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R-L: Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP Women Leader, Hajiya Maryam Waziri, Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tobi Okechukwu and Minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, during the opening ceremony of a leadership program for the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councillors of Delta State, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Sultan declares April 13, 1st of Ramadan 1442 AH

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Save media from Gunmen collapse, Guild of attack Ebonyi Editors appeals to FG community pAGE 5

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WHO, Yobe govt train 40 doctors on clinical management of rape victims T he World Health Organisation (WHO) has partnered with the Yobe government for the training of 40 doctors, nurses and midwives on clinical management of rape victims. Mr Muhammad Shafiq, the WHO Emergency Manager, Health Emergencies Programme made this known on Monday in Damaturu. Shafiq, represented by Dr Inigbehe Oyinloye, WHO National Consultant on Gender-

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these services, we are equipping them to have holistic care for the survivors” she said. Speaking earlier , Dr Mohammed Gana, Yobe Commissioner for Health said that the recorded over 700 GBVrelated cases within the last two years. Gana, represented by Abdullahi Danchuwa, Director Nursing Services of the ministry commended the WHO for assisting the state with developmental policies

and programmes, provision of capacity building to health workers as well as provision of medical consumables. The commissioner equally added that more collaboration with government, parents as well as donor agencies need to be put in place to end the increasing challenge. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the participants said that the training had given them better insights in managing GBV victims.(NAN)

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Based Violence (GBV), explained that the training was aimed at building the capacity of the healthcare providers during emergencies. “We carried out some assessments in Yobe health facilities that are providing Gender-Based Violence services and realised that among the health workers, there was poor capacity building. ”In order to close the gap and ensure the health sectors are strengthened to provide

he Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared Tuesday, April 13, as the first day of Ramadan 1442 AH in Nigeria. Abubakar announced the sighting of the new moon in a radio and television broadcast in Sokoto on Monday. He said the new moon was sighted in different parts of Nigeria and that report of the crescent sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country. “After due verification and authentication by the national moon sighting committee and state committees’ confirmation, as well as routine scrutiny, I hereby announce the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan which signifies the end of Sha’aban 1442 AH. “Consequently, in accordance with Islamic law, Muslim Ummah is directed to commence fasting on Tuesday accordingly,” he said. The Sultan enjoined Muslim faithful to devote themselves to the worship of Allah throughout the Holy month, urging them to

use the period to pray for the progress, peace and prosperity of the nation. “We further call on Nigerians to continue to live peacefully with one another irrespective of religious and tribal difference,” he said. He urged Muslim faithful to use the period to pray for

leaders on their commitment towards addressing all health related issues and security challenges in the country. The Sultan also urged wealthy individuals to assist the poor, while stressing the need for increased religious tolerance and brotherhood in Nigeria.

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims worldwide as a month for fasting, prayer, reflection and assisting the needy. Fasting in the month of Ramadan is a compulsory religious obligation on all adult Muslims.(NAN)

General Overseer of Christ Evangelist and Life intervention Ministry Pastor. Yuhanna Buru,- and other Christian and Muslim at Tomatoes Side in Kaduna Central Market during the General Overseer of Christ Evangelist and Life intervention Ministry Pastor. Yuhanna Buru,- Lead Christian-Muslims to Kaduna Central Market Union for Ramadan Prices Clashes in kaduna on Monday. pic by Shehu K, Goro

WOFAN empowers farmers, extension workers, agents

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he Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN) says it has empowered farmers, extension workers and extension agents on Sustainable Rice Production, 3D video and field demonstration in the Federal Capital Territory. Hajia Salamatu Garba, Executive Director of WOFAN, said on Monday in Abuja that the training would expose them to modern best practices in rice and groundnut farming as well as effective weed, pest and disease control methods.

Garba said that the twoday training would deepen participants’ knowledge on good agricultural practices (GAPs) to enable them succeed in the technical aspects of rainy season farming. She said the activities of extension agents and the cluster farmer groups in the implementation of the WOFAN’s ICON of Hope project would improve yields and incomes for farmers. She also said there was 3D video presentation and practical demonstration pesticide and

fertilizer applications for the participants. The WOFAN boss disclosed that the training was supported by the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) and other partners. Garba also explained that WOFAN also collaborated with other groups like as part of its efforts to enlist all stakeholders’ support for the successful implementation of the project. According to her, the training will also be replicated in Kano State to enable other

farmers, extension agents, cluster groups’ leaders benefit from the knowledge. “They will also have better understanding on how best to harvest, process, store and ultimately market their crops for improved incomes. “We want to thank NAERLS and other partners’ for collaborating with us on this capacity-building initiative undertaken in furtherance of the WOFAN’s ICON of Hope project in the various states,” she said. (NAN)

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he Commissioner of Police in Ebonyi, Aliyu Garba, confirmed on Monday that gunmen attacked another community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state on Sunday. Garba told newsmen that the gunmen attacked Ebele village, Umuogodo Akpu, Mgbo in the LGA. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that gunmen attacked five communities in the state – Egedege, Obegu, Amazu, Nkalagu and Umuhuali on March 29. A number of persons were reported killed in that attack. Garba said: “on the effects of Sunday attack, it is yet to be ascertained. We are yet to get any report from there and I have not been around. I am waiting for the report.’’ Mr Stanley Okoro-Emegha, Commissioner for Internal Security and Border Peace, also said he was yet to get details of the attack. “They said it was communal crisis,

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Gunmen attack Ebonyi community while others said it was herdsmen who carried out the attack, but we do not know the people behind the attack yet. “We cannot say exactly what happened although we heard about the attack this morning (Monday). “Nobody has called to say somebody died or property destroyed, but we shall find out. “Right now, we do not know who is responsible,’’ Emegha said. Governors in the southeast rose from a meeting in Owerri on Sunday where they deliberated on rising wave of insecurity in the region. At the end of the meeting, they jointly endorsed the formation of a region-wide security organisation tagged “Ebube Agu” (fear of a lion).

The governors and heads of security agencies in the region signed a communiqué to maintain the joint security outfit. The communique read in part: “after discussions on the current security challenges in the southeast and with valuable contributions from participants at the security summit in Owerri, it was resolved as follows: “To strongly and unequivocally condemn terrorism and banditry in any part of Nigeria, particularly in the Southeast. “The meeting strongly condemned 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 herdsmen. “That the political leadership in the southeast has 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 heads of all the security agencies in the southeast have resolved to exchange intelligence in a seamless, effective new order that will help to checkmate crime in the zone. “That to fast track crime-busting in the southeast, 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 southeast.

“That a committee made up of security personnel, government officials and relevant stakeholders be set up to coordinate and monitor the implementation of the southeast joint security platform. “The meeting resolved to maintain a joint security vigilante for the southeast, otherwise known as Ebube Agu. In attendance were governors of Abia, Okezuo Ikpeazu; Anambra, Willie Obiano; Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; Ebonyi, Dave Umahi; and the host governor, Hope Uzodimma. Also in attendance at the security summit was the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Prof. George Obiozor as well as top security chiefs in the zone. (NAN)

NAFDAC evolves programmes to support small businesses

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rof. Moji Adeyeye, Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) says the regulatory body has evolved various policies and programmes to support small businesses. Adeyeye, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Monday, said the agency recognised the critical roles Small and Medium Enterprises played in the economy and deserved to be encouraged. She said one of the policies put in place to encourage small businesses was decentralisation of registration process to make it less cumbersome. She noted that “prior to 2018, all registration exercises were done in Lagos. However, having recognised the importance of micro enterprises, the agency decentralised registration of products and it is now done on zonal basis, including the FCT office. “Also, the number of products being registered on zonal basis has been increased from 11 to over 80 different products. “Guidelines and documentation requirements have been streamlined to make it easier for micro and small industries to register their products “Companies manufacturing similar products can use one facility, that is shared facility to reduce cost of setting up factory, while timeline for registration of products has been reduced to between 60 and 90 working days.

“The facility requirement has also been reduced from four rooms to one standard room and a store.” The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NAFDAC was officially established in October 1992 to promptly address the challenges of rising incidence of counterfeit and substandard drugs as well as unwholesome food and other products. NAN also reports that the mandate of the agency include

safeguarding public health by ensuring that only the right quality drugs, food and other regulated products are manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, distributed, sold and used in Nigeria. Adeyeye recalled that NAFDAC in 2020 gave palliatives to micro enterprises in order to cushion effect of the COVID-19 pandemic She said the agency reduced the cost of registration by 80 per cent for small businesses while

there was free registration for the first 200 companies that submitted application. The director general also said the agency waived payment of late renewal fees for three months for companies that had expired licences. Speaking on other initiatives to boost service delivery, Adeyeye said NAFDAC was working on becoming a WHO Listed Authority. “The WHO uses Global

Benchmarking Tools to assess the agency and there are four Maturity Levels. “Currently, we are aspiring to get to Level 3 which will permit our country to manufacture vaccines because as an agency we have to do Lot release which is a requirement for vaccine production. “This will also improve trade because our products can compete favourably with products from advanced countries with stringent regulatory authorities. NAN

L-R: Chairman house committee on defence, Hon. Olaide Akinremi; Clark of the committee, Ogunsanya Olufemi and Hon. Samson Okwu, during the Ad-hoc committee on the need to review the purchase, use and control of arms, ammunition and related hardware by military, paramilitary and other law enforcement agency in Nigeria, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja...Photo: Mahmud Isa

Edo Assembly grants Obaseki’s request to appoint 15 SA’s By Osaigbovomwan Iguobaro

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he Edo House of Assembly on Monday granted the State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s request to appoint 15 Special Advisers. This comes barely five days after the Governor held a meeting with Edo Peoples Democratic party (PDP) leaders at the Gov-

ernment House, Benin. The approval was contained a letter dated March 31 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Barr. Osarodion Ogie, requesting the house to approve the appointment. Part of the letter reads: “I write at the instance of the governor, His Excellency, Mr Godwin Obaseki to inform the honourable

house of the need to appoint Special Advisers to the governor. “Accordingly, Mr governor has directed me to seek the kind approval of the house for the appointment of 15 Special Advisers to the governor,” Ogie said. Commenting on the Governor’s request, the Majority Leader of the house, Mr. Henry Okhuarobo, urged members to approve the

request, adding that, it was the first step to constituting the State executive Council. Consequently, the house unanimously in a voice vote approved the governor’s request to appoint the15 Special Advisers. The house Speaker, Mr. Marcus Onobun thereafter directed the Clerk of the house, Yahaya Omogbai to convey copies of the

approval to the Governor for immediate action. Since November 12, 2020, Obaseki was sworn-in with his deputy, the Governor has not constitute his cabinet, raising dust withing the main opposition party - All Progrssives Congress Congress (APC). But he had appointed his SSG, Mr. Osarodion Ogie.


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News NHRC advocates law to award compensation for human rights violations

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he National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought for enabling law for award of compensations to victims of human rights violations in the country. It also sought for power to enforce surmmon on an alledged violator in the event of compliant on human rights violations. Mr Anthony Ojukwu, Executive Secretary, NHRC made the call at a public hearing on the repeal and reenactment of National Human Rights Commission Act. The public hearing was organised by the National Assembly joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. Ojukwu said Section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution did not anticipate that it was only the court that should look at human rights violations. According to him, there are other bodies that could look into human rights violations, saying that it was not the monopoly of the court to entertain issues of human rights violations. “The commission will be rendered ineffective if it can not assist victims of human rights violations,if it can not decide on whether some one whose rights was violated is entitled to a compensation under the constitution. “It is important that the commission should be able to assist the victims of human rights violations in an appropriate cases giving them compensations.” On power to summon, Ojukwu said: “There may be need to invite a compliant or an alledged violator to come and explain certain things. “We deal with mediation, conciliation, authentic dispute resolution, you must summon people and afford them fair hearing,it is such a fundamental tool of our work under the constitution. “If you summon when a compliant is made and there is no answer,the commission will just be without power. “That is is why this power to invite people to come and answer on compliants of human rights violations should lie with day to day operations of the commission.” Ojukwu also emphasised the need for provision of Human Rights Fund for effective operations of the commission. “If government of Nigeria really wants us to be effective, the issue of this human rights fund should not even be issue of negotiations with us. “If the commission is not supported in terms of such a fund by all the beneficiaries and is left working alone, it is not going to be easy for government alone to fund the maintenance of peace and order. ” That is why it is necessary that all benefactors that are enjoying from the peaceful cliimate of doing business should make some contribution to the human rights fund.” He also said the commission had also proposed that its decisions could be registered as a decision of the court and made enforceable by the court. NAN

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APC replies Gov. Obaseki on state of economy T he All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted claims by Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo, that Nigerian economy was in critical situation due to huge debt burden. Retired Col. David Imuse, chairman of the state APC caretaker committee, said this in a statement by Mr Ofure Osheobo, the assistant secretary of the committee on Monday in Benin. Imuse described Obaseki’s criticism of the Federal Government on handling of the economy as ‘a classic case of the pot calling the kettle black.’ “The true position is that under Obaseki’s watch, the economy

of Edo is in dire straits with the governor bereft of ideas on how to get it out. “The state is engulfed in a foreign debt of 300 million dollars and a domestic debt including loans from commercial banks, the capital market, and other doubtful sources, approaching N120billion as at March, for non-existent projects. “In the past seven months, Obaseki has plunged Edo into higher debts by taking more loans which has seen a 67 per cent increase in its debt profile. “Edo under him has overtaken Rivers as the state with the highest foreign and domestic debt in

the South South and it is on a steady course to displace Lagos as Nigeria’s most indebted state,” he said. Imuse said that while Kogi had successfully reduced its domestic debt from N132.5 billion to N73 billion, Edo had spent more money servicing debts than financing education, healthcare and infrastructure even without a state cabinet. He described as spurious, alarmist, untrue and wicked, claim by Obaseki that Nigeria was on its way to becoming another Argentina in terms of low currency value. He advised the governor to use

his membership of the National Economic Council, Nigerian Governors Forum and Nigerian Economic Summit to offer useful suggestion on how to move the economy forward. This, he said was better than singling himself out for pediatric applause, because the management of Nigerian economy was not just the responsibility of one person, but that of the government, of which he was a part. “Everybody today knows that since 2015 when APC came on the scene, Nigeria has been on the path of progress and things are definitely much better than how PDP left it,” he said. (NAN)

L-R: National President, Founation for Correction of Moral Decadence ,Dr. Joseph Danley , the awardee and Principal, model junior Secondary School Maitama, Hajia Ahmed Bawa and Alh Surajo Ado Faskar,during the Presentation of Award to Hajia Baxa as the best Principal for the year 2020 in FCT by the Foindation for Morals correction , yesterday in Abuja.

Anambra guber: PDP committee screens 10 aspirants, ends today with 6 others By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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en out of the sixteen Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, aspirants for the November 6 Anambra state governorship election were yesterday screened by the Captain Idris Wada-led committee of the party. The remaining six aspirants are expected to be screened today. The screening exercise, which commenced early yesterday at the National Executive Committee, NEC, hall of the Wadata house, PDP headquarters, Abuja, according to the aspirants was going on smoothly. The screening exercise ends today.

Some of the issues put to the aspirants by the committee, according to sources, were; why do they want to govern Anambra, their academic qualifications with proofs and making brief descriptions of themselves. The PDP governorship primaries for Anambra election is scheduled to hold June 26. The primaries will produce the candidate of the PDP ahead of the main election on November 6, this year. Aspirants already screened yesterday were; Senator Uche Ekwunife, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, Hon. Chris Azubogu, Okeke Walter Ubaka, Barr.

(Mrs) Chidi Onyemelukwe, Mr Tony Nwoye, Mr Winston Udeh and Dr Ifedi Okwena. Those expected to be screened today are; Mr Godwin Maduka, Mrs Ekwochi Genevieve, Mr Ugochukwu Uba, Mr Emeka Etiaba, Mr Godwin Maduka and Mrs Ekwochi Genevieve. Earlier before the commencement of the screening yesterday, its Chairman, Captain Idris Wada had pledged that it (the Committee) would follow the party’s guidelines and regulations for the screening. According to him, “We are going to be diligent, honest, thorough and transparent, so we seek aspirants’ cooperation in that regard,”.

The party National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu, rtd, explained that the exercise was to screen all the aspirants ahead of the primaries, to elect a candidate that would lead PDP to victory in the Nov. 6, election. Col. Akobundu,rtd, assured that the exercise would be smooth as the committee was committed to its mandate. He maintained that most parties, including PDP, had in the past lost elections for doing shady jobs in screening of aspirants. Akobundu said though the aspirants were 16, the committee would determine those that met the criteria for the election.

Edo Assembly grants Obaseki’s request to appoint 15 SA’s By Osaigbovomwan Iguobaro

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he Edo House of Assembly on Monday granted the State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki’s request to appoint 15 Special Advisers. This comes barely five days after the Governor held a meeting with Edo Peoples Democratic party (PDP) leaders at the Government House, Benin. The approval was contained a letter dated March 31 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Barr. Osarodion Ogie, requesting the house to approve the appointment. Part of the letter reads: “I write at the instance

of the governor, His Excellency, Mr Godwin Obaseki to inform the honourable house of the need to appoint Special Advisers to the governor. “Accordingly, Mr governor has directed me to seek the kind approval of the house for the appointment of 15 Special Advisers to the governor,” Ogie said. Commenting on the Governor’s request, the Majority Leader of the house, Mr. Henry Okhuarobo, urged members to approve the request, adding that, it was the first step to constituting the State executive Council. Consequently, the house unanimously in a

voice vote approved the governor’s request to appoint the15 Special Advisers. The house Speaker, Mr. Marcus Onobun thereafter directed the Clerk of the house, Yahaya Omogbai to convey copies of the approval to the Governor for immediate action. Since November 12, 2020, Obaseki was sworn-in with his deputy, the Governor has not constitute his cabinet, raising dust withing the main opposition party - All Progrssives Congress Congress (APC). But he had appointed his SSG, Mr. Osarodion Ogie.

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escribing Nigerian scientists as worthy assets to be nurtured, President Muhammadu Buhari has observed that the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the potentials, talents and the creativity of the nation’s scientists. In a speech delivered Monday on the President’s behalf by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a public forum organized by the Nigerian Academy of Engineers, the President commended Nigerian engineers for the diversity of their experience and competence. He said: “I think the pandemic has truly opened up the immense talents and creativity of Nigerian scientists and engineers and if the current momentum is supported, the next few years could be incredibly exciting.”

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COVID -19 pandemic opens up talents of Nigerian scientists -Buhari Buhari commended the academy and its membership saying, “we are proud of Nigerian Academy of Engineers; your membership is made up of accomplished Nigerian engineers across all disciplines industry sectors of engineering in Nigeria and in the diaspora. This provides it with the depth and diversity of experience and competence to provide advice on virtually all areas of engineering in the country.” Speaking on the important role of Science, Technology and Engineering in dealing with the pandemic, the President

noted that the world turned to these disciplines “for immediate solutions and answers. I am sure that as engineers, you will agree with me that one of the most poignant lessons of the response to the pandemic is the critical interdependence of science and engineering.” Giving an update on production of a local vaccine, the President noted that the African Centre of Excellence for the Genomics of Infectious Disease located at Redeemer’s University Ede, has “developed an efficacious rapid test for COVID and have been working on a vaccine in

collaboration with DIOSynVax (Digital Immune Optimised Synthetic Vaccines), Cambridge UK, using the DIOSynVax genomic based technology.” “There are also efforts going on therapeutics of various kinds. The development of vaccines, tests and therapeutics these days are aided by automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, so this is a strong point of synergy between science and engineering.” Citing the opportunities presented during the lockdown period, President Buhari stated the “huge potential for the

Federal Road Maintenance Agency officials maintaining Ogbia Nembe Local Government Road, in Imiringi town, Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State on Monday (12/4/21).

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peaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, Mr Sidie Tunis, says the Fifth Parliament is keen on taking concrete actions to ensure the empowerment of women across the West-African sub-region. Tunis made this known on Monday at the Liberian and Sierra Leonean Bo Waterside border Post where he was received by representative of the Liberian government, Sen. Edwin Snowe. Tunis was received by the representative of the Liberian authority ahead of the ECOWAS Parliament’s delocalized meeting on Women Empowerment scheduled to hold from April 13 to April 17 in Monrovia, Liberia. Tunis said the focus of the delocalised meeting was to transform the talks and protocols concerning women empowerment into actions, and for women to become more inclusive across all sectors. He said that the fifth legislature under his leadership is pushing to ensure that women have a mandatory 30 per cent representation in the ECOWAS Parliament. According to the speaker, it is time to look and work with women as partners so that they can be present where decisions are taken on their behalf. The Speaker noted that twenty five years down the line after the adoption o, noting that twenty five years down the line after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration, not much impact has been made in women empowerment. Tunis however noted that Liberia was chosen by the ECOWAS to host the delocalized meeting on Women Empowerment considering the success attained by producing the first female President ad Vice President in the sub-region. “We are here for a very important meeting, a delocalized meeting. I decided that we will have the first Extraordinary Session in Sierra Leone and the first delocalized meeting in Liberia”.

creation of effective technologies for tele-work activities, including Telemedicine and Fintech.” The President recalled his Executive Order Nos 5 which directs all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (“MDAs”) of government to engage indigenous professionals in the planning, design and execution of national security projects and maximise incountry capacity in all contracts and transactions with science, engineering and technology components, statement by the media office of the Vice President said.

COVID -19: Guild of Editors urges government to save media from collapse By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), has called on government at all levels to save the media from total collapse. The NGE made the call in a communique issued by its Standing Committee Meeting which held on Friday, April 9, 2021, in Enugu, Enugu State. The Standing Committee acknowledged the sacrifices being made by media owners and journalists to sustain the survival of media businesses in these dire times; with the operating environment made worse by the Covid-19 pandemic. “The body of Editors thanked medical and media workers, who against all odds and at the risk of their lives, continue to discharge their duties to the public by offering medical services and promoting public enlightenment through information gathering and dissemination. “The meeting emphasizes the compelling need for government intervention to save the media from total collapse.” The Guild specifically demanded that government regards media as providing

essential services critical for national development and unity, hence deserves to be treated like other essential services on the frontline of the fight against Covid-19. “The Guild lists the required government intervention to include, but not limited to, removal of tariffs on all imported media consumables, including newsprint and broadcasting equipment; to help protect jobs and also ensure the continued existence and operation of the various media houses, be they print, electronic or new media.” NGE urged government at all levels to see the media as partners in development and not as competitors or meddlesome interlopers, stressing that this will help erase every form of suspicion and mistrust that have attended the relationship between governments and the media over the years. The Guild appeals to the government and state actors to always recourse to relevant sections of the Nigerian Constitution which give power, responsibility and legitimacy to the media to hold public office holders accountable to the people.

It deplores the harassment and continued detention of some journalists across the nation which runs contrary to freedom of the press and allied rights and privileges conferred on the media, to at all times, be free to uphold the fundamental objectives of freedom of expression as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution. “ NGE implores journalists across all platforms to practice the profession with utmost responsibility, professionalism and without ill-will, malice and mischief, all of which are against the ethics of the noble profession. “The body of Editors also points out that using public funds to finance private sector operations to save them from bankruptcy and collapse is not new and had been adopted in other countries, including the United States of America, where government voted public funds to save the US automobile industry, the banking sector and other sectors from insolvency during the financial crisis of 2008 and currently the $2 trillion bailout budget in 2020 for private equities amid the Covid-19 scourge.” The meeting recalls that the Nigerian Government has at

various times in the past and during the Covid-19 era, voted public money as intervention funds for other sectors of the economy, including the aviation industry, which at this moment is largely private-sector driven. It noted however, that the media appears to have been excluded in virtually all government interventions, through such agencies as the Central Bank and the Bank of Industry, thus leaving the media industry to trudge on like an orphan. The Guild endorses the position of Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) and Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), both of which have made strong appeals to the Federal Government for financial intervention to ensure that the media continue to discharge its constitutional duty, stressing that the survival of the media is essential in sustaining and deepening democracy. It expresses worry at the growing insecurity across the nation and urged the relevant security agencies to step up their efforts to contain the scourge.


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News DabiriErewa hails Laosebikan, Uhaa over feats By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has felicitated with the duo of Foluke Laosebikan, who was recently appointed as the Queen’s Counsel in Canada, and US-born Nigerian Professional Wrestler, Sesugh Uhaa, aka, “Apollo Crews”, on defeating Ettore “Big E” Ewen and claiming the new Intercontinental Championship. Dabiri-Erewa said their achievements are a testament that Nigerians are truly remarkable, hardworking and trailblazers in whatever they set their minds and hearts to. The Chairman/Chairman of NIDCOM, in a statement yesterday by the Head, Media, Public Relations and Publicity of the Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, commended the duo for keeping the flag flying. These successes, she reasoned, will inspire many young Nigerians “who look up to you, to know that anything is possible if you can believe and work hard towards it”. According to her: “On behalf of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, I commend you both for keeping the flag flying. “These successes will inspire many young Nigerians who look up to you, to know that anything is possible if you can believe and work hard towards it”.

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Amended broadcasting code yielding results – Minister T he Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the amendments made to National Broadcasting Code to reposition the sector has started yielding results. The minister made this known on Monday in Lagos during an engagement of the Ministerial Task Force on Digital Switch Over (DSO) with relevant stakeholders. Mohammed disclosed that in adherence to the amended code, he was rightly informed that a big multinational recently cancelled an advertising production slated for South Africa and moved it to Nigeria. “The result? Practitioners in Nigeria made N10 million from the production, while model fees totalled N5 million. “This is just the beginning, as we are determined to diligently implement the reforms The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that to stimulate growth and investment in the advertising sector, an amendment was made to broadcasting code regarding production of advertising for local goods and services. The amended section states, “all television and radio advertisements for airing on all broadcast platforms, pertaining to products and services manufactured, grown, processed,

developed, created and originating from Nigeria, shall be wholly produced in Nigeria’’ The minister said the broadcasting code was amended to, among others, boost the local content, curb anti-competitive and monopolistic tendencies and boost advertising revenues. “As many of you will recollect, we have carried out an unprecedented reform of the broadcasting industry, because we know that there is a nexus between those reforms and the success of the DSO. “We have amended the Code to curb monopoly and exclusivity of programme content in order to create room for the local industry to grow,’’ he said. The minister frowned at a situation where pay tv sector of the broadcast Industry in the country had been controlled by foreign interests. He said indigenous efforts to compete have been frustrated and weakened by the established control of the big monopolies. “It will interest you to know that to date, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has licensed over 30 Nigerian pay tv companies, but only one is currently struggling to break through. This is not acceptable.

“The monopolies exclude many Nigerians from enjoying or having access to premium content, especially in the area of sports and movies. “With the amendment to the Code, anyone owning any sports rights must make such available to other parties in Nigeria, who may be interested in acquiring these rights. “This obviously extends the opportunity for TV sports content to indigenous players,’’ he said. The minister said under the new amendment, for a programme to qualify as local content, it must be authored, directed and produced by a Nigerian. He added that at least 75 per cent of the leading actors and major supporting cast must be Nigerians. Mohamme said a minimum of 75 per cent of its programme expenses and 75 per cent of post-production expenses paid for services provided by Nigerians or Nigerian companies. He said the initiative would develop the skills, expertise and industry of the local content market. Speaking on DSO, Mohammed said the federal government considered it as one of its priority projects, because of its potential to create jobs and bring governance closer to the people through better access to information.

He said DSO will bring internet to millions of Homes, provide quality programming, especially those produced locally, to Nigeria’s estimated 24 million television households, with high fidelity pictures and sound. He said they had rolled out the DSO in five states, Plateau, Kaduna, Enugu, Kwara, Osun as well as Abuja the Federal Capital Territory. “With the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council of outstanding payments to key stakeholders in the DSO Project, we are moving rapidly to cover the remaining 31 states. “We are kick-starting the new rollout here in Lagos state on April 29, Kano state on June 3 and Rivers state on July 8. “We will then follow up with Yobe state on July 15 and Gombe state on Aug. 12. The minister reiterated that the DSO project is capable of generating one million jobs in three years. He said as part of efforts to make the DSO proposition viable, he had directed GoTV and StarTimes to stop self-carriage by the end of June 2021. Mohammed enjoined the stakeholders to support the project to develop the broadcasting sector. (NAN)

L-R: Chairman of Federal Government Visitation Panel, Federal Polytechnic of Oil and Gas Bonny, Rivers state, Prof. Ben Angwe, Chairman of the visitation Panel for Federal College of Education Bichi, Prof. Rashid Aderinoye, The Pamanent Secretary , Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sunny Echono and the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof.Rasheed Abubakar, during the inauguration of the Federal Government Visitation Panel to Federal Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imoowo

NUJ calls for enactment of laws on fake news From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Nigerian Union of Journalists NUJ North West Zone has advocated for enactment of laws on fake news to address present day realities of the menace. This was contained in a communique issued after one-day Roundtable/zonal meeting organised by the NUJ Northwest Zone in collaboration with Kaduna State Council on Fake News. The communique signed by Vice President Northwest Zone of the Union, Comrade Yusuf Idris also called for the strengthening of the laws of defamation and libel.

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rof. Moji Adeyeye, the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says the regulatory body is now a customer-focused institution. Adeyeye told newsmen in Abuja on Monday that NAFDAC had over the years reviewed its structures and processes to meet the expectations of its numerous customers. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NAFDAC was officially established in October 1992 to promptly address the challenges of rising incidence

of counterfeit and substandard drugs, as well as unwholesome food and other products. NAN also reports that the mandate of the agency include safeguarding public health by ensuring that only quality drugs, food and other regulated products are manufactured, imported, exported, advertised, distributed, sold and used in Nigeria. To execute its mandate, Adeyeye said the agency had digitalised its operations, especially its registration processes, in order to ensure service delivery.

“The agency is now customerfocused and agency-minded which means our customers or clients are better served while still maintaining our core values and carrying out our mandates effectively. “Most of our processes are now digitalised including the registration process. “The agency has now been certified as ISO 9001:2015 quality management system or establishment and is in the process of being listed as a WHO Listed Authority using the Global Bench Marking Tool (GBT)” she said.

She, however, said some challenges were impacting negatively on the operations of the agency. The challenges, she said, include lack of vehicles, shortage of staff, poor remuneration, inadequate working tools such as computers and accessories as well as inadequate laboratory equipment. The director general also cited the nation’s porous borders through which some products were being smuggled in as some of the challenges being faced by NAFDAC. (NAN)

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CRIME News

Troops eliminate scores of terrorists in Borno Bandits kil 2 in Zangon Kataf T LGA --Official he Nigerian Army says, its troops supported by Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) have thwarted Boko Haram terrorists’ incursion into Damasak, Headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno, killing scores. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, in as statement on Monday, said the success was recorded on April 10. Yerima said the troops engaged the terrorists with superior fire power both from the air and on the ground which

compelled them to withdraw in disarray with several men and equipment casualty. He disclosed that two gallant soldiers paid the supreme price while one officer and two other soldiers were injured in the encounter, adding that the injured were currently recuperating at a military hospital in Maiduguri. Yerima also disclosed that troops of Sector I, OPLD on picketing duty along NgwomMafa-Maiduguri road had on Sunday, neutralised seven members of Boko Haram terrorist group and recovered four AK-47

rifles . He said the terrorists were supposedly lying in wait to attack troops and innocent citizens plying the busy road. According to him, troops who have continued to dominate the areas with massive clearance patrols and ambushes sprang the surprise attack on the terrorists that have been menacing the peace and livelihood of the people in the area. “They however ran out of luck as they were instead trapped and neutralised in their own web. After the duel and successful

neutralization of the terrorists, the troops continued their clearance patrol up to Maiduguri. “Meanwhile, troops of OPLD will continue to maintain aggressive posture to ensure the entire area is cleared of terrorists elements and their activities while maintaining high moral and fighting efficiency. “The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, has congratulated the gallant troops and urged them to maintain their high and satisfactory morale and fighting efficiency,” he said. (NAN)

Mr Opeyemi Hamzat, a Multimedia staff of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN receiving his first jab of Oxford, AstraZeneca vaccine, at NAN Headquarters in Abuja on Monday (12/4/21). NAN

IGP appoints AIG Inuwa as Force Secretary By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, has approved the posting of AIG Hafiz Inuwa, as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team. The IGP also approved the re-

appointment of CP Frank Mba and Ag. CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively. The new Force Secretary, AIG Hafiz Inuwa, took over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police

Headquarters, Abuja. AIG Hafiz Inuwa holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA). Prior to his appointment as the Force Secretary, he was the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State, covering Anambra

and Enugu State Police Commands. He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, amongst other strategic positions. He is a member of the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPPS), Kuru, Jos.

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rmed bandits yesterday attacked Wawan Rafi II village, in Zangon Kataf Local Goverment government area, killing two persons. The State Commissioner Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan stated this in a statement made available to media in kaduna yesterday. The Statement stated that two persons identified as Joshua Dauda and his sevenyear-old son Philip Dauda were killed in the attack, while seven houses, one car and one motorcycle were burnt. “ Security patrols mobilized to the area, repelled the assailants, who retreated into the forests adjoining the location. “The troops recovered eight empty cases of 7.62mm ammunition at the scene of the attack. “So far two corpses have been retrieved. The citizenry will be updated on further developments. “Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the reports with sadness, and prayed for the repose of the souls of those killed in the attack, while offering heartfelt condolences to their families, “ the statement said. “ Security patrols mobilized to the area, repelled the assailants, who retreated into the forests adjoining the location. “The troops recovered eight empty cases of 7.62mm ammunition at the scene of the attack.

Community Policing: 704 Constabularies complete training in Kano

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total of 704 people from the 34 local government areas of Kano State selected to serve under the community policing initiative, have completed their training. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the squad, trained at the Police College Kaduna, consists of 15 people from each of the 44 local government areas. Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje on Sunday commissioned the personnel in Kano and congratulated them for successfully completing the training. He urged them to use what they learned to improve security in their localities. “We do appreciate your instructors in Kaduna who endure to help you, and from the report we had, they said you behaved very well. “And you did very well, and they are

expecting you to do more now that you are working for the society. “There is no doubt that security is a serious challenge in Nigeria, and Kano State is not spared in that. “Therefore, we have designed a number of programmes and projects to ensure that our state is secured. “We have to thank God for protecting us and for making us one of the safest and most peaceful state in the federation. “We have to continue praying to God and at the same time we have to follow our own policies that are meant to protect our people,” he said. Ganduje said community policing has become part of the country’s security architecture, adding that his government had taken the initiative seriously. “Security is the business of everybody,

it is not only the business of police or other security agents, and that is what we meant by community policing. “So, we congratulate you, and now you are going into full community policing in Kano State. “We have already informed you of the structure of community policing; we have a village committee headed by the most senior village head, we have the ward committee headed by the most senior village head of that ward. “We also have the local government committee, headed by the district head and then the Emirate committee headed by the respective emirs of those emirates. “And we have the state committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government. “We assure that there would be a flow of

security information, a flow of intelligence from one level to another.” The governor also pledged to provide necessary assistance to ensure the success of the initiative. Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Shuaib Isma’il-Dikko, said community policing involves collaboration between communities and police to tackle security problems as they emerged. He recalled that the governor had recently commissioned 100 special police constabularies deployed to traffic control duties. The police commissioner appreciated the state government for its various interventions, including the provision of logistics, equipment and CCTV cameras to beef up security in the state. (NAN)


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I will re-structure, re-position, re-brand NCWD - Asabe Bashir By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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he new Director General and CEO, National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir, yesterday, informed that her vision for Nigerian women is to “re-structure, re-position and rebranding.” Bashir, a one-time member of the House of Reps and two-term State House of Assembly member was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 15, 2021 but with effect from April 10, 2021. Speaking at her formal takeover on Monday in Abuja, Bashir revealed that she will bring her wealth of experience to bear, so that the monumental Resource Centre will further gain both

wider national and international recognitions. “I make bold, to say that we shall re-structure, re-position” and re-brand, the Centre, for optimum results, towards empowering the Nigerian women; and for overall national development. “I stand before you today, to declare that the National Centre for Women Development is now a “NEW BORN BABY”, therefore we must nurture it together. In this regard, let us stand-up as patriots, to further “nurture” her; to further “protect” her; and to further “develop” her together. As joint stakeholders, the Centre is one of our own avenues of contributing directly to Nigeria’s development, and the development of Nigerian women in particular.

“Being a strong advocate of gender equality and women’s rights; under my leadership, the Centre will further synergize and continue to collaborate with all relevant Women Organizations and stakeholders, both nationally and internationally, to ensure that the challenges hindering women emancipation and development are drastically combated.” She further noted that “to achieve these goals, all hands must be on deck. We all need to continue to remain diligent and passionate with the jobs we are all employed to do. We are all here, because Government believed that we have something to offer; first, for the progress of Centre, as well as overall National Development. “On my part, I will strive

as much as possible, to tap all the required resources and ensure that a very friendly and progressive working environment is provided for the teeming workforce, for optimum productivity and greater results to be achieved; particularly, in the area of Internal Revenue Generation (IGR).” The NCWD pledged that she will “work towards consensus with all segments of society including relevant government agencies, financial institutions of which the Central Bank is key, international organizations such as the UN-Women, European Union, ECOWAS, and civil society amongst others. We will work towards deepening women engagement in politics as we head towards 2023 general elections,’’ she concluded.

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he Federal Capital Territory will host the 2021 Africa Regional Council for Women Conference in June. President of the council, Mrs Laraba Shoda, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, in Abuja. Shoda, who is also the National president, National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS), said the conference earlier scheduled to hold in April, would now hold between June 8 to June 11. “In putting safety first, the NCWS, who is the organiser of this epoch making event, called for the postponement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are optimistic that delegates will take advantage of the availability of COVID–19 vaccines and get vaccinated in preparation for the conference, as we, on our part, put in place the best of COVID–19 protocols to curtail further spread by the new date. “The Africa Regional Council for women conference is bringing all African women together to discuss contemporary issues relating to women and children, and the continent. “The discussions will be focused around the roles and place of women in politics, governance, education, culture, health, peace and conflict resolution, as well as socio-economic matters. ‘“Expected key players at the conference will be African first ladies, heads of government and parastatal agencies, gender equity advocates and related international stakeholders,” she said. Shoda called on all stakeholders to join hands together to make the conference a success. (NAN)

Rted Judge urges Obaseki to settle judicial workers’ salary arrears

Niger DPR boss emerges President of Old boys Kutugi

By Osaigbovomwan Iguobaro

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

From left; Company Secretary, Ardova Plc, Mr Oladeinde Nelson-cole; Chairman of Ardova Plc, Abdul-wasiu sowami; Chief Exexutive officer, Mr Olumide Adeosun, during the Company’s 42nd Annual General Meeting in Lagos

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on. Justice Roland Amaize (Retired) of Edo State High court has appealed to Governor Godwin Obaseki to settled the outstanding salary arrears of the State judiciary workers. The seven months accumulated salary arrears was for the period the workers embarked on strike declared by the national leadership of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) during the administration of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in 2015. Oshiomhole, former Labour leader, vowed to enforce the ‘No

work, No pay rule’ for the period the workers stayed away from work. The leadership of the State Chapter of the Union thereafter sued the Government in court and secured a court order, mandating the State Government to pay the workers. Commending on the development on Saturday, Justice Amaize (Retired), lamented the alleged hardline posture of the previous administration, adding that the decision of Government to deprive the workers their salaries was wrong. According to him, “Since government is continue,

Obaseki should revisit the issue and pay the workers their salary and close the ugly chapter”. “Then Edo State Governor was not only unfair but he was in fact too hard on the Edo State Judiciary workers by his government’s decision to withhold their seven months salaries on account of a strike that was declared, rightly or wrongly, by their national leaders with national coverage. “The strike being one which was declared across the nation, therefore, no State judiciary workers ought to have been punished on account of it as was done in Edo State. That decision to deprive the workers of their

salaries for the period is both wrong and lacking in human face. “Since government is a continuum, I dare suggest that the present administration in the State, in demonstration of human face and act of magnanimity, should revisit the matter with a view to paying these workers that which were wrongly denied them, thus closing the ugly chapter. “I do very humbly so urge Mr. Governor, whom I know is part of this platform (I hope he still is) and therefore chances are see he will see this submission”, the retied Judge pleaded.

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he Operations Controller, Field Office Minna, Engineer Abdullahi Isah Jankara has emerged as the president to pilot the affairs of Kutigi Science Collage old boys association in Niger state. The former President Pharm, Hamza Tijani said Jankara emerged as a unanimous candidate due to his tremendous contributions and support to the association. Pharm, Tijani emphasized on the need to ensure that a committed person emerged to ensure the growth and development of almamata through creation of better environment for teaching and learning in the collage.

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Yoruba group dissociates self from secession clamour

FG inaugurates visitation panels of Fed. Polytechnics, Colleges of Education

he Agbajowo Advocacy for Yoruba People’s Rights (AAYPR), a Pan Yoruba socio/ cultural organisation, has rejected current secession clamours by some sections of the country. The group, which particularly condemned call for the break up of the country and secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria, made this known in a communique issued on Sunday in Ado Ekiti at the end of its monthly meeting. The communique, jointly signed by its National President and the Director of Media and Publicity, Otunba Muyideen Olamoyegun and Oluwasola Ibukun, respectively, warned that division of the country would complicate issues. Rather, the Yoruba group canvassed need for continued unity amongst people of Yoruba extraction and Nigerians generally. The group explained that it was more concerned about cementing the age long bond of relationship that existed between tribes towards engendering progress and cohesion of the country. It urged Nigerians not to be distracted by the call by some Elders among the Yoruba race for the breakaway, noting that there is no time generality of Yoruba leaders met and discussed anything about breaking away from the current Federal Republic of Nigeria. The pan-Yoruba socio/cultural group suggested that it was better to insist on the need to restructure the country in all its ramifications instead of disintegration. “To be sincere with ourselves, the current clamouring for secession will not yield any positive result. “What the country needs to do at this time is to agitate for restructuring, tackle the current rise in crimes, the rise in prices of food commodities, unemployment among youths and the epileptic power supply in the country, among many others “It is pathetic at this point that some elders in South West are in the forefront of those championing the division, forgetting that we have five other geo-political zones in this country. “It is unwise for Yoruba people to join any clamour for the division of the country at this historical moment,” the communique read in part. It stressed the need for the Yoruba race to remain monolithic within the Nigerian nation so as not to be sidelined midway and left behind in the scheme of things. Drawing inference from the recent quit notice allegedly issued by the Arewa youths in the northern part of the country to the people of Yoruba living in their land as another big lesson to the Yoruba, it said the time had come for Nigerians to be mindful of their utterances and actions. The group lamented what it described as the formation of several splinter associations within the Yoruba race, as against the popular Afenifere and AAYPR groups which, according to it, were the only recognised voices of the Yoruba race during the period of the Action Group of the defunct Western region. NAN

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Maryam Abeeb, Abuja he federal Government through the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has inaugurated the visitation panels of 25 Federal Polytechnics and 21 Colleges of Education in the country. Adamu, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Sonny Echono, inaugurated the panels in Abuja, and urged them to adhere strictly to the terms of reference of their service. He said that the visitation panel would ascertain the extent to which the institutions were mandated to carry out their functions. Adamu said that the panels’ activities would cover a period of 10 years, between 2010 and 2020, which would also be expected to present two reports, covering 2010-2015 and 2016-2020. According to him, each panel will have an academic, financial expert, and someone with knowledge of the

law and other instruments. He said, ‘The visitations are conducted every five years. The last of such visitations was conducted in 2012, but covered the period 2004 - 2010. In effect the current exercise will cover a 10-year period, and presented in two separate five-year reports; 2011-2015 and 2016 - 2020. ‘’In the current exercise, every panel is made up of seven members who have wide and varied experience in the academic and administrative organisation of tertiary institutions or other institutions in the public and private sectors of the economy. ‘’Each panel is expected to review the performance of the institutions assigned, in the areas of governance, academic standards, quality assurance, management of finances, and relationship between management on the one hand, and staff and students on the other; the assessment of the condition of physical infrastructures, as well as instructional facilities.

‘’To advise Government properly on these and other pertinent issues, each panel is to carefully explore the following Terms of Reference: ‘’Determine the relationship between the Institution and various statutory bodies it interacts with, according to its law for purposes of supervision, planning, finance, discipline, guidance etc; ‘’Look into the leadership quality of the Institution in terms of the roles of the Governing Council, the Head of Institution and other principal Officers; ‘’ Look into the Financial Management of the Institution over the recommended period and determine whether it was in compliance with appropriate regulations; ‘’ Investigate the application of funds, particularly the special grants and loans meant for specific projects in order to determine the status of such projects and their relevance for further funding;

‘’Examine the Law establishing the institution and see in what ways the law has been observed in all its ramifications, particularly with regards to discipline by the Polytechnic authorities, staff and students, and also suggest any necessary modification to the law in order to enable the institution achieve its objectives better; ‘’Study the general atmosphere of the institution over the period in question. In particular, comment on the general conduct and comportment of all the personnel of the institution, especially the students, staff and managers, and advice as to whether the correct training is being given or otherwise. This should include the relationship between the institution and the host community over the period in question; According to him, it will also investigate the application of funds particularly the special grants and loans made for specific projects, among others.

From left: United Nations Rescue Official, Dr Augustine Anagwu, Chairman Africa, United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESC), Prof. Nathan Tor-Luga; UNESC Chairperson Nigeria, Dr Blessing Gozi-Anyaokei and National Secretary, UNESC, Mr Jude Elue, during UNESC SouthEast inauguration ceremony in Enugu on Monday (12/04/21).

Buhari, APC responsible for Nigeria woes - Abaribe By Christiana Ekpa

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he Minority Leader of the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC) government for all the socio-economic woes, bedevilling the country and leading it to precipice. Abaribe apportioned the blame in Abuja on Monday while fielding questions from journalists at a leadership capacity training, organized by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu for the newly elected Local Government Council Chairmen and Councilors from his Constituency in Delta State. He accused the APC government of making many wrong choices which were mostly based on the nepotistic recognition and elevation of some ethnic groups over and above others for political appointments. The Minority Leader said part of the country’s problem is assessing people

...As Elumelu builds capacity for Delta LGCs Chair, Councilors based on where they are from, rather than their character, stressing that the wrong assessment is mostly done by the current government, leading the country to the brink. Abaribe said: ‘’I am telling Nigerians today that what we are looking for in Nigeria is an assessment of people not by where they come from, not by whether they are Fulani or not but if they have the character to be part of Nigeria and I think that’s where the real problem of Nigeria is situated because we have made choices and those choices have not been made on the basis of people being the correct people to do one or the other thing. “We have made choices on the basis of where you come from and this particular government has been most egregious in making these wrong choices and that’s why it is leading us to the precipice today. ‘’I think that what we have come to

the GOTNI Center today to talk about leadership is that leadership is based on nothing else but on character. If you don’t have a good character, you can never make a good leader. I believe that we ought to continue to groom our leaders at all levels and I think what significance we have today is that this set of people that are here from the councillors to the local government Chairmen are the first steps of our democratic experience”. In his remarks, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the present system in place, with much emphasis on the centralized policy planning and implementation at the federal government level has not served the country well, hence it becomes obligatory to change the status quo in favour of an alternative that serves present needs and meets future expectations.

“At the same time there is an evident need to improve the capacity of those who serve in local government administration across the country. Political leaders cannot give what they do not have. You can only deliver governance and outcomes to the extent of the skills you have and the understanding you possess. “At such programmes like this an important contribution to the advancement of local government administration in Nigeria and serve a useful purpose in ensuring the democratic government in Nigeria delivers the promise of development for peace and prosperity for all”, he said. Gbajabiamila who stressed the need to give recourse to the principle of separation of powers, urged the newly elected Chairmen and Councilors to be bold in discharging their constitutional mandates even at the risk of offending some people.


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News From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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ears flowed uncontrollably from family, friends and relations’ of slain soldiers in Benue State as their bodies were yesterday buried at the Military cemetery in Makurdi, Benue State capital. The cemetery which is adjacent the Wirukum round about witnessed heavy vehicular movement as road safety offiicers and military traffic men struggled hard to control the high traffic. At the event, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom apologized to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Chief of Army Staff over the killing of the 12 military personnel in Bonta Village, Konshisha Local government area of the state.

Rainstorm causes havoc in Delta community

Gov. Ortom apologies to Presidency, Military over slain soldiers in Benue Ortom also, apologized to leadership of security forces in the country as well as families of the fallen heroes even as he vowed that his government would collaborate with security agencies to ensure that all those who perpetrated the act would be fished out and brought to book. The Governor regretted the death of the Army personnel in the hands of the militias while trying to ensure peace in troubled areas of the state. “We condemn the killing of the soldiers who were out to maintain peace. Attack on security men is attack on all. The attack was uncalled for and unwarranted. They were out to keep peace and got killed in the process otherwise, we all know what

soldiers would ordinarily do in such a situation.” The Governor also passionately appealed to the families of the deceased soldiers to forgive him for uncomplimentary comments he may have made in the course of the situation saying he said that based on the information available to him at that time. “If I said anything that was offensive to the families, I ask for their forgiveness. I earlier said only two soldiers were involved based on the information available to me at that time.” Conducting the funeral service, Chaplain of 72 Battalion, Major Ibrahim Mavisky, as well as the Imam, Captain AA Bashir both agreed

that there is time to be born and time to die saying, “we brought nothing to this world and we shall surely leave with nothing.” They noted that the fallen heroes were peace makers who went out not for evil but for peace and regrettably met their death in the process. “These people died innocently and without any offense. It is the promise of God that each of us has a stipulated time to go. We will all go back to God someday and explain how we live our lives. God will console the entire Nigerian Army and the immediate families they left behind. “The slain soldiers were out to serve the nation but we’re cut short. We therefore pray for their souls and that God should grant them eternal

rest,” they said. The remains of 12 military personnel including one captain and 11 soldiers were committed to mother earth in the presence of the Governor, Commander of Operation Whirl Stroke OPWS, Maj. Gen. Adeyemi Yekini, the Commanding Officer, 72 Battalion, military personnel as well as family members of the deceased soldiers. It would be recalled that the deceased military personnel included Capt. Adeolu Adedayo and 11 soldiers met their death while they were trying to clear an illegal roadblocks that was mounted by Bonta boys at Bonta Village in Konshisha Local Government Area of the state on Easter Monday.

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General Overseer of Christ Evangelist and Life intervention Ministry Pastor. Yuhanna Buru,-(R) and Secretary Plantain Association Hassan Ibrahim,- during the General Overseer of Christ Evangelist and Life intervention Ministry Pastor. Yuhanna Buru,- Lead Christian-Muslims to Kaduna Central Market Union for Ramadan Prices Clashes in kaduna on Monday. pic by Shehu K, Goro

Cleric says Buhari fail Nigerians By Nosa Akenzua

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he Vicar of Saint Michael’s Anglican Church, Owa Alero in Ika North East Local Government Area, venerable Dr. Jonathan Adudu has called on President Muhammad Buhari to willingly resign as president of Nigeria. Venerable Adudu made the call in Owa Alero during a chat

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with press men. According to him, “I have never felt so pained in my life until I had a sober reflection on Buhari’s leadership style. He has spent over six years trying to prove his competency, yet no head way. “My pain and that of most Nigerians who feel the same over the prevailing situations in the country has compelled me to

call on President Buhari to tender his resignation letter without further delay. “Please resign now so that the rest of us can sort ourselves out. Ninety percent of Nigerians will agree with me that he has put in his best, but it is unfortunate and very obvious that his best has not in any manner helped us as country”, he stated.

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total of 201 less privileged persons in Adamawa have received donation of over N5.6 million from Jaiz Charity and Development Foundation. Malam Adamu Bello, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the foundation, said in a message to the distribution of the proceeds on Monday in Yola, that it was to empower the beneficiaries to be self reliant. Bello who was represented by Dr Bashir Aliyu, said that the foundation targeted women and most vulnerable

members of the society including pastoralists. He explained that 15 women received N55,000 each while 150 set of uniforms and teaching materials were donated to three nomadic schools. The chairman added that three motorcycles were given to nomadic school teachers, while generators were presented to tea vending and phone recharge shops. Bello disclosed that each of the 201 beneficiaries was also given an extra N10,000.

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EDITORIAL

In the spirit of Easter

Today is Good Friday, the beginning of has cast over this year’s Easter the Christian Easter festival - a three festivities, Christians, indeed all of day festivity commemorating the end humanity, would do well to remember of Lent, the crucifixion, death and and uphold the true spirit of Easter, resurrection of Jesus Christ. Believed which is love. Scripture says, “No by Christians to be God Himself greater love hath anyone than this, assuming a human form to give His life that a man should lay down his life to save sinful mankind, Jesus Christ for a friend...” Again, Christians are suffered torture at the stake, endured enjoined to “love thy neighbour as the shame of the cross, died, was buried thyself”. A neighbour is not only the and rose to life again on the third day - one that lives next door or a member Sunday. of your faith but a fellow human, be he This festival is celebrated in Christian, Muslim or an atheist even. Christendom worldwide. In Nigeria, Because Christ “first loved us” we are the federal government, in recognition to show love to fellow humans in both of the unique significance of the word and deed. festival, has allowed a two day holiday Easter is a perfect occasion to exhibit today and Monday. Usually, Christians this love: the rich should remember to begin the festivities with a solemn feed, clothe and shelter the needy. We evening worship service in churches in should pray for our enemies to prosper, tune with the crucifixion and not perish, so that they death of the founder of their get a chance to change faith. Scripture describes their evil ways. Christ as the “author and This is an In spite of the gloom finisher” of the Christian opportunity for the faith. (Hebrews 12:2) that Covid-19 has faithful in the Lord to Another church worship cast over this year’s pray peace and security service takes place on Easter festivities, for Nigeria that is Sunday, aptly called Easter Christians, indeed ravaged by terror and Sunday. The tone is much communal conflict – all of humanity, more cheerful because it would do well to and now Covid-19. “The was on this day, more than prayer of a righteous remember and 2000 years ago, that Christ uphold the true spirit man upholds a nation”, rose from the dead. His of Easter, which is says the Christian holy resurrection, for Christians, book. love is victory over sin and Our political leaders death, raising the hope of an need our special prayers everlasting life in a new Paradise over to be able to govern with the fear of which Jesus would rule as King from God, justice and fairness. In particular, Heaven. President Muhammadu Buhari and This year’s Easter is one with a his team need to be supported in their difference. The circumstances are effort to rid Nigeria of corruption in uniquely inauspicious. The mood high places. Corruption has converted worldwide is subdued, understandably our common wealth into the preserve so because of a new virus called of a thieving few; this cancer has turned Coronavirus, spreading the deadly a God endowed nation into a pauper. Covid-19 disease. It has already Lastly, we ought to pray for peace killed thousands in many countries. in the whole world. There are countries Nigeria has reported 2,000 cases like Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and few hundreds of deaths. To and Somalia that are at war. These contain the spread of the virus, the wars are churning out millions of Federal Government initially locked refugees heading for Europe, thereby down Lagos and Abuja, the nation’s threatening its own peace. The peace of commercial and administrative capitals the world is our own peace. respectively. Later the lockdown was This is the spirit with which to mark made nationwide. Easter. We wish all Nigerians a happy, In spite of the gloom that Covid-19 peaceful Easter. Shallom.

By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

terrible rainstorm in the late hours at the weekend has left one hospitalised and a gigantic sign post mounted atop the SummitIllah Road by the premises of the Post Primary Education Board (PPEB) blown down in Asaba, the state capital of Delta State. An eye witness, Mr. Azuka Obuseh, Chairman, Smart Delicacy, whose eatery was close by, said that the storm pulled down the massive sign post, hitting the man who was hurrying away from his eatery as a result of the threatening rain. He added that the horrific sound of the fallen signpost and the painful cry for help from the trapped man drew attention to the people around, who hurriedly rescued and rushed him to the Federal Medical Centre in the capital city. He said there was no sign that the sign post was not firmly fixed, wondering what could have happened, had the signpost fallen directly on the road when vehicular traffic was heavy. Mr. Obuseh called on the concerned authorities to ensure that such outdoor signpost across roads in the state capital were firmly fixed from falling away easily, adding that the second signpost on same road, giving directions towards the Summit Junction, by the Benin-Asaba Expressway, was also infirm and posed danger for users of the road.

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Is Nigeria in Trouble?, By Gidado Y. Shuaib By Gidado Yushau Shuaib

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he title of this piece is a poser triggered by a blunt remark by Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the formidable political arch-rival of a former Edo State Governor and immediate past Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole. Obaseki, the incumbent Governor of Edo State, was, at an event, reported as blurting: “We are in trouble!” Why are we in trouble? Obaseki adduced a reason that it is because the country is enmeshed deeply in a financial quagmire. According to him, Nigeria’s oil marketers should not celebrate the increase in the price of crude oil, especially in the international market, for the expected benefits could be illusional. He noted that major oil companies in Nigeria such as Shell and Chevron are no longer investing in oil exploration. Obaseki was right. Chevron, for our information, is now one of the world’s largest investors in alternative fuels, just as Shell is gradually pulling out of Nigeria. Back to Obaseki’s revelations. The Governor revealed that the Federal Government had to (arbitrarily) print about N50bn to N60bn to augment the budget. What the governor meant was that governments world over don’t resort to arbitrary printing of money if the economy isn’t tottering beyond salvation. He did not mince words in starkly warning the country over the rate at which it has been borrowing money. His grouse isn’t the borrowing per se, but the absence of repayment plans. CBN and the Finance Ministry’s officials promptly unsheathed their daggers against Obaseki because of the revelations, citing all sorts of jargons. Actually, Nigerians don’t need expert analysis to glean that the economy is sick and bleak, cutting across all sectors of the economy. Even the sports sector, which normally puts smiles on the faces of many disillusioned Nigerians, by providing entertainment, fun and jobs to talented athletes, has been affected. If not for the last-minute intervention, the ongoing ‘Edo 2020’ National Sports Festival was almost closed prematurely due to federal government’s failure to make good its promises of providing counterpart funding. People in saner climes must have had a good laugh at Nigeria as her president, who made towering promises before assuming office, was and still is in the United Kingdom (UK) to access good healthcare, when his country’s doctors embarked on strike. Although the doctor’s umbrella body, the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) called off the strike few days ago, for the days it lasted it prevented poor Nigerians access to healthcare services. The strike, which began on April 1, was ignited by poor remuneration and deteriorating conditions of medical facilities in the country.

Away from NARD: despite the lastminute intervention by the national leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to halt the nationwide strike proposed by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), members of the union chose to ground court activities across the country. JUSUN had in a notice issued by its General Secretary, I. M Adetola dated April 1, 2021, announced that it would begin a nationwide industrial action to press home its demands for the enforcement of financial autonomy in the judiciary. The union stated that it had, at its last National Executive Meeting on March 13, 2021, in Abuja, issued a 21-day ultimatum to the government to implement the financial autonomy of the judiciary with a threat that failure would mean “JUSUN will have no other option but to resume the suspended national strike action.” True to its threat, the union has since commenced the strike across the country. Even an emergency meeting called by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, with leaders of JUSUN could not avert the strike. There is also the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP). Just last Tuesday, the association also declared an indefinite strike to demand the implementation of a new salary structure for polytechnic lecturers. ASUP is demanding payment of salaries and promotion allowances owed lecturers by the government. We cannot risk not tabling the putsch in police force. It is apparently a headache for the Nigerian State. Police formations across the country are groaning under poor funding. The development has crippled the force at a time of heightened internal security challenges. For the first quarter of this year, police commands and formations have not gotten any money to run the humongous operations under them, a Daily Trust investigation recently revealed. The constitutional roles of the police are maintaining and enforcing law and order. Regrettably, underfunding and poor management, over the years, have rendered the police largely ineffective in carrying out their responsibilities. Given the situations, it is vital for the government to change its strategies. The ones it has been working with have not been effective. That is how it could rebuild and regain the trust of diverse Nigerians. In the middle of it all, the government announced its plan to rehabilitate the moribund Port Harcourt Refinery at the whopping cost of $1.5bn. At a time, the economy is in dire straits with a litany of avoidable industrial actions, the menace of insurgency, kidnapping and banditry, who dare says that we are not in trouble if our government deems it fit to splash such mind-boggling ‘dollars’ for a project that is nothing but white elephant? Gidado Yushau Shuaib is the editor of @NewsDigestNG. He wrote in via giddyshuaib@gmail.com


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Who will rescue our University of Ibadan?

Still a wobbly tripod By Jerome-Mario Utomi

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n one of my opinion pieces published about four years ago and entitled; Wobbly Tripod and Doctrine of Trinity, I narrated how as a young lad, I grappled with the teaching about the doctrine of Trinity. To refresh our minds, it was during my catechism class as a Catholic Christian and the topic of Trinity posed a huge task to me. This doctrine is a dogma which teaches that God, the Supreme Being, is actually three persons in one. These three persons, as I was later told, are God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit coexisting as one entity sharing equality in substance, essence and divinity. This teaching which I had considered strange and untenable logic left me lost in the maze of high voltage confusion as I laboured to fathom how possible it was to compress three persons into one. Though I was totally disoriented by the logic of Trinity I tried not to betray my disconnect with the topic. Alas! I could not pretend for too long that I was flowing with the class for my teacher soon observed the utter confusion and frustration raging in my mind. And to douse the nagging helplessness enveloping me as regards comprehending what he was dishing out, he quickly declared, “Trinity is a mystery.” However, rather than clear my confusion, his declaration further left me crestfallen. What is a mystery, Sir? I found myself asking. He then went ahead to define mystery as “a revealed truth that is beyond human understanding but guided by the Holy Spirit.” Each time I ruminate over the

present separatist bug which has caught all sections of the country and place it side by side with the marriage of two unwilling brides who had no say in their forced and ill-fated union- amalgamation of the northern and the southern protectorates on the 14th February 1914,a day set aside to celebrate love all over the world, by Sir Lord Luggard- as well as the pre- and post-independence political structure of Nigeria, memories of my catechism class Trinity confusion come flooding. The British colonial overlords probably intended the protectorates to operate in a symmetrical manner with no part of the amalgam claiming superiority over the other. This arrangement conferred on the fledgling country the form of the Biblical trinity explained above. And at independence in 1960, Nigeria became a federation, resting firmly on a tripod of three federating regions-Northern, Eastern and Western Regions. Each of the regions was economically and politically viable to steer its own ship, yet mutual suspicion among them was rife. In fact, regional loyalty surpassed nationalistic fervor with each of the three regions at a juncture threatening secession. The late Premier of the Western Region once described Nigeria as “mere geographical expression” and later threatened “we (Western Region) shall proclaim selfgovernment and proceed to assert it”, a euphemism for secession. In the same vein, the Northern Region under the Premiership of the late Ahmadu Bello never hid its desire for separate identity. Just before independence, the region threatened to pull out of Nigeria if it

By Festus Adedayo was not allocated more parliamentary seats than the south. The departing British colonial masters, desirous of one big entity, quickly succumbed to the threat. In fact, the north at that time did pretend it never wanted to have anything to do with Nigeria. For example, the motto of the ruling party in that region at that time was “One North, One People, One Destiny.” And the name of the party itself “Northern People’s Congress, NPC,” was suggestive of separatist fervor, distinct identity. However, of all the secession threats since independence it was the one issued by the Eastern Region in 1966-67 following the bloody countercoup of July 1966 and subsequent genocide by northern soldiers and civilians in which thousands of easterners living in the north lost their lives or maimed, and the failure of Gowon to implement the Aburi Accord which was aimed at settling the crisis, that was much more potent because it was actually carried out. The result was the declaration of Eastern Region independent country with the name, “Biafra” on May 30, 1967 by the then Military Governor of the Region, the late General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Currently, a wave of secessionist sentiments is sweeping across the country with restive youths in the north and south east as the main gladiators. Some groups in the southwest and south-south have also joined the fray to demand the marriage of 1914 be ended as the basis for its continued existence has severely been weakened. However, the very vociferous agitation for Biafra’s restoration by Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, led by youthful Nnamdi Kanu has been the

loudest of the separatist movements. Though separatist bug has also caught some sections of the country, there is no denying the fact that even with the defeat of the Igbo in the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, the majority of the people, especially those born after the war harbour immense sentiment for separate political and cultural identity for the Igbo nation in the mould of restoration of the short-lived Republic of Biafra. For example, at the return of democracy in 1999, Ralph Uwazurike , an Indian-trained Lawyer, from Imo State ignited a passion for Biafra among south east youths via his separatist platform ‘’ Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra’’ (MASSOB). MASSOB and its founder enjoyed tremendous following and respect among mostly youths of the region that it almost became an alternative government in the south east. The group’s sit-at- home orders were religiously obeyed just as the one declared by IPOB on May 30th was a monster success. Uwazuruike’s support base has since drastically waned following dissent in MASSOB. But from the ashes of MASSOB’s bye-gone years of strident pro-Biafra agitation came Kanu and IPOB, a much more vitriolic but charming personality and organisation. Kanu happened on the national and international limelight through a pirate radio Biafra which he used as a vehicle to promote the agitation to actualise the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) quest for independence. Two factors have so far worked for Kanu in his separatist agenda: His long incarceration by the Buhari government over Biafra and the recent quit notice given to the Igbo

residing in the north by Arewa youths. Both factors, apparently unknown to President Buhari’s handlers, have helped and still helping IPOB and Kanu’s cause.Fundamentally, his incarceration for almost two years helped to project him to his supporters, a mass of Igbo youths, and the international community as a prisoner of conscience and freedom fighter. While those of us who believe in the unity of Nigeria may not agree with Kanu’s campaign or campaign of any group or ethnic nationality to dismember Nigeria, the truth must be told to the effect that the whole gamut of restiveness of youths, whether in the southeast, south-south, north or southwest, and resurgent demand for the dissolution of Nigeria stem from mindless exclusion, injustice and economic deprivation orchestrated by successive administrations . I believe that the likes of Kanu would instantly fizzle away and their cause dies naturally, if Nigeria is restructured to ensure more inclusiveness. But agitations for the death of Nigeria cannot go way when nepotism and sectionalism continue to be evident in the manner of political patronage and distribution of our common patrimony as currently obtained. But at the present momentprecisely four years after the piece, the nation is still but a Wobbly Tripod. Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via;jeromeutomi@ yahoo.com

U.S. country reports on Human Rights practices mirror narrow understanding, hegemonic thinking By Chang Jian

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he U.S. Department of State on March 30 issued its 45th annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. In the reports, the U.S. once again takes its narrow understanding of human rights as the so-called criteria to judge others, and considers all situations that vary from its criteria as “human rights violation.” The White House employs the reports as a tool to oppress other countries that have different political systems, trying everything to tarnish the latter so as to maintain its hegemony in the world. The U.S. claims that the reports cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. However, what have been set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements are not only civil and political rights of individuals, but also their economic, social and cultural rights. Besides, apart from worker rights, these documents also protect the rights of special groups including ethnic

minorities, women, children, persons with disabilities and seniors. In addition, massive resolutions adopted by the General Assembly of the UN and the UN Human Rights Council were about a series of individual and collective human rights, including the right to subsistence, right to development, right to peace and right to environment. It’s weird that in the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices of the U.S., only personal freedom and political rights, which are extremely highlighted under the American state system, are included. Such selection fully exposed the intention of the White House to force its political and social systems on all countries in rest of the world. Just as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in the preface of the reports, that the U.S. is committed to placing human rights at the center of its foreign policy. When the U.S. takes such standard as a universal gauge to measure other countries that have different political systems, the human rights conditions of the latter would be described as extremely poor. It’s not surprising that Blinken is calling white black when talking about the human rights situation of the last year in the reports.

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Speaking of COVID-19, he says the pandemic impacted not only individuals’ health, but their abilities to safely enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms. That is how the failure of pandemic control in the U.S. is glossed over with “democratic values and processes” used to protect citizens. The U.S. is witnessing a tragedy of 30 million infections and over 500,000 deaths. Is this a desired result of the so-called “democratic values and processes?” On the contrary, China and other countries have taken decisive measures to contain the spread of the virus, trying their best to protect their people’s rights to life and health. However, they are repeatedly slandered by the U.S. due to their efforts. What a shame on some of the politicians in the U.S.! Is not taking any measures and letting the virus spread a way to protect human rights? Placing personal freedom above people’s rights to health and life is exactly one of the major reasons of how the White House turned the U.S. into one of the most plagued countries in the world. However, it is taken by the U.S. as a doctrine to judge other countries. Aren’t there enough negative examples offered by

the country? Based on such narrow and arrogant human rights criteria, the U.S. government gives positive evaluation on whoever adopts American political system and democratic processes, regardless of the results, and criticizes and oppresses those who don’t. In the reports, there is barely any trace of the lasting protests across the U.S. triggered by the outrage over the death of George Floyd, or the violence at the U.S. Capitol following the presidential election, or the discrimination and hate crimes against Asians during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the reports give a thumb up to the turmoil in China’s Hong Kong, Belarus, Nigeria and Venezuela. The reports are silent about how many protesters the U.S. has arrested, but pretend to be righteous and call the education and vocational training offered by China to combat terrorism, separatism and extremism in Xinjiang a crime. The reports ignore how the U.S. has launched wars, violated sovereignty of other countries, killed civilians and abused unilateral sanctions across the world, but attack the governments of Syria, Yemen, Cuba and Venezuela, all victims of the U.S. hegemony.

Such typical politicizing of human rights and double standard are described by Blinken as “objective and comprehensive information.” How impressive it is! The narrow understanding of human rights of the U.S. led to massive tragedies amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the so-called human rights diplomacy of the country undermined world peace and brought human rights disasters to other parts of the world. It’s foreseeable that the U.S. would create much more tragic events across the world if the White House insists on going down the wrong path and keeps acting irresponsibly. The U.S. government had better face the facts, reflect on its human rights tragedies, immediately stop forcing on other countries its narrowminded human rights philosophy that has been proved invalid, and completely abandon its hegemony and double standard on human rights issues. Chang Jian is the director of the Center for Human Rights Studies, Nankai University, and a professor with the university’s Zhou Enlai School of Government

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he University of Ibadan, popularly known as UI, is currently undergoing one of its most challenging moments. The university that was once a great point of reference, even from its University College glory days, is now marooned as the epicenter of self-centered politics and everything-but-academic considerations. This has resulted in the threat against all those lofty achievements credited to this centre of learning, with the fear that they may be subsumed in the sewage. In the race for the Vice Chancellor office of the university is the proverbial wind that blew and the naked rump of a university associated with Professor Kenneth Dike is seen in its manifest dirt and rot. UI, in its 73 years existence, had been dragged backwards severally by issues not strictly academic. From its Crescent and Cross crisis of the 1980s which pitted Islam adherents against Christian worshippers on its campus, to

another religious war at its staff school which shot UI’s name into records of infamy, as well as allegations of plagiarism against some academics, the succession crisis of 2020 that the university sunk into after the expiration of the tenure of Professor of Applied Geophysics, Abel Idowu Olayinka, launched the school into another signpost of religion and tribe. A university that signposted the luscious growth of the academy for 73 years, began to dance to ethnic and religious tunes. In same 2020, Ibadan indigenes asked that Olayinka’s successor must hail from the former capital of the Western Region, while another group also came up to ask that whoever would be the next VC must wear a lapel of religion. The ghost of the Kenneth Dikes must feel insulted and assaulted. Those who know say that the idea of the universe which the university stands for ended in UI with the glorious administration of Professor of Engineering, Olufemi Adebisi Bamiro and died with ex-Minister of Health,

Isaac Adewole’s administration. His administration was said to have focused on governing the university like political governance. The carcass of the university was also said to have been exhumed by Olayinka and is threatening to die again, judging by the throes that the appointment of a VC for the school is undergoing. With Adewole, the VC began to drive in a convoy like political office holders and the VC appointed a Chief of Staff. It took the wise counsel intervention of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to stop this descent into the sewage of political governance by a respected academic institution. Under Adewole, the main engagement of the university descended from strict academy to infrastructure, with the VC trapped inside the vortex of multiple contract awards. Today, contracts awarded by Adewole are said to be such that the contracts’ terminal life will outlive two VCs to come. The stake then increased for whoever would become the

Comment VC, commerce looming very large on the cards. Like they do in chieftaincies, lineups of who would be VCs for more than four consecutive terms were structured to reflect the “Adewole boys” professors. The clash of egos then became the second important factor in the UI crisis, with the afobaje (anointer) seeking to be relevant, even after leaving office. Today, University of Ibadan oscillates on an uncertain loop. The several tendencies described above are competing heavily to outdo one another. As the tendencies clash, threatening to boomerang, the university’s Senate then met and appointed Professor of Philosophy and former DVC Academics under Olayinka, Adebola Ekanola, as its Acting Vice Chancellor, beginning from Dec. 1, 2020. Other tendencies are that of Adewole, manifested in Professor of Chemistry, Kayode Adebowale, who analyst said was Olayinka’s proposed successor, having served under him. Professor Abideen Aderinto, who personified the

Muslim tendency, was Adewole’s candidate. Thus, apart from the Christian/Muslim tendencies of Adebowale and Aderinto, the clash between Olayinka and Adewole is also a very dominant, with Adewole allegedly bringing in the fourth factor, the federal push, which manifests in suspected partisan intervention of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who allegedly dances to the Adewole beat. The University of Ibadan must reclaim itself from all these mundane tendencies and return to the business of academy. Stooges and surrogates of Abuja politicians who fool us with their scalpels and stethoscopes, with intention to turn our precious UI into a fiefdom, must be shown the way out. This can only be done by a proper assurance of the place of teaching and research in the university. Politicians masquerading as academics must be weeded out for the university to retain its sanity. Festus Adedayo is a Public Affairs Analyst.

A microeconomic analysis of BUA versus Dangote price fixing conflict By Muhammad Sagir Bauchi

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round October 1929, values of stocks in the New York Stock Exchange (NSE) market dropped to an unprecedented record level. Within three days, many investors loss about five billion dollars. Towards the end of the year, major banks and investment companies lost about USD Eleven Billion. That loss, led to closing of factories and laying off their workers, as economists forecasted more hard times ahead. But, in places like Iowa and Midwestern states, economic hard times were already in place Ten years earlier. During the world war, the central government (US) guaranteed farmers of high prices for their crops and Livestock. farmers took advantage of that and increased their agricultural output, and also, expand their herds. The farmers gained a lot from that favour. In the early 1930s, the world witnessed the aftermath of the World War I, which was known as “THE GREAT DEPRESSION “. During that period, the world witnessed a drastic fall in all economic activities. Factories were closed and many economic entities collapsed. Prices of goods and services skyrocketed, unemployment was high due to loss of jobs. During that period, classical economists were the theorists that authorities resorted to for economic advices and plans. As such, they were of the idea that the economy would move back to equilibrium position even without governments intervention by what they term as “INVISIBLE HANDS”-FORCES OF DEMAND AND SUPPLY. John Maynard Keynes, was a radical economist that did not subscribed to that economic idea of the classical economists. He was the person that guided the then U.S govt out of that great economic depression. In his response to the idea of self adjustment of the economy in the long run, he

opined that “in the Long run, we’re all deads” as such, he want the authorities to do away with ideas of the free market economy advocates, and intervene to stabilize prices and supplies from disequillibrium and correct the economic abnormalities. Fortunately, the authorities heed his ideas and act accordingly. With his advices, they successfully overcome the great depression. In Nigeria, we’re operating oligopoly where few firms produces for millions. They dominated the markets, determines the supplies in low quantity and also determines the price above margin which in itself is abnormal situations. While In real monopolies, monopolists control only one tool. Either price or supply, but here they controls both. And this is as a result of huge FAVOURs they enjoyed from the authorities through policies they lobbied. That’s why we are in a perpetual inflation as huge amount of money is chasing few goods produced by these Oligopolistic firms. Economics Science, is divided into two categories. They are: Microeconomic and Macroeconomic. Microeconomic, studies individual households, and business decisions. It also focused on demand and supply, and other variables that determine price levels. In a nutshell, microeconomics tries to analyze human choice, decision and the allocation of resources. On the other hand, Macroeconomics, studies the decision made by government as a whole, such as decision of a government in regards to inflation, price stability, unemployment and so on. Macroeconomics, takes into account the economy as a whole. As such, it takes a bottom line approach to determine the course and nature of an economic phenomena. Recently, a competitive -war broke out between the two dominant producers of the Nigeria sugar industry;

Dangote & BUA. In microeconomics, the war is known as “Price War”. It is a situation where two rival firms reduced the price of their commodity in order to increase their revenue and market share. Normally, they did that for a short run. Whenever the war is intense, the rival firm usually react by setting a price lower than the price set by the other rival firm. They’ll keep on with that until they reach a point known as ‘PERFECT COMPETITIVE PRICE’, where none could either reduce or increase his price. And if one increase his price, he will loose his customers to his rival. And if he reduce his price, he will surely incur loss. So, no matter what transferred, the consumers are the gainers. Surely, they will only go for a commodity with a lower price, since that the commodities are identical and can serve the same purpose. But, was the action of BUA emanated from his empathy for the poor? Probably, and from the Microeconomic point of view, no, but only a strategy employed to gain more dominance in the industry, and also, to increase revenues and market share. Adam Smith, who is known as the father of modern capitalism, lived all his life on a philosophy known as “SELF LOVE”. With this, he meant that, man is naturally selfish. He loves himself more than anyone else. In his quest to better himself, he can extend to benefit others. But his intention was to better himself not them. And in the cause of that, he’ll count his gain from the people he bettered. For instance, when a private school is established, the school contribute in three ways; providing employment, imparting knowledge to the pupils, and above all, served as a means of income generating to the proprietor. So, here, the proprietor brought what will bettered his society, but his intention is to MAXIMIZE HIS PROFIT. That is why the SCHOOL FEES usually vary from time to time.

This is a typical example of our modern CAPITALIST. They can go extra mile to better themselves in the expense of the poor masses. And they usually hide in the veil of WELFARISM, while in reality, maximization of their profit is what matter them, not the welfare of the society. Adam Smith, in his Capitalist Bible, “The wealth of a nation” gave a best description of the capitalist, where he said, “It is not from the benevolence (kindness) of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest”. So, with the action of BUA, he will reap at least three things; increase his revenue and market share, attract the customers of his rival and gain a big place in the heart of his customers. In every game, there are two players. One may be smarter or wiser than the other. In this saga, BUA is smarter than his rival. For his single statement made to his dealers is capable of destroying his rival in the industry. His statement, “HIKE PRICE AND LOOSE YOUR LICENSE” portrayed his rival as a WICKED being. While in reality, he was only employing market politics to do away with his rival in either way. But if we are little bit away from looking at the action of BUA from a face value, we can agree that, he did the right thing by choosing to go for a small profit and increase his sales, and also put smile on the faces of his final consumers. And he’s smarter than his rival. Dangote Group, in their quest to retaliate the action of their rival, they filled a petition to the Minister of Industry, where they accused their rival with operating in impunity, acting contrary to laws laid by the National Sugar Policy by selling their products locally instead of otherwise. As such, they wants them to closed the firms of their rival! This is purely a case of dominance. And it is in nature of human being that they don’t want to be in competition

in whatever they do. But, to be frank, Dangote exhibit what could be simply regards as “selfishness” in this his reaction. Instead of seeking for government assistance to defeat his rival, he should’ve reacted with pity and a sense of sacrificing some of his profits to retain his customers, thereby reducing his price lower than the price set by his rival! As such, his customers would be retain, and he will have surely boxed out his rival out of the market. But calling for government to shut down his rivals industry will do more harm than good to his market in the eyes of their customers. Because, people always chose to reside with those they believe to be oppressed. In this saga, people view BUA as a Hero and Dangote as a villain. So, if he truly want to retain his hard earned reputation as business-philantropist magnet in order not to lose his customers, he must act wisely. For a mistake at this stage will surely hunt him in the future. Price war is nothing new in free market economy. It is just a strategy employed for industry dominance. At the end, government must come in, to address the issue in contention, in order to safeguard it’s national development, which is correcting inflation, generating employment and stabilizing the market/economy, thereby, creating an enable environment for other investors in the sector and to facilitate more competition in the Industry. By doing this, it will create more job opportunities and stabilize the price of commodities since that each of the firms would be wary of increasing their price to avoid loosing their customers to their rival. Sagir Ibrahim is a Student of Economics in Bauchi State University, Gadau. He writes from Bauchi, and can be reached via ibrahimsagir1227@gmail.com


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NEWS

Kebbi APC stakeholders’ want zoning From Ahmed Kebbi

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he Kebbi State All Progressive Congress (APC) stakeholders and other politicians have called on the Political elite and people of the State to adopt zoning system for the Governorship position in the State. This call was made yesterday shortly after the stakeholders meeting held at Arugungu fishing festival grand hotel. The spokesperson of the team and the former commissioner of Information Alhaji Audu Yauri said that the proposed zoning system for Governorship position will be a long way in bringing unity among the people of Kebbi State.

Ondo govt, Culturepreneur to hold worshop on importance of cannabis plant in June By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Ondo State Government in conjunction with Culturepreneur Clusters Limited and other partners will on June 7 and 8, 2021 hold a stakeholders’ roundtable on the benefits and opportunities of cannabis plant and CBD Oil in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by Mr. Akin Olotu, SSA to Ondo State Governor on Agric and Agric Business. He said that the discussion will focus on research,

legalization, licensing, medical advantages, agro-economy advantages, empowerment, benefits of Internal Generated Revenues, Trade Exchange benefits. He added that it is aimed at furthering legislation, scientific research and sensitization on the health, industrial benefits of cannabis and CBD oil as well as engaging stakeholders’ at all levels to leverage on the multifaceted value chain of cannabis. “The event is slated to hold at the Dome International Cultural and Event Center in Akure and will also seek to persuade

relevant arms of government on the strict regulatory measures, licensing, economic benefits of industrial benefits of cannabis plants i.e bio gas/fuel, Health benefits of CDB Oil, as well as press for genuine win -win investors and promote reliable specialized production unit of the cannabis value chain and laboratory. “Also to be highlighted are the advantages so far on the need to legalize cannabis owning to, its numerous health and economic benefits, and financial benefits of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria.”

The statement further said that “participants will be drawn from government institutions, experts and active stakeholders’ in the value chain or research towards medical and economic prospects of cannabis plant value chain and CBD oil. The summit will endeavor to pitch stakeholders’ to support the research and legislation of cannabis in Nigeria, which will be a quick win for foreign investment, industrialization, IGR/stock exchange, job creation, women and youth empowerment and networking, amongst others.”

Delta Govt warns against breaking seal, fines defaulters N5m NGO inaugurates skill acquisition centre for IDPs in Kaduna R-L: Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, PDP Women Leader, Hajiya Maryam Waziri, Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Tobi Okechukwu and Minority leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, during the opening ceremony of a leadership program for the elected Local Government Chairmen and Councillors of Delta State, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

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he Delta State Government said it will continue to clamp down on land and property owners who take laws into their hands. The resolve by the government was necessitated by shocking discoveries made by the Joint Taskforce on Ground Rent and Operation Show Your Building Plan of unpatriotic acts by owners of businesses with total disregard to the law. According to the Chairman of the Taskforce on Operation Show Your Building Plan, Mr Chidi Nwuko, the criminal acts including breaking of the state government seal by some business operators was discovered during a special monitoring exercise on defaulting sealed-up business premises in the capital territory. The Chairman expressed disbelieve at the incessant manner the law was flagrantly flouted by those who supposedly should obey it’.

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n NGO, Bridge that Gap Initiative on Monday commissioned a skill acquisition centre for Internally Displaced Person (IDPs) in Rimau, a community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state. Commissioning the centre, Gloria Bulus, Executive Director of the NGO, said the hub was established to empower IDPs. ”The centre is expected to provide women in the community with sewing, climate smart agriculture techniques, soap and pomade-making among others. “200 households are expected to benefit indirectly from the centre as soon we unveil the project. ”These IDPs have lost their sources of livelihood as a result of the conflicts which have adversely affected their daily economic activities, so a large

percentage of women are idle, losing valuable and productive time. ”These events have also made the women over-dependent on the male head of the family, while households headed by widowed women due to the unrest become over-burdened.” She said the project will create a skills workspace for women in the community considering the economic vulnerability which has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic breaking the economic chain of most women in the informal sector. “The hub would provide an alternative source of livelihood since the primary source has been altered due to the conflict, and the COVID-19 pandemic.” Bulus said the project will be handed over to the community to help sustain it, this according to her, would give the women the opportunity to transfer the

knowledge to their children and relatives as a way of giving back to the community. “Our aim is to ensure that 30 women, who are starting the project become professionals to train others while the NGO just provides technical support. ”With this project, we aim to boost livelihoods to cushion the impact that has heavily dealt with not just the IDPs who have found Rimau as a haven, but the entire community as well.” She said that the project was supported by the World Connect, based in the U.S. “We accelerate the fight against poverty through integrated interventions that ensure equitable access to opportunities, and minimizing losses of livelihoods to the most vulnerable in the society. “On behalf of our donors, partners, and my entire team I wish to express my appreciation

to the family of the Late Agwom Adara, ruler of the Adara people in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state, for providing this space for the hub, and the good people of Rimau community for embracing this project.” She added. In her remarks, Victoria Galadima, wife of late Agwom, expressed her gratitude to the NGO for the opportunity given to the community to improve their livlihood. “Thank you so much for opening the way for our people, we expect our people to work towards achieving the goals of this project.” Earlier in his remark, District Head of Kufana, Chief Titus Dauda, commended the NGO for their support. ”We will continue to support and ensure that this project is secured to achieve all its goals” he pledged.(NAN)

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Work for legacy, restore security across Nigeria - CNPP tasks new IGP By Christiana Ekpa

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he Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has congratulated the Acting Inspector General Of Police, Alkali Usman Baba, on his recent appointment, urging him to ensure that he leaves good legacy for posterity by fulfilling his avowed commitment to deepening security across Nigeria. In a statement signed by Willy Ezugwu, the Secretary General of the political associations, CNPP advised him to “remember that he will one day become a former IGP like his predecessors. “We heartily congratulate the Acting Inspector General of Police, Alkali Baba Usman, for his new position. “The CNPP welcomes his pledged commitment to deepen security across the country and we strongly believe that security should be given all the attention it demands at this trying time in Nigeria’s history. “A drastic reduction in criminal activities in the country will definitely lead to increased direct foreign investment, thereby bridging the widening unemployment gap in the country. “It is time to collaborate with citizens and all stakeholders to create the needed atmosphere for our farmers to return to their farms to boost food production. “While we commend your pledge to commit to ensuring security of lives and property, the CNPP is of the view that good name is better than money as no one remains in an office forever. “The CNPP therefore call on the Acting Inspector General of Police to urgently bring to an end the unabated killer herders and farmers crisis in the country. “We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari to adequately fund and equip the Nigeria Police Force for internal security operations and get the military out of our towns and villages as their presence and activities have continued to militarise the society, leading to increased criminality”, the statement read.

PDP zonal congress success will roboff positively at national level – Gov Makinde By Musa Baba Adamu

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he Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has expressed delight at the conduct of the accreditation exercise of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South West Zonal Congress ongoing at the Women and Children Development Initiative Foundation (WOCDIF), Osogbo, Osun State. The governor while speaking with journalists immediately after being accredited revealed that he had to present his Driver’s Licence before he was allowed into the venue of the congress. Reason for this he explained

was to prevent ghost workers whose presence they were watching out for at the venue of the congress. The Oyo State Governor also maintained that despite the fact that the accreditation exercise started late, it was better, than for it to be rushed through. He said, “Accreditation is starting two hours behind schedule but I feel it is better for it to be late and thorough than for it to be rushd through.” While stressing the importance of the zonal congress on the party, the governor noted that its outcome has far reaching effects on the party at the national level.

“This is a zonal congress but it has ramifications for the party at the national level. “If we get it right in the South West, then we know that the future will be bright for the Peoples Democratic Party at the national level. “This is not just an election for zonal officials but we are here to put in our best and they will in turn represent us at the national level”, he added. Earlier, the Chairman of the PDP South West Zonal Congress Electoral/Congress Committee, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State represented by his deputy, Dr. Benson Adounu had stated during the display of sensitive

electoral materials that there were 743 delegates that have been scheduled to vote in the exercise that will form the process that will usher in new set of Zonal Executives for the party at the South West. The few delegates who have showed up included the former Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, member House of Representatives representing Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency, Oluwole Oke and a former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele and the deputy governor of Oyo State, Engineer Raufu Aderemi Olaniyan

Some staff members of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), waiting to receive their first jab of Oxford, AstraZeneca vaccine, at NAN Headquarters in Abuja on Monday (12/4/21). NAN

Army, others fault National Human Rights Commission amendment Bill at NASS By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Nigerian Army, alongside other security outfits yesterday faulted few of the provisions of the proposed National Human Rights Commission Repeal and Re enactment Bill 2020. Conflicting opinions by interested parties on the amendment Bill manifested at the one day public hearing held by the joint committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. Expressing reservation on the provisions of the bill, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Atttahiru, represented by the Director of Legal Services, Brigadier General MU Wambai,

said it was wrong for framers of the bill to have excluded the Army, Navy, Airforce, Police and DSS from the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission. He said Section 2(2)(b) of the bill listed the composition of the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission and at paragraph (b) (i) - (iii) ex officio members were listed with the exclusion of the Armed Forces , Nigeria Police Force , DSS and other Security agencies. “Any mention of stakeholders on human rights in Nigeria would be incomplete without the Armed Forces and the Police because oftentimes , they receive the bout of litigations in courts over alleged human Rights violations”, he said. Aside exclusion from the

Commission’s Governing Council, representatives of the security agencies also kicked against section 5(j) of the Bill, which seeks to empower the commission to make appropriate determination on complaints brought before it as may deemed necessary in each circumstance. He said “This raises jurisprudential question as to whether the Commission is seised of judicial powers since it could investigate and determine complaints. “It would also amount to travesty of justice if the investigating body determines the complaints and make same enforceable as it is a principle of justice that no man shall be a judge in his own case. “It is also against the letters

and spirit of section 36(1) and ( 4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees right to fair hearing before an impartial tribunal or body”, he said. Also kicking against some of the provisions of the bill, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, represented by Anthony Abah, said section 5, paragraph k, should be expunged for giving the Commission powers that clash with those of the Law Reform Commission. The Attorney General also declared that it was wrong to seek power for issuance of warrant of arrest for the Commission which, according to him, is constitutionally entrusted to courts of competent jurisdiction.


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POLITICS

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted an appeal committee to hear the grievances arising from its ongoing nationwide membership registration/ revalidation exercise. A statement issued yesterday by the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John James Akpanudoedehe, said the Committee will sit across the six geopolitical zones of the country and attend to the complaints arising from the exercise. According to the statement, the appeal Committee which would be inaugurated Thursday at the party headquarters in Abuja by the chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party, Mai Mala Buni, is to be chaired by Him. Farouk Adamu, while Hon. Victor Giadom will serve as the Secretary. The statement said “Upon the resolution of the Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) at its 9th meeting of 9th April 2021, the CECPC National Chairman, H.E. Mai Mala Buni has approved the Constitution of the Registration Appeals’ Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC). “As a responsible organization, the party is not oblivious of the fact that with the sheer magnitude and scope of the nationwide Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update Exercise of our party which has captured unprecedented numbers of our party faithful, it is expected that there may have been few isolated

Fayose admits Gov Makinde is PDP leader in South West zone By Musa Baba Adamu

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ormer Ekiti Governor, Ayo Fayose, has conceded the SouthWest leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde. He made the declaration on Monday during the South-West Zonal Congress at the Women and Children Development Initiative Foundation (WOCDIF), Osogbo, Osun State. Speaking at the zonal Congress, Fayose said “Nothing will last forever. And if I have offended anybody, I apologize. “Don’t allow them to give us a name that’s not ours in Yorubaland. The time of our Governor, Seyi Makinde, will not fail.” Fayose further used a proverb to describe what went wrong, saying “Ija l’ode t’orin d’owe”, which means “It was the fight that occurred that made a song become a proverb”. “Seyi Makinde and I are one since. But under any leadership regardless of the level, you are our father. God will help you succeed.” Governor Samuel Ortom, Chairman of the South-West Zonal Congress Electoral/Congress Committee, was represented by his Deputy, Benson Adounu.

APC constitutes membership registration/ revalidation appeal committee cases or pockets of glitches, despite the huge successes recorded. “Therefore, in line with the guidelines and template for the exercise, the Registration Appeals Committee shall sit across the six

(6) geopolitical zones and attend to all complaints and dissatisfaction(s) arising from the conduct of the Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update Exercise.” Other members of the committee

are: Emperor Chris Baywood, Sen. Khairat Gwadabe, Alh. Misha’u Lawan Didi, Hauwa Grema Mohammed, Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN), Sen. Ita Enang, Sen. John Owan Enoh, Hon. Ejike Njeze,

Abubakar Mohammed Danjuma, Amb. Jerry Sonny Ugokwe, Amb. Hassan Ardo. Others are: Barr. Mary Ekpere, Barr. Fola Vincent, Dabiu Gambari, Alh. Tijani Siaka Alfa, Grace Idakwo. Head of ICT, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Aaron Miller, receiving his first jab of Oxford, AstraZeneca vaccine, at NAN Headquarters in Abuja on Monday NAN

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POLITICS By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State has described as null and void the purported proclamation of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, as leader of the party, pointing out that by law, the state chairman is the head of the party caucus in the state. A communique from the state chapter of the party said the decision of the party was taken at its second Stakeholders Meeting at the weekend in Uyo to review the state of affairs of the party in the first quarter of the year and to also report the achievements and challenges facing the party in the State. The chapter commended the State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ita Udosen, MD and the entire State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party for repositioning the party in the State through taking concrete administrative decisions and for the successes and achievements it has attained in the past one year, even as they also renewed their confidence on the State party leadership

Akwa Ibom APC rejects Akpabio as party leader, nullifies factional leadership and urged them to keep it up. It further noted with satisfaction the salient job done by the 7-man Membership Registration, Revalidation and Update Committee in Akwa Ibom State under the leadership of Sen. Abubakar Girei for undertaking a rancour-free, peaceful and successful membership registration exercise in the State. The communique said stakeholders “endorsed the decision of the State Executive Committee SEC to declare as a nullity the unilateral proclamation and announcement of Sen. Godswill Akpabio as the State Party Leader of APC in gross violation of the Party’s Constitution in the unauthorised and illegal Stakeholders meeting of Sunday, March 28, 2021. “That the Party hereby reminds

every member and the general public that the State Chairman (or Caretaker Chairman as applicable here) is the Chairman of the State Caucus as provided for in Article 12.9 Sub (i) of the party Constitution (October 2014 As Amended) and remains the Party Leader in the State until further notice. “That the Party should urge every Stakeholder in the State, especially those in appointive positions to continue to support the party for the smooth running of party administration in the State. “That the Party hereby assures stakeholders, party faithful and the general public that there is no division in APC, Akwa Ibom Chapter and therefore enjoins every Stakeholder and party faithful to operate within the confines of the party Constitution

and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the course of their engagements in whatever party or political activity.” Those who attended the meeting and signed the communique were the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe; Akwa Ibom APC Caretaker State Chairman, Dr. Ita Udosen; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Umana Okon Umana; SSA to the President, Sen. Ita Enang; Dr. Amadu Atai; Member, South South APC Reconciliation Committee, Obong Sunny Jackson; Archbishop Samuel Akpan; Chief Godwin Afangideh and Sam Ewang. Other attendees were: Sir Ibanga

Akpabio; Chief Otu Ita Toyo; Rt. Hon. Nse Ntuen; Dora Ebong; Mr. Sonny Ayang; Hon. Uwem Udoma; DIG Ekpoudom (rtd.); Effiong Akwa; Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ukoete; Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Ekpenyong; Mr. Austin Ekanem; Barr. Effiong Abia; All members of Akwa Ibom APC State Executive Committee; among many other stakeholders. Meanwhile, the party commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the successes his administration has recorded so far and for his unrelenting effort at tackling corruption, economic and security challenges in the country, saying ‘The Stakeholders unanimously passed a vote of Confidence on the President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, commending his focused and purposeful leadership.”

Zamfara: You will lose your seat if you leave PDP – Yari warns Gov. Matawalle

I Why PDP may defeat APC in 2023 presidential election - PGF DG warns By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Director General of Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has expressed concern that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 presidential election, if the party eventually implodes due to the reckless and undisciplined conducts of some APC leaders. In a statement he issued yesterday titled ‘Determining Factors for 2023 Contests in APC’, Lukman who is a chieftain of the party, said every APC leader and member who is committed and working to protect the electoral viability of the party, should be worried that the strongest opponent of the party is within the party. According to him, other opposition parties, especially the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are only a shadow opposition whose electoral prospects are dependent on the outcome of internal contests in the APC, especially during primaries. Making reference to the past experiences in which the party lost elections in 2019 due to internal wranglings, Lukman said “If anything, the lesson from the 2019 elections, which every APC leader and member should be reminded is that APC was defeated in Rivers, Zamfara, Bauchi, Adamawa, Oyo and many other places by aggrieved APC leaders who worked

against candidates or leaders of the party as a result of internal disagreements around candidate selections for Governorship of these states.” He said such internal disagreement almost cost the party Imo State until the Supreme Court confirmed the victory of the APC, adding that in Ogun, it was a traumatic victory, while the Kano Governorship election had its baggage of painful experiences, just as Lagos was a shocking narrow victory, all due to avoidable internal challenges. While he recalled also that ‘Rambo’ political contest led to the loss of Edo State in the 2020 Governorship election, he cautioned that APC leaders should also be reminded that it was internal rancorous contest that made APC to lose the 2014 Ekiti Governorship election, just as he said similar rancorous contest produced marginal victory for the APC in the 2018 Ekiti and Osun elections. To this end, the PGF DG argued that truth be told, if the APC had faced any of the challenges of the Governorship elections in Rivers, Zamfara, Bauchi, Adamawa, Oyo, Ogun, Kano, Lagos, Edo, Ekiti and Osun during the 2019 presidential election, Buhari winning the election would have been impossible. “If anything, absence of any problem during the internal contest for the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari as the presidential candidate

of the party in December 2014 was a major source of electoral strength, which made the party to win elections in virtually all the states it won in 2019, as well as won majority seats in both the Senate and the House of Representatives”, he said. Speaking further, he recalled that it was the towering political profile of President Buhari that ensured that there was a peaceful primary after which all the formidable aspirants supported Buhari, hence it was easy for the APC to win both the 2015 and 2019 elections. To this end, he said once APC can manage the process of internal contest for the emergence of candidates of the party for 2023 elections such that all those who contested with the winners can accept the outcomes as well as support the candidates, it is possible for the party to continue to enjoy all the electoral advantages associated with President Buhari. According to him, “How the party is able to manage the process of internal contest is now the challenge. The biggest problem in politics, which compromises both leaders and members and weaken capacity to provide generic support to candidates irrespective of who emerges is the personal ambitions of leaders for elective and appointive positions. “Most times, leaders and members relate with challenges based on estimation of potentials to win support to access elective and appointive positions. Hardly

do leaders and members take initiatives to resolve challenges without some associated expectations, which could be linked to opportunities to access elective and appointive positions.” He said it is conventional to all democracies that parties in power always have the higher advantage of winning elections, pointing out that to this extent, APC has all the advantage of winning the 2023 elections. However, he said the big challenge is whether APC leaders will take the necessary steps to retain all the towering electoral advantages of President Buhari, which will require first and foremost that the Caretaker Committee is able to complete its tasks of returning party organs to normal operations in line with provisions of the APC Constitution. He said this should be followed by allowing organs of the party to take decisions, which should be the basis for the unity of all leaders of the party, just as he observed that taking every step to ensure that conducts of party leaders are regulated to conform to minimum standards is necessary to ensure that all appointive officials of APC controlled government are able to develop comparative scorecards ahead of the 2023 elections. “APC must take all the necessary steps to ensure that campaigns for 2023 are based on assessment of empirical evidence of performance and not perception”, he said.

mmediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has cautioned the state governor, Bello Matawalle, that he would lose his seat if he leaves the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), going by the Supreme Court verdict that brought him to office in 2019. Yari disclosed this at the secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gusau, during the distribution of N1.3billon assorted grains he purchased for the party’s supporters as a Ramadan gift. The former Governor, who was represented by Senator Kabiru Marafa, said nobody had informed them either in writing or verbally that Matawalle was defecting to the APC. He, however, warned that the Supreme Court nullified the election of the APC candidates in 2019 and declared the PDP candidates as winners who would remain in power till 2023. “As such, until after that period, any PDP elected officer who defects to another party must also vacate his seat going by the court’s judgment,” Yari said. According to Yari, Matawalle

was being misled by some people to join the APC, “forgetting the circumstances that have made him become the governor of the state.” Recall that reports had emerged

that Matawalle had concluded plans to dump the PDP after some APC Governors visited him. However, the Governor’s participation at the PDP

Governors’ meeting in Makurdi last Friday appears now to be a big disappointment to those who peddled the rumour that he was about to defect to the APC.

Matawalle was in high spirits when he met with his colleagues and commended Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for being a wonderful host.

Cross-section of members of Hunters Group of Nigeria, during their graduation, at the Police College Training Ground in Kaduna on Sunday (11/4/21). NAN

Nothing will stop Urhobo to produce Delta Governor in 2023 - Ex- Minister says By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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ormer Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi, has boasted that nothing would stop the chances of the Urhobo people to produce the successor of the current Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, in the next gubernatorial election in 2023. He claimed that Governor Okowa was ready to respect the existing zoning arrangement for the governorship position in the state among the senatorial districts of the state, declaring that Okowa owes Urhobo indigenes the duty for the governorship seat in 2023. Gbagi, who made this known in Yenagoa during a reception organized in his honour by the Urhobo Indigenes in Bayelsa State, assured the Urhobo nation that the

massive support for the Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa administration was based on the existing agreement on rotation. He said “All of you here would have shot yourself on the foot, you would have denied yourself, your children the born and yet unborn, grandchildren were you not to defend what God has given to you. There is no discussion while we will relax and work with our other two senatorial districts. Nothing on earth would remove governorship from Urhobo land. Turn by turn we have done ours. It has gone round. It went to the South, it left the south. It went to the north and by the natural act of God, it is coming back to us”. According to Gbagi, “In 1998 and 1999, when it was then decided that we are going to play politics, we were three Urohobos apart from other senatorial districts. It was

all pre-planned that Urhobo will produce the governor of Delta State as of that time, it was Chief James Ibori, Professor Sam Oyovbaire and myself that ran the Governorship primaries in Delta State” “As it is in my nature when Chief James Ibori emerged as governor, we did not run away from the party. He did his tenure, finished and left. But I was the main agitator for Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa as of that time to do governorship on the basis of zoning”. He, however, pleaded with the Urhobo indigenes to always show support for the administration of Gov. Okowa to allow the PDP administration in Delta State finish strong, ”What I want you people to do and continuously do is to pray for Okowa to finish strong. Okowa is a very wise politician, Okowa knows how we started. If I do over 200 articles on why everybody should let

Okowa continue its first and second term, it is because we have an agreement. He holds the Urhobo a duty. We have a lot of Urhobos trying to contest today under the platform of our party but they are not all Urhobo.” On the number of Governorship aspirants ahead of the 2023 governorship race on the platform of the PDP, Olorogun Gbagi noted that most of those challenging his aspirations are not qualified based on the reasons behind their aspirations, saying that they don’t have investments in Delta State and does not have the interest of the state at heart. “So, if they don’t have investments in Delta State, it is suitable for them to cause trouble to fight and destroy the place and run to Ghana and Dubai. But I cannot come and fight in Delta State because my investment and everything is in Delta State”, he said.


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he Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, has declared his readiness to partner with stakeholders that have valuable ideas which will help consolidate the gains of the ongoing financial management reforms initiatives. The Director, Information, Press And Public Relations, OAGF, Henshaw Ogubike in a statement said, the AGF made the declaration in Abuja when he received in audience the Partners of Ernst and Young (EY) in his office led by the Advisory Leader (West Africa) Mr. Ben Afudego. He praised the credentials of EY and added that the OAGF was open to value addition and with EY, that can be achieved. But he advised against a generalized approach. “The OAGF does not want a generalized approach, we want specifics. No more talking and meeting, we want to achieve results” Ahmed Idris said. Idris, whose office anchors the Federal Government’s financial management reforms, noted that the overall success of the initiatives is hinged on implementation of resultoriented ideas. He called on stakeholders that can add value to government’s effort to come up. Ahmed Idris further advocated for strong collaboration between some Treasury Departments and EY Consulting to drive government reforms with the application of technology as he advises for specific areas and not the generalized style of approach. “We are open to new ideas, we are open to value addition, we believe if we get critical stakeholders, we can achieve even more successes in the reform initiatives”, he said. He noted that individuals not directly involved in the implementation of the reforms are in a better position to assess the efforts of the Federal Government. He expressed government’s readiness to accept

We Are Open To Stakeholders With Valuable Ideas – AGF Idris ideas that would help correct whatever anomaly is observed. Idris maintained that the government will continue to turn its back on individuals whose approach to issues is considered incapable of meeting government’s objectives. “As much as we want improvements in our system and value addition, we don’t want generalized approach, we want specific approach. Come up with specific things you can do to add value, we want results”, he said.

In his response speech, Mr. Ben Afudego who led the team, thanked the Accountant General of the Federation and the Directors of the Treasury for taking time out of their busy schedules to receive them in a short notice as he gave an overview of the purpose of their visit to the OAGF and the EY vision for working with government. According to Ben Afudego, EY would want to work with the OAGF in Revenue Protection and

Improvement, Asset Tracking and Monitoring, Continuous Process Improvement, Data Analytics, Digital and other priority areas of the OAGF. He also reeled out several solutions developed by EY such as Strategic planning and fiscal policy, budget process improvement, revenue administration reforms, treasury modernization and reform, performance monitoring, evaluation and management which are geared towards addressing all aspect of Public

Financial Management (PFM). Adding that, the approach follows an integrated model which is structured around the budget cycle to support accurate and timely decision making. He also disclosed that EY is one of the leading Consultants for World Bank and many African countries. In a similar development, Mr. Joe Cosma, one of the Partners of EY called for investment in systems and sustained efforts in building the systems.

From left: Women Leader, All Progressive Congress (APC), Anambra State, Ms Calista Nwanchukwu; Zonal Chairman APC AnambraSouth, Comrade Izu Okeke, APC Anambra state Governorship Aspirant, Sir Azuka Okwuosa and Founder of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chekwas Okorie, during the endorsement of the aspirant for Anambra State Governorship by the APGA founder in Awka, Anambra State on Sunday (11/04/21).

World Creativity Day: NITDA organises Innovation Challenge, calls for entries By Etuka Sunday

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he National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as part of the United Nations’ World Creativity and Innovation Day 2021 is organizing an Innovation Challenge with the theme “Inspiring Creativity

and Innovation in the Nigerian Digital Economy” to harness innovative and impactful solutions for the development of a vibrant digital economy. The World Creativity and Innovation Day is a global UN day celebrated to raise awareness around the importance of creativity and innovation in

problem solving with respect to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) also known as the “global goals”. The Agency is therefore calling on all Nigerians with innovative and impactful working solutions to make entries for the Innovation Challenge. Solutions will be

evaluated based on job and wealth creation potential, originality, marketability, scalability and inclusiveness. The Head, Corporate Affairs and External Relations, NITDA, Mrs Hadiza Umar in a statement said, successful entries would have an opportunity to present their solutions to the Tech

Industry Stakeholders. The event is scheduled as follows: The portal will be opened from April 12, 2021 till April 17, 2021. Entries will be evaluated and assessed by April 19, 2021 and successful ones will be required to do a 5-minute live pitch on Wednesday April 21, 2021.


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40,000 FCT residents receive jabs of COVID-19 vaccine - official By Stanley Onyekwere

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o fewer than 40,000 residents of ion’s capital city have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, since the roll out of the exercise in March, according to Acting Executive Secretary, FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Ndaeyo Iwot. Iwot, who disclosed this while monitoring the vaccination of FCT lawmakers yesterday, said the figure is part of the 1million doses, so far inoculated nation wide.

He urged residents to ignore conspiracy theories and fake news being pushed on social media, stressing that no known adverse effect of the vaccine has been recorded. While reiterating the safety of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the FCTA health official, clarified that two of the five cases being bandied around are not directly linked to the vaccine. Similarly, the Permanent Secretary of the FCT, Mr. Adesola Olusade, while commending the FCT lawmakers for publicly receiving the vaccine, said such

act will not just validate the efficacy and safety of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but also boost public confidence on the exercise. Olusade, who noted that government will not make it compulsory for Nigerians to take their jabs, however explained that certain situations may necessitate taking the jab. Speaking to journalists after taking his first jab, Senator Philip Aduda commended the efforts of the FCT Administration in curbing the spread of the pandemic. Aduda, who led two members of House

of Representatives, representing the FCT, Hon. Micha Jiba and Hon. Hassan Usman Sokodabo to get their jabs, said doing this will convince their supporters and other stakeholders that the vaccine is safe “We members of the National Assembly, our families and domestic staff are here to be vaccinated. As a leader, I should be able to convince the people that this is safe. “Decline in number of positive cases is an indication that the FCT Administration is getting it right”, the FCT Lone Senator stated.

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orried by alarming increasing rate of illegal activities in the popular Gudu electrical and auto spare parts market, in Abuja, government have intensified effort to rid the place of nuisances, threatening public safety. This was revealed when a combined team of FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation and Enforcement squad of Abuja Environmental Protection

Board (AEPB ) recently stormed the market for sensitisation. Managing Director, Abuja Market Management Limited , Arc. Ibrahim Uzaibat, confirmed that traders had been alerted over several contraventions and illegal activities tarnishing the image of the market. Uzaibat disclosed that all major markets in Abuja have approved blueprint that must not be compromised, and that comprehensive sanitation exercise had commenced in some of the

markets to restore sanity and shoppers confidence. “ Court order has been issued to the traders for them to abate these nuisances. “This intervention exercise is billed to take place anytime soon. Before it happens however, on behalf of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, we wish to inform every trader, shop owners, market users and other stakeholders in Gudu market Abuja of the plan to sanitize the market

of all illegal incursions, trading activities in unauthorised places as well as all criminal elements “, Uzaibat noted. Also, Chairman, FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation , Ikharo Attah said the exercise had become necessary, as the market had been overtaken by illegalities that threaten public safety. Attah noted that what the nuisances created by the traders in the market is a “ disaster waiting to happen”.


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he Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have paid tribute to their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. In separate statements, Prince William described him as an “extraordinary man”, while Prince Harry said he was “a man of service, honour and great humour” and the “legend of banter”. “I will miss my Grandpa, but I know he would want us to get on with the job,” William added. Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday aged 99. It comes as parliaments across the UK were recalled to remember the duke. “My grandfather’s century of life was defined by service - to his country and Commonwealth, to his wife and Queen, and to our family,” Prince William said in a statement. “I feel lucky to have not just had his example to guide me, but his enduring presence well into my own adult life - both through good times and the hardest days. “I will always be grateful that my wife had so many years to get to know my grandfather and for the kindness he showed her. “I will never take for granted the special memories my children will always have of their great-grandpa coming to collect them in his

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s many families enjoy outing during this spring, more and more tourist-oriented roads are emerging across China. These well-designed and popular roads are leading rural residents of the country to a happier and wealthier life. Changchi Road, which links Changling township, Changping district of Beijing, with Chicheng county, north China’s Hebei province, is very popular with selfdriving tour enthusiasts in Beijing. Since now is the season when peach blossoms in full bloom grace the mountain road, a great number of tourists who prefer road trips and wish to enjoy the view of flowers have chosen the road as an important part of their trips. The winding road, where

carriage and seeing for themselves his infectious sense of adventure as well as his mischievous sense of humour!” He added that he and his wife, Catherine, would “continue to do what he would have wanted and will support the Queen in the years ahead”. Kensington Palace shared a photograph of Prince George with his great-grandfather Philip, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, alongside the message from William Paying tribute to his grandfather, Prince Harry said: “He was authentically himself, with a seriously sharp wit, and could hold the attention of any room due to his charm - and also because you never knew what he might say next. “He will be remembered as the longest reigning consort to the monarch, a decorated serviceman, a prince and a duke. “But to me, like many of you who have lost a loved one or grandparent over the pain of this past year, he was my grandpa: master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ‘til the end.” Harry described Prince Philip as “a rock” for the Queen “with unparalleled devotion”. “While I could go on, I know that right now he would say to all of us,

Some well-heeled Parisians are allegedly holding secret dinner parties beer in hand, ‘Oh do get on with it!’” he said. “So, on that note, Grandpa, thank you for your service, your dedication to Granny, and for always being yourself.” Harry signed off his message with the words “Per Mare, Per Terram”, meaning “by sea and by land” in Latin - the motto of the

Royal Marines, of which Philip and Harry were both Captain General. Meanwhile, MPs began proceedings in the House of Commons by observing a minute’s silence to remember the duke’s life. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Prince Philip had “touched the lives of millions”, including through the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

schemes. “By his tireless, unstinting service to the Queen, the Commonwealth, the armed forces, the environment, to millions of young people and notso-young people around the world, and to countless other causes, he gave us and he gives us all a model of selflessness and of putting others before ourselves,” he said.

Funeral preparations under way at Windsor grey walls. They look out on a scene of perpetual preparation: forklift trucks, catering vans and council vehicles enter, leave, turn and reverse. Scaffolding, chairs, flowers and boxes are disgorged. And miles of

cables are being unfurled from vast drums like never-ending electrical snakes by the television, radio and lighting professionals who will bring the funeral to the world. Police have replaced pedestrians in this cordoned-off

unit of determined workflows: on foot, on bicycles and in their cars, their blacked-out windows gliding past the castle’s famous blackcloaked wardens, lined up across the entrance. The paper plans of countless

committees across endless decades are coming to a melancholy fruition, to give His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh, a fitting send-off. Source: BBC

Tourist-oriented roads drive boom in tourism sector and prosperity for rural residents in China tourists can also see the grand and imposing Great Wall in Beijing along the way, is known as one of the most attractive mountain roads on the outskirts of Beijing. Chang Qi, who is quite fond of self-driving tours, has driven on Changchi Road for many times. “I drive along the road almost every weekend in spring for fear of missing the blooming season of peach blossoms and having to wait for another year,” Chang said, adding that the flower season of peach blossoms is short and usually lasts from late March to early April. There are parking areas along Changchi Road, and some plank roads have been built near the road,

so that tourists can pull up and walk up the mountains. Chang still has vivid memories of his trips to Changchi Road in the spring of 2020. “When I arrived at a parking area along the road, I saw adults and children taking photos under flowering peach trees and laughing joyfully. Although everyone was wearing a mark for epidemic prevention, I knew that they felt relaxed and happy at that time,” he said. The number of tourists that drive along Changchi Road this year has risen significantly compared with that in 2020, according to Chang. Shexian county in Hebei has built in the countryside a tourist

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road that connects over 300 culturethemed tourist destinations. The country road stretching over hundreds of miles has drawn numerous tourists and effectively vitalized local tourism, driving rapid development of revolutionthemed tourism, roots tourism, and increasing popularity of sightseeing tours. The tourism boom in Shexian county has motivated local villagers to establish B&B hotels and agritainment restaurants, thus leading villages and local residents to prosperity. Xiaojinkou village located in the northern mountainous area of Shengzhuang township, Tai’an, east

China’s Shandong province, didn’t have a single decent road in the past, when residents in the village faced great difficulty getting out of the mountains. Today, a 23.8-kilometerlong tourist road that connects Xiaojinkou village and eight other villages has not only made it easier for villagers to travel, but also promoted the sale of local tea and the development of tourism industry. With the fresh air, beautiful scenery and high-quality local specialties in the village attract tourists from afar, the once poor village has become more and more prosperous.

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tate governors in southeastern Nigeria have announced they will create a joint force code-named Ebube Agu (Igbo for “Incredible Tigers”) to help tackle rising insecurity in the region. In a statement at the end of a security meeting on Sunday, the governors said the new force would help co-ordinate security activities in the area. More than 15 policemen were killed while nearly 2,000 inmates were released in a recent jailbreak in Imo state. The separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), has been active in the region, fighting to establish a separate state. In recent weeks, unidentified gunmen have targeted police stations, killing policemen and carting away arms and ammunitions. The governors also announced a ban on open grazing. Local farmers and cattle herders have had running battles in many communities over grazing rights. The south-east governors are the second group to set up a regional security force following mounting security challenges.

Comoros president gets Covid jab ‘to set example’

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omoros President Azali Assoumani, First Lady Ambari Azali and several high-status public officials have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Mr Assoumani said that he wanted to set an example and be the first to be vaccinated with the Sinopharm vaccine made in China. “By proceeding today to launch the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in our country, we are taking a new step in our fight against the pandemic,” said Mr Assoumani said as he received the jab on Saturday at the ElMaarouf hospital. “The vaccines will be administered, in the first instance, to medical personnel, teachers, military and paramilitary forces, the elderly and those with comorbidities,” he said. “We are continuing our efforts with our partners to acquire doses of other vaccine to reach the vaccination target of 60% as soon as possible.” The Chinese ambassador to Comoros, He Yanjun, said “China is firmly at the forefront of international cooperation on vaccines”.

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n international charity says locust swarms, extreme weather and

below average rainfall mean millions of people in Somalia will not have enough food.

Save the Children says crop and vegetable production is expected to drop by up to 80%

this season. Income from livestock sales, a mainstay of the Somali economy, is projected to fall by up to 55%. The agency says mothers are desperately trying to scrape together just one meal a day for their children. Some of them are already malnourished. Projections say that this year, poor families in southern Somalia will only be able to source 15% of their food from their crops. In other difficult times, their crops have provided about half their food. Somalis are already facing multiple challenges, including a long-running Islamist insurgency, a volatile political situation and more than 30 years without an effective central government.

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omalia’s police chief General Abdi Hijar has sacked Mogadishu police commander Sadaq Omar Hassan, popularly known as Sadaq John, after he announced that he stopped the country’s parliament from holding a session on delayed elections. Minutes before his sacking, Mr Hassan appeared on the privately-owned Universal Somali

TV channel to announce that he had suspended the parliamentary meeting. He said there should be “no power grab” and the Somali lawmakers should go back to their constituencies and seek reelection. Shortly after he made the remarks, the Somali police chief sacked him. “Lieutenant Colonel Farhan

Mohamed Adan (Farhan Qarole) has been appointed as the new commander of Banadir region. Farhan Qarole has also been promoted to the rank of colonel,” the state-owned Somali National News Agency said in a tweet. Somali army and police officers have ramped up security in the capital ahead of the special parliamentary session to debate elections that are months behind

schedule. The term of the Somali parliament ended in December 2020 and that of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo on 8 February. Indirect parliamentary and presidential elections that should have followed are being derailed by political disagreements. Source: BBC

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uslims across Africa will begin observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan starting on Tuesday. For the second year, restrictions are in force in some countries during the month. Egypt has banned congregational prayers in mosques. Tunisian Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi backpedalled on Sunday on a decision to extend the hours of a nightly curfew, following concern for people’s livelihoods. Mr Mechichi, who has long been at odds with President Kaïs Saïed, had on 7 April announced that a curfew aiming to curb a spike in Covid-19 cases would start at 7pm local time (18:00 GMT), instead of 10pm ahead of Ramadan.

Two days later, Mr Saïed called on the prime minister to review the decision, to avoid the loss of thousands of jobs

during the holy month in which Muslims fast until sunset. Last year, African leaders sent special Ramadan messages

of hope to Muslims on the continent amid unprecedented restrictions to counter the spread of the virus.


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China takes lead in race to launch digital currencies thanks to broad mobile coverage, early innovations

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he global race to launch digital currencies is fiercer as central banks from more countries explore how to use the money of the future. In the competition, China has taken the lead thanks to an early start and abundant application scenarios aided by wide broadband coverage, which analysts said will help boost the internalization of the yuan against US dollar hegemony. On Monday, the Bank of Japan said that it has been preparing for experiments on a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in early fiscal year 2021, to test the technical feasibility of the core functions and features required for the CBDC such as issuance, distribution and redemption. The proof-of-concept phase one began on the same day and will continue through March 2022, the bank said in a statement on its website. In addition, the US Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and MIT, which are developing prototypes for a digital dollar platform, aim to unveil their research as soon as July, Bloomberg reported. In a separate report, Bloomberg

said that European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said that the institution could launch a digital currency in four years. While the US and the EU are speeding up their digital currency programs, China’s central bank has tested its digital currency in live pilot programs in multiple cities across China. China’s development of its sovereign digital currency is taking the lead thanks to an early start, early and comprehensive work on relevant standards and legal frameworks, as well as abundant application scenarios, industry observers said. “China’s research and development of its digital currency is self-driven and conducted in a prudent way to fend off financial risks. This is in contrast to other major economies, most of which are driven by the external environment, such as the coronavirus pandemic which promoted the need for digital trade settlement,” Wang Peng, assistant professor of the Gaoli Academy of Renmin University of China, told the Global Times on Thursday. Wang said that some Western

economies such as the US and European countries could face hurdles in promoting their sovereign digital currencies, as it may require substantial time and costs to persuade their citizens and businesses to switch from credit cards to digital payment. “It also requires a wide coverage of high-speed mobile telecom networks, which some countries need to improve as well,” Wang noted. With mobile network coverage and priority given to the project, it’s widely expected that China would be the first major economy to launch a digital currency. Industry insiders noted that the digital yuan is a very important means for China to speed up the internalization of the yuan. As part of its moves to revive the pandemic-plagued US economy, the US Fed has cut interest rates to zero and implemented unlimited quantitative easing. Following the recently signed “Relief Bill” that totaled $1.9 trillion, the US has unleashed fiscal stimulus spending of $5.2 trillion since the coronavirus crisis began. “Excessive US money printing is

Residents who received “red packets” of digital RMB use the money in a store in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, on October 14, 2020. Photo by Li Hao/GT weakening the US dollar’s position in the global economy. Against this backdrop, China - as a main engine of growth in the post-virus economic recovery - could promote the digital yuan into an international settlement system,” Shentu Qingchun, CEO of Shenzhen-based blockchain company BankLedger, told the Global Times on Thursday. Analysts said that China could

conduct trials of the digital yuan in international trade in offshore yuan centers, such as Hong Kong. Similar tests could also be run in the Hainan Free Trade Zone. “At first, China could conduct trials using the digital yuan in foreign trade point-to-point, and when conditions mature, the country could also facilitate a wider regional application,” Wang said. Source: Global Times

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hina’s top economic planner and the commerce ministry announced 22 measures to boost market access to support the building of a free trade port in South China’s Hainan Province, with the focus on opening up the high-end consumer-oriented services. According to a document co-released by China’s National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Commerce on Thursday, the province will further ease foreign investors’ access to medicine, finance, culture, education and agriculture in Hainan. The central government has given Hainan “unprecedented

facilitation for opening up,” as reflected in the new policies, which mean that “high-end consumer-oriented services” such as medicine and education would bring the island’s superiority into full play, Tian Yun, vice director of the Beijing Economic Operation Association, told the Global Times. In terms of medicine, Hainan will encourage research into innovative treatments and the practice of advanced aesthetic medicine. According to the document, pharmaceutical enterprises registered in Hainan that have completed phase I to phase III clinical trials and obtained marketing licenses in China should

enjoy easier access there. Beauty clinics in designated areas will enjoy favorable policies when using medical beauty products and medical equipment listed in the US, the EU, Japan and other countries and regions. Foreign high-level aesthetic medicine experts will be encouraged to practice in Hainan, while international industrial exhibitions and organizations will be held to attract aesthetic medicine-related tourism. The document gives a boost to educational and cultural exchanges along the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Cultural activities and creations from BRI economies will

be encouraged to be performed and based in Hainan. Further, domestic well-known universities are encouraged to establish international colleges in Hainan targeting international students, especially those from BRI economies. In terms of agriculture, measures will be taken to further relax market access to the seed industry in Hainan, and to simplify import and export licenses for crops and herbal seeds for Chinese traditional medicine. The island will be encouraged to carry out cooperative research with overseas institutions and experts to further optimize the management of seeds introduced

from overseas. These services industries will bring supporting infrastructure, the introduction of talent, and further opening-up in finance on a step-by-step basis, Tian noted. “The position of the Hainan free trade port is different from the one in Shanghai, as well as from the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration region and the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. “That’s because some institutional innovations could be given trials on the island, which will be an experimental field at a higher level,” Tian said. For instance, the free exchange of currencies and wider trials of the digital yuan could be possible in Hainan.

China to strengthen standardized management of platform economy By Peng Xunwen, People’s Daily Overseas Edition

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hina determines to strengthen standardized management of platform economy, as online platforms are increasingly closely related to various aspects of people’s lives, and becoming an integral part of modern life with the rapid development of digital economy. “Digitalization has really made our life convenient,” said a man surnamed Wang, who works in a company in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong province. Benefiting from digital technologies every day, Wang can’t help expressing his excitement about the positive changes in life brought about by digitalization. Every morning, Wang places an order on car-hailing apps for a ride to work. During the commute, he orders breakfast via a food ordering app. After

he gets off work, Wang often buys vegetables, fish, and meat on a fresh food delivery app on his way home. And these foods are always delivered to his door by delivery people after he arrives at home. Today, more and more Chinese people like Wang have been used to such convenience brought by the platforms empowered by digital technologies. Chinese e-commerce giants like JD.com and Meituan Dianping, mobile car-hailing platform Didi Chuxing, popular multifunctional social media platform WeChat, and express delivery services giant SF Express are all important participants in platform economy. Last year, China’s internet companies and related service providers above designated size saw a total operating income of 1,283.8 billion yuan ($195.91 billion), up 12.5 percent year on year, according to data

released by the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). The annual revenues of service providers on internet platforms totaled 428.9 billion yuan in 2020, a yearon-year growth rate of 14.8 percent, suggested data from the MIIT. However, while bringing convenience to people’s life, the defective personal information protection mechanisms of internet platforms sometimes have brought troubles to consumers as well. According to a report on the governance of internet platforms published by the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), problems that have yet been properly addressed in traditional economic activities, such as tort, counterfeit products, illegal information, and poor aftersale services, have become even more

prominent in the era of the platform economy. In addition, the emergence of some new business models and forms has caused new problems, including excessive collection of users’ personal information by some apps, contradiction and conflict between the flow and protection of data, absence of social responsibilities of platforms, as well as unreasonable practices such as forcing merchants to make a choice between different platforms, and profiteering by setting different prices for the same products or services for different consumers based on big data analysis of consumers’ shopping behaviors, as revealed by the report. Only by strengthening standardized management while promoting development can the platform economy achieve sound and steady development, said Zhang Yansheng, chief researcher of the

China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE). Recently, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation issued a document that aims to introduce multiple measures for supervision and administration of online transactions to further clarify the responsibilities of platform operators. These measures involve requiring platform operators to verify and record information submitted by operators on their platforms and distinguish operators who have registered from those who haven’t with obvious marks; to establish an inspection and monitoring system for business activities of operators on their platforms; and to adopt measures including issuing warning and suspending or terminating services to ensure standardized operations on their platforms.

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By ROZ LEWIS FOR THE DAILY MAIL

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an you ever be too fit? It may sound unlikely, but actually you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to exercise, especially if you are tall. And that may be particularly true when it comes to the risk of developing a common heart condition: atrial fibrillation (AF), which affects around 1.5 million people in the UK. It is a heart rhythm disorder which makes the heart beat irregularly and often abnormally fast, causing dizziness, shortness of breath and tiredness. Left untreated, the condition can cause heart failure and stroke. It is triggered by irregular electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) which disturb its rhythm. AF gets more common with age. Risk factors include high blood pressure, heart valve problems, blocked arteries, excessive alcohol consumption and an overactive thyroid, all of which make the heart work harder. Mild to moderate exercise will help prevent AF by reducing obesity and blood pressure. But AF is an astonishing five times more common in middle-aged men who are lifelong marathon runners, longdistance rowers and cyclists, compared with individuals of the same age who don’t exercise as much. ‘The theory is that excessive exercise causes enlargement of the atria due to the stretching of the tissues as a result of exertion,’ explains Sanjay Sharma, a professor of sports cardiology and inherited cardiac diseases at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London. ‘There is also emerging evidence that repetitive stretching may cause inflammation or scarring of the atria, which predisposes a patient to AF.’ As an Olympic rowing champion, Greg Searle, now 48, prided himself on his fitness. ‘After the 2012 Olympics, I retired from competitive sport but kept my fitness ticking along, playing the odd game of tennis or five-a-side football and going for a run,’ explains Greg, who is now a rowing commentator and performance coach. He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and two children. Left untreated, the condition can cause heart failure and stroke. It is triggered by irregular electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) which disturb its rhythm +3 Left untreated, the condition can cause heart failure and stroke. It is triggered by irregular electrical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart (the atria) which disturb its rhythm But a year after picking up a bronze medal at London 2012, he says: ‘I found myself struggling during spinning classes, though I didn’t really think anything of it at the time.’ A few months later, in October 2013, Greg was in Italy for a triathlon and underwent a routine medical before the race. To his surprise, the doctor told him his heart rate was ‘jumping around all over the place’ and he couldn’t take part.

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Can you ever be too fit? It may sound unlikely, but actually you can have too much of a good thing when it comes to exercise, especially if you are tall [File photo] Suspecting AF, the doctor sent Greg to hospital where he was put on bloodthinning drugs to reduce the risk of stroke. He was flown back to the UK and within weeks had tests at St George’s Hospital — including one in which he had to walk on a treadmill. ‘My heart rate started low, at around 80 beats per minute, then climbed as my exertion levels increased, to 110, then 140. Next it shot up to 260 beats per minute,’ says Greg. ‘I knew that reading was very high, above what was healthy. It was a really sad moment for me. I knew this was the end of my career as an athlete.’ Trudie Lobban, founder and chief executive officer of Arrhythmia Alliance and the AF Association, says AF can be easily detected with a simple pulse check. But while some people are alerted to the condition by the heart fluttering or pounding for a few seconds or minutes at a time, others have no symptoms and, as a result, ‘it can be years before it is detected’, she says. The fitter you are, the more likely

you are to feel symptoms, as it brings performance levels down, says Professor Sharma. This is because AF is associated with a 25 per cent reduction in the amount of blood the heart can pump out. As an Olympic rowing champion, Greg Searle, now 48, prided himself on his fitness. ‘After the 2012 Olympics, I retired from competitive sport but kept my fitness ticking along, playing the odd game of tennis or five-a-side football and going for a run,’ explains Greg, who is now a rowing commentator and performance coach. He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and two children ‘When people exercise intensively, instead of the heart pumping five litres of blood per minute around the body, this increases to 25 to 30 litres per minute to provide sufficient oxygen and fuel to the muscles,’ he says. ‘If you have AF, this dramatic increase in output may not be achievable, causing breathlessness or exhaustion. ‘In contrast, someone who just walks briskly or jogs slowly may not need

When people exercise intensively, instead of the heart pumping five litres of blood per minute around the body, this increases to 25 to 30 litres per minute to provide sufficient oxygen and fuel to the muscles,’ he says.

such a high increase in cardiac output and may tolerate the AF much better. Anyone who does a form of endurance exercise who gets tightness in the chest or another symptom, such as a feeling of breathlessness disproportionate to the amount of exercise; dizziness during exertion; or an unusually fast or erratic heart rate should seek medical attention.’ To be at greater risk of exerciserelated AF you need to have done 21 years of intensive exercise or 1,500 hours of competitive running, cycling or triathlon, he says. But another factor is height. ‘Taller men generate higher blood pressure during exercise, which may load the heart more and put more stress on the atria,’ adds Professor Sharma. Since an untreated irregular heart rhythm raises the risk of a stroke, diagnosis is vital. This is because AF allows blood to pool in the atria, which can lead to blood clots that may travel to the brain. Anticoagulant drugs such as warfarin can help with this but do not treat the underlying problem, and while antiarrhythmic drugs such as flecainide can help restore the heart’s normal rhythm, they don’t work for all. Another option includes cardioversion, a controlled electric shock treatment used to bring back a normal heart rhythm.


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South African artists struggle with Covid theatre closures

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outh Africa’s once-thriving cultural scene is under threat because coronavirus restrictions have made it difficult to stage public events but some artists have found new ways to show off their creativity, as Mohammed Allie reports from Cape Town. News of the closure of Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre last month was greeted like the demise of an old friend. “Another icon has fallen to Covid 19,” John Kani, one of the country’s most famous actors, tweeted. In just a decade of existence the theatre, named after world-renowned playwright Athol Fugard, had become a much-loved venue that put on work by local writers as well as internationally known plays and musicals. For the artist community, its closure came to symbolise the struggle that it is now facing more than a year after coronavirus measures came into place. Under the current restrictions theatres can use just half of their seating capacity up to a maximum of 100 people at indoor venues and 250 people outdoors, subject to strict Covid-19 safety measures. For most theatres the limits on audience numbers has made the staging of productions economically unviable. This has forced a number of artists into desperate circumstances. ‘Forced to live in a car’ “It’s very bad. The arts have always been in a difficult space in South Africa but the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown have made things even worse,” Blythe Stuart-Linger, an arts administrator and producer, tells the BBC. “Just as an example, when I put a post on Facebook that I was looking for someone to help clean my house, I got at least 50 replies from artists that I’ve seen on stage and people that I’ve worked with. “I also know of artists who have been in the profession for many years who have had to sell their houses and live in their cars. We are losing a lot of talented performers.” One of those seriously affected by the pandemic is Andile Makubalo, a member of the popular Cape Town-based marimba band, Abavuki. “We had to cancel 35 gigs since last year including four tours to Europe, Asia and Africa,” says Makubalo. “I’ve been unable to generate any income over the past year and I’ve only survived through my family providing for me.” The trouble in the creative sector has been magnified by the failure of a government initiative to support struggling artists. President Cyril Ramaphosa committed $20.6m (£15m) as part of his stimulus plan announced last October to help the arts sector. Some have received funding but there are many artists who are still awaiting payment. ‘Where’s the money?’ The delay resulted in a sit-in at the offices of the National Arts Council (NAC) in Johannesburg led by internationally acclaimed opera and jazz singer Sibongile Mngoma. They were joined by angry artists who

Dance group Likhwezi took part in a protest demanding more help for struggling performers

Performers say they make a crucial contribution to society

Artists at a protest in Cape Town accuse the government of not understanding the sector they work in staged demonstrations in other provinces. At Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre, protesters held placards bearing messages like “Respect Artists”, “I need to pay my rent” and “Where’s the money?”. Mngoma herself has been badly affected by the lockdown. “I’ve moved a few times because I’ve had to downscale and downscale and

downscale some more so it’s been quite hectic.” With the arts sector having played an important role in the struggle against apartheid, she believes the government needs to take the industry much more seriously. “The arts are the soul of any nation and in this country particularly, the arts have

driven our democracy and won us a lot of freedoms. “To suddenly think the arts are irrelevant now that we have a new dispensation is very short-sighted.” The artists have accused the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture of having a lack of vision, strategy and little understanding of their sector. The minister responsible for the stimulus fund, Nathi Mthethwa, admitted to the press that the money had been mismanaged by the NAC and apologised. ‘Our eclectic programme continues’ With state funding and some creative thinking, some venues, like Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre and Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, have remained open. “At the moment we are staging some shows to members of the public but it is financially prohibitive,” Fahiem Stellenboom, marketing manager of the Baxter, says. The Baxter has had to be innovative in finding ways to generate income. “We have encouraged production houses, advertising agencies and people involved with filming to use the venue. Over the past few months we’ve had a few photo shoots and film productions done in our main theatre.” In contrast to the Baxter’s approach, James Ngcobo, artistic director at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, has been determined to continue staging productions within the lockdown regulations. “I took a decision that whenever there are windows for us to do so, we will stage our productions,” he says. “What is so beautiful is that every night we have been getting a wide cross-section of people coming to the theatre. We are continuing with the eclectic programme that the Market is known for.” Ngcobo believes state-sponsored theatres like the Market have a duty to assist their independent colleagues who are battling to stay afloat. “As managers of these spaces we need to think about how do we help to give the industry a little oxygen at this bad time.” ‘The pandemic has opened avenues’ But there is also a sense from some that the arts, and artists in general, are traditionally resilient in South Africa. “We are always able to reinvent ourselves,” Stuart-Linger says. In that vein, Buhle Ngaba, a multiaward winning actress, writer and cultural activist, has found new ways to develop and present her work. “South African artists are resourceful,” she says, “so this has been a great opportunity for us to really recognise and see one another, [to see] what we can do by pooling our resources even if that is just our creativity. Our creativity is everything.” Ngaba says the closing of traditional venues prompted her to quickly find new platforms on which to perform. Last year, she recorded a show for a virtual festival on the stage of the Artscape. “That would not have happened prepandemic - a stage of that scale for a young black African woman to tell a story that she’s written herself wouldn’t have been possible, but I took it. That’s the difference and I was ready for it. Source: BBC

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Tottenham to hold review after Son Heung-min suffers racist abuse

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ottenham are to “determine the most effective action moving forward” after Son Heung-min suffered “abhorrent” racist abuse on social media. The South Korea forward was abused following Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League home defeat by Manchester United. Team-mate Davinson Sanchez received racist messages on social media after a 2-2 draw at Newcastle on 4 April. “Another matchday and more abhorrent racial abuse suffered by one of our players,” said a Spurs statement. “This has again been reported to the platforms and we shall now undertake a full review alongside the Premier League to determine the most effective action moving forward.” Son, who scored for Tottenham in

Sunday’s defeat, was involved in an incident in which Manchester United had a goal disallowed after he was caught in the face by Scott McTominay. Tottenham said last week they wanted “social media platforms to take action” after defender Sanchez was subjected to racist abuse. On Friday, a number of Premier League managers called for a footballwide boycott of social media, in response to the increasing frequency of racist abuse sent to footballers. Scottish champions Rangers, plus Championship clubs Swansea and Birmingham, are boycotting social media for a week to combat abuse. Swansea took their decision of a short boycott with players Jamal Lowe, Ben Cabango and Yan Dhanda having been

racially abused on social media in the past two months. Rangers followed Swansea when they also announced their players and staff would boycott social media for a week because of concerns about how platforms deal with racist abuse. Liverpool also said racist abuse on social media “cannot be allowed to continue” after Trent AlexanderArnold, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane were targeted. At the end of March, former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry said he was removing himself from social media because of racism and bullying across platforms. At the time, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said on Twitter that “no-one should have to switch off social media

because of abuse”. He added: “Social media firms must do more to tackle this and we are introducing new laws to hold platforms to account. “This is complex and we must get it right, but I’m absolutely determined to tackle racist abuse online.” Twitter has said it is “committed to Kick It Out’s initiative to tackle online hate, and look forward to continuing these discussions and developing solutions with our partners in football”. Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it took action on 6.6 million pieces of hate speech between October and December last year and will “take tougher action when we become of aware of people breaking our rules in DMs [direct messages]”.

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S p r t 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

Prince Philip funeral: Premier League, EFL, Premiership Rugby, racing schedules moved

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he Premier League, EFL, Premiership Rugby and British Horseracing have adjusted their schedules “as a mark of respect” to avoid clashing with Saturday’s funeral of Prince Philip. The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 on Friday and his funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, at 15:00 BST on Saturday, 17 April. A national minute’s silence will be held at 15:00. The FA is recommending that no games take place between 14:45 and 16:15. In addition, a minute’s silence should be observed before matches and black armbands worn. All flags at Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park will also fly at half-mast. A statement said: “The FA’s thoughts continue to be with Her Majesty the Queen, our president, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, and the wider royal family during this difficult time.”

In the Premier League, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ home game against Sheffield United, which had been scheduled to kick off at 15:00, will be moved to 20:15. The 32 fixtures set for 15:00 in the Championship, League One and League Two will take place at either 12:30 or 17:30. Clubs are able to determine which time suits them, with Sunday also a possible option. The National League has confirmed its 15:00 kick-offs are moving to 12:30. However, the FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley will remain at 17:30. The Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round fixture between Manchester City Women and Aston Villa Women will be brought forward to 12:00. In racing, the Scottish Grand National at Ayr has been switched from 17 to 18 April. The British Horseracing Authority has

also moved the Spring Trials at Newbury to the Sunday and announced that there will be no racing between 14:45 and 16:15 on Saturday. Premiership Rugby has changed the kick-off times of all four of its matches on Saturday. Sale’s match against Gloucester and Exeter’s home game against Wasps will both start at 12:30 while Newcastle v Bristol will kick off at 17:00, along with Harlequins v Worcester. Ireland are scheduled to face France in the Women’s Six Nations at 14:15, although the match is in doubt because of Covid restrictions. In cricket, the nine County Championship matches scheduled on Saturday will be paused between 14:50 and 16:10. The England and Wales Cricket Board has also asked all recreational cricket clubs to do the same. In Scotland, six Scottish Cup fourth-

round matches scheduled around the time of the funeral have been moved, including Rangers against Celtic at 16:00, which has now been rescheduled to 15:00 on Sunday. St Mirren versus Inverness Caledonian will kick-off at 18:00 on Friday night with Motherwell against Greenock Morton taking place an hour later. Kilmarnock versus Montrose will now kick-off at 11:45 on Saturday while Stranraer versus Hibernian has been switched from 12:15 on Saturday to 12:15 on Sunday. Aberdeen v Livingston has been brought forward to Saturday at 17:30. According to UK government guidance: “The decision as to whether sporting fixtures continue to go ahead is at the discretion of organisers. Organisers may wish to consider using black armbands and observing a silence before matches are played.”

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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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Atletico go top of La Liga with laboured draw

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tletico Madrid went back to the top of La Liga, by only one point, after labouring to a draw against Real Betis. Defending champions Real Madrid had gone top on Saturday after beating thirdplaced Barcelona 2-1. Yannick Carrasco put Atletico ahead when he latched onto a loose ball and tapped home but Cristian Tello levelled with a cushioned finish. Veteran keeper Claudio Bravo made two fantastic saves in injury time to deny Angel Correa a winner for Atletico. Diego Simeone’s Atletico - who were 10 points clear at the end of January - have only won three of their past 11 games in all competitions and look to be running out of steam. Joao Felix went off in the first half to add to their problems, with fellow forwards Luis Suarez and Moussa Dembele already sidelined. England right-back Kieran Tripper also limped off late Tayeon. Taiwo and Oduamadi

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school of thought in the east believes that the spate of violent attacks in the region is a conspiracy against it. This may not be entirely correct given that other regions are also facing similar onslaughts in different forms. Insurgents running amok, rampaging bandits/kidnappers, killer herdsmen, blood thirsty cultists, rioting gunmen, these are being experienced in various parts of our country. The government should no longer pretend that these are isolated incidents that would peter off with time. Like a hydra-headed dragon, they would continue to rear their ugly heads in new ways while still fixated on their fundamental objective which is to terrorize us all. Evil is flaring up all around us. We all (both the authorities and the citizenry) have to do some soul-searching but the governments at all levels as leaders have to take the lead in words and actions, in showing the Light for the others to follow . Our leaders should be well aware of the spiritual and temporal responsibility which their positions of authority thrusts on them and so should discharge their duties with the utmost care, diligence. The citizenry on their part should lend them a loving hand to assist them govern aright. Any dereliction of responsibilities by any of the parties leads to dire consequences… The south east zone had its fair share of destruction that trailed the initially peaceful #EndSars protests that later turned violent. There have been pockets of violent attacks of varying forms since then on security facilities and policemen especially, appear to be endangered species in the zone. These took on a rather frightening dimension recently, not just because of their magnitude but also because they occurred during Lent/Easter which essential theme is sacrifice, love, peace. True, it was a bloody Easter generally in parts of the country, however, in the south east the onslaughts came in rather quick succession. Here is a sample of them. On March 25 some 15 members in a community in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state were reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen. Governor Dave Umahi recounted what happened thus, “…About a year ago we had incident of killing of two herdsmen within this same location and we immediately asked the security agencies to fish out the people that did that and they did

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By VICTORIA NGOZI IKEANO vikeano@yahoo.co.uk 08033077519 fish them out and as we talk, they are standing trial in Ebonyi state and the community and security agencies made peace with them and so it is very shocking that overnight all the herdsmen in Ishielu local government vacated the council area which means that the local herdsmen in Ishielu are part of the conspiracy in killing of our people. They vacated despite all efforts my government, the governors of south east and security agencies have been making to protect them… We condemn this attack, it is not only happening in Ebonyi state; if it is allowed to go this way it is capable of generating very serious civil war among the nations of Nigeria”. He appealed to the people not to take revenge action. On March 31, 2021, news filtered in of attack on Professor Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank– turned politician who is favoured to succeed incumbent Governor Willie Obiano at end of his final tenure which ends next March. The attack which happened when Soludo was meeting with youths in his home town of Isuofia, Aguata local government area inside the community’s civic centre left three policemen dead and abduction of the state’s commissioner of Public Utilities, Engr. Emeka Ezenwanne. One of the attackers was also killed. Many immediately read political meanings into it. The Anambra state government did not immediately respond to the incident; in fact it took it days to do so. Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr. C. Don Adinuba explained that the reason was because “tragedy of this proportion was not known in the state in the last seven years when

the state achieved its deserving status as Nigeria’s safest and most peaceful state”, adding that the government had been preoccupied with how to rescue the kidnapped Commissioner, bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure that “nothing like this happens again in our state”. He released a nine-paragraph statement titled, ‘Unconscionable reactions of some politicians to the Isuofia incident’ in which he berated some politicians in the state for “politicizing the tragedy”. According to Adinoba statements by these politicians on the incident “show no respect for the gallant policemen who died in the line of duty of making our place safe. They do not mourn with families of the dead police officers, nor do they commiserate with the police authorities. The statements show no sympathy for Professor Soludo who was apparently the main target of the dastardly attack. Neither do they exhibit sensitivity to the Ezenwanne family whose illustrious son has been missing... Only unconscionable people indulge in this kind of politics. Such people should not have a place in politics which strictly speaking, is an avenue to serve the people and not to seek power for its own sake and for self-aggrandizement”. He added that human life is so valued in traditional African society that when a person dies, even mortal foes and friends of the family of the deceased suspend their enmity and pay a visit to the bereaved to condole them. In a broadcast to the people on Easter Sunday, Governor Obiano announced release of the abducted commissioner, stating that he was hale and hearty and that no ransom was paid. He

There are speculations that these reoccurring attacks in the zone are orchestrated by fifth columnists and political opponents acting separately or in tandem to whitewash the governors and generally destabilize the zone and make it a killing field for some apparent or hidden agenda

urged players in the political arena to ensure that the state’s developmental strides are not derailed by ‘’political bitterness”. Continuing the governor stated, “I hereby urge all stakeholders at all levels of society to call for stoppage of all forms of aggression against the Police and security agencies in the state”, while pledging his commitment to security and safety of everyone living in Anambra state. Even before we had fully digested the news from Anambra, the Nigeria Police headquarters in Owerri, Imo state,was razed by gunmen and the nearby Prison (correctional centre) similarly attacked with over a thousand inmates let out. Another police station was also invaded in another part of the state. Abia state government imposed a curfew on Umuahia, Aba, Ohaofia and Arochukwu towns following what it called intelligence report received by it. The out gone Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu whose tenure was extended by three months, fingered the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) for the Imo attacks but the organization denied responsibility. There are speculations that these reoccurring attacks in the zone are orchestrated by fifth columnists and political opponents acting separately or in tandem to whitewash the governors and generally destabilize the zone and make it a killing field for some apparent or hidden agenda. Conspiracy theory is even being woven around the fact that the former IGP was sacked while on duty tour to assess damages wrought by the gunmen in Imo state. Governors of the zone have now agreed to set up a security outfit to be called ‘Ebubeagu’ but its modus operandi are still sketchy.

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