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n an effort to ensure that minors and other repentant Boko Haram fighters in the North East are given the necessary support and opportunity to embrace peace through the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor (OPSC), the outfit has handed over 86 Boko Haram child fighters who voluntarily surrendered to troops of operation Lafiya Dole to the Borno State Rehabilitation Centre in Bulumkutu. The army in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by its acting Director Defence Information, Onyema Nwachukwu said following the handover, the repentant child fighters would undergo comprehensive Child Care Programme sponsored and organized by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in conjunction with Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. He said the child fighters who are between ages 10 – 19 are part of over 1,370 Boko Haram fighters who have so far surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole. After a thorough profiling and screening, the minors were considered suitable for the 6 months De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Re-integration (DRR) programme. “Arrangement is also ongoing to transfer another set of 500 repentant insurgents to Operation Safe Corridor for DRR Programme. “The handover ceremony

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was witnessed by the Borno State Commissioner of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo and UNICEF Official, Mr Clement Adams. The duo congratulated the surrenderers for laying down their arms and urged them to take advantage of the DRR programme to turn a new leaf and abandon the senseless struggle. “Operation Safe Corridor is a Defence Headquarters led nonkinetic multi-national and multi-

agency humanitarian operation conducted in tandem with extant international humanitarian laws to encourage willing and repentant Boko Haram terrorists in the North East to shun violent extremism. “The operation is designed to also de-radicalize, rehabilitate and re-integrate repentant Boko Haram combatants who willingly surrender to troops. The scheme is a global model that enjoys collaboration and support from local and international

Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as Multi-national Organisations, such as, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department for International Development (DFID), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and North East Regional Initiative (NERI).

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he Director General Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Osita Aboloma has reiterated the Organisation’s resolve to continue to support manufacturers at the Guandong Free Trade Zone Igbesa, Ogun State (OGFTZ) in meeting the required 35 percent minimum local value added to products and continual improvement in products quality. Aboloma who made the commitment while on a working visit to Ogun State, described the zone as an important economic area, adding that his visit was to promote and enhance quality assurance and conformity assessment of products

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Eid-ul-Mawlud: FG declares Monday, Nov. 11 public holiday

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he Federal Government has declared Monday as Public Holiday to mark the 2019 Eid-ul-Maulud in commemoration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad. Mr Mohammed Manga, Director Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Interior, announced this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja. He said the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, congratulated the Muslim faithful on the occasion and enjoined them to live within the virtues and teachings of the Prophet. He said imbibing the Prophet’s virtues of love, courage and perseverance would guarantee peace and security in the country. Aregbesola expressed confidence that the challenges confronting Nigeria at the moment would soon be over and therefore called on Nigerians to remain focused and determined.

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coming out of the zone. He added that his visit was also to promote the ease of doing business with SON in particular and Nigeria in general in line with the Federal Government’s policy and assured companies operating in the zone of expertise and professionalism from the SON staff as well as prompt attention and a quicker turnaround time. Aboloma reiterated that the 35% minimum local value addition to products manufactured within the Free Trade zone is stipulated by law to be carried out by SON adding that it is binding on all manufacturers and regulatory authorities operating within the zone.

Sole Administrator of the Zone, Juwon Falope acknowledged the support of the SON State office in Ota in ensuring prompt certification of products in the zone especially on the 35% minimum local value addition and necessary guidance in standards implementation. Mr. Juwon Falope extolled the various conformity assessment and certification programmes of SON, stating that they were brilliant in ensuring the zone remains one of the best in the country in terms of product quality. He therefore challenged all regulatory agencies with oversight functions within the OFTZ to close ranks to avoid rancour from overlap

of functions, stressing the need to recognize each other as stakeholders in the ease of doing business in the country. Responding on behalf of the Chinese manufacturers, the Deputy Manager Guandong Free Trade Zone, Mr. Daniel Chin acknowledged SON for its efforts at leveraging on the partnership to industrialize the nation through its technical support to OGFTZ According to Chin, there are about 30 companies with over 4,000 Nigerians and 250 Chinese gainfully employed at various factories within the cluster which has helped to curb crime and youth restiveness within the host community.

Yellow fever outbreak claims 29 lives in Bauchi n outbreak of yellow fever has killed at least 29 people in Bauchi State, the state has said. It is latest of such outbreaks in the country. Rilwanu Mohammed, chairman of the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency spoke to journalists on Thursday about the outbreak. Mr Mohammed said the virus was first detected in September, meaning the deaths were possibly

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Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state (middle), Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar (left) and Bala Waja, Alhaji Danjuma Mohammed (right) with others, during the Official Commissioning of 50 brand new Toyota Hiace Buses for Gombe state Transport service on Wednesday in Gombe.

Reps probe $7bn foreign reserves fund disbursed to 14 banks

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recorded in the last two months. “We discovered 224 suspected cases, and 29 were confirmed dead, with 24 in Alkaleri local government, two in Bauchi local government, 1 in Darazo council area and two in Ningi local government,” he said. Mr Mohammed explained that the virus was first detected in Alkaleri local council area, adding that efforts had since been on to avoid further spread. He said the government was

doing everything possible to ensure that the disease did not spread to the state capital. “That is why government has made efforts through vaccination of people living in the prone areas. “Already, 500,000 doses of vaccines had been administered in Alkaleri and we are expecting 600,000 doses of vaccines to be administered in Ningi community,” he said. Yellow fever is not a communicable disease. It can

only be transmitted through mosquitoes. Mr Mohammed urged communities to give early information to the authorities, especially when they noticed unusual happenings around them. Mr Mohammmed also urged the residents of the state not to reject vaccines, saying that this was the only way they could be free from the dreaded disease. (NAN)

he House of Representatives yesterday mandated it's Committee on Banking and Currency to investigate the non-repayment of $7 billion from Nigeria's foreign reserves, allegedly disbursed to 14 Global Asset Managers, and 14 Nigerian banks by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) since 2006. The Committee is also expected to investigate the details of the disbursed funds, and the continued non-repayment of same 13 years after, as well as determine the terms and conditions of the disbursement to ascertain, if such have been complied with, as it relates to repayment and report back its findings within eight weeks. The names of the 14 Global Asset Managers and their Nigerian counterparts are: Black Rock and Union Bank Nigeria Plc, J.P. Morgan Chase and Zenith Bank Plc; H.S.B.C. and First Bank of Nigeria Plc; BNP Paribas and Intercontinental Bank Plc. Others are USB and United Bank for Africa; Credit Suisse and IBTC Chartered Bank Plc; Morgan Stanley and GTB Plc; Fortis and Bank PHB Plc; Cominvest and Oceanic Bank Plc; ING and Ecobank Plc; Bank of the New York and Stanbic Bank Plc; and Crown Agents and Diamond Bank Plc. These followed the adoption of a motion on the "Need to Investigate the Non-Repayment of $7 Billion USD from Nigeria's Foreign Reserves Disbursed to 14 Global Asset Managers and 14 Nigerian Banks by the Central Bank of Nigeria Since 2006." moved by Hon. Yunusa Ahmad, who disclosed that sometime in 2006, the CBN disbursed $7 billion of Nigeria's

$38.07 billion to the banks. According to the lawmaker, the Central Bank of Nigeria gave each Asset Manager and its Nigerian Bank Counterpart $500 million from the nation's foreign reserves to manage. He said of the 14 Nigerian Banks that received the said funds about six of them namely; Oceanic Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Bank PHB, FIN Bank, AfriBank, and very recently Diamond Bank Plc were merged or acquired by other banks under the oversight of the Central Bank

of Nigeria (CBN). "Notes that sometime in 2006, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disbursed $7Billion USD of Nigeria's $38.07 Billion USD foreign reserves to 14 Global Asset Managers and their 14 Nigerian Banks local partners to manage. "Also notes that the 14 Global Asset Managers and their Nigerian counterparts are: Black Rock and Union Bank Nigeria Plc, J.P. Morgan Chase and Zenith Bank Plc; H.S.B.C. and First Bank of Nigeria Plc; BNP Paribas

and Intercontinental Bank Plc; USB and United Bank for Africa; Credit Suisse and IBTC Chartered Bank Plc; Morgan Stanley and GTB Plc; Fortis and Bank PHB Plc; Cominvest and Oceanic Bank Plc; ING and Ecobank Plc; Bank of the New York and Stanbic Bank Plc; and Crown Agents and Diamond Bank Plc; "Aware that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) gave each Asset Manager and its Nigerian Bank counterpart $500 million USD from the nation's foreign reserves to manage.

"Again aware that the assets and liabilities of the six merged/ acquired banks have been legally acquired as part of the legacies of the defunct Banks. "Worried that after13 years, Nigeria's hard earned $7 Billion USD foreign reserves has not been repaid to the Central Bank of Nigeria and there is no action put in place to ensure repayment of the funds" he said. The motion was adopted by the House, presided over by the Deputy Speaker of the House Idris Wase.

Make Armed Forces Remembrance Day exceptional, AUDA/ NEPAD boss urges Nigerians By Mamud Isa

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he National Coordinator/ Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency/ New partnership for Africa's development (AUDA/ NEPAD), Princess Gloria Akobundu, has urged Nigerians to commit themselves to making this year's Armed forces

Remembrance Day exceptional, by coming up with laudable innovations for improving the lots of the families of the departed compatriots and living heroes. She stated this when she was being decorated on honour of our falling heroes at the Arm Forces Remembrance Day, while in a courtesy visit in her office yesterday.

Akobundu, said that we must appreciate the Sacrifice of the Nigerian soldiers who fought tirelessly for we to get to where we are now and remind ourselves of the families they left behind, who need our care and love. Mrs. Okoro Oyinye from Ministry of Defense who represented the Secretary Emblem Sales and Production, Mr. Ajaga

Sunday, Deputy Director, Civilian Affairs Division, said that Armed Forces Remembrance Day is set for records for our dear country. Oyinye, further added that Mr. President advised all Nigerians especially the ministries, parastatals and agencies to remember the families of the past and falling heroes of our country in prayers.

Municipal solid waste serious menace in Nigeria, says Minister By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammade Mahmoud, said that municipal solid waste has become a serious menace of gravest environmental challenge facing the country. Dr. Mahmoud made the revelation during the official commissioning and handover of the Community Based Waste Management Project in Karu Local Government Area, Nasarawa State, saying that the programme was expected to train and generate employment particularly for

youths and women and to attract private sector participation and investment including Foreign Direct Investment. He noted that, environmental problems are exacerbated and are majorly linked to urban migration, overpopulation, emergence of urban slums, industrialization, changes in consumption patterns, inadequate planning, and inadequate resources. “In recent years, states and local governments throughout the federation have intensified efforts to ensure that municipal solid wastes generated within their domain are

properly managed. However, the problem still persists as all manners of wastes are disposed-off indiscriminately on open and unlined pits, drainage systems, water bodies and in fact on any available space. “More worrisome is the fact that both hazardous and non-hazardous e-waste including hospital wastes are disposed-off in dumpsites and burnt openly. These practices pose great risk to the health of our citizens and the environment. “The ministry is equally reviewing existing waste management

instruments and putting in place new ones including policies, regulations, technical guidelines and standard. “This will ensure that the wastes generated in the country are managed in environmentally sound and sustainable manner with the private sector as the main driver in waste management for viability and sustainability.” He pointed out that the project in Karu Local Government Area was one of several community based management projects being implemented by this administration with others at different stages spread across the other geopolitical zones.


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Uneasy calm in the corridors of power

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ecent developments in the seat of owner have set tongue wangling about the conviviality between the office of the President and his Vice. The sequence of events have given objective observers reasons to conclude that there are probably some squabbles between the two exalted offices in the land. Even when certain actions taken by the President have been rationalized on the ground that he controls the ultimate pover and chooses to delegate to any of his subordinates, the recent sack of 36 aides in the Office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo allegedly by his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, has attracted more than a passing attention. Though the alleged sack has yet to be officially authenticated with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) claiming ignorance of the development, there are indications that the disengagement of the Vice President’s aides may be true afterall. An official in the Villa, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that the Vice President had ordered the affected aides to submit their sack letters to him hoping to raise the matter with his boss on his arrival from his two-week’s break from London by November 17. The source revealed that Osinbajo had resolved to take up the matter to confirm whether the order for the sack of his aides actually came from his boss or from certain cabal operating within the precincts of power. While the presidency has consistently maintained that there was no rift between the President and his Vice, there have been insinuations that some political interests are hell bent on putting a limit to the rising political profile of the ‘Star Boy’ ahead of 2023. According to those in this school of thought, Osinbajo endeared himself to the hearts of common men by bonding with the down trodden during the 2019 Presidential Campaigns through the Social Investment Program (SIP) which he

personally championed. Added to this was his House-to-House campaign initiative where he visited indigents with a view to establishing flourishing bonds with common men ahead of the 2019 general election. They added that Osinbajo, through the Trader Moni program had built political alliances across the country and as such must be stopped ahead of the 2023 Presidential contest. This they reasoned was why the cabal in power impressed it upon the President to excise the SIP from the office of the Vice President and domicile same in a newly created ministry of Humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development. With the SIP, which got N500 billion budgetary allocation annually in the last three years, domiciled in the newly created ministry, pundits reasoned that the cabal may have achieved its aim of whittling down Osinbajo’s political power and influence. But the budget for the program in the 2020 budget estimates submitted to the National Assembly for approval was a meagre N30 billion indicating that the program may have ceased to be a priority project for the government. However, the President cleared the air on this line of thought during the inaugural meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) when he explained that he created the new ministry of Humanitarian Affairs for administrative expediencies. He said “We also created the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to fully institionalise our various interventions to support some of the poorest and most distressed citizens of our country.” Another action taken by the President suggesting deliberate plot to whittle down Osinbajo’s influence was the disbandment if the Economic Management Team (EMT) which he chaired. He created the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) chaired by a renown Economist, Prof. Doyin Salami in its stead. The Salami’s Council

was mandated to report directly to the President. Many interpreted this to mean that Osinbajo’s influence was being reduced even when the Presidential decision was commended by the majority of Nigerians. Also considered as a pointer to deterioration in the relationship between Buhari and his deputy was the refusal of the former to hand over power to the latter while on a two-week private visit to the United Kingdom. The President left Saudi Arabia for the London without officially writing to the National Assembly to transfer power to his Vice. Many people argue that this singular action indicated that the Vice President no longer enjoys the trust of his principal. They maintain that Osinbajo’s decision to sack one of the prominent member of the ruling cabal in the past while exercising presidential power in acting capacity had put a serious wedge between him and his principal. They also alleged that the Vice President got his fingers burnt by recommending the confirmation of the former Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen while acting as the President. It was learnt that the President never wanted Onnoghen’s appointment confirmed by the Senate because he had certain reservations but Osinbajo thought otherwise. Onnoghen was later to be charged with corruption only for him to resign thereafter. Perhaps to demonstrate the fact that the President is completely in charge of the government even while away in the United Kingdom, story broke out on Monday that the Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, took an oil bill to the President in London for assent. This development has got people insisting that the decision to take the bill for Presidential assent was deliberately taken to physically demonstrate to the Vice President that his political influence in the Next Level administration has been

seriously decimated. It was reasoned that the move was taken to score a serious political point and to demonstrate to the Vice President that he has some limitations in the exercise of political power. Pundits query why the hurry to go to London for Buhari’s assent when he would be returning to the country in only a few days. In any case, the Presidency has maintained that taking the bill to London for Presidential assent was not out of place as they argue that the Nigerian President can exercise his powers from anywhere in the world. Despite all these, the Presidency has consistently maintained that there was no rift between Buhari and Osinbajo. The Vice President has persistently demonstrated his loyalty to his boss at any given opportunity. Buhari, in turn, had on several occasions poured encomiums on his Vice acknowledging his loyalty both to his person and to his administration. Could it therefore be safe to conclude that those actions taken by the President were being accorded political interpretations by meddlesome interlopers bent on causing rift between two patriots in power? Were they mere happenstances with no ulterior motives? Only time will tell. It is only hoped that the nation would be spared a repeat of the schism in the Presidency as experienced during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The rift between the ex-President and his Vice, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was micro-managed until it eventually bourgeoned out of proportion with its attendant consequences on governance. While it is within the power of the President to assign responsibilities to whoever he feels and take actions for good governance, actions from his lieutenants suggesting desecration of any of the exalted offices must be avoided. The Presidency is one and must be made to remain so.

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FG bans $9.6bn Judgment debt: Court cash grants Briton N500m bail payment in NIPOST ....Demands serving senator as surety By Etuka Sunday

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he Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami yesterday ordered the termination of cash payments in NIPOST offices nationwide. Dr. Pantami said, some unscrupulous elements, have been taking undue advantage of the cash payment system under the Nigeria Postal Services (NIPOST), to engage in corrupt practices, therefore, has directed the Post Master General to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately. In a statement through his Spokesperson, Mrs Uwa Suleiman, the minister said, the action was in line with the anti corruption Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The statement said, "In line with the anti-corruption Agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and the mandate of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the Minister hereby directs the Post Master General, to with immediate effect, suspend all existing cash payment plans within its establishments nationwide. "The Post Master General, is to ensure that all its offices revert to Point of Sales (PoS) and bank teller transactions immediately. "The general public and all customers of NIPOST, are hereby encouraged to insist on Point of Sales (PoS) or bank teller transactions, when conducting business with NIPOST. "This directive is a temporary measure in the interim to tackle corruption, as we are currently working on fully automating the systems as a permanent solution to the challenge,"he said. The statement said, "in the same vein, Dr Pantami also directs the Post Master General, to immediately implement strategies that will bring an end to unnecessary delays, in its service delivery to customers. "The current trend of delays in postal services will not be condoned by the office of the Minister under whose purview, the supervision of NIPOST falls. "The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, and the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy are committed to protecting the rights of all Nigerians and will not tolerate any acts of corruption under its watch," he said.

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ustice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court, Abuja has granted bail to a British national, James Richard Nolan in the tune of N500 million. The court ordered that a serving senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who is not facing criminal charge in court must be a surety in the like sum. Nolan, a signatory to Process and Industrial Development limited (P&ID) is allegedly involved in the scandalous P&ID deal which made a British Court

enter a $9.6bn judgement against Nigeria. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on October 21, arraigned Nolan and Adam Quinn (at large), both British nationals, over their alleged complicity in the $9.6billion dollars judgment against Nigeria. Process and Industrial Development (P&ID), an Irish engineering company, had secured the controversial judgment against Nigeria following the nonexecution of a 20-year gas and supply processing agreement the company had with the Federal

Government. The defendants, both directors of Goidel Resources Limited, a Designated Non-Financial Institution and ICIL Limited, were arraigned on a 16-count charge bordering on money laundering. Delivering ruling on the bail application of Nolan on Thursday, the court ordered the Nigeria Immigration Service to provide original passports and passport number of Nolan. The senator according to the court must own a developed landed property in Maitama with certificate of occupancy

and relevant documents duly certified by the FCDA and the Chief Registrar of the court must in writing, ascertain the validity of the documents. Justice Abang directed that the surety must appear in court on all days of trial alongside the applicant, and must tender evidence of tax clearance for three years. The court held that where the surety failed to do abide by the terms, the bail would be rescinded, adding that the applicant must submit his international passport to the Registrars of the court.

The 86 Boko Haram Children Fighters handed Over to Borno State Government by Operation Safe Corridor, yesterday in Maiduguri.

Border security: AFC pledges $450m investment for automation of Customs operations By Christiana Ekpa

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he African Finance Corporation has expressed the readiness to invest $450 million in the automation of the operations of the Nigerian Customs for its turnaround within 12 months The Managing Director of Bionica Technologies W.A Ltd , Alhaji Umar Kuta made the revelation yesterday before the House joint Committees on Finance, Customs and Public Petitions Co-chaired by Hon James Faleke, Hon Yusuf Kila and Hon Jerry Alagbaoso respectively. The joint Committee is looking into the modernization of the Nigerian Customs projects. He assumed that the platform would improve revenue generation by the NCS and enhance security at the nation's borders .

According to him, "a complete automation of the activities of the NCS within twelve months, will boost revenue and eliminate all forms of sharp practices in the system. Recall that the e-custom Strategic Plan, began in 2016. 94 companies responded to a bid request by the NCS. Fifteen companies were pre-qualified and all were invited to make presentations on their solutions to enable Nigeria realise its vision of attaining complete automation and enthroning best practices in Customs operations. Bionica Technologies W.A. Limited, the MD said, emerged tops after the evaluation process by NCS. According to the document made available to journalists after his meeting with the Committee, the MD said that firm has five technical partners, namely Paramout Group, Huawei

Technology, Smiths Detection, Larsen & Toubro Group and Nuctech of China. The partners, he stated, are mobilising about $ 450 million in investment to attain the complete turn-around programme. He told the Committee that the Africa Finance Corporation, has also indicated its interest in supporting the Customs automation programme. The Company boss stated that the consortium is to partner NCS by direct capital investment in collaboration with Original Equipment Manufactures to develop and implement specific modernization programs, with full automation of all the NCS business processes and procedures through the development and implementation of a robust and secured ICT platform. He said this entails complete systems integration with the current ICT platform.

He said the partnership will engender development and implementation of modern customs border stations, airports and marine posts, adding that the marine posts would be utilized to develop the marine customs outfit. According to him, Bionica’s direct capital investment through the proposed ppp, guarantees that NCS modernization program will be professionally executed. Kuta added that the implementation of Bionica’s proposed projects, will ensure that all collectable revenues will be optimised and accounted for in-line with the Treasury Single Account policy of the Federal Government. Earlier, the Joint-committee headed by Hon. James Faleke, had asked the NCS to provide details on the proposed e-Customs project and the cost implication to government.


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Jigawa set to adopt new policy on WASH

L-R: Minister of Work and Housing; Babatunde Fashola, Chairman House Committee on Housing; Jide Jimoh and Minister of State for Work and Housing; Engr. Abubakar Aliyu during the 8th Meeting of the National Council on  Lands, Housing and  Urban Development , yesterday in Abuja.  Photo: Justin Imo-owo

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he Jigawa state government in collaboration with Non Governmental Organisation (NGOs) has come up with new policy on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). The state commissioner for water resources Alhaji Ibrahim Garba who was represented by his permanent secretary dropped the hint during an opening of three day session for validation review of Jigawa state Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) policy and implementation frame work. He explained that, this is parts of the Jigawa state government effort to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the state. According to him, the objective of the policy in the sector, is to improve the health and well-being of the people by adopting an integrated approach for ensuring water, sanitazation and hygiene services in a sustainable manner. "This entails the ensuring equitable access to potable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services at an affordable manner" he said. "this policy objective is consisting with the goal and objective of WASH sector outline in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Water and Sanitation Policy, Jigawa State Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF II), Jigawa WASH Bill 2011 and Governor's budget speech (20172019). Alhaji Garba disclosed further that "Over the last several years Jigawa state has made significant progress in water supply, the 2018 WASH NORM survey shows that 86 percent of household in the state have access to improved source of drinking water through developed surface water and boreholes". "This has been achieved through constructions of Solar powered water supply schemes , hand pump boreholes, improvement and rehabilitation works, conversion of existing motorised water supply systems to Solar powered systems", he emphasis. He identified high cost of operation and maintenance for existing facilities for urban and small town water schemes, difficulties in adequate water supply in the state capital, lost of water quality and quantity in Dams and Rivers as critical challenges facing in water supply services.

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Reps ask Uni Maiduguri to stay of fees hike *mandate C’mte to probe cause of increment

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he House of Representatives yesterday asked the management of University of Maiduguri to stay action on the increment in is tuition fees until a thorough investigation as to the reason for the hike was carried out. It will be recalled that the University located in insurgent feasted Borno State recently increased its fees from 40 percent to almost 400 percent. For instance, the tuition fee of medical students which was formerly N37,000 has risen to N149, 000. The institution also introduced bench fees of N70,00 which was nonexistent. This means that the students would pay for every desk used. Similarly, the university also shot high its fees for collection of certificates as well as identity cards. Hostel fees were also affected. At its plenary, the House argued that the increase was arbitrary and would discourage Nigerians especially people of the northeast from going to school. Moving the motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, the mover and member representing Monguno/ Marte/Nganzi federal constituency of Borno State, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno said the hike will force many students out of school. He urged the House intervention

on behalf of the students. He said: "The House received with deep concern the recent decision by the management of University of Maiduguri to increase the registration and other fees of students of the school from 40% to 400% in certain instances as strategically regrettable and unhelpful in the face of the plight of the people of the northeast as a whole. An example is an increase from 25,000 to N129,000 as bench charges and other fees for some students "Notes that irrespective of justification that may be attached to this decision due to maybe the peculiar operational and managerial realities of the school, the decision is one that must worry every well meaning Nigerian at this time "Observes that education remains the biggest repellent and the most potent tool in our arsenal as a people to not only defeat Boko Haram for good but also revamp the north east from the shackles of underdevelopment and poverty "Acknowledges the prime place the university of Maiduguri holds in this regards, is invaluable in the north east in particular and to the entire northern Nigeria and Nigeria in general "Further acknowledges the courage and determination of the University Management by being steadfast in the provision of excellent academic environment

and without shutting its campus in the face of severe threats during the heightened activity of the insurgency begs the case that this decision be reviewed "Aware that with the over 14 million Nigerian children of school age, not in school, and of these numbers not attending school, 62 percent live in the northern Nigeria. Half of the men in northeast Nigeria have received no education at all, and this figure rises to over 61 percent for women, it is imperative that school in the northeast remains of strategic national interest with overwhelming national security importance "Considers the fact that Borno State had the highest number of people that don't have access to education due to the present boko haram crisis in particular more than enough reason to ensure that the least burden for access and viability of education as a fundamental privilege is ensured as far as possible especially for University of Maiduguri "Observes that all stakeholders must rise to the occasion at this moment to ensure that this state of affairs is reversed due to the greater need to propagate the right value of tolerance, liberalism, multiculturalism, and self -empowerment through education at the highest levels "Notes that to allow this decision to stand would be to

further push the entire people of Borno State and the northeast further into the state of utter despair, having been beaten away from their farms, their lands, their fishing activity and where most have lost their livelihood due to the absence of an economy. This would narrow their choices and amplify the appeal towards those against education therefore deepening the gulf and the impact of the insurgency "Aware that a lot of students especially those from Borno State and north east States will drop out should this decision see the light of day. This situation may force them to become a social menace to the society". Contributing to the motion, some members decried the incessant and arbitrary hikes in tuition fees by Nigerian higher institutions. They argued that the development would discourage many parents from sending their wards to schools in the light of the economic situations in the country. The motion when subjected voice vote received the unanimous support of the members. Adopting it, the House mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to engage the management of the university to stay action on the increment to enable it carry out its investigation on the matter in a bid to finding a lasting solution.

OSGoF staff tasked on public service rules By Ochiaka Ugwu

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cting Surveyor General of the Federation, Surveyor Taiwo S. Adeniran has implored members of the management and staff of the Office of the Surveyor General of the Federation (OSGoF) to abreast themselves with the public service rules, especially the financial regulations and extant laws to ensure conscientiousness and integrity of service. In a press statement released in Abuja yesterday and signed by the OSGoF Head of press and Public

Relations, Mr. Abu I. Michael, it noted that Surveyor Adeniran who implored the officials at a one-day retreat for the newly appointed and promoted officials into and in the directorate level at OSGoF in Abuja said the retreat was necessary to set the tone especially for the new ones who just progressed into the management cadre. He said Government job was not done by whims and caprices but by rules and regulations that the workers must acquit themselves with to perform their duties adding that the new Assistant Directors,

Deputy Directors and Directors would soon be posted to higher responsibilities and therefore need to brace up. The mandates of OSGoF according to him require the provision of requisite Geo-spatial information that are timely and very useful for the Nigerian Government that would impact development positively. For OSGoF to achieve its objectives, Surveyor Adeniran urged for good relationship among and between the management and other staff so as to evolve the team spirit

needed. Various resource persons from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and OSGoF were drafted to present papers on the structure/functions of OSGoF, public service rules, procurement process, and financial regulations. Adeniran warned that the official duties should not be treated with levity hence they were meant to serve the good people of Nigeria pointing out that the system seemed to lag but it do grind slowly and well for those who violate the rules of the system.

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he Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Wednesday said it arrested 42 suspects over rape, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the territory. The Commissioner of Police in charge of the Command, Bala Ciroma, disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja. He said 26 of the suspects were from kidnap syndicates arrested during a joint counter kidnapping operation involving the police, the military and other security agencies tagged “Operation Sharan Daji”. Mr Ciroma said the suspects were part of different kidnap syndicates operating along Kuje, Rubochi, Kwali and Abaji axis of the FCT. He said that the exhibits recovered from the suspects were four locally fabricated fire arms, one dane gun with 10-round cylinder loader, four cartridges and three cutlasses. The commissioner said three face masks, 24 wraps of dry leaves suspected to be marijuana, several identity cards and charms were also recovered from the suspects. He said that the police operatives attached to Gwagwalada Area Command on October 28 arrested one Juri Abubakar, 30, a member of a kidnap syndicate, at Yangoji area of the FCT following a tip off. Mr Ciroma said the suspect had admitted to supplying food to other members of the syndicate who had threatened to kidnap a victim but were foiled by the ‘prompt’ intervention of the police. He said the suspect was arrested before the execution of the act, adding that efforts were being made to arrest five other members of the syndicate. The commissioner said five suspects, Zaharadeen Abubakar, 23; Hamza Garba, 25; Usman Ibrahim, 25; Jubril Yusuf, 24 and Ismail Omadivi were on November 2 arrested by police operatives attached to Abaji Division. He said Mr Omadivi, a student of the University of Abuja, and others were arrested for conniving and threatening to kidnap their targeted victim who reported to the police. Mr Ciroma said the suspects had demanded for N500,000 from their target before they were apprehended by the operatives, adding that three cutlasses, one Samsung phone, one smart card and one knife were recovered from the suspects. He said that efforts were being made to arrest other members of the syndicate who were still at large. Mr Ciroma said all the suspects would be arraigned in court on conclusion of investigations. (NAN)

Former Pension Boss, Abdulrashid Maina on a wheel chair, at his trial, at the Federal High Court, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

N2bn fraud charge: Maina appears in court on wheelchair By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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he Chairman of defunct Police Pension Reform Task Force, Dr Abdulrasheed Maina, yesterday, attended his trial at the Federal High Court Abuja, on a wheelchair. Maina is being prosecuted by the anti-graft agency on a 12 -count charge over allegations of money laundering, operation of fictitious accounts and other fraudulent activities using some banks in the country. The court had on the last adjourned date, ordered the Deputy Comptroller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service (Prisons) in charge of Medical and Social Welfare to conduct a thorough examination of Maina to ascertain his health status. The trial judge, Justice Okon Abang ordered the Deputy Comptroller General to report his findings on November 7. However, at Thursday's

proceeding, Maina was brought into the courtroom on a wheelchair. The court adjourned till yesterday, for ruling on Maina's bail application but the court said it was not ready due to heavy work load, but assured to deliver it since it was within time. However, the prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar informed the court that the 1st defendant (Maina) was in court on a wheelchair. Though Abubakar said he was ready to proceed with the trial, however he drew attention of the court to a letter from the Nigerian Correctional Service. "My Lord, we received a letter dated November 6, from the Nigerian Correctional Service, Wednesday evening, but was served on us this morning, in response to our own letter forwarding an enrolled order of the court. "The letter of the Correctional Service was signed by Deputy Comptroller General in charge of

Medical and Social Welfare, H.B Kori. By the letter, the DCG pleaded the court for one week to comply with the order because he received the enroll order by 4:35pm on Wednesday, November 6. Consequently, the prosecution counsel told the Court that "My Lord, I think the appeal by the DCG is reasonable and I urge the court to accede to the request". Therefore, Abubakar applies for an adjournment to enable the prosecution through the Nigerian Correctional Service, ascertain the medical fitness of the 1st defendant. Maina's counsel, Francis Orosanya and Adeola Adedipe representing the 2nd defendant (Common Input Property and Investment Ltd), a company linked to Maina did not oppose the application for an adjournment. However, before adjourning the trial to November 21 and 22, Justice Abang accused some

journalists of not reflecting the "kind gestures of the court" in their reports, adding that, "Some serve their personal interest, rather than national interest. Abang said the court had allowed Maina to sit down during trial and the day he was allowed to take his drugs in the open court, the press did not mention all these kind gestures of the court in their report. "Lead counsel to the 1st defendant, Mr Ahmed Raji (SAN) walked out on the court during the proceedings of October 30, the press did not report that, even when Joe Kyari-Gadzama (SAN) threatened the court, while arguing for adjournment, the press didn't mention any of these", he said but rather informed the public that he warned Maina not to look directly at him in court. "The press is bias. On account of all these, I come to the conclusion that the press is unfair to the court", he said.

Osinbajo's security aides harass journalist By Lawrence Olaoye

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ecurity detail attached to Vice Presiddent Yemi Osinbajo yesterday harassed a photojournalist with the Vanguard Newspapers, attached to the Presidential Villa. The incident took place at the State House Conference Centre in the Villa during the opening session of the Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit organised by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM, chaired by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa. Adeshida told newsmen that

he was taking photographs of the Vice-President taking a tour of the exhibition stands at the event when five personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS) suddenly pounced on him as Osinbajo was being presented a copy of magazine as souvenir at a particular stand. According to him, he was not told his supposed infraction as he claimed that he was not in any way obstructing the event or doing anything out of the ordinary before the security details started hitting him, dragged him over the floor and damaged his professional

camera, right in the presence of the Vice-President. "I was shocked when these DSS started beating me for no apparent reason. They tore off my Presidential Villa accreditation tag on the shirt and dragged me on the floor while hitting and kicking me. "I believe they would have done much worse if not for the intervention of the VicePresident's Aide-de-Camp (ADC), who I noticed was making hand movements for them to leave me alone. "I am feeling pains all over my

body and a particular severe pain on my right leg on which I don't even know what they hit me with", he said before heading for the hospital for treatment. No other aides of the VicePresident made efforts to stop the humiliation of the journalist in the presence of Osibanjo, who may have been embarrassed by the situation. The incident happened a day after 35 aides of the Vice-President were reported to have been sacked on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is away on a private visit to the United Kingdom.


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Masari cautions Customs on use of excessive force From Lawal Sa'idu Funtua, Katsina

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overnor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has urged the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and operators of Border Drill Operations to desist from using excessive force in the cities during their operations. Masari made the disclosure when the Sector Coordinator of the Border Drill Operations, Katsina, Assistant Comptroller General of Customs, Mr Bashir Abubakar, paid

him a courtesy call yesterday in Katsina. He said "We don't want you using excessive force shooting inside cities during your operations, because that creates panic, and in the panic, to run away, some people get injured and some even loss their lives. "I think you should be more civil when you are executing those your orders, certainly, we will not accept sporadic shooting inside the city" he advised . According to him "Whatever you are going to, do it in the bush

not in the towns, but when it comes to inside cities you are making recoveries or seizures, be more civil, we don't want fire arms," he said. He said that the customs should try to resolve the issue of Customs Duty for vehicles, because some people may have it and think that it is genuine. Masari further said that customs should give enough time for people to go and rectify the issue, pledging to given them all the support they require, saying that: 'we don't want shooting'.

The governor also urged the operators to intensify efforts in enlightening the people particularly border communities on the dangers associated with smuggling. He advised them to involved the community and religious leaders in the enlightenment. "Engage all necessary stakeholders like religious leaders to provide people with correct information, because when there is no correct information, the wrong information will continue to be circulated," he said.

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Norwegian International NGO,Stefarius Alliance International in conjunction with Institute of Church and Society Ibadan and Christian Council of Nigeria have held a two day sensitisation workshop for stakeholders on religious tolerance among the populace. The Training held in Yola Thursday- Friday drew participants from religious bodies,politicians,Media and civil society organisations,CSOs in the North East Zone . Speaking at the occasion,a Director of the Institute,Very Rev. Kolade Fadahuusi said the theme of the workshop "Understanding freedom of religion or belief in Nigeria Context"was carefully picked with a view to deliberating with participants for acceptable ways to address the problem. Fadahuusi explained that the negativity of religion and politics must be check properly as politicians have been using it to achieve political and personal desires. Fadahuusi charged participants to serve as ambassadors of positive change especially in downloading the knowledge acquired in the training. He stated that other parts of the country will benefit from such awareness training so that the mess being created by some misguided elements using religion can be addressed. Earlier in his submission at the training,Speaker of the Adamawa state House of Assembly,Honourable Aminu Iya Abbas commended the efforts of the organisers describing it as a "Welcome development ". Abbas observed that any rationale Nigerian knows that our system is sick or faulty which we must come together to right the wrong for national development.

Group donates kits to 100 school pupils in Kaduna From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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roup under the auspices of Pastor Christ Oyakhilome Foundation and Christ Embassy's Inner City Mission for Children has donated back-toschool kits to 100 pupils of UBE Banono community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State. Pastor Marcel Obode of Christ Embassy, Northwest Zone 1, who presented the items said it includes school uniforms, bags, shoes, books and other writing materials needed by pupils to attend schools. Obode, while distributing the items at Banono explained that the gesture, under Christ Embassy's

Back to School Campaign 2019, was to support the children displaced by recurrent attacks to return to school. "We are here in response to the need of the community, particularly the vulnerable children who were forced out of school by recurrent attacks. "We are not only donating back to school kits, but also handing over a renovated block of two classrooms to UBE Banono. "We are equally distributing food items, clothes and other items to those in need in the community to help alleviate their suffering," he said. According to him, the gesture was part of Pastor Christ Oyakhilome

Foundation and Christ Embassy's Inner City Mission for Children efforts to reach out to the needy and the forgotten in hard to reach communities. Also speaking, the Chairman of the Back to School Campaign, Pastor Rudolph Smith, said that the intervention was among many in the pipelines for vulnerable children and hard-to-reach communities in the state. Smith said that the campaign hope to support and return about 500 primary school pupils in six hard-toreach vulnerable communities. Responding, Malam Ishaku Simon, Education Secretary in the LGA, thanked the Christ Embassy

organisations for the gesture, which he described as 'commendable'. Simon called on other corporate organisations, institutions and individuals to emulate Christ Embassy in supporting the state government to provide quality education in the state. The Village Head, Mr John Makaddas, equally commended the church for coming to their aid, adding that the support would encourage all parents to send their children to school. Makaddas said that the community suffered three attacks by gunmen; the first one in July 2017, another in July 2018 and the recent one in April 2019.

Women Friendly Initiative sensitises media, security men on drugs prevention By Usman Shuaibu

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he leadership of Women Friendly Initiative (WFI) has sensitised the media personnel as well as law enforcement agencies on drugs prevention. This was contained in a release issued by the management of WFI at the end of a one day sensitisation workshop and made available to newsmen on Tuesday. The release said: “Drug abuse is a global health problem. Without doubt drugs have been of tremendous benefit to man but it has been acknowledged that the inappropriate use of same can do immense harm not only to individuals but to the society at large”. "To react to this continuing problem, the release pointed out that “Women Friendly Initiative, a

Non-Governmental Organisation committed to empowering young persons, women and children, especially the less privileged to overcome social, economic and cultural factors that limit their ability to make fully informed choices in collaboration with is to implementing a one year project aimed at increasing stakeholders awareness on substance abuse prevention, treatment and care in Nasarawa State and Federal Capital Territory”. According to the release, the sensitization targets religious leaders, health care practitioners, patent medicine vendors, women leaders, youth leaders, media professionals and law enforcement agents. “The programme is developed specifically to increase knowledge and awareness on various drug issues, as well as to reduce the stigma associated

with drug use. The evidence based training package draws upon the latest information, research, policy and strategic directions to better understand drug use, dependence , prevention, treatment and care”, the release stated. The release expressed hope that the intervention would assist stakeholders to see drug dependency as a public issue that needed medical attention not criminalization. In an interview with newsmen during the sensitization workshop, the Chief Executive Officer of WFI, Dr. Francis Eremutha, appealed to the government of the day to create more rehabilitation centers where the drug users would be counseled for good. He also pleaded with the law enforcement agencies not to arrest the drug users unnecessarily, instead

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Earlier, the ACG Bashir Abubakar, told the governor that they seized many bags of foreign rice, fairly used clothes, tyres, illicit drugs, vehicles and cannabis sativa during the past three months. Abubakar said that they have noticed that the there is lack of adequate knowledge on the part of people, the situation leading to the increase in the rate of smuggling. He said that they would continue to arrest smugglers and prosecute them to serve as deterrent to others. L-R: Members House of Representatives Committee on Public Account, Hon. Ja’afaru Iliyasu; Hon. Dau’d Fuoh; Chairman of the committee, Hon. Oluwole Oke and Hon. Usman Hassan Sokodabo, during a public hearing on FCT Inland revenue’s activities from the 2001-2018 at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

From Umar Dankano, Yola.

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they should take the drug users to rehabilitation centers for proper counseling. He then call on the religious leaders, NGOs, parents as well as individuals to join hands with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to wage war against drug users, and urged the government to deem it fit to provide the needed facilities for NDLEA as well equipped the rehabilitation centers. Eremutha, however, used the sensitisation workshop to reveal that the leadership of WFI had awarded scholarship to the less privileged ones in the society to pursue their education up to the institutions of higher learning, adding that the organisation also in support of the people living with HIV/AIDS, especially the women.

Gov. Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State (3rd R) and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Mrs Sadiya Faruk (2nd L), during her visit to sympathize with victims of Maiduguri GSM market fire incident. Photo: NAN

PDP laments Balogun market fire, seeks investigation By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concerns over the devastating fire incident that ravaged parts of the Balogun Market in Lagos State.

The party also expressed sadness over the losses encountered by Nigerians, particularly in the face of the prevailing economic challenges. The PDP said this yesterday in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola

Ologbondiyan in Abuja. The Party pointed out that it is more disturbed by the manifest system deficiencies that led to the failure to promptly bring the fire under control and abate the losses. It therefore tasked the authorities to live up to their billing

by putting in place measures that will ensure more proactive fire emergency interventions in the country. The PDP however called for an immediate investigation into the cause of the disaster as well as the apparent system failures that

frustrated prompt intervention in such an emergency “The party deeply commiserates with victims of the inferno and urged the government as well as public-spirited groups and individuals to come to their aid”, it said.

CJ frees killer of Oshiomhole’s ex-aide, Olaitan By Osaigbovo Benin

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he Chief judge of Edo State, Justice Esohe Ikponmwen has released Mr. Moses Okoro over alleged missing case file. The inmate who was linked to the murder of Mr Olaitan Oyerinde whose death occurred on May 4, 2012, has been on awaiting trial before reprieve came his way on Wednesday. Justice Ikponmwen ordered his release and three other inmates during her visit to Oko medium Correctional Centre in Benin. Olaitan, former Principal private Secretary to a former Governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole was killed by gunmen at his residence at Second Ugbor Community in Benin City. Other inmates that were pardoned by the judge are Mr Joseph Effiong, Mr Victor Ogunsuyi and Mr Joel Ogbeide. Ogunsuyi and Mr Joel

Ogbeide had spent over 13 and 6 years respectively in custody awaiting trial before the intervention. On the case of Mr Joseph Effiong his release was occasioned by a letter written a year ago from the DPP to prima facie case was established against him. He was pardoned following the inability of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Nigeria police to explain the mutilated figures and why he had

multiple warrants. The Chief judge ordered his release, adding that there was no justifiable cause to hold him in custody. The Deputy Comptroller of the Nigeria Correction Service in charge of the Oko medium Correctional Centre, Mr Evboeruan Godwin, highlighted the ongoing reforms in the facility. He called for the establishment of court cells for securing inmates before entry into courts.

Evboeruan disclosed that the initiative would wardoff complaints arising from suffocation and dehydration by inmates. A total of one thousand and thirty two cases were reviewed during the visit which will be the last to the center by the outgoing Chief judge. Our Correspondent reports that late Olaitan who held a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos was

born in Ilorin, Kwara State. He started trade unionism with the Iron and Steel Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, before he became the Chairman of the Lagos branch of the Campaign for Democracy, CD. In 2001, he joined the NLC and was the Deputy General Secretary before taking a leave of absence to work with Adams Oshiomhole who is the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress.

GOC 1 Div.decorates 26 new Master Warrant Officers From: Kaduna

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he General Officer Commanding 1 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Faruk Yahaya, has decorated 26 newly Promoted Master Warrant Officers with their new rank. Speaking during the decorations held in kaduna

yesterday, Major General Faruk Yahaya, said the actions follows the recent approval of the promotion of Warrant Officers to Master Warrant Officers by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai. Gen. Faruk Yahaya said the elevation of the SNCOs was recognition of the efforts and achievement in the discharge of their duties.

He urged them to continue to be responsive and professional in the discharged of their responsibilities. The GOC however urged the beneficiaries of the promotion to continue to remain loyal to the country and the President and Commander in Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari. Major General Faruk Yahaya,

also applauded the spouses of the beneficiaries for discharging their responsibilities at the home front thereby giving their husband the much needed support to excel in their chosen career. A total number of 26 Warrant Officers from formations and units under Headquarters 1 Division Nigerian Army Kaduna benefited from the promotion to Master Warrant Officer.


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News From: Uche Makurdi

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he National Directorate of Employment yesterday disbursed resettlement loans, equipment and cash components to graduates of the Environmental Beautification Training Scheme, EBTS. The program is domiciled under the Special Public Works Department of the agency for 2018 trainees. Disbursing the loan to the beneficiaries, the Director General, NDE Dr. Nasiru Mohammed who was represented by Mr. Andrew Bassey, an Assistant Director said NDE has been strongly supportive and consistently investing in Nigerian youths, noting that it has used the EBTS initiative to offer her youthful school leavers’ participants, employability skills and experiential learning experiences that transfer hard and soft landscaping skills to them. He added that the employment outlook of graduates of this laudable program is excellent as they have been equipped with in-demand skills sought for in the construction industry, hence, they are open to explore diverse opportunities to provide services to projects in the sector which include, environmental renewal, sanitation, protection and beautification, ornamentation to finishing of structures, grasping and ornamental tree planting, habitat conservation amongst others. “NDE has provided requisite tools and cash to a total of 416 graduates of EBTS in the 36 States and Federal Capital Territory, FCT to start and grow their businesses as budding landscaping services

NDE disburses loans to beneficiaries operators. In doing so, we have boosted job creation and spurred the youths to

contribute their quota to the national economy. “Remember in your sub-

conscious that these loans must be repaid as at when due n accordance with the

loan repayment schedule you received. There is no free lunch anywhere.

R-L: Representative of the secretary, Emblem sales & production, Iwueze Eunice decorating The National coordinator/CEO New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Princess Gloria Akobundu with Emblem in honour of falling heroes, during a courtesy visit to NEPAD coordinator, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

One million Bauchi communities to get portable water From Ahmed Mohammed, Bauchi

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he Managing Director of Bauchi state water Corporation, Aliyu Aminu Gital has explained that over one million people are expected to

benefit from the expansion and on going rehabilitation of Bauchi Water urban water projects. Gital stated this yesterday in Bauchi when he interacted with reporters. He said the World Bank is supporting the state government

to reactivate rehabilitate and expand the water supply scheme of Bauchi metropolis. He said “we have completed the laid down of water pipes in Government Reserved Area GRA like in Sokoto, Kano, and kaduna road in old GRA, we have also

laid down pipes in State lowcost, even though we have challenges inlaying the pipes from Gubi dam to town in some areas there are rocks we are still working destroying these rocks and laying down our water pipes.” Gital said presently the

population of Bauchi people is between 600,000 to 650,000 and since the project will reach 2027 we estimated that by that time the population will reach over one million and sixty people.

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elta state Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has congratulated Dr. Osahon Enabulele on his election as President of the Commonwealth Medical Association (CMA). A Consultant Surgeon and Associate Professor at University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Enabulele is a former President of

the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and was elected on Monday at the 25th CMA Triennial Conference in Abuja. He was inaugurated on Tuesday, the second day of the conference. Okowa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Wednesday in Asaba, felicitated with Enabulele for becoming the first Nigerian to be

elected President of CMA. He noted that Enabulele distinguished himself when he served as President of NMA from 2012 to 2014 where he introduced reforms in the health sector, including his sterling contributions to the enactment of the National Health Act in 2014. He urged the new president of CMA to bring his wealth of experience to bear on his new task.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I congratulate you, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, on your election and successful inauguration as the 25th President of the Commonwealth Medical Association. “It is a thing of joy to note that you made Nigerians proud by emerging victorious as the first Nigeria to lead doctors in the Commonwealth nations.

“While I congratulate you on this feat, let me remind you that the task ahead is onerous and you must bring your wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of your duties as president of the association. “I therefore charge you to remain committed as you lead the CMA to promote digital health initiative, quality assurance and implemention of the Safe Hospital

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Save Nigerians on Malaysian death row

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recent news story said “at least hangings that itself spoke volumes. 119 Nigerians are on death row From allegations of torture and other illin Malaysia over drugs related treatment to an opaque pardons process, offences”. Its source is United States- it’s clear the death penalty is a stain on based Amnesty International. The Malaysia’s criminal justice system.” The moralists among us would argue human rights organisation disclosed this in a report - “Fatally flawed: Why for the Nigerians affected to stew in their own juice. After all, they Malaysia must abolish the got their just dessert. It death penalty.” It said 1,281 would be true of those persons were on death row in who knowingly trafficked the Asian country, Nigerians accounting for about 21% AI said it kicked illicit drugs and were caught by the long arm of that total. AI said the inmates were being kept in against the death of Malaysian law, warts 26 detention facilities across sentence because and all. But what of those who were innocent but the country. A significant 73 those awaiting weren’t given any chance percent of all those under the hangman’s to prove their innocence? sentence of death have been noose were not Certainly, they don’t convicted of drug trafficking, which carries the death given a fair trial as deserve to die! For the latter group, sentence. part of customary there are available AI said it kicked against options. One, the death sentence because international law. two moratorium on those awaiting the hangman’s “In researching this a noose were not given a fair report, (we have) executions has been in trial as part of customary found numerous place since October 2018 as the government mulls international law. “In violations of the law reform. A special task researching this report, right to a fair trial force led by immediate (we have) found numerous violations of the right to a at different points past chief justice Richard Malanjum has been fair trial at different points of the criminal studying alternative of the criminal justice for laws process that leave defendants justice process that penalties mandatory vulnerable to the imposition leave defendants carrying of the death penalty,” it vulnerable to the capital punishment. The country’s parliament said. “Restrictions on access imposition of the is due to vote on a bill to legal counsel remains a critical defect of Malaysia’s death penalty,” it proposing abolition of the death penalty as early judicial system. Under the said. as 2020. Federal Constitution of The second is for the Nigerian Malaysia, detainees are supposed to be able to consult and be defended by the government to go public with a robust legal practitioner of their choice as soon case for a stay of execution. This requires a direct conversation between President as possible after arrest. “However, despite these programmes, Muhammadu Buhari and his Malaysian lawyers and other representatives of counterpart. The Indian and Australian prisoners on death row have told Amnesty governments used this strategy in 2018 International that it has been a common to save their nationals on death row for experience for those arrested for offences drugs related crimes in Indonesia. On the that could result in the death penalty, and other hand, a Nigerian death row inmate who cannot hire a lawyer independently, was executed because our government not to receive legal assistance at the time failed to make a strong enough case of arrest or during their time under police for his release, according to his lawyer. remand, before charges are brought. While we cannot count too much on Further, because of how legal aid is the possibility of the abolition of the structured, no legal representatives are death penalty in Malaysia as it may not assigned to a case until the trial is due to happen, we suggest that talks between start, leaving defendants without legal that country and Nigeria at the highest assistance during interrogation and for governmental level may help stave off prolonged periods. Our research found death for our innocent nationals in that a pattern of unfair trials and secretive country.

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Between youth and sports development: the dilemma of Sunday Dare By Charles Onunaiju

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ince the appointment of Mr. Sunday Dare as the Minister for Youth and Sports development, he has visited several sport facilities, hosted meetings of several sports governing bodies, assessed and talked up performances of several athletes and vowed to lift up sports. In the short period, since his appointment, Mr. Dare has elevated sports administration to national visibility but all these seemed at the detriment of his core mandate of youth development. It is likely that the misnamed Ministry of youth and sports development as is at the root of the misunderstanding since every minister in the ministry view youth and sports development as essentially conterminous. Youth development is broader and reaches deeper to the challenge of harnessing the bulging youth population and creatively tapping their potential dividends in various sectors of national productive endeavors, for which sports is only one among several others. In this regards, the minister of youth and sports development cannot afford to be only the minister of sports. The sports sector actually, only engages a small fraction of the youth population and cannot, therefore, be the only and exclusive parameter for measuring youth development. Since arriving as the youth and sports development minister, Mr. Dare has not visited any tech or digital hub, where youths are active in exploring the vast field of information and communication technologies (ICT). This ubiquitous but incoherent sector in which youths are playing central and pivotal roles is in desperate need for coordination and official incentive. On the surface, it may look like the official brief of the ministry of science and technology but any meaningful effort at youth development must seek wide coordination and outreach to other ministries for effective mainstreaming of youth affairs in national development. The vast field of information technology and the increasing digitization of almost every aspect of lives certainly have youths in the front-line and to harness their exuberance and inexhaustible creative energy in this sector means that the ministry of youth development must play a pivotal and strategic role. Establishing tech and digital hubs in coordination with other relevant government departments and agencies is central to any meaningful effort at youth development. The widespread of cybercrimes in which many youths are caught in the web means that critical vacuum exists in the information technology sector in which the youth potentials have not been positively tapped, leaving room for them to channel their creative energy in the sector to crimes and other negative undertaking. No serious and responsible ministry of youth development would watch or look the other way, as the youth-bulge, stream into crimes, while critical ICT sector yawns in under-utilization. Even though, that sports have become a national festival and stir national emotions, government policy must not be tailored to assuage the vanity of momentary sports victories that do not have any corresponding inputs in raising the material and tangible national aggregates, the ultimate variable in raising

quality of lives of the people. Mr. Sunday Dare’s promise to raise the profile of other sports, along with the national favourite, which is football is commendable but his job is not even half done, if he refuses to appreciate the potential dividends if the youths bulge is more widely harnessed in other strategic sectors in which national emotions may not be visibly stirred but concrete outcomes are assured in raising the national aggregates through inclusive economic and development. The quality of education that the youths receive means that the ministry cannot feign ignorance as its trajectories takes a plunge. Minister of youth development must seek to make vital inputs in designing education policy in which youths are the largest stakeholders. Across the board and in all sectors of the national life from Agriculture, rural development, productivity, employment, youths are critical stakeholders. As Agriculture gets more attention, the ministry of youth development can revive nationwide; the young farmers club, and see in which ways to create the requisite incentive for youth’s robust participation in agriculture. Agriculture can absorb more youths in real productive enterprises with value multiplying effects than sports. The value chain in sports is very marginal and except for the flashes of momentary cheers, that sport victories inspire, its contributions to the tangible national aggregates is modest. This does not suggest that sports should not be accorded a place of pride in the national priorities but a minister for youths and sports developments, cannot take sports as his only field of endeavor, and while the more strategic and challenging mandate of youth development is left to falter. For the mandate of youth development ministry to justify its existence, the ministry does not need any summit, seminar or conference but to find ways to create and nurture ICT hubs, agric hubs, Technology hubs that would harness the talents of artisans in automobiles repairs, plumbing, tiling, furniture, ceramics and so many others which youths are making contributions but largely unrecognized and without any official incentive. It is easy for Mr. Sunday Dare to relapse to the comfort zone of sports administration but his challenge is to step out to the uncharted course of providing a constructive roadmap to harnessing the bulging youth population into a national resource for building an inclusive economy and ensuring social stability. The framework of youth development is expansive and can seamlessly integrate into varieties of sectors, where they can play vital roles. Mr. Sunday Dare can break with the simplistic straitjacket that narrowly views sports as the only endeavor in which youth can play roles. This view does not correspond to the existing reality as youths lead the way in the new world of information technology and digitization. Mr. Dare can visit some of the burgeoning informal tech hubs across the country just like Mr. Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook did, when he recently visited Nigeria and it is in these important sectors that is the future of Nigerian youths. Mr. Onunaiju Director, Centre for China Studies, Utako Abuja.


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How digital is helping growth of Nigeria’s music industry By Edward Israel-Ayide “They wanted to laugh, they wanted to cry, they/wanted to dance. I serviced them. I met the market.” – Irving Berlin

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ack in its early days, the contemporary Nigerian music industry’s focus in terms of revenue was limited to physical music sales, fees from appearances and shows and, for the more popular artists, endorsement fees from brands and companies who felt the artists could transfer their brand identities to products and services. Those days are long gone, as increased penetration of the Internet has brought about new revenue models, thereby necessitating that artists look for more technological means to market their music and brands. A systematic approach to music marketing is relatively new in these parts, and the norm has been music creators putting the basic principles of retail marketing to bear on their offerings: they introduce a product (song/album), advertise (promote) it until there is consistent need for the product, watch revenues shoot through the roof; and repeat. Barely was there a scientific effort to gather data on consumer trends and create content and marketing campaigns based on this data. The market was a free for all, and the loudest brands thrived and excelled. This haphazard manner of deriving value from music content in an unstructured market is perhaps the reason why the Nigerian music industry, although one of the most vibrant in terms of market size, continues to lag behind a country like South Africa in terms of investments in the industry. Much of this is changing now with

the ubiquity of mobile devices, increased Internet penetration, lower data costs and the rise of social media platforms. Peer-topeer sharing and word of mouth marketing that help to drive sales in the music industry is now aided by technology and has given rise to a need for the music industry to embrace digital in taking the industry to the next level. According to the website Internet World Stats, Nigeria’s Internet penetration on the basis of its population stands at 50.2 per cent, as against 53.7 per cent in South Africa and 85 per cent in Kenya. Social media usage also points to the fact that a massive percentage of Nigeria’s population is now using these platforms to interact with friends, find new content and most especially discover and share music. The question, however, is, in what ways have digital disrupted and increased opportunities for the music industry, as against the traditional means in a country like Nigeria where disposable income is still criminally low? Three major areas stand out. Creating and engaging with fans: With the rise and popularity of social media and the emergence of digital platforms, artists are now able to grow their fan bases and by extension their markets with little to no serious effort. Unlike before, artists no longer need to expend most of their marketing budgets in creating live events, setting up media appearances and executing other experiential activities before they can interact with their fans. In this digital age, comments, likes, downloads, and shares help artists feel the pulse of their online communities and get the necessary feedback to develop their crafts, while creating familial bonds with them. Artistes such as Mr. Eazi have taken

this a step further by using this insight to create and market content that sells. Reaching new markets: The current digital space has also helped a great deal in increasing the reach of artists. As followers on social media and YouTube views increase, these artists are gaining new brand evangelists who take the music into their own online and offline tribes; leading to more business opportunities and partnerships that increase the net-worth of these acts. A good example is the pop star Tekno, who without an album to his name, is one of the most popular, most downloaded and obviously, one of the richest Nigerian artistes presently. The quality of his music and the reach that digital has given him ensures that his music is now so known and appreciated globally that he has been able to pen music deals with Universal Music Group and reportedly, Drake’s OVO music label. Other artists like Davido, Wizkid, and Tiwa Savage are also beneficiaries of the current digital expansion in the music industry as their songs now reach bigger markets. Cases of Americans, Russians, and Germans singing and dancing to Nigerian pop songs are now commonplace and recently, Davido sold out a 10,000 capacity concert in Suriname. Increasing revenue for music works: A 2015 Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) report projects revenue from music sales in Nigeria to hit over $88 million by 2019. These projections are to a large extent derived from the growth of music streaming services which showed total revenues of $17.3 billion globally in 2017, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI) Global Music Report 2018.

Digital music sales and streaming platforms like MTN+, Spotify, Apple Music, Cloud9, Boom Play, Google Play Music and Deezer are giving Generation Y and Z consumers a new way to access music without having to pay the high cost that comes with outright ownership. With a fraction of the cost of what one would have had to pay for a CD, consumers can now “rent” (stream) a song or album and even share it with their followers on social media platforms. The monetisation channels for music are now expanded and multi-platform, meaning revenue is no longer limited to CD sales, shows and endorsements alone, but can also be derived from hundreds of local and international digital music sales platforms. What these opportunities point to is how much the marketing of music has evolved with the introduction of technology and digital platforms. Smart Nigerian music companies have long gotten on the wings of digital to drive up their market share and music sales by remodeling traditional marketing structures and putting digital at the centre of their marketing efforts; just like the Big 3: Universal, Sony, and Warner. Results have shown that it is cheap, can be driven organically and is most importantly measurable. Case in point: With a dedicated digital marketing strategy, rapper Reminisce’s album Baba Hafusa became Africa’s first rap album to debut on the Billboard World Album Chart in 2014. The total digital marketing budget? Less than $10,000. Edward Israel-Ayide works in the music business.

Married women and challenges of tertiary education By Zahraddeen El-Yakub

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ducation is believed to be the key to success in human life. It provides knowledge and resources that hold potentials for economic empowerment, for better livelihood and social development. It is also regarded as one of the most far reaching requirements for development, poverty alleviation, and quality of life, reducing gender and social disparities and enhancing economic productivity, among many other things. These significant roles that education play in human life, is not limited to a single gender or group of people. Both men and women are given the rights and opportunities to acquire knowledge in different fields of study, irrespective of whether they are married or not. But nowadays, female married students face a lot of challenges when pursuing their university or tertiary education. Despite the fact that, women education matters a lot in running of a family, but some tend to ignore and stay at home due to number of challenges they are facing. It was observed that difficulty in caring for their family members at home due to school activities was their major domestic challenge, and loaded academic work that had to be accomplished within a short time frame was their major academic challenge. The causes of these challenges were identified as financial constraints and the performance of their marital responsibilities at home as married women. The difficulties are more complicated when a woman has children to take care of, or if they are pregnant. Asmau Iliyasu, a female married

student from the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano, whom I mate with her child crying, said she finds it difficult to combine the two tasks and she is facing challenges both at home and at school. “I’m presently experiencing difficult challenges with my study, I often get up very early in the morning trying to get everything done at home before going to lectures, this makes me become tired and not very alert at classes” She said. She said her performance at class is very low, which was not like that before. “You see before I got married, my result was very good but after my marriage I could not make it like before. I cannot read at home because of my marital responsibilities and this really affects my performance, sometimes I just use some intervals between lectures to read at school and this is not enough. When it is exam time, I have to force myself to read beyond the capacity of my brain”. She said. On the issue of her newly born child Asmau said “another problem is that of my child, he cries too much. This is giving me problem. Sometimes I have to walk out of class to breast feed him and some lecturers may even send me out because of that, and this really affects my study to the extent that I miss tests, attendance and so on. So if one doesn’t have a good C.A, how do you expect him to pass exams?” She added that despite all the challenges, she will do everything possible to finish her study with a good result. “Education is very important that you cannot take it for granted. Despite all these challenges I will not give up. The problems are not permanent. I’m sure one day it will

turn to be a history and that’s all”. Another female married student who spoke in condition of anonymity said she is presently pregnant and cannot perform well even at home talk less of school, “Now I’m three-month-pregnant and I don’t know what to do. Probably I don’t actually know what time to deliver. If I deliver during exam it will not be good for me”. “I am facing a great challenge at home. My husband sometimes could not understand the situation. At times I even miss lectures due to some reasons which are barely from my husband. So it’s very difficult and challenging. But I am sure with God Almighty; everything will come to be alright. These are those normal challenges that human being cannot avoid in life” She added. However, she promise to put more effort to see the success of her study and called on her colleague married women to be hard working in both school and at home, so that they will graduate with good result. Mal. Abubakar S. Minjibir, a senior lecturer in Department of Mass Communication in Bayero University Kano, said he see no much difference between female married students and others as it depends on proper planning and arrangement of activities. “I don’t think there is any much difference between students married women and the others. Over the years I have seen different students who are married and they graduated with a good result. Because as a student she has to write exams, tests and all other activities like all others. So I see no much difference, only that they need to be well planned

and have intention of coping with the two assignments”. He added that students married women must not necessarily read at home, as there are libraries and other reading rooms at school, adding that only if they fail to manage and organise, then they will experience a failure. Minjibir further appealed to all female married students to put more effort in their studies and called on them not to rely on the challenges they are facing as a reason to their failure. “I have seen in many instances where a married woman graduated with second class upper honours. So, you see this shouldn’t be a reason to give up, they have to put more effort to graduate with a good grade. They are human being like every other person. Provided they will attend lectures, assignments and tests, they will have no problem”. The lecturer said. However, it can be learned that women generally face a lot of difficulties in the pursuit of their education, to the extent that some women are afraid to further their study while they are married. But that should not be a reason for them to deny being educated. Women have a significant role to play in the smooth running of family, public affairs, politics, health sector, administration, and even in impacting knowledge among many other roles. They should therefore be given ample opportunity to study for the well being of their life and the society as a whole. Educate women, educate the society!!! Zahraddeen Yakubu is of the Department of Mass Communication, Bayero University Kano

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Our environment: Living today for tomorrow By Oliver Ejike Uja

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rowing up in a village in South – East Nigeria in the seventies was a great fun. I still relish that period of wandering in the woods, gathering wild fruits and playing games in the sand. I still remember one occasion when a four wheel drive pulled up and two white couples I now believe were tourists came down with cameras and started clicking away joyfully. In our childish innocence, we were also happy and started posing for pictures which we neither knew to which use it will be put, nor had any hope of ever seeing. The forest then was full of scents, sites and sound and everyone knew everyone. The atmosphere was just serene. Farming was purely organic although chemical fertilizers and insecticides were already available in limited areas and could only be obtained through the agricultural extension offices. Virtually all materials used then were biodegradable from baskets to leather bag and food wrappings. The extension officers were making concerted efforts to make the people accept artificial chemical fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides but the apathy and rejection was stiff. Changing an old method of doing things is always difficult and people were not too sure of the effects of those items. However, people embraced the use of these items decades latter and the price spiraled out of reach. And we know that today some of these items are still controversial depending on the divide one belongs – organic versus inorganic. This will be a topic for another day. Whenever I go home today I feel nostalgic of the good old time not because I do not see beautiful structures all around but there is a sense lost and dislocation from the good environment I knew and so cherished. Change and development must come but how it comes and is deployed is what matters. Development predisposes improvement in human lives and living. However, when a perceived development or invention contributes in the lowering of the standard environment and humanity, such becomes questionable since it is tantamount to retrogression. In many parts of the world there are disillusionment, crisis and tension

due to the uprooting and displacement of locals from the natural environment which they had known all their lives. This sort of displacement may have solved some immediate needs, which often are economic, but the scar on the lives of the local and indigenous people stays forever. Beside, this results in the tipping of the balance in the ecosystem. What is left of the sandy open field where we used to play is now a potpourri of glass, plastics, cellophane and other nonbiodegradable materials which had gathered due to the large volume of run-off water from construction of new settlements. It has become a dump site. Experts in biodiversity and conservation agree on the need to better handle and manage the use of natural resources and our environment. It is glaring that despite the monumental pollution in the Niger Delta, several other places in Nigeria have not been immune from one form of environmental degradation or the other. From the dirty smelly polluted canals in Lagos, erosion ravaged landscape of the South – East, Desertification in the North to the unbridled destruction of floral and fauna in unrestrained, needless, utopian and sometimes half hazard urban development. As a people, we keep destroying relics of our past in quest for what is now. Society does not actually grow in the real sense such that everything of the past is totally erased or destroyed. As I was ruminating over what have become of the serene environment in which I grew up, I now came to understand why those white couples (tourists) were so joyous and elected taking some pictures. Some of those pictures may have ended up in newspapers and magazines in the Western press known for its stereotypic depiction of Africa – A backward continent where nothing works. It is interesting to note that Europe and America had their own time before the industrial revolution when the ecosystem and biodiversity was pristine. Every development comes with its problems and the industrial revolution come with the price of environmental pollution and distortion in the social fabrics. There was massive migration and drift to the sprawling constructions of town and cities and people became less attached to their natural environment which by then was under attack by the heavy equipment and industrial

settlements. The people’s socio – cultural system where dislocated coupled with other congenial and allied health implications. Many industrialized countries have realised the need to preserve nature hence they invest heavily in nature conservation. Many heavily built up cities are creating miniature nature gardens and parks and high raise building are converting the roof tops into gardens. This interest and quest for conservation and biodiversity in the 20th century was a backlash of poor environmental practices during and years after industrialization. There is no doubt that human activities are taking its toll on our planet and to wish it away is to live in delusion. The fact that Lake Chad has shrunk to 10% the original size and that several communities in Nigeria have been devastated by gully erosion in South Eastern Nigeria now stares us in the face, just like the Niger Delta have continued to groan under the pain of heavy pollution due to oil exploration and exploitation. In fact, the world is suffocating in plastics and other non – biodegradable hazardous waste. No policy in this regard is complete without adequately factoring biodiversity and environmental sustainability. Many towns and villages are drowning in refuse due mainly to the quantity and speed of turnover of non – biodegradable materials. It is no longer fashionable and convenience to wrap things in leafs and other materials that naturally get back into the cycle because easy options are often preferable. Unfortunately, the system of waste management is still a long way where it exists. However, even the most technologically advanced nations still find it difficult in managing their wastes despite the amount of money devoted to this regards. The focus now has shifted to the use of organic and bio-degradable materials. This is why those that still have the luxury of still enjoying the natural environment should be grateful to God. Our attitude to our environment is sad. We believe in here and now and whatever happens afterwards does not matter. A number of countries economy thrive on tourism ours is a society that has no culture of preservation, restoration and conservation. Many architectural masterpieces that have earned the United Nation Educational

Scientific Children Organisation (UNESCO) world heritage site status would not have made it if the attitude was constant destruction and ‘modernisation’ of structures. Those structures and features that were unique to Kano, Enugu, Ife, Lagos, Onitsha or Calabar are fast disappearing. We want our cities to look like New York, London or Riyadh. I am afraid that our children and future generation here would need to travel to Europe and other countries to see and feel things that now are taking for granted. This may sound like eternity but with the pace and vigour in destruction of forests and other natural resources, it will be very soon. The Abuja – Kubwa – Zuba motor way gives one a glimpse of the sprawling estates by private developers. The two sides of the ten lane roads from Gwarimpa to Dei Dei have all being taken over by estates most of which are not occupied due to the prohibitive rents. None of these massive estates has enough state for an open air aerobic exercises talk more of recreational facilities like football pitches or sports halls. Consequently, youths have descended on the green Zones on the 10 lane road converting them into football pitches and recreational arenas. Another interesting but regrettable spectacle is that of dead wild and endangered animals that are daily on display for sale as bush meat along the same road just besides the Civil Service Institute. The harm being done to our environment is very monumental and one can only fathom that when one considers the level of depletion in our forest over the years. The quantity of charcoals on display for sales on our major highways will give one a glimpse of the problem at hand. The developed nations have seen and realised the consequences of abuse of the environment in the past and this has spurred them to pursue vigorous conservation, biodiversity and good environmental practices. This does not come easy because it involves attitudinal change by the people. True development lies in living today for a better tomorrow. The future lies in sustainable use of natural resources. Uja is a Research Officer and lives in Abuja.

Agriculture: More than words, time for action By Taiwo Odukoya And 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

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hen 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.


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News Delta community gets King with Staff of Office after 25 years From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha (sitting) and Corps Marshal, Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi (R); and other dignitaries, during the inauguration of building projects at FRSC Academy in Udi LGA, yesterday in Enugu State. Photo: NAN

FUT Minna Alumni wants members to impact on society From Yakubu Minna

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lumni Association of Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State has marked its 35years with a call on members to impact on society. The National President of the Association Comrade Ahmad Yahaya Alhassan gave the charge at the meeting during the celebration of 2019 re- union day from 1983 to

date. He said the Federal University of Technology Minna, Alumni Association will become much more better than other Institutions Alumni in Nigeria if its co – alumni will contribute to any initiative that will bring more development to the University. Ahmad said the most important reason to be an active Alumni member is to pull their resources together to develop the Univer-

sity. However, the Alumni was charged by the University to come to their aid with a student’s hostels accommodation that resulted in securing accommodation off campus by the students, warehouse, machinery/ dryer, employment, exploit raw materials along the shea butter value chain among others. The Vice Chancellor of the University Prof. Bala Abdullahi

Youth urged to learn from elders From Ahmad Bauchi

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n elder in the Bauchi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bibi Dogo has cautioned Youths vanguards of the Party to always follow procedure and due process in throwing their weight behind any candidate they

are supporting for particular office. Dogo stated this when he addressed newsmen in Bauchi while reacting to a call by the PDP National Youth Vanguard that asked the National Working Committee of the Party to fill the vacancy of the deputy National Chairman of the Party with Senator Suleiman Nazeef Gamawa.

He said “ in a State like Bauchi, State Governor is the leader of the Party and every Politician seeking for Political office most start seeking for support from his ward at the grassroots , local government , state zonal headquarters and the state council and most seek the blessing of the state leader of the party who is the state chief executive before

describe the event as a un – forgetting to him just because of the high turner out despair the logistic he commend the alumni for the job well done and pray for more development of the Institution. Alumni presented an award to Mr. Nasiru Suleiman, Aliyu Hussaini, Engr. Carlos velazquez oriakhi, Arc. Shehu Tukur and Yemisi Aranloye as their immensely contribution by kind and cash towards the development of the University.

jumping to other states and national working committee of the party”. Dogo who is the national chairman of the coalition against corruption and other social vices said many time jumping the procedure bring chaos mist understanding and sometimes led to the non presentation of the candidates they are supporting.

Jigawa disburses N629.4m to 362 pensioners for October From Mika'il Tsoho, Dutse

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he Jigawa state and local government contributory pension scheme board has commenced the disbursement of N629,404,775.35 to 629 pensioners in the state. The executive secretary of the board Alhaji Hashim Ahmad Fagam disclosed this while brief-

ing news men yesterday in Dutse the state capital. He explained that, the amount which meant for the month of October 2019, is a continuation effort of Jigawa state government toward ensuring the welfare of pensioners in the state. According to him, the sum of N327,180,228.35 was disbursed

to 148 beneficiaries at state level and the sum of N118,625,572.64 for 104 local government council beneficiaries while the sum of N183,598,974.34 was disbursed to 110 local education authority pensioners. Fagam maintained that, the sum of N416.404 million was disbursed to 231people as retirement benefit and N187.792

million to 93 people as death benefit and N24.867 million to 34 people as death pension balance while the sum of N341,327 was disbursed to four people as refund of 8% contribution. He then commended governor Badaru for his support to the board and urged people inthe state for continue cooperation to the present administration.

wenty five years after, Onicha Olona Community in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta state has received a new King amidst happiness and Celebration. It was gathered that the Community had been Operating a rotational system of the Oldestman as its traditional ruler until recently changed. But the state government while Presenting Staff of Office to the new King, the state Governor,Dr Ifeanyi Okowa through his deputy, Barr Kingsley Burutu Otuaro warned against illegality among traditional rulers across the state, and assured that no efforts would be spared in the security of all Communities, adding that peace was a springboard for development. Governor Okowa while Presenting a Staff of Office to His Royal Majesty, Obi of Onicha Olona Community, thanked the people for their Continued support for his administration and Commended for their various self help efforts and assured that all legitimate requests made would be Channelled to the appropriate agencies of government for necessary attention According to him, " As the Custodian of the tradition of your people, it's important that you do not in words or action, give cause to your subjects to doubt your ability to uphold the sanctity of their Customs, I sincerely appeal to you to imbibe the democratic virtues of dialogue and Consultation in your dealings with the people"and Called on sons and daughters of Onicha Olona Community to take advantage of the various policies and Programmes of the state government to improve on their production capacities,noting that Onicha Olona Community was well known for its abundant agricultural production. In his remarks, the President General of Onicha Olona Community Development Union, ( ODU) Mr Okey Aligbe thanked the state government for steps taken to restore the Kingship tussle that lasted 25 years, emphasizing that the staff of office Presentation had brought peace and unity to the town He appreciated Governor Okowa for appointing indigenes of the town into key positions, rehabilitation of Issele Uku / Onicha Olona road, renovation of Primary and Secondary Schools and intervention of the Rural Development Agency to restore electricity to the town.

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he Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to include the Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) Natasha Akpoti and his running mate, Adams Khalid in the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State. Akpoti is before Justice Folashade Ogunbiyi-Giwa, challenging the excluding of her party from the said election. The judge, had in the judgement, held that the electoral empire was wrong to have disqualified candidate of the SDP Justice Giwa held that INEC has no power to disqualify any candidate for an election as it is the exclusive reserve of a competent court of law. She premised on the strength of sections 31(1) and 83 of the Electoral Act which holds that INEC cannot disqualify or reject candidate nominated by a political party for an election. The sections, according the judge, aimed at ensuring that it does not lie within the executive realms of INEC to determine who participate in an election, adding that the intention of the law is to make INEC a true unbiased umpire. The judge accordingly granted reliefs 1 to 7 of the plaintiffs and ordered INEC to include the names of the governorship and deputy governorship candidate of the SDP as well as the party's logo on the ballot in the November 16 governorship poll in Kogi State.

Kogi guber: Court orders INEC to include SDPcandidate, Akpoti in Nov 16 election The governorship candidate of the SDP, Barrister Natasha Akpoti, his running mate Adams Khalid and SDP had approached the court to challenge their exclusion from the 2019 Kogi State governorship election by INEC. The commission had refused to accept the candidature of Khalid in replacement of the earlier nominated deputy

governor, Mohammed Yakubu on the grounds that Yakubu was not qualified in the first place to be fielded as a deputy governorship candidate in the election on account of his age. But the plaintiffs in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1129/2019 and filed on October 3 by their counseln, Ola Olanipekun SAN, sought a declaration of the court that INEC's declaration vide a

letter with reference number: LEG/PP/23/T/107 that the nomination of Mohammed Yakubu as the Deputy Governor of the SDP in the November 16 gubernatorial election is "invalid" on the grounds of qualification is ultra vires the statutory powers of INEC and it is therefore null and void. "The letter written by INEC is hereby set aside, as null and

void having been issued in utter breach of the law. "The INEC is ordered to accept and recognize the candidates of the SDP for the forthcoming gubernatorial election. "The INEC is hereby barred from giving any further effect to the purported exclusion of the party and its candidates in the governorship election", the court held.

L-R: Chairman of the Campaign Council and Governor, of Jigawa State Muhammad Badaru  Abubakar, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole and Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu, during press Conference on Bayelsa Election, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa  

Bayelsa guber: Parties, candidates sign peace accord

*As INEC Chair preaches against violence

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head of the November 16 governorship election in Bayelsa State, all the political parties and candidates contesting the election have signed the Peace Accord resolving, pledging, affirming and committing all to non-violence before, during and after the election. The peace accord was signed yesterday in Yenagoa, the state capital, during the Independent National Electoral Commission's (INEC) consultative meeting with critical stakeholders including political parties, candidates and security agencies among others. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu stated that the Commission is committed to free, fair and credible process, adding, "We need the commitment of especially the political parties and candidates to realise these goals". At the meeting, which also had in attendance the Inspector-General of Police as well as the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Prof Yakubu reiterated that voter inducement in all forms, including vote-buying at polling units is a violation of the law.

He reminded the electorate that the ban on the use of mobile phones and other photographic devices in the voting cubicles is still in force and will be strictly enforced and monitored. The INEC Chairman urged all stakeholders to continue to eschew violence and maintain peaceful conduct during the election. According to him, 'It is our collective responsibility to safeguard the process and to protect all election duty staff including the Youth Corps members who serve at the polling units which is the basic level of the voting process. "It is also our collective responsibility to extend the same protection and allow freedom of movement and unimpeded access to polling and collation areas for accredited observers and the media during the election", he said. Continuing, Prof Yakubu said, "It is exactly nine (9) days (as at yesterday) to the election......I want to reassure you that INEC is ready. We have so far successfully implemented twelve (12) out of our 14-point plan for the election as required by law. "Only five (5) days ago, we published the Notice of Poll and drew the attention

of political parties fielding candidates in the election to the imperative of submitting names of their polling agents to our Electoral Officers (EOs) in each of the eight (8) Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Bayelsa State fourteen (14) days to the election as required by law. "I trust that by now, political parties have complied with this requirement so that we can accredit their agents for polling and collation processes. "The Commission has also delivered all non-sensitive materials to our office here in Yenagoa long ago. They have all been sorted out, categorized and batched, ready to be delivered to the LGAs, Wards and polling units. "The sensitive materials are also ready and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) is delivering them to Bayelsa State this weekend. "The normal process of inspection and distribution within the State will be done in the presence of party agents, security agencies, observers and the media. "The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Bayelsa State will give the date and time for the inspection and the itinerary for deployment in line with the Commission’s

standard practice for the inspection and movement of sensitive materials. "The Smart Card Readers (SCRs) have been configured and will be added to other sensitive materials and delivered together. Once again, let me reiterate that it is mandatory to use the SCRs for voter accreditation and authentication. "Let me also reiterate that voter inducement in all forms, including votebuying at polling units is a violation of the law. "The ban on the use of mobile phones and other photographic devices in the voting cubicles is still in force and will be strictly enforced and monitored. "I urge all stakeholders to continue to eschew violence and maintain peaceful conduct during the election. "It is our collective responsibility to safeguard the process and to protect all election duty staff including the Youth Corps members who serve at the polling units which is the basic level of the voting process. "It is also our collective responsibility to extend the same protection and allow freedom of movement and unimpeded access to polling and collation areas for accredited observers and the media during the election.”


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Guber poll: el-Rufai floors Isah Ashiru at Appeal Court From: Femi Oyelola Kaduna

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Court of Appeal Kaduna Division yesterday upheld the election of Malam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, as the elected Governor of Kaduna State in the March 9th, 2019 gubernatorial election.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Isah Ashiru had filed an appeal before the court, challenging the decision of the lower tribunal, which declared El-Rufai winner of the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had

earlier declared Nasir Ahmed ElRufai as winner of the March 9, 2019 governorship election. But the PDP and its candidate petitioned the tribunal on the grounds that the election was flawed with massive fraud and irregularities and asked the tribunal to cancel a total of

515,951 votes which it claimed were unlawfully added to the APC as well as 124,210 unlawful votes which it said were also added to the PDP, through wrong or double entry on the result sheets by INEC. Meanwhile, the five-man panel of Appellate court Judges UI Anyanwu, HAO Abiru, TY L-R: King Alfred Diete – Spliff, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu and INEC chairman Prof. Mohmood Yakubu, during the stake holder meeting ahead of Governorship election, yesterday in yenagoa Bayelsa state.

Hassan, BM Ugo and BB Aliyu on Thursday unanimously affirmed the decision of the lower tribunal and declared El-Rufai as the truly elected Governor of the state. Speaking to newsmen shortly after the judgement, Lead Counsel to the Second Defendant (ElRufai), A.U Mustapha SAN said, the unanimous judgement was sound, as all issued raised in the appeal exhaustively looked into. The SAN said, the appeal judgement has vindicated Governor El-Rufai, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), that the Governor was duly elected by the majority of the Kaduna State citizens. “The judgement has shown that, our judicial system is fair. All the issues raised in the appeal were throughlly and exhaustively examined despite the shortness of time before the court came to conclusion that the appeal lacks merit and waste of precious judicial time.” Meanwhile, Counsel to the appellants, (PDP and Ashiru) Mutum L.A Mutum said, they have some grouse with the judgement, but they will study it before deciding the next line of action.

Senate probes alleged N263bn fraud at Lagos Ports By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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enate Thursday, set machinery in motion for thorough probe of infractions amongst security outfits at the Lagos Ports from which they illegally made N263billion without due course to the Nigerian established statutes. Consequently, it mandated its committees on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance to investigate the activities of Messrs OMSL limited and other security agencies at the Safe Anchorage Area in the Lagos Ports who have made over N263billion illegally. It also mandated the committees to unravel the lingering infractions amongst the agencies and deeper issues that have not yet been brought to fore. These were sequel to a motion sponsored to that effect by Senator George Sekibo (PDP

Rivers East). Sekibo in the motion titled:” Illegal Security Activities by Messrs OMSL Limited at the Safe Anchorage Area of Lagos Ports and the Need to Investigate their Excesses” submitted that a security company registered in the name of OMSL Limited, has since 2014, carried out provision of security of the Lagos Ports Safe Anchorage Area on fees from Vessels without regard to the Nigerian Ports Authority who by the Ports Act of 1954 has the responsibility of the area. According to him, “OMSL Limited charged every ship that anchored within the Safe Area $2,500 on first day of Anchorage and $1,500 on every subsequent day for the period any ship stayed at the Anchorage Area. “It takes between 28 to 30 days for ships that anchor at the Safe Anchorage Area to

exit, meaning that every ship that anchors at Safe Area, pays as much as $46, 500 for making use of the Anchorage Area within the period” With estimated number of ships that stayed at the Safe Anchorage Area in a year to be 3, 665, a whooping sum of $733.04m or N263.89billion have been collected by OMSL Limited and its collaborators over the years, he added. He submitted further that OMSL Limited has openly declared that the Nigerian Navy had a Memorandum of Understanding with it on the Illegal operation. “OMSL Limited in connivance with other security agencies are collecting a whooping sum of $133.28 million or N47.98billion every year from 2014 , meaning that over $733.04 or N263.89billion have been collected by OMSL Limited and its

collaborators “ he alleges. He explained further that by virtue of the Ports Act (1954) , the Anchorage Area is an integral part of Nigerian Ports Authority ( NPA) statutory responsibility while NIMASA, Marine Police and Nigerian Navy have the responsibility of ensuring safe and secured Nigerian territorial waters. Virtually all the Senators who contributed to debate on the motion like Bassey Akpan, Mathew Urhoghide, Uche Ekwunife etc, supported the motion and the prayers it sought for. The President of the Senate, Ahnad Lawan, in his remarks after the adoption of the prayers, mandated the committees to be led by the committee on Navy, to carry out thorough investigation on the alleged illegal activities at the Ports and report in four weeks time.

Senate sends delegation to condole Anambra tanker fire victims By Musa Adamu

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he Senate on Thursday resolved to send a delegation to commiserate with the victims and people of Anambra State over the recent tanker fire incident which claimed scores of lives. The upper chamber while reacting to the incident through a motion considered on the floor, urged the Federal Government through the Nigeria Fire Service to provide firefighting equipment in all major markets across the country. One of the sponsors of the motion, Senator Stella Oduah (PDP, Anambra North) lamented the incident which claimed many lives,

especially that of a woman and her child after 16 years of childlessness. The lawmaker noted that between 2015 and 2018, fuel tanker infernos and accidents caused by vehicles have led to many deaths on Nigeria’s highway. Oduah recalled that in July this year, a motion on similar incident sponsored by Senator Orker-Jev Emmanuel Yisa (PDP, Benue North West) claimed many lives and destroyed property worth millions of naira. She called for strict enforcement of traffic safety rules by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and all relevant security agencies in order to ensure safer roads across the country.

Accordingly, the Senate urged the NPF to work in conjunction with the FRSC to carry out a thorough investigation of the circumstances leading to the fuel tanker fire, with a view to prosecuting anyone found culpable. Meanwhile, the upper chamber on Thursday directed its Committees on Navy, Marine Transport and Finance to investigate the activities of Messrs OMSL limited and other security agencies at the Safe Anchorage Area in the Lagos Ports to determine the legality of their operations and revenue implications. The resolution was reached sequel to the consideration of a motion titled: “Illegal security activity by Messrs OMSL Limited

at the Safe Anchorage Area of Lagos Ports and the need to investigate their excesses”. Sponsor of the motion, Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East), said that “a security company registered in the name of OMSL limited has since 2014 carried out provision of security of the Lagos Ports Safe Anchorage Area on fees from vessels without regard to the Nigerian Ports Authority. The lawmaker disclosed that “OMSL Limited charged every ship that anchored within the Safe Area $2,500 on the first day of anchorage and $1,500 on every subsequent day for the period any ship stayed at the anchorage area.” According to Sekibo, “it takes between 28 to 30 days for ships

that anchor at the Safe Anchorage Area to exit, meaning that every ship pays as much as $46,500 for making use of the Anchorage Area within that period.” He added that, “OMSL in connivance with other security agencies are collecting a whooping sum of $133.28 million or N47.98 billion every year from 2014, meaning that over $733.04 or N263.89 billion have been collected by OMSL and its collaborators.” The lawmaker noted that by virtue of the Ports Act (1954), the Anchorage Area is an integral part of NPA statutory responsibility while NIMASA, Marine Police and Nigerian Navy have the sole responsibility to ensure safe and secure Nigeria territorial waters.

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By Musa Adamu

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he Senate has alleged that a company offering illegal security services at the safe anchorage area in the Lagos ports, OMLS Limited has diverted N263.89 billion and it is investigating it. Senate said it is probing the matter because by virtue of Section 86 of the 1999 Constitution, each House of the National Assembly is empowered to carry out any investigation on any matter on which it has power to make laws. Senate insisted that it is only Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Nigerian Navy and Maritime police that have statutory responsibility for providing security in the Nigeria’s territorial waters. Also, the Upper Chamber noted that security of anchorage area in the Lagos ports where ships anchor prior to berthing at any of the ports is function of the above named agencies only. Senate further said the probe is hinged on its discovery that OMSL limited has since 2014, carried out provision of security of the Lagos ports safe anchorage area on fees from vessels without regard to the Nigerian Ports Authority who by the Ports Act of 1954 has the responsibility. The motion on the matter was

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Senate probes security activities at Lagos ports, alleges OMSL diverting N263.89bn sponsored by Senator Thompson George Sekibo (Rivers East) and presented in plenary on Wednesday. Leading the debate, Sekibo alleged that “OMSL limited charges every ship that anchored within the Safe Area $2,500 on the first day of anchorage and $1,500 on every subsequent day for the period any ship stayed at the anchorage area.” He said it takes between 28 to 30 days for ships that anchor at the Safe Anchorage Area to exit and that every ship that anchors at Safe Area pays as much as $46,500 for making use of the anchorage area within the period. With statistics available to Senate from the Nigerian Ports Authority -NPA, it revealed that about 1,666 ships call at the Lagos Port per quarter and 55% of this number stay at the Safe Anchorage Area to allow time for free space to berth at any of the ports, totalling 916 ships. Also, Sekibo pointed out that “a rough calculation estimated the number of ships that stayed at the safe Anchorage Area in a year to about 3,665 ships. “OMSL Limited has alleged

that the Nigerian Navy had a Memorandum of Understanding with them in this illegal Operation. OMSL limited in connivance with other security agencies are collecting a whooping sum of $133.28 million or N47.98 billion Naira every year from 2014, meaning that over $733.04 or N263.89 billion have been collected by OMSL limited and

its collaborators,” Sekibo stated. Concurring the motion, Senator James Manager (Delta South), described the illegal security activities of OMLS limited as fraudulent and urged the Senate not to ever relent in its probe. Consequently, the Senate tasked the committees on Navy and marine transport to carry out

a comprehensive investigation on the lingering infraction among the agencies and unravel the deeper issues that have not yet been discovered. Also, it mandated same committees and that of finance to investigate and determine the legality of OMSL operations and report back in four weeks. L-R: Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde; Vice Chairman, Association of Retried Head of service, Oyo State, Mr Bisi Adesola, Chairman, Chief Oladiti Oladapo and Chief Ona Ajibola during the visit of the association to Governor’s Office Secretariat, yesterday Ibadan.

Senate probes non completion of dam project after 27yrs By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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enate, yesterday, mandated its Committee on Water Resources to investigate the delay in the execution of Kagara Dam and one million gallons water treatment plant in Niger State since the renegotiation in 2001 despite budgetary allocations over the years and report back for appropriate action. The upper legislative chamber also urged the federal government to consider the socio-economic importance of the project to the people of the area and the extent of the work done so far, and see to its completion without further delay. These resolutions followed a motion sponsored by Senator Mohammed Musa (APC Niger East)

and 19 other lawmakers during plenary. Leading debate on the motion, Senator Musa noted that Kagara Dam project was awarded by the Niger State Government to a Kano-based company, WRECA in 1992 with the sole sole purpose of providing portable water irrigation need to the people of Kagara and its environs to cover approximately 1000 hectares. But due to its importance, he said the project was taken over by the federal government and awarded to Biwater Shellaber (Nig) Limited in December 1992 at the cost of N199, 222, 596. He lamented that “the contract suffered so many neglect and abandonments because of lack of substantial fund which necessitated

its renegotiation in the year 2001 at the costs of Two Billion, Two Hundred and Nineteen Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Six Thousand, Two Hundreds and Forty Four Naira (N2, 219, 746, 244.75)” Senator Musa added that “despite the fact that the overall completion stage of the work stood at 68 percent in 2006, the contractor has to stop work again because of lack of substantial fund release.” He further informed that the Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority, which is the supervising agency, later issued a revised estimated cost to complete the project in 2010 with N5, 555, 416, 689.78 due to the delay and eventual inflationary rate on cost of materials.

The lawmaker, however, noted that if urgent action is not taken, the purpose of taking over the project by the federal government in December 1992 and subsequent budgetary allocations as well as extent of work done would have been a waste. Supporting the motion, the Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC Niger North), stressed the need to complete the project very soon so that the people’s dream for portable water and economic empowerment through irrigation farming could be achieved. In her own, Senator Uche Ekwunife (PDP Anambra Central), lamented the non completion of the project after 27 years, and therefore suggested that it should be terminated for a fresh start at

speed rate with involvement of all stakeholders. The lawmaker explained that “this kind of situation was the reason I introduced the Project Monitoring Bill so that all projects by the government agencies can be properly monitored from the beginning to the end. In his remarks, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said it has become important for lawmakers to always do the right things during oversight to the ministries, departments and agencies as well their project sites. He therefore directed the Committee on Water Resources to carry out thorough investigation on the dam project with a view to ensuring its completion without further delay.

Senate investigates delay in execution of N7.7bn Kagara dam By Musa Adamu Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Senate has mandated its Committee on Water Resources to investigate the delay in the execution of Kagara dam in Niger State despite the receipt of funding to the tune of N7.7 billion from the Federal Government. The upper chamber also called on the Federal Government to consider the socio-economic importance of the project and see to its completion without further delay. These were resolutions reached by the Senate sequel to consideration of a motion during plenary on Thursday. Sponsor of the motion, Senator Sani Musa (APC, Niger East),

disclosed that the Kagara dam was first conceived and awarded by the Niger State Government to a Kano State based company, WRECA, in 1992. The project, according to Senator Musa, was conceptualised to provide portable water and irrigation to Kagara and its environs. He added that due to the importance of the project, the Federal Government took over its execution and awarded same to Biwater Shellaber (Nig.) Limited in December, 1992 at the cost of N199, 222,596. The lawmaker said the project suffered neglect because of lack of funding which necessitated its renegotiation in the year 2001 at the cost of N2,219,746,244.75.

He further disclosed that the Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority, which is the supervising agency, issued a revised estimated cost to complete the project in the year 2010 pegged at N5,555,416,689.78. “If this project continues to be operated in a ‘stop and go’ manner, the dream of our people for portable water and economic empowerment through irrigation farming will remain a mirage,” Senator Musa said. The Senate also on Thursday considered a Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal Polytechnic, Orogun. The Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who sponsored the bill, said the institution was conceived with the

intent of becoming the bastion of technical academic excellence. He noted that the proposed polytechnic would create more admission opportunities for Nigerian youths. According to Omo-Agege, the establishment of the Federal Polytechnic “will help numerous admission seekers who desire the good life in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering and Technology to achieve their ambitions.” He disclosed that a landmass in excess of 100 hectares has been donated in the community of Orogun clan in Delta Senatorial District for the immediate development of academic infrastructure. He noted that Orogun community which is home to at

least 38 active onshore oil wells is a major contributor to Nigeria’s economic strength. “By establishing the Federal Polytechnic Orogun, this Senate would be creating an institution that would develop and deliver cutting edge education and training programmes for our professionals. “The Institution will engage strategic research and development activities for broad national development, and take leadership roles in promoting the economic development of the immediate community and the society at large,” Omo-Agege said. The bill, which scaled second reading, was thereafter referred to the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND for further legislative work.


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NCC committed to prompt, effective complaints resolution ...unveils Final Report of reviewed complaints categories

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he best way to tackle stress is to address cultural issues both at an organisational and national level, writes Claire Saunders CFIOSH. Stress is a workplace hazard, but it is not one that can be engineered out using conventional methods. It appears that employers are struggling with addressing the root causes, so they are just tackling the symptoms and aiming interventions at individuals. I see a lot of organisations doing good things in supporting those with stress and mental health issues and managing sickness absence. Employers may also put in place good people policies and provide excellent training and development opportunities. This is all important, but there seems to be an acceptance that the workplace will continue to be stressful, so the focus is on making people more resilient, providing support and helping people get better. If we approached other workplace hazards in the same way as we seem to be approaching stress we’d have first-aiders everywhere and our accident rates would be rocketing. There is little guidance for employers on what good control of work-related stressors looks like. The solutions offered in the HSE workbook Tackling Work-related Stress Using the Management Standards Approach are focused primarily at the individual and team level. Even the case studies on the HSE website do not cover how organisations have addressed causes such as change, demands, control and role. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) report, Health and Wellbeing at Work, is an annual survey exploring trends and practices in UK workplaces. Its April 2019 edition found that less than half of those that were taking steps to tackle stress believed their efforts were effective. Although one in six reported they were ineffective, there was a declining number attempting to identify the causes of stress through staff surveys or focus groups. The CIPD report identifies heavy workload as by far the commonest cause of work-related stress. Tackling Work-related Stress Using the Management Standards Approach advises that a way to achieve the standard is to “ensure sufficient resources are available for staff to be able to do their jobs (time, equipment etc)”. Economic challenges An important issue in the public sector, in particular the National Health Service and education, is the huge changes being led by government policy and the demands being placed on organisations arising from austerity. As much as these

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organisations may like to be able to ease work demands, they must respond to changes in policy and balance the books, so employees are constantly being told to do things differently and “do more with less”. The reality is that over the period the HSE management standards have been in place, the pressures on public services have morphed. Other workplace hazards don’t grow and change in this way. Any improvements they try to make are cancelled out by the increased demands they are facing. No doubt there are similar issues in the private sector. Another major work stressor is change. We have seen huge changes in employment practices over recent years, with more short-term and zero-hours contracts, frequent restructuring, company mergers and acquisitions. We are told that employees no longer have the comfort of expecting a job for life. Change and job insecurity will inevitably be stressful for many, so the best advice the HSE gives is to manage the change well, with good communication and support. With workplaces undergoing frequent change, any tangible controls put in place to manage any of the management standards are likely to be quickly overtaken by events, eroding the effectiveness of the intervention. Stressors such as demands and change are particularly challenging, but many employers are not even identifying and addressing some of the everyday frustrations employees face, such as inefficient work systems, inadequate training in the use of technology, poor email management, inadequate thermal environments and, the

old chestnut, car parking. Using a stress risk assessment to tackle some of these issues would at least show employees that their employer is listening and help them to feel better about work. Another work stress issue is management competence. I see giving people the skills to manage and lead their team in a supportive way is critical. My thoughts are supported by the findings of the Health and Wellbeing at Work report, which found management style to be the second biggest cause of stress (relationships come third, which also suggest that managers are not tackling these issues). Building resilience Teams that are managed well can ride the waves created by organisational and external demands. Employees are often promoted to management and leadership positions because they have performed well in other aspects of their work rather than showing a flair for leading and managing people. It is essential to invest in giving them the skills they will need to lead, coach and motivate their team, so that everyone can perform well and be resilient in the face of competing demands. I would encourage employers and managers to use the HSE line manager competency indicator tool to assess training needs in this vital area. Unfortunately, there will always be poor managers who will not recognise (or care) that they are the problem. So, organisations also need to be willing to tackle this, particularly practices that amount to bullying, no matter at what level of the organisation they occur. There is little

point in investing in wellbeing programmes if the experiences of employees at team level do not reflect the messages promoted at the top of the organisation. Added to increasing work stressors are the rising pressures that employees must tackle outside work: teenage stress, financial concerns, ageing relatives, commuting, to name a few. Work stress is just part of a wider societal rise in mental health issues. All these are being put into the mix and make it difficult to untangle workplace from home. The increasing recognition of many employers of the need to support work-life balance and provide more flexible working is positive. However, employers do need to ensure policies in this area translate into meaningful action and that changes such as reduced hours do not just lead to increased intensity of work. Many of the solutions to workplace stress offered by the HSE are around fair policies, involving and listening to employees, good communication and training. In essence, it is about creating a supportive organisational culture that recognises employees as individuals and invests in them – a win-win for bodies looking to improve employee engagement and motivation. As safety and health practitioners we all know that this is also the health and safety culture nirvana we all aspire to. We know that good work is good for mental health. And studies on what makes a good job have found that enlightened employers that invest in and empower their workers reap the business benefits of a loyal, productive and motivated

workforce. However, many are missing the mark, and at the other end of the scale, organisations such as Amazon and Sports Direct have been criticised in the press for their ‘Dickensian’ working conditions. Wanting better So the solution to work stress is more about management approach than the control of risk. It seems that the only way to address stress is to address cultural issues both at an organisational and national level. And there are signs of a societal cultural shift away from wanting more to wanting better. Quality of life and environmental and human sustainability are becoming as important as economic sustainability. Although it is easy to criticise the mushrooming wellbeing industry as being focused too much on the symptoms and individuals, it is a catalyst that is fuelling this cultural shift. Employees are increasingly demanding a better, more supportive workplace that will enable them to improve their lives, and employers are starting to recognise the business need. Perhaps this is an area where we will see a bottom-up approach to tackling risk. It does offer opportunities for safety and health practitioners to ride the bandwagon, link health and safety to the case for good jobs and the wider wellbeing agenda and use it to increase employee and employer buy-in. *The views expressed here are those of the author and do not represent those of her employer.

igerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday unveiled Final Report of the reviewed Complaints Categories and Service Level Agreements designed for prompt and effective complaint resolution/ redress in line with the evolving trends and realities of the industry. The Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta while speaking at the Presentation of the report in Abuja said, the robust review exercise which commenced in 2017 was finalized in May 2019 in the Commission's usual consultative approach. Prof. Danbatta said, the exercise was geared towards harnessing all relevant regulatory policies, regulations and guidelines for the protection, information, education and relative empowerment of telecom consumers in Nigeria. Represented by the Executive Commissioner and Stakeholder Management, NCC, Barr. Adeleke Adewolu, EVC said, the commission would not compromise its commitment to always ensure that consumers' rights were upheld at all times. He called on the service providers to always inform customers on service-impacting failures, faults must be resolved with the least possible delay, and customers should be appropriately compensated for service failures and delays where applicable. According to him, "one of the ways by which these objectives can be achieved is to have a set of comprehensive list of complaint categories, clear fault resolution times and mandatory compensation regimes which are binding on service providers. The revised consumers complaint categories and the consequent SLAs, which are being presented today provide such a framework. It will guide the delivery of communication services and the resolution of consumer complaints, going forward. It also provides remediation mechanism and associated resolution timelines. Equally importantly, it provides consequences of default which the commission is empowered to strictly enforce." The Commissioner, however, explained that the SLAs was the outcome of a rigorous review process undertaken by the commission with the full participation of the industry. He noted that the SLA was represented by the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON). "I am also pleased to note that

the SLAs are fully benchmarked against international best practice, particularly those of comparable jurisdictions. "With the development of these SLAs, it is our expectation that the service providers and all other concerned stakeholders in the industry value chain will immediately enhance their processes. "They will enhance to ensure that consumer complaints and service issues are treated with the seriousness that they deserve. "We also expect that consumers will continue to be accorded greater pride of place befitting their indisputable position as “King” in the industry ecosystem," Adewolu said. In her remarks, Mrs Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, NCC, said that with the SLAs, there would be increased effectiveness and efficiency on the part of the service providers as well as the commission on consumer complaint management. Onwuegbuchulam said that they had a lot of revolution, which include that banks were responsible for the protection of their customers and if anybody loses funds via e-fraud then the banks takes responsibility for it.

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CBN clarifies on Open Market Operation Bills, Nigerian Treasury Bills By Etuka Sunday

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entral Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday clarified on the difference between Open Market Operation Bills and the Nigerian Treasury Bills. CBN said, "often, members of the public confuse Open OMO Bills with the NTBs. The need has therefore arisen to clarify the differences between the two instruments." Whereas the CBN is the issuer of the OMO Bills, the CBN only issues the NTBs on behalf of the Debt Management Office

(DMO) on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Also, while OMO Bills are strictly for liquidity management to achieve price stability, NTBs are for financing Federal Government budget requirements. OMO Bills are issued on need basis and at irregular intervals depending on banking system liquidity position. Conversely, for NTBs, auctions are done mostly twice a month strictly based on quarterly advanced or released calendar. The tenors for CBN OMO Bills

are 7 to 365 days, while those of NTBs are for 91, 182 and 364day. The obligor for the CBN OMO Bills is the CBN, just as the Federal Government of Nigeria is the obligor for NTBs. In terms of type of auction, OMO allows for single bids, where Money Market Dealers can submit only one bid. However, multiple bids are allowed under NTBs and Money Market Dealers can submit several bids. OMO Bills and NTBs each have their own unique identities, separate from other securities or instruments in the money market.

L-R: Hajiya Mariam Ismail, Speacial Adviser to Minister of Avation,  Capt. Rabiu Yadudu, Managing Director, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, [FAAN],  Governor Lawrence Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika and Hon Nnolim Nnaji, chairman, House Committee on Aviation. During a courtesy call on the Minister by the Hon. Minister and his team. At the Government House, yesterday in Enugu,

FG reassures commitment to WAPP, ECOWAS energy integration By Etuka Sunday

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he Federal Government of Nigeria, yesterday restated commitment towards the Implementation of the Master Plan of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) as well as the energy integration ideals of Economic Community Of West Affican States (ECOWAS). This was stated by the Minister of Power, Nigeria, Engr. Sale Mamman at the 34th WAPP Coordination Meeting of Technical and Financial Partners in Abuja. Represented by the Minister of State for Power, Nigeria, Jedi Goddy Agba, Engr. Mamman said, several of WAPP priority projects involving Nigeria are already under implementation such as the Zungeru and Mambilla Hydropower Facilities as well as the 330 kilovolt Nigeria Niger Benin/Togo Burkina Interconnection Project. He said, the preparation of the WAPP Median Backbone invoving Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire is currently under procurement and it is expected that the second transmission line from Nigeria to Benin/Togo shall be ready for financing next year. According to him, "the development of the 330 kilovolt WAPP Eastern Backbone in Nigeria that shall be from Calabar to Jogana

through Kashimbila shall commence soon. We shall therefore look forward to the usual solidarity and engagement with the Partners in the realisation of these projects." He said, the ECOWAS Master Plan for the Development of Regional Generation and Transmission Infrastructure that has identified the priority projects to be pursued by the WAPP for the period 2019 to 2033 has an investment requirement of about 36.4 billion US. Dollars. "This Master Plan was adopted by the ECOWAS Ministers in charge of energy on December 4, 2018 and subsequently approved by the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on December 22, 2018 through Supplementary Act. "In addition, the ECOWAS Council of Ministers upon recommendation from the ECOWAS Ministers in charge of energy issued a Directive on the Securitization of Cross-Border Power Trade in the Regional Electricity Market in order to ensure that among others, liquidity shall be enhanced in the regional electricity market. The implementation of the Master Plan as well -as the Directive shall both require the close attention of the Technical and Financial Partners," he said. He commended the WAPP and the ECOWAS Commission for the

very impressive progress being made since its establishment in 2006. "From a Membership of 13 at its inception, the WAPP today has 35 Members comprising public and private electricity companies operating in all segments of the electricity supply value chain," he said. Earlier in his Remarks, the WAPP Chairperson, Mr Usman Gur Mohammed said, effort was being intensified to achieve full operationalisation of a regional electricity market within the ECOWAS sub-region. "A market that shall yield socioeconomic benefits and uplift the well-being of the ECOWAS citizenry. "A market that shall spur confidence and attract the private sector to take up investments without anxiety. "A market that shall represent another positive step in the removal of borders among ECOWAS Member States. "In order to ensure that these aspirations come to fruition there was need for collaboration to address the key underlying issues like: efficient regional power grid, the attainment of market functionality and the existence of the right knowhow to manage both technical as well as market related issues," he said. Mr Mohammed said, "the

construction of the WAPP Information and coordination Center in Benin continues to progress and its completion shall fundamentally change the landscape of the electricity business within ECOWAS given that significantly more options shall be available to meet the power supply needs of the Member States. This of course shall assume that stable, efficient, and integrated power system infrastructure shall be in place that shall support market functionality. "We therefore look forward to the completion of commissioning in 2020 of the Cote d’Ivoire Liberia -Sierra Leone Guinea Interconnection Project as well as the OMVG Senegal The Gambia Guinea Bissau Guinea Interconnection project. "The ongoing implementation of the Guinea Mali Interconnection as well as the Northcore Nigeria Niger -Togo/Benin Burkina Interconnection Project shall serve to further solidify the integrity of the interconnected system," he said. The Nigerian TCN boss said, it was incumbent that the Directive on the Securitization of CrossBorder Power Trade in the Regional Electricity Market that was adopted by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers in December 2018 be deployed and we count on you our Partners in supporting us in this objective.


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FEATURE MSMEs get boost as CAC register 232,004 businesses in six months By Miriam Humbe

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o ensure the nation’s economic growth, the federal government approved a colossal slash in the cost of business names registration. These were efforts geared towards enhancing the ease of doing business in Nigeria. The Commission announced some extensive decisions which included the discount on the registration of business names from N10,000 to N5,000, and the completion of a company’s registration process within a 24-hours period. The federal government had through the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), announced the discount which took effect in October 2018. This special-window of reducing the fee for the registration of a business name from N10,000 to N5,000 was aimed to help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs) formalise their operations. The commission had in February 2018, also concluded plans to close the manual registration of businesses and corporations. This was supposed to addressed some of the challenges usually encountered by people in the course of registering their businesses. The onus of executing the federal government directive rested on the Acting Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission, (CAC), Lady Azuka Azinge who became Acting Registrar-General of the CAC on October 19, 2017 upon the expiration of the tenure of the erstwhile Registrar-General Mr. Bello Mahmud. During the same period, the CAC also achieved among other things, implementation of Presidential Executive Orders on Ease of Doing Business and other relevant reforms, and also implemented the Business Incentive Strategy (BIS) under which cost of registration of business was reduced by 50% to enable MSMEs formalize their businesses. A total of 232,004 Business Names were registered during the period. This was in a bid to increase the number of registered Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Acting registrar-general, Corporate Affairs commission, Lady Azuka Azinge, told journalists in Abuja that the move was in line with President Muhammadu

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo

Buhari’s administration’s drive to support and encourage ownership of MSMEs for the economic growth and development of the country. The CAC under its Business Incentive Strategy (BIS), had reduced the cost of business names registration from N10,000 to N5,000 for a period of three months from 1st October 1 to December 31, 2018. Upon expiration of the initial three months window, due to several requests from stakeholders and the public, the Commission extended same for another period of three months from January 1 to March 31, 2019, due to popular demand, particularly from state governments. Azinge said this third extension would no doubt deepen the success achieved in the first and second phases and would run from Monday, May 13, to August 13, 2019. It did. The federal government again, through the CAC, extended by three months, the special window for Nigerians to register their businesses on Monday, May 6, 2019. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo revealed that the success recorded so far in the process motivated extending the period for the 50 percent discount of business registration. He said it was to give opportunity to micro, small and medium scale enterprises (MSMEs) who could not register their businesses in the first and second phases of the Business Incentive Strategy (BIS). The success story was huge. Registration of MSMEs grew

significantly from 54,000 to 163,000 within six months of approving the discount.The move to extend the reduction cost deadline by the federal government was believed to help deepen the benefits of its reform initiatives. It was also aimed to enable more MSMEs to formalise their businesses, to enable them own corporate accounts with banks, have access to loans, grants, and other government interventions. The figures were particularly encouraging. Averagely, 85,635 new companies registered in 2018. CAC also ensured complete decentralization of all State Offices operations, to ensure that State Offices operate at par with Head Office to enable customers pick up their Certificates at any location of their choice. The CAC also ensured full closure of manual registration nationwide and deployment of online real time preregistration services to all state offices through the Company Registration Portal (CRP). This was another strategy by the CAC was aimed to enable members of the public register their businesses from the comfort of their homes and offices within 24 hours. The Commission further improved on delivery time for name search from 12 hours to 0-4 hours and reorganized departments and state offices for efficient service delivery and removal of requirement for proficiency certificate in the registration of professional entities to encourage investors. Through some of its reforms, the CAC deepened

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communication with stakeholders and the general public through periodic Customers’ Forum, Public Sensitization, Open Market campaign and other forms of public engagement. She ensured the Commission’s consistent participation in the nationwide Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Clinics under the Office of the Vice President and facilitated the passage of Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) Amendment Bill 2019 by the Senate and the House of Representatives, which is awaiting Presidential assent. The reforms include sustained conformity with the Quality Management System (QMS) throughout year 2018 upon transition from NIS ISO 9001:2008 Standard to NIS ISO 9001:2015 standard in 2017 Quality Management System (QMS). Others include partial automation of post incorporation applications from state offices through email to reduce turnaround time and costs of transportation through courier services and consolidation of incorporation Forms into one CAC 1.1 which simplified registration for customers and saves costs. These and other reforms ensured that Nigeria made significant progress in the Ease of Doing Business Index in 2017 and 2018. The reforms also earned the Commission several outstanding awards. Steps to online registration process: Although the N5,000

window has been closed, it is in the interest of the public to know that they can register their business names on the CAC’s website, or at any of the Commission’s offices closest to them. Here are the steps: Log on to the CAC’s website. Search for the availability of your business name, to see if there’s still room for that name to be registered. You will be expected to provide two names. The CAC will search its register to determine that the names are not already in use or are similar to ones already being used. Once it has been established that the names are unique enough to be registered, the CAC reserves your business name for 60 days, within which you are expected to complete the process of registering the name. Next step, fill the business name registration forms on the website. These forms include: The approved name of the business, as confirmed in the previous stage, what the business is and does, the business’s address and particulars of its proprietor(s), including their names, address, occupation, and other relevant information and two passportsized photographs of each applicant (proprietor). If you’re running a oneperson enterprise, you are the sole proprietor or applicant. You are required to pay the CAC filing fees online or at a bank. As soon as the payment is approved, you should submit the forms listed in (4) to the CAC online. The Commission will notify you when they have approved your application, and issue you with a Business Name Certificate.

Students of JSS Jikwoyi in FCT entertaining guest with song and poetry, during the National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), 13th National Stakeholders Forum, recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Mayhem as mob attacks Attah’s Team at Nyanya for clearing makeshift Tricycle park By Stanley Onyekwere

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hairman, FCT Ministerial Task Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah and his team escaped death by the whiskers yesterday, when an angry mob attacked them, during the removal of illegal tricycle otherwise known as Keke NAPEP park and mechanic workshop at the Nyanya bridge interchange. The exercise, which was to rid the highway of distortions and environmental nuisances turned

violent, when some of the affected people and sympathisers began throwing stones at the Team including journalists covering the exercise, resulting in the destruction of the official vehicle of the Chairman. As expected, in the heat of the emerging situation the busy area was thrown into panic mood as people ran helter skelter, in an attempt to escape the flying stones. However, it took the timely intervention of the security

personnel and Enforcement personnel of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) that accompanied the Task Team to halt the situation from going out of hand. It was observed that most those affected were the Keke NAPEP operators and technicians and petty traders, who allegedly turned the place to makeshift workshops, shopping centre and restaurants. Speaking with journalists after the exercise, the chairman

FCT Task team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, who described the incident as unfortunate, said his team cannot be deterred by the development as sanitising Abuja is a must task to achieve. He said that FCT project is a project that must be owned and key into by everyone, because FCT is very important to majority Nigerians than to leave it in the hands of few to go down. Similarly, Head of operations, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Kaka Bello,

assured that the cleared site would be handed over to Parks and Recreation Development of the FCT Administration, for maintenance. Bello maintained that the Board will sustain the effort by not relenting on continuous enforcement in the area. He adds: “You Will recall that three weeks ago the task team gave the tricycles riders one week ultimatum to relocate from the place.”

Revenue generation: FCTA declares zero tolerance for saboteurs By Stanley Onyekwere

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n order to ensure rapid scaling up of its Internal Revenue Generation (IGR) the FCT Administration has declared zero tolerance for saboteurs in the system. Making this position known, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu specifically warned that she will not hesitate to deal decisively with any Secretariat, Department and Agency under her supervision that want to sabotage government efforts in widening its IGR base and profile. Aliyu, who spoke recently from the

sideline of 2020 budget preparation of the FCTA, also frowned at the lukewarm attitude of some revenue based agencies in driving the process. She noted that no responsible government can run the affairs of a mega city like Abuja with budgetary provisions. According to her, she will deploy all constitutional means to punish any agency under her supervision, which fails to comply with the renewed vigour of the present FCT Administration to boost its revenue base. “It is shocking to me that despite numerous opportunities available

to the Administration to increase its revenue generation, some secretariats or departments are just interested in the merger budgetary allocation from the federation account. How can we develop with this type of attitude? “You can quote me anywhere, I will be the first minister to discipline any erring agency or staff who want to sabotage government’s efforts in up-scaling Internally Revenue Generation (IGR) for the Administration. “This is not a threat to any agency or head of agency, but I will use the Civil Service rules and regulations to discipline

any erring secretariat or staff. “And let me state unequivocally that no responsible government can manage a mega city like ours by depending on budgetary allocations. “It is high time, they go out and look for the money to develop Abuja of our dreams,” she stressed. The Minister however expressed optimism that with the support she is getting from Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, the Administration will achieve a milestone in the revenue drive, while calling on agencies to wake to their responsibilities.


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Nato alliance experiencing brain death, says Macron

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resident Emmanuel Macron of France has described Nato as “brain dead”, stressing what he sees as waning commitment to the transatlantic alliance by its main guarantor, the US. Interviewed by the Economist, he cited the US failure to consult Nato before pulling forces out of northern Syria. He also questioned whether Nato was still committed to collective defence. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a key ally, said she disagreed with Mr Macron’s “drastic words”. Russia, which sees Nato as a threat to its security, welcomed the French president’s comments as “truthful words”. Nato, which celebrates 70 years since its founding at a London summit next month, has responded by saying the alliance remains strong. What else did the French president say? “What we are currently experiencing is the brain death of Nato,” Mr Macron told the London-based newspaper. He warned European members that they could no longer rely on the US to defend the alliance, established at the start of the Cold War to bolster Western European and North American security. Article Five of Nato’s founding charter stipulates that an attack on one member will produce a collective response from the alliance. But Mr Macron appeared unsure whether it was still valid when asked. “I don’t know,” he said. The alliance, Mr Macron is quoted as saying, “only works if the guarantor of last resort functions as such. I’d argue that we should reassess the reality of what Nato is in the light of the commitment of the United States”. The French leader urged Europe to start thinking of itself as a “geopolitical power” to ensure it remained “in control” of its destiny. Why the doubts over Nato? President Donald Trump’s abrupt decision to pull most US forces out of northeastern Syria in October took European Nato members by surprise. The move opened the way for Turkey itself a powerful Nato member - to push into

Syria and create what it termed a security zone along its border. Kurdish forces, who had been helping the US fight the Islamic State (IS) group, were expelled from the area. Mr Macron at the time criticised Nato’s failure to respond to the Turkish offensive. Mr Trump has frequently accused European Nato members of failing to provide their fair share of military spending and for relying too heavily on the US for their defence. For his part, Mr Macron has already been at the forefront of moves to boost defence co-operation among European countries. However, the European Union’s other main military power, the UK, emphasises the importance of Nato to European defence. What reaction has there been? Mrs Merkel was speaking in Berlin alongside the visiting Nato SecretaryGeneral Jens Stoltenberg. Mr Macron “used drastic words - that is not my view of co-operation in Nato,” she said. Mrs Merkel acknowledged there were problems, but said she did not think “such sweeping judgements are necessary”. “Nato remains a cornerstone of our security,” she added. Russia’s reaction came from foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.

“Well said. Truthful words, and ones that get to the nub of the matter,” she posted on Facebook. “An accurate description of Nato’s current state,” she wrote. ”Truthful words” - the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman’s assessment Nato chief Mr Stoltenberg said the alliance remained strong. “European allies are stepping up, investing more in defence. “The US is increasing investments in Europe with more troops, more exercises. The reality is that we do work together. We have strengthened our collective defence. Any attempt to distance us from North America risks not only weakening the alliance, the transatlantic bond, but also weakening Europe.” No longer fit for purpose? With only weeks before the Nato summit, President Macron’s comments suggest it might not be an entirely harmonious celebration. One key fault line has been opened up by President Trump who frequently denigrates his Nato allies. He described many of them recently as “delinquent” for not spending sufficiently on their own defence. Mr Macron said America was turning its back on Europe. The absence of co-

ordination on strategic decision-making between the US and its Nato allies was exemplified by recent unilateral US and Turkish decisions in Syria. Turkey’s actions in particular, he said, raised all sorts of questions about the fundamental security guarantees that Nato gives to all its members. What would happen, he asked, if the Syrian government attacked Turkey due to its incursion into Syria? With more members than ever and facing much more complex security challenges, Nato seems in Mr Macron’s view to no longer be fit for purpose. This is about much more than one US president. Nato must defend against multiple threats which different countries perceive in different ways. And a number of allies seem less and less keen to espouse the liberal democratic values that lie at Nato’s core. How did Nato come about? The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was created in 1949 to counter the threat from the Soviet Union as the Communist country sought to expand its power in Europe. The Soviet Union, an ally in World War Two against Nazi Germany, became an adversary of the West during the Cold War. It set up its own Warsaw Pact military alliance, including the then Communist countries of eastern Europe, in 1955. That alliance was dissolved shortly before the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and former Warsaw Pact countries, though not Russia, became Nato members in the years following. Originally set up to promote “stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area”, Nato was faced with finding a new purpose after the demise of the Soviet Union. From the mid-1990s, Nato forces were deployed on missions in the former Yugoslavia, launching air strikes to push Serbia out of Kosovo, and in Afghanistan, where the alliance took control of peacekeeping operations. But as Nato has expanded, it has struggled to overcome Russian concerns that the alliance poses a threat on its borders.

Trump denies asking attorney general to clear him on Ukraine

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illiam Barr reportedly denied the president’s request to publicly clear him of wrongdoing US President Donald Trump has denied asking the justice department to clear him of wrongdoing over a phone call with Ukraine’s president that is at the heart of an impeachment inquiry. Attorney General William Barr declined Mr Trump’s request to clear him in a press conference. The president has dismissed the reports as a “con job”. The Democratic-led inquiry hinges on whether Mr Trump pressured Ukraine on that call to investigate a rival. Mr Trump denies using US military aid as a bargaining chip to prod Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky into launching a corruption investigation against Democratic White House contender Joe Biden. According to a rough transcript released by the White House, Mr Trump suggested Mr Zelensky work with Mr Barr during the call. A Department of Justice spokeswoman later said Mr Barr was unaware he had been mentioned by the president until “several weeks” after the call. The US president, a Republican, has repeatedly insisted his call with Ukraine’s

leader was “perfect”. “The Justice Department already ruled that the call was good,” Mr Trump wrote on Twitter on Thursday. The president appeared to be referring to a statement issued by the Department of Justice in September, saying it had “reviewed the official record of the call and determined, based on the facts and applicable law, that there was no campaign finance violation and that no further action was warranted”. Mr Trump blasted the Washington Post, which broke the story, as “degenerate”, though its report has since been confirmed by other US media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and the BBC’s US partner, CBS News. House Democrats will hold the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry next week. One of the first to appear will be Bill Taylor, acting US ambassador to Ukraine. Mr Taylor said in a private hearing last month it was his “clear understanding” that the president had withheld nearly $400m (£310m) in US military aid because he wanted Ukraine to investigate Mr Biden. President Trump has claimed without evidence that Joe Biden used his position as US vice-president to quash an investigation into Ukrainian gas company Burisma. His

son, Hunter Biden, worked for Burisma. In August, an anonymous intelligence whistleblower wrote a letter expressing concern over the 25 July Trump-Zelensky call, which took place shortly after Mr Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine. The whistleblower’s identity has so far been closely guarded by Democrats, amid demands from their Republican colleagues to hear from the individual directly. Lawyers for the whistleblower have told

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investigators their client is only willing to answer written questions. The conservative Fox News network, which is generally supportive of Mr Trump, has reportedly instructed its hosts not to identify the purported whistleblower. Other right-wing media outlets have already done so. Most media organisations, including the BBC, have not named the source. Source: BBC

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he abandoned mine attracted people hoping to find the precious metal The bodies of at least 12 gold miners have been recovered following a mudslide in an abandoned gold mine in Kithinian, a gold mining town east of Guinea’s capital, Conakry. Local authorities say they fear more bodies remain trapped underground but say they aren’t sure how

many. The mine is understood to have been recently abandoned by a large, multinational company. Since they left, residents have flocking to the site in search of gold. Illegal miners have been told to quit the area within the next 48 hours. The authorities say people will be removed forcibly by the military if they refuse to leave by then.

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Ethiopian dam agreement ‘by January 2020’ Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed to reach a final settlement on the controversial filling and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam along the River Nile by January next year. The US hosted the foreign ministers of the three nations to try and resolve the long-running diplomatic row on the construction of the massive dam project being built in northern Ethiopia. The Horn of Africa nation insists that no-one can stop the project, which is about 70% complete, but Egypt is worried about the impact

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rench police have evacuated about 1,600 migrants from two camps in northern Paris, in one of the biggest clearance operations in years. Some 600 police officers escorted the migrants to coaches to take them to reception centres in the Paris area. The move comes a day after the government unveiled a series of measures to curb immigration. Many of the migrants, who included families with children, are from Afghanistan or subSaharan Africa. The operation began in pouring rain at around 06:00 (05:00 GMT) near the Porte de la Chapelle. The two makeshift camps, made up of tarpaulin shelters and tents, were located under the flyovers of the Boulevard Périphérique, the ring road that runs around the capital. They are among a number of camps to emerge around the city in the last few years. Awa, a 32-year-old woman from the Ivory Coast, said she had been sleeping in a tent at Porte de la Chapelle since she arrived in France a year ago. “It’s raining, it’s cold. I don’t know where I will go, but I’m glad to go because I will have a roof over my head tonight,” she told AFP news agency. On Wednesday, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said 16,000 places would be made

available in three new migrant centres, in an effort to prevent migrants from setting up new settlements. He also said each individual case would be looked at, with more support for asylum seekers whose cases were approved and deportation for those denied permission to stay, Le Figaro reports. France is one of many European countries to struggle with its response to an influx of irregular migrants and the government is under pressure to react to the political challenge from the far-right National Rally of Marine Le Pen. Several European countries have tightened their migrant policies in response to the influx into the EU, which reached a peak in 2015. On Wednesday, France said it would impose quotas on the number of foreign workers from outside the EU as part of measures aimed at addressing concerns about immigration, asylum and integration. The move was a way to “take back control of our migration policy”, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said. Other measures included restricted access to medical care for those who have no right to stay and the government also said migrant tent camps in northeastern Paris would be cleared by the end of the year.

on its water supplies and how much water will be used by Sudan. On completion, the $4bn (£3bn) project would be Africa’s largest hydroelectric power station but it has been beset by delays and disputes. A joint statement released by US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin after the meeting said: “The ministers also agreed to work toward completion of an agreement by 15 January 2020, and would attend two meetings in Washington DC on 9 December 2019 and 13 January 2020, to assess and support progress. “If an agreement is not reached

by 15 January 2020, the foreign ministers agree that Article 10 of the 2015 Declaration of Principles will be invoked,” the statement said. Article 10 says: “Three countries will settle disputes, arising out of the interpretation or implementation of this agreement, amicably through consultation or negotiation in accordance with the principle of good faith.” The meeting agreed that the US and the World Bank would attend future negotiations as observers. US President Donald Trump tweeted a photo of his meeting with the ministers:

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former Congolese rebel leader has been sentenced to 30 years for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Bosco Ntaganda, nicknamed “Terminator”, was convicted on 18 counts including murder, rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers. Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) found in July that fighters loyal to Ntaganda had carried out gruesome massacres of civilians. The sentence is the longest the ICC has handed down. This story contains details some readers might find disturbing As Ntaganda listened intently, judge Robert Fremr ran through an extensive list of atrocities carried out by Ntaganda’s men, including rape and sexually enslavement of young children. Judge Fremr highlighted the case of a 13-year-old rape victim who underwent years of surgery and developed a long-lasting fear that caused her to drop out of school. He told the defendant there were no real mitigating circumstance in his case, but said his crimes, “despite their gravity and his degree of culpability”, did not merit a life sentence. Ntaganda has already appealed against his conviction. Ntaganda was the first person to be convicted of sexual slavery by the ICC and overall the fourth person the court has convicted since its creation in 2002. The Rwanda-born 46-yearold former rebel was involved in numerous armed conflicts in both Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He surrendered at the US embassy in Rwanda in 2013. Analysts said it was an act of self-preservation, motivated by the danger he was in after losing a powerstruggle within his M23 rebel group. The scene in court Anna Holligan at the Hague Once famous for his pencil moustache and penchant for cowboy hats, Bosco Ntaganda, in a red tie and dark suit, appeared a picture of calm conformity in court as the harrowing evidence against him was read out. The public gallery was packed - not with friends, family and supporters, but students, journalists and human rights groups keen to witness Ntaganda go down in history as the first person to be convicted by the ICC of sexual crimes. It was something of a victory for the victims, particularly the women, that the court recognised gender violence and acknowledged rape as a weapon of war. Ntaganda was also the first suspect to voluntarily surrender to the court, but judges were not convinced

he’d done the honourable thing. They believed he had flip-flopped between sides - fighting for the rebels, then the state army - and that when his luck in Congo was running out he surrendered to the Hague as simply an act of self-preservation. Next is the issue of reparations and how much compensation the ICC should award the survivors, many of whom risked their lives to testify and reveal Ntaganda’s true face. Who is Bosco Ntaganda? Born in 1973 in Rwanda, where he grew up Fled to DR Congo as a teenager after attacks on fellow ethnic Tutsis At 17, he began his fighting days - alternating between being a rebel and a soldier in both Rwanda and DR Congo 2002-3: Militia leader in Congolese region of Ituri 2006: Indicted by the ICC for allegedly recruiting child soldiers in Ituri In charge of troops who carried out 2008 Kiwanji massacre of 150 people 2009: Integrated into Congolese national army and made a general 2012: Defects from the army, sparking a new rebellion which forces 800,000 from their homes 2013: Surrenders to US embassy in Kigali, Rwanda, after splits in his rebel group 2019: Found guilty of war crimes at the ICC and sentenced to 30 years What did he do? In July, a three-judge bench found Ntaganda guilty on all 18 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the mineral-rich north-eastern region of Ituri between 2002 and 2003. Ntaganda was a “key leader” who gave orders to “target and kill civilians”, Judge Fremr said in the ruling. Prosecutors had said Ntaganda was key in planning and running operations for the Union of Congolese Patriots (UCP) rebels and its military wing, the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo (FPLC). The armed group conducted attacks against people perceived not to belong to the Hema ethnic group, the ICC found. In one attack, fighters killed 49 captured people in a banana field behind a village using “sticks and batons as well as knives and machetes”. “Men, women and children and babies were found in the field. Some bodies were found naked, some had hands tied up, some had their heads crushed. Several bodies were disembowelled or otherwise

mutilated,” Judge Fremr said. Violence in the region has killed more than 60,000 people since 1999 as militias battle each other for control of scarce mineral resources, rights groups say. The view from DR Congo Gaius Kowene, BBC News, Kinshasa Many are happy that Ntaganda will finally pay for his atrocities in the east. He went from being in an armed group to becoming an army commander as part of a peace deal. As a result his victims had to watch him go around as the big boss in armoured vehicles, commanding troops and being respected. Some thought that this day would never come, as he had benefitted from the peace process. But in Ituri where these atrocities were committed, a small group of people still see him as a hero. They think that if he had not intervened in the conflict in the east they could have been massacred. The judges ruled that Ntaganda had personally killed a Catholic priest while the fighters he commanded ran rampage in the region. The crimes took place when Ntaganda served as the deputy chief of general staff to UCP leader Thomas Lubanga. In 2012 Lubanga became the first person to be convicted by the ICC and was sentenced to 14 years. All of those convicted so far by the ICC are from Africa. A fifth person, Jean-Pierre Bemba, the former vicepresident of DR Congo, was initially found guilty of war crimes before being cleared on appeal last year. What is Ntaganda’s background? Ntaganda fought under the command of Rwanda’s current president, Paul Kagame, when Mr Kagame was leader of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) fighting to end the 1994 genocide against his ethnic group, the Tutsi. After Rwanda’s unrest spilled over into neighbouring DR Congo, Ntaganda flipped between fighting rebellions and serving in national armies - both Rwandan and Congolese. In 2012, he became the founding member of the M23 rebel group after he defected with hundreds of soldiers from the Congolese national army. His fighters later took over DR Congo’s eastern city of Goma before agreeing to withdraw. At least 800,000 people reportedly fled their homes. The M23 rebel group was eventually defeated by Congolese government forces in 2013. Source: BBC


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n Monday, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran unveiled advanced centrifuges at Natanz Iran has cancelled the accreditation of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector who was prevented from entering a nuclear facility last week. It said the woman triggered an alarm at the gate to the Natanz uranium enrichment plant, raising fears that she was carrying “suspicious material”. The IAEA disagreed with the account and said the inspector was also temporarily prevented from leaving Iran. It was apparently the first such case since a 2015 nuclear deal took effect. Meanwhile, the US said Iran might be “positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear break-out” - the time it would take to acquire enough fissile material for one bomb - after it suspended another commitment under the accord. On Thursday, uranium enrichment resumed at the underground Fordo facility. Enriched uranium can be used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons. It is the fourth such step Iran, which has insisted its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, has taken in response to the sanctions reinstated by US President Donald Trump when he abandoned the nuclear deal last

year. Under the accord, Iran agreed to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in international inspectors in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. Mr Trump wants to force Iran to negotiate a new agreement that would place indefinite curbs on its nuclear programme and also halt its development of ballistic missiles. But Iran has so far refused. The other parties to the deal - the UK, France, Germany, China and Russia - have tried to keep it alive. But the sanctions have caused Iran’s oil exports to collapse and the value of its currency to plummet, and sent its inflation rate soaring. What happened with the inspector? At a special meeting of the IAEA’s 35-nation board of governors in Vienna on Thursday, Iranian ambassador Kazem Gharibabadi said the inspector was denied entry to Natanz because alarms went off during a routine security check. The check involved “a special chemical detector that can find a range of explosive materials containing nitrates”, he added. IAEA inspectors - seen here at Natanz in 2014 - monitor Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal The inspector then “sneaked off” to the toilet while she was waiting for a further security check, he said.

“There was no doubt that suspicious material was involved.” Mr Gharibabadi denied reports that the inspector had her travel documents taken and was briefly detained before she left Iran. US ambassador Jackie Wolcott told the meeting: “The detention of an IAEA inspector in Iran is an outrageous provocation.” “All board members need to make clear now and going forward that such actions are completely unacceptable, will not be tolerated, and must have consequences.” An IAEA spokesperson said the inspector had been “temporarily prevented from leaving Iran” and that Acting Director General Cornel Feruta had made clear that this was “not acceptable and should not occur”. “Based on the information available to us, the agency does not agree with Iran’s characterisation of the situation involving the inspector, who was carrying out official safeguards duties in Iran. The agency will continue to consult with Iran with a view to clarifying the situation,” the spokesperson added. The board of governors also discussed the “detection of potentially undeclared nuclear material” in Iran. Ms Wolcott asked the IAEA secretariat to keep the board fully apprised “until all open questions are satisfactorily addressed” and called on the acting director general to make public

information about the matter. Iran has reportedly failed to cooperate with an investigation into how traces of uranium were found at a site in the Turquzabad area of Tehran, where Israel said there was a “secret atomic warehouse”. Why does the US fear an Iranian ‘break-out’? Before 2015 Iran had two plants - Natanz and Fordo - where uranium hexafluoride gas was fed into centrifuges to separate out the most fissile isotope, U-235. A lorry transported uranium hexafluoride from the Natanz facility to Fordo overnight The deal saw Iran agree only to produce low-enriched uranium, which has a 3-4% concentration of U-235 and can be used to produce fuel for nuclear power plants. Weapons-grade uranium is 90% enriched or more. Iran also agreed to install no more than 5,060 of the oldest and least efficient centrifuges at Natanz until 2026, and not to carry out any enrichment at Fordo until 2031. Fordo’s 1,044 centrifuges were supposed to spin without gas being injected. The head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI)

said on Monday that the number of advanced IR-6 centrifuges operating at Natanz had doubled to 60. Early on Thursday, the AEOI began injecting uranium hexafluoride into Fordo’s centrifuges under the supervision of the IAEA, spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said. By Saturday, he added, it would be producing 4.5% enriched uranium. President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that Iran was aware of the “sensitivity” of the other parties to the deal regarding enrichment at Fordo, which was built in secret about 90m (300ft) under a mountain to shield it from air strikes. But he stressed that the step could be reversed if they upheld their commitments. Following the resumption of enrichment at Fordo, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “Iran’s expansion of proliferationsensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear break-out.” “It is now time for all nations to reject this regime’s nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure.”

North Korean fishermen ‘killed 16 colleagues’ before fleeing to South

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wo North Korean fishermen suspected of killing 16 fellow crew members before fleeing to the South, have been handed back to the North. They crossed the maritime border on Saturday and were later detained by authorities in the South. South Korea usually grants asylum to defectors but said that in this case, the two men posed a threat to national security. They were treated as criminals - rather than defectors - and sent back. After crossing the border on their squid fishing boat, it took two days for the South Korean navy to seize them. According to the Yonhap news agency,

citing officials, the two confessed that they and another man killed the captain in late October because of his harsh treatment. They then killed the other protesting crew members, one by one. The bodies were dumped overboard. The three suspects initially returned to the North - but when one of them was captured by local police at a port, the other two decided to flee on their boat to the South. The unification ministry in Seoul told the BBC that “when we couldn’t trust their intention of defection” they decided not to allow the “serious criminals” to stay. The two men in their 20s were handed

over to the North at the border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone, he said. It is the South’s first deportation of North Koreans through Panmunjom. There is no extradition agreement between North and South. Defectors on the Korean peninsula are usually citizens of the North who try to escape from the closed-off dictatorship to the democratic and wealthier South. Such defections are very dangerous. In some cases soldiers have crossed the border on foot, often under a hail of bullets. There were 1,127 defections from North to South in 2017, according to data from

Seoul. Defectors are usually interrogated by South Korean intelligence authorities, and spend time in a government-run facility for re-education, before being released into society. Most North Koreans who flee do so via China, which has the longer border with North Korea. It is easier to cross than the heavily-protected Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas. China regards defectors as illegal migrants, rather than refugees, and often forcibly repatriates them. Source: BBC

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Egypt-Ethiopia row over River Nile dam

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thiopia is building the Grand Renaissance Dam, which when completed next year, will be Africa’s biggest hydroelectric power plant. Its construction began in 2011 on the Blue Nile tributary in the northern Ethiopia highlands from where 85% of the Nile’s waters flow. However, the mega dam has caused a row between Egypt and Ethiopia, with Sudan caught in between, which the US is now helping to mediate. Why is it contentious? At the centre of the dispute are plans to fill up the mega dam as Egypt fears the project will allow Ethiopia to control the flow of Africa’s longest river. Hydroelectric power stations do not consume water, but the speed with which Ethiopia fills up the dam’s reservoir will affect the flow downstream. The longer it takes to fill the reservoir, which is going to be bigger than Greater London, the less impact there will be on the level of the river. Ethiopia wants to do it in six years. “We have a plan to start filling on the next rainy season, and we will start generating power with two turbines on December 2020,” Ethiopia’s Water Minister Seleshi Bekele said in September. But Egypt has proposed a 10-year period - this will mean that the level of the river does not dramatically drop, especially in the initial phase of filling the reservoir. Three-way talks between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over operating the dam and filling its reservoir have made no progress in four years - and now the US is trying to mediate.

Explore the Nile with 360 video Join BBC reporter Alastair Leithead and his team, travelling in 2018 from the Blue Nile’s source to the sea - through Ethiopia and Sudan into Egypt. This 360° video is a version of the first VR documentary series from BBC News. To view the full films, click here. Why is Egypt so upset? Egypt relies on the Nile for 85% of its water. It has historically asserted that having a stable flow of the Nile waters is a matter of survival in a country where water is scarce. A 1929 treaty (and a subsequent one in 1959) gave Egypt and Sudan rights to nearly all of the Nile waters. The colonialera document also gave Egypt veto powers over any projects by upstream countries that would affect its share of the waters. Ethiopia says it should no longer be bound by the decades-old treaty and went ahead and started building its dam at the start of the Arab Spring in March 2011 without consulting Egypt. The Nile flows through the Egyptian city of Aswan around 920km (570 miles) south of the capital Cairo Egyptian President Abdul Fattah alSisi was quoted as saying in September that it would never have got under way had Egypt not been distracted by the political turmoil. The North African country’s main concern is that if the water flow drops it could affect Lake Nasser, the reservoir further downriver, behind Egypt’s Aswan Dam, which produces most of Egypt’s electricity. It could also affect transport on the Nile in Egypt if the water level is too low

The Grand Renaissance Dam is a source of national pride for Ethiopia

and affect the livelihood of farmers who depend on the water for irrigation. Why does Ethiopia want such a big dam? The $4bn (£3bn) dam is at the heart of Ethiopia’s manufacturing and industrial dreams. When completed it is expected to be able to generate a massive 6,000 megawatts of electricity. Ethiopia has an acute shortage of electricity, with 65% of its population not connected to the grid. The energy generated will be enough to have its citizens connected and sell the surplus power to neighbouring countries. Ethiopia also sees the dam as a matter of sovereignty. The dam project does not rely on external funding and relies on government bonds and private funds to pay for the project. The country has been critical of what it considers foreign interference in the

There have been fears that the countries could be drawn into a conflict should the dispute not be resolved. In 2013, there were reports of a secret recording showing Egyptian politicians proposing a range of hostile acts against Ethiopia over the building of the dam. President Sisi has also been quoted as saying that Egypt would take all the necessary measures to protect their rights to the Nile waters. Last month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told MPs that “no force” could stop Ethiopia from building the dam.

matter. Does anyone else benefit? Yes, neighbouring countries including Sudan, South Sudan, Kenya, Djibouti and Eritrea are likely to benefit from the power generated by the dam. Ethiopia hopes the dam will be finished in 2020 Many of these countries have huge power deficits. For Sudan there is the added advantage that the flow of the river would be regulated by the dam - meaning it would be the same all-year round. Usually the country suffers from serious flooding in August and September. Could the dispute lead to a war? There have been fears that the countries could be drawn into a conflict should the dispute not be resolved. In 2013, there were reports of a secret recording showing Egyptian politicians proposing a range of hostile acts against Ethiopia over the building of the dam. President Sisi has also been quoted as saying that Egypt would take all the necessary measures to protect their rights to the Nile waters. Last month, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed told MPs that “no force” could stop Ethiopia from building the dam. The fact that the US has intervened shows the seriousness of the situation and the need to break the deadlock. So what happened at the talks? The three sides agreed to hold further talks in the US, and to reach a final settlement of the dispute by 15 January 2020. US President Donald Trump (C), who met the representatives at the White House, said the meeting went well If they still can’t agree, they have said they can jointly request further mediation. The meeting also agreed that the US and the World Bank would attend future negotiations as observers. Source: BBC


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Rohr may leave Eagles Job at contract expiration in June 2020

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uper Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr may vacate the post next summer as the Nigeria Football Federation seems unwilling to extend his contract which will expire in June 2020. Rohr assumed the post in August 2016 signing a two-year contract and despite strong criticisms that greeted his appointment, the German-born tactician soon won over majority of the fans with a string of impressive results. Less than a year after his appointment, the Super Eagles became the first African side to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after a 1–0 win against Zambia. The former Bordeaux tactician renewed his con-

tract for two more years on the eve of Super Eagles’ participation at the World Cup in Russia. The 66-year-old also guided the Super Eagles to a bronze medal feat at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. There were strong calls for Rohr’s dismissal after the competition but the NFF opted not to sack the former Gabon and Niger coach. NFF president, Amaju Pinnick is presently not keen on renewing Rohr’s contract once it expires. It however remains to be seen if Pinnick, who according to another source, is been prevailed upon by chieftains of the soccer house to have a change of mind will heed to the pleas.

The Super Eagles will be involved in the qualifying series for the 2021 AFCON around the period Rohr’s contract will expire and bringing a new coach at that period, according to the source, could affect the team’s chances of making it to the competition . Nigeria will take on Benin in a matchday-one 2021 AFCON qualifier next Wednesday at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo and Lesotho four days later in Maseru. The qualifiers will resume in August 2020 after an eight-month break. And the Super Eagles will host Sierra Leone on August 31 while the reverse fixture will be played eight days later in Freetown.

Lulu frowns at David removal as head of Women Football By Albert Akota

directives from administrative heads of the federation. “In the first place why should anybody blame her for Super Falcons failure? Was she the coach? There is a technical department whose duty is to monitor the progress of the teams

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ormer President of Nigeria Football Federation Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi has voiced his displeasure at those who have heaped the blame of Super Falcons exit from the 2020 Olympic Games on the desk of an administrative staff. Lulu disclosed this to media recently that Super Falcons recent set back is a collective responsibility that should not be heaped on Ruth David, the erstwhile Head of women football with Nigeria Football Federation pointed out. “Anybody attributing Super Falcons failure to Ruth David must have a rethink because she is just a member of staff who takes

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and advise accordingly. “Her duty is administrative not technical. Even at administrative level she has bosses whom she takes directives from. If there would be blame, it should go to the board and management not the staff” the

former NFF boss He continued, “I was shocked when I read barrel of criticism and call for her removal when she is not the coach of the team. What happened is a collective responsibility and not one woman” Alhaji Lulu who pioneered there modern NFF as President posited that Miss David remains one of the best things to have happened to the development of the women football with her devotion and passion to her job. “Ruth David was one of the most committed and dedicated staffers I worked with during my days in the Glass House” Lulu who is now a big time politician in Kogi state quipped glowingly

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dams celebrated her victory over Maria Salinas at the Royal Albert Hall in September unaware of the seriousness of the injury Two-time Olympic champion Nicola Adams has revealed she suffered a torn pupil in her last fight, leading to fears for her sight. The 37-year-old, who announced her retirement, said that initially she thought it was just a minor injury. The Briton became the first female Olympic boxing champion at London 2012.

"I got the injury in the first round of my last fight [against Maria Salinas]. I phoned the doctors a couple of days afterwards. Announcing her retirement in the Yorkshire Post she said: "I've been advised that any further impact to my eye would most likely lead to irreparable damage and permanent vision loss." Adams retained her Olympic gold medal at Rio in 2016, turned professional in 2017 and retires as the WBO world flyweight champion. Boulter loses to Garland in Thailand on injury return

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Amalaha faces 8 year-ban for doping in weightlifter By Albert Akota

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hika Amalaha, Nigerian weightlifter stripped of a Commonwealth Games gold medal for doping when she was 16 years old has tested positive again. She now faces an eight-year ban from the sport. Chika Amalaha, Nigerian weightlifter stripped of a Commonwealth Games gold medal for doping when she was 16 years old has tested positive again. She now faces an eight-year ban from the sport, reports inside the games Amalaha, whose sample showed traces of steroids, is the third Nigerian woman to have twice tested positive in recent years – all of them continental champions. The past seven Nigerian dop-

Chika Amalaha: tests positive for steroids ing violations announced by the International Weightlifting federation (IWF) are all female, and there are two cases yet to be closed, also women. Amalaha, 22, made her three best career totals in her past three competitions and was all but certain of a place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the 55kg category.

She won this year’s African Championships, was second at the recent All-African Games, and finished 12th at the 2018 IWF World Championships, where she posed at the IWF’s “Lift Clean” display and posted a photo on Instagram. Elizabeth Onuah, 24, was suspended for eight years in 2015 and disqualified from first place at the All-African Games of that year, having already been banned as a 15-year-old for doping. In June this year, Balikis Otunla, 25, a continental champion at 75kg and 81kg, came up positive for steroids for the second time, having been suspended for two years in 2012. Amalaha was disqualified at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games when she tested positive for masking agents and banned for two years.

LMC Announces 5-year multi million Naira contract for NPFL By Albert Akota

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he Nigeria professional Football League NPFL have received a big boost as the LMC announced a multi million naira sponsorship deal with NEXT TV. Chairman of the League Management Company LMC Mallam Shehu Dikko disclosed this at the Annual General Meeting of the LMC held in Abuja. He said the 5-yr contract would see the league on TV amidst other multiple sponsors to boost the commercial values of

and okayed reforms in the general administration of the system and its framework to make the league competitive and attractive . The value of the deal which is in multiple of what the league is earning before now would be officially announced at the unveiling ceremony to be performed soon. Meanwhile a reliable source from the league body revealed that the total projected income revenue from the deal and other commercial inflows is worth over 225 million dollars in five years.

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ritain's Katie Boulter has been beaten by world number 646 Joanna Garland in Thailand on her return from injury. Boulter, 23, was competing on the ITF Tour, having not played since April because of a back stress fracture. She lost a tight first set on a tie-break but was then dominat-

ed by her Taiwanese opponent in the second, losing 7-6 (7-2) 6-1. Boulter was injured in a Great Britain Fed Cup tie against Kazakhstan but said in October she is now pain free. She was the British number two and ranked 85th in the world before the injury, but has now dropped to 352nd.

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he Nasarawa Football Association has suspended Yakubu Hassan, a footballer who plays for ”Dubagari Football Club”, Lafia, a local team in Nasarawa state indefinitely for slapping a centre referee during a football match. Halidu Akwashiki, Vice Chairman of the association, confirmed the disciplinary action in an interview with newsmen in Lafia. Mr Akwashiki said that Hassan slapped the centre referee, Kasimu Ahmadu, on October 29 during his team’s encounter with another local team, Winda Force Football Club in Nasarawa-Eggon local government area of the state after he was cautioned for an infringement. The fixture is part of the state’s FA 2019/2020 ‘Premier League Competition’ initiative organised in partnership with Bet9ja, a betting company in Nigeria. The initiative is for local teams across the state and kicked off in September 26 with 30 teams participating and divided into four groups. Mr Akwashiki described the incident as bizarre said the FA via the disciplinary committee set up for the com-

The Match between Nasarawa United and Kwara United petition sat and decided to suspend the player from further participation in the competition. Mr Akwashiki who is also chairman of the competition’s disciplinary committee added that aside the suspension, the player was directed to write an apology letter to the match officials and his club to pay a fine to the FA. “The actions we took will serve as lessons to other players and clubs never to intimidate or instigate violence on match officials and to adhere strictly to the rules of the game,” he said. He explained that the incident had been awkward and embarrassing to the match officials and both teams involved in the fixture and even warranted the player’s teammates reprimanding him for his action. “It was embarrassing for everyone,

and I mean everyone including the fans because we all assumed this action is unheard of in this generation but to our surprise, we have been reminded on the dangers match officials face just for doing their jobs; it is sad,” he said. Also speaking, Mohammed Isa, Secretary General, Nasarawa state Referees Council, expressed his disappointment over the incident and canvassed for stiffer punishment for any player who violently attacks referees in the course of carrying out their duties on the field of play. “We feel bad on the issue and reported to the FA who have now taken action against the player and his team but despite that, we have called on the state FA to ensure that what happened does not repeat itself again,” he said. Isa further revealed that the referee council has decided that none of its officials will officiate any fixture with the player who slapped one of their members involved. “I want to assure you that the player will never participate in any competition within this state again and if he is participating, the referees in the state shall not participate; that is our stand,” he said.

NERC’s new tariff regime and its spillover effects Continued from page back page (a) Forward a specific bill to the National Assembly criminalizing any acts of vandalization of power supply infrastructure and energy theft with zero tolerance against perpetrators. Similar action has succeeded in the oil and gas sector when security agencies (and especially the Civil Defense Corps) were charged with the special responsibility of monitoring and apprehending perpetrators and charging them to court without recourse to the oil companies; (b) Immediate establishment of Electricity Tariff Equalization Fund to ensure uniform electricity tariff across the country as is the case with petrol and petroleum products. This would ensure equity and fairness in the sector and make electricity accessible to all and sundry; (c) The Federal government should direct all state governments to subsidize electricity costs of the rural communities

as a means of reducing rural-urban migration and at the same time assisting Discos in recovering payments for electric power supplied and consumed by the rural populace; and (d) The Federal Government should embark on investment in cheaper energy sources such as solar, nuclear and or hydro as against our current over dependence on fossil fuels with the resultant effect of making the cost of electricity power among the highest in the world. At this juncture, I would want to thank President Buhari for signing an agreement with his Russian counterpart at the recently held Russia-Africa Economic Summit for the establishment of a nuclear power plant in the country. As is the case the world over, when established, this would drastically bring down the cost of electricity across the country. In view of the foregoing, I would like to observe that the New Market Rule will most certainly hurt all Discos (North and

South in spite of tariff disparity which favours the Southern Discos). The new market rule which expects Distribution Companies to pay their Market Operator (MO) bill in full will definitely hamper their abilities to function effectively. Considering the poor electricity bills payment culture of Nigerians, many Distribution Companies presently always struggle to pay even half of their MO and NBET invoices. Added to this, is the pressure to also pay taxes, insurance costs, salaries and wages, and other overheads which force them to devise paying the invoices and other statutory obligations in part. Compelling the Discos to pay Market Operator bills in full will certainly make it near impossible for them to meet up with their other obligations, prompt payment of salaries and wages inclusive, and is, therefore, not in the best interest of the industry as this can give rise to industrial dispute with labour unions as was the case

recently with the Kaduna Disco. In my view, in order to ensure continued viability of the power sector, NERC must, as a matter of urgency, reconsider its stance and allow for flexibility in market invoices settlement since most Discos presently achieve only 30% to 40% collection efficiency. It is in these regards, therefore, I call on the Hon. Minister of Power and NERC to urgently reconsider and approve a reversal of this recent enforcement of an Article in the Act establishing it, and at the same time drop all threats of license withdrawal from the 8 Discos. THIS IS NOT ONLY NECESSARY BUT VITAL IF THE MOMENTUM SO FAR GATHERED IN OUR NATION’S DRIVE TO INDUSTRIALISATION IS NOT TO BE JEOPADISED. Engr Yusuf Tambari wrote from Wuse 2, Abuja.


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NERC’s new tariff regime and its spillover effects GUEST Column T he economic strength of any nation is largely measured by the amount of its stable electricity generation, distribution, and yes, consumption and ultimately production. A few weeks ago, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, N.E.R.C., apparently without recourse to the Distribution Companies who are to bear the brunt of any increases in tariff, announced electricity tariff increase across the country. In the same notice, NERC announced its intention to withdraw operating licenses of 8 Discos that it claimed didn’t comply with an Article in the Act that established them. The Article in question says that the Discos shall maintain an adequate and unencumbered letter of credit covering three months based on the minimum payment obligation to NBET and the MO. The Discos are also expected to comply with the minimum remittance thresholds specified in the order whose commencement date is July 1st 2019. According to NERC, the objective of the order was to place the Discos on a path of meeting their contractual performance obligations to the power market with the recognition of tariff shortfalls arising from revenue under-recovery and the exclusion of 2017 and 2018 as years of mutual non-performance in the performance agreement. But while the NERC is correct in its assertions, as one writer pointed out sometime ago, “there is no gain saying the fact that uninterrupted supply of electricity is as essential as life itself. Today, life without electricity is almost unimaginable because electricity is the driving force of all economic and social development. No country has managed to develop much beyond subsistence economy, without ensuring at least a minimum access to electricity services for a broad section of its population”. And this is something that industrialized nations of today, adhered to so strictly in their formative years. Most certainly the NERC would find its order difficult to implement in full by any Disco, if not impossible. At the moment all the Discos in the country are facing difficulties because the power market itself if distressed and certainly license withdrawals would only hasten the entire power sector to its grave. And by the way, in the interregnum, who would operate the Discos whose licenses are withdrawn before new ones are appointed, and who would refund the defunct Discos

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Engr. Y. I.Tambari their investments? For the sake of space, and avoiding technical terms and terminologies, I shall in this article, concern and limit myself more to the effects of this new order, and invariably, the tariff increase on electricity consumers in the Northern states, and the DISCOS based in the Northern part of the country, and to a large extent, the Kaduna Distribution Company where I am currently based. To refresh the memory of the reader, the defunct National Electric Power Authority, NEPA, was unbundled via the promulgation of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005, and in its place, power generating and transmission as well as distribution companies were established. The distribution companies formed the privatization of the power sector, and are to be regulated by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission N.E.R.C. The Commission is charged with, among others, the regulation of electricity tariffs across the country. Though I am not the spokesperson of any of the DISCOS, (I firmly believe they have quite competent hands for their defense), being a stakeholder in the energy market as an industrialist, I feel the overriding need to contribute my quota in simple terms for the larger public to understand what is at stake as regards that recent increase in electricity tariff across the country, and the subtle threat of cancellation of licenses issued to some DISCOS that allegedly didn’t meet up with the very stringent conditions contained in the NERC Act. It is my considered opinion as a regular contributor to international energy magazines, that nothing can be more insensitive than this action by NERC coming at a time that governments in the Federation are striving to enhance the development of small and medium scale industries. The immediate effect of this hike if allowed to stand, would be the tendency of reversing the Federal Government’s effort of diversifying our economy. As at today, most, if not

all, the states covered by the Kaduna DISCO are facing one security challenge or the other viz kidnapping and banditry in Zamfara and parts of Sokoto, Kebbi, and Kaduna States. This is further compounded by the occasional religious and tribal unrests in the southern parts of Kaduna state. The unseen, and therefore unquantified effects of these should have, on its own drawn public and government sympathy to the Kaduna DISCO, because of the huge dent in revenue shortfall it registers daily through these unhealthy developments. Here I wish to point out that electricity is supplied to military, police and other security agencies as well as some key state and federal government offices in all these states, but because of the involvement of all the security agencies in fighting these internal conflicts, payment for power supplied is never made by the security agencies, and at a time like this, it would be insensitive for the Kaduna Disco to disconnect these agencies power supply for reasons of nonpayment of bills. This alone, costs the Kaduna DISCO nothing less than one billion Naira monthly across all states of its operation, and I believe the same goes for other DISCOS in the North. (Indeed, not long ago, a similar situation as this, forced the Yola Disco to call a Force Majoure due to insecurity in its area of operation). Another area of loss of revenue to the Northern DISCOS is that of supply of power to urban and rural areas across states on joining the National Power Grid (where hitherto Rural Electricity Boards were operating). Because to these villages and even local government headquarters, the new digital electricity meters are alien, virtually all the DISCOS suffer huge losses monthly for power supplied without corresponding payment. In the North, even today, our housing system in the rural areas and some parts of our urban centers are largely the ancient mud buildings in mostly unplanned communities. By the nature of its services, the government wants electricity power to reach every home

in Nigeria, so the DISCOS strive to reach all the houses in these communities, their remoteness and roadlessness notwithstanding. By so doing, DISCOS expose themselves to huge power theft and vandalization of installed power supply infrastructure. In this regard, therefore, before any tariff increase, one would have thought that NERC would, by now have come up with means of checkmating these incidences that have, on many occasions led to losses of lives and properties. In other nations and climes, power theft and vandalizations of electrical infrastructure is frowned at, and viewed on a scale next only to treason, and is treated ferociously and with more seriousness than oil bunkering and oil pipeline vandalism. But here in Nigeria, the supervisory commission and indeed the governments at federal and state levels, being the dominant players in the electricity market, never give due consideration to this irksome and dangerous development. To make matters worse, and in support of the argument that the tariff increase should not be allowed to stand is the fact that there is disparity in the electricity tariff payable in the Northern states and the tariffs payable in the Southern states, with that of the north remarkably higher. One cannot understand the economic, political or social wisdom of this discriminatory tariff against the northern states, especially when all economic indicators and human development indices prove that poverty level is higher in the north than the south. I would, at this juncture, like to advise the Minister of Power, under whose purview is the NERC, to consider the following suggestions, among others, as a matter of urgency: Continued on page 31

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