TRUE VINE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH IS IN CHRIST JESUS. 4.TO ENGAGE IN CHRISTIAN EVANGELISM,THEREBY RECLAIMING THE LOST SINNER FROM THE DOMINOIN OF SATAN AND MAKE THEM DISCIPLES OF CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED:GODWIN .I . IMAKHAI ESQ PP:GODWIN I. IMAKHAI & CO. 08054145214

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ENGR. CHIEF UNCLE IGANIBO 2. CHIEF (BARR) ALU LONGJOHN 3. PROF. ANYAMEBO OKOROSAYE-ORUBITE 4. BARR. DADDY WEST 5. ENGR. BASOENE JOSHUA BENIBO 6. HON. ENENIMIBO-OFORI DATEME THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1.TO PROMOTE TH INTEREST AND WELFARE OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED:T.G.EKEREOSIMA ESQ. 08055969382

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. NASIRU MOHAMMAD CHAIRMAN 2. YUSUF MU’AZU MEMBER 3. BABANDI HABU MEMBER 4. ABDUL’AZIZ AHMAD YAWALE MEMBER 5. ABBA MOHAMMAD GALADIMA SECRETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. PROMOTING THE SOCIAL WELL-BEING OF ORPHANS AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED CHILDREN 2. ORGANIZING SOCIAL AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES FOR ORPHANS 3. BUILDING THE CAPACITIES OF ORPHANS ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. GHAZALI ABDULLAHI; SOLICITOR, 24B, BAYERO UNIVERSITY ROAD, KANO; 08035941266. MALLAMGHAZALI@YAHOO.COM


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LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION OF BLESSED MARYLAND ESTATE, NKWELLE-EZUNAKA

GRASSROOT ORGANIZATION FOR LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT

UNITED LIFE SAVING INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA, FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT. 1990

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA, FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT. 1990

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. BARR. STEPHEN I. IFEAKA 2. MR. OSITA ENENDU 3. CHIEF JOACHIN NWOKEDIKE 4. CHIEF JOHN IBE 5. CHIEF TOCHUKWU NWORAH 6. EVANGELIST GODWIN OBIKA 7. CHIEF CLIFFORD ILODUBA

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ONYEKA EZEANI CHAIRMAN 2. BARR. CHUKWUEMEKA CHUKWUMA SECRETARY 3. PRINCE OBI NDIGWU MEMBER 4. ENGR. DILI AKUSOBA MEMBER 5. EMEKA MUO MEMBER 6. ROMANUS ANYADIUNO MEMBER

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. JAMES TAVERSHIMA MCHIVGA 2. DAVID ADAMGBE 3. BARR. ENABOSI-ANENIN-GODDAY

CHAIRMAN SECRETARY MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER MEMBER

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS-CRESCENT, OFF. AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. CHIJIOKE NNAMANI

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO CARRY OUT CAPACITY BUILDING AT THE GRASSROOT ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

PRESIDENT

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO ASSIST MEMBERS WHO ARE IN NEED TO REHABILITATE HELPLESS SICK PEOPLE IN THE SOCIETY 2. TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS IN THE SOCIETY ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS-CRESCENT, OFF. AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. ENABOSI ANENIN; 07062146104

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OFFA ISLAMIC FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION AND ISLAMIC SCIENCES

VISTA CARE FOUNDATION

OKIGWE ZONAL WELFARE ASSOCIATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. DON OKONNY CHAIRMAN 2. MR. ASALU KENNETH OLUWOLE 3. CHIEF IGBOGBO GODFERY 4. MR. AKANDE STEPHEN OLUTOYOSI SECRETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO ERADICATE POVERTY AND HUNGER IN THE SOCIETY 2. TO EMBARK ON PROGRAMMES THAT WILL PROMOTE THE REDUCTION OF INFANT AND CHILD MORTALITY IN THE SOCIETY 3. TO HELP IN COMBATING HIV/AIDS, MALARIA AND OTHER DISEASES 4. TO EMBARK ON PROGRAMMES THAT WILL PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT 5. TO PARTNER WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN THE PROMOTION OF THE OBJECTS OF THE FOUNDATION ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: YAKUBU PHILEMON ESQ.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. AVM WALTER AMAECHI OGUJIOFOR 2. PROF. MAURICE IWU 3. CHIEF SAMUEL IFEANYI OBI 4. CHIEF ISAAC EBERE IWUOHA 5. NZE FIDELIS OZICHUKWU CHUKWU 6. CHIEF CHIKA OKAFOR 7. CHIEF ROBIN-NJOKU CHARLES TIMOTHY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO CREATE A CONSCIOUSNESS OF ONENESS AND COMMON HERITAGE AMONG THE PEOPLE OF OKIGWE ZONE BOTH AT HOME AND ABROAD 2. TO MOBILIZE AND SENSITIZE OUR YOUTHS TO ASPIRE HIGHER IN THE CONTEXT OF ZONAL, STATE AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3. TO ENGENDER CONSCIOUSNESS AMONG OKIGWE PEOPLE TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENTAL NEEDS OF THE ZONE 4. TO PROMOTE OUR CULTURAL AND TRADITIONAL HERITAGE AND PACKAGE SAME TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD 5. TO ENGENDER THE WELFARE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION AND THE PEOPLE OF OKIGWE ZONE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: CHIEF IZY A. NWAIWU, IZY NWAIWU & ASSOCIATES, PLOT 438, ZUNGERU CLOSE, AREA 3, GARKI ABUJA. 08033114012

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. BARR. YUSUF ABDULRASHEED MUSA CHAIRMAN 2. IDRIS ABIDEMI AHMAD VICE CHAIRMAN 3. MUDATHIR YUSUF 4. ENG. YEKEEN SIRAJUDEEN 5. MORONKEJI GAZALI SOLADOYE 6. SODIQ ABDUL-WAHEED 7. YUSUF ABDUFATAI 8. ABDUL WAHEED ALIY 9. AMINU ADEBIYI 10. ABUBAKAR ABDULWASIU SECRETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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ONE MIND, GREAT VISION CLUB

WORLD SHAKERS APOSTOLIC MINISTRY INT’L

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CLUB HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTER ACT 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

CENTRE FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. BENSON EZEONYE CHAIRMAN 2. OKECHUKWU EWELUM SECRETARY 3. OSHIMU STEPHEN CHUKWUEMEKA 4. ORAEGUNAM PAUL AMAECHI 5. UCHE ANYAEGBUNAM 6. KELECHI OKONKWO 7. CLEMENT OKEH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. MRS. E.C. OBI

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR AUGUSTUS EL-BETHEL 2. MRS. REBECCA EL-BETHEL 3. ENGR. JOSEPH AFOLAYAN AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO ALL NATIONS OF THE WORLD ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BIMBO AGBOGUN; 08067702223

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CENTRE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. CHIMAOBI OGBONNAYA OBASI CHAIRMAN 2. BARR. UJU SANDRA AGBASI SECRETARY 3. MR. CLEMENT ALI KATO AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO INCREASE AWARENESS AND PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC, SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, SPORTING AND DEVELOPMENTAL ACTIVITIES AMONGST YOUTH, WOMEN, DISABLED AND THE ELDERLY 2. TO PROMOTE GOOD PRINCIPLES AND VALUE SYSTEMS INTO SOCIETY THAT SUPPORT THE ACHIEVEMENT OF EXCELLENCE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: CHINENYE ALI; 08062313818

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SAMIRA SANUSI SICKLE CELL FOUNDATION

OWU DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

UNIQUE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. SAMIRA HARUNA SANUSI 2. JA’AFAR USMAN SANUSI 3. HABIBA HARUNA SANUSI 4. BLESSING OMAKWU 5. DR. KOLAPO AKINYEMI AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. RAISING FUNDS FOR OTHER SICKLE CELL ORGANIZATIONS AND CLINICS 2. PROVIDE FUNDS FOR THE HEALTHCARE OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL 3. IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF LIVING OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH SICKLE CELL DISEASES 4. CREATE AWARENESS ABOUT SICKLE CELL DISEASES TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. UBOHO UDOKA; 07064772341

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anchester City and Paris St-Germain are facing fines in the region of £50m, restrictions on their Champions League squad size and a wage limit for failing Uefa financial fair play rules. BBC Sport has learned the two among nine clubs under examination by Uefa for failing the governing body’s “break even” test - face similar penalties. It is believed a Champions League squad reduction could see the clubs restricted to using anywhere between 18 and 21 players in Uefa’s premier competition. A normal squad size is 25. That measure will be combined with a limit on the overall wage bill for their Champions League squad, meaning PSG cannot exceed the amount they spent on salaries this season. It is believed the club will also have part of their Champions League payments and prize money withheld by Uefa for the next three seasons, equating to £16.5m per season. Failure to agree a deal would see a club referred to an adjudicatory panel in June where a non-negotiable penalty would be applied. At that stage clubs could then seek a final appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland. City manager Manuel Pellegrini sidestepped the sanctions issue at a news conference on Tuesday. He said: “When it is official news of Uefa we can analyse what happens with the team. In this moment we don’t know what happens.” City posted combined losses of almost £149m for the past two seasons - £97m in 2012 and £51.6m in 2013. Arsenal and Manchester United were in the black for the last two seasons, so they have nothing to fear from Uefa’s financial fair play scheme. Chelsea made a £49.4m loss last year but registered a £1.4m profit in 2012 so will comply with the new regulations. Liverpool, who have lost £90m over the last two years but have not played in Europe this season, will not have to pass the FFP rules until next autumn.

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QUOTABLE QUOTE All of Africa, and especially South Africa which has benefited from the hospitality and generosity of other nations, must rise up and demand their release...We are one continent and these girls are our children. – Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba on kidnapped 234 Nigerian schoolgirls

Politics made the loss of 273 girls possible

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t must have dawned on many of our readers by now that more than the speculated issue of the lack of equipment and motivation on the part of the Nigerian security forces, politics, the game of power made possible the painful and indefensible loss of those girls. If anybody is looking for an authority on this, they should go to the speech of the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan. Rude Nigerians on the social networks may dismiss her as not being savvy or lacking in finesse or refinement. My admiration for her as in this case is in the fact that she shoots from the hip. There are no pretensions about her. I don’t call that crudity. Thus, when the whole world was puzzled by the inaction, and the fact that the leader of nation from which 273 girls were stolen had not publicly said a word, his wife, the one with whom he shares the same pillow and so the most qualified person to know what resided in the deepest recesses of his mind let the cat out of the bag. She cried on television as she narrated the tale of conspiracy against her husband, presumably by devilish actors masquerading as political leaders and charged at the grieving mothers that they were lying as there was no girl missing. The Punch quoted the mother of the Nation asking the distraught audience she put together, including a set of representatives of the girls’ mothers “… Will you believe that any children got missing?” and the women in attendance chorused “No”. When they steal cows, (not to talk of human beings) as rustling takes a gradual hold in these parts, the first thing the owner does the next morning is to trace the footmarks and follow. They don’t wait for three weeks to do this. It is clear from here that the slow reaction to the abductions

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One of the girls that escaped was simply on account of politics and the desperate greed for power, which was shown by the President scurrying around to secure a further four years in office, adding to the six he has nearly spent without doing the work that justifies it. If they come now or if they are finally brought back, the girls will in probability return as transformed. It is a syndrome akin to child soldiers. I am seeing beyond pregnancies, which is not ruled out. Those unlucky among them may come back diseased – HIV-AIDS, hepatitis, VDs and mental illnesses arising from trauma. Two important developments

hold a little hope that government’s insensitivity may give way to meaningful action to bring succor to the grieving families and the nation. One is the publication of the list of the abductees by the official of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN. This should have the instant effect of imbuing the claims of the grieving parents with credibility, that their children and wards had indeed been stolen. Even before Mrs. Jonathan, doubts had been expressed by many, if any girls had been missing at all. It was, nonetheless a monumental disaster for Mrs. Jonathan to have ordered the arrest and detention of the three women sent to her as representatives of the inconsolable mothers. The second advantage gained by “we the people” is the effective campaign by Nigerians and others on the social networks using hashtags as #BringBackOurGirls, which has reached tens of millions of people and has drawn international attention to the abductions. This has in turn warranted the keen interest on the issue as shown by the lavish coverage of the rallies taking place around the world. All the major networks – CNN, BBC, Sky, and Al-jazeera have demoted important stories such as the trial of Pistorius and the unfolding events in Ukraine in favour of this one. Sadly for Nigeria, a great

If they come now or if they are finally brought back, the girls will in probability return as transformed. It is a syndrome akin to child soldiers. I am seeing beyond pregnancies, which is not ruled out. Those unlucky among them may come back diseased – HIV-AIDS, hepatitis, VDs and mental illnesses arising from trauma.

opportunity to win the favour of investors on the heels of the rebasing of the economy through the World Economic Forum starting today will be over-shadowed by the issue of the stolen girls and the two recent bomb blasts around the capital Abuja. Activists threaten that they will crowd out the summit from the Twitter. The two incidents of kidnapping and bombing have justifiably raised alert and risk levels around the federal capital. These acts of terror need to be investigated and those behind them speedily brought to book. Important lessons must equally be imbibed by government and citizens alike. It is clear by now that the 15-year rule by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has totally ignored the safety of the common man. The police is kept away from their primary duty and have become busy protecting politicians. Senators, governors, local government chairmen and the heads of government companies and departments have V.I.P. security at the cost of the common men. Security is at very low level everywhere in the country. While it will be uncharitable not to give recognition to the security services for commendably curbing some of the planned attacks in spite of the poor equipment and motivation that they bear, the larger body of citizens must rise to the new challenges of intelligence gathering. The only way we can save ourselves is by learning the importance of neighborhood security, which builds up to overall national security. Nigeria is large and her population is equally large. Freedom to most ordinary Nigerians means the right of everyone to come in, settle here, do whatever they wish to do and because we are so many, nothing can be monitored. Shameful and criminal acts of terrorism must be denounced especially by Muslim leaders whose religion is being defamed by these actions. The world’s big powers should come forward and help rescue these girls before it is too late. Any pretentions to Imelda Marcos, by surrogacy or imitation by the First Lady will only serve as a distraction. This must equally be discouraged. Above all, our government needs to conduct its affairs in a way that places national interest about narrow, selfish political interests. Otherwise we will all be dead by the time someone emerges in 2015 with the certificate as having “won” the election.

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