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Inconclusive polls: Reps move to amend electoral act pAGE 15


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Day-to-day trial: Onnoghen seeks Appeal Court order stopping CCT By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

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he suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen, has appealed the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, which reserved ruling on two applications he filed before it. The tribunal, had on Monday, reserved ruling of the two motion filed by Onnoghen, challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear his matter on non-assets declaration. The Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, also reserved ruling on another motion asking for his disqualification from participating in the trial on the base of bias. He, therefore, ordered for day go day proceeding of the matter.

However, dissatisfied with the decision, Onnoghen prayed the appellate court to invoke its powers under section 16 of the Court of Appeal Act, and set-aside the ruling the tribunal delivered against him. The embattled CJN in a notice of appeal said it was legally wrong for the Mr. Danladi Umar-led CCT panel to order day-to-day hearing of the case against him, when it had yet to determine whether or not it has the requisite jurisdiction to entertain the charge. The appellant, had through his counsel, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, argued that the same panel had in a previous ruling it delivered on February 9, 2018, terminated hearing on a similar charge FG brought against Justice Sylvester Ngwuta

of the Supreme Court, based on a preliminary objection that was filed by the defendant. He also submitted that Ngwuta’s trial was stopped at the preliminary stage, he thereby wondered why his own case would be treated differently by the tribunal. In his three grounds of appeal, Justice Onnoghen maintained that the CCT panel erred in law in its interpretation of section 396(2) of the ACJA, with respect to his application challenging the constitutional jurisdiction and competence of the proceeding before it, “when they deferred ruling on the application to the conclusion of trial when the issue of jurisdiction is a threshold issue which ought and must be determined immediately”.

He posited that, “The Chairman and members of the Code of Conduct Tribunal erred in law In the interpretation of Section 396 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 1015 when they ruled that the ruling on the applicant’s application challenging the constitutional jurisdiction of the tribunal and the application asking the tribunal’s chairman to rescue himself on grounds that he had demonstrated acts which showed bias and partiality in the proceedings against the appellant, shall be determined along with the final judgment on the merit of the entire case and thereby denied the appellant his right to fair hearing under section 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended”.

COREN gets new registrar Edo: Unity Bank shuts down operation over killing of 5 policemen

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L-R: National Commissioners Independent National Electoral Commission, Dr. Mustafa Lekki, Prof. Anthonia Okoosi-Simbine, and AVM Tijjani Ahmed (rtd), during the accredited observers assessment on the just concluded   2019 General Election, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Senate to debate alleged flaws in presidential, guber polls By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

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enate will next week debate all allegations of irregularities and electoral malpractices which were experienced during the last general elections as reported by different stakeholders. The red chamber agreed that carrying out a legislative inquest into these allegations will allow it find out the causes of the irregularities and come up with solutions. It said also that it will further allow the senators to explore the possibility of signing of the last electoral amendment bill that was not signed by the President.

These were sequel to motion sponsored to that effect by Senator Dino Melaye (PDP Kogi West). Melaye who rose through Order 42 of the senate standing rules to move the motion, said the Senate must rise against all forms of irregularities and abuses of the law carried out in the elections. According to him, all legislative interventions that are required must be effected to avert a repeat of the irregularities in future. He stressed that the issue was not political, but one which would help curb electoral malpractices in future elections. “What I am raising this morning has nothing to do with

political parties. I want to bring before this Senate, the elections both on the 9th and 23rd in this country and I believe that the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not close our eyes to the happenings of those elections. “I want that election to be debated on this floor. I want to bring a motion to be addressed by this Senate in the next legislative day so that the militarisation of the process, the abuses of this election, will not go undiscussed in this parliament for posterity sake”, he said. Senator Melaye further stated that the motion became imperative “so that solutions can be given and the president can also be properly advised and the

electoral Act Amendment Bill be signed into law as we begin to prepare for future elections. “This is my prayer. Let it be discussed as a Senate. We will debate and give accounts of what happened in our various senatorial districts with a view to correcting electoral malpractices, he added. But a few Senators who objected to the motion tried and failed to stop the Senate from debating it next week. Senate President, Bukola Saraki was able to prevail on the lawmakers to allow the debate to take place even as he assured that partisanship would not be allowed during the debate.

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R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr Ashimiyu Olaniyi, Nigerian Ambassador to Republic of Congo, Mrs. Deborah Iliya, Nigerian Ambassador to China, Baba Ahmad Jidda, Nigerian Ambassador to Sweden, Mr. Mohammed Ilu, Nigerian Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Hassan Jika Ardo, Nigerian Ambassador to India Chris Eze and others during an audience with delegation of Nigerian Non-Career Ambassadors held at the State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

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Police arrest 21 suspected cultists, rescue kidnapped Egyptian in Delta

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new Registrar has emerged for the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), he is nEngr. Prof Joseph O. Odigure. A statement issued yesterday by Haruna Ojonugwa, COREN Head Public Relations said Odigure emerged the Council’s 60th Ordinary Council Meeting held on the 20th of December, 2018. His appointment takes effect from March, 2019 to March 2013. He takes over from Engr. W. Kamila Maliki who served two terms as Registrar of COREN from March 2013- March 2019. “Until his appointment as the Registrar of COREN, Engr. Prof Joseph O. Odigure was a Lecturer at the Federal University of Technology Minna (Professor Chemical Engineering Department). “Engr. Prof Joseph Odigure who was born on 2nd October, 1959 at Onisha attended the Belarus National University of Technology, Minsk, Belarus from where he obtained M.Sc with Distinction in Chemical Technology of Binding Materials and refractories, non-metallic compounds, 1986 as the best graduating student and PhD, Technical Sciences, 1990. “He is a Registered Engineer, and a member of the Nigerian

Society of Engineers. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of High Energetic Materials as well as a Fellow of the Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering. “He was a member of Covenant University Ota, Vision 10, 2022 (1 of the 10 global Universities by 2022) and a forerunner of Open Distance and e learning (CODeL) Programme in Nigeria.” His working career started at the Federal University of Technology, Minna where he did his one year compulsory National Youth Service in 1990 and was later employed as lecturer 1 in 1991 rising to the rank of Professor of Chemical Engineering Department in the same University. Engr. Prof Joseph Odigure is an administrator of repute and has served in various administrative and managerial capacities in the public and private universities and various National and International Committees. He was twice elected the Dean of School of Engineering and Engineering Technology, the Foundation Coordinator/Dean, School of Information and Communication Technology,Foundation Director, Centre for Open Distance and eLearning, all at Federal University of Technology, Minna. He is the recipient of various local and international awards:

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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nity Bank in Afuze, headquarters of Owan East Local Government Area of Edo State has shut down its operation indefinitely. The action of the bank followed the killing of five Policemen attached to the divisional police headquarters Afuze by unknown gunmen on Tuesday night. The gunmen wielded assorted firearms and improvised Improviser Explosives Device (EID) which was allegedly denoted at the DPO office’s before raiding the police armoury. The yet-to-be identified bandits, also attacked the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in the local government, destroyed electoral materials and set police van at the compound ablaze. The Police corps who were killed while on duty in the attack are Inspector Tosimani Ojo, the DPO of the station, Sergeant Justina Aghomon a pregnant woman, Inspector Sado Isaac and Corporal Glory David. Already, three detainees who reportedly escaped from Police custody during the attack which left sorrows and blood, have been arrested by security operatives. An Eye witness, Mr Godwin Ikpekhia, said the incident occurred

at about 8:pm on Tuesday night when many of the officers of the division had gone outside duty when the armed men attacked the station. “We only had gun shoot and nobody know what happen until this morning. “The divisional police officer with three other officers who were on duty were killed on the spot inside the building. “The hoodlums didn’t stop at that they went to the INEC office and were shooting sporadically in other to attack men who were on duty. “”Election materials and police van in INEC office were burnt down by the hoodlums”, he said. The Edo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhammed Danmallam who visited the scene of the incident said that investigation would commence immediately. Danmallam, vowed that those responsible for the attack will be brought to book. “Urgent steps had been taken to curb the increasing cases of criminality in Owan axis of the State”, he said. Recall that the attack of officers and men of the Nigeria police have become quite unusual in Owan, on the 14th of July last year four police officers were attacked at a check point in the area, killed and burnt inside their patrol Hilux van.

Also on the 23rd of January this year, the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Assembly candidate for Owan West, Mr Ohio Ezomo was kidnapped while his orderly was killed immediately. A combined team of police and the military have been deployed to the area. Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has condemned the attack on Afuze police station and killing of security operatives. He made the pledge when he paid a visit to the scene of crime in Afuze where he assured that no resources will be spared in apprehending culprits. The governor, said charged security agencies on immediate arrest, prosecution of killers. Obaseki, called for calm, but, condemned the attack. “We have not gotten this lawless in Edo State, that people can go to the extent of attacking police officers at their station. ‘I have ordered the release of all the resources required to apprehend and bring the culprits face-to-face with justice. “Our hearts are with the families of the deceased and we will stand by them in these difficult moments. ‘I have ordered the immediate refurbishment of the police facility for policing to continue in Afuze and environs,” the governor said.

Customs seizes 300 bags of imported rice in Borno

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he Borno-Yobe Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), on Wednesday, said it seized a truck conveying 300 bags of imported rice in Borno. The Zonal Controller of the Command, Abdullahi Biu, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Maiduguri. Mr Biu disclosed that the

truck was intercepted by men of the command along BamaBanki Road on March 5, following intelligence report that it was conveying imported rice concealed with animal feeds and charcoals. He added that the driver was arrested while trying to escape. The commander listed other seized items to include; smoked fish, soap, rice, maize, sesame

seeds, and soya beans, noting that the items were used to conceal the rice. Mr Biu also said the command recorded significant progress in securing the land borders in spite of Boko Haram’s insurgency in the region. “The command generated more than N136 million representing 99.1 per cent of the 2018 revenue target, in spite of

Boko Haram insurgency. “We also recorded nine seizures with cumulative duty paid value of N283 million within the period, only three of the 15 border posts were operating on skeletal,” he said. He, however, said that activities of insurgents on trades, businesses and security agencies in Gamboru-Banki and Gaidam axis, had negatively affected the

revenue of the command. Mr Biu said the ban imposed on the importation of dry fish and livestock also led to the drop in revenue. He said that the command was working in collaboration with the military, police, other security agencies and trade associations to secure the borders and improve revenue. (NAN)


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he Kaduna State Government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in all parts of Kajuru Local Government Area, effective from yesterday. A statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, made available to newsmen on Wednesday, said that the dusk to dawn curfew is also extended to Kujama and Maraban Rido, which are in Chikun local government. The statement said that the curfew in the affected areas will

Kaduna govt. imposes 12-hour curfew on Kajuru, others ·As Taraba relaxes movement restriction be in effect from 6pm to 6am daily, until further notice, adding that security assessments have necessitated the imposition of a

dusk to dawn curfew. “Security agencies have been directed to ensure strict enforcement of the curfew. The

Kaduna State Government appeals to all residents and communities in the affected areas to bear the inconvenience of the curfew

Representative of Chief Air Staff, Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar (right), commissioning a new Guest House at the NAF Officers’ Mess (NAFOM), NAF Base, Bill Clinton Drive, new Guest House, yesterday in Abuja.  

Absence of prosecution witness stalls trial of Alao-Akala, others

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he absence of the prosecution witness for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday stalled the continuation of the trial of former Oyo State governor, Adebayo Alao-Akala, over alleged N11.5 billion fraud. Mr Alao-Akala, along with his former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hosea Agboola; and a businessman, Femi Babalola, are being prosecuted by the EFCC at an Oyo State High

Court in Ibadan. The defendants are facing an 11-count charge of conspiracy, awarding contracts without budgetary provision, obtaining by false pretences, acquiring property with money derived from illegal act and concealing the ownership of such property, among others. At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, the EFCC’s counsel, Ben Ubi, told the court that his witness was on official duty to

monitor elections in Port Harcourt. Mr Ubi said that he could not go on with the case because he had listed the order in which the witnesses would be called, and therefore requested for an adjournment. The defence counsel also agreed to the prosecutor’s request for an adjournment. Muniru Owolabi, the judge, then granted the defendants’ prayers and adjourned the case till May 2.(NAN)

Police parade 52 suspected criminals in Kogi From Lokoja

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he Kogi State Police Command has paraded fifty two suspects for allegedly engaging in various crimes across the state. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Busari while parading the suspects in Lokoja yesterday, disclosed that about forty of the suspects had been terrorizing the people of Kogi/ Kotonkarfe and other parts of the state through kidnapping, thereby making life unbearable for their victims. He said the kidnappers had been having a field day demanding ransom from the families of their victims, revealing that in the cause of investigating, they discovered that the suspects made over N30 million from their victims. The commissioner further disclosed that among the kidnap

suspects are Musa Haruna, Haruna Ahmadu, Ibrahim Haruna, Gambo Dauda and Sani Yunusa, whom he said, were responsible for the killing of AlhajiUsman Magaji, the leader of Fulani settlement at Adogo, in Ajaokuta local government area of the state. Similarly, the police boss disclosed that 12 suspects have been apprehended for engaging in electoral violence during the just concluded general elections in the country, as well as being in possession of firearms. He said among the suspects is one Segun Olu and others at large, who attempted to snatch a ballot box during the state assembly poll at Egbe in the western axis of the state, but was resisted by the electorates. He stressed that in the process, Olu brought out a locally made double Bartel pistol, opened fire and as a result, one Mercy

Daramola and Tunde Oladipo sustained injuries. The commissioner of police equally enjoined members of the public to continue to assist the law enforcement agents with credible, reliable and timely information to enable them perform their duties effectively. He maintained that such information would be treated with utmost confidentiality, even as he assured that the command was poised to make the state unsafe for criminal elements operating in the state. Among the weapons recovered from the 52 suspects according to the commissioner of police, are two AK 47 rifles, 15 AK 47 live ammunitions, six locally made pistols, 25 cartridges, six single barrel guns, three locally made double barrel guns, a Dane gun, one English made double barrel gun and two pump action rifles among others.

and cooperate with the security agencies,” the statement said. Also yesterday, the Taraba State Government relaxed the 24-hour curfew initially placed on Jalingo, the state capital. A dusk to dawn curfew was first placed on Jalingo on Monday at the thick of the collation of results of the governorship election held last Saturday. It was then made a 24-hour curfew on Tuesday following reports of skirmishes in some part of the metropolis. However, following the improved situation across Jalingo and other parts of the state, the 24hour curfew has now been reduced to 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. The Chief Press Secretary to the Taraba State governor, Hassan Mijinyawa, confirmed the latest development to the media saying that, “The Taraba State Government has relaxed the 24 hours curfew imposed on Jalingo the state capital. The curfew now runs from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. “All business activities are expected to resume and civil servants should report to their duty posts.”

Group commends Kaduna residents over peaceful elections From Femi kaduna

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group, Pastor United for Change has expressed its satisfaction to the good people of Kaduna state for conducting themselves orderly and peacefully in the just concluded gubernatorial and State Assembly elections in the state. The National Chairman of the Group, Rev. David Adeniran, stated this in a statement made available to the media in kaduna yesterday. Rev. Adeniran also congratulated the governor elect, Mallam Nasir El-rufai and Deputy Governor Elect, Hajia Hadiza Balarabe for coming out victorious in the gubernatorial election. He called on the good people of Kaduna State to support governor Mallam Nasir El-rufai in his quest to transform the state to amiable height. “We also call on the political gladiators especially from the opposition parties in the state to join hands together with him in moving the state forward and shun politics of bitterness. “However, we are hoping that the emergency of Mallam

Nasir El-rufai will turn around the fortune of the state and place the state amongst the leading economy in Nigeria. “With the cooperation of all and sundry, we are not in doubt in the capacity of the governor in providing good governance for the teeming population of the state going by his track records of performances. “His re-election is a testimony to the level of confidence that he enjoy among the people of the state , attributable to his wisdom, experience in politics, sense of engagement and devotion to the service and the protection of the interests of the state. “In our part as clerics, we shall continue to encourage the government in doing the right thing at all times for the benefit of all, and also to continue in our prayers for the Governor El-rufai led administration not to derail from its promises. ‘El-rufai’s victory is divine and we strongly believe that it will bring alot of benefits to the good people of Kaduna state. “On this note, we therefore called on the good people of Kaduna State to remain calm and be law abiding,” the statement reads.

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We’ll reverse mismanagement of Nigeria’s resources -Buhari As PDP, APC senators clash over 2019 borrowing plans By Lawrence Olaoye, Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

L-R; Minister of Environment, Alhaji Sulieman Hassan, Minister of State Labour and Employment Prof Stephen Ocheni and Minister of State Power, Works and Housing Alh Mustapha Shehuri during the Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Council Chambers, State House, yesterday in Abuja.

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has said that with luck on his side his administration would correct and reverse the terrible mismanagement the country had experienced in the recent past. The President said this while receiving a delegation of non-career Ambassadors, who came to State House, Abuja, to congratulate him on his re-election. Meanwhile, the Senate has commended debate on the general principles of the 2019 budget proposals, during which the senators in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) clashed over the 2019 borrowing plans outlined by President Muhammadu Buhari. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said Nigeria was trying to live within her means, “So we can improve our lot,” adding that government was determined to upgrade the country’s profile, both locally and internationally. The President said it would be inexcusable for government not to take care of its Ambassadors in their various stations, hence the special attention being paid to the country’s foreign missions. Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Ambassador Ashimiyu Olaniyi, said President Buhari’s election in 2015, and his recent reelection, are divine interventions in the affairs of the country. “You are God-sent. You have always come on stage at the critical moments of our national history to right the wrongs of the past,” Ambassador Olaniyi said. He added that the President would be remembered “as an astute political leader who does not interfere in the political affairs of states,” noting that the singular quality has given credibility to all elections conducted since 2015. The delegation submitted that apart from records of achievements in the three focal areas of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, “your integrity is responsible for your victory, which we are privileged to celebrate with you today.” The Ambassadors appreciated

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the intervention funds that were released to various missions abroad, and pledged continued loyalty and support to the Buhari administration. At the National Assembly, yesterday, Senators had commended debate on the general principles of the 2019 budget proposals. Controversy started when the Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe north), while leading debate on the motion, said the appropriation document has been designed to carry over projects that could not be completed in the current fiscal year. Lawan gave an instance with the N500 billion which he said has been retained for the social intervention fund, even as he mentioned other infrastructural projects which, according to him, will be sustained as already provided for in the 2019 budget. However, Lawan’s position was countered by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who raised objection to what he described as increasing debt profile of the country as manifested in the budget estimates. Ekwerenmadu, who did not oppose the need for expeditious passage of the Appropriation Bill

considering the limited time at their disposal, however warned that borrowing is becoming increasingly unsustainable, hence the need for caution to avoid mortgaging the future of future generation. “Some countries are already in danger, including Indonesia, because of the borrowing they had in the past. For every money you borrow, there must be a day for payment. We must, therefore, be cautious. Yes, it is important that we address our infrastructural needs through appropriate financing, but I believe there are other creative ways of funding these infrastructures including Public Private Partnership and concessioning,” he said. At this juncture, Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central), punctured Ekwerenmadu’s argument, saying that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is good enough to sustain the borrowing plans as provided for in the budget. “I don’t believe that we are borrowing too much, in as much as we are spending the money borrowed on critical infrastructural development,” Sen Aliero said. Similarly, Senator Barau Jibrin

(APC, Kano North), toeing the path of Senator Aliero, justified the $60 per barrel oil benchmark and the 1$/ N305 exchange rate of the budget, stating that the projections are good enough for the nation’s economy. However, Senator Andrew Uchendu (Rivers), disagreed with Jibrin on the oil price. He rather recommended a two digit projection to guide against price fluctuations. He also stressed the need to reduce projection for the daily oil production to give room for shortfall, even as he advocated improved funding for the NDDC. Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), in his submissions, said that budgets are never implemented in Nigeria to a desirable level, except in the 8th Senate, during which about 70% of the proposals were implemented. Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah (APC, Kebbi North), warned his PDP colleagues to note that the fears being expressed in certain quarters on the issue of over-borrowing is misplaced in view of the nation’s population and resources. He said that the fact that the economy can sustain the borrowing is good, considering the projects being

funded with the money borrowed, which he said is most important. Senator Barnabas Gemade (SDP, Benue) cautioned government over reckless borrowing, even as he emphasized the urgent need for government to block revenue leakages. He said the issue of funding is very important in a fiscal year, adding that the issue of petroleum subsidy should not be politicized. Sen Gemade noted that government, over the years, refused to abolish subsidy on the pretext that they do not want Nigerians to suffer, whereas the pains and sufferings are still there even with the subsidy. Senators Shehu Sani ( PRP Kaduna Central), Albert Akpan Bassey (PDP Akwa Ibom North East) etc, also called for caution on the part of the executive on the rising debts profile of the country. On the contrary, Senators Gbenga Ashafa (APC Lagos East) said the debts profile was not as outrageous as being portrayed by those raising alarm. Meanwhile, debate on the 2019 budget continues next week Tuesday, as ruled by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Building collapse: We’ll demolish substandard buildings -Ambode Buhari condoles victims

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s aftermath of building collapse in Lagos yesterday, killing several school children and leaving dozens still trapped, the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that the state government would demolish all buildings that fail integrity tests. This is as President Muhammadu Buhari sympathized with the parents and relations of the deceased, wishing them God’s comfort. Governor Ambode said that all buildings within the vicinity of the collapsed school building at Ita-Faji, on Lagos Island, would be subjected to integrity tests. His words: “This area and building here will be undergoing an integrity test.

As you can see some of the buildings have been marked for demolition. “We have been receiving pleas from house owners from the area. Notwithstanding, we will go ahead with the integrity test; and any building that fails the integrity test will be demolished. “But the most important thing now is to save more lives before we talk about dealing with the culprit.” Ambode stated this on Wednesday when he visited the scene of the collapsed three-storey building, where he commiserated with families of victims who lost their lives, most of whom are children. The three-storey residential building, located at No 14, Massey Street, Opposite Oja, Ita-Faaji, housing a primary school on its pent house, caved in at about 10am on Wednesday

morning trapping scores of pupils of the school in the process. According to latest update obtained last night from tweet of Lagos State Rapid Response Squad on rescue activities , a total of 22 persons have been rescued from the scene of the collapse. Governor Ambode, who got to the scene of the incident at about 2:42pm, described the incident as unfortunate and appealed to residents to allow rescue operators the space to carry out their operations without any hindrance, so as to rescue more children still trapped under the rubbles. “I want to commiserate with the families of those that lost their lives in this collapsed building. I want to quickly let Lagosians know that this is quite an unfortunate incident. All we are trying to do is to scale up this rescue operation.

Our response units are already here; we are getting additional cranes to be able to go deeper than where we are now to rescue more lives. “I just want to appeal to people that when we are doing this kind of rescue operation, yes, sympathizers will naturally come; but I want to appeal that they should give the rescue workers the chance to save more lives,” he said. The Governor said his Deputy, Dr. Mrs. Oluranti Adebule, had also visited the hospitals where some of the victims rescued had been taken to, assuring that the State Government would immediately take over their treatment and foot their entire bill. From Abuja, President Buhari has charged the Lagos State government to do the needful so that the tragic occurrence of building collapse would cease in the state.

According to a statement made available to newsmen by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, Buhari was extremely saddened by the collapse of the building housing a school which left fatalities, particularly of small children. The President sympathized with the parents and relations of the deceased, wishing them God’s comfort. He also wished the injured speedy and complete recovery. He commiserated with the government and good people of Lagos State, and pledged assistance of the Federal Government as may be required by the state. “It touches one to lose precious lives in any kind of mishap, particularly those so young and tender. May God grant everyone affected by this sad incident fortitude and succour,” the President said.


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Alleged N6.3bn fraud: EFCC presents more witnesses against ex-Plateau Gov, Jang From Ado Abubakar Musa , Jos

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he trial of a former governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang, continued with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, presenting more witnesses against him and Yusuf Gyang Pam, a cashier of the Office of the Secretary to the State Government. They are being prosecuted on a 12-count charge bordering on misappropriation of state funds to the tune of N6.3 billion. They are alleged to have been complicit in the fraudulent diversion of special funds released by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, for disbursement to small and medium enterprises in the state, under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Development Funds, MSMEDF, two months to the end of Jang’s tenure in 2015. Testifying as a prosecution witness, Tapchi Yakubu Tashok, a staff of Zenith Bank Plc Jos main branch, while being led in evidence by Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, admitted to knowing Pam. She said: “I know the second defendant as the cashier of the cabinet office, and he is the one that always comes to the bank for huge withdrawals, and when he comes they will confirm the tendered cheques while they proceed to process his payment. “Once there is no much cash available to accommodate the withdrawal, they source from other branches and sometimes have to seek approval to withdraw from

the CBN. “If the withdrawal involves a huge sum, we go to the CBN to move it with the bullion van from the CBN to our branch; we offload and ascertain that the cash is complete, we then go ahead, and debit the transaction, while he signs. “He mostly usually comes around with Hilux van and escort to convey the cash from the loading bay.” She further testified in her evidence-in-chief that the said withdrawals were made on April 7, 8, 9, and sometimes around March 2015. Under cross-examination by Mike Ozekhome, SAN, counsel for Jang, she told the court that she never had any dealings with the

first defendant, and had never seen him during any such withdrawal from her branch. When asked if she knew how many bank accounts the Plateau State Government was operating, she said, “it is outside my schedule”. The defence, thereafter, sought to tender her statement as evidence, which was admitted by the Court as Exhibit D4. The prosecution then presented another witness, Boyi Sauki Kiakau, the Accountant General during the tenure of Jang. Led in evidence by Jacobs, he told the court that the manager of Zenith Bank Plc told him about the credit of N2 billion, and demanded that he provides the account details that has been opened for the said money.

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle); General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Mr. Tiamiyu Adesina (left) and Chairman, Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corp (LNSC), Rtd. A.I.G Israel Ajao (right) during the Governor’s visit to the scene of building collapse at Massey Street, ItaFaaji, yesterday in Lagos Island,

Multinational Joint Task Force neutralises fleeing insurgents in Borno

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he Nigerian Air Force (NAF) says troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has neutralised the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in Borno State. NAF’s spokesperson, Ibikunle Daramola, an air commodore, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, in Abuja, said the operation was carried out on Tuesday at Tumbun Rego Area, on the Lake Chad fringes of northern Borno. “The Nigerian Air Force has continued to provide active support to ensure success of

Operation YANCIN TAFKI, the joint multi-national operation aimed at routing remnants of ISWAP terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin area,’’ Mr Daramola said. He explained that NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and Alpha Jet attack aircraft, working in synergy with ISR platforms and attack aircraft from the NAF supported surface troops of the MNJTF. The spokesperson said the operation aimed at pursuing and decimating fleeing ISWAP fighters around the Rego Area on March 12.

“The effectiveness of interdiction and close air support missions conducted by the attack aircraft of the two countries facilitated the routing of the terrorists at Arege. “It resulted in the killing of 33 fighters, destruction of some terrorists’ equipment as well as the recovery of an array of weapons and equipment,” he said. Mr Daramola also disclosed that the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had continued to provide airlift support to troops of participating national contingents of Operation YANCIN TAFKI.

He said this had enhanced liaison between the various Commanders and facilitated visits to forward locations. “NAF ISR platforms and helicopters are also providing aerial command posts for enhanced coordination of close air support missions, as well as fire control support for ground artillery bombardment of terrorists’ positions,” he said. Mr Daramola said the NAF, operating in concert with allied air and surface forces, would continue to sustain its efforts to support all operations in the North East. (NAN)

The witness identified the documents and it was thereafter admitted in evidence as Exhibits P36 - P39, after no objections were raised by any of the defence counsels. Jacobs further asked the witness if he had anything to do with the state’s Universal Basic Education Board. In response, he said: “There was an approval from the governor requesting to borrow the sum of N900 million from the State Universal Basic Education, SUBEB, and the said borrowing was to pay pending approvals. “The SUBEB was only able to provide N750 million and the request was made on March 5, 2015.” Copies of the approval were thereafter tendered through him and admitted in evidence by the court as Exhibit P40, as no objections were raised by the defence team. Earlier during the proceedings, a prosecution witness, Habila Dung, during his evidence-inchief, explained the role he played and efforts he put in, regarding the said sum of N2 billion meant for scheme aimed for the development of Microfinance Banks in the state, and how they were diverted for other purposes under Jang’s administration. The case has been adjourned to April 9 and 10, 2019 for “continuation of hearing”.

Why I quit WhatsApp, by Masari From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

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overnor Aminu Bello Masari has disclosed that he has since quit the use of WhatsApp application due to abuse by some of its users. Masari made the disclosure yesterday in Katsina when members of a popular WhatsApp group ‘Katsina City News’ paid him a congratulatory visit. He noted that some of the users of the application abuse it through writing fake news and derogatory statements against innocent persons. “we are not afraid of criticism but what we hate is the why people abuse the previledged by attacking peoples character and their personal liberty” he added. He advised members of the group to do their work with the fear of Allah, adding that they should know that whatever they do they would be accountable in the hereafter. Masari encourage people to criticised in a more mature and humane manner in such a way that it will benefit the leaders to make amends for the development of the state. The cover pledged to for an all-inclusive government that will include persons that have the interest of the state at heart. Earlier, the leader of the group, the state head of service, Alhaji Idris Tune congratulated the governor on his reelection victory and pray for his success.

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News Cross-section of sympathizers during the Candlelight Gathering for late Prof. Pius Adesanmi, at the Unity Fountain, yesterday in Abuja. Prof. Adesanmi, a Nigerian, was among the 149 passengers onboard the ill-fated Ethiopian Airline Boeing 737 that crashed on March 10th, 2019 during a flight to Nairobi, Kenya. Photo: NAN

Man jailed one year for assaulting Kaduna Electric staff From: Femi Oyelola kaduna

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he Sharia Court 1, Unguwan Gwaza, in Gusau, Zamfara State, has sentenced one Habu Mai Shago of Federal Low Cost Housing Estate, Tudun wada, Gusau to one year imprisonment for assaulting Kaduna Electric staff while discharging their lawful duty. The Sharia Court Judge, Alhaji Labaran Salisu, found the accused, Malam Habu Mai shago, guilty of criminal conspiracy, disrupting a public servant from discharging his duty and causing bodily harm, offences punishable

under Section 123 and 318 of Sharia Panel Code of Zamfara State. The convict was also ordered to settle all the medical expenses incurred by the victims. The prosecuting officer, Bashir Rabiu, told the court that the accused person was arrested by a police officer when the Management of Kaduna Electric sought the help of the police after he assaulted the staff of the Electricity Distribution Company. Investigation by our correspondent revealed that Habu Mai Shago mobilised and led a group of hoodlums in

his area (Federal Low Cost) to attack the Kaduna Electric staff while carrying out their duty in the area for defaulting in settling his energy bills and was disconnected, thereby causing various degrees of injuries to his victims. After the charges were read to him, Habu Mai Shago admitted to committing the offences but sought for leniency from the court. The Sharia Court Judge thereafter convicted him and sentenced him to six months imprisonment on each of the count charge. He was however, given an

Alleged money laundering: EFCC re-arraigns ex-Intercontinental Bank chief, Erastus Akingbola

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he Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday re-arraigned a former Managing Director of the defunct Intercontinental Bank PLC, Erastus Akingbola in a Federal High Court in Lagos, for alleged Money Laundering charges. He is charged by the EFCC with amended 22 count charge bordering on the offence. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecution had opened its case and its second witness, Abdulraheem Jimoh is still been led in evidence. When the case was called on Wednesday, the prosecutor Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) informed the court of an amended charge filed by prosecution. He urged the court to accept the charge and cause the plea of the defendant to be taken afresh. Mr Akingbola was re-arraigned on the charge written Further Amended Charge, and marked FHC/L/443C/2009. In the charge, he was alleged to have between November 2007 and

July 2008, while being the MD of Intercontinental Bank, caused to be created a misleading appearance of active trading in the shares of the bank on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). He was alleged to have been connected with the utilisation of an aggregate sum of N179.4 billion of the bank’s fund, for the purchase of the bank’s shares, thereby inflating the rate of the bank’s shares on the NSE. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, on his re-arraignment, and after his plea was taken, trial continued. The witness an Investigator, who had earlier given evidence before the court, was cross examined by defence counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN). When asked by defence if he recalls that in his statement before an Ikeja High Court he had testified writing the statement at the EFCC office, the witness replied “I can’t recall.” The Court has adjourned until March 14 for continuation of trial. In the charge, the defendant

was also accused of converting an aggregate sum of 1.3 million dollars and 8.5 million dollars, which sum was taken from the bank’s GBP NOSTRO account at Deutsche Bank in London. The sum was said to have been remitted into the account of Fuglers Solicitors with the Royal Bank of Scotland in London, to purchase property in the name of Life Boat Settlement Trust, set up by the defendant. According to the prosecution, the defendant knew that the sums represented proceeds of crime which includes stealing. The offences contravene the provisions of sections 105(1) and 105(a), of the Investment and Securities Act, 2007. It also contravenes the provisions of sections 13 (1), 15(1) (a), and 28(3) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, Cap B3, Laws of the Federation 2004. The offence also contravene the provisions of sections 14(1) of the Money Laundering Prohibition Act, 2004.(NAN)

option of N6000 fine on each of the charges. The Business Development and Regional Officer, Engr. Abdul Sabo, hailed the judgement and warned the public to desist from this nefarious acts and also hoped that the judgement will serve as a deterrent to others . He further called on the

esteemed customers of Kaduna Electric not to take laws into their hands, urging them to report any staff whose conduct is unsatisfactory. He stated that the Management of Kaduna Electric is ready to take disciplinary action against any staff found wanting in the discharge of his duties.

Police arrest 21 suspected cultists, rescue kidnapped Egyptian in Delta From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba.

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olice detectives at the Delta State Police Command in Asaba have arrested twenty one suspected cultists in Ozoro and Okpanam communities and recovered from them six cut to sizes guns and one thousand ammunitions. ASP Chucks Orisewezie, Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State who confirmed the arrest of the suspects to newsmen in Asaba, disclosed that the Police detectives acted on Intelligence gathering, adding that the suspects upon interrogation, confessed to be members of the dreaded vickings confraternity, a cult group that has been terriorizing the areas in the last one year. ASP Chucks Orisewezie noting that cultism was increasing in the State, further disclosed that the Police were committed to ensuring total eradication of all forms of cult activities including Kidnappings, ritualism and robbery. ASP Chucks Orisewezie said” the Police are working very hard to ensure cultism and all forms of criminal activities are no longer in existence in the State, the twenty one suspected cultists will be charged to court on completion of investigation”. Meanwhile, the Delta State Police Command has rescued an Egptian national abducted by suspected kidnappers in Okpanam community recently ASP Chucks Orisewezie, Acting

Police Public Relations Officer in the State who confirmed the rescue of the Egyptian to newsmen in Asaba disclosed that the victim was lured to Asaba by a group of international kidnappers led by one Sunny ( Sure name withheld) with the pretence of awarding him a contract in Nigeria, adding that the victim was kept for over six months in a building behind Vanguard Office in Okpanam. ASP Chucks Orisewezie said that while the victim was in captive , the wife was ordered to be paying huge amount of money into an account belonging to one of the suspects, disclosing that the victim during the governorship elections raised the alarm where he was kept which attracted the of Some persons in the area, a situation one of the suspects responded as he was monitored by the Police. It was gathered that unknown to the suspect that the Police were following him as he tip toes into the house where the victim was kept, leaving the Police to have swooped on him and his gang members who were armed as they were disarmed and arrested on the spot before setting the victim free. Okpanam, Asaba, Ibusa communities have in the flash points for kidnappings and robbery in the recent times but ASP Chucks Orisewezie Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the State however, assured of the Police commitment with a view to arresting all criminals in the State.


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Ethiopian plane crash: Nigeria bans Boeing 737 Max 8 planes By Lawrence Olaoye

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ollowing the recent fatal crash of an aircraft belonging to Ethiopian Airlines, the Federal Government has banned Boeing 737 Max airplanes from flying into Nigeria’s airspace. The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, revealed this government’s decision yesterday while briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari. Sirika said: “Regarding Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9, that has been in the news recently, there is no cause for alarm as there is no operator in Nigeria that is using that type of airplane. The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, whose mandate it is to issue advisory, has already issued advisory that nobody should fly into Nigeria or out of Nigeria using Boeing

737 Max 8 and Max 9, pending the determination of the actual cause of the crash in Ethiopia and also pending the outcome of the response of the manufacturer, which is Messers Boeing. “Regardless of the enormous safety records of this plane 737, it has caused concern in the world of aviation and you know aviation is universal, whatever affects one affects the other because aircraft will be flying in and out. So, we have issued directive that no operator with Boeing 737 Max 8 or Max 9 should operate into and outside our airports and this is being carried out. “Regarding Air Peace and Arik orders, whether those orders were confirmed or intent, it is to our knowledge in the ministry that they won’t be in the country until the next two years or so. And this is enough period to sort out whatever problem it is with that plane. The world of aviation

will not be sleeping just as we in Nigeria will not be sleeping. And it is normal standard practice that once a particular aircraft type is involved in accident back to back, it is withdrawn from the market and see if there is something they are doing wrong. And if it is confirmed that a particular problem say for instance, landing gear, they will issue an instruction to ground such plane worldwide until the problem is fix. “So, this case is not different. We pray for the souls of the departed and pray that the industry will continue to be safe and secure. We promise you that we are alive to our own responsibility which is to secure lives and property as a government.” Sirika added that the Council approved a contract for safety and security equipment and for terminal building in Minna. “The

first memo approved is for the supply and installations of X-ray machines, cargo scanners and walk through metal detectors at Enugu airport at the sum of N529,382,700 with a completion period of 12 weeks,” he said. The council also approved upgrade and rehabilitation of the main intake transformer, landing system and domestic transformer of 11 KVA underground circuit at the Mallam Aminu Kano International airport at N719,332,450 with completion period of 12 weeks. Sirika said council also approved the award of contract for the procurement of security and safety projects at the nation’s airports Phase II which include the supply of extreme x-tray machines at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport and Port Harcourt International

Airport. The contact sum is N4,530,955,500. He said the installation of the equipment is in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standard. According to him, before the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Nigeria’s score was 60 percent on security but currently its score is 96.7 percent on aviation security. Sirika assured that the nation’s score would have risen to 98 percent in ICAO rating by the time Buhari commences his second term in May. The Aviation minister said council also approved the rehabilitation of Minna airport terminal building which has been abandoned for lacking of funding. He said council approved the variation in the sum of N622,544,326.17 for the completion of the airport in 12 months.

Leather policy to boost industrial growth - FG By Paul Efiong

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n the bid to boost Nigeria’s industrialization process, the Federal Government has inaugurated the National Steering Committee to implement Leather Products Policy in the country. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Tuesday in Abuja, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu advised Nigerians to take advantage of the low cost of labour and invest in the leather industry. Dr Onu said all efforts would be deployed to ensure effective implementation of the policy, adding that past efforts at industrialization failed because “we didn’t do first thing first “. He added that the widely acclaimed Moroccan Leather products were actually sourced from Nigeria Dr. Onu said that the policy will solve most of the problems hindering the growth of the Leather sector and will enable Nigeria to produce shoes, belts and other leather products similar to what is obtained in other developed countries of the world. The Committee is expected to set up working plan and budget for the effective implementation exercise of the policy within two months. The chairman of the of the Committee and the DirectorGeneral of Nigerians institute of Leather, Science and Technology NILEST, Dr. Eucharia Oparah said that the Leather industry has a lot of potentials but has not been given the boost, adding that this step is the beginning of the revitalization of the leather sector.

Members of Bauchi State Concerned Citizen, during a rally in support of the state Government, yesterday in Bauchi. Photo: NAN  

Group urges APC to support Gaya for deputy senate president By Usman Shuaibu

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rewa APC Solidarity Forum (AASF) a group of APC supporters from the North has called on the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) to put its house in order and push for Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC Kano South) to become the next Deputy President of the Senate to avoid the intrigue that brought emergence of opposition party producing the deputy senate president in the 8th Senate. The president of the group, Comrade the Bulama Abdulrahman said after carefully going through the antecedences

of the Kano South senator over the years, they have come to the conclusion that there is no better choice for the office at moment than Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya. Bulama said that since debuting in the senate in 2007, Senator Gaya has not looked back in performance thereby leaving no one in doubt that deputy senate presidency will see to real change that APC stood for since establishment. He added that Senator Gaya was a founding member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) when he played a paramount role for it emergence. He described Gaya

as an experienced politician, who has been elected and re-elected to the senate. He further said being re-elected for the fourth time, is a big feat that the party should stand by him for the plum job. He said that the former Kano State governor has seen politics from the executive point; having been elected governor of Kano State in 1992 on the platform of National Republican Convention (NRC) before the tenure was cut short by the military in November 1993. Bulama said that senator has held many positions at committee level. Senator Kabiru Gaya was Senate’s Deputy Whip from 2007-

2011, the vice- chairman, Local and Foreign Debts, chairman States and Local Government Administration in the Senate 2011-2015; the position he used to return peace to Rivers State when there was political tussle in the state House of Assembly, resulting in the Senate taking over legislative activities of the Rivers State House of Assembly until normalcy was returned, he said. The AASF president added that Senator Kabiru Gaya’s senatorial district gave the APC the highest votes in the just concluded elections than any other zone in the country.

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Buhari rejects NOSDRA Act amendment bill By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has communicated to the Senate his decision to withhold assent to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Act (Amendment) Bill passed by the National Assembly.

The President, in a letter addressed to the President of the Senste, Bukola Saraki, which he read at plenary, said that his decision was pursuant to Section 58 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). According to his explanation, the bill undermines the powers of the Minister of Petroleum

Resources and the functions of the ministry. The letter read: “I am declining assent to the bill because in a number of important sections, the bill undermines the powers of the Minister of Petroleum Resources and the functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.” Buhari also rejected the

imposition of 0.5 per cent of Operation Funds on oil companies, stating that allowing it to stand would create additional tax burden on oil firms operating in the country. He listed the contentious areas in the bill to include Section 3, 6 (1a), 7 (a) and (b), 8, 9 and 11. “Section 8 of the bill imposes a new charge and the industry of

Dogara mourns pupils in Lagos school building collapse

L-R: Fleet Commander, Western Naval Command, Commander Dickson Olisemenogor, Commander NNS BEECRUFT, Rear Admiral Okon Eyo; and Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Obed Ngalabak, at a News Conference on the forthcoming multi-national sea exercise dubbed: ‘Obangame Express 2019’, on Tuesday in Lagos.

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he Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, yesterday expressed “deep sadness” over the death of pupils following the collapse of Ohen School on the Lagos Island. He said it was heart-breaking that “innocent souls would perish in such a dreadful manner” and called for a thorough investigation of the unfortunate incident. Dogara stated this in a statement issued by Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan noting that: “This is one too many of these building collapses that usually claim lives of innocent people. It is time for decisive actions to be taken against all found culpable in breach of building standards that end up in disasters. “The law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies must step up their game and put an end to the practice of cutting corners to increase gain. While this has not been established as the cause of this incident yet, past incidents have pointed to this as a serious factor. “I commiserate with the families of the deceased and pray that their souls rest in peace.”

0.5 percent of Operation Funds of oil companies for the enforcement of the environmental legislation in the petroleum sector. “This imposition is an additional burden on the industry, particularly given that it is unclear what operation funds mean for the purpose of applying the provisions of the bill”, it added.

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NAF commissions new guest house for officers in Abuja

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he Nigerian Air Force (NAF) yesterday commissioned a new Guest House at the NAF Officers’ Mess (NAFOM), NAF Base, Bill Clinton Drive, Abuja. The new Guest House, which is another initiative of the current NAF leadership to improve the welfare of NAF personnel, consists of 10 rooms was furnished with

modern facilities and is expected to cater for the transit lodging needs of both officers and allied guests visiting Abuja. Speaking during the commissioning, the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, who was represented by the Chief of Administration, Air Vice Marshal Kingsley Lar, said the new NAFOM Guest House was geared towards meeting the lodging needs of officers who

visit Abuja from units outside the capital. He further highlighted that the Guest House was wellfurnished to provide comfort for guests as well as project the good image of the NAF. He enjoined all who would use the facility to do so with decorum. The CAS also added that, in the course of actualizing the project, the main Mess also received attention with the construction of a gazebo and Sit-Out Bar as well as the

renovation of the Mess building. Earlier in his welcome address, the Deputy Managing Director NAF Investment Limited (NAFIL), Air Commodore Uchechi Nwagwu, who is also a Member of the Mess Committee, thanked the CAS for his relentless efforts at providing the necessary infrastructure to enable NAF Base Bill Clinton Drive Abuja have a wide spectrum of facilities to cater for officers’ needs.

Court stops EFCC, DSS, Police from arresting, detaining Fani Kayode, Odumakin By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

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ustice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja, has restrained the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Department of State Services (DSS) and the police from arresting or detaining former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode and Afenifere Renewal Group Publicity Secretary Yinka Odumakin over alleged spreading of false rumours. Justice Tsoho made the order in his ruling on a fundamental rights enforcement suit instituted by Fani Kayode and Odumakin. The duo approached the court following threat by the the commission to invite them

in relation to their alleged involvement in the spread of false rumour about a purported invasion of the residence of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen by EFCC officials. The Plaintiffs had in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/49/2019, asked the court for among others, “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, by themselves, agents, privies or anybody deriving authority from them by whatever name called, from harassing, intimidating, abducting or detaining the applicants. The right suit filed by their counsel, Chukwuma-Machukwu Ume (SAN), was supported

by a 24 paragraphs verifying affidavit deposed to by Emmanuel Olorunmagba. Justice Tsoho, in his ruling held that any arrest or detention of Fani Kayode and Odumakin by the respondents must comply with due process of the law. The court further declared the respondents public declaration to arrest the applicants on the basis of spreading false rumours is an infringement of their rights and a breach of their fundamental rights enshrined in section 34(a) 35(1) (4) and (5) of the 1999 constitution. In addition, the court also declared that said the threat to falsely imprison their liberty, safety, peace and security was a

breach of their rights enshrined in Section 34 (a), 35 (1) (4) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution. Justice Tsoho also granted an order of perpetual injunction restrained the respondents, by themselves, agents, privies, or anybody deriving authority from harassing, intimidating, arresting, abducting or detaining the applicants. The court granted an order enforcing the applicants’ fundamental rights and ordering the respondents to stop issuing threat of unlawful arrest, by themselves, agents, privies, or anybody deriving authority against the applicants or any other person connected to the applicants.

However, Justice Tsoho rejected the applicants’ prayer for an order directing the respondents to tender unreserved public apology to them. The judge equally declined the request by Fani Kayode and Odumakin for an award of N20million “as damages for the unlawful threat to arrest the applicants.” Justice Tsoho however held that since Section 46 of the Constitution allows the filing of anticipatory suit where an individual suspects that his or her rights were about to be breached, he was convinced that there was threat to violate the applicants’ rights.


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igeria, Saturday, Nov. 24, Nigeria but in the African region.” To began the second phase of ensure this phase of the vaccination a grandiose programme to campaign runs smoothly, the fight yellow fever. This phase seeks Federal Ministry of Health has to vaccinate 26.2 million people trained and deployed Management in five states and the feral Capital Support Teams (MST).The CEO of Territory, Abuja. The states are Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr Seth Plateau, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger and Berkley, said, “Nigeria is on the Borno. The federal government is front line in the global battle against executing the programme with help yellow fever. Routine immunization from the World Health Organization coverage remains dangerously low, (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance as shown by the latest outbreak, and UNICEF. Yellow fever is caused which is why this campaign is so by a virus spread through important to protect mosquito bites. A patient the vulnerable. “While may present serious this campaign will symptoms, including save lives, we need to high fever and yellowing While this campaign focus our efforts on of the skin and eyes. the best long-term will save lives, we However, the disease can solution – improving need to focus our easily be prevented by a efforts on the best routine immunization vaccine that boosts the long-term solution coverage so every immune system. – improving routine child is protected, Nigeria is one of preventing outbreaks immunization 50 nations covered by from happening in the coverage so every the “Eliminate Yellow child is protected, first place.” Fever Epidemics (EYE), preventing outbreaks We commend steered by WHO, from happening in the government Gavi and UNESCO. It the first place While for undertaking aims to protect at risk this campaign will this seemingly population, prevent save lives, we need to overly ambitious international spread focus our efforts on programme. However, and contain outbreaks the best long-term with help from rapidly. The first solution – improving WHO and other phase of the Nigerian routine immunization partners having the programme took place right expertise and coverage so every in January and February child is protected, experience in the this year and succeeded preventing outbreaks field, it should be able in immunizing over from happening in to achieve its aims. 8 million adults and We were impressed the first place children in the 44 and by the sensitization 9 months age bracket programme that in Kwara, Kogi, Zamfara states and preceded the take-off. The success of parts of Borno. The second phase of the first phase provided a momentum the immunization is coming in the going into this phase. We want to wake of the death of the two persons echo the appeal of the Director of from suspected cases of yellow fever Special Duties at National Primary in Edo state. Health Care Development Agency A statement by WHO, quoted its (NPHCDA), Dr. Joseph Oteri, for Regional Director, Dr Matshidiso “Nigerians and their children to avail Moeti, as saying: “Immunizing themselves” of this opportunity to be more than 26 million people immnunized. Acceptability is the key is a massive undertaking. This to the success of the programme. We achievement will represent a huge easily reminded of the sad trajectory step towards protecting people of our fight against polio, and hope from the potentially deadly viral the yellow fever immunization will haemorrhagic disease, not only in not suffer the same setbacks.

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, Head of Civil Service of the Federal Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita and NSA Maj General Babagana Monguno during the Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Council Chambers, State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

Abuja monarch sues for peaceful coexistence By Paul Efiong

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is royal highness, Chief Ishaku Lamishi the Village head of Jabi Daki-Biyu in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has sued for peaceful co-existence among various tribal groups in his community. He stated this while receiving the award given to him by a nongovernmental organization known as Stay Alert Human Right Group in Abuja. He thanked the management and staff of the organization for the honor done to him through the award. He used the opportunity to advice all in the village to eschew violence and crime. According to him, “I am a Muslim even though most of my subject are Christian; we dine and wine together in respective of religion and political affiliation”. While thanking the NGO for deeming him feet for the award, also thank God for his life and that of his family as well as those whom he had impacted positively to become what they are today.

14 out of 24 Zamfara Assembly members lose return bid F ourteen out of the 24 members of Zamfara State House of Assembly have lost their bid to return to the assembly, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports however that out of the 24 assembly members, nine are returning to the house while the Speaker, Sanusi Rikiji, would proceed to the House of

Representatives. Those who lost out include the Deputy Speaker, Muhammad Abubukar, Chief Whip, Abdullahi Dansadau, Dayyabu Rijiya, Deputy Chief Whip, Malam-Mani MalamMummuni, Abubakar Ajiya and Hashimu Shehu-Gazura. Others are Salisu Musa, Bello Fagon, Shehu Ibrahim, Muazu Faru, Mansur Muhammad

Dambala, Lawali Dagonkade and Abu Dahiru. All the 14 lawmakers lost out when the All Progressives Congress (APC) adopted consensus in nominating candidates for the general elections in the state. Meanwhile, the nine returning lawmakers who contested and won in the just concluded are, the Leader of the House, Isah

Abdulmumin, his deputy, Bello Maiwurno, Aliyu Ango-Kagara, Abu Ibrahim-Maru, and Ibrahim Kwatarkwashi. The rest are Aminu Danjibga, Maniru Gidanjaja, Yusuf Moriki, and Kabiru Moyi. NAN further reports that the APC won all the 24 seats of the state assembly at last Saturday’s State Assembly elections.(NAN)

MEGA party guber candidate urges youths to support Buhari

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he gubernatorial candidate of the MEGA Party of Nigeria in the just concluded elections in Kaduna State, Hon. Muhammad Kabir Usman has called on youths in Nigeria to rally round President Muhammadu Buhari in order to secure their future. He stated this during a press conference held in Kaduna yesterday. According to him, the victory of President Buhari at the just concluded Presidential election is well deserved because of his effort

in signing into law, the Not- TooYoung To- Run Bill, which hitherto provided a platform for the teeming Nigerian youths the opportunity to vie for elective positions at various levels. The gubernatorial candidate who stepped down for Kaduna state Governor Mallam Nasir El Rufai in the governorship election said he is confident that El Rufai’s administration will be one that is driven by youth empowerment and their active participation in governance, provision of adequate healthcare, sustainable human capital development, improved

agricultural system, quality and affordable education at all levels. “Consequently, with the confidence so reposed in you by the good people of Kaduna State by reelecting you as our Governor, we are obviously assured that as a man of high repute, you will justify the confidence so reposed”, he added. Speaking on his fate at the political stage in Kaduna State, Usmsn said he is just beginning his political career. “ My party is set to unseat old breed politicians by 2023 general elections. It is the turn of the youth and new breed politicians to take up

the leadership of Kaduna State and Nigeria in general. “May I use this opportunity to appreciate the leadership of our great party, Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN) and all its members who had displayed thier unalloyed support and courage by supporting my candidacy as a gubernatorial candidate in Kaduna. “It is our hope that with your collective support come 2023, our political party would be given an opportunity by the good people of Kaduna State to chart the course of our dear state in the right direction,” he said.

NUJ lauds Obaseki commitment to good governance By Osaigbovo Benin

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he Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), has described the industrialization drive of Edo State government as a necessary price to pay for employment

generation. The Union made the observation in a joint statement by the State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Roland Osakue and the Comrade Titus Akhigbe. The union appreciated the efforts of the State governor, Godwin Obaseki towards the

provision of basic amenities including road construction across the State. The statement also urged the governor to sustain the trust and confidence of the people and pledged a good working relationship with his government.

It congratulated the governor over the resounding victory of your party, All Progressives Congress (APC), at the just concluded House of Assembly Elections in the State. The statement, assured that the victory “would enhance the ongoing rapid development in the

State by your administration”. “There is no doubt that your proactiveness in leading the party (APC) to victory on Saturday March 9, 2019 was highly applauded...” “It is obvious that the emphatic win, the first ever in the State’s political history.”

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Still, eyes on Bauchi guber By Turaki Hassan

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n 1942, a group of young progressive intellectuals from the north congregated in Bauchi, among whom were Saadu Zungur, Malam Aminu Kano, Dr. R. K.B. Dikko, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Malam Yahaya Gusau, all of blessed memories. Although young, they were statesmen, patriots and visionary leaders who saw tomorrow and felt the urgent need to chart a new course for the future of the region. They saw the need to arouse the conciousness of the plebians to stand up for their rights. That meeting birthed the famous Bauchi Consultative Forum which became the intellectual springboard for popular resistance and mass mobilisation of the Talakawas that was propounded by the highly revered Malam Aminu Kano. It was that singular meeting which metamorphosed into the founding of the Northern Element Progressive Union (NEPU) and then later, the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) in the second republic. NEPU, it was, that challenged the elitist Northern People’s Congress (NPC) founded by Sir Ahmadu Bello and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa on many policies and programmes which were seen as antimasses. Significantly, from then on, Bauchi became the epicentre of popular resistance against injustice, and the people have always risen to defend their rights in every epoch. Fast forward to 2007, former governor Ahmadu Adamu Muazu was ousted by the people when they overwhelmingly voted Malam Isa Yuguda of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) as his replacement. Muazu, a sitting governor then, lost his bid to move to the Senate and impose a successor as governor. History repeated itself in 2015, when the same Yuguda, who succeeded Muazu, met with the anger and wrath of the people who also gave him the Muazu treatment. The beneficiary of this was Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar who joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) exactly 40 days to the primaries and whose only contribution to his election was the sum of N400,000 he gave to the party for each of the 20 LGAs totaling N8 million. Overwhelmed by his seeming easy victory, the then governor-elect, Abubakar, said prophetically, “Al’ummar Bauchi dama ‘yan adawa ne, in ka musu ba daidai za su zo su tumbuke komin karfin ka, komin mulkinka”, which literally means, “Bauchi people are naturally rebellious, if you don’t treat them well, they will reject and remove you, no matter how powerful or strong you are.” Right from the day he won his election in 2015, Abubakar started fighting imaginary enemies and battles. He continues to fight on all fronts. It is said that a wise general chooses his battle but Abubakar has fought the masses, fought the elites, fought the traditional rulers, fought the civil servants, embarked on endless salaries verification for over one year without paying civil servants in a poverty stricken state, deposed about 1000 traditional rulers, awards contracts arbitrarily and then bring the papers to the State Executive Council for ratification, has refused to conduct local government elections in violation of Supreme Court judgment, jets out of the state every other day and has no sense of

accountability on how he spends the state’s finances. He became too proud and listens to no one. He runs solo, such that when he isn’t in Bauchi, governance is stalled. In fact, the governor even said on radio last year that leave grant is not backed by law and him, being a lawyer, will not pay the state’s civil servants their leave grant as it is just a privilege and not a right. Four years after, Abubakar cannot boast of commencing and completing a single project in Bauchi state except may be the much talked-about 4km Federal LowcostCBN roundabout that has dragged on since 2015 after gulping over N4 billion. Former governor Malam Isa Yuguda appointed 4000 political appointees which jerked up the state’s payroll to N2.6 billion per month but on assumption of office, Abubakar fired them all. Since then, there has been no fresh recruitment into the civil service but miraculously, the Bauchi State monthly payroll is now N5.6 billion. Weeks ago, the Pandora’s box was opened when Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, obtained a top guarded document which detailed how Governor Abubakar is using ghost workers to fritter away the state’s resources. The document revealed how over 2500 non-existent workers were added into the payroll in July 2015 by the governor, just three months after he assumed office. They were all employed on the same day and will disengage in July 2023, after working for eight years and all their salaries and allowances are paid into one, same and single bank account with the same Bank Verification Number. It is now revealed that over N212 billion local government funds, and over N200 billion state government fund amounting to over N400 billion accrued within the period have been diverted using ghost workers. The state is leading as the poverty capital of Nigeria with the highest number of out-of-school children in the country now hitting 1.5 million. Schools are in tatters with no chairs, desks and instructional materials for teaching. Many have no roofs and pupils/ students can’t go to school when it rains. Sadly, the state, in the last four years, has performed woefully in national examinations- WAEC and NECO- coming last in both. The Economic Confidential Annual State Viability Index (ASVI) 2017 Ranking of States by Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) Compared to Federation Account Allocation (FAA) in 2017, show that whereas the state received N85 billion from the federation account for the period under review, it only generated a paltry 5.13 percent which came from PAYE deducted at source from salaries of civil servants, thus placing the state in last position in Nigeria, a high indication of a dysfunctional government.This is the sorry state of Bauchi State under the present government. This is the sorry and unfortunate state Bauchi has found itself-Battered, debased, desecrated, dehumanised and it’s people enslaved and thrown into excruciating perpetual penury, squalor and poverty. But all hope is not lost, Bauchi and it’s people shall rise again, although they might have been enslaved but not conquered, they are still in full and total control of their minds and destinies. No one dares the people of Bauchi and survives. These are the descendants of Saadu Zungur, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and the warriors of the caliphate.


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In the memory of Professor Pius Adesanmi By ‘Tope Oriola

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ur hearts are broken. We have no words. This is hard to bear. The news of the death of Professor Pius Adesanmi in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on March 10, alongside all the passengers and crew, continues to reverberate around the world. I was very close to Professor Pius Adesanmi. His family hosted me in their home in Ottawa just in February. It was quintessential Pius Adesanmi. He was at the airport to pick me up. We embraced warmly the way you would a dear friend and brother. We commenced analysis of multifarious issues well into the night. We sat on the floor of his living room and discussed our respective book projects, plans, and aspirations. He shared details of his career trajectory. He talked about the ghastly road accident that nearly claimed his life in Nigeria in 2018. He showed me the scars from his left leg and narrated the arduous journey to recovery. He said the accident changed his perspective about life. The accident made him conscious of time. He mentioned how blessed he was to have his wife, Muyiwa. He was sure that very few marriages could survive his travel schedule and other demands of his career. He told me that his wife was his “polar opposite”. Unlike him, Muyiwa did not like to travel and was always keen to return home to “sleep in her bed”.

This was fascinating to me as Muyiwa’s father had just recently retired as a pilot. Adesanmi also took great delight in his daughter, Tise. He radiated such joy at her presence. We spoke about some of the ways Tise “tackled” her father. Many of Adesanmi’s followers on social media would be familiar with Tise. Tise and I had played a game of soccer in the family basement earlier in the evening. I told Pius how Tise won the game largely because she made the rules and changed them as the game progressed. It was hilarious! He suggested we have a joint vacation in Cuba at the end of the year and I thought it was a great idea. He teased Muyiwa about her phobia for travel. Muyiwa responded with the type of look only spouses who were in love could understand. Pius Adesanmi was happy. He was a joy to spend time with. How do we process his death? I am at a loss to think that someone I spent time with a month ago has died. How do we comfort Muyiwa? What do we tell Tise? How about mama and other family members? Pius Adesanmi received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Ilorin and his master’s from the University of Ibadan. He obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He was on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University, United States. He left Penn State for Carleton University, Canada. He was until his

death a Professor of English and African Literature and Director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University. Professor Adesanmi was an outstanding and highly decorated scholar. He was an Izaak Walton Killam Scholar during his doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia — one of only five Killam universities in Canada (others are the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University and Dalhousie University). Adesanmi won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African writing in the nonfiction category in 2010. He also received the prestigious Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award in 2017. Adesanmi was in great demand as a distinguished public intellectual, speaker, columnist, satirist and writer. Professor Adesanmi was very much at the peak of his career and the prime of his life. Statements from top administration of Carleton University, Ottawa speak to the texture of his scholarship and the quality of our loss. A statement by Benoit-Antoine Bacon, the president and vice-chancellor of Carleton University notes that “Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him, and with everyone who suffered a loss in the tragic crash in Ethiopia”.

Nigeria and the assault on law and order Carleton’s dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Pauline Rankin also states that Professor Adesanmi “worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature and to connect with and support students. He was a scholar and teacher of the highest calibre who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton.” Professor Adesanmi died in the service to Africa. He was on his way to a meeting at the behest of the African Union when he died. He enjoyed spectacularly broad and transnational followership. His articles and posts on social media were part of the daily diet of many people around the world. He was a thorn in the flesh of Africa’s political class, especially the Nigerian political elite. Everyone who knew him was struck by his decency, humour, intellect, and capacity to connect with others. Professor Pius Adesanmi’s final social media post is one for the ages. It was a quote from Psalm 139 verses 9 to 10 (the English Standard Version): “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” We will never know what went through his mind in that moment. What a world! What a life! Akoni ti lo (a warrior is gone). O daro o. Goodnight, Pius Adesanmi. Tope Oriola is a Public Policy Analyst.

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former United States Vice-President, Al Gore, must be oscillating between glee and gloom. Glee that his prognostications about climate change have largely been vindicated, and gloom that his prognostications about climate change have largely been vindicated. When his book and documentary entitled, An Inconvenient Truth, came out in 2006, he was viewed as everything from a wellmeaning but false alarmist to a destabilising quack propagating a conspiracy theory. He was one of the first public figures with international face-recognition to sound the warning on the impending doom we’ve come to know as global warming. Few believed him at the onset, but now 10 years later, history has proved him to be, most unfortunately, more right than wrong. Both 2014 and 2015 were declared the hottest years on record. 2016 may well be hotter still, judging by the unusually high temperatures we’ve been experiencing particularly since February. In Nigeria, the undue temperatures and changes in weather patterns are causing year-by-year shrinkage of fertile acreage in the northern parts of the country. This warmerweather phenomenon and its attendant consequences are being felt in other parts of the world too. In December 2015, the former second largest lake in Bolivia, Lake Poopo, irreversibly evaporated. In April this year, thousands of tons of dead sardines washed up on the banks of the Queule River in Chile. In May, a wildfire started near Fort McMurray in Canada and spread across more than 505,000 hectares, forcing the mandatory evacuation of an entire town. According to NASA, the global temperature in April 2016 was the warmest ever recorded in any April since 1880. This across-borders rise in temperature is caused by both naturally-occurring and

man-made factors. El Nino, the periodic movement of large chunks of warm water across the Pacific Ocean, is the primary naturally-occurring cause of climate change. Greenhouse gases, such as fossil fuel-induced carbon dioxide, are the predominant man-made instigants of global warming. Climate change has an impact on the availability of water, the food supply chain, and of course, the environment. Our production of fossil fuels (like oil) and our overdependence on its derived products (like diesel, kerosene or petrol) are not helping. The quantum of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is said to have reached its highest recorded level in 2015. Mankind is producing more carbon dioxide than the earth can naturally process. Most of us would list better roads and constant power supply as absolute necessities for Nigeria’s economic growth. However, our quest for development must be conducted sustainably. For example, while it’s splendid that there are plans to build a multi-lane, superhighway in Cross River State, it should only be done after taking time to properly assess the long term, environmental impact of cutting through a national park, felling countless trees and irreparably altering certain ecosystems. When viewed through a climate change prism, such a trade off may prove to be ultimately retrogressive and costly in ways that may only become apparent 30 years from hence. Having constant power supply is a boon to commercial competitiveness. The country’s current power generating capacity is said to have fallen below 2,500MW. There is a possibility that capacity for an additional 2,000MW will be restored by the end of 2016. The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing forecasts that our peak power demand in Nigeria is around 12,800MW and hopes to generate up to 40,000MW by 2020. However, there are those who believe that that goal

is too modest because our needs could in actual fact be as high as 1,000MW per one million people. So, how do we balance this vital requirement for electricity with the pressing need to halt drastic climate change? Right now, the power shortfall is made up principally by gas-turbined private power projects or the individual use of generators fuelled by diesel or petrol. Perhaps, it is time for us to be earnest about catching up with the rest of the world and shifting away from relying mainly on fossil fuel to generate our power. It is instructive that the construction of a 10MW wind farm in Katsina State has not been completed 10 years after inception. Meanwhile, the Gansu Wind Farm in China started in 2009 and seven years later it can generate more than 7,900MW. Their goal is to generate at least 20,000MW from this wind farm alone by the year 2020. We seriously need to up our game. Thankfully, there are indigenous social utility companies in Nigeria, which have figured out how to provide 24 hour electricity to rural communities at an affordable rate using solar energy. Incentives should be provided so that more entrepreneurs will be motivated to develop alternative energy solutions. Institutional investors with excess liquidity should consider ploughing their money into renewable energy projects (instead of building yet another block of unoccupied luxury apartments). Individuals with extra funds earning a pittance in savings accounts can also figure out how to invest in viable enterprises dedicated to providing clean energy. These are ways that we can replicate, for example, the communityowned wind farm system practised in the German region of North Frisia. The wind farms in North Frisia have the capacity to generate approximately 700MW, which is more electricity than the residents can use. Imagine that. Constant power supply without the noise or atmospheric pollution

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ften, the law is twisted and circumvented by unscrupulous elements to suit their selfish goals. This is a dangerous trend that will birth nothing but chaos and anarchy. Any nation that renders its laws impotent is naturally heading for chaos. A situation where the law becomes nothing but mere written words to line up the book shelves of law firms, court rooms, libraries and academic institutions portends great danger for all. Of what essence are finely crafted laws that cannot be enforced or effectively applied? In Nigeria today, it is not uncommon to hear of suspects escaping from police custody or innocent citizens being arrested unlawfully. It is also not unusual for the rich and powerful to unlawfully engage the instrument of the law to oppress the poor or negatively influence the course of justice. The challenges associated with seeking justice in Nigerian are frustrating and debilitating as many cases carry on endlessly with adjournment after adjournment; needless and frivolous adjournments that only serve to derail the course of justice. The flagrant disregard for court injunctions and rulings by government agencies is unprecedented while the shameful abuse of the rule of law by top officials at different levels is quite unbecoming. How do we explain a situation where top public and private figures who defraud the nation of huge sum of money walk free after returning some percentage of their loot? In my opinion, recent clamour for amnesty for looters by some

of generators. The sooner we can switch to using renewable energy like solar, wind or water, the better the chance we have for minimising the damaging effects of environmental anomalies within our borders. Though the chances of Nigeria becoming a zero-carbon economy are minuscule, those who insist that we can pursue development at a pace and in a manner that is “in harmony with nature”, are not necessarily tree-hugging lefties and should not be ignored. A healthy planet would undoubtedly be one of the greatest legacies that we can give to the next generation. At a personal level, we can do what little we can to slow down or even reverse global warming. We can reduce, reuse and recycle if at all possible. Turning off lights and air conditioning when no one is in the room reduces emissions. Even just raising an airconditioning system’s thermostat by two degrees in warmer climes (or two degrees lower in colder climes), creates less carbon dioxide. Using LED or CFL bulbs also helps. Opting for cars run by renewable energy or car pooling, or biking to your destination if you are able to, can make a difference. Planting trees or finding ways to incorporate existing trees into your building design is beneficial too because trees absorb carbon dioxide. This reminds me of a US-based NGO known as the Centre for Renewable Energy and Appropriate Technology for the Environment (CREATE!). CREATE! Provides training to interested groups in rural communities on how to start and maintain year-round, sustainable vegetable gardens and tree nurseries without the use of any fossil fuel. The trees double as living fences, and reverse the trend of deforestation. The foliage provides shade, and the produce provides nutrition, as well as a source of income. Ms. Aboderin, an economist, is a member of the Institute of Directors.

members of the public and top political figures is nothing but an endorsement of corruption. This is a slap on the face of the law and an affront on our collective psyche as a people. Equally, the spate of lawlessness in the country is quite worrisome. A situation where gunmen had the effrontery to launch an attack on a legitimate government law enforcement agency such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the recent gruesome attack on hapless worshippers in a Catholic church in Anambra State attest to the level of depravity and lawlessness to which the country has sunk. This is unacceptable in a lawful society. But then, does ours really represent a lawful clime? It is also unimaginable and shocking that a group of Nigerians will go on the social media to clamour for the release of an alleged kidnapper like Evans. This depicts the poverty of our values, the paucity of our thinking and the depravity of our mentality. In so many ways Nigeria and Nigerians have exhibited a penchant for disobeying the law, ranging from inability to obey simple traffic rules and regulation to adherence to safety and routine environmental sanitation laws. The consequences of a lawless society are enormous and far-reaching with multiplier effects on the entire society. It does nothing but encourages increase in crime and corruption. The apparent disregard for value, culture and ethics is an offshoot of the state of lawlessness in the country. According to the National Bureau of Statistics, government officials took N400bn bribes in one

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year. The NBS also reported an increase in crime rate in areas such as offence against persons, offence against property, offence against lawful authority and offence against local acts. The need to revitalise the judiciary and all components of our legal machinery becomes expedient in the face of these crises. The role of the law in any society cannot be overemphasised as it shapes politics, economics, history and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people. The effective application of the law helps in combating crimes and lawlessness. The reason for the increased rate of compliance and obedience of the law in developed nations compared to developing nations like ours is the efficacy of the law. The system is such that you can’t evade the law; no matter how long it takes, the long arms of the law will eventually catch up with a criminal. A good example of this is the famous James Ibori case in the United Kingdom. The law has been defined as a system of rules created and enforced through social or government institutions to regulate behaviour. In other words, it is the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules that preserve law and order in societies. Consequently, when laws are obeyed, there are peace and tranquility within the society and a drop in the crime rate. The quick dispensation of justice also promotes compliance nonetheless maximising obedience is a crucial element in a law being successful. Thus, a straightforward measurement of whether a law is achieving its goals or its impact is the extent to which there is compliance with it.

However, the law on its own cannot function, as enforcement is necessary for rules to be obeyed; it must be implemented by state bodies and apparatus of government. Government must possess the political will to fight crime and corruption while the people must be aware of the various laws guiding their engagements or activities. Agencies of government such as the EFCC, ICPC, FRSC, VIO, LASTMA, KAI, judiciary, police and others that are responsible for enforcing the law must be pro-active rather than being reactive and act in an organised manner to enforce the law by discovering, deterring, rehabilitating, or punishing people who violate the rules and norms governing the society. Their work also involves making sure a rule or standard or court order or policy is properly followed. They must be seen to be above board and disciplined. The law as a system of rules which may be enforced by the imposition of penalties must be seen to be active and alive. That means it must be applied without fear or favour and it must be seen to be absolute. This will not only breed respect for the law but will build fear and compliance within the society. Above all, the judiciary must be seen to be independent. In the words of American author, attorney and diplomat, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, “The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we need to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing”. Aruya wrote in from Ikeja, Lagos.

Solve electricity, Solve Nigeria’s primary economic issue By Belije Madu

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Harbingers of climate change By Olubunmi Aboderin

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he creation story of old sets the scene in which the heavens and the earth were covered in darkness. Then there was light. Light was separated from darkness, because light was good. As the story goes, from the start, light was fundamental to the survival, growth and prosperity of man. A significant thread that would most certainly unravel, isolate and lay bare Nigeria’s problems, jump start unparalleled economic growth and ultimately lead to overall development, peace and simultaneous progress in all geo-political zones of Nigeria, is constant and sustained electricity availability. Achieving constant and sustainable electricity supply is one of the key elements required to actualise the peace and prosperity of the citizens of any nation. This is a fundamental requirement for advancement, security and progress of any country, including Nigeria. Energy is vital for economic growth, as production is a function of capital, labour and energy. Energy is required to power industrial processes and to produce goods, equipment and services in a vast majority of productive sectors, within an economy. Insufficient, unreliable or costly access to electricity has remained a binding constraint to business in Nigeria. Over the past two decades, the limited growth of Nigeria’s electricity supply industry, combined with the high cost of diesel and petrol generation, has crippled the growth of the country’s productive and commercial industries. Additionally, it has stifled the creation of jobs in this sector, adding to the burden of unemployment in a large and rapidly growing population. Residential, commercial, and industrial customers each account for the majority of the nation’s electricity use. The erratic and unpredictable nature of electricity supply has engendered a deep and bitter sense of frustration that is felt across the Nigeria and its urban centres. The Nigerian transportation sector currently does not use electricity for transportation, although this consumption could be introduced, as electric vehicles and trains are introduced. A report by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), states that half of all businesses in subSaharan Africa report the lack of reliable electricity as a major constraint. “Power outages cost African countries an estimated 1-2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually”. Energy’s key role in the economic growth process is highlighted by the positive correlation between energy use and economic growth. In all cases of sustainable development, studied by ODI, energy use is either the direct cause, or the facilitator of economic growth. It is estimated by the World Bank, that the total loss in GDP to Nigeria over the last 16

years, due to poor electricity supply, can be put at approximately N71 Trillion (US$470 Billion). The World Bank Group enterprise surveys, which examine a sample of an economy’s private sector, reveal that for data samples considered for 108 countries, access to electricity is the top constraint for businesses. Indeed, over 50 percent of the interviewed African businesses identify electricity provision as a major or severe constraint, while 45 percent and 38 percent of businesses identify access to finance and informality respectively, as their biggest constraint. Corruption and tax rates are also important concerns. Currently in Nigeria, electricity is a binding constraint for most sizes of businesses and commercial activities. How would constant and sustainable electricity supply ultimately result in overall growth, peace and simultaneous progress in all geo-political zones of Nigeria? While being the common denominator for sustainable economic growth, improved electricity supply would simultaneously put money in the pockets of all Nigerians, since most Nigerians currently rely on self-generation that cost more than grid-supplied electricity, in terms of naira/kWhr. A review of the World Bank Data on Electric power consumption (kWhr per capita), for Nigeria and China, between 1971 and 2015, indicates that the widening gap between China and Nigeria in terms of economic growth could be strongly correlated to the widening gap for electric power consumption. In 1971, China had an electric power consumption of 151.98kWhr per capita, while Nigeria had 28.49 kWhr per capita. Of note, is that by 2013 China had aggressively grown its electric power consumption to 3,762.08 kWhr per capita, while Nigeria had marginally increased to 141.87 kWhr per capita. Currently, the Chinese economy is ranked the second biggest economy in the world, in terms of GDP. The direct effect of providing constant and sustainable electricity, will be that Nigerians are assured of having sufficient supply of electricity to their homes and places of work. The ample supply of electricity would stimulate the creation of additional jobs. First, the increased jobs would be created via the construction and operation of power plants across Nigeria, as well as the construction of facilities needed to supply fuel to these power plants. In addition, the infrastructure required to evacuate electricity from the power plants and distribute the electricity to Nigerians, would also have to be developed. During the construction stage of these facilities, thousands of additional jobs would be needed. The total number of construction jobs created across the electricity value chain would be significant, although they are likely to be of a shortterm nature (lasting between three and five years), which is the period required to construct electricity generation, transmission and distribution facilities.

Additionally, gas gathering and supply facilities, power plants, transmission lines and distribution facilities would need to be operated and maintained post-construction, creating additional jobs. These jobs would be of a longer-term nature, and would be higher-skilled, though typically, will be fewer in number. Electricity generation from renewable energy sources would also entail the setting up of Photovoltaic solar module manufacturing and assembly plants. The direct jobs will be drawn from all parts of Nigeria for skilled jobs and mainly from communities hosting the power plants, for semiskilled jobs. The indirect effect will be that the provision of constant and sustainable electricity supply, will ensure the creation of indirect jobs within the Nigerian economy. These indirect jobs will be created by the suppliers of goods and services used in the construction and operation of power plants, transmission and distribution facilities. Typically, the construction of power plants will entail the supply of civil engineering materials, structural steel, power plant mechanical parts, electrical equipment, instrument and control materials. Also, the construction of transmission projects will entail the supply of structural steel, cables, civil engineering materials and transformers. In the case of thermal generation plants, this will include the suppliers of fuel, whether that is coal, oil, gas or biomass. Renewables projects typically create fewer indirect jobs. The induced effect will be that the provision of constant and sustainable electricity supply will, in addition, have an Induced effect on the Nigerian economy; the induced effect will come in form of efficiency of services due to increased productivity and increased material demand, created by consumers spending their wages on local goods and services. As a result of the direct and indirect jobs created during the construction and operation phases, new consumers would be added to boost the economy. The second-order effect will be that the provision of constant and sustainable electricity supply will create second-order economy-wide jobs and output arising from the use of the additional electricity supplied. Electricity generated by the additional power plants will have two effects; first, effects due to improved reliability of electricity and second, effects due to an increase in electricity supplied to the grid. The general effect on the Nigerian economy with the provision of constant and sustainable electricity supply of energy will include improved human development. The quality of life for residential customers residing in single-family houses and multi-family housing would be improved exponentially. The biggest single uses of electricity for residential customers are air-conditioning,

water heating, lighting, appliances and electronics. Electricity demand for residential customers tend to be highest on hot afternoons due to increased air conditioning use, followed by evenings, when lights are turned on. The general effect will include the commercial sector in Nigeria, including government and private offices, service-providing facilities and equipment, and other public and private organisations. The biggest single uses of electricity in the commercial sector are lighting, refrigeration, cooking, ventilation, and air conditioning. Electricity demand in the commercial sector tends to be highest during operating business hours and increasing substantially during nights and weekends. Additionally, the general effect will also include industrial customers, typically, facilities and equipment which use electricity for processing, producing, or assembling goods; including diverse industries, such as manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and construction would prosper with uninterrupted electricity supply. Overall, this sector uses more than a third of Nigeria’s electricity. Survey of manufacturing facilities, illustrates that more than half of the electricity used in manufacturing goes to powering various motors (machine drive). Other sizable uses include heating, cooling, and electro-chemical processes in which electricity is used to cause a chemical transformation (for example, the processes that produce aluminum metal and chlorine). Electricity use in the industrial sector tends not to fluctuate through the day or year as in the residential and commercial sectors, particularly for manufacturing facilities that operate around-the-clock. When the combined effect of all these effects outlined above are felt, due to constant and sustainable electricity supply, the economic growth of Nigeria and overall quality of life of Nigerian residential, commercial, and industrial customers will be dramatically improved. It is expected that this improvement will usher-in an era of unparalleled economic growth and ultimately lead to overall development, peace and simultaneous progress in all geo-political zones of Nigeria. I believe that part of the reason the then General Muhammadu Buhari was insistent on becoming the president of Nigeria, was the genuine desire to solve Nigeria’s economic problems. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari, can start the process of solving Nigeria’s problem, by first solving Nigeria’s electricity problem. We look forward to the day Nigeria’s electricity problem will be solved, so that our journey into sustainable economic prosperity can really commence. Belije Madu is an Abuja-based electricity consultant.


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JAMB fixes April 11 for commencement of UTME

By Ese Awhotu with agency report

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he Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed April 11 for the commencement of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The board announced the new date in a statement yesterday by its spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, who said the change is due to ”certain circumstances beyond the Board’s control.” According to the statement, the mock examination which was earlier scheduled to hold on March 23 will now hold April 1. The whole examination exercise is expected to hold for about a week across the country. It said the mock examination

is optional and is only meant to prepare interested candidates for the main examination and does not in any way add to the grades for the main examination. Recall that the main JAMB examination was expected to begin on March 16 and end on March 23 at JAMB’s computerbased test centres nationwide, but the postponement of the general elections affected the dates. After the initial postponement of the main examination, no new date was announced until April l1 commencement date was announced yesterday. However, the mock exam which was scheduled to hold on March 23 is now being postponed allegedly because of supplementary elections in some states scheduled for March 23.

This year, the sale or registration forms to all candidates (UTME/DE) including those outside Nigeria, started January 10 and ended February 21. Benjamin said that candidates who had indicated interest in the mock examination at the point of registration and have since printed their mock examination notification slips need not print them again. “All the details on the slips remain the same except the (mock) examination date which is now April 1,” he said. He said candidates are to begin printing the notification slips for the main examination from April 2, about one week before the examination. “All candidates who registered

for the 2019 UTME are to ensure that they print their examination notification slips before the day of the examination as no excuses would be entertained. The public should note that the Board would not reschedule examination for any candidate,” he said. He said candidates can print their slips anywhere and that sale of forms for the examinations remain closed. “Nigerians would recall that the Board had closed the sale of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry application document on Thursday, 21st February 2019,” he said. Benjamin said 41,063 candidates have so far created their profiles and procured either UTME or DE ePINS but

were unable to complete their registration formalities after initiating the process. “Given this, the Board has opened the registration portal effective from Wednesday 13th March, for all candidates with either UTME or DE ePINS to complete their registration formalities. The portal would be closed on Friday, 15th March 2019 by midnight,” he said. Benjamin added that the opportunity is only meant for candidates who had created a profile and procured UTME or DE ePINS before the close of registration. He urged prospective candidate to endeavour to register before Friday midnight if you they are holding any of the ePINS (UTME/DE)

Youths urged to use skills positively

Inconclusive Elections: Reps move to amend Electoral Act

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he Permanent Secretary Directorate of Government House and Protocol, Delta State, Eddy Ogidi-Gbegbaje has urged youths to use their skills positively for the development of the nation. Mr Ogidi-Gbegbaje gave the charge yesterday during a send forth party in honour of the 28 corps members of the NYSC 2018 Batch A Stream 1 who served in the Directorate in Asaba. He called on the youths to shun all form of social vices and embrace positive skills for the benefits of the society stressing that “despite the economic recession you must face life squarely, you need to keep yourself busy, learn more skills, further your education, shun anti-social vices, eschew criminal activities and ensure that whatever you do will have positive impact on your life”. “I urge you to take the part of transparency, fear of God, hardwork and honesty while shying away from get rich quick schemes and social vices”, he said adding “the NYSC scheme has given you the necessary tools that will equip you as you go into the world to start up your lives and leave a positive mark on the state, nation and the world”. While congratulating the corps members on their successful service year, Mr. OgidiGbegbaje urged them to be good ambassadors of the state, charging them to remain positive, maintain good friendships and strive to be creators of wealth rather than waiting on government for jobs. Responding on behalf of the corp members Mr. Akuegbonwu Chikwendu thanked the permanent secretary and staff of the Directorate for their enviable contribution to the success of their service promising that they will remain good ambassadors of the state and the nation.

L-R: PDP Chairman in Rivers, Mr Felix  Obuah; PDP Secretary in Rivers, Mr Samuel Okpoko; and PDP Vice Chairman in Rivers, Mr Monday Ngboro, during a news conference on the suspension of the 2019 Governorship and State House of Assembly electoral process, yesterday in Port Harcourt. Photo: NAN  

As lawmakers differ on approach

By Christiana Ekpa

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Representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ali Nani (right) receiving commendation award from the Head of committee, Civil Military relations, African sub –region of International human rights commission Geneva- Switzerland and INEC accredited election Observer group 2019, Mr. Solomon Semaka , during the presentation for Nigerian Army Professionalism and respecting human right , during the 2019 General Election , yesterday in Abuja. Photo; Justin Imo-owo

Oil prices spike as EIA confirms inventory draw

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he Energy Information Administration reported a crude oil inventory decline of 3.9 million barrels for the week to March 8, versus a build of 7.1 million barrels a week earlier, with the total slightly above average for this time of the year at 449.1 million barrels. The authority said refineries processed crude at an average daily rate of 16 million barrels, unchanged from a week earlier. Gasoline production averaged 9.7 million bpd last week, from 9.9 million bpd a week earlier

and distillate fuel production was virtually unchanged from 4.9 million bpd in the previous week. Gasoline inventories, the EIA reported, fell by 4.6 million barrels in the seven days to March 8, which compared with a decline of 4.2 million barrels in the previous week. Distillate fuel inventories gained a modest 400,000 barrels, after falling by 2.4 million barrels in the last week of February. Crude oil prices have been trending higher today on the back of falling Venezuelan and

Iranian production, squeezed by U.S. sanctions, and also thanks to an update from Saudi Arabia that it plans to continue cutting its production deeper than it agreed on last December to support prices. The update came in spite of a remark by India’s oil minister during a meeting with his Saudi counterpart that prices were already climbing higher than India, one of the world’s largest importer, was comfortable with. However, the continued growth in U.S. crude oil production has served as a

headwind capping oil’s gains on the bullish news. The EIA, in its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, said it expected this at a record-high although it revised downwards the actual figure for 2019 by 110,000 bpd to 12.3 million bpd. Next year, the EIA expects U.S. crude oil production to hit 13 million bpd. Concern about global economic growth also continued to weigh on prices as it would dampen demand in some of the biggest importers of the commodity.(By OilPrice.com)

he House of Representatives yesterday moved to amend the Electoral Act over spate of inconclusive elections in the 2019 general elections. Peoples Daily reports that the House would set up a Committee to look into the issues leading to the declaration of inconclusive election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the view of ascertaining areas to be amended in the Electoral Act. The resolution of the House followed the adoption of a motion of urgent national importance by Sunday Karimi (PDP, Kogi) who argued that INEC does not possess the powers to declare elections inconclusive. The lawmakers were in agreement that the trend of inconclusive elections should be urgently addressed. Karimi said INEC lacked the powers to cancel votes at collation centers and should desist from elevating its election guidelines above the Constitution and the Electoral Act. However, the House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila and those who spoke against the motion urged their colleagues to be mindful of the fact that INEC was empowered by law to declare elections inconclusive, an action backed by the pronouncement of the Supreme Court. Rep Sunday Karimi argued that “Since the November 2015 guber election in Kogi State, inconclusive elections have become demons hunting the Nigerian electoral system, eroding the confidence of the electorate in the electoral system; and had become a tool for subverting the will of the people during elections in Nigeria. “Prior to the 2015 Gubernatorial Election in Kogi State, there were very few isolated cases of inconclusive elections and re-run in Nigeria, due to over-voting in some polling units and wards, and also due to non-voting in some words. This was the case in Ekiti State in 2009, Anambra in 2010 and Imo in 2011. “The escalating trend of inconclusive elections has cast a shadow on the neutrality of INEC as an umpire in the Nigerian election process. “The frequency of cases of inconclusive elections in Nigeria has created in the electorate lack of confidence in the election process. “The apprehension and deprivation caused by the rising case of inconclusive elections in

Nigeria is a potential security risk in the country. According to him, the Electoral Act in Section 153 gives the INEC power to make regulations, guidelines and manuals for the conduct of elections in Nigeria and as a result, the Commission issued the 2015 General Election Guidelines and the 2019 General Election Guidelines, as Subsidiary Legislation to the Electoral Act. “The March 9 General Elections, out of the 29 gubernatorial elections conducted, five gubernatorial elections in Sokoto, Benue, Bauchi, Kano, Plateau and Adamawa States elections were declared inconclusive, despite leading candidates having met the provisions of Section 179(2) of the Constitution; thereby, causing apprehension, insecurity and eroding the confidence of the electorate in the Commission. “We are aware that as a result of the power of the Commission to issue guidelines, the INEC 2015 Guidelines in pages 22-23 paragraph 4, Section N, direct the Returning Officer to, where the margin of win between the two leading candidates is not in excess of the total number of registered voters of the polling units where elections were cancelled or not held, decline to make a return until another poll has taken place in the affected polling units and results incorporated into a new form EC 8d and subsequently record in EC 8e FOR Declaration. “This provision of the Election Guideline which was reproduced in the 2019 Guidelines is the basis for which the Commission whimsically declares election inconclusive. “It a source of concern that paragraph 4 of Section N of the 2015 General Election Guidelines is causing apprehension and lack of confidence in the nations electoral system, since Sections 134,179 and 111 of the Constitution provides for the emergence of the winner of Presidential, Gubernatorial and Area Council Elections in Nigeria. “The Constitution provides that the winner of the Election into Chief Executives offices in Nigeria shall emerge where the winner has majority votes of the total votes cast, scores ¼ of votes cast in each of at least 2/3rd of the votes in all States, Local Government and Wards respectfully. “Also, section 26(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 provides that where a date has been approved for the holding of an election and there is reason

to believe that there will be serious breach of peace if the election is proceeded with that day, or that it is impossible to conduct the elections due to natural disaster or other emergencies, the Commission may postpone the election and fix a new date for the election. “The combined effect of Section 134,179, 111 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and 26 (1) as well as Section 53(2)&(3) of the Electoral Act shows that inconclusive elections is not envisaged in our laws, except where there was over-voting in a polling unit, not where votes already cast were cancelled. “The Commission should not be allowed to continue to whimsically declare elections inconclusive.” He added that INEC must be stopped from subverting the will of the people by not resorting to the provisions of the Guidelines (relating to inconclusive elections) but to adhere to the Constitution and allow aggrieved Parties to proceed to the relevant Election Tribunals in order to ensure peace and security and to promote the credibility of the Electoral Process, was rejected though. Following the same argument against INEC, Aliyu Madaki (PDP, Kano) said declaration of inconclusive elections by the electoral body amounts to military rule dictatorship, which the people of Kano State would resist. Madaki noted that the people of Kano “Accepted the result of Presidential election result because we believe power is from God; but in the gubernatorial election, we were winning everywhere, yet they have to declare the result inconclusive. “We will not take it, Kano is not Lagos.” Mohammed Soba (Kaduna) said INEC must be resisted on the inconclusive election and be forced to act on its own guidelines if the law states that valid votes from polling units cannot be cancelled. Henry Achibong (PDP, Akwa Ibom) wondered if INEC was ever independent, while suggesting that the electoral laws be reviewed. Adamu Chika (Niger) also reiterated that elections cannot be cancelled at collation centers, adding that whoever is found culpable in the cancellation must be brought to book, “We must stop inconclusive elections,” he added. However, Diri Douye (PDP, Bayelsa) urged

his colleagues not to form opinions along party lines, but to see themselves as Nigerians first; adding that electronic voting is the solution to electoral challenges facing the country. Umar Barde (PDP, Kaduna) Deputy Minority Leader and Tajudeen Yusuf also spoke against INEC on the issue. However, House Leader Gbajabiamila captured the arguments of Femi Adebanjo ((APC, Lagos), Idris Wase, Muhammad Monguno (APC, Borno), Babale Bashir (APC, Kano), among others that the issue at stake is not for the House to decide, since the Supreme court has interpreted the law in previous election matter. The opponents of the motion suggested that the parliament should rather look at how to amend the Electoral Act with a view of making inconclusive elections irrelevant to our electoral process. Gbajabiamila said since everyone is concerned about the situation, all the lawmakers were in agreement with the trend only that the approach to the solution may differ. “The debate today centered on the interpretation of the law; but unfortunately, since we run a democracy, we are not empowered to interpret the law but that is what’s done here today. “While inconclusive elections should be a thing of the past, how do we get there, it’s to get the electoral law amended within weeks. “The Supreme court has already ruled on it when INEC used its guidelines to declare the 2015 Kogi gubernatorial election inconclusive by looking at all the processes. “So, there’s a position already; and the only solution is to amend the law and have Supreme Court change its pronouncement. “Even on cancellation of result, INEC is still empowered, according to the Supreme court. And that’s how Faleke lost his case. “My advice is, let us tarry for a while and allow the arm of government that has the authority and power to come complete its job. We must take a legislative approach, through amendment, to address all the areas of concern. “Before now, the APC caucus discussed it yesterday (Tuesday); because it’s an important issue involving too many states,” he added. The motion was unanimously adopted after a voice vote.


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No going back on tracking of election materials in Nigeria, says INEC By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Independent National Commission (INEC) has declared that there is no going back on the tracking of materials deployed for elections in the country. This is even as the commission disclosed that it has paid all the entitlements of the ad hoc staff who participated in the past elections so far. These were disclosed yesterday by two INEC National Commissioners- Prince Solomon Soyebi and Dr Adekunle Ogunmola at a programme organized for the debriefing of accredited observers for the 2019 general elections. A total of 120 domestic and 36 foreign groups were accredited for the 2019 General Election. Also, over 85,000 Observers were deployed and participated in each of the two (2) elections. Prinye Soyebi said that the commission had developed application it was using to track the movement of its deployed election materials. He recalled that the device was deployed in recently conducted

elections including Ekiti and Osun governorship elections, saying, “I can confirm that the tracking device is working well. “We are tracking our election materials and the vehicle that are conveying them. The issue of tracking of election materials has come to stay,” Soyebi said. Speaking at the event, another INEC National Commissioner, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola dismissed the insinuations that some of the ad hoc staff used for the elections were not paid. Ogunmola said the claim had earlier been denied by the Lagos Resident Electoral Commissioner and the National Youth Service Corps Director General have clarified the issue. “INEC has paid all the entitlement of the ad hoc staff,” he said. Speaking earlier, another INEC National Commissioner, Prof. Antonia Okoosi-Simbine, said that the debriefing session was a platform provided by the Commission for Observers to discuss field experiences during the elections towards providing useful lessons for the conduct of future

elections. Okoosi-Simbine said that the de-briefing exercise served as a precursor to the more comprehensive reports the Commission was expecting from the observer groups. Her words, “Accordingly, the debriefing session offers us the opportunity to discuss a variety of issues, focusing on various aspects of the electoral process”. Okoosi-Simbine said that going by the Commission’s record, a total of 120 Domestic and 36 Foreign Groups were accredited for the 2019 General Election. She added that submissions by the observer groups also indicated that over 85,000 Observers were deployed and participated in each of the two (2) elections. “The final assessment on the levels of Observer participation is being obtained from our respective State Offices.” Some of the observer groups commended INEC for its deployment for the elections, especially the March 9 governorship and State House of Assembly elections, saying was an improvement over that of the

presidential and National Assembly elections. They also commended the functionality of the smart card readers during the elections, while some group expressed mixed reactions to the deployment and performance of security agencies for the 2019 general elections. While some of the groups commended the performance of the security personnel deployed for the elections, others expressed concern over the number of personnel deployed to certain areas of the country. Mr Abdullahi Ari, an observer with the Network for Community Advancement and Empowerment, said that the security agencies, especially the police should be commended. Ari, however, said that it was observed that there were no presence of security personnel in some polling units, some with less than the three personnel promised by the Inspector General of Police, while in some place more than three security personnel were deployed to some other polling units. He, however, commended

INEC for the improvement in the deployment of logistics during the elections, especially during the March 9, governorship and State House of Assembly elections. Mrs Ada Enemuoh, the Adaobi Enemuoh Initiative for Development stressed the need for INEC to workout the modality in which a political party to appear on ballot paper to avoid time wasting during electoral process. Mrs Aisha Akande, Federation of Muslim Women’s Organization in Nigeria commended INEC for making special voting arrangements for aged voters, pregnant and nursing women, and people living with disability, urging the commission to sustain the arrangement. Some of the de-briefing’s agenda were logistics and deployment of poll officials; opening, layout and commencement of accreditation and voting; and performance of election officials. Others include the performance of the Smart Card Readers, Conduct of security personnel; conduct of election observations, collation and declaration of election results at the various levels.

BMO faults PDP’s stance on inconclusive election By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says responsibility for conducting elections in Nigeria and declaring them final or inconclusive rests absolutely with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); and its decisions are not subject to interference from any quarters. The BMO also said any insinuation that it’s decision on conclusion or otherwise on any particular election is faulty, ill-conceived and mischievous. BMO made these observations while it faulted the claims of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the federal government is complicit in the declaration of some governorship elections as ‘’inconclusive’’. In a statement signed by its chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said it is disappointing that the PDP, in a deliberate ploy to deceive and mislead Nigerians on the true position of things with the inconclusive elections, has been inundating the people with false claims that those states are its strongholds. “We are constrained to put the records straight and inform Nigerians that contrary to the position of the PDP, INEC is solely responsible for the conduct of elections in the country, and retains the prerogative to decide which election to be postponed or re-run, based on the extant provisions of the Electoral Act. “Specifically, Section 26 of the Act empowers the electoral body to decide on the correctness or otherwise of any election. It is therefore totally out of place and sheer mischief for the PDP to put the blame for inconclusive governorship elections in some states on the federal government, or President Muhammadu Buhari.

“For the umpteenth time, we want to remind the PDP that President Buhari is not the electoral umpire and does not dictate to it the methodology for carrying out its constitutional responsibilities. We use the medium to ask the PDP to desist from dragging the name of President Muhammadu Buhari into election matters.” According to BMO, it is “a mark of President Buhari’s impartiality in the elections that in a state like Plateau where the All Progressives Congress was leading in the governorship election with about forty thousand votes, the election was still declared inconclusive just as it happened in a few other states. We therefore consider it as the height of political rascality for the PDP to lay claim to those states as its strongholds.”

INEC officials collating results of the Governorship and House of Assembly Election in Oyo State office on Sunday Ibadan.

We are not being dictated to by Buhari, APC, INEC replies PDP By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has responded to an allegation by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it is working with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig elections in some states. The PDP had, in a statement issued by Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary and Director, Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, on Monday, accused Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, of “overtly playing the script of the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) by declaring governorship elections in states where the PDP is in clear lead as inconclusive”. The leading opposition party alleged that the INEC Chairman had become “overtly partisan, surrendered

its independence to the APC and carries on as a compromised umpire with obnoxious impunity, thereby sending signals of being heavily bribed by the APC to alter results for its candidates”. The PDP also made references to states where elections were declared inconclusive. However, the electoral commission has denied the claims by PDP, stating that its primary goal is to ensure free, fair and credible elections. A statement issued by Rotimi Oyekanmi, the Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, reads: “It is quite unfortunate that at this particular period when the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is busy trying to conclude the remaining governorship and state houses of assembly elections, the Peoples Democratic Party has embarked on making spurious and libelous allegations, without concrete

proofs as usual. “So far, the PDP has won in Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu, Oyo, Abia, Cross River and Delta states according to the results declared by INEC. Interestingly, the PDP has not accused INEC of rigging the elections in these states. “Sadly, the PDP has also not deemed it fit to commiserate with the families of our ad hoc staff and other Nigerians who lost their lives, including those who were injured in different parts of the country while trying to carry out their legitimate duties. This is rather unfortunate and regrettable. “For the avoidance of doubt, the Commission’s one and only interest in the 2019 general elections is to make votes count. It is to ensure free, fair and credible elections. When there is no interference with the electoral process and an election satisfies the provisions

of the law, the Commission will always make a declaration of the results. But when there is interference or when an election fails to meet the requirements of the law, the Commission will not make a declaration. “In the case of Rivers, the Commission was forced to suspend the election due to violence and threats to life, as a result of which it constituted a Fact Finding Committee to assess the situation and report back within 48 hours. “In a couple of other states where a declaration was not immediately made, the elections did not meet the threshold required for such a declaration. The Commission will take the appropriate action prescribed by the law and make a declaration.” The commission also appealed to Nigerians to “disregard allegations of bias being levelled against the Commission.”A

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Obi seeks international attention over brigandage in Rivers election By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in February 23, Presidential election Mr. Peter Obi has expressed concern on fallouts from some states in the last Saturday’s gubernatorial and state assembly elections particularly in Rivers state and wants international attention drawn to it. Mr. Obi, a former Governor of Anambra state, said in a statement from his media office that the militarization of election to the extent of carrying collation center to a military location and denying international observers access is clearly unacceptable and a grave breach of democratic norms. The Vice Presidential candidate said that needless involvement of the military has aggravated the situation in Rivers state and wondered why the undue interest in Rivers, very well known strong PDP state. He said that the Rivers state Governor Nysom Wike should be the last to face this type of harassment given his popularity with his people which is as a result of his outstanding performance which earned him Mr. project even from an opposition person. Obi stated that all reasonable persons within and outside the country who desire the growth and sustenance of democracy in this part of the World should rise up and condemn what is going on in Rivers state. His words, “Any reasonable person should know that Gov Wike is the last person to be harassed knowing what he has put in just in four years in the delivery of democracy dividend”. The Vice Presidential candidate also described as curious the fact that all the six states that INEC declared inconclusive are where PDP was cruising to victory before it was halted. He said that the ruling party has become so shameless in their desperation as they have become brazen in perpetuating their rigging agenda. Obi therefore urged the global democracies to show more than passing interests in what is going on in Nigeria particularly Rivers state as such untoward behavior has far reaching consequences in the entire democratic process in the continent and the World.

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Era of manipulating election esults over in Nigeria -REC

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he Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Oyo state, Mr Mutiu Agboke, says the era of manipulating results of elections in favour of any of the political party was over in the Nigerian democracy. Agboke, who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan, said that votes of the electorate would always count in determining who won elections. He described the last general

elections in Oyo state as successful exercise. According to him, the outcome of the Saturday polls has proved that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) means its words and would continue to improve on its existing achievements. He said the use of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) remained the only power of the electorate had to choose their leaders as witnessed in the recent

general elections. The REC urged the Nigerians to continue to have trust and to believe in the activities of INEC, saying that the commission had no sympathy for any of the political parties in the country. The REC commended the people of Oyo state for the relative peace that characterised the conduct of the general elections. He expressed satisfaction over the supports the commission received

from Inter-Party Advisory Commission (IPAC), Security agents, National Orientation Agency (NOA) and media organisations that contributed to success of the elections. Agboke implored owners of the unclaimed PVCs to come forward and collect them; saying 2,023 PVCs were yet to be collected. He further called on political parties not to relax but start preparing for the 2023 general elections in easiest. (NAN)

L-R: Administration Secretary, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Enugu State, Mr Enyi Onyekwere; Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Emeka Ononamadu;  and Head of Electoral Operations, Mr Joseph Ihechi, during a news conference on the 2019 general elections, yesterday in Enugu. Photo: NAN 

Election success boosts confidence in Nigeria’s economy - BMO By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he generally peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria in which President Muhammadu Buhari was re-elected has restored confidence in the Nigerian economy, with Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) growing and boosting the prospects of the largest economy in Africa. The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says figures collated by its Economic Team and various credible sources indicate that the $16 billion traditional outflow reported by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in December 2018 on the eve of the elections has ended, with many of them returning, alongside other investors in

the real sectors. In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO emphasised that the economic prospects for the country are excellent, based on internationally recognized indices. “Analysts in various institutions including FocusEconomics’ panelists see GDP increasing 2.3% in 2019 on the back of the impact made by the country’s economic diversification, liquidity and prudent management of foreign exchange, which facilitates easy repatriation of profit by investors. “Recent data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), shows that the Nigeria’s economic growth gained traction and the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded

2.4% annually in Q4, well above Q3’s 1.8% increase. “The 2.3 per cent growth in agriculture contributed to the northbound trajectory of the GDP and general economic outlook. The proposed investment of $1.5 billion by Morocco’s OCP Group on three ammonia plants to boost fertiliser production will deepen the country’s agriculture-driven economic diversification.” The BMO noted the report by FocusEconomics which says: “The services sector gained steam, with growth hitting a multi-year high in Q4 largely on the back of buoyant activity in the information and communication industries. Moreover, industrial output rebounded from the previous quarter, owing to stronger gains in

manufacturing.” The group also noted that economic growth in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari is further aided by higher and stable oil production, a stronger policy on gas flaring and huge government spending on economic infrastructure – roads, railways, airports, water transportation, increased power generation and stronger electricity distribution network. BMO thereby urged all Nigerians to redouble their efforts in agricultural and other economic activities to increase the economic growth, generate more wealth, lift more Nigerians out of poverty and raise their living standard on sustainable basis.

APC demands reversal of House of Representatives election in Benue From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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he All Progressives Congress APC, in Benue State, on Wednesday, demanded the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, to immediately step down declaration of winner of the re-run election for the Vandeikya/ Konshisha Federal Constituency in the state. The APC Returning Agent for Vandeikya/Konshisha House of Representatives election, Dennis Akura made this demand at a press conference in Makurdi. He maintained that the Jechira Federal Constituency seat in the national assembly remain inconclusive and any attempt, planned declaration of results or winner by INEC for the re-run election would amount to

illegality, false, null and void, hence the conduct of the re-run election alongside with the governorship and state assembly election that was declared inconclusive by INEC in the state. The former Vandeikya local government council chairman further alleged that the re-run election for Vandeikya/ Konshisha Federal Constituency was characterised by unprecedented irregularities and violence perpetrated by the APGA candidate which led to the cancellation of the elections results in those areas that warranted INEC to declare the governorship election inconclusive. Mr. Akura disclosed that during the re-run election which was held together with the governorship and state assembly elections,16 polling units with over 26,000 votes was

cancelled in Konshisha LGA, while six polling units in Mbadede and Mbagbara of Mbayongo council ward in Vandeikya LGA with 5,000 votes was also cancelled. According to him, the difference of about 5,117 votes between the APGA candidate, Mr. Heman Hembe and the APC candidate, Mrs. Dorothy Mato was not significant enough to warrant INEC to declare the APGA candidate as winner as more 30,000 registered voters were denied access to vote and even those who voted have their votes cancelled during the re-run. “It may interest you to know that Prof. Raymond Wuana who is t election collation officer for Vandeikya/ Konshisha Federal Constituency hailed from same Mbakyer, council ward with the APGA candidate. It’s not

out of place to state here that either by design or accident the marriage of convenience between INEC and the APGA candidate had been structured in a way that the APGA candidate could rig the elections and manipulate results in his favor. “It is curious to ask from where did INEC generate results from the re-run election which was cancelled alongside the governorship and state assembly elections to declare the APGA candidate winner. “We therefore call on INEC to come out and its position know on this matter to the people of Benue and Nigeria. The umpire body should equally fix a new date for a further re-run for the Vandeikya/ Konshisha Federal Constituency seat and provide adequate security to prevent a reoccurrence of what transpired in

Konshisha LGA on March 9”, Akura said. NEC should also change the collation officer as well as the returning officer so as to provide a level playing field for the entire contestants. Responding, the House of Representatives member-elect Herman Hembe said the call is belated, maintaining that there is no way the collation officer for the Governorship election would be the same as that for the House of Representatives election. “If the collation officer for the Governorship election tampered with the result, my election was not tampered with because the had no issue. So, the call by the APC that my declaration should be reversed does not hold water as I am right now N Abuja to receive my certificate of return”, Hembe said.


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Study: Healthy diet doesn’t lower dementia risk

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long-running study questions the conventional wisdom that a healthy diet may help ward off dementia. European researchers followed more than 8,200 middle-aged adults for 25 years — looking at whether diet habits swayed the odds of being diagnosed with dementia. In the end, people who ate their fruits and vegetables were at no lower risk than those who favored sweets and steaks. The findings, published March 12 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, stand in stark contrast to many past studies. Those studies have linked heart-healthy diets to lower odds of mental decline and abnormalities in the brain that can foretell dementia. Currently, groups like the Alzheimer’s Association suggest that people adopt those diets as one potential way to stave off dementia. Most studies, though, have followed people for only a fairly short time — less than 10 years, said lead researcher Tasnime Akbaraly, from the French national research institute INSERM. This study is the first to look at diet quality starting in middle age

and the long-term risk of dementia, explained Akbaraly. Her team found that 344 people were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over the quarter-century they were followed. And the rates were similar among the one-third of study participants with the “best” diet quality and the one-third with the “worst.” People in that first group typically had several servings of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains every day; at least a couple servings of nuts and legumes each week; regularly had unsaturated fats, like olive oil; and put limits on red meat, sodium and sugary drinks. No one is advising people to give up on that type of eating, however. “I would certainly not want anyone to come away from this thinking a healthy diet is futile,” said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association. “This study has to be viewed within the context of the larger scientific literature on diet and cognition — which does suggest there’s a benefit [from healthy eating],” said Fargo, who was not involved in the study.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the best evidence is for two heart-healthy diets: the traditional Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet — which is a standard recommendation for lowering high blood pressure. The diets differ, but both emphasize a familiar refrain: Get plenty of fruits, vegetables,

legumes, fiber-rich grains, “good” fats, and fish and poultry — and limit red meat, sweets, and added salt. Akbaraly also stressed that her findings do not imply “diet doesn’t matter.” For one, diet clearly is vital to overall health — physical and mental. Akbaraly noted that in an

earlier study of this same group, middle-aged adults with the healthiest diets had a lower risk of depression over the next two-plus decades. And, she said, these findings still leave many questions unanswered — such as whether diet is more powerful when combined with other lifestyle measures, like regular exercise. In reality, Fargo said, studies like this one — which ask people about their usual lifestyle habits — cannot answer the major question: Will changing my diet — or any other habit — lower my risk of dementia? “You can’t rely on observational studies like this to tell you what to do,” Fargo said, because they do not prove cause and effect. More definitive answers, he said, come from clinical trials, which randomly assign people to adopt a lifestyle change or not. The Alzheimer’s Association is sponsoring an ongoing trial that is testing the effects of diet changes along with other measures, including exercise and mentalstimulating activities. It is focusing on older adults at increased risk of mental decline.

Pick Quality Protein Over Quantity for a Healthy Heart

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igh-protein diets are everywhere, but not all protein is created equal. For heart health, experts say the key is moderation and choosing wisely. “Very high intake of meat, especially processed red meat, is not good for overall health,” said Dr. Jyrki Virtanen, author of a recent study on protein consumption. “Those who are used to eating very high amounts of meat could consider moderating their intake.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recommendation for protein is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight -or about 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. For a 155-pound adult, that’s roughly 56 grams. For a 190-pound adult, it’s about 68 grams. The USDA has a calculator to help determine a recommended daily allowance. Virtanen’s study found middle-aged and older men who ate higher amounts of protein were slightly more likely to develop heart failure than men who ate lower amounts. He and his colleagues looked at data from 2,441 Finnish men over two decades and found 334 cases of heart failure. The results showed men who consumed the highest amount of protein had a 33 percent higher increased risk of heart failure than men who consumed the lowest amounts. “More research on this topic is definitely needed,” said Virtanen, an adjunct professor of nutritional

epidemiology at the University of Eastern Finland. “But our findings indicate that high protein intake may have some adverse effects on health, especially if the protein is coming from animal sources.” Just what kind of protein is best for cardiovascular health is a question that’s evolved in recent years. A study in November said eating a mostly plant-based diet

was associated with a 42 percent reduced risk of developing heart failure for people with no history of heart disease. The American Heart Association’s lifestyle recommendations for reducing cardiovascular risk emphasize a healthy eating pattern that includes: Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, non- and

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low-fat dairy products, skinless poultry, fish, nuts, beans and nontropical vegetable oils. Limiting red and processed meat, sweets and sugary drinks. Still, many people cling to the notion of eating lots of meat and protein, fueled in part by the enduring popularity of low-carb, high-protein diets such as Paleo, Ketogenic, Atkins and the Zone, said Jo Ann Carson, a dietitian

and professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “But if you use that very high protein diet to lose weight, typically the only way to keep that weight off is to continue to follow that dietary pattern, and there might be potential health issues there,” said Carson, chair of AHA’s nutrition committee. “Probably the biggest problem with large amounts of protein is when it doesn’t leave room in your diet for antioxidant-rich and fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and whole grains,” Carson said. In May, the AHA issued a new advisory recommending people up their intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating one or two servings of non-fried fish or shellfish a week. Carson said fish was among “the good-quality proteins people should be looking for, including lower-fat dairy and plant-based proteins, like soy and quinoa.” As people get older, their protein requirements typically increase, Carson said. But no matter their age, people confused about their protein intake should seek out an expert. “I think it’s a good idea to work with a registered dietician, especially if you have a family history of heart disease,” she said. “They can tell you ‘This is a healthy diet’ or ‘You’re getting enough protein, but the rest of your diet needs work.’ Much more important than the amount of protein you eat is the quality of your protein.”

NCC donates ICT equipment to Nigerian Army Institute, Makurdi By Etuka Sunday

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igerian Communications Commission (NCC) yesterday donated Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment to the Nigerian Army Institute of Technology and Environmental Studies, Makurdi, Benue State. The ICT equipment are: ten (10) Laptops, one (1) Coloured Laser Jet Printer, two (2) Black and White Laser Jet Printers and one (1) Projector. Speaking at a brief handover ceremony in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta said, the equipment would complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army in securing the country. “The Commission no doubt expects that this gesture will go a long way to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army towards achieving its mandate and to further enhance the security of the country. “It is also our hope that, this donation will make a difference on the staff and students of your institute not only by improving their access to ICT tools but to enhance their skills in computing, as well as understanding and developing appreciation of ICT for improved efficiency in teaching and learning in various subjects,” he said. Represented by the Head, Information Technology Department, NCC, Engr. Abraham Oshadami, Prof. Danbatta said, it all started sometimes in October last year (2018) when the Institute wrote to the Commission requesting for partnership /sponsorship and soliciting for the intervention of the Commission to provide ICT facilities for the use of the institute. He said, “to whom much is given, much is expected, therefore, we expect that these ICT tools will be properly allocated, managed, protected and maintained for the benefits of the staff and students.” Receiving the equipment on behalf of the Rector, Brigadier General, Aminu Abdul, the Director, ICT, of the Institute, Ms Nwafor Chidinma expressed gratitude to NCC for the collaboration and promised that the equipment would be put into effective use. She said, “the items presented today will actually go a long way in research and development because we have students who are studying computer engineering and environmental studies. “Right now we do not have some of these items presented to us in our labs and class rooms. With this donation, we are confident that our students would be encouraged more in research and development,” she said.

Abuja Airport: FAAN awaits BPP approval to begin work on second runway From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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onstruction works on the much anticipated second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport in Abuja will soon commence once the airport management authority receives clearance from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), FAAN has disclosed. The runway, according to the Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Engineer Saleh Donuma was part of the much desired project of the federal government that was captured in the 2019 budget. Speaking to journalists in his office on a range of issues in Lagos, Donuma said the agency is awaiting the approval from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) before contractors will move to site. He said “we have gone far on the Abuja second runway project. This is a big document here (lifting a huge file from the table). The document contains the design and everything about the second

runway. It’s in our 2019 budget. Actually, the consultancy is being processed. As soon as we get our clearance from the BPP, we will commence work on it. In fact, we have gone far on this,” he said. The Chief Executive Officer of the agency said FAAN has set up a committee to map out plans to boost revenue generation for the agency especially the nonaeronautical sources. This is just as he explained that FAAN is going through some processes that would eventually lead to the approval of its Aviation Security (AVSEC) to bear arms in 2019. It is high time he reiterated airport authorities on the Africa continent diversified their revenue generations away from aeronautic to non-aeronautic, stressing that other airport managers across the world had already keyed into this. He insisted that the committee, which he chaired, consisted of relevant directorates and departments responsible for revenue generation for FAAN and would come out with a roadmap to enhance revenues for the agency.

He declared that FAAN as an agency could not be left behind in development of its airport infrastructure, stressing that the only way to achieve this was for it to diversify its revenue generation and tap into the myriad of opportunities in the system. He explained further that apart from Nigeria, other airport authorities across the continent were also deliberating on how to increase their non-aeronautical revenue services, which he said formed the theme of this year’s Airports Council International (ACI) held in Egypt. He said: “What we intend to do is to diversify our revenue sources. In Africa, we have not tapped into non-aeronautical sources and we are encouraging African airports to look at non-aeronautical revenue sources of revenue because aeronautical sources of revenues have limitations; they are highly dependent on flight operations. “The non-aeronautical revenues are being developed so much that they can be in pari-passu with the aeronautical sources of revenues. This is what we want

African airports to develop. Some papers were presented to guide African airports to develop that area. “As a matter of fact, I just finished a meeting with my team. I set up a team on revenue generation and this team is chaired by me. It is very sensitive to the survival of African airports especially FAAN. We started the meeting today (yesterday) and we will continue to meet every week until we get to where we want to be. He explained further that before the end of the year, AVSEC personnel would have been approved to bear arms in order to increase their surveillance of the sector. On continuation of certifications of international airports by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dunoma assured that other airports would be certified very soon by the regulatory agency, emphasising that the exercise was at different stages of completion. He disclosed that Kano, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Kaduna airports were going through the certification processes.

-L-R, Guest Speaker, Emmanuel Kelechukwu, CEO Foshizi Tours, Mrs. Ife Olranwaju, Convener, Mrs. Ekaette Umoh and CEO Hatlab, Mrs. Latifat Balogun during the 50 Business Plan Competition and conference to mark Mrs. Ekaette Umoh’s 50th birthday, in Abuja

Stakeholders to deliberate on Budget implication to Capital Market in Nigeria

...as SEC holds Seminar in Lagos By Etuka Sunday

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he Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to host the 2019 edition of Budget Seminar at the Eko Hotels and Suites Victoria Island, Lagos. The theme of the event is “Budgets, Elections and Capital Markets: Risks and Opportunities in 2019”. The seminar, the third of its kind by the SEC, which is scheduled for Tuesday March 19,2019, will bring together experts with professional, policy and academic background in order to deliberate extensively on

the implication of the budget to the capital market in Nigeria. Also to be examined are the ways in which the capital market could contribute more meaningfully to the growth and recovery process the budget is intended to promote. The Commission’s Budget Seminar Series has been established as a forum for evaluating the connection between the Nigerian capital market and the annual Federal Government Budget. A major aim is to identify how the capital market can contribute

to and in turn benefit from the budget and its implementation. The Commission as the host of this event, gathers subject matter experts with incisive knowledge and experience on various economic activities to deliberate extensively, with the aim of enlightening participants on the area of focus for the seminar. In addition to the learning of the day, which will equip participants, a communique will be drafted and forwarded as the capital market inputs to the appropriate government and private institutions.

Presenter at the event is Dr. Afolabi Olowookere of the SEC. Panelists include: Hajara Adeola of Lotus Capital Limited, Toyin Sanni of Emerging Africa Capital Group, Patience Oniha Director General of Debt Management Office and Prof. Olu Ajakaiye of Africa Centre for Shared Capacity Development Building. Others are: Ike Chioke of Afrinvest Management Limited, Mr. Mobolaji Balogun of Chapel Hill Denham, Prof. Uche Uwaleke of Nasarawa State University and Mr. Johnson Chukwu of Cowry Assets Management Limited.


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Energy By Etuka Sunday

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he Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Gur Mohammed has disclosed how the company is currently saving over N10 million from transformer repairs using the in house Engineers. Mr Mohammed who was full of joy over the capacity of the in house Engineers to fix transformers, said, the needed encouragement would be given for them to operate freely. Addressing some selected journalists who where on tour of the facility, he said, transformers repairs which hitherto take six months at an exorbitant cost of N15million in Lagos, could now be fixed speedly with less than N5million by the TCN Engineers. “Most of the time, this

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How we are saving over N10m from Transformer repairs, using our Engineers -TCN transformers are repaired in Lagos because it is in Lagos we have people who repair them. “But since I came in February 2017, most of those transformers repaired in Lagos stop when we are commissioning them. “Recently we took 60MVA transformer that was repaired in Lagos to Benin and at commissioning, that transformer failed. “Now we are trying to take one that we are not using in Yenagoa to Benin to use it temporarily until the transformer under the transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme (TREP) comes.

“What we are doing now is to fix this transformer and we are not going to spend up to N5 million. If we are to transport this 60MVA transformer to Lagos, it cannot be less than N15 million and they can’t fix it in less than six months. “That is why we decided to empower the TCN engineers to be doing it themselves. This transformer failed in 2017 and we have replaced it, another failed in KUbwa which we have not replaced. So when we fix this, we will replace that of Kubwa,” he said. The TCN boss attributed the failure of some of the transformers to lack of investments on the part of

Distribution Companies (DisCos), therefore, called on Government to provide some kind of regulatory policy that will enable NERC do a regulatory order that would lead to the capitalisation of the DisCos. “Why we are having this kind of failure is that the Distribution Companies (DisCos) are not having enough investments in their networks. Most of our transformers are supplying customers directly without any form of protection between our equipment and that of the DisCos. So if there is a fault on their side, it hits our transformers directly. “That is why we are calling on government, particularly the federal ministry of power, works and housing to provide some kind of regulatory policy and then we are calling on the Nigerian electricity regulatory commission to do a regulatory order that will lead to the capitalization of the DisCos. “Out of the 731 interface between us and the DisCos, only 421 are protected, the rest are not and those places that that do not have full protection are the areas where we are losing our transformers,” he said. Mr Mohammed said, recently, the Company lost two transformers in Abuja. “We have also lost in Onitsha and two in Benin and if we don’t have

protection on the side of the discos we will continue to lose transformers like this and that requires investment on the side of the DisCos. That is why we call on government to act on this. “Between us and the DisCos, we are supposed to have an injection substation that protects us and them and on our side, we are supposed to have protection that will isolate this substation from the main grid. So when there is no investment coming to the DisCos, and we are supplying their customers directly, this failure will continue. “Every transformer is very expensive. To build this 60MVA transformer, to import it and install it for about $2 million and when you lose $2m, you know what it means. So we don’t want this to continue. On tariff increment, he said, “to have a higher tariff is good but for the DisCos, the current tariff, how much of it have they collected? I don’t believe in the argument that only tariff is the problem because capacity is a problem. Even with the current tarrif, if they can collect 100 per cent, I don’t think we should be where we are because the tariff includes cost of production, investment and inefficiencies. When we don’t have the capacity to collect 10 naira, how can we collect 20 naira.”

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Latin Renewable Riches

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Dr. Maikanti Baru, in a warm handshake with Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, at the CERAWeek Conference, Houston, Texas.

Baru to woo Foreign Investors at CERAWeek in U.S By Etuka Sunday

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he Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, will on Wednesday address foreign investors at the CERAWeek, an international energy conference taking place in Houston, United States. Dr. Baru, who will speak during a Special Session entitled “Africa: Foundations for New Investment”, will be joined by some African petroleum ministers, heads of National Oil Companies (NOCs) and other global energy industry leaders.

He is expected to discuss the abundant investment opportunities in Nigeria’s Oil andGas Industry, particularly providing meaningful insights into key investment initiatives as they affect the country’s emerging capital projects within the oil, gas, power and the renewable energy sectors. In the same vein, Dr. Baru will beamong African Oil and GasIndustry leaders who will join the US Energy Secretary, Rick Perry, in a private Government-to-Government meeting on trade engagement between the US and African countries. Organised by IHS Markit, CERA

is a global platform on energy trends and public policy where over 4,000 oil and gas experts convene annually to debate the future of oil, natural gas, renewable energy, power and new technologies. The 2019 edition has the theme:“New World of Rivalries: Reshaping the Energy Future.” The year’s edition will alsoexplore other big issues confronting the energy industry,hosting such speakers as U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo; OPEC Secretary General, Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo and the Crown Princess of Denmark, Mary Elizabeth among others.

atin America has long been at the forefront of the energy industry. In the 20th century British oil firms made great business untapping the massive hydrocarbon potential in places like Mexico and Venezuela. And now in the 21st century its renewable riches look set to reward international investors once again. Canning House recently hosted a renewable conference, where Gonzalo de Castro, Senior Director at Latin America’s development bank, CAF, looked at the region’s clean energy potential. The first positive, notes de Castro, is that both the world’s and Latin America’s economic situations are looking up. Global economic growth seems to be stabilising at 3.9%, while Latin America is expected to grow at 2.8% in 2019 – a big improvement from the 0.6% contraction in 2016. The economic backdrop matters because Latin America’s clean energy revolution is going to be paid for by a mix of regional governments, companies and international investors – and it’s more feasible to find that cash when growth is solid. Meanwhile Latin American economic growth is fuelling an increase in power demand that CAF estimates will increase 79% between 2017 and 2030. It also helps that, barring Venezuela, inflation across the region has been brought under control. Currently standing at 4.1%, lower inflation generally means lower interest rates which makes it easier to finance projects locally. Energy snapshot today omething that bodes well for Latin America’s transition to renewable energy is that it’s already chalked up some success in the field. Hydroelectric power is responsible for 54% of the region’s power supply,

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compared to just 16% in the rest of the world. It also outperforms on newer renewable technologies – wind, solar and geothermal – which make up 8% of the electricity matrix in Latin America compared to the global figure of 6%. Latin America already uses far less coal than other regions in the world. That’s probably because it’s not a commodity that abounds in Latin America, with the region holding just 1.2% of global supplies. But it’s great news because it means the region doesn’t have to give up an addiction to coal – the dirtiest source of electricity but also one of the cheapest and most reliable – which is proving so difficult for other emerging markets. Even the bad news for Latin America is positive for investors. It currently uses far more oil than any other region bar the Middle East. Again, that makes sense because Latin America is home to almost 20% of the world’s supply. But it creates a great opportunity for increasingly competitive sources of renewable energy to replace oil-burning power stations.

Where’s the potential? n the 1920s and 1930s British oil firms in Mexico and Venezuela played an important role in kickstarting an oil boom that eventually led to discoveries across the region. They now have a chance to do something similar in renewable energy, where the prize is just as great. Latin America’s solar power potential is worth 54,050 terawatt hours per year (TWh/year). To give some context, that’s enough energy to supply all of Latin America’s current yearly electricity demand 36 times over.

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A cross-section of Catholic faithful with their candles during their sacrament  of confirmation at St. Luke Chaplaincy, Uniabuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, recently in Abuja . Photo; NAN

FCT Nurses, Midwives drilled on leadership skills By Stanley Onyekwere

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he Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter ational Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), has organised a two day capacity building training for its newly elected unit officials across health centres in the FCT. The FCT NANNM chairman, Comrade Deborah Yusuf explained that the essence of the induction course was to equip the executives with skills and techniques to conduct the affairs of the union devoid of

confrontation with hospitals managenent. Yusuf said there is resolve to always promote the welfare of members as well as priority attention would be given to the training and re-training of nurses aimed at boosting their morale to perform their duty efficiently. She therefore tasked the participants to make good use of the knowledge they gained to enable them deliver quality healthcare services to patients, just as she implored them to equally share their new skills

with their colleagues in their respective health centres. She also called on nurses to embrace team work with other health professionals, noting that the act would in no small measure bring industrial harmony among heath practitioners. The Chairman equally enjoined the exco to exhibit examplary leadership in tandem with NANNM constitution, while imploring them to keep on contributing their to the health need of every patient irrespective of gender, religion or socio economic status.

The chairman tasked her colleagues to show commitment and dedication in the area of discharging their primary assignment for the benefit of patients. Yusuf enjoined the unit officials to see thier election as a call for service, just as she implored them to commit themselves to displine aimed at upholding the principles of the nursing proffession. Furthermore, the NANNM boss in FCT applauded the Secretary Health and Human Services Secretariat, Malam

Adamu Bappa for the payment of 56 months outstanding arrears, even as she appealed to the FCT Minister to engage more nurses to argument the shortage of manpower. Also speaking, Deputy Director Nursing, Mrs. Grace Eleri commended the chairman of the union for providing examplary leadership free from industrial disharmony. She therefore encouraged the unit exco to carry all their members along for the progress of the union.

NGO trains widows, civil servants in fish farming By Stanley Onyekwere

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o fewer than three hundred persons have been trained on fish farming, aimed to build their capacity towards self-sustenance and economic empowerment in the society. The trainees were made up of widows, retired civil servants and youths, drawn from the six Area Councils of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The training was organised by an Abuja based Nongovernmental organisation, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, in collaboration with’ Brekete Family’, operators of Human Rights Radio. It was total number of 250 were sponsored under the scholarship of Helpline Foundation, other participants were private individuals who expressed keen desire to acquire such capacity.

At the end of the training held recently in Garki-Abuja,100 fingerlings were distributed to each participant as start up. According to the President of the NGO, Dr. (Mrs) Jummai Ahmadu, the Foundation intends that the participants acquire knowledge and invest in it. She said that after the training, harvest would be just in four months, and that they can make 70 per cent return on investment. Dr. Ahmadu was appreciative

to Brekete Family for underwriting the cost for over 200 percent, even as she expressed her excitement over the enthusiasm of the women to build capacity and cross the poverty line. She urged participants to make the best of the training and acquire the knowledge and become fish farmers or fish business men and women. Ahmadu urged other good spirited individuals to key into the initiative and assist bring

more people out of poverty. She said that it was easy to identify the needy in our neighborhoods and that it is easy to do something about their plight as it takes just N20, 000 to change the status of a needy person. She identifies fish farming, snails, vegetables and other things can be used to build the capacity of needy individuals and that in the end society will be better for it.


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Brexit: Chancellor Philip Hammond calls for cross-party compromise

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hancellor Philip Hammond has signalled his backing for a crossparty consensus over Brexit, despite the PM still appearing to support her own deal. He told MPs they had “a solemn duty in the days ahead to put aside our differences and seek a compromise”. It came after Theresa May said the UK could still leave the EU with a “good deal”, despite MPs rejecting her plan. Battling a sore throat, she said: “I may not have my own voice but I understand the voice of the country.” Jeremy Corbyn has called on the PM to change course after her deal was “decisively rejected” by 149 votes on Tuesday. The Labour leader repeated his calls for Mrs May to “move on from her red lines” and suggested his alternative plan to remain in a customs union was “the only show in town”. The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith said the chancellor’s comments are likely to be seen as support for moves by senior crossparty MPs to forge an alternative Brexit agreement. This could include holding a series of indicative votes on different options, which would show what next steps MPs would be prepared to back. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Mr Hammond’s comments showed the government was being forced to “look seriously” at his party’s proposals - which also include closer ties to the single market. After Tuesday’s defeat, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the bloc “cannot go any further” in trying to persuade MPs to back the agreed terms of exit and it was down to the UK to sort out. This evening, MPs will vote on whether to block the UK from leaving the EU without an agreement later this month. If the government motion passes, the block on no-deal would only apply to the 29 March deadline. The BBC’s chief political correspondent, Vicki Young, said Ms Spelman’s change of heart was “extremely helpful” for the government as there were a number of Conservative MPs - including ministers - who would have wanted to back the amendment and take no-deal off the table. The prime minister has said she will vote to rule out a no-deal, as per her own motion, but she has promised a “free vote” - meaning party bosses will not tell MPs which way to vote. There will also be a free vote allowed on the Malthouse Compromise, which was tabled by a group of both Remain and Leave-backing Tory MPs. Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, has already said she will vote in the opposite way, telling BBC Two’s Politics Live that a no-deal Brexit was not the “optimal scenario”, but it had to be left on the table. Delivering his Spring Statement to the Commons, Mr Hammond called on MPs across the Commons to “remove the threat of an imminent no-deal exit hanging over our economy” in the vote later. He said the uncertainty that the

possibility of a no-deal Brexit brought was damaging the UK economy, and the country’s “standing and reputation in the world”. But the chancellor then moved on to talk about a further vote that could take place on Thursday. If MPs vote against a no deal later, the prime minister has said a motion would be tabled the following day allowing MPs to vote for an extension to Article 50 - the legal mechanism that sees the UK leaving the EU on 29 March. Mr Hammond said: “Tomorrow [Thursday], we will have the opportunity to start to map out a way forward towards building a consensus across this House for a deal we can collectively support to exit the EU in an orderly way, to a future relationship that will allow Britain to flourish, protecting jobs and businesses.” He added that, while he had hoped MPs would reach a consensus during Tuesday’s vote on Mrs May’s deal, he was “confident that we, as a House, will do it over the coming weeks”. Is Hammond calling on May to sacrifice control? The PM could compromise to get a hypothetical softer Brexit through the Commons - but days later find out that she could no longer govern. In this febrile atmosphere when the chancellor makes a call, as he has just done, for a “consensus” across Parliament to find a way out of this hole, he is also hinting very publicly to the prime minister that it might be time now to think about making that sacrifice. It’s important to remember that Mr Hammond’s preferred option all along has been to back the prime minister’s deal, to try to get it through. But a mild-sounding call for compromise just now, is not necessarily politically mild at all. Asked after the statement if the chancellor was setting out an alternative way forward from the prime minister, his spokeswoman insisted he “wasn’t indicating directionality”. But when pushed, she added: “He’s backed the deal up to now, the way forward will involve compromise. “He believes compromise is the spirit in which we all have to try to find a way forward.” Shadow chancellor John McDonnell told reporters that the government was “coming up to our agenda”. He added: “All the way along we have been there with our proposals and now they are being forced to look at it seriously. “I think the Cabinet and the Tory party are fracturing over where to go next and some of them may well now look seriously at our proposal.” He also said Mrs May should meet Mr Corbyn again, saying: “I think the onus is upon the government now to start talking to people.” Jonathan Reynolds, Labour’s shadow economic secretary, told Politics Live Mr Hammond “can come and talk to us anytime”. Source: BBC

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uinea-Bissau’s ruling party, PAIGC, has won parliamentary elections but is short of an absolute majority so it has made a deal with smaller groups to forge a coalition. PAIGC won 47 seats out of the 102 and made a deal with smaller groups with a further seven seats. The one-time Marxist

PAIGC - the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde - has run the country for 45 years since independence from Portugal. Sunday’s vote aimed to settle a deadlock that has lasted nearly four years, since President Jose Mario Vaz sacked his Prime Minister, Domingos Simoes Pereira.

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emonstrations have continued across Algeria despite President Abdelaziz Bouteflika renouncing his bid for a fifth term in office and vowing to introduce reforms to elect a successor. Protesters are demanding President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s

immediate resignation. They say his move is a trick to prolong his two decades in power. On Monday, the president postponed the 18 April presidential elections and dropped his bid for a fifth term.

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onald Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort has been jailed for 43 more months on charges stemming from the Russia investigation. It comes a week after the 69-year-old was given a 47-month prison sentence for fraud in a

separate case. The latest sentencing arises from two conspiracy charges Manafort pleaded guilty to last year. He told the federal court in Washington DC that he wanted to apologise for his actions. “I am sorry for what I have

done and for all the activities that have gotten us here today,” he said, speaking from a wheelchair. US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to a total of 73 months, of which 30 were to run concurrently with last week’s sentence.

Luke Perry’s daughter Sophie hits out at online ‘grief-shamers’

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ophie Perry explained on Instagram how she’s “received a lot of attention online” following her father’s death. “Yes I am hurt and sad and crying and beside myself with what happened to my dad,” she wrote. “But I’m not going to sit in my room and cry day in and day out until the internet has deemed it appropriate for me to do otherwise,” she continued. “And if you knew my dad you would know he wouldn’t want me to. So you shouldn’t either.” The US actor died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a massive stroke. Perry rose to fame for playing Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210 and gained a new generation of fans through his role as Fred Andrews on Netflix’s Riverdale. His 18-year-old daughter also said she “did not ask for this attention” and would not “cater to any one else’s

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“The Sh144 billion that we used to calculate the percentage is the money that development partners channeled directly to development projects. It does not include the total aid given to the government,” the correction published by the Citizen newspaper says. On 27 February, the government suspended the publication of The Citizen for seven days after officials accused it of publishing reports that were false, misleading, and seditious. The accusations were in relation to articles about the Tanzanian currency devaluing against the dollar. Envoys from several European nations - among them the UK, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Denmark - criticised the ban.

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The daughter of late Riverdale actor Luke Perry has hit back at people who have criticised her grieving process. needs and beliefs”. She added: “To those of you shaming me for my language and my wardrobe and most disgustingly, my grieving process, do us both the favor and just unfollow.” Sophie Perry was in Malawi

shortly before her father’s death and “made it back just in time” to be with her family. A few days after mourning her father on Instagram, Sophie praised her mum Minnie Sharp on International Women’s Day.

Brazil school shooting: Deadly attack in São Paulo wo gunmen have opened fire at a school in south-eastern Brazil, killing at least six students and two employees, officials say. The shooting happened at about 09:30 local time (12:30 GMT) when the students were on a break at the state school in Suzano, near São Paulo. The gunmen, who were wearing masks, killed themselves after the attack, police say. While gun crime is common in

anzanian government has issued a warning to the country’s leading English daily newspaper, The Citizen, accusing it of publishing misleading information. It comes a week after it resumed publication following a seven-day ban. The government said the newspaper - together with its sister publication Mwananchi, which is published in Swahili - wrongly reported a story in their online editions. The story said international development partners had only disbursed 6.7% of their financial commitment to the country. The government spokesman Hassan Abbasi said it was 69%. The newspaper group apologised:

Brazil, shootings of this nature are not. Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has signed a decree making it easier for law-abiding citizens to own a gun, a key campaign promise, even though many restrictions remain in place. The identities of the victims and the alleged attackers - who were said to be former students at the school aged between 20 and 25 - have not

yet been released. The motive for the shooting is not clear, police say. The school has some 1,000 primary and secondary students, aged between six and 18, and a language centre. It is located in downtown Suzano, some 50km (31 miles) from São Paulo. “It’s a very sad scene, the saddest thing I’ve seen in my entire life. The teenagers were brutally murdered,” São Paulo state governor João Doria said after visiting the school.

illiam Kamkwamba, the Malawian who inspired the Netflix movie The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, has said he had “mixed feelings” watching it. Interviewed on the BBC’s Newsday, he said that watching the film was “challenging” because it was like reliving his story. Growing up in a rural village in northern Malawi, Mr Kamkwamba, now 31, dropped out of school due to a famine and did not return as his family could not afford the fees. Wanting to continue his education, he read books in the village library and discovered an interest in electronics.

Aged 13, Mr Kamkwamba found the components to build a wind turbine which created enough electricity to fuel some devices in his family home. Asked if he earned any money from the film, he said: “It’s more about getting a lot of people to learn about this story.” Mr Kamkwamba said he is now setting up an innovation centre for young Malawians. “When I was building the windmill I didn’t have anyone to reach out to,” he said. He wants to inspire young inventors and provide them with the expertise to make their inventions a reality.

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frican e-commerce start-up Jumia has filed papers for an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange on the 30th anniversary of the worldwide web. The company, headquartered in Nigeria, operates in 14 African countries and became the first African startup to hit a $1bn (£760m) valuation, earning the unicorn tag in 2016. It has not yet revealed a share price or valuation at this stage. Jumia said it had four million active consumers on its platform by the end of 2018 in its filings to the

Securities and Exchange Commission. It will become the first African start-up to list on the New York Stock Exchange, giving it access to a larger pool of investors and global visibility. Though considered Africa’s Amazon for its online marketplace, it has also branched into restaurant food delivery, hotel and flight booking, classified advertising and airtime recharge. Its largest shareholder MTN, Africa’s biggest telecom company, could earn as much as $600m from the share sale if Jumia is valued at $1.5bn, as has been speculated.

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court in Sudan has overturned flogging sentences for nine women accused of taking part in protests against President Omar al-Bashir. The women were arrested on Thursday, then on Saturday they

were sentenced to a month in jail and 20 lashes each. The appeals court ordered their immediate release, saying they had been in prison long enough. On Monday, parliament halved a year-long state of emergency

imposed by President Bashir. There have been weeks of protests, originally against the rising cost of living but now also focused on removing the president from power.

Over 100 dead in Mozambique-Malawi floods

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ore than 140,000 people are affected, with thousands of homes destroyed. Crops and livestock have been lost. The floods have also affected neighbouring Malawi, where nearly 60 people have died and close to a quarter of a million

Officials in Mozambique say nearly 70 people have been killed in floods in central and northern regions.

made homeless. The Malawian authorities have ordered all people living in flood-prone areas to move from their homes to temporary accommodation areas on higher ground. More floods are predicted with the expected arrival of a cyclone on Thursday.

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ormer fighters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) in Ethiopia have gone on a hunger strike at a military camp where they have been staying since laying down their arms following a peace deal with Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government. The fighters said they were subjected to “poor living conditions” at Tolay camp in south-western Ethiopia, and promises that they would be given to training to build a new life have failed to materialise. “We are being treated inhumanly and no one cares about us,” an ex-fighter told BBC Afaan Oromoo. “Most of our comrades are now ill due to lack of hygiene and absence of food,” he added. Prominent opposition politician Bekele Gerba who was part of a committee which negotiated between the

The ex-fighters had responded Minister Abiy Ahmed government and the OLF - said he heard that the ex-fighters had grievances, but was still trying to get permission from the regional government to

to peace overtures by Prime visit them. The regional government has not yet commented. Nearly 1,000 ex-fighters are believed to be at the camp.

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anitary pad brand Always has denied claims on social media that it sells a lower-quality product in Kenya. We reported earlier that this has become a trending

topic on Twitter in the country. Pictures like the below one have been shared, comparing sanitary pads: But Always insists in a statement that tweeters are

not comparing like-for-like. “We find that comparisons on look, feel are being made with our Always Maxi Thick in Kenya vs our Always Soft in another country,” the company said in a statement.


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en women’s rights activists have gone on trial in Saudi Arabia in a case that has raised questions about the kingdom’s human rights record. Those who appeared included Loujain alHathloul, a prominent figure in the campaign to win Saudi women the right to drive. She was detained last May. A UK-based Saudi rights organisation, ALQST, said they were charged under the country’s cyber-crimes law. Demands for the women’s release have come from around the world. Last week more than 30 countries at the UN Human Rights Council criticised Saudi Arabia for detaining the women. Scrutiny of human rights in the kingdom has intensified since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October. What happened in court? Prominent rights activists Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan and Hatoon al-Fassi joined Ms Hathloul and six others in the criminal court in Riyadh on Wednesday, the court’s president confirmed. According to ALQST, the women were charged in three separate sessions with crimes under the country’s cyber-crimes law, which can carry a sentence of up to five years in jail. The rights body said none of the women were granted access to lawyers, and the charges were based on “a string of alleged confessions that the women had been in contact with human rights organisations”. Foreign journalists and diplomats were barred from attending the closed session, though family members were allowed in. Activists’ relatives said they were told last minute that the trial had been switched to the criminal court from the Specialized Criminal Court, which was set up to try terrorism cases. The reason for the decision was not clear. The Gulf Centre for Human Rights has warned that the women might not get a fair trial and said it was “deeply concerned” about their wellbeing.

Four of the women have alleged they were tortured whilst in detention, including with electric shocks and whippings, and were sexually harassed and assaulted. The Saudi deputy public prosecutor has said the allegations are false. Decades of human rights issues Saudi Arabia has an enduring problem with human rights and, sadly, the case of the detained women activists is only the tip of the iceberg. In practices that have been going on for decades, citizens detained by the authorities can be held incommunicado, denied access to lawyers, kept in the dark about the charges against them and, most worryingly, abused during interrogation and coerced into signing confessions. The Saudi government’s reaction is almost invariably the same - it denies all allegations of torture, it fails to punish those who carry it out, and it rejects all international criticism as “unjustified interference in its internal affairs”. Saudi Arabia does have, more broadly, some legitimate security concerns. But putting on trial women who campaigned for the right to drive or win equal rights to men is doing it no favours in world opinion. How did this begin? The detentions of more than a dozen activists, including several men, began last May, shortly before the driving ban was lifted. At the time, the public prosecutor’s office said they were suspected of harming national interests and “offering support to hostile elements abroad”. Some of the activists were later released. The ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom was lifted last year Saudi officials have accused critics of interfering in the Gulf kingdom’s domestic affairs “under the guise of defending human rights”. Last August, Saudi Arabia froze trade ties with Canada and expelled its ambassador in response to calls to release the detained activists.

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trying to talk to them and film, several IS women suddenly attacked me and threw stones, dust and cans. “Go film the brothers, don’t come here. Go. Leave. Go film them, we’re the woman of the Islamic State, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar (God is greatest),” they said. A few weeks ago, the SDF estimated the number of IS families and fighters left remaining in Baghuz to be between 1,500 and 2,000 people. But in just two days last week, 9,000 people emerged. The final territory under IS’s control may be on its last legs in Syria, but the ideology remains strong among those who have left. Many of the IS women I encountered threatened of violent jihad and raising their children to become jihadist fighters. Two captors for one woman Among the thousands of people turning up out of Baghuz, I also found victims of IS’s notorious brutality, including one Yazidi woman called Adiba. A mother of two, Adiba was enslaved for five years after IS attacked her small village in Sinjar, northern Iraq, in 2014. Her husband was one of the hundreds of Yazidi men killed by the jihadist group, and she - like thousands of Yazidi women - was forced to convert to Islam and was used as a sex slave. She says she was enslaved by a Moroccan man who beat her constantly and raped her. He was the father of her two-year-old child.

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Amnesty International activists called for the release of activists at the Saudi embassy in Paris last week

ou would never invite the arsonist who set fire to your house to put it out by adding more kerosene. So why are Big Polluters (that, for decades, have derailed progress to address the climate crisis) and their dangerous distractions such as market mechanisms poised to be front and center during the upcoming Africa Climate Week? Despite agreement that climate change is threatening life on Earth, there is a massive chasm between actions needed to address this crisis and the dangerous schemes the fossil fuel industry -- with governments in the Global North in its pocket -- is pushing. For decades, the international climate policy process -- from high-level negotiations to regional climate weeks -- has failed people because it has been consistently manipulated by Big Polluters. Their influence has even seeped through the halls of the UN, pushing dangerous, ineffective schemes while blocking the way to real, transformative solutions. This corrosive influence led in large part to COP24 failing to make the progress demanded by peoples movements and organizations from over 130 countries. As dignitaries, civil society, and celebrities gather for Africa Climate Week in Accra, the Ghanian capital, government delegates have an opportunity to challenge the propaganda coming from the very entities that have

long fueled and profiteered from this crisis. Africa Climate Week is a critical opportunity for leaders to stand alongside people around the world and realign climate policy with the needs of people and the planet, not polluting corporations responsible for this crisis. And yet, history repeats itself. Fossil fuel trade associations like the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) are official sponsors of the meeting, ready to promote ineffective, destructive ploys like carbon markets as magic “solutions” to the climate crisis. These carbon pricing schemes -- putting a price on carbon and regulating it through markets (i.e., commodifying the air we breathe) -- have long been pushed by corporations and Global North countries as a fail-safe for the planet. But, carbon markets fail miserably on this count and are accompanied by devastating human rights violations. Human rights and environmental injustices are well-documented by communities who live near these so-called “clean development” projects. It is Indigenous peoples, small-scale farmers, forest peoples, youth, communities of color and women who are most impacted by these schemes. For example: Kenya Forest Service guards have violently evicted the Sengwer Indigenous people in the Embobut Forest

due to pressures from voluntary international offset schemes that provide financial incentives for forest preservation. In Nigeria, a court found that Shell’s gas flaring denied the Iwerekhan community’s’ right to a “pollution-free” and “poison-free” area. What’s more, Shell has -- for decades -- failed to honor government imposed deadlines. At the same time, Shell has tried to claim carbon offset credits for ending gas flaring, the very practice it has refused to end. The historical irony is not lost on us. The fossil fuel industry is pushing self-serving schemes rooted in the colonialism and environmental racism that is at the core of extraction that doesn’t keep fossil fuels in the ground. Carbon markets allow for business as usual for polluting corporations and countries, leaving the Global South to offset emissions and endure the impacts. As if that weren’t insult enough, these schemes have also failed in the UK, the EU, Canada, Australia, and California in the US. But despite the documented global failures of carbon market schemes, Big Polluters and IETA are seeking to make them the centerpiece of climate policy at upcoming milestones, including Ghana’s Africa Climate Week, thinking that the rest of the world won’t notice their failures. If polluting countries and corporations are

successful, ineffectual interventions -- like carbon markets -- become central to the global response to climate change. The result: soaring emissions, lives lost, hundreds of millions of people displaced and species extinction. Instead of permitting the very actors that fuelled the climate crisis to advance their own agenda, it is time governments embody true climate leadership by embracing the meaningful solutions communities on the frontlines of climate change already have. That can start next week in Ghana on the road to COP25. The solutions are feasible and affordable, and they work. They include pacts to keep fossil fuels in the ground in the Global North immediately, with a phase-out for the Global South; finance and technology transfer; a total and just transition to community-led renewable energy; and a singular focus on keeping Big Polluters out of climate policy-making. On behalf of the people of the world: We call for Africa’s leadership in rejecting the dangerous schemes the fossil fuel industry is trying to push. The world looks to Africa for its leadership. Source : Written by Sriram Madhusoodanan of Corporate Accountability and Philip Jakpor of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria

CLASSIFIED Amnesty International activists called for the release of activists at the Saudi embassy in Paris last week At the time, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said at least 15 human rights defenders and women’s rights activists critical of the Saudi government had been arrested or detained arbitrarily since 15 May. Also among the detained women is the Saudi-American human rights campaigner Samar Badawi, sister of jailed blogger Raif

Badawi. Ms Badawi, who was given the US International Women of Courage Award in 2012, is known for challenging Saudi Arabia’s male guardianship system. Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for “insulting Islam” online in 2014. His wife, Ensaf Haidar, lives in Canada and has become a Canadian citizen.

Islamic State women defiant in face of lost caliphate s the battle against the Islamic State (IS) group in eastern Syria enters its final stages, the BBC’s Jewan Abdi says the mood amongst many of the jihadists’ supporters who have left the area, including many women, remains defiant. The encampment in the village of Baghuz is barely more than a few holes in the dirt covered with blankets. It is squalid and filthy. But above it flies the black Islamic State flag, fresh and clean. IS fighters had raised it only the day before, an act of defiance in the face of overwhelming odds. “That’s a sign they will fight,” says a soldier belonging to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on the front lines battling the jihadists. Just 24 hours later the battle resumed. It was the end of a ceasefire that had seen more than 12,000 leave in the preceding few days. One day last week in the early morning, more than 20 trucks led by Humvees armed with machine guns went inside the tiny IS enclave to evacuate jihadist fighters and their families. I followed these vehicles on their return journey to the desert where they were checked, separated, and sent on to camps run by the SDF forces. One military commander told me the total number of people evacuated was about 7,000. The hunger and anger was evident on their faces. As I walked among them with my camera,

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ts racist past still hangs heavy over the White South. But as with anything, it is rarely as simple as everything being bad - one of the reasons photographer Doy Gorton set out to illustrate the White South, his home, in a more nuanced light, writes James Jeffrey. The black neighbourhood of Greenville in segregated 1960s Mississippi had never seen anything like it. Neither had Mr Gorton when he encountered white people praying alongside their black brethren during an impromptu street-side Pentecostal revival. When a burly young white man inside the revival tent spontaneously picked up a small black boy sitting with his family and clasped him to his chest amid thronging songs of praise, Mr Gorton captured with his camera the sort of moment that rarely makes it into discussions about the racist White South. Growing up in Mississippi, Mr Gorton reacted to legalised white supremacy by joining the civil rights movement. But while abhorring the institutional racism that shaped every aspect of Southern life, he retained compassion and patience for the blue-collar whites who had been left behind by the likes of mechanisation and foreign trade since the end of World War II. He also bridled at mainstream representations of the White South, which he felt didn’t effectively examine the reality and nuances, such as how class divisions informed racism, and who was really to blame. As a result, he undertook an 18-month drive across the Mississippi Delta, documenting “the most Southern place on earth,” including encounters with more progressive whites, such as those at the revival, and activists fighting for desegregation and civil rights, often at great risks to themselves. An image from a working-class area of Atlanta where white and black children played together, 1970 “It’s astonishing to me that 50 years later, the enormous sacrifices, the enormous bravery and enormous courage of ordinary white people in the Deep South in dealing with race issues is not recognised,” Mr Gorton says. “So many people suffered but they have been passed over by history.” Mr Gorton recalls how tense the region, and the country, was at the time, with talk of an imminent race war, how everything was going to blow up, with thousands killed. That a huge conflagration was avoided, he puts down, in large part, to local, ordinary whites who helped keep the peace. Admittedly, whites who more actively pushed for civil rights typically faced economic reprisals, often losing jobs, or physical violence, even paying the ultimate price. Kansas-native James Reeb, a pastor who participated in the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, died in early 1965 of head injuries two days after being severely beaten by white segregationists. Shortly afterwards, Vilola Liuzzo, an activist who had grown up in Tennessee, was murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Selma (later in the year, Jonathan Daniels, a white seminarian from New Hampshire, died when shielding a black teenager from a fired shotgun in Hayneville, Alabama). “When it comes to who has been honoured for the civil rights movement, there are very few white people mentioned,” Mr Gorton says. But the subject matter alone makes any focus on whites problematic, says Ted Ownby, director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, and editor of The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi. Other factors are probably at play. “A lot of the white southern activists I’ve come across downplay their significance, saying that they were just the leader of an organisation, or a Christian activist” Mr Ownby says. “And they emphasise they were not as significant as nor sacrificed as much as the African Americans involved who couldn’t go back to a safe place.” There is also the Atticus Finch factor the lawyer hero from Harper Lee’s To Kill a

Mockingbird, who defends a black man in Alabama accused of rape. “There’s the danger of presenting a white saviour figure,” says Mr Ownby, adding how Finch, while fictional, is probably the best-known representation of white resistance to racism. “Of creating hero worship for people whose heroism came through doing their jobs within the system as it existed. After all, the civil rights movement was about changing the system.” After getting kicked out of the University of Mississippi for organising protests and events against segregation, Mr Gorton joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the “Marine Corps of the civil rights movement,” he says, “going in when no one else did”. But he says it was discovering the work of American photojournalist Walker Evans, best known for documenting the effects of the Great Depression, who presented people “in a way that was really very respectful, very thoughtful and very straightforward,” that motivated him to try something similar for the people he’d grown up surrounded by. He acknowledges that offering a different angle on the narrative of the racist White South is contentious, but explains he sees a parallel with the likes of the British Empire which, despite clear flaws, in its entirety was hugely nuanced and included “lots of people who did decent things”. The negatives and prints from the trip Mr Gorton made across the Mississippi Delta in 1968, along with cassette tape interviews and other materials, moved between trunks and attics for nearly 50 years until Gorton retired to southern Illinois, where he took another look at everything. In 2018, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History in Austin, Texas, acquired his “White South” collection, and it has since been the subject of national and international attention. David Doggett was long-haired and fresh out of college in Jackson, Mississippi, when he became involved in the underground newspaper movement mushrooming across the US in the 1960s. He says he started Kudzu to address political and racial issues by mixing them up with more appealing material in the paper relating to “sex, drugs and rock and roll”. “The idea was that people are basically good, even if racist, so I wanted to better inform them,” Mr Doggett says. “Racism was basically down to misinformation. If you were living in the 1950s in the South, the only blacks most whites came across were field hands and maids, so most people couldn’t conceive that blacks could be intellectually equal to whites. But the civil rights coverage was full of exceptionally smart, educated blacks.” Participating in protests got him jailed four times - though never for longer than three days, he explains, as he knew “good lawyers” who supported the civil rights movement - as well as physically assaulted. He says that often it felt he wasn’t achieving much. In 1967 he organised a protest following a police shooting at a nearby black college. It started with two other protesters and finished with 20 white students. Three years later, though, 200 protesters turned out after another incident at the same college. “It showed how fast things could change,” Mr Doggett says. “Perhaps I can take some credit for being there at the beginning.” Mr Doggett says that he understands people holding a stereotypical view of the White South as racist, because such a view is “justified.” He agrees with Mr Gorton that the problem of the region’s racism was compounded by the machinations of the White South’s wealthy elite. “There’s a long history of wealthy whites manipulating poor whites to put the blame on blacks,” Mr Doggett says. “People became so full of racial hatred that they couldn’t see that blacks were actually their allies.” It’s not possible to say with any degree of accuracy what percentage of the White South was racist, Mr Ownby says. What’s most likely is that the majority were neither on the left, supporting civil rights activists, or on the far right, supporting the language and tactics of massive resistance, he

Seeing white and black people together at this Pentecostal gathering had a monumental effect on photographer Doy Gorton many more didn’t,” says Ansley Quiros, a historian and author of “God With Us: Lived Theology and the Black Freedom Struggle in Americus, Georgia, 1942-1976.” “In some ways it’s easier - at least for Americans - to tell those few, heroic stories than to grapple with the majority position.” Mr Gorton recalls photographing an era when “everything was changing” yet it was unclear what would come next. The Supreme Court had ordered the immediate integration of schools in the South, the Vietnam War raged, and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. To many it looked like anything could happen, which wasn’t all that reassuring. “Gorton’s images are as robust and meaningful as texts for understanding the tensions and anxieties of Southerners of all stripes who found themselves in a society being shaken to its knees by cultural, political, and economic revolution,” says Ben Wright, a historian with the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, which houses Gorton’s photographic archive. Mr Gorton especially remembers photographing in 1970 white college students attending a “Youth Jubilee” at Edwards, About 56 million people in the world died Mississippi, to discuss the likes of race and religion. The gathering attracted the attentions in 2017. of a group of white bikers, festooned with Iron Crosses and swastikas. thinks. “You could literally look between these two Even if not keen on integration, many whites were uncomfortable with some parts of white groups and see how one group was looking ahead, resistance against it, he says, and didn’t want to realising the direction the world was going, and be associated with those defending segregation how the other had no idea,” says Mr Gorton, adding how for the latter group white supremacy violently. “While there certainly were white Southerners was “a crutch, a distraction.” He notes the parallels today in the face of who advocated for civil rights for black Americans, societal upheavals, such as certain jobs being threatened by technological advances, increasing economic inequality, and, he argues, a ruling elite Mr Gorton recalls photographing an once again manipulating working class whites, era when “everything was changing” with racism coming back into public discourse. “There has been progress,” Mr Doggett says. yet it was unclear what would come “Sometimes now younger people seem hopeless next. The Supreme Court had ordered about the situation, but people have no idea about the immediate integration of schools in how bad it used to be - the police would dredge the the South, the Vietnam War raged, and river for a black person who had been lynched and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. come across other bodies no one knew about. To many it looked like anything could “We’ve come a long way - yes, there is still happen, which wasn’t all that reassuring. forever to go, but it is better.” “Gorton’s images are as robust and Having spent decades living elsewhere around meaningful as texts for understanding the US, Mr Doggett says he now often thinks about returning to the South, and is encouraged by how the tensions and anxieties of Southerners Jackson now has a civil rights museum as well as a of all stripes who found themselves in strong, progressive newspaper. a society being shaken to its knees But, at the same time, he notes how a visitor by cultural, political, and economic to the museum - especially a white one - can leave revolution,” says Ben Wright, a historian having been given the impression that all whites with the Dolph Briscoe Center for were bad all the time, which has a “a depressing American History, which houses Gorton’s effect.” photographic archive. This in turn, he explains, doesn’t encourage Mr Gorton especially remembers white Southerners - or any Americans - to think more expansively about racial tensions that the photographing in 1970 white college South, and the country, still wrestles with. students attending a “Youth Jubilee” “I do wish there was more info about those at Edwards, Mississippi, to discuss the whites who have done progressive things in the likes of race and religion. The gathering South,” he says. “And are still doing them.” attracted the attentions of a group of

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AUSC sets out 7-year strategic sports development plan By Amaechi Agbo

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he General Manager, Africa Union Sports Council, (AUSC) Region 2, Caleb Gidado, has disclosed in this interview with our reporter, Amaechi Agbo, the 7-year strategic plans by the AUSC to develop sports in the continent. What is Africa Union Sports Council all about? Africa Union, AU, (formerly Organisation of Africa Unity) was created after the liberation of Africa from colonialism. And the need for unity, cohesion and integration, resulted in the formation of the AU. And to further consolidate that, sports has been realised to be a very vital tool for accelerating peace, progress and socio-economic development. It is on this basis that in the departmentalisation of the AU, where different departments have different roles to be achieved, sport was created as one of the departments. In the immediate past when OAU was still in place, there was Supreme Council for Sports in Africa, SCSA. But with the changes in the architecture of OAU now becoming AU, the sports arm SCSA now became Africa Union Sports Council, AUSC. It is the sports development arm of the AU which is used to further foster peace, unity and integration and all other benefits accrued to taking part in sports are also achieved through this medium. Why AUSC Region 2? In the Region 2, just as we have Nigeria divided into different geopolitical zones, same way Africa is divided. Therefore, Region 2 is the West African Region. All the 15 countries in West Africa make up the AUSC Region 2. Region 1 is North Africa; Region 2, West Africa; Region 3 Central Africa; Region 4, East Africa and Region 5, South Africa. Those are the regions we have in AUSC. What are your activities? Our activities normally cut across all the West African countries. We have the headquarters in Nigeria. When it was Supreme Council for Sports in Africa, they were operating 7 different zones. But when it now became AUSC, the 7 zones where collapsed into 5 zones as I have mentioned earlier. West Africa had two zones then with one headquarters in Lome, Togo and the other one was in Mali. After they were merged together, the decision arose on where the headquarters should be located. Nigeria hosted a strategic workshop during that time in 2015 and all member countries from 15 countries came and it was in that forum that the approval granting Nigeria the headquarters was ratified in Abuja. So Nigeria is the host in Abuja. Another factor that gave Nigeria the headquarter was the consideration that the headquarters would be sited where the operation head of the regional bloc is based. That is, the AUSC Region 2 headquarters will be in the country

PICTURE: Seated – Caleb Gidado, GM AUSC Region 2. (Standing from right: Ernest Essien AGM (Admin/Finance), Victoria Olaleye, Treasurer and Nnabuife Princess, Bilingual Secretary. where the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, is. Fortunately for us, the headquarters of ECOWAS is Abuja so the headquarters of AUSC Region 2 is Abuja, Nigeria. The reason is for effective synergy because we are working hand-in-hand with them. That is the concept of social integration and peaceful development through sports. We are here promoting that aspect. How has the AUSC been able to promote sports in the continent? In promoting sports, we believe that charity begins at home. Our mandate is to focus on the countries within our boundaries. We don’t have limits per se but we have a strategic plan that gives us direction to which we are carrying out the implementation of the programmes in order to achieve the goals set out. For example, the highlights of our strategic plans focus on these major areas: •Sports policy matters – trying to see that we have effective polices that will drive the sports programme. If the structure based on governance and political will are not in place, we will not be able to move. As an organisation that took off in the year 2015, we are looking at all the governance and structural systems that would facilitate effective sports development in our member countries. •Sports development – in terms of development, sports have a very large area or scope. People have different context because once they see a lot of facilities believe the country is doing well. Looking at sports development, we picked areas and set out what we want to achieve within a given time frame so that we keep moving from one plan to another. The strategic plan we are working on is from 2017 to 2024, subject to review. In each programme for each year, we pick an area

of interest to focus on. Under sports development, we are looking at human capacity development, sports for development and peace, we are also looking at marketing and communication as well as how to mobilise resources because sports do not go alone, it is very capital intensive. We are also looking at organisational systems. So among all this, we pick one or two at a given time to see what we can do within a certain time frame such that collectively we know that by 2024 we can now look at what we have achieved and where we need to make adjustments. Plans are not supposed to be static because as time is going, technology is evolving, inflation is in the increase; therefore, when you draw you plans, as you move on, you need to evaluate and if possible, keep making adjustment. Ultimately you have a target that by a given period of time, you will be able to achieve certain things. What are the achievements recorded so far? Right now, we are carrying out courses such as train the trainer coaching and referees courses for beginner coaches/ Games Masters and Mistresses in selected sports popular in West Africa Sub-region selected from member states quarterly. Establish and strengthen functional AUSC Region 2 Coaching and Referee Structure and systems to have a broadbased qualitative and quantitative technical manpower for rapid sports development across the West African Subregion. We are just a new organisation that got started barely three years ago. But we have been able to achieve many things. We have been able to host twice the 1st and 2nd sessions of the AUSC Region 2 Ministers meeting in Abuja. Everything

is emanating from here pending when we are strong enough to start rotating the hosting among member nations. To further consolidate, we are conducting on-the-spot assessment tour of each member states to see what they have on ground. There are many areas to touch and with different governments’ supports, we want to encourage each member state to identify with one sport and focus on it. Are you encouraging comparative focus on sports development? We want a situation whereby a country will be synonymous with a particular game such that it can be referred to as the centre of excellence for that sport. Such that our member countries preparing for Olympics and world athletics can converge there and train. It is our target to collectively support each country to achieve this target. For instance, Nigeria is an athletics nation, so how is Nigeria encouraging the discovering and nurturing of athletes is our concern. Each country is supposed to know the sport that they have comparative competitive advantage and support it all out, establish the needed structure for its growth so that at the end, other West African countries can go there and camp. So these are the plans we have and that is what I mean by charity begins at home so that by the time we coordinate our plans across regions, we will see how far we have encouraged the development of sports in the continent. When each country has at least one facility in a sport and other countries converge their for camping, then our plan to achieve the much desired unity, cohesion, cooperation and integration will be achieved. What challenges are you encountering? No programme sees the light of the day without funding. Setting up new organisation requires a lot of efforts. We are mandated by the council of ministers to see that we entre into partnership with companies and corporate entities. So right now, we are looking for credible marketers who will come and work with us and as the MoU dictates, we will work accordingly. Sports is a very vast area; therefore, it is call we are doing. We have engaged some marketers who are still considering the environment and we are pretty sure that within a short time, the efforts will start yielding results. So we are open to welcome partners to move sports forward in the region. We have had an MoU with Nigeria Sports Development Funding Incorporated in which late Jide Fashekun was the Director-General; it was our first partner that we signed an MoU with. They are known for their drive to take not less than 90 athletes to Tokyo Olympics. It is already on record before his death but we are glad that the people he left behind there have told us they are ready to carry on. We mourn his departure but life has to continue because their plan this year was that by May/June, they will take off their own programmes so that by August, they were to host our own Region 2 Games.

Chukwumerije bags World Taekowondo Educator Certification

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orld football governing body, FIFA have warned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that the $480,000 (about 173 million Naira) they paid for the World Cup preparation of the Super Falcons must be used strictly for that purpose. In a circular dated January 25, 2019, FIFA made it very clear that the money they have paid will not cover costs incurred by the NFF before January 1, 2019. They also stated that they will audit how this money is spent to prepare the nine-time African champions for the France 2019 tournament. It would be recalled that FIFA have since 2015 stopped paying the NFF development grant after they objected to how previous grants were squandered by the federation which the NFF administrators have failed to account for. This is the first time such preparation cash has been paid out by FIFA to the 24 finalists for the Women’s World Cup. Three NFF staffers are currently being quizzed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over misapplication of funds totalling $9.6 million.

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etired Michael Bates, 74, says he netted just over £2,000 in a lucky 12day winning streak, with 48 successes at Coral in Colchester in Essex, after coming up with a method to predict the winners of horse races. He says that his ‘system’ was based on some research he did, which found that 80 percent of races are won by horses with the numbers one to four. But grandad Michael says that his good fortune has come at a price, claiming that the staff at the shop told him to leave and not come back. He told the Mirror: “They should not be allowed to do this. It can’t be right. It’s not as if I’m a Las Vegas high roller. “I was told I couldn’t come in any more as I was winning too much. “How can they invite you to bet then tell you to go away if you win? They only want customers who are losers.” He said, when asked, he left the shop without kicking up a fuss, but later called Coral’s customer service team to find out why he had been banned. In a recorded phone call, heard by the Sunday People, he was told that staff have the right to decline bets, for a number of reasons including that a customer has won too much. Michael added: “I was shocked. I can’t believe this is right.” Coral’s PR director Simon Clare told the paper he would look into Michael’s complaint as it wasn’t the betting shop’s policy to ban customers for repeatedly placing winning bets. He said: “For a very small minority of customers that show themselves to be particularly shrewd with their betting strategy or who follow a pattern of betting that is likely to be unprofitable for a bookmaker we may ask that their bets are phoned through to our trading desk for authorisation. “However even for this very small minority of customers, their bets would rarely be refused, but we may on occasions limit the stake that we will lay.”

Chika Chukwumerije, 2nd from right, after the Programme in South Africa to develop a select number of World Taekwondo Educators who would be sent to various regions of the World to Educate and Train Coaches that come for World Taekwondo International Events. “Truly, it was an honour to be with the best from around the world. I learnt so much from the loaded courses and interactions with other participants, who are global Taekwondo superstars in their various fields. “Though I was invited in my personal capacity, the knowledge gained will surely come in handy for Nigeria Taekwondo. For instance, it

will certainly change our curriculum for the sixzone coaching workshops that we have already planned for across Nigeria much later this year. I will work together with the Chairman, Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Sani Lawal, to make the program tremendously richer than it already is, from a technical point of view. “Let us keep working together to make Nigeria Taekwondo stronger both nationally and internationally,” the statement signed by the Technical Director, Chika Chukwumerije, read.

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John Mikel Obi the Premier League, for 11 years, it was very hard to adapt to how things were done. It isn’t at the elite level, let’s put it that way. “The pitches were poor, stadiums are poor, and the medical facilities were not what I was used to. I’m not saying it’s all the Chinese clubs, some of them are quite professional, but the one I was at, it wasn’t as professional as it should have been. It became tough for me almost straight away. “I wouldn’t say I regretted it, I had a good time

with my team-mates, but it was never easy. The standard of football, it’s not even Championship standard. I realised that very quickly. It’s a league that wants to grow, they are putting a lot of money in, but it is a long way behind. “I think they are going to struggle to get where they want to be. When you look at the MLS, it’s much easier for players like me who have played in Europe at a high level, who speak English, to go there. “I think the league in America is on the rise, but for me China is a long way behind them. You can only advance so much by throwing money at something and the Chinese contracts are very generous, but it’s still going to struggle to become a top league. Maybe it’s the language, maybe it’s because it can seem quite alien, it’s daunting.” Mikel lived in an apartment at a hotel complex where all the staff and guests spoke English. It was a comforting cocoon off the pitch, but he was there to play football. “I did wonder if I had made a big mistake,” he admits. “But looking back, I will never say I regret it. I missed my family a lot. They come over maybe twice a year and liked it when they visited, but they were the main reason I had to come back

LMC releases readjusted dates for 2018/19 NPFL 2nd round fixtures

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eague Management Company (LMC) has released new dates for second round of 2018/19 Nigeria Professional Football League season and playoffs which determines the eventual champions, BSNSports.com.ng reports. Confederation of African Football (CAF) had in 2018 announced that all domestic competitions of all association members must end by May 29th 2019 as the continent’s Nations Cup kicks off in June 2019. In order to be in line with CAF directive,

LMC has readjusted the fixtures to accommodate Federation Cup (Aiteo Cup) so as to conclude all domestic competition by May 29. The league which observed mid-season break from 20th February to March 15 due to general elections in the country commences match-day 11 league matches on 17th March 2019. Match-day 12 league games are scheduled for 24th March while week 13 matches will be played on 31st March 2019. Fans of different NPFL teams will also

witness actions of Week 14, 15, 16 and 17 league matches on 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th April, 2019 respectively. Aiteo Cup State finals take the center stage on 27th and 28th April 2019 as NPFL Week 18 resumes 5th May. On 12th May, all week 19 NPFL matches will be hosted by all home teams across the country. However, the regular season will be concluded on 26th May as Week 20, 21 and 22 NPFL games are scheduled for 15th, 19th and 26th May 2019.

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Mikel Opens up on his China experience uper Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi has finally opened up on the real reasons he returned to England to sign for Championship side, Middlesbrough after spending two seasons in the Chinese Super League. The Super Eagles’ captain could not resist a mouth-watering £140,000-a-week wages dangled at him by Tianjin Teda FC when he left Chelsea on a free transfer but after playing in the Asian country, Mikel told the Telegragh that he could not adjust to life in China because of the deplorable state of their football facilities. Though Mikel admitted that his relationship he had with his teammates was the only positive side to his stint in China but the reality hit him as soon as he arrived in Tianjin, a coastal city of 15 million people in the north of the country and discovered that it was not professional football as he knew it. “It was two years of a huge culture shock,” Mikel began in the interview, having finished speaking at Middlesbrough’s training ground to a group of refugees. “The food was a problem, the lifestyle, the style in which everything was done. When you have been at a club like Chelsea in

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he Technical Director, Nigeria Taekowondo Federation, NTF, Engr. Chika Yagazie Chukwumerije has bagged the 1st World Taekowondo Educator Certification Programme. In a release sent to our reporter by the Technical Director who is currently in South Korea, venue of the training, explained that World Taekowondo Educator Certification Programme which is its maiden edition is packaged by the World Taekowondo body to develop a select number of World Taekwondo Educators who would be sent to various regions of the world to educate and train coaches that come for World Taekwondo International events. Chukwumerije who was elated at the feat, and described it as a laudable programme that has enriched him personally, stressed that the knowledge gained will surely come in handy for Nigeria Taekwondo Federation. Noting that it will certainly change the curriculum for the six-zone coaching workshops that the NTF have already planned for across Nigeria much later this year. while thanking the organisers for the programme, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist said that he would work together with the Chairman, Technical and Development Committee of the NTF, Alhaji Sani Lawal, to make the programme tremendously richer than it already is, from a technical point of view. The release reads “I just graduated from the 1st World Taekwondo Educator Certification Programme. It was a huge privilege and honour for me when the World Taekwondo Education Committee specifically reached out to me two weeks ago, saying that they needed the best Technical Minds around the World to be part of this pioneering programme, whose objective is

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ith the rising number of out of school children and child marriage in the northeastern part of Nigeria, experts believe that education will give the women necessary skills needed to nurture and grow their children. In that part of the country, most young girls are forced in to early marriage without any formal education, making it difficult for them to properly breast feed their young ones. Giving reason for the early marriage, Communication expert who is familiar with the activities of children in the northern part of the country, Hajiya Maryam Garba Hassan, said poverty is a major factor that contributes to early marriage. “Today, there is the problem of parents having large number of children more than they can take care of, and still having them despite the various methods of birth control available. Because of this problem, there are more girl child that are out of school than the boys. This is because the girl child is seen as a member of the family that has limited time to live under the same roof with her parents before she gets married. Therefore, her education and bright future is sacrificed for the benefit of the family. In most cases, when she is married off, the money is used to train the male children. “Secondly, tradition and to some extent religious believes on the parts of some extremists or illiterates parents play a major role. Some northern parents still believe that western education is not good for the girl child for fear of exposure. This believe usually affects the young girls when they get married. When those children have their own babies at that stage, the baby suffers and in most cases malnourished. “There is a lot of gap here that needs urgent attention to address some of these challenges. The young girls and their parents need to know the importance of education so as to bring up children free from these challenges.” It is on this note that a nutrition Consultant, Davis Bamidele said a state of emergency has been declared in the northeastern part of the country to address malnutrition. “States here are unders state of emergency. They need health services. There is massive destruction in the north east, we need to cry out now to address this. Majority of women don’t know value of breast milk. Most are teenage mothers. They need skills on how to train babies and feed them with breast milk. They need basic skills and need to do their best. Women need health care and capacity in the society. All people need to know so as to assist.” Speaking on the critical situation in the northeast, he revealed that over $100 million is needed to stamp out the rampant cases of malnutrition in northeastern states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states alone. The expert made the revelation in December, in Yola, Adamawa state, during a media dialogue with journalists/OAPs on child malnutrition in northeast. The dialogue was organized by the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in partnership with the United Nations Children Funds (UNICEF) to enlighten journalists about the high level of malnutrition in the northeast. Specifically, he said children

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole malnutrition in Nigeria is prevalence in the northern region, with over 25 million under 5 children suffering from malnutrition while over 10 million affected by stunted growth. He said “The situation and indices of malnutrition in the North Eastern part of Nigeria remains precarious, the under five mortality rate in these areas exceeds the threshold of 10,000 deaths recorded among children under the age of five daily”. He further identified insurgency, poverty, lack of education, gender issues amongst others as the drivers of malnutrition in the region. “There is high rate of illiteracy here and young girls are being married without any formal education. There is need to ensure that these young girls are educated so as to enable them take care of their children. We need a lot of sensitization in this part of the country so as to address these challenges.” While harping on the need for mothers’ education, Dr. Nankwat Jeplah of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), said “Women that have gone to school are more educated and are more likely to have access to information on the benefit of breastfeeding at school, work place, social media and hospital. It is noted that the higher the level of education the better and longer it is for mothers

to breastfeed their babies. “Mothers that have primary level of education breastfeed more than those that have not gone to school at all. While those that attended secondary school breastfeed more than those with primary level of education. The higher the educational status the better the compliance to adequate breastfeeding. This is so because women that are well schooled know the benefit of breastfeeding than those that have not gone to school.” He however said it is recommended that breastfeeding should begin immediately after the baby is born and continue as often and as much as the baby wants, until when the baby is up to 2 years. “While exclusive breastfeeding is giving the baby only breast milk from birth till the baby is 6 months, breast milk has all the necessary nutrients the baby needs for the first 6 months of life and there is no need of supplementing the breast milk with water during this period. However multivitamins and other medications can be given when need be.” The doctor said during the first few weeks of life, babies needed to be given breast milk roughly every two to three hours, adding that the duration of a

Mothers that have primary level of education breastfeed more than those that have not gone to school at all. While those that attended secondary school breastfeed more than those with primary level of education. The higher the educational status the better the compliance to adequate breastfeeding. This is so because women that are well schooled know the benefit of breastfeeding than those that have not gone to school.

feeding is usually 10 to 15 minutes on each breast. “Older children feed less often. Mothers may pump milk so that it can be used later when breastfeeding is not possible but that must be done under a very hygiene condition. Breastfeeding has a number of benefits to both the mother and the baby, which infant formula lacks. Newborn(neonate) should not be deprived of the first breast milk(colostrums) the mother produces on the ground that it is not healthy for the baby. The colostrums has higher concentration of protein-antibodies compared to other subsequent breast milk produced by the breast”. Speaking on the importance of exclusive breastfeeding, Jeplah said children who are exclusively breastfed are better off than those that are only predominantly breastfed not to talk of those who have not breastfed at all. “This is because breast milk is the natural food for full-term infants and is the appropriate milk for early life. It is always available at the proper temperature and requires no preparation time. It is fresh and free of contaminating bacteria, thereby reducing the chances of gastrointestinal disturbances. “Children who are not exclusively breastfed have higher prevalence of illnesses like diarrhea, otitis media(middle ear infection), pneumonia, bacteremia, and meningitis during the 1st year of life. Breast-fed infants also appear to have a lower frequency of certain allergic and chronic diseases in later life than formulafed infants.” On the other hand, he said infants who are not breastfed do not have the kind of bonding that exist between a mother and a breastfed infant. He said that the mother that is personally involved in nurturing of her infant, has the feeling of being essential and a sense of accomplishment. “At the same time, the infant develops a close and comfortable physical relationship with the mother.” On ways to help encourage breastfeeding, the doctor said various steps are needed to improve the attitude of women to breastfeeding. “Most of the women who do not practice exclusive breastfeeding are not educated and are living in the rural areas. The approach has to be holistically done. The girl child should not be seen as a second citizen. She should be properly sent to school like her male counterpart. He who trains a girl child trains a nation. “Breastfeeding education should be taught in secondary schools and other higher level of learning. Government policies should encourage awareness and enforcement of compulsory exclusive breastfeeding. All women who are delivered of a baby should have 6 months maternity leave( as it is done in Lagos) to help the mother practice exclusive breastfeeding. “There should be free anti natal care(ANC) for all pregnant women especially in the rural areas so that they can access free health information on breastfeeding from a trained midwife in the Primary Health Centre (PHC). There should be an advocacy on breastfeeding in radio stations, television, worship places and other social media by individuals, NGOs and government. Also, women, family and communities should be empowered to help in improving girl child education”.


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UEFA investigates Neymar Champions League VAR penalty comments

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aris St-Germain forward Neymar Junior is under investigation by UEFA for comments the Brazilian made after his side’s Champions League defeat by Manchester United last week. Nerymar described referee Damir Skomina’s late penalty decision, made after using the video assistant referee system, as a “disgrace” on social media. Neymar was watching injured as United overturned a 2-0 firstleg deficit. He said the penalty, which was scored by Marcus Rashford, “doesn’t exist”. He added: “It’s a disgrace. Four guys who know nothing about football watch a slowmotion replay in front of the television.” The referee reviewed footage of the ball striking the hand of PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe before awarding the visitors an injury-time penalty that gave them a 3-1 win on the night, and saw them progress on the away goals rule. “What can he do with his hand while his back is turned?” asked Neymar, who missed both legs through injury.

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orld number one Naomi Osaka’s defence of her Indian Wells title was ended in round four by Belinda Bencic. Japan’s Osaka, who holds the US Open and Australian Open titles, was beaten 6-3 6-1 by the Swiss world number 23 in just over an hour. World number two Simona Halep of Romania is also out, beaten 6-2 3-6 6-2 by Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova. It was a first win over a top-five player for the 19-year-old, who is ranked 61st in the world. Halep’s defeat in California means 21-year-old Osaka, who claimed her first WTA title with victory at Indian Wells last year, will keep her number one ranking, despite losing to 22-year-old Bencic.Taiwo and Oduamadi Taye

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Let the people decide “Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make noise are the only inhabitants of the field”. -Edmund Burke

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loved it when the President continuously enjoined the people to vote whoever they wanted. I love it even more that the people are choosing to vote who they want. I have make this week’s piece a virtual parody of a previous one which I had titled ‘Democracy Without Democrats’. Enjoy it. In underscoring the importance of the doctrine of ‘popular sovereignty’ –or the right of the ‘people’ in modern democracies, to be the sole conferrers of ‘governmental authority’, America’s Thomas Jefferson once said “I know no safe repository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves.” And then he added “and if we think them (the people) not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it (the power) from them but to inform their discretion.” Namely to educate them to make the right choices; so that, in time they may begin to exercise that ‘power’ beneficially rather than detrimentally to themselves. But no matter what they do, Edmund Burke said, the ‘people’, in a democracy, ultimately are their own masters. They must be allowed to decide who governs their affairs. And which is what we are currently seeing happening in the second rounds of gubernatorial elections here in Nigeria. Against the predictions of analysts, the people are insisting on voting their own way. What Thomas Jefferson meant by the ‘people’ being the repository of ‘governmental authority’, is that the right of the ‘people’ in a democracy to ‘freely’ and ‘willfully’ elect or remove their governments is sacrosanct; and that at no time and under no guise should that right be abridged by any, even if for the reason that the people may not be sophisticated enough to handle that right. In fact the ‘people’ in addition to possessing

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dankande2@gmail.com that power –ad nauseam or ad libitum or both- also possess the right to exercise it however they wish! And maybe it is the reason John Patrick said that democracy is “the right (even) to make the wrong choice.” Or as the poet, James Russell Lowell said, that democracy “gives every man a right to be his own oppressor”. Whatever the majority soweth on an election day, that the nation will reap in the years of governance. It is not undemocratic that they are replacing salary-paying governors with candidates of doubtful fidelity to good governance; and they are returning salary-owing governors in deference, trivially, ethno-religious and sectional egos. Abraham Lincoln said “No man is good enough to govern another man without that other’s consent”. But maybe he should’ve said ‘No man is good enough to govern a majority without that majority’s consent’. Because, truth is, in modern democracies the majority has always been made good enough to govern the minority without the minority’s consent. There is no ‘moral minority’, outside of the due democratic process, that can arrogate the right or suffer the obligation to save majority of the people from a political ‘affliction’ that they are determined to bear, or to impose on them a political ‘relief’ that they are not prepared to enjoy. Rivers’s Wike, Kano’s Ganduje, Benue’s Ortom, Kaduna’s El-Rufai or Lagos’ Ambode are either ‘afflictions’ or ‘reliefs’ only those who elected them have a right freely to ‘cure’

themselves of or to sit back and ‘enjoy’. I have always quoted this cartoonist, Mike Peters, who once asked “When I go into the voting booth, do I vote for the person who is the best President or the slime bucket who will make my life as a cartoonist wonderful?” Meaning that as people are bound to vote particular candidates for sundry –often self serving- reasons, they will equally be right not to vote particular ones for sundry –often self servingother reasons. Many Hailers for example still want Ganduje back in Kano in spite of the albatross of bribe allegation hanging around his neck. Conversely, many Wailers who may seem genuinely scandalized by this pro-Ganduje sentiment, may not, themselves be averse to having their own little Gandujes elsewhere they would want returned no matter how politically sinning they may be. Truth is no one electorate is any more righteous than another in the choice of who or who not to elect into political office. provided that candidates are not inhibited by law to contest, those who will vote them cannot be hamstrung by morality to vote one and not the other. If a Ganduje is still good for the people of Kano State, why should a Bala Mohammed not be good for the people of Bauch State. They are both alleged to be corrupt, one practically in the taking, the other perceptively to the hilt. To prevent others from contest for the reason that they are ‘morally’ undeserving of the trust of the people, or that the ‘people’ who will elect them are “not enlightened enough

The problem we have in Nigeria has been this arrogant arrogation, by the minority, of the right to have both a ‘say’ and a ‘way’. And often this is done in a manner that potentially self-destructs the entire system.

to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion”, is to forcefully assume trusteeship of that fundamental right of the ‘people’ to ‘freely’ determine who they elect into, or who they vote, out of office. But sometimes democracy, as someone rightly said, is ‘four wolves’ and a ‘lamb’, voting on what to have for lunch. The ‘lamb’ will merely have a ‘say’ and the ‘wolves’, a ‘way’; because it has always been democracy’s eternal dictum that to the minority is a ‘say’, and to the majority, a ‘way’. And that is just the way that the democratic ‘cookie’ always crumbles. The whisper of a faction, said the British Prime Minister, Lord Russell, should not “prevail against the voice of a nation”. The problem we have in Nigeria has been this arrogant arrogation, by the minority, of the right to have both a ‘say’ and a ‘way’. And often this is done in a manner that potentially selfdestructs the entire system. We need an electoral minority or an opposition that is content always with its own democratically allotted station. It is the way of all ‘civilized’ democracies: that selfrighteous oppositions bide their time with superior argument, to take over governments –not with a lethal narrative, to subvert the system. Lyndon B. Johnson once said: “The vote is the most wonderful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice”. How can we establish justice in our society if we persist wantonly in violating the sanctity of the electoral process? Isn’t it time we let only the people decide.

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