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Vol. 11 No. 82

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Anenih to Jonathan

Declare your stand on 2015 now By Lawrence Olaoye, Abuja and Ayodele Samuel, Lagos


hairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),

Chief Tony Anenih, has advised President Goodluck Jonathan to make public his position on the 2015 presidential election before the end of October this year. “It is no longer right to say the

time is not right. It is good that we tell our people where we going to; what our journey will be like”, Anenih said in his remarks at the party’s post convention dinner held at the Presidential Villa on Sunday

in Abuja. According to the PDP BoT chairman, Jonathan’s earliest decision on the matter would help in giving proper direction and set the agenda straight as the party,

for the first time, was compelled to deliberate on its future. Chief Anenih’s position on Sunday was in apparent reaction to the president’s time-worn refrain Contd. on Page 2

R-L: Sokoto state Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, presenting an appointment letter to Khadi Ibrahim Abubakar, during the swearing in of new Khadis of the Shari’a Court of Appeal, yesterday in Sokoto.

Port Congestion: Customs agents seek NPA’s intervention >>Pg2 Cattle rustling: Global fund boosts Residents flee Zamfara education sector with N78bn >> Pg 5 communities >> Pg 3

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Port Congestion: Customs agents seek NPA’s intervention T he National Council of Nigeria Licenced Customs Agents yesterday called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to help in the congestion of Lagos ports. The President of the Council, Mr Lucky Amiwero, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos said NPA should take over the management of the Lilypond Container Terminal. He said that the Lilypond, an off-dock container terminal meant to ease congestion at the Apapa Port, had been lying fallow due to the fact that containers

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ome members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna state have declared support and allegiance to the new PDP led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje. A former chairman of the party in the state, Alhaji Audi Yaro Makama, disclosed this in a press release made available to pressmen yesterday in Kaduna. According to Makama, the decision of former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and seven governors elected on the platform

were not being taken there. ``The NPA needs to immediately takeover the Lilypond Container Terminal since the concessionaire signified its intention to terminate the contract due to lack of supply of containers to the terminal. This will help to reduce the rate of congestion, demurrage and other inconveniences experienced by importers and licenced customs agents.’’ Amiwero said the congestion was also caused by shipping companies’ refusal to send containers owned by their lines to off-dock facilities.

``The current congestion being experienced in Lagos ports is also due to the refusal of shipping companies to transfer their containers to off-dock facilities. This results in a build up at the Lagos ports and cause delay in the positioning of containers, which take weeks for scanning, physical examination and delivery.” He noted that such delays cause importers and licenced customs agents additional cost. Amiwero said that for reason of industry best practice, there was a need for the presence of a regulatory agency to oversee the proper management of port

operations. ``Operations at the Lagos ports need to be properly managed and coordinated in line with international best practice, by a regulatory agency. Such a regulatory agency will address the issues of delay in container positioning, scanning and examination as well as high storage charges by terminal operators, due to the extended time. It will also address issues of access to port facilities for loading and off-loading of empty containers as well as the creation of holding bays for trucks and empty containers,” he said. (NAN)

New PDP emerges in Kaduna of the party to break away was not only commendable, but also worthy of emulation. The statement, which is jointly signed by former member of the Kaduna state House of Assembly, Barrister Gideon Yakubu Morik, said it was a revolutionary decision to sack the leadership under Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and replace it with the current one led by Baraje. The group said this should to be replicated in all state chapters

of the party, especially in Kaduna where “the support base of the party has been shrinking since 2007 when Architect Namadi Sambo became governor and decided to rubbish the party and its supporters to no end. “The PDP in Kaduna state therefore proudly and wholeheartedly identifies with the new leadership of the party, under Alhaji Kawu Baraje and follows in the footsteps of its sister chapters of Adamawa, Jigawa and Taraba states in setting up new leadership

to give our party a new lease of life. “We are also reassuring our teeming supporters that they truly own the party and not impostors with little or no inkling about PDP’s founding ideals and people who don’t have the passion for the party’s interest and growth”, it said. The statement further said its decision to establish a faction was taken after deep reflections on happenings in Kaduna state since the elevation of Architect Namadi Sambo as Vice President.

11 Hadejia palace guards, 3 others perish in auto crash Sokoto gets 2 Khadis for From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse


o fewer than 11 members of the Hadejia palace guards in Jigawa state and three others were killed in a ghastly auto crash that occurred yesterday along Kano-Hadejia road. The accident occurred at Zakirai town at around 9:00pm while the palace guards were on their way to Malam Aminu Kano International Airport to receive the Emir of Hadejia, Dr Abubakar Maje Haruna, who returned from Abuja. The Information Officer of

Hadejia local government council, Muhammad Garba Talaki, confirmed the incident to Peoples Daily last night. He said the accident happened during a heavy downpour when the bus conveying the palace guards had a head on collision with a petroleum tanker. Immediately after the head on collision, the tanker instantly went up in flames resulting in the burning of all the people involved in the accident beyond recognition. He said the corpses of the guards were taken back to Hadejia for burial today.

Shariah Court of Appeal From Mahmoud Muhammad, Sokoto


okoto state Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wammakko yesterday swornin two khadis for the State Sharia Court of Appeal and inaugurated 2013 hajj delegation. Inaugurating the Khadis, Governor Magatakarda urged them to strengthen the judiciary noting that, “this is to enable arms of government face day to day challenges in

meeting the administration of justice. According to the Governor, any society that does not respect justice system would not progress. “So, as far as what you have witnessed today is another challenges in life,” he said. The Khadis are Ibrahim Abubakar and Dahiru Dan-Jega. Regarding, the 2013 hajj delegation the Governor charged the various committees to live up to expectation.

Declare your stand on 2015 now Contd. from Front Page that he should not be distracted with campaigns for 2015, and the consequent heating up of the polity by some top shots in the party who have eyes on the presidency. Though Jonathan’s suspected re-election bid had been the main cause of the division in the PDP with his aides drumming support for him ahead of 2015, the president has consistently maintained that it was too early to make his intention public as he focuses on governance. But in a veiled reference to the current crisis rocking the

party, exacerbated by its recent factionalisation, Anenih said the party would resolve all its problems once Jonathan comes out clear on his plan in 2015. He said: “We must be seen as a team not as a group. We will not fire any shot but we will win the war. We will not recognise opposition within PDP. We will work together as a team so that by 2015 we will come here again to shake hands. “We stand for unity and discipline. Nobody will be spared if he behaves out of indiscipline. We will do everything to bring

everybody together”, he said. Equally, commenting on the crisis in the party, President Jonathan had said at the dinner that: “In any human institution, there must be disagreements. What happened (the factionalisation of the PDP) is a minor disagreement that can be solved”, he said. Meanwhile, a Niger Delta exmilitant, Mujahid Asari-Dokubo has threatened bloodletting in the country if Jonathan does not return as president in 2015. Asari-Dokubo, speaking on a Channels TV Programme monitored in Lagos said: “If they

say the blood of the dogs and the baboon will be soaked in water on the street, in blood on the street, in salt water on the street, we will help them soak them in blood. 2015 is already a settled matter. “Goodluck Jonathan will be President in 2015. Whether they contest or they don’t contest, Goodluck Jonathan will be president,” he said adding that he would be ready for violence if needed. “We will not leave Goodluck (Jonathan) alone; I will declare for the PDP. We will fight, because this battle, there is no retreat no surrender,” he further threatened.



News NLC condemns Diamond Bank, police for intimidating workers By Ahmed Shekarau


L-R: Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, and Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, during the conference on accelerating progress in the attainment of education for all in Nigeria, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Sealed office: Baraje’s PDP dares Police, announces exco members By Lawrence Olaoye, Abuja & Matthew Irinoye, Lagos


actional Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chaired by Alhaji Abubakar Baraje yesterday dared the Nigeria Police when it announced the constitution of its National Working Committee (NWC) in spite of the sealing of its proposed National Secretariat in Abuja. This is coming as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar also yesterday warned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Abubakar Muhammed, to stop meddling into politics and instruct his men to vacate the sealed office of the Baraje-led PDP faction. Similarly, a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja yesterday rejected an oral application made by the Baraje’s faction of the PDP asking the court to order the re-opening of the secretariat in Abuja which was sealed off by the police on Saturday. The police had declared the Baraje PDP illegal following last week’s court ruling that both parties in the ruling party maintain the status quo ante bellum. In spite of the police declaration, the party in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, said that stakeholders of the party across the country at a meeting in Abuja ratified the election of members of its NWC. The NWC members, according

...stay out of politics, Atiku warns IGP ...Lagos court rejects faction’s plea to the statement, include Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, (Chairman), Dr Sam Sam Jaja, (Deputy National Chairman), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, (National Secretary), Hon. Maode Umar Hiliya (Deputy National Secretary). The others are Mr. Timi Frank (National Youth Leader), Hon. Binta Ka’oje, National Woman Leader; Malam Nasir Issa (National Organising Secretary), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze (National Publicity Secretary), Hon. Aliyu Wadada (National Financial Secretary) and Malam Tanko Isiaku Gomna (National Treasurer). The statement added that, “the positions of the National Auditor and that of National Legal Adviser which are zoned to the South East and South West respectfully, will be announced soon.” Meanwhile, Atiku who is currently in China leading a private economic trade mission on the invitation of the Chinese government, interrupted his schedule yesterday to issue a statement declaring that the police invasion on the party’s office has no justification in law. The statement said, “while it is embarrassing that the police are yet to give a reason on why they are laying siege to a political party

office, the whole world knows these are acts prompted by unscrupulous politicians who do not even have the moral conscience not to involve the police in politics. This goes to the root of the current crisis within the PDP: priorities. “What does it say to our citizens, who live daily with the fear of violence and kidnappings, that our police priority is raiding a political party office? “I call on the leadership of the Nigerian Police, especially its Inspector General, to steer clear of political entanglements, and immediately vacate our party offices. Our national law enforcement priority must be the safety and security of Nigerians, not politics.” According to Atiku, “further, a politically partisan police force sets a dangerous precedent, as they will be entrusted to supervise free and fair elections in the future.” However, at the resumed proceeding yesterday in Lagos, the vacation judge, who presided over the verbal application for the new PDP secretariat to be re-opened by the court, Justice Ganiyu Safari, held that the oral application filed by counsel to the

claimants, Robert Emukpoeruo, lacks substantial evidence to prove that the defendants are the ones who directed the police officers to seal off the “New PDP” secretariat. The Judge said, “there was no evidence linking the defendants to the closure of the said secretariat. “The defendants were high ranking members of the PDP, they had no powers to order the police to seal off the secretariat or deploy security agents to the area.” Safari however reiterated his previous order that both parties should maintain the status quo pending the determination of the matter. Earlier, Emukpaero accused Tukur and others of using the police to seal off the faction’s secretariat. Emukpaeruo said the defendants had violated the court’s previous order to maintain the status quo pending the determination of the suit. But in a swift reaction of counter submission, the defendants’ counsel, Ajibola Oluyede said Emukpoeruo’s argument is nothing short of “emotional outburst”. The matter was adjourned to Tuesday September 17, 2013 for hearing on the preliminary objection filed by the defendants.

he Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned Diamond Bank Plc and the Lagos state police command against intimidating workers who are staging legitimate protests against violation of their rights. The NLC, in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, threatened to take decisive action to deal with the bank for its alleged infringement on the rights of the workers. It said in the statement signed by its acting Secretary, Olusegun Rotimi, that: “On Friday, 6th September 2013, workers of Diamond Bank Plc were picketing the Head Office of the bank in Lagos. “The workers, under the umbrella of the National Union of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions Employees (NUBIFIE), were protesting to press home their demand for better working conditions, reinstatement of 200 sacked workers as directed by the National Industrial Court (NIC) and their demand for the right to organise and associate freely in the workplace as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution. “The management of the bank procured the services of the Lagos State Police Command and deployed the police in the brutalization of some of the workers and the detention of five of them. We are shocked that the Nigeria Police will allow itself to be dragged into what is purely an industrial relations matter, which ought to be resolved through social dialogue. “The detention of these workers since Friday violates their fundamental human rights and portrays the Nigeria Police in bad light as a “cash and carry” strike force whose services can be procured”, it said. It added that: “The Congress condemns the action of the Lagos state police command and management of Diamond Bank in the strongest terms. Congress will not stand by and allow this violation of workers’ rights. “We call on the bank to comply with the directive of the NIC and recall the sacked workers immediately if it is to avoid the wrath of Nigerian workers. We also call on the Inspector-General of Police to ensure the immediate release of the detained workers. We urge him to call the Lagos state commissioner to order”, the NLC appealed.

Cattle rustling: Residents flee Zamfara communities From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau


he fleeing residents of Tungar Dorawa, Burai and ‘Yar Wutsiya villages under Bungudu local government area of Zamfara state that took refuge in Magami town of Gusau, are yet to return to their homes following an

attack launched by suspected cattle rustlers last week. Eyewitnesses narrated that, the merciless attackers did not even spare women as the attackers abducted young women and fled with them. According to eyewitness accounts, during the attack, unidentified number of corpses

littered the villages as resident tried to resist the attack. The attackers were also said to have gone away with several herds of cattle. Confirming the incident, Chairman Bungudu local government council, Tukur Muhammad Nahuce, stated that a

team of anti-riot policemen were deployed to the affected villages. In a similar incident, inhabitants of Mada and Wonaka towns under Gusau local government area were thrown into apprehensive having received a threat message issued by another dangerous group of gunmen, that they will invade the area to

punish heroes interrupting their criminal activities, therefore have taken refuge in some primary schools to wait for security intervention. When contacted over a threat message, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Lawal Abdullahi, said the two villages were peaceful and calm.



Page 4 Report Curbing incidence of teenage pregnancy in Nigeria

Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina


edical experts have, in many instances, called the attention of the public to the dangers of teenage pregnancy, which they describe as a major health challenge facing all the countries of the world. They cite a report of the World Health Organisation (WHO), which indicates that more than 16 million girls, aged between 15 and 19 years, give birth to babies every year. Irked by this report, stakeholders call for the adoption of proactive measures to check the rising menace of teenage pregnancy across the world. However, the National Population Commission (NPC) said efforts are being made to curb the menace of teenage pregnancy in Nigeria via aggressive public enlightenment programmes. Chairman of the NPC, Mr. Festus Odimegwu, stressed that the reasons behind teenage pregnancy included poverty and

Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu

sexual abuse, among others. “Worldwide and within countries, adolescent births are likely to occur among the poor, less educated and rural populations. “The increasing incidence of teenage pregnancy in Nigeria can be appreciated against the backdrop of the fact that about 44.5 million Nigerians are young people. “In 2015, this number is expected to increase to 60 million young people due to early marriages, early exposure to sex and pregnancy and poor health services,’’ he said. Odimegwu said that teenage girls were at risk of having sexual and reproductive health problems, insisting that the teenage maternal mortality rate of 0.822 per 1,000 women in Nigeria was high. He said that the negative consequences of teenage pregnancy included unsafe abortions, pregnancy complications, poor antenatal

care and childbirth complications induced by weak pelvic bones, among others. Odimegwu stressed that during the celebration of the International Youth Day on Aug. 12, the Federal Government initiated moves to address challenges such as poverty, sexual abuse and ignorance, while putting stiffer penalties in place for perpetrators of sexual abuse. The International Youth Day focused on the rights of young people to have full access to education, adequate healthcare, employment opportunities, financial services and full participation in public life. The Executive Director of a non-governmental organisation, Africare Development, Mr. Vitalis Anyadike, warned against pre-marital and teenage pregnancy, advising youngsters to abstain from pre-marital sex to avoid contracting HIV and other infections. “Teenagers have been misinformed by their peers and some members of the society on the risks of pre-marital sex, thereby allowing themselves to be abused sexually,’’ he said. Anyadike noted that several teenagers had lost their lives to abortion, while others had contracted deadly sexually transmitted diseases. “If people are educated on total abstinence from premarital sex, over 90 per cent of the people will be free from teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections as well as allied problems,’’ he added. Sharing similar sentiments, Dr Joshua Zaman, a gynaecologist at University of Abuja Teaching Hospital,

First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan

If people are educated on total abstinence from pre-marital sex, over 90 per cent of the people will be free from teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections as well as allied problems. Gwagwalada, said that teenagers were likely to have life-threatening complications during pregnancy and child delivery than those in their 20s. He said that teenagers, who indulged in pre-marital sex, faced the risk of dropping out of school as a result of pregnancy. Zaman identified unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS, as some of the major challenges facing young people who engaged in premarital sex. He, however, noted that poverty was also responsible for many of the teenage pregnancies, adding that pregnant teenagers usually faced a lot of trauma, social abuse and health related problems. “There is need for parents, school authorities and guardians to acquire relevant knowledge on teenage sexuality for them to be able to educate teenagers on sexual issues. This will also aid efforts to prevent the circumstances associated with irresponsible sexual behaviour,’’ he said. Besides, Zaman advised

parents to sensitise their children to the dangers of early sex, while making pragmatic efforts to dissuade them from engaging in pre-marital sexual relations. In efforts to protect the youth, Rep. Charles Odedo, a member of House of Representatives’ Committee on Population, said that the Child Rights, particularly those relating to the girl child, must always be preserved and protected. “The legislature and the executive at the federal level have adopted and enacted the Child’s Rights Act; the National Assembly has been calling on the different states to follow suit. “Parents are also called upon to create more time for their children’s upbringing, rather than leaving them under the care of housemaids; they should not forget the fact that money is not everything,’’ he said. All the same, observers note that as the world celebrated the International Youth Day recently, pragmatic efforts should be made in Nigeria addressing the root causes of teenage pregnancy. (NAN)


News By Agaju Madugba


he Federal Government yesterday received assurances of accessing a N77.5 billion ($500 million) funding to boost educational development as well as serve as additional resources to support the development of government’s Universal Basic Education (UBE). This is just as President Goodluck Jonathan directed the Federal Ministry of Education to conduct a nationwide school census by November 2013, to aid proper planning in the nation’s education sector. Former British Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, said that Global Partnership for Education and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have agreed to contribute $100 million each for the development of the UBE programme. Brown spoke at a meeting of Coalition Interventions to Support Access and Quality of Education in Nigeria, hosted by Jonathan at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Abuja. According to Brown, he Federal Government, in collaboration with state governments, had already provided $250 million for the


Nigeria gets N78bn boost for education

development of education in the country. He said, “I believe that additional cash transfers is for training, introduction of new technologies can now match the initiatives that have been taken by Mr. Dangote from the business community and other initiatives among five agencies. He said that Nigeria stood to benefit from a seven-year term European Union (EU) grant that will be devoted to the development of education. “I have talked to the Head of the Development Commission for the European Union (EU) and he said he would tell the government of Nigeria to submit an application from time to time for the next seven years term. “So, it is up to the government to make the application,” he said. On his part, Jonathan who was represented at the programme by Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to effective implementation of

policies and measures that will ensure that Nigerian youth receive quality education that will equip them with essential skills and competencies. He said that accurate information on school enrollment, especially at the basic and secondary levels, remained a serious challenge to the government.

The President said that when conducted, the census would complement the Nigeria Digest of Education Statistics: 20062010, produced by the Ministry and launched in 2011. According to Jonathan, “it is important to underline that accurate information on school enrollments, especially at the basic and secondary levels,

remains a serious challenge. “To aid proper planning and decision-making, it is necessary that we get the numbers right. “I am therefore directing the Federal Ministry of Education to initiate an effective partnership with the States in conducting concurrent School Census across the States by November 2013.”

4 children die in fire after power surge in Kaduna


ragedy struck a family of six in Kaduna on Friday night when their onestorey duplex caught fire at about midnight, killing four children from same parents at their residence in Barnawa area of the state capital. The fire was suspected to have started from a power surge from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)

when the children were asleep. The parents however, survived the inferno because they were away when the incident occurred. Father of the children and a Senior Special Assistant to the Kogi state Governor, Idris Wada, described their death as very unfortunate and said the children died before help could get to them.

Group distributes materials to victims of Attakar attack in Kaduna From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna


Foundation under the aegis of Dr. Ishaku Shekarau has distributed food items worth to victims of last week’s attack in Kaura local Government area of Kaduna state. Unidentified gunmen attacked attackar community and killed about 10 people with several others injured. Dr. Ishaku Shekarau, founder of the Foundation was represented by Douglas Habu at the community and called on the people to see the divine plan of God upon their lives as he urged them to live in peace with one another in the area. He noted that the recent

killings in Adu of Fadan Attakar district of Attakar Chiefdom was a major setback in the state, noting that the state and local governments as well as stakeholders were doing everything possible to ensure that people live in peace with one another irrespective tribal, religious or political differences. “It is most unfortunate that as a people, we take up arms against one another resulting in the death of our fellow human beings. Chairman of the relief materials distribution committee in Attakar Chiefdom, Mr. Ignatius Raymond, commended the foresight of the Dr. Ishaku Shekarau Foundation for identifying with the victims.

L-R: National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major-General Sanni Audu, and Minister of State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, during the inauguration of Defence Intelligence Agency headquarters complex, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

2 killed in fresh Plateau attack

From Ado Abubakar Musa , Jos


wo persons were killed yesterday when people suspected to be Fulani assailants invaded Timjul and Barrack villages of Langtang South local government area of Plateau state. Group Captain Emmanuel Tyem who is the Adviser to Langtang South Chairman, told Peoples Daily on phone that the attackers came all the way

from Awe, a town in Nasarawa state, on Sunday evening and attacked the two villages. Emmanuel said, “the attackers are hired Fulani mercenaries who came from Awe in Nasarawa state but they came through Ibi in Taraba state using canoes and speed boats. “Barrack village alone has about 60 compounds and we heard that another batch of attackers are coming but we are waiting for them.” The Special Adviser to

Governor Jonah David Jang on Peace Building, Timothy Parlong, however called on people of the state to remain calm as security had been put in place to ensure that such incidents do not repeat itself.” Confirming the incident, the JTF spokesman, Captain Salisu Mustapha, said he was not aware of the incident but would contact the Sector Commander in Langtang South before he could comment.

Police kill 2 suspected cattle rustlers in Katsina


he Police in Katsina State have shot dead two suspected cattle rustlers in Faskari Local Government Area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Aminu Sadiq, told newsmen on Monday in Katsina that the incident occurred four days ago at Tsamiya village when the suspects invaded the community. He said local people reported the case to the police and the Joint Special Intervention Force

was immediately dispatched to the area. Sadiq said the police shot dead the two suspects in an exchange of fire, while the rest of the gang fled into the forest. Similarly, the police have also foiled another attack by cattle rustlers at Tsuru village, also in Faskari local government area. According to him, the rustlers had carted away 120 cows and 70 sheep but were forced to abandon them when

the police intervened. ``The rustlers fled into Rugu forest and abandoned the animals when the police anti robbery squad accosted them’’, Sadiq added. He also announced the arrest of a suspected ``35-yearold notorious armed robber’’ who resides at Daulu village in Safana Local Government Area. He said one Dane gun was recovered from the suspect who would be prosecuted after investigations. (NAN)




Driver killed as truck plunges into Kaduna river From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


water tanker truck with Abuja registration number GWA 447 XA plunged into a river at Ungwa Maigero in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state yesterday, killing the driver instantly and injuring three others. Eyewitness accounts said the accident occurred at about 2.30pm when the driver of the truck was allegedly over speeding and at the same time trying to overtake the motorcycle on the bridge. He was said to have lost control of the vehicle and plunged head into the river breaking part of the bridge pavement. “We saw the truck coming with speed and as soon as he got on top of the bridge, he tried overtaking a motorcycle and because of the speed, he suddenly lost control and the next thing we heard was a heavy sound only to see the head of the truck breaking part of the bridge. “The driver died instantly, we managed to bring him out but he was already dead and the motorcycle man ran away” the witnesses said.

Alleged funds misappropriation: EFCC interrogates Saraki again By Joy Baba


fficials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday grilled former Governor of Kwara state, Senator Bukola Saraki over allegations of financial misappropriation while he was in office. The EFCC said the investigation bordered on petition received on allegations of fraud and misappropriation

of funds from a capital market bond meant for some projects he carried out while he was governor. It was also alleged that Saraki may have embezzled the funds as against the developmental projects he claimed to have used the money for. Sources close to the former governor said he was being persecuted for no just cause as the said funds were actually used for different visible

developmental projects in the state. The source further said that after all investigations and moves to nail him, Saraki was exonerated by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation via a letter from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution which cleared him of any wrong doing. Amongst the projects the said money was allegedly used for which include International Aviation College, Kwara State

University, Ilorin Water Distribution Project and the Kwara Advance Diagnostic Centre. Some other projects executed with the allegedly funds include street lights, Ilorin Stadium along with various road and electrification projects. EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Saraki was grilled for some time over the above allegations and that he was expected to return today for further interrogation.

Amaechi denies funding opposition parties in Rivers By Lawrence Olaoye


ivers state Governor and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum ( NGF), Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday denied the allegation that he is funding opposition parties in his state to spite the ruling People’s Democratic Party(PDP) The factional Chairman of the PDP in the state, Felix Obuah who briefed newsmen after a conference of PDP chairmen had endorsed the leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, alleged that the Governor neglected governance and diverted state funds to sponsor the opposition in Rivers state. But responding to the allegation, the Rivers Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, said that, “we have sufficient proof to show work done everywhere in the state including Obuah’s home, Iga.” She maintained that Amaechi still remains a member of the ruling PDP and that it would be incongruous and unfortunate for anyone to assert otherwise. Semenitari said, “we are certain that Governor Amaechi is still a member of the People’s Democratic Party and has remained so despite the shenanigans of unscrupulous persons and the humiliation meted out to his person and office by the party leadership.”

L-R: Niger state Governor, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, Ekiti state Deputy Governor, Professor Modupe Adelabu, Delta state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Anambra state Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, during a meeting with UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, on accelerating progress in the attainment of education for all in Nigeria, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja.

Oil theft: MEND to help FG curb excesses By Etuka Sunday with agency took up arms was addressed by a report listening administration. In a statement signed by its h e M o v e m e n t f o r t h e spokesperson, Jomo Gbomo, said, Emancipation of the Niger “MEND is ready to end activities Delta (MEND) yesterday of illegitimate oil merchants, said it would help the Federal pipeline vandalisation and the G o v e r n m e n t t o c h e c k t h e unrest in the Niger Delta region increasing wave of oil theft and when the reason we took up vandalism in the area. arms is addressed by a listening It however said it could be administration.” done if the reason for which it It would be recalled that


MEND said it was deliberately ignoring the activities of oil thieves and pipeline vandals in communities around the Niger Delta region because they help the group achieve its objective of crippling oil production. The oil theft activities were evident in statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) at the weekend which that oil production in the country fell

by 180,000 b/d to 2.29 million barrels per day in the second quarter as a result of pipeline vandalisation. MEND had earlier demanded control of oil resources in the Niger Delta by local communities and lately the release of a leader of the group, Henry Okah, who was handed a 24-year jail term in March by a South African court on terrorism-related charges.

Kogi police smashes armed robbery syndicate From Omale Adama Lokoja


he Kogi state police command has smashed a bank robbery gang who attacked and robbed First Bank Plc, Abejukola, headquarters of Omala local government area of kogi state just as it has rescued the kidnapped younger brother of the former governor of Kogi state, Prince Abubakar

...Rescues former gov’s brother from kidnappers

Audu, Ibrahim Audu who was kidnapped two weeks ago at his Alloma residence in Ofu local government area of the state by yet to be unidentified gunmen. the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Austin Evbakhavbokun, disclosed this yesterday while briefing

newsmen on the activities of the state command. He said that the police were on the trail of the kidnappers. He said that operatives of the command got information that unidentified gunmen attacked and robbed the bank carting away an undisclosed amount

of money. This, he said, jolted his men to commence investigation which led to the arrest of one Bala Umar of Olofu area of Ugwolawo in Ofu local government area of the state who confessed to have conspired with two others to carry out the robber operation.


Photo Splash

L-R: Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara, and Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, during a national pre-pilgrimage retreat, yesterday at Abuja– Keffi Expressway, Tudun Wada, in Nasarawa state. Photo: Mahmud Isa


Pupils of Ogbe Primary School , in their classroom as schools resumed from long vacation, yesterday in Benin City. Photo: NAN

Intending Muslim pilgrims from Oyo state during an orientation exercise at the state’s orientation camp, yesterday in Ibadan.

L-R: Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Works, Hon. Muhammad Ali Wudil, in a handshake with a member of the House, Hon. Abubakar Umar Sade, during the wedding fatiha of Hon. Wudil’s daughter, recently in Wudil, Kano state.

L-R: Grand Khadi, Gombe state Sharia Court of Appeal, Alhaji Baba Liman, Chairman, Hamsel Air Nigeria Ltd, Alhaji Hamma Saleh, and Adviser to state Gombe Governor on Muslim Pilgrims, Alhaji Saadu Hassan, during a book launch on Hajj, on Sunday in Gombe. Photo: NAN




Police introduce digital vehicle registration By Joy Baba


he Nigerian Police have introduced a new digital vehicle registartion process known as Digital Bionmetric Central Motor Registration (DBCMR). The new system is aimed at curbing various crimes specially

terrorism, as well as enhancing speedy apprehension and prosecution of offenders. The Force Public Relation’s Officer, Frank Mbah, made this known while addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday. Mbah said the new registration process would take effect from 16th September, 2013 noting that

the introduction of the BCMR comes against the backdrop of contemporary security challenges bordering on terrorism, high incidence of car theft, carjacking, kidnappings and other acts of criminality in society. According to him, “unlike our hitherto analogue based procedures, the BCMR operates

on smart-cards and portable hand-held receiver and is a specially developed technological means of attaching automobile owner’s unique traits and personal data to their vehicles for proper identification and protection. “The Police BCMR is designed to be used for forensic analysis. Fingerprints can be matched

or verified against registered finger prints collected during registration. “It is designed to match 20 million fingerprints per second (the speed depends on the size of registered prints) 20 million fingerprints is equivalent to 2 million people (10 prints per person). “Facial matching can also be achieved with police BCMR; our database can be matched with still pictures and frames from a video stream. “The system can match 500,000 pictures per minute (if you have a registered database of 150 million, the likely match time for facial recognition is about 300 minutes (5hrs), he said.” He also said as a huge store of information, the BCMR would provide a one-stop information data base for all vehicle owners and serve as a strong forensic base for all manners of investigations which will greatly enhance policing operations particularly in the area of tracking down and locating positions of missing vehicles, preventing crimes, arresting criminals guaranteeing safer and a more secure use of our roads and other sundry crimes.

“Enemies on sabotage mission in Bauchi” By Umar Muhammad Puma L-R: Deputy Head of Mission, Political and Economic Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria, Mr. Josef Ahlberg, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Professor Bem Angwe, Chairman, Senate Committee on Human Rights, Senator Umaru Dahiru and Executive Director, Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI), Mr. Gilbert Sebihogo, during the opening of a joint foundation course for African rights institutions, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

PDP crisis good for APC, says Rep By Chris Alu member of the House of Representatives from Kano state, Muhammad Ali Wudil, has described the internal wrangling within the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as healthy development for the All Progressives Congress (APC). According to him, the PDP crisis will pave way for the APC to have an upper hand during


the 2015 general elections. Wudil spoke with reporters at the weekend during the wedding fatiha of his daughter in Kano. He said that the jubilation that greeted the registration of the APC was an indication that majority of the people desire change. According to him, “the people of Kano had never come out in this manner to demand or seek

for a change. “From what I have seen, the people have shown that they are fed up with the current leadership of the PDP and they need a change and the APC is ready to delivery on good leadership. “I assure you that the lingering crisis in the PDP has strengthened the APC, he strressed.” Several placard carrying youth from all parts of Kano had

thronged his Wudil residence and using the occasion to expres their dissatisfaction with the state of the nation, which they said had led to abject poverty and hunger, turning them into beggars. Also speaking, Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, the APC gubernatorial candidate for Kano state said that the crack in PDP clearly shows that the house is and would be to the advantage of the APC.

Desert Herald publisher faces certificate forgery charge By Aisha Biola Raji arely a week after he was charged by the Police with criminal extortion, publisher of Kaduna-based Desert Herald Mallam Tukur Mamu, is facing 21 years jail sentence over alleged criminal forgery and deceit. This followed a petition by Coalition of Civil Society Organizations of Nigeria to the Inspector General of Police and the National Universities Commission (NUC), drawing their attention to alleged criminal forgery of certificates


by Mamu. At a crowded press conference in Abuja at the weekend, National President of the association, Comrade Ikechukwu Chukwumere, said it had come to their notice that there are serious discrepancies in the secondary school certificate as well as the degree certificate which Mamu submitted to pave way for his admission to undertake a Masters degree course in International Affairs and Diplomacy at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. The petitioners said their

investigation had revealed that the claim of Tukur Mamu to have a university degree from Institute of Advanced Technology and Management Studies in Niamey, Niger Republic was false because, the address given as the location of the school is actually a workshop. “It is inconceivable that somebody who obtained his Senior School Certificate in May/June 2010 could have graduated with a degree in less than one year from a university in Niger Republic which paved

way for him to be admitted at the Ahmadu Bello University for a Masters Degree programme in International Affairs and Diplomacy on 7th February, 2011. “It is incredible indeed that Tukur Mamu who got his ‘O’ Level certificate in June 2010 hoodwinked Ahmadu Bello University into offering him admission to do Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy the following year (February 2011),” the petition said.


member of the House of Representatives from Bauchi state, representing Ningi/Warji federal constituency, Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki, has said that despite the efforts of the Bauchi state Governor, Isa Yuguda towards improving the lives of the people of the state, saboteurs do not want to allow him to rule. Zaki who disclosed this to journalists in an interview said, “let me tell you, the governor is trying but saboteurs do not want to allow him to rule. “Worse still, people go to him, collect money only to come back to criticise him, yet, he uses what is available to turn around the fortunes of the state, with projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people. “He has also ensured that Bauchi state is peaceful despite the security challenges in the north eastern region. “You can bear me witness that for some time now, the state is relatively peaceful which are all from the efforts of Yuguda’s administration. “And, the state is wearing a new look now because of the governor’s achievements. “I do not need to tell you but visit the state yourself and see the laudable projects Isa Yuguda has done. “It is indeed a milestone achievement in the annals of the political and economic history of the state.”





Niger set to meet MDGs target


Director, Action/Mobilisation, National Association of Nigerian Students, Rivers chapter, Mr. Joah Adokiye (right), addressing members during protest on ASUU strike, yesterday in Port Harcourt. Photo: NAN

5-year old girl dies after rape ordeal From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina eports from Katsina said yesterday that a five years old girl died on Sunday in Sandamu town after unidentified persons allegedly raped her. The Katsina Deputy Commissioner of Police, Bala Zama Senche, confirmed the

report saying that two persons were being held in connection with the incident. Residents in the area said the rapists waylaid the victim, Fati Muhammad, when she went on an errand to a nearby relation’s house. “On her way, some people intercepted and raped her,” a family

From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

Unilorin gets 100 new medical doctors


he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, has administered oath of medical practice to the new hundred medical graduates of the institution. The university has so far produced a total of 3,781 medical doctors since 1983 when its College of Health Sciences turned out the

first set of medical graduates. Addressing the new doctors at the professional initiation ceremony for the second batch of the 2013 medical graduands Ambali said that they had demonstrated good character throughout their programme. The Vice-Chancellor who was

source said, adding that, “when she returned home, she complaind of headache and her mother directed her to go and sleep. “While she was asleep, her mother decided to change her pants and it was then she noticed what happened.” The source said the little girl was taken to the Daura General

represented by Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Prof. A. B. O. Omotoso, said that that the new clinical skill laboratory at the College which would soon be put to use, would be fully equipped to be the first of its kind in the country. He also disclosed that the

Hospital where doctors confirmed that she was raped and that she died before she could be admitted. In a related development, the police in Katsina said that seven persons were arrested in Malumfashi town for the rape of a 12 years old girl and that investigation into the matter had commenced.

ultra modern Medical Library and College Auditorium would be completed soon. While congratulating the medical graduands and their parents, the Vice-Chancellor called on the new medical doctors to be worthy ambassadors of the university.

UN General Assembly: Nigeria chairs finance development group By A’isha Biola Raji inister of National Planning, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, will chair the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development, a platform of 63 member countries, during high level side event at the opening of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 24, 2013. The event event is expected


to focus on the role of innovative financing, the implementation of the post 2015 development agenda, among the priorities set by the Nigeria’s Presidency. According to a statement signed by Salisu B. Haiba, Head of Information of the Ministry said that Shamsuddeen as the focal person hosted the group’s emissaries of the membernations to a meeting in his office in Abuja at the weekend.

According to the statement, the meeting was geared towards sensitising, coordinating as well as finalising the key issues to be tabled at the forthcoming side event which will contribute to the on-going international conversation on the means of implementing the post-2015 development agenda at the meeting. According to the statement, “the Leading Group on

Innovative Financing has a key role to play in order to promote a broader strategic framework of development financing that goes beyond Official Development Assistance (ODA). “Although ODA and financial flows from northern industrialised countries still remain central, many other resources have great potential to contribute to financing for development.”

Jonathan advocates synergy amongst intelligence agencies By Joy Baba resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday in Abuja urged intelligent agencies to disseminate information adequately amongst themselves so as secure lives and property of citizens. Jonathan stated this while inaugurating the Defence Intelligence Agency Headquarters Complex, Directors Transit Quarters and


Works Building. The President said he had noticed that intelligent agencies in the country operate in isolation. According to him, “what I noticed it may not be quite right is that our intelligence services do not share information, they operate in isolation and it is not too helpful to government. “They must find a way to work together, they must find a way to ensure that they

complement their effort to protect the one government they are serving. “No matter the name or any department of government is called, that department of government is made to protect the government ‘’. He further charged all the country’s intelligence agencies to compliment their services adding that they are all to protect government. In her address, Minister

of State for Defence, Mrs. Olusola Obada, said that the inauguration ceremony attested to the ingenuity of the leaders in the Ministry, Defence Headquarters and the services. The complex consists of a basement, ground floor and two other floors and has a combined space of 7150 square meters of office space made up 114 offices with complementary conveniences.

he Director General Niger state Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Alhaji Dattijo Aliyu, said at the weekend that government has spent over N6.6 billion on Conditional Grant Scheme CGS projects. Dattijo who spoke on a Niger state’s Radio phone in programme said all the three tiers of government were involved in financing the MDGs projects. According to him, the state is on course in attaining the MDGs target which he said were aimed at ameliorating the suffering of poorest in the society. From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

APC chieftain calls for internal democracy


chieftain of the Plateau State chapter of all Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Muhammad Nazif Ahmad, has called on party members to observe the spirit of internal democracy in order to avoid the challenges that PDP. Muhammed who was the former State Secretary of the defunct ANPP, said this during a stakeholders’s meeting of the APC in Jos. He explained that that the merger of the opposition political parties was designed to bring about development. “We should give chance for internal democracy to prevail, in line with the provision of the APC Constitution,” Muhammed said. From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

Hospital holds free health camp


rimus International Super Specialist Hospital, has announced the endowment of Indigent Patients Fund to the tune of N2 million. The fund, according to the hospital management, would be accessible to patients from September 10 to 21, 2013, during its Free Health Camp in Abuja. The hospital’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Umaru Jibia, in a statement said “the management’s decision was borne out of its desire to make treatment available to all and at affordable costs especially those who cannot travel abroad. By Abbas Aminu Bamalli



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Stowaways and security risks at our airports in other parts of the world take for granted. It is true that the parameter fencing of virtually all the airports in the country is inadequate. This makes it easyfor human beings and animals to stray into the airports, thereby posing a great danger to risks to aircraft and travellers.For example, on July 6, 2005, an Air France airbus 330 aircraft with 196 passengers onboard ran into


he August 24 episode in which 13-year-old Daniel Ihekina sneaked into the undercarriage of a Lagos-bound Arik aircraft from Benin City airport, undoubtedly, exposed the perilous security situation at all airports in this country. Master Ihekina on that Saturday managed to evade supposedly alert security agents and crept into the wheel well of the aircraft, clutching a traveling bag. Luckily for him, he made the 35 minutes flight from Benin to Lagos unhurt, and without causing a tragic incident. The teenage boy reportedly nursed a dream of relocating to the United Stateswhere he thought the plane was headed. Exactly 10 days after the disturbing incident, another suspected stowaway was arrested at the same airport.Leroy Ugaga, 25, said to be a psychiatric patient, was arrested by a joint patrol team of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) security operatives and Nigerian Air Force personnel while attempting to gain access to the airside of the Benin airport. The two incidents were no big surprises to many Nigerians despite the razzmatazz by the nation’s aviation authorities on the ‘transformation’ going in the sector. Indeed, Nigerians and non-Nigerians know pretty well that air travel across Nigeria is far from being the safe means of commuting that people

Nigerians and non-Nigerians know pretty well that air travel across Nigeria is far from being the safe means of commuting that people in other parts of the world take for granted. stray cows on the runway of the Port Harcourt International Airport, killing seven of the animals. Fortunately, all the passengers were unhurt. The porous state of the nation’s airports was again exposed late in 2010 when some of the Direct Data Capture machines for the registration of voters for the 2011 elections were stolen at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos. In yet another worrisome incident, Nuhu Ribadu’s

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running mate in the 2011 presidential election, Fola Adeola and other chieftains of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) narrowly escaped death on March 9, that year, when a chartered aircraft conveying them to Bauchi crash-landed on the city’s airstrip whose runway was overtaken by stray goats. There have been several other security breaches such as unauthorised access to the tarmacs of even the major airfields in the country due to negligence, deliberate sabotage and corruption. What is most disturbing in the latest stowaway saga is the attempt by the authorities concerned to shirk their responsibility by first blaming the Daniel incident on the Arik aircraft pilot, and ultimately claiming that such security lapses were not peculiar are to Nigeria. A spokesman for FAAN, Yakubu Dati, said that “no security system is foolproof the world over”, but he stressed “the need for vigilance on the part of all stakeholders” to make air travel in Nigeria safer. While it is true that all stakeholders must not be just onlookers, the nation’s aviation authorities must acknowledge that they have a much bigger responsibility of ensuring the safety of air travellers. And they must admit that they have failed in this regard. Of what use is the facelift they are giving the airports without securing the environments?











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Opinion GEJ learnt nothing from OBJ By Abiodun Ladepo


t was sad to watch in the past few months as the PDP disintegrated, month by month, under the leadership (or lack thereof) of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The other day, GEJ was at the Eagle Square, Abuja, for a mini-convention of the party which was aimed at reconciling warring factions. While he was still seated, adorned in all the paraphernalia and appurtenances of his office, former Vice-president Atiku Abubakar, led a group of “dissident” governors on a walkout. The most that GEJ could do, reportedly, was to wear a morose look and shake his bowed head like a defeated man. The level of disrespect for this man was so glaring that many who did not care about his political fortunes or misfortunes had to, at least, rise in defence of the exalted office of the President. No matter what you thought of Olusegun Obasanjo’s leadership of the country and the PDP, you almost wished that OBJ were back in charge; for he had a strong spine. I cannot imagine any governor walking out on OBJ. That governor was not yet born when OBJ ruled. That governor would have eaten his pounded yam as ordinary yam. That governor, for good or ill, would have found himself in so much

trouble he would curse the day he was elected. And this was the case largely because OBJ knew his onions. He paid attention to the minutiae of governance, not just at the federal level, but to some degree, even at the state level. When OBJ barked, governors and ministers trembled because they knew he could also bite hard. Those with skeletons in their cupboards accused him of being dictatorial, and that he forgot he was no longer in the military. It was cheap blackmail and OBJ saw it as such. He was not having any of it. He believed that Nigeria, at the time, needed a leader who was “feared rather than loved”; for Nigerians only loved if they had something to gain personally. Those who doubted the potency of OBJ’s teeth did not live (politically) to tell the story. Those who underrated his political acumen did so at their own peril. Ask Tafa Balogun, Abubakar Atiku et al. If senators planned to curb OBJ by impeaching him, the man was several steps ahead of them. He started by making an example of their leader, Adolphus Wabara. Nuhu Ribadu’s EFCC accused then Senate Leader Wabara (and four others) of demanding and receiving N55 million bribe from Fabian Osuji, then Minister of Education. Wabara ostensibly shared (or planned to share) the money with other senators as

condition for passing the 2005 education ministry’s budget. After Wabara got his hands full of EFCC arrests and invitations and eventually lost his job in the Senate, all of the remaining senators became born-again, and all accepted OBJ as their Jesus. To the best of my knowledge, GEJ has not got (and cannot get) nasty with any of the politicians questioning his authority. Even with governor Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), GEJ had to hire surrogates (including his wife) to fight his proxy battle. He has forgotten that if he wins the proxy battle, he would be unable to claim the victory directly. And, therefore, he would still be viewed as a weakling. GEJ operates as if he is forever unable to assert his legitimacy because of his indebtedness to all those PDP governors that helped to power after Yar’adua’s death. OBJ was different. OBJ embarked on the systematic annihilation of his enemies so that he could govern in peace. When former Plateau state governor, Joshua Chibi Dariye, who worked assiduously for OBJ’s election in 1999 and his re-election in 2007, started to flex his muscles, he did not know what hit him when OBJ’s train came through. Dariye had helped himself to, at least, $9 million of his State’s money. For that, OBJ set the London Metropolitan Police

after Dariye. They arrested him in London in 2004. The former governor jumped bail and escaped to Nigeria where, as a serving governor, he had immunity from prosecution. OBJ did not relent though. He knew that Dariye did not steal all that money by himself. He had to have had some members of his state’s legislature in cahoots with him. OBJ then applied the “Alamieyeseigha tactic”: blackmail the corrupt state legislators with the threat of prosecution for corruption and promise them leniency if they would impeach the governor. By November 2006, Dariye was impeached and the odious stench oozing out of Plateau State was cleaned out. OBJ had one thing or the other on most of the governors. They dared not look him cross-eyed or challenge his authority in any way, let alone walk out on him. That gravitas that the office of president carries (whether you are president of the Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, or you are the president of the United States of America), is what GEJ lacks. It does not require clairvoyance to know that GEJ, in spite of his adroitness as a politician (he did not become deputy-governor, governor, vice-president, and president in succession all on sheer luck) is a much maligned and compromised character. You can tell that most of the governors

know GEJ lacks any moral authority to threaten them with the EFCC, or even an ordinary definitive suspension/expulsion from the party. It was even reported that the so-called G-7 governors who staged the walk-out and later formed their own “New PDP” had the temerity to demand, as one of their conditions for making peace with GEJ, that he orders the EFCC to desist from probing them! What!! I will not be surprised if the G-7 announces tomorrow the expulsion of GEJ himself from PDP! After begging OBJ to intercede in the PDP internecine squabbles, GEJ, out of frustration (and again through surrogates), now reportedly blames OBJ for being the fomenter of the many fratricidal feuds in the party. Who is to blame if, as the de facto leader of the nation and the ruling party, GEJ had to rely on OBJ to periodically help mediate his many fights? A couple of Yoruba proverbs here: “I’d rather not be king if I wield no authority over the people”; “If you are a hawk and you can’t scoop up a chick, you are worthless”. Next time we have a president, he better be somebody imbued with limitless courage, boundless wisdom and a spotless character so that no one is able to take him hostage. Abiodun Ladepo is reachable on Oluyole2@

Illegal universities: NUC’s new burden By Sola Fagorusi


bout two months ago, the National Universities Commission’s Executive Secretary, Professor Julius Okojie, mentioned that 70 new universities have been added to the existing number we have had since 2002. It puts the number of approved universities in the country to about 123. Of this lot, about 81 are federal and state owned and some 40 being private universities.NUC also has a new burden of clamping down on illegal universities operating solely to fleece unsuspecting students and their guardians. This would have been a whole lot easier with a fully functional and regularly updated website that hints at new approvals, their curricula, contact details and academic calendar or a simple link to the official website of the school. Even the website of the NUC with the Uniform Resource Locator, URL at ng, is down. It is not a befitting example that should come from the stable of the NUC which is the sole accreditation body that enforces uniform standard and sets admissions capacity of every university in Nigeria; especially when it is possible to setup an uptime monitoring service to ensure awareness of downtimes. The quality of a university’s website should be one of the yardsticks NUC uses in assessing the viability of a

university especially since there is a Webometrics ranking of world universities. All over the world, curricula are developed with an eye for the emerging and new culture in society. It justifies why the NUC is rightly pushing for entrepreneurial studies in universities given the reality that there is a job famine despite the growing population of graduates. The time is ripe for the NUC’s Labour Market Observatory Project (LMOP) to also catch the growing trend of dependence on new media in its drag net and filter it for inclusion in the curriculum for universities. The webometric ranking of universities is today celebrated by universities and institutions of higher learning that rank well on it. Published by a Madrid based research group called Cybermetric lab, the ranking uses multiple indicators that considers volume of web contents, the visibility of this which is majorly enhanced by

Search Engine Optimisation and the impact of these publications founded on citations they receive from external sources. And it considers about 12,000 universities across the globe while also breaking down the result on a continent basis. Looked at on the surface, the conditions are easy to meet but really they are not. The July, 2013 edition of Webometrics had Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife ranking first in Nigeria even though it was 8th in Africa and 1,113th in the world. Following closely was Auchi Polytechnic which was 2nd in Nigeria, ahead of the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos. Auchi was also 23rd in Africa and 2,106th in the world. Upon meeting the demands of ASUU, the Federal Government can begin to use these global ratings to task Universities and have it improve the country’s image. South Africa which has six universities ahead of Nigeria’s OAU in the ranking allocated

25.8% of its budget to education in 2012 as against Nigeria’s 8.4% in 2012. Universities in turn can begin to encourage independent thoughts from students by supporting them to set up blogs and other new media outlets to reflect and capture their learning progress. It will inevitably rub off on Nigerian universities ranking. It is high time that the curriculum of universities began to reflect the new market demand for digital media specialists. The dynamics of social media puts it in the mould of a course like Accountancy which no decent organisation can do without. A degree programme in it will allow for the creation and manipulation of new media content for new communication and media technologies. The demand for skills and competence in these areas is strong and expanding and we are just at the threshold because the traditional media influence still holds. For anyone wanting to

The July, 2013 edition of Webometrics had Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife ranking first in Nigeria even though it was 8th in Africa and 1,113th in the world. Following closely was Auchi Polytechnic which was 2nd in Nigeria, ahead of the University of Ibadan and the University of Lagos. Auchi was also 23rd in Africa and 2,106th in the world.

organise an event today, it is only logical to still place adverts on newspaper pages but there’s also the need the obvious subtleties of making available details for such events on social media space and offer pre-event and post-event publicity using social influencers on various social network channels. Such degree programme irrespective of whether it is called BSc. Social Media or BSc. Digital Media and Society, or New Media will explore the interaction between society and technology; it will look at the use of images, videos and podcasts to enhance social features. It would look at the business world and forecast the technology in new media for tomorrow’s users. It would explore content management for web channels and assistive technologies for organisations and individuals. The teaching-learning method should be dynamic enough to accommodate project role-plays, Skype sessions and webinars (seminars through the web) in form of information exchange from across the globe. The thesis from a degree programme like this should end up giving the country our own Larry Page and Sergey Brin; the Google duo. The energy Nigerian adolescents brandish on new media would end up having a channel and productive outlet even in form of organised education. Sola Fagorusi @ SolaFagro on Twitter




Odimegwu’s waterloo and Kwankwaso’s northern advocacy By Nura I. Gambo


ut for the fearlessness of whistleblowers and the courage of people who call a spade by its name, many ominous things would pass unnoticed. Indeed atrocities would come to pass unnoticed, only to be realised when the damage has been. It is in this light that one must commend Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state for his consistent whistle-blowing efforts and his one man activism to protect northern interests. Kwankwaso had, from his campaigns, assured of Kano people to fight for what is theirs anywhere it could be. But on ascension to the post, Kwankwaso came to widen his horizon well beyond Kano by standing up - any day, anywhere -to make sure that what is for the North is duly given to it. He also insists that Peter is not robbed to pay Paul. These steps by Governor Kwankwaso proved quite helpful to the north especially at a time when the region was virtually forlorn, where everything goes because there was no powerful voice to demand for better deal or reject jaundiced treatment. This pan-northern activism which was started by Kwankwaso since his second coming as governor has as its latest fruit, the move by the federal government to sanction the reckless chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Mr. Festus

Odimegwu. To realities and every follower of diversity of happenings in our country the public, the is surely unfit Peoples Daily welcomes your letters, opinion articles, NPC boss’ recent to preside text messages and ‘pictures of yesteryears.’ All written campaigns to over such throw doubts in a sensitive contributions should be concise. Word limits: Letters previous census assignment. - 150 words, Articles - 750 words. Please include your figures, was not a It was name and a valid location. Letters to the Editor should be mere verbiage but Odimegwu’s addressed to: rather a calculated careless attempt to lay a remarks, which foundation that have now The Editor, could justify any earned him a Peoples Daily, 1st Floor Peace Plaza, biased figures stern query, that could be that attracted 35 Ajose Adeogun Street, Utako, Abuja. brewed by the Kwankwaso’s Email: ex-chief brewer attention. As SMS: 08134607052 as results of the someone who planned 2016 doesn’t suffer fools gladly, especially when it the North will naturally surpass headcount. Odimegwu’s strategy comes to far-reaching matters like the South because of the sociowas to question the veracity of this, Kwankwaso rose in criticism cultural differences. Unlike the records from the 2006 census of the NPC boss. Kwankwaso’s average man in, say Abakaliki or which placed Kano as the most criticism were well founded Asaba, who would marry one wife populous state. To a larger extent, because Odimegwu’s careless and try hard to limit the number Odimegwu came into his new job, remarks were capable of creating of offspring to come out of that which requires untainted track disaffection among Nigerians marriage, his counterpart in Kano record and high level of maturity, and further polarise the people or Gusau could marry up to four with a prejudiced mind that has along regional lines, something wives and would have no worry giving the opt-repeated myth the country could least afford. It over the number children that about the population of the north a was also clear to Kwankwaso, as it could emerge out of those unions. fertile ground to sprout. Someone was to all right thinking Nigerians Additionally, while the man in with such a mentality should not that Odimegwu’s misguided the water-lodged South thinks of be allowed to superintend over a missiles were actually directed at availability of farm land that could headcount, in the first place. Northerners. Therefore, it fell on sustain his family or even land to Odimegwu and his co-travellers Kwankwaso, who has taken it upon expand his house, the man in the ignore simple demographic factors himself to champion the northern land-locked North has none of responsible for population burst position within the larger Nigerian these challenges. But Odimegwu in the North. Even if the people equation. and his ilk give no thought to of the north and their southern Interestingly, the case of this reality. And someone with counterparts were equal in Odimegwu is not the first time this crude ignorance of our social number, in a matter of few years,


Kwankwaso would come out to take the bullets on behalf of the North. He started this advocacy long before now including during his participation in the 1994/1995 Constitution Drafting Committee. However, his activism for the cause of the North manifested more during the offshore/onshore debate when he was serving his first term as the Governor of Kano State. It was indeed for that reason that Kwankwaso is still pained that the House of Representatives, under the speakership of someone from the North okayed that legislation which come to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. The Governor has continued his advocacy with this dispensation, starting with his position regarding the ongoing constitution review exercise by the National Assembly. Kwankwaso staunchly opposed the provision for the vague Host Community Fund and also demanded for equity in terms of state creation, so as not to shortchange the North. He did this not only on the pages of newspaper but by personally attending the zonal hearing conducted by the National Assembly. His recent outing, of course, is his spearheading of a group of five governors who demand for probity, equity and entrenchment of democracy within his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Nura I. Gambo wrote from Akwanga, Nasarawa state.

Yero’s troubleshooting in southern Kaduna By Bature Maxwell Umaru


eace is the most potent factor for meaningful development of all human societies. It is the key element that guarantees growth and engenders progress; without it, people will stagnate and wallow in backwardness. Violence and crisis, on the other hand, have never been agents of development. There has never been any society anywhere in the world that achieved growth through crisis. In Kaduna state, since 1987 to date, no fewer than 10 different crises were recorded in which many people were killed and unquantifiable property destroyed. These unpleasant happenings have not only led to displacement of thousands of citizens, but also plunged the people deeper into misery and social tension. Successive administrations in the state have made efforts at curbing the situation and were forced by the circumstance to commit scarce resources meant for development into maintaining security and providing assistance to victims of violence. This situation has proved expensive and also a subversion of the desire of the people for quality living standards through provision of modern infrastructures and services. Many panels were set in the past to chart a way out of the quagmire; however the crises kept reoccurring at close intervals to the disappointment of those in authority-at the detriment of the people.

Fortunately enough, the present governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, on assumption of office last year, resolved to tackle the situation head on. He has since embarked on a diplomatic shuttle across the State with the sole aim of ending years of acrimony and deeply rooted suspicion that exist among the various ethnic and religious groups in the state. He has successfully held meetings with stakeholders of the constituent segments of the people, made up of politicians, traditional rulers, religious leaders, youth groups etc. At the peace forums held in Kagoro, Zaria and Rigachukun for the three senatorial zones, Governor Yero appealed to different segments of the state’s population to embrace peace

through dialogue as a means of resolving issues for the purpose of unity and progress. This initiative of the governor carried along with it a magic wand that pulled the people together, to agree on the need for reorientation towards a new culture that transcends negative attitude and promote integration. The approach of Yero that targets lasting peace in Kaduna state is commendable because it has created an open forum where frank and sincere talks are held by people who hitherto did not see eye to eye. They were provided with an opportunity to diagnose their problems and to find the right therapy by themselves. Interestingly, the initiative is already yielding the desired impact on the social rejuvenation of the people. In Bajju chiefdom

for instance, the initiative gingered the Agwam Bajju, Malam Nuhu Bature to organize series of meetings where all parties affected by the 2011 political conflict in the domain were brought together at his palace in Zonkwa. The session examined and discussed the matter comprehensively and a settlement was reached at the end. This has by no small measure helped to heal broken relationships among the people which was as result of crises in the area. Similar meetings has also been held in several other communities across the state, where people of different backgrounds signed peace pacts that will see them work together for the purpose of sustaining peaceful coexistence and unity of purpose. In view of the complex nature

The approach of Yero that targets lasting peace in Kaduna state is commendable because it has created an open forum where frank and sincere talks are held by people who hitherto did not see eye to eye. They were provided with an opportunity to diagnose their problems and to find the right therapy by themselves. Interestingly, the initiative is already yielding the desired impact on the social rejuvenation of the people. In Bajju chiefdom for instance, the initiative gingered the Agwam Bajju, Malam Nuhu Bature to organize series of meetings where all parties affected by the 2011 political conflict in the domain were brought together at his palace in Zonkwa.

of the state, majorly due to its composition and diversity, the peace model adopted by Governor Yero is most appropriate for resolving conflicts in the state. This should be sustained and institutionalised in order to further build on the gains so far achieved in building lasting peace in entire Kaduna state. Factors that are sources of conflict must be quickly identified and addressed to avoid crisis situations. Consequently, the people must be positively mobilized and educated to protect them from being negatively influenced by agents of destruction. The people must be sensitised against allowing themselves fall to the antics of hate preachers, who are ‘evil men’ masquerading as ‘men of God’ from both Christians and Muslims side. They have to be made to be conscious of their responsibilities as citizens and the need to avoid intolerance created by negligible variances such as language or religion. The political maturity of the people must also be nurtured towards a new political culture that abhors bitterness and encourages playing by the rules of the game. This is applicable especially to our youth who are central to the peace process, but have been reduced to a ready tool of destruction often misled by disgruntled persons into perpetrating acts of violence. Bature Maxwell Umaru, a concerned citizen of Kaduna state, wrote from Zonkwa.



Comment By Peter Claver Oparah


eoples Democratic Party (PDP), that party that flatters itself as the biggest party in Africa, is strapped to death bed. It is hit with a serious ailment. It is ravaged by schism and implosion from within to the extent that the falcon cannot hear the falconer. Things have fallen apart for the party and mere anarchy and internal conflagration eats deep into the sinews of the party. For a start, the PDP had been adept in managing the greed of the Nigerian politician. Not that the art itself is rocket science but with huge resources to play with, with no real commitment to delivering the much abused democracy dividends, the PDP had reached to the elephantine greed that fires Nigerian politics and had leveraged on such fantastic power containment template to meld the many fractures and tempests that have wracked the party since formation. To the extent that the leaders of the party have come to believe that theirs is an impregnable forte, there has been a dangerous relegation of governance to meet the insatiable needs and interests of party chieftains, fixers, space fillers and hangers on. Nigeria has been the worst for the brand of politics PDP plays and every sector in the country is reeking from such diversion of resources to satiate the acerbic whims and caprices in the PDP. From all indications, the umbrella which had rather excelled in shielding Nigeria from positive impacts of democracy is torn into shreds. The bevy of unethical and immoral Nigerians that have always converged under that rickety umbrella are in a free fight. PDP is set on an irreversible path of self destruction. It is presently being assailed by pangs of self

No tears for PDP immolation and unlike before, it is not blaming the opposition for its sordid fate. Selfishness and egotistic considerations are the factors that rule their present fight, as well as the legions of internal wars the party had been passing through since inception. Aiming to get the juicier chunk of the very pie that PDP had been cornering and employing as tool for mass pauperization remains the firing pin of the present battles the PDP is enmeshed in. Nigerians have been praying for the demise of this evil behemoth and from all indications, God has hearkened to their prayers this time around. In the past, doomsday prophecies about PDP’s predictable implosion have not really materialized. The reason is not for want of sufficient grounds to rest a possible disintegration of the party but that the party had always been handy in handing out illicit entrapment to keep its internal discontents in check. This has negatively affected governance delivery as critical resources that would have bettered the worsening lots of Nigerians were deployed to settle the grumbling fat nabobs in PDP. It did not take any effort to notice the huge gash

such misapplication of resources inflicted on the entire nation as the nation’s fate worsened while that of PDP members and chieftains blossomed. Our roads deteriorated as death traps, our schools got interred in rot, our hospitals became sprawling mortuaries, complete darkness spread over the land, youth unemployment become so dire that PhD holders scrambled for driver’s jobs, insecurity and dread chased all Nigerians to fortified bunkers and to their graves, corruption and vice triumphed. Life became one smooth enterprise in savagery, brutishness and misery. PDP had been immodest in flattering itself as the biggest party in Africa but it knows that there is no love lost between it and majority of Nigerians. It knows very well that if Nigerians were allowed to vote in a free and election, it would have long become history. Much of its strength is artificial, derived from sexing up electoral results procured with awful deployment of brute tactics and engaging in deadly gerrymandering to corner every electoral victory in sight. It knows that Nigerians hate it with a passion yet it will not shy from boasting at every given occasion

that it is a destination of choice for grudging Nigerians. Curiously, a party that had been in power for fourteen uninterrupted years had been finding it difficult articulating the sparkling credentials it had wrought with power because there is no real achievement and success story to tell. The PDP had been shy of predicating its insatiable quest for newer power on its performance in power. Rather, it had been a mish mash of bravura, propaganda and attempts to intimidate the people with its so called strength. It was just natural that the present tempest ravaging the PDP will happen. It was just natural that one day, the same medications of greed and intimidation with which the PDP had been guarding its flanks will fail and when this happens, the disparate tendencies that converged in the party as a nest for meeting their base desires will go their different ways. It is just natural that the many contradictions and indecent flaps in PDP will seek out the party and rip it to the seams so as to free Nigerians from its vice grip. That is what is happening at present as the party and its members battle with their lives

From all indications, the umbrella which had rather excelled in shielding Nigeria from positive impacts of democracy is torn into shreds. The bevy of unethical and immoral Nigerians that have always converged under that rickety umbrella are in a free fight. PDP is set on an irreversible path of self destruction.

Curtailing criminality in Nigeria By Tayo Demola


he rate of crime in Nigeria such as rape, kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of criminal tendencies is undoubtedly a source of worry to every Nigerian. Despite the fact that the nation has spent several billions of naira over the years to curtail crime, this effort however laudable it is has not yielded the much desired result. The crime rate in the society rather than abate, seems to be on the increase and this negative trend is definitely a threat to Nigeria’s development. The earlier we curtailed these criminal elements in our society the better for us. No society can attain meaningful development without curtailing its crime rate since criminality in itself is an enemy of development. In fact it is no doubt an enemy of society. It is however surprising that despite the security measures put in place by the federal and various state governments to detect crime and apprehend perpetrators, these criminal gangs who engage in violent crimes and other forms of criminality still end up perpetrating their evil deeds sometimes in broad daylight. The rate of rape in Nigeria, for example, is so alarming that virtually on a daily basis the media is awash with rape cases

some of which would make you freeze when you read the story. The situation as far as I am concerned is pathetic because some of these rapists have not only been caught committing the abominable act with teenagers, young girls and women but have now shifted to raping children such as five and nine year olds! What in the world will a man be doing raping a five year old girl who is just a child? What will a man achieve by raping and dehumanizing a nine year old innocent child who is supposed to be shown all the love and care that a society can give? She is supposed to be a future leader and a beacon of hope for the next generation but by doing this to her, you have shown her the callousness of society and caused her everlasting trauma.

The pain lingers for many women and no wonder so many of these victims cannot bear the shame at some certain point and they decide to take their own lives. But women who go through such nasty experiences should realise that taking their own lives will not solve their problems. The resultant pain and shame may be too much to bear but no woman should ever contemplate taking her own life because she was molested. The rate of armed robbery and militancy in Nigeria is another source of concern. At times I begin to wonder if the invention and manufacture of arms and ammunition and other dangerous weapons is really a blessing or a curse to the society. If an armed robber, militant or a Boko Haram insurgent for

example does not have a gun, arms, ammunition and other harmful weapons which he uses to terrorize his victims, will he ever contemplate engaging in such evil adventure? Will he be so menacing, daring and bold to commit any crime against his fellow man or rob his victim at gunpoint? The invention of these weapons is good for the maintenance of security but I think it is an irony of some sort that their negative use by criminal elements the world over has perhaps outweighed the positive deployment for security purposes. One obvious reason why violent crime persists in Nigeria is because the gap between the rich and the poor is so wide that the rich keeps getting richer while the poor keep getting poorer. There is a glaring

No society can attain meaningful development without curtailing its crime rate since criminality in itself is an enemy of development. In fact it is no doubt an enemy of society. It is however surprising that despite the security measures put in place by the federal and various state governments to detect crime and apprehend perpetrators, these criminal gangs who engage in violent crimes and other forms of criminality still end up perpetrating their evil deeds sometimes in broad daylight.

to contain the present wave of fictionalization, insurrection and widespread schism. It is only that the traditional palliatives are not working now and a splinter faction has divided the battle within the PDP such that sides have been taken and the prologue for a long and enervating internal war is being written now. Nigerians have prayed and longed for this moment when its main troubler will come to harm. The brewing crisis in the PDP is good and healthy for Nigeria, for Nigerians and for the concept of democracy which had suffered great devaluation in the hands of the PDP for the past fourteen years. In the ensuing battle within the PDP lies the last hope for the fading concept of democracy in Nigeria. Truth is that democracy had been taken to ridiculous low since 1999 and it is just hanging by the whiskers. In the gathering storm in PDP lies the hope for the recovery of the huge mileage the locusts have devoured from our national life these past fourteen years. In the sure-footed balkanization of the PDP that is trending now lies the hope that Nigerians can pull off something from this democracy that had been so banally abused. So let no one, ruled by the greater interest of the Nigerian nation, pray for the survival of the PDP. I know that the buccaneers and shibboleths that have milked Nigeria for the past fourteen years through the PDP are dreading the fate that befalls them should their house of commotion crumble, as it is going at present. But Nigerians will be well rewarded should this umbrella which had assured Nigeria of continued decay, rot and degradation come to ruins sooner than later. Peter Claver Oparah is reachable on inequality in the system and no society can curb crime rate if the vast majority of its populace keeps wallowing in abject poverty. The rich must realise that they are not yet rich in the real sense of it if their neighbour is miserably poor and that their wealth will be threatened if they have their table overflowing with food while their next door neighbour is dying of hunger. One major cause of crime and militancy in Nigeria is poverty; you cannot preach good virtues to a hungry and dying man. Give him food first before preaching your sermon to him and he will gladly listen to you. The various governments in Nigeria should as a matter of urgency engage in programs that will have direct impact on the people by alleviating the rate of poverty in the country if we must curtail crime in Nigeria. While we thought that kidnapping had abated, the men of the underworld have recently shown that they have not repented of their nefarious activities. Recently, renowned lawyer and Human Rights Activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome was kidnapped by daredevil kidnappers in Benin, Edo state and is currently being held by these criminal elements. There is an urgent need for the police to fish out these kidnappers and rescue him and other victims from these evil gangs. Tayo Demola can be reached on tayodemola@



8th Abuja trade fair to generate N2 billion for 500 exhibitors By Stanley Onyekwere


head of the forthcoming of 8th Abuja international trade fair, the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA) has said it is expecting to generate over two billion naira revenue as returns for 500 prospective exhibitors at the end of the fair. This was disclosed yesterday at a pre- trade fair press briefing, in Abuja, for this year’s event with the theme: “Promoting

the culture of production and innovations in SME’s to achieve competitiveness for National Development. Speaking at the conference, the president of the Chamber, Engr. (Dr) Solomon Nyagba, said a total of 6o companies under the Ghana Investment Promotion Commission have confirmed their participation at this year’s trade fair. He said last year alone exhibitors at the fair realised a total sum of 1.5 billion naira from

over 800 visitors who visited the fair on a daily basis; but this year’s fair will be unique when compared with the previous fairs. According to him, ABUCCIMA have imported an exotic exhibition tent measuring 2125 metres that can accommodate close to 200 standard exhibition stands, also “we have brought in six standard Chines exhibition booths and other facilities, all designed for the comfort of exhibitors. “We had impressive foreign

participation last year that attracted up to 70% local exhibitors and 30 % foreign exhibitors; but for this year, out of the projected 500 hundred exhibitors, we have already received confirmation from Ghana Investment Promotion Commission that their business women and men will attend the fair with 60 companies,” he said. Commenting on the theme of the fair, Nyagba said “Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

National Orientation Agency (NOA) drama troupe, entertaining guests, during an enlightenment campaign on made in Nigeria goods organised for the public, recently in Abuja.

are a verifiable tool that can be used to boost and improve the country’s economy, hence appropriate incentives should be put in place to encourage their development . “To reposition our manufacturing sector as the country’s engine for growth, and as a transformation agent, we urge government to give infrastructures overhaul priority; because organised private sector remains a major stakeholder in the sound and economic life of any nation.” Peoples Daily reports that for the first time in the history of the fair, President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to officially open the fair, which holds from 26th September to 10 October, at J. T Useni Trade Fair Complex, located along Abuja Airport Road.

Co-operative society doles out N33m loan to members

Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

By Albert Akota


FCTA pulls down 110 illegal structures in Gaduwa By Adeola Tukuru


he FCT Administration has demolished 110 illegal structures posing security threat in Gaduwa District of the Federal Capital City. FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed made this disclosure during the Bi-Weekly FCT Operations Briefing Session yesterday in Abuja. The minister said that the demolition exercise was carried out in a joint demolition

exercise with the Nigeria Police Force following timely security intelligence report. Senator Mohammed assured that the FCT Administration is not prepared to toy with the security of lives and property within the 8,000 square kilometers of the Federal Capital Territory. He reiterated that from the March 6 and August 23, 2013 the Administration also removed 760 structures/shanties within Mabushi, Kado, Jahi, Katampe, Kaura and Gwarinpa Districts

respectively. According to him, 363 illegal structures in the Federal Capital City have recently been marked and notices served within the same period. The Minister emphasized that some of such approved estates are already marketing the Green houses, particularly in Galadimawa District of the Federal Capital City. Senator Mohammed disclosed that a total of 908 Building Plans were received by

the FCT Development Control Department out of which 837 have been approved during the period under review. His words: “A total number of 684 Setting Out / Stage Applications were received out of which 653 have been approved during the same period”. On land use contravention, the Minister stated that 202 buildings were sealed in Maitama, Wuse I & II, Utako, Jabi, Wuye, Gudu, Durumi and Garki I & II.

Iddo community tasks AMAC boss on provision of infrastructures By Usman Shuaibu


eaders of Iddo Community in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have called on the chairman of the area council, Hon. Micah Y. Jiba to address infrastructural needs of the people especially rehabilitation of the dilapidated roads in the area. Speaking with newsmen during the coronation ceremony of the new village head

of the community, the District Head of Iddo, Alhaji SaiduSarki, also urged the chairman to provide portable drinking water for the people in the community. Also, he wants the chairman to provide more transformers, to boost electricity in the community, noted that some parts of Iddo town were not enjoying electricity; as well as the provision of fertilizers for the farmers to enable them to carry out their farming activities successfully in this year’s planting season.

Furthermore, he said that his leadership would continue to support the administration of the area council for overall development of Iddo community, while commending the AMAC chairman for the structures being put in place in the area so far. Commenting on the security situation in the area, the monarch said that the residents had been living in peace with one another irrespective of their tribal, religious and political differences.

he President of the Citi Investment and Credit Cooperative Society in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mr. Tajudeen Akanji has disclosed that a total sum of thirty two million, eight hundred and seven thousand Naira has been given to its members as normal loan, while about two million, one hundred and fifty thousand naira was given out as special loan to 72 members, in the last two years. Speaking to newsmen over the weekend in Abuja, during its biannual anniversary, the president said that over four million and one hundred thousand Naira has also been shared among members as dividends in the last two years. He added that the primary aims of establishing the cooperative society is to elevate its members who are mainly engaged in car hiring business at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Akanji, however said that the co-operative has raise most of it members to cars owners and also upgraded some to a bigger cars and promised to work round the clock to ensure every members collect three times of what they sowed over a period of time. According to him, the cooperative stands out to be having the highest amount of dividends paid to members by any of such in the FCT, because it members and the management shown full commitment and dedication towards the realization of it objectives.



Woman, 25, in court for allegedly assaulting pregnant woman


Police arraign driver for alleged criminal trespass, cheating


he police yesterday arraigned a driver, Michael Ojoungwa, 34, of Kabayi village in Nasarawa state in a Grade 1 Area Court, Mararaba, for criminal trespass and cheating. The prosecutor, Friday Idache, told the court that the matter was reported at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Mararaba by Adamu Suleiman of No 13, Sadama Way in Anpka, Kogi, on Sept. 4.

Idache said the accused forcibly opened one of the rooms in Suleiman’s house at Kabayi Village in Nasarawa State and took possession of it without his consent. The prosecutor added that the accused moved his belongings into the room and had been staying there since February 2012 without Suleiman’s consent. “And up till now, he is still

living in the room, which he took possession of without the consent of the complainant,’’ he said. Idache said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348 and 322 of the Penal Code. If convicted, the accused could spend up to four years in prison or pay a fine option or both. However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges against

him. The presiding officer, Mr Albert Maga, granted the accused bail in the sum of N150,000 with two sureties in like sum. Maga said one of the sureties must be a traditional title holder with landed property and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. He adjourned the case to Sept. 26 for further hearing. (NAN)


he Police have arraigned 25-year-old Elizabeth Chukwu in an Abuja Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman, Joy Eyo. The accused, a resident of Daki-Biyu village in the FCT, was arraigned on one count of causing grievous hurt. The police prosecutor, Insp. Audu Bitrus, said Francis Eyo, husband of the nominal complainant, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on Aug. 28. The prosecutor said the accused and complainant were neighbours in the same compound where they were washing clothes before having a misunderstanding over an undisclosed issue. Bitrus said that in the process, the accused physically assaulted the complainant which led to her bleeding through her private part. He said that as a result of the profuse bleeding, the complainant was rushed to Gwarimpa General Hospital where she had been receiving treatment. The prosecutor urged the court to convict the accused accordingly. The accused, however, denied the allegation. Mr Austine Odechukwu, counsel to the accused, prayed the court to admit his client to bail. Magistrate Abdullahi Illela admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum. He said the sureties must be reasonable and reliable, and must live within the jurisdiction of the court. Illela adjourned the case to Sept. 18 for hearing. (NAN)

Igbo cultural troupe showcasing the Igbo’s rich culture, during new yam festival, recently at Garki 2, in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Man arraigned for ‘compromising’ accident scene T he police have arraigned Peter Topa of Zone 8, Lugbe, Abuja, in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court for compromising accident scene and threatening a policeman. He was charged with joint act, criminal force, assault, mischief and intimidation. The police prosecutor, Cpl.

Dangerous driving: Driver gets 6 months jail term


n Abuja Senior Magistrates’ Court has sentenced Buhari Hammanga of No.17, Mary Slessor Street, Asokoro, Abuja, to six months in prison for dangerous driving. Senior magistrate Aliyu Shafa, however, gave the convict an option to pay N2,000 in fine and ordered him to pay N867, 000 in compensation to the complainant whose car was damaged. The police prosecutor, Sgt. Mohammed Ahmed, had told the court that the case was reported at the Maitama Police Station by Mr Ali Idris of Rockview Hotel, Abuja, in October 2012.

He said Hammanga drove his Nissan Murano Jeep with Reg. GGE 104 AS in a dangerous manner along Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja, and ran into a Passat Volkswagen car driven by the complainant. Ahmed said the Volkswagen car then hit a Mazda 323 car with Reg. EL 89 KRD driven by Gbenga O. M of Airport Road, Abuja. The prosecutor said the two vehicle got damaged as a result of the accident. He said the offence contravened Section 29 of the Road Traffic Act (RTA). (NAN)

Paul Anigbo, told the court that a fatal accident involving a truck and a motorcycle occurred at Pyakasa Junction in Lugbe on Sept. 1 in which two persons lost their lives. “Topa arrived first at the scene of the accident after the police had warned people not to do anything as officers have not completed their investigation. ``Topa organised some hoodlums whom he ordered to

set the truck ablaze and their act caused nuisance and annoyance to members of the public,’’ Anigbo said. The prosecutor said thatTopa also organised some hoodlums and intimidated one Cpl. Muazu Barde, threatening to deal with him. Anigbo said the offence contravened sections 79, 263, 264, 327 and 397 of the Penal Code. Mr James Ude, the accused

counsel, prayed the court to grant his client bail on liberal terms, saying that Topa was a first-time offender. The magistrate, Miss Mimi Katsina-Alu, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in like sum. Katsina-Alu ordered that the surety must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and adjourned the case to Sept. 23 for hearing. (NAN)

Court remands man in prison for allegedly forging medical report


n Upper Area Court sitting in Karu in the FCT, has ordered one Larry Uche Obasi to be remanded in prison for allegedly forging a medical report. The police prosecutor, Sgt. Umoh Inah, told the court that the accused jumped bail while undergoing trial in a criminal case in a Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt in March. He said that in an attempt

to avert a bench warrant from being issued against him for jumping bail, the accused forged a medical report. The prosecutor said the accused conspired with one Dr Uche Anyarah of the Garki Hospital, Abuja, to obtain a medical report, ``which he used to mislead the court’’. During police investigation, Inah said it was discovered that the accused conspired with the said doctor to forge

the medical report. He said the offences contravened sections 97 and 364 of the Penal Code. Meanwhile, the accused pleaded not guilty to the crime, while his counsel, Mr O.J Aboje prayed the court to grant his client bail. The Magistrate, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison, and adjourned the case to Oct, 28 for hearing. (NAN)


A middle-aged woman waiting for alms, yesterday at Nyanya bridge, in Abuja.



A young woman hawking sachet water soft drinks, recently at Madalla market, along Zuba -Abuja Road.

A nursing mother selling sweet potatoes close to refuse dumps, recently at Madalla market along Zuba- Abuja Road.

A young man hawking date-palms, yesterday at Nyanya, in Abuja.

Some women selling sachet water to customers, yesterday in Mararaba. Photos: Mahmud Isa



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L-R: Director, Finance Sector Department of West African Institute for Finance and Economic Management (WAIFEM), Mr. Usman Sowe, CBN Deputy Governor, operations, Mr. Tunde Lemo, Director General, WAIFEM, Professor Akpan Ekpo, and representative of Bank of Ghana, Mr. Steve Opata, during the opening of the regional course on optimising reserves and foreign exchange management for income generation, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Foreign reserves: West African countries mull holding reserves in other currencies By Abdulwahab Isa est African countries are contemplating of diversifying their national reserves away from United States national currency, the Dollar to accommodate, other currencies of emerging economies. If the decision gets the nod of their leaders, they would be taking a cue from Nigeria, who only two years ago, diversified its reserves from US Dollar to include the China currency, the Renminbi. Reflecting on that strategic decision of CBN yesterday in an interview with reporters in Abuja, CBN Deputy Governor (operations) Mr. Tunde Lemo said the decision paid off significantly as Renminbi has been on upswing appreciation in the last two years. The CBN had two years ago in the wake of global crises coupled with financial slide in euro zone taken decision to accommodate china currency along with US dollar


as holders of its foreign reserves. Lemo, speaking with finance reporters shortly after declaring open, a regional course on optimizing reserves and foreign exchange management for income generation organized by the West African institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM) for the Central Bank officials drawn from West African countries, he described CBN decision as strategic coming in the wake of economic crisis that engulfed the euro zone. “Before now, people had though only currencies of OES economies were good enough that is- the euros, the dollars, Japanese yen; but today, there are emerging economies. For example, the China and its currency- Renminbi. The CBN two years ago took the strategic decision to diversify the reserves base by investing in Renminibi and it has paid off because in the last two years, the Renminibi has been appreciating. So that decision is

on- going and many countries are beginning to diversify their reserves currencies in other emerging economies that are showing promises” he said. Lemo said the present dynamics of risks involved in the global economy invariably makes it a compelling option for countries to seek ways of diversifying their economies. “The issue about risk is changing because of the dynamics of the global economy. You know pretty well that currently, there are issues around the strength of currencies all over the globe and the debate is ongoingwhether or not Dollar will continue to be the defacto reserves currency. That is why so many countries are changing the basket of currencies where they keep the reserves, so that they can mix their risks and they are beginning to diversify” he admits. However, Lemo dismissed fear being nursed regarding to the nation’s reserves position

Half year report: NPA hits 35.8m metric tonnes of cargo throughput From Dapo Olalekan, Lagos he Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has said that its ports handled a total of 35,812,858 million metric tons of cargo in the first half of 2013. It however added that the cargoes did not include activities at the various crude oil export terminals. According to the statistics made available, containerised cargo throughput was 6,222,754 Million metric tonnes (MT), showing an increase of 3.55 % over the 2012 half year figure of 6,008,926Million MT. According to the statement signed by the agency’s general


manager, public affairs; Capt Ihenacho Ebubeogu “the continuous dredging and wreck removal campaign engaged by the Nigerian Ports Authority has ensured safety, quick turnaround time of vessel and accomplishment of the 24 hour port operation”. The statement added that similarly, reports from the quarterly update of information of developments at the different terminals indicate appreciable facility upgrades and acquisition of state of the art container handling equipment by the terminal operators which ensured quick container handling operations and reduced cargo

dwell time. Giving a further breakdown, the statement disclosed that the total liquefied natural gas shipment within the period under was 8,462,535 Million MT, an decrease of 21 % over the 2012 half year figure of 10,811,166MT. Also the volume of refined petroleum product shipment was 9,835,719MT, which represents a growth of 4.55% over the half year 2012 figure of 9,406,268MT. A total of 132,930 units of vehicles were handled in the half year under review, showing an increase of 2.73% over the same period of 2012 figure of 129,389 units.

as unfounded. Nigeria reserves currently hovers at $46 billion and some experts said the reserves which had dwindled from a hitherto $49 to $46 billion may not be good enough to sustain the economy. “Nigeria’s foreign reserves are encouraging. At $46 billion, it is still very, very strong and it can finance approximately eleven months of imports. The fundamentals of Nigeria economy are very strong though, occasionally, there are may be increase and decrease; I think Nigeria’s reserves is the second highest after Algeria” said Lemo. Earlier in his welcome address to the participants, WAIFEM Director-General Prof. Akpan H. Ekpo said the course was designed to equip participants with critical techniques and skills in managing fixed income instruments, and to impart the art of active reserves management essential to investment decisions in reserves and foreign exchange management, and meet the three cardinal objectives of reserves management; liquidity, security and returns.

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MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY Avoid these strategy-making pitfalls


hen creating strategy, far too many leaders give in to temptations that result in weak strategic choices, and ultimately, failure. Here are three common mistakes and how to avoid them: Failing to choose. Attempting to be all things to all customers isn’t a winning strategy. Select specific segments of consumers with particular characteristics that you can serve best. Acquiring to change playing fields. Acquisition usually just

adds unnecessary complexity. If you can’t strategize in your current environment, you won’t necessarily excel in a different one. Accepting an existing choice as unchangeable. A company always has a choice of where in the market they will play, so don’t use this as an excuse for mediocre performance. Change won’t happen overnight, but you can alter the course with focus and dedication. Source: Harvard Business Review



Energy Company News

Research institute to build cassava factories in 36 states


he Federal Institute of Industrial Research has revealed plans to build cassava factories in the 36 states of the federation. The Director-General of the institute, Dr. Gloria Elemo, stated this during an interview. She said the move would also help to stimulate interest in agriculture not only for food security, but as a means of…

Lekki-Epe road: OluAdegboruwa accuses Lagos of cover-up


civil rights lawyer, Mr. Ebun Olu-Adegboruwa, has said the Lagos State Government is not sincere with its buy-back of the Lekki-Epe road concession project, alleging the action is meant to rescue the concessionaire, Lekki Construction Company. He accused the state government of covering up the failure of the LCC to execute the project according…

Jonathan inaugurates Diaspora export programme


resident Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated the implementation of the Diaspora Export Programme, designed to improve trade between Nigeria and other countries of the world in her favour. The President said during a meeting with the Nigerian community in Nairobi, Kenya, that the programme, laid down by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, would encourage…

PHCN workers vow to resist power firms’ handover


mployees of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria have vowed to resist the takeover of the electricity distribution and generation companies by the successful buyers until all outstanding payments are made. The workers’ position contradicts the recent pronouncement by the Federal Government that the successful bidders who met the deadline for the payment of the 75 per cent balance of their bid prices could now take over the companies

US shale gas development: A threat to Nigeria’s gas revolution By Etuka Sunday


he dream of Nigeria is to become the regional hub of gas in Africa and perhaps one of the leading countries in the world with a potential to be a leading gas nation. This aspiration, has been vigorously pursued by various administrations ranging from, putting the necessary infrastructure in place to see that the nation’s economy is transformed through this means. The Nigeria’s dream was reechoed in February this year by the Group Executive Director of Gas and Power, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. David Ige, when he said that the gas development reform and capacity in the country were being re doubled and that in no distant time, the entire nation would be wired up for gas. According to him, “all that we need to make Nigeria a regional hub of petrochemical and fertilizer is in place and by 2017, Nigeria clearly will become the regional hub of gas in Africa.” Dr. Ige said that the dedicated major Gas Infrastructure Development initiated by the Jonathan administration was designed to create flexibility of movement of domestic gas nationwide. He added that the improvements in gas supply and power availability are a testament to the holistic approach of this administration in resolving the power crisis in Nigeria permanently. He said that the nation was on its way to achieving gas export parity, a development that would encourage greater investment by the private sector in the gas exploration and production. He revealed that domestic gas usage has been increasing, noting that 300 taxi drivers have converted their cars to run on gas in Benin city. Early this month, NNPC disclosed that the domestic gas supply has reached the highest level of 1500mmcf/d from about 500mmcf/d three years ago, therefore the recent decision by Shell and Chevron Nigeria Limited to pull out from the Olokola Liquefied Natural Gas Project (OKLNG) would not affect the gas revolution of the sector. A statement issued by the Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Tumini Green, said, “The Gas Revolution Agenda which is an integral part of the Gas Master plan cannot be derailed just like that. NNPC can confirm that the exit of Shell and Chevron will not impact on Mr. President’s Gas Revolution Agenda. In fact, very good progress is being made with domestic gas supply which has reached the highest level of 1500mmcf/d from about 500mmcf/d about three years ago,’’ she said. Green said that over 70 per cent of this gas is being directed to the Power sector pursuant of the Gas Revolution Agenda. She added

One of the liquefied natural gas plants in Lagos state that the gas based industrialization agenda of Mr President planned for Ogidigben in Delta State has teedoff with site data gathering activities stating that major new heavy gas based industries such as fertilizer, petrochemicals etc. would come on board to create the much needed jobs. Green said in line with the transformation agenda of the Federal Government, the NNPC was determined to continue to work with partners and stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria continues to be the desired location for gas based investments. The statement said, “In a changing global gas market, OKLNG inevitably has suffered a setback as a result of the exit but effort will be intensified to secure other willing investors. NNPC and the Federal Government remain committed to this project.’’ Just last week, the Minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke while speaking at a plenary session of the 19th Nigerian Economic Summit titled, “Building a World Class Petrochemical and Fertilizer industry in Nigeria.” He said that the current Gas Revolution Agenda of the Federal Government would be well directed towards the nation’s economic growth. The Minister said the need to get the gas sector to drive the economy necessitated the excision of some key areas of the Gas Master Plan from the PIB for accelerated implementation under the Gas Revolution Agenda. She added that the programme has begun to yield dividends with

plans for the establishment of a number of new fertilizer plants at advanced stage. Diezani said that with most of the fertilizer plants billed to come on stream by 2017, Nigeria is being positioned to control 10% of global fertilizer market by 2017. Some of the proposed fertilizer plants, according to her, are: the Dangote Petrochemical and Fertilizer Plant to be built at Olokola, Indorama Fertilizer Plant at Eleme, Brass Fertilizer Company at Brass, Nagarjuna Fertilizer Plant at Ogidigben, and another plant by the International Fertilizer Association. Also speaking, the Managing Director of Gas Aggregator Company of Nigeria, Mr. Kunle Allen, stated that apart from Notore which is already into fertilizer production, six new companies have approached the Gas Aggregator Company to firm up gas supply arrangements for their fertilizer plants and that talks are at an advanced stage with the companies. Mr. Allen further disclosed that the gas supply challenge is being further tackled through the dedication of 10% of domestic gas obligation for gas-to-industry to petrochemical and fertilizer plants. However, with this level of progress in gas production in Nigeria, there is still threat from countries like the United States. This is because, the natural gas extracted from shale rock formations has become the fastest-growing source of gas in the United States and other countries throughout the world, and are now evaluating

The Federal Government and indeed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) must not be lost in the euphoria of the progress so far made in gas production in Nigeria, but must be alive to the intimidating arrival of shale gas that is fast taken over the market.

how they can harness this emerging energy source. The development of natural gas from shale has proceeded quickly in the United States, where the energy industry has long known about huge gas resources trapped in shale rock formations. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), of the 2,300 trillion cubic feet of technically recoverable natural gas resources estimated to be in the U.S., almost a quarter is held in shale rock formations. It is only over the past decade that energy companies have been able to economically unlock natural gas from shale by combining two established technologies: hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. As a result, natural gas from shale has grown to about 35 percent of U.S. gas production during that time. According to EIA estimates, this resource could account for nearly 50 percent of U.S. production by 2035. Developing natural gas from shale promises to further enhance the U.S. energy sector and help to strengthen local and state economies and fuel job growth. The natural gas industry invested more than $12 billion in Pennsylvania in 2011 while supporting more than 200,000 jobs across the region. The International Energy Agency currently estimates that global recoverable shale gas resources stand at 7,345 trillion cubic feet, so it’s conceivable that this resource could one day offer similar benefits to other countries. Although exploration and development of these resources outside of the United States are still in the early stages, Chevron is acquiring shale acreage around the world. They are at various stages of exploration in a number of countr ies, including Argentina, Canada, China, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. The Federal Government and indeed the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) must not be lost in the euphoria of the progress so far made in gas production in Nigeria, but must be alive to the intimidating arrival of shale gas that is fast taken over the market.



ICt Microsoft acquisition of Nokia will not change mobile market Stories by Chris Alu


he Nokia acquisition is a logical step forward for Microsoft but will not change the company’s position in mobile overnight, according to Ronan de Renesse, principal Analyst. Renesse commented that the acquisition will have a limited impact on the smartphone market in short and medium term. Mason also stated that Nokia and Microsoft had been working

hand-in-hand for twenty five years on the Lumia device range adding that the acquisition is not expected to fundamentally change the Lumia team and its product roadmap for the next 12 months. He said that the biggest opportunity for Microsoft was not in the -smartphone space. “Microsoft will gain a foothold in developing market via Nokia’s non-Lumia device portfolio; 45.5% of Nokia mobile device shipments went to Greater China, Middle East & Africa and Latin America in 2012”,

he said, adding that the strengthens Microsoft’s position versus Google in connecting the next billion people. According to Mason, Microsoft must make a decision on the business model to adopt in mobile. “The handset market is extremely competitive making it particularly hard to sustain high margins and make a profit. Microsoft has the ability to undercut its competitors and use mobile as a loss leader to gain global reach for its services and software ecosystem”. He said that no handset

manufacturer except Nokia had been fully committed to windows Phone platform in the past 12 months noting that “maybe it’s time for Microsoft to abandon its windows licensing model in mobile”. Nokia had last week Tuesday announced that it is selling the majority of its handset business to Microsoft in a $7.2 billion allcash deal, while Stephen Elop has stepped down as Nokia’s CEO. Microsoft is paying just EUR3.8 billion for the handset division, and a single payment of

EUR1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents for the next ten years. Microsoft also gets a license for Nokia’s mapping services. The operations that are planned to be transferred to Microsoft generated an estimated EUR 14.9 billion, or almost 50%, of Nokia’s net sales for the full year 2012. Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO is stepping aside as Nokia President and CEO but will stay in charge of the mobile phones as Nokia Executive Vice President of Devices & Services. Following the purchase, Microsoft said that it aims to accelerate the growth of its share and profit in mobile devices through faster innovation, increased synergies, and unified branding and marketing. For its part, Nokia plans to focus on its three established businesses -- NSN, mapping and its patent portfolio. “After a thorough assessment of how to maximize shareholder value, including consideration of a variety of alternatives, we believe this transaction is the best path forward for Nokia and its shareholders,” said Risto Siilasmaa, Chairman of the Nokia Board of Directors and, following today’s announcement, also Nokia interim CEO. At closing, approximately 32,000 people are expected to transfer to Microsoft, including 4,700 people in Finland and 18,300 employees directly involved in manufacturing, assembly and packaging of products worldwide

Microsoft promises more local content with MSN Nigeria


icrosoft Nigeria has promised to satisfy Nigerians with locally relevant content via the Microsoft Network (MSN Nigeria) portal, her brand new Company’s portal, offering news, sports, money, games, videos, entertainment & celebrity gossip, weather, shopping and greater content peculiar to Nigeria. The portal also shows Microsoft’s flair for international news, particularly, as they affect Nigeria and the citizens. At the official launch Acting Country Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Mrs. Awawu OlumideSojinrin said that, the Microsoft flagship MSN portal for Nigeria, apart from serving as homepage or trademark dedicated to

Nigerian news, sports, lifestyle, entertainment and celeb gists, local weather, it a link to other Microsoft-related services such as Bing, Outlook and Skype. While the site looks like its South African counterpart, Howzit MSN which is the third largest online portal in South Africa after Naspers-owned News24 and IOL, according to Olumide-Sojinrin, MSN not new to Nigerians, the huge traffic and quest to create platform for local content developers to reach the public, were part of the decisions that informed MSN Nigeria portal launch. On his part, Developer platforms Sub-Saharan Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, Dele Akinsade, said that already, MSN

Nigeria syndicates local news in Nigeria from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), as well as publishers such as BangShowbiz. “It also features dedicated pages for news (national, African and world news), sport (local and world sport news), entertainment (local and global celebrity entertainment news) and lifestyle (including fashion, travel, tech & gadgets, motoring),” Akinsade said. Also speaking, Mr. Shina Oyetosho, Microsoft’s Developer Platforms Evangelism Lead, Anglophone West Africa, maintained that the portal has future prospects for local content developers in the country. He said: “Local content developers are important to our

ecosystem, both in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. We rely on them to make locally relevant content that will generate interest among consumers and the outside world. In future, there shall be a platform on the portal for them to showcase what they have”. With its content offering expected to grow further, the online portal has already teamed up with South African ad network, Ad Dynamo to help advertisers and brands with exposure. In a presentation, Justine Dewhist, regional executive producer, EMEA, Microsoft Apps, Media and Publishing, added that the portal is part of Microsoft’s plans to keep windows 8 users excited, while bringing services and devices together.

He said that MSN is accessible on personal computers (PC), smartphones and feature phones. he maintained that MSN Nigeria is a way to synchronize great people with great technology in the process of building a greater content experience. The deal with Kagsio also sees Ad Dynamo serving contextual advertising on Microsoft’s network of sites, including Windows Live Hotmail with over 800,000 users in Nigeria and Windows Messenger with over 820,000 active users in Nigeria as at October 2012. The MSN Nigeria online portal is also accessible via which redirects to the new online portal for Nigeria ( MSN Nigeria is also available via Facebook and Twitter.

NCC to clampdown on unsolicited SMS


igeria Communication Commission (NCC) is set to clampdown on database of all Value Added Service providers together with short-codes identification, as part of measures to contain the

increasing spate of unsolicited Short Message Service (SMS) The commission made its stance known in a statement issued by its Director of press Mr. Reuben Mouka. NCC said its action became inevitable as a way

of ensuring direct engagement and monitoring of the activities of each licensed VAS providers. The commission said it had developed develop the database, “following increased consumer complaints regarding unsolicited

SMS from Value Added Service (VAS) providers marketing their various services within the Nigerian telecoms space”. NCC pending action is sequel to the warning letters it had issued to VAS providers

urging a halt in unsolicited messages or telemarketing activities within the networks, which it said are best carried out between the hours of 8am – 8pm in line with the existing guidelines.


Business feature


Boosting cotton production in Nigeria By Huseyn Mbar


he Federal Government in September 2012 released N54 billion to boost mass production of cotton in the country. A stakeholders’ workshop was also held in Kaduna, where experts brainstormed on how to revive moribund textile industries in the country. Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, who represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the workshop, said that 200,000 hectares would be acquired for the cultivation of cotton. The president also directed that improved cotton seeds should be distributed to farmers. To further demonstrate its commitment to improve cotton production, the Federal Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the West African Cotton Company (WACOT) on plans to revive cotton production in the country. Adesina, who spoke at the signing of the MoU, recalled that in the 1980s, Nigeria earned over 8.9 billion U.S. dollars from cotton. He said that the amount then represented more than 25 per cent of the nation’s GDP, adding that the country’s earnings from cotton had dwindled to mere 300 million U.S. dollars. The minister also said that the contribution of cotton to Nigeria’s GDP dropped significantly from 25 per cent in 1980, to only five per cent at present. He noted that out of 51 ginneries, which were in operation across the country in the 1980s, only 10 were currently operating at low capacity.

cotton farm in kano

Adesina said that the agreement with WACOT was aimed at enhancing the productivity of the ginneries from 150kg to 450kg of lint, while increasing the production of cotton seeds from 120,000 tonnes to 760,000 tonnes by the year 2015. “A major component of the plan is to multiply and distribute quality seeds, while raising the quality of local lint through the use of appropriate packaging and cotton grading,’’ he said. Mr Tembe Ravi, the Chief Executive Officer of WACOT, gave the assurance that his company would focus on how to enhance the yield per hectare of cotton farms, while ensuring competitive prices for cotton. In order to maximise the benefits of the Federal Government’s initiatives, the Bauchi State Government inaugurated a Cotton Implementation Committee, headed by the state’s Deputy Governor, Alhaji Sagir Saleh. Gov. Isa Yuguda, who inaugurated the committee, identified cotton as a valuable cash crop with enormous potential. “For more than two decades after Nigeria’s independence, cotton contributed largely to the country’s local and foreign earnings, employment generation and value-added services. “The present administration intends to evolve a strategy that is aimed at transforming the cotton value-chain into workable and profitable ventures, which can create jobs, wealth and reduce poverty,” Yuguda said. As a pilot scheme, the committee identified and registered 1,020 cotton farmers

Dr Akinwumi Adesina in 13 local government areas in the state for the 2012 cropping season. Each of the farmers was given a N10,000 grant to cultivate a minimum of one hectare of cotton. In addition, each of the registered farmers was given 20kg of improved seeds, five bags of assorted fertiliser, 12 litres of insecticides and free extension services. Impressed by the performance of the committee, Yuguda announced the establishment of the Bauchi State Cotton Sector Development

Programme. The governor, who spoke at the launch of cotton sales for the 2012/2013 season, said that the pilot scheme recorded a huge success. He directed that the number of registered farmers should be increased from 1,020 to 10,000 for participation in the 2013 cultivation season. Besides, Yuguda directed the chairmen of all the local government councils to appoint Cotton Desk Officers who would work with the committee. However, statistics obtained from the Bauchi State Ministry of

Agriculture indicated that each participating farmer harvested 800kg of cotton, as against the anticipated 1.3 metric tonnes per hectare. Analysts, however, blamed the poor harvest on bad weather and other natural phenomena which occurred in most parts of the country. ``In a normal agronomy practice, each farmer was expected to harvest two metric tonnes (2,000kg) per hectare,’’ a document from the ministry stated. It said that the state government had directed that apart from the 10,000 smallscale farmers that would be registered for the 2013 season; 5,000 large-scale farmers should be identified to participate in the programme. However, in the 2012 cropping season, over 3,000 youths were engaged in cotton production, apart from the 1,020 registered farmers. Besides, the document stated that negotiations had reached an advanced stage between the Bauchi State Government and a Chinese company for the establishment of a ginnery in the state. Nevertheless, Alhaji Babab Abubakar, the Chairman of the Bauchi State chapter of National Cotton Association of Nigeria (NACOTAN), attributed the poor cotton yield in 2012 to excessive rainfall and intermittent dry spells that occurred in the year. “Initially, the rain was too much and suddenly, it ceased for some time before resurfacing again. “I cultivated 10,000 hectares of cotton and harvested 100,000kg. Although the government gave us free seeds, insecticides and N10,000 cash each, we got these items late and we, therefore, commenced cultivation late. “We are appealing to the government to henceforth make available such incentives in good time,” he added. Malam Musa Maigoro, a cotton farmer in Zabi town who was forced to switch over to another crop, said that the decline in cotton cultivation was due to the low patronage of cotton and its poor pricing, forcing most farmers to migrate to other crops. However, Malam Umaru Waju, who still cultivates the crop, said that the situation had improved lately, as buyers now offered reasonable prices for cotton. Analysts, however, urge cotton-producing states to emulate Bauchi State in efforts to boost cotton production. They stress that enhanced cotton production will enable the states to boost their internally generated revenue, while aiding their efforts to create employment. (NAN)



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Special Report

When shall Lagosians say goodbye to endless battles with fire and building collapse disasters? A

couple of weeks ago, Lagos residents were battling with building collapse menace; an unenviable development that has brought tears and anguish into many homes. Between March and July, the state witnessed cases of building collapse, where no fewer than seven people lost their lives. However, the problem thereafter shifted from cases of building collapse to ocean surge and flooding and then to burning of properties. In less than three months no fewer than five cases of fire incidents were recorded in different parts of the state, with the latest occurring a few weeks ago, where commercial and residential properties were razed by fire in quick succession. Like a spreading plague, the unwholesome trend has been recorded in many residential and commercial properties in the state including a motor parts market at Trinity, Apapa; a popular automobile company at Maza-maza

Suleiman Idris writes on the numerous battles of Lagosians with the elements. area; a refrigerator section at Alaba International Market, and a mechanic workshop at Alausa. While all those did not claim any life, same cannot be said of a threebedroom apartment at Shagari Estate area of Ipaja where a family of five met its untimely end in the uncanny way. It will be recalled that tragedy had struck in the early hours of Wednesday, August 14, at Shagari Estate, Mosan in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos state, when a woman, her three children and another individual identified as a relative were burnt to death. Eyewitnesses had revealed that neighbours were alerted to the incident

by the unending shouts of ‘fire’ by one of the victims who was identified simply as Aunty Philo. But before any form of help could be offered, the fire had reportedly spread to the entire building. A part of the roof reportedly fell on Philo, burning her to death. The late woman was said to have made frantic and desperate effort to force the burglary-proofs of her window open but she could not, while the charred remains of one of her children, was found clinging to her body. “At that time, we tried to break the wall to rescue her but suddenly the roof fell on her. When we eventually succeeded in pulling down the burglary,

A fire cracker outbreak in a warehouse sparked a major fire outbreak in the Jankara area of Lagos in December last year.

About 20 buildings have been pencilled down for integrity test and possible demolition after the recent fire cracker explosion and inferno at Jankara market area of Lagos Island.

we saw her charred remains and those of other members of the family on the ground. We could not do anything again but had to leave because of thick smoke,” one of the neighbours at the scene had narrated. Though details of the sad incidents were sketchy initially, the victims were later identified as Mrs. Philo Anwuzia, her two young sons - Ekene (16), Emeka (7) and a relative known as Nwike (30), and a neighbour. In June, a pathetic fire incident also claimed the lives of an octogenarian and his granddaughter at Agbado Crossing area of Lagos. The fire was said to have been caused by a cooking stove placed in the passage of the building which eventually burnt to death an 82-year-old man, Samuel Adeola, and his 12-year-old

granddaughter, Mariam, in their residence at No. 18, Bailey street, Agbado Crossing, a border of Ogun and Lagos. Mariam was said to be cooking with the stove on the passage in the victims’ residence, where an eye witness said the stove exploded at about 2:52 p.m. when Mariam attempted to put more kerosene into it. Investigations suggest that that rising cases of fire incidents in the state might not be unconnected with a number of factors including power surges, faulty electrical apparatus and general carelessness of people in dealing with naked flames. When contacted, the Director of Lagos State Fire Service, Mr. Rasaq Fadipe, also affirmed that carelessness on the part of residents in dealing with naked flames, was one of the major causes of fire.

This is believed to be the case of the fire incident at Shagari Estate, where the inferno had been attributed to a lit candle whose flame had set the

curtains in one of the rooms in the building on fire. “We, therefore, want to urge people to desist from making use of candles or

Part of a burnt market in Lagos

any other open flame in their homes; rechargeable lamps are better. Candles might seem small and innocuous but the havoc they can wreak can be unimaginable as in this case,” Mr. Fadipe said. When lamenting the lack of insurance culture among Nigerians, especially as far as property insurance is concerned, Mr. Yemi Soladoye, Chairman, Riskguard Insurance Brokers Limited, insisted that disasters were part of human existence which might not be unavoidable, but he noted that the real worry was the fact that many Nigerians, especially the less-educated often failed to insure their properties. “If people have proper insurance in place, then they have nothing to lose. This is because their insurers will have to restore them to their normal position and business continues as usual. They will only be required to provide necessary document, and within a short period, they are indemnified. You will remember the case of Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) of some years back when they had similar incident, insurance companies came to their rescue, and today, they are back into business. There are numerous incidents of

fire where victims are now thankful to their insurers. “But it is quite unfortunate that in Nigeria, we still have less than 5 percent of the population adequately covered by any form of insurance. That is our worry as industry stakeholders, if you can be sure that at least, half of the nation’s population have adequate insurance cover, unfortunate incidents will have would not have led to other unpalatable incidents. “We have heard cases where victims committed suicide immediately because of where to start from. There is tendency that majority of the victims

have no fire cover, so if they have no cover, they have to start from scratch again,” he stated. Mr. Soladoye further noted that fire risk was one of the many products paraded by insurance companies, saying it had always been part of common insurance products but generally awareness about insurance has always been the problem. The Lagos state Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Oyinlomo Danmole, when revealing the losses recorded in the state due to fire-related occurrences recently, disclosed that

Mr. Danmole urged residents to be careful with inflammable materials around their homes, as many fire incidents started from such items, as well as from faulty equipment

property and goods worth N39.6 billion were destroyed in fire incidents across the state in 2012. He said that most of the 2,342 fire cases recorded in 2012 occurred in residential buildings and some of them could have been prevented if the right precautions were taken. Mr. Danmole urged residents to be careful with inflammable materials around their homes, as many fire incidents started from such items, as well as from faulty equipment. “We are strengthening enlightenment, using various avenues and the media on the need for residents to always take precautions against fire outbreaks and what they can do in emergency situations,’’ he said. The commissioner said the government was upgrading fire formations and establishing new ones across the state, to ensure quicker response to emergencies. He said that 32 fire trucks and other equipment had just been acquired for the fire service to boost its capacity to respond to fire incidents.

It’s the same tales of woese when the heavens opened in parts of Lagos state




Letter from Africa: Take it or leave it In the BBC series of letter from African journalists, London-based Ugandan writer, Joel Kibazo considers how the West appears to be losing its political clout in Africa.


he growth in Africa’s economic fortunes and development over the last few years appears to have also brought a new confidence in the way the continent handles itself in the global arena. In the economic sphere and business, competition, particularly from Asia, has meant that Africans have alternatives to the West. Much has been said about the growing influence and presence of the Chinese on the continent and increasingly someone’s latest smartphone is likely to be from South Korea with a service provider that might be in India. Who do the British think they are to say who they will deal with or not and in what way? We are not their colony anymore” But it is in the way Africa handles political issues that this new confidence is most apparent. The holding of elections is now commonplace in most of Africa, but what has changed is that we Africans no longer seem to want approval of the international superpowers on the outcome. Where once the norm was to tread carefully and wait for a verdict - or should that be blessing - from the US, the UK , France or Russia on an election, these days it appears it does not matter what those powers have to say. “Take it or leave it” appears to be the order of the day - and even where there is a domestic dispute about an election outcome, it will be the views of neighbours or other fellow Africans that will carry the day. ‘Ill-feeling’ The sight of the Western powers scrambling for a face-

saving position that will leave them with some semblance of respectability after an election is becoming all too familiar. The two biggest examples in recent months are the election outcomes in Kenya and more recently in Zimbabwe. In Kenya, the official line of Western governments was that they did not interfere in the affairs of a country and any election outcome was to be respected as it would be the will of the people. As I said, that was the official line but there was little disguising the nervousness of the West that surrounded the prospects of Uhuru Kenyatta winning the

presidency. He is accused by the International Criminal Court in The Hague of orchestrating deadly violence after the 2007 election, an allegation he denies. Many Kenyans were angered by the UK’s representative to Kenya, Christian Turner, when he said his government would not get in contact with ICC indictees unless it was “essential”. President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto deny ICC’s allegations of orchestrating deadly violence after the 2007 poll. I was in Nairobi in the runup to the elections and the illfeeling towards that statement was palpable.

Who do the British think they are to say who they will deal with or not and in what way? We are not their colony anymore” Over dinner, a friend said: “Who do the British think they are to say who they will deal with or not and in what way? We are not their colony anymore.” Ironically, the British high commissioner was only a few tables away in the same restaurant. Kenyans, in their wisdom, decided to elect Mr. Kenyatta and it took a good three weeks before the UK’s representative could gain an audience with the new president. When he eventually did, it was not only to deliver a message of congratulations, but an invitation to attend the Somalia conference in London being hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameroon. The newly elected president accepted and attended the meeting in May. The point had been made. What the British or any other Western power had to say was of little consequence. It was for Kenyans to decide and they had. ‘Credible’ In Zimbabwe, following the recent presidential and parliamentary elections, the US, the UK and Australia expressed

concern after official results gave President Robert Mugabe a seventh consecutive term in office with 61% of the vote. The Movement for Democratic Change claimed electoral fraud and has taken the matter to the court. Results published by Zimbabwe’s Electoral Commission in the week after the vote showed that more than 300,000 voters had indeed been turned away. Yet for all that, the African Union observer mission said the presidential elections were “free, honest and credible”. President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, the regional power, congratulated President Mugabe on his re-election, urging opposition groups to accept the results of what he called “the successful harmonised elections”. I would say it is all over bar the shouting: The Constitutional Court has up to two weeks to deliver its verdict, but I do not expect it to change the outcome. And the views of the West will not matter one single bit. For good or ill, Africa has clearly decided to go its own way. (BBC)




Ihejirika and her drive to educate the less-privileged

First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan (m) flanked by Mrs. Helen Mark (l) and Mrs Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihijerika assisted by NAOWA President, Mrs Nnena Ihejirika (r), Minister of State for Defence, Mrs Olusola Obada at the comNnena Ihejirika and Maj. Gen EE BAssey to cut the tape to the commission NAOWA missioning of the NAOWA College, Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Barracks, Abuja. Nursery and Primary School, Kurudu, Abuja. By Joy Baba


ne of the major drives of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA), under the leadership of Mrs. Nnena Gift Ihejirika, is her desire to educate the average Nigerian child, especially the girl child. To Ihejirika, this will enable her up lift the status of the lessprivileged people living within the barracks community and its environs. Little wonder, within a space of three months, NAOWA, under her able leadership was able to commission an ultra-modern Nursery, Primary schools at the Nigerian Army resettlement barrack, Kurudu and a secondary school at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua barrack, Asokoro in the Federal Capital territory (FCT), Abuja. NAOWA is a non-profit, nongovernmental organisation with

the objectives of assisting the poor and the needy and raising the standard of living in barracks across the nation. Since its establishment over four decades ago, NAOWA has been in the vanguard of the provision of community health centres, to complement the health care delivery services and carefully designed welfare programmes that are targeted at women, youths, children and the less-privileged in Nigeria. The organisation has been described as “the most powerful woman’s organisation in the country”. Mrs. Ihejirika, during the commissioning of NAOWA Nursery and Primary school Kurudu, said the association, in a bid to reach out to a larger society, has taken a positive look at the plight of the widows, orphans, youths and pursuing with all vigor the girl-child education programme within

the barracks community and beyond. She said it breaks her heart whenever she sees a child of school age roaming the streets during school hours, hence the need to establish these ultramodern schools with state-ofthe-art facilities and at a very affordable rate. Statistics taken from all the divisions of Nigerian Army Barracks showed that the number of female children enrolled in barrack schools dropped to 50% between primary and secondary school, with only a handful proceeding to any form of higher education. This problem transcends all segments of the Nigerian society, including the barracks community. Asked why the association, under her leadership, has concentrated more on building schools, she said “learning in school or college improves

Vocational and sport gadget installed at the NAOWA Nursery and Primary school, Kurudu, Abuja.

Statistics taken from all the divisions of Nigerian Army Barracks showed that the number of female children enrolled in barrack schools dropped to 50% between primary and secondary school, with only a handful proceeding to any form of higher education. knowledge and develops skills; but for me, I see it as a light that helps a child to see beyond the borders and the ladder that enables a child cross the hurdle of contemporary challenges. At the commissioning of NAOWA secondary school in Abuja recently, Ihejirika said the association, which is a NonGovernmental Organisation, had been in the fore front of establishing education facilities. She said this was part of the association’s effort to reach out to the less-privileged in the society adding that the foundation of the college was laid on December 5, 2011 by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. The NAOWA college project, she said, was conceived out of the need to improve the quality of education in the country, in support of the Federal Government’s policy on education. According to her, it is a new coeducational school set to provide a British-Nigeria curriculum built on strong moral principles and the fear of God. The college mission is to educate the total child based on sound education and social uprightness, to make a child creative and responsible in the society.

“I therefore call on other well meaning Nigerians to borrow a leaf from this project by contributing to the development of education in their communities. An investment in education is an investment in our children and the future of our nation” she stated. Mrs. Ihejirika further said the college was equipped with modern facilities because, according to her, for learning to be effective there is the need for the environment to be conducive. She also said the first phase of the school, which is being commissioned, included the administrative block, classrooms, science laboratory, and Assembly Hall, while the second phase, which is the boarding facility, is yet to begin. Her main dream and sincere heart’s desire, she said, is to see every Nigerian child, especially the girl child, being able to afford basic education. NAOWA’s programmes under her leadership, she said, is in line with the army’s commitment in the enhancement of its command colleges across the nation, in order to ensure improved education for children of civilians and soldiers.




Boosting rubber production in southern Kaduna By Ephraims Sheyin


ubber is grown traditionally as a cash crop in the southern states, including Edo, Delta, Ogun, Ondo, Abia, Anambra, Akwa-Ibom, CrossRiver, Imo, Ebonyi and Rivers. However, researchers believe that the crop can also be cultivated in other parts of the country, notably in southern parts of Kaduna state. Researchers said rubber cultivation is cardinal to Nigeria’s economic growth since the crop provides raw materials for agrobased industries, ensures foreign exchange earnings and provides job opportunities. They, therefore, recommend that Nigeria should utilise the potential resources that can be generated from rubber production for greater economic growth. It was against this backdrop that the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria (RRIN), Benin, recently organised three-day training for 50 rubber farmers in Manchok, Kaduna state, as part of efforts to boost rubber cultivation in the country. The Executive Director of the institute, Prof. Osayamo Eguavoen, said that the farmers were drawn from all the local government areas of KadunaSouth senatorial district. “The training was to boost interest in the commodity and promote the development of economically viable rubber smallholdings all over the country,’’ Eguavoen told the participants. He said that RRIN was interested in promoting rubber cultivation in southern Kaduna to improve the general economy of farmers through inter-cropping

A typical rubber plantation

Kompong Cham - Chup Rubber factory of rubber trees with some arable crops. “This can be achieved through enhancing the economically viable rubber cultivation in small holdings through the adoption of improved technologies and diversified farming systems,’’ he explained. Eguavoen also said that the training was part of the implementation programme of a four-year Common Fund for Commodities-funded projects in Nigeria which began in 2009. For many of the participants, the training was a key to broadening their horizon and strengthening their desire to focus on a crop that had not been

common in the state. Speaking at the event as one of the participants, Mr. Tari Tata said he was interested in cultivating rubber because it would minimise his family’s absolute dependence on produce such as maize, sugarcane and millet for income. Nonetheless, Tata expressed concern over the availability of market for rubber, and how to reach buyers. Responding, Dr. Timothy Esekhadie, the institute’s Director of Planning, said: “There is always a ready market for rubber after harvest; unlike food crops, rubber is a cash-and-carry stuff. “The rubber buyer comes with his pocket loaded with money,

takes the weight of your rubber and pays cash. It is not food crop, but it can put food on your table as two hectares of rubber plantation can pay one’s pension for life,” he explained. “Two hectares can give you 4,000 kilogrammes of rubber per annum. Currently, a kilogramme of rubber is selling between N120 and N160, which means that a small farmer can generate more than N640, 000 a year. “Again, the demand for rubber is increasing by the day with more people driving cars, flying aero planes and riding bicycles; the mobility of these craft depends largely on rubber. “Recent technological developments have further increased the demand for rubber as it is used in laying the foundation of buildings in earthquake-prone areas, since it usually serve as a shock absorber. “Shoes, carpets, condoms, hand gloves and other surgical implements are all made from rubber. Once we have rubber plantations, industries for the produce will spring up naturally in Kaduna State,” Esekhadie stated. Also speaking, Principal Research Officer at RRIN’s station in Manchok, Mr. Wuranti Valla, called on the farmers to take advantage of the training to cultivate rubber and enhance their incomes. “Although the industry has suffered neglect over the years, government has seen the negative effects of this and has taken steps to revamp the agricultural sector as a viable source of income,’’ he said. According to Valla, Kaduna state was found suitable for rubber cultivation, and currently

has more than 180 hectares under cultivation. He said that Kagarko, Jaba, Jema’a, Sanga, Kaura, ZangonKataf, Kachia and Kauru local governments were known areas for rubber cultivation. Valla therefore expressed appreciation with the Kaduna state government for providing the institute with 25 hectares in Manchok for the construction of offices and expansion of its plantation. He expressed optimism that governments, individual investors and corporate organisations would show more interest in rubber cultivation. In his own remarks, the President of National Rubber Association of Nigeria, Mr. Emanuel Bassey, said the commodity has the potential to boost Nigeria’s economy. Bassey also noted that in the past, rubber was one of the highest foreign exchange earners after crude oil, groundnut, hides and skin and cocoa. “The story has changed with the neglect of its cultivation over the years; and throwing producers out of business. “The consequence is that rubber production has been on the downward slope from 113,479 metric tons before the advent of crude oil to 46,000 metric tons in 2004,’’ he noted. Quoting statistics, Bassey said Nigeria would earn at least N3.2 trillion revenue from rubber export, generate 400,000 jobs, develop the rural areas and conserve the environment through planting of rubber trees. Farmers at the training emphasised the need to widen the scope of rubber patronage, and noted that car tyre manufacturers who consumed about half of Nigeria’s rubber had closed shops with the exit of Michelin and Dunlop. While sharing his on-thefield experience, a rubber farmer in Kafanchan, Mr. Alfred Bala, advised the government to pay special attention to rubber farmers through trainings that would ensure higher yields. “It is an economic crop with massive demand since it has so many uses; so the more people it can attract, the better,’’ he said. Bala noted that Nigeria produces large quantities of natural rubber that are required by the increasing number of shoe and carpet manufacturing companies in the country. All the same, observers opine that with more farmers seeking alternative crops to their traditional cash crops, the RRIN training should be widened and sustained to ensure that more Nigerians benefited from the new rubber cultivation initiative for self-reliance. (NAN)




Nigeria to introduce e-wallet, staple crop processing zones in Kenya By Mohammed Kandi


resident of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, said the country is ready to assist Kenya with capacity building in cassava bread and staple crop processing zones, as well as e-wallet technology- a system of fertiliser distribution under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) introduced by Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Dangote made the disclosure at the recent Nigeria-Kenya Business Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, while announcing areas that required business

collaborations between Nigeria and Kenya. The Nigeria’s self-made business magnate, according a statement by Dr. Oyeleye Olukayode, Agric Minister’s Media aide, also stressed the need to improve trade and investment to strengthen economic ties between the two countries saying “we want to assist in capacity building in cassava bread and Staple Crop Processing Zones. These are areas we can assist and help Kenya. Nigeria is to assist Kenya with e-wallet technology for fertiliser distribution. It is something that Kenya should replicate. He observed, however, that,

in agriculture, Kenya “is far ahead of Nigeria in terms of cut flower, export of tea and coffee.” According to him, efforts are ongoing for Nigeria to replicate “what Kenyans are doing in agro-processing on pine apple, vegetables and tomatoes in Nigeria.” Also speaking, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya observed the need to “facilitate our people’s traveling with ease and without restriction.” “We want to encourage Nigerians to invest in Kenya and also to encourage our own government department to understand that it is not necessarily true that all good

things come from Western Europe.” He announced the conclusion of a number of MoUs, on double taxation, protection of investment, cooperation on agriculture, tourism and on other areas. Meanwhile, Kenya’s Chamber of Commerce said the country needed to partner with Nigeria in transfer of knowledge and technology on animal feed production and agro-processing. “Due to significant underutilisation of agricultural land in Nigeria, Kenya can partner to increase investment in agriculture and reduce Nigeria’s reliance on food import.

Some dignitaries with the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (Middle) at the Nigerian-Kenya business forum in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday. With him are Karim H. Dostmohamed of Industrial Promotion Services (Kenya) Ltd., Vimal Shah of Bidco (East Africa) and Sani Dangote of Dangote Group.

Denmark donates $288m for agric development in Africa By Mohammed Kandi


he Government of Denmark has announced a contribution $1.8 million (approximately N288 million) to the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) of the African Development Bank (ADB) to stimulate Investment in the development of African agriculture infrastructure. Team Leader of AFT,

Jennifer Ann Patterson said in a statement that Denmark’s Development Cooperation Minister, Christian Friis Bach, made the announcement during ADB President Donald Kaberuka’s visit to the country. The statement said: “The Danish Government’s support complements contributions from Agricultural Fast Track founding donors including USAID, which

has committed $15 million, and the Government of Sweden, which has pledged $10 million. The fund is managed by the African Development Bank.” It also said AFT provides grant funding for the initial project development costs of a broad range of agriculture infrastructure projects spanning the entire value chain – from production to market. “The AFT

is intervening in countries that are members of the New Alliance for Food Security and nutrition, which aims to strengthen the links from farmers to markets to tables.” Meanwhile, AFT is a US $26.8-million first-of-its-kind fund set up to spur greater private investment in agriculture infrastructure projects in SubSaharan Africa.

Delta to inaugurate rice farm irrigation project


he Manager, Asaba Area Office of Benin-Owena River Basin Development Authority, Mr. Charles Ovweigho, has said that the rice farm irrigation project at Illah in Delta state will soon be inaugurated. Ovweigho told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba that the N200 million project in Illah, Oshimili-North Local Government Area (LGA) was for dry season rice farming. He explained that 100 hectares of land, out of the 200 hectares earmarked for rice farming along the Asaba-Illah

Road, was irrigated for dry season farming. The manager said the remaining portion was for the normal farming season. ``The contract for the irrigation was awarded in 2012 and the project will soon be inaugurated by the Minister of Agriculture,” he said. Ovweigho said the farm project extended to the neighboring Ebu community, where 100 hectares was acquired, adding that 15 hectares had also been cleared in the community. He said the benefits

of the project to the host communities were enormous, listing them to include food security, job creation, economic empowerment and infrastructure development. Ovweigho said interested large-scale farmers would be allowed to farm on the land after fulfilling some obligations, adding that there were four such farmers currently utilising the farm. “This is a federal government project and it is all over the country. So, no restrictions or discrimination is placed on anybody.

“However, the people from the immediate community are given priority in choosing who to have farms on the land,’’ he said. Ovweigho said farmers presently on the land only paid for the cost of land preparations and harrowing, adding that when the irrigation system becomes operational the cost would also be subsidised. The manager called on the private sector to invest in agriculture, to complement the efforts of government in ensuring food security in the country and boosting the economy. (NAN)

Stakeholders laud Nigerian agriculture transformation plans By Mohammed Kandi


gricultural stakeholders said at the recent Nigerian Economic Summit that success of the ongoing Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) would not only spur economic development in Nigeria but Africa as a whole. According to the President of African Development Bank Group (ADB) Dr. Donald Kaberuka “If Nigeria gets it right in agriculture, it can be done elsewhere in Africa. I am excited at what you are doing here in Nigeria and I believe in it.” Similarly, Former DirectorGeneral of Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) Dr. Jacques Diouf said “Agricultural transformation elsewhere was possible with the help of the leaders. In Indonesia, it was Suharto. In Brazil, recently, it was Lula. I am encouraged because, in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan has shown the leadership. Developed countries support agriculture.” In his remarks, the National Economic Summit Group (NESG) Board Chairman, Foluso Philips, said “Nigeria needs a value proposition. An enabling environment is critical for the attainment of the value proposition. Job creation in agri-business is critical for transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.” Philips noted that President Jonathan had provided the country with a very big project saying “with ATA, the president has created a basis for economic unification of our country, if we can all focus on this. The value proposition is a passion for national excellence in diversification of the economy.” On his own part, a cassava processor, Yemisi Iranloye, who complained of high cost of running generator in the rural country side near Iseyin in Oyo state, however, pleaded the president to extend electricity to the company. On the appalling state of abattoirs across the country, Tafida Mafindi, urged that “leave the open abattoir infested with maggots and patronise the industrial abattoirs that are hygienically operated.” “We are trying to make sure we stop moving cattle to the south, using cold chain. Cold storage containers return empty from Nigeria. There is need for standard sales, standard moving vehicles and cold rooms. Let us give it a chance,” he explained.




The new iPhone(s) looks set to be revealed today ….here’s what to expect.


he new iPhone looks set to be revealed in September; and if a report from All Things D is to be believed, September 10th (next Tuesday) is the date to circle. Though we shouldn’t expect significant innovations or improvements until next year, there are still likely to be a number exciting features that should spark you interest. So what can we expect from the new iPhone? Summary: • Same design as iPhone 5 • Apple rumored to be discontinuing production of other phones to focus solely on its upcoming new models. • Same 4 inch screen size but possibly of a different display which… • …may bring better battery life • Better 12-13mp camera with dual-LED Flash • Fingerprint reader • New cheaper iPhone, most likely to be named iPhone 5C with possible new color options, 3.5inch screen and a 5MP camera In Detail: Same design as iPhone 5 The next iPhone should look and feel identical to the iPhone 5. Whilst you would expect all iPhone 5 cases and accessories to work just fine, the 4S and 4 had minor differences in placement that could affect some accessories. Whilst rumors of multiple colors for a new cheaper iPhone (detailed below) may be true,

we think it’s unlikely we’ll see multiple colors (outside of black and white) available for the upcoming iPhone, likely to be named iPhone 5S. Apple likely to discontinue production of other phones First reported by Korean site, Apple is likely to discontinue production of its other phones to focus on the new iPhone and its new cheaper iPhone, detailed below. This is not keeping in trend with previous models which Apple continues to produce and only discontinues after several years. Apparently the iPhone 5′s in-cell screen technology is “not suitable for low-volume production.” Same 4 inch screen size but possibility of a different display The new iPhone display is likely to be identical to its predecessor – 4-inch display and the same 1136 x 640 Retina Display – however according toExtremeTech, the new iPhone is likely to come equipped with Sharp’s IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) display which offer a few benefits over conventional displays, namely: better battery life and potentially, reduced cost. Better battery life & performance Whilst we can expect to see a better battery life thanks to Sharp’s IGZO display, detailed above, we can also expect battery life thanks to a new A7 Chip and higher capacity battery. MacRumors posted images reportedly detailing the interiors of the new iPhone. The A7 chip is built by

This rumor has been floating round for some time and it looks finally set to become reality. There’s heavy speculation that a lower-cost iPhone will be released.

Samsung, Apple’s current archrival, and features much improved processing speed. The higher capacity battery, reportedly 8% higher, has been included in the same iPhone 5 size shell by making the logic board slightly narrower. Significantly better battery life will be a timely move from Apple considering its recent Macbook Air battery life upgrade that didn’t require a larger design. 12 Mega-pixel slow motion capable camera with dualLED Flash Photos first posted on Chinese Website EXPReview reveal what is believed to be a 12-megapixel camera with a larger aperture for improved low light photography. The camera is also rumored to include a pill shaped dualLED flash which should provide better lighting and more accurate color saturation and brightness in photos. A slow motion camera is also likely to be exclusive to the new iPhone, akin to Siri’s appearance in the iPhone 4s. Slow motion photography requires a camera

with a fast frame rate, and a new feature called “Mogul”, spotted by 9to5Mac, appears to allow the camera to capture video at “an exceptionally fast and precise rate.” Phone 5S Fingerprint Sensor One feature that appears to be almost certain to make an appearance on the new iPhone is a fingerprint sensor. The iOS 7 beta 4 release included a reference to the fingerprint sensor along with code that indicates a new biometric sensor will be embedded in the iPhone’s home button. It’s unclear whether the sensor will be used solely for unlocking the iPhone or perhaps for payments and more. It’s also unclear as to whether Apple will provide an API to allow apps to use the feature. Apple, naturally, declines to comment on features but it’s telling and timely that the company purchased AuthenTec, a company that makes hardware security sensors, last year. Cheaper iPhone This rumor has been floating

round for some time and it looks finally set to become reality. There’s heavy speculation that a lower-cost iPhone will be released. Images posted on French site, reveals the name to be iPhone 5c with the “c” representing “colors” as opposed to “cheap.” If true, It will be the first time in Apple’s iPhone history that the company has unveiled two handsets in the same month. It is worth noting however that earlier this year, Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing chief, told Chinese newspaper, the Shanghai Evening News, that ‘despite the popularity of cheap smartphones, this will never be the future of Apple’s products.’ On August 10th, Vietnamese website Tinhte, which has an impressive history of prerelease leaks for Apple products, posted what it claims are mock ups of two next-generation iPhones. It’s a safe bet that the new iPhone and its cheaper iPhone 5c model will closely resemble the below images. ( Source: News360)




What do Brazil, Turkey, Peru and Bulgaria have in common? ANALYSIS


ao Paulo, Brazil - What influence did Istanbul’s Gezi Park protest movement have on the uprising in Brazil? Can we explain the sudden emergence of mass demonstrations in Peru as being inspired by neighbouring Brazil? What do the antigovernment, anti-establishment protest movements in these three countries - and in Bulgaria - have in common? Analysts have searched for specific reasons to explain the recent revolts: Istanbul rose to protect Gezi Park from neoliberal enclosure; Brazilian citizens took to the streets to protest against the rising of the price of public transportation; Peruvians were outraged by corruption and a government that tried to impose its will on the country’s constitutional court. Bulgaria’s protests, which started this January, were spurred by anger at high electricity and water bills. But does this really explain what has happened in recent months? The reasons listed above would imply that four almost disconnected rebellions took place simultaneously. And cause-andeffect logic cannot fully explain these protests, which fall largely outside the left-right axis. Rather, what the movements have in common has less to do with ideology and specific grievances, than with a new architecture of protest. In all four countries, established groups such as unions and political parties were almost irrelevant. For instance, the calls for protest in Peru, which filled the capital’s streets in July, were born [Es] in social networks, mailing lists and non-ideological groups. When a reporter suggested to human rights activist Rocio Silvia Santisteba that she was leading the Peruvian protests, she replied: “We convene. We do not lead.” Violent police crackdowns, news of which was largely ignored by the mainstream media but spread on the internet, transformed the initial demonstrations in Istanbul and Sao Paulo into what John Robb calls “open source protests”, in which no group was able to impose its own agenda. These are protests in which information spread by self-convened, networked citizens breaks the consensus built by the state, media and market. A study [Es] by Brazilian digital communications firm Interagentes on Brazil’s protests shows that the PasseLivre Movement, which called for lower bus fares, largely lost its leadership of the protest movement following police

The protests in Bulgaria have much in common with protests in other countries [AFP]

violence on June 13. The incident opened the demonstration’s range to include many other causes. In massive rallies on June 17, millions of Brazilians took to the streets shouting, as in Bulgaria, against the country’s political parties and wielding a neverbefore-seen variety of posters demanding a better public health system, better public transport, better education, transparency, and civic rights, among many other causes. The same thing happened in the early days of the Gezi Park movement in Turkey. After the use of tear gas by the police, the protests evolved into more than just the defence of a park; instead, the movement broadened to become a struggle for civil rights, for a more transparent democracy and for a new economic model. What do the Bulgarian, Turkish, Brazilian and Peruvian revolts have in common? Another similarity is the fact that they

did not aim to destroy the power structure. “The best subversion is to alter the code instead of destroying it,” wrote French philosopher Roland Barthes in the 1960s.Connected crowds, assembling emotions, do not destroy power. They prefer altering the code of power, the protocols, the process. Doing yoga in front of the Bulgarian congress or in the local occupied political assembly of the Brazilian city of Niteroi can be as subversive as actually taking power. Holding a horizontal, popular and open assembly inside an occupied public building - which has been quite common during the Brazilian uprising - can change how politics work. When Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan referred to the protesters using the slang word “chapullers”, or looters, the crowd took over the code, proclaiming a “chapulling movement” and creating Chapull. tv, which streamed the events in

Gezi Park. And when the Brazilian media called the protesters “vandalos” - rioters - the crowd remixed the insult, proclaiming: “Vandalism is what they do with your father in the doctor’s queue,” referring to the country’s sclerotic medical system. Alter, remix, hack. Spread the virus. The Peruvian Indignados movement referred to the “repartija” - the government’s opaque distribution of political offices - as the”lagartija”, or lizard, an ironic icon for memorably spreading the message. For their part, Bulgarians brought watermelons to the door of parliament on day 45 of the protests, an act laden with layers of metaphor. The Bulgarian word for “watermelon” sounds similar to the words for “day” and “year” said together. The Communists ruled Bulgaria for 45 years, and the Bulgarians surrounded the parliament for 45 days. The

Alter, remix, hack. Spread the virus. The Peruvian Indignados movement referred to the “repartija” - the government’s opaque distribution of political offices - as the”lagartija”, or lizard, an ironic icon for memorably spreading the message.

country, the protesters were saying, was ripe for a change of cycle. What’s more, all revolts are connected somehow. The fact that a Brazilian flag was flying in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, or that the slogan “Brazil will be another Turkey” was used during Brazil’s demonstrations, are examples. The Interagentesstudy [Es] of digital networks mentioned that when the first protests were called in Sao Paulo on June 6, there were two Turkish Facebook pages among the ten most influential in Brazil on that day: DirenGeziParki [Tr] and Turkiyenin GururuRecepTayyipErdogan [Tr]. In the case of the Peruvian protests, the connection was with a more distant revolt: The hashtag used on Twitter to mobilise protesters was #TomaLaCalle, the same phrase used by the Spanish Indignados movement in 2011. From #TomaLaCalle to #VemPraRua (the most popular hashtag of the Brazilian protests), the from-thenetworks-to-the-streets flow is one of the most notable patterns of these revolts. These types of protests transcend the traditional format of demonstrations - and build, in the words of Spanish thinker Javier Toret, “a mutant network system with moving boundaries, hybrid, cyborg, a collective body that resists time and can extend through space”. Maybe the global revolution has just begun. Maybe we can sense its unpredictable flow by observing small details - gestures, posters, icons, photographs, streamings. “I am nobody,” said one of the members of the PasseLivre movement to a journalist. “We are the 99 percent,” shouted the Occupy Wall Street movement. “We are looking for a new horizontal form,” the s t r e e t s s e e m t o whisper. We desire a distributed democracy. We are a new social grammar. “We are part of a larger struggle, of a global struggle,” a crowd shouted from the roof of the Brazilian congress on June 18. The Hungarian sociologist Peter Pal, describing what is happening in Brazil, helps us to understand what these networked revolts have in common. Although there may not yet be categories to describe this new type of movement, these uprisings are all “more insurgent, more movement than party, more flow than discipline, moreimpulse than purpose - with an uncommon power to bring people together”. Source: Al-Jazeera



International Kenyatta comments raises concern ahead of ICC trial


enya’s president said it could be forced to halt cooperation with the International Criminal Court if it requires both him and his deputy, both charged with crimes against humanity, to attend hearings in The Hague at the same time. Diplomats have said until now that they expect President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, to live up to pledges to cooperate. But Kenyatta’s new comments could raise concern about a change of heart. The West has urged Nairobi to cooperate with the ICC because its failure to do so would undercut contacts with Nairobi seen as crucial to its role as a regional bulwark against militant Islam. Kenya is also a big recipient of U.S. and European aid. Kenyatta’s ICC trial starts in November while Ruto left Kenya yesterday to attend today’s first hearing. As government ministers and MPs saw him off at the Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, MrRuto said: “Gentlemen, take care of this great nation,” the local Daily Nation newspaper reports. Kenyatta and Ruto, who won

…Ruto hearing begins today

Kenyatta (L) alongside Ruto an election in March, are accused of leading their respective ethnic groups to fight each other in violence that followed Kenya’s disputed 2007 election, when they were in rival political camps. Radio boss Joshua arap Sang has also been charged with inciting and helping coordinate attacks. He will be tried alongside Mr Ruto, and is already at The Hague, AFP news agency reports. He too denies the charges. More than 1,000 people were

killed and 600,000 forced from their homes. Analysts say the ICC prosecutions bolstered their campaign as they portrayed it as foreign interference in Kenya’s domestic affairs. Failure to cooperate could, in a worst case, prompt an arrest warrant that might in turn incur penalties from generous Western donors against east Africa’s biggest economy, although diplomats have said they think that is an unlikely

scenario. “If you want us to continue to cooperate with the ICC process let me make it crystal clear that when Ruto is at The Hague I will be here and when I am at The Hague he will be here,” the president told a prayer rally on Sunday. Kenyatta said all camps still accommodating families displaced by the violence would be closed by 20 September, the local Daily Nation newspaper reports. He issued cheques worth more than $4,500 per family so they could move out of camps and rebuild their lives. He and MrRuto closed some camps in Eldoret and Nakuru in Rift Valley province, which was badly affected by the violence. The timing of the government hand-outs and closure of the camps will raise suspicion that it is a political ploy ahead of MrRuto’s trial. More than 40,000 people are estimated to be still living in the camps. The president said the charges against them were “false and will be dismissed”.

Dozens killed in new CAR clashes


Former Seleka rebel members in the CAR

R-L: Resident Goodluck Jonathan, welcoming former British Prime Minister, Mr. Gordon Brown, during the latter’s visit to the president, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja.

t least 60 people have been killed in fighting in Central African Republic between former rebels and forces loyal to the president they ousted in March, officials say. The president’s spokesman said fighters loyal to Francois Bozize had attacked villages north-west of the capital. This is the first large-scale operation launched by the former president’s forces since he was

toppled in March. The UN has warned that CAR could become a failed state, threatening the region. CAR has gold and diamond deposits but has been unstable since independence. Michel Djotodia, leader of the Seleka former rebel coalition who was sworn in as president earlier this month, has promised to relinquish power after elections scheduled for 2016.

Tunisia arrests Ansar al-Sharia deputy leader


wo suspected members of Tunisia’s Ansar al-Sharia militant group have been killed and two more, including the group’s deputy leader, have been arrested, officials say. Mohammed al-Awadi is said to be the group’s military commander. He was detained along with Mohamed Khiari on the outskirts of the capital Tunis, the interior ministry says. The government recently declared Ansar al-Sharia a terrorist group and accused it of killing secular politicians. The killings have led to mass protests and calls for the resignation of the Islamist-led government. The ministry says the two militants were killed in a heavy exchange of fire in the Mornagia district.

Mali president holds first cabinet meeting


ali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita yesterday presided over his first cabinet meeting, just a day after the formation of the government led by Prime Minister OumarTatam Ly. During the cabinet meeting, Keita urged members of the government to diligently carry out their duties. “We have come to power at a very trying moment in our country’s history. The country was deeply wounded,” he said, acknowledging that “the country was going through a multidimensional crisis.” The new government is comprised of 34 members, including four women and six ministers who served in the transition government. A source from the presidency told Xinhua all the ministers were present at the first session except one who was out of the country.

Photo: Joe Oroye





US will ‘pay the price’ if Syria is attacked – Assad


yrian President Bashar al-Assad has threatened possible reprisal attacks if the US attacks Syria, saying that if there are military strikes, Americans can “expect every action”. Assad’s comments came as part of a television interview with Charlie Rose of the CBS broadcasting network, in which

he also denied involvement in an alleged August 21 attack involving chemical weapons. He said that if there were US attacks on Syria, in response, the US “should expect everything” and that it will “pay the price” for its actions. Video of Assad making the comments in the Syrian capital Damascus was aired for the first


time yesterday. Assad also said an attack by international forces may prompt retaliation from Syria’s allies. He denied that he was behind the chemical weapons attack on the Syrian people and said evidence was not conclusive that there had been such an attack. “There has been no evidence that I used chemical weapons against my own people,” CBS on Sunday quoted Assad as saying. John Kerry, the US secretary of state, dismissed any claim by the Syrian president that there was no evidence he used chemical weapons against his own people, saying on Sunday that “the evidence speaks for itself”. Kerry made the remark in response to a question as he began a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss the resumption of IsraeliPalestinian peace talks on July 29, according to a US reporter who attended a photo session on behalf

of other journalists travelling with him. The US, along with other Western and regional countries, accuses the Assad regime of carrying out a chemical attack in a Damascus suburb on August 21, killing hundreds of people. Speaking on the CBS Sunday morning show Face the Nation, Rose summarised the answers Assad gave in his first interview with an American television network in the last two years. Rose said Assad did not confirm or deny that his regime has chemical weapons. The US and France are seeking to build an international coalition to launch military strikes against Syria in response to the alleged chemical attack. Member countries of the EU also blame the Syrian government for the attack, but said on Saturday that there should not be any military response before a report from UN weapons inspectors is published.

China school blast leaves two dead


n explosion outside a school in southern China has killed at least two people and injured several others, state media say. At least 10 of the 17 people reported injured at the primary school in Guilin, Guangxi province, were school children, police say. Witnesses told Xinhua news agency they saw a three-wheeled vehicle pull up to the school before the explosion. The cause of the explosion remains unclear. “First, the motorcycle caught on fire and then it exploded with

a huge sound that could be heard from far, far away,” a witness told Xinhua news agency. Those injured in the explosion at the Baijie primary school were taken to hospital, the news agency added. The school has now been closed and the police are investigating the incident. In recent years, China has seen a number of knife attacks at primary schools. As a result, many schools and kindergartens have significantly tightened security measures, correspondents say.

Burnt motorcycles caught up in the blast

akistan’s new president Mamnoon Hussain has been sworn in at a ceremony in the capital, Islamabad. He replaces Asif Ali Zardari who stood down on Sunday after becoming Pakistan’s first democratically-elected president to complete a full term. MrHussain, a businessman, is a close ally of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The largely ceremonial post of president is elected by members of parliament and provincial assemblies, but has little political power. The swearing-in of MamnoonHussain came as leaders of political parties in Pakistan met to discuss the country’s security strategy. Military and intelligence chiefs were to brief politicians during

the meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. “We have to rise above politics on some issues and develop a national consensus for the sake of

this country,” Mr Sharif told those gathered as talks opened. MrHussain, 73, took the oath of office in a ceremony presided over by Pakistan’s Chief Justice

Pakistan swears in new president P


IftikharChaudhry. He was a surprise candidate for the ruling PML-N party but once nominated his election was a foregone conclusion, correspondents say. A businessman from Karachi and former state governor, he is known for his loyalty to the PML-N and many feel this made him a trusted candidate for the post. He takes over from MrZardari, who received a guard of honour from the armed forces as he ended his term in office on Sunday. The 58-year-old widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto succeeded former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and agreed to constitutional amendments in 2010 that handed many of the president’s powers to the prime minister.

Asia & Middle East Rebels in deadly attack in Philippines


lashes between Philippine troops and hundreds of suspected Muslim rebels have left at least six people dead, officials say. Suspected members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) moved in on Zamboanga, a city in Mindanao, by boat yesterday, officials said. Clashes spread from the coast to the city’s busy Rio Hondo area. The MNLF signed a peace agreement with the government in 1996. However, some of its fighters remain active. Many residents have fled Rio Hondo to escape the fighting. “The main target by the MNLF in encroaching Zamboanga city is to raise their banner of independence at city hall,” city mayor, Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, told Agence-France Presse (AFP) news agency. She told media that the clashes have killed at least two security personnel and four civilians. There were also reports of a number of people who were wounded. At least 20 residents were being held hostage, reports quoted the military and police as saying. Armed forces spokesman, Lt Col Ramon Zagala, said that around 800 troops had been deployed to secure the city. “We are trying to contain them, so that this will not spread elsewhere,” he told Agence-France Presse news agency. The incident follows a declaration of independence by the veteran MNLF leader NurMisuari last month, after he complained that his faction had been frozen out of a peace agreement being negotiated between the government and a larger insurgent group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the BBC’s Jonathan Head south east Asia correspondent reports. AsaminHussin, National Security Commander for the MNLF, told AP news agency that they wanted independence. “We want to establish our own Bangsamoro government, not an autonomous government but we want an independent Mindanao as Bangsamoro nation,” he said. Bangsamoro refers to Muslim people in the southern Philippines. NurMisuari founded the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 1971, with the goal of fighting the Philippine state for an independent Islamic nation. It signed a peace deal with the government in 1996, but continues to be involved in clashes in the southern Philippines. Many factions have splintered from the MNLF, including the MILF.



International Russia urges Syria to cede control of chemical arms


ussia urged Syria yesterday to put its chemical weapons under international control in the hope that this would avert U.S. military strikes over an alleged gas attack, and President Bashar al-Assad’s government said it welcomed the proposal. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he conveyed the idea to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem at talks in Moscow and that Russia expected “a quick and, I hope, a positive answer.” “If the establishment of international control over chemical weapons in (Syria) makes it possible to avoid strikes, then we will immediately get to work with Damascus,” Lavrov said. Moualem later told reporters Syria welcomed the proposal. He stopped short of saying explicitly that it agreed to carry it out, but seemed to indicate it would if it meant the United Sates would not launch military strikes. “I state that the Syrian Arab Republic welcomes the Russian

initiative, motivated by the Syrian leadership’s concern for the lives of our citizens and the security of our country, and also motivated by our confidence in the wisdom of the Russian leadership, which is attempting to prevent American aggression against our people,” Moualem said through an interpreter.

Russia, which is Syria’s most powerful ally, appeared to seize on an idea voiced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, even though the American swiftly made clear he had not been making a serious offer. Kerry was asked by a reporter in London whether there was anything Assad’s government

could do or offer to stop a military strike. Kerry answered: “Sure, he could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week - turn it over, all of it without delay and allow the full and total accounting, but he isn’t about to do it and it can’t be done.”

Lavrov (R), during talks with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem (L) in Moscow

Putin critic urges protests against ‘rigged’ Moscow vote


ussian opposition leader Alexei Navalny called on supporters to rally in protest against the results of a Moscow election yesterday which he says was rigged in favor of the Kremlin. Results from Sunday’s mayoral

election showed Kremlin ally Sergei Sobyanin just cleared the 50 percent mark needed to win outright. Navalny challenged the outcome and demanded a runoff. Buoyed by an unexpectedly


strong showing of 27 percent which pushed him into second place, Navalny has raised the prospect of a new election stand-off in Russia, 19 months after allegations of fraud in a parliamentary election inspired the biggest protests against Putin since he rose to power in 2000. “We call on all honest citizens who care about the city’s fate to come along today to the officially sanctioned rally in Bolotnaya Square to support our demands and wait for the outcome of the negotiations,” Navalny, 37, said in a statement. He called for talks with the city authorities on the fraud allegations, which he said were backed up by election observers whose unofficial count put Sobyanin, appointed mayor by the Kremlin in 2010, just short of 50 percent. “Yesterday we found out that we

can win. Now we have to understand whether we can defend our victory,” he said. “We made it into the second round but they again took it away from us.” Bolotnaya Square was the scene of the last big protest against Putin on May 6, 2012, the eve of his inauguration for a third term as president. Police broke it up after clashes with protesters and detained more than 400. Opposition leaders portray that 2012 rally as the start of a crackdown on dissent to tighten Putin’s grip on power, and regard Monday’s rally as a chance to revive protests. Reigniting protests will not be easy. The opposition remains divided and opinion polls show Putin is Russia’s most popular leader, with strong support outside the big cities.

Italy parliament debates Berlusconi senate seat


taly’s parliament is debating whether former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should be stripped of his senate seat following his conviction for tax fraud. If he loses, a possible revolt by members of his People of Freedom party (PDL) could bring about the collapse of the fragile coalition government. The case will is being considered by a parliamentary committee, which could take several weeks to reach a decision. The Supreme Court upheld his conviction and ban from public

office last month. The 76-year-old billionaire was found guilty of being at the centre of a vast tax fraud scheme at his Mediaset television empire, and sentenced to four years in jail (commuted to one year because of his age). The senate’s deliberations are based on a 2012 law that says anyone sentenced to more than two years in prison is ineligible to hold public office. Mr Berlusconi argues that he was wrongly convicted and was instead the victim of biased, politically motivated judges.

He also says that the “Severino law” that would expel him cannot be applied retrospectively. His lawyers want the proceedings postponed until the European Court of Human Rights decides or Italy’s constitutional court rules on whether the law is valid. They also want the European court to rule on the tax fraud conviction itself. However, Prime Minister Enrico Letta’scentre-left Democratic Party (PD) has rejected the move, accusing the PDL of time-wasting.


Europe and Americas

PKK rebels ‘halts withdrawal’ from Turkey


rdish rebel fighters have stopped withdrawing from Turkish soil, citing failures by the government to take steps agreed under a peace process, but have vowed to maintain a ceasefire for now. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters started withdrawing in May but the push to end a conflict that has cost more than 40,000 lives has become increasingly frayed, with both sides accusing each other of failing to keep their side of the peace deal. PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, jailed on an island near Istanbul, declared a ceasefire in March after months of talks with the Turkish state and his fighters began moving to Iraq two months later under a deal envisaging increased rights for Kurds. “While the withdrawal is halted, the ceasefire position will be maintained so as to give (the ruling) AK Party an opportunity to take steps in line with Leader Apo (Abdullah Ocalan)’s project,” the KCK - the rebels’ umbrella political group - said in a statement yesterday. The Turkish Prime Minister TayyipErdogan, who has staked much political capital in the peace process, was quoted last month as saying the PKK had not kept its promise, with only 20 percent of rebels leaving Turkey, mostly women and children. Turkey, the United States and the European Union all call the PKK a terrorist organisation. It took up arms to carve out an independent homeland in the southeast but later scaled back its demands to greater cultural rights and autonomy. The conflict, stretching back over three decades, has stunted the development of one of Turkey’s poorest regions and prompted tens of billions of dollars of military spending that have weighed on the state coffers. The ceasefire has largely held but PKK commanders had warned of new clashes if Turkey did not take concrete steps to advance the process by September. In addition to more Kurdishlanguage education, the Kurds, who dominate Turkey’s southeast and account for about a fifth of the population, want anti-terrorism laws softened, the electoral threshold to enter parliament lowered from 10 percent, and more powers for local governments.



Strange World

Police detain coconut for tampering with election I

Iowa issues gun permits to blind


olice in the Maldives have detained a young, husky and possibly cursed suspect for potentially rigging the vote in a critical election. So far, a police interrogation has revealed only one thing: The suspect is a hard nut to crack. That’s because the perp is a coconut. Minivan News, a Maldives newspaper, reports a young coconut was taken into custody Tuesday after police received reports that the suspicious fruit was loitering near the Guraidhoo Island School, a polling station to be used in the Sept. 7 presidential election. Islanders fear the coconut may have been associated with black magic or been imbued with a spell to influence the election. “The four-inch coconut had a ‘Sura’ [Quranic verse] written in Arabic and was lying on the ground near the school, easy for the public to see,” a source with knowledge of the incident told Minivan News. Authorities brought in a “ruqyah,”

A coconut

or benevolent magician, who determined the coconut was fake and therefore posed no threat. Black magic and sorcery are often accused of having undue influence on the island nation. In July, school administrators refused to let elections officials place a ballot box in the building, fearing it would attract black magic and make students ill. CNM News reports that the

school assented only after the government agreed to be responsible for anyone who was “struck by a spell or [fell] ill.” In 2012, one of the island’s religious leaders, JamiyyathulSalaf, petitioned politicians to make sorcery and black magic illegal. The heightened fears and rhetoric are perhaps more understandable, given what’s

at stake in the election. As The Guardian notes, former President Mohammed Nasheedwas forced out of office in 2012 by what he has termed a coup. Nasheed is now facing off against three other candidates, one of whom, Abdullah Yameen, is a half-brother of the island nation’s former dictator, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ran the country for 30 years until 2008.

Mechanic gives back seat driving whole new meaning


een from the outside, the 2008 Nissan Patrol modified by Ali, of Kingdom Customs Garage, in Dubai, looks completely normal, but open the front door and you’ll notice a few details are missing. And by details I mean the steering wheel, pedals, shift stick… You probably haven’t seen anything like this before, I certainly haven’t. Probably sick of sitting behind the wheel while his friends had all the fun in the back, Ali, a tuner from Dubai moved the driver’s seat to the back of his 2008 Nissan Patrol. The steering wheel now sits behind the front seats, along with the pedals, dashboard gauges, manual transmission and even the rear-view mirror. All that’s left in the front is the dashboard and a series of LED screens for the passengers to pass the time while the driver does his thing in the back. Looking at the photos below, you’re probably thinking this is either photoshopped or a just a show-off tuning job, but this thing is actually drivable, as Ali himself demonstrates in the video at the bottom of this page.

n a move sure to leave gun safety advocates scratching their heads, Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind. The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register. “When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don’t necessarily think eyesight is necessary,” said Michael Barber, a blind man interviewed by The Register at a gun store in Iowa last month. The issue has also vexed local sheriffs -- the authorities tasked with reviewing applications -with some in full support of the measure, and others against. Explains Delaware County Sheriff John LeClere, “If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something.” Counters Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who has a legally blind daughter, “If sheriffs spent more time trying to keep guns out of criminals’ hands and not people with disabilities, their time would be more productive.” Iowans have always been able to carry a firearm in private, but a new law passed in 2011 extends that right to the public sphere while placing no limits on physical ability.

Lion gets ride in police car


The modified Nissan Patrol

passerby lured a runaway lion roaming an upmarket suburb of Kuwait into his car and then called the police for help, an incident that raised concerns about wild animals kept as pets in the wealthy Gulf Arab state. Pictures in Kuwaiti media showed the animal glaring out of the back of a police car after it had been transferred from the passerby’s own vehicle. The lion, which police said was a young adult, filled the backseat. “(The passerby) sat inside the car with the lion and then it became dangerous so the citizen called police who came and took it from that car to their car,” a police source said. The lion was picked up as it wandered the streets of Kuwait’s Bayan district, south of the capital, on Saturday. Police are seeking the owner of the lion, believed to be someone who was illegally rearing it as a pet in a country where such animals are sometimes considered status symbols by rich individuals.




Is Facebook bad for your child’s health? By Emma Innes


sing Facebook could make teenagers more likely to drink and smoke, a new report suggests. Teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook are more likely to smoke and drink themselves, according to the report. ‘Our study shows that adolescents can be influenced

by their friends’ online pictures to smoke or drink alcohol,’ said Dr Thomas Valente, professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and the study’s principal investigator. ‘To our knowledge, this is the first study to apply social network analysis methods to examine how teenagers’ activities on online social networking sites influence their smoking and alcohol use.’

Dr Valente and his team surveyed 1,563 15 and 16-year-old students about their online and offline friendship networks, the frequency of their social media use, their smoking, and their alcohol consumption. The researchers found that the size of a student’s online network of friends was not significantly associated with risky behaviour. Exposure to friends’ online pictures of partying or drinking,

Teenagers who see friends smoking and drinking alcohol in photographs posted on Facebook are more likely to smoke and drink themselves, new research suggests

however, was significantly associated with both smoking and alcohol use. Teenagers whose close friends did not drink alcohol were more likely to be affected by increasing exposure to risky online pictures. ‘The evidence suggests that friends’ online behaviours are a viable source of peer influence,’ said Dr Grace Huang, the study’s first and corresponding author. ‘This is important to know, given that 95 per cent of 12 to 17-year-olds in the United States access the Internet every day, and 80 per cent of those youth use online social networking sites to communicate.’ Nearly 30 per cent of survey’s respondents had smoked and more than half had had at least one drink of alcohol. Roughly one-third of the students reported having at least one friend who smoked and/or consumed alcohol. Almost half of all students reported visiting Facebook and Myspace regularly. Between October 2010 and April 2011, Facebook use - 75 per cent - increased while Myspace use - 13 per cent - decreased. On average, 34 per cent of students had at least one friend who talked about partying online and 20 per cent reported that their friends posted drinking pictures online. In line with earlier studies, the researchers observed differences

The study found that Facebookonly users had higher grades, spoke more English at home and were more likely to have a higher socio-economic status

between Facebook and Myspace users. Facebook-only users had higher grades, spoke more English at home and were more likely to have a higher socio-economic status. They were less likely to be Hispanic and less likely to have ever smoked or consumed alcohol. While Facebook use did not seem to affect smoking or drinking, the study found that higher levels of Myspace use was associated with higher levels of drinking. Source:

Could a lack of sleep be making you fat?

By Nick Mcdermott


lack of sleep not only increases tiredness and irritability - it can also expand your waistline. After being deprived of one night’s rest, participants in a study went on to purchase food that was higher in calories and weighed almost a fifth more than their normal shop. Scientists from Uppsala University in Sweden found that poor or no sleep resulted in raised levels of a hormone that is linked to boosting hunger. Instead, the findings suggest another mechanism, such as reduced willpower or impulsive

Staying up late and not getting enough sleep has been linked to an increase in the hunger hormone

decision making, may be to blame. In the tests, adults who spent an entire night with no sleep were given a selection of 40 food items the following morning. They bought food with nine per cent more calories compared to mornings when they had a night’s sleep. Shopping while tired could have a knock-on effect for our overall wellbeing, the researchers warned, as individuals will often purchase several meals during one trip. ‘We hypothesised that sleep deprivation’s impact on hunger and decision making would make for the ‘perfect storm’ with regard to shopping and food purchasingleaving individuals hungrier and less capable of employing selfcontrol and higher-level decisionmaking processes to avoid making impulsive, calorie-driven purchases,’ said lead author Colin Chapman from Uppsala University in Sweden. The study, published in the journal Obesity, examined 14 men who were of normal weight. After one night of total sleep deprivation, they were given a fixed budget of around £30 to spend on a display of foods that included 20 high-calorie and 20 low-calorie options. The experiment was also repeated after they had enjoyed a good night’s rest. Before the task, participants received breakfast to minimise the

In tests, adults who spent a night without sleep were given a selection of 40 food items the following morning. They bought food with nine per cent more calories compared to mornings when they had a night’s sleep

effect of hunger on their purchases. Despite having a full stomach, sleep-deprived men purchased food with nine per cent higher calories and weighing 18 per cent more than they did after one night of sleep. ‘Our finding provides a strong rationale for suggesting that patients with concerns regarding caloric intake and weight gain maintain a healthy, normal sleep schedule,’ said Mr Chapman. The report concluded: ‘Our findings demonstrate

that participants purchased significantly more calories and grams of food, within the same budget, following sleep deprivation. ‘This is significant as the stocks that one purchases last beyond the acute sleep deprivation, and will influence food consumption choices long after the purchases are made.’ They warned their findings could be relevant to shift workers who often lose out on sleep, such as taxi drivers and health workers. A study earlier this year found

that women who work night shifts can find it 80 per cent harder to have a baby. Any erratic work pattern carries higher risk of miscarriage, irregular periods and fertility problems compared to a nine to five routine, research by Southampton University suggests. Shift workers are twice as likely to be classed sub-fertile - meaning they fail to get pregnant within a year. Source:



Taraba crisis: Intervene now, group tells Danjuma By Lawrence Olaoye


socio political group, the Taraba Justice Forum, yesterday appealed to former Defence Minister, General Theophilus Danjuma to intervene in the crisis rocking Taraba state over the ill health of its governor, Danbaba Suntai. In a statement released to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, the Forum’s General Secretary, Barrister John Ambulus, urged the former defence minister not to look the other way when his children are fighting and his home state politically paralysed. While noting that progress

has been made in the resolution of political crisis rocking the state, the Forum posited that the stalemate remains unresolved as the compromise reached has only emboldened the cabal, adding that intervention of the former defence minister is imperative. “It is on this note the we passionately task our elder states man, a courageous leader of the North and a highly revered patron of all Taraba people, General Theophilus Danjuma, to wade into this stalemate and resolve it once and for all”, the forum said. The group noted that the General’s refusal to intervene so far was because of his disdain

for the antics of usual politicians. “Your studied silence, we know, is to jealously guard and protect your integrity built over several decades. But the father of the house cannot be indifferent when his children are bitterly fighting. We submit that ability and readiness to put off the fire in one’s house will influence outsiders’ judgement of one’s leadership capacities”, the statement noted. The group explained that its “humble petition to General Danjuma is to act now because failure to take action will cast doubt on his indisputable leadership position not only in

Taraba but nationally having helped to resolve the stalemate during the time of late president Umaru Yar’Adua. “As a foremost leader with reach and influence across all sections of Nigeria, happenings in Taraba is not a good publicity for the General. We reject attempts by some desperate politicians to appropriate our leader in furtherance to their political objectives. Our conviction is that the General is the leader of all Tarabans irrespective of ethnicity and religion”, the group affirmed. The forum also urged Danjuma to rescue Suntai from

the cage of the cabal, engage President Jonathan for equitable transition and settlement in the political leadership of the state and continue to promote unity of action among all religious and political interests in Taraba state. “The embarrassment the crisis splashed on our leader is enough; the distractions we caused him is regretted. Now is the time to act. Only the intervention of General Danjuma alongside other stakeholders can lead us out of this woods.” the group warned, “If we fail to act, if the General abandon us to our fate, history will not be friendly to us.”

2015:APC’ll win Bauchi- Gidado

L-R: Osun state Commissioner for Environment, Professor Olubukola Oyawoye, Assistant Director (Community Forum), Bureau of Communications & Strategy, Office of the governor, Mr. Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, and Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria Obokun chapter, Very Rev. Michael Ajayi, during a visit by members of CAN Obokun chapter to Aregbesola’s campaign office, yesterday at Ibokun, in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun state.

From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos


chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Bauchi state and Sardauna of Jamaare, Engr. Nuhu Gidado, has said his party would dislodge the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 elections. Gidado, while speaking with newsmen in Lagos yesterday described the APC in Bauchi as “a government in waiting. Our people are ready for change, the party is waxing stronger and ready to over take PDP in Bauchi state”, He added, “Contrary to the speculation and insinuations by top government spokespersons and PDP stalwarts, APC is blazing stronger by the day and becoming more formidable than ever and I tell you this, we are just getting started and the PDP has not seen anything yet.” He continued “Even the President said we are confused and at the end of the day, his party comes up with two different candidates for the Anambra gubernatorial elections while the APC has seen to the democratic emergence of a single candidate. Again, the PDP has two factions now, so on the balance of things, which party is confused? APC does not have two factions, instead, many parties came together to form one promising party; we are factionless and are waxing stronger by the day. There has not been an opposition party that is as strong as the APC as well as have a national spread like we do.” He said the party leadership is in continuous consultations with stakeholders and its supporters in formulating people oriented policies to bring success to the party and increase its followership from now till 2015.

PDP state chairmen endorse Tukur, say PDP remains beyond 2015 By Lawrence Olaoye


tate Chairmen on the platform of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) across the country, under the aegis of Conference of PDP Chairmen, yesterday threw their weights behind the leadership of the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s led faction. The Chairmen, who paid a solidarity visits on Tukur after briefing newsmen at the Wadata House headquarters of the party said their blood pressures have remained unstable since the last National Congress organized by the party in Abuja and the eventual factionalization of party. The chairmen in a communiques jointly signed by their Chairman, Dr, Emmanuel Agbo and Secretary, Hon. Makanjuola Ogundipe, stated “As state chairmen, we stand in support of our National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur (CON)

and the entire members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and their commitment to reconciliation, rebuilding and repositioning of our great party.” Commenting on the crisis that led some members to stage a walk out at the party special national convention, the conference chairman said “ The PDP has produced personalities, consequently there is bound to be small squabbles. I urge you to consider event at the convention as trying times.” Although Agbo said all the 36 state PDP chairmen and FCT endorsed Tukur, only about twenty of the states were physically present at the briefing. Those at the briefing include chairmen of Benue, Ekiti, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Oyo, Cross River, Adamawa, Yobe, Kogi, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Nasarawa, Ondo, Lagos, Gombe, Ogun, Osun, Plateau and FCT.

PDP chairmen of Kano, Sokoto, Kwara, Niger, Jigawa, Abia, Enugu, Eboyin, Imo, Anambra, Taraba, Kebbi, Borno, Bauchi, Delta, Edo and Bayelsa were however absent at the meeting. Responding to the Chairmen, Tukur pointed out that it is only the PDP that could guarantee Nigeria’s unity and unity in the African sub-region, just as he said the nation has hope under the present democratic dispensation. Tukur said “Today no party in Nigeria has spread like PDP. That means the people accept our party and that means it is a big responsibility, hence the people believe there must be equity and justice. I am analogue, while you are digital. I will give you wisdom to tackle tomorrow, we believe that every member of the party has the right to express himself. Majority will always have their way while minority will have their say” he added.

Kogi ALGON pledges support to Wada From Omale Adama, Lokoja


s elders of the Peoples Democratic party,(PDP), are taking steps to resolve the leadership tussle rocking the party, the chairman of the Kogi state chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria,(ALGON) Aloysius Okino, has assured of forum’s unflinching support for the governor, Captain Idris Wada and the leadership of the ruling party in the state. The chairman who stated this in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to Kogi ALGON, Ibrahim Obansa, said that the governor as the leader of the party, has ensured the unity of all members in the last one and half years that he assumed office. He said the party and its leadership has provided a level playing ground for everyone which he said was responsible for the success of the party in all its previous outings.




Chronicle of crises in PDP Analysis

By Evelyn Okakwu


s the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis deepens, the need to throw mores light on the history of the ruling party in the face of internally generated crisis becomes pertinent. Indeed, the current trend in the ruling PDP has been described by many as a sharp repetition of history because the party had been down this road, seven years ago when one of the parties founding fathers, Solomon Lar, brought about a parallel faction of the party in order to outwit its leadership under chief Ahmadu Ali, whom they described as being unfaithful to some founding members. The split, which came in the midst of a raging war between the former Vice President, Atiku Abubarkar and his principal, President Olusegun Obasanjo, was said to have been pioneered by the former Vice President. Although the events that followed later proved the report untrue, the recent trend seems to point to the fact that leaders of the party, like Atiku and his new allies, may have for a long time been nursing grudges against the leadership of the Africa’s largest political party. Nevertheless, the party has over the years trudged along the part of an ultimate division as reports have it that various subsets of the party have faced similar challenges in the past. According to an observation by analysts, a cursory look at the activities of the party in the six geopolitical zones within the country reveals that it has been fighting the battle of its life for several years. Some lasting for as long as five years or even more. In the southwest, for example, the report has it that Oyo, Osun and Ogun – are badly affected by the ragging battle which led to the factionalization of the party in Oyo. Trouble, the report says, began in Oyo during the party’s congress in 2005 with a sharp division among loyalists of the late Lamidi Adedibu and those of Rasheed Ladoja. Contrary to the party’s constitution which vested the control of the party at the state level on the sitting governor, the national secretariat of the party surrendered the reins of power to Adedibu. The congress was inconclusive and the party broke into two factions. While a faction claimed the exercise produced an executive committee, others said there was none to date, a position supported by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The division of the party led to the governor’s (Ladoja) impeachment on January 12, 2006. This move was powered

Alhaji Bamanga Tukuru

by lawmakers loyal to Adedibu and Alao-Akala, the then deputy governor of Oyo State. Alao-Akala then took over the reign of power for 11-months. On his return, Ladoja set up an administrative panel to probe his 11-month interim administration. He was found guilty and banned from contesting the April 14, 2007 overnorship polls. But Ladoja was denied the opportunity to renew his mandate. With the backing of Adedibu and President Olusegun Obasanjo, his deputy got the party’s flag at a rally in Akure, capital of Ondo state. They also got the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to clear him. Consequently, he won. Since then, the party has known no peace in that state. Several steps have been taken by the national leadership of the party to resolve the crisis in Oyo State PDP. First, the PDP at the National level raised a committee headed by the Second Republic Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, to reconcile all the aggrieved members of the party. The body recommended that all aggrieved leaders who were frustrated out of the party in the wake of the 2007 polls should be re-registered and returned to the party. The party accepted the recommendation but with the party machinery still in Alao-Akala’s firm grip, it refused to make the necessary reregistration materials available. Next, the zonal working committee of the party led by Tajudeen Oladipo set up another reconciliation committee to resolve the crisis and bring back the founding leaders of the party. The new body was headed by Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, deputy national chairman of the party. The committee submitted

its report a year later and recommended that a 15-man elders’ committee be set up to harmonise the various agitations and demand for an all-inclusive Exco. But the aggrieved men passed a vote of no confidence on Oladipo’s ability to manage the crisis and insisted that the national panel headed by Ike Nwachukwu, a Senator, should take over and resolve the lingering feud. The national secretariat of the party agreed. The third body met the warring factions on November 5, 2009. According to Ladoja’s statement, the committee turned in a good report which could have resolved the problem. It raised a 19-member Implementation Committee to harmonise the demands of the various groups and fashion out an acceptable sharing formula for party offices. Alao-Akala’s faction and Ladoja’s group had five seats each. Adeojo’s camp had three seats while members of the National Assembly were given two. Balogun and Oyelese’s camps had one slot each. Dejo Raimi who had remained neutral in the crisis was also given a seat on the committee. Akintunde was appointed the chairman of the party’s Implementation Committee. However, since the submission of the reports to the necessary quarters, the power brokers in the National Working Committee, NWC, and BoT have not allowed full implementation of the Nwachukwu’s report. There emerged two secretariats of the PDP in Oyo state. The governor’s faction retained the Mokola state secretariat of the party under

the leadership of Afolabi. The other faction led by Balogun ran a parallel state secretariat behind the new Gbagi Market on the Old Ife Road. This was manned by Yunus Akintunde. Ladoja however blamed Obasanjo for the crisis in PDP across the states of the federation. He specifically, accused the former president of thwarting all the efforts of the NWC to implement the various reports which could have ended protracted crisis within the party in Oyo state. He alleged that Obasanjo and Alao-Akala, the then governor, connived and prevented Vincent Ogbulafor, former national chairman of the party, from doing “what is right” on the Oyo crisis “for whatever reasons.” Ladoja has since parted ways with the ruling party by joining the Accord Party. In the south East the crisis that engulfed the party in 2011 produced a similar trend when supporters of the National Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, strongly disagreed over his decision to handpick National Assembly candidates in his Enugu North senatorial zone. The confusion led to the formation of two parallel primaries held by Governor Chime’s group and the faction loyal to Nwodo. But as Chime and his supporters were holding their primaries in the two senatorial zones, some political leaders in the state, who were dissatisfied with the manner President Goodluck Jonathan resolved the rift between the two factions in the state, continued their protest in Abuja. The leaders, who are members of Nwodo group include former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, Professor Barth Nnaji, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Dr. Hyde Onuaguluchi, Senator Fidelis Okoro and six PDP governorship aspirants namely Chief Anayo Onwuegbu, Chief Okey Ezea, Dr. Obiora Eneh, Chief Alex Obiechine, Mr. Valentine Nnaedozie and Chief Uche Ogbu. Indeed the crisis within the ruling PDP cuts across various zones in the country. In Adamawa State, Governor Murtala Nyako, described the ongoing tussle within the party as a struggle orchestrated by seven governors of the PDP to resist what he refers to as the injustice, maladministration, and the impunity with which the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is handling the affairs of the party. Nyako stated this at the famous Mahmud Ribadu Square during an organized political rally to welcome him back from Abuja by the state chapter of the party (PDP), under the leadership of Alhaji Umaru

Mijinyawa Kugama recently. The governor stated that the entire Nigerians are now fully aware of the atrocities of the Tukur’s leadership style. According to him “despite the fact that the National Chairman did not make any significant contribution to the development of the party in the state, he has assumed a position where he believes he can play God in running the affairs of the party hence the promotion of a reign of impunity never seen before in the party”. Nyako said unknown to Tukur, many people are getting wiser by the day and can no more tolerate such whimsical injustice leading to the uproar that is now setting the party at the edge of the precipice. Nyako continued “My mission to engage the national Chairman is to return the party to its lost glory. I and Tukur share many things in common but despite our similarities, I deemed it fit to challenge the surfeit of atrocities he is perpetrating in the party which led to its present quagmire.” “I am ever ready to challenge any form of anarchy and travesty of justice being perpetrated by any one in order to bequeath a lasting legacy for the sake of posterity regardless of the consequences”. Only recently, President Goodluck Jonathan was said to have ordered members of the party not to honour the call for peace meeting by former President Olusegun Obasanjo insisting that the crisis rocking the party was instigated by him. According to the rumour, Jonathan was said to have maintained that Obasanjo being the architect of the crisis should not be the mediator. A stakeholder who is averted to Obasanjo’s mediation stated, “Unfortunately, his eight years in office provides no road map to resolving a political dispute. All that can be gleaned from the debris of his time in power are abuse of institutions of state in shutting down dissent, hounding political opponents into prison and forcing a party chairman to resign …. Little wonder that such baleful legacy dogs his attempt at making peace.” Others have challenged Obasanjo to come out clear on his support for the seven dissenting governors and face similar treatment meted out to them. Amidst this confusion confronting the ruling party, one begins to wonder which way forward for the party? Are there chances that this phase too shall pass? Or could this be an end of the party or the signs of its end? Will the PDP really be able to calm the tide and bounce back to its place as an unbeatable party? These and more are the posers even as the party totters to the precipice.




Chronicle of crises in PDP Analysis

By Evelyn Okakwu


s the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) crisis deepens, the need to throw mores light on the history of the ruling party in the face of internally generated crisis becomes pertinent. Indeed, the current trend in the ruling PDP has been described by many as a sharp repetition of history because the party had been down this road, seven years ago when one of the parties founding fathers, Solomon Lar, brought about a parallel faction of the party in order to outwit its leadership under chief Ahmadu Ali, whom they described as being unfaithful to some founding members. The split, which came in the midst of a raging war between the former Vice President, Atiku Abubarkar and his principal, President Olusegun Obasanjo, was said to have been pioneered by the former Vice President. Although the events that followed later proved the report untrue, the recent trend seems to point to the fact that leaders of the party, like Atiku and his new allies, may have for a long time been nursing grudges against the leadership of the Africa’s largest political party. Nevertheless, the party has over the years trudged along the part of an ultimate division as reports have it that various subsets of the party have faced similar challenges in the past. According to an observation by analysts, a cursory look at the activities of the party in the six geopolitical zones within the country reveals that it has been fighting the battle of its life for several years. Some lasting for as long as five years or even more. In the southwest, for example, the report has it that Oyo, Osun and Ogun – are badly affected by the ragging battle which led to the factionalization of the party in Oyo. Trouble, the report says, began in Oyo during the party’s congress in 2005 with a sharp division among loyalists of the late Lamidi Adedibu and those of Rasheed Ladoja. Contrary to the party’s constitution which vested the control of the party at the state level on the sitting governor, the national secretariat of the party surrendered the reins of power to Adedibu. The congress was inconclusive and the party broke into two factions. While a faction claimed the exercise produced an executive committee, others said there was none to date, a position supported by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The division of the party led to the governor’s (Ladoja) impeachment on January 12, 2006. This move was powered

Alhaji Bamanga Tukuru

by lawmakers loyal to Adedibu and Alao-Akala, the then deputy governor of Oyo State. Alao-Akala then took over the reign of power for 11-months. On his return, Ladoja set up an administrative panel to probe his 11-month interim administration. He was found guilty and banned from contesting the April 14, 2007 overnorship polls. But Ladoja was denied the opportunity to renew his mandate. With the backing of Adedibu and President Olusegun Obasanjo, his deputy got the party’s flag at a rally in Akure, capital of Ondo state. They also got the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to clear him. Consequently, he won. Since then, the party has known no peace in that state. Several steps have been taken by the national leadership of the party to resolve the crisis in Oyo State PDP. First, the PDP at the National level raised a committee headed by the Second Republic Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, to reconcile all the aggrieved members of the party. The body recommended that all aggrieved leaders who were frustrated out of the party in the wake of the 2007 polls should be re-registered and returned to the party. The party accepted the recommendation but with the party machinery still in Alao-Akala’s firm grip, it refused to make the necessary reregistration materials available. Next, the zonal working committee of the party led by Tajudeen Oladipo set up another reconciliation committee to resolve the crisis and bring back the founding leaders of the party. The new body was headed by Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun, deputy national chairman of the party. The committee submitted

its report a year later and recommended that a 15-man elders’ committee be set up to harmonise the various agitations and demand for an all-inclusive Exco. But the aggrieved men passed a vote of no confidence on Oladipo’s ability to manage the crisis and insisted that the national panel headed by Ike Nwachukwu, a Senator, should take over and resolve the lingering feud. The national secretariat of the party agreed. The third body met the warring factions on November 5, 2009. According to Ladoja’s statement, the committee turned in a good report which could have resolved the problem. It raised a 19-member Implementation Committee to harmonise the demands of the various groups and fashion out an acceptable sharing formula for party offices. Alao-Akala’s faction and Ladoja’s group had five seats each. Adeojo’s camp had three seats while members of the National Assembly were given two. Balogun and Oyelese’s camps had one slot each. Dejo Raimi who had remained neutral in the crisis was also given a seat on the committee. Akintunde was appointed the chairman of the party’s Implementation Committee. However, since the submission of the reports to the necessary quarters, the power brokers in the National Working Committee, NWC, and BoT have not allowed full implementation of the Nwachukwu’s report. There emerged two secretariats of the PDP in Oyo state. The governor’s faction retained the Mokola state secretariat of the party under

the leadership of Afolabi. The other faction led by Balogun ran a parallel state secretariat behind the new Gbagi Market on the Old Ife Road. This was manned by Yunus Akintunde. Ladoja however blamed Obasanjo for the crisis in PDP across the states of the federation. He specifically, accused the former president of thwarting all the efforts of the NWC to implement the various reports which could have ended protracted crisis within the party in Oyo state. He alleged that Obasanjo and Alao-Akala, the then governor, connived and prevented Vincent Ogbulafor, former national chairman of the party, from doing “what is right” on the Oyo crisis “for whatever reasons.” Ladoja has since parted ways with the ruling party by joining the Accord Party. In the south East the crisis that engulfed the party in 2011 produced a similar trend when supporters of the National Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, strongly disagreed over his decision to handpick National Assembly candidates in his Enugu North senatorial zone. The confusion led to the formation of two parallel primaries held by Governor Chime’s group and the faction loyal to Nwodo. But as Chime and his supporters were holding their primaries in the two senatorial zones, some political leaders in the state, who were dissatisfied with the manner President Goodluck Jonathan resolved the rift between the two factions in the state, continued their protest in Abuja. The leaders, who are members of Nwodo group include former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, Professor Barth Nnaji, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Dr. Hyde Onuaguluchi, Senator Fidelis Okoro and six PDP governorship aspirants namely Chief Anayo Onwuegbu, Chief Okey Ezea, Dr. Obiora Eneh, Chief Alex Obiechine, Mr. Valentine Nnaedozie and Chief Uche Ogbu. Indeed the crisis within the ruling PDP cuts across various zones in the country. In Adamawa State, Governor Murtala Nyako, described the ongoing tussle within the party as a struggle orchestrated by seven governors of the PDP to resist what he refers to as the injustice, maladministration, and the impunity with which the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur is handling the affairs of the party. Nyako stated this at the famous Mahmud Ribadu Square during an organized political rally to welcome him back from Abuja by the state chapter of the party (PDP), under the leadership of Alhaji Umaru

Mijinyawa Kugama recently. The governor stated that the entire Nigerians are now fully aware of the atrocities of the Tukur’s leadership style. According to him “despite the fact that the National Chairman did not make any significant contribution to the development of the party in the state, he has assumed a position where he believes he can play God in running the affairs of the party hence the promotion of a reign of impunity never seen before in the party”. Nyako said unknown to Tukur, many people are getting wiser by the day and can no more tolerate such whimsical injustice leading to the uproar that is now setting the party at the edge of the precipice. Nyako continued “My mission to engage the national Chairman is to return the party to its lost glory. I and Tukur share many things in common but despite our similarities, I deemed it fit to challenge the surfeit of atrocities he is perpetrating in the party which led to its present quagmire.” “I am ever ready to challenge any form of anarchy and travesty of justice being perpetrated by any one in order to bequeath a lasting legacy for the sake of posterity regardless of the consequences”. Only recently, President Goodluck Jonathan was said to have ordered members of the party not to honour the call for peace meeting by former President Olusegun Obasanjo insisting that the crisis rocking the party was instigated by him. According to the rumour, Jonathan was said to have maintained that Obasanjo being the architect of the crisis should not be the mediator. A stakeholder who is averted to Obasanjo’s mediation stated, “Unfortunately, his eight years in office provides no road map to resolving a political dispute. All that can be gleaned from the debris of his time in power are abuse of institutions of state in shutting down dissent, hounding political opponents into prison and forcing a party chairman to resign …. Little wonder that such baleful legacy dogs his attempt at making peace.” Others have challenged Obasanjo to come out clear on his support for the seven dissenting governors and face similar treatment meted out to them. Amidst this confusion confronting the ruling party, one begins to wonder which way forward for the party? Are there chances that this phase too shall pass? Or could this be an end of the party or the signs of its end? Will the PDP really be able to calm the tide and bounce back to its place as an unbeatable party? These and more are the posers even as the party totters to the precipice.



Discourse 2015: The arithmetic of bad luck (II) By Dr. Aliyu U. Tilde


will come to another possibility where the opposition can win the overwhelming majority votes in all states of southwest without exception. But before then, let us see what the above arithmetic means in terms of voter-opportunity for the President – a complete bad luck: 22.9million against 45.7million or one-third against two thirds! I have presented below the total number of voters in each state belonging to the President and the opposition APC. (I am afraid that the formats of my blog and Facebook page may not keep the table intact.) Jonathan States 1 Bayelsa 472,389 2 Ekiti 750,753 3 Ebonyi 876,249 4 C/River 1,018,550 5 Enugu 1,301,185 6 Benue 1,415,162 7 Abia 1,481,191 8 Ondo 1,558,975 9 Imo 1,611,715 10 A/Ibom 1,714,781 11 Anambra 1,758,220 12 Delta 1,900,055 13 Plateau 1,983,453 14 Rivers 2,419,057 15 Edo 1,412,225 16 Taraba 1,308,106 TOTAL = 22,982,066

APC Candidate States 1 Fct 886,323 2 Kwara 1,115,665 3 Yobe 1,182,230 4 Kogi 1,215,405 5 Nasarawa 1,224,206 6 Gombe 1,266,993 7 Osun 1,293,967 8 Kebbi 1,603,468 9 Adamawa 1,714,860 10 Niger 1,721,478 11 Zamfara 1,746,024 12 Bauchi 1,835,562 13 Jigawa 1,852,698 14 Sokoto 2,065,508 15 Oyo 2,577,490 16 Borno 2,730,368 17 Katsina 2,931,668 18 Kaduna 3,565,762 19 Kano 5,135,415 20 Lagos 6,247,845 21 Ogun 1,869,326 TOTAL = 45,782,261 Depending on who the APC fields as its presidential candidate, the President may not even get the votes of Ekiti and Ondo states. That makes his chances bleaker: 20.6million against 48million votes. This picture is a complete bad luck for the President in two ways. If the opposition is able to join hands with the New PDP, pick a winning candidate, mobilise its voters and fight fiercely to protect the votes, then it is certain to defeat the President at the polls in 2015, hands down. There is simply no way the President can bridge the gap between 14 states that he would have and the 22, plus the FCT, against him. I cannot see how he can leap from a majority of 22million votes to position himself above the majority of 48 million. Stepping Down What may make the prospect even darker is the possibility that once the ship of the President starts sinking, the remaining governors might abandon it and he might not

President Goodluck Jonathan

General Muhammadu Buhari

Governor Sule Lamido

Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu be sure of anything anymore. At that point, I have no doubt that the party will be wise enough to prevail on him to step down and stay as a lame duck for the rest of his tenure, defeated, deflated and disgraced by bad luck. That is the path he has chosen and he has himself to blame for it. The nation, including this writer, rallied around him when he was fighting to be recognized as Acting President. After becoming the President, he blew the opportunity of

Nuhu Ribadu becoming a statesman and, instead chose to become a gangster that is bent on installing his loyalists and members of his ethnic group in every position of influence. He swallowed the poison of greed alone. He will die alone. Conclusion The days ahead will definitely be interesting to watch. Will the President be able to weather the storm and turn the table against his opponents in the PDP to enable him

clinch the ticket and face the APC and its allies in the next election? Will the opposition itself forget its regional differences and personal ambitions and oblige itself the indisputable winning candidate that will enable it give a devastating blow to the President in 2015? Will the PDP see the writing on the wall and ask the President to honourably step down from his 2015 ambition such that it can at least have the energy to stand up to the opposition and possibly

defeat it at the polls? What are the possible cards that each side will use as we approach 2015? Bamanga, the chairman of the old PDP faction, for example, is already threatening to use state institutions to sanction legislators who joined the New PDP. This is stupid. The PDP has set the precedence already that once a party is factionalized, its elected members can decamp to other parties. That judgement is returning to harm it severely. The law enforcement agents, the judiciary and INEC will also be calculating in their response to Bamanga’s threat: they have their self-interests to protect in a post Jonathan Nigeria. Once they calibrate that the position of the president is unpromising, they will be unwilling to harass anyone on his instigation. Our assessment above is limited to the sight that today can afford us. Regardless of how wide that band is, tomorrow could give us a different possibility altogether that may favour the President or it could further collaborate against him and corroborate the testimony of its immediate predecessor, thus relieving us of the calamity of having a president that is destructive, corrupt and incompetent. Concluded Dr. Tilde is a blogger who discusses topical issues in Nigerian politics and society



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Stolen items: Protocol director frustrating us, journalists cry out From Suleiman Idris, Lagos


fforts by aviation correspondents to recover their laptops and cameras that were stolen from the press centre at the VIP Lounge of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos was frustrated at the weekend by the director of protocol, Mr. Afolabi Oduniyi. Oduniyi who had invited the chairman of the League of Airport and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC), Mr. Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo, and other reporters to his office on Friday, insisted that he was ready to pay for the lost items if they (reporters) would first agree to remove the remaining belongings from the media centre and come return for discussions. Suspecting that he had a hidden agenda, the journalists said the issue of the stolen items should be addressed first. “The issue revolves round the missing laptops and cameras. Let’s go to the press; you come with the items, we will look at the inventory to ensure that everything is complete before we pack our belongings and leave,” said Iwelunmo. Oduniyi became livid with rage and barked at the journalists, “I take exception to that. I did not put myself here. I have put in 30 years in the civil service. You cannot come to my office and dictate to me what to do. Do I look like an urchin”? Journalists who expressed doubt about the safety of the

remaining items in the press centre later learnt that Oduniyi had plotted to make them agree to bring a vehicle and pack their belongings, thereafter, he would use the armed military personnel manning the gate to force them (correspondents) to leave without paying for or replacing the stolen items as he promised. Earlier on Thursday when talks began, Oduniyi who displayed wads of crisp naira

note on his table, complained that he was pained to take responsibility of paying for the lost laptops and cameras. “I am not a spirit and cannot be everywhere. Honestly, the keys (to the press centre) have been in my office. And how some of those things got missing, I don’t know. I should have been careful; it won’t happen again. However, come tomorrow (Friday), and pick up everything, else I will order them moved,”

he said. Aviation journalists and the director of protocol have been at loggerheads since June 26, 2013 when the newsmen went to the press centre to retrieve their belongings that were trapped since they were locked out in February 2012. They were shocked to find that the media centre had been looted under the watch of the SSS, protocol and NIA personnel working in the lounge.

R-L: First Lady, Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan, hugging wife of Nasarawa state Governor, Hajiya Salamatu Al-Makura, during their arrival for this year’s Global Youth Summit on Internet Security, on Sunday in Costa-Rica.

NSCDC finds boy, 12, kidnapped from Kano


he Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) in Gombe state said on Sunday that it had found a 12year old boy, Abbas Babangida, who was kidnapped from Kano two weeks ago. Mr. Remi Idowu, Head of Intelligence and Investigation Department of the Corps, told the

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe that the boy was found in Garin Dogo village in Funakaye local government area of the state. Idowu said the boy, a primary five pupil of Gwaram Dutse Primary School in Kano, approached an Islamic teacher, Malam Liman Nasir, seeking assistance to convey him to

Gombe. Idowu said upon enquiry, the teacher discovered that the boy was kidnapped from Kano and after being taken to several places, was later abandoned at Garin Dogo. The NSCDC officer said the boy confirmed that he was kidnapped by some men and later

abandoned at Garin Dogo village. He said all the information the boy gave about his parents and residential address had been sent to NSCDC Kano Command, to locate his parents. Idowu said the boy would continue to be in the command’s custody until his parents were located. (NAN)

NTI gets N1bn computers donation From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna


irector-General of the National Teachers Institute Director (NTI), Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu, has said that the institute successfully procured 1,000 computers worth N1 billion from Computer Aids International. He said that the computers would be distributed to NTI

study centers across the country. According to him, the computers were sourced free of charge through the institute’s linkages. Shaheru disclosed this yesterday when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Education visited the NTI, as part of its oversight functions. According to him, following

the donation, NTI has commenced the establishment of computer laboratories in the zonal offices. “We hope later to include the state offices and the FCT in order to assist our students and teachers in general to access a wide range of information on the web free of charge. “This is part of our achievements in the institute. Establishment of SMASE

complex to enhance the training of Science and Mathematics teachers, production of high quality instructional materials for the use our students among others,” he said. Shaheru listed some challenges facing the institute to include insufficient poor perception of Open Distance Education programmes and their product and certificate forgery, among others.


Church seeks God’s intervention over Edo roads


embers of divine Evangelical Prayer Ministries, Benin-City, on Sunday offered intercessory prayers to compel the Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, to complete road projects awarded by government on schedule. Apostle Femi Enweliku, the President of the church led the marathon prayer on Sunday when he was conferred with the most outstanding Clergyman of 2013 by the authorities of News Thumb Magazine in recognition of his assailable contribution in promoting evangelism. According to him, Governor Oshiomhole started well but he is being distracted and that is why we are praying against distraction and that he should finish well’’. The Cleric appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to drop his 2015 Presidential ambition, which he said was capable of plunging the nation to another civil war if not properly handled. From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

Alake marks 70th birthday


he Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, has charged Nigerians irrespective their tribe and religious affiliations to always pursue peace and eschew any acts that could lead to violence. The traditional ruler who made the call at the weekend while addressing reporters in his palace in Abeokuta as part of activities marking his 70th birthday anniversary. He called on the nation’s politicians to desist from actions capable of disintegrating the country along ethnic and religious divide. “Sectarian strife wherever it is found in any part of the world always destroys that place,” he warned. Former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, and 11 other eminent Nigerians will be conferred with chieftaincy titles as part of the anniversary celebrations. From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta



FIFA ranking at stake as Eagles host Burkina today Stories by Albert Akota


rucial FIFA ranking points will at stake when the Super Eagles host Burkina Faso in a friendly today in Kaduna. The draw for the final round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers for Africa will be held on Monday, September 16, the seeding will be based on FIFA September rankings, which will be released on Thursday. Nigeria is within the top five in Africa and if they maintain their ranking after today’s match, they will be one of five teams to be seeded at Monday’s draw in Cairo, Egypt. This means they will avoid the likes of Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria and Ghana. Burkina Faso, on the hand, needs to score more points for them to make it into the top five and so be seeded. Academica de Coimbra of Portugal forward John Ogu said that the Eagles know the importance of the game. “Of course, every game is important to us, so we want to win. We are aware this month’s

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Igiebor in action against Zongo FIFA ranking will influence the seeding for the draws, even without that it is a serious game to us,” Ogu said “I am always ready to play for Nigeria any day anytime, I am looking forward to the game. Nigeria has never lost to the Stallions of Burkina Faso, having

won six out of eight meetings, with just two draws. At the 2013 AFCON, the two West Africans drew 1-1 in a group game in Nelspruit, South Africa, before they clashed again in the final, where the Eagles won 1-0 to win their third Nations Cup diadem.

he Super Eagles Academica de Coimbra midfielder John Oguis optimistic that the friendly international with th Burkina Faso today can forster Bu the unity and cohesion the team is th trying to build. try Ogu, who was an unused substitute in Nigeria’s 2-0 win su over Malawi over the weekend, ov says team bonding is vital at this sa crucial point preparatory to the cr September 16 draws for the final Se round. ro “This friendly international is coming at a very good time. It will help the team immensely, “He w said sa “The team spirit is high, nothing beats wearing the no national colors, and we’ll do our na best to beat the Stallions to make be Nigerians happy once again. N

The former Uniao Lleria midfielder insists the team will take Burkina Faso serious in today’s game as it will give them a boost in confidence as Nigeria gears up for the final round of qualifiers. “We’ll take the game serious. I wasn’t part of the squad that beat them in the final of the last African Cup of Nations in South Africa. “A good win can only put us in a good stead for the final draws. We don’t fear any foe because we want to prove we are African champions, “Ogu added. The last time the two teams met was at the 2013 African Cup of Nations final where a Sunday Mba solitary goal was the difference between the two sides.

Gaiya doles out N.25m to Golden Eaglets


he Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya, yesterday made a whistlestop at the Golden Eaglets Princeville Hotel Camp in Calabar to witness firsthand the welfare of the team. Gaiya, who stayed behind in Calabar after watching the Super Eagles 2-0 spanking of Malawi in the 2014 World Cup qualifier at the weekend, said it was expedient for him to visit the team in his personal and official capacity, adding that the National


Assembly is duly monitoring the progress of the team. Earlier on Sunday, Gaiya and his entourage including the trio of Adamu Gwari, Barrister Usman Ibrahim and Mr. Yaqub Ishaq watched the team beat Abuja-based Amakson Football Academy 4-2 at the U. J Esuene Sports Stadium. “I’m happy that I’ve finally had the time to visit you today and I’m really impressed with your camping environment provided by the Cross River State government in conjuction with

the NFF” he started. “We in the House of Representatives have been monitoring you and we are happy that you have always been doing your best. The Honourable said he was not oblivious of the fact that he’s a father-figure to the Golden hence a personal donation of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira to the team even as he urged the players to be disciplined in order to fulfil their potentialities. He said the members of the House are indeed happy with the performance of the National Under-17 team in recent time, adding that the National Assembly would impress it on relevant governmental agencies to support the team. He equally thanked members of the technical crew for their high sense of responsibility since they were entrusted with the jobm almost two years ago. While the Head coach Manu Garba, thanked the Honourable and his entourage for the surprise visit, Golden Eaglets’ vice captain, Success Isaac noted that the team cannot afford to disappoint in Dubai. “We want to thank you sir for visiting us today despite your tight schedule and for staying behind to see us after the Super Eagles match on Saturday,” said Success,

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Eagles wary of tricky Burkinabes E


he Super Eagles will step out today against Burkina Faso in the Crocodile City of Kaduna, fully aware of the trickery and robust play of the tr South Africa 2013 Nations Cup So runners up. ru The players had joked during yesterday morning training ye about the strenght of their top ab marksman, Jonathan Petroipa. m “Azubuike, Petroipa will show you pepper tomorrow and sh I know you have been thinking of him”, Ogenyo Onazi poked a joke at the Eagles tallest defender, Azubuike Egwuekwe. de The defender kept mute and just shook his head but an Emmanuel Emenike, who Em incidentally did not play the in final due to a knock rose to his fin defence. de “Petroipa was there at the Nations Cup and we know the N result. Na for this field we go re see who oga for African football se

be”, he said. The other players laughed it off. That is the spirit with which the Nigerian side will approach the grade A international freiendly scheduled for the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna. As usual fans are expected to jampack the stadium for the encounter. Head Coach, Stephen Keshi also emphasised the abilities of their West African neigbhours but added that he trusts his players to effectively curtail them in the friendly. Stand in skipper, Vincent Enyeama, spoke in a similar vein as the stage looks set for an entertaining encounter on Tuesday evening. Two former internationals, Garba Lawal, alias Chindo and Ibrahim Babangida, who was once on the payroll of Spanish giants Barcelona, were also in town to lend support to the national team.



Sports Coach blames Lobi Stars’ loss on wet pitch


he Coach of Makurdibased Lobi Stars FC, Evans Ugenyi, yesterday blamed the club’s 0-3 loss to Enyimba FC, Aba, on wet pitch. Ugenyi said that Lobi Stars lost by such a goal margin because the players were not used to competing on such a flooded pitch. He promised to improve on the team’s defence to forestall such a defeat. “My boys fought very hard to ensure that the first half ended goalless, but they conceded three goals in the second half because they are not used to playing on such a wet pitch. “I will go back and see what we can do, because at the end of the day, goal differences are going to count.’’ The coach, however, hailed Enyimba players for exploiting the opportunities they had. Meanwhile, Enyimba’s Chairman, Chief Felix AnyansiAgwu, said that the team played ``fantastic football during the match’’.

Bayelsa’s foreign trio excites Bosso


ayelsa United gaffer, Ladan Bosso, has expressed satisfaction with the contributions of the foreign trio of Guindo Abdoulaye (Mali), Salomon Junior (Republic of Benin) and Eric Frimpong (Ghana) to the club’s campaign this term. The duo of Abdoulaye and junior have since put their names in the club’s score chart. Abdoulaye, a former player of Warri Wolves, Kwara United and Dolphins, has scored two goals, while Salomon Junior, who is in his first season in Nigeria, has scored once. “The trio has done well so far. In fact, Junior has justified his new role as captain of the team and Abdoulaye is brilliant. “Frimpong is not new to the Nigerian league after stints at Niger Tornadoes and Enyimba. I’ve known him before he joined his first Nigerian club,” Bosso said.

World Cup ticket: Eagles fear no foe, says Keshi Stories by Albert Akota


eshi noted that he is not bothered about who their opponent would be, but is only more concerned about how his team will keep getting better and better. To this end, the big boss stated that much as the team is fully taking shape, he can still accommodate more players that would be able to add value to the team. On his impression about the Flames of Malawi team that played them at Saturday’s World Cup qualifying match, Keshi said: “Malawi is a great team, they came here with one target and that was to defend. It was a difficult game but we thank God that we got the victory which is very important. The Super Eagles coach also explained why he started Nnamdi Oduamadi; “I started Nanamdi because of his ability to hold and run on the ball and needed him to complement the Victor and Musa who where plying from the flanks. And that speed is what led to our second goal.

Super Eagles’ gaffer, Stephen Keshi has expressed great confidence in overcoming any opponent that would be given to them in the playoff stage of the 2014 FIFA world cup qualifying match saying that his team has come of age not to fear any team in Africa.

“But in all I thought we had a good game in the second half. In the first half the Malawians made it difficult because we didn’t have enough mobility in the front line but immediately we picked it we got the first goal from Emenike.

Wikki Tourist vow to escape NPFL relegation

Alaba Johnson of Wikki tormented Rangers on Sunday

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oach of relegation-threatened Wikki Tourists Ahmed Abdu ‘Pele’ has vowed that the Bauchi club will not be demoted this season. Wikki are rock bottom of the table with 36 points from 30 matches.

Abdu ‘Pele’ said they face an uphill task to stay up in the Nigeria top flight, but has been encouraged by the team’s displays their last two games despite ending on the losing side. “There is no doubt that we are facing the toughest time in the league, but we will not be relegated. I promise our fans that we will beat the drop,” he promised. “We played a great game (vs Rangers) but lost due to poor finishing and injuries to our top marks men. “And it would have been different had the referee been more apt in awarding us that penalty claim which almost the whole spectators saw.” The strong belief of the coach was re-echoed by team captain, Festus Umannah, who insisted all hope was not lost. “We have been playing some wonderful brand of football and I strongly believe that at the end of the season, we will remain in the top league,” Umannah assured.

“We decided to come out in the second half and play more intensive game and got the second goal again through a penalty. But I think when you look at the preparations again, we had only one training session and that

made it difficult. “How can you achieve a lot when you have just one day for the entire team to practice, it is very difficult. But I still congratulate the players, the fans and all Nigerians,” he added.

NTF wants scholarship for tennis champions


Board Member of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) Alhaji Aminu Balalele Kurfi has appeal to the Kaduna State government to give scholarship to the four kids that won medals at the just concluded 5th edition of the Setraco/Zenith Bank Tennis Tournament in Abuja. Kurfi, who doubles as chairman of the Kaduna State Tennis Association said the state tops the medals table with three golds and one silver. The gold medallists are Gabriel Friday, who thrashed Suleiman Ibrahim from FCT 4-0, 4-0 in the U-12 boys; Christopher Itodo who defeated Tochuk Eze from Abia 5-3, 40 in the boys U-14 and John Dickson who defeated Ifeanyi Elewa of FCT 4-0, 3-5, 10-7 in the U-16 boys’ category. Speaking to reporters at the end of the event in Abuja, Kurfi said that he was happy with the feat achieved by the state contingent at the fiesta, noted that there are indication that his target of winning five gold medals at the forthcoming Youth Games can be achieved. He noted that, though other states like Taraba and the Federal Capital Territory that won one gold medal each also showed flashes putting up a goof fight at the forthcoming Youth Games, he was sure Kaduna State will sweep the gold medals at stake in tennis event. While attributing the success to the cooperation of the Kaduna State ministry of sports, particularly the John Dickson (left), Gabriel Friday state commissioner and the (middle) and Christopher Itodo (right), Director of Sports, Kurfi all gold medallists from Kaduna State noted that giving scholarship at the 5th Setraco/Zenith Bank Tennis to the young lads would Tournament in Abuja pose for photogo a long way in shaping graph with the Kaduna State Tennis their future in sports and Association Chairman Alhaji Aminu education. Balele Kurfi



Sports Lampard to Rossi becomes highest win 100th cap today earner in Serie A


ngland boss Roy Hodgson has confirmed Frank Lampard will earn his 100th England cap against Ukraine today. The Chelsea midfielder will become only the eighth Three Lions player to reach the milestone, joining team-mates Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole. Hodgson said he would make one change to the side that beat Moldova 4-0, with midfielder James Milner likely to replace banned striker Danny Welbeck. England leads Group H but will be overtaken by Ukraine if they lose. Hodgson said: “Frank will play tomorrow night so that’s a quite a first. I’ve been very lucky to have three players who have reached [100 caps in the same side] and all things being equal Frank will start and get his 100th cap. Manchester City midfielder Milner gained a glowing report from Hodgson in the aftermath of the victory over Moldova. Hodgson’s declaration means that rightback Kyle Walker will continue in the side despite pictures being published of the Tottenham player inhaling nitrous oxide.


he Italy midfielder earns more than any other player in the country, while the Juventus wonderkid Pogba is on a notably low wage Roma’s Daniele De Rossi is the highestearning footballer in Italy, according to figures released on Monday in the peninsula’s press. The 30-year-old midfielder earns €6.5 million net per year, a full €1m in excess of the second-highest earner - Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain - and €2m more than his Giallorossi skipper Francesco Totti. Serie A’s lack of financial pull is well reflected by the figures, which were published by La Gazzetta dello Sport. Only 12 players across the country earn in excess of €4m per annum, compared to 13 members of Chelsea’s squad who are reported to earn the same figure. No player from Italy’s top division

comes close to ranking in Europe’s top 10 earners, with De Rossi’s wage packet dwarfed by the continent’s top earners. Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Monaco counterpart Radamel Falcao are each quoted to earn €14m after tax, while Lionel Messi takes home €13m from his Barcelona contract. Gareth Bale’s new €11m-a-year net deal at Real Madrid ranks him only ninth in Europe’s top earners. Elsewhere in the figures, it is shown that champions Juventus pay out €49.8m in wages, with AC Milan next on €47.94m. Some notably low-earners include Juventus wonderkid Paul Pogba (€1m), Lazio’s Italy regular Antonio Candreva (€900,000), Napoli wing-back Juan Zuniga (€800,000) and Fiorentina dribbling sensation Juan Cuadrado (€600,000).

Fabregas backs Ozil to shine at Arsenal C esc Fabregas has predicted that Mesut Ozil is likely to thrive in the room he will likely be allowed to play in by Premier League defences. Ozil has rarely been out of the headlines since completing a transfer deadline day move to Arsenal for £42.4 million from Real Madrid. Barcelona playmaker Fabregas who knows the Premier League well from his own seven seasons playing in the competition for Arsenal added his voice

to the throng by telling Al Primer Toque that he had no doubts Ozil would be a success. “I believe Arsenal will be a perfect fit for him,” Fabregas said. “He will enjoy himself a lot in the Premier League. It is a league with lots of spaces, and he is a player that will kill you if you give him space. “We already saw that at Real Madrid, he plays a brilliant final pass. I believe he will enjoy himself a lot in England.

Totti close to Roma extension

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rancesco Totti is close to extending his contract with Roma by a year as negotiations enter their final stages. Totti and Roma have used the break for internationals to discuss a new deal to replace the one-year contract he signed at the end of last season. He is expected to commit until 2015 before moving into a managerial capacity at the Eternal City club. According to reports in Italy, €700,000 per annum currently separate the two negotiating parties with Roma keen to find a sponsor to cover the amount exceeding their offer of €2.8 million which would see Totti earn €3.5

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Iniesta set for new contract


panish champions Barcelona are set to announce a new deal for midfielder Andres Iniesta. The 29-year-old Spain international, who has spent his whole career with the Catalan side, is currently contracted to the club until 2015. Barca president Sandro Rosell told local station TV3 they hope “to be able to announced Iniesta’s renewal soon”. He added: “Iniesta is one of the cornerstones. He should have his rightful place behind Messi.”

million a year for the next two seasons. Totti, 36, has been with Roma since the age of 13 and has made over 500 appearances for the Giallorossi. He has also been capped 58 times by Italy and could yet add to that by returning to the national team for the World Cup next summer. Italy coach Cesare Prandelli recently admitted that Totti, like Alessandro Del Piero and Antonio Di Natale, remains on the radar for next summer while his former team-mate and current Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella says that is not as unlikely as it may seem.


erome Boateng has said he is already in talks with Bayern Munich about a new contract, despite the club reportedly putting all negotiations on hold until further notice. Alongside Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben and David Alaba, Boateng’s contract is the next to expire in 2015, but he is confident of his future at the club after kicker asked him about his chances of extending his stay at the Allianz Arena. Kroos, on the other hand, said he had not heard from Bayern and talked up the chance of continuing his development by testing himself outside the Bundesliga, after witnessing international team-mate Mesut Ozil’s recent switch from Real Madrid to Arsenal.

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Walker Cup 2013: USA beat Britain, Ireland on Long Island


he United States regained the Walker Cup with a 17-9 victory against Great Britain and Ireland on Long Island. Resuming 8-4 ahead after the opening day, they consolidated their position by sharing the morning foursomes 2-2. That left just three-and-a half points needed from the 10 singles matches, and the contest was won when Nathan Smith held off Nathan Kimsey in match five. It was the 35th US win since the top amateurs’ event began in 1922, with GB and Ireland on eight wins, and one tie. With a four-point deficit going into the singles the visitors needed some inspiration but in the opening game Neil Raymond bogeyed four holes out of five and lost all

Max Orrin then had two bogeys and a double bogey to lose three successive holes to Justin Thomas, who clinched a 6&4 victory with his third birdie of the round. The next edition of the Walker Cup will be played at Royal Lytham and St Annes in September 2015.

orld number one Serena Williams won her fifth US Open title in a thrilling final against Victoria Azarenka at Flushing Meadows. The American, 31, overcame a determined opponent and a testing wind to win 7-5 6-7 (68) 6-1 and repeat last year’s final victory against the Belarusian. Williams has now won 17 Grand Slam singles titles, moving her to within one of Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert, and seven short of Margaret Court’s record total of 24. But after letting a doublebreak lead slip in the second set, and twice failing to serve out the match, Williams was made to dig as deep as in any of her 16 previous major wins. Azarenka, 24, had beaten Williams twice this year, the last time in Cincinnati on the eve of the US Open, and clearly believed


she could defeat the American on a bigger stage. Williams looked in ominously good form when she cracked a backhand cross-court to break in the opening game, but a couple of errors gave the advantage straight back.

Azarenka was dealing better with the gusting wind on Arthur Ashe Stadium and serving well, in marked contrast to Williams, who also had to cope with a skirt that was clearly not designed for such conditions.

Dwyer free to ride pending ban hearing


ockey Martin Dwyer will be free to ride pending a British Horseracing Authority ruling on whether it will uphold a 56-day Indian riding ban. His suspension was restored to eight weeks from eight months on Saturday after an appeal.

Dwyer’s ban had been extended after he was originally suspended for 56 days for allegedly preventing his mount Ice Age from running on its merits. The Liverpool-born jockey, who won the 2006 Derby at Epsom on Sir Percy, finished a

narrow third on favourite Ice Age at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai on 17 February, prompting an angry response from racegoers. Dwyer argued that it later emerged the horse had suffered a broken blood vessel during a race

a fortnight earlier and should not have been allowed to run Riding bans are normally enforced worldwide, and champion jockey Richard Hughes failed in his attempt last year to get a 50-day ban, imposed in India, set aside by British officials.

Snooker: Lee faces tribunal over match-fixing


tephen Lee faced corruption claims centred on seven matches at an independent tribunal yesterday. The former world number five, who has been suspended since October 2012, denies matchfixing claims which relate to tournaments in 2008 and 2009. Lee, 38, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, is expected to represent himself at the hearing in Bristol. Sport Resolutions UK will hear the case which could lead to a lengthy ban if the player is found guilty. One of the games in which Lee, who was ranked eighth in the world at the time of his suspension, is accused of breaching rules

took place at the 2009 World Championship in Sheffield. He faces further claims involving three matches at the 2008 Malta Cup, two games at the UK Championship that year and one match at the 2009 China Open. Adam Lewis QC will chair the disciplinary hearing, which has been listed for five days but could be completed by the middle of the week. The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has brought the case against Lee. It says the delay in holding the proceedings has partly been down to Lee changing his legal advisers three times.

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Bach wants IOC to show 2016 Olympics benefits

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he Rio 2016 Olympics could be targeted by mass demonstrations unless the International Olympic Committee starts explaining the benefits of the Games to the Brazilian public, according to the front-runner to become the new head of the Olympic movement. Thomas Bach, a 59-year-old German lawyer and former fencing gold medallist, is favourite in a six-way contest to replace Jacques Rogge as president of the IOC. Rogge is stepping down after 12 years in charge following the election at the 125th IOC session in Buenos Aires on Tuesday.

If elected, Bach says his first priority will be to ensure the smooth delivery of the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, which have been subject to delays, budget overruns and concerns over the warm weather. Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets in cities across Brazil during June’s World Cup rehearsal, the Confederations Cup. Although football was not the specific target of the demonstrations, activists expressed anger at the huge cost of staging the World Cup next summer. Tokyo became the latest city to be awarded the Games when it beat Istanbul and Madrid in the race for the 2020 Summer Olympics on Saturday.






2 1. World number one Serena Williams says 2013 would have been a disappointing year had she not won her fifth US Open title. 2. Sandro Rosell claims Real Madrid were trying to hijack Barcelona’s move for Neymar even as he was signing his contract at Camp Nou. 3. Tokyo is chosen to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, winning the IOC vote ahead of Istanbul and Madrid. 4. France legend Zinedine Zidane says midfielder Frank Lampard is still England’s key player, even at 35.



5. London Wasps director of rugby Dai Young has urged patience around new rules designed to improve the scrum.





Football pundits prefer fans to footballers, says Suazo

balling and general sense. I had to give up my frijolitos (bean dishes) and start to eat pasta. It was tough. It really hit me. There were some difficult moments when I thought ‘I’m going back home because I can’t take any more’. But little by little I got used to it and settled in.


ou said when you retired a few months ago that it would be hard for you to get used to life without playing. Is that still the case? It has been difficult. Football generates a lot of emotions and is very rewarding. It really was tough to give it up. I’m getting used to it little by little and it helps that I’m now actively involved with Cagliari. It’s helping me come to terms with the fact I’m no longer playing. It’s still pretty fresh in the mind, though, and it’s difficult to move away from something that’s been your everyday life, your day-to-day reality. Let’s just say I’m 50 per cent over it, though I can’t say with any certainty that I’ll totally come to terms with it. How does it feel to have been a striker who triumphed in the land of catenaccio?

Everyone tries to make their own way and obviously the things I had to offer helped me succeed here. I was a fast player and that opened the doors for me. My pace helped me fit into the tactical set-up. Football here is all about tactics and I had to work hard on that part of my game. It helped me grow and improve, though. It all helped me make my own little bit of history in Italy and Europe. Which nickname did you prefer: King David or The Panther? I can’t really say. They’re gifts from the fans and all you

I had some problems at the start and I didn’t play as well as I would have liked, but it was fantastic to be there. I’m very happy I took part, though it was tough not to be

home match against Mexico and I ended up with a headache! I was in pain when I left the stadium because of all the tension.

can do is play and show them some love back. Things like that push you to keep on going. I like both of them because that’s what the fans liked to call me them. And as far as I’m concerned, what the fans say goes. Are you satisfied with your career? Of course I am, but like any player who refuses to settle for less I would have liked to have done a little bit more. All in all though, I’m happy with what I achieved, mainly because people tell me I did a good job. I’m grateful for that Of all the goals you scored with La Bicolor, which is the most special? The very first one, for the U-20 against Guatemala in the 1998 qualifiers for the World Youth Championship. It means a lot to me because it was my first in the Honduras jersey. Football generates a lot of emotions and is very rewarding. It really was tough to give it up. What fears did you have when you left Honduras at the age of 19? The same fears any youngster has when they go off on an adventure. At the time I don’t think I really grasped just how big a step it was. There I was going to another continent and not having a clue about what to expect, though that also helped me deal with the change. I had to learn another language and get used to a totally different culture, in both a foot-

Can this generation of Honduran players return to the FIFA World Cup?

I’m also lucky to have the support of a wonderful family. My brother Nicolas played football and he explained the problems I might have, which helped me. In the end I came through it and I’m very happy I stuck it out and trusted myself, that I believed I could achieve big things here.

David Suazo

If you could, what would you say to the young David Suazo who left home at the age of 19? I’d tell him that the most important thing is to believe in yourself and to stick at it. That’s how you get opportunities. It’s not easy but you can’t achieve anything if you don’t work at it. It all makes you stronger. The problems you have along the way helped you to grow as a person and a player. You had the privilege of playing at South Africa 2010, a tournament in which you’ve since said you weren’t at your best. Looking back, what memories do you have of it? How do you feel about it? It will always be special for me. We all know what football’s like. A lot of things have to happen for you to play in an event like that.

able to play better. All the same, on a personal and professional level it was the icing on the cake. It was the one big tournament I hadn’t played in and I got there in the end. I can also tell my grandchildren I played against the world champions. That was amazing. How does it feel being on the outside looking in at the FIFA World Cup qualifiers? Different. I still feel fresh and I didn’t retire that long ago, so sometimes I think (raising his voice): ‘Aaargh, I could be there. Why aren’t I?’. It’s hard and I think about it a lot, but I just have to get on with it. It’s not easy to watch on TV though. I sit there at home, trying to get on the end of corners. It’s made me realise that it’s hard to be a fan. I watched our

Professor Suarez (Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez) has virtually rebuilt the squad that played at the last World Cup and I think that’s important. A lot’s expected of these boys and I’m confident they’re mature enough to handle what is a tough qualifying competition. Will you stay in Italy? For the time being, yes. I’m working for the club and my children go to school here. I feel happy and very much loved. We’ll see what happens later though. One last thing, David. We’re going to read out a list of things and we want to say the first thing that comes into your head. Sounds great, let’s go.



Some Interesting Facts


ational Geographic is calling for travelers the world over to share their epic adventures with its readers. The 25th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contestis now accepting submissions, and thousands of professional and amateur snappers have already entered their stunning travel pictures showcasing everything from Hindu devotees in Malaysia to a fearless climber in St Erebus, Antarctica. The winner of the 2013 Traveler Photo Contest will receive a 10day National Geographic Expedition to the Galápagos and have their prized photo published in National Geographic Traveler magazine. Runner up with be awarded a seven-day National Geographic Photography Workshop, while third prize is a six-day cruise on a Maine windjammer schooner for two. Some of the wonderful photos already submittedinclude a spectacular image titled ‘Door to Hell’ by Priscilla Locke, which shows a woman standing at the edge of the fiery Darvaza Crater in Turkmenistan. The crater has been burning for decades, fueled by the rich natural gas reserves found below the surface. In a quirky entry, travelerMelihSular captures record seller Ahmet as he pokes his head through a gap in his exhaustive collection. Photographers can enter their favorite travel memories in any of four categories including travel portraits, outdoor scenes, sense of place and spontaneous moments Children who were not so fortunate had to wade across rivers and streams while trying to keep their uniform dry.

Elsewhere, entire families, including four children, squeezed on to motorbikes as they made their way to lessons. Across the Philippines,


millions of children made their way to the country’s public kindergarten, elementary and high schools. A further three million children are expected to start classes in the coming weeks, education officials said. Pupils, dressed in school uniform, were pictured reciting the oath of allegiance at the start of the day.

Say what?



. . . putting the people first



Zokora fined $20,000 for breaking camp rules


vory Coast defensive midfielder and vice captain Didier Zokora was slapped with a $20,000 fine yesterday by the Ivorian Football Federation for absconding from the team’s camp ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Morocco in Abidjan. “Mr Didier Zokora will no longer wear the captain armband of the national team no matter the circumstances,” the FA president Sidy Diallo said in a statement. “The last grouping of the Ivorian national team was marked by an unacceptable reaction from Didier Zokora concerning the captaincy of the team.” Sources close to the technical staff said Zokora was exasperated when he was stripped of the team’s captaincy and given to Didier Drogba, who was returning to the outfit after months of absence. The Elephants were held to a 1-1 draw by Morocco although the Ivorians had qualified to the knockout stage of the World Cup qualifying.

FIFA may move 2022 World Cup from Qatar


he World Football Governing Body (FIFA) may have made a mistake in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, according to FIFA president, Sepp Blatter. Summer temperatures can reach 50C in the Middle Eastern country. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said it would be impossible to play in such conditions, and Blatter wants the tournament moved to the winter. Blatter, who in May said it was not rational to play the World Cup in Qatar in June and July, added: “On the other hand, you must also consider political and geo-political realities. Blatter hopes FIFA’s executive committee will follow his proposal to switch the tournament to the winter when it meets next month. Qatar defeated bids from South Korea, Japan, Australia and the United States to win a ballot of FIFA’s 22 executive members in 2010 to host the tournament.


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QUOTABLE QUOTE There is no more justice in the (PDP) due to the greed and corrupt attitude of the heavy weights of the party who made money using the party. Today they are using the same money to destroy the party. — Chief Edwin Clark, former federal information commissioner and strong President Jonathan ally on the crises rocking the ruling party, PDP

The Taraba cabaliya and her throng A

fter several false starts by Turai & co. mimics to reenact the tragi-comedy that played out during the last days of the late president Umaru Musa ‘Yar‘adu’a by Turai, Hauwa Danbaba Suntai, the mini Turai, tried the same thing done by Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare Macbeth in this long suffering north-eastern state of Taraba. The copycat has a full complement of a “cabal” to assist her in murdering sleep while she plays the role of “Cabaliya” as my friend aptly named her. The “cabal” and “cabaliya’s” interest is to run the state by proxy and not her husband’s health. To this group, as long as they can continue to milk the state dry and keep the people of Taraba state under a tight leash, they don’t care what happens to the Nigerian Constitution and constitutionalism. The acting governor is to be shunted aside and treated as an irritant. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, a plane crash survivor, who some claim is incapacitated, is the person these people are trying to hoist on the people as governor. Coming after two and half years since the Turai saga, this should be unacceptable to all Nigerians who mean well for democracy and the rule of law. Sadly, this group has introduced a very dangerous element into the whole affair by giving it a religious undertone. From those who received the wobbly Danbaba at the Abuja airport to the deliberate prevention of the acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, from seeing him at the Jalingo airport, it was all very clear to the discerning that religion has taken over politics.I failed to see the basis of the likes of Pastor Jerry Gana from Niger state and John Dara from Kwara state acting as spokesmen for Danbaba. To complete the religious toga, you have Damian Dodo, Emmanuel Bwacha, Darius Ishaku, Obadiah Ando and Jonah Jang as the masquerades behind the charade. If this is not an exclusive religious affair, then I am a monkey’s uncle. Suntai had a near fatal accident with a plane he was piloting (nobody is allowed to ask how he got the money to buy the plane in the first place) about ten months ago and by the grace of God he survived the accident but with debilitating consequences. The injuries that Danbaba sustained could be of permanent nature. After intensive management by

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Governor Danbaba Suntai specialists in both Germany and USA, his political associates and an uncaring wife bundled the poor guy back into a Nigeria that lacks the basic equipment to manage trauma victims, which was why Danbaba was taken to the USA in the first place. What we saw in Taraba state was exactly what the nation witnessed two and a half years ago when Turai Yar’adua and a handful of trusted aides attempted to run the country by remote control, not minding the pathetic condition of her dying husband. Hauwa appeared to be walking the same road Turai took. Turai and her “cabal” are now footnotes of history after having enjoyed their fifteen minutes of fame. Suntai’s wife surrounded herself with political vultures masquerading as sympathisers and loyalists of her husband. If they truly loved her husband, they would have left him in the hospital and wouldn’t have given the whole drama a religious tone. Suntai was elected by a broad spectrum of people in the state, irrespective of creed. Surprisingly, those at the Abuja airport to receive the governor were all Christians, giving adherents of other religions in the state the jitters. Pointedly, the roles of Jerry Gana and John Dara left many bewildered as to what interest the duo have in the politics of Taraba state, seeing that

they both come from outside of the state. It is also alleged that Jonah Jang of Plateau state and Gabriel Suswam of Benue are neck deep in the whole tragedy. Much as I try to deny the religious link, I find religion rearing its ugly head. The role played by these gentlemen in blocking even the acting governor from receiving him or even meeting him speaks volumes. In continuation of the charade, a letter was sent to the state legislature purportedly written by a Danbaba whose wife told the world less than 24 hours back that her husband wouldn’t be able to see anyone until after 72 years. Wonders shall never end. Turai tried to bullshit Nigerians but failed. Hauwa and her ‘people’ are not even original. All they can come up with is a script written by the ‘Katsina mafia’. To compound the situation you have uncouth goons insulting anyone who dare question the mental and physical condition of Danbaba including members of the state House of Assembly, who are equally elected by the electorate, same as Danbaba. This proved to be their undoing as the legislators threatened to impeach Suntai in the event that the cabal and the cabaliya continue to block access to the governor. Being amateurs, the cabaliya and her chorus singers panicked and arranged a meeting with a man who couldn’t

recognise any of the members that visited him. When the Senator Hope Uzodinma led PDP committee visited him, it was the same result. The committee was left with no choice than to ask Alhaji Garba Umar to continue acting for the governor as chief executive of Taraba state. This is exactly what the cabal was trying to avoid but failed. Ultimately, two ugly things became manifest in this saga. The pivotal role of religion in the imbroglio and the insensitivity of the human being to fellow being’s plight. Several people may disagree with me on the issue of religion but may only resort to name-calling rather than address the fundamental questions I raised here. Bottom line is that, all those who hustled Suntai from Seaview Hospital in New York belong to the same faith with him and their attempt to whip up religious emotions on the day he was brought back to Jalingo says much about the religious undertone of the misadventure. The return of the governor that was supposed to be celebrated by all was turned into a sort of religious revival rally. Sad. On the other hand, those lusting for power and money don’t care about what happens to the man as long as they can have him in the Taraba state government house either as a prisoner or as a governor. Their main objective is to have access to the state’s treasury and loot to their hearts’ delight. Why do we easily fall prey to our base instincts where lucre is concerned? Distressing. Seeing a bewildered Suntai alight from the plane that brought him from New York at the Abuja airport, made me to be acutely aware of my fallibility. It made me more aware of how a human being, no matter how powerful, can become useless within a twinkle eye. It made appreciate how the poor cripples and other people with health challenges are coping with daily challenges life throw at them. It made me appreciate my life, my health and several things I take for granted. Hauwa should be well advised to take her husband back to New York and help nurse him back to health. She was reported to have told the Uzodinma committee that Danbaba was brought to Nigeria because he complained of homesickness. Though I find it difficult to disagree with her, I am forced to disagree with her – the Danbaba I saw is not capable of saying so. Be that as it may, the cabaliya and her cabal should leave the stage before the stoning starts.

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Peoples Daily Newspaper, Tuesday 10, September, 2013  

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Tuesday 10, September, 2013

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