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Vol. 13 No. 40 Tuesday, April 15, 2014

. . . putting the people first

Jimadal-Thani 16, 1435 AH

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How explosion killed over 71 – Witnesses

lWe‘ll defeat Boko Haram – Jonathan boasts lOpposition behind blast, PDP alleges >> Pg 2 lPresident needs help to tackle worsening insecurity – APC

Fire fighter putting off some vehicles still burning after the tragic bomb explosion, yesterday at Nyanya el-Rufai Bus stop, in Abuja.

70-yr-old HIV patient rapes girl, 13 >>> Pg 7

I regret voting for Jonathan – Kwankwaso >>> Pg 9

Photo: Mahmud Isa

Why I proposed 100 % resource control – Lamido >>> Pg 40


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News

CONTENTS News 2-10 Editorial 12 Op.Ed 13 Letters 14 Opinion 15 Metro 16,18 Business 19-22 Stockwatch 23 S/Report

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Agriculture 29

2015: PDP plots to take over Borno, Yobe – Page 6

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Digest

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Politics 37 News Extra

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Sports 41 Columnist 48

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How explosion killed over 71 – Witnesses By Lawrence Olaoye, Tobias Lengnan Dapam, Mashe Gwamna and Ayodele Samuel, Lagos with agency reports

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1 persons were officially confirmed killed by a bomb explosion at Nyanya, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), yesterday with several others injured. But unofficial reports had it that over 200 people, consisting of workers leaving the suburb for the city centre, petty traders, motorists and passers by may have lost their lives in the blast. Although no group has come out to claim responsibility as at the time of filing this reports suspicion was rife that the dastardly act may have been perpetrated by the deadly insurgents popularly known as Boko Haram sect. There were conflicting reports on how the blast occurred with some eyewitness claiming that the bomb may have been hurled into the park by a passer-by. Others claimed that it must have been detonated in one of the Abuja Mass Transit Buses, popularly called 'El-Rufai' by a suspected suicide bomber while some others claimed that the lethal material was detonated in a Volkswagen 'Sharon' bus parked inside the park. An eyewitness, also a commercial motorcycle rider, who gave his name as Wahad, told NAN that a man threw a bag containing the bomb into the congested park. “I was conveying a passenger to the park this morning when I saw a man throw a big black bag into the park; the next thing I saw was explosion,’’ Wahad said. Another eyewitness, David Lukman, however, said that the bomb was planted in a car at the park. “I am very sure the bomb was either planted at the park last night or a suicide bomber posing as passenger entered one of the cars with it,’’ he said. Several dead bodies and human parts littered the ground in and around the park after the blast. As at 10 a.m. more than 100 victims of the blast, made up of the dead and the injured, had been deposited at the National Hospital, Mrs. Rabia Labaran, an assistant information officer, at the hospital said. The Chief Medical Director of Maitama General Hospital, Abuja, Dr. Sotimehin Adetohun, confirmed that the 14 dead bodies and 37 injured persons were brought to the hospital, while two persons in critical conditions were transferred to National Hospital. Men of the Anti-bomb Squad of the Nigeria Police, Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) personnel arrived at the scene 20 minutes after the attack. Rescue workers battled to take the dead and injured to nearby hospitals, including Nyanya Gen-

eral Hospital. An Abuja-based journalist, resident at Nyanya, Mr. Romanus Ugwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he ran to the scene on hearing the blast. Ugwu said what he saw could be best described as a "gory sight" because many people were burning in some cars and were calling for help that never came to them while some were on the ground, helpless without limbs. "You have to be hard-hearted to look at these things. I saw a woman lying face down without limbs while one, who was surrounded by her children, struggled for life and gave up in their arms. "These attackers appear to be more pro-active than our rescue organisations and security agencies because so many lives would have been saved if help had come in time.'' Ugwu said he counted many bodies littered on the ground in the park, but could not say if all of them were dead. He, however, commended the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) personnel for their rescue efforts. Mr. Abdulrazak Haruna of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Response Unit of NSCDC, told NAN that he counted more than 100 bodies, including the injured while evacuating victims. "It is a sad experience. We counted 20 BRT buses, 14 cars, 24 commuter buses and 13 motorcycles.'' Mr. Femi Lawal, a survivor of the blast, who could not contain his joy and gratitude to God for sparing him, said he had dropped from one of the green buses from One-man Village and was heading to the park when the blast went off. Lawal said he fell and was dazed momentarily before realising what had happened. He said that he heard a loud bang, which nearly blinded him, and saw a thick smoke while people ran in confusion. The 32-year old man, who was apparently wounded on the wrist and neck, said "it is a day I will live to remember". CSP Frank Mba, Police Force spokesman, confirmed that 16 high capacity buses, some cars and motorcycles were affected in the explosion. He said investigation had begun. “Experts from the Bomb Disposal Squad are on ground, the police are working with other security agencies. “At this stage, we may not be able to give the casualty figure; the reasons are obvious; a lot of people are in the hospital; our detectives are visiting hospitals and taking count. “We want to give you figures that we can back up with facts,’’ he said. President Goodluck Jonathan who visited the scene of the blast in company with the Senate President, David Mark, and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed

Abubakar was received by the Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh as well as the Chiefs of Army, Navy and Airforce. The President assured the nation that the Boko Haram threat was just a temporary set back, promising that the country would triumph over the terrorists. He emphasized that there was need for the citizens to be enlightened to be security conscious and report suspicious persons and object to security agencies.

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eanwhile, The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the attack as barbaric, monstrous and extremely wicked insisting that it was politically motivated. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, while stating that the attack could not be justified under any guise posited that it could be traced to the utterances of desperate persons who seek to undermine and discredit the present administration and make the nation ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan by instituting a reign of terror against the people. The party stated “We stand by our earlier statements that these attacks on our people are politically motivated by unpatriotic persons, especially those in the APC, who have been making utterances and comments, promoting violence and blood-letting as a means of achieving political control. “Nigerians are also aware of utterances by certain APC governors which have been aimed at undermining our security forces and emboldening insurgents against the people. “Those who have been promoting violence through their utterances can now see the monster they have created. They can now see the end product of their comments; a country flowing daily with the blood of the innocent. The question is; how do they feel when they see the mangled and blood-soaked bodies of their victims? How do they feel when they hear the voices of the dying and the injured? “Of course they feel nothing. Their hearts have been hardened and they are embittered by the fact that they have been rejected by the people. They are bitter because the people have chosen to rally round the government they love and voted for; but must they chose the path of violence and bloodletting as a response to the wishes and aspiration of the people?”, the statement queried. While urging those fuelling the attacks to retrace heir steps, the PDP called on all well meaning Nigerians to stand up and join President Jonathan in his untiring efforts to check terrorism in the country.

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he APC in its response to the blast maintained that efforts made by the government so far in curtailing the insurgents have failed insisting

that President Jonathan needs all the helps he could get to address the challenge of insecurity in the country. The party in a statement issued by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, suggested that Jonathan should urgently convene a national stakeholders' security summit to help in finding a lasting solution to the spate of killing in the country. While maintaining that the PDP government has run out of ideas to tackle insecurity in the country, the APC stated that ''It is time for new thinking; new ideas to stop this insurgency before it consumes all of us. The attack, right on the outskirts of Abuja which has been spared this kind of spectacular strike since 2011 means those behind it are getting bolder and bolder, and it's time to stop them." APC said in the national interest and in the spirit of bipartisanship, it is willing and ready to be part of any positive efforts to end the daily loss of lives and the damage to property that seem to have hit a new high since the beginning of this year. Meanwhile, the party has described as despicable the PDP's attempt to trivialize a very serious issue and make the opposition the fall guy for its own egregious failure. ''The PDP and the government it leads at the centre should realize that this issue is beyond politics and partisanship, and should reach out to other stakeholders to help find a way to end the insurgency that has now defied all measures, including a state of emergency. ''Trying to blame the opposition for the attack, as the harebrained PDP has irresponsibly done even when the bodies of the victims are still lying in the morgue, cannot advance a genuine push to end the insurgency,'' the party said. It wondered whether the PDP's ignoble accusation is part of a sinister motive to call the dog a bad name just to hang it. ''PDP is so desperate that it will stop at nothing to plunge Nigeria into chaos just to achieve its objective of clinging to power at all costs. Its baseless and infantile accusation, at a time of great national pain, may be a ploy to instigate a clampdown against the opposition. We are therefore calling on all our members, and indeed all the good people of Nigeria, to be vigilant in the days ahead,'' the party said. The Nyanya blast would be the seventh in the series within and around the FCT. Others include those of 2010 Independence Day; Modagishu (Abacha) Barracks bombing of December, 2010; United Nations Headquarters Building bombing in 2011; Police Headquarters bombing of June 2011; This Day bombing in 2012 and the Madalla (Suleja) Catholic Church bombing on Christmas Day in 2012.


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PEOPLES DAILY, TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2014

News Tambuwal’s convoy in road mishap in Kaduna l No, it is not true, says aide From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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wo people were killed and scores sustained serious injuries in a multiple accident involving the convoy of the Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon Aminu Tambuwal. Investigation showed that the accident occurred around 10.45 a.m yesterday, in Kaduna, along Ali Akilu Road. The convoy was said to be coming out from the Deluxe Suites and zoomed into the road trying to stop other approaching vehicles in an effort to create way for their principal. Our reporter gathered that, in order to avoid collision with the Speaker’s convoy, a commercial bus, with Kano number XA 863

FGE stopped abruptly, which resulted in other vehicles ramming into each other. A Toyota Hiace, with registration number XA 657 PAK, in the process, crashed into a cement wall fence allegedly killing two passengers, a lady and a man in front of the bus, while the driver and other passengers inside the vehicle sustained injuries. Eyewitnesses said even after the accident, the convoy allegedly did not bother to stop but rather proceeded towards Kaduna-South which many to suspect that they were escaping to Abuja. This did not go down well with passers-by and other road users who used their vehicles and other objects to barricade the ever-busy road, thereby created a very long traffic hold up. This went on for about

two hours as other road users tried to seek alternative routes to continue their journey. The joint team of military and police personnel was later deployed to the site, under the command of Col. Adebayo Fawole, who directed that the crowd be dispersed. A towing van was later brought to remove the damaged vehicles from the scene. The dead and injured were moved to Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital for treatment. Confirming the incident, the state chairman of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Comrade Alhassan Haruna 313, said immediately he got the news of the accident, he sent the chairman of Kawo Motor Park and Central Market to

the scene, and that they reported to him that two persons lost their lives in the accident. When contacted on phone, the media aide to the Speaker, Alhaji Imam Imam, however denied that his principal’s convoy was involved in any accident, saying perhaps the entourage that went before the Speaker were responsible. Notwithstanding, he said, the Office of the Speaker was waiting for details of the accident. As at the time of filing this report, stern looking security men were seen monitoring the scene, while Barau Dikko Hospital turned to a Mecca of some sort as curious commercial motorcyclists and others trooped to the hospital to have a glimpse of the victims.

NNPC appoints Ohi Alegbe as spokesman By Etuka Sunday

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he Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday announced the appointment of Mr. Ohi Alegbe as Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the corporation. A statement signed by the corporation’s Group Executive Director, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Bernard Otti, on behalf of the management of the Corporation, the appointment is with immediate effect. An alumnus of the University of Benin, Mr. Alegbe comes on the job with three decades of experience which has seen him traverse broadcast, print, public relations and advertising genres of public communication.

Borno Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima (middle), inspecting an ongoing urban renewal project, yesterday at Hausari Quarters, in Maiduguri. With him is the state Head of Service, Alhaji Bukar Yakubu (left), and Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Ibrahim Bukar (right). Photo: NAN

Combined security forces recover IEDs, weapons in Bauchi From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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combined security outfit of Police and Army has recovered weapons and explosives in Shira local government area of Bauchi state following an attack by unknown gunmen on Mothercat Construction Company yesterday, in an attempt to cart away some explosives materials being used by the company for their construction. The Bauchi state Command Public Relation Officer (PRO),

DSP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the incident to journalists yesterday in Bauchi, saying that the combined forces responded on time and engaged the hoodlums in a fierce gun battle for more than one hour, which forced them to abandon a full loaded pick-up with explosive materials, motor cycles and escape with bullet wounds. He said the entire area was cordoned-off and that effort is being intensified to arrest the fleeing suspects .

Power: Transcorp Ughelli upgrades generation capacity to 360MW By Etuka Sunday

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ne of the new owners of electricity generating plants, Ughelli Power Plc, in Delta state, has announced the upgrade of the plant’s generating capacity from 160megawatts (MW) to 360MW. Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp) disclosed this recently, in its 2013 annual report and financial statement, noting that it plans to increase the plant’s output to 3,000MW within the next three to five years. The report, which was signed by the Chief Executive Officer, Obinna Ufudo, noted that its energy section is envisaging an Energy City with the Ughelli plant as a hub, which will catalyse industrial development in the country. It said, “The planned Energy City will comprise fertiliser and petrochemical plants among other heavy industries,” adding that the hub will positively impact in the host communities to provide educational, health and sporting facilities of global standards. Transcorp, which also majors in oil and gas said it is bent on fast-tracking oil exploration and is ready to explore opportunities for the acquisition of oil and gas assets available from on-going divestiture of on-shore assets by International Oil Companies (IOCs) and sale of marginal fields by the federal government. “We have stepped up our engagement with the Ministry of Petroleum and regulatory bodies to complete the documentation and pre-drilling activities for our oil block OPL 281,” it disclosed. The annual statements revealed that its revenue grew by 42 percent from N13.2billion to N18.8bn in 2013 just as its shareholders unanimously approved the recommended N1.93bn dividend for the year 2013.

1 killed others injured, several houses razed in Bauchi village attack From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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ne person was killed and others injured and several houses were razed down in an attack by unknown gunmen at Wasasa village, in Tafawa-Balewa LGA of Bauchi state. The incident, which occurred in the lately hours of Sunday, was said to have caused pandemonium among residents of the area, whereby people ran helter-skelter for their dear lives. It was gathered that during the night attack, some under-age chil-

dren were said to be among the gunshot victims, with several others fleeing the village for safety. It was learnt that the unknown gunmen stormed the area when residents were sleeping and started shooting sporadically to scare people and succeeded in burning several houses and subsequently fleeing into thin air before the arrival of security men. The sources confirmed to journalists that only one person was killed while others were injured, including several houses burnt. According to the source, al-

ready, security personnel have been dispatched to the troubled zone, with a view to unravel the perpetrators, assuring that those arrested will face the full wrath of the law. Meanwhile, the Bauchi state police command’s spokesman, DSP Mohammed Haruna, who confirmed the attack, said one person was killed and one injured while a house was burnt down in Wasasa village in Tafawa-Balewa. Haruna added that no arrest was effected, but that the command has already dispatched police to the area.


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Abuja Bomb Blast

Nyanya Bombing: Sultan wants perpetrators exposed From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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ultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasri Islam (JNI), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday condemned the bombing which left scores of persons dead around Nyanya area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with a call on security agents to ensure the perpetrators are exposed so as to face wrath of the law. Speaking at the JNI Central

Council meeting at its National Headquarters, the Sultan prayed to Allah to expose the perpetrators of the evil act, saying that, Nigeria needs God’s intervention now more than ever before. He expressed worries on the

killing of Muslims saying that as always Muslims are at the receiving end because more Muslims are being killed on daily basis. “We condemn the bombing in strong terms and pray that Allah will expose the perpetrators in

the nearest future. There is the urgent need for the government to come to the aid of innocent Nigerians who are always victims of the attacks and bombings. According to him, Nigerians need to put their heads together

Bombings: Atiku calls for foreign assistance

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ormer Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar has expressed anger and sadness at the bombings of the Nyanya Bus Park in the suburbs of Abuja that left scores dead and many injured. The former Vice-President said, in a statement by his media office in Abuja, that this needless bloodletting cannot continue unabated and requires new strategies to nip it in the bud. He described those behind the bombings as evil and callous, with scant regard for the sanctity of human life. Atiku said the latest bombings by insurgents should be a wake-up call to all Nigerians on the imperative of ending the trade-blame game and working together to end this scourge. “As a country, we are not doing enough of focusing on and implementing solutions,” the former Vice President said. “We are all guilty of expending endless energy on handwringing and the trading of blame, none of which is able to save lives or change the status quo.” The former Vice President recalled that government had, in February this year, spoken about its successes in pushing Boko Haram to the “fringes” of the North East, where a state of emergency currently exists in a number of states, and where the Boko Haram terrorist group has carried out many recent and deadly attacks. “The bombings, which took place at a motor park in Nyanya a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, automatically cast doubts on the claims of containing the crisis to the fringes of the country. “There is an urgent need for the government of Nigeria to review its methods and strategies for dealing with terrorism,” Atiku said. He called for a step up in intelligence, listening posts, picking up trends and conversations with a view to pre-empting terrorist attacks. The former Vice President also stated that it is time for Nigeria to accept foreign assistance with fighting terrorism in the country.

Kick-polio-out volunteers immunising a child, yesterday at Onipanu Bus-Stop, in Lagos.

Photo: NAN

NHRC condemns Nyanya bomb blast ...As SERAP urges FG to do more to end bombing tragedies By Sunday Ejike Benjamin

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he National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has condemned yesterday’s bomb blast in Nyanya motor park, a satellite town in Abuja, which led to the death and injury of several persons, even as the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has said the unlawful and unnecessary killings show that the measures the Federal Government is taking to tackle the Boko Haram phenomenon are inadequate and simply not working. In a statement issued by the Chief Press Officer of the NHRC, Fatimah Agwai Mohammed, the Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Bem Angwe reiterated that there was no justification for the killing and maiming of human beings by any person or group; hence he called on the security agencies to be more vigilant and proactive in their counter terrorism measures. He decried the proliferation

of small arms and improvised explosive devices which he said “exacerbated the precarious security situation experienced in different parts of the country”. Prof. Angwe noted that the violence triggered a series of violations of rights and reminded perpetrators of such violent acts of the need to respect and uphold the sanctity of human lives. He however reminded the security operatives, whom he noted have enormous responsibilities on their shoulders, to always operate within the rules of engagement so as to avert further deterioration of human rights situation, stressing that the Geneva Convention of 1949 and other International Instruments place a limit to means and weapons of warfare. While commiserating with the bereaved and the injured persons, the Chief Executive Officer of NHRC enjoins the public, including community leaders, civil society organizations, the academia, religious leaders and faith

based organizations to play an active role in engaging relevant groups and governmental authorities on the present circumstances, with a view to suggesting ways of restoring peace and harmony in the country. Meanwhile, SERAP has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to “show leadership and urgently initiate fundamental changes in the security strategy to end continuing civilian casualties, and a climate of insecurity across the country.” In the statement signed by SERAP executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni the group said, “Nigerians have heard promises from this government before that it would take all possible steps to prevent bombing tragedies and citizens’ deaths and injuries. But if this government is to be taken seriously on its promises to protect the citizens, this latest explosion needs to be the last of its kind. The government must now come up with a blueprint to end continuing bombing tragedies.”

regardless of religion or tribe and find a lasting solution to the problem. In his remarks,, Governor Muktar Ramalan Yero said the only solution to the killings is prayers and urged Nigerians to turn to God in prayers, seek for forgiveness and further harp on the need to put aside sentiments. “The burden of expectations on the JNI is huge, both from government and the ordinary citizens of our great country. While government expects this organization to play a more active role in the process of resolving the current state of insecurity in some parts of the country, the ordinary Nigerian, especially Muslims look upon the JNI as beacon of hope in resolving their numerous socio-economic challenges. “Today, Muslims in Nigeria are plagued by poverty, insecurity, unemployment and high rate of illiteracy. It is therefore time for the JNI to partner with both government and non-governmental bodies in advancing the course of Islam and Muslims,” he said.

FG ban movies on Boko Haram From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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he Federal Government yesterday said it has banned movies showcasing Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern Nigeria. Director General Nigeria Film and Video Censorship Board NFVCB, Ms. Patricia Bala speaking in Lagos, at an interactive forum organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) on entertainment industry in Nigeria said the board will not approve any movie promoting insecurity and disunity in the country. Bala who was represented by NFVCB Director Operations, Cornel Ayim said a lot of movies if released into the market could lead to a civil war in the country. “Some movies are misrepresenting what is happening in the country, portraying that some ethnic and religious groups are targets of insurgents. If we allow them into the market it could lead to another civil war so we have to stop them.” She said a movie titled ‘Boko Haram’ which flooded the market recently was not censored by the board before it was released. Bala said the board also stopped a movie on APO 6 after the Security Service intervened. . “ We have good relationship with security agencies to protect the unity of this country.”


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Abuja Bomb Blast

Mark, Tambuwal, Ihedioha condemn Nyanya attack

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi & Umar Muhammad Puma

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enate President, David Mark has condemned the Nyanya -Abuja Monday morning bombing that left hundreds of people dead and advised the perpetrators to rethink, saying it is a needless war. In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, Mark

said: “It is hard to believe that this is happening to us. No matter the anger or grievances in any body’s mind. This war on defenceless citizens is uncalled for”. Mark who was already at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport, Abuja to Ibadan, Oyo state capital to attend the birthday of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1 , on his 100 years and to receive

a Chieftaincy title from the revered monarch, on hearing the bomb blast, made a u - turn in honor of the victims. He sympathized with the victims and reminded Nigerians of the need to be their brothers’ keeper at all times. He called on security operatives to collaborate with each other, even as he counseled them to be more proactive in order to end the menace.

L-R: Senate President David Mark, President Goodluck Jonathan, and AIG Zone 7, Suleiman Abba, inspecting the scene of explosion, yesterday at Nyanya Motor Park, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Insurgency: Enough of security summit, time for action - Saraki From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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he Immediate past Governor of Kwara State and Chairman, Senate committee on Environment and Ecology, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has told President Goodluck Jonathan to stop security summits and consolations to the victims of bomb blast carried out by insurgents and take proper action. Saraki, who described the Nyanya bomb blast of Monday as baffling and heartbreaking where scores of innocent citizens were killed on a Monday morning lamented that the nation has lost innocent lives in the hands of terrorists.

The former governor of Kwara state, in a statement he personally signed noted that the growing insecurity which has spanned over three years unabated has threatened the unity of the nation, and weaken its socio-economic and political strength. “It is unfortunate that in the face of this growing insurgence, the federal government is unable to overcome the challenge and provide adequate and holistic approach to security of the lives and properties of Nigerians. “Beyond usual promises and consolations to the masses, the federal government should improvise and adopt advance security measures and counter terror-

ism strategies that can provide adequate security in the nation. “There is an urgent need for Political cooperation across the board. I call on Mr President to call a joint meeting of leaders from all political divides, religious and opinion leaders to deliberate on the nation’s security plight. “Enough of rhetoric and workshop or summit on security matter. What we need now is action and commitment. It is my belief that for the sake of the innocent lives our political resolve must be as strong as the military option”, he said and sympathised with the families of those affected and pray Almighty Allah to comfort them.

Attack is cruel, barbaric - Interior Minister By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro has described yesterday’s bomb blast that killed scores in Nyanya motor park as cruel and barbaric. Moro who made the condemnation in a statement issued yesterday by his Special Assistant on Media, George Udoh, lamented that, “It is unthinkable that rational minds will just wake up with only one devilish thing in

mind; to cause sorrow to families, wreak deep psychological pain on the society for reasons yet to be known by Nigerians”. He further decried the continued senseless killing of Nigerians by members of Boko Haram, maintaining that he was deeply worried that noting in the world could justify the dastardly act being perpetuated by the terrorist group. The minister urged them embrace dialogue and shone vio-

lence. While commiserating with the families of the defenceless students who lost their lives in the dastardly act, the Minister assured Nigerians that the current administration will continue to do everything within available resources to discharge his constitutional and statutory responsibilities of providing secured environment for Nigerians and foreigners domiciled in the country.

Similarly, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has condemned the Monday morning bomb blast which killed dozens of commuters and other innocent Nigerians in Abuja. In a statement issued in Calabar by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Imam Imam, Tambuwal described the attack as cowardly and barbaric. He said all Nigerians must join hands to bring an end to the spate of wanton killings in the country. According to him, considering the pattern of previous attacks in the country, security agencies should beef up surveillance around motor parks and related areas all over the federation. The Speaker further urged security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of the violent act are brought to justice, adding that the gains recorded by the security agencies in their battle against terror should be consolidated in order to protect the citizens at all times. While condoling with the families of those who lost loved ones in the blast, Tambuwal prayed for the quick recovery of those injured. Meanwhile, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha also condemned the blast and described as the mindless, heinous and unwarranted wickedness against innocent lives that have been cut short in another unexplainable orgy of bloodletting. He urged security agencies to

go the extra mile to bring those behind the dastardly act to book while offering deep condolences to the families that have lost loved ones and those injured in the unfortunate incident. According to him, Nigerians of goodwill join those affected in this national moment of grief as they are not alone in this trying time of violence and insurgency plaguing the country. He called for prayers for Nigeria and urged members of the public to be extra vigilant and offer necessary cooperation to security agents as they strive to tackle insecurity in the land. On his part, member representing Tsafe Gusau federal constituency of Zamfara state, Rep Ibrahim Shehu Gusau, also condemned the blast, saying the people behind the blast do not have any reason to kill innocent people who set out for their daily activities. Rep Gusau said the bombing, which leave many casualties, was a very sad and callous act that underscored the need for the government to find whatever ways of tackling the insecurity in the country. The lawmaker who said this yesterday at the National Assembly in Abuja, said with the level of insecurity in the country, “I think a lot of money needs to be put into security. No amount of money would be too much for security issues. It is high time that government give it the attention is requires”.

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News

Immigration arrest 107 illegal migrants in Borno

From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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he Nigeria Immigration Service in Borno state has arrested 107 illegal migrants who came into the country through illegal routes without valid travel papers. Comptroller-General of the service in the state, Modu Musa, who disclosed this in Maiduguri yesterday, while parading the immigrants before newsmen, said they were arrested during an exercise last week. Musa, who maintained that the exercise is a routine job of manning illegal routes by personnel of the service, added that the arrested immigrants were nationals of Chad and Nigeriens. He noted that the Comptroller-General of the Service is committed towards making the borders more secure which is why the state command was provided with 4×4 wheel drive patrol vehicles. “This has re-positioned our staff, who have been deployed to strategic locations at various units across the state to carry out our routine job of manning illegal routes as a result of which these 107 illegal immigrants without valid travel documents were arrested” the immigration boss added. The Comptroller-General advised the neighboring countries to strictly adhere to the entry condition, by ensuring that citizens of their countries wishing to visit Nigeria possess valid travel documents. He also called on traditional rulers of border communities to assist the Immigration personnel in exposing illegal immigrants who pass through their villages and towns. Our correspondent gathered that among most of the arrested aliens,12 women were picked up at illegal routes between Borno and Chad while a few of them were arrested in some parts of Maiduguri metropolis, the Borno state capital.

2015: PDP plots to take over Borno, Yobe By Lawrence Olaoye

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s 2015 general elections approaches ,the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has concluded arrangement to take over both Borno and Yobe states through a tactical team headed by the Minister of State for Power, Hon. Mohammed Wakil. A tactical committee has been set up comprising of some key leaders from the zone with series of meetings already held in Abuja and Maiduguri. The party’s plan

is to take over not just Borno and Yobe states but Ekiti and Osun states to compensate for whatever loss the party may experience in the North/Western part of the country at the 2015 general elections. The party committee said to have the blessing of the Pre s id e ncy is s aid t o h ave prepared an elaborate plan hinged on three pronged strategies for the operation to take over Borno and Yobe states.

The agenda is based on three strategies which implementation is said to be ongoing in the affected states. At a time that debate is on as to whether election should hold in the two states or not, checks showed that the Presidency accepted the three pronged agenda in anticipation that election will still be held in the two states. Wakil, who is a former NorthEast Zonal Vice-Chairman of the party, is specifically tasked with the implementation of the

Prospective bridegrooms during a mass wedding, yesterday in Gombe.

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Gov Aliyu appoints Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu as the 13th Emir of Agaie

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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iger State governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has approved the appointment of Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu as the 13th Emir of Agaie, following the death of the late Emir, Alhaji Muhammadu Kudu Abubakar III on March 30th 2014. Nuhu’s appointment was conveyed in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government,

Alhaji Saidu Ndako Idris Kpaki, who said Nuhu’s appointment followed majority decision of the kingmakers of the emirate on April 5th 2014. Nuhu was amongst the 13 contestants from the Suleimanu ruling house who indicated interest for the vacant position. He polled three votes to beat two other opponents, Alhaji Nuhu Attahiru Nkochi and Alhaji Mohammed Tsadu Kawu who polled two votes

each. Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu was until his appointment the Nagenu of Agaie and the District Head of Goyiko. Nuhu is married and blessed with children and he is a member of the association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The statement called on stakeholders and the good people Agaie Emirate to give the new Emir all the necessary support.

Niger govt clears 3 years scholarship arrears to students

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna he Niger state Government has cleared the scholarship arrears for all category of students of the state origin in higher institutions of learning within the country. N704,569,970 was paid to over 58,538 students covering their entitlement for the academic years 2011, 2012 and 2013.Government has also completed arrangements for the payment of the 2014 session scholarship which will cost the

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administration over N94million. The Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Dr Mohammad Bashar Nuhu who disclosed this at a post executive council media briefing in Minna yesterday said the verification exercise carried out by the ministry was the cause of the delay of payment of scholarship to the students. Acc o r din g to Dr . N uh u, government was able to discover over 7000 ghost students on the scholarship payroll while not less than N125 million has been saved

from the verification exercise. The Commissioner attributed the success recorded in the verification exercise to the introduction of a special scratch card (katin Talbin) which was issued to all students and which made it mandatory for students to collect their entitlements from the banks. He noted that if there is any outcry from any student, “it is from those who are not eligible for the scholarship but managed to fix their

names on the register”. He lamented that even the register prepared by the institutions on the request of the government were discovered to be filled with fictitious names wondering how the students were able to beat the security of the universities. Dr Nuhu said the Ministry is now at an advanced stage of opening a website for applicants to register on line saying that all the applicants will also be screened cleared and registered on line’.

three point strategies starting with Borno state .The first plan, according to a source privy to the agenda, is to push ahead with the ploy to lure the Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima into the PDP. The plot is said to have reached an advanced state even though the reconciliation between Senator Ali Modu-Sherrif and the governor is still shaky. A PDP source said the party, through Wakil is reaching out to ensure that the governor is given a space to rerun for the governorship in 2015 on the platform of the PDP. Checks showed that Wakil is a childhood friend of the governor and he was said to have had several meetings with the governor to impress on him the need to cross over to the PDP. The governor was also full of praises of Wakil and top PDP leaders who visited him at the Government House. The second plot was the immediate rebuilding of Borno PDP which has started in earnest going by development in Borno chapter of the party. It was learnt that the PDP structure was virtually paralyzed with series of defection and very low morale among party members.

Groups canvass free education, healthcare for persons with disabilities From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Kaduna State Government has been urged to provide free education and healthcare for persons living with disabilities to reduce their sufferings and better their living conditions. Speaking in Kaduna over the weekend at the Disability Bill Roundtable Review Meeting organized by Gender Working Group (GWG) in collaboration with Joint National Associations of Persons living With Disabilities (JONAPWD) and State Accountability and Voice Initiative (SAVI), Mrs. Hauwa Dikko-Farouk of the Fatima Dikko Foundation and representative of the Coordinator of GWG said this was part of the solutions proffered at an Inclusion Forum Stakeholder meeting on how best to advocate for the review of the Disability Bill for Kaduna State. Dikko-Farouk said waiver of taxation for persons with disabilities and the creation of a Commission to cater for all the constitutional Rights of Persons with Disabilities has also been proposed, adding that the review meeting is expected to pave the way to ensuring the passage of the Disability Bill in Kaduna state.


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From Matthew Aramunde, Lagos

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middle-aged trader at Katan-Gowa market in the Oke - Odo local development area of Lagos state, Mrs. Chidima Egwu, has petitioned the Police High Command, alleging threat to her life. The embattled trader, who deals in second-hand clothing, in a petition made available to the press and addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos state, is calling on the police authorities to come to her rescue as she is alleging threat to life, stealing of her money and bales of second-hand clothing worth over N500, 000. She is also alleging that those behind her woes secured the services of men of the Ile -Epo Police Division to illegally arrest, detain and continuously embarrass and harass her.

The trouble, according to the woman, started when some times in 2012 she rented a shop from one William Udemba, who introduced himself as the owner of the said shop. She then paid him N96, 000 rent for the period of one year. However she said, after two years of regular payment to her “landlord” she was in her shop one fateful day when an elderly woman approached her wanting to know who she was, as she claimed and introduced herself as the land lady of the shop she(Chidima) is occupying. It was with shock and disbelief that she mustered up courage to tell this “stranger”, that she rented the shop from one William Udemba and have been paying N96, 000 annually. Chidima said she was more shocked when the lady informed her that William Udemba whom she originally rented the shop to has only been remitting to her

bank account N48,000 which was the amount she gave out the shop to the said William fourteen years ago. Speaking further, she said the middle aged woman before leaving, instructed her to tell William to see her and that when he eventually came and she informed him of her encounter with the unexpected stranger and what they discussed, William went livid with anger and that she observed that since then, she has been harassed and traumatized by William. Narrating further, she said under pressure, she took the matter to the market union leaders in order to get reprieve but to her chagrin, William who is a member of the market union executive, have been able to persuade his fellow executive members to turn the heat on her and rather than get the anticipated reprieve, some executives allegedly started demanding sex from her to which

she bluntly refused to accede to. For her effrontery, the men of Ile-Epo Police Division were invited into the matter before whom she was branded a trouble maker and without proper investigation, she was arrested, detained and even when she was released, one Odus and some hoodlums on behalf of the market executives continually threatened to deal with her for being stubborn. If she thought that those threats were empty threats, the executives of the market started initiating the process of evicting her by increasing the rent from N96,000 she hitherto has been paying to N120,000 and when she demanded to know why the sudden increase, they sent thugs to beat her up inflicting bodily injuries on her. The sordid situation came to headway when sometime in February 2014, she returned from a trip to Imo State to discover

Two nabbed with fake dollar notes in Bauchi

Police arraigns two youths for stabbing man with broken bottle

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wo fraudsters have been nabbed with 123,000 pieces of US dollar notes of 100 denominations suspected to be counterfeit in Bauchi state. Bauchi State Police Command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed confirmed the arrest to newsmen yesterday, in Bauchi. He said, “Police detectives, while acting on intelligence report, arrested one Iliya Garba and Abdulmuminu Garba of Gurun village in plateau State with 123 Pieces of 100 denominations of American US Dollars and N86, 000 suspected to be counterfeit and that investigation is in progress”. A security source also told news men that the suspect claimed to be jinn and collect huge amount of money from their victims and pledged to make them rich. He said they used different voices in techno hand set to deceive their victims as Jinn are speaking with them and they were arrested while trying to receive money from one of their victims in Bauchi.

T An anti-bomb official searching for particles of the explosion from the crater at the scene of Nyanya Motor Park blast, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

70-yr-old HIV patient rapes girl, 13

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70-year-old man has been arrested for raping a 13-year-old girl in Barkin Ladi Local Government of Plateau State. The man whose name has been withheld was said to have raped the girl last Thursday. The suspect said to be in police net is infected with HIV and is on anti-

retroviral drugs. The old man was said to have been caught in the act by the son of the landlord, who immediately reported the matter to the police. It was also gathered that the old man had confessed committing the crime, but later denied after some of his kinsmen told him to deny raping the

minor. The Plateau state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Olakpe confirmed that the 70-year-old man is in police custody in Barkin Ladi, for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl but said he would be transferred to the headquarters in Jos. (NAN)

Trader arraigned over theft of N2.4m worth of drinks

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trader, Innocent Edward, yesterday appeared before an Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State, charged with stealing 900 crates of beer and drinks worth N2, 404,200. Edward, a resident of No. 20, Seyifunmi St., Okitipupa, is facing a one-count charge of stealing.

again to her shock, that her shop had been sealed up and when she protested and was allowed to gain entrance, discovered that bales of second hand clothing worth N400,000 and cash sum of N120,000 were carted away and when she demanded to know why the market executives unlawfully broke into her shop to cart away her goods and money ,she was handed a notice that for her insubordination and alleged refusal to submit to their sexual advances, she is hereby forthwith banned from doing any business in the market for two months. When our Crime Correspondent visited the market, those who spoke on the condition of anonymity revealed that the market executives live and operates like lord of the manor and that their word is law and that any trader that dare question their actions and inactions does so at his or peril. Efforts to talk to those who are in charge of the market met with brick walls as our correspondent reliably gathered that the Chairman who is only competent to talk on issues of this nature, was not available As at the time of going to Press, the Area Commander, Area M Command, Shinkafi, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), upon notice have demanded that the market executive be invited to his office at Idimu.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Zedekiah Orogbemi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on February 7, at 4.35 p.m., at No. 12, Hospital Road, Okitipupa. Orogbemi said the accused was a former customer of the owner of the store, one John Emeulomo, adding also that the accused

brought a truck to the store and carted away the goods comprising crates of Star, Heineken, Gulder, Maltina and Farouz soft drinks. The prosecutor said the offence was contrary to Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. The Magistrate, Mr Olalekan Awodeyi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N2 million, with a surety in like sum and adjourned the case till April 28, for further hearing. (NAN)

wo unemployed youths were yesterday arraigned in Lagos over the theft of N85,000 and the assault of their victim, Waheed Ajao, with broken bottles. Moshood Ismaila, 17, and Abiola Ajetunmobi, 21, who both reside at Ijora-Badia area of Apapa, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, assault and stealing before an Apapa Chief Magistrates Court in Lagos. The Prosecutor, ASP. Soji Ojaokomo, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 7 at Afolabi Street, IjoraBadia, Apapa. Ojaokomo said the accused conspired with others still at large, and unlawfully assaulted Waheed Ajao by stabbing him with a broken bottle on the neck and pouring hot oil on his body. He said the accused persons also stole N85, 000 from Ajao. The prosecutor said the offences committed contravened Sections 171, 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. However, the accused pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluyemisi Adelaja, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50,000 each, with one surety each in like sum and adjourned the case till May 6, for trial. (NAN).


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I regret voting for Jonathan - Kwankwaso

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ano state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has said that he regrets voting for President Goodluck Jonathan, because the president has disappointed Nigerians. According to a press statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Relations to the Governor, Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, Kwankwaso stated this at the weekend, saying, “I am regretting for voting President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 Presidential Election, as he has done nothing to move the nation forward”, he alleged, adding that Kano people are not welcoming the president for Tuesday’s state visit since there is no project in any part of the state that Jonathan's Federal Government has, or is, undertaking. The governor added that since Jonathan assumed office, nothing has been done towards the development of the nation, lamenting that under President Jonathan, corruption, insecurity and embezzlement of treasury have become the order of the day. “Only a few people are enjoying in Nigeria at the expense of the generality of the citizenry” Kwankwaso said, lamenting that despite the Presidents manifest inadequacies, the incumbent president is bent on being reelected in 2015, declaring that achieving such an objective is impossible. Governor Kwankwaso made these statements during APC Elders Meeting, at Government House, Kano, noting that people are still waiting to hear the truth about the missing alleged mismanaged 20 billion USD Federal funds, which led to the suspension of

the CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. “If someone alleges that N20 million is missing in one of the Kano state ministries, first of all, I will investigate the matter and if find the allegation is true, I must commend the person for job well done and then take the appropriate action on it,” Kwankwaso emphasized. He, therefore, asserted that adding that Kano people will not welcome the President on today’s state visit because he has done nothing to make life better for them, rather he has unjustifiably sacked "our illustrious and respected son, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi”. He urged the electorate to vote for APC in 2015 in order to form central and state governments, disclosing that APC is now the most powerful party in Africa.

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Olubadan’s ‘pure mind’ is secret of long life, says Ajimobi From Seyi Ojelade, Ibadan

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overnor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has attributed the 100 years of existence of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana, Odugade 1, to a pure heart

devoid of hatred for any one . He made this known yesterday, during a Church service held to mark the monarch’s birthday, which held at the St. Peters Aremo, Ibadan. According to him, Oba Odulana

harboured no hatred or bitterness against anyone and asked the present generation of Nigerians to learn a critical lesson from his life. “Those who knew him, even before his ascendancy to the throne, speak eloquently about a man who

typifies honour and nobility. He has an attachment to the place of humanity in the scheme of things. “Perhaps, in the fact that Kabiyesi constantly ventilates his heart from the consuming fire of bitterness towards his fellow man

and his sworn avowal to always do good to everyone, can be found the secret of his longevity. We all have one lesson or the other to learn from this purification of the heart from the cancer of hatred,” he said. While extolling Oba Odulana as a gentleman and a man of honour, he said the monarch typified the Yoruba classification of an honourable man. “In the Olubadan is a demonstration of the elusive concept of ‘Omoluabi’. The Omoluabi, for the purpose of clarification, is that man who carries nobility, human goodness and trust around him like a pouch. With Kabiyesi, you know where you stand, as he does not suffer fools gladly.

Yuguda pardons 148 inmates in Bauchi From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

G L-R Former Senate President and Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT), Ken Nnamani Centre (KNCLD), President Goodluck Jonathan, Executive Director KNCLD, Professor Ebere Onwudiwe, and Head, USAID in Nigeria, Mr. Michael Harvey, during their visit to the president, recently at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Ogun pledges support for rainstorm victims From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

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he Ogun state government has promised victims of Sunday’s rainstorm in Idogo and Ipake communities in YewaSouth local government area of the state with provision of relief materials to reduce their plight. The rainstorm damaged about 100 houses in the two communities, including a public primary school in Idogo. Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, who made government decision known yesterday, when he led the state government’s

delegation on an on-the-spot assessment tour of the affected communities. Adeoluwa, who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Environment, Engr. Ayo Olubori, his counterpart in the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Muyiwa Oladipo and and others, described the incident as a great loss, not only to the affected communities, but to the state as a whole. While thanking God that no life was lost to the disaster, the SSG noted that the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was deeply touched by the incident, which necessitated

the inspections to ascertain the level of the damage. “ While assuring the villagers that the relief materials would be brought to them soonest, Adeoluwa revealed that the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) was already on ground for proper house to house enumeration and assessment to determine needs of victims. Speaking on behalf of their communities, the Onidogo of Idogo, Oba Saheed Olubiyi and the Baale of Ipake, Chief Dauda Fadairo thanked the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his timely response

and pledged their continued support for the programmes and policies of his administration which they noted had impacted positively in their lives. Narrating his ordeal, one of the victims, the Basorun of Idogo, Chief Gbadamosi Amusa explained that he and his household escaped death by the whiskers, as they were almost trapped by the debris of his collapsed building while they were asleep. “Only God can explain how we narrowly escaped, because this is where I and my wife were sleeping before the roof suddenly came down. We thank God for protecting us all he said.

Work on Lokoja-Shintaku bridge to commence in October From Omale Adama Lokoja

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onstruction work on the proposed Confluence Bridge across River Niger and Benue, in Kogi state, for easy accessibility between the north and south divide of the country is to commence in October this year. The project, which is expected to gulp N49 billion naira when completed, will be ready for public use upon completion, after 36 months of gestation. The bridge is expected to link Ganaja, in Ajaokuta local government

council to Shintaku in Bassa local government council of the state. The project which is under Public Private Partnership (PPP) is expected to be supported by the Kogi state government as the company handling the project, WALCOTT Nigeria Limited, in conjunction with some financial institutions, is expected to improve the socioeconomic activities of the state. The Managing Director of the company, Mr. Christopher Ezea, who led the delegation on a visit to Kogi state Governor, Captain Idris Wada yesterday, expressed their

pride in partnering with Wada’s administration to bring the muchagitated-for bridge to a reality. Responding, the Kogi state governor, Captain Idris Wada said the bridge will open up the socioeconomic potentials lying untapped in the vast area for development of the state. Captain Wada noted that it will serve as huge beacon of advantage, to develop Lokoja as a modern state, pointing out that it will also boost socio-economic activities of the state capital. The governor stressed that

government will support the project with unwavering political will, saying that as a government, they believe in the project and promised ‘’we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the project is completed in 36 months projection by the company”. Captain Wada added that when completed, it will enable the state to become an industrial giant of the north-central zone of the country as it will attract more investors to the state. The team, led by the governor, later visited the site of the project.

overnor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state has pardoned about 148 inmates in Bauchi Prisons, just as he warned them against engaging in any acts of crime. The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Al-Mustapha Suleiman Hassan, stated this at the Bauchi central prison yesterday, while releasing the prisoners. The commissioner added that the release of the inmates followed an advice by the Office of the state prerogative of mercy to the executive governor, saying those pardoned have attained old age while others were released due to health-related problems. The Attorney-General added that, out of 148 pardons, 138 had their fines paid by the government including compensation. The inmates, according to the commissioner are from Katagum, Misau, and Ningi LGAs of the state who have committed various offences. Yuguda charged them to remain law-abiding citizens, as according to him, government will not condone any further acts of crime from them. The governor maintained that the inmates should avail themselves with the various skills and acquisition experienced while in prison custody, in order to be self-reliant instead of loitering in the society. Responding on behalf of the pardoned inmates, Sani Haruna expressed their gratitude to Yuguda and promised not engage in any act of crime. According to him, their stay in the prison had summarily transformed their life for the better and called on government to provide them with jobs.


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Money Sense Five ways to kick the cable TV habit and save serious cash T

here’s nothing I despise more than paying an enormous cable TV bill, except for filing my taxes, and watching infomercials for The Potty Putter. That’s why, a few years ago, I decided to kick the cable habit and join the small but growing cadre of “cord cutters,” people who’ve abandoned their pay TV subscriptions for the more interesting and generally more affordable pastures of Internet video. Fewer than 5 percent of cable subscribers have cut the cord, according to research firm Parks Associates, but nearly all of them did it for the same reason: Their cable bills were too damned high. The average American now pays nearly $100 a month for cable TV, says the NPD Group, a bill expected to top $200 by the year 2020. In Nigeria, average payment is between N3,000 and N5,000. Meanwhile, cable providers consistently rank among the worst companies in annual surveys of customer satisfaction. That’s a big reason why pay TV subscriptions have been steadily declining. But you don’t have to sit there on the couch and take it. I’ve heard from dozens of readers who’ve found their own ways to kick cable to the curb. They all require a bit more work than leaning back in your La-Z-Boy, popping a cold one, and manhandling the remote, but they can end up saving you hundreds if not thousands of dollars over the long haul. Option 1: Beautiful streamers These days, nearly all mainstream video entertainment is available via the web. The easiest way to stream it to your flat screen is by buying a $100 (or less) settop box. These connect to your set with one cable and give you one-click access to video and music services assuming you have a modern, broadband Internet connection. But that’s not the only way. If you’ve bought a “smart TV” in the past two years, these services are

built in. Plus, nearly any digital device that connects to your set, gaming console, Blu-ray player, DVR, or a laptop, gives you access to the most popular streaming video services. (Samsung Smart TV) But there are three big caveats for cord cutters. A lot depends on your ability to obtain something called “naked broadband,” which isn’t nearly as exciting as it sounds. That means paying only for Internet access without other services bundled in. Your cable company

The second gotcha is that these video services also usually cost money, whether it’s $8 a month for all-you-can-watch viewing (like Netflix and Hulu Plus) or $2 to $5 per show (Apple iTunes, Amazon Video, Blockbuster on Demand). If you’re not careful, you could spend as much or more for entertainment à la carte than you do now. The third caveat is that your access to sports and other live events will be expensive and limited. Streaming media boxes also aren’t great for fans of daytime

hopelessly addled roommate. Option 2: Streaming video + Aereo Which brings us to option number two: Supplement your streaming video habit with live TV channels. One way to do that is by subscribing to a service that delivers local channels to your set-top box or computer. This pulls in the stations you would normally get by adding a pair of rabbit ears to your set, and then streams them to you via the Net. This works as a network DVR,

may not offer it, or may offer it for only slightly less than a triple-play bundle (Internet, TV, phone), which starts out heavily discounted but gets more expensive after the first year.

television, local stations, or 24/7 cable news; impatient types who can’t wait for their favorite shows to appear online; or people who like to leave the TV murmuring in the background all day like it’s some

so you can record shows and watch them at any time. For $8 a month, you get 20 hours of recording time; $12 buys you 60 hours and the ability to record two shows at once. It works directly with Apple

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e on the lookout for your next job: Just like a corporation, you have to ensure your own financial survival, if you believe that your company or job is in jeopardy, update that resume, reach out to your network, hit the job boards (anonymously) and ignite your job search.

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Poverty cannot deprive us of many consolations. It cannot rob us of the affection we have for each other, or degrade us in our own opinion, of in that of any person, whose opinion we ought to value – Ann Radcliffe

TVs, if you’ve got a MacBook or an iPhone. It also works with any Windows PC or Mac. Support for Google Chromecast is coming in May. Option 3: Streaming media + indoor antenna You can add your own regularsized antenna to your set. In fact, you may already have an antenna built into your TV and not know it. The best way to find out is to go into your TV’s setup menu, switch the input to antenna, and do channels scan. If you find channels, it has an antenna. I have two Vizio flat screens; one has an internal antenna; one doesn’t. But all is not lost. An inexpensive indoor antenna will do just as well. I attached a pair of $40 amplified rabbit ears to my antenna-less Vizio and pulled in 10 channels without breaking a sweat. (How many you get depends on how close you are to TV transmission towers.) If you want to get fancier, you can get a super-thin wall- or table-mounted antenna like the Mohu Leaf or ClearStream Micron-R for $50 to $100. Option 4: Outdoor antenna Believe it or not, rooftop TV antennas are making a comeback, says Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates. I believe it. About two years ago, I clambered up on the roof and bolted a $140 ClearStream Digital TV antenna to one of our dormers. (My wife hasn’t forgiven me for that yet.) If that’s too aesthetically unappealing, or you’re afraid of heights, you can put one in your attic. (ClearStream HD antenna) The number of channels you can get will vary widely, depending on how many stations are available in your area, how big the antenna is, how high it’s perched, the direction it’s facing, and if you use a signal amplifier, notes Steve Kindig, a senior editor for electronics retailer Crutchfield. Before you commit to an outdoor antenna, enter your ZIP code into the FCC’s digital TV reception map to see what stations are available in your area and how strong the signals are. Option 5: Outdoor antenna + DVR This may be the ultimate cord-cutting solution, because it combines streaming video with over-the-air channels and timeshifting in one easy-to-use device. Ever heard the saying “Information wants to be free”? So does television. And even if you can’t get it for free, you can certainly get it for a lot less. That’s something the cable companies would rather you didn’t know. www.ModFamily1@yahoo. com


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EDITORIAL

Much ado about rebased GDP is the countrywide response to what should have been a cause for national cheer. What we have experienced so far is a loud hiss. The feeling of national despondency is reflected in the comments of some economists who say the exercise is a vain one because it does not add to the welfare of the

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he Statistician General of the Federation, Dr. Yemi Kale recently announced the rebasing of Nigerian economy. The new statistics show that the economy has grown from $292 billion to $510 billion. It could now claim to be Africa’s largest economy pushing down South Africa to the second position, and the world’s 26th. The federal government last changed the baseline for calculating Gross Domestic Product for Nigeria in 1990. This was a headline-grabbing moment for the government of Goodluck Jonathan which is short of good news. For some years now, the leading lights of his government – the Minister of Finance Dr. Okonjo Iweala and Dr Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Trade and Investment, have spoken glowingly about the economy’s growth in response to the Presidents transformation agenda. The suspicious statistics they doled out have now been confirmed by the official figures from the Statistician General. For a country famed for operating without statistics, the rebasing exercise is being celebrated in government circles eventhough it came a quarter of a century late. We congratulate Dr. Kale for achieving this feat. The figures are necessary to local planners and international investors who will now have relevant information at their finger tips to guide their actions. Ironically and most interestingly

Despite Nigeria’s new status, South Africa’s GDP per capita is $7,352 compared to our $1,555. South Africa produces 40,000 megawatts, set to double by 2025, while we battle with a miserly 3,000 with no prospects of improvement man in the street. Despite Nigeria’s new status, South Africa’s GDP per capita is $7,352 compared to our $1,555. South Africa produces 40,000 megawatts, set to double by 2025, while we battle with a miserly 3,000 with no prospects of improvement, if our immediate history is any guide. Most devastating is the verdict of the World Bank which came barely a week after the ‘good news’. According to the Bank over 100 million are living far under the poverty line. There is the big problem of unemployment. The National

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On Nigeria’s rebased economy

By Boniface Chizea

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he announcement had earlier during the week filtered in that the Federal Executive Council has at its weekly Wednesday meeting approved that the details of the rebased Nigerian economy should be formally presented to the public on the following Sunday, April 6, 2014. Most informed compatriots waited with bated breath for this presentation and when it was made it lived up to its billing. The highlights of the details presented indicated that the Nigerian economy is the largest economy in Africa. Most people suspected this fact going by the mere size of the population of the country, its land mass, mineral endowment and other key indices that Nigeria should be the largest economy in Africa. An immediately discernible indicator in this regard is the way some particular businesses have blossomed including retail and telecommunications. Shoprite a South African owned supermarket has done such massive business that it was reported that the sale of Moat Champagne in Lagos alone exceeded the volume of sales in the whole of South Africa and despite insurrections ravaging most of the Northern parts of the Country, Shoprite was reported to have opened its latest outlet in Kano. Who then questions the existence of robust consumer demand in Nigeria?

The rebased figures produced other interesting revelations; Nigeria is now ranked 26th country in the world not too far from the Vision 20/2020 target that the country should aim to be the 20 most developed country in world by the year 2020 even if one must quickly admit that GDP size only will not tell the whole story. And the GDP per capita places Nigeria at the 121 position in the world indicating the extent of ground left to be covered before the size of the economy would begin to reflect at the level of the individual Nigerian. The Nigerian economy turned out to be a lot more diversified following this rebasing than was earlier thought contrary to the commonly held view that the economic base of

the country remained monocultural mainly dependent on the oil and gas sector. It became apparent that there are some hidden unrecognized sectors such as Services which over the period had become dominant. The Service Sector doubled its contribution to GDP from 23.03 per cent to over 50 per cent currently while that of industry and agriculture dropped from around 46.08 to 25.8 per cent and from 31 to 24 per cent respectively. When you determine the size of a country’s GDP, it is usually based on assumed complement sectors of the economy which are expected to capture the totality of activities in the economy. The output of these sectors if measured in current prices would

give output inflated by the rate of price inflation and therefore to ensure that we measure like with like the effect of price increases in neutralized and therefore the output is measured in constant prices ( in real terms). And therefore what has happened in this particularly situation is that prices have been assumed constant over a long period of 24 years; which begins to indicate the level of seriousness that allowed this long period of inactivity in this matter. Also in order to ensure comparability between the GDP measures in one year to another the structure of the economy from the perspective of the complement component sectors are retained. This explains why it was not possible to factor in some obvious

The benefit of this exercise, as observed by the IMF representative in the country, is that the country has taken a major first step in its effort to make reliable data available to better inform policy decisions. There is the advantage of comparability with the rest of the world and also no doubt there will be some perception advantage which could be found on the part of foreign investors as they take decisions regarding the destination of investment dollar. Some critical indices no doubt have been altered as a result of this effort.

growth sectors of the economy such as Communications and Entertainment (NollyWood) in the intervening period until the rebasing exercise was undertaken. The benefit of this exercise, as observed by the IMF representative in the country, is that the country has taken a major first step in its effort to make reliable data available to better inform policy decisions. There is the advantage of comparability with the rest of the world and also no doubt there will be some perception advantage which could be found on the part of foreign investors as they take decisions regarding the destination of investment dollar. Some critical indices no doubt have been altered as a result of this effort. For instance the debt/GDP ratio at 11 per cent would seem to suggest that there is slack in the borrowing capacity of the country which had made the Coordinating Minister of the economy to caution that this would not mean that the country will now embark on borrowing jamboree. We also would look good if we consider some other indices such as deficit/ GDP ratio but not so good if we consider non- oil revenue/GDP ratio. It is also a fact that the rate of growth of the economy will be slowed down based on the fact of the increased GDP measure. Dr. Boniface Chizea is Managing Consultant, BIC Consultancy Services and wrote in from Lagos.

A case for full public funding of Nigerian election By SKC Ogbonnia

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he Electoral Act of 2010 empowers the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to regulate sources and nature of funding for political campaigns in Nigeria. However, even though the 2011 general election was declared free and fair by the government, the chairman of INEC, Attahiru Jega, would later confess that the Commission “does not even have a desk that handles campaign financing” (As quoted in Vanguard Newspaper, May 8, 2011). After a public rebuke, Jega has decided to toe the path of honor and now says that INEC will monitor campaign funds in the 2015 elections (The Punch Newspaper, April 7, 2014). Similar position is canvassed by a broad spectrum of Nigerian elites, including the National Stakeholders’ Forum on Electoral Reform led by former Senate President Ken Nnamani. But President Goodluck Jonathan has flatly rejected the idea, arguing that regulation can only be realistic, “if you’re getting funds from government, then you must set restrictions; but if you’re generating your own funds, then you’ve no restrictions” (As quoted in Daily Trust, April 8, 2014). While it can be convenient to lampoon both the INEC and the President for this pattern of inconsistency, the simple truth is that the issue of campaign finance in Nigeria has been a frustrating mirage.

For transparency and fairness, Nigeria should explore the implications of Jonathan’s remarks and adopt without delay full public funding for inter-party elections. This proposal is consistent with the recommendations of notable organizations, such as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). The proposal is also similar to the McCain-Feingold legislation for presidential elections in the United States of America— without the choice for individual contributions. Unlike before, implementation will not be burdened by the number of political parties since the parties themselves are dramatically decreasing to the desired two-

party structure. To frustrate political merchants eager to capitalize on the loopholes of the government funding, the INEC should employ more stringent conditions for registration as well as participation of parties in elections. Public funding has become necessary for obvious reasons. To begin with, Nigeria can adequately afford government funding for inter-party elections. After all, virtually all individual elections in the country are already being financed one way or another through looted funds from government treasury. In fact, a cursory look at recent Nigerian political diary readily shows that most elective office holders are individuals who have become wealthy by stealing public money or sponsored by godfathers

who thrive in stealing public money. Second, lack of public funding accelerates the engine of corruption in the country. For instance, the corrupt military brigade that funded President Olusegun Obasanjo’s elections enjoyed immunity while he was in office. President Umaru Yar’adua’s failure to investigate clear cases of corruption by his predecessor and some exgovernors is tied to the source of the funds used in ushering him (Yar’Adua) to power. Ditto President Goodluck Jonathan, whose party is making matters worse by aggressively soliciting corrupt politicians, particularly notorious ex-governors currently facing charges for looting state treasuries. Besides, public funding will finally allay the fears of some influential Nigerians (including President Jonathan)

Public funding has become necessary for obvious reasons. To begin with, Nigeria can adequately afford government funding for inter-party elections. After all, virtually all individual elections in the country are already being financed one way or another through looted funds from government treasury.

who claim that their main reason for advocating single tenure for governors and the president is attributed to the fact that cost of re-elections only goes to worsen corruption. More significantly, lack of public funding has weakened competition as well as opposition in national body politics. Public funding would curtail the prevailing pattern where money, instead of the masses, determines the outcome of our elections. It would also broaden the political process so that true competition for ideas—rather than competition for access to illegitimate funds—is the backbone of Nigerian democracy. The country can then maximize her abundant human resources by attracting the youth, women, and many true patriots who have shied away from politics simply because of funding and manner of the funding. Very essentially, public finance has the potential to engender dynamic opposition activities toward the much desired checks and balances and effective leadership by consequence. Any system— whether native authority, military regime, democracy or quasi-democracy—without true competition, equal opportunity, and viable mechanisms for checks and balances is nothing but dictatorship. SKC Ogbonnia is reachable on SKCOgbonnia@ firsttexasenergy.com


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The Deziani fixation: Enough should be enough By Beks Dagogo-Jack.

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ver the past couple of years, particularly since her appointment as Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Deziani AllisonMadueke has been under the constant gaze of different stakeholder interests, each having different interpretations and indeed expectations of how she should do her job relative to their own well defined interests. To be clear, Mrs Madueke is not the first Minister of Petroleum Resources to face this level of acute tackling by vested interests across Nigeria’s socio-economic and political landscape. And she certainly would not be the last. My personal opinion is that the current minister of petroleum resources, Lady Deziani, came on board with better appreciation of the intricacies of the job than some of her predecessors did. Whilst this fact alone cannot and should not fully immunize her against the well-entrenched activities of decades-old vested capitalist forces in the oil and gas sector, yet evidence abound that her preparedness has helped to tide her, thus far, without

caving in under the armada of attacks which had been the lot of several oil ministers before her. The current campaign to stampede the minister out of office, mostly centered on her use of private jets, etc is, in my opinion, trivial; and a case of leaving

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violation of public trust, whilst seeking prevention and deterrence for new violations. Without any doubt in my mind, Deziani’s tenure has come with its own unique risks, challenges, quirks and

substance in pursuit of shadows. Whilst no credible democratic government should stand idly by in the face of any impropriety or misuse of public funds, I am of the strong opinion that we must strive to build effective and efficient institutions which should diligently handle such cases dispassionately and totally in our national interest. This would discourage this very harmful culture of over sensationalized trial of public office holders on the pages of newspapers, with mostly speculative and unfounded allegations. Indeed, often times

whilst the gullible public is treated to the high drama of sensationalized media campaign against public officials with the sole goal of instigating their sack from office, we often lose sight of the fact that most of such campaigns are engineered and promoted by capitalist interests, which in most cases, are founded and fueled by personal vendetta anchored on business and political interests. I repeat: a robust institutional framework for dealing with all cases of abuse of public trust remains our best hope for exposing and punishing genuine cases of

opportunities which she and her team have tackled with visible zeal and tangible results to show for their efforts. The multiplicity of demands on her ministerial duties and responsi-bilities, in view of the strategic position of oil and gas in our economy, is not comparable to any other ministerial portfolio. Over these years, even her harshest critics would readily admit that, she has learnt quite a bit on the job and is headed towards the point of measurable confidence in the handling of the intricacies of this hugely peculiar duty post. Whilst the experience she

mortals must pay. When it strikes, it leaves an emotional scar on the living and makes the heart to ponder for long if not life time. In the case of Mrs. Janada Gadzama, the consolation is that she died a true believer and is therefore heaven bound. Death in this case has lost its bite according to how it is written in 1 Corinthians chapter 15, verse 55, “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?” Until she passed on at 42 last week, the late Mrs. Janada Gadzama was a Principal Manager Grade Level 14 at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Abuja. She joined the services of the NHIS as an Assistant Manager, Grade Level 10 in June 2001. In addition to her employment with the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), her flexibility, interest in dispute resolution and quest for more knowledge led her to attend several seminars and workshops within and outside Nigeria. Mrs. Janada Gadzama was born at the Nursing Home Hospital in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on July 16, 1971 to the family of Senator and Mrs. Bitrus B. Kajal. Her parents had six children and she was the second child in order of seniority. In 1971, she proceeded to

the city of Brussels in Belgium where she started her early education and later to the International School in New York in the United States of America in 1976. Thereafter, she returned to Nigeria in 1979 and attended Shehu Garba Primary School in Maiduguri, Borno State and later, Central Primary School, Gulak in the present day Adamawa State. After obtaining her Primary School Leaving Certificate, the young Janada proceeded to Government Girls’ Secondary School in Maiduguri in 1982 from where she later enrolled at the Federal Government Girls’ College, Yola in 1983. It was from the FGGC, Yola that she obtained her Senior Secondary School Leaving Certificate in 1988. The same year, she gained admission into the University of Maiduguri, enrolling in the University’s Remedial Science Programme. Upon completion of the Programme in 1989, she gained admission into the University’s Biochemistry Department from where she graduated in May, 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc) in Biochemistry. While still a student of the University of Maiduguri, she met her husband, Joe Kyari Gadzama and the relationship culminated in their marriage on April 27, 1991. Following her graduation,

elegant Mrs. Janada Gadzama was initially posted to Jos, Plateau State for her National Youth Service but was later redeployed to the United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA), Baga Road Branch, Maiduguri. Having concluded the National Youth Service, she returned to University of Maiduguri a few years later and obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) between the periods of 1997 and 1999. Janada’s marriage to Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama was blessed with six children (four boys and two girls). The eldest child of the couple, Madu Joe Gadzama, is a Bar Part II student of the Nigerian Law School. The others are Yahaya, Lamar, Bitrus, Mariam and Jemima. The late Janada thus left behind good children, the best form of love, care and training (a fact attested to by all and sundry) expected of an outstanding mother. Beyond that, she would be fondly remembered as a supportive wife who stood by her husband through thick and thin and spurred him on to greater heights in life especially her chosen career - Law. Janada was a warm natured woman who adored nature in its best form and a fantastic hostess. Her hobbies included housekeeping, cooking, reading, interior decoration, event planning, and organisation. She was a

Farewell, Janada Kyari Gadzama By Nosike Ogbuenyi

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uesday, April 15, 2014, signposts the committal of the remains of a woman of honour, late Mrs. Janada Joe Kyari Gadzama to earth in Lassa, Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State. It is indeed a solemn and painful moment for her family members and close associates are grieving over the sudden departure of such a rare gem. When the cold hands of death reached for the Godfearing wife of our big friend, Chief Joe Kyari Gadzama (SAN) last Monday April 7, 2014, the news was absolutely shocking and the impact profoundly devastating to those of us who either knew the adorable Janada well or are one way or the other associated with her versatile widower, Chief Joe Gadzama. As a towering legal practitioner of repute, Chief Gadzama was associated to many notable citizens including my boss, the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed. As a person, I was really distraught upon hearing the sad news. It is really perplexing why this sterling stuff of a woman should pass away suddenly in her prime, but our God is all knowing. And death, everyone knows, is that eternal price which all

has gathered in the last couple of years now stand ready to benefit the government and the Nigerian people, those who have personal and political axes to grind seem hell bent on a totally different mission. It is indeed a sad irony that on the one hand, Nigerians expect public office holders to demonstrate required expertise and experience in the discharge of their duties, and yet on the other hand, we so readily yield to our baser instincts. We pressurize Government at the slightest opportunity to change Ministers at such short intervals that they hardly ever settle in and tackle the job requirements before we begin to demand for them to be rolled off, invariably sending the wrong signal that acquisitive interests rather best practices on the job is the overriding factor in making such critical appointments. It is, therefore, hardly surprising that over the years, the performance level of public office holders across the sectors have continued to decline to the overall disadvantage of our national economy. Beks Dagogo-Jack, Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power.

member of several professional bodies such as the Institute for Health Insurance and Managed Care of Nigeria; Institute of Chartered Arbitrators (UK); Sisters Fellowship (EYN Utako); Marghi Women Association (Abuja Branch) and Alumni, Federal Government Girls College Yola (Abuja Branch). She was Patron, Boys and Girls Brigade (EYN Utako Command) and an accomplished Marriage Counsellor. Come to think of it, the grim passage of this compatriot renders the rites of sorrow that her loved ones bear over her death quite severe. Really, the passage of the rare Amazon, Mrs. Janada Gadzama, who devoted great energy to caring for others, especially the less privileged is a peculiar kind of agony. Through Janada’s worthy legacies and imprints, the philosophers are right, who proclaimed that death can be life, a higher life, a regeneration of self, in the same way that the flower is pruned to groom greener foliage. We must all have the strong conviction in life-afterdeath and the possibility of Janada continuing to serve in paradise even after her transition. Nosike Ogbuenyi is Special Assistant (Media) to the Minister of FCT


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Still on the new GDP numbers By Ifeanyi Uddin

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inally, we are a bigger economy than South Africa. Indeed, at US$509 billion (estimates for last year), we now are the continent’s biggest economy — in 2012, the World Bank had put South Africa’s GDP at US$384bn and Nigeria’s at US$263bn. At about 2.00pm yesterday, at a press conference at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, the Statistician-General of the National Bureau of Statistics released new output numbers for the economy, which put gross domestic product numbers at N80.3tn (based on new measures of 2010 output), from N42.3tn previously. But, bragging rights over South Africa (now the second biggest economy on the continent) aside, what does this really mean? Technically, we ought to have done this re-basing at least twice since we last did it (1990). Following the slew of reforms to the economy in 2003, which,

besides bumping up the trend growth rate of the economy from the previously phlegmatic 3 – 4% per annum to the current 6 – 7% annually, also freed up new sectors (telecommunications and the wholesale and retail trade sectors, for one) to new investments (especially foreign), the old GDP measure clearly was undercounting production patterns in certain sectors of the economy. According to the StatisticianGeneral, “In 2010, the rebased nominal GDP represented an increase of 59.5% over the nominal GDP using the old base year, 69.10% in 2011, 75.58% in 2012, and 89.22% in 2013 (forecast)”. Consequently, whereas real GDP growth was estimated at 5% in 2010/11, postrebasing, the new counts now stand at 5.09% in 2011, 6.66% in 2012 and is forecast at 7.41% in 2013. The old GDP measure overestimated patterns in other sectors, apparently. According

to the new numbers, agriculture, which accounted for 30.3% of the 1990 nominal series, is now only 23.96% of domestic output using 2010 as base year. In its place, services have grown, to a little over half of gross output numbers. Not much to cavil at here. There was always something the matter with (rainfed, subsistence) agriculture accounting for that much of GDP under the old measure. And with the significant advances made in the telecommunications, and wholesale and retail trade sectors, services’ 50% share of domestic output is not out of place. I am not too sure what to make of the fact that industry’s share (declining to 25.8% from 46.1% in the 1990 nominal series) is down. This again is not much of a surprise. It would have been a surprise if our run down infrastructure, obese bureaucracy, and light-fingered criminal justice system (including an antediluvian judicial system) supported more industry than

this. Yet, I think there is a worry element in our transition from an agriculture-based society to a service-based one — completely skipping the industrial stage. A 59.5% jump in the size of any economy is not something to be trifled with. True, despite the increase in GDP per head that a bigger numerator for this measure implies, we are no richer this morning than we were at 1.00pm yesterday. However, these new statistics make it easier to deal with the domestic economy, whether it is planners in government or investors (domestic or foreign). Obviously, the inroads into the supermalls was an informed one, as indeed would be any investment in the economy that seeks to leverage consumer spend. Now, there is a paradox of some sorts here. How poor are we? If the National Bureau of Statistics is (2012) to be believed, four years ago, 61% of our compatriots subsisted on a little under US$1/ day. 170m people spending a

dollar a day is a lot of spend indeed. But since we are in the business of comparing with South Africa, it helps to remember that at US$2,994, our GDP per head is still lower than that of our southern neighbour’s — the World Bank estimated South Africa’s GDP per capita at U$11,255 in 2012. Evidently, despite the new ginormous size of our economy, there is an equally humongous opportunity for improvement. We could glory in the many upsides of the new numbers: a lower debt-to-GDP ratio (down from 19% to 11%), lower budget deficit to GDP ratio, etc. Or we could undertake the reforms truly needed to put us at per with the standards down south: improve domestic competition across sectors of the economy; upgrade our criminal justice system; put a gastric band on the bureaucracy, etc. Truth is, despite the nice news, we still have a long way to go. Ifeanyi Uddin is on linkedIn

Nyanya bombing: The cabal is fighting, the masses are dying By Dr. Peregrino Brimah

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he Cabal did not die at Nyanya. The Cabal do not use bus stops. They fly, mostly in private jets and when they ply our roads, they ride in not only bullet-proof, but the latest technology bomb-proof vehicles from Texas Armory. They kept the fight grounds away from Abuja mostly as a cordial agreement among themselves. You will know the fight is getting out of their ‘control’ as Abuja was hit, Monday. Human beings live in Abuja. The Cabal don’t

die from their war, it is we the people, the poor, mekunu people who die. How can ‘Boko Haram’ afford helicopters to fly them supplies and daily chicken and burgers from Mr. Biggs, as we have reported? The masses cannot afford these, only the Cabal can. How can ‘Boko Haram’ afford all their sophisticated equipment and how do they get the financial reward that motivates them? Of course it is Nigeria’s stolen billions of dollars, stolen not by the poor Nigerians, but by the Cabal.

We may not agree on which of the Cabal are behind it, but we can agree on a few things: 1. The Cabal are behind it. 2. The Cabal behind it is protected by the Cabal in power— the Civilian JTF has pointed out and burned homes of several suspect Cabal behind it, and they all moved to Abuja, under government watch where they live safe and take-off in their private jets conveniently. 3. The Cabal are not dying from it, only we, the mekunu are. 4. The Cabal are thieves. Always busy stealing instead of

bombs that bomb us and the bullets that pierce us and the petrol that burns our homes. It is 168 million of us mekunu victims and a few handful of them cabal in power and Cabal out of power. It is time to make this killing stealing a thing of the past. Oct. 1st, 2014, The Cabal must go! Nigeria must be Free! May the Merciful Lord give the families of the dead and the injured and their families too, the strength to bear this tragedy. Peregrino Brimah, http:// ENDS.nl: drbrimah@ends.ng Twitter: @EveryNigerian

moving Nigeria forward. So starting not from the things we disagree on, but with the things we agree upon. Since we all agree it is the Cabal. And we also agree that the Cabal have stolen our money, either those in power now or those in power before. And we agree that the stealing is killing. In the interest of our life, our life, we must sack the entire Cabal, all those who took ownership of Nigeria’s oil wells, all those who we know have and are looting this nation dry, their money, which we know is what purchases the

Lagos power show: Fashola vs. Obanikoro By Farouk Martins Aresa

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hat Fashola and Obanikoro are trying to prove can only work to the detriment of the good people of Lagos State. This writer has to disclose his bias against Obanikoro up front. He gave the Yar’Adua Administration an excuse, not the reason, to ditch Bode Augusto for the position of Finance Minister. Lagos lost Finance Administration only to gain Ambassador to Ghana. In this case Obanokoro thinks he has reason to oppose Fashola about sand filling Ilubirin for building a housing estate. Though, he is not the Minister of Housing like another Lagosian, Wahab Docemu that asserted Federal Authority in Lagos, during the Shagari Administration. It seems this Federal power goes into their heads against their states of origin. Docemu bragged then that he could declare any land in Lagos as a Federal territory. Well, Fashola is not a saint either. He handed Tinubu the best of Lagos land. More importantly,

Obanikoro raised a good point. Out of all the dry land that is flooded in every raining season, Fashola could not find any from Eti Osa to Ikokomaiko for urban renewal. Fashola did a good job in Isale Eko area when he called owners together reallocated some, financed and rebuilt their slum into modern apartments giving them the option to move back or rent. Omo-oko! This is not the place to discuss Eko Atlantic, but reclaiming areas that would disturb adjacent land resulting in new flooding is worse than addressing areas already claimed as dry land. Of course landfilling is more capital

intensive and calls for engineering capabilities that have to be sourced to foreign contractors leaving our graduates pandering to foreigners as we see today in Eko Atlantic. The cost itself as Obanikoro pointed out would be out of reach to our neighbors. Jakande has laid a foundation for every Governor of Lagos State. He built schools and housing within, which Lagosians can afford. Apart from that, government should not build houses that working and medium income people cannot afford. The best we can expect from government if they are worried about degeneration is to build mix

income housings where people of different classes can live in peace and harmony. If anyone messes up, he loses that privilege. Unfortunately, decay of beautiful housing, schools and parks is not the handiwork of the poor or the uninformed alone, but lack of maintenance mentality. Watch how Surulere is going down or what happened to FESTAC. Anyone that knew Ikoyi and Victoria Island, woke up, would go back to sleep again. Fashola has certainly made a difference in the upkeeps of the new places he built. We must give him his dues. It does not negate the deep slums that still need

This is not the place to discuss Eko Atlantic, but reclaiming areas that would disturb adjacent land resulting in new flooding is worse than addressing areas already claimed as dry land.

attention. We have to be careful about creating government sanctioned blogged drainage in the name of new housing. If Fashola did his homework and found Ilubirin suitable, there is no reason he and Obanikoro cannot work together to bring Federal presence to Lagos. The benefit of having a local representative in the Federal is to enhance local interest. But Lagosians and others, we must admit think they have to display Federal might to spite the home Governor. Some of you may remember Joseph Wayas as Senate President with all the Federal accolade and guards when on a visit to his State. Another Federal power Sen. Christy Anyanwu tried it with Owelle Okorocha’s motorcade. We have to understand that working for one level of government or the other does not mean we should disrespect each other. We are all serving the same people without whom we are powerless. Our power comes from the people. Farouk Martins Aresa public analyst


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The tragic bomb explosion yesterday at the Nyanya El-Rufai Bus Stop in Abuja, killed over 200 people. Ace Photographer, Mahmud Isa captured some of grisly images.

Some vehicles still in flames at the scene of the explosion

A traumatised victim waiting for medical care

Some of the victims being attended to by medical personnel at the Nyanya General Hospital.

A crowd at the scene

Curious spectators walking by an unidentified corpse


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Some motorcycles on fire after the explosion.

A row of high capacity el-Rufai buses burnt by the explosion

A weeping woman searching for a dead relative

Some more buses affected by explosion

Sympatisers gather at the Accident and Emergency Unit of the Nyanya General Hospital, yesterday after the blast. Photos: Mahmud Isa and NAN


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AEPB applauds residents’ sanitation forum By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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EPB has expressed commitment towards sustainable clean city sanitation in the Federal Capital Territory; and therefore called on stakeholders to play a vital role in ensuring clean

environment. The call was made yesterday by the Acting Director of AEPB Mrs. Aishat Adeboye, during the quarterly residents, s sanitation forum, she said AEPB opens her door to the public every quarter for a meeting like this.

She added that some residents and business premises are doing well, especially in the area of taking care of their immediate environment through positive and environment friendly attitudes. She said a lot of households and commercial

premises do not have waste receptacles, in some cases the available ones are not adequate leading to spill over, which contributes to enormous health hazard and danger to the environment, dumping refuse on bare ground is a sign of carelessness and ignorance.

Police the environment it ours .she stated. Adeboye emphasised that each household is required to have a 240litre capacity waste bin, plazas, shopping centres and other high traffic commercial facilities.

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Most shops closed for business at Nyanya market after tragic the bomb blast yesterday at Nyanya, in Abuja.

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FDUP Empowers 500 women By Usman Shuaibu

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NonGovernmental Organisation (NGO) known as FEDUP association, for the support of the urban poor women wing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has empowered about 500 women within the association. The president of FEDUP Mr. James Ugah, disclosed this while signing a five years Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) with PRIMLAKS Group and GEMS 4 in Abuja, said that the association was targeting

affordable social housing for the urban poor as a tool for poverty reduction as well as Job creation in Nigeria and Africa at large. He explained that the motive behind the MoU was to provide an avenue for collaboration and cooperation among the FEDUP PRIMALAKS Group and Employment in States (GEMS4) He said “This partnership would allow the poor and vulnerable women in Nigeria to form wholesale groups and obtain access to working capital, so as to purchase

products at discount rate for sufficient profit through Micro Finance Banks Assistance loan to poor women”. Ugah told the gathering that the PRIMLAKS Group was the sole distributor of D. light solar lamps in Nigeria, pointing out that his association would continue to partner with the Group for the betterment of the poor. Responding, the team leader of GEMS4, Mr Christopher Shyers expressed satisfaction with the activities of FEDUP in Nigeria. He said that FEDUP

women would continue to enjoy Ukaid as well as World Bank empowerment through GENS4. Shyers stated that GEMS4 was geared towards improving income and job opportunities within Nigeria’s wholesale as well as retail sectors especially the poorest and most vulnerable people in the society. On his part, the representative of PRIMLAKS Group, Mr Nathaniel Oke, said that his leadership would take the FEDUP association along in the scheme of things through the period of MoU.

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n Abuja High Court yesterday fixed June 20 for Judgment in a suit by Mr Donatus Okonkwo against a businessman, Mohammed Zurmi, for failure to hands-off a disputed property. Justice Husseini BabaYusuf fixed the date after listening to the submission of

the counsel to both parties. At the resumed hearing of the case, counsel to the plaintiff (Okonkwo) Mr Chris Uche (SAN), told the court that the matter was slated for adoption of final written address. Uche argued that the defendant had not disputed that there were transactions between

the parties. `` My lord, the defendant did not dispute the fact he held the plaintiff`s money, since the transaction took place in 2007. Uche therefore urged the court to enter judgment in favour of the plaintiff and award a substantial cost against the defendant. While opposing the submission, counsel

to the defendant, Miss Rahmatu Mohammed, urged the court to dismiss the plaintiff’s argument. Mohammed said the plaintiff did not establish any case against the defendant. She said that the plaintiff’s case lacked merit and urged the court to hold that the plaintiff failed to prove his case beyond reasonable doubt. (NAN)

n Abuja Magistrates’ Court yesterday sentenced a 34-yearold man, Ezekiel Amadi, of Karimo Village, Abuja, to 110 days imprisonment for cheating a woman of N80, 000. The Magistrate, Mr AbdullahiIlelah, sentenced Amadi after he pleaded guilty to the charge. Ilelah, however, gave the convict an option of fine of N5, 000. He also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N80, 000 as compensation to the complainant, Victoria Chia. The police prosecutor, Simon Emmanuel, had told the court that Victoria, of Apo Village, Abuja, lodged a report against the convict at the Apo police station on April 12. According to Emmanuel, sometime in August the complainant boarded the convict’s taxi and in the process he deceived her and collected the sum of N80, 000 from her. He said that the convict promised to use the money to buy materials which he will use to make a charm that would be used to make dollars for the complainant. He told the court that Amadi disappeared to an unknown destination after collecting the money from the woman. Emmanuel said that efforts made by the complainant to trace him did not yield results until he was arrested by the police on April 12. He said that the offence contravened section 322 of the Penal Code. Pleading guilty to the charge, the convict said “it was the devil that made me to do it; have mercy on me, I am a family man with children” (NAN)


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L-R: American Consul-General, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkins, Ogun state Governor, Senator, Ibikunle Amosun, Oyo state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Chairman, Honeywell Group, Dr Oba Otudeko, and Chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr. Foluso Phillips, during Oyo state Economic Summit, yesterday in Ibadan. Photo: NAN

Inadequate budget, delays NELMCO’s pension payment of ex-PHCN staff-MD By Etuka Sunday

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he Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO), Dr. Sam Agbogun yesterday attributed the delay in the payment of pension allowances for the severed staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to inadequate budget. Dr. Sam Agbogun who made the disclosure during a press conference organised by the Agency said about N1.3 billion was required monthly for the payment, while N16 billion was needed annually for the same purpose. He however, expressed

concerned that only N14 billion was quoted in the 2014 budget recently approved by the National Assembly for the payment of the pension instead of the N16 billion required, leaving a shortfall of N2 billion. “On a monthly basis, our average pension is around N1.3bn, in fact in February it was N1.29bn; at N1.3bn, what we have yearly is about 16bn on average. “What is on the budget this year is 14bn, so we are sourcing more for N2bn, and that is to say if we stick by the budget, by the end of November we would have finished it,” he said. Agbogun also noted that the non-core assets including buildings and landed properties of the privatised PHCN utilities have

been transferred to the agency for liquidation but would have to pass through a complex process of verification before the liquidation would commence. NELMCO however dismissed media reports that it had commenced disposal of inherited PHCN assets noting that it only some sold off scrap and obsolete items comprising of disused and decommissioned old power stations which PHCN has valued and had sought approval for scrap sale. He also disclosed that the only near resemblance of a scales transaction of a non-core asset of NELMCO is the PHCN headquarters in Abuja that was recently transferred to the Federal

housing units for workers of the company,out of which only 3,500 houses had been completed. He said that lack of funds frustrated the planned inauguration of the company in 1983, adding that as at 1994, the plant was 94 per cent completed. He explained that the plant could not be completed because the Federal Government terminated the contract of the Russian company handling the project. Abdullahi said at the time the contract was terminated, the power plant, the rolling mills, the lime plants, and the engineering workshop had been completed and were functional. He added that the major challenge of the company was lack of infrastructure as it required logistics to transport a lot of raw materials. “Iron ore, coking coal,

limestone, dolomite and bauxite needed for production of steel are scattered across the country and transportation is required to bring these materials to the plant,” he explained. He said the Federal Government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to partner some investors to run the completed units of the plant. He added that the ministry was still discussing with some investors to run the power plant, lime plant, oxygen plant as well as to operate the middle section and structural mills. The director said some investors had indicated interest in taking over the engineering workshop complex, stressing that all investment negotiations were targeted at generating funds to run the company and create employment. (NAN)

FG requires $513m to complete Ajaokuta Steel Coy

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r Also Abdullahi, the Director of Steel and Non-ferrous Metals Department, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said Nigeria needed 513 million dollars (about N79 billion) to complete Ajaokuta Steel project. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja, Abdullahi said that the figure was determined by a Federal Government committee which carried out a technical audit of the plant. He said that the Federal Government had spent about six billion dollars (about N924 billion) on the plant, adding that the 513 milliondollars needed excluded the cost of external infrastructure which included roads, mining sites and railway siding. He said the money would be used to complete the 10,000

…dismisses reports on assets disposal Ministry of Power for use as office. He stated that the agency has huge liabilities relating to Independent Power Producers (IPPs), legacy debts, local and foreign loans, other creditors and pensions adding that, “the quantum of NELMCO’s liabilities as at 31st March, 2014 is about N752bn of which N392.2bn is interagency debts that will be transferred to the Debt Management Office (DMO) and other Ministries for cancellation.” “It might interest you to know that limited due diligence on the noncore assets will soon commence with the updating of the records and perfection of land title documents which have lapsed and which PHCN did not revalidate.” These are necessary in order to give title to the eventual purchasers of these landed assets. Therefore, NELMCO cannot sell a single property without the prior approval of the board,” he said.

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Management Tip of the Day

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Three tips for motivating your customer service team

cripting exactly what customer service employees should do in every situation drains the initiative out of even the most highly motivated workers. But when you set up a system that enables you to trust your employees to exercise their own judgment and learn from their experience, they may well deliver a far better customer experience. • Establish guardrails. People handling calls should understand where they have latitude and where they don’t. Within those guardrails, your team should be free to exercise judgment.

• Seek feedback. Ask customers for feedback after each transaction. Circulate the comments to team leaders so they can see where they’re succeeding, where they still have work to do, and what, specifically, your customers point out. • Coaching and support. Free your supervisors and experienced customer care professionals from some tasks so they can devote time to coaching and getting new hires get up to speed. Source: Review

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Only 500,000 people pay tax in Kaduna, says Accountant General T he Kaduna State Accountant General, Mr Ishaku Shekari, yesterday said that only 500,000 out of the six million taxable residents in the state pay their taxes. Shekari said this in an interview the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. He said that the state government would soon carry

out biometrics registration of all taxable persons to check tax evasion. “Many recognised offices will soon be closed down over (alleged) tax evasion.“Biometrics registration of all taxable persons in Kaduna State, including civil servants, will soon be conducted. “This is in line with the state government efforts to enhance

revenue generation of the state to ensure efficient service delivery.” On the issue of ghost workers, Shekari said that some disengaged staff were still on the government payroll. The accountant general said that from the verification exercise conducted in 2013, the state still had a large number of disengaged workers on it payroll.

He said his ministry was working with other ministries, departments and agencies to ensure the disengaged staff were removed from the payroll. “I do not have any power to remove a single name from the government payroll unless a directive is given to me to that effect,” he said. (NAN)

Amina Sambo lauds NIM on economic development By Etuka Sunday

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he wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Amina Namadi Sambo has commended the activities of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) for fasttracking economic and social development of the country. Sambo was represented by the wife of the Kaduna state Governor, Hajiya Fatima Mukhtar Ramalan Yero at the NIM management day public lecture at Arewa House, Kaduna.

According to her, she has been monitoring the activities of NIM for years and therefore has become interested in its efforts to develop the professional careers of members by creating opportunity to network with likeminded professionals. She said the lecture was timely as it came at the time Nigeria was celebrating her 100 years of amalgamation where the Nation’s landmark and history were relived and therefore called on the members to always carry

the flag of the institute high by being professionals, disciplined and honest in their callings as a way of encouraging many young people to become professional managers. She also commended them for organising the lecture and further assured of her support and assistance at all times to build and pursue the laudable goals of the institute for development. In her remarks, the Chairman of NIM, Kaduna chapter, Dr Mariam Abdul, pointed out

that NIM is a multi-disciplinary professional body with the vision to be the source and symbol of management excellence, adding that since inception in 1961 it has been in the forefront of management, development, maintaining professional standards in Nigeria. She said the institute would continue to up hold its standard in order to promote proper management for economic social and political development in the society.

L-R: Judges, British Airways Leaders of Tomorrow Initiative, Wole Shadare, Simon Tumba, Manager, Trade Sales, British Airways, Ademola Sanya, and another judge, British Airways Leaders of Tomorrow Initiative, Tunde Arogunmati, during the British Airways Leaders of Tomorrow, Judges unveil and review session, recently in Lagos.

Nokia unveils App game for children learning mathematics By Chris Alu

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okia, has unveils a game application for Nigerian children in primary schools, to learn mathematics. The App known as SmartKid is available for free download on the Windows Store. SmartKid Maths is an educational game created by Finnish digital company, SkillPixels which contains complete preschool, 1st and 2ndgrade mathematics with three years’ worth of curriculum-

based math exercises. The managing director Nokia West and Central Africa, Nick Imudia, explained that the SmartKid Maths is the first learning game app featuring Learning Analytics which shows users their progress as they proceed to the next stage. According to him,the game shows users how quickly or slowly they learned concepts; it identifies their strengths while also helping them get better in their weak areas amongst others

exciting features. “This app will help build a strong foundation for children in the area of Mathematics and get them acquainted with the subject before starting with the basics in school simply by teaching them about shapes, coordinates, numbers, time, addition, subtraction, equations, money, multiplication, division, fraction, and much more. It is a simple, easy and fun app that we are really proud of and believe will

impact immensely in children, making school work easy for the parents and teachers to teach” Imudia stated. He said that SmartKid Maths will enables children learn the concept of numbers, counting, order, distance, numbering system, place value and fractions, adding, that the app will help parents and teachers to know and identify their children personal strengths and pinpoint individual bottlenecks in learning and help to correct them.

CWG Plc records 81% growth on PAT

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omputer Warehouse Group Plc CWG has released its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013 to the Nigerian Stock Exchange, which recorded 81 percent profit after tax. The results show a strong and positive performance across all financial indices and also affirm the Company’s position as the foremost Pan African ICT services provider. The Company’s revenues grew by 10% to N20.7bn (2012: N18.7bn) while Profit After Tax increased by a whopping 81% to N612m (2012: N339m) showing strong efficiency of operations. The result revealed a Return on Equity of 13% in 2013, as against 11% in 2012 and Returns on Capital Employed (ROCE) of 13% against 7% in 2012. The Company’s Asset increased by N2bn to N13.4bn as at 2013 year end, while Shareholders’ equity increased by a remarkable 66% to N5.0bn in the same period. The Company finished with a strong cash position of over N1.1bn at the year end, with a 38% increase in cash from operation over 2012. The company directors however recommended a 33% increase in dividend to 8k per share (2012; 6k) based on its improved performance. Commenting on the result, CWG group CEO Austin Okere said the company used 2013 to consolidate her operations by investing in new systems and processes which has culminated in the cost efficiencies which has, in turn, resulted in the percentage growth in her bottom line. “This shall give CWG a cost leadership position whilst delivering superior service to its customers.” According to him, the company shall continue to make investments that would make CWG a global brand to behold. “The focus in the future would be to continue growing the brand through initiatives directed towards empowering the African entrepreneur. This would be done by making IT available to SME’s on a subscription basis, thereby lowering the entry barriers to the use of information technology. It is also a social impact investment.” Okere further noted that CWG, aside from consolidating its base in Uganda and Cameroun, will also make some acquisitions in the near future as part of its Pan African growth strategy. This, he said would have an overall impact on its brand equity. “We hope to further tap into the growth potentials of emerging African economies thus bringing us closer to our philosophy of being the number 1 IT utility enabler in Africa,” Okere stressed.


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Airtel collaborates restaurant to sell electronic recharge card Stories by Chris Alu

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irtel Nigeria, has partnered with leading quick service restaurant, Sweet Sensation, to make electronic airtime recharge available at every outlet of the fast food joint, in a demonstration of its unwavering commitment to providing customers with convenient and quick access to airtime for voice and data. The innovative service which is branded, ‘Refresh and Recharge’ was officially

unveiled during the week at a colourful event held at the Sweet Sensation’s head office in Lagos. Speaking at the launch of the unique service, Mr. Adebayo Osinowo, regional operations director for Airtel in Lagos,stated that the telco, which remains the most innovative in terms of offerings to Nigerians, conceived the ‘Refresh & Recharge’ package for its teeming customers as an addition to the numerous convenient channels available for access to recharging their lines and purchasing data bundles.

He said, “The service, which is first of its kind in telecommunications products and services in Nigeria, was borne out of the need to give customers of Airtel Nigeria quality service as well as convenience and value. “Each time Airtel customers walk into any Sweet Sensation outlet to get their meals, they can also top up their lines with Airtel Easy Recharge, which is a convenient, time-saving and secure way to get airtime without scratching cards. “With Airtel Easy Recharge,

customers, while enjoying the cool ambience of Sweet Sensation, can buy airtime in flexible denominations like N67, N105, N999 etc., which otherwise may not be possible with physical recharge cards. They can also purchase data bundles directly in these outlets.” He added that, “the initiative is not only convenient, it also saves time; especially since we all like to make good use of the time we have. More so, some customers may not want to hold small denomination of change

in their pockets. So, they can use such to top up their airtime.”He commended the management of the reputable fast food firm for its partnership, cooperation and commitment. Also speaking at the occasion, Mrs. Kehinde Kamson, managing director, Sweet Sensation, expressed her delight in the partnership between Sweet Sensation and Airtel Nigeria, saying the relationship would definitely engender value added services for the two companies.

Etisalat to offer free USB, 200MB to subscribers

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The ship like building of Airtel headquarter

Digital Africa to host World electronic forum April

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igital Africa Global Consulting Limited, said it will host the second edition of the Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition, which will be the first ever edition of the prestigious World Electronic Forum (WEF) on the African continent. The event tagged, “Towards Digital Singularity in Africa,” is expected to raise though provoking topics to address quantum of developmental challenges facing Africa, that lags behind other continents of the world in technology acquisition.

The chairman Digital Africa,Dr.Evans Woherem said that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is changing the world; transforming governance, agriculture, health, oil and gas, and financial services, among other sectors, by driving effective and efficient performance largely for the benefit of the governed, consumers and corporations He explained that there is a difference between using technologies invented and innovated by another country and actually being the inventing country. It is more rewarding

to be one of the key inventing and innovating countries of the world in technology. This is what I mean technological competence. In other words, it is not the mere purchase and use of technologies invented from abroad, he stated. According to him, Africa traditionally lagged behind in certain critical economic sectors; ICT is clearly a bright spot for the continent that must be seized to move the continent ahead confidently, adding that Africa is the last frontier for most global technology brands that are seeking fresh and virgin

markets. North America and Europe have almost reached a market saturation point for many ICT products and services. Growth in Asia and Latin America is quite modest. As at today, the most exciting ICT business opportunities lie in Africa and the Middle East. The event is a 3-day annual conference & exhibition for Africa’s technology sector and conceived as an integral part of the vision to move Africa from being a passive consumer to a dominant innovator and producer of digital technologies.

tisalat, has announced that customers who purchase 1.5GB data plan or more from any Etisalat Experience Centre from April 2014, will receive a free USB modem and Data SIM card, loaded with a 12 month free internet offer. This free offer rewards customers with 100MB monthly based on purchase of 200MB and above. According to Oluwole Rawa, director, Consumer Segments, at Etisalat Nigeria, the launch of this offer is driven by our desire to extend quality internet access to all Nigerians. He stated that since September 2011, Etisalat has established itself as the top mobile broadband provider with the best quality of service in the market. Rawa explained this new offer will allow more people to connect to the internet and reduce the cost of internet access overall for the customers, while allowing them to enjoy the speed and quality that Easyblaze is acclaimed for. It will be recalled that Easyblaze is Etisalat’s HSPA+ mobile broadband service which offers customers superior internet speed and excellent quality at affordable prices. Easyblaze offers excellent internet access on all types of data devices- USBs, Mifi Hotspots, smartphones and tablets. Easyblaze is available in over 309 cities and growing nationwide.


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Is cyber café losing business to smartphones?

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ew years ago, running a cyber café was highly profitable in Nigeria, while many people were attracted to that business. Today the story is different; many cyber café operators can hardly make ends meet, while those who cannot persevere have left the business. The reason, according to computer analysts, is the rise in smartphones, as people now access the internet from the comfort of their rooms. “Internet cafes across the developing world, including Nigeria are reporting dwindling numbers of customers as smartphones make the mobile web less attractive. ‘’After all, why pay for web access on someone else’s old PC when you can access Facebook and other internet facilities on your smartphone device from anywhere you like? Mr Maxwell Okechukwu, an ICT expert asked. Mr Oluwaseun Adeboye, a Lagos based Information Technologist, however said that a recent study showed that people had continued to rely on public venues like the cafes to access the web. According to him, a fiveyear study released by the

University of Washington in July, 2013 shows that web users continue to rely on public venues for web access even when smart phones are available. “One technology does not replace the other and smartphone will not solve the access problems,’’ Adeboye said. But many cyber café operators complained that the emergence of smartphones had greatly reduced the number of people patronising their services. Mr Kunle Aribisala, who has been in the cyber café business for seven years, said that patronage was low in recent times. The 36-year-old Aribisala, has a cyber café with 10 computers in Osogbo, Osun State. ``Making money was easy in the beginning, when there were not so many home computers or smartphones. “It has become more and more difficult to attract consumers. People would rather play with their smartphones,” he said. Sharing similar sentiments, Mr Tunde Iyiola, a café operator in Ibadan, said many people now preferred to use their smartphones to browse rather than visit a

cyber café. “Although we enjoy a reasonable level of power supply in this area, many people prefer to browse on their smartphones. ‘’The only time people come to the café is when they want to scan a document or do a print out,’’ he said. Another operator, Mr Kazeem Hammed, said he was planning to close his shop for another business due to low patronage. Hammed said that many people had resorted to the use of smart phones rather than visit a café, adding that the practice was not encouraging the business. “The golden days have passed. It is impossible to earn money easily like we did in the past. ‘’The few people that come to café once in a while are the university candidates who want to print out their admission letters or scan a document. This is not too good for the business. `` The cyber cafes are not so attractive to the users as they used to be since most of their functions have been replaced by mobile internet devices,`` Hammed said. Mrs Ibironke Isiaka, another operator, said cyber café was a lucrative

business before the advent of smartphones. ‘’You know technology is improving every day. Most people now use their phones to browse, and indeed, I do not see any reason why they should patronise the café again,’’ she said. Analysts say that many people now prefer to use their smartphones because they are cheaper and more convenient. Miss Chisom Maduike, said that she bought only N1, 000 data plan for a month to browse. “My smartphones can satisfy my needs, why should I visit a café? ``It saves extra cost and provide me with the comfort and ease to do whatever I want, ‘’Maduike said. Emmanuel Oladipupo, a student of Osun State University, said after buying a smartphone a year ago, he stopped visiting cyber cafes. “I can play games and get news on my phone, so why visiting cyber café again? ``Besides, these phones have the option of Wi-Fi and USB tethering; a person can connect his or her laptop/ computer with the phone and surf the internet. ``Also, facebook, twitter, gmail, nimbuzz all these

services are present in a mobile phone (even a feature phone), thereby reducing the need to go to a cyber café on a regular basis. “My colleagues will rather play video games on their phones than go to a cyber café because it’s more convenient and cheaper. “Most of my classmates have computers, and we need not go to the cyber café to search online information like our predecessors did,” he said. Also speaking, Mr Kolawole Idowu, a journalist, said the internet on smartphones was always on, be it GPRS or 3G. ``If the pack is good enough, a person does not have to worry about spending any extra money on cyber café since they have become similar to broadband. “Also the price of an hour in a cyber cafe is about N140, whereas a subscription on smartphone is about N1, 000 per month. ``This means that to subscribe on smartphone is cheaper than to visit a café,” Idowu said. As experts say, “one technology does not replace the other,’’ cyber café operators should exploit their areas of comparative advantage in order to remain in business. (NAN)


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USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS ON ANY EMERGENCY Council endorsed the useful phone numbers submitted by the security agents for easy access in case of any emergency on the metropolitan Roads. Accordingly, the general public may easily Contact KAROTA for: Breakdown of Vehicle(s), Traffic Congestion, Accidents, and Illegal/Wrong Parking to kindly Call KAROTA through the following number – 08091626747. Similarly, the State Police Command could be contacted on – 08032419754 and 08123821575. In addition, the State Fire Service can also be contacted on – 07051246833 and 08191778888.

144th KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

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oday Wednesday 9th April, 2014 (9th Jumada Akhir, 1435 AH) Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE presided over the one hundred and forty-fourth (144th) sitting of the Kano State Executive Council. As in the previous sittings, sustenance of the main preoccupation of the “Kwankwasiyya Model” of administration was maintained. Policies/projects/programmes were deliberated upon with the sole aim of improving the socio – economic wellbeing of the citizens. The superlative performance towards the positive transformation of all sectors is discernible if the efforts of the present day Government in Kano State are holisti-cally viewed from an unbiased vintage point. Confident and sure of this, the Ka-no State Executive Council forged ahead and deliberated upon the forty-three (43) memoranda submitted from eight (8) MDAs of which twenty-five (25) were approved for execution with an expenditure of Six Hundred and Fifty Four Mil-lion, Three Hundred and Fifty One Thousand, Five Hundred and Forty Seven Nai-ra, Seventy Four Kobo (N654,351,547.74) covering thirteen (13) projects. The rest (12) were on policy issues or informative. MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION Five (5) memoranda were submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Higher Education. Three (3) of them were approved for execution. Thus: a). Presentation of Information Memorandum (IM) on the Selection of Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso as National Committee Member of West Africa Exami-nation Council (WAEC):The Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Higher Education respectfully notified Council, through the contents of this memorandum that the Nigeria National Commission of WAEC selected Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education Kumbotso as a representative of all Colleges of Education in Nigeria among members of its Nigeria National Committee for a two (2) – year term effective from March, 2014. Council was proudly informed that the Nigeria National Committee of WAEC is its highest decision making organ and the selection of Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso is an attestation of the exalted position of the College and Kano State in recognition of the achievements recorded toward the upliftment of Education under the leadership of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. Details were presented to Council for consideration. Council acknowledged the presentation appreciatively. c) Request for Funds to Enable the Accreditation of Some Courses and Renova-tion of Existing Structures at Audu Bako College of Agriculture Dambatta:Council was reminded of its approval granted for the transfer of Audu Bako Col-lege of Agriculture Dambatta to Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil as the Faculty for Agricultural Studies so as to commence awarding degree certificates. Concurrently, the recommendation to Council for approv-al to continue utilizing the existing structures/facilities at the existing site of the College to offer courses leading to the award of National Diploma (ND) and Higher Diploma (HND) was approved. As such, Council was requested to approve the release of the aggregate sum of N96,000,000.00 to the College to enable the smooth implementation of the trans-fer and continuation of utilization of the structures/facilities at the existing site of the College. The money is to be expended on the improvement of facilities for the accreditation of some courses by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and general renovation of dilapidated structures and facilities at the ex-isting site of Audu Bako College of Agriculture Dambatta. Council approved the request. 1. OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT Fifteen (14) memoranda were submitted for deliberation by Council from the Of-fice of the Secretary to the State Government on behalf of the Chairman and some MDAs. Six (6) of them were approved for execution as follows: a) Presentation of Notification of the Execution of an MoU Between the CBN and Kano State Government on the “Domestication” of the Northwest Zonal Office of the CBN’s Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) in Kano State:

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso The Secretary to the State Government submitted an update on the issue cited for consideration by Council on behalf of the State Ministry of Commerce, Indus-try, Cooperatives and Tourism. Details on the history and genesis of the MoU were presented to Council for con-sideration. Final updates on related developments were presented as follows: • The Draft MoU was vetted by the Kano State Ministry of Justice and endorsed by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism as assented by the State Government. • Required structures/facilities were provided by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the immediate take–off of operations of the Center. Council acknowledged the presentation with appreciation. b) Presentation of Request for Funds to Enable the Implementation of 2014 Malaria Annual Operational Plan:The Ministry of Health submitted the cited request to Council for consideration. Details of the requirements cost the aggregate sum of N3,768,000,000.00 for the overall activities of the 2014 Malaria Annual Operational Plan (AOP) were presented to Council for consideration. However, the Kano State Government was expected to contribute only N850,000,000.00 while the Development Partners supporting Malaria Control effort in the State contribute N2,918,000,000.00. Council appreciatively acknowledged the presentation. c) Request for Funds to Enable the Provision of Educational Assistance to Ab-dulkadir Abdussalam:The Kano State Ministry of Higher Education complied with an Executive Direc-tive to appraise and re–submit the cited request for consideration by Council. The applicant was confirmed as indigenous to Kano State who secured admission to undergo a course of study for the award of MSc. Certificate on Projects Man-agement at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, United Kingdom. He solicited for assistance from the Kano State Government for the release of 50% of his reg-istration fees for the course to the tune of N1,242,000.00 up to completion. Congruence of the request to the empowerment policy of the present administration prompted Council to approve the release of the requested sum of N1,242,000.00 to the Ministry of Higher Education to enable the provision of the requested educational assistance to Abdulkadir Abdussalam. d) Presentation of the Communiqué and other Documents from the Northern Governors’ Forum Convened on 17th February, 2014:The Northern Governors’ Forum convened at Presidential

Lodge, General Hassan Katsina House, Kawo, Kaduna on 17th February, 2014. The meeting deliberated on topical issues of national concern, especially those of concern and particular bearing on the socio–economic development of the North. Specifically, Council was notified that eight (8) main issues were deliberated upon, which include the following: i. Security situation in the North. ii. Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation. iii. New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC). iv. The National Conference. v. Multiple taxation on agricultural produce along the high ways in the Country. vi. The Almajiri phenomenon. vii. Contribution to OMBATSE victims. viii. Nigeria Centenary Celebrations. Council appreciatively acknowledged the details of the deliberations presented on each topical issue. f) Presentation of Modalities for the Regularization of Undocumented Titles in Kano State and Request for Funds for its Implementation:The present administration assigned the authorities at Kano Geographic Infor-matics System (KANGIS) to immediately formalize the existence of all hous-es/business premises in the State through the issuance of Certificates of Occu-pancy (C of O). To effectively carry out the assignment, KANGIS submitted the cited presentation along with the request for the release of the sum of N32,574,060.00 to cover the procurement of working materials/equipment. Details were presented for consideration. Council approved the request. 2. OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE The four (4) memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from the Office of the Head of Civil Service were approved for execution as follows: a) Request for Funds to Enable the Payment of 2014 Books Allowance in Re-spect of 289 Kano State Indigenous Medical Students Sponsored for Studies on Bond in Various Universities in Nigeria:The cited request was submitted from the Kano State Hospitals Management Board, which was endorsed and presented to Council for consideration by the Head of Civil Service. Council was tacitly reminded of its approval granted for the Kano State Government to implement and maintain sponsoring all eligible medical students indigenous to Kano State effective from their 400 Level of studies by placing them on salary GL 07/1 in addition to the payment of books allowances to the tune of N51,243.60 annually to each of them under the bonding arrangement coordinated by the Office of the Head of Civil Service. As such, Council was requested to approve the release of the aggregate sum of N14,809,400.00 to enable the payment of the books allowances for the year 2014 to the two hundred and eighty-nine (289) bonded Kano State Indigenous Medical Students. The details presented were summarized as follows: • 400 Level Students –157 x N51,243.60 = N8,045,245.20. • 500 Level Students – 67 x N51,243.60 = N3,433,321.20. • 600 Level Students – 65 x N51,243.60 = N3,330,843.00 Total= 289 Students at N51,243.60 = N14,809,400.40. Council noted, considered and approved as requested. b) Request for Funds to Enable Upward Review of Weigh – in – Allowance for Media and Cultural Workers in the Kano State:The Head of Civil Service substantiated to Council, through the contents of this memorandum that 658 staff work under five (5) media and cultural establish-ments under the services of Kano State Government. They Include: • Kano State Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture. • Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV). • Kano State Radio Corporation. • History and Culture Bureau. • Kano State Censorship Board. Further, Council was informed that two (2) categories of staff work in the five (5) media and cultural establishments in the State. They comprise operational and non–operational staff. Importantly, the cited request was presented to Council Contd on Page 25


PEOPLES DAILY, tuesday, april 15, 2014 as a long standing issue and the demand was from the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union (RATTAWU) of Nigeria, which requested for an upward review of the weigh – in – allowances for the media and cultural workers in Kano State as follows: i. Operational staff – 17.5% to be reviewed upward to 35%. ii. Non – operational staff– 10% to be reviewed upward to 20%. The total monthly financial implications to the tune of N5,877,803.96 for the up-ward review of the weigh–in– allowances for 658 media and cultural workers un-der the service of the State was presented to Council for consideration. Council noted, considered and approved the release of 50% of the requested sum or N2,938,901.98 monthly for the stated purpose. c) Presentation of Report on the Recruitment of 420 Different Categories of Cen-trally Controlled Staff Conducted by the Office of the Head of Civil Service Between 2008–2010:The contents of this memorandum presented adequate details on what trans-pired on the issue cited for consideration by Council along with forwarding of the following two (2) prayers: i. Approval should be granted for the formalization of the appoint-ments of the 420 staff with effect from their initial (first) dates of appointments. ii. Approval should be granted for the reversion of staff wrongfully placed/graded among the 420 to ranks/ salary grade levels commen-surate with their educational qualifications with effect from their ini-tial (first) dates of appointment. Council acknowledged the presentation and approved the execution of the two (2) prayers forwarded on the cited issue by the Office of the Head of Civil Ser-vice. 3. MINISTRY OF WORKS, HOUSING AND TRANSPORT Five (5) of the ten (10) memoranda submitted for deliberations by Council from this Ministry were approved for execution as follows: a) Request for Funds to Enable the Installation of Streetlights from Mandawari to Kwanar Goda (750m) using Newly Fabricated Poles:The provisions of required infrastructure/beautification/ upgrading the aesthetic value/status of metropolitan Kano are among the commendable preoccupations of the present administration in Kano State. Installation of streetlights is promi-nent along major streets in the metropolis. The cited location was identified to benefit the laudable endeavour for which the Kano State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport presented a request for the sum of N13,342,876.50 to enable the installation of the required streetlights at the cited location. The request was approved. b) Request for Funds to Enable the Installation of Streetlights Along Sabuwar Kofa Road (750m) Using Newly Fabricated Poles:Cognizant of the resolve by the present administration in Kano State to provide the necessary infrastructure for use by the citizenry instigated the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to identify and present the cited location for the installation of streetlights for a distance of 750m at the sum of N13,836,976.50. Congruence of the request with the urban beautification policy of the present administration prompted Council to approve as requested. c) Presentation of Progress Report on the Installation of Streetlights within Kano Metropolis as at March, 2014:The Kano State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport submitted a compre-hensive progress report on the execution of the installation of street lighting along twenty-four (24) roads/ locations within Kano Metropolis. The details were summarized and presented to Council for information and records. Thus: SN i. ii. iii. iv. v. vi. vii. viii. ix. x. xi. xii. xiii. xiv. xv. xvi. xvii. xviii. xix. xx. xxi. xxii. xxiii. xxiv.

Name of Road Distance (KM) Progress (%) Tukur Road 1.00 100% Beirut Road 0.45 100% Yankura Road 0.350 100% T/Murtala – Bella (Ring) 2.5 100% K/Mata Road 1.00 100% Zage Road 1.20 100% K/Na’isa – Manda-wari 1.20 100% New Race Course Road 0.70 100% Eldorado – Dakata 3.50 95% Zoo Road – Tukun-tawa 3.50 95% S/Crescent – Ring Road 3.80 95% Sheikh Ja’afar Road 4.25 85% G/Road (Kabuga – BUK) 7.23 75% Ind. Road – Ahma-diyya 8.60 75% Kurmawa – A. Wase Road 2.50 60% Sabuwar Kofa Road 0.75 60% Five Roads in Fagge 3.90 55% Dan’ Agundi – Sheikh Ja’afar Road 7.00 45% Hadejia Road – To-karawa 5.20 45% Aminu Kano Way Conversion 2.40 45% Kawaji Surrounding Roads 6.00 45% Roads in Unguwar Sara _ 40% Emir’s Palace – K/Dan’ Agundi 0.5 40% Northwest Perma-nent Site _ 50%

Cost (N) 14,115,517.00 6,588,128.00 5,982,380.00 56,435,950.00 22,409,063.00 7,391,613.00 15,798,746.00 9,696,648.00 81,899,875.60 77,700,387.90 78,540,463.40 95,709,249.70 161,104,716.30 192,319,784.80 64,024,697.30 13,836,976.50 81,424,459.10

157,301,671.40 125,796,001.00 55,946,688.00 124,403,804.40 17,383,913.40 6,413,339.70

PAGE 25 Twenty-four (24) roads/locations were installed with lighting with the progress of work as follows:

of 300KVA, 11/0.415 KV Electricity Transformer at the School of Hygiene Ka-no:The Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Rural and Community Development amply substantiated to Council, through the contents of this memorandum, the need for the execution of the cited project. The scope of works was assessed by the Kano State Rural Electrification Board to the tune of N14,008,161.00 oncon-tractual basis. Council considered the relevance of the project, appraised the request and ap-proved the release of the trimmed down sum of N13,868,079.39 for the project.

Council appreciatively acknowledged the presentation. d) Request for Funds to Enable Payment for Diesel Consumed by MDAs in the Month of February, 2014:As custodian and centrally designated supplier of fuel to MDAs, the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport submitted the cited request to enable payment for diesel supplied to ten (10) MDAs for the Month of February, 2014. Appropriate receipts covering the aggregate sum of N10,175,000.00 were presented to Council for consideration and approval. The routine nature and purpose of the request prompted Council to approve as requested. e) Presentation of Report in Respect of Contract Awarded for the Construction of 1.8km Kofar Ruwa – Kansakali Road:The Honourable Commissioner, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport noti-fied Council through the contents of this memorandum that the cited Contract was awarded by the Dala Local Government Council at the sum of N93,160,421.97. Experts from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport were instructed to inspect the project site. The assignment was carried out and findings were satis-factory while the Contractor promised to complete the entire project in three (3) weeks. Relevant photographs from the project site were presented to Council for perusal. Council acknowledged the presentation appreciatively.

6. MINISTRY OF HEALTH Request for Funds to Enable the Construction of Additional Structures and Landscaping at the Permanent Site of Kano State Drug and Medical Consumables Supply Agency Complex, Kwanar Kwankwaso, Madobi LGCA:The cited request was considered expedient by the Kano State Ministry of Health in order to ensure the achievement of the envisaged goal of according a befitting status for the appropriately relocated facility. The scope of works involve the provision of two additional warehouses, supply of 500KVA transfor-mers/distribution, landscaping works, construction of mosque and 2 VIP latrines, and maintenance of workshop at the total sum of N151,245,115.57. Council ap-proved the request.

• Eight (8) roads/locations = 100% completion = N138,342.045.00 • Three (3) roads/locations = 95% completion = N238,140,726.90 • One (1) roads/locations = 85% completion = N95,709,249.70 • Two (2) roads/locations = 75% completion = N353,424,501.10 • Two (2) roads/locations = 60% completion = N77,861,673.80 • One (1) roads/locations = 55% completion = N81,424,459.10 • Four (4) roads/locations = 45% completion = N463,448,164.80 • One (1) roads/locations = 40% completion = N17,383,913.40 • One (1) roads/locations = _ = N6,413,339.70 • One (1) roads/locations = 50% completion = _ Total = Twenty-four (24) roads/locations = N1,462,148,063.50.

4. OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR/ HONOURABLE COMMISSIONER, MINISTRY FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS Council deliberated upon the five (5) memoranda submitted from this Office and approved only one (1) of them for execution whilst the rest were directed to be handled administratively. The approved memorandum for execution was as fol-lows: Request for Funds to Enable the Payment of Three (3) Months (February, March and April, 2014) Salaries to Kano Pillars Football Club Players and Technical Crew Pending Approval of the Clubs Budget for the Year 2014:The Players and Technical Crew of the Kano Pillars Football Club survived for three (3) months without salaries due to the non–existence of functional budge-tary provision for the purpose. The accrued payments were computed to the tune of N52,568,397.00, which was requested for release by Council pending the expenditure’s reflection in the club’s budgetary provision for the year 2014. Council considered the negative implications and immediately approved the re-lease of the requested sum of N52,568,397.00 to the Kano Pillars Football Club to pay the salaries of its players and technical crew for the months of February, March and April, 2014 pending approval of the Club’s budget by the Ministry for the year 2014. 5. MINISTRY OF RURAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Both memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from this Ministry were approved for execution as follows: a) Request for Approval to Relocate/Replace the Electric Poles along Old BUK Road from Kofar Famfo to Kofar Dan’ Agundi and Release of Funds for the Purpose:The commendable resolve to provide infrastructure and maintain it for use by the citizenry in Kano State was applauded as one of the laudable achievements of the present administration. The myriad of road construction, renovation, main-tenance projects in progress necessitate the removal/ relocation/replacement of electric poles along such roads. The cited road/location was identified as requir-ing the relocation/replacement of the electric poles which were removed due to the renovation project in progress. The scope of works required was assessed by the Kano State Rural Electrification Board (REB) to the tune of N6,140,525.00, which was requested for release to en-able the execution of the project on direct labour. Council noted, considered and approved the release of the requested sum. b) Request for Funds to Enable Connecting the Corporate Security Institute, Za-kirai, Gabasawa to the National Grid of PHCN and Provision/Installation

UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 144TH EXCOSITTING INDUCTION COURSE/WORKSHOP CONDUCTED BY THE OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE KANO Council happily acknowledged the conduct of the cited event and the inclusion of the 1004 Newly Employed youths in the exercise. The participants were taught the basics idea of Public Administration and the Civil Service Rules and Regula-tions. During the occasion, the participants expressed their appreciation to Gov-ernor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE for the workshop. MEETING ON PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE WITH ULAMA CHAIRED BY GOV-ERNOR ENGR. RABI’U MUSA KWANKWASO, FNSE Council witnessed a meeting on Peaceful Co-existence in the State with the Ula-ma. In his welcome address on Thursday 3rdApril, 2014 (3rdJumadaThani, 1435AH) Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE expressed appreciation for Ulama support to the administration. During the meeting, the Governoremphasized the need for peaceful co-existence among the Muslim Ummah and the Christians neighbors. He also called for tolerance among Muslim groups, and the need to forget differences and share common value. He reminded the Muslim and Chris-tian communities to pray for peace and stability of the country. Further, the Governor outlined some of the successes achieved by his administra-tion in areas to do with the promotion of religion and the benefit of humanity in general such as: i. Government set aside the sum of N220,000,000.00 for the renova-tion of Friday Mosques across the 44 LGCAs. ii. Kano State Government embarked on the renovation of gra-veyards (i.e. fencing and installation of lights) across the State. iii. Government had conducted census for all Islamiyya pupils in the State for proper educational planning. iv. In order to protect and guard the privacy and sanctity of women, the administration sponsored 145 female students for studies abroad to specialize in medicine and other related health subjects. v. In order to live with one another peacefully, this administration made a giant stride towards carrying different religious groups along in all activities of the State. vi. Implementation of the laudable policy on the Mass Wedding of Zawarawa and Spinsters across the State comprising both Muslims and Christians. PRESENTATION OFAWARD TO THE GOVERNOR ENGR. RABI’U MUSA KWANKWASO, FNSE Council witnessed the presentation of an award to the Governor in recognition of his educational support from the sixty (58) sponsored students presently study-ing in Ukraine. Signed: Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture, Kano State


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Feature

Mitigating the impact of oil spills in Niger Delta By Martins Abochol

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il spill has become a major environmental concern in the Niger Delta region, as it adversely affects the people and their entire ecosystem. Oil spills in populated neighbourhoods often spread out over wide areas, destroying crops and aquacultures via the contamination of groundwater and soils. Experts say that the intake of dissolved oxygen by the bacteria feeding on the spilled hydrocarbons also contributes to the death of fish, while affecting food supply due to the instantaneous destruction of crops. Observers note that the rising menace of oil spills in the Niger Delta area has somewhat made the environment to become increasingly uninhabitable. The comment appears plausible, as some residents of affected areas have often complained about health issues such as breathing problems and skin lesions; while others now lack access to food and clean water. In short, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) estimated that 1.89 million barrels of crude oil spilled in the Niger Delta area between 1976 and 1996, out of a total of 2.4 million barrels, spilled in 4,835 incidents. On the other hand, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report stated that a total of 6,817 oil spills occurred in Nigeria between 1976 and 2001, accounting for the loss of three million barrels of crude oil, of which more than 70 per cent was not recovered. The report added that 69 per cent of these spills occurred offshore, a quarter took place in swamps, while six per cent of the spills occurred on land. The report noted that some of the spills were caused by sabotage and thieves, while most of them were due to the poor maintenance of oil production facilities. In recent times, an oil spill occurred at the Bonga oil field and it was estimated that over 40,000 barrels of crude spilled into the sea. The spill, which occurred on Dec. 20, 2011, resulted in an oil slick, 185 km long off the country’s coast, and it was adjudged to be the worst spill in the area for a decade. Such incidents, perhaps, compelled Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa to advocate the enactment stringent laws to protect the environment in the

Oil spill Niger Delta area against the menace of oil pollution and other oil exploration activities. He underscored the need for oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to protect the environment, while refraining from activities that were capable of degrading the environment. Similarly, Mr Patrick Ukura, a consultant on environmental issues, urged the Federal Government to adopt technical measures aimed at addressing oil spills in Niger Delta. He argued that the government had always adopted political and financial approaches in handling oil spills, instead of involving environmental specialists in efforts to bring lasting solutions to the problem However, Dr Joe OkeiOdumakin, President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, called on Shell Petroleum and Development Company to immediately clean up the oil spills that occurred at Ikarama community in Bayelsa State in line with the highest acceptable international standards. She stressed that that the community had suffered a lot from repeated oil spills and toxic fumes. Okei-Odumakin said that the community recorded a spill from a Shell facility some months ago, adding that the spill left the area polluted. “Relevant government agencies, including National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), should also probe the immediate and remote causes of the burning of crude oil in the community,’’ she added. The problem appears frightening, as the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on its twoyear study on the Niger Delta said that contamination from oil spills

in the area had been widespread and severe. ``This report proves that Shell has had a terrible impact on Nigeria but has got away with denying it for decades, falsely claiming they work in line with best international standards, as established by Mr Audrey Gaughran, Director, International Global Issues of UNEP. Gaughran, who conducted the research on the human rights impacts of pollution in the Niger Delta, provided unassailable evidence on the devastating impact of oil pollution on the people’s lives in the area. The study examined the damage to agriculture and fisheries, which culminated in the destruction of the people’s livelihoods and food sources. One of the most serious facts to come to light was the scale of contamination of drinking water, which had exposed the affected communities to serious health risks. The report revealed a systemic failure of Shell to address oil spills for several years and described how the sites, which Shell purportedly cleaned up, were found by UNEP experts to be still polluted. “Shell must put its hands up and face the fact that it has to deal with the damage it has caused. “Trying to hide behind the actions of others, when Shell is the most powerful actor on the scene, is certainly not desirable. “There is no solution to oil pollution in Niger Delta as long as Shell continues to focus on protecting its corporate image, at the expense of the truth and at the expense of justice,’’ the report said. The report’s findings also indicted the Federal Government for failing to regulate and control

the activities of oil companies like Shell. “UNEP found that Nigeria’s regulators are weak and Nigeria’s oil spill investigation agency is often totally reliant on the oil companies to do its work. “The oil and gas sector represents 97 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange revenues and it contributes 79.5 per cent of government revenues. Oil has generated an estimated 600 U.S. dollars billion since the 1960s. “Under Nigerian regulations, oil companies must clean up all oil spills but these regulations are not enforced,’’ the report stated. Nevertheless, NOSDRA says that it will launch an oil spill monitoring programme nationwide to alert its officials during oil spill emergencies. Mr Peter Idabor, the agency’s Director-General, said that the mechanism would enhance quick response to emergencies. He said that the agency was collaborating with oilproducing communities and major oil companies to design programmes on how to monitor oil spillage and quickly report to appropriate authorities. Idabor said that NOSDRA had imposed a fine of 5 billion dollars (about N800 billion) on Shell Petroleum and Development Company for the 2011 Bonga oil spill in the Niger Delta. He pointed out that the fine would serve as a deterrent to other oil production firms which treated environmental concerns in oil production with levity. Idabor said that NOSDRA also criticised Shell for not providing immediate relief to the affected communities, insisting that the company ought to have provided succour for those whose fishing activities were affected by the spill.

He, nonetheless, stressed that the NOSDRA Act, which was currently undergoing a review by the National Assembly, would empower the agency to enforce laws aimed at reducing oil spill emergencies to the barest minimum. Sharing similar sentiments, Mr Tolu Makinde, the Deputy Director (Press), Ecological Fund Office, urged oil producing companies to always endeavour to protect the environment from oil spillage. He stressed that incessant oil spills constituted a threat to the entire ecosystem, particularly in the oil producing region. Makinde said that oil spills had a myriad of negative socioeconomic and environmental effects, adding that cleaning up the polluted environment was a statutory issue which involved experts. “It is NOSDRA that has the professional capacity to supervise the cleanup of oil spills whenever they occur; so as to ensure that the oil and gas producing environment is safe and clean for habitation. “The agency has the mandate to regulate oil production and its effects on the environment; it should also ensure that polluters undertake their responsibility too. “Nevertheless, I advise the oil-producing communities to also police their environment by calling their youths, who engage in oil pipeline vandalism, to order because the impact of oil spill is more pronounced in those communities,’’ Makinde added. All the same, the consensus of opinion among experts is that concerted efforts should be made to put an end to the menace of oil spills in the country. Source: NAN


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How Nigeria will become Africa’s biggest economy By Will Ross, Lagos

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igeria is to “rebase” its gross domestic product (GDP) on Sunday 6 April, which should push it above South Africa as the continent’s biggest economy. The BBC’s Matthew Davies explains how rebasing works. What is rebasing? The United Nations defines rebasing as the “process of replacing present price structure [base year] to compile volume measures of GDP with a new or more recent base year”. Basically, it’s a need to update a country’s national statistics. Economies are dynamic things; they grow, they shrink, they add new sectors and technologies and people’s behaviours change. One of the uses to which GDP data is put is to track how the economy grows over time. So, as GDP numbers are only relevant when compared to other GDP numbers, the year that serves as the base for their comparison needs to change as well to reflect the changes in the economy. There are basically two ways to measure gross domestic product (GDP), the sum of a country’s goods and services. Firstly, nominal GDP. This is the sum value of all produced goods and services at current prices. This measure does have its uses. But real GDP is more widely used and is slightly different. It’s the sum value of all produced goods and services at constant prices and is useful for showing how the economy changes in size and - with some further manipulation - how average living standards change over time. The constant prices are the ones from the base year - whichever that is. Rebasing is necessary simply because economies change over time. Different goods are produced and new technology is introduced, so rebasing means that the statistics give the most up-to-date picture of an economy as possible. Most countries do it at least every three years or so. But Nigeria’s old GDP base year is 1990. Back then, the country had one telecoms operator with perhaps 300,000 phone lines. Now it has a whole mobile phone industry with tens of millions of subscribers. So without rebasing the statistics from the mobile phone sector, it would remain somewhat underrepresented. Likewise, 24 years ago there was only one airline. Now there are a whole plethora, the information of which needs to be captured better in the national figures. Some analysts say that switching the base year to 2010 will boost the country’s GDP by as much as 65% - on paper.

The mobile phone industry is now massive in Nigeria - 25 years ago, it did not exist. Why is it necessary?

Oil contributes more than 70% to Nigeria’s government revenues A good question. Often in the recent past, in some of the world’s developing economies it has been seen as a non-urgent exercise and frankly there haven’t been the resources to do it. That might have been true when the economies of the world were less connected to each other through trade, but now rebasing should be a semi-regular occurrence in most

national statistic departments. Also, Nigeria has a new Statistician General, Yemi Kale, who seems to be very keen on beefing up the National Bureau of Statistics. To the man in the street, no. It will make no difference at all. But it’ll be of some interest to economists. Certain ratios will change, for example the debt

to GDP ratio will fall. And on a GDP basis, Nigeria will become the largest economy in Africa, knocking South Africa into second place. Nigeria’s rebased GDP is thought to be around $432bn (£260bn) compared with South Africa’s GDP of $370.3bn at the end of 2013. But some economists would point out that Nigeria’s economic

output is underperforming because at 170 million people, its population is three times larger than South Africa’s. And on a percapita basis, South Africa’s GDP numbers are three times larger than Nigeria’s. So, while Nigeria can claim the crown of Africa’s largest economy, there are certain caveats. Source: BBCNews.com


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overnor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has said that the Federal Government’s proposal to create additional grazing reserves would reduce the clash between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.

Nyako told newsmen in Yola that grazing reserves and ranching were in line with standard best practice that ensured maximum benefit to nomads. “Moving around with cattle in search of pasture is old

fashion. You have to fence your cattle for security and better returns as obtained in developed countries. “In USA for instance, this policy was introduced since 1872,’’ Nyako said. Nyako urged state

governments to ensure the protection of existing grazing reserves in the states against encroachment by fencing them and providing dams or boreholes and other facilities. He stressed the need for dialogue in resolving problem

between herdsmen and farmers. Nyako said when a herd destroys crops, the owner of the herd should pay for the crop destroyed after evaluation by relevant authorities instead of resorting to violence. (NAN)

The primary school in Bobi grazing reserve

Osun gets 15 per cent subsidy on agric implements

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he Osun Government has stated that it had approved a 15 per cent subsidy on agricultural implements for farmers in the state. Mr. Solagbade Oladepo, the Chairman of the state’s Agricultural Development Corporation (OSSADEC), made this known during a board meeting in Osogbo. Oladepo said the farmers would benefit from the government’s agricultural loan scheme, which would commence in May. He said the state government had procured agro-processing equipment such as cassava chipping and grain processing machines, multi-grain thresher, rice reaper and yam flour processing machine for sale to women and youths at 40 per cent subsidy.

“This is in line with the government’s policy to banish hunger and poverty and to create wealth and employment, which are part of the six Integral Action Plan.’’ He said that the commitment of farmers to food production would go a long way to reduce hunger, and thereby reduce criminal activities. He urged farmers not hesitate to contact, visit and make enquiries at the corporation’s headquarters at Ilobu Road, Osogbo, saying that the government has packages for farmers to increase food production. The chairman commended the state government for its continued support to farmers, especially in granting agricultural loan to improve farmers’ activities. (NAN)

Borno farmers’ union signs MoU on purchase of tricycles

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he Borno Cassava Farmers’ Cooperative Union, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the National Agricultural Cooperative Organisation (NACO) for the sales of tricycles to its members. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the union’s Chairman, Alhaji Al Amin Umara signed on behalf of the union, while NACO Borno Zonal Director, Malam Baba Kagu signed on behalf of the organisation. Speaking at the ceremony, Umara said that farmers would pay instalmentally, adding that the objective was to make it easier for farmers to owned tricycles for

evacuation of farm produce. “A tricycle will be sold at a cost of N400,000 to farmers under the agreement. “The money will be paid in two years after an initial payment of 10 per cent of the total cost by the beneficiaries,” Umara said. He said that about 300 tricycles were expected to be sold to the farmers under the agreement. Kagu said that the MoU was part of the organisation’s efforts towards assisting farmers in the state. He restated the commitment of the organisation to support any programme that would boost food production. (NAN)


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Involving youths in agriculture to boost food production in Africa By Nkechi Okoronkwo

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frican Ministers of Agriculture rose from the 28th Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) regional conference, held recently in Tunis, with a recommendation that member countries should allocate dedicated financial resources to boost youth employment in agriculture. The conference, with the theme ‘Youth in Agriculture and Rural Development’ as reported by the FAO indicated that half of Africa’s population is below 25 years, and estimated that in the next decade, 11 million people are expected to enter its labour market every year. Against this background, FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, told participants at the conference that getting more African youths involved in agriculture, would boost food security and economic growth with a side event at the conference, dedicated to ‘Youth and Development of Aquaculture and Livestock’. Graziano da Silva said it would be impossible to speak of a sustainable and inclusive growth for Africa without speaking of youth and agriculture. He said it had become imperative to fashion out incentives for youths to engage in rural activities, in farming, and especially in livestock production and aquaculture. Mr Bukar Tijani, the FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Coordinator for Africa, corroborated his DirectorGeneral’s position when he said that evolving fiscal policies that would allow youths access to finance, was the best way to attract them to agriculture. “It is not the government in Nigeria or other governments in Africa that will employ the youths

directly. It is the jobs that will be available in the agriculture sector which include the crops sector, horticulture, livestock, and fishery (aquaculture) and forest products.’’ According to him, ICT can also be deployed in the agriculture sector which contributes about 40 per cent of the GDP in many African countries, as people are looking for information, research, and market price kiosks, where best prices are and best technologies they can use. He advised youths clamouring for government jobs to have a rethink, saying, “The jobs are not in government but outside the government.” Nigeria and many other African countries have embarked on robust transformation programmes since the 2008 flooding that destroyed farmlands in Asia and other countries in order to avoid food shortages. These reforms, observers say, have yielded positive results in the agriculture sector. For instance, the 2012 United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report, stated that Africa is 41 per cent “off” the first MDG poverty target, as against 25 per cent in South Asia and 6.1 per cent in Latin America. Furthermore, 11 African countries, including Nigeria, have already met the first MDG hunger target to reduce by half the proportion of hungry people between 1990 and 2015. In addition, three countries; Djibouti, Ghana, and São Tomé and Príncipe, have also met the even more ambitious 1996 World Food Summit goal to reduce by half the total number of hungry people. However, Africa, according to the FAO, still remains the world’s most food insecured continent, with relatively low levels of agricultural productivity, low rural incomes, and high rates of malnutrition.

Tijani noted that Africa has recorded steady economic growth since 1999. “Africa has recorded continuous economic growth since 1999, accompanied by improved governance and human development indicators. “Currently, seven out of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world are situated in Africa, and the International Monetary Fund estimates that economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will be 6.1 per cent in 2014. “Africa’s annual total GDP grew on average by 4.8 per cent in 2000-2010, up from 2.1 per cent in the previous decade, and the agricultural sector’s growth rates in the same period were 3.2 per cent and 3 per cent respectively. “The continent has achieved a series of agricultural successes in major areas, including the intensification of staple food production, improved varieties of banana in eastern and central Africa, high-yielding varieties of maize in east and southern Africa, and productivity gains in cotton production in Burkina Faso and Mali and in tea and floriculture in East Africa. “The question is how African leaders can build on this progress by providing stable agriculture and fiscal policies that encourage investment, as committed 10 years ago in the Maputo Declaration, and strengthen governance and accountability mechanisms that contribute to more systemic implementation of policies and programmes.” According to Tijani, “these actions are critical to triggering a transformation in the capacity of countries to deliver sustained and broad-based agricultural growth and development.” In their final declaration at the Tunis conference, the ministers expressed concern that 25 per cent of Africa’s population was still

malnourished. They reaffirmed their commitment to work closely with FAO towards the achievement of the common goals and objectives in Africa, especially, the 2025 `Zero Hunger’ target. The zero hunger target is an initiative of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, which African leaders will formally adopt at the AU Summit in July. The UN General Assembly in 2013 declared 2014 as the Year of Family Farming, while the African Union declared 2014 as the Year of Agriculture and Food Security Experts believe that the AU Year of Agriculture and Food Security which coincides with the UN International Year of Family Farming will lead to new impetus in the efforts at transforming subsistence farming. Mr Modibo Traore, FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and Representative to the AU and ECA, explains the reason behind this declaration. He said, “The Year of Agriculture is aimed at consolidating commitments towards new priorities, strategies, and targets for achieving results and impacts, with special focus on sustained Africa-led growth, propelled by stronger private sector investments and publicprivate partnerships.” Accordingly, three priority areas of actions were discussed at the conference as key to accelerating agricultural transformation and eradicating hunger in Africa. It include enhancing the enabling environment for investment by the domestic private sector, including smallholder farmers; investing in the enhancement of agricultural productivity and constructive engagement of youths, smallholder farmers and family

farming. Also discussed was determining how the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP), could contribute to building systemic capacity for monitoring and evaluation. Three priority regional initiatives were also identified and endorsed by the ministers at the conference. They include renewed partnership for a ‘Unified Approach to End Hunger in Africa by 2025’ under the framework of the CAADP; sustainable production, intensification and commercialisation through integrated management of agricultural landscapes, and building resilience in dry lands of Africa. The FAO director-general urged African leaders to adequately fund agriculture in order to boost food security on the continent. He commended the establishment of the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund for Food Security. The fund is an Africaled innovative mechanism of mobilising resources from Africa for Africa, which currently has 40 million dollars in its kitty. Six countries; Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Niger and South Sudan, signed agreements at the conference with the FAO, the administrator of the fund, for the implementation of various projects. The fund’s contributors so far are Equatorial Guinea and Angola, with 30 million dollars and 10 million dollars contributions respectively. Graziano da Silva reminded participants at the conference that the African Year of Agriculture and Food Security is “a golden opportunity to further advance in the direction of the hunger free future wanted for Africa.” (NAN)


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Feature Towards a peaceful governorship election in Osun By Yemi Idris-Aduloju

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udging by antecedents, elections in Nigerians are often fraught with political intrigues and suspicions among stakeholders, which sometimes result in the disruption of peace if the issues involved are not properly defined and addressed. Political pundits, therefore, note that adequate security should be provided in the leadup to elections so as to ensure the security of the people’s lives and property as well as the credibility of the elections. They underscore the need for all stakeholders to appreciate the need for peace and harmony in all political arrangements, while making peace the watchword in any elections. This expectation comes to mind as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released the timetable for the governorship election in Osun, as all the stakeholders, particularly members of political parties, ought to be reminded of their obligation to promote peace. According to INEC’s timetable, the governorship election will hold on Aug. 9, while the citizens of Osun will join the rest of Nigerians for the presidential and National Assembly elections on Feb. 14, 2015. Observers note that in the lead-up to elections, political activists often engage in different manoeuvres to shore up the popularity of their parties and their ideologies so as to garner the goodwill of the electorate. They, however, observe that the major political parties in the state have been trading blames over reported cases of alleged misconduct before and during the voter registration which was conducted in the state between March 12 and March 17. Observers also cite cases of violence in some parts of the state, pointing at the killing of an octogenarian and a PDP chieftain in Ile-Ife, Pa Taiwo Ogundele, during the voter registration. Although Mr Ibrahim Maishanu, the Commissioner of Police in the state, debunked speculations that Ogundele’s killing was politically motivated; observers, nonetheless, insist that the killing at the time of registration elicits a lot of concern. Sen. Iyiola Omisore, the PDP’s governorship candidate in Osun, who visited the deceased’s house to condole with his family, blamed the incident on a rival party and called on security agents to fish out the masterminds of the killing. Nevertheless, analysts believe that political issues such as the alleged political assassination, if left unresolved, could breed violence which may mar the political process.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Therefore, Prof Attahiru Jega, the INEC Chairman, was at a stakeholders’ forum in Osogbo on Feb. 13 to sensitise political parties’ leaders, members and supporters to the need to promote peace before, during and after the election. Jega particularly urged politicians to abide by the electoral law and refer all complaints to the appropriate quarters for adjudication, instead of taking the law into their own hands. However, Amb. Rufus Akeju, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner in Osun, allayed the fears of concerned citizens over the coming election. He assured them that the commission would be firm, fair and forthright, while ensuring the credibility of the election.

Senator Iyiola Omisore Speaking on the security situation, Mr David Omojola, Assistant Inspector General, Zone 11, stressed that the security agents were quite aware of the trends in the political activities in Osun. Omojola, who assured residents of the state that the governorship election would be peaceful and hitch-free, conveyed the preparedness of the police for all elections. He reiterated that the police would take pragmatic measures to ensure peaceful, fair and credible elections in the country. Going from the general to the specifics, the Osun State Police Command warned politicians in the state against any plan to foment trouble, adding that their activities should always be guided

by the provisions of the Electoral Act. Maishanu vowed that no stone would be left unturned in efforts to ensure security of the people’s lives and property before, during and after the governorship election. These assurances notwithstanding, politicians underscore the need for all the security agencies to have solid, pragmatic plans and preparations for the election, even as political campaigns begin on May 11 across the state. They, nonetheless, welcome the recent resolve of the PDP and APC – the two major political parties in the state -- to eschew violence during and after the elections as a good development. Mr Diran Odeyemi and Mr

They, nonetheless, welcome the recent resolve of the PDP and APC – the two major political parties in the state -- to eschew violence during and after the elections as a good development.

Kunle Oyatomi, spokespersons for PDP and APC respectively, said that the parties had agreed to sensitise their members and supporters to the importance of exhibiting good conduct during elections. Odeyemi, the Director of Media and Strategy of PDP, said that apart from this, all stakeholders in the political process ought to make peace their watchword during the election. He emphasised that peace was by all means an indispensable element in the evolution of quality leadership and sustainable democratic governance. Besides, Oyatomi, APC’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, gave the assurance that Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun would always promote the rule of law. He also urged political parties to make peace their watchword, while ensuring that their supporters exhibited a zero tolerance for trouble. All the same, analysts insist that the focus of the people’s expectations was primarily on how to have a free, fair and credible election in Osun. They insist the success of the election will be a litmus test for the general elections coming up across the country in 2015. Source: NAN


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he expectation was that new media would not inherit the legacy of homogeneity. The wish was that new media would evolve from the historical tradition of underrepresentation for minorities and be better. But here we are, with the same old problem. Despite the changing racial and ethnic makeup of the US, news organisations - including digital news startups - are mostly white. This centuries-old carryover is at the expense of workplace diversity and responsible democracy. And perhaps most important to the bottom line, it does not make financial sense. White newsrooms The State of The News Media 2014 report from the Pew Research Journalism Project released late March, shows a bright landscape with 5,000 new digital jobs. However, viewed through a diversity lens, there is no such good news. The newest wave of Internet startups including Vox.com and First Look Media - led by mostly white men such as former Washington Post blogger Ezra Klein and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar - came under fire over their distinct lack of diversity recently. The uproar as outlined by The Maynard Institute (with the tagline “changing the face of media since 1977”) challenged the assumed historical repeat of the questionable hiring practises of traditional media. The 3,000-member National Association of Black Journalists recently sent an open letter to news media startups expressing initial excitement about the possibility for diversity in digital newsrooms: “After all, these startups will exist primarily on digital platforms, where African Americans and Latinos are proportionately larger consumers of news than whites. But our excitement has turned to concern as the parade of recent hires hardly reflects a commitment to ensuring that these new newsrooms reflect all the communities they will cover.” More than 38,000 journalists work at 1,400 US newspapers, but only 4,700 are minorities. That is an average of three non-white journalists per newsroom, according to the most recent survey of American Society of News Editors. The newsroom composition of traditional media as measured by ASNE in 2013 includes 88 percent whites compared with 12 percent non-whites. This is a far cry from equal in any equation. Not only is this not fair in terms of representative voices, story choices and editorial decisions, it is also not a smart business plan. While ASNE surveyed 68 online news organisations on the minority percentages of their newsrooms for 2013, 43 sites reported zero minorities. Twenty-five of the online sites had minority representation from a low of five percent at KyPost.com in Cincinnati, to 100 percent minorities in the newsroom of The Natomas Buzz in Sacramento, California. As a journalist and an educator for more than two decades, I’m concerned that digital newsrooms that exclude minorities, who make up nearly 40 percent of the US population, will render themselves irrelevant and hamper rational public discourse. What is obvious is that in

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Traditional media newsrooms in the US have only12 percent minority journalists

a quest for audience and revenue for media organisations of all stripes, diversity is a tool for building market share today, just as it was during the civil rights era. Both old and new media operations are alienating themselves by producing content that often lacks depth on issues such as jobs, immigration, poverty and crime, as stories are slanted towards one group or another. Besides bringing credibility to newsrooms, a diverse staff provides access to communities typically wary of outsiders. During the turbulent 1960s, for instance, newspapers hired scores of black journalists to cover the racial unrest and the sensitive issues in their communities. Inclusive coverage can affect readership, which will affect revenue. It can be that simple. Diversity means higher profits In order to boost market share, media can learn from other

industries. Decades ago, fast-food and retail chains figured out the symbiotic relationship between diversity and profitability. Imagine a company such as McDonald’s or Wendy’s employing only one sector of society and selling food only one niche audience would eat. Or imagine a giant retailer such as Wal-Mart or Kmart only employing and catering to one segment of our culture. Both scenarios would amount to financial suicide. Jennifer Steinmann, Deloitte’s deputy CEO and chief talent officer told Forbes.comrecently: “The minority is now the majority. The women and minorities in our ranks will soon be over 50 percent. That’s a major shift, the burning platform.” Ignoring that reality is a mistake many news organisations make too often. To their own detriment, newsrooms appear to have pushed off their agenda any efforts to hire,

retain and promote minorities. Only a fraction of minority journalists are in positions of leadership. Minorities fill 900 managerial jobs compared with 8,000 for white journalists. Based on my assessment after years in the industry, many minorities serve as figureheads who wield very little or no influence. As newsrooms strategise to survive in the new economic reality, executives and experts have focused primarily on marketing and innovation as a way to generate revenue. Meanwhile, they continue to ignore the ethical and financial benefits of diversity. When newsrooms do not reflect society as a whole, it shouldn’t be surprising that consumers - regardless of race and ethnicity - will gravitate to media that address their interests and concerns. Milton Coleman, the senior editor of the Washington Post and former president of ASNE, three years ago broached the issue of diversity

Jennifer Steinmann, Deloitte’s deputy CEO and chief talent officer told Forbes. comrecently: “The minority is now the majority. The women and minorities in our ranks will soon be over 50 percent.

from a revenue perspective. Simply put, media outlets are squandering a financial opportunity to attract diverse consumers whose buying power is simply staggering. According to the Multicultural Economy report, Hispanics command $1.2 trillion, African-Americans $1 trillion, Asians $700bn and Native Americans $96bn in consumer spending in 2013. The Latino population, currently at 17 percent, is projected to nearly double by 2050. The Latino market is reported to be larger than the entire economies of all but 13 countries in the world. Within these numbers and this vision of the future, there is possibility for success in all forms of media traditional and new. Media outlets can hire minority journalists who can step into meaningful leadership roles immediately. Newsrooms and outlets can recognise minority journalists as contributors to the broader topics such as economics, global affairs and national security. And in journalism schools, we can educate students about the ethical and financial benefits of diversity and place good journalists in the pipeline. History does not have to keep repeating itself. Excellence and fairness in media can co-exist. It doesn’t make any sense to call the traditional distribution in newsrooms of 88 percent white to 12 percent non-white a fair representation of the world and to keep employing that model of sameness for new media emerging today. And it also doesn’t make dollars or cents. Courtesy; Aljazeera


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Egypt court lists Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis as terrorist group

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n Egyptian court on Monday ruled that the alQaida-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis be listed as a terrorist organization, state-run Nile TV reported. As one of the most active militant groups in Egypt, the group, whose name means “Worriers of Jerusalem” in English, has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks on Egyptian police and military in Sinai and Nile Delta cities since the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last July. The Islamist militant group, which is based in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, has recently been blacklisted by the United States as “ a foreign terrorist group.”

EU increases assistance in Africa to stop Ebola from expanding

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he European Union (EU) is stepping up its efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and assist those affected by the deadly virus, an EU statement said Friday. The European Commission has increased its funding for immediate health operations, experts and risk assessments to 1.1 million euros (around 1.5 million U.S. dollars). “ We a re re i nf o rcing o u r support to partner organizations in Guinea and neighboring countries to ensure urgently needed healthcare to those hit by the epidemic and to stop it from further expanding,” said Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. The Ebola virus outbreak in the region was publicly announced by the Guinean government in March. A total of 157 suspected cases, including 101 deaths, have been reported in Guinea and 21 suspected cases in Liberia, the statement said.

Algerian youth speak out ahead of election

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abib Brahmia, 28, inspired by Soufiane Djilali, the founder and chairman of the new Algerian opposition party Jil Jadid (“New Generation” in Arabic), was drawn into politics six months ago. “Unlike the ageing politicians who have been ruling the country since [Algerian] independence, [Djilali] encourages youth empowerment,” Habib, who now works as 55-year-old Djilali’s chief of staff, told Al Jazeera. According to Jil Jadid’s official website, the party has no formal platform, but rather aims to create one through collaboration with all its members; the party currently holds no seats in the national assembly. “We don’t need any youth section since the young volunteers are considered as fullfledged members of the party,” the website states. With 70 percent of Algeria’s 37 million people under 30 years of age, the young generation may be a game-changer in the April 17 presidential election. And Algerian parties are taking

notice. Algeria’s current governing coalition is targeting young people: the National Rally for Democracy (RND) reserves a third of national executive committee seats for

young party members, said Adel Bouchenine, 27, a leader of the RND youth section in Algiers. Bouchenine is campaigning for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s re-election.

They [youth] don’t feel that they can fit in the archaic organisations, inherited from the independence period and dominated by the entrenched old guard since then.

Algerian youth are campaigning for, and against, the re-election of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Guinea-Bissau votes amid major challenges

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oters in Guinea-Bissau have begun casting their ballots to elect a new president and legislators in an election meant to draw a line under a 2012 military coup that plunged the West African nation into chaos. The front-runner in a field of 13 for the presidency is Jose Mario Vaz, the former finance minister and candidate of the dominant African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Most of the presidential candidates come from a new generation of politicians. Chief among these is Paulo Gomes, a

former World Bank executive and Harvard graduate who is seen as the strongest challenger to Vaz. Nearly 800,000 voters, most of them young and voting for the first time, are expected to take part in the ballot which could usher in new leadership in the coup-prone nation that has been dubbed Africa’s first “narco-state”. Reporting from a polling station in the capital Bissau, Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi said that people are hopeful that the elections will bring them the change they want and make their lives a little more bearable.

The former Portuguese colony is home to 1.6 million people and covers about 28,000 sq km. Weak state institutions and an intricate coast of islands and unpoliced mangrove creeks have made it a paradise for smugglers of Latin American cocaine, mainly destined for Europe. If no candidate wins an outright majority, a second round will be held between the top two candidates. The country’s last attempt at an election two years ago was aborted when soldiers under army

chief Antonio Injai stormed the presidential palace days before a scheduled presidential run-off. Twice delayed, Sunday’s vote was organised after pressure on the transition government from the UN, the US, the EU and West African regional bloc ECOWAS, which has been bankrolling the interim government. The poll is seen as a last chance for Guinea-Bissau, as donors become weary of turmoil in the impoverished nation. No elected president has completed a five-year term since a war of independence from Portugal ended in 1976.

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yamulagira volcano in North Kivu province in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) has began emitting fumes and ashes, the local press said on Sunday, citing the director of Goma Volcanic Observatory Kaco Karume. “Given the intense fumes from Nyamulagira volcanic crater, it will soon erupt,” Karume said after inspecting the volcanic site. North Kivu governor Julien Paluku who also inspected Nyamulagira volcano and its environs, said Goma town will be spared from the imminent eruption. He urged the population to take precautionary health measures given the volcanic fumes and ashes that were blowing in different directions. On Thursday last week, Goma Volcanic Observatory said the eruption of Nyamulagira volcano could happen in a matter of days.

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Saudis lead Middle East military spending

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Saudi Arabia has the fourth largest military budget in the world

iddle Eastern nations increased their military expenditure by billions of dollars last year, with Saudi Arabia’s budget now the fourth largest in the world, according

to figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The Kingdom spent $67bn last year, a 14 percent increase on 2012, meaning it leapfrogged the UK, Japan

and France in budget terms. Saudi military spending has more than doubled in 10 years, according to the institute’s report, which was released on Monday. It is still, however, dwarfed by the three nations above it,

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International with Russia spending $87.8bn, China $188bn and the US spending $640bn. Spending in the Middle East overall increased by 4 percent in 2013 to an estimated $150bn. Bahrain’s increased by 26 percent, while Iraq’s expenditure increased 27 percent, according to SIPRI. Military spending data for Iran, Qatar, Syria and the UAE was not available for 2013, however. Sam Perlo-Freeman, the director of SIPRI’s military expenditure programme, said the missing data meant the estimated Middle East total was “highly uncertain”. “This reflects the general opacity of military spending in the region, and even where data is available it may not cover all military spending,” he said. Total world military spending was $1.75 trillion - down 1.9 percent on the previous year and mainly due to a 7.8 percent cut in US expenditure, and austerity measures in Europe. Nevertheless, the US still accounted for 37 percent of all military spending, according to the institute. The trend was still upwards in many other nations, said Dr PerloFreeman, “While in some cases it is the natural result of economic growth or a response to genuine security needs, in other cases it represents a squandering of natural resource revenues, the dominance of autocratic regimes, or emerging regional arms races.”

Jordan nuclear battle heats up

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ouble-trailer cargo barrels along the highway, known simply by locals as “Death Road”, a crumbling strip of asphalt connecting eastern Jordan to Saudi Arabia. Despite its grim moniker, the road has long served as a lifeline for the desert oasis town of Azraq, whose freshwater wetlands made the Bedouin, Chechen and Druze settlements an important stop-off for caravan traders and modern trucking lines into Iraq and Saudi Arabia. In recent weeks, however, local residents say the highway has taken on a more personal meaning for the often over-looked desert community: It is a battle line in the growing dispute over Jordan’s nuclear programme. About 70km east of Amman and a few kilometres before the highway to the Azraq Wetlands Reserve (Jordan’s only wetlands), dozens of tribesmen, farmers and environmental activists gather at the foot of the

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n autonomous underwater vehicle is to be deployed in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane after nearly six weeks of fruitless searching, the head of the Australian agency supervising the search says. Searchers said on Monday they were confident they knew the approximate position of wreckage of the Boeing 777, some 1,550 km northwest of Perth, and said they were moving ahead on the basis of four acoustic signals they believe were from its black box recorders. “Despite the lack of further detections, the four signals previously acquired taken together constitute the most promising lead we have in the search for MH370,” Angus Houston, the Australian search chief, told reporters in Perth. “The experts have therefore determined that the Australian Ocean Shield will cease searching with a towed pinger locator later today and deploy the autonomous underwater vehicle, ‘Bluefin-21’, as soon as possible,” he said, referring to the US Navy device designed to detect the tell-tale “pings”. The batteries in the plane’s black box are now two weeks past their 30day expected life and searchers will be relying on sonar and cameras on the Bluefin-21 to detect the box. Houston said although an oil slick was located in the search area on Sunday evening, he was pessimistic about the likelihood of finding any of the floating debris. “The chances of any floating material being recovered have greatly diminished and it will be appropriate to confer with Australia’s partners to decide the way ahead later this week,” Houston said. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared soon after taking off on March 8 from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.

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Saudi Arabian court has jailed 13 men, handing down sentences from one to 10 years, for aiding and financing conflicts abroad, conspiring inside Saudi Arabia and harbouring wanted suspects, state news agency SPA reports. Other charges for which the 13 were convicted on Sunday included money laundering, bribery and possession of illegal weapons. They were all given travel bans to come into force after their sentences finished. Another seven men were acquitted, SPA reported. Saudi courts have sentenced hundreds of convicted fighters to prison terms in recent months as they work to overcome a long

backlog of cases related to an anti-government campaign last decade that killed hundreds. The security forces detained thousands of people after the bombings and shootings started in 2003. They were accused of security offences, including joining extremist groups and fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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he US has accused Russia of orchestrating ongoing separatist violence in Ukraine, as Kiev said it was preparing a “full-scale” operation against pro-Russian forces which have overrun municipalities in several eastern cities. The US representative, Samantha Power, told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Monday that the seizure of buildings in several of the country’s eastern cities mirrored Russia’s “invasion” of Crimea. “You have heard these last weeks Russia disclaim any intention of occupying or invading,” Power said. “Unfortunately, the fact is that the armed seizure of buildings in six eastern Ukrainian towns yesterday, and several more today, mirrors the tactics Russian forces used in the early stages of the Crimea invasion,” she said. “The only entity in the area capable of these co-ordinated, professional military actions is Russia,” Power said. But Russia, which called the meeting, said it was “the West who will determine the opportunity to stop the civil war in Ukraine”. “There has already been bloodshed and a further escalation must be swiftly stopped,” Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador, told the council. He added that “Kiev should stop the use of force against eastern Ukrainian people and start a genuine dialogue.” The emergency session was the 10th round of UNSC talks on the crisis and came after Kiev threatened to launch a military operation against pro-Russian forces unless they stood down. Oscar Fernandez Taranco, the UN assistant secretary-general for political affairs, said on Sunday that at least one Ukrainian officer had been killed in a gun battle, and numerous other people were injured during clashes in the country’s east. “The situation is therefore now more combustible than ever,” Fernandez Taranco said, warning against a spillover of “potentially severe consequences”. Power said John Kerry, the US secretary of state, would participate in negotiations set down for April 17 in Geneva, but said Russia would have to explain the presence of 40,000 troops on Ukraine’s border for the talks to be successful. The troops are in addition to a further 25,000 stationed in the Crimea region, the UK told the UNSC meeting.

10,000 evacuated as Chile wildfire flares up

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irefighters are struggling for a second night to contain blazes that have killed 12 people, injured 500, destroyed 2,000 homes and forced 10,000 people to flee the densely populated hills surrounding Valparaiso. Fires they thought were

contained 24 hours after they started on Saturday kicked up again with Sunday afternoon’s winds and raged out of control, threatening more neighbourhoods. With no m u n i c i p a l w a t e r or fire hydrants to use, and routes to the blazes blocked by narrow streets jammed with

abandoned vehicles, fire crews on Monday could do little but watch some neighbourhoods burn. From the sky, 20 helicopters and planes were mobilised to drop water on hotspots, but Ch il e ’ s n at ion al e m e rge n c y office said the battle was far

Fires thought contained have kicked up again and are threatening more neighbourhoods around Velparaiso

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he United States said it would not grant a visa to Iran’s proposed UN ambassador, citing the envoy’s links to the 19791981 hostage crisis, in a rare step that raises questions about how much influence the White House can wield over the world body. President Barack Obama had come under strong pressure not to allow Hamid Abutalebi into the country to take up his position in New York. The move has raised concerns that the dispute would disrupt delicate negotiations between Tehran, Washington and other world powers over Iran’s nuclear programme. If the US starts to pick and choose who can represent other countries at the UN, other countries

are likely to react angrily. How would Washington feel if Switzerland vetoed its choice for American ambassador to the Human Rights Council in Geneva? Richard Gowan, international relations expert White House spokesman Jay Carney said the UN and Iran had been told “that we will not issue a visa to Mr Abutalebi”. Neither the White House nor the US State Department provided further explanation. US law allows the government to bar UN diplomats who are considered national security threats. Obama’s potentially precedentsetting step could open the US to criticism that it is using its position as host nation to improperly exert political influence.

from won. “This won’t be extinguished, not today nor tomorrow,” the office tweeted after issuing a new alert when fires kicked up again on Sunday afternoon. The blaze began in a forested ravine next to ramshackle housing on one of Valparaiso’s 42 hilltops, and spread quickly. Hot ash rained down over w o o d e n h o u s e s a n d narrow streets. Electricity failed as the fire grew, turning the night sky orange and reducing neighbourhoods on six hilltops to ashes. Schools were closed on Monday in the city, since some were damaged and others were overflowing with evacuees. Michelle Bachelet, the Chilean president, toured the shelters and cancelled this week’s trip to Argentina and Uruguay, ordering her ministers to meet with her on Monday morning to explain their responses. “It’s a tremendous tragedy. This could be the worst fire in the city’s history,” she said. Valparaiso is a picturesque oceanside city of 250,000 people surrounded by hills that form a natural amphitheatre.

US rejects visa for Iran’s UN envoy Abutalebi

Kansas gun attack targets Jewish centres

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The gunman attacked two Jewish community sites

man in his 70s has been arrested after three people were killed in gun attacks outside a Jewish community centre and nearby retirement community in the US state of Kansas, authorities have said. John Douglass, a local police chief, said shots were fired at the Jewish Community Centre of Greater Kansas City at about 1pm local time on Sunday. One man died at the scene, and another died at hospital. The gunman then moved to the nearby Village Shalom, where he shot dead a woman. He shot at two other people but missed, Douglass said. A man was later arrested near a school.

“Today is a sad and very tragic day,” Douglass said. “As you might imagine we are only three hours into this investigation. There’s a lot of innuendo and a lot of assertions going around. There is really very little hardcore information.” Douglass said the suspect made several statements to police, “but it’s too early to tell you what he may or may not have said”. He also said it was too early in the investigation to determine whether there was an anti-Jewish motive for the attacks or if they will be investigated as hate crimes. The Jewish festival of Passover begins on Monday.


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Strange World

Brazilian woman gets mugged while giving interview about rising crime rate

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hen this Brazilian w o m a n stopped on the street to speak to a reporter about

Brazilian woman get Mugged

the rising crime rate in the area, I bet she didn’t expect to give him live demo! As she was complaining on live TV about the incompetent police force, a thief ran up to her and

attempted to snatch her gold necklace. The whole thing was recorded on camera – I’d call it downright hilarious if only it wasn’t so appalling. The incident took place

in broad daylight on a busy street in Rio de Janeiro. The video clip shows the woman speaking to an interviewer from RJTV. Just a few seconds into the interview, a young boy

hurls himself at the woman, snatches her necklace and runs across the busy street. The woman yells in shock; the reporter’s reaction is instantaneous – he yells too, pushes the woman aside with his fist and attempts to chase the thief down. Luckily, it is revealed that the thief didn’t grip the necklace very well – it’s still in the woman’s possession. She smiles sheepishly as she reveals the accessory, visibly shaken but apparently finding the whole thing very funny. I do wonder if the thief even realized what the woman was talking about when he decided to rob her. And to commit a crime while the camera was rolling – the kid had to be very brave or very, very foolish. It’s no secret that Rio has one of the highest crime rates in the world. The favelas outside the main city are rife with gang and drug related crimes. 406 murders and 629 robberies were recorded in the city and surrounding areas last year, in the month of August alone. Having said that, I still think this incident is pretty unbelievable.

Guy wears a different Band T-Shirt for 1,000 days in a row

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sac Walter from Echo Park, Los Angeles, loves his band T-shirts so much that he wore nothing else for 1,000 days straight. Well, there were a few exceptions, but for more or less 1,000 consecutive days he wore the tees without repeating a single band. Walter also created a Tumblr project to document the process – it’s called ‘Minor Thread’. The home page of the Minor Thread blog states: ‘Click through and you can see Isac’s torso several hundred times, each time draped with a bit of fan memorabilia. He only revealed what he looked like from the neck up after the project was completed.’ And after the project, he also took a photograph with each of the 1,000 T-shirts placed neatly on a photo studio wall, just to show people what 1,000 blog posts look like in reality. It actually took him four days to arrange all the shirts and take the picture. Walter’s challenge began in July 2011, when he sought out to wear a different band’s T-shirt every day for 500 days. When he accomplished that, he decided to just keep going. And on 7 April this year, he managed to reach the 1,000 mark. In an interview with a T-shirt company in 2013, he said: “T-shirts are like an analog version of social media and social networking. It’s amazing how I can wear a certain t-shirt out and immediately connect with people I’ve never met before. A band shirt alone can initiate new conversations and new friendships.” There’s also a video featuring each of the 1,000 shirts. It’s almost 9 minutes long, and to be honest, it gets a bit boring after a while. Some of the shirts in the video are available for sale/trade too. Walter, who calls himself a Band T-shirt Archivist, believes that through Minor Thread, he’s doing his part to ‘make the internet a better place’.

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Digest

Could Facebook trigger eating disorders? Y oung women who spend a lot of time on Facebook are more likely to have a negative body image, a new study has found. Women in their late teens and early 20s were more likely to compare their own body with that of their friends if they spent more time on social media, and Facebook in particular. Researchers found a connection between increased negative feelings about their appearance and the young women’s Facebook number of hours, something which could

lead to eating disorders and depression. The study inquired into how often women of university age in Britain and the U.S. compared their bodies with their peers in relation to Facebook use, diet and exercise habits and body image. Researchers were able to predict how often women felt negatively about their own bodies after looking at someone else’s photos or posts, and how often women compared their own bodies to those of their friends. T he m o r e t ime a yo ung

woman spends on Facebook, the likelier she is to have negative feelings associated with her own body and the more she will compare her own to the bodies of friends. The study also found that women who want to lose weight pay more attention to their physical appearance the more time they spend on Facebook. A 2013 survey found that 76 per cent of women want to lose at least ‘a few pounds’. Two thirds of respondents used Facebook as their social media of choice and 75 per cent spend at least one hour

Pressure: The more a young woman spends on Facebook, the likelier she is to feel negative about her body, a study has found

a day on the platform. Although more than half said other people’s Facebook posts about fitness and health inspired them, 22 per cent felt envious and 15 per cent said it made them feel guilty if they aren’t currently sticking to their own diet and fitness routine, according to women’s online magazine SheKnows. Previous studies have examined college or adolescent girls and the effect of Facebook on users’ body image over non-users’. However, this is the

first study to link time spent on Facebook to poor body image. Petya Eckler, of the University of Strathclyde, Yusuf Kalyango, o f O h i o University; and Ellen Paasch, of the University of Iowa, are due to present their findings at the 64th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association in Seattle. D o c t o r Eckler said: ‘Public health professionals who work in the Women who want to lose weight pay more a r e a o f e a t i n g attention to their physical appearance the d i s o r d e r s a n d more time they spend on Facebook

their prevention now have clear evidence of how social media relates to college women’s body image and eating disorders. ‘While time spent on Facebook had no relation to eating disorders, it did predict worse body image among participants. ‘As experts in the field know, poor body image can gradually lead to developing an unhealthy relationship with food. ‘The attention to physical

attributes may be even more dangerous on social media than on traditional media because participants in social media are people we know. ‘These comparisons are much more relevant and hit closer to home. ‘Yet they may be just as unrealistic as the images we see on traditional media.’

next birth. ‘Maternal fatigue can be seen as an integral part of an infant’s strategy to extend the IBI. ‘Breastfeeding has many virtues but, for many mothers, a good night’s sleep is not counted

among them.’ Siobhan Freegard, founder of Britain’s biggest parenting website Netmums said: ‘The arrival of a new baby tests even the strongest relationships, so parents will be amused to find out the exhaustion and sleepless nights are all part of Mother Nature’s plan. ‘Spacing out siblings would give the mother more time to recover from the birth and make young children more independent boosting their chances of survival, so this research makes perfect sense. ‘The last thing most frazzled new mums feel like is trying to conceive another child – and now they have the excuse that a limited love life in the first year is what nature wants.’ A recent Japanese study claimed babies can fake crying to get the attention of their mother.

Source: Dailymail. co.uk

Babies cry at night ‘to stop parents trying for another’

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baby bawling at night can strain its parents’ relationship to breaking point. But far from being an unfortunate side effect, re se arc h e rs c lai m it is the biological reason for the infant’s crying. Babies are programmed to monopolise their mother’s attention, say Harvard University scientists – and making parents too tired for a romantic night together is a way of preventing the arrival of a new sibling. The report claims breastfeeding at night also extends a mother’s postbirth infertility, known as amenorrhoea. Author Professor David Haig said: ‘Night waking increases in the second half of the first year of infant life and is more pronounced for breastfed babies.’

He said this suggests waking at night to suckle is an ‘adaptation of infants to extend their mother’s amenorrhoea, thus delaying the birth of a younger sibling and enhancing infant survival’. The evolutionary biologist added: ‘Natural selection will have preserved … behaviours of infants that suppress ovarian function in the mothers because infants have benefited from delay of the next birth. Maternal fatigue can be seen as an integral part of an infant’s strategy to extend the IBI [inter-birth interval].’ His study adds: ‘Short delays until the birth of a younger sib are associated with increased mortality of infants and toddlers, especially in environments of resource scarcity and rampant infectious disease. ‘More frequent and more intense nursing, especially at night, [is] associated with

prolonged infertility. ‘Natural selection will have preserved suckling and sleeping behaviours of infants that suppress ovarian function in the mothers because infants have benefited from delay of the

The founder of Netmums says the last thing most frazzled new mums feel like is trying to conceive another child

Source: Dailymail. co.uk


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We were never instructed to delay the passage of 2014 budget - APC Rep

Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Somolu Local Government Area, protesting over the party’s ward congress at Lagos House of Assembly, yesterday in Ikeja, Lagos.

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Why Tambuwal can’t declare defecting Reps’ seats vacant From Omale Adama, Lokoja

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member of the House of Representatives from Kogi State, Hon. Umar Buba Jibril, has given reasons why the Speaker, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal cannot declare the seats of the 37 lawmakers who dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC) vacant. Jibril, who is equally the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and National Orientation said the seats of the defected lawmakers

cannot be declared vacant until the court processes are concluded. The lawmaker who represents Lokoja/Kogi federal Constituency at the National Assembly disclosed this to newsmen in Lokoja shortly after the conclusion of the local government congress of his All Progressives Congress party. He added that the affected lawmakers had appealed against the judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, pointing out that nothing can be done on the matter for now until the legal

processes are exhausted. He further argued that contrary to the insinuation by some people, the APC strongly believed in democratic ethos, maintaining that they emphasize on consensus so as to ensure unity and cohesion in the party. According to him, election creates division, rancour and acrimony, noting that they want to consolidate on the gains they have recorded in the last ten months rather than allowing anything that would weaken the party as a result of internal squabbles.

He further expressed confidence that the APC would dislodge the PDP in next year’s general elections, stressing that his party would bring about positive change that would take Nigeria to another level of development. The lawmaker maintained that contrary to the misguided thinking of some people, there won’t be any implosion in APC, stressing that the little crisis here and there is normal considering the fact that the party is very popular and as such, everybody wants to belong to it.

APC fixes April 17 for rescheduled Ward Congress in Kaduna

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he Kaduna State chapter of Congress for Progressive Change (APC), has fixed Thursday, April 17 to elect its officials in the 255 wards in the state. Mr AB Mahmud, Secretary of the APC election committee in the state disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Kaduna.

NAN recalls that the congress was earlier scheduled to hold on April 5, but was shifted indefinitely following efforts to reconcile various interest groups in the party by the APC National Secretariat. Mahmud said the training of officials to conduct the election was ongoing, adding that the committee had made adequate arrangements to ensure a crises-

free congress. ``The delay in conducting the congress was to prepare adequately. Legal and other logistical requirement relating to a successful conduct of the congress is already in place and we are likely to have a well organised congress,” he said. According to him, the organising committee has concluded a stakeholders

meeting where all contending issues were addressed. ``There is nothing to worry about, all necessary arrangements have been put in place for the peaceful conduct of the congress,” he said. Mahmud said the date for the local government congress, which was also shifted, would be announced in due course. (NAN)

awmaker in the House of Representatives, Rep Ayo Omidiran (APC Osun), has debunked media reports that the All Progressives Congress (APC), asked its me because the House caucus to stall the passage of the 2014 budget if it was not properly scrutinized. Rep Omidiran made the clarification while fielding questions from the House Press Corps when she appeared at the forum’s “Hot Seat” over the weekend. According to her, “we were not instructed to delay passage of the 2014 budget unnecessarily, in spite of different interpretations given to the instruction from our party leaders”. “We have scrutinized the budget at committee level, we have done what we are supposed to do and it does warrant the passage of the budget. Remember, three months have already passed; we were being blackmailed by some people that APC does not mean well for Nigerians, but we showed the whole country that it is not true” It would be recalled that the leadership of the APC had directed its members in both the Senate and House of Representatives to block all executives bills of which the 2014 appropriation Bill was the most prominent. However, on Thursday, April 10 during debate and before the final passage of the budget, it was the Minority Leader in the House, Femi Gbajiabiamila, who saved the day when it was becoming obvious that Kingsley Chinda’s (Rivers PDP) objection to the passage of the budget on technical grounds would have stalled its final passage.

Ogun Speaker solicits support for good governance

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he Speaker of Ogun Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, yesterday said good governance could only be achieved if the people continue to support leaders who cherish democratic values and ideas. Adekunbi stated this while

speaking with newsmen in Aiyetoro, Yewa North Local Government area of the state. The speaker, who represents Isokan 1 Constituency in the Assembly, said the standard and quality of life of the people would be greatly improved

where democrats were in office. `` The massive development in infrastructure and other oriented programmes going on in the state were due to the quality leadership of Gov. Ibikunle Amosun. “Who might have thought

that a six-lane road would pass through Ayetoro within a short time? ``That is the nature of magnitude of infrastructure that is ongoing in all parts of the state,” he said. Adekunbi solicited the

support of the people for the government in advancing socioeconomic development of the state. He gave an assurance that more democratic dividends would still be delivered to the people. (NAN)


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Politics

Gombe 2015: Can APC sustain its onslaught against Dankwambo? From David Hassan, Gombe

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s 2015 general elections draw nearer, the opposition party in Gombe state has vowed not to allow the present administration get re-elected into office for second term as they argue that Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has failed to deliver the dividends of democracy. But, his supporters are of the opinion that the re-election of the incumbent governor in 2015 has become necessary based on his developmental strides insisting that he has touched the lives of common man in the state. Though the opposition party came out with its policy to ensure that the present administration should not be allowed to be re-elected in the forth coming general elections, the fate of the governor could only be determined by the electorates. Situation reports indicated that the present administration under the leadership of Dankwambo has done well in terms of infrastructure development as he has been able to transform Gombe into a

modern city. In the Education sector, school children who had been denied access to education for years in the state have started enjoying the dividends of democracy with each of the three senatorial districts in the state having modern primary schools for their children to acquire education. Recently, the governor laid a foundation stone of Snake Bite Hospital in Kaltungo which is expected to take care of snake bite victims not only in Gombe but in the entire nation. The Snake-Bite Hospital in Kaltungo is the only specialized hospital in the country built to benefit victims in the country and other neighbouring countries in the sub Saharan Africa. But, Dankwambo had been criticized by the opposition for doing nothing about human development and that the electorates who voted him into power are equally complaining bitterly for the inability of his government to listen to their plights. But Dankwambo’s supporters argued that those complaining wanted the government to abandon its legitimate

Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo

responsibilities and focus only on human development. They posited that infrastructural development is one of the priorities of any government in the world adding that any responsive government

must think of infrastructural development before any other thing. In fact, since the assumption of the incumbent governor in May 29, 2011, a lot of development had taken place in

the state, some stakeholders in the state can affirm. According to them, considering the development in the state, it would be a Herculean task for the opposition APC to dislodge the ruling PDP in Gombe in the 2015 genera elections. The division in the opposition APC is further accentuated by the outcome of its recently concluded ward congresses across the state with some aggrived members of the party already threatening to open factional offices. For instance, a member of the House of Representatives representing Gombe, Funakaye and Kwami Federal constituency on the platform of the opposition APC, Hon. Hamisu Mailantarke, has derided the leadership of his party in the state for its inability to conduct common ward congress. When contacted, the interim chairman of APC in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Bakas denied the allegation made by the lawmaker just as he accused him of working for the ruling party in the state. He equally alleged that Mailantarke had concluded plans to join the PDP.

Delta 2015: Governorship aspirant announces volunteer campaign aides From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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overnorship aspirant in the 2015 Delta state gubernatorial election, Tony Prest, has pledged to invest “strategically” in the tourism sector if elected governor of the state. He said the state is blessed with popular tourist and research

..pledges to focus on tourism centres which can attract scholars and visitors from different parts of the world. He also announced Ayo Binitie and Enotie Ogbebor as Director of Innovation and Strategy and Director of Campaigns for the volunteers for Tony Prest Delta State governorship campaigns.

Addressing journalists in Lagos yesterday, Prest said tourism in Delta is one of the most effective ways of redistributing wealth and to ensure the movement of money into local economies from other parts of the country and overseas. He stressed that proper

investment in tourism would bring income into a community that would otherwise not be earned. “Economic benefits resulting from tourism can take a number of forms including jobs. Employment may be associated directly with tourism, such as tour guides or managerial positions;

or in support industries like food production or retail suppliers. “It can also bring about the diversification of the states economy. Tourism operators can play a role in highlighting the broad prosperity that it can bring to a community and will contribute to a greater understanding and respect for the value of tourism,” Prest said.

APGA leadership crisis: Abuja High Court strikes out Umeh’s appeal By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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ustice Abdulkadir Abdu-Kafarati of the Federal High Court Abuja has struck out an application for stay of execution of the judgment that removed the embattled All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Chairman, Victor Umeh and Secretary, Sani Shinkafi, from office.

Justice Abdu-Kafarati also granted an application filed by Chief Okwu’s counsel, Oba Maduabuchi, to strike out the matter for lack of jurisdiction as the respondents (Umeh and Shunkafi), had accepted the judgment and entered appeal at the Court of Appeal. Umeh and Shinkafi’s appeal is slated for hearing at the Court of

Appeal, Abuja Division, on 29th April, 2014. Okwu instituted Suit No. FHC/ ABJ/CS/563/2013 on 19th August 2013, against Victor Umeh, Sani Shinkafi and INEC, seeking a Court order directing the second defendant (Shinkafi) to vacate office as National Secretary of the party, having been first elected into office on 10th

January 2003, and was re-elected for a second tenure which expired on 9th January 2010. An order was therefore issued by the court, directing the first and second defendants and all officers they represent to vacate their offices forthwith. This order was based on the fact that they were not elected in

accordance with Article 18(4) of the Constitution of the Party, which prescribes mandatorily that election into the offices shall be by secret ballot. The court order also directed INEC to deal with Maxi Okwu’s leadership of APGA, in addition, Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati granted all the reliefs sought by Okwu.

and insignificant in number to undermine the entire process. “On Ajikobi ward, because all the big gladiators are from there, the Gbemisola of the world, Professor Oba, Bola Shagaya are all from that same ward. I appeal to the congress committee themselves to go and conduct it so that it would be rancourfree instead of relying on the returning

officers as it ought to be and they agreed to my suggestion,” he said. He therefore assured that the state congress coming up tomorrow would be a remarkable improvement from the previous congresses, adding that stakeholders of the party have been sensitized to put behind their individual interests for the party to succeed in the state.

Kwara PDP denies holding violent congresses From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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hairman, Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) in Kwara state, Hon. Solomon Edojah, has refuted allegations that the party’s ward congresses in the state ended in violence. Edojah, who stated this while

speaking with Journalists in Ilorin said he didn’t interven in the just concluded wards and local government congresses disclosing that the state congress would hold tomorrow. Accordin to him, the congresses were supervised by the electoral committee sent by the national leadership of the party under peaceful

atmosphere just as he debunked rumour that crises marred the party’s congresses across the state. “Let us not paint an exaggerated picture of violence, there was never violence. Mark you, we have 193 wards and the ward elections were held simultaneously in those 193 wards. “There are bound to be minor disagreements, they were too minor


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Monarch lauds Nigeria Air Force From Matthew Aramunde, Lagos

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he traditional ruler of Shasha Kingdom in the Alimosho Local Council Area of Lagos State Oba Babatunde Ogunronbi has lauded the men and officers of the electronic maintenance depot of the Nigeria Air Force, Shasha for their humanitarian services to his subjects. He made the remark during the weekend, when, as part of the golden jubilee of the Nigeria Air force celebration, the medical team of the depot provided the indigent and residents of the community free medical services. The occasion, which held at the Bameke area of Shasha, saw the people trooping out in their thousands and were taken through the various medical processes and finally dispensed with drugs for their ailments. Earlier on, in his welcome address, the commander of the depot, Air Commodore Inalegwu Abeje revealed that the occasion was to mark this year’s version of the Nigeria Air force Day noting that the body was established by an Act of parliament in 1964. Speaking further, he said the Air Force was established to complement the efforts of its sister agencies of the Army and the Navy, in the bid to defend the territorial integrity of the country from the land, the sea and the air. He noted that since its establishment, the Air Force has risen up to the challenge within the country and outside the country. Expressing the goodwill felicitation of the Chief Of Air Staff, Air Marshal Amosu to the community, the Air Force top brass used the occasion to call on the members of the public to always volunteer information to all security agencies in the collective efforts at arresting the nauseating effects of insurgency and its allied crimes in the nation, stressing that the issue of security should not be left in the hands of security agencies alone, but that the general public as stakeholders, should be actively involved. In his response on behalf of his community, Oba Babatunde Ogunronbi thanked the Air Force for the kind gesture extended to his subjects and assured the command of consolidating on the relationship that had existed between both parties. He, also, in the same vein, call on the Federal Government to put to good use the fallow expanse of land within the precinct of the depot, as according to him, such moves will not only benefit the men and officers of the depot, but will also extend to their host community.

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Commissioner commends Dankwambo for developmental strides in Gombe From David Hassan, Gombe

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he Commissioner for Information and Orientation in Gombe state, Rev. Habu Dawaki has commended governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo for his quality leadership which he said has brought positive change in

the state. The commissioner made the commendation yesterday, in Gombe, while inspecting some of the projects executed by Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo. According to the commissioner, the governor has impacted development which to enabled citizens to witness the

dividend of democracy in the state. He explained that even enemies of this administration would not relent in testifying to the good gesture exhibited by the governor, adding that the living standard of the people in the state would be sustained. He noted that the construction

of roads and schools across the state is the first, second and third priority of the Dankwambo-led administration. He called on the people in the state to come out en-masse and support governor Dankwambo’s administration to enable him facilitate his agenda for transformation.

Taraba to commission 400 kilowatts of electricity in Mambilla By Lawrence Olaoye

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L-R: Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Mr. John Kennedy Opara, Dr. Ken Giami of African Leadership Magazine, Maryland Governor in USA, Mr. Martin O’Malley, and Nigeria Ambassador to the United States, Professor Ade Adefuye, during African Public Service Forum organised by African Leadership Magazine, recently at the St. Regis Hotel, in Washington DC.

Insecurity: Muslim council calls for fervent prayers

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he Muslim Council of Nigeria, Adamawa branch, yesterday, urged Muslim communities to sustain the on-going special prayers for peace to reign across the country. The Secretary-General of the council in Adamawa, Malam Isma’ila Umar, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola.

He said ``prayer is the only weapon for solution to serious problems such as the present insecurity facing the country.’’ Umar urged Muslims to have strong belief and remain committed to prayers for divine intervention. He said ``Allah will not change things for us; we must all work toward changing our things. We must pray for divine intervention so

that Allah will answer our prayers.’’ The Secretary-General commended the efforts of the state and Federal Government in tackling the security situation, stressing that the public must assist government to curb the problem. Umar advised security agencies to be more strategic and urged the public to respect constituted authorities. (NAN)

EFCC inaugurates Unilorin anti-corruption club

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he Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday in Ilorin inaugurated a Zero Tolerance for Corruption (ZTC) Club at the University of Ilorin. Inaugurating the club, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, the EFCC Chairman, advised youths to shun corruption and join the fight against economic and financial crimes. The chairman said the crusade was the only way of creating a better future for them. Lamorde, who was represented by Hajiya Aisha Musa, the commission’s Head of Enlightenment and Reorientation, noted that corruption remains the bane of Nigeria’s development. He challenged the students to lead the fight against the scourge,

advising them to use the Internet judiciously and positively and also advised them to avoid negative activities that could attract stiff punishment under the law. ``Let it be made clear that the ZTC is neither a parallel university or student administration nor an investigative body. We expect that you reports to us whatever information you have on corrupt practices anywhere, and such reports will be treated in strict confidence and very professionally,” he said. He told the students to regard themselves as change agents and anti-corruption vanguards of the EFCC. He commended the authorities of the University for the beautiful campus environment, adding that he could perceive the

transparency and accountability in the institution. ``The University is extremely neat; for us in EFCC, where there is transparency and accountability; where there is neatness, shows everybody in the university has what is called integrity and is uprightness.” The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, commended the EFCC for setting up the club, saying it would complement the activities of the anti-corruption and transparency monitoring unit. Ambali, who espoused the ideals of an ``Omoluabi” (a person of excellent character), said the university ``places emphasis on character because learning without character is destructive and counter-productive’’. (NAN)

araba state government is set to commission 400-kilowatts of electricity built to serve not less than six communities in the Mambilla-Plateau area of the state. The commissioning, to be done by the state’s Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar is coming after the completion of the Lot 1, Small Hydro Dam, facilitated by some agencies of the United Nations and the Taraba state government. The electricity project, partly supported by the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Babangida Sa’idu Nguroje is due for commissioning on April 24. The 400 kilowatts of electricity is powered by two turbines and will serve not less than four communities in Taraba state, including Kakara, Kusuku, Galadimawa and Nguroje. The electricity project, facilitated by some agencies of the United Nations (UN), including UNIDO, FAO, UNIFEM and others started in 2003 as an interventionist approach for resettling displaced people of Mambilla-Plateau, who returned from Cameroon where they sought refuge after a serious communal clash in the area. The citing of the electricity project was influenced by the existence of two industries, SM Tea Estate Maisamari and Highland Tea, Kakara in Mambilla-Plateau. Nguroje, who represented Taraba, Gashaka/Kurmi and Sardauna federal constituency in the House of Representatives, thanked the Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Garba Umar for ensuring early completion of the project, which he said would promote economic activities of his constituency after commissioning. He said the state governor holds the credit for giving the people of Mambilla-Plateau a good lease of life given the efforts he had made in facilitating their resettlement, while keeping them away further crises. The former Deputy Speaker also gave kudos to the recuperating governor of Taraba, Danbaba Suntai, who he said took up the project like a baby.


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Confab urges FG to implement C’ttee Report on sponsors of Boko Haram By Patrick Andrew

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elegates to the National Conference have urged the Federal Government to immediately commence implementation of the Gaji Galmatiri Committee report, which recommended the prosecution of some politicians found to be sponsoring acts of terrorism in the country, especially the Boko Haram insurgency. The delegates were reacting to yesterday’s bomb explosion at Nyanyan Motor Park, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, where several lives were lost and dozens of vehicles burnt. Chief Dan Iwuanyanwu had moved a motion urging the conference to rise in condemnation of the killings in Nyanyan, Abuja and other places where insurgency has wasted the lives of many innocent Nigerians. “There must an enemy within. I want the conference to condemn the killing of Nigerians by criminals by whatever names they are called. We want to urge the security agencies to take further and immediate steps to stop these killings so that Nigerians will not be dying like chickens. We want

R-L: Chairman, National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, and his Deputy, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, during the proceedings of the conference, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

to urge the security agencies to use their best endeavours to stop further killing,” he said. Supporting the motion, Chief Mike Ozekhome seconded it by calling on all in rise in condemnation of terrorism because one does not know who will be the next target of the insurgents and callous attention will in the long run be detrimental to all. The conference overwhelmingly

agreed by calling for rising up in total condemnation of the killing in the suburb of Abuja, in early hours of yesterday. Also, Isha’q Moddibo Kawu, one of the two representatives of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, sponsored a motion that sought to draw the attention of the Federal Government to the spates of acts of terrorism in different parts of Nigeria.

The Chairman of the Editorial Board of Blueprint Newspapers argued that several months after the presidency declared a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa, insurgency has still to abate and therefore wondered the efficacy of the emergency rule. However, Sergeant Awuse, sought to kill the motion by raising a point of order in which he insisted that since delegates were

not served prior notice as such the conference cannot entertain such motion. Several delegates did not take kindly to Awuse’s technicality and therefore shouted him down even as Salatu Ibrahim, seconded this, stressing that it was high time the government got serious by implementing the recommendations of the Gaji Galmatiri Committee. Rising to second the motion with an addendum, Human Rights Activist, Chief Femi Falana, cited Order 1 Rule 2 which says no formalization is required on issue of urgent national importance. He said the Galmatiri committee’s report must be implemented to curb further acts of terrorism. This was overwhelmingly adopted by the delegates who urged the federal government to immediately swing into action by exposing and persecuting elements found to be sponsoring whatever forms of insurgency in the country. Similarly, the Conference also urged the federal government to immediately commence a process of reconciliation, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the affected areas, adding this will ameliorate the sufferings of the victims, their families as well as breathe new life into the traumatized area.

Why I proposed 100% resource, land control, Lamido Adamawa

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he Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammad Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, has canvassed for 100 percent resource control for the South South region, as well as 100 percent land control in Abuja and every other place where the federal government has interest. The traditional ruler who, it would be recalled, said at the National Conference that should Nigeria disintegrate he would move to Cameroon since part of his kingdom extents to the East African country,

here explains to Hassan Ginsau why he thinks this is expedient. Excerpts.... How do you think 100% land control will work in Nigeria? In the same way those advocating for 100% resource control of oil revenue think it will work. We are not cheated by this. Everything comes back to us, i.e. the land and the structures on it; it means for example that Abuja will revert to Niger State or any other state. Therefore, anything that is in

Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammad Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa

Abuja will revert to them. And even the Federal Government, if it wants to work with whatever is on this land, must pay the state or the original owners of the land a rent fee. Are you speaking for other traditional rulers? This is my opinion, since everybody is giving their opinion. They are saying they should be given their oil revenue, so I said let’s give them their oil revenue. For us, all of the land will be ours. Even if there is going to be a pipeline to carry oil from their region to Nigeria, anywhere the pipeline passes through, any state the pipeline passes, they must pay rent Based on the varying comments coming out of the conference so far, do you think Nigerians can be united? Naturally, human beings have things they want and those they don’t, therefore, that is why the president said we should come and sit down and discuss among us, and reach an agreement on these issues. I think now we will agree, because when we started it looked as if we would disintegrate, but now everybody takes one another as his/her brother. We sit and

discuss together wholeheartedly, and therefore, I think we will come out with something that will unite Nigeria. Is that your expectation, that conference will unite Nigerians? I hope that the conference will bring about the unity we are seeking, for us to live together without religious or ethnic discrimination, and also to get the kind of government that will take care of the poor. Many delegates see corruption as Nigeria’s biggest problem, what do you think? If only they (the government) would consult with us, the traditional rulers to give advice on whom to give appointments, because that’s what used to be done during the days of Sardauna, the days you hear that work was done and everything was moving fine. They put us forward, any minister that was to be appointed, or head of department, the traditional ruler from where the candidate emanated must be asked what they think of that person, will he suit this appointment we want to give him? If they say yes, that’s all, then they give him, because of that he will not embarrass his parents, traditional

rulers or his land, he will work the way he is supposed to. They should borrow a leaf from our founding fathers, Sardauna, Awolowo, Zik that was how they worked. It was the traditional rulers the colonialists consulted concerning Awolowo, Azikiwe, Sardauna, and they did not disappoint them and Nigerians. Today anybody speaking at this conference praises them, if they didn’t work would they be praised? Can you clarify on the issue of roles of traditional rulers as regards what you said at the National Conference? We don’t want it to be listed out that traditional rulers must do 1,2,3,4, right now the things that I’m doing are more than 30 in number. I carry out judgements between my people, judgements concerning farmlands, houses, marriages, inheritance etc. Now, if it is not listed in the constitution, I will be separated from my people, that’s why I said nothing should be written. The way for the government to show us recognition is for it to entrench the national traditional rulers’ council of Nigeria in the constitution, if the federal or state governments need us to do anything for them, they can tell us.


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Abuja Bombing: FEPSGA calls for prayer Stories Albert Akota

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s reactions continue to trail the early yesterday morning bombing in Nyanya that killed scores of people, the President of the Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA) Dr. Victor Orji has called on Nigeria to fast

and pray for God to intervene in the security situation of the country. Orji who made the call yesterday said Nigerians must all rise up to fight against the problem of insecurity. “we cannot start a Catholic holy week with such barbaric act of terrorism, meting bitter-

ness on Nigerian and exposing them to threat and fear. “I wish there will be a day, when Nigerians will declare a 24 hour fasting and prayers and pray for this country as a citizens of this country, not as a Christian or Muslim, lets stand up and call on God in whatever language and beg Him to intervene in the

situation we have found ourselves. “The protection of this country should not be left in the hand of one person, it is a collective duty, because no one knows who these people are after, so you can’t predict the next person that would be there target, then we must stand up as people that

Eagles list for World Cup will surprise peoples, says Keshi A

s Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi gets set to unveil the list of players he will invite for the week-long preparation for the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup; he wants Nigerians to know that there will be surprises in the list. Keshi said he had been monitoring Nigerian players plying their trade both at home and abroad and this has given him confidence that all of them are good to play for their fatherland, but he had painstakingly pencilled down the best among them that will make the list which the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, will make public any time from now. According to the former Nigerian international, who not only won the Africa Cup of Nations for the country after a 19-year drought, but also qualified the Eagles for

their fifth appearance in FIFA World Cup. “There will be surprises in the list because I’m going to include some names on the list and I want to say that there will be few inclusions of players who had not been invited to the national team before in the list.” Meanwhile, the NFF has re-affirmed that there have been no changes to what has been streamed to the public previously as the Eagles’ schedule leading to the 20th FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil. Spokesman of the NFF, Ademola Olajire at the weekend said that there is no truth in what has been circulating around that the football house has altered the pretournament programme of the Nigerian team for the World Cup. “We have heard people talking about

cancellation of the friendly with the senior team of USA. Sincerely, we don’t know where that is coming from. For the avoidance of doubt, the NFF and its Official FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport hereby re-confirm that the Super Eagles will regroup in London on Saturday, 25 May, play Scotland at the Craven Cottage ground of English Premier League side Fulham FC on Tuesday, 28 May and fly to the USA on Wednesday, 29 May. “The African champions will play the senior team of Greece at the Philadelphia Union Stadium on 3 June and then take on Team USA at the EverBank Field Stadium in Jacksonville on 7 June, before flying to Sao Paulo on 11 June,”Olajire said.

believe that this is our country and must be protected,” he said. He lamented the rate of killings going on the nation saying, “Out country is not at war yet the number of people dying daily are more than those killed in war, this goes beyond democracy, it is for the future of our country.

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Abuja bombing: Onazi dedicates goal to victims

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Ogenyi Onazi

he Super Eagles Midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has dedicated his goal in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Napoli to the victims of the explosions in the country’s capital Abuja yesterday. The blasts occurred at a bus station in Nyanya, on the outskirts of the federal capital, killing more than 70 people. Onazi, a social media savvy player, dedicated his first ever Serie A goal for Lazio to the victims of the terror attack. “I dedicate my goal to the victims of the explosion, that happened this morning,” Onazi wrote on his Twitter account. “I hope by the grace of God the families have the strength needed to manage everything,” the Lazio midfielder concluded.


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African Nations NFF knees on high profile match for Eagles Cup 2019: CAF

Aminu Maigari By Albert Akota

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he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has stated emphatically that

the Super Eagles schedule preparatory to the World Cup in Brazil will remain the same, despite reports in the media that the friendly with the United

States has been cancelled. As speculation mount of changes to the preparation schedule as earlier released by the federation, NFF’s spokesman Ademola Olajire has cleared the air against such stories. “We have heard people talking about cancellation of the friendly with the senior team of the USA. Sincerely we don not know where this is coming from,”Olajire stated. “For avoidance of doubt, the NFF and its official Fifa match agent Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport hereby re-confirm that the Super Eagles will regroup in London on Saturday, 25th May, play Scotland at the Craven Cottage on Tuesday, 28 May then fly to the USA on Wednesday, 29th May. Nigeria is in Group F of the 2014 Fifa World Cup to be hosted by Brazil alongside Argentina, Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Super Eagles will kick start their campaign on June 23, when they play Asian powerhouse Iran.

Togo test good for Eaglets-NFF

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igeria Football Federation (NFF) is of the view that the coming WAFU B Under-17 Tournament in Togo is a test run for the Golden Eaglets ahead of the qualifiers for the 2015 CAN Championship. The Golden Eaglets that has recorded victories in their four previous matches, would round off their tune-up for the tournament in Togo against Pepsi Football Academy at the Agege Stadium in Lagos today at 4:00pm. But that success notwithstanding, it is the conviction of Alhaji Yussuf Fresh, a board member of the NFF that the Golden Eaglets are not yet ‘goodto-go. “So far, so good because I have been following up on all the activities of the team right from the start of the screening though the momentum is coming up, “said Yussuf. “we are still expecting some good players to be integrated since this is a national team what I can say is that there is progress,”

Emmanuel Emunike, Chief Coach While commending the coaching crew for the string of victories so far, Yussuf said matterof-factly that the tournament in Togo would define the readiness of the team for CAN 2015 qualifiers. The Golden Eaglets have been drawn bye to the second round and would engage the winner of the first round fixture between Burundi and Congo in July and August. “Sincerely, I don’t think the team is ready yet despite their good

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performance in friendly matches but the tournament in Togo would show whether they have arrived or not,” he said. Yussuf, who will be leading the Golden Eaglets to the tournament in Togo, said his observation was borne out of the fact that the Golden Eaglets are the defending FIFA Under-17 World Cup champions as such the technical must ensure that only the best players are included in their program.

visits Cote d’Ivoire to assess bid for hosting right

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Team from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is in Cote d’Ivoire to assess the country’s capability to host either the 2019 or 2021 edition of the Nations Cup. CAF Head of Delegation, Amadou Diakite, told newsmen in Abidjan on Monday that the visit resulted from Cote d’Ivoire’s request to be granted the right to host the competition. Diakite said the team would visit football stadia, health facilities and resorts in the country, with a view to assessing the country’s competence for such calibre of football event. “Our mission is to assess the facilities on ground and report back to the Executive Committee of the confederation. “It is the executive committee which has the power to decide who gets the hosting tights. So, our job is purely to assess and report,’’ he said. Earlier, Alain Lobognon,

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he Super Falcons second goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi, has departed the country for the United Arab Emirate (UAE) to sign for AlWahda FC of Abu Dhabi. Gracious Akujobi, Super Falcons Media Officer said yesterday that Oluehi who did not reveal the details of the contract left the country on Sunday. “The contract details will be made known after she has put pen to paper,” Akujobi said.

Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Youth Development, Sports and Recreation, had said the team would be taken round all the football facilities in the country. “After going round the facilities here in Abidjan, the team will go to other regions such as Bouaké, Korhogo, Yamoussoukro and San Pedro. “We want to show what we have on ground, which will show that we qualify to be given the hosting right for CAN,’’ he said. The the team’s mission in the country will end on Friday, April 18 She said the deal would not affect the goalkeeper’s availability for national team assignments. Akujobi noted that Oluehi’s move would be of immense benefit to the Super Falcons as it strives to fortify its goalkeeping position ahead of international engagements. She said that while Oluehi would work for the interest of the national team, she would also pursue her professional career.


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Sports Colombia squad will surprise opponents at World Cup, says Jackson

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IFA.com: Jackson, Porto are 1-0 up from the first leg, yet you are set to miss out on the return in Sevilla through suspension. Does that make the team’s task harder?

It would be the biggest step in my career. It is what everybody says, of course, but playing at a World Cup really is a childhood dream of mine and one I hope comes true in Brazil. Having watched them from so far away on television, now it feels like I’m getting closer.

The team doesn’t depend on me, it’s about how we play as a unit. It was important to win and keep a clean sheet at home, as we can breathe a little easier during the match in Spain. [Nabil] Ghilas has been playing well and I’m sure he’ll rise to the challenge [of replacing me].

In your view, who are the favourites to lift the Trophy? Spain and Germany above all, because they’re always so strong, while it’s never wise to write off Italy they always find their best form at major tournaments. Portugal are very strong too and the fact they had to go through the play-offs shouldn’t take anything away from them. On the contrary, it might mean the players are even more motivated come the finals.

Porto clinched the 2010/11 Europa League thanks to a goal from Falcao in the final against Braga. Could you see yourself doing the same? To get the chance to repeat that feat, we have to reach the final first. Of course it’d be a dream come true to get to the final and win it, but it’s really important not to think of just myself. Porto are always stronger when we pull together rather than playing as individuals, though I do feel this team could go very far. This national squad is making history. I think we’ve got a wider variety of players and talent than we did at the 1994 World Cup. Staying on the subject of Falcao, he’s not given up hope of recovering from his knee injury in time for Brazil 2014. Have you spoken to him since it happened? I’ve spoken to him several times since. The injury was a real shock, but as soon as I found out I called him to ask how he was feeling. He came across as really well, really strong and extremely determined to get back to fitness. To be honest, the way he’s going about his recovery is very impressive. He’s always been very dedicated, he’s worked very

How about host nation Brazil, are they not in with a chance?

Michael Ballack hard and this is just a phase that he’ll come out the other side of. Do you think he’ll be fit in time to be selected for Brazil 2014? Yes, I do. In circumstances like these, you have to put your faith in both medical professionals and God’s will. All of us Colombians are willing him to be able to play at the World Cup, but first and foremost he needs to be totally recovered and that’s always what matters most. Given that Colombia haven’t appeared at a World Cup since France 1998, what are your expectations for Brazil 2014? This World Cup gives us a massive opportunity to try and take Colombia to the very top. After putting in so much effort in qualifying and after so many years working towards this, we can’t let ourselves get fixated on thinking we’re going to reach the

Final. We must take things step by step and, if we do, I’m sure we’ll get good results. At a World Cup, winning your opening game is always important too. Having been drawn in a group alongside Greece, Côte d’Ivoire and Japan, is it hard to pick out the favourites to qualify for the Round of 16? I think that it’s one of the most evenly matched groups at this World Cup. Ivory Coast have very experienced players with a lot of quality, Japan are always at the World Cup and cover every blade of grass, and Greece are tactically very strong. All the teams are in with a shout of reaching the last 16, but we mustn’t think that we can only aspire to getting through the group phase. When you’re at a World Cup, the first thing you say to yourself should be, ‘We don’t know how far we’re going to go, but we do know how far we want to go’.

Many experts have stated this could be the strongest ever generation of Colombian footballers. Do you agree, or do you feel that puts too much pressure on the squad? We can’t stop people talking about us, nor should we duck away from positive opinions. This national squad, with a new generation of players, is making history. Nowadays nearly all of us are playing in Europe and I think we’ve got a wider variety of players and talent than we did at the 1994 World Cup, when this pressure was on them too. But we can’t afford to get too carried away with what people say. Of course we want to have a great tournament, but we mustn’t let ourselves get weighed down by external pressures. On a personal note, how much will it mean to you if, as expected, you are called up to the World Cup squad?

Oops, I forgot about Brazil! As well as playing really well, they’ve got some spectacular players… So, in fact, I’d say that in my view Brazil are favourites for the title. One final question: you’re battling it out for the league top scorer’s honours with another Colombian, Fredy Montero of Sporting Lisbon. Are you surprised he’s not in the national squad? The fact he was playing in the USA made it quite difficult for him to be regularly selected for the national squad. It comes down to coaching decisions, which are never easy to make of course, and the Colombia coaching staff have assembled a strong squad with a solid core. That said, there’s no doubt Fredy’s got enough ability to be in the national team. But it comes down to [Jose] Pekerman, who’s the main reason behind our success, to make the decisions. He’s got World Cup experience already and we’ve got 100 per cent faith in him.


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THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Pst Emmanuel C Agu 2. Christopher Joseph 3. Jeremiah Onyebuchi 4. Awo Mathias N. 5. Christiana Agu. THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR,JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

MERCY OF CHRIST DELIVERANCE MINISTRY

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR PROPHET SUNDAY MUNACHUKWUMSO ANTHONY NWEZE 2. PROPHETES CHIKA DORATHY NWEZE 3 CHINECHEREM PRISCA NWEZE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO PROMOTE AND EVANGELISE CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS AND ETHICS. 2. TO PROPAGATE THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: EKPO EMMANUEL MOSES 07069242137 OR 08050704564

SIGNED: Barr Parpatrial Aibangbee

SIGNED: BARR. PATRICIA OKWUDILI OKORAFOR. 08036339863.

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ME AND YOU FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

HEART TO HEART INCLUSIVE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. BARR. DARLINGTON OZURUMBA 2. DR. (MRS) ZUWAIRA DOREEN YUSUF 3. HON. BRIGHT SARO-IDORNATA 4. HON. OLADEJI ADEWALE 5. DR. (MRS) HAUWA HUSSAINI 6. BARR VAL IGBOANUSI 7. MRS MARYJANE OZURUMBA 8. BARR. OCHAI JACOB OTOKPA 9. CHIEF CYPRAIN AJAH 10. CHIEF. JOSEPH ONUMUONU THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. For peace and development. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: Barr. Ozurumba Darlington Esq. 08037984760

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED foundation HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. Trustees: 1.AVM ADAMU MBAKA (RTD) - chairman 2.BARRISTER VICTOR LEO (ESQ) - secretary 3.SALOME ANDREW MATHEW - coordinator 4.CMDR DOGARA GORA ALBEHU- member 5.ANDREW GAUJI - member Aims and objectives 1.To provide inclusive education facility to visually and hearing impaired and their able bodied counterparts. 2.To serve as an advocacy platform for raising awareness of all and sundry on disability and activism. Sign: coodinator - 08033292146

OASIS OF COMFORT FOUNDATION

This is to inform the general public that the above named Foundation has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DANALFA LERENGS 2. LERENGS ZELISFA USMAN 3. OLUGBO OGU PHILIBUS 4. USMAN PRAISE FAVOUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To assist orphans, widows and less privileged in the society. 2. To encourage and support the establishment of small scale businesses with a view to alleviating poverty amongst women, youth and less privileged in the society. 3. To create awareness and empower youths, women and orphans in entrepreneurial skill acquisition. 4. To promote education and capacity building programmes amongst youth, women and less privileged in society. 5. To support community development project. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Off Aguyi Ironsi Street Maitama Abuja, within 28 days of this publication. Signed: Y.Y. KABANTIYOK ESQ SOLICITOR


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PUBLIC NOTICE CHRIST SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL

This is to inform the general public that the above named “Ministry” has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under the part C of companies and allied matters Acts, No. 1. 1990.

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PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC NOTICE

CITY OF REVIVAL AND RESTORATION INT’L MINISTRY

IWAJOWA MOTORCYCLE OWNER AND RIDERS ASSOCIATION ILE-IFE

Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to Registrar - General, Corporate Affairs Commission, P.M.B 198, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguyi Ironsi Street Maitama Abuja, within {28} days of this publication. Signed by: TRUSTEES

This is to inform the general public that the above named “Ministry” has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under the part C of companies and allied matters Acts, No. 1. 1990. TRUSTEES ARE:1. REV BURAIMOH LAMIDI SURULERE MOSES (GENERAL OVERSEER) 2. PASTOR (MRS) IBRAHIM OLUBUNMI AINA 3. EJOLA OGBEIDE ERNEST 4. SISTER OBI REBECCA MAUYON 5. BRO. RABIU AHMED OLALEKAN AIMS & OBJECTIVES 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND TO RESTORE BACK TO CHRIST THE LOST SOULS, TRAINING THEM FOR THE MINISTRY. 2. DEVOTED TO THE PENTECOSTAL REVIVAL AND RESTORATION OF SANITY IN THE CHRISTENDOM. 3. TO PROMOTE CHRISTIAN LITERATURES, BOOKS BUILD SCHOOLS. ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGOSTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY/ 08053076427

This is to inform the general public that the above named “Ministry” has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under the part C of companies and allied matters Acts, No. 1. 1990. TRUSTEES; 1. MR. AWOTINDE W. LAWRENCE 2. MR. IBUKUN OMISODE 3. MR. ADEJARE ADEWUYI 4. MR. AKAMO IDOWU 5. MR. OMISOPE DARE 6. MR. OLADIMEJI WASIU 7. MR. ADERINTO KAZEEM AIMS AND OBJECTIVES; 1.TO FOSTER UNITY AMONG MEMBERS 2.TO ENCOURAGE SAFETY MEASURE ON ROAD 3.TO BUILD RIDERS THAT ARE LAW ABIDING Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar - General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, P.M.B 198, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED; OLABAMPE, AKINOLA AND CO BARRISTER AND SOLICITORS 71, ALLEN AVENUE, IKEJA, LAGOS

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DAPO ABIODUN FOUNDATION

THE MERCIFUL INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN MINISTRY

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The Trustees are:1. MR. MUYIWA AFOLABI. 2. MRS WUNMI AFOLABI. 3. SANNI OLANIKE. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To cater for Christ people in the Christ. 2. To transform the society at large. 3. To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. 4. To teach the word of God to the lost souls. 5. To carry out soul winning evangelism throughout the universe.

This is to inform the general public that the above named “Ministry” has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under the part C of companies and allied matters Acts, No. 1. 1990.

SIGNED; SECRETARY

This is to inform the general public that the above named “Ministry” has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under the part C of companies and allied matters Acts, No. 1. 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR ADELEYE JOHNSON SUNDAY 2. ADELEYE FUNMILOLA OLABISI 3. ADEGOROYE ADETUNJI OLUWABUSAYO 4. OLORODE FATIMO BINTU 5. ALAYO VICTORIA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ 2. To build up and establish souls in the christian faith through preaching,teaching and counselling 3. To manifest he fullness of christ on earth through the power of the Holy spirit 4. To establish and equip churches for the spreading of the gospel and nourishing of saved souls for the kingdom of God. Any objection to the registration of the above name foundation should forwarded to the registrar corporate affair commission Plot 420, Tigirs Crescent off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama Abuja with 28days of this publication Signed: Olaide Akinyele

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TRUSTEES; 1. DAPO ABIODUN- PRESIDENT 2. OLUSEYE ABIODUN - VICE PRESIDENT 3. PAUL AZIEGBEMI - SECRETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES; 1.TO HELP THE LESS PRIVILEGED Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar - General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, P.M.B 198, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

OTAWIKE YOUTH INITIATIVE

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Chief Ginger Obinna Chairman 2. Hon. Arthur Nwachukwu 3. Barr. Friday Eluwa 4. Hon. UchennaNwambuko 5. Hon. SupperbOnyekaozuruIhesiene 6. ChinwenduOchiulo 7. Tony Otuonye 8. Barr. GuyoChigoziriOkite 9. Lucky Chikezie 10. Pastor Achilihu Destiny Chibuike AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. To promote youth development and empowerment programs 2. To encourage and enhance academic excellence pursuit among the youths 3. To promote social and economic welfare programs among the youths ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: Chief Ginger ObinnaOnwusibe

OCHIAGHA B.M. UDOKPORO FOUNDATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Chief Chris Asoluka 2. Prof. Martin N. Anikwe 3. Rev. Fr. Dr. Gabriel OgbuaguOkoko 4. Lady Mary ChibuzoUdokporo 5. Mrs. NgoziAchogbue 6. Dr. MacjohnNwaobiala 7. Prof. Mrs. IfeomaIjeh 8. Cyril NkemakolamEkeopara 9. Prof. James C. Nwafor 10. Dr. Mrs. UcheEjiogu 11. HRH Eze J.O Muruako 12. HRH Eze Kingsley Odu 13. Barr. Chris Ahumibe 14. Engr. EmekaUdokporo AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. To add value to humanity through the discovery of talents 2. To create avenue for equalization of opportunities especially among youths 3. To award scholarship and welfare for the less privileged ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: J.K MbanefoIkwegbue Esq. Pelican Attorneys; 08037234033

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.Mr.kolawole Sanni 2.Mr kolawole Aladesanmi 3.Mrs. Tayo Itseumah 4. Dr.James Chizoba Chidume 5.Mrs.Patricia Mpigi THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1.To ensure that owners and residents are represented in the management of the estate. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED::Aluuchukwu,c.esq.atlas law firm,Abuja.Solicitors to the Association

PUBLIC NOTICE THE NARROW WAY HOPE INITIATIVE

This is to imform the General Public that the above named INITIATIVE has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies And Allied Matters Act, 1 of 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Akpojene Florence, 2. FakinledeCharity , 3. Afabor Christiana, 4. Edemadide Ivan, 5. Edemadide Kenneth, 6. Edemadide Geoffrey, 7. Eyafe Joy, 8. Adaje Adeline, 9. Ekpekuro Mabel Aims and Objectives : 1. To give hope and succor to the less privileged in the society 2. For the economic empowerment of women and youths 3. To assist in the education of indigent persons. Any objection to this Registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off AguiyiIronsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days from the day of this publication. SIGNED: Patrice Akwara Solicitor

PUBLIC NOTICE

CHANGE OF NAME

CHANGE OF NAME

WINNERS PROGRESSIVE ASSOCIATION, EDO STATE CHAPTER

I formerly known as JIBRIN SALEH now wish to be known and addressed as ALIYU SHU’ AIBU DANJUMMAI. all former documents remain valid, teachers service board Kano state, authority and the general public should please take note.

I formerly known as ESTHER CHIOMA UDEOGU now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ESTHER CHIOMA RICHARD. all former documents remain valid, Nasarawa state university keffi and the general public should please take note.

This is to imform the General Public that the above named ASSOCIATION has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies And Allied Matters Act, 1 of 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Paul Egbuchulem 2. Victor Samuel 3. EberechukwuObiako 4. NnaemekaUbochike 5. IkeanyiOledibe 6. ChidiebereNgoha 7. David Nwachukwu 8. OnyekaOmeje 9. Noah Lawrence 10. Wealthfeld Alula Aims and Objectives : 1. To care for its members. 2. To organisetrainnings for its member on business and Human development. Any objection to this Registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off AguiyiIronsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days from the day of this publication. Name of presenter: Odigie Felix Esq.07032146555

CHANGE OF NAME

CHANGE OF NAME

I formerly known as RAMONI MUMONI now wish to be known and addressed as ABDULRAHMAN M. SAKIBU of Elebekan’s compound Modeke Igboho, OYO state, all former documents remain valid the general public should please take note.

I formerly known as MISS ADAMU HALIMATU SADIYA now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ADAMU HALIMATU SADIYA. all former documents remain valid, Nasarawa state university keffi, NYSC and the general public should please take note.

CHANGE OF NAME

CHANGE OF NAME

I formerly known as EZURIKE PRECIOUS CHIOMA now wish to be known and addressed as JOHN PRECIOUS CHIOMA. all former documents remain valid, the general public should please take note.

I formerly known as MRS EWARAMI PRECIOUS UHUNOMA now wish to be known and addressed as MRS CHRISTIAN PRECIOUS UHUNOMA. all former documents remain valid, NYSC and the general public should please take note.


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THIS SPACE IS FOR SALE

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THIS SPACE IS FOR SALE LOSS OF DOCUMENT

This is to notify the general public and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)/AGIS, Abuja, about the loss of original “OFFER OF THE TERMS OF GRANT/CONVEYANCE OF APPROVAL” issued in favor of Jacque Rogge on Plot of land No. 1463 of about 1,000sqm in Kpeyegyi Layout, Abuja. All efforts to retrieve the said document has proved abortive. If found, please contact Mr. Frank Whyte on Phone No. 08033113622 or his Solicitor, Dennis Aleobua, Esq. on Phone No. 08038943729 LOSS OF DOCUMENT

This is to inform the general public of the loss of original certificate of occupancy with file no NG 30003; District: Gudu, cadastral zone/ Plot No B 01/502 belonging to ZAINAB ABU BELLO of Block d22, flat 3, 30th street APO qtrs Gudu, APO. All effort to trace the documents proved abortive . If found please contact the nearest police station. CHANGE OF NAME I FORMERLY KNOWN AS MISS LAWSON TUBONIMI EDWIN NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS WAQUONG TUBONIMI ANDERIMAM. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

LOSS OF DOCUMENT

This is to notify the general public and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC)/AGIS, Abuja, about the loss of original “OFFER OF THE TERMS OF GRANT/CONVEYANCE OF APPROVAL” issued in favor of Ibrahim Geidamon Plot of land No. 1464 of about 1,000sqm in Kpeyegyi Layout, Abuja. All efforts to retrieve the said document has proved abortive. If found, please contact Mr. Frank Whyte on Phone No. 08033113622 or his Solicitor, Dennis Aleobua, Esq. on Phone No. 08038943729

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Some Interesting Facts

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very human spent about half an hour as a single cell Each year, about 500,000 detectable earthquakes occur in the world. About 100,000 of those can be felt and about 100 of them cause damage. The tongue is the only body muscle that is attached from one end only. (Please don’t send me corrections to add the penis; the penis is not a muscle). We, as humans, forget 90% of our dreams During thinking, we use on about 35% of our brains The percentage of people dreaming in black and white started decreasing after the spread of color TV Approximately two-thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss Just days before the World Cup of 1966 in England, the trophy was stolen and then later retrieved by a dog Some Chinese believe that swinging the arms cures headaches Coffee drinkers have more sex than non-coffee drinkers. They also enjoy it more. The city of Portland in Oregon was named after a coin toss in 1844. Heads for Portland and tails for Boston. A queen bee lays 1500 eggs a day No president of the United States was an only child for his parents Laughter is a proven way to lose weight .Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game. • The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning its head are

the rabbit and the parrot. • Whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound. • It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it. • When hippos are upset, their sweat turns red. • Every time you sneeze some of

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your brain cells die. • Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. • Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six-year-olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15 to 100 times a day. • Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying. • The Boeing 747 is capable of flying upside-down if it weren’t for the fact that the wings would shear off when trying to roll it over. • Never hold your nose and cover your mouth when sneezing, as it can blow out your eyeballs.

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oger Milla has lost his record as the oldest footballer to represent an African national team to 43-yearold Mauritius striker Kersley Appou. Cameroon’s Milla set the previous mark when scoring in a 6-1 defeat against Russia in the 1994 World Cup at the age of 42 years and 39 days. He still holds the record as the oldest player and goal scorer at a World Cup. Appou played in Mauritius’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying defeat against Mauritania on Saturday. He was 43 years and 354 days old, which is still short of MacDonald Taylor Sr, from the US Virgin Islands, who holds the world record of 46 years and 217 days. “I plan to continue playing,” said Appou, who was a substitute in the 1-0 first-round, first-leg defeat. Milla played in three World Cups, and was one of the stars of the 1990 finals at the age of 38 after coming out of retirement to lead Cameroon to the quarterfinals. His goal celebration of dancing around a corner flag has become iconic.

words for chairman, delegates M Tuesday Column r. Chairman Sir, please accept this contribution as a response to public invitation for memoranda and as an open letter to you and delegates at this conference. I seek this dual approach to my submission as it is a prompt to the delegates sitting with you and for the fact that like similar past conferences, what I bring to your attention has been mentioned by several contributors. Mr. Chairman, I am a Diaspora Nigerian from the Benue valley area of north central Nigeria. I hear the Diaspora community have delegates in this conference but I fear there is little broad consultation to consider their contribution reflective of the broad concerns of the Nigerian community overseas. Mr. Chairman, I write to point out an issue which keeps getting mentioned yet ignored in previous conferences, and that is the issue of restructuring Nigeria as a nation state. Listening to contributions from delegates in the past week, the issue of restructuring the way Nigeria exists as a nation- state tops the concerns expressed across the board. Why is this issue always glossed over when many sitting in that hall know that addressing the structure of our existence as a sovereign nation is at the heart of the myriad of our developmental and political problems? Mr Chairman Sir, I do know that ‘the no go area’ of indivisibility and restructuring are mutually exclusive, as the former does not preclude the latter. The fact that many of the delegates fall asleep or resort to playing scrabbles in such an important conference shows they have little confidence the exercise will address the fundamental issue with Nigeria. The neglect of restructuring Nigeria brings us full circle to a third national conference

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Confab chairman, Idris Kutigi which is likely to end like previous deliberations that have proven to be nebulous and wasteful adventures. Is it possible a one off conference can aggregate the problems generated by a faulty structure and hope to resolve them? This is why many like I will reserve felicitating with the President until we see the outcome of this venture. Mr. Chairman, as one contributor stated, ‘Nigeria remains one of the unfinished projects of this century’ and the focus of our polity on who gets what and which ethnic group grabs the power of appropriation is an indication that we have little trust people from other sections of Nigeria can be expected to represent our interest at the centre. We must appreciate there is valid reason for this apathy going by the way we have conducted the affairs of governance along ethnic affinity

since political independence. It is a practice that has never been seriously questioned and one which has grown over time to become the norm and therefore, embedded in how we see ourselves and the way government officials offer their services. The challenge today is beyond the reversal of this culture, but adopting another structure that will neutralise the existing mind-set that redefines how we exist as a nation state. I hope that this time the matter of restructuring the country will be top on the recommendations and a clear roadmap identified on how to follow it through. While I believe the delegates have the experience to discuss in more detail the structure that reflects our diverse values and collective aspiration, I will end this letter by making an initial proposition on the type of restructuring I think we should begin to seriously consider. I list three broad frames that cover what many have mentioned on guaranteeing participation, access and citizenship for all Nigerians. Firstly, we should seek a restructuring that reduces the concentration of power at the centre to minimise the inordinate and often misplaced ambition to occupy the Presidency which has ironically become a dividing than unifying institution. Secondly, a restructuring that is based on the emergence of a polycentric entity of atleast 6/7 geopolitical zones that enjoy a level of autonomy similar to the three regions we inherited at independence, but

The fact that many of the delegates fall asleep or resort to playing scrabbles in such an important conference shows they have little confidence the exercise will address the fundamental issue with Nigeria.

improved to respond to our current context. The advantage of polycentrism is the principle of an entity structured around several political, social or financial centres that corresponds to our local developmental aspirations. Thirdly, a structure in which each zone retain at least 30/35% of resources that accrue from that zone as derivative, allowing each zone and state to fuller explore their potentials. In such an arrangement, a specified amount received by the federal government from similar revenue is put to developing the resource potential of zonal states based on comparative advantage. Such a polycentric structure will for example provide for zonal police formations that exercise semi autonomy much in the sense of the British or American police structure such that ‘federal institutions’ become more visible in the zones and only coordinated at the centre. Each zone will also plan and develop their energy supply to meet their economic potentials as well as primary health delivery services which the federal government will work to standardise. Such a system will allow zones buy into projects through incentives and opportunities rather than the overt and covert violence that define the current structure. What I have outlined here is just a ‘mind map’ of what can be developed in greater detail and should not be seen as suggesting a fourth tier of government as the zones only represent the decentring of the federal tier of government . It is important you set this conference apart from previous gatherings that have proven to be a manifestation of the same ills that bedevil us as an entity held hostage by its own internal contradictions. Mr. Chairman, I will close by mentioning an unrelated pressing issue that needs to be urgently addressed today, and that is the role of the first lady in our polity and government. We need to be clear on their role and boundaries in affairs of government, if they have a budget and for what purposes and more importantly, how they can be audited and sanctioned. Our experience over the years has shown how that position has been abused as an extension of the office of the President to interfere with institutions of government and as a structure of willful appropriation. Son Gyoh is reachable on whywhatwhichow@gmail. com

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