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Kano, Enugu, Kaduna, Bauchi/ Gombe, He said “The headline figures are in the region of N126billion but I think that is not the story. “The story really is what the award of those contracts will do to the economy. It will restore confidence to the construction industry. Contractors who have been owed for two three years before Mr President was elected are back in various states; they recall back their workers and as they are purchasing gravel, cement, the economy is on its way back with a bend and this situates what the

minister of budget and planning has said. Every place in all of those states once we mobilise the contractors the monies is kept in those states. Most of the workers who drive the trucks, who fix the roads that you see are indigenes of those states and so they aggregate to the total output from each of those states to the national productivity and national recovery. What you then will see is improved journey time which was what we promised you as we cover more grounds. Wherever we have worked we have seen that you are

Persons living with disabilities protesting at the entrance of Plateau House of Assembly, over appointment of Mr James Lalu as Chairman of Disability Rights Commission in Plateau, yesterday in Jos. Photo: NAN

travelling more efficiently; you are burning less fuel; you are reaching your destination quicker and as we complete those roads we can only have a more efficient economy.” Minister of Budget National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said the FEC had extensive discussion on Economic Recovery Growth Plan. According to him, growth plan is still being fine-tuned and it is virtually ready for the President to launch. The goal of the plan, he added, was to have an economy with low inflation, stable exchange rate and a diversified inclusive and sustaining growth. He said “The Proposed initiatives outlined in the plan are designed to address the country’s poor competitiveness, improve business environment and attract investment and infrastructure, especially power, roads, rails and ports. Jobs and social inclusion are also key focused areas of the plan.” Asked whether the government was merely planning on the job, Udoma said the All Progressives Congress (APC) had a clear mandate of tackling corruption, restoring security and fixing the economy. Minister of health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, said the Council also received the new national draft health policy 2016. He said “As you are aware that is the third in the history of this country. This first was in 1988, the second in 2004 and we are having the third now. The title of the policy is promoting the health of Nigerians to accelerate socio-economic development.”

Pte Aminu, the commander said on 11th February , 2017 at 10, 30am, his troop deployed at Base camp in Oweto sighted saome heavily armed youth militia about 300 meters away from the sentry post along Gadakolo road, a town located east of Oweto. He said they were shooting sporadically in the air very close to the sentry when the soldier at the sentry Private Ibrahim Abdulazeez approached them professionally and in compliance with Nigerian Army Rules of engagement sought to find out what the problem was. “Upon reaching them, instead of listening to him, he was attacked, beaten, injured and his weapon seized. On seeing this, Pte Aminu who

was with him at the sentry post came to rescue his colleague and one of the militia pushed and fired at his from behind and he died on the spot while the youths immediately fled with the soldiers’ weapon and 2 magazines of 30 rounds of ammunition each. “Consequently, the troops moved to Oweto to recover the body of the killed soldier and also evacuated the injure one. The deceased soldier has been buried according to Islamic rites at his home town Kaduna while the injured soldier has been moved to the military hospital in Makurdi where he is receiving treatment at the intensive unit due to injuries he suffered on his internal organs,” Brig Gen Apeere said.

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he Federal Government has approved the sum of N126 billion for the construction of 12 roads across the country. According to the Minister of Power, Works and HSousing, Babatunde Fashola, who briefed newsmen after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, the roads include the Dukka-Gulu road, in Kano. Others are spread across Bauchi, Adamawa, Kwara, Gombe/Adamawa,

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Army recovers corpse, rifle of slain soldier in Benue From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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he Nigeria Army Headquarters 707 Special Brigade yesterday said it has recovered the body as well as rifle of slain Private Badamosi Aminu who was murdered by youths in Agatu local government area of Benue State. Briefing newsmen in Makurdi, Commander of the Special Force, Brig Gen. Clement Apeere said the operation was done in a professional manner, maintaining that the troops conducted a cordon and search operation to apprehend youth militias that committed the act and recovered the soldier’s rifle and ammunition they carted away.

“During the operation, we arrested those suspected to be responsible for the attack, death, injuring our soldiers and stealing their weapons. Similarly, several sophisticated weapons, ammunition, police and military kits including 2 x AK47, 2 x SLR rifles, 2 x G3 rifles, 1 x fabricated pistol, 3 x locally made pistols, 2 x short barrel local revolver guns and 14 x local dane guns recovered. “Others include 14 x AK magazines, 3 X SLR magazines, 8 x G3 magazines, 1 x AK 47 magazine filter and many types of ammunition, military equipment and uniforms recovered from villages like Ekpele, Enungba. Olega Dakolo, While narrating the incident that led to the murder of late

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Hajj 2017: FG urges states to negotiate favourable accommodation for pilgrims

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he National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, has advised state pilgrims welfare boards to negotiate favourable accommodation deals with Saudi Arabian service providers to ensure reduction of the hajj fair. The Executive Chairman of the Commission, Abdullahi Muhammad, gave the advice while presenting Operation Licenses to the pilgrims welfare boards of Adamawa, Niger, Anambra, Nasarawa, Zamfara, Yobe and Taraba states on Tuesday in Abuja.

Mr. Muhammad said the aim of granting license to the state pilgrims boards was to uplift and protect their autonomy in order to achieve greater performance. He said the license would help the states to aspire and attain professionalism in hajj management which would further guarantee better service delivery. He said that it was the responsibility of all Hajj stakeholders to ensure reduction in capital flight (movement of money from Nigeria to other countries), saying, “ one of the strategies of achieving that

goal is to ensure favourable negotiations with service providers”. “We will be assisting the country as well as the Muslims if we can negotiate the accommodation deal to the lowest rate possible so that the cost of hajj can be brought down to the barest minimum,“ the chairman said. He said that the commission had demonstrated its commitment by bringing down the cost of accommodation in Medina through direct negotiation with house owners and landlords.

Responding, the representative of the chairmen and secretaries of state pilgrims welfare boards, Zikirrullah Hassan, commended NAHCON for the “laudable innovation” which he described as “salutary”. Mr. Hassan, who is also the Chairman of Osun State Pilgrims Welfare Board, said the licensing was a manifestation of NAHCON’s determination to take Hajj management to greater heights. “ Honestly, NAHCON’s step is salutary, it is a progressive step toward achieving our mandate,” Mr. Hassan said.(NAN)

Former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida receiving a former Vice President/ Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, during the latter’s courtesy visit, yesterday in Minna

Ortom sacks 4 commissioners, appoints new SSG From Uche Nnorom

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enue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday effected a major shakeup in his cabinet dropping four (4) commissioners and appointing a new Secretary to the State Government (SSG). The new SSG is Professor Anthony Ijohor, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who replaced Barr. Targema Takema who is still recuperating from supposedly brain sickness he suffered since last year. The commissioners sacked include, Odeh Ageh, commissioner for Information, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Mwuese Mnyim, Nick Wende of Water Resources and Environment as well as Sekav Iyortom, commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism. Also, relieved of his appointment is the Special Adviser on Small, Medium Enterprises and Micro Financing, Dr. Augustine Idogah. The governor who expressed appreciation to the former appointees for the services they rendered to the state, promised to support them in their future endeavors, explaining that they were still part and parcel of the Benue Project. While praising Dr. Bem Melladu who served as acting SSG for more than six(6) months for the diligent manner he carried out his duties, he said he is to revert to his former position as Special Adviser, intimating that other replacements would be made soon.

No going back on S/Kaduna military barracks formation-El Rufai From Mohammad Kaduna

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ays after the destruction of the military formation laid by the Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai in Southern Kaduna, by some unknown persons, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai yesterday said there will be no going back on the establishment

of the military barracks in the area. According to him, his administration’s priority is the protection of life and property of the people of the State. El Rufai who disclosed this when he received a delegation from Kaura Local Government Area of the State on a solidarity visit to the state government said those instigating violence in the

name of religion and ethnicity do not mean well in the state. “We have talked with the Chief of Army Staff. There is no going back on the military barracks project in Southern Kaduna. There is no going back on our quest to ensure the protection of life and property, there is no going back in our resolve to enforce the law in the state. No matter what some mischievous people are

doing they will not succeed by the grace of God. “We will not be deterred in our commitment to protect the lives and properties of all citizens of the state. One life matters to us because we are all humans created by God and we have the constitutional responsibility on our heads. And above all, we all represent one humanity under God.”

El-Rufai who frowned at manipulators of religion further said: “Manipulating religion and ethnicity with dangerous narratives will not benefit our people. It has not worked anywhere, instead, it is dangerous and destructive. “What we need is nothing but the truth. And we will continue to work for peace and solutions to the unfortunate security challenges”

N8.5bn fraud: Courts adjourns Akpobolokemi, Atewe trial to Friday From Lucky Lawal Lagos

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Federal High Court, sitting in Lagos has fixed Friday February 17 for continuation of trial of Emmanuel Atewe and three others, who are facing charges of alleged N8.5 billion fraud. Atewe, a major general and former commander of the Niger-Delta Military Joint Task Force, is charged alongside Patrick

Akpobolokemi, former Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). Also charged are Kime Engonzu and Josephine Otuaga, members of staff of NIMASA. The accused are standing trial on an amended 22-count charge bordering on fraud. At the resumed hearing on Monday, trial could not go on as counsel to the second accused was

absent in court. The trial judge, Justice A.O Faji, adjourned the suit to Friday for continuation of trial. The accused were rearraigned before Justice Faji on February 3, following the transfer of the former trial judge, Saliu Saidu, from Lagos to Port Harcourt. They had pleaded not guilty and were allowed to continue in the earlier bail terms granted them by

Justice Saidu. In the charge, the EFCC alleged that the accused conspired to defraud NIMASA of N8.5 billion, using six companies. The companies are: Jagan Ltd; Jagan Trading Company Ltd; Jagan Global Services Ltd; Al-Nald Ltd; Paper Warehouse Ltd; Eastpoint Integrated Services Ltd; and De-Newlink Integrated Services Ltd. The anti-graft agency

claimed that the accused committed the alleged fraud between September 5, 2014 and May 20, 2015. The offence is said to have contravened the provisions of Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012. The offence is also said to have contravened the provisions of Section 390 of the Criminal Code Act Cap C. 38, Law of the Federation, 2004.


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CAC workers begin strike, paralyse commission’s activities T he staff union of the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, in Abuja on Wednesday shut down business activities at the commission’s headquarters as the members began a threeday warning strike over alleged non-payment of salary arrears. The Chairman of the union, Ibrahim Kirfi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the strike was due to non-implementation of a tripartite agreement on huge salary disparity between the executive and non-executive staff. Mr. Kirfi said that the agreement was duly signed by the management of CAC, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the national leadership of the body, to resolve the pending salary arrears . According to him, the agreement with the staff union and the management is way back to 2013, adding that the management is not willing to implement it. “Today offices are locked until our demands are met, if these three-days warning

strikes expire and they are not forthcoming and did not agree with our demands, we will continue the strike indefinitely. “Earlier, we have had series of consultation with them (management), both formal and informal, written and verbal. “Everybody knows the economic situation of the country because the performance of the economy is poor; we know Nigeria was in recession in 2016 and there is no money. “There is no money in the commission does not mean there is no money at all because executives still go on foreign trips; all we are saying is that let the management see reason in commencing the payment of our entitlements. “Even if it is five persons that will be paid, we will know that there is commitment from their side. “We can support that as money is coming in gradually they will be able to pay us all our entitlements, but they are not even willing to pay us at all.

“More than two years into the implementation of the agreement, yet nothing,” Mr. Kirfi said. He said that it was necessary for the management to pay the arrears from January 2014 to date, adding that if the demands were not met, the strike would continue indefinitely from Monday. Mr. Kirfi said that the industrial disharmony between management of CAC and staff dated back to October 2013, when former President Goodluck Jonathan announced an increase in emoluments of staff by 53.37 per cent relativity pay. According to him, the agreement has been reached that an increase of 15 per cent and 35 per cent be made in favour of the executive and non-executive staff. The CAC spokesperson, Godfrey Ike, said that dialogue was ongoing between the union and management to resolve the pending issues. Mr. Ike said that management would not owe salaries because the commission regarded salaries

as its greatest asset. He said that right now, no staff member was owed any salary, adding that issues of salary were not controlled by the commission but by the Salaries and Wages Commission. “Management of CAC will go extra mile to ensure that all entitlements due to its staff were paid to them “There is an agency of government that handles issues of salary and wages and these issues have been presented to them and the commission is still following them up. “This strike is totally uncalled for because we are still talking and even at this moment dialogue is still going on. “On training, when we get approval as at when due and everybody goes for training; so in terms of welfare, I think the commission has been fair to ensure that no staff member is denied of any right. “The commission itself cannot not just implement payment unless it gets approval,” Mr. Ike said. (NAN)

L-R: Controller General of Prison, Mr. Jafaru Ahmed, Deputy Controller General, Mr. Shehu Kangiwa and Assistant Controller General, Mr. Ekijere Akin, during 2017 Budget Defence with House of Representatives Committee on Interior, at the National Assembly, yesterday  in  Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Minister charges stakeholders on tourism development By Abba-Eku Onyeka

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inister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed has called on tourism stakeholders in the country to put their hands on deck and move the industry to the next level. Making the call through a speech by the DirectorGeneral (DG) of National Institute for Hospitality

and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Mrs Chika Balogun, who represented him at the recent presentation volume 1-3 of a book titled: Redefining Tourism in Nigeria; the Real Issues and Challenges at Shehu Musa Ya’radua Centre in Abuja, said that the efforts should be made through Public Private Partnership (PPP). The minister said he noted that Nigeria had

comparative advantages in Tourism Industry due to her diverse cultural heritage that are all disposed to what is commonly referred to as the Nigerian hospitality This great nation, according to him is indeed blessed with abundant natural and cultural resources that are well blended for tourists’ delight, even as he added that the FG is committed toward

repositioning the industry to enhance economic growth. Acting Director-General (Ag DG) of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Mariel Rae-Omoh, earlier in a welcome address emphasised her commitment to ensuring that the Nigerian youth embraces tourism, just as she that her team is committed toward promotion of youth tourism.

Eurobond oversubscription indicates economic rebound, says presidency By Lawrence Olaoye

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he Presidency has said that the almost 8-fold over subscription of its recent Eurobond (orders in excess of US$7.8 billion compared to a pre-issuance target of US$1bn) was a positive indication that the country is attractive to investors. According to Issue 23 of Aso Villa newsletter called ‘Government at Work’ released yesterday, the development indicated that the country is already on its way out of recession. This, the newsletter maintained, also showed confidence by the international investment community in Nigeria’s economic reform agenda. In the newsletter, government gave eleven reasons why it thinks the economy is on its way out of recession. It stated that after two consecutive quarters of negative growth, the non-oil economy showed, in Q3 2016, a modest return to positive territory, at 0.03%. The newsletter attributed this marginal growth to the continued good performance of agriculture and the solid minerals, two sectors prioritised by the Federal Government. It said agriculture grew by 4.54%in the quarter under consideration of which growth in crop production at nearly 5%was at its highest since the first quarter of 2014. Growth in the solid mineral sector was said to have averaged about 7%. The second reason which government said gave it confidence the economy was recovering was the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria which it said substantially raised local rice production in 2016 (yields improved from 2 tonnes per hectare to as much as 7 tonnes per hectare, in some States) and produced a model agricultural collaboration between Lagos and Kebbi States. Thirdly, it said that the Fertiliser Intervention Project (which involves a partnership with the Government of Morocco, for the supply of phosphate) is on course to significantly raise local production, and bring the retail price of fertiliser down by about 30 percent. Another reason given by government that the economy is bullish is the newly established Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN). Government said the bank has finally taking off, with initial funding of US$1.3bn (provided by the World Bank, German Development Bank, the African Development Bank and Agence Française de Development) to provide medium and long-term loans to MSMEs. The newsletter reads: “A new Social Housing Programme is kicking off in 2017. The ‘Family Homes Fund’ will take off with a 100 billion naira provision in the 2017 Budget. (The rest of the funding will come from the private sector). “More than N800 billion has been released for capital expenditure in the 2016 budget, since implementation started in June 2016. This is the largest ever capital spend within a single budget year in the history of Nigeria. These monies have enabled the resumption of work on several stalled projects – road, rail and power projects – across the country.”


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Saraki, Dogara in London to visit Buhari T By Christiana Ekpa

he President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki yesterday led a four man delegation of National Assembly leadership to London to see President Muhammad Buhari. Saraki had in his entourage; the

Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogora, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Majority leader of House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila. Peoples Daily reports that, Saraki and Dogora had in their twitter handle disclosed that they had in their separate telephone

conversations had discussion with President Buhari last week just as the US President Donald Trump also told the world that he had a telephone conversation with the Nigerian president in London early this week. Our reporter gathered that National Assembly leadership

travelled to London in the early hours of yesterday to see the President in his sick bed. An insider in the senate president office who did not want his name in the print confirmed to our reporter that, Saraki and his entourage decided to take the move over controversy surrounding the

president’s health. “As I speak to you, the senate president and his entourage will soon be with the President and it is a thing of joy” “Nigerians need to be assured that their president is in good condition and that what the leadership of National Assembly doing,” he added

NASS indicts FERMA over missing N10bn, wants MD sacked By Christiana Ekpa

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L-R: Deputy Inspector General of Police Department of Criminal Investigation, Mr. Hyacinth  Dagala, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Finance and Administration, Mr. Shuaibu Gambo; and Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, during a security meeting with assistant inspector general of Police and commissioner of Police, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Nigerian returnees from Libya share tales of rape, torture

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igerian returnees from Libya have revealed how their search for financial freedom and a better life turned into a nightmare for them. On Tuesday, 161 Nigerians returned voluntarily from Libya, assisted by the International Organisation for Migration after being detained for several months in Libya. They said they travelled to the North African country with the hope of crossing to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea in search of jobs. Although they arrived Lagos thanking their Creator for bringing them home safely, several of them confessed to the News Agency of Nigeria that their quest for greener pastures abroad had left them scarred. One of the returnees, Miss Bridget Akeamo, an indigene of Anambra State, said her parents decided to send her to Italy when all hopes of securing a job after graduation faded. Bridget, who said she left Nigeria August last year, was four months pregnant when she returned. She said she was arrested by immigration officials while trying

to cross to Italy from Libya. Bridget said, “Ever since then, I have been moved from one prison to another until I was taken to a detention camp in Tripoli. “We were subjected to inhuman treatment while in prison, from the food we ate to the water we drank. “Most of the young ladies in detention camp were repeatedly raped by Libyan officials; and if you refused their advances, it would be hell for you. “Thank God I am back in Nigeria. I know all hope is not lost, but it is painful that I will begin from scratch again with my unborn child.” Stanley Iduh, a 34-year-old indigene of Delta State, told NAN that he was tricked by an agent popularly known as “Burger,” who promised to facilitate his journey to Spain through Libya. He said that when his hope of crossing into Spain was dashed in Libya, he decided to stay back and work there. He said, “I worked in a tile producing company and their salary was good, but unfortunately, I cannot save my money in the bank. I lived with

other Nigerians. I dug a hole in the ground and hid my money in it. “Unfortunately, one day, some Libyans came, kidnapped us and inflicted punishment on us. They asked us to call our relations back in Nigeria and tell them to send N300,000 as our ransom. “The $200,000 that I saved disappeared; they moved us to another place until we got to detention camp. “Nigerians should be discouraged from travelling to Libya because they don’t see us as human beings. Our ladies were dehumanised by Libyan officials. It is very painful.” Iduh, who said he sold the house left by his late father before travelling to Libya, urged the federal and state governments as well as wealthy Nigerians to create job for the youths. “It was because I was jobless for three years that I was cajoled to travel abroad to look for greener pasture. I am back in the country after eight months, devastated and humiliated. I have gone to look for greener pasture, but here I am today; I have brought nothing green

back home,” he said; with tears running down his cheeks. Paul and Marvellous Isikhuemhen are twin brothers who travelled to Libya in March and May 2016 respectively in search of better life. Marvellous told NAN that they regretted travelling out of the country because of the bitter encounter they had in Libya. He said though they secured good jobs in a publishing house in Libya, “it was a case of suffering and smiling’’ until they were given the opportunity to return home through the IOM. The brothers urged the Nigerian government to stop young ladies from travelling to Libya, saying they were molested by Libyan immigration officials. They said most Nigerian ladies bribe Nigerian immigration officers to secure travel documents to travel to Libya, adding that most of the children brought back home by these ladies have no fathers. “I can boldly tell you that the children you are seeing in their hands and those pregnant ladies are products of Libyan immigration officers,” one of them said.

he Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) yesterday requested for the removal of FERMA Acting Managing Director Peter Odeh Ibu over non performance of N10 billion 2016 budget. This followed the contribution of a member of the committee Magaji Aliyu representing Birnin Kudu/Buji Federal constituency. Aliyu who put the leadership of FERMA under fire for lack of responsibility said, the Agency is not worried over numerous death of Nigerians on the high ways on daily bases. “The leadership of FERMA does not seem to be responsible. People are dying every day, 6 persons died along Kano/ Kaduna road just yesterday and the Agency had N10 billion appropriation in 2016 budget which is not utilized” “Decisive action should be taken against FERMA. The Managing Director should be changed, those in charge of the agency should be all removed, people are dying and you keeping N10 billion, while Nigerians are losing their lives on high ways” The Senate Committee Chairman on FERMA, Senator Magnus Abe while decrying the state of Nigeria roads , noted that for lack of maintenance, some roads have become un-motorable. He said the agency have failed totally in it 2016 budget performance, adding that, FERMA did not achieve anything in 2016 budget. According to him, the management still has challenges in sincerity and honesty in discharging their duties, stressing that they should stand up to save the face of the agency from total collapse. “It may not be your fault entirely for not performing, is-a-vis funding challenges, but there are also challenges of sincerity and honesty”, Abe added. The Chairman promised to closely work for adequate funding of the agency, while asked the management to have clear cut expectations for the year. FERMA Acting Managing Director/ CEO of the Agency, Engr Peter Odeh Ibu explained that series of financial challenges is responsible for the agency’s inability to meet up with their mandates of road maintenance across the nation in 2016. He said the Agency lacked trained accounts staff to handle TSA and the need to satisfy certain requirements to secure sub-TSA accounts for field offices, adding that the agency was almost grounded in 2016 because of difficulty in accessing funds appropriated to it as well as delay in budgetary approval which took off in May last year. “Distinguished Senators, Hon. Members, challenges posed by newly introduced zero-base budget process and TSA policy, difficulties in accessing funds directly appropriated for direct Labour and delay in budget approval which took off in May last year were factors that hamper our activities,” Mbu explained. Giving an overview of the budget performance, Ibu noted that out of N40,195,162,254.00 appropriated for 2016, only N2,244,450,976.04 was disbursed, hence, it was 31.93% performance.


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Tabuwal, Dangote flag off rice out growers scheme in Sokoto By Ese Awhotu

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overnor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal along with the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Muhammed, Wednesday flagged off a rice outgrowers’ scheme which will cover 25,000 hectres of farmland across some selected local government areas of Sokoto state. Speaking at the site of the event which held in Goronyo Dam, Dangote said the project will within the next three years produce at least one million tonne of high quality parboiled rice for

Nigerian market. He said to achieve this, his company plans to cultivate 160,000 hectres of irrigable rice farmland in selected states, including Sokoto, which will be cultivated to grow paddy during two cropping-season per year. “With this, we hope to achieve a minimum yield of five to six tonnes per hectre. Our plans is to off-take not less that 80 percent of the paddy produced by the outgrowers. We will also develop our own farm operations to include seed multiplication capabilities,” he added.

According to him, Dangote Rice Limited aims to boost the local economy, create jobs along the value and make a significant contribution to the transformation of subsistence farms into marketoriented agribusinesses. In his remarks, Tambuwal commended Dangote for siting the project in Sokoto State, saying the renewed efforts of his administration in the sector has started yielding the desired result. The Governor said education and agriculture have remained the two top sectors in the priority list in the state in the last two years,

revealing that this year, Sokoto has allocated more to agriculture than all states of the federation. “We have had series of visits to different countries and signed various MoUs with many organisations and entities, Dangote inclusive, with a view to uplifting agriculture in the state. “So the Dangote Rice Project in Sokoto State will not only provide food security and employment to our teeming unemployed youths, it would ensure the overall development of agricultural activities in the state,” he added.

R-L: Speaker of ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo with the Director of Parliamentary Affairs and Research, Mr Betin Some, during the extraordinary session of the parliament, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

Senate vows to correct Forensic Accounting Society lopsidedness in 2017 budget inducts 132 associates By Christiana Ekpa Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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enate yesterday vowed not to tolerate lopsidedness of projects in the 2017 budget proposal at the expense of other parts of the country. Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje made this known to journalists after the conclusion of three days Public hearing on 2017 budget proposal. “Lopsidedness detected in the budget will be corrected. It is advance warning put projects to the advantage of certain parts of the country at the expense of others. I am just serving them warning, if is therea, we will address it. “ Speaking on whether the 2017 budget will be increased considering demands from government agencies, Goje explained that the issue of more funds

from government agencies cannot even be addressed with the N20 trillion because there would still be complains. According to him, even if you increase budget to N20 trillion, there would still be complains. Our piority is budget implementation. ”There is a limit to how we can increase the budget because if this one N7.2 trillion substantial part of it about N2.3 is going to be finance through borrowing. The deficit level is very high. “So, how do you increase it? Even if you increase the budget to N20trillion, there would still be complains. What we want is to ensure that s budget for is implementedm.” He assured that the challenges in the aresa of pension payment, administration and general matter would be given urgent and effective attention in 2017 budget.

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he Society for Forensic Accounting and Fraud Prevention (sfafp) has inducted 135 accountants as associates of the society. The induction which was the first of its kind took place yesterday at the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), in Keffi. The Chairman of the Board of the society, Prof. Benjamin C. Osisioma who described the induction as an epoch making event, while inducting the members informed they are still associates and will only be members after the completion of their mandatory three months trainings, stating they are the first batch of associates of the Society for Forensic Accounting and Fraud Prevention to be inducted. Speaking further, he said there are different faces of fraud in the society “They rob us in all ways. Nigeria has paid a great price contending with fraud fight. The traditional control has failed. Regular auditing has gone down the drain providing the need for forensic accountants. Forensic auditing is the only way out” he

said. Osisisoma noted that the vision of the society is to pioneer indigenous professional distinction in the training and development of forensic accountants, and the delivery of high quality service to foster integrity and excellence. “We want to build a professional body that you and I will be proud of. The society has 5 core values that defines WHO we are, and WHAT we do: Integrity, trust, excellence, service, professionalism. We have no competitor today, we are bent on crafting a unique working ethics that will endure” he boosted. He tasked the inductees to be up and doing in their study as they are being brought into the flagship of service and excellence. President of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Mr. Anthony Chukwuemeka Nzom said that people from other disciplines have come to join ANAN, noting that the work of an accountant is beyond auditing but also investigating. He stated that only South Africa can equate Nigeria in forensic accounting.

Tambuwal assured that all necessary incentives have been put in place to ensure smooth operation of the scheme. In his remarks, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, urged the people to embrace this opportunity to improve their farming technique and standards of living. He said the people of Sokoto are grateful for the opportunity and will mobilise needed resources to ensure its success.

Avoid self destruction, Gov. Aregbesola tells NYSC members By Albert Akota

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sun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola has charged NYSC members posted to the state to avoid any self-destructive acts such as drugs, prostitution and internet scamming and other vices during and after their stay in the state. The governor stated this during the closing ceremony of the 2016 Batch B National Youth Service Corps, NYSC even as he said that such unwholesome acts could lead to dark and bottomless holes from which escape is hardly possible. “However, use this period to lay the foundation and prepare yourself for the rest of your life after service as many outstanding citizens have carved a niche for themselves during their service year and built a capital that sustained them for life,” he advised them Meanwhile, the NYSC Coordinator in the state, Emmanuel Attah urge the corps members to accept their posting in good faith and settle down immediately to work. ‘’ The good people of the State of Osun are very friendly and hospitable. You only need to understand and respect their socio cultural lifestyles and you will have an interesting service year. Look at the nooks and crannies of the State of Osun to unleash your skills, competencies, intellect and discipline. As you may wish to know, most of you have been posted to all the rural areas in the following key sectors of Education, Agriculture, Rural Health, and Infrastructure of the State. Endeavour to be good ambassadors of your families and the National Youth Service Corps. Always remember that this- State and our dear country depend on you, especially in these trying times to contribute your quota in the task of National development,’’ he said.


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Boko. Haram: Center trains 400 clerics to counter violent preaching From Umar Dankano, Yola.

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he Center For Democracy And Development,CDD has trained over 400 religious leaders in the North Eastern states on counter terrorism preaching methodologies with the aim check mating misguiding faithfuls. Programme Manager of the centre,Mr. Ikponmwosa Omoijiade dropped the hint in Yola on Wednesday at the opening ceremony of a two day workshop for clerics tagged “Deradicalization,Counter terrorism and migration in Northern Nigeria. “The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has trained 400 clerics from the North East on counter terrorism preaching”.Omoijiade stated Omoijiade said 60 trainees would be participate in each of the 2017 sessions in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states of the Zone. He noted that the project being funded by Japanese government through the United Nations had already equipped more than 400 clerics with skills needed to counter Boko Haram extremist narrative. Most of the participants interviewed by our correspondent described the development as timely and commendable calling on more spirited individuals and cooperate bodies to emulate the gesture A participant, Ustaz Abdullahi I.Adam said the training had sharpened his ability to send more focused message of peace to the public especially the youths who have been the target of violent preaching. “This training brings about solution to the problem of extremism because we are the people responsible for conveying message to the masses. So people will understand that Islam is not extremism and violence. God enjoins us to call people to the religion using wisdom”. he stated. However, the programme Officer with the centre(CDD),Mr. Steve Amadu added that there is another proposal of engaging youths and women to be train on usage of counter narrative materials in the crusade of peace building. “In addition to clerics, we are trying to also engage women and youths on how to use counter narrative materials and the response of these trainees is really encouraging”’Amadu advanced.

Court rules on detained Shiite members bail application March 1 From Femi Oyelola, kaduna

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he Honourable Justice Hajara T. Gwada of High Court No. 12 NDA Kaduna has adjourned till the 1st day of March 2017 for ruling on a bail application filed by 11 members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria. 90 of the members of the Movement are standing trial before her on a case of culpable homicide, rioting, breach of public peace and obstruction of high way arising from the incident of December 12, 2015 involving the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and the Chief of Army Staff. Moving the bail application, counsel to the accused members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Barrister Festus Okoye stated that the 11 applicants for bail are in critical health condition at the Kaduna Central Prison. He pointed out that the medical

report from the Nigerian Prison Service relating to them indicates that Mohammed Musa needs immediate surgery arising from gunshot injuries to his right leg and back and that Mohammed Bello needs surgery for his left hernia. The medical report also stated that Nasiru Ibrahim was diagnosed with chronic sinusitis and requires further investigation that has not been carried out due to certain constraints. Furthermore, Okoye informed the court that Yahaya Abubakar has metal fragments in the mid region of his left calf and will require extraction through an elective surgical procedure; that Yusuf Mohammed was admitted to the prison clinic with gunshot injury to the left chest region; that Abubakar Ali has renal impairment and secondary hypertension and needs expert management; that

Abdulkadir Mohammed suffered third degree burns involving 80% of the left buttocks with associated burn patches on the left upper arm and shoulder; that Yakubu Alhassan suffers from recurrent hearing impairment on both ears and will benefit from expert evaluation of the hearing impairment by an Otorhinolaryngologist; that Ibrahim Ayuba suffers hearing loss in the right ear due to blast from a possible He added that Umar Idris is being treated for gunshot injury to the right elbow and Ahmed Aliyu has burn injuries to the face and hands. He urged the court to exercise its discretion in their favour and admit them to bail pointing out that all the accused person are presumed innocent until the contrary is proved. He also urged the court to admit

them to bail as only persons that are alive are capable of standing trial and that since the state cannot take care of their medical needs, they should be allowed to seek alternative opinion and solution to their medical challenges. He also stated that it will be a tragedy if the health of the accused persons deteriorates and they are eventually set free by the court. Responding, counsel to the Kaduna State Government, M.D Joseph opposed the bail of the accused persons and stated that they are standing trial for a capital offence and submitted that the presumption of innocence should not be used in granting their application. He stated that the accused persons are in stable condition and can be managed by prison doctors.

L-R: Member of the National Peace Committee, Real Admiral Ebitu Ukwe, Father Matiew Hassan Kukah, Former Chairman, Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Dr. Yunusa Tanko, Former Head of state/Chairman, National Peace Committee, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, and Executive Director, Dagote Plc, Engr. Mansur Ahmed, during the National Peace Committee meeting on Southern Kaduna, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

N1.2 bn fraud: Court adjourns trial of ex-Plateau governor Dariye

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ustice Adebukola Banjoko of FCT High Court, Gudu, on Wednesday adjourned till March 2, the N1.162 billion fraud suit filed against former Plateau State Governor, Joshua Dariye, by the EFCC. Mr. Dariye is facing a 21-count charge bordering on breach of trust and diversion of N1.162 billion Plateau ecological

fund. The adjournment would provide the defendant time to enable him study a response to two motions he earlier filed. The motion by the EFCC was served on him February 13. The first motion filed by the defendant on December 6, 2016, was for the prosecution to recall two of its witnesses which

included PW1 and PW9, for the purpose of re-examination. The prosecution witness (PW1) was the EFCC Investigation Police Officer, IPO, Musa Sunday; the PW9 was the witness from the United Kingdom, Peter Clark. The second motion which was filed on December13, 2016, was seeking for the trial judge,

Adebukola Banjoko, to disqualify herself from further proceedings. The motion also sought for the case to be transferred to the Chief Judge of the FCT for reassignment to another court. In the letter, addressed to the FCT Chief Judge, Mr. Dariye accused the judge of “manifest and undisguised bias,” among other accusations. (NAN)

Court sentences 5 stowaways to 12 hours community service From a Lucky Lawal Lagos

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27 year old man, Lucky Akhator was arraigned by the Lagos Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Apapa on a three count charges bothering on misdemeanour,the magistrate sentenced the man on Monday to 12 hours of

community service on each of the three-count charges brought against him. The convict was said to have entered the Tin Can Island Port Complex, Lagos, without port pass and boarding a ship named “Star Gramma Majuiro” with the intent to travel to Europe without an

international passport, visa and other travelling documents. The prosecutor, Alexander Esebamen told the court that the stowaway committed the crime on the January 2, 2017 at about 10am at Josepdam Terminal jetty, Tin-Can Island Port, Apapa. The offences contravened

sections 406, 398(a)(b) and 398 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. He pleaded guilty to the three-count charges. The Magistrate, Mrs Osho-Adebiyi thus sentenced Akhator to community service for 12 hours of community service.


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Prepare for satellite census in 2018 - NPC Nigeria From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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he National Population Commission (NPC),has revealed that the commission would use resolution satellite for the 2018 population and housing census .This was made known yesterday in Jos by its Federal Commissioner, during a press briefing in the state in preparation on the field work for the 3rd Phase of the Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) . The Commissioner explained that the commission has deployed sophisticated technology like High Resolution Satellites (HRS) to ensure that no area was left un-demarcated or duplicated and to achieve full Geographic Information System (GIS) compliance. According to the commissioner, the commotion has trained 50 person demarcation team for the test exercise that would be carry out in Mikang Local Government

to export seafarer, says DG NGO calls for law against hate speech NIMASA

of Plateau State and the end product of the exercise can also use by NIPOST to generate zip codes for the country. She said “The 2018 census will

be biometric based and will seek to capture the facial impression and finger prints of persons during the census period.” She urged all stakeholders

concern including the states, local governments, traditional institutions and communities to support the commission in carrying out the next year exercise.

From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

publicize their identity or use plain languages. “ The lack of any specific law on hate speech in the country leads to the fact that most of the hate speakers use their identity and plain language in making their statements without the use of coded language as the experience of other countries has indicated.” Garba said The IT-based NGO also condemned pastor Suleiman Johnson for inciting statement against Fulani tribe over the southern Kaduna crisis, labelling his statements as unbecoming and against the teachings of Christianity.

Garba called on religious leaders to stop using hate speech as a tool of expressing their grievances, political or social misunderstanding with others. He also revealed that religion has topped the CITAD’s January hate speech monitoring report with 444 statements, adding that ethnicity got 347, issue of Biafra had 18 while farmers/herders crisis had 11statements. He expressed concern over the ubiquitous nature of hate speech among Nigerians, calling on all an sundry to rise up against the ugly trend in order to achieve lasting peace in the polity.

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entre for Information Technology And Development (CITAD) has called for enactment of a law against prevalence of hate speech among Nigerians. The call was made by the Programme Officer of the Non Governmental Organisation, Isa Garba at a press conference at its office in Kano yesterday. According to Garba, lack of specific law was the reason for the rise of hate speeches in Nigeria, leading to the fact that the perpetrators do not hesitate to

L-R: Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, Hon Abubakar Bawa Bwari; Sokoto state Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, during the Governor’s visit to the ministry on Monday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Don’t reject corps members, NYSC begs employers From Femi Oyelola, kaduna

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s over 2016 batch ‘B’ Corps members deployed to Kaduna State by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) completed their 21-day orientation course and posted to various sectors of the economy, the scheme has urged their employers not to reject those posted to their establishments for the one year mandatory service to their motherland. The four cardinal points of the scheme include the orientation course, place of primary assignment, community service and passing out parade which signify the end of the

service year. Making the personate appeal during the winding up ceremony on Monday at NYSC permanent orientation camp in Kaduna, the Kaduna Coordinator of the Scheme, Mallam Bello Ballama revealed that, more than half of corps members deployed to the state had earlier picked redeployment forms but later withdrew same after much persuasion by critical stakeholders to see the need to stay and work with the government for the realization of change agenda of current administration. According to him, “I want to imploy our corps employers not

to reject corps members posted to them. More than half of them sought redeployment when they came to the camp but we were able to calm their nerves which made them to change their mind and decided to stay in order to support the change agenda of this administration. “Base on this reason, it behoves on our corps employers to consider this and appreciate these young Nigerian graduates to serve in their establishments within the next eleven months or there about. They have a lot if potential in them that will add value to your establishments”, he pleaded. The Coordinator also

requested the state government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai to speed up the ongoing phased renovation of existing facilities on camp just as he asked for provision of additional structures especially hostels to meet up with the ever-increasing corps members deployed to the state. Declaring the orientation course closed, Commissioner, Ministry of Youth, Development and Culture, Daniel Dan-Auta who stood in for the governor said, the state government had already taken comprehensive assessment of the camp and the contractors had already started working.

From Lucky Lawal

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he Director General of Nigerian Maritime and Safety Administration, NIMASA, ,Dr Dakuku Peterside is changing the face of the Nigerian seafarers as he made this known in Port Harcourt during his zonal tour of the agency’s Eastern zonal office by the NIMASA Governing Board. He disclosed that the agency had made provisions for the mandatory Sea time for these NSDP graduates in its 2017 budget proposals, as such will be qualifying hundreds of the candidates for the international labour market soon. Nigerian youths in the maritime sector are in line to earn in dollars, as the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has made provisions for the beneficiaries of the Nigerian Seafarers’ Development programme (NSDP) to obtain their Certificate of Competency (COC) by undergoing requisite sea time training to qualify them for global shipping and earn in foreign exchange. Dr Peterside restated the Agency’s commitment towards building capacity for the maritime sector thereby ensuring that Seafarers and Dockworkers get the best of training across the globe. He stressed that NIMASA is in the process of fortifying the NSDP programme in order for Nigeria to begin to export Seafarers and earn the much needed foreign exchange. He added that the challenge had always been the mandatory sea time training which the Agency is tackling headlong. In his words “we have made adequate provision for sea time training in our 2017budget proposal. About 2500 graduates of the NSDP programme will be assisted to get trained on Sea going Vessels for their mandatory sea time and we have concluded arrangements for the first batch to be sponsored in order to expand their chances of job placement on board ocean going vessels. With this, our youths will obtain the Certificate of Competency (CoC) which places an opportunity to earn in dollars along with their contemporaries internationally”. Dr.Peterside further said that the Agency is about to begin the process of training about 800 Dockworkers, adding that these workers are the helping hands in the Port and needed specialized training which has not been done in recent past. The.NIMASA D.G noted that these capacity building initiatives is geared towards ensuring that in the nearest future the country would be able to export seafarers and have more Nigerians on Ocean going vessels. He said countries like India and The Philippines enhance their GDP from the activities of the human elements of the maritime sector and that Nigeria should be able to tap into this opportunity for economic advancement. It would be recalled that NIMASA initiated the NSDP programmed in 2009 to curb the death of trained and certified seafarers which is a global challenge recognized by the International Maritime Organization, IMO.


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Gombe flags off new internal revenue system From David Hassan, Gombe

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Disengaged workers of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), at the National Industrial Court after for the ruling of their case against ABU, yesterday in Abuja The court ruled that the institution pay a computed sum of N2.5bn to the aggrieved workers.

Nigeria secures $1bn from SPDC to develop Niger Delta — Osinbajo

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he Federal Government has secured funding of over $1 billion from Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to develop the Niger Delta region, acting President Yemi Osinbajo has announced. Mr. Osinbajo made the announcement on Monday in Port Harcourt at a town hall meeting with governors, former governors, community leaders, women and various youth groups in the Niger Delta region. He said the vicious cycle of abandonment amidst plenty, and neglect of the region must stop, adding that this underscored the priority given to the clean up of

Ogoniland by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Osinbajo said the inauguration of governing council and board of trustees on August 4, 2016 and January 12, 2017, were some measures taken by the administration to ensure the clean up of Ogoniland. “A funding of 1 billion dollars at 200 million dollars per annum over five years has been provided by Shell to provide drinking water, conduct health impact assessment and demonstrate remediation technologies. “A groundbreaking for the construction of Centre of Excellence will be launched in a few days.

“Training of 2,000 women from four local government areas in greenhouse, shrimp, poultry farming for empowerment will commence soon. “Environmental remediation is important throughout the entire region,’’ Mr. Osinbajo said. He said that fears being expressed that these projects would be abandoned should not be entertained as they were not being handled alone by the federal government. He said there was no reason why infrastructure built in the region could not be compared to infrastructure built in oil-producing communities anywhere in the world.

He promised that coal-powered refineries and issues surrounding petro-chemical plants would be looked into by the government. He said the Federal Government was interested in the continuation of the amnesty programme. “We must re-commit to making the Niger Delta region a vibrant economic zone,’’ Mr. Osinbajo said, adding that the government intended to use small, medium businesses to drive, create employment and stimulate growth in the area. “I have made notes, I have listened carefully; this will be a beginning that will change the narrative of the Niger Delta,’’ Mr. Osinbajo promised said. (NAN)

Maritime workers decry poor state of port roads From Lucky Lawal

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resident General of Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Comrade Emmanuel Nted has decried the poor state of ports access roads while urging the Federal Government to expedite action on the repairs. At a press conference in Lagos , Nted blamed the Federal Government for what he described as abandonment of a critical national economic infrastructure. He said the poor state of the roads have led to untimely death of many people while causing delays of movement of persons and cargoes to and from the ports. ‘’The Federal Government and Nigerian Ports Authority told us that Julius Berger will begin work on the roads but as we speak there is nothing to show on the ground. ‘’The abandonment of access roads to the ports which has been in the state of disrepair for several years despite the union relentless efforts at

drawing the attention of government to address the situation. ‘’As we speak, the roads have become death trap to every road user despite strong assurances from Federal Government and Nigerian Ports Authority that the contract had been awarded. There is nothing on ground to show that contract has been awarded.”

While commending the government for banning car importation through the land borders, Nted appealed for a month of grace to enable importers whose vehicles were trapped to clear them out before full enforcement is applied. He added that the government should meet with all local vehicle assembly plant and indigenous

car manufacturers to address the challenges facing car production in the country. Nted announced that a new President General and other leaders of the union will be elected at the union’s 4th Quadrennial Delegates Conference on March 17, 2017 in Uyo Akwa Ibom State.

s part of the effort to promote revenue generation, Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo has flagged off Internal Revenue Central System with a view to enhance e-enumeration of tax payers informal economic sector. Dankwambo who was overwhelmed yesterday said in Gombe that his government is committed to repositioning the board as well as innovating ways to increase the state Internally Generation Revenue (IGR). He said, the nation has suffered set back due to declining global oil market which has been compounded by the activities of militants in Niger Delta region that led to decrease of the federation account by the federal government where some states cannot pay wage bill of workers. He solicited stakeholders support towards the implementation of the new Internal Generation Revenue drive saying it will improve the state financial position to enable government meet its obligations. Governor Dankwambo warned that any one found obstructing the work of the state Internal Revenue Service will be dealt with appropriately urging that once the new law is enacted he will order the state chief Judge to designate a magistrate in each of the 11 local government to try those found guilty of non compliance with revenue laws. Speaking earlier, chairman of the Board Alhaji Mohammed Adamu Damji thanked the governor for the gesture and assured him total commitment towards sustaining the revenue drive of the state. He called on the people to obey and remit their revenue as this is the only way to take the state to greater heights.

Nigeria moves to get anti piracy law From Lucky Lawal Lagos.

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he Federal Government has commenced the process of having an anti piracy law in Nigeria that will specifically address legal issues relating to activities of pirates and sea robbers on the nation’s territorial waters. This was disclosed by Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Director General of Nigeria Maritime

Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) at an interactive session with journalists in Port Harcourt. Peterside said the draft bill for the law is presently being worked on at the Federal Ministry of Justice before it goes to the National Assembly as an Executive Bill. He added that when passed into law, Nigeria will be the first country in Africa to have such law

on piracy. NIMASA according to him is enhancing investor’s confidence in the maritime industry by promoting security and safety through improved surveillance to prevent maritime crimes. On the planned visit to Nigeria by the United States Coast Guard to ascertain the country’s compliance with International Ships and Ports -facility Security (ISPS) Code, the DG said an

Executive Director has taken charge of overseeing Nigeria’s readiness for the visit. He expressed confidence that after the visit, Nigeria will be rated ninety percent compliant as the agency is giving increased attention to issues of maritime security. Peterside gave an assurance that the much awaited Cabotage Vessel Finance Fund (CVFF) will be disbursed under his watch.


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S/ West govs adopt uniform educational curriculum, agric partnership

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outhwest Governors on Monday resolved to work together to address the security challenges confronting the region and foster economic growth and well-being of the people. The Governors, in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting of Southwest Governors’ Forum held at

the Government House in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, also agreed to adopt a uniform educational curriculum to boost educational system in the region. The meeting was attended by Governors of Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States - Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and Mr.

Ayodele Fayose respectively. Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was represented by his Deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga. Fayose, who read the communiqué to journalists, said the Governors resolved that all Commissioners of Police and intelligence institutions in the region will henceforth meet regularly to compare notes and work together

to manage in a concerted way the aerial, land and waterway security architecture of the region with State Governments supporting with the critical resources. He said the Governors also approved the report of the workshop on security, law and order in the Southwest hosted by Lagos State. According to him, the Governors also approved the constitution

Justice Ngwuta’s trial stalled, as FG appoints new prosecutor By Paschal Njoku, Abuja

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esterday’s trial of Justice of the Supreme Court, Sylvester Ngwuta was stalled following the appointment of Mrs Olufemi Fatunde of the Federal Ministry of Justice, as the new prosecutor in the case. At the resumed hearing, Mrs Fatunde told Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court Abuja that her appointment was sequel to the withdrawal of the former private prosecutor, Charles Adeogun-Philips. After announcing her appearance, she pleaded the court for an adjournment to enable her study the case file. Lawyer to the defendant, Mr Kanu Agabi(SAN), however, did not oppose the application. Justice John Tsoho, adjourned the case to March 16 and 17, 2017, for continuation of trial. Justice Ngwuta is one of the justices arrested and detained by the Department of State Services (DSS), on Oct. 8, 2016 for alleged corruption and breach of professional ethics. In November, he had entered a not guilty plea to the 15-count charge levelled against him by the Federal Government. Recall that AdeogunPhilips last week announced withdrawal from the case without given any reason. But sources said his action

may not be unconnected with alleged unco-operative attitude of the Federal Government which brought the complaint of corruption against the apex court justice.

Speculation was rife that Adeogun-Philips was irked by the withdrawal of the N2.2b fraud charges levelled against the Supreme Court Chief Registrar Mr. Gambo Ahmed

Saleh and two others without any cogent reason. However, the Federal Government said the former prosecution counsel was sacked from handling the trial.

of a Regional Technical Working Group on integrated infrastructural development with regards to multimodal transportation system such as highways, rail, water and air, as well as integration on energy and power, digital and telecoms and leisure and entertainment. He added that the Governors further agreed that Odua Investment Group should serve as a special purpose vehicle to drive the regional economic integration mission, while the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission would be supported to achieve the objectives of its establishment. He added: “It was agreed that a Committee should be set up on Federal Government allocations in agriculture to be accessed for regional benefit. “An expanded Committee to be set up to make consultations, give consideration and set objectives on the regional direction with regards to the Federal budget on its implementation especially on agriculture with emphasis on irrigation and storage.”

• Governor of Kano state, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje , at closing ceremony of 2016 batch B stream II orientation course of NYSC, at permanent camp Kusalla Dam, Karaye local government on Monday in Kano

Niger calls for review of NYSC allowances From Yakubu Mustapha,Minna.

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he Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has called for an upward review of allowance of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members considering the inflation rate in the country. The governor who made the call in Minna yesterday during the end of the three weeks orientation course for the 2016 Batch B Corps members posted to the state, saying that the need to review the allowances of the

corps members is long overdue, especially in view of the current economic reality. Bello emphasized that with the current inflation in the country and the ever increasing prices of food and other items in the market, the N19, 000 is no longer realistic, saying that “there is the urgent need for the review of the allowances of corps members to meet with the present economic reality” “I am aware that the economic recession is affecting so many things, even some state

government is finding it difficult to pay workers salaries but that notwithstanding I strongly believed that there is the need to review the allowances of the corps members. “In fact it is not only their allowances that needs to be review, even salaries of civil servants also needs to be review, so I hope and pray that we get out the recession quickly but as it is now, you cannot give what you don’t have and that is the challenges we are facing now” he stated.

He then directed the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) to immediately commence the payment of N3,000 state government allowance to corps members posted to the state which was stopped by the immediate past administration. He further warned employers of the corps members in the state that government will not tolerate rejections of corps members from any organization, “even though we are aware of the economic realities in the country” In her remarks, the state

coordinator, Mrs. Theresa Ibukun Arokoyo thanked the Governor for his continue support to the scheme in the state even before her arrival in the state. She used the occasion to drew the attention of the Governor to the terrible condition of the temporary orientation camp, with all the existing facilities in a state of dilapidation, stressing that “we are calling on the government for urgent attention so as to reduced the sufferings of the corp members,” she said.


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Edo Guber Tribunal: The drama in my view By Roland .I. Amaize

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he melodrama which Nigerians, particularly those of Edo State extraction, have been treated to by events at the on-going hearing of the petition filed by the PDP candidate at the last gubernatorial election in the State these last few days presents an admixture of very interesting and disturbing scenarios. The events are two in the main, viz: (1) the question whether witnesses subpoenaed could testify as prayed by the petitioners and, (2) whether a recount of ballot papers in respect of four named Local Government Areas (LGAs) should be allowed, also as prayed on that side of the divide. The Tribunal had ruled on the two points and is now functus officio on those issues. But I feel constrained to give the following as my opinions on the two issues and the rulings thereon. A subpoena is a document by which a court commands a person to appear before it to either give viva voce evidence or to simply tender a document in a matter without more. If the former (i.e. subpoena ad testificandum), such a witness usually mounts the witness stand to testify orally after he had been sworn or had otherwise affirmed. In that case he is liable to be cross-examined on his testimony-inchief; but, if the latter (i.e. subpoena duces tecum), he does not usually mount the witness stand nor is he sworn and therefore not liable to be crossexamined. He simply presents to court that which he is commanded to bring. A subpoena may be issued by court suo motu or it may be issued by court at the instance of a desiring party. Issuance of a subpoena is said to be a command because a person on whom it’s served has no choice to make on the point whether or not to attend to court. He is bound to attend and if fails, he does so upon pain of punishment. In other words, whether a subpoena was issued by court suo motu or upon an application by a party, such a witness on which same is directed is generally referred

to as a witness of the court, being in court at its command. This is why it came to me a surprise and indeed curious, to say the least, when I learnt that respondents in the above mentioned case had resisted the fielding by petitioners of such witnesses upon whatever reason, even the most puerile of reasons or for no reason at all. On the second issue of recount of ballot papers, it was proper and commendable step for the Tribunal to have granted the prayer, especially as respondents had prior notice of it from the petitioners without objection from the former at the time such notice was given. Even if there had been such objection, that would not have automatically closed the point against the adverse party. The Tribunal still had a duty, in a bid to do justice as it was required to do, to consider whether or not the objection was a sustainable one, bearing in mind the need to do justice and if be not, it was at liberty to overrule it. So, by ordering such a recount, which the interest of justice so much demanded, the Tribunal was clearly on the right lane of the otherwise bifurcated lanes. What, however, I cannot understand and which completely baffles me is why the Tribunal, after taking such a noble course, which the justice of the case had demanded, subsequently took a summersault by acceding to the questionable position taken by the respondents that the recount be guillotined based on what they (respondents) had called lapsing of the period stipulated for the petitioner. The Tribunal completely goofed in acceding to the respondents’ prayer in that regard because that action of it clearly undermines two vital points. The first is that whereas the guidelines to the Electoral Law admittedly stipulates a period of 14 days within which the petitioner should present his case, it’s quite doubtful if the action of the Tribunal in halting the recount was the best that the justice of the case had demanded in all the circumstances of the case. The application for recount was made when petitioners still had up to 24 or so hours

to exhaust their 14 days. For a panel desirous of doing justice, what the Tribunal should have done which would have met the justice of the case was to adjourn hearing for one day to enable recount to be completed; which period should not count as part of the 14 days, while continuing the recount in the interim even possibly up to and including Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. After all, I’m not too sure the guidelines, while stipulating 14 days for a petitioner to present his case or 10 days for a respondent’s response, used the word “consecutive” as to indicate that under no circumstances must a day be omitted within the petitioner’s 14 days or the respondent’s 10 days (as the case may be) once any side had opened his case. In the same vein, if the result of the recount showed that the petitioners’ allegations had element of truth, it would have assisted the Tribunal in some other way different from the first. Either way, it would have assisted in making its burden less tasking. Rather than take that noble course which the justice of the case required, the Tribunal chose to do that which, in my considered opinion, had the rich potentials of visiting and did visit profound injustice on both sides, perhaps more on the petitioners or perhaps more on the adverse party. That, unfortunately, now belongs to the realm of speculations as regards the point or points sought to be proved or disproved by the exercise if it had been allowed to run its full course. So for the Tribunal to have put on the front burner the issue of lapsing of 14 days period and that it had no power to extend the period amounts, in my considered opinion, to seeking shelter where none existed for the wrong steps it took on the point. The second point (this is equally important) is that it is curious for a court to have made an order which was intended to be carried to fruition only to subsequently turn round to frustrate such an order. When the Tribunal made an order allowing a recount, it was expected it wanted the order to have some effects that would throw light to the

matter before it but most regrettably whilst the journey towards the realization of the set objective had commenced, it simply halted the journey, thus frustrating or otherwise scuttling its own order. The order then became one that was made in vain. It’s not the norm for a court to, on its own, do anything towards non-realization of the fruits of its own order. Nor is it the norm for a court to make an order in vain. In the instant case, it is even more curious, to say the least, for respondents who won an election and were so declared to have opposed a recount of ballot papers used in the election. It sounds incredibly immoral for winners of an election to either directly or by proxy (i.e. thru their Counsel) (1) vehemently oppose recount of ballot papers used for the election, if it was a live issue in the matter and (2) gleefully be part of the process of scuttling a recount which had already commenced. Even more troubling in the foregoing regard is the attitude of INEC, which also resisted, as reported, any move at recount at all and/or played a role (directly or indirectly) in ensuring that the process was scuttled after commencement. Such attitude of INEC and other respondents raises more questions than answers. The life question is: what is the interest of an electoral umpire in opposing recount of ballot papers used in an election in which it returned as duly elected a candidate whose said election is now under judicial scrutiny? The whole saga portrays, head or tail, that Nigeria is in grave danger as far as her electoral process is concerned. Who, therefore, will save Nigerians from these shenanigans by our political class and the electoral umpire that are daily plaguing us as a nation and are not abating any time soon? Your guess is as good as mine. On the whole, therefore, I’m firmly of the view that the decision by the Tribunal in stopping the ballot papers recount is an appealable decision, which needs to be tested upstairs. I recommend that option to the party aggrieved. Justice R. I. Amaize (retd) is a former High Court judge in Edo State.

NAHCON moves to weed illegal Hajj operators By Muhammad Ajah

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ne of the tasks which President Muhammad Buhari laid on the shoulders of the leadership of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) was to fight corruption and all ill-related practices that were associated with the conduct of the annual Muslim pilgrimage to the Holy Land of Makkah. The directive is an integral part of the Act that established the Commission. That is what the leadership is poised to achieve through its policy reviewal under Barr. Abdullah Muhammad Mukhtar, the vibrant Hajj administrator in Nigeria and the world at large. Every year, with the renewed spirit to achieve the mission and vision of the NAHCON’s Act, preparations for the subsequent Hajj operations are begun at the end of every Hajj exercise with new policies to smoothen the way for more successes. In the past ten years, Nigerian pilgrims go to Saudi for Hajj and return back with minimal or no hitches. That is why NAHCON has come to stay. There is no single blame or regret for the creation of NAHCON and its supervision under the presidency. Rather, clear evidences are documented that the commission has grown from strength to strength recording successes upon successes since its birth. The only thing that the commission yearns to achieve soon is fiscal independence. So there is no justifiable reason whatsoever, on the part of truth and patriotism, for NAHCON to be scrapped or resubjected to any other government organ. Investigations have revealed that the Muslims of Nigeria and the world are happy with the performance of NAHCON under the present leadership. The host country, Saudi Arabia, since the creation of NAHCON has been full of praises for Nigeria over the conduct of Hajj, something that virtually proved

impossible during the eras before the birth of the commission. The airlift operations, the accommodation arrangements, the feeding, luggage and Holy sites activities have become recurring success stories every year. In just few years, the commission will relieve the federal government of its financial obligations to it. The leadership of commission is planning fast towards being fully financially self-reliant. And with Almighty Allah being by its side, it will be to the benefit of Nigerian pilgrims and the nation in general. One of the new critical policies introduced by the commission is in connection with the weeding away of quacks and faceless operators in the Hajj industry. In November last year, NAHCON met with the leadership of the Association of Hajj and Umrah Operators of Nigeria (AHUON) on the need to play by the rules and regulations guiding the holy trips. AHUON President, Alhaji Abdulfatai Abdulmajeed expressed joy with the leadership of the commission for their services. Barr. Mukhtar, in the habit of carrying stakeholders along, informed the meeting of a Presidential directive over the implementation of some recommendations contained in 2015 Hajj report, where NAHCON was directed to collaborate with security agencies to stem the tide of fraudulent activities in Hajj and Umrah. On 16th November 2016, the commission set up three teams on routine inspection of tour operators for its three zones: Kano, Lagos and Abuja. The teams led by the head of tour operators, Alidu Shutti and head of Inspectorate and compliance, Usman Shamaki and Muhammad Girei who were to ensure that existing companies were running their businesses according to NAHCON’s regulations. They were to ascertain the trueexistence of companies at the addresses provided in the documents from Corporate Affairs Commission

(CAC) and that the companies were licensed by NAHCON. The teams were also to identify unlicensed companies byNAHCON and serve them “notice of non-compliance” with a 21-day notice to regularize their companies with the commission or risk further actions. Finally, the teams were asked to visit the police, DSS and ICPC in the states to seek their support in areas of security and enforcement. They also liaised with the press. The Lagos zone team visited Kwara, Osun, Ondo, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos States. While in Ilorin, the team visited the State Commissioner of Police, Olusola Amore (CP) and the State Director, Department of State Services (DSS), Abdullahi Shinkafi both of who urged NAHCON to design a mechanism for the sanctioning of licensed companies some of which engage in unholy activities inimical to the interest of the Nigerian pilgrims. They urged NAHCON to continue to publish list of licensed Tour Operators to guide members of the public against patronizing unlicensed ones. Vibrant feedback mechanism from stakeholders was paramount too. Investigations showed that some unlicensed operators place adverts in print and electronic media while some operators who possess either Hajj or Umrah license were operating both outings. Further, it was observed that some of the operators were using agents to source for clients, with the agents sometimes engaging in unholy acts. Kwara state recorded seven licensed companies and two unlicensed ones; Osun only one licensed company; Ondo one licensed; Oyo nine and four; Ogun seven and two and Lagos 54 and nine respectively. A total of 79 licensed tour operator companies and 17 unlicensed ones equaling 96 were recorded in the Lagos zone. The Kano zone recorded 63 licensed and 78 unlicensed companies as follows: Bauchi

four and one; Gombe one licensed; Jigawa one and one; Kano 50 and 77; Katsina one licensed; Borno two licensed; Sokoto one licensed; Yobe one licensed; and Zamfara two licensed operators. A total number of 75 companies were identified in the Abuja zone. FCT Abuja had 50 licensed and four unlicensed operators; Kogi one and one; Niger four and one; and Kaduna 63 and 13. This meant that in the whole country 312 Hajj and Umrah companies were inspected. 204 were legal operators while 108 were unlicensed. Kano zone has the highest number of illegal companies with 78 representing 25%, followed by Lagos zone that recorded 17 illegal companies representing 5.5%, while Abuja zone has 13 unlicensed companies representing 4.2% Moreover, investigations revealed that some legitimate companies knew the illegal operators but were unwilling to expose them due to existing relationships with them. Some honest operators have been affected negatively by the activities of unlicensed agents with the attendant dwindling revenue. Again, resistance from some licensed and unlicensed companies especially in Kano zone were met. However, the exercise has given the commission more insights on the way forward. The commission will consider the publication of the list of unlicensed companies in the print and electronic media at the local areas where such unlicensed operators are operating, while the routine inspection would be sustained at regular intervals to ensure compliance and reduce the spread of unlicensed ones. The commission will also ensure enforcement with considerable fines on the licensed companies found wanting. Muhammad Ajah is an advocate of humanity, peace and good governance in Abuja. E-mail mobahawwah@yahoo. co.uk.


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Technology incubation centre and youth engagement By Musa Aliu

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esearch has shown that a nation cannot develop without innovation and when innovation is technology driven, that nation will most likely achieves its short and long time goals. This shows that technology and innovation play catalytic roles in drive towards national development. Even sustainable development may not be achieved without technology; simple or complex. Perhaps, it was against this context that federal government established Technology Incubation Centre (TIC) in 1993. The TIC was aimed to nurture new startup in science and technology related business, speed up the communication of research and development (R&D) results by effectively linking talents, technology know-how, and capital together in order to accelerate the development of new enterprises thereby supporting them through the early stage of development. Everyone thus benefit; employment is guaranteed, standards of living improved and entrepreneurs scattered all over. Today there are about twenty seven TICs across Nigeria. These centers designed as an integrated support programme to serve both public and private sectors either individually or in partnership with the intention of creating or nurturing budding valueadded and technology based enterprises. These enterprises include welding, electronic, agro-allied, paint industry, fashion designing, trading etc. Despite the intended benefits these centers are expected to bring to reposition Nigeria as a technology hub, many stakeholders

are of the view that the TICs are underperforming. Some of the problems were attributable to poor policy direction, poor infrastructure, mismanagement, poor engagement of few technology savvy youth, and lack of effective linkages between the TICs, and other target stakeholders in their respective locations leading to poor patronage. There is also lack of identifiable primary research work; this is evidence in the Ilorin Technology Incubation Centre for example. Our visit to the TIC Ilorin shows that the centre has not performed up to its expectations. As a special federal training agency intended to develop local technology, there is no evidence to suggest the centre is engaging the young people. The pertinent questions remain: how many youth has benefited from the existence of the centre since its establishment? Do community members really know the existence of the centre? What idea has been put in place in moving the TIC Ilorin towards the direction of the government objectives? Obviously, one of the things killing the centre is poor management. Most public servants have a tendency to think that anything belonging to government did not require extra effort to make it better. This is a bad mindset that has affected almost every government ministry, department and agency. This is laziness, lack of commitment. If a leader has no plan, the organization under his control will never develop even if the resource is available in surplus. All these encourage diversion of scarce resource, mismanagement of public fund and lack of respect for appropriate authority. Between 2013 and 2015, a total

of N148.9 million was approved by federal government as statutory allocation for the centre. More specifically, from the 2016 Appropriation Act, about N96.8 million was budgeted for the centre; with N52.6 million for recurrent expenditure and N44 million for capital expenditure. Although, the actual release so far has not been ascertained, but what has been done to show for the amount of money in the previous three years? Being a government owned enterprises; the managers of the agency did not see it as part of their responsibility the need to provide evidence based result since its establishment. Perhaps, it is better to ensure that such strategic centre be managed by the private firm. This will give concrete result. The Ilorin technology incubation centre needs to give more priority to youth engagement. There are many technology savvy youth in the state looking for this kind of opportunity but they don’t know that this is within their reach. A lot of youths need the assistance of the centre; in term of youth encouragement to start something and not waiting for the white collar job. The few trainees the centre has managed to engage are complaining that it not been effective in coming to their recues in terms of in securing certificate of registration to starts up their business. No further support is often made to make them self reliance. As technology incubation centers are designed to train youth entrepreneurs, TICs are important to promote the present government change agenda especially in economic diversification. Yet it appears the Ilorin centre has not started looking in that direction. The National Board for

Technology Incubation (NBTI) should be sensitive to this if its 27 TICs across Nigeria will fulfill their purpose. The NBTI most play its oversight and supervisory roles. Moving forward, the management of the TICs should collaborate with private firms, trade union, artisans, states and local governments in their locations to fashion out innovative strategy of engagement for impactful outcomes. They are supposed to be known by the community associations in the state, trade unions, artisan associations, as well as other associations as part of their priority entrepreneurship development objective. Until these groups know about the existence of the TICs, the existence will be fruitless and nothing good could be achieved. This is because their cooperation is fundamental. They need to collaborate and see how they can both work together if TICs are to fulfill their laudable objective and contribute effectively in reducing youth unemployment, crime rate, and help reflate the economy out of present recession. The fact is that, development does not come in despair or vacuum, it is not a mere dream, speculation or expectation it is putting down ideas and ensure action oriented plans. There is need to recreate the image of the centre. It should not be a secret place where no one could access. This is a public training centre and everyone must know about its existence without discrimination. Musa Aliu is of the Business and Leadership Training Centre, Ilorin. Kwara state

The day soldiers went berserk again in Onitsha By Jude Ndukwe

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uesday, February 7, 2017, at the popular city of Onitsha, two soldiers, Corporal Bature Samuel and Corporal Abdulazeez Usman, like demons on a mission, went berserk and grievously brutalised a physically challenged man, Mr. Chijioke Uraku, for wearing a military camouflague. Although the military authorities have pleaded with Nigerians and the international community to treat the incident as an isolated one, facts on the ground show that contrary to being so, Nigerian soldiers have a routine pastime of descending heavily on innocent Nigerians whom they see as mere subjects to be abused and britalised, sometimes without any provocation but for just being ‘bloody civilians’. From Onitsha to Zaria, Lagos to Edo, Adamawa to Nasarawa, Abuja to Aba, Ogun to Port Harcourt etc, Nigerians suffer gross abuse from the men in green, whose colour of uniform is supposed to depict life but has recently, mostly and unfortunately, become a symbol of brutality, terror and death. The venom with which Cpls Samuel and Usman descended upon the helpless and hapless citizen, Chijioke, not minding that he is physically-challenged, proves that the bestial act of brutality has eaten deep into the fabric of the Nigerian military. Battering him, the two soldiers flagrantly threw Chijioke off his wheelchair, which they also flung away, while flogging him in a manner even the devil ought not to be flogged. The video of the incident, which went viral on social media, showed Chijioke pleading with the soldiers for mercy, even though this fell on deaf ears. Passers-by watched on in helpless indignation as the soldiers dragged him on the ragged

ground from one point to the other. One could hear them lamenting the misfortune of citizen Chijioke but could only resign themselves to watching the terrifying debacle helplessly. The residents of Onitsha themselves have had their own fair share of military brutality. Most of the unlawful killings of IPOB members by soldiers happened in Onitsha. Their psyche must have been so affected that their will to help a helpless citizen being badly dehumanised by rampaging soldiers seems to have ebbed away. The military high-handedness and use of excessive force which have resulted in the avoidable deaths of armless civilians in that region are well documented. It is the same with citizens in other places. In Abuja, on January 17, 2017, a pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Alex Ochienu, was also beaten into a state of coma by some soldiers attached to the Development Control of the city, who rushed into the building site where Ochienu was supervising projects and ordered everyone on site to frog-jump. The hapless Ochienu had explained to the soldiers that he would not be able to carry out such a strenuous punishment since he was fasting. His explanation, as it always is with our soldiers, infuriated them the more and they descended on him for daring to explain himself, and he was reportedly hit with rifle butts, kicked in the stomach and whipped severally until he passed out. Although Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State had rescued a downtrodden truck pusher who was a victim of brutal assault from two NAF cadets who had already forced their object of brutality into the booth of their car in December 2015, six months later, and as if to prove that their tyranny knows no class or status, the governor himself was soon

to be a victim of military brutality himself as his mother’s police guards were assaulted by soldiers allegedly from Operation MESA. This was simply because one of the police guards had asked a man in mufti, who later turned out to be a military officer, not to park near the gate of the governor’s mother’s house. This infuriated the man and he left only to return with a truckload of military personnel who brutalised the governor’s mother’s police guards. Before then, in February 2016, a lawyer, Adeyemi Akintoye, was hospitalised after being brutalised by two soldiers from the Ordinance Barracks for “walking slowly”. The incident which occurred near Tejuosho market in Yaba area of Lagos also saw the lawyer allegedly dispossessed of his N350,000, which he just collected from one of his clients. …when the military high command tries to sell us the “isolated case” story from the Onitsha incident, they are only further exposing their well know hypocrisy, garnished with falsehood and official tyranny. It was the same road blockade saga that got our Shiite Muslim brethren in trouble in December 2015 in Zaria when soldiers, like a people suffering from the overdose of psychotropic drugs, descended heavily on them and allegedly killed close to a thousand defenceless civilians in one fell swoop. And, rather than atone for their murderous act by being penitent, the military high command has gone on defending that indefensible massacre of fellow citizens. Salt has also been rubbed on the injury caused our collective sensibilities with the government’s holding of the leader of the Muslim group and his wife in detention till date, in continued flagrance and defiance of multiple court orders to have them released! From Joy Agboghide, who was allegedly

dehumanised in March 2016 by some soldiers in Benin City, Edo State for “obstructing traffic”, to nollywood actress and movie producer, Jewel Infinity, who was beaten severely with a rod by a soldier in Port Harcourt on January 31, 2017, for “gossiping”, to the man who was battered by a group of military cadets led by a female soldier simply because he complimented the female soldier and referred to her as beautiful. Also, to Umar Abdulaziz who was reportedly tortured to death by a group of three soldiers in Ganaye Local Government Area of Adamawa State in December 2016 for allegedly stealing a mobile phone belonging to a girlfriend of one of the soldiers, the story of citizens’ brutalisation in the hands of our soldiers for sundry “offences” seem endless. While one must admit that there are lots of very fine officers and men who are highly intelligent and humane among our military forces, the majority of the bad ones – including senior officers who order, supervise and condone the continued killings and brutalisation of fellow citizens like the Shiites, IPOB members and other citizens under one guise or the other – are the ones further dragging the very bad image of the military in the mud. The earlier the military looks inward and does some critical and honest soul searching exercise, the better for them. It is not too late to begin a radical reorientation of the mindset and psyche of the ‘boys’, which seem to have been battered by the unholy incursion of the armed forces into our politics in the past. Unless this is done, our soldiers might continue to go mad! Its time for the military to save itself from itself! Jude Ndukwe is a Public Affairs Analyst.


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States divert UBE funds, can’t give account - UBEC boss

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he Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Hamid Boboye, yesterday told the Senate Committee on Finance that many states divert the Universal Basic Education Fund for other unrelated projects. Boboye who said this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance to defend their 2016 budget, explained that because of this diversion, the affected states cannot account for the expenditure their UBE funds. According to him, this will prevent most of the affected states from accessing the 2017 UBE finds, hence there is always delay in the access and implementation of the UBE policies at state levels to improve on the level and quality of education across the country. When pressured by the journalists to mention the states and how much that is involved, he refused but said it involves so many states, adding that it will not be fair to mention those states and the projects where they diverted the funds. He pointed out that there is need for the states to be committed to the UBE projects to ensure that the Nigerian kids are provided with educational opportunity, just as he said the UBEC strict on its rule that before any state can access their counterpart funds, it must account for how it spent the funds it has collected already. He said for UBEC to release funds to any state, it must be satisfied that the amount that was provided has been effectively utilized for what it was meant for, with adequate account given. On why children in some states are not having access to education, he said it is historical because in some states, they had been accessing education since 1950s, while others only started having access to education in 1980s and 1990s. Meanwhile, he lamented that

the root cause of poor access to education at the basic level is because most states are not doing the necessary mobilization to ensure that the school age population in their states are

mobilized to school and also ensure that they are retained in the schools. He said there are areas where it is still believed that western education forbidden,

emphasizing the need for the state governments affected to address these issues, adding that if these circumstance is not addressed, it gives room to two set of societies which do not

communicate with one another. He therefore charged state governments to ensure that funds that are provided by the UBE are used for the purpose for which they were provided, adding that this is the only way the government can ensure equal access and uniform access to basic education across the country and reduce the number of out of school children in the country.

Senate moves to ensure efficient service delivery in health sector By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Dr. Lanre Tejuosho has called for the removal of outsourcing services from the service wide vote to ensure uninterrupted Service Delivery in the Health

Sector. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health Services, made this call during the budget defence of Health Ministry and its agencies in Abuja. A statement issued yesterday by the Director, Media and Public Relations, in the Ministry

of Health, Boade Akinola, indicated that Dr.Tejuosho stated that the incessant strike in the health sector has adversely affected the progress made so far in the sector. He further observed that

the 1% consolidation funding enshrined in the National Health act 2014 has not been realised, because the act has not been implemented. He added that implementation of the act could aid the growth in the health sector.

• .Chairman,Humanity First Nigeria Dr. Yakeen Habeeb,in conjunction with Humanity First Canada ,a relief organization under the auspices of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at donates items worth #2m to IDP at Kuchingoro, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Yobe: 5,320 households to benefit from Fadama project

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total number of 5,320 households selected from 133 communities across 14 local government areas of Yobe state are to benefit from food assistance and livelihood

packages under the Fadama 111 additional financing 11 project. The state project coordinator for Fadama 111 Additional financing project, Musa A. Garba, disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen on the arrangement put in place to

launch the project in the state on Tuesday, the 14th of Febraury at Mallam Matari village in Damaturu the state capital. He pointed out that the main objective of the project is to restore the means of livelihood of the victims of insurgency in

the northeast region, adding that Yobe state became eligible to participate in the project after meeting all the necessary criteria including the payment of N20 million counterpart fund contribution. He commended Governor

Ibrahim Gaidam for making it possible for the people of the state, particularly victims of insurgency to benefit under the AF-11 project in addition to making sure that all agriculture related donorfund projects operate without any hitch in the state.


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Reps seek verification of IDPs, increase funding for refugee commission By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives Committee on Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), has called on the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and the Displaced to carry out a comprehensive capturing of internally displaced person ln different camps across the country The committee made the call while taking on the management of the Commission who were in the House to do its 2016 budget performance appraisal and defend it’s 2017 proposal before the committee. Addressing the team led by its chief commissioner, Sadiya Farouk, committee chairman Rep. Mohammad Sani Zorro (APC, Jigawa), urged the commission to partner with state governments and NGOs as well as the Federal Capital Territory Administration to get accurate data on the number of persons displaced acorss the country and how to resettle or integrate them.

“I will advise you to liaise with the FCT authority to the number of IDPs who are within the territory as there are some who would never want to return to their former abodes. “We realised that we have so much on our hands, not only in the North East, but also in the North Central and every part of the country. So we will, on our part, ensure that you get what is adequate to, at least, solve many of these problems,” he said. Rep. Aishatu Jirbil Dukku (PDP, Gombe) had asked why IDPs in Bama, Damboa and Dikwa all in Borno State were not captured in the budget of the commission, even when religious bodies have spent so much to ameliorate the suffering of so many displaced Nigerians on various camps. To this end, the chairman assured of improved funding in 2017 stating that the committee would in the next 3 months invite the commission to give update on the progress made after the budget must have been approved reflecting improved funding.

Zorro commended the Commissioner for her detailed presentation, unlike what obtained previously under her predecessor. “You wil agree with me that for those of us who were here for similar exercise last year, this is a much improved presentation with much information than we had last year. Reason being that in the brief presentation, there’s so much information with clear-cut plans to achieve different programmes and initiative of the commission”, he added. Zorro however expressed concern over the delay in accessing funds meant to execute zonal intervention projects in the various federal constituencies of the country. The lawmaker described the projects as the largest component of the Commission’s capital projects saying that action must be taken to fastrack the process since the fiscal year is ending by March. “If you don’t do it, there’s no time, unless the National

Assembly extends the lifespan of the budget, and our people are asking us concerning these projects, because that’s the only direct benefit they get for having us here as their representatives. If by now, you are still signing letters and agreements, when will you start executing the projects? So you need to fastrack the process, get the award done and mobilisation to sites up and running”, he stated. The chairman also asked that the committee is kept informed as to when the procurement panel will sit for monitoring and ensure speedy resolution of all outstanding issues before the appropriation committee starts collating reports for compilation and subsequent approval by the House. Giving a breakdown of its 2016 budget earlier, the Commissioner told the committee that the Commission in 2016 got N2.2billion as capital allocation out of the total budget of N4.226billion approved for it. She said 44 capital projects

were executed to the tune of N738.7million representing19.4 percent of capital allocation while there’s no release yet for the 186 zonal intervention/constituency projects for which N1.4billion was earmarked. She however added that contractual agreements with contractors have been signed worth N1.342billion. For 2017 budget, she disclosed that aggregate expenditure for the year remains N4.260billion, same amount with that of 2016, out of which N800.60million would be used as recurrent. She said so far, the Commission has initiated 12 projects, and 15 others with the national lottery trust fund homes as a means of resettling returnees/deportees. “Seven priority projects are proposed for execution in 2017. They border on taking steps to discourage migration and build structures that handle refugees and other migration challenges. They will take care of returnees, deportees as well as asylum seekers”, she disclosed.

Yahaya Kusada replaces impeached Katsina Speaker, Muduru From Lawal Katsina

S R-L: Leader of the PDP Strategy and Inter-Party Affairs Review Committee, Alhaji Aminu Wali, submitting the committee’s report to the former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, yesterday in Enugu. Photo: NAN

Dogara mourns Rep Bello By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has expressed shock over the death of Hon. Bello Sani representing Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency of Katsina State. In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media &

Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara said he is saddened by the sudden death of Hon. Bello whom he described as hardworking, committed and patriotic legislator. “Our late colleague was humane, principled and a cosmopolitan who interacted freely with all members,” the Speaker said. “Our heartfelt condolences go to his immediate family, government

and people of Katsina State and his colleagues and the government and people of Nigeria.” “We pray to God to give all of us the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.” The late Hon. Bello was a member of the Katsina State House of Assembly before his subsequent election to House of Representatives under the platform of the All

Progressives Congress (APC). Prior to these, he had been the chairman of Mashi local government. Late Bello attended Mashi Primary School in 1974, Government Day Secondary School Mashi and Hassan Usman Polytechnic, Katsina in 1996. He died at the age of 51leaving behind his wife and children.

Sa’idu

Funtua,

peaker of Katsina House of Assembly, Alhaji Aliyu Sabi’u Muduru has been impeached. Muduru was impeached yesterday during the assembly’s weekly sitting. The motion for his impeachment was moved by a member representing Katsina Local Government Area, Alhaji Hambali Faruq. The motion was similarly seconded by member representing Funtua Local Government Area, Alhaji Abubakar Muhammad Total. However, the House elected member representing Kusada Local Government Area, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar Kusada as the new speaker. No reason was given for the speaker’s impeachment.


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INEC, NASENI to perfect plans for electronic voting *Commission to unveil cost of 2019 general election February 28 By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Christiana Ekpa

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he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) told the Senate that it will meet with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to discuss the possibility of deploying the electronic voting device which NASENI has developed for the 2019 general elections. The chairman of the commission, Mahmoud Yakubu, who appeared before the Senate committee on Finance to discuss issues relating to the budget of the agency, said specifically that the commission has directed its Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) department to liaise with the NASENI to explore the potentials of applying the device

in the next general elections. Yakubu, who disclosed that the commission will, on or before the end of February, unveil its strategic plans for the 2019 general elections and what the election may cost the nation, just as he said the cost of the election will be staggered to avoid the commission presenting huge figures to the National Assembly in 2019 budget. He however expressed doubts over the potentials of applying the device for the election, saying that the time constraint may make it impossible for the commission to adopt the device. The INEC chairman, while trying to explain why the agency may not be able to produce the device enough before the next general election, said there are about one hundred and twenty thousand polling units across

the country, in addition to about thirty thousand voting points. He explained that the NASENI is expected to produce the device for these polling units and voting points if the E-voting should be adopted for the 2019 elections, pointing out that this may be difficult for the agency. Though he said if the agency can produce the device enough before the 2019 election date, with all the legislative bottlenecks removed, the commission does not have any objection to deploying the device for the general elections. Meanwhile, he advocated for the amendment of the Electoral Act to allow diaspora voting, saying that INEC wants the system to be introduced into the country, as a proactive measure to encourage political parties to campaign for votes outside the country.

Mahmoud assured the lawmakers that the commission is ready for the logistics required for the diaspora voting, including registration, voters education, but are only being inhibited by legal challenges, though he said the process, based on experiences of other countries, is expensive. Nevertheless, he said the commission received through the envelop system in the 2016 budget the sum N45 billion, and the same is also budgeted for it in the 2017 appropriation bill that is in the National Assembly. He also recalled that in 2014, 87 billion was budgeted for the 2015 election because there was a strategic plan by the commission then, adding that this is why they wanted to have a strategic plan to know what exactly the next general election in 2019 will cost Nigeria.

L-R: Senator Ahmed Ogembe,Senator Mathew Urhoghide, Senator Tayo  Alasoadura and Chairman Senate committee on Ethic, Privileges and Public Petitions senator Samuel Anyanwu during the budget defense of Code of Conduct Bureau, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Despite retirement from active politics, I’m still interested in national issues, says Anenih

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ormer Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, said yesterday that he would show more than a passing interest in issues affecting the nation even though he had, last year, announced his withdrawal from active partisan politics. Anenih spoke when he received the Professor Jerry Gana-led Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee of the PDP in his Abuja residence. The committee’s mission was to present to him a copy of its report. He said the PDP and its leaders should not be embarrassed if they see him embark on visits to either President Muhammadu Buhari or Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in order to rub minds on issues of national interest. The former BoT chairman restated his position, which he made last year at the public

presentation of his book, that he would no longer be available for night political meetings but would not be hesitant to offer advice to the PDP if the party leaders decide to tap from his wealth of experience. He, however, had harsh words for the party leaders whom he accused of promoting their selfish interests, saying “PDP is where it is today because of selfishness on the part of its leaders, a vast majority of whom want to be either presidential candidate or national chairman of the party.” Anenih also slammed those who benefitted so much from the party and later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that was not the best way to reward a party that offered them its platform to actualize their aspirations. “I believe in consistency. I joined party politics in 1978; and since then, I have never left any

party that I joined for another. It is very shameful that people would do that, particularly those who had benefitted so much from the PDP,” he said. He wished the party well in its current effort to reorganize itself, saying “PDP has a chance to bounce back.” He said he was happy that the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, whom he advised a long time ago to help strengthen the party but was reluctant to do so, has now expressed readiness to take up the challenge. He advised party leaders to support Jonathan in the task of reorganizing and strengthening the party. Anenih also underscored the necessity for state governors on the platform of the party to support the party with funding, no matter how minimal. He tasked the party and its leaders to work harmoniously towards organizing a credible

national convention, pointing out that “I want the PDP to be strong and united.” Stressing the importance of peace and peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, Anenih urged all wellmeaning Nigerians, regardless of party affiliations, to pray for the good health of President Buhari so that he can quickly return to drive the process of taking the nation out economic recession. Earlier, Professor Gana said that the committee report would help to “effectively revive, reenergize and remobilize the party.” The committee comprises former Niger State governor, Babangida Aliyu, Senator Ibrahim Idah, Professor Rufai Alkali, Dr. Bawa Kasali, Senator Stella Omu, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, former Imo State governor, Chief Achike Udenwa, Engineer Jide Adeniyi, Hon. Shehu Gabam, Hon. Auwal Tukur and Hon. Margareth Itcheen.

Senate rejects N620,000 revenue generation of Culture, Tourism sector By Christiana Ekpa

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he Senate committee on culture and Tourism yesterday rejected the N620, 000 revenue generation by Tourism sector of the Federal Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, saying it is unacceptable. The chairman of the committee, Sen. Matthew Urhoghide disclosed this at budget defence of the Culture and sector before the Committee. Urhoghide, while acknowledging that the cultural sector was not a revenue generating agency, frowned at the level of generated revenue by the Tourism industry. “In the proponents of budgeting, it is not only about expenditure but also about revenue generation. It is only in Nigeria that our MDAs talk a lot about expenditure and not about revenue. Even the federal Government, before the budget proposal, comes with the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) to tell us the picture of the revenue profile,” he said. He called on the ministry to do everything within its reach to reduce wastage in personnel cost. Earlier, the Minister of information, Culture and Tourism, Lai Mohammed said the culture sector of the ministry spent N210 million on the establishment of six additional cultural industry centres across the country. According to Mohammed, over the years the ministry had established 12 cultural industry centres across the 6 geo-political zones. “For the 2016 appropriation, the ministry was given N210 million to establish six additional cultural industry centres. “At the various intervention and interaction with the National Assembly, it was agreed that rather than built six additional centres only three more should be built so that the existing centre would be made more functional.” He said that the three centres were established in Benin, Badagry and Yola, noting that in 2016, a sevenman committee was set up for the implementation and continuation of government awards and recognition of indigenous crafts in schools. “We also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UNESCO and Japanese Trust Fund to help in safe guarding Nigeria’s cultural heritage.” The minister said the culture sector had succeeded in making the Argungun Festival as an intangible world festival. He disclosed that for the overhead cost, N766.5 million was appropriated but only N561.7 million was released representing 73 per cent. “The capital appropriation for 2016 is N327.2 million to undertake establishment of cultural centres, lands acquisition, and study tour, among others.” While saying that they generated N620, 000 in 2016, Mohammed added that they encountered challenges ranging from delay in release of fund, lack of political will and cumbersome residual list. He said the ministry had continued to strive to fulfil its mandate. Mohammed nonetheless said the budget proposal for 2017 for the entire ministry was N3.5 billion with salaries and wages having N3.9 billion and social contributions of pensions and NHIS was N385 million.


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Rivers: APC meeting with Osinbajo ill-concieved - Wike reacts *Calls Amaechi lucifer, psychiatric patient

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ivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has berated the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state for organizing another stakeholders meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, a day after the town hall meeting held in Government House. According to DAILY POST report, Governor Wike expressed his displeasure while receiving leaders of the APC from OgbaEgbema-Ndoni Local government area led by Chief Ofili Enebeli, who were defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. The Governor said the meeting which was organized by the leaders of the APC in the state was ill-conceived and aimed at further straining the peace in the state. He also said he felt a level of satisfaction seeing former Governor Rotimi Amaechi return to Government House after

allegedly leaving it in shambles. Governor Nyesom Wike said he would not be deterred from his promise to continue to develop Rivers State. “Since the Acting President began his tour of the Niger-Delta, this is the first time he will be sleeping in a state. This is the first time he will be passing a night outside his region. What does that tell you. It means Rivers state is safe. “But you know Satan will never sleep. Lucifer will always stay awake. Anywhere Satan sees light, he will always want to turn it into darkness. “You are all aware that the Acting President came and held a stakeholders meeting with all of us irrespective of affiliations. Even the Minister of Transportation was there. But as you know, chameleon will always be a chameleon.

“Just because the Acting President decided to stay in Rivers state Lucifer went on rampage. I had no problem with the fact that Prof. Osinbajo wanted to hold a meeting with his party member. They are all members of APC but I was surprised that a meeting they tagged APC stakeholders meeting turned out to be something else. “They left what they gathered for and started making demands for the people of Rivers state. Who sent them? “If I were them, they should go for psychiatric test. I have never been treated by a psychiatrist. I don’t even have one as my Doctor but when your personal Doctor is a psychiatrist, then you should know there is a problem. “I don’t want to talk about what his boys (Dakuku Peterside and Magnus Abe) were saying but I was happy for one thing. I was happy that the Minister of

Transportation could not believe his eyes when he came into Government House. It was like a paradise. When he came to the Presidential lodge, he couldn’t believe it. “Remember this was a man who said over his dead body will I become a Governor but he entered my car, my 7 BMW series with the acting president. Chairman of the PDP in Rivers State, Felix Obuah assured the new defectors of equal rights in the party. Imposition of candidate, lack of internal democracy, others PDP’s problems – Alex Ekwueme Former Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, on Wednesday highlighted the imposition of candidates, lack of internal democracy among others as some of the problems affecting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Ekwueme said this at his

L-R: Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Hon. Al-Hassan Ado, Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Chairman Tactical Ad-Hoc Committee on Economic Recession, Hon. Olabode Ayorinde and Minority Leader, Hon. Leonard Ogoh, during the inauguration of the committee by the Speaker, at the National Assembly. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Imposition of candidate, lack of internal democracy, others PDP’s problems – Alex Ekwueme

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ormer Vice President, Alex Ekwueme, on Wednesday highlighted the imposition of candidates, lack of internal democracy among others as some of the problems affecting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Ekwueme said this at his Enugu residence when PDP’s Strategy Review and Inter Party Affairs Committee paid him a visit. The committee presented to the former Vice President its report on how to reposition the

party for the future. Addressing the delegates, the elder statesman went down memory lane, reminding them of how the once ruling party was formed. In a series of tweets on its twitter handle @OfficialPDPNG, the elder statesman was quoted as saying that the “desire of the founding fathers of the Party was to be in control of government for 60 years and above. “The PDP formation is not just a political party like other

parties in Nigeria, but a ‘Mass Movement’ like the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa. “PDP was setup to liberate the people from the stronghold of long years of military dictatorship, revitalize the economy and return power to the people.” “The Party started well in 1999 in line with the mission, vision and ideals of the PDP by winning a total of 28 out of the 36 states of the federation and the Presidency.”

Stressing that the party started well, he lamented that things, however, went wrong along the line. “Imposition of candidates, lack of internal democracy and conscious efforts by some individuals that does not know how the PDP was formed to exclude and de register others from the Party,” Ekwueme added. The former VP commended the efforts of the late President, Umar Musa Yar’Adua, “to revive the original ideals of the PDP.”

IPAC condoles Chairman over father’s death By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has condoled its chairman, Mohammad Nalado, over the death of his father, Alhaji Nalado Haruna, who died yesterday after a brief illness.

In a statement issued by the National Secretary of the Council, Sam Eke, IPAC said it received with shock the news of the demise of Salihu Nalado Daura. “Our thoughts and prayers are with you and members of your family in this period of bereavement. The death of a

father at any age is very painful and devastating as the pillar and strength of the family. “We are however, consoled that he lived a life worthy of emulation as a devote Muslim, community leader, philanthropist and a role model to young people”, IPAC said in the statement said.

While deriving consolation in the fact that the deceased left behind, successful children; including the current chairman of IPAC, Mohammad Nalado, who is also the chairman of Accord Party (AP), the council urged him to accept the heartfelt condolences, even as it prayed God to repose his sole.

Enugu residence when PDP’s Strategy Review and Inter Party Affairs Committee paid him a visit. The committee presented to the former Vice President its report on how to reposition the party for the future. Addressing the delegates, the elder statesman went down memory lane, reminding them of how the once ruling party was formed. In a series of tweets on its twitter handle @OfficialPDPNG, the elder statesman was quoted as saying that the “desire of the founding fathers of the Party was to be in control of government for 60 years and above. “The PDP formation is not just a political party like other parties in Nigeria, but a ‘Mass Movement’ like the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa.

...I remain authentic PDP Chairman, Makarfi is ‘counterfeit’ – Sheriff insists

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mbattled factional Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff, has reiterated that he remains the authentic leader of the party, stressing that any other Chairman is “counterfeit, carboncopy and a photocopy.” The former Borno State Governor made the declaration while addressing party members loyal to him in Agbor, Delta State, on Tuesday. Both Sheriff and the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Sen. Ahmed Makarfi have been at loggerheads over who is the authentic the leader the former ruling party. Prior to Sheriff’s arrival in the state, a mild drama, however, occurred as party members alleged to be loyalists of Makarfi attacked his supporters and chased them out of a venue of their meeting in Asaba, the Delta State capital. Following the fiasco, the meeting was relocated to Agbor. Speaking in Agbor, Sheriff said, “We are not surprised they disrupted the meeting in Asaba. Somebody somewhere saw the intimidating crowd of supporters and decided to cause trouble. But we have toed the part of peace by being here, Agbor. “Any other chairman is a counterfeit, a carbon-copy, a photocopy. I was eating and drinking in the comfort of my home when the elders and the leaders of the party from across the country came to beg me to take the mantle of leadership of the party. “They later found out that I was not a chairman they can control or push around. They know I will not accept elections handouts from anybody, hence they made a U-turn.”


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BOCGAS 4.18 - - - 4.18 0 - PAINTCOM 1.14 - - - 1.14 0 - CADBURY 20.1 - - - 20.1 15 82,240 1,655,764.64 PHARMDEKO 2.14 - - - 2.14 1 5,000 10,850.00 CAP 38 39 39 39 39 1 16 166,666 6,492,031.87 PORTPAINT 3.53 - - - 3.53 0 - CAPHOTEL 4.07 - - - 4.07 0 - -

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CBN debunks rumour of 20% fake Naira notes in circulation By Etuka Sunday

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he Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) yesterday dismissed the current rumour in the public domain suggesting that about 20 per cent of the Naira currency notes in circulation are counterfeited. CBN said, although no currency in the world was immuned from counterfeiting, but noted that the prevalence of counterfeit notes in Nigeria from January to December 2016 was less than 1%. The apex bank in a statement by its Ag. Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor said its attention was “drawn to certain spurious and grossly uninformed claims suggesting that about 20 per cent of the Naira currency notes in circulation are counterfeited. “While we acknowledge that no currency in the world is immune from counterfeiting, we make bold to state that the rate of counterfeiting in Nigeria has been very minimal due to appropriate policies put in place by the Bank. Indeed, our records at the Bank clearly indicate that the prevalence of counterfeit notes

in Nigeria from January to December 2016 was LESS THAN ONE PER CENT (0.0014%) or 14 counterfeit pieces out of one million bank notes. The statement said, “In line with our core value of proactivity, we have always endeavored to use strong security features to make it difficult for dishonest persons to counterfeit the currency. In addition to that, we have carried out periodic massive nation-wide enlightenment of Nigerians on easy identification of fake banknotes

and the reporting of such. “We therefore find it rather curious that a former high ranking official of the CBN would make such bogus and unauthentic claims apparently calculated to destroy confidence in our national currency and sabotage the collaborative efforts of the CBN and the Federal Government at ensuring enduring stability of the financial system. “The unfortunate implication of the fabricated claim of the said former

official of the Bank, is that it gives the false impression that two bills out of every ten Naira pieces held by an individual is ‘fake’. “We therefore challenge the said former CBN official to make public the empirical evidence suggesting that 20 per cent Naira currency in circulation is fake. “For the avoidance of doubt, the CBN frowns strongly at attempts to counterfeit the Naira. We remain committed to safeguarding the value of the Naira by

Electricity cable vandal bags 2-year jail term By Etuka Sunday

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Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has handed a 2-year jail term to one Emmanuel Alao, who was caught vandalizing an Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) substation in Utako District of the Federal Capital City-Abuja. Mr. Alao, who was apprehended in the criminal act on the 24th of December, 2016 by an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence

Corps (NSCDC), was charged to court for contravening Sections 1(a) and (10) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act (2004), which prescribes Life Imprisonment as maximum punishment for the offence. A press statement issued by Ahmed Shekarau, Head of Public Relations & Media of AEDC on Sunday, disclosed that the convict had earlier been paraded before journalists by the NSCDC ahead of his arraignment in court, adding that Mr.

Alao was paraded alongside numerous items found in his possession, which include: 1x2 meter XLPE cable; 2x1.5 meter XLPE cable; 3x1 meter XLPE cable; and 4x1 meter 16mm conductor. Other items found in his possession include 5x2 transformer bars; 6x1 handsaw blade; 7x3 spanner; 8x3 bolts; 9x7 nuts; 10x1 screw driver; 11x11x3 bolt socket spanner; 12x1 handle of bolt socket and 13x2 lighter. The statement disclosed further that on the 18th of January, 2017,

9 arrested for vandalizing Kaduna Electric, NDPHC equipment By Etuka Sunday

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ine persons have been arrested for alleged vandalism of power supply infrastructure in Saminaka Local Government of Kaduna State. The Head, Corporate Communications of Kaduna Electric, Abdulazeez Abdullahi stated this in a statement issued in Kaduna at the weekend. He disclosed that “the nine suspected vandals and their four motor vehicles were recently apprehended by the police in Saminaka while perpetrating their nefarious activities and have since been transferred to Kaduna”. According to him, three of the suspects have been arraigned before the Magistrate Court 1, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna for vandalizing power supply equipment worth millions of naira belonging to Kaduna Electric. The remaining six suspects were arraigned before magistrate court 16, also in Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Kaduna for vandalizing power supply installation of the Niger Delta Power Holding company of Nigeria, the operator of the National Integrated Power Projects. He lamented the recent increase in the cases of vandalism of power supply assets belonging to the Company which according to him is “telling negatively on the efforts of the Company to provide steady and qualitative power supply”. He appealed to the general public to be more vigilant and raise alarm especially when strangers are seen around power supply facilities at odd hours.

ensuring that our Naira banknotes are not susceptible to counterfeiting. We also work constantly with relevant security agencies to monitor and check the activities of counterfeiters. “Members of the public are therefore advised to disregard the false alarm raised by the said former CBN official, be wary of the activities of counterfeiters and report any case of counterfeiting to the police and their banks,” the statement said.

L-R: Deputy Governor Bayelsa State Rear Admiral John Jonah; Bayelsa State Governor Henry Seriake Dickson; Acting Managing Director, Bank of Industry (BOI) Mr. Waheed Olagunju, and Executive Director (Corporate Services) BOI, Mr. Tobin Jonathan, during the signing ofMemorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Bayelsa State Government, and Bank of Industry,  on development fund for MSME, in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State yesterday

the NSCDC preferred a one count charge against the convict in the case of Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) and Emmanuel Alao, with the Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/01/2017 before the Federal High Court. Delivering judgment in the case after the accused person pleaded guilty to the charge, the Court convicted Mr. Alao and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with hard labour, being a first offender. This conviction, which the AEDC considers as a milestone in the fight against vandalism, is coming on the heels of incessant acts of vandalism of electrical facilities, which became very rife in the Federal Capital Territory in the last quarter of 2016. In Wuse alone for instance, over 18 substations were vandalized with several meters of cables and other accessories carted away by the vandals. According to AEDC, every successful act of vandalism puts both the customers and itself at the receiving end of this anti-social act and economic sabotage. The AEDC, in the statement, said it remains steadfast in the fight against vandalism, and implored members of the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities around power installations in their areas, while also assuring that it will continue to partner with security agencies in its quest to curb the rising incidence of vandalism.

FG, Dana Airlines sign pact on Air Travel discount for MDAs By Etuka Sunday

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he Federal Government has signed an Agreement with Dana Airlines to give 50 per cent discount on official air travel tickets to Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The discount for air travel ticket for civil servants on official trips was championed by the Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance as part of its cost management initiatives. The Federal Government, through the Efficiency Unit, has implemented several cost cutting policies which have reduced wastage and leakages in public sector expenditure. The Federal Government was represented at the signing of the Agreement by the Permanent

Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Alhaji Mahmoud Isa-Dutse and the Head of the Efficiency Unit, Patience Oniha. Dana Airline was represented by Head of Ground Operations, Mr. Ememobong Ettete and Mrs. Joy Nwogu. In his remarks at the occasion, the Permanent Secretary said the Federal Government was doing everything within its power to reduce operational costs while maximizing the gains. A statement by the Director of Information, Ministry of Power, Salisu Na'Inna Dambatta quoted him to have commended Dana Airlines for being the first airline operating in the country to partner with the Federal Government on air ticket cost reduction for government workers on official trips.

In his response, Mr. Ememobong Ettete said Dana Airline was committed to the agreement and commended the Federal Government for the initiative. In 2016 the Efficiency Unit had identified the Federal Government’s large purchasing power which could be leveraged to secure discounts from suppliers of standard goods, including air travel tickets and the Efficiency Unit proceeded to request for discounts from airlines operating in Nigeria. The initiative paid off as the Efficiency Unit was able to secure discounts ranging from 5 per cent to 50 per cent from a total of 19 local and foreign airlines in 2016. Dana is the first of the Agreements to be completed, while those for other airlines are at various stages

of finalization. When completed, the savings to government from the discounts is estimated at N5 billion per annum. These discounts when considered alongside the restrictions on the class and frequency of travels introduced in 2016 through Circulars issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, would translate to a savings totaling N15 billion yearly on travels. While agreements with other airlines are being finalized, the Efficiency Unit is currently making arrangements for additional savings from the procurement of stationery, computers and computer accessories, vehicles and photocopiers, amongst others.


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Business My mission is to make NiMet world leading weather forecast agency - Prof. Mashi The new Director General of the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi recently took a tour of the agency’s formations and facilities across the country as part of his familiarisation exercise. The former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration of the University of Abuja spoke to journalists in Lagos on his mission to position the weather forecast agency among the leading ones in the world. Prof, you have gone round NiMet formations and facilities around Nigeria, what is the impression of what you ve seen so far? I must tell you that an impression was already been created in my mind that NiMet has been transformed into a world class agency, despite the dwindling resources. That was the impression that was given to me. So honestly when I came, I had very high expectations. I have gone round airports already and this is the third major airport I am visiting, so I have gone round and seen the amount of development and infrastructural facilities that has been provided there, honestly l am really impressed because when you compare the amount of resources available to the agency and the level of the provision of infrastructure in that place, definitely you can’t do otherwise but to commend the effort of my predecessor.

effectively maintained, those that need upgrading are upgraded and those that need new fleets in order to increase the services we are delivering, I will do my best to get them increased within the limits of the resources available to us. With the dwindling state of revenue, how are you looking at boosting the revenue base of the agency? That is one area that is dear to my heart as l embarks on the mission to build on the world class standard already set. From what we did today, we signed an MOU with British American Tobacco Foundation to provide agro-med services, which is a signpost to our desire to explore and develop commercial opportunities aim at making NiMet commercially viable. We have to create ways of generating more sources of revenue, that and others are areas we will work on. My predecessor has already kicked started laudable ventures in the maritime sector, l will build on that and make such and others that will come subsequently blossoms. With arrangement already completed to sign MOUs with NIMASA and NPA, one can only imagine the huge potentials we will generate from such ventures when they finally become operational.

The workforce will sorely determine the success of your mission in the new dispensation, what have you observed? There is no success without the commitment of staff of any organisation, especially a sensitive one that requires accurate information on weather for flights and other purposes which we provide. From my close observation, l see that they are well committed, I could really see in them concerning the discharge of their duties. They are not perfect but at least the level of commitment towards the discharge of their duties is very high, the level of professionalism is also very high. Honestly to be compared with other meteorological agencies around the world, am really impressed. Your predecessor is putting you through on so many things concerning the agency, how has that impacted on your knowledge of things you wish to do? You see, in Nigeria we have this impression, that whenever one is going out or somebody is coming in, the target of the incoming one is just to come and dismantle anything, no matter how good so as to create his own, but honestly as a human being, I believe in learning, am a professor, but am always learning, even from my students, so because of that, when I was appointed, I was extremely happy the honorable minister did emphasize, given the amount of effort invested by my predecessor towards improving the condition of the agency, given the wealth of experience he has gathered, the amount of enormous goodwill both nationally and internationally he has drawn to the agency, I as the incoming DG I stand to benefit from him and he hold the opinion that he should not just go like that without transferring some of the things he had acquired, so that at the end of the day, I would at least perform to his level, if not exceed the level he has attained. So therefore, when I came, I have been with him all this while, in fact I must confess that this arrangement is really very perfect and it is proving Nigerians wrong because Nigerians have the feeling that whoever is going, there is nothing we can learn from him, let him go so that

Professor Sani Abubakar Mashi you can come after and start afresh, it is not true. The best way an incoming officer can learn is to understudy the person he is taking over from so that at least he will hear firsthand from him the challenges that are there, the road blocks that needs to be eliminated, the milestones that are supposed to be achieved and things that need to be done in order to achieve those milestones. So honestly am really impressed and I think I would want to advice anybody that will take over an agency like mine in the future, he or she should avail himself of the opportunity which I have availed myself of now of which, I am very proud of.

From your tour so far, what is the state of the equipment at the various sites? The equipment like you know we use are high tech and you know the manufacturers are into the competitive world, so they keep on upgrading and modifying their equipment from time to time, so which means even though so much effort has been made by my predecessor to provide equipment, the issues of upgrading and modifications are there, and maintenance and improvement, so I will make sure that all those that needs to be maintained are

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The equipment like you know we use are high tech and you know the manufacturers are into the competitive world, so they keep on upgrading and modifying their equipment from time to time

How do you intend to convince the FG to allow some windows for training abroad in view of the importance of such undertaking that cannot be done locally? The issue of training and retraining form an integral part of the successes of NiMet, and I would want to make sure that these things are introduced very well. Even though there is embargo by the federal government on international training because of the situation of the country, nonetheless that cannot stop us, in exceptional circumstances, we will try and make case to the government so that they will give us a little window because of the essential services we are rendering, if it means bringing in people from outside to come and train them, I will make sure they are well trained so that they can compete with other meteorologist from anywhere in the world. What is your message to staff of NiMet concerning their welfare? As far as welfare is concern there are three major issues; one, what eventually goes to staff on monthly bases, especially regarding the dwindling economic condition, what they take home certainly you eventually discover it makes much meaning when you compare it with the economic realities, I will do whatever is possible within the limits of the law to get something added or introduced to whatever they take home, and then the entitlement that go to them, from time to time that they need to have to encourage them to work, for instance, shift, duty and hazard allowances because like you know, we work on equipment, we work on very difficult times of the day. So definitely there are some levels of allowances that are there and needs to be introduced. These are areas that I would need to bring.


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When NGO upped campaign against open defecation in rural communities By Stanley Onyekwere

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y most accounts, the menace open defecation in many rural communities in this part of the world has become a norm. Most rural dwellers often resort to defecating in open fields, bushes, farmlands, river banks amongst others due mainly to unavailability of toilet facility. Checks reveal that paucity of fund is the major reason people fail to sink toilet facility in their property too. And even where this is available, some rural people practically avoid using the traditional pit laterine for fear of contacting diseases. Overtime, though relevant government officials have repeatedly advised residents of Abuja to desist from open defecation and cultivate the

habit of using toilet facilities to avoid spread of diseases, many inhabitants of rural areas and slums in the country still indulged in the act. Experts opined that humanexcreta are a major threat to public health and the environment if not properly managed through provision of toilet facilities, as many people end up in hospitals as a result of consuming water contaminated by fecal water or untreated sewage. Also, it was observed that the absence of adequate public toilets would endanger the entire society, as there is real risk of environmental pollution, resulting in a rise in preventable diseases such as cholera, typhoid, diarrhea and polio among others. However, significant reduction in the culture of open

and indiscriminate defecation will fasten ongoing campaign to eradicate polio and other preventable diseases ravaging the society. Recently, to mark the World Toilet day, Sustainable Growth Africa Development Initiative (SUGRADI), a non-governmental organization as part of its corporate social responsibility took time to educate some rural dwellers in Ado- Ekiti, Ekiti state on the dangers associated with open defecation and the need to use toilet. The Abuja based NGO which has offices in Benue and Ado-Ekiti states upped the call to collectively eradicate open urination and defecation which has become a menace in the country. Expectedly, the high point of the event was sanitation

sensitization and distribution of sanitary materials which includes; toiletry, washing detergents, disinfectants, cleaning brushes etc. to over 100 households in different districts in Ado-Ekiti local government. This would go a long way in reducing the spread of preventable diseases. For the officials, it not only provided them the opportunity to sensitize the residents on the dangers of open defecation and other unwholesome sanitary habits, it enabled them to protect many hapless rural people from its grave consequences to their lives. This is so, as hygiene promotion remains the most important intervention for human development, manifesting in more productive populace to further increase prosperity. While speaking at the event at

This typical ‘local’ toilet facility is not uncommon in most FCT rural communities.

Tributes galore as Mama FCT nursing, Asika retires By Stanley Onyekwere

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here was an outpour of encomiums on the immediate past Director, Nursing Services, Hospital Management Board of the Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mrs. Florence O. Asika, who has put in 35 years in public service. At a send-off party of Mrs. Asika, fondly called Mama Nursing, served as director of FCT nursing services between 2008 to 2016, attracted a lot praises from former colleagues, friends, family members and other well-wishers, who thronged the venue of the event, last Friday. Speaking at the occasion, Chief Consultant Surgeon, Asokoro District Hospital, Dr. Mike Aghahowa, disclosed that the celebrant was the first director of nursing services of the board, adding

that she was retiring but not tired. Dr. Aghawowa, who chaired the occasion, noted that Mrs. Asika was an achiever with a “lot of body language’ who served with all her energy, in harmony with all the directors and was a focal person in the board. He listed some of the celebrant’s achievement such as effectively distributing nurses across FCTA hospitals without rancor, influencing employment of specialty nurses by the Administration and spearheading the establishment of a dialysis unit in the Wuse General hospital and training of about six dialysis nurses for that purpose, among others. Similarly, mother of the occasion, and Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Mrs. Alice Achu-Odey while expressing surprise at the full attendance, however stated that the calibre of the celebrant, Mrs. Asika,

deserved every bit of all the praises and the people around because of her sterling characters. Mrs. Achu-Odey also expressed delight at being at the health secretariat, especially in the midst of the nurses whom she described as wonderful and selfless people. Not left out, successor of the celebrant -Head of the Nursing Department, Mrs. Grace O. Eleri, noted that the celebrant positively touched many lives and was always meticulous in the discharged of her duties. Mrs. Eleri pledged to take the department to greater heights Many other dignitaries paid glowing tributes to the celebrant. In a chat with press men, soft spoken, gentle and popular Mrs. Florence Asika said that she was able to achieve all without acrimony because of the cooperation from everyone in the

Board, the FCTA management which kept her going. Describing the nursing profession as a calling, Mrs. Asika noted that though human beings were naturally selfish, always considering self-first, it was the opposite with nurses because they were trained to provide care and save lives, adding that no amount of remuneration could be enough in paying them (nurses). Speaking on challenges of providing nursing services in the FCTA hospitals, she called on the government to consider recruiting more nurses, so they could provide more care and save more lives. PeoplesDaily reports that Mrs. Florence O. Asika rose to the position of Director, Nursing Services, FCT Hospitals management Board on 17th April, 2008 and retired on 17th April, 2016.

Ado-Ekiti Local Goverment Area, the NGO,s Director, Engineer Tope Ojo called on Nigerians and government at all levels to ensure the provision of access to sanitation facilities as a strategy toward safe sanitation in the country. “Statistics has revealed that, up to 105 million Nigerians still don’t have access to safe toilets; and out of this figure, 34 million Nigerians practice open defecation. “This is even more deplorable and unacceptable in the rural areas of the country considering the rate of population growth in Country. “The World Toilet Day offers an opportunity for individuals, institutions, and government duty bearers to urgently implement some measures and practices, that ensures every home have a safe toilet, every public place have an accessible safe toilet within 500 meters, and every institution, school, company, and office have a safe toilet that is accessible to all categories of users including the physically challenged,” he said. According to him, proposed sustainable measures such as provision of public toilets and water, and constant sensitization through partnership to end open defecation and improve personal and public health were discussed with the Ado Ekiti Local government team led by Hon. Deji Ogunsakin who is the chairman of the local government. Engineer Ojo said Sustainable Growth Africa Development Initiative firmly believe that the above mentioned measure can be achieved once there is synergy between all stakeholders; Government, Non-governmental and private institutions consciously ensuring inclusiveness on issues and sanitations projects to ensure sanitation facilities are accessible and usage by the Nigerians who practice open defecation. Meanwhile, Hon. Ogunsaki lauded the initiative, describing it as the first of its kind to be embarked on in the area. He pledged government support, calling on well-meaning Nigerians for their support for such initiative. Also some of the beneficiaries, who spoke at the end of the event, commended the gesture. One of them, Mr.Olatunde Oguniake said they have never received such an enlightmen.t in the area and thanked the NGO for the cleaning materials distributed. “We will teach other people what we have learnt today and change our attitude about this issue you have discussed with us,” he assured.


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urkey’s university lecturers remain defiant, despite what they describe as heavy-handed police tactics during protests against the latest sacking of 330 academics. In the last seven months following the failed coup attempt, nearly 100,000 civil servants have been removed from their posts. That includes teachers, police officers, soldiers, academics and lawyers. The government accuses them of being members of terrorist organisations or groups seen as a threat to national security. Among them is a famous music maestro, a leading neuropsychologist aged 82, a wellknown constitutional professor and a lecturer who was imprisoned for signing a petition denouncing Turkey’s conflict with Kurdish rebels. Symbolic protests were held by students, academics and opposition MPs in the capital Ankara and in Istanbul, where sacked professors delivered lectures. Why is Turkey holding a referendum? The day a Turkish writer’s life changed How dangerous is Turkey’s instability? Turkey’s President Erdogan wins power-boosting vote In some cases, academics laid their gowns on the ground protesting against the police blockades preventing them from entering universities. Photographs showed police trampling on their gowns, sparking a big reaction on social media. T h e l e a d i n g neuropsychologist Eighty-two year old professor Oget Oktem Tanor, who founded

the first neuropsychology clinic in Turkey, has been working as a guest lecturer in many universities. In Turkey’s state universities, staff are classed as civil servants. But she says the government’s sacking cannot be applied to her because she is not working under a government contract. “Advisers tell me I might lose my title as a professor,” Ms Tanor told the BBC. “This is nonsense. It is an academic title. “They say I might lose my passport. OK, that’s fine. They say my pension might be blocked. I cannot comprehend it. But, of course, they can do anything.” Her students describe her as a hard-working, colourful character. They say she is tireless when it comes to teaching and sharing her knowledge and experiences. The music maestro Ibrahim Yazici gave lectures in several universities in Turkey and has worked on the international stage as a conductor. Mr Yazici told the BBC he could not think of “terror and music together”. “During the concerts I conducted after big terror attacks in Turkey, I always turned to the audience and emphasised the fact that terror aims to create fear in people,” he said. “And we should overcome that fear through art. Especially in the times of terror attacks, art is holding people together.” The prominent law professor Sacked constitutional professor Ibrahim Kaboglu warned in December against the timing of the amendments to presidential powers in Turkey. Professor Ibrahim Kaboglu (15 February 2006)Image copyrightAFP Image caption Sacked constitutional professor Ibrahim Kaboglu warned in December against the timing of the amendments to presidential powers

Academics and students at a university campus in Ankara laid down their gowns in protest on Friday

This followed a state of emergency being announced after the military coup attempt in July 2016 which has been extended several times. He believes this means a fair public debate on constitutional change cannot take place. The literary scholar Last year Meral Camci was imprisoned after signing a petition of academics, objecting to violence

in south-eastern Turkey. She has since been sacked as a civil servant, which prevents her from working in Turkish universities in future. She is now working as a guest researcher at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany. “Neither when I was sacked from my job in Istanbul after 14 years of hard work, nor during my imprisonment have I felt what I am feeling right now,” she said.

“I am out now but I feel myself restricted and imprisoned.” The government says the ones who were expelled have links to terrorist organisations including the Gulen movement, a group that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of being behind the coup attempt. However, critics - including many academics - claim Mr Erdogan is using this as an excuse to strengthen his position.

In some cases, academics laid their gowns on the ground protesting against the police blockades preventing them from entering universities. Photographs showed police trampling on their gowns, sparking a big reaction on social media

Oget Oktem Tanor founded the first neuropsychology clinic in Turkey


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Opinions Differ on EU Deal with Libya to Curb Migration

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he European Union is touting a plan it says will help Libya curb the number of migrants leaving its shores, but some advocates believe the plan does little more than trap African and Middle Eastern migrants in a war zone. On February 3, the European Union announced it would give $212 million to help Libya’s U.N.backed government bolster its coast guard capabilities as well as offer training and equipment in order to block smuggling routes. Preben Aamann, spokesman for European Council President Donald Tusk, said the current migration situation is both tragic and untenable. He said last year 181,000 people set off from Libya en route to Italy and approximately 5,000 drowned in the central Mediterranean. Both of those figures were all-time highs. “It is deadly for those who try it, for many who try it, and it’s not sustainable for Europe,” Aamann said. “So, our full determination is to close that route or at least very

Somalia Says It Will Resume Printing Currency Soon

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omalia intends to resume printing banknotes this year for the first time since the government collapsed in 1991. The governor of Somalia’s central bank, Bashir Issa Ali, told VOA in an exclusive interview Saturday that all technical preparations are complete, and his government is confident it can assemble a financial aid package within three months to fund the printing program. Further work would take another four months. Asked if Somalia will print and distribute banknotes during 2017, Ali answered: “Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely!” He pledged the new currency would include “good, reliable security features.” Pre-1991 banknotes have disappeared from Somali markets, replaced by either Western currencies, including dollars, or privately printed notes, most of which are worthless fakes. A moneychanger carrying Somali currency poses at an open air market in Mogadishu, Oct. 10, 2008. A moneychanger carrying Somali currency poses at an open air market in Mogadishu, Oct. 10, 2008.

Sub-Saharan migrants cover themselves with a heating blanket at the deck of the Golfo Azzurro boat after been rescued from a rubber boat by members of Proactive Open Arms NGO, at the Mediterranean sea, north of Sabratha, Libya, Jan. 27, 2017.

significantly reduce the number of irregular migrants using that route. In terms of resources that we are ready to put into it, it’s quite significant.”

Aamann said the European Union has already trained about 90 Libyan coast guard members as part of its Operation Sophia, a joint naval operation meant to

stop human smugglers. The new plan includes efforts to block smuggling routes. Further training for coast guard forces is expected to take

Judge Jails Officials From Kenya’s Medical Union

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n Kenya, seven officials from the doctors union will be spending the next month behind bars for refusing to end the strike that has paralyzed the country’s public health system for more than two months. After more than two hours listening to the doctor’s lawyer on the progress of the talks between the union officials and the health ministry, High Court judge Hellen Wasilwa, made her ruling — one month in jail. “Indeed, they have submitted that they are engaging in negotiations ordered by the court on 1st December

2016, but they have not explained why they have chosen to obey part of the order and failed as officials of Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Union to call off the strike as ordered by the same court,” she said. The strike has paralyzed more than 2,500 public health facilities, leaving millions of Kenyans without access to medical care. But the KMPDU has insisted healthcare providers will not be cowed by threats of termination and arrest. The government and county governors have threatened to replace them with foreign physicians from

Cuba and India. Kenyatta National Hospital Doctor Kevin Ndede is one of the thousands of physicians on strike. He came to the court Monday in solidarity. “As long as our leaders serve jail terms, there will be no doctors going back to work and there will be no doctor who will engage in any negotiations with the government ... as long as the issues doctors have raised are not being addressed. And clearly, this jail sentence does not address those. It clearly does not solve the problem at hand,” he said.

A policeman leads the handcuffed officials of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentist Union (KMPDU), after their case to demand fulfilment of a 2013 agreement between their union and the government, at the employment and labor relations courts in Nairobi, Kenya, Feb. 13, 2017.

place in Europe and the European Union is prepared to spend more out of its Trust Fund for Africa if needed. “I believe that it will not be money that is the problem, it is all the other operational issues and also the situation in Libya of course that complicates this,” he said, speaking to VOA from a summit in Malta. “But the objective of reducing the number, saving lives is very clear and the determination is full.” But some human rights groups disagree with the strategy, saying it is a plan that will only leave migrants in squalid Libyan detention centers. In a string of tweets during the EU heads of state summit, Doctors Without Borders or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which has conducted a maritime rescue program, denounced the plan. The group tweeted: “hypothetically, blocking people in Libya would prevent them from drowning. In reality, it would condemn them to slow death.” Hypothetically, blocking people in #Libya would prevent them from drowning. In reality, it would condemn them to a slow death #MaltaSummit pic.twitter. com/cuTYoAKQJz Gioria Girometti, field communication manager for MSF in Italy, told VOA that MSF has sent people to visit detention centers in Tripoli and provide medical assistance. She called the conditions at the centers “really undignified and inhumane.” “There is lack of water and there is no space to sleep on the ground, and you have all type of skin disease and also breath disease [respiratory infections],” she said. Girometti has spent time on board MSF search and rescue vessels and heard stories of violence and sexual abuse against migrants in Libya. “For sure, blocking them in national Libyan waters by the Libyan coast guard and pushing them back on Libyan shores is really, really not a good solution,” she said. Another criticism of the EU program is that it is reliant on Libya’s Government of National Accord based in Tripoli. This government, although backed by the United Nations, does not control much of the country’s coastline. It is opposed by a group of former Libyan parliamentarians based in the eastern city of Tobruk who are led militarily by General Khalifa Haftar. Other rebel groups control areas of the country, among them IS, which until recently boasted control of some territory around the city of Sirte.


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Asia&Middle-east UN Chief Calls on North Korea to Return to Full Nuclear Compliance

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he U.N. Security Council is set to hold emergency talks Monday about North Korea’s latest ballistic missile launch. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the missile test a “further troubling violation” of U.N. resolutions. Guterres said in a statement that Pyongyang “must return to full compliance with its international obligations and to the path of denuclearization.” The United States, Japan and South Korea requested the session, which is scheduled for the afternoon. North Korea launched the missile Sunday morning, and South Korean military officials said it traveled about 500 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan. The state news agency KCNA said Kim “expressed great satisfaction over the possession of another powerful nuclear attack means, which adds to the tremendous might of the country.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday China opposed the launch, which violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. He added that China, one of the five permanent Security Council members, urges all sides to refrain from any provocative acts and believes dialogue is the path to a resolution. Russia’s Foreign Ministry also expressed concern Monday about

A man watches a TV news program showing photos published in North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper of North Korea’s “Pukguksong-2” missile launch and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Feb. 13, 2017

the missile launch. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called North Korea’s actions “absolutely intolerable.” Abe’s comments came at a news conference alongside U.S. President Donald Trump during a visit to Florida. “North Korea must fully comply with the relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions,” the

Japanese leader said. “During the summit meeting that I had with President Trump, he assured me that the United States will always (be with) Japan 100 percent, and to demonstrate his determination as well as commitment, he is here with me at his joint press conference.” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers remarks on

North Korea accompanied by U.S. President Donald Trump at Mar-aLago club in Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 11, 2017. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers remarks on North Korea accompanied by U.S. President Donald Trump at Mar-aLago club in Palm Beach, Florida, Feb. 11, 2017. Trump said: “I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent.” The North Korean test was widely interpreted as a challenge to the Trump administration. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg also condemned the launch, calling it a further violation by Pyongyang of multiple U.N. Security Council resolutions. North Korea conducted two unauthorized nuclear test explosions last year and launched nearly two dozen rockets in continuing efforts to expand its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Kim declared in a speech on New Year’s Day that his country has “reached the final stage” in its program to build ICBMs (Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile), but Western experts have been skeptical about his forecast. At the time, Trump answered Kim’s ICBM boast with one of his trademark curt Twitter messages: “It won’t happen!”

Mosul Illusion Shattered After Militant Attacks

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he first time we went to the “My Beautiful Lady” restaurant about a month ago it had just recently re-opened in eastern Mosul. After two-and-a-half years of Islamic State militants and months of street battles and arial bombardments, customers and staff were excited that life was starting to go back to normal. One of the most prominent restaurants in Mosul was reopening its doors. In a way, it felt like Mosul was re-opening its doors. My Beautiful Lady, a popular eastern Mosul, Iraq, restaurant among locals and high ranking military officials was targeted in a suicide bombing Friday, devastating the surrounding community and killing several people. My Beautiful Lady, a popular eastern Mosul, Iraq, restaurant among locals and high ranking military officials was targeted in a suicide bombing Friday, devastating the surrounding community and killing several people. During the following week, other businesses in the area re-

opened and it became a popular spot for Iraqi generals and their men. I met up with one brigade at My Beautiful Lady after they had captured and secured their area in eastern Mosul. A general was inspecting IS prisons, bomb factories and other buildings the militants had used. Journalists

followed the humvees through the recently recaptured areas and it became a kind of victory tour. Days later IS was completely expelled from eastern Mosul and Iraqi forces declared a full victory east of the Tigris River. Bombs, mortars and sniper fire never stopped showering down in

neighborhoods near the river and militants never stopped trying to breach the other side. Until last week the illusion that IS militants were physically gone from eastern Mosul held fast. But several attacks Friday proved locals are correct when they say that’s all it ever was: an illusion.

The scene directly outside the My Beautiful Lady restaurant three weeks before the bombing when the neighborhood was suddenly coming back to life in Mosul, Iraq, Jan. 21, 2017.

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t least four people have died in an avalanche at the ski resort of Tignes in south-eastern France, rescuers say. The group of snowboarders, including an experienced guide, was buried after the wall of snow swept through an off-piste area, local police say. The identity of those in the group is still not clear but it was said to include two teenage boys, aged 18 and 15. A search is still under way for anyone else caught up in the disaster. However, earlier reports suggesting there were nine in the group were incorrect, local police told the BBC. The other five people who had been due to join the excursion were not with the group when the avalanche hit. A source close to ESF, the ski school which is reported locally to have organised the trip, told Agence France-Presse they had gone with another instructor. The 400-metre (1,300ft) wide avalanche occurred at an altitude of 2,100 metres, and struck at a particularly busy time during half-term holidays. The resort is popular with British holidaymakers, but local police said the four dead were all French nationals. The avalanche appeared to have been set off by a group of skiers higher up, the ski station said in a statement. Rescue services deployed two helicopters as well as sniffer dogs to help search for those missing. There are about 40 people involved in the rescue operation. The incident is the worst in France since the beginning of this year’s ski season. Natural disasters: Avalanches A picture showing where the avalanche happened on the mountain and a map showing Tignes The avalanche warning level at Tignes on Monday was three out of five, France’s Dauphine Libere reported. There were 13 previous skiing accidents in the Alps and Pyrenees this winter, killing three people. Last winter, there were 45 accidents, causing 21 deaths.


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Environment By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

Africans need NEMA denies discrimination orientation on land against christians In Adamawa ownership- ERA T E By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

he National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has denied report of discrimination against christians in the distribution of relief assistance in Adamawa state. Reacting to the report on some media outlets yesterday, where christians from seven local government areas (LGAs) in Adamawa state affected by the insurgency were reported to have accused the agency of bias and discrimination in the rehabilitation of the North-east geo-political zone ravaged by

the Boko Haram insurgency, the spokesperson of NEMA, Sani Datti said there nothing like that in their activities in the state. According to him, the activities of NEMA centred around providing assistance to distressed persons and communities in the country, not minding if they are christians or Muslims. He further explained that “when NEMA engage on humanitarian activities and presentations of relief items, these are handed over to the state governments for distribution to the persons”. He expplained that at no

point does NEMA determine who gets what as it is the job of the community leader to work with state governments to ensure that all those that are affected get to benefit from the intervention. The NEMA spokesperson further assured that the agency will continue to work towards ensuring that no one is shortchanged whenever donations are made. Recall that christians drawn from Gombi, Hong, Madagali, Michika, Maiha, Mubi North and Mubi South local government areas of Adamawa state had raised the allegations on Tuesday.

They had lamented the systemic discrimination against them by the federal government, particularly, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the rehabilitation of victims affected by the Boko Haram terrorism. According to them, all palliatives and interventions initiated by government through the Presidential Committee on North-East Initiative (PCNI), NEMA and the state government have tilted their interventions and humanitarian assistance in favour of Muslims to the outright neglect of the Christian communities in the state.

Stakeholders at the workshop of Land Acquisition held in Abuja yesterday.

FG declares Air Pollution in Portharcourt, shuts down asphalt processing plant By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Federal Ministry of Environment has declared the air pollution in Port Harcourt an “Emergency Situation” and has subsequently issued a notice to temporarily shut down an asphalt processing plant in Port Harcourt belching out thick smoke from its operation to bring the situation under control. A statement signed by the FMENV Efe Ovuakporie said The air pollution usually manifested in the form of soot has been on for

more than eight weeks and has greatly impacted negatively on the air quality in Port Harcourt and its surroundings. Aware of the attendant negative effects of this menace on socio-economic, health and environmental impact, the Federal Government took a bold step by rallying all major stakeholders, which includes the Rivers State Ministry of Environment, the Federal Ministry of Health and the people of Rivers State to find a lasting solution to arrest the ugly trend. The statement also stated

that the development led to the closure of the plant by the Rivers State Government; while investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the air pollution. The Ministry explained that the sources of pollution are diffuse and anthropogenic in nature (man-made) as the preliminary analyses of the soot samples has indicated that the air pollution problem is as a result of open air and incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons, burning of wastes and vegetation, burning of tyres, asphalt processing and illegal

artisanal refinery operations. The Ministry therefore enjoins the public to remain calm and take adequate measures to protect themselves by adhering to the health guidelines that will be issued by the Health Authorities and to always ensure that their windows and doors are firmly shut when necessary whilst assuring that Government will continue to work assiduously to protect its citizens and the environment from any form of air pollination ,the statement added.

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nvironment Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth,Nigeria said Africans needs more orientation on land ownership, in order to empowered local communities on land acquisition. The disclosure came during a workshop in Abuja with the theme : “Bottom - up Accountability Initiative And Large Scale Lands (ISLA)In SubSaharan Africa” organised ERA /FoE and Civil Society Organizations (Cso) in Africa. The Director ERA /FoEMr. Godwin Ojo who spoke on the topic Securing Communal Land Forest : Essential to ensure the right to food and nutrition in West Africa ,stated that land grabbing has become one of the major trouble facing African communities that is why a three year participatory action research project on impacts and the response to the land grabbing . He emphasized that during the three of participatory action research , CNOP-CMAT and the ERA /FoE -Nigeria were able to successfully anchored their community organizing actions and reflections on the tenure guideline to hold local officers and tea national companies accountable in large scale acquisitions (LSLA) deals . “The research found that LSLAs impacted women and men differently. Amid forced evictions,land dispossession ,inadequate compensation for livelihoods and biodiversity losses, environmental degradation, as well as other LSLA related activities that have resulted in landlessness . Ojo reiterated that ECOWAS can support efforts in the bottom - up accountability across west Africa, particularly in the framework of the land policy initiative of Africa Union and of the implementation of the CFS guidelines of responsible government of tenure of land , fisheries and forest.” the environment is our live ,it is not for sale and we need the bottom- down initiative to land grabbing “. He furthered explained that empowering local communities “ we must work to put development parameters in the hands of the local peoples , there fore local organizing and ownership of land through VGGT and communal land rights should be the area of policy change to favour local farmers and the prevention of a large scale land acquisition “ The Head of Agriculture ECOWAS Commission, Ernest Aubee maintained that the ECOWAS has done a lot in times of land initiative in addressing the changes the come with the reality of today “The ECOWAS in its activities in 15countries has introduced new polices ,frame work on land laws , land laws policy observation , capacity building that needs does need weak institutions in African but strong institutions, political committee is important “. The Head of Agriculture of ECOWAS commission lamented that there is a need to collaborate with CoS, NGOs,private sectors and the media in this advocacy of land because “ it is the bed rock of African not industries.


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How eating fat could SAVE one million lives

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t’s often said that fatty foods can be detrimental to heart health. And yet, scientists revealed certain fats can actually prevent heart disease. Eating healthier fats could save more than one million people worldwide from dying prematurely of heart disease, according to a new study from the American Heart Association. The study revealed, for the first time, that global heart disease burdens can be attributed to insufficient intake of polyunsaturated fats. Study author Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, said: ‘Worldwide, policymakers are focused on reducing saturated fats. ‘Yet, we found there would be a much bigger impact on heart disease deaths if the priority was to increase the consumption of polyunsaturated fats as a replacement for saturated fats and refined carbohydrates, as well as to reduce trans fats.’ Polyunsaturated fats help reduce bad cholesterol levels in the blood. That, in turn, can lower the risks of heart disease and stroke. Furthermore, oils that are rich in polyunsaturated fats provide essential fats that the body needs – including long chain fatty acids. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in foods including soybeans, corn and sunflower oils, tofu, nuts and seeds. They are also contained it fatty fishes, such as salmon, mackerel, herring and trout. The study sought to estimate the number of annual deaths related to various patterns of fat consumption. The team of scientists used

Eating healthier fats could save more than one million people worldwide from dying of heart disease, scientists revealed. Worldwide, most heart disease deaths can be attributed to excessive intake of carbohydrates and saturated fats, as opposed to polyunsaturated fats, the study found. 2010 data from 186 countries. They estimated worldwide that 711,900 heat disease deaths stemmed from eating too little healthy omega-6 polyunsaturated fats as a replacement for saturated fats and refined carbohydrates. Those accounted for 10.3 per cent of total global heart disease

deaths. Comparatively, only 250,900 of heart disease deaths occurred because of excess consumption of saturated fats instead of healthier vegetable oils. Saturated fats can be found in meat, cheese and fat dairy products, in addition to palm and coconut oils.

The study also found that 537,200 deaths – representing 7.7 per cent of global heart disease deaths – came as a result of excess consumption of trans fats. Trans fats are contained in processed, baked and fried goods – as well as cooking fats in certain countries. The study also compared data

Scientists recommend global leaders implement policies to increase peoples’ intake of polyunsaturated fats, which can be found in fatty fish (including salmon, pictured), soybeans, corn and sunflower oils, tofu and more.

from 1990 to 2010. The researchers found that the proportion of heart disease deaths due to insufficient omega-6 polyunsaturated fat declined nine per cent. Due to that, they also saw that high saturated fats decreased by 21 per cent. On the other hand, however, deaths because of high consumption of trans fats great up four per cent. Dr Mozaffarian said: ‘People think of trans fats as being only a rich country problem due to packaged and fast-food products. ‘But, in middle and low income nations such as India and in the Middle East, there is wide use of inexpensive, partially hydrogenated cooking fats in the home and by street vendors. ‘Because of strong policies, trans fat-related deaths are going down in Western nations (although still remaining important in the United States and Canada). ‘But in many low- and middleincome countries, trans fatrelated deaths appear to be going up, making this a global problem.’ The study found that nations in the former Soviet Union – especially Ukraine – had the highest rates of heart-disease deaths because of low polyunsaturated fat consumption. Yet, tropical nations – including the Philippines and Malaysia – had the highest rates of heartdisease deaths from excess saturated fat consumption. Dr Mozaffarian said: ‘These findings should be of great interest to both the public and policy makers around the world, helping countries to set their nutirtion priorities to combat the global epidemic of heart disease.’ Source: Dailymail.co.uk


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layers of Rangers International FC of Enugu have appealed to Nigerians to assist the club financially and morally to resolve the challenges of its CAF Champions League engagements. The Nigerian Professional Football League champions are currently representing Nigeria at the 2016/2017 African Football Confederation Champions League. Matthew Etim, Vice-Captain of the team, made the appeal while speaking with newsmen yesterday in Enugu. Etim said that the team was seriously in need of funds to deliver positive results to Nigerians. “We have promised Nigerians that we will deliver positive results in the CAF Champions League and that we have set our mind to it. “However, we lack funds to achieve the goal.

“Players need to be motivated with incentives and bonuses, even as the team needs money for some technical demands. “I appeal to Nigerians, especially football lovers and philanthropists, to come to our aid,” he said. Players of Rangers International FC of Enugu have appealed to Nigerians to assist the club financially and morally to resolve the challenges of its CAF Champions League engagements. The Nigerian Professional Football League champions are currently representing Nigeria at the 2016/2017 African Football Confederation Champions League. Matthew Etim, Vice-Captain of the team, made the appeal while speaking with the yesterday in Enugu. Etim said that the team was seriously in need of funds to deliver positive results to Nigerians.

“We have promised Nigerians that we will deliver positive results in the CAF Champions League and that we have set our mind to it. “However, we lack funds to achieve the goal. “Players need to be motivated with incentives and bonuses, even as the team needs money for some technical demands. “I appeal to Nigerians, especially football lovers and philanthropists, to come to our aid,” he said. Coach of the Flying Antelopes U15 side, Gabreil Ezema, confirmed to newsmen that training will start on February 17 at the Rangers training pitch at Liberty estate, Enugu. He added that the club has been scouting for talented young players within the age bracket by visiting secondary schools in the state. Gabreil Ezema also noted that so

far, the coaching crew had selected 22 players who would commence training officially on Friday, February 17, 2017. According to him, “we have been scouting for talented youngsters within the age range at different secondary schools in Enugu and a whole lot of amazing kids have been picked to start training as 22 players will make the final list,” Ezema told Goal. “It’s our responsibility to give these kids an orientation of what they represent when they come in and understand what the club, Enugu Rangers stands for. “This tournament is happening at a time the club just won the NPFL trophy and we have to make them feel team work and oneness the club stands for. “We shall let them know the history of the club, the players and a lot more. Get them to see the players as their role model,” he concluded.

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Plateau United coach, Odey win January LBA

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oach of Plateau United, Kennedy Boboye and Stephen Odey of MFM FC has been named the winners of the League Bloggers Awards (LBA) Manager and Player of the month, respectively, for January in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). Their wins came on the back of impressive performances by the coach and the player for their various clubs. Plateau United coach Boboye finished January as the best team in the Nigeria top division with 13 from 15 points available - winning four and drawing one thereby ending the month under review unbeaten. The Plateau United manager beat other three rivals of Fidelis Ilechukwu of MFM FC, Gbenga Ogunbote of Enyimba and Henry Makinwa of ABS FC to the LBA Manager’s recognition for January. Boboye last won the LBA manager of the month back in February 2016 when he was with Abia Warriors. Mountain of Fire and Miracles, MFM FC attacker, Odey defeated his three challengers including his teammate Olatunbosun Sikiru, Kabiru Umar of Plateau United and Olufemi Thomas of Rivers United to win the LBA Player for January. Odey was in mercurial form in January for the MFM team by contributing four goals in four appearances. He also provided an assist to further put himself in a superior position to win the award for January.

Gabriel suffers broken foot

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Bale out of Real Madrid Champions League clash with Napoli

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anchester City striker Gabriel Jesus suffered a fractured metatarsal with fears he could miss the rest of the season, the club has confirmed. The 19-year-old Brazil striker limped out of City’s Premier League on Monday after just 13 minutes and underwent tests on Tuesday morning. The club is unsure how long the player will be sidelined but it could mean him being out of action for up to three months. A statement from the club read: “Manchester City can confirm Gabriel Jesus suffered a fractured metatarsal during the 2-0 win over Bournemouth on Monday night. Jesus, who has scored three times since arriving at City in January, went down clutching his right foot after chasing a through ball from Raheem Sterling in

the early stages of Monday’s match on the south coast. He appeared to sustain the knock after an earlier challenge by Simon Francis and was replaced by Sergio Aguero. The news is a blow for City, who resumes their Champions League campaign next week as Monaco visit the Etihad Stadium in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Aguero, 28, replaced Jesus at Swansea and forced the Tyrone Mings own goal which saw City complete their 2-0 victory and move to second in the Premier League. The Argentina international is now likely to continue leading the line, although City are not in Premier League action again until March 5. They travel to Huddersfield in the fifth round of the FA Cup this weekend.

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areth Bale will have to wait for his return to action after three months out as the Welshman was not included in Zinedine Zidane’s squad for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Napoli today. Bale only returned to full training for the first time on Sunday since suffering ankle ligament damage in November. Cristiano Ronaldo is included in Zidane’s 19-man squad for the first leg of the European champions’ last 16 tie after shrugging off a knock picked up in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Osasuna. Real Madrid had tweeted a photograph of the 27-year-old

training with his team-mates at their headquarters on Sunday, but he will not be ready in time for the first-leg clash at the Bernabeu. “He has had nearly three months out and we have to go slowly with Gareth,” said Zidane on Tuesday. “Everyone wants to win the Champions League, but it is a hard and long road and we are on that path. “The good thing is that we are in good shape. We have everyone fit that means it will be harder to pick the squad, but I’m happy to see everyone ready and committed for the return of the Champions League.”


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Some Interesting Facts Nigeria has the 4th highest number of poor, living under a dollar a day in the entire world. 100 million are ‘destitute’ according to figures from the NBS (National Bureau of Statistics). 42. Nigeria, the biggest economy in Africa is 160th out of 177 countries in HDI (Human Development Index). 43. Nigeria has the highest paid legislators in the entire world. 44. Based on amount squandered, of an income of $81 billion per year, Nigeria is the most corrupt nation in the world. 45. The nation with the most defrauded people, aka ‘mugus,’ in history, is

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Nigeria. Successive administrations continue to loot a greater percentage of the nation’s wealth, running in hundreds of billions of dollars. 46. Nigeria in 2013 was rated the worst country to be born based on welfare and prosperity projection. 47. Aliko Dangote funded Presidents Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan’s 4th republic campaigns. Buhari rejected funding from Dangote. 48. Usman dan Fodio (1754–1817) was trained in classical Islamic science, philosophy and theology and wrote over 100 books on society, culture, religion, governance and politics. He could only declare Jihad when he was made leader in Gudu {In Islam you can only declare Jihad if you are an official Muslim leader}. 49. The Borno Empire rejected Dan Fodio’s colonization jihad. Al-Hajj Muhammad al-Amîn ibn Muhammad alKânemî not only militarily defended his Empire, but also did so by religious, theological, legal and political debates, challenging why a Muslim Empire should colonize another.

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Measure’, he makes ‘public corruption’ the onus of judges, in the truism “Thieves for their robbery have authority when judges steal themselves”. ‘Measure For Measure’, set in a degenerate city, Vienna, is a fitting parody of Nigeria in which a wicked irony prevails where bad guys ‘rise by sin’ and good people even ‘by virtue’ fall. In it Shakespeare weaves a spaghetti tangle of ‘lenity’ and ‘license’ in one breath and ‘holiness’ and ‘vice’ in another. In the play the Duke of Vienna, worried by the degenerate moral and spiritual state of affairs in his domain, feigns an urgent mission abroad, thereby temporarily transferring power to Angelo, a deputy reputed as “A man of stricture and firm abstinence” -even in the midst of degeneracy. And without much ado Angelo set to work warning that no longer will Vienna “make a scarecrow of the law, setting it up to fear the birds of prey, and let it keep

one shape till custom make it their perch, and not their terror”. In this Angelo appears to re-echo the philosophy that although the true ruler or judge needs not be the most holy or zealous of men, his reason and moderation should exalt him above mere pity and passion! According to the pair of Harold Brooks and Harold Jenkins in their critique of the play, “Vienna is shown as a city much like the decadent London (of old) with her idle gallants and cynical underworld”, where “in the absence of strict control, the appetite for lechery had grown beyond accustomed bounds”. And it became, with Vienna -as with Nigeria“a ruler’s duty to repress the unbridled lust of man’s corruption” by switching policy, they said “from overindulgent laxity to a new severity”. EPILOGUE We have the coarsest metaphors from the Duke’s poetic lament about the terrible state of affairs in Vienna; said he:

“We have strict statutes and most biting laws… which for these fourteen years we have let slip; even like an overgrown lion in a cave that goes not out to prey;… so our decrees, dead to affliction, to themselves are dead, and liberty plucks justice by the nose, the baby beats the nurse, and quite athwart goes all decorum”. Fitting metaphors for your troubled nation. RE-ON JUSTICE ONNOGHEN +2348171314331 :- The spate of killings recorded on members of IPOB shows us that Buhari has already declared war against the Igbos, and we can’t fold our arms for too long. +2348171314331:- Adamu please Nigerians are not asking for much. Let rice go back to 9000 per bag, fuel 85 per litre, kerosene 50 per liter, Dollar one to 197 naira before his (Bhuari’s) coming. Please help me tell Buhari to return Nigeria back the way he met it, nothing else. +2348038669498:- Thanks for your

write up ‘On Justice Onnoghen’. I am glad Nigeria is still blessed with people like you. may God continue to bless you and your pen against the wish of the devil’s advocates. Franklin CA Okechukwu, PH. +2349068143222:Adamu, for God’s sake stop quoting law profusely. You are not a lawyer but a journalist. Read Ozekhome on page 42 of today’s Vanguard and be educated please. +2348033557107:Mohammed Adamu, you are the head of compromised and ethnically biased journalists in Nigeria today. Must take three months for PMB to forward Onnoghen’s name to the Senate. If PMB had done the needful before now this uproar would have been avoided. +2348139420580:-Good day sir, I am a regular reader of Vanguard newspaper and your column too, but one thing I have come to know is that you are tribalistic, always supporting wrong. You are spreading hate. Please change sir.


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Lawal agrees deal with Kayserispor Nigeria international Raheem Lawal has agreed a loan deal with Turkish Super Lig club Kayserispor. The Osmanlıspor midfielder has signed a five-month contract that will see him remain on loan at Kayserispor until the end of the 2016-2017 season. Lawal was on the radar of Kayserispor since the opening of the transfer window but the transfer was delayed because the president of Osmanlıspor failed to sanction the move until now. The 26-year-old numbers Atlético Baleares, Adana Demirspor, Mersin İdmanyurdu and Eskişehirspor among his former clubs. This season, he has recorded 14 appearances in all competitions for Osmanlıspor, including nine games in the Europa League and qualifiers.

Kalinic to make €45m move to China Nikola Kalinic is set to move from Fiorentina to China after a €45 million offer from Tianjin Quanjian was. The Croatian striker will receive €12m per year in the Chinese Super League after Tianjin coach Fabio Cannavaro requested that the club sign him. Tianjin has already signed Axel Witsel this month, while they have also been linked with Chelsea star Diego Costa.

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said when I wrote ‘Now that Yar’adua is back’ (02/26/10) that “Nigeria has become one huge Elizabethan theatre where clowns, harlequins and pantomimes now prowl the stage in an unending melodrama –sometimes more comic than Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors‘. And in this unfortunate milieu it seems we are no longer divided over issues. We are rather titillated by personalities. We are so extreme in the way we canvass opinion nowadays that there is hardly any middle ground left – neither one as giddy height for the fence sitter, nor any as sanctuary for the non-aligned. We are either protagonistic about personalities or we are antagonistic about them. And either way, we are just simply unapologetic”. This obsession with the cult of personality, did once bring us to a very ugly episode: namely that terribly divisive Yar’dua health debacle -from an innocuous case of mortal indisposition (which every human is subject to), but which was raised by agent provocateurs to the height of apocalypse. We were hyped up to a needless hysteria about a ‘national emergency’ with the contrived prognosis of the most imminent danger, and in our characteristic flight of extremism we all took sides on either of the divides of ‘proYar’adua’ or ‘pro-Jonathan’. The North was set against the South; Islam was pitched against Christianity. It’s been over six years since our nasty experience with the Yar’adua health challenge; and it seems we have not learnt any lesson at all. On the contrary, it appears we have even succeeded in upping the ante in this dangerous game of ethnoreligious politics. In fact we have now added a new industry, namely ‘rumor-mongering’ to an old profession of ‘hate-mongering’. Rumor ‘mills’ now abound like mushrooms on virtually every national issue, whereas the effort to establish genuine mills to grow the national domestic product, is still in fits and starts. ‘Metaphor for a troubled kingdom’ is both a pun and a parody of two of Shakespeare’s great plays: ‘The Second Part

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dankande2@gmail.com of King Henry The Fourth’ and ‘Measure for Measure.’ But it is also a ‘serious’ laugh on two societal ills: ‘rumor mongering’ and ‘corruption of state’. Happy reading. William Shakespeare unleashes a character named ‘Rumor’, who plays the role of a ‘curtain raiser’ in one of his great ‘history’ plays ‘The Second Part of King Henry The Fourth’. And in addition to personifying the ‘vice’ (rumor) by humanizing and characterizing it, the Playwright also lends existential imagery to the ‘slanderous’ attribute of this malady –rumor- by costuming the character in ‘painted ‘tongues’. And so we see a multitongued character, ‘Rumor’ mount the stage to set the tone of a play in which ‘false reports’ and ‘dis-information’ are in the detail of a design to discredit a supposedly cowardly-Prince as a ‘chink in the armor’ of a kingdom on the brink of defeat by internal rebellion. Happily though, Prince Hall manages to rise gallantly from the ashes of dis-reputation to defeat his father’s enemies in battle and thereafter to assume the throne as King Henry the Fifth. It is, in fact, to the character ‘Rumor’ that the opening lines of this great play belongs, as we see him prowl the stage in grandiloquent self-praise: “Open your ears; for which of you will stop the vent of hearing when loud Rumor speaks? I,” he says “from the orient to the drooping west, makes the wind my post-horse…, upon my tongues continual slanders ride, the which in every language I pronounce, stuffing the ears of men with false reports. I speak of peace, while covert enmity under the smile of safety wounds the world.” The personification of ‘vice’ as living ‘character’ in a play, was one of the many genius of Shakespeare; and in this play the wordsmith reveals, with uncanny poignance, all the

‘multiplying villainy’ of ‘rumor’ in barely the opening words of a single character: ‘rumor’ is irresistibly sweet (“which of you will stop the vent of hearing when loud Rumor speaks?”); it is multi-lingual (“ the which in every language I pronounce”); it is persistent and un-abating (“upon my tongues continual slanders ride”); it is forceful and invasive (“stuffing the ears of men with false reports”) and it is guilefully injurious (speaking “of peace, while covert enmity under the smile of safety wounds the world”). And in fact from bombastic self-praise, we even hear the character (Rumor) drift into sophistic self-definition; for as he says: “Rumor is a pipe blown by surmises, jealousies (and) conjectures”; and that the vice is “of so easy and so plain a stop that (even) the blunt monster with uncounted heads (and) the still-discordant wavering multitude, can (always) play upon it”. Thus ‘Surmises’, ‘jealousies’ and ‘conjectures’ are the veritable attributes of a nation that thrives on ‘rumor mongers’ -to ‘surmise’ meaning to ‘admit issues on the basis of limited evidence; to be ‘jealous’ meaning to be ‘bitter and unhappy about another’s advantages’; and to fall into ‘conjectures’ meaning to judge on the basis of guesswork, incomplete or inconclusive information, all habits that are patently Nigerian! And because the vice of rumor –as Shakespeare wroteis “of so easy and so plain a stop”, virtually every Tom, Dick and Harry (or as he says the “wavering multitude”) is always able to play upon it. But it is also from the fact that the “wavering multitude” plays upon it, that the vice derives its reputation as a ‘multiplying villainy’ . For, unlike the fate of a circle in the water that enlarges itself until it disperses to nothing, ‘rumor’ is a villainy that is born anew by contact with every new malevolent carrier of it. And

thus says the Earl of Warwick, another character, that “Rumor doth double, like the voice and echo”. But we also see in the play that as with the “wavering multitude” which has irretrievably fallen prey to the vice of ‘rumormongering’, so have nobles of the land and even men of God become advocates of the ‘Fallen angel’, preaching war when they should speak of peace. And so perhaps even more poignant is the sanctimonious bashing by the Earl of Westmoreland in rebuke of the conniving antics of the Lord Archbishop who is exposed as discreetly supporting the rebellion against his kingdom. The Lord Archbishop we are told, is a man “whose learning and good letters (even) peace hath tutored”; and “whose white vestments (everyone believes) figure innocence”. And it is on account of this reputation that the Earl of Westmorland angrily wonders why “you, (the Lord Archbishop) will so ill-translate yourself out of the speech of peace that bears such grace, into the harsh and boisterous tongue of war…. Turning” he says “your books to graves, your ink to blood, your pens to lances and your tongue-divine to a loud trumpet and a point of war?”. Or as another Prince, John of Lancaster puts it “Turning the word to sword, and life to death”! ‘The Second Part of King Henry The Fourth’ is one of the plays in which Shakespeare’s empathy with the fate of leaders is captured in the truism: “Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown”. Just as in his tragi-comic play, ‘Measure For cont. on page 31

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