Thursday, March 8, 2018/ Jumada Thani 20, 1439 AH
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1421 Days after
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The nation awaits rescue of the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls
Illegal registration: FG: Economy now out of INEC hands over recession, orders audit of staff to DSS Dana Airline
IDPs protest food shortage in Adamawa camps
Zero allocation for MDAs without audited reports -Senate pAGE 17
Passes financial intelligence bill
Fake dollar currency recovered from the suspects
NBA gives Lagos 7 days to reverse Land Use Charge >>>page 3
Police Public Relations Officer Jimoh Moshoo (right) displaying oneÂ of the rifles recovered from 48 paraded suspects in Bosso Divisional Headquarters, in Minna Niger state, yesterday. Photos: Mahmud Isa
Oct 1 bombing: Charles Okah, Nwabueze jailed for life page 5
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News CONTENTS News 2-10 Editorial 11 Op.Ed 12 Politics 15-17 Business Stockwatch
FG: Economy out of recession, orders audit of Dana Airline By Lawrence Olaoye
he Federal Government yesterday insisted that the nation’s economy was now out of recession. Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udom Udo Udoma, told State House correspondents that the latest report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) confirmed that the country had officially exited recession. He noted that there were significant growth in the county’s non-oil sector especially in the agricultural sectoral adding that the nation’s foreign reserves have grown from US$23.81 billion in September 2016 to almost US$42. This is just as the Federal Government has ordered a comprehensive audit of the activities of Dana Airline to ascertain its status following reports of two mishaps in recent times. Briefing newsmen after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari,
Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the audit would cover the personnel and the operational activities of the Airline. It could be recalled that the Airline suffered two mishaps in recent times when the door of one of its aircrafts fell off at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja and another of its fleets overran the runway in Portharcourt. Shehu said “A lot of quality time was spent discussing air safety. The government of Nigeria is very much concerned about safety and the life of Nigerians. This is following the recent air incidents. Minor as they were because they are no fatalities , the government did feel concerned and the minister did the report to the council on steps that were taken following the last incident in Port Harcourt ,Dana aircraft overshooting the runaway. “As soon as that happened, a few seconds, a rescue team was there on the ground and few moments thereafter, every passenger on board was evacuated; there was
no harm to persons and this is something that should be celebrated. “Within 24 hours an official investigation had commenced because investigators arrived in Port Harcourt and began work. One week after that a preliminary report was prepared and it was about this that the Council was briefed. Consequently as announced by the aviation authorities, the engineer and Pilot of that particular aircraft got their licences both suspended and beyond that the government has ordered a complete audit of Dana airlines in terms of personel, operations and technical capacity.” Shehu also disclosed that the Council approved the augmentation of the contract sum for the rehabilitation of Burnt Marina Bridge and the Maintenance of Eko(Apongbon) and Ido bridges in Lagos, in favour of Messrs. Buildwell Plant and Equipment Industries Limited, in the sum of N114,424,225.05 representing 12 percent of original contract
sum, thereby revising the contract sum from N957,053,316.45 to N1,071,29,541.40 with additional completion period of six months. He added that Council also approved augmentation for Mangu Dam, in Plateau State to N7.66 billion from original cost of N5.66 billion increasing the total contract sum to N13.2 billion. Minister of Defence, Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) told newsmen that he presented his capital budget performance in the last two years to the Council. According to him, “The presentation covers the strategic policies of the Ministry which is to build and maintain flexible, compact and highly trained Armed forces capable of defending the territorial integrity of the nation. The brief also covers the serviceability of the military platforms, operational readiness, future projections and the way forward. During the period under review the Ministry received a timely consideration and approval of its capital projects and the Armed Forces in general.”
Senate rejects bill proposing skirts for NYSC members Pgae 4
R-L: President Muhammadu Buhari with Fifa World Cup Trophy by Fifa Legend, Christian Karembeu ahead of the 2018 football World Cup during an audience with the President Buhari, at the State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House
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Tambuwal laments high interest rate on small scale businesses From Raji Bello Sokoto
okoto state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has decried the prevailing interest rate charged by banks in the country, urging a downward review to enhance growth and economic stability. Speaking in Sokoto when he received the Managing Director of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Mr. Ken Uzoka, the governor added that such charges were hurting small businesses in the country
Tambuwal said another challenge with high interest rate is that it is denying many individuals and small-holder entities access to loans, thereby limiting their ability to expand. “I want to urge banks in the country, and especially the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), to look into this problem because many small and medium scale enterprises have gone under due to lack of access to finance. “The ones that have struggled to stay afloat find it hard to expand. So the banks should look inwards
and introduce policies that will, at the end, provide a win-win situation for them and their customers. “I am not saying you should give loans that are not sustainable, but within the operating environment, a common ground could be reached that will help to stimulate growth in the economy,” he added. Tambuwal said Sokoto state government has had long standing relationship with UBA Plc, and his administration will continue to explore avenue to enhance it. While commending the bank for
its corporate social engagements in the state, the Governor urged the MD to do more considering the special relationship between the two entities. In his remarks, Uzoka said his organisation has impacted positively on the lives of many through its 3Es intervention education, environment and empowerment. “All our customers are not just customers, they are members of the UBA family and we value our relationship with them at all times,” he added.
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By Ese Awhotu with agency report
he Nigerian Bar Association has slammed a seven days ultimatum on the Lagos State Government to reverse its hike on Land Use Charge. The NBA which gave the ultimatum in a statement yesterday, announced that it was set to commence a mass protest tagged, “Hell Tax Must Go,” against the “Pharaoic tax regime.” It said the association would begin protest next Tuesday as soon as 7days ultimatum to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to retrace his steps on the LUC expires. According to the statement signed by the Ikeja branch chairman of the association, Mr. Adesina Ogunlana, the NBA was strongly opposed to
News Editor, Ese Awhotu
NBA gives Lagos 7 days to reverse hike in Land Use Charge the LUC, which it described as an “excessive and arbitrary tax regime” calculated at turning Lagos State into a “toxic environment and a living hell” for Lagosians. Recall that, the Manufacturer Association of Nigeria had this week appealed to the Lagos State Government to reverse its current increment of land use charges to ensure the survival of the manufacturing sector. Dr. Frank Jacobs, MAN President, made the plea on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria in Lagos. Jacobs said that the sudden rise in the land use charges in the state could lead to the collapse of the already burdened manufacturing sector. The Lagos State Government had recently repealed its 2001 Land Use Charge Law and replaced it with a new Land Use Charge Law, 2018 to increase its internally generated revenue and continue to expand its tax base. The state government had explained that the recent increase in
the land use charge would provide more resources to the state to provide social services and infrastructure to the benefit of the general public. It also extended the period for the payment of all annual Land Use Charge Demand Notices for 2018, to Saturday, April 14, 2018. This is to enable Property Owners and affected occupiers to take the option of enjoying the discounts available for the prompt and early payment of LUC invoices. However, the controversy had trailed the review of the land use
charge as the Organised Private Sector rejected the newly passed LUC Law, vowing to fight the law with every legal means at its disposal. Jacobs said that the state government ought to have consulted widely before considering the implementation of the new charges law. The MAN president said that the increase, if not reversed, would also make the cost of the finished commodity to be too exorbitant for Lagosians to afford.
Sokoto: Customs intercept vegetable oil in petrol tanker From Raji Bello Sokoto
he Nigeria Customs Service in Sokoto, has intercepted a petrol tanker loaded with 446 jerry cans of vegetable oil substance. The seizure came barely a week after intercepting a truck loaded with 460 bags of foreign rice with a duty value of N7.8 million. Briefing reporters in Sokoto, on Wednesday, the Area Comptroller in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Mr Nasir Ahmed, said vegetable oil with a duty value value worth N5.7million, was concealed in a petrol tanker, with an inscription, Bamus Global Co. Ltd. He disclosed that the jerry cans of vegetable oil hidden in a petroleum tanker, was intercepted along Sokoto/Gusau road by the command surveillance team. His words: “This is very new to me, with jerry cans of vegetable oil loaded into a tanker that is supposed to be carrying petrol. “I am sure they are not only running away from Customs, but also from NAFDAC, because you can see there are no label nor NAFDAC certification. “Though, we believe it is
vegetable oil, but it would still be subjected to NAFDAC test, to
determine what is actually inside.” Ahmed also disclosed that
the truck driver and his escort arrested in connection with the
contraband are assisting the command in it investigation.
Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State (left) receiving a completed handwritten copy of the Holy Qur’an from Alhaji Lawan Abb Shettima, coordinating chairman of the committee on ‹Khattul Barnawy› project, yesterday in Damaturu.
Reps to FG, states: Upgrade medical centers to world standard By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Muhammad Puma
he House of Representatives yesterday urged the Federal and State Governments for a comprehensive upgrade and review of tertiary health system, teaching hospitals and medical centres across Nigeria to international standard to curb rate of medical tourism abroad. This followed a motion by Rep. Segun Adekola (Ekiti-PDP) during plenary on Wednesday. Moving the motion, Adekola
explained that several studies had shown that “if the 20 Teaching Hospitals spread across the six geopolitical zones of the country are refurbished and made to function optimally, Nigerians will not need to travel abroad for medical treatment and it will also prevent brain drain in the health sector.” He disclosed that in 2017, less than 5 per cent N303billion of the budget was allocated for health care. According to him, this was in spite of serious negative health indices, including the dishonor of being a
major exporter of the oral polio virus to other nations. The lawmaker, stressed that the 1per cent consolidated funds which the National Health Act, 2014 stipulated should be for health, especially for universal health coverage with health insurance and primary healthcare. This, he said had never been implemented since the Act was enacted in 2014. According to him, the National Hospital Abuja, that was built to offer world class health services is perhaps
the most obvious demonstration of this problem. He said that available statistics showed that Nigerians spent over N360billion yearly on medical treatment abroad, with the most popular destinations being India, UK, Germany, United States, Israel and some other Countries in the Middle East. The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara. The House resolved to set in
Army reiterates capacity to combat terrorism From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
he Nigerian Army has reiterated that it has put in place apparatus to combat any form of criminality in the country. The Commander Operation Ayem Akpatuma (CAT-RACE) going on in Birnin Gwari, and environs,
Brigadier General Jimmy Akpor made the assertion while speaking to the media in Kaduna yesterday. According to him, " the training exercise is to ensure that the Nigerian Army is more sophisticated to checkmate the activities of criminal elements in the society". He explained that the exercise is also aimed
at ensuring that the society is safe for all and sundry especially in the area of the activities of the kidnappers, cattle rustling, armed bandits and terrorism. He noted that , " the military in the Birnin-Gwari axis have done very well in the area mentioned earlier, but as a result of this exercise we are better
motion necessary machineries that would ensure an upward review of the Budgetary allocation for the health sector to meet the minimum 15 per cent recommended by Abuja Declaration 2001. This would enhance the full implementation of the budget in the health sector to elevate the quality of medical services available in the local health institutions. The House also mandated the Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity to ensure implementation.
prepared to curb any eventuality. "As I speak to you now, this exercise is taking place in six states of the federation: Taraba, Benue, Niger, Kaduna, Nassarawa and Kogi state simultaneously," he said. During the exercise over 2000 residents of Kamugu and other neighbouring communities of Birni-Gwari benefitted from a free medical services rendered by the headquarters of 1 Mech. Infantry Division Nigerian Army Medical team.
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Senate rejects bill proposing skirts for NYSC members
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
he Senate has rejected a bill seeking to amend the Act establishing the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), with a view to allowing the female corps members to choose to wear skirts or not. After a lead debate on the Bill was presented to the Senate by the sponsor of the Bill, Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP-Taraba) during plenary, majority of the lawmakers shouted against the proposal when the Deputy Senate President put the question to voice vote. According to him, the Bill is intended to amend Sections 13 and 16 of the Principal Act to allow females wear uniform if they choose to do so. He said the bill sought to ensure that regulations made by the NYSC Directorate prescribing uniforms and exercise regimen do not violate the religious practices and beliefs of corps members. He said the objectives of the bill was to also increase the penalty for the offences contained in the Act to make such fines reflect the present value of the naira. Bwacha who is Deputy Minority Leader of the senate, noted that the NYSC was a laudable scheme established in 1973 by the then military Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon. “It was part of the effort by the Federal Government to rebuild, reconstruct and reconcile Nigerians following the unfortunate incidents of the civil war which ended in 1970. “It is important to point out that while the scheme has lived up to expectation as a reliable platform for nurturing young patriotic Nigerians, fostering unity and promoting a better understanding of our religious and cultural differences, it has however become necessary to amend the Principal Act. “This is with a view to address observed lapses and shortcomings. One of such lapses is that the penalty for offences contained in the Act is now outdated and in need of urgent review. “Secondly, while Section 16 of the Principal Act mandates the NYSC Directorate to make regulations or bye-laws relating to discipline, exercise regimen, uniforms, welfare of corps etc. “Uniforms and drills adopted by the Directorate has become a basis for tension and controversy between the Directorate and corps members and other members of the public. “The major bone of contention is that some of the uniforms and
drills contravene religious beliefs and practices of corps members and invariably their right to freedom of religion, thought and conscience under the Nigerian Constitution. This bill essentially addresses the above mentioned lapses in the Principal Act”, he said. Contributing, Suleiman Adokwe, said the amendment been suggested is not even worth the trouble because the powers to prescribe uniform is what the NYSC Act is domiciled with
the directorate, saying “I believe if the directorate wants to change the uniform at anytime, it is a matter of deciding because they only have power to prescribe the type of uniform. “The type of uniform is even not prescribed so I don’t know why we should trouble ourselves, all you need to do is to put pressure on the directorate to change the uniform but not necessarily to change the law. All the religious organization that are feeling oppressed by it should put
pressure and lobby the directorate to change its dress code”. Sen. Jeremiah Husseini, in his submissions, said there was no need for the bill, because the military does not require the consent of members on which uniform to wear. Sam Egwu said the senate should not waste its time on an issue that they do not have constitutional right to amend. “This is a paramilitary organization, the directorate of NYSC,
that is why drilling and excersie is contained. We have major issues to discuss if we want to talk about NYSC yes but not uniform, that is a minute issue that we should not waste our energy on. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, before ruling on the Bill, said “I am not trying to stop the bill, but even if we pass the bill, you must send it to all the states in accordance with section 9(2) for approval”.
Apapa Wharf Road to be opened to traffic Thursday – Official
he Section One of the ongoing Apapa Wharf Road project undergoing reconstruction is completed and will be open to traffic on Thursday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. A very senior engineer from AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd., involved in handling the project, confirmed this to NAN on Wednesday in Lagos. The engineer said that the section had been completed and was being “cleaned to be opened to traffic tomorrow.” “Section One is completed and will be opened to traffic tomorrow. This job is a very careful project
and a lot of work has gone into it. “We are working on Section 2 and we have started placing concrete. On Sections 3 and 4, we are doing earthworks,” the engineer who preferred anonymity said. Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, had on June 17, 2017, signed a N4.34 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd., and other stakeholders for the reconstruction of the fourkilometre Apapa-Wharf Road. The road was however closed
to traffic to allow for construction on July 7, 2017, after deliberations with various stakeholders. The project is being funded by AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd., the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and Flour Mills of Nigeria. The engineer, however, noted that the challenges on the project were “still the same, that of utility relocation on the Right of Way (RoW)”. Work on the two-kilometre of the project under construction had been divided into four sections. A NAN correspondent who visited the site reports that Section
One which is a distance of about 500 metres had been cleaned from rubbles and construction materials. Crash barriers had been painted with red and white colours to demarcate the entire lane on the Ijora/CMS bound carriageway. On Section Two of the project which is another distance of about 500 metres, workmen were seen using concrete laying machines to lay cement mix over iron rods on the same carriageway. Workmen were also seen excavating some portions on Section Three, a distance of about 350 metres.
R-L; Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, Minister of Agriculture and Urban Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Minister of State Budget and Planning, Hajiya Zainb Ahmed, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting held at the Council Chambers State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House
Importation of illegal vegetables worry FG By Eileen Ihemadu Abuja
he National Seeds Council( NASC), has taken steps to stop the continuous importation of illegal vegetable into the country suspected to be coming through the thriving super stores that are springing up almost everywhere in the country. This was made known yesterday in Abuja, by the Director General of the Council, Dr. Philip Ojo, who said the importers of the illegal vegetables into the country, were doing so through the land borders, without any regard to the accreditation which only NASC can give. “ We have noticed that a lot of poor
quality seeds are imported into this country through our land borders without proper clearance and declaration to the Seeds Council. To this end, we will partner with all relevant government agencies, including the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service ( NAQS) and the Customs in coordinating the importation of vegetable seed into Nigeria for traceability and quality assurance purposes. We are aware that, currently, a lot of entrepreneurs bringing in and marketing vegetable seeds to farmers do so without accreditation with the NASC” this he stated during his speech. Dr Philip Ojo said that the Council had concluded plans to develop a Model Seed
Markets, where farmers could go to and have access to quality seeds for the next farming season. He also noted that the Council can no longer tolerate illegal trading of seeds in open containers by people fraudulent merchants who are taking advantage of farmers in the rural areas. NASC boss also warned seed companies to desist from distribution of fake and low quality seeds to farmers. This, he said had had negative impact on the seed industry and as well as the out put of farmers in the country. He said in the recent past, many agencies with genuine intentions of assisting the
farmers and making Nigeria food secure have engaged in series of activities on seeds without the collaboration of NASC. These actions have resulted in the distortion rather than positively impacting the seed system thereby permitting some unscrupulous people to hijack the process and defraud our dear farmers, he added. “ We are about to conclude the development of a concept known as Model Seed Markets and, working with stakeholders, we will commence with the establishment of model seeds input markets, the first of which will be within our office complex here where farmers nationwide can get quality input near areas of use,” he noted.
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Zero allocation for MDAs without audited reports - Senate
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
he Senate yesterday directed all the standing committees to award zero budget to about four hundred and forty seven agencies of government that have not submitted their audited report to the Auditor General of the Federation (AGF). This resolution was sequel to the revelation made by the chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Mathew Urhoghide, in which he told the Senate that since 2016, about 447 agencies of government have not submitted their audited reports to the Auditor General of the Federation. He lamented that the Senate had been appropriating budget for the agencies, adding that what it implies when agencies of government fail to submit their audited report is that either the agency is no longer in existence or that the heads of the agencies are inept. Reacting to this, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who expressed surprise over this, said the Senate committees should note such agencies with a view to giving them zero allocation as recommended by the committee. He said the Senate will also communicate with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to inform the executive of this decision of the Senate, adding that it implies that something is very wrong. Saraki added that the revelation implies that something is very wrong with the agencies of government, noting that it further explains why government anti-corruption fight is not recording the kind of successes expected from it. He said from the report, he could see that even the agency that spearhead the anti-graft war of the
*Passes financial intelligence bill present government, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had not submitted its audited report to the AGF. Other agencies, according to him, are the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Bank of Industry (BoI), and Bank of Agriculture, the Central Bank of Nigeria and NNPC, among others. However, Senator Solomon Olamilekan, in his submission, faulted the committee’s report, saying that some banks like the BoI, and others like that, do not take auditor from AGF but have their own auditor, adding that CBN, banks of agriculture and bank of industry are among such, by virtues of the Acts setting them up. However, Mathew Urhogide countered him, insisting that the report submitted by the committee
to the Senate is correct and sacrosanct, because the law says the agencies and parastatals of government should submit their audited accounts to the AGF. The senate also, yesterday, finally approved establishment of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency when it passed the conference committee report of its Committee on Anti Corruption, and adopted and approved the recommendation of Committee which recommended that the agency be domiciled in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Recall that the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency Bill 2018 was also passed by the House of Representatives on Monday. The report presented by the chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Chukwuka Utazi
(Enugu North) received unanimous consideration without any rigorous scrutiny because of its urgency and importance to the nation’s anticorruption drive. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said the National Assembly will not delay in transmitting the Bill to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent before the March 11, 2018 meeting of the Egmont Group, to avoid Nigeria being expelled from the international body. Saraki had, earlier in the week, expressed confidence that the Conference Committee Report on the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (Bill) will be passed by both Chambers this week. This followed his meeting last week Thursday with the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara; the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-
Corruption & Financial Crimes, Senator Chukwuka Utazi; and the House of Representatives Chairman on Financial Crimes, Hon. Kayode Oladele, to expedite process of the Conference Committee in seeing the NFIU Bill through. Nigeria was suspended from the EGMONT Group, which is a network of 152 member countries that share information relating to criminal intelligence and financial information, because of failure to meet up with the conditions of the group, one of which is to make the NFIU an independent unit. So the bill becomes imperative because if the process of having a legal framework does not receive an accelerated consideration the chance of Nigeria avoiding expulsion from the EGMONT Group is slim.
L-R: Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Nuhu Gidado presenting a plague to representative of the Chairman, National Hajj Operation Committee, Alhaji Abdullahi Modibbo, during the committee’s visit to Government House, yesterday in Bauchi. Photo: NAN
Oct 1st bombing: Charles Okah, Nwabueze jailed for life By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja
ight years after the October 1st bomb blast at the Eagle’s Square, in Abuja, Justice Gabriel Kolawale of the Federal High Court Abuja, has sentenced the bombers, Charles Okah and Obi Nwabueze to life imprisonment. The court ordered they shall forfeit to the federal government all the items of military wears recovered from them. Delivering his judgement which lasted for 6 hours 45 minutes, the trial judge held that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt as presented by section 15(1) of EFCC act and evidence act. He ruled that the defendants were guilty of 5 out of 8counts preferred against them by the federal government. Okah, alongside Obi Nwabueze, were prosecuted in the amended 8-count charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/186/2010, following a bomb blast that disrupted Nigeria’s Independence Day activities at the Eagle Square in Abuja attended by former President Goodluck Jonathan. The SSS accused Mr. Okah of being behind the bomb blast, which killed over a dozen people and wounded many. Henry Okah, his elder brother, had been separately tried and convicted, and now in prison in South Africa.
At the last adjourned date, the prosecution Counsel, Alex Izinyon SAN, informed the court that the prosecution adopted and relied on the addresses filed on 31January, 2018 in respect of the first defendant. Izinyon prayed the court to hold that prosecution had proved his case on count 1 and 8 of the amended charge dated 10 January, 2011. “The first defendant is a schemer, facilitator of the act of terrorism which had been proved beyond reasonable doubt before your lordship.” Further in his submissions, Izinyon draw attention of the court to the exhibit E7 which said the defendant issued N2 million Zenith bank cheque which the second defendant cashed. According to him, part of the money was used to purchase vehicles bought from PW5 and PW 11 who are the car dealers. Also, counsel to the Nwabueze, O. O Otemu, adopted his final address, urging the court to hold that the Federal government had failed to prove its case against him, due to contradictory extra judicial statements made by the 2nd defendant. “My Lord, the PW2 in ‘Trial-within-trial’ gave evidence that the 2nd defendant made voluntary statement on 18th, August 2010, at the headquarters of the SSS. “This was corroborated by the prosecution witness. My lord, up till now, that statement
is not before this court; and the prosecution tactically left it out. This amounts to concealment of evidence Otemu submitted,” he submitted. Before handing down the sentence, counsel to the first defendant, Emeka Okoroafor, pleaded the court to temper justice with mercy. He premised his plea on section 313 of ACJA, 2015 stating that the defendant is a first offender and has shown remorse. He further prayed the court to consider that the defendant has an aged parents and children who depend on him for survival. “My lord should exercise his discretion in pronouncing the sentence. Section 401 of ACJA makes provision on what the court should bear in mind in sentencing the convicts.” Counsel to the second defendant, O.O Otemu, in his plea, aligned himself with the submissions of Okoroafor and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy. The prosecution, Izinyon, urged the court to look at the antecedents of the convict and they don’t deserve mitigated sentence. “The family of the dead deserves justice to serve as deterrent. I urge the court to provide life sentence as prescribed by law. Delivering his judgment which lasted for 6 hours 45 minutes, the trial judge held that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt as presented by section 15(1) of EFCC act and evidence act.
He ruled that the defendants were guilty of 5 out of 8counts preferred against them by the federal government. The Judge held that the 2nd defendant (Obi Nwabueze) made himself available as a foot soldier to 1st defendant. “It is clear that the purpose for which the cars were purchased where to perpetrate an act of terrorism. “The evidence of the witnesses linked the defendants to the act of Terrorism perpetrated on Oct 1st, 2010. “It was certain that there was a bomb blast on 15 March, 2010 in Warri, Delta State, which resulted to the death of one Alex Igwe and there was also a bomb blast in Abuja on the October 1st, 2010, during the Independence Day celebration. “There was no evidence on what the N2million and N 1.2million given to the second defendant by Charles Okah on the instructions of Henry Okah, the 3rd defendant, was used for. “There were no doubt that the cars were detonated by timers connected by dynamite in the trunk and boots of the cars perpetrated by the first defendant. “The defendants are hereby found guilty on count 5 out of count 8 preferred against him. “Therefore, they are convicted to life imprisonment in accordance with Section 15 (1,2) of EFCC act.”
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News Federal University Gusau expels 15 students for poor performance By Paul Efiong with agency report
he Federal University, Gusau has expelled 15 students for failing to meet up with their academic performances. The Vice Chancellor, Magaji Garba, said this at a news conference shortly after the university’s matriculation ceremony, on Wednesday in
Gusau. He said students of the university were expected to be serious with their studies and perform up to standard, adding that any student, who scored below 1.0 Grade Point Averages, would be expelled. The vice chancellor, who did not disclose names of the affected students, said all the 27 programmes being offered by the
institution would be accredited between April and May. Mr. Garba said the maiden convocation of the university would hold before the end of the year. “We want to introduce new programmes into the university, especially engineering, which we believe is very important, considering the availability of solid minerals resources in the
state. “The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) has sponsored five of our staff abroad, for Doctorate programme in Engineering, to boost the capacity of our engineering department,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that 1,425 students took part at the matriculation ceremony.
Buhari commiserates with ex-Nasarawa gov, Akwe-Doma family By Lawrence Olaoye
resident Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to the government and people of Nasarawa State over the passing away of its former governor, Aliyu Akwe-Doma, on Tuesday. The President, in a statement made available to newsmen
yesterday by his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, commiserated with the family, friends and community members of the astute leader, who served the nation as a civil servant for many years, and later rose through the ranks to become a Permanent Secretary. The President affirmed that Doma, who also served as a Deputy Governor in the old
Plateau State, worked assiduously for the country as a member of the Presidential Joint National Consultative and Advisory Committee of Traditional Rulers and Leaders of Thought (1995– 1998) and the National Committee on the Future of Higher Education in Nigeria (1996–1998), amongst others. As the elected governor of the
state, 2007-2011, the President commended Doma’s sacrifices in promoting peaceful co-existence, infrastructural development in the state, particularly his zeal to improve the standard of education. President Buhari prayed that the almighty God will grant the departed soul eternal rest, and comfort members of his family.
L-R: President, Defence and Police Officers Wives Association, Mrs Omobolanle Olonisakin (l) presenting a souvenir to Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji during a visit of members of Defence and Police Officers Wives Association’s visit to Olubadan of Ibadanland, yesterday in Ibadan. Photo: NAN
Rights commission lauds DSS over release of journalist, Ezimako By Albert Akota Abuja
he National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said the release of Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Independent newspaper, Mr. Tony Ezimako by the Department of State Service (DSS) is a further confirmation that protection of human rights in the country is sacrosanct. As part of its statutory mandate to monitor all alleged cases of human rights violations, the commission monitored reports of alleged unlawful detention of Mr. Ezimako by the DSS and subsequently met
with relevant authorities of the DSS including its Legal Department over the alleged illegal detention on the 6th of March 2018. During the engagement, the Commission’s investigation team led by Cordelia Aghware Esq demanded that Mr Ezimakor be released or charged to court immediately in accordance with the law. Although Ezimakor’s release came 7hrs after the Commission’s engagement with the DSS, the Commission had expressed concern over his five days detention in DSS facility.
The investigation team revealed that aside the prolonged detention, his fundamental human rights was not violated in any manner just as his lawyer, Douglas Ekhator confirmed that he was not tortured or subjected to any cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment during his stay in the DSS facility. He also said that Ezimakor had unrestricted access to his lawyer, family members and medication while his detention lasted. “Against this backdrop, the Commission seizes this opportunity to commend the DSS for respecting the necessary national
and international human rights laws bordering on treatment of detainees. The Acting boss of the NHRC had on Tuesday (6th of March, 2018) directed a team of investigation officers to embark on a visit to the DSS and unravel the circumstances surrounding the detention of Tony Ezimako following media reports,” the Commission said. The Abuja Bureau Chief of Daily Independent newspaper, was alleged to have been detained by the Department of State Security (DSS) over an alleged publication of classified document.
Displaced by Boko Haram, hungry IDPs protest food shortage
undreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Fufore and Malkohi camps in Adamawa staged peaceful protests over lack of food in their camps. The IDPs, mostly women and children, on Wednesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in their plight. Adamawa has only two designated camps managed by NEMA and they are situated at Fufore and Malkohi villages with a total number of about 3,000 IDPs. The IDPs, who mostly are from Borno, were in the two camps for over two years waiting to be evacuated to their state of origin. The IDPs in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) complained that many families in the camps were in critical living conditions due to hunger. Adamu Bukar from Malkohi camp said that he has one wife and three children and they only eat once in a day. “Since early January, when they distributed the normal thirty days food items to us, we have never received anything again.’’ Bukar said. According to him, people living in the camp need urgent food intervention, because any moment from now some people, especially children would die of hunger. Also speaking, Haruna Bana, from Borno and living in Malkohi camp expressed fear of imminent starvation and malnutrition in the camp. Mr. Bana said that they received the last food in December 2017 and since then they were not given anything. He appealed to Borno government to come to their aid and evacuate them. A security officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity at one of the camps, also confirmed the situation, saying that the development was a threat to the camp security. “On daily basis, the IDPs in sizeable number go out of the camp to look for food, which is a security challenge to the entire people living in the camp,’’ the source said. When contacted over the situation, Abbani Imam, the state Coordinator NEMA in charge of Adamawa and Taraba confirmed the development but said the challenge would soon be addressed. Mr. Imam said that the state office had already informed the NEMA headquarters of the situation and were waiting for the approval to release food to the camps.(NAN)
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By Vivian Okejeme Abuja
ustice Yusuf Halihu of a Federal Capital Territory High Court Jabi, Abuja, has granted bail on health ground to Maryam Sanda, who allegedly killed her husband, Bilyamin Bello. The judge granted her bail based on medical reports which indicate she is pregnant and ill after declining the same application three times. Sanda is being prosecuted
Kasuwar Magani crisis: Kaduna govt charges 65 suspects to court From Mohammed Ibrahim Kaduna
Alleged murder: Maryam Sanda granted bail on health grounds alongside her mother, Maimuna Aliyu; brother, Aliyu Sanda; and their house help, Sadiya Aminu. Specifically, Sanda was accused of killing her husband, the son of former chairman of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Bilyamin, on the chest and other parts of the body with a knife and other dangerous weapons. According to the prosecution, the offence is a culpable homicide punishable by death under Section 221 of the Penal Code Act. Also, other defendants in the matter were accused of causing
the ‘evidence of the offence to disappear by clearing the blood from the scene of crime, therefore, commited offence punishable under section 167 of the Penal Code Act. At the last adjourned date, counsel to the defendant, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), informed the court of her fresh bail application filed on January 24, 2018, premised on the ground that she is three months pregnant. Though the application was refused by the court previously, Counsel to the defendant, Joseph
Daudu (SAN) approached the court with the fresh bail application and asked for an earlier date to move it. Again, the prosecution counsel,James Idachaba, opposed the bail application. In a short ruling, Justice Halilu held the court was satisfied with the health reasons submitted by the defence who is said to be over three months pregnant and also asthmatic. The trial Judge also held that the police were not able to counter the claims that the prisons’ health
facilities could not take care of Maryam’s conditions. Granting her bail, Justice Halihu ruled that the defendant should produce two sureties, adding that they must deposit their titles of ownership of landed properties in Abuja. He further held that Maryam’s father should enter into an undertaking to always provide her in court all through the trial. The condition of the bail also stated that the defendant must submit her travel documents to the court.
aduna state government said it has charged 65 persons arrested during the crisis at Kasuwar Magani in Kajuru Local government area of the state to court. Senior Special Assistant to the state Governor, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this at a news briefing According to him, all the suspects have been remanded in Kaduna Prison custody and the case adjourned to the 15th, March 2018. “After assessing the situation on the ground and preliminary report, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Iwar told journalists, that security agencies have arrested 18 persons in connection with the mayhem. Since then, further arrests have been made. “In fact,65 persons have been charged before a magistrate’s court in Kaduna. All the suspects have been remanded in Kaduna Prison custody and the case adjourned to the 15th, March 2018. There should be no doubt that the state will not relent in vigorously prosecuting the suspects. “The legacy of violence in Kaduna State has been enabled by impunity. This cannot continue. Nobody will be allowed to use religion or ethnicity to justify criminal conduct. “It is also important to stress that nobody or group has the constitutional right to force other people to embrace their prejudices or beliefs. Matters of faith are the prerogatives of individuals whose voluntary decisions must be respected by all. “The presumption by some misguided people that they can tell others what to belief, or compel them to embrace or reject any faith, or subject their private beliefs to the unlawful supervision of any group is baseless, and becomes criminal when acted upon. “The Government of Kaduna State urges all our communities to firmly reject those who instigate or justify violence, using religion and ethnicity as a weapon. “The Constitution of this country grants everyone the right to life, and the state government will firmly protect this right and secure justice for the victims,” he said
Staff of Investment and Security Tribunal protesting at the gate of the Federal Ministry of Finance calling for the Sack of their Chairman , yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
Magu is right man for EFCC job -Osinbajo insists By Lawrence Olaoye
ice President Yemi Osinbajo has insisted that the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) remains the best man for the job. Osinbajo made this insistence in the transcripts of an interview he granted social media practitioners sometimes ago. The transcript was transmitted to newsmen by his Spokesman, Laolu Akande, Tuesday. Recall that the Senate had twice refused to confirm Magu’s appointment based on some indicting reports made available to it by the Directorate of Security Service (DSS). Recall also that his Spokesman had refuted an online medium report quoting the Vice President to have said that Magu was going nowhere.
Asked whether the conflicting of interest between the DSS and the EFCC as shown in the prevention of the arrest of the former DSS DG did not indicate division in the executive, Osinbajo said “That’s not true. Let me put it this way; first let’s take the Magu example. One of the things that the President decided to do is to ensure that every agency does its work without direct interference from the President. So the President does not call the EFCC, and say, “Go and arrest Mr Ekpeyong”, no. And that’s one of the most important things about the style of this government, and we want the agencies to do their work. No one has showed up and called Magu and say, “Look go and arrest.” That’s what it is. “While you will find, for example, that the DG, SSS, upon the request by the Senate, wrote a security report and sent it, yet it is up to the President to
decide whether he’s going to present this candidate. Interfering with the process of a security report is not leadership, that’s obstructing. He is not supposed to interfere. If you say, “Send your report”, whatever report you want to send, the man defends himself, and we still believe he is the right person for the job. That is the position that we took when he was presented the second time. Of course, the Senate has had their own say on that and they are entitled to take some of the positions they are taking. But the President believes that this is the right man for the job, so he presented him the second time.” On the arrest of the ex-NIA DG, Ayo Oke, by the EFCC, the Vice President said “With respect to the arrest of DG, NIA, and some of what took place, I think the fair thing to say is that the President has said that the EFCC has
the absolute right to go ahead and do whatever it needs to do to ensure that anybody who has committed a crime, or who is suspected to having committed a crime, is brought to justice, and that’s the position that the EFCC has taken. You know the EFCC has issued a notice for the DG, NIA, and SGF to attend interview with the EFCC; but we are sure that that process would be followed to a logical conclusion. “To ensure that you allow government agency do their business, that’s very important; that’s institution building. Look at what is happening in the US today; the President is sometimes angry with the FBI because the FBI is doing its independent work, and that’s what we hope to achieve. When you see countries where agencies are doing their work the way they are supposed to do it.”
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FG raises c’ttee to boost dairy industry
By Abba-Eku Abuja
Comptroller of Customs, Federal Operations Unit, Zone A, Ikeja, Muhameed Uba (middle), briefing newsmen on the 329 sacks of pangolin shells intercepted, yesterday in Ikeja, Lagos. Photo: NAN
n its bid to diversify the economy and increase local production in sectors where Nigeria has comparative advantages, the Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Hajia Aisha Abubakar has constituted a stakeholders committee for the development of policy framework to boost the dairy industry. This was made known to the public in a release yesterday from the ministry signed by Umar Maryam Yusuf for the Deputy Director, Press, Oyetomi Olujimi. According to the release, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Edet Sunday Akpan urged the committee members to develop a roadmap that will move the production of dairy products in Nigeria to the next level. He said that, the industry is capable of producing millions of jobs and generating about N300 billion monthly into the country’s coffers He said that the right technology and infrastructure were put into place, disclosing that about $1.3 billion is spent annually on the importation of dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese and other milk derivatives. Edet added that with the increasing population, the consumption was expected to grow further and lamented that available statistics showed that there were about 19.5 million cattle, 85% of which were owned by individuals and managed by indigenous small holder, subsistence and nomadic herdsmen while the rest is owned by medium and large scale farmers in managed pastures.
Peace Corps: Reps accuses Police of falsehood By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Muhammad Puma
he House of Representative Committee on Public Petitions, has vowed to sue the Nigeria Police for misleading the lawmakers and Nigerians into believing that, the sealing of the Peace Corps of Nigerian office was as the result of criminal activities. This was even as the lawmakers disclosed that the legal officer serving with the Nigerian Police, Superintendent Joseph Nwadike will face trial for lying under oath. The Chairman, House Committee on Public Petitions, Hon Nkem Abonta, disclosed this while presiding over an investigative hearing involving the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotun Idris and the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Justice and Equity, over the sealing of Peace Corps office. The National Headquarters of Peace Corps of Nigeria has remained locked by the Police, despite two subsisting court orders by the Federal High Court that the office be unsealed.
The House of Representatives had given 48 hours ultimatum for police to vacate the premises but the status quo still remains, even after the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Ibrahim Malami had written to the IGP, advising him to obey the 2 court orders. But the Police told the lawmakers on Tuesday that it had appealed against the judgement given by Justice Gabriel Kolawole of Abuja Federal High Court on 9th November, 2017, though it said, that of Justice John Tsoho of 15th January 2018 had not been appealed against. Barr. Nwadike, who appeared alongside Barr. Samuel Malu, another legal officer of the Police Force, on behalf of the IGP, also admitted that the AGF did advise that the court orders be obeyed, but since an appeal had been filed and an application for a stay of execution had also been filed, there was no point working on the advice of the AGF. However, trouble started when, the lawmakers reminded the legal officer that “an application for a stay is not the same as stay of execution”,
and he replied under oath that, the Police had also secured “a valid stay of execution”, when asked by Hon. Razak Atunwa, member of the committee. He, however, could not produce any evidence of stay of execution, even after given a grace of adjournment with instruction that the proof be provided within one hour. Rather, he swiftly denied saying there was a valid stay. Irked by what he described as “playing on the intelligence of the National Assembly and the public”, the committee chairman vowed to pursue the matter to logical conclusion. It would be recalled that, Barr. J.C. Idachaba, another legal officer serving with the Police is currently facing disciplinary action by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, following a petition from the PCN over the role he (Idachaba) played at the court recently. He was alleged to have lied under oath, before Justice John Tsoho while debating an application to seal off the already sealed Peace Corps office.
Meanwhile, the National Commandant of Peace Corps of Nigeria, Amb (Dr.) Dickson Akoh, has vowed that, no amount of lies or persecution from the Nigeria Police would deter the organisation from operating legally as registered. According to Akoh, “Despite the two court orders still subsisting for the Peace Corps to take over our office, the Police came to the House of Representatives and lied, which have succeeded to bring to the fore all they have been doing to the corps and my humble self, so whatever tissues of lies that they have said today is just a replica of what the police have been doing to us from day one which is to frustrate what we are doing.” Addressing newsmen shortly after the hearing, Akoh said, “The Police have lied on oath again before the Committee that there is an order from the Court of Appeal restraining them from obeying the judgements of the High Court, but when asked to provide the purported oder from the Appeal Court, they reversed the statement by claiming that it was an application that they had”.
The one-day workshop is jointly organised by the KCCN and FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB). Also speaking, Miss Blessing Duruwe, Cultural and Creative Arts Officer at the FCT UBEB, said the essence of the Art teacher workshop was to prepare them for the drawing competition in May this year. Duruwe, who had been participating in the workshop for over six years, stressed that the primary school teachers were to
get knowledge and passed it to their pupils. One of the teachers, Mr Kelvin Asuba from Afcon Primary School, Kuja said he had learnt a lot from the workshop adding that arts can be use to express peace and love to the world. Asuba stressed that he had also learnt about Korean arts, food and lifestyles. Another teacher, Miss Abigail Okafor said she was happy to be among the trainees adding that it will boost her creativity in art.
FCT: KCCN trains 30 teachers on arts By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he Korean Cultural Centre in Nigeria (KCCN) has commenced the training of 30 primary school teachers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Art to equip them on the the 9th Korea/Nigeria primary school drawing competition. The teachers were drawn on the basis of one teacher per school in the Abuja area councils, who will go back to train their students on the modern ways of drawing
and other aspect of arts including drama and dancing. Speaking after paying an emergency visit to the teachers at their training hall, the new Ambassador of South Korea to Nigeria, Lee In-Tea, said Korea successfully and peacefully hosted the Winter Olympics despite the strong tension earlier on the Korean peninsular. He said through the completion of the momentous event, Korea has contributed to not just the development of world
sports but also to increasing and promoting world peace. He commended the KCCN for hosting an event on January 30th to cheer Team Nigeria leading up to their participation at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which was attended by fans of the team and the sporting community in Nigeria. Also speaking, Han Sungrae, the Director of the KCCN, said the center invites school teachers annually to train them on Arts to equip them to train their pupils.
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FG earmarks N800m for NBAIS capital projects -Minister
From Femi Oyelola kaduna
he Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu had disclosed that the Federal Government has appropriated over 600 million naira in the 2018 budget for execution of capital projects at the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS). He disclosed this while commissioning the national headquarters of the board in Kaduna yesterday. He further disclosed that the Federal Government has committed 200 million naira to rehabilitation of the boards buildings ceded to it by the government. This was also as it said that, efforts were at the top gear to capture staff of the board into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), which will cost the government over two billion naira annually.
NBAIS is the regulatory and examination body for Arabic and Islamic Secondary Schools and centres in the country. The Board, established 1960 as Arabic and Islamic Studies Unit under the defunct Northern Nigeria
Ministry of Education, became a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Education in 2017. The Minister who was represented at the event by the Director of Basic and Secondary Education in the ministry, Alhaji
Muhammadu Karage said, the ministry has been over the years committed to the overall development of Arabic education in Nigeria. Earlier, the Acting Registrar of the Board, Professor Muhammad
Abdullahi commended the Federal Government for the unwavering commitment towards the development of Arabic and Islamic education in the country through the upliftment of the board.
Nasarawa Assembly mourns ex-gov. Doma From Gambo Ahmed Lafia
he Nasarawa State House of Assembly has described the shocking death of Exgovernor, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma as a great loss to the entire people of the state viewed from his immense contributions to peace and development of the state. Speaker of the House Right
Honourable Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, stated this while reacting on the death of Akwe Doma to newsmen in Lafia yesterday, added that Akwe Doma was one of the founding fathers of the state which his contribution will be greatly missed by all citizens of the state. According to him “We the entire members of the state
House of Assembly commiserate with the family, Alago nation, the Doma emirate council and the entire people of the state over the death of the Ex-governor, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma”. The Speaker continued “He was a very humble elder statesman and has contributed a lot to the development of not only Nasarawa State but to the
development of the entire country especially in the maintenance of peace and unity”. “His demise was heartbreaking, painful but God gives life and takes at will. We the entire members are urging the family and the entire people of the state not to be depressed but to be courageous and have faith in God over this great loss.”
Reps approve technical college of education for Akwa Ibom
By Umar Muhammad Puma and Christiana Ekpa
he House of Representatives has passed for a second reading a bill seeking to establish Federal College of Education (technical), Onna, Akwa Ibom state. The bill if eventually passed into law is for the purposes of providing qualitative education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, social sciences and arts. Leading debate on the bill, the sponsor, Rep Ekpoattai Owoidighe (PDP, Akwa Ibom) said the overall intendment of the bill is to produce highly competent and prepared teachers who would be impacted with employable skills necessary to fit into the labour market on graduation and also become self-reliant. She argued that one of the numerous challenges confronting the Nigeria educational system is the low teacher student ratio as well as dearth of vocational/ technical instructors. “Not enough teachers are being trained and the student population is increasing. Unfortunately, the number of schools needed to train our increasing pupil population is also low”. The lawmaker submitted that the growing problem of unemployment in the country has contributed largely to the worsening problem of poverty among the populace.
Director-General, National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC), Dr Philip Ojo (Middle), addressing a news conference on seed acquisition for the new planting season, yesterday in Abuja. With him are Technical Adviser to the Director-General, NASC, Mr Okelola Folarin (left) and Special Technical Assistant to the Director-General, Mr Dahiru Rabiu. Photo: NAN
Meningitis: Jigawa govt blames FG for delay in providing drugs From Mika’il Tsoho Dutse
he Jigawa state Commissioner for Health, Dr Abba Zakari has blamed the Federal Government for the delay in providing drugs for victims of meningitis outbreak in the state. This is even as he disputed the number of deaths arising from the epidemic, saying that only fourteen cases were recorded as mortality. The Commissioner who who addressed newsmen yesterday in Jigawa, confirmed the outbreak, explaining that Jigawa state happened to be one of the Meningitis belt of African region that covered from across the Eritria down to Senegal which from time to time witness an epidemic of Meningitis and incidentally it happened in a cycle almost every five to ten years. According to him, since
November 2017 to date Jigawa state recorded about 51 suspected cases of meningitis and this involves people that show signs and symptoms of Cerebral Spinal Meningitis (CSM) “but you can’t really say they have meningitis until you take what is called Cybros Spinal pled using microscopes to confirm the bacteria.” “Out of the 51 suspected cases 10 were confirmed as meningitis and about 44 cases a are yet to be confirmed, and out of 54 cases we lost about 14 not 40 as reported in some national dailies” the Commissioner stated. The Commissioner added that out of the ten that were confirmed died, four died as a result of meningitis type A, five died as a result of meningitis type C and one as result of pneumonia. Dr Abba Zakari confirmed that the cases were recorded in about thirteen local government out of 27
local government areas in the state. He said, the local governments include Taura,Birnin Kudu,Malam Madori, Gagarawa, Dutse, Maigatari, Babura, Garki, Auyo, Kafin Hausa, Jahun, Ringim and Miga local government. Dr Zakar revealed that, Taura, Babura and Malam Madori recorded the highest death adding that a team was sent to give them the required treatment. The Commissioner also decried shortages of vaccines from the federal government though the National Health Care Development Agency. While speaking on the measures taken to overcome the epidemic, Dr Zakar said, the state government has already embarked on awareness campaign through radio and television. He added that, the state government also received some drugs
from the Federal Ministry of Health which were used to treat some cases and ensure all the affected population across the state are vaccinated. According to him, in order to curb the menace of any outbreak of disease, the state government has given directive for the procurement of drugs worth N98million to be distributed among the 31 new Primary Health Care Centres across the state. On the recent outbreak at Majiya village in Taura local government area of the state where many child were said to have died of the CSM, he said a team of medical experts were sent to curb the menace. According to him that presently the drug on ground is inadequate because the CSM is always in type A,B,C and so on, which makes it very difficult for any drug to be administered on the patients, it may likely not cure all the types.
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Anti-open grazing law: Police arrest 44 violators in Benue From Uche Nnorom Makurdi
ver 44 persons who violated the anti-open grazing law in Benue state have been arrested by the Police Command. The State Police Commissioner, who disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen on the update of fight against herdsmen and criminality in the state, said the suspects have been arraigned in court just as their trial was ongoing. He vowed that no herdsmen and anyone would be spared for violating the law as they must be made to face the law.
Owoseni said in Katsina-ala, some herdsmen led their cattle into a blocking moulding industry during which an altercation ensued and one person was injured while the herdsmen were arrested. He further said 10 out of 14 persons who rustled herdsmen cattle in Guma Local government area were arrested in the process of sharing the meat,adding that as a way of averting reprisal attack in Omusu, Okpokwu local government area, eight (8) persons were apprehended and are undergoing interrogation. “The Police is also involved in confidence building patrol in Chille, Mbalagh, Makurdi local government
area while over 5000 person were recently displaced by herdsmen. As a preventive measure, we are engaging chairmen of the affected areas, relevant state government agencies and the herdsmen to find lasting solution to the crisis. We want to urge the residents to alert security operatives of any strange movement and activities”, Owoseni said. The Police Commissioner intimated that 12 suspects have been arrested for armed robbery and cultism and weapons including, 1 locally fabricated pistol, 1English pistol, 1 AK47 rifle, 2 AK47 Magazines, 29 rounds of live ammunition, 2 live cartridges, 2 motorbikes and
1 motorcycle with gadget were recovered from them. “In conjunction with our Nasarawa State counterpart, a notorious robber who operates in Taraba, Nasarawa and Benue States met his waterloo in Lafia and a pistol recovered from him. He disclosed that the command has gotten information about some criminal elements who have holding clandestine meeting as well as contribution money to procure arms and ammunition to attack Benue and Taraba under the guise of herdsmen, boosting that the Police was adequately prepared to confront them.
L-R: International Transport Federation (ITF) Representative for Francophone Africa and ECOWAS, Mr. Bagla Saw, President, National Union of Road Transport workers (NURTW) Alh. Alhaji Najeem Usman Yasin , General Secretary ITF, Mr. Stephen Cotton, Representative of the Senate President, Sen Gbenga Ashafa, Corp Marshal Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi I and the Representative of the Minister of Transportation, Dr. Anthonia Ekpa, at the opening of the ITF 9th Transport workers conference, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
2 Nigerians docked for drinking alcohol in front of police station
wo men, Wole Broad, 49, and Wale Oludare, 40, were on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly drinking alcohol in front of a police station. The two men were also accused of conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by drinking alcohol in front of the Akinpelu Police Station at Oshodi, Lagos. They are facing a two-count
charge of felony and breach of peace. Mr. Broad, residing at No.17, Olakunle Ajibade St., Ojota, is selfemployed, while Mr. Oludare, a labourer, resides at No. 8, Akinpelu St. in Oshodi. The duo conspired to commit felony by conducting themselves in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace, the prosecution alleged. The prosecutor, Rachael Williams, told court that the accused committed the offences on
March 1 at about 11.55 p.m. at No. 5, Akinpelu St., opposite the Akinpelu Police Station. “The accused drank alcohol in front of Akinpelu Police Station after the commissioner of police had warned that on no account should anyone operate a beer parlour around any police station,” Ms. Williams stated. According to her, the offences contravene Sections 57 and 412 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State,
2015. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 57 prescribes six months imprisonment for offenders. The two men, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The magistrate, L. Y. Balogun, granted them bail in the sum of N5, 000 each with one surety each in like sum. She adjourned the case until March 16.(NAN)
Research institute announces automated machines for kunu, zobo preparation
he Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi (FIIRO), has unveiled an automated machine for Kunu and Zobo drinks to enhance competitiveness and productivity in the food and beverage industry. The spokesman of FIIRO, Chris Olumuyiwa, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos. He said that the equipment was unveiled during FIIRO’s Day at the ongoing Technology and Innovation Week, 2018, holding in Abuja. Mr. Olumuyiwa quoted Gloria Elemo, the DirectorGeneral of FIIRO, as saying “the institute was partnering with an indigenous automation company, Automation and Engineering Nig. Ltd., to produce the automated machines. Ms. Elemo, a professor, said that the Minister of Science and Technology had in the 2017 edition of Technology and Innovation Week, advised that FIIRO should automate its production processes, adding that it had been actualised. She said that the institute would continue to use technology to change the nature and enhance the quality, profitability and competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturing sector. The statement also quoted Matthew Ilori as saying “there are no economic gains from Research and Development (R&D) until the outputs (including patents) are exploited.’’ The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Ilori is of the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. (NAN)
N5mn bribery: Accused FIRS director allowed to travel abroad
n FCT High Court, Maitama, Abuja, on Wednesday granted leave to Abumere Osagie, a deputy director with Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to travel abroad to attend his daughter’s graduation ceremony. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on March 10, 2016 arraigned Mr. Osagie, Deputy Director, Regional Tax Office of FIRS, and one Jamila Ojora on two counts of
criminal conspiracy and receipt of gratification. At the resumed hearing of the case before Justice Olasumbo Goodluck, Mr. Osagie’s counsel Nkem Okoro, applied for leave of the court to allow his client travel to the UK for the ceremony. Ms. Goodluck granted Mr. Osagie leave to travel after listening to the prayers of his counsel and submission of the prosecuting counsel, Faruk Abdullahi.
She ordered that Mr. Osagie’s international passport be released to him by the registrar of the court and that it be returned as soon as he returned. The judge said the three weeks Mr. Osagie asked for would start counting from the date that the passport was released to him. Ms. Goodluck then adjourned until March 14 to rule on the admissibility of a confessional statement the second defendant
made to EFCC, and May 22 for continuation of hearing of the case. The prosecution said Messrs. Osagie and Ojora on January 27, 2016 approached Ahmed Datti, the Chancellor of Baze University, Abuja, and gave him a tax assessment of N20. 03 million through a letter of intent and he paid. Mr. Abdullahi said that when Mr. Datti requested for the assessment certificate, the defendants refused
to give him and instead demanded five million naira gratification. He said that marked five million naira was delivered to Mr. Osagie through Ms. Ojora in a sting operation, which led to her arrest and confession that led to the arrest of Osagie. He said the offence contravenes Section 17(1)(a) and punishable under 17 (1) (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.(NAN)
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EDITORIAL nited States’ Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson, yesterday began a fivecountries African shuttle. The countries are Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. It is the first African tour by a top U.S government since President Donald Trump took office in 2017. Tillerson is billed to hold talks with the leaders of the five nations, including Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari. During a background briefing over the weekend, the U.S. Department of State said the Nigerian elections, though still a year away, were of interest to Washington. “That really is a major priority focus because that is going to be the third most populous country in the world by 2050. It has really very complex political issues, ethnic and security issues. And that is an area we really are focusing on - how to do a peaceful democratic transition. But more important Is how to hold government accountable to the people.” The Dept. of State noted that the pace of democratisation that has taken place in Africa, however, saying that most of emerging democracies are “still fragile” and that the U.S. is “trying to strengthen them”. It commended the election that brought George Opong Weah OUR MISSION “To be the market place of ideas and the leading player in the industry by putting the people first, upholding the truth, maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards while delivering value to our stakeholders”
to power in Liberia. “It was the first free, fair, and peaceful transiton of government in over 75 years. It’s a good thing.” The department said the Tillerson visit would focus on mainly “building insitutions and holding governments accountable”. “How do we advance political and economic reform that
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Behind this is a snide comment President Trump made in February this year about immigrants heading for the U.S. from African countries. He described those nations as “shithole countries”. will help in the transition process? There are issues too that we are working on in Zimbabwe with the transition between Robert Mugabe and Emmerson Mnangagwa.” Welcome as it is, the African visit is coming at a time when Africa/U.S. OUR PEOPLE Chairman Malam Wada Maida, Oon, Fnge Chief Operating Officer (Ag) Editor, Daily
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relations are sour. Behind this is a snide comment President Trump made in February this year about immigrants heading for the U.S. from African countries. He described those nations as “shithole countries”. That comment caused a storm across the continent. In Nigeria, the Buhari government summoned the U.S. Ambassador to explain what exactly Trump said. This dark cloud has not quite lifted. Mr. Tillerson, therefore, should expect a cautious, not too enthusiastic, welcome in Abuja. However, there is the bright side too. In January, Trump lifted the ban his predecessor President Barack Obama placed on arms sale to Nigeria. Trump approved the sale of state of the art fighter planes worth over $500 million to Nigeria. The purchase papers were signed last month. Built into the contract is a training programme tailored toward improving the fighting capability of government troops against Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast. Trump promised that the U.S. would everything necessary to help Nigeria defeat Boko Haram which has been branded by Washington as an international terror group. It is this point, more than the 2019 elections, Mr. Tillerson will emphasize when he meets President Buhari in Abuja, we believe. OUR VISION
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Addressing the plight of telecom subscribers
By Chidiebere Nwobodo Chidiebere
ccording to Wikipedia, the consumer is the person who pays to consume goods and services produced. As an individual, he plays a vital role in the economic system of any nation. The consumer also constitutes a strategic part of the distribution chain in the overall economy. He is the end of production cum distribution network. There cannot be producers or service providers without him. Every buoyant economy rises and falls on the actions and reactions of the consumer. Narrowing it down to the telecommunications sector, especially as it affects Nigeria, consumption is one of the major factors propelling the growth of the telecommunications industry. Nigerian subscribers, numbering about 154 million, dominate the African telecommunications landscape. They provide the revenue that Mobile Network Operators need to keep moving. Yet, they do not get the best satisfaction when it comes to services. In 2015, Nigerian telecom subscribers coughed out a whopping sum of $5.6bn, which was spent on telecommunications services alone. In 2016, it was increased by another $1bn, thereby making it a total of $6.6bn. After a long period of neglect and exploitation, finally the subscribers have got the attention of the telecommunications regulatory agency-the
Nigerian Communications Commission. On March 15, 2017, the Commission historically declared 2017 as a year set aside to focus on the warfare of Nigerian subscribers. The essence of the declaration is to highlight the plight of the consumers, as regards poor quality of services, being rendered to them by the MNOs and proffer solutions to them. Unsolicited messages, illegal deductions from consumers’ credit, infuriating menace of robotic calls, poor quality of service, charges for unrequested services like caller tunes, call drops, unfriendly internet data plan packages, and so on; have become excruciating pains cum challenges on the part of subscribers. The declaration will go a long way to restore the confidence of telecom subscribers in the ability of the Commission to protect its rights and privileges, which is in line with the mandate of the Consumer Affairs Bureau of the NCC. Some of the MNOs, no doubt, have defaulted on their primary responsibility, which is to provide qualitative telecommunications services to consumers. The poor network coverage has remained a recurring decimal in the industry. Even when the NCC has provided a Do-Not-Disturb code to enable consumers control the menace of unsolicited messages, by sending it to 2442, it is yet to abate. Exorbitant charges for services not rendered, or requested, has been a small piece of bone in the throats of many telecom subscribers. A situation in which MNOs impose unsolicited caller tunes
on the consumers and still deduct money from them, as fees for these tunes, leaves much to be desired. Inadequate telecom infrastructure, especially in the rural areas, has contributed immensely to poor network coverage. Apart from making complaints via the NCC’s designated line of 622, telecom consumers on the street want a system put in place by the NCC that automatically reverses unjustifiable deductions made on their airtime, without having to embark on bureaucratic voyage of reporting to the Consumer Affairs Bureau of the NCC or Complaint Commission. The banking sector model, where Automated Teller Machines immediately reverses unpaid debt alert, should be emulated in the telecommunications sector, as part of regulatory measures put in place to protect subscribers. Realistically, how many telecom subscribers will start calling the NCC’s complaint line of 622 because their Network Operators shortchanged them? How many of them will have the patience to keep dialing 622 anytime a Network Operator cheats them of N20? How many of the telecom consumers are observant or literate enough to know when they have been exploited? What will a subscriber do if, at the end of the month, he has not been able to exhaust his one-month data plan due to poor quality of internet services and the hosting NO insists that he recharges his data plan before
the remaining data rolls over? What stops the Network Service Providers from rolling over subscriptions to the next month, especially any period there is epileptic internet service? These are thought provoking questions racing through the minds of many subscribers. A few weeks ago, the NCC summoned the Mobile Network Operators to a meeting and the riot act was read to them on the importance of improving the quality of service. As much as I will commend the NCC for the bold step, I want to advocate something more self-sustaining than what is obtainable now. The NCC does not have to compel MNOs all the time to maintain quality of service in the industry by imposing fines on them or mandating them to refund certain amount to telecom consumers via airtime. There should be a system that automatically blocks unsolicited messages from reaching the subscriber without him sending codes to designated lines. The proposed electronic system should compensate telecom consumers with airtime, for example, anytime N50 is deducted for unrequested caller tunes. The system should automatically roll over data subscription plan any month that a particular Network Operators falls below 60 per cent performance, as regards provision of internet services. Chidiebere Nwobodo Chidiebere is a Public Affairs Analyst.
Benzoic Acid and Nigerian regulators By Simbo Olorunfemi
s we all know, on account of the loopholes and laxity on the part of some of the regulators, a number of multinationals in Nigeria tend to get away with a lot they would not even dare dream of in other places. While some are experts at compromising the system, many simply take advantage of our lackadaisical attitude to the issue of standard, even when it comes to health and safety. It is no surprise that Nigeria has become a dumping ground for all sorts of inferior goods, fake products, e-waste and even toxic waste, simply because we are unable to secure our own interest, police our borders and take the issue of safety of the people seriously. It is against that backdrop that I immediately took interest in the unprecedented judgement by Justice Adedayo Oyebanji, in the suit filed Dr. Emmanuel Fijabi Adebo, and his company, Fijabi Adebo Holdings Limited, against NBC Plc and NAFDAC. Reviewing excerpts from the judgement, I was particularly intrigued at the statement of defence by Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), exonerating itself from responsibility on the grounds that its products were only meant for local distribution and consumption. I was particularly glad that Justice Oyebanji rebuffed that argument in these words: “It is imperative to state that the knowledge of the Nigeria Bottling Company that the products were to be exported is immaterial to its being fit for human consumption. The court is in absolute agreement with the learned counsel for the claimants that soft drinks manufactured by Nigeria bottling company ought to be fit for human consumption irrespective of colour or creed.” But it was even the response from the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) after the story broke in the press that compelled my intervention on the matter, within hours, that it was published by PREMIUM TIMES. I had doubts about the logic in NBC’s argument that the singular reason why the standard for Benzoic acid level is lower in the United Kingdom was simply on account of its temperate climate. I could not make
sense of why the level would be expected to be lower than in a tropical region. But being no expert, I could not push it further. I only queried that position and sought to know what the permissible standards are in other tropical countries like Nigeria so we can have a comparative analysis. I equally wondered aloud what the case must be like for countries exposed to different climatic conditions, asking if products there are region-specific in production and distribution. But I became worried when I noticed that a few people who I would expect to be more scientifically-inclined than this layman increasingly weighed more on the side of the manufacturer on the basis of what they claimed to be ‘hard science’, summarily dismissing the concerns raised by the judgement, with some even querying the competence of the learned Judge in this matter, being no Scientist. Someone dismissed the judgement, at best, as ‘legal superstition’. Yet the more I looked at it, the more difficult for me to find legs for the argument they adduced. I equally noticed that the Federal Ministry of Health in its statement seemed to have fallen short of a categorical position on the matter, beyond declaring the products safe for consumption, when, in fact, the court never declared it unsafe. It cleverly refused to frontally address the issue of the likelihood of benzoic acid, at some level when exposed to ascorbic acid and other elements, becoming carcinogenic, which is the burning issue at hand. It chose to plat safe, choosing to only advise “all Nigerians to take medicines with potable water (as) this would help to prevent unexpected drugfood interactions.” Perhaps, it is because it is still conducting its own investigation. I was left with the same lingering questions, not answered by the statement from the Federal Ministry of Health. It claims that “Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) as the standard setting body in Nigeria in consultation with technical experts and relevant stakeholders elaborated the standard of benzoic acid in soft drinks to be at 250mg/kg based on the national climatic and storage conditions – this standard has been in existence since
1997 and revised in 2008.” In other words, the standard for Nigeria appears to have been last revised nine years ago! That, for me, is disturbing. I felt compelled to find out what really is it with this preservative that would make the standard once set by Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) as high as 600mg/kg to be reviewed in 2016 to 250mg/kg? What prompted that sharp cut? What could have prompted UK and other European countries to set their own standard at 150mg/kg? Is it just because of the temperate climate? Can we really be sure that the peculiar circumstance of Nigeria has been taken care of in this matter? I decided to do a bit of study on the subject. What did I find? 1. A reaction occurs when sodium benzoate is used in beverages that also contain ascorbic acid (vitamin C). “The two substances, in an acidic solution, can react together in the presence of light to form small amounts of benzene, a chemical that causes leukemia and other cancers. Though the amount of benzene that forms is really small, leading to only a very small risk of cancer, the risk can be real. Benzene, which is carcinogenic, can be formed at very low level (ppb level) in soft and fruit drinks containing both benzoates and ascorbic acid. Exposure to heat and light was found to further stimulate the reaction in a 2006 study by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in UK. According to findings quoted in a study by Kisi and Acquah, “the use of benzoic acid as an antimicrobial agent has been observed to have adverse effects such as metabolic acidosis, convulsion, hyperactive and hyperpnoea in experimental animals and humans given very high doses of benzoic acid. The development of allergic reactions to benzoates in humans, such as urticaria, nonimmunological contact urticaria and asthma, has also been reported in some studies.” 2. There is a bit of history to this matter of benzene in soft drinks caused by the decarboxylation of benzoic acid in the presence of ascorbic acid (vitamin C, E300) or erythorbic acid (a diastereomer of ascorbic acid, E315) dating as far back as 1990. Around 1990, FDA was informed by the soft
drink industry that benzene, a carcinogen, could form at the ppb level in some beverages that contained benzoate preservatives and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). 3. In the early 1990s, in the US, “the FDA had urged companies not to use benzoate in products that also contain ascorbic acid, but in the 2000s companies were still using that combination. A lawsuit filed in 2006 by private attorneys ultimately forced CocaCola, PepsiCo, and other soft-drink makers in the U.S. to reformulate affected beverages, typically fruit-flavored products.” In some instances, some manufacturers had to withdraw large quantities of products from sale after benzene contamination in some production plants were discovered. 4. On account of studies by Health authorities in a number of countries including US, UK, Canada and South Korea, measures have had to be taken in response to this matter of benzene in soft drinks. In fact, soft drinks manufacturers themselves have openly expressed concern about this. 5. Reports have it that in 2008, CocaCola announced that it would be phasing out sodium benzoate from many of its drinks, apart from Fanta and Sprite. It does appear that the decision by UK authorities and other countries to set their standard at 150mg/kg might not be unconnected to this concern, which some of our scientists who have not conducted any study, seek to dismiss with a wave of the hand. 6. Now, remember that my major source of concern is this argument by NBC, which some of our people have simply accepted and routinely regurgitated, is that the standard set at 150mg/kg by UK authorities must have been on account of the temperate climate. But then, after learning that benzene was present in some products, research was undertaken by both FDA and the soft drinks industry in US to understand the factors that contributed to benzene formation. This revealed that “elevated temperature and light can stimulate benzene formation in the presence of benzoate salts and vitamin C.” Simbo Olorunfemi works for Hoofbeatdotcom, a Nigerian Communications Consultancy.
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Agriculture: More than words, time for action
By Taiwo Odukoya
nd God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food – Genesis 1:29 When we think of the Indian economy and its place in the world, we think of a population stretching over a billion, of driven, highly educated young people doing amazing things in the global tech space, of call centres and a growing pool of talent that makes the country an attractive destination for investors and corporations in search of cheap skilled labour. What is not readily known is that most of what we see of India, as a growing industrial power, is underpinned by an agricultural sector that contributes 17.4 percent to the country’s GDP, employs 48.9 percent of the working population and is the principal source of livelihood for about 58 percent of the country’s population. Agriculture is the backbone of the Indian economy. And for any country serious about sustainable development, agriculture is a key policy consideration. It was the British intellectual, Samuel Johnson who said, “Agriculture not only
gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.” Economic theorists have since agreed on the imperative of agriculture to boosting industrialisation. After all, the agricultural revolution preceded the industrial revolution. Agriculture is and has remained vital for reducing urban unemployment and income inequality, and if there is anything close to a silver bullet for the reduction of poverty and food sufficiency, it is agriculture. There is nothing revolutionary about this idea. The question is: Why hasn’t Nigeria benefited from Agriculture as much as it should, in spite of decades of rhetoric? We have the natural endowments, arable land and resources, to maximise our agricultural potential for food sufficiency, employment, increase of export earnings, diversification of the economy, and improvement of living standards. Currently Nigeria has 84 million hectares of arable land, with less than half of it being utilised. Outmoded machinery, lack of adequate storage, poor transportation infrastructure, etc, all account for an underperforming agricultural sector. Between 1962 and 1968, Nigeria was the biggest exporter of palm products, the
second largest producers of cocoa, and she exported 47 percent of the global groundnut output. But today we can barely feed ourselves, relying on imports instead. It is a shame that we produce 65 percent of the tomatoes in West Africa, while remaining the largest importer of tomato paste in the region. We spend over $11 billion importing rice, fish and sugar. What happened? Every government since the oil boom of the 70s, after agriculture took a downward spiral, has pledged to revamp the sector, beyond rhetoric, but little has been done beyond budget allocation. We are still struggling to industrialise, yet neglecting agriculture, which is one of the key engine rooms of that industrialisation. We have to do things differently. China and India are amongst the biggest agricultural producers in the world because their huge populations make food security a priority. Nigeria is no different. To continue to pay lip service to agricultural production, to continue to focus on oil because it provides quick and easy money that are easily diverted into private pockets, is to court disaster. We have not wanted for policies on how to improve the performance of the agricultural sector. Every government in
the past has had one blueprint or the other. What has been lacking is the will. We need champions from the federal government down to the local governments, across branches of government, to rise up and treat the sector with the much needed urgency. We need audacious and selfless and forward looking leadership. One would have loved to see professionally run state farms in every area of the economy. We need public-private partnerships, multistakeholder platforms and collaborations to make a difference. According to a World Economic Forum report, “growth generated by agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa is estimated to be 11 times more effective in reducing poverty than GDP growth in other sectors.” Poverty is a big problem, men’s hearts are failing them, women and children are becoming beggars. It is high time something is done. God has been good to Nigeria, it is high time we became a little more responsible, to avoid impeding disaster. NIGERIA HAS A GREAT FUTURE. Taiwo Odukoya, a leadership and relationship expert, is the Senior Pastor of The Fountain of Life Church.
Nigeria’s half-hearted commitment to universal health By Eze Onyekpere
t is a trite fact that consistency of good policies, plans and budgets in a continuum is at the heart of development and will be instrumental to the regeneration of the nation’s economy. Incidentally, the Federal Government and the states have always chorused the fact that growth needs to be restored, the economy needs to be competitive and investments have to be pro-people. The chorus goes on to eulogise the elevation of local content, building of new skills and competencies with education as the bedrock of social and economic progress. We also know as a fact that we need to be alive to enjoy the perquisites of development and progress thereby bringing to the fore the inextricable link between the rights to life and health. However, a review of some health policies, plans, laws and their implementation in Nigeria within the context of the budget will demonstrate the fatality of stating one thing in law and policy and doing just the opposite. For the economy to grow and be competitive, the human beings who drive it need to be healthy. Now, the buzzword is about universal health coverage; various international human rights standards, the Sustainable Development Goals and the National Health Policy all eulogise how beautiful the day will be when health services will be available to all. Everyone from the President, to the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minister of Health and the civil society all affirm their dedication to seeing that day become a reality. The National Health Act in moving the health for all mantra to the next level provided for the Basic Health Care Provision Fund which should be made up of not less than one per cent of the
Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal Government. Contributions are also expected from donors and other sources. The Fund as provided by law would principally go into primary health care. The NHA became law in late 2014 but the excuse was that the estimates for 2015 had already been prepared by the executive; so, it would require extra work to accommodate the Fund in 2015. But this was just an unreasonable excuse considering that the National Assembly had yet to begin consideration of the executive proposals as of the time this bill got assent to become law. The Federal Government, in preparing the 2016 and 2017 federal budgets, simply refused to include the one per cent as a basis of attracting support from donors and other stakeholders. Yet, the same government through its principal officers continued swearing about their commitment to universal health coverage and health for all. Enter the process of preparing the 2018 federal budget and the dance steps of senior government officials on the subject of the one per cent became very confusing. The 2018 federal budget call circular in Section 3.2 omitted the Fund as one of the statutory transfers. While discerning minds were considering the implication of the deliberate refusal to provide this Fund, the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2018-2020 was sent to the National Assembly by the President. The MTEF at page 25 under the health theme states as follows: “The achievement of Universal Health Coverage is an important goal of government. It is expected that the funding provision for the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund of one per cent of the Consolidated Revenue Fund will be implemented over the medium term”. With this heartwarming statement, the financial projections of the MTEF still leave out the Fund! And
information from very high and official quarters still indicates that the budget to be presented on Tuesday this week omitted the Fund. As if the foregoing had not inflicted enough damage on the mantra of universal health coverage, the administration has nothing in terms of policy and legislative position to raise funds to pay for universal health care. It is a fundamental aphorism that universal health coverage needs to be funded for it to become a reality. Government is not pushing for compulsory health insurance nor is it thinking of any new revenue source to make health care available, accessible and affordable by all. Two years gone out of a mandate of four years, nothing new and no developments that encourage or push the envelope of hope that a new dawn is around the corner. Just a reminder; the mantra has not changed and the song of the year/decade is still about universal health coverage. In nearby Ghana, health insurance is compulsory and universal and government raises funding from other sources to ensure the improvement of health services. But this cannot happen in Nigeria. We are too big to use our faculties right. The Federal Government keeps announcing its dedication and commitment to improving maternal and child health. One of the key parameters to measure this improvement is access to immunisation and immunisation coverage. The donors who are funding this are withdrawing and we are supposed to make alternative arrangements to do it ourselves through domestic resource mobilisation. What has the Federal Government done? What are the sustainability agenda and the domestic resources mobilisation framework? Maybe, borrow more from concessionary sources? Is the Federal Government even interested in the sustainability
framework being devised by non-state actors? Thus, how do we expect the health sector to grow and fulfil its mandate when all the provisions of laws, policies and plans have no relationship with actual governance activities where resources should be dedicated to their implementation? There is nothing esoteric about improving funding for health or access to health services and for which no literature exists or practices cannot be replicated and adapted from other countries. What is lacking is the political will to do what is right and practicable in the circumstances. As a young man growing up in the seventies and early eighties, I heard about Health for All by the year 2000 but when 2000 came, the goalpost was shifted to 2015. Then, when 2015 came, it was further shifted to 2030. So, for how long shall we continue to grope without direction? The right to life and its concomitant right to health are the foundations and building blocks of economic regeneration and growth. The Federal Government should be seen to be implementing its plans, policies and laws through the revenue and expenditure framework and fiscal policies of the budget. Leadership is about practical ideas which drive resource mobilisation and when these resources are mobilised, they are channelled in an empirical and constructive manner for the greatest good of all. Universal health coverage is possible; but where are the leaders? Where is the road map and who is in the driving seat? The ruling All Progressives Congress, the President and the Minister of Health should stand up and be counted and stop this half-hearted commitment towards universal health coverage. Eze Onyekpere is an Abuja based Legal Practitioner.
PEOPLES DAILY, Thursday, march 8, 2018
Int’l Women’s Day: NCWS urges FG to tackle hunger, rights abuse By Stanley Onyekwere
he National Council for Women Societies (NCWS) has called on the Federal Government to take adequate steps in addressing the rights of women and the untold hunger in the country. President of NCWS, Mrs Gloria Laraba Shoda, disclosed this in a statement yesterday, as part of activities to mark 2018 International Women’s Day (IWD) celebration today. She said the council wants to use this ay to draw the Federal Government attention to the suffering that the Nigeria woman
goes through as a result of the hardship and disparities in the country. “We are faced with a situation where women go through a lot to be able to feed their families, this is because things are getting harder everyday and the prices of good and service are on the increase and out of the reach of the common woman. “Government should as a matter of urgency pass every bill that is related to the women as well as look into policies that will better the living standard of the Nigeria women. “The right and privileges of the women should be made para-
mount as government makes and execute her policies,” he stressed. Shoda, while commenting on this year’s theme; “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”, described the theme as apt, stressing that there is no better time to address the hunger faced by women in this country. Shoda said that the day is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in various skill acquisition programmes, and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s rights and realise their full potential. She explained that the Day will
also draw attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up over a quarter of the world population and majority of the 43 percent of women in the global agricultural labour force according to UN reports. According to her, to attain the Sustainable Development Goals a reality, there was need for urgent action in rural areas to ensure an adequate standard of living, a life free of hunger, violence and harmful practices for rural women and nutrition, decent work, education and health, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights. She called on all stakeholders to
put all hands on deck to ensure a better live for the woman, adding that the NCWS as the umbrella body of women cannot do it alone. The president said that the council had embarked on empowerment programmes, granting soft loans to the women through the Bank of Industry to improve their lives.
Reps decry FG’s inability to meet Nigeria’s sugar demand By Christiana Ekpa
Chairman, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Yomi Kasali (2nd right); Exe. Sec. NCPC, Rev. Uja Tor Uja (2nd left); NCPC Fed. Commissioner Representing FCT, Dr. Israel Akanji (right) and the NCPC Ex-Officio Member Representing Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nnamdi Nze, during the maiden Board meeting after inauguration at the Commission›s Corporate headquarters, yesterday in Abuja.
Expert raises alarm on increased kidney disease among Nigerians
emi Raji, a consultant Nephrologist, University College Hospital, Ibadan (UCHI), says untreated medical condition peculiar to women is the leading cause of increased Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Nigeria. Mr. Raji disclosed this in an exclusive interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Wednesday while speaking on the theme of the 2018 World Kidney Day, which is observed every second Thursday in March. He noted that the prevalence of kidney disease in Nigeria is about 20 to 30 per cent of the country’s population; saying most people have one form of kidney disease or the other. According to him, it accounts
for 10 per cent of all medical admission in most teaching hospitals. The theme for the 2018 World Kidney Day is “Kidney and Women’s health: value, and empower’’, with the aim of sensitising the public on the need to enhance women’s kidney health. Mr. Raji stressed that women were at a disadvantage in the family and the society at large when it comes to accessing quality healthcare on kidney health as opposed to their male counterpart. “In most parts of the world, particularly in the developing world, women are at disadvantage in terms of how you diagnose kidney disease early, how you prevent it and how you treat it. “So at every level there is disadvantage for kidney disease di-
agnosis, detection and prevention among women; that’s why this year is focusing on how that trend can change. “And looking at women and also considering the fact that there are some conditions that are peculiar to women that could lead to kidney disease and how we can sensitise the whole world both women and men about those conditions that are related to women that can lead to kidney disease.” The nephrologist however identified cancer of the womb (endometrial cancer and cervical cancer) as the causes of chronic kidney disease in women, adding that there are other non-cancer related causes like fibroid. He further said chronic kidney disease cuts across men, women, children and adults; with causes
such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Auto Immune Disease, which is mostly common among women. Mr. Raji further explained that “cancer is linked to kidney disease because when people have cancer there is a swelling in their tummy which compresses on the pipe that brings water from the kidney to be passed out, this causes an obstruction thereby transmitting pressure on the kidney and that destroys the kidney.” The nephrologist however said one out of every four Nigerian has hypertension, while more than 50 per cent of them are not aware they do and so it continues to damage the organs of the body, including kidney, heart and eyes. (NAN)
he House of Representatives yesterday decried the inability of the Federal Government to meet the sugar demand despite the availability of arable land for sugarcane cultivation. Chairman of the Adhoc committee investigating the low concessionary tariff given to companies for sugar importation between 2013 to 2016, Abiodun Adeola expressed the worry during a public hearing at the National Assembly complex. . The lawmaker lamented that Nigeria can only produce locally a mere 2 percent of its sugar demand. Adeola who revealed that between 2009 and 2011, the country spent 228.8 billion naira on sugar importation, deprived Nigeria of huge forigen exchange earnings and loss of hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities. The Chairman noted that in a bid to halt the culture of importation of sugar, the then Federal Executive Council in 2012 approved the Nigerian sugar master plan with a number of policy measures and investment incentives designed to stimulate the growth of the industry in Nigeria. He added that it is in this regard that the adhoc committee is conducting a forensic audit on the master plan and profer solutions and give necessary legislative backing towards archiving selfsufficiency in sugar production. In his submission, the Executive Secretary National Sugar Development Council, Abdulatif Busari, explained that the master plan was conceive to discourage importation and stimulate increased local sugar production. Busari, expressed optimism that by 2023 at least five projects which will have significant impact on domestic sugar production will be delivered by BUA, Dangote and Lee Group. He urged government to address socio-cultural cultural disorders and challenges constituting threats to sugar investments and provide infrastructural development to accelerate the development of sugar sector.
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2019: Sokoto Peace Corps: Hope dims in Senate on possible veto Ikechukwu Okaforadi and the Bill and give it a preferential to him late last year, citing lack of (because) in response to increasing Assembly rejects By funds to fund the agency, which complexity of the factors responsible treatment. Musa Adamu To this end, he appealed to the he also said, is a duplication of the for insecurity and the method by independent ope dimmed yesterday in the sentiment of the senators on the responsibility of the functions of the which peace and security is being undermined in Nigeria, there is need Senate over the possibility need to invoke the powers conferred Nigerian Police Force (NPF). candidacy Also, the Peace Corps Office in to develop comprehensive, multiof the lawmakers to veto on them by their constituents whom
he Sokoto State House of Assembly yesterday, rejected the alteration of constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 to provide for independent candidacy in election. The rejection followed the consideration of a report of the House Ad-hoc Committee on the adoption of the alteration of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. Presenting the report, the Deputy Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Garba Bello (APC- Yabo), said that the committee conducted town hall meetings that covered the three Senatorial zones of the state. Bello said, “The committee observed that alteration bill to abrogate the state joint local government accounts and empower each local government, to maintain its own special account had the support of the 23 local governments in the state.” The deputy chairman also said the 23 local governments backed the four other alterations, including the strengthening of local government administration in Nigeria and to change the name of Nigeria Police Force to ‘Nigeria Police’. According to him, the majority of the local governments in the state also support “Alteration to provide for the procedure for passing a Constitution alteration bill. In such circumstance, he said, ‘’the President withholds assent and to specify the period within with the President or Governor presents the Appropriation bill before the Assembly. “But the alteration to provide for independent candidature in election was rejected by the “As such, the committee recommended that Assembly should accept the five alterations and reject the alteration to provide for independent candidature in election, based on the wishes of the citizens,” Bello said. The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Abubabar Magaji, who presided over the plenary put the motion into vote and was accepted by the majority of the members. (NAN)
President Mohammadu Buhari who has refused to sign the Bill establishing the Nigeria Peace Corps. This became evident during the plenary when the Kogi West senator, Dino Melaye, who moved a motion saying that the Senate, had received a communication from the President on his rejection of assent to the Peace Corps Bill. Melaye said since the President communicated to the Senate that he will not sign the Bill because of lack of funds to sponsor the agency, in addition to the fact that the agency will be a duplication of the duties of the existing agencies like the Civil Defense, police, among others, the Senate should meet with him to impress on him to sign the Bill. He pointed out that since President withdrew his assent to the Bill, thousands of his constituents had called him to express displeasure, adding that they had requested that the Senate should expeditiously treat
they represent, to veto President Mohammadu Buhari if he failed to reason with the Senate, reverse his decision and sign the Bill. He said the Bill is the only legacy the government can bequeath the youths, adding that the government of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in its sixteen years in power, borrowed six trillion naira only, but the All Progressives Congress (APC), in its less three years in office, had borrowed eleven trillion naira, yet none of the money borrowed is going into empowering the youths. However, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided over the plenary, obviously ignored the matter, but just called on the Leader of the Senate to introduce the next item on the agenda of the Senate order paper for consideration. Recall that President Buhari had withdrawn his assent to the National Peace Corps Bill which was passed by the National Assembly and forwarded
Abuja had been in lock and key by the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) who had described the agency as an illegal body, provided the President had not assented to the Bill. Reacting to this, the Peace Corps Commandant General, Dickson Akor, had sued the NPF for locking up their national secretariat, following which the a federal High Court in Abuja, passed a judgment directing the Police to vacate the Peace Corps Headquarters. However, the police refused to unseal the office for about four months, until President Buhari last week indicated that he will not assent to the Bill, giving reasons of duplication of functions and lack of funds to finance the agency. During the final passage of the Bill, the Chairman, Committee on Interior, Senator Bayero Nafada (APC, Gombe) who sponsored the Bill, said “The organization will be of great benefit to the Nigerian youths
Former Vice-President of Nigeria and Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (right) listening with rapt attention, while Hon. Aliyu Mu’azu (middle) looks on when Atiku visited a political associate, Alhaji Ibrahim Little, who was victim of an armed attack recently in Kaduna
APC, Dogara felicitate with Osinbajo at 61 By Umar Muhammad Puma
sectoral, multi-stakeholders and inclusive approaches in order to stem these threats.” The committee also recommended that the Nigerian Peace Corps and the National Unity and Peace Corps should be merged since both formations appear the same. The Senate had at its sitting on Thursday, March 10, 2016 debated on the general principles of the Nigerian Peace Corps Bill, 2016 (SB.173) sponsored by Senator Ali Ndume and the National Unity and Peace Corps Bill, 2016 (SB.183) sponsored by Senator Binta Garba Masi and referred it to the committee for further legislative action. The Commandant General of the Nigerian Peace Corps, had claimed that the agency among others, seeks to empower, develop and provide gainful employment for the youths, to facilitate Peace, Volunteerism, Community Services, Neighborhood Watch and Nation-building.
he All Progressives Congress (APC) has congratulates Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON, SAN, on the special occasion of his 61st birthday. In a statement issued yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi, said Osinbajo as Commissioner for Justice in Lagos State remains one of the celebrated legacies bequeathed to the state and have been replicated in many states in the country. The Party recalls the strategic and important role Osinbajo played after the formation of the APC in 2013 when he was
tasked alongside other notable Party members to design and produce Party’s manifesto, culminating in the presentation of the Party’s roadmap to a new Nigeria. “The highly-cerebral Osinbajo has endeared himself to the generality of Nigerians as a team player in the current administration and a very dependable ally of the President. Osinbajo has been a key support base in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration’s ongoing efforts to deliver on election promises made to Nigerians. “We wish him the very best in the years ahead in service to the Party and Nation.” Equally, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara has
felicitated with the Vice President describing him as a man who epitomizes humility, intelligence and patriotism. In a congratulatory message he personally signed to mark Professor Osinbajo’s 61st Birthday Anniversary, Dogara extolled the virtues of the Vice President and saluted his unalloyed loyalty, dedication and commitment to the Nigerian project. “You have demonstrated abiding faith in the unity and growth of this great nation, and exhibited unwavering loyalty. You have not left any one in doubt about your impeccable leadership qualities and capacity to diligently handle matters of national interest, development and progress,” Dogara said.
“As a legal luminary of great repute and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, you have brought your vast knowledge, character, pedigree and experience to bear in the discharge of the functions of your office as the Vice President and driver of the nation’s economy, the results of which are very visible, impacting and reassuring”. “On behalf of the leadership and the entire members of the House of Representatives, I heartily wish you a happy 61st birthday celebration while praying God Almighty to continue to keep you in good health and bless you with many more years in service of the nation.”
PEOPLES DAILY, Thursday, march 8, 2018
Dana mishaps: Reps summon FAAN, NCAA, NIMET, others • Sets up Ad- Hoc committee to probe crash landing
By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Muhammad Puma
he House of Representative yesterday summoned Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Fderal Airport Authority (FAAN) Nigerian Meteorology Agency (NIMET) and others relevant agencies to appear before it and explain their roles in the malfunctioning of the Nigerian airlines that led to the crash landing of the Dana plane. The Green Chamber equally set up an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the crash landing and the opening of the aircraft door while it was landing. Recall that 49 persons have, on February 21 2018, escaped death when Dana aircraft overshot the runway at the Port Harcourt Airport, after it touched down. PEOPLES DAILY reports that an aircraft can overshot the runway when it moves beyond the specified point due to speeding or its inability to stop.But the aircraft, which left Abuja for the Rivers State Capital, skidded off the runway due to what the airline described as heavy rainfall in Port Harcourt. Dana Air already blamed the problem on the weather condition, same as the airport authority, FAAN,
even before a formal investigation was conducted. The resolution of the House was sequence to a motion on the “Need to Investigate the Recent Mishaps involving Dana Airline sponsored by Hon. Prestige Ossy (Abia PDP) Presenting the Motion, Ossy Noted that Dana Air Limited is a fully privately owned carrier which commenced flight operations on 10 November, 2008 and has been a troubled airline with
unpredictable history of accidents and mishaps; “Recalls that on 3 June 2012, after passengers have boarded the aircraft at the Lagos airport, it was allegedly delayed from take-off as aeronautic engineers discovered some faults and changed the hydraulic fluid under the left side under carriage tyre mechanism; “Also recall that in the same year, Dana Air Flight 0992 crashed into a two-storey building in Iju-Ishaga, a
densely populated area of Lagos state, only four nautical miles from the Murtala Muhammed Airport, killing all 153 passengers on board, and some residents of the building; “Equally note that the aircraft, McDonnel Douglas MD 83 was manufactured in 1983 and has had history of mechanical problems with its former owners, US based Alaska Airlines before it was sold to Dana Airline in 2009; R-L: Chairman House Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission, Hon. Abubakar Yunusa Ahmed, is presented with the Certificate of Investiture as the Fellow Nigerian Association of Technologist in Engineering (NATE), by the National President of the Association, Mr. Ahmed Yabagi at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja.
“Aware that on 19 February, 2018, Dana Aircraft numbered 9J0363, flying from Abuja to Port Harcourt crash landed at the Port Harcourt International Airport but no casualty was recorded as all passengers on board were evacuated, an incident which occurred due to heavy downpour accompanied with a strong wind and storm in Port Harcourt; “Informed that a few weeks earlier, the same Dana Aircraft had its door opened while landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja; “Concerned that the lives and property of passengers may not be safe as a result of the series of mishaps associated with Dana Airline,” he stressed. Contributing to the motion, Kamale Adamu (Adamawa) said the aviation regulators should prevent the use of second hand planes that are over 5 to 8 years . “It is unfortunate that we go on as if we don’t have respect for human lives in this country,” he lamented, disclosing that the all air lines used by Dana are second hand and not digital. He urged that NCAA and all others regulating agencies must be queried. Also Edward Pwajok ( Jos South) also disclosed that the situation is beyond Dana. According to him, “the regulating agencies must have given the plane air worthiness.” In his contribution, Sergius Ossei Ogun disagreed, saying the challenge has nothing to do with old planes, adding that the regulating agencies are manipulating the system. “The Challenge is not all about the age of the planes; it takes the regulator to hand this situation and the regulating agencies are manipulating the system.” The House, however, urged the Adhoc Committee to report back to it in four weeks.
Distribution of PVCs begins in May -INEC
he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to their owners will begin by middle of May. The Ebonyi INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Godswill Obioma, disclosed this at a strategic security interactive meeting on Wednesday in Abakaliki. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the strategic meeting involved INEC officials, representatives of security outfits involved in the conduct of the election as well as the National Orientation Agency (NOA), and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Mr. Obioma said that the commission would commence the distribution of the PVCs to eligible electorate, who registered between 2017 and 2018. He urged security officials, who were yet to register, to take advantage of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) to register. He further urged members of the security agencies, who transferred from other locations, wishing to transfer their cards to Ebonyi to approach any INEC office nearest to them for the transfer. He warned against double registration, noting that any double
registration would result to cancellation and disqualification of the voter. “We have concluded arrangements for the distribution of the Permanent Voter Cards to their owners and the exercise begins by mid May and will involve those who registered between 2017 and 2018. “We have begun early to plan for the 2019 elections and I want to assure you that we will do our best to eliminate factors that will compromise outcome, credibility and integrity of the elections. “Let me use the opportunity to urge officers who have not registered to register and those wishing to do
card transfer to visit any INEC office for the update,” Obioma said. The resident commissioner said that the strategic meeting was part of the early preparatory arrangements by the commission aimed at mobilising its critical partners and stakeholders. He said that the interactive security meeting would deepen collaboration between the security operatives and the commission and boost proper security arrangements and understanding ahead of the elections. According to him, the meeting is running concurrently at the three senatorial zones of Ebonyi including
Senate to investigate violence in Kogi State By Musa Adamu and Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he Senate, yesterday, under a motion of urgent national important brought by Senator Mao Ohabunwa condemned the disruption of empowerment program organized by Sen. Ahmed Ogembe (APC, Kogi) and the violence that followed. The Senate also set up an investigative committee to invite the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to explain the role of the Police in the matter. The Minister and the IGP are
expected to explain their “abdication of the duty” but instead resort to siding with the executive in Kogi State to harass the citizens. In his contribution, Sen. Eyinaya Abaribe, submitted that the manner in which Governor Yahaya Bello had shown that Nigeria youths were not ready for governance. According to him, it is the ideas and not the age of a person that determines his approach to issues, saying Bello’s handling of Kogi governance had damaged the push for “Not-too-youngto-rule” argument. He said what happened in Kogi state was a result of emergence of leadership by accident.
Describing Bello as a threat to Democracy, he said the Governor must be made to operate within Democratic norms. Also contributing, Sen Bala Ibn Na’Allah said while he could not understand what was happening in the state, he appealed to his colleagues to treat the matter as bipartisan. He recalled that the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, faced the worst persecution in the hands of his then Governor who was also his party man. He however, called on the Senate to take a stand on the matter and draw the President’s attention to the matter. Sen. Olusola Adeyeye on his part
condemned the Police for disrupting a peaceful assembly as guaranteed by the Constitution, adding that no Nigerian needs the permission of the police to assemble as long as it was peaceful. Sen. Dino Melaye called on the Senate to ensure that a state of emergency was declared in the state because while it might be him yesterday, Sen Ogembe today nobody knows who it would be tomorrow. He said an opportunity to halt the madness unfolding in Kogi state. While sympathizing with Sen. Ogembe, Sen Ekweremadu said he had passed through the worst case, but that all had passed away.
Ebonyi South, Ebonyi Central and Ebonyi North senatorial zones. “The briefing is called cluster briefing running concurrently at the three Senatorial zones of the state which has in attendance all security agencies involved in the Inter Agency Consultative on Election Security (IACES). “The aim is to plan properly, especially in the areas of security and the idea is to share information on the proper conduct of elections. “The commission is making plans in earnest for smooth, transparent and credible elections and we need adequate security to ensure safety and security of INEC staff and materials,” he said. He explained that IACES had set up a security sub-committee to identify number of security personnel to be deployed to polling units and voting points. He said that security operatives that would be involved in the election would undergo a joint training programme on election security. He said the training would enable the operatives imbibe high ethical standard before the elections as well as equip them with knowledge of security strategies developed by INEC to ensure credible poll. Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi and chairman of IACES, Titus Sumba-Lamorde, said security operatives would ensure that safety of voters, INEC materials and officials are guaranteed during the elections.
PEOPLES DAILY, Thursday, march 8, 2018
UPP faults Ohaneze, others over South East Presidency
Illegal registration: INEC hands over staff to DSS
By Ali Alkali
he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had yesterday revealed that it has reported some of its senior officials in Taraba State to the Department of State Services, DSS, over illegal registration during the Continuous Voter Registration exercise.
This was to ensure future clean and credible elections in the country, which can only be possible if the Commission keeps only honest and ethical officers. A statement by INEC’s Head of Voter Education and Publicity in Taraba State, Fabian Vwamhi, said the illegal voters had been removed from its register. The statement reads, “Following
its laid down processes, INEC Taraba office has discovered that some ineligible voters have been registered in the ongoing CVR exercise. “This is not only contrary to INEC’s guidelines for registration, but is also a violation of the Electoral Act. “Consequently, the Taraba State office has flagged these illegal registrations for removal from the voter
register. “In addition, it has queried the electoral officer as well as the registration officer for the centre. “It has informed the headquarters of the commission in Abuja and drawn the attention of security agencies for further investigation and possible prosecution of all found to have been involved, including INEC staff.”
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he United Progressive Party (UPP) has faulted the President of Ohaneze and other Igbo leaders for scheming out the region from the 2019 presidency, saying the election should be done on the basis of which candidate is competent and not region. In a statement issued yesterday by the party, National Organizing Secretary, Benjamin Duru, UPP said “The struggle, lobby and consultations for the highest Political Office of Nigeria (President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) has become highly interesting, as the top job shall be won by the best candidate who will be expected to lead Nigeria to development, civilization, growth and success through the enthronement of hardwork, discipline, justice, love, good organization and fear of God. “The United Progressive Party (UPP) vehemently disagrees with some Elders in Igboland who without justification decided to zone out qualified persons from the Southeast geopolitical zone from contesting for the top job on any political party platform of their choice. “Some of the Igbo Elders who believe the Igbo may be in the presidential race only with effect from 2023 are Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Chief Hope Uzodinma, and others. They missed the point and in addition, they are not in any vantage position to offer any party presidential ticket and also the relevant network of operations to deliver any candidate to victory. “At the moment, the only political parties in Nigeria that have Governors to their credit (PDP, APC, APGA) have each zoned the position of presidential candidate to the North of Nigeria. By their calculation which the parties are entitled to, they have deliberately thrown healthy competition away into the bush. “It is better to pick and vote for a presidential candidate from a pool of capable, qualified, young and sound men and women who may emerge as presidential candidates from any part of the country through registered political parties”, the party said.
Poll Station Manager displaying ballot papers to Party Agents during the March 7, General Elections in Freetown, yesterday Sierra Leone. Photo: NAN
How much Senators earn monthly, by Shehu Sani By Ali Alkali
enator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, has revealed the amount he and his colleagues receive monthly estimating that every Nigerian Senator earns about N13.5 million monthly as running cost. This is at a time when minimum wage for Nigerian worker is still N18, 000. Senator Sani, known for his penchant for stirring hornets’ nest, is likely to start another national debate on legislators’ salaries and allowances by this revelation. The lawmaker, in a statement he issued yesterday, said the running cost of N13.5 million being paid monthly to every senator was in addition to the over N750,000 monthly consolidated salary and allowances of each member of the Senate. He, however, kicked against payment of allowances, saying Senators should be paid just salaries. The statement reads: “I think what we can say is that the running cost of a senator is N13.5 million every month. “Though no specific instruction on what the fund should be used for,
lawmakers must provide receipts to back up their expenses from the running costs. “The running cost is in addition to funds earmarked for each senator for constituency projects. “But what I am saying is that money (N13.5 million per month) must be receipted for what you do with it. But what you are given to go and spend without any accountability is N750,000.00. The constituency project itself is given on a zonal basis and almost every Senator will go with a constituency fund of about N200 million, but it is not the cash that is given to you. You will be told that you have N200 million with an agency of government for which you will now submit projects equivalent to that amount. And it is that agency of government that will go and do those projects for you. “Now, the corruption comes when the projects are not done and the money is taken. But right now, it is difficult to do that because NGOs and transparency groups have come into it. “They track every allocation made to you and where they are being used. So, it’s becoming difficult for what used to happen in the past to happen
now. But I can tell you that I would love a situation where we do away with running costs, constituency projects and leaves senators and members of House of Reps with salaries. “And also, the public should be informed that nobody should come to any senator’s house asking for any kobo. That also would be helpful. There are issues that we need to understand. First, I don’t believe that members of the National or even state assemblies should be involved in carrying out what is called constituency projects”. “When people are elected into the National Assembly, they should just be involved in law making, raising motions, bills and also performing oversight functions. But we live in a society where people cannot differentiate between the legislators and the executive. “When the people come to you, they want you to build roads, dig boreholes, build hospitals, schools, give money, pay school fees for them. Now, if we have a society in which people will stop asking legislators to do those things, then there is no need (for the allowances) But funny enough, if you are very active in the National Assembly in making laws and you don’t embark on projects
in your constituency, you cannot in any way be appreciated by the people you are there to serve because the electorates in United States are different from the electorates in the United States and Africa. “We live in an underdeveloped society with a lot of poverty, misery and wants. What people want is for you to address those basic fundamental issues that affects their lives. If we can be done with that, it would be okay. Now, you are talking of bogus salaries and bogus allowances – there are three steps you need to consider the first has to do with the fact when you represent the people, expectations arose from your immediate and the larger constituencies. But I agree with you that the salaries and allowances of lawmakers should not be discreet, but what is discreet about it when you can write to Resource and Fiscal Mobilization Commission to get everything about what a senator earns? The only money you are not expected to account for is your salary and the salary of a senator is about N750, 000.00 per month. The other one, the running cost of office must be accounted for. You must provide a receipt for every expense you make.”
Benue killings: Enough of this war, Mark laments By Our Correspondent
mmediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark has described as sad and frustrating the unabating killings in parts of Benue State in spite of repeated peace moves between the indigenes and the Fulani herdsmen in the area. Only yesterday, about 26 indigenes of Omusu community in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State were murdered in cold blood by unkown assailants.
Senator Mark, in a reaction to the incident, condemned the unwarranted killings of innocent citizens, pointing out that the crisis is degenerating to something akin to “war without end”, defying all peaceful approaches. He said: “I’m aware of various peace initiatives over the incessant clashes resulting to loss of lives and property. That the killings continue unabated is something beyond the ordinary. “Let me once again appeal to the assailants to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign. Whichever side of the divide, and whatever
vocation you are engaged in, no progress can be made in a crisis-ridden environment.” Senator Mark bemoaned the degenerating cases of insecurity in the land, saying “from abduction of innocent school girls in Dapchi, numerous cases of kidnapping to outright terrorism against unsuspecting citizens, the situation is frustrating. “We must all make concerted efforts to achieve peace in our communities. Our security agencies should rise up to the challenges and protect lives and property. Life is sacred and we must not take
it for granted”. Senator Mark tasked the federal government to do more in terms of ensuring justice, fairness and peace to all concerned. He stated: “This, certainly is not part of our culture or way of life. We must all join hands to end this calamity and change the narrative for good.” He, however, believes that with determination, honesty and common purpose, the issue of insurgency, terrorism and all kinds of violence would be confined to the dustbin of history.
PEOPLES DAILY, Thursday, march 8, 2018
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AIB reports on Dana Md-83, Delta A330-200, Nestor Oil Gulfstream From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
he Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) has released the preliminary report for the on-going investigation into the serious incidents involving Delta Air Airbus A330-223 aircraft with registration N858NW, which occurred after take-off from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos on 13th February, 2018. The Bureau also released the preliminary reports on the accident involving the DANA Air MD - 83 marked 5N-SRI that overran the runway at the Port Harcourt International Airport on February 20, 2018 and the accident involving Gulfstream G200 aircraft belonging to Nest Oil with registration number 5N-BTF, which occurred at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on 25th January, 2018. According to AIB, the reports contain factual information on the three occurrences and not their probable causes as investigations are still ongoing. They include information gathered from witness statements and a preliminary inspection of the aircraft and the accident sites. On 13th February 2018 at about 2251hrs, a schedule flight DAL55, an Airbus A330223 aircraft with registration N858NW belonging to Delta Air Lines Inc. departed Lagos, Nigeria, for Atlanta, United States of
America with 221 passengers and 13 crew on board made an air return few minutes after take-off following a fire warning on one of the engines. The aircraft landed at about 2259hrs and stopped on runway 18R. The Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Services (ARFFS) reported observing fire on one of engines and extinguished it. Passengers were evacuated using the emergency slides on
the right side of the aircraft. One passenger sustained serious injury while 11 suffered minor injuries. Initial Findings by AIB indicated that the flight crew were certified and qualified to conduct the flight in accordance with applicable FAA regulations, Number One engine fire warning came on about a minute after take-off, while the crew at 2252.25hrs contacted ATC and declared emergency.
L-R: Loan Officer, European Investment Bank (EIB), Inmaculada Soto Riba, MD/ CEO DBN, Mr. Tony Okpanachi, Monitoring Officer EIB, Sanja Blatt, and chief financial officer DBN, Ijeoma Ozulumba, during a working visit of EIB to DBN, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
NNPC Crude Oil, Gas export sale hits $476.25m
By Etuka Sunday
he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said it recorded total export receipts of $476.25m in December, 2017, from sale of crude oil and gas as against $201.11m in November, 2017. This is contained in the monthly NNPC Financial and Operations Report for December, 2017, which was released by the Corporation. According to the report, while receipts from crude oil amounted to $342.16m, gas and miscellaneous receipts accounted for $ 94.85m and $39.24m respectively. On Naira receipts, the report showed that domestic crude oil and gas sales in the month amounted to N96.68bn, consisting of N89.11bn from domestic crude oil and N7.57bn from domestic gas. Of the Naira receipts, the sum of N77.57bn was transferred to the Federation Account in the month under review, while N19.11bn was paid for Joint Venture Cash Call (JVCC) being a first line charge to guarantee continuous flow of revenue stream to Federation Account. The report further showed that from January to December, 2017, NNPC remitted a
total of N857.36bn into the Federation Account, N644.05bn for Joint Venture financing, and N19bn to the Federal Government for debt repayment. In terms of natural gas off-take, commercialization and utilization, the report indicated that out of the 234.08 Billion Cubic Feet (BCF) of gas supplied in December, 2017, a total of 138.99BCF was commercialized, comprising of 39.53BCF and 99.46BCF for the domestic and export markets respectively. This translates to a total daily supply of 1,275.09 Million Standard Cubic Feet of Gas (MSCF) to the domestic market and 3,209.70MSCF of gas supplied to the export market. The report also showed that 60.89% of the average daily gas produced was commercialized, while the balance of 39.11% was re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared. A total of 828MMSCF of gas per day was delivered to the gas-fired power plants in the month under review to generate an average of 3,342 Mega Watts (MW), a modest 11.4% increase on the November, 2017, gas-to-power delivery of 743MSCF to generate 3,115MW. Federation Crude Oil and Gas liftings
are broadly classified into Equity Export and Domestic. Both categories are lifted and marketed by NNPC and the proceeds remitted into the Federation Account. Equity Export receipts are paid directly into Federation Account domiciled in Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) after adjusting for Joint Venture (JV) Cash Calls. Domestic Crude Oil of 445,000bopd is allocated for refining to meet domestic products supply. Payments are effected to the Federation Account by NNPC after adjusting for crude oil and product losses, pipeline repairs and management cost incurred during the period. NNPC also lifts crude oil and gas, other than the Equity and Domestic Crude Oil, on behalf of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), proceeds of which are remitted into the Federation Account. Third Party Finance liftings are crude oil and gas from fields that are financed using alternative finance/loan facility which require the servicing of debts before remitting the balance into the Federation Account as Price Balance.
CBN boosts Forex Market with $210 By Etuka Sunday
he Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 gave a boost of $210 million to the interbank foreign exchange market. According to figures released by the Bank, the CBN offered $100 million to authorized dealers in the wholesale segment of the market, while the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises
(SMEs) segment received the sum of $55 million. Another sum of $55 million was apportioned to invisibles such as tuition fees, medical payments and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) The Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department of the CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, confirmed the figures. The CBN spokesman reassured the public that the Bank would continue to intervene in
the interbank foreign exchange market, in line with its determination to sustain liquidity in the market and maintain stability. He added that the steps taken so far by the Bank in the management of forex had paid off, as reflected by reductions in the country’s import bills and accretion to its foreign reserves. The Naira on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 exchanged for N361/$1 on the BDC segment of the market.
The report stated that the aircraft landed at about 2259hrs and stopped on runway 18R, where the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service first reported observing smoke, and fire on the Number One engine. AIB also reported that there was evidence of fire within the engine cowling even as the two fire extinguishers on the engine were discharged. A commotion was reported onboard the aircraft before the evacuation. Investigation is still ongoing and further investigative actions may include engine examination, material testing for the fuel manifolds, engine oil and hydraulic lines, inspection of fuel manifolds for crack and inspection of fuel nozzle braze joints for leaks. Report on the Dana Air MD-83, which took off from Abuja had an uneventful flight to Port Harcourt and was cleared to land by the Air Traffic Control. The crew reported that the runway had experienced recent rain before arrival and after touch down looked and felt contaminated with flood of water that did not drain well. Other findings include the fact that after the aircraft came to a complete stop, emergency evacuation was carried out using only the left forward main door and the escape slide on this door did not deploy just as the Public Address System did not work. The Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service arrived during the evacuation and all persons onboard were evacuated unhurt. According to Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), the agency was notified at 1528hrs by Abuja Air Traffic Control (ATC) on Thursday 25th January, 2018 of an accident involving a Gulfstream 200 (G200) with registration marking 5N-BTF and operated by the oil firm Nestor which took off from Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos (DNMM) at 1428hrs operating a chartered flight service to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport; Abuja (DNAA) with 4 passengers and 3 crew onboard. The departure, cruise and approach to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport were uneventful. Subsequently, 5N-BTF was cleared to land runway 22. The reported wind by the tower was 070°/07knots. At 1518hrs, the aircraft landed slightly left of the runway centre line, skidding left to right until eventually the aircraft finally swivel on the right shoulder of the runway where it came to a complete stop on a Magnetic Heading of 160o with the right main landing gear strut detached from its main attachment point. All persons on board disembarked unhurt. Some of the nitial findings it said shows that the crew are certified and qualified to conduct the flight while the aircraft was airworthy as at the time of the occurrence. There was no reported adverse weather during approach and landing into Abuja as the aircraft lost directional control during the landing roll. The aircraft veered off and came to rest on the right shoulder of the runway while the right main landing gear strut sheared off. The Commissioner of AIB, Engr. Akin Olateru, while commenting on the release of the reports reteirated the commitment of AIB to release reports promptly to enhance safety. He said “We are seriously committed to releasing investigation reports on time. This is one way to ensure that such occurrences are prevented from repeating themselves and conform with the purpose of accident investigation.”
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Aviation safety: Nigeria retains prestigious category one status, as Sirika lauds NCAA From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
he Federal government has described as laudable the new feat achieved by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) when the agency for the first time used it personnel to work towards Nigeria retention of the Category one status that was first awarded to Nigeria in 2010 by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (US-FAA). Minister in charge of aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika applauded the Authority for looking inwards to achieve such feat.
He spoke at the official presentation of the certificate of retention by the Director General of NCAA, Capt. Muhtar Usman in Lagos. Sirika said the development shows that the Nigeria’s aviation human capacity is now at par with global rating. According to him, ‘We thank the NCAA for doing us proud in retainin this status, it is very significant to note that this was not achieved with external assistance rather the NCAA officials did it all, the fact that we did it in-house means that our capacity has improved.
“The travelling public may not know the importance of the NCAA, in fact they think the NCAA is the least important in the sector, it is not, but we will continue to ensure that those things that matter like passenger comfort and good experience are in place’, he said. Earlier, Usman, who had explained that the NCAA did not engage external consultants at achieving the result, added that the Authority did not also request for extra funds to carry out the job neither did it borrow money from any sister organisation to carry out this national assignment.
R-L: Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje with Managing Director PAN, Ibrahim Boyi, during the governor inspection visit to 150 trainee indigene of Kano State at PAN, Learning Centre on Tuesday in Kaduna, Photo; BASHIR BELLO
Guinea Insurance appoints Oshadiya MD, CEO
From Ngozi Onyeakusi. Lagos
uinea Insurance has announced the appointment of a Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer within its leadership ranks with effect from 1st March, 2018, in order to pave way for phenomenal superintendence of the company’s affairs. The appointment of Babatunde Olarinde Oshadiya as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Guinea Insurance Plc, was on 15th February 2018 ratified by the Board of the company. He brings over 30 years of leadership experience and direction to the table. His
combined expertise in retail marketing, insurance brokerage, underwriting, risk management and strategic planning, offer a formidable springboard that will relaunch the company’s readiness to act and hence become more effective. Prior to his appointment, Babatunde had championed the affairs of many companies in the insurance industry viz; Westfield Insurance Broker Limited, Unity Capital Assurance Limited, Healthcare Security Limited, FUG Pensions Limited, LasacoAssurance Plc, Oasis Insurance Plc, ACEN Insurance Plc, NEM Insurance Plc, Metropolitan General Insurance Company Limited and Federal Ministry of Finance. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Insurance from the
University of Lagos. He is an Associate Member of both the Chartered Insurance Institute of London (ACII) and the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (ACIIN). In a statement by the Chairman, Board of Directors of the company, Barr. Godson Ugochukwu, he averred that precedents have been set; Babatunde has demonstrated exemplary leadership and management sagacity throughout his career, there is therefore, no reason to doubt that the company will grow to become an investors’ delight in no distant time in the future. In conclusion, he added: “I strongly believe that it is not the size of the man in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the man.”
Leadway Assurance charges Nigerians to demand claims from Insurers From Ngozi Onyeakusi. Lagos
he Executive Director, Leadway Assurance Company Limited, Ms. Adetola Adegbayi, has urged insured Nigerians to always demand for claims from their insurers whenever an insured risk occurs. Adegbayi, who stated this during a media training organised by Leadway Assurance for insurance correspondents, in Lagos State, noted that most Nigerians who purchased insurance policies are ignorant on when and how to make claims, adding that, instead of going to their insurers to make claims, they decide to bear the financial burden themselves. Realising that some people don’t demand for claims, she said, some overambitious operators cashed on this loopholes, to rate-cut policies to unreasonable price, with the
assumption that the insured will not demand for compensation. Because of the low rate they demand on their policies, she said, they, in most cases, outbid their competitors for businesses because their rates are lower and consumers always want to go for policies with lower rates. In the event of claims, she said, these overzealous underwriters do default, since the premium charged is not the actual value of the products. To this end, Adegbayi stressed that rate-cutting can be fought by Nigerians, if they begin to request for claims on their insurance policies, stating that when this happens, underwriters would sit up and charge the normal rates that can sustain them when claims arise. Explaining that an insurance company would be heavily sanctioned if it defaulted in claims
obligations, she charged Nigerians to report defaulting underwriting firms to law enforcement agents, promising necessary steps would be taken to pay claims to the aggrieved insured. According to her, policy prizing is becoming lower and the lower your policy, the riskier your business becomes, adding that, ‘but for the mass market products, as the volume increases, the price reduces.’ Explaining the benefits of one of the microinsurance products of her firm, she said, Hospital Cash Insurance Planis a cover that is activated in the event of hospitalisation of the insured person due to illness for a consecutive period of more than 2 days, a daily benefits is payable up to a maximum of 20 days during the policy period. In the event of of hospitalisation arising out of accidental injury for consecutive period of more than
2 days, she said, a daily benefits is payable up to a maximum of 15 days during the policy period. In this instance, she said, those under the basic plan and are hospitalised due to illness, will be getting N4,000 claims per day throughout the duration of their stay in the hospital provided its not more than 20 days. Those under the Classic plan would be entitled to N7,500 per day while those under the Plus plan would be entitled to N10,500 per day. She disclosed that the company also has Personal Accident Plan, which cover medical expenses arising from accident and Home Flexa-Silver Insurance Plan, saying, these were mass market policies aimed at deepening insurance penetration across the country, promising that company would not relent on its oars until most Nigerians are insured.
Royal Exchange seeks market dominance in insurance sector From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos
oyal Exchange Plc, Nigeria’s foremost insurance and financial services group has announced plans to undertake a corporate restructuring exercise of its key operations, to enable the group and its various subsidiaries more become nimble, efficient and able to respond to the ever-changing demands and needs of its clientele across the country. This restructuring exercise which has already begun was announced by the Group Managing Director, Royal Exchange Plc, Alhaji Auwalu Muktari, in a parley with insurance journalists, where the company also unveiled plans to celebrate its Centenary and remain relevant in the Nigerian Insurance market for the next 100 years. According to Alhaji Auwalu, “Royal Exchange Plc has been operating in Nigeria since 1918 and this year marks our 100 years of offering bestof-bred insurance services to our various clients across the country and beyond and also meeting the expectations of our stakeholders. As we embark on the next 100 years, it is important that we reassess the fortunes of the company, and devise plans and strategies for the next century in order to remain relevant now and in the years to come, while satisfactorily meeting the expectation of all stakeholders.” Speaking further, the GMD said, “Our restructuring process rests on three main pillars, namely Digital Transformation; Efficient Distribution Channels and Business Process Remodeling”. On digital transformation, Muktari said, “We at Royal Exchange seek to build and develop digital tools as an enabler to reach our clients and conduct more efficient back-office operations. This will entail our deployment of digital solutions that will ease our business operations and also the use of various social media tools to reach our current and potential clientele today and tomorrow. By developing and deploying various business applications, we believe that we will become more nimble and able to respond quickly to change, whenever it comes.” The Royal Exchange boss further added that one of the goals of the restructuring project is the Group’s desire to develop and implement an efficient and cost-effective distribution channel that will support the company’s earlier objective of being nimble and give the group leverage indelivering products and services faster and better and more reliable to its teeming clients in Nigeria. Alhaji Auwalu Muktari said, “As a group holding company with five subsidiaries across the insurance and financial services landscape, it has become of vital importance that we seek to improve our efficiency across the group by leveraging on cost discipline, astute capital allocation and investments and deployment of operational know-how to make Royal Exchange Plc a leaner, faster, smarter organization, equally adept at meeting the ever-changing needs of the consumer, wherever they are, offering them products and services they want, when they want it and how they want it.” “For the future that we behold, our goal is to continuously redefine, reinvent and differentiate ourselves in the marketplace. The focus of the Management of the Group is to achieve sustainable growth for the company through deepening our revenue base, improving service delivery and its support systems and at the same time, keeping costs in check,” he stated. Speaking further, Alhaji Auwalu Muktari said that one of the new growth areas for the company is our foray into the agriculture insurance, adding that this will definitely be one of the core areas of emphasis going forward.
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Legal Aid IWD: Helpline Foundation harps Council on eradication of discrimination pledges support A for ATRA Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
egal Aid Council has pledged support for Tricycle operators otherwise known as Keke NAPEP under the umbrella of Abuja Tricycles Riders Association (ATRA), to further boost ease of doing business in the Territory. Director of the Council in FCT, Barrister Oseni Agboghaiyemeh gave the assurance yesterday while playing host to ATRA officials, on a courtesy visit to his office. Oseni, assured the Association that the Council is willing and ready to provide them with any legal need whenever the it arises. He reiterated that the Council was established to offer free legal services to the less privileged in the society. He however advised the Tricycle operators to always obey traffic regulations and other related matters, in order to minimize the possible legal tussle that may arise. He equally urged members of the Association to cultivate and maintain good behaviours while carrying out their activities on the FCT roads. Earlier in his remarks, ATRA Chairman, Al-hassan Haske informed the Council that the Association was there to seek cooperation with the Council, in resolving legal issues within and outside the courts. He decried plight of members of the Association due to their inability to effectively pursue legal issues affecting their operations in the Territory. He therefore appealed to the Council to fashion out the members can benefit from its services with much ease. ATRA boss noted that it’s been a long time that the Association has been trying to get the attention of the Council. He however thanked the Director for receiving and obliging to swiftly help handle any legal issues affecting members of the Association.
s the world marks International Women’s Day (IWD) today, a Non Governmental Organisation based in Abuja, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has called for total eradication of all forms of discrimination against women. The Foundation said the call has become necessary in view of the fact that rural women constitute over a quarter of the world population, stressing that majority of the 43 percent of women are in the global agricultural labour force. President, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, Dr. (Mrs.) Jumai
Ahmadu, stated that the IWD, which is celebrated every March 8, affords women all over the world the opportunity to address issues bordering on women especially rural women. Dr. Ahmadu, while commenting on this year’s theme; “Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women’s Lives”, described the theme as apt, stressing that there is no better time to address myriads of issues faced by women in this country. She revealed that the International Women’s Day which has been celebrated for 100 years is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political
achievements of women, adding that the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. She, however, noted with regret the United Nations reports that less than 20 percent of landholders worldwide are women, while the global pay gap between men and women stand at 23 percent, in rural areas, affirming that it can be as high as 40 percent in some cases. According to her, “to address this glaring pay gap between men and women in society, Helpline Foundation is one of the co-host of the ongoing United Nations Africa Women Conference in New York.
“And as soon as I finish with the media, I will join other women across the glob to continue our advocacy on the rights of women”. She called on all stakeholders to put all hands on deck to ensure a better live for the woman, adding that the Foundation has put several skill acquisition programmes in place to empower rural women in Nigeria. Recalled that International Women’s Day seeks to celebrate women’s achievements, as well as act as a catalyst for change when it comes to gender equality. It has been observed for over 100 years and is now celebrated around the globe.
Tony Ezimakor, Abuja Bureau Chief Daily Independent ( middle ) flanked by his friends and colleagues after his release from the DSS detention, yesterday in Abuja
Jahi explosion: AMAC to monitor sale of gas
he Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) looks to scrutinize the sale of domestic gas in the council, as part of precautionary measures against incidents of explosion. To this end, the Council has set up a committee to study how gas and its accessories are to be displayed and sold in the area especially suburbs and rural communities. This move was against the backdrop of rampaging fire incident in Jahi II village, which occurred as a result of cylinders
Gas explosion, leaving about 23 people with severe injuries. According to AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, by the time the committee will submit its findings and report, the Council would come up with the Government White paper that will be enable it to take a decision to guide against its reoccurrence in the future. A statement signed by Candido’s Chief Press Secretary, Chief Dayo Lawal yesterday said he made this disclosure while on a visit to the Chief of jahi II
to console with the leaders and people of the village over the fire incident. “I have already put in place a committee to study how gas and its accessories are being displayed and sold in our locality, so that we guide against what has happened here. “There are specific areas that gas and its accessories are supposed to be sold. They must never be within the community. “And so at the end of the committee findings and report submitted, we will be able to come
up with Government White paper on what the Council will take as a decision to guide against its reoccurrence,” Candido affirmed. The statement added that the AMAC Chairman made cash donation of N690,000 to the victims. “The Council would have loved to settle all the hospital bills of the victims, explained that because of the Council’s dwindling resources, it could only provided this amount of money to assist the victims,” the statement stated.
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world news Russian spy: ‘More known’
about substance involved
Police in protective equipment responded to the incident
ore is known about the substance used in the suspected poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter, the home secretary has said. Speaking after chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency committee Cobra, Amber Rudd said the police would be sharing details later on Wednesday. Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found unconscious in Salisbury on Sunday afternoon and remain critically ill. Police want to speak to anyone who was in the city centre around that time. They are particularly keen to speak to people who ate at Zizzi or drank in The Bishop’s Mill pub. Meanwhile, fire and ambulance crews have been called to an office next to the Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury, but police are refusing to say whether this is connected. Mr Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter were found slumped on a bench outside the Maltings shopping centre. Scientists at the UK’s military research facility at Porton Down have been examining a
Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, are in a critical condition in hospital
substance thought to be behind their collapse. Referring to what she called “the terrible events” in Salisbury, Ms Rudd said: “We need to keep a cool head and collect all the evidence we can. “We need to make sure that we respond not to rumour but to all the evidence they collect and then we will have to decide what action to take.” She said the police investigation was likely to be lengthy and it was important to make sure they had the space to continue their investigation. Earlier, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, head of Counter Terrorism Policing, appealed for witnesses, saying: “Did you see anything out of the ordinary? It may be that at the time, nothing appeared out of place or untoward but with what you now know, you remember something that might be of significance... “The weather was poor that day so there were not as many people out and about. Every statement we can take is important.” US juice and peanut butter face new EU tax
Cordons have been erected in and around Salisbury. One, at a business park in Amesbury, a town about 10 miles away, has been removed. Two police officers caught up in the suspected contamination were treated in hospital for minor symptoms - believed to be itchy eyes and wheezing - before they were given the all clear. A third member of the emergency services remains in hospital. Relatives of Colonel Skripal, who was convicted in Russia in 2006 of spying for Britain, have told the BBC Russian Service that he believed the country’s special services might come after him at any time. It has been said his only friends in the UK are in the British intelligence services, but he has also joined his local railway club and given lectures at military academies. His wife, elder brother and son have all died in recent years. Ms Skripal lives in Moscow and has visited her father in the UK regularly, especially during the past two years. Family and friends say she did move to the
UK but missed Russia so returned to Moscow where she has worked for multinationals, including Nike and PepsiCo. It is thought her latest visit to the UK may have been timed to coincide with her late brother’s birthday. Alexander Skripal died aged 43 last July in St Petersburg from liver failure in what relatives believe to have been suspicious circumstances. He is buried in Salisbury close to his mother, Liudmila Skripal, who died from cancer in 2012. The possibility of an unexplained substance being involved has drawn comparisons with the 2006 poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko - a public inquiry concluded the killing of the Russian dissident was probably carried out with the approval of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Former MI5 officer Annie Machon pointed out that the two cases were very different, however. Mr Litvinenko was a whistleblower, dissident and consultant for MI6 actively at the time of his death, she said, whereas Mr Skripal has already been caught, convicted and pardoned and allowed to freely find safe haven in the UK. “There’s no conceivable reason that I can see that the Russian state would have been targeting him at the moment,” she told BBC’s Breakfast. “That’s why we need to think about what else he might have been involved in.” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said: “These people have been used by the foreign media for an antiRussian campaign. “It’s a traditional campaign. The tradition is to make things up. We can only see it as a provocation.” On Tuesday, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told MPs the UK would respond “robustly” to any evidence of Russian “state responsibility” in the case. Russia has insisted it has “no information” about what could have led to the incident, and says it is open to co-operating with British police if requested. The Russian embassy in London accused the media of creating “an impression of a planned operation by the Russian special services, which is completely untrue”.
US juice and peanut butter face new EU tax
he EU has condemned US plans for tough tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, saying they jeopardise European jobs. EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom set out plans to retaliate against the proposed US tariffs. These include higher import duties on bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries, orange juice, steel, and industrial products, she said. On Tuesday, Donald Trump’s top economic advisor Gary Cohn, who opposes tariffs, resigned. That was after Mr Trump said EU trade rules make it “impossible” for US firms to do business with the bloc. Ms Malmstrom said the US justification for the proposed 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminium imports was that US national security is threatened. “We have serious doubt about that justification. We cannot see how the European Union, friends, and allies in Nato, can be a threat to national security in the US,” she said. “We find that assumption deeply unjust.” What action is the EU considering? Ms Malmstrom said the EU will launch proceedings at the World Trade Organisation with other members of the organisation. It would take measures to try to deal with an expected surge of steel and aluminium imports into the EU.
Students have returned to the site of one of America’s worst ever mass shootings for a half day of classes “We are discussing different US products on “From what we understand, the motivation of the US is an economic safeguard measure in which different import tariffs can be imposed,” she disguise, not a national security measure,” she said. She added that the root cause of the problem said. The EU would take measures that match the with steel and aluminium is “global overcapacity” propped up by “massive state subsidies... under economic loss suffered by the EU.
non-market conditions.” Why is the EU worried about tariffs? Ms Malmstrom said: “We have made clear that if a move like this is taken, it will hurt the European Union. It will put thousands of European jobs in jeopardy, and it has to be met by a firm and proportionate response.” The EU is a major exporter of steel to the US, along with Canada and South Korea. Ms Malmstrom said the EU was “intensively talking” to US counterparts to try to persuade Washington “to have a rethink”. “A trade war has no winners,” she added. EU president Donald Tusk said: “There is a risk of a serious trade dispute between the United States and the rest of the world, including the EU. “President Trump has recently said, and I quote, ‘Trade wars are good and easy to win’. But the truth is quite the opposite. Trade wars are bad and easy to lose,” he said. Why does Trump want to impose metals tariffs? One of Mr Trump’s campaign promises was to reinvigorate the US steel industry. “Just like the American steel from Pennsylvania that built the Empire State Building, it will be American steel that will fortify America’s crumbling bridges,” he said at a 2016 campaign rally.
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Mario Balotelli condemns Italy’s first black senator
talian footballer Mario Balotelli has attacked the country’s first black senator in an online post. Toni Iwobi was elected on Sunday for the antiimmigration Lega party. “Maybe I’m blind or perhaps they have not told him yet that he is black. But shame!!!” the footballer posted on Instagram. Born in northern Nigeria, Mr Iwobi came to Italy in 1976 and became a councillor for Lega (the League) in the Lombardy city of Spirano in 1995. The Italy striker, who plays for French Ligue 1 side Nice, put his post on Instagram on Tuesday. Accompanying the text was a photo of Mr Iwobi and League leader Matteo Salvini, both raising clenched fists and wearing T-shirts saying “Stop Invasion” at an antiimmigration rally. While there have been black members of Italy’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, the 62-year-old Toni Iwobi is the first black senator. In a Facebook post celebrating his election, Mr Iwobi thanked Mr Salvini, who he called “a great leader”. Last month, Mario Balotelli was booked by a referee for pointing out racist chants made during his side’s 3-2 loss to Dijon. Anti-discriminatory body Fare said the striker should get “added protection” from referees for highlighting such abuse. What happened in Italy’s election? No one party gained a majority, but the results show a major shift away from traditional parties. The Eurosceptic, populist Five Star Movement was the biggest single party, with about a third of the vote. Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio announced that his party was open to coalition talks despite ruling this out in the run-up to the vote. However, the right-wing
coalition, mainly comprised of the League and former PM Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia but also including the Brothers of Italy, is also vying for power. Mr Salvini said on Monday his party had the “right to govern” and that although he did not want a broad “minestrone” coalition government, he would speak to other parties to form a parliamentary majority. On Wednesday, former PM Silvio Berlusconi said he would “loyally support” Mr Salvini’s efforts to form a government. His right-wing Forza Italia won 14% of the vote, so was relegated to the second-largest party in its coalition with the League, which won 17.4%. What does the election result mean? The surge of support for populist parties has been compared with the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US. Five Star was founded in 2009 by comedian Beppe Grillo, who denounced cronyism in Italian politics. It has captured new voters in the poorer regions of southern Italy, feeding off anger over institutional corruption, economic hardship and immigration. Italian voters appear to have abandoned the Democratic Party, led by Matteo Renzi until he quit on Monday, because of dissatisfaction over these issues, and the centreleft coalition is set for a distant third. With more than 600,000 people making the sea journey from Libya to Italy since 2013, immigration was a key issue. But the state of the economy was also at the centre of the debate. In 2016, some 18 million people were at risk of poverty, and unemployment is currently at 11%. Results from the vote for Italy’s Senate also favoured populists and parties of the right. Five Star performed better than anticipated and was set to take the most seats but miss out on a majority.
Mario Balotelli made the criticisms on Instagram
League chief Matteo Salvini and Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio both want to lead Italy
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Rex Tillerson slams China’s relationship with Africa
S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has criticised China’s economic engagement in Africa, ahead of his first official visit to the continent. He said China encouraged dependency, utilised corrupt deals and endangered its natural resources. Mr Tillerson also announced a $533m (£380m) humanitarian African aid plan. During his trip, he will be looking to build bridges after President Donald Trump reportedly used foul language to describe African countries in January. Mr Tillerson gave his speech at George Mason University in Virginia, shortly before setting off on his weeklong visit to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria. He outlined the themes of his trip: counterterrorism, democracy, governance, trade and investment. Then he launched into his criticism of China. He said its investment had the potential to improve Africa’s infrastructure, but added that its approach had led to mounting debt while creating few jobs. Over the past two decades trade between Africa and China has soared, driven by China’s demand for the continent’s minerals. However, Chinese construction firms have made
Rex Tillerson speaks gave his pre-trip speech at George Mason University in Virginia significant improvements to longneglected infrastructure, including roads, in a number of countries. “Our country’s security and economic prosperity are linked with Africa’s like never before,” said Mr Tillerson He said the aid plan will help people affected by food shortages and conflict in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and the Lake Chad Basin. Mr Tillerson said he has made many trips to Africa before, in his former career as an oil executive. His latest, and his first as the US’s top diplomat, coincides with that of his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, who is this
week visiting Angola, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Aid on one side, cuts on the other Rex Tillerson’s essential message was that was a true friend to Africa... unlike China. The US would do more to reduce trade and investment barriers for African partners, he said. His announcement of more humanitarian assistance for several countries threatened by famine will be welcomed, but Mr Tillerson works for a president who has repeatedly spoken of reducing America’s burdens
abroad. His remarks come against the backdrop of potentially sweeping cuts to American contributions to peacekeeping and aid operations - at a time when crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, among others have placed immense strain on existing UN operations. In an administration that has often struggled for coherence in its foreign policy, and which lives by the maxim of America First, it would be unrealistic to expect Secretary Tillerson to deliver a transformation in the relationship between US and Africa.
Cape Town drought: South African city may avoid ‘Day Zero’
ape Town will not have to turn off water supplies after all if current consumption levels are maintained, the region’s governing party has said. Amid a drought, the city had set a 50-litre daily limit and had told citizens “Day Zero” was approaching when people would have to queue at standpipes. But water-saving efforts in the South African city have seen the day pushed back from April to 27 August. Seasonal rains should mean that date is now averted, the city said. The shortages follow three years of low rainfall. “Thus, provided we continue
The city cut daily water use limits first to 87 litres and then 50 in a bid to avert shutting off supplies our current water savings have to queue for water this efforts, Day Zero can be avoided year.” completely this year,” the city Mmusi Maimane, leader of government said in a statement. the Democratic Alliance which “It is now up to all of us. If governs both the city and wider we keep on saving, we will not Western Cape province, said
water consumption had been cut by 60% in two years. The city had resorted to increasingly drastic measures to clamp down on water usage, including “naming and shaming” the 100 addresses using the most water and fining residents who failed to comply with the 50 litre (13 gallon) limit per person. By comparison, the average UK consumer uses some 150 litres of water per day. Although the risk that piped water supplies will be shut off this year has receded, politicians and environmentalists warn that the water crisis is there to stay in Cape Town, as year-onyear rainfall levels dwindle.
Al-Shabab ‘orders closure of football pitches’
omali militant group alShabab has reportedly ordered the closure of all privately-owned football pitches in three districts of the capital, Mogadishu. More than 20 stadiums in Karaan, Yaqshid and Heliwaa districts are believed to have compiled with the order, the BBC’s Ferdinand Omondi reports. The demand was reportedly made at a meeting between some of the stadium managers
and al-Shabab leaders in Tora Torow, Lower Shabelle Region. Neither the government nor the managers will confirm the existence of the order but sources in Somalia say no football is currently being played in the stadiums. Mogadishu is controlled by the government of Somalia, but local people remain wary of the threat of al-Shabab, which is said to have many informants in the local population. The militants are trying to
impose an Islamic Caliphate in Somalia, rejecting any form of Western influence – and that includes sports and entertainment. Despite this, the group has held sporting events in the past to seek the support of the residents in the areas that they control. US Secretary of State arrives in Ethiopia Rex Tillerson, the US Secretary of State, has arrived in Ethiopia as he begins his
first official visit to the African continent. Mr Tillerson, who is also due to visit Djibouti, Kenya, Chad and Nigeria, said counterterrorism, democracy, governance, trade and investment would be top of his agenda during the visit. However, it is likely he will also have to deal with the alleged comments his boss Donald Trump made about African countries. Source: BBC
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PM to raise human rights concerns in Saudi crown prince visit
Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is at No 10 for talks with Theresa May
heresa May says she will be “raising concerns about human rights” in Saudi Arabia as she begins talks with the country’s crown prince. Mohammed bin Salman is starting a three-day visit to the UK amid protests planned against his country’s role in the war in Yemen. Jeremy Corbyn accused the government of “colluding” in war crimes by selling arms to Riyadh. But the PM said ties between the two nations had saved hundreds of lives. The 32-year-old crown prince, who has just arrived in Downing Street for a meeting with Mrs May, is seen by some as a modernising force in the Gulf State. He has already had lunch with the Queen and Duke of York, and is due to have dinner with the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge. The UK hopes to capitalise on the Saudi economy’s opening-up, but there were some protesters outside Downing Street against the killing of Yemeni civilians in air strikes by a Saudi-led multinational coalition - backed by the UK and US - that is battling the rebel Houthi movement. The crown prince, who is regarded as being heir presumptive to the 82-year old King Salman, is making his first visit to the UK since taking up the role last year. He is credited with kick-starting economic and social reforms in the conservative desert kingdom, such as the upcoming lifting of the ban on women driving.
He also launched an anti-corruption drive that saw princes, ministers and influential businessmen detained, and which generated an estimated $106bn (£76bn) in settlements. However, many have criticised his decisions to intervene in Yemen and impose a de facto blockade of neighbouring Qatar, as well as crack down on perceived opponents of his policies. A new Strategic Partnership Council will be established which it is hoped could lead to Saudi investment in and through the UK of up to £100bn during the next 10 years. ‘Saudis high on wish list’ When this relative novice on the world stage arrives in London on his first global tour since taking office, he will be granted the reddest of red carpets. The Crown Prince is looking for international support for his internal economic reforms while at the same time trying to offer reassurance to nervous international investors. And the British government is keen to transform a security and defence relationship into one that includes broader economic ties as well. The UK also has an unashamed appetite for inward investment from Saudi Arabia. In other words, post-Brexit Britain will need allies, markets and money - and the Saudis are high on the UK’s wish list. The conflict in Yemen is seen as part of a regional power struggle between Saudi Arabia, which backs the government, and Iran, which supports the Houthis but denies
Albert Einstein note to young female scientist sells at auction
note written by Albert Einstein in 1921 to an Italian scientist who had refused to meet him has sold for $6,100 (£4,300) at an auction in Jerusalem. The Nobel-winning scientist, then 42, wrote to Elisabetta Piccini, a 22-year-old chemistry student. Ms Piccini lived one floor above his sister, Maja, in Florence. “Einstein was very interested in meeting her. [But] Ms Piccini was too shy to meet with such a famous person” Winner’s auction house said. In the letter written in his native German,
Einstein uses an idiom signalling affection. “To the scientific researcher, at whose feet I slept and sat for two full days, as a friendly souvenir,” the note to Ms Piccini said. “You know nowadays the ‘Me Too’ campaign? Probably Einstein would have been in this campaign by leaving such a note to this lady,” Gal Wiener, chief executive of Winner’s, told the Associated Press news agency. The note was sold alongside a number of other letters from Einstein, including a 1928 note in which Einstein set out his thoughts for his “Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity” which was auctioned off for $103,000 (£74,000).
allegations that it is sending them weapons. According to the United Nations, more than 9,000 people, over half of them civilians, have been killed and more than 52,000 injured in fighting in Yemen since March 2015. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - at Prime Minister’s Questions - urged Mrs May to use her meeting with the crown prince to call for a halt to “the shocking abuse of human rights in Saudi Arabia”, which he claimed included a sharp increase in the arrest and detention of dissidents, the torture of prisoners, unfair trials and executions. The PM responded by saying the UK’s historic links with Saudi Arabia had saved the lives of potentially hundreds of people in this country, but she would be “raising concerns about human rights”. Mr Corbyn added that 600,000 children in Yemen had cholera “because of the Saudiled bombing campaign and the blockade”, and asked why British arms sales to Saudi Arabia had “sharply increased”.
“Germany has suspended arms sales to Saudi Arabia but British arms sales have sharply increased, and British military advisers are directing war,” he said. “It cannot be right that her government is colluding in what the United Nations says is evidence of war crimes. Will you use your meeting today with the crown prince to halt the arms supplies and demand an immediate ceasefire in Yemen?” Mrs May told the Commons everyone was “concerned” about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. She said she had raised concerns about the Saudi blockades of ports in Yemen during a meeting in December, and it withdrew. “This vindicates the engagement that we have with Saudi Arabia, to be able to sit down with them,” she said. “Their involvement in Yemen came at the request of the legitimate government of the Yemen, it is backed by the United Nations Security Council and as such we support it.” The prime minister’s official spokesman also rejected Mr Corbyn’s claims that British military advisers were “directing the war”. “We’re not a member of that (Saudi-led) coalition; we’re not involved in carrying out strikes, directing or conducting operations, or involved in the targeting decision making process,” he said. Earlier Emily Thornberry, the foreign affairs spokeswoman for Labour, the UK’s main opposition party, urged Mrs May to use the UK’s influence to call on Saudi Arabia “to stop” the bombing in Yemen. “We’re in a unique position to be able to intervene in this and to stop the war in Yemen and to do that as a friend,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. “I would say our relationship with you is important - we need to be friends - but that it would be wrong for us to lie to you. “You’re going too far in relation to what you’re doing in Yemen. “We’re very concerned that you in Saudi Arabia now believe that you can win the war in Yemen. You can’t win the war in Yemen - we all know that in our heart of hearts.”
Sri Lanka police and Buddhist rioters clash after emergency declared
olice in Sri Lanka have used tear gas to disperse Buddhist rioters in the city of Kandy, who have been attacking mosques and Muslim-owned businesses. They are defying a curfew imposed after a Buddhist youth died during an altercation with a group of Muslims. Three police were injured in overnight clashes in a suburb of Kandy in central Sri Lanka and a state of emergency has been declared in the area. All police leave has been cancelled and authorities are blocking social media. “Access to certain social media sites and messaging platforms will be restricted with immediate effect until further notice,” said a statement from Sri Lanka’s largest mobile phone provider Dialog. A senior government minister told the BBC Facebook, WhatsApp and other social platforms were being used to carry hate speech and misinformation aimed at inciting more violence. Last week, the eastern town of Ampara also saw anti-Muslim violence over a dispute in a shop.
The authorities feared retaliation after a young Muslim man’s body was found in a burnt-out building in Kandy on Tuesday. Fresh clashes between Sinhala and Muslim mobs erupted in several areas overnight, and a number of properties were set on fire. “The police arrested seven people. Three police officers were injured from the incidents,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told Reuters. Tension has been on the rise in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since 2012, said to have been fuelled by hardline Buddhists. Under the state of emergency, the authorities are able to arrest and detain suspects for long periods, and deploy forces where needed. It is the first time in seven years Sri Lanka has imposed the measure. The country was under a state of emergency for nearly three decades when the government fought Tamil rebels in the civil war that ended in 2009. Source: BBC
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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Clean Mobility to address Africa’s increasing vehicular pollution
trategies to promote the import of cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles while developing a roadmap for clean mobility on the continent are expected to be devised as stakeholders gather from Monday, March 12 to Friday, March 16, 2018 for the Africa Clean Mobility Week. At the weeklong event scheduled to hold in Nairobi, Kenya, tools to assess fuel economy policy impacts will be disseminated, and examples of regional and international experiences in implementing fuel economy policies shared. The world has commenced a shift to low and no emissions transport, Africa’s role is believed to be crucial, both to meet the targets of
the Paris Climate Agreement and to address the increasing air pollution in cities. According to the UN Environment, African countries have among the highest urbanisation and vehicles fleet growth rates in the world. African countries and cities are said to be introducing new mobility plans that combine increased public transport and active transport – walking and cycling – with cleaner vehicles. “So now is the time to put in place policies and incentives that will see African countries and cities leapfrog to affordable clean mobility,” says Rob de Jong, Head, Air Quality and Mobility Unit at the UN Environment. In 2014 African Ministers and experts met
in Nairobi, Kenya to develop a sustainable transport roadmap for Africa during the African Sustainable Transport Forum. Governments, private sector and civil society are meeting at the Africa Clean Mobility Week to build on this and develop a road map for Africa and African countries to move to cleaner mobility. The meeting, adds de Jong, will look at issues such as cleaner vehicles standards, the introduction of electric vehicles in Africa, used vehicles imports, new approaches to introducing shared transport models, and sharing of good experiences and case studies from within and outside of the region. Content of the week’s discussions in-
clude: Barriers and opportunities to leapfrogging to electric motorcycles, electric vehicles and electric buses. Mechanisms to regulate import of cleaner used vehicles. South-South cooperation on sustainable transport management will be promoted as well as the role of media in supporting a sustainable transport agenda. Case studies of inclusive transport programmes mainly through investment in nonmotorised transport and public transport infrastructure will be shared. Opportunities to finance cleaner mobility.
Two years on: Ogoni Clean Up lacks key structures By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
he Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA\FoEN) Dr. Godwin Ojo, said that ogoni land clean up exercise which was initiated by the federal government lacked some very key structures such as the governing council, the Board of Trustees and management of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) that were expected to drive the clean-up process. Dr. Ojo while briefing news men said even though the exercise at the time drew wide acclaim, most of you can recall that ERA/FoEN was quite skeptical and did not mince words to express our reservations. “Without mincing words I must say that we are all witnesses to the spectacle that has been playing out since the cleanup exercise of Ogoniland was flagged off in June 2016 by the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo”. “We had also express worry that while the UNEP ‘Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland’ report had recommended that the government and Shell contribute $1 billion over a five-year period to undertake the clean-up, the government body language did not show it was committed to neither committing any tangible sum to the process nor compelling Shell to do same”. He said “Two years on, we can see that even though we now have a governing council, the polluter was invited to sit in their midst and continues to call the shots and slow the processes. No tangible sum has been committed to the clean up as we speak. Surprising as that is, there are more baffling tales. One very disturbing development oc-
curred in December 2017 when the federal government in cahoots with governors from the 36 states’ approval gave approval for the immediate withdrawal of $1 billion from the Excesses Crude Oil Account (ECA) to facilitate the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency in the north eastern part of the country. What could be more ironic? The same government that has failed to make contributions to the clean-up fund save for the $10 million start up fund that it gave to HYPREP to commence its activities smoothly is ready to pump a whopping $1 billion into an insurgency that it had “technically” won. This is strange to us and the international community that is keen on seeing tangible progress in relieving the Ogoni people of a Shell-imposed burden.” The Executive Director emphasized that the Ogoni drama has inspired Nigerians and the international community to demand that the Nigerian government go beyond words in the cleanup exercise in Ogoniland. In our midst are grassroots groups and representatives of the impacted people of Ogoniland, whom I want to commend for their patience in the face of glaring violations that continue to test their wits and push them to the limits of endurance “the pledge of the Norwegian government to support the cleanup process when its Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens Petter Kjemprud visited impacted sites in Ogoniland recently shows the frustration of the international community over the drama going on here. Kjemprud had remarked that the world was interested in the ongoing clean-up of Ogoni, and that Norway, as one of the biggest donors of the United Nations, was also committed to the safety of Ogoni People”.
The ERA\FoEN boss maintained that “Apart from the fact that HYPREP management has been denied the funds that would enable it implement the clean-up of Ogoniland, the body has been unable to put together a well thought out work plan and budget for the clean-up process. There is the need to quickly enhance the capacity of HYPREP management in this respect but in the short term it would be important to hire experts that have coordinated such multifaceted and complex undertakings before. We have said it time and again that Ogoniland represents an entry point on the issue of environmental remediation and restoration in the entire Niger Delta. He assured that “ERA and her partners are desirous of supporting an adequately resourced HYPREP and will work to ensure that the agency delivers on its very important mandate of cleaning up Ogoniland and building the template for the clean-up of the rest of the Niger Delta region”. He also reiterated that the federal government environmental legacy project is in disarray. In 2018, to shore up confidence, the Ogonis and Nigerians expect the first drop of oil to be cleaned up properly so that restoration work can commence immediately. The federal government cannot afford to fail the people in its legacy project. The time for concrete actions is now. The time to kick Shell out of the steering committees and bodies to presiding over the cleanup exercise can no longer be delayed. Consequently, He said ERA makes the following demands Shell Petroleum Development Company be immediately removed from the governing council, the board of trustees and other institutional structures with oversight functions on the clean-up
process. This will allow for the independence of the agency , There is need to urgently consult or hire UNEP as technical partner to HYPREP in the cleanup process, HYPREP be sufficiently resourced by the Nigerian state and Shell immediately by paying the $1 billion clean-fund to the accounts opened by the Board of Trustees. All stakeholders who are to contribute funds to the Ogoni Environmental Restoration fund should publicly declare their contributions immediately, A 2018 HYPREP strategic work plan should be prepared and be made available publicly for inputs and suggestions and A website that would have full information on contracting and procurement should be up and running so that the public is aware of the contractor/ consultant handling a project, project sum, duration and the expertise and relevant experience of the contractor. Meanwhile, “HYPREP discountenances the use of Remediation by Enhanced Natural Attentuation (RENA) in any of the remediation sites. According to the UNEP report on Ogoni Assessment released in 2011, RENA technology is inappropriate in our environment and has caused more harm to the communities,Shell and other oil companies such as RoboMichael and Belema oil whose activities have been pitting Ogonis against eachother and overheating Ogoni polity be cautioned and desist from such acts and allow the clean-up process to proceed without distractions, The Nigerian government must act with dispatch on raising the $1billion Restoration Fund just as it did in the North East Development Commission which went through the legislative process with ease and ERA proposes that $100 billion be set aside to be invested for the clean-up of the entire Niger Delta region” ,Dr. Ojo said.
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MH370: Why families oppose plans for a memorial
n Thursday it will be four years since Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared. With the mystery still unsolved, some relatives of passengers have criticised plans for a memorial in Australia. The memorial is scheduled to be completed in Perth, on the west coast, by September. According to the Australian government, the site will honour the 239 people on board when the plane went missing in 2014. It is also designed to recognise Australia’s role in the failed recovery mission. However, some relatives have condemned the idea of a memorial when the plane has not been found. They also fear it could become a tourist attraction - or a curse - and argue they should have been better consulted. ‘Absolutely ridiculous’ A proposal for an Australianbased tribute was first floated in 2014, but it was not authorised by the government until last year. Australian Danica Weeks, whose husband Paul was on the flight, said she was blindsided by a recent email that said the memorial’s design was up for tender. “No-one was consulted. It’s absolutely ridiculous,” she said. “We haven’t found the plane yet, so why are we having a memorial?” For her, the memorial represents Australian authorities “closing the chapter” on the missing flight, even as a privately funded search continues. “They’re just doing it for their own benefit,” she told the BBC. “I hate to say it, but it’s just obviously a tourist attraction.” Jeanette Maguire, the daughter of Cathy and Bob Lawton, said she appreciated the gesture but it was illadvised. “There’s no point in having a memorial when we can’t get past ‘where are they?’” she said. “We want you to spend the time
A public tender for the A$126,000 (£70,000; $98,000) memorial, which closed on 31 January, attracted many submissions from local and international artists, the state government said.
A protest against a decision to suspend the official search for MH370 last year
Danica Weeks speaking at an event marking the third anniversary of the flight’s disappearance
Jiang Hui does not support a memorial at this time
The memorial will be located on the Swan River (in the foreground) in Perth
and effort on actually finding them.” Both families said they had received little information on what the memorial might look like, or include. Authorities have said it will be built in a central, easily accessible island on the Swan River in Perth. The city was the base for the official search by Australia, Malaysia and China in the southern Indian Ocean. More than two-thirds of those on board were from China, which lies more than 5,000km (3,100 miles) from Perth.
Jiang Hui, whose mother Jiang Cuiyun was on board, said he believed that distance would prevent Chinese families from visiting the site. But Mr Jiang said he was also most angered by a memorial predating the discovery of the plane. “In the eyes of the Chinese, a monument can only be erected after it is confirmed that person is dead,” said Mr Jiang, who acts as a representative for several Chinese MH370 families. “Maybe you don’t understand
Asian people’s customs. If you haven’t found the people, the monument is like putting a curse on them.” He also accused Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of keeping Chinese families in the dark. He said Chinese relatives only found out about the memorial from media reports. Chinese families wrote an open letter to the Australian government in January, calling for the project to be cancelled, and asking to be consulted on future plans. They have not received a response. When asked by the BBC about such opposition, the Australian government said it had consulted Australian families and they would “continue to be engaged during the design process”. The government did not respond to a question about non-Australian families. The state government of Western Australia (WA), which is funding half of the project, said it had raised relatives’ concerns with Canberra. “The WA Government understands the sensitivities, and expected consultation with families of those missing to be very thorough,” a spokesman said. Design interest A public tender for the A$126,000 (£70,000; $98,000) memorial, which closed on 31 January, attracted many submissions from local and international artists, the state government said. Artists were asked to design a site that helps “reflect upon personal loss while engendering a sense of peace”. The tender noted the island site was carefully selected because “the connection with the water is significant”. The tender also said designs should respect “Chinese cultural sensitivities”. It advised that MH370 passengers should be referred to as “those lost” rather than “those who died”, and not include a list of names. The successful design is expected to be revealed in April and be built by September. Wait continues By then, the outcome of the privately funded Ocean Infinity search for the plane will also be known. An event held last weekend to mark the fourth anniversary of the plane’s disappearance. Malaysia has confirmed the search, which began in January, will conclude in June. “I hope they are successful in finding the plane, and the answers that we so desperately need four years on,” Ms Weeks said. “We deserve the right to have a proper goodbye.” Source: BBC
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SKILLS OUTSIDE SCHOOL FOUNDATION THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION AND APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. APPOINTMENT OF NEW TRUSTEES (1) SULE SALAMATU- APPOINTED (2) AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION: The following Articles are amended 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,13 and 14 were all amended. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION 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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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. Annette odion omozaunrfo- President 2. Mrs Okundaye Alero Oghogho 3. Maryam ufuoma Uti- Secretary 4. Judith Emike Audu 5. Mike seju Alero THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.improve the lives of women and children in communities through education and economic empowerment 2.To educate the girl child on core values,self reliance,self worth and independence. 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 : Uvie Omimi-Okoro Managing Partner , Omimi-Afua Legal Homes +2348095697129 +2348060668197
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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. REV. BULUS ELAM TAIYA- CHAIRMAN 2. TARTA SOLOMON TAPCHI- SECRETARY 3. ZAGEINO TAIYA 4. PAGIEL JEHU KAWUWA THE AIM AND 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.
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THE RIGHT PATH PRAYER 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. ALH. ABDUL RAFIU OLARINRE ADELADAN- CHAIRMAN 2. ALH. ABDUL WASIU JIMOH ADEBISI - VICE-CHAIRMAN 3. ALH. BASHIR KADIRI- AMEER 4. BROTHER SIKIRU AFOLABI- SECRETARY 5. ALH. ABDUL WASIU JIMOH- FIN. SECRETARY 6. ALH. OLAIDE KAZEEM AFOLABI - MEMBER 7. KHALIFAH ABDUL HAMEED OLORIOMOKEWU- SPIRITUAL LEADER THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To liberate each member of the society through prayer. 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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Eastside Empowerment and Development Organisation 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. Fatima Bunza (chairperson) 2. Omeche Enemaku 3. Franklin Ossai 4 Chidi Onwuekweikpe (Secretary) 5. Fidelis Njoku 6.Ifeoma Onwudiwe 7. Segun Fatoye 8. Gabriel Umoren THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To empower youths and women in entrepreneurship and personal development. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY
. PROGRAMS 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. ISAAC INYANG - Chairman/CEO 2. JACINTA OCHANYA AGBO, Esq. - Secretary 3. IDONGESIT INYANG, Esq. - Treasurer 4. Arc. VICTORIA HEMBADOON IMANDE 5. Engr. TEMI BAYO 6. DAVID INYANG THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO EMPOWER WOMEN AND YOUTH THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND ECONOMIC PROMOTION AND PROGRAMS. 2. THE FOUNDATION IS DEDICATED TO SAVING LIVES AND RELIEVING SUFFERING THROUGH LIFE COACHING, 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
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. Onyia Titilayo Chsristina - President 2. Uche A. Onyia - Vice President 3. Emmanuel Okwoli - Secretary. THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To Improve quality of Life of the Less Privileged. 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
THE AMBASSADORS OF GOD’S EMBASSY
EZIOKWUBUNDU RICE AND BEANS DEALERS ASSOCIATION
Aviation village Estate Residents Masjid and Islamiyah Center
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.
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) OKEREKE OGBONNA LOVEDAY (2) EBOH GODFREY AGBAHIWE (3) ALADUM EUCARIA NGOZI (4) ELOAGU UCHENNA BONIFACE (5) EZURUIKE CYPRIAN OGOAMAK
The general public is hereby notified that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990
THe AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO CARE FOR THE WELFARE OF THE MEMBERS.
Aims and objectives 1.To teach Qur’an 2.To protect the interest of the members
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Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission at 420 Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, PMB 198, Maitama, FCT-Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication
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THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Gbenga Akinsowon -- President 2.Akinsowon Oyefunke Abidemi -- Secretary 3.Adetiloye Adeniyi Aim and Objective : 1. to take responsibility for global governance through the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom of God.
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Alhaji Isa Bukar 2. Alhaji Sanni Abubakar Mahmud 3. Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi 4. Dr Abubakar Ya,u Gagarawa 5. Dr Lawan Musa Tahir 6. Arc Nura Ibrahim 7. Mallam Abdulmumin Usman
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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEE ARE: (1) UZOCHUKWU NWANONYUO (2) DR. CHINYERE MBOGU (3) APOSTLE SUCCESS AKAWOR. THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE OF ITS MEMBERS.
WAKE UP FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVE
AL-MUSA’ADAT FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN AND YOUTH 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. UMAR HANYA LAOI SMITH 2. OLAYINKA MORUFAT NOLA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : TO PROMOTE SOCIAL AND CIVIL ENGAGEMENT AMONG YOUTHS..
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION 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- SALMA MUSA MUHAMMAD - PRESIDENT 2- ABDULSHAHEED MUHAMMAD MUSA - TREASURER/ FINANCIAL SECRETARY 3- AHMED MUHAMMAD AHMED - GENERAL SECRETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To Provide Health care awareness, economic skill acquisition, empowerment and capacity building among women, youths and the society at large.. 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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THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA. COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 2004 (CAMA). PRIVATE COMPANY LIMITED BY SHARES. PURSUANT TO SECTION 458. SPECIAL RESOLUTION KESALEAGROW NIGERIA COMPANY LIMITED. RC: 896427. SPECIAL RESOLUTION OF VOLUNTARY WINDING UP AND APPOINTMENT OF LIQUIDATOR. AT THE EXTRA ORDINARY GENERAL MEETING OF THE COMPANY HELD AT 28, MACARTHY STREET, LAGOS STATE ON THE..... DAY OF........ 2018. THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE PROPOSED AND DULY PASSED : 1. THAT THE AFFAIRS OF KESALEAGROW NIGERIA COMPANY LIMITED BE WOUND UP AND A LIQUIDATOR BE APPOINTED TO OVERSEE THE WINDING UP PROCESS. 2. THAT THE COMPANY BE WOUND UP VOLUNTARILY AND THAT EBERE ONYEDINMA OF 40, ASABA STREET, TRADEMOORE ESTATE, LUGBE, FCT, ABUJA BE APPOINTED AS LIQUIDATOR FOR THE PURPOSE OF WINDING UP AND THAT THE REMUNERATION OF THE LIQUIDATOR BE FIXED ACCORDINGLY. DATED..... DAY OF..... 2018
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This is to inform the general public that, the above name has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part “C” of companies and allied matters act, 1990 THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1) SA’IDU MUHD KANTI - CHAIRMAN (2) AHMAD MUHAMMAD - MEMBER (3) SHEHU MUHAMMAD - MEMBER (4) JIBRIL BAFFA IDRIS - SECRETARY (5) ISHAQ MAHMOUD - MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES (I) Provide the community with a comprehensive developmental programmes to produce socially and morally desirable attitudes, practices and personal behaviour. (II) Provide the youth and community with experience’s which will favourably influence their conduct, attitudes and knowledge relating to individual and community health. (III) Help people in achieving good health by their own action and effort. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General corporate Affairs Commission Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, off Aguyi Ironsi street, Maitama, P.M.B 198, Garki Abuja, within twenty eight (28) days from the date of this publication. SIGNED: SECRETARY
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAME HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR THE CHANGE OF TRUSTEES AND AIMS, UNDER THE PART C OF THE COMPANY AND ALLIED ACT OF 1990. OLD TRUSTEES: 1 KENNEDY OBINWANNE CHAIRMAN - RETAINED 2 PASTOR ASIEGBU LEONARD CHUKWUMA SECRETARY - RETAINED. NEW TRUSTEES: 1 MRS UGONMA EHIRIM 2 MRS OBY ONOH 3 MR OBI INNOCENT NOYELUCHUKWU 4 MRS FLORENCE NNAYEREUGO 5 MISS DEBORAH OBINWANNE. OLD AIMS: 1 TO HELP THE WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS 2 TO CARE FOR THE POOR AND LESS PRIVILEGES. NEW AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1TO DEAL WITH ALL CHILD ABUSE, CARES AND BRING THE PERPETRATORS TO JUSTICE THE THROUGH THE RELEVANT AUTHORITIES. 2 TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY AMONG CHILDREN, YOUTH AND ADULTS. 3 TO HELP THE WIDOWS AND WIDOWER IN THE SOCIETY 4 TO CARE AND FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT OF THE POOR AND LESS PRIVILEGED IN SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGE OF TRUSTEES AND AIMS SHOULD FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED. SECRETARY
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Holding hands can sync brainwaves, ease pain, study shows Reach for the hand of a loved one in pain and not only will your breathing and heart rate synchronize with theirs, your brain wave patterns will couple up too, according to a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
he study, by researchers with the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Haifa, also found that the more empathy a comforting partner feels for a partner in pain, the more their brainwaves fall into sync. And the more those brain waves sync, the more the pain goes away. “We have developed a lot of ways to communicate in the modern world and we have fewer physical interactions,” said lead author Pavel Goldstein, a postdoctoral pain researcher in the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder. “This paper illustrates the power and importance of human touch.” The study is the latest in a growing body of research exploring a phenomenon known as “interpersonal synchronization,” in which people physiologically mirror the people they are with. It is the first to look at brain wave synchronization in the context of pain, and offers new insight into the role brain-to-brain coupling may play in touch-induced analgesia, or healing touch. Goldstein came up with the experiment after, during the delivery of his daughter, he discovered that when he held his wife’s hand,
it eased her pain. “I wanted to test it out in the lab: Can one really decrease pain with touch, and if so, how?” He and his colleagues at University of Haifa recruited 22 heterosexual couples, age 23 to 32 who had been together for at least one year and put them through several twominute scenarios as electroencephalography (EEG) caps measured their brainwave activity. The scenarios included sitting together not touching; sitting together holding hands; and sitting in separate rooms. Then they repeated the scenarios as the woman was subjected to mild heat pain on her arm. Merely being in each other’s presence, with or without touch, was associated with some brain wave synchronicity in the alpha mu band, a wavelength associated with focused attention. If they held hands while she was in pain, the coupling increased the most. Researchers also found that when she was in pain and he couldn’t touch her, the coupling of their brain waves diminished. This matched the findings from a previously published paper from the same experiment which found that heart rate and respiratory synchronization disappeared when the male study participant couldn’t hold her hand to ease her pain. “It appears that pain totally interrupts this interpersonal synchronization between couples and touch brings it back,” says Goldstein. Subsequent tests of the male partner’s level of empathy revealed that the more empathetic
Food calorie cut can prevent 35,000 premature deaths
ritain’s food industry was challenged by the government Tuesday to reduce the amount of calories in products used by families by 20 percent as part of a new strategy to cut childhood and adult obesity. Health officials say if the 20 per cent target is met within five years, more than 35,000 premature deaths could be prevented. Officials also said that around 12.5 billion U.S. dollars in National Health Service (NHS) healthcare and social care costs could be saved over a 25 year period. The calorie drive follows new evidence revealing overweight or obese boys and girls consume up to 500 and 290 calories too many each day respectively. The food industry has been given three
ways to reduce calories, changing the recipe of products, reducing portion sizes or encouraging consumers to purchase lower calorie products. Categories of food covered by the program include pizzas, ready meals, readymade sandwiches, meat products and savoury snacks. The new major steps to cut excessive calorie intake were unveiled by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). PHE says too many children and most adults are overweight or obese, suffering consequences from bullying and low selfesteem in childhood, to type II diabetes, heart disease and some cancers as adults. “An obese parent is more likely to have
he was to her pain the more their brain activity synced. The more synchronized their brains, the more her pain subsided. How exactly could coupling of brain activity with an empathetic partner kill pain? More studies are needed to find out, stressed Goldstein. But he and his co-authors offer a few possible explanations. Empathetic touch can make a person feel understood, which in turn -- according to previous studies -could activate pain-killing reward mechanisms
in the brain. “Interpersonal touch may blur the borders between self and other,” the researchers wrote. The study did not explore whether the same effect would occur with same-sex couples, or what happens in other kinds of relationships. The takeaway for now, Pavel said: Don’t underestimate the power of a hand-hold. “You may express empathy for a partner’s pain, but without touch it may not be fully communicated,” he said.
an obese child, who in turn is more likely to grow up into an obese adult,” said PHE. A PHE report includes new data on children’s daily calorie consumption. Depending on their age, overweight and obese boys consume between 140 to 500 calories too many each day and for girls, it is 160 to 290 when compared to those with healthy body weights. Adults consume on average 200 to 300 calories too many each day. A PHE report includes new data on children’s daily calorie consumption. Depending on their age, overweight and obese boys consume between 140 to 500 calories too many each day and for girls, it is 160 to 290 when compared to those with healthy body weights. Adults consume on average 200 to 300 calories too many each day. Duncan Selbie, chief executive of PHE, said: “Industry can help families by finding innovative ways to lower the calories in the food we all enjoy and promoting UK
business leadership on the world stage in tackling obesity. Steve Brine, parliamentary under secretary of state for public health and primary care, said: “Obesity is now one of our greatest challenges. “It is fuelling an epidemic of preventable illnesses like type II diabetes and cancer. “These not only shorten lives but put unsustainable pressure on our health service.” “Our calorie reduction program, the first of its kind from any country in the world, will continue to build on the progress of our world-leading childhood obesity plan, which has led to positive steps by industry.” Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE, said: “It’s hard for people to make healthy food choices. That’s why we are challenging the food industry to take 20 percent of the calories out of everyday foods.” The NHS spends around 8.3 billion U.S dollars a year treating obesity-related conditions. (Xinhua/NAN)
Nigeria to benefit from U.S. $533m charity fund for Africa
igeria will benefit from about 533 million dollars to be released by the United States (U.S.) to some African countries humanitarian assistance. The benefactors are Nigeria, Ethiopia, Somalia, and South Sudan, as well as countries in the Lake Chad region. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said millions of people were facing life-threatening food insecurity and malnutrition as a result of ongoing conflict or prolonged drought in the countries. Of the newly announced funds, more than $128 million is for affected populations from Nigeria and countries in the Lake Chad region. About $184 million is for affected populations from South Sudan and more than $110 million for affected populations from Ethiopia.
The humanitarian assistance includes more than $110 million for affected populations from Somalia. Tillerson said: “today I’m announcing $533 million in additional humanitarian assistance to fight famine and food insecurity and address other needs resulting from conflicts in Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, and the Lake Chad Basin. “The alarming levels of hunger in these areas are largely man-made, as conflicts erupt and people flee their homes. “Under these conditions, people cannot produce crops and often lose access altogether to food, education, and health care. Many lose everything. “And regrettably, Mother Nature can still be cruel, such as in the Horn of Africa, where a prolonged drought is contributing to grave
food insecurity”. According to him, these additional funds will provide emergency food, nutrition assistance, and other aid. This includes safe drinking water, thousands of tons of food, and deliver health programs to prevent the spread of deadly diseases like cholera to millions of people, he said adding “This will save lives”. “The American people, as we always have been, are there to partner with African countries to ensure their most vulnerable populations receive life-saving assistance. “We also call upon others to join us in meeting the growing humanitarian needs in Africa. We hope these initial contributions will encourage others to contribute aid to increase burden sharing and meet the growing humanitarian needs in Africa.
“However, this assistance will not solve these ongoing conflicts, but only buy us time to pursue diplomatic solutions,” Tillerson stressed. According to him, ultimately it is up to the leaders in these countries, particularly in South Sudan, to stop the violence and put the welfare of their citizens at the forefront of their actions. He said millions would continue to be at risk as long as parties to these conflicts continue to engage in violence. Tillerson called on all parties to allow aid workers safe and unhindered access to help communities in need. The U.S. is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance for these crises in Africa, providing nearly three billion dollars since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.
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Buhari receives World Cup Trophy, CHAN Eagles, Winter Olympics representatives
World Cup winner Christian Karembeu presenting the trophy to President Muhammadu Buhari
By Lawrence Olaoye
resident Muhammadu Buhari has received World Cup trophy from FIFA Governing Board ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He also yesterday, at the Presidential Villa, received local eagles who participated in Championship of Afican Nations (CHAN) which took place in Morocco recently without announcing any cash reward for them. Buhari also received Nigerian Diasporan representatives at the Winter Olympics which held in South Korea. The presentation of the FIFA trophy to Buhari was in line with FIFA’s tradition to tour all the countries participating in the tournament with the trophy. Christian Karembeu, FIFA’s representative, said bringing the trophy to Nigeria ahead of the
tournament was meant to rekindle the passion of many young people in football and inspire the Super Eagles to believe in themselves that they can go far in the tournament and bring the trophy back to Nigeria. In his presentation, representative of Coca Cola, a sponsor of the world football event, said 91 cities in over 20 countries are currently being toured by FIFA. According to him, the the trophy would stay for four days in Abuja and Lagos because of the acknowledgement of Nigeria as not just a football loving nation but also a high ranking football nation in the world. He also said the event was meant to put Nigeria on the global roadmap adding that it was part of Coca Cola’s commitment to the growth of football. In his remarks, the President said he was aware that the global tour by FIFA which started on January 22 would cover the six continents of the world.
He thanked FIFA for involving two cities of Nigeria in the tour, stating that football is a symbol of unification in the country. The president also commended the Eagles who represented Nigeria at the recently concluded Championship of Afican Nations (CHAN) in Morroco, saying he was proud of them. He also commended two young ladies in Diaspora who represented Nigeria in Winter Olympic in South Korea. While thanking Coca Cola for investing in sport development in Nigeria, Buhari said it is Nigeria’s commitment to empower its youths through sports. The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, who introduced the CHAN Eagles and Winter Olympic participants, expressed hope that the trophy would be brought back to Nigeria in July. The event was attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and sport administrators.
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Ideye misses out, Obi recalled as Rohr releases 28-man list for Poland, Serbia friendlies By Albert Akota
alaga of Spain striker, Brown Ideye, is one of the high-profile names missing as Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser yesterday released his 28 –man squad to battle Poland and Serbia in pre-FIFA World Cup friendly matches this month. Media reports had suggested that Rohr will recall Ideye to fight for a place in the Super Eagles, but the striker has been omitted alongside the likes of Olarenwaju Kayode, Anthony Nwakeme who also failed to make the cut. Rohr has instead listed
THE FULL LIST
Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England); Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy) Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Junior Ajayi (Al Ahly, Egypt); Gabriel Okechukwu (Akwa United)
Nigeria will blend in Russia, says Karembeu
Christian Karembeu in celebrating mood By Albert Akota
IFA World Cup winner Christian Karembeu has tipped the Super Eagles of Nigeria to be one of the standout teams at the 21st FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Russia this summer. The Les Bleus legend, a member of France’s 1998 World Cup –winning squad, made this assertion at a world press conference held in Abuja yesterday to welcome the original World Cup trophy to Nigeria. He is the FIFA Representative accompanying sport world’s most recognizable diadem on the fourth CocaCola FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour.
“Yes, we know there are a number of strong African countries in the game but Nigeria has always been a great footballing nation, and they have an exciting team heading to the FIFA World Cup in Russia. I have played alongside and against so many Nigerian players and I can attest to their strength and ambition. I believe the present Super Eagles squad is capable of great things,” said Karembeu, as he congratulated the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Pinnick on the Super Eagles’ berth in Russia 2018. Pinnick described CocaCola as a super brand that the Federation is happy to partner with, and stated that the Nigerian Football family is delighted with the arrival of the World Cup trophy. Bhupendra Suri, Managing Director of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, reiterated that what was brought to Nigeria and what is being taken round the world is “the original, solid gold FIFA World Cup trophy” and not a replica, and that Nigeria is one of few special countries where the trophy would be seen in two different cities.
captain Mikel John Obi, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and playmaker Victor Moses along with 25 others to battle for shirts. Home-based goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa leads the goalkeeping section and will be joined by new boy Francis Uzoho and Daniel Akpeyi. Former junior international, Kenneth Omeruo, is back among the defenders and Joel Obi among the midfielders. Also, Eagles’ B stalwarts, defender Stephen Eze and forward Gabriel Okechukwu are also handed opportunities. Russia –based Brian Idowu, who scored against Argentina
on his debut in a friendly in Krasnodar in November last year, and Al Ahly of Egypt’s Junior Ajayi, who earned an Olympic bronze in Brazil in 2016, are also called. Three-time African champions Nigeria will trade tackles with the Bialo-Czerwoni (White and Red) or Eagles, as the Senior National Team of Poland is known, at the 43,000 –capacity Stadium Wroclaw on March 23. Four days later, the Eagles will take to the pitch against the Senior National Team of Serbia at The Hive, London – home ground of Barnet FC and London Bees.
Admu advises U-13 players on education By Amaechi Agbo
he Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Hon. Abdulahi Adamu has advised the victorious FCT Permanent Secretary U13 champions not to forget their education even as they aspire to make career in football. The chairman gave the advice yesterday when the team along with its officials presented the giant trophy they won to him in his office. Addressing the children, the Chairman expressed his joy over the achievement and thanked them for making AMAC proud and rewarded them with N50, 000 for their heroics. “You have made Abuja Municipal Area Council Very, very proud. This giant trophy could not have come our way if not for your dogged footballing and I think the sky is going to be your limit. “Football is a profession. Today, a former footballer is the president of Liberia. He was playing football as a young child
Captain of AMAC U13 team, Joseph Attah presenting the giant trophy to the Chairman, Hon. Abdulahi Adamu (Candido at your age. He played internationally and was even crowned best footballer in the entire world in 1995. His name is George Weah. And today, like I am telling you, he is the president of Liberia. When George Weah was at your age, he never knew that he was going to be a president. “But I heard him say because he was not having good support,
he abandoned education at a point in time but today he has a Masters Degree. It means that even while paying football, he knows that he still requires being educated. So those of you, who are now coming up, should take two things; while you are playing football, don’t forget your school. Be very good in your studies so that as you
progress to the university, you can also play your football such that before you know it, you have become an international striker and when you retire from football, you go back to your state and become president, governor, senators or some can even become chairman just as I am today. I want to thank you very much for making us proud; you have a good future. “This area council will continue to follow your performance and monitor how you are moving in your career and education so that where we can come in for support, we will definitely support you. “On behalf of the area council, I present to you this token of N50, 000 to appreciate you for what you have done and also encourage you to do more. When you want to go for the national representation, the department of education will let us know. And we will support you with the little we can. We believe that when you go, you will win the cup and come back with the cup and that time, I will reward you handsomely.
Danjuma, Oboduku to attend World Cup draw in France By Albert Akota
igeria U20 Women National Team’s Head Coach, Chris Danjuma and Team Administrator, Mary Oboduku will be at the Draw Ceremony for the 9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup taking place at the Opera House, Rennes on Thursday, 8th March 2018. The Draw Ceremony falls on the occasion of the International Women’s Day. Two –time silver medallists Nigeria are again in the mix as the 16 qualified teams go into the pots for the
draw starting at 11am Central European Time on Thursday, with hosts France, Germany, Korea DPR and Japan the seeded teams. Former France international Mikael Silvestre is among four notable sports personalities who will join FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer Sarai Bareman and Group leader for FIFA’s Women’s Tournaments Rhiannon Martin to conduct the draw. Nigeria and Ghana will fly Africa’s flag at the tournament scheduled for five stadia in France, 7th - 26th August
Nigeria U20 Women 2018. Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and England will represent Europe, while Asia’s flag is to be flown by Japan, Korea DPR and China.
New Zealand will represent Oceania as Brazil and Paraguay stand in for South America while CONCACAF’s lot is with Haiti, Mexico and USA.
“Any presidential candidate who picks Fayose as his running mate endangers his life should he win. Since he fraudulently took control of the party structure in the South-West, what has he been able to do with it? Nothing!”
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Gymnastics coach leaves Nigeria for Ethiopia
ony Asuquo, an International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) certified coach, yesterday in Abuja said he joined an Ethiopian club because he was sure his country Nigeria does not respect him. Mr. Asuquo, who is on a six-month contract with the Ethiopian gymnastics club, said he opted for the East African side because he felt unappreciated by his country. “I am not comfortable with events happening in the Gymnastics Federation of Nigeria (GFN) where I am a board member,’’ Mr. Asuquo said. The aesthetics and aerobic gymnastics expert said he had just finished the medical session with the club and would be on a six-month renewable contract from August this year. “It is just a pity that my efforts and wealth of experience are not appreciated in Nigeria, but I prefer to work for Nigeria.” Mr. Asuquo did not disclose the name of his new club “owing to personal reasons.”
Echiejile welcomes first child
uper Eagles left-back, Elderson Echiejile has become a father for the first time after his wife gave birth to a boy on Tuesday. The Nigeria international who made his international debut in a friendly encounter against France in June 2009, expressed joy and gratitude following the safe delivery. In December 2016, Echiejile had a traditional marriage ceremony with his spouse, Oghenevwemo Ziregb in Warri, Delta State before staging a white wedding in France on June 3, 2017. Elderson and wife, Vwemo have welcomed their first son in the early hours of Tuesday. The excited father and Cercle Brugges defender took to Instagram after his son’s birth to announce the good news with fans and well-wishers all over the world.
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Neither ‘Saint’ nor ‘Rogue’ “Hatred is a feeling which leads to the extinction of values.” –Jose Ortega Gasset
othing practically defines ‘hate’ better than where the hapless victim of it is crucified both ways: ‘damned if he does right and damned if he doesn’t’! This extreme is attained when ‘hate’ acquires the pejorative adjective ‘inveterate’-which means to ‘hate’ habitually. Not contingent upon any justifiable reason. In fact to ‘inveterate’ haters it is reason enough that the object of hate dares to exist. And they will have neither scruples wishing that it ceases to exist, nor any qualms if they have their way, to make sure that it ceases to exist. And maybe it is the reason the 17th century English poet Lord Byron said “Hatred is the madness of the heart”. Because only a ‘heart’ that has lost its sanity will hate strictly for hate’s sake. But it is definitely the reason he said “Love blinds us to people’s faults but hate blinds us to their virtues. It takes a sick heart to love those it has good reason to hate and to hate those it should have good reason to love. Although one man’s rogue may be another man’s Saint Vitus, yet a man cannot be both rogue and Saint all at the same time. He has to either be a rogue and therefore not deserving of love or he is truly a Saint and should either be loved or at the very least not be hated. But a man can also be neither rogue nor saint, and therefore not to be hated even if he is not loved. Like President Buhari. He is not a saint yes; but he is definitely not a rogue either. And so if ‘love’ does not blind us to Buhari’s fault of not being a ‘saint’, why should ‘hate’ blind us to his virtue of not being a ‘rogue’. By the way should it not be sufficient that although he is neither rogue nor saint, he able to fight roguery without pretending to be a saint? Why should those who unabashedly celebrate roguery and revere known rogues arrogate the right to hate one who has persevered not to be a rogue, for the reason merely that he has failed to measure up to a saint? Charlotte Bronte, the 18 Century English novelist gave practical ‘working class’ description of ‘hate’ in her novel ‘Shirley’ -a story set during the anti-industrial riots of the Napoleonic era. “Misery” she said “generates hate”, because those in misery have a tendency –often in a most bizarrely unfair manner- to locate someone to blame for their situation. And so referring to the misery of bitter workers displaced by industrial machines in the novel ‘Shirley’, Charlotte said that they “hated the
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his sickness was never in the way of governance- and he was damned even for recuperating and getting back on his feet. He was damned because he would not subsidize petrol, and he was damned because he now subsidizes petrol. He is damned because he will not steal; and he is damned because he has blocked all leakages and will not allow them to steal. He is damned for the bad state of the economy (although the one who ruined it is deemed a ‘hero’), and he is damned for initiating necessary measures to revive it. He was damned for being high-handed in securing the nation, and now he is damned for not being highhanded to secure the nation. He is damned for gathering evidence to prosecute corrupt suspect, and he is damned for being unable to secure convictions because of paucity of evidence. “The world” said the Spanish poet Juan Ramon Jimenez “is like a map of antipathies, almost of hates, in which everyone picks the symbolic color of his difference.” Buhari happens to be a beautiful rainbow that attracts all shades of antipathy. They make him worthy of hate by propagating the lie that in his appointment of members of his Security Team, he is nepotistic and lopsided in favor of the North and Muslims; but they will not admit that he is equally lopsided in favor of the South and Christians in the appointment of members of his Economic Team. They made him seem like a bigot of ethnoreligious kind because he would not visit Benue at the time Ortom’s politically-choreographed ethnoreligious burial of 70 was staged; but they will not say a bigot of what kind he was when he did not visit Mambila where over 800 –attested by a Christian Army General- were killed. They magnify Buhari’s little,
But from the allegation of ‘infirmity of mind and body’, to the allegation of ‘Islamization’; from the trumped-up charge of ‘cronyism and nepotism’ in his appointments, to the charge of ‘aiding and abetting ‘killer’ herdsmen’, Buhari’s political adversaries are gradually running out of ideas
inconsequential frailties to excuse the humongous crimes of their lords and lieges -and so that they set tribe and tongue, religion and geography against one another. “Hypocrisy”, said the British writer, Somerset Maugham “is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue” it needs, he said “an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit”; because “It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job”. And like prejudice, as someone said, ‘it begets a necessity for carrying on’. For “neither man nor angel” John Milton would say, in ‘Paradise Lost’ “can discern hypocrisy, the only evil that walks invisible, except to God alone”. But from the allegation of ‘infirmity of mind and body’, to the allegation of ‘Islamization’; from the trumped-up charge of ‘cronyism and nepotism’ in his appointments, to the charge of ‘aiding and abetting ‘killer’ herdsmen’, Buhari’s political adversaries are gradually running out of ideas. And now that all their red herrings have been loaded and expended, who knows, maybe as 2019 fast approaches, they may be forced to return to the only path of decency, the democratic process by which the people alone, and not those who purport to speak for them, can freely and willfully elect or remove their governments. Re: ‘The ‘Man’ Musdapher’:“I must commend you for the very beautiful write-up in respect of the above. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your previous articles. They have been mostly objective as they do not pander to any political leaning. I wish to make this solemn declaration: the prayer said by that ‘judge’, whom you saved from that humiliation, will find fruitfulness and fulfillment in your life” –Barr. Patrick Oshomegie, Benin City, +2348038222181
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