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 L-R; The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai, Leader of the Delegation and Chief Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, Minister of Staff, Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Sulieman Hassan and Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashi, Shettima during the 3rd-day prayers for the Late Alhaji Yusuf Buratai, Father of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen TY Buratai in Maiduguri, yesterday Borno State. Photo: State House

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state casting his vote, during the Kano state local government election held across the 44 local government areas of the state, on Saturdays in Kano

Buhari, IBB, ACF mourn John Shagaya By Ese Awhotu with agency report

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he Presidency yesterday evening expressed sadness over the tragic accident that led to the death of Senator John Shagaya. Senator Shagaya was Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees of Arewa Consultative Forum, a former Internal Affairs (Interior) Minister and a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He died in an auto crash along JosLangtang road yesterday. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said this in a statement made available to journalists that President Buhari offered his condolences to the Shagaya family, friends, the government and people of Plateau State. “President Buhari prays that God almighty will comfort all who mourn him and grant his soul eternal rest.” The statement read in part,

“The President pays tribute to the great Nigerian whose legacies will live on in the patriotic work he did as a military officer who rose to the position of a General, and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic that ably represented the Plateau Southern zone. “The President affirms that at each step of his distinguished career in national service and politics, Gen. Shagaya brought his deep convictions and discipline to national, regional and community assignments and was ready to always offer his best to the development and stability of the country.” Equally, Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida, has mourned the passing of Gen Shagaya, father of Army Chief, Alhaji Yusuf Buratai, and Veteran broadcaster, Baba Ahmed. His condolence was contained in a statement he issued Sunday night. It read: “I received with great shock the sudden demise of one

of the brilliant retired military officers, General John Shagaya this Sunday from a ghastly motor accident. “Late General Shagaya until his death had been an ardent supporter of the unity of Nigeria as a nation and a peace builder irrespective of ethnicism, tribalism and religious bigotry. “Equally, my condolences go to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai on the demise of his father a veteran of the Nigerian Army at the age of 103. “Similarly, I condole members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm over the demise of veteran broadcaster Late Mahmood Baba Ahmed who died at the age of 74. “My heartfelt condolences go to all their families, friends and well-wishers. “May Almighty God comfort their families for the irreparable losses.” On its part, the Arewa Consultative Forum also, on Sunday, described the death

of its Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, Senator John Shagaya, as shocking. The ACF, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Biu, said the late Shagaya would be remembered for his selfless service to his fatherland. “Nigeria has lost one of its fineness politician, a bridge builder and a leader who lived a simple and humble life. “ACF extends its condolences to the Shagaya family, the government and the good people of Plateau state and all Nigerians over the demise of Senator John N Shagaya. May his gentle soul rest in peace,” the Forum added. He was recently appointed as the Chairman, Governing Council, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos by President Muhammadu Buhari. He was born in Langtang North, on September 2, 1942. Until his demise, he was a chieftain of the APC in Plateau State.

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he foundation stone laying ceremony for the multipurpose Editors’ Plaza owned by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) will hold on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at the project site located in the Guzape District of Abuja. Former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who is also the Senate Minority Leader will chair the event while foremost industrialist and Chairman of BUA Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, will perform the traditional ‘turning of the sod’ to herald the construction of a befitting plaza for Nigerian editors in the

Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, and his Information and Culture counterpart, Alhaji Lai Mohammed are expected to grace the occasion. Other dignitaries expected at the event are governors, heads of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), members of corporate Nigeria, the business community, media executives, etcetera. The journey of the proposed Editors’ Plaza started on April 10, 2014 with a fund-raiser in Abuja under the leadership of

the then President of the Guild, Mr. Femi Adesina. The goal was to raise funds to build a befitting secretariat for the Guild in Abuja to be named as Editors’ Plaza. It is worthy to note that in its over 55 years of existence, the Guild does not have a secretariat of its own. Part of the money realized from the fund-raiser has been used to acquire a property in Ikeja area of Lagos State christened Editors’ House which functions as the Guild’s secretariat in Lagos. The President of the Guild, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, said part of the proposed Editors’ Plaza in

Abuja would serve as the Guild’s secretariat in Abuja while the rest would be leased to the public as offices. When completed, the multistorey edifice which sits on an expansive 5,600Sqm piece of land will add to the vastly changing Abuja landscape. According to Egbemode, the construction of the Editors’ Plaza offers friends of the Guild, individuals and corporates, and all advocates and lovers of free press an opportunity to partner with Nigerian editors whom she described as the torchbearers of the nation’s democracy and bulwark against tyranny.


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Kaduna Electric extends planned outage by 2 months

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he Management of Kaduna Electric has extended the planned outage earlier announced on the request of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). The outage which was scheduled from February 6th to February 14th is now extended till April 14, 2018. The outage is expected to be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. A statement signed by Abdulazeez Abdullahi, Head, Corporate Communication Kaduna Electric yesterday, said the planned outage as initiated by TCN is to enable its crew decommission the existing conductors & insulators on the line and also reconducting with ACC and installation of composite insulators on 132KV, Town 1, line 1 & 2. According to the statement, areas to be affected within Kaduna metropolis are; Kakuri, Barnawa, Nassarawa, Narayi High Cost, Narayi Vplanned illage, Chelco feeder, as well as Nortex, Sunglass, Sabon Tasha, Unguwan Pama, Kabala Costain, Kachia Road and all areas across River Kaduna bridge (Kaduna South). Others are Government House, Kaduna State University, Police Headquarters, Constitution Road and Catholic Social center. Kaduna Electric said it deeply regrets the inconvenience this may cause its customers.

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8 killed in fresh Adamawa communal clash From Umar Dankano Yola

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he villagers of Wuro-yanka and Wuro-mun chi villages in Libbo Ward of Shelleng Local Government Area of Adamawa state have been thrown into mourning as a result of communal clash that claimed the lives of eight people while animals and properties worth millions of Naira were destroyed. Confirming the incident , the Councilor representing the ward, Shuaibu Waleed, said the clash was alleged to have started when the dead body of a man from

Gomba community of neigbouring Demsa Local Government Area was sighted and the people of Gomba claimed that the deceased was killed by a Fulani herdsman. “The bodies of two Fulanis were later seen in what looked like reprisal, leading to further attacks. “I can confirm that eight people were killed and have been buried and I saw one other dead body burnt beyond recognition inside a mosque, while about 200 houses were burnt,” Waheed said. Waheed said normalcy had been restored and already soldiers

and policeman had been drafted to the area. He, however, decried that some of the MOPOL personnel were allegedly engaged in unprofessional utterances in the crisis. He alleged that cases of connivance and favourism were noticed among the security operatives who are supposed to be neutral. Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), Mr Haruna Furo said six communities were

affected. “I don’t have details of the incident; all I know is that about six communities were affected.” Furo said already the agency had dispatched relief materials to the area. Confirming the incident, the spokesman of Adamawa Police Command, SP Othman Abubakar said a unit of MOPOL had been deployed to the area. “I am yet to get details of the casualties, but normalcy has been restored. A unit of MOPOL had been sent to the area to maintain peace,” Abubakar said.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state, centre with. from right, Speaker of the Katsina state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Yahaya Kusada, Chairman of Fityanul Islam , Katsina State, Sheikh Isyaku Nubu Batagarwa, Secretary to the Katsina state Government, Dr. Mustafa Muhammed Inuwa and Katsina state APC Chairman, Alhaji Shitu S. Shitu at the opening ceremony of a oneday workshop for Jummu’at mosques chief imams , yesterday in Katsina . Photo: Katsina Govt House

Air Peace, NCAA bicker over burglary reports at Lagos Airport From Suleiman Idris Lagos

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major crisis of confidence and mistrust appears to be brewing between the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority and Nigeria Carrier, Air Peace over a report by the latter of an alleged Runway 18R burglary attempt on the Cargo Hold of Air Peace aircraft last Thursday. While the NCAA yesterday dismissed the report by the airline as unfounded, the airline hit back and described the regulatory body’s investigation as a shoddy job aimed at covering-up it laxity. A statement by the General Manager Public Relations of NCAA, Sam Adurogboye said the conclusion was arrived at after the Regulatory Authority reviewed all the reports from the relevant agencies concerning the incident and it was unproven. However, the airline management in a counter statement lampooned NCAA saying it will not engage in any controversy with agencies that

ought to have been jolted into action from their slumber by patriotic information it gave on the incident. Adurogboye explained that “Last week, there were reports that the Pilot-in-Command (PIC) of Air Peace Flight no. APK 7138 with Aircraft no. 5N-BUJ had alerted the Lagos Control Tower that the Aircraft’s AFT Cargo Compartment has been opened. According to the Pilot in his report to the Tower, he noticed that the Cargo Compartment light came up for 15 seconds and went off. This means someone has opened the compartment’s door. The Air Traffic Controller on duty confirmed receiving the report at about 1933hrs (1833GMT). In line with Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs), Aviation Security personnel were at the Holding Point of Runway 18R monitoring the departure/take off of both Air Peace and Arik Air aircraft. The PIC alarm triggered

an immediate response. The Escort team overtook the Arik aircraft for a more proximate field look and access to the Air Peace Aircraft. The Arik Air aircraft also had its full complement of lights on towards the Air Peace aircraft having being aware of his counterpart’s conversation with the Tower. With benefit of this full view, neither movement nor any sign of person(s) was sighted around the aircraft. Thereafter the Air Peace PIC requested to taxi back to the Apron at D45 to check if anything had been stolen. In addition, he wanted to clear his doubts that a bomb may have been thrown into the aircraft. At D45, the Airport Chief Security called the NPFEOD (Explosive Ordinance Disposal) team who reported with their equipment at about 2026hrs. Passengers were disembarked at 2028hrs. The EOD team joined by FAAN’s Aviation Security and Air Peace Security conducted a search on the Cargo compartment and the

passenger cabin of the aircraft”. NCAA spokesman explained further in the statement that: “The search was completed at about 2055hrs and the aircraft was declared safe by the EOD Team leader. The Air Peace PIC therefore briefed the passengers of the EOD’s all clear decision and that the service shall be operated. All passengers reboarded and the aircraft was escorted to the holding area for take – off by the Escort teams from FAAN AVSEC and the Military Airside Patrol. The flight departed and landed safely at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Against this background, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) came to the conclusion that the Runway 18R burglary report is unproven, largely unsubstantiated and therefore should be discountenanced. He concluded by informing all stakeholders that all aviation agencies are well motivated and prepared to carry out their

responsibilities at all times. Reacting to NCAA’s statement, the management of Air Peace noted that the airline remains unwilling to be drawn into unnecessary controversy with agencies that ought to have been jolted into action from their slumber by patriotic information it gave on the incident. Air Peace in a statement signed by its Corporate Communications Manager, Chris Iwarah said the airline is compelled to say the purported report by NCAA is both a lazy and shoddy job at cover-up. Iwarah in his statement stated that: “The conclusion by NCAA suggesting that our information on the incident was a false alarm absolutely lacks a basis. From the report, it is clear that the only reason for NCAA’s dismissal of the very serious security breach was the claim that when an aircraft of another airline beamed its lights after our pilot alerted the control tower to the incident, the suspected thieves were not seen.”


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Gunmen kill 4 palm wine tappers in S/Kaduna From Femi Oyelola kaduna

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our persons have been reportedly killed and one other critically injured when unknown gunmen launched attack on Bakin Kogi village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna state yesterday. Locals who confirmed the development to our correspondent via telephone calls said, the victims were palm wine tappers who came

from other communities to conduct their business while their assailants attacked them in the bush and killed four of them. However, one of the palm wine tappers managed to escape with serious injuries. A resident of the area, who does not want his name in print said, “those that were killed were not members of Bakin Kogi but they were palm wine tappers from another community.

“They were in the bush tapping palm wine when they were attacked by unidentified gunmen. I cannot tell you where they came from for now. But they are not from our community here. “Policemen have visited the place and evacuated their bodies. The area is calm as I speak with you,” he said. Another source claimed that, “the attackers in their numbers around 9:am stormed the village

from the outskirt of the village and shot sporadically at innocent persons killing four and injured one. “Other people at the scene escaped unhurt while the victims died of bullet wounds”, the source added. When contacted on phone for confirmation, Commissioner of Police in the State, Austin Iwar requested for more time before he could respond saying, so many things are happening at the same

time. “I cannot confirm this to you now. Give me till tomorrow”, he said via a telephone call. However, the Command’s Spokesman, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu was reported to have confirmed the incident though he was yet to get full details as at press time. “The District Police Officer and the Area Commander are collating assessment reports at the affected community,” PPRO said.

Cross-section of participants at the 2018 World Hijab Day at Central Masjid Conference Hall, yesterday in Bauchi . Photo: NAN

2019: NURTW endorses Buhari, Bagudu for second term From Ahmed Idris Birnin kebbi

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he National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) kebbi State branch in collaboration with the National Headquarters of the union in Abuja has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu for second term in the office.

At the ceremony which took place, weekend, at the Haliru Audu Stadium Birnin Kebbi, the state capital aimed at supporting Buhari and Atiku second term in the office, NURTW said the duos remain the most credible persons to continue in office as President of Federal Republic of Nigeria and Governor of kebbi State respectively.

Speaking at the occasion, the National President NURTW, Alhaji Dr. Najeeb Usman Yasin (Makaman Gusau) who was represented by the National Auditor, Yahuza ‘Yan Kaba the Makaman Gusau acknowledged in addition to premium placed on improving road transport, President Muhammad has rekindled confidence in travelers by restoring security and

tranquility to the nation. He expressed firm support to the decision by the Kebbi State branch of the union to endorse President Muhammadu Buhari for second term and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu to serve another tenure in 2019. Also in his remark, the branch chairman, Alhaji Usman Abubakar

Clashes: Don’t criminalize Fulani race -Emir Sanusi urges Nigerians From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

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he Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi 11 has said that Fulani’s are not terrorists neither criminals as perceived in some quarters saying that they are Nigerians who are law abiding citizens that respect the constituted authorities in the country. The royal father made the declaration at the weekend in Minna at a National Executive Council meeting of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) attended by Lamido of Adamawa Muhammadu Barkindo Musdafa, Professor Ango Abdullahi and Dr. Aliyu Tilde and other stakeholders. The meeting held with the leadership of various Fulani sociocultural groups such as Miyetti

Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBA), Miyetti Allah Katul Houre and Gan Allah Fulani Development Association to find ways of ending the recurring violent clashes involving and other Nigerians across the country. Sanusi urged herders to imbibe the culture of patient and perseverance even in the face of provocation, adding that patience is strength rather than weakness however charged them on unity and keeping records with facts which they are known for. He noted that Inspector General of Police was urged to clampdown on anybody who possess illegal arms and prevailed on state governments not to arm militias, stressing that every Nigerian has the right to leave in any part of the country for his/her

legitimate business. He further told various Fulani associations to identify criminals within their midst for prosecution, while also appealing to Nigerians, especially the media to avoid ethnic profiling whenever a crime is committed by persons of certain tribe, saying criminals have no tribal marks. Emir Sanusi urged stakeholders to also liaise with the Governors of Niger, Kogi, Nasarawa and Kano, whom have indicate interest to allocate grazing reserves, with a view to developing them. He said that, Niger and Kogi states have allocated 30,000 and 15,000 hectres respectively, a total of 45,000 hectres of farmlands for grazing reserve for herdsmen. He briefed them on the meeting with the federal government’s

team led by Vice President Yomi Osinbajo, minister of agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe; Minister of Interior Abdulrahaman Danbazzau and the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris as well as stakeholders where useful suggestions were made on the matter. Leaders of various associations in their separate presentations agreed to take the message of peace to their members, even as they agreed with whatever resolutions taken between the stakeholders and federal government in the interest of peace and unity of the country. The South West leaders at the meeting decried the challenges facing them in the zone saying that the region have no gazetted grazing reserve as they are continuously seen as strangers despite leaving for over three decades in the region..

Bagudu directed all members to reelect President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu next year in view of their record of achievements. In his speech while presenting the endorsement letter, an elder brother to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu former member House of Representatives, Alhaji Bello Bagudu (Wakilin Gwandu) said that the second term endorsement letter is for onward submission to Mr. President Muhammadu Buhari. In a remark, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu appreciated the support of the Transport Union to APC which facilitated its victory at polls. He announced that the state government would provide soft loan of Two Hundred Million to the union for it members to purchase buses for commercial purpose, while another Two Hundred Million Naira will be made available to the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) for the same objective. At the rally, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Atiku Bunu Jega debunked the allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the governor had made decimal performance and awarding contracts to his blood relation and cronies.


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APC tightens grip on Kano, ahead 2019 From Kano

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he Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has declared the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidates as winners of the Saturday’s Local Government polls in all the 44 councils in the state. Twenty-five political parties participated in the election. Announcing the result before journalists at his office, yesterday, the chairman of the electoral commission in the state, Professor Ibrahim Garba

Sheka, said the APC had swept all the 484 councillorship seats in all the wards of the state, with wide margin. “I hereby announced that APC, has won all the chairmanship seats in the 44 Local government areas, and all their 484 councillorship seats. “Let me use this opportunity to congratulate the winners. Those who lost should take heart and accept defeat,” he said. Sheka also said that 25 political parties participated in the election, but the ruling APC won all the seats with a landslide.

He disclosed that KANSIEC had received the sum N600 million for the election exercise, adding that the money was used to take care of internal expenses. He also revealed that over N1billion was expended for the whole exercise, ranging from logistics and importation of sensitive election materials in 4 cargos. He said the election was 100% conducted, noting that the success was recorded because the electoral commission did not receive any external influence that could influence compromise. Sheka also commended the

state government for the support towards the success of the election, expressing appreciation to security agencies for ensuring the election was hitch-free. He, however, acknowledged the late arrival of the election materials, which caused delays in the commencement of voting; attributing the delay to late arrival of the consignment from China. “We have order for the sensitive election materials from China, which would come in 4 cargos. We received three cargos since last three weeks. Unfortunately, the last cargo, which contained more materials, arrived here at 12:45 am.

“We must commit errors; but I urge the public to correct us where we go wrong. This is our first time of conducting election. But despite the fact that it is our first attempt, I am satisfied with the way it was conducted,” he said. The security agencies that supervised the election include Police, Customs, Immigration, NDLEA, Vigilante groups, NSCDC and other secret security personnel. “I am proud that the election which was participated by 25 political parties was conducted peacefully without any violence, disruption by any person and no report of arrest,’’ he said.

R-L: Former Minister of Sports and Social Development, Bala Ka›Oje presenting an award to Sen. Osita Isunaso, during the investiture of the 20th President of the Nigerian Institute of Building, yesterday in Abuja, with them is the 20th President of the Institute, Mr Kenneth Nduka.

Baby factory uncovered in Abuja, Herbalist doctor held

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he National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, said it has sealed an illegal maternity and baby factory in Nyanya, Abuja. This is contained in a statement signed by the NAPTIP spokesman, Josiah Emerole, and made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday. Mr. Emerole said that the acclaimed Chief Medical Director of the baby factory was arrested few weeks back by NAPTIP for allegedly swindling several women who were in dare need of babies.

He said that the sealing of the illegal medical outfit, Akuchi Herbal Concept, located on Old road, around Pure Water area, New Nyanyan, Abuja, was part of the ongoing investigation into the case. According to him, the case had already generated public concern among Nigerians especially relations of the victims. The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the operatives of NAPTIP last week arrested a 38-year-old herbalist, (names withheld) for allegedly deceiving

women into thinking they are pregnant and thereafter giving other people’s babies to them having collected lots of money. The suspect, who is from Enugu State, is the owner of Akuchi Herbal Concept, located at New Nyanya, Abuja. He was arrested after weeks of surveillance by combined team of officers of the agency and those of the State Security Services. The spokesman said that the latest operation was coordinated by the Director, Investigation and Monitoring Department,

Greg Esele on the directive of the Director – General, Julie OkahDonli. He said the agency recovered local herbs used by the suspect to stimulate ovulation for women, some soaked black-coloured leaves and concoction, among others. Mr. Emerole explained that contrary to the suspect’s claim as displayed on the signpost, the clinic was virtually empty thereby raising question on how the women were able to believe his claims.

The spokesman quoted the director general of NAPTIP as saying, investigation was ongoing to determine the level of crime allegedly committed by the suspect. “Investigation is ongoing to clearly establish level of the unwholesome activities of the suspect and we are not leaving any stone unturned in getting to the roots of the crime. “This is also in line with our determination to ensure that Nigerians are not exploited in any way,” she said. (NAN)


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6th anniversary: Gov. Dickson assures of projects completion By our reporter

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ayelsa state Government holds interdenominational Church Service to kick off activities marking the 6th anniversary of Governor Seriake Dickson in office. The event was held at the Glory Land Chapel in Creek Haven, Government House Sunday afternoon witnessed heavy turnout of top government officials including friends and well wishers of the governor from various parts of the Niger Delta and Nigeria in general. Speaking at the event, Governor Seriake Dickson noted that the administration would use the remaining years of its tenure to complete projects in various sectors including health, education and works ministry. He said the present administration has done a lot in all sectors of the state and will continue to do more. Governor Dickson who was in high spirits at the Church service also thanked People of the state for their support in the last six years, saying it was their support that has spurred him to do more, and “ I will continue to do more”. Build-up of activities marking the 6th anniversary is expected to climax February 14. Monday would witness a lecture to be delivered a by prominent personality. Commissioning of over 104 projects is expected to take place before the climax of the celebrations. Yenagoa , the sprawling state capital is also agog as congratulatory bill boards adorned strategic areas, as women are not left out on their supportive attires , including youth groups too. Special presentations of various types expected on the final day, February 14th , Valentine Day.

Kaduna: 11,000 youths, women, monarchs for peace building From Femi Oyelola kaduna

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he Centre For Peace Advancement and SocioEconomic Development (CPAED) said it has mobilised about 11,000 youths, women traditional and religious leaders in its peace building efforts in Kaduna communities. The coordinator of the group, Mrs Jane Obiora, disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday Mrs Obiora added that, out of the figure, 7,000 were youth, 2,500 were women and 1,500 traditional and religious leaders. She said that the people were reached with messages on peace building, conflict resolution and

early warning, early response mechanism, democracy and good governance, women and Youth empowerment and development. Other areas are human rights, child protection, counseling, nutrition and psycho-social support to improve the livelihood of the people. According to her, the aim was to entrenched communitybased conflict and disasterrisk management to prevent violent-conflict and address socio-economic issues affecting women, youths and children. “This is because women, youths, adolescent girls and children remained the most vulnerable and marginalised in

the society. “Our main objective was to promote sustainable peace, improve the livelihood of women, youth and children and entrench tolerance to build a responsible citizenship for peaceful coexistence.” Obiora said that the people were reached in 27 communities in 10 local government areas of the state, namely Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Igabi, Chikun, Zaria, Sabon Gari, Jema’a, Kaura, Kachia and Zangon kataf. She identified the benefitting communities as Gonigora,Tudunwada, Rigasa, Malali, Badarawa, Buwaya, Televison / Sabo, Unguwan

Romi, Kujama, Mararaban Rido, Makera, Kawo,Baranwa, Trikania and Nasarawa. Others are, Kafanchan, Zonkwa, Kachia, Manchok, Samaru-Kataf, Gyellsu, Samaru, Tudunwada, Sabo Gari, Tudun wada-zaria and Zaria city. “We mobilised and enlisted the support of traditional and religious leaders to maintain peace by engaging government officials to ensure quality service delivery to the people and opportunity to participate in decision making process. “Trainings were also conducted on gender analysis, leadership, and human rights to promote the recognition of equal rights in societies,” She added.

L-R: Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello with Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, during the Governor’s presentation of letter of intent for the establishment of cattle colony in the state to the Minister on Friday in Avuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Sen. Shehu Sani extols virtues of journalist, Baba Ahmed From Kaduna

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he Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Upper Chamber Shehu Sani has described the late

veteran Journalist Mahmoon Baba Ahmed as a fearless, principled and thorough bred journalist who exemplified his beliefs and convictions throughout his life. He stated this in a statement

made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday. According to him, the late journalist was loved by the poor and the oppressed because he spoke truth to power and held power to account on behalf of

the people. “He refused to be bought or compromised or coward by the establishment, past and present. “He was a man clearly known for what he believed

in and what he stood for. He never bowed to falsehood and deception of the ruling class. “His voice and programs consistently stroke a thunderous fear in the heart,” Sani said.

(FCT). His words: “We are encouraged that the students are already keen into the issue of taxation. If they are in the school and they are doing it like this, that means by the time they are on their own, nobody will force them to pay tax. They will be willing to be role model in respect of tax payment”. He noted that the Federal Government had been using the tax payers’ money to provide basic

necessities of life for the citizens of Nigeria. Also speaking, the president of the Tax Club of the University of Abuja, Nwakuna Santus Nkemjika, pleaded with every Nigerian to pay their taxes as at when due, so as to enable the Federal Government to have enough revenue to cater for basic needs of Nigerians. He said if Nigerians endeavor to pay their taxes, the Government at all levels would have sufficient

money to build hospitals, roads as well as pay the salaries of the workers. His words:” If persons or an individual are not responding to tax, the government will not have enough money to provide basic amenities for the people”. Nkemjika said the Tax club of the University was formed for the purpose of educating, sensitizing as well publicizing taxation to the public.

Nigerians urged to pay taxes By Usman Shuaibu

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Tax Controller (TC) , Gwagwalada MSTO of the Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS), Mr. Ogunmola M.A, has called on Nigerians to deem it necessary to pay their taxes for the sake of Socio-economic growth of the country. He made this call in an interview with Peoples Daily at the occasion of the Tax Club of the

University of Abuja which entitled “ Tax Education in Nigeria and its Challenges”. He also charged Nigerian workers as well as companies to devote their time in paying taxes in order to fast track development in our nation. He commended the officials of the Tax Club of the University for the steps being taken to organize a tax week to create awareness for the people of Federal Capital Territory


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NULGE Troops kill several fleeing insurgents in Yobe Chairman assassinated T in Bayelsa From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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he Chairman of the Southern Ijaw branch of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE), in Bayelsa State, Okaye Igali, has been assassinated. The spokesperson of the state Police Command, Asinim Butswat, confirmed the murder to journalists Saturday in Yenagoa, the state capital. “Igali `m` age 53, was shot and killed by unknown gunmen, along Ayama Ijaw Road, Southern Ijaw LG on Friday. “Preliminary investigation revealed that the attack was a premeditated murder. The police Tactical Team have swung into action to arrest the culprits and investigation is ongoing,” Mr. Butswat said. Elaye Warifagha, the Secretary, Community Development Committee (CDC) of Ayama-ijaw community told journalists that the attack happened in daylight. “The attack happened in broad daylight; it was a case of assassination by those who claim to know the deceased. “The victim was on a tricycle going to AyamaIjaw water front to board a speed boat to his destination when the gunmen attacked him.”(NAN)

he Nigerian Army has said that, several fleeing Boko Haram insurgents were killed by troops of Operation Lafiya who attempted forcing their way through military position in Giniri town in Yobe state. A statement issued by Maj. Nureni Alimi, Assistant Director Army Public Relations 27 Task Force Brigade yesterday and said the incident happened on Friday even as two soldiers were injured in the encounter but were in stable condition. “The ongoing clearance operations through Operation

DEEP PUNCH II in Operation LAFIYA DOLE, is yielding the desired result with the victory over the terrorists. Some desperate Boko Haram terrorists attempted to escape the theatre through one of the formidable blocking positions in Goniri, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State, had been severely dealt with on Friday 9th February 2018”. “The terrorists in attempt to penetrate through the troops lying in wait were mercilessly trashed. Troops destroyed their Vehicleborne Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), neutralized quite a number and wounded several other escaping Boko Haram terrorists”, the statement said.

“Similarly, they recovered an Anti-aircraft gun with long belt of ammunitions, an AK-47 Rifle and other items immediately the terrorists encountered the troops around 6:20pm, they adopted rapid firing, while the troops responded with maximum volume of fire. The troops’ tank tactically flanked and crushed the IED laden vehicle of the terrorists”. “The response was very efficient as only 2 soldiers sustained minor injuries.The two brave soldiers are currently receiving treatment in the Brigade Field Ambulance. Preliminary investigation reveals that some unscrupulous Boko Haram terrorists informants might have hinted the terrorist group

that the troops had moved along with their equipment out of the blocking position the previous day, hoping that penetration through the area would have been easy. “Disappointedly, they met gallant troops who proved too impenetrable, frustrated their effort and cleared their doubt”. “It should be noted that having been forced out of their hideouts due to the ongoing Operation DEEP PUNCH II, the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to marauding around isolated communities and fleeing the theatre.“Nevertheless, the troops have remained resilient and on maximum alert, full of high morale,” it further added.

L-R, commandant National Defence College Admiral Adeniyi Oshinowo, Deputy Commandant Peter Danke and the representative of the Vice President, Kemi Adeosun, during a lecture delivered by the Representative of the Vice President to the Course 26 Participants of National Defence College , at the weekend in Abuja.

Innoson chief appeals arrest order, seeks stay of execution

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businessman and chairman of Innoson Group, Innocent Chukwuma, has appealed the decision of a Lagos State High Court asking for his arrest and presentation before it. Justice Mojisola Dada on Friday issued a bench warrant on the businessman for his failure to appear for arraignment before the court. Mr. Chukwuma and his company

were dragged to the court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on allegations of fraud and forgery. Mr. Chukwuma was, however, not in court for arraignment. Following application by counsel to the anti-graft agency, Justice Dada ruled that Mr. Chukwuma should be arrested and kept in custody a day before the next adjournment and be produced on the adjourned date of

arraignment, March 14. However, in an application before the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, Mr. Chukwuma appealed against the trial court’s decision and issuance of the bench warrant. Premium Times reports that, . Chukwuma has also applied to the Lagos State High Court for stay of execution of the order pending determination of the appeal.

J.N. Mbadugha, counsel to Mr. Chukwuma, had during the court proceedings on February 9 raised an objection to the court that there is a motion pending at the court of appeal to stay commencement of proceedings and execution of the court’s order of January 17. He questioned the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the matter. Mr. Mbadugha also called the attention of the court to the motions

pending in the matter, at various courts. He also informed the court that the 3rd defendant has not been served and as such the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter. Mr. Mbadugha, therefore, asked that the court set aside the decision of the trial judge and the bench warrant for the arrest of Mr. Chukwuma issued by the judge.

Herders, farmers crisis: Group wants Reps to leave IGP alone By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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civil society organization, Arise Nigeria Initiative (ANI) has called on the House of Representatives to leave the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris alone to perform his constitutional duties. A statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Amos Gizzor, was reacting to calls

by members of the House of Representatives, demanding the sack of the IGP over what they called “woeful failure” to handle security issues in the country. It said the IGP has performed credibly well in tackling the various security situations in the country and should not be judged by the killings in Benue state. The statement said: “Idris is an officer with impeccable track

records who earned his position at the top echelon of the force. We as a group identify with this fine service man who has done well for the country. “It is under Idris that we saw massive fight against Kidnapping, armed robbery and corruption in the force. Based on his achievements, we want him to be allowed to continue his work of securing lives and property of Nigerian.”

It said that the issue of herders - farmers clashes in the country did not start during his tenure, wondering why he should be held accountable despite his numerous efforts in fighting the menace. “We recall that the Benue State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen in Makurdi that the officer who was being searched and returned hale and hearty and had even joined

his colleagues at his primary duty post. “We expect that the force should be commended for this and fight against hardened kidnappers and armed robbers arrested recently and, for ensuring peace in many parts of the country. The group spokesperson further stated that IGP Idris is already working on community policing where must of these vices in the society will be addressed.


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Only fit, proper judges will preside over courtsBuhari assures By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has assured that only fit and proper judges will preside over courts in the country. According to a statement made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garbage Shehu, government has commenced the process of ensuring that persons, Judges and Justices recommended by the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appointment into various Courts of Record in the instant are fit and proper, and are not under any disability to function as Judicial Officers. The President’s position was in furtherance of the executive powers vested in him under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution, which allows him as the appointing authority to exercise same reasonably, taking all relevant factors into consideration. Buhari gave the assurance that he will approve or disapprove the appointment of judges as soon as their background verification is completed.

Why police can’t withdraw officers from VIPs, unauthorised persons -Official

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he Police Service Commission, PSC, said that more than 150,000 police officers were attached to VIP’s and unauthorised persons in the country. Nigeria currently has about 400,000 police officers. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 directed that police personnel attached to unauthorised persons and VIPs in the country be withdrawn and deployed to confront the security challenges in the nation. The Chairman of the

commission, Mike Okiro made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, in Abuja. “We cannot afford to have more than half of the population of the Police in private hands,” he said. He said that the commission in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force, had commenced the implementation of the withdrawal of police officers, but the exercise was stalled due to lack of fund. “We could not sustain the enforcement of the order on the withdrawal of policemen attached to unqualified persons in the country because of lack of fund.

He expressed disappointment at the practice where persons who served as ministers for over 10 to 15 years still go about with police security. Mr. Okiro said that the nation cannot be battling with shortage of manpower in the force while majority of these officers would be in the service of few privileged Nigerians. The chairman said that that the number of police officers in the country was inadequate for the population, hence the request for the recruitment of more policemen. He said that issue of paucity of fund had been one of the problems

hindering the recruitment of more policemen for enhanced service delivery. “The Nigeria police Force is underfunded and not only in the area of manpower. “The issue of funding is very strategic to the Nigeria Police Force. If you want to police Nigeria as it should be, the entire budget of Nigeria cannot be enough for that,” he said. The chairman said that the Police Trust Fund bill before the National Assembly if passed into law would go a long way to address the issue of funding for the police. (NAN)

L-R: Cultural Affairs Officer, Embassy of the United State of America in Nigeria, Mr. Laurence Socha, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Health Care Services,. Hon Muhammad Usman, Executive Director, Project Pink Blue, Mr. Runcie Chidebe and the Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, National Hospital, Dr. Aisha Umar, during the Project Blue Pink world cancer day commemoration conference, on Friday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

2019: Buhari’ll not divert capital project funds for election -Adeosun By Paul Efiong with agency report

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he federal government’s capital budget would be strictly deployed to fund infrastructural projects across the country, particularly the completion of ongoing projects, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, has said. The government, she added, would retain the capital budget despite forthcoming elections in the country. The minister made this known on Friday in Abuja while representing the Vice President, H.E. Yemi Osinbajo, at a lecture delivered to the National Defence College (NDC) Course 26 participants. Responding to an enquiry by a member of the NDC Course 26 on the use of the capital budget for the general elections, Mrs. Adeosun maintained that the present administration would not engage in the diversion of

the capital project funds for the forthcoming elections. The minister said, “The Administration remains committed to infrastructure spending at the high levels of the past two years and the completion of major ongoing projects.” She further reiterated the commitment of the administration to its programme of transformation, and jobs and wealth creation across the country. President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 7, 2017 presented a budget of N8.612 trillion to the National Assembly, with focus on massive infrastructure development which includes: key strategic roads, rail projects and power projects, among others. Earlier at the National Defence College, the finance minister had delivered the Vice President’s lecture to the Course 26 participants titled “Economic Dimensions of National Security:

The Nigerian Experience.” In the speech, Vice President Osinbajo said improvement in economic security was vital to Nigeria’s economic growth, human security improvement, and realisation of national defence and security requirements. He assured that the federal government would continue to play a key role in ensuring national cohesion by promoting social inclusion as a key state objective. “Economic development is a springboard for improved national security because it comes with growth which enables more resources for a growing population. “National economic development means that a country can meet its national security needs without depending on outsiders for the provision of its defence and security needs. Depending on food and energy imports makes a nation vulnerable to external pressure,”

said the vice president, who chairs the Economic Management Team (EMT) of the Government. He disclosed that the administration adopted the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) as a response to the recession towards restoring growth and reducing Nigeria’s vulnerability to external shocks. He explained that the ERGP was initiated to address macroeconomic balance, increase contribution of agriculture, manufacturing, mining and high value services to the economy, build a competitive economy through the provision of infrastructure, and invest in the Nigerian people. On the Social Investment Programme, Mr. Osinbajo revealed that about 200,000 N-Power Jobs had been created under the programme while 250 million meals had been served under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme. He added that 300,000 micro

loans had been issued under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme. Mr. Osinbajo was upbeat about Nigeria’s outlook for 2018, noting that the federal government expects the economy to grow by 3.5 per cent, which is 1.4 per cent more than the International Monetary Fund’s projection of 2.1 per cent for Nigeria. “The inflation projection of 15.74 per cent by end of 2017 was achieved and there is good reason to believe that the EGRP target of 12.42 per cent by the end of 2018 can be achieved. “With regard to foreign exchange reserves, the level of $40.3 billion achieved by end January is already quite close to the amount of $43.53 billion projected in the ERGP for the end of this year. Given the current state of the oil market, this is a target that can readily be achieved,” the vice president stated.


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Youth Parliament faults amnesty over alleged rights abuse by soldiers By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he Nigeria Youth Parliament (NYP) has faulted Amnesty international for accusing the Nigerian armed forces of right abuses in the war against the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram. The group also expressed concern over the loss of lives and properties due to the spate of clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Benue state and other parts of the country.

Speaker of the parliament Obe Ayodele John who spoke on the occasion of the commemoration of the armed forces remembrance day in Abuja over the weekend, enjoined security outfits to put in place measures to nip the menace in the bud. Stating the NYP is organizing a national youth security summit in Abuja in April this year, he said it behooves the authorities in the three tiers of government to reach out to the youths who play key role to keep the peace in the country.

John disclosed that a lecture titled “massive and concerted investment in youth development, a panacea for youth restiveness and safer nigeria “ would be delivered during the summit which would attract participants from across the country. At the occasion graced by representatives of security chiefs and Imo and Sokoto states Governors, he called on the youths to support on-going effort by the government to protect lives and properties in the country.

Said he: “No nation develops on the bedrock of violence, crimes and vices so let is shun inciting thoughts, acts and speeches capable of causing tumoil, hatred, violence and war. The NYP pledges it’s support and maximum cooperation towards the safety, unity, sanctity and development in Nigeria.” NYP’s minority leader, Comrade Obande Gideon Obande who decried the Amnesty International report maintained that the Nigerian Armed forces acted within the confines of

Obaseki attends Correspondents Chapel lecture series today

. Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Sharon Ikeazor (L) speaking to pensioners at the on-going second phase of pension verification for Nitel/Mte, yesterday  in Kano State.

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do state governor, Godwin Obaseki is billed to attend Correspondents Lecture series of the state Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) today. A statement by the Acting Chairperson of the Chapel, Mrs. Nefishetu Yakubu, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN Correspondent, said the state governor will be the Special Guest of honour at the lecture which will hold at the NUJ Press Centre in Benin City. The February 2018 lecture series, is part of its Corporate social responsibility of the Chapel. The statement adds that a reader with the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo state, Dr. Agharese Osifo will deliver the lecture entitled: ,”Sustainable agriculture as a Panacea for the Herdsmen attack on arable Crop farmers in Nigeria”. The event would be chaired by Owere Dickson Imasogie, a renowned farmer and industrialist, while, Dr. Felix Omobude, the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and Alhaji Abdufatah Enabulele - Chief Imam of Benin Central Mosque are Guests of honour. Yakubu also said other Guests of Honour are Apostle Mrs Eunice Deb ‘rah Gordon Osagiede, General Overseer of the Spirit and Life Bible Church and Comrade Peter Esele, a former Labour leader turned farmer. Meanwhile the acting Secretary of the Correspondents Chapel, Mr Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Correspondent of People’s Daily Newspaper has said all farmers, women, youths and other stakeholders concerned about food security in Nigeria can also attend the event.

internationally accepted rules of engagement in the war against Boko Haram. He urged Amnesty International to dedicate their energies towards identifying perpetrators of rights abuses in the wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya. He called on the authorities to cater for the needs of the families of soldiers who laid their lives in the on-going effort to rid the country of the menace of Boko Haram and other criminal activities across the country.

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UNICEF commends media partnership From Ahmed Kaigama Bauchi

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NICEF has lauded its partnership with the media in terms of sensitization, mobilization and enlightenment of the general public on its activities across the country. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist UNICEF Bauchi Office, Drissa Yeo, stated at the two day training for journalists on ethical reporting on Child survival, development and protection that ended weekend, organized by Bauchi State Television (BATV) supported by UNICEF Nigeria Bauchi field office.

He said the training is timely considering the vital roles journalists are playing in making UNICEF program achieve results in issues that centers around women and children. “We are grateful for your support in raising awareness on issues that concern children and women, you are doing a great job and as the new circle of UNICEF’s programs starts (2018 to 2022), we hope to see a more robust partnership that will lead to recording more success stories in the areas of women and children”. In his remarks the Managing Director of BATV Alhaji Ibrahim Idris Shall, represented by the Director News and Program,

Ibrahim Sani, said BATV have had a long standing partnership with UNICEF in all areas of development especially as it effects children and women. He said “we partner with UNICEF in the areas of community mobilization, creating awareness and giving publicity that assist in mitigating challenges associated in making the lives of children and women more productive and healthy. We also partner to see to the elimination of Polio amongst children”. Shall charged the participants “not to relent in reporting children and women issues and as journalists, you have a duty to uphold professional ethics in

carrying out your duties”. Also speaking the communication specialists UNICEF Bauchi field office, Mr Samuel Kaalu said the objective of the training was to enhance the knowledge of participants on ethical reportage on Children’s issues, to update participants knowledge on Journalism based on ethical principles, to dialogue on the current child survival , development and protection issues in states that are supported by UNICEF Nigeria Bauchi office and to also draw up a plan of action to put the issues of child survival on public discuss. The Participants come from Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba and Jigawa States.

Police raid NCAC permanent site, recover rifle, hard drugs By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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ollowing intelligence reports of suspected criminal activities at the Art and Crafts Village, the permanent site of the National Council for Arts and Culture in Abuja, the police have moved on a full-scale operation leading to the arrest of over 92 suspected

criminals, recovery of a Barreta rifle and weed substance believed to be Indian hemp. The raid was carried out over the weekend by men attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Federal Capital Territory Command, (FCT), saying it has become necessary to raid the site of criminal

elements that have been terrorizing the nation’s capital while using NCAC permanent site as hideout. According to information from the SARS Division, the suspects are currently in police custody awaiting further investigation and possible prosecution while assuring that upon completion of investigations, those found to be innocent will be

set free in accordance with the law. The report said that ,the operation is part of efforts by the Nigeria Police to constantly fight crime within and outside the FCT by massively reducing the spate of armed robbery, serial car snatching, incidences of kidnapping and other unwholesome activities going on in the FCT and the country by

extension. Recall that ,the DirectorGeneral, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe since assuming duty last year has been making spirited efforts along with the police to sanitize the Arts and Crafts Village thereby maximizing the purpose for which it was established by the Federal Government.


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Lawmaker Plateau debt: Lalong to pay N28bn before 2025 donates materials T worth N3m to IDPs in Nasarawa From Ado Abubakar Musa Jo

he former Governor of Plateau, Jonah David Jang, collected over Twenty Eight Billion Naira( N28 billion) bond and the present administration of Governor Simon Bako Lalong is to pay Six Hundred and Eight Million Naira(N860 million) monthly based

on irrevocable standing payment order before the end of 2025. Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Sani A Yahaya stated this at Cabinet Office in Jos, during the 2018 budget breakdown. According to him, the budget which is tagged “ Budget of Rescue and Consolidation” has a total size of

One Hundred and Forty Six Billion, Nine Hundred and Twenty One Naira(146,406,074,921.00) only. He said the budget is more than that of last year with the sum of N6,911,766,665.00. According to the break down, the capital and recurrent expenditures would take N70,505,477,530.00(48.16%)

and N75,900,597,391.00(51.84) respectively. The breakdown based on subsector revealed that the ministry of works and transport got the highest allocation with the total amount of N18,833,700,000.00 Representing 26.71% followed by the education ministry with the sum of N11,930,062,607.00.

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federal lawmaker representing Nasarawa/ Toto at the House of Representives, Hon. Mohammed Ja’afaru Ibrahim, has donated materials worth over N 3million to the nigerians displaced by recent crisis involving pastolarists and farmers in Benue state. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are camped Azara and Kadarko communities in Awe and Keana and Local Government Councils of Nasarawa state. The relief materials, which comprised bags of rice, sugar, garri, tubers of yam and bottles of water, were received on behalf of the IDPs by Interim Management Committee (IMC) Chairmen of Awe and Kean LGCs. Represented by Barr. Mustapha Galadima, Hon. Ja’afaru, who is one of the front runners in the race to become Governor of Nasarawa state in 2019, said the gesture was only symbolic as nothing could be greater than what one provided for oneself. He said it was important for all well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the IDPs, adding that nothing was too small to give at “moment of thier needs.” He said: “ It is my believe that you are not here because you are lazy and could not provide for yourselves. You are here because condition beyond your control forced you out of your comfort zones.” He commended Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa state for the timely provisions for the comfort of the IDPs. “I want to commend Governor Al-Makura for making sure that our displaced brothers and sisters were not only promptly quartered but were well provided for.” He also commended the federal government for promptly answering the distressed calls from the Benue state government by dispatching the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, and the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, to the state for on-thespot assessment. He further commended the security agencies in the country for promptly containing the crisis and prevented it from spilling over to neighbouring states. He charged Nigerians to be thier brother’s keepers by resolving differences in line with the laid down procedures and desist from taking the law into their hands. Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Boniface Ifer, thanked Hon. Ja’afaru for coming to their aid, saying he had indeed proved to be “a brother indeed.”

L-R: Chairman of the National Stakeholders Committee on Prisons Reform and Decongestion, Justice Ishaq Bello; Commissioner for Justice and AttorneyGeneral of Rivers State, Mr Emmanuel Aguma, and Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, during the Committee’s visit to  Port Harcourt Maximum Security Prison in Rivers.. Photo: NAN

SERAP urges Ambode to reverse ‘unfair Lekki toll charges’ By Paul Efiong with agency report

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he Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has urged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode “to take steps to immediately reverse the unfair and discriminatory toll charges at the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge toll gates by the Lekki Concession Company, if the Lagos State government is not to run the risk of undermining the public interests, democratic values and accountability, and opportunities for participation.” The organisation said, “It’s time for Ambode to ensure and maintain a balance between the needs of the citizens and residents of Lagos State and the Lekki Concession Company. The authorities should respect and protect the right of protesters to demonstrate against the hike

in toll charges and to voice their opinion. International human rights treaties ratified by Nigeria and the country´s own constitution obligate the government to safeguard the rights of freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly.” The new rates for the toll charges at the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge toll gates were implemented February 1 by the Lekki Concession Company (LCC), managers of the road. But SERAP in a statement on Sunday by its executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said, “This latest increase in toll charges at the Lekki-Epe Expressway and Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge toll gates is unacceptable, as it conflicts with the goals and commitment of the Lagos State Government to provide basic public services to citizens and residents. It seems the agreement between the Lagos

State Government and the Lekki Concession Company is no longer serving the needs of citizens and residents.” According to the organisation, “In the face of rising poverty and economic inequalities across the country, the Lagos State government should be considering eliminating toll charges rather than allowing the Lekki Concession Company to get away with overcharging citizens and residents and prioritising profits over the public interests. Unless the situation is satisfactorily resolved in the public interests, the government runs the risk of being viewed as beholden to special interests and out of touch with the public good.” The statement read in part: “The hike shows how profit motive can conflict with public motive. Accountability principles require the government to ensure that the

activities of the Lekki Concession Company align with the policies and activities of governance, and that the company is not allowed to exploit its monopoly position to charge excessive rates.” “It is the duty of the Lagos State government as custodian of the public trust, to take the public interests into account in assessing the activities of the Lekki Concession Company. The government is further obligated to prevent unnecessary and unjustified harm to the public trust and interests.” “Both ‘pre-decision accountability’ in the form of consultation with citizens, residents and other stakeholders, and ‘postdecision accountability’ in the form of taking corrective measures to redress the apparent injustice to those that might be affected by the hike are key democratic and governance values.”

military vessel approached. When the boat was taken to Batam for inspection, 1,029 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine were found stashed inside 41 sacks of rice. Navy deputy chief Vice Admiral Achmad Taufiqoerrochman said, “Last night, we discovered more than one tonne of crystal meth and the amount might increase because

we have not finished checking everything.” Four crew members were arrested and the men told their captors that they had planned on taking the drugs to Australia. Indonesia has some of the toughest anti-drugs laws in the world, including capital punishment for traffickers. Officials initially suspected that the Taiwanese fishing boat

was a part of a drug syndicate wanted by the Indonesian military. As well as the huge stash of drugs, at least four different national flags and fake documents were found on board, prompting suspicion that the vessel was a ‘phantom ship’ which changes its name and flag depending on which country’s waters it is sailing in to avoid detection.(Metro)

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‘phantom ship’ which had more than a tonne of crystal meth on board has been seized by the Indonesian navy. The MV Sunrise Glory was intercepted by a navy boat patrolling the Phillip Channel between Singapore and Batam. It was flying the flag of Singapore but the crew changed it for the Indonesian one as the


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China as economic model

OUR MISSION “To be the market place of ideas and the leading player in the industry by putting the people first, upholding the truth, maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards while delivering value to our stakeholders”

of the growth has, significantly improved, with the country’s per-capita income increased by 7.3% year on year in real terms, higher than the national GDP growth. Of remarkable significance of the supply-side structural reform is the higher industrial production efficiency measured by capacity utilization ratio with high-tech industries growing at a faster pace than overall industry growth. China’s sturdy and steady growth, which has now acquired vigorous momentum owes largely to a political leadership of the Communist Party of China, with President Xi Jinping at the core that have persistently exercised the boldest imagination which implies, ceaselessly interrogating China’s existential reality, contextualizing policy platforms to actual national condition and specific social context. This kind of unrelenting exertions does not brook complacency and is rewarded by a broad

At an unexpectedly 6.9%, after most early forecasts have predicted 6.5%, a rate which is still impressive against global growth crunch of about 3% for major and emerging economies, China’s economy proved resilient and reliable driver of global economic recovery which she contributes a whopping 30 per cent. Having galloped at an average of 10% annual growth for most of the years, since her enigmatic reforms, from 1978, when the 3rd plenary session of the 11th central committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) decided to adopt reform and opening up as core of the country’s modernization effort, the fiery growth momentum of about three decades began to cool at a steady and growth rate of 6.5%. The trend of slower growth was attributed to structural adjustments of the economy in effecting transition of earlier economic drivers of labour-intensive manufacturing and exports to new set aggregates conducive to high-tech and post industrial economy. Chinese leader, President Xi Jinping referred to the structural transformation in which the service sector, innovation and consumption will play the key strategic driving roles as the New Normal. Announcing the latest growth figures last month, the head of the country’s National bureau of statistics, Ning Jizhe said that “the national economy has maintained momentum of stable and sound development and exceeded the expectation with the economic vitality, impetus and potential released.” “The rebounding growth was mainly built on still brisk industrial output, real estate investment and export growth,” reported the China Daily, the country’s largest English newspaper. The vigorous momentum of the Chinese economy recorded at 6.9% year-on-year in 2017, against earlier forecasts of slower growth was despite the supply-side structural reform, which led to production capacity reduction, environmental protection measures which caused factory closures and affected production, and rising financial costs which was the result of regulatory financial tightening. The rebound of the China’s economy with unexpectedly superb growth indicates that the real economy is quite resilient. Even as growth accelerated in 2017, the quality

And against the background of the China’s steady growth, her engagement with Africa already broad and inclusive of key areas that are objectively complimentary to Africa’s development imperatives would considerably accelerate. The most compelling revolutionary context of Africa’s economic renaissance is industrialization and China is already a key partner in that regards. and inclusive growth, and shared prosperity. While policy instruments China deploys to her economic challenges are decidedly home grown, the experience with Africa and even down in Nigeria is the plethora of contradictory policy framework shoved our necks by distant and sometimes middle cadre technocrats from western dominated financial institutions. In our view, while their policy prescriptions may not have issued from outright malevolence, it is however, deficient of critical input of our reality

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and conditions. The experience of China has shown that when all local contents and conditions are factored into economic policy, it makes for quality yield in results both in robust growth and improvement in the quality of the lives of the people. And against the background of the China’s steady growth, her engagement with Africa already broad and inclusive of key areas that are objectively complimentary to Africa’s development imperatives would considerably accelerate. The most compelling revolutionary context of Africa’s economic renaissance is industrialization and China is already a key partner in that regards. Against the backdrop of impressive economic performance, we salute the leadership of the country and urge them to continue to make exertions that will make global economic recovery steady and sustainable. Also as part of comprehensive partnership with Africa, we urge Beijing to integrate sharing of experiences in economic policy- making in the mechanism of China-Africa Cooperation as a way to compare notes with Africa partners. China-Africa has reached crucial milestones and can only get better. Distractions like the unfounded allegation by a French newspaper le monde that China bugged the Africa Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is such hogwash and have been denounced as such by African leaders including the president of AUcommission, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahmet. Mr. Mahmet who is currently in China has noted the all round cooperation between China and Africa. His host foreign minster Wang yi, has also made known that the two sides have long standing mutually beneficial cooperation. Meanwhile Nigeria-China bilateral diplomatic cooperation is 47 years today, having been established on 10th of February, 1971. Having come this far in a diplomatic relation that has brought benefits to both sides, it is our hope that it will continue to grow from strength to strength. As we congratulate China on impressive economic performance, we also use the occasion of the Chinese new year or the Spring festival, to wish the Chinese friends, the tenacity, endurance and strength of the dog as this year is remarkably the Chinese year of the Dog

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2018 AU summit: Good outing for Nigeria By Ignatius Arinze

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he 2018 summit meeting of the Heads of States and Governments of the Africa Union has come and gone but it will go down in history as one of the most eventful and strategic so far in the history of the continental organization. For Nigeria, the summit was a good one for the country and its leader, President Muhammadu Buhari whose position as a diplomat of repute and a leader of the continent was further pronounced. It should be noted that the theme of the summit was how to combat corruption which undoubtedly is Africa’s wasting disease as the continent and its people have paid a high prize for corruption. Corruption took root gradually since independence in the 1960’s in Africa when most African States got their independence and today, the social vice has made tremendous progress to become a significant drawback to development and prosperity on the continent. Fighting corruption and doing so with a sense of responsibility and to produce results has been identified as one of the secrets to genuine economic development on the continent and the fact that Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari was chosen to spearhead the campaign against corruption on the continent is a vote of confidence of immense proportion. It should be noted that to prepare the ground for a concerted war against corruption on the African continent, on July 4, 2017 the AU Commission had communicated to the Nigerian leader that he has been unanimously selected to lead the war against corruption on the continent. That President Buhari is today, the anti- corruption Czar of the continent and the first person to be so recognized, is a testimony to the novelty and success of the anti- corruption war he has been waging in Nigeria since he came to power on May 29, 2015. During his keynote address to

the Heads of States and Governments gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the seat of the African Union, the Nigerian leader popularly known as PMB, did not disappoint. President Buhari situated corruption in proper context as a real and present and even future problem militating against development of the continent and the welfare of its people and indeed as ‘a wasting disease’. He shared his experience with fighting the menace in Nigeria and the difficulties associated with it. He recognized that the phenomenon is not strictly speaking, an African problem but an international problem in which Africa has been caught because of the wealth of the continent, and the criminal acquiescence of the leadership. The dilemma for Africa and all societies mired in corruption is that while such a society or community might be wellendowed, because of corruption, such endowments would not be visible as the population of the countries concerned would still be battling primary poverty characterized by the absence of basic amenities and infrastructure and a grossly disempowered population. The unique thing about President Buhari being Africa’s anti- corruption Czar is the fact that unlike many African leaders who are usually fingered or accused of corrupt dealings and tendencies, President Buhari displayed uncommon courage in making the fight against corruption as a campaign slogan and one of the planks of his administration. Thus he is a moral leader on the continental scale and internationally, he has emerged as someone who manifests transparency and accountability. It is hoped that the effort of PMB in fighting corruption and the recognition of his effort in this regard would help Nigerians to join hands and own this important social crusade. Similarly, one expects that African leaders who bestowed this honour of

a continental Czar on PMB will also take the campaign serious in their own countries considering that an estimate put the cost of corruption to African States, at a whopping $400 billion since independence in the 1960’s. A second indication of seriousness on the part of African leaders at the recent summit, is the impressive attendance list. The leaders of Africa’s odd 55 member States were in attendance indicating in the words of some analysts, that there is some urgency in the minds of the leaders to deal with the problems of the continent and at the same time, advance the Union to the next level. Among the notable African leaders aside Nigeria’s PMB, were President Fattah El- Sisi of Egypt, President Zuma of South Africa, the leaders of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and the host President of Ethiopia and the record- breaking Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who took over the mantle as President of the AU. The issue of terrorism was also discussed exhaustively as the latter has emerged as a veritable danger in many parts of the continent. Quite a number of African countries are facing threats from terrorists. These range from the Boko Haram in Nigeria which has been much degraded thanks to the Nigeria Army and the international anti- terror coalition put together by President Buhari, to the Al- Shabab harassing Somalia and Kenya, to the ISIS in the Maghreb, and in the African Sahel States of Mali, Niger and Libya. Another important achievement of the last summit for which Nigeria’s PMB and other African leaders deserve credit, is the creation after much hesitation and deliberation of a single- continent wide aviation market for Africa, known as the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM). The commendation for the entrance of the African single aviation market should

go to the leading African economies and their leaders namely Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tanzania etc. There are for now only 26 members of the single aviation market out of the 55 African member States of the Union. It is expected that soon more African States will join the market to make aviation easier and pleasurable on the continent and maximize the benefit of the sector to Africa’s economic development. The single aviation market is a bold move to liberalise the aviation sector on the continent for economic growth and greater cooperation. Hitherto, the sector has been victim of much protectionism, high taxes and strict regulation and these had affected the growth and development of the sector. The poor development of inter- African aviation had reduced the development of trade, inter- African travels, tourism and even educational and intellectual cooperation and development. Hopefully, all that will start to change when the single market comes into operation. The single aviation market should herald a revolution in inter- African travels by increasing the volume of air passengers commuting between African countries as airlines on the continent should now be able to shuttle from one African country to another. Also, the authorities on the continent would now be duty bound to allow greater access to the domestic airspace of their countries to sister African airlines. The single aviation market will expand the financial base and opportunities for African airlines. Also, together with the introduction recently of the African travel passport, is expected to boost travel, commerce and investment among the people and corporate ventures on the continent. Ignatius Arinze is a Public Affairs Analyst based in Abuja.

The transformation of Kuje Area Council By Noel Decker The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant. —Max DePree [1924-2017

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he name Galadima connotes royalty in Northern Nigeria which translates to leadership, empathy, responsibility, hard work, loyalty and most of all a very high sense of responsibility as displayed in contemporary times in Kuje Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, Nigeria. Kuje has always been known as the food basket of the federal capital territory and as such the leadership is under intense pressure and scrutiny to unleash the exponential economic capacity of the area council which tends to stifle previous leadership of the area council until recently, specifically after the 2015 area council elections which thrust the leadership of the council in the hands of Abdullahi Galadima, the present Executive Chairman of the Kuje Area Council FCT Abuja. I had earlier witnessed chaos, chronic underdevelopment, massive infrastructural deficit and the genuine desire of the residents of the council for sterling and

progressive leadership at an epoch where the cries of Change was the slogan of the day. Granted the Chairman was initially perceived as slow and a hostage of the bureaucratic bottlenecks that abound in public service, but like the mythical phoenix Abdullahi Galadima rose out of the ashes of chaos, laziness, corruption and ineptitude within the system entrenched in our country and by large extended to all other arms of governance to dare to create an indelible legacy in terms of human and capital development in the most unlikely of places in our Nation Nigeria to the chagrin and admiration of friends and foes alike. The Kuje general market like the notorious traffic snarl of the Maraba market in Nasarawa State and Apapa gridlock in Lagos state has over the years been the center of chaos, carbon emissions from vehicles and motorcycles forcing their way through a path strewn with unruly traders and commercial cyclists in blatant disregard for the safety of other road users. In what seemed like a dream, the entire market road was rapidly decongested, order became the norm, the newly constructed car park while serving as a source of revenue for the council also radiated orderliness which was lacking for so long in that part

of the Council. The commuters of the popular Kayadar bypass road have finally been given a sense of belonging in the council after years of neglect by previous administrations as the Area Council commenced the construction of th bypass to ease the traffic gridlock and hardship road users in that area have been experiencing for long without any respite in sight till the coming in of Galadima. Recently in a bid to sift the chaff from the wheat concerning staff veracity with the aim of eliminating ghost workers within the system which has been a constant drainpipe in the purse of the area council, a staff biometric exercise was conducted with resounding success despite initial hiccups due to financial constraints and reluctance of guilty parties to take part in the exercise. These amongst others have propelled Galadima high above his contemporaries in areas of infrastructural development. One important area in boosting the Council’s finances through revenue generation is the property assessment exercise which aims at providing sustainable revenue generation over time. The above mentioned projects are but a tip of the iceberg concerning what is presently being experienced in the Kuje Area Council now , suffice to say that the council

has never had it better under the leadership of the man fondly called ‘the Digital Chairman’ by his admirers because among other ideas in his vision of transforming Kuje is a burning desire to ensure that Kuje Area Council cashes in and becomes a major player in the global information technology explosion being exploited by many parts of the world today in terms of provision of employment ,increase in revenue generation, human capacity building and most of all technological advancement for the good of the residents of Kuje and beyond. Kuje Area Council has never had it better than now and one can only continue to encourage the present leadership in the guise of Abdullahi Galadima to keep the positive strides moving at an unrelenting pace as is being witnessed right now. It has not all been about Galadima alone in the council as the Chairman has never ceased to say thank you to all the residents, staff and visitors alike who have in one way or the other contributed to the successes being recorded in the Kuje Area Council today, as the leader has become the true servant of the people by exemplary leadership.. Noel Decker sends this from Abuja.


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Comment

Waiting for Governor Bindow’s “stomach infrastructure”

By Yakubu Uba

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he people of Adamawa State have cause to salivate when few weeks ago the State Governor, Senator Muhammadu Umar Jibrilla popularly known as Bindow said at a ceremony while signing this year’s budget christened “Budget of Hope and Empowerment” that substantial amount in the budget was earmarked for “stomach infrastructure”. The governor’s declaration is a response to the clamor in many quarters, particularly among politicians in the state who have been lamenting that Bindow’s penchant for infrastructural development particularly roads in the insurgency affected state is becoming boring. “Na road we go chop” has been the slogan of many in the state whenever you are listing the numerous road projects executed by the APC led government. “Bindow for Social Change” is the slogan of his administration. And since democracy is government of the people, by the people and for the people, the governor seems ready to go with the people in area of stomach infrastructure. “In line with our budget of Hope and Empowerment, this administration will do stomach infrastructure,” Bindow said at the

historic ceremony. At the budget signing ceremony witnessed by lawmakers who increased the state budget by N15 billion from the earlier estimate of N162 billion presented to them by the executive, Bindow also announced that the administration has released N500 million which was shared N20 million each by the state 25 lawmakers for Constituency projects inline with the empowerment drive. Already, the lawmakers who are on recess have started delivering the “appetizer” to the electorates; both in cash and stuff before the main one from the state government. It has been a healthy competition across Adamawa as the lawmakers try to outdo each other in sharing

the dividends. Member representing Mubi South Constituency in Adamawa Assembly, Abdulrahman Abubakar who is also the House of Assembly Committee chairman on Budget and Appropriation said his constituency share has gone to empowerment/stomach infrastructure in tune with the state government. Abdurrahman said he gave N10, 000 each to 3000 people to start petty business and paid NECO fee for 170 students, while 404 students received N5000 each as bursary. He also said that he purchased register, chalk and books for some schools in his constituency. The opposition within APC and

The opposition within APC and outside APC have been hard on Bindow using lack of empowerment Programme as one of their main bullet for the attacks. Bindow will do well to walk his talk on this before it’s too late. Except for the herdsmen/farmers crisis in the state, the harvest in Adamawa is okay; thanks to Federal Government who also intervened in distributing assorted grains to northern part of the state recovering from insurgency. What most people needed now is the empowerment for steady supply of condiments.

outside APC have been hard on Bindow using lack of empowerment Programme as one of their main bullet for the attacks. Bindow will do well to walk his talk on this before it’s too late. Except for the herdsmen/ farmers crisis in the state, the harvest in Adamawa is okay; thanks to Federal Government who also intervened in distributing assorted grains to northern part of the state recovering from insurgency. What most people needed now is the empowerment for steady supply of condiments. The administration of Murtala Nyako did it under the banner of Local Apprenticeship Scheme (LAS) and it always remembered for that; it has remain a benchmark for assessing successive administration. For that’s one major way that makes the common man feels he directly participated in the “chop”. Bindow is indeed working hard and need to compliment it by working smart for things to take shape. Adamawa people are salivating for the much talked stomach infrastructure promised by him; ignoring it is a tricky bone not even the hyena can handle. Yakubu Uba Yolde-Pate Ward Yola South LGA Adamawa.

Why President Buhari’s case is different By Joe Igbokwe

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irst was former President Obasanjo’s letter asking PMB not to contest in 2019 citing many reasons why he has to leave the exalted office. It was quickly followed by another letter from former dictator Ibrahim Babangida asking PMB to step aside in 2019 for a younger president. This was followed by the hate and weeping from the losers of 2015 elections who are yet to come to terms with the situations they found themselves since the feeding bottles were forcefully taken away from their rapacious greedy mouths. It was quickly followed by the cries from those who for years had been stealing our crude oil, selling it and pocketing the dollars, those who stole billions of Pension Funds and Salaries of workers, those who stole trillions of Naira in the name of subsidy, those who stole the federal Government to bones with thousands of fictitious accounts, the banks who raked billions every month as charges, those who stole billions of dollars meant for the purchase of arms to fight insurgents. What of those in JAMB office, FIRS, NIMASA, CUSTOMS who stole billions meant for government coffers? They are not left out in the era of pains and tears. What about the experts in Budget padding found in the National Assembly? They are still weeping and gnashing their teeth. Then followed another gnashing of teeth and weeping from the importers of rice from Thailand that cost the country more than 3 billion dollars every year? What about the tragic stories and tales of woes from those who’s ill gotten houses, hard currencies, and cars were confiscated by EFCC? They wished and still wish that

PMB must die. Even those found to have stolen billions from the coffers of the Police, Army, Navy, and Air Force had to cough out and vomit the money and they are not left out in the weeping contest. Even those found in the media (both electronic and print) who got billions of stolen money to help sell rotten eggs in 2015 are still crying without consolation for years now. They sobbed and sobbed and are still sobbing today with no end in sight. What about the billions confiscated from the coffers of the former first lady? The woman and her followers have been weeping and cursing the day PMB was born. What about the religious leaders who got billions from GEJ in the days of the locust? Oh, they are weeping without control and wish that PMB would die immediately. How come all those who are being accused of stealing money are now feigning sickness? What went wrong? I can go on and on but there is no need to continue to do so. You cannot continue to box a man

lying prostrate on ground who has no strength to fight back. Now, their biggest pains are that PMB is doing what they failed to do in 16 years. PMB is building massive infrastructure across Nigeria. PMB has been growing our internal revenue, which is now overtaking crude oil revenue, the first in 45 years. PMB has brought about unprecedented revolution in Agriculture in Nigeria and has particularly reduced Rice importation by 60% and employing millions. PMB has added serious values to Power generation (7000+ MW), the highest so far. PMB has given corruption a bloody nose and no Nigerian head of state living or dead has matched his record. PMB has grown the Nigerian Stock Exchange volume of business to 15.75 trillion naira, the highest so far. In their very eyes, PMB is now the Anti Corruption Champion in Africa. This is the principal reason the idiots want him out. They cannot withstand another four years. They may all die. Cheap money is no

It was quickly followed by the cries from those who for years had been stealing our crude oil, selling it and pocketing the dollars, those who stole billions of Pension Funds and Salaries of workers, those who stole trillions of Naira in the name of subsidy, those who stole the federal Government to bones with thousands of fictitious accounts, the banks who raked billions every month as charges, those who stole billions of dollars meant for the purchase of arms to fight insurgents.

longer flowing. Looted money is no longer available. They talk about National security, the herdsmen and the killings in Benue, Tarawa, Adamawa. I have been seeing cattle rearers since I was young. Because PMB is a fulani, the bigots think he is arming them to kill other Nigerians and islamize them. Yeye people all! PMB’s case is very different. He had a mission and vision of what he wants to do and he is doing it. The gang up cannot fly and it will not work. A friend once educated me on the meaning of stupid. He says it knows the truth, seeing the truth but still believing lies. Being honest may not fetch you many friends but it will fetch you the right ones. PMB friends and committed followers are the ordinary Nigerians who fight for him even with empty stomachs because they believe he is fighting for them. They can feel it, they see it and they know the man is not corrupt. I am told that the loudest person in the room is not always the strongest. OBJ and IBB’s letter may not fly this time because PMB’s case is different. PMB is doing what OBJ and IBB did not do. IBB corrupted our democracy and democratized corruption. Former President Obasanjo wasted eight years of South West presidency and even wanted a third term. He could not find the killers of Bola Ige, Harry Marshall, Ogbonnaya Uche, Dikibo, Funsho Williams, Daramola etc. Those who destroyed our yesterday cannot be the ones that will control tomorrow’s potentials. This is why PMB’s case is different. Joe Igbokwe writes in from Lagos.


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News

Edo govt. raises LG c’ttees on herdsmen, farmers clashes

Customs handover seized food items to IDPs in Adamawa

By Osaigbovo Benin

From Umar DankanoYol

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do state government has reviewed the ban earlier placed on nigh grazing by herdsmen by his predecessor, Adams Oshiomhole in April 2016. The state government also repeated assertion to arrest and prosecute gun wielding herdsmen. To this end, the state governor, Godwin Obaseki,set up a seven-man committee in each of the 18 Local Government Areas of the state to review all cases of herdsmen/farmer clashes Chairmen or heads of the LGAs, the Divisional Police Officers (DPO’s), representatives of State Security Service and four representatives from the communities in the state are to head the Committee. The governor disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting with the Serikis Hausa/Fulani from the 18 LGA’s in the state. “The committees will ensure the registration of all the Serikis Fulani in every community across all the local government areas and the Seriki Fulani will liaise with everyone rearing cattle in the area”. Obaseki promised to head another committee whose members will include the State Commissioner of Police, the Director of the State Security Service in the state, the Commander of 4-Brigade with other members drawn from the communities across the three senatorial districts in the state. He said: “every three months we will meet with representatives of the local government committees to review and examine the progress being made in resolving the herdsmen/ farmers’ clashes in the state”. According to him, “a special team made up of the Police, Army, Civil Defence Corps and other security agencies in the state will carry out random patrols and search operations. Any herdsman found possessing firearms will be arrested and charged with illegal possession of firearms as a cattle rearers do not need an AK 47 to herd cattle. Chairman, Edo State Hausa Community, Alhaji Badamasi Saleh, requested that “mechanism should be put in place to protect the sources of security information as most members of the communities find it difficult to volunteer information to the security agencies as they fear that their identities would not be protected”.

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he Adamawa /Taraba Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service, NSC, has handed over seized goods to Internally Dislced Persons, IDPs, in Adamawa state. This follows a directive of authorities of the Nigeria Customs Service,NSC that all seized smuggled items in to the country be given to IDPs camps

Area Comptroller of the Command, Comptroller Adetoye Francis handed over the seized smuggled food items, including; Bags of foreign rice and maize with cartoons of Cameroon washing soaps to the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA) at the weekend in Yola. Francis said the exercise was in compliance with the directive of Presidency Muhammadu

Buhari to alleviate the sufferings of IDPs in the country. The items comprised 1,648 bags of rice, seven bags of maize and 642 cartons of soap. “The Comptroller General of Customs said I should hand over these items to you for onward distribution to IDPs in the state,” Francis said. Receiving the items, the Executive Secretary of ADSEMA, Mr Haruna Furo, lauded the

gesture and assured that the agency would ensure judicious distribution. Furo said the agency would distribute the items to IDPs in the camps and returnees in the seven local government areas affected by insurgency in the state. Furo also pledged to ensure judicious and equitable distribution to the intended target noting that it will go a long way in assisting them.

L-R: : Ozo Eze Agu; Ozo Gab Agu; Igwe of Ngwo, Igwe Lawrence Ayalogu; Ozo Uchenna Onoh, and Ozo Ernest Agu, during the traditional induction of Ozo’s title holders at Ngwo Community , yesterday in Enugu State . Photo: NAN  

Cattle rearers hold peace conference, urge govt. to resolve crisis From Uche Uche Damaturu

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ulen Allah Cattle Rearers Association of Nigeria has urged the state and federal government to intervene positively in resolving the issue responsible for the perennial conflict between cattle breeders and farmers in the country that has led to loss of lives and properties. The appeal was made by the association during a peace conference and inauguration of the Yobe state chapter of the association which took place in Damaturu, the state capital. The conference had in attendance, representatives from

the states of Adamawa, Borno and Taraba respectively. The association noted that the problem of conflict between cattle breeders and farmers hinges on encroachment on areas of land reserved for grazing by farmers and consequent encroachment on farms by breeders, pointing out that until this know issues are resolved, no measure would be able to stop the ugly situation in the country. Speaking during the occasion, the National President of the Association, Hon.Khalli M. Bello, called for restoration of the original grazing lands that were mapped out and gazetted in different parts

of the country, especially in the north, thus forcing the breeders to encroach on farm lands. “It must be pointed out that the original grazing routes and grazing areas in various states of the north have been encroached upon by people, this is one of the reasons why herdsmen are destroying peoples’ farms in search of food for their animals,” said the national president. He pointed out that this ugly trend started very long time ago without the intervention of the authorities, both at state and federal government levels. “This state of affairs started some decades ago and the state

and federal governments failed to take necessary actions to stop the takeover of the grazing routes and reserves which were adequately provided even during the colonial days,” Said Khalli. He therefore appealed to the state and federal governments and authorities in the north and south part of the country to take the necessary steps to recover the grazing reserves and cattle routes from those who have encroached into them, and thereafter rehabilitate them for the use of the herdsmen as this is one way of reducing the current challenges of shortage of grazing grounds for cattle.

Why we threatened strike action, by Kano labour unions From Kano

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he Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and Joint Public Service Negotiation Council (JNC) , have threatened to embark on a three-day warning strike if Kano State Government fail to resolve the lingering salary crisis in the state. This was contained in the communiqué of the joint meeting, held by the unions, on Tuesday, and read before

journalists, by the Chairman, NLC, Kano branch, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir, at the Press Centre, weekend. The communiqué, said the decision was imperative in view of the protracted inconsistencies in the payment of monthly salaries to workers, as well as deducting their hard-earned income without justification. The communiqué also decried the non-payment of outstanding 8 months salary arrears of the Primary Healthcare Management Board

(PHCMB), regularized staff recruited in 2015, amounting to N532.4 million. The communiqué also bemoaned the non-payment of outstanding 8 and 4 months salary arrears of Kano State Senior Secondary Management Board (KSSSSMB) staff regularised in 2015, amounting to over N220 million, decrying that the government has allegedly failed to an annual increment of promotion to state civil servants ,Local Government, and State Universal Basic Education

Board (SUBEB) workers. The communiqué also called an ultimatum to the government to stop engaging consultants on salary issues by May, 2018, advising the government to handover to qualified and suitable civil servants to deal with salary issues. They challenged the state government to clarify the basis upon which the sum of N367.50 and N168. 00 is being deducted from the monthly salaries of workers and pensioners, respectively.


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Trouble in Delta Council: Mace disappears, Juju scare in offices House Leader, Clerk in messy fight From Osakhare Erese, Asaba

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olitical indifference and its related acts have continued to unsettle the relative peace and working activities at the Aniocha North Local Government council in Delta State, few weeks after new leadership assumed office. As it were, the council widely adjudged by Deltans to be one of the leading councils in the State currently enveloped in political leadership tussle, even though strong indications are that the tussle may not be unconnected with the emergence of Chuks Oseme as the council Boss. it was reliably gathered that Oseme under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) umbrella have allegedly been having face Off Cold war with one Engr. Emeka Nwobi, lawmaker representing Aniocha North Constituency over inexplicable

political issues, and may soon escalate into open Warfare if steps are not taken by the leaders of the Party to resolve their seeming differences. While the ugly trend of leadership tussle at the council persists, it was gathered that the council’s Political Scene has been divided into factions of aggrieved bodies, one of such claiming to be effectively mobilized than the other but our informed sources said that Aniocha North Local Government Council are controlled by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have never had it easy in the area of leadership, rather it has been battles of the titans, Investigation reviewed that trouble started recently when a group of the party chieftains allegedly sworn in 2/3 of the councilors who won the recently concluded Local Government Election without the Council’s

Chairman Mr. Chuks Oseme in attendance : a situation that was described as the violations of the Local Government rules and regulations. Expectedly, the 2/3 councilors were alleged to have been induced by the Party’s Chieftain and a Lawmaker ( Name Withheld) but this was not to be when the Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa ordered that the Status quo remain, thereby indicating the Swearing in of the 2/3 councilor as null and void but the chief Press secretary to the Council’s Boss, Mr. Matthew Ochei in a sweat reaction confirmed that the trouble started with the alleged ambitious of the Lawmaker representing Aniocha North Constituency and his co hurt after they had acted in errors to have sworn in 2/3 councilors unconstitutionally. He said ‘We thank Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa for reversing the unconstitutional swearing in of 2/3 councilors orchestrated by the lawmakers and his co hurts and this had brought the political situation of this Council Polarized’ Only last Thursday, the council was reported to have been enveloped in fresh crisis of confidence when the House leader (Name Withheld) allegedly engaged in a messy fight that left some persons wounded in the melee. The fight which was however resolved by security operatives was said to have brought the Council’s activities to a standstill especially in the alleged disappearance of the house mace by unknown persons. Since then, there has been tension and palpable fear of the unknown as the situation had continued to deepen the political landscape of the area and the Council.

Further investigation review that strange substance suspected to be Juju materials were allegedly found in various offices at the Council: a ploy believed to have been orchestrated by the aggrieved group of the law maker and his co hurt, but the Chief Press secretary to the Council Board Mr. Matthew Ochei who confirmed the fight between the house leader and the clerk, dispelled as untrue the suspected Juju substance allegedly found in various offices of the council, adding that the current political impasse at the council will soon be over. Speaking to journalists the House clerk who did not want her name mentioned in the print said ‘’the house leader hit me on my head and blood was rushing out over the disagreement we had and I called in the DSS who later resolved to settle the matter after my treatment.’’

Niger PDP sacks Dep Chairman, Aminu Yussuf From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP have descended heavily on its deputy chairman Alhaji Aminu Yussuf by handing him an indefinite suspension from the party. The decision to suspend Alhaji Aminu Yussuf was taken at an emergency meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC) held at the party Secretariat in Minna. This was contained in a statement issued by the State Secretary of the Party Alhaji Abdullahi Santali announcing the suspension that the embattled deputy chairman was found guilty of all the allegations brought against him by the Wushishi local government area of the party and the Niger North Senatorial district.

Santali in the statement said the State Working Committee found Aminu Yussuf guilty of “gross misconduct, anti party activities and engaging in conducts unbecoming of a party executive”. According to the statement Alhaji Aminu Yussuf was also suspended from office to allow for investigations of complaints against him while the complaints against him have been referred to the disciplinary Committee of the party for investigation. The Secretary reminded all its members that “ no member is above the law and that every member should strive to adhere to the rules and regulations of the party with a view to improving its fortunes in the state” Unconfirmed reports revealed that the suspended PDP big wig was allegedly planning to dump the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress APC.

L-R: Former Bayelsa Acting Governor, Hon. Werinipre Seibarugu, Chairman Of Board Of Trustee, Senator Abu Ibrahim,and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Senator Eta Ena at the commissioning of the State secretariat of the National Committee on Buhari Support Groups in Yenagoa  

National Committee of Buhari Support Groups commissioned in Delta From Osakhare Erese, Asaba

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ne of the signs that President Muhammadu Buhari will seek a second term in office played out yesterday with the commissioning of an office of a Buhari support group, Council For New Nigeria, in Warri, Delta State. The imposing building, accommodating the Council for New Nigeria, was commissioned by Senator Ita Enang, Special Adviser to President Buhari on Legislatives Matters and assisted by Chairman, Board

of Trustee (BOT) National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, Senator Abu Ibrahim. Addressing hundreds of supporters that thronged the venue, Senator Enang reeled out the achievements of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the past three years under President Muhammadu Buhari. He said President Buhari had succeeded in tackling the hydra-headed monster of corruption, as well as turning the economy around, with his various policies; noting that his achievement on area

of agriculture is obvious to Nigerians. Senator Enang said government meant well with the introduction of ranching in states but that opposition politicians were the ones kicking against the policy to derail the plan and put government in bad light. Chairman BOT of National Committee of Buhari Support Groups (NCBSG), Senator Abu Ibrahim commended Council of New Nigeria for opening the office in support of the reelection of President Buhari in 2019.

He acknowledged that the Council of New Nigeria is the first of over 200 Buhari Support Groups under NCBSG that will open an office for its operations to garner support for President Buhari and commended the leadership of the group led by Chief Emma Aworoh. National Chairman and Secretary of NCBSG, Alhaji Mustapha and Otunba Biodun Ajiboye urged supporters of President Buhari not to be brain washed by the antics and blackmails from the opposition but instead go all out to enlighten others on achievements of

President Buhari and the need to re-elect him. Delta State Coordinator of Council of New Nigeria, Chief Emma Aworoh said the group was established to support President Buhari because of its belief in fighting corruption, good governance and empowerment of the people. He expressed appreciation to the leadership of NCBSG and the Legislative aide to President Buhari noting that their presence at the commissioning of Council of New Nigeria is a manifestation of their support for the group.


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POLITICS

Dependent legislature can’t deepen democracy -Saraki, Dogara warn By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Christiana Ekpa

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enate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki has urged Clerks to the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly to be transparent and accountable in order to strengthen the legislature and restore confidence in the institution. Saraki who gave the charge in his remarks while declaring open the 9th Meeting of Clerks to National and State Houses of Assembly in Abuja, also reiterated that the strength of the nation’s democracy lies in the legislature. He stated that for the legislature to live up to its mandate, its administrators and staff must be fearless, accountable and transparent. He pledged that the leadership of the 8th National Assembly will continue to ensure that adequate funding is made available to train and build the capacity of staff. “I strongly believe that the strength of democracy lies in the legislature, if we all agree with that, it then means that to strengthen our democracy as a country, we must strengthen the legislature. The question is: Where is the strength of the legislature? I strongly believe that that strength is not in us that are elected per se but more in you the administrators of the legislature. I have no doubt at all that we must strengthen your capacity.

We must invest in you. We must invest in the administration. More importantly, the truth is it is a job that you must be fearless”, he said. In his welcome address, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said the meeting will create opportunity for the clerks as managers of their various parliaments, to compare notes on areas of common interest to promote and strengthen the unique position that the legislature occupies in governance at both the national and sub national terms. He lamented that at no previous occasion has the legislature as an arm of government is grossly misunderstood in polity owing to the near mortal casualty suffered by the arm in the area of systemic disruption arriving from relentless military interjections. He said one important lesson that the clerks must take away from the meeting is the difference between an independent and independent legislature, adding that the National Assembly is committed to deepening of Nigeria democracy, adding that the independence of the legislature at the state level is key to achieving this. Dogara warned that a dependent legislature that relies on the executive for the crumb will not be able to do the work of deepening the Nigeria’s democracy, saying that this explains why democracy has become the

casualty of the’ over dependence state parliaments on the executive. “Anywhere in the world where democracy suffered or suffers, it is the people that pay the price. Over dependence of the legislature on the executive is like a cancerous tumour on our democracy. This cancer reveals itself in the massive hemorrhage of humongous resources accruing to states and local governments in most states of the federation. “Until the state legislatures possess the capacity to oversight and make the executives at state levels accountable to the people, the mass of the people will continue to totter on the hinges of promise of democracy”, he said. This he pointed out is anchored on an experienced bureaucracy, adding that while the turnover rate of members of the legislature in Nigeria is too high, the same cannot be said of the bureaucracy. The Speaker said that an underperforming parliament in Nigeria must have an underperforming bureaucracy. The Clark of National Assembly, Sani Omolori, in his remarks said the clerks have a big role to play as bureaucrats to direct their information machinery in educating the citizens on the purpose of the legislature. He said despite challenges, the Clerks are playing commendable roles in professional conduct of legislative

businesses. According to him, as chief administrative officers responsible for the day to day running of their various legislatures, the clerks should be mindful of the fact that their roles are not limited to advising their political bosses, but also provide guidance and leadership to the management of the legislature. While urging them to sharpen their management and leadership skills, Omolori said this will help them to provide direction to the staff under them, so as to run effective legislature and make the parliaments more credible, adding that the recommendations on the agenda would be given to the various presiding officers both at national and state levels for implementation. Former Clerk of National Assembly, Ibrahim Sally, in his goodwill message, reminded the clerks that they have huge responsibilities on their shoulders to ensure that democracy is strong and entrenched in Nigeria and to ensure that the parliament is peoples with legislators that are proud to be in the first arm of government. Sally who spoke on behalf of former clerks to the National Assembly, charged the clerks to fiercely defend the first arm of government, adding that this can only be done if they coordinate and work in tandem with their bosses to

Katsina: APC defeats PDP, wins supplementary election

.L-R: Speaker House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara; Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki and clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Ataba Sani – Omolori during the opening ceremony of the 9th meeting of clerks of the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly, recently in Abuja.

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he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Saturday declared Mansur Ali Mashi of the All Progressive Congress, APC, the winner of the supplementary election into the Mashi/Dutsi Federal constituency. The returning officer, Hudu Ayuba said Mansur Mashi scored 30,719 votes against 22,690 votes scored by Nazifi Yusuf of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. According to him, the supplementary election held in the six affected polling units in Dutsi local government, the APC scored 934 votes while PDP got 217 votes out of the 1,177 votes cast. Similarly, in the nine polling units in Mashi local government area the APC scored 1,633 against PDP’s 676 votes out of the 2,231 total votes cast. The returning officer said these scores were added to the previous votes recorded by the political parties during the bye-election conducted in May 2017 to arrive at the final result. Ayuba announced that a total of 3,382 votes were cast during the Saturday election out of the 9,089 registered voters in the affected polling units adding that the number of valid votes was 3,370 while 286 votes cast were rejected. It could be recalled that the election into the Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency which was earlier won by Mansur Mashi was nullified by the Election Petition Tribunal due to substantial non compliance with election rules and regulations. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the tribunal and ordered supplementary election in the 15 polling units. (NAN)

further consolidate the independence the legislature as an institution. “Ws have no other institution except this one, the executive has their own, the judiciary has their own, but this is our own, and I expect you to defend it fiercely. You should also be responsible enough to advice your presiding officers honestly and fearlessly. You should be fearless, and you can only be fearless if you. Know what you are doing and they will respect your opinions and your guidance”, he said. He charged them to know their onion, saying the legislature should not be a rubber stamp, even as the staff should not rubber stamp plaque also. He enjoined to be people who will be witnesses to power, and those who will look power in the face and tell power the truth. Speaking further, he tasked the clerks to be impartial and non partisan, saying they must deal with members as members and with the presiding officer as a presiding officer irrespective of the political party they come from. He in addition advised the clerks not to be tempted by money, saying if they concern themselves with the finances of the members it means they do not know what they are doing as clerks whether at the state or national level, expressing confidence that they have the capacity to deliver hence they should go ahead and deliver, soon.

Photo: Mahmud Isa

Buhari’s aide declares for Senatorial seat in Kano By Umar Muhammad Puma

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n aide to President Muhammadu Buhari , Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has declared his intention to contest for Kano South senatorial seat. Sumaila, who is the Special Assistant to President on National Assembly matters (House of Reps), declared his intention for the seat at a well-attended event in his hometown of Sumaila. He said his experience of 12 years in the House and two terms as a member of the body of principal officers, as well as his current experience as a presidential liaison

officer, give him an edge over others. At the event, attended by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was represented by the Commissioner of Local Government Affairs, Murtala Sule Garo, Kawu said he has all it takes to represent the zone. “Being a founding member of APC, a former gubernatorial aspirant in Kano and member of the 2015 Presidential Campaign Council of APC is an added advantage,” he said. Asked if he has the mental capacity and physical fitness to be in the Senate, Kawu said he would be marking his 50th birthday in March, saying he is prepared to represent

the largest senatorial district in Nigeria. “It is unfortunate that after we formed the ruling party, APC, on the principle of change and radical revolution, some elements hijacked the process and made it difficult to achieve the set objectives. “Despite all the difficulties and challenges, we will do our best to uphold the manifesto of our great party, APC. If elected into the Senate, I will join hands with progressive minded Nigerians in order to move this country forward,” he said. In the course of the declaration, Kawu distributed poverty elevation materials to the party supporters, which were provided by some of

the members of the House of Reps, Kano State House of assembly and well-wishers. Present at the declaration were many party leaders including some members of the House of Reps, state assembly members, commissioner of health and other APC leaders. Members of the state assembly were led by Suwidi Kademi Gaya, member representing Gaya State Constituency, while Iliya Hungu, APC chairman of Albasu Local Government led the party officials. Until his appointment as presidential aide, Kawu was a thirdterm member of the House of Reps who served as deputy minority leader for eight years.


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POLITICS

2019: Yakassi, Babangida, Mantu, Bello, others form new group By Lateef Ibrahim

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s the race for 2019 gathers momentum, a new political group, made up of some Northern elders and leaders, has emerged with the primary objective of forging unity in the region and ensuring that the next president is the choice of the region. The group, comprising elder statesmen, former governors, former federal lawmakers and other leaders from the region, met yesterday in Abuja and resolve to form a body known as Northern Political Leaders Forum (NPLF). The chairman of NPLF and Elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassi, declared that the North appeared to be passing through its most trying times since amalgamation in 1914. A co-convener of the Forum and former minister of defence, Dr Halliru Bello Mohammed, declared that the North should unite to ensure that it produces a president of its choice unlike previous ones who were imposed on the region. The event was jointly convened by Mohammed; former deputy senate president, Sen Ibrahim Mantu; and Sen Paul Wanpana.

The Northern leaders while decrying the state of insecurity in their region, berated the governors of the region for their inability to maintain fairness, equity and social cohesion in business of governance, especially on government appointments and empowerment. They also chided the governors for what they term their detrimental approach to issues of Northern unity. The leaders however resolved to hold a Northern Political Summit on March 15, 2018 to commemorate the attainment of self-government of the Northern Region in 1959. The group, therefore, formed a five sub-committees, namely; Security, Political, Northern Unity, the 2019 Election and Restructuring of Nigeria. According to the communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by Sen Mantu on behalf of the NPLF, “the meeting observed that Governors were seriously indicted for inability to maintain fairness, equity and social cohesion in business of governance especially on government appointments and empowerment. “Most appointees were being married to nepotism as a new phenomenon rearing its ugly heads in the region. “The Governors were challenged to

change their disposition and borrow a lead from Sardauna and his key officers for change for the better in larger interest of the North. “The Governors were also reminded of their detrimental approach to issues of Northern unity; employing series examples like giving support to third term or tenure elongation of Obasanjo and their open disregards to unity of purposes. “Stakeholders were enjoined to change their profile and desist from paying lip services and double standard to ensure a functional Northern Region. “Pay attention to good leadership and discontinue with recruitment of half baked or non educated people in leadership spectrum. People should be trained to take up leadership and put a stop to capacity solution. Let us be strategic in thinking affectively. “It has been established that North has lost her leadership for a long time and there was no any mechanism put in place to rectify this damaging situation. “It has also identified security architecture being drastically collapsing and there is no attempt to arrest the problem. Other problems like poverty, education and empowerment are also lingering. “Call for reorientation especially

among the youth for better North was made. There should be marshal plants to achieve the objectives. “There was problem of policies summersault, and negligence of social welfare and brutal above of opportunities. “It has been observed that the forum should continue as non partisan but political, non ethic and non religious for viable resolutions and reliable forum. “North has allowed divisions along primordial lines and our Government at states levels bring little on nothing to overcome these shortcomings. Therefore, stakeholders should pay special attention to 2019 elections as united force without any tear. “Identify contradictions and proffer solutions to them. There should be deliberate efforts to return power to the people. “There should be effort to dilute the powers of monopoly of the Governors who do what they wish outside the tenant of democracy. This is a forum to correct wrongs committed with a view to ensuring entrenchment of democracy at all levels”, the communique said. The communique stressed further that the group discussed the general security situation in the

North; appraised the current state of politics in the North in relation to the unfolding national political dynamics with a view to creating a common Northern position for alliance with “our fellow citizens in the southern zones; examined the causes of conflict among Northerners and suggested practical ways and means of attaining functional unity. They also deliberated on the best mode of maximizing Northern advantages in the 2019 general elections; impress upon their people to register and have their PVCs; and formulation of the stand of the North on the various issues raised. Some of the dignitaries at the event are: former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; former governor of Kogi State Ibrahim Idris; Bala Mohammed; Sen Jeremiah Useni; former governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada; Prof Auwal Yadudu; Shehu Gabam. Others are former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa; Prof Ango Abdullahi; former governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna; Sen Solomon Ewuga; former speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’aba; Dr Umar Ardo; Engr Buba Galadima.

Niger LG chair urges APC to provide dividend of democracy, empower 300 From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he Chairman of Tafa Local Government Area of Niger state, Alhaji Ado Abubakar has said that the strength of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) lies in its focus of delivering required dividends of democracy to the citizens to avoid past mistakes. He disclosed this during his celebration of two years anniversary in office on Friday in Sabon Wuse, while he added that that is why it would continue to take measured steps in this effort to avoid the mistakes of past administrations in the country. The chairman however used the occasion to empower more than 300 artisans, petty traders, beggars as well as people living with disability in his council. Abubakar said that the doors of the APC would be opened to all likeminded Nigerians, adding that those coming must also adapt to it people-oriented policies. “We are growing in strength in the country because the people identify with the policies and programmes of the party. “Majority of Nigerians understood that the APC need time to consolidate and rebuild the structures long abandoned by successive administrations. “When you hear Nigerians calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and Niger State people calling on Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello to re-contest come 2019, it’s because of their belief that APC will change Nigeria for good,” he concluded. The chairman said that Tafa had experienced tremendous progress and development in the last two years in the areas of education, primary health care and rehabilitation of roads. Consequently, the two years anniversary celebration would climaxed on Monday with the visit of the governor to Tafa to inspect completed and ongoing projects done by current chairman.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki(middle); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele (left); Leader of Delta State All Progressives Congress(APC), Hon. Olorogun Otega Emerhor (2nd left); Chief Celebrant, Prof. Pat Utomi (second right) and his Wife, Mrs. Utomi (right) at the 62 Years Birthday anniversary Reception of Pat Utomi, in Asaba, Delta State,

Tinubu’s appointment to lead APC reconciliation committee a milestone -VON DG

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he Director General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, and a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Osita Okechukwu, at the weekend described the appointment of Bola Tinubu as chairman of APC Reconciliation Committee as a milestone for the ruling party in the country. Entertaining questions from journalists in Enugu at the sideline of a meeting of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers, Rice Agricultural Programme, Mr. Okechukwu said the appointment of Mr. Tinubu by President Muhammadu Buhari, to lead APC reconciliation committee was timely and a milestone. He maintained that only a person of Mr. Tinubu’s calibre could reconcile

all the intra-party feuds in APC. He said the ex-Lagos governor, popularly called Asiwaju, provided the critical supplement for APC’s victory in 2015. “It is a milestone. I salute Mr. President for appointing our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to head such a crucial committee. It is timely and a welcome development. He was one of the core architects of the merger which gave birth to the APC and has the Midas touch to stitch the torn parts. Let’s be honest there are intra-disputes which need a man of Asiwaju’s calibre to fix.” The VON DG equally expressed optimism that Mr. Tinubu would mend fences with the National Chairman of APC, John OdigieOyegun. “Oyegun belongs to his

motherhood of APC and did his utmost best in the circumstance he found himself.” “My happiness is that Asiwaju as a veteran stands on a good stead to reconcile the feuding parties and different tendencies, more so, when Mr. President has mandated him to select his team,” he said. On whether Mr. Tinubu can reconcile the friction between the Executive and members of the National Assembly, Mr. Okechukwu said, “Asiwaju more than any other leader of our great party knows the imperative of mending all fences at the eve of an election. He knows the faux pas. I remember vividly how Asiwaju in cohort with General Shehu Musa Yaradua of blessed memory and host of others reconciled similar

impasse in the 90s with Chief MKO Abiola at Alhaji Kwande’s residence in Jos during the Social Democracy Party (SDP) primaries. Without such fence mending Chief Abiola and by extension Progressives couldn’t have won the 1993 presidential election.” “No doubt Mr President is truly a convert democrat and like most converts he is passionate about reconciliation, which is the only missing link to the 2019 presidential victory; that most pundits posit is ours. The peace process has commenced with Asiwaju as the Grand-Trouble-Shooter (GTS).” It would be recalled that last week President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mr. Tinubu to lead the reconciliation committee of APC. (PREMIUM TIMES)


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EDUCATION

We’ll continue to give education top priority, Okowa assures

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elta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa says his administration would continue to give priority attention to the Education sector in the state. The Governor stated this when he inspected the ongoing construction of the new Government Secondary School in Ughelli, and the renovation works being carried out in Uhrobo College, Effurun and also Chude Girls Model School,Sapele and the ongoing construction of modern classroom blocks at Ijorugu Primary School Oku-Ijorugu in Okpe Local Government Area. Represented by the State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, Governor Okowa reiterated the commitment of his administration in the development of the Basic and Secondary Education subsector. While noting that emphasis in the year 2018 would be placed on construction of Infrastructure and Equipping of the new schools established by his administration, the Governor stressed that his administration would continue to take steps aimed at making academic activities in these schools conducive. Speaking further the education commissioner, Mr. Ebie emphasised that Governor Okowa is determined to make renovation/upgrade of schools in Delta State a Continuous process. He urged the Contractors handling the Ministry Projects to keep to the contract specification in their bills of quantities in other to deliver quality Jobs, that would stand the test of time as the state Government would not tolerate shoddy Jobs done by the Contractors and that anyone found wanting would be sanctioned. At the Government Secondary School Ughelii, the Commissioner expressed his satisfaction at the level of work done so far, while commending the contractor for doing a good Job, At Urhobo College and Chude Girls Model Schools where renovation works was being carried out. Mr. Ebie urged the contractors to expedite action,so that the renovation work can be completed within the shortest possible time.

Senator laments closure of schools in Nasarawa, Benue borders From Gambo Ahmed Nasarawa

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enator representing Nasarawa Southern Senatorial District at the National Assembly Sulaiman Adokwe has expressed discomfort over the incessant attacks and closure of schools in the affected crisis zones between Nasarawa and Benue borders. Senator Adokwe who stated this at the weekend when he presented relief materials to the displaced TIV people currently taking refuge at Angwan Attashi Primary School; described the

situation as unfortunate, urged the TIV people to be calm. According to him, “I am here today to commiserate with you people over the ugly incident that happened. I know most of you are affected by this heinous act. You people have been compelled to leave your respective homes because of the security threats in the affected border towns”. He continued, “I am here to tell the world that this crisis is not limited to Benue State alone. From day one, initially we thought the crisis was

limited to Benue State, I am also here to draw the attention of my colleagues and the world that this crisis has ravaged my Senatorial district. Not less than 20 people have died. People are dying and the crisis is escalating the more”. Adowke who further appealed to the federal government and security operatives to take stringent measures to bring to an end this skirmishes. The lawmaker, however, assured the affected communities of his determination to inform his colleagues at the Assembly to

do everything humanly possible in order to address the crisis between Nasarawa and Benue borders. “National Assembly is more committed on this issue than the executive arm. I am here today because my Senatorial district is on fire. I have seen mothers, children and the old are suffering, I urged the government to bring an end to this matter. We don’t play politics with human lives. I am disturbed with this incessant killing of innocent people at the border towns,” He said.

Some teacher of the FCT Wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT, during the Union Solemn Assembly, in Abuja

Uni Abuja gets new bursar, Rufai Ahmed By Usman Shuaibu

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he Governing Council of the University of Abuja has appointed Mallam. Rufai Ahmed as bursar of the institution. The council at its 47th extra-ordinary meeting held at the university approved the recommendation of the University selection board, which had parleyed with applicants for the post and recommended Mallam Rufai Ahmed from a

shortlist among 19 applicants. This was contained in a statement by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Michael Adikwu, pointed out that the appointment of the bursar, which was specified in the university Decree number 106 of 1992 as amended by Decree number 11 of 1993 was for a single term of five years in line with the provision of the miscellaneous Act. Ahmed was a deputy bursar with the University of Maiduguri before he is appointed the new

bursar of the University of Abuja. He was born in Gurin, Adamawa state on 31st December 1964. The new bursar graduated with a B.Sc in accountancy from the University of Maiduguri in 1990 and bagged an MBA finance from the same University in 2003. Ahmed began his career as an accountant II with the Bursar Department Ahmadu Bello University (A.B.U) Zaria in 1991 and rose to accountant I in 1998. He also joined the service of

the University of Maiduguri as a senior accountant in 2001 after a stint in the private establishment and remained with the university, rising through the ranks until his new appointment. He is a member of many professional bodies including an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) as well as a member Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) London. Ahmed is married and has seven children.

Don urges NUC to run certificate courses in Guosa language By Usman Shuaibu

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lecturer at the California University, USA, Prof. Alex Igbineweka, has called on the management of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to allow the Vice- Chancellors of Nigerian Universities to run

certificate courses in Guosa language to enable the students to understand the language properly. Igbineweka, who made this call in an interview with Peoples Daily education correspondent in Abuja, also appealed to Nigerian Government to join hands with

the stakeholders in the education sector to develop the Guosa language in Nigeria. He said the Guosa language was an authentic indigenous Lingua Franca that connects every ethnic group in Nigeria and the world at large. His words: “The Guosa

language is a unifying Lingua Franca for identity, for culture, for tourism, for national orientation and for scientific innovations”. He therefore, emphasized that if Nigerian leaders embraced the Guosa language as a National Lingua Franca, it would pave way for national Unity as well as

positive change in Nigeria. It would be recalled that the Guosa Educational Scientific and Cultural Institute Incorporated in partnership with the Guosa language Association of Nigeria had already launched the Guosa language/Guosa dictionary at the University of Abuja.


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Jubilation as FG approves payment of harmonised salaries for NAMA workers From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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here was wild jubilations in the various offices of Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) across Nigeria on Friday when news filtered in that the Federal Government has approved the much anticipated harmonisation and commencement of payment of salaries of NAMA workers in par with that of their counterparts in the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). The approval is coming following painstaking struggles by the agency workers under the different unions in the sector fifteen years after the plan to ensure good welfare and salaries of the workers was approved by the Salaries and Wages Commission. Our correspondent who went round the offices around the Murtala Mohammad Airport in Lagos witnessed the joyful celebrations and dancing among staff in NAMA headquarters building, it annex at the local wing of the airport and those along as well offices at international wing of the airport. Staff expressed gratitude to the management led by Captain Fola Akinkuotu for fast tracking the process. Last November, the FG inaugurated a committee in NAMA to look at salaries and wages of other agencies with a view to harmonising them. The seven man committee was headed by Executive Director, Safety Electronics and Engineering of the agency, Faruk Ahmed Umar. Umar had said the Managing Director of NAMA, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu saw the wisdom in addressing the challenge with the plan to enhance industrial harmony within the system as well as motivate workers. Also speaking at the inauguration of the committee, Akinkuotu said, “A happy workforce enhances safety of the flying public.” Some of the elated workers who spoke to Peoples Daily extolled the management for seeing the wisdom in bringing the matter to a joyful conclusion after lingering for over 15 years and one that has caused industrial crisis for a long time.

FG’ll retain Capital Budget despite forthcoming elections -Adeosun By Etuka Sunday

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he Federal Government’s capital budget would be strictly deployed to fund infrastructural projects across the country, particularly the completion of ongoing projects, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has said. Adeosun said, the Government, would retain the capital budget despite forthcoming elections in the country. The Minister made this known on Friday in Abuja while representing the Vice President, H.E. Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, at a lecture delivered to the National Defence College (NDC) Course 26 participants. Responding to an enquiry by a member of the NDC Course 26 on the use of the capital budget for the general elections, Adeosun maintained that the present Administration would not engage in the diversion of the capital project funds for the forthcoming elections. A statement by the Special Adviser, Media & Communications to the Minister of Finance, Oluyinka Akintunde quoted the Minister to have said, “The Administration remains committed to infrastructure spending

at the high levels of the past two years and the completion of major ongoing projects.” She further reiterated the commitment of the Administration to its programme of transformation, and jobs and wealth creation across the country. President Muhammadu Buhari had on November 7, 2017 presented a budget of N8.612 trillion to the National Assembly, with focus on massive infrastructure development which includes: key strategic roads, rail projects and power projects, among others. Earlier at the National Defence College, the Finance Minister had delivered the Vice President’s lecture to the Course 26 participants titled “Economic Dimensions of National Security: The Nigerian Experience”. In the speech, Vice President Osinbajo said improvement in economic security was vital to Nigeria’s economic growth, human security improvement, and realisation of national defence and security requirements. He assured that the Federal Government would continue to play a key role in ensuring national cohesion

by promoting social inclusion as a Key State objective. “Economic development is a springboard for improved national security because it comes with growth which enables more resources for a growing population. “National economic development means that a country can meet its national security needs without depending on outsiders for the provision of its defence and security needs. Depending on food and energy imports makes a nation vulnerable to external pressure,” said the Vice President, who chairs the Economic Management Team (EMT) of the Government. He disclosed that the Administration adopted the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) as a response to the recession towards restoring growth and reducing Nigeria’s vulnerability to external shocks. He explained that the ERGP was initiated to address macroeconomic balance, increase contribution of agriculture, manufacturing, mining and high value services to the economy, build a competitive economy through the provision of infrastructure, and invest in the Nigerian people.

On the Social Investment Programme, Vice President Osinbajo revealed that about 200,000 N-Power Jobs had been created under the programme while 250 million meals had been served under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme. He added that 300,000 micro loans had been issued under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme. Osinbajo was upbeat about Nigeria’s outlook for 2018, noting that the Federal Government expects the economy to grow by 3.5 per cent, which is 1.4 per cent more than the International Monetary Fund’s projection of 2.1 per cent for Nigeria. “The inflation projection of 15.74% by end of 2017 was achieved and there is good reason to believe that the EGRP target of 12.42% by the end of 2018 can be achieved. “With regard to foreign exchange reserves, the level of $40.3 billion achieved by end January is already quite close to the amount of $43.53 billion projected in the ERGP for the end of this year. Given the current state of the oil market, this is a target that can readily be achieved,” the Vice President stated.

L-R,  Minister of Mines and Steel  Dr Kayode Fayemi, Niger State Commissioner for Mineral Resources Hajia Rahmatu Yar,adua and Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa Dr Ahmed Ibeto during the Inspection of Nigerian Exhibition at the just Concluded Mining Indaba in South Africa at the weekend 

Forex: CBN intervenes in Retail SMIS with $325.64m By Etuka Sunday

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he Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has again intervened in the Retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) to the tune of $325.64 million. Figures obtained from the Bank on Friday, February 9, 2018, indicate that the amount released was for requests in the agricultural, airlines, petroleum products and raw materials and

machinery sectors. The figures were confirmed by the Bank’s Acting Director in charge of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, who noted that the continued intervention were in line with the assurances made by the Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to sustain market liquidity in order to boost production and trade. According to Okorafor, the feedback from the wholesale and

retail segments of the Nigerian Forex markets showed that customers were satisfied with their level of access to foreign exchange. He said the degree of optimism displayed by all players underscored the fact that everyone was happy with the level of transparency in the market. Speaking further, Okorafor assured that, with the recession now over and foreign reserves

now standing at $42 billion, the CBN had enough in its arsenal to maintain the international value of the Naira as well as guarantee access to forex by those requiring it to meet genuine needs. He also reiterated that the desire of the Bank to ensure that all, particularly low end users, had access to foreign exchange to meet genuine needs prompted the Bankers’ Committee, in its first meeting of 2018, to agree

to sell United States dollars to those requiring it for invisibles at the rate of N360/$1, without any commission whatsoever. It will be recalled that the CBN in its last SMIS, in January 2018, injected the sum of $304.4 million in the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market. Meanwhile, the naira exchanged at N361/$1 in the BDC segment of the market on Friday, February 9, 2018.


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How harmonious industrial relation’ll safeguard Nigerian airspace -NAMA From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) said it is putting processes in place to eliminate hitherto frequent industrial disputes with various workers unions in the aviation sector that often leads to closure of the Nigerian airspace as the management held an engagement forum with the Joint Aviation Trade Unions. The unions include: National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), National Association of Aeronautical Engineers (NAAE), Aeronautical Information Management Association of Nigeria (AIMA) and National Aeronautical Communication Association of Nigeria (NACAN), and Almagamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees ( ACUPTRE). The forum, which held at the corporate headquarters of the airspace agency provided an opportunity for the airspace agency team, led by Captain Fola Akinkuotu to engage the leadership of aviation unions on how to forestall industrial unrest and examine issues bordering on non conclusive conditions of service, poor salaries as a result of non implementation of the National Wages and Salaries Commission approval for NAMA to operate same salary structure with Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), since 2003. Sources at the meeting said it was the first time Akinkuotu met with trade and professional unions one year after assuming office. The unions were led by the National President of NUATE, Comrade Mohammed Dauda Safiyanu who said the meeting offered a robust window for NAMA management to resolve mistrust that has existed in the agency occasioning lack of trust. According to Safiyanu , the meeting also provided opportunity for NAMA management to leverage capacity building, foster training and promotion personnel of the agency to elimnate low work morale. He said: “ The meeting provided an opportunity to consider ancillary issues especially matters of discipline and the need to promote fair, just and harmonious work environment. “ It also help to reduce tensiuon in the work environment through constructive interface as the agency sets the tone for 2018 in the discharge of its corporate mandate. “ We are happy with the management change in NAMA which brought Captain Akinkuotu to office as managing director and other officials in the human resource department especially the director, Maira Bashir.” He said the meeting achieved its purpose as there is now good union representation in the Industrial Relations and Discipline department. The NUATE boss said: “There is now assurance of dialogue on issues that will move NAMA forward, which is now possible with the unit in charge of industrial relations and discipline. This is good, because such a unit did not exist. But, with the new arrangement, unions are now ready to synergise with management. There will be any unnecessary distractions. “ If there is any reason to suspect any issue that may trigger disharmony, it will be professionally resolved through the industrial relations and discipline unit of NAMA.” The unions, it was learnt is very excited with the strides so far achieved in NAMA under Akinkuotu.

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NSE: Investors’ wealth dips by 3.39% From Lagos

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eavy investment losses has been persistent at the nation’s bourse as the market continue to measure lower. Specifically, the NSE All-Share Index depreciated by 3.39% to close at 43,127.92 basis points from 44,639.99 basis points it opened with while the Market Capitalization equally decreased by 3.39% to closed at N15.477 trillion from N16.019 trillion recorded the previous week. Similarly, all other indices finished lower during the week with the exception the NSE ASeM Indexthat closed flat. Meanwhile, a total turnover of 4.426 billion shares worth N24.236 billion in 29,573 deals were traded in contrast to a total of 3.268 billion shares valued at N28.123 billion that exchanged hands in 35,761 deals the previous. The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume)

led the activity chart with 4.005 billion shares valued at N16.501 billion traded in 19,035 deals; thus contributing 90.49% and 68.08% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Conglomerates Industry followed with 167.723 million shares worth N464.656 million in 1,568 deals. The third place was occupied by Consumer Goods Industry with a turnover of 137.657 million shares worth N5.334 billion in 4,982 deals. Trading in the Top Three Equities namely – Sterling Bank Plc, Skye Bank Plc and FCMB Group Plc(measured by volume) accounted for 2.520 billion shares worth N5.277 billion in 3,000 deals, contributing 56.95 % and 21.77% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. Review of activity in the market showed that Twenty-three (23) equities appreciated in price during the week, lower than forty-nine (49) of the previous week. Sixtyfour (64) equities depreciated in price, higher than forty-two (42)

equities of the previous week, while eighty-five (85) equities remained unchanged higher than eighty-one (81) equities recorded in the preceding week. Linkage Assurance Plc led gainers table for the week, gaining 25.0 per cent or N0.17 kobo to close at N0.85 kobo, Caverton offshore Support GRP Plc followed with a gain of 20.97 per cent or N0.52 kobo to close at N3.00 while Prestige Assurance Co. Plc appreciated by 16.67 per cent or N0.08 kobo to close at N0.56 kobo. Other companies appreciated in price were Unity Bank Plc 10.24 per cent, Trans Nation Wide Express Plc 9.88 per cent, Continental Reinsurance Plc 7.28 per cent, Glaxosmith Kline Consumer Nigeria Plc 6.32 per cent, Jaiz Bank Plc 6.06 per cent and Eterna Plc 5.63 per cent. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc recorded the highest loss during the week, declining by 27.08 per cent or N0.13 kobo to close at N0.35 kobo, Skye Bank Plc

Right To Left: Nigerian Ambassador to South Africa, Ahmed Ibeto; Niger State Commissioner of Mineral Resources, Rahmatu M. Yar’adua, and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi; inspecting the Nigerian exhibition at the just concluded Mining Indaba in South Africa.

Regular tax payment fundamental to Nigeria’s growth – Adeosun By Etuka Sunay

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he Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, has said that regular payment of taxes by Nigerians was fundamental to the growth and development of the country. Adeosun affirmed that predictable tax revenue inflow would lead to more investment by the Federal and State Governments in infrastructure and job and wealth creation across the nation. She stated this in Enugu at the sensitization programme on the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) hosted by the Enugu State Government. The VAIDS programme was attended by the Executive Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Deputy Governor, Hon. (Mrs.) Cecilia Ezeilo; Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Uchenna Ubosi; Enugu State Commissioner of Finance, Hon. Eucharia Uche Offor, members of the State Executive Council, members of the Enugu State House of Assembly, and traditional rulers, among others. The Minister remarked that Nigeria had a poor scorecard in tax payment, saying that only 14 million people pay tax out of about 70 million economically active people. Adeosun said, “Payment of taxes is a fundamental requirement for our

growth story. Nigeria has a very poor scorecard in tax payment. When oil came, we abandoned the old systems of tax collection that provided most of our infrastructure since colonial days. “Currently, we have just 14 million tax payers out of 70 million who are economically active. So, many people who should be paying are not paying anything. It is the development of taxes that will help the States and the Federal Government to achieve their true potentials.” She explained that payment of taxes had become imperative to avoid the recent collapse in oil prices and the resultant recession. She assured that the Federal Government would avoid the boom and bust cycles by aligning with nations that have predictable revenues in order to ensure progressive improvements in the quality of life for the citizens. She recalled that after years of neglect, the Federal Government has revived Federal Road projects including the 9th Mile - Ngwo to Milken Hill to New Market. “Indeed, the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration has completely transformed road expenditure. In 2015, the figure was N19 billion for the whole nation, in 2016 we increased it to N220 billion and we plan to do much more. “This Government has recognised

that infrastructure is the key to creating jobs, growth and wealth. We have already released N1.2 trillion in capital so far for the 2017 Budget, which commenced in June 2017 and most of this was applied to roads, bridges, rail, power, our airports and other key infrastructural projects. “How will this capital investment translate to jobs? Not only do we get the direct jobs with construction companies and others but there is indirect opportunity for suppliers of building materials and aggregates. “In the longer-term, efficient infrastructure reduces the costs of doing business and makes many ventures viable and profitable. We are seeing young entrepreneurs springing up to replace imported items with locally made goods of the highest standards, we are seeing export of foods and finished goods into international markets,” Adeosun said. Speaking on the VAIDS, the Minister disclosed the scheme was initiated to provide opportunity for tax payers to regularise their tax status relating to previous tax periods. In a statement by the Special Adviser, Media & Communications to the Minister of Finance, Oluyinka Akintunde, she maintained that tax defaulters who failed to take advantage of the VAIDS programme would be subjected to tax investigations as well as made to face criminal prosecution for tax offences.

trailed with a loss of 25.17 per cent or N0.36 kobo to close at N1.07 kobo. Unic Diversified Holding Plc dropped by 21.74 per cent or N0.10 kobo to close at N0.36 kobo. Other firms depreciated in price were Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc 16.67 per cent, Wapic Insurance Plc 14.67 per cent, Wema Bank Plc 14.0 per cent, FBNHoldings Plc 13.30 per cent, Japaul Oil and Maritime Services Plc 2.50 per cent, Fidelity Bank Plc 11.89 per cent and Berger Paints Plc 9.55 per cent. Also traded during the week were a total of 1.200 million units of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) valued at N6.951 million executed in 10 deals, compared with a total of 32,189 units valued at N1.299 million that was transacted last week in 19 deals. A total of 14,779 units of Federal Government Bonds valued at N14.050 million were traded this week in 18 deals, compared with a total of 16,268 units valued at N17.053 million transacted last week in 28 deals.

FG set lower govt cost with $2.5bn Eurobond From Lagos

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he Debt Management Office (DMO) has disclosed that Federal Government’s plan to refinance its Treasury bill portfolio with a $2.5bn Eurobond will not increase its overall debt stock but will assist to reduce cost. Proceed from the bond sale, the DMO said would be converted to naira and used to redeem a more expensive local debt, thereby improving the government’s debt service ratio. According to the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, the country was planning to redeem N762.5bn worth of Treasury bills and that it would save government N64bn each year after the refinancing had been completed. Recall that the DirectorGeneral of the DMO, Patience Oniha, last month said that the government would consider raising $2.5bn through Eurobonds in the first quarter to refinance a portion of its domestic Treasury bill portfolio at lower cost. The government wants to refinance $3bn worth of a local Treasury bill portfolio of N2.7tn. Eurobonds make up more than a fifth of Nigeria’s $15.35bn foreign debt portfolio as of September and more than half of interest paid in the third quarter. Total domestic debt stood at N15.68tn by September. The country wants to switch its borrowing mix so that foreign loans account for up to 40 per cent of its total debt portfolio by 2019, from about 25 per cent, to lower its funding costs and lengthen the repayment period, according to the DMO.


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Healthcare: Hospitals urged to bolster SERVICOM Units

Newly ordain Archdeacon, Venerable Louis Ochei (L), receiving his letter of authority from the Bishop, Diocese of Kubwa, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Rt. Revd. Duke Akamisoko, during the Collation Service for Archdeacons at the St. Bartholomew Anglican’s Cathedral Kubwa, yesterday in Abuja  .

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he Permanent Secretary, FCT Administration, Mr. Christian Ohaa has directed all government hospitals in the Territory to immediately strengthen their SERVICOM units, in order to enhance effective service delivery. He reiterated that the FCT Administration is deeply committed to ensuring that residents get the best services in public hospitals. A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Cosmas Uzodinma, stated that Mr. Ohaa gave the directive when the FCTA played host to the National Coordinator/ CEO of the SERVICOM Office, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemeli and her team on a working visit, last week. While receiving the delegation, the Permanent Secretary stressed that strengthening this unit will not only improve overall best practices but will also help to reduce the level of dissatisfaction among FCT residents. He assured that FCT Administration will immediately put in place machinery to ensure that these hospitals comply with this directive. Earlier in her remark, the National Coordinator/CEO of the SERVICOM Office, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemeli, explained that the SERVICOM index is a set of business-relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) that provide a standardized method for measuring and comparing performance against service standards defined by an organization. kajemeli hailed the Asokoro and Maitama General Hospitals as the best performers in terms of their compliance with the SERVICOM principle, having scored above 50 percent during their evaluation. According to her, the yardsticks that were used to evaluate these hospitals to include “the waiting time to see a doctor or assess any other service, having clear directional signs, waiting area, complaints management, adequate information dissemination, wearing of name tags, having a feedback channel and several others.” Akajemeli added that these indicators, no matter how little, go a long way in ensuring that a patients/customers go home satisfied after their visit to the hospitals because their time is not wasted and they get value for their money. She however called on the management of the hospitals and the FCTA to ensure that areas that still need to be addressed are promptly attended to in order to enhance performance of the hospitals.

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Bello begins reconciling feuding communities in Bwari Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

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inister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has kicked off series of round-table meetings, aimed reconciling feuding communities in Bwari, Bwari Area Council. Bello while addressing stakeholders at Sarkin Bwari Palace, last week, commended them for maintaining peace sign 2017 Christmas Day mayhem in the area, noting that what was needed was more visible acts of settlement. Represented by the Secretary, Area Councils Services Secretariat (ACSS), Adamu Abubakar Bappah, the Minister recalled how residents could not celebrate Christmas because of the incident, while lamenting the huge losses suffered by the people because of the crisis. According to him,“We want to see action. We may have preached peace,

and talked peace enough. “We want you to act peace. Sustain and maintain the current peace we have in Bwari. “Community stakeholders would also meet next week Tuesday in Esu Bwari’s palace; after which another meeting would take place with the traders, shop owners and tenants, possibly in the market place, while the final meeting will be held at a neutral venue within the council area.” The Minister therefore urged the security agencies to maintain maximum alert, even as he tasked the village heads to report all unusual activities around their environment to the security agencies. Also speaking, Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Hon. Musa Diko, ascribed the return of peace to the series of meetings conducted by Council leadership as well as the unflinching support of the FCT Minister. He noted that Bwari used to be

the most peaceful in the FCT, because of the mutual understanding between the people which enabled it play its role effectively as the food basket of the FCT. Diko also disclosed that his Council was “ensuring that the traditional institutions are properly funded to enable them handle their responsibilities effectively.” According him, the salaries of Chiefs have been upgraded by 100 percent, while there are other measures being considered to improve their welfare. The Bwari Chairman, however warned against incisive and provocative messages, adding that his council was doing its best in the area of providing relief for the affected traders in line with directives from the FCT Minister. On his part, Sarkin Bwari, Muhammed Awwal Musa Ijakoro II, bemoaned the huge damage inflicted in the community by the crisis.

He adds:“I wonder why such a crisis could happen given the long history of mutual coexistence between the Gbagyi, Koro, Hausa, as well as all the other tribes living in Bwari. “But I pray that such a thing should not happen in our midst again.” The Monarch therefore called on all the religious leaders to come together and preach peace, revealed that his step mom and some his brothers and sisters were Gbagyi. According to him, “I see no reason for us to be fighting ourselves. “Without peace, there won’t be development. Please, let us live in peace. Bwari of today is not Bwari of yesterday; what has brought this development is peace. We should live in peace.” Representative of the security agencies and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Alpha Jibril said the agencies have neither rested nor slept since 25th December because of the ‘dastardly acts of some residents”.

Infrastructural decay wrecks FCT Social Development Secretariat

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espite the policy trust of Malam Muhammad Musa Bello’s FCT led administration of sustaining policies and programmes of previous administrations which were designed for the welfare of the citizens, the FCT Social Development Secretariat has abandoned all the the skill acquisition programmes in the Territory. Checks revealed that since the inauguration of the Mandate Secretaries on September 25, 2017, the SDS Secretary, Hon. Oladimeji Hassan, seems to have ignored the directives and policy trust of the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello. It could be recalled that upon assumption of duty over two years ago, the minister had made his policy direction clear, stating that programmes and policies of previous FCT Administrations which were designed for the overall interest of Abuja residents must be sustained and improved upon. However, investigation by our

correspondent has revealed that the Social Development Secretariat under the leadership of Hon. Oladimeji Hassan appears to be heading in an opposite direction. Aside representing the minister at few occasions in the early weeks after he assumed duties, SDS Secretary has rarely been engaged in official duties that conforms with the minister’s policy trust. It was also learnt that since the Secretary assumed duties, he has not visited any of the project sites and facilities of the secretariat under him, even those within the city centre. Furthermore, it was observed that even the tastefully equipped Dame Patience Youth Centre at Nyanya, which was hitherto used by the administration to empower hundreds of FCT youths and women has largely been neglected and in comatose. Expectedly, some of the youths who spoke in separate interviews confirmed the development, stating

that the center has been neglected and abandoned by the present FCT Administration. According to a youth who have his name as Christian Ayuba, told our correspondent that besides few recreational activities like football, no major skill acquisition facilities are functioning at the center, a development he noted that will adversely affects youths and women. He said: “Oga, you can see for yourself that we only come here to play football in the evenings and at best to relax. “Honestly, nothing is happening now and if government is still voting money for the development and upgrade of facilities, I can tell you that the money has missed road. “Just take a look at the center, you will agree with me that the aim of establishing the center for skill acquisition has been defeated.” Meanwhile, it was gathered that the Lugbe Centre under the management of Social Development

Secretariat for the rehabilitation of repented commercial sex workers is worse affected. In the same vein, in spite of the intensified continuous evacuation of commercial sex workers from the street of Abuja, the place designed for their rehabilitation and empowerment now in a serious dilapidating condition. On a visit to the centre, it was observed that rodents and reptiles from nearby bushes have moved into the centre in search for better shelter. Equally, another area facing seemingly total neglect by the Secretariat is sports development among youths, as it has been observed by sports analysts that the Secretary in charge of sports promotion has not stepped his foot on the Area 10 sporting facilities which is located less than 300 metres from his office. And several attempts to reach the Secretary proved abortive as he is said to be very busy with his political ambition in Kwara state.


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Turkey-Africa’s Economic Cooperation on the cusp of fresh momentum By Charles Onunaiju

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ince acquiring a stable and steady momentum of economic development, Turkey has been a major player in the world economy, raising her profile by incremental engagements with various regions of the world in economic cooperation. For Africa, Turkey has been a key strategic and important partner in broad economic cooperation, which covers trade, investment, and even aid. The upcoming Business Forum between Turkey and the Economic Community of West Africa States, (ECOWAS) scheduled to hold in Turkish commercial city of Istanbul is most likely to inject fresh vitality to the cooperation between the two sides. Both the Turkish minister of Economy, Mr Nihat Zeybekel and Nigeria’s minister of industry, trade and investments, Mr Okechukwu Enelamah, among other ministers from the West African sub-region will address the meeting. The Forum, which is expected to bring together decision makers and business people from both sides would strengthen economic ties and create opportunities for trade and investment. The forum would expose opportunities for mutual economic benefits to the two sides and provide sustainable framework for business communities of the two sides, to tap into their respective experiences to drive a more robust economic engagement. Turkey, already an active economic player in Africa, will, through the forum gain more insight to the economic potentials of the ECOWAS subregion. The ECOWAS sub-region is likely to gain more investment inflow, robust trade

Turkey Economic Minister, Mr Nihat Zeybekci through the mechanism of the Forum. Turkey’s economic dynamism has been a principal input to Africa and the benefits of Turkey-West Africa business forum can only bring more value to the sub-region. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) comprising fifteen countries in the sub-region is a huge market with enormous economic potential. At the Istanbul Forum, more than 1000 Turkish and African business people are expected to participate in the event. Thematic session and one-on-one meeting will be held in between ECOWAS states officials and representatives from the business world. According to agenda drawn up for the Forum, during the opening session, the public sector and the representatives

of prominent regional financial and development oriented organizations will examine the current state of relations and the potential for development and improvement between Turkey and ECOWAS countries. Another session will feature the ECOWAS Cooperation Organization, Trade and Development (ECOBANK) and Turkish Eximbank representatives will discuss opportunities for trade financing in the region. In a welcome letter by the Turkish minister of economy, Mr Nihat Zeybekci, he wrote that “Turkey’s win-win approach towards Africa has culminated in the bourgeoning economic relationship between the parties,” adding that “this policy focus on political equality, transparency, sustainability and mutual

economic development.” According to the minister, the Istanbul business forum between Turkey and ECOWAS “will provide a platform for the business circles from ECOWAS countries to meet with their Turkish counterparts to develop a new partnership which aims to build together, sell what’s produced together and share the profit.” Building on the success of the Turkey and Africa Business and Economic forum which held in Istanbul from 2nd to 3rd of November 2016, at which the Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey assumed Africa’s priorities to be its own priorities and also described Africa as a “companion in common fate,” the ECOWASTurkey Business Forum would nudge the existing economic cooperation between the two sides to higher level. At the 2016 forum, Turkish economy minister expressed confidence in Africa and said “we do have faith in Africa. Africa, with the accurate and appropriate policies, shall be the growth engine of the world economy, which has reached the end of the road in terms of growth and has been in recession since around 10 years.” At the Istanbul Forum this month, both the West African sub-region and Turkey, would demonstrate their resilience and vigour in driving growth by unlocking diverse economic opportunities and potentials that exist between them. Nigeria, a major country in the ECOWAS sub-region enjoys robust economic cooperation with Turkey. However, the wider scope of Turkey-ECOWAS economic cooperation would open new opportunities for a more viable and productive cooperation between Nigeria and Turkey.

Russia jet carrying 71 people crashes after Moscow take-off

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Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working at the snow-covered site. The Antonov An-148 was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural mountains. Pieces of wreckage and bodies were found spread over a large area. One of the flight recorders has been recovered, officials say. A Russian airliner has crashed after leaving Moscow’s Domodedovo

airport, killing all 65 passengers and six crew on board. The Saratov Airlines jet vanished minutes after take-off and crashed near the village of Argunovo, about 80km (50 miles) south-east of Moscow. The cause of crash is unclear. Investigators and emergency crews are working at the snow-covered site. The Antonov An-148 was en route to the city of Orsk in the Ural mountains. Pieces of wreckage and bodies were found spread over a large area. One of the flight recorders has been recovered, officials say. What we know so far The plane took off at 14:27 (11:27 GMT) on Sunday. Contact was lost four minutes later.

Flight-tracking site Flightradar24 said it then descended at the rate of 1,000m (3,300ft) per minute. Eyewitnesses told Russian media that the jet was on fire as it went down. A Russian official has denied reports that the pilot reported a malfunction. Who was on the plane? The official list of passengers and crew has been published (in Russian) by the emergencies ministry. A child and two teenagers were among the passengers, all but three of whom were from the Orenburg region where Orsk is located, city mayor Andrei Odintsov told Tass news agency. Two passengers were from Moscow and a third from St

Petersburg, he added. At Orsk airport, a girl whose brother was on the plane was shouting “Bring me back my brother!”, Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported. A man sat sobbing over his mobile phone. The plane was being flown by an experienced pilot with 5,000 hours of flight time, the airline told RiaNovosti news agency How good is Russia’s flight safety record? Russian airlines have suffered two major plane crashes in recent years: A Tu-154 military airliner crashed into the Black Sea with the loss of all 92 people aboard on 25 December 2016, with the disaster blamed on pilot error A Russian Airbus A321 carrying tourists crashed in Sinai, Egypt, with

the loss of all 224 people aboard on 31 October 2015; the Islamic State group said it had placed a bomb aboard What do we know about Saratov Airlines? Saratov Airlines is based in Saratov, 840km south-east of Moscow. In 2015 it was banned from operating international flights when surprise inspectors found someone other than the flight crew was in the cockpit. The airline appealed against the ban and changed its policy before resuming international charter flights in 2016. It flies mainly between Russian cities but also has destinations in Armenia and Georgia.


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News From Africa Egypt army killed 16 jihadists in Sinai

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Egypt’s ministry of defence released pictures of its armoured vehicles on the road to North Sinai gypt says it has killed 16 Islamist within three months. militants in an operation in Sinai Egyptian ground troops, air forces in the north-east of the country. and navy joined with border guards Dozens of targets including and the police for the operation, dubbed weapons dumps, motorbikes and cars Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018. were also destroyed, a statement from A spokesman said they found a the military says. communication centre, an explosives Four militants and 30 suspects were laboratory and six drug farms. arrested, it adds. The Sinai peninsula, where Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has most active militants are based, borders ordered the military to defeat Islamists Israel and the Gaza Strip. in the region by the end of this month. Last week the New York Times He gave the order in November after reported that unmarked Israeli aircraft a gun and bomb attack on a mosque were carrying out covert strikes in Egypt killed more than 300 people. with the Egyptian president’s approval. Suspicion for that attack fell on an Egypt denied this, and Israel affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) group declined to comment. in Sinai and Mr Sisi authorised troops to The operation will also target use “all brute force” necessary to restore militants in the Nile Delta and in “security and stability” to the region western Egypt.

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he leader of South Africa’s ruling party has acknowledged growing impatience over the failure to resolve President Jacob Zuma’s future. Cyril Ramaphosa said the matter had to be handled with “care and purpose”. “We know you want this matter to be finalised,” he told a crowd marking 100 years since the birth of the country’s first black president, Nelson Mandela. Mr Zuma is facing extensive corruption charges after a turbulent nine years in power. The African National Congress (ANC) says the party will hold talks on Monday to resolve President Jacob Zuma’s future. The BBC’s Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding says the ANC’s governing body is likely to ask Mr Zuma to step down. A similar meeting of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) was called off last week after direct talks between Mr Zuma and Mr Ramaphosa, who is the deputy president as well as the new leader of the party. He has faced increasing pressure to quit since December, when Mr Ramaphosa replaced

Mr Ramaphosa’s speech marked 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela him as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). In a speech at the event in Cape Town, Mr Ramaphosa said the key aim of transition talks was to unite South Africans. He also acknowledged the disunity within the ANC but said Mr Mandela’s centenary year “offers us a new beginning”. Urging South Africans to restore the values Mr Mandela stood for, he called for an end to corruption and said those who had stolen state assets would be brought to justice. “We must work together

as Madiba taught us to push back the frontiers of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” he said, using another name for Mr Mandela. He also addressed the Cape Town water crisis, which has seen residents limited to using 50 litres a day amid fears the city could run out of water in May. “If there ever was a time when we should be working together, this water crisis is the time,” he said. A number of other regions in the country were suffering similar water shortages, he said.

Ugandans suspended over ‘refugee scam’

Uganda is said to host some 1.4 million refugees our Ugandan government officials have been suspended amid allegations of inflating refugee figures. Uganda’s Commissioner for Refugees Apollo Kazungu and three of his senior staff are being investigated. Investigations will also consider whether officials from UN aid agencies were involved.

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Uganda is said to host some 1.4 million refugees - welcoming more than any other country in 2016 - mostly from South Sudan and DR Congo. But these allegations will cast doubts on those figures. Until recently, Uganda had been widely praised for its immigration policies and described as one of the best places in the world to be a refugee. The Ugandan Daily Monitor, which first reported the allegations, says the issue was first raised by UN country representative Rosa Malango. The newspaper says she raised three issues, including “doubtful” numbers of refugees, the trafficking of women and children, and fraud. One spot-check in the capital Kampala found just 7,000 people when there were reported to be 26,000 needing aid, the Daily Monitor reports, leading to questions about where the money and resources for the missing 19,000 were going. A spokesman for the UN’s refugee agency, Babar Balouch, told BBC Focus on Africa radio: “The reports we have received included faking documents on delivery of food assistance and demanding refugees to pay bribes for

Many refugees crossing into Uganda are from the Democratic Republic Congo and South Sudan

services which should be free.” He added: “If there are found to be any UNHCR staff involved in this, we have a robust mechanism to make everyone accountable.” The Ugandan minister responsible for refugees, Hilary Onek, told the BBC that a senior police commissioner has been appointed to lead the investigation, after reports first came to light in December 2017 that aid relief for refugees

was being mismanaged. As a result of the accusations, the United States, European Union and UK are all threatening to withhold funding to the country, the UK’s Guardian newspaper says. A spokesman for Uganda’s prime minister told the BBC that “these reports do not change or deter Uganda’s long-held record and commitment to providing safety to refugees”.

The majority of Uganda’s refugees have fled violence in South Sudan - where civil conflict between the government and rival factions has killed tens of thousands of people since 2013. Musa Ecweru, state minister for relief and disaster preparedness, assured the Guardian that measures would be taken to prevent any fraud in future, suggesting biometric registration for all refugees entering the country.

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OHANNESBURG – Police are searching for the perpetrators who attacked South African 5000 metre champion Thabang Mosiako. A case of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm has been opened. The athlete and two friends were beaten up a week ago in Potchefstroom. The attack started outside this popular student cafe. Mosiako and two friends, Rantso Mokopane and Sandy Londt, were allegedly attacked by at least 10 people. “They were swearing at the cashier. And I said, guys please don’t swear at the cashier and I’m in a hurry as well. Then I went outside, when I went outside these guys multiplied, called their friends, and started attacking us. My intention was not to fight,” said Mokopane. Police are searching for the perpetrators who attacked South African 5,000 meter champion, Thabang Mosiako. Photo: eNCA “If something more than this happened, I’m responsible for this guy. I’m preventing this from happening to your future kids, my future kids that are coming to the

Police are searching for the perpetrators who attacked South African 5,000 meter champion, Thabang Mosiako. Photo: eNCA university. So I feel like this is the end of it, I don’t want it to happen to anybody else,” he added. Mosiako, a top athlete, was admitted to hospital after his head was bashed on the ground and kicked. There’s a possibility he could suffer long-term damage as a result. “I have some injuries in my head, the doctor said I must come and fetch

my what you call there in the hospital. Now I’m hoping to run good in the Africa Champs because I have a huge competition,” Mosiako said. Professor Dan Kgwadi, vice chancellor of the North West University, says an investigation is underway to determine whether these attackers are students and who exactly they are.


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Trump warns Israel that settlements ‘complicate’ peace hopes

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S President Donald Trump has said Israeli settlements “complicate” the peace process with Palestinians and urged “care” over the issue. He also told an Israeli newspaper that he did not believe the Palestinians, and possibly Israel as well, were ready to make peace. President Trump angered Palestinians in December when he recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He also threatened to withhold aid unless Palestinians agreed to talks. The US leader’s latest comments came in an interview published on Sunday with the conservative newspaper Yisrael Hayom. Asked by editor-in-chief Boaz Bismouth when the US would present its peace plan, Mr Trump said: “We will see what happens. Right now the Palestinians are not into making peace, they are just not into it. Regarding Israel, I am not certain it, too, is interested in making peace so we will just need to wait and see what happens.” Asked whether Israeli settlements would form part of the peace plan,

North Korea: US says ‘no daylight’ between allies despite warmer ties he said: “We will be talking about careful with the settlements.” settlements are considered illegal settlements. The settlements are More than 600,000 Jews live under international law, though something that very much complicates in about 140 settlements built since Israel disputes this. and always have complicated making Israel’s 1967 occupation of the West In excerpts of the interview peace, so I think Israel has to be very Bank and East Jerusalem. The published on Friday, Mr Trump said

North Korea: ‘No daylight’ between allies despite warmer ties, US says

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S Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country and South Korea are in complete agreement on the need to maintain pressure on North Korea. Speaking on his way home from the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Mr Pence said there was “no daylight” between the two allies on the issue. The Games has seen better ties between the two Koreas despite tensions over the North’s nuclear programme. But the US has distanced itself from the North Korean overtures. On Saturday North Korean leader Kim Jong-un invited the South’s President, Moon Jae-in, to Pyongyang for talks. It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders. Mr Moon said the Koreas should “make it happen” and encouraged the North to return to negotiations with the US. However, his Prime Minister, Lee Nak-yeon, said on Sunday he hoped “the right conditions” would be created for the summit to be held, with support from the international community. He did not specify what conditions he had in mind. Pyongyang’s nuclear programme is expected to hang over any attempts to bring the countries closer together. The US administration has sought to maintain pressure on North Korea through sanctions and tough rhetoric from President Donald Trump. Speaking to reporters during a flight on Saturday, Mr Pence said: “There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically

North Korea’s Kim Yo-jong was seated near Mike Pence at the opening ceremony of the Games until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programme.” The handwritten invitation to President Moon was delivered by Mr Kim’s influential sister, Kim Yo-jong, at a landmark meeting in the presidential palace in Seoul, as the Games opened on Saturday. Ms Kim and the North’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam made up the most senior delegation from the North to visit the South since the Korean War in the 1950s. How the move could drive a wedge between allies The invitation puts Mr Moon in a difficult position as he had promised to engage with the North, but his US ally is cautious of Seoul falling for North Korea’s charm offensive. Despite the public shows of friendliness, experts have warned the underlying tensions have not gone away. At the opening ceremony for the Games, Mr Pence, Kim Yojong and Kim Yong-nam were seated in close proximity to each other. Mr Pence stayed seated when

South and North Korean athletes marched together under a unified flag, and also skipped a dinner with the North Korean delegation. In a tweet, he reasserted the sceptical view taken his administration regarding recent conciliatory gestures by North Korea. Kim’s sister takes the stage The Winter Olympics has thrust Kim Yo-jong into the spotlight. The highest-profile member of the North Korean delegation to the Games, she is the first immediate member of the North’s ruling family to visit the South since the 1950-1953 Korean war. Ms Kim, who is though to be about 30 years old, was promoted to the powerful politburo last year. She is on a US sanctions list over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea. Later on Saturday Ms Kim, Kim Yong-nam and Moon Jaein attended the first ice hockey match played by a unification team of athletes from both North and South Korea. They were beaten by Switzerland 8-0.

that recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital had been a highlight of his first year in office. “I think Jerusalem was a very big point and I think it was a very important point,” he said. “The capital, having Jerusalem be your great capital, was a very important thing to a lot of people. It was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge,” he said. Israel claims the whole of the city as its capital but the Palestinians want East Jerusalem, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, to be the capital of a future Palestinian state. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will no longer accept the US as a mediator following the controversial recognition of Jerusalem. Last month the UN expressed concern at a US decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for an agency that supports Palestinian refugees. Washington said it would hand over $60m (£43m) of a planned payment to the UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa), but would keep back $65m until it carries out “reforms”.

Gui Minhai: Chinese press attacks Sweden over bookseller

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tate media in China have accused Sweden of a movie-style plot to spirit away detained bookseller Gui Minhai, who has Swedish citizenship. The Hong Kong-based businessman was seized on 20 January while travelling to the Chinese capital, Beijing. On Friday a video interview was released in which he accused Stockholm of “sensationalising” his case. A Chinese tabloid condemned Sweden for trying to “demonstrate its diplomatic heroism by ‘saving the bookseller’”. Mr Gui, who was briefly freed from custody last October, has been in and out of Chinese detention since 2015, when he went missing during a holiday in Thailand. What is the Chinese press saying? The Global Times, a nationalistic paper, accused Sweden of tricking Mr Gui into a plan designed to free him from Chinese custody. It says the bookseller was banned from leaving the Chinese mainland over allegations he had been involved in “illegal business”. The 53-year-old was arrested while taking a train to Beijing from Ningbo in eastern China, where doctors had said he might have the neurological disorder ALS, a type of motor neurone disease. He had been scheduled to see a Swedish specialist in the capital, and was arrested in the presence of two Swedish diplomats travelling with him. In an editorial headlined, “Is Sweden making ‘Saving Gui Minhai’ movie?”, the Global Times says Stockholm “wanted to arrange Gui’s ‘escape’ by breaking Chinese law”. Earlier it gave more detail of the allegations against Mr Gui, saying he was suspected of “illegally providing national secrets and intelligence to overseas groups”. The Global Times accused the Swedish foreign ministry of “craving the limelight in the EU and the West”, and said it had made itself “a laughingstock”.

Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported that Mr Gui had “applied to authorities and asked to speak the truth before media”. What’s the problem with the video? In the video, Mr Gui says he was pressured into leaving China by Swedish officials. “Because they were instigating me non-stop, I fell for it,” he says. Human rights groups including Amnesty International have warned that the interview has the hallmarks of a forced confession. “Looking back, I might have become Sweden’s chess piece,” Mr Gui says in the footage. “My wonderful life has been ruined and I would never trust the Swedish ever again.” Katarina Byrenius, a spokeswoman for Sweden’s foreign ministry, has said the video “changes nothing”. “We continue to demand that our citizen be given the opportunity to meet with Swedish diplomatic staff and medical staff,” she wrote in an email to Reuters news agency. “It’s almost certainly a forced confession,” said William Nee, a China researcher with Amnesty International. “The fact that he’s kind of repeating talking points that the [Chinese] government wants to put out ... and as far as we know he’s in incommunicado detention. He doesn’t have lawyers of his choice or consular access right now,” he told Hong Kong public broadcaster

Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai, who is detained in China, gave a video interview in which he condemned Stockholm. It’s not clear if he was speaking under duress.


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CAF Champions League: Plateau United starts with big win

Plateau United lateau United have started their campaign in the CAF Champions League on a bright note. The reigning Nigeria Professional Football League champions put up a good show in the first leg of their preliminary stage clash against Eding Sport yesterday. They scored three unreplied goals against the Cameroonian club in Jos yesterday. Elijah Ogene set the tone for the day; scoring the opening goal for Plateau United. That turned out to be the only goal of the first half. In the second half, very little changed

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until the dying stages of the game when Plateau United were able to get two quick goals. With a 3-0 lead from the first leg, Plateau United are in good stead to qualify for the next round of Africa’s biggest club competition. While Plateau United started on a winning streak, it was not the same for Nigeria’s representative in the second tier CAF Confederation Cup, Akwa United FC. The Uyo-based team began their campaign in Uyo on a losing note on Sunday, by losing 1-2 in the first round, first leg match against Hawks of Gambia.

The teams played on a wet turf following a heavy rain before kick-off at the GodswillAkpabio International Stadium, Uyo. The Promise Keepers relentlessly raided the visitors’ area, restricting them in their own half but missed several scoring chances before the visitors stunned the home fans by scoring first. The visitors, whose goalkeeper, YankubuCalley, thwarted every move by the homers, recorded their first goal through MuhammedJallow, in their first attempt at the homers goal area in the 11th minute. Although the first goal was against

the run of play, Lanin Charity also beat United’s goalkeeper, OjoOlorunleke, with a powerful shot in the 35th minute to score the Gambians’ second goal. The second goal scorer (Charity) plays for the Gambian national team, the Scorpions. The Promise Keepers, who continued to swarm their opponents in the second half were rewarded in the 71st minute when Victor Mbaoma scrambled in their first goal to enliven the home supporters. Thereafter, the Gambians defended stoutly while the homeboys continued to fritter several scoring chances.

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att Ritchie lifted the gloom on Tyneside with the winner in Newcastle United’s crucial 1-0 victover Manchester United in the Premier League yesterday – their first three-point haul at home since October. Newcastle had fallen into the bottom three before kickoff after Huddersfield Town’s earlier win, but they responded with a vibrant display capped by Ritchie’s 65th minute effort. Ritchie was released into space by Dwight Gayle’s flick and he buried a low shot past David De Gea. Bizarrely the free kick which led to the goal was awarded when United defender Chris Smalling was booked for a blatant dive in the centre of the field. Smalling was also lucky to get away with a first-half trip on Gayle inside the penalty area. United were guilty of wasteful finishing with Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez the chief culprits and were denied a stoppage-time equaliser when the outstanding debutant keeper Martin Dubravka prevented an own goal from close range. Newcastle’s first win over United for five years lifted them from 18th to 13th while Jose Mourinho’s second-placed United are now a remote 16 points behind local rivals Manchester City and looking over their shoulders at the teams behind them.

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nly Kano Pillars got an away point in the Nigeria Professional League Match Day 8 games played yesterday across the country. Pillars forced Sunshine Stars to a barren draw in Akure to earn a share of the spoils from yesterday’s game. The solitary point earned yesterday has

taken Pillars’ total tally for the season to 15 as the former champions are now third on the log. It is the third time this season that a game involving Kano Pillars will be ending in a stalemate. In some of the other centres, Enugu Rangers battled to a 1-0 win over El-Kanemi Warriors Kevin Itoya was again the hero for the

Flying Antelopes as he popped up with a late goal that secured the maximum points that has momentarily taken Rangers to fifth spot on the NPFL log. Elsewhere, Yobe Desert Stars, Go Round FC and Niger Tornadoes all secured 1-0 wins over Rivers United, Abia Warriors and Nasarawa United respectively.

Nigerian athletes face opponent Saturday at Winter Olympics

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igeria’s flag was raised high on Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea, as the 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off. The Nigerian team in Korea is made up of four women – NgoziOnwumere,

AkuomaOmeoga, and Seun Adigun will compete in the Bobsled event while Simi Adeagbo will compete in the Skeleton event. Adeagbo goes first in the Skeleton event, which starts on February 12 at

1:35 p.m. and the medals presentation is scheduled for Saturday, February 17. The Bobsled team gets into action on February 17, with their medals ceremony scheduled for February 21. The Games is to be known as that

of ‘Peace’, greatly encapsulated by the joint march by North and South Korean athletes and the participation from tropical countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Tonga, and Jamaica; who are all part of the 91 countries represented.

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INTERVIEW

The 11 cities most likely to run out of drinking water -like Cape Town At the height of the drought, Sao Paulo’s reservoirs became a desolate landscape

A quarter of the world’s major cities face a situation of water stress

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ape Town is in the unenviable situation of being the first major city in the modern era to face the threat of running out of drinking water. However, the plight of the drought-hit South African city is just one extreme example of a problem that experts have long been warning about - water scarcity. Despite covering about 70% of the Earth’s surface, water, especially drinking water, is not as plentiful as one might think. Only 3% of it is fresh. Over one billion people lack access to water and another 2.7 billion find it scarce for at least one month of the year. A 2014 survey of the world’s 500 largest cities estimates that one in four are in a situation of “water stress” According to UN-endorsed projections, global demand for fresh water will exceed supply by 40% in 2030, thanks to a combination of climate change, human action and population growth. It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that Cape Town is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are the other 11 cities most likely to run out of water. 1. São Paulo Brazil’s financial capital and one of the 10 most populated cities in the world went through a similar ordeal to Cape Town in 2015, when the main reservoir fell below 4% capacity. At the height of the crisis, the city of over 21.7 million inhabitants had less than 20 days of water supply and police had to escort water trucks to stop looting. It is thought a drought that affected southeastern Brazil between 2014 and 2017 was to blame, but a UN mission to São Paulo was critical of the state authorities “lack of proper planning and investments”. The water crisis was deemed “finished” in 2016, but in January 2017 the main reserves were 15% below expected for the period - putting the city’s future water supply once again in doubt. 2. Bangalore Local officials in the southern Indian city have been bamboozled by the growth of new property developments following Bangalore’s rise as a technological hub and are struggling to manage the city’s water and sewage systems. To make matters worse, the city’s antiquated plumbing needs an urgent upheaval; a report by the national government found that the city loses over half of its drinking water to waste. Like China, India struggles with water pollution and Bangalore is no different: an indepth inventory of the city’s lakes found that 85%

had water that could only be used for irrigation and industrial cooling. Not a single lake had suitable water for drinking or bathing. 3. Beijing The World Bank classifies water scarcity as when people in a determined location receive less than 1,000 cubic metres of fresh water per person. In 2014, each of the more than 20 million inhabitants of Beijing had only 145 cubic metres. China is home to almost 20% of the world’s population but has only 7% of the world’s fresh water. A Columbia University study estimates that the country’s reserves declined 13% between 2000 and 2009. And there’s also a pollution problem. Official figures from 2015 showed that 40% of Beijing’s surface water was polluted to the point of not being useful even for agriculture or industrial use. The Chinese authorities have tried to address the problem by creating massive water diversion projects. They have also introduced educational programmes, as well as price hikes for heavy business users. 4. Cairo Once crucial to the establishment of one of the world’s greatest civilisations, the River Nile is struggling in modern times. It is the source of 97% of Egypt’s water but also the destination of increasing amounts of untreated agricultural, and residential waste. World Health Organization figures show that Egypt ranks high among lower middle-income countries in terms of the number of deaths related

to water pollution. The UN estimates critical shortages in the country by 2025. 5. Jakarta Like many coastal cities, the Indonesian capital faces the threat of rising sea levels. But in Jakarta the problem has been made worse by direct human action. Because less than half of the city’s 10 million residents have access to piped water, illegal digging of wells is rife. This practice is draining the underground aquifers, almost literally deflating them. As a consequence, about 40% of Jakarta now lies below sea level, according to World Bank estimates. To make things worse, aquifers are not being replenished despite heavy rain because the prevalence of concrete and asphalt means that open fields cannot absorb rainfall. 6. Moscow One-quarter of the world’s fresh water reserves are in Russia, but the country is plagued by pollution problems caused by the industrial legacy of the Soviet era. That is specifically worrying for Moscow, where the water supply is 70% dependent on surface water. Official regulatory bodies admit that 35% to 60% of total drinking water reserves in Russia do not meet sanitary standards 7. Istanbul According to official Turkish government figures, the country is technically in a situation of a water stress, since the per capita supply fell below 1,700 cubic metres in 2016.

Local officials in the southern Indian city have been bamboozled by the growth of new property developments following Bangalore’s rise as a technological hub and are struggling to manage the city’s water and sewage systems. To make matters worse, the city’s antiquated plumbing needs an urgent upheaval; a report by the national government found that the city loses over half of its drinking water to waste. Like China, India struggles with water pollution and Bangalore is no different: an in-depth inventory of the city’s lakes found that 85% had water that could only be used for irrigation and industrial cooling.

Local experts have warned that the situation could worsen to water scarcity by 2030. In recent years, heavily populated areas like Istanbul (14 million inhabitants) have begun to experience shortages in the drier months. The city’s reservoir levels declined to less than 30 percent of capacity at the beginning of 2014 8. Mexico City Water shortages are nothing new for many of the 21 million inhabitants of the Mexican capital. One in five get just a few hours from their taps a week and another 20% have running water for just part of the day. The city imports as much as 40% of its water from distant sources but has no large-scale operation for recycling wastewater. Water losses because of problems in the pipe network are also estimated at 40%. 9. London Of all the cities in the world, London is not the first that springs to mind when one thinks of water shortages. The reality is very different. With an average annual rainfall of about 600mm (less than the Paris average and only about half that of New York), London draws 80% of its water from rivers (the Thames and Lea). According to the Greater London Authority, the city is pushing close to capacity and is likely to have supply problems by 2025 and “serious shortages” by 2040. It looks likely that hosepipe bans could become more common in the future. 10. Tokyo The Japanese capital enjoys precipitation levels similar to that of Seattle on the US west coast, which has a reputation for rain. Rainfall, however, is concentrated during just four months of the year. That water needs to be collected, as a drierthan-expected rainy season could lead to a drought. At least 750 private and public buildings in Tokyo have rainwater collection and utilisation systems. Home to more than 30 million people, Tokyo has a water system that depends 70% on surface water (rivers, lakes, and melted snow). Recent investment in the pipeline infrastructure aims also to reduce waste by leakage to only 3% in the near future. 11. Miami The US state of Florida is among the five US states most hit by rain every year. However, there is a crisis brewing in its most famous city, Miami. An early 20th Century project to drain nearby swamps had an unforeseen result; water from the Atlantic Ocean contaminated the Biscayne Aquifer, the city’s main source of fresh water. Although the problem was detected in the 1930s, seawater still leaks in, especially because the American city has experienced faster rates of sea level rise, with water breaching underground defence barriers installed in recent decades. Neighbouring cities are already struggling. Hallandale Beach, which is just a few miles north of Miami, had to close six of its eight wells due to saltwater intrusion. Source: BBC


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Kputuna Agyo Ibrahim late of Akwanga Died on the 18th day of October, 2015 at Akwanga

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Usoro John late of Masaka Kwali Died on the 12th day of February, 2017 at Keffi

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Muhammad Akaro Umar late of Lafia Died on the 1st day of October, 2016 at Lafia

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Sule Ibrahim Makpa late of Mada Station Died on the 17th day of September, 2017 at Nassarawa Eggon

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Rose Fidelis of Garaku the lawful Widow of the said Deceased.

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Mohammed Amina late of Nassarawa Eggon Died on the 8th day of August, 2017 at Nassarawa Eggon

Ahmed B. Mohammed of Kwarra the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

24

John Adigizi Ogah late of Azuba Bashayi Died on the 1st day of August, 2017 at Doma

Lydia Soja of Azuba Bashayi the lawful Widow of the said Deceased.

25

Namo Dauda late of Garaku Died on the 14th day of September, 2017 at Keffi

Dauda Namo Ewuga of Garaku the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

26

Patu Mustapha late of Doma Died on the 13th day of May, 2017 at Doma

Mohammed Mustapha Babi of Doma the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

Aims.. welfare of the members. 2 To help ourselves through contribution.

27

Daniel Gwagwa late of Lafia Died on the 8th day of July 2017 at Lafia

Bamaiyi Gwagwa of Lafia lawful Son of the said Deceased.

28

Yashim Shinkut late of Keffi Died on the 8th day of December, 2014 at Jos

Martha Shinkut of Karu the lawful Daughter of the said Deceased.

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Alaku William Manasseh late of Nassarawa Eggon Died on the 19th day of November, 2015 at Keffi

Godwin William Alaku of Nassarawa Eggon the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

30

Anzaku Kyauta late of Mada Station Died on the 8th day of January, 2007 at Nassarawa Eggon

Ahmed Aliyu of Mada Station the lawful Brother of the said Deceased.

31

Chief Mathew Agbor late of Keffi Died on the 4th day of January, 2017 at Keffi

Godwin Mathew of Keffi the Lawful Son of the said Deceased.

32

Samson Danjuma Tella late of Mai Sauri Died on the 8th day of December, 2017 at Garaku

Allahnana Tella of Mararaba Mai Sauri the lawful Brother of the said Deceased.

33

Idris Musa late of Agyaragu Tofa Died on the 17th day of December, 2014 at Nassarawa Eggon

Yusuf Idris & Salisu Idris of Agyaragu Tofa the lawful Sons of the said Deceased.

34

Kanwai Waje late of Lafia Died on the 24th day of August, 2017 at Lafia

Ibrahim Waje of Lafia the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

35

John Maigadi late of Gugyar Died on the 13th day of January, 2016 at Akwanga

Nzamwa Maikasuwa of Bukan Sidi the lawful Uncle of the said Deceased.

36

Yahaya Musa late of Lafia Died on the 15th day of October, 2017 at Lafia

Ali Yahaya of Abuja the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

37

Baray’a Ummaru late of Lafia Died on the 4th day of March, 2016 at Lafia

Musa Umaru of Lafia the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

38

Kura Adamu late of Lafia Died on the 19th day of November, 2017 at Keffi

Adichi Joshua of Lafia the lawful Widow of the said Deceased.

39

Ikku Jacob late of Keffi Died on the 28th day of August, 2017 at Keffi

Titus Abeku Jacob & Jacob Ikku Bala both of Keffi the lawful Sons of the said Deceased.

40

Muhammed Rashida Musa late of Lafia Died on the 9th day of January, 2018 at Lafia

Umar Enah of Tudun Amba, Lafia the lawful Widower of the said Deceased.

41

Suleiman Dauda late of Keffi Died on the 26th day of November, 2017 at Keffi

Zulaihat Umar of Keffi the lawful Widow of the said Deceased.

42

John Kigbu late of Arikpa Died on the 12th day of June, 2010 at Nassarawa Eggon

Kigbu John of Arikpa the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

43

Abubakar Abdulhamid late of Lafia Died on the 18th day of September, 2017 at Lafia

Abdulhamid Abubakar of Lafia the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

44

Umar Abdul late of Doma Died on the 17th day of November, 2017 at Doma

Zule Adamu Haruna of Doma the lawful Widow of the said Deceased.

45

Bako S. Daudu late of Nasarawa Died on the 18th day of January, 2018 at Nasarawa

Inuwa Bako of Nasarawa the lawful Son of the said Deceased.

46

Angulu Sunday late of Loko Died on the 21st day of October, 2016at Lafia

Fatima Angulu of Loko the lawful Widow of the said Deceased.

47

Azagaku N. Joseph late of Karu Died on the 13th day of December, 2015at Mararaba

Luka Anzaku Tina of Karu the lawful Widow of the said Deceased.

48

Hannatu Yahaya late of Lafia Died on the 20th day of August, 2013at Lafia

Ezra G. Luka of Ombi II, Lafia the lawful Widower of the said Deceased.

PUBLIC NOTICE

GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL OTUKPO SET O4 MODELITES

NOTICE is hereby given that the above named association has applied to the corporate affairs commission to be registered as an incorporated trustees under Part C of the companies and allied matters Act Cap C20 laws of the federation 2004. The trustees are; i. Mr Emmanuel Eke Inedu ii. Mr Oche Echoda Johnson the aims and objectives of the association are; a. maintaining the bond of unity between members that was forged from our halcyon days. b. Ensuring the growth, and sustenance of our Alma- mater through collective support. c. Assisting members in realizing full potentials in the society where and when necessary. d. Creating a platform for reaching out to indigent members of the society. a) To do such other lawful things as may be considered to be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.

PATRICK

EVELYN

Anyone who has any reason why this association should not be registered shall contact the corporate affairs commission’s headquarters Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication. Signed SECRETARY

mustapha I, formerly known as MUSTAPHA SABO now wish to be known and addressed as mustapha saboYAHAYA. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

ISAAC

LEGAL NOTICE

PATRICK

Signed (Sunday B. Bawa Esq.) PROBATE REGISTRAR NASARAWA STATE OF NIGERIA, LAFIA


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DANWANZAM I, Formerly known as ZACCHAEUS RETYIT DASHIT. wish to be known and addressed as DANWANZAM RETYIT MICHAEL. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public to note please take note.

PUBLIC NOTICE

ORGANIZATION FOR SELF-RELIANT YOUTH OF BAUCHI STATE

This is to notify the general public that the above named body has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part “C” of the companies and allied matters acts, 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ABUBAKAR SADIQ MAHMOOD 2. SULAIMAN IBRAHIM SHEHU 3. USAMA HARUNA Aims and objectives 1. To foster unity among the youth and to be self-reliant 2. To raise funds and receive contributions where appropriate to establish and finance our business 3. To educate and sensitize the youth on lawful businesses and the importance of been self-reliant 4. To help orphans and underprivileged once 5. To reaffirm peace and priotize the interest of brotherhood and love for the nation on the minds of the youth and to avoid violence in the society to ensure the progress of the country 6. To make rules and standing orders for all members in the organization 8. To organize meetings and workshops and work with similar groups to exchange information Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi street, Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

CLASSIFIED PUBLIC NOTICE

ZEAL OF THE LORD CHRISTIAN CENTRE

This is to notify the general public that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part “C” of the companies and allied matters acts, 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ANGUS McANGUS 2. DR. AUGUSTA McANGUS 3. LEKWA OMEAKU 4. NWACHUKWU NNANNA ONOCHIE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1 TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO ALL PEOPLES AND NATIONS AND EXHORT THEM TO LIVE A LIFE OF HOLINESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS AND JUSTICE. 2. TO ORGANIZE THE COMING TOGETHER OF PEOPLE AT A PLACE OF WORSHIP TO RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS AND TEACHINGS FROM THE HOLY BIBLE. 3. TO RAISE KINGDOM WARRIORS FOR THE PULLING DOWN OF SATANIC STRONGHOLD AND WHOLE DELIVERANCE OF SPIRITUAL CAPTIVES. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi street, Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: DR. AUGUSTA McANGUS ( SECRETARY).

PUBLIC NOTICE

GILEAD INTERCESSORY MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL

Abdullahi

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

I, Formerly known as Ramatu Umar Abdullahi. wish to be known and addressed as Abdullahi Ramatu. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public to note please take note.

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Rev. Miracle ozioma onyebuchi. (President.) 2. Mrs peace ocheze onyebuchi 3. Mrs Adaku victoria Okam 4. Mrs catherine chiduziem ikpunuekhai (secretary)

Signed: TRUSTEES

ABDULHAMID I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS HAMIDU ISAH. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS ABDULHAMID ALIYU. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE. ABDULHAMID I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS ONYINYE CHUKWUEMEKA. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS ONYINYE VALENTINE NNAKWE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE. Mrs Mangriem I, Formerly known as Miss James Chorkitmwa Dakup. wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Mangriem Chorkitmwa Kamwa. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public to note please take note.

MRS HARUNA-OGUN I formerly known as MISS ADEMOLA OMODUNMADE OMOTAYO now wish to be address as MRS HARUNAOGUN OMODUNMADE OMOTAYO all former documents remain valid. Authority Concerned and the general public should please take note.

SAMUEL I, Formerly known as Ozoemena Nweze. wish to be known and addressed as Samuel Eze. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public to note please take note. PHILIP I formerly known as PHILIP WAYA now wish to be address as PHILIP MADAKI. all former documents remain valid. Authority Concerned and the general public should please take note. ahmad I, formerly known as ahmad nalado now wish to be known and addressed as ahmad ahmad nalado. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

JAMILA I formerly known as HAJIYA JAMILA IBRAHIM DAHIRU now wish to be address as JAMILA IBRAHIM DAHIRU. all former documents remain valid. Authority Concerned and the general public should please take note.

THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To preach the word of God. ANY OBJECTION TO FORWARDED TO THE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, AGUIYI IRONSI STREET OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS

SIGNED : SECRETARY

PUBLIC NOTICE

FIRE OF GOD GLORIOUS INT’L MINISTRY

PUBLIC NOTICE

Christ Labourers Outreach Int’l .

This is to notify the general public that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part “C” of the companies and allied matters acts, 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: (1)PST.IBRAHIM NURA (2)PST.JOSEPH DAZI (3)REV.YOHANNA YAKUBU (4)PST.JOSHUA INE. (5)PST ADAMU MUHAMMADU AIM AND OBJECTIVE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi street, Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: SECRETARY

PUBLIC NOTICE

Christ Outreach Int’l:

This is to notify the general public that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part “C” of the companies and allied matters acts, 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: (1)REV.YAKUBU J.NAMASO (2).REV.MUSA UMARU (3)REV.MATHEW MAGAJI (4)REV.AYUBA NYAKEL (5)REV.BALA CHARAKE. Aim and objective To preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi street, Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: Secretary

WINDING UP

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

NOTICE OF APPOINTMENT OF LIQUIDATOR

THE TRUSTEES ARE. 1. PAULINA AKALOR - CHAIRMAN. 2. BLESSING .O. MOSES - ASS. CHAIRMAN. 3. ABRAHAM AKALOR - TREASURER. 4. AMANAHA BENJAMIN GREAT - SECRETARY. 5. INNOCENT AKALOR - PRO. 6. AUGUSTINE AKALOR.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the general public that Kesai Eagrow Nigeria Company Ltd (the “Company”) of 28 Macarthy Street, Lagos, pursuant to section 491 of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, and a special resolution of the shareholders dated 9th day of Febuary 2018 has appointed Eberechukwu Onyedinma of 40 Asaba Street, Trademoore Estate, Lugbe, Abuja, Liquidator for the purpose of winding up the affairs of the Company. Ms Onyedinma’a appointment takes effect from 12th Febuary 2018.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. NJOKU OKORO.

MEMBERS VOLUNTARY WINDING UP

Dated 9th day of Febuary 2018 Signed: Company Secretary

MARTHA I, Formerly known as MARTHA ONIVENU ABOI. wish to be known and addressed as MARTHA ONIVENU AINOJE. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public to note please take note.

PUBLIC NOTICE

ZIKORA FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR CHANGE AND APPOINTING OF TRUSTEES UNDER THE PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. TRUSTEES ARE 1. DR. IKEORHA AZIKIWE CHUKWUDIOGO -CHAIRMAN 2. ZIK-IKEORHA CHIDINMA ADAEZE OJIUGO SECRETARY 3. DR. IKEORHA CHIAGOZIEM OJI ZIK TREASURER 4. IKEORHA KATELYN 5. DR. IKEORHA CHUKWUEMEKA AZIKIWE 6. MANGANDI JACQUELINE 7. IKEORHA CHUMA OBINNA 8. ENGR. IKEORHA IHUOMA PAMELA 9. IKEORHA CHUDI 10. IKEORHA MORGAN ELYSE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. FREE MEDICAL SERVICES TO THE LESS PRIVILEGE. 2. PROMOTE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION. 3. PROVIDE FREE LEGAL SERVICES TO THE LESS PRIVILEGE. 4. EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP TO THE LESS PRIVILEGE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY


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CLASSIFIED PUBLIC NOTICE

HEART OF GOLD BIBLE CHURCH ASABA

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR ADDITION OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE OLD TRUSTEES ARE : 1.GERALD CHUKWUEMEKA OGBOLU 2.BRIDGET OSUNDE THE NEW TRUSTEES ARE : 1.GERALD CHUKWUEMEKA OGBOLU 2.JUDITH UDUJE 3.EMMA DIBIA

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

MEDIA AWARENESS AND JUSTICE INITIATIVE

GLORIOUS BIBLE AMBASSADORS INTERNATIONAL WORSHIP CENTRE

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.MR. OKORO ONYEKACHI EMMANUEL - CHAIRMAN 2.MR. KENTEBE EBIARIDOR 3.MRS. OKORO ONYINYE CHIOMA - SECRETARY 4.MR. GREEN IMOH ISAAC

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME.

THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO INFORM ORGANISE, AND MOBILISE THE LESS PRIVILEGE USING MEDIA TO CREATE A BETTER SOCIETY.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGES SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

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

SIGNED : SECRETARY

SIGNED : SECRETARY

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

THE POTTER’S WHEEL INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE

OFENIMU ATIBA DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1)Chijioke Ekwuagana - Chairman 2)Ebele Ekwuagana 3)Barr. Chidike Samuelson 4)Samuel Maduka 5)Chinecherem Ogbonnaya 6)Barr. Ruth Soronnadi - Secretary

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.Ofen-Imu Atiba Sunday 2.Ibraheem Olawale Ogunrinola

Aim and Objective: 1. To preach the word of God. ANY OBJECTIONS TO THIS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: CHAIRMAN

THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1. To see to the development of ofenimu Atiba close , 2. To see to the infrastructural development and security of ofenimu Atiba close. ANY OBJECTION TO FORWARDED TO THE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, AGUIYI IRONSI STREET OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED BODY HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EROMON ISAAC OSAREMEN - PRESIDENT 2. INEGBEDION AKHERE - SECRETARY 3. UDUEBHOLO ESTHER ONOSEDEBA 4. IRIOGBE MARCELINA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To preach the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BARR TOBE LORDLY

PUBLIC NOTICE

CREATIVITY BEYOND BEAUTY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. MISS ODILI CHIDINMA LUCY 2. MISS ENEANYA SCHOLASTICA UCHE 3. MR. EZENWA OKECHUKWU UCHENNA 4. MR. CYRIL - OKERE PASCAL UDOCHUKWU 5. MR. ARAKA OLISA CHUKA AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO UNITE AND CARE FOR IT’S MEMBERS . ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : SECRETARY

SIGNED : SECRETARY

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

WELL REFINED ASSEMBLY

MOWALEK CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Nwanaka JOHN. 2. OKOYE EJIKE Robinson. 3. Daniel Praise Amachi. 4. Ifejika Chigozie JOHN. 5. Ike IFEANYI Chukwuka.

THE TRUSTEES ARE. 1. Prof. Aiyede Emmanuel Remi. 2. Dr. (Mrs.) Aibinu Bosede Oluwafunmilayo. 3. Mr. Ebofin Michael Olusesi. 4. Barr. (Mrs.) Kikelomo Adebayo. 5. Chief (Mrs.) Folasade Asafa. 6. Foluso Adedigba. 7. Mr. Isaac Fayanju.

Aim and Objective: 1. To preach the word of God.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. To build linkages with relevant government and non-government institutions on policy advocacy for good governance. 2. To facilitate the process of sustainable community driven development.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THIS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTIONS TO THIS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: CHAIRMAN

SIGNED: OTOJA JAIRUS EDE, ESQ.

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

SAVE THE PEACE LEGACY FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH

Missionaries of Divine Faith Healing Solution Ministry

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE. 1. Dr Gideon Chidiebere OSI. 2. Barr Hezekiah Ivoke. 3. Engr. Mohammed Awual.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.Pastor Olushola Michael Adeosho 2.Pastor (Mrs) Esther Adeosho 3.Pastor Adebayo Ismail Owoade 4.Pastor Oladele Olaleye

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES. 1.To promote National unity and Integretion among youth. 2. To Encourage Dialogue as best means for conflict resolution. 3. To advanced positive attitudinal change among youth towards National development. ANY OBJECTIONS TO THIS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. HEZEKIAH IVOKE.

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.To preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2.To set the captives free through divine faith. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : By Barr. Bola lbitoye 08034447631

MED SHOPPE HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEE ARE: 1.DR. NWEGBO CHINYERE STELLA. 2. DR. MBAEZUE NKECHI MARTYNER. AIM AND OBJECTIVE. TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE AND THE INTEREST OF THE MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTIONS TO THIS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY.

PUBLIC NOTICE

SPEAK THE WORD ASSEMBLY

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.Rev Enebeli Amos Great. 2. Rev Chinedu Iyeke Samuel, 3.Mrs Comfort Iyeke Chinedu. THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To reach out to the communities and the world with the message of salvation of Jesus Christ; reconciling men back to God. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY


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CLASSIFIED

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

FAITH ASSURANCE MIRACLE PALACE INT’L ASSEMBLY

ADVOCACY FOR SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY NEEDS AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. REV. AVWENAGHA DUKE UFUOMAKPOR. 2. PASTOR MRS. AVWENAGHA QUEEN OROBOSA. 3. DEACONESS JOY OTOBO. 4. MR. GEORGE EKELE. 5. MR. ONORIODE OGODO

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. PROF. ADENIRAN TUNDR- CHAIRMAN 2. ADENIRAN BUKOLA FUNMILAYO 3. ADENIRAN ADEDAMOLA ORIADE- SECRETARY

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ne thing you cannot take away from Chief Audu Ogbe, the Minister of Agriculture is his oratorical skills. He speaks with the conviction and vehemence of a salesman – reeling out suspicious statistics which cannot be crosschecked by his mesmerized ill equipped audience. Often when I listen to him speak in public, I go away blaming whoever convinced him to go into academics and later politics for ruining the career of a successful street salesman. My first close but brief encounter with the Minister was in 1983 when he was President Shehu Shagari’s Minister of Communications. I was a reporter with the New Nigerian at the time and Abba Dabo my Editor enjoyed giving me the toughest assignments he faced. He it was who sent me to Maiduguri in 1982 when the Maitatsine killer squad started an insurrection at the Bulunkutu quarters of the town. I saw holy hell there. In 1983 when General Buhari, the GOC of 3rd Armored Division in Jos launched an onslaught in Chad in hot pursuit of some renegade Chadian troops that had attacked and killed Nigerian soldiers, Abba Dabo tipped me to follow him. I did – the only Nigerian reporter on his trail. I was later told it was my report, lavishly carried on the front page of the New Nigerian and repeatedly relayed by the BBC Hausa and Africa service that alerted Shehu Shagari, the Commander in Chief that his troops were deep in Chad – fighting a war. Back to Audu Ogbe in 1983, my brief was simple. There was a great controversy then involving a contract that was given by Gen Murtala Mohammed when he was Head of State. Known as the Aerostat Balloon communication project, it had consumed hundreds of millions of dollars without a single improvement of Nigeria’s telephone services. Abba Dabo delegated me to investigate the story. In Lagos, I met the Minister who referred me to one Engineer Mohammed, a director in the ministry. It was Engineer Mohammed who gave me the details of the deal. He brought a huge file and let me peruse the details. Going through, I saw a Supreme Military Council document which revealed that Murtala Mohammed signed the contract on 12th February 1976, a day before the whisky besotted Bukar Suka Dimka pummeled him to death in broad daylight on a Lagos Street. That was the biggest privilege

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I enjoyed as a New Nigerian reporter – having unfettered access to classified documents of the Supreme Military Council of Nigeria. I will always be grateful to the newspaper. Audu Ogbe started his political career when he left his job as a French teacher at the Murtala College of Arts and Science Makurdi to contest elections into the Benue State House of Assembly. He won and was in the House before President Shehu Shagari appointed him a Minister. Since then, I do not have any record of his contesting a direct election where ordinary folks vote. He has been in public service though, mostly through appointments. Under the Obasanjo presidency, he even got as high as the National Chairman of the ‘biggest political party in Africa’. While these appointments may put him in public glare, they rob him of an essential ingredient of a successful politician: high up there without feeling the pulse of the people he is supposed to lead. Audu Ogbe was one of the prominent leaders of the APC from Benue at the time of the last general elections in 2015. But his performance in that election did not impress anybody except himself. Those close to him said he did not vote because he did not even register to vote. The results of the elections in his own ward, Local Government and Senatorial Zone did not speak well of him as a leader of the APC. The party was thoroughly thrashed by the PDP, with David Mark as the Supreme leader in that part of Benue State. It was President Buhari who came to his rescue by nominating him as Minister. It was a hard pill for the leaders of the APC in the two zones of the state who delivered victory to the party to swallow but they did. Still, in a

frightening demonstration of human and political insensitivity, President Buhari again ignored the two APC senatorial zones in his next round of appointments. This time he did not only go for somebody in a PDP dominated zone, his choice for Ambassadorial appointment was an active PDP card carrying member. If the President had gone ahead with sending the PDP hot head as an Ambassadorial nominee as he was insisting, he would have been disgraced by the Senate. The two Benue APC Senators who gave the party victory were determined to shoot the nominee down. Wise counsel prevailed and the President reluctantly found an APC man for the appointment. The APC style of handling matters in Benue is that neither the party at the National level nor the President is sensitive to the true feelings of the people. Chief Audu Ogbe represents Benue in Buhari’s cabinet. But it is doubtful if he understands how his people feel especially on the controversy between sedentary farmers and the wandering criminal cattle men. Benue is a state where all issues and politics are often split along ethnic lines. But the rampaging herdsmen who have killed the Tiv, Idoma and Igede indiscriminately have brought unity to the squabbling ethnic men. Benue is united irrespective of tribe behind the anti-open grazing law passed by the State House of Assembly and signed by Governor Samual Ortom. Benue people today are under a frightening onslaught from criminal herdsmen and many meanings are being read – wrongly or rightly – into the new found strength of their attackers. Audu Ogbe’s strange solution to this is ‘cattle colonies’. Who is Audu Ogbe working for in Buhari’s cabinet with his queer

The PDP appeared to be the only party with enough clout to play such role. But once out of government, the party plunged itself into endless squabbles that led to prolonged litigations all the way to the court of last resort in the land. How do you rate a political organization whose leaders are incapable of solving political problems until the courts came in?

theory of cattle colony? Maybe he is working for President Buhari who against all odds appointed him Minister. But as an itinerant reporter, I often go to Daura where the President has a small ranch. If the President who employed Audu Ogbe believes so much in cattle colonies he should have established one and not a ranch that I know and have visited on several occasions. So, evidently Audu Ogbe is not even working for his employer. At a point, I thought Audu Ogbe was working for cattle breeders whose leaders stunned the civilized world by rationalizing in a BBC interview the brutal murder of 73 innocent women and children on new year’s day in Benue; they said it was a reaction to their 1000 cattle that were stolen. But on 2nd February 2018, Jibril Ibrahim reported in his back page column in Daily Trust a revealing meeting between the Nigerian Bar Association and the Benue State Branch of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in its Abuja Headquarters on January 27th 2018. He wrote: “One of the highpoints of the meeting was the Associations passionate appeal on the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Audu Ogbe to drop the idea of cattle colonies. They explained that they are being falsely accused of being colonisers and the use of the term colony by government is being used to victimize them as agents of the said plan. They added that they are not colonisers and government should stop associating them with the concept.” So if Audu Ogbe is not working for the Benue people he represents in Buhari’s cabinet; is not working for President Buhari himself and is not even working for cattle breeders in his energetic crusade for cattle colonies, who is he working for?

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