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Vol. 13 No. 85

Monday, June 16, 2014

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Sha’aban 17, 1435 AH

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I’ll rise or fall with Shettima - Borno dep gov >>Pg 4

32 killed in fresh Wukari violence  As insurgents slay 15 in Borno

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2014 Hajj: Controversy as Max Air moves to airlift 52,000 pilgrims By Maryam Garba Hassan

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R-L: Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, in a handshake with Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, during the launching of 1.9 billion Naira Appeal Fund for the construction of International Islamic Centre, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

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Briton kidnapped in Plateau

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Alleged misappropriation: HIV/AIDS patients threaten protest in Abuja

ontroversy has trailed current moves by Max Air to airlift 52,000 Muslim pilgrims to Saudi Arabia, for this year’s hajj exercise. The airline is one of the three major carriers expected to transport about 76,000 pilgrims from 12 designated airports nationwide. Other air carriers expected to win slots for this year’s Hajj operations include Kabo and Medview arlines. Our investigation revealed that the plan by the Max Air to airlift 52,000 pilgrims to this year’s hajj, if allowed, violates the tender advertised by the National Hajj Commission Contd on Page 2

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Police uncover explosive devices in Owerri church


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32 killed in fresh Wukari violence By Ayodele Samuel, Yushau Al’hassan, Jalingo, & Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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o fewer than 32 people were killed yesterday in renewed violence in the ethno-religious crisis gripping Wukari local government area of Taraba state. Besides, several houses and other property worth millions of naira were destroyed in the violence, which spread to neighbouring towns and villages, including a nearby local government area. The crisis, several eyewitnesses told our correspondents, started at about 6.30am when youths suspected to be Christians belonging to the Jukun tribe razed down two shops near a church at Angwan Hausa, a community predominantly occupied by Hausa Muslims. The shops owners, said to be owned by two Hausa youth, mobilized others to set the church and other properties ablaze. “There was an argument between some boys over charging of phones; one thing lead to another and two shops were set ablaze. The next thing we heard was gunshots and several houses were set ablaze,” an eyewitness said. The youth leader of the Hausa/Fulani in Wukari, Mallam Audu Ali, in an interview with the Hausa segment of the BBC, said at least 30 Hausa/Fulani Muslims lost their lives. On his part, the youth leader of the Jukun in Wukari, Mr. Zando Hoku, agreed that the burning

of the shops was the cause of the violence, but refuted claims that his tribesmen had anything to do with it. Curiously, both sides accused soldiers of involvement in killing of their own people. The crisis, which gripped Wukari town, also spread to neighbouring Ibi town, nearly 60 kilometres away. The riot also led to the disruption of traffic along the busy Jalingo- Katsina Ala road linking the South-eastern part of the country with the North-east as travellers were not allowed to access to the road. Several security operatives however sustained injuries in the gun battle that lasted for several hours. Residents who spoke with our correspondent said many people were preparing to leave the area. “We are living in fear; we are not safe in Wukari. We can’t differentiate between original and fake army, so we don’t know the real enemy. I can’t count the dead bodies I saw but its more than 12”, said another witness. ASP Joseph Kwaji confirmed that four corpses have been recovered from the riot scene, but could not ascertain the exact number of casualties as at press time. He said the situation has been put under control. “Our men and officers of the Nigerian Army have moved into the community and putting things in order”, he said. Kwaji appealed to the warring parties to lay down their arms and embrace peace, for meaningful development in their area.

He appealed to the people to always report suspicious persons to law enforcement agents for immediate action. However, the Taraba state government declared a dawn-todusk curfew while condemning the crisis, calling on the youths in region to shun any form of violence. Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Taraba acting governor, Garba Umar, Aaron Artimas, who spoke to one of our correspondents, said the government wants peace in all part of the state, to fast track developmental projects of the present administration. “There won’t be development if there is no peace; we want peace. The acting governor is doing everything to ensure peace returns to Southern Taraba. He recently facilitated a peace pact that was signed by all parties at the AkuUka’s (Wukari paramount ruler’s) Palace, and he has empowered the security agencies, and is meeting with all stakeholders to ensure lasting peace in the region”, the governor’s spokesman said. It would be recalled that seven persons lost their lives last week in clashes between farmers and cattle grazers in Ananom, Donga local government area of the state. The crisis in Wukari has been on-going since April when unknown gunmen laid siege on the town, killing over 50 residents, although the Taraba state police command put the figure at seven. Days after, the gunmen, armed with sophisticated weapons defied the dusk-to-dawn curfew and attacked Gidan Aku community on the outskirts of Wukari, again

killing no fewer than 50 persons and injuring many others. Acting Governor Umar, had inaugurated a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the crises in both Wukari and Ibi. Meanwhile, tragedy has again struck rural communities in Borno state as suspected Boko Haram insurgents yesterday morning stormed a local market and killed 15 persons in a village in Askira Uba local government area of the state. Askira Uba shares boundaries with Biu, Chibok, Gwoza and Hawul which recently witnessed series of deadly attacks. Residents said the incident occurred around 11am when dozens of heavily armed insurgents invaded a weekly market in Daku village, Askira Uba local government area of the state and fired sporadic shots into the crowd, killing 15 traders on the spot. One of the residents, Malam Shettima Kale, told newsmen that several persons were equally wounded, even as the attackers burnt hundreds of shops, houses and vehicles during the onslaught which lasted for over two hours. Kale said over 30 militants, wielding sophisticated weapons and explosive devices drove into the town in five pick-up vehicles and motorcycles, before unleashing terror on the villagers. He said the entire area was deserted as the residents fled into the bush, while others escaped to the neighbouring villages. The resident explained that the invaders carted away hundreds of bags of assorted food items, before fleeing the scene.

Abduction of Chibok Girls, others constitute crimes against humanity - Human Rights Commission

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he National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has observed that the atrocities committed by Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East “constitute a pattern of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed particularly, by the insurgents”. This observation was part of the communiqué of the HHRC

Governing Council, at the end of its 2nd 2014 Statutory meeting, held in Maidugu Guest Palace Hotel, New GRA, Gombe. Assessing the security situation in the North-East, the Commission said, “Council considered a Report on the state of human rights in the country. This report afforded Council the opportunity to undertake a comprehen-

sive analysis of the deteriorating human rights situation in the North East, including the abduction of over 200 students from Government Girls Secondary School,(GGSS) Chibok, Borno state. “Council further notes that this deteriorating situation has led to serious and massive violations of human rights, including loss of many lives among the civil popu-

lace and security agencies, mass casualty violence, exponential growth in forced displacement, abduction of girls and women, and resulting food insecurity and humanitarian crises. “Council observes that these atrocities constitute a pattern of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed particularly, by the insurgents”.

2014 Hajj: Controversy as Max Air moves to airlift 52,000 plgrims Contd. from Frontpage (NAHCON) earlier in the year. The commission, through the tender, had provided that no carrier should airlift more than 40,000 pilgrims from the designated airports nationwide. According to the commission, the provisions to qualify prospective carriers, as listed in the tender, prospective air carriers must have Air Operators Certificate (AOC), evidence of registration or incorporation and evidence of non-indebtedness to any regulatory agency in the aviation sector. Further investigation revealed, however, that Max Air, which has met most of the requirements for qualification, is the first choice of several state

Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards, leading to chances of violation of the 40,000 maximum number of pilgrims to be airlifted by each carrier this year. Max Air, a relatively new player in the aviation sector, boasts of five Boeing 747 aircraft in its fleet, giving it an edge over others, with its capacity to airlift more than half of the 76,000 intending pilgrims for this year’s hajj in Nigeria. Sources indicate that Meridian Airlines may be knocked off for allegedly not having the AOC, one of the basic requirements to qualify for the operation. Responding to our inquiries about this development, Max Air’s spokesman, Ibrahim Dahiru, reiterated the airline’s capacity to

complete airlifting of its pilgrims to and from the holy land on time, despite the large number of pilgrims allocated to it. “I assure you that we have the capacity and competence to accomplish the task. We are the only airline with a fleet of five Boeing 747s. We can airlift 15,000 pilgrims in three weeks”, he told our reporter on telephone. However, the National Hajj Commission’s (NAHCON) spokesman, Uba Mana, while responding to inquiries, refuted the claim that Max Air will airlift 52,000 pilgrims to this year’s hajj. “This is not true”, he said, adding that: “Who will airlift what number of pilgrims for this year’s hajj exercise is not even made public. Where did you get this

information? NAHCON will not subvert its own provisions”. He however assured that the Commission would soon make its position on the matter known. Sources close to one of the commissioners in NAHCON also refuted the assertion that Max Air got the lion share of pilgrims for the airlift exercise, saying: “If that is the case, it is a violation of the provisions”. Our investigation revealed that among the 12 airports designated for the airlift of pilgrims to this year’s hajj exercise are Kano, Lagos, Minna, Kaduna and Yola airports. Further investigation revealed that the inaugural outbound flight is scheduled for the last week of August.


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NMA threaten to down tools by July 1 By Doyin Ojosipe

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he Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has given the federal government a 14 day ultimatum to either meet all its needs without which will result to an indefinite strike by Nigerian medical doctors. In a press briefing on Friday, the Associations President, Doctor Kayode Obembe had accused the federal government of trying to rubbish the profession by introducing methods that could cause anarchy in the system. Dr. Kayode had called on the federal government to live up to the agreement reached last year and put the vital issues discussed

in order so the doctors could have the freedom to work as the profession demands. He lamented the poor welfare of doctors and asked the Federal Government to make amendments, adding that doctors also needed an increase in salary as other civil servants who enjoy such privilege. The association had also called on federal government to pay up the outstanding salaries of their members at Federal Medical Centre Owerri as promised on 21st October, 2013. The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) also decried the ill-treatment meted out to its members at some hospitals by

some consultants, who, according to them, were never trained or educated as doctors. They further demanded that a non-doctor as related to field of study should not bear the tittle ‘consultant’ as only the doctor owns the patient and should be regarded thus. According to him “The tittle ‘consultant’, in a hospital setting describes the relationship between the specialist Medical doctor and his patient. It will be a source of confusion if the title is applied to any other health worker who statutorily does not own patient. “The NMA, therefore, declares with unmitigated emphasis that if ‘non-doctor consultants’ are

appointed, it will lead to chaos and anarchy in the heath sector. This should not happen.” The Association further demanded that National Health Bill be quickly passed into law and to extend the universal health coverage to cover all Nigerians rather than some 30% of Nigerians as is the current case. Among their demand is the appointment of a SurgeonGeneral with immediate effect. It also appealed to Nigerians to understand with the doctors who are not well cared for and to call on the federal government to meet their demands, in order to avoid an indefinite strike.

L-R: President Ibrahim Keita of Mali; President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic; President Macky Sall of Senegal; President Goodluck Jonathan and Chairperson, African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Zuma, during Dakar Financing Summit for Africa's Infrastructure Development, yesterday in Dakar, Senegal. Photo: NAN

Police arrest 63 suspected cult members in Akwa Ibom

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he Akwa Ibom Police Command on Sunday arrested 63 persons, suspected to be members of ‘Black Axe,’ a cult group. DSP Etim Dickson, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), announced this while briefing newsmen in Uyo. He said that the suspected cult members were arrested during their initiation at Effoi village forest, near Eket. The police image maker said that some of the items recovered from the cultists include two locally-made pistols, five live cartridges, two axes and two drums. (NAN)

Drug barons kill 3 NDLEA officials in Ogun From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

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uspected drug barons yesterday killed three operatives of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Owode in YewaSouth local government area of Ogun state. The three NDLEA officials attached to the Ogun state Command of the agency were killed in a savage attack by some unidentified drugs barons in the area. Peoples Daily reliably gathered that the deceased NDLEA officials had gone to the Owode-Yewa area on a sting operation against the notorious Indian hemp (Cannabis

Sativa) dealers suspected to be behind the trading, supply and consumption of the illicit drug in the state and the south-west part of Nigeria, when the armed gang swooped on them. An eyewitness, who spoke to our reporter, but pleaded anonymity, said the Indian hemp dealers got wind of the planned raid on their hideout by the operatives of the NDLEA and decided to lay ambush for them. The eyewitness added that the NDLEA officers walked into the ambush and were immediately attacked by the suspected drug barons with guns, machetes and cudgels.

Briton kidnapped in Plateau , says STF From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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he Special Task Force (STF) which is made up of both military and police personnel restoring peace in Plateau state, yesterday has said that a foreigner working with Retro Construction company in Langtang-South local government of Plateau State was kidnapped. STF Media and Information Office, Captain Ikedichi Iweha gave confirmation on telephone interview and said the incident happened on Sunday morning. The captain said that their men had since began the search for the foreigner in the said area, adding that other security agencies have been involved in the search. Nigerian police hunt for Briton believed to have been abducted The search began after the man failed to show up for work on Saturday morning, said Iweha, but declined to give further details. It was not known whether the alleged kidnappers were members of Islamist group Boko Haram or just bandits. Boko Haram gained worldwide attention when it abducted more than 200 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria in April. No one was immediately available for comment at the British High Commission in the Nigerian capital Abuja. The kidnapping of expatriates by armed gangs seeking ransom money has long been rife in Nigeria’s oilproducing southeast. However, abductions of foreigners in the North for ideological reasons are also becoming more common.

Police uncover two explosive devices in Owerri church

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he Commissioner of Police in Imo state, Mr. Abdulmajid Ali, said at the weekend, in Owerri, that six persons had been arrested in connection with two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted at the Living Faith Church (a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel). Ali, who spoke to newsmen at the church premises along Port Harcourt Road Owerri, said the `two timed bombs’ were planted at the church premises by unknown persons. According to him, the command was alerted about the strange objects in the church compound. “We were alerted that some

devices were seen in the church and immediately we deployed our anti-bomb squad. “We are happy that the squad immediately detonated the bomb on arrival and six persons have been arrested so far,” he said. Ali said the command would do everything possible to unravel the perpetrators of the act. He urged the people to go about their normal activities as the two IEDs have been detonated. Also speaking, Brigade Commander, 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri, Brig.-Gen. Lanre Bello, confirmed that the explosives were capable of killing many people at a time.


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I remain loyal to Gov Shettima -Borno Dep.Governor By Umar Muhammad Puma

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orno state Deputy Governor, Zannah Umar Mustapha has reaffirmed his loyalty to Governor Kashim Shettima, declaring that he will rise or fall with his boss and will never contemplate going against him for whatever reason. The Deputy Governor stated this while speaking with journalists in Abuja. Mustapha said he has since made a decision that Shettima will be the last person

he will deputies for, because according to him, he doesn’t see himself contesting as running mate or working under any other person order than his current boss. “I have worked with Governor Kashim Shettima in the last three years and I can tell you that he is the best boss any deputy Governor can have in Nigeria. He is so humble, kind, he is good listener and very consultative. He respects me and protects my integrity as his deputy, what more

can I ask for from a Governor?”, he queried. “I will rise or fall with him; I will stand by him through every step of the way, no matter what. Insha Allah he will be the last Governor I will serve as deputy, because I don’t see myself being a running mateto any serving or past commissioner or anyone at all, wherever he stays I stay, wherever he goes I go, this is my kind or person. “I am an APC man and a committed one for that matter. My

Governor is an APC man and I will support him; together with leaders of the party at the national and state levels, insha Allah, we will move the party to a grand victory at all levels of the 2015 elections in Borno and rest of Nigeria” Mustapha said. Speaking on the APC congresses at the state and national levels, the Deputy Governor said, “It is God that gives power to anyone and it is also He that takes it or deny it to anyone. Politics is give-and-take and it is a game of

strategising and re-strategising. “Sometimes, we don’t get what we want and sometimes we get it either as individuals or as groups, the important thing is for us to move forward, those who win at every point in time should accommodate those who lost, everyone should be carried along so that we remain a family. We are always better together than being divided; we can always harmonies our interests no matter how different. “We must at all times put our country and our party first, so that we commit ourselves to the values we stand for and move this country and our states forward. “In Borno state for instance, we had a very successful congress but as we know only God is perfect. As humans, we are bound to make errors and at the same time, make adjustments where there is need. It is the same with everything in this life. What is important, like I have said, is for us to forge ahead as a family by putting our past behind us”, he said.

Pray for leaders rather than curse them -Emir of Lapai urges Nigerians From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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L-R: Engineer Wae-lf Farouque of Arab Contractors, Chairman, House Committee on Works, Hon. Ogbuefi Ozomgbaxhi, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha and Chairman, House Committee on Banking and Currency, Hon. Jones Onyeriri, during the Deputy Speaker’s assessment of Owerri/Port Harcourt Road, at the weekend.

Jos community commiserates with Kano emirate council, congratulates Sanusi From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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he Jasawa Community Development Association (JCDA), in Jos, yesterday said that the death of the late emir of Kano Dr. Alhaji Ado Abdullahi Bayero, was a great loss to the entire people of Kano state and Nigeria at large, describing him as a custodian of peace and moral values. The condolence was contained in a statement, issued by the asso-

ciation and signed by its national president, Alhaji Shehu Ibrahim Masalla, yesterday in Jos. The issued release stated that the death of the Bayero was “a great vacuum that will take longer time to be filled up. He has gone with an ambition of a peaceful united nation that had not been achieved as he wished.” It added that, “We, on behalf of the entire Jasawa community, commiserate with the government and good people of Kano

State, the Kano emirate council in Particular as well as the entire immediate Bayero family in general, may Allah console your hearts and grant you the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. “We further specially commiserate with the new emir Malam Muhammad Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over the death of his predecessor, the Late Ado Bayero; may Allah’s rahama be with him and grant him Jannatul Firdaus,” the statement added.

In furtherance of that, the associationcongratulated the new emir, adding that the choice of Sanusi as the Kano emir came when his service was seriously needed. “It is our firm belief that your enthronement onto the exalted position of the emir of Kano, will not only serve as the train of continuity from where your predecessor had stopped on the quest for a well enlightened, well educated, prosperous and united people of Kano”, the community enthused.

Rainstorm kills boy, destroy several houses in Jigawa From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse

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ne boy was feared dead and four people seriously injured in Limawa town, Dutse local government area of Jigawa state as a result of a strong wind storm. Reports from the state indicated that over 100 house were destroyed as a result of the disas-

ter in Limawa, Galamawa, Ma’ai and Ketare areas all in Dutse local government area. Speaking to our reporter some residents affected by the wind storm and heavy downpour said the problem occurred at around 6:30 pm of Saturday. Malam Rabi’u, of Limawa town, said “Almost all the houses in our area were in one way

or the other affected; as at this moment, I am on my way to buy some roofing materials to repair my two rooms that have been destroyed by the storm”. “Presently, some four people of my neighbour’s house are in the hospital receiving medical attention from injuries sustained as a result of the incident”, Rabi’u disclosed.

According to him, “I heard that a wall fell on a boy, who died instantly; this disaster is the most serious one in the last 25 years”. Also speaking, one Alhaji Murtala of Galamawa said “Limawa, Ketare, Ma’ai and here (Galamawa) over 100 houses were destroyed; even in our compound four of us were affected”.

he Emir of Lapai, in Niger state, Engineer Umaru Bago 111 has urged Nigerians to always pray for their leaders rather than to curse them in the name of accusing them of wrong doing. The traditional ruler made the appeal yesterday, during the turbaning ceremony of the 16th Wanguwa of Gulu, Alhaji Muhammad Ababa in his palace in Lapai. The Royal father said, “Whatever effects in the leadership of any society, will certainly have a multiplier effect on followership”. “That is why we should always pray for good things to happen to our leaders, rather than bad and evil; because both will certainly come back to us directly or indirectly”, he added. Etsu Lapai stated that traditional titles are given to people of proven integrity as well as those that showed concern to the development and socioeconomic well-being of the emirate, even as he charged the new Wanguwa of Gulu not to disappoint his people. He, therefore, appealed to the people of his domain, the state and entire Nigerians to continue to live in peace with one another, adding that “we should continue to be our brother’s keepers Bago urged political office holders to always abide by oath of office and should Endeavour to fulfill their campaign promises to the people. Speaking after the turbaning, the new Wanguwa of Gulu, Ababa thanked God and the monarch for the honour and pledged to uphold the throne of the area and Lapai emirate kingdom. Ababa gave the assurance that he would live above board and continue to bring economic and social developments to the area.


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National Library Director decries declining reading culture in Nigeria By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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L-R: Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), and Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Faruk Bahago, at the Emir’s palace, during the three-day Fida’u prayer of the late Senator Awaisu Kuta, at the weekend, in Minna.

he Director, National Library of Nigeria (NLN), Malam H.A. Jato has decried the reading culture in the country. Jato, who decried the dearth of reading culture, in a statement issued yesterday by the NLN, further called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of reading so as to promote the image of the country. “As the world is moving towards the knowledge-based economy; the National library as the nation’s apex intellectual memory and data bank of learning, would continue

to promote reading culture in Nigeria, in continuation of the pet project: ‘Bring Back the Book’ by President Goodluck Jonathan.” “The National library will always be in the vanguard to rejuvenate, inculcate and inspire Nigerians to read more regularly in line with the vision statement of building an informed and enlightened society”. He added that the readership promotion campaign, organised by Kwara state branch of the library, was aimed at educating children, who are the future leaders of the country.

Alleged misappropriation: HIV/ AIDS patients threaten mass protest in Abuja

Dakingari urges IPMAN to exhibit honesty, promote peace in their duties

By Stanley Onyekwere

From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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eople living with HIV/ AIDS under the agies of Network of People Living with HIV/ AIDS in Nigeria(NEPWHAN) have called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to investigate the Project Manager of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA), Dr. Uche Okoro, over an alleged financial impropriety. Calling for the immediate sack of Dr.Okoro, for allegedly misappropriating $225 million from World Bank to support the HIV/AIDS intervention in FCT, they threatened to embark on mass street protest in Abuja if the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, failed to meet their demands within the next one week. According to a communiqué, signed by the FCT Coordinator of NEPWHAN, John Okene ,which was issued after

a meeting of the coordinators of support groups of people living with HIV/ AIDS in FCT, last week, the association arrived at this resolution following alleged continuous insensitivity of the FACA Project Manager to their needs and his lack of transparency with funds meant for their upkeep. The communiqué read in part: “The House resolved that Project Manager of FACA, Dr. Uche Okoro, should be removed from office as a matter of urgency and replaced with someone who can feel the pulse of people living with HIV/ AIDS. “We call on the EFCC to, as a matter of urgency, investigate the alleged $225 million from the World Bank to support the HIV/AIDS intervention in the FCT.” The group said it has also declared two days fasting and prayer for the removal of Dr.Okoro, for sending some of its members to their early grave due to lack of care and support.

Also, they opposed the exclusion of NEPWHAN FCT from the implementation of the World Bank HIV/ AIDS project, presently on-going. According to the association for the Prevention of Motherto-Child Transmission Care (PMCTC), HIV/AIDS patients mothers are now forced to pay for caesarian sections in all FCT health facilities, except the National Hospital, which he said is not supposed to be so. “We have not received anything from FACA, as purportedly claimed in an Abuja-based newspaper of April 14-20, 2014. We are not opposed to any proof by FACA, if presented. “Finally, we appeal to the minister of FCT to quickly respond to our protest letter before him, to avoid another round of protest, since the supervisory body, FACA remain as insensitive as ever, not minding whether our members are dying or not,” the communiqué added.

This is time to embrace dialogue, Tambuwal tells Boko Haram From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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here is no any better time for the Boko Haram insurgents to embrace dialogue in order to pave way for peace but now, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal made this assertion in Kaduna,at the weekend, while declaring open the National Conference on:“Practical Steps in Uniting the Nigerian Muslim Ummah” and the JNI Annual PreRamadan meeting, held at the JNI National Headquarters. According to Tambuwal, The Boko Haram insurgents can only

gain sympathy if they embrace dialogue and stop the killing, kidnapping and wanton destruction of lives and property. The Speaker also appealed on the federal government to also follow the path of meaningful dialogue that would end the insurgences and advised it not to shut its doors against dialogue with the terrorists group, assuring that, the House of Representative was ready to support any effort aimed at bringing about peace in the country and put a permanent end to killings across the country. The Speaker, therefore, called on Nigerians to unite, irrespective

of their religious differences, for the survival of the country, adding that there must be a peaceful country called Nigeria before any of one can practice their religion and for the government to implement meaningful projects that will impact on the lives of her people positively. “Nigerians need to stand and work together for the survival of the country” he added. On the forthcoming Ramadan fast, Tambuwal called on Islamic preachers to always moderate their utterances particularly during their Ramadan Tafsir and avoid inciting statements.

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ebbi State Governor Alhaji Sa’idu Usman Dakingari has urged the newly elected leadership of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria [IPMAN] to exhibit honesty, accountability as well as promoting unity among the members when discharging their civic responsibilities. He made this called yesterday, when the new ExCo paid him a courtesy visit at the state’s liaison office, Abuja, adding that their responsibilities is more important than any other thing, while urging them to work collectively with relevant agencies and departments in the petroleum industry and put the nation first in the discharge of their duties. In a press statement, signed

by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari, said the governor commended IPMAN for the availability of petroleum products in the country and assured them of his support and cooperation to ensure their success. Responding, the National President of IPMAN, Elder Chineu Okoronkwo thanked the governor for accommodating them and the support given to their members in the state, adding that IPMAN has planned to establishes two refineries in the country, which according to him, would be located in Bayelsa and Kogi states . ‘’The decision to establish the refineries is part of the contribution of the association to reverse the current trend of fuel importation into the country’’ he stated.

Abuja-Kaduna rail line 85% complete, says Minister

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he Minister of Transport, Sen. Idris Umar, said at the weekend, that the Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge Rail Modernisation Project was 85 percent completed. Umar announced this in Doko, Kaduna state, at a ceremony to mark the attainment of 100km of track-laying for the railway modernisation project. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Vice President, Arch Namadi Sambo, launched the track-laying at Idu, Abuja, in July 2013. “Today, in less than one year, the construction has attained over 100km out of 186km. In the next three months, the track will be completed. “All the materials required are already on ground to achieve the completion and availability of the rail line’’, he said. He said the major constraints encountered in the construction were in Abuja and had been

overcome. He said the constraints of water interference at kilometre 19 and some estates built along the rail line in Kubwa were resolved. Umar urged the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) handling the project to continue with the zeal and determination with which they started. Project Manager, CCECC, Mr. James Li said there had been steady progress in the construction of the rail line since the commencement of the tracklaying. He said earthwork site clearing had been done and devoid of obstructions or existing structures; while cutting, including rock blasting and filling were at advanced stages. According to the project manager, work has started fully on the seven of the required nine station buildings. (NAN)


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ASUSS threatens to shut schools in Bauchi T From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

he Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), has said that there is no going back on its plans to shut down all schools in the state if government fails to reinstate its chairman, who was forced go on compulsory retirement. The Bauchi state acting Secretary of the union, Comrade Bala Ayuba disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the union’s meeting at the weekend, saying that the measure become necessary to protect the future of education in the state because, according to him, government has

resorted to victimization of teachers. Comrade Ayuba added that the teachers in the state received with dismay and shocking news of the issuing of compulsory retirement of its fearless chairman, Comrade Abdullahi Tanko Ningi, whose contribution to education cannot be over emphasised. “We have directed teachers across the state to shun classes and proceed on peaceful protest in the state capital, to demand for the immediate reinstatement of our great chairman, whose compulsory retirement is a calculated attempt by Yuguda administration and its agents to damage the future of our

children”, said Comrade Ayuba. He wondered why government was in a haste to compulsory retire its chairman when the union had already taken a legal action against the government against witchhunting teachers and demanding to pay its members their benefits, describing the action as a jumping the gun. He affirmed that teachers would not embark on strike, which has been the usual option, but will stage a protest, to express their displeasure over the non-chalant attitude of government over the plights of its members.

ASUSS, according to him, will continue to give their mandates to the retired chairman, as its leader, given is leaders charisma, explaining that his compulsory retirement is the dream of Yuguda and not that of teachers. “Let me tell you, Tanko Ningi still remains our Chairman; even if government refuses to re-instates him back”, Ayuba fumed. “We, therefore, call on stakeholders, individuals and respected politician with a view to intervene determine to rescue the drift in the education system under the leadership of Yuguda.

L-R: Alhaji Kawu Baraje, Leaders of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, APC Leader, General Muhammadu Buhari, Chairman, National Convention Committee/Sokoto state Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, new APC National Chairman, Chief John OdigieOyegun, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Chief Ogbonaya Onu, and Chief Tonny Momoh, after election of new APC National Chairman, at weekend in Abuja.

From Umar Dankano, Yola

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Agro-dealers, helpline staff warned against diversion of fertiliser in Bauchi

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he Federal Ministry of Agriculture has warned agrodealers as well as helpline staff selected to participate in the 2014 Growth Enhancement Support (GES) scheme in Bauchi state against diversion of fertiliser. The Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, gave the warning in Bauchi,

at the weekend He said that any dealer found caught engaging in fraudulent practices would be handed over to the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). Mohammed gave the warning at a one-day capacity training, organised for the agro-dealers and help line staff by the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC), in Bauchi. He said that under the GES

programme, each registered farmer would receive two bags of fertiliser at 50 percent discount and at a 90 percent discount for a bag of seed. He said that the ministry received reports during the previous distribution that some agro-dealers diverted the product and sold it to unregistered members. Mohammed stressed that stringent measures had been put in place to deal with any agro-dealer

found guilty of such acts. Earlier, IFDC’s Project Team Leader, Mr. Chinedum Ukeka, said that the training was meant to equip the helpline staff and agro-dealers on how to handle the farmers for a successful exercise. He said that as the representative of the supply chain managers, the main duty of the helpline staff was to confirm every farmer who came to redeem his fertiliser.

Ansar-ud-Deen youth congratulate Kano emir From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Northern States Council of the Ansar-ud-Deen Youth Association of Nigeria (ADYAN), has urged the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to forgive and forget the circumstances, leading to his emergence. The Islamic youth organisation made this known yesterday, through a statement, issued in

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he President General of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has said that the absence of fair play and equity in running the affairs of human beings that has always been responsible for the level of insecurity in any country. This is just as he said the lack of the fear of God is responsible for the high level of corruption and several other social vices across the country. Sultan Abubakar stated this at the weekend, in his opening remarks at the National Conference on: “The practical steps in uniting the Nigerian Muslim Ummah” and the JNI Pre-Ramadan meeting, which held at the JNI headquarters, Kaduna. The Sultan stressed the need for equity and justice in the day-to-day running of affairs, while urging the Muslim Ummah and Nigerians in general, to fear God in all dealings of life. Earlier in his paper presentation on the topic of the conference, the presenter Sheikh (Dr.) Haroun Ogbonnia Ajah, who is the vice president-general of the JNI, stressed that “once our scholars allow their followers to be factionalized, then sycophancy, hypocrisy and hatred takes over the act of unity.”

300 NSCDC personnel trained on weapon handling

Photo: Mahmud Isa

From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

Absence of fair play, equity responsible for insecurity - Sultan

... Urge him to forgive and forget Kaduna and signed by its Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Ismail Omipidan. The group urged the new emir and the good people of Kano to see his emergence as an act of God and a manifestation of the Qur’anic verse that states that when the whole world congregate to plan to do good to anyone, only that good which Allah has destined would

come to pass, and vice versa. It further said, “To this end, we urge the new emir and other Nigerians to know that Allah alone gives leadership to whosoever He wishes, at any point in time. “We, therefore, urge the new emir to put the circumstances surrounding his emergence behind him and forgive those

who may have tried to upturn what Allah has destined would come to pass. “He should take solace in the sayings and deeds of the Prophet, one of which states that: ‘Be grateful, if blessed; Be patient, if denied; Overlook, if cheated and Forgive, if offended”, the statement added.

s part of its efforts to enhance to complement other security agencies in converting crimes in Adamawa state, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has trained 300 personnel on weapons handling and maintenance. The development was made known by the Public Relations Officer of the state Command of NSCDC, Suleiman Baba, in an interview with journalists at the weekend, stressing that the command was expecting a supply of more rifles and ammunition from federal government. “More than 300 NSCDC personnel in Adamawa Command have been trained on weapons handling to empower our men with necessary skills needed in contending with the present security challenges in the state”, he stated. He assured the public of the command’s resolve to protect lives and infrastructure in accordance with its constitutional mandate, calling on the public to share information with the NSCDC and other security agencies and report any suspicious person or movement to the nearest security post. He said 41 senior officers and men of the command have also received re-training in intelligence gathering, safety precaution during emergencies and foot drills to update their capacities in coping with the current insecurity situation.


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Police smash 2 suspected kidnapers in Benin

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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wo suspected kidnappers, at the early hours yesterday met their waterloo during a gun duel with policemen in Edo state. The suspected hoodlums, believed to have been responsible

for the abduction of some victims, including a female, allegedly ambushed a team of operatives of the Anti-kidnapping Squad in a forest on Igbanke-Evwohimi road, in Orhionmwon local government area of the state. In a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer, Edo

state Police Command, DSP, Noble Uwoh, said the policemen, in company of four suspected kidnappers whose names were given as Joe Frank Ogbewe, Jerry Mike Joshua, Lucky Okoruwa and Destiny Ifechukwudi went on enquiry to recover the individual arms kept at separate locations,

which led to cross-exchange of fire. It said four of fleeing members of the gang also sustained bullet wounds, while light arms, some currencies of different denominations, a Mercedes Ben C-Class marked AGL 133 CX and 12 SIM cards, believed to have been used to negotiate ransom,

were recovered by police during the operation. The statement added that the suspects were however taken to Stella Obasanjo Women and Children Hospital, Benin City, where they were certified dead by a medical doctor at the Accident and Emergency ward.

NSCDC arrest man, 67 for allegedly stealing diesel

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Commander, Infantry Corps, Major- General Muhammed Abubakar (left), presenting an award to the Best Student of Warrant Officers Course, Staff Sergeant Olliha Tony (right), during the graduation of officers, during the Warrant Officers Academy, last Friday in Jaji, Kaduna state. With them is Commandant, Warrant Officers Academy, Brigadier-General Chukwunedu Abraham (middle). Photo: NAN

Police parade groups of alleged criminals in Taraba From Yusha’u Alhassan, Jalingo

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araba State Police Command has paraded some groups of alleged criminals. Briefing newsmen in Jalingo on the arrest of the suspects, the Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Joseph Kwaji said the first group consists of two men, Yahaya Adamu

and Boderi Adamu, both from Yola, Adamawa state. Kwaji said they were arrested on the seventh of this month by a team of detectives at Sabon-Gari, Jalingo Local Government as they were in the process of paying the sum of two hundred and twentynine thousand, six hundred and forty five naira for two pistols. The other suspect paraded was

one Philip Akuyi, of KwataNarido Village via Mutum-Biyu, who was arrested on the second of this month by a police patrol team along Mutum-Biyu, Wukari Road on a motorcycle. The PPRO said the suspect was found with two locally made revolver pistols, live ammunitions and charms concealed in a briefcase, while the rider of the

motorcycle conveying Philip Akuyi escaped and his identity was yet to be established. Kwaji said effort was on to apprehend the suspects at large and that the cases were still under investigation and he called on the public to continue to aid the police with useful information that would led to the arrest of criminals.

Loan defaulter faces N2.5m fraud charge

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transporter, Godwin Ibe, was on Friday hauled up before a Kaiama Area Court in Kwara for allegedly defaulting in a N2.5 million loan repayment. Ibe was arraigned before Justice Ahmed Yahaya on a twocount charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating. The offences, according to the

prosecution, contravened Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code. At the arraignment of the accused, the prosecutor, Insp. Abdulrahman Mahmud of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), told the court that the accused had on June 27, 2010 obtained a N1.5 million loan from Asiri Ayo Multi-purpose

Cooperative Society. He said the accused defaulted in the payment of the loan and that the interest had pushed the amount to N2.5 million. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that when Ibe’s plea was taken, he pleaded guilty. He, however, pleaded for more time to enable him to repay the

loan. In his ruling, Yahaya granted the accused bail in the sum of N2 million with a surety in like sum. He said the surety must submit a proof of ownership of a landed property in Kaiama as part of the bail conditions. The case was adjourned till June 26 for mention. (NAN)

Court slams N500,000 bail on 2 charged over alleged theft of N4,800 diesel

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n Oshodi Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Friday slammed a N500,000 bail each on two employees who allegedly stole 30 litres of diesel valued at N4,800. The Magistrate, Mr. Akeem Fashola, granted the accused, Oluwole Akingun, 37, and Kolawole Salami, 27, bail after they had pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and stealing.

Fashola ordered that each of the accused persons should produce a surety each, also as part of their bail conditions. He adjourned the case till June 26, for mention. The accused, Oluwole Akingun resides at No. 11, Baale Close, Ifako, Gbagada, Lagos state, while Kolawole Salami resides at 10, Abiola St., Agbado Crossing, Lagos State.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, told the court that the accused committed the offences on May 27 at Plot D, Industrial Ave., Ilupeju, Lagos State. He said that the accused, being a staff driver and motor boy to a vehicle with registration number APP 702XD, stole 30 litres of diesel valued at N4,800 property of Arbico Company.

``The accused conspired to steal 30 litres of diesel from their vehicle’s diesel tank.’’ Olatunde said that the accused were assigned an official vehicle to take them on an official assignment to Port-Harcourt, Rivers. He told the court that the vehicle had a full tank of diesel when it left Lagos, which was meant to take the accused to Port Harcourt and bring them back to Lagos. (NAN)

he Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Jigawa, has arrested one Mohammad Garuba, 67, for allegedly stealing 30 litres of diesel in Gwaram Local Government area. Mr. Muhammad Gidado NSCDC Commandant in the state told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Saturday that the suspect was arrested in Gwaram town on Friday night. He said the suspect was arrested by intelligence officers of the command operating in the area while attempting to sell the commodity. He said the suspect, a generator operator, stole the diesel meant to power one of the bore holes sunk in the area. Gidado explained that the suspect had confessed that he had been committing the offence for a long period. He said the suspect would soon be charged to court. (NAN)

Man, 22, arraigned over alleged burglary, theft of mobile phones worth N317,500

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22-year-old man who allegedly broke into a shop and stole N317, 500 worth of mobile phones and accessories, was on Friday brought before an Ojokoro Magistrates’ Court, in Lagos. The defendant, David Olem, of no fixed address, is facing a twocount charge of burglary and theft. The prosecutor, Insp. Lugard Ahonle, told the court that Olem committed the offences on June 6, at No. 31, Jonathan Coker St, Fagba, Iju-Ishaga, Lagos at 12:45 a.m. ``Olem and others now at large broke into one Idowu Fashola’s shop and stole moblie phones and accessories valued at N317, 500. ``Olem was however, apprehended by the vigilante men whom had been on his trail, while others escaped,” he said. The alleged offences, according to him, contravened Sections 285 and 307 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The presiding Magistrate, Mrs O.A Layinka, subsequently granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum. She adjourned the case till Aug. 7, for mention. (NAN)


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

153nd KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

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riday 6th June, 2014 (8th Sha’aban, 1435 AH) was the mercifully destined date for the ultimate passage of the Emir of Kano, Late Alhaji Ado Bayero to the life hereafter. The positively eventful, meritorious and glorious eightyfour (84) years of his copious lifespan was heralded as exceptional, especially the fifty-one (51) on the throne as the Emir of Kano. Volumes on the achievements recorded in the Kano Emirate under the fatherly guidance of His Royal Highness Late Alhaji Ado Bayero are beyond this medium. However, the solemn meditation and unreserved prayers for the Almighty Allah to forgive his wrongs and uphold his rights and grant him eternal peace in Jannatul – Fir – Dausi are not. The entire world prays for that. May the Almighty Allah grant the courage for the immediate and extended family of the Late Emir of Kano to bear the loss. The entire world is with them in this. As the tradition, a new Emir was selected and turbaned in the person of Malam Sunusi Lamido Sunusi (former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria). Council prayed for the guidance of the Almighty Allah in the dispensation of the affairs of the Kano Emirate by the newly turbaned Emir. With this, the Kano State Executive Council convened its one hundred and fifty third (153rd) sitting today, Wednesday 11th June, 2014 (13th Sha’aban, 1435 AH) under the Chairmanship of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. Ten (10) MDAs submitted a discreet number of thirty-four (34) memoranda for deliberation by Council of which seventeen (17) were approved for execution with an expenditure of Three Hundred and Sixty Five Million, Two Hundred and Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Eighty Two Naira Only (N365,209,182.00) covering thirteen (13) projects. The remaining four (4) memoranda were either informative or on policy issues. The theme of today’s sitting was on training and human development of the public servants. Training/retraining as the central pillar of human development has been occupying the apex position on priorities pursue by the present administration. The main thrust of the Public Service transformation overhaul is multi dimensional as it is based on the correct perspective taken from an informed standpoint that, “a trained Public Servant is a productive and efficient one”. This administration since inception has adopted the policy of transformation unseen before for the strengthening of the sector at all levels and ramifications. This administration understands that just as physical and financial capitals, human resources make contributions to national income and development. Human Resource, in fact, is central because other resources are passive factors of production and growth. Humans are the active agents that utilize the other resources for national development. The wealth of every nation depends on the development and effective utilization of its human resources. This explains the millions of Naira being expanded on the establishment/construction of schools and retraining of public servants within and outside the country. Investments on human beings through formal and informal outlets are justified in terms of the ‘rate of return.’ Thus, the benefits to accrue from such investments outweigh the cost. A renowned philosopher’s statement is worth quoting for its relevant here: “A sacrifice for the sake of learning [retraining] today is rewarded tomorrow.” After all, humans are the most valuable and critical factor in the production and consumption of goods and services. Hence, a nation unable to develop the skills and knowledge of its people will remain underdeveloped. In line with global consensus, the incumbent administration in Kano State vigorously pursues and steers the transformation of the State Public Service in agreement with what is happening all over the developed nations and in cognizant of the peculiar requirements of the good people of the State so as to produce and sustain growth and development in the State. Through continuous training/retraining the State Public Servants are developed and are becoming useful to the system. For training develops staff knowledge, efficiency and capability for effective service delivery. Thus, training helps staff to achieve organizational and State goals, thereby attaining personal growth and increased productivity. This administration’s continuous training of public servants is for the purposes of developing their skills, values, attitude, norms, motivations, opening access and sustained opportunities, improving productivity, growth, and empowerment. Below are the memoranda deliberated upon and approved at the 153rd sitting of the Council. 1. MINISTRY OF JUSTICE The Kano State Ministry of Justice submitted five (5) memoranda for deliberations by Council of which three (3) were approved for execution as they concern the same issue. Thus:

SN Name i. Salisu Ibrahim

ii. Abdullahi Abdu Rogo iii. Amina Usman Tukur

iv. Hamid Aliyu Khalid v.

Nana Hauwa Muhammad

vi. Dr. Muhammad Dalhatu vii. Binta Ahmad viii. Ashiru Muhammad ix. Dalhatu Muhammad Sorondinki

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso • Council acknowledged three (3) of the five (5) memoranda submitted for deliberation from the Ministry of Justice were on requests for funds to enable the attendance of three (3) of its Senior Staff at three (3) Capacity Building Conferences/Seminars. Thus: a) Hon. Justice Kabiru M. Auta – was recommended to attend International Dispute Resolution Programme in London (12th – 16th August, 2014). The sum of N2,966,062.00 was requested for approved to enable the officer attend the programme. b) Magistrate Halima Wali – was recommended to attend Commonwealth Judges Magistrates Conference at Livingstone, Zambia (7th – 11th June, 2014). The sum of N824,975.00 was requested for approved to enable the officer attend the conference. c) Magistrate Salma Ahmad Dambatta – was recommended to attend a Specialized Course on Juvenile Offenders in London (9th – 13th June, 2014). The sum of N1,263,425.00 was requested for approved to facilitate the officer’s attendance Congruence of the three (3) requests with the empowerment policy and resolve of the present administration to build the professional capacity of its staff across the Civil Service was considered as Council approved the release of the aggregate sum of N5,054,462.00 to the Ministry of Justice for disbursement to the three (3) Senior Judicial Officers for the stated purpose according to the details presented. 1. OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE Both memoranda submitted for deliberations by Council from the Office of the Head of Civil Service were approved for execution as follows: a) Presentation of Request for Approval to Release Sixteen (16) Officers (Civil Servants) to Proceed on Studies Abroad on Study Leave with Pay (Salary Option):The Kano State Head of Civil Service tacitly reminded Council that the State Manpower Training Committee (SMTC) under the auspices of his Office, is assigned with the responsibility of identifying, assessing and evaluating relevant cases for training within the public service of the State. The STMC judiciously identified sixteen (16) Officers (serving Civil Servants) and recommended them as qualified for various courses in Institutions abroad. This was endorsed as relevant by the Head of Civil Service for equipping the State Civil Service with a well informed/skilled Manpower for effective, efficient and reliable service delivery. Details were summarized and presented to Council for consideration. Thus:

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Ibrahim A. Sani

xi. Sabi’u Muhammad Aliyu xii. Muhammad A. Shehu xiii. Kabiru Adam Yahaya xiv. Ali Abdulkadir Abdulkadir xv. Kabiru Muhammad Abdulhamid xvi. Ahmad Ramadan Mustapha

Organization GL Nature of Leave 14 Study Leave Hospitals with Pay Management Borad Leave H o s p i t a l s 13 Study with Pay Management Board

Course Duration BSc. Nursing three (3) W.E.F. August, 2014 to July, 2017 BSc. Medicine (surgery) three (3) years W.E.F. July, 2014 to July, 2016. Leave BA Hons Business Kano State 09 Study with Pay Senior Administration Secondary three (3) years Schools W.E.F July, 2014 to Management July, 2016. Board Leave PhD. Arabic Aminu Kano 10 Study with Pay College Education W.E.F for Islamic June, 2014 to June, Legal 2017. Studies 10 Study Leave BSc. Nursing three Hospitals with Pay Management (3) years W.E.F Board June, 2014 to June, 2017. However, the Institution agreed to defer the admission at the instance of Government’s approval. 12 Study Leave Masters Degree A. with Pay HMB (Public Health) – MPH two (2) years W.E.F August, 2014 to August, 2016. 14 Study Leave BSc. Nursing three Hospitals with Pay Management (3) years W.E.F. Board July, 2014 to July, 2017. Leave MSc. Nursing two 12 Study Hospitals with Pay (2) years W.E.F. Management July, 2014 to July, Board 2016. Leave M.A. Islamic Kano State 12 Study with Pay Senior Studies two (2) Secondary years W.E.F. Schools August, 2014 to Management July, 2016. Board Leave B.Ed Islamic 08 Study Sa’adatu with Pay Studies two (2) Rimi years W.E.F. College of August, 2014 to Education August, 2016. Leave B.Ed. Arabic Kano State 07 Study with Pay Senior two (2) years Secondary deferred to July, Schools 2014 pending Management Government Board Approval 09 Study Leave MSc. Clinical Hospitals with Pay Management Anatomy – One (1) Board year W.E.F. July, 2014 to July, 2015. Leave PhD. In Tafsir and Aminu Kano 12 Study with Pay College Ulum Quran two for Islamic (2) years W.E.F. Legal July, 2014 to July, Studies 2016. Leave M.A. Arabic two Aminu Kano 00 Study with Pay College (2) – July, 2014 to for Islamic July, 2016. Legal Studies Leave B.Ed. Arabic two Kano State 08 Study with Pay Senior (2) years – July, Secondary 2014 to July, 2016. Schools Management Board Leave B.A. Arabic two Kano State 07 Study with Pay Senior (2) – July, 2014 to Secondary July, 2016. Schools Management Board

Institutions Mountains of the Moon University, Fort Portal, Uganda RR College of Nursing, Kamataka, India. FTMS College Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

International University of Africa, Sudan. LPU – ST. Cabrini College of Allied Medical Philippines.

Walden University, Minnesota – U S A.

Kampala International University, Uganda. Vydehi Institute of Nursing Sciences and Research Center, India. University of Bakh – Ridah, Sudan.

International University of Africa, Sudan. Khartoum International University for Arabic, Sudan.

National College for Medical and Technical Studies Khartoum, Sudan. Al – Madinah International University. International University of Africa, Sudan. Khartoum International University for Arabic Language, Sudan. Khartoum International University for Arabic Language, Sudan.

Council acknowledged the presentation and approved the release of the sixteen (16) Officers to proceed for studies at various Institutions abroad on study leave with pay (salary option) according to the details presented. Nevertheless, candidates with serial number 4, 10, and 14 (Hamid Aliyu Khalid, Ibrahim A. Sani and Ali Abdulkadir Abdulkadir) should seek admission in other institutions of their choice. b) Presentation of Report on the Conduct of the First (1st) Batch (2014) Civil Service Examination in Conjunction with the Kaduna Polytechnic:The contents of this memorandum applauded Council for granting approval for the release of funds to enable the conduct of the cited Examinations. The examination, which is being conducted by the Office of the Head of Service in collaboration with the Kaduna Polytechnics, is part of the pre-requisites for the progression/confirmation of appointments in respect of certain cadres in the State Civil Service. Reportedly, the Examinations were successfully conducted but with only 186 of the 200 earmarked participants in attendance. Fourteen (14) of them were absent, which made the sum of N65,000.00 to be realized from the approved released fund for the exercise. This (amount) was returned to the State Government Contd on Page 9


PEOPLES DAILY, MONDAY, JUNE 16, 2014 Treasury evidenced by copies of cheque No. 00002506, Bank Teller and covering letter presented to Council. Council acknowledged the presentation appreciatively. 2. OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT The Secretary to the State Government submitted seven (7) memoranda on behalf of the Chairman and some MDAs for deliberations by Council. Two (2) of them were approved for execution as follows: a) Presentation of Report on the Payment of Training Funds for the Kano State Indigenous Sponsored Candidates for Training at National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN):The Secretary to the State Government endorsed the cited report and presented its contents to Council for consideration. The three (3) – Member Executive Council Committee that comprised the Hon. Commissioners for Special Duties, Science and Technology and Projects and Monitoring submitted the report. The contents of this memorandum respectfully reminded Council of its approvals granted to sponsor fifteen (15) and twelve (12) Kano State Indigenous candidates for training at NAPTIN for the academic sessions (2012/2013) and (2013/2014) respectively. Details on the financial implications were presented to Council for notice and the possible benefits of such training for the State teeming youths. Council acknowledged the presentation. b) Presentation of Progress Report in Respect of Activities of the Office of the Kano State Auditor – General:The Office of the State Auditor General is constitutionally vested with the responsibility of auditing Public Accounts for the State Government and all its Offices and Courts for onward presentation/reporting to the State House of Assembly. Sections 125, 126, 127 of the 1999 amended Constitution, as well as the Kano State Audit Law 1986 provide for this. The content of this memorandum was a progress report from the office which covered the period of August, 2012 to April, 2014. Details on the issues covered in the report were summarized into seven (7) precise notations and presented to Council for consideration. The Report informed Council that the Annual Accounts of the State for the years 2010 and 2011 were submitted to the Kano State House of Assembly. In the same vein, during the period under review, out of 68 parastatals and agencies the Office received 58 audited accounts and reports, which will be submitted to the House of Assembly for consideration. Also due to its diligence examination of records the sum of over N40million was recovered from retiring officers for reason ranging from overstay, non-deletion of officers from payroll after retiring, outstanding car loan, etc. Finally the Report dwelt on the issues of the procurement of office furniture, equipment and laptops to improve standards in the performance of official functions and enhanced productivity. Council appreciatively acknowledged the presentation. 3. MINISTRY OF STATE AFFAIRS The only memorandum submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of State Affairs was approved for execution as follows: Presentation of Request for Funds to Enable the Payment of Compensation for Structures (Phase II) affected by Jakara Channelization (Wuju – Wuju Road) – Dausayi Quarters:The Hon. Commissioner for State Affairs submitted the cited presentation and request for consideration by Council. Council was applauded for granting approval for the release of the sum of N286,364,162.00 for disbursement as compensation to the individuals whose structures/land were affected by the Wuju – Wuju Road construction project under Phase I, which covered Sani Mainagge, Warure and some parts of Ayagi Quarters. Pursuant to the effort to actualize this project, the Management Consultant; the Executive Council Committee on Compensation and the State Ministry of Land and Physical Planning agreed on the compensation valuation of Phase II of the Wuju – Wuju Road Construction Project, which covers Dausayi Quarters and affects thirty five (35) structures. The agreed compensation valuation of Phase II of the project was to the tune of N47,065,868.00, which was requested for release by Council for disbursement to the rightful owners/individuals of the thirty five (35) affected structures. Council acknowledged the presentation and approved the release of the sum of N47,065,868.00 to enable the payment of compensation for the structures. 3. MINISTRY OF RURAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT The three (3) memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from this Ministry were approved for execution. Thus: a) Request for Funds for I.T.C. Maintenance and Replacement of 300KVA, 11/0.415KV Electricity Transformer at the Institute of Horticulture, Bagauda:The Institute of Horticulture, Bagauda is among the twenty two (22) Skills/Trade Acquisition Institutions established at different locations across the State, courtesy of the second (2nd) incumbency of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. The cited project/request was presented to Council for consideration so as to ensure reliable supply of electricity at the Institution. The scope of work was assessed and estimated at the contractual cost of N5,401,765.00, which was requested for release by Council to enable the execution of the project. Council approved the release of the trimmed down sum of N5,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Rural and Community Development to enable the execution of the stated project under contractual arrangement supervised by the State Rural Electrification Board (REB). b) Request for Approval and Release of Funds to Enable the Repairs/Maintenance of the I.T.C. and HT/LT Line in Karaye/Rogo and Yanoko Area:-

PAGE 9 The cited request was submitted to Council for consideration in response to the persistent problem of electric power outages experienced in Karaye and Rogo Local Government Council Areas. The Kano State Rural Electrification Board assessed and estimated the scope of works to the tune of N17,150,382.00 if executed on direct labour basis, which Council was requested to approve. Council considered the details presented as relevant and approved the release of the sum of N17,150,382.00 to the Ministry of Rural and Community Development to enable the Rural Electrification Board execute the stated project on direct labour arrangement. c) Request for Funds to Enable the Provision of Potable Water Supply at Some Designated Villages under Bunkure Local Government Council Area:The cited request was submitted for consideration by Council cognizant of the resolve of the present administration to take the supply of potable water to all nooks and crannies of Kano State. In this vein, five (5) villages in Bunkure Local Government Council Area that require the provision of potable water were identified. Thus: • Four (4) villages (Danmagaji, Sabon Garin Bono, Yauta and Janga Fulani) will be provided with Hand Pump Water Boreholes = N800,000.00 x 4 = N3,200,000.00. • One (1) village (Gwaneri) will be provided with a Solar Powered Water Borehole at the sum of N5,500,000.00. Council approved the release of the sum of N8,700,000.00 for the projects as requested. 4. MINISTRY OF WORKS, HOUSING AND TRANSPORT Five (5) of the nine (9) memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport were approved for execution as follows: a) Request for Funds to Enable the Payment for 347,682 Litres of Diesel (AGO) Supplied to the Taskforce Committee on Installation/Repairs/Reactivation of Street and Traffic Control Lights in the Month of February, 2014:The good work executed by the Taskforce Committee on Installation/Repairs/Reactivation of Street and Traffic Control Lights needed no emphasis by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport in submitting the cited request for consideration by Council. As such, four (4) receipts that summarized the request for the release of the sum of N76,490,040.00 to pay for the cost of 347,682 litres of Diesel (AGO) supplied to the Committee in the month of February, 2014 were presented to Council for consideration. The diesel supplied was utilized in the running of generators for streetlights and some MDAs. Authenticity of the request prompted Council to approve as requested. b) Request for Funds for Roads Maintenance, Drainage Clearing and Repair Works:The Kano Road Maintenance Agency (KARMA) submitted the cited request, which was endorsed by the State Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport and presented to Council for consideration. Details on twenty one (21) roads of a distance of 45.10KM requiring either rehabilitation, clearing of drainage, etc. were presented to Council for consideration as identified and estimated to cost the sum of N302,749,800.00 which KARMA requested for release. Council appraised the request and approved the release of the sum of N100,000,000.00 to enable KARMA continue with the commendable maintenance works on metropolitan roads across the State. c) Request for Funds to Enable the Payment for Diesel (AGO) Supplied to Some MDAs in the Month of April, 2014:The epileptic and grossly unreliable supply of electricity from PHCN compels continuous utilization of standby electricity generators at MDAs in Kano State so as to provide the required conducive atmosphere for service delivery in Government Offices. Diesel (AGO) is required to power such electricity generators. Details on sixteen (16) locations (MDAs) supplied with diesel in the month of April, 2014 were presented to Council for consideration along with sixteen (16) receipts totaled to the aggregate sum of N15,840,000.00 which was requested for release by Council to enable payment for the supplied commodity. Council approved the release of the requested sum of N15,840,000.00 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the stated purpose. d) Request for Funds to Enable the Provision of Landscaping and Pedestrian Walkways to Connect Key Locations at the Northwest University Permanent Site:This request was submitted from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport cognizant of the fact that, the permanent site of the Northwest University, Kano deserves the project for many plausible reasons. Details of the requirements and scope of works were assessed and estimated to the tune of N62,912,230.36 which was requested for release. Council approved as requested. e) Request for Funds to Enable the Procurement of Truck – Mounted Road Marking Machine:The cited request was submitted for consideration by Council due to the significance of the required machine in the provision of effective delineation of traffic lanes, zebra crossings and other relevant warning signs on our busy roads. The machine is simple and precise and achieves a lot within short periods without compromise to quality. As such, due process was adopted in the selection of a suitable Contractor/Company for the supply of the required machine at the cost of N21,628,200.00, which was requested for release. The request was considered relevant by Council as approval was granted for the release of the sum of N21,628,200.00 to the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the stated purpose. 5. MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Only one (1) of the three (3) memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Higher Education was approved for execution. Thus: Request for Funds to Enable the Payment of Registration and Other Fees for Forty Seven (47) Kano State Indigenous Students Sponsored for Various Courses at Abubakar Tafawa University (ATBU) for the 2013/2014 Academic Session:The Hon. Commissioner for Higher Education politely notified Council, through the contents of this memorandum that forty seven (47) Kano State Indigenous Students were admitted at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi for various courses in the 2013/2014 academic session. Details on the students, the courses and duration were submitted to Council for consideration along with the request for the release of the sum of N5,358,000.00 to enable the payment for the following: i. Registration fees – N22,000.00 x 47 = N1,034,000.00. ii. Clearance fees – N2,000.00 x 47 = N94,000.00. iii. Accommodation – N30,000.00 x 47 = N1,410,000.00. iv. Up–keep allowances – N10,000.00 x 6 x 47 = N2,820,000.00. Total = N5,358,000.00. As such, Council was requested to approve the release of the aggregate sum of N5,358,000.00 for the stated purpose. Council approved as requested. UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 153RD EXCO SITTING 1. TRAINING AND PROVISION OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR THE MANAGEMENT STAFF OF THE 37 MICRO FINANCE BANKS/FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN KANO STATE Council acknowledges the recent conduct of a two (2) weeks training session for Senior Management Staff of the thirty seven (37) Micro Finance Banks and other Financial Institutions in the State organized by the State Ministries of Finance and that of Planning and Budget held from 2nd– 14th June, 2014. This was in preparation of accessing the N2,000,000,000.00 loan facilities under the CBN’s Micro/Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF). The CBN in association with the Kano State Government have secured the services of BRAC – Bangladesh Microfinance Bank to facilitate a robust capacity building and technical assistance programme for the PFIs in Kano State starting on Monday16thJune, 2014. 2. TRAINING OF AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION WORKERS IN THE STATE BY SASAKAWA AFRICA Council appreciated the official working visit by Dr. Juliana, Head of SASAKAWA AFRICA to Kano State for the training of Agricultural Extension Workers across the 44 Local Government Areas. 3. 2014 SPORTS DAY CELEBRATION IN KANO STATE Council noted the successful conduct of this year’s Sports Day Celebration in the State. During the celebration gifts were presented to State contingent/winners in different games/sporting activities. The gifts given included Kits/Sports facilities and cash donations to 1,323 Clubs across the State ranging from non division clubs to Division I, II and III Clubs. Below are the gifts given out to individuals and clubs:1) 2) 3) 4) 5) 6) 7) 8)

Training kits – 2,364 sets Jerseys – 2,097 sets Goal post – 880 sets Nets – 880 sets Training cons – 880 pieces Training balls – 3,512 pieces Match balls – 3,512 pieces Total Cash donations – N39,460,000.00.

Also donated are:1. Twenty (28) brand new Toyota Corolla to Kano Pillars Players and Officials. 2. One (1) Luxury bus for Kano Pillars. 3. Two (2) houses worth N15,000,000.00 to two (2) Kano States Indigenes who were members of Golden Eaglets that won world club in U.A.E. 4. Allocation of playing ground at Ma-ha-ha Sports Complex to clubs and other sporting activities’ association. 5. N500,000.00 cash donations to each of the three (3) Kano indigenes that won Gold Medal at the African Youths Championship in Bostwana. 6. Total Cash donation of N27,300,000.00 to some members of Kano Pillars, Para-Soccer, National Sports Festival, Handball teams & Judo teams. 4. THE SUCCESSFUL REDUCTION IN THE PREVALENCE OF HIV IN KANO STATE (FROM 2.8% IN 2012 TO 1.3% IN 2013) Council noted the reduction in the prevalence of HIV in the State from 2.8% in 2012 to 1.3% in 2013 as a result of the enlightenment effort of the State Government, Empowerment policy, Zawarawa Marriages, stepping up of prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of the disease as well as improved awareness of the disease. Signed: Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture, Kano State www.kn.gov.ng/new


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Sambo applauds Dahiru Bauchi for contributing to N1.9bn Islamic centre launch By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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ice president Mohammed Namadi Sambo has commended the renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi, the Sultan of Sokoto Abubakar Sa’ad and other Muslim faithful for their contributions during the launch of N1.9billion international Islamic centre in Abuja. The vice president made the commendation in a statement issued yesterday, by his Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity, Bashir Bello. He said, “The establishment of an Islamic resource centre in the nation’s capital greatly underscored the enviable position of education and learning in Islam and a demonstration of the unwavering commitment to ensuring a legacy would lead to robust and continued propagation of Islamic morals and civilization”. Furthermore, Sambo said that the federal government placed high premium on education and learning adding “we have widened the horizon of education by evolving the Almajirai Model of education into the mainstream of the western educational system in the country and have vigorously pursued this by the establishment of more than 125 Almajirai Model Schools across the country, equipping them with state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities to fast-track the acquisition of both Islamic and Western education under the same roof”. Speaking earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto and the Chairman of the occasion Sa’ad Abubakar III emphasised the importance of education in Islam and called on the Muslims to be their brother’s keeper by living in peace with one another including with the nonMuslims. The Sultan also called for the unity of the Muslim Ummah and commended the initiators of the project.

Insecurity discourages foreign doctors’ contribution in Nigeria-Unilorin don From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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he Provost, College of Health Sciences, University Ilorin (Unilorin) Prof A.B.O Omotoso has noted that the recent security challenges in Nigeria has discouraged foreign doctors to contribute their quota to national development. Omotosho, who stated this during the induction of 2014

medical graduands of University of Ilorin, said some of the health problems in this twenty-first century needs collaboration of local and foreign doctors. Omotoso said, a glance at the Nigerian healthcare system reveals that some of its strength and weakness may be due to its population size andsystemic defect. “While the medical training

indeed is adequate and comparable with global standards, nothing quite insulate the doctors in Nigeria from the Herculean task brought about by the extraneous factors. “It is a social situation to which we must all rise, putting all sufficiently trained hands on deck. Poverty and ignorance affect access to and maximisation of available health care services. “Also, bad roads prevent quick

Ghost workers: Kogi SUBEB involves headmasters in staff audit From Omale Adama, Lokoja

K L-R: Former Deputy Governor of Plateau state, Mrs. Pualine Tallen, President, Soroptimist International, Nigeria, Best Sister (BS) Olufumilola Ademuyewo, immediate past President, Soroptomist International, Abuja, BS Medinah Huthman, and President, Soroptimist International, Abuja, BS Anthonia Okoli, during the installation of BS Okoli as the 13th president of the organisation, at the weekends in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Peace Conference delegates in Yola task media on peace building By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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elegates at the three-day International Peace Conference, organised by Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative, in collaboration with American University of Nigeria (AUN), have challenged the Nigerian media to entrench conflict resolution mechanism in reporting crisis in the country. The International Peace Conference, which was held at the Robert Pastor Library and e-Resource Center, AUN main campus, focused on developing practical solutions to insecurity in

the country. Speaking at the event, the delegates pointed out that good governance and rule of law are the major ingredients in entrenching peace in the society, even as they lamented the ongoing crackdown on the nation’s media industry. The Nigerian media were also urged to avoid sensationalising and glamourising crimes and conflicts, but to report for the purpose of promoting unity and peace in the country. They also condemned commercialisation of news by journalists, saying this practice which negates the fundamentals

of professional journalism also restricts opportunity for the voiceless poor members of the society. To this end, they called for sanctions against erring reporters and newspapers as a measure to prevent this challenge in the nation’s media industry, even as they urged the public to avoid patronising junk media houses. Meanwhile, the conference featured activities like visit to internally displaced persons in Bole community by the AUN/API, during which material and moral assistance were offered the victims of conflict by the organisers.

Insurgency: Ondo Speaker advocates for state police From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he upsurge in the attacks by the dreaded insurgent group Boko Haram has again heightened call for the introduction of state police across the country. The newly-elected first female Speaker in the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Jumoke Akindele, yesterday joined the ranks of those calling for the establishment of state police, in

access to the hospital and lack of power may cause otherwise avoidable delays with surgical procedures. The provost urged the new doctors to serve with sense of humility stressing that “A doctor do not need to carry stethoscope around his neck; he carries responsibility on his shoulders and caters for the life of society-on the most literal level.”

order to enhance security of lives and property in Nigeria. She said she believed that the sine qua non to the current security challenges ravaging the nation will be better checked if states are allowed to have their own Police Force. The lawmaker, who is representing Okitipupa Constituency 2, in the state House of Assembly, spoke to reporters at the local wing of the Murtala Mohammed Airport

(MMA2), in Lagos. According to her, “The way I see the current security crises rocking the country could be attributed to the absence of state police and failure of intelligence gathering”. “To effectively tackle the issue, we have to go back to the establishment of state police. It is only the people of a particular environment that know the thieves in their midst. If therefore, you send people to

a place without the knowledge of that environment, as it is currently done in the country; we will not achieve the much desired result”. “We have been equipping the army, the police the Navy, again and again, but with what result? What we need is state police for proper intelligence gathering. Though it has its challenges, but let’s look at the advantages, we just may get something good out of it,” she submitted.

ogi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has directed primary schools Headmasters to furnish it with names and qualifications of teachers in their various schools as part of measures to identify the ghosts teachers among them. Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of Kogi SUBEB, Mr, Stephen Akwu disclosed this in an interview with Peoples Daily on Wednesday in Lokoja. He said that the Head Teachers had till Thursday next week to submit the list, in order to enhance immediate payment of salaries of teachers who have suffered untold hardship in the non-payment of salaries since March. Mr.Akwu said the directive had become necessary to critically address the issue of ghost primary schools teachers in the state There is need, according to him, to ascertain the population of genuine and qualified teachers on the payroll of the state. He lamented that various biometric data capturing and audit of teachers by the state government had failed due to what he called the “Nigerian Factor.” The chairman noted that the issue of ghost teachers resulting in astronomical wage bill had stunted efforts of the state government to clear their salary arrears. “We have a problem here; there are teachers who are not supposed to be there. There are teachers who are in Abuja working and their names are on the salary vouchers here. “We want to remove people who are not real teachers. There is Nigerian factor here, somebody who is not a teacher but because he has somebody who knows somebody, his name is on the pay roll. “These must be expunged. How can we pay the minimum wage to teachers with all these on the payroll”, he queried.


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TENDER DOCUMENTS Interested companies should obtain the tender document from the Administration Department, 2nd Floor, NDIC Headquarters, Plot 447/448 Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja upon payment of the tender fee of N10,000.00 in Bank Draft made payable to the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Abuja. However, companies that purchased the bid earlier and wish to retender can collect the bid documents at no cost. Further requisite information required can be obtained from the Head of Information Technology Department. Enquiries could also be made through the e-mail address: info@ndic.org.ng.

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EDITORIAL

A courageous judgement A them to discontinue such immediately. The judge also issued an order of perpetual injunction restraining the governors from further releasing the funds piecemeal. Also, the court

n Abuja Federal High Court presided over by Justice Adeniyi Ademola recently made pronouncements that are very fundamental in the administration of justice in Nigeria. The court ordered the 36 state governors and the minister of the Federal Capital Territory to comply with constitutional provisions on financial autonomy of the judiciary. The court order was a consequence of a suit filed by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria to challenge what they described as ‘piecemeal’ release of funds to the judiciary from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, contrary to the provisions of sections 81(3), 121(3) and 162(9) of the 1999 Constitution. The union had in the suit filed in 2012, asked the court to declare that the piecemeal payment/allocation of funds through the states’ ministries of finance to the states’ judiciary at the governors’ pleasure was unconstitutional, unprocedural, cumbersome, null and void, and should be stopped immediately. Delivering judgement in the matter on Monday, Justice Ademola agreed with the plaintiffs and held that the action of the state governments was unconstitutional. He ordered

The era of state executives deliberately starving the state judiciaries of funds in order to get positive judgments from the judiciary is gone, hopefully forever. ordered the defendants to henceforth ensure transparency in the way and manner of disbursing funds accruing to the states’ judiciary. The state governors were also ordered to henceforth, comply with the provisions of sections 81(3), 121(3) and 162(9) of the 1999 Constitution in the disbursement of funds to the heads of courts by releasing the allocations directly.

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We see the judgement as a landmark pronouncement on what the relationship between the judiciary and the other arms of government should be in a democratic setting. As ably argued by Professor Itse Sagay (SAN), it will promote the independence of the judiciary. When the judiciary has its funds directly, without being withheld by any other arm of government, it will have greater independence and by that, it will be in the capacity to apply the rule of law in any situation without fear or favour. The era of state executives deliberately starving the state judiciaries of funds in order to get positive judgments from the judiciary is gone, hopefully forever. Consequently, all Nigerian patriots are expected to support this judgement because it is at the heart of our democratic system. This judgement is in fact a baptism of the principle of separation of powers as spelt out in the Constitution. Even though those opposed to this judgement have the constitutional right of appeal, we warn them that an attempt to appeal the verdict or delay its implementation would imply that the government is not interested in the independence and financial autonomy of the judiciary.

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Opinion Recipe for a golden age of Islam By Amar Alam

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hile religion today has become an issue relegated to the private realm of our daily lives, Islām has always challenged the status quo with its multi-faceted nature. As a religion, it is unique and comprehensive in the way it helps regulate all aspects of human life. But what truly distinguishes Islām from other faiths such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism, is that it does not advocate monasticism; that is, it does not promote the complete renouncement of all forms of worldly pursuits in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment. Rather, the religion encourages its followers to develop themselves from a spiritual, as well as a worldly perspective. It highlights the importance of not only improving oneself religiously, but personally, socially, and educationally too, developing individuals who are able to make conducive contributions to society. Despite this, there is a great misconception among Muslims that in order to excel spiritually, a person should adopt a one-dimensional approach to religion, and shun everything related to worldly matters, as it is deemed to be of no benefit. This is an incorrect position to adopt, because even though a Muslim’s primary obligation should be towards their religion, in order to attain paradise, they should also strive towards their worldly obligations and use that to increase their status in the Hereafter. In fact, Muslims should endeavour to maximize their potential, and be encouraged to take as much benefit from it as

possible. But at the same time, they should be careful not to become attached to the world at the expense of the Hereafter, and ensure that it does not hinder their ability to carry out their religious duties. Ultimately, the key for Muslims is to strike a balance between worldly responsibilities and spiritual obligations, whilst using the latter as a foundation to not only inspire them to succeed in the world, but also be of service to humanity in the process. The importance of adopting this balanced approach towards these two states is recorded in ahadith, and in verses of the Qur’ān. The Prophet (sallAllāhu ‘alayhiwasallam) warned his Companions (radiAllāhu ‘anhum) against monasticism, and addressed the importance of balancing worldly and religious duties, in order to be successful in the Hereafter. With these teachings, the Companions were not only completely devoted to Islām, but they were also able to secure economic independence and in turn, support society by means of agriculture, trade and manufacturing. This is further elaborated on in the Qur’ān, as Allāh explains that although the main objective for Muslims is to seek out the bounties of the Hereafter, they should not forget their share of what is contained in the world, as the two are not mutually exclusive. Therefore, a Muslim should neither renounce this world, nor be so engrossed in it, as to forget the eternal life that is to come. Islamic history is replete with examples of Muslims who embraced this balanced approach, using the teachings of the Qur’ān and the Sunnah. This not only

saw them develop into some of the greatest minds in history, but their work helped to change the face of modern society around the world. The reign of the Abbasid Caliphate up until the conquest of Baghdad is considered to be one of the brightest chapters in Islamic History. The Muslims of that time made such enormous academic and inventive progress, that it is referred to as the Golden Age of Islām. Their advancement and dominance in physics, mathematics, medicine and architecture, led to the Muslim World becoming the intellectual centre of that time. It was during this period that IbnSina penned his magnum opus, ‘al-QānūnfilTibb’, an encyclopaedic overview of medicine that was used as a text of study in many medieval universities. Abu Abdullāh Muhammad b. Musa al-Khwārizmi’s insights into mathematics helped him invent algebra and algorithms that contributed towards the invention of modern technology, such as the Internet. Al-Zahrawi, regarded as the father of modern surgery, made innovative contributions to the field of surgical procedures and instruments , and Ibn al-Haytham, viewed as the founder of modern optics and ophthalmology, made pioneering efforts in mathematics, visual perception and scientific methodology. However, these contributions by Muslims weren’t limited to just studies and inventions, but factored on a general appreciation of knowledge. It was during the early years of the Abbasid era that Fātima al-Fihri established the first ever degreegranting university in Morocco

, highlighting the importance Islām places on seeking all forms of beneficial knowledge. Therefore, if Islām did not promote the importance of balancing worldly and religious duties, such feats would not have been possible by some of the greatest Muslim minds in history. Not only did the Muslims of the past make a significant impact on advancements in academia, but through their work, they helped strengthen and elevate the status of Islām and Muslims. They were so influential that their success across various fields of science, art, theology, and technology influenced research and education in academic institutions throughout Europe. For this reason, even Western and non-Muslim social commentators have acknowledged how Muslims were once some of the leading minds in the world. French thinker Gustave le Bon believed if the Arabs of old had taken over France, Paris would have been the centre of the world’s civilization and knowledge. The German orientalist Sigrid Hoeneker mentioned how the light of Islām illuminated over Western civilisation, as Muslims were some of the greatest intellectual minds in history. Russian intellectual Leo Tolstoy declared that Prophet Mohammad (sallAllāhu ‘alayhiwasallam) was the light of truth, and was responsible for the advancement of modern civilisations . Finally, the British writer Dr Herbert George Wells mentioned that Muslims were the pioneers and greatest contributors to modern medicine, and Islām was the only religion suited to civilisation.

While the Muslims of the past achieved greatness in the fields of religious sciences, worship and obedience to Allāh, they also achieved excellence within the fields of their professions, and these are the qualities that the Muslims of today should try to adopt. From an Islamic perspective, Muslims should understand that piety does not equate to living in seclusion from society, but rather, piety is fulfilling one’s religious and worldly obligations. This includes everything from raising a family, to having a job and doing what is expected from you for the people that you are responsible for. For this reason, Muslims should not only be encouraged to learn about their religious duties, but they should also be urged to strive and be successful in worldly matters. They should be encouraged to gain a good education and a good job, in order to help the society that they are a part of. At the same time they should be taught to rectify their intentions whilst performing their worldly responsibilities, in order to gain maximum reward for the Hereafter. This is especially important in Islām since every action is based on intention, and Muslims should aim to gain as much reward from their worldly responsibilities as possible, by always having the intention to please Allāh ‘AzzawaJall in everything they do. It is hoped that this will not only help Muslims emulate the greatness of Muslims from the past, and pave the way for the revival of a new Islamic Golden Age, but at the same time increase their status in the Hereafter. Amar Imam via MuslimVillage.com

A new dawn for Kano emirate, Islamic scholarship By Abbas Yushau Yusuf

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was surprised and elated by the sermon delivered Today Friday the 13th of June by the Emir of Kano Malam Sunusi Lamido Sunusi the 2nd at the Government House Jumuat Masjid. Its indeed the dawn of a New Era in the Kano Emirate Council when the State Government announced the appointment of an economist and public affairs commentator cum Islamic Scholar as the heir apparent to the Late Alhaji Ado Bayero. No doubt MalamSunusi’s Sermon has sent down shivers into the spines of individuals who have the fear of God Almighty Allah to bow down to the decision of the Almighty on who becomes what and when its due as the overall Kingmaker on earth. Delivering the sermon immediately he was ushered into the MASJID accompanied with Traditional Phaphalenia by the Emirate Palace Guards Inherited from Late Emir Ado Bayero is the Elderly Sarkin Dogarai and Galadiman Dogarai while

Ulamas drawn from across the nook and crannies of the State were anxiously waiting for the arrival of Malam Sunusi Lamido Sunusi the 2nd to Deliver the Jumuat Sermon and lead in the congregational Prayers of teeming Muslim Faithfuls at the Government House Jumuat Masjid where he was holding court Since the announcement of his appointment on June 8 2014, Prayers were offered for the repose of the soul of the Late Emir in Batches by the Ulamas of different Sects to ensure spread and avoid bias in praying for the soul of the Late Emir. The Emir of Kano Malam Muhammad Sunusi the Second mounted the pulpit without a single paper on his hand unlike other Imams who deliver Sermons with a Piece of Paper reading from the Text they have written before coming to Masjids to present sermons to the congregation. As usual with imams the Imam of Kano who double as the Emir (remember Imamukum Amirukum) MuhammaduSunusi the 2nd started reading the

sermon up Head without reading from any text, while criss crossing chapters of the Holy Quran the Glorious Book of Allah the only Scripture of all Muslims the world over. No doubt his Khutba has vindicated the Shamakin Danmaje when we interviewed him a day after Malam Sunusi the 2nd ascended the throne of his forefathers told a group of Journalists that the Emir has committed the Glorious Quran into memory. When the emir mounted the pulpit delivering the sermon in the presence of prominent Islamic Scholars he started citing verses on the necessity that every mortal breathing on earth must taste death. My heart was gladdened to the core when our New Emir was citing those verses remembering people that their sojourn on earth must terminate when Death Knocks either prepared or unprepared. These are verses i can remember the Emir recited while delivering his first Jumuat Sermon to the entire people of

Kano. “Innaka Mayyutunwawainnahum Mayyutun’’ thummainnakumyaumal Kiyamatiindarabbikum takhtasimun’’ WamaMuhammadunIllarasulunKadKhalat min kablihirrusulafainmmata au kutilankalabtumala aakabikumwamanyanqalibalaaqibaihifalanyadurrallaha shay ‘a.’’ These are some of the Few verses recited by the Emir of Kano on the necessity of Death no matter how highly placed he is. On the issue of conferring leadership on His servants the Emir told the congregation citing verses of the Glorious Quran from different chapters. These are “kulillahummamalikalmulkituutil mulka man tashau watuizzu man tashauwatuzillu man tasha’ubiyadikal Khairinnakaala Kulli Shay’inKadir’ “Wallahu Yuutimulkahu man yashau wallahu wasi’unalim’’ I ponder over my self that

those opposing the ascendancy of Emir Muhammad Sunusi 2 should have a rethink that an Islamic Scholar who are the descendants of the prophets is the Emir of Kano. Al Ulama’uwarathatul Anbiya This economist who is the heir to Gidan Dabo is a wise choice on our traditional institutions which was bastardized due to its eroding influence in Northern Nigeria but with the appointment of Emir Muhammad Sunusi the 2nd Traditional Institutions in Nigeria and Kano will be reformed and the true teachings of Islam in line with modernity be rooted. Kano Emirate is indeed interwoven with Scholarship as presented and Led by Emir Muhammadu Sunusi 2 a replica of his grandfather who led prayers during his time as Emir of Kano. May the Almighty Allah Continue to give Emir Sunusi the wherewithal to discharge his duties with the fear of Allah. Abbas Yushau can be reached at abyushau2@ gmail.com


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Opinion

Buhari and the Chibok schoolgirls By Sadiq Baba Kura Imam

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lenty reasons make it obvious that those people who abducted the girls, forty other women yesterday and do the massacres are one and the same people spearheading the fight against a bogus terrorism. As we shall see, the same people who abducted the girls are the ones shouting in the media “bring back our girls”. Bringing them back to bombs and slaughtering in Borno where not less than 6800 people were killed since the first abduction. Perhaps they might be safer in the hands of a more secure and successful Boko haram who always have very few causalities compared to the innocent citizens under the protection of an almighty Federal Republic. The deliberate failure or unwillingness of the government to rescue the girls, that the Army claimed it knows where they are incarcerated has embolden the terrorist to come to the same Chibok and capture away 40 other poor innocent mothers and their animals yesterday. A while ago, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari called for an end to the Boko Haram insurgency and concerted effort by government to free the young daughters. Frankly, we expect much more from a first class statesman and leader who has the most priced dividends of being a Head of State or President: classic information and diverse connections.

To blow the whistle, to spill the beans is a sacred obligation on the General considering those facts that his colleagues who led the country, do not have the necessary clout to say out and follow through what every other person knows. We know him to be able to call spade a spade.

illiteracy,

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Because he alone unlike the others is neither a core co-perpetrator nor a pawn in the game of the new world order chauvinism. Generally, most if not all, the noise on Boko Haram and other Nigerian problems is made on symptoms: the truth and false of what is happening to us. But totally not on the root causes and on the final solutions. This is the root cause of complete indicissivess in our affairs. Again, this is further quadrupled by having today a government that is absolutely a pawn in the game of the New World Order and globalization blackmail. For there is no doubt that our leaders are perfectly blackmailed that they dare not speak the truth. Aided to rise to power, aided to divert billions, aided to assassinate their adversaries, aided to bend the law, then brake

it and ultimately bastardise it. With this record that needs no proof in their hands, how can they fail to silence their biological mothers themselves if ordained by those designers and custodians of the said records. Let alone the talk of poor innocent citizens slaughtered by people they know or people they are with. By the way, a lot of reasons for the rise and success of Boko Haram had been debated. Credible as they are, the whole point is missing where the root cause, historically appreciated, even if back to the days of slavery or apartied cruelty perpetrated by this same people are neglected and shelved off and forgotten. This is simply because the same dictators of the tunes of the media choose and determine the debate and analysis on Boko Haram and its causes: Poverty,

unemployment, corruption etc. But not on the root cause like external intrusion which beyond Boko Haram is the root cause of the said corruption, poverty, illiteracy etc. lliteracy is surely a determining factor in the success of Boko Haram. However, who bastardised the equally resourceful traditional educational methods, where Borno leads the country in its mastery? Who undermines the so called western education in the country?Under a well known Devil’s theory studies in their University which they always castigate as conspiracy theories and which certain atrocities climax into divide and rule, they determine the level of education of the exploited countries. That is to be educated enough to communicate with them, carry out their designs, but not educated

enough to confront and outdo their exploiters. Here the issue is why can’t we debate openly what every other person seems to know. This to the extent that a top class columnist who is also a senior aid to our General being very tactical with the truth. AdamuAdamu once said “As the limit is reached, the Americans have offered to help and the president has accepted, and Britain, China and France, which has taking a keener interest in what is happening than all the three, earlier in the week offered their own expertise which we hope will also be accepted. Of the four, at least two have been suspected of having links, no matter how tenuous, but isn’t it curious and surprising that it is only Israel, which has been deeply embedded in the nation’s security network, that has not openly offered to help? It is time for game change, isn’t it? The only potent solution to Nigeria’s problems and woes is the creation, orientation, and awareness of a pragmatic nationalistic patriotism with emphasis on the ultimate sacredness of independence. If it should be – a tough or milder Walter Rodney’s way – the options are limited and the time is ticking. We must at all cost come together and transform our country or continent from a glorified copy cat trash bin of other countries to a matchable competitor and partners. Sadiq Baba Kura Imam via sadiqimam69@gmail. com

Still on NNPC charteedr jet and matters arising By Johnson Eze

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f there is something more precious for business executives than anything else, it is time. Like Benjamin Franklin rightly stated years back, “Lost time is never found again”. For optimum management of time, it is universally agreed that commercial airlines are not a really time efficient option for high profile businessmen and executives-like the key players in the Oil and Gas sector, since they have to travel constantly. But, if executives would have to travel 4 -5 times a week, even economic efficiency goes down. A much better option would be to go for a private jet in those cases. Then, a private jet provides flexibility to fly wherever and whenever you want as there are many airports which are not served by commercial airlines. It also saves check in and checkout time, baggage checking and waiting time at airports. However, owning a private jet brings a lot of headache along with it. If you are not worrying about licensing, you have to make the private jet Stage 3 compliant if it is not already. You have to maintain the jet with regular

checks by flight mechanics. You have to arrange for parking and security on airports. Also, the costs of extra fuel, the crew, the pilot, space and maintenance can turn out to be a lot. If you do not travel way too often, all the overhead is not really worth the cost. Chartered jets are available at very short notice. You can usually get the jet of your choice with one call. In fact, you can look for discounts if you travel quite often. The luxury and time efficiency is completely there without the added responsibility. And if one is not certain on how often one needs to travel, then a chartered jet is a far better option. If not used to full extent, the excessive investment of millions of dollars on a private jet is not worth it at all. You might even run into tax problems and extra insurance charges if you own a jet compared to using a chartered jet. A chartered jet is just like a commercial plane except that you will save a lot of time. It is therefore easy to appreciate the economic and operational reasons why Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) opted to charter jets for certain services

of the organization. But in spite the rationale behind chartering of the jets, which majority of the stakeholders in the industry have actually come to terms with as being sensible in relation to industry exigencies, cynics and critics have continue to dwell on the subject with hyperbolic appeal. Perhaps, it is in order to attract more attention, sensationalism is being made of the amount of money that was probably expended in whole project of using jet over a two year span. And the question is: Have we compared the financial or economic returns which the use of the jet has brought to the Country within the same period with its cost? Have we thought of the losses that would have been incurred for the country by the operators had they not used jets to meet the timely requirements of the business? Notwithstanding, these above and other questions beg for answers as the dust raised by the All Progressive Congress (APC) parliamentarian from Lagos state, Hon. Babatunde Adejare, on the alleged wastage of 10 billion naira by NNPC for chartering of aircraft for the official and personal use of minister of Petroleum Resources

Mrs. Diezani Alison in the past two years continues to generate ripples across every divides. On its own, the management of the NNPC in throwing light to the issues has told Nigerians that Chartering aircraft is a normal practice in local and international businesses. According to a to a statement by the former Acting Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of Corporation , Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, said contrary to the information being peddled is some quarters; the NNPC has not chartered any aircraft for the exclusive use of the Minister of Petroleum Resources or any particular official of the Corporation. He stressed that Mrs. Alison Madueke did not chartered any aircraft for her personal use or the use of her family, as the said charter was in consonance with the legal instrument which establishes the Corporation as a commercial entity to engage in the oil and gas sector. He maintained that NNPC in the course of discharging its statutory and commercial functions engages third parties for the provision of services outside of its core business. But, the House of Representative is probing the alleged 10 billion naira spent by

NNPC in chartering aircraft for the minister of Petroleum Resources who also double as the Board Chairperson of the corporation for her official and personal trips as the house alleged. And they want her out of office so that the angel they will recommend who will not make use of chartered flight in the cause of his or her official duties should be appointed. By and large, the questions that remained unanswered as this probe progresses is whether the previous ministers also enjoyed the services of a chartered aircraft in the cause of their day to day activities while in office? At what point did NNPC start using chartered aircraft in their business activities? Did former ministers Rilwan Lukman, Jubril Aminu, Don Etiebet, Dan Etete use chartered aircraft during their time. If yes how much did they spent each in chartering aircraft? I think the best thing the legislators should concern themselves with is speedy passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which is pending before them for too long and leave the corporation and the minister alone to do their job. Johnson Eze via ezejohnson101@yahoo.com


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Comment Open letter to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

By Charles Onunaiju

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uring the negotiation, you led to repay Nigeria’s debt to a consortium of western creditors; you said that after extricating from the debt overhang, the country would invest resources freed from servicing the debts in infrastructure and human development.Nearly a decade later, you also led a road show to China to secure low interest loan to finance infrastructure and recuperate the economy. It seems you have no difficulties in putting yourself in a position of extreme contradictions. Since the early 2000, when you arrived at the Nigeria’s public scene, you inspired much hope about economic recovery but up to date, none has materialized. In fact, since your involvement n the country’s economic management, more people are out of job, Nigerians have less to eat, most local industries have closed shop and anti-social activities has ballooned. The scourge of terrorism, completely unknown to Nigerians but which is now ravaging the country and destroying her fabric was in the aftermath of the earthscorched economic reforms, which minted few billionaires, but left numerous Nigerians in destitution. The economic logic you pursue with religious zeal is almost the same that was widely instituted in South America in the 1980s and early 1990s, widely known as the Washington consensus, an economic mix cooked by the Breton woods institutions (IMF and World Bank) under the supervision of Washington and

Brussels. The consensus wreaked South America, leaving her with bitterly divided societies and given rise to widespread insurgency. As you may well know, Argentina defaulted on its sovereign debt and in the mid 1990s four governments fell apart in quick succession within a period of a year. Mexico in the same period had its currency fell to its lowest ever, prompting Mexico’s parliament to resort to extreme austerity measure like switching off the air conditioning system. From Brazil to Argentina, Venezuela to Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru and Honduras, the Washington consensus and its economic shock therapy of neoliberalism left these countries in economic bankruptcy and social chaos. The political order of right wing military dictatorship and pseudodemocratic regimes under the suzerainty of Washington resorted to repression and other extant abuses. Previously unelectable left wing parties advocating a repudiation of the economic order derived from the Washington consensus took the region by storm in the late 1990s and opened a new economic order marked significantly by social inclusion and poverty alleviation. The region’s largest economy and biggest nation, Brazil, had the formerly unelectable workers party (PT), under the former shoe shiner turned trade unionist, Mr Inacio Lula elected into the presidency. In ten years, he took out about 30 million

Brazilians out of abject poverty. Succeeded by former Marxist guerrilla, Ms DilmaRouseff, Brazil seem on the march to bolster her economy and improve the quality of the living standard of her people. Apart from enhanced economy and expanding political space, the region has grown fabulously independent in its domestic economic and foreign policies. Washington looks on, in ‘shock and awe’ at the audacity of her former acclaimed ‘backyard’ as it raises her own voice in the global arena, without the echoes of the White House. Even as the vibrancy of this formerly marooned region is on global display, with its impressive mileage in economic and social reconstruction, you, madam minister continue to lead the Africa‘s largest nation to an economic blind alley of the thoroughly discredited Washington consensus with a consequence and heavy price of social chaos and politically broken landscape. If you take a look at the contemporary new economic kid on the block, the South East Asia, you will notice a home-grown economic reform that takes advantages of the regions traditional thrift, creating the massive pool of domestic capital from which the region is leading its investment drive and absorbing its huge working population. Since the 1997 melt down, the region has taken strong policy measures, to inoculate herself against the vagaries of hot money. These experiences are in the open for us to tap and build into our local condition to produce a home grown economic policy,

yet you are tragically wedded to extant measures borne out of the supply side and neo-liberal economics of the Washington consensus. You have been considerably around; long enough for the economic measures which you hedge your influential weight to bear fruit. Yet, all could be seen is deepening misery and expanding poverty with dire consequences of rising tide of anti-social behaviour, whose most extreme expression is terrorism that is ravaging the country. Desperate for a success story, you caused for the rebasing of the economy of which you arrived at the fabulous story that Nigeria’s GDP is at a whopping over 500 billion U.S dollars and is the largest economy in Africa. Following the national uproar about the contradictions of a rebased GDP and debased economy, you countered that the rebased GDP is not suppose to put a meal on anyone’s table but advertise the investment potential of the economy. From this, it appears very clear that you are more keen to bolster the international perception of Nigeria, no matter how blurred by reality than in ameliorating the dire conditions of your compatriots. In the rebased GDP, you noted the contribution of the service sector especially the telecoms industry and Nollywood, that did not feature in the last rebase of GDP about two decades ago. But these sectors as critical as they are, do not constitute a strategic core of the economy with multiplier effect to build

value-sectoral chain. It is the value chains of the critically core sector of any economy to absorb the work force in productive activities that triggers economic expansion. Your economic reform effort have yet to accommodate the critical component of value bolster, which is well known to derive from traditional sectors like industries, agriculture and manufacturing. If you genuinely believe in neo-liberal economic measures that you earnestly push, it is important that you take more than a casual look and interest in the South Americas of 1970, 80s and early 1990s to see the broken social landscape of the region and compare with the recoveries in the early period of this century and up to now and evaluate the economic model under which they are achieving social inclusion amidst economic growth. This letter is not meant to question your intellectual integrity but to spur you into a wider intellectual horizon where nothing is too sacrosanct to be interrogated. As you may know, American renowned economist, Kenneth Gilbraith warned against treating economic policy as article of faith, and it is the repudiation of “book worship”, an extreme form of article of faith, that enabled the Chinese pre-eminent reformer, Deng Xiaoping to inspire the world’s most successful economic reform and modernization effort, ever known in human history. Charles Onunaiju is a journalist based in Abuja.

Kano Emir: Sanusi a worthy successor (II) Experience over the years had proved imposers and god–fathers wrong that attaining public office depends largely on mandate freely and duly exercised by the electorates. During the ill-fated transition program of former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, voters of the old Kano State (comprising of Kano and Jigawa states) massively preferred the then candidate of the Social Democratic Party (S D P), Alhaji Aminu Inuwa. However, the SDP lost the battle due to imposition of a less popular candidate – Engr. Magaji Abdullahi, hence recording a protest vote in favour of Arc. Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya of the National Republican Party (N R C). Though Gaya’s tenure was short-lived but characterized with unfulfilled promises which hinged then, on his (Senator Gaya’s) political luck that eventually brought him to Africa House unprepared! Thereafter, Lagos

State voters had not only emulated Kano State but voted out the SDP imposed candidature (of Mr. Sarumi) in favour of the late Chief Michael Otedola. References of this nature are not exhaustible; however, it is sufficed to recall the success of Barr. Ali Sa’ad Birnin Kudu as Governor of Jigawa State following the application of federal might (by the military junta) against Alhaji Sule Lamido who aspired to govern the state then! Of most recent, was the case of Bauchi State in 2007 when the then out-going governor now PDP national chair attempted albeit unsuccessfully to impose his SSG, Barr. Nadudu for the plumb job of Bauchi’s No. 1 office was not only floored at the polls but massively rejected through popular votes in favour of the incumbent state chief executive, Mallam Isa Yuguda. Irrespective of the political leaning of Kano aspirants to Kano government house, be it members of the defunct CPC, ANPP,

Kwankwasiyya or any other late entrants to the fold of APC, it is a popular view that competence, assessment of individual capacity will not be thrown to dogs in favour narrow interest that will cause APC the seat of the state chief executive. A thoroughly but democratically adopted candidate for 2015 election in the state must not only carefully identified but tested to keep the state moving. Internal democracy in some parties are rather members’ nightmare, however, the APC in Kano nay Nigeria is expected to be an exception. Managing the number of the gubernatorial candidates towards a level playing ground for individual aspirants remain a key component for ensuring acceptable internal democracy within the party. Thus, it translates subsequently on how the party handles voters’ reaction of the outcome of the primary election amongst other post primary election crisis

management. A hard look at the trio of Jafaru Isa, Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi and Kabiru Gaya reveals individual human capacity, zeal and determination to lead. The most vibrant, intellectually gifted candidate capable of uniting the entire voters of APC in the state including, gaining the sympathy of the opposition, is a combination of General Jafaru Isa and Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi. It is incumbent upon one to disabuse inquisitive readers’ mind that the author harbors neither grudge nor sentiments on Senator Gaya’s prospect or any other aspirant for Kano’s No. 1 office! However, Senator Gaya’s performance at the hallowed chamber is better appreciated than coming back to Kano! Previously acclaimed mouthpiece of the state whose ostentation to wealth accumulation characterized by executive arm of government maneuver cost him his over 3 term (tenure in house) and

hard–earned integrity while on the chair of an adhoc investigation committee of the lower chamber, the state was only saved at the national forum by the likes of Hon. Kawu Sumaila,Comrade Aminu Sulaiman Fagge and Hon. Aliyu Madakin Gini. In spite of likely different political stand with Kano Governor’s preferred candidate – though not yet revealed or anointed; nevertheless, APC will be better equipped to approach the 2015 Kano governorship election with a combination of the erstwhile Kaduna State military governor, Lawal Jafaru Isa as flag-bearer and Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi as running mate. Sustainability of projects and policies are instrumental to successful governance as Kano state aspires for policies and infrastructures that will outlived its present and future leadership. Sulaiman Muhammed Ayagi wrote in from Kano.


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NGO makes provision of water in rural areas top priority

Security officers arrest a suspected thug, during the National Convention of All Progressives Congress (APC), at the weekend, in Abuja.

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s part of its commitment towards offering humanitarians services through provision of Basic needs to the less privilege peoples in the society, the newly sworn in President of Soroptimist International, an Non-Governmental Organisation in Abuja, Anthonia Okoli, says provision of portable water in rural communities in the FCT is her top most priority. She promised to tackle water scarcity in Abuja rural communities, by providing boreholes in most of the rural areas in all the six area councils in FCT. m The newly elected president, disclosed this at her Insignia and installation ceremony as the 13th president of the organization, at the weekend, said other projects that are on top on her agenda include; provision free medical services , women empowerment, and the continuous scholarship programme of her predecessor for the less privilege students in FCT and beyond. “This organisation’s primary objective is to provide succour to the less privilege in the society and make life meaningful for the poorest of the poor, especially women and girls. “It aims at creating a society where there is equity and a decent living for all people life; as such, I will do all within my power by God’s grace to touch lives as many as possible and this is the Platform, I enjoin well-meaning Nigerians, friends and relations to key into this version”, Okoli said. Earlier, the immediate past president of the NGO, Medinah Huthman , described soroptimist’s mission as inspired action that creates opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships. Thanking her defunct executive members for their support, during her reign, she recalled how lives of many were affected positively in rural communities of the area councils in FCT. In her goodwill message, former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Dame Pauline Tallen, who was Mother of the Day, expressed gratitude for what members of Soroptimist has done in in the society. She expressed her confident in the ability of Okoli’s leadership to take the organisation to a greater height, and urged members to always pray for her success, promise to revive her Plateau state chapter of Soroptimist International. Highlight of the event was the inauguration of the new executives and induction of new members into their folds, as well as donations were made by guests as Startup of the Organisation’s president’s pet project, provision of portable water in the rural communities.

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Environment: FCTA seals up 2,491 facilities, sites Stories by Stanley Onyekwere

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he Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has sealed up a total of 2,491 facilities and sites in the Territory, for non-compliance with Environmental Impact Assessment/Environmental Audit (EIA/EA) regulations. Also, some of these facilities were also sealed up due to default in payment of service charges and other environmental offences

between January and April 2014. This was disclosed by the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, after a meeting with some senior officials of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) recently in his office. Mohammed revealed that a new FCT Policy Guideline on Solid Waste Management is being packaged and stakeholders would soon brainstorm on its review, preparatory to its approval by the FCT Executive Committee

(EXCO). In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Muhammad Sule, yesterday, he noted that the FCT Resident Sanitation Forum has been resuscitated with the objectives of increasing general awareness and full participation of the residents in environmental protection programmes. According to him, 3,195 Premises were inspected and given health talk on the importance

of sanitation, while 93 Premises were fumigated in the process. However, the minister warned that hard times await environmental offenders in the Federal Capital Territory, as all efforts would be put in, to rid Abuja of all environmental nuisances. He therefore solicited for cooperation and understanding of all residents of the Territory as well as closer collaboration of all stakeholders.

Aduda bags peace advocate award

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he Senator representing the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and chairman, Senate committee on power, Senator Philip Aduda, has received a Senior Advocate of Peace award, in recognition of his role towards building bridges for peace throughout FCT and beyond. The Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Mr. Dickson Akor, who bestowed the award on him, during the Senator’s 45th birthday ceremony, at the

weekend, in Abuja, described him as epitome of peace in FCT, noting he is the first sitting senator to be bestowed with the international recognition for peace. “We use this your birthday to present you this award which you were noinated purely on merit for your contribution in peace building in our society”, Akor Said. Receiving the award, Aduda who thanked Peace Corps of Nigeria, for recognising him, said the award is an inspirational that

is going to spur him to do more. “This recognition is so special from you people, in fact am surprise with the turn up of people to this on announced birthday, it pays to be in touch with the people, this is a lesson every leader must learn, am amazed and I promise to do more”, the Senator Said Aduda also used the occasion to charge FCT residents to be vigilante and security conscious where ever they may find themselves.

Earlier, Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Yohanna Ushafa, described Aduda as a role model and political icon in FCT, who thinks about the people first, and asked young politicians to emulate him. “I have never seen a man like this, who thinks more about his people than his self, every day I thank God for given us a man like this to our people, his is worthy of emulation, and I pray God to grant him more fruitful years”, he said.

Beware of swindlers, NSCDC warns job seekers

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he Commandant, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Aminu Abdullahi Kofarsoro , has warned residents especially job seekers to stop being victims

of job swindlers, who parade themselves as agents of highly placed officers of the Corps. He said that the Corps is not currently engaged in any form of recruitment exercise in the Territory. According to a statement signed by the

Command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Akinbinu David, at the weekend, the commandant emphasized that the public will be notified through publication in the national dailies whenever the Corps intend to recruit. He therefore warned

those impersonating the Corps and extorting money from unsuspecting job seekers to desist from the act, stating that the corps has set up their affairs on a lookout for such people and when caught, they will be brought to book.


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Court remands man accused Police arraign man for cheating of raping 2-year old girl T A

Mararaba Upper Area court, has ordered the remand of one Torkegh Matu, 35, of Angwan-Jikwoyi, New Karu, in prison for allegedly raping a two-year old girl. The Police Prosecutor, Mr. Joseph Ahwa, told the court that the incident was reported at the `A’ Division Police Station, Mararaba, by one Jennifer Aso of same address with the accused on

June 10. Ahwa said the victim lived with her mother in the same compound with the accused. The prosecutor said the victim’s mother came home and noticed bruises on the body of her two-year old daughter whom she left while asleep. “She checked her and noticed some bruises on her private part. She took her to a medical

center in Mararaba, where it was confirmed that there was an attempt at penetration. “She suspected Matu who was the only male at home with the daughter,’’ the prosecutor said. Ahwa urged the court not to grant bail to the accused in order to prevent interference with police investigations. The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charge.

His counsel, Mr. Gabriel Okhugbe, urged the court to grant the accused bail. The presiding judge, Mr. Vincent Gwahemba rejected the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison. He adjourned the case to July 9 for continuation of hearing. (NAN)

Business activities, during the National Convention of All Progressives Congress (APC), at the weekend, in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

2 men in trouble for receiving stolen motorcycle

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he police have arraigned two men, Musa Abubakar, 33, and Mohammed Dahiru, 36, of Dei-Dei village, Abuja, in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, for allegedly receiving a stolen motorcycle. The prosecutor, Insp. Jeremiah Elijah, told the court that on May 31 a team of policemen attached to Lugbe Divisional Headquarters, Abuja, arrested the accused persons. He said the accused were arrested by the team led by

Insp. Abah Peter, while they were investigating a case of theft which was earlier reported to the division. According to Elijah, on May 30, Bashir Lawal, of Zone T, Lugbe, reported that on May 29, his motorcycle was snatched by three men, Abdullahi Musa, Sanni Dankatsina, and Aliyu Babatunde. He said that the three men and some others, now at large, snatched Lawal’s motorcycle at about 10p.m. at Pyakasa Village,

Airport Road, Abuja. Elijah said Musa, Dankatsina and Babatunde were known in the area for motorcycle theft, and that the stolen motorcycle was found with Abubakar and Dahiru. He also said that during police investigation, the accused admitted to the crime and confessed to being in the act of receiving stolen property from criminals. According to the prosecutor, the duo are standing trial for joint act and receiving stolen

properties which is contrary to sections 79, and 317 of the Penal code respectively, The two accused pleaded not guilty. The judge, Mrs Binta Dogonyaro, granted them bail in the sum of N100,000 with two reliable sureties each in like sum who must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court. She said that the sureties must depose an affidavit of means with the court’s registry, and adjourned the case till August 5. (NAN)

Police arraign man, 40, for shielding offender

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40-year old man, Paul Audu, has appeared before a Mararaba Senior Magistrates’ court, charged with shielding an offender from prosecution. The police arraigned Audu of Karu, Nasarawa before Senior Magistrate Iliya Aku, on a count charge of screening an offender, an accusation he denied. The prosecutor, Cpl. Steven Kwaza, told the court that one Ndubuisi Victor, a detained crime suspect, was released on bail to the accused who was his surety.

He alleged that Victor was released to the accused in December, 4, 2013 after he had signed an undertaking to produce the suspect any time he was needed by the police. He further alleged that when it was time to charge the suspect to court, the accused refused to honour the terms of his undertaking. Kwaza said that the undertaking was signed at the Sani Abacha Police Station, Mararaba, where the suspect was being held in connection with a case of cheating.

“All efforts by the police to lead them to Victor for prosecution proved abortive as he was not ready to give us the needed information. “We had no option than to arrest the accused, having failed to produce Victor for legal action, and arraign him to serve as a deterrent to others. “The accused is aware that refusing to produce Victor makes him liable to pay the N200,000 bail bond he signed to the Federal Government of Nigeria”, the prosecutor alleges. The offence, according to the

prosecutor, contravened Section 167 of the Penal code. Magistrate Aku admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction. The sureties, according to the magistrate, should summit their recent passport photographs to the court registrar and their addresses should be verified by the prosecutor before his released. He then adjourned the case till July 17 for continuation of hearing. (NAN)

he police have arraigned Chikeze Chukwuka, 31, of Jabi village, Abuja, in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, for alleged criminal breach of trust and cheating. The prosecutor, Cpl Francis Tanko, told the court that on June 7, one Daniel Ikechukwu of Kubwa reported the matter at Wuse police station. He said that Ikechuckwu entrusted the accused with his blackberry phone to sell for him. The prosecutor said the accused sold the phone for N22,000 but failed to remit the money to Ikechuckwu. He said that the offence contravened sections 312 and 322 of the Penal code respectively. Section 312 stipulates an imprisonment of seven years, a fine or with both, while Section 322 provides an imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years, a fine or with both as punishment for offenders. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. The Senior Magistrate, Chukwuemeka Ubari, granted the accused bail in the sum of N15, 000 with a surety who he said must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court. Ubari then adjourned the matter until July 7. (NAN)

2 women, man get 8 months’ imprisonment for fighting

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n Upper Area court in Zuba area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has sentenced two women and a man to eight months imprisonment each for fighting. The trio, Bukky Ibrahim, Sadiya Sak, and Ibrahim Maigurasa of no fixed addresses were also charged with public nuisance. The presiding judge, Malam Aminu Sa’ad gave the sentence after the accused persons pleaded guilty to the two counts charge of disturbance of public peace and public nuisance. Sa’ad however, gave the convicts an option of fine of N20, 000 each. The prosecutor, Cpl. Momoh Ibrahim had told the court that on June 10, a crime prevention patrol team, led by Cpl Alimo Dubi, while on patrol, met the convicts engaged in a fight over a mere argument. Ibrahim said that during police interrogation none of the trio could give a satisfactory account of themselves. The prosecutor told the court that their offences contravened sections 113 and 183 of the Penal code respectively (NAN)


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W/Bank, ADB laud FG’s power reforms By Etuka Sunday

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orld Bank and the African Development Bank yesterday commended the power reforms efforts of the federal government, and urged other African countries to borrow a leaf from the exercise. The commendations came at

the opening session of the African Union’s Summit on Financing Infrastructure Development held in Dakar, Senegal. The summit with the theme, “Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for continental infrastructure transformation” was convened by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal

and Chairperson of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee. The Vice President Africa, World Bank, Mr. Mukhtar Diop, while listing some infrastructure achievements across Africa commended the Federal Government for the successful privatisation of the private sector

in Nigeria. He described what he called the electric reforms as one of the ways of solving Africa’s problems by Africans. “We must commend the leadership in Nigeria for the successful completion of the privatisation of the country’s power sector. The electric reforms

L-R: Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) MD/CEO, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, Executive Director, Operations, Prince Aghatise Erediauwa, Director Research, Policy & International Relations Department, Dr. J. A. Afolabi, and Executive Director Corporate Services, Hon. (Mrs.) Lola Abiola-Edewor, during a one-day roundtable on Mobile Payment Services in Nigeria organised by NDIC, recently in Lagos.

FAAN targets N70 billion from automation as revenue rises by 17% From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has said its expected target revenue of N70 billion from automated revenue sources is realistic as the automation exercise has boosted it revenue by 17 per cent. The recent automation carried out on the revenue sources of the agency became necessary and aimed at nipping loopholes through which funds generated are syphoned by individuals into private coffers. Findings shows that the automation has brought about a steady progress in revenue collection, which is expected to rise up to N70 billion when the automation of all the airports is completed.

Also, when asked, an executive member of Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association ATSSSAN, FAAN branch, said the workers desire to have it revenue sources automated but explained it should transparent and give kudos to the exercise so far. The members who crave anonymity said “We opposed Maevis because our investigation revealed to us, and we were convinced, that it was not transparent. Instead of increasing our revenue, we were losing money. At a time we stopped getting our allowances and the money paid to maintain the airports stopped coming. We fully support automation, but it must be transparent”. He pointed out that the

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automation has not fully taken place, but said while the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja has been fully automated; Lagos and Port Harcourt are yet to be fully automated. “I am sure by the time the automation is completed we would be earning N60 to N70 billion annually.” He said. The initial automation done by FAAN in the past focused only on aeronautical revenue, which concentrated only on the large airports, the current automation focused on both aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue and indications show that nonaeronautical would soon be higher than the later in the next two years if well captured by the automation. Also, General Manager, Corporate Communication of

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FAAN, Yakubu Dati said the agency was largely kept in the dark by the automation carried out in the past because the concession model was handled by external company “in a black box to FAAN” and therefore was not transparent. Dati said in the present automation the contractor deploys and maintains the equipment and software, but FAAN staff is trained to operate and use the system. He said in the past the invoices generated by the external company was customised accordingly, but the present automation electronic invoices are generated by the agency in a more efficient and effective manner and this means full ownership of invoicing process which enhances reconciliation.

in that country is one of the ways of solving Africa’s problems by Africans. We commend the country for that,” Diop said. The President, African Development Bank Group, Dr. Donald Kaberuka, on his part commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the partial removal of subsidy and for using the money saved on infrastructure and education among others. Jonathan, in his remarks, said the continent could no longer rely solely on budgetary resources to finance the development of infrastructure. He said the summit was meant to draw from country experiences to identify various ways of mobilising financial resources required to fix Africa’s infrastructure gap. The President said in Nigeria, his administration was mobilising domestic financial resources for infrastructure development. He named some examples of such techniques to include the Sovereign Wealth Fund, Pension Funds, issuance of Dedicated Infrastructure Bonds, establishment and capitalisation of the Infrastructure Bank and the use of Public Private Partnerships. Despite these however, Jonathan said the country was facing some challenges including inadequate technical expertise. He said, “At the regional and continental level, the difference in legal and regulatory systems and standards across countries is also an issue. We are well positioned to take specific measures to address these challenges. “Our economic fundamentals are strong. The performance of our shock market is among the best globally. The yields and prices of our domestic and foreign bonds are favourable. “Going forward, the experiences that will be shared by different countries at this summit and lessons learned from the deliberations and panel discussions should provide key inputs into the planning, design and implementation of future infrastructure projects.” Jonathan said to scale up and achieve success, projects would require proper planning and funding. He said Nigeria would exploit innovative ways to attract private sector participation and would further strengthen and expand enabling regulatory and legal frameworks to encourage the development of local consortia to take on big-ticket projects.

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Expert lists financial system fraud causes Stories from Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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oor social value, inadequate laws or poor implementation of legal/regulatory provisions for fraud have been identified as factors responsible for increased cases of fraud in the nations financial system. This was the submission of the Deputy Governor, Financial Systems Stability, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, at the 2014 compliance conference held in Lagos. According him, others factors include continuous cases of advancement in technology without commensurate emphasis on capacity building in banks and other companies; insatiable appetite for wealth among individuals and poor moral upbringing of children; and banks’ poor or faulty staff recruitment processes, poor conditions of service; and weak internal controls. Adelabu noted that the 2013 Global Fraud Report indicated that Africa had the highest regional level of fraud losses, with about 2.4

per cent of revenue lost to fraud. He pointed out that Africa had retained its position as the region with the largest fraud cases, while subSaharan Africa maintained the unenviable position of the region with the most prevalent fraud problems (77 per cent), among the regions surveyed. He further stated that Africa has highest regional figures of physical assets

theft which presently stood 47 per cent, corruption (30 per cent), regulatory or compliance breaches (22 per cent), internal financial frauds (27 per cent) and misappropriation of organizational funds (17 per cent). No wonder it also had the highest regional level of fraud losses (2.4 per cent of revenues).” Adelabu, who left the banking sector a few months ago when he was appointed

a deputy governor at the CBN along with the new Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said the lenders had recorded more fraud cases because of internal collusion with bank officials. “We have recorded high success rate of frauds from this class of individuals just with collusion of bank officials. In fact, before I left banking, we had started seeing the incidences of

more internal frauds than eternal; which means it is very difficult to curb,” he noted He added, “It is those who know your systems and controls that compromise to assist external fraudsters. If banks can find a way to minimise the cooperation of their employees with these fraudsters, there is going to be a reduction in the number of successful fraud cases.”

DMBs commence biometric registration today

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eposit Money Banks will today commence the biometric registration of their customers. The registration exercise is expected to pave way for the issuance of a uniform and unique identification number called Bank Verification Number (BVN) to every bank customer across the country.

Recall that the former CBN governor, Mallam Sanisi Lamido Sanusi on 14th of Febuary this year heralded the pilot phase of the project which was scheduled to run to May 31, 2014, after which full rollout to bank branches was to commence, a project which he said represented a milestone in the financial industry

ADDENDUM FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) GOMBE ASHAKA ROAD, P.M.B 60, GOMBE, GOMBE STATE YEAR 2012 – 2013 (MERGED) TETFUND NORMAL INTERVENTION RE: INVITATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION AND NOTICE OF TENDER

EXTENSION OF TIME AND REDUCTION OF TENDER FEES 1. Further to the publication of YEAR 2012 – 2013 (MERGED) TETFUND NORMAL INTERVENTION for the Proposed Construction of Primary Education Studies Complex, Phase II and Proposed Construction of Laboratories, Classrooms and Offices for Demonstration School in the BLUEPRINT newspaper of Tuesday, 20th May 2014 and PEOPLES DAILY newspaper of Monday, 19th May 2014, that the date line for Invitation for prequalification and notice of tender has been extended to Monday, 28th July 2014 and the Tender fees of N50, 000. 00 only per lot. 2. Bids will be opened in the presence of bidder’s representatives who choose to attend on Monday, 28th July 2014 by 12:00 noon at the Conference room of the School of Science and Tenders will be open on Monday, 4th August 2014 at the same time and venue. 3. All other information remains unchanged. We regret any inconvenience. Signed, D/Director Procurement Department

as the BVN would help to mitigate fraud, identify theft and enhance credit advancement to customers. The Managing Director, Nigeria InterBank Settlement System plc, NIBSS, Mr. Ade Shonubi, said the rollout of the BVN registration of customers today signified the end of the pilot phase of the project. Shonubi, who also doubles as the Head of the BVN Project Management team, noted that over 7,000 BVNs had been issued by 21 banks and the NIBSS to existing internal bank customers during the pilot phase. According to him, the enrolments and BVN issuance were achieved across 44 bank sites that included 21 bank headquarters. The NIBSS boss, however, pointed out that the biometric registration exercise of the banking public commencing today would take place in 1000 bank branches located in Lagos only. The rollout of the BVN solution for the identification and verification of bank customers on June 16, according to the Shonubi, is preceding a nationwide rollout billed to commence in coming months. He said this was in alignment with the phased approach adopted in executing the three-tiered ‘know your customer’ and the cashless policy of the CBN. He said, “the pilot phase of the BVN registration of bank customers served as a model and basis for rollout of the solution to existing bank customers. All Nigerian banks have their headquarters servers configured, deployed and

tested, and had their staff trained before engaging in enrolment and verification of end users who are mainly internal customers. Feedback from application usage and experience were collated, analysed and shared with solution provider to ensure seamless service delivery during eventual roll-out. “We are adopting a phased roll-out approach starting with Lagos State. It commences on June 16, 2014, at 1,000 bank branches, after taking out the pilot branches, out of the 1,410 bank branches in the state. Across the nation at full roll-out, 10,000 enrolment sets will be deployed across 5,000 bank branches, implying deployment of two enrolment sets per bank branch.” Shonubi added that “in line with the commitment of the CBN and the Banker’s Committee to the financial enlightenment of Nigerians, all possible knowledge gaps will be closed through bespoke awareness programmes, customer education and engagement initiatives to ensure massive uptake of BVN by existing bank customers. “The BVN initiative involves the capturing of an individual’s basic biometric data information which includes the facial image, the 10 finger prints as well as other unique features of that individual. It will utilise the biometric technology system for verification and secure authentication of the identity of bank customers and ultimately as a means of authenticating customer’s identity at point of banking transactions.

Currency-incirculation drops by 11.4%

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urrency-in-circulation fell by 11.4 per cent to close at N1.57 trillion at the end of the first quarter of 2014, compare with the decline of 7.6 per cent recorded at the end of the corresponding quarter of 2013. This, however, contrasted with the 20.5 per cent increase at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. The development, relative to the level at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, was attributed, largely, to the 15.2 per cent fall in currency outside the banks. Similarly, total deposits at the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN declined by 3.0 per cent to N6, 814.9 billion, in contrast to the increase of 0.2 per cent at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. The development, according to economic report for the first quarter of 2014 released by the CBN, reflected, largely, the 8.5 and 3.0 per cent fall in the deposits of banks and Federal Government, respectively, which more than offset the 48.4 per cent increase in the deposit of “Others”. Of the total deposit, the shares of the Federal Government, banks and “Others were N2.7 trillion (40.6 per cent), N3.4 trillion (50.8 per cent) and N588.6 billion (8.6 per cent), respectively. Reserve money (RM), at N5 trillion fell by 9.4 per cent, in contrast to the 19.6 per cent increase recorded in the preceding quarter. The development, relative to the level in the preceding quarter, was attributed to the significant decline in its currency and demand deposit components. In the same vein foreign assets (net) of the banking system fell by 10.6 per cent to stood at N7.6 trillion at the end of the review quarter, compared with the decline of 4.6 per cent at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. This, however, contrasted with the increase of 7.1 per cent recorded at the end of the corresponding quarter of 2013. The development, relative to the level in the fourth quarter of 2013, was attributed to the decline in both the CBN and banks holdings of foreign assets. However, other assets (net) of the banking system rose by 7.9 per cent to negative N7.2 trillion in contrast to the decline of 3.1 and 7.9 per cent at the end of the fourth and the corresponding quarters of 2013, respectively. The increase, relative to the level in the fourth quarter of 2013, reflected, largely, the increase in unclassified assets of both the CBN and the banks during the review period.


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Capital Market

Executive Vice President, African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK), Dr Okey Oramah (left), briefing journalists on promotion and development of factoring in Africa, last Friday in Lagos. With him is Head, External Communications, AFREXIMBANK, Mr. Obi Emekekwue (right). Photo: NAN

Market indicators drop by 0.03% OER Stories from Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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quity transaction on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange last week ended on bearish trend as the indicator closed flat. Specifically , the NSE All-Share Index and Market Capitalization depreciated by 0.03% to close on Friday at 41,517.10 basis points and N13.709 trillion respectively. Four of the NSE indices appreciated during the week with the exception of the NSE Consumer Goods Index (0.62%), NSE Lotus II (0.70) and NSE Industrial Goods Index (3.22%). Meanwhile, NSE ASeM index closed flat. However, a turnover of 2.732

billion shares worth N22.165 billion in 26,074 deals were traded by investors in contrast to a total of 1.876 billion shares valued at N32.902 billion that exchanged hands in 28,408 deals the previous week. The Conglomerates Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.203 billion shares valued at N5.453 billion traded in 2,315 deals; thus contributing 44.03% and 24.60% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Financial Services Industry followed with a turnover of 1.063 billion shares worth N8.813 billion in 12,506 deals. The third place was occupied by the ICT Industry with 208.090 million shares worth N106.090 million in 64

deals. Review of activity in the market showed that Trading in The Top Three Equities NamelyTransnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc, Mass Telecommunications Innovative Nigeria Plc and United Bank for Africa Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 1.596 billion shares worth N7.016 billion in 3,549 deals, contributing 58.44% and 31.65% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. Also traded during the week were a total of 466,975 units of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) valued at N9,450,575.20 executed in 18 deals compared with a total of 260,422 units valued at N5,505,971.00 transacted last week in 19 deals Similarly, 2,900 units of FGN bonds valued at

N3, 580,914.94 were traded this week in 2 deals compared with a total of 2,800 units valued at N3, 375,304.94 transacted last week in 3 deals. Forty-four (44) equities appreciated in prices during the week higher than Forty-two (42) equities of the preceding week. Thirty-two (32) equities depreciated in prices lower than forty-two (42) equities of the preceding week, while one hundred and twenty-four (124) equities remained unchanged higher than one hundred and sixteen (116) recorded in the preceding week. N4.5 Billion 16% Fixed Rate Bonds due 1st April 2019, issued by Dana Group of Companies Plc was admitted to trading at the Exchange on 11th June, 2014.

Law Union records N3.7bn premium

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aw Union and Rock Insurance Plc. has recorded a Premium Earned of N3.7 billion for the financial year, ended 31st December, 2013 against a 2012 figure of N4 billion. According to financial statement submitted to the Nigeria Stock Exchange, the firm equally recorded a Profit After Taxation of N 485.5 million against of loss after tax of N1.3 billion written in the comparable period of 2012. In the vein, the company in its three month period ended 31st March, 2014 achieved a Gross Premium Earned of N1 billion against N900.4 million recorded in the period of 2013 while its (Loss)/Profit After

Taxation stood at N193.6 million within the period under review compare to N52.8 million recorded in 2013. The firm recently launched new e-payment platform for policyholders in a bid to drive customers’ satisfaction and enhanced confidence in its service delivery. The new payment modes, according to the company would enable clients pay easily and avoid the rigors previously associated with premium payments. The firm also said that existing and new customers could buy insurance through the company’s e-commerce website, adding that this payment mode is termed Web-pay.hen follow through with

the instructions. The modes, Pay-direct (in any bank branch), Quick teller (Interswitch), Point of Sale (POS) Terminals as well as Web-pay adding while Pay-direct offers a customer the chance to complete an insurance transaction in any bank nationwide, Quick-teller on the other hand operates on a simple, easy-to-do step by step procedure that is self-explanatory. Customers, it was said, can visit the website where details are keyed in and the payment mode, it added, was for customers with existing policies. In line with the cashless economy in operation in the country, the firm said POS

terminals would be placed in all its retail outlets nationwide. This, it added, would cater for both new and existing businesses. Law Union and Rock Insurance Plc provides non-life insurance policies in Nigeria. Its products include professional indemnity, goods in transit, money, fidelity guarantee, general third party liability, fire and extraneous perils, motor, burglary, engineering, householder and house owners comprehensive, bond, personal accident, contractors all risks, workmen’s compensation, and marine insurance policies. The company was founded in 1951 and is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.

executes extension on deal

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ando Energy Resources Inc. (“OER” or the “Company”), has announced that, further to its press release dated April 9, 2014, OER has extended the availability period of the US$450 million senior secured facility agreement arranged by a group of international banks including Standard Chartered Bank (acting as Facility Agent and Security Agent), BNP Paribas and Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (the “RBL”) to August 31, 2014. The RBL is a 5.5 year facility which amortises quarterly with an annual interest rate of LIBOR plus 8.5%. Proceeds from the RBL are intended to be used to fund a portion of the purchase price for the ConocoPhillips Acquisition. According to a report from the Nigeria Stock Exchange, all terms and conditions under the initial executed binding documentation remain unchanged. The company, the report detailed also increased its deposit with ConocoPhilips by $25 million on May 30, 2014, pursuant to the terms of its executed amendment agreement with ConocoPhilips dated April 30, 2014 as disclosed on April 30, 2014. OER has in total paid a $550 million deposit to ConocoPhilips for this acquisition to date.


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Group expresses shock over Reps aviation chair’s comment on airport project By Lawrence Olaoye

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group, Aviation Professionals, yesterday expressed shock at the recent statement credited to the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on aviation, Hon. Nkiruka Onyejeocha, claiming ignorance of airport remodeling project initiated by the former minister of aviation, Princess Stella Oduah. The group in a statement said what was shocking to many observers was Onyejeocha’s volteface over the Aviation Master Plan and in particular, the Airport Remodeling project she now claimed ignorance of. “She has now ‘realized’ that the remodeling project did not follow due process. Yet it was common knowledge in Aviation and legislative circles that our charming chairman of the Aviation Committee of the House of Representatives was carried along in the implementation of these laudable programmes by the erstwhile aviation minister. And, as a matter of fact, she eagerly participated and took a prominent position at the commissioning ceremonies of several of the remodeled airports round the country last year. “This is the same airspace and airports she traversed every day and also participated in their commissioning ceremonies, contract signing ceremonies, among others, yet she now claims these were flawed. “For the avoidance of doubt, the contract for the financing for the five new international airports under construction by CECC of China was a bilateral agreement between Nigeria and China which

was signed during the state visit of President Jonathan to China last July. The financial package was signed by the Finance minister, not the Aviation minister. And before then, the contract package financed by the Chinese government had gone through all regulatory approvals, including that of the Federal Executive Council, FEC. “So, how can this be Oduah’s doing alone? The Airport Remodeling project surprisingly can defend itself against its detractors. “The benefits of the Airport remodeling project are so obvious for everyone to see that, it is the most widely acclaimed project of the Oduah tenure, even though it was one of several projects undertaken by the former minister.”

The group said even the most belligerent critics of Oduah could see that the project has helped to improve the poor image of Nigerian aviation as a result of crammed, dilapidated and outdated aviation terminals built 30 to 40 years ago without any further improvement to their structure. The group said the financing for the airport remodeling project was duly budgeted for, necessary approvals were obtained and required documentations done. The financing, according to the group, came from multiple sources – Aviation ministry capital budget allocation, internally generated revenue and loans. It is on record that the Oduah’s tenure increased government

revenue generated by aviation agencies by more than 1,000 per cent that is 10 fold, which is unprecedented in the country’s Aviation history. The group said Onyejeocha and her ilk have been trying to twist the recent statement made by Dr Sam Ortom that government was finding it a bit difficult to continue to finance projects under the Aviation master plan including the remodeling project. Clearly, the supervising Aviation minister never suggested that there was anything wrong or amiss with the financing of the projects under Oduah. He only hinted that government may want to go on with these laudable projects at a slower pace going into an election year, 2015.

R- L: Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, Deputy Managing Director, First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Mr. Segun Odusanya, and Executive Director, Finance & Accounts, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Sonny Iroche, during a visit by the Bankers’ Forum to the minister, recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

BlackBerry unveils Goal.Com Apps for soccer fans By Chris Alu

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lackBerry at the weekend unpack a soccer apps that will enable users share moments with friends and family. With this development the BlackBerry Apps will make all soccer’s fans across the world to scrambling to stay upto-date on the latest scores, news and match-ups in the ongoing world cup in Brazil. To this end, user of the Apps can pick the teams he or she want

to follow and access personalized streams for scores, stories, videos and pictures from all the best sports sources across the web. Regardless of where you are in the world, Team Stream will make it feel like you’re on the ground in Brazil getting the big news as it happens. The Goal.com mobile app brings you the latest news straight from a worldwide network of reporters. Don’t miss a single goal or

a shred of news from the world of soccer with exclusive content from Goal.com. Awesome features include: real time access to all Goal.com breakings news; live match commentary; live Twitter feed; content sharing via email and BBM, for the ultimate soccer fan. This is a must have app if you want to support your country’s team while they compete in Brazil. Gain access to live play by play updates, instant results and stats, notifications of big news, instant

social media sharing and much more. The Apps is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, languages and with a unique and beautiful design, the world Cup will be a great option for staying in the loop. The Apps also unpack everything that will help personalized device with wallpapers and ringtones, to staying up-to-date on news from your favorite team.

‘Strategic plan for development of Nigeria’s steel industry being implemented’ By Doyin Ojosipe

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inister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Musa Mohammed Sada has revealed Federal Government’s will at enforcing the strategic plan for development of the nation’s steel Industry. The Minister said this during a working visit to the various steel companies at Kogi state, yesterday; among the companies visited were the Ajaokuta Steel Development Company, the National Iron-Ore

Mining Company, Itakpe, the West African Ceramics Company site, KCM Company exploration site and African Resources Company exploration site. He further explained that the Federal Government has taken a step by inviting Private Investors, who had indicated their interest by signing the memorandum of understandings with the Management of the company in order to reactivate and operate the already completed plants. Sada also said that part of the strategic plans was to avoid making same past mistakes, which has left the

sector underdeveloped, thus making it difficult for operators to add value to it. The Minister outlined the strategic development plans as; “the production of spare parts for the needs of the automobile industry in the country at Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited…,” “To attain self-sufficiency in the production of ceramic tiles and availability of Iron-Ore and other solid mineral resources for the production of steel and other allied products in the Country.”

“To dovetail the operations at the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited to the actualization of the Industrial Revolution Plan of the Federal Government.” According to Sada, Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga and the DirectorGeneral of the bureau for Public Enterprises, Mr Benjamin Diki had joined him on the visit to the various sites to come up with implementation strategies to attaining the Federal Government’s Industrial Revolution Plan.

NNPC GMD urges business directorate to evolve strategies on value creation By Etuka Sunday

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he Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Engr. Andrew Yakubu, has challenged the Corporation’s Business Development Directorate to evolve innovative and proactive strategies for identifying new business opportunities that could capture and create value for the Corporation. A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Ohi Alegbe quoted Engr. Yakubu to have gave the charge at the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop organized by the Business Development Directorate of NNPC to brainstorm, build the capacity of staff, and chart a way forward for the Directorate. Yakubu who pledged utmost support to the Directorate on account of its strategic importance as the engine room of creative business ideas that could sustain and propel the Corporation to higher heights, urged the Directorate to wake up to its responsibilities. “The time to take your mandate more seriously is now… For NNPC to realize its vision of becoming a world class oil and gas company in line with our transformation roadmap which includes the right to play on the global scene, a strong business development capability must be a top and strategic priority,” Yakubu stated. The GMD noted that the evolving business environment in the international energy scene with regard to the development of shale gas in the United States of America as well as the increasing competition from traditional oil producers like Angola and new oil producers like Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and others present challenges that should propel the Business Development Directorate to lead the charge in developing strategies for NNPC to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the changes. He urged the Directorate to “build the necessary capabilities and skills and seek collaboration from within and outside the NNPC business ecosystem” in order to fulfill its mandate. Engr. Yakubu also called for a high-level cooperation and interaction between the Business Development Directorate and other Directorates in order to achieve synergy and unity of purpose in the process of exploring new business opportunities, adding that: “While the Business Development Directorate must take leading roles in identifying opportunities for the organization, a sharedvalue strategy must underpin our growth aspirations”.


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Bank customers and incidence of trapped ATMs By Ikechukwu A. Ogu

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ome weeks back, I received an SMS from FCMB Plc. It read that, henceforth, any of its automated teller machine (ATM) cards stuck in another bank’s ATM would be destroyed and a new one issued at the customer’s request and cost. I pondered over it and soliloquized that the policy is not customerfriendly, whatever may be the bank’s reasons. However, the policy now cuts across all Nigerian banks, courtesy of a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)’s directive to that effect. On Saturday, 17 May, 2014, the Africa Independent Television (AIT) 8pm news had it that the CBN has directed banks to perforate and invalidate all ATM cards which are jammed in cash-dispensing machines, regardless of whether or not the cards belong to them. The CBN cited international best practices (an expression abused by Nigerian public

officials), likelihood of such cards getting compromised, the need to protect bank customers, as being among its reasons. No sooner did the CBN announce the directive than many Nigerians took it to the cleaners. The incidence of trapped ATM cards is a recurring problem which plagu es bank customers in Nigeria. When a cash card gets stuck in an issuing bank’s ATM, the process of retrieval may be relatively easy, as a customer could recover it after a while, same day. That is, if the bank official in charge is willing to retrieve same from the machine. However, if one bank’s card gets trapped in another bank’s ATM, it may take weeks before the customer-owner recovers it. In the latter case, the customer is usually asked to pick up the card from the branch of his bank where same was issued to him. To avoid this stress, some Nigerians now use their cards on only the issuing banks’ ATMs. This

may be inconveniencing, especially if the issuing bank has no branch or ATM nearby. But it becomes a lesser evil vis-à-vis the trouble of being asked to visit the issuing bank branch to pick up one’s card trapped in another bank’s machine. Imagine an Abuja-based UBA Plc customer who travelled to Lagos, his card got stuck in an Ecobank Plc ATM, and he was asked to pick same up at the issuing branch of UBA in Abuja! What could be more inconveniencing, stressful and costintensive? The problem of cards getting jammed in ATMs is traceable to system errors in the machines. It is analogous to cases where the machines fail to dispense cash to customers yet debit them. Bank customers are not to blame for these system failures, and should not be penalized therefor or made to pay for same. The problems associated with ATMs in Nigeria are many. One issue regarding this new policy is the length of

time it takes an average Nigerian bank to issue or reissue an ATM card from the date of application by a customer. It takes weeks. Most times, a customer visits the bank severally before he gets issued or reissued a card, incurring monetary expenses and loss of man hours in the process. Secondly, there is the requirement by banks for customers whose cards

are trapped in machines to pay for new cards. This is inequitable. Since CBN directed banks to perforate and destroy cards trapped in ATM machines, it is only fair that it equally directs them to issue fresh cards to affected customers free of charge. A related problem is the difficulty, if not impossibility, of having some ATMs dispense cash when one uses another

Imagine an Abuja-based UBA Plc customer who travelled to Lagos, his card got stuck in an Ecobank Plc ATM, and he was asked to pick same up at the issuing branch of UBA in Abuja! What could be more inconveniencing, stressful and cost-intensive?

ATM users at a bank

bank’s card on them. Most times, when a customer persists in inserting his car, it gets stuck. It

Inserting an ATM card

seems some ATMs are configured to recognize only cards issued by the owner-banks and some

CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele

cards designed for select ATMs. In January, 2014 I tried unsuccessfully to get cash from the ATMs of First Bank, Ecobank and Diamond Bank at Eke Ahiara, Ahiazu Mbaise, Imo State, using my GTB card. Another snag with the use of ATMs is the recurring “out-ofservice” and “out-of-cash” syndromes, especially with ATMs in heavy use, and during weekends and public holidays. On Fridays and days preceding public holidays, most bank customers hardly make withdrawals, trusting that ATMs will function, and have enough cash. Often, on such days, customers are forced to move from one bank to another in search of a functional and cash-backed ATM. A way to get around the problem of risk associated

with trapped cards is by banks ensuring that once such happens, the card is retrieved immediately and handed over to the customer. This should be regardless of whether the bank is the issuing bank or not. Such prompt response will surely reduce the chances of the card’s secret number getting compromised. It will also forestall the possibility of the card being used for any transaction which may not require the use of the secret number. After retrieval, customers should be advised to change their secret numbers. If the CBN, banks and the ATM suppliers/ operators cannot solve the incidence of trapped ATM cards, they should not pass the cost to innocent customers. Nigerian banks claim to have cuttingedge ICT and competent

hands, yet their ATMs and computers are daily bedeviled by system failures. In addition to servicing their ATMs and computers frequently, banks should educate customers on the use of ATM cards at the point of issuance. Furthermore, the CBN and banks should carry out regular public enlightenment via TV and radio on tips for smooth banking transactions and the use of banking products. Let us suppose a bank customer is unfortunate to experience repeated jamming of his cards in ATMs. Imagine how much he would pay for the several fresh cards his bank would reissue. This CBN policy may seem and sound protective of bank customers but, all considered, it will surely subject them

to untold expense and inconvenience. Therefore, the CBN is urged to suspend the policy and rethink it. A related issue is the daily N140,000 ceiling placed on ATM withdrawals. Purportedly to reduce congestion in banking halls, the CBN urged customers to use more of ATMs, POS, online banking, etc. It placed daily ceilings on acrossthe-counter banking transactions, and imposed penalties for any in excess. Yet, it equally laid a ceiling on daily ATM withdrawals. This double-edged policy can only hamper smooth business transactions. Ikechukwu A. Ogu, a legal practitioner, contributed this piece from Central Business District, Abuja. ikechukwuogu@ yahoo.com


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Education

Kebbi Poly takes-off Sept, says Registrar From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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egistrar of the newly established Kebbi State Polytechnic, Dakingari, Alhaji Halliru Bello Dakingari, has said that arrangements have been concluded by the state government and polytechnic authority for

the take-off of the 2014/2015 academic season in the school. Dakingari gave the assurance Wednesday in his office at Dakingari while interacting with newsmen. He said from now to October, 2014, the session would commence by admitting Pre-

diploma programme before the final commencement of the semesters. He said over millions applications were received by the polytechnic for academic and non-academic positions in the institution. He however assured

applicants that merit would be followed in the employment of only qualified candidates. “We have enough applications and I promise to employ those that are qualified to lecture and those who have been in the administrative cadre and very soon qualified

candidates would be invited for interview’,’ he said. He commended the efforts of the State Government for establishing another polytechnic in the state, describing it as “a way of reducing the high rate of unemployment and crime in the state.

Nasarawa UBEC commended for revitalising basic education From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

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L-R: Chairperson, Book Development Committee of Tertiary Education Trust Funds (TETFUND), Professor Patricia Donli, Member Board of Trustees South West of TETFUND, Dr. Anna Kolawale and Head Department of Food Technology University of Ibadan, Professor Agugua Charles Aworh, during the Interactive meeting on Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the TETFUND, recently in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

FG releases $10m for safe school initiative

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he Federal Government on Thursday said it has released 10 million dollars about N1.64 billion to support the ``Safe School” initiative of the Nigerian business community. The Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, made this known when she received a German Government delegation led by the country’s Minister of Development Operations, Mr Gerd Mueller, in Abuja. The school initiative, facilitated by the business community and Mr. Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy on Education, was launched at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Abuja. The initiative, which is targeted 500 schools in the North-East as a pilot scheme, would focus on ensuring safety of girls and women going to school in the area. Okonjo-Iweala said the amount released by the government was its counterpart contribution to the project, explaining that its facilitators also contributed 10 million dollars. “As at yesterday, the president has approved the release of the money and we are going to open a trust fund to deposit the money. “The Director-General of Budget Office and the Accountant General

are working to lodge in the money between today and tomorrow. “The president approved the money a couple of weeks ago, but we are actualising it starting from today and he has given me the permission to work with Gordon Brown on this initiative. “There is a lot of international interest trying to support the children in the North-East, particularly the girls to have a safe environment and be able to go to school. “That is the determination of the country to say that nothing that is happening will make us stop our children from going to school,’’ she said. According to her, there are a couple of measures to strengthen the security and safety of schools. She added that the initiative would continue to provide incentives to children, stressing that it would start first in states having ``emergency rule”. The minister said that there were short-term programme to secure schools in the states and local communities, adding that the federal, state and local governments would collaborate on it. Okonjo-Iweala also said that a lot of international organisations, including the World Bank, African

Development Bank (AfDB), United Kingdom and the Norwegians, had indicated interest to support the initiative. “We are meeting this afternoon with the private sector. We are meeting to discuss the governance structure of this fund. “That’s where we are; we welcome German support for this fund. We will also have a window for the fund for emergency relief and another window for reconstruction,” she said She expressed the hope that the initiative would dovetail into the longer term North-East development initiative, being supported by Jonathan. Responding, Mueller expressed the readiness of the German Government to support the initiative. He said that part of the reasons of the visit was to find ways of enhancing his country’s support for Nigeria’s education sector. The minister said the German government would invest more money to support Goethe –Institut, its school in Nigeria, to avail many Nigerians the opportunity to know more about Germany. According to him, only 750 Nigerian students are currently studying in Germany. (NAN)

ducation secretaries from across Nasarawa state have commended the leadership of the State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB), for revitalizing basic education in the state. The education secretaries, under the aegis of the Forum of Education secretaries made this known during an interactive session with the board which took place at the PTA House in Lafia. State chairman of the forum, Othman Aliyu Kokona, in an opening remark, expressed appreciation to the executive chairman and his management team for their stewardship. “We called this meeting to particularly appreciate the executive chairman and his management team for the prompt attention accorded basic education in Nasarawa. This is indeed unprecedented” Kokona said. He described the meeting which afforded both sides the opportunity

to interact and share ideas on the way forward, as not only fruitful but beneficial as according to him, members of his forum have imbibed the cardinal thrust of the board under the leadership of Mallam Abdulkarim Muhammad Abdullahi. “We are taking along with us responsibility, punctuality and transparency” he added. In a brief remark, executive chairman of the board, Mallam Abdulkarim, observed that it is paramount on leaders to open up to new ideas, stressing that the country is where it is today because and according to him, political leaders have become childishly emotional because of the lack of avenues for the ventilation of ideas. “Governance is about exchange of ideas. We have come a long way because of this interface. We are developing a blueprint to enhance the capacity of our education secretaries” he stated. He noted that there is nothing better than collaboration and collective commitment to serve the society.

INEC urges school principals to teach voters’ education in schools From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has urged principals and heads of secondary schools in Bauchi state to put in place speedy action to resuscitate voter education clubs in their respective institutions to prepare the youth for the growth of democracy. The state Resident Commissioner Mr. Samuel Usman, made the disclosure through the Administrative Secretary Mr. Emmanuel Umenger while declaring open a one day workshop for Principals of secondary schools in the state. The REC stressed that Nigeria had experienced serious difficulties in nurturing and sustaining its nascent democracy apart from public enlightenment campaigns, seminars, workshops hence the need for active participation in voters education. According to the REC, democracy and elections will be better understood by players, especially when students get assimilated and involve democratically while at school. The workshop according to the REC is conducted to make students not only understand the rudiments of voting process, but appreciate and accept the procedures of

democracy and elections from the grass roots. “There is no way Nigerians will adhere strictly to electoral process where there is no voter education for students which is the only way for preparing them for the task now that 2015 elections gathers momentum” said Usman. The INEC boss maintains that the commission target is to encourage students to one day elect their school officials democratically with a charge on the participants to create an enabling environment for the realisation of the objective. Highlight of the workshop were presentation of papers as a demonstration to share and exchange ideas to enable participants understand the rudiments of voter’s education towards credible elections. Speaking on behalf of the participants, Malam Umar Abubakar, expressed delight for the workshop and urges the participants to avail themselves with the opportunity and resuscitate voter’s education clubs in their various schools. He explained that the involvement of students through voters’ education demonstrates a gradual shift in the development of democracy when he described students as catalysts of nation building.


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Education Lagos police invade Al-Hikma, attempts kidnapping female student

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here was a pandemonium at Al-Hikma, a private University in Ilorin Kwara State , on Wednesday when five unknown Policemen allegedly from Lagos stormed the institution premises and attempted kidnapping a 200 level female student. It was gathered that the policemen in mufti arrived at the institution about 12pm to arrest the female student without the permission of the school Authority and the State Police Command. Sensing that the disguised Policemen could be cultists or kidnappers, hundreds of male students of the institution barricaded all the entrances and exists of the campus and surrounded the alleged kidnappers to stop them from taking the female student out of the institution. An eye witness who alerted our correspondent disclosed that

the policemen who identified the female student, where about to whisk her away when some male students stopped them before the school management came to her rescue. Confirming the incident to journalists at a press conference, the Vice-Chancellor of the school Prof. Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, said it was the students that stopped the invaders from whisking the female student away from the campus. He said the policemen have been handed over to the Adewole Police station officers who took them to the State Police Command. The VC who expressed disappointed over the manner the invaders behaved, said in any civilised community, the school authority must be informed about any arrest of its student before he or she would be taken away. He said the student did not commit any act that could warrant such arrest from the Lagos State

Police command stressing that as far as the institution authority is concerned, the female student is still innocent. The state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO) ASP Ajayi Okasanmi who confirmed the incident said “we were aware that they came to the state for an investigation and they followed the normal procedures. “The Commissioner of Police directed them to the state CID where they would do normal documentations”. He said the State CID further directed them to take the letter to the Area Commander Metro, who could, if there is any need, give them any police assistance which we believe they must have done, only for us to receive an alert this morning that there disquiet in Al-Hikmah University. “We did not even know that they were policemen. He said “the Commissioner

L-R: Supervising minister of Education, Barr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike with Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. Mac John Nwaobiala, when the minister appeared before the House committee on Education, recently in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Unilorin graduates 2 medical students with distinction From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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wo medical students of the University of Ilorin have graduated with distinction out of 105 graduates produced by the College of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin. According to the College, 53 out of the 105 graduants are male and 50 were female making the total of 3,884 medical doctors produced by the university since its inception in 1983. Addressing the graduants during their professional initiation into the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Registrar of the Council, Dr. Abdulmumin Ibrahim, represented by Dr. Victor Gbenro, urged the newly inducted doctors to adhere to the ethics and

rules of the medical association stressing that violation of any of its law could lead to withdrawal of license and sanction if found guilty. The Council appealed to the doctors to always consider the clients’ health and survival and avoid blackmail and bully of their clients. Earlier, Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali who congratulated the graduates warned them against violation of the ethics of medical profession stressing that they should protect their profession and integrity. The Guest Speaker and former member of House of Representatives, Dr. Wale Okediran, in his lecture titled

“Serving three masters; the interplay between medicine, literature and politics” advised the doctors to read, involve in politics and work for patients not their pockets. “Although politicians all over the world are described in various negative terms, we cannot ignore politics and politicians since many of the decisions that will shape our lives are taken by them. As Socrates once observed; “the greatest punishment for the wise who refuse to take part in politics is to suffer the rule of idiots. “Read wisely and widely and if possible restrain yourself. It is said that you will remain as you are in five years except for two things; the people with whom you associate and the books you read”.

of Police directed some patrol vans to go to the school and know what was happening and the DPO at Adewole led two patrol vehicles there, only for them to discover that those people were the policemen that came yesterday. “In any case, the Commissioner of Police has ordered the policemen be brought to the headquarters and

he has also directed investigation into the matter to know if what they said they came to do was actually what they did there. “As at now, everything is back to normal, and the police are at the State CID undergoing investigation and the students have resumed normal academic activities on the campus”, he added.

NUC to collaborate with development partners on bio-medical research By Maryam Garba Hassan

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ational Universities Commission (NUC) is to collaborate with development partners to domesticate research on biomedical science (bio-health). This was disclosed Thursday in Abuja by the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) Prof. Julius Okojie at a one-day Capacity Building Programme for Vice Chancellors on Biomedical Science. He said though biomedical sciences had advanced in combating diseases and increasing the lifespan of individuals in developed countries, life expectancy in developing countries was becoming lower. He said basic bio-medical research and development expertise will aid scientists living in these regions to focus on addressing the diseases that are responsible for this disparity. He said the programme is a multi-disciplinary approach to every emerging issue on health

and how to address them. According to him, to achieve this, the Commission would use the tripod approach - the industry, universities and government. President of Bio Venture for Global Health (BVGH), the partners of NUC, Ms. Jennifer Dent, said the programme was to create a stronger biomedical research and development base in Nigeria. “This initiative will tap into international bio-pharmaceutical companies’ comprehensive capabilities in drug discovery and development. “Leadership skills and product development experience and knowledge will be shared through research sabbaticals for Nigerian scientists at participating companies,’’ she said. She said it was also to give them an opportunity of acquiring an advanced training which would facilitate their hosting at international bio-pharmaceutical companies.

Insecurity affecting adult literacy education in Yobe, says Director From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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he Executive Director, Agency for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education, Yobe state, Alhaji Adamu Maina Dadi, has said the insecurity situation in the state is hampering mass literacy education, especially in prone areas of the state. Dadi made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen at the end of a five-day training workshop for facilitators in three states Adamawa, Borno and Yobe on revitalisation of adult and youth literacy in Nigeria held in Bauchi. He said: Yobe , despite the security challenges, had been rated as one of states doing well in the education sector, but the continuous attacks on schools have affected mass literacy education, especially two Local Governments that become prone areas in state. According to him ,with all the determination of the state Governor and Government to improve literacy level in the state, the Agency for Mass literacy continue

to record high level of illiteracy. “If the security situation in the state does not improve certainly development will not take place and education is development. Where there is no peace, no meaningful development will occur”, he said. He said the training will present the opportunity for educationally backward states to reflect on their gains and constraints in curbing their level of illiteracy. He said in spite of the security challenges, the state have remained committed to the realisation of the Agency goals through more enrolment, settling of allowances, training and re-training and other motivational policies. He said the state government has made remarkable achievements towards improving mass literacy in all ramifications. The Executive Director said the training workshop has impacted a lot on the participants which will enable them to train others and impact equally on students.


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Healthy Living

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hen it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control -- like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. But there are many more things you can do to lower the chances of sabotaging your ticker. “An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure in this instance,” says Gregg Fonarow, MD, an American Heart Association spokesman and associate chief of UCLA’s division of cardiology. To help your heart keep on keeping on, here are some things not to do to your heart. 1. Keep smoking. A major cause of heart disease, smoking raises blood pressure, causes blood clots, and lowers HDL (good cholesterol) levels. And it’s the number one preventable cause of premature death in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. Even though it may be one of the most difficult habits to quit, the rewards of stopping smoking are perhaps the greatest and most immediate. When you toss the smokes, your heart risk goes down within just a few days of quitting. Within a year, your risk is cut by half. After 10 years of living smoke-free, it’s as if you never smoked at all, says Nieca Goldberg, MD, cardiologist and medical director of the New York University Women’s Heart Program. 2. Ignore that chest pain. When your heart literally aches and you don’t know why, it’s time to get checked out. If you have chest pains while exercising, that’s a red flag. But if it happens after a heavy meal, it’s more likely to be your stomach causing trouble, says Goldberg, who is an American Heart Association spokeswoman and author of Dr. Nieca Goldberg’s Complete Guide to Women’s Health. Heart pain can feel more like a pressure rather than actual pain. People tend to feel it in the front of their chest, with the sensation sometimes extending into the shoulders, up into the jaw, or down the left arm. If you feel like an elephant is sitting on your chest and you’re breaking out in a sweat, that’s an urgent matter. Call your doctor. Regardless of what you’re feeling or when, even a doctor can’t tell if you’re in real trouble over the phone. So you have to seek medical attention in person to get a definitive answer for chest pain.

3. Just accept that it’s in your genes. Having a family history of heart disease is a strong risk

factor for predicting your own chances of heart trouble. Having a parent who has had an early heart attack doubles the risk for men having one; in women the risk goes up by about 70%, according to an American Heart Association report from December 2010. “But heart disease isn’t just what you inherit. It’s also what you do about it,” Goldberg tells WebMD. You can still beat the odds and dramatically lower your risks by doing other heartfriendly things. For example, lowering your LDL (that’s the bad form of cholesterol) by 50% will cut your risks in half, Goldberg says. And a 1998 study from the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that taking a cholesterol-lowering statin drug can help people with a family history of heart disease lower their risk to less than someone with zero family history. That means in some cases, you could erase your risk. But you can only be proactive if you actually know whether heart disease or stroke runs in your family. Take time to find out your family’s health history. You might be surprised by what you learn. Bottom line: There’s no need to let your family history determine your destiny 4. Skip your checkup. When you don’t get checked out regularly by a doctor, you might not realize if you have some of the silent heart risk factors that are harder to detect, says Fonarow, who directs the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. Some of the most common, symptom-free cardiovascular issues are also some of the most easily treated, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. If the cost of a checkup is holding you back, you may have more options than you think. Federally funded health centers allow patients to pay what they can. And local hospitals often offer information about clinics that accept sliding scale payments. The new health care law has provisions for preventive care services, and coverage may be available. Call your local health department for leads. 5. Be a couch potato. “Being sedentary increases heart risks. Physical activity simply translates to living longer,” Fonarow says. Exercise helps lower blood pressure, improves cholesterol levels, encourages weight loss, benefits blood vessel function, and cuts stress, among other things. Even if you haven’t been

active for the last 20 years, it’s never too late to make an impact with exercise. Just be sure to talk to a doctor before you start a new fitness regimen. Tell your doctor exactly what you plan to do, or ask his or her advice, if you’re looking for suggestions.

6. Stop taking your medications. If you stop taking your heart medications, you may be heading for a cardiac catastrophe. “It’s only when you’re struck with a heart attack or stroke that many people think, ‘Oh, I should really keep taking my statin drug

to lower my cholesterol,’ ” Fonarow says. He advises looking at heart medications as “insurance” against heart attack and stroke. Never stop a heart medication or adjust the dosage without first speaking with your doctor. Source: WebMD


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Dora Akunyili: Restoration of NAFDAC through fight against fake drugs

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ora Akunyili when she came on board as NAFDAC, made tremendous impact in curbing the menace of fake and substandard drugs circulating in markets across the country. At a particular instance, she made it clear that fake drugs were killers of Nigerians. Hear her: “But look at it: what will make the kidneys of a 25 year old fail? Simple: what you eat …, many of our breweries don’t write the alcohol content and best before date on their beer, thereby deceiving the people. Bread manufacturers are aware that potassium bromate causes cancer, loss of hearing, kidney failure and breakdown of vitamins, yet they keep using it. Potassium bromate was banned more than 10 years ago.” Said Dora. So Madam Dora resigned after serving as Information Minister … perhaps, Federal Government should not have appointed the pharmacist into that position because just because a carpenter uses a scissors does not make him a tailor. Many Nigerians thought, and rightly too that Dora was more productive and energetic doing what she seemed to like most, fighting fake drug producers and merchants, and saving the lives of Nigerians. Even when she came up with messages to repair the seemingly damaged image of Nigeria with different jingles on air, as Minister for Information, there were just no headlines making waves as to re decorating the Nigerian Image as there were when she sanitized the drug manufacturing system. A particular headline stood out in this stead,-NAFDAC blacklists 22 drug fakers (PharmTechnologists.com) in 2008. That again is a message to the Nigerian Government to stop appointing inappropriate ministers for appropriate positions as it only the course of corrupt practices in Nigeria. In the history of Nigeria, never has there been a devoted and die hard civil servant as the one that will be greatly missed by Nigerians. One who was able to stand tall against the overwhelming corruption that has so engulfed the Nigerian system. A minister that was so sure of the task ahead of her while refusing to be the ‘Judas’ in the camp, a selfless mother to the ailing Nigerian patients,

Fake drugs were set ablaze in the fight to sanitise the system and a model for every Nigerian female minister. Earlier mentioned were just a summary of her work as the NAFDAC Boss of her time. Thank God for journalism and its work of documentation. Dora Akunyili, a name synonymous with NAFDAC, fought the good fight and will be greatly missed by Nigerians; her fight against circulation of fake drugs could be compared to the fight between forces of darkness and light; forces of good and evil and as it has always turned out, evil never prevails over good; that was the hope and spirit with which she took the bull by the horn. She was mother for all ailing Nigerians, a guiding angel that dared the angel of death, until it was her time. With Dora Akunyili, finally, there is a NAFDAC: one would wonder, if there was ever a parastatal of that nature before the existence of NAFDAC but there was the Directorate of Food and Drug Administration

and Control (DFDAC), which was not effective since there was no clear cut plans on how to combat the crisis. It was therefore replaced by NAFDAC in 1994. The new parastatal was still however not effective, until its already existing body was dissolved by the unsatisfied former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who appointed Pharmacist Dora Akunyili based on recommendation. Obasanjo who was disturbed over the death of ailing Nigerians at the course of treatment and over the increasing activities of fake drug barons in Nigeria, sought an honest and qualified person to handle the matter. The first time Dora exhibited her honesty was when she was serving with the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) of Nigeria. Dora was said to have refunded the money loaned to her by the Federal government for a major operation she was meant to do but for the report

she received from her American doctors who confirmed order wise. Like a proverb said “there is a day of reckoning”, it came and Dora was found worthy of the crown, she was nominated to help re-birth the NAFDAC organisation. As a matter of fact, NAFDAC was not a celebrated ministry until Madam Dora brought it to light by her humanly and fearless activities, while taking the steps to revamp the not so vibrant government parastatal. Like a fighting ram, she never got intimidated by the powers that be, who could call it a day with her life, she gallantly took the war baton against fake drug barons in order to save the sick Nigerian from preventable death. The trained Pharmacist took over in 2001 as the new NAFDAC boss, hence the commenced execution of NAFDAC’s mandate. Dora would have been long dead but for God who sustained

“But look at it: what will make the kidneys of a 25 year old fail? Simple: what you eat …, many of our breweries don’t write the alcohol content and best before date on their beer, thereby deceiving the people. Bread manufacturers are aware that potassium bromate causes cancer, loss of hearing, kidney failure and breakdown of vitamins, yet they keep using it. Potassium bromate was banned more than 10 years ago.” Said Dora.

her life so she could be useful to her country as well as save many who would have plied that way due to one man’s selfish crave for money. Dora did not only battle the fake drug dealers; she defeated corruption in order to win the war. This was revealed in her mop-up team members as she said “my staff are with me. I can vouch for them. The majority of our staff are trustworthy. You cannot bribe them. I am saying this because I am sure of my facts!” Indeed for her dogged refusal to join the corrupt team, she bagged an enviable international award; Transparency International, being the only African, while making 3rd on the international list. Dora had many battles to fight as she made more enemies while doing her work; with powerful fake drug producers and importers cum majority at Onitsha drug market, apart from threat to her life, her mopup team including security men attached to them were once beaten up and chased out of Onitsha market. In fact we can never forget the story of how assassin’s bullet grazed through her head gear; it was a narrow escape, her head would have been blown off. She also had her colleagues to contend with, when she ordered that every drug be registered while given a dead line for the pharmacists challenged her audacity. Neither can we forget how most Indian companies were banned from importing their drugs into Nigeria, until tested and certified by World Health Organization (WHO), according to her, most fake drugs came from India and China as they produce drugs that cannot be administered in their respective countries. This of course led to the blacklisting of 22 fake drug companies which helped Nigerians to be increasingly vigilant. Dora as a woman of diplomacy did not only use the stick method but was able to prevail on the enemy’s conscience through organised trainings and campaigns in order to sensitize the public, including her colleagues. Through this fake drug dealers turned up their fake drugs for destruction. Her death is such an irony of life; she fought for life but lost her life, she was not meant to die until she had saved thousands of souls.


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International

UN: S Sudan children face starvation Displaced persons in Eastern Africa fall to 9.6 mn- UN

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ome 9.6 million people had been displaced in 12 countries in Eastern Africa by end of March either as refugees or internally displaced persons, the UN humanitarian agency said on Saturday. In its latest report released in Nairobi, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Eastern Africa said this represents a decrease of 328,066 individuals since the end of September 2013, when there were 9.9 million people displaced in the region. “Of the total displaced population, 2.28 million are refugees while 7.29 million are internally displaced persons (IDPs) and people severely affected by conflict,” OCHA said in its latest Displaced Populations Report. The report highlights the status of displacement for both refugees and internally displaced persons in Eastern Africa between September 30, 2013 and March 31. The report says the number of IDPs reduced by six percent (464, 011 people) during the last six months due to a notable reduction in the total IDP figures for DRC, Sudan and Ethiopia, against a significant increase of more than 405 percent (over 640,000 people) in South Sudan. “DRC, Sudan, Somalia and South Sudan continue to record the highest number of IDPs and persons severely affected by conflict at an estimated 2.6 million, 2.0 million, 1.1 million and 0.8 million people respectively,” said OCHA. According to the report, the insecurity in DRC has further compelled an estimated 400,000 Congolese to live as refugees in neighboring countries. The report finds that Uganda hosts 46 percent (171,126 individuals) of the entire Congolese refugee population in the region, while 99 percent of the total refugee populations in Rwanda and in Burundi are of Congolese origin. Ethiopia and Uganda each hosted over 35 percent of the South Sudanese refugee caseload (254,600) in the region, it says. “The refugee population in the region has during the reporting period of six months increased by over 136,000 people to 2.3 million people,” OCHA said. Major refugee population increases were recorded in Uganda (over 140,000 people); Ethiopia (over 100,000 people); DRC (over 64,000 people) and Kenya (over 43,000 people). New arrivals were mainly from South Sudan, eastern DRC, Somalia and Sudan, where the security situation remains volatile. Source: Xinhua

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ore than 50,000 children in South Sudan face death from disease and hunger, the United Nation s has warned while seeking over $1bn to support those hit by six months of civil war. “The consequences could

be dire: 50,000 children could die this year if they do not get assistance,” UN aid chief for South Sudan Toby Lanzer said on Saturday at the launch of a plan to support 3.8 million people “hit by hunger, violence and disease.” War in the young nation has

already killed thousands and forced more than 1.5 million people from their homes, and aid agencies warn of the risk of famine should fighting continue. President SalvaKiir and his arch-rival RiekMachar committed themselves again this week to a ceasefire, although many analysts

are sceptical they really want a negotiated end to the conflict, and instead believe a military victory is still possible. “E th cessation t “Even if the of hostilities holds... fighting and displacem e n t h a s a l r e a d y shattered the lives of millions of people,” Lanzer told reporters, adding that while $740m has been offered, the aid agencies face a shortfall of over $1bn. Two earlier ceasefire deals were broken within hours. “Now that the rains have set in, conditions in South Sudan are deteriorating by the day: people are literally living in mud,” Lanzer added. “Cholera has broken out, malaria is rampant and many children are malnourished. Millions of people need emergency healthcare, food, clean water, proper sanitation and shelter to make it through the year.” Months of dragging peace talks in Ethiopia have made little progress, so far costing over $17m. More than 94,000 civilians are still sheltering inside hugely overcrowded UN bases, too frightened to leave the protection of the razor wire fence for fear of attack.

Africa elephants ‘face survival threat’ from poaching

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he survival of Africa’s elephants is under threat, with estimates suggesting more than 20,000 were killed in 2013, a report says. The office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) said poaching levels were far above the elephant birth rate. However, the report said poaching numbers had dropped slightly compared to the previous two years. Transnational organised crime appeared to be involved in the trade, it added. Cites, which is based in Geneva, is responsible for regulating the international trade in more than 35,000 species of

plants and animals. There are a number of interesting signals in these latest figures, perhaps indicating that the tougher line being taken by Cites is bearing fruit. For the first time, more largescale consignments of ivory have been seized in Africa rather than in Asia. This is down to better policing in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and perhaps a slight downturn in demand from the key markets such as China, which carried out the first public destruction of ivory earlier this year. There is also the rise in demand in China for legal mammoth ivory that is mainly exported from Russia, which may

also indicate a growing awareness of the connection to elephants and a willingness to look at alternatives. While these may be positive indicators, the report highlights

continuing bad news. The slaughter of elephants is rising in countries like the Central African Republic, where local populations remain on the verge of extinction.

Ivory tusks

Libya’s second city Benghazi hit by new fighting, families flee

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renegade Libyan general launched an offensive on Sunday against Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi, prompting dozens of families to flee the port in the latest bout of turmoil to hit the North African oil-producing nation. Libyan authorities are struggling to restore order across the vast desert nation ahead of a June 25 parliamentary election. The situation remains especially chaotic in Benghazi, Libya’s

second largest city and cradle of the NATO-backed uprising that toppled Muammar Gaddafi three years ago. Retired general KhalifaHaftar has declared war against militants in Benghazi and several army units have joined him, though the Tripoli government says he has no authority to act. “There are now heavy clashes in SidiFaraj and al-Hawari (in western Benghazi). Our forces are attacking with tanks and rocket launchers,” Haftar’s

spokesman Mohamed El Hejazi said. Residents were seen packing belongings into cars and heading out of the area to escape the fighting. Hejazi said Haftar had warned the Islamists against shipping in arms via the commercial port of Derna, east of Benghazi. Derna is a hotspot for Ansar al-Sharia and other militant groups amid Libya’s persistent power vacuum. The United States designates Ansar al-Sharia a

terrorist organization. Haftar was once close to Gaddafi but fell out with him and then played a role in the 2011 uprising. In February, he stirred rumors of a coup by appearing in military uniform to call for a presidential committee to be formed to govern till an election. Libya’s government and parliament are paralyzed by divisions between Islamists and more moderate forces as well as competing tribes and regions.


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Pakistan says scores of rebels dead in raids

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akistani jets have carried out air raids in the northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing dozens of rebel fighters, the army said. A military statement said that more than 80 “terrorists”, mostly Uzbeks, were believed to have been killed in the raids in North

Waziristan Agency. “Today at about 01:30am (20:30 GMT) a number of terrorist hideouts in Degan, DattaKhel in NWA (North Waziristan Agency) were targeted by jets,” the Pakistan army said in a statement. “There were confirmed reports of presence of foreign and local terrorists in these hideouts who

were linked to planning of the Karachi airport attack,” it said, a reference to an attack earlier this month that killed 36 people. Eight hideouts were targeted in the raids, the AP news agency quoted two intelligence officers as saying. The army said that an ammunition dump was also destroyed.

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Abu Abdul Rehman al-Maani, the suspected planner of the Karachi attack, had been killed, the sources said. The Pakistan Taliban, however, said that those killed were civilians, and that his group would avenge the deaths. Uzbek fighters and the Pakistan Taliban both said they were involved in the airport attack, and the Pakistan Taliban said the two had worked together to carry it out. Pressure has been mounting on the Pakistani government to launch a ground offensive in North Waziristan against the Taliban. The air raids were the second time this week the military has hit the tribal regions. Following the brazen assault in Karachi, the US carried out two drone attacks in the region on Wednesday, the first time its controversial drone programme has been used this year. Meanwhile, at least three security personnel were injured when a vehicle carrying security forces was targeted with a remote controlled bomb in Mir Ali Tehsil, in North Waziristan.

Afghan presidential candidates both claim lead

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ival camps in Afghanistan’s presidential race each proclaimed to be leading the contest yesterday, a day after the runoff was held and as officials were still tallying the hundreds killed or injured in election-related violence. Observers and other officials in Kabul are worried that both candidates are setting the stage to complain about fraud and refuse to accept defeat should the outcome of the vote be close. The United Nations on Sunday urged the candidates, former Northern Alliance leader Abdullah

Abdullah and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani, to honor the election procedures, in the tallying of votes. “The Secretary-General encourages the candidates and their supporters to respect the electoral process,” the U.N. said in a statement. If successful, the vote will mark the country’s first democratic transfer of power in its history. The winner will succeed President Hamid Karzai. Abdullah, who dropped out of the 2009 run-off against the president, has spent five years in the opposition. His opponent, Ghani, is a former World Bank economist.

Election officials count ballot papers the end of polling in Kabul

Iraq insurgent advance spreads to northwest

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he insurgent offensive that has threatened to dismember Iraq spread to the northwest of

the country yesterday, when Sunni militants launched a dawn raid on a town close to the Syrian border,

ISIL fighters

clashing with police and government forces. As the rapid advance south by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) towards Baghdad appeared to slow over the weekend, fierce fighting erupted in the town of Tal Afar 60 km (40 miles) west of Mosul near the Syrian border, security sources and a local official said. ISIL fighters and other Sunni Muslim armed groups have stormed several towns on the road to Baghdad after seizing Mosul nearly a week ago - an offensive which only stalled as it approached the mainly Shi’ite capital. The advance alarmed both Prime Minister Nurial-Maliki’s Shi’ite supporters in Iran and officials in

the United States, which helped bring him to power after its 2003 invasion that toppled Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he was reviewing military options, short of sending troops, to combat the insurgency, and Iran held out the prospect of working with its longtime U.S. arch-enemy to help restore security in Iraq. Maliki’s security forces and allied militias regained some territory on Saturday, easing part of the pressure on his Shi’ite-led government, and officials said they were regaining the initiative. Maliki has vowed to rout the insurgents.

Asia & Middle East

Israeli arrests over missing teens condemned

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srael has closed the Hebron region and partially sealed Gaza Strip crossing points as it searches for three Israeli teenagers, in a move condemned by a Palestinian rights group as “collective punishment”. Israeli forces have also arrested at least 80 Palestinians, including a high-level Hamas official, in an operation on Saturday and early Sunday morning. The teenagers went missing three days ago and are believed to have been abducted in the West Bank. “These revenge tactics are tantamount to collective punishment under international law,” said Fuad al-Khufash, the director of Ahrar, a Palestinian rights group. “They are unjustified and merely serve to alleviate the fears of the Israeli people.” Among those arrested is Hassan Yousef, a Ramallah-based Hamas founder and legislator, four other members of parliament and two former government ministers, according to Ahrar. Arrests took place in Hebron, Ramallah, Tubas, Bethlehem, Jenin and Nablus, al-Khufash said. He expected more arrests to take place in the next few days. At the start of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas was responsible for the abduction of the Israeli teenagers. “Whoever carried out this kidnapping were members of Hamas,” he said. “The same Hamas that entered into a unity government with President Abbas.” Hamas denied any involvement in the kidnapping. Claims of responsibility by two obscure groups did not appear to be credible. Earlier, Israel also held the Palestinian Authority responsible. Mohammad al-Madani, a Fatah Central Committee member, said the disappearance occurred in the so-called “Area C” of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli control. “Netanyahu is taking advantage of this situation to incite against the PA in a bid to score PR points and political gains,” al-Madani said in a statement. The Israeli military closed most parts of the Hebron region, and banned all local men under the age of 50 from travelling through Allenby Bridge, which connects Jordan with the West Bank. Palestinian government spokesperson Ehab Bssesio said the measures were part of an “Israeli escalation that amounts to acts of collective punishment”, and called on the international community to intervene.


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We didn’t cause Iraq German eurosceptics crisis- Tony Blair go mainstream in threat to Merkel

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he Alternative for Germany (AfD) failed to make as big a splash in European elections last month as its eurosceptic counterparts in France and Britain. But that may be about to change. Less than a month after the vote, the party formed last year by a group of renegade academics is on track to establish itself as a permanent force in German politics and a long-term headache for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democrats (CDU). The admission last week of the AfD into British Prime Minister David Cameron’s conservative faction in the European Parliament has given the party a dose of credibility and its leaders a boost in their drive to distance the AfD from the populist, anti-immigrant movements of France’s Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders of the Netherlands. After a professionally run EU campaign in which the party spoke less about its signature issue, the euro, and more about conservative German values, pollsters say the AfD is being seen by a growing number of voters as a legitimate, democratic party to the right of the CDU, and less like a flash in the pan. Ahead of three regional elections in eastern Germany which are likely to vault the AfD into state assemblies for the first time, their rise is unsettling members of the CDU, with some now suggesting their party consider cooperating with the upstarts they had hoped would fade away. “The AfD is establishing itself as a national conservative party, the kind that couldn’t emerge after 1949 (when West Germany was founded) but has a tradition in prewar Germany,” said Ulrike Guerot of the Open Society Initiative for Europe. Its core supporters are not rabid xenophobes, as Germany’s mainstream parties have seemed to suggest, but church-going traditionalists who believe in conservative family values, are deeply worried about the loose policies of the European Central Bank (ECB) and want Germany to cure its own ills rather than help its euro partners. “Until now these voters had stuck with the CDU. But under Merkel the CDU has lost much of its conservative flavor,” Guerot said.

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he 2003 invasion of Iraq is not to blame for the violent insurgency now gripping the country, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has said. He told the BBC there would still be a “major problem” in Iraq even without the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003. He insisted the current crisis was an issue that “affects us all” and urged more western intervention in the area. Critics have rejected the comments as “bizarre” with one accusing Mr Blair of “washing his hands of responsibility”. Mr Blair said the idea that Iraq today would be stable if Saddam had been left in place was “simply not credible”. “Even if you’d left Saddam in place in 2003, then when 2011 happened - and you had the Arab revolutions going through Tunisia and Libya and Yemen and Bahrain and Egypt and Syria - you would have still had a major problem in Iraq,” he said. “Indeed, you can see what happens when you leave the

dictator in place, as has happened with Assad now. The problems don’t go away.” He also called for some form of intervention in neighbouring Syria, warning that inaction would

result in a threat to UK soil. Mr Blair was prime minister when UK and US forces controversially invaded Iraq in 2003 - on the basis that it had weapons of mass destruction -

with the last of Britain’s troops withdrawing in 2011. Now, uprisings by the al-Qaeda breakaway group the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have led to a surge of violence and sectarian killings in recent days. The Sunni insurgents have advanced north of Baghdad. And as Iraqi government

Blair (L) alongside Bush

Colombia gears up for tight presidential vote

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olombians voted yesterday in what is being described as the tightest presidential election in two decades.

President Juan Manuel Santos, who has cast the election as a choice between peace and war, faces rightwing challenger Oscar Ivan Zuluaga,

Santos (R) during a debate Zuluaga

a skeptic of talks, in the second round of this year’s elections. The candidates are locked in an unpredictable race, that polls show is too close to call and may have the narrowest margin for 20 years. Zuluaga won 29.3 percent of the first round vote , while Santos got 25.7 percent. Three other candidates were eliminated following the first round. Santos, 62, began talks with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to end a conflict that has killed over 200,000 people and displaced millions of others. He has made the pursuit of peace the centerpiece of his campaign.

He announced this week that preliminary talks had begun with the nation’s second biggest insurgent group, the National Liberation Army. Zuluaga, 55, who accuses Santos of negotiating with ‘terrorists’, will impose new conditions on FARC like prison terms for serious crimes and a ban on political participation, should he win. His vow to suspend peace talks after taking office helped win over hard-line opponents of the negotiations, but he softened that stance after his first-round victory in an apparent effort to attract moderate voters.

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ATO is preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself in its stand-off with Russia, and must adapt to the fact that Moscow now views it as an adversary, SecretaryGeneral Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an interview published yesterday. Kiev blames Moscow for the separatist rising in east Ukraine, where the death toll rose on Saturday after pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukraine army transport plane, and tensions are also high following Russia’s annexation of Crimea. While NATO has made clear it has no plans to get involved militarily in Ukraine, it has sent fighter aircraft and ships to eastern Europe and Rasmussen said it was considering

long-term measures to ensure the protection of its allies. “We must adapt to the fact that

Russia now considers us its adversary,” Rasmussen told El Pais newspaper. He said NATO was preparing an

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aid package to present to its members’ foreign ministers at the end of this month that would include help for Ukraine to reform its defence sector and modernise its armed forces. Last week, NATO’s top military commander said NATO and its member countries were considering requests from Ukraine ranging from help with communications and training to weaponry and lethal aid. [ID:nL6N0OL2HE] However, any assistance from NATO itself was likely to be advice rather than equipment. NATO officials have said the alliance does not have weaponry to supply and that any decision to give armaments to Ukraine would be for individual allies.


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Strange World

Nepal’s worshiped child goddesses’ feet cannot touch the ground until puberty

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epal is a land of mysticism, where a select few prepubescent girls from the Newar clan are worshiped as ‘Kumari Devi’ or ‘Virgin Goddess’. According to tradition, Durga (the Hindu goddess of destruction) herself is incarnate in young girls belonging to the silver and goldsmith community. Until they attain puberty, Kumaris are worshipped as deities and deemed protectors by thousands of adoring Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. To prove that she is the chosen one, a prospective Kumari must go through over 30 tests. Initially, high priests choose girls based on their physical characteristics – with a slender neck like a conch shell, gentle eyes like a cow, and other special traits. In the next stage, the girl must pass through a series of unusual trials. In one test, she is placed in a darkened room with severed animal heads and hideously masked dancing men, while her reaction is observed. In another test, she must correctly identify the items worn by her predecessor (similar to the ritual used in Tibet to choose a new Dalai Lama). Once a Kumari is selected, she moves out of her home and into the Kumari Bahal, along with her family. Here, she is treated like royalty – she is carefully protected, appearing in public only if an occasion demands it. For these public appearances, she is seated on a traditional throne, as visitors come to pay their respects. Her feet aren’t allowed to touch the ground; she is carried around on chariots or

in her caretakers’ arms at all times. A Kumari has an entirely different lifestyle from that of normal children. She doesn’t attend school, and doesn’t learn to walk until she reaches puberty. Once she begins to menstruate, she goes through a special 12-day ‘Gufa’ ritual, marking the end of her life as a little goddess. For the ritual, the Kumari is bathed in the Bagmatiriver in Patan, Nepal. She is then dressed in Traditional Nepali wedding attire, with a cloth covering her face as she is brought outside to worship the sun. After the Gufa ceremony, she retires from the life of a Kumari, meaning she can walk and go to school like any ordinary girl. When they first return to normal life, Kumaris often have weak legs and find it difficult to walk. Exgoddess Chanira Bajracharya, 19, said: “It was a challenging transition. I couldn’t even walk properly because I had been carried all the time. The outside world was a complete stranger to me.” Chanira was chosen as the Kumari of Patan City when she was only five years old and retired when she was 15. Because Kumaris are confined to their houses or temples and subject to strict daily rituals, a few human rights activists consider it to be a form of child labor. They view the ritual as a hindrance to the freedom and education of the child. But in 2008, the Supreme Court overruled a petition against the custom, stating that Kumaris are culturally and religiously significant. The court did order a few reforms though, including education for the girls. St. Xavier

The Kumari Devi” being carried by worshippers

The Kumari Devi” being carried by worshippers

school in Patan city does provide a full scholarship to educate any Kumari during her reign. Despite the difficulties that Chanira faced while returning to normal life, she believes that her former life was blessed. “Being a Kumari was a matter of great pride and respect for me and my family,” she said. She also believes that the identity of a respectable female force

with divine energy should be perceived as something beyond religion. “Nepal is primarily a male-dominated society, but here’s a girl worshiped and revered as a goddess. As a woman, I got that respect. And the same message should be conveyed in society – that women should be respected and not dominated.” At age 16, Chanira was unable to navigate her local neighborhood

and found it tough to interact with her teachers and classmates. But she did remarkably well for herself, becoming the first ex-Kumari to sit the school-leaving certificate exam. She is now a student of business at Kathmandu University, and hopes to become a banker in the future. “Before, Kumaris weren’t supposed to marry, but some exKumaris are now married,” said Chanira. “Society is changing.”

Cook has to wear gas mask while preparing World’s hottest drumstick sauce

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Muhammad pouring out the sauce

uhammed Karim, the mad chef in charge of spicy dishes at Bindi Restaurant, in Lincolnshire, England, claims he has created the world’s hottest drumstick sauce in the world. It’s called the Atomic Kick Ass, and yes, it’s like an atomic bomb going off in your mouth. So just how hot is this crazy concoction, you ask? Well, Muhammed has to put on a gas mask whenever he prepares it, to avoid passing out from the fumes, so that should give you an idea. If you need more technical data, you should know the Atomic Kick Ass sauce scores 12 million units on the Scoville scale of hotness, several times more than police pepper spray. 34-year-old Muhammed Karim says eating his special sauce “feels like putting an iron on your lips and leaving it there”. It also comes with a series of sideeffects that have regularly forced those foolish enough to try it into

the back of an ambulance. Facial paralysis, body shakes and even internal bleeding are all possible outcomes of consuming Atomic Kick Ass sauce, so the Bindi restaurant requires daredevils to sign a waiver before going anywhere near the stuff. ”The last guy who tried it was sweating all over. He was slapping his face to try and feel anything but it was paralyzed,” Karim said. “The body gets this massive rush which can paralyze their face for up to 30 minutes and give them body shakes.” In order to deal with any medical emergencies, the staff at Bindi restaurant is trained in First Aid so they can look after customers before paramedics arrive. The owner of Bindi restaurant adds that his sauce “is like weaponry”, and has to be kept under lock and key to prevent people from accidentally using it. Those willing to test their resilience can take the restaurant’s

“Atomic Kick Ass Challenge”, for the chance to win £100. All they have to do is eat 10 fiery drumsticks covered in sauce in under 15 minutes. So far, only 20 people have taken the challenge, and the record currently stands at 2 drumsticks. The Atomic Kick Ass sauce is made with some of the world’s hottest peppers, including Moruaga Scorpion and Carolina Reaper, as well as five milliliters of special chili extract, measuring a whopping 13 million Scoville units. It’s so strong that any customers attempting the challenge are required to wear two pairs of gloves. But it seems Mr.Karim is not yet satisfied with the hotness of his sauce and is currently working on something even stronger. ”My Bangladeshi mother is currently growing a hybrid chilli called the Hulk, which will be all the hottest chillies in one and register 3 million Scoville on its own,” he said. Yummy, I can’t wait…


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Digest

Mobile phone risk to fertility of men who keep devices in their trouser pocket

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obile phones may have a significant impact on a man’s fertility, scientists think. Men who keep a phone in their trouser pocket could be exposing themselves to radiation which lowers their chance of becoming a father.

Scientists at the University of Exeter found that electromagnetic radiation lowered the viability and movement of sperm by 8 per cent. Most of the global adult population now own mobiles, and around 14 per cent of couples in wealthy countries have difficulty conceiving.

Dr Allan Pacey, a leading fertility expert at the University of Sheffield, said he would be continuing to keep his iPhone in his trouser pocket

A team led by Dr Fiona Mathews, of the University of Exeter, conducted a review of the findings from 10 studies, involving 1,492 men. Dr Mathews said the findings suggest that mobile radiation has an impact on fertility - but said much more research is needed to draw any firm conclusions. She said: ‘Given the enormous sscale of mobile phone use around tthe world, the potential role of this eenvironmental exposure needs to b be clarified. ‘This study strongly suggests that b being exposed to radio-frequency eelectromagnetic radiation from ccarrying mobiles in trouser pockets n negatively affects sperm quality. ‘This could be particularly iimportant for men already on the b borderline of infertility, and further rresearch is required to determine tthe full clinical implications for the g general population.’ Sperm quality can be affected iin three different ways: viability, or h how much of the sperm is healthy; m motility, or how well it moves ttowards an egg; and concentration o of sperm cells in semen. Most men have 50 to 85 p per cent of sperm with normal m movement. The researchers found tthis proportion fell by an average o of 8 per cent when there was eexposure to mobile phones. The paper, published in the journal Environment IInternational today, found similar eeffects were seen for sperm vviability. The authors warned tthat handheld gadgets may b be combining with radiation ffrom internet wifi and other

The team said that ‘cumulative’ radiation from modern technology may be having a ‘cumulative’ impact on sperm

technologies to lower fertility rates globally. They said that ‘cumulative’ radiation from modern technology may be having a ‘cumulative’ impact on sperm. The authors write: ‘For example, recent evidence found wifi from laptops also negatively affected sperm quality. A better understanding of the collective influence of environmental factors on sperm quality and subsequent fertility, will help improve treatment, advice and support for individuals seeking fertility treatment.’ Dr Allan Pacey, a leading fertility expert at the University of Sheffield, said he was not convinced by the study. ‘There have been some crazy and alarming headlines on this

subject subject. ‘In my opinion, the studies undertaken to date have been somewhat limited. ‘That’s because they have either sperm kept in a dish irradiated at frequencies used by mobile phones - which is not realistic - or they have made assessments of men’s phone habits without adequately considering other aspects of their lifestyle. ‘What we need are some properly designed epidemiological studies where mobile phone use is considered alongside other lifestyle habits. ‘Until that time, I will be continuing to keep my iPhone in my trouser pocket!’ Source: Dailymail.co.uk

Is white bread actually good for us?

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e’re always being told that white bread is unhealthy and we should stick to

wholemeal. But new research suggests it could actually be a healthy option. A study found it significantly boosts the number of ‘good’ microbes

If ‘good’ bacteria levels fall, people are at increased risk of disease

in the stomach, warding off disease and leading to better health. The finding could mean the much-maligned white loaf regains some of its popularity after being banished to the back of the supermarket shelf. In a surprising twist in the white bread story, scientists found it encourages the growth ‘good’ gut b bacteria. The Spanish study looked at the b bacteria in people’s guts and what rrole they play in people’s health. This is important because iit is known that when certain p populations of bacteria drop, we b become more prone to disease. One of the most effective ways tto maintain a good balance of the m microbes is to eat well. The team, from the University o of Oviedo, investigated the role of p polyphenols, common in such items a as spices, teas, fruits and vegetables a and how they worked to help balance tthe microbes in people’s guts. They asked 38 healthy adults q questions about their diets and worked out which bacteria were

present in their stool samples. Their analysis revealed that pectin, a compound in citrus fruits, lowers the levels of some helpful bacteria, contrary to previous research. But, their most unusual finding was that white bread boosted Lactobacillus, a group of beneficial bacteria. To date, wholegrain foods have been linked to increased ‘good’ bacteria levels, because of their high fibre content. However, the latest study found consumption of often undervalued refined grains – such as in white bread and white rice – could also boost the level of health-giving microbes. Study co-author Dr Sonia González said: ‘Although the limited sample size and high variability of individuals do not allow firm conclusions to be established, our study highlights the importance of considering diet as a whole, rather than isolated components. ‘The identification of an association between the intake of

Eating white bread could increase the levels of ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, research suggests

regular foods, foods such as oranges or white bread, and certain microbial groups emphasises the requirement of future research focused on diet rather than on isolated compounds.’ However it has not been all good news for white bread lovers. recently. Just two weeks ago, a study revealed eating three slices of white bread a day increases the odds of becoming overweight by almost half. The European Congress on

Obesity Sofia Obesity, in Sofi a, Bulgaria Bulgaria, was told wholegrain bread does not lead to weight gain while white bread does. The researchers, from the University of Navarra, in Spain, revealed that people who eat 120g or more of white bread a day are 40 per cent more likely to pile on the pounds than those who eat 60g or less a week. Source: Dailymail.co.uk


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2015: I will be at the vanguard to chase Jonathan out of Aso Rock - Atiku By Umar Muhammad Puma

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ormer Vice President, Alh. Atiku Abubakar, has said that President Jonathan adminsitration has failed the people of Nigeria, and tha he will be at the vanguard and forefront to make sure that he did not win the 2015 Presidential election. Speaking at the All Progressives Congress (APC),first National Convention in Abuja over the weekend, the former Vice President described Jonathan administration as clueless, corrupt, inept and and weak, and has no business beyong 2015. “This administration is clueless, corrupt, inept and and weak, and has no business beyond 2015. Nigerians, you have got every reason to change this government, this government has no business in office after 2015. I will be in the vanguard and in the forefront to make sure that that change takes

place.” He urged Nigerians to rally round APC to make sure that the party win all elections in 2015. “I appeal to all Nigerians, both Muslim and Christians and members of this party, to go out and make sure our party wins the election in 2015. “We must be different from PDP; we must show that we are a democratic party; we must show that we place this country before anything. We are going to show that we are neither from the north, or from the south, Muslims or Christians, we are not anything but Nigerians. “APC is an alternative party for the people of this country who yearn for change; for the people of this country who want better security, employment particularly our youth; for the people of this country who want better healthcare, who want to see a better change for the future of their children.

Good governance, recipe for peace-Peace Conference By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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articipants at a threeday International Peace Conference held in Yola, Adamawa state, have itemised good governance as the panacea to the political crisis bedevilling Nigeria’s democracy. This was the unanimous resolution from the maiden edition of the International Peace Conference which was organised by Adamawa Peacemakers Initiative, in collaboration with American University of Nigeria (AUN), held at the AUN main campus in Yola. In a communique issued after a plenary held at the E-Library of AUN, the participants emphasized the need to promote good governance at all levels of government such as to accommodate shades of interests.

They also called on government at all levels to commit more resources and energy in revitalising the middle class of the economy, adding that there was need to privatise more state functions in Nigeria to the private sector. According to the communique, “youths should be encouraged to be more interested in politics, in addition to promoting accountability in governance by implementing performance based governance at all levels of government in Nigeria”. The delegates who were drawn from various fields further called on the political leaders to put measures in place to urgently eliminate the culture of impunity within the political class, suggesting that erasing immunity clause from the Nigeria’s constitution would be a right step in the right direction.

APC strategist defects to PDP in Benue From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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n All Progressives Congress (APC) strategist in Benue state, Prof. David Iornem, at the weekend defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The former Senator who had spent over 20 years in the opposition, explained at the event which was held in his home country Lessel, Ushongo Local Government Area that his decision to dump the APC was in grievance against the leadership of the party whom he accused of losing track of the purpose for which the party was formed. “The APC is no longer the party we founded as Action Congress ( later Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN). It has lost meaning, focus

and bedeviled by leadership failure”, Iornem lamented. He particularly frowned at the manner the last ward, local government and State congresses were conducted in Benue State, maintaining that the executive members were imposed on party supporters which led to their wanton disenfranchisement. Former Senate President, Senator Iyorchia Ayu, who described Iornem as a ‘great strategist’, added, “he taught me politics and I have great respect for him”. A highly elated Governor Suswam said the defection of Iornem was a milestone in the political history of the State and assured the defectors of equal treatment in the PDP.

L-R: A member representing Kware/Wamakko Federal Constituency of Sokoto state in the House of Reps, Hon. Abdullahi Muhammed Wamakko, and a stalwart of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Ahmed Abdullahi, during APC National Convention, on Saturday, in Abuja.

APC convention: How political gimmicks enthroned Oyegun chairman By Lawrence Olaoye

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olitical gimmicks and horse trading at the weekend ensured the emergence of the former Edo state governor, Chief Odigie Oyegun as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The emergence of the new chairman and the majority of the party executives emanating from those believed to be from the camp of the former Lagos state governor, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and the former Head of State, Gen. Muhammad’s Buhari,only confirmed that the surreptitious efforts made by the APC governors to take over the leadership of the party was dropped in the interest of peace. Few weeks to the historic convention, the media was busy publishing stories of how the APC governors were planning to hijack the party from the the duo of Buhari and Tinubu, but what transpired shortly before the convention and at the venue showed the supremacy of former governor of Lagos State. Checks show that most of the key offices of the party go to the Tinubu’s camp. The chairman, Oyegun, National Secretary, Mai Bala Bunu, the Deputy (North), Senator Lawal Shuaib, Deputy chairman (South), Segun Oni, Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and the National Legal Adviser, Alhaji Muiz Banire are all from Tinubu’s camp. It was learnt that both Tom Ikimi and Timpreye Silva were tipped to be the leading candidates before

the latter eventually withdrew from the race. Silva, former Bayelsa state governor, was favored by the APC governors and he was tipped to win the election before he surprisingly withdrew his intention. It was learnt that Tinubu at the reconciliatory meeting prior to the convention insisted that Silva’s ongoing trial by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) casts a dent on his candidature and advised against his emergence because of the controversy that would follow. A source close to the meeting held by stakeholders at the twilight of the convention also hinted that Tinubu kicked against the candidature of Chief Tom Ikimi because if his high handedness. The source disclosed that Tinubu’s camp threatened to quit the APC should Ikimi emerge the chairman. There were some advertisements placed in a newspaper discrediting Ikimi. They recalled his days as the former Minister of Foreign Affairs under the maximum ruler, Gen Sani Abacha. All these among other things forced him to quit the race. Chief Ogbonnaiya Onu, who was the last ANPP chairman, was discouraged from running by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State because of his perceived presidential ambition. Sam Jaja too was abandoned by his friend and the Governor of his home state, Rotimi Amaechi, who took him along with him while walking out on the ruling PDP. It was intrigues and high wire political horse trading and back

stabbing that delayed the zoning arrangement for the election before Oyegun and other party officials emerged. Another victim of the intrigues was former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir elRufai who was reportedly eyeing the National Secretary. The zoning arrangement took the office to the North-east where Buni from Yobe state emerged the winner. Alhaji Kazhim Imam who had the support of some governors was forced out of the race. It was so difficult for him that it took former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar to announce his withdrawal from the race few minutes before the election began. To compensate the Northwest for the loss of the Secretary, the Deputy Chairman North was given and it was unanimously given to another powerful force behind the APC in the zone, Senator Lawal Shuaib who was the National Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). During the ACN days, it was Sen Lawal who was fully in charge of the party’s national secretariat while the Chairman, Bisi Akande and the spokesman, Lai Mohammed were based in Lagos. It was his idea that gave birth to the UK chapter of the party. Although Sam Jaja wanted the Deputy National Chairman (South), but again, Tinubu ensured it was former Ekiti State governor, Segun Oni who recently defected to the party from PDP that got the same office he held in his former party before the court threw him out.


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Politics

2015 Bauchi Senate: I will defeat Yuguda, APC chieftain boasts From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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chieftain of the All Progressives People’s Party (APC) in Bauchi state, Alhaji Ali Wakili, has boasted that he would defeat the incumbent governor of the state, Mallam Isa Yuguda, when they both contest the state Senatorial election I. 2015. The politician who carpeted the governor for non performance said that all the indices are pointing to the facts that the people of Bauchi are increasingly disenchanted with the ruling PDP. The politician, who contested as running mate to the All Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate, Alhaji Baba Tella, in 2011 and lost to the PDP, said: “All of us are witnesses to misgovernance in this country;all of us are under siege mentally, physically and security wise. “Some of us even refer to the days of former governor Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu in terms of governance but if you look at my brother Mallam Isa Yuguda,whom people are agitating for to come and contest for the Bauchi South senatorial election, he has got his chances. “Look at the quantum of money coming into the state treasury right from the time he became governor till date. You will discover that the physical presence on ground and other social amenities, infrastructure and the living standard of the people do not match the quantum of money that comes into the state’s treasury. “Certainly, you have visited a good number of hospitals but how medical personnels are there?

What is the state of the health facilities? Go and check the health indexes in terms of mortality and child birth and what is the situation now? “He has made so many promises when four different programmes were launched in the same place and none of you has ever asked him about the Yankari Independent Power project, the Inland Container, the issue of Housing. We are going to ask him. Thirdly, if you look at roads built by the government that the people are counting as part of his achievements, the Ningi road when you go to Alkaleri-Futuk

road, the road is already dead and over a billion naira was sunk into the project. “So, we are going to ask him to account for his stewardship if we must give him the Senate this time around; he has to justify the mandate we gave him before. So, I don’t have any fear with Mallam Isa Yuguda flying the flag of PDP. At any rate the people are discontented; they are wallowing in poverty, diseases and hunger.” On his chances of getting the APC ticket to run, he said: “By the grace of God, I have been there in the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). I was involved in

the whole process of merger and I was a member of the interim at the state level and we brought the party to its present stage. I have been part of the party’s ward and state congresses and I am part of the national congress because I am a delegate from Tafawa Balewa local government. In a swift reaction, the Senior Political Adviser to the state governor, Alhaji Kabiru Barwa , said the accusation are unfounded. According to him, the roads he mentioned were fixed by Yuguda’s administration after his predecessors had failed.

Wife of Akwa Ibom Governor, Mrs Unoma Akpabio (right), exchanging pleasantries with the newly inaugurated executives of Akwa Ibom Consolidation Assembly for 2015 general election, recently in Uyo. Photo: NAN

Adamawa PDP commends FG’s fight against terror By Evelyn Okakwu

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takeholders of the peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa state have commended the selection of African leaders from South Africa, Euthiopia, Ghana Congo and Cote Divoire to look into the terrorism problem in the North Eastern part of the country. A statement signed by Air Commodore Dan Sulieman at the end of the party’s meeting in Abuja, recently said the party was mindful of the Federal Government’s efforts to stem the tide of reckless

killings of innocent people by the Boko Haram terrorist group. “We are confident that this powerful body shall decisively deal with the challenges of terrorism, not only in Nigeria, but in the African continent as a whole. “The Nigerian leader, President Goodluck Jonathan deserves our support and commendation for his doggedness and untiring efforts to stem the tide of insurgency in the country, despite all odds”, they stated. They commended the efforts of the Nigerian Military in the fight against terrorism, adding that the

Adamawa state PDP and indeed many Nigerians were “sickened by the pettiness of cheap political gimmicks concerning the horrible events.” Speaking further they condemned the state governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako, for what they described as a reckless statement against the Federal government and the Nigerian Military. “Members of this group also want to use this medium to condemn the Governor, Murtala Nyako, over his careless statement, attributing insurgency in the

North East to both the President and the country’s Military. To us, his allegations are baseless, null and void, most especially when he could not attach verifiable evidence to buttress any of his claims.” They enjoined the governor to focus more on providing the needs of the people noting however that the governor had failed in that regard. The stakeholders described the recent bomb blast at Kabang, a suburb of Mubi Local Government Area of the state, “as a huge let down to residents, victims and the relations in the area.”

Alkali congratulates APC over convention …calls for peaceful election in Ekiti

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he Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali has congratulated the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the executive committee on their election. In a statement in Abuja, Prof Alkali applauded the APC for the successful conduct of its first national convention and election of officers that will steer the affairs of the party in the next few years He said their election is coming at a very critical period in the nation’s political history when the country is preparing for elections and urged the new leadership of the party to use their position to strengthen democracy and douse tension associated with electoral contest. According to him, a very robust and constructive opposition political party that puts the interest of the country above every other consideration is what Nigeria needs and urges the new APC leaders to ensure peace and development of Nigeria tops their agenda. On the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti state, Prof Alkali called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political parties, governorship candidates and their supporters to work in harmony to ensure successful poll in the state. According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan has laid solid foundation for conduct of free, fair and credible polls in the country and all hands must be on deck to ensure the people of Ekiti state are allowed to exercise their right to elect their leaders without let or hindrance. He charged the candidates and political parties to shun violence, electoral malpractices, malicious propaganda and every act that may undermine the peaceful conduct of the governorship election in the state.

Kuta’s death, not victory for his adversaries in PDP, says APC From Yakubu Mustapha,Minna

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he death of the Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, representing Niger East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, should not be seen as victory for his political adversaries in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had wanted to stop him from contesting

for re-election in 2015. This was contained in the Niger state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) condolence message issued by the state Publicity Secretary, Jonathan Vatsa, yesterday to the family of the deceased. The party stated “The death of the Senator came to us as a shock

and we are pained by his death that came at the time the state needed the wise counselling and participation of an experienced and service driven politicaiis like him”. “We remember with pains his last period of political adversity within his party aimed at stopping him from contesting in 2015 and how he had always remained

firm in such circumstances and refused to be intimidated by self serving politicians who look at fair contest as a taboo but expected to be handed over political position through intimidation”, he said. APC said the death of the Senator, reputed for his progressive ideology, came at the time appointed by Allah which should

teach mortals the lesson that nothing is permanent to all those in position of authority. The party noted that late Kuta was committed to the enlistment of youth of his senatorial district and the entire Niger state to be engaged and empowered to reduce the dependency of the youths and their vulnerability to crime.


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News Extra

Insurgency: Lack of respect caused Boko Haram crisis - Khadi From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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he Founder of Darulkitab Wa Sunnah College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Ilorin, Sheikh Abdulkadir Salman Oba-Solagberu has observed that lack of respect for neighbours in Nigeria led to emergence of insurgents and other crimes in the country. Solagberu, who stated this at the weekend, during graduation of 490 students of the institution in Ilorin, noted that lack of social,ethical and moral values in Nigeria has further contributed in no small measure to the deterioration of social justice and denial of fundamental human right of the citizenry. The National President of Alimi Islamic Foundation said “ the on- going insurgent bedeviling our dear nation was born out of lack of respect for one another in the neighbourhoods which further graduated to the larger society giving birth to all sorts of social menace such as; abduction,armed robbery,assassination,bad governance among other. “For peace and tranquility to return to Nigeria,there is need for adequate accommodation and tolerance of each other’s right as human-being irrespective of our religious belief, culturalbackground,political affiliation and tribal differences in order to foster peaceful coexistence at all level.” Solagberu, who expressed optimism that the outcome of the on-going national conference would guide Nigeria to the right path said Religions Committee should dwell more on factors that could restore peace,unity and harmony among religions’ adherents in the country. The institution’s proprietor urged Kwara state government and House of Assembly to expedite action on the passage of Bill establishing Arabic Board for the state for proper coordination and recognition of institutions in this category. He promised to continue to be in the vanguard of good upbringing of children who shall in return be positive peer influencer in the society. In his remark, the Grand Khadi of Kwara State Shari’ah Court of Appeal, Justice SaliuOlohuntoyinMuhammed urged the graduates of the College to shun crimes and drug addiction, stressing that they should continue seeking for positive knowledge for the peaceful and progress of the nation. The newly confirmed Grand Khadi added that they should not be frustrated in the course of seeking for knowledge, adding that they must give respect for others people religions and value.

Taraba: Ag. gov urges journalists to unite society through reportage From Yusha’u Alhassan, Jalingo

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ournalists have been advised to unite the society through their reportage. The Taraba state Acting Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar gave the advice at the weekend, while declaring open the National Executive Council meeting of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), in Jalingo. Represented by the Secretary to the state government, Garvey Yaweh, Umar said the

importance of the press in the society cannot be over-emphasized, in view of their role as watchdogs of the society and stressed the need of maintaining the cordial relationship between the media and the state government. Chairman of the occasion and Speaker Taraba state House of Assembly Josiah Sabo Kente, challenge the media to ensure check and balances in their reportage with a view to enhancing accountability, urging the NEC members to ensure

the reality of the Freedom of Information Bill, to enhance the effective Journalism Practice in the country. Delivering his address, National President of the NUJ, Mohammed Garba, said with the security challenges confronting the country, media practitioners should remain steadfast to the ethics of the profession and thanked the Acting Governor for always assisting the media. Welcoming the delegates, Taraba state Chairman of the

NUJ, Abdullahi Gambo, said the Union, in the past three years, has witnessed tremendous achievements and assured that the Union would not relent in its efforts towards stamping out quacks, in order to bequeath legacies for the future. In his vote of thanks, the NUJNational Secretary, Shu’aibu Usman Leman said the purpose of citing the NEC meeting in Taraba was to showcase the abundant natural resources the state was endowed with to the international world.

Group secures freedom for 100 condemned inmates From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, riding on horseback as he enters the emir’s palace last Friday where he led the Asr prayer. He entered through a new entrance that was only opened and immediately blocked and never to be used again.

Aliyu urges Muslims to live in peace with other religious faithful From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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iger state governor Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, of Niger state has commissioned Paiko Juma’at Mosque in the state established at the cost of N121 million and urged Muslim faithful in the state to live in peace with their neighbours of other faithful. Aliyu reiterated his administration’s support for both

Muslim and Christian faithful in the state toward fostering their peaceful coexistence in the state. He urged the people of the state to support the government policy of entrenching peace in order to ensure the development of the state. Also speaking, Ambassador Zubairu Dada, former ambassador of Nigeria to Poland and chairman of the Mosque building committee said that it was constructed at the cost of N121 million.

Dada said that the Mosque has modern facilities such as ablution space, toilets and a 40 KVA generator. He said that the 6, 026 capacity mosque would accommodate 1, 676 male and 350 female, while the exterior would accommodate 4, 000 persons. The building committee chairman said that the Mosque was established by donations from individuals, local and state government.

awyers Without Borders (Avocats Sans Frontières), have secured freedom of over 100 awaiting trial and death row inmates in the last three years through its Saving Lives project (SALI). Legal Officer for the group, Mr. Kola Ogunbiyi, dropped the hint at the 4th and final phase of the Saving Lives practical workshop for judicial stakeholders, in Benin City, the Edo State Capital. Ogunbiyi noted that over 150 petitions written by Lawyers working with the international non-profit organization in partnership with stakeholders and the government. He however expressed grave concern over insecurity in some parts of the country which state of emergency was declared by the Federal government including Plateau state. ``Out of about 150 petitions we have written by Lawyers Without Borders, we have been able to secure the release of over 100 awaiting trial inmates and those on death row who did not actually kill, in some prisons, by looking at the circumstances of their arrest and trial. The Lawyers’ representatives of the National Human Rights commission (NHR) representatives at the workshop, called for review of relevant criminal laws including ``holding charge’’ for quick dispensation of justice on criminal matters.

British Council trains community leaders on early warning sign of conflicts From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he British Council has organized a four-day sensitisation training programme for religious community and youth leaders in two districts, Tudun Wada, in Kaduna-South and Wusasa, in Zaria local government area of in Kaduna state respectively . The training, which was in collaboration with Development and Peace Initiative, is aimed at

identifying early detection of signs of conflict and disaster with early and sharp response, and enlightened the participants on detecting early warning signs in their various communities Speaking earlier, Rev. father Clement Bamaiyi Kagoma, who is the National Coordinator of the Initiative, said, in line with the present security challenges facing the country, the role of the religious and communities leader cannot be underestimated.

Rev. Kagoma added that present security challenges facing the country would have been nipped in the board if leaders are sensitive in the early warning signs. Rev. Father Kagoma, who was represented by the Programmes Manager of the association, said the sensitization training workshop was a contribution from the British Council, to curtail the present insecurity bedeviling the nation. Father Kagoma informed the

gathering that, in order to sustain the present peaceful atmosphere in the state,a peace partnership committee has been set up in the state to ensure the effective implementation of all suggestions and recommendation of the workshop. Father Kagoma added that the selection of the Wusasa and Tudun Wada communities as the pioneer of the training is because of the unique place they occupy in sustaining peace and stability in the state.


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Scene of an accident where a truck fell under Iganmu Apapa Wharf link bridge after downpour, on Saturday in Lagos.

L-R: Former Commandant, National Defence College, Rear Admiral Thomas Lokoson, and his wife, Rosemary Lokoson, being pulled out, last Friday in Abuja.

Bauchi state Commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaji Mohammed Dhamina (pointing 5th right), District Head of Warinji, Alhaji Yakubu Gambo, and others, inspecting the clearing of drains in Ungwan Dawaki ward, yesterday in Bauchi.

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Nigerians back Eagles to shine against Iran today By Albert Akota & Yakubu Yaki

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ollowing the Super Eagles’ Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi declaration that his side won’t takes Iran lightly when both teams clash at Curitiba today in their opening match at the ongoing World Cup in Brazil. The former Togo and Mali also acknowledged that the Iranians have a top class coach in Carlos Queiroz whom he describes as their biggest weapon. “I think their experienced coach is their biggest weapon, because he’s well experienced, he knows the game well. For the Iran game we have to be focused. “We have to concentrate and do our job. We’re not going to take Iran lightly because they are not going to take us lightly. So we have to go out with everything that we have. “They have a very good coach and I’m sure they also have some quality players. We don’t know Iran very well, but we’ll see them today,” Keshi said. Keshi is banking on the mixture of experience and youth players to lift his squad in a group that also has former world champions, Argentina and debutants, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Some Nigerians, who bare their minds, told Peoples

Daily Sports correspondents that the Eagles would emulate Netherlands’ destruction of Spain and show they can compete at the World Cup ahead of their Group F opener with Iran today. “The Super Eagles have featured in four of the previous World Cups, though we have had a poor record in competition of late and have taken only some points from their last six games in the finals. “The weight of expectation coming from being Africa Cup of Nations holders can drive on Stephen Keshi’s side to a successful campaign. “I want them to emulate Netherlands’ 5-1 thrashing of world and European champions Spain on Friday as proof of how far self and team work can help, “David Job, civil servant noted. “I wish the Super Eagles success at the mundial. Iran cannot stop us from qualifying from group F. Iran don’t have any record on Nigeria, so I see no reason losing the match. “If I may say to my fellow Nigerian, I know, we don’t have team that would win the World Cup because we are still building our team,” Mr. Onu Moses said. “The Super Eagles should unite themselves very well, if they are able to do so, I am very sure that Nigeria will beat Iran 3:0 but one thing I know for sure was Eagles can scale through the

Fans first stage but will be out in the second round of the tournament, “Mr. Love Day civil servant, maintained. “With the recent friendly matches that the Super Eagles have played, I have confidence on the team beating Iran completely because with the likes of Emmanuel Emenike and

Osaze Odewingie at the front, we will win the match by the grace of God, “Charles Batholemi, a student said. “With the way the Super Eagles are playing now, it will be very difficult for them to win Iran. If I could remember our last friendly match with Iran ended draw but they gave us tough

time in the game, we may not beat Iran, “Miss Nacy Yakubu, a student said. “The Super Eagles are the Africa champions, Iran can win us in our first match. In fact, any team that will play Nigeria will rethink who they are playing, we can beat Iran easily, “Wisdom Monday, said.

Evaluate Eagles at NFF, Eagles debunk row over World Cup, Keshi appearance fee, bonuses tells Nigerians By Albert Akota

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he Chief of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi has insisted his side will be ready to perform in their FIFA World Cup opener against Iran. The African champions take on the Group F minnows in their curtain raiser in Brazil today and are expected to dispatch of their opponents despite their underwhelming lead-in. Nigeria twice came from behind to draw with Scotland 2-2, were well held by Greece 0-0 and lost to the United States 2-1 in their warm-up friendlies. But Keshi said he was not bothered by the scorelines in their recent matches. “We are in Brazil for serious business,” Keshi said. “Friendlies are meant to serve as rehearsals; the team is different from competitive matches. “This is not an excuse for our performance in the matches, but seriously speaking, the results

Keshi does not mean anything to me; evaluate us in the World Cup.” Keshi said Argentine superstar Lionel Messi was not on their agenda until they had negotiated group games with Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina. “We have two games before thinking about Messi,” he said. “We will try to do better than we did in 2010 in South Africa but we’ll see what happens when the World Cup starts.” Nigeria has not escaped the group stage at a World Cup since they topped their pool at France 1998, going winless in South Korea/Japan in 2002 and South Africa 2010.

he Nigeria Football Federation officials and Super Eagles have pleaded with the media and mischief makers to allow peace reign, so that the players can concentrate on the task at hand. NFF Technical Committee Chairman, Barr. Chris Green, who is in Curitiba with the team, alongside Federation President Alhaji Aminu Maigari and other board members said it was disheartening to learn that some

people were still hammering on the long settled issue of bonuses and appearance fees for the players. “When the Senate President, Dr David Mark came here to meet with us and the players, he was totally convinced at our sincerity with the players and what we have on board as the team progresses but some people are just hell bent on ensuring that they raise issues that don’t even exist”, he said. Green explained that the NFF has agreed with the players to

Victor Moses sprays the ball for Super Eagles at Pennsylvania against Greece in friendly clash

pay $10,000 winning bonus for first round games, $12,500 for second round game, $15,000 for quarter final and $20,000 for semi-final. That will also increase marginally to $25,000 if the team wins the trophy. The percentage earnings from monies that may accrue to the players from what FIFA gives to the NFF was also put at 30 percent for the group stages, 40 for the second round, 50 for the quarter final, 60 for the semifinal and 70 percent for the final.


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Emenike blasts Iran, Bosnia, Argentina By Albert Akota

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he Super Eagles talisman, Emmanuel Emenike has described their Group F opponents, Iran, Bosnia and Argentina as being disrespectful and boastful stressing that they be humiliated when both teams clash at the tournament. Argentina, Iran and Bosnia Herzegovina are in group F and Emenike, who plies his trade in Turkey with Fenerbache Football Club is of the view that the reigning African champions have what it takes to take their opponents to the cleaners when they clash. Speaking in an interview with africanfootball.com Emenike declared that the West Africans will rather keep their aces to their chest until when both teams trade tackles. In the words of the Nigeria’s

top marksman: “they should wait till we meet. The Argentines are too boastful and disrespectful. As a professional, you should always respect your opponents irrespective of their qualities. “They think they can beat us because they have individual players? But football is beyond that stage now. As I said earlier, I will think of them after Iran and Bosnia. Messi is an exceptional player, but football is a team game.’’ Commenting on Eagles’ other group foes Emenike opined that there may be a few surprises as every country that qualified for the Mundial is a potential winner. According to him: ‘‘that’s patriotic talk and I like that, but our own is that we want to fight hard on the pitch and win, this is football, Bosnia can beat Argentina in their opening game

too. “What I know is that our first match against Iran is very crucial. Right now, I am thinking about Iran, not Bosnia or Argentina. The World Cup is going to be interesting and full of surprises. There are so many wounded lions going to Brazil.’’ On his preparedness for the challenge at the Mundial the striker said, ‘‘I am very ready for the World Cup. I am physically and mentally ready but the fans should be patriotic enough in any situation. Every player here is ready to give their best to see that we keep the flag flying. We will so much appreciate the fans to count on us.’’ Strikers are known to always set goal target or personal targets but Emenike thinks otherwise.

Emmanuel Emenike

NFF charges Eagles to overrun Iran By Albert Akota

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he President of Nigeria Football Federation, Alhaji Aminu Maigari declared yesterday that the Super Eagles are well prepared to run over Iran and earn three points when both teams clash in the second match of Group F at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals today. Setting is the 42,000 – capacity Arena da Baixada in Curitiba – a venue originally built in the 1990s to replace the older Estadio Jaoquim Americo Guimaraes and which is the home ground of Atletico Paranaense FC. It is the first time both countries are meeting at the FIFA World Cup finals. “Our boys are ready for this task. I have been with the team all the way from London (friendly with Scotland) to their final camping in the USA and now here in Brazil. “The spirit is good and I believe they will go all out on Monday,” said Maigari, who flew with the team to Curitiba on Saturday morning. Also in town are members of the Federal Government delegation to the finals, led by the Senate President, Distinguished Senator David Mark, GCON. Football –loving Mark also led the Government team to South Africa when the Super Eagles lifted the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa early last year. “The presence of the Federal Government delegation, the kind words of the members of the delegation and the arrival of the NFF delegation have all boosted the morale of our team in a big way. The boys know that the Government and people of Nigeria are with them and they know what they have to do to make Nigeria and Africa proud,” Maigari added.

Nigeria is the lowest –ranked team in Group F, but that will count for nothing when the African champions set sail at the Arena da Baixada. Goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, rated as one of the best stoppers in world football at the moment, defender and skipper Joseph Yobo and striker Osaze Odemwingie have all tasted FIFA World Cup action previously, while midfielder John Mikel Obi and strikers Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike all shone at the Africa Cup and are rated highly to dazzle here in South America. Defenders Godfrey Oboabona, Efe Ambrose and Kenneth Omeruo, midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and pacy winger Ahmed Musa were also in the Africa – conquering team in South Africa and have tremendous quality and play with gusto. An all –time record by the Aminu Maigari administration has seen the Super Eagles play a total of 26 friendly matches over the past four years, preparing them adequately for a potentially much –better outing at the FIFA World Cup to erase the unflattering memories of an under –par South Africa 2010 campaign. The 11 –day final camping in the United States of America was spangled with two quality friendly matches against Greece and USA, and few would have forgotten that the Super Eagles were actually held to a 2-2 draw by four –time world champions Italy in a friendly in London late last year. Shoal Ameobi, who like Moses played for England at junior levels before opting to represent fatherland at senior cadre, youthful Michael Babatunde, former junior internationals Ramon Azeez and Uche Nwofor and CHAN 2014 MVP Ejike Uzoenyi provide strength in depth for Coach Stephen Keshi for today’s clash.

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World Cup: Go for victory against Iran, Tambuwal charge Eagles By Umar Muhammad Puma

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peaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has charged the Super Eagles to go for victory in their opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Iran. In a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal urged the Eagles to take inspiration from the team that represented Nigeria at the USA ‘94 World Cup. According to him: “The 1994 team made a huge statement of

intent when it defeated Bulgaria 3 0 in its opening encounter before posting commendable performance in their subsequent matches. The present team has the verve, drive and determination to surpass our achievement of 20 years ago. We can show the world how ready we are by spanking the Iranians,” the sport-loving Speaker said. While assuring the team of total support of 170 million Nigerians, Tambuwal said he is confident that the African champions will not let Africa down.

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INVITATION FOR TENDER FOR THE CIVIL WORKS, SUPPLY & INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES A. INTRODUCTION: This is to inform the general public that the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital is desirous of commissioning competent contractors to undertake some civil works, supply & installation of equipment and services. In view of this, the Hospital is hereby inviting competent and interested contractors for Tender Bids in respect of the works in accordance with Due Process. Lot/Project No. Description Lot – 1 Civil works for the Installation of New Central Waste Water Treatment Plant. Lot – 2 Supply and Installation of Equipment for Central Waste Water Treatment Plant. Lot – 3 Fixed Assets Identification Lot – 4 Fixed Assets Valuation Lot – 5 Fixed Assets Documentation B. TENDER: Tender document shall be made available upon payment of a non-refundable fee of N20,000.00 to the Finance department who shall issue receipts to accompany the tender on submission. Tenderers should collect Tender documents from the Office of the Secretary, Tenders Board. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA: 1. Evidence of incorporation by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) 2. Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years valid up to 31st December, 2013. 3. Evidence of Contributory Pension Scheme for Staff. 4. Company Audited Accounts for last three (3) years. 5. Evidence of VAT Registration Certificate. 6. Company profile including names, qualifications and experience of Company staff with copies of credentials attached. 7. Evidence of financial capability to handle supply from a reputable Bank. 8. Verifiable list of similar supply successfully completed with names of clients and evidence of award/evidence of partial completion. 9. Evidence of registration with the appropriate Federal Works Registration Board. 10. Evidence of Compliance with Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Act CAP 19, LFN 2004. NB All claims will be verified by the Hospital. The documents must be in a separate sealed envelope and clearly marked “Civil works” OR “Supply and Installation of Equipment” OR “Fixed Assets Identification” OR “Fixed Assets Valuation” OR “Fixed Assets Documentation” and should be submitted within four (4) weeks from the date of this publication to the address below. The Secretary Tenders Board, University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, P. M. B. 1414, Maiduguri Borno State Signed: Management


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he human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30ft. One third of all cancers are sun related. THE MOST UNUSUAL CANNONBALL: On two occasions, Miss ‘Rita Thunderbird’ remained inside the cannon despite a lot of gunpowder encouragement to do otherwise. She performed in a gold lamé bikini and on one of the two occasions (1977) Miss Thunderbird remained lodged in the cannon, while her bra was shot across the Thames River. It has been estimated that humans use only 10% of their brain. Valentine Tapley from Pike County, Missouri grew chin whiskers attaining a length of twelve feet six inches from 1860 until his death 1910, protesting Abraham Lincoln’s election to the presidency. Most Egyptians died by the time they were 30 about 300 years ago, For some time Frederic Chopin, the composer and pianist, wore a beard on only one side of his face, explaining: “It does not matter, my audience sees only my right side.” 1 in every 4 Americans has appeared someway or another on television. 1 in 8 Americans has worked at a McDonalds restaurant. 70% of all boats sold are used for fishing. Studies have shown that children laugh an average of 300 times/day and adults 17 times/day, making the average child more optimistic, curious, and creative than the adult. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes. [link] You were born with 300 bones, but by the time you are an adult you will only have 206.

If you go blind in one eye you only lose about one fifth of your vision but all your sense of depth. Women blink nearly twice as much as men. The strongest muscle (Relative to size) in the body is the tongue.

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A Boeing 747’s wingspan is longer than the Wright brother’s first flight. American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by eliminating one olive from each salad served in first-class. [link] Average life span of a major league baseball: 7 pitches.

A palindrome is a sentence or group of sentences that reads the same backwards as it does forward: Ex: ‘Red rum, sir, is murder.’ ‘Ma is as selfless as I am.’ ‘Nurse, I spy gypsies. Run!’ ‘A man, a plan, a canal - Panama.’ ‘He lived as a devil, eh?’

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I don’t know Iran, Keshi admits

he Coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi has admitted he doesn’t know Iran as they prepare to face each other in their first game of the World Cup today. The Asian country is appearing in just their fourth World Cup finals, having crashed out at the group stages with a solitary point in their most recent outing in 2006. And Keshi has admitted that Iran, who are ranked 43rd in the Fifa world rankings, are a largely unknown quantity for him and his staff, but is mindful of the experience of their coach, Carlos Queiroz. “We have to go out with everything that we have,” he told Fifa’s official website. “They have a very good coach and I’m sure they also have some quality players. “We don’t know Iran very well, but we’ll see them today. “I think an experienced coach is their biggest weapon. He’s well experienced, he knows the game well.” While the 52-year-old doesn’t know what to expect from his side’s first opponents, he insists they cannot afford to underestimate them. “For the Iran game we have to be focused. We have to concentrate and do our job. We’re not going to take Iran lightly because they’re not going to take us lightly.

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We’ve enough crises in this country. And when Kano boils it would be a problem for this country. He (President Goodluck Jonathan) thank us for working with the security agencies to ensure peace. – Gov. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state

Governor Lamido and his environment (I)

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he abuse of power by Nigerian elite has become so common place that we all ignore a much worse on going abuse in Nigeria – the abuse of our environment. Ironically, the ultimate consequences of environment abuse are even more devastating on our society than the abuse of power. Desertification in Nigeria is a good example. Experts quantify the amount of arable land lost to desertification at an average of 8-10 kilometres per year. The adverse effects of this in Nigeria are almost endless. Those whose arable land is lost often drift to cities in search of a better life. Such movement worsens the social situation in the cities where the scramble for limited social facilities and jobs creates its own tensions. Those who remain in the rural areas soon become victims of violent conflicts between pastoralists and sedentary farmers as they compete for the depleted greenery. Desertification has thus led to massive population drift not only from the provinces to the cities but from the North to the South. The current clashes between the nomadic Fulani pastoralists and the sedentary farmers in Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue and Taraba states are a signal of the mass movement, stimulated by desertification. These clashes have added another stress to the delicate ethnic and religious crack lines in the Middle Belt of Nigeria with serious political implications. All these problems are avoidable if we check the desert’s advance into our greenery. In Jigawa there is an ambitious afforestation programme with the immodest target of creating a 250 kilometre shelter belt in the eastern part of the state. This project is close to Governor Lamido’s heart and he has left all his local government chairmen know that any of them that refuses to share his passion for it will surely be in trouble with him. This project is being implemented ahead of the Great Green Wall initiative of the African Union which cuts across Jigawa and 10 other states in Nigeria. In Jigawa, the Great Green Wall cuts through six local governments and despite insufficient funding

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from the federal government, the state government has gone far in implementing the scheme in two of the local governments. At his swearing in 2007 as Governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido made this pledge to give environmental challenges priority. It is a promise he kept. While on a visit to Jigawa last week, I was able to verify that the man’s government has distributed free 23 million seedlings from the 27 nurseries he established since he came to power. You do not need to take the pains of an old school journalist that I am to verify the statistics. The trees, products of these seedlings are visible everywhere as you drive along the high ways, around government offices, schools and housing estates in Dutse. Even private homes have been caught by the bug. Another strategy of checking desert encroachment is the distribution of stoves throughout the state. So far, as of March this year, 85,000 stoves were distributed since the scheme began in 2011. The advantage of the stoves is that they provide an alternative source of energy and help check the indiscriminate felling of trees for use as cooking

fire by the people of Jigawa. Last week, I asked Governor Lamido what motivated him into the tree planting frenzy. “I grew up as a Fulani boy, rearing cattle in the bush. That defined my values; I enjoyed communicating with nature and that reinforced my belief that the best ornament is nature,” he replied. In a country where environmental issues are not considered as anything serious, Lamido’s romantic relationship with nature which has become the arrow head of his government policy comes as something of a surprise. But it has paid off – positively. Jigawa remains the only state in the North that has not been afflicted with the malady of clashes between itinerant Fulani cattlemen and sedentary farmers. Governor Lamido’s government has not only succeeded in checking the aggressive invasion of the Sahara desert, he has established a Herdsmen and Farmers Board, where issues that have degenerated into bloodshed in Plateau, Nasarawa, Benue, Taraba and many other states have been amicably addressed between the two groups. The Board working in collaboration with non governmental bodies like Miyetti Allah, religious bodies and neighbouring countries have created grazing reserves and cattle path along the high ways. The love for natural environment has led to the creation of Baturia World, a wetland in Jigawa that has caught the attention of UNESCO. Birds from Asia and Europe flock there during winter and migrate back once the winter is over. The Nigerian National Park has already indicated its intention to take it over and develop it into a tourist venture. The priority placed on

environmental issues was aptly demonstrated when disaster struck in the form of a 2012 flood that ravaged many parts of Nigeria, Jigawa included. Yakasawa village of Ringim local government of the state was the worst effected. Under the directives of the state government, the local government provided 250 plots of land on which the state government built houses and provided boreholes. The facilities provided by the government did not satisfy all the needs of the victims but they helped in giving succour to a population in great distress. This was a clear demonstration of care for the poor and a marked difference from what happened in other states in the North where top government officials had no answer to the disaster but greedily embezzled even the assistance that was sent from the federal government and other donor agencies. And when the floods came again to Yakasawa in 2013, it did not find anybody to victimise. Jigawa is a predominantly Muslim populated state where the role of women in public affairs is relegated. The unusual thing with Sule Lamido is that in implementing his environment agenda, he relies mostly on women. When he came to power, he quickly established contact with Wangari Maathai, the extraordinary Kenyan woman who won the Nobel price for peace because of her environmental activism. The hope was that she would help out in fashioning an environmental agenda for Jigawa. Unfortunately she got so engrossed in the politics of her country that she had no time for Jigawa. She contested elections and lost. Then she took ill and died in 2011 leaving Lamido in the lurch. Last week in Dutse, I met Dr Hassana Hussain the Jigawa state Commissioner for Environment and the driving force behind Sule Lamido’s environmental miracle. I never met Wangari Maathai in my life but I found in Dr Hassana a formidable woman of extraordinary intelligence. Governor Lamido couldn’t have found a better replacement for Wangari.

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