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Gombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya ( M), Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau ( L) and Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Gombe state chapter, Rev. Sunday Congo performing the official commissioning of CAN Guest House in Gombe, yesterday.

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Kano agency confiscates over N1bn worth of fake, expired products in 3 months

Police foils kidnapping, rescue 15 victims

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he Kano State Consumer Protection Council (KCPC) has said that it has succeeded in confiscating fake and expired goods worth over N1billion within three months in the state. The agency also disclosed that within the period under review13 people were arrested, while it had secured nine arrest warrant, as most of the suspects were at large. The Acting Managing Director of the CPC, Baffa Babba Dan’agundi disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen at Kano NUJ Press Centre.

He said the fake goods of those that ran away are being kept inside the warehouse, adding that most of the seizures were effected at Sabongari and Singer markets. According to him, some of those arrested pleaded for plea bargain which is allowed in law, adding that such offenders have to agree to forfeit the goods confiscated from them, as well paid the fine imposed by the court before they are released. He further disclosed that the” fake drugs confiscated from those nine people on the run can not be burnt until they were apprehended and taken to court, “ He added that because of relocation of luxury buse out of

Sabongari to outskirt of the state capital has drastically reduced transportation of fake and expired goods from Southern part of the country. According to him, six restaurant workers tested positive to hepatitis B out of three restaurants already visited ,noting that this is deadly, hence the need for them to send their workers to laboratory for test “we are taken this test very serious and they must get health certificate ,indicated them as qualified tested restaurants because that is the only way to safe guide the lives of people who patronise them for food. “Since it is difficult to transport these fake drugs through luxury buses ,they were

now using Dangote and BUA trucks to deliver the goods,” Dan’agundi alleged. Dan’agundi however stated that “though the Dangote and BUA managements were not aware of this shady attitude being perpetrated by their drivers, I warn that whoever is involved in this illegal business would be arrested and taken to court.” Commenting on the recent order for immediate closure of all restaurant, bakery homes, drinking water producing companies and other food processing companies without health certificate, Dan’agundi said “it is in the right direction to sabe lives from unscrupulous people.”

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From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna aduna State Police Command has foiled a kidnapping attempt by bandits’ along Buruku Birnin Gwari road around Unguwan Yako and rescued 15 victims. The Police Public Relations Officer ASP Muhammad Jalige stated this in a statement made available to media in kaduna yesterday. The statement stated that on the 8th April, 2021, unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits in large number, bearing dangerous weapons blocked Buruku Birnin Gwari road around Unguwan Yako forest in an attempt to kidnap the occupants of two (2) Volkswagen vehicles, with Reg. No. AE 355 EDE while the other unregistered. “A swift response by the Operatives of the Kaduna Police Command forced the marauding bandits to retreat and flee into the forest with bullet wounds abandoning their victims.”

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he Head of Agriculture Division, ECOWAS Commission, Abuja, Mr Ernest Aubee, has said that Nigeria was leading in the promotion of Organic Agriculture in the West Africa region. Aubee said this in his closing remarks at the cocktail event on `Reporting Back Achievements of Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) Initiative’ activities in Nigeria for the years 2014-2020 and Award presentation, in Abuja. He said Nigeria’s efforts in organic agriculture were commendable and timely, as it was coming at a time when people paid attention to what they eat. “What Nigeria is doing will benefit not only Nigeria, as a country, but also the other 14 ECOWAS member states, and we hope member states will take a cue from your strides so far,” he said. Aubee, also Chairman, Regional Steering Committee of EOA in West Africa, said EOA had been given a pride of place in the ECOWAS Commission, such that it was driving the organic agriculture initiative for the benefit of the region.

“We must look at how best to mainstream organic agriculture into every sector of the economy, to encourage and promote its sustainability in the region,” he said. Aubee urged other ECOWAS member states to start work immediately on how best to ensure the mainstreaming of organic agriculture in their lives. The event had in attendance representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Trade, Industry and Investments. Also present were the Agriculture Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), NAFDAC and partners of the EOA Initiative in Nigeria. Earlier, Dr Olugbenga AdeOluwa, the Nigeria Country Coordinator of EOA , reported that the Initiative had the support of the African Heads of States’ 2020 decision EX.CL/Dec.621 (XVII) on

Organic Farming, and that Nigeria had been part of EOA processes since 2011. Mr Oyewole Gbadamosi, the Project Manager, while reporting back on EOA’s achievements, said the goal was to mainstream EOA into national agricultural production systems by 2025, with a view to improving the quality of life of African citizens. “A database of organic agriculture research on crop and livestock was produced and distributed in strategic institutional libraries in Nigeria; in bridging organic research gaps in the country. “It also supported the production of the current revised version of Organic Agriculture Standards in Nigeria. “The initiative has successfully supported one PhD degree programme, while the support of another one is ongoing. “We also supported eight Masters studies and publication of seven research articles in an international journal. “The curriculum for a full programme on Organic Agriculture Technology (OAT) in the Colleges of

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Traditional Ruler, Dagwom Rwei of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Dr Nga Dangyang; representative of Minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Samuel Alabi; representative of the Governor of Plateau, Prof. Danladi Atu and Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Mr Joseph Ari, during the ITF 2020 Merit Award ceremony on Saturday in Jos

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Anambra guber: Idris Wada heads PDP screening committee

from left: Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Prof Kabir Bala presenting a gift to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello during the visit of the University’s delegation to the Minister, at the weekend in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

2021 Ramadan: Cleric urges Muslims to offer prayers for unity of Nigeria From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Chief Imam Nasrullahi-li Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) kaduna State Chapter, Imam Marooph Raji has called on Muslim faithful to offer special prayers for unity of the country during the forthcoming Ramadan fasting period. He made the assertion during the commencement of the year 2021 Annual Ramadan Tafsir in Kaduna kaduna yesterday.

The Cleric noted that the nation needed more prayers now than ever due to the emerging challenges. “Muslim Ummah (faithful) and other people from other religious inclinations should join in making special and constant supplication to Allah (God) concerning the state of the nation. “ As Nigerians, especially Muslims, we should dedicate ourselves this Ramadan, which is a month Allah opens the gate of blessings and forgiveness, to

asking for Allah’s intervention in our polity and seeking forgiveness where we have done wrong,’’ he said. He also admonished Nigerians to shun all forms of evil, adding “people should stop telling lies to check unnecessary disagreements’’. “Our people should copy that which is good; shun all forms of evil and sin. “Allah gave an express command in the Holy Qur’an that we should fear Him in all we do and in our interaction

with one another,’’ he said. He noted that ,corruption security challenges where all products of disobedience to Almighty commandments Imam Raji who was presented with Certificate award for training Organized by Al azar University Egypt dauratul ahima which was done online for two month, called on Nigerian to use the Holy month which a period of self restraining and focus on God seeking forgiveness for their shortcomings.

he Emir of Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State, Malam Zubairu Maigwari, has urged traders not to hike the cost of their commodities as the Ramadan fasting approaches. Maigwari made the call in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Kaduna. “Marketers should reason with the common man and reduce the cost of their goods, especially food items, to enable people to afford the costs. “As the Holy Month of Ramadan approaches, traders should feel the pains of the common man, cut down costs of food items so that they will receive Allah’s blessings in their businesses,’’ the royal father said. He noted that religious preachers were worried about the increased cost of food items “whenever Ramadan is approaching. “Hence call for the need for preaching against the act’’. Maigwari also appealed to both Kaduna State and the Federal Government, market unions and regulatory bodies to monitor and moderate market prices to prevent an outrageous hike in the cost of food. “Artificial inflation is making life extremely hard for Nigerians,’’ Maigwari said. “Traders should think of meeting God and the consequences of tripling prices of commodities. “Allah is watching you in whatever you do, always have the fear of Him in whatever you do.’’ He called on Muslim clerics to preach peaceful co-existence among people and avoid utterance capable of incitement. “I am also calling on leaders of various religious groups to be just in all their doings, failure to do that calls for the survival of the fittest which at the long run inflicts heavily on the development of the country at large,’’ Maigwari said. (NAN)

Agriculture has been produced. ”The material is ready to be subjected to pre-critic and national validation workshops, before absorption by the colleges, after approval by the National Board for Technical Education,” he said. The Project Manager also noted that intensive sensitisation on the benefits of organic agriculture was being promoted by the Initiative. “We have done a lot of intensive sensitisation on the benefits of organic agriculture with the production of a lot of information and educational materials on organic agriculture in English and different indigenous languages of the country. ”We have over 27 print publications addressing different aspects of organic agriculture. “We have produced both print and video materials on organic livestock production (uploaded on YouTube https://youtu.be/EOrlsk4K0aE, https://youtu.be/F5IsrrbilH4 and https://youtu.be/0LX9GXhP7Qg) to increase organic livestock production in the country.

Ukpute-Bonta crisis: Group calls for Buffer Military Post By Egena Sunday Ode

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s part of efforts to restore peace and tranquility to the people of Benue State, a group under the aegis of Association of Igede Media Professionals (AIMPs) has called on the Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Attahiru Ibrahim to, as a matter of urgency, establish a buffer military post between Ukpute and Bonta as a further security guarantee for the vulnerable and defenceless. While describing killing of the soldiers as despicable crime, the group commiserated with the Nigerian Army and families over the death of eleven soldiers and an officer slaughtered in cold blood by bandits in an unprovoked attack in and around Bonta area of Konshisha Local Government of Benue State.

AIMPs in a statement issued by its President, Egena Sunday Ode, on Sunday commended the Nigeria Army for the discipline and professionalism in the face of grievous provocation exhibited by its personnel in the on-going stabilisation campaign around Bonta. The group called for a thorough arms mop-up as well as tracking of the funders and procurers of these bandits following the high-scale of banditry, weapons in circulation and frequency of attacks Ukpute and it’s environs as attested to by troops, adding that such extended operation is necessary for the peace and security of ordinary citizens in the area. Ode who urged all the communities in the area, to embrace peace and to see themselves as collective victims of a non-challant or non-responsive government, further called on the Benue State

Goverment to compliment the military efforts in the stabilisation initiative by immediately commencing sensitization campaign with hotlines in the conflict area of the dangers of procuring or harbouring bandits or promoting violence. “We believe a lesson must have been learnt by the government of Benue State, and indeed, all parties to the Ukpute-Bonta dispute on the dangers of procrastination, indifference and prejudicial behaviour by those in government in the face of grave and recurring danger; dangers of expansionist and annihilationist ambitions by the more powerful neighbours; and contempt or disrespect for members of our armed forces We do believe there is no alternative to good neighbourliness, peaceful co-existence, mutual recognition, and respect for constituted authority, es-

pecially, members of our armed forces that conduct themselves within the limits of the law. In light of this, we urge the Benue State Goverment to do the needful by ensuring an unbiased and dispassionate demarcation of the area. Happily, documents or survey maps from archives confirmed by GPS have since reconfirmed the boundary. We however, urge the State Goverment to go beyond boundary demarcation by bringing development such as light to the beleaguered communities of Ukpute, Bonta and their environs as they belong to the forgotten parts of the state. Even the road that traverses the communities is unusable. Perhaps, the Governor needs no reminding that he deployed construction equipment to that road only to withdraw them after he won the 2019 election without an inch of work done” he said.


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Anambra guber: Idris Wada heads PDP screening committee ...As exercise begins today By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party,, PDP, has approved the nomination of a former Governor of Kogi State, Capt. Idris Wada as the Chairman of its screening committee for the Anambra State governorship election. Other members of the committee are; Sen. Ehigie Uzamere, Hon. Mrs. Martha Bodunrin and Hon. Jones Onyereri with Chief James Ugwu (SE Zonal Secretary) as member/ secretary. This was confirmed in a statement at the weekend by the National Organising Secretary of the PDP, Colonel Austin Akobundu, rtd, in Abuja. The Screening exercise, according to statement, is scheduled to hold between today, Monday April 12 Tuesday April 13, 2021 at the NWC Hall, Wadata Plaza, Abuja FCT. The committee’s sitting begins 9am daily. No few than fourteen aspirants obtained the PDP’s nomination and expression of interests forms for the Anambra governorship election. The PDP primaries for the Anambra governorship election is slayed to take place on June 26, this year. The PDP expressly declared that all the aspirants are expected to exercise exemplary conduct and strict adherence to rules and regulations during the assessment that will justify the confidence reposed in them by the leadership of our Party. According to the statement by Akobundu, “The Screening exercise is scheduled for Monday April 12 - Tuesday April 13, 2021 at the NWC Hall, Wadata Plaza, Abuja FCT. Time is 9:00AM daily. “It is expected that the aspirants will exercise exemplary conduct and strict adherence to rules and regulations during the assessment that will justify the confidence reposed in them by the leadership of our Party”, it said.

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Look out for crescent of Ramadan from today, Sultan tells Muslims

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he Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has directed the Muslim Ummah to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday. Abubakar gave the directive on Sunday in a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate

Council, Sokoto. “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1442AH. “Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest

District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan,’’ the statement read. The Sultan prayed Allah to assist Muslims in the discharge of their religious duty. Junaidu gave telephone numbers that could be used directly to report the sighting of the new moon to the committee.

The numbers are 08037157100, 07067416900, 0 8 0 6 6 3 0 3 0 7 7 , 08036149757, 08035965322 and 08035945903. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month for fasting, prayer, reflection and assisting the needy. (NAN)

Former Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau; Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and Commandant of Army War College Nigeria, Maj.-Gen. Solomon Udounwa, during the inauguration of Army War College Course 5, 2021 on friday in Abuja

Lagos, Ibadan railway project awaiting President’s commissioning – Amaechi By Albert Akota

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inister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has announced that the Ministry is only waiting for the presidency to fix a date for the commissioning of the LagosIbadan Railway. Speaking after another routine inspection of the project at the weekend, the Minister insisted that though there still remains a few finishing touches to be made, the project can be completed in a few number of days.

The inspection which began in Lagos State and ended in Ibadan, Oyo State took the minister to all the train stations under construction. “We are trying to get appointment from the office of the President for the date of commissioning. Once they give us date we will make the public know. There a lot of things involved in bringing the President to commission the project. ” If you look at the current level of work we cannot ask the President to commission this, but once we give CCECC

definite time, I know they will speed up. There are some minor things they still need to put in place but it is taking them time to do that, some of those things should not take more than a day or two to put in place so am not so worried, he said. He also urged the technical committee to resolve the cases of possible flooding of low areas and request of the Ajegunle community for an overpass, though he argued that the FG cannot be building overpasses everywhere. “During the raining

season we will observe where the construction has led to flooding as citizens that have given us land must enjoy the sacrifice they made and when it happens we will correct those mistakes”. On the issue of the Apapa port and the blockage of the track, “I have asked the Permanent Secretary to discuss with the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), as tanker drivers have disrupted the movement of train into the port and we have to stop them now, or we stop the owner of that terminal” .

Covid-19 palliative: Gombe govt targets 50,000 house holds From David Hassan, Gombe

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ombe state government has commenced its second phase distribution of COVID-19 palliatives with a view of

reaching out to the vulnerable. The state governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya while flagging off the second phase distribution of the palliatives at Dukku at the weekend said the distribution

of the commodity can only benefit the vulnerable. He said in 2021, his administration has supported 66,000 household with palliatives through the federal government.

Governor Yahaya assured that the distribution of the palliatives will reach out to all the 10 local government areas except that of Gombe local government area.

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors’ Forum, Thursday and Friday gathered in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, where they x-rayed the general happenings in the country with a call on the All Progressives Congress, APC, led administration to act fast in preventing the nation from drifting into a failed state. The PDP Governors equally pushed for a new revenue formular and the restructuring of the country among others. When the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, elected Governors, under the aegis of the PDP Governors’ Forum, resolved to host its next meeting in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, after the last one in Abuja, they must have done so with some reservations. These reservations may, probably, have been heightened by the attempt on the life of the Benue State governor, Dr Ortom during an inspection of an ongoing project, few kilometres away from the State capital, by yet to be identified persons. The attempt on the life of the governor, less than two weeks to the scheduled PDP Governors’ Forum’s meeting, was enough reason to have postponed the meeting or move it to another venue. Lo and behold, the PDP Governors did not allow the worrisome/ugly development to deter or discourage them from going ahead with the meeting as planned. Attendance at the Makurdi meeting, which was the first to be held outside Abuja, the nation’s capital, and about the third physical meeting since the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic in the country, was well attended. The meeting, held under the chairmanship of Honourable Aminu

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PDP govs to FG: Don’t allow Nigeria become failed state Waziri Tambuwal, turned out to be a huge success, judging from the arrangements put in place by the host Governor, Dr Ortom to the massive attendance by the PDP Governors, national leaders of the party and the outcome of the meeting. Governors in attendance at the meeting, apart from Tambuwal and Ortom, were; Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State/Vice Chairman of the Forum, Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Sen. Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State), Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State ), Barr. Nyesom Wike, (Rivers State), Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde ( Oyo State), Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku (Taraba State), Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa State), Mr Godwin Obaseki (Edo State) and Hon. Bello Mattawale (Zamfara State). The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Baba Tela represented his Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed. In the communiqué issued after their meeting which lasted for over three hours with the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus and Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, Senator Jubrin Walid also in attendance, the Governors warned, sternly, that if the alarming drift of Nigeria under the watch of the All Progressives Congress, APC, government continues, the country will become a failed state. They expressed deep concern and alarm at the deteriorating relations between various groups in Nigeria, even as all the country’s fault lines

and differences are being stretched to the limit allegedly by the APC government. The governors, after critically reviewing the state of affairs in the country and common developments in their states, observed that due to the rise in ethnic and tribal tensions, religious divisions, and various forms of social and political cleavages, Nigeria was in dire need of leadership at the federal level to avert the looming disaster. The communique presented by Tambuwal reads in part, “The meeting was similarly alarmed that security of lives and property of Nigerians are no longer guaranteed under the present government as a result of leadership incompetence and mismanagement of the nation’s affairs”. While noting that governors have a role to play in the handling of some of the worsening situations, they noted with regret that their hands are tied behind their backs as the entire coercive authority in the country is monopolised by the APC federal government. Continuing, the communiqué said, “Time has come to take advantage of the ongoing Constitution Amendment process to decentralise the security architecture of Nigeria and involve States and Local Governments”. The governors reaffirmed their conviction that an urgent devolution of powers and restructuring of the country in a way that would bring together various groups and tendencies in the country appeared

to have become imperative and timely now as Nigeria could not afford another civil war. They charged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to send a new Revenue Allocation Formula that allocated more resources to States and Local Governments to President Muhammad Buhari for National Assembly’s action. The PDP Governors’ Forum noted that it was a scandal that 21 years after the 1999 Constitution came into being, no new Revenue Formula was in place. Furthermore, the governors called for a more transparent and accountable running and operation of the NNPC. They condemned what they called the intimidation of their incumbent colleagues by the APC administration using all sorts of weapons like security agencies, unequal access to federal resources as well as promotion of divisions in the opposition political parties with fake promises and falsehoods. They said, “We significantly condemn the double standards that are applied by the APC-led federal government to intimidate PDP controlled states. “To this end, we call on Mr. President to lift the so called “No flight Zone” and other intimidating tactics, imposed on Zamfara State as similar measures have not been extended to similar states with security challenges like Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Yobe and others.

From left: Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Saraki, during the annual Ministerial Press Briefing on landmark programmes, project and activities of the ministry and Agencies in 2020, on friday in Abuja

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he Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev Yakubu Pam said negotiations with bandits’ ends up encouraging criminal activity rather than bringing succour to the security challenges bedeviling the country. He stated this while speaking at theresidents of former Christians Association Of Nigeria (CAN) Secretary, Engineer Samuel Salifu yesterday. Rev Pam who was in kaduna to condole the former CAN scribe on demised of his wife, Alice Hassana Salifu, said criminality must be eliminated, not mitigated, hence negotiating with criminals is not the solution to end the manace the country find itself in. According to him, instead of enriching the kidnappers and bandits’, the Goverment should step up security and intelligence operations that will help to take the fight to the criminals.

“This is mostly politically motivated to ensure that the Governors move over to APC”, they stated. The PDP governors took a swipe at the APC for being unable to have a democratically-elected National Executive Committee as required by the Nigerian Constitution. According to them, a political party that operated by military fiat with an appointed and unelected Executive Committee from ward to national had no business running the affairs of the country. The communiqué said further, “APC cannot deliver democracy to Nigeria; even to constitute a Board of Trustees has been an impossible task for the party since inception. It further expressed surprise that the APC is interested in playing politics and jockeying for power in 2023, when they have done an abysmal and terribly poor job of their current questionable mandate.” The PDP governors said that they were distressed that Nigeria was now officially the country with the highest unemployment rate in the world at 33% and second highest poverty rate in the world under the disastrous leadership of APC. “It is these legacy projects being undertaken in many PDP-governed states that will be presented to Nigerians as our scorecard at the appropriate time.”

Nov Polls: PDP’ ll win, revamp Anambra - Ologbondiyan By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it will win the November 6, 2021 Anambra state governorship election, stressing that the “PDP presents the hope for the state to rebuild and realize its full potentials”. The party said this in a statement yesterday by its Assistant Director, (Head of Unit), Publicity Department, Mr Richard Ihediwa in Abuja. The PDP pointed out that the manifest dearth of electoral activities in other parties in the state shows that they have already given up ahead of the November election. The main opposition party

asserted that the “sweeping victory of the PDP in the recent Abia state National Assembly bye-election, signals that the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have lost all foothold in the Southeast”. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this while playing host to a coalition of Anambra youths under the aegis of Anambra Youth Initiative For Good Governance, in Abuja, noted that the assemblage of leading aspirants as well as the surge of the people to the PDP, clearly indicated their resolve to elect the next governor of the state on the platform of the PDP. According to Ologbondiyan, “The

reality of the direction the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state will take is already manifest. “Ndi Anambra are very industrious, resourceful and inventive people and they have collectively realized that they can only achieve their full potentials on the platform of the PDP. “This is particularly given our robust manifesto and wealth creation principles of inclusiveness, transparency, accountability, massive infrastructural development and empowerment of the people. “Across our nation today, it is only PDP governors that are commissioning legacy projects. From Rivers to Bauchi, Sokoto to Bayelsa, Akwa-Ibom to Benue, Abia,

Adamawa, Edo, Oyo, Cross River, Zamfara, Enugu, Taraba to Delta state, projects upon projects are being commissioned on daily basis in line with the manifesto of our great party. “While other parties are struggling under the weight of unfulfilled promises and misrule, our states are opening new development and investment frontiers in critical sectors including agriculture, aviation, energy, power, healthcare, education, real estate manufacturing and massive industrialization. “This is why Ndi Anambra have firmly resolved to rally on our platform to revamp and move their state towards realizing its full potentials in all spheres of life”, Ologbondiyan stated.


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ano state government has said that the administration of Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso left a liability of N54, 408, 259, 638.05 billion for the five kilometre road projects across the 44 local government areas of the state. The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba dropped the hint while addressing newsmen on the outcome of the state Executive Council Meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, Kano. He said the council received the report of the Technical Committee to assess the 5 km road projects all of which were awarded by the previous administration under the defunct Ministry of Land and Physical Planning with the state Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) as

FG plans emergency medical services across 774 LGA’s By Osaigbovomwan Iguobaro

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Kwankwaso left over N5bn road projects liability, KNSG alleges supervising agency. Malam Garba said the committee visited 39 local governments where its detailed report indicated awarded contract sum for the projects, present site conditions, value of executed works, amount certified and amount released for the projects. The commissioner pointed out that 5km projects in three local governments were revoked and

rewarded due to non-performance in Warawa, Ungogo and Dawakin Tofa, while some portions of the projects in Tsanyawa and Bichi along Kano-Katsina road were released to the federal ministry of works and housing based on request from the federal government. He said other three projects in Rimin Gado, Karaye and Bunkure local government that fall within main arterial highway were

expunged from the main project and re-awarded separately for execution, while metropolitan local governments of Dala, Nassarawa, Gwale, Municipal and Tarauni were allotted various projects within the municipality as 5km projects. Malam Garba pointed out that the council has approved the release of N607, 124, 663.47 million for the rehabilitation of Rimin Gado-Sabon Fegi-Jilli-Gulu road in

Rimin Gado local government. The commissioner stated that approval has also been given by the council for the conversion of the existing School of Post Basic Midwifery Gezawa to the status of School of Nursing Gezawa to broaden the platform for training of more qualified midwives in order to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality in the state.

Ramadan: Former Gov Yari donates 130 truck trailers of assorted grains to Zamfara APC members From Ibrahim Sidi Muh'd, Gusau

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ormer Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has donated 130 truck trailers loaded with assorted grains to members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) across the fourteen local government areas of the state. The gesture according to former Governor Yari while flagging off the distribution exercise at the APC headquarters in Gusau (today) yesterday, was meant to alleviate hardship amongst the teeming

party members in the state with a view to attain soft landing during the period of Ramadan fasting. Former Governor Yari, who was represented by former Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, said each of the fourteen local government areas of the state will receive five trucks of the donated grains which comprised bags of rice, beans, millet, guinea corn and sugar. "I stand here before you to reiterate that, our leader, Abdulaziz Yari through our great party APC has great concern on your lives and should continue giving you needed

care to ensure that your welfare is well prioritized despite being on opposition corridor in the state. "We, the party leaders in the state have stand firm to protect your dignitaries in the eyes of economic ranking mirror as we will ensure your basic needs are provided and sustained, therefore, I am directed to further inform you that, you all should remain law abiding citizens. "You will not regret your continued membership of the opposition APC at the state level, this is following our party's

commitment at the federal level towards creation of number of programmes that were meant to fight unemployment and poverty nationwide which we will ensure that you are among the beneficiaries", Senator Marafa has explained. Among the beneficiaries were selected of large number of orphans and associations of physically challenged persons in the state, warning that, no member of the APC or any beneficiary should offer money before collection of the gesture, Marafa has stressed.

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he Federal Government has disclosed plans to set up emergency medical services across the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria. The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire assured that the policy would bring healthcare delivery closer to the people at the grassroots level, however did not mention when its implementation will begin. He said this in Benin City at a sensitization programme to mark World Health Organization (WHO) Day 2021 with the theme: “Building A fairer, healthier World for everyone”. Ehanire said the measure would reduce the healthcare burden on tertiary and secondary facilities being experienced in most parts of Nigeria. The Minister stated that ambulances and medical personnel would be provided to meet the needs of Nigerians who have health challenges. He also revealed that the annual WHO Day Ceremony will henceforth be rotational across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital territory (FCT). Earlier, in a remark, Governor, Godwin Obaseki said his administration is working hard to provide quality for Edo people. Obaseki who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of health, Dr. Irowa Osamwonyi, said the various Primary Healthcare (PHC) Centres in the State have witnessed a turnaround under Governor Obaseki’s watch. On his part, the Minister for Health (State) State Health, Dr . Olurunnimbe Mamora who joined the interactive session virtually, assured that the Government has already taken steps to resolve striking Doctors unpasse. Representative of WHO also delivered a goodwill message at the event which was held in compliance with Nigeria Centre for Disease Centre (NCDC) regulations and Covid-19 protocol.

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Senate President condemns proponents of Nigeria’s disintegration From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

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he Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan has condemned some people advocating for the disintegration of Nigeria. Lawan made the condemnation during the presentation ceremony of vehicles, Motorcycles and other materials to APC officials and women and youth members weekend in Katsina. “Some disgruntled element are advocating for the country to be disintegrated based on some of their fake claims that the Nation has failed” he said “It is absolutely wrong to say that Nigeria is a fail state but said the Nation is currently facing some challenges. “With collective efforts from the LGA’s, State Governments and Federal Government, the challenges can be tackled and solve. “The three tier of government in the country can come together to tackle the menace threatening the corporate existence

of the Nation” he said. Earlier, the senator representing Katsina Central Zone, Senator Kabir Barkiya, said that he spent over N50million to purchase the vehicles, motorcycles and other items for distribution to his people. Barkiya said that the vehicles and motorcycles were given to Local Government and Ward Chairmen and the grinding, Knitting, and tailoring machines were given to women and youths. In his remarks, Governor Aminu Masari urged the beneficiaries not to sale the vehicle, motorcycles and other items. Masari advised them to make proper use of the materials to improve their living standard. “The vehicles, grinding and knitting machine are not for sale but are presented to the beneficiaries so that they will become self reliant’. “When you sale the items the money will finish within few days and you will go back to square one” he said.

CISLAC, OSIWA train 30 security operatives in Adamawa From Umar Dankano, Yola

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he Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA) have trained over thirty (30) security operatives and civilians on policy dialogue on protection of civilian and civilian harm mitigation in armed conflict in Adamawa state. Participants were drawn from the Armed Forces, Police, Customs, DSS, Immigration etc.

In his welcome remarks,Executive Director of CISLAC,Auwal Musa Rafsanjani explained that the training was to brainstorm with participants on the efforts to reduce civilians risks from physical harm, secure their rights to access essential services and resources. Rafsanjani who was represented by the Program Manager, Defence & Security of the Centre CISLAC Mr. Salaudeen Hashim said that the effort will contribute to a secure, stable and just environment for civilians.

COREN commissions state office in Nassarawa, calls for quality engineering practice By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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CAPPA partners govt, Kannywood against tobacco use in movies By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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orporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA) is partnering government , Kannywood and other relevant stakeholders especially those in the entertainment industry to end and restrict usage of tobacco advertising through the Nigerian film industry. Speaking at a press conference recently in Abuja, the Executive Director of CAPPA, Akinbode Oluwafemi, said that though the stakeholders claim using smoking scenes to drive a point, such should be rated as adult movie. He said that movies and entertainment materials are veritable tools for the transfer of ideas and promotion of alternative

lifestyles. “Youths are initiated into using tobacco products through advertising and subliminal promotion of smoking scenes in movies, music videos and product placements. “The tobacco industry has exploited the entertainment sector (films and music videos) to entice and conscript young people into smoking. He urged the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and other agencies saddled with the responsibilities of enforcing the National Tobacco Control (NTC) Act, 2015 and the National Tobacco Control Regulations (NTCR) 2019 to do the needful in national interest. He said that the enforcement

of the nation’s tobacco control regulations has also been exploited by the tobacco industry, which continues to glamourise smoking on set and in music videos. “There is a need to checkmate the industry and compel stakeholders in the sector to play active roles in the introduction of stringent measures to curb the industry’s stranglehold on the youth population,’’ he said. He added that this made CAPPA to organise a meeting on 21 November in Lagos with Nollywood stakeholders. The CAPPA Director explained that , “Our decision to engage with Kannywood stakeholders in the north is informed by a research carried out by CAPPA in 2020 to get a clear picture of the depth

of the depiction of smoking in Nigerian movies. “The research looked at recent films from the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria (lgbo, Yoruba, and Hausa), sold in the open market and the indirect ways they were used to advance tobacco products.’’ “we are therefore elated to work with stakeholders in the entertainment industry especially Kannywood, to roll back this menace starting with the films they produce. Kannywood stakeholders are key because they are role models, influencers of our youths and relevant in ensuring Nigerian films are compliant with the WHOFCTC and Nigeria’s National Tobacco Control Act and it’s Regulation.

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ouncil for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has commissioned its state office in Nasarawa State recently. The council called for quality engineering practice in the state and to uphold standards in rendering their services or face sanctions. Speaking in his welcome addressed during the commissioning, COREN President, Engr. Ali Rabiu,said history was made as the desire of COREN to bring its services to the government and people of Nasarawa for defined effectiveness was achieved. Ali said “By the commissioning of this office building, engineering practioners and stakeholdrers will come to the realisation that more than ever before. COREN has come to Nasarawa State to make the much needed

statement that only excellence will henceforth be acceptable in the practice of Engineering in the State”. “To engineering practitioners in Nasarawa State, remember that one good turn deserves another and to whom much is given, much is expected. I therefore urge you to always be in your best in project delivery. The ERM will not tolerate any form of foul practice in the discharge of your duty. Always endeavour to be above board as worthy ambassadors of COREN in Nasarawa State.” The council boss also appreciated the support of Governor Engr. Abdullahi Sule for given COREN a piece land when they requested, he promptly approved . “Today, in spite of your very tight schedule, you are here with members of your cabinet to commission the building. I indeed feel privileged and exceedingly proud of you.”

Delta ready for new varsities take-off — Okowa By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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elta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has said that the state government was fully prepared for the eventual take-off of the three newly created universities in the state. Okowa disclosed this on Thursday in an interview with journalists shortly after being conducted round different facilities at the University of Delta, Agbor, by the Provost of the College of Education, Agbor, Dr. Joseph Ukadike. He stated that the new universities have facilities needed for the commencement of academic activities this year. According to him, all the three newly established universities in the state are starting, adding that the number of faculties that they would start with for the first year may vary from university to university. This, he said, is as a result of the fact the National Universities Commission (NUC) does not give approval to new universities to start everything

(all facaulties) at a time. The governor noted that the University of Delta, Agbor and the University of Science and Technology, Ozoro, were fully ready for the initial take off without having any hiccup apart from a few touches that could be completed in just a few weeks. He added that the Dennis Osadebe University at Anwai, would definitely be able to start off in some of the faculties but not all of them (the faculties). “The University of Delta, Agbor, is ready to take off just as we saw the situation in the University of Science and Technology, Ozoro, where we found out that the facilities in the institution were good enough for a take off. “We have also inspected this place (University of Delta, Agbor,) where we have five critical buildings that can serve for the take off of various faculties and I think that they will definitely be ready by September.

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INVITATION FOR TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL TENDER FOR EXECUTION OF 2021 APPROPRIATION 1. INTRODUCTION xiii. For Supply of Equipment: Letter of Authorization The Federal College of Land Resources Technology as representative of the Original Equipment (FECOLART), Owerri; wishes to invite reputable contractors/ Manufacturers (OEMs); consultants with relevant proven competence and experience xiv. All documents for submission must be transmitted to submit tenders for the execution of the following projects: with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company/Firm’s Letter Head Paper bearing amongst 2. SCOPE OF WORKS/SUPPLIES/SERVICES others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact CATEGORY A: WORKS Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM No.), LOTS No. PROJECT FILE DESCRIPTION LOCATION and e-mail address. The Letterhead Paper must bear W1 Rehabilitation/Repairs Of Female Hostel OFOROLA/ the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the B, ETF Female Hostel And Science OBOSIMA, Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by OWERRI Laboratory Technology Department. the authorised officer of the firm W2 Development Of College Research OFOROLA/ & Demonstration Farm (Provision & OBOSIMA, 4. COLLECTION OF BID DOCUMENTS (CATEGORY A OWERRI Installation Of Green House). W3 Construction Of a Block Of Classroom OFOROLA/ & B) For Surveying & Geo-Information OBOSIMA, Interested and competent bidders are requested to collect bid documents from the address below, upon presentation OWERRI Technology Department W4 Construction Of a Block Of Classroom OFOROLA/ of evidence of payment of non-refundable tender fee of Ten For Animal Production Technology OBOSIMA, Thousand Naira only (N10,000.00) paid into the Federal College of Land resources Technology, Owerri’s Remita OWERRI Dept. W5 Procurement And Installation Of Solar OFOROLA/ account in any reputable commercial bank in Nigeria. Power Light For The College (Phase III) OBOSIMA, 5. SUBMISSION OF BID DOCUMENTS (CATEGORY A OWERRI & B) CATEGORY B: GOODS AND SERVICES Completed Technical and Financial bids in separate LOTS No. PROJECT FILE DESCRIPTION LOCATION envelopes (two sets of hard copies) and clearly marked GS1 Procurement Of Field And Laboratory OFOROLA/ “Technical” and “Financial” shall be submitted. The two OBOSIMA, envelopes should be enclosed in a large envelope labeled Equipment For Students Practical OWERRI ‘’Technical & Financial Bids’’ with the Project Name at the GS2 Procurement Of Information & OFOROLA/ Top Right Hand Corner with Company Name behind and Communication Technology Equipment OBOSIMA, address to: OWERRI The Provost, GS3 Procurement Of Field, Laboratory And OFOROLA/ Federal College of Land resources Technology OBOSIMA, (FECOLART), Office Equipment OWERRI Owerri, Imo State. GS4 Furnishing of College Medical Centre OFOROLA/ ii. The documents should be deposited in the Tender OBOSIMA, Boxes at the College’s Board Room not later than OWERRI 12:00 noon on Monday, 24th May, 2021. GS5 Furnishing Of Computer Science OFOROLA/ Block, Soil Science Block, Science OBOSIMA, 6. SUBMISSION OF EOI DOCUMENTS (CATEGORY C) Laboratory Technology Block, Agric OWERRI Interested firms are to submit two (2) bound of Expression Extension Block, Sport Complex & of Interest (EoI) documents separated by dividers and Other Classroom Blocks. arranged as indicated above. The documents should be CATEGORY C: CONSULTANCY submitted in a sealed envelope and addressed as state LOTS No. LOCATION above; and clearly marked with (the name of the project PROJECT FILE DESCRIPTION CST 1 College Staff Training in Modern OFOROLA/ and the Lot number). Furthermore, the reverse of each Agricultural Research and Technology OBOSIMA, sealed envelope should bear the name and address of the bidder and drop in the designated Tender Box at OWERRI CST 2 Youth and Women Empowerment in OFOROLA/ the College’s Board Room not later than 12:00 noon on OBOSIMA, Monday, 26th April, 2021. Agricultural Value Chain in Owerri OWERRI 7. OPENING OF EOI AND TECHNICAL BIDS 3. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Prospective bidders must submit the under-listed The EOI and the technical bids shall be opened immediately after the deadlines for submission at 12:00 requirements to be eligible in this procurement. i. Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by the noon on Monday, 26th April, 2021 and 12:00 noon on Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Form Monday, 24th May, 2021, respectively, at the Board Room CAC 1.1 or CAC2 and CAC7. Business Name is also of the College at Oforola. acceptable for Category C; ii. Company’s current Tax Clearance Certificate (or Personal Income Tax Clearance Certificates of all the Partners in case of Business Name) for the last three years (2018, 2019 & 2020) expiring on 31st December, 2021; with minimum average annual turnover of N20 Million; iii. Evidence of current Pension Clearance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; iv. Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; v. Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Clearance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; vi. Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/12/2021 or valid Certificate issued by BPP; vii. Sworn Affidavit: a. That the company is not in receivership, insolvent or bankrupt b. That the company does not have any Director who has ever been convicted in any court in Nigeria or any other country for criminal offence in relation to fraud or financial impropriety. c. Whether or not any officer of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture or Federal College of Land Resources Technology (FECOLART), Owerri is a former or present Director, Shareholder or has a pecuniary interest in the bidder, and d. That all documents submitted are true and correct in all particulars viii. Company profile and evidence of Technical Qualification of Key Personnel including companies of Academic/Professional qualifications; ix. List and verifiable documentary evidence of at least three (3) similar job(s) successfully executed in the last five (5) years including letters of awards and job completion certificates; x. List and verifiable evidence of construction equipment (construction works only) with proof of ownership or lease agreement. xi. Category C: Evidence of current Firm’s registration with relevant regulatory professional body(ies); xii. For Training Programmes: Evidence of Firm’s Registration with the Centre for Management Development (CMD);

8. PLEASE NOTE THAT: i. All submissions must be made only in English Language; ii. Certificate may be referred to the respective issuing authority for verification and authentication; iii. Contractors/Consultants are not permitted to bid for more than one lot. Any bidder that violates this rule shall be disqualified iv. Technical and Financial bids enclosed in one and same single envelope that will expose the Technical and Financial bids at the same time of opening shall be disqualified; v. Submission that does not meet up with the requirements specified above shall be disqualified; vi. The evaluation shall be strictly based on the requirements specified above; vii. This advertisement is published for information purpose, and will not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of Federal College of Land Resources Technology (FECOLART), Owerri to awards these contracts; viii. Presence of bidders/representatives and members of the public shall not be required during the bid opening ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines. The Bids Opening will be covered by video recording with the presence of two (2) representatives of private sector professional bodies and Civil Society Organisation in the areas of Anti-Corruption/ Transparency and shall be made available to bidders upon request; ix. Bid documents can also be collected in soft copies and Bidders can submit through Post (Courier Services); x. Category A & B: Only pre-qualified bidders at technical evaluation will be invited at a later date for financial bids opening, while the financial bids of un-successful bidders will be returned un-opened; xi. Category C: Only shortlisted firms will be contacted at a later date for collection of Request for Proposals; xii. The Federal College of Land Resources Technology (FECOLART), Owerri is not bound to pre-qualify/ shortlist any bidder and reserves the right to annul the Procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with Section 28 of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

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News Octogenarian breaks burglary proof, Niger: Wakilin of Kambari escapes fire disaster in Benin By Osaigbovomwan Iguobaro

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n Octogenarian, and Edo South Senatorial leader of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) in Edo State, Etose Dickson Imasogie has revealed how he broke iron burglary proof attached to the widow in his apartment and escaped a fire disaster that burnt part of his residence in Benin City. He added that his escape brought him and his family intense relief — and profound joy. Speaking at an interactive session with journalists at the Weekend, Imasogie said some concerned neighbours who saw

the blaze, thought that he had died in the inferno that turned his part of his house into a scene of destruction. Imasogie who is also the leader of Osokpikan Organization in the State, thanked God and his ancestors for sparring his life, how he got the strength to subdue the force of gravity to escape was indeed a miracle. “I thank my God and our ancestors. It is a miracle that I survived that inferno. I do not want to over flog it. But those in the Street believe I am already lost, but God helped me out”, Imasogie stressed. But Imasogie also stated

that he left the Orthodox church for the renowned Osokpikan Organisation which he claimed researches on traditional herbal medicine, after he survived the alleged plot by a senior Pastor of the church to kill him for an offence that he did not commit decades ago. Asked why he did not oppose his 15th and 24th sons from becoming church pastors, Imasogie, said he doesn’t want any of his Children into to blame him on the day of judgement of God. “We have so many religions and the Benin doctrine. “I have also studied other religions. Religion is free. I didn’t oppose them when they

declared their intentions to become Priests. “Some religious organizations believe in the existence of heaven and others do not. “I did not oppose my Children so that there will not blame me for denying them heaven. “I also believe in reincarnation. Two of my Children are products of that”. “One of his senior teachers who preach sermons in Churches, approached the Owegbe to kill me for an offence I did not commit. The man is still alive and had apologised to my family and I have forgiven him”, he said.

Representative of the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, ACP Shuaibu Ahmad Rufai (seated right) and the Chairman of the Zazzau International Company Ltd, Alhaji Muhammad Nura Sadau, Magajin Garin Kaduna (seated left), at the presentation of Certificate of Ownership to beneficiaries of the Public Private Partnership Housing Scheme between the the Police Command Kaduna and the consortium of Zazzau International Company, yesterday in Kaduna.

Collective responsibility needed to fight poverty – Sen. Okorocha

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en. Rochas Okorocha(APCImo West) has called on Nigerians to collectively fight poverty to achieve the desired national development. He made the call on Saturday during the grand finale of the 2021 Ibadan Week Celebration held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Ibadan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, was honoured with ‘Outstanding Friend of Ibadan’ at the occasion. NAN reports that Okorocha’s award was in recognition of his contributions to the education of indigent students through his free education programmes. Okorocha said that poverty and injustice were the common enemies of Nigeria, saying

Nigerians must rise up to find lasting solutions to the menace. He said that the problem of poverty and injustice was still ravaging the nation, in spite of his little efforts in solving the problem. “I have built schools across the federation so as to gives access to poor children whose parent cannot afford to send them to school. “Despite this effort aimed at solving the problem, poverty and injustice are still ravaging the nation,” he said. Okorocha noted that it was difficult for poor and vulnerable children to go to school in Nigeria because of poverty, calling on well-meaning Nigerians to join hands in fighting the common enemy. According to him, “If all

these children gathered here and many of them who have passed through my foundation were not given the opportunity of free education, they will have become problems to Nigeria.” He thanked the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, as well as Ibadan sons and daughters for founding him worthy of the award. NAN reports that Okorocha had through his Rochas Okorocha Foundation established a college in Ibadan. About 25,000 indigent children across South-West out of which 6,000 were from Ibadan, have benefited from the school’s free education. Chief Yemi Soladoye, the President-General, Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes(CCII), said that the

annual Ibadan Week was to celebrate Ibadan indigenes and others who have contributed to its development. He urged all Ibadan indigenes, both home and abroad, to continue to support the development of Ibadan as well as perform their responsibilities towards upliftment of Ibadan. Other awardees at the event are Sen. Kola Balogun(PDP-Oyo South), Prof. Idowu Olayinka, former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Mr Aderemi Oseni, Prof. Sabitu Ariyo, and Hon. Ayodeji AbassAleshinloye among others. NAN reports that the event featured cultural display and homage paying to the Olubadan of Ibadanland. (NAN)

Suleja honoured By Usman Shuaibu

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he management of Liberty Newspaper on Saturday conferred media merit award of “Icon of a Nation Building” on the Wakilin of Kambari in Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State, Alhaji Haruna Usman Jagaba. Presenting the award to the recipient on behalf of Editorin-Chief, Mr Philip Isuwa said the award was bestowed on the awardee based on his outstanding contributions in the society. He added that award was conferred on the recipient based on merit, printing out that the award was not for sale. Isuwa, however, charged the awardee to continue to play an important roles in the society for the benefit of humanity, as he said the management of Liberty Newspaper would not hesitate to honour those who had contributed immensely on the lives of the people. In an interview at the occasion, the awardee of the day who is the Wakilin of Kambari in Suleja, Alhaji Haruna Usman Jagaba, thanked the authority of Liberty Newspaper for the honour done to him. He said he would continue to exhibit good character in the society for the upcoming generation to emulate, saying that he would continue to do good for the people. He used the occasion to advise community leaders to administer their subjects with the fear of God, while urging them to protect the lives and property of their people. Jagaba, who retired as the staff of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) urged the entire staff of FCT Administration to always obey the laid down rules and regulations guiding the civil service, and warned them against corruption. This, according to Jagaba, the elected politicians should be accountable to the electorates and govern the masses with the fear of God. Also speaking, the Village Head of Maje in Suleja, Alhaji Isyaku Abdullahi who represented the District Head of Maje, said the award conferred on the Wakilin of Kambari was a step in the right direction. On their responses, the Chairman of Kambari Development Association Suleja Emirate (KaDASE), Ango Mohammed Wando and the women leader of KaDASE, Mrs Suleiman Ishaya Murna, described the Wakilin of Kambari as a man of Patient, straightforward and transparent. The award ceremony was attended by important dignitaries as well as the children and the wives of the Wakilin of Kambarin in Daguru –Maje community.

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Delta Govt restates commitment to peace By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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elta State Government said the quest to maintain a peaceful state will remain in its priority list of attention. The Special Adviser to the state governor on Peace and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, handed down the remark at the weekend at a-one-day workshop in Asaba, organized by an NGO, Search for Common Ground. Uzor reaffirmed the import of a peaceful society as paramount in development and growth, saying that the state government was ever prepared to welcome initiatives and partnership that would entrench peace in the land. The special adviser, who made the remark while delivering the keynote address at the workshop, enjoined warring and disputing parties to always explore avenues open for dialogue to settle dispute, stressing that dialogue was the sure way to achieve lasting peace, The Project Director of Search for

Common Ground, Mrs Bridget Affia, appealed to the Delta State Government to sustain the progress achieved so far in peace building in the state by her organisation. Mrs Affia, speaking on a lecture, title, “Learning, Dissemination And Sustainability”, recounted the success stories achieved during NGO’s 28 months of engaging with farmers, cattle herders and the communities in Delta State. She noted that as the program of her organisation was coming to an end, it would be better for the state government to put in place a mechanism of take over the project. The director therefore advocated the establishing a peace and conflict resolution agency or ministry to manage and sustain the current peace and activities relating to achieving peace in the different communities. Highlights of the event was the presentation of success reports by different representatives from the Community Peace Committee (CPC), Community Development Council (CDC) and representatives of the cattle herders.

EjIofor applauds diaspora Deltans for devt efforts By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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elta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Lawrence Ejiofor has commended the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation for its efforts towards development in the state. The Commissioner gave this commendation during a courtsey call by the former National Chairman of

Nigerians in Diaspora Europe chapter, Kenneth Gbandi as he disclosed intentions to develop housing units in the State for Nigerians in diaspora. Ejiofor expressed excitement at the idea of more developmental efforts from the private sector and assured them of the willingness of government to create enabling environment for development to thrive, hence partnership in view.

Monarch urges subject to sustain peace, unity By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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he Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, HRM Dr Emmanuel Sideso, Abe 1, has urged his subjects to sustain the prevailing peace and unity in the kingdom. The Ovie made the call on his proclamation on report of a committee he set up on delineation of the etches (traditional administrative units) of Alegbo, Ogbe, Erovie and Ugboroke in the kingdom at the weekend Shortly before the proclamation, Abe 1 recalled that on ascension to the throne 13 years ago, owing to the rapid growth and size of the area, he promised to create additional administrative units.

He therefore explained that the new five additional units were created for administrative purpose after due consultation with the people of the affected areas and approval from Delta State Government “The traditional administrative units were not created to dispossess you of your lands or ancestral homes, “he said. While stating that lands in Uvwie Kingdom were held in trust by him, he declared that lands in the area were owned by families. He therefore frowned at those whom he accused of misconstruing the purpose of setting up the committee.

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he University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH) is upscaling its service in line with healthcare needs of its various patients, an official has disclosed. Prof. Ikpeme Ikpeme, Chief Medical Director of UCTH, disclosed this while conducting newsmen round the facility as part of his two years achievement in office as CMD. He said that modern equipment have been installed in various departments in the hospital with a view to curb the migration of persons moving out of the state for medical services. He said that in the Department of Radiology, his administration had acquired a Direct Digital Xray System, 4D Ultra Sound Scanner and a 32 Slight City Scanner. He explained that patients who visited the hospital for radiologic intervention would not have to go outside the state for the service any longer. The CMD said that the hospital has

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automated its laboratories, with the medical microbiology laboratory been a designated Magnetic Resonance Imaging laboratory in the state. “We have also introduced new services in the hospital, for instance, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, we have introduced laparoscopy surgery and histeroscopy surgery. “In the Dental Clinic, we have remodelled the clinic with state of the art machine so that nobody needs to go out of the state for his/her dental service anymore,” he said. The CMD also said that hospital was deploying an Electronic Health Information Management System with the aim of migrating from the paper clerkship system to an electronic system. “The level of work done is about 60 per cent because the financial module has been set up completely, and we are doing this from one department to the other. NAN

SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA SUPREME COURT COMPLEX

INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST AND PRE-QUALIFICATION 1. INTRODUCTION The Supreme Court of Nigeria, in compliance with the Public Procurement Act, 2007, wishes to inform eligible Consulting firms/Contracting Companies and the public that Supreme Court of Nigeria is to undertake the procurement of service and works and hereby invite consultant and contractors of good repute and relevant experience to submit Expression of Interest (EoI) and bids for this project listed below: 2. SCOPE OF SERVICE/WORKS Lot 1: Consultancy Service for the proposed Rehabilitation of Office Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja Lot 2: Lot 2A: Construction of 2Nos Justices of the Supreme Court Quarters (Yellow House), Abuja. Lot 2B: Construction of Access road, retaining wall and drainage (Yellow House), Abuja. Lot 2C: Rehabilitation of Office Complex, Three Arms zone, Abuja 3. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Prospective bidder shall submit the following documents failure of which shall lead to automatic disqualification: a. Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission, including forms CAC1.1 or CAC 2 and CAC 7. Business Name is acceptable for Lot 1; b. Evidence of Company’s Income Tax Clearance Certificate (or Personal Income Tax Clearance Certificates of all the Partners in case of Business Name) for the last 3 years, (2018, 2019 and 2020) valid up to 31st December, 2021; c. Evidence of current Pension Clearance Certificate valid up to 31st December, 2021 (where applicable). d. Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid up to 31st December; 2021 (where applicable); e. Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Clearance Certificate valid up to 31st December, 2021. f. Evidence of Company’s or Firm’s registration on the national database of federal contractors, consultants and service providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring 31st December, 2021 or valid certificate issued by BPP g. Sworn Affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the Supreme Court or the Bureau is a former or present director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder and to confirm that all information in its bid are true and correct in all particulars. h. Company’s Audited Accounts for the last three (3) years (2018, 2019 & 2020). i. Evidence of firms current practice license with the relevant professional bodies such as QSRBN, ARCON and COREN (Applicable to Lot 1 only). j. Company’s profile with the Curriculum Vitae of key staff to be deployed for the project and evidence of technical capability of at list five (5) registered professionals namely Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Electrical Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Civil Engineers including copies of their Academic/ Professional qualifications. k. Evidence of at list three (3) similar contracts executed (as prime consultant or the Main Contractor), in the last Five (5) years (2016 to date) including letters of engagement (Lot 1 only), letters of Awards (Lot 2 only), Valuation certificates (Lot 2 only), Certificate job completion and photograph of the projects. l. Evidence of financial capability to execute the project by submission of reference letter addressed to the Chief Registrar SCN, Abuja from a reputable commercial bank in Nigeria, indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed. m. Document must be transmitted with a covering /forwarding letter under the company/firm’s letter head paper bearing the its registration number(RC) as issued by Co-operate Affairs Commission(CAC), company contact address, GSM, name and nationality of the directors at the bottom of the page, company email address and page duly signed by the authorized officer of the firm. 4. SUBMISSION OF EOI DOCUMENTS (LOT 1) Interested firms are to submit two (2) bounded copies of the documents separated by dividers and arranged as indicated above. The documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope and addressed to: Chief Registrar, Supreme Court of Nigeria and submitted to the Procurement Office, Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja not later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 4th May, 2021. 5. SUBMISSION OF PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS (LOT 2) Pre-qualification documents should be enclosed in sealed envelope mark “ Pre-qualification for lot ..(bidders are not to bid for more than two lots) carrying the project name, submittedin two (2) bounded copies and arranged as indicated above. The documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope and addressed to: Chief Registrar, Supreme Court of Nigeria and submitted to the Procurement Office, Supreme Court of Nigeria Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja not later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 4th May, 2021. 6. OPENING EOI DOCUMENTS AND PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS The EOI and pre-qualification documents will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 4th May, 2021 at Court Room 1, Supreme Court of Nigeria. 7. GENERAL INFORMATION a. Bids must be in English Language and signed by an official authorised by the bidder. b. Bids submitted after the deadline time would be returned unopened. c. Presence of bidders/representatives and members of the public shall not be required during the bid opening ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines. The bid opening will be covered by video recording with the presence of two (2) representatives of private sector professional bodies and Civil Society Organization in the areas of Anti- Corruption/Transparency; d. Bidders can submit through post (Courier Services). e. Only shortlisted firms will be contacted at the later date for collection of Request for Proposals and Tenders respectively. f. The Supreme Court of Nigeria is not bound to qualify any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with section 28 of the 2007 public procurement act. SIGNED: THE CHIEF REGISTRARE SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA


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News

PDP wins Isoko North Constituency by-election By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday declared the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jude Ogbimi, winner of Saturday’s Isoko North Constituency byelection. According to INEC, eleven political parties contested in the Assembly by-election. The Returning Officer for the by-election, Professor Christopher Onosemuode of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources Effurun,

who announced the result, said Mr Ogbimi scored 29,421 votes to defeat eight other candidates. Prof. Onosemuode who is Dean of Postgraduate School of FUPRE, said the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Tabuko, scored 2,543 votes to emerge second while the candidate of the ADP, Agose Ogagaoghene, came third with 66 votes. “I, Prof. Christopher Onosemuode of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, Effurun, Delta State, hereby declare that Mr Jude Ogbimi of the

PDP having scored the highest number of valid votes is hereby declared winner of the Isoko North Constituency by-election. “The PDP candidate is hereby declared winner in line with electoral guidelines,” he said. The House of Assembly byelection followed the death of former Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere. In his reaction, Ogbimi said he was grateful to God and the people of Isoko North for the victory assuring that he will give the people the representation that they truly deserve. He commended Governor

Ifeanyi Okowa for his support and his monumental contributions to the development of Delta. “We give glory to God for this victory and I must also thank Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his support especially in joining us to campaign in the 13 Wards of the Local Government Area. “Gov. Okowa has created an enabling environment for the youths of Delta to thrive and as long as we are representing the people we will ensure that the people gets what they deserve. “Although two years is quite a short time but not an excuse not to put things in place.”

Cross section of participantts, at the 2nd World peace summit and Award in Kaduna. pic by Shehu K. Goro

Distressed building: Agency issues 7-day evacuation ultimatum

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he Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has cordoned off a distressed three-storey building in Oshodi with a sevenday evacuation ultimatum on traders and residents to save lives. The ultimatum is contained in a statement issued by the Director, Public Affairs of the agency, Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem on Sunday in Lagos. In the statement, the General Manager Mr Gbolahan Oki, was quoted as saying that the owner and occupants of the dilapidated building at No. 2 Brown Street, off Bolade

Bus-Stop, Oshodi, had ignored several quit and removal notices served in the past. Oki said the seven days ultimatum became necessary after the scientific and Structural Integrity/Stability Test (SIT) revealed that the high-rise building “is extremely dilapidated and a disaster waiting to happen’’. Oki said that there was a need for “removal of the structure to prevent loss of lives and in line with the government’s drive to achieve zero tolerance to building collapse for the safety of Lagos residents. He explained that the SIT tests were carried out by a team

of LASBCA experts and its sister agency, the Lagos State Material Testing Laboratory. The general manager urged the traders/residents to vacate the building for their own good before April 15. He added that this would allow the agency to remove the building before a disaster would occur. “The government will not fold its arms and watch a distressed structure of that magnitude collapse on her people without taking necessary action,’’’ he said. While reaffirming the state government’s commitment to safeguarding lives and

property, Oki called for the collaboration of residents in reporting distressed and nonconfirming buildings in their localities to LASBCA district offices. He said this would reduce the incidence of building collapse. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN reports that Lagos State has recorded one building collapse this year, when a building collapsed at Elegbata Street, Olowogbowo area, Apongbon, Lagos on Feb. 7. An adult male was rescued by emergency responders at the scene of the collapsed building. (NAN)

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Letter to the Editor

EDITORIAL

Adamawa community tasks FG, state on completion of hospital From Umar Dankano, Yola

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ommunities in Mayo belwa local government Area of Adamawa state have called on the federal,state governments and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) to as a matter of urgent public importance ensure the completion of the abandoned Mayo-belwa General Hospital. The position was made at a critical stakeholders meeting held at the premises of the Hospital in Mayo-belwa at the weekend. The community expressed concern over the failure of previous and present administrations to complete the supposed only referral centre for all the primary health care facilities in their communities. Convener of the meeting and the Member representing Mayo-belwa constituency in the state Assembly, Hon. Ibrahim Musa Italiya stated that the importance of the General Hospital if put to use can never be over emphasised considering the teeming residents to benefit from it.

Kebbi Gov urged HYPPADEC to concentrate on ecological areas From Ahmed Birnin Kebbi

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ebbi State Governor Senator Atiku Bagudu Abubakar has called on the Governing Councils member of Hydroelectric Power Producing Area Development Commission (HYPPADEC) to concentrate on the ecological areas in the State. He made this call yesterday when he received the Members of the Governing Councils of the commission in his office, in Birnin Kebbi. He added that the commission was established to support the people living near the Dams and reduce the suffering of the people at the rural areas.

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ne army officer and 10 soldiers were killed Thursday in Benue state in what an army spokesman said was an unprovoked attack. The army said in a statement that it would “fish out and deal decisively with these bad elements.”

middle belt region, where gangs have taken up arms after years of communal clashes between herders and farmers. Last month, Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom said he had escaped an attack by armed herders while travelling in a convoy

Civilians, in fear of soldiers The army has promised to not looking to capture the “disrupt the general peace” in perpetrators, were fleeing the the Konshisha area. However, Konshisha local government we all are familiar with what area where the happened in 2001 killings took place. in Zaki Biam, also Army spokesman in Benue State. Mohammed Yerima The killings of 19 The army has said the troops were troops by angry promised to not initially declared youths led to an “disrupt the general missing while on a expeditionary peace” in the routine operational mission by army. Konshisha area. task, but a searchIt was ordered and-rescue team later However, we all are by President familiar with what found the bodies. O l u s e g u n happened in 2001 “Efforts are ongoing Obasanjo. Over in Zaki Biam, also in to track down the 200 residents of Benue State. perpetrators of this the town were heinous crime with killed. a view to bringing them to justice,” he said in a statement. It is regrettable that soldiers It said the army was determined had to lose their lives while to ensure that the unprovoked making sacrifices to defend attack did not disrupt the the country from internal general peace being enjoyed aggressors. The perpetrators by the local inhabitants. “The of the dastardly act must be COAS (Chief of Army Staff) brought to justice. But we pray has directed commanders on nothing like the Zaki Biam saga the ground to ensure sustained reoccurs in Konshisha. We are efforts in order to fish out and disturbed by reports indicating deal decisively with these bad that 50 civilians were killed elements who are threatening and 200 houses burnt in the the peace in the area”, it said. days following the killing of the soldiers. Let the army help in It was not immediately clear the investigation but ensuring who was behind the attack justice is done should be left to but Benue is part of Nigeria’s the police and the courts.

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Here is why we must love Nigeria

By Fredrick Nwabufo

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e abide in wilful fatalism. We see only doom and gloom about Nigeria. We make cynical projections on our country and hold up to ridicule narratives that do not fit into the gloom-ridden portrait. Blood, sorrow and tears saturate the public discourse as if there is no ‘’light, love and life’’ in any corner of the country. It is all doom, gloom and doom. We could as well be living through doomsday. I must admit, the egregious state of security and the occasional revelries of blood somewhat instigate this negativity about our country today. But are kidnapping, banditry, insurgency and corruption all there is about Nigeria? Is it all bleak with no crevice of illumination? While I cannot attenuate the staggering challenges, particularly on security, gnawing at the country, it will be defeatist to say there is no hope of calm in this tempest. It will also be cynical of me to say it is all rain and no sunshine. Nigerians are beautiful people. They love life. They love people. Where you find bigotry, you can also find tolerance; where there is hate; there is love, and where there is tension; there is also good neighbourliness. Even under the cumulus of ethnic tonguefire, they do not relent in helping one another when the occasion demands it. I will cite an example of Nigerians’ expansiveness and why this is a reason we should appreciate one another the more. The ‘’farm to classroom’’ story of Emmanuel Nworie, a first-class mathematics graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who was tilling away his destiny at the backwaters of Ebonyi state, accents the congeniality of Nigerians. Nworie, a 27-year-old, graduated with a cumulative grade point average of 4.92/5.00 – unarguably a mathematical genius. A diamond in the rough. But life gave him a raw deal. He could neither secure a job nor capital to go into business. He lived in abominable squalor. A firstclass graduate of mathematics! But he rerouted his talents into tilling the soil in the forgotten corners of Ebonyi – the most unlikely places an Einstein prodigy can make a genius of his ability. “I started having challenges in 2005 when we struggled with the health of my dad. He gave up in January 2009. I have long wanted to be a mathematician. But after my dad passed away, I was deterred because at some point when I was trying to save for undergraduate studies and after two years I couldn’t save enough, so I was frustrated,” he apprised TheCable of his trials and tribulations in an interview. But Nworie’s dream of becoming a scholar and of parlaying his talents turned to gold when Michael Taiwo, a US-based Nigerian and sponsor of

MT Scholarships, and Suraj Oyewale, founder of JarusHub, a career and education platform, picked Nworie during the selection of candidates for scholarship. Taiwo and Oyewale are both Yoruba – Nworie is Igbo. But while selecting candidates for the scholarship sponsored by Michael they did not consider where he came from, his religious background or the status of his family. They selected Nworie strictly by the content of his mind. In a statement on March 3, Taiwo announced Nworie’s selection for a fully-funded PhD in mathematics at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. He said Nworie received three offers from universities in the southern part of the US. Taiwo: “Today, I am pleased to announce that Emmanuel Chinweuba Nworie has accepted a fully funded offer to study for his PhD in Mathematics at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. SMU is a prestigious private research university. Emmanuel prefers locations with warm weather. He received three great offers, all from schools in the southern part of the US. Mentors are our secret sauce. It is hard to exaggerate the role Dr. Busayo Aworunse, Emmanuel’s assigned mentor, played in delivering the outcome we celebrate today. Busayo, thank you. Help me congratulate Emmanuel. I cannot wait to see what he does with a Math PhD from SMU!” The cost of attending SMU is over $75,000 per year, but Nworie will not be paying a dime. His living expenses are also covered. The life of a lowly citizen, who could have been another statistics in the number of jobless and frustrated Nigerians, is changed forever. Grass-to-grace stories like that of Nworie abound in the country. Some Nigerians chanced on fortune by the benevolence of Nigerians from other ethnic groups. In fact, some owe their breakthrough, status, wealth, and influence to that Nigerian from the other side who looked beyond their ethnic and religious backgrounds. We can also consider the way Nigerians mobilise themselves to fight for justice when one of their own suffers prejudice in an alien country. I have witnessed how Nigerians go the whole hog in protecting their countrymen/ women abroad. The solidarity of Nigerians in South Africa during the xenophobic killings and in the recent cases in Ghana and Cote d’ivoire accentuate this unvarnished quality. We should celebrate that which makes us one of the kindest, loving and most accommodating people in the world. We are not all bad, corrupt, nepotistic and bigoted. We have a redeeming quality. We are Nigerians. Fredrick ‘Mr OneNigeria’ Nwabufo is a writer and journalist Twitter @FredrickNwabufo


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Comment

Usman Alkali Baba and the Nigeria Police Force of our dreams

Why won’t patriotism be on the wane?

By Jerome-Mario Utomi

By Isaac Asabor

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he first duty of a Police Officer is to secure his/herself-Anonymous According to the sage, people frequently rewrite history to increase self esteem and to clear their consciences of guilt for historical misdeeds. Historical revision can also go the other way, as historian’s attempts to discredit figures from the past. Yet, despite the validity of the claim, the latest history made by Usman Alkali Baba, who was on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 appointed as Nigeria’s acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), cannot be likened to any of the above considerations. Aside demonstrating that ordinary calculation can be upturned by extra-ordinary personalities, Usman Alkali Baba’s appointment more than anything else stands as an emblematic attestation that history in any field of endeavors is reserved for those that are interested in breaking new grounds to increase their wealth and well being and that of their followers. Without a doubt, the feat is currently acknowledged with torrents of applaud, But oddly, this opinion piece, for all intents and purposes, is not congratulatory message-focused. Rather, it dispatches a messages geared towards achieving the following objective; namely,; reminds the new IGP of existing odds against the Force that will demands new policies, reforms and strategies to correct; develop significant ground to tackling the job of building a Police Force of our dreams. And assist Usman Alkali Baba recognizes that it takes a prolonged effort to administer a group like the Nigeria Police Force, well and change

their backward habits. In view of the above demands, the question may be asked; who is Usman Alkali Baba? How clear are his goals? Is he laced with sharp visions needed to achieve these prime objectives? Available information at the public domain reveals that he was born on March 1, 1963 in Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State. He enlisted into the Nigeria Police on March 15, 1988.He holds a Teachers’ Grade II Certificate from Teachers College, Potiskum.Mr Baba obtained a Bachelor of Arts (ED) degree in Political Science from the University of Maiduguri and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from Bayero University, Kano. Until his appointment as the acting IGP, he had held several positions in various commands of the Force. Except for peripheral reason(s), it will be hard not to describe someone with the above achievements as a hero. More particularly when one remembers that with sharp vision and clear goals, he rose but steadily from grass (a Teachers’ Grade II Certificate from Teachers College), to grace (a Masters in Public Administration (MPA)). That notwithstanding, it is important to draw the new IGP’s attention to two realities. First, that the inherent challenge with the Nigerian Police Force is more of perspective. The grouse against Nigerian Police Force by Nigerians is predicated on not what the Force intends to, or capable of doing but what they are doing presently and whether it is in the best interest of Nigerians. Second and very fundamental is to remind the new Force Helmsman that the credibility of leadership can only be established through action and not words.

As argued elsewhere, such action refers to deeds that distinguishes a leader who considers his followers a foremost asset, and not one who looks at them as a burden. There is a world of difference between a leadership that is based on love and respect, and one that is based on fear. All that is needed in order to reach this goal is to show our people the right direction and nurture their potentials, for innovation, creativity, self confidence, determination and leadership, hose who leads from the top of the pyramid ends up leading only those on top, which is not how an exclusive development exercise should be carried out. There are more specific and worrying concerns. Going by commentaries, Nigerians and of course the global community are particularly unhappy that Nigeria Police Force with so many outstanding personnel, and hitherto, among the best across the world when it comes to providing security, combating terrorism, armed robbery, kidnapping, cyber crimes and several other insecurities, have suddenly for yet to identified reason(s), allowed the high standard the British left them to be lowered. From the raging wave of kidnapping, banditry and terrorism resonating in the North East to North Central, South West to South South and finally to South East geopolitical zone, where police stations/formations have been sacked or torched by hoodlums and arms and ammunition carted away and some killed, innocent Nigerians are apprehensive that if such aggression by hoodlums/bandits could be visited on different police formations, it simply means that the lives of the ordinary citizens are no longer secured.

There is another image challenge that urgently needs to be addressed in order to build a Police Force of our dreams.. Over the years, the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, has sustained a public enlightenment campaign designed to assure Nigerians that the Policeman or woman is his or her friend, but in reality, Nigerians are in disagreement with such a position. As captured by a Nigerian Based News Magazine, ‘whoever have had one thing or the other to do with the police, will readily tell you that a policeman or a policewoman in not a friend but also patently devilish and incorrigibly corrupts’. Such fears cannot be described as unfounded as every threatening situation feeds mistrust and leads people to withdraw into their own safety zones. Mistrust and fear weakens relationships and increases the risks of violence, creating a vicious circle that can never lead to a relationship of piece. While this is being internalized, there is yet, another concern, this time around from a global platform that will help create credibility of leadership. It is a report dated Monday 19 October 2020, published by the Chatham House, England. It among other worries, noted that the federally controlled Nigeria Police Force (NPF) with about 371,800 officers, is endemically corrupt, underfunded, understaffed, inadequately trained and being outpaced by the manifold internal security challenges of a country with an estimated population of more than 200 million. The report particularly lamented that some personnel appear to operate free of accountability and has become notorious for operating in the same clandestine and violent

manner as the criminal groups it was created to combat. Restoring the confidence that the Nigerian Police Force has the capacity to protect its personnel and all Nigerians should be your utmost responsibility. However, it is equally obvious that such will be difficult and more doubtful of success if you present yourself as allknowing, selfless, more intelligent or good looking than other stakeholders. But any leader that applies the virtues of humility and prudence will come out powerful, secured, respected and happy. Therefore, as a flood of congratulatory messages continue to flow into your home; two lessons need to be committed to mind. The moment portrays you as lucky. But like every success which comes with new challenges, the appointment has thrust yet another responsibility on you- an extremely important destiny; to complete a process of rebuilding Nigeria Police to its former/enviable position which we have spent far too long a time to do. Secondly, you must study history, study the actions of your predecessors, to see how they conducted themselves and to discover the reasons for their victories or their defeats so that you can avoid the later and imitate the former. If you are able to correct the above challenge; it will be your most powerful accomplishment for earning new respect and emulation.. And if you are not, it will equally go down the anal of history. Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via;jeromeutomi@yahoo. com

Human rights record of U.S. is appalling By Li Yunlong

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or many years, the U.S. has disguised itself as a representative for human rights and an incarnation of justice, and obviously regarded itself as the judge of human rights of all countries in the world. However, while the U.S. constantly accuses other countries of violating human rights, it never looks into the human rights issues back home. The truth is the country has an ignoble record of human rights and serious violations of human rights. Such a country is in no way qualified to make carping comments on the human rights situations in other countries. The U.S. government’s incompetent response to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to human rights tragedies. Faced with an epidemic rarely seen in human history, the U.S. government had repeatedly ignored warnings of the pandemic given by the World Health Organization (WHO) and public health agencies in the U.S. Certain U.S. politician deliberately downplayed the epidemic situation, claiming that the pneumonia caused by novel coronavirus was not a serious disease, the infection rate and mortality from the disease were very low, and that the disease was no worse than the seasonal flu and the virus would miraculously disappear.

Because the U.S. government failed to take effective measures, the country lost crucial weeks for pandemic prevention and control. As the epidemic situation continued to get worse, the U.S. government, however, paid little regard for scientific public health principles and was not willing to control the virus through thorough testing, tracing and isolation. Instead, it fantasized about bringing the crisis to an end with magic new medicines. Although the virus was spreading in a vast area in the U.S., then American leader and some state officials had been extremely reluctant to issue any decree to make wearing masks mandatory. Even when the COVID-19 situation was out of control in the U.S. and the country’s number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and death toll from the disease rose to the highest in the world, the U.S. government was hasty to restart the economy due to political concerns. Several states rushed to reopen and caused the virus to shift to the South, West and eventually the rest of the United States. The American people have paid a heavy price for the U.S. government’s misconduct during the outbreak. By March 31, 2021, the U.S. had registered more than 31 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, with related deaths exceeding 560,000.

As of the end of February 2021, the U.S., with a population of less than 5 percent of the world’s total, accounted for more than 25 percent of all the confirmed cases and nearly 20 percent of the deaths from the COVID-19. During the pandemic, American people’s right to life was in a terrible situation rarely seen in the world. The rights of Native Americans have been seriously infringed. The U.S. government has carried out systematic ethnic cleansing and massacres of Indians in history, and truly conducted acts of genocide. For nearly a century after the U.S. was founded, the government wantonly expelled and killed American Indians through the Westward Movement. Before the arrival of Western settlers, there were tens of millions of natives living on the North America continent. However, by the beginning of the 20th century, the population of American Indians in the U.S. had plummeted from five million in 1492 to 250,000. The modern history of Native Americans is a history of colonization and genocide. Today, Native Americans still live a life like second-class citizens and their rights have been trampled over. Among Native Americans, 21.9 percent live below the poverty line, as compared to 9.6 percent of nonHispanic whites.

The average life expectancy of American Indians is 5.5 years lower than that of all races in the U.S.. The incidences of diabetes, chronic liver disease, and alcohol dependence of the racial group are 3.2 times, 4.6 times, and 6.6 times the U.S. average, respectively. Many communities of Native Americans are very poor, and the unemployment rate in some Indian tribes is as high as 85 percent. The report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living said that some of the most devastating effects of COVID-19 had been felt by racial and ethnic minorities and indigenous peoples. The hospitalization rate of Native Americans was five times that of non-Hispanic white Americans; and the death rate of Native Americans also far exceeded that of white Americans. The human rights of African Americans in the U.S. have been crushed. Slavery and forced labor marked a disgraceful chapter in the American history. In the 19th century, the number of black slaves grew significantly in plantations in the South of the U.S. with the rise of cotton plantation. The figure reached four million in the U.S. in 1860. Slaves were not treated as human beings, and lived a miserable life.

They were not acknowledged as individuals by law, but were merely private property at the disposal of their masters and could be bought and sold at will. In the Southern plantations, black slaves were used as livestock and forced to work 12 hours a day to grow and pick cotton. Although slavery has been abolished for over a century, African Americans are still denied equal access to rights. African Americans face severe racial discrimination, which can be easily seen in the workplace and daily life. As it suffers from systematic employment discrimination, the racial group sees higher unemployment rate, fewer job opportunities, and lower wages. In the past 40 years, the unemployment rate of African American workers has maintained twice that of whites. Racial discrimination in law enforcement is also commonly seen in the U.S.. Media report showed that African Americans made up 13 percent of the U.S. population, and yet onethird of all imprisoned people, which means that there were more than 1,000 African American prisoners for every 100,000 African Americans. Li Yunlong is a professor at the Chinese Academy of Governance.

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s a child in primary school and as a teenager in the secondary school in the then Bendel state, I was taught with other children to be patriotic to our country, Nigeria. We were also taught to respect our national symbols, particularly the national flag and the national coat of arms. Luckily enough, I was fortunate to have participated in the compulsory morning assembly sessions held in both schools with the national flag hoisted on bamboo poles mounted right in front of the assembly arena. We were also taught to religiously observe some national rituals of which one of them was to sing the national anthem at the assembly and recite the accompanying national pledge with undeniable nationalistic pride. Today, with the proliferation of private schools I doubt if this ritual is still being done as most of them are located on road-sides, and therefore lack enough space to do that. When seen from the foregoing perspective, why won’t patriotism be on the wane? Again, we were taught how great Nigeria was; given its vast arable land mass, its rich geography and robust economy coupled with its good people. Then Nigeria was nicknamed “Giant of Africa”. It was truly a giant as one of our former heads of state while in power once boasted that Nigeria’s problem was not the lack of money but how to spend it. Nigeria then was enviously regarded by other African countries. Little wonder that when the entire Ghanaian population was facing

economic hardships no African country came to their minds for refuge except Nigeria. They came, and most of them were gainfully employed particularly in the private sector. However, at a point after my secondary school education I thought of joining any of the armed forces or any of the para-military forces to enable me have a platform of expressing my patriotism as I was taught by my teachers. But my ambition then was fruitless as I was pessimistic of scaling the hurdles that were literarily placed on the way of selection process. One of the most nagging hurdles was quota system. Given the level of frustration that can be deduced from the foregoing view, why won’t the young ones who aim at serving the nation from either a military or para-military pedestal not be unpatriotic, particularly when they are deprived from attaining their ambition? Also, at a point in my career as a Garment Sorter in a dry cleaning company, I thought of resigning my appointment to enable me further my education on full time basis. Due to inadequate savings as a result of poor salary, I was cowered considering the fact that I would likely be faced with crushing hardship given the fact that the governments of the then Bendel state and the federal government would not have granted me sustainable bursaries; that is if I were to be considered lucky to be a beneficiary. Then, I had no option than to go for a part-time studies which I relatively concluded but not without pitiable struggles. Without resorting to self-praise, it is not an exaggeration to say that not all the youths will

endure and tolerate the neglect I experienced in the hands of the now defunct Bendel State on the hand and the federal government on the other hand. On account of the experience, it is expedient to ask again, “Why won’t patriotism be on the wane?” Still in the same nexus, I nursed the ambition of becoming a civil servant but to no avail. No thanks to the adoption of the preposterous quota system policy by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) at all levels of government. Be that as it may, I was able to realize my potential and follow my dream by seizing the opportunities that were present in the private sector. This goes to show the complementary role which the private sector is playing in our nation. If not for the private sector what would have been the fate of the teeming population of the youths who have various dreams and aspirations? Is it not wise enough that the governments create an enabling environment for the organizations that fall within the private sector across the six geo-political zones? The foregoing is not all about this writer but epitomizes the journey of life which millions of Nigerians are passing through as a result of bad leadership. People have been taunted with John F. Kennedy’s motivational quote that says “…ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” But why would one not think of what his country can do for him? The bible says in Psalm chapter 11 verse 3 that “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Methinks it would have been more reasonable for the leaders to provide a

good foundation for the people before they (the people) can give back to the nation. That is how things are exactly done in America where the hackneyed quote originated from. America, through her well thought-out and established policies, does not abandon her citizens to struggles and later expect the abandoned citizens to give back to her. An average American child knows what he or she would be in the future and the country is statutorily prepared to support such a child. Perhaps, this is the reason why the level of patriotism in America is considered to be higher compared to other countries of the world. An American is ready to die for his country at any given point in time because it is very clear that the country made him. Now the question again, “Why won’t patriotism be on the wane?” As it is now, the level of patriotism in our nation is fast waning. One can even say that it is because of this reason that the level of insecurity in the country is getting worse. People are no more patriotic because the governments seemingly do not invest in their lives. No doubt, lack of patriotism is making the youths to be vulnerable and some mischievous politicians are cashing in on it. In my view, creation of opportunities for the citizens by the governments at all levels would be an added impetus to the overall level of patriotism of the people, and this would in turn positively affect the development of the country. Today, many Nigerians who want to contribute their quotas to the country’s growth by establishing businesses of their own are already frustrated because

PTF, PSC and matters arising By Edwin Uhara

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ollowing the successful transition of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to a Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19, I have come across several reactions that trailed the development since the announcement was made by the Federal Government on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. While some hailed the move, others expressed reservations. But one that caught my attention most is the comment attributed to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, who said, ”I was listening to the radio yesterday (Wednesday) when I heard that the PTF on Covid-19 has been converted to a steering committee. We were not consulted in terms of what will be the operational mechanism and so on … What is the content of that conversion? How will the Steering Committee work?” The Senator asked. However, at the first national press briefing of the PTF after Easter break held in Abuja on April 6, 2021, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman of the PTF/PSC, Mr. Boss Mustapha announced the approval given by President Muhammadu Buhari for the transmogrification of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to a Presidential Steering Committe on Covid-19 starting from April 1st, 2021 to December 31st 2021 with a modified mandate to reflect non-emergent status of Covid-19 as a potentially long-term pandemic. The SGF said: ”Mr. President has considered the report and has approved the following: That the PTF will transition to a Presidential Steering

Committe on Covid-19, effective from April 1, 2021 with a modified mandate to reflect the non-emergent status of Covid-19 as a potentially long-term pandemic.” “That the structure of the PSC shall reflect the new focus of the response with a targeted approach on vaccine oversight, risk communication, international travel quarantine processes and sub-national engagement.” ”That the term of the Presidential Steering Committtee shall last till 31st December, 2021.” ”The Presidential Steering Committee would maintain the present constitution, functions and strategies of the PTF; be supported by a slim technical and administrative structure.” ”The current National Incident Manager (Dr. Mukhtar Mohammed) shall formally take over from the National Coordinator and function as the Head (Technical Secretariat) and member of the PSC.” The SGF added that the PSC will coordinate the vaccine rollout, deployment and administration, while a private sector supported transition consultant will sustain the multi-sectoral relations and policy guidance. He further disclosed that the PSC would meet less frequently while maintaining effective communication with Nigerians and also monitor and audit ongoing systems, reforms and infrastructure development in the health sector. Before the transition, President Buhari had extended the lifespan of the PTF twice after the expiration of it’s original mandate on September 17,

2020. The first extension was between September and December 2020, while the second extension was from December 22nd, 2020 to March 31st, 2021. It will be recalled that the PTF was established on March 9th, 2020 to coordinate and oversee Nigeria’s multisectoral inter-governmental efforts to contain the spread and mitigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. In other words, the overall goal of the taskforce was to stop further transmission of Covid-19 within Nigeria as well as ensure provision of basic treatment to those infected; and reduce the overall social and economic impact of the pandemic on the country. Let me also add that as of the time the PTF was established, no one envisaged the breakthrough we currently have in the world of vaccine. Instead, the main goal and mandate of the taskforce was to flatten the Covid-19 curve. But because of the virulent nature of the disease as well as the huge investment made in vaccine research and development by the global community, Covid-19 Vaccine was found towards the end of 2020. Hence, the challenge is no longer about the existence of vaccine, but about vaccine hesitancy, anti-vaxxers, vaccine nationalism and lately, vaccine passports. Vaccine hesitancy according to report is the reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated or to have one’s children vaccinated against contagious diseases. Vaccine hesitant individuals often say

they want to “wait and see” as vaccines are distributed in their community. However, vaccine hesitancy is slightly different from anti-vaxxers. While vaccine hesitant people can change their mind, anti-vaxxers can rarely be persuaded to give up their fixed beliefs that all vaccines are harmful. According to report, Health experts have recommended that medical professionals should focus on those who are vaccine-hesitant instead of antivaxxers. Someone can become vaccine hesitant because of misinformation on the social media or a lack of confidence in the safety of the vaccines but antivaxxers are not. Vaccine nationalism according to Indian Express is when a country manages to secure doses of vaccines for its own citizens or residents and prioritises its own domestic markets before they are made available in other countries. This is done through pre-purchase agreements between a government and a vaccine manufacturer. While vaccine passport is a proof that a person has been immunized against COVID-19. It could be in the form of a smartphone app or a written certificate, for those who don’t have smartphones. According to Washington Post report, the goal is to digitize individual countries’ paper vaccination certificates into internationally recognized passes for travel. “A few options for vaccine passports exist for Americans so far, and other countries and regions have also developed, or are in the process of developing their own.” As of today, Nigerian scientists have also come up with two Covid-19 Vaccines

of the unfriendly business environment being created by the various tiers of government. Many Nigerians want to be patriotic and nationalistic but as it is today many are not. The reason for this is not far-fetched. Today, I see the patriotic inspirations and aspirations of many Nigerians waning because they are not benefiting in any way from the nation apart from the roads they walk or drive on. In some neighborhoods, residents provide security, boreholes, and electricity services on their own in spite of the fact that they regularly pay their taxes to the government. With this, what level of patriotism is expected from them? Today, I can see millions of unemployed youths that are roaming the streets of our cities in search of elusive jobs. I can see dejected people living under the bridges, uncompleted buildings and under the trees. Still today, I can see some politicians that parked their cars behind the kerbs of our highways caressing their mobile phones like newly found lovers amid cosmetic gesticulations suggesting that all is well. This piece was written to sensitize our leaders that they should not relent in providing the necessary “dividends” of democracy for the people as failure to do that would in the long run diminish the level of their patriotism, and that in turn would affect the growth and development of the nation. Isaac Asabor is a Public Policy Analyst.

which are waiting for clinical trial and certification by relevant bodies. Nonetheless, another challenging development is the mutation of the virus leading to several strains or variants; from the United Kingdom variant (B.1.1.7 ) to the South African variant (B1351) to the Brazilian Variant (P.1) and the less known B1525 widely regarded as the Nigerian Variant according to report by the April 8 edition of The Sun Newspaper of London – https://www. thesun.co.uk/news/ 14579347/nigeriancovid- variant-deadlier-sa-sparks- fearsrise-cases/ . With B1525 been regarded as Nigerian Variant, it then means that Nigerians are going to face difficulties when travelling around the world if nothing is done urgently to arrest the situation. Therefore, Mr. President in exercising the powers conferred on him by the Quarantine Act to take extraordinary measures during public health crises decided to enlarge the scope and mandate of the defunct PTF by officially converting it to a Presidential Steering Committee on Covid-19 with all encompassing mandate and responsibility to coordinate vaccine rollout, deployment and administration, while a private sector supported transition consultant will sustain the multi-sectoral relations and policy guidance among others. Comrade Edwin Uhara is a UNtrained Negotiator and Member APC Presidential Campaign Council in the last Presidential Election.


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HYPPADEC: Etsu Nupe advocates adequate funding for Commission From Minna

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tsu Nupe and Chairman Niger State Council of Traditional rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar has stressed the need for Hydro- electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), to be adequately funded to address the challenges before the commission. The Traditional ruler stated this when he received the Governing Council of HYPPADEC at his palace in Bida, Niger State. He said that the communities affected by construction of Hydroelectric Dams have a stockpile of ecological and socioeconomic challenges. The royal father explained that they are waiting for the commission to address many years plight faced by the people, hence the need for both human and material resources to tackle such challenges. He expressed confidence on the composition of the Commission’s Governing Council and urged them to work hard in justifying the confidence reposed on them, while assuring them of continued support of the traditional institutions.

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743 delegates to elect S/W zonal officers of PDP in Osogbo today

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total of 743 delegates are expected to participate in the election of the South West zonal officers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, today in Osogbo the Osun State capital. The figure was made known by the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which officially released the approved Delegates’ List for the conduct of its South West Zonal

Congress slated for Monday the 12th of April, 2021 in Osogbo City, Osun State. A breakdown of the delegates’ list as released by the NWC of the party showed that Oyo State has 171 delegates, Ogun, 114, Osun 130, Ogun (114), Ondo (112) and Lagos (101). The release of the list, the PDP pointed out, is in line with its mandate to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent congresses. This was contained in a statement issued at the

weekend by the National Organizing Secretary of the party, Col Austin Akobundu, rtd, in Abuja. The main opposition party made it clear that the conduct of all congresses must be in strict compliance with the NCDC Guidelines on COVID-19. The NWC thus wished all aspirants, stakeholders, party members and supporters a safe and hitch-free congress. The statement reads, “In line with its mandate to conduct free, fair, credible and transparent Congresses, the

National Working Committee (NWC) of our great Party, the PDP, thereby officially releases the approved Delegates’ List for the conduct of the South West Zonal Congress slated for Monday the 12th of April, 2021 in Osogbo City, Osun State. “The NWC wishes all Aspirants, Stakeholders, Party Members and supporters a safe and hitch-free congress. “The conduct of all our Party’s congresses remains in strict compliance with the NCDC Guidelines on COVID-19”, it said.

Don warns against leafy vegetable consumption grown by chemical fertilizers From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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Professor of Nutritional Toxicology in the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Professor Amanabo Musa has warned against the consumption of vegetables grown by synthetic and chemical fertilizers. He gave the warning while presenting the 16th Inaugural Lecture series of the University at the main campus in Lapai. The Inaugural Lecturer spoke on “Anti-Nutrients and Toxic Constituents of Leafy Vegetables: Obstacles to Harnessing their Full Nutritional and Health-enhancing Potentials. He pointed out that the use of chemical and synthetic fertilizers in the growing of leafy vegetables increases the formation of antinutrients and toxic substances.

Gombe state Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya (middle), Deputy Governor, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau (right) Emir of Dukku, Haruna Rashid and Chairman of Dukku Local Government Council, Jamilu Shabewa present relief materials to a needy, Baba Aisami during the flag-off of the second phase of palliatives distribution in the state, at the Weekend in Gombe.

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Gov. Mai Mala Buni of Yobe and members of his family on the passing of their beloved mother and grandmother, Hajiya Fatima Mallum Yuram.

In a condolence message by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, the president also prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of Hajiya Yuram.

He described the deceased as an embodiment of peace and motherhood, living a remarkable life of humility until she passed on at the age of 102. Buhari urged the family

members and other wellwishers to treasure Yuram’s memory by upholding the strong bond of kindness and unity within the family and community. (NAN)

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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, made up of elected Governors on the platform of the main opposition party, between Thursday and Friday gathered in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, for meeting where they x-rayed the general happenings in the country with a call on the All Progressives Congress, APC, led administration to act fast in preventing the nation from drifting into a failed state. The PDP Governors equally pushed for a new revenue formular and the restructuring of the country among others. When the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, elected Governors, under the aegis of the PDP Governors’ Forum, resolved to host its next meeting in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State, after the last one in Abuja, they must have done so with some reservations. These reservations may, probably, have been heightened by the attempt on the life of the Benue State governor, Dr Ortom during an inspection of an ongoing project, few kilometres away from the State capital, by yet to be identified persons. The attempt on the life of the governor, less than two weeks to the scheduled PDP Governors’ Forum’s meeting, was enough reason to have postponed the meeting or move it to another venue. Lo and behold, the PDP Governors did not allow the worrisome/ugly development to deter or discourage them from going ahead with the meeting as planned. Attendance at the Makurdi meeting, which was the first to be held outside Abuja, the nation’s capital, and about the third physical meeting since the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic in the country, was well attended. The meeting, held under the chairmanship of Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, turned out to be a huge success, judging from the arrangements put in place by the host Governor, Dr Ortom to the massive attendance by the PDP Governors, national leaders of the party and the outcome of the meeting. Governors in attendance at the meeting, apart from Tambuwal and Ortom, were; Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia State/Vice Chairman of the Forum, Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Sen. Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta State), Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu State ), Barr. Nyesom Wike, (Rivers State), Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde ( Oyo State), Architect Darius Dickson Ishaku (Taraba State), Gov. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa State), Mr Godwin Obaseki (Edo State) and Hon.Bello Mattawale (Zamfara State). The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Baba Tela represented his Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed. In the communiqué issued after their meeting which lasted for over three hours with the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus and Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, Senator Jubrin Walid also in attendance, the Governors warned, sternly, that if the alarming drift of Nigeria under the watch of the All Progressives Congress, APC, government continues, the country will become a failed state. They expressed deep concern and alarm at the deteriorating relations between various groups in Nigeria, even as

When PDP Governors meet on state of the nation

all the country’s fault lines and differences are being stretched to the limit allegedly by the APC government. The governors, after critically reviewing the state of affairs in the country and common developments in their states, observed that due to the rise in ethnic and tribal tensions, religious divisions, and various forms of social and political cleavages, Nigeria was in dire need of leadership at the federal level to avert the looming disaster. The communique presented by Tambuwal reads in part, “The meeting was similarly alarmed that security of lives and property of Nigerians are no longer guaranteed under the present government as a result of leadership incompetence and mismanagement of the nation’s affairs”. While noting that governors have a role to play in the handling of some of the worsening situations, they noted with regret that their hands are tied behind their backs as the entire coercive authority in the country is monopolised by the APC federal government. Continuing, the communiqué said, “Time has come to take advantage of the ongoing Constitution Amendment process to decentralise the security architecture of Nigeria and involve States and Local Governments”. The governors reaffirmed their conviction that an urgent devolution of powers and restructuring of the country in a way that would bring together various groups and tendencies in the country appeared to have become imperative and timely now as Nigeria could not afford another civil war. They charged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to send

a new Revenue Allocation Formula that allocated more resources to States and Local Governments to President Muhammad Buhari for National Assembly’s action. The PDP Governors’ Forum noted that it was a scandal that 21 years after the 1999 Constitution came into being, no new Revenue Formula was in place. Furthermore, the governors called for a more transparent and accountable running and operation of the NNPC. They condemned what they called the intimidation of their incumbent colleagues by the APC administration using all sorts of weapons like security agencies, unequal access to federal resources as well as promotion of divisions in the opposition political parties with fake promises and falsehoods. They said, “We significantly condemn the double standards that are applied by the APC-led federal government to intimidate PDP controlled states. “To this end, we call on Mr. President to lift the so called “No flight Zone” and other intimidating tactics, imposed on Zamfara State as similar measures have not been extended to similar states with security challenges like Kaduna, Borno, Katsina, Yobe and others. “This is mostly politically motivated to ensure that the Governors move over to APC”, they stated. The PDP governors took a swipe at the APC for being unable to have a democratically-elected National Executive Committee as required by the Nigerian Constitution. According to them, a political party that operated by military fiat with an appointed and unelected Executive Committee from ward to national had no business running

the affairs of the country. The communiqué said further, “APC cannot deliver democracy to Nigeria; even to constitute a Board of Trustees has been an impossible task for the party since inception. It further expressed surprise that the APC is interested in playing politics and jockeying for power in 2023, when they have done an abysmal and terribly poor job of their current questionable mandate.” The PDP governors said that they were distressed that Nigeria was now officially the country with the highest unemployment rate in the world at 33% and second highest poverty rate in the world under the disastrous leadership of APC. The meeting received briefings from the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, and Chairman PDP Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin, and assured Nigerians that help was on the way as the PDP was primed to offer effective leadership come 2023. The meeting commended the governors of PDP-controlled states for their innovative approaches to governance in many fields especially infrastructure, education, health, women and youth initiatives and the timely delivery of developmental projects, across the country. “It is these legacy projects being undertaken in many PDP-governed states that will be presented to Nigerians as our scorecard at the appropriate time.” The PDP governors thanked Governor Samuel Ortom for hosting the first meeting of the PDP governors in recent times outside Abuja and for holding the party together not only in Benue State but in the entire North Central Zone.


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L-R: Gov. Babangana Zulum of Borno; Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State; Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasak of Kwara Senator Kashim Shetima (Borno Central) and others during their to Gov. Makinde at Government House, on Saturday in Ibadan

Southeast Governors set up security outfit: Ebubeagu, vow to mobilise political class By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he South East Governors have set up a regional security outfit named Ebubeagu, even as it vowed to mobilise the political class in the region with the aim to find lasting solution to the emerging security challenges in the Eastern part of the country. A communique issued by the Governors and heads of security agencies at the end of the first South East security summit held in Owerri, Imo State on Sunday, said the governors after exhaustive discussions on the current security challenges in the South East and with valuable contributions from participants at the summit, resolved to strongly condemn the burning of police stations, violent attacks on custodial centres with

the unlawful release of inmates, and the killings including security personnel, natives/farmers and headsmen. “That the five South East states are on the same page with the federal government on the issue of security challenges in the country. To this end, the meeting makes it absolutely clear that the South east will stand resolutely with the federal government to fight terrorists and bandits to a finish.” The Governors also resolved to bring together all the arsenals at their command, as one united zone, to fight and flush out criminals and terrorist from the zone. “That the summit resolved that to achieve this, there is a need to galvanise all the relevant stakeholders in the south east, the political class, the business

community, the bureaucrats and the intelligentsia to provide all necessary support to security operatives in the five south east states to ensure total success in the fight against criminality in the zone. “That the heads of all the security agencies in the south east have resolved to exchange intelligence in a seamless, effective new order that will help to checkmate crime in the zone. “That to fast track crimebusting in the south east, the heads of security agencies have been mandated to draw up a comprehensive list of their logistics and material needs for sustainable success in the fight against criminality, for the immediate provision by the leadership of the South East.

“That a committee made up of security personnel, government officials and relevant stakeholders be set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the south east joint security platform. “To applaud the initiative of the South east security summit and to make it a statutory summit that will convene every quarter while its hosting shall rotate among the five south east states. “The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the South East otherwise known as Ebube Agu. “The meeting appreciated the formation of South East joint security outfit co. Named Ebubeagu. Headquarters in Enugu to coordinate our vigilante in the South East”, part of the communique reads.

Why IBB annulled 1993 MKO Abiola’s election – Obasanjo By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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igeria’s ex President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Sunday claimed that former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida (IBB), annulled the June 12, 1993 election acclaimed to have been won by MKO Abiola because of “bad belle”. Obasanjo insinuated this on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Ogun capital, after his investiture as a trustee of the Abeokuta Club. The elder statesman was honoured alongside Abiola. The late philanthropist was awarded a posthumous vice-patron of the club. He said IBB’s action denied Egbaland and Ogun the privilege of producing three occupants of the nation’s top seat, including Ernest Shonekan, ex-Head of Interim National Government (ING) “I want to thank the club for this honour being bestowed on me and the honour being bestowed on my school mate, MKO Abiola, which he richly deserved”, he said. “When you win a cup three times, you keep that cup. Isn’t it? If not for bad belle, Abeokuta would have produced the President of Nigeria three times, in which case we should have kept it permanently.” Obasanjo assured of his continuous commitment to the development of the state, Nigeria, and global peace. Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo described Obasanjo and Abiola as proud sons of Abeokuta. The traditional ruler added that “bad blood” didn’t allow Abiola to emerge President

2023: I see PDP office holders, members coming to APC – Tonye Princewill By Musa Baba Adamu

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former governorship candidate in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has claimed that politicians on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would soon join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Princewill, in a statement to

journalists at the weekend, said the membership registration and revalidation exercise currently going on across the country, aims at strengthening the party towards achieving its goal during the 2023 general elections. According to him, the registration and revalidation exercise precedes congresses, after which a convention would

be held. He expressed optimism that the party would establish quality leadership at the convention. According to the film producer and philanthropist, “I see several PDP office holders and members coming over to APC, not the other way round. That is why the current revalidation exercise is important, especially in my state.

“The ongoing APC revalidation is your opportunity to influence the direction of a major political party in this state. PDP is a closed shop. You know what you will get. The latest LGA primaries have shown us who has a voice. In APC, you have a wonderful chance to truly choose candidates of your choice before they are presented for a general election. Do not

waste it. Go and register today. “This message is for APC rebels, PDP rebels, youth rebels, men of God, the true lovers of rivers state and all our non indigenes. In the words of the late Boma Erekosima, ‘I dey there better pass them say.’ If you enjoy being allowed to speak freely, you will never have a better chance”.

OPC slams Dambazau, four others over Boko Haram analogy By Christiana Ekpa

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he O’odua Peoples Congress (OPC) has slammed the former Chief of Army Staff, Abdurahman Dambazau (retd) for likening them, as well as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Boko Haram. Recall that the former Chief of Army Staff, on Saturday compared the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) with Boko Haram.

Dambazzau speaking at the inauguration of Army War College Nigeria Course in Abuja, said that those groups are like Boko Haram sect who don’t believe in the oneness of Nigeria. However, OPC in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Yinka Oguntimehin, said the former Army Chief was suffering from ”acute dementia and gradually losing touch with the realities of the moment.” According to OPC, Dambazau and four top Northern leaders in 2014 before the general

election, were behind the recruitment of bandits into the country. “Dambazau’s statement that OPC and IPOB are very much the same as the dreaded Boko Haram was made in bad faith. Such statements raise questions about his intentions, interests and morality as a former COAS that has been supporting bandits financially and technically. “This same former chief of army staff, together with four top Northern leaders had in 2014, before the general election organized the recruitment of bandits into the country.

“Moreso, when he became the minister of Interior under President Buhari, he pleaded that the Federal Government raise over N800 billion to settle the bandits; a request that was opposed by Nigerians. “However, for such a person to say OPC is the same as Boko Haram, is not only demeaning but also most unfortunate to say the least. “The ex-minister is not in his right frame of mind and should have never been trusted with fight against insurgency,” the statement said.

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POLITICS Violence mars PDP North-West congress, as Kwankwaso, Tambuwal thugs clash By Ikechukwu Okaforadi with agency report

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he North-west zonal congress of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was on Saturday disrupted by violent party members in Kaduna. The congress ended abruptly after the supporters of the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, clashed with those of a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, at the event. The PDP held congresses on Saturday across Nigeria to elect party officers for five of the six zones of the country. That of the South-west has been rescheduled for Monday. The warring supporters destroyed ballot boxes before voting could start, forcing observers and other officials to flee the scene. The main subject of the dispute was the position of zonal National Vice Chairman. Kwankwaso is at odds with former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, who leads a rival faction of the PDP in Kano. Earlier on Saturday, Kwankwaso also accused

Mr Tambuwal of meddling in the affairs of the party in Kano as part of preparation for the 2023 presidential race. “It’s unfortunate that Mr Tambuwal in his opinion doesn’t want us from the Kwankwasiyya faction to be elected for the positions,” the former Kano governor said on BBC Hausa service. “We heard the report that Tambuwal purchased the form for Senator Hayatu Gwarzo, a man whom we had accused of anti-party activities in Kano. All these are part of his preparation for 2023. They are making efforts to whittle down our support,” Kwankwaso said. However, Tambuwal dismissed Kwankwaso’s claim as baseless accusations against his personality. Tambuwal said, prior to the congress, they all agreed at a meeting at the residence of former Governor Attahiru Bafarawa in Sokoto that any aspirant willing to contest should do that without restraint. “I didn’t buy form for anyone as alleged by Mr Kwankwaso, he knows me better. I never meddled in the Kano PDP crisis between himself and the other groups,” Tambuwal said.

Association urges Yahaya Bello to contest 2023 presidential election

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he Inter-Tribal Association of Nigeria (ITAN) has urged Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi to contest the 2023 presidential election. This is contained in a statement issued by the Secretary of the group, Jabir Maiturare, on Saturday in Kaduna. Maiturare said that ITAN, which comprised different tribes and religions drawn from all parts of the country, had x-rayed many aspiring candidates who showed interests either publicly or

otherwise in joining the 2023 presidential race. “After our consultation and review of personalities who think they have what it takes to lead the country, we resolved to advocate for Bello, who is a youth and capable of taking Nigeria to the promised land,’’ Mr Maiturare stated. According to him, Mr Bello has always expanded the scope of youth and women’s participation in governance, which makes. (NAN)

PDP candidate wins Delta Assembly bye- election

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he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jude Ogbimi, winner of Saturday’s byeelection in Isoko North State Constituency of Delta. The Returning Officer for the election, Christopher Onosemuode, declared the result at Ozoro in Isoko council area. Mr Onosemuode, of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, said Mr Ogbimi scored 29,421 votes to defeat eight other candidates in the bye-election. He said the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Emmanuel Tabuko, scored 2,543 votes to place second, while Agose

Ogagaoghene of Action Democratic Party (ADP), came third with 66 votes. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 11 political parties participated in the byelection, occasioned by the death of a former House of Assembly Majority Leader, Tim Owhefere. In his reaction, Mr Ogbimi expressed gratitude to God and the people of the constituency for his victory at the poll, assuring that he would give his constituents the good representation they truly deserved. He commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his support and commitment to the development of state. (NAN)

Judiciary workers’ strike: Obey court judgments – Agbakoba tells governors

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Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Olisa Agbakoba has written to Nigerian governors on the judiciary workers’

strike. The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) urged the governors to observe the rule of law. In a letter to Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti Governor and the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Agbakoba cited three cases relating to the demands of the striking staff. “I am saddened by the avoidable strike action by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) because of the stress it has caused the judicial system. A simple way out is for state governors to obey judgments of the court.” Agbakoba pointed out that Sections 81 (3) and 121 (3) of the constitution grants financial autonomy to the Federal and State Judiciaries.

“This has been confirmed by courts in the following cases: JUSUN vs National Judiciary Council & Governors – Suit No. FHC/ABJ/ CS/667/13; Olisa Agbakoba vs FG, The NJC & National Assembly – Suit No. FHC/ABJ/ CS/63/2013 and Olisa Agbakoba vs AG, Ekiti State & 2 others – Suit No. NAD/56/2013.” The SAN said President Muhammadu Buhari affirmed the decisions of the courts by issuing Executive Order 10 of 2020, in the exercise of his powers under Section 5 of the constitution. Agbakoba appealed to governors to enforce the decisions of the court and “save the country the chaos”. He added that JUSUN is correct to pursue a policy of financial independence of the courts as guaranteed by the constitution and affirmed by three decisions of superior courts.

national teachers’institute, kaduna KM 5 Kaduna-Zaria Road, Rigachukun, P.M.B. 2191, Kaduna State of Nigeria

INVITATION TO TENDER AND EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR YEAR 2021 CAPITAL AND SUSTANABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs) PROJECTS 1. INTRODUCTION The National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna is in the process of implementing the 2021 capital projects as well as Teacher Training Programmes for Teachers in Primary and Junior Secondary School in 36 states and FCT with funds provided by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Support Intervention Project, Consequent upon the forgoing, interested competent and reputable companies with expertise in the relevant fields are hereby invited to submit tender for its Invitation to Tender Notice (ITN) in the following; 2. SCOPE: 2021 CAPITAL PROJECTS; CATEGORY A: WORKS Lot 1: Construction of NTI Kano State Office, Kano State; CATEGORY B: GOODS Lot 2: Printing of Training Manuals and Customized Stationary items for participants in the 6-Geo-political Zones: LOT 2A North Central Zone LOT 2B North West Zone LOT 2C North East Zone LOT 2D South West Zone LOT 2E South South Zone LOT 2F South East Zone CATEGORY C: NON-CONSULTANCY SERVICES Lot 3: Event Managers in the 6-Geo-political Zones; LOT 3A North Central Zone LOT 3B North West Zone LOT 3C North East Zone LOT 3D South West Zone LOT 3E South South Zone LOT 3F South East Zone CATEGORY D: CONSULTANCY SERVICES (EXPRESSION OF INTEREST) Lot 4: Training Component “A” Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SENDs) and Awareness on Early Childhood Intervention Training for Primary and Junior Secondary School Teachers in the 36 states and FCT. Lot 5: Training Component “B” Moral HIV and AIDs Awareness for Junior Secondary School Teachers in the States and the FCT. Lot 6: Training of Head Teachers and School Administrators on Academic Leadership and Digital Literacy in the 36 states and the FCT. Lot 7: Training on Efficient Record Management for Teachers in Marte /MongunoBorno State. Lot 8: Training on Electronic Documentation and Provision of Laptops to Teachers in Marte/Monguno/Nganzai, Borno State. 3. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Interested firms should submit their bids along with the documents mentioned hereinafter in a sealed envelope to the address indicated below. Failure to submit any of the under listed documents shall lead to the disqualification of the bid: a. Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Form CAC1.1 or CAC2 and CAC7. Business Name is also acceptable in case of Services; b. Evidence of Company’s Income Tax Clearance Certificate (or Personal Income Tax Clearance Certificates of all the Partners in case of Business Name) for the last three (3) years valid till 31st December, 2021; c. Evidence of current Pension Clearance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; d. Evidence of current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; e. Evidence of current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Clearance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; f. Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/12/2021 or valid Certificate issued by BPP. g. Sworn Affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder and to confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars; h. Company’s Audited Accounts for the last three (3) years - 2018, 2019, 2020; i. Evidence of financial capability to execute the project by submission of Reference Letter from a reputable commercial bank in Nigeria, indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed; j. Company’s Profile with the Curriculum Vitae of Key Staff to be deployed for the project, including copies of their Academic/ Professional qualifications such as COREN, QSRBN, ARCON, CORBON etc.; k. Verifiable documentary evidence of at least three (3) similar jobs executed in the last five (5) years including Letters of Awards, Valuation Certificates, Job Completion Certificates and Photographs of the projects; l. Category A: List of Plants/Equipment with proof of Ownership/Lease; m. Lots 3 & 8: Evidence of past experience in implementing teacher development workshops at a national capacity (across the 36 states and FCT); n. Category D: Evidence of Firm’s current registration with relevant regulatory professional body(ies); o. All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company/Firm’s Letter Head Paper bearing amongst others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM No.), and e-mail address. The Letterhead Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorised officer of the firm. 4. COLLECTION OF BID DOCUMENT (CATEGORY A – C) Interested and eligible bidders may obtain further information and collect bidding documents from the procurement unit between 9:00am to 4:00pm (Mondays to Fridays) upon submission of evidence of payment of a non-refundable tender fee of N10,000.00 only for each LOT to the National Teachers’ Institute, NTI Treasury Single Account (TSA) using Remita platform to any bank and present the REMITA Retrieval Reference RRR and Bank teller receipts to Office No: DR 10, Directorate Department, National Teachers’ Institute, (NTI) Headquarters KM 5 Kaduna-Zaria Road, Kaduna. Consultants interested in Category D are not expected to pay at this stage until after EOI short-listing. 5. SUBMISSION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS (CATEGORY A – C) Completed Technical and financial bids shall be submitted in two separate envelopes, clearly tape sealed and clearly marked “ Technical Bids for Lot Number and Financial Bid for Lot Number Inserted in a bigger 3” envelope. The Project titles, Lot number and contractor’s name must be clearly written on top of each envelope. Bids shall be addressed to the Director-General and Chief Executive, National Teachers’ Institute, (NTI) KM 5 Kaduna-Zaria Road, Rigachikun, P.M.B. 2191, Kaduna. Between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm, Mondays to Fridays. The bids should be dropped in the Tender Box at the office of the Registrar National Teachers’ Institute, (NTI), not later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 25th May, 2021. Bidders are to ensure that they also sign the Submission Register in the Registrar’s office. 6. SUBMISSION OF EOI DOCUMENTS (CATEGORY D) Interested firms are to submit two (2) bound of Expression of Interest (EoI) documents separated by dividers and arranged as indicated above. The documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope and addressed to Director-General and Chief Executive, National Teachers’ Institute, (NTI) KM 5 Kaduna-Zaria Road, Rigachikun, P.M.B. 2191, Kaduna. Between the hours of 10:00am and 4:00pm, Mondays to Fridays. The bids should be dropped in the Tender Box at the office of the Registrar National Teachers’ Institute, (NTI), not later than 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 27thApril, 2021. Bidders are to ensure that they also sign the Submission Register in the Registrar’s office. 7. OPENING OF BIDS/EOI Technical Bids will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 25th May, 2021 in the SMASE Complex Building National Teachers’ Institute, (NTI) headquarters Kaduna. Also, EOI will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 27th April, 2021 in the SMASE Complex Building National Teachers’ Institute, (NTI) headquarters Kaduna. 8. IMPORTANT INFORMATION i. Bidders are instructed not to apply more than one (1) LOT. ii. Presence of bidders/representatives and members of the public shall not be required during the bid opening ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines. The Bids Opening will be covered by video recording with the presence of two (2) representatives of private sector professional bodies and Civil Society Organisation in the areas of Anti-Corruption/ Transparency and shall be made available to bidders upon request; iii. Bid documents can also be collected in soft copies and Bidders can submit through Post (Courier Services); iv. Category A-C: Only pre-qualified bidders at technical evaluation will be invited at a later date for financial bids opening, while the financial bids of un-successful bidders will be returned un-opened; v. Category D: Only shortlisted firms will be contacted at a later date for collection of Request for Proposals vi. All bids send by post/e-mail will be rejected. vii. Late submission will be returned un-opened viii. Failure to comply with the instruction(s) and non-provision of any required documents may automatically result in disqualification. ix. This advert shall not be construed to be a commitment on the part of NTI nor shall it entitle the bidding companies to any claim whatsoever and/ or seek indemnity from NTI by virtue of such company’s having responded to the advertisement; x. The NTI, Kaduna is not bound to pre-qualify any bidder and reserves the right to annul the Procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with Section 28 of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

Signed: Management


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ice President Yemi Osinbajo has praised the management of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited for playing leading role in Federal Government’s plan to provide electricity to 25 million Nigerians through off-grid connections to 5 million homes. The Head, Communication & Public Relations, NDPHC, Olufunke Nwankwo in a statement said, Prof. Osinbajo gave the commendation at the launch of 100,000 Solar Home System in Jangefe community, Kazuare Emirate, Jigawa State. He described NDPHC as a catalyst in the process of connecting communities across the country to off-grid systems. Prof. Osinbajo said government was determined to bring power to un-served communities as part of the Nigerian Economic Sustainability Plan of the President Muhammdu Buhari’s administration. He explained that the project which would be financed by a N140 billion fund would be paid for by the beneficiaries. He said: “Another challenge which became an opportunity for us was the Covid-19 and our response to that which as many know was Economic Sustainability Plan. “The President’s vision around that plan was that rather than have situations where people lose jobs and opportunities; we could take the opportunities of Covid-19 to create more jobs. We could take the opportunities of the economic fallout to create more opportunities for the Nigerian people. “So the President approved that we should do these five million solar home connections across the country which would mean that 25 million Nigerians would have power. But not just that, there will be jobs around those who will manufacture, those who will

Osinbajo applauds NDPHC, as FG targets 5m homes with solar system assemble the solar systems, those who will install them will have jobs, those who will maintain them will have jobs and those who will also supply the payment systems and maintain the payment systems will also have jobs”. He explained that the N140 billion finance programme will support private developers to provide power to the households. Vice President Osinbajo stressed that initiative is a partnership programme with the private driving the connections, supported by concessionaire lending by the Central Bank of Nigeria and commercial banks. “The power provided is not free but we have put in place structures to make sure that the connections

are affordable to all those who will use it”, he added. Speaking on NDPHC role, he said: “Then the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, ably led by Chiedu Ugho, who has been an important catalyst for off-grid solar systems such as we have here today. They were the first to launch the 100,000 systems with Asolar, the same group that is providing this, has provided in several states of the Federation”. Also speaking at the launch, the Minister of Power, Engr Sale Mamman said the programme when fully implemented will generate additional N7 billion in tax revenue per annum and $10 million in annual import substitutions.

Engr. Mamman said the Ministry will supervise the programme and would ensure the expansion of off-grid connections across the country. On his part, the Governor Baderu Abubakar thanked President Buhari for choosing the state as the starting point of the programme. He pledged the support of the state government in ensuring its success. Speaking earlier, the Managing Director/CEO, NDPHC, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo said the company had already provided 20,000 units of solar home systems to households across the country. “Those 20,000 are working as we speak and then the government

asked us to do another five million solar connections, that will include solar home systems and mini-grid, off-grid solutions”, he added. He explained that the 100,000 solar home systems launch is the second phase of NDPHC’s beyond the grid project. Also earlier, the Executive Director, Generation, NDPHC, Engr. Kassim Abdullahi described the event as an important milestone in the Buhari’s administration, in the process of ensuring that all Nigerians have access to electricity. Engr. Abdullahi disclosed that about 1000 units would be deployed in the Jangefe community, which is the pilot community for this phase.

From left: Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Sunday Dare; Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Lagos State, Olusegun Dawodu; General Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe; and Chairman, Lagos State Sport Commission, Sola Aiyepeku, during the 2021 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, on Saturday in Lagos

SEC holds First Capital Market Committee meeting for 2021 By Etuka Sunday

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he Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced that the first Capital Market Committee (CMC) meeting in 2021 will hold from Thursday April 15 to Friday April 16, 2021. The meeting is scheduled to hold virtually through Zoom with key stakeholders in the capital market meeting on April 15, while the usual interface with the press, on the outcome of the CMC meeting, will take place on Friday April 16. According to the SEC, “Attendance to both events is strictly by invitation. Invited participants

will be sent unique links with which to join the meeting”. The CMC was primarily established to serve as a medium for exchange of ideas among market stakeholders as well as an avenue for providing feedback to the SEC on how to continuously address challenges, improve market operations and enhance the regulatory framework. It is an industry-wide committee comprising members of the SEC, representatives of capital market operators and trade groups and other stakeholders. The CMC meets every quarter. During the meeting, issues bordering on implementation of

the Ten Year Capital Market Master Plan, implementation of the Fintech Roadmap as well as other salient matters relating to the capital market and the economy would be discussed. Recall that the Commission had unveiled the ten-year Capital Market Master Plan (CMMP) in November 2014 and has continued to implement the initiatives, which are designed to reposition the Nigerian Capital Market as an attractive investment destination and a critical facilitator of capital formation for the accelerated growth and development of the Nigerian economy. Some of the CMMP initiatives

that have been implemented include; Direct Cash Settlement, regularisation of multiple subscriptions, dematerialization of share certificates, and the introduction of the e-Dividend Management System. The CMMP initiatives have helped in promoting transparency, protecting investors and enhancing market confidence. The objectives of the CMMP are also in consonance with the Federal Government’s economic strategy, focused on encouraging a private sector-led economy to drive inclusive growth. Expected participants at the CMC meeting include Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all

registered capital market firms (i.e. Broker/Dealers, Investment Advisers, Custodians, Fund/ Portfolio Managers, Receiving Banks, Issuing Houses, Rating Agencies, Registrars, Reporting Accountants, Trustees, and Capital Market Consultants, etc.); Chief Executive Officers of: Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX), National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD); FMDQ Group Plc; Africa Exchange Holdings (AFEX); Nigeria Commodity Exchange (NCX); Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS); as well as representatives of relevant financial sector regulatory agencies, among others.


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Challenges of governance delivery at AMAC By Usman Shuaibu

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he Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) is one of the six Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and is arguably the most strategic of them all on account of its central location. AMAC is both the headquarters of an Area Council, the seat of FCT administration as well as the government of Nigeria. The other Area Councils of the FCT are Gwagwalada, Kwali, Abaji, Kuje and Bwari. The six Area Councils were created following the formation of the FCT in 1976 from parts of the states of the old Kwara, Niger, Kaduna and Plateau States with the bulk of landmass carved out of Niger State. As of today, the population of AMAC or the metro area of Abuja in 2021 is put at 3,464,000, a 5.67% increase from 2020 figure of 3,278,000, representing a 5.91% increase from 2019. In 2019, the population of the Abuja Metro was 3,095,000, a 6.03% increase from 2018. By the 2006 census, the city of Abuja had a population of 776,298 making it one of the ten most populous cities in Nigeria (placing eighth as of 2006). According to the United Nations, Abuja grew by 139.7% between 2000 and 2010, making it the fastest growing city in the world. As of 2015, the city was

experiencing an annual growth of at least 35%, retaining its position as the fastest-growing city on the African continent and one of the fastest-growing in the world. As of 2016, the metropolitan area of Abuja (AMAC) was estimated at six million persons, placing it behind only Lagos as the most populous metro area in Nigeria. In the face of these variables lies the huge ask of delivering democracy dividends to the people of AMAC as the leading Area Council of the FCT. This expectation is against the background of dwindling revenue coupled with the tension between the AMAC and the Federal Capital Administration as to who is the rightul collector of revenues from businesses operating within the Municipal Area Council. This tension has no doubt hampered the delivery of democracy dividends to the people of AMAC at some point which gave rise to repeated court cases over the right to collection of tenement rates. The current Chairman of AMAC, Hon Abdullahi Adamu, popularly called Candido will not shy away from defending the constitutional right of AMAC to collect tenement rates. He informed newsmen that both lower and higher courts have given judgment in facour of AMAC, and as long as he remains the council Chairman, that legal victory must be defended, hence

his insistence on AMAC, and not the FCT administration, as the collector of tenement rates within AMAC. While interacting with newsmen in Abuja last week, Candido said the Defence of the right of AMAC is sacrosanct for him without any battle with the FCT administration. Candido however broke away from the conservative trend of committing all leadership energies on building infrastructure without commensurate focus of human capital development and entrepreneurship drive in AMAC. In this regard, he said he refocused energies on economic development programmes which he “successfully institutionalized and projected to outlive his administration.” Some of those initiatives include the AMAC Investment and Property Development Company (IPDC), the AMAC Marshals, the AMAC Microfinance Bank, the AMAC Community Radio and the AMAC Gifted and Innovation Centre. The IPDC, for instance, is a subsidiary company conceived by Candido to diversify the economic base of AMAC, generate more revenue and establish partnership with corporate organisations in furtherance of investment inerests. He said the company is licensed and has started business and that markets have been

AMAC Chairman, Hon Abdullahi Adamu constructed under the company. The AMAC Marshals is a community policing initiative to complement the efforts of the regular security outfits, and according to Candido, it was conceived to to boost internally generated revenue of AMAC. The AMAC Microfinance bank he said was established and licensed by the Central Bank or Nigeria to carryout microfinance

businesses within AMAC. It is expected to economically empower micro, small and medium entrepreneurs as well as other low income earners by providing them with soft loans. He said the Gifted and Innovation Centre initiated by his administration is to provide platform for ICT learning and development, especially of children from rural communities.

NIN Database exceeds 51m records, as FG extends NIN-SIM linkage by one month By Etuka Sunday

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he Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, chaired the meeting of the Ministerial Task Force on the NIN-SIM data linkage. The meeting was attended by key stakeholders, including the EVC/CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), DG/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), DG/CEO of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Representative of the Comptroller-General of the

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Chairman of the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Operators of Nigeria (ALTON). Others included the NCC Executive Commissioners Technical Services and Stakeholder Management, MD/CEOs of MTN, Airtel, EMTS (9Mobile), NTEL, Spectranet and SMILE, as well as the COO of Glo. The Director, Public Affairs​​​ , NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde and the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMC, Mr Kayode Adegoke in joint statement said, the meeting took place on Thursday, April 1, 2021 and an approval was given to extend the period of the NIN-SIM linkage to the 6th of May, 2021. The request for the extension was presented

to President Muhammadu Buhari and he endorsed it. Based on the updates of the NIN-registration process, over 51 million people have been assigned NINs. There are many people, who have enrolled and are in the process of being assigned NINs. With each individual having an average of 3 to 4 SIMs, the total number of SIMs tied to NINs would be close to the total number of registered SIMs in the country. The current number of monthly enrolments has increased significantly to about 2.6 million registrations. There has also been a remarkable increase in the number of enrolment centres across the country with about 3,800 centres available for enrolments. There are also many more new centres in the pipeline.

The Chairman of the EFCC addressed the meeting and stated that the NIN-SIM linkage would support the Federal Government in checkmating the activities of fraudsters and cybercriminals. The Honourable Minister noted the importance of obtaining feedback from all stakeholders in order to ensure that the NIN-SIM linkage process is one that cannot easily be compromised. Dr. Pantami wishes to thank Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise. He reiterated government’s commitment to continually taking decisions aimed at easing the pains of the citizens with regard to issues related to NIN and SIM registration.

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he FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has urged the Vice Chancellor of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Prof. Kabir Bala to pursue the options of individual and corporate endowments as a means of enhancing funding for the institution. Bello gave this advice when a delegation from the University led by the Vice Chancellor paid a courtesy visit to the FCTA last week. A statement from the FCT Administration’s Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, said while responding to the issue of alumni support through endowment raised by the Vice Chancellor, Malam Bello said it was an option that had not been fully implemented and encouraged the Vice Chancellor to fully exploit its possibilities and potentials. “The issue of university funding came up at a forum and alumni support was very prominent. This included endowments by people who are well to do and endowments by companies “I think it’s not something that has been well implemented and I’m sure that during your tenure, if you continue the way you are doing, you will encourage more people through the way of endowment for educational institutions to give back, as part of giving back to the society”, the Minister stated. He noted that the FCT Administration will also explore the option of working closely with the Consultancy Services arm of the University for the provision of needed professional expertise. He said “There are lots of areas where we need expertise and I’m sure you will have it, whether it’s in survey, town planning, urban

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FCT Minister urges varsity to explore endowment option for enhanced funding renewal and so on” “We are trying to encourage and improve on our enforcement activities. For instance, our testing capacities for materials, so that we will be able to test what people are using either in constructing the roads of the FCT or the public buildings and even private buildings. “I assure you that we will continue to provide you the needed support by consulting you”, the minister stressed. Speaking earlier, the Vice Chancellor revealed that the university requires a lot of resources to manage the institution which he said currently

has a student population of about 60,000 and needs to provide more facilities such as hostels, laboratories, classrooms and theaters. He added that the university has capacities that can be exploited through its Consultancy Services company to generate the much needed revenue and revealed that the ABU had done a lot in the Federal Capital Territory, including its work on its masterplan, development of some of districts, town planning and engineering services. According to him, the FCT Minister was one of the most distinguished members of the

institution’s alumni and the meeting was intended to reach out to members such as him. He however admitted that the University has not kept close contacts and communications with its alumni whom he described as major stakeholders in the university and that when he assumed office a year ago he decided to redress this by keeping close contacts with this important stakeholder group. The Vice Chancellor said, “we are lucky to have distinguished members of Alumni in this country and in diaspora and they are major stakeholders. Alumni anywhere in the world are major

stakeholders of universities and the Hon. Minister happens to be one of those distinguished members of alumni of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria”. Also present at the courtesy visit were the University Registrar, Malam Abdullahi Ahmed Kundila ; Managing Director of the ABU Consultancy Services Ltd, Dr Umar Farouk Yaya; the Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu; Provost, FCT College of Education Zuba, Dr. Gambo Hamza; the Director Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Zaliha’u Ahmed and other senior staff of the FCTA.

Cross section of Widows and other vulnerable women,after their training and empowerment programme in fish farming organise by tje Helpline Founation for the Needy founded by Dr. Jummai Ahmadu in collaboration with the management of flourishing fish center, held atcthe weekend in Abuja. Photo’: Justin Imo-owo

Women development: Group hails Asabe’s appointment as DG NCWD By Stanley Onyekwere

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he co-conveners of African Women Conference have commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir, as the Director General of National Centre for Women Development (NCWD). The group, in a statement issued in Abuja described the Director General as a woman of profound character, integrity, hardwork and dedication to the services of humanity. The statement signed by the Co-convener of African Women Conference, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu, and made available to journalists pledged the readiness to support any programme or policy that

would contribute to nation building especially addressing challenges of women, children and education in the country. The group, however, tasked the Director General to use her present position to focus more on bottom top approach on the development of women, stressing that rural women are more vulnerable. It reads in parts; “We are very delighted over the appointment of Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir, as the Director General of National Centre for Women Development by President Muhammadu Buhari. It is a well deserved appointment. “Going by her pedigree as a lawmaker and astute politician, she is a woman who has

contributed immensely to nation building especially on issues that affect women and children. Also, at the regional and continental levels, she has been a voice to the voiceless. “We therefore call on her to use her present position to focus more on the development of rural women who are more vulnerable in the present economic realities, and we are ready to support her in the implementation of programmes and policies gear towards the development of women and children in the country”. Ahmadu called on all hands to be on deck to ensure that women are equipped with all relevant information to adapt to the post Covid-19 reality that has led to

new normal. Recall that Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir, before her appointment as Director General of National Centre for Women Development was elected Member, Borno State House of Assembly, twice 1997 and 2003. Later, Member Borno State Executive Council from 2005 to 2014 as Commissioner (Ministry of Health; Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Ministry of Housing and Rural Electrification; Ministry of Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment Ministry of Women Affairs and Youth Development. She was elected to the House of Representatives where she represented Gwoza, Damboa

and Chibok Federal Constituency between 2015 to 2019.

Dr. Asabe Bashir, Director General of National Centre for Women Development (NCWD).


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Prince Philip: Funeral an ‘ideal opportunity’ to end royal rifts, says Major

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hared grief over the death of the Duke of Edinburgh is an “ideal opportunity” to mend any rifts within the Royal Family, ex-PM Sir John Major has said. Sir John, who was guardian to Princes William and Harry following their mother’s death, said he hoped it would end any “friction” between the pair. He also said the Queen needed time to grieve for her husband. His comments came as the Archbishop of Canterbury paid tribute to the duke in a remembrance service. The Duke of York said the Queen had described the death of her husband as “having left a huge void in her life”. Prince Andrew spoke after attending a small service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor on Sunday morning with the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their daughter, Lady Louise. During a service at Canterbury Cathedral earlier, which was also streamed online, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said that “for the Royal Family, as for every other, no words can reach into the depth of sorrow that goes into bereavement”. The archbishop is also expected to lead the duke’s funeral on Saturday, which Princes William and Harry are both due to attend. The Duke of Sussex will fly from the US for the service, though it is not clear when. His wife, Meghan Markle, who is pregnant, has to remain at home in California on doctor’s orders. The Prince of Wales and members of the Royal Family will walk behind the coffin ahead of the funeral at Windsor Castle.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, has suggested that coming together for Philip’s funeral could help to heal any tensions. Sir John, who was appointed a special guardian to the princes after their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997, told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “The friction that we are told has arisen is a friction better ended as speedily as possible.” He added: “They shared emotion. They share grief at the present time because of the death of their grandfather. I think [this] is an ideal opportunity. “I hope very much that it is possible to mend any rifts that may exist.” Harry and Meghan, who have stepped back from frontline royal duties, gave an interview to US broadcaster Oprah Winfrey last month. In it, Harry said of his older brother: “The relationship is ‘space’ at the moment. And time heals all things, hopefully.” Sir John also told Andrew Marr the Duke of Edinburgh would “still be there in [the Queen’s] memory” and that she would “hear his voice”. Being head of state was a “lonely position in many ways” for the Queen, and the duke was “the person to whom she could unburden herself”, he added. A period of national mourning will end after 17 April, when Prince Philip’s funeral takes place at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel. A national minute’s silence will be held to coincide with the start of the service at 15:00 BST.

Prince Andrew attended a service on Sunday and visited his mother at Windsor Castle on Saturday Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday, aged 99. Princes Andrew and Edward, the Queen and Prince Philip’s youngest children, spoke to the congregation at the Royal Chapel of All Saints and thanked those who work on the Windsor Estate for their support, particularly over recent days. In an interview outside the chapel, Prince Andrew said he loved his father, who was “always somebody you could go to” - and that his death was a “terrible loss”. He added: “We’ve lost the grandfather of the nation.”

Members of the public have continued laying flowers outside the castle, although the new government guidance asks the public to refrain from doing so and give to charity instead. A spokesman for Windsor Great Park said on Saturday that tributes would be removed “respectfully” and displayed within the castle grounds. Royal household staff were photographed on Sunday placing bouquets on the ground outside St George’s Chapel. Source: BBC

China sets role model for global poverty reduction

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overty is a chronic affliction of human society and a common challenge faced by the whole world. China had long been plagued by poverty at a scale and a level of severity that has rarely been seen anywhere else in the world. As a result, the challenge of poverty alleviation in China almost defies imagination. Over the past century, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has united and led the Chinese people in the battle against poverty with unwavering faith and will, making great historic achievements in eliminating extreme poverty, an issue that had bothered the Chinese nation for thousands of years. It is a great accomplishment that bears important significance for both the Chinese nation and the human society. On April 6, the State Council Information Office released a white paper titled “Poverty Alleviation: China’s Experience and Contribution”, which records the course of the Chinese people’s great fight in eliminating extreme poverty from five areas, introduces China’s approach, and shares its experience and actions in poverty alleviation. The white paper mirrors the firm conviction and practical actions of China to bring a better life to its people with a peoplecentered philosophy, and fully demonstrates the country’s responsibility to take an active part in global poverty management and make greater contribution to building a better world.

Governance of a country starts with the needs of the people. To eliminate poverty, improve livelihood and achieve common prosperity is an essential requirement of socialism and an important mission of the CPC. Since 2012, China has fought a decisive battle against poverty that is unprecedented in scale and intensity, and has benefited the largest number of people in human history. At the end of 2020, through eight years of hard work, China achieved the goal of eliminating extreme poverty – a key goal for the new era of building socialism with Chinese characteristics. The 98.99 million people in rural areas who were living below the current poverty threshold all shook off poverty; all the 128,000 impoverished villages and 832 designated poor counties got rid of poverty. China has eliminated poverty over entire regions and eradicated extreme poverty – an outstanding and historic achievement. This great victory shows that the CPC has held fast to its original aspiration and mission, and demonstrates its ability to lead politically, to guide through theory, to organize the people, and to inspire society. It has given the people trust in their ability to build a better life. A will to unite as one, do its best, set targets, adopt a pragmatic approach, be pioneers, innovate, tackle tough issues headon, and live up to the people’s trust, has

formed in the great endeavors of poverty alleviation. It has fostered a Chinese ethos and a readiness to respond to the call of the times, and will continue to inspire its people to create a better future. China is home to nearly one fifth of the world’s population. Its complete eradication of extreme poverty – the first target of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – 10 years ahead of schedule, is a milestone in the history of the Chinese nation and the history of humankind, making an important contribution to the cause of global poverty alleviation. Poverty eradication has always been a tricky problem bothering global development and governance. With its own practice, China has set a role model in reducing poverty. Bearing in mind its prevailing reality and understanding the nature of poverty and the status of poverty alleviation, China has adopted a series of bold policies and measures, established a whole set of effective policy, work and institution systems, and embarked on a path of poverty alleviation and designed an approach with Chinese characteristics. China’s successful practice and valuable experience in eliminating extreme poverty have deepened human understanding of poverty alleviation trends, enriched and extended the theory of international poverty alleviation, and boosted the confidence of other countries, especially developing ones,

in eradicating extreme poverty. They serve as reference for other countries to choose a suitable path of poverty alleviation, and offer China’s approach to solving the problem of modern national governance and creating brighter prospects for social progress. The world today is experiencing a scale of change unseen in a century. The Covid-19 pandemic is still spreading around the world, and poverty, hunger and disease are undermining people’s pursuit for a better life. Everyone has the right to a decent life. All countries need to shoulder their responsibilities and work on poverty reduction, so that the sunshine of equity and justice can break through the haze of poverty and backwardness and illuminate a future of prosperity and development. China is ready to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with other countries on poverty reduction, support international poverty reduction, and act as an advocate, facilitator of and contributor to the international cause of poverty alleviation. Facing the future, the CPC will always put the people before everything else, continue to work for people’s all-round development, and common prosperity and a better life for all, and closely link China’s future with that of the rest of the world, so as to make a greater contribution to building a global community of shared future that is free from poverty and blessed with common prosperity. Source: People’s Daily

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N e w s F r o m A f r i c a Mozambique Palma attack: How people tried to flee the assault Chad presidential election: Voters head to the polls amid a boycott People in Chad are voting in a presidential election that is expected to give one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders a sixth term. President Idriss Déby, who seized power in a military coup in 1990, has been accused of stifling dissent in the lead-up to the vote. Most prominent opposition leaders have withdrawn from the race, alleging attacks by the security forces. They are urging supporters to boycott the election and to protest. The authorities appear to have braced themselves for violence. A man in N’Djamena searches for his name on the electoral roll Soldiers were out on the streets in force across the capital N’Djamena on Sunday morning and the previous day municipal workers collected car tyres that protesters could set on fire, reports Reuters news agency. Elite troops from the Republican Guard were deployed to the central polling station where President Deby himself voted, AFP news agency says. President Déby was first to cast his ballot at that central polling station. “I’m calling on all Chadians to come out and vote for the candidate of their choice who will have to tackle the major challenges facing our country over the next six years,” he said to journalists after voting. How bad was the violence before the election? Human Rights Watch has described a ruthless crackdown on key opponents and protesters. It says recent anti-government demonstrations have been met with brutal force. Every Saturday for several months opposition campaigners have defied a ban on protests and the authorities have violently broken up even relatively small gatherings. Police and troops have surrounded party headquarters and the homes of their leaders. In February security forces attempted to arrest opposition candidate Yaya Dillo and left five members of his family family dead, according to his party, although the government says three people were killed. The weekly anti-government protest marches were demanding a peaceful transfer of power. Who is running in the election? President Idriss Déby is considered the main contender.

He has been in power for three decades and is running for a sixth term and has promised peace and security. Chadian President Idriss Déby was first to cast his ballot at N’Djamena’s central polling station Six people are running against him including his former Prime Minister, Albert Pahimi Padacké, and the official leader of the opposition, Félix Nialbe Romadoumngar. This election also marks the first time a woman has run for president in Chad. Lydie Beassemda is a former agriculture minister and has pitched her campaign on breaking down ethnic rivalries and improving women’s rights. Who has pulled out of the race? Challengers shrank from 16 to six after candidates were barred or quit. Most notably, the president’s main opponent and runner-up in the 2016 presidential poll, Saleh Kebzabo, quit in protest over violence by the security forces. What are observers looking out for on election day?

A woman casts her ballot in N’Djamena Observers expect Mr Déby to win so the big question mark is over how many people come out to vote.

Opposition candidates who have pulled out are urging their supporters to boycott the poll.

Lost golden city’ found in Egypt reveals lives of ancient pharaohs

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he discovery of a 3,000-year-old city that was lost to the sands of Egypt has been hailed as one of the most important archaeological finds since Tutankhamun’s tomb. Famed Egyptologist Zahi Hawass announced the discovery of the “lost golden city” near Luxor on Thursday. He said the find was the largest ancient city, known as Aten, ever uncovered in Egypt. It was unearthed within weeks of the excavation starting in September 2020. The city dates to the reign of Amenhotep III, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs, who ruled from 1391 to 1353 BC. The city continued to be used by pharaohs Ay and Tutankhamun, whose nearly intact tomb was discovered in the Valley of the Kings by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922. “The discovery of this lost city is the second most important archaeological discovery since the tomb of Tutankhamun,” Betsy Brian, professor of Egyptology at Johns Hopkins

University in Baltimore, US, said. She said the city would “give us a rare glimpse into the life of the ancient Egyptians” at the time when the empire was at its wealthiest. The dig revealed a large number of valuable archaeological finds, such as jewellery, coloured pottery, scarab beetle amulets and mud bricks bearing seals of Amenhotep III. The team began excavations on the west bank of Luxor near the Valley of the Kings, some 500 km (300 miles) south of the capital Cairo. “Within weeks, to the team’s great surprise, formations of mud bricks began to appear in all directions,” Dr Hawass said in his statement. “What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life.” Now, seven months after the dig started, several areas or neighbourhoods have been uncovered, including a bakery, an administrative district and a residential area.

“Many foreign missions searched for this city and never found it,” said Dr Hawass, a former antiquities minister. He said further archaeological work was under way at the site and his team “expects to uncover untouched tombs filled with treasures” Egypt is seeking to promote its ancient heritage to revive its tourism sector, which has been flagging after years of political turbulence and disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, Egypt carried the remains of their country’s ancient rulers through Cairo in a historic procession. The lavish spectacle saw 22 mummies - 18 kings and four queens - transported from the neo-classical Egyptian Museum to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation about 5 km away. Amenhotep III and his wife Queen Tiye were among the mummies transferred to the new resting place.

Ghana’s farmers eye sweet success from chocolate

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here is a lot of money in chocolate but the producers of the raw material see very little of it. Last year the retail industry was worth $107bn (£78bn), according to one projection, but Ghana - the world’s second largest cocoa producer - earned just around $2bn. This is a familiar pattern for many African countries where the economy is still shaped by a colonial relationship in which they export commodities to be processed elsewhere. Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo, served notice on this last year when he told an audience in Switzerland that “there can be no future prosperity for the Ghanaian people” if this way of doing things continues. The country currently processes about 30% of its cocoa crop, but despite plans for growing the domestic chocolate industry there are still many obstacles in the way. Ambitious cocoa farmer Nana Aduna II - a traditional ruler, who inherited his 80-acre plantation two decades ago - is well aware of the difficulties. He is among a number of Ghanaian entrepreneurs who are keen to seize the opportunity to process cocoa in Ghana itself, before exporting a more lucrative finished product. But when it comes to the sweet stuff, Nana Aduna “decided not to go down the chocolate route”, he tells the BBC. “The equipment to make chocolate is very expensive,” he explains. “Plus we don’t have a local sugar industry and we don’t

have a local dairy industry.” Instead he makes an income from offering tours where visitors can witness the fermentation process and observe how the cocoa pods are left outdoors to dry in the sun before they are processed into teas, wines and cacao nibs to be sold. To make chocolate, on the other hand, would require Nana Aduna to import milk and sugar, which would drive up the cost of production. He also says producing the confectionary requires consistent refrigeration, but the high cost of the equipment to achieve that is a major obstacle for entrepreneurs without substantial funds. The farmer’s teas and wines are not typically associated with cocoa, but the goods are selling well, according to Nana Aduna, who says he can make 15 to 20 times more on these products than the raw beans. Chocolate could have more of a mass market appeal and also offer good returns but for the moment, he says that’s not viable. There are others with ambitions to set up a processing plant in Ghana but who are currently taking the cocoa beans overseas. They include British-Ghanaian farm-owner and chocolatemaker Raphael Dapaah, who is based in London. In 2016, he decided to add value to the cocoa that his family has been growing in Ghana for six decades by co-founding premium vegan brand Dapaah Chocolates. He refines batches of chocolate in his London factory

incorporating ingredients such as coconut milk powder and sea salt from Ghana’s Atlantic coast. Relocate to Ghana The former civil servant, who has global ambitions for his brand, says setting up production in the UK was a carefully considered strategy as it is closer to important markets. “Once we’re able to establish a foothold in the UK and across Europe and North America, we would then relocate the bulk of our production to Ghana,” Mr Dapaah says. Nevertheless, he acknowledges that infrastructure challenges in Ghana also influenced his decision to set up shop in the UK. He highlights similar concerns to Nana Aduna about the business environment in Ghana. He says he was worried about the inconsistent supply of energy in rural parts of Ghana and the large upfront capital expenditure required to buy equipment such as refrigerated lorries to transport the finished products to the port. Access to funds is a big problem and Nana Aduna says that high interest rates on bank loans are an issue for fledgling businesses and at the moment he cannot afford to borrow money. “You cannot grow a business when you have to service interest rates of 18-20% or even more,” he says. But the government has pledged to address these structural issues. Source: BBC


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hina has administered 139.97 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by April 4, 2021, said the country’s National Health Commission (NHC). China is working to ensure its vaccination efforts in major areas and key industries based on the overall plan of the country, inoculating the eligible population as widely as possible and progressing in stages, said Wu Liangyou, deputy director of the NHC’s Disease Prevention and Control Bureau. The country is gathering resources to ensure inoculation in large- and medium-sized cities, port cities, and border areas with high risks of infection, and priorities are given to key groups including public sector employees, students and faculty of colleges and universities, as well as service staff of large supermarkets, Wu introduced, adding that vaccination for other groups is also in progress. At present, Beijing, Shanghai and some other places in China have administered COVID-19 vaccines to senior citizens above the age of 60 and patients with chronic diseases who are willing to be vaccinated and in good physical conditions.

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China administers nearly 140 million COVID-19 vaccines He Qinghua, an official with the NHC, noted that the commission will advance the vaccination campaign in an order of priority, following the principle of informed consent, voluntary participation and free inoculation. The country is coordinating regular prevention and control with its vaccination efforts, ensuring that the regulatory responsibility of local governments and the oversight responsibility are fulfilled, and advancing its vaccination campaign in a more secured, orderly and forceful manner, He said. Besides, China is also taking steps to include more people in its vaccination campaign to ensure their health, the official added. So far, China has approved COVID-19 vaccines produced by five enterprises for conditional marketing or emergency use. Phase III clinical trials of three inactivated vaccines and one adenovirus vaccine showed that their efficacy met the

requirements of China’s National Medical Products Administration and the World Health Organization. Phase II trials of the recombinant protein subunit vaccine approved for emergency use showed the vaccine is safe and can induce a strong immune response. “COVID-19 vaccines adopted by China have all gone through clinical studies in accordance with relevant standards, approved by national drug regulatory organizations and put into use after passing strict examination,” said Li Bin, deputy head of the NHC. All vaccines must be monitored and have their temperatures recorded at regular intervals to ensure that they meet the requirements regarding temperature environment and transportation. China’s health regulators also enhanced efforts on the training of health workers, requiring them to strictly obey operating instructions, so as to guarantee the efficacy and safety of the vaccines, Li added.

A nurse administers COVID-19 vaccine to a senior citizen at a vaccination site in Guiyang, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, March 31. (Photo by Zhao Song/People’s Daily Online)

China speeds up construction of clean, low-carbon society By Liu Yi, Sun Xiuyan, People’s Daily

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s climate change becomes an increasingly severer challenge over the recent years, countries are facing more arduous tasks to maintain sustainable development. China made a solemn promise to peak carbon dioxide emission by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. At present, the country is taking more forceful measures and policies to ensure that the goal, which benefits the whole mankind, can be met. The next five years is a critical period for the carbon neutrality task. According to China’s Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035, the country plans to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP and carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 13.5 percent and 18 percent, respectively, and will make overall arrangements to actively respond to climate change. This year marks the first year of the 14th Five-Year Plan, and efforts are being made across the country to advance green development. South China’s Guangdong province proposed to improve a dual control system of total energy consumption and energy intensity, and promote the peaking of carbon dioxide emission by regions and industries. Beijing has rolled out a clear timetable and roadmap for carbon neutrality, and will restructure its energy consumption and advance energy conservation in key areas such as transport and construction. East China’s Zhejiang province urged that the proportion of non-fossil energy in total primary energy consumption must be raised to 20.8 percent, and the ratio of installed capacity of coalfired plants shall be reduced by 2 percentage points. Enterprises are major players in

energy conservation and reduction of carbon dioxide emission. Xinjiang Bayi Iron & Steel Company of China Baowu Steel Group is now working on a project of hydrogen-rich blast furnace. The project, replacing coal with hydrogen, can not only improve the efficiency of smelting furnaces, but also reduce carbon dioxide emission by 30 percent. State Power Investment Corporation Limited, China Three Gorges Corporation and other energy enterprises of China recently raised

their own goals to peak carbon dioxide emission. To peak carbon dioxide emission and achieve carbon neutrality as early as possible is becoming a consensus of and put into practices by more and more enterprises. “In recent years, China has been committed to a green and low-carbon path of high-quality development featuring ecological conservation, which has laid a solid foundation for the country to reach its goal of peaking carbon dioxide emission and achieving carbon neutrality,” said He

Jiankun, deputy-president of National Expert Committee on Climate Change. “From incandescent light bulbs to energy saving lamps, and to today’s LED bulbs, it’s becoming more and more environmentally friendly,” said Tan Xiaojun, a resident of Pingdu, east China’s Shandong Province, when buying lamps at a store. Ten years ago, the National Development and Reform Commission, together with four other departments and ministries released a roadmap to phase out incandescent light bulbs, after which the electric

light gradually faded out. This helped China save 48 billion kilowatt hours of electricity every year, which is equivalent to reducing 48 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emission. Meanwhile, China has also been subsidizing energy friendly home appliances and new energy vehicles (NEV) in recent years, which not only drives green consumption, but also guides the green and low-carbon development of relevant industries. Last year, over 1.3 million NEVs were sold across China, up more than 10 percent from a year ago.

East China’s Zhejiang province strives to build demonstration zone for common prosperity through high-quality development By Li Zhongwen, Dou Hanyang, People’s Daily

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hile enjoying bright sunshine and beautiful spring scenery, a tourist named Zhang Ao was attracted to the tranquil and idyllic surroundings and impressed by the convenient services she received in Luniao township, Yuhang district, Hangzhou city, capital of east China’s Zhejiang province. “I swiped my ID card and finished checking in within half a minute, ” said Zhang, who was surprised by the convenient services at the B&B hotel where she booked a room online. With a smartphone, people can easily receive one-stop services including enjoying scenery via virtual reality (VR) devices, navigation service, and booking hotel rooms and tickets online, according to Guo Jian, mayor of Luniao township. By making full use of the platform of Yuhang district in the City Brain system of Hangzhou, a project launched to help the city improve urban management by leveraging cutting-edge technologies, the township has facilitated the

development of local tourism industry through in-depth integration of digital technologies and smart facilities into the sector, Guo expalined. In fact, besides Luniao township, many other areas of Zhejiang province have also witnessed a boom in rural tourism by integrating the beautiful landscape and results of digital transformation. The great changes in rural areas of Zhejiang province started in 2003, when the province launched its Green Rural Revival Program to comprehensively improve the living environment of villages and the quality of rural residents’ lives. After continuous efforts over the past 18 years, numerous villages in Zhejiang province have taken on a brand new look. With smooth roads, clean environment, complete facilities, and high-quality services, these beautiful villages are attracting tourists from all over the country. Last year, the per capita disposable income in Zhejiang reached 50,000 yuan ($7,640) mark for the first time, and the income of its urban residents and rural residents topped that in other provinces and autonomous regions of the country

for the 20th and 36th consecutive years respectively. Meanwhile, the ratio of the per capita disposable income of urban residents in Zhejiang to that of rural residents in the city dropped to 1.96 :1. The increasing income of residents and narrowing urban-rural income gap have become a highlight in Zhejiang’s development. According to China’s recently published Outline of the 14th FiveYear Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035, the country will support Zhejiang province in building a demonstration zone for common prosperity through highquality development. While making the pie of development bigger, Zhejiang has paid more attention to dividing the pie properly. The province has establihsed and improved a mechanism under which people who get rich first help those who lag behind to achieve prosperity, and optimized the structure of income distribution, constantly narrowing the gaps between urban and rural areas, people’s incomes, and different areas.

At the same time, Zhejiang has also sped up efforts to boost the development of less developed areas, in a bid to promote coordinated development of all areas. Recently, Shangyu district in Zhejiang’s Shaoxing city has been busy broadening sales channels for local honey produced by villagers in Jingning She autonomous county of Lishui city in the province. Shangyu district has paired up with the county to help it shake off poverty under the country’s “pairing assistance” program. The personnel sent by Shangyu district to Jingning She autonomous county have helped local farmers make marketing planning, establish sales platform, receive orders, package products, and arrange for shipment. “Shangyu district has not only establihsed online sales platforms for us, but helped bring our local specialties to poverty-relief sections of large shopping malls and supermarkets as well as wholesale markets of agricultural products in the district,” said Ye Juanrong, a villager in Jiadi township of Jingning She autonomous county.

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he Federal Ministry Education, in collaboration with UNICEF, is reviewing the National Policy on Gender in Basic Education to tackle insecurity and other emerging gender issues. Mrs Azuka Menkiti, UNICEF’s Education Specialist, told newsmen in Abuja at the end of a two day Consultative and Critique Meeting that the review was long overdue. She said the review of the 14-yearold policy was aimed at finding a lasting solution to emerging gender issues. She stressed that the review would broaden the scope of the policy, which focused only on basic education to ensure inclusiveness for better implementation. According to her, works are being concluded on the document for onward presentation to relevant authorities for approval. “UNICEF, with support from Foreign Commonwealth and

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MTE: JAMB to clampdown on fraudulent cybercafes, tutorial centres The JAMB is to clampdown on some cybercafes and tutorial centres who specialise in defrauding unsuspecting candidates during registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The warning is contained in the board’s weekly bulletin – Vol. 2, No 18, in Abuja. The board noted with dismay, the unwholesome activities of fraudulent operators of cybercafes, tutorial centres and other entities, which have formed the habit of deceiving hapless candidates by using the board’s logo and name to defraud and extort them. “The stock-in-trade of these unscrupulous elements is to lure innocent candidates to part with their money under the guise of registering them for the 2021 to 2022 UTME/DE application documents. “It is a criminal offence for one

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FG, UNICEF review 14-year-old education policy to tackle gender, insecurity issues Development Office (FCDO), is supporting the Federal Ministry of Education to review the existing National Gender Policy on Basic Education. “The existing policy is focused only on basic education and it has been there since 2006. “We felt that we needed to support the government to review it, especially because there are emerging gender issues affecting enrolment, retention, completion and transition, especially for girls. “We felt that this is the time to sit down to take a look at the document to see how it fits into emerging issues and how it’s able to solve the issues that are affecting education for children both boys and girls,’’ Menkiti said.

She added that a review of level of implementation of the policy became imperative to ascertain the level of compliance. “After series of consultations, we came up with the fact that for us to start this review, we need to assess the implementation status of the existing policy documents. “We wanted to find out what happened; how far the document is being implemented and we realised in that process that a lot of people said they never knew about the policy. “However, there are different strands of gender-based programmes influenced not by the policy documents, but by other programmes. “So we felt we should support the Federal Government to review the existing document to ensure that

it is all-encompassing and able to address the gender inequality that we are struggling with in the education system,’’ she said. Menkiti said a team of experts were drawn from different levels of education to lead the review of the document in view of its importance. She explained that the review process was not only about critiquing the draft copy, but also to build consensus on the implementation plan. According to her, it is to avoid the policy being reviewed, approved and shelved in offices. She added that building consensus around the document would go a long way in ensuring adequate implementation. Menkiti stressed that in order

to make the document acceptable to all, stakeholders, including Civil Society Organisations, religious and traditional leaders, and experts from various states of the federation were part of the process. “It is good to mention here that while this process is going on, the Joint Consultative Committee on Education (JCCE) met and presented the draft and I am happy to announce that it has been approved. “So, what we are doing here is to make sure that everybody’s comment is put into consideration for a final document that will be presented to the Council on Education. “We have people from universities, primary and post primary schools here to make sure that the content addresses series of gender issues.

UMTE: JAMB to clampdown on fraudulent cybercafes, tutorial centres to use the board’s name and logo when one is not licensed by the board to do so for any reason. “Anybody not licensed by the board to register candidates and who goes ahead to print banners advertising the board’s services would be arrested and prosecuted,’’ Oloyede said. He said henceforth, the board and various security agencies would comb the streets across the country to ensure that such illegal activities were curtailed. The board had said that registration will take place in 700 centres nationwide; adding the list of the centres would be available in all state offices and on JAMB’S website. It also stated that registration for the exercise will begin on April 8 and end on May 15. “All potential candidates must have the National Identity Number (NIN) for the registration,’’ it said. JAMB stated that the registration fee for the 202 to 2022 application documents

remained N3, 500 and N500 for the recommended “Reading Text’’, while centres must not charge for service above N700. It also said that there would be

no extension of time for the sale of the application documents. According to it, the mock examination will hold on April 30 for those who indicates interest

and are registered before April 24. “UTME will hold from Saturday, June 5 to Saturday, June 19, 2021,’’ the board said.

R-L: The Executive Secretary , National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Rasheed Abubakar, The Proprietor , ANAN University, Kwall Plateau State, Prof.Muhammad Akaro Mainoma and the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, during the presentation of Provisional Licences to the newly approved Private Universities, recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

2021 WASSCE for school candidates may not hold in May/June – WAEC Maryam Abeeb

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he West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says its 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates, earlier scheduled for May/ June, may not hold. The Council’s Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Patrick Areghan, gave the hint while announcing the release of results of the 2021 first series of the WASSCE for Private candidates in Lagos. According to Areghan, the effect of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is still much felt in the education sector. He noted that the entire education calendar has been distorted and, therefore, may not be possible to conduct the examination as scheduled. “Let me use this opportunity to

disperse rumours, being peddled about by some people regarding the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2021. “The effect of the COVID-19 is still very much felt in the education sector and this has taken its toll on the academic calendar in the country. “It is, therefore, not going to be possible to have the examination in May/June this year. A convenient international time table for the conduct of this examination will soon be released. “To this effect, all stakeholders are, therefore, requested to keep their fingers crossed until they hear directly from WAEC,’’ the WAEC boss said. He then appealed to all the school principals and proprietors to keep to the stipulated timelines for the enrolment of candidates for the examination.

According to him, it is important to re-emphasise the role of Continuous Assessment Scores (CASS) in the computation of candidates’ results. “All schools are advised to get this aspect of the registration process right, in order to make the entry processes seamless.’’ Giving a breakdown of the results, Areghan said that 7,690 candidates entered for the examination which conducted between Feb. 15 and March 11. A total of 431 examiners participated in the coordination and marking exercise. He noted that of the figure, 7,289 candidates actually sat for the examination at 252 centres across the country. According to him, the drop in the figure is attributable to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that out of the 7,289 candidates that sat for the examination, the results

of 599 were withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice. “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate committee of the council for determination in due course. “This low number is as a result of the rigorous monitoring/inspection of centres by the Council’s staff throughout the duration of the examination,’’ Areghan said. According to him, 7,174 candidates had their results fully processed and released while 115 others had a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors traceable to them. He said that efforts were being made to complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates to get their results fully processed and released subsequently.


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oters in Benin are taking part in elections after protests over President Patrice Talon’s broken promise to serve only one term in office left two people dead. There are just two other candidates on the ballot, in a country dubbed the birthplace of African multiparty democracy. Alassane Soumanou of the opposition FCBE party is a former minister, while Corentin Kohoué is seen as more of a wildcard. Several key opposition figures including an ex-prime minister and a former mayor of the biggest city Cotonou - have either been arrested and ruled ineligible or are now in exile. But a government spokesman has told the BBC “no-one is excluded from this election”. “We do not need every person in Benin to run as candidates in an election for it to be representative. Once you have the ruling party and the opposition represented, an election is complete - and the democratic system is operational,” communication minister Alain Arounla said. More than 5.5 million people are eligible to vote, including about 45,500 in the diaspora, and results are expected within days. What happened in the protests? Many in Benin question the legitimacy of the election and some fear more violence could break out, reports the BBC’s Lalla Sy who was recently in Cotonou. Two people were killed in the town of Savè on Thursday, officials say, when security forces broke up a protest. Health workers report that another six people suffered gunshot wounds. Demonstrations also happened in the cities of Cotonou, Parakou and three other towns. “We want the president to leave. Five years means five years,” Cotonou protester Rodrigue Amadou told Reuters news agency. The authorities have accused the protesters of starting the violence, saying the security forces were assaulted by drugged and armed youths. But others say it is an example of how Benin has become more authoritarian under President Talon’s rule. Some see parallels with the exclusion of all opposition parties from parliamentary elections back in 2019, which sparked protests where security officers opened fire on protestors and a mother of seven died after being shot in the back. Prudence Amoussou became a symbol of those protests, and her sister Léocadie Cakpo recently told

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President Patrice Talon is running for a second term in polls where several key rivals are in exile or barred

Alassane Soumanou (L) and Corentin Kohoué are the sole opposition candidates

Demonstrators blocked this road in the town of Toui on Wednesday

“We do not need every person in Benin to run as candidates in an election for it to be representative. Once you have the ruling party and the opposition represented, an election is complete - and the democratic system is operational,” communication minister Alain Arounla said. More than 5.5 million people are eligible to vote, including about 45,500 in the diaspora, and results are expected within days.

the BBC: “I am deeply hurt in my heart. I don’t know when I will recover from this. She was my only sister.” What’s at stake for Benin? Benin was in the vanguard of a new wave of multiparty democracy which spread across the continent 30 years ago. Those polls in 1991 saw Benin’s former President Mathieu Kérékou become the first West African leader to admit defeat in an election. Since then Benin had been regarded as a democratic model with several African nations replicating its reconciliation body, the National Conference of Active Forces of the Nation. But this reputation soured in 2019 when new electoral laws meant a political party had to pay about $424,000 (£328,000) to field a list for the 83-seat parliament. That year saw a record low voter turnout. Benin’s parliament is currently completely controlled by the government, our reporter says, and the opposition say that their main representatives have been prevented from taking part in these latest polls, including constitutional lawyer Joël Aïvo. “In five years, President Talon’s so-called political reforms have squandered the legacy of the National Conference. Benin no longer knows how to organise elections,” he told the BBC. The government says the opposition is represented and the democratic system is working. In reference to the president breaking his promise to leave office after a single term, Mr Talon’s communication advisor Wilfried Houngbedji told AFP that “he came to power with a touch of evangelism” but later “became more realistic”. Who else was ruled out of the race? L-R: Sébastien Ajavon, Lionel Zinsou, Léhady Soglo, Reckya Madougou • Sébastien Ajavon a businessman who came third in 2016’s presidential election, now in exile • Lionel Zinsou - the former prime minister was accused of campaign overspends then barred from running for office for four years • Léhady Soglo - ex-Cotonou mayor and son of a former president, now living in exile and sentenced in absentia to 10 years in jail for “abuse of office” • Reckya Madougou presidential candidate for The Democrats party, accused of terrorism Source: BBC

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990 THE EXECUTIVE MEMBRES ARE:1. MISA ABUBAKAR UMAR CHAIRMAN 2. SAMBO USMAN INUWA VICE CHAIRMAN 3. KARFE ALBERT DANIEL SECRETARY GENERAL 4. ALIYU HASSAN ISHAQ ASST. SECRETARY GENERAL 5. AUDI UMARU SONG TREASURER 6. IDRIS AUWAL PRO 7. MU’AZU ABUBAKAR LEGAL ADVISER 8. ISA KABIRU AUDITOR 9. SULEIMAN ABDULRAHMAN BELLO ORGANIZING SECERETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To promote unity, stability and mutual understanding among the members of our community. 2. To foster co-operation among the members of the community through self-help. 3. To encourage educational, economic, social, political and cultural advancement of our community. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the registrar-general of the Corporate AFFairs Commission,420 Tigris Crescent, OFF Aguiyi Ironsi Street, PMB, 198 Maitama Abuja, within 28 days of this publication. Signed: ALH ABUBAKAR MISA CHAIRMAN

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Muadu petitions Bayelsa for using Kenyan athlete at NSF By Albert Akota

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damu Shehu Muadu a 10,000m athlete of Plateau state has lodged a complaint & has called on the AFN to disqualify a Bayelsa athlete who is said to be a Kenyan taking part in the National sports festival. The said Kenyan whose name & identity was withheld from the press came first in the 10,000m race men’s final. Speaking shortly after he came third in his race, Adamu Shehu said the athlete in question needs to be disqualified and that the sanctity of the festival should be upheld since its a national event that does not have any international bearing on its label. Meanwhile, technical director of the

Athletics federation of Nigeria Brown “the juju man” Ebewele said they are aware of the kenyan athlete and that any athlete who is not pleased with the

decision to let the foreigner represent Bayelsa state should file in a protest. it was a bit of drama as every attempt to get the Bayelsa state coach as well

as the said Kenyan athlete to talk to us yielded no positive result yesterday at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin city.

Team Edo to battle team Lagos for Men’s, women’s football Gold By Albert Akota

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ost Team Edo will battle Team Lagos in the men’s and women’s final of the football event at the ongoing 20th National Sports Festival In Benin City, Edo State Capital. Team Lagos thrashed defending champions, Team FCT 3-0 in the first men’s semifinals of the tournaments decided at the football pitch of the University of Benin Stadium yesterday. Despite Team FCT dominating the opening stages of the encounter, but they lacked the cutting edge at the Lagosians final third as the game ended 0-0 in halftime. At the restart of the game Team Lagos were awarded a controversial penalty and was converted in the 59th minutes, they further consolidate on the performance to score two more that ended the dreams of FCT of retaining the title they won in 2018 on home soil. In the second men’s semifinal, host Team Edo who were group B winners defeated Team Imo 3-1 to book a final heavyweight clash against Lagos. In the women’s category, Team Edo narrowly edged their Team Delta counterparts 1-0 as Team Lagos were 4-0 better than Team Kaduna. The finals of the men’s and women’s football event would take centre stage at the University of Benin Stadium today.

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he Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has advised Nigeria’s sports authorities to always consider and treat the media as a key player in the development and promotion of sports. SWAN, in the communique of its National Convention held in Benin on Thursday, decried the media working conditions at the ongoing festival and said they hampered its members’ work. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convention was held on the sidelines of the 20th National Sports Festival (NSF) tagged “Edo 2020”. The Association, an affiliate of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), noted the deplorable condition of the festival’s Media Centre and said it could have been better. The convention, presided over by the SWAN National President, Ahmed Aigbona, urged the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to always insist on the provision of required facilities. “It is important to ensure the required facilities are provided for the games as it relates to the media, because sports is a media event and the media is needed for both its development and promotion,” the communique added. The Convention however commended the Edo government for its determination and efforts in ensuring that the 20th NSF is taking place in spite of the challenges it had encountered. It particularly praised the state government for the excellent sports facilities put in place, and urged for more support for it to sustain the momentum of sports development in the state.

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Edo 2020: Treat Media as key player in sports development – SWAN tells Edo Govt SWAN also applauded the Federal Government for its quick intervention in the financial crisis which was almost marring the NSF. NAN reports that the 2021 National Convention had National Executive Council members, Chairmen and Secretaries of various state chapters and several association elders in attendance. The Convention is a requirement of the SWAN Statutes and it is held at the venue of every NSF, with all available sports writers expected to attend. Its communique was signed by Abdulwaheed Adubi, Lucky Isibor and Mike Oboh, the association’s Secretary-Genera

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CAFCC: Iwuala assists as Enyimba pip ES Setif at home

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nyimba rallied back from a goal down to beat Tunisian club ES Setif 2-1 in their CAF Confederation Cup matchday three encounter in Aba yesterday. Monsef Bakrar gave the visitors the lead in the 13th minute after he was set up by Ahmed Kendouci. The Peoples Elephant missed the chance to draw level four minutes later with skipper Austine Oladapo missing from the spot. Oladapo make amend for his earlier miss with a left-footed finish from long range five minutes before the break. Tosin Omoyele then scored the winning goal for Enyimba on the hour mark following a superb pass from Anayo Iwuala. Fatai Osho’s side occupy top

Enyimba first in Group A with six points from three games.

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hree Leicester players, including England midfielder James Maddison, were dropped for the 3-2 defeat at West Ham for breaching Covid-19 protocols. Brendan Rodgers said that Maddison, midfielder Hamza Choudhury and forward Ayoze Perez had broken the rules. Manager Rodgers added that all three will be in contention for next Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Southampton. “We’re a club that has a set of values. If we fall below that, then there is always a consequence,” he said. The Foxes boss told BBC Match of the Day that a punishment was needed “otherwise players don’t learn”. He added: “There is no animosity, nothing like that, but we have a value to how we work on a daily basis and how we

prepare for games. “If anyone falls short of that, then we have to move on without them.” Rodgers said the trio - who he described as “good lads” - will now be welcomed back into the squad. Leicester’s defeat at West Ham weakened their position in the top four of the Premier League, with the Hammers moving up to fourth, within one point of the third-placed Foxes. In a statement released on Sunday, Leicester said: “The club has made its expectations around adherence to Covid-19 protocols abundantly clear to all its personnel. “It is extremely disappointing, therefore, to learn of a breach that had the potential to undermine the efforts of club staff to protect the environments in which our teams train and play.

Appropriate measures have been taken to prevent our team bubbles being compromised. “We wholly expect our people to behave in a way that reflects the national effort and the sacrifices made by our communities to control the spread of the virus. Those involved have apologised for their poor judgement. “Our response to the matter will be concluded internally.” Maddison has been a key player for Leicester this season, scoring 11 goals and providing 10 assists in all competitions. He is in contention for a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s European Championship finals. Perez has provided three goals in 27 appearances, while Choudhury has scored once in 20 games.

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arry Kane’s long-term future at Tottenham Hotspur will provide a constant subplot to their season’s conclusion - results and performances like this defeat by Manchester United will only add spice to the storyline. Spurs had the chance to move towards the top four with victory at home to the Red Devils, a place in next season’s Champions League a potential gamechanger should Kane seriously start considering his future. Instead, this was a chance missed as Spurs lost 3-1 after a display that summed up the stodge and lack of ambition that has characterised so much of their season under manager Jose Mourinho. Is it time for Kane to leave Spurs? It should be stressed 27-year-old Kane has made no noises to suggest he is seeking the exit, but common sense dictates a second season playing outside the Champions League is hardly likely to hold huge appeal to this world-class striker in his peak years, especially as someone who has yet to win any silverware. Spurs could still finish in the top four. They could still win the Carabao Cup. The story of their season could still have a satisfactory ending.

If this is to become reality, Spurs will have to show an awful lot more than they did against United if they are to hit that top-four target and make their talisman, marksman and the man who makes so much happen feel better about what the coming years may hold. Spurs rely heavily on Kane - and indeed Son Heung-min - but they do not play in a way that suits the England captain. It is a sign of his brilliance that he has been so successful in a team that is too often cloaked in conservatism and caution, as it was here when they seemed to retreat on to the back foot despite holding a halftime lead against Manchester United. Make no mistake, failure to reach the Champions League would be a shattering financial blow to Spurs and chairman Daniel Levy, and a desperate personal setback for Kane, who will rightly feel his talents deserve a place in Europe’s elite competition. Kane will have looked on with a touch of envy as Manchester United - even an enigmatic and sometimes inconsistent Manchester United - looked far more down to the road to success and development than Spurs. Spurs’ current status, struggling to avoid a second successive season outside

the Champions League, was not what Kane signed up for in 2018 when he agreed a six-year contract to take him through to 2024. Spurs were then going forward under the hugely popular manager Mauricio Pochettino and there was a taste of potential riches to come when they reached the Champions League final in 2019, albeit ending in defeat by Liverpool. If Spurs finish outside the top four and end up with their noses pressed up against the window in the Champions League context, Kane might even find some sympathy from his own supporters if he felt it was the right time to try something else. Kane is 28 in July. Are Spurs and Mourinho currently fulfilling his expectations and ambitions? You would be very hard pushed to say they are. ‘I don’t think Spurs deserved to lose’ says Jose Mourinho Not for sale? It is not, however, as simple as that. At this stage Kane, who is the club’s second all-time top goalscorer and has 162 Premier League goals, can be considered not for sale at any price. He has three years left on his contract and chairman Levy will be in no mood to

sell a player regarded as the symbol of Spurs. Levy is highly likely to block any potential interest from the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, and would one of the European superpowers really want to shell out about £150m in the current Covid-19 climate for a player who is almost 28? The big European clubs may also have alternatives, albeit hugely expensive ones, in the likes of Paris St-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Erling Braut Haaland at Borussia Dortmund. The idea of selling Kane would rightly be regarded as an admission of defeat by Spurs fans. They had visions of stellar names being drawn to their new stadium to play with Kane, not the possibility of him leaving to join them. It is a complicated story with much to consider but there is no question individuals as driven and single-minded as Kane will want success, will want to be playing at the highest level. Natural loyalty, which he undoubtedly has to Spurs, will only stretch so far. And a second season outside the Champions League would post serious warning signs for Spurs fans who want him to remain as “one of their own”.


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Has Steve Bruce stopped the rot at Newcastle and does he deserve a fresh chance?

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teve Bruce’s Sunday lunch was almost spoilt last weekend when Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for Fulham to temporarily consign Newcastle to the relegation zone. But the Magpies were back out again by the time Bruce was getting stuck into his “apple pie and custard” thanks to Aston Villa’s 3-1 victory. This Sunday, it was Allan Saint-Maximin who served up a treat as he scored and set up a goal in a 2-1 over Burnley which puts Newcastle six points clear of danger. On a freezing day where Turf Moor was surrounded by April snow, it felt like a decisive turning point in Newcastle’s season which has lurched from one crisis to another. In addition to the overhanging prospect of a takeover, there has been a coronavirus outbreak, injuries to several key players, leaks from the training ground, accusations of Bruce losing the dressing room and bans for local journalists. For many fans who have grown tired of Bruce and the way his team plays, it felt like the team was “sleepwalking to relegation” as the Newcastle United Supporters’ Trust described it.and Oduamadi Taye Taiwo

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he 1999 Nigerian Constitution makes the pious and solemn declaration that the security and life of the people shall be the primary responsibility of government. Additionally, Section 33(1) specifically provides that “every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life save in the execution of the sentence of a court in respect of criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria.” Sadly since the constitution came into operation in 1999, we have continued to behave as if these constitutional provisions must be obeyed only in the breach. A look at the number of the lives lost and property destroyed through extra-judicial actions by governments at all levels and non- governmental actors will make the point. In 1990 I was in New Delhi India when news started filtering in about the imminent release of Mr. Nelson Mandela who was held in prison for over twenty years by Apartheid regime in South Africa. India has the enviable record as the World’s biggest democracy. It has a vibrant press. The most excellent newspapers in the Commonwealth of Nations are produced in India. News of the imminent release of Mandela made the front pages of all Indian newspapers until he was free. I guess Indian media gave Mandela that much attention because they knew something new, unusual and great would come out of him. In 1994, Mandela was elected President of South Africa. The policies of his government saved South Africa from the bloodbath that was anticipated after majority

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rule came South Africa. Amazingly South Africa has managed its affairs very well and has remained much more peaceful than Nigeria. Nine years after his release from Prison, the great Mandela Nine was here in Nigeria to witness another great event on the African continent. Nigeria had been under military tyranny from 1984 and was about to witness a transition from military to civilian rule. Already similarities were being drawn between Mandela and Obasanjo. Both men were incarcerated unfairly by tyrannical governments and served prison terms before their election as presidents. The similarities ended there. Mandela had spent 27 years in prison with hard labor. During the long period, he thought hard about his country and came out with strong convictions on how to save it from an impending racial catastrophe. Even before his release, he was placed under watch for some years as he was moved from one safe house to another where he was scientifically examined whether he had the mental status and capacity to lead a country. On release in 1990, the Apartheid people knowing fully well the mental torture they inflicted on his

psyche still put him under observation until 1994five years there when they saw him fit to become a President. On the other hand Obasanjo was imprisoned in 1994, hardly spent five years in goal, never placed under the watch of psychoanalysts and just inflicted on Nigeria as a President. If there is one Nigerian who regretted his role in Obasanjo’s transformation from prisoner to president, it was the late PDP chieftain, Chief Sunday Awoniyi. In my several private conversations with him, he regretted his actions, particularly at the Jos convention of the PDP where Obasanjo emerged as the presidential candidate of the party. He told me he had gone beyond regret and ‘repented’ of his actions on that occasion and begged God for forgiveness. The fundamental difference is to be found in the personalities of Mandela and Obasanjo and how this reflected on their leadership style and legacies. In Mandela there was an elected President with a graceful heart who was willing to forgive all his white tormentors, including even the prison warder who made it a routine habit to urinate on him at Robben Island where he was imprisoned. Mandela was conscious of the fact that

The fundamental difference is to be found in the personalities of Mandela and Obasanjo and how this reflected on their leadership style and legacies

if he led on the basis of revenge and pettiness, the rest of the country would follow and sooner or later his country will be up in flames and doomed. In Obasanjo we have a selfserving President who was petty and vengeful without a vision of where he wanted to take Nigeria. Mandela did not imprison any of the Apartheid leaders; Obasanjo according to Awoniyi refused all his private counsel not to visit his unfair incarceration on the Abacha family. He locked them up. Thus the fresh air which came with Mandela into South Africa at the end of Apartheid did not come into Nigeria with Obasanjo at the end of military rule. I take the difference here very seriously because just before he took office, I was in Accra Ghana. Over some drinks at the National Press Center, a Ghanian journalists expressed his disappointment with the fact Nigerians refused to break with their past and were instead bringing up one of those who messed up the country to come back as President. I felt touched and challenged. Obasanjo’s style of government soon proved the fears of the Ghanian journalists right.

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