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CONTENTS Nigeria, Algeria have no option than to cooperate, says Buhari Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari said that Nigeria and Algeria had no option than to cooperate with each other because God had endowed both countries with natural resources, particularly gas and petroleum.

According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his Spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President made this comment while receiving the Algerian Ambassador, His Excellency, Belkacem Smaili, in a farewell audience at State House. He said he looked forward to the establishing of gas pipelines, trans-

Atlantic road, and fiber optic between the two countries. On the political situation in Algeria, Buhari prayed for successful elections billed for December, this year. He said the outgoing Ambassador was already “an authority on Nigeria,” having spent over six years here, and

witnessed two administrations. Ambassador Smaili described Nigeria as “home,” and wished “prosperity and wellbeing for Nigerians,” as they go into the Next Level. He said he also looked forward to a more robust relationship between Algeria and Nigeria.

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L-R: APC National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Acting National Secretary Victor Giadom, Deputy National Chairman South West, Ayo Afolaabi, National Treasure, Hon Adamu Panda and Katsina State Governor, Alh. Aminu Masari during his visit to APC Chairman, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Group raises concerns over Kaduna 2020 draft budget From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna

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t least 13 civil society organizations under Concerned Civil Society in Kaduna on yesterday raised concerns over Kaduna State 2020 Budget’s Bill. Leader of the team and Co-Chair, Technical Working Group of OGP, Barrister Rebecca Sako-John raised the alarm during a Press conference held in Kaduna yesterday She said although the town hall meeting had been postponed for two days, the group faulted the idea of having a single town hall meeting as against earlier agreement to hold in the three senatorial districts of the State. She said: “As you are all aware, recently Kaduna was ranked number one in Nigeria on transparency and openness as a result of governance

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there should be evidence of citizens informing and influencing budgetary decisions. “Without doubt, much progress has been made in opening up spaces for citizens to engage in the budget process, but the notice that the 2020 budget town-hall meeting is scheduled for today, October 10, 2019 without adequate consultation, threatened the desired organic process of co-creation as envisage in the letters and spirit of the OGP. “It is in this regard that we received the news of the postponement of 2020 budget town-hall meeting earlier slated for 3pm yesterday . “This is considering that the OGP civil society State Steering Committee and Technical Working Group members and the larger citizens only got the draft budget document this morning. This is unlike previous years when the draft budget was made

public at least two days to the meeting to allow for an informed engagement. “We want to specially commend the government for hearing our outcry and taking the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the town-hall meeting to Saturday, October 12 2019. This is a clear demonstration to the entire world that you are responsive and accountable to the residents of Kaduna. Indeed, this is OGP in practice. Political Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Ben Kure, had in a letter of invitation sent to the Cochairman (citizen arm) of Open Government Partnership (OGP), Mustapha Jumare, said, the town hall meeting to discuss the 2020 draft budget was scheduled to hold on October 10 without making the copy of the 259 pages document available until a few hours to the scheduled meeting.

Teachers’ Day: Reps honour best principal, Teacher in Nigeria By Christiana Ekpa

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reform initiatives that is driven under the umbrella of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). “It is also no longer news that, Kaduna State is the first sub-national to sign onto the OGP at the national and global level; which commits the government to co-create key decisions on governance with the civil society as equal partners. “Through the co-creation principles both the government and civil society partners developed and adopted the State Action Plan (SAP) with five commitments on open budget, open contracting, ease of doing business, access to information and citizen’s engagement. “It will interest you to know that, the commitment on open budget states that, ‘ensure more effective citizen’s participation in the entire budget cycle’; which means that through-out the budget process,

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he House of Representatives yesterday honoured the best Secondary School Principal and best Teacher in Nigeria, urging them not to relent in their efforts to educate the nation. The Principal, Mr. Puis from Government Senior College, Epe and the Teacher, Mrs Agnes Ilunishakin from Oriwu Model College, Ikorodu are both from Lagos State. Their recognition came on the heels of World Teachers’ Day celebration. Briefing Journalists, Hon. Babajimi Benson from Lagos State who sponsored the motion for their recognition said that the educationists were selected by the National Union of Teachers (NUT). In the motion earlier, the lawmaker noted that despite their contributions to the nations education sector, teachers in Nigeria remained the less paid.

He said: “The House notes that this year’s World Teachers’ Day (WTD) or International Teachers’ Day was celebrated on October 5, 2019, with the theme - “Young Teachers: The future of the Profession and was aimed at proffering ideas to attract and keep young persons in the profession; “Aware that the celebration of teachers followed the United Nation’s Declaration in 1994 for the recognition of the World Teachers Day (WTD) or International Teachers Day to celebrate teachers around the World for their efforts towards shaping the minds of several children and the society at large even though they remain unsung heroes and heroines whose contributions to the society are underappreciated; “Also aware that the United Nation’s in developing the thematic areas of concentration for the Sustainable Development Goal 4 Quality Education, recognizes the role of teachers as being key to the

achievement of its Education by 2030 Agenda; “Observes that the Federal Government, in marking the day, instituted the President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award to show appreciation for the immense contributions of teachers to nationbuilding; “Worried that despite the contributions of Teachers to societal development, teachers in Nigeria are overworked and remain among the worst paid in the world, with poor welfare package and teaching environment; “Also worried that currently none of the E9 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan) other than Nigeria, allocates less than 20 per cent of its annual budget to education”. Also commending the teachers, some lawmakers which included the Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and Hon. Nkiru Onyejiocha asked them to

remain steadfast. The Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila thanked the Teachers for their efforts and commitments. He said: “We thank them for your commitment to education, your students. You are higher achievers. Teaching is the noblest of all profession. Continue with what you are doing. We wish you the best. We will make sure that the prayer of the motion which is enhancing the budget is education is assured.” Adopting the motion, the House urged the urged the Federal Government to improve on the welfare and support schemes for teachers, especially in the area of training, using the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) approach in addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools in order to improve competitiveness in science and technology development.

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Five suspected killers of soldiers arrested in Jos From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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peration Safe Haven, (OPSH), the multisecurity task force saddle with maintaining peace in Plateau has paraded five suspected killers of five soldiers. The killed soldiers were attached to the operation. This was disclosed on yesterday by the Commander of the operation, General Austine Agundu, while parading the suspects at the headquarters of the operation in Jos. According to the commander, the suspects were arrested at Bet village of Barikin Ladi Local Government Area of the Plateau State during raid by the operation. General Agundu who gave the names of the suspects as Muhammed Abubakar, Abdullahi Abubakar,Habib Abubakar, Haruna Dandash and Said Abdullahi said the suspects confessed to have taken parts in the killing of three soldiers on September 6 2018 and September 28, 2019. He said, “In a raid operation, own troops arrested 6 suspected armed bandits. They revealed their involvement in the attack on own troops at Nding-Sesut Village in Barikin Ladi LGA which led to the death of 3 operation Safe Haven soldiers on 6 September 2018. “Preliminary investigation also revealed of their involvement in the attacks on own troops deployed at Fan District in Barikin Ladi LGA and Kwanan Fulani Riyom LGA that led to the death of 2 operation Safe Haven soldiers recently on 28 September, 2019,” Also, during the parade, the commander said troops of the operation had arrested members of a criminal gang network that specializes in “one chance” activities. He said Martins Obioha, Henry Okezie and Eloka Uzokwe were arrested along Rukuba road while trying to dispossess Mary Ezekiel of her money in their tricycle. General Agundu however warned sponsors of any crime to desist from doing so and called on well-meaning members of the public to avail the operation with credible information that could lead to the sustenance of peace in the state.

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Wase applauds NIMET prompt alert on flood, others By Christiana Ekpa

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he Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Ahmed Idris Wase, has hailed the Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NIMET),for its prompt alerts and information on floods and other meteorological services which would have caused devastative effect on Nigerians. Receiving the management team of the agency, led by the Director General Prof. Sani Mashi

in his office yesterday, Wase said those alerts had saved the lives of many Nigerians and as well as their properties. He said in the past, Nigerians had suffered a lot for lack of information with regards to the flooding and other disasters, adding that the country had moved forward from where it used to be largely due to the contribution of NIMET. He charged the agency to do more, while assuring them of the National Assembly’s readiness to

support them in delivering best services to the country. Earlier, in his remarks, the Director General lamented the agency’s lack of observation stations where they were expected to collect data for at least 9,300 station across Nigeria, adding that Nigeria with 9,330 square kilometres requires one station for every one hundred kilometres to be able to collect date accurately. He disclosed that the country currently had less than 200

stations, which he said were not enough, saying the implication means Nigerian wss greatly under observed. He said lack of funds was the greatest challenge facing the agency, urging National Assembly to come to their aid. Mashi assured the Deputy Speaker that NIMET would continue to do its best to provide meteorological services to Nigerians despite the challenges being face by the agency.

CSO seeks upward review of Interior Ministry budget allocation By Albert Akota

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civil society organization (CSO), focusing on internal peace, security and good governance in Nigeria, Peace and Anti-corruption Advocacy (PAA) has called for an upward review of the 2020 budget of Ministry of Interior and its agencies. The CSO described as paltry and unsustainable, the allocation of N35 billion to the ministry. A statement made available to newsman in Abuja yesterday, jointly signed by its Director-General and National Coordinator, Prince Mike Newgent Ekamon and Comrade James Okoronkwo lamented that the 2020 Budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari

was inadequate to service the Ministry of Interior and to sustain the projections of its agencies. The statement appealed to the National Assembly for an upward review of the allocation to the ministry maintaining that as the backbone of internal wellbeing of Nigeria, the Ministry of Interior is very pivotal to the change agenda of the Buhari administration. The CSO noted that it “may be constrained to make presentations during the budget hearings to drive home our demand for increased allocation to the ministry.” In a related development, PAA commended the CommandantGeneral of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammdu

Gana, for the successful take off of its Agro Rangers policy which according to the CSO has boosted food production in Nigeria. The group cited the policy amongst others as part of their reasons for increased allocation to the Interior Ministry. The group further argued that similar, laudable reformation programs were also on going in another agency of the ministry, namely Nigerian Correctional Services (former Nigerian Prison Service), where its Comptroller General, Mallam Jafaru Isah was executing various reformation and revamping of the Services. He said: “It will be a disservice to Nigerian taxpayers if some of these capital projects are again abandoned midway for paucity of

funding,” He further appealed to President Buhari and the National Assembly to find it expedient to extend the tenure of the NSCDC and Nigerian Correctional Services bosses to enable the successfully conclude their reformative and renewal programmes. PAA also reiterated its earlier commendation to President Buhari for choosing a tested and trusted personality as Minister of the Interior Ministry, a technocrat like Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. “Ogbeni Aregbesola’s sterling record of quality project delivery, accountability and transparency would definitely impact positively on the Buhari administration,” the group affirmed.

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, Executive Secretary Prof Sadiq Isah Rada, Prof Femi Odekunle, Prof Alemika, Prof Bolaji Awasanoye, Communication Officer, Ometaaghogho Agbahor. Others are Chief of Staff Mallam Abba Kyari, SGF Mr Boss Mustapha, Minister of Justice and Attorney General Abubakar Malami, Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, MD Nigeria Ports Authority, Hajiya Hadiza Bala Usman, Acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu and Prof Bolaji Awasanoye during the presentation of the PACAC activities at the State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

Government must take Physical planning serious -NITP President By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he National President of Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), TPL. Lekwa Ezutah, has urged governments at all levels to take physical planning seriously in order to have a conducive organized society for all. Ezutah made the disclosure in Abuja recently, during a media chat with newsmen on the institution’s forthcoming 50th annual conference and annual general meeting . He said when the government takes planning serious the policy direction would promote sustainability. He said: “Physical planning

is expensive, but we don’t have to planless. If we put physical planning as a front burner, we will prevent so many things from happening such as conversion of building space, building collapse, deficits in housing, flooding, congestion and unemployment. Let us do planning rightly to avoid bad occurrences.” According to him, 27 years down the line the physical planning commission created since 1992 at the national level has not been effective. The laws have not been adopted even in states. He said the national urban and regional planning commission was supposed to formulate national policies for

urban and regional planning; initiate, prepare and implement National Physical Development Plan, regional and subject plans as well as establish and maintain urban and regional planning standard. “as the president of the institute, since our inauguration 9months ago, I have travelled to about eight(8)states among those states, What I discovered in Plateau, Benue,Akwa-Ibom amongst other states visited, there was no visible present of physical planning and this is a problem because cities and towns are rundown.” “That is why we see developed slums all around our cities because the original master

plan was not used in those areas including Abuja Master plan and that is the consequences we are all involved in. “. He also lamented that “sincerely iam not happy with the way Abuja master plan is going”we must take planning seriously because this will help the country to create a conducive environment that will attracted investors and improve the economy of the nation “,he said . Consequently, The president gave an insight on the conference theme: target “Regenerating Nigerian Cities,” saying is apt for a time like this. The annual meeting is slated for October 28 to November 1 at the University of Ibadan.


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Presidency: Why Buhari ordered sale of seized assets ...As FG moves to cut down cost of governance By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday ordered the sale of seized assets in the course of his administration’s fight against corruption. The President said this will forestall his past experience where seized assets were returned to the owners after he was dethroned from power. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media, Femi Adesina, Buhari stated this while hosting members of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) at the State House.

President Buhari also has gave the assurance that his government would prune down the cost of governance in the country. Recalling his experience of the past in which assets were seized from officials who could not explain how they got them, “only for those assets to be returned to them when government was changed,” the President vowed that such would not recur, as he had given instructions that all forfeited assets be sold, “and the money put in the Treasury Single Account (TSA). Let us see who will now take back the money from the treasury, and give back

to those people, as was done in the past.” Thanking them for their service to the nation, Buhari described their service as “major sacrifice “they have made in accepting the assignment to serve the country, He noted that: “Some of the elite would not trust you, and you will be alienated, no matter how close you are to them.” On his resolve to cut down cost of governance in the country, Buhari promised to beam the searchlight on cost of governance, and weed out possible corruption that exists anywhere. Chairman of PACAC,

Professor Itse Sagay, who led the delegation, said Nigeria was lucky more than ever to have a person of President Buhari’s credentials as leader of government. He said: “We congratulate you for being a star of the anticorruption struggle in Africa. You attach a lot of importance to the fight against corruption, and we have tried to achieve the aims you had in mind when you established PACAC.” He said the committee trains, builds capacity of anti-corruption agencies, and has helped to develop a programme of nonconviction assets recovery, which is recording great successes.

PACAC made some recommendations to the President, in order to move the anti-corruption war many steps forward. They include, reestablishment of the jury system for criminal cases in the country; setting up of a judicial commission on corruption in the judiciary, to be headed by retired judges under the auspices of National Judicial Council (NJC); passage of Proceeds of Crime Act by the National Assembly; the setting up of a Presidential Truth and Restitution Task Force; and a closer look at the cost of governance to weed out all vestiges of corruption.

Bauchi moves to evolve modern system of Qur’anic education From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi

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auchi State Ministry of Religious Affairs has yesterday organized a sensitization workshop on how to evolve a modern System of Qur’anic education as part of effort to improve the Almajiri system of education. The Workshop was organized by the ministry in collaboration with Al-Absal Business Link, a trading company in Bauchi state, targeted stake holders and Qur’anic school teachers. The state Commissioner for Religious Affairs and Social Welfare, Alhaji Ahmed Jalam represented by a Director in the ministry Malam Sa’idu Adamu, said that the ministry was saddled with the responsibility of promoting religious tolerance, regulating and supervising religious activities in the state. He urged the Qur’anic Teachers who were participants at the Seminar to apply the knowledge they get during the event and help government in modernizing the Almajiri system of education. The Commissioner pledged the support of the ministry in promoting anything that would develop Qur’anic education system for the development of the State. Managing Director of Al-Absal Business Link, Alhaji Abdulrahman Yusuf Muazu, advised Federal and Northern State Governments to establish special commissions or agencies that would regulate,

supervise and transform the Almajiri system of Qur’anic education. He said, the Almajiri Education Agency would help in tackling the scourge of street begging, child abuse and other problems associated with the almajiri education system. Yusuf said it was high time for government at all levels to address the problems of Almajiri which deny millions of children access to formal education and subject them to begging and child labour for survival. He argued that the number of almajiris in the North was higher than that of herders’ children, hence the need to establish agencies and commissions to cater for them just like there are nomadic education agencies for children of Fulani herders. He said: “The Nomadic Education Agencies established in the northern states have gone a long way in encouraging children of fulani herders to go to schools, Therefore, it is also pertinent for the federal and state governments especially in the north to establish a commission or agencies that will cater for the teeming Nigerian children enrolled in Almajiri schools. By so doing, such Agencies and Commissions will modernize the system such that these children can acquire both Qur’anic and Western education at the same time to be responsible citizens who can contribute to national development”.

L-R: Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki receiving souvenir from the Vice President, Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) , Mrs. Eunice Ezeoke, flanked by other members of the Association, during WISTA courtesy visit to the Minister of State, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

Reps pass 2020 budget to second reading By Christiana Ekpa

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he House of Representatives yesterday passed the 2020 Appropriation Bill (budget) to second reading. The House equally adjourned plenary till October 29, 2019 to enable its various standing committees meet with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government for their budget defence. President Muhammadu Buhari had penultimate Tuesday presented the N10.33trilion Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly. To ensure that the country return to the January to December budgetary circle, both the Executive and the Legislative arms of government have equally shown determination to expedite action on the bill to pass it before the end of year. To this end, debate on the general principle of the bill swiftly commenced in the House on Wednesday, a day after its presentation with members of

the House baring their minds on the estimates, which however continued on Thursday. Some members who spoke commended the President and the Executive for the early presentation of the budget and the budgetary allocations made to various sectors of economy, just as others also picked holes in the budget, saying it was lacking on capital projects. Hon. Nnolim Nnaji from Enugu preferred that much more funds should be channeled to fixing the airports, saying it would give life to commercial activities and in turn contribute to the the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He said: “I am more concerned about our airports. I believe that our airports should be given a serious consideration. The infrastructures at the airports should be stepped up. They have collapsed. Our airports should be developed in such a way that they can be a hub.” On his part, Hon. Dan Asuquo

from Cross River State, the details of the budget needed to be made available before debate to enable members speak appropriately. He said: “I am commenting on the speech and the intention of the Executive for 2020. I don’t have the details yet. I cannot speak about the budget I don’t have the details. For us, I will advise the leadership of the House, Senate and the Executive that Nigerians...I will address my people when the details of the budget comes.” Hon. Ken Chikere from Rivers State while making his contribution lamented the stated of roads infrastructure in his State, pleading the House to ensure there was proper implementation of the budget when eventually passed. He also emphasized the need for know the population of the country to enable it generate the necessary data and statistics for proper budgeting system. He said: “I plead with the House to see there is proper implementation

of the budget. It is our duty now to look at those estimates and come up with a budget. We should be mindful of the implementation of the budget. Lack of implementation is illegal. This country as presently constituted cannot make any progress unless the senate and the house come together. “We cannot make progress if we don’t know how many we are. We must not be shy in discussing how many we are. We are unproductive 200 million. I am not one of those who are carried away by 200 million population. “I think this budget should be inclusive. Take the case of Rivers State for instance, there is no single federal government project there. We have a state that is not included in the projects. Our budget should also look at the issue of unemployment, insecurity and general infrastructure.” Hon. Olarewaju from Kwara while also decrying the imperfections of the budget suggested that a prebudget making interaction between

the legislature and executive be held before any presentation to enable members make input. He said: “I suggest an interaction between the House and MDAs. Somebody cannot sit in Abuja and tell me what we need in my village. We need to turn our agro produce into finished goods. That way we end insurgency, restiveness in Niger Delta. We can’t run amnesty forever”, he said. On his part, Hon. Benjamin Kali from Abia State said that while he supported the passage of the budget into second reading, the House should ensure that business climate in Nigeria should be made attractive. He emphasized the need for the government to patronize made in Nigeria goods to grow the economy. He said: “My problem is the current business environment that we have. Is high time we reformed the economic environment like Rwanda. We need to patronize our own like innocent motors”, he said.


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News Delta Govt uncovers 1,633 illegal private schools across the state From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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he Delta state government said it had uncovered no fewer than 1,633 illegal private schools across the state. It was gathered that these privately owned illegal schools are scattered in Asaba, Okpanam, warri, Ughelli communities, Isoko south and north communities, Agbor communities,and are operating in dingy environments without toilet facilities, qualified teachers including meeting the requirements for registration two years after they were given provisional approvals. According to the state government’s investigation, many of these schools were yet to move into permanent sites as they operate without security fences and basic Infrastructures, especially spacious environments and employment of qualified personals with authentic approvals. Speaking to Journalists in Asaba yesterday the state Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah disclosed that the state government was poised to close down all illegal private schools across the state, especially those uncovered with substandard facilities and defaulted registration approvals, adding that operators of the illegal private schools would be adequately sanctioned. Chief Ukah said that the inspectorate of the ministry of Basic and Secondary Education would soon embark on the closure of private schools that had not completed their registration processes that would qualify them to operate, explaining that all private schools that had provisional approvals to operate and were still in default of the registration requirements two years after getting the provisional approvals would be shut down. The Commissioner frowned at the alleged modus operandi of private schools across the state promoting students to next classes at the end of every academic session, and warned against such action as not in the best interest of the students who failed their promotion examination without hard feelings. Investigation revealed that illegal private schools in the state have sources of concern to the state government in the last four years, especially with their substandard learning facilities and alleged involvement in” miracle centers” during external examinations, such as WAEC and NECO examinations.

S/Court ready for any eventuality -CJN By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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he Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, yesterday, said the Supreme Court of Nigeria was ever ready for any eventuality and that it was also well prepared to keep the country together as one indivisible entity through effective and efficient justice delivery. The CJN reiterated the Apex court’s readiness while addressing the members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption [PACAC], led by their Chairman, Professor Itse Sagay, SAN, who paid a courtesy visit to the Supreme Court on yesterday. In a statement signed by the Director, Press and Information, Akande Festus, Justice Tanko informed that Supreme Court, being the highest and final court in the land, was always very critical and conscious of every case that comes before it on appeal.

He maintained that on this ground, the Justices always put in concerted effort by doing a critical review of all facts and evidence before them to arrive at a decision in order to give justice to all parties in a free, fair and generally acceptable manner without any iota of equivocation. He said, ‘’We are all seasoned judicial officers that were appointed to the Supreme Court based on merit, experience and qualification. We are bound by the oath we have subscribed to and thus discharge our responsibilities without deference to anybody and we will continue to do so. “We are never above board as human beings, so we are open to constructive criticisms. It may interest you to know that before we deliver any ruling or judgment, no matter how small it is, even if it is only five sentences, we have to hold conference with all the Justices on the panel and could

even expand it in some critical situations to involve all the justices of the court. The sole aim of this practice is to ensure that justice is given in every case before us, no matter how infinitesimal it might be because we are the final court in the land. “Our judgments are always all-encompassing and must, at all times, reflect the feelings and views of every Justice on the panel. Dissenting judgments are always encouraged because we cannot all see things from the same perspective.” He assured the visitors that the Supreme Court, as usual, would continue to dispense justice in a free and fair manner that every citizen would be happy to say at the end of the day that wadone, except of course, for those people who would only accept that justice was done when it favours them and not when the right thing was done.

He urged the PACAC members to help impress on the executive the need to be releasing all funds meant for the Judiciary at the appropriate time to avoid halting its operations. He further appealed to them to always offer advice whenever the need arises and not to also hesitate to forward petitions against any erring Judge to the National Judicial Council for immediate action, stressing that his administration is poised to maintain a zero tolerance for corruption within the Judiciary. Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Presidential Advisory Council Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN informed the host that the committee was in the court on a congratulatory visit to the Chief Justice of Nigeria for the well deserved appointment as the Chief Judicial Officer of the Federation and wished him well in his new office.

L R: Managing Director, Fursa Food, Alhaji Abba Dantata; the founder/chairman, PRNigeria, Alhaji Yushau Shuaib; Head of Department, Food science Technology, Bayero University(BUK) Kano, Dr.Dahiru Adamu and Sarkin Kofar Dukawuya, Alhaji Bello Maitama during the commissioning of PRNigeria centre for Training Investigative journalism and public Relations in Kano yesterday. 

2.2 billion people have vision impairment/blindness -WHO From Uche Uche, Damaturu.

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ore than 1 billion people worldwide are living with vision impairment because they do not get the care they need for conditions like short and far sightedness, glaucoma and cataract, according to the first World report on vision issued by the World Health Organization and made available, online, to Peoples Daily in Yobe. The report, launched ahead of World Sight Day on 10 October, found that ageing populations, changing lifestyles and limited access to eye care, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, are among the main drivers of the rising numbers of people living with vision impairment. “Eye conditions and vision impairment are widespread,

and far too often, they still go untreated,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General adding that,“People who need eye care must be able to receive quality interventions without suffering financial hardship, including eye care in national health plans and essential packages of care is an important part of every country’s journey towards universal health coverage.” Dr Tedros adds: “It is unacceptable that 65 million people are blind or have impaired sight when their vision could have been corrected overnight with a cataract operation, or that over 800 million struggle in everyday activities because they lack access to a pair of glasses.” Globally, at least 2.2 billion people have a vision impairment or blindness, of whom at least 1 billion have a vision impairment

that could have been prevented or has yet to be addressed. The report also finds that the burden of eye conditions and vision impairment is not borne equally: it is often far greater in people living in rural areas, those with low incomes, women, older people, people with disabilities, ethnic minorities and indigenous populations. The unmet need of distance vision impairment in lowand middle-income regions is estimated to be four times higher than in high-income regions. Low- and middle-income regions of western and eastern sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have rates of blindness that are eight times higher than in all high-income countries. Rates of cataract and trachomatous trichiasis are higher among women, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

US$14.3 billion, according to the report, is needed to address the backlog of 1 billion people living with vision impairment or blindness due to short and far sightedness, and cataracts. Eye conditions that can cause vision impairment and blindness such as cataract, trachoma and refractive error, are the main focus of national prevention and other eye care strategies. But eye conditions that do not typically impair vision, including dry eye and conjunctivitis, must not be overlooked as they are among the main reasons for people to seek eye health care services in all countries, the report states. The combination of a growing and ageing population will significantly increase the total number of people with eye conditions and vision impairment, since prevalence increases with age.

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CRIME News

By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Aids Healthcare Foundation ((AHF), has called on parents and teachers to engage adolescents on issues relating to reproductive health. AHF Country Director, Echey Ijezie made the call yesterday in Abuja, during the 2019 International Day of the girl child. At the programme which

SexForGrades: UNILAG inaugurates panel to investigate randy lecturers From Idowu Abdullahi, Lagos

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ollowing the Sex-for-grades documentary by the BBC which indicted some lecturers, the University of Lagos, Akoka, has constituted a panel to probe Dr Boniface Igheneghu and Dr Samuel Oladipo for sexual harassment allegations. Headed by the Dean Faculty of Law, Ayodele Atsenuwa, the panel is saddled with the responsibility of investigating the allegations of sexual harassment against the two lecturers. The varsity in a statement by the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication Unit), Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, said: “The University of Lagos Management has set up a Panel headed by Professor Ayodele V. Atsenuwa, a Professor of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos and the incumbent Dean of the Faculty. “The Panel will probe into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Dr. Boniface Igbeneghu of the Department of European Languages and Integrated Studies, Faculty of Arts and Dr. Samuel Oladipo of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences as well as other related cases. “As previously announced in the University’s Press Release dated Monday, October 7, 2019, Dr. Samuel Oladipo who was featured in the full version of the BBC broadcast, has been suspended from work with immediate effect and barred from the University academic areas until conclusion of the Panel’s assignment.” Continuing, she said: “The University wishes to inform the general public that the panel set up to investigate another allegation of sexual harassment involving a Professor in the University in June 2018 still subsists and awaits further information that will aid in concluding the investigation. “Students and members of staff who have relevant information are encouraged to come forward. “Their protection is assured. “We firmly reassure all our students, staff, alumni, parents and guardians that this matter will be tackled with every sense of responsibility, and the seriousness it deserves. The whole process will be transparent and appropriate sanctions will be meted out to anyone found culpable.”

AHF wants parents, teachers to engage adolescents on reproductive health saw young girls selected from six secondary schools within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the AHF Country Director, said the foundation organized the programme because of its concern for the younger generation. He said adolescents are at risk of aids because of risky behaviours, saying there was need for parents and teachers to curb such behaviours before it gets out of hand.

“At the age, they always want to try new things. They want to engage in sex and other untoward behaviours. We need the parents at home to monitor and ensure that the children are properly cautioned against indulging in bad behaviours. Also, the teachers who are also with them in school should ensure that the adolescents learn good virtues that could assist them to be better in the future”. He said the AHF will continue

to create platforms to discuss reproductive health issues that are beneficial to young girls”. “We want to empower and bridge the gap that exist and ensure proper sensitization of the girl child so as to give them a brighter future”. Also speaking, Isa Ahmadu, from the Department of Public Health in the Federal Ministry of Health, said he was overwhelmed by the participation of students in the programme.

However, he said there was need for improved hygiene and environmental learning centers for children to improve daily. AHmadu warned them against involving in anti-social behaviours, urging them to put to use their experience from the programme. He said the Ministry is concerned about their plight and will continue to ensure programmes that could assist them in their growth.

Police confirm abduction of Principal in Kaduna From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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aduna state Police Command has confirmed the abduction of the Principal of Government Technical College Kajuru, in Kajuru Local Government Area of the state The Deputy Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) of the Command, ASP Suleiman Abubakar made the confirmation in a statement in Kaduna

yesterday. According to the statement “in the early hours of yesterday 10/10/2019,at about 0220hrs , that group of Armed Men Invaded Government Technical College Kajuru, a Boarding Secondary School in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state and started shooting sporadically in the process abducted one Mr. Francis Maji the Principal of the school. “ O n receipt of the information,

Again, gunmen kidnap NSCDC officer, wife, child in Kuje By Stanley Onyekwere

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nknown gunmen have purportedly abducted three persons in Kuje Area council of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), barely 78 hours after abduction of nine people. It was gathered that bandit suspected to Kidnapers abducted a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer along side his wife and one of his children around 8:38 pm on Wednesday when the kidnappers invaded Dafara community, in Kuje. story continues on Metro Page 21.

Buhari in brief meeting with Jonathan

By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari met with his predecessor, former President Goodluck Jonathan behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa yesterday. The agenda of the meeting which lasted barely eight minutes was not disclosed to the Press. Efforts to talk to the former President on his way out of Buhari’s office was rebuffed as he hurriedly entered into his car and left the seat of power. There was equally no official statement from the President’s media handlers as at the time of filing this report.

team of Policemen were immediately mobilized to the area with a view to rescuing the victim and arresting the perpetrators. “The Police timely intervention help in preventing the hoodlums From gaining access to the students hostel. The Command has also fortified security within the general area. “ The Commissioner of Police CP Ali Aji Janga psc assures the public that the Command is working round the clock to tame the recent change of tactics by the enemies of peace who now resort

to soft targets. “ The CP called on the general public and particularly parents not to be deterred by the recent attack by hoodlums on schools, as the Command is making relentless efforts to prevent future occurrence of the unfortunate incident. “ The Command is further assuring the good people of the State that, it remained resolute in its commitment to safety of all citizens, as that is, its onerous responsibility.” The statement reads

KUMBOTSO LOCAL GOVERNMENT KANO STATE

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This is to invite suitable and qualified supplier to tender for pre-qualification for the execution of the followings: 1. Construction of Semi Bridge along Kureken Sani Road from Eastern bye-pass. 2. Construction of six (6) No. Rings culverts and maintenance of Feeder Road from Eastern bye-pass Kureken Sani-Mariri ‘Yan Itace. 3. Construction of Drainage, Slabs, Culverts and Laterine filling at Kureken Sani Town. 4. Construction of Health Centre Gusau. 5. Construction of Islamiyya School Mariri of six (6) classrooms. 6. Construction of Boundary wall of Panshekara Police Station. 7. Construction of Block for 4 classrooms with office and store upstairs (Gandujiyya) at Mariri ‘Yan Itace. 8. Construction of Block for 4 classrooms with office and store upstairs (Gandujiyya) at Zawaciki town. 9. Construction of Drainages slabs, Culverts and locations. 10. Construction of classrooms Block for 2 classes an office and store at various locations. Any interested suppliers willing to participate should forward his profile to the office to the Hon. Chairman Kumbotso Local Government immediately on seeing this notice. 1. Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) 2. Registration with Kano State Works Registration Board in relevant category. 3. Companies Audited Account for 3 years 4. Evidence of 3 years Tax clearance 5. Evidence of Value Added Tax 6. Evidence of Financial capacity 7. Evidence of Technical Qualification and key personnel 8. Record of previous projects executed 9. Annual turnover 10. Equipment/Construction plants 11. Local resources utilization 12. Community and social responsibility support

Signed: HOD Works, Kumbotso Local Government For: Hon. Chairman.


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NEWS

By Usman Shuaibu

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he Vice-chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Abuja Southwest in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief (Dr) Wasiu Tunwase, who doubled as the tunba of Yoruba Community in the FCT, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfill his promise by relinquishing power to a competent person in the Southwest zone of the country. Otunba, who stated this in an interview with our correspondent during the Independence celebration in zuba, also charged Buhari not to frustrate the efforts of Southwest people in 2023. “President Muhammadu Buhari should support the Southwest in 2023. Buhari should

2023 Presidency: Yoruba leader urges Buhari not to fail southwest stand by his words, because in 2023 the Southwest will produce the next presidential candidate”, he said. He called on Nigerian leaders irrespective of their positions to shun tribal sentiments as well as selfishness, urging them to embrace every Nigerian. He then tasked Nigerians to

continue praying for the progress and development of the country, saying that with prayers the nation would overcome its challenges or problems. His words: “Nigeria at 59, we thanked Almighty God that the country is moving forward. And I pray that we would continue to see more years ahead”.

While commenting on the unity of Nigerians, Otunba said despite the different ethnic groups in Nigeria, the nation remained one indivisible entity, and urged Nigerians to love one another. He, therefore, appealed to Nigerian youths to always support the government in all ramifications for the sake of

Niger: Director of driving school honoured

A group photograph of the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Zubairu Dada and foreign Chiefs/ Heads of Navies and Coast Guards at the opening ceremony of the Global Maritime Security Conference in Abuja

By Usman Shuaibu

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he Executive Director of Gboze Driving school in Suleja local government area of Niger state, Pastor (Mrs) Audrey Mike, has been conferred with the distinguished “Visionary Icon” award by the management of the Orator Communications limited, publishers of the orator weekly newspaper based in Niger state and Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Conferring the award on the Executive Director at the premises of the school on Tuesday, the Managing Editor of the Orator weekly newspaper, Mr Nasir Oseni, said the Executive Director was honoured based on the structures she put in place in the school. He pointed out that the leadership of the Orator weekly newspaper would continue to award those who have been contributing their quota towards the development of the society positively. “Many people need an award but few deserve it. However there is a need to be extremely careful so that the award would not be conferred on men and women of questionable characters as the world has turned to a state whereby everybody is an actor, and ability to fish out the good ones become difficult, but through thorough investigations”, Oseni said. Responding, the awardee of the day, Pastor Audrey mike, said the management of the Gboze Driving School would continue to teach the drivers on the basic rules and regulations guiding the school. However, Mr Aremu Oluwasanjo who addressed the gathering on behalf of recipient thanked the Orator Communications limited for the honour done to them. The VIO as well as NSCDC graced the occasion among other guests.

development, warning them to shun violence. Dr Tunwase, who is a Special Adviser (SA) to the chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Mr Adamu Mustapha Danze on intergovernmental affairs, used the interview as a forum to applaud the chairman for environmental cleanliness in the area.

Buhari receives Benue traditional rulers, says no compromise on national unity By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari yesterday received a delegation of Benue State traditional rulers in the Presidential Villa. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President in his comments told the delegation led by the Tor Tiv, Prof. James Ayatse, that his administration was fully committed to the unity of Nigeria, and will devote all his time and energy to promoting it for the benefit of Nigerians. Buhari called for better appreciation of the historical

relationships among various communities in order to sustain the nation’s unity. Stressing that ties between the Tiv and his own ethnic Fulani stock, which predated him and the current generation, helped in ensuring peaceful and harmonious co-existence among the people, he expressed optimism that such cordial bonds will continue to endure among various groups and serve as a strong unifying force in the country. He decried the misunderstanding of internal conflicts by many people at home and abroad, citing the farmerherders clashes which in several places had been misconstrued as

religious, when in fact they arose from social and cultural factors. The President restated his appeal for better understanding of the nation’s diverse cultures in order to engender a healthier coexistence among the people, while fortifying and strengthening the unity of the country. Responding to the narration of the Tor Tiv on the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the recent conflicts in the State, the President said he was aware of that, and all that obtains in the Northeast, the Northwest and the South-South. He noted that it was in realisation of the urgent need to ameliorate the plight of the

IDPs that he created the new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, “so that we have a ministry that coordinates their demands, and we avoid duplication of resources.” Buhari expressed delight with the leadership of the Tor Tiv and other traditional rulers in their various communities as well as for their strong support for his administration. He promised to look into the “long list” of the delegation’s demands, and thanked the royal fathers for showing appreciation for what his administration has done in the State in terms of projects and appointments.

Kaduna Journalists, families get free medical services From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna

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ournalists and their families were beneficiaries of a one day medical outreach at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna State Council, yesterday. The NUJ and the New Nigerian Newspapers, NNN, Chapel partnered stakeholders

in the health sector for a medical outreach for Journalists and their families as well as non-Journalists in Kaduna state. In his remarks, the Chairman of the NNN Chapel, Comrade Nicholas Dekera said it was due to the fact that many members are in the dark of their health status, hence the need for them to know their health condition to

guard against crisis when it will be difficult to arrest. According to him, the essence of the medical outreach was to connect members to health services and provide counseling and social support. He commended the sponsors, and said the gesture will go a long way for the beneficiaries to know about their health challenges and

how to keep a healthy life style. “It is important for every journalist to know his or her health status, considering the nature of our job, which required been mentality alert and been in a stable health condition. “This programme becomes imperative, especially at a time like this that many may not be able to afford going for medical checkup”.

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NEWS

From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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elta Government on Wednesday inaugurated a N35 million, cluster of 10 Green Houses for vegetable farming, a World Bank sponsored project in the state. Mr, Julius Egbedi, State Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, unveiled the project at Ukala OKpuno in Oshimili North Local Government Area of the state. He said that the project was a subproject of the State for Employment and Expenditure for Result (SEEFOR) and Fadama lll in Ukala Fadama Community Association (FCA), World Bank counterpart sponsored project. “The project which is a cluster of 10 Green Houses for vegetable farming by Fadama Users Group (FUG) is the first of its kind in Delta. “The Project is a novel one which will revolutionise agriculture in the state because the use of green houses is an approach to agricultural production that will expose the farmers to global best practices. “It is expected to boost productivity, improve livelihood, incomes of beneficiaries, food sufficiency and jobs creation drive of the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa led administration,” he said. He thanked the donour agencies and charged the people of the community to protect

Jigawa moves to lead on rice,Sesame production From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse

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he Jigawa state, Governor Mohammed Badaru Abubakar said arrangement had been completed to start locally production of farming implements and tools. Badaru stated this yesterday in Dutse while playing host to the Chinise delegation led by the Governor of Hunan Province, Mr Oufang Huang on agricultal partnership visit to Jigawa state. The Governor stressed that in order to improve farming activities in the state, the state is ready to bring Solar power to Jigawa for gravity irrigation which will cover between 70 to 100,000 hectres. The Governor disclosed that Jigawa state is going to be one of the leading producers of quality rice; therefore the importation of rice must be discouraged in the country. As a leading producer of quality Sesame in Africa, Badaru said the state will soon start exportation of Sesame to the tune of 30,000 tons to Huanan Province where oil will be extracted out of it. He further explained that his administration is using the research Institute of Huanan Province to improve, upgrade the yield and quality of rice produce in the state, so that it will be the leading rice producer in the next five years.

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Delta Govt. inaugurates N35m green houses for vegetable farming project project and through peaceful coexistence. Also, Mr Austin Oghoro, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, disclosed that the project cost a total of N35 million to execute.

He said that the green houses were expected to support the production of vegetables, adding that the first cycle started with pepper production. “A total sum of N35 million was expended on the sub project

for the provision of the green houses kits comprising of assets and inputs, capacity building, 20KVA power generating set, borehole and accessories,” he said. Oghoro thanked the SEEFOR

and Fadama, noting that the Achievement was made possible because the state governor paid the counterpart funds to attract the project.

KDSG develops operational plan for nutrition intervention in 2020 budget From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna

He described the KDMSPAN as against malnutrition. Plan of Action for Food and Nutrition Also, Dr Zainab Kwaru, Project the driving force behind nutrition (KDMSPAN), 2020 to 2024. Manager, Accelerating Nutrition Malam Salisu Lawal, Director, interventions in the state. he Kaduna State Government “The overall goal of the Plan is to Result in Nigeria in the state, said that on Wednesday began a two- Development Aid Coordination, State day meeting to develop 2020 Planning and Budget Commission, improve the nutritional status of all the goal would be achieved through Annual Operational Plan (AOP) for said at the opening of the meeting in people in Kaduna state, particularly implementation of nutrition-specific the state’s Multi-sectoral Strategic Zaria that the plan would guide the children aged zero to 23 months, and nutrition-sensitive interventions. Kwaru said the operational implementation lactating women, pregnant women plan had set out the objectives and of the KDMSPAN and strategies for achieving the needed Adolescents. in 2020. “The objective of the meeting, outcome; a well-nourished citizen S a l i s u , represented by supported by Civil Society Scaling-Up that would contribute to the economic Mrs Priscila Nutrition in Nigeria (CS-SUNN) is to growth and prosperity of the state. “This can be achieved through Dariya, a enable line Ministries, Departments P r i n c i p a l and Agencies (MDAs) to develop scaling up of high impact and lowFrom Uche Uche, Damaturu Planning Officer an AOP for implementation to be cost nutrition-specific and nutritionin the commission captured in the 2020 budget,“ he sensitive interventions. he World Health Organization (WHO) and “This will particularly focus on said that the said. football’s world governing body, FIFA, He thanked CS-SUNN, Alive vulnerable groups especially women plan would have agreed on a four-year collaboration to be costed for and Thrive, Save the Children of reproductive age and children promote healthy lifestyles through football globally. UNICEF, CSOs less than five years of age as well as implementation International, According to WHO news release made available, in the 2020 and other development partners internally displaced persons among online, to Peoples Daily state correspondent in Yobe supporting the state in the fight others,“ she said”. budget. state, WHO director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and FIFA President Gianni Infantino signed the memorandum of understanding at WHO’s Geneva-based headquarters. “WHO is excited to be working with FIFA. Half the world watched the 2018 World Cup. This means there’s huge potential for us to team up to reach billions of people with information to help them live longer healthier lives,” said Dr Tedros. Mr Infantino said: “I am extremely happy to announce this collaboration with WHO. Football is a unique, universal language and we want to use our platform and network to support health initiatives and promote healthy lifestyles all around the world.” This is to invite suitable and qualified suppliers to tender for pre-qualification The agreement includes four areas of for the execution of the followings: collaboration: Advocacy to promote a healthy lifestyle through football; Policy alignment to ensure tobacco-free environments at FIFA events; 1. Completion of electrification projects both H.T and L.T from to encourage national football federations to adopt Gwarmai town to Zalli town tobacco-free policies, including at stadiums; and to 2. Completion of Friday mosque at Gwarmai town enable WHO to provide technical advice to FIFA on health matters. The agreement is particularly on a joint Any interested supplier willing to participate should forward his profile to the programme and initiatives to increase participation office of the Hon. Chairman Kunchi Local Government immediately on seeing in physical activity through football, in line with WHO guidance, as well as working with national this notice. associations and networks of WHO goodwill ambassadors, football players, coaches and 1. Evidence of incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) volunteers to increase physical activity through 2. Registration with Kano State Works Registration Board in relevant football. WHO will provide technical advice to FIFA on a category. variety of health matters, such as ensuring tobacco3. Companies Audited Account for 3 years free environments at FIFA events and encouraging 4. Evidence of 3 years Tax clearance national football federations to adopt tobacco-free policies, including at stadiums. 5. Evidence of value added Tax WHO and FIFA have already cooperated to 6. Evidence of Financial capacity ban tobacco at football tournaments, including the 7. Evidence of Technical Qualification and key personnel 2018 World Cup. They will build on efforts made to safeguard health at FIFA events and to institute 8. Record of previous projects executed lasting improvements in health and safety, for 9. Annual turnover example around hygiene and disease prevention. 10. Equipment/Construction plants Joint programmes and initiatives with national 11. Local resources utilization associations and networks of footballers, coaches and volunteers will increase participation in 12. Community and social responsibility support physical activity in line with WHO guidance, and help to increase physical activity through football. Signed: The collaboration will leverage the two H.O.D. organizations’ respective strengths to ensure health messages and activity-related programmes that can Planning Research & Statistics (PRS) have a major positive impact on the lives of people For: Hon. Chairman all around the world.

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WHO, FIFA team up for health

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News

Postal Service makes e-transaction easy, safer globally -Matankari From Ahmad Bauchi

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he Zonal Nigerian (NIPOST) Matankari has postal service

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Manager of the Postal Service Mr Kabiru explained that has made on-

line transactions easy and safer globally. Matankari made the assertion Wednesday during this year’s world post day celebration held in Bauchi. He said, the NIPOST has contributed immensely to the

socio-economic development of the country from its traditional mandate of mail acceptance and delivery to the opportunities offered by information communication technology revolution where goods can be purchased online and be delivered

to the door steps of the buyers by the post office. He explained that some of the services carried out by NIPOST include rent of P.O Boxes and Pmb’s bags, sales of stamps, mail acceptance and delivery, Ems speed post, parcel post, cargo/

logistics service, e-commerce, stamp duties and agency service. Matankari said as part of the celebration and their corporate social responsibility, they decided to embark on tree planting in the state to support federal government’s effort in protecting the environment. The district manager Bauchi NIPOST office Bitrus Shalangwa said the vision of the universal postal union is that post offices should be established in every place with 6, 000 inhabitants so that accessing postal services will be easy to all and sundry.

Okowa wants church to create more change agents From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

The Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro (5th left )  Acting Director Public Affairs TETFUND Gbenga Arolasafe,(RIGHT) Deputy Director Executive Secretary office Kabiru Arugungu 2nd right and acting Director Education support Services Dr. Girei Bakari in a group photograph with   some TETFUND sponsored Scholars  during the Academic Staff Training Development (AST&D) annual verification exercise in Bonn ,Germany recently TETFUND

Prevail on Agip Oil Company to accede to our demands, angry host community tells FG, Okowa From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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leh host community to Nigeria Agip oil company (NAOC) in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta state has called on the Federal Government and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to prevail on the operating oil company in the area to accede to its demands. The people of the community had recently protested what they described as inhuman and heartless activities of the giant Agip oil company to fulfill the agreement reached and threatened that they shall explore all ways to ensure the oil company is brought to its knee on its failure to the agreement. Hundreds of indigenes of the community had thronged out to stay put at the entrance to the Oil company to press home their

anger and disappointment as they also accused the firm of failure to employ people of the area as well as develop their operations. The aggrived protesters were said to have been drawn from 10 families, including Adoke , Egbema, Egdedemi,Ovuorien , Eraro , Ebave, Oko,Ululu / Atedezi , Okparo /Edubi and Emiye that make up Oleh community and host to the multinational oil company. But addressing Journalists in Asaba on Wednesday, the youth Chairman of the community Oil landlords, Prince Erube Oghogho said that Oleh community has five oil wells operated by Agip oil company, and decried the company’ nonchalant attitude to the Challenges facing the community. He said that the multinational oil company had failed to employ or provide basic amenities for the

people despite the heavy noise pullution emanating from the company’s operations which has led to the cracking of the walls of several houses around the Agip facility , adding we have done our best possible to ensure peace to no avail and the oil company promised to build a flow station here after drilling our 5th oil well but as we speak they have not done anything” He said that noise level vibration from the facility was beyond acceptable level as it has resulted in the cracking of building around the facility with resultant health hazards to the residents, adding that despite all the oil they drill from the land no single Oleh soon works in the company as direct staff. Also Speaking, the state Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Chief Emmanuel Amagbaduba

however appealed to the aggrieved members of the Oleh community to allow peaceful coexistence as efforts were being made to ensure the Agip oil company works with the agreement reached. He said: in Delta state we have Memorandum of Understanding ( GMOU) which guides the activities of oil companies and the government and I can give assurance that no interests will be left out since all parties must be present during the signing of such GMOU” But Officials of Agip Oil Company who responded on condition of anonymity said the people were making trouble for no tangible reasons adduced, adding that the Agip oil company had not failed in all to dispose to their demands, warning that the company was ready to do battle with the people on legal grounds.

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elta Governor, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged the Church to engage more in soul-winning programmes, saying the converts will become change agents in the society. The governor made the call on Wednesday in Asaba when the General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle Johnson Suleiman, visited him. He said that the world was witnessing challenges and that there was therefore, the need for more religious crusades to win souls who would contribute in rebirth in the country. “The global challenges have impacted on us as a nation and it calls for prayers; the church should continue to pray for our nation and keep hope alive. “We must continue to intercede for our country as God will make things better for us; we are happy that the prayers said at crusades not only win souls but touch our lands spiritually and positively. ``This soul-winning will help in the development of our society, because the people who are converted will become agents of change. “The more we have these change agents, the more the likelihood that we can effect a change in the situation of things in the country,’’ he said.

NITDA launches unity board to teach emerging technology skills

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he National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) on Monday launched its indigenous ‘Unity Board’, a technology hardware platform for teaching emerging technologies. The agency launched the board as part of its activities at the 39th ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX) holding in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). GITEX is a global technology exhibition that brings together over 200,000 trade visitors, investors,

innovators, IT experts, countries, Information Communication Technology startups from over 145 countries of the world to share trends in ICT and ways of advancing technology innovations. Nigeria’s participation in GITEX, which is driven by NITDA, is a week-long programme holding from Oct. 6 to Oct. 10. The launch of the board was targeted at attracting novel investors toward promoting the indigenous product and showcasing the capacity of Nigeria in developing home-grown

technology. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the board is an initiative of the present Minister of Communications, Dr Isa Pantami, when he was the Director General of NITDA. Dr Agu Collins, the Director, Corporate Planning and Strategy Department, also a co-author of the unity board, said it would ensure the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM) from the basics. He said “STEAM Education Kit is to drive learning and teaching

of Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to accelerate local content development and indigenisation of technology through human capital development in emerging technologies. “Unity Board is a creative medium for advancing teaching and learning designed, specifically as hands-on learning tool to help today’s students to build skills for the creative and digital economy through critical thinking,” Collins said. According to him, it is a board

that brings all Nigerians together, showing local content which is one of the cardinal policlies of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. The director said that “by deploying learning with the board, the agency is ensuring that Nigerian youths have valueable skills.” He added that skills required in the ICT industry was becoming dynamic every day, hence the need to train the youths to be abreast with modern technology trends. (NAN)

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EDITORIAL

Xenophobic attacks and Buhari’s surprise visit

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resident Muhammadu’s Oct. Justice, Police, Immigration, Tourism, 2-4 state visit to South Africa Environment, Education, transport as must have surprised many well as Science and Technology. “ In this Nigerians. The reason is that regard, the two Presidents took note of the visit, though scheduled since 2018, the thirty-two (32) signed Agreements came after days of xenophobic attacks and Memoranda of Understanding on Nigerians and their businesses in (MoUs), and committed themselves to Johannesburg and other South African ensuring that those which are in force cities last month. Buhari was outraged are fully implemented while those by the attacks, which were which are not yet in not the first. He stopped Vice force are to be revived President Yemi Osinbajo for implementation,” the from attending the World communiqué stated. Economic Forum’s summit Both Presidents President on Africa which South Africa noted with great was hosting then. That satisfaction the Ramaphosa country’s President, Cyril economic cooperation acknowledged Ramaphosa himself was not between the two that the attacks sure Buhari would come republics and welcomed calling after the Nigerian on foreigners were the steps to increase not consistent leader’s strong condemnation trade volumes as with the values of the violence meted out to well as private sector Nigerians. Ramaphosa, in investments. They and principles his first public reaction to welcomed the important underpinning the attacks, said he hoped role of the Business the country’s Buhari would still honour Forum, which took place constitutional the invitation to visit South on the margins of the democracy. He Africa. In the event, Buhari state visit. They also did. The visit went off as assured President endorsed the decision though nothing ugly had Buhari that the South to establish a Joint happened to becloud it. Advisory African government Ministerial The communique of the was in full control Council on Industry, two presidents’ meeting Trade, and Investment. of the situation said they had pledged to The inaugural meeting and several take all measures necessary of the Council would interventions, to prevent a recurrence of be held not later than the September attacks on including April 2020, in Abuja. foreigners in South Africa. engagements with It is expected to serve President Ramaphosa as a critical vehicle the diplomatic acknowledged that the in facilitating and community and attacks on foreigners were promoting private others, were not consistent with the values sector participation in underway. and principles underpinning the economies of both the country’s constitutional countries. They took democracy. He assured note of the significant President Buhari that the South African footprint of South African businesses government was in full control of the operating in Nigeria in sectors such as situation and several interventions, telecommunications, mining, aviation, including engagements with the banking and finance, retail, property, diplomatic community and others, were entertainment and fast food industries. underway. He said further that “South They also noted and welcomed the Africa is an integral part of the African business activities of Nigeria’s small, continent and, in this context, advocates micro and medium enterprises, as well for a peaceful, vibrant and sustainable as the investment of Dangote Sephaku Africa and that as Africans, we all Cement in South Africa. have a shared commitment to foster Given the depth of the talks between peace and greater continental unity”. Buhari and his host and the wide On his part, President Buhari, who range of decisions taken as well as the condemned the attacks on Nigerians, assurances given by Ramaphosa to expressed his profound gratitude for protect Nigerians and their businesses the warm reception and hospitality in South Africa, the Nigerian leader’s accorded to him and his delegation. visit had been worth the trouble. Yes, The two Presidents appreciated the vast the attacks still hurt but Buhari had nature of the two countries’ bilateral shown maturity and statesmanship by cooperation which covers, amongst going ahead with planned trip to South others; Trade and Investment, Energy, Africa. After all, it is said, two wrongs do Mining, Defence and Security issues, not make a right.

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Let’s do away with House of Reps By Fredrick Nwabufo

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he flatulent size of the national assembly accents the orthodoxies and paradoxes of Nigeria. Nigeria’s lawmakers are some of the highest paid in the world, in a country where about 100 million people live on less than a dollar per day, and where citizens are expected to be stoic and exist in deficit while their representatives in parliament ensconce themselves in surplus. Is it not pharisaic that while the government insists on burdening citizens with more taxes and increasing the yoke, there is no reciprocity on their part? What is the government doing to shrink the cost of governance? Why will the government mull reintroducing toll-gates on roads; initiating tax on phone calls; increasing VAT from 5% to 7.5%, and introducing charges on deposits in banks without first curing its gluttony? As a matter of fact, we run one of the most expensive democracies in the world, and at the same time we are the global poverty capital. How do you define irony? Our elections are about the most expensive in the world, with the cost ballooning from about N2 billion in 1999 to more than N240 billion in 2019, trumping India’s -- a country much bigger in size and in population than Nigeria. On Tuesday, Italy’s parliament approved axing the number of its members by 37 percent. The country’s lower house passed a law to abridge the number of representatives in both chambers to save cost. By the legislation, the number of lawmakers in the lower house will be contracted from 630 to 400 while that of the senate will be cut down from 315 to 200. With each Member of Parliament and senator earning €230,000 and €249,600 respectively annually, the pruning is expected to save Italy about €82 million every year. And the measure will streamline parliament and save the country an estimated €1 billion. So, do we need 469 federal lawmakers – 109 in the senate and 360 in the house of representatives? I believe, a country in dire straits like Nigeria, where there is chronic infrastructural challenges, does not need this prodigious number and waste. Here is how Quartz Africa telescopes this extravagance: ‘’Nigerian legislators, among the world’s top paid, receive annual salaries of between $150,000 to $190,000 per annum depending on exchange rates. At current exchange rates Nigerian lawmakers, would earn around $160,000 more than British MPs who make around $105,000 according to data from The Economist. In fact, until plunging oil prices started putting

pressure on the Nigerian naira earlier this year, the Nigerian lawmakers were the second highest paid lawmakers in the world. The average legislators’ pay is more than 50 times Nigeria‘s GDP per capita. In a country where millions live on less than two dollars daily and minimum wage is set at $90 a month.’’ Also, Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, has argued against this prodigality. ‘’We do need to look at the size of government in Nigeria and I am an advocate of a unicameral legislature. What we really need is the house of representatives because that is what represents,” he said at the Nigerian Economic Summit Group conference in Abuja. “You have three senators from little Ekiti and you have three senators from Lagos state. It’s a no-brainer that it’s unequal, I guess the principle is not proportionality but that if you are a state, you get it automatically but I think that we can do away with that. There are several things that we can do away within the government.’’ I agree with Governor Fayemi that Nigeria needs a unicameral legislature, but not on ‘’what we really need is the house of representatives’’. I think, we can do away with the house of representatives and retain the senate. Here is why. First, the cost of running the house is much more than that of the senate, if we are being practical about cutting the cost of governance. As of 2017, the personnel cost of the house is N5 billion, while that of the senate is N1.8 billion. Also, while the lower house had a budget of about N50 billion in 2017, the upper house had N31 billion. Second, there is more equity in terms of number in the senate than in the house. Each state in Nigeria has only three representatives in the senate -- based on the principle of equal representation -- while in the house, the number is hinged on the bogus theory of proportional representation. For example, while Anambra, a densely populated state and commercial nucleus, has 11 representatives in the house; Katsina, which is of little economic importance to Nigeria and which sizable portions of its landmass are desert strips, has 15 members in the house. Naturally, one side will have more votes in parliament than the other. Clearly, this is uneven and unbalanced. Nigeria is a delicate country and the sensitivities of the variegated population must be considered in national matters. To date, the southeast still wish for the creation of an additional state in the region, where there are only five, to correct the imbalance in geopolitical structuring. So, we can do away with the house of representatives. Who do they represent? @FredrickNwabufo


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Is Nigeria’s population a liability? By Greg Odogwu

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he Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi (II), on Monday said Nigeria’s huge population is currently a liability to the country. While attributing the spate of kidnapping, armed robbery, insurgency, herders- farmers crisis to the level of population growth, the Emir said the potential of the country’s huge population had yet to be tapped as the right policies to harness the future of the young people are still lacking. His words: “People talk that our population is an asset but we have yet to get there. Nigeria’s population is currently a liability because most of the root causes of problems such as kidnapping, armed robbery, Boko Haram, (and) drug addiction are all tied to the population that we have and the question is how do you turn that into a productive one?” In my view, it is quite refreshing that the Emir, known for his no-nonsense commentaries – and unpolitical correctness when discussing national issues – has set the ball rolling in what should become a national reflection. Considering how religious we are, the issue of population control is a tacit nogo area. Deep in our faith-conditioned mind, the Almighty is the Giver of children, and the unseen Arranger of national demographics; there is nothing we can do about it. The atmosphere had already been set for every Nigerian to live in denial, right from the word go. Nobody wanted to be the first to speak up in public. The politicians, in a bid to remain politically correct in order to win elections, give a nod to the universal selfdeception in our land. The free-thinking ones have no public space to air their views; and do not enjoy significant followership to make enough impact. We have always been known as a Godloving people. And we were able to stamp in this truth during the time the controversial same-sex marriage bill was rejected by the National Assembly. As time went on, the triumph of our faith had taken on a streak of paranoia. In some parts of the country, there was a time child immunisation was suspected to be a ploy to decimate our God-given population explosion. Indeed, in my younger years, when I was a fervent Pentecostal, I was one of the eschatologists who passionately castigated the

works of the founders of the family planning system. I had joined the “end-time” preachers who saw the Society for Family Health as an organisation founded to perpetuate the works of the anti-Christ. In our religious perception, anyone who wanted the population of the world trimmed was carrying out the devil’s assignment. I am sure that many others walked the conspiracy theory lane as I did. Every little thing, from a curious-looking brand label to a scary technology, was viewed as a scheme by the anti-Christ (or Dajjal in Islam) to infiltrate our land through the West. This is exactly the philosophy that hatched Boko Haram. I discussed this at length in an article I wrote at the time the terrorist organisation was just appearing in the horizon 10 years ago, titled, “Boko Haram: Battle between science and religion”. Conceivably, it has now dawned on us that we might have to rethink our stance on population control, and therefore expand the conversation started by the outspoken Kano Emir. I remember that almost 10 years ago, the British Council in Nigeria came out with a report with a similar theme. The research declared that Nigeria enjoyed a fast-growing youth population that it could leverage for speedy economic growth; but warned that our country faced a “demographic disaster” if it failed to do so. Recognising the parallel message reverberating in both the British Council report and Sanusi’s remarks, one then

wonders where all our politicians and statesmen were when the same issue came up in 2010. Could it be that at that time, there was not enough nationwide anarchy for our leaders to be smoked out of their comfort zones and be galvanised into action – unlike what is obtainable today? One could imagine life in Nigeria 10 years ago: no insurgency, no kidnapping, no armed herdsmen, no pain. And then the British Council tells us that we faced a demographic disaster. In fact, it would take a great mental leap to grasp such a vision. But today, 10 years down the line, our leaders are in another forum, the 25th Nigerian Economic Summit (currently holding in Abuja), and they are now focusing on how demographic realities can be transformed into social and business opportunities and what the implications are on internal migration, sustainable peace and security. The Emir tells us that we are right in the middle of a demographic disaster. Our leaders clearly understand the message, because we are all suffering the pain, right now! The reality is that population is always a double-edged sword. Depending on how you wield it, you can either wound yourself, or win your task. It is a no-brainer to ask whether our population is a liability. We are not as populated as China. In the 1950s, more than two million Chinese died of hunger. But, with proper planning, and hardheaded governance by dedicated and sincere

In my view, it is quite refreshing that the Emir, known for his no-nonsense commentaries – and unpolitical correctness when discussing national issues – has set the ball rolling in what should become a national reflection.

statesmen, they have stirred their population into an asset. What of India? The country had realised that with such a huge population, the major problems they would face were corruption and environmental crisis. And, accordingly, each Indian leader has sought to defeat the monsters. India is, today, the country with the most widespread environmental ventures at the grass-roots level. For instance, her present leader employed half a million Indians as environmental foot soldiers in a nationwide toilet-building project to end open defecation. Nigeria cannot get it right until our leaders become sincere and prudent statesmen and women. There are a few things we must do to stem this emerging demographic catastrophe. Firstly, we must start a strict national identity regime to know who and who are real Nigerians. There are many people who are not Nigerians, but cross into the country, obtain our passport and ID and “become” Nigerians overnight. These people add to the crisis. Secondly, we must cut down on the cost of governance and consciously remove lavishness from public offices. The present situation whereby politics is the highest wellpaying venture in Nigeria has institutionalised corruption, and made our escalating youth population to develop inordinate lust for power. Ironically, the positions to occupy are few compared to the population jostling for them; while the resources to share are meagre when juxtaposed with the needs at the community, state and national levels. This is why the budget is never enough, year in, year out. Thirdly, the government must prioritise the environmental sector as the area with the highest potential for job creation. Our annual budget is insulting to the developmental mind. With a seeming repetitive template, it is never innovative. There are no efforts to inject life into the green sector in order to create green jobs as it is done in other countries of the world, considering incessant ecological emergencies. President Muhammadu Buhari recently told the world at the UN General Assembly that he was going to tackle climate change – which naturally has jobcreating potential – but when he presented the 2020 budget, one cannot see any money apportioned to achieve this aim. Greg Odogwu is a Public Affairs Analyst.

Beyond sex for grades: A value system in tatters By Ray Nkama

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ll over the world, the girl child and and woman are considered to be among the most vulnerable groups when it comes to sexual harassment and exploitation. The United Nations and other international interventionist bodies have continued to cry out against the different forms of sexual violence that these vulnerable groups have been subjected to over time. In developing climes like Africa, some of these aberrations have attained untamed dimensions largely as a result of multidimentional poverty which in itself is a concomitant effect of leadership failure across the continent. Most African leaders are more interested in political power than in the entrenchment of good governance and the building of strong institutions that will outlive them. It is against the backdrop of this misplaced orientation that African leaders have paved the leeway for all sorts of unimaginable problems to find their ways into the continent. Sex for Grades is a product of a very poor and comatose value system which tries to justify it. Our collective folly of placing higher premium on academic certifications

over skills and innate ability has become our greatest undoing. This is the reason you find that most of our graduates are unemployable; they have gone to tertiary institutions to acquire certificates that they cannot defend. And this is why our girls and women would trade their bodies for grades because, as they say, “the end justifies the means”. This jaundiced understanding of the Machiavellian principle has been greatly catalysed by ignorance and desperation. More so, it has remained a malignant social tumour that is eating away our collective reputation as black people. In Nigeria where we have allowed ourselves to be polarised along ethnic, religious, political and sectional lines, it can only take decades of value reorientation before we can address some of the issues affecting our girls and women. This is so much so because, over the years, we have celebrated mediocrity and downgraded excellence. We have rewarded criminals and punished people of goodwill who carried intellectual substance. We have held innovators in low esteem and have praised imitators to high heavens. The future we ordered is now upon us and generations unborn. We must dance the macabre dance

of the drumbeats we paid the monster to play for us. How do we reconcile the sad fact that our girls and women would now have to sleep with their teachers before they can pass exams to the sordid reality that even ‘men of God’ are involved in this attitudinal malady. There have been cases of sports women who were dropped from tournamentcamps because they refused to open their legs for their coaches. Even the award of contracts is now a matter which woman is ready to play ball with those in charge. Sex for Grades is only a miniature aspect of the totality of our collapsing value system. The problem is so severe that it requires concerted efforts to address. We must tackle certain social concerns like poverty, illiteracy, tribalism and sectionalism before we can get other issues right. We must begin to recognise and reward excellence and put an end to the practice of celebrating material wealth. We must compel our lawmakers to enact laws that would protect our girls, women and all other vulnerable groups. Our justice dispensation system must be without any form of partisanship so that criminality would be dealt the deadly blow.

We can achieve all of these if we are ready to change our individual mindsets and existential orientations. We can still attain greatness as a state or nation if we work collectively to build sound institutions that thrive on strong value and belief systems just as our amiable Governor Engr. David Umahi is doing through the office of the SA, Attitudinal Change. The mission is that no Ebonyi State indigene will be associated with criminality henceforth. None of our girl children and women will be caught trading sex for grades. And it is our un-monopolistic belief that all Nigerian states would share this mission by setting up value reorientation mechanisms within their territories to help in the war against the avalanche of social maladies that are crippling our youths, especially the girl children and women. The BBC SexForGrades documentary is only a tip of the iceberg. Their are many things wrong with the crawling lizard; only its belly can tell. Ray Nkama is Special Assistant on Attitudinal Change to the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State.

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Sex for marks: A deconstruction A By Niran Adedokun

s hard as this may be to accept, the sex for grades documentary released early this week by the British Broadcasting Corporation African Eye tells of nothing we did not already know. Alright, that is not entirely correct; before the release of that 53-minute long quality work, non-initiates knew nothing about the spectacular things that went on at the Senior Staff Club facility, otherwise known as ‘The Cold Room’ at the University of Lagos, Akoka. It is also the first time anyone would present visual evidence of the demeaning solicitations from perverted lecturers to their mostly helpless female students. There, indeed, have been a couple of amateur videos of lecturers subjecting their students to this inhuman treatment as in the case of a lecturer of the Osun State University, allegedly caught on video during the act but the BBC Africa Eye’s sting-like operation’s visual documentary brings the dare of these predators real close home. However, apart from these two facts, the ordeal of students in the hands of randy, irresponsible lecturers are an almost daily story in this country. In April 2016, for instance, Saturday PUNCH did an extraordinary expose on the sacrilege that went on at the Auchi Polytechnic in Edo State. This report literarily shook the country and led to the sacking of 13 lecturers and demotion of 16 others found culpable of harassing students in the institution. One of the students who spoke to the newspaper told some of the most astounding stories of abuse of authority that one can ever imagine as follows: “…The better ones among the lecturers give us the option of paying by cash for the course or finding a lady who will sleep with them on our behalf before we can pass. Passing a course cost us between N10,000 and N20,000!” But the story gets even more startling: “Paying by cash is for those who want just a pass. But if I find a girl who will sleep with the lecturer on my behalf, I’ll get an A, for sure. I’ll get at least 90 per cent in the course, even if I write nothing exceptional in the exam. This option of paying with money instead of sex only comes from about one or two of the lecturers out of ten. Some of the lecturers tell us pointblank that they don’t need our money. They will tell us to find them ladies who will sleep with them before we can pass their courses. They teach very important courses, so

you cannot ignore them. They will keep failing us until we’re given notice of withdrawal from the institution. It’s something that has happened to a friend who claimed to be a born-again Christian. The guy wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination afresh and is now at the University of Benin. So, this is what we guys do: If I have a loyal girlfriend and I beg her, she can sleep with the lecturer on my behalf. The lecturer picks the hotel of his choice on the day we’ve agreed. I will book for it. I’ll order for the meal he’ll eat before the action. He will sleep with my girl and give me my A. I’ll give the lady my name so that the lecturer will know she’s from me. But if my girlfriend says no, then I have to hire someone else. I will get a prostitute from outside, pay her, book for the hotel the lecturer has picked, order for their meal and then I get an A in his course. I have done this for three lecturers now.” Shocking, right? Yeah, but that is how impudent higher institution teachers in Nigeria have got over the years. The point should be made though that sexual harassment in institutions of learning is not peculiar to Nigeria or even Africa. There is a 2017 report by The Guardian (UK) on the “epidemic proportions” of sexual harassment in the United Kingdom universities currently circulating. The report said that there were 300 such cases where university staff, in six years, were reported with testimonies from victims and their lawyers and that those were a tip of the iceberg! Yet, there is an audacity about how this act is perpetrated in Nigeria that is discomforting. Immediately after the release of the

BBC report, blogsphere went haywire with girls in virtually all higher institutions in Nigeria sharing testimonies of what lecturers subjected them to and inviting, in the process, media enquiries into the situation. And those who share these stories insist that girls are pawns in the hands of these perverts whether they attend public or private institutions. These lecturers see girls as part of their fringe benefits, which they do not just have the right to personally exploit but pass around amongst their colleagues. This presents a sociological affliction, which every Nigerian must commit to eradicating. What seems to drive this entitled mentality is the sense of superiority that the average Nigerian male acquires while growing up. Parents, fathers and even mothers, bring up their sons to think they can get anything they want and that they are superior to their sisters and any other girl around them. These boys grow up into bullish men with a false sense of importance and a compelling inability to delay gratification let alone speak of denying himself anything his undisciplined mind leads his overindulged eyes to see. But then, the problem with these lecturers is deeper than subjecting female students to sex. It explains the psychology behind the average Nigerian’s inability to do well with power! Lecturers do not just proposition and perturb girls with requests for sex, they insist on cash from boys who cannot relieve their sexual tensions. Apart from the Auchi Polytechnic stories, lecturers in many other institutions across the country demand cash and items like clothing, car tyres from their

Unfortunately, as is habitual, this country underestimates the import of this evil that is already pandemic. Universities and polytechnics should be the final places of nurture for those who want to lead a country into its future

students. And in a lot of these cases, these requests are attached to marks! What is worse is that like virtually most other Nigerians who fondle all sorts of compromises in their daily lives, these lecturers do not see themselves as joint perpetrators of the Nigerian corruption image. They are deluded into imagining that they own the world and that the power of their office could be used to access those other things that the office does not directly provide. They are the champions of campaigns against official corruption in the country, yet they oppress the vulnerable and improve their own personal situations through the abuse of office- the very fulcrum of corruption! Unfortunately, as is habitual, this country underestimates the import of this evil that is already pandemic. Universities and polytechnics should be the final places of nurture for those who want to lead a country into its future but that is not what it is currently. Higher institutions here are now more like incubators of vengeance. Not only are the students subjected to all sorts of awkward treatments, bound to strip them of their selfesteem and humanity, excellence, which is a basic essence of such education, is now alien on these campuses. This is evident even from the quality of thought and speech of some of the lecturers, including those seen in the BBC video. This situation is compounded by the fact that the country doesn’t pay attention to the personality and temperament of a lot of those who take up teaching responsibilities; so many of these characters become lecturers by accident, they are at a total loss as concerning the enormity of their responsibilities and the significance they bear on the country’s future. So, it is now the responsibility of every Nigerian to fight this tyranny on campuses. Society itself needs to deliberately give proper orientation to its children, inculcate the equality of the sexes in every child irrespective of sex. Then, there is the need to break the culture of silence borne out of stigmatisation. The more people speak out about this evil and call out its perpetrators, the more we liberate Nigeria’s youth from bondage and assure the country’s future. This will also activate the legal and judicial system, which is not just largely untested, but also is long due for an overhaul. Twitter:@niranadedokun

Re: $26bn Diaspora remittances: Where are the dollars? By Anthony Ani

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he above question was posed in an article in The PUNCH newspaper edition of September 9, 2019, by columnist Henry Boyo. I have been a daily reader of The PUNCH for the past 10 years and I have not yet, read any comments from anyone on this question. There is a need to discuss this issue, as it appears that there is massive foreign exchange laundering going on in our banks. As the architect of the Diaspora remittances in 1996, I am naturally concerned at the abuses disclosed by Boyo. When in 1995, we at the Ministry of Finance reviewed the country’s sources of foreign revenues, we found out that nothing was coming in from Nigerians in the Diaspora, whereas India and Jamaica were living on foreign exchange from their citizens abroad. When I enquired why Western Union and MoneyGram could not receive money from Nigerians abroad, I was told that it was due to our tax laws. As a Chartered Accountant student in 1962, I studied Comparative Commonwealth Taxation in Nigeria, Jamaica and the UK, and I found out that the tax laws of these countries had the same wordings on imposition of tax (“tax is imposed on income accruing in, derived from or brought into”).

The question then to me was why income “brought into” India was not taxed in India? On enquiry, I found that India had modified its tax laws to accommodate its citizens living abroad who wanted to send money in foreign exchange to India. In 1996, I had proposed (and it was accepted by the Federal Executive Council) in a new law, regarding Nigerians repatriating remuneration from abroad, Nigerians repatriating dividends, royalties, fees, commissions from foreign countries receipts by authors, sportsmen/women, musicians, play writers, artist, etc. Such income repatriated into Nigeria in foreign currency was 100 per cent exempted from tax, provided the foreign currency was repatriated through a domiciliary account with a Nigerian bank! With the promulgation of this law, First Bank Nigeria Ltd brought in Western Union in August 1996 while the USA brought in MoneyGram a few weeks later. In 1996, Nigerians abroad repatriated about $4.5bn (about 50 per cent of our gross revenue from oil) and we ensured that these amounts were brought into Nigeria, intact, in foreign exchange. The receipts increased exponentially in 1997 and 1998 and we also made sure that they were received in Nigeria, in foreign currency. The receipts helped to stabilise our exchange rate mechanism at

N82 to a dollar, throughout my tenure as the Minister of Finance, to the extent that the naira was internally convertible currency. Some years ago, on my visit to London, I went to Western Union office, at Marble Arch, to test by remitting £500 to my son in Nigeria. I first had to convert the money to dollars and to my surprise, Western Union gave me a quote in naira to be claimed by my son. I refused their naira equivalent and insisted that my son must be paid in dollars. It was obvious to me that there was an arrangement between our Nigerian banks and Western Union/MoneyGram, whereby the former pays from their excess naira liquidity while the later retains the dollars abroad. In other words, the dollar remittance is retained abroad and is laundered by the Nigerian banks. This is definitely against the law which provides that all remittances must be brought into Nigeria in foreign currency via domiciliary account. If by chance, as in my case, the dollar is remitted into Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria on August 14, 2014, introduced the Outward Money Transfer Service and authorised the same MoneyGram and Western Union to re-export, in tranches of $5,000 per transaction, to Nigerians abroad, on payment of the naira equivalent at the CBN rate of exchange. Thus, Nigeria

is the only country in the world re-exporting its remittances. It is relevant to note that the naira is not a convertible currency but remittances which are meant to stabilise our exchange rates are re-exported! There is something wrong at our Central Bank. It could be that we have imported the mentality of commercial banking into the CBN. We now need real central bankers to govern our Central Bank. We have central bankers amongst those in the CBN, and we also have central bankers amongst the members of the Nigerian Economic Society or, alternatively, indeed, we can even go outside Nigeria to employ central bankers. The fact is that the Diaspora remittances are not retained in Nigeria and there is collaboration between the CBN, Nigerian banks and Western Union/MoneyGram; in such an event, government must investigate the infraction, punish the money launders, and recover all past Diaspora remittances retained abroad! The Outbound Money Transfer Services must be stopped and all our remittances retained for naira stability and the nation’s development. Etubom Ani is a former Minister of Finance 1993-1998


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News

30,000 companies in Kaduna don’t pay taxes -Revenue boss From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna

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he Chairman, Kaduna State Internal Revenue Services (KADIRS),Zaid Abubakar has said over 30,000 viable companies in Kaduna State don’t pay their taxes while a few that pay don’t pay what they are supposed to pay. He made the assertion when he received group of civil society organisations under Tax Justice and Governance Platform who paid him a courtesy visit in kaduna yesterday. Zaid Abubakar also disclosed that 23 local governments in the State are yet to remit the backlog of Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) and withholding taxes between 20132014. He however said plans have been concluded to audit all the Local Government Areas for 2015-2018 financial years. Zaid Abubakar, thanked the team and expressed readiness of his agency to work with the

Network since they have one thing in common which is tax justice in Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria. “In the last few months we have been in office, we have been coming up with innovations to improve our tax system in Kaduna State and by the time our website comes up, we shall be uploading our reports. “We are looking at the possibility of starting uploading our report online by the first quarter of 2020. “We want to be the first state in Nigeria where people can have access to their tax clearance within 48 hours so far they pay their taxes correctly. We are also upgrading our clients side to make it possible for them to access their tax identification number (TIN) online. On tax for service he said, “People are not paying taxes. For example, if we put it in ratio 1-10, Kaduna is not even in 4. We are going to do a lot of awareness and

we may upgrade to enforcement which is captured in the tax laws.” On duplication of tax between the local and state government he said, “Inter Switch has been engaged and they have promised us that there won’t be issue around reconciliation because each LG has a mobile agent which enable both the LG and state to know what they have generated. “2013-2014 liability is still hanging on all the 23 LGs. All LGs have a backlog of remittances of PAYE and withholding taxes. “We are also going to serve them notice of audit of their 20152018. If they fail to comply, we will go to Abuja and deduct what they are owing us direct from the source. “Another issue here is that, more than 30,000 companies in Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria who don’t pay their taxes and some of them that do, they only pay meagre amount,” he said In her remark the leader of team, Barrister Rebecca Sako-

John said the objectives and areas of concern of the group which include but not limited to sensitising people on their responsibility on tax and what they should expect in return; campaigning fair tax in the State by way of partnership with the agency. Acccording to her one of the key issues they want to address is duplication of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) . “we want to see the possibility of maintaining a quarterly publication of tax collected in the State so people can understand and begin to appreciate the need to pay their taxes. It is cheaper and easier to publish it online.” “campaign’ for tax for justice is another thing we want to see. We want to see a situation, for example, when the market people pay their taxes, can we see them having a good toilet facility they can see which will in turn, improve and encourage prompt payment of taxes.” She said

L-R: Director of Sports, Nigerian Navy, Commodore Aliu Bello; Representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji; and President, Nigerian Aquatic Federation, Mr Babatunde Williams, during the opening ceremony of the 8th Chief of Naval Staff, National Swimming Championship,, yesterday in Lagos

Rufus Giwa Polytechnic sacks ASUP chairman, secretary

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he management of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, on Tuesday sacked Mr Oluwadare Ijawoye, the Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) in the institution and his Secretary, Mr Ade Arikawe, over alleged gross misconduct. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that ASUP had accused principal officers of the school and the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Mr Banji Alabi, of

misappropriation of funds in the purchase of vehicles. The sack was contained in a circular issued by the school’s management and made available to NAN in Akure by Mr Samuel Ojo, the school’s Director of Public Relations and Protocol. The circular warned that the sacked staff should not be seen in the institution, adding that members of the public should not transact business with them under the auspices of the

polytechnic. It also reiterated the suspension of ASUP activities in the school. “This is to certify that Mr Oluwadare Ijawoye and Mr Ade Arikawe have been dismissed from the service of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic,Owo, for gross misconduct and barred from entering the polytechnic. “The duo, therefore, cease to be chairman and secretary of the suspended ASUP. “Anyone transacting

business with them is doing so at his risk,” the circular said. The sack of the ASUP leaders was the climax of the face-off between the union and the management of the institution. Ijawoye had accused the institution’s management of approving and using N68 million for the purchase of about five vehicles, most of which, he claimed, were second hand cars. He also said that the act was contrary to the extant law of Ondo State.

Flood: Asaba records 2,075 IDPs, 40 pregnant women, 86 breastfeeding mothers, four births From: Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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t least, 2,075 displaced persons are currently in the camp at Onne Primary School in Asaba, while 40 pregnant women, 86 breastfeeding women and four births are recorded alongside the figures. With fresh victims of 907, it was gathered that the 2,075 persons were checked into the camp on Tuesday after three births were recorded and the 86 breastfeeding women were examined by the state owned hospital doctors including the state commissioner for Health, Dr Ononye Mordi in Company of others. Meanwhile,at Ahamba Primary School in Asaba, the IDP Commandant,Mrs Uche Dunkwu said that out of the 907 IDPs registered within the last 48 hours,40 pregnant women and 86 breastfeeding women were adequately taken care of, adding that though the camps were yet to settle down, there was plans to accommodate them with the opening of another camp at the women Affairs Primary School soon as possible. She said that registered persons were being fed three times a day, adding that basic amenities provided by the state government for their welfare, clearly shown that the state Governor Dr Ifeanyi Okowa was passionate about the well being of Deltans, especially the flood victims and others and expressed satisfaction with the amenities provided at the camps. Delta State Emergency Management Agency,( SEMA) Officials, The Police, Civil Defence, Asaba, Vigilante group and Nigeria Red Cross ( NRC) among others collaborating agencies are stationed at various Camps in Asaba

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MNDA to partner ICRC for the development of Niger Delta By Mariam Humbe

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he Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs is to partner with Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) in the development of infrastructure, provision of health facilities and employment creation in the Niger Delta Region. The Minister, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator (Dr.) Godswill Akpabio, CON, said this when the DirectorGeneral/Chief Executive Officer of the Commission Engr. Chidi Izuwah paid a courtesy call to the Ministry on Thursday, 10th October, 2019 in Abuja. According to Senator Akpabio, the collaboration will chart a new future for the region and ensure that the Niger Delta youths do not go back to the Creeks. Adding that it will also help in the reconstruction of accessible roads in the region. The Minister noted that Water Hyacinth has brought a great menace to the people of Niger Delta by killing their aquatic lives, increasing poverty in the region and making it impossible for vessels to navigate the water ways. He added that it has also affected the Education and Security of the region. In his remarks, the Honourable Minister of State, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura said that the Government need the expertise of the private sector apart from their money as there is nowhere government can provide everything expected in the society. He also charged the Commission to identify different areas they can explore for the development of the Niger Delta region and take the lead by bringing all the stakeholders together to chart the way forward. Speaking further, he said the infrastructural decay is not peculiar to the Niger Delta Region alone adding that the Ministry is ready to cooperate with the Commission to ensure that the people of the Niger Delta Region have good infrastructure, education, and conducive environment to engage in their daily economic and fishing activities. Earlier the Director-General/CEO of (ICRC) Engr. Chidi Izuwah, said that the Commission is proposing a summit on revolutionizing infrastructure delivery in the Niger Delta region through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) which should be convened by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in collaboration with Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the (ICRC) to showcase and highlight to investors, financiers and development actors the critical infrastructure value chain opportunities in the region. According to the (ICRC) DirectorGeneral, “addressing Nigeria’s infrastructure challenges will require sustained expenditure of over US$30 billion per year over the next decade, or about 12 percent of GDP”. He added that about US$15 billion is needed for Federal infrastructure alone, most of it for capital spending and power. “Given the huge amounts needed and the drive necessary for development, the Nigerian Government does not have the requisite resources to achieve this on its own and has thus among other options embarked upon the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), for the infrastructural development. He added.

Kebbi Deputy Governor charges APC leaders to fear God in choosing candidates for the LG polls From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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ebbi State Deputy Governor, Col. Ismail Yombe (Rtd) has charged all the State APC stakeholders and politicians to have fair of God in choosing any candidate in the forthcoming local Government election. He gave this charge yesterday while addressing the party leaders

at the presidential Lodge Birnin Kebbi, adding that there is need to put the house in order by eschewing any political difference. He explained further that the Kebbi State APC has a peaceful party across the country, urging the leader to maintain the statusqo by bring peace and harmony to the party and state at large. “We are all one, the state is

a peaceful State and we need to put our heads together and move the State, and party forward, we should elect a credible candidate for the Local Government election” he added. He thanked the party leadership for uniting the party, assured them of their support and cooperation toward recording success during and after the election.

Responding the State party Chairman Alhaji Arc. Sani Kangiwa said that the essence of the meeting is to streamline the activities of the party for the forthcoming local government election and ensured the peaceful consensus arrangements. “We are using the consensus in order to reduce the number of the contestant and bring unit within the party”, he added.

.L-R: MIINISTER OF NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS SEN. GODSWILL AKPABIO, MINISTER .OF STATE SEN.. TAYO ALASOADURA AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, INFRASTRUCTURE. CONCESSION REGULATORY COMMISSION (ICRC) ENGR. CHIDI K.C.IZUWAH., DURING ICRC WORKING VISIT TO TRHE MINSITRY OF NIGER DELTA, YESTERDAY IN Abuja.

2020 Budget: Senate Tasks FG on revenue generation As Senators express doubts on meeting with N8.155tr target

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he Senate Thursday , tasked the executive arm of government to brace up for aggressive revenue drive in meeting up with the N8.155trillion projected as expected revenues for financing of the N10.33trillion total expenditure profile of the 2020 budget proposals . This according to the Upper legislative Chamber, is very necessary to avoid poor performance that characterised the N8.9trillion 2019 budget implementation admitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to be just 58% due to shortfalls in projected revenues. Submissions to this effect , were made by Senators in their contributions to debate on the general principles of the 2020 budget proposals which will end on Tuesday next week. First to harp on the need for aggressive revenue drive, was the Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha ( PDP Taraba

South), who though applauded the increase made on the Value Added Tax ( VAT) from 5 to 7.5% but said much may still be needed to be done to get the required revenues for the implementation of the 2020 budget . “The budget proposals are very ambitious in terms of proposed allocations but there is difference between allocations and revenues. “If revenues are not generated as projected, definitely , allocations will suffer from cash backing “, he said . Similarly Senator Mathew Urhoghide ( PDP Edo South ) in his submission said poor revenue generation which has been the bane of effective implementation of yearly budgetary proposals , must be tackled by blocking all the loopholes if 2020 budget is to succeed . “ We must put our mouth where our money is , meaning that , as parliamentarians , more thorough oversight functions must be carried out on all revenue generating agencies “, he said .

Arguing along the same line, Senator Ayo Akinyelure ( PDP Ondo Central ) in his submission , said “ All agencies of government saddled with revenue generation should be thoroughly monitored and quarterly assessed on whether they are meeting revenue target set for them or not “. Senator Dauda Yaro ( PDP Adamawa South ) in his own contribution , said since the possibility of not meeting up to N8.155trillion targeted total revenue of the budget , the entire budget size should be reduced to the revenue. According to him, projecting N8.155trillion as total targeted revenue and N10.33trillion as proposed total aggregate expenditure , indicate spending beyond ones earnings which is increasing deficit component of the budget on yearly basis . Other Senators like Istifanus Gyang ( PDP Plateau North), Kola Balogun ( PDP Oyo South), Ibikunle Amosun( APC Ogun Central) etc, also called for serious revenue drive in financing the

budget . However , while most of the 26 Senators who contributed to debate on general principles of the 2020 budget , call for aggressive revenue drive, some of them in their submissions, kicked against the VAT increase . Specifically, Senator Christopher Ekpeyong (PDP Akwa Ibom North West ), described it as anti people just as Senator Onor Sandy Ojang ( PDP Cross River Central ) , described it as regressive taxation . According to him, increase in VAT is like a short cut to revenue earnings with attendant consequences of shrinking the economy and highing the unemployment rate . But Senators like Chukwuka Utazi ( PDP Enugu North) , Kabir Barkiya (APC Katsina Central), Ibikunle Amosun (APC Ogun Central), Ibrahim Shekarau (APC Kano Central), AbdulKwari Sulyman (APC Kaduna North) etc, submitted that the budget proposals are realistic and achievable.


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Politics

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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enators belonging to the All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday commended President Muhammadu Buhari for adhering strictly to the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act by ensuring the timely submission of the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly. The lawmakers, during the second day of debate on the 2020 Budget estimates, said the early submission of the appropriation bill will facilitate its quick passage by the National Assembly, as well as return the country’s budget cycle to the January-December timeline as provided by Constitution. Senator Matthew Urhoghide (PDP, Edo South) applauded President Buhari over his determination to reverse the poor annual budgetary practice that characterised late submission of the appropriation bill to the National Assembly. He said: “What President Buhari did this year, is a complete deviation from what we have been seeing in terms of procedure in the presentation of our annual budget estimates to the National Assembly. “For the first time, the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA) were strictly adhered to. Last year, we had the budget presented to the National Assembly before the MTEF/FSP came. “We know the Act states very clearly that MTEF/FSP must come first, and the National Assembly must pass it, before the budget estimates come. “This is the first time we are adhering strictly to this procedure. It is commendable on the path of President Buhari and the leadership of the National Assembly.” Urhoghide, while calling on the Federal Government to ensure that capital expenditure in the 2020 Budget benefits Nigerians, added that “the provisions of the FRA as regards the budgetary execution and meeting of targets must be adhered to.” “It is the responsibility of the Finance Minister to meet with the joint Committee of Finance of the Senate and House of Representatives, so that there is a quarterly briefing of releases and distribution of funds. This is lacking, that is why there are mistakes in the execution of the budget,” Urhoghide

Senate adjourns debate on 2020 Budget till next week Tuesday said. Another lawmaker, Senator Bassey Akpan (PDP, Akwa-Ibom North East), also commended President Buhari for throwing his weight behind the amendment of the Deep Offshore Inland Revenue Act. According to the lawmaker, Nigeria stands to benefit “an additional N400 billion for this year” with an amendment to the Act. He, however, stressed that the Committees on Appropriation and Finance of the National Assembly have a task to balance the submission of the President. “What we do as a National Assembly must reflect equitable distribution of available resources to the good of all Nigerians,” Akpan said. Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP,

Edo Central), while lending his voice to the debate of the budget estimates, said “this budget of growth and job creation is apt at this point in time in the history of our national development because when fully implemented, it will go a long way in removing our youths from the streets.” He added: “The infrastructural development of this country needs to be handled holistically with timelines. This is the only way we can be able to attract investors to this country.” While commending President Buhari for providing N296 billion sinking fund for payment of local contractors, Ordia urged the Federal Government to ensure that those owed over a period of time are duly paid. Speaking on the manufacturing sector, the lawmaker said “It is

supposed to be one of the major sectors contributing to our GDP. Unfortunately, this is not the case. “Presently, the manufacturing sector and in fact the private sector only contribute about nine percent to our GDP. “This will not create the right environment that would create jobs for our young school leavers,” Ordia added. Senator Ayo Akinyelure (PDP, Ondo Central) bemoaned the high level of unaccountability by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government charged with the responsibility of revenue generation. According to him, revenues accruable to agencies such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and Federal Inland Revenue Service

(FIRS) if accounted for, are sufficient to fund the Nigeria’s annual budget. He said: “Not much emphasis is made in the revenue of government. The revenue of NNPC if accounted for can fund the national budget. “The internal revenue of the immigration is not accounted for. They are made away with by contractors. “When we talk about increase in VAT, the Federal Inland Revenue must double its efforts when it comes to remittance of revenues.” Senator Akinyelure, however, advised that if revenues accruable to government are properly allocated to several projects, same would go a long way in bringing about the much desired development expected by Nigerians. The Senate adjourned debate on the 2020 budget estimates till next week Tuesday.

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he Senate on Thursday reintroduced a bill seeking to establish the National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABRO). The bill, which was passed by the 8th Senate on May 3, 2019, however, failed to receive assent by President Muhammadu Buhari. The move seeking to establish the National Assembly Budget office was first conceived in 2005 under the Senate Presidency of Senator Ken Nnamani, but failed to make it to the floor of the upper chamber. Again, the idea to introduce the bill in the 6th Senate under the leadership of Senator David Mark was aborted as it failed to receive the required support for its

introduction. The Bill was first introduced on the floor of the 7th Senate under Senate President David Mark, and sponsored by the Senate Leader at the time, Victor Ndoma-Egba. The bill however never made it to becoming law. Following its reintroduction on Thursday, the bill which scaled first reading on the floor during plenary was sponsored by Senator Rose Oko (PDP, Cross River North). The proposed National Assembly budget office will report annually to the Senate and House of Representatives all items funded in the preceding financial year for which no appropriation was made by the National Assembly and all items contained in the Appropriation Act in the preceding financial year but which

were not funded by the Federal Government. The office is to be headed by a Director-General, who shall also report to a governing board made up of a chairman and six members and shall “provide independent and continuous review of the federal government budgets including monitoring of existing and proposed programmes. “Provide independent unbiased analysis of the budget of the National Assembly and assist all the committees of the National Assembly in developing their annual budgets.” Essentially, the NABRO bill will provide assistance to all committees in both chambers of the National Assembly including but not limited to information with respect to budget and all

bills relating to new budget heads; information with respect to estimated future revenue and changing revenue conditions. Besides, the Director-General shall obtain information, data, estimates and statistics directly from ministries, departments and agencies. More than that, the new law provides that “the Director General may, upon agreement with the head of any MDA utilise its services, facilities and personnel as needed by the (National Assembly Budget and Research) Office.” Besides the NABRO bill, nine others scaled first reading during Thursday’s plenary. They are: National Industrial Court Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta Central); Court of Appeal Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019, by

Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege; Nigerian Maritime Zones Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill, 2019, by Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers East); City University of Technology Yaba Bill, 2019, by Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (APC, Lagos West). Others are: Federal College of Agriculture Ofoni, Bayelsa State (Est.) Bill, 2019, by Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpor (APC, Bayelsa West); Police Act CAP P19 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019, by Senator Gershom Bassey (Cross Rover South); Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2019, by Senator Abdullahi Adams (APC, Nasarawa West); and Federal Medical Centres Bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Betty Apiafi (PDP, Rovers West).

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Pros, cons of budget 2020

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Senate revisits bill to establish N’Assembly budget office By Musa Adamu

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L-R: Minister of State for Works and Housing, Abubakar Aliyu; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; and Permeant Secretary of the Ministry, Mohammed Bukar, during the minister’s interactive session with the members, House of Representatives Committee on Works, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja . Photo: Mahmud Isa

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resident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday presented the Appropriation bill of N10.33 trillion to the National Assembly for consideration and eventual passage into law. With the renewed camaraderie between the lawmakers and the President as well as the perceived enthusiasm with which the President was received in the National Assembly ahead of his presentation, one could only hope that the consideration and passage of the Appropriation Bill into law will be hitch free. This expectation could be hinged on the ease with which the Presidency accommodated the adjustments made by the National Assembly to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). The seamless working relationship between the the Ninth Assembly and the President signals the beginning of harmonious intercourse between the two important arms of government, legislature and executive, in recent times. The ability of both arms to strike a similar cord on the MTEF and FSP gives an impression of good things to come. The timely consideration of the Appropriation Bill by the Extraordinary Federal Executive Council (FEC) to ensure that the document gets to the lawmakers on time shows the determination of the Executive to return the nation’s budget cycle to January-December. In the recent past, the Executive had found it difficult to present the Appropriation Bill earlier than December even when the Legislature had been insisting that budget presented to it later than September of every year would not be passed earlier than March. It is perhaps the determination of the executive to return the fiscal cycle to January-December calendar that the Buhari’s administration decided to ensure that the budget was presented early to the parliament this year. With the early presentation of the money bill to the parliament, it is expected that the lawmaker will expeditiously, but meticulously, treat the bill with a view to passing it into law without drawing the usual acrimonious banter from the executive.

A critical perusal of the synopsis of the budget given by the President in his speech indicated an ambitious projection of a prosperous economy in 2020. With a benchmark for oil price at $57 per barrel; daily oil production estimate of 2.18 mbpd and an exchange rate of N305 per US Dollar for 2020, the projections are by no means realistic. All things being equal, it is expected that the price of crude, currently above $70 per barrel will continue on the upward swing for some time; daily oil production targets can be achieved provided that the slim peace in the Niger delta region is consolidated while maintaining the exchange rate could be hassle-less. The President’s categorical declaration that his administration would concentrate on the completion of ongoing projects and those other abandoned ones signals his determination to ensure continuity. Infrastructural projects, especially roads and rail, hitherto abandoned are going to receive funding for completion in 2020. He said “The main emphasis will be the completion of as many ongoing projects as possible, rather than commencing new ones. MDAs have not been allowed to admit new projects into their capital budget for 2020, unless adequate provision has been made for the completion of ALL ongoing projects. Accordingly, we have rolled over capital projects that are not likely to be fully funded by the end of 2019 into the 2020 Budget. We are aware that the National Assembly shares our view that these projects should be prioritised and given adequate funding in the 2020 Appropriation Act.” This, of course is a good news for the beleaguered citizens who have had to live with life threatening infrastructures that have made life not only short but brutish. There seems to be a directive for paradigm shift from the old patterns as the President has indicated that performances of all government enterprises entitled to revenue rations would now be measured. He

said “We will reward exceptional revenue and cost management performance, while severe consequences will attend failures to achieve agreed revenue targets.” He equally showed his administration’s determination to checkmate institutionalized corruption in the civil service by ordering all government ministries, departments and agencies to be captured on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform by the end of October 2019. Indiscriminate recruitments by government agencies where nepotism walks on all fours has been halted with the directive that they must get necessary approvals before embarking on their usual ‘under-table’ recruitments. Still on cost saving measures, the MDAs have been ordered to ensure strict adherence to government regulations regarding expenditure control measures. “The proliferation of Zonal, State and Liaison Offices by Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (‘MDAs’), with attendant avoidable increase in public expenditure, will no longer be tolerated,” he said. The proposed reforms in the oil and gas sector promises to attract investors with a view to creating thousands of jobs. To this extent, the President had promised to forward to the lawmakers two Petroleum Industry Bills (PIB) aimed at reviewing the fiscal terms for deep offshore fields to reflect current realities in the industry in order to attract more revenues into government coffers. According to the President, the passage of the PIB could generate at least 500 million US dollars additional revenue for the Federal Government in 2020, and over one billion dollars from 2021. According to the President, the 2020 Budget is expected to accelerate the pace of the nation’s economic recovery, promote economic diversification, enhance competitiveness and ensure social inclusion. “We are optimistic of attaining higher and more inclusive GDP growth in order to achieve our objective of massive job creation and lifting many of our citizens out of poverty,” he assured.

he main emphasis will be the completion of as many ongoing projects as possible, rather than commencing new ones. MDAs have not been allowed to admit new projects into their capital budget for 2020, unless adequate provision has been made for the completion of ALL ongoing projects.

The efficiency of port operations will also be enhanced by implementing a single customs window, speeding up vessel and cargo handling and issuing more licenses to build modern terminals in existing ports, especially outside Lagos, he added. Ambitious as the proposal may promise, the budget has received knocks from the opposition as it has been described as a strangulating law that will only entrenched poverty in the land. The inclusion of the proposed increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 to 7.5 percent by the government has not been spared. This is notwithstanding the fact that the President attempted to explain that the additional revenues will be used to fund health, education and infrastructure programmes. Already, lawmakers are divided on the decision of the government to increase VAT with its expected consequential inflationary effects. Increase in taxes will definitely increase the sufferings of the people. While the government in its resolve to allocate funds to priority areas of infrastructure, the opposition, particularly the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had carpeted the Buhari’s administration for misplacing its priorities. For instance, Works and Housing (N262 billion); Power (127 billion); Transportation (123 billion), according to the opposition were conduits to divert public funds. This, it maintained, had been allocated huge funds in the past without commensurate results. The opposition therefore called on the members of the National Assembly to redirect the budget by allocating more funds to education and health currently allotted N48 billion and N46 billion respectively. The Social Investment Program (SIP) also got a paltry N30 billion. The amount allocated to debt servicing has been taking flaks from critics. They argue that earmarking a huge chunk of N2.45 trillion, approximately one quarter of the entire budget, for debt servicing is outrageous and unconscionable. In any case, the ball is right now is the court of the parliament. The lawmakers statutorily have the right to the nation’s purse and being the closest to the people, know exactly which areas should attract government priorities and investments” Since the Appropriation Bill is not cast in stone, the parliament is expected to do the needful by meticulously scrutinizing the document with a view to enacting a law that will be of benefit to the sheer majority of Nigerians in the 2020 fiscal year. Nothing less is expected.


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Scientists show how an experimental vaccine offers long-term protection against Ebola

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n the recurring, deadly Ebola outbreaks in parts of Africa, today’s health workers now have at least some tools to fight the disease: vaccines. Vaccines against Ebola have been administered to over 100,000 people to date, but they are barely out of the experimental stage. It is not known how well these vaccines will provide long-term protection across a broad population. Furthermore, on the basic scientific level, the effect of vaccination on the immune system and how the immune response of vaccinated individuals compares with that of individuals who have survived Ebola infections was not known. A Weizmann Institute of Science lab recently joined forces with a research team in Cologne, Germany, to uncover the details of the molecular response that occurs in the immune system after vaccination against Ebola. Their findings may help health organizations devise better strategies for containing and preventing the disease. The findings of this research were published this week in Nature Medicine. Dr. Ron Diskin of the Institute’s Structural Biology Department explains: “These vaccines—made by recombinant methods that attach an Ebola protein to a harmless virus— are hard to produce, and thus there is not enough of them to vaccinate an entire population. In addition, the civil strife in some areas where Ebola is rampant today, the facts that it is often needed in villages that are hard to reach and that because of its scarcity, the vaccine tends to be given only to those most closely connected to individuals who are already sick. Understanding exactly how the immune response is produced following vaccination will not only help refine the vaccine, itself, it can help us understand whether it will work against different strains of the virus or whether the dose given today is the best one.” The study began in Germany, in the lab of Dr. Florian Klein of the University of Cologne. Klein, an immunologist, and his group looked for signs of the immune response

in blood samples from six people who had received the vaccine a year or more earlier. The group singled out the B cells—those that produce the antibodies that make up our “immune memory”—and conducted deep sequencing, tracing the lineages of those cells and isolating individual antibodies that bound to viral proteins. Cells from each of the six people produced a wide number of antibodies, and Diskin and his team—including Dr. Nadav Elad of Chemical Research Support and Dr. Hadas Cohen-Dvashi in his lab group—decided to focus on two promising ones they believed were strongly involved in the long-term immune response. The first step was to understand exactly how and where the antibodies bind to the viral glycoprotein (part of a virus’s outer membrane) used in the vaccine, and just how this binding neutralizes the virus so effectively. To do so, the team was able to use a new piece of equipment: a top-of-the-line, high-powered electron microscope. In fact, this study was the first conducted with the new microscope, recently installed in the Institute’s Electron Microscopy Unit. Advances in the preparation, detection, automation and computational analysis (some of which garnered their developers a Nobel Prize in 2017) have made this latest version of the electron microscope able to reveal the three-dimensional structure, practically down to the last atom, of an antibody bound to its target on the glycoprotein. “Until recently, the work of structural biology involved painstaking crystallization and X-ray diffraction—a process that could take at least half-a-year to a year,” says Elad. “We can now skip the crystallization altogether, and the entire process—including extremely involved computational analysis—is completed within a couple of weeks.” Although many of the antibodies produced by the B cells bound to the glycoproteins—some apparently more effectively than others—the research group was able to show why the two antibodies characterized

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‘FG committed to revamping refineries, meet oil production target of 3mbpd’ By Etuka Sunday

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he Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Melle Kyari has said he would leave no stone unturned to actualise the mandate of the Federal Government, especially revamping the refineries and meeting the oil production target of 3million barrels per day.

The glycoprotein spike complex of the Ebola virus bound by a neutralizing antibody isolated from a vaccinated individual. Surface representations in grey and pink show the two distinct submits that make the trimeric Ebola spike complex. The heavy and light chains of the neutralizing antibody are shown as blue and green ribbons, respectively. The antibody neutralizes this complex by stapling two adjacent subunits and preventing conformational changes needed by the virus to enter the host cell Credit: Weizmann Institute of Science by Diskin and his group were very efficient at stopping the virus. These bound to two sites on the viral glycoprotein known for their vulnerability, but they bound in a different way than other antibodies that had been studied. Diskin and the group were able to distinguish the exact make-up of these antibodies—the way that one so-called “heavy chain” combined with another “light chain”—and to map the precise points at which these attached to the viral protein. “In fact,” says Diskin, “the antibodies we studied are much more effective at binding than those that are being tested today to treat Ebola.” Comparing the map of binding sites to those studied in Ebola survivors, which are known to be protective, showed a nearly identical pattern. Further research in the German lab as well as others tested the antibodies against the

Ebola protein—even against the live virus—and these confirmed that the part of the immune response that was created by the vaccine and which was studied by the group is indeed effective, ultimately explaining the mechanism of protection. Although there is still too little information to enable us to tell whether the vaccine can produce an immune response against other Ebola virus species, the study suggested that the antibodies did work against multiple isolates of a single species, and Diskin hopes that further research will show whether, as they hope, a single vaccine can fight the disease across the continent. Another reason for hope, says Diskin, is that subjects who had received a lower-dose version of the vaccine had a similar number of effective antibodies to those in subjects who had received a higher dose, and this could lead to

a reconsideration of protocols for administration and possibly afford more people protection. Diskin and the German research team intend to continue this research. Based on an additional surprising observation from this study, that a particular group of effective antibodies sharing the same heavy-and-light-chain germline combination was elicited robustly in all the vaccinated individuals, they want to know precisely why and how these particular antibodies are produced, and how they manage to work so effectively against the virus. They also want to understand whether there are any serious limiting factors that could prevent the antibodies produced following this specific vaccination from targeting all the Ebolavirus species, or if the breadth of this response might possibly be expanded by improving the vaccines.

KALRO, UK embassy team with researchers to launch pest control program

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The Deputy British High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens addressing the people during the PRISE project launch at her residence in Lavington, Nairobi. [Photo: Courtesy]

n agricultural research initiative has been launched to help control pests and assist Kenyan farmers to reap more yields from their crops. The Pest Risk Information Services (PRISE) programme was flagged by the Deputy British High Commissioner to Kenya Susie Kitchens Susie Kitchens at her residence in Lavington, Nairobi. The event brought also other partners like Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO),

Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) and UK Space Agency. In her address, Kitchens commended the other partners for teaming up in the PRISE research to channel efforts to eradicate pests and diseases which affect crop yields and food production in the country. She stated that PRISE is in line with the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals, which aims at achieving food security, promoting proper nutrition and agriculture.

SEE ALSO :What the creation story teaches us about work “Right from the beginning of PRISE project, KARLRO together with other partners were able to prioritise on crops and pests that threaten food security and livelihoods of small scale farmers that PRISE could focus on,” she said on her statement. The group has already added to their bag a series of pest control trials focusing on bean fly and fall armyworm as they aim to make changes in the agricultural sector.

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He said, NNPC would also continue to adopt global approach in its bid to reposition the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria. “We are adopting a global approach to solving Industry problems, we will work with you to see how we can support each other, to leverage on your capabilities”, he declared. A release by the corporation’s Acting Group General Manager,

Group Public Affairs, Mr. Samson Makoji, quoted the NNPC GMD to have made the declaration in Abuja while receiving a team of LukOil Company’s management, led by its Vice President for the Americas, West Africa and Europe, Ivan Romanovsky, during a business visit to the corporation. He invited them to participate in the upcoming bid rounds billed to hold in the near future.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Romanovsky said Nigeria was a country of opportunities with a number of projects that his company and NNPC can leverage on. He noted that Nigeria had what it takes to achieve its production targets. “I am pretty sure the goals that are set and the plans by the National Oil Company are achievable, especially with the

help of international partners’’ Mr. Romanovsky stated. On the refineries rehabilitation, he said his company was ready to support the NNPC not only to revamp the plants, but also to upgrade their capacity. “We are open, more than glad to participate in upgrading the existing refineries, we have the knowledge and the technical know-how”, he said.

L-R : Board Member, Small and medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Chief Alfred Oloko, Representative of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria in the SMEDAN Board: , Mrs Ekama Akpan, Chairman of SMEDAN Board, Otunba Femi Pedro, Director General SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru- Radda, President, Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Sir Degun Agboade and the Representative of BOI in the Board of SMEDAN, Mr. Jack Kings, during the 17th meeting of the SMEDAN board, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

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he Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN has urge passengers to to take advantage of the various platforms put in place as feedback mechanism by the agency saying such complaints, suggestions and commendations are necessary in policy formulation and service deliveries. Such platforms including administered questionaires, front desk, website, social media, telephone calls and the Ease of Doing Business the agency said are very effective in getting feedbacks from the general public. FAAN General Manager, Customer Service, FAAN, Mrs. Ebele Okoye told reporters at the Little Saints Orphanage Akowonjo in Lagos where the

agency made donations said the platforms also assist the agency improve and satisfy passengers and airport users. Ebele urged passengers to ask questions and demand information whenever they have any challenge at the airport, adding that officers have been deployed to strategic locations to assist passengers. “At the airport you notice that we have front desk, it is a complain desk if you are at the airport you don’t know what to do quickly get to that place and you find out information, we are also locating signages at very strategic places and when you get into the airport you won’t be confused to make sure that passengers have the best of Service”. According to her, the management of FAAN led by its Managing Director Captain

Hamisu Yadudu was committed to ensuring that passengers get comfort, safety and security. To this end, the GM Customer Service said sniffer dogs have been deployed to airports including well trained personnel for security purposes. She noted that the dogs would help to reduce the stress of the personnel in checking passengers luggage and other users. “Recently with this new management led by Captain Hamisu Yadudu a lot of things have been done,it is going to reduce their stress they go through, this idea in Nigeria that somebody put hands in my bags and things like that it is not going to be there, a lot of things are coming up”. On the celebration of the Customer Service Week, Mrs. Okoye said the week was meant

to appreciate customers and their staff who was always in the line of the duty of attending to the customers and managing their problems. “The aim is to appreciate everyone who have been at the forefront like our front desk officers, they are the ones that take the heat sometimes customers are angry and they come on their way and the heat goes to them”. She also applauded the efforts of stakeholders who without their support FAAN would not be successful in their Operations. “without them at the airport, it is not possible to process all the passengers”. And for the passengers especially, She said, “if we don’t have them patronizing us the agency will not have a reason to be there and we are also saying thank you to the customers

inspire of some of our differences we may not be there but we know we are matching forward and everyday, it has glory onto glory and we are making impact in FAAN and customer service emphatically has been doing very well in the past couple of years”. As part of the CSW, the Customer Service Department led by Mrs. Ebele Okoye made donations to the Little Saints Orphanage in Akowonjo and the New Old People’s Home in Yaba. Donations include yam tubers, toiletries, Noddles, detergents, bathing soaps, sanitary towels, soft drinks, bags of rice, water, baby diaper among others. Activities in celebration of the week Include Roadshows, donations to Orphanages/Old People’s homes, novelty match, lectures and dinner and awards.


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UK-Nigeria Forum Restate Commitment to Economic, TradeCooperation By Miriam Humbe

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he UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum, (EDF) has retested its commitment to the economic and trade cooperation between the two countries. The pledge was made in a communique jointly signed by Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo and the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for International Trade, Conor Burns MP, shortly after a bilateral meeting in London on Thursday. The communiqué, according to a statement signed by Julius Toba-Jegede, Special Assistant to Adebayo on Media said the two countries promised to work together to promote positive actions in the areas of trade standards, exchange of national goods and services in their

respective markets. It said that a partnership agreement had been created between the British Standards Institute (BSI) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to share good practices, boost standards-compliance and expand Nigeria’s non-oil exports. “The meeting of today restated the strategic importance that our two governments attribute to our mutual economic cooperation. “In the evolving domestic context since our last meeting in April 2019, the meeting was an opportunity to take stock of the progress made against the agreed works streams and to look ahead to actions needed in the coming period. “We acknowledged positive actions in the area of trade standards. A formal partnership has been agreed between the British Standards Institute (BSI) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria

(SON) to share good practices, boost standards-compliance and expand Nigeria’s non-oil export. “In August, the Government of the United Kingdom and the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) signed a memorandum to launch a pilot initiative for the delivery of standard-related capacity building to Nigerian nonoil exporters between October and December and create a larger pool of exporters in future. “Officials shall therefore plan events to showcase Madein-Nigeria goods and business services to UK-based companies, and to position British services and franchise brands in the Nigerian market.’” It noted that the UK government commended the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over some of its recent initiatives and policies. “In the area of financial services, the UK Government applauded the leadership of the Central Bank of

I didn’t assume Acting Registrar General position before promotion- Azinge By Miriam Humbe

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he Acting Registrar- General of the Cooperate Affairs Commissioning (CAC) Lady Azuka Azinge has said that she did not take over the leadership of the CAC before she was formally promoted to the position of the Acting Registrer General. Lady Azuka Azinge took over the helms of affairs of the Commission as Acting RegistrarGeneral on October 9, 2017 upon the expiration of the tenure of the former Registrar-General Mr. Bello Mahmud. Contrary to insinuations, the current acting RG, Azuka Azinge, had taken over the affairs of the CAC as the most senior Director in the commission on October 9, 2017. Lady Azinge explained when she briefed newsmen in Abuja on her two years of stewardship as Acting Registrar General of the CAC that it was upon the strength of a letter No T/FAL/233119/S/302117 dated 28th September, 2017 issued by FMITI and signed by O. Ogenyi (Ag. Permanent Secretary for the Honourable Minister, that she was appointed as Acting Registrar-General with effect from 9th October, 2017. She said the post of Acting Registrar-General qualifies her as an Officer of the Commission within the meaning of Rule 6. 06 of the Commission’s Conditions of Service to earn acting allowance if she acts at a higher position for 30 or more days. According to her, it was based on the belief that the Acting RG as an officer of the Commission that the Board on the 8th & 9th February, 2019 considered and

approved payment of acting allowance to her. She said the board upgraded her status from overseeing Director to that of Acting Registrar-General as erroneously reported in the press as her letter of appointment was explicit and crystal clear on the status of her appointment as Acting Registrar-General. On the issue of Acting Head of Public Affairs Department, the Acting RG explained that Mr. Moses Adaguusu, a Deputy Director and a Legal Practitioner of 30 years standing at the Bar was redeployed to the Public Affairs Department in July, 2014 by the former RG. She said since he was Senior Editor of the Nigerian Weekly Law Reports (NWLR), Nigerian Banking Law Reports (NBLR), Nigerian Company Law Reports (NCLR), Bar and Bench Publishers, and several reputable Law Reports, he could add value to the work of that Department. “He being the most senior officer when the Acting Head of the Public Affairs Department Mr. Godfrey Ike retired from service in May, 2019 became Acting Head of Public Affairs. “His position is as a result of seniority and merit. There is no statutory provision in the Criminal Code, Penal Code or Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) Act itself which criminalizes such succession based on seniority. “This allegation and the publication is also a subtle attempt to determine which Staff should be posted to which Department without due regard to merit, competence and seniority,” she said.

Nigeria in taking forward recent formation of a technical working group to develop offshore-issued Naira-denominated bonds (jollof bonds). “This group has met and is now identifying ways to accelerate and strengthen options for infrastructure financing through bond market deepening, including in partnership with the City of London. “In addition, the recent Approvals in Principle of three Payment Service Bank licences in Nigeria demonstrates the determination of the Nigerian Government to deepen financial inclusion in the country. “The Nigeria Government welcomed the technical assistance to the Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC). Both governments agreed to support work to profile investment opportunities ahead of the UK Africa Investment Summit,

including a pre-Summit showcase of investment opportunities in London before the end of the year. “Our two governments are committed to accelerate climate finance for mitigation and adaptation in the run-up to 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Finance (COP 25) in December and the subsequent COP 26, which the United Kingdom will host in partnership with Italy in 2020,” the communiqué stated. Adebayo represented Nigeria at the meeting which was second of its kind since it was launched in August 2018, with the economic goal of removing official market access barriers between the two countries. The Minister had earlier on Thursday attended the Commonwealth Trade Ministers Meeting held in London, where 42 other nations including Nigeria participated.

Sitting: The Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr Oscar Onyema (R) and Chief Executive Office, Luxembourg Stock Exchange, Mr Robert Scharfe, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in promoting cross listing and trading of green bonds in Nigeria and Luxembourg, yesterday in Singapore ,. Standing from left are the Chairman, World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), Dr Urs Rüegsegger; Chairman, SIX Swiss Exchange, Ms. Nandini Sukumar; Chief Executive Officer, WFE, Mr Edward Tilly; and Vice Chairman of WFE and President and Chairman of CBOE Global Markets, Mr Vikram Limaye.

AfCFTA implementation: SON tasks importers on manufacturing By Miriam Humbe

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he Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has urged Nigerian importers to venture into manufacturing to create greater wealth and job opportunities for the nation’s teeming unemployed youths. Director General, SON, Osita Aboloma, who gave the challenge at a one-day sensitization programme for importers and dealers of electrical and electronics products at the Alaba International market in Lagos, urged the importers to make efforts to establish manufacturing and assembling plants for the products to take optimum advantage of the huge market in Nigeria and the African Continent. Represented by the Director, Inspectorate and Compliance, Engr. Obiora Manafa, the SON Chief Executive said such initiative would save the country huge foreign exchange expenditure and create hundreds of thousands of direct and indirect employment opportunities, since most of the imported electronics products can be

out rightly manufactured or assembled locally. He advised the importers to adhere to the requirements of the relevant standards to make their products more competitive, particularly in view of the imminent implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and assured them of SON support towards seamless exportation through adequate conformity assessment programmes. Aboloma reiterated that electrical and electronics are classified as lifeendangering products that can cause loss of lives and properties, urging the leadership of the Electrical Dealers Association to discourage their members from importing and stocking them as patriotic citizens. According to him, the fight against substandard products is a serious one, which has landed many unscrupulous elements in trouble with the law to serve as deterrent to others, noting that SON has in its warehouse a huge consignment of substandard electric cables awaiting court order to be destroyed. These

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actions he said, are to reiterate SON’s commitment to bringing down the influx of substandard goods into the country. Earlier, the President, Alaba International Amalgamated Traders Association and Executive Chairman, Electrical Dealers Association of Nigeria (EDAN), Ichie Fabian Ezeorjika commended SON’s integrity, capacity for work and tireless contribution and encouragement toward ensuring that the market stands out as an exemplary market through well guided quality assurance practices. He called for greater collaboration between SON and the Market leaders to further sanitize the environment while assuring of EDAN’s commitment to selfregulation amongst its members. SON experts on Product Registration, Ports and Borders operations, Laboratory Services and Inspectorate/Compliance made presentations on the various processes after which an interactive session was held to clarify issues and answer questions from the Alaba International Market operators.

Section of Students of Fou’ ad Lababidi Islamic Academy wuze zone 3 , during their skill Acquisition training , as part of activities marking the school annual career week on Wednesday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

Surgeons to offer free services to FCT residents By Stanley Onyekwere

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he West African College of Surgeons (WACS) will from February 2020 render various forms of free surgical procedures to FCT residents. It was gathered that the free medical outreach programme is a part of WACS’s 60thAnnual General Meeting and Scientific Conference which will hold in Abuja from the 17th to 20th of February 2020. Making this disclosure when a delegation of the Local Organising Committee from the

College led by its Immediate Past President, Professor King-David Teina-Yawe, paid a courtesy visit to the FCT Administration, Acting General Manager of the FCT Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Francis Alu said the services will be within the during of the conference. Alu, a Fellow of the College explained that proposed surgical procedures will involve both minor surgeries such as cataracts and hernia and major ones such as fibroids. He revealed that the general hospitals in Kubwa, Bwari and Kuje will be available for minor

surgeries while major surgeries will be carried out at the Federal Medical Center Jabi, Garki Specialist and National Hospitals. According to him, a private eye specialist hospital, Rachel Eye Center will also be involved. He further revealed that 45 volunteer doctors will be available in each of the hospitals while the target is to treat 1000 patients across the 7 hospitals. While shedding more light on the 60th AGM and Scientific Conference, Professor TeinaYawe said that the delegates are expected to come from all over the world and that the FCT was

selected because of the availability of world class conference facilities that can accommodate such a large delegation. Professor Teina -Yawe equally stated that plans were underway to establish an Advanced Surgical Skills Training Hub in Abuja adding that WACS has trained 7000 surgeons, many of whom have trained other surgeons in Nigeria. Responding, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said that some of the best surgeons in Nigeria were proud members of the West African College of Surgeons and

have performed exceptionally well in their chosen profession. He said the City was looking forward to having the delegates in the FCT, adding that plans were underway to make Abuja a destination of choice for Conference tourism. Bello also revealed that the FCTA plans to prioritize the provision of facilities in hospitals during his second tenure as FCT Minister. Also, at the meeting were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, and the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bashir Mai-Borno.


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Polish, Austrian novelists win Literature Nobels for 2018 and 2019 respectively

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olish writer Olga Tokarczuk on Thursday won the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize, which was delayed over a sexual harassment scandal, while Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke took the 2019 award, the Swedish Academy said. Tokarczuk, 57, considered the most talented Polish novelist of her generation, was honoured “for a narrative imagination that with encyclopaedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life”. Her books portray a polychromatic world perpetually in motion, with characters’ traits intermingled and language that is both precise and poetic. Tokarczuk’s first novel, “The Journey of the People of the Book,” released in 1993, chronicles a failed expedition to find a mysterious book. The daughter of a school librarian, she won the Booker International Prize along with her translator Jennifer Croft for her 2007 novel “Flights”, whose English version came out in 2017. Her 900-page “The Books of Jacob”, which the Swedish Academy hailed as her “magnum opus”, spans seven countries, three religions and five languages, tracing the littleknown history of Frankism, a Jewish messianic sect that sprang up in Poland in the 18th century. Released in 2014, its pages are numbered in reverse in the style of Hebrew books. The Academy called it a “remarkably rich panorama of an almost neglected chapter in European history.” Handke, 76, was meanwhile honoured “for an influential work that

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk (left) and Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke. File / Beata Zawrel and Barbara Gindl / AFP with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience,” the Academy said. Ironically, in 2014 Handke called for the Nobel Literature Prize to be abolished, saying it brought its winner “false canonisation”. The son of a German soldier he only met in adulthood, Handke “has established himself as one of the most influential writers in Europe after the Second World War,” the Academy said. Handke also stoked controversy when he attended former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic’s funeral in 2006, and expressed

sympathy for the Serbs in the 1990s Yugoslav wars. His works are filled with a strong desire to discover and to make his discoveries come to life by finding new literary expressions for them, it added. Notable works include “Short Letter, Long Farewell”, the poetry collection “The Innerworld of the Outerworld of the Innerworld” and “A Sorrow Beyond Dreams” about his mother, who killed herself in 1971. He has also described Thomas Mann, a giant of German literature and a 1929 Nobel laureate, as a “terribly bad writer” churning out “condescending, snotty-nosed prose”.

Tokarczuk and Handke each take home a cheque worth nine million kronor ($912,000, 828,000 euros). Tokarczuk becomes just the 15th woman to have won the prestigious distinction, out of 116 literature laureates honoured since 1901. Dating back to 1786, the Swedish Academy is at pains to repair its reputation after a devastating scandal that saw Frenchman Jean-Claude Arnault, who has close ties to the Academy, jailed for rape in 2018. The Academy was torn apart by a deep rift between members over how to manage their ties to him. The dispute exposed scheming, conflicts of interest, harassment

and a culture of silence among its 18 members, long esteemed as the country’s guardians of culture. The revelations shook Sweden, a Lutheran nation that prides itself on transparency and consensual democracy and is intolerant of inequality. Arnault is married to Katarina Frostenson, a member of the Academy who later resigned over the scandal at the height of the #MeToo movement against harassment of women. The pair also ran a cultural club in Stockholm that received funding from the body. Ultimately, seven members quit the Academy. In tatters, it postponed the 2018 prize until this year − the first delay in 70 years. “From having been associated with literature of the highest order, the Nobel Prize is for many now associated with #MeToo... and a dysfunctional organisation,” Swedish literary critic Madelaine Levy told AFP. Even before the scandal, the Academy had courted controversy in 2016 when it gave the prestigious prize to US singer songwriter Bob Dylan, leading some to question its judgement. The Academy has in the past year been revamped with new members and statutes. Literature professor Mats Malm took over as the new permanent secretary in June. “The changes have been very productive and we are hopeful for the future,” Malm told AFP in an interview just days before the prize announcement. He acknowledged the affair had tainted the institution and said improvements were still needed.

US Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Impose ‘Severe Sanctions’ Against Turkey

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en. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) this week introduced a bipartisan measure to impose sanctions on Turkey following its invasion of northern Syria as President Donald Trump called for U.S. troops to pull out from the region. The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) introduced the bill on Wednesday, Oct. 9, warning that the sanctions would be triggered unless the Trump administration “certifies to Congress—every 90 days” that Turkish troops are not operating unilaterally in Syria, and “has withdrawn its armed forces, including Turkish supported rebels, from areas it occupied during the operation.” The sanctions would target the U.S. assets of members of Turkey’s political leadership, including the president, vice president, the ministers of national defense, foreign affairs, treasury and finance, trade and energy, and natural resources. Visa restrictions would be put in place for Turkish leadership traveling to the United States, according to the document, published on Twitter. I am pleased to have reached a bipartisan agreement with Senator @ ChrisVanHollen on severe sanctions against Turkey for their invasion of Syria.

While the Administration refuses to act against Turkey, I expect strong bipartisan support. pic.twitter.com/ Ph5fIVt7k3 — Lindsey Graham (@ LindseyGrahamSC) October 9, 2019 They would also impact “any foreign person” who “sells or provides financial, material, or technological support or knowingly does a transaction” with the country’s military, and any foreign national or entity who “maintains or supports” the Turkish energy sector. Under the measures, sales of U.S. goods which would provide “military assistance” to the Turkish Armed Forces would also be prohibited. It comes as Kurdish fighters in Syria were left vulnerable to an attack from Turkish troops after Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw American troops from key posts in northern Syria. The move has met with an intense backlash, with Graham publicly denouncing the decision. “Most Members of Congress believe it would be wrong to abandon the Kurds who have been strong allies against ISIS,” Graham wrote on Twitter on Oct. 9. Van Hollen tweeted: “Turkey must pay a heavy price for attacking our

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks to media about the Mueller report at the Capitol in Washington on March 25, 2019. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) Syrian Kurdish partners. Senators on both sides of the aisle won’t support abandoning the one regional group most responsible for putting ISIS on its heels. Our bipartisan sanctions bill

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is being finalized now.” Turkey must pay a heavy price for attacking our Syrian Kurdish partners. Senators on both sides of the aisle won’t support abandoning

the one regional group most responsible for putting ISIS on its heels. Our bipartisan sanctions bill is being finalized now. — Chris Van Hollen (@ ChrisVanHollen) October 9, 2019 Just two days after U.S. troops pulled out from the region, Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with airstrikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation. Turkish media reported troops entering Syria at four points, two of them close to the Syrian town of Tel Abyad and two close to Ras al-Ain further east. Thousands of people fled Ras alAin toward Hasaka province, held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The SDF said that Turkish airstrikes have killed at least five civilians and three fighters from the SDF and wounded dozens of civilians. “The Turkish Armed Forces and the Syrian National Army have launched the land operation into the east of the Euphrates river as part of the Operation Peace Spring,” the Turkish defense ministry tweeted after nightfall, following a day of pounding the area from the air.

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whistleblower complaint filed with regulators states that Ethiopian Airlines went into the maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet just a day after it crashed this year, among other corrupt activities, reports the Associated Press. Yonas Yeshanew, a former top engineer for Ethiopian Airlines, also said that going into the records, which should have been sealed, was part of a pattern of corrupt habits that included signing off on poor or non-existent repairs, and even physical violence against those who would not cooperate. Yeshanew, who resigned this summer, shared his report with the AP after sending it last month to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and other international air safety agencies. Ethiopian Airlines’ response to the report has been to paint Yeshanew as merely a disgruntled former employee, and to deny all allegations. However, Yeshanew included emails showing that for years he urged executives to stop the signing of maintenance and repair documentation that he says were done incorrectly, or even not at all. Following the March 10, 2019, crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 outside Addis Ababa that killed all 157 passengers and crew, Yeshanew said it was clear that nothing had changed within the culture of the airline.

Sudan appoints first female judiciary head to fight corruption

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udan appointed a woman as the head of its judiciary on Thursday for the first time in the history of the Arab Muslim country, the ruling Transitional Sovereignty Council said. Supreme Court Judge Nemat Abdullah Khair was nominated by the judges’ professional association, which was part of a protest movement that helped oust veteran ruler Omar al-Bashir in April. Taj-Elsir Ali, a former prosecutor and lawyer, was named as the public prosecutor, a government statement said. The two judicial officials “will carry out their tasks in addressing corruption cases and other cases”, the sovereignty council member spokesman said in a statement without giving details. The Sudanese opposition used to accuse the judiciary of being a tool of the Bashir regime to suppress dissent and lock up opposition figures. Sudan in August formed a 11-member Transitional Sovereignty Council as part of a power-sharing deal between the military and civilian parties and protest groups. The council, formed of military leaders and civilians, will run the country for a three-year transitional period until elections. A cabinet was also formed in September, including the country’s first female foreign minister, Asmaa Abdallah.

ormer president Jacob Zuma will know the outcome of his application for a permanent stay of prosecution on Friday. The Pietermaritzburg high court is expected to deliver its ruling in the civil matter at 9.30am. If judges Bhekisisa Mnguni, Thoba PoyoDlwati and Ester Steyn rule in Zuma’s favour, he will still need to appear on Tuesday for the trial court to formally validate the judgment. Zuma’s legal team has been relying on the National Prosecuting Authority’s 15-year delay to prosecute and political interference to secure a permanent stay of prosecution. During the four-day hearing in May, his legal team pulled out what it believed was a trump card - an exceptional and extraordinary circumstance created by the NPA. Acknowledging that the delay in bringing Zuma to court was not enough to secure a permanent stay of prosecution, his lawyer, advocate Muzi Sikhakhane, explained that an extraordinary circumstance, which must be taken into account, did in fact exist. He said it was exceptional and extraordinary for an organ of state “as powerful as the NPA” to discuss a prosecution with political players. “It is spectacular,” Sikhakhane said. He was referring to what was revealed by the so-called spy tapes, which are recordings of phone conversations between national director of public prosecutions Bulelani Ngcuka and former Scorpions boss Leonard McCarthy discussing the timing for prosecuting Zuma in order to boost the chances of Thabo Mbeki winning re-election. Sikhakhane then argued in favour of introducing a letter written by former prosecutions boss Shaun Abrahams which Zuma believes would help him avoid facing 16 charges that include fraud‚ corruption and racketeering. Sikhakhane told the court that the letter spoke of bribes, Mbeki and ex-justice minister

Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to return to the state capture inquiry from October 14 to 25, 2019. Penuell Maduna. Jacob Zuma sent ‘areas of interest’ only, says judge Zondo Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has denied that the state capture commission furnished former president Jacob Zuma with a set of questions he ... POLITICS2 days ago He argued that the state could not deny that there was political interference when as late as March 2018, Abrahams was asking the Hawks to investigate claims made by former Thales lawyer Ajay Sooklal that Mbeki had allegedly instructed Maduna to drop the charges. Sooklal claimed that Maduna was allegedly paid €50,000 for his part in dropping the charges. NPA senior counsel Wim Trengove argued that the letter had nothing to do with Zuma’s case and therefore should not be introduced in his bid to escape facing corruption charges. ADVERTISING

Thales is accused of agreeing to pay Zuma a yearly R500,000 bribe for protection from an investigation into the controversial multibillion-rand arms deal. The alleged bribe was facilitated by Zuma’s former financial adviser‚ Schabir Shaik. Trengove accused Zuma’s legal team of obtaining the letter unlawfully as the document was privileged. Trengove told the court that it must have been leaked from the NPA or Hawks and asked the court not to allow Zuma’s legal team to submit the letter. The Pietermaritzburg high court will deliver its ruling on the admissibility of the letter on Friday. Zuma’s legal team were unavailable to confirm whether Zuma would attend the legal proceedings. If the judges rule against Zuma, the trial is expected to go ahead on Tuesday unless Zuma’s team asks for a postponement.

US sanctions Guptas over SA ‘corruption’

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he US Treasury has sanctioned three brothers of the controversial Gupta family for operating what it calls a “significant corruption network” in South Africa. “The Gupta family leveraged its political connections to engage in widespread corruption and bribery, capture government contracts, and misappropriate state assets,” said Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. The sanctions target Ajay Gupta, Atul Gupta and Rajesh Gupta, as well as their business associate Salim Essa. The four have in the past denied any wrongdoing. “The Guptas and Essa have used their influence with prominent politicians and parties to line their pockets with ill-gotten gains,” the US Treasury statement added. It did not specify the sanctions against the four except to say that the Treasury would “continue to exclude from the U.S. financial system those who profit from corruption”. The four are accused of unlawfully

The Gupta family has repeatedly denied being corrupt benefiting from South African government contracts during the rule of former President Jacob Zuma. Mr Zuma’s successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, took office on a pledge to curb corruption. The Guptas have fled South Africa, and are said to be living in Dubai. In February, South African authorities said that Ajay Gupta was no longer wanted

by police, and an arrest warrant for him, issued a year earlier for corruption charges, was cancelled. The authorities had sought to question Mr Gupta on allegations that he attempted to bribe former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas. Mr Gupta has denied the charges.

Liberia riot police shut anti-Weah radio station

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iot police have shut a popular radio station critical of Liberia’s president and former football star George Weah. The officers broke a steel gate and stormed the offices of Roots FM in the capital, Monrovia, shortly after its breakfast programme, The Costa Show, discussed alleged wasteful spending by

Mr Weah while “his people suffer”. Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean confirmed to the BBC that riot police had been dispatched after his office had received a letter from the Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) complaining that the station and two others were operating without a licence.

The justice minister did not say why the government did not turn to the courts to force the closure, as required by law. As police hammered the gate to enter the station, Henry Costa, its US-based owner who hosts the show via the internet, called on his followers to come and “rescue” it.


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nly in desperate times do governments enlist the help of teenage disc jockeys. Thailand’s ministry of social development must be in a panic: it has hired more than 500 of them. Its desperation stems from the teenage-pregnancy rate, which has risen even as the overall birth rate has dropped. Thailand has one of the highest teenage-pregnancy rates in South-East Asia (see chart). Hence the djs, who will promote safe sex on the radio. That is not the government’s only initiative to stop teenagers becoming mums. It is also sending health-ministry officials to lecture students about “young love”. It has added sex-education questions

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East Asia and Pacific: Growth Slows as Trade Tensions and Global Uncertainties Intensify

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rowth in developing East Asian and Pacific economies is expected to slow from 6.3 percent in 2018 to 5.8 percent in 2019 and to 5.7 and 5.6 percent in 2020 and 2021, respectively, reflecting a broadbased decline in export growth and manufacturing activity. Weakening global demand, including from China, and heightened uncertainty around ongoing US-China trade tensions has led to a decline in exports and investment growth, testing the resilience of the region, according to Weathering Growing Risks, the October 2019 edition of the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Economic Update, released today. In the region excluding China, consumption growth remained steady, though slightly lower than the same period last year, supported by monetary and fiscal policies. Growth in the smaller economies of the region, however, remained robust, reflecting country-specific circumstances including steady growth in the tourism, real estate, and extractive sectors. “As growth slows, so does the rate of poverty reduction,” said Victoria

Kwakwa, World Bank Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific. “We now estimate that almost a quarter of the population of developing East Asia and the Pacific lives below the upper-middle-income poverty line of US$5.50 a day. This includes nearly 7 million more people than we projected in April, when regional growth was looking more robust.” The report makes clear that increasing trade tensions pose a longterm threat to regional growth. While some countries have hoped to benefit from a reconfiguration of the global trade landscape, the inflexibility of global value chains limits the upside for countries in the region in the near term. “While companies are searching for ways to avoid tariffs, it will be difficult for countries in developing East Asia and the Pacific to replace China’s role in global value chains in the short-term due to inadequate infrastructure and small scales of production,” said Andrew Mason, World Bank Lead Economist for East Asia and the Pacific. The report warns that downside risks to the region’s growth prospects

have intensified. Prolonged trade tensions between China and the United States would continue to hurt investment growth, given high levels of uncertainty. A faster-thanexpected slowdown in China, the Euro Area and the United States, as well as a disorderly Brexit, could further weaken the external demand for the region’s exports. High and rising debt levels in some countries are also putting limits on their abilities to use fiscal and monetary policies to ease the impacts of the slowdown. In addition, any abrupt changes in global financial conditions could translate into higher borrowing costs for the region, dampening credit growth and further weighing on private investment and economic growth in the region. To weather growing risks, the report recommends that countries with sufficient policy space use fiscal and/or monetary measures to help stimulate their economies, while guarding fiscal and debt sustainability. Countries in the region will also benefit from staying the course on trade openness and by deepening regional trade integration.

Iran football: Women attend first match in decades

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ranian women have attended a World Cup qualifier in Tehran after being freely allowed to enter a stadium for a men’s match for the first time in decades. Women have effectively been banned from stadiums when men are playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution. The change followed the death of a fan who set herself alight after being arrested for trying to attend a match. But Amnesty International described the move on Thursday as a “cynical publicity stunt”. The NGO said there were only a “token number” of tickets for female fans as it called for all restrictions on female attendance to be lifted. More than 3,500 women bought tickets to Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Cambodia, where they were granted access to a special women’s-only section of the Azadi Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of about 78,000.

Syrian National Army says 13 rival Kurdish fighters killed in Turkish military offensive hirteen rival Kurdish fighters have been killed in Turkey’s military offensive in Syria, according to a statement from Major Yosef Hamoud, a spokesman for the Syrian National Army, a Turkeybacked rebel group. “The forces of the National Army managed to liberate the village of Kashto Tahtani in the western side of Ras al-Ain city, also we managed to liberate Beer Ashek and Hamida villages in Tal Abyad countryside,”

to standardised exams. And in 2016 it passed the Prevention and Solution of the Adolescent Pregnancy Problem Act, which

Hamoud said in a statement. “Until now 13 members of PYD/ PKK have been killed in ‘Peace Spring Operation,’ “ the spokesman said. The PKK refers to the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party, a designated terrorist group in Turkey and the US. The PYD refers to the Kurdish opposition party known as the Democratic Union Party. Turkey considers the PYD to be a branch of the PKK.

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S military officers who have expressed dismay at President Trump’s decision to reposition a small number of troops from northern Syria, believing it effectively gave the green light to the Turkish action. None would go on the record because of the sensitivity of speaking publicly. Some of those expressing dismay are inside the ranks of special operations forces who have worked for years with the Syrian Democratic Forces and feel loyalty to stay in place and help them. Several officials also say for now the White House wants to be control

of the messaging on this, which is why the Pentagon has not spoken publicly. A senior US defense official told CNN on Wednesday that Turkey’s offensive into Syria “has already had a detrimental effect on our counterISIS operations; they have effectively stopped.” The Turkish operation “has challenged our ability to build local security forces, conduct stabilization operations and the Syrian Democratic Forces (ability) to guard over 11,000 dangerous ISIS fighters. We are just watching the second largest Army in NATO attack one of our best counterterrorism partners,” the source said.

DPRK slams EU nations over statement condemning SLBM test

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he Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Thursday lashed out at European Union members of the UN Security Council for issuing a statement condemning its recent test of a new submarinelaunched ballistic missile (SLBM), calling it a “grave provocation” against Pyongyang. The five European members of the UN Security Council met on Tuesday to urge the DPRK “to take concrete steps” towards giving up its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs in a complete, verifiable and irreversible manner. In a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency, a spokesperson for DPRK’s foreign ministry accused the United States

of pushing the countries to sign the statement, warning that Pyongyang might reconsider the steps it has taken to build trust with Washington. “Our patience has limits, and there is no law that what we have been restraining from will last indefinitely,” the spokesperson said, according to Yonhap. The DPRK spokesman also referred to a U.S. Air Force test of a Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile this month. The spokesman was quoted by Reuters as saying the U.S. test was “clearly carried out in order to pressure us.” The latest SLBM test came just days before it resumed working-level nuclear talks with the U.S. in Stockholm.

Japan travel chaos expected as flight cancellations set to hit Tokyo airports ahead of Typhoon Hagibis

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Some 3,500 women attended the World Cup qualifier in Tehran Iranian women - before and after the revolution Disguised women sneak into Iranian football match Iran’s ‘blue girl’ dies after setting herself on fire The tickets for women reportedly sold out within minutes. Photos from inside the stadium showed female football fans excitedly waiving Iranian flags and

cheering on their team. The issue of gender discrimination in Iranian football came to global prominence last month when Sahar Khodayari, known as “blue girl” because of the team she supported, set fire to herself outside of court while awaiting trial for trying to attend a match disguised as a man. The 29-year-old died a week later.

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apan Airlines will cancel more than 90 per cent of domestic flights to and from Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports on Saturday due to Typhoon Hagibis, Japanese media reported, while rival carrier ANA has said it will suspend all its domestic flights using the two airports that day. The storm, packing winds equivalent to a category five hurricane, was heading north over the Pacific Ocean on Thursday towards Japan [1]’s main island of Honshu, only a month after another devastating typhoon struck the country. It could make landfall on Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. “Regardless of whether this typhoon makes landfall or not, it will have a grave impact,” an agency official

said. East Japan Railway, which serves eastern Japan including Tokyo, said it might have to suspend operations on conventional lines as well as the Shinkansen bullet train service over Saturday and Sunday. The company said it will release more details on Friday, such as how long and what lines will be affected, in English, Chinese and Korean on its website and its Twitter account. Central Japan Railway also said it could suspend Shinkansen trains linking Tokyo and the western city of Osaka. West Japan Railway said it could suspend some sections of the Sanyo Shinkansen Line, possibly between Shin-Osaka and Okayama stations.

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When Famaks British schools celebrated Independence By Usman Shuaibu

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n the 30th of September, 2019, the management of Famaks British schools as well as the teachers gathered at the school’s hall to celebrate the 59th Independence Day event. The independence celebration attracted the parents of the children. Famaks British Schools Abuja is located in Asokoro District of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Schools run nursery, primary and secondary education. The Famaks British Schools Abuja was founded in 2008 and started operation on the 12th of January, 2009. Famaks British Schools Abuja always provides an enabling environment for pupils/students in the schools. The schools place very high premium on Teachers’ Professional Development. However, Famaks British Schools Kaduna began operation shortly after on the 3rd of September, 2010. The schools follow the National British Curriculum as well to further enhance the children’s international experience. Interestingly, Famaks British Schools Abuja have put in place facilities in the schools such as on-site medical clinic and standby ambulance, well prepared meals for the students, superb kitchen and dining facilities, outdoor play equipment for different age groups, school bus service to different destinations, uninterrupted power supply, extra-curricular activities and flexi-boarding facility. The facilities provided in the schools include: state of the art ICT suites, specialist rooms for art, design technology, music and dance, well equipped classrooms with interactive white boards, well stocked key stage primary and early years libraries and science and language laboratories. At this juncture, some of the foundation subjects taught in the schools are: Personal, Social and Health Education, History, Geography, Physical Education, French, RE, Music, Arts and Design & Technology. On flexi-boarding house, pupils at Famaks British Schools, Abuja are able to attend school as boarders. The Famaks purpose-built boarding house could cater for up to 40 pupils on a full or part time basis. The parents love to use this facility when work or business takes them out of the FCT. The balanced programme of academic and social activities focus on both parents and pupils alike with the assurance that they are being well looked after and cared for. In an interview with newsmen during the Independence celebration, the Chairman/Founder of Famaks British Schools, Sagir Hamid, said the authority of the schools organized the Independence celebration in order to unite the children. He noted that the best place to begin uniting the children is from the school level saying that “we want to start uniting Nigerians through our students”.

Hamid said: “Despite all that Nigerians have passed through, we are still united today”. Speaking on the students’ performance, he said the students had taught so many things concerning diversity and disunity among Nigerians in the country, pointing out that the students were saying no to disunity in totality in Nigeria. His words: “The students have

identified the root causes of our problems as a nation. And they are resolved through the school to make unity of Nigeria a paramount in their learning”. He expressed with joy that all the presentations of the students during the Independence celebration focused on the unity in diversity, while calling on the parents to partner with the schools to counsel the students against religious

In an interview with newsmen during the Independence celebration, the Chairman/Founder of Famaks British Schools, Sagir Hamid, said the authority of the schools organized the Independence celebration

bigotry, hatred, tribalism and ethnicity. The founder of Famaks British Schools Abuja, however, told the parents that no country is greater than Nigeria. Also speaking, Abuja Deputy Head of Famaks British Schools, Vivian Dands, urged Nigerians to embrace their cultural heritage in anywhere they found themselves. Vivian Dands used the Independence celebration to appeal to the government of the day to provide basic necessities of life for the people. Continuing, she pleaded with the government to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians by alleviating their sufferings in the society. On his part, the Director of the schools, Emmanuel K. Wirkon, said the schools always organize the independence celebration so as to remember the Nigerian heroes past. His words: “We organised the Independence celebration to concertize our children to make them to know the value of that uniqueness we propagate in Nigeria to remind ourselves for the love of our country, the love for one another and element of probity, and those things that will make Nigeria to move forward”. He advised Nigerian youth to love one another, while urging them to support the governments at all levels for the sake of development. “Famaks British Schools is one of the best schools in Africa. And we have received awards to that effect, that we are the best. That is why from time to time we celebrate excellence”, he said. The Director disclosed that Famaks British Schools is registered member of the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). Delivering the Independence celebration’s lecture entitled “The Nigeria of Our Dream”, the guest speaker of the occasion, Mr. Denja Abdullahi, urged Nigerians to see themselves as one irrespective of their religious, tribal and ethnic inclinations. He added that Nigerians should be proud of their country, as well contribute positively to the socio-economic growth of the nation, as the guest speaker, he called on the youth to desist from any act capable of causing disunity among them. He tasked Nigerian leaders, followers and the generality of Nigerians to gear towards moving the country to next level. Abdullahi, who is the President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), commended the management of Famaks British Schools for providing quality education for the students in the schools. Not left out, a parent, Alheri Gabriel Aloke, described Famaks British Schools as good schools and expressed happiness over the students’ presentations at the occasion. Meanwhile, play on late Dele Giwa among other line-up programmes were presented by the students during the celebration.


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uper Eagles have been dealt another blow ahead of Sunday’s friendly against five-time world champions Brazil as defender

Ola Aina has been ruled out after suffering an injury in a domestic accident. “Just in: Torino of Italy wing-back Ola Aina is out of Sunday’s international friendly against Brazil. He picked up an injury after a domestic accident and will not be available.” the official Twitter handle of the national team tweeted on Wednesday. Aina becomes the second defender to pull out of the Brazil friendly following the earlier withdrawal of Kenneth Omeruo, also due to injury. While Omeruo has since been replaced by Tyronne Ebuehi, it is not clear whether a late replacement will also be named for Mr Aina. Nigeria will play Brazil at the Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore on Sunday, 13th October, 23 years after Nigeria, defeated the Selecao as the Brazilian team is nicknamed, on their way to winning Africa’s first Olympic football gold in the State of Georgia, USA. Efforts to match the two teams in a friendly after that spectacular game have been unsuccessful until the organizers of the 8th All-Africa Games that Nigeria hosted in 2003 flew the Brazilians to Abuja in June of that year. Brazil won 3-0. There has been no competitive tie between both countries’ senior teams since that memorable U23 match in Georgia. Nigeria is building a new team after a rash of retirements and injuries to key players. That new breed came close to shocking Ukraine in a friendly match in Dnipro in September before bungling a two-goal lead for 2-2 stalemate. Singaporean Jansen Foo has been appointed as the referee for Sunday’s game. Foo will be assisted by compatriots Abdul Hannan (assistant referee 1), Ong Chai Lee (assistant referee 2) and G. Letchman (fourth official).

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opa America champions Brazil and AFCON 2019 runners-up Senegal shared the spoils in a game that saw Neymar make history for the Selecao. Both Brazil and Senegal selected strong starting XIs, with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Idrissa Gueye and Sadio Mane featuring for the latter, while Roberto Firmino, Gabriel Jesus, Philippe Coutinho and Neymar all ran out for the Selecao. Neymar made the headlines as the 27-year-old made his 100th appearance for his country in this fixture, becoming the youngest player to reach this milestone. Brazil opened the scoring

inside 10 minutes after Gabriel Jesus set up Roberto Firmino, who chipped the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper from close range. Senegal came close to scoring in the 25th minutes, but Ederson saved Mane’s shot from outside the box.Five minutes before the break, the Lions of Teranga had a shout for a penalty following a handball inside the box, but the referee waved play on. Neymar came close to scoring after 70 minutes, but his free-kick sailed on to the top of the net. Richarlison could have won the game for Brazil, but his shot from the edge of the box missed the target by inches.

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ive –time champions Nigeria have landed in host nation Brazil for this year’s FIFA World Cup finals which will hold 26th October – 17th November. A team of 25 players and nine officials flew out of the country through the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Wednesday evening for Dubai, where they connected another flight to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Four players would be cut from the roster after the preparatory period before a 21 –man World Cup squad is unveiled ahead of the

opening encounter. Nigeria won the 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015 tournaments, but missed the 2017 finals in India. Head Coach Manu Garba, who led the 2013 winners, is confident that the Class of 2019 is in Brazil to reclaim the trophy. The early departure will afford the Golden Eaglets a full two-week final preparatory period, before their opening match of the tournament against Hungary in Goiania on 26th October. Nigeria will then clash with Ecuador (at the same venue on 29th October) and Australia (in Brasilia on 1st November) in Group B.

Vitoria is the other city hosting the 24 –nation championship. FIFA U17 WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2019 GROUPS GROUP A: Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, Angola GROUP B: Nigeria, Hungary, Ecuador, Australia GROUP C: Korea Republic, Haiti, France, Chile GROUP D: USA, Senegal, Japan, Netherlands GROUP E: Spain, Argentina, Tajikistan, Cameroon GROUP F: Solomon Islands, Italy, Paraguay, Mexico

Rangers FC promotes 4 feeder players for 2019/20 NPFL season By Albert Akota

N Naomi Osaka won the China Open last month Osaka represents Japan on the orld number three Naomi Osaka has said she will WTA Tour and in the Fed Cup. “It is a special feeling to aim for give up her US citizenship to represent Japan at next year’s the Olympics as a representative of Japan,” she told NHK. “I think Olympics in Tokyo. Osaka was born in Japan to that playing with the pride of the Japanese and Haitian parents country will make me feel more before the family moved to New emotional.” Japanese law states those with York when she was three. The 21-year-old told Japanese dual citizenship must select one broadcaster NHK it was a “special before turning 22. Two-time Grand desire” to represent her birth Slam champion Osaka turns that age on 16 October. country at a home Games.

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igeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side Rangers International Football Club of Enugu has promoted four players from their feeder team into the senior team, an official said yesterday. The club’s Media Officer, Norbert Okolie, said in Enugu that the move was part of efforts to fortify the team for the 2019/2020 NPFL season. “The integration of the budding talents from the feeder team into the main team was to fortify the senior team for the 2019/2020 NPFL season. That is what we do to encourage young talents. The promoted players are Alex Nnaji, Anthony Ogba, Chinedu Nwangwu, and Ifebuche Nweke, and they are all doing well with the big

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these earned them the victory. Rangers International won the match played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu 1-0, with 75thminute substitute Christian Madu scoring the goal in the 90th minute.

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Rangers International boys in training,’’ he said. Commenting on the friendly match between Rangers International and Heartland FC of Owerri, Okolie hailed the resilience and technical depth of the Flying Antelopes, saying

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“China and Nigeria are born brothers. Our joy is shared and happiness doubled on the occasion on October 1st celebration every year. The brotherly South-South cooperation between China and Nigeria is equal-footed and mutually beneficial” –Chinese ambassador to Nigeria.

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orld number one Novak Djokovic produced another high-quality display to ease past American John Isner in the Shanghai Masters third round. Serb Djokovic, 32, did not face a break point as he won 7-5 6-3 against the bigserving 16th seed. Switzerland’s Roger Federer, 38, also reached the quarter-finals with a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 win over Belgium’s David Goffin. Federer, who won the Shanghai title in 2014 and 2017, will take on German fifth seed Alexander Zverev in the last eight, while Djokovic faces Greek sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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leksandr Usyk will fight 38-year-old Chazz Witherspoon in his first fight at heavyweight on Saturday after original opponent Tyrone Spong returned an adverse doping test. Usyk, 32, has not fought since he defended all four world cruiserweight titles against Tony Bellew last year. Witherspoon is 74th on Boxrec’s heavyweight ratings - four places below Spong - with a record of 38 wins and three losses. Spong, 34, spent much of his combat career in mixed martial arts and also competed in kickboxing before winning his first 14 fights as a boxer.

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igeria and China cooperation have grown phenomenally since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1971, a year that is also pivotal to China’s international diplomacy as Beijing won back her seat at the United Nations, with overwhelming votes of 76 countries then, among them, African countries, including Nigeria. The pragmatic content of the bilateral cooperation between China and Nigeria have ensured that the relation is driven by tangible and practical outcomes that contribute meaningfully to their respective national aggregates. More importantly, the cooperation between the two sides have continuously demonstrate respects for, and upholding the core national interests of each other. Nigeria, from the inception of bilateral cooperation duly encapsulate the “one China” policy which recognized that there is only one China in the world, with the legitimate national government based in Beijing. China has also never wavered in support and upholding one united, indivisible Nigeria as the fulcrum of her Nigeria policy. The foundation of political trust and mutual recognition and respect for each other’s core national interests have opened the way for robust bilateral cooperation encompassing wider fields of economic, commercial, cultural, military and other vital exchanges which according to Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian “are at the best of time in history and face new opportunities for growth.” For Nigeria, the opportunities of China cooperation is vast as the country grapples with the longstanding deficit of infrastructure, a critical and strategic aggregate in enhancing a sustainable and inclusive economic growth and development. In the regards of addressing the infrastructure deficit, Nigeria and China cooperation have weighed in muscularly and a number of important outcomes have already been harvested. The revitalized railway lines that have been been resuscitated, including the up and running, Abuja-Kaduna railway are easing transport challenges, creating jobs both formal and informal and even enabling emergence of new communities that services the several train stations along the route. The Lagos-IbadanAbuja route and several others that are under construction would revolutionize overland transport

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Charles Onunaiju and bring values in reducing travel time, cost of goods and services, and consequently enabling business to grow, expand and employ more people. Apart from the transport sector: power plants, seaports, airports are receiving unprecedented attention and commitments whose results in the next few years after completion, would be significantly game-changing in Nigeria,s social and economic life. In addition to the revitalization of key infrastructure as a practical outcome of the deepening of Nigeria-China cooperation, Nigeria’s re- industrialization agenda is receiving a substantial boast from Chinese enterprises relocating their plants and investing in Nigeria. The Lekki Free trade zone, Ogun free trade zone and the Calabar Export Processing zone are hosting major Chinese industrial enterprises that are involved in electronics, steel, leather, packaging and several other fields which have not only generated employment but paved the way for mutual learning and sharing of technologies. The Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Zhou Pingjian have robustly encouraged this trend have on several occasion expressed desire to see the realization of what he called “made in Nigeria with China,” a reference to China’s support to Nigeria’s reindustrialization. Nigeria’s economic policy flagship “Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP)” is highly complimented with China’s industrial and production capacity cooperation through which China would engage partners in sharing her industrial and production experience in low and medium end industries as she engages new drivers to her post-industrial and knowledge/innovation economy. A well tailored industrial policy and a supporting investment climate can go a long way to leverage China low and medium industrial transfer to Nigeria, an advantage China enjoyed in the 1980s and 1990s at the start of her reform and opening-up policy, when such low and medium-end industries flocked from advanced western countries and Japan to take advantage of the then, China,s relative cheap labour cost. Today, Africa and Nigeria stand at the cusp of such historic advantage of being the world industrial frontier and whether it would seize the moment like China, will be a function of leadership disposition and the policy choices they make or did

not make. But one thing is certain; China is ready and has expressed her readiness not only to offer her example but to compliment with practical instruments of engagement to realize Nigeria’s and Africa’s reindustrialization agenda. A key platform that would inevitably drive Nigeria-China cooperation to the next level is the China initiated Belt and Road framework of international cooperation under which massive construction of overland, maritime and digital infrastructure are in progress in various parts of the world through partnerships underwritten by extensive consultations, joint contributions and shared benefits. As Nigeria and several other African countries have signed on to the memorandum of understanding at the summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation last year in Beijing, it behooves on Nigeria and other partnering African countries to find opportunities within the initiative and engage imaginatively in ways that is consistent with their respective national priorities. Belt and Road Initiative offers a broad space of international cooperation that is devoid of demagoguery and grandstanding as it focuses on tangible and practical outcomes. Nigeria and China cooperation under the auspices of the Belt and Road Initiative would energize bilateral cooperation to unprecedented height and deliver more far-reaching benefits, especially as Nigeria struggles through economic recovery and enters the high way of sustainable economic development. To underscore the strategic import of China-Nigeria bilateral cooperation President Xi Jinping sent to Nigeria prior to the mutual national day celebrations of October 1st, a high-level delegation who visited President Muhammadu Buhari, where the two sides exchanged views. As important partners, China raised the bilateral cooperation with Nigeria to the level of strategic partnership in 2005, in which the two sides would mutually engage and coordinate with each other’s positions and views on key international issues and to this effect, China has muscularly weighed in, to support Nigeria’s current one year presidency of the United Nation. In the area of military cooperation, China and Nigeria have made

remarkable progress. In 2017, the two countries signed cooperation agreement under which Beijing have provided aid to the Nigeria military worth 5.5 billion naira. Despite the fields of cooperation covered so far, Nigeria and China have great prospects for further cooperation in counter-terrorism as the two sides can compare notes on preemptive and non-military measures to prevent and contain terrorism. Nigeria military has since 2016 been running de-radicalization programe in what it called operation safe corridor to rehabilitate captured insurgents and other people influenced by their extremist ideologies. Last year more than 800 Boko Haram insurgents who were captured were de-radicalized through provision of vocational training and re-integrated back into society and the military chief, General Gabriel Olonisakin said recently that there is no report of de-radicalized and rehabilitated insurgents going back to terrorist insurgency. China similarly runs vocational training in her western region of Xinjiang, where it engages vulnerable section of the population to meaningful vocational training to forestall the terrorist bait of extremist ideology. Some western countries and their related NGOs who have made much political capital of these vocational training centers in the China’s Xinjiang province are paradoxically providing support for the deradicalization in Nigeria. However, the important thing is that Nigeria and China can mutually benefit from sharing experience in non-military counter-terrorist measures. In broad terms, Nigeria-China cooperation is a work in progress, which despite its current beneficial outcomes has even great prospects as they play the pivotal role in the construction of a community of shared future for mankind. Charles Onunaiju, director Centre for China Studies, (CCS) Utako, Abuja.

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