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 I’m not campaigning for him, says Al-mustapha By Lawrence Olaoye, Abuja & Abubakar Ali Abare, Lafia

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governance poll result released by NOIPolls, a polling services agency, has shown that President Goodluck Jonathan’s performance rating

dropped in the month of September when compared to the previous month. NOIPolls, which was founded by Jonathan’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi OkonjoIweala, prides itself as the N0.1 for

country-specific polling services in the West African region. The agency said yesterday that the result of its poll in September showed that the performance rating of Jonathan as well as his administration, which peaked at 57 percent in August, dipped to

49 percent by the end of the ninth month of the year. Three crucial elements employed in gauging the opinions of the people in the rating exercise, according to the NOIPolls report, include the approval rating of the president, the performance of the

current administration, and the situation of power supply in the country. “Respondents to the poll were asked three specific questions. One, with the aim of gauging the job approval rating of President Contd. on Page 2

North not afraid of Nigeria’s breakup – Aliyu From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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Child Protection Network (CPN), Gombe state chapter, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and Gombe state Ministry of Women Affairs, held a rally to create awareness on increasing rape cases, yesterday in Gombe. These school children participated in the campaign. Photo: NAN

hairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF), Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has stated that the northern region of Nigeria is not afraid of being a country on its own. “No community in Nigeria should be afraid of separation. If some people want to go, they should go, we will survive. We are not scared of separation. “The same was said of Niger Republic. Niger was the poorest country in the world but today, if you see oil in Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and Maiduguru, it would have come from Niger Republic. “There is no way Niger and Chad can have oil and improve their economy and the North (of Nigeria) will not be able to do Contd. on Page 2

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Op.Ed

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Letters

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Opinion

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Metro

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Business

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Good governance: Jonathan’s rating drops Goodluck Jonathan over the past month (September) respondents were asked: Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of President Jonathan in the past 1 month? results revealed that overall, majority 49% (42% +7%) are in support of the President’s performance over the past month, with 42% approving and 7% strongly approving of the performance of the President. Relatively, 24% (19%+5%) of respondents disapproved of the President’s performance, with 19% disapproving and 5% strongly disapproving, while, 27% of the respondents were neutral in rating his performance. These figures represent a significant 8-point decrease in the President’s approval rating from August (57%) to September (49%), and a 5-point increase in the proportion that disapproved of the president’s performance from August (19%) to September (24%)”, the report revealed. On the assessment of Jonathan’s administration, half of Nigerians believe that it has

performed averagely well. On quality of power supply in the country in the last one month, Jonathan was rated higher than August in the South-south and South-east region but was poorly rated in the South-west and Northwest geo-political zones. It said, however, that: “Evaluating the situation of power across Nigeria in nine months depicts a general fluctuation in the improvement experienced by Nigerians. January, February and September recorded the best power ratings so far with 47%, 44% and 41% respectively while March, April and June with 31%, 31% and 32% respectively recorded the lowest ratings. “This rating represents a significant 8-point decrease in the president’s approval rating from August (57%) to September (49%). Although, the power situation in Nigeria saw a general improvement as the proportion of Nigerians that experienced an improvement in their power supply increased by 5-points from August (36%) to September (41%),

the 8-point decline is attributed to the negative approval ratings in the regions that experienced bad power supply (South-west and North-west)”, the NOIPolls said. In the meantime, late Head of State, General Sani Abacha’s Chief Security Officer, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, yesterday denied insinuations that he was moving round the country subtly campaigning for Jonathan’s return to power in 2015. Al-Mustapha who was at the palace of the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai II, made the denial while responding to allegations that he was merely mobilising youths for Jonathan ahead of the 2015 Presidential election. Al-Mustapha who was evasive while responding to the particular question from newsmen on his widely speculated mass mobilisation for the president’s yet-to-be declared 2015 second term bid, said: “Insinuations can come probably because of the democratic intentions of different individuals and nothing more”.

According to him: “I am doing this in my capacity as a citizen of Nigeria and because the youth called me to assist them after my release from detention. I have had meetings from youth across the country and the Owerri declaration by the youth said it all.” He stressed further that: “I have been doing this since 1984, it is not new to me. I have been doing it, it is part of me. I have registered most of the youth associations in the north and in the south. Now that I am out, it does not mean I should stop working with them. I was kept in prison; even in prison, I registered them and they have kept themselves and are vibrant, helping themselves today”. Al-Mustapha had earlier told the emir that he was in Nasarawa state in continuation of his effort stoward addressing the challenges confronting the youth, saying it is unacceptable that a sizeable number of able bodied youth, who he said are more than the population of some countries, are allowed to wallow without education or employment.

Plateau speaker escapes a second impeachment From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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ollowing an attempt last week by some members of the Plateau state House of Assembly to impeach Hon. John Clark Dabwan, another attempt to impeach the embattled Speaker

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his loyalist, Hon Titus Alams to become the speaker of the House. Our correspondent also learnt that a consensus was reached as 18 members agreed that all principal officers, including the speaker, have to vacate their offices today. When contacted, member

representing Jos North, Hon. Ibrahim Baba Hassan said: “I cannot say anything for now on the issue”. However, newsmen were barred from the chamber following the rowdy proceeding as members of the House locked themselves.

Arms trafficking: Court frees Russian seamen

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Lagos court yesterday acquitted a crew of Russian seamen who were detained a year ago over alleged weapons trafficking. The 15 Russians were charged on four counts bordering on unlawful importation of firearms to Nigeria, as well as non-

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yesterday also failed, leading to quarrel among the lawmakers. Peoples Daily learnt that the impeachment was masterminded by 10 out of the 24 members that claimd to be acting on the instructions of Governor Jonah Jang, who allegedly preferred

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disclosure of content of vessel. But when the case was mentioned, the prosecutor, Hajara Usman informed the court of an amended charge before it. She told the court that charges had been dropped against all previous accused,

adding that the amended charge now reflected the names of a Nigerian, Stanley Chineye and his company, Maritime Services Ltd. She, therefore, prayed the court to withdraw the initial charge reflecting the names of the accused, their vessel and

their company, Moral Security Group Ltd, and substitute it with the amended charge. The trial judge, Justice James Tsoho, accordingly struck out the charge containing the names of the Russians and adjourned the case to November 26 for trial of the new accused.

90 sue civil defence over sack

he National Industrial Court yesterday resumed hearing in a suit filed by 90 officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) against the corps for wrongful termination of their employment. The claimants, led by Mr Entonou Oyigocho, joined the Commandant-General of NSCDC, the minister and the Ministry of Interior, as third and fourth defendants in the suit. They are praying the court to

declare that the withdrawal of their uniforms and appointment letters by the defendants was null and void and of no effect. The claimants are also seeking for an order directing the defendants to recall them and to release the original copies of their employment letters to them. They are also seeking for an order of the court directing the defendants to immediately pay them all the arrears of their salaries from July 2008 till date.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that when the matter came up for hearing in July, the claimants told the court that the defendants had not dismissed them. Oyigocho, under crossexamination, told the court that the second defendant (DG) ordered the withdrawal of their uniforms and appointment letters in July 2008. He told the court that the defendants stopped the payment of their salaries since then, but said

that their pension contribution was still running. The claimants’ counsel, Mr Ajugu Ataguba, informed the court that the claimants’ witness was ready to give evidence. Ataguba also informed the court that neither the defendants nor their counsel were in court. The president of the court, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, granted the request and adjourned the case to Oct. 28 for further hearing. (NAN)

North not afraid of Nigeria’s breakup – Aliyu Contd. from Front Page the same”, Aliyu said in Minna while hosting the members of the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream), who paid him a visit in Government House. Governor Aliyu, who was alluding to comments by some citizens who threatened that Nigeria will disintegrate once Jonathan is not re-elected in 2015, reiterated that even if the nation splits, the

North can still survive on its own contrary to the belief of some people. “The same was said of some countries in Africa before they were separated”, he further said, adding that currently, those countries are surviving and “they have not gone into extinction and are developing stronger”. Top on the list of citizens who made the Nigeria-will-disintegrate comments is Asari Dokunbo from Niger Delta, who had said repeatedly

that the nation will disintegrate in 2015 if President Jonathan is not re-elected. However, some members of the House committee on the visit have urged Governor Aliyu not to be deterred by the few things going on politically in the country, urging him to be focused on his vision for the state and the nation. The Chairman of the committee, Honorable Dakuku Peterside, had earlier disclosed that they were in

Minna as part of their oversight visits to oil facilities in various parts of the country. He said that the masses appreciate the Niger governor’s devotion and vision towards their plight, while also commending his leadership qualities. According to Peterside: “Real transformation is going on in Niger state. This transformation is not radio or television transformation, and the people appreciate you.”


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Our mandate not to arrest Shekau – Turaki By Lawrence Olaoye

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inister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs and the Chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts in Northern Nigeria, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, yesterday said his committee was not charged to produce the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents. The minister who disclosed that his committee has completed

its assignments and is ready to submit its reports any moment from now said his main mandate was to identify and engage in a dialogue with the insurgents. Turaki, who fielded questions from newsmen after briefing members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chaired by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, disclosed that in course of the assignment, some impostors appeared before his committee trying to extort money from the government.

He said “With all sense of responsibility, we have been directed by Mr. President to identify key members of the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Li-da’wati Wal-jihad and then engage them in dialogue. Mr president did not ask us to look for Abubakar Shekau and engage him in dialogue. “And it is important for Nigerians to appreciate that in matters of this nature, you don’t just wake up one day even as a dialogue committee established by government and say you

are discussing with the highest leadership of insurgents. “Usually what happens is that after we have been able to establish confidence because it is necessary, they now deploy lower rank of their membership to us, like a water testing mechanism. “They would come to us we will discuss with them,

when they go back without any molestation; then at the next meeting, they would deploy a higher set of members. And this is how it has been going to the level where we are now, where we have started to engage key members of these insurgencies. But for us it does not have to be Shekau,” he said.

JTF raids militants’ hideout in Kano From Edwin Olofu, Kano

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peratives of the Joint Military Task Force in Kano (JTF) in Kano carried out an operation in the wee hours of yesterday in Gunduwawa area of Kano metropolis. Peoples Daily gathered that the raid was launched by security agents following a tip-off, where cache of live ammunitions was recovered. A top security source who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that two houses

were tracked down in the area and immediately security operatives arrived, the occupants opened fire and engaged the security men in a gun duel for over three hour. Many improvised Explosive Device (IEDS), live ammunitions and one Ak 47 riffle were recovered at the end of the operation. When contacted the JTF spokesperson Captain Ikedichi Iweha said he studying the situation and will brief journalists accordingly.

Lagos, Rivers educationally backward – FCC By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (middle), Professor Marcello David (left), and Professor Idella Wilson (right), due from Public Law Centre, Tulane University, USA, during their visit to the speaker, yesterday in Abuja.

Why G7 govs are against me-Tukur By Lawrence Olaoye

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he National Chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday said some party members were against him because of his resolve to reform the party. The PDP boss who acknowledged that the party is currently at crossroads, however pleaded with the aggrieved members to bury the hatchet and join hands with him to build the party. Tukur also denied the

allegation that he was the main problem of the party insisting however that his main focus was reformations and reconciliation among the party members. “Let me reiterate that I am not the cause of the crises in our party as the National Chairman. From the moment I came in as the Chairman, my desire and focus has been on reconciliation and party reformation. Some entrenched interests opposed that. They, therefore, left us with an impression that PDP does not need a reform. Why must we keep on operating without reforms?

For me, such kind of attitude is not encouraging. “I will not shy away from begging our party members to come together so we can enter the National Confab like a team and set examples for the rest of Nigeria. In doing that, we would have demonstrated that we remain the most serious party, not only in Nigeria but in Africa”. The Chairman said the PDP was excited by the government’s desire to bring all ethnic nationalities in the country to a round table to discuss the progress and future of their country.

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he Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission (FCC), Abdulraheem Oba, has disclosed that Lagos and Rivers state are still educationally backward and lack capable hands to fill their slots in the federal civil service. Briefing the Senate Committee on Federal Character, led by Awaisu Kuta, during a screening exercise, Oba said the states which are educationally backward are already disadvantaged in competing for jobs that demand higher education qualification. He said Kano is one of the educationally advantaged states in Nigeria, which can compete favourably for any kind of job in Nigeria. He challenged the state governors to invest massively in educating their youths, adding that, “For every state to have adequate representation in federal appointments at all

levels, be it within the federal civil service structure or allied agencies and parastatals, governors of the various states have been advised to invest heavily on educating their youths as against unskilled empowerment which often leave many of the so called beneficiaries to be unemployable and invariably turning them to be hoodlums later”. Also speaking on the challenges facing the FCC, the chairman disclosed that the commission still operates in a rented apartment, regretting that as the commission moves to digitize its operations, it would not be advisable to install such facilities in a rented apartment. In his response, the Chairman of the Committee, Awaisu Kuta, urged that everything possible should be done to reduce the existing friction between the Federal Civil Service Commission and the Federal Character Commission.

Plane crash: Senate summons aviation minister, NCAA, others By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Senate yesterday summoned the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah to brief the lawmakers on the air-worthiness of aircrafts in Nigeria and the operations of her ministry, which has recorded more than seven air mishaps since her appointment by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Others summoned by the Senate to explain why air crashes in Nigeria has been increasing unabated are the chief executives of all the parastatals in the ministry of aviation, including Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Federal Aviation Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), among others. Nevertheless, after exhaustively debating the motion

sponsored by Hope Uzodimma, (PDP/Imo), on the recent crash of the Associated Airline aircraft, which killed sixteen people, the Senate expressed frustration over the apparent refusal of the executive to implement the Senate’s recommendations from the previous crashes. The senators, who were visibly enraged, rhetorically asked if the functions of the lawmakers is just

to lament problems in the country without taking adequate steps to ensure that their recommendations were implemented by the appropriate authority. The senators blamed negligence of duty, poor monitoring and lack of will to enforce the extant laws, for the repeated air mishaps in the country. Meanwhile, it has mandated its Committee on Aviation to

investigate the cause of the recent crash in Lagos and ascertain the level of compliance by relevant aviation agencies with the recent resolutions of the Senate. The Senate also charged the Aviation Committee to investigate and identify lapses in the operational laws and regulations guiding the aviation industry, with a view to streamlining them to avert future crashes.


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The on-going strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has pitched Governor Gabriel Suswam against the local chapter of the state University, as both parties engaged in battle of wits as well as war of words. Our Benue correspondent, Uche Nnorom, in this piece, examines the issues and asks: who will blink first between the two parties?

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overnor Gabriel Suswam has in recent times been in the eye of the storm, following his appointment as Chairman, Needs Assessment Committee of federal universities in the country. He also came under intense criticisms from different quarters over the manner his committee has been handling the assignment. Worse still is the unguarded statements he made alleging that the over three months-old strike embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has political undertone. Suswam had accused ASUU of been unreasonable with their agitations for implementation of the 2009 agreement it entered with the federal government, insisting that they ought to be contented with the N130 billion released by FG for their earned allowances as well as the infrastructural development of the universities. In one instance, ASUU alleged that Suswam even pilfered the said amount, an allegation he aptly denied through his Media Adviser, Dr. Cletus Akwaya. After securing the money, another issue cropped up; that is, who should carry out infrastructural development in each individual university. The Suswam committee insisted on embarking on assessment tour of each university to ascertain what projects of priority should be done by the universities. This too did not go down well with the leadership of ASUU. Back in his state, Suswam engaged in a war of words with the Benue State University chapter of ASUU, describing them as ‘saboteurs’. He maintained that they had no reason continuing with the strike, contending that some of the issues raised by the national body of the union does not affect the chapter. “BSU has no issue of earned allowances since their salaries are paid as when due. So, they do not have any reason to continue with the strike. They are doing a lot of injustice to our children by continuing with the strike. “I directed the management of the university to talk with the lecturers to call-off the strike. I also met with leadership of the union and pleaded with them to sheath their swords in the interest of our children but all to

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no avail”, Suswam said. The governor also went to several churches in the state and raised the dust that BSU ASUU chapter should be blamed for the woes their children are going through, following their adamant refusal to calloff the strike. He therefore urged Christians to pray and also appeal to the lecturers to suspend their action. At another instance during a church service at NKST church, Achusa, Makurdi, Governor Suswam threatened to invoke “no work-no pay’ policy, hoping that it would be a last resort to make the lecturers return to class. Rather, they stuck to their guns, insisting that they lacked the power to call-off the strike except there is a formal directive from the National Executive Council of the union to do so. To make good his initial threat, an enraged Governor Suswam had, on Tuesday, September 24 ,2013, during a meeting with management of the University at the Government House, declared ‘no work-no pay’ for the lecturers even as he directed the University authority to re-open the institution in a week’s time. “We can’t continue like this. The university must re-open for our children to go back to classes. We cannot continue to jeopardize our children educational future because of

ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge

incessant ASUU strike, which has made the nation breed halfbaked graduates. At the end of September, there will be no more salaries for the lecturers”, he threatened. In sharp reaction to the Governor’s threat, the Benue state University ASUU convened a meeting on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 and declared that it would not succumb to any blackmail, threat or intimidation by the state governor to call-off the ongoing strike. Chairman of the chapter, Dr. David Ukooh Ikoni described the governor’s comment as mere political propaganda to blackmail lecturers, stating that the Executive lacks the power to suspend the strike except it receives directive from the National Executive Council of ASUU to do so. “The strike embarked upon by BSU ASUU is a national strike and not a local one. The branch Exco has no power to suspend the strike. We are a union and we have modalities which has to be followed logically. The NEC of ASUU called this strike and it is only they have the power to ask us to call it off”. “This is not the first time that ASUU will go on strike. If the governor insist on ‘no work -no pay’, we are not worried; we will meet our work where we left it. Therefore, when

we resume, then we will also insist on ‘no pay-no work’. The governor’s statement is borne out of ignorance”, he lambasted Suswam. Dr. Ikoni regretted that infrastructure at the university, which were inherited from the Teachers College, have continued to beg for renovation or expansion, but that this has not been done by government, maintaining that ASUU’s agitations for improved facilities at the universities have paid off, as several projects have been outlined for construction at BSU following the NEEDS Impact Assessment carried out recently by the Committee. “BSU is amongst the 61 universities visited by the NEED Assessment committee. The committee submitted its report to government which showed clearly that BSU is in critical need of infrastructure both for the students and staff”, Dr. Ikoni lamented. “Most structures in the university are inherited structure from Teachers College. Lecture halls are grossly inadequate, in terms of size. This accounts for why the union struggled to incorporate state universities to assist them. The end will justify the means”, he stressed. On claims by Governor Suswam that universities in

“It is a political propaganda to blackmail the lecturers; why put this issue at the doorsteps of the lecturer when government failed to provide these facilities at the doorstep of the university?

the nation are churning out half-baked graduates due to incessant strike by ASUU, the chapter chairman said the strike is justified because government, according to him, has acceded to the fact that there are inadequate facilities at our universities, decrying that students learn by rumour because of inadequate lecture halls. “It is a political propaganda to blackmail the lecturers; why put this issue at the doorsteps of the lecturer when government failed to provide these facilities at the doorstep of the university? University has been reduced to local government affair”, he lamented. Perhaps it was in defence of the local chapter of the union, that the national president of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge visited Benue state penultimate week, to lend support to the local chapter as well as shield her from unwarranted harassment from the governor. While addressing newsmen after a marathon meeting with congresses of BSU and Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM), he had sternly warned governor Suswam against carrying out his obnoxious and empty threat. “Let Suswam go ahead and do whatever he likes. Lecturers have said they cannot continue working if the academic environment is not conducive. If Governor Suswam is not happy with ASUU’s stance, then so be it.” Dr. Fagge said. With this development, it is now left to be seen who will blink first between Governor Gabriel Suswam and BSU ASUU. Can the might of government overpower a union?


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Campaign funds: EFCC mulls probe of politicians By Joy Baba

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he Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde has warned that the commission will not hesitate to invoke its special powers to investigate any politician that use public funds for election campaign. “EFCC will not hesitate to invoke its special powers as contained in Section 7 subSection 1 (a) (b) of the EFCC Act, which empowers it to cause investigations to be conducted as to whether any person, corporate body or organisation has committed any offence under the Act or other laws relating to economic and financial crimes”, he stated, and advised politicians to abide by the rules and regulations guiding electoral issues. Lamorde’s warning was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Ag. Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, in Abuja. The statement said the EFCC boss gave the charge at a roundtable meeting, convened by the groups: ‘Partners for Electoral Reforms’ and ‘Civil Society Network Against Corruption’ in Lagos. According to Lamorde, who was represented by Mr. Iliyasu Kwarbai, (Zonal Head of Operations, Lagos), the Commission, while mindful of the need to insulate itself from partisan political matters, will nevertheless continue to perform its statutory duties as contained in its Establishment Act. In his presentation, Professor Sam Egwu, Team Leader, Governance and Peace Building, United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, Abuja, said though corruption was rife and pervasive in Nigeria, EFCC remained the only anti-graft agency making impact, and charged the commission to work harder and make its impact felt more by Nigerians.

President Goodluck Jonathan (right) being decorated with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) insignia by NMA BoT Chairman, Professor Umaru Shehu (middle), during a visit to the president by the NMA executives, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja. With them is NMA President, Dr Osahon Enabulele (left). Photo: Joe Oroye

Budget discrepancies: Reps grills Interior minister By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he House Committee on Interior yesterday grilled the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro and his team over conflicting figures in their budget presentation for this year. The drama started when the members, who were on an oversight function at the ministry discovered discrepancies in the minister's presentation of the budgetary allocation for 2013, as sums voted for projects and sums released contradicted the actual projects being executed. The Minister, who had claimed to have implemented the budget

100%, also noted that some of the projects were on-going. He therefore called on the director of finance, Mr. Ben Odoh to explain the obvious discrepancies in the figures presented to the committee. However, the members found Odoh's clarification more confusing, as he demonstrated a high sense of ineptitude instead of providing satisfactory clarification. As members continued to counter his presentation, the minister clarified that error might be responsible for the discrepancies. The imbalances forced the deputy Chairman of the

Gunmen S kill 3 policemen in Lagos

ome three policemen were yesterday allegedly shot dead by unknown gunmen in Lagos metropolis. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Umar Manko, who confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the policemen were shot from behind while in a moving patrol vehicle. Manko said that the suspects,

departments of the ministry before making the presentation. On the N1, 000 charged on the present recruitment exercise in the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the committee said the House had issued an order stopping the payment. On this, the minister responded that he was not aware of House resolution putting a stop to the recruitment fee; “I am not aware of the House resolution to stop the collection of N1, 000; if for any reason the committee has any reservation for what we are doing, we are open to advice. If the committee resolve that we should stop it today, I have no reservation against that”, he said.

committee, Dan Asuquo, who led other members to direct the minister to submit all the Bill of Quantities and certificate of contracts awarded by the ministry in the on-going fiscal year. The House committee, through Ibrahim Ebbo, requested the minister to arrange for the members to tour the projects captured in his presentations, in order to have first-hand information on their authenticity and the level of execution. Responding on the irregularities, the minister who noted the discrepancies, appealed for more time to trash out the grey areas with the relevant

three of whom were dressed in caftan, took advantage of a downpour to hit the policemen who were on legitimate duty around the Ijora-Olopa area of Lagos. The commissioner said that five policemen were in the vehicle when the suspects, who were on motorcycle, attacked them. Manko said that three of the policemen died on the spot while the fourth sustained injuries with

the driver, escaping unhurt. The commissioner, however, said that he could not immediately give details on how the incident happened because he was yet to be briefed. He said the policemen were attached to the Area ‘C’ Police Command in Suru-Lere, adding that investigation had commenced with a view to fishing out the suspects.

Minister queries VCs, Pro- Chancellors over un-accessed N64.3bn By Maryam Garba Hassan

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he Supervising Minister of Education, Ezenwo Eyesom Wike, has queried ViceChancellors and Pro-Chancellors of federal and states Universities in the country for their inability to access the N64.3billion Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFund) fund due to them. The minister gave the query

yesterday in Abuja, at a meeting with Pro- Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of federal and state universities. He said the institutions have no right to demand for lack of adequate funding when they are not making the move to access funds due to them, adding that the institutions must provide satisfactory answers or else necessary action awaits them.

He said another area that is a source of concern to the Federal Government is that of prudent management of resources. “As we discuss the allocation of funds to our institutions, we must critically examine if we are getting value for our investment in the sector. I believe that it is a clear lack of capability that makes an academic institution unable to follow simple guidelines

of accessing and adequately utilising funds”, he stated. Wike further explained that as at June-ending, about N73.87 billion which should have been disbursed to tertiary institutions remain un- accessed for one reason or the other. According to him, out of this, N35billion representing 47 per cent is due to Universities, adding that funds un-accessed

by Polytechnics are estimated at N16 billion, representing 21 percent, while those for Colleges of Education stand at N12 billion, representing 16 per cent. He said lack of accessing the funds by the institutions has stalled the impact of TetFund intervention due to the nonadherence to physical master plan of universities in the sighting of projects in the universities.


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BRIEFS Katsina journalists get weigh-in allowance

From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina overnor of Katsina State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema, has approved the implementation of 17.5% weigh-in allowance to members of NUJ and RATTAWU. The governor’s approval was contained in a statement signed by the permanent secretary Administration, Alhaji Dalha Rufa’I Adamu’ The statement said beneficiaries cut across Katsina State Radio, KTTV, Ministry of Information and History and Culture Bureau. It added, the payment will be effective from October. It therefore called on all the affected beneficiaries to reciprocate the gesture by rededicating themselves towards improving service delivery in the State.

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Taraba: Umar urges youth to shun acts capable of destabilising peace

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he Taraba State Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, has urged youths in the state to shun any act capable of destabilising the existing peace in the State. The Acting Governor made the assertion at the Jolly Nyame Stadium while addressing hundreds of youths during the 2013 Taraba youth peace summit organised by the State Chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria. Represented by the secretary to the State Government, Garvey Yaweh, the Governor urged the youths to shun being used by enemies of peace to cause division in the State. Umar cautioned the youths to submit themselves as agents of transformation rather than destruction.

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araba State Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar has condoled his Bauchi state counterpart, Governor Isa Yuguda over the death of his sister, Hafsat Ibrahim. The Acting Governor was received at Ramat House Bauchi, by Governor Yuguda for the condolence over the weekend. Umar, who was involved in a road accident along the Gombe/Bauch Road over the weekend, described the death of Hafsat Ibrahim as unfortunate, which came at the time her motherly advice and support was needed. He prayed to God to grant her eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, while calling on the family not to allow the death of Hafsat to dampen their faith but take solace in God. Responding, Governor Isa Yuguda thanked the Acting Governor for commiserating with him during his moment of trial. From Yusha’u Alhassan Jalingo

L-R: Former Rivers state Governor, Barrister Celestine Omehia, Board Chairman, National Examination Council (NECO), Dr. Paddy Njoku, his wife, Mrs. Kachi Njoku, and former Anambra state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Stella Odife, during NECO stakeholders’ workshop for states in the North-Central Zone, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

LP urges FG, ASUU to end standoff From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna he Labour Party, yesterday, bemoaned the continued Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), strike as it urged the Federal Government to urgently resolve the Impasse before the Nigerian sector collapses.

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The comment was contained in a communiqué, issued at the end of a meeting of 19 Northern States of Labour Party Chairmen, signed by Barrister B.M Magaji Communique Chairman, and Alhaji Umaru Mohammad Vice Chairman North-West respectively, and made available to newsmen in Kaduna.

According to statement, the Federal Government needed to do something urgently before the Nigerian education system collapses. “ Our meeting bemoans the continued ASUU strike and the near collapse of the Education sector of the country and urges the

N10.9bn theft: You have case to answer, Court tells Okey Nwosu, others

From Matthew Irinoye, Lagos ustice Lateefat Okunnu of a Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja, yesterday dismissed the no-case submission applications filed by a former Managing Director of Finbank, Okey Nwosu, and three former directors of the bank over the alleged stealing of N10.9 billion belonging to the bank. The defendants alongside Nwosu, are Dayo Famoroti, Danjuma Ocholi and Agnes Ebubedike The former bank chiefs on September 16, filed separate no-case submission applications praying

the court to dismiss the theft charge preferred against them by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The defendants had argued that no prima-facie case had been established against them by the prosecution. In her ruling at yesterday’s proceeding, Justice Okunnu, held that the prosecution’s case against them warranted explanations. The judge said from the evidence before the court, the defendants had granted loans worth N20 billion to seven companies which were not

From Umar Dankano, Yola overnor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state, yesterday, approved the extension of the appointments of Justice Nathan Musa as the Acting Chief Judge and Hon. Khadi Muhammad Alkali of Adamawa state for another three months, beginning from 1st October to 31st December, 2013. The development was made known in a press statement signed by the Head of protocol and Information, Adamawa State Judiciary, Ishaya

Ladawas and made available to Peoples’ Daily in Yola, stressing that, the appointment was approved on the basis of the recommendation of the National Judiciary Council, Abuja. “Following the National Judiciary Council’s recommendation for extension of appointment of Hon. Justice Nathan Musa as the Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa state, His Excellency , Vice Admiral Murtala .H. Nyako (RTD) GCON has approved the extension for another three months beginning from 1st October to 31st

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customers of Finbank. “This is enough to make it expedient for the defendants to give explanations to the court. She held that, the prosecution had claimed loans were granted without the knowledge or approval of the bank’s board of directors. “It is my finding that the respective no-case submissions of the defendants cannot be upheld. “The evidential burden of proof has been shifted to the defendants. She adjourned the matter till December 16, for the defendants to open their defence.

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December 2013” the press statement explained. The statement added that the appointment of Hon Khadi Muhammad Alkali as Acting Grand Khadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal was also approved by the governor of the state. The statement further maintained that both appointments were in accordance with the provision of section 271 sub-section (5) and section 276 sub-section (5) of the 1999 constitution.

FG and ASUU to see reason for urgently resolving the ASUU- FGN impassee,” “ Our meeting also called on the FG to ensure prompt payment of the benefits to the disengaged PHCN workers if the so called privatisation of the power sector is to be fully realised,” he said.

Crime cannot be eradicated from the society, says IGP By Joy Baba

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he Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar, has said that terrorism and crime cannot be eradicated from the society but they can only be brought to their barest minimum, assuring however, that security agencies are taking steps to curtail its level. Abubakar stated this yesterday, in Abuja, during an interview with newsmen shortly after the decoration of some newly promoted senior police officers, including four Assistant Inspectors-General of Police. He assured Nigerians that the police and other security agencies would not relent in their efforts in combating crime despite the fact that a number of them had died in the course of tackling those challenges. According to the IG,``Crime is not something you can exterminate, nobody exterminates crime anywhere in the world, if you are talking of no crime, you are talking of total paralysis. ``And in the war against terror, tell me any country in the world that fights terror and say it is finished and then no more terrorism again.


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2013 Hajj

Bauchi loses one female pilgrim in Madina From Ahmed Bauchi

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Pilgrims performing circumambulation (Tawaf), at the Masjid al Haram (Holy Kaaba), yesterday in Makkah.

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auchi state Amiru Hajj has said that a female pilgrim from the state named Hajiya Habiba Adamu has died following a fall from 11th floor of a story building in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The Vice Chairman of the State Amirul Hajj team Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed Miya who is also the Speaker of the State House of Assembly confirmed the incident in Bauchi on Monday shortly the departure of the sixth flight of pilgrims who were airlifted to the Holy Land through the Gombe International airport. According to him, “when we received the information we investigated the incidence and confirmed that one of our pilgrims from Gamawa Local Government Area of the state fall from 11th floor of her accommodation in Madina and died”. Miya said the state government and the Amirul Hajj team has condoled the family of the deceased adding that all the state pilgrims are in good condition. He however reiterated the commitment of the Amirul Hajj team in ensuring adequate welfare and proper care to the state pilgrims.

Saudi to take punitive action against illegal immigrants from Nov.3 S audi Ministries of Interior and Labor will launch an intensive nationwide campaign from Nov. 4 (the first day of the new Hijrah year) to arrest and punish illegal migrants and their employers. In a joint statement, the ministries urged undocumented expats to legalise their residency and labor status before the expiry of the present amnesty on Nov. 3, 2013 to avoid arrest and

other punitive action. “Expats are advised to process their paperwork without delay, as we will begin taking punitive action against illegal immigrants and their employers without leniency,” the two ministries warned. Faisal Al-Otaibi, director of the department for inspections at the Labor Ministry, said the raid against illegal immigrants would cover institutions across

cities and principalities without exception. The ministry would not allow any black market for foreign workers, he said. “We will allow manpower supply only through licensed companies,”Al-Otaibi said. He also pointed out that the wage protection program was aimed at preventing false nationalization. It would be recalled that

Hajj service agents would soon be made public, adding that those behind them would be severely punished. He also pointed out that the fake agents were found inside the Kingdom, adding that they posed a major challenge for Saudi Hajj managers. “The pilgrims coming from outside the Kingdom are very

well organized and no fake Hajj agents have been discovered outside Saudi Arabia,” the deputy governor said. Security agents detected two fake Hajj agents run by a Saudi and an expat at the weekend who had collected about SR27,000 from a number of pilgrims. Some of the fake Hajj companies were discovered in

President Goodluck Jonathan in April, said he would consider the revival of the presidential committee on illegal Nigerian migrants in Saudi Arabia by collaborating with the Saudi authority to address the rising crime rate by Nigerians resident in that country. The Presidential Committee on Illegal Nigerian migrants in Saudi Arabia was constituted in 2009, but unfortunately it never

…Busted 10 fake Hajj companies

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audi authorities said they have busted more than 10 fake Hajj companies in recent days, which claim to provide pilgrims with the services needed to complete their Hajj journey. Abdul Aziz Al-Khodairy, deputy governor of Makkah and head of executive committee for Hajj operations, said the fake

Kandara and Sharafiya and were found collecting money from pilgrims at the rate of SR4,000 to SR4,500 from each Haji. Saudi security agencies have deployed a large number of police officers with fingerprinting machines at checkpoints to stop illegal pilgrims from entering into Makkah.

take off to do its job to take up measures that will address the menace. The president stated this when he received the report of the Federal Government delegation to the 2012 Hajj operation presented by the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar. He said government was worried about the report of increased crime rate by Nigerians in Saudi Arabia and would take immediate steps to address the ugly trend. ``I think we have to come up with your recommendation to see how we will work with the Saudi authority to reduce that because it is bringing some stains to the image of this country, especially for those who will go to that country regularly for their religious obligation.’ Source: Arab News


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Flooded Olajuwon Street, at Tejuosho, in Lagos after a downpour, yesterday. Photo: NAN

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L-R: Senator Sama’ila Mamman Kurfi, and Hon. Hamisu Gambo Danlawan Katsina, exchanging pleasantries during the wedding of Danlawan Katsina’s daughter, recently in Katsina.

President Goodluck Jonathan (middle), Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo (4th right), Chairman, National Dialogue Advisory Committee, Senator Femi Okurounmu (4th left), and other members of the committee, after the committee’s inauguration, on Monday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

L-R: Brazilian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador John Andre Line, Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, Brazil Vice Minister, Industry and Development, Mr. Ricardo Schaefer, and Head of Department, Brazilian Development Bank, Mr. Henrique Azevedo Avila, during a dinner in honour of visiting Brazilian Trade Mission to Nigeria, Monday night in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye.

L-R: Speaker, Abia state House of Assembly, Hon. Udeh Okochukwu, Abia state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, his wife, Mrs. Mercy Orji, the state Deputy Governor, Sir Emeka Ananaba, and his wife, Mrs. Nene Ananaba, singing National Anthem, during the swearing-in of new commissioners, yesterday


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BRIEFS

9 perish in Katsina auto crash

Go back to farm, Emir of Zazzau tells youth

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o fewer than nine persons have died in an auto accident, yesterday in Katsina state. The accident occurred at the main gate of Umaru Musa ‘Yar’adua University, along Katsina-Dutsin-ma road. The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Katsina State, Alhaji Habu Dauda, who confirmed the incident noted that the accident involved a NISSAN URVAN with registration number AA 479 JHN. He added that the cause of the accident was a runaway driver of a car, who crossed the road without obeying traffic rules that forced the driver of the ill fated vehicle carrying 15 passengers to dodge him where he eventually crashed into some nearby trees. According to him the dead, include five men, three women and a child, adding that the sum of N668, 095, were recovered from the driver which he said was later discovered to be a message given to him to deliver to someone in Katsina. Habu, therefore lamented the level of accident along the university gate, calling on the state road maintenance agency to close the U-Turn along the university gate. In a related development, also yesterday, a trailer conveying donkeys and a tipper carrying blocks had a head on collision at the ‘Yar Gamji Bridge. The FRSC sector commander, Dauda said that there were no loss of human lives in the accident but scores of donkeys were killed.

L-R: Minister of Aviation. Princess Stella Oduah, Managing Director, Nigerian Air Space Management Agency (NAMA), Mr. Nnamdi Udoh, and Republic of Botswana Minister of Transport and Communications, Hon. Nonofo Molefhi, during African Regional Conference of Civil Air Navigation Service Organisation, yesterday in Abuja, Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Minna: 5, 000 policemen to benefit from housing scheme From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

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olicemen in Minna, Niger state, are to be accommodated soon as plans are on to make houses available to them through the 5000, Housing Unit project in the state as part of the ongoing FCT Housing scheme in the country. Towards this end, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of OFRA/ DOVAM Nigeria, Dr Victor Dan- Jumbo, who is also a developer of the proposed 5,000 housing units for the Nigerian police officers and

men in Niger state, has met with the land owners as well as the sub- contractors and other representatives in Minna to this effect. The meeting which was held at Labour House, deliberated on matters that was delaying the earlier take off of the project in the state capital which was attributed to earlier financiers. Dan-Jumbo said that all arrangements have been concluded now for the take off of the project as another financier has been assigned for the project. He noted that Minna police

housing estate would be a pilot project for the company which has 35 organisations across the country. The CEO solicited the sub- contractors to be patient, assuring them of the company s determination to deliver quality service to Nigerians. He said that the company has negotiated with it Bankers on Advance Payment Guarantor (APG) instead of contractors producing collateral before having the credibility to finance and embark on the work at the site.

Early marriage, bane of girl-child education in the North-Executive Secretary From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse

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he Acting Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Nomadic Education (NCNE), Malam Ibrahim Yanta, said ‘girl child’ early marriage has been one of the major challenges of the nomadic education in Nigeria. He made the assertion in Dutse, Jigawa state, while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 17th Annual meeting of management, directors and coordinators of

education programmes. Yamta, explained that the programme (nomadic education) is experiencing serious pupils drop out from nomadic schools, at younger age with many of them being married out. A situation that has became the commission’s main concern. According to him, despite the commission’s achievements in the areas of additional facilities, teachers and pupils enrolment nationwide, the issue of early marriage is causing setback for pupils’ education. He noted that the

commission has succeeded in widening the programme from 12 states in 1990 to all the 36 states and FCT, with 3,117 schools, 502,611 pupils enrolment and 14,191 teachers’ against 329 schools, 18, 331 pupils and 829 teachers before now. Yamta maintained that “the commission over the years has produced and distributed curricula and textual materials in Mathematics, English, Primary Science and Fulfulde for nomadic schools and recently, we adopted nine-year basic education curriculum”.

In his speech, Secretary to the Jigawa state government, Alhaji Lawal Abdu said the state government made education free to nomads’ children at all levels in addition to establishing a board to look at, and coordinate affairs of nomadic education in the state which is the first of its kind in the country. The secretary to the state government added that there is also cordial relationship between the national commission and state government; he therefore appealed to the commission to increase the number of nomadic centers in the state.

he Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, has called on Nigerian youth to take farming as a profession in order to reduce the unemployment in the land and restiveness among youths. The Royal father said this while receiving the president of Youth for Agriculture [YFA] in his Palace yesterday. Alhaji Shehu, said agriculture was the major occupation of Nigerian before the discovery of oil, adding also that, “Agriculture is our God given occupation. We have not only fed our people through farming in the past, we have also exported products that have earned the country foreign currency”. The Emir added that establishing farm settlement is a sure way of keeping our youth off the street, and reducing restiveness and other violent acts associated with the youth “. Speaking earlier, the President of Youth for Agriculture, Prince Offorma Onwurah, said the organisation which is Non Governmental, was set up with the aim of getting the youth back to farm and keeping them busy. “We are in your palace today to seek for your royal blessing on our proposed farm settlement in Zazzau Emirate, which is expected to employ over 1000 youth at inception. From Femi Oyeyola, Kaduna

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Lagos State High Court, Ikeja, presided over by Justice Lateefat Okunnu, yesterday issued a bench warrant on two oil marketers, Opeyemi Ajuyah and Olarenwaju Olalusi, following their none appearance in court for their trial. The defendants are standing trial alongside Abdullahi Alao, son of a prominent businessman, Alhaji Abdullazeez Arisekola-Alao for an alleged N1.1 billion fuel subsidy fraud. It would be recalled that the defendants and their firms, Majope Investment Ltd. and Axenergy Ltd, are being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). At the resume of court proceedings of the matter on Tuesday, both Ajuyah and Olalusi were absent from court. Olalusi was however represented by a lawyer, Mr. C.Z. Katung, while Alao was physically present. From Matthew Irinoye, Lagos


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Money sense

What to do when investing in stocks E veryone wants to be financially secure. If you have a house, your house may be your biggest “asset” early on, but you will need to live in it for the rest of your life. Do you want a financially secure retirement or a vacation house in the South Pacific? You must invest your savings if you plan to retire comfortably.

Steps: 1 Save. Before you can invest, you need money. Don’t start investing until you have a secure job and six to twelve months of living expenses in a savings account, as an emergency fund, in case you lose your job. Learn how to budget your money and to spend your earnings wisely. Most investors have to be careful not to spend any of their profits, and to keep some aside for future use, and for retirement, as well as emergencies.Be prepared to always live within or even below and not beyond your means. This will help to ensure that you always have enough money. 2 Read. Before you start investing, you need a basic understanding of what a stock is, what it means to invest, and how to evaluate stocks. Get some basic books in stock investing. Aim to read every book on investing you can get your hands on. Here are some of the very best books and resources for all serious investors: 3 Think. Warren Buffet says that after you think, then think again. Warren Buffet says that if he cannot fill out on a piece of paper several reasons to buy a stock, then he will not buy it. 4 Practice. Trade stocks on paper before actually trading stocks with real money. Record your stock trades on paper, keeping track of dates of the trades, number of shares, stock prices, profit or loss, including commissions, taxes on dividend, and short or long term capital gains taxes you would have to pay for each trade. It is also helpful to record the reasons for each buy or sell decision. Calculate your net profit or loss less commissions and taxes for a meaningful period (1 year or more) and compare your results with the market index, such as the S&P 500. Do not start trading with real money until you are comfortable with your trading abilities. 5 Open a stock brokerage account with a discount broker. No specific recommendation can be offered here, as the stock brokerage business is a rapidly changing field. Trial and error is probably the only way to find a good broker, but you should do your

own due diligence by checking out their site and looking at reviews online. The most important factor to consider here is cost, namely, how much commission is charged, and what other fees are involved. Discount brokers generally charge commissions of less than $10 (N1,550) per trade, some as low as $1(N155) per trade, and some offer a limited number of free trades per year, provided you meet certain criteria. Other than costs, you should also consider whether dividend reinvestment is offered (which is the best way to build up your positions), what research tools are offered, customer service, etc. 6 Build a small portfolio of 10-50 stocks. Blue chip stocks are stocks of market leading companies known for quality, safety, and ability to generate profit in good times and bad, although they are generally fully priced and difficult to buy at a bargain price except in a severe bear market. Choose stocks of companies with proven records of profitability with at least some earning in each of the past ten years, pay at least some dividend in each of the past 15-20 years, at least 30 percent EPS growth over the past 10 years (using 3-year averages to smooth out variations, for example, average EPS for years 2008-2010 compared to average EPS for years 1998-2000), low debt to equity (less than 1), and high interest coverage (at least 5). Stay up-to-date with different value investing websites such as Motley Fool or Fallen Angel Stocks to see what kind of deals are out there. If you do not have the time or inclination to learn about individual stocks, buying and

holding no-load, low expense index funds forever using a dollar cost averaging strategy is best and outperforms most mutual funds, especially over the long term. The index funds with the lowest expensive ratio and annual turnover are best. For investors with less than $100,000(approximately N15, 500,000) to invest, index funds are usually best. If you have more than $100,000(N15, 500,000) to invest, however, individual stocks are generally preferable to mutual funds, because all funds charge fees proportional to the size of the asset. Even the lowest fee index fund, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund (VTI), has a 0.07% annual expensive ratio. This amounts to only $70(N10,850) over 10 years for a $10,000(N1,550,000) portfolio, but $700 (N 108,500) over 10 years for a $100,000 (N15, 500,000) portfolio and $7,000(N1,085,000) over 10 years for a $1,000,000(N155,000,000) portfolio. If the expense ratio were 1.50% (typical for an average mutual fund), the fees would amount to $15,000(N2,325,000) for a $100,000(N N15, 500,000) portfolio, and a whopping $150,000 (N23,250,000) over 10 years for a $1,000,000(N155,000,000) portfolio. Decide whether individual stocks or a mutual fund is better for you! 7 Hold on to the winners and do not add to the losers without good reason. Peter Lynch said that if you have a garden and every day you water the weeds and pick the flowers, that in one year you will have all weeds. Peter Lynch said that he was the best trader on Wall Street for 13 years because he picked the weeds and watered

the flowers. 8 Hold for the long term, at least 5-10 years, preferably forever. Avoid the temptation to sell when the market has a bad day or month or even year. On the other hand, avoid the temptation to take profit even if your stocks have gone up 50 percent, 100 percent, 200 percent, or more. As long as the fundamentals are still sound, do not sell. Just be sure to invest with money you don’t need for five or more years. However, it does make sense to sell if the stock price appreciates too much above its value (see below), or if the fundamentals have drastically changed since purchase so that the company is unlikely to be profitable anymore. 9 Avoid stock tips. Do your own research and do not seek or pay attention to any stock tips, even from insiders. Warren Buffett says that he throws away all letters that are mailed to him recommending one stock or another. He says that these salesmen are being paid to say good things about the stock so that the company can raise money by dumping stocks on unsuspecting investors. 10 Invest regularly and systematically. Dollar or Naira cost averaging forces you to buy low and sell high and is a simple, sound strategy. Set aside a percentage of each paycheck to buy stocks every month. And remember that bear markets are for buying. If the stock market drops by 20 percent or more, move more cash into stocks, and move all available discretionary cash and bonds into stocks if the stock market drops by more than 50 percent. The stock market has always bounced back, even from the crash that occurred between 1929-1932.

11 Consider selling portions of your holdings as a stock appreciates significantly, at least 50 percent to 300 percent, based on quality of the stock. Use upper limit for better quality stocks. Letting your winners run as long as the story is still good will increase your longterm chance for success. Warren Buffet says that you should hold winners forever, but if the priceto-book gets too high (above 100 is definitely too high), you should consider selling the stock. 12 Consult a reputable broker, banker, or investment adviser if you need to. Never stop learning, and continue to read as many books and articles as possible written by experts who have successfully invested in the types of markets in which you have an interest. You will also want to read articles helping you with the emotional and psychological aspects of investing, to help you deal with the ups and downs of participating in the stock market. It is important for you to know how to make the smartest choices possible when investing in stock and even if you do make the wisest decisions, to know how to deal with loss in the event that it happens.Culled from www.wikihow.com

Money Tip: Make sure to discuss and agree upon all terms before you start a job, including how and when payment will be made.

Quote “Money is the sign of liberty. To curse money is to curse liberty--to curse life, which is nothing, if it be not free.” - de Gourmont


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EDITORIAL

ntil now, researchers, including the respectable Forbes, had always placed Nigerian billionaires below those from South Africa and, sometimes, Egypt, on the African continent. Just last month, Forbes named nine Nigerians among Africa’s 40 billionaires this year compared to South Africa’s 18 and eight Angolans. A new report has, however, altered the statistics radically. Ventures, a pan-Africa business magazine, reported on Monday that there are now more megarich Africans than previously thought. It came up with a list of 55 African billionaires, 20 of them Nigerian; there are nine and eight South Africans and Egyptians respectively. The publication explained the difference between figures given out by Forbes and other researchers and its own: Africa is a continent where the rich “often fiercely protect details about their fortunes”. In its own case, Ventures claims to have overcome that hurdle using “on the ground knowledge”. However, on one point Ventures and Forbes are agreed: Nigeria’s Aliko Dangote tops their list. Forbes places him first on its list of 40, with a net worth of $12,000 million, while Ventures says he is worth $20.2 billion (15 billion euros). Nigeria’s Folorunsho

Alakija is Africa’s richest woman, with her net worth of $825 million; she is 24th on the Forbes’ 2013 list of 40 mega-rich Africans. Ventures links her stupendous wealth to her ownership of an oil block that she got through connections with a former Nigerian president. Of Dangote, the magazine has this to say: “Dangote, who made his fortune in cement, heads a multi-interest

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Truth of where Nigeria’s oil wealth resides

This revelation contradicts a claim by a Nigerian federal lawmaker earlier in the year that most of Nigeria’s oil wealth has been cornered by persons from a part of the country that does not produce the “black gold”. empire, profiting from products including flour and sugar, while eyeing a massive investment in oil refining”. Certain un-admitted truths emerge from the Ventures report: why Africans are cagey about their fortunes and the contradictions that the statistics throw up. One, if you made your millions in ways but honest or by leveraging connections to political high places, why go public with the information? According to the magazine, “Corruption is rife on the

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continent and the rule of law still unevenly applied. African business moguls often face accusations that their fortunes were illegitimately earned, including with extra-legal help from political patrons”. Two, for exactly this same reason this island of wealth sits pat in the middle of a sea of scandalous mass poverty. The World Bank reported in April this year that though Africa has seen an average 5 % GDP expansion since 2010, which has resulted in the rise in the number of the continent’s super-rich, that economic growth has not kept pace with a population increase. “There are more than twice as many extremely poor people living in sub-Saharan Africa today (414 million) than there were three decades ago (205 million),” the bank said, adding that Africa is the only part of the world where “the number of poor individuals has risen steadily and dramatically.” But of particular interest to Nigerians is this revelation that of the nine Nigerians on Forbes’ list of 40 African billionaires in 2013, only three are Northerners and of the three only one is officially listed to own an oil block. This revelation contradicts a claim by a Nigerian federal lawmaker earlier in the year that most of Nigeria’s oil wealth has been cornered by persons from a part of the country that does not produce the “black gold”.

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Opinion Okonjo-Iweala and crisis of Nigerian economy By Charles Onunaiju

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peaking at an independence anniversary lecture organized by the Lagos state chamber of commerce and industry (LCCI), coordinating minister of the economy, who is also in charge of the finance ministry, Mrs. NgoziOkonjo-Iweala told her audience that contrary to insinuations from some quarters and the agonizing face of many Nigerian’s, the nation’s economy is in good health. According to her, “The micro-economy is stable, the economy is doing well. We may experience cash flow problem but that does not mean the economy is in problem. Continuing she claimed that “our reserves are healthy and if we are not doing well, people will not be coming to invest in the country”. For the minister, “if the economy is in comatose, the private sector would be carrying placards by now”. All over the world and especially in developing countries, successful economic reforms and performance are notable, for the number of people pulled out of poverty and into the middle class. China, the most outstanding economic reformer and performer in contemporary times is famous for pulling more people out of poverty in the shortest period ever in all human history. Brazil’s outstanding economic performance in the nearly one decade of the leadership of the workers party (PT) has been to pull up to 30 million Brazilians

from poverty within the period. Whether in Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, or even in South Africa, economic wellbeing and performance have never been measured by the comfort or otherwise of the private sector. For the Nigeria’s coordinating economy minister, the evident trend of sustained de-industrialization, decline in the real sectors of the economy, continuous shrinking of the job market and its explosive social consequence ,evident in astronomical rise in crime, terrorism and numerous antisocial vices do not constitute an alarm bell on the precarious state of the economy except until the ‘private sector carry placards’, would the socially insensitive

economy minister realize that the Nigerian economy is in ruins. The governors, in political opposition to President Jonathan, may have raised alarm about cash flow to which the minister may have rightly declared, “does not mean the economy is in problem?”. The governors’ parochial concern over cash flow to their coffers does not in any way raise the questions of the overall economic performance and therefore could not have raised the crucial question of key fundamentals of economic issues revolving around the broad and wide range of matters in economic construction and performance. Seizing on the reductionist concern of cash flow by some governors, who are fat cats in their own right and whose

obvious concern is to tend to the patronage system of their political constituency, to declare as healthy an economy, in which over 90% of the population operate outside its main stream and forage on its fringes for bare subsistence, is the height of recklessness from the country’s chief economic policy maker. The depth of economic abyss for which the country is destined to fall into, under the direction of the economy minister can only be frighteningly imagined. Nigeria’s economic disconnect in which there is no sectoral complementarity is an open sore which does not need any special economic insight to notice. The crucial disarticulation of the real and productive sector further accentuated by the

Paradoxically, the coordinating minister of the nation’s economy does not seem to appreciate or even understand the centrality of the massive disconnect between the traditional economic structures and the hybrids, whose symbiotic relationship should reinforce each other. In much of the world, private sectors are crucial drivers of national economies but not exclusive players., classical private sector operators are independent economic players whose capital are generated from autonomous entrepreneurial activities outside the State or government realm. In Nigeria, private sector operators are well known politically connected business persons whose accumulation of capital is not derived from autonomous entrepreneurial activity, but state guaranteed public fund like bank loans usually declared toxic and assumed and paid by state asset and management company, over priced government contracts, illicit collaboration of state officials with private sector practitioners and the transfer of public assets to private operators through such collaborations.

existing preeminence of service and auxiliary sectors deepen the crises of disaggregation and distortions. Paradoxically, the coordinating minister of the nation’s economy does not seem to appreciate or even understand the centrality of the massive disconnect between the traditional economic structures and the hybrids, whose symbiotic relationship should reinforce each other. In much of the world, private sectors are crucial drivers of national economies but not exclusive players., classical private sector operators are independent economic players whose capital are generated from autonomous entrepreneurial activities outside the State or government realm. In Nigeria, private sector operators are well known politically connected business persons whose accumulation of capital is not derived from autonomous entrepreneurial activity, but state guaranteed public fund like bank loans usually declared toxic and assumed and paid by state asset and management company, over priced government contracts, illicit collaboration of state officials with private sector practitioners and the transfer of public assets to private operators through such collaborations. As a supply side economist, MrsOkonjo-Iweala seemingly ideological fidelity to classical economic liberalism gives one concern of obvious deficit of imaginative originality. The Contd on Pg 15

Oil theft: The fleecing of a nation

By Bamidele Olateju

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il theft in Nigeria is the most important story of our now. It is not the diversionary National Conference; a hungry man is an angry man. So much oil is being stolen by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) under the guise of feeding local refineries in addition to several thousands of barrels stolen by the rich and powerful under the protection of Nigeria’s military. Nigeria represents the face of brazen oil theft; an organized crime with international reach. Other than drug trafficking, no other illegal trade is more lucrative. Oil theft has been going on for long in the creeks of Ogoni communities and in the mangrove swamps of the delta. What is new is that oil theft has assumed stratospheric dimensions since Goodluck Jonathan became president. Nigeria can no longer export above two million barrels of crude per day as opposed to the budgetary provision of 2.5 million barrels per day. Nigeria is broke. We are not selling enough crude to meet budgetary provisions. Salaries are getting paid late, the government is failing to meet some of its obligations and domestic debt is rising rapidly. Nigeria is held hostage on multiple fronts; Boko Haram up North, oil theft, renewed militancy and kidnapping down South and political malfeasance across the

land. The greed of a few unpatriotic citizens and economic saboteurs is pushing the country to the financial brink. Let no one be deceived. The rich, powerful and connected are Nigeria’s oil Mafiosi. It is the reason why theft escalated immediately after subsidy became an issue. It is the reason why a weak and weakened President can do nothing about it. It is not only dishonest for the government and the oil companies to blame the poor for stealing the oil, it is criminal. The faces of jerry can wielding rural poor are not the face of oil theft. They are the foot soldiers, paraded to us as decoy and mere distractions. Oil theft is a big criminal ring with sophisticated organization and international network. Where will poor

people get the millions to buy or rent vessels, bribe customs and get military cover for their operations? Oil theft is not for the poor, it is an extensive racket involving the military, security apparatchiks, politicians, dubious industrial moguls and the oil companies. Whosoever wants to deal with oil theft should better be ready to die because the racketeering is on industrial scale. Many people fed fat for too long on the country and they will not give up without a fight. Their gravy network involves commodity traders, oil company workers and international criminals. Actually, there are allegations that the oil companies themselves might be complicit in the stealing because the country does not know how much oil it produces.

The figures involved are ginormous. President Goodluck Jonathan, said between 300,000400,000 barrels of oil per day, or more than 10% of all Nigeria’s production, is being lost to oil theft. Sadly, he is powerless to stop it. The math adds up to a staggering $1.6billion a month; an amount that will meet ASUU demands twice! This horrendous monthly loss now threatens to destabilize Nigeria. The scale of stolen crude and bunkering under Goodluck Jonathan is unprecedented and has continued to shock analysts and political observers within and outside Nigeria. It has become more daring since amnesty was granted militants two years ago. Amnesty with all the hoopla has now supplanted “petty” theft with grand theft because the

The faces of jerry can wielding rural poor are not the face of oil theft. They are the foot soldiers, paraded to us as decoy and mere distractions. Oil theft is a big criminal ring with sophisticated organization and international network. Where will poor people get the millions to buy or rent vessels, bribe customs and get military cover for their operations? Oil theft is not for the poor, it is an extensive racket involving the military, security apparatchiks, politicians, dubious industrial moguls and the oil companies.

military now control oil platforms and only the military can tell the country what is going on. In the past, people tap crude by vandalizing pipelines; not anymore. These days, it is big business. Oil is being siphoned under security cordon from pipelines, tank farms, export terminals, refinery storage tanks, jetties, ports, pipelines, and drilling wellheads. You don’t have to snoop around the communities to find telltale signs of oil theft. They are all too obvious to miss; everything is flung out in the open. The communities themselves are complicit in the trade as it provided employment for them. To steal crude, you need support from the military chain of command because you need an awful lot of security for safe passage. Who guarantees that? The military – Nigeria’s armed forces. It is safe then to assume that the top hierarchy of the military is involved in criminal fleecing of the Nigerian people. Stolen oil finds easy buyers mostly in China, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia and the Balkans. On alibaba.com, wheelers and dealers openly solicit for crude and they get supplied from illegal sources. Locally, several hundred artisanal refineries have sprung up in the creeks in the last few Contd on Pg 15


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Opinion

Who guards the guardians?

By Ifeanyi Uddin

Last week, I was concerned with how much the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) recent measures for managing the demand for and supply of foreign exchange speak to a macroeconomic emergency in the country. On reflection, however (and after long palavers with those who ought to know better), it would seem that even the CBN itself is rapidly becoming a vulnerability — to paraphrase the regulator, even the apex bank may now pose a strong “systemic risk”. Amongst the CBN’s principal objects are the promotion of “a sound financial system in Nigeria”; and acting as banker and providing “economic and financial advice to the Federal Government”. If the central bank is to fulfill this “lender of last resort” role on an ongoing basis, it is only logical that it must have a balance sheet liquid enough to backstop crisis anywhere in the financial sector. Indeed, it ought to be able to backstop potential seizures across the economy (to the extent provided for by the Fiscal Responsibility Act), and within the conceptual framework recently elaborated by central banks’ interventions around the world in response to the challenges of the Great Recession. The question (raised by a friend only recently), and which then adverted my attention to the possible threats to the economy from the operations of the apex bank, is: “as is, is the CBN’s balance sheet liquid enough to help it hold off any such crisis?” The suspicion, or rather, the

conclusion from my discussions all of last week around this subject, is that the answer to this is a “no”! “On what evidence?” you might ask. There is no better place to commence searching for substantiation than the foreign exchange market (around which, incidentally, my piece last week was written).

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As at Wednesday, last week, the balance on Nigeria’s external reserves stood at US$45.39bn (30-day moving average with effect from November 2011), about 22% of which is locked in. That is, the CBN may not have recourse to this portion of the reserves. Current estimates of foreign portfolio inflows into the economy range from US18bn

to US$20bn. Now, this is the most fickle part of the economy. It spooks easily (as was readily demonstrated following its reaction to the May speech by the Chairman of the US Federal Reserve in which he alluded to the possibility of a tapering of the programme of quantitative easing). Yet it is perhaps the most

important right now. Much of the recovery in the domestic equity market is attributable to about 45% of the FPI flow ending up in stock purchases. Thus, were this funds persuaded to leave, the stock exchange could once again go

belly-up. However, more crucial is the potential effect on the demand side of the foreign exchange market where these funds to take flight. If we estimate returns on the equity side of these investments at about 30% (not worrying about the tenor), a rush for the exit will find the CBN having to cope with demand for about US26bn. It is hard to

As at Wednesday, last week, the balance on Nigeria’s external reserves stood at US$45.39bn (30-day moving average with effect from November 2011), about 22% of which is locked in. That is, the CBN may not have recourse to this portion of the reserves. Current estimates of foreign portfolio inflows into the economy range from US18bn to US$20bn. Now, this is the most fickle part of the economy. It spooks easily (as was readily demonstrated following its reaction to the May speech by the Chairman of the US Federal Reserve in which he alluded to the possibility of a tapering of the programme of quantitative easing).

imagine attending to this need without seriously depleting the reserves, or hurting the naira. Add to this (or back out from, if you will), the cost of the CBN meeting its short-term obligations (treasury bills and open market operations) arising this year (estimated at a little over US$9bn), and you have the makings of a crisis. The CBN may not have enough in its coffers to deal with a major foreign exchange crisis; at a time we seem to have the makings of another crisis in the financial services sector on our hands. To its credit, it moved quickly to contain the fallout from the implosion of Consolidated Discount House Limited. By pledging to pay back the depositors’ principal held with the discount house, it prevented a run on discount houses, and the collateral pressure on the interbank market. However, the country’s discount houses face a dilemma worse than the dinosaurs faced from the ice age. We could argue that they were always fringe players, and so the systemic damage to the financial services industry is well contained. Part of the problem is that such interventions have multiplied the value of the asset side of the CBN’s balance sheet. Another part of the problem is that these assets are nearly all dud, the result of the apex bank’s earlier activity in support of the banking sector. Which is the more frightening prospect here? The fact that the CBN may not be able to make good on the long term investments on its balance sheet, or the fact that these investments are financed through short-term liabilities? Ifeanyi Uddin is on linkedIn

Osahon: He whom the DPR cap fits?

By Christopher Auta

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eorge Abiodun Osahon became the Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in June this year 2013, replacing Osten Olorunshola. DPR was established with the aim of regulating and performing the statutory supervision and control duties in the oil industry in Nigeria. Its activities include: Supervising all petroleum industry operations being carried out under licences and leases in the country in order to ensure compliance with the applicable laws and regulations in line with good oil producing practices; Enforcing safety and environmental regulations and ensuring that those operations conform to national and international industry practices and standards. Its other functions include keeping and updating records on petroleum industry operations, particularly on matters relating to petroleum reserves, production and exports of crude oil, gas and condensate, licenses and leases as well as rendering regular reports on them to Government. The Department’s activities also include advising government and relevant agencies on

technical matters and policies, which may have impact on the administration and control of petroleum; processing all applications for licenses so as to ensure compliance with laid-down guidelines before making recommendations to the Minister of Petroleum Resources. It is to also ensure timely and adequate payments of all rents and royalties as at when due; monitoring Federal Government’s indigenisation policy to ensure that local content philosophy is achievable and also enforcing the provisions of the country’s petroleum laws among others. The announcement of Osahon’s appointment as director in the DPR obviously threw

many observers off balance, especially those who may have, albeit wrongly, underrated him. However, to prove this group of people wrong, he buried his head to his work, in order to ensure positive progress in the growth and development of the upstream and downstream sector of the petroleum industry, through collaborated efforts of the stakeholders, as well as enhancing the department’s ability to address critical challenges of regulating the upstream and downstream sector. Upon assumption, Osahon who readily hit the ground running, promised to ensure optimum performance of the department in order to meet the

growing needs of the industry and enforcing the provisions of the country’s petroleum laws which he often explained that the Department needed to give more confidence to the people in more efficient and effective ways. He made good his promise and swung into action immediately by organising a forum with a view to throwing more light on the vision and mission of the Department’s operations with its core values of the DPR, to review the 2005-7 licensing rounds with the aim of ensuring that the blocks delivered was what is expected when the blocks were awarded to the investors. He said that 76 out of the 77 oil blocks awarded between 2005 and 2007 were not producing.

The other challenges operators are facing, he said, include security, technical challenges, partnerships, and financing. He added that something needed to be done urgently to resolve these challenges, although he stressed that the federal government was not looking to revoke the blocks. The 2005 licensing round was supposed to be the first open bids after previous bid rounds (i2000 and 2003) were criticized as being mainly discretionary and lacking due process and transparency. The 2005 bid was intended to have enabled Nigeria to increase its reserves to 40 billion barrels with a target production of 4 million barrels per day.

According to him, only one block, out of the 77 awarded in the 2005, 2006 and 2007 licensing rounds was into production. Given government perspective on the licensing rounds, he said that the failure of the 76 blocks to commence oil production activities is a minus on the side of the government, in the sense that it has lost out over $40 billion in revenue generation as a result of it. The situation, he said, was puzzling and advised potential investors to ask why people are collecting licenses and yet not doing any work on them. He said, “Several PSCs (Production Sharing Contracts) are yet to be signed, bank guarantees are yet to be put in place, work obligations are not respected, there are crossroads with concessionaires over the order of operations, while downstream obligations are not performed,” Osahon stated. The other challenges operators are facing, he said, include security, technical challenges, partnerships, and financing. He added that something needed to be done urgently to resolve these challenges, although he stressed that the federal government was not looking to revoke the blocks. Contd on Page 15


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Comment A Jonathan oratory: An unsettled dust! By Taiwo Adeyemi

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ith most of us it is not the big things that defeat us, but the little insignificant irritations. The piranha fish of South American waters are very small, but they can devour a huge animal, even human beings! “The idea of total self is abstract and therefore tricky. That is, if one starts with the abstract concept, he may then assume and try to realize, a concrete entity that fits the picture in a psychological process called REIFICATION! Also, there is a question as to one’s point of reference or viewpoint. With and where is the observer, who is to become aware of that whole immortal self? It can be no other than the familiar practical, mortal self that is aware of the world and as piecemeal as to both.” In this century, mankind was advanced by people

like Mahatma Gandhi who contributed much to the immediate resolutions of human conditions, and Albert Eisenstein who contributed to the discovery of “new” realms of modern science. But, when will their work be finally realized? Perhaps they saw a condition that most people did not see, and that vision motivated them to act accordingly in an environment which was restricted in NATURE! President Jonathan’s comments and speeches recently have been to some ‘a bag of disappointments’. His comments during his visit to President Barack Obama in the White House [“For you to fix the world, you must fix Africa. For you to fix Africa, you must fix Nigeria,” President Jonathan said to President Obama as they met in New York in the opening of their bilateral and diplomatic meetings] speak volume

of disappointments just as was his eyesore Presidential Media Chat, the alleged Boko Haram leader Shekau’s rumored death. Some called it ‘Erukutu’ [Sandy Storm, Unsettled Dust], ‘Cyclone’, ‘Typhoon’, Hurricane; and ‘Dust Bowl’. Despite a repeated barrage of criticisms, GEJ has failed to improve his oratory skills. “There is no thrill in easy sailing when the skies are clear and blue; there is no joy in merely doing things that any man can do. But there are some satisfactions that are mighty, sweat to take when you reach a destination that you thought you would never make”. President Barack Obama of the US told an audience of 3,000 blacks in a darkened Washington Convention Center in the wake of rising black unemployment to”put on their shoes and follow him in the battle for jobs

and opportunities”. He said to them; “Shake it off; stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying. Just keep pressing on. The future rewards those who press on.” The tonic that spurred AfricaAmericans! GEJ: “A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. You’ll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth. Jonathan’s speeches are ‘Weak spirit of the President. There is value in disaster, Jonathan’s speeches are pure disaster with no value and the mistakes kept re-occurring. “Once you’ve failed, analyze the problem and find out why? Because each failure is one more step leading up to the cathedral of success”- Charles Kettering. In the great crisis of America a few names come to mind: George Washington during the Revolution, Abraham

Lincoln during the Civil War, Woodrow Wilson during the World War I, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the World War II. GEJ, you have been making mistakes, and had looked back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. There is no “GUSTY” in President Jonathan’s speeches, ‘Nothing is more dangerous in politics than success according to former Britain PM, Winston Churchill. It was Mahatma Gandhi who wrote; ‘A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do. Nothing else” President Jonathan’s feelings are wasted in words which ought all to be distilled into actions that bring about results. By 2016, Britain will get a five-pound bank note in honor of its revered wartime

production of 4 million barrels per day. The 2006 mini licensing round saw the award of 16 blocks, which brought in $292 million in signature bonuses. Part of the intention of the government was to attract strategic downstream investments such as the expansion of local refining capacity, gas for independent

power plants, as well as the building new and the refurbishment of existing railway lines, and other investments tailored towards poverty reduction. Osahon further told the awardees and operators to take advantage of the forums in order to build relationships with prospective investors and financial institutions, the awardees were also encouraged

to build synergies where possible, as in contiguous blocks for data acquisition or conjugate development”. It is clear that much has to be done if the government is to achieve its ambitious reserves target of 40 million barrels. Going by his credentials, Osahon is well prepared for the job he is doing. He was a Group General Manager of the

National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) and also Managing Director Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) as well as managing director, Energia and one time managing director of Geo-Concepts Technical Limited. Osahon has administrative and coordinated projects research experience spanning over 30 years.

sabotage or our onslaught on nature? Carbon is reaching the highest levels yet in the atmosphere due to pollution from the illegal refineries who has no expertise nor the willingness to safely dispose waste residues from illegal distillation and by-products from the diesel-making process. The land reeks of spills saturated with waste oil. No fish in the waterways, rusty pipes and decrepit metal tanks litter once lush farmland. What is our national heritage? Where

is our conscience? We are a warring people with almost every ethnic group loathing the other. We kill ourselves in the name of religion or ethnicity. Add to that; we stink up the planet and are tanking the environment. We have become nature’s most short-sighted and dumb people obsessed with destroying each other and the environment we did not create. Bad enough, our government is invested in extra short-term thinking or even worse! Bamidele AdemolaOlateru is on twitter@

Osahon: He whom the DPR cap fits? Contd from Pg 14 The 2005 licensing round was supposed to be the first open bids after previous bid rounds (i2000 and 2003) were criticized as being mainly discretionary and lacking due process and transparency. The 2005 bid was intended to have enabled Nigeria to increase its reserves to 40 billion barrels with a target

Oil theft: The fleecing of a nation Contd from Pg 13 years producing cheap Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) and rough Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) a.k.a black diesel for local sale. Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) on its website, admits “Criminal activities including sabotage, oil theft and illegal refining are causing huge environmental damage in the Niger Delta. From 2008 to 2012, these activities accounted for around 76% of the oil that escaped from SPDC facilities.” It is noteworthy that Shell controls

the Trans Niger pipeline which transports around 150,000 barrels a day of crude. This pipeline is probably the most sabotaged of pipelines in the world. Thousands of barrels of crude oil are tapped from this 50 year old rusty pipeline daily. As one set of Shell engineers removes illegal taps, another group help saboteurs install large connectors to siphon crude into large barges whose content are loaded on tankers meant for distribution to customers around the world. Chatham House in a recent report stated “Officials

and private actors disguise theft through manipulation of meters and shipping documents. Proceeds are laundered through world financial centers and used to buy assets in and outside Nigeria, polluting markets and financial institutions overseas, and creating reputational, political and legal hazards.” The laundered proceeds of stolen oil feed the ostentatious consumption of the thieving elite to the country’s detriment. The Nigerian conundrum is exasperating. Is it the theft itself and its effect of economic

Okonjo-Iweala and crisis of Nigerian economy Contd from Pg 13 obvious overlap in the strands of contemporary private sector to the state through evident political relationship with the government makes any such precise definition of the group a difficult one. The private sector kingpins in Nigeria are well known and key State manipulators and are either fronting for the government or the government is fronting for them. It is commonly understood that any performing economy stands on functional infrastructure, both physical and institutional. The physical infrastructure under which any meaningful and productive economic activities

can take place is patently absent. The most crucial of this physical infrastructure is the power sector, which itself, in spite of over ten years of reform is yet to register any appreciable impact. Key physical infrastructures as electricity, roads, habours, and rail and air ways system are generally known to be in comatose. Institutional infrastructure remains murky and largely dysfunctional making it impossible for predictable business environment. The perhaps only functional sector, of the economy, the oil sector is a hub of state directed corruption, with investment in the sector both foreign and local, hobbled

by murky transactions, whose proceed feed the already fat cats and reinforce the hegemony of the tiny cabals in the country’s public life. Nearly a decade ago, when the current coordinating minister of the economy, negotiated the repayment of Nigeria’s debt to a club of western creditors, she said funds that have for over several years serviced the interests accumulated from the debt would be channeled to infrastructure construction and rehabilitation and would trigger both public sector jobs, thus enabling liquidity. Now the same minister led a road show to secure low Interest and

concessionary credit facility from China to undertake the same infrastructure constructions which saving from debt repayment to western creditors would have accomplished. Nigerian public officials are evidently the luckiest of their peers in the world, for they need not answer hard questions or account for their actions or inactions. Without mincing words, the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble, not only is the challenge of building and creating a pool of skilled manpower in jeopardy as a result of crumbling education and health sectors but the marginalization of a considerable size of economically active

agents, mean that recovery is not even in sight. Even the Chicago boys, a bunch freewheeling neo-liberal hot heads, unleashed by professor Milton Freidman to such freemarket economic laboratories as former president Pinochet’s Chile would shudder at Mrs.OkonjoIweala, who, without batting an eyelid, is disfiguring their beloved economic neo-liberalism whose trenchant hallmark is the minimal State. Here we have the paradox of overwhelming State sub- letting roles to its accredited agents using the over abused language of the private sector. Charles Onunaiju is a journalist based in Abuja.


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FCTA reiterates commitment to develop area councils

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he Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) yesterday re-affirmed its commitment to the development of the six area councils in the territory, just as it also declared that no illegal deductions were taken from the revenue allocation to the area councils. Minister of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide and the Permanent Secretary, FCT, Engr. John Obinna Chukwu, made this known during the courtesy visit by Board members of the Area Council Service Commission. In a statement yesterday by

the Special Assistant (Media & Publicity) to the Minister of State for FCT, Oluyinka Akintunde, the minister noted that the local government councils in 36 states and area councils in the FCT were an important arm of government that should be well-equipped to deliver dividends of democracy and service to the citizens at the grassroots’ level. She said that the FCT Administration remains committed to serve the residents and Nigerians, by ensuring balanced growth and quality service-delivery throughout the

territory. “We expect every part of the territory to have infrastructure, as we are developing standards in the primary healthcare and education in the area councils,” she added. She therefore assured the Commission that the FCT Administration would support it to complete the Area Council Staff Training Institute and also to provide a good working environment to the staff. On his part, Engr. Chukwu, who disclosed that no illegal deductions were made by the

administration from the revenue allocation of the area councils, said the FCTA does not tamper with the revenue allocation of the area councils. The Permanent Secretary noted that the FCTA would continue to rigorously monitor and supervise the area councils as well as render assistance, to enable them meet the aspirations of the people. Earlier, the acting Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Steve Anyebe, commended the minister for her efforts towards development of the area

councils. “In terms of infrastructural development, it is very clear that the Office of the Minister of State for FCT has done, and is still doing, a laudable job. We wish to make that very clear”, he noted. He however solicited the support of the administration for improved funding and the completion of the FCT Area Council Staff Training Institute. “We are committed to motivating the staff to translate the policies of the administration into visible projects and programmes.” he added.

Abuja Int’l Trade Fair: ABUCCIMA hails NPA on maiden exhibition

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A man standing at the scene of an accident along Airport Road, yesterday in Abuja.

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Land tussle: Court dismisses case against Kpaduma, Guzape communities Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

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Federal High Court sitting in Apo resettlement area of the Federal capital territory (FCT), has ruled in favour of Kpaduma/Guzape community, by dismissing an application filed by an alleged land allottee, Umar Farouk AbdulAzeez, to join in the case between the communities and the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA). The presiding Judge, Justice M. A. Abbas said that the allottee has nothing to do with the case and has no contribution to make that will contribute to the outcome of the case, saying that

accepting the application might amount to every land allottee in the community coming to court to be joined in the case. According to the Justice Abbas: “The application has no relevance in the case and cannot be admitted in order not to delay further proceedings, since the relevant defenders, who are the FCTA and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC); and development were clearly spelt out from the beginning of the case”. Counsel to the community, Mela Nunghe, hailed the court’s ruling, saying that ‘”if the court had admitted the allottee’s application to join in the case, it

would have stalled proceedings; because all other land allottees would have come to the court to apply for the same purpose, which would have amounted to starting the case from the beginning”. “Mere allocation does mean that he can come to court and apply to be joined in a case that does not concern him; and besides, what we presented to the court has nothing to do with him, as he has no contribution to make that would decide the outcome of the case; the court only sees him as a busybody.” “This why the court, in its wisdom, dismissed the application, which if allowed

would mean that this case will not move forward; it would just be static and that would have defeated the end of justice. “The people who are relevant are the FCTA, the Development Control and AMAC, as they are the ones that can authorise construction work to commence in the territory and not an allottee,” Nunghe said. The secretary of the community and a plaintiff representing the community in the matter, Mr. Simon BabaYerima, however appealed to allottees to stop harassing Kpaduma/Guzape people, pending the determination of the case in court.

he President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA), Engr. Solomon Nyagba, has hailed the management of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on its first participation at the on-going 8th Abuja International Trade Fair, describing their involvement as a major boost to the fair. He said NPA’s participation at the fair shows the importance and steady growth of the Abuja Fair, in terms of quality and quantity of exhibitors actively taking part every year. Nyagba, who disclosed this yesterday, during the NPA Day celebration, at the fair ground, said that ABUCCIMA targets to overtake Lagos Trade Fair as the biggest trade fair in Nigeria because, according to him, “ what makes Lagos fair what it is the location of port in the state. “There is no way that we can succeed in organising the fair without the collaboration with the public sector; and the NPA is a critical player in the Nigeria’s economy; hence our decision to co-opt NPA as council members of the chamber” The fair, tagged: “Promoting the culture of production and innovation in SMEs to achieve competitiveness and national development”, is being organised by ABUCCIMA. In a remark, NPA’s Managing Director, Malam Habib Abdullahi, who was represented by Malam Yahaya Gana Bukar, said its maiden outing at the Abuja fair was in recognition of the unique and strategic position of the fair to the promotion of businesses in the country. He said in the last two years, NPA has embarked on various reforms aimed at improving access to vast investment opportunities in the nation’s economy.


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Photo journalists on duty, during the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisations conference, on Monday at Transcorp Hotel, in Abuja.

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Metro

A man pushing a wheel barrow loaded with firewood, yesterday at Kubwa village, in Abuja.

A man hawking beddings and pillows, yesterday at Kabusa village, in Abuja

An overloaded pick up with a passenger, along Keffi, Abuja road.

Women and children waiting for alms, yesterday at Durumi village, in Abuja. Photos: Justin Imo-Owo


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NAICOM, PenCom seek amendments to group life insurance guidelines

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NSE market index records 0.13% growth - Pg 20

L-R: Chairman, FBN Capital, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Lagos state Commissioner, Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Sola Oworu, and Managing Director, FBN Capital, Mr. Kayode Akinkugbe, during the 1st FBN Capital Project and Infrastructure Finance Conference 2013, yesterday in Lagos.

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Ajaokuta Steel Coy still intact despite long time neglect - Expert

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en years after abolition of toll taking on roads, Minister of Works, Arc. Mike Onolememen has hinted of plans by the federal government to return the to the nations’ roads. He disclosed government’s plan yesterday when he received a delegation from the World Bank’s Federal Road Development Programme in Abuja, led by Mohammed Dalil Essakali. He said government signed the contract for the Akure-Ilesha road project few weeks ago and was determined to give the project the needed attention, in view of the viability of the road to the economyof the South-West states and the country as a whole. While soliciting for additional funds from the World Bank, to enable it to develop what he described economically viable roads across the country, he stressed that “the new policy will govern roads that private sector funds have been put in its construction as a way of re-cooping the investments”. He hinged the justification for additional interventions by World Bank on need for government to open more arterial roads with a view to achieving its transformation agenda. He told the team that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan had, in the last three years, invested enormously in road construction projects across the country. “Like Oliver Twist, we want

the World Bank to also take a look at some of our economic corridors that did not benefit from the first phase of the federal road development projects, so as to help support the Federal Government’s initiatives at repositioning Nigerian roads, so that they can better serve or play their role in support of the nation’s economic activities “As you rightly pointed out, in the past two years, we have witnessed phenomenal increase in the level of activities in the federal road development projects. This is how it should be. “What you have witnessed from the slow pace in the past is as a result of President Jonathan’s marching order to us at the Federal Ministry of Works to accelerate the recovery of our national road networks that were in bad state. “I must thank the World Bank team for the collaboration and the cooperation that we have enjoyed these past two years. I am happy that you are glad about the progress we have made and I want to assure you that in the months and years ahead, we are actually working even harder, to bring these federal road development projects to a quick conclusion, so that we can possibly take a look and begin the next phase of the project,” he said. Speaking earlier, the leader of the team, Essakali, had noted the significant improvement in the country’s road networks, and assured that if government could keep up the pace, the country would be the better off for it.

resident General of Ukrainian National Foreign Economic Corporation, Mr Eugine Kosic said that the Ajaokuta Steel Company is still intact in spite of long years of neglect. Kosic said this yesterday when he visited the Kogi Deputy Governor, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, along with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Valery Vasyliev, in his office in Lokoja . He said that VAZMASH INPEX LLC had shown interest in the resuscitation of the steel plant since 1998. Kosic assured that with the combination of world experts in the organisation, the Ajaokuta Steel Company would be a reality soon. He said that the steel plant was still intact in spite of years of neglect and called for the collaboration of government at all levels to make the project a reality. Mr Valery Vasyliev, the Ukarian Ambassador to Nigeria, called on the Kogi State Government, the primary stakeholders of the steel plant, to work towards the revitalisation of the plant. He said that Ukraine, the biggest exporter of steel, had the experience to turn around the fortunes of Ajaokuta steel plant. Mr Attah Achimugu, the Chief Executive of Reprom Nig. Ltd., said that as the technical partner to the steel plant since 2003, the resuscitation of the plant was assured. Achimugu, described the plant as a viable project, adding that it was not obsolete as being perceived in some quarters. Mr Yomi Awoniyi said the

country would witness a new dawn whenever the Ajaokuta Steel Plant was revived. He commended the laudable role played by Reprom Nig. Ltd., towards ensuring the smooth take off of the steel plant. Awoniyi commended the commitment of 10 per cent equity participation of Reprom Nig. Ltd towards resuscitating the steel plant. He assured of the state government’s support to bring the plant to fruition. Awoniyi said that the state was fast becoming industrial hub with the recent inauguration of the Geregu power plant. He said that the biggest cement factory in West Africa was also ongoing to be completed by 2014. Awoniyi said that the current administration in the state was resolute in making the steel company work. (NAN)

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MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY Ignite employee engagement

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ecent research from Gallup shows that engagement among US workers is holding steady at a scant 30%. Employee engagement is linked to profitability, customer satisfaction, and turnover – but it’s not simple to address. Here are some pointers: Find out what engages your employees. Instead of focusing on why engagement is low, figure out what’s already working and find ways to replicate it. Help others model what the most engaged individuals and teams

do. Encourage grassroots engagement. You can’t mandate passion for the work. Instead, ignite it by empowering your people to share stories, exchange ideas, and disseminate best practices. Recognize a moving target. Enthusiasm can’t be assessed just once; it fluctuates with changing circumstances. To keep your organization engaged, you must remain engaged yourself and check in often on its progress. Source: Harvard Business Review


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Business

Bureau de Change operators laud new measures on forex

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he Association of Bureau De Change (BDC) Operators of Nigeria has said that the new foreign exchange measures of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would sanitise the money market. A statement issued yesterday in Lagos by Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, ABCON Acting President, said that the measures would soon stabilise the exchange rate of the naira. It said that the measures were in line with the association’s position on full compliance with foreign exchange regulatory requirements. The statement said that the association would support all

efforts by the CBN to stabilise the naira exchange rate. “The association has a zerotolerance stance when it comes to compliance with regulatory equirements, especially rendition on returns, compliance with approved limits for foreign exchange transactions,” it said. The association said that it would not hesitate to sanction or report to the CBN any member found guilty of not complying with foreign exchange requirements. “Any BDC that is not playing by the rules is a threat to the business and to other operators as well as the foreign exchange market”. NAN recalled that the CBN, on

Sept. 27, suspended its Wholesale Dutch Auctions (WDAS) to check money laundering in the foreign exchange market. A circular by CBN to BDC operators said that the twiceweekly wholesale foreign exchange auction had been replaced by a retail version. The retail version requires dealers to reveal the identity of their buyers. The CBN also revoked the licence of 20 BDC operators allegedly for money laundering. The apex bank said that it investigations showed that commercial banks were importing billions of U.S. dollars for onward sale to the affected BDCs. (NAN)

Architects begin campaign to reclaim Edo heritage From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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ational Institute of Architects (NIA), Edo State Chapter has launched a campaign to review allocation of building approval to individuals, groups or organization with a view to detecting those that do not comply with the National building code. The move is targeted at averting building collapses in some as well as staving off

environmental challenges such as flooding. NIA Chairman, Mr. Timmy Ikhisemojie drew attention of participants to rampant cases of building collapse at the 2013 world Architecture Day tagged Architecture and Culture which kicked off yesterday in Edo, Benin City . He said that ``the consequences for turning blind eye is that the moat will be degraded and floods will set-in, that is why you are seeing that Benin City has been eroded due to the topography of the

land. The environment has been bastardised in the sense that there tend to be no control about development. People build on a no-go area. The moat in Benin City is a national monument and tourist sites established in those good old days for defensive purposes for inhabitants Benin kingdom’’. Ikhisemojie called for domestication of the National Building Code to phase -out the issue of quackery and regulate those who are qualified to design, build and engage in construction of buildings.

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rading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday closed on the upward trend as some blue chips recorded price gains. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that due to the price gains, the All- Share Index appreciated by 47.3 points or 0.13 per cent to close at 36,904.52. This was against the 36,857.22 recorded on Monday. Similarly, the market capitalisation, which opened at N11.73trillion, rose by 0.13 per cent to close at N11.75 trillion. Mobil led the price gainers’ chart by N4.50 to close at N114.55 per share. Flour Mills followed with N2.55 to close at N82.55 per share, while UACN grew by 2.29 to close at N63.49 per share. Forte Oil appreciated by N2.17 to close at N45.57 per share, while CAP rose by N1.85 to close at N38.85 per share. On the other hand, Guinness

led the price losers’ chart by N2.64 to close at N247 per share. Nestle dropped N2 to close at N1, 000 per share, while Cadbury dipped by 64k to close at N49.31 per share. Dangote Sugar lost 50k to close at N11.20 per share, while Ashaka Cement depreciated by 45k to close at N20.10 per share. Transcorp emerged as the most traded stock, accounting for 58.35 million shares worth N104.21 million. Diamond Bank was second, exchanging 40.49 million shares valued at N255.08 million, while Unity Bank sold 20.82 million shares worth N11.84 million. In all, investors exchanged 283 million shares worth N2.9 billion in 4,467 deals. This was against the 309.87 million shares valued at N4.1 billion exchanged in 4,277 deals on Monday. (NAN)


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o enforce compulsory insurance policy law on Nigerians, Managing Director, Royal Exchange Prudential Life Assurance plc, Mr. Wale Banmore, has advocated for the establishment of an agency for its enforcement. Fielding question and answers session from journalists in Lagos, Banmore said the establishment of such agency remains paramount for the efficacy of the insurance, failure which he said the rationale behind the initiation is defeated. He noted that, if provisions of the law on compulsory insurance covers were not being implemented, it would be wrong to assume compulsory insurance covers actually exist in the country. According to him, while 32 insurance policies are made compulsory by various laws in Nigeria, these laws are not being obeyed because there is no one saddled with the responsibility of enforcing these rovisions of the laws. “There is no compulsory insurance in Nigeria because the few places I have travelled to, I checked the attitude of people towards insurance and the so called advanced countries like the UK, America, Australia, even here in AfricaSouth Africa, the attitude of people towards insurance is always the same thing. But the difference over there is that that word compulsory is indeed compulsory. For something to be compulsory, there must be consequence, but in Nigeria, there is no consequence. If you don’t have group life insurance cover in Nigeria as an employer of labour, who takes you to court?” He said as part of efforts to ensure employers arrange group life insurance cover for their employees as provided for by the Pension Reform Act 2004, some marketers from the insurance company visited an industrial estate at Ota, Ogun State recently but was surprised to find out that none of the 11 different manufacturing companies visited had put in place group life insurance scheme for their employees. This was in spite of the fact that section 9(3) of the Pension Act provides that all employers with a minimum of five employees must maintain life insurance policy in favour of the employee for a minimum of three times the annual total emolument of the employee.

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NAICOM, PenCom seek amendments to group life insurance guidelines Stories by Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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o surmount challenges encountered in Group Life Insurance Policy by federal government employees, The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and the National Pension Commission (PenCom) are pushing for a revision of the scheme guidelines. Making this known while presenting a paper on “an overview of the guidelines on Group Life Insurance Policy” at a seminar jointly organised by the regulatory bodies in Lagos , Assistant Director, Inspectorate Directorate, NAICOM, Mr. Sam Onyeka, said the two regulators are proposing

an inclusion of Section 4.3 to state that “notwithstanding the provisions of section 4.2 above, an insurance company or consortium once appointed, shall be illegible to continue to underwrite the same policy for a minimum term of three years subject to satisfactory performance, provided always that no one insurer or consortium shall remain on the same policy for a cumulative period of more than five years”. According to him, for the purpose of section 4.3, it was added that an insurer shall be adjudged non-performing for: failure to comply with any of the provisions of section 9.1 of these guidelines and failure to remit proceeds of Retirement Savings

Account (RSA) opened for that purpose. It was further proposed that Section 7.4 should be included to read that “an insurer shall not be obliged to honour any claim reported after 24 months of the expiration of the policy.” Besides, both regulators also considered including Section 7.5 to stipulate that “Notwithstanding the provisions of section 7.4 above, a claim may be admitted after 24 months of the expiration of the policy in the case of a missing person.” Section 9 (3) of the Pension Reform Act 2004 requires every employer, to which the Act applies, to maintain Life Insurance Policy in favour of

the employee for a minimum of three times the annual total emolument of the employee. The policy which provides cover to the insured against death is for 12 months, from January through December, and shall be renewable at the end of each coverage year. The employer is required to fully bear all costs in relation to procurement of this policy, and this shall be in addition to, and separate from, the contributions to be made by the employer to each employee’s RSA, as required by the Pension Act. The life insurance policy shall be ` affected through the purchase of a Life Policy issued by a Nigerian Registered Insurance Company.

L-R: Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mera, former Botswana President and Guest Speaker, Mr. Festus Mogae, and President, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Alhaji Kabir Mohammed, during the 43rd Annual Accountants’ Conference, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

Sovereign Trust supports Consolidated Hallmark bags ‘Walk for Nature’ initiative web content recognition

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overeign Trust Insurance Plc; an insurance underwriter said it had teamed up with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and the Lagos State Government for the forthcoming 2013 ‘Walk for Nature’. This is in line with the company’s commitment to the preservation of the environment in the country. According to a statement from the firm, the event is designed to create awareness among Lagos residents on the need to imbibe and cultivate good environmental practices as well as the ‘Go Green’ initiative instituted by state government in ensuring that the environment was clean, safe and free from any form of pollution, while at the same time preserving the eco-friendly nature of the state. The underwriting firm stated

that the organisers of the walk had expressed appreciation for its continued identification with the NCF and support for its activities. The statement further stated the foundation applauded the efforts of the company on the rehabilitation and beautification of the Shitta Roundabout in Surulere Local Government of the state since 2008. The foundation called on other corporate organisations to emulate the example set by the underwriting firm in being a socially responsible corporate entity over the years. The NCF was quoted as saying, “Sovereign Trust has shown a great deal of commitment to the advancement and recognition of social responsibility initiatives in Lagos State and beyond, a reason it has remained one of the reference points in the insurance industry in the country.”

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onsolidated Hallmark Insurance has emerged the winner in the Best Website Content in the insurance category during the 2013 Web Jurist Annual Awards. The company said in a statement that the prize was announced recently by the organisers of the awards, Phillips Consulting Limited. The award is coming on the heels of its earlier emergence as the overall winner in the insurance category during the Version 10.0 awards. “Web Jurist is the result of research conducted into website best practices and effectiveness. It aims to identify the strengths and weaknesses of websites as a business platform in the digital world, and also to determine the extent to which a website, being a tool in a company’s

e-business initiative, is s uccessful in achieving the essence of its e-business strategy,” the organisers. Metrics for the ratings of insurance companies’ websites analyse the aesthetics, technical aspect, website content and their e-financial services. Other aspects considered were the performance and accessibility of the sites. “Consolidated Hallmark’s emergence as a consecutive winner in the Versions 10.0 and 11.0 of the prestigious awards attests to the continued determination by the organisation to ensure optimal functionality of its e-payment portals, including the main website and a dedicated website for motor insurance transactions, which it pioneered in the insurance industry in 2008,” the firm stated.


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200 skin dealers to benefit from FG’s leather value chain intervention

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L-R: Chairman, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi, NERC Commissioner, Mrs. Mary Awolokun, during a workshop on NERC and the Challenges of the Privatisation Era, recently in Abuja. Photo: NAN

SMEDAN moves to ease registration of SMEs

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enior Enterprise Officer, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Mr Akinsola Dawodu, SouthWest zone said the agency will soon embark on another round of registration of small businesses. Dawodu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday that the new scheme would be cheaper and faster for SMEs to register their businesses. ``SMEDAN has been going round the federation to ensure

that this SME sector is fully developed. And in so doing we have partnered with so many government parastatal agencies and ministries of commerce. ``We want to make registration of business names and companies so easy that you can actually get it at a onestop shop, because over time, we’ve discovered that it is too cumbersome. ``We have different people trying to play smart in that area. ``But what SMEDAN is trying

to look at is to have a desk for each of our centres where we have CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission) members who will be in our offices, while SMEDAN will also replicate the same. ``Because of this affiliation, we have a kind of memorandum with CAC that says whatever is coming out from SMEDAN, when we are trying to package people like that to get their business names, will be done at the utmost best. ``At the cheapest rate, the standard rate that is approved,

and it would be fast enough for people, so that people will avoid patronizing touts. ``So SMEs are advised to come to SMEDAN, because we have legal officers, we have corporate units in our office, and they will take up that for them, and assist them with the registration’’. He urged small and mediumscale enterprises to approach SMEDAN in order to fasttrack the registration of their businesses, rather than patronise touts. (NAN)

Mono product economies will remain vulnerable – World Bank

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he World Bank said that mono product economies, especially those dependent on oil, would remain vulnerable due to volatility of oil prices. Punam Chuhan–Pole, World Bank Lead Economist, made the observation while briefing African newsmen on African Economic outlook via video conference. She said that Nigeria and many other African countries fell among this category, but commended Federal Government’s efforts in trying to diversify the economy to ensure steady growth. ``With respect to Nigeria being dependent on one commodity, it’s the export that is dependent on one commodity and I think it’s about 85 per cent of the goods exported which is made up of oil. ``But the Nigerian economy has been quite diversified that the service sector and the nonresource sector has grown. ``I think that countries that diversify their economy are

likely better to accommodate the commodity price movement.’’ According to her, export will be affected unless efforts are made to improve production in other sectors. Chuhan-Pole said that African economy had continued to grow strongly, but poverty and inequality remained persistently high. ``Economic growth in subSaharan Africa remains strong with growth forecast to be 4.9 per cent in 2013. Almost a third of countries in the region are growing at six per cent and more. ``African countries are now routinely among the fastest growing countries in the world.’’ She attributed the growth to rising private sector investment in the region and remittances which had hit about 33 billion dollars a year. Chuhan-Pole said that household income Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth would continue to rise and pick up to 5.3 per cent in 2014 and 5.5 per cent in 2015.

``Strong government investment and higher production in the mineral resources, agriculture and service sector are supporting the bulk of the economic growth.’’ Quoting the African Pulse, a b-iannual analysis of the issues shaping Africa’s economic prospects, released on Monday, she said poverty and inequality remained unacceptably high and the pace of reduction unacceptably slow. She said that the report observed that one out of every two Africans lived in extreme poverty today, adding that the rate would fall to between 16 per cent and 30 per cent by 2030. Chuhan-Pole said that the report suggested that most of the world’s poor people by 2030 would live in Africa. Also, commenting on the Africa’s pulse report, Makhtar Diop, World Bank Group Vice President for Africa, said that African strong growth in longterm would help to reduce poverty significantly.

He said that strengthening people’s resilience to adversity might prove difficult because of many internal and external uncertainties African countries faced. Diop said that following the global financial crisis and recurring climatic volatility on the continent, a growing number of African countries had set up social safety nets to protect the poor and vulnerable people during the period of adversity. ``Africa’s pulse notes that safety nets can protect families from worse effects of crisis and also ontribute to growth as well by allowing people to raise their incomes.’’ Diop said that the gross fixed capital formation in the region had steadily increased from about 16.4 per cent of GDP in 2000 to about 20.4 per cent in 2011. He said that the pickup in investment had directly contributed to economic growth and had also helped boost the productive capacity of the region’s econ

wo hundred skin buyers in Bauchi will benefit from the leather value chain initiative, Malam Mohammed Yusuf, the Director, Bauchi State Green House of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said . Yusuf told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi that the initiative was among the Federal Government’s special Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme. He explained that under the leather scheme, each registered leather buyer would receive 10 bags of 50 kg industrial salt at 50 per cent discount. Yusuf said that each beneficiary was expected to pay N28,000 for the 10 bags at N2,800 per bag, which was 50 per cent of the market price of N5,600 per bag, He said that the Federal Government would pay the remaining 50 per cent. The director said the intervention had become necessary to ensure that all raw materials, especially animal skin from the livestock industry were not wasted due to poor preservation. He explained that the industrial salt would enable the buyers to preserve large quantity of leather before taking them to the tanneries for further processing. ‘’The Federal government has observed the lack of effective leather preservation technique and affordability of industrial salt needed to preserve animal skin. ``It was further observed that a lot of the skins are being consumed as the local ‘’kpomo’’ delicacy. ‘’This development has deprived livestock dealers huge amount of income that would have been generated from the sale of the skin and also denied the leather industry access to raw materials.’’ He said it was in a bid to turn things around that the Federal Government introduced the leather value chain initiative, to support the skin buyers. He said that the beneficiaries would also be trained on how to efficiently and effectively apply the industrial salt to achieve maximum result. According to him, the initiative, when fully implemented, will ensure that the potential of the livestock industry is optimally exploited. Yusuf said because the livestock industry provided beef, hides and skin, milk and other valuable raw materials, the need to strengthen it for better performance could not be over emphasised.(NAN)


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Special Report

How patronage politics boosts demand for dollars in Nigeria

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n Nigeria, as elsewhere, foreign exchange markets can be a barometer of internal strife, so when the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi noticed a surge in dollar demand at forex bureaus in July, he feared something was amiss. The bank found tens of billions of Naira was traded for dollars in cash, much more than importers needed to buy goods or investors to repatriate funds, and there was no trace of where the money came from or where it was going. “Obviously this was some form of money laundering to cover all the trails,” Malam Sanusi says. “And with interest rates as high as they are, the only people who can take that much naira and buy dollars are people who are not borrowing their money.” The prime suspects, he says, are politicians jockeying for position ahead of what look likely to be bitterly divisive 2015 polls in Africa’s second-biggest economy. He blames “dollarisation of the economy by political elites” for continued weakness of the naira, despite Central Bank of Nigeria moves to prop it up with dollar sales that have depleted its reserves to an eight-month low. Some economists dispute that explanation of the currency’s troubles but it highlights the economic risks of Nigeria’s costly and often violent pre-electoral politics. Nigeria’s growth rate of more than 6.5% and its huge consumer market are a draw for foreign investors, but they worry about stability and the country’s tendency to squander its windfall as Africa’s biggest oil producer. ‘Open and destructive’

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he stakes ahead of the presidential 2015 poll, in which President Goodluck Jonathan is likely to seek re-election, have risen after a split of the ruling party and the merger of the main opposition parties in February.

local businessmen are closely watching the developments. Oscar Onyema, chief executive of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, says the equity market “is beginning to react [to the elections] way earlier than usual”. If previous elections are a guide, economic growth could accelerate over the short term as patronage boosts spending. But the reform programmes will slow down as politicians focus on winning the election. A diplomat in the capital Abuja said, “The outlook for the next 18 months is more politics and less governance.”

federal and state levels,” says Kayode Akindele, partner at Lagos-based advisory 46-Parallels. Nigeria’s cash position always plummets ahead of elections but this time oil theft is proving an unprecedented drain, dragging official output to a four-year low, nearly a fifth below its capacity of 2.5-million barrels a day. “Oil theft tends to shoot up in periods of heightened political instability and competition,” London’s Chatham House wrote in a report this month. “Nigeria’s upcoming ... elections scheduled for 2015, are a particular wild card.” Rampant theft has also left the government with less money, despite high oil prices, just when governors and legislators are clamouring for it. Nigeria’s oil savings account had about $9bn in it in December. By March it had fallen to $5.8bn, after several withdrawals, including two distributions of $1bn to

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The merger of Nigeria’s four main opposition parties could pose a big threat to Goodluck Jonathan

Nigerian elections always cost the country billions of dollars and, often, many hundreds of lives, especially when they ignite ethnic rivalries or regional tension. This cycle could be especially costly, in terms of blood and treasure. A feud is bubbling between President Jonathan and rivals in his ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over his assumed intention to run for another term, which is distracting from vital economic reforms. A bill to reform the oil industry, the Petroleum Industry Bill (or PIB), which feeds 80% of government revenue, is stuck in parliament and unlikely to pass before the elections. Thanks largely to the feud, unofficial campaigning

has begun almost two years early, so politicians will need to sustain spending on patronage for longer. Such spending can come from politicians’ private interests, but there are other ways, including state money for projects that benefit constituents, and government contracts for allies. “The need of politicians to spend money now will be a big drag on the economy,” says the CEO of Lagosbased consultancy, Financial Derivatives, Bismarck Rewane. “If it comes from the treasury, the fiscal deficit will widen, you’ll get more inflation, the naira will weaken.” With patronage so tied to political fortunes in Nigeria, the cash appears to have

started flowing far earlier than usual. Explaining the decision to keep interest rates unchanged last month at 12 per cent, Mr Sanusi noted unusually high domestic pressure for hard currency. “This non-import-related demand was attributed to the build-up in political activities,” he said. The largest local currency note is 1,000 naira ($6.24), so politicians find US dollars easier to carry and distribute to people they seek favours from. There is also widespread concern that some politicians profit from criminal gangs that make money from kidnapping, extortion or the theft of oil from the Niger Delta. Foreign investors and

even ruling party governors and a former presidential candidate have formed a PDP splinter group determined to stop President Jonathan from running again, though as recently as Sunday he declined to say whether he would. All but one are northerners who feel another spell in office would break an unwritten rule that the presidency should rotate between the north and the south every two terms, or are disappointed with his record on tackling security challenges such as an Islamist insurgency in the north. The president, last month, sacked nine ministers he suspected of disloyalty. “The crisis in the PDP is very deep, and I don’t see them resolving these issues.... It’s such an open

governors for constituency projects. It has not recovered. Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has crafted a tighter budget plan for 2014 — 4.5-trillion naira ($28bn), against 5-trillion naira in 2013 — mindful that parliament often inflates spending. But the savings were made largely by slashing capital spending needed to address chronic infrastructure bottlenecks. Though the budget is conservative in its oil price assumption, it assumes production of 2.39-million barrels a day, which analysts say may be optimistic, given the thefts. Output is currently at about 2.11-million barrels a day. “Nigeria is facing a very serious situation with ... oil output,” Standard Chartered’s Razia Khan says. “The test is: are the politics going to allow for keeping spending under control?” (Source: Financial times)

With patronage so tied to political fortunes in Nigeria, the US Dollar appears to have started flowing far earlier than usual.

and destructive fight,” Abujabased think-tank Centre for Democracy and Development director Jibrin Ibrahim says. “The northern political class feels it needs to get back into power, and the president will do all he can to stay in.” It may not be such a bad thing for democracy, he says, if the dominant PDP ends up breaking up into two or three parties. But it would damage

public finances if state money is used to shore up wavering loyalties and all three-tiers

of government — local, state and federal — will need to fight expensive battles.

“The more contentious the election ... the more funds will be utilised to fight it, both at

Nigeria is facing a very serious situation with ... oil output,” Standard Chartered’s Razia Khan says. “The test is: are the politics going to allow for keeping spending under control

CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala


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Property

Architects begin campaign to reclaim Edo heritage

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he National Institute of Architects (NIA), Edo state Chapter has launched campaign to review the allocation of building approvals for individuals, groups or organisations who do not comply with the National Building Code through the support of relevant agencies of government. The move is targeted at arresting incessant building collapse in some parts of the country as well as environmental challenges such as flooding. The NIA Chairman, Mr. Timmy Ikhisemojie, who gave the admonition yesterday in Benin City while delivering an address to mark the 2013 world Architecture Day, tagged: “Architecture and Culture”, argued that the consequences could better be imagined arising from the recent flood disaster that rendered some resi-

dents homeless in some parts of Edo state. According to him, “The consequences for turning blind eye is that the moat will be degraded and floods will set-in; that is why you are seeing Benin City being eroded due to the topography of the land. The environment has been bastardised, in the sense that there tend to be no control about development. People build on a no-go area. The moat in Benin City is a national monument and tourist sites established in those good old days for defensive purposes for the inhabitants of Benin kingdom’’. Ikhisemojie, who called for the domestication of the National Building Code, which would phase-out the issue of quackery and regulate those who are qualified to design, build and engage in construction of buildings, also lamented that the moat, which was supposed to be a national

monument but was converted as culverts to channel erosion, arose as a result of uncontrolled development. “What we intend to achieve at the end of the seminar is to create the consciousness of Nigerians, especially the professionals on the need to utilise our culture in the process of designs and construction of buildings, using locally-made materials and artifacts as well as other things that would add aesthetics to habitable and functional buildings that can stand the test of time within a given period of time. He urged the state govern to engage the services of qualified professionals in the newly created Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, assuring that would afford Architects the opportunity to reflect on how to incorporate our culture in architectural designs, to enhance sustainable development.

L-R: Lagos state Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, Project Manager, UN Habitat (NIGERIA), Mr. Paul Ogunlola, Vice-Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Dr Bolarinde Patunmola-Ajayi, and Special Adviser to Lagos state Governor on Parastatals Monitoring, Mr. Gboyega Salvador-Adebayo, during the World Habitat Day celebration, on Monday in Lagos. Photo: NAN

Dimlak denies Lagos claim on property website From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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n on-line property marketing company, Dilmak Solutions Limited has denied a report that its real estate website www. nigeriapropertycentre.com is engaged in fraudulent activities. Some national dailies (not Peoples Daily), carried a report last week, where Lagos Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye alleged that a website: www.nigeriapropertycentre.com/blog/buying. selling/the.lagos-homs is being used to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians under its Home Ownership Mortgage

Scheme and information in this website ascribed to the Lagos state government is utterly false. In a letter signed by a firm of solicitors, Ikeyi & Arifayan, the company said that the article posted on its website was culled from a statement released on the Lagos state government’s website: http://www. lagosstate.gov.ng and the Dilmak had never solicited for funds to be applied to that purpose, nor provided bank account numbers for deposit of monies. “The article stated that the Lagos state government unveiled a new Home Ownership and Mortgage

Scheme (HOMS), which is aimed at aiding Lagosians acquire homes. The article provided information regarding the features of the scheme, the eligibility criteria, application and approval process, prequalification screening process, global terms sheet, funding, foreclosure security, repayment acceleration, monitoring and tracking”. According to the letter, the company is duly incorporated under Nigeria laws and “conducts its on-line marketing business legally and has never been linked with fraudsters (nor has it been accused or convicted of fraud or any of any other criminal offence) in the course of its operations.

Estate surveyors tasked on leveraging emerging opportunities From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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state surveyors and valuers, often touted as critical stakeholders in the built environment, have been tasked to expand the scope of their profession in order to leverage emerging opportunities. The surveyors have also been advised to take advantage of new opportunities in other sectors such as agriculture and solid minerals through rural practice, and de-emphasise so much concentration on the major city centres such as Lagos. Commissioner for Land, Housing and Urban Development in Kogi state, Mr. Steve Mayaki, who gave this advice, also advocated a review of the current Estate Surveyor and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVA-

BRON) act, saying the current scope of the profession evidently limits its growth. Mayaki, who spoke at an investiture ceremony of the 22nd chairman and executive committee of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Lagos state Chapter, Mayaki said that a review of the current act should be done to help clearly define and expand the scope of the profession, noting that the existing act seems not to have clearly defined the responsibility of an estate surveyor. To him, the current act only sees an estate Surveyor and Valuer is one who, by his training and experience, is elected as a corporate member of the NIESV and empowered by ESVABRON to practice surveying and valuation in Nigeria. “With the above, it is clear that the Estate sur-

veyor and Valuer does not have exclusive mandate in such areas as property management, feasibility and visibility studies, estate agency, land administration, land use planning and development and project management,” the commissioner said. “This has hampered the growth of the profession, in relation to other causes such as instability, substandard education and training, unsatisfactory service delivery and unethical practices,” he added. He recommended that Universities should upgrade entry requirement for estate management courses to minimum of higher school certificate. “The existing curricular should also be broadened to include financial studies, marketing and calculus to equip the younger generation with competitive competences,” he advised.


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NIQS urges FG to develop new frontiers for infrastructure finance By Etuka Sunday

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eeking ways for the nation to surmount its daunting infrastructure challenge, the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), has called on the Federal Government not to rely solely on proceeds from oil exploration to finance infrastructure, but to develop other sectors of the economy. NIQS President, Mr. Agele Alufohai, made the plea at the 2013 Annual Conference of Registered Quantity Surveyors, organised by the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN) in Abuja, with the theme: “Quantity Surveying Profession: Unbundling latent competencies and developing new frontiers”. Alufohai said that Nigeria is required to invest about $2.9 trillion to close its infrastructure gap needed to

diversify the economy, make the nation more productive and create more jobs. He said that such daunting infrastructure challenge should not be left exclusively to be financed from oil export proceeds even at a time when more endowed countries are turning to Public-PrivatePartnerships (PPP). He urged the Federal Government to adopt Public-Private-Partnerships to finance infrastructure and concentrate on social sectors like health and education where it is more controversial or even impossible to attract private capital. According to Alufohai, “If we create the right legal, regulatory and socio-political environment for investment in PPPs, a significant portion of our infrastructure needs can be privately financed”. Alufohai added that the skills of quantity surveyors

are required to create the trust and transparency between government and investors, between investors and financiers and between infrastructure project companies and communities that sustainable PPP require. He called on members of the institute to uphold the reputation of the profession and remain transparent in their dealings, which relates to public infrastructure and procurement. Also speaking at the conference, the President, Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria (QSRBN), Malam Hussaini Dikko, said that the conference was designed to bring all Registered Quantity Surveyors together in order to brainstorm on how to utilize their skills for the promotion and improvement of the development programme of the Federal Government.

FCTA in multi-billion naira projects to boost infrastructure By Stanley Onyekwere

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he Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is perfecting plans to commission multi-billion-naira projects completed within the territory with water treatment plant, flyover bridges leading the pack. Bala Mohammed, the FCT minister, who disclosed this in Abuja recently, listed some of the completed projects billed for commissioning to include phases III and IV water treatment plants with combined capacity of 20,000m3 per hour at the Lower Usuma Dam, and the construction work on the Lower Usuma Dam-Gurara Dam road project. Others include a flyover bridge alongside channelisation works at the Mogadishu Cantonment/Sunrise Hills Estate. According to him, the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway (Airport Road) Lot II from the Abuja City Gate to Lugbe, and Murtala Mohammed Expressway (Kubwa

Road) Lot II from Villa Roundabout to Civil Service Institute, which are undergoing rehabilitation and expansion, are also being prepared for commissioning. The FCT minister further mentioned the provision of complementary engineering infrastructure facilities to the Federal Capital City (Interchange at Arterial Road N5/ Ring Road II Junction) as another gigantic project for commissioning, while also assuring that his administration would soon roll out the final engineering designs of all outstanding districts in phases II & III that are at various stages of completion. He remarked that final engineering designs of the eight districts under the Land Swap Scheme were in progress, with two of the developers – Urban Shelter and Ridley Group – having completed design, checked and approved, and were ready for ground-breaking.

Ogun tasks professionals on quality building materials

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orried that the negligence of professionals have contributed to building collapse in the country, Ogun authorities last week urged workers, mostly professionals in the built environment to always use quality and adequate materials to carry out any construction work they are involved in. This step if taken would not

only reduce the spate at which buildings are collapsing, but also encourage clients to continue patronizing such professionals The newly appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ogun state Ministry of Housing, Lateef Oyewunmi, an engineer gave this charge in Abeokuta during his maiden meeting with staffers of the Ministry.

According to him, best result could only be achieved with the use of quality materials, noting that integrity plays a vital role in any given task. “Any professional given the opportunity to carry out a task should be proud to say that I did that construction, do your work with passion and always ensure quality in all you do,” Oyewun-

mi charged. The Permanent Secretary promised a positive turn around in the ministry, and called for the cooperation of workers, urging them to be committed to their duties, so that the dream of the state government on providing massive affordable housing scheme could be achieved. Welcoming him earlier,

Director, Planning Research and Statistics of the Ministry, Abimbola Abiodun, an engineer, indicated that there are potentials in the Ministry to be harnessed. He pledged that the management and the entire staff are committed and ready to give needed support to the Permanent Secretary. (NAN)

Two plots of land measuring 1260 Sqm for sale Federal Housing Lugbe, Lugbe District, Abuja

Two plots of land with R of O measuring 630sqm each located inside Federal Housing Lugbe is available for sale. The plots are going for 6 million each or 11 million both. Price: N11,000,000. (Source: nigeriapropertycentre. com)


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New Toyota Corolla comes with aggressive exterior

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ithout a doubt, the biggest and most significant new Toyota this year is the 2014 Toyota Corolla. Although it was always a strong seller, the previous-generation Corolla was outclassed by more stylish, more fuel-efficient and better-performing rivals in the compact sedan segment. The upshot is that it has been many years since the Corolla was a nobrainer pick for a small, affordably priced sedan. Slightly longer, lower and wider than last year’s model, the 2014 Corolla has a

more aggress i v e looking exterior. The exaggerated front-end design will likely polarize consumers (those who care about styling anyway), but at least it’s edgier and more interesting than the forgettable forms of the past. In addition, all 2014 Toyota Corollas come standard with LED low-beam headlights, an unexpected feature in this segment. If you’re expecting an exciting driving experience to accompany this extroverted styling, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Toyota kept the Corolla’s easygoing personality intact. But the new Corolla does offer decent performance, a comfortable ride, good gas mileage, user-friendly features and solid reliability, all things that have made it so popular through the decades. One key improvement this year is fuel economy. Any Corolla you look at will sip less gas than last year thanks to a variety of tweaks and a new continuously variable transmission (CVT), which takes the place of a conventional automatic transmission on some versions. Also, there’s a new fuel economythemed trim level called the LE Eco. Equipped with a revised version of the standard Corolla’s 1.8-liter engine, the Corolla LE Eco earns best-in-class mpg numbers (for gasolinefueled, automatic transmissionequipped compacts), achieving an EPA combined rating of 35 mpg along with a highway rating of 42 mpg. Another functional upgrade on the 2014 Corolla is roomier seating. Rear passengers, in particular, enjoy nearly 5 inches more rear legroom, which will also make it easier to fit rearfacing child safety seats. Toyota has also restyled the instrument

panel to impart a more contemporary feel. The company also used higher-quality interior materials and added a few new features, including keyless ignition/ entry. Although the 2014 Toyota Corolla is significantly better than the outgoing model, it isn’t a slam dunk, as the small sedan segment has plenty of strong choices. The Corolla’s perennial archrival, the Honda Civic, has rebounded from its own design

missteps to lead this class, while the Mazda 3 and Ford Focus remain well-stocked drivers’ favorites. Nor can the nicely equipped Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte be ignored. That said, the Corolla is far more competitive than before, and this should bolster its already strong sales. Powertrains and Performance Every 2014 Toyota Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter fourcylinder engine. On every model except the LE Eco, it produces 132 horsepower and 128 poundfeet of torque. For the LE Eco, an enhanced, more efficient version of this engine is used; it’s rated at 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the L and S trims. Optional on the L is a four-speed automatic transmission, while a CVT is optional on the S and standard on the LE and LE Eco. When equipped with the CVT, the S model features steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters as well as a Sport mode that sharpens transmission and steering response. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 31 mpg combined (28 mpg city/37 mpg highway) with the six-speed manual and essentially the same with the L’s four-speed automatic. With the CVT, you’ll get a slightly better 32 mpg combined (29 city/38 highway for the LE, 29/37 for the S). Finally, the LE Eco, thanks to its special engine and fuel efficiency tweaks, earns an estimated 35 mpg combined (30 city/42 highway). Safety Standard Toyota Corolla safety features include stability and traction control, antilock brakes (front discs/rear drums for all, rear discs available on the S trim), front side airbags,

side curtain airbags, a driver knee airbag and a passenger seat cushion airbag. A rearview camera is standard on all versions except the base L. Interior Design and Special Features The 2014 Corolla’s cabin is not exactly exciting, but controls are easy to find and use. The radio features tried-and-true volume and tuning knobs, for example, while the climate control has large knobs and buttons. The upgraded audio system and navigation systems boast a

plenty of space here, even for taller drivers, and the backseat also boasts impressive space. Indeed, at 41.4 inches, rear legroom bests that of most midsize sedans. The Corolla’s trunk capacity is average at 13 cubic feet, but the wide opening eases loading and unloading. If more space is needed, the rear seat splits and folds to increase capacity. Driving Impressions We’ve only had a short amount of time behind the wheel of the 2014 Toyota Corolla. So far, the Corolla has struck us as an agreeable, if uninspired, small sedan to drive. The new CVT works well by the standards of CVTs. There’s some drone during accelera-

touchscreen with similarly large virtual buttons and simple, clear graphics. Materials quality is average, and overall, the interior of the Corolla doesn’t look or feel as expensive as the cabins of the Ford Focus and Kia Forte. The Corolla’s optional suite of smartphone-connected services includes the Bing search engine, Pandora streaming radio, traffic data, and sports and stock information. Getting started with Entune can be a hassle, though, since you have to install an app on your phone and register for an account; plus, you always need an active data connection to use Entune. The touchscreen interface has straightforward menus, but it’s sometimes unresponsive to user touch. As with most Toyotas, the front seats are soft and comfy, while those in the S version are firmer and have more pronounced side bolsters. There is

t i o n , but it’s not particularly irritating. Ultimately, the latest Corolla drives much like the previous one. That means the steering is precise but rather numb (and not the least bit sporty), while the suspension provides a comfortable ride, though you’d never describe it as luxurious or coddling. Similarly, the four-cylinder engine tries hard but begins to feel winded during aggressive passing maneuvers or when climbing mountain grades. The best thing about the new Toyota Corolla is that it never feels as if it’s straining to keep up with traffic or unable to deal with the unexpected. In place of inspiring performance, the redesigned Corolla offers unpretentiousness that expresses itself as character, and that coupled with its legendary reputation for reliability should ensure that the latest version of Toyota’s compact sedan finds a home in plenty of garages. Source: Edmunds.com


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Arts & Culture

Water Must Flow Uphill (I) Book Review Brief

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Author: Prof. Roger Makanjuola Title: Water Must Flow Uphill Reviewer: Tunde Fagbenle Publisher: Mosuro Page: 356 pages

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’ve just finished reading a book of the above title written by Prof. Roger Makanjuola, former VC of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife. And after going through the book I realised that the title is in every way as curious and contrarian as the author is himself. Subtitled “Adventures in University Administration”, and published by Mosuro Publishers, Ibadan, the book was launched without much fanfare a couple of months ago at the OAU, and in a curious ironic twist of fate, on a day beset by labour strike by the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the university – a running and debilitating theme throughout Prof Makanjuola’s “adventures in administration” in OAU! Even though the book gave me laughter and relief in places (laughter at the author’s selfdeprecating humour and candid view of himself, and relief that there are folks like him in Nigeria), it filled my heart with heaviness and sorrow at the horrors, the monstrosity, of the evils within our universities and the implacable negativity of Nigeria and Nigerians. That Roger survived the “adventures” with his mind and body intact is amazing, and owe as much to serendipity as to the indestructibility of his will. Prior to becoming the VC of OAU (first in an acting capacity from July 1999 to May 2001, and substantive till May 2006) Roger Makanjuola, Professor of Psychiatry, was Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the university’s teaching hospital (OAUTH) for two terms (1989 to November 1997). The book chronicles his time in both capacities in their horrifying and “water must flow uphill” Herculean-task details. They were periods of the most labour unrest in the countries universities, and an epoch of proliferation and rampaging campus secret cults, including Black Axe, Eiye, etc. What Makanjuola brought to both jobs was what had perhaps not been seen before, and may not be seen for some time to come. Here was a CMD who physically joined hands with cleaners to clean the hospital wards – “the morale of the cleaning staff was greatly boosted – we were showing them how important their job was, and that their tasks were not menial, but work in

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which everyone participated” – and carried diesel to make generators work to save lives of patients, and a VC who ate beans with students, made himself easily accessible to students and all, was unfailingly at his desk by 7.30am on working days, and shorn corruption in whatever guise or disguise. Lacking interest in, and completely abhorrent of, the intrigues and shenanigans of campus politics Roger lent himself to be buffeted by unyielding and conspiratorial colleagues and staff unions on the one hand, and damning, violently unruly student bodies on the other. He was treading, nay galloping, along ubiquitous landmines without a care (well, seemingly) about his own safety, trusting only in the purity of his mind and nobility of his mission. Of his success as CMD, he attributes this to: “a genuine commitment to the hospital and the welfare of its staff, and being able to convey this to them, so that they believed in me…I also hope that I was able to convey to them the true values that I hold dear – hard work, honesty, and honour; values that, alas, are so rare in our country today.” “I spent more time going round the wards, clinics, and service departments than I spent in the CMD’s Office or the Board Room.” Of machinations in appointments, he says:

“various juju sacrifices started appearing around the campus, at crossroads and in the vicinity of the VC’s Lodge. In addition, a number of the candidates began consulting with various Pentecostal Christian churches. I recall one candidate in particular who became as thin as a rake from protracted fasting.” He wrote, “Although I wanted the job, I had not gone to see anyone to influence the decision or to seek divine intervention.” “I did not understand the politics of such appointments, but then I have never engaged in politics over my personal fortunes. I never shall.” And did he suffer untold deprivations, humiliation and even torture on account of his uprightness and visionary stance? Striking staff unions severally hit him with ‘pasan’ (or atori), the juju shrub attributed with magical powers to inflict impotence (the author says his virility remains unimpaired in spite); student secret-cult members amidst striking student unions dragged and kicked him on the floor: “I was continually kicked and beaten. I was repeatedly floored…A student nicknamed “Old Soldier” was particularly brutal, and was observed to repeatedly kick me, even when I was on the ground.” But of his many bad encounters he says: “I also must admit that I am stubborn as well as confrontational.”

How would you feel if someone walked up to you and told you that you can invest in theatre productions for a two year period and that you will get good returns on your investment? Possibly, your first reaction would be – why two years? Why not six months or one year? That is if you do not first consider such an idea out of this world or simply another variant of 419? Let me explain. Theatre producers are businessmen and theatre is big business. I was introduced to a model recently – suppose you have some idle funds,that you will not require for the next two years. Invest it in theatre productions. The model runs like this – we are not talking of one production but several productions spread into the two years so what the producer is actually looking for are the funds to continue to work and if he is forthright, all that he makes from the productions in the area of gate takings, adverts etc go into a recovery fund that is expected to pay off the investors and still post some reasonable profit at the end of the two years run. And again here we are not talking of only local tours but scheduled international tours as well that will be designed to earn money. Does IPI TOMBI or UMOJA both from South Africa ring bells? Has someone bothered to ask the South Africans why once they create a play or dance the next destination is Europe, Asia and the Americas? In a lot of Broadway productions, this is what producers do. Pull resources together and hire a theatre and at the end of the production run check accounts and the bigger the stars in the production the heavier the account receivable. Everyone is happy at the end of the day. Did someone just say – this is not Broadway? I know very well with our experiences in the last one year that it is also very possible here in Nigeria. Look at it this way – first we have a lot of idle funds running loose all over the whole place. Some of the owners of these funds do not even know what to do with them. Some do not even remember where some of these idle funds were kept. Some know where they were kept but will rather prefer to leave them there or convert them to foreign currencies especially of the dollar and pounds variety and leave them in hiding

somewhere. I say invest them in the theatre! Use such funds to create an organization that people will believe in; that people will care about. An organization that will plan in advance. We do not have to go to Broadway to get such productions that will come from such organizations. It is possible here in Nigeria. It will thus be possible to build our own databases because it is from the market that we create that we can drive our own products and in this case the product is the play! And the performances are not limited to halls, open air spaces but also schools. A lot of us producers usually forget the schools in our planning but with the kind of money we are looking at, the schools will most likely give back half or more of the invested funds. A friend of ours runs two festivals in his native Croatia and he is set to open the third one in New York in the next few days. These are surely exciting times that show what happens when theatre is confronted with a pure and professional business acumen. Let our businessmen take up this challenge - call our theatre producers and let them come up with a financial plan on what to do with the funds and how they intend to recoup this money and then let it roll, another alternative is to split the money into tranches and each tranch is released upon a satisfactory evidence of performance which will include bank statements from a dedicated account into which all the receivables are paid. If the producer is worth his salt the invested funds are recoverable. You cannot lose. This is my challenge to our nouveau riche! Notes These are definitely not happy days. These are sad days. I wonder when we will look back in twenty years what these times will tell us. What lessons do they hold for us? I am still at a loss to explain all that is happening. Some are man made while some are simply mother nature at work. To all those that lost loved ones in the last one week, we say we are truly sorry and may their souls rest in perfect peace. I was in a queer way looking at seeing the floods this year. But there appears to have been a better management compared to last year.


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POEM OF THE WEEK In your flat

A new series by photographer Edward Burtynsky’s shows how our thirst for water is reshaping the planet.

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Rare painting by Turkey’s last caliph sold at auction By Ayla Jean Yackley

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rare oil painting by Islam’s last caliph, the whereabouts of which were unknown for decades, fetched 1.6 million lira ($804,000) at auction last Sunday. An anonymous collector secured “Women in the Courtyard,” by Abdulmecid II in 1899, after a hotly contested round of bidding. The asking price had been 1.2 million lira. The painting depicts seminaked women attended by harem eunuchs around a pool. The work pays homage to the Roman goddess Venus and is a clear nod to 19th-Century Orientalist painters, like France’s Jean-Leon Gerome. “There have been questions about whether the conservative government and new elite would be comfortable with a painting by the caliph that features nudes,” Bora Keskiner of Alif Art, the Istanbul auction house which handled the sale, told Reuters. “The work is an important signifier of how the late Ottoman Turkish elite and royal family were extremely close to European art circles and they themselves practiced European art.” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, whose party is rooted in political Islam, frequently evokes the glories of certain Ottoman sultans, who ruled a vast empire from the Balkans to the Persian Gulf for more than four centuries. The secular Turkish republic was formed in the empire’s wake following World War One. The existence of “Women in the Courtyard” was unknown

until 1990, when its image appeared on the cover of an art magazine with little explanation, and it remained a secret in a private collection until its consignment to Alif Art, Keskin said. Abdulmecid II was crown prince of the Ottoman throne,

held by his cousin Mehmed VI, until the sultanate was abolished in 1922 by the founders of the secular Turkish republic. Mehmed was exiled, and Abdulmecid became caliph, a title through which Ottoman rulers long claimed religious leadership of all Sunni Muslims. Within

two years, the caliphate too was eliminated and Abdulmecid fled to Paris where he died in 1944. Besides his religious vocation, Abdulmecid was also one of the great artists of the late Ottoman period. Today, his self-portrait hangs in the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

Minister wants cultural workers to ensure professionalism

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he Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, has urged cultural workers to ensure greater professionalism in the discharge of their duties. Duke made the call in Abuja when he received a report on a three-day workshop on ‘Repositioning Cultural Workers for Improved Productivity’ from the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO). The workshop, which took

place from July 19 to July 21, was aimed at enhancing the skills and competence of cultural workers in the ministry. The minister said that professionalism was crucial in repositioning culture as a major tool for national cohesion. Duke said that culture as an intangible asset of a country was the most significant collateral any nation could propagate. “Culture can be used as a tool for national cohesion.

“The moment we lose focus on the essence of culture, then we lose our identity as Nigerians,’’ the minister said. Earlier, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr Barclays Ayakoroma, stressed the need to extend similar workshops to other government agencies across the country. Ayakoroma said the workshop would enhance capacity building and encourage greater productivity among Nigerian workers. (NAN)

Institute says culture is veritable tool for national development

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r Ndubuisi Ahanonu, Executive Director, International Institute for Creative Development says culture is a crucial tool toward sustainable national development given its variety and vibrancy. Ahanonu made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. The Director said that the country’s cultural potential should be harnessed properly to ensure the sector fully contributed to the development of other sectors of the economy through youth employment and the growth of the Gross Domestic Product. He noted that the country

with a population of about 170 million people would generate wealth for the country if priority attention was given to the culture and tourism industry. “The Tourism sector can be used to generate wealth, skills and job experiences for future development. “Nigeria is endowed with rich and diverse culture that if tapped into will go a long way in developing all aspect of the economy.’’ Ahanonu stressed the need to check the trend of globalisation on the country’s culture so as not to erode the dynamic way of life of the people.

He, however, called on relevant stakeholders in the sector to join hands to promote the country’s culture. He further called on the federal government to look into the reviewed 2005 national policy on arts and culture to address the existing challenges confronting the sector. According to him, given Nigeria’s potential, it should stand out from the rest of the world, in view of its cultural potentialities. “These potentialities can and should be used positively in driving development in the country.’’ (NAN)

I can see the mountain from here – It has nowhere to go, nowhere to hide Stealing away shadows in the afternoon It sleeps all day everyday. You – tousled, unkempt hair, serious The flock of savage you descends upon Me morning after morning smelling Of the imagination of rain. So you cut me that was your project Left me bleeding, halfcomatose with Your progress and I escaped blinded By lists, felt it, the extinct nature Of it, your precious childhood love For me sticking in my mouth, in the Lines of a journal, I am lost, always At a loss for words – you laugh or Say nothing and it hurts, the bright Heights of it, thinking of you, staring At you, looking at you fills me with Icicles, leaves the weather around Me illuminated when you do not Greet me – you sail exerting motion Out of the bathroom, scent kissing The air, every evening I sit at Your table where you charmed me Effortlessly with your perfect bolognaise While I hold my breath, the poet who Has escaped possession and tethers. A galaxy of sun is pressed against My cheek as I stare up at my rival – The mountain, the barbarian-in-waiting Snapping at my skull, crusted with Foliage and stuffed with pounding Treacherousness, you are sucking me Dry, leaving me numb, hot flashing Like lightning through me – magic.

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The fight against al-Shabaab ANALYSIS

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he attack by alShabaab elements on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, on September 21, stands out from any of the attacks that the group has orchestrated in the region. More than 62 innocent people lost their lives and more than 150 others sustained injuries. The attacks took place at the centre of Kenya’s economic and political power. As such, it represents a direct challenge to the power and prestige of Kenya, a regional economic power-house The Westgate attack was the largest and most sophisticated, in terms of its planning and execution, of any of the attacks for which alShabaab has claimdresponsibility, outside of Somalia. Regionally, the Westgate Mall attack, the second major attack by al-Shabaab after the 7/11 Kampala bombings in 2010, epitomises what the capability of the group. While in Kampala, al-Shabab undertook a series of co-ordinated bombings, in Westgate, its operatives stormed and forcibly seized the mall resulting in four days of siege at the heart of Kenya’s capital. The scale of the attack is a clear manifestation that the group has changed its modes operandi after it suffered defeat in the battlefield against AMISOM, Kenyan and Ethiopian forces in 2011-2012. It abandoned conventional fighting in favour of a hit and run tactic of asymmetric warfare. Significantly, al-Shabab opted for using small units or cells that draw on local elements - and use external expertise - to conduct attacks in Mogadishu and in the region, particularly Kenya. The meticulous planning and masterful execution of such a large-scale attack at the very centre of Kenya exposed major lapses and gaps in Kenya’s security system. The team successfully evaded both Kenyan intelligence, in organising the attack, and security personnel, in moving around members of the team and the weapons used for staging the attack. This raises a number of questions about al-Shabaab’s strength and transformation on the one hand and the vulnerability of the region and the effectiveness of regional and international response to the crisis in Somalia, on the other. There is little doubt that alShabaab has been divided and weakened militarily. Since 2011, al-Shabaab has suffered from deep internal divisions and in-fighting, pitting Somali nationalist factions against the radical jihadi faction of the group. The in-fighting has led to the killing of some key leaders, including Omar Hammami (known also as Abu Mansur al Amriki) and Ibrahim al-Afghani, and the desertion of others. The

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radical and jihadi faction led by Ahmed Godane, however, has consolidated its dominance. Significantly, the regional balance of power has shifted away from al-Shabaab in favour of Somali and AMISOM (African Union Mission to Somalia) forces since the end of 2011. On the security front, al-Shabaab suffered a huge loss after AMISOM forces, in concert with local military forces drove the group out of Mogadishu and other areas. Importantly, dislodging it from the port city of Kismayo dealt a strategic blow to the group, both in terms of its capability for raising millions of dollars from port usage fees, and for procuring arms from the Arabian peninsula and other areas. Militarily, the capacity of the group has been depleted substantially in its force size and its access to weaponry. According to the July 2013 report of the UN Security Council Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, al-Shabaab’s force strength is approximately 5,000 strong fighters, which is a reduction in half from the estimated size at its peak. Notwithstanding that the group lost significant momentum, it has not totally lost it’s ability to inflict harm both in Somalia and

neighbouringcountries.The group also remains in control of large swaths of land in south central Somalia. Although the group has been totally dislodged from Mogadishu, it continues to perpetrate major attacks. In the past year it carried out several suicide attacks and bombings in Mogadishu. The group attacked various targets including some Somali government installations, the UN and the Embassy of Turkey. Outside of Somalia, al-Shabaab repeatedly warned that it would avenge itself against Kenya for the losses it suffered - notably its control of the port of Kismayo and for what it called atrocities committed by Kenyan forces. Acting on its threat, the group started to target Kenya in 2012. The capital Nairobi has experienced several small-scale attacks since. Kenyan intelligence services either failed to detect the signs early enough, or did not consider the signs to be serious enough warranting follow-up and early response. There must have also been a leakage in the porous border, on the part of the police and border security agencies. Most worryingly, corrupt members of the security forces might have even been complicit in lending support to the activities of the attackers.

The nature of the attack additionally reflects a failure or gap in the broader regional and international response to the threat that al-Shabaab poses. Regionally, the coordinated military pressure at the end of 2011 and early 2012 by AMISOM, Kenyan and Ethiopian forces that chased out al-Shabaab from many territories in which it enjoyed undisputed control, did not last long enough. In the context of the transition in Somalia in the past year and the apparent weakening of al-Shabaab, an attitude of discounting alShabaab’s remaining strength seemed to have slowly emerged. The security pressure on the group was not maintained, and was not adequately strengthened to adapt to the group’scontinual reworking and changing of tactics. Worryingly, AMISOM’s capacity is stretched to its limits. In the battle for the hearts and minds of al-Shabaab’s support base within and outside Somalia, the efforts of the new Somali government remain precarious and are undermined by the power rivalry between the new Somali government and other political actors. What next? There is very little doubt that the fight against al-Shabaab will not be won through security and

The nature of the attack additionally reflects a failure or gap in the broader regional and international response to the threat that al-Shabaab poses.

military means alone. It requires a comprehensive response involving economic and development as well as socio-political tools. These areas have attracted increasing attention in the past year in the international engagement with Somalia. The latest manifestation of that was the New Deal that the Somali government signed with its international backers at the Brussels conference. In the aftermath of the Westgate attack, questions are emerging: Did this shift in focus and attention towards economic and sociopolitical issues reduce the focus on the security and military approach against al-Shabaab? One simple manifestation of this was the lack of attention given to al-Shabaab in the New Deal document. It was mentioned only once and even then it was only under the pillar of economic foundations. Clearly, increasing the focus on the socio-economic and political governance side of the Somali crisis should not lead to an underestimation of al-Shabaab’s ability to stage major attacks. Westgate also highlighted the need for deepening regional support and co-operation not only in the areas of intelligence-sharing but also in achieving political consensus and an effective system of governance in Somalia. The fact that the team that carried out the attack drew its members from various Western countries shows that these countries need to look into the disaffection of their migrant communities. Apart from the overall rethink of the approach against al-Shabaab that the foregoing discussion advocates, the likely attention and support that the Westgate attack would draw to al-Shabaab from alQaeda and other terrorist groups mean that security arrangements in Somalia and the region should be beefed up. In the aftermath of the Westgate attack, measures for cracking down on al-Shabaab’s regional and international networks are sure to increase. These measures may not however be enough to stop the group from orchestrating similar attacks. The changing modes operandi of the group means that it is enough for it to exploit any remaining vulnerability for launching such attacks and take advantage of the attention that the Westgate attack earned the group. Somalia remains the main theatre for al-Shabaab’s operation. The effectiveness of the terrorism threat that the group poses to the region would thus depend on the relative strength of the security, socio-economic and political responses in Somalia. In the meantime, al-Shabaab is sure to capitalise on its “success” and continue to orchestrate attacks both in Somalia and the region. Source: Al Jazeera


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Libya says raid will not hurt ties with Washington …summons US envoy over operation

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ibya’s Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said yesterday that relations with the United States would not be affected by a U.S. military raid that captured an al Qaeda suspect in Tripoli, but he said Libyan suspects should be tried in their own country. His comments reflected a desire to keep on board a key

foreign ally in the fight to control worsening violence at the same time as appeasing Islamist militants who have taken over swathes of Libya and use it as a safe haven. Militant groups angered by Saturday’s raid have taken to social networking sites to call for revenge attacks on strategic targets including gas export

pipelines, planes and ships, as well as for the kidnappings of Americans in the capital. In the operation, U.S. special forces seized Nazih al-Ragye, known by his alias Abu Anas alLiby - a Libyan who is a suspect in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 civilians. “Our relationship with the USA is important, and we care about that, but we care too about our citizens, which is our duty,” Zeidan told reporters after a meeting with the Moroccan government in Rabat. “They helped us with our revolution. Our relationship will not be affected by this event, which we will settle in the way that we need to.” Meanwhile, Libya summoned the US ambassador to the country for questioning on Monday over the weekend capture of a suspected al-Qaeda leader on Libyan territory. Libya’s minister of justice wanted “a number of explanations concerning the case”, a statement

said. The US has said MrLiby was “a legal and an appropriate target”. MrLiby’s son, Abdullah alRuqai, has said his father was seized by masked gunmen early on Saturday morning and that some of them were Libyans. He believes the Libyan government was implicated in his father’s disappearance - a claim Tripoli denies. Libyan Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani summoned US ambassador Deborah Jones for an audience on Monday morning, a foreign ministry statement said. The US embassy in Tripoli told the BBC that Ambassador Jones was “in regular contact with the Libyan government, including the Libyan ministry of foreign affairs”. MrMarghani and officials from the foreign ministry also met members of MrLiby’s family, who were told of the meeting with the US ambassador, the statement said. MrRuqai confirmed to the BBC that Libyan officials had met some family members on Monday, although he had not been at the meeting.

Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square. The Brotherhood’s NGO was registered in March, while Mursi was still in power. It was set up as one of the two main legal faces of the Islamist group, which was outlawed for most of its 85-year existence. The other is a political party, the Freedom and Justice Party. A court is scheduled to rule later this month on whether to ban the party, and Egypt’s new constitution, currently being drafted by a committee, could also include a ban on religious parties.

Mursi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president but his turbulent one year rule came to an abrupt end when the military heeded the call of millions of Egyptians to oust him on July 3. His supporters have since taken to the streets to denounce what they say is a violation of democratic principles. Hundreds of Brotherhood supporters and the group’s top figures have been arrested. Mursi is being held incommunicado at a secret location.

Egypt revokes permit for Brotherhood NGO

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gypt’s cabinet has ordered authorities to remove the Muslim Brotherhood from the list of approved nongovernmental organisations following a judicial order, state media have reported. The move comes after an Egyptian court last month banned the Muslim Brotherhood from operating and ordered its assets seized, amid a massive crackdown on the group following the military ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi.

In its September 23 ruling, the court had also banned “any institution branching out from or belonging to the Brotherhood”. The Brotherhood is appealing that decision, with a court date scheduled later this month, so yesterday’s decision by the cabinet was an unexpected strike against the group. It follows violent clashes on Sunday, the 40th anniversary of the start of the 1973 October War against Israel, when Brotherhood supporters tried to stage marches to

Rwanda, Uganda tell UN, peace in Congo not their problem

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he presidents of Rwanda and Uganda told U.N. Security Council envoys on Monday that their countries were not responsible for bringing peace to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo’s volatile east, which has long been mired in conflict and is bristling with armed groups. Envoys from the 15-member council met with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali and then President YoweriMuseveni in Kampala after spending two days in Congo visiting the United Nations’ largest peacekeeping operation. Millions of people have been killed by violence, disease and hunger since the 1990s as rebel groups have fought for control

of eastern Congo’s rich deposits of gold, diamonds, copper, cobalt and uranium. Britain’s U.N. Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said both Kagame and Museveni described an 18-month rebellion by the M23

Kagame (L) with Museveni

guerrilla group as just a symptom and not a cause of Congo’s problems, which were much more deep-seated in issues such as a lack of governance. “(They said) it was really up to (Congolese President Joseph)

Kabila to resolve those issues. The international community could still help, but it wasn’t the responsibility of Rwanda and it wasn’t the responsibility of Uganda,” Lyall Grant told reporters. “They felt that Kabila had made a lot of mistakes and that he didn’t have control of his own troops and that was the fundamental issue - not anything else about cross-border interference,” he said. U.N. experts have accused Rwanda of supporting M23, which is led by ethnic Tutus, a charge that Kigali has rejected. The roots of the rebellion in the region lie in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where Hutu troops killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Ethiopia elects new president

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he Ethiopian Parliament on Monday elected Mulatu Teshome new president in replacement of Girma WoldeGiorgis, who had served two sixyear terms. Mulatu, who used to be the East African country’s ambassador to Turkey, was elected at a joint session of the House of Peoples Representatives (HPR) and the House of Federation (HoF) to serve the next term of six years. The 57-year-old new president, born in Arjo town, Eastern Wolega Zone of the Oromia Regional State in Ethiopia, received education in China, where he was awarded degrees up to PhD. Before elected president, Mulatu had also held government positions including speaker of the House of Federation, state minister of finance and economic development and minister of agriculture. On the occasion of his election, AbadulaGemeda, speaker of the House of Peoples Representative, said the new president received education in China, where he obtained his first degree in philosophy of political economy and his second degree and doctorate degree in international law. The new president had pursued other studies in other foreign universities while participating in different researches and teaching at foreign universities and institutions, according to the speaker. Taking over the presidency from his predecessor, Mulatu said he felt honored by being elected the fourth president of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, vowing to contribute more to the on-going development and growth of the country. The new president was sworn in at the ceremony presided over by TegeneGetaneh, president of the Supreme Court in the country.

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orth Korea said yesterday its military would be put on high alert and be ready to launch operations, stepping up tension after weeks of rhetoric against the United States and South Korea, whom it accuses of instigating hostility. Reclusive North Korea has often issued threats to attack the South and the United States but has rarely turned them into action. Such hostile rhetoric is widely seen as a way to push its domestic and international political agenda. A spokesman for the North’s military warned the United States of “disastrous consequences” for moving a group of ships, including an aircraft carrier, into a South Korean port. “In this connection, the units of all services and army corps level of the KPA received an emergency order from its supreme command to re-examine the operation plans already ratified by it and keep themselves fully ready to promptly launch operations anytime,” the spokesman said, referring to the Korean People’s Army (KPA). “The U.S. will be wholly

accountable for the unexpected horrible disaster to be met by its imperialist aggression forces’ n uc l e a r stri ke m e an s, ” t h e spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency. South Korea’s Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said later yesterday there was no indication of unusual activity by the North’s

military. Washington brushed off the North’s warning. “We’ve seen this type of rhetoric from North Korea before,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. “Such comments from North Korea will do nothing to end (its) isolation or reduce the costs (it) pays for defying the international community.”

In March, the North declared it was no longer bound by the armistice that ended fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War signed with the United States and China, and threatened to use nuclear weapons to attack U.S. and South Korean territories. South Korea’s defense ministry said the U.S. ships were taking part in a joint routine maritime search and rescue exercise with the South’s navy and said any criticism by North Korea was “wrong”.

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Australia PM Tony Abbott in expenses row

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ustralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has become embroiled in a row over expenses claims, less than a month after taking office. Last week Mr Abbott paid back funds claimed to attend the weddings

of two colleagues. Yesterday, he defended claims relating to two sporting events, saying both represented community engagement work. Tony Abbott, who heads a

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conservative coalition, ousted Kevin Rudd as prime minister in the 7 September election. Speaking at the APEC summit on the Indonesian island of Bali, Mr Abbott, an avid sportsman, said claims related to a triathlon event in which he competed in the town of Port Macquarie in 2011 were justified. ‘’Let’s not forget that Port Macquarie was a marginal seat effectively and I want to assure you that I don’t go to marginal seats simply for sporting events, although the sporting event in question was a community event,’’ he said. ‘’I think you’ll find there were quite a few other community events involved in those visits.’’

He also defended claims related to a multi-day charity cycling event known as Pollie Pedal, saying the trip took him ‘’to towns, communities, sometimes hamlets that rarely see a politician’’. ‘’It is a perfectly legitimate thing for a member of parliament to do,” he said. Last week, Mr Abbott repaid a total of A$1,700 ($1,600, £995) claimed to attend the weddings of two former political allies in 2006. He said he checked his claims after two of his frontbenchers came under fire for expenses related to the wedding of a radio host. Both lawmakers have since repaid the funds.

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ive people have been killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated after Typhoon Fitow hit eastern China, destroying houses and farmlands and closing ports and airports. Cities in southeastern China were submerged in floodwaters yesterday, after the powerful storm slammed ashore with high winds and heavy rain and caused disruption to transport services Torrential rain prompted the Fujian provincial government to initiate the highest emergency response for flood control. The provincial government said 177,000 people had been moved to safety and nearly 30,000 fishing boats called back.

Packing winds up to 151kph, Fitow hit Fuding city in Fujian province early on Monday before weakening into a tropical storm later in the day, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Flight and train services in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, were also suspended on Monday. The flood relief agency in Zhejiang, which neighbours Fujian, said 574,000 people had been evacuated by Sunday evening and 35,800 vessels returned to shore. In Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province, the storm destroyed over 1,700 houses and 46,800 hectares of crop land, the report said. Economic losses in the two

provinces were estimated at about $2bn, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. Named after a flower from

Micronesia, Fitow has hit just two weeks after Typhoon Usagi wreaked havoc in the region, leaving at least 25 reported dead in southern China.

The typhoon hitting a coast in eastern China

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ndia’s army said yesterday that Pakistani troops had helped a group of 30 to 40 insurgents stage the biggest incursion in Kashmir in years, linking it to a plan to push fighters into the region as foreign forces withdraw from neighboring Afghanistan. Army chief General Bikram Singh’s remarks were the first direct allegation against Pakistan since the heavily-armed fighters crossed the Line of Control in Kashmir last month in a setback for a government already seen as soft and indecisive. The men were holed up in an abandoned village in the Keran sector for nearly a fortnight, an Indian army source earlier told Reuters. That prompted comparisons with the Kargil conflict further north in 1999, when hundreds of Pakistan-backed irregular troops occupied bunkers along a vast swath of the frontier. “With the eyeball-to-eyeball deployment along the Line of Control, it is well-nigh impossible for the terrorists to do any activity without the knowledge of the Pakistani army,” Singh told the Times Now television. India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over Kashmir. The two armies frequently exchanged artillery fire across the Himalayan region for years until a 2003 ceasefire that has been fraying in recent months. Pakistan was trying to push more fighters into Kashmir before winter sets in, Singh separately told NDTV, ahead of the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan. Indian intelligence officials have warned that militant groups that have been fighting in Afghanistan for several years have been turning their sights to Kashmir as foreign forces leave to reinvigorate the nearly 24-year insurgency there. “Will have to see what happens in Afghanistan in 2014. Pakistan want to push in many terrorists before winter,” Singh was quoted as saying in an interview to be broadcast later by NDTV. His comments were posted on NDTV’s Twitter account. Pakistan denies it is helping militants cross the largely fenced border with India in Kashmir and has urged India to hold talks to tackle the decades-old dispute over the region. Pakistan’s envoy to India Salman Bashir was quoted as saying this week that Pakistan also had concerns and that the civilized way to deal with bilateral problems was to hold talks.


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Argentina President undergoes brain surgery A rgentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner underwent surgery to treat bleeding on her brain at a hospital in Buenos Aires yesterday. The operation, is generally considered to be low risk. Ms Fernandez, 60, was ordered to rest for at least a month after doctors discovered the subdural haematoma. The president’s leave of absence means she will have to suspend campaigning for congressional elections. The break from the campaign trail is considered awkward for the president as some opinion polls have suggested the government could lose control of Congress in the poll on 27 October. While her party has done well in the primaries on a nationwide level it has failed to win a key seat in the province of Buenos Aires, where her rival and former cabinet chief Sergio Massa beat Ms Fernandez’s

candidate. Medical experts say recovering from this type of surgery is a long process, and her lay-off is now likely to be longer than a month. It has not yet been officially announced whether Vice-President Amado Boudou, who is facing a corruption investigation, will be in charge of the country during her leave. The president’s spokesman, Alfredo Scoccimarro, issued a statement on Sunday saying her doctors had carried out a brain scan in August after a previously undisclosed trauma thought to have been caused by a fall. They found nothing untoward, but on Saturday, she went to hospital for checks for an irregular heartbeat and headaches, and a further scan revealed the subdural haematoma - bleeding between the brain and the skull. The hospital treating her said on Monday she had experienced a slight loss of muscular strength

in her left arm, and recommended surgery to drain the haematoma. President Fernandez was first elected in 2007 and then returned to power by a comfortable majority in 2011. Her health has been followed closely since the sudden death of

rotesters demonstrating in support of teachers receiving better pay in the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo have clashed with police. The centre of Rio was packed

with more than 10,000 people marching peacefully. But as it got dark, some protesters threw firebombs at public buildings and riot police responded with tear gas. A similar protest in Sao Paulo

also ended in violent confrontation with police after many banks were ransacked by hooded protesters. Brazil’s security situation is a challenge to cities that will play host to the 2014 World Cup and

her husband, former President Nestor Kirchner, from a heart attack in 2010. She has been admitted to hospital on a number of occasions while serving as president. She has low blood pressure and had to have a thyroid gland removed in 2012.

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2016 Olympic Games. The latest demonstration took place over several hours and was peaceful at first. But once night fell, violent incidents broke out as at least 20 “black bloc” anarchists smashed a City Hall gate while others broke into banks and tried to break break into ATMs. Some banks were set alight. Demonstrators also torched a bus on busy Rio Branco Avenue, and took furniture out of banks to use in barricades as the stand-off off with police continued. Authorities used tear gas to restore order. “Without the police, there is no violence. When they are there, there always is,” said anarchist Hugo Cryois, 23, who had a gas mask dangling from his neck. “I came prepared,” he said. “You can’t trust them.”

Captain in Italy boat tragedy arrested

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he captain of the migrant boat that sank off the coast of Lampedusa last Thursday has been formally arrested on charges of multiple murders, causing a shipwreck and aiding clandestine immigration. Bensalem Khaled, a 35-yearold Tunisian from the town of Sfax, was transferred by Italian police from the immigrant reception centre of Lampedusa to the prison in Agrigento in Sicily yesterday. Coast Guard Commander Filippo Marini said another 18

bodies were recovered from within the ship’s hold on Tuesday, while one was spotted by a helicopter floating near the wreck, bringing the total death toll to 250. Marini said the search would continue as long as weather allows. Just 155 migrants, most if not all from Eritrea, survived the shipwreck. Survivors said there were some 500 people on board when the ship capsized and sank in sight of land. A disproportionate number of the dead are women: So far

Europe and Americas Cameron ‘playing with fire’ over EU - deputy PM

the bodies of 75 women have been recovered, while only six of the survivors were female. Seven of the dead are children. The EU’s executive yesterday pushed for extra resources to launch sea patrols to cope with the flood of refugees knocking at Europe’s doors in the aftermath of the Lampedusa tragedy. The EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said as she went into talks with the 28-nation bloc’s home affairs ministers that she would propose “a big

Frontex operation right across the Mediterranean from Cyprus to Spain for a big save and rescue operation”. Frontex is the agency set up by the European Union in 2004 to police the bloc’s borders against illegal migration. But the Warsaw-based agency, which coordinates and develops border management and joint operations, has seen its budget fall over the past three years and relies on donations from member states for ships, helicopters and other equipment.

rime Minister David Cameron’s promise to reform Britain’s relations with the European Union is an ill-fated attempt to unite his party that could lead to the “economic suicide” of withdrawal from the bloc, his deputy said yesterday. Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, the pro-EU party that shares power with Cameron’s larger Conservatives, accused the prime minister of starting a chain reaction that could lead to Britain tumbling out of the EU. Intensifying the rhetoric on an issue that divides the coalition and threatens Cameron’s chances of re-election in 2015, Clegg said the EU policy is bound to unravel and will never appease Conservative Eurosceptics. “It is a short-sighted political calculation that could jeopardize the long-term national interest,” Clegg said, according to a copy of his speech released in advance by his office. “It is playing with fire and, if we go down this track, it is Britain that will get burned.” Cameron upset European allies in January when he promised to negotiate a new EU deal for Britain and hold a referendum on EU membership by the end of 2017. His rivals said it was a gamble forced on him by Conservative splits over Europe and the rise of the UK Independence Party, which wants to leave the EU. Clegg, whose popularity and that of his party has slumped since the coalition was formed in 2010, criticized those in Britain who see Europe as a “sinister superbureaucracy”. Opponents of the EU see it as a threat to Britain’s sovereignty and argue that London would save billions in membership fees and be free to forge new trade links if it left. Clegg argued that leaving Britain’s biggest trading partner would wreck the economic recovery. Membership of the 28-nation bloc gives Britain access to a single market of 500 million people and more than 50 trade deals around the world.


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San Antonio prison, a paradise for incarcerated criminals

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he San Antonio prison on Venezuela’s Margarita Island is not your typical penal institution. Whilst in other penitentiaries the inmates are forced to obey strict regulations harshly imposed by armed guards, in this atypical slammer, it’s the prisoners who make the rules. From cooking their own food to watching TV, surfing the web on their laptops and managing illegal businesses on their cellphones, the San Antonio inmates are free to go about their day as they please. The only thing they can’t do is leave. Any attempt to escape can result in instant death courtesy of the sharpshooters up in the prison’s watchtowers. But thankfully, most of the prisoners are so happy here that a potential escape is the last thing on their minds. At San Antonio, prisoners enjoy many privileges, have jobs and make real money. Some are barbers, some sell drugs while others manage the local cock fight club which generates a decent gambling revenue. There is even a guy who photoshops pictures of inmates leaning against a Hummer, using his own digital camera and laptop. Other lazy folk lie around in their air conditioned cells watching TV in the company of their wives or girlfriends who are free to come and go as they please. To the men’s satisfaction, a

54-unit women’s annex was built in 2009 which naturally caused the number of romantic liaisons between inmates to increase. The inmates’ children can also use the prison as a playground and spend the day swimming in one of the prison’s four pools. On weekends, the prison is even open for any visitors who want to have a good time of excess and depravity in its Reggaetón clubs. This really is a prison unlike any other. The prisoners at San Antonio owe all their privileges to one Teófilo Rodrigues, also known as “El Conejo” (The Rabbit) because of his reported addiction to carrots. Rodrigues, a convicted drug trafficker, is the prison’s “pran” – the inmates’ top leader. His trademark, the Playboy logo, appears on numerous prison walls as well as tattooed on some inmates’ bodies as a sign of allegiance and loyalty to him. He has established himself as the true leader of this place by improving living conditions and making San Antonio weirdly safer than other prisons. Along with his bodyguards, El Conejo also imposes some rules of conduct and those who disobey are allegedly severely punished. One prison wall painting depicts Rodriguez as the conductor of a train accompanied by his subordinates holding weapons

pointed at a snitch hung from a noose. Apart from punishing snitches, this illustration portrays the reality that weapons are a common thing inside the prison gates. The majority of the 2,000 incarcerated Venezuelans are afraid to speak of this, but among them are numerous chatty foreigners. One is British “tourist”

Paul Makin, who was arrested for cocaine smuggling in 2009. He’s amazed by the variety of guns present inside the prison gates. “I was in the army for 10 years, I’ve played with guns all my life”, he explains. “I’ve seen some guns in here that I’ve never seen before. AK-47s, AR-15s, M-16s, Magnums, Colts, Uzis, Ingrams. You name them, it’s in here.”

Despite the alleged cruelty of Mr. Rodriguez, people seem rather happy in San Antonio and for most inmates the life they have here is better than that on the outside. Although it looks like any other prison from the outside, San Antonio is more of a paradise than a hellhole for the incarcerated criminals . “It’s the best prison in the world” Makin says smiling.

Children playing in a swimming pool at the prison

Man offers 3-day homeless experience for $2,000

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ou can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” One man took this saying literally when he decided to give the ultimate homeless experience to anyone curious to see what it’s like to live on the streets of Seattle and willing to pay $2,000 for it. Mike Momany was a freelance computer programmer conducting his business from an RV when he began to notice that living in Seattle was becoming a luxury.

A homeless man

Inspired by the ever-rising costs of the big cities and the minimalist movement, he took two months off in the summer of 2013 to see what it was like not having a roof over his head. After experiencing life as a homeless himself, Mike decided to allow other privileged people who still had a home do the same by giving them a three-day “Course in Applied Homelessness”, as he calls it. Before the start of the actual homelessness course, Momany insists upon a

preliminary interview to assess his and the participant’s compatibility and to make sure that the person knows exactly what they’re getting themselves into. If all goes well, the tour begins with different activities planned for each of the three days. On the first day, the participant will be given a new persona along with a disguise tat will give them that genuine homeless look. They will then cruise around town vising all the “favored homeless spots” before retiring

for the night in a homeless shelter. The shelter Momany is currently working with does not allow ladies, making him unable to share the lifestyle with women (he plans on changing this soon). For the second day, he suggests trying “panhandling or sleeping on a park bench” to get a real feel of how people view the homeless. After some more sightseeing, it’s time for free meals and after trying the Fare Start chef program, the tour ends with a night stroll until 3 a.m. and cocktails in the morning to discuss and celebrate having gone through the homeless experience. Is this crash course worth $2,000? Momany believes so. “It’s to bring an experience to people they can’t get very easily,” he explains. “It’s really not to make money.” Although there haven’t been any takers yet, his concept has been harshly criticized. “I’m worried about the homeless being exploited for profit and individual gain. Not the money itself,” one woman wrote on his Facebook page, while

another stated that “Homeless people are not exhibits.” Mike answered that although he’d like to be able to make a living off this idea, the course is purely educational and that $2,000 is not that much considering he also offers protection and insight into the homeless etiquette. Furthermore, he states that some of the money will be donated to all the homeless hot-spots they visit during the tour as well as to the aforementioned shelter. Although Momany’s initiative might seem bizarre, some people see it as a great educational opportunity. One young sociology student even asked him to arrange a tour for her and other women who are too afraid to tackle this experience without any protection or guidance. Famous people have embraced the homelessness experience concept in the past. Back in 2009, Prince William himself spent a night on the cold pavement of a London alley to get the full on experience. ”I hope that by deepening my understanding of the issue, I can help do my bit to help the most vulnerable on our streets,” he said at the time.


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How hobbies can boost our brain power in retirement

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lanning to put your feet up in retirement? You may deserve a good rest but too much time in the armchair could be bad for the mind. Taking up a hobby or two, however, can boost brain power into old age. Scientists said stimulating activities such as sport, reading, socialising and travelling, not only keep the mind sharp but also stave off depression that can set in when we suddenly stop working. And if you have a long list of things you want to do in retirement, stick to it, for taking up several hobbies can keep the mind healthier for longer. Retirement coincides with the start of a natural decline in brain power that old age brings, the researchers said. They warned the switch from busy working life can leave a void which needs to be filled, otherwise our brains slow down faster. Even mild signs of depression can mean a retiree is likely to suffer a deterioration in their brain power once they finish working for good – highlighting

findings, published in the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, concluded that pensioners should be encouraged to take up several mentally demanding hobbies to keep their brains healthy. Dr Baer said: ‘It is my hope that these results will influence the design of future interventions aimed at maintaining the cognitive health of retirees. ‘This can be done by focusing on getting people to intensify their engagement in a variety of cognitive activities, even if they have lower levels of motivation to do so. ‘It is equally important to address symptoms of depression to help fight against cognitive decline.’

An active brain is a healthy brain: Researchers have found that taking up stimulating hobbies after retirement can help keep the mind sharp and stave off depression

the importance of keeping busy with enjoyable activities, they added. A team from Concordia University in Montreal suggested that people retiring from managerial jobs or professional work were more likely to keep their faculties than those who had unskilled or clerical occupations. Clinical psychologist Dr Larry Baer, who led the study, explained: ‘Retirement usually occurs right

Source: Dailymail.co.uk around the time when normal age-related declines in cognitive function come to the fore. ‘So it is important to understand what is happening to brain power during this period and to identify risk factors for mental decline, as well as factors that will help protect against it.’ Dr Baer’s team looked at reports conducted over four years on 333 healthy retirees with an average age of 59. The

Finding new passions: Researchers suggested that pensioners should take up several ‘mentally demanding hobbies’ to fill the void left by not working.

How your parents can break your heart By Bianca London

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he effects of childhood abuse and lack of parental affection can last a lifetime, taking a toll both emotionally and physically, reveals a new study. A new UCLA-led study for the first time examines the effects of abuse and lack of parental affection across the body’s entire regulatory system. The study, published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found a strong biological link for how negative early life experiences affect physical health and can even lead to

cardiovascular disease. However, it’s not all bad news. ‘Our findings suggest that there may be a way to reduce the impact abuse has, at least in terms of physical health,” said Judith E. Carroll, a research scientist at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, and the study’s lead author. ‘If the child has love from parental figures they may be more protected from the impact of abuse on adult biological risk for health problems than those who don’t have that loving adult in their life.’ The researchers studied 756

A new study has revealed that the effects of childhood abuse and lack of parental affection can last a lifetime, taking a toll both emotionally and physically

The study found a significant link between reports of childhood abuse and multisystem health risks

adults who had participated in a study called Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA). They measured 18 biological markers of health risk, such as blood pressure, heart rate, stress hormone, cholesterol, waist circumference, inflammation, and blood sugar regulation, and analysed if they were at higher biological risk for disease. To determine the study subjects’ childhood stress the researchers used a self-report scale called the

Risky Families Questionnaire. They found a significant link between reports of childhood abuse and multisystem health risks, but those who reported higher amounts of parental warmth and affection in their childhood had lower multisystem health risks. The researchers also found a significant interaction of abuse and warmth, so that individuals reporting low levels of love and affection and high levels of abuse in childhood had the highest multisystem r i s k i n adulthood. ‘ O u r findings highlight the extent to which these early childhood experiences are associated with evidence of increased biological risks across nearly

all of the body’s major regulatory systems,’ said Teresa Seeman, professor of medicine in the division of geriatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine and of epidemiology at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, and the paper’s senior author. Source: Dailymail.co.uk

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Defunct CPC faction joins PDM

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enator Rufai Hanga, pioneer Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), yesterday led the remaining members of his faction to join the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM). At a ceremony held at the Arewa Suites, Abuja, Hanga said the authentic CPC members opted to team up with the PDM because of its reputation for internal democracy. The former Senator, who was

the campaign manager of late Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua, said the CPC faction decided to join the PDM because it had a track record of democracy and a manifesto that was aimed at improving the welfare of Nigerians. He also insisted that his faction of the CPC has structure unlike the other faction which he said only rupture and full of undemocratic elements. Peoples Daily recalls that Hanga and his supporters had been at loggerhead with the executives of the defunct CPC since he lost the

Chairmanship election to Prince Tony Momoh, two years ago. The court had shifted ruling on the matter by a week, a development he said prompted members of the faction to take their destiny in their hands by choosing to affiliate with the PDM. “With the purported merger of our defunct party, CPC, and its takeover by another party called the All Progress Congress (APC), we have undertaken extensive consultations and arrived at a decision,” he said adding that his

faction had experienced ``impunity and dictatorship’’ at the highest level while in CPC and, therefore, decided against joining whatever merger their former colleagues had aligned with. According to him, there is no other party in Nigeria today which abides by values of justice and equal treatment for all like PDM, stressing that they don’t want to stray “into the hands of the same destructive and undemocratic forces whose actions compelled us to seek redress in court.” Further, Hanga listed four

L-R: Former National Publicity Secretary, defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mr. Aghanya Dennis, former National Leader, defunct CPC, Senator Rufai Hanga, Kaduna state Caretaker Chairman, People Democratic Movement (PDM), Malam Abubakar Hayatu, during the media briefing on the defection of the defunct CPC members to PDM, yesterday in Abuja.

2015: Suswam, Gemade renew rivalry From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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Confab without peoples’ input is despotism, says group From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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political pressure organisation, the Turaki Network for Change (TNC) has observed that convening a National conference that will impact on democratic institutions without consulting or seeking people’s inputs is a slide towards

despotism. It said, “To convene a National conference that will impact on these institutions without either consulting or seeking their inputs is suggesting that, this regime is sliding towards despotism and the dangers are discernable”. The group in a statement signed by its coordinator, Aminu

Gwandu, pointed out that Nigeria is not private property and nobody, however powerful, should assume some citizens are either his captives or can be intimidated. “We cannot equate a population of five or eight million whose ethnic groups are no more than five or ten with a community made up of two million people hence accord them

representation that give them a better leverage”, it said. TNC, while welcoming the National conference said however that it must be sovereign where each state must be given allocation of delegation on the basis of the strength of their population, as ethnic, religious and cultural groups must also be given slots.

Awo Foundation commends Jonathan on national conference

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he Obafemi Awolowo Foundation yesterday lauded President Goodluck Jonathan’s initiative to convoke a national conference for Nigerians, urging support for it. This is contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a seminar in Lagos signed by the Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, the convener, Dr Tokunbo AwolowoDosumu and 12 others. The Executive Leadership seminar had as its theme: ``The National Conference: Roadmap to Nigeria’s Stability.’’ The foundation urged Nigerians

cardinal reasons why they believed joining the PDM was a better option than linking up with any other party. One of such factors, according to him, is that the PDM provides the former authentic CPC members with the opportunity to start from clean slate and from a level playing field. “Above all, we have confidence in the party’s leadership, its commitment to do justice to all as well as its pledge to treat all party members equally without discrimination of any kind,’’ he said.

to support the Presidential Advisory Committee chaired by Dr Femi Okurounmu inaugurated by Jonathan on Monday to achieve its objectives. It, however, noted that the membership of the committee was skewed against the younger generation. ``Membership of the committee is skewed against the younger generation, who will have to live with the consequences of the decisions to be made,’’ said the communiqué a copy of which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.

It said the national conference arose out of the perception of Nigerians that they were not directly involved in the preparation and adoption of the 1999 constitution. ``Since there is a perception that the Nigerian people were not directly involved in the preparation and adoption of the present constitution, there is need for a national conference. ``It is also necessary given the fact that Nigeria is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious country with diverse interests.’’ According to the foundation, majority of Nigerians are limited on

critical issues of survival contrary to the assumption of the political elite. ``Nigerian federalism, in its distributive mode, is dysfunctional, counter-productive and lacking in innovation. ``Some of the critical issues facing the Nigerian state include revenue derivation, devolution of powers, minority rights, security, state police, census and local government autonomy,’’ it added. The foundation expressed the conviction that the conference would contribute significantly to the creation of a more viable Nigerian polity. (NAN)

ivalry between incumbent governor of Benue state, Gabriel Suswam and former National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP Senator Barnabas Gemade came to the fore last weekend as supporters said to be loyal to the governor booed the Senator. The ugly incident took place during the burial ceremony of a member of the Elders’ Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Liambee Shande in Kwande local government area of the State. Gemade had attempted to address mourners at the burial when the youths openly booed him, though undaunted he continued the speech. But at the end, he walked over to the governor and told him that since he had influenced his supporters to denigrate his person, its an indication that the battle line between them had been drawn. Governor Suswam is eyeing the Senatorial seat presently occupied by Sen. Gemade. He had rolled out his campaign train as cars coated with his image are seen in the state capital, Makurdi as well as the seven local government areas that make up Zone A senatorial district. Gemade who is currently occupying the position intends to go back for a second term. Governor Suswam, it was gathered, had suggested ambassadorial slot to Gemade who had rejected the idea.


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Politics National Confab: PDP challenges Tinubu to live debate From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

L-R: APC chieftain, Chief Tom Ikimi, former National Chairman, defunct ANPP, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, former Lagos state Governor and Leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, APC Governorship Candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, Imo state Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha, APC Interim Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, and Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, during the official opening of Ngige campaign for the November 16 governorship election in Anambra, yesterday at Onitsha. Photo: NAN

Gombe PDP factionalises, endorses Baraje’s leadership From David Hassan, Gombe

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he unity in Gombe state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has cracked as members of the New PDP are now calling on lovers of the party to respond to the leadership of the new National chairman Kawu Baraje. Honourable Mohammed Umar Shabuki made the call at a press conference in Gombe yesterday on behalf of members

of the New PDP. He said “in view of the problem facing the leadership of the PDP, we called on ourselves to express our solidarity with Senator Danjuma Goje. This same movement birthed the PDP in Gombe through Sen. Goje. He knows why he is going with the New PDP and we are gong with him because he is our father politically.” “Personally, I have never had any form of problem with

Dankwambo, likewise all of us here. We are doing this because it is a course we believe in. “If the state government or party organ is not happy with our movement, so be it! What did they do at the national level? Politics is about challenge and I have always been in the opposition all along,” he explained. Shabuki who was accompanied by Baba Gidado and Gurama Tembeyolo said they had so far not received any form of

warning from the party, even as they are ready to damn whatever consequences of their decision. They said the New PDP boasts of membership across the state and would soon commence their activities “Goje is our father, and Abubakar Atiku is our grand father, even in the old PDP. So I call on everyone seeking the right path to follow the father and grandfather for proper guidance,” said the New PDP trio.

Gov. Orji tasks new commissioners on service delivery

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ov. Theodore Orji of Abia yesterday enjoined the newly appointed commissioners to contribute their quota toward the state’s development. The governor gave the charge in Umuahia during his inauguration of 24 commissioners and 10 permanent secretaries. He said that his administration, which was on its way out, needed to be re-invigorated to ensure a more

efficient public service delivery. ``We are on the path of exit and we must make an impact on our people,’’ he said. ``Abia people are looking up to you to perform wonders,’’ he added Orji stressed that efforts would be intensified to complete ongoing projects before the end of his administration. ``If we could not complete the projects, we should be able to attain

up to 95 per cent of the projects’ completion before we leave office,’’ he said. The governor, however, warned that he would not hesitate to fire any commissioner who was not loyal, saying: ``Your allegiance must go to God and me, who appointed you.’’ Orji urged the new commissioners and permanent secretaries to exhibit good

manners while discharging their responsibilities, urging them to justify the confidence reposed in them by giving excellent service delivery. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that two commissioners were also sworn in for the state’s civil service commission and the state’s independent electoral commission respectively. (NAN)

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos yesterday challenged the national leader of All Progressives Party (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to a live debate over his stance on the National Conference being promoted by President Goodluck Jonathan. In a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, the party described the Tinubu’s condemnation of the national conference as one that has exposed him as “a pseudo progressive”. “The Party has thus challenged Tinubu to risk a live debate with Dr Femi Okurounmu on the propriety of the National dialogue at this time of our nationhood. “In the opinion of the party, Tinubu has now confirmed himself as a pseudo progressive and enemy of Nigeria having condemned a popular wish of Nigerians, home and abroad. Tinubu is now more of a national distraction than a national attraction,” a part of the statement read. The party said it expected Tinubu to felicitate with Senator Femi Okunronmu over his recent appointment as the Chairman of the advisory committee set up by the Federal Government if indeed he is an old student of the same Government College Ibadan (GCI) which Okunronmu attended. “Contrary to the public display, the former governor’s outburst is because he still sees Dr Femi Okurounmu as a political enemy ever since the latter exposed the former as never a student of Government College, Ibadan (GCI). “Dr Okurounmu is a well known ex-student of Government College, Ibadan. Tinubu ought to accord comradeship to Dr Okunrounmu if indeed he ever attended GCI like Dr Okuorunmu did, but indeed Tinubu has remained haunted by the revelation that he never attended.”

Aggrieved youths assault lawmaker in Nassarawa From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

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ggrieved supporters of a member of the House of Representatives lawmaker, David Ombugadu, (APC, Akwanga/ Nasarawa-Eggon/Wamba), allegedly assaulted the lawmaker after he made to leave the palace of the Chun Mada, in Akwanga, Nasarawa state. Ombugadu, was reportedly attacked by his supporters who

accompanied him to pay homage on the new paramount ruler, shortly after he emerged from the palace, to enter his waiting vehicle, sources at the palace said. The source said the lawmaker who had earlier been hailed by the supporters, turned deaf ears to demands by the youth for a N1 million payment as settlement for being part of his entourage to the palace of the Chun Mada.

Ombugadu who had earlier met with zonal leaders of his party at the Local Government VIP lounge along Keffi Road, and left there on a trip to the palace along Jos Road, was seen with a large crowd of youths, mostly boys, who sang and danced on vehicle tops, while he waved to crowds in an open-roof jeep. He used siren all through his journey through the town. Sources said the youths who accompanied him, rose against him,

shortly after he emerged from the palace, and made to enter his vehicle to leave for Abuja. “The boys were all over him. They said he must give them N1 million before he will leave them. Before you know, they started attacking him. They didn’t allow him to enter his vehicle,” said a source who added that “they began to hit him left and right, complaining that he has been using them without paying.” Our reporter gathered further

that it took the quick intervention of the Chun Mada, Mr. Samson Gamu Yare and his palace guards as well as policemen, to save the lawmaker, as they rescued him from the grip of the irate supporters. “The Chun Mada took him back into the palace, and led him out of the palace through a back gate. They drove him in pick-up van to Gudi (along Keffi Road), and waited for his convoy to come and pick him back to Abuja,” the source said.


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Ombatse: Sen Ewuga lied, says witness From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

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egal Adviser to the Ombatse cult group, Zachary Zamani Allumaga has that Senator Solomon Ewuga lied when he claimed that Ombatse is not an aspect of Eggon culture. Allumaga made the

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ormer Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Surveyor Sa’idu Ibrahim Jahun has observed that it is only when Nigerians are sincere and tell themselves the bitter truth that the country will overcome its myriad challenges, especially insecurity. “It’s not an issue where you just sit on the fence thinking that somebody else somewhere is going to solve the problem”, he said while fielding questions from newsmen in Bauchi. “The situation is actually in our hands, everybody should be able to contribute either by being security conscious or giving useful information to law enforcement agencies and so forth”, he stressed. From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

clarification when he stood as a witness at the ongoing sitting of the judicial commission of inquiry into the brutal murder of scores of security operatives at Alakyo village. The legal adviser, who had earlier appeared before the commission last Friday, continued with his testimony on Monday. While being cross examined by counsels before the panel, Allumaga said that Ewuga is not in a position to know the historical basis of the group. He however explained that membership of Ombatse was voluntary for all Eggon people, adding that the group has no

mandate from the Eggon nation but exists alone to protect the interests of members of that ethnic group. While exonerating Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of allegations of founding the group, Allumaga however said the Ombatse habours certain grievances against the Nasarawa state government. The grievances, he said, include the Al-makura administration’s alleged refusal to heed to its advice, leading to the death of many people, and treating the Ombatse as enemies rather than partners in the quest for peace in the state. According to the prime

witness, Ombatse initiated a peace process following which it wrote a letter to the governor as well as heads of security agencies operating in the state, adding that, “only the former director of the SSS, Abubakar Bubuche, granted us audience. If he had been around, those 10 SSS operatives would not have been killed in Alakyo”. Allumaga further maintained that the Ombatse is a prayer group comprising the Eggon people from both religions, with Baba Alakyo, the prayer leader, with the chief priest ultimately converting to Islam shortly after the Alakyo incident. When asked who nominated

4 killed in auto crash in Kebbi From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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group, International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) women’s network in Nigeria has called for stigmatization and ban of nuclear weapons as a new vision for its disarmament. This was contained statement signed by the coordinator, IANSA women network Nigeria, Ms Mimidoo Achakpa In Abuja. By Joy Baba

Eid-el-Kabir

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overnor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State yesterday directed the Ministry of Finance to begin the payment of October salaries to the state civil servants. A statement in Sokoto by the Senior Special Assistant to Wamakko on Media, Malam Sani Umar, said the directive was to enable the Muslims to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir slated for Oct. 15. It stated that the payment of the salaries should start by Friday. ‘’The governor has therefore, directed the state Ministry of Finance to ensure that the salaries are paid latest by Friday. ‘’The measure is meant to assist the civil servants to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir comfortably with their families.’’(NAN)

him to act as interpreter for Baba Alakyo when Sen. Ewuga, among other Eggon leaders, visited Alakyo shortly after the murder of security operatives, Allumaga told the panel that it was only natural for him to take the role because of his closeness to the Ombatse chief priest. On the proscription of the group by the state government through a Legal Notice, he feigned ignorance of the government’s action, saying he only got to know about that after the judicial panel was inaugurated. “As from that time, I advised the group to stop every activity of the Ombatse”, he said.

Kaduna state Deputy Governor, Ambassador Nuhu Audu Bajoga (left), administering measles vaccine on a six-month old baby girl, during the on-going measles vaccination exercise, on Monday at Rigachikun Primary Healthcare Centre, in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state.

Kwara commits N10m monthly to water From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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he Kwara state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has disclosed that his administration is spending N10 million monthly to sink bore-holes across the three senatorial districts of the state. Governor Ahmed who stated this while speaking

with journalists in Ilorin, said the action was to ensure adequate water supply to the people before the completion of the ongoing construction and water reticulation in the state. The governor explained that most of the areas without water works were marked to benefit from the borehole projects. While speaking on

rehabilitation of General Hospitals in the state, Governor Ahmed disclosed that five of the hospitals sited in Share, Offa, Ilorin, OmuAran and Kaiama, have reached 80 percent completion. He added that all modern equipment needed by the hospitals have been purchased, stressing that they would be delivered once the rehabilitation was completed.

our finance clerks of Danko Wasagu local government area of Kebbi state were confirmed dead after the car in which they were travelling rammed into a stationary vehicle. An eyewitness, Alhaji Usman Muhammad, Tudun Wada, told our correspondent that the deceased were returning to Zuru from Ribah, headquarters of the local government after payment of staff salary over the weekend. “The incident occurred around 7:30pm when the vehicle ran into a stationary tipper exactly 10 kilometres to Zuru town as we were returning from Ribah during a heavy rainfall at night when they ran into the broken down sand tipper that was abandoned in the middle of the road. “Three of the victims died instantly with the head of one cut off by the impact. The fourth victim died the next day at the hospital. Four of them were traveling in a white Toyota ‘First Lady’ car.” Also confirming the incident, a senior official in the Zuru Unit Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said a fouth passenger was rushed to the Martha Bamaiyi General Hospital, Zuru. The condition of the fourth victim, Mukhtar Abdullahi, was still unclear as at press time as some sources insist he was alive and has been transferred to the Uthman Danfodio University Teaching Hospita (UDUTH), Sokoto.


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NLC accuses Mbu of lawlessness By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused the Rivers state Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, of excesses, urging the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Mohammed, to transfer him out of the state with immediate effect. In a petition made public on Monday by the union, it said the police commissioner has failed to inspire confidence in the contending parties in the state,

including those loyal to both Governor Rotimi Amaech and President Goodluck Jonathan. NLC’s petition came on the heels of the reported tear-gassing and brutalisation in Port Harcourt of newly-recruited teachers in the state, who had gathered at the instance of the state’s Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to receive their letters of posting. Pointing out that the conduct of the police was unnecessary and ill-advised, NLC also demanded for an apology from the police, in

addition to a firm assurance that it would conduct itself in the future in line with civilized norms and rules of engagement. It further observed that the right to free and peaceful association, as guaranteed by the Constitution, does not reside with any individual, no matter how-highly placed. In a letter to the IGP, NLC said, “Even in untowardly circumstances, there are rules of engagement, let alone in a situation where teachers had no motive other than to collect their letters of posting.

“We are inclined to believe Mr. Joseph Mbu, the State Commissioner of Police, who directed this heinous attack was not acting at your behest because we recall you came into office with a new code of conduct which Nigerians applauded”, the petition read. Meanwhile, the union has advocated for strong institutions to sustain both Nigeria’s democracy and the society in general, adding that the police force should be seen to be part of the process.

L-R: Minister of Education, Barrister Nyeson Wike, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission(NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, Acting Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Malam Aliyu Na’iya, and Chairman, Board of Trustee TETFUND, Dr. Musa Babayo, going through some documents during minister’s meeting with with the Pro-Chancellors/ ViceChancellors of federal and state universities, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

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he Permanent Secretary, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Projects in Katsina State, Malam Isiyaku Dikko, yesterday said 81 maternal and children hospitals had been constructed in the state. Dikko disclosed this while handing over one of the hospitals in Karaduwa village of Matazu local government area. He said that all the hospitals were equipped with modern healthcare facilities before

they were handed over to the communities. Dikko said more than 1,100 bore holes were also drilled under the MDG across the state as part of efforts to enhance health and sanitation services. The permanent secretary urged the benefiting communities to make proper use of the facilities in improving their health status. According to him, the health centres were established based

on the direct needs of the communities as such they should protect them against vandalism. He commended Gov. Ibrahim Shema as well as local government chairmen for their support. In a remark on behalf of Karaduwa community, the Transition Committee Chairman of Matazu local council, Alhaji Yaro Dissi pledged to post more health personnel to the hospital. Dissi urged the villagers

to patronise the hospital for routine immunisation, child and maternal care as well as other illnesses. He also pledged to provide free drugs and other free services to the hospital. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the permanent secretary had earlier handed over similar hospitals to Dangane and Sheme communities in Musawa and Faskari local government areas respectively. (NAN)

MDGs provide classrooms in 38 Plateau schools From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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he Plateau state Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has commenced the construction of classrooms and providing educational materials to various schools in the state. The construction which will be benefited by over 38 schools was disclosed yesterday in Jos by Mr Chuwang Pwajok, the Information and Communication Officer of the Project Support Unit (PSU) of the state’s MDGs Mr Pwajok, said that the projects were being executed under the 2012 local government track interventions which mentioned Barkin Ladi, Langtang South Bassa and Pankshin local government areas as the beneficiaries. “In MDGs interventions, we have the state and local government tracks projects, which are usually approved by the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President (OSSAP) on MDGs. “And for year 2012 under local government track, approval has been given and contracts are awarded for the construction of classroom blocks, supply of educational materials and furniture,’’ he said. The information officer said the projects included the construction of three classroom blocks in nine schools in Bassa Local Government Area of the state. According Pwajok, over 14 schools in Barkin Ladi would be supplied 40 desks and chairs each for teacher and 10 schools in Langtang South would be provided with 40 teacher desks and chairs each. He further said `12 schools in Barkin Ladi are to get 720 textbooks each, 600 textbooks each are to be supplied to five schools in Langtang South. “64,000 exercise books would be supplied 175 schools in Pankshin and 40 pupil benches each for 36 schools in the local government area’’. He also said that some selected schools in the four local governments would be given instructional materials to aid teaching and learning.

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he National Industrial Court, Abuja, has fixed Oct. 28 for definite hearing in a suit filed by 16 members of the Tanker Drivers Unit of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (PTDNUPENG), against its Chairman, Alhaji Gambo Tuge.

The presiding judge, Justice Maureen Esowe, fixed the date, after the defendants’ counsel, Mr Abubakar Habib, prayed the court for an adjournment to enable him go through all depositions and make consequential responses. It will be recalled that Nuhu Muhammed, who filed the suit

on behalf of 15 others, had in January sued NUPENG’s incumbent chairman, Tuge and 12 others before the court. The claimants are praying the court to declare that the suspension and seizure of their membership cards was unlawful, null and void.

The claimants are also praying the court to order the defendants to return their membership cards and be allowed to participate in the union’s election. When the matter came up for hearing on Tuesday, the claimants’ counsel, Mr Muhammed Katu, told the court

that he had two witnesses in court and was ready to go on. Katu then presented one Lawal Muhammed as the first witness but was rejected by the defendant’s counsel on the ground that his name was not on the witness list presented to the court. (NAN)


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he Chief Coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi has condemned the newly renovated football pitch of the Abuja National Stadium by the National Sports Commission (NSC). The big boss, who disclosed this yesterday after the Eagles’ training, said that the re-grass pitch can’t host international matches because it was renovated with sharp sound. “Let me (Keshi) be sincere with you, this pitch is not level and it of low class, it will be waterlogged should it rained, I am saying this because the pitch is also my own as a Nigeria, “he said. The House of Representatives Committee on Sports has earlier expressed dissatisfaction with the renovated Abuja stadium pitch. The chairman of the House committee on sports Rep.

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The Abuja National Stadium recently renovated by the NSC Godfrey Gaiya, who led his PLC as there was not enough committee members on oversight drainage to drain the water after function to the Abuja Stadium, the rain. has described the N96.6 million “The re-grassing is just an used for the re-grassing of the aspect of the renovation and they pitch as “doubtful”. said today that it cost them N96.6 He said that it members were million to do, my verdict is that I disappointed with the level of am not comfortable with the level work carried out by Julius Berger of water logged on the pitch.

“I was in Calabar and it rained for three days nonstop before the match and you cannot compare Calabar that is in tropical environment to Abuja that is in the Savannah where rain is lighter. “So, if it rained in Calabar for three days when Nigeria played Malawi and I never saw anything like waterlogged spot, why should ordinary drizzling cause water ponds on the renovated Abuja pitch,” Gaiya asked. Reacting to the House of Representatives’ committee on sports over sight visit, NSC has maintained that the newly rehabilitated main bowl pitch is of FIFA’s standard. The director in charge of Facilities and Stadium Management, Engr. Ibrahim Shehu said that the grass is natural and not synthetic and as such, it

was only natural for the grass to absorb its moisture contents. On the issue of the drainage system raised in the report, Engr. Shehu said that the drainage was not visible like the ones along our major roads but rather there (sic) were built underground and are functioning effectively. On his part, a consultant for Julius Berger (Nig) the company charged with rehabilitation of the pitch, Mr. Tony Agboni, maintained that the pitch was very up to FIFA’s standard and that it is capable of hosting any international match under any weather condition. Agboni stated that the NSC should be commended for its efforts towards rehabilitating the pitch, adding, that the NSC’s management has shown exceptional commitment to the maintenance of the stadium.

Pillars back on NPFL table after Moses, Emenike missing dramatic win against Enyimba in Eagles training

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ano Pillars are back on top of the Nigeria Professional Football League after a late 1-0 win over title rivals Enyimba in a replayed tie in Lokoja yesterday. A stoppage time goal by substitute Manir Ubale gave Pillars vital three points from this match behind closed doors after the Week 31 clash in Kano was abandoned following crowd

trouble. Pillars now have 60 points from 35 matches, while Enyimba are fourth on 56 points. Pillars coach Mohammed Babaganaru said they are now closer retaining their championship. “I am very happy and pleased with the way our boys played. It’s a game we believed we won before but now we won again.

Match winner Manir Ubale of Pillars

This victory is a step closer to our ambition of retaining the league title,” Babaganaru declared. The defending champions stepped up their game in the second half and they were rewarded late on. Enyimba goalkeeper Femi Thomas pulled off the biggest save of the day when he kept out a goalbound header inside the box by Shehu Abdullahi after 64 minutes. Bello Kofarmata also saw his shot blocked by Thomas in the 70th minute as Pillars piled on the pressure in a bid to win this very crucial game. Enyimba were more threatening going forward in the first half as they created more of the chances. A 15th minute goal by Victor Ezeji was disallowed for offside. An Ezeji header off a pullout from the right was tipped for corner by goalkeeper Theophilus Afelokhai in Pillars goal in the 41st minute. But in first half stoppage time, Kabiru Umar had two fine chances to put Pillars ahead. First, his blasted his shot wide off target on the top of the box and moments later, he forced goalkeeper Thomas to push to shot for a corner.

V Victor Moses yet to report to camp agles opened training in Addis Ababa. yesterday in Abuja ahead “The players who have a World Cup playoff in joined up are in top shape. We E Ethiopia but five pros led by are expecting the other players V Victor Moses and Emmanuel later today,” he said. E Emenike still expected. Chelsea midfielder Mikel The other call-ups still to Obi, Ahmed Musa of CSKA jjo join the squad are Dynamo Moscow and Lille goalkeeper K Kiev striker Brown Ideye, Nosa Vincent Enyeama were among Ig Igiebor of Spanish side Real the 18 players who trained on B Betis and Shola Ameobi of Tuesday evening. N Newcastle. The training at the Ameobi has been an injury refurbished Abuja National d doubt but Coach Stephen Keshi Stadium was mostly on h has insisted the Newcastle conditioning and lasted for st striker will be available for this about two hours the team will m match. train again at the same venue Top team official Emmanuel Wednesday afternoon, the team A Attah said the players in are all are due to fly out of Abuja early fit and ready for Sunday’s match Saturday for Ethiopia.

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Sports Reps pledge support to NSC on restoration of sports facilities

Millions of green and white set wave in Ethiopia

Ninety minutes in Addis will be hell, says Keshi

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he House of Representatives Committee on Sports yesterday pledged its readiness to partner with the National Sports Commission (NSC) on the restoration of sports facilities in the country through proper legislation. The Chairman of the committee Hon. Godfrey Gaiya gave the pledged during his members’ official inspection of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna. Gaya said that the committee was aware that the N1 billion allocated for the maintenance of the six national stadiums in the country was grossly inadequate. He advised the commission to find other means to ensure that the stadiums remained in good shape. “I advise the commission not to wait for government alone, but can devise other means to keep these facilities in shape by partnering with private investors to achieve this goal. “The commission can also allow for proper utilisation of the facilities by allowing members of the public to use them on rental so that the facilities will not lay idle,’’ he said. Gaiya expressed satisfaction with the current state of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium and commended the commission’s Zonal Coordinator Zone A, Dr Ademola Aare “for keeping the stadium in good shape in spite of the lean budget, it is a good thing to come to Ahmadu Bello Stadium, which was built 49 years ago and still find it in good shape, especially the main turf,’’ the chairman said. Gaiya called on the NSC to complete the hostel project at the stadium which had been abandoned for long. He advised Aare to continue with the good work, saying that the committee would be back soon for another round of inspection. Responding, Aare commended the efforts of the Kaduna State Government and individuals for supporting the commission.

Nigerian fans Stories by Albert Akota

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espite a quick in and out for the battle of Addis by the Super Eagles on Sunday, Nigerians will still be arriving with a huge contingent of fans. This is according to an announcement made by the Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, revealing that President Goodluck Jonathan had approved funds for the fans

to attend the do or die cracker. “I am delighted to say that Mr President has given us his full support” he said. “He has approved funds for the NFF to ensure that large contingents of Nigerian fans are taken to Ethiopia for the game. Everyone who witnessed AFCON 2013 knows how vociferous Ethiopian fans could be; so, we are responding appropriately to ensure that large contingents of Nigerian

supporters are represented. As Mr President has approved financial support for this, we are doing everything possible to ensure that we come back from Ethiopia with a very good result,” he further added. The Minister an ardent football fan himself also said that he was kept abreast daily on the ongoing preparations and camp in Abuja and was quite confident that the Super Eagles would not let Nigeria down.

Ethiopia’s foreign-based arrive in Addis Ababa

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thiopia’s foreign legion has begun trooping into Addis ahead of Sunday’s World Cup playoff clash against African champions Nigeria. Addis Hintsa who plies his trade at Al Ahly Shendi, Shemeles Bekele of Al Ittihad in Libya and Israel based Asrat Mergasa have reported to camp. Getane Kebede who is still nursing a nagging ankle injury is expected to link up with his team mates from his base in South Africa. However it is uncertain whether he will recover in time for the big clash. Getaneh’s coach at Bidvest Wits Gavin Hunt gave him time off to recuperate fully from the nagging injury which he suffered on September 6. On the other hand Salhadin Said who plies his trade for Wadi Degla in the Egyptian league is also expected to join the team on Tuesday. The government naturally has offered incentive to motivate the team ahead of the do or die encounter with the African champions Nigeria. However some players have shared with supersport.com their displeasure with most saying the feel unappreciated.

he Head coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi has predicted a torrid time for his wards ahead of Sunday’s 2014 Fifa World Cup playoff against Ethiopia. The African champions face Ethiopia in the first leg of a two-legged double header at the Ydnekachew Tesema Stadium, Addis Ababa on Sunday and Keshi is asking his players to “expect the worst.” “I have told my boys to expect the worst in Addis Ababa because the Ethiopians will do all they can to destabilise us,” Keshi said. The “Big Boss’ as Keshi is fondly called said only “big characters” will be selected to play on Sunday. “This will be a serious test for us because it is the final hurdle. Only big characters will be selected to play and concentration and focus must be high. “Right from the dressing room, the Ethiopians will try to provoke the players and try to make them go crazy. “Things will not be much different on the pitch because the Ethiopian supporters will try to get our players mad and make them lose their cool. “We cannot afford to play into their hands because we know what we want to achieve” Keshi said. Keshi has led the Super Eagles in 31 internationals since taking the reins from Samson Siasia in 2011. He has yet to lose a competitive fixture to African opposition but that record will be put to a stern examination on Sunday afternoon.

Ndaks tasks football coaches on refresher courses

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he Head of Football Department, National Institute for Sports (NISports), Lawrence Ndaks, has urged grassroots coaches to take advantage of the institute to broaden their knowledge in the sport. Ndaks said that knowledge was an important ingredient that

could determine the success of any individual in his career of choice. He implored the coaches to strive hard to improve their capacity by attending refresher courses that were readily available in the institute. “We have all kinds of football coaches, who are not familiar with the technicality, involved in

coaching a team. ‘Coaches should take advantage of the institute to get more exposure in football by attending courses that will enhance their knowledge,’’ he said. He noted that the government alone should not be saddled with the sole responsibility of sports development in the country.

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Sports

FIFA plans racism league table

Sunderland name Poyet as head coach

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IFA has revealed plans to create a league table based on counties’ racial abuse and discrimination. Tokyo Sexwale, a member of FIFA’s Task Force against Racism and Discrimination, told a United Nations forum on racism and football. Further details are due to be released at the Doha Goals sports conference in Qatar in December, but Sexwale revealed FIFA would ask countries to “commit themselves to a set of principles” at a summit in 2014 and said: “Sport is more powerful than government in breaking down barriers.” The South African, who was a fierce opponent of apartheid in his homeland and was imprisoned on Robben Island along with Nelson Mandela, stressed that closer monitoring of racist and discriminatory incidents was “very, very key”. Michel Platini, the UEFA president and FIFA vice-president, told the U.N. forum that fighting racism “doesn’t always make us more popular in the football world”, adding: “We are doing it because it’s the right thing to do.

Swansea want £30m for Michu

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ichu’s call-up for Spain means his potential suitors will have to pay more than 30 million pounds, according to Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins. Following an injury to David Villa, the 27-year-old has been selected in Spain’s squad for the very first time ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with Belarus and Georgia. Swans boss Michael Laudrup insisted Michu was already worth 30 million pounds last December after the forward’s incredible start to life in the Premier League following his £2.2 million move from Rayo Vallecano. Michu would go on to score 22 goals in all competitions and has already netted five times this term. And now Jenkins insists the price will be even higher should anyone want to prise him away from the Liberty Stadium. Michu is tied to Swansea until 2016 having signed an extension to his contract in January, though it has been speculated he could depart if Laudrup leaves the club next summer.

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Wenger, Ramsey win monthly awards

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rsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Aaron Ramsey have won September’s Barclays manager and player of the Month awards respectively. This is 13th time 63-year-old manager Wenger has received the honour, with the league leaders having won all four of their matches during the month. Wales’s midfielder Ramsey, 22, scored four goals in those games. The ex-Cardiff player found the net twice in the win over Sunderland and also scored against Stoke and Swansea. The double award marks a change in fortunes for the Gunners and, in particular, Wenger, who came under pressure from some fans at the start of the season. The Frenchman’s future was questioned by the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust following the club’s 3-1 defeat by Aston Villa on the opening day, while the club’s lack of spending during the summer transfer window, up to that point,

Januzaj yet to decide country of origin

Manchester United teenager Adnan Januzaj is not ready to make a decision on his international future, according to Belgium coach Marc Wilmots. The 18-year-old scored twice on his full debut as United came from behind to beat Sunderland 2-1 on Saturday. Uncapped Januzaj is eligible for the country of his birth, Belgium, as well as Albania, Turkey or Serbia. Januzaj, who was signed by

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ormer Brighton boss Gus Poyet has been named as Sunderland head coach on a two-year deal. The Black Cats lie bottom of the Premier League and sacked Paolo Di Canio in September after only 13 games. Gus Poyet has made no secret of his desire to manage in the Premier League and was desperate for this opportunity. He was the preferred choice of director of football Roberto De Fanti but ultimately it is owner Ellis Short who decides - and he is aware of the importance of this appointment. Sunderland’s senior

the Premier League champions in 2011 from Belgian club Anderlecht for a reported fee of nearly £300,000, was born in Brussels. However, he seems keen on keeping his options open, having not yet played internationally at any level. Januzaj qualifies for Albania through his Kosovan-Albanian parents, Turkey through his grandparents and Serbia as Kosovo’s independence has not been recognised by the United Nations. England manager Roy Hodgson said on Match of the Day on Saturday that he had been keeping an eye on a player whom he described as a “real talent”.

professional development coach Kevin Ball had been in temporary charge of the club since Di Canio was relieved of his position following a player revolt at the club. Ball, 48, had asked to be considered for the job, but said following the Wearside club’s 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Saturday he did not expect to be doing another post-match news conference any time soon. Ex-Chelsea and Tottenham player Poyet, who was capped 26 times by his country, started his coaching career in England in 2006 as assistant to Dennis Wise at Swindon Town then Leeds United.

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I want to outscore Chelsea strikers, says Lukaku

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omelu Lukaku aims to find the target - as Lukaku has show Jose Mourinho bagged four for Everton. his ability Lukaku last week by scoring more insisted in a British goals than any of newspaper he Chelsea’s strikers approached Mourinho while on loan at about leaving Everton. Stamford Bridge Chelsea’s temporarily, while strikers are yet to the Portuguese score in the Premier said playing well for League this term Everton and Chelsea Fernando Torres is was a different matter. the only one to find the Now Lukaku, who Romelu signed from Anderlecht net this season, notching Lukaku in August 2011 and spent twice, while Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba are still to last term on loan at West

Bromwich Albion, has suggested Mourinho should have told him to stay at Chelsea. The 20-year-old told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad: “The coach decides and as a player you have to respect that. “I chose to leave and it’s up to me to prove the coach wrong. The only things I can do is play well and score a lot. And then I think people will say that I’m a good player. “I want to score more goals than the Chelsea strikers. We will see at the end of the season who made the best choice.”


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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED BODY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990 TRUSTEES: 1. UGWUBUJO OLUCHUCKWU IHUOMA 2. OLUCHUKWU CHUKWUEBUKA GOLDEN 3. ANADOKA CHIDIMA (MRS) 4. OMERINYA GRACE (DEACONESS) 5. UGWUBUJO OLUCHUKWU CHRISTOPHER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH AND TEACH THE GOSPEL OF THE WORLD 2. TO LIBERATE, EMPOWER AND IMPART THE OPPRESSED THROUGH THE EXPOSITORY TEACHING OF THE WORD 3. AFFECTING THE LIVES OF THE LESS PRIVILEGED AND DOWNTRODDEN, INCLUDING THE WIDOWS, ORPHANS, PRISON THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST 4. REBUILDING AND IMPARTING OUR WORLD FOR THE KINGDOM THROUGH PRAYERS, EVANGELISM, CRUSADES AND MISSIONARY WORKS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REPLACEMENT OF ITS LOST CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION. ANY OBJECTION TO THE RE ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATE SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. A O AGBOLA, CHEAKLEY CHAMBERS 12 IJORA CAUSEWAY IJORA LAGOS

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED BODY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990 THE TRUSTEES ARE: (A) FELIX OLADUNJOYE (B)TUNJI FARINLOYE (C)RAMON ADELANI (D) MONIAYE AYADI SMITH (E) MRS FALODUN TITILOLA (F) CHIEF ADEBAYO ADELABU (G) DR.(MRS) YINKA AKINLO (H) KAYODE OLAWUMI (I) VICTOR OSOBASE (J) MORADEYO OLUBUKOLA. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1 TO SERVE HUMANITY AND CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THE ADVANCEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN NIGERIA 2 TO BUILD NOVEL PARTNERSHIP AIMED AT ALLEVIATING POVERTY , AMELIORATING AND IMPROVING THE STANDARD OF LIVING OF INDIGENT PERSONS IN THE NIGERIA SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SEYI OLAWUMI ESQ.

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WITH HEAVY HEARTS AND A DEEP SENSE OF SORROW, WE ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF AMINA FAROUK WHO PASSED AWAY ON JULY 29, 2013. UNTIL HER DEATH, SHE WAS A STAFF OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, (GSS ANGUWAN SARKI) KADUNA. SHE HAS SINCE BEEN BURIED IN ACCORDANCE WITH ISLAMIC RITES. SHE IS SURVIVED BY HER AGED MOTHER, HUSBAND AND 3 CHILDREN. MAY HER GENTLE SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE. AMIN. SIGNED: ABDULLAHI AMINU (HUSBAND)


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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CLUB HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.ONYEMA CHRISTOPHER ANOZIE 2.PRINCE UCHE ONONIWU 3.MR.OBINNA OKONKWO 4.MR.FRIDAY ANI 5.MR.AMAECHI EMMANUEL 6.MR.CHRISTOPHER EWULONU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO PROMOTE PEACE AND UNITY AMONG MEMBERS. 2.TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS. 3.TO ASSIST MEMBERS FINANCIALLY. 4.TO ASSIST AND CONTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA DISTRICT, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL LETTER OF OFFER OF STATUTORY RIGHT OF OCCUPANCY NO. KW10289 IN RESPECT OF PLOT 2799, ASOKORO AO4 BELONGING TO ALIMI ABUDULRAZAQ. ALL EFFORTS MADE TO TRACE THE MISSING LETTER PROVED ABORTIVE . IF FOUND, PLEASE RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION. FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ADMINISTRATION, ABUJA GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (AGIS) AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC ARE HEREBY PLACED ON NOTICE.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.DR.ODIRAA NWANKWOR 2.MRS.CHIEDO NWANKWOR 3.DR.JOSEPHAT AKABUIKE 4.MR.EMEKA AKUTAEKWE 5.DR.(MRS.)ABIOLA ODUWOLE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE EVERY NIGERIAN CHILD WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW UP HEALTHY. 2.TO ENCOURAGE AND ADVOCATE FOR EVIDENCE-BASED BEST PRACTICES IN PEDIATRIC CARE IN NIGERIA. 3.TO CREATE AND EXPAND OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERY NIGERIA CHILD TO HAVE FULL PREVENTIVE HEALTHY SERVICES,COMPLETE NUTRITIONAL CARE AND A CHANCE TO BASIC EDUCATION. 4.TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR CAPACITY BUILDING TO LOCAL PEOPLE,TO HARNESS LOCAL RESOURCES AND CREATE ENVIRONMENT WHERE LOCAL PEOPLE USE LOCAL RESOURCES TO HELP CHILDREN IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITIES. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA DISTRICT, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: EMMANUEL NWAGWU ESQ

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.CHIEF (MRS) ANITA NANA OKURIBIDO-PRESIDENT 2.MR.BOLADE SOREMEKUN 3.AIR COMMODORE DANJUMA OTARU (RTD) 4.AIR VICE MARSHAL OSITA OBIERIKA (RTD) 5.PROF JAMES MOMOH 6.LIEUTENANT.GENERAL ABDULRAHMAN DANBAZAU (RTD) 7.ENGR ROTIMI OLADIMEJI - SECRETARY 8.DR FRANCIS SHEEN 9.ENGR.EDWIN EWEGBARA 10.DR.IFEABUNIKE JOSEPH DIOHA THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1.TO PROMOTE THE PRACTICE OF RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ITS PRODUCTION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEE ARE: 1.APOSTLE MOSE GARBA 2.PROPHETESS ABIGAIL MOSES 3.PASTOR SOLOMON ADEKOJO 4PASTOR AMOS OBADIAH THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA DISTRICT, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA DISTRICT, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THAE TRUTEES ARE: 1.MARIA NWACHI EGWU 2.CHIKA DIBIA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS AND JOBS TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED PEOPLE ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA DISTRICT, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: MARIA NWACHI EGWU

PUBLIC NOTICE ASSOCIATION OF PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS IREWOLE $ ISOKAN LGA OSUN STATE THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEE ARE: 1.MR OKELADE GIDEON ADEWOYE - CHAIRMAN BOT 2.MR IBRAHIM ADESHINA AZEEZ - SECRETARY 3.MR ODETOKUN OLARINDE RAZAK - MEMEBER BOT 4.MR AJANI MOSOBALAJE OLANIYI - MEMBER BOT 5.MRS OJO ABIOLA FLORENCE - TREASURER 6.MR ADEYEMO KAYODE JOHNSON - MEMBER BOT 7.MR OKPONYA OJEKA MOSES - MEMBER BOT 8.MR OYEWUMI OLUSOLA OYETUNJI - MEMBER BOT THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 2.TO HELP INCULCATE BEST ON THE JOB PRACTICES AMONG ITS MEMBERS. 3.TO HELP ERADICATE QUACKRY AMONG PRIVATE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA DISTRICT, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: GIDEON OLUSOJI OLAWANI BLOCK 3,FLAT 24 ODEREMO CLOSE AREA 1SEC I GARKI,ABUJA 08033114285

ROYAL INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHILDREN MINISTRY

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEE ARE: 1.REV. THOMAS BOBAI - CHAIRMAN 2.MRS.VICTORIA BOBAI - SECRETARY 3.MRS.SARAH NYAM 4.MR.SIMON JIRAH 5.MRS.MERCY TANKO 6.MRS.OLUSHOLA BAMISAYE 7.MRS.ALHERI BAHAGO THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AMONG CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS. 2.TO BRING UP CHILDREN ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES OF THE SCRIPTURE. 3.TO BRING UP CHILDREN IN THE FEAR OF GOD. 4.TO INCULCATE SOUND MORAL PRINCIPLES IN CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS. 5.TO MAKE SURE OUR MEMEBERS SERVE GOD WITH A PURE HEART. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA DISTRICT, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF THE ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY NO. BA/ 13478, GWARIMPA HOUSING ESTATE NO. 2 ABUJA, BELONGING TO DR. DANJUMA SULAI. ALL EFFORTS TO TRACE THE DOCUMENTS PROVED ABORTIVE. IF FOUND, PLEASE RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION. CHANGE OF NAME I FORMERLY KNOWN AS HADIZA SANI GULMA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS HADIZA YUSUF, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, FIRST BANK AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

CHANGE OF NAME I FORMERLY KNOWN AS SAMUEL DARANGI NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SIMON DARANGI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

CHANGE OF NAME I FORMERLY KNOWN AS RHODA MATHEW BARDE NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS RHODA DACHI KUTA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NIGER STATE AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

CHANGE OF NAME I FORMERLY KNOWN AS IBRAHIM MAITANDU NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BEGE MAITANDU. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, BAUCHI L.G AND THE GENERAL SHOULD PLEASE PUBLIC TO TAKE NOTE.

CHANGE OF NAME I FORMERLY KNOWN AS ABUBAKAR ADAMU NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ABUBBAKAR ADAMU DASS, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NIGERIA CUSTOMS SERVICE AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE

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I, FORMERLY KMOWN AS MONICA PAUL GANKON NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. MONICA JOHN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NIGERIA POLICE FORCE AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEE ARE: 1.MR.ABINORO AKPOCHA 2.MR.AKPOFURE AGHOGHO 3.MR.DIAMOND ASHARE 4.MR.ISEAL OBAYEDO THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1.TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THE MEMBERS. 2.TO ASSIST MEMBER MORAL AND FINANCIALLY WHEN THE NEED ARISE ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA DISTRICT, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. OLISA A.VICTOR

CHANGE OF NAME I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS KEHINDE ADEDOYIN, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. KEHINDE ADEDOYIN ISHOLA. ALL FORMAL DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NIGERIAN IMMIGRATION SERVICE AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

CHANGE OF NAME I, FORMERLY KMOWN AS BABAYO JIBRIL NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ABUBAKAR BABAYO JIBRIL. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.


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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. NAMES OF TRUSTEES: 1. IGBINOSA OBASEKI WILSON 2. EBOIGBE CYRIL 3. OBASEKI JOSEPHINE 4. ODIASE RUTH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO ALL NATIONS OF THE WORLD ANY OBJECTION TO THE ABOVE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B. 198, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: OKOH LINDA OGHOGHO (SOLICITOR) 08035819450

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEES UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THIS CHANGE HAS BECOME TO WIDEN AND REFLECT THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE FOUNDATION OLD TRUSTEES 1. PASTOR PRINCE YUSUF (NOW PASTOR PRINCE DRAMBI JOSEPH) RETAINED 2. DAVID JAPHET REMOVED 3. NWABUKA AWELE REMOVED 4. GWANI ANDREW SAMUEL REMOVED 5. ROSELINE DARA REMOVED NEWLY APPOINTED TRUSTEE IJEOMA CHINYERE JOSEPH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. EJEATA ANNET IMENE ONOGHO; 08053056007

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEES UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CLUB HAS APPLIED TO CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEES UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. AJOGI EJE SYLVESTER 2. UNOJI SAMUEL 3. JONAH ABARI 4. IGO MICHAEL ADAODE 5. AWUGO JENNIFER 6. ISAAC ADIMA 7. INAKWU EJE MICHAEL 8. SAMUEL IGO IDE 9. REUBEN OJEKA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROTECT THE INTEREST AND WELFARE OF MEMBERS 2. TO PROMOTE PEACE AND UNITY AMONGST MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION AND AINU SONS AND DAUGHTERS IN DIASPORA 3. TO ENHANCE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC WELLBEING OF MEMBERS AND AINU COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EZENWENYI SUNDAY ETUOSOROCHUKWU 2. NJIDEOFOR EBERE 3. ONWUDIUCHE OKWUDILI EZENWAJIOFOR 4. OKEKE OBINNA 5. UDOGU INNOCENT OBUMNEME 6. NGOKA OKECHUKWU FESTUS AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO CARE FOR MEMBERS WELFARE 2. TO PROMOTE PEACE AND UNITY AMONG ITS MEMBERS 3. TO ASSIST MEMBERS IN TIMES OF MERRIMENTS AND DIFFICULTIES ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. EMEKA AMADI; 08030866444

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PUBLIC NOTICE DOA GARDEN OF LOVE FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEES UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. TONWORIO SAMUEL OWEI 2. TARI ROSE CHINWAH 3. HORSFALL NICHOLAS 4. WARISERIBO ROBERT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO HELP THE DESTITUTE CHILDREN, WOMEN AND WIDOWS IN THE SOCIETY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

PUBLIC NOTICE GBENGA KOMOLAFE FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEES UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. KOMOLAFE GBENGA OLU 2. KOMOLAFE PATIENCE

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CENTRE HAS APPLIED TO CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEES UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEES UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. REV. LUKE UZOMA PRESIDENT 2. PASTOR MRS. UZOMA LUKE UZOMA SECRETARY 3. MR. AWOLOWO OKOGBO

SIGNED: BARR. PRINCE AMAECHI NWEKE; 08063025511, 08186343595

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. BARR. (MRS) ANN IDONGESIT AKPAN C HA I R P E RSON 2. MRS. MARYANNE ISIOMA IYANDA SECRETARY 3. MRS. BOLATITO ALAO AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO ADVANCE AND PROTECT THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS 2. TO FOSTER HARMONIOUS RELATIONSHIP AMONGST MEMBERS 3. TO ASSIST THEIR HUSBANDS ACHIEVE THE OBJECTIVES OF ESTATE SURVEYING AND VALUATION PROFESSION 4. TO PROVIDE ALMS TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPERATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION.

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PEOPLES DAILY, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013

Some Interesting Facts

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id you know Japan is the largest exporter of frog legs • Did you know the sun is 330,330 times larger than the Earth • Did you know every year the sun loses 360 million

tons • Did you know the shell is 12% of an eggs weight • Did you know the longest time a person has been in a coma is 37 years • Did you know the first product to have a bar code was Wrigley’s gum • Did you know the first Lifesaver flavor was peppermint • Did you know the longest one syllable word in the English language is ‘screeched’ • Did you know a squid has 10 tentacles • Did you know the average American eats 263 eggs a year • Did you know in 75% of American households women manage the money and pay the bills • Did you know hypnotism is banned in public schools in San Diego (U.S.) • Did you know a third of Americans flush the toilet while they’re still sitting on it • Did you know you’re more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day than any other • Did you know your right lung takes in more air than your left • Did you know womens hearts beat faster than mens

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Leisure • Did you know the atomic symbol for iron is Fe (the original name for iron was Ferric) • Did you know the odds of being stuck by lighting is 280,000 to 1 • Did you know the average bank teller loses $250 every year • Did you know more people are killed by hippopotamuses then by lions, elephants and water buffalos combined • Did you know the average person has 10,000 taste buds • Did you know Iceland consumes more Coca Cola per capita than any other country • Did you know

‘underground’ is the only word that begins and ends with the letters ‘und’ • Did you know a woodpeckers tongue can wrap around its head twice • Did you know snakes can’t blink • Did you know ants don t like baby powder (talcum powder) • Did you know employees are more likely to book holidays off work on a Monday that any other week day • Did you know the ball on top of a flag pole is called the truck • Did you know a rat can tread water for 3 days • Did you know bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all all invented by women • Did you know there is no rice in rice paper • Did you know dolphins can kills sharks by ramming them with their snout • Did you know sharks can sense a drop of blood from 4km (2.5miles) away • Did you know bottle nosed whales can dive to a depth of 915 metres (3,000feet) in 2 minutes • Did you know flamingoes can live up to 80 years

Say what?

SUDODKU

PHOTO OF THE DAY

Odd couple: A rat was pictured in India hitching a lift across a pond on the back of a frog. Source: Dailymail.co.uk


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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013

SPORTS LATEST

18 Eagles sweat for shirts against Antelopes

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he Super Eagles had their first training session ahead of the crucial World Cup final round qualifier against Ethiopia yesterday evening at the mainbowl of the refurbished Abuja National Stadium with 18 players sweating it out for starter’s shirts. The over two hours training session was watched by the Director General of the National Sports Commission, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye, who was accompanied by a deputy director, Olu Akoja, Special Assistant and former African, Commonwealth and Olympics tracks queen, Mary Onyali Omagbemi. Also on hand to witness the trainning session was the AIPS President for Africa and Vice President of Mastersports International, Mitchel Obi. Hordes of sports journalists and fans also witnessed the session. The roll call of players who trained yesterday evening includes standing skipper, Vincent Enyeama, Austin Ejide and Chigozie Agbim all goalkeepers. Efe Ambrose, Elderson Echejile, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Solomon Kwambe, Benjamin Francis and James Okuosa were the defenders in training. John Mikel Obi leads from the middle that includes Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Sunday Mba and Nnamdi Oduamadi, while strikers where Uchenna Nwofor, Obinna Nsofor and Ahmed Musa. The training itself was very exciting as fans clapped for every move of the players and wished them well in Sunday’s encounter against Ethiopia. Skipper Vincent Enyeama, while noting that the Ethiopians will be no pushovers promised that he and his teammates will not let the nation down. Speaking briefly on the game the NSC DG, said he was impressed by the large turnout of players on day one of the training of the team, even as Head Coach Stephen Keshi says he expects a full house in today’s training session. Hon Elegbeleye said he was sure with the spirit of the team he saw yesterday that victory will be achieved in Addis Ababa come Sunday.

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Real reasons for Jonathan’s “conversation”

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n an age of “transformation”, the quick change from the proclamation of “National Conference” – now a dead issue - into a “national conversation” should not cause shock to anybody. It is doubtful if such a conference, whatever is its nomenclature, will positively impact national politics. The President reminds you of the parable of the person screaming from a roof top, threatening to jump. A huge crowd gathers, not to prevent the man from doing something stupid. The swelling crowd is waiting excitedly to actually experience the fun of seeing the man jump. Of course, nobody in the crowd would admit it. It is all theatre. That is why serious people had no difficulty dismissing the conference out of hand. As many have stated in the last couple of days, the President’s reason for calling a national conference is far from being altruistic. It was a natural reaction by a leader buffeted by criticism from every conceivable direction, including the party that put him in office. Before him, others have reacted in more or less the same manner. The one that is recalled with immediacy is the conference called by President Obasanjo in 2005. That one had a dual purpose as this one: to divert attention from the administration’s ineptitude, massive corruption and opportunistic design to extend tenure, and in this present case, towards the election in 2015. Obasanjo’s hidden agenda was, of course, for a third term in office and once it became clear he was not going to get it, he lost interest in the conference that he himself had convened. He refused to honour the delegates with a farewell dinner at the end of their

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MUSINGS By

Garba Shehu garshehu@yahoo.co.in

President Jonathan sittings and the report submitted ended up being trashed by the National Assembly. In addition to his need to distract the increasingly critical population and an expressed desire to serve for ten years as President as opposed to the constitutional maximum of eight year, Dr. Jonathan has a real reason for a mandate to restructure the country, maybe his own way of staving off the dramatic shifts in the political environment that are bringing the Northern states and those of the South-West into a political alliance. Some say it is a strategic

move at a time when the feeling of anti-incumbency is mounting and change is in the air. It is not a hidden fact that the power calculus of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, towards 2015 has greatly been unsettled by the discernible shifts bringing the South-west and the North into an alliance. Everyone knows it is a tough task, if not an impossible one, to coral the 19 Northern states, with a voting population of over 36 million registered voters, to vote in a particular direction because by tradition, they had never done so. The South-west, on the other hand, with their strategic pattern of voting, have used their political power to vote with a near unanimity. But the thing that makes the prospect of having a significant percentage of this huge vote bank residing in the North, the coming together of 51 million voters, that is, including the South-west’s 14 or so million voters, even in theory, is so significant as to make the President’s strategists shudder, considering that the South-east and the Southsouth where the President exerts the most influence can only command less than 25 per cent of (16 million) of the nation’s registered voters. Pundits are already pointing the way, saying for this total

It is not a hidden fact that the power calculus of the ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, towards 2015 has greatly been unsettled by the discernible shifts bringing the South-west and the North into an alliance. Everyone knows it is a tough task, if not an impossible one, to coral the 19 Northern states, with a voting population of over 36 million registered voters, to vote in a particular direction because by tradition, they had never done so. The South-west, on the other hand, with their strategic pattern of voting, have used their political power to vote with a near unanimity. But the thing that makes the prospect of having a significant percentage of this huge vote bank residing in the North, the coming together of 51 million voters, that is, including the South-west’s 14 or so million voters, even in theory, is so significant as to make the President’s strategists shudder, considering that the South-east and the South-south where the President exerts the most influence can only command less than 25 per cent of (16 million) of the nation’s registered voters. 7458 1765 9046 1969 0344

change in Nigeria’s political system to materialize, all you need is for the New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to form an alliance or merge and create a win-win situation for both themselves and the nation. It may look like a strange idea, given that this is a departure from the known political alliances but that could be what is needed to free this country from corruption and the never abating theft of its natural resources. Gauge the mood of the North. The people (save for few beneficiaries of the existing order) are resentful of the government’s official policy of rampant discrimination and strategic marginalization of the Northerners. I have heard at least Kebbi and Kano governments say that there are no ongoing federal government projects in their states at present. The condition of the average Northerner today is pathetic. Northerners are living on the margins economically, socially and educationally, such that even foreign governments are calling for the creation of a Ministry for Northern Affairs to close the ever-increasing gap in the development of the North. Northerners would not have objected to a conference called with the interest of the federation at heart. They, like all the others, are yearning for new leaders who must be consensus builders and skillful managers fully cognizant of the fact of Nigeria being a unique federation. There are indeed few countries that have this extra-ordinary mix of diversity in religion, ethnicity, language, geography and cultures. I am conversant with a lot of young educated men and women in the region who are clamoring for a conference, sovereign or otherwise, in their search for genuine equality, just their rightful share and not any special favour from anyone. Everyone is tired of the religious and ethnic violence in the North - both inspired and engineered for the purpose of polarizing the region. The problem of the Jonathan conference, or conversation as he now calls it, is that it is devoid of credibility and lacks acceptance because signs are that he is basically interested in an extended term but more importantly, to forestall the change sweeping the political landscape which began with the installation of Aminu Tambuwal as House Speaker. It is a serious change process which status-quo writers may not digest well.

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