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R-L: National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie Oyegun, National Leader of APC Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Party National Secretary, Mai Mala Buni and Deputy Chairman North, Senator Lawan  Shuaib, during a meeting with Tinubu, at the Party’s Secretariat, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa  

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Buhari, Dogara, NANS mourn 21 Bauchi students By Lawrence Olaoye and Umar Muhammad Puma Abuja

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has has also sent his condolences to the Government of Bauchi State over the loss of 21 students and teachers following a vehicular accident on their way to Kano for an excursion. The President prayed to Allah to accept the souls of the deceased and forgive their sins. The President has also expressed sadness over the death of the former chairman, Bank of the North, Alhaji Muhammad Lugga who died after a prolonged illness. In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari said he was deeply touched by the passing of the prominent banker and politician. The President recalled with pride how Lugga used his extensive experience to revive the defunct Bank of the North which was at verge of collapse on account of poor management. He extended his condolences to the Government of Zamfara State and family of the late Lugga and prayed to Allah to forgive his gentle soul. In another message, President Buhari also expressed his deep sympathies to the Baba-Ahmed family, the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of Mahmoon, a reputable journalist known for courage, statesmanship and professionalism. Also yesterday, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Tuesday evening broke down in tears after receiving the sad news of the demise of 21 students of Government Secondary School Misau, Bauchi state in a ghastly motor accident. The students, who were accompanied by three teachers and their driver, were on their way to Kano State for an educational excursion when the unfortunate incident occurred. A statement issued by the Speaker’s Special Adviser on

Media & Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan quoted him as saying; “I am deeply saddened by the untimely and sudden death of these children. They died while pursuing education and in a quest for knowledge as future leaders of our country.” “This is a national tragedy of monumental proportion and a huge loss to the country. These children embodied our hopes and aspirations for a better society and their sudden death is a big loss to Nigeria because only God knows what they could have become in the future.” “I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to their parents, students and teachers of Government Secondary School Misau, Misau Emirate Council and the entire Bauchi State over this tragic incident.” Hon Dogara said no amount of words would be enough to console their parents but prayed that God gives them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace and may we never witness this again.” Similarly, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commiserated with the government and people of Bauchi State over the death of 21 students and three teachers in a road accident. The NANS National Public Relations Officer, Bestman Okereafor, expressed the sympathy in a statement issued in Enugu. “NANS received with shock the sad news of the death of the students of Government Day Junior Secondary School, Misau, Bauchi State, alongside their teachers in a ghastly motor accident on KanoGaya Road. “We commiserate with the parents and relatives of the victims as well as extend our sympathy to the management of the school, Bauchi State Wing of NUT and friends of the victims,’’ the association said. NANS called for thorough

investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy. Also, the All Progressives Congress (APC) deeply mourns the tragic death of 21 students, three teachers and a driver of Government Secondary School (GSS) Misau, Bauchi following a ghastly motor accident while returning from an educational excursion in Kano state on Tuesday. The party in a statement issued yesterday, said “the death of our loved ones is very sad and never easy to accept, particularly when it is unexpected and they are young. Indeed, the country has lost a young and vibrant generation of students who could have contributed to national development and humanity. “Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the families, friends, fellow students, school management, government and people of Bauchi State over the terrible loss. We pray that the Almighty God comforts them and grant the dead eternal rest.”

L-R: Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari; Zonal Director of NOA in Plateau, Mr Bulus Dabit; and Chairman, Veteran Journalists in Plateau, Mr Gideon Barde, during a national sensitisation campaign on security awareness and peaceful co-existence, yesterday in Jos. Photo: NAN

Alleged corruption: CCT chair, Umar’s arraignment comes up March 15 By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

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he Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Danladi Umar, will on March 15, be arraigned before a Federal Capital Territory High Court, Maitama, Abuja, over alleged corruption charges. The Chief Judge of the Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, will be presiding over the matter. Umar is to be arraigned on a two count charge of corruption

leveled against him by the Federal Government. In the charge sheet number CR/109/18 signed by Festus Keyamo SAN, Umar was accused of while presiding over a case with Charge No. CCT/ABJ/03/13 involving one Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, sometime in 2012, at Abuja, within his jurisdiction of the court, did ask for the sum of N10,000,000 from said Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, for a

favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending Charge (No. CCT/ABJ/03/12) in discharge of his official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 12(1) (a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003. The second charge alleged that Umar have received another N1,800,000 from the said Rasheed Owolabi through his Personal Assistant by

name Alhaji Gambo Abdullahi for a favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending charge in discharge of his official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 12(1)(a)&(b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003. The CCT Chairman, will however, continue the trial of Taiwo over alleged non declaration of assets, despite the pending charge against him.


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resident Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian Christians to pray for the nation’s unity and progress as they commenced this year’s Lenten season Today. The President in a statement released by his Special Adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, also felicitated with them. Adesina wrote “As they join

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Pray for unity, progress, Buhari urges Christians at Lent their counterparts worldwide to emulate the worthy example of Jesus Christ who fasted 40 days at the beginning of His earthly ministry, the President urges Christian brothers and sisters to

pray fervently for the country’s unity and progress. “He believes that Nigeria’s existence as one united country is a divine arrangement and nothing should be done to put it asunder.

“President Buhari enjoins all Nigerians to intensify love, brotherliness and concern for the less privileged members of their communities in order to strengthen the bond of

togetherness. As Christians begin the period of increased prayers, piety, sacrifice and selfless services, the President wishes them and all Nigerians well.”

FG targets $25bn investments from economic laboratories By Lawrence Olaoye

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he Federal Government has said that the proposed economic laboratories would attract $25 billion worth of new investments. Briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma, said economic indices since the introduction of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) was launched in April have been moving positive. He however stressed that the government was not yet satisfied because it felt it could do better. Udoma said “that is why we are organizing the labs. The Focused labs will be commencing in the week of the 5th of March. We will be bringing in investors both domestic and international. We will be looking at three areas Agriculture and Transportation, Power and Gas, Manufacturing and Processing. “It is going to involved many ministers in the federal executive council who are actually going to drive that process. The targets for the labs alone is to generate $25 billion worth of new investments. Some of the investments will be Naira, some will be dollars because we are expecting significant amount of domestic investments not just foreign investments.” Minister of Power, Works and Housing, said he presented a memo seeking the augmentation of the price of ongoing projects due to the need for increased scope of work especially shoreline protection of the Tin Can Trailer and Truck Pack, which is almost finished. “It is an ongoing project, we sought council’s to augment the price from N8.66 billion to N9.553

billion which was an augmentation of N892.177. 289 million. We expect that that truck pack will now be completed this year and it will be one of the many multi-prong efforts being pursued to give relief to the Papa area, to facilitate vehicular truck and trailer movement and also maritime and import and export business and general economic activity for Apapa in particular, Lagos at large and the country as a whole. The memorandum was approved.” On the construction of Apapa-Oshodi way “I think road development is clearly the mandate of the ministry of power, works and housing, especially the work sector by legislation. There is multi agencies collaboration with the Nigerian Port Authority, the Apapa Ports, Tin Can Island

that are critical to the economy are affected. So there is multiagencies interaction and that is what we have been having really and truly. “You will recall I briefed you about a four kilogram stretch between the bridge from the Apapa Police when you are coming from Ojora, just to the junction of Point road right through to Wharf road, to entrance of the Apapa Port. That is the stretch that the Dangote Group, the Flour Mills, and the NPA agreed to do as soon CSR - Corporate Social Responsibility as possible, that is going on. It hit a problem because after the works started we found that the gas lines that supported most of the industries there and keep them in operation were within the right of way. “Now we are faced with two

choices, relocate the entire gas line which will cause a lot more in terms of relocation of services and reinstallation which was essentially outside the scope of what was a donation to them. Or to change the alignment of the road so that we don’t damage that gas pipeline. So that is what we are dealing with and those who know will tell you that construction in built up areas like that where vehicular traffic has to also pass through, cargo gas to move in and out of the port, is not a construction that is always easy to do because we can’t shut down as it were. “The other side from Creek Road, Liverpool Road to the Coconut Bridge Tin Can Island part, is the part that is going to be concession to the Dangote group which showed interest to take it

over, build it under the Tax Credit Scheme of the federal government. That requires first a design so that we can know what the quantities are, we have finished the design, we have handed over the designs to them, it also requires for them to get their engineers to say this is the price of this item or that item. And then we will now go to the BPP, fix the price because is public funds, even though they are advancing the money, they are going to claim it back. “So we are at that process. We have finished the evaluation process on the sections involving Liverpool Road and the first five kilometers out of the Tin Can. So as soon as we get BPP approval we will come back to FEC because this public funds for which they will claim tax credit back, so we might as well get the price right.”

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting held at the Council Chambers State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

Police rescue abducted PDP chieftain in Kaduna From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

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he Kaduna State Police Command said it has rescued the abducted former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) treasurer in the state, Alhaji Musa Danbaba who was whisked

away by yet to be identified gunmen from his country home in Siya-Siya Village of Ikara Local Government Area of the state. The State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar disclosed in a chat with our reporter in Kaduna yesterday.

According to him, a team led by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ikara supported by Anti-kidnapping Team gave the abductors a hot chase, and when they saw that the police were getting closer to them they abandoned their victim in Ikara

town and zoomed off. ASP Mukhtar added that the victim is in good health and has since reconciled with his family. He, however, said that manhunt was ongoing to fish out the perpetrators so that they can be made to face the wrath of the law.

It would be recalled that gunmen said to be five in number stormed the home of the victim shooting sporadically to scare off people before forcefully gaining access into the compound and took him away in their vehicle to an unknown destination.


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Submit 2018 budget proposals in one week, Senate orders MDA’s By Christiana Ekpa and Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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enate yesterday issued a one-week ultimatum on Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to submit details of their 2018 budget proposals for consideration. This followed a Point of Order, by the Senate Leader, Sennator Ahmed Lawan, who said that details of budgets must be presented to the Senate for consideration alongside the one presented by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017. According to Lawan, only the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has presented what is required. “Mr President submitted the national budget as well as the summary of the budgets of the agencies and by so doing, he has completed his work. What is required of the agencies is for them to present the details of their budgets. “My office has been working closely with the office of the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Ita Enang and we have insisted that the details of the budget must be presented to the Senate. “This is necessary so that it would be considered alongside the 2018 budget and be passed as quickly as it can and together. “I want this Senate to recognise that the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) presented and submitted what is required. “I want this Senate to give an ultimatum of one week to all the agencies to submit the details of their budget to our committees to consider for appropriation,’’Lawan said. In his remark, the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, said that the MDAs disregarded due process by failing to submit details of their budget proposals. “This has been a matter we have been talking about for a very long time and these agencies continue to have total disregard for due process. I

think it is very clear that the mandate we give to them is one week. “Our cooperation should not

be misread as weakness or not knowing what to do. “Definitely, we can mandate the Ministry of Finance to ensure that they

do not further order releases because they are breaking the law. “If after the one week and

they don’t, then we will take necessary actions to show that they need to comply with the law,’’ Saraki said.

Breach of passengers’ rights: Reps read riot act to erring airlines By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives has warned against the abuse of passengers’ rights and privileges by airline operators in the country, urging regulatory agencies to wake up to their responsibilities through enforcement of spelt out penalties. The resolution of the House was sequel to a motion sponsored by

Rep Tajudeen Yusuf, who lamented over what he called “flagrant abuse of passengers’ rights by Nigerian airline operators. The House in its resolution, has mandated its committee on Aviation, to liaise with relevant airline operators to ensure that passengers’ rights and privileges are satisfactorily respected by airline operators. Yusuf noted that unlike the practice outside the shores of

Nigeria, flights are delayed, seats changed without prior notices, and flights outrightly cancelled “without apology from anyone”, adding that many of the airlines while perpetrating serial Ill-treatment of passengers, so not adhere to the terms and conditions of their contracts. Contributing, Nuhu Danburam described the attitude of airlines as a sign of “total failure of our

system, and the regulations, saying the motion was a wake-up call on the aviation regulatory agencies to ensuring that customers rights are fully protected. Also in her submissions, Nnena Elendu-Ukeje accused the National Civil Aviation Agency (NCAA) of being “too friendly with airline operators, noting that if penalties are applied effectively as spelt out in the NCAA’s guidelines and rules.

L-R: Permanent Secretary, Common Service Office of the Head of Service, Mr Folayan Ayodele; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita; Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack and Deputy President, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Mohammed Kiri, during the Second Permanent Secretaries quarterly breakfast meeting with Labour Unions, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

El-Rufai salutes Christians at Lent From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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alam Nasir El-Rufai has saluted Christians as the holy season of Lent begins today. In a statement issued in Kaduna by Samuel Aruwan Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity) said the Governor wished Christians a peaceful celebration

of Lent, and appealed that prayers be said for peace in Kaduna State and Nigeria. “On behalf of the good people of Kaduna State, I salute our Christian community as the holy season of Lent begins today, this Ash Wednesday. I wish all the Christians in this State a peaceful and fruitful spiritual exercise in preparation for the grand celebration of Easter and its lesson of sacrifice,

hope and renewal. “As Christians fast during Lent, I am aware that there is also a focus on reading the Bible, saying regular prayers and doing works of charity. It is my request that you pray earnestly for Kaduna State to continue to enjoy peace and peaceful coexistence among its citizens, and also support the poor as all the great religions teach. “With peace, every part

of Kaduna would experience development and jobs as people feel sufficiently confident to explore their talents and work hard to make the most of opportunities. “Let us also pray for peace in our country Nigeria, its unity and its stability. “It is my prayer that this holy season will bring peace to us all and that Easter would be a joyous celebration.”

Masari tasks NULGE on accountable leadership in LGs From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua Katsina Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has tasked members of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE), Katsina branch to rise up to always check the excesses of political leadership at the local government level. Masari stated this yesterday in Katsina while receiving members of

the union led by its state president, Comrade Aliyu Haruna Kankara on a courtesy call at the Government House. He reminded them that if they ignore moves by political leadership to destroy the local council it would in the long run twill affect them more. The governor advised members of the union to look at operations of local government beyond over dependence

on oil revenue from the center. “You should device ways of strengthening mode of revenue generation at the local level even if it will be enough to cater for overhead cost. You should not connive with the political leadership to siphon such funds,” he adviced Masari similarly pledged to look into the implementation of the backlog of

promotions done to deserving local government staff, adding that he take the welfare of workers in the state seriously. In his remark, the NULGE, state president Comrade Aliyu Haruna Kankara appealed to the governor to implement consolidated salary structure for local government head of administration in the state. He added that with the

consolidated salary structure they can comfortably enjoyed similar benefit and privileges according to permanent secretaries after retirement. Kankara expressed satisfaction with the achievements of the state governor especially in the area of peace and security and many giant strides recorded in the education, health, agriculture, water resources’, roads and infrastructure development.


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New election sequence tears Senate apart By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Christiana Ekpa

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arely one year to the 2019 general elections, fresh hostilities have resumed in the Senate against Senate President, Bukola Saraki, following the alteration of the 2010 Electoral Act, which, against precedence, has placed Presidential election last to come, after the National Assembly polls. Recall that the Senate Committee on INEC had last two weeks adopted the amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act which was effected by the House of Representatives in which the green chamber reordered the 2019 polls. However, this amendment backfired in the senate when it was being considered by the lawmakers, resulting in ten senators, who are strong allies of President Mohammadu Buhari, walking out of the chamber to tell journalists that about 59 proBuhari senators are ready to challenge the inclusion of Section 25(1) in the Bill to any length, vowing to bring it to nullity. Trouble started when Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Suleiman Nazif, presented the report of the committee in which he intimated his colleagues that the committee adopted the amendment by the green chamber on reordering of the 2019 poll sequence, which placed the presidential election last. This disclosure, therefore, drew up fireworks in the chambers as many of the APC senators shouted against the new amendment, calling for its rejection, as they claimed it was made in bad faith and targeted against the person of President Buhari. Senator Abdulahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa West), who later led ten APC senators to stage a walkout in the chamber, in his remarks, condemned the amendment, saying the alteration is not only contentious but has been taken to court; wondering why the senate will, in a rush, adopt an amendment that was controversially done even in the green chamber where it originated. “I am raising a Constitutional Point of Order. Section 76 of the constitution with reference to the matter in discussion stipulates that election to each House of the National Assembly shall be held on the date to be appointed by INEC,” he said. In his remarks, Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC-Kano) said: “We appreciate your concern on the opinion of both sides. I will like to raise this issue on point of order 87(c) which stipulates that the conference committee shall deliberate only between the Senate

• 59 senators reject new timetable and the House of Representatives. The conference committee shall not insert in its report, any matter not committed to it by either the Senate or the House of Representatives. “Mr President, this report on sequence of elections was never discussed in the Senate. So why are we bringing it here?” Gaya asked. In his ruling, the Senate President, who did not allow further debate on the subject matter, but banged the gravel to signal adoption and passing of the amendment, said: “As I keep on emphasizing, institutions are what are important. We, as senators, have to finish our time and go. We must continue to strengthen institutions; and by so doing, we must follow the procedures that are also laid at all times. “For conference report, it has been the procedure; and as such, with all due respect, I have to rule you out of order. I know every politics is local. As much as it is local, we also have to maintain the integrity of these institutions,” Saraki said. However, briefing journalists after staging the walkout, ten senators led by senator Abdulahi Adamu (APC Nasarawa), said a lot of senators wanted to oppose the amendment, but were not allowed by the Senate President. He said the documents circulated to them were not signed by both the chairman and co chairman of the committee, as well as many other members of the committee; yet the senate president does not want to allow the senate find out why they did

• 10 others walkout, vow to reverse alteration

not sign the report, adding that this is not in the tradition of the senate. He asked why the senate will dwell in making a law to target a person, describing the amendment as partisan in nature, as there is nothing to rush about in passing the Bill. Also speaking, another member of the group, Ovie Omo-Agege (APC, Delta), said there is contention in the House of Representatives that the quorum was not formed when the green chamber adopted the amendment to Section 25(1) of the 2010 Electoral Act, saying that only 36 out of the 360 persons in the House made that alteration. He said there is no way 36 members in the House will determine the fate of 360 lawmakers; adding that section 86(c) of the Senate rules required that the senate should have dissolved into a committee of the whole to consider the proposed amendment but the Senate President did not allow that to happen. He said if the Senate President had allowed the amendment to be put to vote, it would have failed; adding that they will continue to protest against the inclusion of Section 25(1) to ensure that it does not become law. He said the amendment is not fair, as it was targeted at the President. Similarly, Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa) said the senate president led the senate to be at variance with the constitution, which she said must not be allowed in amending the Act. She said before adopting it, the senate should have considered the financial implication of the

amendment on the country; adding that even with the economic crisis in the country, yet the senate is taking a partisan decision to stagger the election into three places which according to her, will further aggravate the economic challenges in the country. Also, Abu Ibrahim (Katsina South) said for the senate not to have followed the due process of its standing order, by implication, the amendment to the 2010 Electoral Act is illegal. Others who also opposed the amendments were: Ali Wakil (APC, Bauchi), Abdulahi Gumel (APC, Jigawa), Ibrahim Kurfi (APC, Katsina), Abdulahi Abubakar (APC, Kebbi), Andrew Uchendu (APC, Rivers), Ben Uwajimogu (APC Imo). On the contrary, the Senate spokesperson, Abdulahi Sabi (APC, Niger), while briefing journalists after the ten senators had bared their anger, said if President Buhari fails to sign the amendment, the Senate will respond appropriately; saying he cannot say if it is true or false that there are 59 senators who are determined to fight Saraki to withdraw the passed 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill. Responding to the issues of lack of quorum in the House, where the Bill originated, Sabi said it is possible that a lot of them who entered their presence in the attendance register left for their personal affairs when the decision was taken, adding that in that situation, the decision is binding on all those who had entered their presence in the attendance register for that day’s sitting.

Meanwhile, to the consternation of journalists, the chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Suleiman Nazif, who briefed journalists alongside Sabi, said he, with other members of the conference committee, actually signed the report contrary to what the aggrieved ten APC senators had said. While reeling out the other amendments effected by the senate, he said the rule allows them to adopt the position of the House when the issue at stake is such that the senate has not taken a decision on. Senator Nazif also denied the allegation that the amendment was targeted at President Buhari, adding that politics is dynamic and the senate had considered so many dynamics before deciding to reorder the sequence of 2019 elections. He said there is no hard and fast rule about election sequence as the 1979 elections witnessed senate coming first. Nevertheless, it is being speculated that the Bill may not be singed by President Mohammadu Buhari, even as the Saraki led Senate requires twothird majority of senators, amounting to 73, to be able it veto the President. Members of the Senate conference committee that adopted the reordering are: Chairman of the concurrence committee, Suleiman Nazif, Peter Nwoboshi, Dino Melaye, Shehu Sani, Hope Uzodimma, Gilbert Nnaji, Biodun Olujimi. The other six from the House of Representatives are Edward Pwajok, Taye Monguno, Gabriel Onyemife, among others.

L-R: Mr. John Tomaszewski, Africa Regional Director of International Republican Institute (IRI), Mr. Daniel Twinning, President of IRI and former Vice President and chieftain of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, at a meeting of a delegation of IRI with the former Vice President on Tuesday in Abuja

Reps okay law banning foreign medical trips By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives has passed for second reading a bill seeking to regulate and prohibit international medical trips by government officials. The bill is titled: “A bill for an Act to amend the National Health Act to regulate and prohibit International medical trip by public servants”. Sponsor of the bill, Rep. Sergius Ogun (Edo-PDP), while leading the debate, said the amendment seeks to curb the huge foreign exchange loss to medical tourism by facilitating

the development of effective health care facilities and strengthening existing public and private health institutions for efficient service delivery. Ogun decried that over 5,000 citizens fly out on a monthly basis, seeking medical treatment in India and other countries. According to the lawmaker, Nigeria losses over 500 million dollars annually, with India alone getting about 260 million dollars of the cash flight. Ogun said it was against this background that the proposed amendment seeks to create a

conducive health environment that will attract the best Nigerian medical brains in Diaspora and other foreign medical personnel in search of greener pasture. He expressed confidence that if the amendment is passed into law it will regulate international trip by public officers in the Federation and bring an end to a huge cash flight, which was inimical to economic growth and development. Ogun said that only serious health cases, which cannot be attended to in Nigeria, will be granted approval by the Minister of Health.

Contributing to the motion, Rep. Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo-APC), called for swift passage of the bill, saying it will encourage public servants to fix the health care sector by providing world class equipments and facilities through proper funding of the sector. On her part, Rep. Nnena Elendu Ukeje faulted the amendment, saying it Infringes on the rights of public servants, arguing that there was nowhere in the world this was done. The bill was referred to the Committee on Healthcare Services by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.


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heater Commander of Operation Lfiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Nicholas Rogers yesterday said no fewer than 186 suspected members of the Boko Haram sect were killed in various operations in Sambisa Forest and shores of Lake Chad in the past half month. Major Gen. Rogers dropped the hint while briefing newsmen on the successes recorded by the theater in the ongoing counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism in the North-east. Similarly, the theater commander said that hundreds of insurgents were either captured or surrendered to the

B/Haram: Troops kill 186 insurgents, rescue 3,000 captives troops. He added that during the period under review, over 3,000 civilians abducted by the group were rescued and taken to several camps for the Internally Displaced Persons, (IDPs). “The ongoing operations by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, intensified by artillery and aerial bombardments of identified BHT enclaves through coordinated close support of the Air Task Force, has yielded positive results, aside decimating the ranks of the insurgents. Several insurgents are realizing the futility of the struggle and are now abandoning the group

by surrendering to our troops. In these operations, 750 insurgents surrendered to troops in the general area of Monguno, while 63 insurgents surrendered in the Damboa and Chibok areas. Ninety insurgents equally surrendered to Cameroon Defence Forces. A total of 167 insurgents were captured by troops during the operations”. “The intensity of the operations also resulted in the surrendering of about 250 insurgents to the Nigerien. The period under review has been characterised by heavy artillery and aerial bombardments culminating in

a series of ground offensives to clear identified Boko Haram enclaves in the Islands of the Lake Chad, also known as the “Tumbus” and Camp Zairo in the Sambisa. In these operations, many insurgents have been killed, others have fled for safety, while some others surrendered to our troops and allies in the Multinational Joint Task Force. Many other insurgents who escaped from the onslaught also took advantage of the AMNESTY offered by the Nigerien Government to surrender to Nigerien Defence Forces”, Maj. Gen. Rogers declared. “Close air support provided

by the Air Task Force and Artillery bombardments were further reinforced by ground troops with blocking forces that denied the insurgents freedom of action and access to logistics, thereby canalizing them to Camp Zairo in the Sambisa. Troops are also tracking and hunting down the fleeing insurgents with fighting patrols and ambushes” “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole sustained precursor operations to clear BHT enclaves in the fringes and identified islands of the Lake Chad area with devastating consequences on the adversary. These precursor operations dovetailed into Operation DEEP PUNCH II; a major coordinated Land, Maritime and Air operations to rout out the insurgents from their enclaves in the Lake Chad Islands otherwise known as the “Tumbus”. Long range fighting patrols have also continued to trail and seek out BHT hideouts as well as protect liberated areas from fleeing and prowling BHT elements. I will expatiate on some of these operations as this press briefing unfolds,” he added.

OPC backs Buhari on restructuring By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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in the state, Mr Christopher Musa, disclosed this , at a One-day Orientation for 23 Focal Persons of the state’s Traditional Leaders Committee on Health held in Kaduna yesterday. He therefore said there is need to support traditional leaders to help spread Infant and Young Child Feeding ( IYCF ) messages and mobilise their community members to embrace

adequate IYCF practices, Musa solicited the support of the traditional leaders to promote adequate Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) for healthy development and survival of children in Kaduna State. According to him engaging the traditional leaders can help sensitise the community on adequate IYCF practices. He explained that the A&T

IYCF programme running in the state from 2016 to 2020 was an initiative designed to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development of children through improved feeding practices. He said that the NGO is being funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the government of Canada and Ireland and managed by Family Health International (FHI360).

he leadership of Odua People’s Congress (OPC) has said President Muhammadu Buhari was not opposed to restructuring the nation. Edo state Coordinator of Chief Gani Adams OPC-led group, Comrade Bright Omoviroro disclosed this in a statement which was made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Benin. “It is pertinent for President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the voices of eminent Nigerians who have raised their voices in support of restructuring of Nigeria. “The popular maxim is Vox Populi, Voc Dei. The voice of the people is the voice of God. We are truly in support of the quest for restructuring and peaceful co-existence of all tribes in the country. “This is the current trend across the world and Nigeria is not an exception”, the statement said. Omoviroro in the statement, pledged the support to the paramount ruler of Benin Kingdom, Oba Ewuare II for for projecting the Cultural heritage of Benin and applauded the economic agenda of Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki.

before journalists at the Police Headquarters in Bauchi. He said that, the suspect attacked and killed the manager at KAMS Universal Concept Filling Station along Bauchi-Jos road. Datti explained that the four suspects also grievously wounded one Mohammed Salisu, 25, of Gutu village in Bauchi Local Government and robbed them of their of GSM hand sets. He said the handsets robbed from the victims includes Tecno T401, one LG Mobile and Samsung

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attendance. He said that Grace, the female suspect was the one they sent on surveillance even before carrying out the attack. “We didn’t not shoot the manager, we only beats him. It was later we discovered that he had died but our leader is now at large because they have arrested us,” . Similarly the Command have arrested two suspected burglars who broke into the shop of a Physically Challenged person called Auwal Rabiu in Yashi village in

Alkaleri LG and stole many GSM phones and accessories belonging to his customers which they brought for charging. The PPRO said that the suspects, Abubakar Mohammed of Nasarawa Jahun Bauchi and Yahuza Adamu of Bara village in Kirfi LG were arrested by the operatives attached to X-squad. He said both suspects confessed to the crime while exhibits recovered from them includes, 35 GSM phones of different types as well as accessories.

L-R: Acting Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Chidi Izuwah; Port Manager, Rivers Port, Abubakar Umar; and Senior Manager, Ahamed Wanka, during the ICRC team’s monitoring visit to Port Harcourt Port terminal, yesterday in Rivers. Photo: NAN

Group harps on timing for child nutrition From: Femi Oyelola kaduna

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Non Government Organisation , Alive and Thrive (A&T) has said the most critical time for good nutrition is the first 1000 days of a child, because it determines whether the child would developed fully to exploit his potential or impaired with brain damage due to malnutrition. The Team leader of the NGO

Bauchi: Police nab 4 over killing of filling station manager From Ahmad Bauchi

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auchi State Police Command has arrested four suspected armed robbers including a female in connection with the killing of a Filling Station Manager, Usman Suleiman. The Police Public Relations Officer ,PPRO of the Command Deputy Superintendent of Police DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar disclosed this Wednesday when he paraded the suspects

Police Spokesman said “Following a discreet investigation by the operatives attached to State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the command, the following suspects were arrested in connection with the case, Onyeka David aka Swag “m” 27 years, Onyeka Okeke “m” 34 years, Happy Henry “m” 32 years and Grace Otopa “f” 24 years. One of the suspects, Onyeka David who confessed to the crime said they stormed the area hoping to get money from the sales


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eputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has called on the federal government to investigate alleged killings of innocent citizens in Zamafara state. Senator Kabiru Marafa of Zamfara central had alleged complicity on the side of the state government over the continued killings of innocent people by unknown gunmen. The senator had informed his colleagues on the floor of the Senate that the killings has continued unabated and that the people were being kidnapped on a

crime News Zamfara killings: Investigate Marafa’s claims, Timi Frank urges FG daily bases. “If these military men are not answerable to the governor or they are disobeying him, the governor needs to say it so that this Senate or the Federal Government can take a position. It is just not enough to keep the blame on the door step of the Federal Government.”

However, Frank in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja urged the heads of Nigerian security agencies to set up panel of enquiry into the allegations as raised by Senator Kabir Marafa. He called on both local and international agencies saddled with curbing human right abuses to intervene and take a cursory

look at the allegations raised. “I will like to use this opportunity to commend the security agencies and by extension the federal government for all efforts made so far in combating security challenges facing our Nation. “Therefore, I call on the security agencies to set up a fact

Drama in court as complainant pours hot water on accused person From Uche Uche Damaturu

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drama ensued yesterday at the Senior Magistrate Court 1 in Damaturu, Yobe state capital, presided over by Chief Magistrate Asiya Abubakar as a complainant poured hot water on the body of the accused after their case was adjourned. A case of four count charges of criminal trespass, intentional insult, deformation of character and causing hot, had been brought before the

court t against the accused person, Viani Okafor by the complainant, Elizabeth David. As the case file was read out for continuous hearing before the court, it happened that the defense counsel to the accused person was not in court, thus the case could not proceed, and the prosecution sought for adjournment, which was granted by the presiding judge, and new date given for the continuation of the case. Unfortunately, as the complainant and the accused person

left the court room and were outside, the complainant, Elizabeth David opened a flask with hot water and poured it on the body of the accused person, Viani Okafor. Sshe was consequently arrested and the victim rushed to hospital where she is presently receiving medical attention. Sources close to the court told our reporter that Elizabeth David was angry because the case has lingered in court on the reason of the accused person’s defense counsel

not appearing in court for about two court sittings, and that, from all indication, she came prepared with her ill intension as there was no baby with her to suggest the water was meant for preparing food for the baby. As at the time of filling this report, the attacker, Elizabeth has been charged before the Chief Magistrate Court 1, Damaturu for the offense of causing grievous hurt which contradicts section 248 of the penal code law.

finding committee to examine critically the allegations made by a highly distinguished senator of the federal Republic of Nigeria. “According to the senator, over 5,000 people were killed and abused. By so doing, perpetrators of the dastardly acts will be brought to book and thereby serving as a deterrent to the people. Hence,a long lasting solution to the security challenges in Zamfara state and other states of the federation. “I have great confidence in the senate president and the senate at large. I have no doubt that the senate will act with utmost urgency and sincerity as regards the issues raised by Senator Marafa. “Therefore, let’s not sweep this allegation under the carpet as if properly investigated will bring peace to Zamfara state and every other part of the country that is going through turmoil. “I hereby appeal to the federal government, the senate and all other relevant agencies to intervene in the allegations made by Senator Marafa as regards the loss of lives in Zamfara state. It’s important to note that the loss of a single person deserves our sympathy. As citizens, we must show empathy at all times. We must avoid playing politics with the loss of lives.”

NAFDAC seals 24 bakeries in Borno

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former Governor of Benue, Gabriel Suswam, has praised the federal government for its intervention in the bloody herdsmen crisis in the state. Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Makurdi, the state capital, Mr. Suswam pleaded with Benue residents to cooperate with security agencies deployed in the state to achieve lasting peace.

“Let us be law-abiding and cooperate with security agencies to ensure the success of the military operation in the state,” he said. Benue, Nigeria’s food basket, has witnessed repeated bloody attacks by herdsmen, prompting the federal government to deploy troops to enforce peace. According to Mr. Suswam, Operation Cat Dance (Ayem a Kpatuma) being carried out

by the military will ultimately restore our lost pride. Commiserating with hundreds of people, who had lost their lives in the unrelenting attacks, the former governor condemned what he termed “wanton destruction of lives and property” by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Mr. Suswam said he was optimistic that the crisis would soon end, given the efforts of the

federal government to get to the root of the problem. He called residents of the state, who had attained 18 years to register during the continuous voter registration to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs). The PVC is the right given to eligible voters to exercise their franchise in the 2019 general elections by voting for candidates who will ensure peace and progress of the state.(NAN)

he National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Wednesday sealed 24 bakeries in Maiduguri for operating without licences. The Coordinator of the agency in the state, Nasiru Mato, made the disclosure while briefing journalists in Maiduguri. Mr. Mato said the bakeries were sealed sequel to non-compliance with standard operational guidelines and failure to renew their licences. He added that some of the bakeries were closed due to poor sanitation and unhygienic practices. The coordinator listed the affected bakeries to include Nurul Aini, Nice Bread, D Boss, Save the Nation, Albarka, Ever-Nice and Aljazeera, amongst others. “Some of them are not registered by NAFDAC. They also operate with fake label, product name and addresses. “We have about 300 bakeries in the state; we embarked on comprehensive campaign to ensure that they comply with our guidelines to check circulation of unwholesome product and protect public health,” he said.(NAN)


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Lagos donates N365m mobile clinic for cancer treatment From Suleiman Idris Lagos

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he Lagos State Government on Wednesday handed over a Mobile Cancer Centre for the diagnosis and treatment of residents afflicted with cancer-

related diseases as well as increase advocacy to prevent the spread of the scourge. The State Governor, Mr. Governor Ambode, who spoke while handing over the facility to the representatives of the

Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), a nongovernmental organisation in the forefront of cancer awareness. He said the Mobile Clinic, the first of its kind in Africa, procured at a cost of N365million was a

confirmation of the commitment of his administration to improve on the healthcare system and also give hope to residents who may not have the wherewithal to go for diagnosis and treatment. “I want to thank the Committee

L-R; Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, Minister of State Aviation, Sen Hadi Sirika, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechuwu Enalamah and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyema during Federal Executive Council Meeting held at the Council Chambers State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

SON holds summit for product standardization By Abba-Eku Onyeka Abuja

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n order to achieve global product standardization, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has organised Electrotechnical Summit for Nigerian National Committee of the International of the International Electrotechnical Commission (NCIEC) in Abuja with the theme: Making Impact In Global Standardization. The president, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) was represented by Mr Fabio Gargatini. In a welcome address, Acting

Director (Ag Director), Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu said that local, regional and international standardization works and activities by Nigerians is expected to experience a more positive dimensions as the Nigerian Committee (NC) would be recognized and reinvigorated. The Ag Director also added that Nigeria had so much to benefit from the works of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Mrs Egwuonwu observed that Nigerian markets and consumers were constantly procuring and applying Electrotechnical and other related

technology based products and cum services to improve life, adding that there is no better time than now to organise a summit of that nature to position the country’s NEC for beneficial participation in global standardization. She said that the relationship between Nigeria and IEC was beneficially and economically. Though she believed that as the country were yet to be there, the Ag Director advised that Nigeria doesn’t relent in it’s own efforts. In a key note address, the Director General (DG), Mr Osita Oboloma

spoke at length on the importance of standardization due to what he saw was dynamics and fundamental changes introduced in the sector by the implementation of government’s reform programme. He said that the outcome of the summit would go a long way to work out the modalities to better engage experts from the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry in the development and implementation of Electro-technical standards to ensure quality and safety of products, systems and practices in the country.

Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). Sometime in June 2016, they did ask me to support issues that relate to cancer, but we decided that we are going to procure this Mobile Cancer Centre. “What we have that we are donating today to this Committee is a Mobile Clinic that deals with issues that relate to advocacy and treatment of cancer patients because we do not have the financial resources to have Cancer centres placed in all locations in Lagos we decided to go for this Mobile Cancer centre. It’s costing us N365million approximately $1million. What this does is that we can reach out to every community and every cancer patient; we can give hope back to those who are hopeless. “On a day like this, we extend the commitment of the State Government to the people of Lagos to improve on our health system and also help those that never imagined that there would be hope for them because they have been afflicted with cancer and any other aliment that relates to cancer,” Governor Ambode said. While congratulating the CECP for their tremendous passion in the campaign against cancer, Governor Ambode said the facility would go a long way to deal with the cancer scourge, adding that the long term plan of his administration is to have e-mobile centres across the State that would aid early detection, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Earlier, Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris said in a period where communicable diseases like cancer were fast becoming epidemic, the donation of the Mobile Cancer Centre was a direct response of the present administration to provide a stopgap. In her remarks, Executive Secretary of CECP, Dr. Abia Nzelu thanked Governor Ambode, saying that the gesture was a testament to the Government’s love for Lagosians as the donation was also coming on February 14 celebrated worldwide as Valentine’s Day.

Patronage of local rice increases in Enugu

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he Chairman of Amalgamated Enugu State Farmers Association, Romanus Eze, says government policies and investments in local rice production have increased patronage of the staple food. The chairman said this in Enugu on Tuesday during a solidarity

rally organised by the association in honour of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. He said that members of the association had benefitted from the kind gesture of the state government which had direct impact on food production in the state. The chairman said that there

had been a substantial increase in agricultural output as over 65 per cent of rural dwellers in the state were farmers. He said that the Adani Rice in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area had flooded markets in the state and beyond leading to reduction in prices of the product in the state.

According to him, a bag of 50kg bag of local rice now sells for N14,000 as against N18,000 sold before. He said that the patronage enjoyed by local rice in the state was massive, adding that it had become the mainstay of staple foods eaten in many homes.

He thanked the governor for his support to farmers including distribution of tractors to all the 17 local government areas of the state which he said aided farmers do their work. He said that the governor also donated 45,000 bags of lime to improve soil fertility.(NAN)

N450m fraud: Court adjourns ex-minister’s case till March 8 From Ado Abubakar Musa Jos

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he Federal High Court sitting in Jos has adjourned the alleged N450 million money laundering case against a former Minister of Water Resources Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe and two others till 8th March this year. Ochekpe and former acting

Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State, Raymond Dabo as well as Goodluck Jonathan campaign coordinator Leo-Sunday Jitong were arraigned before the Federal High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on a three-count charge of money laundering and conspiracy

which was said to have amounted to N450 million. At yesterday’s sitting, the EFCC’s prosecuting counsel; Ahmad Yakub Muntaka was about to present three witnesses out of 11, but the counsel to the defendants, Sunday Oyawole objected the move arguing that all the EFCC’s witnesses’ statements should be

detailed and not in summary as said by the EFCC. However, the judge presiding over the matter, Musa Kurya adjourned the case to 8th and 9th March, 2018 for ruling on the application and continuation of hearingN450m fraud. Recall that the court had on Tuesday seized the International

passport of former Minister during the Tuesday’s sitting. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), at the proceedings filed an amended three count charges, against the former Minister and two persons, Evangelist Leo Sunday and former PDP chairman in Plateau State, Mr. Raymond Dabo.


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Plateau state govt sacks 747 teachers By ShuaibuUsman with agency report

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he Plateau State government has disengaged 747 primary school teachers. This is even as the government reinstated 141 teachers that were earlier disengaged.

The 747 disengaged teachers are reportedly among those who failed to tender the minimum teaching qualification certificates as required by the state’s Teaching Service Commission. Premium Times reports that the Chairman of the state’s Universal Basic Education, Mathew Sule, made

this disclosure on Wednesday in Jos, the state capital, at a refresher course for officials in the education sector. Mr. Sule said the affected teachers did not present the basic certificates that qualified them to teach in public schools within the time stipulated for them to do so. He said those who had attained

the maximum number of years of public service were also retired. In respect of the 141 teachers recalled, Mr. Sule merely said they had met the requirements laid down by government. The immediate past administration of former Governor Jonah Jang, shortly before he left

office, sacked over 4000 primary school teachers it found not to have the basic qualifications to teach. Mr. Sule also revealed that there was an urgent need to employ new teachers to fill the vacancies created by retirements and to enable public schools to have teachers for all subjects.

DPP felicitates with Ovie of Uvwie on 10th anniversary on throne From Osakhare Erese Asaba

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he Democratic Peoples Party DPP, Delta State chapter has felicitated with the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Emmanuel Sideso on the 10th anniversary of his ascension to the ancient throne. In a press statement made available to newsmen in Asaba and signed by the state Chairman of the DPP, Mr. Okpegwa Ejiroghene Abel, the party said Uvwie has remained peaceful and investor-friendly since His Majesty ascended the ancient throne of his forefathers ten years ago. “On behalf of the members of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) we wish to felicitate with the Ovie of Uvwie and the good people of Uvwie kingdom on the 10th year coronation Anniversary of Ovie. Your majesty, because your reign has brought good fortune in Uvwie kingdom, it is almost unbelievable that you are ten years on the throne. You have impacted so much on Uvwie people and the whole of Delta State and Nigeria as you have brought uncommon zest and creativity to the throne by ensuring unity among various kingdoms”. The party said the monarch did not only bring peace and tranquility to the domain but have also encouraged togetherness and unity of purpose at both state and national levels, saying the traditional ruler has shown that with tolerant Nigerians can live together peacefully as a people bonded with common destiny.

L-R: Managing Director of Total E & P, Mr. Nicholas Terraz, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu and Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Management Board (NCDMB), Engr. Simbi Wabote, during the minister’s visit to EGINA Floating Production Storage Offloading, FPSO, yesterday in Lagos

Group condemns call for state of emergency in Benue From Uche Makurdi

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enue Socio-cultural Groups have slammed Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG for its call on declaration of State of Emergency in the state. The group consisting of Mdzough U Tiv, Omny’Igede and Idoma National Forum made the

condemnation yesterday during an interaction with journalists in Makurdi. Leader of the group Chief Edward Ujege who questioned the existence and authenticity of such group led by one Mallam Abdul Azeez Suleiman, described it as ‘tribal and lawless’, only meant to cause more confusion so that Benue people will not get

justice. He noted that such coalition cannot exist without the inclusion of Benue, adding that the group is a lawless one. Chief Ujege vowed that the State will oppose any State of Emergency, stating that they will resort to legal means to do so. “It will be an illegality to

Delta traditional rulers back Okowa on no land for cattle colonies From Osakhare Erese Asaba he Delta State Council of Traditional Rulers has flayed the Federal Government over cattle colonies, insisting on “No land for cattle colonies”. In a statement issued and signed by the chairman of the council, Obi of Owa Kingdom, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor; a copy made available

to our reporter, said the council throw its weight behind the position of the State Government on the non-availability of land for a cattle colony in the state, adding that the topography of the state, old with upland/riverine challenges, had it extremely impossible for land to be available for such venture. The Traditional Rulers however called on the State Government to

forward a bill to the State House of Assembly for a legislation that will be enforceable to give a legal bulkings to the position of government on matter. The statement explained that due to the desire of government to promote agriculture through the engagement of youths in farming, and other agricultural purposes, the issue of land was so dear to

the people of the state, adding: “there is immense pressure on the available land in the state, at least for now, considering the huge direct investment on agriculture by investors, courtesy of the state government”. It insisted; “No land for the establishment of cattle colonies in Delta State, and all the traditional rulers are on the same page with the state government.

City. Edo state Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) had fixed March 3, 2018 for the conduct of election into 192 Councillorship seats and 18 Local Government Areas in the state. The state Director of Department of state Security Service (DSS), Mr. Haliru Haliru Ibrahim, the state Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration service (NIS), Mr. Eniolorunda Kayode and the state Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence

Corps (NSCD), Mr. Makinde Ayinla. Also present are, the state Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Mr. Samuel Odukoya and the 4-Brigade Commander, BrigGeneral, Ibrahim Garba who was represented by Lieutenant Col. I. Yusuf. Speaking on behalf of the security heads at the end of the meeting, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, said the meeting was to

“synergize and work out a robust plan to ensure a hitch-free Local Government election”. He disclosed that adequate arrangement has been made to secure the land, water ways and the hinterland, including all the polling booths in the election. Mr. Kokumo, however declined comment on the number of security personnel that would be deployed for the election, adding that disclosing such a classified information may be counter productive.

“We are trying to replicate inter-agency consultative committee sort of to synergize. “We are taking adequate proactive measures to take care of possible challenges. “So far, we are good to go before, during and after the election. “We do not need to tell you what our numerical strength is like, but, I assure you that we are going to have security men across all the polling booths in the state,” he said.

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Security chiefs appraise strategy for Edo LGs poll

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eads of security agencies in Edo state have held a meeting to appraise strategy towards a hitch-free Local Government election in the state. The close-door meeting which lasted for about 2 hours, was held at the office of the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Babatunde Kokumo on Wednesday afternoon in Benin

declare any state of emergency. The constitution does not permit for declaration of State of Emergency. The crisis in Benue is an invasion by herdsmen on farmers. The call is deliberate, meant to subdue the anti-open grazing law which followed due process. We will protect the law with our blood”, he vowed.


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Christian pilgrims to undergo compulsory orientation programme -Commission By Albert Akota

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he Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev, Tor Uja has said that beginning from this year every intending Christian pilgrim must undergo intensive orientation programme to be organized by the Commission before departure to the Holy Land. He disclosed this in Abuja during the strategic Review Meeting of Pilgrimage Leaders and Managers of the 36 states and FCT.

He stressed that the need for such orientation cannot be over emphasized. According to him, “we need to expose our pilgrims to the issue of development, Leadership and nationalism”. Rev. Uja further explained that the Commission would embark on the construction of pilgrimage Heritage Camps this year where the intending pilgrims would be accommodated for few days before their departure to the Holy Land. He added that the Commission would kick start the construction of the pilgrimage Camps from

FCT and replicate it in some other cities. Rev. Uja also disclosed that the 2018 Easter Pilgrimage would commence in March and that the Commission had screened a number of intending pilgrims in some states and would continue the screening of intending Pilgrims and self-sponsored pilgrims in the coming week. The strategic review meeting of NCPC with the Pilgrimage Leaders and Managers was the first this year and it afforded the Leaders the opportunity to brainstorm

and review the 2017 Christian Pilgrimage in its entirety. The Executive Secretary used the platform to disclose that henceforth the meeting of pilgrimage Leaders and Managers would to be on a rotational basis. He affirmed that Awka Ibom State would be hosting the next meeting in April, 2018. Virtually all the Chairmen and Secretaries of the States Christian Pilgrim Welfare Boards from 36 states including FCT participated in the Strategic Review meeting.

L-R: Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of  Kwara State;  Consultant, Mr Kola Shittu; Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Works, Alhaji Yusuf Manjo and Managing Director, Chelfom Engineering and Construction Co, Mr Yorgi Mastory,  going through the design of expanded Oyun bridge on Tuesday in Ilorin. Photo: NAN

Gov. Badaru makes teachers’ salaries top priority

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he Executive Chairman Jigawa State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Alhaji Salisu Zakari said that,the Jigawa state governor Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Badaru insisted that the primary and secondary school teachers must be paid first before any civil servants in the state. Alhaji Zakari stated this yesterday while reviewing some achievements recorded in his board executed by the present

administration in the state. He explained that, the move is part of present APC administration’s effort to give more priority to educational sector across 27 local government in the state. The executive chairman further explained that Governor Badaru also approved to state Universal Basic Education Board to recruit over 1,500 teachers to address the problem of teachers shortage in the schools. According to him, over eight thousands teachers across

the state under the board, are promoted in the last two and half years. He maintained that, about 8,670 teachers were also trained on various field to improve their teaching capacities. Alhaji Zakari further explained that, the present administration in the state succeeded in construction of 133 new primary schools with additional 113 junior secondary schools across 27 local government area in the state. While on the provision of

teaching and learning furniture to schools in the state,the executive chairman said, about five hundred sets of school furniture was provided in all primary and secondary schools. He said, in an effort to address the issue of schools congestion, over twenty thousand classrooms were provided within two years in the state. He charged the teachers in the state to redouble their efforts in supporting Governor Badaru’s educational change agenda for better Jigawa state.

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he Yobe State Government said it would launch an Integrated Recovery Plan for sustainable resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state. Musa Jidawa, Permanent Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), disclosed this on Wednesday in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, the state capital. Mr. Jidawa said the plan would be all-encompassing covering all trades to facilitate the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation of displaced persons across the state. “Government is moving away from humanitarian services to complete recovery plan to rebuild the affected communities for sustainability. “The programme will discourage issuing food handouts to IDPs and shift to rebuilding the physical structures, the economy and social lives of the affected communities,” he said. He said IDPs who had returned to their communities had been assisted with agricultural inputs and had, therefore, engaged in agricultural production in the last two years, adding that, “they are gradually recovering economically and socially”. “Government will support all other IDPs in agriculture and other trades to resettle and recover their lives for economic prosperity,” he said. According to the permanent secretary, government has distributed food items to displaced persons in selfestablished camps at Kukareta, Ngabarawa, Furi, Abbari, Kasaisa and Fune IDPs camps to meet their food needs. He assured of partnership with the federal government and other development partners on a holistic recovery plan to rebuild the affected communities.(NAN)

Tambuwal signs Sokoto’s N220.5 bn 2018 budget By Paul Efiong with agency report

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overnor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Wednesday signed into law the 2018 budget for Sokoto State recently passed by the State House of Assembly. Speaking at the signing ceremony held at the Government House in Sokoto, Mr. Tambuwal promised to implement the N220.5 billion budget optimally for the benefit of the people of the

state. The budget sets aside 69.9 percent, or N152.8, for capital expenditure and N67.6 billion, representing over 30 percent, for recurrent expenditure. For the third year running, the education sector got the highest allocation with 26.1 percent of the budget, followed by health sector with N20.932 billion, and agriculture with N16.535 billion. N14.255 billion was allocated to Works and Transport while Lands, Housing and Survey got

N11.560 billion. Mr. Tambuwal said despite the challenges the state faced in meeting revenue targets in the past, the government was hopeful of implementing the 2018 fiscal document. “We are aware that the legislature has not tinkered with the overall budget size, even though they have reallocated some resources to different subheads, we are happy with that. “We believe it is within

the purview of your rights as legislators to do what you have done and we will implement it as passed,” the governor added. While commending the lawmakers for their work on the budget document, Mr. Tambuwal praised the cordial relationship between the executive and the legislature in the state. “This has helped in strengthening democracy in the state. The people should know that our relationship is not a master-servant relationship,

but one based on mutual trust and respect for the two arms of government,” he stated. The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Salihu Maidaji, said the legislature was satisfied with the performance of the state budget in 2017. He urged the government to strengthen the internal revenue board to enhance its performance and promised that the Assembly would work with the executive to repeal laws hampering the state’s revenue drive.


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Human trafficking and off-shore hazards

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incidents occur. After that, all goes quiet he bodies of 26 young Nigerian she said reportedly. women, mostly aged between 14 The International Organisation for while the illicit business goes on. and 18, were found, November, Migration said, in the wake of the recent Today, the question is what to do to stop 2017, floating on the Mediterranean sea. central Mediteranean tragedy, that 75% of our young women from being trafficked They were believed to have been victims of the 155,000 “migrants and refugees”who to Europe. First, Nigeria has ample two boat shipwrecks. The two boats, one arrived Europe this year arrived in Italy. legislation prohibiting trafficking in skippered by a Libyan and àn Egyptian, From there they would attempt to enter people. However, the problem is, the had picked up over 300 illegal migrants Spain and other European countries. will to implement its provisions is not off the coast of Libya, whose destination However, some 2,115 others died on the as strong as the desire to reach Europe, was believed to be Italy. same route, off the coast of Libya, between believed to be land of freedom fllowing The bodies of the 26 Nigerian women Jan. 1 and Nov. 5, this year with ‘milk and honey’. Second, the were recovered by a Spanish ship Back here at home, public reaction to the route the traffickers have chosen runs that is part of the European Union’s through Libya, a country without a anti-trafficking project, and taken to strong central government. The various the southern Italian port of Salerno. armed militias in that country are more Officials there desscribed the sight as interested in what share of its oil wealth “a sad experience”. Both the dead and Back here at home, they can corner than stopping people survivors had bruises and other signs of traffickers transiting Libya. public reaction to the violence. The dead Nigerian ladies were Thirdly, two years ago, European suspected to have been murdered after governments concerned about illegal death of the young their boat sank in foaming waters. One migration waves from Africa, launched Nigerian woman who survived said she Nigerian women has been an ambitious programme to bring lost all three of her young daughters. African governments on board in the one of utter shock. The Were the young women victims of the evil fight against illegal migration. They but lucrative trafficking for sex trade offered a handsome financial package government described involving international syndicates? to encourage them to stop their peoples Italian migration officials did not think it as “a monumental loss from leaving for Europe. The African so. They said, first, the route the boats response was not what was expected took was not known for the sex trade. and a sad moment for the and the momentum was immediately Secondly, traffickers are not known lost. country” to load many women on a single boat The truth is that this remains the only viable because they risk losing their prized solution to this international problem. death of the young Nigerian women has human cargo, or “goods” as they call Our initial difficulty with defeating Boko been one of utter shock. The government them, in one fell swoop. The only Haram until we recognised the need for described it as “a monumental loss and a possible explanation is the victims, an international coalition against the sad moment for country”. The Nigerian described as nationals of Nigeria, insurgent group is instructive. African Senate has opened an inquiry into the Senegal, Ghana and Mali, all in West nations grappling with the people deaths. On its part, NAPTIP, the country’s Africa, were undocumented economic trafficking challenge have to work with people trafficking prohibition agency, has migrants. A Nigerian teenager, who the destination European countries appealed to the UN to investigate the survived the ordeal, said she did not to, at least, stem the free flowing tide deaths so as to bring the perpetrators to want to return to her country. “I see no of illegal migration and trfficking in book.All too familiar reactions when such future in Nigeria; there are no jobs”, persons.

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Inter-religious harmony for national development

By Tufa Arasu

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ith the economic downturn, infrastructural malaise and other challenges facing the country at this material time, religious disharmony has remained a difficult hurdle holding us back from collectively and constructively forging a path out of our unfortunate predicaments. Nigeria’s need for a religious rebirth should thus be seen as a goldmine that must be given the seriousness it deserves. Building a religiously intelligible society where religion shall not be used by those who see it as a potent tool for divide and rule is one of the effective answers to some of the maladies being experienced in this country. Though it may seem unattainable given the present realities, however, reverse is the case since once upon a time it was practiced in this country. At this writer’s present age of above 40, there was a time in this country when religion was practiced for the sake of harmony. Back then, the two major religions co-existed with mutual respect in a national brotherhood where the prestige of an individual was weighed against how industrious and well-mannered they were within their communities. What did our fathers do right to have enjoyed this feat in national integration? Let me here give a brief insight to what I mean by religious harmony and national integration during my childhood years. This writer recollects that as we were growing up, the only difference we knew that existed between Christians and Muslims in my community was that on Sundays, we must leave our Muslim friends for some hours in order to attend Church service while they eagerly await our return. Whereas on the part of our Muslims friends, they must proceed to their makarantan allo (today referred to as Islamiyya school) in the evenings thus making us suspend play time. I recall that whenever we went to church and to Sunday school, our Muslim friends became time keepers, monitoring by the minute; awaiting our arrival. As for us Christians, sometimes even their Qur’anic school does not keep us apart because of its informal setting and we would hang around waiting for them to take

their lessons so that we all rush home to continue playing together. It got to an extent that some of us could recite some Qur’anic verses simply from accompanying them and our parents were not scared of our being Islamized. I also recall with nostalgia how during Christmas and the Eids, a stranger in our community will not be able to differentiate a Muslim child from a Christian’s among us. They used to wear their newest cloths and we would all go out for Christmas outings jumping and playing innocently. It was the same during Sallah festivals. In fact, we used to await religious festivities with an eagerness in order to wear new cloths and planning on where next to go for the celebrations. Our advantage was that we had more religious festivals to enjoy and our parents did not stop us. Ramadan was one time we cherished because of the customary tashe that we used to engage in from the 10th of Ramadan. It is a night-time entertainment concert carried out mostly by children and few adults who visit people’s homes singing and dancing in return for cash. At the end of the tashe period, we would break our piggy bank and share out whatever amount we were able to raise. How did we allow all this to change? How did we end up depriving our children the kind of childhood our parents allowed us to enjoy and instead raised them with fear, insecurity and mutual suspicion? Our societies have been torn apart by marauders wearing the garb of religious custodians. Unfortunately, many Nigerians fail to see them for what they really are; wicked opportunists; instead rush gullibly to their defense in the name of religious solidarity. We have turned the concept of religion into a rivalry and competition where the winner takes the glory. The question is, has there been a winner so far or losers with unquantifiable losses of lives and properties? Is this what religion is supposed to represent? From my modest understanding of logic of religion, it is supposed to be like a personal philosophy guiding adherents to a higher moral pedestal of existence such that, even in primitiveness, man shall enjoy self and community well-being; against beastly inclinations. Religion should be a fundamental

ground for moral decency and national growth where man should be able to lift his fellow man up when he is down and not the other way round. This, in fact, is similar to that style of living we enjoyed during our childhood. This was the kind of religious teaching we received in the past because this is what the Prophets taught. And nothing has changed from the messages the Prophets bequeathed to the world except for the crooked misinterpretations by some of their misguided preachers who turned this doctrine on its head by promoting the direct opposite. Truth is, most of our new generation preachers are nothing but shrewd communal politicians and business men who disguise as clerics to misguide and misuse the ignorant poor and desperate among their followers for the clerics’ egotistic ends. By politicians here, I do not mean those who stand on the podium seeking for our votes. Politicians here refer to those cowardly community leaders who mobilize irate youth to settle their personal, ethnic or commercial scores for them in the name of religion. Unfortunately, it is these same poor followers of theirs that suffer the most in the face of any form of violence. But for naivety of most of these followers, how many times have the families of these so called clerics suffered in the face of communal conflicts? Unless the poor and ignorant flocks among the people begin to search for the truth on their own instead of waiting to be fed with all sorts of gospel and da’awah from their politically disguised clerics, Nigeria may yet enjoy the benefits of a religiously harmonious society. Government on its part should not fold its arm and leave religious practices without regulations. This is foolhardy bearing in mind the level of damage this stance has caused the country so far. Indeed, government must step up effort to monitor and regulate religious activities including preaching, purchases, locations of physical structures and what are stored therein. While surfing the internet, I stumbled on an Indonesian religious regulatory document and found it both interesting and worth emulating. The Indonesian constitutionally recognized religious regulation declaration took off with the establishment of a ministry of religious

affairs way back in 1947 whose responsibility was to promote religious harmony in diversity. Since then, its boundaries have grown to include monitoring and restricting any volatile religious activity capable of inciting rivalry not to talk of violence. Some major steps taken to ensure this include a bill in 1965 on prevention of religious abuse or desecration. This was followed by a directive from the office of the then head of government stipulating that invitations to join any religion should be extended only to those who were not already adherents of any particular religion be it Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism etc. To that effect and for the sake of national stability, government banned coaxing into conversion from one religion to another whether through distribution of pamphlets, money, clothes and newsletters whether on the streets or house to house of religious faithfuls with the intention of persuading religious conversion. Foreign aids to religious bodies were also regulated while government worked in tandem with NGOs in implementing its policies. Undoubtedly, trust building is one of the basic foundations for overcoming religious disharmony in our society and the world over. That is why the role of proper communication and dialogue cannot be overstressed. Resultantly, erudite clerics should drum to their followers the desirability of having mutual respect for one another’s religious beliefs and at the same time the necessity of eschewing hate speeches which often is the spark that ignites avoidable bloodletting. Government must treat the issue of religious disharmony in this country with the seriousness it deserves seeing that it has plundered some of the progresses we have made as a nation. Religion has always been a delicate fragment of societal cohabitation with the potency of causing immeasurable damage. That is why it must not be left in the hands of miscreants, be they the so called clerics or the gullible idiots in our midst, who deplore religious sentiments to our collective detriment whether out of frustration, lack of ideas or sheer dogmatism. Arasu is Dean, Collective of Patriots (CoP), writing from Abuja.

The Senate and the risky politics of pension By Kenneth Amaeshi

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here is an ongoing debate on reforming pensions, yet again, in Nigeria. Since 2004, Nigeria has largely adopted the contributory pension scheme. But as years go by, this system has continued to be gradually chipped away. One of the currently debated bills, which is making its way into an Act, seeks to amend the 2014 Pension Reform Act to exclude the following members from the contributory pension scheme: the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Prison Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. This debate builds on the precedence that the military and the Department of State Services – in particular – and some other organisations have, in the last few years, been exempted from the contributory pension scheme. The argument in favour of the proposed amendments suggests that the personnel of the named organisations above need to be under the defined benefit scheme, where they should receive 100 per cent pension guarantee from the Federal Government. The argument further suggests that this is important given the nature and intensity of the jobs these military and paramilitary professionals do. However, that’s not all to the current squabbles. Another bill making the rounds at the same time seeks to amend the 2014 Pension Reform Act to allow a retiree withdraw up to 75 per cent of his or her contributions, as a lump sum, upon retirement. This means that only 25 per cent of a retiree’s contribution who chooses this option would be in the pension pot and available for the retiree for life. It is obvious that these are not slight amendments. If they are realised, the

consequences on the pension system, practice, and industry will be far-reaching. They are very likely to dangerously unwind some of the recent benefits of the contributory pension scheme. One of the key elements of a good pension system is to guarantee fair returns (i.e. to ensure that the returns properly reflect the time value of money) and safety of funds (i.e. to ensure payment of pensions as when due). A good national pension system also guarantees good living and minimises the risks of poverty in retirement. These are some essential points upon which the proposed amendments to the existing system and practice sought to be assessed, in order to properly situate them. In the first instance, to suggest that some personnel of paramilitary organisations should be exempted from the contributory pension scheme in order to grant them a befitting retirement package is to suggest that the contributory pension scheme is inferior to the defined pension scheme. But how true is this assumption? Regarding the safety of pension funds, empirical evidence and experience suggest that the defined benefit scheme in Nigeria has in many cases been abused. There have been instances of fraud and brazen embezzlement of funds in a scale unknown to the contributory pension scheme. In addition, there is the possibility of politicians playing politics with the defined benefit scheme by promising pension packages they cannot deliver – a feat they cannot achieve under the contributory pension scheme. The defined benefit scheme has, also, historically saddled the government with extraordinary debt burdens. In the end, pensioners suffer and bear the burden of such recklessness. The contributory pension scheme, in contrast, protects pensioners from such drastic consequences and empowers them to

proactively participate in building their pension portfolios for a rewarding retirement. Given this scenario, it is fair to say that the defined benefit scheme is less safe than the contributory pension scheme. Furthermore, although the defined benefit scheme promises 100 per cent pension to the pensioner, it may not necessarily guarantee the time value of money in retirement. For instance, a guaranteed pension of N20,000 per month today, may not necessarily have the same value as N20,000 per month in 2030, if not indexed against inflation. It could be more or less. Going by the trend in Nigeria, one can bet that the chances of it being higher in value are very slim factoring in inflation and other factors. In other words, the defined benefit scheme is not as riskfree as it often appears and has been presented. In comparison, the contributory pension scheme is based on market realities. If properly managed, it can easily be adjusted against inflation, and with proper regulation, it can be well calibrated against risks. From experience, the market remains a better guarantor of fair returns on pension and is more efficient than the government. This is evidence-based and is reflected in some of the recent and ongoing changes in pension practices and systems in many developed economies. The defined benefit scheme, beyond being riskier and less safe than the contributory pension scheme, introduces the problem of unfairness in employment conditions. Assuming for once that the defined benefit scheme is better than the contributory benefit scheme, why would a responsible government place some employees on it and not all? Assuming that it is worse than the contributory pension scheme, again, why place some employees on it and not all? If so, why would it be necessary for a government to create a two-tier system for her employees?

Either way, the proposed bill is trapped in a web of unfairness, which could undermine the current pension system. This unfairness can never be a solution to the perceived challenges of the current pension system. As has been advocated by some people, if the lawmakers think that the personnel they are interested in need to be properly remunerated, then, that’s a different matter from the one they are pursuing. They should, for instance, make the argument for their salaries and other rewards to be reviewed. That way, they can have an enlarged pension pot. They can also increase the minimum monthly pension contributions to, perhaps, 20 per cent of employees’ salaries and bear the financial burden of the total monthly contributions; such that there are no monthly pension deductions from such employees’ monthly salaries. These options can be done without necessarily changing the current pension arrangement. Secondly, but briefly, the argument for 75 per cent of pension contributions to be accessed as lump sum at retirement is equally dangerous. Although it may sound attractive and appealing, it may not make much sense in an environment where pension literacy, in particular, and financial literacy, in general, are at their lowest ebb. While it comes across as a way to empower contributors to be in control of their money and possibly make better use of it, the proposed amendment could actually plunge them into an unimaginable retirement poverty, given that the risks of mismanagement of the funds, primarily due to low literacy, are currently high. Amaeshi, a policy analyst, is Professor of Business and Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh.


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Comment

Introversion: Embracing silence in a noisy society

By Kenneth Amaeshi

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here is an ongoing debate on reforming pensions, yet again, in Nigeria. Since 2004, Nigeria has largely adopted the contributory pension scheme. But as years go by, this system has continued to be gradually chipped away. One of the currently debated bills, which is making its way into an Act, seeks to amend the 2014 Pension Reform Act to exclude the following members from the contributory pension scheme: the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigerian Prison Service, Nigerian Immigration Service, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. This debate builds on the precedence that the military and the Department of State Services – in particular – and some other organisations have, in the last few years, been exempted from the contributory pension scheme. The argument in favour of the proposed amendments suggests that the personnel of the named organisations above need to be under the defined benefit scheme, where they should receive 100 per cent pension guarantee from the Federal Government. The argument further suggests that this is important given the nature and intensity of the jobs these military and paramilitary professionals do. However, that’s not all to the current squabbles. Another bill making the rounds at the same

time seeks to amend the 2014 Pension Reform Act to allow a retiree withdraw up to 75 per cent of his or her contributions, as a lump sum, upon retirement. This means that only 25 per cent of a retiree’s contribution who chooses this option would be in the pension pot and available for the retiree for life. It is obvious that these are not slight amendments. If they are realised, the consequences on the pension system, practice, and industry will be far-reaching. They are very likely to dangerously unwind some of the recent benefits of the contributory pension scheme. One of the key elements of a good pension system is to guarantee fair returns (i.e. to ensure that the returns properly reflect the time value of money) and safety of funds (i.e. to ensure payment of pensions as when due). A good national pension system also guarantees good living and minimises the risks of poverty in retirement. These are some essential points upon which the proposed amendments to the existing system and practice sought to be assessed, in order to properly situate them. In the first instance, to suggest that some personnel of paramilitary organisations should be exempted from the contributory pension scheme in order to grant them a befitting retirement package is to suggest that the contributory pension scheme is inferior to the defined pension scheme. But how true is this assumption? Regarding the safety of pension funds, empirical evidence and experience suggest that

the defined benefit scheme in Nigeria has in many cases been abused. There have been instances of fraud and brazen embezzlement of funds in a scale unknown to the contributory pension scheme. In addition, there is the possibility of politicians playing politics with the defined benefit scheme by promising pension packages they cannot deliver – a feat they cannot achieve under the contributory pension scheme. The defined benefit scheme has, also, historically saddled the government with extraordinary debt burdens. In the end, pensioners suffer and bear the burden of such recklessness. The contributory pension scheme, in contrast, protects pensioners from such drastic consequences and empowers them to proactively participate in building their pension portfolios for a rewarding retirement. Given this scenario, it is fair to say that the defined benefit scheme is less safe than the contributory pension scheme. Furthermore, although the defined benefit scheme promises 100 per cent pension to the pensioner, it may not necessarily guarantee the time value of money in retirement. For instance, a guaranteed pension of N20,000 per month today, may not necessarily have the same value as N20,000 per month in 2030, if not indexed against inflation. It could be more or less. Going by the trend in Nigeria, one can bet that the chances of it being higher in value are very slim factoring in inflation and other factors. In other words, the defined benefit scheme is not as risk-free as it often

appears and has been presented. In comparison, the contributory pension scheme is based on market realities. If properly managed, it can easily be adjusted against inflation, and with proper regulation, it can be well calibrated against risks. From experience, the market remains a better guarantor of fair returns on pension and is more efficient than the government. This is evidence-based and is reflected in some of the recent and ongoing changes in pension practices and systems in many developed economies. The defined benefit scheme, beyond being riskier and less safe than the contributory pension scheme, introduces the problem of unfairness in employment conditions. Assuming for once that the defined benefit scheme is better than the contributory benefit scheme, why would a responsible government place some employees on it and not all? Assuming that it is worse than the contributory pension scheme, again, why place some employees on it and not all? If so, why would it be necessary for a government to create a two-tier system for her employees? Either way, the proposed bill is trapped in a web of unfairness, which could undermine the current pension system. This unfairness can never be a solution to the perceived challenges of the current pension system. Amaeshi, a policy analyst, is Professor of Business and Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh.

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

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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 sub-Saharan 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 gridsupplied 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 short-term 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 postconstruction, 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 semi-skilled 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 economywide 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, serviceproviding 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 electricity consultant.

Abuja-based


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News

AMCON takes over Daily Times

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he Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) on Tuesday took over the assets of Daily Times Nigeria Plc, a foremost media establishment in Nigeria, over huge outstanding loan. The corporation in a statement signed by its Head, Corporate Communications, Jude Nwauzor, said the takeover was in continuation of AMCON recovery activities in the new financial year. The statement said AMCON took over the assets on February 13, through Gbenga Fakoya, SAN. It said the takeover followed the Federal High Court ruling on Feb. 1, 2018, in which Justice I.N Buba ordered AMCON to take over the paper. “But having exhausted all avenues of peaceful resolution over the huge outstanding debt owed AMCON by the Daily Times Plc, the Federal High Court on Feb-

ruary 1, 2018, presided over by Honourable Justice I. N Buba ordered AMCON to take over the Daily Times,” it said. The statement said the court by the said order restrained the directors, shareholders, agents, servants, privies and /or employees howsoever described from preventing AMCON from taking possession of the Daily Times. It added that AMCON had complied by effectively taking over the Daily Times on Feb. 13, 2018. The statement said AMCON was interested in the recovery of the debt and not the ownership of the media empire. The Federal Government of Nigeria once held 96.05 percent share in Daily Times through NICON Insurance Plc. The government, during the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004, called for bids from the general

public as it sought to divest its stake in the oldest newspaper conglomerate. Consequently, Folio Communications Ltd, owned by Fidelis Anosike and his brother Noel Anosike tendered a bid for the said shares and was confirmed by the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), as the most preferred bidder for the shares. The BPE sold to Folio at the cost of N1.25 billion. The statement said since the 2004 privatisation exercise, Folio Communications had been trapped in court cases following a loan of N750 million from Hallmark Bank Plc, which it secured to enable it pay for the newspaper company. “Folio also got DSV Limited promoted by Sen Ikechukwu Obiorah to invest the sum of N500 million in the purchase of the shares with the understanding that upon concluding the transaction, DSV would be enti-

tled to 40 per cent of the shareholding of the media empire. A year after the sale, Hallmark Bank Plc (now defunct), Folio Communications Ltd, promoted by the Anosike brothers/Daily Times of Nigeria Plc and DSV Limited, promoted by Obiorah commenced several legal battles over the real ownership of the newspaper. In 2010, AMCON purchased the loan from the then Afribank Plc, which later became Mainstreet Bank. Consequently, Folio Communications Limited also dragged AMCON to court on several claims while Mr. Obiorah commenced an action against the Corporation in the name of Daily Times Plc at the Federal High Court vide suit no: FHC/L/CS/ 1254 /15 – the Daily Times Nigeria Plc vs AMCON”, it said. The statement said that both suits were, however, struck out by the respective courts. (NAN)

Firm to build rice pyramid in Borno

From Mustapha Isah Kwaru Maiduguri

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Maiduguri-based private anchor borrowers firm, Walwanne and Sons has announced plans to construct a gigantic rice pyramid in Borno state. The company was among the private anchor borrowers/offtakers engaged by the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN) to coordinate Anchor Borrowers Rice Production Scheme in the state. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Dr. Abiso Kabir dropped the hint yesterday while briefing newsmen on the achievements recorded under the programme. According to Dr. Abiso, the company was mandated to coordinate the cultivation of 13,000 hectres of farmland for rice production in some local government areas of northern and southern parts of the state. He explained that a total of 13,000 farmers have benefitted from the program, with each farmer allocated with a hacter, with sum of N256,563,000 attached to it as cost of production.

Don’t sell Nasarawa properties in Kaduna, Lagos, group urges Al’makura

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Catholic faithful receiving Ash to mark the beginning of lent at the St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Kubwa, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

Enugu Assembly passes 2018 appropriation bill of N103.6bn

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he Enugu State House of Assembly on Tuesday passed the 2018 appropriation bill of N103.6 billion into law as against N98.5 billion presented by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in December, 2017. The passage of the appropriation bill followed the presentation of the report on the budget in a motion by the Leader of the assembly, Ikechukwu Ezeugwu and seconded by his deputy, Onyinye Ugwu. Mr. Ezeugwu said the budget tagged `Budget of sustainable Eco-

nomic Growth’ had an increase of N5 billion due to slight increase in price of crude oil. He explained that the extra N5 billion went to the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure increasing its allocation to N15 billion as against N10 billion earlier proposed. The leader said that increase in the allocation was to accommodate development of more rural roads in the state. Mr. Ezeugwu said that the overall reflections in the budget evidently

showed that the state government had the interest and welfare of its people in mind. “Our governor has sustained regular payment of salaries and on time. This apparent interest by the governor in paying his workers is happily reflected in this year’s budget alongside the other numerous projects. Mr. Ezeugwu said that N60.7 billion was earmarked for recurrent expenditure which indicated 62 per cent of the budget size while N42.8

billion was set aside for capital expenditure indicating 39 per cent of the total budget. The Speaker of the Assembly, Edward Ubosi, thanked his deputy, the Leader and the Chairman Assembly Committee on Appropriation for the wonderful job they did to ensure that the budget saw the light of the day. Mr. Ubosi urged his colleagues to ensure proper monitoring of the budget through oversight functions. The assembly adjourned to February 20.(NAN)

resident of Nasarawa State Youth Forum (NSYF) Kaduna State Chapter, Mr. Danjuma Ewuga has called on Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura not to sell the properties of the state located in Kaduna and Lagos States. NSYF President suggested that the properties should be protected and put into use for the benefit of the state. According to him “selling of those properties would amount to a waste of resources, saying that “the properties must be left as a legacy for the generation yet unborn. Mr. Ewuga said “These properties must be left intact and refurbish for the future of the citizens of the state who owns the assets. The group further urged major political parties in Nasarawa State to zone the governorship ticket come 2019 to Akwanga Zone Briefing newsmen in Kaduna, Mr. Ewuga explained that “Keffi and Lafia zones have produced governors, in order to ensure fairness the next governor should come from Akwanga zone”. Mr. Ewuga also called on the people of Nasarawa State to live in peace with one another and to always see themselves as brothers and sisters for the overall development of the state. He appealed to the youths to be Law abiding and to shun any form of violence with a view to achieving permanent peace in Nigeria.


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Reps hails Coker on domestic tourism By Abba-Eku Onyeka

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he chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Tourism, Information and Culture, Hon Ogbeide-Ihama Omiregie, has hailed Director-General, (DG) Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) for his effort towards developing the sector through domestic tourism. This was contained in a release from the corporation. Making the commendation at the 2018 budget defense, Hon. OgbeideIhama Omoregie, said the clear-cut vision of the NTDC boss and his focus on domestic tourism would go a long way to correct the anomalies in the tourism sector, this was just as Hon. Omoregie charged the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, to take the campaign for better attention and funding for tourism to the Federal Executive Council meeting which, according to him, will enable stakeholders actualize the progressive plans for the industry. Hon. Omoregie, who described tourism as a veritable tool for enhancing national unity, generating huge revenue for government, creating jobs and drastically eradicates poverty in the nation, declared the support of the NASS for NTDC. “We will support and partner with NTDC to ensure tourism growth in Nigeria, to explore its potentialities in infusing unity among Nigerians, generate good revenue for government, create employment for our people, and put money in their pockets,” Omoregie declared. Omoregie, however disclosed the decision of the House to kick against the sales of the National Theatre, while calling on the Minister of Information and Culture to wade into, and resolve, the internal crisis in the organisation. The committee then made a case for an intense focus on domestic tourism, saying, “We have to develop our tourism assets, destinations, cultural heritage and festivals. Mambilla Plateau, Ojude-Oba and National Parks, among innumerable others, are there for us to develop and explore to woo foreign tourists and better the lots of our dear nation good people.” Folorusho Coker while defending the Corporation’s budget for 2018, described tourism as big business, disclosing his intention to focus on domestic tourism, “to make the best use of what we have and consume more of Nigeria, while using technology as a pivotal tool.” While describing global tourism revenues as over $8trillion and employment at over 300million, the NTDC boss revealed that over the years, Nigeria has been fortunate to develop new forms of cultural expression, “like our music, which is huge around the world; our Nollywood is number two in the world; our fashion is simply superb, with our fashion designers competing at international level; our food, our religion enjoy good attention globally. These show how rich we are in tourism assets. It is now for us to decide what we want and the ingredients needed, then put them together to prepare a sumptuous tourism meal to be enjoyed by our nation.”

Niger: Plot to endorse Gov. Bello for 2nd term deepens APC crisis From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he Niger State All Progressives Congress (APC) crisis deepens as some members of the National Assembly from the state are set to boycott the party unity rally slated for this Saturday in Minna, the state capital. The unity rally which is in furtherance to the earlier peace meeting among members of the party, which took place in Abuja last week, where all the elected members of the party, except Senator representing Niger East senatorial district, Senator David Umaru where in attendance. But sources from the camp of these National Assembly members indicated that they are not disposed to the rally and the motives behind it and have therefore decided not to

attend. The rally is meant to among other things, endorse President Mohammadu, Buhari and the governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello for second time in office. Consequently, all the National and state Assembly members are to be endorsed for second time in office according to plan A reliable source revealed that the Senator representing Niger North senatorial district, Senator Rabi has been mandated by the party, after its peace meeting in Abuja, to liaise with all the National Assembly members to get their consent on the proposed endorsement. Apparently, a Senator referred to as “peace Ambassador” was said to have met a brick wall when some of the lawmakers told him that the idea of automatic tickets for all elected

members in the state will not be a healthy one for the party. According to our source, the lawmakers said they are not disposed to the idea, and would rather prefer to test their popularity before the electorates at the party primaries. The unity rally is expected to climax the ongoing local government “meet the people’s tour” by the state governor, Abubakar Sani Bello. According to source close to the party in Minna, President Mohammadu Buhari is expected to attend the rally which will coincided with his visit to the state, and will formerly receive some decampees into the party. The President will also be commissioning a 10 kilometer road started by the previous administration but completed by the APC administration.

The secretary of the party Barrister Mohammed Liman said that the proposed unity rally is in furtherance to the Abuja peace meeting which he said was solely meant to unite the aggrieved National Assembly members with the governor. He disclosed that the rift between the governor and the lawmakers informed the decision of the party executive to organize a reconciliation meeting in Abuja last week “and all of them except Senator Umoru whom we were told was engaged in a legislative assignment, were in attendance”. “In furtherance to the Abuja reconciliation meeting, the party has scheduled February 18, for a unity rally in Minna where members from across the state are expected to gather to brainstorm and chart a way forward”.

R-L: Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara exchanging pleasantries with Ambassador of Sweden to Nigeria, Amb. Inger Ulvedt, during a visit to the Speaker by the Envoy, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Senate confirms seven REC nominees, stands down one By Christiana Ekpa

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enate yesterday confirmed seven out of the nine nominees to serve as Resident Electoral Commissioners of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) after a report was submitted by the Chairman, Senate Committee on the electoral commission, Senator Suleiman

Nazif to the plenary The nominee of Akwa Ibom, Elder Monday udom Tom was stepped down while the osun REC nominee Eric Olawale didn’t turn up for screening. The confirmation followed the successful screening of individual nominee at the Committee level. “That the Senate do consider the report of the Committee

on INEC on the screening of the following nominees for confirmation of appointment as Resident Electoral Commissioners of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Those confirmed are: Baba Abba Yusuf (Borno), Mr. Segun Agbaje (Ekiti), Elder Monday Udom Tom (Akwa Ibom), Eric Olawale (Osun) and Dr. Uthman

Abdulrahman (Kwara). Others are: Dr. Cyril Omorogbe (Edo), Yahaya Bello (Nasarawa), Dr. Emmanuel Alex Hart (Rivers) and Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim (Gombe). In his remarks, Senate President, Bukola Saraki sustained the Committee reports, while thanking the Committee for the detailed screening of nominees.


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We are poised to review communication policy, says INEC

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n continuation of the efforts to finalize the review of Communication Policy, ahead 2019 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has convened a meeting of experts and technocrats to retouch the document. A statement by the Director, Voter and Publicity, Mr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi said that the document is intended to serve the internal and external communications needs of the Commission for improved electoral services. Declaring open the meeting of the Technical Committee on the Policy in Lagos on Tuesday, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Prince Solomon Adedeji Shoyebi said the meeting was convened to review the existing policy, not to draft a new one. According to Shoyebi, “What we

are here to do is to review and produce a Policy which will be presented as a final document to the Commission. This is a 3rd level review. We did not need a new draft because we believe in continuity,’’ he explained. Soyebi described the composition of the Committee as one of the sources of its strengths and congratulated the old members who participated in producing the initial policy for being part of the review. He also welcomed new members who he said their resourcefulness was needed to add value to the existing document. Earlier, in a welcome address, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Lagos State, Sam Olumekun, thanked members for choosing Lagos to serve as the venue for the meeting and emphasized the need for the review. ‘’The need for sound communication policy especially in a heterogeneous society as ours cannot be over-emphasized’’, he said.

Commissioner Olumekun observed that ‘’the laws and regulations governing the electoral process are dynamic and change from time to time and it is against this back drop that the round table was timely and most welcome as there are bound to be changes in the Communication Policy of the Commission. ‘’An important component of our overall communication policy is the vertical Communication between Headquarters and State/ Local Government Area offices. This requires a thorough review’’, he added. In his goodwill message, the Project Director, European Centre for Electoral Support in Nigeria (ECES), the sponsors of the meeting, David Le Norte, said ‘’ECES was proud to be associated with the main objective of the European Union Support to Democratic Governance in Nigeria (EU-SDGN) programme which seeks the reinforcement of democracy in Nigeria through enhancing effective and legitimate democratic Institutions

achieved by cumulative actions within the five components of the programme. ‘’ECES is supporting the Indepent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in organizing the meeting’’, Mr Le Norte said; and expressed optimisms that the new policy would incorporate all issues that would cover the dynamics of the Commission’s internal and external communication. The meeting is being attended by veterans and bureaucrats of professional callings including; Dr Akin Akingbulu, Dr Tom Adaba, Obadiah Tohomtet, Kayode Idowu, Lanre Arogundade, Ibiba Don Pedro and Ahmed Balarabe Sa’id. Others are: Prof Mohammed Kuna, Prof Bolade Eyinla, Barr. Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi, Rotimi Oyekanmi, Andy Ezeani, Osaretin Imahierobo, Victor Aluko, Aliyu Bello, Mohammed Musa and Rifkatu Duku. Also present at the meeting was National Commissioner Mohammed Harura who was also part of the team that produced the initial Policy.

Members of Shi’ite Islamic Movement during their street protest calling for the release of their Leader Sheith Zakzaky, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Niger Youth groups berate Assembly over LG dissolution From Yakubu Minna.

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he Niger State youths under various groups have berated the State House of Assembly for its predetermined two years package of reports of 25 local government councils within five day seeking for their dissolution. This was disclosed yesterday in a joint press briefing by the Joint Civil/Rights Society of Niger Stage at which the groups noted that the assembly members committed the same offence having received hundreds of millions of naira as their constituency allowances, with nothing tangible to show for it. Briefing journalists in Minna, the President and Convener of Youth Lead Nigeria, Comrade Mohammed Umar Etsu, urged the state Governor to receive the House of Assembly’s advise with an open mind but should order for a thorough review of the

House report and resolution. Etsu stated that the status quo must be maintained until further judicial pronouncement is made ad this would calm the already created tension in the state just as the house of assembly used all sort of means created by the Constitution to nail the councils who also have same constitutional powers that created them. He said that instead of the assembly embarking on those aspects of their mandates that will have direct impact on the lives of an ordinary citizens like passing of appropriation bill, constitutional amendment bills, independent candidature bill only passed too young to run bill hence busy using the institution maliciously for selfish interests. “The hurriedly packaged reports which was done within 5days to coincide with their predetermined 2 years in office of the local councils

speaks more of malice and a hatchet job than an effort to right a wrong” he stated. In same vein, Youth groups, Local Government Chairmen and Councilors have condemned the call for the dissolution of the 25 local government councils by the State House of Assembly describing it as a nauseating display of political powers. The group under the auspices of Coalition of Local Government Youths Organizations while addressing Journalists at the state youth centre beside the Niger Assembly Complex, told members of the state Assembly obey the Court order by reinstating the affected persons. Leader of the Group, Comrade Mohammed Saba told the lawmakers not to set an inimical example as defiance and violator of Court orders, saying that “it would endanger the democratic principles

of the state”. According to him “we demand, with a firm reference of the Nigerian Constitution that the Assembly should as a matter of urgency and political expediency, obey the court order by an immediate reinstatement of the Chairmen and their Councillors in all affected LGAs. “They (lawmakers) must stay clear from the tenure fiasco of LGA Chairmen and Councillors as stated in 1999 constitution as amended which gives 3 year tenure.” The protesters were carrying placards with the following descriptions like NSHA anti- masses, NSHA respect court order, LG 3years tenureship stands, LGA must complete their tenure, Mr. Governor, NSHA is antidemocracy for flaunting Court order, Stop dragging the state down because of personal interest, take decision for the interest/benefits of all and a host of others.

Kano LG poll: PDP angry at INEC after total defeat by APC By Lateef Ibrahim

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said yesterday that it had lost confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for attempting to cover its complicity in the widespread impunity recorded in last Saturday’s Kano local council elections, particularly the documented massive underage voting that characterized the exercise. The party said it was INEC that registered the minors as voters in the first place, and as such should not in any way attempt to exonerate itself of involvement in the electoral fraud, simply because it did not directly conduct the elections. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja, said the press release by INEC, wherein it tried to exonerate itself from culpability in the participation of minors in Kano election, clearly shows that INEC, under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, is completely unreliable and cannot be trusted. The PDP said: “We ask: Who is fooling who? Is it not INEC that registered the minors and issued them with Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVC) to participate in elections as clearly documented in the Kano council election? “Can INEC truly acquit itself as the original culprit who set the stage for the eventual participation of the minors and overall rigging of the elections? “By resorting to lame excuses and trying to exonerate itself at a time it should be taking decisive steps to protect the sanctity of its sensitive materials such as the PVC, this INEC has shown that it cannot be relied upon as a responsible and trustworthy electoral umpire. “Indeed, if this INEC was serious about the sanctity of sensitive electoral materials, by now, it should have ordered the immediate review of its voter register in Kano and Katsina States, fishing out and prosecuting those who registered the minors and clean up the electoral system in the affected states. “Viewed alongside series of numerous other irregularities being allowed by INEC to favor the ruling APC, including alleged conspiracy with APC-controlled security operatives to intimidate opposition members and manipulate elections as witnessed in the last Saturday’s Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency Supplementary election in Katsina State, any reasonable person will decode that INEC, as presently constituted, has serious questions to answer, especially as we approach the 2019 general elections. “While we now hold the statement by INEC as part of our strong evidence of irregularities and violations in the elections, we charge the commission to redeem its name by immediately reviewing and sanitizing its voter registers in affected states, particularly, Kano and Katsina, as that it the only way it can demonstrate its dependability to Nigerians. “Finally, we want INEC to note, and in very strong terms too, that Nigerians will not accept anything short of credible, free and fair general election. “The commission should therefore ensure that it does not allow itself to be used by the APC against the will of the people, particularly in the 2019 elections, as such will be highly resisted”, the opposition party declared.


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APC remains only hope of Nigeria -Tinubu By Umar Muhammad Puma

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ational leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said the party remained the hope of Nigerians to improve their quality of lives. Tinubu was recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile all aggrieved members of the party. Speaking yesterday in Abuja, when he visited the APC National Working Committee (NWC) Tinubu said he was visiting the national executive committee as part of consultation in carry out

his assignment. Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor, refused to answer question on whether he too was an aggrieved member of the party when asked by journalists, shortly after the closed door meeting which lasted about 3 hours and 15 minutes. He had said earlier, before the meeting, “We have never governed before; but we won the confidence of Nigerians to govern. We have a creed to really serve the country, change and reform the country. It is not easy to have those changes implemented like instant coffee. We have to grow it

and face challenges. I sympathize with us and we should equally look at ourselves. “Since we won the election, the expectation was very high and the goodwill was extremely high. But where are we today? The solution is to seek opinion and advice on the various complexes around some states; or if there is any national one to reconcile, move the party in a cohesive manner and reposition, if any, and build the confidence among ourselves. “The challenges faced by our government, and the president, are enormous. It is only because

people are not paying attention to the various statistics that are available; and we have to push that. I won’t touch those areas yet.” While welcoming Tinubu to the APC national secretariat, national chairman of the party Chief John Oyegun, said the assignment given to him (Tinubu) by the president was significant to heal the wounds where necessary. “Your visit is very significant in view of your Presidential assignment which I will describe as a peace ambassador, to heal wounds, where the party has wounds, and bring everybody

together behind one single objective, which is the APC being in good condition to be a fighting political force, such that in 2019 the election will become virtually a runaway victory for the party. “There is no question at all that we have major issues with the National Assembly, major issues in Kano, Kogi and Benue States which are the current challenge that we are facing. So, we truly welcome your appointment, and I want to say that we will give you all the assistance that you will possibly need to make your assignment a most successful one.”

Ogboru denies endorsement as Delta APC sole guber candidate From Asaba

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ollowing a report in the national dailies, that a move to endorse Chief Great Ogboru as sole governorship candidate of Delta APC for 2019 failed, Chief Ogboru yesterday debunked the report saying that there was no time in point that he asked APC local government party chairmen to endorse him. In a telephone interview yesterday, Chief Ogboru who described the report as laughable saying that it’s a fabricated attempt from those who are afraid of his political prowess, adding that there must be a Congress at the local government level and primaries held before issue of endorsement. He siad ‘’there was no such endorsement meeting with me. The APC Local government party chairmen requested to have a familiarization meeting with me, show solidarity to the people because I have never met with them since I joined the APC. And that was all. There must be Congress at the local government level before primaries. So those issues are fake. I therefore urge my supporters to be focused. Those trying to heat up the polity by blackmail are empty barrels and we therefore ask them to desist from such attitude”.

National Publicity Secretary, Labour Party, Mrs Ebere Ifendu (middle) briefing journalist after a meeting with the Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at the INEC headquarters, yesterday in Abuja. With her is the National Chairman of Labour Party, Dr Mike Omotosho (right) and Deputy National Chairman South, Comrade Callistus Okafor

PDP set to receive 5,000 APC defectors in Jigawa From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse

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he year 2019 is being described as the termination point of All Progressives Congress (APC) tenure in Jigawa State. The Jigawa state gubernatorial candidate of People Democratic Party (PDP) in the last general

election Malam Aminu Ringim drop the hint yesterday during the PDP stakeholders meeting held at state party secretariat Dutse. He explained that from all indications the people of Jigawa state have realized their mistake of voting the present administration into power as no single campaign promises was fulfilled to them.

Malam Aminu also said, the party concluded all arrangement to receive over 5,000 APC supporters whom will dump the party for PDP on this coming Saturday in Birnin Kudu local government area of the state. According to him, the Jigawa state masses who were mislead by the APC’s change agenda are

now regretting giving their vote to the party that pushed them to live hardship. Alhaji Aminu Ringim also urged the PDP members to unite themselves as according to him is the only way for reclaim power from the ruling All Progressive Congress in 2019 general election.


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When Commission for Refugees feted IDPs in FCT By Ochiaka Ugwu

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he Muhammadu Buhari’s administration no doubt is doing everything humanly possible to return peace to troubled North East region and concerted efforts have been made to achieve this. Although, the military has been able to degrade Boko Haram terrorists but thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) remain unable to return home and are in need of help and attention. Unfortunately, a majority of the displaced people staying in Abuja come from the worst affected parts of Borno State that is not conducive for return yet. They depend on good spirited Nigerians, the authorities and aid organizations for survival and sustenance. To lessen their suffering and give them sense of belonging in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of alleviating poverty in the system, the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) led by the Honourable Federal Commissioner, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq distributed relief materials at the weekend for the benefit of IDPs in the Federal Capital Territory. Speaking during the flag off of the distribution of empowerment and educational items at Wassa, Durumi and Kuchingoro IDPs’ camps, Hajiya Farouq expressed her delight in conveying President Muhammadu Buahri’s message of hope and reintegration. Her words, “I am delighted to be in this great event of the flag-off of the distribution of relief materials for the benefit of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja”. Farouq said that the Commission is using the event to further demonstrate their obligation to make the displaced persons better and happy by providing durable solutions. “Let me start by welcoming you all to this special occasion. This flag-off of the distribution of relief materials today is an occasion where we at the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons wish to use to further demonstrate our commitment to assisting the Displaced Persons in the FCT. Being the Agency responsible for ensuring that durable solutions are found for persons and communities who have been displaced by conflict, man-made and natural disasters, the NCFRMI will ever remain fully committed to the recovery plans for POCs in Nigeria as envisioned by his Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari”. She also stated the Commission’s desire to assist the IDPs in making a grand return back home when it is safe to do so. She revealed that the programme would be carried out across the country, saying that the commission has already commenced with Kebbi in the North West and it would be extended to other states hosting IDPs. “Our concern for the provision of durable solutions is to put to an end to those activities that can temporarily or permanently that bring about displacement, such as assisting displaced persons to Return to their habitual residences when it becomes possible and safe, Reintegrate them in host communities as well as Resettle or Relocate them elsewhere in safer areas. “However, the Commission will always support rehabilitation of lives and livelihoods and also provides relief materials

President Muhammadu Buhari to cushion the effect of displacement until durable solution is achieved. That explain why we are here today. “Ladies and Gentlemen, please permit me to once again welcome everyone to this official flag-off of the distribution of relief materials to IDPs. The materials for this flag-off ranges from food, non-food, shelter, healthcare items, agricultural inputs, educational materials etc. In the past, we have distributed various materials to support the IDPs in FCT. Our efforts today shows that the NCFRMI did not only come today to identify with the plight of those displaced, but to assure them that the Commission will continue to provide opportunities that will promote dignity and self reliance. “Furthermore, I wish to add that the NCFRMI will continue to make sure that our activities take into consideration the serious protection issues faced by vulnerable groups such as women, children, disabled persons, the elderly, young men etc, by offering specialized psychological interventions such as psychotherapy, counseling and improved access to social services and amenities for our persons of concern. “The Commission in its quest to provide succour and durable solution to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the FCT has come today to empathise with the IDPs and flag-off the distribution of empowerment items, educational materials, etc to meet some basic needs of the IDPs in FCT. Our staff are on ground to ensure equitable distribution of these items. ‘Ladies and Gentleman, on this occasion

In the past, we have distributed various materials to support the IDPs in FCT. Our efforts today shows that the NCFRMI did not only come today to identify with the plight of those displaced, but to assure them that the Commission will continue to provide opportunities that will promote dignity and self reliance.

I wish to use this opportunity to applaud the unwavering efforts of the Honourable Minister of Federal Capital Territory and his wonderful team on their care and support for POCs in FCT. I also wish to commend the dedication of numerous government and non-government Agencies, both local and international, security forces that are working hand in hand with the local communities to alleviate the suffering of affected people and to eliminate the root causes of internal displacement. “I further wish to commend the dedication of the numerous government and non government agencies, both local and international, working hand in hand with the local communities to alleviate the suffering of affected people and to eliminate the root causes of internal displacement. “Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, my final message to our IDPs today is to bring a message of hope to them. It is a message, which I believe that by identifying with them with these token, the Commission may have succeeded in inspiring great hope, belief and emboldens their aspirations. We will therefore continue to work very hard to ensure that your lives are improved

and your communities are restored” she concluded. The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Malam Muhammad Musa Bello represented by Vincent Chachafa urged the beneficiaries to be good ambassadors of the nation by making good use of the donations. The Honourable Member representing Damboa/Gwoza/Chibok in House of Representatives, Hon. Asabe Vilita Bashir was on hand to speak to her constituents. She urged them to always exhibit good behavior and make good use of the materials given to them. Responding on behalf of the IDPs, the Chairman of Kuchingoro IDPs camp, Mr. Philemon Emmanuel thanked the Federal Government for the support. He assured that they would make judicious use of all items and continue to be law abiding and live peacefully. He also urged the authorities to expedite action on making their home conducive for them to go home. Also speaking, the Women Leader of Kuchingoro camp, Mrs. Ladi Mathias who appreciated the kind gesture of President Buhari to them said that God will reward him bountifully. At the Wassa camp, beneficiaries like James Kilkwa, Buba Wakili, Hassan Ibrahim, Hafsat Ahmad, Lyndia Haruna and Salmatu Isah were given grinding machines Some of the beneficiaries expressed their gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari and Hajia Farouq for giving them succour in their time of need. Speaking on behalf of beneficiaries from Kuchingoro settlement, Hanatu Andress who is a native of Gwoza was full of joy. She said that it is a good thing that President Buhari is remembering them now that they needed help most. The items distributed included grinding machines, sprayer kits, pesticides, herbicides, food flasks and water bottles, bags of rice, beans, groundnut oil, Indomine noodles, mosquito nets, pots and other cooking utensils. The educational materials included school bags, note books, mathematical sets, biros, pencils, markers, sharpeners, white boards, joint wooden chairs with tables, teacher’s tables and chairs among others. Indeed, the IDPs were happy for the items given to them by President Buhari through the NCFRMI, but one thing is central to them. They want to go home.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq presenting relief materials to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) at Kuchingoro camp during the event.


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Inflation Rate drops to 15.13% -NBS By Etuka Sunday

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ational Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday reported a twelfth consecutive decline in inflation at 15.13 %. NBS said, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation started the year 2018 increasing by 15.13 percent (year-on-year) in January 2018. This it said was 0.24 percent points lower than the rate recorded in December (15.37 percent) making it the twelfth consecutive disinflation (slowdown in the inflation rate though still positive) in headline year on year inflation since January 2017.

The Bureau said, increases were recorded in all COICOP divisions that yield the Headline Index. On a month-on-month basis, the Headline index increased by 0.80 percent in January 2018, 0.21 percent points higher from the rate of 0.59 percent recorded in December 2017. It said, the percentage change in the average composite CPI for the twelve-month period ending January 2018 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve-month period was 16.22 percent, showing 0.28 percent point lower from 16.50 percent recorded in December 2017. The Urban inflation rate rose by 15.56 percent (year-on-year) in

January 2018 from 16.78 percent recorded in December 2017, while the Rural inflation rate also eased by 14.76 percent in January 2018 from 15.02 percent in December 2017. On month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 0.83 percent in January 2018, up by 0.17 from 0.66 percent recorded in December 2017, while the rural index also rose by 0.77 percent in January 2018, up by 0.23 when compared with 0.54 percent in December 2017. The corresponding twelve-month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index is 16.55 percent in January 2018. This is less than 16.92 percent

reported in December 2017, while the corresponding rural inflation rate in January 2018 is 15.89 percent compared to 16.10 percent recorded in December 2017. Meanwhile, the Bureau said, high year on year food prices and food price pressure continued into December though generally at a slower pace year on year. The Food Index increased by 18.92 percent (year-on-year) in January 2017, down from the rate recorded in December (19.42 percent). On a month-on-month basis, the Food sub-index increased by 0.87 percent in January 2018, down

by 0.29 percent from 0.58 percent recorded in December. The average annual rate of change of the Food sub-index for the twelve-month period ending January 2018 over the previous twelve-month average was 19.62 percent, 0.07 percent points from the average annual rate of change recorded in December 2017 (19.55) percent. The rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of imported food in general as well as bread and cereals, milk, cheese and eggs, Vegetables, Fish, Coffee tea and cocoa, meat, Potatoes yam and other tubers and Oil and fats

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nited States carrier, Delta Airline yesterday confirmed an emergency landing incident involving Delta flight 55’ at the international wing of the Murtala Muahmmed Airport in Lagos enroute Atlanta but forced to returned back to airport on Tuesday after one of the A330200’s two engines developed fault. A statement from the airline’s office in Lagos explained that the flight landed safely and it passengers exited the aircraft on the runway via emergency slides. It added that Airport fire authorities met the aircraft upon arrival, saying that Delta’s customers were bussed back to the terminal. “Delta is aware of five customers reporting noncritical injuries as a result of the evacuation. Delta teams have provided overnight hotel accommodations to customers and will re-book customers on an alternate Delta aircraft Wednesday afternoon. The safety of Delta’s customers and crew members is always our top priority”, the statement reads. Also a special report from a Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) source on the flight DL 055(Atl) ETD 22:45hrs involving the A330-200 with reg. mark N858NW, explained that ‘although there is no death recorded, quite a number of crew and passenger casualties were recorded and have been taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, Air force base clinic, and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN( medical centre for speedy medical attention’. It explained that ‘the flight which initially pushed back at 22:40hrs had Air Return / Emergency landing at 23:16hrs, when the pilot in command (PIC) announced the evacuation of all the passengers on board within 90seconds, after contacting the Control Towers because the left Engine of the Aircraft was said to

have caught Fire mid-air into the flight’. ‘Passengers were being evacuated via the emergency sliding door within few seconds. All Airport agencies officials, including Aviation Security (AVSEC) of FAAN, NCAA-CPOS,

FAAN fire service, Port health and aviation clinic, Quarantine, NDLEA among others on duty were on ground within few minutes that the emergency alarm was announced. He said the Delta Aircraft was still on the Runway for over 1 hour

which led to its closure before KLM, Lufthansa and Air France to depart afterwards, adding that the aircraft was later towed with a push back truck to the open parking bay close to Boarding gate E 63. “However the remaining

Casualty – free passengers were later taken to Hotel after the flight was announced cancelled and rescheduled but Consumer protection officers (CPOs) are still monitoring to get any further updates in due course”, the source said.

Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo with Gov. Alh Yahaya Bello and other Gov. officials, at the State’s National Social Investment Programme (SIP), on Tuesday in Kogi state.

N20bn Daily Loss: Dangote pledges timely delivery of Apapa Road

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resident of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has assured that the Apapa Port Wharf concrete road currently under construction by his company, AG Dangote would be delivered on schedule to save the people and businesses the hassles of the traffic gridlock being experienced now. He gave the assurance yesterday when he visited the construction area in company with the Managing Director of the AG Dangote Construction Company, Mr Ashif Juma to assess the extent of work done. The Apapa Port road which is the artery of the nation’s non-oil economy, has been in a state of disrepair over a long period of time with experts claiming that the nation is losing about N20 billion daily owing to the state of

dilapidation of the road as imports are trapped in the ports for days as a result of traffic gridlock generated by the bad road. Dangote Group, a pan African Conglomerate and a major stakeholder at the ports brokered a tripartite arrangement with Flour Mills, a leading Nigerian Food Company and Nigerian Port Authority, (NPA), taking over the road from the Federal Government and undertaking the reconstruction of the road into a lasting concrete pavement as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. The road construction in which both NPA and Flour Mills have financial outlay as their contributions while AG Dangote Construction, a subsidiary of the Dangote Group, is undertaking the construction, is to cost the three partners N4.3 billion Dangote said the road will be

completed in few months’ time and that Nigerians would be surprised to see the project delivered even before scheduled, saying efforts are being redoubled by his company to ensure quality job and timely completion. According to him: by the time the road construction is completed, even some of the advanced countries would not be able to boast of the quality.” He explained that what actually delay the take-off of the project was the gas pipeline that has to be relocated to pave the way for unfettered construction work “and having done that, you could see that the work is progressing at a very fast speed.” The businessman while relying on the reports of the challenges encountered by the site engineers appealed to the authorities to help see to the disturbing issue of multiple check points being mounted by

security agencies and which have been creating long queues of trailers and thus affecting free flow of work on the road project. He also explained that his company has agreed with the federal government to do some palliatives on the Mile2 expressway road to ease the traffic congestion and ensure free flow of vehicular movement. Dangote stated that the road was very strategic because Apapa and Tin Can Island ports handle about 80 per cent of the cargo that come into Nigeria and the condition of the road has made nonsense of businesses depending on the ports efficient operations. He said that he more worried about the fate of small businesses and other port users that have imported cargo and whose charges are accumulating every day.


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FG, others hail Dangote at Kogi Summit By Etuka Sunday

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he huge investments and philanthropic strides of Africa’s top industry-Dangote Group- came into limelight as Kogi State opened its First Investment Summit in Lokoja yesterday. The conglomerate is the major sponsor of the two-day summit with the theme: ‘Discover

uncommon Investment Opportunities in the Confluence.’ The Dangote Cement’s Obajana Plant is the single largest cement factory in Africa. The Vice President Yemi Osinbajo described the Dangote Group and by extension the private sector as key to unlocking Nigeria’s economic potentials. Minister for Mines and Steel Development

Kayode Fayemi who commended the Dangote Group’s effort in the mining sector urged the Kogi State Government to continue to partner the Group in its onerous task of bolstering the state’s economy. Special Adviser, Finance and Investment, to the Governor of Kogi State Hon. Achile Omali described the Dangote Group as a dependable partner, adding that his

L-R: DirectorGeneral, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr Muda Yusuf; Consul-General of the Embassy of Switzerland, Mr Yves Necolet and President of LCCI, Mr Babatunde Ruwase,  during the visit of the ConsulGeneral to LCCI Office, yesterday in Lagos. Photo: NAN

contribution to the economy of the state is incalculable. He commended the Group for its job creation through its investments in cement, agriculture, mining, power and in other sectors of the Nigerian economy. Chief Executive of Access Bank Herbert Wigwe said Nigeria’s investors were not keen about investing in the mining sector of the state and elsewhere until the Dangote Cement thread the path. He urged other investors to emulate the Group and consider investing in the mining sector of the state. Director for Research at the IBB University Professor Nuhu Obaje advised that a Trust Fund be set up to be chaired by credible and experience people like Engr. Joseph Makoju, the Honorary Adviser to the President of Dangote Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote. Mr. Makoju who represented Mr. Dangote noted that the Group has invested heavily in the state and donated to the wellbeing of people across Nigeria, adding that it is not resting on its oars. Speaking also, the Oni of Ife Oba Enitan, said that the Dangote Group’s feat in the cement subsector was high commendable, just as he urged other Nigerians to support such effort. The Executive Director Global Chamber Nigeria, Ogbonna Ukuku, said he was highly encouraged by the turnout and the Dangote’s numerous investments in the state. Director Global Chamber Nigeria helped coordinated the Summit for the State.

Gov Amosun commissions 85KWP solar power project Arik Air Introduces ‘Super Saver’ fare On domestic routes By Musa Adamu

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he Ogun state Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, has commissioned the 85KWp Solar Hybrid Mini – Grid electricity project at Gbamu-Gbamu village in Ijebu – East Central Local Council Development Area of the State. According to the Deputy Dierctor, Press, federal ministry of power, works and housing, Etore E. Thomas, the Governor said the project would supply electricity to 487 households. It the Governor further stated that the project was in line with his administration’s rural infrastructure development agenda, saying it would be of great benefit to Small, Medium and Micro businesses in and around the community. It said the enjoined the people to collaborate with investors to bring dividends of Democracy to the area. It said while appreciating the Mohammadu Buhari led federal government for including Ogun state in the pilot scheme of the rural electrification project, he noted that the provision of stable power supply would improve the agricultural, educational, and economic and health sectors of the nation at large.

It said the Minister of state II for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, reiterated the commitment of President Buhari led administration to the achievement of incremental, stable and uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians as echoed in the road map designed by the Ministry. He said: “our being here today is deliberate. It underscores the importance government attached to the provision of electricity in remote and underserved rural communities all over Nigeria through distributed power generation using locally available resource such as solar and wind”. The Minister disclosed that the project was co – funded by the European Union and jointly implemented by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the German International Development Agency, Deutsche Geseuschaft (GIZ) through the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP). He said the NESP partnered with the Ogun state government and a private investor, Rubitech Solar, to provide clean energy for rural households, which would in turn improve the lives of the people through improved education, health care, water and job creation.

He assured that the federal government would continue to engage the private sector for the benefit of Nigerians. Speaking further, Suleiman said “In 2018 we are making efforts to add incremental power from renewable energy from the Katsina wind farm (10MW), Gurara (30MW), Dadin Kowa (29MW) and Kashimbilla (40MW) project that had lingered for years before this administration. Additionally, mega projects like 3050MW Mambilla Hydropower project that have been on the drawing board for 30 years has been contracted out by this administration and work will commence soon.” The European Union representative, Kurt Cornelius, the German Consular General, Ingo Herbert and the United States Consular General in Lagos, John Bray, on their part, noted that the project would definitely bring great development to the community. Baale of Gbamugbamu, Adekunle Fayomi and the Chairman, Ijebu East- Central Local Council Development Area, Barr. Adebayo Osikomaiya, on behalf of the people of the community, thanked the government for the gesture expressing optimism that it would not only attract investors but also assist existing ones to thrive.

Valentine: Dana Air unveils special promo, celebrates less privilege

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n the spirit of the Valentine season, Dana Air, has unveiled a special Valentine promo for its esteemed guests. According to the airline,from February 9 to 28, 2018, guests travelling with their spouse or partner will only need to book a return ticket to get another free. The airline also partnered Divine Eagle Ministry, a non-governmental organization to put smiles in the faces of children from four orphanages – Ijamido orphanage, St Monica orphanage, Light for the lost orphanage and Favid orphanage with a facility tour at the Murtala Muhammed Airport 2, before treating

the kids to good food and gifts. The Communications Manager of Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa while chatting with the children at the event said, “Dana Air is committed to giving back to the society and in spending time with our families and loved ones this valentine, we felt the need to also remember and show love to the less privileged in our society.’’ Speaking further on the Valentine promo Kingsley said, “Dana Air is enthusiastic about any initiative that unites the family or encourages love in the family and society. And the Valentine season provides the opportunity

to further renew the bond of love in the family and between couples.’’ He continued, “With our special valentine promo, we want to encourage our guests to fly with their loved ones to any of our existing destinations, and for them to avail the free ticket, they are expected to book a return ticket at any of our outlets in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo or Owerri and send an email to reservations@flydanaair.com , with the details of the return ticket.’’ He encouraged the airlines’ passengers to also take part in the online giveaways to win exciting prizes.

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igeria carrier, Arik Air said it has introduced a “super saver” fare which gives customers the benefit of making massive savings when they book early online to travel to any of the airline’s domestic routes. According to the airline to travel to any destination within Nigeria, Arik Air customers can buy a one-way ticket from N16, 000 provided such booking is made at least seven days before departure atwww.arikair.com The super saver fare is aimed at enabling more Nigerians experience air travel and reduce the stress of traveling by road especially at night. It will also enrich family and friends visitation, while giving opportunities for small businesses to take advantage of the massive savings to enhance their businesses in the New Year. Speaking on the new fare, Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said, “We are constantly evolving ways of adding value to our services to be more customer friendly and responsive to the yearnings of the traveling public. Air travel should not be an exclusive preserve and that is the reason for this low fare of N16, 000 aimed at making air travel more affordable.” “Our promise this year is that there will be something great and of interest for every customer of the airline,” he added. The super saver dubbed “It’s your time to fly” is Arik Air’s way of enabling those who have never traveled by air to have a first time experience. Customers wishing to take advantage of the advance purchase fare are advised to visitwww. arikair.com to make their bookings as the fare is only available online and at least seven days before departure.


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Gwagwalada: Council Secretary explains disengagement of revenue collectors Stories by Onyekwere

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he Secretary, Gwagwalada Area Council, Hajiya Ada Alimi has explained that the council’s decision to disengage all its technical partners for revenue collection was for good of the people. Hajiya Alimi reiterated that the verification and revalidation of shops in the council is not connected to the recently disengaged technical partners. It would be recall that the council administration had recently disengage all its technical partners on revenue and replaced them with the council revenue staff for all the council revenue collection. However, the Council Secretary disclosed this recently while reeling out some of the success recorded as a result of the new method adopted by the council in its revenue drive. She explained that the company involved in the verification and revalidation of the council kiosk, corner shops and space’s Lion Property was wrongly put among the disengaged technical partners. According to her, after some considerations, the Lion Property Limited was absolved of all blames and re engaged to carry out verification and revalidation of shops, kiosks and corner shops within the council. The council Secretary further added that other technical partners were disengaged due to their failure to meet the target percentage of remittance to the council. Her words:”The council decided to disengage all the technical partners because they were not meeting the percentage that they were supposed to pay to

the council. “Since the disengagement, we have made our staff revenue collectors and that is yielding a positive result.

Meanwhile, reacting to the development, the Managing Director of Lion Property Ltd., Mr. Okechukwu Samuel while appreciating the effort of

council to boost and reposition the system, said that their consideration was due to their meeting the revenue target set by the council.

He therefore promised to do more in assisting the council in its quest to boost and widen the scope of Internally Generated Revenue base of the council.

Bwari chair moves to block leakages in IGR channel

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ll revenue accruing to the Bwari Area Council must be paid directly into the council’s designated bank account to be appropriately receipted, according to the Executive chairman of the Council, Musa Dikko. Dikko explained that the directive has become necessary, as it is part of efforts to block

leakages in the council’s projected internal revenue collection in the year 2018. He reiterated that the council will not tolerate fraudulent deals and transactions in the collection of revenue. He further explained that the decision is part of steps adopted to address issues of underremittance and non-remittance

of internally generated revenue which is the backbone of his administration. According to him, the administration needs strong financial base to complete the following projects: construction of Kukwaba motor transit park and market, Mpape 11 market, maitama village market, Dawaki electronics/telecommunication

market, Shagari market in Dei Dei, Byazhin market and the Dei-Dei market that is yet to kick off. “I am more than ready to take up any culpable person or group of persons or any tax paying entity on any issue of shoddy/fraudulent deals and transactions,” the Council boss stressed.

Kpakpando Foundation during the celebration valentine with people with disabilities, yesterday in Abuja

Stay off illicit drugs, trafficking -HHSS boss implores youth

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outh in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been urged to avoid drugs abuse and trafficking, as such acts pose serious danger on their potentials, thereby jeopardizing their future. The caution was made by stakeholders during a recent sensitization campaign for youth, organised by FCT Drug Abuse Control Committee, in Kuje Area Council of the FCT. According to the Secretary FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Barr. Amanda Pam, illicit drug use and abuse have become prevalent in the society,

because information about the availability and types of drugs, method of ingestion and drug seeking practice are readily available. The Secretary, who spoke through her Special Assistant (Administration), Mr. Lebi Bankole explained that the sensitization programme was designed to raise awareness among the youth, who are the target population for drug abuse. Pam listed experimentation, peer pressure, the bid to reduce stress, build self esteem, the desire to be sociable, drugs availability, unemployment, and social

economic frustration among others as factors that drive many youths to engage in drugs. She emphasized that health and social hazards of involvement in drug abuse have enormous consequences on their families and society at large. Also speaking, the Director Pharmaceutical Services and Chairperson FCT Drug Abuse Campaign Committee Pharm Celina Asuelinmen advised the student to listen attentively to all the lectures and educate their friends and families.

She expressed appreciation to the FCT Administration for approving such an enlightenment and sensitization programme. According to her, the programme would impart positively in the lives of the youth. In the same vein, the Gumo of Kuje who was represented by one of his district head advised students to take the lesson learnt to their friends, families and relatives as it will go along way to reducing cases of drugs addition in the society.


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Freezer body murder: Uncle jailed for Celine Dookhran rape and killing

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n uncle has been jailed for a life for kidnapping, raping and slitting the throat of his niece before putting her body in a deep freezer. Mujahid Arshid, 33, was found guilty of murdering Celine Dookhran, 20, and the attempted murder of a second woman. Arshid, who will serve at least 40 years in prison, snatched the women in July before taking them to a house in Kingston, south west London. His co-accused, Vincent Tappu, 28, was cleared of kidnapping charges. Both defendants were cleared of possession of a firearm with intent for allegedly using a Taser during the abduction, which took place on 19 July 2017. Arshid, of Homefield Gardens, Mitcham, has also been convicted of sexual assault charges against the second woman between 2008 and 2010. Members of Ms Dookhran’s family shouted “yes” when the verdicts were read out. Arshid reacted by shouting that the surviving victim had “killed them all”, while Mr Tappu - in tears - thanked the jury. Image copyright Met Police Image caption Mujahid Arshid denied raping and murdering his niece Celine Dookhran The surviving victim took to the witness box to face Arshid and read her own victim impact statement. She said “flashbacks and nightmares prevent me from moving on” and physical scarring from the attack is a “constant reminder of what Celine and I went through”. A statement from Ms Dookhran’s mother Iman was read out, in which she said her daughter “fell victim to pure evil” and that “coming to terms with her death is likely to be a lifelong assignment”. “She will always be there in the darkness that surrounds us,” the statement added. Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC said Arshid was obsessed with his niece Ms Dookhran, who worked in a bank. He spent weeks planning to abduct and kill both women in a plot that was as “bizarre as it is terrible”, Mr Aylett said. The court heard there had been unhappiness in Ms Dookhran’s family about a relationship she was in and that she had been staying at a property occupied by Mr Arshid after leaving home.

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everal people have been injured and a suspect was taken into custody after a car crashed outside the US National Security Agency’s headquarters. Gunfire rang out after the black SUV approached the facility in Fort Meade, Maryland, without authorisation. An NSA spokesman said it was unclear if the shots had been fired by law enforcement officers or the suspect, adding that the scene was now secure. NSA officials said the injuries did not appear to be related to the gunfire. They added that several people were taken to hospital from the US Army base, which is about 30 miles (48km) north-east of Washington DC, after Wednesday morning’s incident. Federal officials told local media that the incident does not appear to be terror-related. One local news station, WTOP News, reported that the car was not “targeting” the NSA. CBS News images showed the black sports utility vehicle with what looked like bullet holes in the front windscreen and its air bags appeared deployed. It appeared to have collided into some NSA-stamped concrete barricade blocks outside the installation. NBC News said its helicopter could see police surrounding a handcuffed man sitting on the ground. The FBI’s Baltimore office said

Fort Meade, a US Army installation, is home to the NSA on Twitter that it had sent agents to investigate the incident, and that the situation had been “contained”. Local emergency services also responded to the scene, and schools said they expected a delay as bus routes were affected by increased traffic. Image copyright Reuters Image caption The incident occurred at the checkpoint known as Canine gate The intelligence agency said on Twitter: “NSA police and local law enforcement are addressing an incident that took place this morning at one of NSA’s secure vehicle entry gates.

“The situation is under control and there is no ongoing security of safety threat.” Another statement from the NSA public affairs office said “a security incident” happened at one of its checkpoints known as Canine gate at around 07:00 local time (12:00 GMT). Maryland Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger tweeted that the reported injuries were not from gunshots. US President Donald Trump has been briefed on the incident. “Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected,”

said a White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters. In March 2015, one person was killed and another seriously wounded after driving a vehicle up to the NSA’s gate, ignoring commands to stop. News reports later suggested the two occupants of the vehicle may have been under the influence of drugs after attending a party. Despite highway signage, it is not unusual for motorists to take a wrong turn and end up at one of the heavily guarded gates to the sprawling NSA complex, where armed federal officers direct them to turn around.

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he long-term personal lawyer of US President Donald Trump has admitted privately paying an adult film star $130,000 (£95,000) in 2016, in a statement to US media. It follows US media reports that the porn actress known as Stormy Daniels was paid to sign an agreement stopping her discussing an alleged affair. She first said she had a relationship with Mr Trump in a 2011 interview. The lawyer has previously said Mr Trump “vehemently denies” it occurred. “Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms Clifford [Stephanie Gregory Clifford, her real name], and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Michael D Cohen told the New York Times. He said he told the Federal Election Commission the same after a watchdog group filed a complaint about the payment, claiming that it had served as an “in-kind” political contribution to

Porn actress Stormy Daniels alleged in 2011 that she had an affair with Mr Trump in 2006 Mr Trump’s campaign. “The payment to Ms Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” Mr Cohen said. In a 2011 interview with InTouch magazine, the actress said she began a sexual relationship with Mr Trump in 2006, shortly after Melania Trump gave birth to

his son Barron. The reports re-emerged in January when the Wall Street Journal reported that she was paid to sign a non-disclosure agreement in the run up to the 2016 election, which prevented her from discussing the alleged liaison. Ms Clifford was believed to be in discussion with US media about an television appearance to discuss

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The newspaper says Mr Cohen declined to answer why the “private transaction” was made Mr Trump at the time, the report said. Responding to questions from CNN about why the payment was made, Mr Cohen said: “Just because something isn’t true doesn’t mean that it can’t cause you harm or damage.”


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N e w s F r o m A f r i c a South Africa’s Zuma: I’ve done nothing wrong

Atul Gupta shakes hands with President Zuma in 2012. Their relationship has come under scrutiny in recent years

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outh Africa’s embattled President Jacob Zuma says he has done nothing wrong and sees no reason to stand down. Mr Zuma spoke after the ruling African National Congress (ANC) gave him an ultimatum to resign by the end of the day or face a parliamentary vote of no confidence on Thursday. The 75-year-old has come under increasing pressure to resign amid numerous allegations of corruption. But he said the ANC had failed to explain why he had been recalled. In a lengthy, unannounced, interview with national broadcaster SABC, Mr Zuma made no reference to the early morning police raids and arrests at the home of his close associates, the wealthy, Indian-born Gupta family. The Guptas have been accused of using their close friendship with the president to wield enormous political influence. Both parties deny all allegations of wrongdoing. Mr Zuma stressed that he was not defying the ANC but he disagreed with its decision to ask him to resign.

“It was very unfair to me that this issue is raised,” he said. “Nobody has ever provided the reasons. Nobody is saying what I have done.” Mr Zuma’s decision to cling on to power has put him at odds with South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, the ANC’s new leader and his expected successor. President Zuma told SABC he had offered to go after June, but objected to the way the issue was currently being handled. He said he would make a further statement later on Wednesday. The ANC said it had noted Mr Zuma’s televised comments but would await his promised later statement before responding further. Earlier, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu announced that a motion of noconfidence in the president would be heard on Thursday, with Mr Ramaphosa sworn in as the nation’s president as soon as possible after that. A meeting of the ANC’s National Executive Committee had announced its

The Gupta family’s walled compound in Johannesburg was sealed off during the police raid

decision to recall Mr Zuma on Tuesday and gave him until the end of Wednesday to resign. South Africa’s Times Live news website later reported that Mr Ramaphosa visited President Zuma’s official residence on Wednesday afternoon. It said the agenda of the meeting was not known. Why was the Guptas’ house raided? Three people were arrested during the raid, with local media saying two more expected to hand themselves in. A lawyer for the family told Reuters that none of the three Gupta brothers - Atul, Rajesh and Ajay - were among those arrested. According to a statement released by the Hawks - the police’s elite high-priority crimes unit - the raids were carried out in connection with the Vrede farm investigation. That investigation relates to the Estina dairy farm near Vrede, in the Free State, a project which was originally meant to help poor black farmers but from which the Gupta family are alleged to have pocketed millions of dollars, allegations they deny. A tranche of leaked emails released last

year alleged that some of the money ended up paying for the family’s lavish wedding at Sun City, South Africa’s upmarket holiday resort. In January, the Hawks raided the offices of the Free State premier, Ace Magashule, looking for documents linked to the project. Mr Magashule was elected secretary-general of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in December. Who are the Gupta family? The Gupta family own a range of business interests in South Africa, including computing, mining, air travel, energy, technology and media. The three brothers moved to the country in 1993 from India, just as white-minority rule was ending. They are known friends of President Zuma; his son, daughter and one of his wives worked for the family’s firms. The brothers have been accused of wielding enormous political influence in South Africa, with critics alleging that they have tried to “capture the state” to advance their own business interests.

DR Congo President Kabila’s Gabon: Baby freed motorcade in deadly crash after hospital bill paid

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ive people have been killed following an accident involving a cement truck and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential motorcade. The three soldiers and two

civilians died as President Joseph Kabila was returning to the capital, Kinshasa. Another 11 people were injured, a presidential spokesman confirmed to news

agency AFP. The spokesman said the accident was caused by “heavy rain”, although early reports suggested speed was a factor. Witnesses told Radio Okapi [in French] speed was “the main cause” of the incident, which happened 220km (110 miles) south of Kinshasa. Communications official Yvon Ramazani told AFP “a vehicle in the presidential motorcade was hit on the Matadi highway at Kimpese by a truck carrying cement” on Tuesday evening. Mr Kabila, who had been opening an oil rig and administrative building in the port city of Matadi, “stayed on the site until the emergency services arrived, and personally supervised the ambulance evacuation of dead and injured”. The president, who has been in power since 2001, when his father was assassinated, is facing mounting pressure to stand down - his term of office expired in November 2016.

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mother has spoken of her relief after a private clinic in Gabon finally released her baby, who was held for months over an unpaid medical bill. Baby Angel’s mother told the BBC her milk had run dry after being separated from the child for the first five months of her life. The case shocked the country, and she gained much public support. The bill of 2 million CFA ($3,630; £2,610) was paid after a campaign was launched on the family’s behalf. President Ali Bongo was among those who contributed towards the bill. The clinic’s director was arrested on Monday on babykidnapping charges, but the charges were dropped a day later, reports BBC Afrique’s Charles Stephan Mavoungou from the capital, Libreville. Angel was finally allowed to leave the clinic, which is north of the capital, this week. The baby’s mother, Sonia

Okome, told the BBC of her relief, but explained it was bittersweet: “I’m happy to have my baby back. But I’m sorry that I can’t breastfeed her because after five months all my milk has gone.” She also complained that the baby had not been given any vaccines. The bill, Gabon Media Time reports [in French], was for the 35 days Angel spent in an incubator after she was born prematurely. Source: BBC

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N e w s F r o m A SI A Japan worries about North Korea’s ‘charm offensive’

North Korean cheerleaders at the Japan-Korea hockey game

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t was half way through the second period when Randi Heesoo Griffin fought her way down the right wing and slipped the puck between Japanese goalkeeper Akane Konishi’s pads. The puck slid in to the net and the crowd went wild. In the stands, the ranks of red-clad North Korean cheerleaders erupted. For the first time in Olympic history a unified Korean women’s hockey team had scored a goal, and not just any goal, this goal was against Japan. You could have been forgiven for thinking the Korean team was winning. In fact, by the end they had lost 4-1. But they had scored a goal. And if sheer desire to win had been the decider, the Korean women would have trounced their Japanese opponents by a mile. “The North Koreans feel the same as us,” South Korean player Choi Ji Yeon said before the game. “We told each other that we’re going to have to win this game against Japan no matter what.” North and South Korea may still officially be at war, they may have thousands of artillery and missiles pointing at each other across the DMZ. But one thing can unite them like nothing else, a collective desire to beat Japan.

Speaking to the Korea Times, South Korean high-school student Min Seung-won summed up the mood: “I was initially against North Koreans joining our team, but the match against Japan means a lot to us as a nation. I hope the North and South Korean players can come together more unified because of the historical tension, to win the game against Japan.” The “tension” she talks about is the anger or even hatred that many Koreans feel towards Japan because of its brutal occupation of the Korean peninsula during the first half of the 20th century. It is an occupation that includes the sexual enslavement of tens of thousands of Korean women during World War Two. For Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, watching from across the Sea of Japan, or the “East Sea” as it is known in Korea, the goings on at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are making for uncomfortable viewing. Speaking about the Olympics a few days ago, former South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Han declared: “North Korea clearly appears to be winning gold”. He didn’t mean its athletes, he meant North Korea’s extraordinary switch from firing missiles to an all-out embrace of the

Randi Heesoo Griffin scored the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team’s first goal Pyeongchang Olympics, so much so, some have started referring to it as the “Pyongyang Olympics” after the capital of North Korea. ‘Charm offensive’ Mr Abe would almost certainly agree. In an interview before the games began, his foreign minister, Taro Kono, told me he was worried South Koreans could be taken in by the North’s “charm offensive”. And what a charm offensive it has been. The high point has undoubtedly been the three-day visit to the South by Kim Jong-Un’s own sister Kim Yo-jong. With her she brought a winning smile and an invitation for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang. All of this is bad news for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It threatens to undermine the whole basis of his governments policy to stop North Korea’s nukes. For the United States, North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal may soon represent an existential threat. For Japan it already does. Last year the North flew two long-range missiles right over Japan. There is also a strong suspicion here that, in any military conflict, Pyongyang would rather use its nukes on Tokyo than Seoul. “We can never allow another Hiroshima or

Nagasaki to happen again,” a retired Japanese general told me recently. And so Prime Minister Abe has staked out a very hard-line position. In every statement since the weekend “love-fest” in Seoul, Japan has made it clear it does not want President Moon to go to Pyongyang. Professor Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University in Seoul eloquently articulates Japan’s fears about what Pyongyang is up to. In a piece for the website NKNews he writes: “The North Koreans are brilliant diplomats, who know how to exploit the weak points and divisions of their enemies. “Since mid-December, North Korean diplomacy has largely been about two goals. First, Pyongyang is working hard to reduce the probability of a US-initiated military strike against it. Second, it is doing what it can to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington.” Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono told me he believes sanctions against the North are “starting to bite”, the embargoes imposed late last summer are beginning to really hurt the North Korean economy. That he believes is exactly why Pyongyang has launched its Olympic charm offensive - to buy time and to get the choke-hold relaxed.

The child abuse survivor fighting to save others

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n India, child sexual assault must be reported within three years or a case cannot be brought against an abuser. But for adult survivors who struggle to come to terms with their ordeal this means their abuser, frequently someone close to the family, will never be brought to justice. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey met one survivor campaigning for a change in the law. A 53-year-old Canadian woman of Indian origin recently met with India’s Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi. Her mission was to lobby for a change in the law so that adult survivors can report childhood sexual abuse. Purnima Govindarajulu, who grew up in the southern Indian city of Chennai (formerly Madras) before moving to Canada in 1986, says she was abused by her cousin’s husband regularly between the ages of six and 13. After meeting Ms Govindarajuluin in Delhi, Mrs Gandhi said her ministry was “considering measures that will help child abuse survivors report their abusers, many years after the crimes had been committed”. The law at present says a case must be brought within three years of abuse. “I would wake up at night to find him sitting next to me in the dark. He would put his hands and mouth on my private parts,” Ms Govindarajulu, who works as

a conservation biologist for the Canadian province of British Columbia, said. Although the “more intrusive penetrative acts took place at night or while travelling during the holidays”, the abuse continued during the day too. “Whenever he would find me alone, he would stick his fingers into my panties. There would be fondling, groping.” Growing up in conservative Chennai, she says she had no clue that what was happening to her was wrong and was not her fault. “I never thought of protesting because I believed I was evil, I was dirty, I was bad. I had no idea about sex. I had three older brothers and when at the age of 13, I began menstruating I thought I had cancer. “I thought I was about to die but that came as a relief to me because I was so miserable in my life.” But then an aunt showed up and saw her “blood-soaked panties and assured me that I was not going to die”. “She said you are a woman now. She told me it was normal. She said this means you can have a baby. She also told me don’t let anyone touch you.” It was advice that had come too late for Ms Govindarajulu, but it was still good advice. “For the first time it made me feel I had some sort of power. So the next time he

tried to touch me, I told him to stop.” And he did. “He said, ‘Okay if you don’t want it, I’ll stop.’ I realised I could have done it earlier. And that made me feel terrible that why didn’t I do it?” So all through her teen years, she says, she struggled with self-hate, and was “depressed and suicidal”. Incest and child sexual abuse are huge problems in India. According to a 2007 government study, 53% of children surveyed said they had been subjected to some form of sexual abuse. The study also revealed that a substantial number of abusers were “persons in trust and caregivers” which included parents, relatives and school teachers. But there’s a general reluctance to talk about the topic and abuse by family members is rarely reported. It’s not surprising then that Ms Govindarajulu had no idea that what had happened to her was not unique. It was only in the late 1980s when she had moved to Canada and saw a television programme on child sexual abuse that the penny dropped. “I was sitting on the couch in my brother’s home with his wife, we were flicking channels and we came across this show. I realised I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t evil or bad or dirty.” Marrying a cousin is not uncommon

in some Hindu communities in southern India and her sister-in-law is none other than her childhood friend, her abuser’s daughter. “She said, ‘This would never happen in India.’ I contradicted her, ‘It does, it happened to me’. She asked me, ‘It was my father, wasn’t it?’,” Ms Govindarajulu says. It made sense to other family members too because, as they all said, “he doted on you while you hated him”. It still took her - and her family - years to do something about it. In 1999, when her brother visited Chennai, he confronted the abuser about it. “Initially he denied it. Then he said, ‘Yes I touched her, but always with love.’ My brother asked him if he’d also touched his daughter that way. ‘Of course not,’ he said. “My brother asked him if he’d touched others too? ‘None of your business,’ he told him. “And then he added, ‘At least I never used my penis.’ Maybe he was trying to tell him that he had done nothing illegal,” Ms Govindarajulu says. “When my brother spoke to my abuser’s wife, my cousin, she said, ‘That makes sense. I’d see him around her bed at night but he always said that he was comforting her because she’d had nightmares.” Ms Govindarajulu says her cousin called her to say it was best to let bygones be bygones.


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Environment

By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

Ogoni clean-up: Board member appeals National Park boss condoles for stakeholders’ cooperation Buhari over

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ember, Board of Trustees, Ogoni Clean-up Project, Mr Nnimmo Bassey, has urged the affected communities to support government’s efforts towards the project, by avoiding further pollution in the area Bassey made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt, after visiting some of the polluted communities in Ogoniland The environmentalist represents the interest of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the 13-member board appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari. “New pollution can occur where people tamper with oil installations and burn crude. It can also occur where companies burn gas. “We cannot be cleaning up and con-

tinue to pollute; it does not make sense. So everybody should police the environment. Life is more valuable than oil,” he said. The board member expressed optimism that the exercise was realisable and would come to fruition. “I am hopeful that the Ogoni clean-up is realisable because of the demonstration work done by various companies on the possibility of the project and the technology to be used. “They really showed that it can be done. “I believe Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and the consultants will now assess the suitability of the methods especially when they are going to be applied on a large scale.

“The aspect handled by Shell at Bodo City also indicates that with some care, we can actually handle the clean-up. The whole exercise will take about twenty-five years,” he said. Bassey however noted that the affected communities were very anxious about the project and felt the process was slow, but reminded them that it required time and patience. “I expect the project to start on a good footing and there should be a clear roadmap about what HYPREP is doing. “We just need to understand that there are a lot of processes involved in the cleanup. “The technical aspect must be done in a good way and there should be the political will to see the project through,” he said.

demise of sister in-law, niece

By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Conservator-General(CG) of the National Park Service, Ibrahim Goni condoled with President Buhari over the demised of his sister in-law and his niece Hajiya Aisha Alhaji Mamman and Hajiya Halima Mamman. The CG on behalf of the Officers and Men of the Service wishes to extend their sincere sympathy to the President and his entire family, for Allah to grant them fortitude to bear this loss, forgive the deceased their wrong deeds and grant them aljannatul Firdausi. Mamman is the wife of the elder brother to Buhari, late Alhaji Mamman Danbaffale. Hajiya Aisha Mamman died recently at the age of 75 in Dura, kastina state.

Ogoni, Delta state

ICC convenes workshop on climate ambition

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he international business community began this month discussions on how to raise ambition to tackle climate change so that the key objectives of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and those of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals can be met. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – in its capacity as the United Nations Climate Change Focal Point for business and industry –convened a workshop on the “Talanoa Dialogue” – an international conversation involving all countries other stakeholders, including business, investors, cities, regions and civil society. The workshop – the first of its kind –

brought together a number of high-level government representatives leading the UN climate process, members of ICC’s Commission on Environment and Energy and other private sector stakeholders. ICC has represented business in the UN climate deliberations since 1993. The workshop aimed to discuss what business should expect from the Talanoa Dialogue and what the private sector can in turn contribute to the process. The three main takeaways from the event were: • Business participation is essential to reaching global climate goals • A wide coalition of business should be brought into the Talanoa Dialogue • Climate action not only makes solid business

sense, it’s the right thing to do According the International Chamber of Commerce, the continued momentum from business sends a clear signal to governments that they can, and should, move further and faster on their national climate strategies. In countries where business has had the opportunity to provide inputs on national climate action plans (Nationally Determined Contribution, or “NDCs”), the process can already be seen to have benefitted from such engagement. To ensure that the international community is successful in achieving the longterm goals of the Paris Agreement, it is imperative that business be recognized and involved in policy assessment, design and implementation.

The Talanoa Dialogue, previously referred to as the Facilitative Dialogue, is named after the Fijian tradition of inclusive, participatory and transparent decision-making and is aimed at determining how collective action can move the global climate agenda forward. It is a year-long process of discussions, consultations, events and expert inputs that will culminate at this year’s 24th Conference of Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland from December 3 to 14, 2018. The Talanoa Dialogue portal is now open and ICC will be preparing a submission before the first deadline of April 2, 2018. Source :EnviroNewsNigeria


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Healthy Living How Valentine, Ash, Condom free Durex donates Wednesday coloured Abuja 100,000 A condoms to NACA s Catholics the world over, mark this year’s Ash Wednesday, other people, young and old in the country came out to celebrate the valentine’s Day, buying gifts for loved ones. But to climax the celebration, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF),

embarked on a route march to sensitize people on the use of condom. For the Catholics, Valentine’s Day falls on a day that is set aside by the church to begin the season of lent. But none Catholics took the celebration like every other

year, where the gift of rose and other precious items are used to symbolize love. At AHF, it is a day with the theme: “Always in fashion”, meant to intensify advocacy on the use of condom and HIV testing. The march which took place from National Action for Control of

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AIDS (NACA), office, ended at the Silver Bird, where the foundation assembled various kids for testing people on HIV. The Foundation said it intends to distribute 300,000 condoms and test 43,000 people for HIV on ensure prevention.

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urex, makers of Durex Condom has donated 100,000 condoms to the National Action for the Control of AIDS (NACA), to mark the International Condom Day. Durex Marketing Director, West Africa R.B. Aliza Leferink, who made the donation said “we want people to be safe during sex because protection is key. We want people to use proper condom and help in red icing the virus.” She added that successes have been achieved with the drop in HIV/AIDS from 5% to 3%. Also speaking, UNAIDS Adviser on Global Funds/ PEPFAR Implementation, Dr. Richard Amenyah said more than 70% of the investment into HIV are coming from international sources. “In fact, US Government and Global Fund are paying for 96% of the drugs for the over 1 million people on treatment. This cannot continue and needs to be reversed. “We cannot treat our way out of this epidemic like that. We need to invest more in to prevention. Every day, globally, more than one million people acquire a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and every year, they are estimated to be around 80 million unintended pregnancies. Condoms prevent intended pregnancies when used correctly and consistently. “With 1.8 million new infections in 2016, we have about 5,000 new infections per day and Nigeria contributed about 700 new HIV infections per day. Nigeria accounted for 60% of all new HIV infections in West and central Africa region in 2016. In our part of the world, (sub-Saharan Africa), more than 98% of new HIV infections are sexually transmitted.”

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peaking on sexual behaviour amongst young people, AHF Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Coordinator, Dr. Kema Onu said the prevalence is more among people within the age of 15-24. “The prevalence among this population has not changed. The data remains static. This means we need to reinforce strategies to curb the transmission rate among this group of people. Sexual experience is high, and you begin to ask how young or how old can a child be before you begin to sexually educate him or her. “We are saying that it should start from the home. You

demystify sex by calling penis by its name and vagina by its name. I believe that if a 13 year for instance is studying biology, and is beginning to understand human biology, he or she should also understand sexual relationship. “We want to be realistic about the issues of HIV/AIDS. Let’s tell people the truth they need to know. Our responsibility as a foundation is to tell people the truth about the virus. In the current rate of the alarming data of people dying from HIV/AIDS, we need to be more realistic. Condom is the more realistic way of preventing this virus. We need to be frank about it. We also talk

about abstinence. We need to reach out to the likely age group that are being targeted. People need to come out. “More advocacy needs to carried out to this population. On this day we want to ensure the use in fight against AIDS. And all of us must be alert to our duties to ensure that we succeed in this fight.” Dr. Onu, also expressed worry over the decline in funding for HIV/AIDS. He said more support needs to be given to ensure collective fight against the virus. Also speaking, AHF State Nursing Coordinator, Christy Awonu, said the day is significant because many people use

condom during this period more than any other. “The theme means that it is never out of fashion to stop using condom and we all need to help in championing the advocacy and promote the use of condom. We are not encouraging youths to have sex but to help them if they can’t abstain. “We are in six states and we believe that this event will help in stopping the spread of the virus. As you can see, we are also testing people aside just giving out condoms, so that people will know their status. We urge people to always come out for test so as to know their status.”


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Grassroots sports: Japanese Embassy, others seek FCT Sports Council’s collaboration By AmaechiAgbo

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he FCT Director of Sports, Chief MrsDilichukwuOnyedinma has stated that some embassies in the country are seeking collaboration with the Sports Department on how to develop grassroots sports in the federal capital territory. Chief Onyedinma who disclosed this in an exclusive interview said that Japanese Embassy is among many other embassies in the country seeking collaboration with the FCT Sports Council on grassroots development. Speaking on the achievements her office recorded last year, the former Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL, said that the FCT Sports Departments achieved a lot in the year under review stressing that while her targets this year is to consolidate on the gains made over the years by ensuring that the talents so far discovered are nurtured for future exploits, the council would, nonetheless, introduce more sporting activities in the FCT so as to keep the residents busy. She further explained that one of her major priorities this year was to provide sporting facilities that are female-friendly so that the women in the FCT can be encouraged to take to sports, even if not for career purposes, then for their health and body balance. How would you x-ray FCT Sports Department’s achievements in 2017? Last year, we did achieve a lot. We started the FCTAjogging and aerobic exercise which was approved by the minister. We started it and there was a very good turn out by the FCT staff. The purpose was to build a strong work force for the FCT. We are going to improve on it and this year’s edition will come by the first week of March. We are going to do it monthly and we are working onthat. Aside that, you are aware of our performances in youth games;apart from the national competitions, we attended invitational tournaments where we won some trophies in table tennis, volleyball, long tennis, crickets. We also won different trophies in chess and scrabbles. Why we embarked on invitational tournaments is to make sure that the training we are giving to our children is yielding results. At the same time, we also attend wrestling championship in Port Harcourt where our wrestlers performed very well and came back with medals. We also participated in the CBN Cup which was organised by the Table Tennis Federation, TTF and our children did very well. Our coaches are also doing excellent jobs in the day-to-day training they are giving our children. Any time we are going for competitions, we always do well. So I give kudos to them. By the time we attend the National Sports Festival or even the Youths Games coming up soon, we will do better than we did last year. Again, there is an invitation for grassroots competition that is coming up in April and we are training towards that. I know that based on what we achieved last year; we already have the children on ground for the competition. In athletics, we were able to discover one of the youngest athletes that won medals last year and the girl is doing well currently. We are discovering athletes and we are building on that

for subsequentcompetitions. You are an advocate of girl-child sports participation. What are your goals or plans for the girl-child in sports this year? Last year we started female league in the FCT. You know that all these while there has been only male league but last year we started the female league and today I am happy because as the males are playing, the females are playing too. In basketball we have male and female and they are all doing well. Some of the players they have picked from our basketball court at Area 10 are girls. So in everything we do, we make sure that the girls are involved. We are also looking at establishing some sports facilities in some neighborhood parks so that wherever you are in the FCT, you can access recreation. We can do that by selecting few parks and make them female-friendly. There are games that ladies like to play, so we make the park ladies-friendly for them. That will encourage them to go there and do whatever they want to do. When you want to make a place womenfriendly for sports, you have to consider the fact that male and female have different dimensions and approaches in sports. For instance, the basketball that male use is not the same as the one that the female use. There is a marked difference between the two. The same thing applies to volleyball. The ones that men use are always heavier and harder than the ones the women play. Even in football, sometimes, the timing is different. You can come to a football field where the timing is 35 minutes for the ladies. A man would not like to play in such pitches because he will feel that 35 minutes are not enough for him, he will grumble and work away. So there are things that will make a particular place womenfriendly and we are looking at that. Few weeks ago, the Japanese Embassy visited your office for collaboration on developing basketball. Is there any other embassy with such move? A lot of embassies are working with us. Korea Embassy is already working with the FCT Taekwondo Association. The Korea Embassy sent our athletes and official to Korea last year

for training. The Japanese Embassy is also around with their coaches training our athletes and as I am speaking with you, they have picked six athletes whom they have given scholarships. The scholarship is so interesting that any child that gets the scholarship should be able to send money to his parents as well. It is a very good thing, they are helping us and the youths are very happy for it. Throughout last two week, we were at the basketball court to show them our youths and what they can do and they were happy. After that visit to the basketball courts, they left the FCT for Akure to scout for talents in basketball but they came back and said they could not see anyone. So they were happy we gave them the children they needed. The children were selected from the schools in the FCT and now they are going to get the scholarship, it will be good for all of us, the parents and the society at large. We are also working with Chinese Embassy who has promised that if we conclude our arrangements, they will be taking five athletes for six months training every year. They will go there and after the training, they will come back. Some of their coaches can follow them as well. However, they need underage children who are 15 years. Those are the children they believe are trainable. They will be training them on Table Tennis and Badminton. Last week, somebody came from the Hungarian Embassy to inform us that they want to organise a road race just like a mini marathon. I have scheduled a meeting with them to discuss further on this but the issue there is that we are trying to see how we can get sponsorship from outside to help the youths because everything should not be government. If we throw all our activities or what we need to do for government, then the funds will be too outrageous.We are spreading our tentacles to other places to see how we can get the private sector to key into our activities so that the youths will be better for it. Again, it is part of cooperate social responsibilities for some of these corporate bodies and private sectors to give back to the society. By so doing, they are helping us, helping themselves and they are helping the society. We want them to contribute their own quota as

people who have a share in the society. We are happy for what is happening and the way we are going, a lot will be achieved this year. Last year, Abuja contingents presented the youngest team at the national youths games, what plans have FCT Sports put in place to consolidate on this and ensure that more medals are won in next edition? What we are doing right now is to make sure we don’t lose our athletes to other teams. From what we did last year, many states have been moving around to take one or two of our athletes to their states. So to avoid this happening, we have reached out to the parents of our athletes and told them that we would not want such to happen and they gave us their words. We have a very young chess players and they are very good and are becoming better every day. A state like Delta wants to come and take the chess players but we have discussed with their parents to make sure that it does not happen. Also in handball, University of Ilorin gave scholarship to some of our players to study in the university. I know that there will be that influence or pressure on them to play for the school since they are on scholarship but they are still our players. If they are still within the age, we will have them play for us. Other things we are doing are to ensure that the ones we have are being trained every day. The coaches are doing their best and we are reaching out to their parents to make sure that they don’t lose track of their skills so that when we have competitions, they will be able to give their best. What plans does the FCT Sports have ahead of the national sports festival? We don’t have plans again because since five years we have been planning and planning. Right now we are waiting for a day to be fixed so that National Sports Festival will eventually happen. If that happens, we have players on ground whoare training and we are looking forward to the competition. The National Sports Festival was last held in 2012, five years running and we are in 2018. If they say they want to hold it today, then, we will bring out the five years plans we have put togetherand I know that it will yield results.

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e appreciate the fact that the NFF today is in autopilot. We have a football system that is going digital and we have no option than to key in and see that our records are straight. NFF today is an institution of records and we cannot today toil with the records of our players including their passports and career history.People before now have a whole lot of records that you cannot hold together. But today with the DTMS, every player in the Nigeria National League, NNL, henceforth, will have a record that will be keyed into the data base and this data base will not be limited to the NFF, of course, it will get to the FIFA Connect.

By so doing, nobody will be haggling over the ownership of a player; nobody will be haggling over the career history of a player in terms of training compensation ad solidarity contributions. The readiness of NNL to ensure the application and implementation of DMTS rules. The truth remains that the programme actually is the programme of the NFF and it is already applicable in theNPF. The only thing we need to do is to gather the data and punch in the button and syncronise it. How ready is NNL for the new season? If you look at the hymn book, it is written, very clear;new every morning is the love of God. New every morning is the direction of NNL the NNL is tapping

FCT Sports Department to support Fsola ahead of Shell Zonal Play-off By AmaechiAgbo

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he FCT Sports Department has promised to sponsor Fosla Academy ahead of this year’s Shell Cup National Zonal Play-off. The FCT Director of Sports, MrsDilichukwuOnyedinma stated this while addressing journalist over the weekend. She emphasized the need for the FCT Sports Department and the Secondary Education Board to play their individual roles in supporting Fosla Academy to represent the FCT effectively in the playoff. She added that the sports department had given incentives to the winners of last year’s female Principals Cup, GGSS Karshi stressing that since the competition was held in collaboration with the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS, the union is expected to also motivate the champions. “We are working towards supporting Fosla in that capacity. I will be having a meeting with the proprietor of Fosla Academy. He wrote to us that he is going to come for a meeting and what you just asked now is going to be discussed. They are representing FCT so after the meeting we will be able to sponsor them even if it is not in everything. Education department also has a role to play because this is a school

even though it is a private school now. But they are all under the management of the education department because before any school stands, they get approval from the education board. I know they have a role to play and we on our own side will try as much as possible to play our own role to make sure that they represent FCT well and come back triumphantly. “The Female Principals Cup was done in conjunction with ANCOPSS (All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools). ANCOPSS and FCT Sports hosted the competition together and some incentives were given to them inform of jerseys and football. However, I do not know what ANCOPSS did extra but as far as I know, we provided trophies, footballs; we also gave various individual awards such as the Most Valuable Player, best goalkeeper, and the rest of them. The female Principals Cup was a huge success and I believe that this year’s edition will be more glamorous and successful.” she said Recall that last year, Fosla Academy emerged champions of the FCT Principals Cup after defeating GSS Kabusha by alone goal in the final played at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Abuja. As champions, Fosla will represent FCT in the National Zonal play-off which is expected to start in June.

from the new policy direction of the NFF which is all about compliance with all the tenets and rules guiding leagues all over the world. This is a World Cup year so we put it into consideration and that is why we came up with abridged league with 9 clubs in each conference making a total of 36 teams in the league. It is no longer business as usual. The Super 4 we play at the end of the season that used to be a ceremony is no longer a ceremony. We are going to have Super 8 this year which is a new innovation. What we are doing is that two teams will qualify from each group and then play against each other to determine the best four that will gain promotion to the NPFL. This will make the NNL strong because if you look at the NPFL table today, it will tell you the nature of the clubs that gained promotion last year. That is what we want to avoid subsequently. NNL and welfare of players. Rules are there to take care of players which are of international best practice. The issue of players has to do with player status committee of the NFF and they take due process in reporting matters such as we saw in Shooting Stars which was not allowed to use new players to prosecuting their match because they are owing old players. I want to tell you that in NNL we are doing everything possible to ensure that welfare of players are paramount. For us in the NNL, the players are the engine oil with which the process is driven. An engine cannot run without oil, so the players are the oil and we are going to ensure that their welfare is protected. We don’t also want a situation where the clubs will overprice players such that they cannot pay. We wanta situation where what you agree to pay, you must pay. But we will give you a basic salary that you will not go below. The process of payment of fines is in the confines of the NFF. And once such payments are made, we will take it up from there. On the issue of officiating, the chairman said that officiating is the sole responsibility of the NFF and that they have trained the NPFL referees. In a very short while, that of the NNL will start. My greatest joy is that a lot of players are moving from the NNL to the NPFL. That gives me joy. Unfortunately, a lot of the clubs do not know that they are money spinning and we are going to explore it. Abdul Sule, Kogi United Chairman, Chairman of

chairmen and president, club owners association of Nigeria. DTMS is a very good initiative, for our league and it will make things easier for the league in transfer of players. It is a very good initiative. Why did it take Nigeria so long to key into this system? I don’t think anything is too late but we are here now to do it in proper way. We have problems with our transfer system and DTMS has come to take care of such problems. With DTMS, there will be direct contact instead of paying money today and tomorrow stories will emanate from nowhere. DTMS has come to solve these problems. When are you bringing Kogi United to the Premiership? This year, by God’s grace; 2018/2019 season.Actually we have bee having our own lapses but we have got the right players now and the technical crew is working hard to achieve the target. The governor is doing more in financial support and I believe that he is going to do more this year. Money plays a lot roles and with it, I believe we will get there. Are you comfortable with the abridged version of the NNL this season? That was the decision they took and we have to comfortable with it. Everybody has to be ready to play the league Will DTMS bring to an end to club-club ownership struggle over a player? When you go through the DTMS you will see a lot of things happening. CHAN eagles a true reflection of the NPFL? It is not a better representation of Nigeria league but I also believe that the boys tried their best to get to the final. They were wobbling when they started but they got stronger along the line. We should give them kudos. Losing 4-0 to Morocco was a disaster but we should give them kudos because they are just coming up and we need to give them more exposure. I will not say that our league is not of standard but I think that a lot thngs have to happen in the league. There have to be a lot of competitions and getting all the local players to play in the senior national team which will give them confidence because some of the players think that whatever they play, nobody will look at them. So we need to look into all these. When you look at the league in the 1970s and 1980s, you will see that

there is money in the league now but then in the time of Stationaries Stores, football was everything, we played with the heart. We can suppers our former records in the World Cup. We will get through our group, play in the quarter finals and then see what happens next. Ayo Abdulrahaman, Chief operating officer, NWFL The 2018 edition of the Amateur Zonal competition is all about the grassroots development aspect of the NWFL whereby unknown players from different teams come together to jostles for the few slots in the ProLeague for 2017/18 season. There is usually no certain number as the clubs come with interests. They can be 20 or 30 but this year we have only four. Maybe it could be due to economy which has been a factor in all our activities. We have very limited number of clubs but we are happy that we have some clubs who declared interest to participate.Since I came into women league, we have not experienced transfer issues. The first assignment I addressed when I resumed work was the issue of player transfer and you can talk to the clubs to verify. The era of players moving from one club to the other indiscriminately and at their own volition has stopped. This is my second season in the women league and most of the efforts we are putting in even with the coming of the new board is to reposition the league and the efforts are yielding fruits because players now know that they have a contract with their teams and the teams know that they have agreement and contracts with their players unlike before. Any plan to retrain the coaches in the amateur league? In the coming weeks, the board will address the nation on that. When is the NWFL starting? Rivers Angels won the Aiteo cup. Nasarawa Amazons are Women League winners The NWFL league will likely start in March and that is why we are having our congress on March 3rd. after that, we play our 2018 Champion Shield where the winner of the league and the Aiteo Cup winner will slug it out to determine the champion of 2016/2017 league season.The Champion Shield will take place on 4th March in Lagos. SUPER FALCONS COACH THOMAS DENNERBY I impressed with the play

and the result particularly the fact that we scored three and did not concede. Winning every match is always good for your self-confidence. The victory is for the team. I came here to observe, to know the players and they have done a great job. In Ivory Coast, I will see myself like a technical director I will be with the team, stay with them; I will join them in the training sessions and be with them in the field of play. Since my arrival I had been closer to the players and every day we are learning and it gives me the chance to play more active roles. We will take 21 players to Ivory Coast along with the backroom staff and the medical team. My first impression with the players is that they are very physical, very fit and that is good. They also have good technical skills, good dribbling and good playing vision. I also saw that they are very aggressive and like the challenge. It was to the level I expected. My mission here is to close the gaps with the best teams worldwide. Of course, we have to start with WAFU which is our next tournament to play with this young team. We have to realise that we are not playing the tournament with our best eleven. So we don’t have too high expectations but when it comes to football, everything can happen and that is why I have to do my best so we can reach WAFU final. To develop the Nigerian league, it is important for me to have a good relationship with all the coaching crew of the clubs in the league so that when the time comes, we will be able to relate very well, they will know me and I will know them. Hon Ayo Omideran, the chairperson of Nigeria women football committee. I came here to see how the team will play since they just got into camp and we have many of them and I know that the process of weeding out some of them is ongoing. I am quite impressed, as everybody knows, we have very good players and I am expecting that as time goes on, we will have three good teams that we can call upon any time to play for the national team. The team is not about WAFU, for me it is about raising a brand new team for Nigeria that we can all be proud of and can call upon any time. A team that will continuously play together, players that we will arrange friendlies for from time to time and I think we are on our way.


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he 40-point mark - the magic number that is supposedly needed to guarantee Premier League survival. But with such a compelling relegation scrap this year, we have to ask, is it still true? After joining the club in December, West Brom manager Alan Pardew said he would treat himself to a glass of wine when the Baggies reached the 40-point mark, although he added that safety “may be a lot less this year - 35 or 36 points”. (They’re currently bottom on 20 points, by the way). BBC Sport and data analysts Gracenote Sports have examined the history of the relegation fight to find out who you can expect to be in the bottom three come the end of the season. What does history tell us? Looking at stats since the Premier League turned into a 20team league in 1995-96, on only four occasions has a team needed 40 points or more to stay up. The most recent example was in 2011, when 18th placed Birmingham City went down with 39 points and Midlands rivals Wolves stayed up with 40. Here’s what else we found: The lowest number of points to guarantee survival was 31 points in 2010, as 18th placed Burnley went down with 30 points. The highest points total to survive would have been 43 in 2003, with 18th placed West Ham relegated with 42 points. On average the number of points to guarantee survival in the last 22 seasons has been 36.6 points. Fact: 40 points as a general rule is a myth. But stay with us, as there’s predictions to come. So where did this myth come from? Probably from a different Premier League era, two decades ago. Coventry stayed up in 17th with 41 points, relegating Sunderland in 18th with 40, in 1996-97. The next season, 1997-98, Bolton went down on goal difference in 18th, while Everton stayed up in 17th -Taye both Taiwo finishing with 40 points. and Oduamadi

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love me love my dog’ THURSDAY Column T WITH he Hausas say ‘ba’a neman kare ranar farauta’; -which is that you do not wait till the day of hunt to look for the dog of hunt. And worse still if the ‘dog’ you look for is the one you have neglected since after the last successful hunt. Because by then such a ‘canine’ may have either grown frail and weary from physical neglect, Or, it may, in fact, have grown sated with grudge and resentment –from the bitterness of neglect. Thus one way or another, the next hunt is threatened, either by physical inability, or yet by the malevolence of unforgiving mind. But luckily dogs alone are the most un-likely ever to harbor a malevolent spirit. Dogs do not become malevolent even to their un-kind masters. Or so said the Austrian zoologist, Konrad Lorenz: that “There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog.” And so in a sense, the parable makers are not altogether right: you can in fact look for a ‘dog of hunt’ even on the ‘day of the hunt’, provided only that the dog has not grown frail and weary from physical neglect. Because then it may not be able to hunt. And this is exactly what the President, Muhammadu Buhari is now doing, seeking out his Party’s Leader the Asiwaju, Bola Ahmed Tinubu only when the political hunting fields have started buzzing with the braying and snorting of fresh games. It is amazing that Mr. President still trusts in the hunting prowess of the Party’s once neglected ‘greyhound’. That Buhari believes Tinubu has still neither grown frail and weary from political neglect, nor has he grown sated with grudge and resentment, is quite interesting to know. Ant it appears with these two (Buhari and Tinubu), just when you think you have known them enough, you are just starting to know them: if you think that Buhari is the veritable ungrateful political ‘hunter’ who seeks out his hound only on the day of the hunt, then you should know that Tinubu is the quintessential faithful canine who has his eyes always on the game of hunt and not on the hunter. Tinubu is both an excellent political ‘dog of hunt’ and a smart, puny little ‘dog tail’ all rolled up in one. He knows exactly when to play the happy-tail-wagging spaniel.

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dankande2@gmail.com But he knows also how, even as the lone Alsatian of his ruling party, to sometimes tactfully allow himself to be wagged by the puny, little ‘tail’. The moral being ‘wag when you have to wag, and be wagged when you have to be wagged’! With Tinubu, both roles are aptly in the political detail –always. Knowing when and how to stoop to conquer. And knowing when and why sometimes to grandstand to overcome. For as they say, “you cannot teach an old dog new tricks”. Interestingly there is not a whimper anywhere, now that the Jagaban is re-confirmed as the only Hercules capable of cleansing the Party’s Augean Stable. There is no objection from any quarters. The objections will come only after the Asiwaju has cleansed the slimy Stable and has set up the dinner table. Then in unison they’ll rise to show how he is not gifted in the art of culinary dishing. But you see there is no ‘night’, the Hausas say, any bleaker than a bat has always known. Tinubu has seen it all. above all he has fathered a peaceful political revolution in Nigeria, which has not only shattered the myth of the invincibility of incumbency power, but which has also saved the nation from the malignance of a ruinous era bent on balkanizing our country. Yet he was assailed thereafter even by upstarts beautified by the political feathers that he had woven. Did they not say that he was the leader? The courageous Jagaban? The one who led from the front? And did he not lead them from

the front? Selflessly investing his time, his energy and his resources? Did we not see, from the pre-natal stages, the singular efforts of Tinubu corralling several ideological eggs into one political embryo, to give life to a new mega-party around which both progressives and even repentant fascists for the first time cooperated, to enact the parting of our political Red Sea? Did Tinubu not traverse the length and breadth of this country, building strong bridges of geo-ethnic and geopolitical consensus? Did Tinubu not put his life on the line to take on a desperate PDP incumbency? But just after he had set the political dinner table, did we not see them all turn vultures and hyenas against the Jagaban? Did they not say that although he was an excellent political chef, yet Tinubu was not to be trusted to dish from the table that he had set? Did they not say that he wanted to install a puppet leadership for the legislature. Well then, he was prevented from installing a ‘puppet’ leadership for the legislature. But did the ‘change-era’ that his revolution midwife eventually get the kind of legislature that it deserved? The Hausas say ‘wanda ya qi sharan masallaci, ba zai qi sharan kasuwa ba’: who will not sweep a place of worship, will soon scrub the market place. But they also say that ‘angulu bata san kudin doki ba’ –meaning ‘the vulture does not know the price of a horse’. But it knows best how to feed from its carcass. Every dog they say has his day.

The patient dog they say, eats the fattest bone. But come to think of it between Buhari and Tinubu there is no ‘dog’ and there is no ‘hunter’. They are each other’s dog and they are each other’s ‘hunter’

And now they are coming back to where it all started. From the Jagaban. The Path-finder. They might as well name him what the Yorubas call ‘Aboaba’ -the one to whom all rebels must turn. The APC edifice is an axial structure. And whether or not they like it, Tinubu continues to remain the crooked-looking head-cornerstone that has been keeping it from crumbling. The opposition has done all that it can to pull the Tinubu carpet off the feet of Buhari’s APC. They have cajoled and they have lobbied. They have blackmailed and they have intimidated. They have name-dropped and they have even appropriated his hallowed mouth to chew political garlic. They have given this ‘dog’ every bad name in the book, to hang it. They have failed. The Tinubu dog will not run with the hare and then hunt with the hounds. The patient dog they say, eats the fattest bone. But come to think of it between Buhari and Tinubu there is no ‘dog’ and there is no ‘hunter’. They are each other’s dog and they are each other’s ‘hunter’. Now’s the time for Tinubu to play Buhari’s ‘dog of hunt’: by corralling all the APC herd into one grazing reserve, for the President. On election day, Tinubu will be the ‘hunter’, while Buhari on the ballot will be his veritable ‘hunt dog’-to win the vote. So now, if you ever thought Buhari and Tinubu are like ‘chalk and cheese’, immixable, you are dead wrong. They have always been like ‘gin and lime’ – inseparable. And their political message has always been one: ‘if you love me, love my dog’.

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