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The nation awaits rescue of the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls
Disrespect: Emir of Bauchi strips Reps member of title
All Govs Forum best to discuss issues affecting Nigeria -Jonathan >>Page 5
•Nation's problems created by those with regional mindset - Atiku
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state (middle), Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero (3rd left), Deputy Governor of Kano state, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna (3rd right),with other dignitaries, when the Emir of Bichi paid a Sallah Homage to Governor, at the Government House in Kano yesterday.
NLC Strike: TCN forced to shutdown 33kV feeders, regrets blackouts
PDP wants over National security, economy Suspected 2023: Okowa cautions N15 trillion stolen top PDP Governors' meeting herdsmen kill 4 in politicians not to heat funds recovered in Ibadan today Benue community up polity pAGE 5
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Emir of Bauchi strips Reps member of title over disrespect From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
he Emir of Bauchi Alhaji Rilwanu Suleimanu Adamu has suspended the member representing Bauchi Federal Constituency in the House of Representative, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, as the traditional title holder of Wakilin Birnin Bauchi indefinitely.
The suspension was contained in a three-paragraph letter sent to wakilin Birni by the Emirate council, with reference number BEC/ ADM/20/VOL.X dated May 16, 2021, and signed by Nasiru Musa Maidala for Secretary of the Emirate. The letter which was written in Hausa, said the suspension became necessary considering some “unbecoming behaviour”
of the lawmaker which amounted to disrespect to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, District and village heads as well as other traditional title holders in the Emirate. The letter specifically made reference to a situation that happened at the Government House on Sunday during the annual Sallah Hawan Daushe held to pay homage to the
governor by the Emir of Bauchi and all the traditional rulers in the Emirate. The Emirate Council faulted his mode of dressing in the presence of the Emir, district and village heads as well as other traditional title holders which the council viewed as grave misconduct and disrespect to constituted authorities.
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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
ssues of national security and the economy will be top on the agenda of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors’ meeting holding in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital today. The meeting, which is coming barely a month after similar one in Makurdi, Benue State, is also expected to fine-tune strategies to
support the PDP as a viable and necessary alternative to the All Progressives Congress, APC-led administration. A statement yesterday by the Director-General of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Hon CID Maduabum, indicated that the meeting will be presided over by the Forum’s Chairman, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and attended by all 15 Governors elected on the platform of the party.
The brief statement by Maduabum reads, “The PDP Governors’ Forum will meet in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday, 17th May, 2021. “The meeting will be presided over by the Forum Chairman, His Excellency, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and attended by all 15 Governors elected on the platform of the PDP. “The meeting will further review the current State of the
NEMA distributes relief items to 1,112 homes in Cross River By Mashe Gwamna
by Head Media and Public Relations, Manzo Ezekiel.
he National Emergency M a n a g e m e n t Agency (NEMA) has distributed relief materials to 1,112 households devastated by windstorm that swept through four communities in Ikom Local Government Area of Cross River State at the weekend. The windstorm pulled off roofs, destroyed houses with loss of properties in Ogomogom, Akorofono, Nkarasi and Abinti communities in Ikom LGA . This was contained in statement signed and issued
NEMA Director General AVM Muhammadu Muhammed (rtd), who flagged off the relief distribution at Ikom LGA Secretariat, sympathized with the affected persons, noting the relief items were approved by President Muhammadu Buhari for delivery to them by the Agency. Considering this year’s flood forecasts, the NEMA DG, represented by the Agency’s South South Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Godwin Tepikor, advised the people that to minimize the predicted floods’ impact, they must
take seriously the forecast as concerning Cross River State for preparedness, mitigation and response activities. The items distributed were 556 bags of 12.5kg rice, 556 bags of 25kg beans, 556 bags of 12.5 kg of Garri, 56 kegs of palm oil, 93 cartons of seasoning cubes, 46 cartons of tomato paste and 1112 pieces of blankets. Others included 1112 pieces of foam mattress, 725 cartons of bath soap, 556 pieces of wax print, 700 bundles of roofing sheets, 185 bags of 3” nails, 370 packets of zinc nail and 1668 pieces of ceiling boards. Responding on behalf of the Cross State Government,
the Director General of the State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Princewill Ayim, appreciated the President’s empathy and NEMA’s prompt and direct distribution of the humanitarian support. Chairman of the Local Government Council, Mr. Kingsley Egumi, also appreciated the Federal Government for the relief support delivered through NEMA. Representatives of the beneficiaries Madam Okongor Ndoma-Yala and Elder Nfam Douglas Akong also appreciated Mr. President and NEMA for coming to their rescue in good time.
he Trans Fat-Free Nigeria Campaign stakeholders have commended the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control u(NAFDAC) for their partnership and commitment to the #TransfatFreeNigeria campaign. This view was expressed by the stakeholders at a meeting which had the Director-General of the agency, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye and top officials of the agency in attendance. The meeting was called at the instance of NHED to deliberate on the status of the draft of the Fat and Oils Regulations 2019 and the Pre-Packaged, Ice and Labelling Regulations of 2019. Participants also explored opportunities for working with the agency and other critical stakeholders on how to seek viable alternatives to the use of Industrially produced Trans Fatty Acids (TFAs) in Nigeria’s food system. In 2019, the regulatory agency made a draft of the two regulations available on its website for comments from the public. The approval of the regulations has however been delayed due to the COVID19 pandemic which has taken centre stage in government engagements. At the virtual meeting, Prof. Adeyeye highlighted the efforts the agency had put in place to ensure that the regulations are passed and effectively enforced. She commended the Trans Fat free Nigeria campaign stakeholders for the sustained efforts to see the regulations passed and encouraged them to continue the work with relevant departments of the agency to achieve the campaign objectives. She told the stakeholders that the draft regulations will go through some processes before its approval by the board and assured that in no distant time the approval and final gazetting of these regulations will occur. The transfat stakeholders comprising Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), Network for Health Equity and Development (NHED), Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI), Resolve to Save Lives (RTSL), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
nation especially issues of national security and the economy, and also fine-tune strategies to support PDP as a viable and necessary alternative to the disastrous APC administration. “His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State will be the Chief Host”, it said. Some of the Governors had started arriving Ibadan yesterday for the meeting as at the press time yesterday.
Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund(TETFUND), Professor Elias Bogoro(left) and General Secretary, Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu during the public presentation of the Eagle Scan anti-Plagiarism detection software, yesterday in Abuja. Photo Mahmud Isa
Tambuwal urges youths not to be discouraged by current challenges
Ag News Editor, Tobias Lengnam News Stakeholders National security, economy top PDP commend Governors’ meeting in Ibadan today NAFDAC for endorsing I Trans FatFree Nigeria campaign By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya ( left) presenting traditiinal Sallah gift to the Emir of of Gombe, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III, during the Emir’s Sallah homage to the Governor at the Government House Gombe, yesterday
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Afaka 37: Parents refutes allegation of sexual molestation of freed students
From: Femi Oyelola Kaduna
arents of freed 27 students of Afaka have refuted reports that victims were raped sexually and homosexually by the bandits. This was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman of the Parents Committee,
Abdullahi Usman, and made available to media in kaduna yesterday. The statement said the parents were informed that a bandit was shot dead by his colleagues while thinking of sexually molesting one of the students. “On behalf of the parents of the Forum of the
37 abducted students (now released), we wish to set the records straight and hope that this will end the circulation of the fabrication of the story. “We state in unequivocal terms that none of the 37 kidnapped (now freed) Afaka students was sexually or homosexually molested by the bandits.”
Police arrest 16 suspects over cultism in Enugu
he Police Command in Enugu State has arrested 16 suspects, one female inclusive, for cultism and unlawful possession of firearms within two weeks. The command also recovered two cut-to-size locally-made gun, one locally-made pistol, two live cartridges, six mobile phones, powdery substance suspected to be heroin and weeds suspected to be Indian Hemp. The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Daniel Ndukwe, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Enugu. Ndukwe said that the feat
was achieved by joint operations carried out by police operatives attached to 9th Mile Police Division, Anti-Cult Unit and personnel of the Nigerian Army, 82 Division in Enugu. He said that the joint operation took place between April 19 and May 4, within a span of three council areas in the state. “They included: Cornelius Uche, 31; Ifeanyi Umeneze, 22; Chijioke Anachuna, 34; Chibuzor Umeayo, 28; Chinedu Okeke, 23; Ozinachi Obadike, 22; Ifeanyi Nwagbo, 27; Chigozie Okeke, 18, and Chikamso Odinwankpa, 18; were all arrested. “They were arrested on May 4 within Ezeagu Local Government
Area following their alleged involvement in bloody cult clashes. “Others included: Ozor Chidubem, 22; Amina Inalegwu (female), 18; Benard Bright, 20; Ugwu Chidera, 21; Ani Chukwuebuka, 23, and Onoh Obumneme, 20, who were all arrested on April 19 at about 3:30 a.m. “They were arrested along Enugu-Makurdi Expressway, 9th Mile, Udi L.G.A. on their way to plan and perfect a heinous cult activity, as preliminary investigation reveals. “Another of the suspect, one Uchenna Aniagozie, 28, was arrested on April 28 for his alleged involvement in a deadly cult clash sometimes in January 2021.
“Preliminary investigation show that they all confessed to being members of Vikings Confraternity,’’ he said. The police spokesman said that the suspects would be prosecuted accordingly once ongoing investigations into their nefarious activities are concluded. “To this end, residents of the state have been called upon to remain law-abiding, vigilant and quickly report suspected criminals and their activities to the nearest police sta0ion. “Residents can call the Command’s emergency hotlines on: 08032003702, 08075390883, 08086671202 or 08098880172,’’ he added. (NAN)
Kano: Schools resume today after Sallah break By Mustapha Adamu, Kano
ano state government has called on parents to return their children to schools on time as they resume today (Monday) after a two-week long break to celebrate this year’s Sallah festivities. The state’s Ministry of Education has slated Monday, May 17 as the day to resume schools in the second most populous state in the country. In a statement signed by Aliyu Yusuf, spokesman of the ministry on Sunday, the state Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi Kiru appealed to parents and guardians to ensure that their wards have returned to school on time. In the statement, the commissioner had threatened disciplinary actions against parents and students that fail to heed to his call. He stated that all boarding school students are to return to their schools yesterday (Sunday) May 16, while day schools students are to return on Monday May 17. The commissioner explained that the ministry has made adequate arrangement for school monitoring to ensure compliance. He stressed that the government would not fold its arms seeing students returning to school at wish, urging them to be law abiding. The commissioner added that the government is committing much resources to facilitate good learning and teaching environment, “therefore, there is a need for a reciprocating gesture from the parents by ensuring that their wards are going to school as stipulated.” “Kano state Commissioner of Education, Malam Muhammad Sanusi Sa’id Kiru has appealed to parents/guardians to ensure that their wards have returned to school on time as displinary actions awaits defaulters. “He pointed out that all boarding school students are to return to their schools Today Sunday 16th May while Day schools students are to return to their schools Tomorrow Monday 17th May 2021 respectively,” the statement reads in parts.
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Suspected herdsmen kill 4 in Benue community From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
our persons, including three teenagers have been killed following an attack by suspected herdsmen in Yelwata community of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State on Saturday. Peoples Daily gathered that the teenagers had gone to their farm and were working when the herdsmen stormed the area and killed all three brothers and disappeared into thin air.
The development was said to have angered the youths in the area who recovered the corpses of the victims and used them to block the Makurdi-Lafia highway for several hours. Efforts by the military, the police and other security agencies to get the angry youths off the road were said to have been rebuffed thus causing heavy traffic gridlock on the major highway. According to the council chairman of Guma Local Government, Caleb Abah, the
fourth person died after one of the security personnel accidentally fired a shot in the crowd. “Sadly, in an attempt to disperse the angry youths who were resisting, there was a shot by the security agencies and unfortunately, one of the protesters was hit by a bullet and died. “As we speak right now, calm has been restored to the area and we are already making arrangements for the dead to be buried,” the council boss said.
He acknowledged the efforts of Governor Samuel Ortom who quickly mobilized some government functionaries to the troubled area to calm frayed nerves which resulted in the quick resolution of the matter. The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP Catherine Anene could not be reached at the time of this report as she did not pick nor return calls put through to her phone line at the time of this report.
from left:...WHO, Nigeria Country Representative, Dr Walter Mulombo, making a presentation to FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, during his visit to the FCTA, at the weekend in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Group expresses dismay over unchecked hate speeches in Nigeria From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Group under the auspices of Centre for Peace Advancement and Socio-Economic Development (CPAED), has expressed dismay over unchecked dangerous, hate and divisive speeches, saying Nigeria stands at risk of impending crisis if the manece was not control
This was contained in a statement signed by state Coordinator of CPAED, Mrs. Jane Obiora,to mark the 2021 Int’l Day of Living Together in Peace. The statement also warned that if unchecked, dangerous speeches is capable of snow balling into a war situation looming around, and therefore urged citizens to practice,
preach and spread the word of peace in the nooks and crannies of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large. Obiora said to counter violence, Nigerians must challenge the use of dangerous speeches in their communities. “For more than two decades, various communities in Kaduna state have had relationships built upon love and respect,
but this trend appears to blur the beautiful stories of love, tolerance and unity that the world admires. “Interaction between Christians and Muslims is taking place in Kaduna – and people are willing to cooperate with each other – but conflict and violence continues to take place regularly,” the statement stated.
Group asks NASS to pass taxation commission bill By Christiana Ekpa
he Association of Concerned Citizens of Nigeria on Revenue and Economy (ACCNRE) has called on the House of Representatives to expedite action on the passage of the National Inspector-General for tax crimes Commission bill, 2019 to instil efficiency in the tax system. The bill, sponsored by spokesman of the House, Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu (APC, Abia) titled “the National Inspector General for Tax Crimes Commission to promote economic efficiency and effectiveness on administering the nation’s tax system, detect and deter
farud and abuse in taxation programme and operations and to protect tax payer’s rights and for related matters, 2019” Chairman of the ACCNRE, Chief Orji Philip Orji who made the call in Abuja at the weekend lamented that since former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida created the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) the civilian administrations have not made conscious efforts to build on its successes. He said “Since the inception of democracy in 1999, our legislatures have not taken our taxation seriously. If a military man like, General Ibrahim Babangida as the military president can modify our taxation system, then,
to suit the global trend, creating FIRS and VAT all in 1992, what stops our legislatures to look at what other countries of the world are doing to sustain their economy through taxation, by upgrading what IBB put in place? “The FIRS and VAT is a modern methodology of taxation, but if you plants a tree and you did not water it the tree will surely die. The world is about innovation that will mitigate the global modern technology” He advised that “Our leaders should not play politics in the taxation business hence the National Assembly must work as a team to build a well structured taxation system that will mitigate the global best practice of taxation”.
Orji also urged the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) led by Comrade Ayuba Wabba to join the crusade for the passage of the bill stressing that workers stand to benefit more with a restructured taxation system. The essence of this bill iaccording to the ACCNRE coordinator,the “essence of the bill is for the National Assembly to create Government Accountability Office (GAO) that will be saddled with the responsibility of general oversight of our tax agencies, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and National Inspector General for Tax Crime Commission (NIGTCC) if enacted.
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By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government to end their insensitivity and take urgent steps to address the worsened food insecurity and the attendant hunger and starvation across the nation. The party made the call in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja. The PDP lamented that under Buhari, over 82.9 million Nigerians can no longer afford their daily meals due to the failure of the administration to take practical steps to grow and protect the food sector, thereby leading to severe food scarcity with prices soaring beyond the reach of Nigerians. According to the main opposition party, “Due to the misrule of the APC and Buhari administration, our country now ranks as 98 out of 107 in Global Hunger Index, with an agonizing food shortage, collapsed purchasing power; alarming 33.3 percent unemployment and 22.95 food inflation rates as well as increased morbidity and mortality rates. “Today, under the APC, a bag of rice which sold for N8,000 under the PDP now sells for N30,000, a measure of garri and beans which sold for N150 and N250 now sell for N500 and N800 respectively; a measure of maize and guinea corn which sold for about N150 now sells for N400 while a kilo of meat which sold for about N800 now sells for about N2,300. “Our party notes that the current food crisis is occasioned by the failure of the APC administration to recalibrate our agricultural sector as well as to take decisive steps to address the violence, terrorism and banditry in food production areas. “Nigerians recall how the APC administration had remain insensitive to calls by our party and well-meaning Nigerians asking it to address the escalated violent attacks and killing of farmers as well as livestock producers, by bandits, terrorists and criminal herders resulting in
Address plight of over 82.9m hungry Nigerians, PDP urges Buhari desertion of farms in various parts of our country. “Nigerians can also recall the response of the APC administration to the beheading of 43 rice farmers in Borno State, wherein it heaped blames on the slain patriots instead of immediately tracking down their killers and ensuring the security of our farmers in the area. “Under the APC and Buhari watch, our farmers now overflow in Internally Displaced Persons
•....Wants over N15 trillion stolen funds recovered (IDP) camps as their fields and farmhouses have been overrun by bandits and terrorists including political mercenaries brought into the country by the APC to assist in unleashing violence to rig the 2019 general elections. “Moreover, escalated insecurity on our highways has also hampered production and distribution value chain, with no hope in sight”, it said.
The party charged President Buhari to take urgent steps to address the issue of hunger by opening our silos to cushion the situation and push down prices. The Federal Government, the PDP counseled, should also realign the agricultural sector by beefing up security in food production areas so that our farmers can return to the farmland. The PDP expressed the
belief that the time has come for President Buhari to provide direct stimuli to small businesses as incentive to pay salaries, revamp production and boost purchasing power. The party also urged President Buhari to take steps to recover the over N15 trillion stolen by APC leaders and channel part of it to emergency action for food security in our country, before it is too late.
All Govs Forum best to discuss issues affecting Nigeria -Jonathan F ormer President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the Nigeria Governors Forum remains the best platform to discuss issues affecting Nigeria. The former President, who made the observation in Benin on Sunday while addressing journalists, said the antagonism between governors was uncalled for. Jonathan stressed that the
coming together of all the governors in a round table to discuss and proffer solutions to issues affecting Nigeria would help the President. “Governors themselves should continue to meet, I don’t really love a situation where the Northern governors will meet then the Southern governors will cry foul. “Then the Southern governors will meet then the Northern governors will cry foul, that will not
help our country. “The governors through the governors forum should meet, they are the people who run this country, the President is just one person in Abuja. “The states, especially in a country where the local governments are very weak, it’s the states that people fall back to. “So if the governors of the states meet and dialogue, interrogate
things that are good for this country, then we will move forward. “I don’t really enjoy the antagonism between governors, they should come together and discuss. “If there are issues that is affecting one or two states, I think the governors should see how they can collectively come with a way to address those issues,” he added. (NAN)
L-,R: Representative of the Director General NDLEA, Mrs Oyutu PO, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Sen. George Akume , Founder ‘The Sunshine Series -mind awareness, Hajia Aisha Bubah and the Nolly wood Actress Jamila Ibrahim, during the launch of the mind wheel project toll-free line, recently in Abuja. Photo : Justin Imo-owo
Tambuwal urges youths not to be discouraged by current challenges
okoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has urged youths not to allow the current challenges in the country to deter them from realising their ambitions. Tambuwal said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Muhammad Bello, on Saturday. The governor made the appeal in Sokoto when he hosted various youths organisations in the state to a lunch event in commemoration of the Eid-el-Fitr festival. He urged the youths to work hard in whatever they chose as career in order to succeed, adding that they should hope and
act as if the future is now. Tambuwal noted that the youths have a lot to contribute in building the state and nation, as such should not be deterred by difficulties and challenges. ”We deliberately chose as our slogan; ”The Future Is Now” when we wanted to run for the Presidency in the year 2019. “As such, I appeal to all of you to make up your minds on what you want as individuals and sustain your vision on the realisation of that, going forward,” he said. Tambuwal also encouraged the youths to participate actively in politics and governance, noting that he joined politics in his late twenties.
The governor while outlining the trajectory of his personal experience in politics, encouraged the youths to give a shot at politics, saying “with God on your side, nothing will be impossible.” ”Our administration believe in the youths and that is why we are investing in education, healthcare and human capital development. “This is why we have spent more than any previous government around here on students scholarship despite the economic challenges we are facing,” he added He also said the challenges Nigeria is facing today are very enormous and needed people with zest, and divine interventions to be overcome.
The governor noted that the state wage bill has risen from between N1.4 billion and N1.5 billion to N2.7 billon, excluding allowances and cash allocations. ”Sokoto state is not like Lagos or Rivers where the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is robust. We don’t have such high IGR. Hardly do we rake in N700-N800 million in a month. “Moreover, most of these is not coming from the business community. ”But now, with the reform, and working in concert with the people, we are striving to turn around the internal revenue service with the hope that there will be a rise in our IGR,” he said. (NAN)
News Minister assures restoration for mangrove ecosystems in NigerDelta By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
he Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar has assured restoration for mangrove ecosystems in NigerDelta. He said it will bring new momentum restoration efforts that will pave way for healthy ecosystems and successful environmental remediation of areas affected by the pollution in Ogoniland. Speaking at the opening of an International Expert Meeting on Mangrove Restoration in the Niger Delta, with special Lessons for Ogoniland, Abubakar said the meeting is a turning point for mangrove ecosystems in Ogoniland. He said “Using the knowledge and experience of the experts assembled here today, together, we will be able to restore the mangroves and improve the lives of the Ogoni communities who are affected every day by the devastating pollution.” The meeting which was convened by the Federal Ministry of Environment, will lead to the creation of a strategy and conservation plan for the restoration of mangroves in the Ogoniland.
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Mass sack of workers by Kaduna Govt legally defective -ILAW
By Egena Sunday Ode
he International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) has condemned the recent mass sack of workers and threat to sack more by the Kaduna State Government, describing the action as legally and procedurally defective in the light of their condition of service. ILAW in a statement in Abuja at the weekend further argued that the conduct of the government is am affront to law, morality and well being of the affected workers with grace security implications for the entire country. The statement signed by Barr Benson Upah and four others on behalf of ILAW Nigeria also stated that the motivations of the Kaduna State Government are ill-informed, uncharitable and counter productive.
It read: “We members of the International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) condemn in strong terms the sacking of workers in Kaduna State and the threat by the State Goverment to sack more workers in the coming days. “The conduct of the government is an affront to law, morality and well-being of the affected workers with grave security implications for the entire country. “The mass sack and proposed sack are defective legally and procedurally in light of the terms and conditions governing their employment and disengagement. “We are afraid, the motivations of the Kaduna State Goverment are ill-informed, uncharitable, defective and counter-productive. “Violations of our extant labour laws on this scale not only trivialise our democracy but constitute an
invitation to anarchy especially in light of the fact that the already disengaged workers have not been paid their terminal benefits, neither is there any plan to pay those to follow. “The indescribable hardship this foists on the workers in this era of multiple denials, is better left to the imagination. “It is an obvious fact that it is not only on these workers that the burden of survival rests but their numerous dependants as well as those whose economic activities and daily subsistence rest on the working class. “We are appalled by this level of recklessness, insensitivity and lawlessness. “We had thought that some lessons have been learnt from the purges of the Murtala Muhammed regime of the ‘70s which laid the foundation of the destruction of
the civil service in the country from which it is yet to recover. “Progressive or insightful governments around the world in this covid era are focused on saving or creating jobs and not destroying existing ones. “In light of this, we urge Mallam El-Rufai to avert his mind to this truth by recalling unfairly sacked workers as well as put on hold further mass sack, else he would have unwittenly written himself into the history of the damned. “In pursuance of this, we declare our unequivocal support for the protest/strike action by the Nigeria Labour Congress in Kaduna State starting on Monday, May 17 2021. “We accordingly urge our members across the country to mobilise to Kaduna to render services as may be required by circumstances.”
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crime News 2023: Okowa cautions politicians ‘Spiritual dance’ not to heat up polity rounds-
elta Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa on Saturday cautioned politicians who are working to take over power from him in the state come 2023 not to heat up the polity. He gave the caution while speaking at the empowerment of constituents of Aniocha/ Oshimili Federal Constituency by their representative and Minority Leader of House of Representatives, Mr Ndudi Elumelu, in Asaba. He said that his administration had been fair in the implementation of policies and programmes across the state and advocated a governor that would carry everyone along in the scheme of things. According to Okowa, the collective interest of the people should be placed above self, irrespective of ambitions.”We are politicians and politics will have to be played. “I can see that a lot has been on in our dear state, especially the
scramble on who will replace Dr Ifeanyi Okowa come 2023. “Unfortunately, some are not even patient. They started their campaigns in the first three months of my second term in office. “I want to charge our leaders and people to be cautious because politics is such that if you don’t read it rightly, you will directly throw your people into fire. “I am not all-knowing, but at the appropriate time, leaders must be ready to sit down for us to do a proper analysis politically, before we take decisions so that we will not lead our people into darkness. “I want to caution our leaders who are jumping the ship because of the very little thing that has been provided for them. “It is not about self, it is going to be about the people. “I am the governor of the state and I appreciate it. I believe in equity and will not shy away from the fact that I am from Delta North
Senatorial District,” he said. “By the grace of God, in our approach to governance, we have been fair in what we do. “Shine your eyes so that people will not come to lure you with N500,000 and N1,000,000 and you sell the conscience of your people and you lure them into fire. “I believe in equity; It has shown that we are not inferior in Delta North. Please let us stay cautious, especially, the leaders. “Who ever is coming to rule this state, by the grace of God, must be somebody who is ready to ensure that there is fairness, equity and justice. “We want somebody who will come to Asaba and see Asaba as his home and not somebody who will come and feel that Asaba as headquarters is misplaced. “So, I urge our people that this is the time to stay together; this is the time to think alike and I want to reassure you that in the next one month, we will start the politics,”
Okowa said. On the meeting and resolutions of the Southern Governors Forum recently in Asaba, Okowa stated that they were for the good of the nation. He said that anyone casting aspersion on the resolutions of the Forum toward a better Nigeria did not mean well for the nation. The governor remarked that restructuring, ban on open grazing and other issues raised by the governors had been subjects of agitations aimed at pulling the country out of the present multiple challenges facing it. He commended the Southern Governors for putting the interest of the nation above political affiliations, tribalism, religious inclinations and selfish interest. Okowa thanked members of the National Assembly who responded appropriately in supporting the position of the Southern Governors’ Forum. (NAN)
Ekiti Govt to embark on rice pyramid project, targets 1m tonnes
he Ekiti State Government on Sunday said it intends to produce of over one million metrics tonnes of rice within the next couple of years. Mr Olabode Adetoyi, Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, made this known in Ado Ekiti at a news conference ahead of the official launch of the ” Ekiti Rice Pyramid Project” and flag off of the 2021 Wet Season Rice Cultivation, scheduled for Tuesday. According to him, Mr Godwin Emefiele, the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, would perform the inauguration of the rice pyramid project while Gov. Kayode Fayemi, would be the chief host. The commissioner said the state was embarking on massive production of rice so as to be able to meet both local demands and for export. He explained that the state government had brought in investors, who were ready to invest in planting and processing of rice, adding that the product would be of high standards and stone free. Adetoyi added that the state government was working assiduously towards ensuring that youths ventured into farming by making it more attractive and lucrative, through various agricultural incentives He assured farmers in the state that the government would not fail in providing adequate security for them to enable them go to their farms anytime without entertaining fears. (NAN)
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (middle) flanked by the new Controller General, Nigeria Correctional Service,Haliru Nababa (left) and the wife of the Controller General , Hajia Shafaatu Nababa (right) after the decoration ceremony of Nababa, recently in Abuja, Photo: Justin Imo-owo.
First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu ( fifth from right) , Wife of the deputy governor, Hajiya Halima Yombe ( Sixth from right) and others during the breaking of Ramadan fast organised by the office of the first Lady in Birnin Kebbi recently .
Maintain intimacy with electorate, Okowa urges elected, appointed representatives By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
overnor of Delta, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, at the weekend charged elected and appointed politicians to maintain and sustain intimacy with their people by contributing to their socio-economic wellbeing. The governor gave the charge at the empowerment for the people of Aniocha/ Oshimili Federal
Constituency by the Minority Leader of House of Representatives and member representing the area in the Green Chamber, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu. He described Elumelu as a true representative of the people in the area of empowerment and legislation, adding that the lawmaker was a vibrant voice for the PDP and the country. He said the empowerment
of 350 beneficiaries in small and medium scale enterprises was an enviable feat, stressing that other representatives at the federal and state levels should toe the line of Hon. Elumelu as such would help significantly in the fight against poverty and unemployment in the society. Governor Okowa said that he was impressed with the giant strides of the Minority Leader in the area
of sponsorship of Bills, human capital development and even in the distribution of basic amenities in Aniocha/ Oshimili federal constituency. He equally thanked the leadership and stakeholders in Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency for their sustained support and urged them not to relent as unity was needed to surmount challenges bedevilling the area.
NSCDC recovers stolen vehicle in Ebonyi
he Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ebonyi command, says it has recovered a stolen vehicle on Idembia-Okoffia road in Ezza South Local Government Area of the state. State Commandant of the corps Lucy Samu said this on Saturday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while speaking on its efforts to curb crime in the state. Samu, represented by Mr
Emmanuel Uneke, the command’s Assistant Public Relations Officer, said that the vehicle is a peachcoloured Toyota Camry car with registration number: Lagos: JJJ 45B. “The command’s surveillance team discovered the vehicle on the road which also leads to Ugwulangwu in Ohaozara LGA of the state. “The car is suspected to be stolen
and I directed that it should be towed to the command’s headquarters in Abakaliki,” she said. The state commandant remarked that according to residents of the area, the vehicle was abandoned on the road since Jan 5. “We, therefore, urge people whose missing car bears such description to come with proof of ownership. “The vehicle has not been
vandalised except its boot which surveillance team discovered was open,” she said. She reiterated the command’s resolve to curb crime in the state, noting that its personnel were motivated to execute its mandates. “We will continue complementing the state government’s efforts to secure the lives and property of the citizens but solicit useful information to accomplish this task. (NAN)
Truck drivers protest killings of members in Delta
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
orried by incessant death of their members through highway accidents, truck drivers at the ever busy AsabaOnitsha expressway in the early
hours of Sunday blocked the ever busy road in protest against the alleged killings of their members by over speeding vehicles. No few than 10 members of the truck drivers association in Asaba Onitsha expressway have been
allegedly killed by over speeding vehicle drivers heading towards the Eastern part of the country, especially during nightfall before the head bridge under the watchful eyes of security agents. Sources said that many accidents
have occurred between the head bridge in Asaba Onitsha expressway as most of the victims are either knocked down or allegedly crushed to death by their truck vehicles even when it is glaring that they are properly parked.
off the memorial of Oramiyan in Benin By Osaigbovo Iguobaro
he Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II has rounded-off this year’s Ugie-Odudua festival with a rare display of royalty and splendor at the Ugha-Ehengbuda’s palace ground in Benin City, Edo State Capital. Experts on the tradition said the festival was founded during the reign of Oba Esigie at about 1504 AD, the 14-Day (indoor and outdoor) festival, which marked the remembrance of the return of Oranmiyan, son of Odudua to his ancestral land of Benin kingdom. The annual Ugie-Ododua better known as Ugie-Ovia at the Benin palace, is meant to ward-off evil, ‘untimely deaths’, usher-in peace, progress and blessings into the ancient City of Benin. The seven sacred masquerades which represented seven spirits and deities, conveyed different meaning in company of the Osa and Osuan of Benin kingdom, Chief John Usen and Chief Ambrose Osuan with the Oba of Benin who exhibited a grand cultural dexterity in his dance steps. The moment of spiritual rejuvenation, stunned spectators and guests at the colourful ceremony for hours, amidst fluctuations of weather conditions before the sun finally set at dusk Tuesday evening to reenact the ancient festival of beads, also known as Ugie-Ivie in Edo Language. The yearly festival considered as festival of blessing, is marked by the Benin people, was activated by Oba Ewuare II, a rare cultural symbolism that has never been for over 500 years. Ogbelaka Royal drummers supplied the needed impetus and rhythm for the dances. The Benin Crown Prince, Ezelekhae Ewuare II, the Oloi and two other Queens, members of the Benin Royal family as well as heads of Benin deities also paid tributes to the monarch who was the cynosure at the event. Also, youth leaders across Communities which are administered by Dukes and Priests and Priestesses in Benin Kingdom, were among the roll call of Guests including Government functionaries at the event. The 7th day which symboslises the departure of the seven sacred masquerades to the world beyond, also featured intense prayer of fruitfulness and fortification of Benin to God and ancestors by the monarch, Oba Ewuare II.
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News Nigeria’s problems created by those with regional mindset - Atiku By Our Correspondent
ormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called on all Nigerians to close ranks and work for a peaceful, progressive and indivisible Nigeria rather than beating the drums of secession. Atiku Abubakar also called on all Nigerians to unite and fight bad people plotting to bring down the country. Atiku said among other things in a statement shared by his media office yesterday that the major challenge facing Nigeria today is that we are drifting not just politically and economically but also drifting apart from each other. “I have often said that the difference between us is not North and South, but between good and bad. Therefore, those who are good should come together to show those who are bad that we are in the overwhelming majority. “I have repeatedly said that I am a Nigerian. Full stop. That is my identity. And now more than ever, we must ask ourselves this question: what does it mean to be a Nigerian? “A Nigerian is one who is
•Says it is unNigerian to terrorise, abduct people committed to the idea of the indivisibility of Nigeria and who is invested in respecting, even if you disagree with, the differences that exist within this nation space, and respecting the right of others to coexist with you irrespective of religious, regional or ethnic differences,” he said in the statement personally signed.by him. He said that is what being a Nigerian means to him, and believes that all those who believe in Nigeria should stand up to be counted. “It is unNigerian to terrorise your fellow citizens. Up until about a decade ago, we did not have this. It is unNigerian to abduct people. And this is undoubtedly a new menace that has low historical precedence in Nigeria,” he said. He said the truth is that if at a National level, we address these unNigerian tendencies immediately and dispassionately, we would not have Nigerians congregating at a regional or subregional level to address these issues.
“What our present challenges therefore call for is not fragmentation but concentration. We must concentrate and focus our national willpower and resolve towards fighting these unNigerian tendencies. “Governors representing some states have met. And I completely understand the necessity of their meeting and the wisdom of their decisions. But no matter how much you try to clap with one hand, the vibrations will not be the same as when you clap with two hands. “We have a national challenge. And as Albert Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” “These problems were created by those with a regional mindset, and will not be solved by those with a similar mindset. “For too long, we have erroneously thought that the power to make effective changes lies at Aso Rock. But without the states, nobody can get to Aso Rock. That is why for anyone to emerge as President of Nigeria, he or she
must secure enough votes in twothirds of the states that make up the Nigerian federation. “Let us apply this wisdom to our present challenges. I call on Nigerian Governors to stop waiting on Abuja to make changes, and instead convene a National Unity Summit of all Nigerian Governors to iron out the thorny issues affecting the destiny of our nation until they figure out a way to resolve them. “Forget about your party. Forget about your tribe. Respect your religion and allow it to bring out the better part of you. Meet together. Talk together. Come up with the solutions to all our collective challenges. “And then go back to your states, and consult with your federal and state legislators, with a view to getting them to work with their colleagues to implement the solutions you came up with,” he said. He said to keep waiting for this Federal Government to take the lead, and effect the changes that Nigeria needs to stop drifting, is to keep waiting for Godot.
Catholic Bishop urges journalists to be truthful By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
he Catholic Bishop of IsseleUku Diocese of Delta State, Michael Odogwu Elue on Sunday, urged journalists to always be on the side of truth. He enjoined journalists to communicate the gospel by advancing the virtues of unity, love and peace in their daily job. Bishop Elue gave the admonition in a homily during a Holy Mass at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church, Asaba, as part of activities marking the 2021 World Communications Day. Themed: ‘Come and See’ the 2021 edition of World Communications Day is the 55th in the series. Represented by Rev. Fr. Steve Mario Isioma, and assisted by the Director of Communications in the diocese, Rev. Fr. Charles Uganwa, Bishop Elue urged newsmen to avoid the temptation of hearsay in the discharge of their duties. “Do not seek opinion by what you hear only. Do not judge people by what you hear only. Always strive to know the truth because a lot people depend on you for the authentic information. “So, be on the side of truth always, not on the side of government because of pecuniary benefits. There are risks in investigating stories but telling the truth is the job satisfaction in journalism,” he said.
NEDC initiates 35 projects in Taraba – Official
Director Enforcement, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm. Stephen Esumubi flanked by the PCN Director, Abuja Zonal office, Pharm Peter Iliya (left) and the Benue State Office PCN Deputy Director, Hauwa Nyigba, during PCN press conference on the Agency effort in sanitising the sector , check quackery and compliance by the industry players at the weekend in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo
Kaduna electricity shuts power stations to comply with NLC strike From:Femi Oyelola, kaduna
he Management of Kaduna Electric has announced that the absence of electricity currently being experienced in the state is as a result of the industrial action embarked upon by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC).
According to a statement by Abdulazeez Abdullahi, the Company’s head of Corporate Communication, “this is in compliance with the NLC directive, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN has knocked off all our 33KV lines in Kaduna State.” The statement further
appealed to all communities, security agencies and vigilante groups to be vigilant so that men of underworld will not cash in on the situation to vandalise power supply installations. He added that any suspicious movement around distribution sub-stations (transformers) should
be reported to the relevant security agency. “We have the collective responsibility to protect these critical national assets in our neighborhood. We once again appeal to both parties in the dispute to strive at an amicable resolution for normalcy to return”, the statement further stated.
he North East Development Commission (NEDC) will soon begin the execution of 35 projects in Taraba in line with its mandate. Chief David Kente, Commissioner, representing North East in the Commission made the disclosure on Sunday while speaking with newsmen in Jalingo. He said that two projects would be executed in each of the 16 local government areas of the state. According to him, three mega secondary schools would also be built in all the three senatorial districts in the state. He said that contractors would soon be mobilised to sites as all modalities have been concluded towards the execution of the projects. Kente, a former gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the APC urged residents to cooperate with the contractors towards the successful execution of the projects. “The North East Development Commission as a new agency of government established two years ago has taken its time to produce a blueprint towards delivering effectively on it’s mandate.(NAN)
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Abia govt. Osinbajo offers scholarship to reiterates gifted physically challenged artist commitment V to ban open grazing of cattle
ov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia on Saturday reiterated the state’s commitment to enforce the ban on open grazing of cattle in Abia. Ikpeazu said this during a zoom meeting with newsmen of Abia extraction under the aegis of Abia Media Forum. The governor said that a bill was already in place to enforce the ban and to check the activities of criminal elements disguising as nomads. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Nigerian governors from the Southern part of the country recently resolved to ban open grazing of cattle in their states. This was part of the 12 resolutions reached by the governors at their Tuesday meeting in Asaba, Delta state capital. The governors had said that open grazing of cattle had often caused conflicts between host communities and migrant herders, leading to several deaths and murder in many states. They also accused some of the herders of committing other criminal acts, including armed robbery, kidnapping and rape. Ikpeazu said “We are now at the point of making sure that we enforce and implement it and even in doing that I must also share what I see as a challenge to the enforcement of that law. “The law is in place and we are taking steps to enforce it. “It has become imperative that we enforce that law strictly because we just noticed that we have big time trouble in our hands. “We have those that we refer to as criminal herdsmen; they are different from the ordinary herdsmen that we have been living with all these years. “We now have in our mist bandits that have infiltrated from the rest of West Africa and other parts of Africa and their assignment is to come here rape, kill and kidnap people for money. “It is now very imperative that we enforce that law,” he added. (NAN)
ice President Yemi Osinbajo has offered a gifted physically challenged artist, Ms Abosede Okeowo, a US online scholarship to enhance her skills. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said the presentation was made recently at the palace of Oba Adekunle Adeagbo, the Oore of Otun-Ekiti in Ekiti. The 27-year-old artist had presented to Osinbajo a pencil portrait of himself during his courtesy visit to the Ooni of Ife in 2020. Inspite of her limitations, Okeowo focuses on her artistic
skills and has gained recognition because of her talent. Okeowo, an indigene of Otun Ekiti in Ekiti State, had suffered an illness when she was a child which resulted in her current state of health. A self-taught artist who, driven by passion, nurtured her talent in drawing to her current stage of expertise and is now known for making drawings of many dignitaries. Okeowo first caught the attention of the vice president when she drew a portrait of his wife, Dolapo. She yet again enthralled Osinbajo with her skills when
she drew and presented a lifelike portrait of him. Osinbajo, the statement said, was represented at the presentation by a team led by Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters. Also in the team was Dr Ebi Awosika, Senior Technical Assistant to the Vice President on Community Engagement. In her remarks, Awosika expressed gratitude to God for Okeowo, saying it was just the beginning of greatness for the young artist. She presented to the talented artiste a special wheelchair,
laptop and a scholarship in Hyper-Realistic Portrait Course, a virtual course offered through an American online programme. “This scholarship will help Okeowo to realise her dreams and desire to own an establishment where she can teach others how to draw and help those who are physically challenged to also fulfill their life ambitions,”the statement quoted her as saying. In his remarks, Adeagbo, who received the delegation on behalf of Okeowo’s family and Otun Ekiti community expressed gratitude to the vice president and his wife for making life meaningful for the artist and her family. (NAN)
L-R: General Secretary, National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), Comrade Shettima Ahmed, National President of NANNM, Nurse Mike Nnachi and First Vice President of the Association, Nurse Abdul-Aziz Lasisi Usman, during the Flag-Off Ceremony for 2021 International Nurses Week, recently in Abuja.
How CSOs can help improve quality of lives of Nigerians, by USAID By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
ivil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria have potential to support transformational change and contribute to improving quality of life for Nigerians if all stakeholders, including the government, create an open civic space for them to operate, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has said. Lydia Odeh, the USAID-SCALE project Chief of Party stated this during a stakeholders’ interaction on strengthening civic space at the weekend in Lagos. Odeh stressed further that the CSOs have a great potentials to contribute to improving quality of life for Nigerians. In the words of Odeh, “The Nigerian civil societies have a great potential to support transformational change and
contribute to improving quality of life for Nigerians, and an open civic space enables them to pursue many roles”. The stakeholders, which included security agencies, civil society organisations, media representatives and human rights groups were gathered under the aegis of the USAID-funded Strengthening Civic Advocacy and Local Engagement (SCALE) project Dialogue Series in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. SCALE project is funded by USAID to enhance CSOs’ ability to influence policies and reforms across Nigeria’s critical sector, Odeh explained. The project is expected to run for five years. Continuing, she said, “The main objective of this activity is to bring together stakeholders from civil society, government – including the Nigeria Police Force and Nigeria
Army to identify and develop action plans to address shrinking civic space issues,” she added. The Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Police Command , Olumuyiwa Adejobi, highlighted during the session, importance of the dialogue in resolving issues. Adejobi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), emphasised the need for taking collective responsibility in understanding relevant laws and regulations that govern citizens and rights to peaceful protest and assembly. “While issues of inclusion is non-negotiable, as citizens, we will continue to sensitize ourselves on the various legal frameworks that govern our land and also understand the concept of agitation, which bothers around consultation, consolidation and confrontation, all these need to be taken into account when engaging
on protest issues,” the Lagos Police spokesperson said. “We will continue to engage and collaborate with citizens to ensure our communities are safer.” Also, representatives from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Special Control Unit on Money Laundering (SCUML), and the Network of Nigerian NGOs, discussed priority issues around vulnerabilities of non-profit organisations to money laundering and terrorist financing in Nigeria, and how to improve citizen-government relations. At the end of the dialogue, participants recommended that the government need to improve its transparency on funds and allocation made to the public, uphold the human rights, create a justifiable judicial system, explore effective communication strategies among others.
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News Bauchi receives 2nd jab of Astrazeneca vaccine From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
ov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and his wife, Hajiya Aisha, on Saturday, received their second jabs of Astrazeneca vaccine of COVID-19. Speaking after receiving the jab, Mohammed appreciated the state’s development partners, the health workers as well as the religious and traditional leaders for the success of the vaccination exercise According to him, through the collaborative efforts, the state had achieved 97.9 per cent coverage of the vaccination. The governor called for synergy between the federal and state governments to procure more vaccines for the total coverage of the citizenry. The governor appealed to some religious faithful, who allegedly refused to participate in the vaccination against COVID-19, to embrace the exercise. He said that he was surprised to hear that leaders of certain religion refused to present themselves for the vaccination. “Please, we are not expecting this from them because they are the most enlightened among our population. “If they are not presenting themselves, the followers will also not present themselves. “We don’t want any exclusion, everyone is very dear to me. “So, I must make sure that they are well secured and protected,” the governor said.”
Buhari salutes Obi of Onitsha at 80
resident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, on the occasion of his 80th birthday. In a congratulatory message by his Spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, Buhari commended the royal father’s unwavering dedication to Nigeria’s unity and development. The president saluted the Igwe for devoting so much of his time, resources and influence to champion access to quality education as a necessity for national development. He thanked him for setting a worthy example to the traditional institution on dignity and honour in public office, respect for diversity, and dedication to the culture of peace and bridge building. Buhari, therefore, joined family, friends, well-wishers and beneficiaries of Igwe Achebe’s leadership and philanthropic gestures in praying that almighty God grants the celebrant more years of health and happiness. (NAN)
Club uses football tournament to campaign against vices By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
group, Golden Friends Club, has organised a football tournament to campaign against social vices in the country. Speaking yesterday during the opening ceremony of the football tournament, at New Nyanya, Karu Local Government Area of Nassarawa State, president of the club, Mr. Timothy Afanga
said the tournament was aimed at urging youths in the country to shun social vices. Afanga, expressed worry over rampant cases of cultism and other criminal activities in the state. He attributed the vices to idleness, urging other members of the society to invest in transforming youths across the country. “An idle man is alway a
willing heart to be exploited by those who derive joy in promoting violence. This is actually a challenging moment for all of us in the country. We need to come together and create a better place for the younger ones.” He said the group which is made up of 40 people from all parts of the country, is focused on promoting unity in the country.
Afanga, added that the group is also working in other areas to help orphans and vulnerable children in the area. “We are not only focused on football. We are working in communities to reach out to orphans and vulnerable children. Wherever we look, there are people looking for help. Based on these, our club is always reaching out to those in dire need.”
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The problem isn’t with ordinary Nigerians
resident Muhammadu Buhari us, using our two great religions, for recently declared his delight their own selfish advantages. at seeing the brotherly love “We should jointly pray against Nigerians demonstrated during the tragic incidents of kidnapping this year’s Eid-el-Fitr festival. He and banditry and the desperate hoped the Eid would “continue to quest for political power expressed bring with it peace, safety, security, through blackmail against the brotherhood and love amongst existence of our country as a united Muslims and Christians” such as entity. We must resist the temptation witnessed during the fasting period to retreat into our communities. of Ramadan. I urge our political and religious The president made his feelings leaders as well as traditional rulers known in a Sallah message issued by to encourage our citizens to turn his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, towards one another in love and in Abuja. According to the president, compassion.” it is “noteworthy and delightful” to The problem of this potentially see Christians breaking great nation is not with fast and in some ordinary Nigerians. instances, extending If it is patriotism and goodwill and gifts to the nationalism, they Muslim faithful during do not lack these They shatter the Ramadan. “This model attributes. It is not also shone through with window glasses they that plunder Muslim groups joining of vehicles with Nigeria’s wealth. They Christian festivities. bloodied bare do not kill for political These are practices that hands to rescue power. promote brotherhood and If it is brotherly victims. The rich forgiveness,” he added. love, you only have Buhari extended and powerful, at to be present at an his best wishes to all the other end, accident scene to Nigerians and Muslims see how caring the will run over across the globe as they pedestrians and ordinary Nigerian marked the Eid-el-Fitr can be. They shatter drive on without following the completion window glasses of stopping of a month of fasting. In vehicles with bloodied the message signed by bare hands to rescue him, Buhari said: “On this blessed victims. The rich and powerful, at the occasion, I wish that the Eid festival other end, will run over pedestrians brings with it peace, safety, security, and drive on without stopping. brotherhood and love amongst all. It is powerful politicians, some “Unity and solidarity amongst all religious leaders and some others citizens, Muslims and Christians are who do not mean well that incite imperative especially at a time when the poor and the weak to violence our country is faced with multiple and destruction. As Buhari rightly challenges which are surmountable pointed out, it is these that “seek only when we come together as one. to divide us, using our two great It is important that we remember religions, for their own selfish how we share, through our faiths, advantages.” It is they that are common bonds that should serve to Nigeria’s problem. We must unite us and not allow ourselves to individually and collectively stop succumb to those who seek to divide them in their tracks.
Members of Golden Friends Club during a football tournament at New Nyanya, Karu LGA, Nassarawa State.
Elumelu empowers 350 constituents’ with tricycle, motorcycles, others By Christiana Ekpa
he Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, has given out 107 tricycles, 148 motorcycles, 90 refrigerators and 111 generators to 350 members of his constituency to help them boost their independent lucrative enterprises. The Minority Leader Elumelu, who disclosed this at the weekend during the formal presentation of the items, in Asaba, Delta State, represents Aniocha/ Oshimili Federal Constituency on the platform of PDP He said that the idea of the empowerment programme was to make them small business owners who will eventually help in creating jobs and reducing poverty in their immediate
communities. According to him, empowering the people was a critical element in the effort to improve on their standard of living as well as to fight against poverty, restiveness and associated criminal tendencies, adding that, the people can only be happy and fulfilled when value is added to their lives by way of providing self-sustaining incentives to boost their productivity, to at least, enable them meet their basic needs and those of their immediate relations. He said, ”Through the grace and mercy of God and by the mandate of the good people of Aniocha/ Oshimili, a total number of one hundred and eleven (111) electricity generating sets, ninety (90) deep freezers, one hundred and forty-eight (148) motor cycles and one hundred and seven (107) tricycles are
already here, waiting for His Excellency’s blessings before they will be formally presented to these 350 beneficiaries. Elumelu disclosed the people can only be happy and fulfilled when value is added to their lives by way of providing self-sustaining incentives to boost their productivity, to at least, enable them meet their basic needs and those of their immediate relations. ”Through the grace and mercy of God and by the mandate of the good people of Aniocha/ Oshimili, a total number of one hundred and eleven (111) electricity generating sets, ninety (90) deep freezers, one hundred and forty-eight (148) motor cycles and one hundred and seven (107) tricycles are already here, waiting for His Excellency’s blessings before they will be formally presented to these 350
beneficiaries. ”The people have remained the focal point in all my activities and actions as their representative; and with all sense of responsibility, I have been committed to empowering, developing and uplifting the standard of living of our people through robust representation. As a representative of the people in the House of Representatives, I have continued to strive towards making our people feel the impact of representative democracy, thereby putting smiles on their faces. No doubt, that is what we promised them, but that is also what democracy is all about.” “I urge the beneficiaries to be passionate in putting these items into proper use and to see this as an opportunity to climb to an enviable level of prosperity which is before you today.
Lottery commission introduces new revenue system to enhance national economy By Paul Riding, Abuja
he National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), says it is set to introduce a new strategy called “Central Monitoring System”, to enhance its revenue to support the national economy. Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila, Director-General NLRC, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Mr Magnus Ekechukwu, Assistant Director, Public Affairs of the commission. Gbajabiamila said the system, when successful in operation, would ensure that all earnings due to government on lottery are
collected with precision. According to him, with the strategy, all the loopholes and drains in the lottery business would be blocked to ensure that all taxes and revenues payable to government are fully collected and remitted to government coffers. “With the arrangements being put in place by the commission, lottery would soon be contributing significantly to the federal treasury as it is being done in advanced countries like America, UK and Spain. “Both the management and members of staff of the commission are already being
prepped on trainings and enhanced welfare package for the workers for the successful outcome of the new plan, “ Gbajabiamila assured. In addition, the NLRC boss disclosed that work was at advanced stage on the establishment of an indigenous National Game with all the benefits of higher revenues for the government. He also assured that the game would provide greater dividends for players and profound growth in the industry generally. Gbajabiamila maintained that the commission under his leadership was totally committed to the goals of the administration
of President Muhammadu Buhari on the diversification of Nigeria’s economy. “We have remained tirelessly ingenious in engendering means of improving on revenue earnings for Nigeria and to obtain better lottery business in all ramifications”. The NLRC boss, however, used the medium to appreciate Sen. George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, the Governing Board of the commission, under the Chairmanship of Alhaji Fatai Ibikunle for their supports for the greater achievements in the commission.
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GBB and Nigeria’s digital transformation By Bashir Ibrahim Hassan
combination of factors played out in the last two years to enhance the success of Nigeria’s journey in digital transformation. These factors include natural occurrences and the vision and industry of a number of people. While the COVID-19 pandemic has traumatized the world’s population and ravaged economics at all levels, it has had its silver lining in the ways it has challenged human intellect, buttressing the truism in the adage that “necessity is the mother of invention”. Well, COVID-19 wasn’t the trigger of Zoom, the video/audio conferencing technology that has enlisted about 20 billion users since it was developed by Eric Yuan and came to blossom in 2020. But Nigeria has been one country where its success story has been most eloquent, thanks to the vision of Muhammad Bello Abubakar, the Chief Executive of Nigeria’s Galaxy Backbone (GBB). When the Nigerian system in all its ramifications – economic, political and social – was on the verge of total collapse as a result of the lockdown compelled by the pandemic, Abubakar came to the nation’s recue by deploying his skills and those of his team at GBB to virtually get back to sessions of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings to take crucial decisions. This is more remarkable considering that the man only assumed office in January 2020 as the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Galaxy Backbone, Nigeria’s digital infrastructure and shared services provider, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The professor of Petroleum Geosciences with over two decades of working experience spanning academia, oil and gas exploration research, development and innovation institutions is a veritable strategic thinker with strong leadership and management skills. He has an impressive exposure to global best practice in the field of energy. He has been working assiduously to implement the two policy frameworks guiding the mandate of his agency — the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (2020-2030) and Nigeria National Broadband Plan (2020-2025) launched in November 2019 and March 2020 respectively for the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy by Mr. President. The twin policies were coupled to accelerate growth and modernization of the Nigerian economy. The two policies provided the framework for digital-led growth strategy for the Nigerian economy. GBB is currently preoccupied with operating an IT-based network that provides network connectivity to MDAs of government, saving government cost of maintenance and securing and protecting its data. Prof. Abubakar has an even more ambitious vision of taking the GBB to a higher level; the level where the GBB can be the primary enabler to all ICT providers in Nigeria and Africa, especially West Africa, in the long term. The direction of where GBB is headed under Prof. can be discerned from the transformation that took root since he assumed office through re-branding the agency. The Gombe-born and alumnus of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, achieved this by establishing new departments that focused more sharply on implementing the mandate of the agency. Three such departments stand out. First is the Research, Digital Innovation and Skills Department introduced to fast-track the research innovation and also skill aspects of the digital economy policy. This is in line with the 8 pillars of digital economy policy document. The second pillar of that policy addresses digital literacy and skills issues. Second one is the Enterprise Business Group, which focuses mainly on the private sector to make sure that they are provided the necessary platform that will make their turnover continue to strive better and of course generate handsome revenue for the Federal Government. Third one is National Policy, Strategic and Mandate Project Unit, which specifically looks at the policies and
how to translate them into what GBB can offer by way of services. The journey towards digitally transforming a nation goes way beyond the Infrastructure and application. What we have seen in Galaxy Backbone in the last couple of months has been a direct and intentional attempt at building the skills of people to ensure these Digital Infrastructure is managed properly, enhanced and consistently delivers on its promise which hinges more on people. The Research, Digital Innovation & Skills Development Department is an outstanding development brought into Galaxy Backbone by the current Managing Director & Chief Executive, Professor Muhammad Bello Abubakar. It is a visionary attempt at ensuring that GBB attains its vision; ‘To be the leading enabler of digital inclusion in Africa’. Professor Abubakar identified that a deeper focus must be given to Research and Innovation if GBB can attain this desired height. The result of creating this department is gradually yielding measurable results as Galaxy Backbone recently published its first ever Training Brochure for the year in the history of the organization. Training and Skills development both contribute towards Capacity development that is essential for digital transformation in any nation and in the context of Nigeria, strengthens Pillar two of the National Digital Economy Policy & Strategy for A Digital Nigeria being championed by the Honorable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Communications & Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami. This pillar speaks to the need to grow Digital Literacy and Skills amongst its citizens with the clear conviction that in this journey of developing a digital nation, people are the greatest asset so it’s important to develop a large pool of digitally literate and skilled citizens. In the same vain, the creation of this first ever GBB Training Calendar addresses; Improved capability & capacity which is one of the six Pillars of Galaxy Backbone’s five year (2021 -2025) growth plan designed under the leadership of Prof. M.B. Abubakar. The designing of this training document is meant to ensure stakeholders, customers and young Nigerians looking at growing their digital skills are well equipped with technical & digital transformation tools that will help them contribute valuably to their organizations and by extension deepen the digital implementation development of the nation. Courses from, Cyber & Information Security, Mobile Applications Development, Network Connectivity & Infrastructure to Emerging Technologies, Business Process Management, Information Technology Systems & Networks, IT Architecture Management & Governance and a lot more have been put together by Galaxy Backbone and its team of Local & International Partners to ensure those trained by Galaxy Backbone receive the very best and are certified in their identified areas of specialty. One of the most profound values GBB brings to these trainings as the digital Infrastructure & shared service provider to public and private organization is its hands on experience in these identified courses. So, real life scenarios will be shared during these trainings so that attendees are not just equipped theoretically, but get to have firsthand experience from Technical Experts who have implemented those services locally and internationally. GBB is looking to partner with organizations and other training platforms to ensure Nigerians get the best of learning during these training activities. The team at GBB dedicated to this includes Experienced Network Engineers, Project Management Experts, IT Consultants & Technical Experts who have implemented high end projects and consulted at different levels. GBB has a world class Network Operations Centre, the only Uptime Certified Tier III Data Centre, in the Federal Capital Territory and for business continuity purposes, a Disaster Recovery Data Centre situated in Enugu. This entire Infrastructure is open to private and public corporations. Hassan wrote in from Abuja
PEOPLES DAILY, monday, may 17, 2021
PEOPLES DAILY, monday, may 17, 2021
Death sentence: Is a trial judge bound to pronounce specific manner of execution? (1)
Unpleasant feeling of Nigerian youth
By S.O. Akobe
By Famuditi Gboyega
igeria is one of the many Nations of the world where Capital Punishment still holds sway. Despite calls by many proponents for the abolition of Capital Punishment across the globe, Capital Punishment is still in vogue in Nigeria. By capital punishment, we mean death sentence passed by a court of law on an offender who has been found guilty of a capital offence. Capital punishment or death sentence is constitutionally recognized in Nigeria. Section 33 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) provides that, “Every person has a right to life, and no one shall be deprived intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a court in respect of a criminal offence of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria” (Emphasis mine). For an offender to be sentenced to death, the law creating the offence must have specified death as the punishment thereof as contemplated under section 36 (12) of the Constitution. Under the Nigerian Criminal Jurisprudence, the following offences attract death penalty to wit: Murder/Culpable homicide punishable with death, Treason, presiding over a trial by ordeal resulting death, and Armed Robbery. It is interesting to note that some States in Nigeria have also enacted laws which make the offence of kidnapping punishable with death. Thus, where a defendant or an accused person as the case may be, is found guilty of any of these listed offences, such a defendant or an accused person must be sentenced to death by the court, as no degree of allocutus plea can change the verdict of being condemned to death. On how death sentence should be passed and/or pronounced by
a trial court, we shall consider the Supreme Court decision on the issue as well as the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 (which is in pari materia with that of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Kogi State, 2017), the Criminal Procedure Act, the Criminal Procedure Code, and the Armed Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act CAP. R11, LFN, 2004. The Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 (hereinafter simply referred to as ACJA, 2015) applies to criminal trials in all federal-established courts as well as all the courts in the FCT. The Criminal Procedure Act (hereinafter referred to as the CPA) and the Criminal Procedure Code (hereinafter referred to as the CPC) apply to criminal proceedings in all the courts in the South and North respectively, especially in the States that are yet to enact their own Administration of Criminal Justice Law as was commendably done by Kogi State in 2017. Now, for the South, section 367(1) of the CPA provides: “The punishment of death is inflicted by hanging the offender by the neck till he be dead”. Section 367 (2) of the CPA further provides that, Sentence of death shall be pronounced in the following form The sentence of the court upon you is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may the Lord have mercy on your soul” (Emphasis mine). For the North, section 273 of the Criminal Procedure Code provides that, “When a person is sentenced to death, the sentence shall direct that he be hanged by the neck till he is dead” (Emphasis mine). Though not a procedural law, section 1(3) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act CAP. R11, LFN 2004, provides that, “The sentence of death imposed
under this section may be executed by hanging the offender by the neck till he be dead or by causing such offender to suffer death by firing squad as the Governor may direct”. Now, coming to the ACJA, 2015, section 402 (1) of the Act provides: “Punishment of death is inflicted by hanging the convict by the neck till he is dead or by lethal injection”. Section 402 (2) of the said ACJA, 2015 further provides that, Sentence of death shall be pronounced by the court in the following form: “The sentence of the court upon you is that you be hanged by the neck until you are dead or by lethal injection” (Emphasis mine). The above cited provisions of the ACJA, 2015 are in pari materia with the provisions of section 400 (1) (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Kogi State, 2017. From the provisions of all the laws cited above, it is very clear that the following means or modes of execution of death sentence are legally recognized in Nigeria: (a) By hanging in the neck (as provided in the CPA, CPC, Armed Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, the ACJA, 2015, and the ACJL of Kogi State, 2017); (b) By Lethal Injection (as provided for by the ACJA, 2015, and the ACJL of Kogi State, 2017); and (c) By Firing Squad (as provided for by the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act).. The above means of executing death sentence having been stated, the next crucial question is whether it is mandatory for a trial court to pronounce the particular means or manner by which a convict who has been found guilty of a capital offence must die or executed? In other words, if a trial court finds a defendant guilty of a capital offence, is the trial court bound to follow strictly the provisions
of the above cited laws (whichever is applicable) when passing or pronouncing death sentence on the defendant? Put in another way: What is the effect of non-compliance with the provisions of the above cited laws on a death sentence passed on a convict by a trial court? The Supreme Court of Nigeria was faced with this question or issue for determination in the case of Gano v. The State (1968) 1 ALL NLR 353; (1968) NSCC 285. In the said case, the Appellant was found guilty of the offence of culpable homicide punishable with death contrary to section 221 of the Penal Code. The trial judge in sentencing the Appellant to death simply stated thus, “Sentence of death passed”. On appeal to the Supreme Court, it was contended for the Appellant that the trial judge violated the provision of section 273 of the Criminal Procedure Code which requires that a judge while pronouncing death sentence on a convict “shall direct that he be hanged by the neck till he is dead”. Based on this, the Appellant urged the Supreme Court to hold that the death sentence pronounced on him by the trial court cannot be carried out, and that the said sentence is incurably bad as the trial judge had become functus officio on the matter. In its judgment, the Supreme Court held as follows: “It is clear that the learned judge has failed to incorporate in his judgment the statutory direction. We have been asked to say that as the judge gave no direction as to what manner the sentence of death was to be carried out, as he was obliged to do by law, the sentence could not be carried out, and the learned judge is functus officio. We are in agreement with counsel that it is the duty of the judge, under the law, to pronounce the manner in which the sentence was to be carried out, and failure to do so might raise an apprehension
that the execution could be carried out by any other means, as for example by poisoning, drowning or any other means; but as it is clear that the only mode of execution known to our law is by hanging by the neck till the convict is dead, we are unable to accept that any other mode of execution was contemplated by the judge” (Emphasis mine). Going further, the Supreme Court held thus: “We are, however, not unmindful of the fact that after passing sentence of death on a convict, the judge after the sentence passed by him has been confirmed, issues a warrant in the prescribed form and the Superintendent of Prisons who has had no advantage of reading the judgment has no choice but to execute the sentence in the manner laid down in the form, namely hang the convict by the neck till he is dead, and there can be no objection taken by the Superintendent that the warrant is not consistent with the judgment. Thus, the omission in practice makes very little difference to the carrying out of the order of execution”. Having held as quoted above, the Supreme Court concluded that the omission by the trial judge to pronounce the manner in which the sentence of death was to be carried out was a mere accidental slip or clerical error which is within the competence of the trial judge himself to correct. The Supreme Court accordingly, dismissed the appeal and directed that the matter be brought to the attention of the trial Judge (Hague A.J.) “to add to his judgment of 14th June, 1968, in this matter the words ‘The accused shall be hanged by the neck till he is dead’ “. The case was therefore, referred to the trial judge to incorporate in his judgment the statutory direction contained in section 273 of the CPC. To be concluded
American democracy is dominated by money By Zhong Sheng
oes the U.S. want democracy or money-dominated democracy? The U.S. society should really think hard about the question—although some politicians in the country already have an answer that they dare not to expose: American democracy is merely a disguise as it is actually dominated by money. “There are two things that are important in politics. The first is money and I can’t remember what the second one is.” The quote from the late Mark Hanna, American industrialist and prototype of the political kingmaker, revealed the truth about American politics more than a hundred years ago, and is repeatedly proven true by facts today. The 2020 U.S. presidential election is a recent example of what Hanna said in the late 19th century. While the chaotic phenomena during the election made it seem like a political mystery, the eye-catching money-squandering plots were not surprising at all. U.S. presidential and congressional candidates spent a total of $14 billion in the 2020 election campaigns, which was more than twice that for the 2016 election, and even surpassed the gross domestic product (GDP) of dozens of
economies in 2020. According to U.S. media, the top ten donors in the 2020 U.S. election contributed more than $640 million, and funds collected from small donors accounted for less than half of the total amount of money raised by both democratic and republican presidential candidates. Data have shown that the Americanstyle democracy is like a monodrama of the wealthy. On the “political fundraising market”, the ability to raise funds has become a rigid standard, sometimes the primary standard, for measuring the career prospects of American politicians. People even dubbed U.S. president’s term in office the single highest priced commodity in Washington, D.C. According to media reports, some members of the U.S. Congress spend as long as five hours per day on raising money for re-election, almost the same amount of time as on legislative work. Money is a plague in American politics, said James Moran, former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives who served in the Capitol Hill for more than 20 years, noting that money distorts political process and gives the rich disproportionate political influence. The U.S. used to be a democracy, which is a government of the 100
percent, by the 100 percent, for the 100 percent, and sadly today’s U.S. has become a plutocracy; a plutocracy is the government of the 1 percent, by the 1 percent, for the 1 percent, Singaporean scholar Kishore Mahbubani pointed out. It’s ironic that power-for-money deals are made totally legitimate in the U.S. What the widely-denounced super Political Action Committees (super PACs) has been doing is a typical example. In 2010, a judgment from the Supreme Court of the U.S. gave the green light to companies and groups providing unlimited amount of political contributions through the super PACs. The judgment was followed by a ruling made by the Supreme Court in 2014 that struck down certain limits on individual campaign contributions. While the Supreme Court tried to wrap the decision in nice-sounding phrases and said that campaign donations are a constitutionally protected form of free speech, it ignored the fact that in reality it’s not uncommon for a company to provide political campaign donations for both parties, which is obviously not for the purpose of freely expressing a self-contradictory standpoint, but to hedge “risks” and avoid the loss of political channels.
On the surface, the super PACs need to follow relevant legal provisions, which require them not to donate money directly to political campaign teams or have cooperative relationship with candidates or their campaign committees. However, such interest-driven “peripheral” campaign operations as advertising and article posting can certainly make the political beneficiaries know who they should “thank”. The apparent “legal corruption” has long been controversial in the U.S., and the relevant laws, which are occasionally tinkered with, are more like decorations designed to deceive the public, as they are fundamentally against democracy, freedom, equality, and justice. How can the country with a democracy dominated by money guarantee the democratic rights of the common people? In the early days of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, worried that the financial aristocracy would erode the country’s democracy if they have disproportionate influence in the government. The concern still couldn’t be eliminated today. An editorial by the New York Times pointed out that in recent decades, “the rich keep getting richer,
and the Supreme Court has made it much easier for politicians to tap that wealth. The result is an arms race that leaves politicians ever more beholden to funders.” Political scientists Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page have proven in the book Democracy in America?: What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It that the rich in the U.S. can even successfully block a popular policy as long as they don’t like it. In the final analysis, the present American-style democracy is a game in which the stink of money contaminates the real democracy. It’s astonishing and ridiculous that certain U.S. politicians are still shamelessly peddling the trick that perfectly explains how “money talks” and even use it as a criterion for judging the political systems of other countries. It must be understood that there is never real democracy if the democracy is dominated by money. The root cause of various deep-seated problems in the American-style democracy is that the country replaced the say of “people” in decision-making with “money”. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on foreign policy.)
aking up just like every other good Nigerian with a thankful heart to God for gift of life. He hopes that it will be a better day for him. With so much aspirations and yet unfulfilled dreams he sets out for the days task. Praying that each day brings him closer to his dreams. As time passes him by without realisation of his dreams, he becomes a shadow of his true self. Countless times, he has looked for a better life, a better day in his father land without success. Always coming home with a disappointed face and when he can’t hold it anymore. shouts; ‘ where will my help come from?’; if only I were a German , or a Canadian, or a French, or even one of those refugees in Europe, maybe my life will be better and more fruitful than this ‘ he cries. This is the cry of the young, Nigerian who has not found succor in his life, though everyday he struggles. In every job opportunity, the chances of being employed is
one out of 50,000 or even more as he had no Godfather or money to protect his interests. It seems as if the system was created for him to suffer in his youth. Countless times he has heard people say that the youth is the future of tomorrow, especially during a political outing, he knew that the adage did not work in his country. So much promises by the politicians and he had already deduced that it will take a lifetime or a century for such promises to be fulfilled. The promise heaven and earth to the unhappy Nigerian youth into voting for them and when voted, turn to their real color. Give me my daily bread oh lord, he prays each time he falls into this bad mood. For at a time, he doesnt care what is happening around him, all he craves for is a daily bread. It is a country where dreams rarely come true. Is it so much to ask for that? The say shoot for the stars and maybe you will land in the moon, but those words are the really feasible here?
For many young men and women have tried but only found themselves in the cloud and some never made it out of the atmosphere let alone the stars, while others are still on the land waiting for an opportunity. Do you not see these young Nigerians? However, the Nigerian youth whom after being frustrated at their fate in their father land have sought for greener pasture in unknown countries and yet the receive criticism and condemnation. Young men and women of high intelligence quotient and creative mind have been whisked off from the shores of this country when discovered by other countries and are never given a chance to play a part in their country’s development. Frustration and suffering have chased many out of the country, many have turned to criminal activities and yet many more are present, waiting for an opportunity to shine to the world. Will this opportunity not be provided for this young people? For Nigeria holds the best brains in the world, but what is its use, if it’s not harnessed? What will happen to a
young sprouting plant if it cannot be planted on a soil and carefully cultivated? She withers and dies. Nevertheless, with what is happening in our country today, it’s quite disheartening to know that much has not changed in this country. It seems that things keep getting more complicated as the only solution to our problems is by creating more problems. With so much teeming young people, few are lucky and yet many are left to rot and die. A country endowed with so much riches and abundance of minerals , she has used them as seen fit for the populace and yet little or nothing have been put in place for these young people who want to serve their fatherland with all their heart. Many are hopelessly roaming the streets asking themselves “what did I ever commit for being a part of my country? For suffering have turned once young and vibrant men, old men. Year after year, millions graduate from higher institutions only to come to the realization that the reasons for going to school have changed. One frustrated youth is a ticking time
bomb let alone when the country is over flowing with them. Finally, all hands must be on deck for the prognosis of this ailment. This youth who are your sons and daughters should be inculcated into the day to day activity of the nation. Opportunities should be created to suck up these unhappy men and women for a better Nigeria. Different medium should be used to help this young people play a part in their countries development. For If action is not taken to remedy this problem, its only chaos that will be eminent in our future and like a pregnant woman , only time will tell what she will give birth to. Doom, doom, doom, is what awaits a country with no planes for the future generations. Yes everybody wants better life, better economy, and better means of earning money but do not forget that a nation that has no plan for the future generation is going to be a failed state. Famuditi Gboyega writes in from Tai Solarin University of Education
Why it is difficult to end Okada menace By Adewale Kupoluyi
he above statement seems to be a recurring poser on the minds of many people in view of the excesses and lawlessness being perpetrated by commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders in many states across the country with the attendant maiming and loss of lives on a daily basis. Why is it really difficult to check the excesses of Okada riders? The high level of unemployment in the land has no doubt pushed many Nigerian youths into commercial motorcycling. The use of motorcycle as a means of road transportation, is taken to complement motor vehicles, which is an advanced form of bicycles because it is cheap, require no fueling to operate, and can easily manoeuver heavy traffic caused by vehicles. What do we have today? There has been no effective strategy to regulate Okada operations as a means of transportation and in no time, it had become an allcomers’ affair as criminal-minded persons began to use Okada for their nefarious activities. Many politicians often use the donation of motorcycles to the people as constituency projects. Several kidnappers, rapists, and armed robbers see motorcycles as an easy get-away transport system to aid criminal operations. Part of the reasons for the riders’ recklessness is that most of them are neither trained nor licenced to operate thus, constituting fatal risks to themselves and society. Often high on psychotropic substances, most riders throw caution to the winds and ignore traffic rules with impunity, but those making case for the continued existence of Okada had argued
that most of the operators do Road Safety Corps October Road allowed in the city centre before not have the requisite knowledge Traffic Crash (RTC) Report 2016, the state the government allowed of road safety laws, as they have gave another scary outlook that the introduction of tricycles motorcycle riders called for better education and commercial motorcyclists have though remained a major cause of fatal reportedly make incursions into enforcement of traffic rules. The story of Okada riders road traffic accidents across the the city centre by beating security is virtually the same – they country. According to the FRSC agencies. In 2011, Kano State banned are known to over-speed, ride report, motorcycle accidents the use of motorcycles as a means without helmets and side mirrors ranked third after cars, which of commercial transportation and – as the police often watch such accounted for 457 cases or 36 subsequent administrations have lawlessness without doing much percent, followed by mini-buses sustained the ban. What was allowed to correct the ugly situation. with 243 or 19 percent of the total was the riding of motorcycles by The recurring decimal deserves figures. The Corps had to advise only one person and this was done urgent attention. In Lagos State, the Secretary to the Government to check activities of insurgents that the government had announced of the Federation to encourage were found to be using motorcycles to commit atrocities restrictions Over the years, on Okada What is staring us in the face is Okada riders in Kano and tricycles in six local that with the population of Lagos, State appears to have circumvented government predicted to double by 2050, this arrangement areas in while a considerable the state there is the need to embark on were known in January the massive erection of transport number to have gone into 2020. The infrastructure such as metro and the operation of government Tricycle (Keke), had claimed underground networks to meet which was introduced that over up with the population surge as an alternative 1 1 , 0 0 0 to motorcycles in p e r s o n s the city and other were killed between 2011 and 2019 while and facilitate state governments major towns. Following persistent 600 deaths were recorded to ban the use of motorcycles security threats in Kaduna State, as between 2018 and 2019. At for commercial purposes. Before Boko Haram was using motorbikes a point, the casualty figures then, the National Council on to wreak havoc, the government became worrisome such that Transport had recommended a enacted a law banning Okada in the government’s main hospital nationwide ban on commercial the state capital. It went ahead to introduce Keke while the use of had a section designated as motorcycles in Nigeria. In tackling the challenge, Okada was limited to the satellite ‘An Okada ward’. In a move to address the challenge, the Lagos some states in the north have towns. But despite these moves, State government proscribed banned the use of motorcycles commercial motorcycle operators Okada and tricycles from plying for commercial purposes as are still seen within the metropolis 40 bridges and flyovers across applicable in Plateau, Kano, illegally and carrying passengers to Katsina, and Kaduna. In 2010, restricted areas. In Katsina State, the State. What is staring us in the face is Plateau State signed into law, the government banned the use that with the population of Lagos, the bill prohibiting operations of of motorcycles for commercial predicted to double by 2050, commercial motorcycles within purposes between 7pm and 6am. there is the need to embark on the Jos-Bukuru metropolis. The The order, which was backed with the massive erection of transport law was initially resisted by the law, applies to all except members infrastructure such as metro and operators, but the state still went of paramilitary agencies and police underground networks to meet ahead with its implementation personnel. Moving away from our dear up with the population surge. A even though Okada riders operate peep into a report of the Federal in the suburbs, they are not country, the experience from nearby
Ghana and Sierra Leone, suggests that the story is not too different as almost the same motorbikes create a nuisance by violating road traffic regulations. The Central Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service had to organise lessons for selected Okada riders, just as the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has called for an embargo on Okada operations in the country until such time that policies are put in place to regulate their use. In what can be considered as a collaborative intervention, the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA), police, and Okada Bike Riders Association had to work together to produce Road Rules and Regulations for Commercial Bike Riders. What the case studies suggest is that Okada problem is not only peculiar to Nigeria, but that with the joint effort of stakeholders and putting in place necessary legislation, the issue can be properly addressed. Politicians should look for other means of touching the lives of their people without flooding the streets with motorcycles. This time around, our security agents should be more effective in curtailing the excesses of Okada riders by enforcing traffic laws, designated lanes should be assigned to Okada to reduced contacts with motorists, unemployment crisis should be tackled, and effective collaboration should be embarked by riders association, police, road safety corps, to see the current challenge as a collective task that must be tackled headlong. Dr. Kupoluyi writes from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State @ AdewaleKupoluyi
PEOPLES DAILY, monday, may 17, 2021
Clark cautions against calls for Nigeria’s breakup
lder statesman Edwin Clark has cautioned against calls for cessation in some parts of the country. Clark told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that calls for cessation in some quarters were not the solution to the country’s problems. He said he did not believe in Nigeria’s breakup in spite of rising insecurity and economic challenges in the country. According to him, rather than fan the embers of war by making cessation calls, workable strategies should be evolved to solve the problem of insecurity and other challenges making life unbearable for Nigerians. “Nigeria will remain one. Some of us do not believe in the call for cessation. Where do we go to, who are we leaving the country for, who owns it. “We cannot flee, where do we go. Though I am seeing this danger but I do not believe that Nigeria will split. “Recently 17 Southern governors met and they also agreed that Nigeria will remain one. They are not just PDP but also APC governors. “Even during the civil war in 1967, we never believed Nigeria would break up and the war eventually
ended in 1970. “That was the nearest we got to breaking up but Nigeria did not break up,” he said. The elder statesman called for restructuring rather than call for break up. He referred to reports of the 2014 National Conference and the committee headed by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, saying the recommendations would go a long way. He said, “all we are saying is that we should restructure the country. Let us devolve power to the states. They should be the federating units. “We should refer to the 2014 National Conference report of over 600 recommendations. We do not need to convoke another confab. “The confab report in addition to what APC produced under Gov. Nasir El-rufai’s committee are enough to create a true federal system of government in Nigeria.” Clark stressed that unless Nigeria returned to a federal system of government, as obtained in 1963, the restructuring process would not be complete. “Let us have a federal system of government as we had in 1963. Once that is done, there will be peace in
Nigeria. With that, every region will have a State Police. “So, the only cure to the problem of insecurity in Nigeria is to return to the 1963 Constitution with a few amendments.” He further said, “I have been in politics for about 70 years in this country and I have seen it all. “In 1960, there was the Independent Constitution, drawn up in Britain by the Whites and Nigerians. “They agreed that this country has more than 250 ethnic nationalities, therefore a unitary form of government will not work and that there should be a federation which we had. “The 1960 constitution made it that every region had its own constitution and develop at their own pace and keep half of what is developed in their area. “That was why Obafemi Awolowo was able to develop the West because we had the cocoa boom at the time. The price of cocoa was very high in the international market. “So he was able to introduce free primary education which other regions could not do at the time.” He blamed the military for the present economic and security
challenges faced by Nigerians, saying the military changed into a unitary form of government. “Aguiyi Ironsi changed this country into a unitary government. “It continued until the Army handed over in 1999 and they left behind a unitary form of constitution. “That is why we are facing so much problem as a nation and that is why we are calling for restructuring,” he said. On attacks on schools, Clark called for provision of security in and around schools through the building of fences and adequate surveillance. He said that it might not be possible to guard all schools with the few number of security men in the country. He advised that vigilantes could be employed to provide the Police with necessary information in the case of attempted attacks. He, however, kicked against mounting surveillance cameras in schools, saying, “it will not work unless the people are ready to prevent kidnapping and other forms of attacks in schools. “Even if we mount CCTVs they will be compromised as has happened on different occasions in some parts of the country.(NAN)
Cleric donates relief materials to 400 widows, orphans in Nassarawa From Gambo Ahmed Lafia
Christian cleric, Bishop Peace Masin of the Dominion Arena, Sabo Pegi Shabu, Lafia LGA has donated food items, clothes and cash to over 400 widows and orphans in Nasarawa state. He called on government and wealthy individuals to always extend their kind gesture to the vulnerable in the society in order to receive God’s reward. Presenting the relief materials, the Bishop said the aim was to cushion the hardship being confronted by the vulnerable people in the society.
L-R; (back row) Co- coordinator, Al-Ansar orphanage home Kuje, Ustaz Yunus Salahudeen, Member, Apo Legislative Quarters Central Mosque Committee, Dr. Nasir Sani Gwarzo, women coordinator of the mosque Committee, Hajia Ramatu Ahmed, the Al- Ansar home Secretary, Hajia Ramatu Musa Sani and other members of the mosque committee with the orphanage children from Al- Ansar Children Home, during the Sallah get-together party for the Al-Ansar orphanage children organized by the Apo Legislative mosque committee, at tthe weekend in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo
Mobile lotto rolls-out offer for stakers in Nigeria By Osaigbovo Iguobaro
obile lotto has unveiled special packages for electronic gamblers in Nigeria’s gaming industry, with a unique lottery experience that would be convenient and exciting. Achastele Communications company Nigeria Limited, promoter of product, gave the assurance during the launch at the weekend in Benin City. The Managing Director of the company, Paul Okojie, said the game is different from other lotto business in Nigeria due to its unique characteristics of using mobile phones recharge card to win prizes from any part of Nigeria. Highlighting the job prospects for unemployed youths, Okojie said: “Edo state is the first we want to start from. This is about texting, there is an app currently being developed. You can also play with your mobile phone and will be charged by your
network provider”. The Managing Director who said the game is computer-based and the winning numbers are automatically generated at 1a.m daily by an automated system, added that they have meant the requirements of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission and other agencies to operate. “The games are classified into Nack three, four and five. For nack three, you select three numbers from zero to 99, then nack four, you select four numbers from zero to 99, while nack five, you select five numbers from zero to 39. “To play, use your phone to type Nack three or four or five then input your three or four or five likely winning numbers and send to a short designated number ‘3123’. You will receive an acknowledgment or receipt of your game containing your reference number. The reference
number will be used to identify the player. “For the winning prizes, If you get two numbers for the nack three, we pay N5,000. For the nack four, if you get three numbers, we pay N15,000. If you get all five numbers for the nack five, we will pay N25,000 and will qualify you for the mega game which is N1 million. “For now, we are only with 9mobile and only subscribers can play the game now. We are hoping that we will have MTN, Airtel and Glo soon. “We paste likely winning numbers for the week on our social handles such as @mobilelottong on Twitter, Facebook, among others. Players can click on the link http://www.mobilelotto.ng/ to play,” he added. He however, noted that the minimum age of betting is 18years and anyone who is below the age and engages in the game would be reported to the authorities.
Gbajabiamila didn’t oppose southern governors’ call for restructuring - House Spokeman By Christiana Ekpa
he Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has disclosed that he is not against the position of Southern Governors on their call for restructuring of the nation. Gbajabiamila in a statement signed by spokeman of the House, Hon. Benjamin Kalu on Friday said reports attributed to him as condemning the position of the governors on restructuring was false. He said “The attention of the House has been drawn to several publications on online and traditional media claiming that the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, is opposed to the Southern Governors’ call for restructuring. “The House gathers that this allegation was attributed to statements made by the speaker at a recent interview seeking his opinion on the issue. The House states clearly and unequivocally that the publications are false and misleading”. Kalu noted that “For the avoidance of doubt, below is an accurate reproduction of the statements made by the Speaker at that interview; “This is not a time for name-calling or blaming one person or the other. If truth be told, we all have equal shares in the blame and whatever challenges we have, we all must come together. In the same way we all have equal shares, we must all come together to make sure that we resolve whatever issues there are. “Like I said earlier, the greatest nations have gone through challenges worse than this and I believe that it is that spirit of oneness and that spirit of togetherness and unity and love that will take us through this. “You know sometimes there are many things that people have said here and there and you never know where these things are coming from. “Sometimes God even puts you through challenges so that you can come out of it stronger, bigger, better, bolder. That’s what I believe is gonna happen to Nigeria. We’re all put together in this one geographical space for a reason. “It wasn’t by happenstance or coincidence or by chance. It was ordained by Almighty God and He doesn’t make mistakes, He doesn’t go wrong. What He decrees is what will be and I believe He put us all together. “No matter your religion, no matter your ethnicity, talking about over 250 ethnic groups in one country, it is that diversity that God had foreseen that I believe we should tap into as Nigerians. I have belief in the Nigerian resilience and in the Nigerian spirit; and in the spirit of Ramadan, we must continue to pray.” According to Kalu, “It is clear to objective reason that nothing in the above statement opposes the Southern Governors’ call for restructuring. Indeed, from the beginning of the 9th Assembly, the House under the leadership of Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has reiterated its commitment to a thorough review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as can be seen by the composition and activities of the Constitutional Review Committee of the House.
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‘Abiodun’s govt lame, lazy in combating insecurity’ – PDP By Musa Baba Adamu
he State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Akinloye Bankole, has described the government of Governor Dapo Abiodun as lame and lazy in combating the menace of insecurity in the state. He also said the government had failed in its primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties, adding that kidnapping has become a regular occurrence in the State. In an interview with journàlists, Bankole said the “deafening silence” of the Abiodun government had emboldened the kidnappers, thereby turning it into a lucrative business in the state. “It is so unfortunate that we find ourselves in this hopeless situation in terms of security of lives and properties. The case of kidnapping has become a daily routine within our space in the past couple of weeks. And very unfortunately too, we have a government that is so helpless, that is hopeless, that is so lame and lazy in combating the menace of insecurity. “Kidnapping has become a lucrative business in Ogun because of the deafening silence of the Abiodun government. The government is so helpless. “In fact, the silence of the governor continues to confirm that the governor wants to be seen as a ‘loyal boy’, perhaps to the presidency that is also as moribund. “The situation in Ogun State is so pathetic. The governor’s silence has emboldened these men of the underworld to turn the whole thing into a lucrative business,” he said. In his advice, the PDP spokesperson charged Abiodun to involve local vigilantes, traditional rulers and other community leaders in the security of the state. He also urged the governor to equip security agents and give them the necessary morale booster to rid the state of criminals. “As a party, we want to charge the government to engage the local vigilantes. He should equip the security operatives and give them necessary incentives to boost their morale. He should work with traditional rulers and local communities. The issue of security should be community-based. “Let me add this, the primary function of any government is the security of lives and properties. No matter the number of roads, hospitals or schools you provide, people have to be alive to make use of those facilities. On insecurity, the government of Ogun State has thoroughly failed,” he said. Recall that in recent times, residents of the State have expressed worry at the spate of insecurity such as kidnapping, killings, cultism and others.
2023 presidency: Third Party to emerge if APC denies Tinubu ticket – Ex-lawmaker By Christiana Ekpa
ormer member of House of Representatives, Hon. Shaeed Akinade-Fijabi, has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) against denying its National Leader, Bola Tinubu, presidential ticket in 2023. Akinade-Fijabi warned that a
third party will emerge if APC fails to field Tinubu as its presidential candidate. The former lawmaker warned that the third party in favour of Tinubu would counter both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He spoke in Ibadan, yesterday on the possibilities of the former
Lagos State governor emerging as Nigeria’s next president. Fijabi, who represented Ibadan Northwest/Southwest under APC, at the 7th and 8th Assembly said: “Our people are unpredictable, there might be emergence of third party to counter the two existing ones (PDP and APC) if Asiwaju Tinubu
is denied presidential ticket by APC in 2023.” He assured that the APC would come back stronger, ahead of 2023 in Oyo State. The former lawmaker explained that reconciliation was currently ongoing within the party to unify all the aggrieved members.
R-L: United State of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Mary Beth Leonard, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs (MNDA), Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Minister of State MNDA, Sen. Omotayo Alasoadura and the Permanent Secretary MNDA, Dr. Babayo Ardo, during the US Ambassador courtesy visit to the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
CNPP says Lawan, Gbajabiamila worst in history of Nigeria By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
onference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has described the current leadership of the National Assembly, particularly the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, as the worst performing principal officers of the National Assembly in the history of Nigeria. While reacting to a recent call by legal luminary, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who faulted 17 southern governors’ demand for a new constitutional conference and said the 415 Senators and Reps members are a waste of resources, the CNPP said “the national lawmakers have remained the worst disappointment to the Nigerian electorates.” According to a statement signed
by the CNPP Secretary General, Willy Ezugwu, “the Southern Governors’ ban on open grazing is the right way in the right direction, but there has to be in place a domesticated legal framework for enforcement rather than a mere mouthed ban, which amounts to political statement. “However, their call for a national confab is faulty as the recommendations from past national dialogues are accumulating dust and should be put to use by the National Assembly as there are no new issues in the country that have not been discussed at earlier national confabs. “But, unfortunately, the current leadership of the National Assembly has remained the worst rubber stamp principal officers ever. “We agree with Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who spoke in Anambra State
on Thursday, as a keynote speaker at the 25th Law Week of the Awka branch of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), where he described the Southern governors’ suggestion for another confab as unnecessary. “Like the human rights lawyer said, what is wrong with previous confab resolutions and recommendations? “Recommendation from the Obasanjo’s national dialogue, the PRONACO people’s confab by late Chief Anthony Enahoro, and the Jonathan’s 2014 confab all have recommendations, which addressed our current challenges, among others. “If Nigeria had implemented the recommendations of the 2014 confab, there would have been a state police today and we would have had a part-time legislature, among
others, that would have nipped in the bud current restiveness and agitations across the country, including the ongoing deafening insecurity. “Since 2015, the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration has carried on as if all is well with the country and have continued to avoid burning issues of national interests, sacrificing the future of our youths on the altar of party loyalty. “Why have Nigerian political elites continued to postpone the doomsday? “The gloomy future we failed to work against is now our current reality and insecurity has reached the highest level under the current APC led federal government. “The earlier we wake up and confront our fears, the better for us all”, the CNPP warned.
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Journalists, politicians urged to stand on truth to salvage Nigeria By Christiana Ekpa
L-R Dr Ndaeyo Iwot, Ag Executive Secertary, FCT PHC, Dr Fiona Braka, PEP Lead, WHO, Nigeria, Dr Muhammed Kawu, Ag Secretary, Health and Human Services secretariat, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, Permanent Secretary, FCTA, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello,, WHO Nigeria Country Representative Dr Walter Mulombo, Chief of Staff to FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, Coordinator WHO Abuja office, Dr Fureatu Zakari during the WHO delegation visit to the FCTA, at the weekend in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Governors run Nigeria, President just one person in Abuja – Jonathan
ormer President, Goodluck Jonathan has said state governors are the ones “running” Nigeria, explaining that President is just one man sitting in Abuja. Jonathan made the remark while emphasising that the Nigeria Governors Forum remains the best platform to discuss issues affecting Nigeria. He spoke in Benin, Edo State on Sunday while addressing journalists, NAN reports. The former president
lamented over the antagonism between Southern and Northern governors which he said was uncalled for. Jonathan stressed that the coming together of all the governors in a round table to discuss and proffer solutions to issues affecting Nigeria would help the President. “Governors themselves should continue to meet, I don’t really love a situation where the Northern governors will meet then the Southern governors will
cry foul. “Then the Southern governors will meet then the Northern governors will cry foul,. That will not help our country. “The governors through the governors forum should meet, they are the people who run this country, the President is just one person in Abuja. “The states, especially in a country where the local governments are very weak, it’s the states that people fall back to. “So if the governors of
the states meet and dialogue, interrogate things that are good for this country, then we will move forward. “I don’t really enjoy the antagonism between governors, they should come together and discuss. “If there are issues affecting one or two states, I think the governors should see how they can collectively come with a way to address those issues,” he added.
he Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Most Revd. Martin Uzoukwu, has enjoined politicians and media practitioners in Nigeria to stand on the path of truth to salvage the country. Uzoukwu, who made the call on Sunday as part of activities to mark the 55th World Communication Day at the St. Michael Catholic Cathedral Church, Minna, stated that whatever they do, they will be accountable to God. The cleric speaking on this year’s theme “Come and see” at a Media lunch/interactive session with Journalists in Niger state stated that the country is passing through difficult times and it’s only by standing for the truth that it can survive. “We encourage our politicians to always speak the truth. What the country is going through now will soon come to an end. Nigerians must speak the truth because it is only the truth that can salvage the situation we have found ourselves in this country”. “I want the media to adhere to the tenets of the profession by standing on the side of truth. You must shelve the bad and ugly side even though the truth is bitter. Say the right thing and speak to your conscience,” according to him. Earlier, the Diocesan Communications Director, Revd. Fr. Jude Offor said the media has what it takes to save the country insisting that whatever it says can either make or mar the society. Offor then called on the media to use all forms of medium to reach people particularly the less-privileged and physically challenged persons just as they are and where they live in the Society.
Ekiti: PDP may lose governorship poll if crisis persists – Olujimi warns By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
ormer Senate Minority Leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has warned that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State may not be able to win the governorship election in 2022 if the party’s national leadership failed to reconcile contending groups in the chapter. Olujimi said that the party has no luxury of time as political parties participating in the governorship election ought to have conducted primary elections to pick candidates by March 2022. He stressed that unless the Prince Uche Secondus-led PDP National Working Committee commence genuine process of reconciliation, any attempt to delay further might spell doom for the party in the forthcoming governorship election. She stated this on Sunday in Omuo-
Ekiti, headquarters of Ekiti East Council Area of the state, while commissioning blocks of classrooms and distributing fertilizers and herbicides to farmers in Ekiti South. Olujimi, in a statement made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti, urged the party national leadership to take urgent steps to reconcile all contending groups in the state chapter or forget reclaiming Ekiti from the ruling All Progressive Congress in 2022. The lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, however, cautioned former governor, Ayodele Fayose against placing curses on perceived opponent of his anointed candidate, Mr Bisi Kolawole, saying that such action was not only unacceptable, but condemnable. She said that leaders in Ekiti ought to preach peace, love and reconciliation because wining elections require the support of all party men and women.
“There is no doubt that time is running out for PDP in Ekiti. I believe that we should explore peaceful avenue before we embark on any extraneous steps. The party leadership must sit down and look at all the issues and resolve amicably. Failure to do so will not be palatable for the party and I am sure the party is aware of this. “If they don’t do that the party may not be able to focus on the task ahead and we don’t want the PDP to be out of the picture in 2022. What is on ground if not well resolved, can take the PDP out of the 2022 calculation. And we need to guide against it.” Cautioning Fayose against extreme positions, Olujimi said,” for me, this is unacceptable. You can’t curse any one because the business of politics needs peace and friendship. Let us even agree without conceding that his candidate emerges, will he not need the support of
those he has cursed. “The language of leadership should be peace, love and reconciliation, because political parties operate open door policy. In other words, you are free to join and you are free to leave. “This leadership that we laid claim to cannot be conferred by us. It is the people that will confer it on us. That is why we need to always respect our followers and consider them in decision making. In all of this only one person will be candidate and only one person will be governor. And it is only God that can anoint the person. So, in political participation, there should be decency. “We have to be nice to each other and ensure that there is peace. I am sure that the former governor must have looked back and know that it was not proper and be ready to make amend,” she said.
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Ekweremadu urges prayers for Nigeria unity, peace By Musa Baba Adamu
ormer Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has congratulated the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of this year’s Ramadan Fast, urging them to seize the occasion of the Eid al-Fitr to pray for a nation in distress. Ekweremadu made the call in his goodwill message to the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, noting that the nation needed divine healing at this point of her history. “I celebrate with the Muslim faithful on the occasion of this year’s Eid al-Fitr and congratulate them on the successful completion of the Ramadan Fast. “This is no doubt a very trying period for the nation. With the dire circumstances characterised by worsening insecurity, mindless killings, bourgeoning kidnap industry, economic hardship, and ethnic tension, there is no doubt that Nigeria is in distress. “The times therefore call for both leadership and fervent prayers, knowing that we can always win if we shun ethnic, religious, and political differences to work and pray as one people”, he said.
APC seeks spiritual support over insecurity By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he All Progressives Congress (APC) has celebrated Muslim faithful and entire Nigerians on the occasion of this year’s Eidel-Fitr, calling for spiritual support to enable the government address the security challenges facing the country. A statement issued yesterday
by the National Secretary of the party’s caretaker Committee, John James Akpanudoedehe, said “As we celebrate, we enjoin Nigerians to use this period to demonstrate the essence of Ramadan which is about personal sacrifice and sharing with the less privileged. “We also urge Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for our
leaders and the country’s peace and development. Our collective efforts is required to ensure that citizens enjoy the many pro-people developmental strides of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration in an atmosphere of peace. “The APC calls on all people of goodwill and patriotic citizens to use the occasion to extend their
spiritual support for the efforts of our administration in its continued quest to place the country on the path of economic prosperity. *On this day, we assure Nigerians of our commitment to securing the nation from all fifth columnists and secessionist elements who have continued to seek ways of dragging the nation backwards.”
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao (5th L); officers of Nigerian Air Force (NAF); members of NAFOWA and Officiating Minister, during NAF 57th Interdenominational Church Service at the NAF Headquarters Protestant Church, yesterday in Abuja
2023 Presidency: How Igbos can produce Buhari’s successor - Group By Musa Baba Adamu
socio-cultural group, the World Igbo Peoples Assembly (WIPAS) has asked Ndigbo to put their acts together to be taken seriously by other Nigerians in the legitimate quest to produce the next President of Nigeria.
WIPAS, in a statement by its Board of Trustees Chairman, Chuks Ibegbu on Wednesday, also asked Igbo presidential aspirants to begin to announce their interest to show that the Igbos are serious. The group, however, warned those who have nothing to offer Nigeria not to indicate interest in
the race as the presidential office is a serious business. WIPAS in the statement claimed the mood of the nation favours an Igbo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 but noted that Ndigbo must put their acts together. It called on all Nigerians to
support the just and equitable project. WIPAS also regretted utterances by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai on the agitations in the Southeast, noting that agitations in other parts of the country did not stop their own from producing the President of Nigeria.
The Igbo group further asked Nigerian politicians to be circumspect in their utterances for an inclusive nation. The socio-cultural body urged agitators in the east to also factor in the efforts by other Igbo and Nigerian patriots to address the inequity in the polity.
Eid el-Fitri: Ekiti PDP chieftain, Ajijola salutes muslim faithful By Musa Baba Adamu
eopes Democratic Party stalwart in Ekiti State, Oladimeji Lateef Ajijola, has congratulated the Muslim faithful on the celebration of this year’s Eid El-Fitri. In a goodwill message to Muslims in Ado-Ekiti, he thanked the Almighty Allah for seeing them through the Holy month of Ramadan. “I rejoice with my fellow
Muslim brothers and sisters for the opportunity given them to celebrate another Sallah on earth” “It is a privilege and grace of God to successfully see the end of Ramadan” Ajijola said Allah created the Holy month of Ramadan for Muslims to be able to come closer to him and cleanse themselves of all their unrighteousness He admonished the faithful to make use of all the good lessons
learnt during the period of Ramadan and never revert to unholiness because they have been purified and given a new life to live by Almighty Allah. He also called on fellow party members to come together as one formidable force to take over the mantle of leadership from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) come 2022. While expressing displeasure on the state of insecurity in the
country, Ajijola said ”A functional and proactive Government should be able to secure the lives and property of citizens. ”Any government that fails in this area should be regarded as a complete failure because that is a fundamental responsibility of government“. Speaking on the next bye Election in Ekiti State, Hon Ajijola advocated unity among PDP members to present a credible candidate for the
Election. He appealed to members of PDP in Ekiti State to come together and speak well of the party ahead of next year’s governorship election. The PDP scribe noted that the party could only win the polls if the national leadership of the party addresses the lingering congress problems tearing the party apart in the state and ensures a genuine reconciliation of members of the party.
Lawan say Nigeria needs prayers, restates NASS commitment to security of lives By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, even as he said that Nigeria needs prayers now than
ever before. “Every true Muslim feels joy at participating in the Ramadan fast, which is a key obligation in Islam. May Almighty Allah therefore reward us for the spiritual voyage and grant our earnest wishes for ourselves, families and dear country.
“Because of the current security and economic challenges, our country Nigeria needs the prayers of every patriot now more than ever before to achieve the peace, unity and progress that were the dreams of the founding fathers. “I assure us that the
Government, including the National Assembly, will not waver in its determination to provide robust security in the country that guarantees every law abiding citizen the liberty to live in peace and pursue their legitimate businesses anywhere they choose. “Let us remain strong in our
hope that Nigeria will become what we fervently want it to be: a nation that fills its citizens with happiness and pride,” Lawan said in a Salah message issued yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ola Awonoyi.
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NLC Strike: TCN forced to shutdown 33kV feeders, regrets blackouts By Etuka Sunday
he Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that the ongoing industrial action by the Nigerian Labour Congress in Kaduna State, resulted in the interruption of bulk electricity supply within the state early this morning. General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah in a statement said, the company had resisted intense pressure from the Union yesterday, demanding that all 33kV feeders radiating from its substations within Kaduna State be switched off. “Regrettably, the Union functionaries returned today with similar demands amid palpable threats that could escalate and jeopardize national grid security. “It was during this morning’s encounter that the System Operators were forced to shut down the 33kV feeders from 6:36Hrs this morning. Before this, KADCO had earlier shut down its 11kV feeders, which it
started de-loading from 3 am this morning. “TCN is mindful of the
inconveniences this would cause electricity customers within the state and pray for a peaceful
resolution between the parties, to enable the restoration of bulk power supply to our substations
for Kaduna Disco to take to its electricity customers. Please bear with us”, the statement said.
Archbishop of Ibadan Catholic Archdiocese, Archbishop Gabriel Abegunrin praying for media practitioner during an activity to commemorate the 55th Annual World Communication Day at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral Oke Paadi, yesterday Ibadan
Free Zones Reform: Investors threaten divestment, calls for stakeholders’ meeting By Etuka Sunday
eading investors in Nigerian Free Trade Zones have threatened to commence divestment from the zones and have called on the board of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority(NEPZA) to summon a stakeholders’ meeting. A leaked draft report from the Federal Ministry of Trade had proposed to transfer supervision of such private sector investment from Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority(NEPZA) to the Oil and Gas Free Trade Zones (OGFZA) in which a company (INTELS) linked to former Vice President Abubakar owned major shares. In a statement on behalf of the Investors signed by Yusufu Abdullahi, Director, Snake Island Integrated Free Zone Lagos, the proposed reform was described as “a ploy to destroy multi-million naira private investment in the free zones”, calling on NEPZA “to call a meeting of stakeholders and investors on the subject. “The Governing Board of NEPZA should meet with the Stakeholders to listen to our concerns on this issue and collate coordinated views and inform FMITI before going to FEC with a memo. The course of action is to prevent possible disinvestment in the Free Zone Scheme because the affected Zones are all Private Sector Direct Investment without a single government grants. “For the report to be genuine it should
be processed through NEPZA and Free Zone Developers cum-Zone Sponsors, Zone Management and selected Free Zone Enterprises under the Regulatory Authority of NEPZA, they constitute Stakeholders. The reason is to prevent disinvestment in the Free Zone Sector because the affected Zones are all Private Direct Investment without a single Government grants”, the statement noted Further extract from the statement are as follows: “The genesis of the Evaluation of FTZ Licensees was NEPZA refusal to comply with FMITI letter Ref. No T/FAL/1164/210 dated 30th April, 2020 directing the transfer of selected free zones regulated by NEPZA to OGEFZA whose primary focus was oil and gas activities and were affected by the interpretation of the Hon. Min. of Justice and Attorney General on Section 5 and 25 of OGEFZA Act, in 2008. “It was NEPZA refusal to comply with the FMITI letter Ref. No T/FAL/1164/210 dated 30th April, 2020 directing the Authority to transfer ‘the free zones currently regulated by NEPZA whose primary focus was oil and gas activities and were affected by the interpretation of the Hon. Min. of Justice and Attorney General on Section 5 and 25 of OGEFZA Act, in 2008 and that the following Private Direct Investments in Free Zone development and Zone Management should be transferred to OGEFZA to regulate: a) Dangote Industries Free Zone.
b) LADOL Free Zone, c) Snake Island Integrated Free Zone, d) Tomato Industrial Park, e) Olokola Oil and Gas Free Trade Zone. “NEPZA replied to FMITI vide its letter Ref. NEPZA/LS/SF/22/IV dated 20th May, 2020 notifying the Hon. Minister that the announcement and directive of Mr, President that Steve Oronsanye Presidential Committee Report on Rationalisation of the Government Agencies which recommended that “the Onne Oil and Gas Export Free Trade Zone (OGEFZA) be reverted to the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA) should be executed. “NEPZA also drew the attention of the Hon. Minister on the pending Court Case on the same interpretation the FMITI was relying upon was before Federal High Court instituted by a Private Zone Operator against OGEFZA, Ministry of Justice and FMITI which seeks judicial determination of the regulatory powers of OGEFZA over SIIFZ, the later having been licensed to operate under NEPZA Act. “NEPZA further told the Hon. Minister the solemn fact that, at the time the promoters of all the listed Free Zones commenced the process of setting up their businesses in the country, they were aware of the existence of OGEFZA, yet in recognizing the limitation in scope of approved activities and geographical
constraints (Onne/Ikpokiri Area of River State) under OGEFTZA Act, they chose to register under NEPZA, the Authority with statutory powers to regulate ALL activities across ALL parts of Nigeria”, the investors noted. The statemwnt called on NEPZA board Authority, to collate and coordinate all views and inform the FMITI by the Board before going to FEC with a memo, accordingly, concluding as follows: “It is not possible for private sector investment to be transferred into an unknown unlegislated institution “OGFZA”. White Paper cannot be substitute to National Assembly constitutional powers and authority to legislation. The only recognized Free Zones Authority legally recognized is NEPZA. However the report intends to execute the failed effort of the Hon. Min., FMITI in his letter Ref. No T/ FAL/1164/210 dated 30th April, 2020 directing NEPZA to transfer five zones being regulated by it to OGEFZA which they declined to do from legal point of views. “In conclusion, Membership of the Committee are Political Office Holders and Public Servants who do not have investment in the free trade zone but are willing to frustrate and destroy billions of dollars of private investment collaboration in the scheme. It is self-interest composed Committee that is not ready to advance Nigeria progress and development but advance personal interest.
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BU$IN€SS CSR: Oilserv Donates Medical Items To Hospital In Port Harcourt By Etuka Sunday
ilserv Limited recently marked her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Week with a donates of medical Items to a hospital in Port Harcourt, River State. The company said, the activity with the theme: “Together We Are A Better Community”, was designed to reach out to entities in its community. The CSR team led by the Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Emeka Opah kicked off the activity with a visit to Woji Primary Health Center Woji, by Slaughter Road. At the health center the team presented medical items to the hospital. The items were received by Dr. Mrs Douglas who thanked the management and staff of Oilserv for remembering them at this auspicious time. She promised that the items will be put to good use for the benefit of patients. The teams next port of call was the orthopedic department of the University Teaching Hospital Port Harcourt. Here the team presented a 55-inch Television, two split units air conditioners and gallons of sanitizers to the hospital. At the presentation ceremony, Mr. Emeka Opah, in his remarks said that the CSR week and gifts to organizations were in keeping with the philanthropic vision of Engr. Emeka Okwuosa, the Chairman of Oilserv Group. He reeled out Engr. Okwuosa’s philanthropy in health, education, social amenities, religious organizations and the less privileged in the society. In his reply, Dr. Harcourt Somiari, who received the items on behalf of the hospital, expressed great joy and appreciation to Oilserv for remembering them.
He said the visit and gifts could not have come at a better time. He alongside other colleagues sent their love and appreciation to the Chairman, staff, and management for reaching out and showing love to our community. He said that like Oliver Twist, they still hope for more the next time our CSR activity comes round. The CSR Train extended the activity with visit to schools in and around the community. The following schools received gifts of educational materials for the use of the schools and students: Community Junior Secondary School, Woji; Community Primary Schools 1 and 2 in Woji; Shiloh Hills School, Nembe
Rd, Rumuibekwe; Christian Primary School, Ogboroama Str. Woji; Archbishop Brown Education centre, off Post Office Rd. YKC, Woji; Earlydays High School, Federal Housing Estate; Corundum Hills International Nursery and Primary Schools, Woji Housing Estate, and Jonice International Nursery and Primary school, Trans -Woji, Woji. The Principals, Headmasters and Proprietors all expressed appreciation at the visit and the gift of educational items. They wished Oilserv the best in her endeavors, they prayed that more could be done to improve their service deliveries to the pupils and students.
The Oilserv team thanked the teachers and students and promised to present their demands to the management for further considerations. The climax of the CSR activity was the visit of the team to The Home for the Elderly in the old Port Harcourt Town. The home was presented with food items, clothes, toiletries and so on. The Reverend Sister incharge, Sister Mary Jane Agusiobi, was ecstatic at our visit and gifts. She said that Oilserv team was like a gift from the Gods. She recounted their dire situation, made even worse by the pandemic that has practically left them with nothing from
kindhearted individuals and organizations. One of the elderlies led the team in a very heart-rending prayer session. He prayed for our Chairman who made this initiative possible, prayed for the whole Oilserv organization and for all men and women to find love and care in their twilight years. The CSR week was a great opportunity for the organization to feel the pulse of the community. It provides insight into the state of schools, hospitals, and many amenities in the community we operate. Together, Oilserv and their community, were the better for this interaction.
By Stanley Onyekwere
n continuation of its operations against criminal activities, the FCT Administration (FCTA ) has demolished a taxi park, reportedly turned to drug addicts colony and home for many other criminal elements. It was gathered that the place, located at Nicon junction in Maitama district, was supposed to be an interchange by the Abuja Master plan, but temporarily made a taxi park, to mitigate the hardship of commuters. Speaking during the exercise, Director, FCTA Security services Department, Adamu Gwari, said the taxi park had not only turned to environmental nuisance, but a security threat that can’t be allowed. Gwari, who led other officials in the demolition exercise, also noted that in view of the persistent insecurity across the country, the administration was prepared to deal with all potential danger to residents. He said,” In line with the city programme this place is a taxi rank, but it has been highly abused and turned nuisances. That is why we have to remove everything. This place has become a security threats and it breeds criminality, there are series of concerns from the residents as regarding the rate of criminality which emanates from this place”. Similarly, Chairman of FCT Ministerial Committee on City Sanitation, Comrade Ikharo Attah said FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello was worried and pained that government’s efforts towards alleviating residents transportation difficulties was scuttled by miscreants. Attah explained that the Ministerial directive to immediately demolish the taxi
Insecurity: FCTA renews raid on illicit drug hotspots park , was meant to promptly address a brewing insecurity within the highbrow Maitama district, saying the park was terribly abused. According to him, a place magnanimously provided by government to ease residents movement, unfortunately, had turned to a hiding place for drug addicts. He reiterated that the
contravention won’t be allowed to remain an environmental nuisance and also breed insecurity within the neighbourhood and the territory at large, noting that He also added that all relevant Departments and Agencies have directed to ensure that the nuisance does not return to the place. “ This place is supposed to be an interchange according
to the plans, but temporarily turned to a taxi rank to manage transportation problem, but the place was badly abused. The place was turned to home for drug addicts and has become very dangerous for the neighbourhood here. “ The Minister was was clear when he gave a matching order that this nuisance he removed. The taxi rank has become a
contravention that can’t be allowed. “ All the concerned department will ensure that the nuisance does not come back here, because this place is the heart of Maitama district. “ The Minister has ordered that we should green the place, to add to aesthetic of the city”, Attah stressed.
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello (first right) assisted by the Country Director, Qatar Charity Mr Hamdi Elsayed lays the foundation stone for the Qatar Charity’s housing estate for widows and orphans at the Wassa District, Abuja at weekend. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Foundation boosts FCT PHCs with multi-million Naira bio equipment By Stanley Onyekwere
CSR team led by the Corporate Communications Manager, Mr Emeka Opah presenting the items at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.
NCC condoles Board Chairman over daughter’s death By Etuka Sunday
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he Board, Management and entire staff of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) express grief and commiserate with the Chairman, Board of Commissioners of NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande over the passage of his daughter, Miss Feranmi
Fasunle. Miss Fasunle, aged 19, was a promising 200-Level student of Political Science at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, who dreamt of reading Law as a second degree. The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde in a statement said, she died in the early hours of Thursday,
May 13, 2021 at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, following spirited efforts to save her. The statement said, the Commission, therefore, expresses the heartfelt condolences of its Board, Management and entire staff over the sad development. While we, at the Commission, identify with the entire family at this grieving
period, we are, however, consoled by the fact that the young lady died pursuing an intellectual vision that would have added great value to humanity. It is our solemn and collective prayer that God grant her eternal peace and give the entire family of our Chairman the grace and fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
chana Legacy Foundation, a humanitarian organisation based in the United States of America, has donated boimedical equipment worth millions of Naira to boost Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) in the Territory. Some of the items donated include Electric, Hill-Rom, Advanta worth $2,800.00, CV Arts, CV Split, CSR Wrap worth $900.00, Dharma Relief Face Masks with Earloops worth $1,080.00, Monitor worth $2,594.00, Vacuum Regulator worth $1,074.95, Syringes, 50cc, Catheter Tip worth $4,400.00, Pressure Tubing, assorted worth $3,200.00, and Blanket Warming Cabinet Single Chamber worth $1,939.00. Others include Stryker, Secure 2, w/ mattress worth $3,136.40, ECG Monitor, w/ stand worth $3,088.86, Hemorrhoid worth $2,669.80, IV Line Connectors, Needless Luer Access Device worth $1,196.16, N95
Cone-Type Respirator worth $1,200.00, Video Camera Console SK worth $3,995.00, Eletrosurgical Generator worth $3,462.00 amongst other assorted non-pharmaceutical items. Receiving the items on behalf of the administration, FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, thanked the Foundation for responding to the clarion call by the administration for the development of primary healthcare centres in the nation’s capital. Aliyu revealed that at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration reached out to well meaning Nigerians in diaspora to come to its aid by equipping primary healthcare centres in rural communities. The Minister, however, noted that the equipment donated by the foundation would not only save the administration huge sums of money, but would also go a long way to boost primary healthcare delivery in the
Territory. While calling on other Nigerians to be patriotic as demonstrated by Foundation, the minister maintained that good governance is a collective responsibility. According to her: “The FCT for a long time has been yearning for such support from Nigerians in the diaspora. We thank the foundation for coming to our aid by donating three (3) 40ft. containers filled with biomedical equipment to the Territory. “There is much more we can all do to make Nigeria better than clamoring for sessasion. If all Nigerians can contribute their quarters, only then we will come to the realization that nation building is not the responsibility of government alone. This donation will no doubt boost primary healthcare in the FCT.” A representative of the Foundation, Mr. Mustapha Salihu, who presented the items to the FCTA, revealed that the foundation has carried out numerous humanitarian
services across African countries particularly in Nigeria. He also revealed that the Foundation had donated medical equipment to states like Bauchi, Kwara and Kogi with a view to cushioning the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that the donation would be replicated in other states of the federation. According to him, “we stand on the philosophy that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation and before we can attain wealth we have to attain wellness as a people. More importantly, we have to join hands with government seeing that we are going through a pandemic.” Earlier in his remarks, the Ag. Executive Secretary of FCT Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Iwot Ndaeyo, described the gesture as the highest single donations to boost FCT Primary Healthcare Centres in the past 30 years, while pledging to put the items to good use.
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John Kerry: US climate envoy criticised for optimism on clean tech A
merica’s climate envoy John Kerry has been ridiculed for saying technologies that don’t yet exist will play a huge role in stabilising the climate. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, he said the US was leading the world on climate change - and rapidly phasing out coal-fired power stations. But he rejected a suggestion that Americans need to change their consumption patterns by, say, eating less meat. He said: “You don’t have to give up quality of life to achieve some of the things we want to achieve. “I’m told by scientists that 50% of the reductions we have to make (to get to near zero emissions) by 2050 or 2045 are going to come from technologies we don’t yet have.” But his faith in unknown technologies has left some leading engineers aghast. ‘Not enough time’ Julian Allwood, professor of engineering and the environment at the University of Cambridge, told BBC News: “It’s virtually impossible for new energy infrastructure technologies to have a significant effect on global emissions in the time we have left to act.” He warned that with every new energyinfrastructure technology so far, it’s taken 30-100 years from invention to 5% penetration of existing markets. “Firstly,” he said, “the new idea is developed from laboratory through increasing pilot scales to initial introduction to national systems. “We have to solve physical and operational issues, solve problems with integration, develop legal and environmental regulations, understand financing requirements and explore social consent as the first accidents occur. “Growth then occurs at a linear rate, as government appetite for risk is constrained, and the incumbent technology fights to avoid closure.” He said no country has ever introduced a new
electricity generating technology at an average rate faster than 2% of national demand per year. “Despite politicians’ wishful thinking,” he continued, “the most important innovation opportunities will be not about new technologies, but new businesses in areas such as remote working.” Dr Jen Baxter, a spokeswoman for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, agreed that John Kerry’s timescale “seems very optimistic”. She said some vital existing technologies such as capturing carbon from power stations and sucking CO2 directly from the air are not yet ready for mass usage. So, rather than putting faith in start-up technologies, the world should focus on existing technologies. “We need to make use of every technology,” she said. “It’s going to be a massive amount of work and these time frames are going to be long.” “There needs to be lifestyle changes, too - such as getting people on to public transport.” The prominent British engineer, Baroness Brown, said the climate crisis couldn’t be solved without eating less meat. ‘Frankly ridiculous’ Some scientists, though, applauded Mr Kerry’s techno-optimism. Craig Bennett said most benefits would come from existing industries such as solar The UK’s former chief scientist, Professor Dave King, is a leading voice in Mission Innovation - a global initiative working to accelerate clean energy innovation. It’s spending $25bn of public money between the 25 nations in the coalition, rising to more than $40bn by 2025. He said: “We need regulatory measures to bring the new technologies rapidly into the market place, and carbon pricing on oil, gas and coal extraction to speed up the process.” But he, too, agreed we also need lifestyle changes - and new rules to force clean technologies
Julian Allwood says the most important innovations will come in areas such as remote working on to the market. Craig Bennett from the UK Wildlife Trusts told BBC News Mr Kerry’s remarks were “frankly ridiculous”. He said: “Of course we will benefit from new technologies, but they are most likely to be in industries that already exist such as renewables and energy storage - rather than some widget that we can’t imagine at the moment.” “We also need some forms of behaviour change, like walking and cycling more and eating less meat. These policies deliver health benefits anyway.” In his interview, Mr Kerry defended the US record on combating climate change, saying President Biden was leading the charge to get to net zero. Mr Kerry says it is now impossible to finance coal-fired power plants in the US
He said some 58 US coal-fired power stations were slated for closure, and said it was impossible to get finance to build new ones: “The marketplace has made a decision about coal. You couldn’t build a new coal fired power plant in the United States because you can’t finance it, nor even in Europe and other places. “We’ve been pushing very hard for countries to begin to move away from fossil fuel and towards alternative, renewable, sustainable energy sources and I think, again, the marketplace is going to make that happen.” He said it was US policy to switch to renewable energy sources as quickly as possible: “We are moving to alternative renewable energy. Our incentives are towards renewable alternative energy. Seventy-five percent of the electricity that’s new, that came online in the last years, came online through renewables. Source: BBC
China accelerates building of modern energy system By Ran Yongping, Zhao Xiuqin, People’s Daily
ttaching great importance to low-carbon energy development, China is actively promoting energy consumption, energy supply, technology and innovation, and institution upgrading. The country is making multi-faceted efforts to push forward energy revolution for the purpose of building a clean, lowcarbon, safe and efficient energy system and improving the capacity to guarantee energy supply, just as projected in China’s new national development blueprint, the Outline of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) for National Economic and Social Development and the Long-Range Objectives Through the Year 2035. In March, Taihu electric No. 001, an electric workboat, was launched in Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu province. It was the first of its kind in the basin of Taihu Lake, China’s third largest freshwater lake. The lithium batteries of the workboat can store as much electricity as the combined amount of electricity of five electric vehicles. According to preliminary estimates,
when all the 1,100 workboats in the Taihu Lake basin become electrified, the transformation from fuel oil-powered boats to electric ones will reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 75,000 tonnes a year, which is equivalent to the amount of CO2 discharged by more than 27,000 private cars. “In the past, the fuel oil-powered workboat would leave an oily track on the surface of the water and the smell of greasy dirt on the shoreside. Now the electric workboat is more powerful and faster, yet it doesn’t leave any pollutants,” said Li Fenglei, a driver of the workboats in the Taihu Lake basin. Since the beginning of this year, nonfossil energy has been developing more rapidly in China, while the country’s power generation has also seen a relatively fast year-on-year growth. Based on corresponding data of the same period in 2019, China’s output of electricity generated by wind, solar, and nuclear power plants rose by 17.6 percent, 12.5 percent, and 9.6 percent respectively on average in the first quarter this year from two years ago. Meanwhile, power supply projects in
the country received a total of 79.5 billion yuan (about $12.37 billion) of investment, which represented a 31.3-percent year-onyear growth rate and an average growth rate of 39.9 percent from two years ago. In particular, about 91 percent of the investment was channeled to power generation projects using non-fossil energy. “Our dining hall and kitchen have stopped using coal or natural gas, and switched to induction cookers, which are safer, produce less lampblack and smoke, and cut our energy consumption cost by half,” said Lai Yong, an executive of a hot pot restaurant in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province. Lai is very satisfied with the decision to replace the cooking stoves of the restaurant with induction cookers. More than 10,000 hot pot restaurants in Chengdu are using electric cooking appliances, accounting for about 70 percent of the total number of hot pot restaurants in the city. These hot pot restaurants with electric cookers have effectively advanced the development of clean and low-carbon energy of the city, as they consume
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approximately 837 million kWh of electricity a year, which means they reduce over 710,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions for the city every year. In fact, many cities in China have taken active measures to promote the replacement of traditional energy with electricity in key sectors and industries, comprehensively improve resource use efficiency and facilitate the country’s energy revolution. South China’s Guangdong province has come up with the idea of establishing a budget-management system for energy consumption to strictly regulate the launch of energy-intensive projects. The southern island province of Hainan plans to add 25,000 new energy vehicles (NEVs) to the city, start building a world NEV experience center, and make sure the combined floor area of prefabricated buildings in the province reach 17 million square meters this year. In addition, Shaanxi province in northwest China is intensifying efforts to promote eco-friendly products, such as NEVs, green building materials, energyefficient home appliances and efficient lighting products.
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DR Congo Eid clashes: Court hands down death sentences
wenty-nine people have been sentenced to death in the Democratic Republic of Congo in connection with Eid violence that erupted in the capital, Kinshasa. One police officer was killed and dozens of others were injured in clashes between rival Muslim groups. They had gathered to mark the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, but fell out over who should lead the event. The death penalty is no longer applied in DR Congo and those found guilty will serve life sentences instead. Trial broadcast live The police had used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people who gathered outside the Martyrs’ Stadium in Kinshasa on Thursday for the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Some of the officers injured in the violence are still in a critical condition, the authorities say. One of the officers wounded in the clashes pictured in a vehicle outside the stadium on Thursday The clashes were fuelled by a leadership dispute between two camps within the
Police vehicles were also destroyed in the clashes outside Martyrs’ Stadium Muslim community. Forty-one people were arrested at the scene and were put on trial on Friday. The court session was broadcast live on television and went on all night.
The Eid al-Fitr prayers usually pass off peacefully - this was the scene at Martyrs’ Stadium in 2017 There were 31 convictions - 29 people were given the death sentence and two
received five-year jail terms. Given the speed with which the sentences were passed there are bound to be concerns over the fairness of the trial, says BBC World Service Africa editor Will Ross.
What is the Basketball Africa League?
hat does having an NBA-backed tournament, Basketball Africa League, mean for the continent? Delayed by Covid for over a year, the continent’s new pan-African basketball league will finally tip-off on Sunday 16 May. Backed by the NBA, the Basketball Africa League (BAL) features 12 teams from 12 countries - but how is it going to work? BBC Sport Africa has been taking a closer look: Africa’s top basketball club sides are set to face off from Sunday in the Rwandan capital Kigali in a new professional competition designed to promote the sport, drive economic growth and unearth the best up and coming talent. Such aims are part of the reason for the involvement of the NBA, which is helping to organise a league outside of the United States for the first time. “We’re here in Africa because we think we can have the biggest impact,” said Adam Silver, the Commissioner for the NBA. “We see an opportunity on the continent with well over a billion people (and) an amazing affinity for basketball.” Basketball’s world governing body Fiba is also involved in the hunt for the next Joel Embiid (Cameroon) or Pascal Siakam (Congo). “Africa is a continent full of secrets and treasure and I think all this treasure is going to be found,” basketball great Dikembe Mutombo told BBC Sport Africa. “As this game is about to start, there will be more players coming out from the continent that we haven’t seen before.” The competition replaces the old Africa Basketball League, another pan-African club tournament, which had been running since 1971. The BAL was supposed to start in March last year, but Covid put a stop to that, meaning tip-off will finally arrive some 14 months late. Format So how will the BAL work? Well, you can think of it as being a bit like football’s Champions League in Europe. There are 12 teams involved and for the inaugural season, the national champions from Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia were all guaranteed a spot. The other six teams had to go through qualifying - with
representatives from Algeria, Cameroon, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique and Rwanda all making it through. Teams have been divided into three groups - with the top two, plus the two best third-placed sides overall, qualifying for the knock-out phase, which starts with the quarter-finals. There will be 26 games in total, with the first set to tipoff on Sunday 16 May, with the final two weeks later on the 30th. The format has been adjusted, with fewer games than originally planned, because of Covid, with league organisers saying they will have robust safety protocols in place to combat the virus. Matches were originally set to be played in seven cities across Africa - Cairo (Egypt), Dakar (Senegal), Lagos (Nigeria), Luanda (Angola), Tunis or Monastir (Tunisia), Rabat (Morocco) and Kigali (Rwanda). However, due to the coronavirus pandemic everything will now take place at the Kigali Arena. Brian Kirungi, the president of local - and new - BAL side Patriots, believes the arena will greatly boost local enthusiasm for the sport. “Now they can touch and feel basketball in their own arena,” Kirungi told BBC Sport Africa. “They’re going to see all these ex-NBA players, current NBA players and top European basketballers in Rwanda playing locally. “I see a huge potential - attract more investment, more partners, the corporate world in Africa to say: ‘look, we are taking ourselves from an amateur to a professional stage’.” Prior to the pandemic, BAL organisers had insisted that every country wanting to become a part of the league would need to build a stadium fit for the modern day. “You have to meet the same criteria of the stadium that we have in the United States,” said DR Congo-born Mutombo, adding that he never believed the NBA would stage such a competition in Africa. Squads Each team will have 12 players on its roster. Eight have to come from the home country - with only four foreign players allowed, two of whom must come from other African countries. That means that a minimum of 120 of the 144 players
involved will be African. “It’s a pleasure to make my dream come true,” said Patriots player Sedard Segamba. “Growing up as a kid, I always wanted to play in the African league. Africa is going to be on the map.” The Future During an 18-year career, Mutombo played for six NBA teams and is widely regarded as one of the league’s greatest ever defensive players, ranking second on the all-time list for most shot blocks. Having only taken up basketball after being spotted while studying to become a doctor at an American university, the eight-time NBA All Star believes the BAL will create a far clearer pathway to the top for African talent. “It will change (the standard of African basketball),” he said. “Because our goal is to see some of these best talents come play in the NBA or our G-League (the NBA’s development league). “The only way they will get there is by working with the NBA coaches or NBA development coaches, learning the NBA skills and NBA techniques.” And the NBA ambassador believes BAL can boost African teams’ fortunes at both world championships and Olympic Games, where the continent’s top sides have often struggled to make an impact. “The reason that we have not been able to go far in the Olympics is this,” Mutombo explained. “American players play four games a week, European players practice twice a day, seven days a week, and play one game a week, but African players play once a week or once every two weeks and practice twice a week because of lack of transportation, lack of funds. “Now we are talking about building more practice facilities where each team will have a place they call home. The NBA, with its investment, is going to change that.” Organisers will be hoping he’s right and that the Basketball Africa League, after a difficult start, will soon start inspiring the hoop dreams of millions of young Africans for years to come. Source: BBC
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he vehicle is the Polar Fox Alpha S Huawei HI (Huawei Inside) Edition, which is equipped with Huawei’s aBy Wang Zheng, People’s Daily Recently, a video clip of a selfdriving test for a vehicle backed by Huawei solution went viral on the internet. In the video, a car is cruising on the roads of Shanghai’s Pudong New District, switching lanes, turning and giutopilot system. It officially debuted on April 21, a few days ahead of the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2021). The model was ordered by over 1,000 customers in just four days after it hit the market. At the Auto Shanghai 2021, smart electric vehicles were not exhibited in concept models. Almost all participating foreign and Chinese automakers have launched production smart vehicles at the event. Given this trend, the sales volume of new energy vehicles (NEVs) in China might exceed two million, and even 2.5 million units, said an expert at the Auto Shanghai 2021. According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), a total of 515,000 NEVs were sold in China in the first quarter of this year, including 433,000 pure electric vehicles, 2.8 times and 3.1 times of those from a year ago, respectively. “The outstanding Q1 figure well explains that the Chinese electric vehicle industry has preliminarily transited from policy-driven to marketdriven,” said Lei Xin, chief brand officer of Voyah, a premium electric vehicle brand launched by Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor. This has laid a user base foundation for the development of smart electric vehicles, he added.
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China’s smart electric vehicle industry speeds up “It’s a vast blue ocean market,” said Yang Xiaodong, vice president of Chinese auto giant SAIC Motor and general manager of SAIC Motor’s passenger vehicle branch. “Five to six million passenger vehicles priced between 200,000 yuan ($31,008) and 500,000 yuan are sold in China each year, most of which are traditional vehicles. Many of them will be gradually replaced by smart electric vehicles,” Yang said. Apart from market acceptance, core technologies and maturity of industrial chain also have an influence over the development of smart vehicles. “Augmented reality head-up display, laser radars, 4D millimeter wave radars and chips of more than 400TOPS were usually concepts. But now, they are in mass production,” Liu Changdong, executive president of Dongfeng Sokon Motor. Intelligent network technologies, such as smart voice control, smart cabin and driverassistance systems have become standard option for smart electric vehicles. As of the end of 2022, at least 30 models around the world will have been equipped with laser radars, half of which will be from China, said Hu Xiaobo, chairman of board and chief executive officer of Leishen Intelligent System, a global leading provider in LiDAR and application solutions based in Shenzhen, south China’s Guangdong province. The process is three years ahead of what was expected, he added. Along with the market expansion is a drop of laser radar price, which will hit $500 per unit or even lower, Hu noted.
y relocating local fishermen who lived on boats to a hospitable living environment on the shore, Xiaqi village in southeast China’s Fujian province has ushered in opportunities for development and embarked upon a distinctive path of rural vitalization. The once little-known village nestled near the sea in Xiabaishi township, Fu’an city of Fujian, is now famous for helping residents move ashore. With well-arranged rows of houses and straight roads extending in all directions, residents in Xiaqi village who had long been plagued by poverty see great improvements in their life. Over 20 years ago, however, Xiaqi village seemed nothing like an ordinary village. By tradition, villagers stayed on boats and fished for a living against the winds and waves all the year round. For these boat dwellers, a small wooden boat could be the home of several generations of a local family. “My family, which had six members, lived on a boat that was less than 14 square meters in area. The cargo hold was filled with fish we caught and daily necessities. At night, we would curl up on the deck.” recalled Jiang Chengcai, a resident in Xiaqi village. The interior of the boat was always wet in windy and rainy days, according to Jiang, who added that they were often faced with the risk of losing their lives as the boat could be turned over when typhoons came. “I remember that my parents used to tie me to our boat with a rope
when I was little for fear that I might accidentally fall into the sea, as they needed to go fishing and couldn’t take care of me,” said Zheng Yue’e, the Party chief and also a native of Xiaqi village. All the fishermen in the village had eagerly wished that one day they could move into new houses on the shore, sleep well at night, gain access to electricity and have enough food. Their dream for a new life became possible in 1997, when relocating local fishermen ashore was listed as an important task of the poverty alleviation policy in Fujian, and the first batch of resettlement projects were initiated in Xiaqi village. “It felt strange when I first started to sleep on a stable bed board instead of a jolting boat. Seeing the bright lights and feeling the walls in my new house, I realized that my over 30 years of life on the boat was finally behind me,” Jiang said. He was so excited that he lost sleep the first night he lived in his new house on the shore. From 1997 to 1999, Xiaqi village built 339 houses and relocated 2,310 fishermen in batches. So far, all 3,571 local fishermen who lived on boats have settled on the shore, and bid farewell to their old life, while Xiaqi village has also started to glow with new vigor. Fu’an city not only resettled local fishermen, but has taken efforts to increase their income. By rolling out 22 favorable policies, the local government has encouraged former boat dwellers to vigorously explore aquaculture, fishing, marine transportation, commerce, tourism, and other industries to shake off poverty and march toward
“Emerging technologies in the auto industry, as well as the changes in the use of energy, are renewing auto technologies, and will also give rise to new models and new brands,” said Wang Jun, president of Changan Automobile. According to him, the company will invest 150 billion yuan in building three major platforms for pure electric vehicles, and roll out 26 brand-new smart electric cars in the following five years. Leading enterprises in consumer electronics, information communication, internet, and even
real estate industries are now joining a new wave of auto making in China. On March 30, Chinese multinational electronics company Xiaomi declared to invest $10 billion in the next 10 years to build a whollyowned electric car brand. The firm will initially invest 10 billion yuan. Prior to that, automaker Geely and tech giant Baidu also started cooperation to plough 50 billion yuan into producing smart cars over the next five years. Huawei is working with Beijing Automotive Group Co., Ltd., Changan and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co.,
Ltd. to build three subsidiary brands with its “Huawei Inside” system. Real estate titan Evergrande also started its automotive business. Investing 40 billion yuan and cooperating with 15 top designers, it has developed nine models, which were all exhibited at the Auto Shanghai 2021. Policy support, industrial evolution, and users’ acceptance further reinforced the resolution and confidence of market players to join the sector, said Xia Yiping, chief executive officer of Jidu Auto, a joint venture between Geely and Baidu.
Boat dwellers in SE China’s Fujian province move ashore, embrace better life By Li Yan, People’s Daily
Education he Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced the extension of registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry till May 29. The board also extended the UTME for the 2021/2022 admission as well as the mock exam till later dates. The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof Is’aq Oloyede, announced the developments at a press conference in Abuja, saying it was the outcome of a two-day
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Photo taken on May 8, 2021, shows the resettlement site of local fishermen in Xiaqi village, Xiabaishi town, Fu’an city, southeast China’s Fujian province. (Photo by Li Yan/People’s Daily) prosperity. After moving ashore, Jiang has participated in training organized by the village on razor clam raising, and later signed contracts with local government to use about 6.7 hectares of mudflats for the business together with over 20 fellow villagers. They earned an average annual income of 70,000 to 80,000 yuan ($10,860 to 12,412) from raising razor clams. Later, Jiang led more than 30 villagers to setting up a construction and engineering team, which undertook pile foundation projects in Xiabaishi township and its neighboring areas. These efforts have made Jiang one
of the front-runners in the village in pursuing a better life. Zheng was elected the chief of Xiaqi village in 2012. Since then, she has made it an important task of her work to create wealth for villagers by developing sea-based industries. Taking advantage of local resources, she guided villagers to large yellow croaker cage farming, seafood wholesale and processing, among other industries. Meanwhile, Xiaqi village has continuously improved infrastructure and beautified the living environment. With its brand new look and distinctive history, it has attracted many tourists who come for sightseeing and
recreation. In 2019, nine registered povertystricken households in Xiaqi village were lifted out of poverty. Today, the per capita income of the village has surged to over 23,000 yuan from less than 1,000 yuan in 1997. With the implementation of projects, including those launched to build cold stores of a seafood distribution station and a street featuring seafood in the future, Xiaqi village is expected to take an even wider path of rural vitalization through developing marine industries, while local people will continue to take big steps toward a better life.
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TRCN, UNESCO to partner on teachers training Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
he Registrar and Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, has said that the council and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization have partnered to train 28,000 teachers in Nigeria. He added that the teaching profession was no longer an allcomers affair because “a new sheriff is in town.” According to him, Nigerian teachers are currently being sought globally, especially in Europe and Canada, because of the positive changes that have been brought to bear in line with global best practices. Ajiboye stated these during the second edition of the one-day training workshop for Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria which was held in One Man’s Village, in the Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, with the theme, ‘Professionalism of teaching and teacher education in Nigeria.’ He said the narrative about the proficiency of Nigerian teachers had begun to change for the better due to innovations being introduced to keep them at par with their counterparts globally. Ajiboye said, “The TRCN is collaborating with UNESCO to train 28,000 teachers in Nigeria. Today, Nigerian teachers are not only sought after locally, but globally, and it gives me joy that Nigerian teachers are becoming more competitive. That is why we are doing everything within our power as a government to improve the welfare of teachers.”
JAMB extends UTME registration till May 29
stakeholders’ meeting. According to him, stakeholders recommended that a two-week extension be granted to candidates who have yet been able to register as a result of challenges associated with the National Identification Number and others. “Contrary to the board’s projection of about two million candidates yearly registration, 1,134,424 candidates (UTME+DE) have so far been registered,” Oloyede said while reading the communiqué of the stakeholders’ meeting. Consequently, the 2021 mock UTME earlier scheduled for May 20 will now take place on June 3, while the main UTME has been scheduled for between June 19 and July 3. The communiqué reads, “Desirous of affording prospective candidates more time to complete their registration for the 2021 UTME/ DE, which was expected to end on Saturday, May 15, 2021, stakeholders recommended a two-week extension
for registration, to now end on May 29, 2021. “The extension is contingent upon stakeholders’ firm commitment to deliver on their respective responsibilities. Accordingly, the 2021 mock UTME earlier scheduled for May 20, 2021, will now hold on June 3, 2021, while the main UTME will hold from June 19-July 3, 2021. JAMB will dispatch monitoring teams to all the states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory during the extension period.” Oloyede said JAMB would set up a committee under the chairmanship of the director of Information and Communications Technology in the Federal Ministry of Education to seek an alternative Value Added Service company. Oloyede also directed ComputerBased Testing Centres to stop selling e-PINs, saying flouting the directive would attract appropriate sanctions. He said, “No CBT centre should collect money for e-PIN and
registration fees simultaneously. No CBT centre should collect a registration fee until the completion of registration. Stakeholders reiterated the prohibition of group registration for candidates, with the threat of sanction against any CBT centre that violates the instruction. The CBT centres are directed to open all 20 allowable registration points to ease congestion at the centres. “Candidates for Direct Entry are reminded to, while procuring their e-PIN, specify their category of admission. However, where a DE candidate mistakenly purchases an e-PIN for UTME, the selling point is hereby directed to rectify the error by swapping the e-PIN to DE at no further cost to the candidate. “Digital Service Providers are encouraged to expand their facilities, including the provision of redundancy links. NIMC pledged to give priority attention to UTME/DE prospective candidates.
“All prospective candidates and other users who have not received a response from 55019 are requested to send their Tracking ID or NIN to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, those who had obtained their NIN through unauthorised sources will have to go to the NIMC office to resolve their challenges.” Oloyede said the board’s stakeholders implored the Federal Ministry of Education to discourage parents from seeking to register underage and immature candidates to pursue tertiary education ahead of their time. “NIMC further pledged to deploy special monitoring teams and sanction any NIMC agent found extorting candidates in the cause of enrolment. “Against the background of its below par performance, one of the operators gave firm assurance of the optimisation of its services during the extension of the registration and examination,” he said.
3,000 teachers we hired transformed education in Taraba - Governor
overnor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has said the 3,000 teachers he hired at the beginning of his administration transformed the education sector in the state. Ishaku stated this in Yola against the background of the improvement in the performance of students sitting the West African Senior
School Examination and the National Examination Council exams in the state. The success rate of Taraba students in the two exams recently moved from 25 to 85 per cent. The governor recalled that when he became governor, he was discouraged by the poor exam performance of students in the state. He said he almost sacked over 20,000 teachers in an attempt to raise
the standard of education in Taraba, adding that he later opted to train and retrain the teachers. Ishaku said, “We used to be the last in the North East in terms of student performance for school leavers, but we are now the first. First of all, I saved a lot of money from ghost workers, which I used in employing the famous 3,000 teachers whom we deployed in various schools and within the space of two years, they
brought changes in our educational feat. “I would have sacked over 20,000 teachers, but I opted for training and retraining of those teachers as against easing them out from the state civil service because of the negative impact on families and dependent relatives living off their sweat. In Taraba, when you sack over 20,000 people, you will be throwing out over 200,000 people.”
L- R: Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Dr Hamid Bobboyi, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Education Research and Development Council (NERDC) Professor Ismail Junaidu, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sunny Echono and Director, Educational Planning and Research, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Ogochukwu Ufoegbune, during the Launch of Accelerated Basic Education Curriculum, recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
Minister calls for support for girl-child education Maryam Abeeb
he Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Kedem Tallen, has called for support of Girl enrolment, stay in school and complete their education, noting that the education of the girl-child as a top priority for her ministry . She made this call when she received a team from the National Institute for policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), and the
development Research and Projects Center (dRPC), a local non-profit organisation which have been conducting joint researches on gender-based violence, women economic empowerment and other areas. Mrs. Tallen urged both organisations to contribute to ensuring that the “girl-child in every community enrols in school, attends school without missing days and most especially completes school,” saying she was convinced that educating the girl-child
was also address problems facing Nigerian women. She also underscored the importance of economic empowerment for women as a means of addressing 50 per cent of the country’s economic problem. She said when women are empowered the family and society are also empowered. Mrs. Tallen praised dRPC and NIPSS for their work in documenting the experiences and challenges of Nigerian women and girls.
Prof. Dung Pam-Sha, who led the NIPSS delegation, introduced the policy analysis work of the National Institute as the apex Think Tank of the Federal Government and explained the institute’s long collaboration with the dRPC since 2003 in the areas of social policy review related to women and girls. dRPC’s Coordinator Dr. Judith-Ann Walker also shared research reports of recent dRPC’s studies with the Minister.
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26 Feature Africa’s lost languages: How English can fuel an identity crisis
ome children who have grown up in Africa being forced to speak English are facing an identity crisis. Khahliso Amahle Myataza’s family is from the South African township of Soweto in Johannesburg where they spoke Sotho, Xhosa and Zulu. She would switch languages depending on who she was talking to. But when Khahliso started primary school her family moved to a predominantly white neighbourhood of the city. “I was severely bullied for not knowing how to speak English properly, for not knowing how to pronounce certain words,” she told the BBC. To learn English I immersed myself with white kids. I didn’t want to associate myself with the black kids any more. It was really difficult” Khahliso Amahle Myataza South African student There were other black children in a similar predicament but they didn’t make friends with each other - not wanting to be associated with others who did not speak English. “To learn English I immersed myself with white kids. I didn’t want to associate myself with the black kids any more. It was really difficult.” The 17-year-old’s fluency has come with the realisation of how, not only being able to speak English, but to speak it in a certain way - can open and close doors in South Africa. “When I go to a restaurant with my mum, and they hear her speaking Xhosa or Sotho, they will automatically assume we’re not really here to buy expensive food. “Then when they hear me or my brothers speak English, especially my brother, then we see people jumping.” ‘Pidgin banned’ For the parents of 22-year-old Nigerian Amaka, who asked us not to use her real name, this too must have been apparent. When she was growing up in Lagos, English was the only language she was allowed to speak. Her Igbo parents took her English language skills seriously and as a young girl she attended an etiquette class where diction was a key component of the lesson. They also frowned on her using Pidgin, which is widely spoken in Nigeria as a lingua franca. “I was watching a movie on TV and they said something in Pidgin English. And I kind of responded… and I got in trouble,” she told the BBC. Their attitude was: “English is
the only proper language”. This was so engrained that Amaka says the fact that she could not speak Igbo did not bother her initially. “I was very kind of proud of myself in being able to speak English language the way I can.” But when she was about 15, she met her paternal grandmother for the first time - and they could not communicate or connect at all. “That was the first time I realised that: ‘OK - this is an actual problem. This is a barrier.’” ‘Am I really black?’ And Khahliso says her relationship with her mother tongues has changed as she is now less proficient in languages like Sotho and Xhosa. She’s unable to hold a conversation without turning to English words an experience she describes as being “colonised by English”. Khahliso believes her situation and that of Amaka - are not unusual. “A lot of black children in the middle-income class are facing that identity crisis of: ‘I can’t speak my native language.’ “I forced myself to unlearn it. Am I really black if I do not know how to speak my vernacular? Am I really black if I don’t know how to say: ‘I love you’ to my mum, in Sotho or in Xhosa, or in Zulu, or in Tonga?”
Amaka is working to overcome her identity crisis by taking Igbo lessons and immersing herself in Igbo culture through films and music. “Language gives you a sense of community,” she says. “It makes you see the world in a different light, it makes you feel like you are a part of something, something greater than yourself, something that has been there for generations, and will continue to be there for generations”. Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has spoken about a linguistic famine in African societies - which he says is the result of prizing foreign languages over native languages. Despite an estimated 2,000 languages being spoken across the continent there is still a tendency to see English and French - the languages of the countries which colonised most of Africa - as those needed to succeed and as a result some choose to abandon their mother tongue.
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Some Nigerian schools are based on the British model
English is at the core of the Ghanaian school curriculum
‘Only smart kids speak English’ In Ghana, which like South Africa and Nigeria was colonised by the British, this attitude is prevalent, says Ronald - a secondary school teacher in a rural area who also asked us not to use his real name. “There is this stereotype that the smarter kids are the ones that speak English. Even parents that never went to school try to force it on their children to also be fluent in English. “I know quite a number of people that have never travelled beyond the borders of Ghana, but they can’t speak any language besides English.” But he feels some students would perform better if some of the textbooks and the language of instruction was in their mother tongue - and that this would stop children dropping out of school. “If I ask them a question, some of them would tell me: ‘Sir, I know the answer, but I don’t know how to say it in English.’ “Everyone is just trying to force them to speak this white man’s language and... some of the students then say: ‘It’s just not for me. It’s for the “smart” ones.’” Khahliso says if she could go back in time, she would approach language learning differently. “I would allow these languages to co-exist and to exist in one space because they can co-exist. My sister and my friend are proof of that. “To assimilate I don’t think that I needed to throw away my languages and to completely stop speaking Xhosa and Sotho.” SOURCE: BBC
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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). The Board of Trustees of the ASSOCIATION are as follows: 1. MADUBUEZE HARRISON OSITA (CHAIRMAN) 2. ANIJUNSI CHUKWUEBUKA JOSEPH 3. EJIOFOR NONSO COLLINS (SECRETARY) 4. ANIEBONAM PAUL 5. OKPOKO EJIKE HILLARY 6. OZOMADU OBIORA ANSELEM THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO FOSTER UNITY AMONG THE YOUTHS OF MGBAGBU-OWA COMMUNITY 2. TO ADVANCE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AND INITIATE ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF VULNERABLE YOUTHS IN EZIOWA MGBAGBU-OWA COMMUNITY 3. THE HELP IN COMBATING YOUTH RESTIVENESS, PROMOTE PEACE, REORIENTATION OF VALUES AND ATTITUDINAL CHANGES AMONG YOUTHS OF EZIOWA MGBAGBU-OWA COMMUNITY 4. TO PROVIDE FOOD, EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE SERVICES TO MEMBERS AND LESS PRIVILEGED INDIGENES OF EZIOWA MGBAGBU-OWA 5. TO TAKE ACTIVE INTEREST IN THE CIVIC, SOCIAL AND MORAL WELFARE OF MEMBES AND OTHER YOUTHS OF EZIOWA MGBAGBU-OWA . ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.
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THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.ABIDOYE OLUSOLA SUCCESS - CHAIRMAN 2.NWOSISI FRANCISCA ONYEMA 3.ABIDOYE CHIOMA LILLIAN SECRETARY 4.SODADE OLUWAFUNKE PATRICIA 5.OGBENI CATHERINE URHEME THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST AND SOUL WINNING. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. BANKOLE VICTORIA OLAPEJU - CHAIRPERSON 2. BANKOLE OLUDAYO DANIEL 3. BANKOLE OLUWATOMIWA OPEOLUWA - SECRETARY 4. NAME: BANKOLE OLUWASEUN OYENIKE. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD IN NIGERIA AND ABROAD AND SEEK INFINITE SPIRITUAL POWERS OF PRAYER ONLY THROUGH INCESSANT COMMUNICATION WITH GOD RATHER THROUGH ANY MEANS. 2. CONDUCTING OF MARRIAGES AND UNITING HOME. TO TAKE CARE OF THE WELFARE OF ITS MEMBERS. 3. TO ESTABLISH LOCAL BRANCHES FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL WORLDWIDE. 4. TO EMPLOY AND DEPLOY, TRAIN AND ORDAIN MINISTERS FOR THE FURTHERANCE OF THE WORK OF THE CHURCH 5. TO SUPPORT AND ASSIST BIBLE COLLEGE, CAMPS, SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, HOSPITAL CLINICS, ORPHANAGES AND MISSION HOMES AS MAY BE DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE CHURCH. 6. TO MINISTER TO THE NEEDY OF THE WORLD. 7. TO PLANT, OPERATE AND ADMINISTER LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL BRANCHES, TEACHINGS, SEMINARS, REVIVALS, DISCUSSIONS CRUSADE, CARE MEETINGS CONVENTIONS, CONFERENCE, BIBLE CLUBS FELLOWSHIPS, GATHERING, AND OPEN AIR PREACHING IN PURSUANCE OF ITS OBJECTIVES 8. TO PROVIDE TRANSFORMATIONAL SERVICES TO THE SOCIETY THROUGH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF SKILL ACQUISITION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTERS, SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, ETC., FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HUMANITY AND FOR CHARITY. 9. TO ENGAGE IN PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT AND EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES FOR THE BODY OF CHRISTIANS AND THE SOCIETY AT LARGE. 10. TO TRAIN, NURTURE AND RAISE PASTORS, MINISTERS FOR THE LORD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_ GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.
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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Leticia Ine MacDonald (Chairman) 2. Teddy MacDonald Oruwari (Secretary) 3. Soboko Sharon Anthony THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO PROVIDE A HOME FOR THE ELDERLY, TO CATER FOR THE ORPHANS AND LESS PRIVILEGED IN THE SOCIETY. 2.TO ORGANIZE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SCHEMES AND ENCOURAGE YOUTHS TO EMBRACE EDUCATION.
THE TRUSTEES ARE : Names of Trustees; (1) BALOGUN TUNDE MATHEW. CHAI - RMAN (2) BALOGUN REBECCA OMOLARA - SECRETARY (3)BALOGUN EMMANUEL GBEMI - TREASURER THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. ICHIE MIKE EJEZIE - CHAIRMAN 2. NKEMDILIM PRUDENCIA OBIAKOR 3. MAUREEN CHICHI EJEZIE 4. IFEYINWA RITA EJEZIE 5. NKIRU EJEZIE 6. NKECHI SANDRA EJEZIE 7. AFAMEFUNA TONY EJEZIE 1. OBI ANTHONY OBIAKOR - SECRETARY THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR INDIGENT STUDENTS. 2. TO ASSIST IN THE PROVISION OF BASIC AMENITIES AND MATERIALS FOR INDIGENT STUDENTS. 3. TO ENSURE THE SPIRIT OF PEACEFUL COEXISTENCE WHILE PROMOTING CHARITY. 4. TO PROMOTE A SOUND LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR INDIGENT STUDENTS. 5. TO COOPERATE WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN NIGERIA AND ELSEWHERE THAT HAS SIMILAR OBJECTIVES AND POLICIES AS THAT OF OUR FOUNDATION. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.
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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO SERVE THE PURPOSE OF GOD OF OUR LORD THE RISEN JESUS CHRIST AS STATED IN THE HOLY BIBLE IN WORSHIP, CHURCH, EVANGELISM, CHARITY, FELLOWSHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION SIGNED: SECRETARY
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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 TRUSTEES (1) UGWUONYE-OKECHUKWU IFESINACHI CLARA - FOUNDER. (2) DONALD IKECHUKWU IGWEGBU - PRESIDENT (3) OKECHUKWU VITALIS CHUKWUDI - MEMBER (4) CHIEF, DR SIR OBIESIE OSITA EMMANUEL - MEMBER (5) IGBOKWE SYLVESTER UCHE ESQ - MEMBER (6) BARR PETER CHINEDU OZOAGU - SECRETARY. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES (1) To come together as one United people and galvanize our collective resources towards addressing those common challenges/developmental needs to Ezeagu Igbudu. (2) To bring together progressive minded sons and daughters of Ezeagu Igbudu wherever they may be, with a view to harnessing our collective experiences and resources towards transforming Ezeagu into an enviable land. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION SIGNED: SECRETARY
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ASOBA,IKERE EKITI OLD BOYS ASSOCIATION 86 UNITED SET THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 TRUSTEES 1. RUFUS KOLAWOLE AYENI 2. VICTOR ADENIYI BANJI-OKE 3. OGUNDARE TEMITAYO SUNDAY (PRESIDENT) 4. OGUNRINDE MICHEAL ABIODUN (SECRETARY) 5. LAWRENCE MONWO ALABI AIMS AND OBJECTIVES TO FOSTER UNITY AND SEE THE EDUCATIONAL ADVANCEMENT OF OUR ALMA MATA ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION
OLD NAME: CHRIST DESTINATION CHURCH INT’L NEW NAME: CHRIST DESTINATION GOSPEL CENTRE INT’L THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.PAUL CHIMA JONAH 2.ELIZABETH UZOAMAKA JONAH THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO PREACH AND TEACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO ALL NATIONS AND TO RAISE A CHURCH THAT IS ROOTED IN THE WORLD,HOLY GHOST FILLED AND HEAVEN BOUND. 2.TO REACH OUT TO WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS,TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO REGARD GOD AS THEIR UNFAILING SOURCE AS THEY LIVE HOLY AND MAKE HEAVEN AS THEIR GOLD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.
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Pinnick congratulates Ndidi, Iheanacho on FA Cup win By Albert Akota
resident of the Nigeria Football Federation and FIFA Council Member, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick has sent a message of congratulations to Super Eagles’ midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and forward Kelechi Iheanacho on the duo’s triumph with Leicester City over much –fancied Chelsea FC in Saturday’s FA Cup final in England. Both players featured in the encounter at Wembley and at the end celebrated enthusiastically with a Nigeria flag as they joined a list of only seven other Nigerian players to have lifted England’s most glamorous diadem. “I am very happy for both Ndidi and Iheanacho. They worked very hard for Leicester City throughout the campaign and themselves and the Club deserve the honour. I believe this triumph will serve as a major psychological boost for the two players ahead of our friendly games this summer and FIFA World Cup qualifiers starting in September. “I am also very happy seeing the two players celebrating with the Nigerian flag at the end of it all. That was awesome.” Ndidi and Iheanacho became only the second pair of Nigerians to have celebrated The FA Cup win in England, after Nwankwo Kanu and John Utaka triumphed with Portsmouth against Cardiff in 2008. Before then, Daniel Amokachi had won with Everton in 1995; Celestine Babayaro with Chelsea in 2000; Kanu with Arsenal in 2002 and 2003 and John Mikel Obi with Chelsea in 2007. After the Kanu/Utaka feat in 2008, John Mikel Obi won again with Chelsea in 2009, 2010 and 2012; Alex Iwobi won with Arsenal in 2017 and; Victor Moses won with Chelsea in 2018.
Ndidi and Iheanacho celebrating their win on Saturday at Wembley with the Nigerian flag
International Friendly: Nigeria, Senegal may battle in Austria
ust as African soccer governing body (CAF) moved the 2022 World Cup qualifiers from June to September, Nigeria’s Super Eagles might still have quality game to play during that period. According to the reports coming
from Senegal, negotiations are currently ongoing between Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Federation Of Senegal Football (FSF). Apart from Nigeria, Senegal is also having discussions with Cameroon and Ghana to have friendly matches,
manager of Cameroonian national team Bil Tchato confirmed the negotiation to a news outlets in Senegal, RECORD. “Nothing is tied up yet. Discussions are underway with our agent who represents us in the negotiations. There, the Cameroonian and Nigerian
federations are in negotiations. We are almost in phase and the match is scheduled in Austria. Now, we are being told about Sé negal, Algeria or Ghana for a series of friendly matches in the same locality in Austria.
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onfederation of African Football (CAF) has named hosts country for the next U17 and U20 African Cup Of Nations for 2023. The last edition of AFCON U17 was cancelled after the regional qualification due to the spread of Corona virus while Ghana emerged the winner of the U20 AFCON. World soccer governing (FIFA) also nullified the U17 and U20 World Cup due to the same reason. CAF held its executive meeting under Patrice Motsepe in Kigali, Rwanda on Saturday and they announced Algeria as the host of next edition of U17 while Egypt was picked as host for the U20. FIFA World Cup for the U17 and U20 are expected to return in 2023.
Anthony Joshua v Tyson Fury:
British boxers to meet on 14 August in Saudi Arabia
yson Fury says his world heavyweight title showdown with Anthony Joshua will take place in Saudi Arabia on 14 August. The all-British bout has been billed as one of the biggest in heavyweight boxing for decades and the winner will become undisputed champion. Joshua, 31, holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts, while Fury, 32, is WBC champion. The fight will see all four belts contested in a heavyweight bout for the first time in history. The last undisputed heavyweight champion was Britain’s Lennox Lewis from 1999 to 2000, before a boxer had to also hold the WBO belt to be recognised as undisputed champion. In announcing the fight date in a video on Twitter, Fury said: “All eyes of the world will be on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and I cannot wait to smash Anthony Joshua on the biggest stage of all times. “This is going to be the biggest sporting event ever to grace the planet earth. Do not miss it.” Although news of the fight is one of boxing’s worst-kept secrets, neither Joshua, his promoter Eddie Hearn or Fury’s co-promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren have officially confirmed it will take place. Last week, Hearn said that the fight would take place in Saudi Arabia but Fury did not mention a venue. When Joshua won back the WBA, WBO and IBF belts by beating Andy Ruiz in December 2019, the fight took place Diriyah, on the outskirts of the Saudi capital Riyadh.
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Atletico on dramatic day in title race
uis Suarez scored a dramatic late winner as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat Osasuna and put themselves on the verge of a first La Liga title for seven years. Diego Simeone’s side now travel to Real Valladolid in their final game knowing that a win will clinch the title. Ante Budimir’s header had put Osasuna on course for a shock win and seen Real Madrid briefly top the table. But Renan Lodi levelled before Suarez steered in Yannick Carrasco’s cross. Both Atletico goals arrived in the final 10 minutes of a compelling contest - and just as it looked as though they were going to have to surrender top spot to their city rivals. How a dramatic day in the La Liga title race unfolded Real, who were leading and went on to win at Athletic Bilbao, were in pole position for the title with two minutes remaining. Simeone’s side, who have led the table since November and at one stage had a 10-point lead at the top, dominated throughout but initially failed to take advantage of a glut of chances, with the Argentine urging them forward. Suarez hit the post and flashed a drive wide as the hosts peppered the Osasuna goal with 16 shots during the first half. And Stefan Savic then had a second-half goal disallowed after a VAR review correctly found he was offside when volleying in from close range. Budimir’s header, which was also awarded after a review, came after a superb run and cross from Ruben Garcia but was one of just two efforts on target for the visitors. However, Lodi, who was introduced as a substitute settled home nerves with a clinical leftfoot effort into the top corner and the hosts more than deserved their victory. Taye Taiwo and Oduamadi
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n January 15 1966 a mutinous group of Nigerian soldiers led by Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeagwu and Emmanuel Ifeajuna took up arms against democracy in Nigeria. “Our enemies are the political profiteers, the swindlers, the men in high and low places that seek bribes and demand 10 per cent; those that seek to keep the country divided permanently so that they can remain in office as ministers or VIPs at least, the tribalists, the nepotists, those that make the country look big for nothing before international circles…”, declared Nzeagwu in his broadcast to announce the coup on Kaduna radio. About 22 of the people he declared as enemies to his group were killed on that night, some while with their wives in bed. He also spoke to the media at a press conference. I met Mr. Clement Kwaghsha Ende, a Tiv reporter then with the Northern Nigeria information service who was at the Nzeogwu 1966 press conference. We met in the early 80’s when I became a reporter in Kaduna. He said the mutinous major spoke so vehemently against the government’s treatment of Tiv people who were in riot against the government that a rumour started circulating among the reporters that his mother was a Tiv woman. Mr Ende said he helped dispel the rumor since he knew the Nzeogwu family very well. It is one of those ironical twists in Nigerian history. The young military men involved in the mutiny were complaining of government’s handling of the Tiv revolt. The Tiv wanted a separate region from the giant north. We call it today restructuring. When their demand was not met, they revolted in what has become known in history as Tiv riots. The first of the riots took place just before Nigerian independence in 1960 while the second started in 1964 and was still on at the time of the
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coup in 1966. The whole idea of a Tiv riot was aimed at breaking down the federating units to a more manageable level. In this, the Tiv were not alone. Nigeria at independence was made up of three regions as federating units – the North, the West and the East. In the north, the Tiv wanted a creation of a Middle Belt State, while in the West the minority elements wanted a Mid west state and the creation of Cross River and Rivers (COR) state in the East region was the demand of the minorities of the Eastern Region. Amazingly, when the democratic civilian government was overthrown and a military government came in place, General Aguyi Ironsi who came into power as Head of State rolled out what he called the Unification Decree No 34 by which the whole country became a unitary state, the regions were collapsed into a single regiment and the Head of state was to rule as a commander military style. This was a complete negation of the democratic process and decision agreed `upon in 1954 that a federal structure was most ideal structure for a multi cultural and multi ethnic Nigeria. The military using a doublebarrel gun fired a single shot that killed the democratic and federal systems of governance in Nigeria. More than anything
else, Decree 34 set Nigeria on the slippery road to civil war. The war further entrenched military rule in Nigeria and even though it came to an end in 1970, military rule continued to 1979. Thus even though the military government that decreed Decree 34 and a Unitary system of government came to grief soon after, the military government that took over even when it created more states continued to rule the whole country under a command and not federal system. This is how the country drifted away from the federal principles of running its affairs even under democracy. It has become difficult to break away from this tradition. The elite, the federal bureaucracy has enjoyed so much power and wealth under this undemocratic means imposed on the country by the barrel of the gun of 1966 and not the democratic decision of 1954. There has been resistance and anytime there is an attempt to return to federalism, a lot of hurdles are raised. Additionally, the creation of additional federating units in Nigeria has been done by military governments and not democratic means. Thus in a federal system where every federating unit operates with a form or measure of independence our federating units are so weak that most of them exercise no independence in the running
The tragedy of Nigeria is that we often refuse to look at the fundamentals of a problem when faced with one. In the conferences before independence in 1960, the northern delegation like all others indicated their preference for federalism
of their affairs. The states are so many and are so financially weak that without the monthly federal allocation, they will not survive. When Buhari came to office in 2015, there was so much poverty in the states that he had to arrange some special funds to bail out states which were unable to pay salaries. This defeats the whole idea of federalism. The tragedy of Nigeria is that we often refuse to look at the fundamentals of a problem when faced with one. In the conferences before independence in 1960, the northern delegation like all others indicated their preference for federalism. In fact the north delegation was more emphatic on this principle. It was this insistence that every federating unit should move at its pace that led to self-government been given to the regions – the federating units in a staggered form. But unfortunately, we are refusing to look at what brought us here. The easy way is to see the collapse of federalism in Nigeria as the handiwork of the northern political elite who are said to have no scruples in their drive for power. The truth however is that from a historical point of view, it is the undemocratic change of government in 1966 that brought the death of democracy and federalism in Nigeria.
DAN GAYE Dangai
Clark cautions against calls for Nigeria’s breakup —News
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