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The nation awaits rescue of the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls
Diezani: Court remands ex-Kebbi gov, Dakingari, 2 others
Reps to FG: Use Abacha loot to complete Ajaokuta Steel >>>page 5
Want Global Infrastructure, others prosecuted page 5
L-R: Minister of education representing Bauchi state in the federal executive council Malam Adamu Adamu welcoming Gov MA Abubakar of Bauchi state in his office yesterday during a courtesy call ....photo Government House Bauchi press dept.
Strike: FG, ASUU resume negotiation Monday pAGE 8
35,000 IDPs return home -Osinbajo
Kano Assembly lacks power to probe Ganduje -Court
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35,000 IDPs return home -Osibanjo By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he federal government yesterday said that available records indicate that the return rate of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in various IDP camps in the North Eastern region has hit 83 percent, describing it as an improvement on what it use to be in 2014. The Vice President, Yemi Osibanjo, made this disclosure yesterday in Abuja, during the programme to launch the Inclusive Basic Service Delivery and Livelihood Empowerment Integrated Programme (IBSIP), during which he also revealed that the recent Operation Last Hold of the Nigerian Army has returned over thirty five thousand IDPs to their homes. According to the Vice President, though there are still few cases of attacks in few communities in the north east, however, the federal government has substantially won the war against insurgents, which he said
displaced over twenty million persons. He said it is in realization of this that the government has moved into the next phase of post insurgency community in the north east, which he said involved rebuilding of destroyed infrastructures and empowerment of the humanitarian components of the region to enthrone sustainably successful economic community. Speaking at the event, the Governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar, commended the African Development Bank (AfDB) for putting up what he described as integrative and inclusive plan towards rebuilding north eastern region, just as he gave commendation to the Vice President for putting together what is known as Buhari Plan for the North East. Earlier in his address of welcome, the Vice Chairman of Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI), Tijjani
Tumsah, the PCNI collaboration with AfDB on the IBSIP is designed to aid the recovery of the north east region. This he said is done by strengthening delivery of essential social services such as education, health care, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, and economic recovery through skill acquisition, empowerment and market recovery programmes. While pointing out that these plans are in complete alignment with the Buhari plan, Tumsah said as more people return to their homes, the provision of essential services and job creation in safe locations play a key role in ensuring that the returns are sustainable and that people can get the basic tools they need to begin to rebuild their lives. Speaking also, the President of AfDB, Femi Adesina, represented by the Senior Director, Nigeria Country Department in Abuja, Ebrima Faal, said the AfDB is financing the Inclusive Basic
Service Programme of which the five participating state governments of the north east are the borrowers. To this end, he said the programme is a god example of effective partnership between the government of Nigeria and the development partners, adding that the Bank has remained a strong partner of the federal and state governments in their efforts to restore livelihoods in the north east. Faal observed that the programme addresses the improvement of quality of life of the population of the north east Nigeria through the restoration of basic services, and ensuring equity by providing access to basic services for all. “I can assure you that AfDB, in close collaboration with the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the United Nations System and other Development Partners, is well prepared to support the implementation of the project”, he said.
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2019: SGF charges religious leaders on peaceful polls By Stanley Onyekwere
ecretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha has called on religious leaders to contribute their quota towards peaceful and successful conduct of 2019 general elections. Mustapha, who made the call at the 131st Annual Conference of United Evangelical Church holding, in Abuja, said clergymen should contribute their quota through continuous prayers and sensitization of their members to shun crisis before, during and after the elections. Represented by the Director,
General Services in the Office of the SGF, Mr Yinka Aguda, he reiterated the commitment towards providing an enabling environment for the success of the poll. Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion and former Executive Secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Mr John Kenedy Okpara admonished Clergymen not to loose hope in the future of the country but to be steadfast in faith and prayers for a better tomorrow. Okpara also advised them to always pray for the country and its leadership to sustain the corporate existence of the country.
In a remark, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deacon Emmanuel Udom urged religious groups not to relent in committing the affairs of the country into the hands of God. The Governor, who was the guest of honor and, therefore expressed the hope that with continuous support and prayers of all Nigerians, the country would soon take its place among comity of nations. Speaking on the theme of the conference which is “Glorious Supernatural Advancement”, the chairman of the conference, Reverend Samuel Ebukiba said the theme was chosen in the advancement of socio economic
wellbeing of the country. Reverend Ebukiba also used the occasion to call on INEC, politicians, security agencies and other stakeholders to be committed to the success of 2019 elections. Also speaking, former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswan who also attended the conference observed that the church have a great role to play in nation’s building. He stressed the need for church leaders to be steadfast in faith and prayers towards repositioning the country for greatness, advising Christians to develop keen interest in active politics.
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Yuletide: DPR warns petroleum marketers against illegal operation
From David Hassan, Gombe
epartment of Petroleum Resource( DPR) in Gombe state has warned petroleum marketers to shun illegal operation, especially during the yuletide. Gombe State Controller of DPR, Alhaji Abdullahi Abawa made this known yesterday while briefing newsmen in his office. He said they will not condone anything regarding illegal operation by the petroleum marketers to benefit in the name of ember month. The controller cautioned them not to allow themselves to increase pump price rather than to maintain the official price announced by the government. He also said the issue of hoarding petroleum products without selling to public will not be condoned by DPR. According to him, there are cases during the ember month where by petroleum marketers engage themselves in selling the product beyond official price. “ We will make sure that illegal operation made by the petroleum marketers are stopped and anyone found wanting will be penalized,” he said. He called on the general public not to hesitate to inform DPR on illegal deals made by the marketers to enable them fish out the bad eggs among the operators.
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NASS workers’ protest: Reps summon finance minister, Zainab By Christiana Ekpa
ollowing the Tuesday protest by National Assembly workers over non payment of allowances and benefits, the House of Representatives, yesterday summoned the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed to appear before its Finance Committee to explain the reasons for the non-release of 2018 budgetary allocations to the institution and the judiciary. The summon followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Edward Pwajok at the plenary. Pwajok while moving the motion expressed worry that both arms of government were placed on first line charge, wondering while the Minister was yet to release the funds to enable the
management pay the staff. He said that the development was responsible for the nonpayment of the allowances which also led to the protest. He said: “The House notes the disruption of the sitting of the National Assembly on the 4th of December, 2018. “Further notes that Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) protested against the non-release of their benefits including promotions and other entitlements; “Disturbed that the nonrelease is as a result of the nonimplementation of the 2018 Appropriation Act of the National Assembly; “Notes that the National Assembly and the judiciary are on the 1st line charge and there
ought to be full implementation of the budget of the two arms of government”. Briefing the news men at the end of the plenary, the Spokesman of the House, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas said that the action of the workers on Tuesday which prevented the lawmakers from holding a session was unlawful according the Legislative Houses and Privileges Act. He however stated that the intervention by the lawmakers was to salvage the situation and give their staff better working conditions. “We have summoned the minister to appear before us. The money was captured in 2018 budget and it has not been released. So, we can’t give what they want because don’t have.
We are of the opinion that the management staff of the NASS should have good condition of service. “For us to function effectively, we need a very functional management staff. The protest is strictly not against the members of the national Assembly. “The CNA has also explained why. The senate president and the Speaker do not have access to these funds. “It is an offence to stop the members from sitting. It is just that we cannot without them. We cannot sit aloof. The action that took place on Tuesday is not lawful. If we apply the law, it will not be good”, he said. The committee was given one week to report back to the House for further legislative action.
L-R: Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi with the Managing Director, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Mr Nurdeen Rafindada during a joint news conference on their preparation for safety on the road during the yuletide at the Presidential villa, yesterday in Abuja.
Nigerian military needs N9bn annually for shoes, boots -Bureau
he Director-General of the Defence Research and Development Bureau, Abuja, Jumo Osahor, says the Armed Forces of Nigeria need about N9 billion to provide military boots annually to meet soldiers’ kitting needs. Mr Osahor, an air vice marshal, stated this on Thursday in a paper he delivered at the Third Annual National Conference organised by the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists of Nigeria (SLTCN) at the Nigerian Institute of Leather Science and Technology (NILEST), Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference is: “The Contributions of Leather Science, Technology and Innovation to the Nigerian Economy and National
Security.” NAN also reports that the Commandant spoke on: “Indigenous Leather Production and Military Kitting: The Armed Forces of Nigeria Perspective.” “The Armed Forces of Nigeria will require about N9 billion to provide a pair of work shoes and boots for each soldier. “The amount will double if we are to provide two pairs each per soldier every year. “This huge sum of money if channelled to the indigenous leather industry will go a long way in revamping the sector and improving our national economy as well as security forces and provide jobs to our teeming youths. “However, the leather industry in Nigeria is yet to take advantage of the huge potential that exists in the military leather
requirements of the AFN.” He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria comprising the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force all utilise leather materials as part of their military kitting. “These range from service shoes to combat boots among others. With strength of over 200,000 personnel, the requirement for shoes and boots is quite enormous especially with the requirement of at least two pairs of shoes and boots each per person per year. “This translates to about more than half a million pairs of leather wares that could be provided through indigenous leather production industry yearly. “At an estimated cost of N30,000.00 for a pair of quality working shoes (Bates) and
N15,000.00 for combat boots,” Declaring the conference open, the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, gave the assurance that the ministry would partner with any professional body interested in any research field that would enhance the growth and diversification of the economy. The minister, who was represented by the DirectorGeneral, Nigerian Institute Of Leather and Science Technology, Eucharia Ngozi-Oparah, urged the participants to deliberate effectively on topical issues that would address the challenges in the leather industry. He stressed the need for effective deliberation particularly in areas where the economy would be improved through value addition of leather and leather products.
Earlier, the National President, SLTCN, Solomon Tanko, said the essence of the conference was for professionals to deliberate and brainstorm on prospects and contributions of leather to national growth and development. He described the leather industry as strategic in view of its importance and critical role in the diversification of the nation’s economy. Mr Tanko observed that leather and leather related products were key to industrial growth that would certainly pave way for jobs opportunities and wealth creation. The president appealed to participants to avail themselves of the opportunity to improve their knowledge and professional skills to take Nigeria to greater heights.(NAN)
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resist the temptation of being carried away by the excitement of the season but be reminded that children will resume schools in January. So, spend cautiously. Due to the expected increase vehicular movement across the country, state of the roads across the country has become a cause for serious worries. Strategic roads leading to major cities in the country are in shambles and riddled with potholes. Some others are impassable; yet people must travel. There have been calls on the government to carry out palliative repairs on the dilapidated roads where outright construction is implausible. Aside this is the need for the security agencies to be vigilant. Evil men are lurking around plotting impactful strikes, especially in the troubled North-east where the terrorists are daily devising means of creating confusion with a view to decimating the populace. It appears that there is always an annual upsurge in criminal activities around this time, so it imperative for the security agencies to be on red alert in order to ensure peaceful celebrations. Security must be stepped up around the country and targets, even soft, must be well protected in order to prevent unexpected attacks from evil men. Routes to major cities must be well policed as kidnappers and armed robbery gangs are most likely to take advantage of busy traffic to strike on unsuspecting commuters. Police authorities must be at alert to prevent the men of darkness from causing
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Concerns as Yuletide beckons
ere comes the month of stock taking and celebration. This is also the period for family holidays especially those residing outside their original communities. It is also the period for family reunions. The most celebrated month of the year, December, is finally here! As Nigerians prepare for the celebration of Christmas and the new year in a few weeks, there are however concerns as activities are expected to peak as a prelude to the celebration. People are bound to move from one point to the other, heightening the possibility of falling victims of avoidable hazards. This year’s Yuletide is peculiar because it is laden with political activities, being a prelude to the 2019 election year. Politicians jostling for one political office or the other have commenced campaigns necessitating movement from one locality or the other. To this extent, it is expected that with the increase in spendings by politicians in the course of their campaigns, prices of foods and other items are likely to rise marginally. With this concern comes the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to monitor the campaign expenses of the politicians in order to ensure that the maximum stipulated in the Electoral Laws are not exceeded. Owing to the nation’s current economic situation, people should be reminded to spend only within their means as the first month of 2019 will come with its financial ferocity. They
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anguish in the land. Thankfully, the government has put in place measures to ensure that the people have a hitch free celebration. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, in obvious response to concerns on bad roads has said that his ministry had met with officials of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure a hitch free movement during the Yuletide. According to him, FERMA had been mandated to carry out road repairs nationwide while the FRSC had been urged to step up patrols of major roads to prevent road mishaps and hitchfree traffic during the festive period. The minister added that his ministry had also put in place measures to make electricity available to the nation at the Yuletide. To convince the people about the readiness of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to make traveling stress-free for the people, it’s Commandant, Boboye Oyeyemi, said “For the end of the year patrols, we have divided the operations into three segments, that is pre-Christmas, post-Christmas and post New Year. So this will stretch from December 15th to January 15th and we are deploying over 21,000 personnel to all critical corridors with over 1,000 patrol vehicles, including recovery vehicles, ambulances and the bikes. The country has been partitioned into critical 52
corridors across the country. The focus for the end of the year is that in conjunction with FERMA, FERMA is carrying out palliative measures on all the critical areas on the highways to ensure free flow of traffic. Our principal responsibility during this period is to to ensure free flow of traffic. That could mean that as you are traveling you may likely experience some gridlock in one or two areas in the course of the construction work that is going on. So, we are not talking about enforcement; we are talking about the issue of getting the travelers getting home safely. Also, the recovery vehicles have been deployed to critical locations and we are also working with private tow trucks operators so that peradventure if there is any breakdown of any vehicle or truck, immediate we will be able to remove all these obstructions which normally lead to gridlock. We are not saying there will be no crash but the focus is that let there be zero death. If there is any crash, we will have our advanced life support ambulances deployed.” This sounds reassuring. The strategy put in place by the FRSC boss will definitely address the fears of perennial gridlock especially on Abuja-Lokoja expressway and other crowded routes across the country. The ubiquitous security checks by the police and the military that could result into heavy gridlock should also be addressed as the men of the FRSC brace up for the great challenge ahead. There have been concerns of possible
disruption of traffic flow owing to several check-points across the country. Though these checks are necessary, considering the reality of the security situation in the country, it would be better if the checks are streamlined in a way that it would only cause negligible obstruction to traffic. On government efforts to make roads motorable, the Managing Director of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engnr. Nurudeen Rafindadi, equally assured that he had deployed his men to rehabilitate potholes. Rafindadi said “Consequent on the federal government and the ministry of works directives that roads which are mostly used by commuters during the festive season should be made motorable and comfortable in order to ensure safe passage and avoid the usually occurring perennial traffic gridlocks, there has been a series of coordination between the ministry, the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC). This coordination has been going on at least for the last five weeks. In addition to the major construction works that are being done by the ministry of works in the major aterial, the agency has identified a total of about 353 critical roads that need palliative measures specifically during this period.” This is equally good news to prospective travelers ahead of the Yuletide. Rehabilitating damaged roads before the expected rush hours is beneficial to all concerned as it will not only reduce the travel time but also ensure smooth journey. It must however be stressed that it is imperative for the government to move away from this fire-brigade approach to addressing critical challenges of road maintenance. One would have expected that palliative measures for the rehabilitation of the roads should have commenced long ago and not be left to the tail end of the year. Chances are that the contractors handling these roads maintenance are going to carry out their chores hurriedly only to produce shoddy outcomes that would not pass the test of time. There are some portions of the roads in the country that would not respond to this patchpatch palliatives. Government must be willing to award fresh contracts for their reconstruction as a permanent solution. FERMA and its parent ministry of works have always complained of underfunding. The government should consider the possibility of concessioning the building of major roads that are critical to the nation’s economy to serious and performancedriven private sector operators on the basis of build, operate and transfer (BoT).
By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Puma
he House of Representatives yesterday asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute the Global Infrastructure Nigeria Limited (GINL) and other companies indicted in the mismanagement of Ajaokuta Steel Company, for economic sabotage, in line with the directive of late President Musa Yar’Adua in 2008. The Green Chamber equally charged the government use looted funds recovered from the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha to supplement the funding for the completion of the company. The House also urged the federal government to demonstrate political will to resuscitate the Ajaokuta Steel Company by disbursing the two billion dollars needed to complete the two percent of the external components of the project, which includes completing the external rail track system, access road linkages, mining sites among others.
Reps to FG: Use Abacha loot to complete Ajaokuta Steel *Want Global Infrastructure, others prosecuted The resolution of the House followed part of the recommendation of the House Adhoc Committee that investigated the failure of Ajaokuta Steel Company to commence operations since its inception, which was adopted at the Committee of the Whole on yesterday. The House urged the government to terminate the recent re-concession agreement signed with GINL on August 1, 2016, as there is still an extant Federal Government indictment against the company. According to the House, both the GINL and “ all indicted local collaborators should be made to pay damages to the host communities that suffered loss
of lives when the Company used brutal force against workers who tried to stop the Company from stripping and vandalizing the assets of the plants.” The House added that GINL and its associates be banned from further doing any business in the country, as its associates be banned from further doing any business in the country “as its track record has been marred by duplicity and fraud .” The House also urged the federal government not to think of concessioning or reconcessioning steel companies in the country, as there are capable hands in the country to manage the companies under the control of the government, if the
companies are properly funded. Part of the recommendations of the committee includes; “that the Company, Global Infrastructures Nigeria Ltd and its associates be banned from further doing any business in Nigeria as its track record has been marred by duplicity and fraud; “that accelerated legislative work must be done by both Chambers of the National Assembly to ensure that both the Ajaokuta Steel Company and the National Iron Ore Manufacturing Company, Itakpe, are removed from the Privatization List; “that both the Company, Global Infrastructures Nigeria Ltd and all indicted local collaborators should be made to pay damages
to the host communities that suffered loss of lives when the Company used brutal force against the workers (most of whom were community youths) who tried to stop the Company from stripping and vandalizing the assets of the concessioned plants; “that the Federal Government should revive relations with the original builders of the Company (TPE of Russia) towards wooing them back to continue and complete the good work they started alongside the current Management Team of indigenous Sole Administrators who have shown expertise and practical knowledge in the integrated steel plants management and production.”
L-R: Senior Resident Director, National Democratic Institute, Aubrey Mccutcheon; Democracy Officer, Peace and Democratic Governance Team, USAID/ Nigeria, Beatrice Reaud; Executive Director, Inclusive Friends Association/Convener, Access Nigeria Campaign, Grace Jerry and INEC National Commissioner, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola, during the National Conference on People With Disability participation in the 2019 general elections in Abuja.
Diezani: Court remands Ex-Kebbi gov, Dakingari, 2 others From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi
ustice Basse Onu of the Federal High Court, BirninKebbi, Kebbi State, has remanded the immediate past Governor of the state, Alhaji Sa’adu Usman Dakingari, Sunday Dogoyaro and Garba Kamba in the EFCC custody in BirninKebbi, pending the ruling on their bail application on December 10, 2018. The Judge delivered the judgment yesterday after prayers by the three lawyers of the defendants. The defendants were standing trial on 13 counts charge filed by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on alleged conspiracy and money laundering. They were alleged to have committed money laundry of N450m, part of $115 million and
115 million dollars collected from former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Deizani AlisonMadueke, contrary to section 1A of money laundry Act 2015, punishable under section 16(2B among others. The lead Counsel to the EFCC, J.A Ojogbane, told the court that the defendants were in court and they should take their pleas, and urged the court that the 13 counts charge be read to them for immediate commencement of their trial. He told the court that they are ready for the trial along with their witnesses. However, all the defendants pleaded not guilty to all the counts charge, as the prosecutor leading counsel asked the court to commence their trial immediately. Counsel to the 1st defendant, Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN) while applying
for the 1st defendants bail, told the court that his client was the former governor of Kebbi State without record of criminal cases, and argued that he would not jump bail if granted. He also pleaded before the court that, the judge should rule in interim on his client’s bail application by remanding the 1st defendant in Kebbi or Sokoto states remand facilities of the EFCC, to avoid long distance and stress associated with travel from EFCC Kano zonal office to Birnin Kebbi. The counsel to the second defendant, O.A Dada, in his application for bail supported with 21 paragraphs affidavit, pleaded that if the court granted his client’s bail, he would not dishonour the court by not making himself available arguing that he has been consistently punctual since the
commencement of the case before the court. He also pleaded that if his client would be remanded, they would ally with the submission of the 1st defendant that the EFCC custody in Birnin-Kebbi and Sokoto state should be considered as an alternative. Counsel to the 3rd defendant, Ahmed Fingilla, in his application before the court argued that his client has represented Nigeria in many countries as a diplomat with track record, without blemished, stressing that the prosecutor had also testified that the 3rd defendant was the accused person that honoured the EFCC invitation at their Kano office, as well regularly appeared before the court since the case commenced in June, 2018. He also pleaded before the Court that his client should be remanded in Birnin-Kebbi or
Sokoto remand facilities of the EFCC, if the court rule in an interim, before the ruling on the bail. Responding to the Defendants’ Counsels bail application, EFCC Counsel, J A Ojogbane, who did not object to their application, appealed to the count to use its discretion in granting the bail applications. He noted that the anti- graft agency has remands facilities in Birnin-Kebbi and Sokoto states where the defendants could be remanded before the adjourned date. Ruling on their bail application, Justice Onu ordered that the three defendants be remanded in Birnin-Kebbi remand facilities of the EFCC, pending the final ruling on their bail application on December 10, 2018. He adjourned the case for ruling and trial on the same date.
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Yuletide: FRSC deploys 21,000 personnel, 1,000 patrol vehicles By Lawrence Olaoye
orps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, has said that no fewer than 21,000 of his men, 1000 patrol vehicles will deployed across the country to ensure hitch-free movement ahead of the Christmas and new year celebrations. This is also as the Managing Director of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), also disclosed that intensive rehabilitation of I6 federal routes, critical arteries and failed roads have commenced ahead of the Yuletide. The two officials made these disclosures at a joint briefing of the State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa yesterday. The FRSC boss said the operations would commence in earnest from December 15th 2018 and terminate on January 15th 2019. According to him, the country
has been partitioned into 52 corridors with 201 mobile courts as well as 40 road camps to be erected nationwide. He said vehicles found to be overloaded will be impounded, while drivers who fail the acute vision test and those found to be under the influence of alcohol would not be allowed to continue their journey since they may pose threats to other road users. The Corps Marshall however advised travellers to plan their journey early enough as experience has shown that the roads are usually congested because of high vehicular traffic during this period. “For the end of the year patrols, we have divided the operations into three segments, that is preChristmas, post-Christmas and post New Year. So this will stretch from December 15th to January 15th and we are deploying over 21,000 personnel to all critical corridors with over 1,000 patrol vehicles, including recovery vehicles,
ambulances and bikes. “The country has been partitioned into 52 critical corridors across the country. The focus for the end of the year is that in conjunction with FERMA, FERMA is carrying out palliative measures on all the critical areas on the highways to ensure free flow of traffic. “Our principal responsibility during this period is to ensure free flow of traffic, that could mean that as you are traveling you may likely experience some gridlock in one or two areas in the cause of the construction work is going on,” Oyeyemi noted. The Corp Marshall also explained that the agency would lobby the Nigerian Air force to make available two helicopters for air patrol, including towing trucks to clear the road of any obstruction during the yuletide. His words, “We are not talking about only enforcement; we are talking about the issue of getting the travelers getting home safely.
“Also, the recovery vehicles have been deployed to critical locations and we are also working with private tow trucks operators so that peradventure if there is any breakdown of any vehicle or truck, immediately we will be able to remove all these obstructions which normally lead to gridlock. “We are not saying there will be no crash but the focus is that let there be zero death. If there is any crash, we will have our advanced life support ambulances deployed. “We also want to ensure members of the public to make use of our toll free number, 122 peradventure they get to a crash scene before our personnel gets there, they should be able to call 122 and inform us so that we can deploy appropriate personnel and the required vehicle or whatever is required. I want to assure the public that we will be able to reduce the stress for the travelers”. The FERMA boss, Engnr. Nurudeen Rafindadi, told newsmen
that rehabilitation works have been intensified around 16 major road corridors across the country. Some of the roads earmarked for repairs for which personnel and resources have been deployed include: Oyo-Ibadan road in Ogun State, Minna-Tegina road in Niger State, Sheda -Abaji road on the FCT/Kogi State, Abaji-Kotonkarfe road in Kogi State, Itakpe -Federal College of Education Road around Okene in Kogi State. Others are Agbo-Asaba road in Delta State, sections along Benin -Warri road in Delta State, LokojaAjaokuta road in Kogi State, ItobeAyangba-Ankpa -Otukpa road in Kogi State, Uyo-James town road in Akwa Ibom State, Ogoja -Katsina Ala road in Cross River State, Biu road in Gombe state, DamaturuMauduguri road in Yobe and Borno State, Bauchi-Jos -Akwanga roads in Plateau and Nasarawa States, Bauch-Potiskum road in Bauchi and Yobe State; Katsina - Jibia road in Katsina State.
Reps probe killings of female students in Delta
he Federal Government on Thursday appealed to Saudi Arabia to assist in promoting the true teachings of Islam to fast-track deradicalization and curtail the spread of Boko Haram ideology in the North-East. Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, made the call in Maiduguri while flagging off the distribution of relief items donated by the Saudi Kingdom, to persons displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the region. He said that the call was imperative to enhance true teachings of Islam, curtail spread of Boko Haram ideology and end insurgency in the area.
“I request the assistance of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to assist in the promotion and propagation of right Islamic ideology to eradicate Boko Haram ideologies in the country. “I also urge the Saudi Arabia Government to extend the military defence platform sharing of information and intelligence to Nigeria. “Our country values the cordial relations that exist between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia. “The two countries have continued to collaborate in areas of mutual benefits and interest, including military relations, especially with the
recent posting of the Nigerian Defence Adviser to Riyadh,” he said. The minister lamented that Boko Haram insurgency had caused a humanitarian crisis, including loss of lives, highlevel destruction of economic and social activities as well as displacements in the warravaged region. He noted that poverty was one of the remote causes of the insurgency, which needed a holistic social and livelihood programmes to address. He disclosed that the Federal Government, in collaboration with the international community, recorded significant successes in the
counter-insurgency campaign in the past three years. He commended the Saudi government for the assistance, adding that it would go a long way to mitigate the sufferings of displaced persons. On his part, DirectorGeneral, National Emergency Management Agency, Alhaji Mustapha Maihaja, said that Saudi Arabia had donated 10 million dollars to support persons affected by Boko Haram attacks in the North-East. Maihaja revealed that 125, 372 food baskets would be distributed to 33, 323 deserving families at Internally Displaced Persons camps and host communities in Borno and
Yobe States. He explained that each family would receive 59.8 kilogrammes of assorted food items, including rice, beans, vegetable oil, salt and seasoning. According to him, the items were donated by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, a Saudi agency. Manager of the centre, Mr Nasir Alshibay, disclosed that 70, 000 food baskets would be distributed to 880, 000 displaced persons in the next four months in the North-East. Alshibay said the gesture was to alleviate the sufferings of persons affected by Boko Haram insurgency.(NAN)
N75m revenue: Delta LG drags Pan Ocean to Appeal Court Iguobaro,
he House of Representatives yesterday move to probe the incessant killings of young female students in Delta State University, Abraka. The lower chamber further mandated its committee on Police Affairs to interface with the InspectorGeneral of Police and the Delta State Commissioner of Police with a view to taking necessary and effective measures to arrest the deplorable situation. The resolution of the House followed a motion sponsored by Mr. Lovette Idisi (PDP, Delta) during Thursday plenary. Moving the motion, Idisi said it is disturbing that despite the reoccurrence of the killings, security in the area has remained casual with no efforts to beef it up in order to check the killings and protect the vulnerable citizens. He explained that the killings are specifically targeted at the female folks whose used sanitary pads and underwear are allegedly needed for ritual purposes. “If drastic steps are not urgently taken, the killings could continue unabated to the extent that the successes recorded in the Delta State University could be eroded and the university may become unattractive to prospective students”, the lawmaker warned. The motion was unanimously adopted by the House through a voice vote majority and a minute silence was therefore observed in honour of a 300 Level student of the Department of Mass Communication of Delta State University, Abraka, Miss Elozino Ogege. The most recent killing carried out by men suspected to be ritual Killers styled “Yahoo boys” in Delta State was that of the late student.
News Boko Haram: Help us preach right Islamic doctrines, Nigeria urges Saudi Arabia
By Osaigbovo Benin
By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Puma
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L-R: President Muhammadu Buhari receiving Letter of Credence from the Ambassador of Czech Republic to Nigeria Mr. Marek Skolil, at the Presidential villa, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN
Newly promoted officers to move to North East- Buratai
he Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Thursday hinted that some of the newly promoted senior officers will be moved to the North East to strengthen the ongoing counter-terrorism operations. Buratai gave the hint on Thursday in Abuja, after he decorated the 29 newly promoted Major Generals and some of the Brigadier Generals with their new ranks. “Some of you that have been promoted and decorated today; we are only waiting for today
and by tomorrow, I expect you to pick your bags and start heading towards the North East. “Some of you have no option than to move in straight there – North East. “The posting is already out,’’ he said; and directed the Military Secretary to read it to the affected officers. uratai, therefore, appealed to the wives of the officers due to deployed to the theatre of operation to keep the home front well while their husbands would be there. He described the promotion
as well deserved; adding that that it was a journey they begun several years and had culminated current enviable ranks of major generals and brigadier generals. “The promotion is strictly on merit, there was no any influence from outside. “We must ensure that we get the right people at the right time. “You must be committed; your loyalty should remain unshakable,’’ he added and charged the officers to be responsive and professional in the discharge of their duties.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Army Council on Monday approved the promotion of 231 senior officers to the next ranks. The breakdown shows that 29 Brigadier-Generals were elevated to Major-Generals, 95 Colonels to Brigadier-Generals, 106 Lieutenant Colonels to Colonels and one Major to Lieutenant Colonel. The army had the promotion was to re-energise the beneficiaries toward the discharge of their tasks and responsibilities.(NAN)
thiope West Local Government Area, Oghara in Delta State has approached the Court of Appeal, Benin Division seeking order to compel Pan Ocean oil Corporation Nigeria Limited to remit N75 million revenue claim to the Council. The Appellant (Ethiope West Local Government Council) in a suit No. HCH/A/4/2013 and RCO/4/13, has canvassed three grounds of appeal before the court. It argued that the lower court (Delta State High court) erred in law when he held that the trial court (revenue court) lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the subject matter of the claim before it. Justice K. O. Okpu of the Delta State High court had on the 22nd day of July 2015 in a judgement which upturned the decision of the revenue court in December 2013 and resolved the case in favour of the respondent (Pan Ocean Oil Corporation Nigeria Limited). The revenue court had ordered Pan Ocean Oil Plc (the defendant) to pay the levies as assessed by the government to Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, prompting the former to seek redress at Delta State High court, which upturned the 2015 judgement of the revenue court.
L-R: Manager, Risk and Compliance of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc (AEDC), Mr. Collins Chabuka, Director, Corporate Services, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Plc (AEDC), Engr. Abimbola Odubiyi, Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatization, Senator Abdullahi Yahaya and a member of the Committee, Senator Shaaba Lafiagi, during the senate committee on privatization oversight visit to AEDC Head Office, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Why we can’t produce ex petroleum minister in 72hrs -Magu
he Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has said that the commission needs less than 72 hours given by the court, in producing a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, to face her corruption charges, stating that the only problem the commission has is that she is being held “in another man’s country”. Mr Magu made this known on December 5, 2018, during an interactive session with journalists and social media influencers, at the commission’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja.
Expressing optimism with complying with the court order, Mr Magu said: “We will comply with the court order. In fact, it is in our character to do so. If we won’t comply with the court order, that means we have reasons to appeal against the court decision. We need less than 72hours to produce Diezani. But she is being prosecuted by other law enforcement agencies outside this country. This is our predicament.” Talking about the challenge in getting her, he said, “Another law enforcement agency is in the matter. You know she is in the United Kingdom. And we are making preparations to get
her. We have already gone to the court, in fact that was our request for extradition that compelled the court to issue a warrant of arrest against her. I need just less than an hour. If she is here, I will get her immediately and take her before the court. Our problem is that she is another man’s country.” Responding on the issue of not finding anything against the former minister, Mr Magu said, “Nobody can say she has not committed anything. All the neighbouring countries in Europe and America and all the law enforcement agencies in the world have knowledge of Diezani’s money laundering activities.”
Speaking on looted funds still hanging outside the country, Mr Magu wondered why it was difficult for the countries concerned to repatriate the looted funds. He said: “More than 80 per cent of the loot recovery outside this country is still hanging. Ask them why is it hanging? Why is it so difficult to repatriate this money, when you have established that this only came from Nigeria and you know that this person does not own this money? There is no justification. It’s not small money. We have over $300million hanging in the United Kingdom”.(NAN)
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Customs 2018 revenue hits N1.1trn
he Nigerian Customs Service said on Thursday that it generated N1.1 trillion revenue and seized contraband goods worth more than N40 billion between January and November 2018. The Public Relations Officer of the service, Deputy Comptroller, Joseph Attah, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. Attah said that the amount realised had far surpassed the N1.03 trillion generated in 2017. The spokesperson also told NAN that 59 containers of tramadol and other controlled drugs were confiscated across the commands within the period of time. He said that 40 containers were seized in Apapa Port, 10 in Tincan Port in Lagos State and nine in Onne Port in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Attah said that the quantum of seized goods was a testimony that the service had improved in its ability to block leakages and enforce the anti-smuggling law this year. He also disclosed that the automation of the Nigeria Integrated Customs Information System had been upgraded. According to him, the strategic deployment of officers and men of the service and establishment of strike force as the third layers of security, have impacted positively on customs operations. “We are aware that our insistence on compliance, arrest and prosecution of smugglers and increasing disposition of customs officers to place national interest above self, is against the interests of some people. “With these achievements, we must have stepped on toes, and that is why some enemies go to town with misleading information by accusing the service of nepotism, non-facilitation of trade and corruption. “It is curious that such people will choose the time when officers are turning down bribes like the Apapa case. “Our officers rejected N150 million bribe offered by the arrested suspect, to save the nation from consuming 40 containers of dangerous drugs. “We will insist that all international trade actors comply with the fiscal policy of the government,” he said.(NAN)
Strike: FG, ASUU resume negotiation Monday
he federal government will meet with the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) on Monday December 10, over the ongoing nationwide strike. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, made this known in a statement signed by the Director of Press in the Ministry, Samuel Olowookere, in Abuja. Mr Ngige said that all further discussions between the Ministry of Education and ASUU would now reconvene at 4 p.m. at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment. The minister also condemned a statement credited to a lawyer,
Femi Falana, who was alleged to have described as illegal the enforcement of section 43:1 of the Trade Dispute Act 2004 on the’’ No Work No Pay’’ Mr Falana was also said to have asked the federal government to immediately withdraw what he termed an “illegal order”. The minister, however, said that the law of ‘’No Work, No Pay,’’ was a fundamental axiom in labour and industrial relations all over the world. He said that the ministry would investigate the media report credited to Mr Falana to ascertain whether he actually quoted the Supreme Court judgments.
“That is knowing that they are tangential and that they neither anchor nor dwell on provisions of section 43 of Trade Dispute Act T8(LFN 2004) before it will take further necessary action, ” he said. On December 4, the meeting between the Federal Government and ASUU ended without any conclusio. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU National President, while speaking with reporters at the end of the meeting in Abuja noted that negotiations were still ongoing. He said both parties were yet to reach a concrete decision. “For now, we have started to
discuss. We are yet to reach any concrete decision. Once we have more information, we will make ourselves available to the press. “The union will reconvene very soon to continue negotiations,” he said. The meeting held at the instance of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu was to find lasting solution to the ongoing strike by the university lecturers. ASUU had on November 4, embarked on an indefinite strike over poor funding of Nigerian universities and nonimplementation of previous agreements by government. (NAN)
L-R: APC National Chairman , Comrade Adams Oshiomhole discussing with Jigawa State Governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Delta State Governorship Candidate of APC, Great Ogboru and Imo State Governorship Candidate of APC, Senator Hope Uzordima, during APC Consultative Meeting, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Zamfara ranks highest in infant mortality -Official From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
amfara state has been rated the highest in terms of infant mortality with 104 deaths of children out of every one thousand live births as recorded by the multiple indicator Cluster survey used by UNICEF, the Project Manager Advocacy Nigeria, Mrs. Larai Jibrin Ahmed has said. Mrs. Larai made this known in her speech yesterday during a town hall meeting with gubernatorial aspirants derived
from five political parties organised by the Advocacy Nigeria on Institutionalizing Anti-corruption and Accountability in Nigeria within the Health sector (Prepost 2019 election) held at City King Hotel in Gusau Zamfara state capital. She lamented lack of needed attention of Zamfara state on health sector, the situation which according to reports compiled by donor agencies and most of development partners in the state had positioned it the worst across the country in the WHO ranking mirror.
The Project Manager further noted with dismay that, Nigeria is rated 187 out of 191 countries in terms healthcare delivery with the third highest numbers of maternal mortality in the world. “It is unfortunate that, as in the year 2014, Zamfara state was worse in even shape with 1,025 deaths for every 100,000 live birth -:449 more deaths than the average for the country”, Larai stressed. Also speaking, the Zamfara state Secretary of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Munir Bature Tsafe working
with the Federal Medical Center Gusau, has also decried high rate of mortality rate in the state leading to the death of 30 pregnant women on daily basis during child birth. Earlier, the state Coordinator, Advocacy Nigeria, Malam Rabiu Sambo informed that, the essence of the town hall meeting was to for the gubernatorial aspirants to make their commitments to the people about their plans towards promoting health care delivery in the state as good health is Paramount to development.
Buhari congratulates Anambra gov, Obiano, on conferment of Pope’s honour By Lawrence Olaoye
resident Muhammadu Buhari has commended Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State for the recognition by Pope Francis over his promotion of social harmony, good neighbourliness and a
willingness to help individuals, institutions and other states. In a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President felicitated with the government and people of Anambra State for the deserved award to the governor, which
takes into full cognisance the maturity and decency of the governor in handling the last elections in the state. Buhari also commended Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments at the Vatican,
who will lead a Pontifical Mass preceding the special award by the Catholic Church to Governor Obiano on December 8, 2018. The President affirmed that the recognition by the Catholic Church will send the right signal to other states and all Nigerians that free, fair and
peaceful elections are realisable, especially when political leaders declare their stand against nonviolence and properly sensitize the electorate. Buhari equally congratulated Chief Obi Adimora and Mr Chidi Amamgbo who will also receive awards at the event.
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JTF rescues 7 kidnapped oil workers, destroys 436 illegal refineries – Commander
he Joint Military Taskforce (JTF) code-named “Operation Delta Safe” said it has destroyed no fewer than 436 illegal refineries in the NigerDelta region. This is even as it said it has also rescued seven kidnapped oil workers of a multi-national firm. Acting director Defence Information, Brigadier-General John Agim disclosed this while briefing journalists in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital. He said the task force identified active militant camps at Okparakiri, Sanikiri and Okporama communities, and on a tip-off, arrested suspected sea robbers and cultists terrorising Abonnema-Buguma in Rivers waterways. “Seven Nigerian Agip Oil Company maintenance workers kidnapped while carrying out an assessment of a blasted wellhead in Azuama in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa were rescued and released un-armed. “We have also recovered several dangerous items such as 230 different types of arms, 240 assorted ammunition, 11 barges, 101 outboard engines, 135 pumping machines from the criminals,” he revealed. According to Agim, the illegal refineries were destroyed in the operation carried out from October to-date which was named ”Operation 777.” He said the task force also arrested 266 persons for alleged various offences and handed them over to the appropriate government agencies for prosecution. Agim, further said, “The force has nabbed a suspected notorious militant kingpin, Gift Apollo aka ‘Thousand’ whose gang is responsible for the attack and death of soldiers deployed to Abua/Oduma Creeks between Rivers and Bayelsa State. “The operation has helped in destroying about 436 illegal refineries, 609 boats, 1,507 surface tanks and 1,538 drums used for illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta region.”
Bribery video: Kano Assembly lacks power to probe Ganduje - Court From Kano
High Court in Kano State, yesterday ruled that the state House of Assembly has no power to investigate the bribery allegation against governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. Ganduje was under probe by the assembly over video clips showing the governor allegedly receiving kickbacks from unknown contractors. However, the state government filed a lawsuit to challenge the power of the lawmakers to investigate the embattled governor.
But, in his judgement on the matter, the presiding Judge, Justice Ahmed Badamasi, said the first and second defendants, (the state Assembly and the seven-man committee set up by the House) lacked the powers to investigate the allegation. According to him, all the defendants could not investigate the bribery allegation against Me Ganduje as alleged by Jaafar Jaafar, the editor-in-chief of an online newspaper, Daily Nigerian. Mr Badamasi added that the online newspaper should have sent the video clips when he came across them to the Police, EFCC or any Anti-graft agency as they
are the only bodies that have powers to investigate the bribery allegation. He said, “An order of injunction is hereby made preventing the parties from conducting further investigation in respect of the matter. The Judge, who cited similar cases in Kogi and Delta States, therefore, said he also defended on sections 128 ( 2) and section 129 of the constitution, which explicitly explains that the state assembly has no right or power to conduct criminal investigation against the governor. Speaking to newsmen shortly after the sitting, counsel to the
House of Assembly, Mohammed Waziri said he would consult his clients whether they want to appeal against the judgement. According to him, the judgement was sound because it considered the provisions of the constitution. In his remarks, the third defendant, who is also the state Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Ibrahim Muktar expressed satisfaction with the judgement, noting that the judge had quoted the relevant section of the constitution which says the House has no power to conduct criminal investigation against the governor.
L-R: President, Coalition of Societies for the right of older Persons in Nigeria (COSROPIN), Sen. Darlington Ajoku, Former Head of state, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (Rtd)) and the Representative of FCT Minister, Barrister Babaginda Umar, during the National conference on Ageing, organize by COSROPIN, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
Climate change: Gov. Bello urges concrete steps to protect environment By Usman Shauibu
iger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has said that climate change is real noting that concrete steps should be taken to protect and preserve the environment. Governor Sani-Bello stated this while speaking with journalists in Poland during the just concluded Climate Change Conference. The Governor who was part of the entourage of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Summit said a lot was learnt with regards to climate change and such learnt lessons would be used to improve on steps already taken towards environmental sustainability for the future in Niger state.
While citing example of Niger state, the Governor noted that there were clear indication of impact of climate change in the state which has resulted in increased perennial flooding, desertification, erosion and drying of river Niger and Kaduna. “Climate change is real. Flying over Niger state one can clearly see desert encroachment. Niger used to be green with rivers flowing all year round,but these days we experience heavy flood during raining season, yet during dry season the rivers dry up. Even River Niger is being threatened by climate change. Governor Sani-Bello who said a lot was learnt from the Climate Change Conference in Poland revealed that proactive measures has
been taken by the administration to ensure environmental sustainability through banning of tree- falling, indiscriminate burning of bush and forest. “We have introduced strong measures in protecting the environment in the state. There is a task force under Ministry of Environment to check falling of trees and indiscriminate burning of forest” “At the moment, the administration has introduced tree planting to reduce negative impact of human activities on the environment such desert encroachment and flood, ” the governor said in a statement yesterday by Jibrin Baba Ndace, Chief Press Secretary. The statement noted that,” Since
the inception the Governor Sani-Bello administration in 2015, concrete steps have been taken towards protecting and preserving the environment in the state through advocacy, sensitization, support to the Ministry of Environment as well as other strategic partners and stakeholders such Federal Ministry of Environment and the premier environmental society, Nigerian Environmental Society, NES. “Also of note is the involvement of Niger state with World Council on City Data, WCCD, with headquarters in Toronto. As a result of the engagement with WCCD and adoption ISO 37120 Minna was selected as one of the two data hubs in Africa and among nine in the world.”
Niger gov CPS, Ndace bags outstanding Chief Press Secretary award
he Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger State, Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace, has bagged Outstanding Chief Press Secretary award for his extraordinary role in promoting the ideals of Public Relations in Nigeria.
He received the award at the 2018 NIPR FCT Chapter AGM/ conference on Wednesday. According to the Chairman of the NIPR FCT Chapter, Dr Tayo Haastrup, Mallam Ndace emerged winner in the Chief Press Secretary category “for effectively
utilising his position as Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Governor of Niger State, His Excellency, Abubakar Sani Bello to promote the image, goodwill, understanding, reputation and integrity of Nigeria. The Chairman added that part
of Ndace’s role in promoting PR in Nigeria was the establishment of FOSCIN “Forum of Spokespersons of Critical Institutions in Niger” a first of its kind forum in a state in Nigeria that has been able to create a coordinated approach to crisis and deployment of strategies
during crisis management. In his remark, the Chief Press Secretary appreciated the organisers for the honour as he opined that information management is a strategic function, if neglected could lead to crisis.
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News Buhari confers honours on playwright, Obafemi By Lawrence Olaoye
resident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday conferred the 2018 Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) award on Professor Olufemi Obafemi, while charging the academics to sustain scholarship and research. Obafemi, who hails from Kogi state, is the 75th recipient of the honors since inception in 1979. The honour comes with a N10 million cash prize. A citation of the awardee made available at the award ceremony in the Presidential Villa, disclosed Obafemi initiated an experimented tool and theory of analysis for revolutionary aesthetics in Africa exemplifying the plays of second generation Nigerian and African dramatists. He also fashioned dialectical materialistic theoretical canon that has influenced the interpretation
of radical drama among theatre scholars in West Africa in the eighties and nineties. He has been editorial consultant and columnist for no fewer than eight national newspapers. In his remarks, Buhari charged Obafemi and members of the distinguished academia to sustain their interest in scholarship and research works, noting that they will remain a source of inspiration to younger academics and future generations. He promised that government would study the report presented to him by the Nigeria National Merit Award (NNMA), the body that selects recipients of the NNOM award, with a view to addressing some of its recommendations. The President added that the NNMA’s request for better funding would be particularly looked into, as the contributions of the awards to nation building cannot be over
emphasised. Chairman of the Governing Board of NNMA, Professor Shekarau Aku Yakubu, noted that the NNOM remains the highest award for intellectual academic and creative achievements given by the Nigerian state. He noted that Obafemi is a promoter of social justice and builder of bridges across classes, cultures and races, Yusuf described the choice of Obafemi as apt and deserving. He further solicited improved funding for the NNMA, especially a review of the budgetary allocation, and for Buhari to approve its car park project, with which it hopes to become more self-sufficient. In his acceptance speech, the awardee expressed thanks to Buhari and the Governing Board, pledging not to take the privilege for granted. After narrating his humble parentage and difficulties passing
through school with the help of scholarships of mission schools and government’s free tuition in the 1960s and 70s, he noted that good educational policies of government are vital to enable indigent students attain top academic achievements, on merit. According to Obafemi: “With good educational policies combined with merit, the children of the poor with humble and lowly parentage can rise to stand before the President to receive the Nigerian National Order of Merit, the highest honour and recognition for ‘academic and intellectual contributions made by citizens of Nigeria’. “As government is clearly aware, education is the foundational tool for national development in a knowledgedriven world and deserves to be given priority attention. “Merit alone, a system of recognition and reward based on
70% of Nigerian children not registered – Commission
Members of Say No Campaign and Youth Empowerment Solution (YES), during their rally to mark World Anticorruption, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
he National Population Commission (NPC) says that about 70 per cent of children born in Nigeria are not registered. Musa Rashid, the director of the commission in Bauchi, made the disclosure on Thursday at an ongoing sensitisation workshop on Birth Registration in Bauchi. The director explained that only 30 per cent of pregnant women visited health centers to deliver their babies, leaving the remaining 70 per cent having their babies at home. “About 70 per cent of children in Nigeria are not registered, this is because just 30 per cent of pregnant women go to health facilities to give birth and that affects birth registration,” he said. Mr Rashid decried that majority of unregistered children are drawn from the rural areas, owing to poor awareness about birth registration in the communities. “Majority of people in the rural areas are unaware of the importance of birth registration, and this why we have many unregistered children in our rural communities. “This is the rationale for this sensitisation workshop; to educate you media practitioners so you will in turn create awareness to improve birth registration in our communities,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the workshop is organised by the Bauchi Field Office of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with NpopC. The essence of the sensitisation workshop is to train journalists on ways to create awareness on the need for parents to register their children at births. NAN also reports that the workshop had participants from Plateau, Gombe and Bauchi states. (NAN)
excellence and worthiness, shun of all sentiment and prejudice, and run by a Board of eminent and seasoned intellectuals and scholars on behalf of the Federal Government, has produced the NNOM laureates seated here today. “This has affirmed my conviction that merit is a veritable credo of governance, and I propose that it is forever good to stick to what is just and right. Your Excellency, what remains is for our governments to adhere to the Merit principle as the objective condition for national transformation. A merit-based democracy will take the nation away from desperation and exasperation to renewed inspiration, aspiration and genuine national patriotism.” The award ceremony was attended by Obafemi’s wife and children, many past recipients of the NNOM and some top government officials.
NDLEA confiscates over 9,607 kg of illicit drugs in Kano
he Kano State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said on Thursday that it confiscated 9,607.72 kilogrammes of illicit drugs from January to date. The commandant, Ibrahim Abdul, who disclosed this in Kano while briefing journalists on the activities of the command this year, said the confiscated
drugs approximated 10 tonnes of exhibits. Mr Abdul said that the command intercepted 1,697.74 kilogrammes of cannabis, 27.7 grams of cocaine and 10.9 grams of heroin. “We also intercepted 1,760.08 kilogrammes of codeine, 5,886.45 kilogrammes of diazepam 149.45 kilogrammes of Pentazocine and 343.7 kilograms of Rephynol,’’ he
said. He said the command also secured the conviction of no fewer than 92 drug traffickers in the state during the period. The commandant said at present, 55 cases of drug trafficking were still pending while two had been discharged. Mr Abdul said so far, the command had arrested 502 suspects 497 of whom are male
while five are female. He called on parents, teachers, traditional rulers, religious leaders and all stakeholders to continue to give the necessary support to the command in its fight against drug abuse. The commandant also commended the state government for all its efforts and support in the fight against the menace in the state.(NAN)
Gov. Bagudu presents N151bn budget proposal for 2019
he Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu, on Thursday presented a budget proposal of N151 billion for the 2019 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly. Presenting the budget, Mr Bagudu said out of the total amount, N104 billion was for capital expenditure while N46 billion for recurrent expenditure,
representing 69 and 30 per cent respectively. The News Agency Nigeria (NAN) reports that in 2018, the state government budgeted similar amount for the year. The governor, who did not give a sectoral breakdown of the budget, said priority would be accorded to internal revenue generation, education, industrial
development, agriculture, health and provision of infrastructure. “In the infrastructure, we will give emphasis on the construction of rural roads across the state,” he said. He said the 2019 budget would consolidate the gains achieved by the last year’s budget, especially improvement on infrastructure, power supply and exploration of
mineral resources. In his remarks, the Speaker of the Assembly, Abdulmumini Kamba, assured that the House would ensure thorough scrutiny and speedy passage of the budget. Mr Kamba also assured that the Assembly would ensure sustained cordial working relationship with the other arms of government in the state.(NAN)
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Letter to the Editor
Coming from oga at the top KEDCO: The journey so far it is serious By Ibrahim Sani
majority of Nigerians have always suspected a very high level of corruption in the Nigeria Police Force. But when the allegation comes from the very top echelon of the police it is indeed a serious matter. Mr. Musiliu Smith, a former Inspector General of Police, now chairman of the Police Service Commission, told the Senate last Wednesday that corruption in the force had worsened to the extent that dealers in illicit drugs and other criminals give gifts of houses to serving police officers. He spoke during a public hearing on a bill to repeal the Police Act CAP 19, 2004.
Mr. Smith appeared to attribute the cause of this endemic corruption to poor funding of the force. This, according to him, is responsible for its inability “to discharge its constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order and protecting life and property”. He compared the police of his time with the force of today. “We met a police when all the training schools were working. We met a police where you could not be promoted without writing an examination. We met a police where every policeman lived in the barracks”. The situation today, however, is different, such that “policemen are given houses by criminals and hard drug bandits. That needs to change. We should think of additional funding source for the police.
it meet the nation’s expectations. We also accept other sources of funding to be explored. However, what we want to say is that even the little the force receives from the government is not used judiciously. Much of it is pocketed by top officers of the force.
It is not uncommon to see pot-bellied officers these days. Contrast this picture with that of the rank and file in torn uniform and worn out boots. Men and women of the force go without salary for months. There have been cases of officers posted to fight the Boko Haram terrorists in the North-east deserting their duty posts, complaining of poor welfare and lack of equipment. This is not because funding of the force is inadequate though, as we said, it is a problem. The main reason is that senior officers often pocket a huge chunk of funds the force gets from what Smith described as the “ritual of annual budgeting”. Unless that orientation is changed, giving the force more funds will not improve its performance significantly. The money will still go into the private pockets of those thieving top officers. Some time this year, a very senior officer was accused of owning several mansions in Dubai in the United Arab Emirate. He admitted he had property in that part of the world but claimed it belonged to his wife. The matter has not been investigated and the officer is still on his seat.
It is not uncommon to see potbellied officers these days. Contrast this picture with that of the rank and file in torn uniform and worn out boots
“In Lagos State, a governor came into office. He didn’t like what he met on the ground. He invited some of us to change what was on the ground. That was what gave birth to Lagos State Police Trust Fund. We can’t tackle insecurity without this. Let us think of that. The annual yearly budget ritual can’t help. It will not take us anywhere. If you want a highly motivated Police Force, we should adequately fund it”.
Firstly, we commend Mr. Smith forthrightness and courage to admit what others before had been reluctant to confess. It is also instructive that the present Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris did not attempt to contradict Smith on the rot in the police. This said, we wish to agree again with Smith that the force’s annual budget is indeed inadequate to enable
We now consider the implications of Smith’s admission that armed bandits and drug barons give “gifts of houses” to police officers. It means that such officers are badly compromised. It makes the transition from a crime fighter to a criminal very likely. We heard of officers who have put away their uniform to rob on highways. The number may be small but we are unaware of the adage that a soiled finger passes the dirt to the other fingers. That finger must be quickly washed before it spreads the dirt. Unfortunately, in the case of police officers who accept “gifts of houses” from criminals Smith did not say what is being done about them. We dare suggest the obvious: they should be found and taken out of the force.
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hen purpose, integrity, diligence, trust, and altruism meet with leadership, success becomes inevitable or better yet, a norm that snowballs into a tradition of achievements for others to follow. Success in contemporary times is one concept that is highly sought but having the right leadership or followers to stamp it down in any organization has become the Achilles heels of many in positions of authority. The story of the achievements of KEDCO) is one that calls for archiving because in the nearest of time, it will become a model for younger crop of leaders to learn and better the lots of any organization for Nigeria to be the ultimate winner especially in the power sector. Today, KEDCO is a brand in terms of quality and heart-warming service delivery in the power sector in Nigeria. And the driving force in KEDCO leadership is one person known to many as a man of integrity having bought the trust of the ordinary man with his kind heart, benevolence and people-first style of leadership, the Sardaunan Gombe has taken KEDCO to a totally new heights in a state where even the customers have had every cause to trust the company as the distribution channel of power to Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states. Timing as we know is very key to showcasing the strengths, challenges and the future plans to keep progress and development in one’s organization intact and steady. The achievements of KEDCO team couldn’t have come at a better time than the just concluded 3rd annual marketing conference. When the history of power sector reforms in Nigeria is mentioned in the nearest future especially as regards power distribution, the efforts of KEDCO team will resound in magnitude loud enough for accolades. The just concluded conference by KEDCO which is the third in a series was introduced two years back to review the performance of the company for the year while planning for the incoming year. This conference has served as a very potent one in terms of boosting the capacities of the team to serve our customers in ways that befit best global standards. Since the introduction of this conference, there has been a monumental increase in revenue generation, customer relations, effective operations and improved team work. As part of the events of the conference, is an award gala night which is organized to reward diligent staff in line with the criteria that tint towards good customer-relations and efficiency in service delivery. It has been proven that award has a way of spurring workers to be committed and not just involved in the organization. During the conference, there was a gala night, where awards were given to deserving staff based on operational efficiency, revenue generation, customer relations and administration. As part of the aim of the conference, KEDCO reeled out their target for 2019. One of the key targets was the N48billion collection in 2019. The Kano DisCo boss said that strategies had been put in place to ensure that this target gets achieved. He stated that the trial of the strategy raked in N2.7billion monthly as against the previous N1.5 as was the monthly benchmark. He was optimistic that when the strategy was in full operation, it would yield N4billion in a month to meet the N48billion mark for 2019. At the end of the conference, KEDCO
team restated their commitment to maintaining a responsive and customercentered company, improved synergy with stakeholders in the power sector, creating flat structured organization where everyone has the opportunity to influence the direction of the company as well as building an ecosystem approach in order to solve problems and open new opportunities. During the just concluded conference, the Sardaunan Gombe reiterated that the platform provided in the conference had helped to get fresh ideas by creating a channel for the staff and customers to be giving their opinions and complaints to be addressed. Introduction of these ideas have stood Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna out in terms of his style of leadership which many refer to as rich-humility leadership. This is because he makes himself available for question and answer session with staff and even customers when the need arises. According to him, ``when you make yourself available, you create an opportunity to learn from people without paying school fees and what you learn will determine what you will bring to the table of leadership to guarantee success in position of authority’’. This is the kind of idea that births modern day leadership that many a Nigerian leader should imitate to better the lots of the common man whose expectation has not been met in the course of steering the ship of governance in contemporary times. The leadership traits of Dr Gwamna shows he is humble, simple, kind, hardworking and committed to steering the affairs of KEDCO under a welldisciplined atmosphere that abhors late coming and inefficiency at any level. With these innovations, the future of KEDCO is secured for greatness. With the improvements recorded in the power sector especially in the area of distribution, Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States are set for a better service delivery in 2019. When Gwamna took over the mantle of leadership in KEDCO, his promise of making it a foremost power distributing company in the world with customer’s satisfaction a priority that deserves the utmost attention has been his driving vision. Today, those promises have been kept through improved power distribution from 220MW to 344MW. Also, about 400, 000 prepaid meters out of 500,000 targets have so far been distributed to customers with a view to addressing difficulties in collecting electricity consumption bills. As far as a revolution in the power sector is concerned, KEDCO has proven that it’s on course to addressing the challenges in the sector in the nearest future. On the part of the staff, a promise kept because he has been able to guarantee the well-being of the workers and prioritize their demands in terms of human investment as the way forward to sustaining the team bond which is unrivalled. Our KEDCO is not where we ought to be but there is no denying the fact that we are on the right track and with the able leadership team as it is being driven by our image of modern day reformer, in the person of Dr Jamilu Isyaku Gwamna, the fortunes of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States’ customers have been re-fueled for improvement as we look forward to the next conference to reel out all our targets for 2019 as achievements during the 4th marketing conference in December, 2019. Ibrahim Sani a freelance writer can be reached via Shawai2000@ yahoo.com
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Why we must put our trust in governance By Adamu Adamu
perfectly concede that majority of public institutions were shamefully dysfunctional before the advent of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. No soothsayer needs to explain to us, it is what influenced President Buhari’s painstaking search for his appointees, especially in critical and sensitive areas. And I have no hesitation with the assertion that almost all of his appointees have proved the essential mark of credibility and activeness in the performance of official responsibilities they are mandated to superintend. But every day, self-serving adversaries, hatch fresh ludicrous plots against them. One observes easily, the proclivity to vilify, blackmail, abuse and even cajole these leaders, despite glaring evidence of faithful and diligent service to the nation. The current leadership of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) under the Director-General (DG), Engr. Mustapha Maihaja has come under the yoke of such harsh judgments of the perpetual fault-finders. I have every reason to empathize with NEMA-DG, Engr. Maihaja. First, management of disasters, by its very nature clearly defined as emergency and its unexpectedness is what we all know is associated with extreme difficulties. Before the administration of Maihaja, not many of us ever knew an agency like NEMA existed in functionality. Today, NEMA has assumed a positive attitude towards its mandate and a new face under the leadership of Engr. Maihaja. Apparently, the NEMA –DG and his team have devoted their energies and wisdom to a job, which, like the military, leaves them prone to the same risks as the victims they step out to rescue. Undoubtedly, Maihaja has redefined the soul of NEMA and birthed an agency where response to emergency has become an uncompromising priority of government. It’s not debatable! But I am saddened at the conspiratorial voices and forces of revolt which have vowed to unjustifiably divert his attention from concentrating on his onerous national duties. It’s their favorite past time to contrive mountains of fabricated allegations and test the waters in public domain to weaken his resolve of service to the nation. They strategize to spellbind him out of focus and
thereafter, be the first to accuse him of incompetence. And in the dark labyrinths’ of officialdom, the nest of conspirators against Maihaja have unimaginable tentacles, believe it or leave it! I recounted the ghoulish dance of the House of Representatives adhoc Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness’s predicted probe. It oozed with vindictiveness and vendetta by its replay of the political battles Maihaja had with opponents at his home state. I reminisced the *enticing*(or indicting ) of Speaker of the House of Reps, Hon. Yakubu Dogara’s into conscription, by the undercover forces. His only potent weapon was the high political office he holds in the land. And also allegedly bruised somewhat by the NEMA boss, his readiness to squeeze the juice out of Maihaja, registered openly through a probe committee. And for what I understood, it was for the alleged refusal of the incumbent NEMA leadership to bow to blackmail, campaign of calumny and arm-twisting, by playing the game with princely contracts to adversaries from the agency. It is known in Nigerian local parlance as “playing of ball,” to lubricate the affluence appetite of men of means and power. When I read the asinine twists of facts in the report of the Reps probe committee, submitted to the House and the submissions of the agency before it, during committee investigations, it smacked more of spin doctors at work. It opened fresh vistas of curiosity. The report unpretentiously muddled up facts or shunned verified clarifications offered by the NEMA management to the panel. I sensed it just aimed at churning out an indicting report that aligned with the known motives for constituting the probe from the outset. I was aghast to listen to staff of NEMA, who were prodded and instigated enough to stage a protest against Maihaja reel out very frivolous and conflicting excuses for the protests. Their utterances in the public trial of Maihaja rather convicted them, instead of the DG as plotted. The graph was not properly ploughed. NEMA protesting staff claimed they were rendered redundant by the Maihaja’s leadership of the agency. At the same time, the workers were alleging being owed hundreds of millions’ of naira in unpaid claims of overtime. At this point, I knew the devil was strongly at work to discredit Maihaja, even if it means
pulling down the gates of heaven. Thereafter, we were told, the unexpected. Reps said, former NEMA-DG, Mr. Mohammed Sani and six senior directors under investigation by the EFCC for an alleged fraud of N2.5 billion, before the parliamentarians usurped the probe, became innocent suspects in the “court” of the Reps committee. It declared them free of any accusation. But much more annoying, the Reps Committee never conclusively investigated any of the items of accusations it leveled on Engr. Maihaja in NEMA or established to finality any decision they sealed in the report submitted to the House Plenary. The report was replete with references to either concerned MDAs or the EFCC or ICPC for what they termed “further investigation.” I wondered how lawmakers could afford to publicise the results of such a shoddy assignment, discloured by unverified decisions, which ab initio had no substance or element of truth. Obviously, Reps got stuck in its investigations, but claimed certain public officials breached public trust and also, embezzled billions of naira. Happily, Maihaja and his team are not distracted by the interferences. They are ever committed to this national assignment, with renewed determination and the zeal to serve distressed Nigerians even better. But as traducers prefer to unnecessarily berate NEMA and its Maihaja’s management, it has not frustrated the agency as intended. NEMA saved Nigeria national embarrassment by evacuating 2,130 Nigerians stranded in Libya in a multi-agency operation that was swift and splendid. Barely two months back in Abuja, NEMA rescued scores of construction workers trapped in the rubbles of a collapsed building under construction at the Jabi district of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The agency’s prompt response to distress calls from the public saved the lives of Nigerians who are eternally grateful to the government of their country. And in the incident a few days back in the Woji locality of Port Harcourt, Rivers state, where a seven-storey building collapsed, NEMA’s intervention rescued alive, 31 persons buried in the debris. And I will deliberately exclude NEMA’s interventions in the amelioration of the hardships of Nigerians scattered in dozens of IDPs in camps around the country. It is
from North to South and the ugly trend appears to be in progression with each passing day. We are rather fortunate to have an active NEMA boss who obeys the word “emergency” in its truest sense of responsibility, by coming to the rescue of victims. We cannot doubt that the season of flooding in Nigeria is just ebbing out. But at least, 12 states, such as Anambra, Kogi, Delta, Bayelsa, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Kwara and a retinue of others were severely affected from North to Southern Nigeria. NEMA was there. I experienced the severe incident in Kogi State, and in particular, Kogi/Kotonkarfe LGA of the state for instance. NEMA officials had to even evacuate victims trapped in the fury of high volume of waters even at nights. Several lives were saved and scurried to safety. And thereafter, truckloads of assorted relief materials were supplied to the victims by NEMA to ease their sufferings. In Nigeria, where most public servants feel or do not consider personal sacrifice as service to the nation, such courage and sacrifices by NEMA should be applauded, rather than denigrated. Nigerians, there are no misgivings about the performance of NEMA under Engr. Maihaja. Most of us often unfairly judge NEMA because we believe for every disaster that has occurred anywhere in the country, there should be no fatalities because an agency called NEMA exists. But descending blocks or concrete of a collapsing building alone, could kill any unlucky victim instantly, even if NEMA officials were part of the supervising officials. What is the source of the rages against NEMA. We must bring our hearts down to judge fairly. Maihaja’s leadership of NEMA has no room for indolence, half-measures in official responsibilities; much more, enslaves itself to the principles of accountability and transparency as core in-house ethics. It is what led to the exposure of the six serving directors indicted over alleged N2.5 billion fraud. But the NEMA boss’ pledge from day one was to reposition the agency to make it responsible to the people and delivering on its mandates timely at all times. I salute the resilience of Engr. Maihaja and his team at NEMA, as their stewardship has positively affected lives of Nigerians across the country. Adamu contributed this piece from Bauchi, Bauchi State.
By Tunji Olaopa
n the Scriptures, the Proverbs and Ecclesiastes constitute two of the most profound books which distill insights into human experiences and direction in life. These are indeed books that take my time when I need to reflect on human nature and the conditions for human progress, or the lack of it, as the case may be. It takes little reflection to see how the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes could constitute a significant instrument in a reformer’s arsenal. It did not take long for me to immediately see, as a public servant, that the dynamics of governance cannot survive without critical spiritual elements. Thus, for me, all forms of discourses, and especially the discourse on good governance in Nigeria, has the seed of the spiritual. And that is to the extent that knowledge stands as a key and critical biblical principle. And this is not just knowledge for knowledge sake alone (which in itself has a place in God), but knowledge as an avenue to reach the core of wisdom. Who can forget that stentorian verse in Proverbs (4:7): “Wisdom is the principal thing—Get Wisdom!” There is no doubt that Nigeria is at a most precarious phase in its existence as a nation. These are indeed trying time for Nigeria and Nigerians. My diagnosis is simple: We seem to have lost our ways because we seem to have lost the wisdom of governance and the wisdom of service as well as the wisdom that flows from the spirituality that undergirds both. In this piece, I try to interrogate how the failure of politics and of faith has compromised the unraveling of the Nigerian project. The Nigerian project of nation building and national integration, as a “project”, ought to have a timeline of completion and consolidation. However, and as is usual for us, we seem to have given a new meaning to it. This project has been on since independence, and it does not seem to have any end in sight. There are two reasons for the prolonged understanding of the national question in Nigeria. In the first instance, there is the hanging question over what makes up “Nigeria” in the perception of its constituents. Chief Obafemi Awolowo seemed to have captured the feelings of most Nigerians when he referred to Nigeria as a “mere geographical expression.” And in the second instance, to adapt William Gladstone understanding of the Irish Question—When it appears that we are close to getting the answer, the question
changes. That is to say that as soon as we seem to have gotten a handle on what the Nigerian national question requires of us, we immediately lose track of what the question is again. It is therefore with regard to these two reasons that the whole issue of the negotiability or otherwise of the national question, and Nigeria’s unity, should be founded. It is grossly unwise, to pick up the biblical allusion again, to play the ostrich with the national question when the centre is no longer holding. These are indeed times that try the souls of Nigerian! We live in mutual suspicion, especially of the domination of one ethnic group by the other. Ethnic identities have now created a sense of collective hostility rather than serving as a source of collective national strength. Wisdom speaks to the human capacity and capability to deploy knowledge and virtues in a world that is weighed down by moral decadence and political instability. The essence of wisdom is to act, and to act right. Wisdom however requires circumspection. In fact, the reason why it is called “wisdom” is essentially because it goes beyond just a mere deployment of knowledge and virtues. Anyone who must act in the world requires a sense of context, a sense of direction and a sense of the spiritual. These are three components that, as I have discovered, are relevant in the life of anyone that carries the burden of reform. And this is where faith, religion and spirituality enter the picture. We all are grossly disappointed by the performance of religion in Nigeria with its tragic fundamentalist and social dimension. On the one hand, Nigeria alone has suffered massive human and governance tragedy resulting from the religious insurgency of Boko Haram. Thousands have been killed, a thousand more rendered homeless while millions of naira have been lost in properties all in the name of religion and God. On the other, the social dimension of Nigeria’s religiosity provides a shocking direct proportionality between the proliferation of churches and mosques and a thriving corruption mentality in the Nigerian society and public life. Thus, in one breath, we proclaim Nigerians as deeply religious and as deeply corrupt! In 2003, a study carried out in more than 65 countries and published in the UK New Scientist magazine reported that Nigerians are the happiest people on earth. A year later in 2004, a BBC report noted
that Nigeria is the most religious country in the world. Over 90 per cent of Nigerians said they believed in God, prayed regularly and would die for their belief. For many years, the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rates Nigeria as one of the most corrupt countries of the world. Finally, a 2013 report of the National Bureau of Statistics observed that about 120 million Nigerians are living below the poverty line of $2 a day. All these are really puzzling demographics. How can a nation combine a very high Gross National Happiness and Gross Domestic Product with equally very high unemployment and poverty rates? How can seemingly wealthy and happy people throw themselves into lagoons where religion seems so powerful? How can lives be so meaningless where happiness seems so high? These statistical evidences only tell us that something is quite wrong in the relationship between religion and politics in Nigeria. And our answer is quite simple and obvious: There is in place in Nigeria a religiosity coloured by hypocrisy that throws in the clergy and the politicians into the same mix of false sanctimonious rituals. Essentially, a large percentage of Nigerians have the infinite capacity to carry religion and piety in the outside, but the very hearts where spirituality ought to reside are very far from God. Religion and politics have even colluded to rob Nigerians of good governance. Whether we want to admit it or not, faith and politics are inextricably conjoined. And Nigeria is a good example. Our national anthem, especially the second stanza, is not only an invocation to God, our political rhetoric is shot through with regular allusions to religion. How then can we achieve a proper fit between faith and politics in Nigeria? The first thing to realise is that we cannot externalise the source of our problem to God or others. We are morally responsible for most of our failings even if a number of these problems are ingrained in our colonial history and in the structure of our political economy and of the federation. All Nigerians are created by God into this state for a reason. If we see it this way, then it is easy to argue that good governance is not in any significant sense different from God’s interest in the welfare and well-being of his people. Governance is good not only because it benefits the people, but also because it embodies the goodness and love of God. The spiritual
Donald Trump: Gunboat diplomacy, not for 21st century
By David Dogo
he term Gunboat or Big stick Ideology came to being during the imperial period in the Nineteenth (19th) century by Western and European powers only as a means to intimidate less powerful countries into granting concession via demonstration of superior military capabilities. Its first known usage occurred in a private mail from Roosevelt, the then Governor of New York in 1900 after forcing New York to pull out support from a corrupt Financial adviser. It was a dominant way to establish new trade partners, colonial outposts and expansion of empire. A British Diplomat and Naval philosopher, James Cable, clearly elucidated the nature of Gunboat Diplomacy in a series of his publication as “the use of threat or limited Naval force, otherwise than as an act of war, in order to secure advantage or to avert loss, either in the furtherance of an international dispute or else against foreign nationals within the territory or the jurisdiction of their own state. One of the notable examples of such diplomacy was the Don Pacifico incident in 1850 where a squadron of Royal Navy were dispatched to blockade the Greek port of Piraeus by
content in democratic governance is therefore the responsibility to serve the people with godly virtues and worthy intentions that will make the people truly rejoice. Thus, spirituality in this sense requires a larger definition than a mere adherence to the tenets of faith of one religion. I am making the effort not to separate spirituality from religion. This is because all religions have a spiritual core embedded in them. Spirituality in this sense therefore enables all adherents to undergo a transforming experience that make them see more of themselves contributing to the common good alongside others. Spirituality encourages honesty, integrity, holiness, love, fairness and fidelity to the divine. But spirituality is a double-edged sword that cuts from the government to the governed in equal measure. At three levels, Christianity has a mandate in Nigeria. And that mandate comes with the challenge of not colluding in what we now call the “Nigerian Factor.” The first level is the injunction to be good Christians; to be the salt and the light of the world. This is what the scripture said in Matthew chapter 5. This is the essential reason why Christ left us in the world; to affect the world positively for good. At the second, Christianity has the responsibility to project the message of love, hope, joy and perseverance to a world of godless modernity circumscribed by drugs, crime, and a deadly materialism defined around money, sex and the fast life. And lastly, exemplary Christianity must necessarily also speak through a life of professional service to humanity. We serve God through the spiritual principle that insists that we see our professional calling as a calling of duty and responsibility. Apostle Paul did not separate between his Christian spirituality and his professional calling. In fact, the grace he received was meant to strengthen his hands the more so that his profession as a tentmaker could serve not just as a means of livelihood, but also as an exemplary lesson of how our well-being ought to become a source of blessing to others. Thus, at this time when Nigeria stands at its most critical juncture in history, there is a crucial call for Christians to deploy their collective spiritual energies in not only undermining the negative forces of nepotism and dysfunctionality, but in positively enhancing the development of Nigeria. Dr. Olaopa is the Executive Vice Chairman Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy.
the then British Foreign Secretary, Lord Palmertson in retaliation for the harming of a British subject, David Pacifico, in Athens and the failure of the government of King Otto to make compensation. The impact of that was intimidation and domination of Athens at that time. War might breakout any moment from now in the Peninsula if the tension continues to escalate. It is strictly between a hegemon whose pride and ego is being bruised by a less powerful but potentially dangerous state. A hegemon seeks to exercise authority over other states since it is most powerful militarily, economically and technologically independent. America being a global and not just regional hegemon feels it has the absolute right to dictate events and trends in the world and MUST achieve that by any means possible. Since it is most revered amongst comity of nations, it also seeks to indirectly impose its philosophy and culture on other states not minding who shares similar values with it. Those who do, are considered allies and those who do not are indirectly treated as aggressors. In the 21st century however, brute force does not work anymore. Particularly, brute force again a potentially independent and developed state will not work anymore. Nations
have evolved with their preferred values, cultures and philosophies hence possible isolation and detachment from the claws of hegemonic influences. While America feels every nation should succumb to its leadership, many others want to be independent and according to the United Nations charter, they do have the right to self determination and survival. The question now is: Will military option against Pyongyang be the best option? What are the possible ways of resolving the palpable tension without plunging humanity into another senseless war? Recent developments show that war does not solve political and economic issues anymore in the 21st century. Classical examples are Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Afghanistan and many more countries. Those countries have experienced unprecedented insecurity, restiveness, agitations and continuous carnage. They have gone so many years backwards. The world today particularly the Europe is battling with refugees as a result of the unbearable conditions of those countries who either fought war recently or are still fighting. The consequences of modern day war can only be best imagined given the arsenals of war. The modern day weapons have the capability of taking back the whole world to the Stone Age
and must be avoided at WHATEVER expense! It was intensive diplomatic negotiations that halted the dreaded nuclear war that would have taken place between the United States of America and Cuba in 1962. Negotiation still remains the best way of resolving issues at State, regional or on global level. Like it’s often said, an eye for an eye makes the world go blind. Threats of destruction are old fashioned and less effective. What could work are sanctions and negotiations but not war! Therefore Mr. President Donald Trump Sir, kindly calm down, your pride is at stake but like a Nigerian revered literary icon Chinue Achibe said “people will usually stand in the house of a coward and point to the house of a brave man who once lived”. Gunboat diplomacy can’t be effective for a nation who is also potentially dangerous. For any action, there’s also a proportional reaction. Millions of people would die in a twinkle of an eye, the world could be in terror and chaos, properties of unimaginable scale would be destroyed. Now we have the opportunity to avoid all those and continue to live as humans. Dogo, an M.Phil/PhD Candidate wrote in from ABU Zaria.
Reconciling NGO Regulatory Commission Bill with existing law By Kaine Agary
Spirituality and good governance in Nigeria
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he legislature has the exclusive power to make laws for the good and benefit of Nigeria and her citizens. However, one would hope that in exercising this power they would use the resources available to them (their legislative aides and the Law Reform Commission) to consider existing laws that cover the subject matter of the bills that they propose to enact into law. The problem in Nigeria is not the absence of laws but the enforcement of laws. How is creating new laws the solution to inability to enforce the existing laws? Non-governmental organisations are already subject to the law. The Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) a very bulky piece of legislation addresses many of the concerns that have apparently prompted this Bill. The objective of the Bill is to set up a regulatory commission for the supervision, coordination and monitoring of nongovernmental organisations, civil society organisations, etc. Under CAMA, there are two ways that a not-for-profit organisation can be registered: as Incorporated Trustees, or as a Company Limited by Guarantee. Section 590(1) of CAMA provides that, “Where one or more trustees are appointed by any community of persons bound together by custom, religion, kinship or nationality or by anybody or association of persons established for any religious, educational, literary, scientific, social, development, cultural, sporting or charitable purpose, he
or they may, if so authorised by the community, body or association (in this Act referred to as “the association”) apply to the Commission in the manner hereafter provided for registration under this Act as a corporate body.” The application procedure requires the submission of the aims and objects of the association which must be for the advancement of any religious, educational, literary, scientific, social, development, cultural, sporting or charitable purpose, and must be lawful. The application package must contain the Constitution of the association, which must state the procedure for disbursement of the funds of the association, the keeping of accounts and the auditing of such accounts, where subscriptions and other contributions are to be collected. Before the association is registered, upon complete submission of the required registration documents, the application is then publicised in two daily newspapers circulating in the area where the corporation is to be situated and one of those papers must be a national newspaper. If any objections are received, the Corporate Affairs Commission takes that into consideration before registering the association. Changes to the name or objectives of the association must be reported to the Corporate Affairs Commission and will be publicised in the same manner as the initial application. CAMA also provides that all documents delivered to it by the association will be available to anyone for inspection, upon payment of the
prescribed fee to the Commission. Annual returns and dissolution of the association and its assets are also covered by CAMA. For companies limited by guarantee, CAMA provides in S26(1) that, “Where a company is to be formed for promoting commerce, art, science, religion, sports, culture, education, research, charity or other similar objects, and the income and property of the company are to be applied solely towards the promotion of its objects and no portion thereof is to be paid or transferred directly or indirectly to the members of the company except as permitted by this Act, the company shall not be registered as a company limited by shares, but may be registered as a company limited by guarantee.” Section 26(5) provides that the memorandum of a company limited by guarantee shall not be registered without the authority of the AttorneyGeneral of the Federation. This is already a way that the government monitors the objectives of NGOs and CSOs. Since the Bill does not exempt any organisation registered under any other laws of the federation, it is possible that a company’s memo will be acceptable to the Attorney-General, but not acceptable to the Commission. This looks to me like government working at cross-purposes and duplicating function.Section 26 also deals with the dissolution of the company and the distribution of its assets after the dissolution. Section 373 covers the requirement to make annual returns which include
certified copies of accounts of the company and a report of the directors. These provisions cover many of the intentions of the Bill, except that the Bill goes too far in my opinion. Requiring people to register every two years; get approval from the NGO Commission before they can spend monies that they receive; turn over all assets to the Commission upon dissolution of the NGO. Before the directors of NGOs sneeze, they must get approval from the NGO Commission. The provisions for the employment of foreign nationals are already covered in Immigration policies. The only thing that will come out of this is regulatory fatigue, which will either lead to non-compliance or throwing in the towel and closing shop. NGOs fill in the gaps where government has failed; they help to push the agenda of the people. The only people that will suffer under such a regime are the citizens that well-meaning NGOs have been set up to assist. How is it possible to consider setting up a new government institution when we have trouble adequately funding the ones that exist? What the legislature needs to do is to diligently and honestly focus on their oversight functions to ensure that government institutions are discharging their duties to Nigerians as they should. This Bill is an assault to all wellmeaning Nigerians who sacrifice their time and resources to providing for the needs of their fellow citizens. Kaine Agary is a Public Affairs Analyst.
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News R-L: Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu. Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Nigeria, Abdulaziz Mubarak and the Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, during the Qatar Ambassador courtesy visit to the Ministry of Education, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin ImoOwo
APC gubernatorial candidates passes vote of confidence on NWC By Umar Muhammad Puma
G Dry season farming: Kebbi gov. releases cash to farmers From Ahmed Idris Kebbi
ebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu Abubakar has flagged off the 2018/2019 dry season farming cash disbursement of Anchor Borrowers programme in the state. The flag off took place yesterday at the Produce Department of the Ministry of Agriculture Birinin Kebbi. Delivering his speech, the Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu
Abubakar said that the programme is in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Agriculture, aimed at assisting the farmers in the next year dry season farming. He explained further that over 8,000 farmers have benefited from the programme with 150,000 thousand naira cash were given to them, most especially the rice farmers in the state. “We have been empowering our people and we promised to be committed to the hearing of the
people and ensured that we meet up our targeted by delivering the dividends of democracy” he added. He appealed to the people to support the administration of President Muhammad Buhari for engaging our teaming youth on agriculture and make them to be selfemployed. In his remark, the former Kebbi State Governor Senator Adamu Aliero has said based on the diversification of the economy and promoting of agriculture in the state and Nigeria as is very optimistic that by next year
poverty will be eliminated in Kebbi State and Nigeria at large. He added that agriculture is the best solution to eliminate poverty in the country while admonished for the industry revolution in the state. “Am calling on the governments to engaged private public partnership (PPP) in a business in order to ensured everlasting of the business, is not good government should use money in a business because they not get good results,” he added. In his response, the State Chairman of Anchor Borrowers
Niger govt. awards N10bn roads, power contracts From Minna.
he Niger State Government has awarded contracts worth over N10 billion for the construction, rehabilitation of some township roads and electrification projects to address some critical infrastructural decay in the state so as to ameliorate the plight of the citizens. The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe made the disclosure yesterday at a press briefing after the state Executive Council meeting at Government House, Minna saying that the work will soon commence.
Balarabe stressed that nine memos were presented by his ministry and were all considered and approved by the council, adding that it has approved the contract for the construction of road from Erena bridge and its network roads to Traicter Nigeria limited at N3.6 billion. He stated the funds were captured in 2018 supplementary budget noted that the up grading and over lay of 5,000 metres road from Emirs palace to GRA in Kontagora at N726,107,568:85k to same Traicter Construction company. While the contract for the rehabilitation of selected roads in Minna was awarded to Moon Town
Nigeria Limited at the sum of N2.402 billion. The roads he said, includes; Idi road in Anguwan Daji, Tunga police station road, Abattoir road and others. He added that the state government has also approved the contract for the rehabilitation of Zungeru town road considering the historical town which is 7 kilometers surface dressing at the cost of N757,353,279:38k to Product Company limited. According to him, it has awarded the contract for the construction and rehabilitation of Kagara township road that is 8144 km to Enaco Nigeria Ltd at the rate of N857,889,939:07k, while the rehabilitation of 10km road
between Tegina to Kontagora by Traicter Nigeria Ltd to the tune of N1.735,297,698:75k. The Commissioner further said that Mokwa township roads awarded to Mahada Best Nigeria Ltd at the cost of N716,201,604:00k and electrification of Kontagora- Rijau to Omark White Company which is 132 by 33KV, 7.5 construction of MBA at N487,268,875:00k. Balarabe also announced that the ministry through direct Labour will embarked on the 33KV electrification line extension from Gidan Mongoro to Ibeto and replacement of its vandalized cables along the route by using the ministry technical staff at N97,782,160:00k.
on indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste at Ovadje Community in the State. Okotogbo lamented the unbridled level of impunity and fragrant breach of environmental laws by the multinational company thereby posing threat to human health and the environment. “We have applied to the court to do the needful haven decided to follow due process in all our undertaken. “If you go to the flow station at Ovadje, you will see the waste
products consisting of slug and hazardous chemicals which they discharge indiscriminately. It has affected humans and wildlife which use to be for study groups. “All the wildlife has disappeared and pollution is now order of the day. Hazardous gases of methane and Hydrogen oxide among others which are debilitating and poisonous to human health. “They want to turn that place to another Ogoni land. The effects may not be felt immediately. But, the
laboratory analysis we did revealed that the impact will gradually sin into human health in matter of 15 to 20 years. “That is what they use to do, we called them and with impunity walkout on us by relying on non existent laws”, he said: “From what we have observed so far, the activities of Pan Ocean has degraded the environment in relation to the manner in which they carry out their operation in the Council for pecuniary benefits”.
Consultant raises concern over toxic waste menace
By Osaigbovo Iguobaro
thiope West Local Government Area of Delta State has bemoaned indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste by some oil companies operating in the State. A Consultant to the Local Government and Estate Surveyor and valuer, Daniel Okotogbo, said this yesterday in Benin City, Edo State. He said the Council has charged Pan Ocean oil company to court over alleged infraction bothering
programme Alhaji Haruna Abubakar thank the Kebbi State Governor for initiating this programme, assured them of using the fund judiciary.
Nasarawa Govt to sustain salary payment to LG workers From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
he Nasarawa State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has assured local government workers that the state government will continue to sustain the 100 percent payment of salaries monthly. Commissioner of the ministry, Haruna Osegba who announced this yesterday in Lafia during the joint account meeting of LGAs, added that the state government had decided to an end the era of payment in percentages since September 2018 as a way of bettering the welfare of workers. Our correspondent reports that the local government workers have been paid in percentages since September 2016. Haruna Osegba who was represented during the meeting by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bala Sani. Maintained that the government would continue to pay full salaries as at when due even if there is shortfall or delay in allocations. Also speaking, the Executive Chairman Nasarawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Mohammed Addis informed the meeting that the governor had given approval for the replacement of health workers who have died, retired, resign and transfer their service across the Local Government Area Councils of the state. He, however, cautioned Directors of health in all the LGAs for failing to submit the list of the deceased staff among others to fill the existing vacancies.
ubernatorial candidates on the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have passed vote of confidence on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party led by the National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole. In a statement issued by the National Publicity Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, at the end a consultative meeting with the Party’s 2019 election governorship candidates, state chairmen and state secretaries at the Party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, the forum frowned at attempts by some Party leaders to polarize the party in some states, following post-primary disputes. The forum resolved that the party leaders must campaign for all candidates of the party presidential, governorship and legislative positions and warned that any candidate engaging in selective support, by picking and choosing candidates to campaign for, will be declared anti-party. The party called on governorship candidates to run an issue-based campaign based on the unprecedented achievements of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration which is evident in all the states of the federation. The APC further urged the Party’s governorship candidates to run an inclusive campaign by bringing onboard former aspirants, and to engage other stakeholders who were also encouraged to domesticate ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts undertaken by the NWC. The candidates urged NWC to continue its effort to protect the best interest of the Party and pursue efforts to achieve peace and reconciliation in the Party. A one minute silence was observed in honour of the late Chairman of the Cross River State chapter of the Party, Dr. Mathew Achigbe who died recently in a ghastly auto crash. While the Enugu state chairman, Ben Nwoye distanced the state chapter from the condemnable actions and utterances of a Senatorial aspirant in the state, Mr. Osita Okechukwu.
Reps approve June 12 as national holiday, as bill scales 3rd reading By Christiana Ekpa
he House of Representatives yesterday made June 12 a national holiday with the adoption of the report on the bill at the Committee of the Whole. The Bill, when assented to by the President, will make June 12 a public holiday to commemorate Democracy every year, while May 29 will only be celebrated every fourth years when there is inauguration of a new President.” The proposed legislation titled: “A bill for an act to amend the Public Holidays Act, Cap. P40 Laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 to bring the Act in tandem with the current realities and exigencies of the modern times and to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria and for related matter,” was sponsored by Hons. Edward Pwajok (APC Plateau) and Kayode Oladele (APC Ogun). It was referred to the Committee of the Whole, on 22nd November 2018, by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu
Dogara after passing second reading on the floor. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari declared June 12 a national holiday on June 6 this year. Pwajok, while presenting the bill in November, had argued that Countries set aside some days to commemorate special events, such as celebrating their independence, religious festivals, some heroes etc. “For instance, President Ronald Reagan initiated the celebration of Martin Luther king’s day as a holiday in the U.S.A. He is considered a civil Rights hero in the U.S.A; while May 1st is celebrated in most cities to celebrate workers. “There are individuals who have impacted so much on their countries, that they are celebrated with a declaration of public holidays such as George Washington of the U.S.A, (the First U.S President). “Certain events also have compelled the declaration of public holiday, such as Human Rights,
Freedom. Youth, Women and National Reconciliation days in South Africa. “In many countries public holidays are not fixed, as they change from year to year. Thus, the U.S.A celebrates Presidential inauguration only in the fourth year when the new President is sworn in.” The lawmaker also said In the year, 2000, President Obasanjo declared 29 of May, each year as Democracy Day to celebrate the handover of Government by the military to elected civilians. “This is in addition to celebrating independence on October 1st each year. “The question needs to be asked whether the mere handover of power on May 29, 1999 is more symbolic of Democracy than the June 12th 1993 election. The lawmaker said though President Muhammad Buhari declared June 12 as a public holiday, in deference to the National Assembly which raised issues on the need to adhere to the law, there was no public holiday on June 12, 2018,” he argued.
“It is pertinent to remember that it was the crisis that accompanied the annulment of the June 12th 1993 election, that led to not only the return of Democracy in 1999 but the concession of the Presidency to the South West in 1999.” He said declaring June 12 as Democracy Day will remind Nigerians of the supreme price many Nigerians including M.K.O Abiola, Kudirat Abiola, Alfred Rewane, Bagauda Kalto, etc paid and many others that lost their jobs, propertics, businesses etc. “It will also enhance National Unity by reminding us that on June 12, 1993, Nigerians de-emphasized religion by voting a Muslim-Muslim SDP ticket against a Muslim-Christian NRC ticket. “It will, therefore, remind us of the need to be more nationalistic and Democratic. It also acknowledges the organizational skills of those who planned that election like Professor Humphrey Nwosu etc.”
L-R: Presidential candidate of PDP Atiku Abubakar flanked by Governorship candidate of PDP in Osun State, Sen. Ademola Adeleke (left) and National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus (right), at the PDP Southwest zonal rally in Ibadan, Oyo State
I will start restructuring Nigeria in my first 6 months in office - Atiku
By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
ormer Vice President and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on thursday promised to begin the process of restructuring Nigeria within six month of his adminsitration if voted into power in the 2019 general elections. Atiku also assured that he will return the prosperity of the nation by assembling the best team so far. The former Vice President made the pledge at the South West zonal rally of the PDP held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital. According to Atiku, “Let me tell you one of the most important policies I have advocated for in this
country is restructuring. Today I stand before you to pledge that within six months, we shall start the process of reconstructing this country.” “My brothers and sisters I stand before you today to promise you that we shall return your prosperity and the prosperity of this country. If you give me the opportunity again, I will assemble the best team so that we can return prosperity to our country.” “In the next two months, you will be required to make history in this country, since the return of democracy in 1999, the best prosperity we have enjoyed in this country was under the PDP. “The best peace we have enjoyed in this country was under the PDP, the best educational advancement all parts of this country enjoyed was
under the PDP. “Then in 2015, some liars deceived you people, they came to deceive us and we believed in them, we gave them the opportunity. They said they were going to create jobs, instead of creating jobs we have lost about 12 million jobs since they came to power. “They said they were going to create prosperity since they came, we have gotten poorer to the extent that today we have surpassed any country in the world in terms of poverty, we are the headquarters of poverty in the world. Is that the kind of government you want to continue with? The former vice president said that the South West has been known for its educational strides since before independence, and promised
to continue to invest in education to make sure that the zone excels. Speaking at the rally, the Director General of the PDP presidential campaign council and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said that the only way for Nigerians to end this excruciating suffering is to vote out the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government. According to him, “The suffering is too much. The only way we can stop this suffering is to come out on the election day and vote Atiku.” The former governor of Ekiti state and the South-west coordinator of PDP presidential campaign, Ayodele Fayose, urged the citizens to protect their votes during the election in 2019. He said, “The only product we
are selling is Atiku. PDP and Atiku. That is the product, the product that will come forward and participate in the debate, because I can tell you authoritatively that Buhari will not come. The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, said that APC is afraid of Atiku because he is the only man who can rescue Nigeria from its current crisis. He said, “APC took over in 2015, what did they come with? They came with hunger, they came with insecurities, people are being killed everyday in Nigeria, the president is not aware. If they kill people in Benue, he’s not aware, if there’s hunger in Oyo, he is not aware He is not aware of anything. The economy collapsed he said he is not aware.”
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We’ll ensure 2019 elections reflect will of people, Buhari assures By Lawrence Olaoye
resident Muhammadu Buhari has assured that his government will ensure that the outcome of the 2019 general elections reflect the will of the people. In a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President who said he understood the yearnings of the people and strongly believes in the collective dream for a greater country, gave the assurance while receiving Letter of Credence from Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Dr Jyrki Juhani Pulkkinen. He said Nigerians reserved the
right to elect leaders at various levels in 2019, and all efforts will be made to safeguard the integrity of the process. “I respect the people’s feelings,’’ he said, “I assure all that we will have a free and fair election next year.’’ The President congratulated Finland on its 101 independence anniversary, December 6, 2018 and commended the growing relations with Nigeria, especially in areas of Information Communication Technology (ICT), trade and education. In his remarks, Ambassador of Finland said the areas of mutual benefit in relations with Nigeria can be extended to electricity, smart technology and crises management
initiatives, pointing out that he will work hard to improve the trade figures and exchanges. “We will like to contribute to Africa rising, and we know that Nigeria is the biggest country on the continent, so we are very interested in the growth of Nigeria,’’ he said. At the level of the United Nations, Pulkkinen said his country will continue to support the restructuring of the multilateral institution to give greater roles to African countries like Nigeria. The President, who also received letter of Credence from Ambassador of France, Mr Jerome Pasquier, said French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and the stopover in Lagos,
was really impressive in bolstering both countries’ relations. Buhari said he was impressed with relations between France and its former colonies in Africa, noting that France continues to play positive roles in promoting security and economic growth in the countries. “France is investing so much in Nigeria and we are grateful,’’ he added. He, however, called for more support in the fight against terrorism as the networks keep expanding with fighters moving across borders to support insurgents. Responding, France Ambassador said President Macron will continue to support Nigeria, especially in the
ongoing war against terrorism, with specific interest in gathering and sharing of intelligence. He commended the President for Nigeria’s role in resolving the crisis in Togo and Guinea Bissau. Buhari equally received Letter of Credence from the Ambassador of Czech Republic, Mr Marek Skolil, assuring him of improved economic relations in areas like solid minerals exploration. Skolil said his country will continue to support Nigeria’s military in the fight against terrorism in the North East. “Nigeria is a very important country for us. We look forward to stronger ties, particularly with the armed forces,’’ he added.
Supreme Court dashes hope of sacked Benue legislator to reclaim seat
he Supreme Court on Thursday struck out two applications by a sacked Benue legislator, Benjamin Nungwa, to reclaim his seat in the State House of Assembly on grounds of incompetence. In one of the motions, Mr Nungwa sought to set aside an Appeal Court judgment that sacked him as the Kwande West State Constituency representative. The second application, also struck out by the court, was a motion seeking leave of court to appeal the judgment that sacked him as a state lawmaker. The apex court presided over by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivo upheld the arguments of respondent’s counsel, Douglas Pepe, that all applications were incompetent and could not stand in court. The judge agreed that the particulars of the judgment the appellant sought to appeal were not contained in the application before the court. He, therefore, struck them out for being incompetent. Mr Pepe had in his submissions before the apex court averred that the application seeking stay of judgment was already before an appeal court in Makurdi, while the other seeking leave to appeal the appeal court judgment that sacked him was filed late. Responding to the arguments, appellants’ counsel, L.A Izabi, insisted that the application for stay of judgment was not an abuse of court process, arguing that he had already withdrawn that of the Appeal Court. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Court of Appeal delivered the verdict that sacked Mr Nungwa as a state legislator on September 2, in Makurdi. It upturned the judgment of the Federal High Court, Makurdi that previously affirmed him as the winner of Kwande West legislative seat. The court ordered Mr Nungwa to refund all monies earned during the
period he occupied the legislative seat to Joseph Boko whom it acknowledged as the rightful occupant of the seat. The court also ordered the leadership of the Benue House of Assembly to immediately swear in Mr Boko as a replacement of Mr Nungwa. NAN recalls that the matter, which lasted more than three years, traversed courts of different judicial jurisdictions before justice was eventually served the litigant. The litigant’s claim had been unlawful substitution as a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Kwande West State Constituency election. Both Messrs Nungwa and Boko are members of the APC. (NAN)
L-R: Speaker, Dr Ayaba Halwu; Regional Director, African Electoral Integrity Initiative, Dr Daniel Omofoman; Director, ICT Templecom Group, Hajia Aisha Aminu and Development Consultant, Dr Ezi Beedie, during a National conference on Electoral Integrity, Themed: Sustaining the Integrity of 2019 General Elections in Nigeria’, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN
As host communities insist on Shell return
he Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara yesterday said the probe on the relocation of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, will be transparent with its investigations, provided the company had adequately performed its social responsibility to host communities. Speaking at a one-day investigative hearing entitled: ‘Need to Investigate the Relocation of SPDC relocation from Warri, organised by the Committee on Petroleum Resources, Upstream, Dogara said, “This probe is a fact finding exercise and it shall be thorough with a great sense of responsibility.” The Speaker, who was represented by the Minority Whip, Rep Umar Barde said
Ex-Oyo governor, Ladoja formally defects to Zenith Labour Party
ormer governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja, on Thursday officially announced his defection from the state chapter of African Democratic Congress (ADC) to Zenith Labour Party. Ladoja announced his official defection to Zenith Labour Party while addressing journalists at his Ibadan Ondo street residence Thursday morning. The former governor, while address journalists, said his apprehension in ADC was that the party, the way it was going could not be able to win the gubernatorial election in 2019 and that most of the decision makers in ADC “were invisible”, adding that this made him to leave ADC and join Zenith Labour Party. Ladoja, who was flanked by the gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party in the state, Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli and scores of his supporters who throng his house as early as 7am, said that the way the ADC was going then, its leaders would not be responsible for the decision they made because “those who are making decision in ADC are invisible”. He said the inability of the leaders of ADC to carry all the major towns, groups and zones in the state such as the people of Ibarapa geo-political zone, Kajola, Itesiwaju and Iwajowa along, was another reason for his defection from ADC to Zenith Labour Party. He added that “Most people who are making decisions in ADC are invisible, they are not visible. You can’t
L-R: Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values, Rep. Odebunmi Dokun; members of the committee, Rep. Gbenga Ojoamo; and Rep Abdulrazak Namdas, during a Public Hearing on A Bill for an Act to Amend the National Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC), Act, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja.
see them. That means that they will not be responsible for the decisions they make”. Ladoja continued, “I told you that my apprehension, my apprehension was that the way we are going we might not be able to win the elections because there are some areas that were not cater for. I told you about some areas in Ibarapa that were not cater for and we have been talking, so on the last day, the Zenith Labour Party, they decided that look, they can’t bear it any more
and they decided that they are going to field Barrister Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli as the gubernatorial candidate of the party. They sought my consent. “We are formally in ADC, I am now in Zenith Labour Party. We have been on it for the past three months. The crisis in ADC were unwarranted. The last broke was the choice of the deputy. When I got the information in the social media, I called Femi Lanlehin and he said he did not know anything about how the deputy was picked. I called
Babalaje, Chief Koleoso, are you aware he said he was not consulted. And I said this cannot hold. It is just courtesy that if you are going to work with me I should be involved in your things.” Ladoja, who said that he chose his deputy, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala in 2003 and not that he (Alao-Akala) was imposed on him, said it will be wrong to choose a deputy for a Governor to be, alleging that if a deputy was pick for a Governor to be, they will run a parallel government because they will
be representing two interests at the detriment of the people. The ex-governor assured that the Zenith Labour Party remains the party to beat even though it is coming few months to the elections. He said, “By the grace of God, we will win, you know that the candidate himself is not sleeping, me, you have the candidate and people of goodwill in the state. I still believe that by the grace of God, we will still win in this party.” (DAILY POST)
APC, INEC disown Sani Musa on Niger East primary
House of Reps probes relocation of SDPC from Warri By Christiana Ekpa
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“The relocation of SPDC operational headquarters to Lagos and Port Harcourt was devastating to the host communities; and all efforts to bring it back have failed.” SPDC, in its submission before the committee, said that the relocation of its operational headquarters to Warri, Delta State, is impossible due to the subsisting insecurity in the area and other places in the Niger Delta region of the country. At the hearing, the company’s representative, Dr. Steve Okwuosah, said that militancy, pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities, still hold sway in Warri and other parts of Niger Delta region; and so would not allow for a smooth operation of company’s facilities in the area. He said the company had lost billions of dollars in its operations in the region, owing to insecurity and called for the
protection of its facilities by the relevant security agencies of the federal government. But the House Committee, the Delta State Government, as well as host communities of oil companies operating in the region, have insisted that the operational headquarters of the company must be relocated to Warri for economic reasons. Both the Secretary to the Delta State Government, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas, and Chief Edward Ekpoko, Chairman Ijaw,Isoko and Itsekiri Leaders Forum, have insisted that the company must relocate its operational headquarters to Warri for smooth operations. They insisted that militancy and pipeline vandalism had been reduced to the barest minimum in the area; and so could not have been the reason by the company for refusing to relocate to its operational headquarters.
Chairman of the House Committee, Rep Victor Nwokolo, in his remarks said that insecurity can no longer be adduced as reason for the nonrelocation of the company to its operational headquarters. He insisted that the Delta State is now the investment destination for oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region of the country. Other lawmakers, Rep Daniel Reyenieju (Delta, PDP) Rep Goodluck Opia (Imo, APC) and Rep Toby Okechukwu(Enugu, PDP) blamed the federal and state governments for prevalence insecurity in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Reyenieju particularly lamented that the Delta State Government that has 55 percent stake in the company’s assets could not be adequately represented at the investigative public hearing.
From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
he All Progressives Congress (APC) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has described as frivolous claims by Mohammed Sani Musa that he won the party primaries in Niger East senatorial district. The aspirant in his application for restraining injunction filed in a federal high court in Abuja. insisted that he was never nominated or substituted as the candidate of the party in the last October primaries. Responding to the application
filed through motion on notice, at the Federal High Court Abuja, the party and the commission argued the plaintiff claim to have won the party’s Niger East Senatorial primaries but substituted by Senator David Umaru was frivolous and misleading. The legal teams of INEC and APC led by Barrister Alhassan Umar and S. I. Ameh (SAN) including Barrister Chris Osuagu for the 3rd respondent in their respective arguments said that the plaintiff was lost in his imagination over claims of winning an election that was inconclusive and cancelled.
In counter affidavits addresses to the court, the counsels argued that the aspirant, Mohammed Sani Musa was never nominated as the party’s candidate. According to them, Senator David Umary was the authentic Niger East senatorial candidate whose name has been nominated, announced and published days before the restrictive application was filed. They argued that the application for restraining order was incompetent as there was no evidence that Sani 313 was ever nominated as the party candidate for Niger East Senatorial
District for 2019 election. The counsels argued that Senator David Umaru has satisfied all due processes from the party to the commission in accordance with the Electoral Act as amended, adding that the court was not in position to restrain a completed action. According to them, what was important is accelerated hearing by the court on the substantive originating summon filed by the plaintiff and not wasting the precious time of the court on frivolous application. Mohammed Sani 313, had
in a motion on notice approach Federal High Court 9 Abuja for interlocutory injunction restraining the respondents in a suit No. FHC/ ABJ/CS/1210/2018 from publishing, announcing Senator David Umaru as the candidate of APC in the forthcoming elections. The plaintiff, represented by Olabode Olanikpekun SAN claimed in his application that he was declared winner of the primaries conducted on 2ndOctober but the APC and INEC substituted and refused to publish his name as the candidate of the party for the 2019 election.
Stop mixing politics with governance -Expert warns politicians From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
eople entrusted with governance in the country have been warned to stop mixing politics with governance if they are serious of removing negative consequences which are derailing of the economy. A resource person at the Technical Session titled Alternative Model On Restructuring - Taxation, a Tool for Economic Diversify and Good Governance’ Friday Ameh Agbo disclosed this in a lecture held in Kaduna yesterday. He , stressed that governance should be based on accountability. “Process of governance should have only little politics if not it will derail and the economy and everyone suffers,” he said.
He explained that several studies conducted show that their is problem of governance in Nigeria. He explained that systemic solutions to problems facing the country include, political economy, synergy, good governance, and a host of others. “Everything revolves around good governance and those in charge should explain his they use resources,” he added. He explained that components of good governance include accountability, following rule of law, ensures corruption is minimised and views of minority taken into consideration. Speaking further, he suggested that whichever model of restructuring is chosen for Nigeria must put the
components into consideration. Still on restructuring, he said that diversity should be a strength in Nigeria, not a disadvantage. He further posited that taxation is a tool that Nigeria can use and stand as an index to breach the gap in governance. “Tax is seen as a source of generating revenue for government. Tax can also serve as a tool for economic planning. Two tax elements that can reposition as economic tools are value added tax and withholding tax. “Value added tax collected at point of sales. can be used to capture all the economic activities in Nigeria,” he said. He further suggested that the restructuring should make VAT
Input 0%, while VAT output should be set at between 0.01 per cent to 5 per cent. “VAT output should be attributed to LGAs because they are closest to the economic activities and resources. “All withholding tax (company income tax) should be attributed to the Federal Government,” he said. In his remarks, Olaitan Adegoke who served as the moderator said that It is when you have a structure on ground not meeting the desires and aspirations of the people, that they begin to clamour for restructuring. “Everyone seems to look at restructuring the way it pleases him. It is like different people touching an elephant. The person that touches the head will describe it differently from one that touches the tail,” he
added. He said that politics that is not talking about the economy is not favourable and people will begin to groan as a result of hardship Adegoke, who also served as the Chairman of the session, said that excessive tax is harmful to economy, just as little tax will also harm economy. Some of the facilitators are Dahiru Mohammed and Mike Odeholonta It was organised by Alter Consult, a firm that engages in financial and management consultancy. It had in attendance, representatives of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential aspirant and representative of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
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0.50 0.50 0 0.50 0.50 ACADEMY 0.00 7.30 7.50 0 7.30 7.40 ACCESS -0.20 3.75 3.75 0 3.75 3.75 AFRIPRUD 0.00 0.27 0.29 0 0.27 0.27 AGLEVENT -0.02 0.70 0.66 0 0.70 0.70 AIICO 0.04 7.00 7.00 475 7.00 7.00 AIRSERVICE 0.00 4.79 4.79 0 4.79 4.79 ARBICO 0.00 6.50 6.50 0 6.50 6.50 BERGER 0.00 9.45 9.45 0 9.45 9.45 CADBURY 0.00 31.50 31.50 0 31.50 31.50 CAP 0.00 1.83 1.83 0 1.83 1.83 CAVERTON 0.00 16.50 16.25 0 16.50 16.50 CCNN 0.25 1.59 1.45 0 1.59 1.59 CHAMPION 0.14 3.08 3.08 0 3.08 3.08 CHELLARAM 0.00 0.38 0.38 50 0.38 0.38 CHIPLC 0.00 1.94 1.94 0 1.94 1.94 CILEASING 0.00 22.50 22.50 0 22.50 22.50 CONOIL 0.00 1.75 1.75 0 1.75 1.75 CONTINSURE 0.00 0.22 0.22 0 0.22 0.22 CORNERST 0.00 5.10 4.95 0 5.10 5.10 CUSTODIAN 0.15 1.97 1.82 0 1.97 1.97 CUTIX 0.15 185.00 190.00 0 185.00 185.10 DANGCEM -5.00 6.25 6.30 0 6.35 6.35 DANGFLOUR 0.05 13.10 13.10 0 13.10 13.10 DANGSUGAR 0.00 0.80 0.85 0 0.93 0.93 DIAMONDBNK 0.08 22.10 22.10 0 22.10 22.10 ENAMELWA 0.00 4.20 4.20 0 4.20 4.20 ETERNA 0.00 16.00 16.00 0 16.00 16.00 ETI 0.00 3.95 3.95 0 3.95 3.95 ETRANZACT 0.00 7.60 7.70 0 7.65 7.70 FBNH -0.05 1.50 1.50 0 1.51 1.52 FCMB 0.01 930.33 988.40 150 930.33 930.33 FGS2019S2 -58.07 1.92 1.95 0 1.94 1.96 FIDELITYBK -0.01 4.90 4.90 50 4.90 4.90 FIDSON 0.00 0.30 0.30 0 0.30 0.30 FIRSTALUM 0.00 20.90 21.00 0 21.00 21.00 FLOURMILL 0.00 18.00 18.00 0 18.00 18.00 FO 0.00 14.50 14.50 0 14.50 14.50 GLAXOSMITH 0.00 35.00 35.30 0 35.00 35.20 GUARANTY -0.30 73.00 74.00 0 73.00 73.00 GUINNESS -1.00 1.15 1.06 0 1.15 1.15 HONYFLOUR 0.09 1.70 1.68 0 1.70 1.70 IKEJAHOTEL 0.02 29.45 29.45 0 29.45 29.45 INTBREW 0.00 3.60 3.60 0 3.60 3.60 INTERLINK 0.00 0.44 0.44 0 0.44 0.44 JAIZBANK 0.00 0.20 0.20 0 0.20 0.20 JAPAULOIL 0.00 21.00 21.00 0 21.00 21.00 JBERGER 0.00 0.40 0.40 0 0.40 0.40 JOHNHOLT 0.00 0.27 0.29 0 0.27 0.28 LASACO -0.02 0.47 0.47 0 0.47 0.47 LAWUNION 0.00 1.29 1.29 0 1.29 1.29 LEARNAFRCA 0.00 0.61 0.61 0 0.61 0.61 LINKASSURE 0.00
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0.52 0.52 0 0.52 0.52 LIVESTOCK 0.00 0 2.00 2.00 0 2.00 2.00 MANSARD 0.00 0 2.40 2.40 0 2.40 2.40 MAYBAKER 0.00 0 0.23 0.21 0 0.23 0.23 MBENEFIT 0.02 0 0.59 0.59 0 0.59 0.59 MEYER 0.00 0 174.80 174.80 0 174.80 174.80 MOBIL 0.00 0 0.55 0.55 0 0.55 0.55 MORISON 0.00 0 25.70 25.70 0 25.70 25.70 MRS 0.00 0 3.60 3.60 0 3.60 3.60 NAHCO 0.00 0 18.00 18.00 0 18.00 18.00 NASCON 0.00 0 80.00 80.00 0 80.00 80.10 NB 0.00 0 6.30 6.30 916 6.30 6.30 NCR 0.00 0 0.58 0.57 0 0.58 0.58 NEIMETH 0.01 0 2.35 2.35 0 2.35 2.35 NEM 0.00 0 1,480.00 1,485.00 0 1,480.00 1,480.00 NESTLE -5.00 0 0.20 0.22 0 0.20 0.20 NIGERINS -0.02 0 62.50 62.50 10 62.50 62.50 NOTORE 0.00 0 0.20 0.20 500 0.20 0.20 NSLTECH 0.00 0 4.75 4.95 0 5.15 5.15 OANDO 0.20 0 71.50 75.50 0 72.00 72.00 OKOMUOIL -3.50 0 1.52 1.52 0 1.52 1.52 PHARMDEKO 0.00 0 10.40 10.40 50 10.40 10.40 PREMPAINTS 0.00 0 62.15 62.15 471 62.15 62.15 PRESCO 0.00 0 0.45 0.50 0 0.49 0.49 PRESTIGE -0.01 0 10.90 10.90 0 10.90 10.90 PZ 0.00 0 4.40 4.40 0 4.40 4.40 REDSTAREX 0.00 0 0.20 0.21 0 0.20 0.21 REGALINS -0.01 0 0.38 0.38 60 0.38 0.38 RTBRISCOE 0.00 0 598.90 598.90 0 598.90 598.90 SEPLAT 0.00 0 46.50 47.50 0 47.00 47.00 STANBIC -0.50 0 1.70 1.70 0 1.70 1.70 STERLNBANK 0.00 0 198.00 198.00 0 198.00 198.00 TOTAL 0.00 0 1.14 1.16 0 1.15 1.15 TRANSCORP -0.01 0 0.59 0.59 0 0.59 0.59 TRANSEXPR 0.00 0 9.50 9.50 0 10.00 10.00 UACN 0.50 0 1.48 1.57 0 1.48 1.70 UAC-PROP -0.09 0 7.60 7.75 0 7.80 7.90 UBA 0.05 0 5.30 5.30 0 5.30 5.30 UBN 0.00 0 2.81 2.85 0 2.81 2.82 UCAP -0.04 0 38.90 39.50 0 38.90 39.50 UNILEVER -0.60 0 0.24 0.25 0 0.25 0.25 UNIONDAC 0.00 0 0.69 0.69 0 0.69 0.69 UNITYBNK 0.00 0 2.12 2.00 0 2.12 2.12 UPL 0.12 0 0.21 0.22 0 0.21 0.21 VERITASKAP -0.01 0 3.26 3.41 0 3.26 3.32 VITAFOAM -0.15 0 12.50 12.50 0 12.50 12.55 WAPCO 0.00 0 0.40 0.40 0 0.41 0.41 WAPIC 0.01 0 0.53 0.55 0 0.53 0.53 WEMABANK -0.02 0 23.50 23.85 0 23.50 23.70 ZENITHBANK -0.35 0 Copyright © 2018 NgTradeOnline
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L-R: Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Meristem Wealth Management Limited, Mr Sulaiman Adedokun; Managing Partner/Co-Founder, Deborah Fuhr; Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar Onyema; and Head, Brand and Marketing Communications, Meristem Nigeria, Omosolape Akinpelu,during the NSE’s Traded Products Conference, yesterday in Lagos. Photo: NAN
PTDF to establish Research Laboratories in Nigeria By Etuka Sunday
etroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) yesterday disclosed that plans have reached advance stage for the establishment of Oil and Gas Research Laboratories in Nigeria. The Executive Secretary, PTDF, Aliyu Bello Gusau gave the hint at the PTDF National Board of Trustee (NBT) meeting in Abuja. The PTDF, NBT Meeting is the highest policy decision-making body where discussions on critical issues on Endowment programme are deliberated. The Meeting was to review the current operational strategy of the Endowment programme and make recommendations on
new areas of research to be sponsored by PTDF. The Fund has so far endowed Eight (8) Professorial Chairs in 8 Universities across the country to carry out indigenous research towards solving oil and gas industry problems and as well develop local technology and input required for effective operations of the industry. Bello said, lack of research facilities affect effective research execution, therefore, “plans to establish research laboratories has reached advance stage. Two or more because if have all facilities centralised, then researchers from across Nigeria can come and avail themselves of such facilities. This meeting is going to discuss the processes that will focus on achieving this,” he said.
He said: “you can not do research if you don’t have necessary facilities to do so. There are instances where people go to other countries to access facilities and that should not be the case.” therefore, called on NBT to brainstorm on ways to address the anomalies. He said, the Fund was collaborating with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to domesticate technology in the oil and industry. “NNPC is a big organisation. And they have well established Research and Development Department and have just commenced that process of identifying key research issues relating to domesticating technology in the oil and gas industry that we
can pursue together,” he said. Speaking on the significance of the meeting, he said, “developing capacity for the oil and gas industry require information and knowledge, the only way to get that knowledge is through continuous research. And that is why PTDF is dedicated to promoting that across universities in the country. “We have had a close out of the old programmes and we are relaunching new ones,” he said. On funding, he said: ”funding is always a challenge. It is a challenge for all institutions, but we have to do what we have to do with the resources we have. The first thing is to appreciate how important a programme is and decide from the little you have what to allocate to such programme.”
E-dividend registration will Boost liquidity -SEC By Etuka Sunday
he Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC has enjoined more Nigerians to take advantage of the on-going e-dividend registration in a bid to reduce the unclaimed dividends profile as well as increase liquidity in the capital market and the economy. Acting Director General of the SEC, Mary Uduk, stated this at an Enlightenment program on e-Dividend and contemporary issues in the Nigerian Capital Market held in Enugu, Thursday. The event which had as its Theme: “Current Initiatives by the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC Nigeria to Enhance Investor Value” drew participants from various segments of the society.
Represented by the Head, Port Harcourt Zonal office of the SEC, Mr. Obi Adindu, Uduk disclosed that the Commission is currently leading the entire capital market industry in an effort to migrate all shareholders to an E –Dividend regime. According to her, “The essence of the E-Dividend Mandate Management System is to eradicate or reduce to the barest minimum the incidence of unclaimed dividend. Unclaimed dividend is an undesirable feature of the Nigerian capital market which denies investors/shareholders the gains of participating in the capital market. It denies the economy access to the huge amount of money which should have accrued to shareholders and would have gone into circulation to oil the wheel of the economy. “It is a consequence of the
bottlenecks which are inherent in the erstwhile paper dividend warrant regime such as postal system inefficiency, change in investors’ addresses, poor fidelity and human fallibility in dividend payment processes, amongst others. She stated that the E–Dividend regime bypasses these limitations by ensuring that dividends which do not exceed 12 years of issue are credited directly to an investors account after declaration by the paying company and within a stipulated payment period through simple interbank transfer. The E-Dividend registration exercise started on November 23, 2016. Each successful registration cost N150, however, between that time and March 31, 2018, the Commission underwrote the registration cost for
all investors that mandated. It is my pleasure to let us know, that a total of 2.4million accounts had been mandated. “May I therefore implore you all to key into the E-Dividend registration exercise by visiting the nearest bank branch or registrar. In addition to migrating to the E–Dividend regime yourselves, kindly tell everybody you know to do same in their best interest. “I am informed that some registrars are present at this forum. I implore us to visit them and take advantage of the services they are providing to register for your E-Dividend, here and now” she stated. Uduk also disclosed that the SEC is implementing various initiatives which are aimed at making our market deeper, vibrant and more effective. According to her “The forbearance
window for shareholders with multiple subscriptions has been extended by another year from the December 31, 2018 deadline previously communicated. Consequently, we enjoin those who have not come forward for the regularization of shares purchased with multiple identities, to do so. “We have also developed a twopronged approach to addressing the intractable challenges associated with transmission of shares related to the estate of deceased investors. The first step would involve engagement with and enlightenment of the Probate Registry with a view to providing solutions to the cumbersome process of transmitting shares. Secondly, Rules would be developed around the time frame for transmission shares and the fee structure”.
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Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, takes tradermoni to Wuse Market, yesterday in Abuja after the successful launch of the google station - a free public wifi for all in the market.
L-R: General Manager, FCT South, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Mr. Clement Obanile, Area Manager Lugbe, Mrs. Pauline Okigbo, Regional Head, Commercial Service, AEDC, Mr. George Akoh, Deputy General Manager, FCT South, AEDC, Mrs. Jennifer Enebong and Head Shared Services FCT South, AEDC, Miss Omokhaiye Aideloje, during the Public Electrical Safety Sensitization Program organised by AEDC, at Lugbe, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
SON D-G tasks tourism operators on standards implementation NEPC bags economic would further expose participants to standards, SON is also creating an perators in the Nigerian tourism Government’s sector have been enjoined to diversification policy necessitates the best practices in the tourism sector enabling environment for stakeholders national award implement existing national that Nigeria taps into the abundant and the process for the application of and necessary professional support standards to bring the sector at par potentials in the tourism sector and the Standards with a view to deciding and guidance on processes leading to for boosting adopt standards that would help the on a course for its implementation in adoption and implementation. with world class standards. “It is thus important that the Nigeria. Director General, Standards growth of the industry in Nigeria. Also speaking at the event, Mrs NMC on tourism and related services quality ratings Represented by Director, Organisation of Nigeria, Osita Development, Mrs Chika Balogun, Chairperson, National which also serves as the Technical Aboloma gave the charge at the Standards opening of a technical committee Chinyere Egwuonwu, the SON Mirror Committee on Tourism and Committee agree at this meeting when meeting for the adoption of African Chief Executive stated that tourism Related Services, acknowledged the the published standards are going of non-oil export Organisaton for Standardization deals with the organization of the efforts and commitment of SON to the to be publicly launched to promote (ARSO) standards for Tourism – movement of people to various desired standardization of the tourism sector effective implementation of all the commodities requirements”, he said. Sustainability and Eco-labelling ARS/ destinations and is categorised under in Nigeria.
AES 04:2014. According to him, Nigeria should borrow a leaf from other African countries like Mauritius, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda and Egypt amongst others, whose Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is mostly from tourism. “In Africa alone about 6.9 million people are employed in the tourism sector”, he said. He stated that the Federal
entertainment, travels, holidays, accommodation, education, health and adventure amongst others with great potentials for expansion. He explained that eco-labelling – sustainability standard specifies the principles, criteria and indicators for sustainable operations in the tourism sector. Aboloma posited that deliberations at the technical committee meeting
According to her, SON has published several standards on tourism including; • NIS ISO 14785:2018 Tourist Information Offices• NIS ISO 21021:2018- Event Sustainability Management System • NIS ISO 18513:2018- Tourism Services- Hotels and other type of Tourism Accommodation.She opined that beyond being a custodian of the
After thorough deliberations, the draft standards were agreed by consensus and recommended for approval to the Standards Council. Participants at the TC meeting included, representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Oyo State Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, amongst a host of other stakeholders in the tourism sector.
September tops NIPC’s report of investment announcements with 12 projects worth US$20.39 billion
he month of September became the most active month on the list of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) where 12 projects were announced worth US$20.39 billion representing 28% of the total announcements made so far in the year. The top 10 announcements accounted for US$68.1 billion, representing 93% of the value of the announcements. Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), the agency charged with the responsibility of encouraging, promoting and coordinating investment in Nigeria is pleased to release the Report of the Investment Announcements tracked through its newsletters for
the first 3 quarters of 2018 (January to September 2018), presented by sector, investors’ country of origin, and destination state. The Report shows that US$73.08 billion worth of proposed investments were announced for 65 projects in 1 8 states and the Federal Capital Territory during the period. The sectoral analysis of the announcements indicates 11 sectors of interest with mining & quarrying accounting for 43% of the total value, construction 25%, manufacturing 23%, electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, and transportation and storage, each 3%, and the remaining sectors accounting for 5%.
The announcements were from investors in 1 7 countries, with investors from United Arab Emirates accounting for 25% of the value, followed by announcements made by investors from France at 22%. Nigeria stood at 20%, United Kingdom 13%, China 8% and the remaining 13% were from the other countries. The Report further revealed that Federal Capital Territory was the biggest beneficiary of the announcements with 26% (by value). Rivers State accounted for 22%, Bayelsa, Katsina and Akwa Ibom 1 6, 3 and 2% respectively, while the remaining states accounted for the balance of 31%. NIPC sends out its NIPC
Intelligence Newsletter 6 days a week. The Newsletter carries Nigerian investment-related news culled from various sources. As the Report is based only on investment announcements cited in NIPC’s Newsletters from January to September 2018, it may not contain exhaustive information on all investment announcements in Nigeria during the period. Nevertheless, the Report gives a sense of investors’ interest in the Nigerian economy in the first 3 quarters of 2018. NIPC did not independently verify the authenticity of the investment announcements but is working on tracking the announcements as they progress to actual investments.
By Miriam Humbe
he Nigerian Export Promotion Council, (NEPC), has emerged as the runner-up for the bronze award for its commitment to quality. This was at the recently held 2nd National Quality award 2018 organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, (UNIDO) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Industry which held at Dunes Centre, Maitama Abuja on December 4, 2018. NEPC won the Level 1, Category C of the National Quality Award for Commitment to Quality. The award was presented by Hajia Aisha Abubakar the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, to Mr. Sidi-Aliyu Director Policy & Strategy, NEPC who represented the CEO/ Executive Director NEPC, Mr. Segun Awolowo. The Council was considered for the Award because of the establishment of an ICT Centre in Abuja for training on Quality Management Systems (QMS), a required National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP) meant to boost the quality ratings of non-oil export commodities.
NGOs donate 5 classrooms, items to Dakwo community
wo Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), TY Danjuma Foundation and School Hunters Education Development Initiative (SHEDI), has donated a block of five classrooms, learning materials and furniture to LEA Primary School in Dakwo community, in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). Presenting the materials, the group managing Director of SHEDI, Mrs. Shola Okpodu, noted that the intervention would improve the standard of education at the grassroots, as well as improve the standard of early child care education in the school. Okpodu maintained that SHEDI did not just build classrooms block, but has also provided learning facilities like three desktop, textbooks, six tables, chairs, toilets and also repaired about 100 tables and chairs. Responding, the Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Aisha Ahmed, commended the SHEDI for coming to the rescue of the school at such a critical time.
Residents urged to be security conscious as 19th sports festival begins Stories by Onyekwere
s the 19th National Sports Festival kicked off yesterday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents to be very alert and security conscious throughout the period. In particular, FCT residents are encouraged to swiftly report to the police any suspicious movements around them during the event tagged: Abuja 2018. Also, residents are advised to call the FCT Call Centres, in case of any emergency,
so that the emergency security committee of the Administration could respond appropriately. FCT permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, made the call while briefing newsmen on the national sports festival, holding at the National Stadium Complex, Abuja, which is expected to end on 16th December, 2018. Ohaa disclosed the deployment of about 1,500 security personnel, to ensure that the tournament is peaceful and hitch-free. He also revealed that special routes would be
mapped out for the athletes and officials. The Permanent Secretary that 75 vehicles, including the green buses would be involved in transportation of the athletes and the officials within the period. According to him, the administration is also providing an enabling environment to ensure that the tournament is well attended. “The security agencies have mobilized 1,500 officers and men to make sure that we give maximum security, both before and after the national
sports festival. “Most of security personnel will be in strategic places to monitor what is happening and to guide people during the period, so that criminals and enemies of the government will not take advantage of the situation to commit crime,” Ohaa explained. He further revealed that the FCT athletes would participate in 27 sporting events, out of the 40 events for the festival, adding that about 470 athletes from the territory had undergone training in different camps ahead of the festival.
Igbo community leader tasks stakeholders on peace
he eze Igbo-elect in Garki village of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Ruben Ndubisi has advocated for the promotion of peaceful atmosphere by stakeholders, as it’s needed for rapid development of the society. Ndubisi, who made the appeal recently at Wuse in Abuja, particularly admonished
politicians and electorate to ensure peace in whatever they do. The community leader said that if peace is embraced, the forthcoming 2019 general election will be free and fair, adding that peace would go a long way to promote unity among the people. The Eze Igbo-elect urged to any contestant who lost during
the election to accept that in good faith, just as he advised anyone who wins to accommodate the losers in order to promote unity of purpose. “We should abide by peace, which if done would go a long way to enhance free and fair elections. “I appeal to anyone who loses to accept it in good faith and any
one who wins to accommodate the losers in order to enhance unity of purpose,” he stressed. Ndubisi therefore called on Ndigbo in Garki village and Abuja in general to actively participate in politics to enable them join hands in the governance of the FCT where they reside, have property and families.
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France protests: Government fears ‘major violence’ in coming days
he French government says it fears “major violence” in Paris on Saturday as the national “yellow vests” protest movement shows little sign of easing. The government said it was scrapping the fuel tax increases in the budget - the original spark for the protests. But broader discontent with the government has spread, and protests have erupted over several other issues. On Thursday, more than 140 people were arrested at a single protest about proposed reforms to the school system. The rally, in Mantes-la-Jolie in Yvelines, ended in clashes with police in front of a school, reports said. Dozens of other schools were blockaded in cities like Marseille and Paris. Meanwhile, Saturday’s planned rally of the yellow vests looks set to go ahead. Recent protests have turned violent, causing millions of euros in damage. How has the prime minister responded? Speaking before the French senate, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said “exceptional means” would be used on Saturday in addition to 65,000 police officers on duty across France. Confirming that the fuel tax had been abandoned, he told senators that the calm of most protesters around the country contrasted with the “extreme violence” seen in Paris. “Unlike others, I’m not seeking to apportion blame for this anger,” he said. As mayor of the northern port of Le Havre he said he had felt local anger rise every year, after every election. “It’s been muted for a long time, because it’s been silenced for a long time, by shame, sometimes by pride.” According to French media, Mr Philippe will decide on Saturday whether to deploy armoured vehicles to clear roads in Paris if barricades are erected. Such a deployment has not taken place since 1968. What is the government worried about? The protest on Saturday 1 December descended into the worst rioting seen in decades, with hundreds of injuries and arrests. Many protesters are law-abiding French citizens, engaged in a street protest that has huge public support and is widely seen as a
The scene on Thursday in Nantes, as school students protested against education reforms legitimate democratic action. However, without any central structure or official leaders, extremists and “troublemakers” are suspected of joining the rallies and inciting violence, the interior minister said earlier this week. Sources at the presidential palace expressed the government’s concern about continued violence on Wednesday night. French health minister Agnès Buzyn, speaking to RTL Radio on Thursday morning, said: “There is a concern about this violence, and some who do not want to find a solution.” The government is considering mobilising the military to protect important national monuments, French broadcaster BFMTV reported, after the world-famous Arc de Triomphe was damaged last week. The expectation of unrest led public institutions such as museums to announce their closure on Saturday. A series of football matches have also been postponed at the request of police or local authorities. They include those between Paris and Montpellier, Monaco and Nice, Toulouse and Lyon, and Saint-Etienne and Marseille. How are the protests spreading? The yellow vests protests have moved
beyond the initial anger about fuel taxes. Last week, the movement - despite a lack of central leadership - issued more than 40 demands to government. Among them were a minimum pension, widespread changes to the tax system, and a reduction in the retirement age. The government has already acknowledged some of the concerns, suggesting it may review the “wealth tax” it abolished after taking power. An analysis of its original budget plans for 2018-2019 showed it benefitted the very wealthy rather than the very poor. Other groups, bolstered by the success of the national movement, have also begun separate actions. One police union, Vigi, called for a strike of its administrative staff working in the interior ministry for Saturday - saying that without the support of such staff, riot police would be immobilised. “Our hierarchy still sends us to take a beating instead of the government,” the union said, calling for solidarity with the yellow vests. Two road transport unions, the CGT and FO, have called for a strike among its 700,000
members on Sunday, Le Monde reported. Drivers have been affected by changes to overtime payments, the unions say, which affect the purchasing power of its members. What are the student protests about? Thursday saw young people take to the streets, protesting over educational reforms. President Macron’s government hopes to change the end-of-school exam, known as the baccalaureate, which is required for entrance to university. It was brought in under Napoleon more than 200 years ago, and any passing student is entitled to attend their local university where a large number do not complete their first year. Mr Macron’s plan could allow universities to select students on merit for the most popular courses - but critics fear that will limit opportunity and breed inequality. In Nantes, young demonstrators overturned vehicles and bins, and set fires. On Wednesday, similar demonstrations in Bordeaux and Toulouse led to arrests. But most of the protests have been peaceful. Hundreds of schools were blockaded this week, but the young participants did not wear the distinctive yellow vests of the wider protest movement. French daily Le Monde, however, drew a line between the two groups, suggesting that long-standing discontent over the proposed education reforms had been given a boost by the success of the “yellow vests”. The Union Nationale Lycéenne, representing secondary school students, has called for a “great mobilisation” of schools on Friday. Separately, older students at the famous Sorbonne university have faced disruption amid anger at government plans to charge non-EU students extra tuition fees. The controversy led to a blockade of some university sites on Wednesday. France 3 reported that the historic campus, called Sorbonne 1, was closed on Thursday for security reasons after some young people attempted to enter the building. Another part of the university, Sorbonne Nouvelle - known as Paris 3 - also remains closed.
Ohio dad makes girl walk miles to school for bullying on bus
n Ohio father who made his daughter walk five miles (8km) to school as punishment for bullying has provoked a debate on parenting. After 10-year-old Kirsten was suspended for three days from the school bus for a second-time bullying offence, Matt Cox decided to teach her a life lesson. He made her trudge to school on a cold day while he followed behind in a car. The video of the father’s punishment has garnered over 15m views on Facebook and thousands of comments. Life lessons!!!! UPDATE: lesson learned! Still has all her extremities intact is happy and healthy and seems to have a... In the viral clip, Mr Cox’s daughter is seen walking alongside a road, carrying a backpack and school supplies, in 2C (36F) temperatures. Mr Cox follows behind her in his car in the town of Swanton, offering commentary on entitlement and bullying. “Bullying is unacceptable,” he said. “This is my small way of trying to stop it in my household.” Mr Cox added that many children feel entitled to privileges like being taken to school in the
This was the second time his daughter had been reprimanded for bullying on the bus, the father said morning by car or bus. “I know a lot of you parents are not going to agree with this and that’s alright,” he says. “I am doing what I feel is right to teach my daughter a lesson and to stop her from bullying.” In a Facebook update shared on Wednesday, Mr Cox said his daughter had taken his words to heart. According to WTVG News, Mr Cox broke
up Kirsten’s walk over her three-day school bus suspension this week. The 10-year-old told WTVG she herself had been bullied and now knows to be kind. Many of the 63,000 comments that have since popped up on his video have been positive, with parents of bullies and bullied alike thanking Mr Cox for his parenting. “As the grandparent of an autistic boy who
has been the victim of neighbourhood bullies, I applaud you! Too many parents do nothing,” read one reply. Read another: “Wish more parents took the time to hold their children accountable for unacceptable behaviour.” However, others pointed out that by shaming her with the punishment video, the girl was arguably being bullied by her father. “Humiliate her by putting her on Facebook being punished. Irony,” one user commented. “Ok but wait, is she bullying other kids or did you stop to hear her explanation?” said another. “Was she reacting to being bullied and just got caught? If public shaming is your idea of punishment no wonder she’s acting out.” Mr Cox told News 5 Cleveland that he had shown Kirsten and his two other children the video and people’s comments on it. They “seem to show a great deal of empathy towards some of the sad stories that I read with them,” Mr Cox said. He added that he hoped parents would “start holding their kids accountable”. Source: BBC
A f r i c a Diane Rwigara: Rwanda government critic acquitted
Most of the capital, Monrovia, does not have electricity
eople are stealing about 60% of the electricity generated in Liberia annually by making illegal connections to their homes and businesses, the state-owned power utility has said. The theft caused annual losses of about $35m (£27m), Liberia Electricity Corporation officials told state radio. This was robbing the utility of cash for extending power supply, they said. Liberia is trying to rebuild its power sector, destroyed during a civil war which lasted from 1989 to 2003. The US is giving financial and technical aid to the West African state to increase connectivity, as part of the Power Africa initiative launched by former US President Barack Obama to bring electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. But up till now only 12% of Liberians - and less than 20% of residents in the capital, Monrovia - have electricity, one of the lowest access rates in the world. The government has set itself the target of rolling out electricity to 70% of Monrovia’s population of more than one million by 2030.
Why people steal electricity Power theft is a problem among both the rich and the poor. It is not because people do not want to pay, but because the power utility has not been able to meet the huge demand for electricity. As a result, if a person sees an electricity cable running over his home or shop, he will connect his own wires to the cable to give himself electricity. To tackle the problem, the power utility has established a taskforce, which patrols neighbourhoods and cuts off illegal supply. It has also set up a hotline, urging people to report power theft. The Mount Coffee hydroelectricity plant, destroyed during the war and subsequently rebuilt with donor aid, generates a lot of electricity, but the problem is that the state utility has limited capacity to distribute it. And until that changes, power theft is likely to continue. Some people see privatisation as the solution, pointing out that the telecom sector has boomed since it was liberalised almost 20 years ago. But there is no indication that the government intends to do this in the power sector anytime soon.
Militia ‘behead two Islamist militants’ in Mozambique
militia in Mozambique has captured and beheaded two Islamist militants, according to Carta de Moçambique newspaper. Residents in Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, are reported to have taken the law into their own hands in retaliation for the sporadic raids and killings carried out by Islamist militant group Ahlu Sunna Wa-Jama, locally known as al-Shabab.
The group, which has no known ties to the Somali jihadist group of the same name, decapitated 10 villagers last May. The recent revenge raids seem to have been sparked by an attack against the village of Lilongo early on Wednesday morning. The government has encouraged communities to hand over suspected wrongdoers to the relevant authorities.
Diane Rwigara is a prominent critic of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame
Rwandan court in the capital, Kigali, has acquitted government critic Diane Rwigara and her mother of charges of inciting insurrection and forgery. Ms Rwigara was imprisoned for over a year, after being barred from running in presidential elections against the long-standing incumbent Paul Kagame. The 37-year-old opposition leader faced up to 22 years in prison for charges she said were politically motivated. A three-judge panel told a packed room all the charges were “baseless”. Amnesty International welcomed the result, but said the mother and daughter “should never have faced charges for expressing their views”. Since her arrest, Ms Rwigara’s family have been subject to interrogations and their family assets forcibly auctioned. “I am very happy with the verdict,” said Ms Rwigara, who has been out on bail since October. “I am continuing with my political journey... because there’s still a lot that needs to be done in our country.” During the hearings, the businesswoman asserted that
Rwanda’s economy was mainly controlled by the governing party’s elite. “Everything I talked about in the past has not been resolved. There are still many political prisoners in the country,” she told journalists after the high court ruling. Ms Rwigara has repeatedly accused President Kagame of stifling dissent and criticised his party’s unyielding grip on power since it assumed control after the country’s civil war. Dissent still not tolerated The acquittal of Diane Rwigara and her mother Adeline could be seen a significant step in Rwanda’s democracy. But it is also hard to ignore the fact that there was international pressure, including from the US Congress, to drop charges against her - not that Rwandan authorities are in the habit of listening to external voices. Critics still see Ms Rwigara’s arrest and detention, and the auctioning of her assets, as a continuation of a trend of intimidation against anyone who opposes the government. And there’s a long list of dissidents who have been punished severely. Opposition leader Victoire
Ingabire was released from prison this year having served time for “conspiracy against the country through terrorism and war” and “genocide denial.” She - just like Ms Rwigara - had intended to run for president against Paul Kagame, back in 2010. Another opposition leader, Boniface Twagirimana, went missing from prison in October. His whereabouts remain unknown. Ms Ingabire was released in September under the president’s prerogative of mercy, a move that could be interpreted as painting Mr Kagame as the benevolent leader. But the underlying message remains that dissent will not be tolerated. In Thursday’s ruling, the high court judges said the prosecution failed to prove that Ms Rwigara had personally forged supporters’ signatures and ruled that her criticism of the government during press conferences was protected by freedom of speech in both the constitution and international law. They also ruled freedom of speech protected the Whatsapp voice notes Adeline Rwigara privately sent to relatives accusing the state of ruling through fear.
Anglophone separatists insist they are not Cameroonians
nglophone separatists insisted they were not Cameroonians as they appeared in military court today. When asked what their
nationalities, each ten of the defendants answered the same: “I am not a Cameroonian. I am an Ambazonian.” Ambazonia is the name of
the state separatists have been fighting to establish for two years now. Many English speakers accuse the Francophone majority of discrimination.
The 10, including leader Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, are accused of terrorism, secession, civil war and revolution, among other charges. Their court case today was
adjourned because the defence argued that the prosecution were too late to submit a list of witnesses. It will continue on 10 January.
Morocco and the Polisario Front, which fought a war over the region until a 1991 ceasefire, have just taken part in two days of discussions along with Algeria and Mauritania. UN envoy Horst Koehler told
reporters in Geneva that he was “very pleased” to say the parties have agreed to further talks at the beginning of next year. Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita told reporters that there had been “a very good atmosphere” during
the talks. But he added that “it is not enough... A good atmosphere should be translated into a genuine will”. Western Sahara has been the subject of a territorial dispute between Morocco and the Polisario Front since 1975.
In a UN-brokered deal in 1991, a referendum on independence was promised to determine the future of the region but it is yet to take place.
UN envoy hopeful for peaceful solution of W/Sahara conflict
he UN envoy for Western Sahara has said that a peaceful solution to the region’s conflict could be possible, after the parties met for the first talks since 2012, reports AFP news agency.
Patrol set up to find mystery big cat in Benin
patrol has been set up in south-western Benin to track down a mystery animal that has been panicking
residents for the last three weeks. The patrol is made up of foresters, police and hunters. Little is known about the
animal. Witnesses, including a young girl and a midwife, have reported seeing the big cat. It is also not clear where the
animal came from. One suggestion, put forward by Col Leopold Kanhonou, is that it comes from an area of Benin,
called Zou, where people have been known to tame big cats.
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Huawei arrest: China demands release of Meng Wanzhou
hina is demanding the release of telecoms giant Huawei’s chief financial officer, who has been detained in Canada. Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of the company’s founder, could face extradition to the US. She was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December, but the news was not made public at her request. The charges remain unknown but the US has been probing Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran. China says her detention is possibly a rights abuse. Ms Meng has sought a publication ban on the details of the arrest, which has been granted by the courts. Huawei said it was “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms Meng”. Huawei is one of the largest telecommunications equipment and services providers in the world, recently passing Apple to become the second-biggest smartphone maker after Samsung. European shares hit a two-year low and indexes across Asia dropped sharply following the arrest. How has China responded? A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson told reporters: “The detention without giving any reason violates a person’s human rights.” “We have made solemn representations to Canada and the US, demanding that both parties immediately clarify the reasons for the detention, and immediately release the detainee to protect the person’s legal rights.” Beijing has itself frequently been accused by rights groups of rights abuses including unexplained detentions. Meanwhile, Ms Meng’s arrest comes at a sensitive time for US-China relations. The nations are engaged in a trade war that has seen both impose duties of billions of dollars on one another’s goods. But concerns the arrest would impact the 90-day tariff truce negotiated between the two nations at the G20 have not yet materialised. China announced in a regular press briefing on Thursday that it would “immediately” implement the measures agreed. It also coincides with moves to restrict the use of Huawei technology in Western
Meng Wanzhou was detained while transferring between flights in Vancouver countries. The US, Australia and New Zealand have blocked the use of the Chinese firm’s equipment in infrastructure for new faster 5G mobile networks. What has Canada said? Canada’s ministry of justice confirmed the date and place of Ms Meng’s arrest and added: “She is sought for extradition by the United States, and a bail hearing has been set for Friday.” It said it could not say more as Ms Meng had sought a ban on the publication of details and this had been ordered by the courts. A spokesman for the US justice department in the Eastern District of New York - which Huawei said had brought the charges - declined to comment. The gloves are off It is hard to overstate the symbolism and significance of this event. Huawei is the crown jewel of Chinese tech and Ms Meng is effectively its princess. Even though it’s still not clear what the charges against her are, this is not simply a case about the arrest of one woman, or just one company. This arrest could materially damage the relationship between the US and China at possibly one of the most sensitive times between the two countries in their long and
torrid history. The gloves are off. Things have taken a dramatic turn for the worse. What could be behind it? US media have reported that Huawei is under investigation for potential violations of US sanctions against Iran. One report in the New York Times said the US commerce and treasury departments had subpoenaed the firm over suspected violation of sanctions against both Iran and North Korea. US lawmakers have repeatedly accused the company of being a threat to US national security, arguing that its technology could be used for spying by the Chinese government. Reacting to the arrest, US Senator Ben Sasse told Associated Press that China was aggressively engaged in undermining US national security interests, often “using private sector entities”. “Americans are grateful that our Canadian partners have arrested the chief financial officer,” he added. In a statement, Huawei said it had complied with “all applicable laws and regulations where it operates, including applicable export control and sanction laws and regulations of the UN, US and EU.” The arrest is a top trending topic on
Chinese social media, BBC Monitoring says, with many users criticising the US and Canada for what they call “low” and “bullying” tactics. Why is Huawei a concern to the West? Some Western governments fear Beijing will gain access to fifth-generation (5G) mobile and other communications networks through Huawei and expand its spying ability, although the firm insists there is no government control. Security concerns recently led BT to bar Huawei equipment from the heart of the 5G network it is rolling out in the UK. New Zealand has blocked Huawei equipment over national security concerns, after Australia imposed a similar ban on both Huawei and fellow communications firm ZTE. The US has brought a number of legal cases against Chinese technology firms, with accusations such as cyber-security theft and violations of Iran sanctions. Earlier this year, it barred US companies from exporting to ZTE, effectively shutting down the firm. The US later replaced the ban with a fine and governance changes. The US has also restricted US firms from selling parts to Chinese chipmaker Fujian Jinhua. The UK has not blocked firms from using Huawei, although BT, which dominates the UK’s telecoms network, said this week it would not use the Chinese firm’s equipment in its “core” 5G infrastructure. What are the Iran sanctions? Donald Trump last month reinstated all the US sanctions on Iran that had been removed under a 2015 nuclear deal. Mr Trump had been fiercely opposed to the deal, which saw Iran limit its controversial nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief. The re-imposed sanctions hit oil exports, shipping and banks - indeed all core parts of Iran’s economy. Although there are some waivers, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the US will “aggressively” target any firm or organisation “evading our sanctions”. The European Union is standing by the Iran deal and has pledged to protect firms from the impact of US sanctions.
Rescue mission in Japan after two US Marine aircraft collide
big search and rescue operation is continuing in Japan for five missing US Marines after two aircraft with seven crew collided and crashed into the sea. One Marine was rescued and was “in fair condition”, while another one “has been declared deceased”, Marines officials said in a statement. The planes involved were a KC-130 and an F/A-18 based at Iwakuni near Hiroshima, south-western Japan. US media say they crashed during a mid-air refuelling exercise. The Marine Corps has not officially confirmed this, describing the incident as a “mishap”. How is the rescue going? Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya said Japanese aircraft and three vessels were taking part in the rescue operation. The US 7th Fleet is supporting the operation, with navy aircraft being deployed. A Marines statement said: “We are thankful for the Japan Maritime SelfDefence Force’s efforts as they immediately responded in the search and rescue operation.” The Marines Corps tweeted that the incident occurred at about 02:00 local time on Thursday (17:00 GMT Wednesday).
One of the two planes involved in the incident was a KC-130 refuelling tanker (like the one seen in this archive picture) The first Marine was rescued about four hours later, Japanese officials said, while the second was found 10 hours after the collision. They said one of them was from the fighter jet. There were five personnel on the C-130 and two on the F-18. Japan said the search operation would continue overnight, Japan’s NHK World
reports. It quoted the head of Japan’s SelfDefence Forces, Katsutoshi Kawano, as saying that search teams had spotted debris floating in the sea. How did the events unfold? A Facebook posting by the III Marine Expeditionary Force said the incident took place 200 miles (320km) off the coast. The US planes had taken off from
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni and “were conducting regularly scheduled training when the mishap occurred”. The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes in Tokyo says that air-to-air refuelling is a difficult and potentially dangerous flight operation, especially when done at night. He says it is not clear what the weather conditions were like but overnight there was widespread cloud and rain across the Japanese archipelago. The KC-130 is an extended-range tanker version of the C-130 and is used for mid-air refuelling. The McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet is a fighter and attack aircraft and can carry a wide range of missiles and bombs. The US has more than 50,000 troops stationed in Japan, more than 18,000 of them in the US Marine Corps. The US has had problems with reliability of its aircraft in Japan. In November an F/A-18 Hornet crashed into the sea south of Okinawa. The two pilots ejected and were rescued. Last December, part of a US helicopter crashed on to a school in Okinawa, renewing tensions with the local population. Over the past years, a number of accidents and crimes have led to growing local opposition to the US base there. Source: BBC
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Nutritionist reveals mouth-watering festive recipes that are tasty and healthy By Stephanie Mailonline
hristmas food is delicious, but the hearty meals and heavy sauces can also be decidedly difficult for the body to digest. Fortunately a nutritionist has come up with mouth-watering recipes that are full of festive flavours - and are a little easier to stomach. London-based expert Lily Soutter has created starters, mains and desserts that can be enjoyed throughout the Christmas period. Each course targets a different issue that can affect your gut, offering ideas for sensitive stomachs, ‘free-from’ dishes for those with intolerances and lastly ingredients and preparation tips to boost good gut bacteria. The Gifts For Your Gut recipe plan is created in partnership with the charity Bowel and Cancer Research. Scroll down to see the recipes in full... Refreshing melon and king prawn starter Ingredients 1/4 honeydew melon chopped into chunks 1/2 papaya chopped into chunks 1/2 red chilli, finely chopped 1/2 lime, zest and juice 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil /sesame oil 1/2 tbsp. white wine vinegar 1 tbsp. chopped parsley 1 tbsp. chopped mint 1 tbsp. chopped coriander 16 small King prawns (cooked) Salt and pepper To serve To serve you may wish to add more herbs, rocket, lime wedge, and coconut yoghurt (optional). Simply combine all ingredients and serve with rocket. Gut friendly facts This is an easy to digest, low FODMAP starter. FODMAP is an acronym which stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are names for a collection of carbohydrates (sugars) that aren’t fully absorbed in the gut, which may trigger symptoms in those with IBS. Slow cooked turkey, orange and fennel tray bake Fresh twist on a festive favourite: This recipe gives you a new way to enjoy the heavy-hitters
Ingredients 1 small turkey 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 bay leaves 1/2 jar marinated artichokes or Jerusalem artichoke is able to source 2 cloves of garlic 2 large oranges, zest and juice 2 tbsp. fennel seeds 200ml dry white wine Salt and pepper Method 1. Combine all the ingredients, apart from the wine, in a oven bake bag, seal well and leave overnight or for a few hours in the fridge. 2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius; bring the turkey to room temp while the oven heats up. Put the turkey (still in the tied up bag) in an ovenproof tray. 3. Cook for 1 hour at 180 (turn the turkey upside down half way through to coat the topside of the bird in juices). 4. Turn the oven up to 220, remove the turkey from the bag and cook for a further 40 mins on high to crisp up the skin and ensure the bird is cooked through. (Cooking time depends on weight - look at weight for cooking times) 5. Remove turkey from tray and leave to rest under foil for 30 mins. 6. Meanwhile, put the juices in the tray back in the oven to reduce. Taste the sauce for seasoning. Gut facts Many Christmas meals are high in fat, which can be a top trigger for indigestion and heartburn. This dish contains just a small amount of heart healthy olive oil and comes with polyphenols, which may offer benefits to our gut microbiome. Leftover roast veg and hummus mezzo bowl Ingredients Homemade hummus 1 can of chickpeas 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp greek yogurt 1 tbsp nut butter or tahini Zest and juice of one lemon 2 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp chilli flakes (optional) 1 clove of garlic Salt and pepper to taste Carrot salad 1 large carrot grated 1 handful chopped parsley Salt and pepper to taste 1 handful of dried cranberries 2 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp olive oil
Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowel, mashing the potatoes as you mix. Season with salt and pepper until it reaches a consistency where the mixture is beginning to come together
Fresh and healthy: This melon and king prawn starter makes the perfect appetiser for any meal
1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp honey Method Blitz all ingredients in a food processor until smooth - add more yoghurt or olive oil to reach the desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and garnish with chopped herbs and sesame seeds (optional). For the carrots, simply combine all the carrot salad ingredients and mix well. Serve the hummus with leftover vegetables, rye crackers and carrot salad. Alternatively, you can combine the leftover roasted carrots and parsnips in the food processor with the hummus ingredients for a delicious roasted veg hummus. Mouth-watering breakfast: Use your sprouts to create this filling Boxing Day breakfast Ingredients Handful of leftover cooked sprouts, shredded Handful of leftover roast potatoes Fresh green herbs, finely chopped 1 egg, beaten Method 1. Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowel, mashing the potatoes as you mix. Season with salt and pepper until it reaches a consistency where the mixture is beginning to come together. 2. Shape into small burger sized patties and pan fry in a little olive oil until golden on each side. 3. Serve with soft poached eggs and smashed avocado, wilted spinach, feta or chorizo for a delicious brunch or breakfast.
Sweet treat: Poached pear crumble is easy to whip up - and a real crowd pleaser Ingredients 2 conference pears, just ripe 1 tbsp. date syrup/honey or brown sugar 200ml water 50ml seasonal spirit (brandy, rum, damson vodka etc.) 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tbsp. coconut oil 1 tbsp. honey/date syrup etc. 1 tbsp. ground almonds 1 tbsp. ground flax/linseed 1 tbsp. chia seeds 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. ground ginger Pinch of salt 2-4 tbsp. coconut yoghurt 1/2 tsp. vanilla paste (with seeds) Method Crumble 1. Peel the pears and cut in half. 2. Heat a small frying pan, add water, sugar, spice and spirit with the pears 3. Cook until the liquid has reduced and the pears are softening slightly Crumble topping 1. Melt the oil; sweetener and spices then combine with the remaining ingredients. 2. Toast the mixture on medium heat in a non-stick frying pan for 5-10 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool until crisp. Yoghurt 1. Combine, taste, adding more orange/vanilla if wanted. Optional: add honey or sugar.
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President Buhari’s major principles on climate change By Garba Shehu
his year’s annual conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is currently taking place in Katowice, Poland. It opened on December 2nd and will run until the 14th. There are about 22,000 delegates from 200 countries at the conference, including President Muhammadu Buhari who joined other world leaders for the high-level meeting on December 2 and 3. As an aside, the choice of Katowice by the Polish hosts of the conference is a deliberate one, aimed at bringing home the lessons of the devastation caused by climate to the global environment. Katowice is the coal mining and steel making stronghold of the country. Coal powers 80 per cent of Poland’s electricity, on account of which Katowice is the 36th of Europe’s 50 most polluted cities. Smog, manifesting air pollution can get so bad that it would sometimes be difficult to breathe. It’s perhaps on account to avoid the air that many delegations chose to stay in Kraków, a distance of 80.4 km (some one hour-drive) from Katowice, for their residency while attending the conference. Beyond this, there is everything positive to say about infrastructure in both cities, much of it put in place during the communist era, attesting to claims that in some ways, communism did work for the people. Tagged “COP24” in UN parlance, this meeting had the objective of drawing up final rules and guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. When it is agreed to, it will enable the Agreement to be put into practice all around the world. The Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015. The global action plan set out in Paris is to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C above preindustrial levels, and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C. The agreement came into effect on 4th November 2016, and has since been signed by nearly 200 counties including Nigeria. Signatories also include the United States, Australia and Argentina, three countries that are now reversing their acceptance of the terms of the agreement. In the specific case of Donald Trump’s America, he doesn’t even believe that global warming has a connection with carbon emissions, a sin visited on the world by rich, industrial nations led by America. This year’s climate conference came at a time of growing concern about the deteriorating global climate situation. It has been determined that in carbon dioxide levels, the year 2017 was the highest they have been in 3-5 million years. According to the National Agency for Space Administration, NASA, 2017 was the second-hottest year globally since 1880; the Arctic was warming twice as fast as anywhere else on earth in 2017 and sea levels are rising at the fastest recorded rate in 2,000 years. As enunciated by President Buhari in his speech at Katowice, the consequences of this are seen in the rising global temperatures, erratic rainfall, sand storms, desertification, floods, cold waves, low agricultural yields and drying up of water bodies. “It is no surprise that the effects are felt more on the vulnerable communities that lack the capacity and technology to properly address such challenges,” he said. In that speech, President Buhari made it clear that we in Africa contributed little, if any to the climate change menace but were suffering its consequences.
Buhari at UN Summit in Poland He graphically cited the case of the Lake Chad, down from 25,000 square kilometres to 2,500 sq. km, ten per cent only of its established size and with that, jeopardizing the livelihoods of 40 million inhabitants of the basin found in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The consequences of these on the ecosystems are extreme poverty, the displacement of people, and support for banditry and terrorism. In calling for international support to recharge Lake Chad with waters from the Congo Basin in Central Africa, President Buhari made clear that Nigeria remains committed to saving the Lake from possible extinction. In search for solutions, he revealed that an International Conference held earlier in February this year in Abuja has helped in creating additional awareness globally on the serious environmental and security challenges facing the Lake Chad region. Furthermore, he said, “A consensus was reached at the said Conference to the effect that an inter basin water transfer from the Congo Basin remains the most sustainable option available to resuscitate and safeguard this precious water body that was once the 6th largest fresh water Lake in the world.” The President also did his duty of projecting Nigeria as a responsible nationstate, playing by international rules, taking upon herself the ambitious “Nationally Determined Contributions” targeted to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions up to 20 per cent by 2030 and, given international support, by 45 per cent in 20 years. It is clear that the Nigerian leader has cast himself in the role of an activist and global environmental champion to the admiration of many including Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General. His support for the Paris Agreement is unmistakable, partly on account of his view of it as a vehicle for the remission of past ills visited on the environment that led to the consequences of climate change imposed on Nigeria and other African countries. He sees the risks to our farmers who are involved in frequent deadly attacks against each other with herders; he is concerned about rising oceans that threaten our communities along the thousands of kilometres of coastline; he knows first-hand, the damage from the desert encroachment, forcing millions of our citizens into climate migration. His determination to make a difference is driven by a strong sense of mission, to do something about the dangers now or confront
a bigger calamity in the years to come. He has an interesting narrative from the Magazine, National Geographic he read about 40 years back, in which a report was made of a research by a UK scholar around 1925 warning as at that time that Lake Chad needed an infusion of waters from the Congo Basin or else it would dry up. Because nothing was done to forestall this, Lake Chad is today 10 per cent of its original size and, receding even more. For him, therefore, the adoption “of a strong Paris work programme, with clear provisions on all key issues including transparency, finance, mitigation and adaptation,” is a key priority as it is for the European Union and other countries. When it comes to the assumption of responsibility for the work that needs to be done and who pays for it, President Buhari as do many other activist-leaders, hold the view that since the developed countries have been the major polluters over the years, and they are not in any way denying that, they should assume a greater role in fighting global warming. One of these ways includes the Green Climate Fund established by the Paris Agreement into which they would make an annual payment of USD 100 billion to help lift up the less developed countries suffering the consequences of climate change. President Buhari said African countries must draw from this fund for the restoration efforts to make the needed impact. For us in Nigeria however, the President made it clear that we are not resting on our oars, waiting for manna to fall from heaven, but rather promoting technologies and practices such as sustainable land management, climate resilient agriculture, water efficiency and clean energy. “We have also developed insurance-based initiatives to deal with losses and damage, as well as adaptation to internally acceptable practices,” he told the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice. Some of the specifics in this regard include: the determined efforts to end gas flaring in the Niger Delta, ahead of the stated schedule; provision of solar power up to 13,000 megawatts; efficient energy through mass transit and reduction of cars and the improvement of the electricity grid system. The President also mentioned the successful take-off in the Nigerian Stock Exchange of the green climate bonds to help us fund renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions. The Nigerian Government, President Buhari also announced, has specifically
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developed Sectoral Implementation Plans (SIPs) in five priority sectors namely: Oil and Gas; Agriculture and Land Use; Transport; Industry; Energy and Power. These steps as choreographed by President Buhari, had the effect of presenting Nigeria as a nation acting responsibly within the global community. If every country would do their part in a responsible way as we are doing, the world would have been saved, in 2017 alone, of disasters triggered by weather and climaterelated hazards to the cost of US$320 billion. The UN says these economic losses will increase and will have a bigger impact on the lives and livelihoods of the poorest and most vulnerable, and that by the year 2030, climate impacts could push an additional 100 million people into poverty. The statistics also show that by 2050, as many as 143 million people could become climate migrants in just three regions (SubSaharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America), with individuals, families and even whole communities forced to seek more viable and less vulnerable places to live. Beyond his very engaging participation in the conference, the President used his presence in Poland to advance the country’s international relations by holding separate bilateral meetings with the President and Prime Minister of Poland, both of whom talked about their investment plans for Nigeria; the President of Austria who expressed a strong support for the recharging of Lake Chad; the Prime Minister of the Netherlands with whom the Nigerian leader discussed matters of investment, the reform of our livestock and farm agriculture; and the President of Switzerland whose country had done so much, and is expected to do more in helping us to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and other hostages seized by Boko Haram. As he did in every country he visited, President Buhari met the Nigerian community who asked so many questions including the one on his alleged cloning, a question he considered laughable and dismissed as incredible. When, at the end of the interaction they asked him, “What do you want us as Nigerian citizens to do for you?” The President answered to a thunderous ovation: “Vote for me!” In a mark of international statesmanship, President Buhari ended his engagements in Poland with a visit to Auschwitz, described as the largest concentration camp established by the Nazi regime in pursuit of the “Final Solution.” One million, three hundred thousand (1.3m) people, 90 per cent of them Jews were exterminated mostly in gas chambers by the Nazi occupiers during World War II. His visit has been marked as a gesture to the global and domestic audiences. In solemnity, President Buhari entered some of the detention camps, the execution wall and walked through the remaining gas chamber still standing in the camps. He laid a wreath in honour of the dead and signed the condolence register in which he wrote, quoting Shakespeare that the “evil that men do lives after them...” Auschwitz-Birkenau had a sobering effect on President Buhari as well as members of his delegation that included the Governors of Enugu, Kogi and Niger States The visit showed the essential Buhari to the world: Kind, gracious and considerate, a leader who at every given opportunity pledges commitment to complete freedom of faith, but one who ironically, is questioned in his motives by people he dismissed as “illiterates and ignorant.” Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity
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First Class Neighbourhood Society
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : (1)Amb Dr Bond Henry O Nnamani. (2)Chigozie Osigwe. (3)Calistus kenechukwu Obunadike. (4)Christian Sunday Nnaji. (5)Kenneth O Okonkwo. THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO Protect the interest of it’s members.
THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1. BRINGING TOGETHER OCEANIA YOUTHS, LEADERS AND CHANGEMAKERS IN THE SPIRIT OF ONENESS, PEACE, LOVE AND HARMONY TO TACKLE ISSUES AFFECTING THE ENERAL OCEANIA YOUTHS. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
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SIR EPHRAIM OFFIAH FOUNDATION
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : (1) SIR EPHRAIM OFFIAH . (2)LADY CHARITY OFFIAH. (3) MR EPHRAIM OFFIAH (JUNIOR ) (4)REV. FR. SAMPSON ETIM. (5)REV. SISTER BENEDETTE OFFIAH. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO ASSIST IN THE CARE, EDUCATION , VOCATIONAL TRAINING, AND EMPOWERMENT OF WIDOWS , WIDOWERS , ORPHANS AND THE underprivileged WITH A VIEW TO REDUCING SUFFERING, ILLITERACY AND POVERTY. 2.TO ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF BASIC FACILITIES , SUCH AS WATER ,ELECTRICITY AND ROADS TO POOR AND RURAL COMMUNITIES.
MIND MATTERS AID FOUNDATION
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. SALVADOR MORENIKE MUTIAT (CHAIRMAN) 2. UKO INE VICTOR DABERECHUKWU K. (SECRETARY) 3. OLADIPO OLUWATOYOSI SUWAIBAH 4. ALADE OLUFUNKE THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.IMPROVING THE WELLBEING OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS.
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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
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PUBLIC NOTICE NAVY ESTATE PROPERTY OWNERS AND RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
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IBUJAHD TIWA EMPOWERMENT & DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1 OLALEYE OLAYEMI RUTH 2. OLALEYE LYDIA TITILOLA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To render welfare services to deserving citizens in the areas of education, health and charity. 2. To assist the less privilege to acquire skills that enable them to earn a reasonable living and fulfil their destinies. 3. To promote social development for the youth, needy and orphans in the society. 4. To empower the youths and the less privilege to make a positive change in the society. 5. To educate, support and empower children, adults and families especially those with special educational needs in achieving responsible and independent life towards self-discovery and awareness for better society. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : BARR IGWE UGOCHUKWU O.
ASSOCIATION OF MUSLIM WOMEN IN DA’AWA BWARI
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1 H R H. MUSA AWWAL IJAKORO -CHAIRMAN 2 ABDULLAHI MARYAM HUSSAINI 3 YAKUBU AMINA BELLO 4 HAJIYA LAMI ABBA 5 SERIKI SAFURAT OZIOHU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO ENHANCE THE LIFE OF WIDOW’S IN NEED SO AS TO BE INDEPENDENT. 2.To spread the Deen. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Mr. Solomon Olaribigbe Sofoluwe 2. Mr. Jimmy Johnson 3. Professor Warisu Oyesina Alli 4. AVM (Rtd.) Dickson Shadrach Dillimono 5. Alhaji Jimoh Zubairu Ohize 6. Mrs. Lami Atare Buba MFR
7. Umar Ibraheem Abdullahi 8. Major. Gen. (Rtd.) Mike A Nasamu 9. AVM (Rtd) Gabriel Babatunde Odesola 10. Rear. Adm. (Rtd.) Garuba Amodu 11. Rear Adm. (Rtd.) Itunu Hotonu
THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To facilitate orderliness and communal living in the Estate 2. To promote the welfare, peace, unity, equality, justice, harmony and progress of the residents. 3. To encourage, help and create conducive living environment for the residents. 4. To put in place all types of security system necessary and affordable for the security and safety of the Estate and the residents. 5. To care for and maintain the cleanliness and habitable environment of the Estate. 6. To be responsible for the general management of the Estate and residents. 7. To liaise with PHD or any other appropriate government authority or parastatal for the provision and maintenance of infrastructure and other facilities in the Estate. 8. To be responsible for the general administration and management of the Estate and residents. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY - 08023172550
DELUXE RESIDENCES FOUNDATION
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. ODEMAYOWA EMMANUEL TUNDE (Chairman) 2, OWOEYE ADEBANJO (Secretary) 3. SHERIFF ABUBAKAR AGBOOLA 4. EKWEM EKA PAT-DARLENS 5. ODEMAYOWA ABIODUN ATOLADE THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.ADVOCACY IN HEALTH AND EDUCATION FOR THE NIGERIAN CHILD AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE NIGERIAN YOUTH. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY.
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Shagari Fatima Abdulrahman 2. Ibrahim Muhammad Mansur 3. Shagari Abdullahi Abdulrahman 4. Ahmad Abdur Rahman 5. Shagari Sa’id Abdurrahman
6. Ibrahim Umar Alhaji 7. Buba Lami Tare 8. Kabir Junaid 9. Shagari Muhammad Tahir Abdulrahman
THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To promote and advocate the principle that health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. 2. To promote and advocate the principle that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition. 3. To promote the notion that the health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent upon the fullest co-operation of individuals and States, and to advocate that the Government has a responsibility for the health of our people which can be fulfilled only by the provision of adequate health and social measures. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY (08023172550)
SPECIAL AID FOR BRIGHT FUTURE INITIATIVE
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Dr Mohammed Abdullahi Nasidi 2. Fauzia Ahmed Mohamed 3. Alh Shehu Liman Jega 4. Emeka Richie ugochukwu 5. Barr Ahmad Muhammad Bappah THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To train youths on vocational skills 2. To enlighten youths on self reliance. 3. To provide a platform where youths can interact with one another for positive development. 4. To unite the vulnerable youths in d society. 5. To partner with government and any relevant organisation in carrying out the said object. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY
CLASSIFIED PRINCE ANTHONY I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS ANTHONY MARSHAL NWANKPA. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS PRINCE ANTHONY MARSHAL. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE. ONWUDEGU I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS ALIU CLEMENTINA OMESI. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS ONWUDEGU CLEMENTINA ALIU. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE. MUHAMMAD I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS MUHAMMAD GANI ABDULLAHI. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS MUHAMMAD GANI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE. PUBLIC NOTICE
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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Usman Ali Busuguma (chairman) 2. Jibrin Umar Bolori (Secretary) 3. Rukayya Mohammed 4. Ibrahim Abdulsalam 5. Jibrin Alhassan 6. Umar Lawanti 7. Hadiza Bukar 8. Ali Mustapha 9. Maina Aliyu THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To promote the peace, progress and prosperity of Bolori community of Borno State. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.
OYINYENKEPEREMO I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS Oyinyenkeperemo Alice Godspower. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS OYINYENKEPEREMO ALICE ADAMA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
loss of documents THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL Offer/ Conveyance of Approval (Right of Occupancy Certificate) belonging to Adent Pharmaceutical & Medical Ltd. In respect of Plot 356 within Cadastral A00, Central Area, Abuja. File No MFCT/LA/Misc. 17087. ALL EFFORT MADE TO TRACE THE SAID DOCUMENT HAVE PROVED ABORTIVE. IF FOUND PLEASE, KINDLY RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION.ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
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SIGNED : By company secretary.
This is to inform the general public of the LOSS OF Original offer of statutory right of occupancy in respect of plot No. 1875 in cadastral zone F01 Kubwa Abuja. Mr Muhammed Baba reported that the document got missing on 4/01/2018 while on transit between Lagos state and Area 11 Garki Abuja and all effort made to trace the said document proved abortive. Please if found return to the nearest police station. Authorities concerned and the general public should take note.
LOST OF ALLOCATION PAPER (R OF O) 1 PAYMENT RECEIPT OF C OF O
This is to inform the general public and FCDA/ AGIS of a property right of occupancy dated 15/12/06, with file No KW (plot 1039) in the name of JOSHUA JIMMY OLAYEMI with address at No7 Olunoyi Crescent, GRA okene, kogi State, has been declared missing. The plot measuring about 693.46sgm situated at cadastral Zone F02 of bwari FCT, Abuje All efforts to trace the document proved abortive, if found please contact the nearest police station
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Athletes battle for glory at NSF in Abuja
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Athletes at National Sports Festival, Abuja 2018 By Albert Akota
he National Stadium in Abuja yesterday commenced sporting activities for the 19th edition of the multi-sports events. Originally meant to be biennial multisports events to foster unity and help unearth new talents, the glory of the National Sports Festival (NSF) has been fading and virtually knocked to comatose since the last edition was held in Lagos six years ago. It took the doggedness of the Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, to get the NSF back to life; but how much of a success this will be cannot be said for now. While one would expect that Abuja 2018 will showcase new talents for the country, the build-up to the games across the different states leaves much to be desired. From Ekiti, Kwara to Ogun and even to oil-rich Bayelsa State, it has been a story of one form of neglect by the athletes; thus giving rise to fears that the 2018 NSF may not throw up the excitement that is usually
associated with the country’s local ‘Olympic Games’. Regardless of the fears and pessimism in some quarters, Mr Dalung and Mohammed Bello, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, have both expressed readiness to host a befitting festival The sports minister told journalists at a press parley in Abuja that significant progress has been made considering the time the federal government decided to take up the organization of the sports fiesta. Speaking on progress made, the minister said, “We have produced medals for the games; produced doping control information and education materials for athletes, coaches, technical and accompanying officials; distributed the festival general rules and regulations to all stakeholders,” he said. Mr Dalung added that athletes’ welfare will be a thing of priority before, during and after the games. He said medical equipment were already in place for the sports festival. Organisers say the sports festival will
host 8,861 delegates which comprises of 7227 athletes, 710 coaches, 322 other team officials, 602 state delegates. Ebonyi State will, however, be missing in the action as they failed to participate during the delegation registration Meeting (DMR). Few hours before the opening ceremony yesterday 15 states are already on the ground with the duo of Lagos and Delta state sending the largest number of athletes. Kweku Tandoh, chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission reiterated that Team Lagos is in the FCT to give their very best and represent the state proudly. “We will be showcasing our ‘Made In Lagos’ talents in Abuja and by God’s grace, we are confident that we will do well,” the Lagos sports boss stated. As hosts of the 2012 edition of the NSF, tagged Eko 2012, Lagos State finished in the third position behind Delta State and Rivers State. Indeed the festival is an important
feature on the country’s sporting calendar going by the long list of champions it has nurtured. Some of the athletes that came through the Sports Festival in athletics include Henry Amike, Yusufu Ali, Ezinwa brothers, Innocent Egbunike, Chidi Imoh, Mary Onyali, Falilat Ogunkoya, Faith Idehen, Beatrice Utondu and Patience Itanyi, among others. With over 27 events expected to be competed for in the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival tagged “ABUJA 2018, the country awaits to see the budding stars that would rule the world from Abuja The 2018 festival will run from December 6-16 at the Abuja National Stadium. Number of Athletes per state, athletes, Yobe 167, Plateau, 234, Ogun, 294, Delta, 545, Akwa Ibom. 416, Lagos, 548, Anambra. 211, Borno. 60, Kano, 210, Jigawa, 53, Oyo, 199, Bauchi. 127, Rivers, 362, Kogi, 79, Cross River, 60
NSCDC, VIO deploy over 500 personnel to NSF in Abuja
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Murray to use protected ranking NSCDC, VIO deploy over 500 personnel at Australian Open
ndy Murray’s last competitive appearance came at September’s Shenzhen Open Andy Murray will use his protected ranking of world number two to gain entry to
January’s Australian Open. The Briton, 31, ended his season early to focus on making “big improvements”, having played in six events since returning from hip surgery in June.
He will join last year’s semifinalist Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie in the field for the men’s singles. Serena Williams will return to Melbourne for the first time since winning while pregnant in 2017. The American reached the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 and will attempt to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles victories. Katie Boulter will make her debut in the main draw of the women’s singles, with Johanna Konta and Heather Watson the other British players to make the cut. Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, now ranked 259th in the world, has not played since losing to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in the Shenzhen Open in September.
Ighalo sets for £20m January transfer
Odion Jude Ighalo
hangchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has received a January transfer quotation of £20m, which any club eager to sign him will have to pay his current club.
In spite of recent reports indicating that Ighalo has opted to stay put at Yatai, despite their relegation to the lower division in China, transfer interests keep swirling round him and his present
employers want a huge payday should he decide to leave. The former Prime FC of Oshogbo, Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Lyn Oslo of Norway, Udinese of Italy, Granada of Spain and Watford of England striker has delivered in his two seasons in China. After firing 15 goals in his debut season and 21 goals this year, interest in his signature refuses to fade away, such that he could still be courted when the Chinese Super League transfer window opens on January 4. In the past season, Ighalo, despite being riddle by injuries, was six goals behind the league’s top scorer, Wu Lei of champions Shanghai SIPG, and Yatai hope to recoup the money they splashed on Ighalo two years ago. A source close to the Super Eagles attacker affirmed: “Odion won’t go on a cheap. His club will want to recoup what they spent on him.”
to NSF in Abuja By Albert Akota
he Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the FCT Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) say 540 personnel have been deployed to provide security at the National Stadium and all sports venues in the territory. This is in preparation for the 19th National Sports Festival scheduled to hold between Dec. 6 and Dec. 16, at the National Stadium in Abuja. The NSCDC Public Relations Officer (PRO), Emmanuel Okeh yesterday in Abuja said that the corps deployed the 500 personnel to ensure the stadium and other sports centres were properly secured during the sports festival. Okeh said the personnel were from different state commands because the festival was a national competition. “We have deployed our men alongside other security personnel to provide appropriate security measures in ensuring a peaceful environment. “Undercover surveillance officers, that are not part of the 500, have also been deployed,’’ he said. Similarly, the PRO, FCT VIO, Mr Kalu Emetu, said that the agency had deployed 40 of its personnel to provide security during the event. “Our men alongside other security agencies will be on ground to ensure the entry and exit of the stadium is traffic-free and safe for FCT residents and visitors who will be travelling long distance for this event,” Emetu said.
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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.SNR PASTOR OMOADE ELIJAH TAIYE - PRESIDENT, 2. IGBO NGOZI IFEOMA- SECRETARY, 3.MOMOH KASHETU THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To preach the gospel of our lord Jesus christ. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : By CHIDINMA OSAROBO- 08082368899.
NAMES OF DECEASED PERSONS S/N MAIMUNA GARBA OF HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT BOARD. WHO DIED 1. ON 27TH NOVEMBER 2012, AT GENERAL HOSPITAL TORO. IBRAHIM GARBA OF FEDERAL LOW COST BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 2. 20TH AUGUST 2018, AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. YAKUBU DADMI OF YELWAN TUDU, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO 3. DIED ON 14TH NOV. 2018, AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. ARE OLUMIDE ADEDEJI OF BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 4. 21ST APRIL 2018, AT REEMEE MEDICAL CLINIC BAUCHI. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
MOTIVATING FOR ACTION INITIATIVE
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : (1) CHRIS OKOYE-CHAIRMAN (2) BERNERD IFEANYI CHUKWU UZOETO (3) UKWUAGU ROSELINE AFOMA-SECRETARY AIMS/OBJectives:(1) CREATING AWARENES FOR ORDINARY POEPLE IN ALL SPHERES OF LIFE (2) HELPING ORDINARY PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNANCE. (3) PROTECTING ORDINARY PEOPLE’S (4) ENSURING THAT ORDINARY PEOPLE’S VOICE IS HEARD AT ALL FORUM (5) EMANCIPATING ORDINARY PEOPLE FROM IGNORANCE, POVERTY AND DISEASE. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary
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seasons in China. After firing 15 goals in his debut season and 21 goals this year, interest in his signature refuses to fade away, such that he could still be courted when the Chinese Super League transfer window opens on January 4. In the past season, Ighalo, despite being riddle by injuries, was six goals behind the league’s top scorer, Wu Lei of champions Shanghai SIPG, and Yatai hope to recoup the money they splashed on Ighalo two years ago. A source close to the Super Eagles attacker affirmed: “Odion won’t go on a cheap. His club will want to recoup what they spent on him.”
GOD’S ANOINTED BELIEVERS RESTORATION MINISTRY THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : (1.) Osaghae meekness imwenoghomwen(president) (2.) Osaghae Joseph Alfred. AIM/OBJective:(1) To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary
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AIR VICE MARSHAL FELIX ATERU StREET, NEIGHBOURHOOD ASSOCIATION
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : (1.) AVM Felix Ateru Emumwen (2.) Akporido Peter Odigie. (3.) Efosa omoregbee . (4.) Napoleon iheme (5.) Odaro Osakpawan. (6.) Idonije mojisola dupe. AIMS/OBJectives:(1) To unite and foster peace among 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary
WHEREAS the person/persons whose name is set out in the First Column hereunder died intestate on the date and at the place stated in the column and whereas the person/persons whose address and claimed relationship to the deceased person/persons is set out in the Second Column hereunder has Applied to “High Court of Justice, Bauchi for grant” LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION” of the property/ies of the said deceased NOTICE is hereby given that “LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION” will be granted to such person/persons unless NOTICE TO PROHIBIT the grant thereof is file in the probate registry High Court of Justice, Bauchi within twenty one (21) days from the date of publication of the notice.
We are ready to silence Gor Mahia in Kenya -Kwambe believes hangchun Yatai of China striker, Odion Jude Ighalo has received a January transfer quotation of £20m, which any club eager to sign him will have to pay his current club. In spite of recent reports indicating that Ighalo has opted to stay put at Yatai, despite their relegation to the lower division in China, transfer interests keep swirling round him and his present employers want a huge payday should he decide to leave. The former Prime FC of Oshogbo, Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Lyn Oslo of Norway, Udinese of Italy, Granada of Spain and Watford of England striker has delivered in his two
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MOHAMMED HAMISU OF GWALLAMEJI, ALONG DASS ROAD BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 20TH MAY 2018, AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. MUSA AUDU OF BAYAN BANKI, ALKALERI L.G.A, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 11TH SEPTEMBER 2018, AT SPECIALIST HOSPITAL BAUCHI. MAHE SHEKARAU OMAR OF NO.7 SIR KASHIM IBRAHIM, G.R.A BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 2ND JANUARY 2018 AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. LYDIA YUNUSA OF NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE, DASS, BAUCHI COMMAND. WHO DIED ON 24TH AUGUST 2018, AT SPECIALIST HOSPITAL GOMBE ENG. DAUDA KURE KITIR OF NTA JOS. WHO DIED ON 28TH OCT. 2018, AT HOME. CHADI MOHAMMED OF JAMA’ARE BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 13TH NOVEMBER 2018, AT RASHEED SHEKONI SPECIALIST HOSPITAL DUTSE. ELIZABETH ABOSEDE SHOYIGA OF 3 T.K POPOOLA STREET ELEGA COMPOUND ERIN ILE KWARA STATE. WHO DIED ON 25TH MARCH 2018, AT 37 KNOLLMEAD SURBITON KINGSTON UPON THAMES UNITED KINGDOM. MARTHA SAMUEL OF ATBUTH BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 22ND MARCH 2017, AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. ABDUL KADIR HADI YARO OF ATBUTH BAUCHI, WHO DIED ON 2ND JANUARY 2018. AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. YUSUF JIBO WAHU OF NASARAWA JAHUN, BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 24TH AUGUST 2018, AT HOME ALHAJI SANI DALHATU OF LUSHI, YELWA, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 9TH SEPTEMBER 2018, AT ATBUTH. SUNDAY ADE OF MISAU LGA, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 30TH AUGUST 2018, AT HOME. HASSAN UMAR MAIDABINO OF BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 28TH JANUARY 2017, AT HOME. MOHAMMED BALA OF MAGAMA GUMAU TORO L.G.A BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 5TH SEPTEMBER 2013, AT BAUCHI. DAVID KATUNG OF NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE, WHO DIED ON 5TH DECEMBER 2017 AT HOME. GARBA MADAKI OF BAUCHI STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY. WHO DIED ON 2OTH JULY 2018, AT HOME. SHEHU LADAN OF MALAM GOJE STREET BAUCHI, WHO DIED ON 7TH SEPTEMBER 2018, AT SPECIALIST HOSPITAL BAUCHI LAWAL IBRAHIM OF YALWAN TUDU BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 03 MARCH 2018 AT HOME. ADAMU IDRIS OF BAKARO BAYAN MATERNITY, BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 12TH FEBRUARY 2018, AT BAUCHI. ADAMU TUKUR MOHAMMED OF 15, OJAGBORO ILLORIN, KWARA STATE. WHO DIED ON 17TH SEPTEMBER 2017 AT HOME. IDRIS SUKOLA OF NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE, BURRA TOWN, BAUCHI, WHO DIED ON 9TH JUNE 2018, AT GENERAL HOSPITAL DASS. TSALHA ABDU ZAILANI OF MINISTRY OF AGRIC BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 9TH DECEMBER 2017, AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. MOHAMMAD LAWAL OF ABUJAN KWATA BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 29TH MARCH 2017. AT SPECIALIST HOSPITAL, BAUCHI. FARIDA MUHAMMAD OF YELWA TUDU BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 5TH JUNE 2018, AT BAUCHI. TANKO ADAMU MOHAMMED OF NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE, WHO DIED ON 20TH JUNE 2018, AT HOME. YUNUSA G. ABBAS OF DASS LGA DASS LGA. WHO DIED ON 26TH SEPTEMBER 2014, AT HOME KABIRU SULEIMAN OF SPECIALIST HOSPITAL BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 26TH OCT. 2018 AT SPECIALIST HOSPITAL BAUCHI. YAKUBU AUDU JAHUN OF INKIL, GOMBE ROAD, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 18TH FEBRUARY 2012 AT BAUCHI. ILIYA ADAMU OF NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE DASS, DIVISION, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 22ND SEPTEMBER 2005, AT GENERAL HOSPITAL DASS LGA, BAUCHI STATE ISAH ABDU OF NEAR GWALLAGA JUMA’AT MOSQUE, BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 25TH APRIL 2017, AT SPECIALIST HOSPITAL BAUCHI. SANI TAHIR OF ABUJA DIGEST PUBLISHING COMPANY LTD. WHO DIED ON 23RD OCTOBER 2018, AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. ALHAJI ABDUHAMID SA’IDU OF TILDE TORO LGA, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 10TH NOVEMBER 2018, AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. FRANK ALI MBISHIDA OF KANO. KANO STATE. WHO DIED ON 6TH AUGUST 2017, AT ATBUTH BAUCHI. ADAMU MUHAMMED GEMU OF GIADE LGA, BAUCHI STATE. WHO DIED ON 23RD AUGUST 2018, AT HOME. FATIMA INUWA OF NASARAWA JAHUN BAUCHI. WHO DIED ON 30TH JUNE 2012, AT SPECIALIST HOSPITAL BAUCHI. EZEKIEL DANAZUMI OF NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE GOMBE STATE COMMAND DECEASED. WHO DIED ON 29TH JUNE, 2004 AT GENERAL HOSPITAL BAYARA. AHMED IBRAHIM NUHU OF SHALL TAFAWA BALEWA LGA BAUCI STATE DECEASED. WHO DIED ON 8TH AUGUST, 2018 AT HOME. GARBA MOHAMMED SD OF NO48 IBRAHIM BAKO HOUSING ESTATE BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. DECEASED WHO DIED ON 9TH AUGUST, 2018 AT ALFURQAN CLINIC BAUCHI. KAMALU MUHAMMED OF MOPOL 5 SQUADRON BENIN CITY EDO STATE. DECEASED WHO DIED ON 25TH NOVEMBER, 2018 AT MOUNT GILEAD HOSPITAL BENIN CITY EDO. YAKUBU ABUBAKAR ABARSHI OF JAHUN MAKAMA MAIKAFI CRESENT BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. DECEASED WHO DIED ON 21ST NOVEMBER, 2018 AT ATBUTH BAUCHI.
Probate Registrar High Court of Justice, Bauchi Bauchi State
NAMES OF APPLICANTS SUNDAY S. GARBA OF MIYA BARKATS, TORO LGA, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON ABUBAKAR IBRAHIM OF FEDERAL LOW COST BAUCHI. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. MIDAH YAKUBU OF YELWAN TUDU BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. ARE ADENIKE OLUWATOYIN AND ARE ADEOLA MARY OF NO.26 FORSTER STREET, DIKWOYI PHASE 1 EXTENSION ABUJA. THE SISTER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. RUQAIYAT MUHAMMED OF GWALLAMEJI, ALONG DASS ROAD, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE DAUGHTER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. KABIRU MUSA OF UNGUWAR BAYAN BANKI, ALKALERI L.G.A BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. MAHE AMINU SHAKARAU OF NO.7 SIR KASHIM IBRAHIM, G.R.A BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. RAHAB YUSUF OF BILLIRI L.G.A, GOMBE STATE. THE DAUGHTER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. SALINA DAUDA KURE OF YALWAN TSAKANI, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE WIDOW OF THE DECEASED PERSON. MUHAMMAD ABUBAKAR OF NEPA QUARTERS, JAMA’ARE, BAUHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. TUNDE MICHAEL SHOYIGA OF STABIC IBTC BANK, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. MBAMI SAMUEL BATURE OF COCIN CHURCH RAFIN GIMBA TAFAWA BALEWA BAUCHI. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. USMAN MUHAMMAD HADI OF NASSARAWA STREET, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE BROTHER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. MOHAMMED YUSUF OF NASARAWA JAHUN, BAUCHI. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. YUNUSA A. SANI OF LUSHI YELWA BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. ADETUNJI ISREAL ADE OF MOTOR PARK MISAU LGA, BAUCHI STATE. THE BROTHER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. SHEHU MAJIDADI OF SSG OFFICE BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE FATHER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. MIKAILU USMAN JAMO OF TORO LGA BAUCI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. PRAISE KATUNG AND SAVIOUR KATUNG OF BLOCK 3, FLAT 12, MOPOL 20 BARRACK IKEJA, LAGOS. THE SON AND DAUGHTER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. BELLO GARBA OF DESINA TOWN SHIRA LGA, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. DANLADI LADAN OF MALAM GOJE STREET, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. IBRAHIM MOHAMMED LAWAL OF FEDERAL LOW COST NEW EXTENSION, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. KABIRU IDRIS OF BAKARO BAYAN MATERNITY, BAUCHI. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. HASSAN ADAM OF 15 OJAGBORO ILLORIN, KWARA STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. HUSSAINI IDRIS AND RUKAYYA IDRIS OF BAYAN FADA BUNDOT, DASS LGA, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON AND DAUHTER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. ZAINAB TSALHA ZAILANI OF NASSAWA STREET OPP. OLD POLY CHEMIST BAUCHI. THE DAUGHTER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. ABUBAKAR MOHAMMAD LAWAL OF ABUJAN KWATA BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. NASIRU SAIDU (NAIBIN LIMAN) OF GITAL TOWN VIA TAFAWA BALEWA LGA BAUCHI STATE. THE BROTHER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. ABDULJABAR TANKO MOHAMMED OF UNGUWAR KUR RAILWAY ROAD BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. KASIMU HASSAN OF DASS LGA DASS LGA, BAUCHI STATE. THE BROTHER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. UBAIDULLAH KABIRU SULEIMAN (MINOR) AND SIRAJO SULEIMAN OF OPP. SHUKURA COMPREHENSIVE, NASARAWA STREET, BAUCHI, THE SON AND BROTHER OF THE DECEASED PERSON. NASIRU ABDULLAHI OF ANGUWAR IYYA, INKIL GOMBE ROAD, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. UMAR ILIYA OF NASARU NINGI LGA, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. ABDULLAHI ISA OF NEAR GWALLAGA, JUMA’AT MOSQUE, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. AMINU TAHIR GOGGO, TAHIR IBRAHIM AND BABANGIDA MINU OF NO. A204, GIDAN ALKALI AMINU, WAMBAI ROAD, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE BROTHERS OF THE DECEASED PERSON. SALEH ABDULHAMID TILDEN FULANI OF TILDE TORO LGA BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. MORUMDA ALI MBISHIDA OF BABAN TANKO YALWAN TUDU, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE BROTHERS OF THE DECEASED PERSON. ABUBAKAR MUHAMMAD OF JARMAWO, GIADE LGA, BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. DANLAMI GARBA BARAU OF WARJI ROAD, NING LGA, BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE. THE HUSBAND OF THE DECEASED PERSON. HASHIMU EZEKIEL OF BAJAMA ALKALERI LGA BAUCHI STATE. THE SON OF THE DECEASED PERSON. SHAFI’U AHMED OF SHALL TAFAWA BALEWA LGA BAUCHI STATE. THE SON AND NEXT OF KIN OF THE DECEASED PERSON. MOHAMMED GARBA S.D OF NO. 48 IBRAHIM BAKO HOUSING ESTATE BAUCHI. THE SON AND NEXT OF KIN OF THE DECEASED PERSON. JIBRIN ISYAKU BARA’U OF FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT MABUSHI ABUJA. THE BROTHER AND NEXT OF KIN OF THE DECEASED PERSON. AHMED YAKUBU ABARSHI OF JAHUN MAKAMA MAIKAFI CRESENT BAUCHI STATE. THE SON AND NEXT OF KIN OF THE DECEASED PERSON.
Date at Bauchi this 7th day of December, 2018
Signed: Sa’adu Muhammad Sambowal Esq Chief Registrar High Court of Justice, Bauchi
FRIDAY, december 7, 2018
Kipchoge, Ibarguen named IAAF athletes of the year
enyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge and Colombian long and triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen have been named male and female world athletes of the year. The pair was honoured by the IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco. Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, who won three European sprint titles and relay gold at the Commonwealth Games, was nominated for the women’s award. Kipchoge, 34, won the London Marathon and set a world record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds in Berlin. His time in the German capital bettered that of compatriot Dennis Kimetto, whose 2:02.57 was also set in Berlin, in 2014. Ibarguen, also 34, claimed claimed triple and long jump honours in the Central American and Caribbean Games, the Continental Cup and the Diamond League finals.
Hamstring injury ruled out Arnautovic
est Ham striker Marko Arnautovic has been ruled out for a month with the hamstring injury he suffered in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Cardiff. The Austria international will miss the Christmas period, although he could be available for the FA Cup third round tie against Birmingham in January. The 29-year-old has scored five goals in 13 league appearances this season. “We know how important Marko is for our team,” said West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini. West Ham take on Crystal Palace at the London Stadium on Saturday. Taye Taiwo and Oduamadi
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“The sad thing now is that the World Bank is giving funds to some private universities to thrive over public universities. Unless Nigerians rise to the occasion and join ASUU in putting pressure on both the Federal and state governments to pay adequate attention to our universities, secondary and primary schools, we may be facing a total collapse of our educational sector.” Mr. Biodun Ogunyemi, National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
Dr Gumi and the Muslim -Muslim ticket in Kaduna
ity Dr Ahmad Gumi a medical doctor and a retired one from the army. He would appear now as one so blind-folded and impervious to reason like what is described in the Qur’an as Thummun, Bukumum, Umyun fahum la yarjiun. In other words he appears as the deaf, the dumb and the blind so the likelihood that he returns to the right path requires special prayers by his family members. A person who has resorted to the “curse” of innocent people as if his father was the Prophet upon whom the Qur’an was revealed to and with whom the angel Jibril (Gabriel) was sent. And even if his late father Gumi was the recipient of Allah’s Message, we have not heard him annoint Dr Gumi as a righteous son and so follow him. The late Gumi was a pious man whose world view and character and compliance with Sharia are not in doubt as against his son Ahmad Gumi merely shooting in the dark. If any, it is the respect that people have for his father that they allow him preach in the Sultan mosque but he does not seem to have special quality as a learned scholar. Nor has he earned the position in any form through respect and acknowledgement of any sort. To date the daily fatwa of the late Shiek Jaafar and the unique late Sheik Gumi that are aired in the Nagarta radio in the mornings - 8:15 -9:00 am and the FRCN at 8:309:00 pm respectively suffice. That of his son Ahmad Gumi would appear as jumbles of a confused cleric and so could be ignored. I would not waste my shilling to pay for mostly time wasting and unscholarly preaching and summons from Dr Gumi because better alternatives are in place. So far Dr Gumi does not know where he is coming from, where he is and unfortunately where is he going. Enough of
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Engr. Abubakar A. Fari firstname.lastname@example.org Dan rainin wayon mutane or one insulting people’s intelligence deceiving himself. But the personal animosity of Dr Ahmad Gumi on Buhari has made him so naive as to start making statements beyond the limits of his mandate on earth. Even the Prophets of Allah (SWT) as the Qur’an tells us are to deliver the Message of the Oneness of Allah (SWT) and it is not their duty to enforce. It is the prerogative of Allah (SWT) to decide on that. That is why as Muslims we are told that there is no compulsion in religion. So if there is no compulsion to be a Muslim by force, why is Ahmad Gumi compelling Muslims to vote for his candidate Atiku? What everyone knows is a flag bearer that harbours men described mostly as “a bunch of idiots” that Shema referred to the PDP elements that attempted to blackmail him to part with billions before their support in Katsina Governorship race 2011. Now Shema is one of the campaign coordinators of Atiku but has billions
unaccounted for that he is yet to reconcile with the people of Katsina. Shema whose net worth after he left the office of Governorship of Katsina is beyond comment seems to believe that because he had built roads and housing estates, it is a license to help himself to what belonged to others. How much has Ahmad Gumi gotten together with Kukah or stand to be getting from Atiku to support by hook or crook his 2019 Presidential bid? There was an attempt to poison Buhari, but it failed, so there must be a contrived plan B doomed to hit the rocks also. We salute Governor Ahmad El-Rufai for his respect and giving the southern Kaduna Muslims their rights and dignity as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution. With respect to the Muslim-Muslim ticket as concluded by El-Rufai, what is wrong with it? Have we heard the nay sayers ever raise an issue with the Plateau Christian-Christian ticket?
They developed Jos, Barikin Ladi, Jengre, Bukuru and all the major economic centers of Plateau and the middle belt even before a church was built in the enclaves. There are more Muslims that lived over 200 years in Plateau than the minority Christians in southern Kaduna.
Has anybody ever raised any issue on the ChristianChristian ticket in Plateau? Who developed Plateau? It was the Muslims that have done it before Nigeria got its independence. They developed Jos, Barikin Ladi, Jengre, Bukuru and all the major economic centers of Plateau and the middle belt even before a church was built in the enclaves. There are more Muslims that lived over 200 years in Plateau than the minority Christians in southern Kaduna. Today the scenario has not changed. Where was Dr Gumi when the late Governor of Taraba Suntai who crashed in a plane made statements to the effect that Muslims will never rule Taraba? What of the Benue and Taraba “antiopen grazing bill” savage laws that led to driving the HausaFulani from Benue with their cows from their ancestral homes that date back 200 years and the Governor was saying there is no land in Benue for ranching. El-Rufai has done what a leader is mandated to do to rule all his people with justice. The days when drunkards will wake up and commit genocide, injustices and impunity has passed with the MuslimMuslim ticket that if it is good for Plateau why not for Kaduna?
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