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he Minister of Enviroment, Dr. Muhammed Abubkar, has disclosed that about 15 Northern states with a population of over 40 million people and home to over 95 percent of Nigeria’s livestock population are affected by rapid desert encroachment. Abubakar stated this in Abuja Thursday, during the commemoration of the 2021 world desertification and drought day (WDDD) organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Administration. He said “this year’s World Desertification and Drought Day has the theme: Restoration, Land Recovery – We build back better with healthy land”. The minister said the marking of the

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enue State Governor Samuel Ortom has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to bring out the minister in his cabinet accused of corruption for prosecution. The governor gave the challenge to the President yesterday while speaking with newsmen after declaring open the 2021 Law week of the Nigerian Bar Association, Makurdi branch. Governor Ortom condemned an act where a minister who indulge in corrupt act, is made to walk free without been arrested or prosecuted. “You can imagine a minister serving currently in the federal Republic of Nigeria was caught buying a $37million estate. And we are told by the EFCC Chairman himself that this Minister remitted $20million to

the bank. And EFCC was able to track this money and got it. What have we heard about it? Who is that Minister? If Mr. President is a man of Integrity, he should bring that Minister out and let him face prosecution. “But this issue of selective justice against people. Is it not here that an APC (National) Chairman came and said when you join APC you have become a Saint and your old sins are forgiven and they will draw a line? Today, you see so many corrupt people in the federal executive council. People who were having cases with EFCC and all that, have you heard about them again? This is the point. And that means there’s selective justice. “So, they should allow the EFCC to function as enshrined in the law establishing it. They should ensure the anticorruption agencies function very well. But now, what he is doing is unjustifiable. I know

several ministers who have stolen billions and nothing is happening to them. They are not arrested or prosecuted because they are in the ruling party. This is not the democracy we yearned for. This is not the Nigeria we want . Mr. President must come out and show that he is truly President of this country. That he is for everybody and for nobody. That statement is right but the implementation of it is what calls for questions”, Ortom said. He also, vehemently disagreed with the President’s claim that he is ruling the country according to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, maintaining that there are aspects especially on the open grazing laws instead of ranching which he has continually supported. “There is no provision for open grazing in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But there is provision

youths for improper utilization of government’s support grant. Kotoko dropped the hint during a field visit and interactive session with beneficiaries of social protection programs in Kiyawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

He explained that, it is unfortunate that majority of Nigerians youths whom government supported with grant to stand self reliance misused the fund and remain jobless. “I challenge every youth in

for the States to make laws for good governance of their States as long as it does not conflict with the provision of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “So, when our President says he disagrees with banning of open grazing, I begin to wonder what will happen. The National Economic Council is a creation of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which the President himself inaugurated and chaired by the Vice President with 36 governors and other ministers. That body represents the entire country and if it take a decision on a policy that will address the problem between farmers and Herdsmen and Mr. President brushed it aside how can he say he is ruling the county according to the constitution. Look at the appointment in the country, is it representing Federal character policy. Let us be frank”, Ortom opined.

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lawmaker representing Borno metropolitan and chairman committee on poverty alleviation in Borno state House of Assembly, Alhaji Ali Kotoko, challenged Nigerian

this country who is unemployed that, he choose to be like that, particularly our youths in Borno whom our governor supported with N100,0000 each to stand on their feet, but very few utilize the fund properly.”

event was to promote public awareness on the challenges of desertification, land degradation and drought, and also highlighted methods to tackle the challenges. He explained that, the problem of desertification and drought has continues to degrade land resources which provides livelihoods to majority of the rural populace with the ugly consequences of resource use conflicts, hunger, social vices and abject poverty in the affected areas. “Nigeria is faced with rapid desert encroachment affecting about fifteen Northern most states from severe to moderate rate. “It is worthy of note that these states affected by desertification has a population of over 40million people and is home to over 95 percent of livestock population in Nigeria and has played a major role in the production of food

for domestic consumption and export crops,” he said. According to Abubakar, about 24 billion tons of fertile soil is lost annually across the world due to dry land degradation, which is affecting food production and security. He said it is estimated that 300 million hectares of land will be required to meet the demand of food by the year 2030. According to him, “the Nigerian government is not oblivious of these environmental issues and their impacts but is committed to addressing them to ensure sustainable development and livelihoods of the people in the affected communities.” He noted that government has developed policies and plans and built institutional and legislative capacities to enhance effective and far-reaching actions to reduce the impacts of

desertification and drought on the citizenry. “At the regional level, the Great Green Wall program for instance, is an example of a regional program involving West African partners. Government will continue to support this initiative and other initiatives including the African Initiative to Combat Desertification, African Forest Restoration initiative, the Terr African initiative, the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the African Ministerial Council on Environment and the Japan International Cooperation Agency” he stated . Similarly, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory( FCT), Muhammad Bello, commended Ministry of environment and the management of the Public Service Institute of Nigeria, (PSIN), for giving out five hectares of land

for the planting of both economic and ornamental tree seedlings. Bello represented by Director under the permanent secretary office, Udoh Atang, said the trees will not only serve as protection from windstorm and erosion for infrastructure in the school, but will also complement the efforts of the Ecological Fund Office’s intervention in the Institute aimed at mitigating the negative consequences of erosion and flooding. Also speaking, In his good will message the Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof Mansur Bako Matazu said rapid population growth in Nigeria, coupled with competition over dwindling common pool; land and water resources has further driven this conflicts in several states to the extent that some persons are ready to take up arms to assert their right of access.

Not all recoveries belongs to FG -EFCC boss By Egena Sunday Ode

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he Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission( EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa said Thursday that not only the Federal Government is benefiting from its services as the anti corruption body has helped several individuals and private organisations as well as state governments to recover money illegally taken from them. Accordingly, Bawa disclosed that not all recoveries made by the commission belong to to the Federal Government as erroneously believed by some people. The EFCC boss spoke at the weekly briefing by agencies of government to State House correspondents, organized by the Presidential Communications Team . He emphasized that the anti graft body had made recoveries for victims of criminals and they can be individuals, local government, state government, federal government, corporate entities whether in Nigeria or outside Nigeria. “Let me use this opportunity to clarify issues. There are a number of

recoveries that the EFCC has made over the years but is not all recoveries made that belongs to the Federal Government. “We have made recoveries for victims of criminals and they can be individuals, local government, state government, federal government, corporate entities whether in Nigeria or outside Nigeria. “There are also recoveries that are indirect recoveries. Just a couple of weeks back, we recovered $100 million for the Nigeria Ports Authority but the monies were paid into the account of NPA but through our efforts. “Am I not going to record that we have recovered such an amount for NPA? Are you going to see it in the EFCC recovered account with the CBN? No. “There are recoveries that are made directly into the EFCC account. It is through systems and processes, there is Department of asset forfeiture and recovery management department in EFCC responsible for collating all the data regarding recovered assets, assets on interest forfeiture and assets on final forfeiture as well as their location and of course their management,” he said.

Litigation: INEC sad over plight of party candidates By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has expressed sadness that candidates for elections are now being determined through litigation long after elections have been concluded and winners declared by the Commission. The Commission has consequently reminded political parties about the recent letters it wrote to them on the imperative of complying with the provisions of the law as well as regulations governing the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates. The INEC Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu said these yesterday in his remarks at the second quarterly meeting with political parties at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja. Yakubu pointedly declared that the Commission is not happy that candidates for elections are now being determined through litigation long after elections have been concluded and winners declared by INEC. The problem, he said, lied squarely with the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates by some political

parties. He urged the political parties to hold themselves to the same high standard of free, fair, and credible elections that they always hold INEC in all elections. Yakubu insisted that the political parties must ensure strict compliance with their party constitutions, the law and the Commission’s regulations and guidelines on party primaries in particular and the management of party affairs in general. His words, “I would like to remind political parties about the recent letters written to you by the Commission on the imperative of complying with the provisions of the law as well as our regulations governing the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates. “The Commission is not happy that candidates for elections are now being determined through litigation long after elections have been concluded and winners declared by INEC. “The problem lies squarely with the conduct of party primaries and nomination of candidates by some political parties. “We urge you to hold yourselves to the same high standard of free, fair, and credible elections that you hold INEC in all elections.

L-R Deputy Speaker of Arewa Youth Assembly, Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, Speaker Arewa Youth Assembly, Hon. Mohammed Salihu Danlami and Director Women Affairs Adeni Michael, at a world press conference over a threat life of the EFCC Executive Chairman Abdulrasheed Bawa by Arewa Youth Assembly, yesterday in Kaduna. Pic by Shehu K. Goro.

$9.8m Cash: Court declines EFCC amending charges application against ex-NNPC GMD, Yakubu By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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ustice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja has refused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,(EFCC) application for amendment on the criminal charge it filed against a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Andrew Yakubu. In a ruling, the court held that order of the Appeal Court was clear and unambiguous. He held that there is a subsisting judgment delivered on April 24, 2020 wherein the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division had ordered the defendants to enter defence on counts 3 and 4 of the charge. “Allowing the EFCC to amend counts 3 and 4, of the criminal charge”, according to the court, “is tantamount to disobeying the subsisting order made by the Court of Appeal on April 24, 2020”. ‘’ I found no logic in accommodating the argument of the prosecution. ‘’The court of appeal decision is specific, unambiguous and still subsisting.

‘’The defence should enter his defence as directed by the appellate court,’’ the Judge held. Shortly after the ruling, counsel to the prosecution, Halima Shehu, informed the court that the principal counsel, Muhammed S Abubakar is unavoidable absent in court today. She therefore, asked the court for adjournment to able his principal to continue with the case. Responding, the defence counsel, Ahmed Raji, submitted that the application for adjournment is a ploy by the prosecution to delay the matter. ‘My lordship, reject the application of the adjournment. In alternative, I plead very passionately for a short adjournment in the interest of justice and inline with ACJA 15.’’ Meantime, Justice Mohammad adjourned the matter to June 30th for continuation of trial. Yakubu was arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on March 16, 2017 on a six-count charge of fraud having admitted owning over $9.8 million cash found in a house that also belongs to him in Kaduna state. Recall that on March 10, the prosecution counsel, Halima

Shehu had informed the court of the application for amendment of the charge. “The application is brought pursuant to Section 216(1) and (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015. “We humbly apply for the application to be granted for us to amend the charge” the EFCC lawyer stated. Responding, Yakubu’s lawyer, admitted before the court that he refused service of the application to amend the charge. “I do confirm that we refused service of what has been described as an amended charge this morning. We did so with reasons” Usman stated. The prosecution posited that the April 24, 2020, judgment of the Court of Appeal Abuja, had provided guide on the trial. “The case was remitted back to the trial court for the appellant (Yakubu) to enter defence in respect of counts 3 and 4 of the charge, and not counts 3 and 4 of an amended charge” Yakubu’s lawyer argued. He further submitted that the court and parties in the matter are “bound to give effect to the order of the Court of Appeal which is extant”.


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resident Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, charged the military and security agencies not to give breathing space to terrorists and criminals in various parts of the country, saying the war against terrorism and other criminalities must be concluded with restoration of peace and reconstruction of all the affected areas. According to him, the nation owed a debt of gratitude to military men and women, and security agencies currently tackling security challenges in the country, particularly the many who paid the supreme price, assuring family members that the government will continue to support all the loved ones. Buhari stated this during an official visit to personnel of the Armed Forces and security agencies in Operation HADIN KAI at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri. “I am delighted to be with you this afternoon, to address you on this special occasion of my official visit to Borno State. I want to seize this opportunity to put it on record that our nation will forever be indebted to you, for your patriotic commitment to the defence of our fatherland against insurgency and criminality. “I therefore commend you and remember all the personnel who have paid the supreme sacrifice in ensuring that Nigeria remains an indivisible and secure entity. “As I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of our fallen heroes and pray for the souls of the departed, I want to assure you that my administration will spare no effort or resources to ensure that the widows and children of our fallen heroes who paid the supreme price in defence of our beloved country, are well cared for,” he said. The President also said wounded comrades will get the best medical attention towards their full recovery. “While acknowledging your collective efforts at decimating and degrading the

Buhari to military: No breathing space to terrorists, criminals

terrorists and reaffirming the inviolable sovereignty of our nation, I also wish to extol your steadfastness and untiring efforts in the face of the difficulties you experience in the Theatres of Operation. “Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today. Under my watch, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. “We should not allow our adversaries the opportunity or breathing space to challenge or undermine our national interests and core values. The defence and security agencies should rest assured of the Federal Government’s unalloyed commitment to winning the battle against terror and criminality,” he added. President Buhari commended the military and security agencies for the synergy that translated into successes in restoring peace and order. “I am particularly happy to note the increasing understanding and cooperation within the military, as well as the inter-agency cooperation in the fight against the terrorists and other criminal elements in the North East. “The outcome of this synergy is evidenced by the successes recorded in the ongoing Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO which has so far degraded the insurgents’ capabilities in the Timbuktu Triangle, Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad Region. I am therefore pleased to acknowledge that the military and other security agencies including civilian stakeholders are adhering to the true spirit of Operation HADIN KAI which implies “jointness, synergy and cooperation.”

Jigawa govt approves over N10bn projects From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse

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he Jigawa state executive council has approved over 10 billion naira for various projects across the state. The state commissioner for information Alhaji Bala Ibrahim dropped the hint while briefing news men yesterday at government house Dutse. He explained that, the projects include a 5.5km road from Koko to Fayam fayam at the cost of N740,905,000, and the dualization of Fanisau to unity Pentagon with length of 11.5km at the total contract sum of 6.7billion naira. According to him, the governor also approved the construction of the road network at JICOROS which is about 3km at the cost of N669,857,639. He maintained that, during the meeting, the council also approved the release of the sum of N117,357,174 to the Islamic Education Bureau for the construction of classroom blocks in some Arabic secondary schools across the state. The council has as well approved the renovation of 10 number Nomadic schools which include Gofawa, Maikantu, Gardoisa, Durina, Jadade, Bagamudu and five others at the cost of N29,766,506. The commissioner added that, Governor Badaru also approved

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“By pooling together the collective resources and comparative advantages of the Armed Forces and other security agencies, we hope the enemy will now feel the ferocity of our firepower and the weight of our resolve,” the President said. Side by side with the efforts of the Armed Forces and security agencies, President Buhari assured that his administration is developing a strategy for post-war reconstruction and peace building. “Concerted efforts are being made to fast-track reconstruction and development programmes in the affected communities in the North East. “I am hopeful that this will lead to the speedy resettlement of displaced persons, as well as the restoration of bubbling community life as people return to their homes. “Alongside investment in development and reconstruction, we will sustain our investment in the Armed Forces in a manner that balances the carrot and stick,” he said. The President said several interventions by the Federal Government had led to the procurement and delivery of large consignments of critical combat enablers, including high calibre weapons and ammunition: “Many have been injected into the Theatre and soon other equipment that have just arrived in the country would also be deployed to the Theatre of operations. Much more equipment will be procured for the Armed Forces to cater for both the short and long-term requirements. “I would like, at this point, to also commend the hierarchy of our Armed Forces for their strategic foresight in ensuring that some of our critical military

equipment are fabricated locally.” President Buhari also noted that repairs and maintenance of some of the vital weapons were now being carried out in the country thereby saving the nation a lot of foreign exchange and also creating jobs for our teeming population. “As personnel of our Armed Forces and security agencies, you must understand that these items of equipment must be put to good use against the terrorists and other criminal elements. There is no room for complacency, and no need to be less than 100 per cent alert at all times. “As your Commander-in-Chief, I want to assure you that my government will continue to work towards the provision of timely funding and procurement of equipment for the Armed Forces and other security agencies. This is intended to boost the prosecution of the ongoing war to a logical conclusion and also to serve our collective interests and well-being. “In addition, your welfare is of utmost importance and concern to this government. I am glad that the gradual rotation of the troops in the field has commenced, as I directed. I am sure that this will minimize and possibly eliminate battle fatigue, as well as enhance troops’ morale,” he added. The President thanked the military and security agencies for unalloyed loyalty and selfless sacrifices towards the defence of our country, adding: “Your courage and gallantry will continue to inspire others, as they echo into the future.” “While I commend your resilience, let me remind you that there is still a lot of work to be done, to completely restore peace to the North East, stem the

activities of armed bandits in the North West and North Central, as well as deal with other security challenges across the country. “You must therefore remain steadfast and see this war to a conclusive end. In doing so, you must rely on interagency cooperation, and strengthen your cohesion with the troops of neighbouring Republics of Cameroon, Chad and Niger in our collective fight against the terrorists, under the auspices of the Multinational Joint Task Force. This will consolidate our efforts and facilitate the speedy return of peace and stability to the region,” the President said. He urged the military and security agencies to continue to make Nigeria proud. President Buhari also interacted with some of the wounded soldiers assuring them that the government was fully committed to their recovery and welfare. In his remarks, the Commander of Theatre Operations HADIN KAI, Maj Gen. Felix Omoigui, assured troops of the President’s confidence and commitment to their welfare, especially in bringing the war to a conclusive end. The Commander thanked the President for the visit to the troops, which he said will greatly boost the morale of all those fighting to keep the country in peace. Governors of Borno and Yobe State, Babagana Zulum and Mai Bunu respectively, Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Leo Irabor, Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen Farouk Yahaya, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, Chief of Staff, Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao and National Security Adviser, Maj Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), were also at the event. Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Industry, Dr Enitan Badru (R), briefing newsmen on their oversight function visit to Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Headquarters in Jos on Thursday (17/6/21). With him is DirectorGeneral of ITF, Mr Joseph Ari (M).

the construction of additional hostels and mechanical and electrical installation at the cost of 424,899,097, construction of road network and staff quarters at the Hadejia Specialist hospital at the cost of N690,444,421 and N455,983,409 respectively. He said, others include wall fencing in some schools and hospitals, construction of additional classroom blocks, procurement of workshop consumables in all science schools and lab equipment.

NPO wants Reps to stepdown Nigeria Press Council Bill over Court Litigation By Christiana Ekpa

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he Nigeria Press Organisation (NPO), yesterday asked the House of Representatives Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to step down a Bill seeking amendment to the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) establishment Act over a pending court litigation. Peoples Daily report that, NPO is the umbrella organisation for the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) —which constituents part of the NPO. Editor in Chief of the Leadership Newspapers, and representative of the NPO organisation, Mr. Azu

Ishiekwene while speaking before the committee on Thursday on the amendment bill, recalled that in 2010 the NPO got a court ruling that 17 out of 39 clauses of Press Freedom Bill were unsconstitutional, a decision the federal government appealed and got a ruling in its favour in December 2015, but that the said ruling was again appealed by NPO and still pending in the Supreme Court. “The matter that is under consideration now is before the supreme court. In 2010, the NPO which is the umbrella organisation for the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) and the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) — these are the constituents part of the NPO.

“It is a matter that has been pending in court since 1999 but the first decisive ruling in the matter came in 2010 when the high court ruled that 17 out of the 39 clauses in the bill were unconstitutional, the federal government appeal and got a ruling in December 2010. That ruling was again appealed by the NPO and it is pending in the Supreme Court”, he noted, and said for that reason, the bill should be stepped down. Responding however, Chairman of the committee, Hon. Odebunmi Dokun said “no court will stop us from passing the bill. We have the mandiate of the National Assembly and the Nigerian people”. In its submissions, the Nigerian Press Council (NPC), through its Executive Secretary, Mr. Francis

Nwosu admitted that there had been an existing litigation over detain provisions in the law, opined that certain proposals in the amendment bill will ensure quality control. On the preparation of code of ethics for practitioners, the NPC said there was need for stakeholders to be involved and fully carried along, to ensure wide acceptability. “The power to appoint should be bequeathed to to the powers of the Council”, Nwosu stated. The NPC said its existence was not only desirable as it serve as an efficient and inexpensive forum for hearing complaints, but in addition, “as alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanism that helps in reducing the barrage of litigations that otherwise, would clog the courts”.


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News Ex-Presidential candidate Owuru sues Buhari, asks court to declare Presidency vacant By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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hief Albert Ambrose Owuru has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari before a Federal High Court in Abuja, asking the court to declare the Presidency vacant. Owuru, the Hope Democratic Party (HDD) candidate, in the 2019 Presidential poll, wants the court to declare Buhari as unlawful President, illegally occupying the Presidential seat. The plaintiff who is a British trained constitutional lawyer and called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982, is asking the court to declare him the authentic winner of the poll. He asked the court for an order of directing his immediate inauguration to take over from Buhari. In the suit he instituted on June 16, 2021 against President Buhari and two others, Owuru claimed that he won the February 16. 2019 Presidential debate and that his suit against Buhari at the Supreme Court was inconclusive due to some errors or adjourned date. He sought a declaration by the federal high court that he is entitled to serve out a tenure of 4 years after his formal inauguration. Among other reliefs , the HDP presidential candidate wants Buhari removed from office with immediate effect and be compelled through order of court to refund all salaries allowances and emoluments he collected while being unlawfully in office as President. Owuru pleaded with the court to give order that salaries allowances and emoluments be paid to him grow May 29. 2019 till date when he ought to have been sworn in. The plaintiff further applied for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation and Independent National Electoral Commission INEC from any further organizing, and conduct any Presidential election in 2023 so enable him complete his 4 year term when inaugurated. Meanwhile, no date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.

Green Chamber passed 41 bills in two years - Spokesman By Christiana Ekpa

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he 9th House of Representatives spokesman, Rep Benjamin Okezie Kalu, has revealed that, the Green Chamber passed a total Number of 41 bills since inception two years ago, Hon. Kalu, in a report on the activities of the House, said the House considered 853 bills within the period. He said the 9th House has performed better in bill consideration and passage than previous assemblies. He said 66 bills were awaiting action by the Committee of the Whole, and 105 had passed second reading. Kalu said some of the notable bills passed so far include the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (Amendment) Bill; the Physically Challenged (Empowerment) Bill; National Orientation Agency Act (Amendment) Bill; Labour Act (Amendment) Bill; Finance Bill; Students Loan (Access to Higher Education) Bill; Federal Roads Bill, 2019; Public Procurement Act (Amendment) Bill; the Company and Allied Matters Bill assented to

...House to receive PIB report by the President; the Finance Bill, 2020; the Deep Offshore Bill; and the Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill, 2020. He also said so far, the House has considered a total of 730 motions. He said 484 were taken in the first session and 246 considered in the second session. “Several of the motions considered by the House, were products of diligently conducted needs analysis to reflect the will of the people, exercise its oversight responsibilities as stipulated in Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution, and address frontburner issues in the nation. 98 of the resolutions have addressed various challenges in insecurity while others have addressed other socio-economic issues and performance issues by the executive,” he said. He said the House received a total of 163 petitions all of which were referred to the Committee on Public Petitions for consideration. On the Petroleum Industry Bill, he said the House has made significant progress in the

consideration of the bill which passed second reading after a thorough debate in November 2020. He said the House is set to receive the report of the ad-hoc committee on the PIB after which the bill will proceed to passage in line with the commitments of the House. On Electoral reforms, he said substantial progress has also been made in the consideration of the much-anticipated Electoral Act (amendment) Bill which addresses reform issues like electronic voting and funding of political parties. “The report of the relevant committee is currently before the House as the bill awaits passage,” he said. Kalu pointed out the challenges of the House to include the the passing of their colleagues, Rep. Fagen Gawo, Rep. Jafaru Iliyasu Auna, Rep. Ossy Prestige, Rep. Suleiman Aliyu, and Rep. Haruna Maitala of blessed memory. He said the precautions put in place due to the covid-19 pandemic slowed the activities of the House and its committees as it became

necessary to reduce the number of plenary sessions per week as well as other legislative activities requiring prolonged physical interactions. “We also acknowledge the challenge of slow implementation of House resolutions by the executive and expect that the executive will do better in honouring the resolutions of the House as they reflect the voice of Nigerians,” Kalu said. He said in the third legislative session commencing from June 2021 and ending in June 2022, the House will consolidate on the gains of the previous session and intensify its activities. “Guided by proper checks and balances, the House will support the government to stabilize the economy and arrest insecurity. “It is expected that as Nigeria and the rest of the world emerge from the socio-economic effects of Covid-19, thanks to the vaccine, legislative activities will start to the peak without the constraints of covid-19 protocols and social distancing. Pending legislations like the PIB and Electoral Act (amendment) Bill will receive speedy consideration and passage, and the House will continue to legislate for the good of the nation.”

From left: APC Chairman in Enugu State, Dr Ben Nwoye: PDP Chairman in the state, Chief Austin Nnamani; Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, Chief Edward Ubosi; Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; and former Governor of the old Anambra, Chief Jim Nwobodo, during Enugu-East Senatorial Zone’s Oganiru Cross Party Rally in Enugu on Thursday (17/6/21).

Group alleges NLNG MD, others deny indigenous coys opportunity to lift liquefied natural gas By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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civil society organisation, Kick Out Corruption Initiative (KOCI) has accused the Managing Director of Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited(NLNG), Mr. Tony Attah and very senior staff of the organisation of denying indigenous companies opportunity to Lift Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). KOCI, posited that Mr. Attah and others action is breeched the provisions of Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No. 2 of 2010. According to the Group, a suit has been instituted at a Federal High Court in Abuja, by Global Private Investigators Ltd based in the United Kingdom and Global Integrity Crusade Network (GICN) an indigenous anti-corruption cum justice sector civil society organization on 30th March, 2021

....files suit against the accused seeking various reliefs against NLNG and three other defendants. The Director of Publicity of KOCI, Chief Isaac Ikpa, explained that Section 3 makes it compulsory for NLNG and its leadership to give Nigerian independent operators first consideration in the award of oil blocks, oil field licenses, oil and gas lifting licenses and in all projects for which contract is to be awarded in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. Others accused of contravening the provisions of the Act are Mr. Ufuoma Otomewo (General Manager Commercial) and Mr. Patrick Olinma (Former General Manager Commercial and Current Director NLNG). They were said to have entered into Sales and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) contract with Gunvor Group Ltd, Trafigura Group Ltd, Royal

Dutch Shell, Vitol SA, Totsa, Glencore Plc and Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited amongst other multinational companies for purposes of lifting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) in Nigeria instead of indigenous companies. Defendants in the suit are Nigeria LNG Limited, Mr. Tony Attah, (Managing Director, Nigeria LNG Limited), Mr. Ufuoma Otomewo (General Manager Commercial), Mr. Patrick Olinma (Former General Manager Commercial And Current Director NLNG). Chief Ikpa said in the suit, the Plaintiffs are seeking the implementation of Section 3 of the Act and N5 Billion exemplary damages. He said, ‘’From the Originating Summons marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/412/2021 and obtained by KOCI, it is clear that the Plaintiffs

want the Honourable Court to, amongst other things, declare that the failure of Mr. Tony Attah being the Managing Director of NLNG to adhere to the provisions of Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act No. 2 of 2010 amount to abdication of his duty. The suit also seeks to restrain the Defendants from entering into new contracts with Gunvor Group Ltd, Trafigura Group Ltd, Royal Dutch Shell, Vitol SA, Totsa, Glencore Plc and Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited for the lifting of LNG in Nigeria considering their prosecution, conviction and acceptance of various criminal activities in the United States of America and other countries where they operated before moving into Nigeria. ‘’The Plaintiffs are equally urging the Honourable Court to direct the Defendants to enforce Section 3 of the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content

Development Act No. 2 of 2010, so that all qualified Nigerian independent operators can participate and bid for contracts relating to the lifting of LNG. The sum of N5,000,000,000 (Five Billion Naira) is particularly claimed against NLNG and Mr. Tony Attah as exemplary damages for entering into contracts with the above mentioned multinational companies without first carrying out due diligence to ascertain their criminal records. We can confirm that parties have been served with the Originating Summons and other accompanying processes in the suit which is pending before Honourable Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court No. 6 Abuja and fixed for hearing on 20th July, 2021. KOCI will accordingly mobilize its members across Nigeria to attend the court sitting in solidarity with the Plaintiffs and we beg the Media Practitioners here present to join us.’’

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Crime News Troops kill several bandits, arrest cultists, others in Plateau

Zuru Emir charges GOC to go extra mile From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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he Emir of Zuru Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Sani Sami (rtd) has charge General Officer Commanding

(GOC) of the 8th Division, Sokoto, Major General U. A. Yusuf to go extra mile and engage his men In more aggressive mobile patrols by carrying out effective smart ambushes on the insurgence in

the area. This was contained in a communique signed by the Secretary, Zuru Emirate Council, Hassan Muhammad Gado during the GOC official working visit to Zuru.

He added that the security agencies must be proactive and ensure prompt response to distress calls from communities and destroying bandits camps or hideout in the area.

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he Nigerian Military said its troops of Operation Safe Haven, between 3 and 16 June 2021, killed several armed bandits and arrested cultists in Plateau state. Speaking yesterday in Abuja, while giving update on the military operations in the country, Brigadier General, Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, said the troops also recovered arms and ammunition. “These incidents occurred when troops on fighting patrol came in contact and engaged some armed bandits along Bokkos – Gana Rop Road on 4 June 2021. Several of them were neutralized during the encounter while others escaped with gunshot wounds. “In another encounter on 5 June, troops on the heels of credible intelligence report, ambushed and arrested some cultists who reportedly belong to a criminal gang that attacks and robs commuters and dispossess’ them of their belongings at Terminus general area of Jos, Plateau State. “Similarly, troops on patrol on same day arrested a notorious kidnapper, who has been on the wanted list of security agents, by name Halilu Umaru, who was in possession of assorted arms and ammunition and other dangerous weapons around Mangu Market in Mangu LGA of Plateau State.” He added that the arrested criminals and recovered items have been handed over to appropriate agencies for further necessary actions.

President Muhammadu Buhari inspecting a guard of honour on arrival for a one day working visit to Borno in Maiduguri on Thursday (17/6/21).

Firm trains 138 people in Abuja, Kogi on digital skills By Mashe Umaru Gwamna n Abuja based firm, Xploits consulting limited in partnership with Access bank, trained 136 people in Abuja and Kogi state on digital skills. The Principal partner, of the firm, Dr Tayo Taiwo, represented by the Director Communication, Mrs Grace Taiwo, said

48 of the trainees were trained in Abuja while 89 were trained in Kogi. The participants were trained on computer literacy, email communication, Internet safety and responsibility. Others included; Ms word, Ms powerpoint, social media marketing and website design. He urged the participants to pay

serious attention during the course of the training as the world is now a global village and thus making a digital skill a ‘must have’ in Nigeria and the world at large. He further encouraged them to also explore the financial side of digital skills in areas like digital marketing and web design. Speaking on behalf of the attendees,

Miss Ojonugwa Jibrin thanked Access Bank plc for the great opportunity to learn and promised to make good use of the knowledge. Another participant, Mr Gideon Oche , said his joy cannot be expressed as he had earlier wanted to get this knowledge but couldn’t due to financial constraints but courtesy of Access Bank plc and Xploits consulting limited.

Information and Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, on Thursday. Orji said that some members of the gang were also arrested alongside their leader and were now in police custody. “The state government has dispatched security operatives to the state’s boundary with Cameroon where the remaining gang members are said be hiding. “The government will do everything within the law to prosecute the suspects, to ascertain the status of the

abducted persons,” he said. Orji quoted the governor as commending the people of Abakaliki and Ikwo councils, where the two communities are located, for their maturity over the abduction and urged them to sustain such. “The governor warns miscreants especially from Izzi extraction which covers Abakaliki, to desist from attacks on Ikwo inhabitants both in the state and other places. “Any further attack on Ikwo people will be viewed as an act of

terrorism and the perpetrators decisively dealt with. “The Izzi and Ikwo people are brothers and should be commended for collectively waging war against criminals who want to destroy their cultural heritage,” the commissioner said. Orji reiterated the governor’s directive that the bails granted to stakeholders of the Effium and Ezza-Effium communities of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, be revoked. “The Commissioner of Police

has been directed to enforce the directive since government’s efforts to stop killings in the community are being undermined. “The government will explore all avenues to ensure lasting peace to the affected community not minding insults from people from both sides of the conflict. “The Effium and EzzaEffium people are one and the government is not heeding to the suggestion of separating them after living together for ages,” he said. (NAN)

the incident in a statement on Thursday in Abeokuta. Oyeyemi said that the command had deployed tactical teams and are on the trail for the kidnappers. He, however, said that the police could not ascertain whether the gunmen were

herdsmen. “It is true, the incident happened on Wednesday. The victims are Chinese expatriates working at the construction site at the terminus of the railway around Alaagba area, not far from Kila. “The gunmen laid ambush

for the victims on their way and they were attacked. A police officer escorting them was killed. “We have started the investigation since yesterday, we are on the trail of those people and hopefully we are going to get them.

“All our tactical teams have been deployed to that direction and we are trying to locate them. “We believe that by the grace of God, we are going to get them. “We cannot say for now if the abductors are Fulani herdsmen until when we are able to get them,” the PPRO said. (NAN)

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ov. David Umahi of Ebonyi has expressed happiness over the arrest of the leader of a kidnap gang which abducted some residents of Enyigba community in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the residents were recently abducted in the renewed land dispute between the community and neighbouring Enyibichiri community. The governor made his feelings known in a statement by the Commissioner for

Gunmen abduct 4, kill policeman in Ogun

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unmen on Wednesday abducted four workers of a Chinese company handling the Lagos-Ibadan standard guage railway project and killed a policeman in Ogun. Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), confirmed


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Don’t cover Bawa’s death threat complains Reps minirity tasks FG By Christiana Ekpa

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he Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives has tasked the All Progressives Congress (APC)led Government not to muffle the outcry by the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, that he has been receiving death threats in the course of his duty. The Minority caucus in statement by their Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu said it’s disturbed by the silence of the APC-led Federal Government to this worrisome development, which is smacks of attempt to shield corrupt officials within its system, and will hold it responsible should any harm befall the EFCC Chairman. “Our caucus calls on the EFCC Chairman to go public and expose the names of those threatening him as well as issues of corruption involving such individuals. We also demand an immediate investigation into the revelation as such threats on the life of the EFCC Chairman cannot be glossed over. “Moreover, the Minority caucus is alarmed over the indictment of a female minister in the APC-led Federal Government for buying a $37.5 million worth property from a bank and deposited $20 million cash. “The minority caucus notes that this revelation by the EFCC is another sad commentary on the monstrous corruption and treasury looting going on in the APC-led administration. “The caucus urges the EFCC Chairman not to be deterred by the threats but to remain focused as well as go ahead to disclose the identities of those behind the threats as well as that of the said minister for appropriate action”

Alleged money extortion: Gov Matawalle suspends ZAROTA activities From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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ollowing increasing complaints by road users in Zamfara State, Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has approved the indefinite suspension of all activities run by the Zamfara Road Transport Agency (ZAROTA) in the State. In a statement by the Permanent Secretary cabinet affairs, office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Yakubu Sani Haidara, all activities of the embattled agency have been suspended considering rapid

increase of complaints by the people in the state. “In the meantime, the activities of the organisation will be overseen by a joint task force of Police, VIO, Federal Road Safety Commission and Civil Defence Corps. Meanwhile, the Governor has further directed for setting up of a committee to review the conduct of the officials of the organisation. The development may not be unconnected with an aggrieved protest staged by hundreds of truck drivers that led to the blockage of Gusau-Sokoto road today over alleged money extortion by the

ZAROTA officials. A disturbed driver identified as Lawali Bungudu, cried that, the ZAROTA officials used to forcefully collect anything amounted to 1,000 up to 5,000 naira without issuance of any receipt that would indicate that the monies were generated for remittance into the State Government coffers. “The extortion was not only on local drivers as it also affected even interstate drivers who convey goods from either southern part of the country to the north, and or inter northern states to other parts of the region”, Bungudu has lamented.

It would be recalled, reports on both the viral video and audio clips which featured the embattled Chairman of the controversial agency, Aliyu Alhazai, as he was engaged in a number of illegalities comprising illegal detention of a politician and a threat on a freedom of expression. In the viral video, the Chairman of the suspended agency was viewed as he humiliated a young politician whose alleged offence was that he posted some questions on a social media challenging the State Governor’s promises made to execute yet to be completed projects.

A cross-section of stakeholders during Enugu-East Senatorial Zone’s Oganiru Cross Party Rally in Enugu on Thursday (17/6/21).

NDDC Board: Don’t create more crisis in Niger Delta - Group urges Legislature By Maryam Abeeb

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group known as Vanguard for Transparent Leadership Democracy (VATLAD), urged the members

and leadership of House of Representatives not to create anymore crisis in the Niger Delta Region. In a statement , the National President, (VATLAD)Comrade (Engr) Igbini Odafe Emmanuel

explained that some members and leadership of the House of Representatives have resolved to urge President Buhari to disregard the Senate screened and confirmed members of Niger Delta Development

Commission (NDDC). He added that the screened members of the commission were put on standby for forensic auditing of alleged monumental fraud in the past twenty years of the Commission.

According to him, the resolution by members of the House of Representatives is coming barely one day after President Buhari commended the people of the region for the prevailing Peace and Security.

the state. The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah, made this known on Wednesday when he presented cheques to the widows of Late Emeka Nwaedozie and Late Festus Monye, members of the

Okpanam Community Vigilante who were shot dead by suspected herdsmen in Okpanam last year. Chief Ukah noted that security was everyone’s business and so people must ensure that they alert the security agencies anytime they notice any security

breach in their locality. He said citizens must collaborate with the security agencies through intelligence gathering which he said will go a long way in controlling challenges of security in the state.

He commended the members of the Okpanam Community Vigilante for their good work in securing their community from hoodlums and pledged a motorcycle to the group to help in their surveillance activities of the area.

We will collaborate with vigilante groups in Delta - Ukah

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he Delta State Government has assured vigilante groups in the state of its continued support in whatever way feasible with a view to tackling incidences of crime in

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he Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has called on the Federal Government to effectively integrate the private sector into the making and implementation of the digital economy policy. Dr Abubakar Al-Mujtaba, ACCI’s President, made the call on Thursday in Abuja while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Continental Project Affairs Associates Ltd. (CPAA) on Digital Economy and ICT Policy. The collaboration with CPPA, a key player within the ICT space, would deepen the drive to create an all-inclusive digital economy policy platform for Nigeria. Al-Mujtaba, however, said that government’s efforts would not yield desired effect unless the private sector was effectively integrated into the making and implementation of digital economy policy. According to the ACCI boss, worldwide, the private sector is put on the driver seat to speed up innovations and cost-efficient operations of the ever-widening sector. He stated that designing a digital economy policy without strong input of the private sector would create serious error. “To develop the sector effectively, engagement with the private sector is key; policies emerging from such consultation will integrate the aspirations of the operators and assist the regulators to emerge as facilitators. “That is why the ACCI as the leading chamber in Nigeria decides to institute a ‘Digital Economy Series’ which will regularly dwell on ICT Policy issues and produce policy contributions. “The MoU is to further actualise the dream of a virile ICT policy series,’’ he said. Al-Mujtaba, while commending the government on various initiatives introduced, added that ICT contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was growing every quarter while the potential of the sector as a job creator was well documented. “With a troubled oil sector and global drive against fossil fuel, digital economy holds the key especially for a country with youths dominated demography,’’ he said. Responding, Amb. Segun Olugbile, Managing Director, CPPA in a remark noted that the MoU would galvanise the private sector through the ACCI to work together with the government to harness the digital policy opportunity. According to him, presently, there are policy innovations, direction and strategic initiatives and there are opportunities that the business community will tap into. “The idea will enable policy dialogue between the business community and government, bridge the gap, harness business initiatives and enable needed private sector investment as well as job creation. “There are a lot of businesses coming up within the ICT environment; on the long run, it will empower and stimulate businesses, bridge disconnect between local SMEs and digital world,’’ he said.

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Ease of business: Presidential C’tee ranks Gombe number 1 By David Hassan

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ombe State has been ranked first among states that have provided attractive environments that promote business growth in Nigeria. This is according to a statement yesterday by Ismaila Uba Misilli, Director-General ( Press Affairs) in Government House Gombe. The statement said the ranking was contained in a result of the State Ease of Doing Business Survey undertaken by the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) as a status report on the current attractiveness of states business climates for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Gombe is followed by Sokoto, Jigawa and Akwa Ibom States who ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively. The subnational survey methodology framework was developed by the PEBEC-NEC Technical Working Group

comprising representation from six states embodying the six geopolitical zones, the NEC (National Economic Council) Secretariat, Nigerian Governors Forum, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, the Nigerian Summit Group and other private sector representatives. The PEBEC and NEC are chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The homegrown indicators used in the survey are infrastructure and security, transparency and access to information, regulatory environment and skills and workforce readiness. Each state was rated on a tenpoint scale across the indicators, which provided the basis for calculating the overall performance of the state. The field survey was conducted by KPMG Professional Services between November 2020 and January, 2021.

The survey captured the reforms baseline enabling each state’s ease of doing business council to craft their own reform agenda and implementation roadmap based on empirical data and feedback from a cross section of 998 SMEs across the 36 states and the FCT. A breakdown of the result showed that out of an average of in Infrastructure and Security, Gombe scored 5.86 in Electricity, 5.86 in Transportation, Primary Healthcare 7.50 and Security, 7.99, with an average score of 6.80. In Transparency and Access to Information, the state scored 9.35 in Investment Promotion and 8.69 in State Information Structures, with an average score of 9.02. In regulatory environment, it scored 5.75 in paying taxes, 8.21 in Starting a Business, 6.44 in Enforcing Contracts and 7.64 in Land, Property Acquisition and Development. Its average was 7.01. Lastly, in Skill and Labour, Gombe scored 7.94 in Technical and Professional Skills.

The cumulative average of the state was 7.69, shooting it to the top of the list of states with the best enabling environment for doing business in the country. Reacting to the development, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya said the attainment of this feat is a clear demonstration of his administration’s commitment to Good Governance which has culminated in comprehensive reforms in land administration, financial management, revenue administration and the massive infrastructural development that are critical to doing business. “Noteworthy is the drastic reduction in transaction time for processing land title and ease of payment of taxes as captured in the harmonised revenue law. In addition, the clear and purposeful drive in vocational and technical education, as well as support to SMEs, have ensured the upgrading of the skills of the youthful population of Gombe State”.

Gov. Simon Lalong Plateau (L), presenting a first class staff of office to the new Ujah Anaguta, Johnson Magaji II, during his coronation and presentation of staff of office in Jos on Thursday (17/6/21).

Sha’aban Sharada’s suspension splits APC in Kano From Kano

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ontroversy has trailed the purported suspension of Sha’aban Sharada, member, House of Representatives, representing Kano Municipal federal constituency by the All Progressives Congress (APC). Recall that Sharada, in a statement signed on Wednesday by Abdullahi Sharada, the APC acting Chairman of Sharada Ward in the Municipal Local Government Area of the state was ssuspended over alleged anti-party activities and political high-handedness in the state. However, in a swift reaction, hours after the suspension, a disclaimer was issued by an APC group in the ward to counter the purported suspension of Sharada, a former media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari. The group, therefore resolved to suspend the Sharada ward’s APC interim Chairman and replace him with one Ibrahim Mu’azu for what

they described as gross misconduct and deprived the executive members of the party the right to be part of the decision-making body. ‘’At the end, on behalf of the majority members of the Sharada Ward Excos whose affixed their signature below: we have unanimously agreed and suspended the APC party interim chairman of Sharada Ward and replace him with Ibrahim Mu’azu (Birai) for his gross misconduct and denied the majority of the Excos of their constitutional rights, for them to be part of any decisionmaking processes, whereas in contrary he unilaterally took the decision without our consent and involvement,” In the disclaimer, dated June 16 and jointly signed by one Muttaka Bala-Tukuntawa as Chairman, Halliru Habibu-Sharada, Secretary and 17 others, the members described the suspension of Sharada as baseless and has no merit. According to the disclaimer,

all the allegations labeled against Mr Sharada, who is the Chairman, House Committee on National Security and Intelligence are baseless and uncalled for. The disclaimer alleged that Sharada’s travails was the handiwork of his opponents who denied him his right to revalidate his APC membership because of the massive support he ejoys in the ward and the Local Government as a whole. ‘’The people that disallowed the Hon. Member to revalidate his Membership Card of APC are the same people claiming to have suspended him from the party. All these are done to him for the massive support he has been getting and receiving from the populace of his constituency in Kano Municipal Local Government of Kano State,’’ the disclaimer said. According to the statement, the lawmaker was not accorded a fair hearing as he was never invited to defend himself. ‘’There was no invitation letter sent to him personally or

his constituency office to appear before the disciplinary committee. Sha’aban Ibrahim Sharada only saw the defective letter of invitation circulating on social media without date or venue of the sitting,” The concerned members also unanimously agreed to form a disciplinary committee to take legal action against the APC interim chairman of Municipal Local Government, Sani Fata-Sharada for his role in causing disunity and crises in the party. ‘’However, we unanimously agreed and formed a new disciplinary committee and charged the committee to proceed and take the necessary and appropriate disciplinary and legal action against Alhaji Sani Fata Sharada caretaker, interim Chairman APC, Kano Municipal Local Government, being a member of the party from Sharada Ward, for his effort to conspire and bring disunity within the party leadership at Sharada ward for his personal and selfish interest,” said the disclaimer.”


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Okowa tasks FG on devt. of Maritime Varsity, Okerenkoko By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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elta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday called on the Federal Government to develop the permanent site of the Nigeria Maritime University (NMU), Okerenkoko in Warri South West Local Government Area of the state. Okowa made the call while playing host to the Chairman and members of Governing Council of the university who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Asaba. According to him, the call had become necessary as it would go a long way in putting the university on a sound footing that would ultimately enable it deliver on its core mandate of imparting sound maritime related education on its students. The governor disclosed that he was happy that the institution took off academic activities at the temporary site but urged the federal government to make resources available for the construction of buildings and provision of amenities that would enhance academic activities in the university. He said that his administration would do everything humanly possible to make the institution stand out, emphasising that the birth of the special educational institution for the training of manpower in the maritime sector has strengthened peace and the economy of riverine communities. Governor Okowa, therefore, advocated the need for more projects to be sited in riverine areas because of the inputs of riverine areas to the economy of the nation, stressing that the giant strides of his administration in the creeks and other riverine communities was to give them (residents in the areas) a sense of belonging by carrying them along in the scheme of things. On the various requests made by the Governing Council of the university, the governor said that they would be looked into with a view to addressing some of them within the limit of available resources. “We thank God that the Maritime University has started even when we have challenges because we do know that the take-off of the university actually brought good news to our people and actually helped us to build peace particularly in our riverine areas. “So, we are very glad; we do understand the challenges that still exist and we hope that working together, we can continue to find ways to surmount the challenges”.

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EDITORIAL

Economist challenges W/Bank’s prediction on Nigeria’s inflation rate

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n economist, Prof. Akpan Ekpo, has queried World Bank’s prediction that Nigeria’s inflation rate is expected to rise to fifth highest in SubSaharan Africa by the end of 2021. Ekpo, a professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom, questioned the prediction in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. Recall the bank’s Lead Economist for Nigeria, Macro Hernandez while presenting its six-monthly update on development in Nigeria on Tuesday, said Nigeria was lagging the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, with food inflation. Hernandez included

heightened insecurity and stalled reforms as slowing growth and increasing poverty. The professor said: “First of all, we need to examine the methodology the World Bank used to arrive at the conclusion because we know that inflation has declined slightly.” Ekpo, also Chairman, Foundation for Economic Research and Training in Lagos, said, however, that if government could solve the insecurity problems limiting economic growth and increase Agricultural production, the prediction might not hold. According to him, there are countries with double digits inflation and still doing well. “This means you can have

inflation and yet your GDP is growing, so, it’s when you have what we call run-away or hyper inflation that is when you get worried. “Run-away inflation means that prices are increasing everyday or every month without control,” he said. On predictions that the inflation would push seven million more Nigerians into poverty due to falling purchasing power, Ekpo gave a suggestion to the federal government to stem it. He urged the Federal Government to seriously implement the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy Programme and the Economic Sustainability Plan documents. “I cannot fault them on this

one because already, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said about 85 million Nigerians are living in poverty. “So, World Bank just saying that confirms what our own NBS has already said. “Now, if the government implements the National Poverty Reduction initiative document as well as the Economic Sustainability plan seriously, then we can begin to reduce the poverty rate. “Then the economy must grow double digits, that is, 10 per cent and above for us to see reduction in poverty and more jobs creation as well, because poverty is linked to unemployment,” he added. (NAN)

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igeria’s federal government last Friday “indefinitely”suspended the social media promoter, Twitter in Nigeria for endangering the nation’s corporate existence. The next day it followed up with a threat to prosecute anyone that violated the ban. Again on Wednesday the government said Twitter must register as a business concern for it to be allowed to dobusiness in Nigeria again. Mr. Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, announced the conditions for lifting the suspension at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. The minister again accused the social media platform of suspicious activities in the country, adding that it paid no taxes to the Nigerian government despite the revenue it generated from Nigerians. “It may interest you to know that most of the over the top and social media platforms operating in Nigeria do not have any office in Nigeria and do not pay taxes to the Nigerian government for the billions they earn here. “That is not the best practice globally, and that is why we are insisting that for you to operate in Nigeria you must first be a Nigerian company and be licensed by the broadcasting commission. Therefore, any OTT (over-the-top) or social media platform operating in Nigeria must do so legally.” Mohammed recalled that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was directed last Friday to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT social media operations in Nigeria. He said the first step was for them to register with the Corporate Affairs Commission and thereafter be licensed by the NBC and then adhere to the conditions stipulated in their licences. “We have already advertised the notice to the companies concerned to apply for registration of licence.

Zonal Head, Victoria Island Zone, FCMB, Omowunmi Kalejaiye (L), planting fruit tree at Plumbreed Schools, Sangotedo, during Nigerian Conservation Foundation tree planting exercise in schools to commemorate the 2021 World Environment Day in Lagos on Thursday (17/6/21).

COVID-19: Adamawa govt denies excluding IDPs From Umar Dankano, Yola

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he Adamawa state Government has debunked speculations being peddled that the Corona virus (COVID 19) vaccination exercise was

not extended to majority of the residents especially rural dwellers and internally Displaced persons(IDPs) in the state. Commissioner of Health, Professor Abdullahi Isah refuted the speculation, stressing that

the Federal government sent in the first doses of AstraZeneca vaccines for the state with conditions attached. He said the instruction was for frontline workers to be given priority ahead of other people.

Professor Isah who disclosed the position during an interview with Journalists in Yola, Thursday, said the health workers, traditional rulers, top government officials were also considered.

Okowa appoints 5 special advisers By Nosa Akenzua Asaba

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overnor Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the appointment of five special sdvisers. A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Patrick Ukah, listed the

special advisers as Dr Austin Obidi, Elder Emmanuel Ogidi, Hon. Sunny Emeyese, Senior Apostle Sylvanus Okorote and Hon. Ebikeme Clark. The statement said the date for the inauguration of the appointees will be announced in due course. Meanwhile, in another

statement today, the SSG, Mr Patrick Ukah, said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the assignment of portfolios to some of the appointees. They are:. Emmanuel Okoro (Community and Rural Development; Prince Kelly Penawou (Local Government

Affairs; and Chief Andy Asawota (Chieftaincy Matters/Judiciary and Chairman, Prerogative of Mercy Committee) Others are Chief Edwin Uzor (Peace Building/ Conflict Resolution; and Chief Godwin Ogadi (Special Duties, Government House).

Mohammed accused Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, of funding last October’s #EndSARS protests, citing facts from an online news platform, The Cable. He explained, “I said Twitter funded the #EndSARS protests in Nigeria last year. And people have challenged it. “And I’m glad that The Cable has done some fact-findings and their conclusions are as follows: they said the truth is that fact-checking showed that indeed, Twitter played a prominent role in helping to raise funds for the #EndSARS protesters. Whether they paid directly, helped to pay or helped to raise funds, it’s a matter of semantics.” The minister refuted a charge that Twitter’s suspension was not effective, adding that the development did not stifle free speech as many claimed. The government’s order banning Twitter’s activity in Nigeria has been complied with by the major mobile communications service providers including MTN, GLO, Airtel and 9mobile. However, some individuals and professional bodies have opposed the ban, saying it undermines democracy. These individuals include state governors and church leaders. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says it is preparing a legal challenge of the government’s action.

Mohammed recalled that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) was directed last Friday to immediately commence the process of licensing The Twitter ban does all OTT social media raise some fundamental questions. Firstly, does the operations in Nigeria. government stand on sure

“The cardinal thing is that witter must be registered in Nigeria. Twitter must stop using its platform for activities that are inimical to the growth of Nigeria and its corporate existence,” he said, explaining that Twitter was suspended because it provided ample opportunity for elements bent on threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria. The minister said, “As you are aware, last Friday the Federal Government suspended Twitter operations in Nigeria indefinitely. “And the reason we gave was because of the persistent use of the Twitter platform for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence.” According to him, Twitter had refused to censor tweets from the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, whom he said incited violence against law enforcement agencies from abroad. “We’ve found out that Twitter is actually the platform of choice for a particular separatist leader who resides outside the country and issues directives to its members to attack symbols of government authority such as the police, the military, the electoral commission’s

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ground in this matter? Yes, it does. It represents the Nigerian state and, therefore, the only entity that can define and defend the sovereignty of the state. In that capacity, it certainly can declare who is an enemy of the state. Secondly, did Twitter do anything that truly threatened Nigeria’s “corporate existence”? Again, yes it did when it took out President Buhari’s tweet warning enemies of Nigeria that they would be treated in the language they understood but put out another by the IPOB leader inciting insurrection against the state.

Legally, the government is right to move against the enemy and its supporters. Morally, too, Twitter is unfair to the government of Nigeria. It is.not a registered company in Nigeria and does not pay tax to the government. What is expected of it is to operate responsibly by complying with the nation’s laws. If it does not and will not, it should be booted out. This is what the Nigerian government has just done by asking Twitter to stay out. Its internal collaborators should expect no less.

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fter 46 years of existence, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) can look back with pride on a number of its achievements, especially in the domain of peace and security, conflict prevention, management and resolution. For more than two decades following its formation through the Treaty of Lagos on 28th May 1975, the 15-nation organisation originally headquartered in Lagos, but now in Abuja, was seized confronted the myriad political and security crises that bedevilled many of its members. This was at the expense of its core agenda of fostering economic integration, but the preoccupation then was understandable, given that peace, political stability and economic development are intertwined. Liberia had ignited the fire with its civil war in December 1979 followed by Sierra Leone and then the crises in Guinea Bissau, later Guinea Conakry, Cote d’Ivoire and other countries. In 1990, Nigeria and Ghana with the support of a few other regional leaders set up the regional peacekeeping force, the ECOWAS Ceasefire Monitoring Group (ECOMOG), which with the support of the international community ended the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone. ECOWAS recently ended a similar Mission in Guinea Bissau, but still has one in The Gambia. The regional organisation has equally made huge strides in other areas such as its 1979 flagship Protocol on Free Movement of Persons, Rights to Residence and Establishment, which makes it the only region in Africa where citizens can visit and stay in a country other than their own for at least 90 days without a visa. Also in 1979, the region adopted the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) to promote cooperation, regional economic integration and common market. There has also been some progress in infrastructure development, in regional roads, environment, electricity/energy Power Pool and Gas Pipeline projects, and other Community programmes, as well as in gender and humanitarian affairs synergy, collaboration on electoral matters through the ECOWAS Network of Electoral Commissions (ECONEC) and the ECOWAS electoral assistance to Member States. The wave of pluralistic democracy that swept across the African continent in 1990s actually started in the ECOWAS region (Benin), but the region has since become the epicentre of the World’s socioeconomic, political and security upheavals. All ECOWAS Member States profess to practising democratic system of government, but the bitter truth is that in the past decade, democracy is actually in regression in the region going by the quality of governance and destabilising electoral disputes and the tendency for the ruling political parties to manipulate national constitutions either for presidential tenure elongations or in favour of the government in power. Political and religious intolerance and ethnic conflicts are on also the increase, accentuated by high rate of youth unemployment, poverty, deprivation and repression, with military coups even resurfacing! In response to these recessions, ECOWAS, once praised as a trail blazer among the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa, appears to have lost its teeth, becoming ever reactive and therefore, ineffective in tackling the regional and even its own existential challenges. For instance, there are festering political disputes in Benin, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Togo, The Gambia, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal. Mali has seen two military coups within nine months and Niger recently reported an attempted putsch. The prognosis looks very grim with the on-going global financial crisis and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, not helping matters. ECOWAS keen watchers blame the current situation on a combination of factors including weak, ineffectual and the lack of political will by the leadership. They warn that unless drastic remedial measures are taken, the organization could become completely irrelevant. Nigeria, given its strategic position as a regional power and the pivotal role it played with Togo in setting up ECOWAS has a responsibility to work with committed and like-minded member States to rescue

ECOWAS from imminent collapse. The same zeal that propelled the birthing of the regional organisation must be rekindled to counter all the forces working against the regional integration project. The rescue mission for ECOWAS must begin in earnest as the regional leaders gather on Saturday in Accra, Ghana for their regular Summit, which will discuss regional security, health issues and especially, the much-touted Institutional reform. Part of the organisation’s problems has to do with its top-heavy management structure, flawed recruitment system, capacity deficiency and nonutilization of existing human capital, muted rivalry among the language groups and external interference. But these can be addressed from the Heads of State and at the ECOWAS Commission levels. For instance, the transformation of the ECOWAS Executive Secretariat to a Commission in 2007, with all its good intentions would seem to have created room for wastage. That move was said to be consistent with the African Union Commission and the European Commission structure. But ironically, ECOWAS is older than the African Union Commission which came into existence in 2002, and the European Commission is also emphasising its unity through the nomenclature of the European Union. ECOWAS is expected to move toward greater union and integration consistent with its slogan of an “ECOWAS of People instead of ECOWAS of States.” But the Commission, from an initial seven Commissioners plus a Vice President and President now has 15 Commissioners with the attendant huge increase in personnel and running costs and the unhelpful tendency of some Commissioners operating in silos, protecting national interests at the expense of the Community goal. Also, some statutory appointees allegedly take directives from their home governments in dealing with Community matters and therefore see the organisation as ‘a regional cake.’ Despite the opposition two years ago, the 15 Commissioners are still in place and with the global financial crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic; many countries have been hit hard, including oil-producing regional economic power Nigeria, ECOWAS’ major financial contributor. The implication is that ECOWAS could face dire financial strait, similar to its experience in the 1990s when the Executive Secretariat relied on Nigeria for the payment of staff salaries. With ECOWAS statutory positions rotated, increasing the number of Commissioners to 15, even with unlimited resources makes no economic sense. But should member States insist on having Commissioners at the same time, each member should be made to foot the bill, as once suggested by Nigeria. This will save the organisation the unnecessary financial burden of additional staff salaries and other financial implications of an expanded structure, including new directorates, office space and equipment, and additional running costs. Another area of serious concern on ECOWAS’ survival is its unsatisfactory stride toward achieving a common market and a single monetary union, which are critical to regional economic integration. France, acting in collaboration with Cote d’Ivoire, has effectively hijacked the ECOWAS proposed currency name, ECO, to replace the CFA franc, used by former French colony member States in ECOWAS. Granted that ECOWAS has been slow on its single currency programme with several postponements for is take-off, the move by Paris and its allies is not only in bad taste, but smacks of a ploy to undermine the ECOWAS integration agenda. There are a thousand and one names to choose from, instead of substituting CFA franc with ECO, while France maintaining its stranglehold on the economy and financial destiny of its former colonies and with the proposed ECO expected to be pegged to the Euro. The changes to ECOWAS statutory positions due in February/March 2022 is a golden opportunity for drastic and forward-looking measures that will enable ECOWAS to regain its past glory and make greater strides. Apart from recruiting competent hands the recruitment criteria for the leadership of the Commission and Community Institutions including the President and Commissioners must be more rigorous, tack-record and performance-driven. Paul Ejime, an Author and former Diplomatic/War Correspondent, is a Consultant on Communications, Media, Elections and International Affairs.


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In terms of infrastructure, there was Igbanke! By Isaac Asabor

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nfortunately, since the government is not forthcoming in that direction of development, the people have no other option than to help themselves. Given the forgoing untoward development, it is little wonder that this piece is aptly headlined thus: “In Terms of Infrastructure, There Was Igbanke” as a reminiscence of what Chinua Achebe literarily did through “There was a country” in the case of Nigeria. Interpretatively put, the infrastructure that one characterized Igbanke as a community are no more present, and where they are present, they are no more functional, and no longer serving the purposes they were established for. According to Penguin Random House; a publishing business entity that is committed to helping authors realize their very best work and to finding innovative new ways of bringing stories and ideas to audiences worldwide, “There Was a Country”, a book authored by Chinua Achebe, is a towering account of one of modern Africa’s most disastrous events, from a writer whose words and courage left an enduring stamp on world literature. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and decades of research and reflection, There Was a Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age”. Without doubt, similar situation that ostensibly inspired the great writer of blessed memory has no doubt inspired this writer; though from a micro perspective, to bring into focus the reality of the situation in Igbanke. For the sake of clarity in this

context, Igbanke is an Ika community in Edo State, located in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of the state. Against the foregoing backdrop, it is expedient to say that there is nothing nostalgic about going down memory lane to recount the enviable number of infrastructural facilities that were in place in Igbanke during the school days or rather teenage days of this writer. In those days, there was a functional General Hospital, Post Office, Library, Rural Electricity Board, Water Board among other essential infrastructures that rendered services to the public with “motorable” road network that linked all the communities that made up Igbanke. The communities cut across Omolua, Idumuiru, Igbontor, Idumodin, AkeObiogba, Oligie and Ottah. But alas! Today, the state of infrastructures and their collective decay in Igbanke has remained a matter of great concern arising from the fact that infrastructural functionality plays a pivotal role in the socio-economic wellbeing of the populace and the overall growth and development process of the economy. As you read this piece, the library, post office, water board among other source of essential services to the community have all decayed, and can be said to be in a state of uselessness. I deliberately avoid stating in this context that they are no more in existence as I am very optimistic that they can be brought back to the state of usefulness. Talking about the Igbanke General Hospital that once served the health and medical needs of relatively distant communities like Ekpon, Umunede, Oza-Nisi, and even Abudu among other communities in those days, investigations revealed

that it is bedeviled by a horde of problems which among many others includes shortage of manpower, outdated facilities, dirty and bushy environment, lack of power supply from the national grid and shortage of consumables. Recently at a media parley while putting the state of the hospital in perspective, the president of Igbanke General Union Worldwide (IGU), Engr. Usiagwu Arthur Osaretin aptly painted the extant graphic picture of the hospital thus: “Our general hospital has become a shadow of itself. As a community, we have done tremendously within our capacity to upgrade the facilities in the hospital. Few years ago, Association of Igbanke Professionals donated fans, matrasses, air conditionals chairs and benches for out -patients receiving section. Igbanke Union in the United States also recently brought in ultra-modem facilities needed to improve the status of the hospital. The major challenge facing the hospital is manning. We have visited the Edo State Hospitals Management Board (HMB) in Benin-city but to no avail. My appeal in this parley to the executive governor of Edo state is to urge him to help my community with qualified staff to man this facility for efficient service delivery to my people. I am confident he will address these areas. In fact, both association and individuals have for the umpteenth time made donations to the hospital in the bid to see that it begin to function again like a hospital in the true sense of the word. It would be recalled at this juncture that the general hospital was built by late General Samuel Ogbemudia-led administration in the old Bendel

State and commenced operations on December 4th, 1974. In the area of education needs of all Igbanke children that are schooling at both primary and secondary schools in the community, learning has ostensibly become a burden as school structures across the communities that made up Igbanke are nothing to write home about. It is not an exaggeration to say that the situation is the same in all the communities. Unarguably due to the appalling and unconducive nature of school environments across the communities, the leadership of Igbanke Unity Forum (IUF) in April 20, 2019, presented school furniture to all 13 primary schools in Igbanke. In the same vein, members of Igbanke Grammar School Old Students Association who were worried (and still are) by the growing infrastructural decay at its alma mater, commissioned, renovated and handed over to the school an administrative block. Still in the same vein, Engr. Usiagwu said in an interview held recently with him by this writer that he has equally donated a classroom block to a primary school in the community. He said, “In my own little way, I recently built and furnished a block of two classrooms in my alma mater, Igbontor Primary school, IgbontorIgbanke and in turn donated the project to Edo State Government”. He said, the facility was commissioned by the Executive Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who was ably represented by the deputy speaker of Edo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Roland Asoro. Against the foregoing backdrop, there is no denying the fact that members of Igbanke community have being compelled to resort to

self-help towards the development of the town. Ordinarily, the onus of developing the community is on Edo State government. Unfortunately, since the government is not forthcoming in that direction of development, the people have no other option than to help themselves. Given the forgoing untoward development, it is little wonder that this piece is aptly headlined thus: “In Terms of Infrastructure, There Was Igbanke” as a reminiscence of what Chinua Achebe literarily did through “There was a country” in the case of Nigeria. Interpretatively put, the infrastructure that one characterized Igbanke as a community are no more present, and where they are present, they are no more functional, and no longer serving the purposes they were established for. Speaking to this writer recently, Engr. Usiagwu said, “Sincerely, I am at sea on why the developmental initiative of NDDC is not visible in the community. In our local government, Igbanke is one of the top urban settlements and despite that, its continuous neglect has become very worrisome. For instance, no Igbanke man is on the board of NDDC. I think there is no plan yet on the part of NDDC to push developmental project to my community. This alienation is one too many. I want to appeal to the management of NDDC to include Igbanke community in their map for project that will transform the lives of the people of Igbanke. This neglect is actually becoming unbecoming and we are quite optimistic that this position will change for better”. Isaac Asabor is a Public Affairs Analyst.

Practices to form cliques, follow bloc politics will never succeed By Zhong Sheng

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he Group of Seven (G7) recently wrapped up a summit and issued a joint communique in which it made irresponsible and false statements on issues related to China’s Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, viciously slandered China, and interfered in China’s domestic affairs. Such act runs counter to the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the trend of the times of peace, development and win-win cooperation. It exposes the bad intentions of the United States and a few other countries to deliberately create antagonism and widen differences. When the world is still challenged by the rampant COVID-19 pandemic, sluggish economic recovery and climate change, the United States and a few other countries have failed to deliver outstanding governance, and are trapped in an anti-China paranoia. The international society is very much disappointed by the G7 summit this time, and has expressed deep concerns and dissatisfaction over the practice

of the United States and a few other countries. Spanish newspaper Rebelión said in an article that the G7 was only working to maintain its hegemony and never cared about how the world could be made better. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown even called the G7 summit an “unforgiveable moral failure.” The United States and a few other countries did everything they could to slander China and build an image of unity during the G7 summit, but as American media said, few countries responded with passion. The reason is simple: lies are lies. More and more far-sighted personages from the international community have realized that the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong and measures to improve the special administrative region’s electoral system are helpful for the long-term stability of the “one country, two systems” principle and have been supported by most of Hong Kong citizens. The Chinese government’s Xinjiang policies are also supported by people of all ethnic groups in

the autonomous region as the policies have further consolidated social stability, ethnic unity and people’s livelihood there. On Taiwan question, the one-China principle is a common aspiration of the international society, and any remarks and practices that support the “Taiwan independence” forces would never be allowed by international justice. Russian President Vladimir Putin recently expressed his support for China on issues related to Xinjiang and Taiwan, which reflected the mainstream opinion of the international society. The noises made by the G7 summit fully exposed the dangerous intentions of the United States and a few other countries to form cliques, follow bloc politics, and oppress other development modes guided by different ideologies. There is only one system and one order in the world: the international system with the UN at the core and the international order based on international law. There is only one set of rules: the basic norms of international

relations based on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. At present, the international society faces an urgent need to reinforce solidarity and cooperation and practice genuine multilateralism under the banner of the UN. The United States and a few other countries, being addicted to confrontation games, would only annoy the international society and be opposed by it. Their unilateral practices would only undermine international rules and orders. In recent years, the necessity of existence of the G7 has been constantly questioned, due to a drop of its international presence, as well as its improper mentality on how it views the world. This point has been once again indicated by the G7 summit this time. Volker Tschapke, honorary president of the Prussian Society, pointed out that from a global point of view, the G7 is a forum of the old times, and these countries can’t solve the problems of the world on behalf of the global population. Gulf News of the United Arab

Emirates recently posted an article titled Why an Outdated G7 is No Longer Relevant. It stressed that “good versus evil” will not cut it in this age, adding that it will only make the G7 meeting another ceremonial photo-op event. The polarization of the world and the democratization of international relations are an irresistible trend of the times. Today’s world is no longer a place where a country, or a group of countries can decide everything. Any practice to form cliques or follow bloc politics runs counter to the trend of the times and will never succeed. The United States and a few other countries shall find a remedy to their mental illness, get rid of Cold War mentality, abandon the attempt to recover their descending influence by establishing imaginary enemies, and do something that is really helpful for the international society. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on foreign policy.)

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Education sector and bill on Teachers’ new retirement age By Jerome-Mario Utomi

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resident Muhammadu Buhari, Pursuant to section 58 ( 2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), recently, transmitted to the Senate, a harmonized retirement age for teachers in Nigeria Bill, 2021 for consideration. This latest move is geared towards formalizing the promise made few months ago by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to review upward the retirement age of teachers and their years of service. While reading the new letter to Members on the floor of the Senate, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan explained that the harmonized retirement age for teachers in Nigeria Bill 2021 seeks to increase the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years, and also increase the possible years of service from 35 to 40 years. In the intervening time, the development has received torrent of commendation and glowing tributes. The reason for this form of reaction is not farfetched. First, education typifies the bedrock of development of any nation. ‘With sound educational institutions, a country is as good as made -as the institutions will turn out all rounded manpower to continue with the development of the society driven by well thought out ideas, policies, programmes, and projects’. In the same line of argument, development experts are in agreement that teachers play a strategic role in nation building and attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education. Second and very key is that governments and parents across the world appear to have come to term that as soon as their children step into the school, ‘the single most

important factor in determining their achievement is not the colour of their skin or where they come from; it’s not who their parents are or how much money they have. It’s who their teacher is. It’s the person who will brave some of the most difficult schools, the most challenging children, and accept the most meager compensation simply to give someone else the chance to succeed’. Again, pondering over these decision by the Federal Government, it is obvious that there exist, to some extent, this time around peripheral reasons to applaud the latest step particularly as teachers have provided often, great leadership and innovation ensuring that no learner is left behind, working individually and collectively to find solutions and create new learning environments for their students to allow education to continue. But an objective analysis of the policy direction reveals that it is laced with limited options. It will be of considerable importance to this intervention to underline that aside retirement age, there are many objective concerns that teachers in Nigeria daily wrestle with. There are so many challenges other than retirement age they need Federal Government, to find answers and soon to. In the same vein, talking about the fallen standard of education in the country, it has nothing to do with early or late retirement of teachers but principally a

function of other factors militating against learning in the country. Reviewing upward the retirement age of teachers and their years of service without first reforming/ reworking the nation education policy to suite the 21st century industry and knowledge demand could be likened to curing the effect of an ailment while leaving the root cause to thrive. Tragically unique is the question that if this Bill sails and teachers’ retirement age is extended, what becomes the fate of our fresh graduates that spire to become teachers and particularly now that unemployment in the country has recently gotten to a galloping level? Let’s go into analysis of this claim. Even President Muhammadu Buhari during the celebration of the world teacher’s day 2020 was not only in agreement with but emphatic that only great teachers can produce excellent people and students that will make the future of our country great. A positive or negative influence of a teacher on any child will have an effect on that child. Going by the above agreement, this piece holds the

opinion that as a nation, if we are desirous of helping our teachers in ways that will help our children as well as build the nation; the first step to take is payment of discipline attention to the nation education policies and teachers training and retraining processes. At this point, we must not also fail to remember that the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers recognizes this fact. This Recommendation sets benchmarks regarding the rights and responsibilities of teachers and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions. Aside the fact that the sector has in the past witnessed series of similar promises from previous administrations, many believe that solution to education sector in Nigeria cannot be found in ‘bogus promises’ such as increasing teachers’ retirement age, rather, it’s about the government going back to the drawing board to bring back teachers’ training colleges. “It has become imperative for governments to address/rework education policy in Nigeria. Education sector in Nigeria and teachers on the other hands have suffered sets of challenges which include but not limited to; payment of lip service to, and in some cases, total abandonment of the National Policy on Education by successive governments through perennial

While reading the new letter to Members on the floor of the Senate, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan explained that the harmonized retirement age for teachers in Nigeria Bill 2021 seeks to increase the retirement age for teachers from 60 to 65 years, and also increase the possible years of service from 35 to 40 years.

underfunding of the sector. And in more damaging cases, the money government voted for running the schools does not get to the schools and the little that gets there is normally wasted by those whose responsibility it is to manage the schools. It has not been an easy road for Nigerian teachers. Since May 1999, when democracy re-emerged on the political surface called Nigeria, it has been a tough and tumble ride. Even the practice of democracy in the country, contrary to earlier beliefs, has not helped to stop the pangs. Most dehumanizing is that they(teachers) presently receive minimum wage from the government and private operator at a time the global community is preaching living wage. Qualifying the situation as a crisis is the awareness that this is happening in the face of the fact that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms that education is a fundamental human right for everyone and this right was further detailed in the Convention against Discrimination in Education. The right to education is a human right and indispensable for the exercise of other human rights because quality education aims to ensure the development of a fully-rounded human being. It is one of the most powerful tools in lifting socially excluded children and adults out of poverty and into society. UNESCO data shows that if all adults completed secondary education, globally the number of poor people could be reduced by more than half. It narrows the gender gap for girls and women. A UN study also showed that each year of schooling reduces the probability of infant mortality by 5 to 10 per cent. To be continued

Why Africa’s capacity in neuroscience research is low By Ezekiel Akinkunmi and Abdulsalam Mahmud

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n the outcome of their ‘brilliant’ analysis, lead author, Mahmoud Bukar Maina, who is a Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences and Sussex Neuroscience research group at the University of Sussex said: “We hope it will provide useful data to guide governments, funders and other stakeholders in helping to shape science in Africa, and combat the ‘brain drain’ from the region.” Even though early progress in neuroscience began in ‘ancient’ Egypt, Africa’s research capacity in this area has not kept pace with the developments in the field. The reasons for this are diverse, and include low funding, inadequate research infrastructure, the relatively small number of active scientists, and their high level of administrative and teaching load. These barriers limit research and innovations from Africa, and contribute to the ‘brain drain’ from the region that extends long beyond neuroscience itself. The above assertions were made by a team of neuroscientists,

who recently conducted a longterm analysis of research outputs in the field of neuroscience, in the continent. Many of the researchers involved in the analysis are active members of TReND Africa, a charity co-founded by Lucia and Tom, which supports scientific capacity building across Africa through biomedical training courses, networking opportunities, outreach and workshops. The study, published in Nature Communications, clearly details the African countries with the highest research outputs and reveals that the majority of research funding comes from external sources such as the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK). The researchers argue that local funding is vital in order to establish a sustainable A f r i c a n neuroscience research environment, suggesting g r e a t e r

government backing, as well as support from the philanthropic sector. The team, made up of experts from the University of Sussex, the Francis Crick Institute and institutions from across Africa, analysed all of the continent’s Neuroscience outputs over two decades, thoroughly curating local and international collaborations, research citation, visibility and funding. As ‘concerned’ scientists, they made a case for a greater support of neuroscience research in Africa. Though Neuroscience research in Africa remains sparse, according to them, devising new policies to boost Africa’s neuroscience landscape is imperative, based on accurate

data on research outputs. Co-lead senior author, Tom Baden, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Sussex said one pervasive problem highlighted in their research was the marked absence of domestic funding. “In most African countries, international funding far predominates. This is doubly problematic. Firstly, it takes away the crucial funding stability that African researchers would need to meaningfully embark on large-scale and long-term research projects. “And secondly, it means that the international, nonAfrican funders essentially end up deciding what research is performed across the continent,” Prof. Baden added. On the outcome of their ‘brilliant’ analysis, lead author, Mahmoud Bukar Maina, who is a Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences and Sussex Neuroscience research group at the University of Sussex said: “We hope it will provide useful data to

The above assertions were made by a team of neuroscientists, who recently conducted a long-term analysis of research outputs in the field of neuroscience, in the continent.

guide governments, funders and other stakeholders in helping to shape science in Africa, and combat the ‘brain drain’ from the region.” On her part, co-lead senior author, Lucia Prieto-Godino, who is also a Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute, said: “One of the reasons why this work is so important, is that the first step to solve any problem is understanding it. “Here we analyse key features and the evolution of neuroscience publications across all 54 African countries, and put them in a global context. This highlights strengths and weaknesses, and informs which aspects will be key in the future to support the growth and global integration of neuroscience research in the continent.” *Akinkunmi, PhD, a Don in the Department of Pharmaceutics, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), in Ile-Ife; and Mahmud, a freelance journalist, are Fellows of the African Science Literacy Network (ASLN).*


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News Rights of children: SCI took campaign to Gwagwalada secondary school By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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s children in Nigeria joined their counterparts across the continent to celebrate the Day of the African Child, Save the Children International (SCI), Nigeria, took its campaign to Junior Secondary Schoold Gwagwalada, a Suburb in the nation’s capital to intensify campaign on safety of schools. Speaking while addressing newsmen on the significance of the day, SCI Advocacy, Campaign and Policy Manager, Edith Nankhiling Gumut, said the day was meant to advocate the rights of the African child. She expressed worry that children across the continent are always at the receiving end of conflicts. “In Africa, children have suffered from effects of perennial conflicts, kidnapping, sexual violence and other heinous crimes”. She said these conflicts have forced children out of schools. She added that poverty was also another major factor that kept children out of school, saying that government at all levels must step up to put an end to all these challenges beclouding children across the continent. “This is the time for African leaders to demonstrate true leadership to safe the love of children. We want schools to be open and children should be protected. “We are also advocating good health and nutrition for children across the continent”. On her part, the Principal of the school, Florence Okonkwo, thanked SCI for their support and pledged that her school will champion the campaign on the rights of children. Represented by the vice Principal, Baba Sumaila, she added that the school will organize various events on rights of children. The highlights of the programme includes; poetry, debate, drama and songs on the rights of the African child.

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38 AKSU programmes get NUC accreditation – VC

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rof. Nse Essien, Vice Chancellor, Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) on Thursday said the National Universities Commission (NUC) had approved full accreditation of 38 of its 42 academic programmes. Essien, a Professor of Sedimentology, disclosed this at a news conference as part of activities marking his one year in office. He said the remaining three unaccredited programmes were new ones to commence in the 2020/2021 academic session in July, adding that students had already been admitted into the programmes. The vice chancellor said the 38 accredited academic programmes were in Faculty of Agriculture, Social Sciences, Management Studies, Art, Science Engineering and Science Education. He expressed optimism that the remaining three programmes

which are: Sociology and Anthropology, Biochemistry and Banking and Finance would be accredited when the NUC team visits again two weeks from now. “Altogether, we have about 38 academic programmes. We have just moved from 38 to 42 academic programmes. Faculty of Agriculture, Social Sciences, Management Studies, Art, Science Engineering and Science Education. “For the past one year that we have been in the saddle of leadership, we have started three new programmes and the programmes are; Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Biochemistry and Department of Banking and Finance. “So, these new programmes will actually start in July, when the new academic session commences, that is 2020/2021 academic session. “We have already admitted students and they will start

normal academic activities. The programmes will be based in Obio Akpa Campus,” Essien said. The vice chancellor added that apart from the three new programmes, the university had also commenced Postgraduate Studies in 67 programmes. He said the postgraduate programmes had received the approval of the NUC and would span between PGD, M.SC, MPA, MBA and PhD. Essien added that the university had also unbundled Mass Communication into Department of Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting and Journalism and Media Studies. “This is our definite plan to ensure that we produce quality postgraduate to suffocate the work space in Nigeria and we also have PGD, Masters and Doctorate programmes in Mass Communication. “We have also unbundled

Mass Communication, now it is no longer Mass Communication, but we have broken them into other departments. “In our university, we have the Departments of Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting and Journalism and Media Studies, “he said. The vice chancellor said that in order to make good use of the Mass Communication department, the university would launch its AKSU FM Radio Station in July. He said “Very soon, within the next 30 days we are going to launch and hit the airwave with our AKSU FM radio, and the radio has received all the clearance.” Essien said the university was to mainstream all the visions of the state government through their programmes and produce manpower that would support maritime, aviation industries and drive industrialisation process. (NAN)

L-R: Imo State Chairman, All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Prince Chibuike Ogbeama, Acting National Secretary APGA, Alh. Kabiru Yusuf, Acting National Chairman APGA, Chief Jude Okeke , the Acting National Publicity of the APGA, Hon. Ikechukwu Chukwunyere taking oath of office from the Party legal Adviser, Barrister Peter Abang, during the Party National Executive council meeting and swearing- in of the Party acting executives, held recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Community head appeals for rehabilitation of Edjeba road By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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he Oghwuvwie of Edjeba - Agbarha Warri, Chief Richard Okoro, has appealed for the rehabilitation of Peter Kings Link Road to Government House Annex, in

Edjeba. Okoro made the appeal in a media interaction with newsmen in the community at the weekend. He stated that the Peter Kings Road project was awarded by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and

that the project had not been completed. Okoro who bears the chieftaincy title of ‘Aridon’ of Agbarha Warri Kingdom, also appealed to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for the rehabilitation of Edjeba Road, linking Delta

(DBS) Broadcasting Service in the community. He noted that the said road was axial to the NPA WarriEffurun Express Way. Okoro emphasized that the community was a host to many multinational companies,

including Chevron, NPDC, NDDC, DBS and College of Education Warri, amongst others. He therefore said that the community deserved good patronage from government and the multi national companies.

the State Civil Service. This was contained in a statement signed by the State Head of the Civil Service, Alhaji Hussaini Ali Kila and made available to news men through the public relations officer of Secretary to the state

government Ismail Ibrahim Dutse. The Head of Service, gave the list of the successful Directors elevated to the position of Permanent Secretaries as Safiya I. Muhammad, Abdullahi Hassan, Lawan Muhammad Bello and

Uwani Jafaru. Others are Dr. Rabi’u Miko, Abdulrahman A. Mato, Nuhu Haruna and Dr. Haruna Usman and the statement said, all the the appointments takes immediate effects.

The statement disclosed that the appointment of the new Permanent Secretaries is purely on merit, competency, personal integrity and seniority adding that, the appointments takes immediate effects.

Gov Badaru appoints eight new permanent secretaries From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse

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he Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Badaru has approved the appointment of Eight Permanent Secretaries to fill the vacancies in

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HDP 2019 Presidential candidate, Owuru, sues Buhari, wants villa declared vacant By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he 2019 Presidential candidate for Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Albert Ambrose Owuru, has sued President Muhammadu Buhari before a Federal High Court in Abuja, asking the court to declare his seat vacant. Owuru’s move is coming two years after he vied for the same position as Buhari in the 2019 presidential election. A British trained constitutional lawyer, Owuru who was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1982 wants the court to declare Buhari an unlawful President illegally occupying the presidential seat. The plaintiff who contested on the platform of the Hope Democratic Party (HDD), is asking the court to declare him the authentic winner of the poll. He is seeking an order of the court directing his immediate inauguration to take over from Buhari. In the suit, instituted on June 16. 2021 against President Buhari and two others, Owuru claimed that he won the February 16. 2019 Presidential debate and that his suit against Buhari at the Supreme Court was inconclusive due to some errors on the adjourned date. He sought a declaration by the federal high court declaring that he is entitled to serve out a tenure of 4 years after his formal inauguration. Among other reliefs, the HDP presidential candidate wants Buhari removed from office with immediate effect and be compelled through the order of the court to refund all salaries allowances and emoluments he collected while being in office as President, unlawfully. Owuru pleaded with the court to give an order that salaries allowances and emoluments be paid to him from May 29. 2019 till date when he ought to have been sworn in. The plaintiff further applied for an order of perpetual injunction restraining Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation and Independent National Electoral Commission INEC from further organizing and conducting any Presidential election in 2023 to enable him complete his 4-year term when inaugurated. Meanwhile, no date has yet been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

APC Govs have sanctioned autonomy for judiciary, legislature - Kebbi Gov, Bagudu By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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overnors elected on the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC), have agreed to grant financial autonomy to the judiciary and the legislative arm of government in their various States. The Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, who is the chairman of the APC Governors, commonly identified as Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), disclosed this while briefing journàlists after a meeting of the governors of the party in Abuja. According to him, “We started by commending the committee we assigned with the responsibility of navigating on our behalf on the autonomy for legislature and judiciary. “The Forum commended the Committee, its work and outcome. We want to restate that as a forum we are committed to

its implementation as agreed with all”. Governor Bagudu also said the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), led by Governor Mai Mala Buni, had submitted the timetable for the party’s National convention to President Muhammadu Buhari, assuring that once he approved, the convention would hold. “We considered the timetable and we have made some inputs particularly to comply with the Electoral Law and the party’s Constitution. Remember we (PGF) are just one organ of the party (though a very important organ), but we advised the Caretaker Committee to ensure that they consult with all, so that at the end of the day, the final output will be such that all party members will be happy. “There is a proposal before Mr. President and once he approves it, the National Caretaker Committee

will announce the date”, he said. He said “the PGF also took report from the National Chairman of the Caretaker ExtraOrdinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Mai Mala Buni, Governor of Yobe State and we commended the Caretaker Committee under his able leadership for all the successes recorded by the party, particularly that on daily basis people are joining the party. “Even in the last few months, we had former Gov. Gbenga Daniel, the Governors of Ebonyi State and Cross River State, former Speaker, members of the National and State Assemblies, many illustrious citizens of Nigeria and we are still counting. “This is a testament to the fact that APC is Nigeria’s preferred party. It is the party Nigerians will continue to aspire and continue to be proud of. We also appreciate the successes recorded despite the constraints of limited economy.

“We equally discussed the time table for our congresses and we reviewed the security situation and acknowledged some of the challenges, as well as the successes achieved. We also acknowledged the constraints of the economy and the successes that are being achieved. “We noted that Mr. President visited Lagos to commission the Lagos/Ibadan railway, the Deep Sea Project and other items provided by Lagos State Governor to enhance the security of Lagos State. Just yesterday, Mr. President commissioned the backbone of the 7th Strand of the NLNG. We believe these are among many other legacy projects that will continue to bring more income for the country.” Meanwhile, at the meeting, all but one APC Governors were in attendance, as the Deputy Governor of Cross River State stood in for Governor Ben Ayade.

Member representing Yawuri/Shagani and Ngaski Federal Constituency from Kebbi state, Hon. Yusuf Tanko Sununu, addressing the House of Reps press corps on the insecurities rampaging his constituency calling on federal government to take action as matter of urgency, at the National Assembly yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Congresses: Enugu APC writes Buni on Senator Ayogu Eze’s leadership By Christiana Ekpa

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he All Progressives Congress (APC), Enugu State chapter, has written to the National Chairman of the party’s Caretaker and National Convention Committee (CECPC), Governor Buni Mai Mala, declaring their confidence in the leadership role being provided by its 2019 governorship candidate, Senator Ayogu Eze. The State chapter of the party told Buni that Ayogu has been a blessing since he joined the party. In a statement jointly signed

by the APC State Caretaker Chairman, Ben Nwoye, APC Local Government Area Caretaker Chairman, Desmond Ayogu and the APC Ward Seven Igbo Eze North LGA Caretaker Chairman, Nduka Obeta, the party described Eze as a grassroots politician who has brought his wealth of experience and knowledge to help develop the party and widen its appeal and popularity within Enugu State and the South East geopolitical zone. Thanking Sen. Eze for his contributions to the APC, the party observed that he had always

identified with the party in all its programmes and activities, noting that the senator has always put the party very high in his scale of activities and has been one of the party faithfuls that has never missed any opportunity to identify with the APC and her members during festivities and at times of adversity. The party further commended Sen. Eze for being level headed and loyal to the party in all his dealings, noting that he worked assiduously with other party members to assist the committee sent to Enugu State for the

recently concluded registration exercise, led by Sen. Jonathan Zwingina, to conduct an outstanding exercise. The party’s statement told Sen. Eze that as the leader of the party in Enugu State, all eyes were on him to continue to mobilise the party for the coming congresses and national convention and the 2023 general elections. They noted that he should be prepared to work with other leaders of the party to ensure the party takes over the government of Enugu State at the 2023 polls.


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South East killings is genocidal in proportion, must stop now - AAC By Musa Baba Adamu

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he African Action Congress (AAC) has condemned the wanton killings and destruction of property in the South East, saying it is genocidal in proportion. In a statement issued yesterday by the National chairman of AAC, Leornad Nzenwa, the party called on the security agents to take urgent steps to restore peace and order in the zone. It said “It is unfortunate that the South East that had been peaceful and stable over the years has recently been turned into a killing field by forces bent on destabilizing the zone ahead of 2023 general election. Human life has become so cheap that it can be easily snuffed out in the orgy of calculated killings and arson. “Eye witnesses and residents in the zone have revealed killings of massive level nearing genocidal proportion in the last few months with law abiding citizens harassed, arrested, kidnapped, raped; communities attacked, private and public buildings set ablaze, thus making the zone ungovernable. “Security agents who were dispatched to restore order have also run amok harassing, arresting, detaining, killing and overrunning some communities in the zone in search of the ubiquitous “unknown gunmen” and IPOB members.” The party said while it calls for the arrest and prosecution of the forces behind the killings and the subversive elements in the zone, it urge security agents to strictly adhere to their rule of engagement and ensure innocent citizens are not harassed, intimidated, arrested, detained or killed in their efforts to restore peace and order. “The news media is also awash with killings and destruction of private property by disgruntled security agents. All those found wanting in the discharge of their duties should be punished to serve as a deterrent to others. The human rights of the people as free citizens must be respected. Federal and state governments should thoroughly investigate all extra judicial killings in the zone and bring the perpetrators to book. “The nation has witnessed increased security challenges in recent times. No part of the country is safe ranging from terrorism, insurgency, militancy, banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen and unknown gunmen killings, arson, attacks on insecurity agents and secession bid, making Nigeria an unruly laboratory of democracy. “It is as if there is no government at all levels. Jungle justice prevails over social justice, due process and the rule of law in flagrant violation of section 14(2)b of the 1999 constitution, as amended, which provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. “AAC calls on government at all levels to sit up, do the right things, stop buck passing and redirect the ship of the nation to the path of rectitude, peace, unity, advancement and prosperity. The party will continue to champion sustainable democracy in Nigeria. We are all in it together. Together we shall save our frail democracy and build a great nation future generations will be proud of”, the party said.

APC clears Moghalu, Andy Ubah, 12 others for Anambra guber primaries

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he All Progressive Congress (APC) has cleared former Governor of Anambra State, Andy Ubah, the Managing Director of Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), George Moghalu, and twelve others to contest the party primaries for November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State. The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Governor Mai Mala Buni on Thursday received the

report of the Screening Committee at the party headquarters in Abuja. Recall that the Committee screened fourteen (14) aspirants, namely: Sen. Emmanuel Andy Uba; Nwokafor Amobi Daniel; Dr. George N. Moghalu; Hon. Paul Izuchukwuorajiaka; Chief Edozie Madu; Dr. Chidozie Wilson Nwankwo; Mr. Maxwell S. C. Okoye; Col. AVC. Geoff Onyejegbu. Others are: Hon. Azuka Uche Okwuosa; Onwa Ikeobasi Mokelu; Igwebuikeifeanyi Hygers; Godwin C Okonkwo (Rev.); Beneth Chukwuogo Etiaba and Onunkwo

Johnbosko Obinna. Submitting the report at the APC National Secretariat, Chairman of the Screening Committee, Chief Ikechi Emenike said, “We approached this work with the spirit of patriotism, transparency and with an open heart in line with provisions of the Nigerian constitution and the party’s guidelines for the nomination of candidates”. Emenike added, “Politics is a contest, as long as they are qualified, let them go to the field”. Receiving the report on behalf of the National Chairman, the CECPC National Secretary, Sen.

John James Akpanudoedehe thanked the Screening Committee for serving the party. “I receive this report on behalf of the National Chairman of the Party in good faith. The report will be sent to the National Chairman immediately. The National Chairman is with the President in Borno State, I am sure you are aware of that. “By what you have done, you have removed the need for an Appeal Committee. We are indeed very grateful to the committee for serving the party in the Screening Exercise” Akpanudoedehe stated. R-L: Second Secretary, Embassy of Ireland in Nigeria, Mr. Conor Finn, Nigererian Representative in African Union, Economic and Social Cultural Council (ECOSOCC), Dr. Tunji Asaolu, Head Women Affairs / Gender AU ECOSOCC Nigeria. Adaora Onyecheme, National General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Barr. Daramola Joseph and the National Secretary MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma, during the African Union- Ecosocc Nigeria press conference, Theme: “Insecurity in Nigeria, the role of Nigerian women in conflict resolution, peace building and mediation”, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Enugu guber: Don’t dare us - Nkanu threatens opponents of zoning By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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eople of Enugu East Senatorial Zone of Enugu State, has threatened those opposing zoning arrangements in the State, warning that any plan to truncate the zoning arrangement with regards to the governorship position in the State will spell room in the State. They made the declaration at a mega rally held at the Michael Okpara Square in Enugu, the State capital. Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State was the Chief guest of honour at the rally. The Governor, in his speech, said he was delighted to be in the midst of the people of Enugu East, adding that he appreciates their support in the 2019 election, assuring them that their support would never be taken for granted. Ugwuanyi said he had listened to their speeches and assured them that as 2019 election ended in praise, 2023 shall also end in praise, saying that justice shall prevail. Recall that in the build up to the 2023 general election, there were claims and counter claims with regards to the zone that would produce the next Governor of the State. Stakeholders of Enugu West

Senatorial Zone, home of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, came up a few days ago vowing to produce the next Governor of the State. Some politicians from Enugu North have also made a case for the zone, arguing that since the position has gone round, the rotation should start from them. But the people of Enugu East have now vowed that no one would stand on their way to the Lion Building in 2023. The Okpara Square event had in attendance people from various political and religious divides, traditional rulers, among others. First to speak was the convener of the rally and Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi, who warned that “we have the blood of a butcher in us, we can do and undo.” He told Governor Ugwuanyi that his predecessors all anointed those that succeeded them, stressing “Your Excellency, your own will not be different. “In 1999, our father, Distinguished Senator Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwonodo, anointed Senator Chimaroke Nnamani to be the Governor of Enugu State. Chimaroke later annointed Sullivan Chime to be the Governor and after his tenure, he anointed you to be the

Governor of Enugu State. “Your Excellency, your own is not going to be different, we are waiting for you to anoint the next Governor of Enugu State from Nkanuland, which comprises six local government areas. Any soul you pick, we will give you and the person all the needed support.” The Speaker went ahead to knock those he said have been going around with the notion that Nkanu people were butchers. He stressed that they were indeed proud to be butchers, adding “I agree we are butchers. If not for the insecurity in this country we were supposed to come here with our matchets. How can you call us butchers? A zone that produced the first governor of the old Anambra State, you are calling us butchers.” Ubosi enumerated other principal leadership positions that the people from the zone had occupied and warned against any further denigration of the people. “How can a reasonable person be calling us butchers? An Nkanu man can have anything, with that blood of a butcher in him he can do undo. I want to call on other zones not to undermine us.” Meanwhile, Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye told the gathering that the party

has already zoned its governorship ticket to the Enugu East Senatorial Zone. Nwoye, who lauded Governor Ugwuanyi for the existing peace in the State said the zoning arrangement should not be destroyed. The APC Chairman told Gov. Ugwuanyi that “the fact that you are here means you are with us, the fact that you are here means that you have agreed to bring the anointed one from Nkanuland come 2023.” “APC has already zoned its governorship ticket to Enugu East,” he said amid applause, adding “we are here to tell the PDP to also zone the position to Enugu East.” On his part, however, Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State, Hon. Augustine Nnamani said his party was yet to cede the position to any of the three Senatorial zones. Hon. Prince Offor Chukwuegbo, representing Enugu-North/South Federal constituency, who spoke on behalf of members of the National Assembly lauded Governor Ugwuanyi for identifying with them and for the prevailing peace in the State. He said the essence of the event was to solicit the support for the emergence of a Governor of Enugu East extraction in 2023.

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Biafra: South East crisis won’t disrupt Anambra guber election – Senator Ubah By Musa Baba Adamu

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he Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Ifeanyi Ubah, has allayed the fears that the sociopolitical crisis currently rocking South East zone would disrupt the forthcoming Anambra State governorship election. Ubah spoke to journalists against the backdrop of the huge threat from various interest groups that the planned election would not be allowed to hold until the issue of Biafran agitation is resolved. The senator expressed confidence that the current insecurity in the region would not affect the conduct of the polls and that the region would be peaceful during the poll. “We are used to holding elections during crisis situations. This is a constitution process which must be completed. We will do everything possible to make sure that we have a very smooth poll on November 6,” he said. The lawmaker also clarified that his party, the YPP was not behind the crisis rocking the region contrary to insinuations in some quarters. He said “The YPP has the blessings of God and everybody needs to queue behind the party. We meant well for Anambra State. Other parties didn’t mean well for the Anambra State that’s why they are having a crisis. “For them to be having a crisis means that their foundation was not solid. We don’t have any crisis in the YPP and we are very strong. We are not behind their predicament.” Ubah also ruled out the possibility of defecting from the party before or after the election, saying “I won’t defect because of my belief in the party. I will stand by the part any day, any time and anywhere. “I initiated a motion which led to one of the biggest bills in the 9th Senate. I am also the co-sponsor of the bill for the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act 2004 (Amendment Bill, 2009). “The bill is generated for Nigeria every year, over N700 billion. This is something that Nigeria should be proud of. That is what YPP has given to Nigerians,” he stressed.

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We believe in one Nigeria, PDP not in support of secession – Hon. Adebutu By Christiana Ekpa

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former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, has said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) believes in a united Nigeria living in peace. Adebutu stated, however, that the party is insisting on equity and justice for all Nigerians. The former lawmaker disclosed this Thursday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during the Ladi Adebutu Good Governance Symposium held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. Adebutu blamed the agitations for secession on how the local government had been rendered incompetent in Nigeria. According to him, governors have killed the local governments

by hijacking funds that belong to them from the federal allocation. He advocated that local government elections should no longer be run by state electoral bodies. His said “When we fail at the grassroots, everything has failed. Deliberately, governors have killed the local governments for the purpose of revenue hijack. Money coming from the federal allocations are hijacked by the state government. To make sure money does not get to the local governments, governors will go to any extent. “In Ogun State, the APC government wants to steal the money belonging to the local governments, that is why they want to shut PDP out of the coming elections. We are terribly

struggling now to make sure our party participates in the election. “The problem we have in Nigeria now is self-inflicted because we prevent the local governments from functioning, stealing their and rendering them incompetent, and this leads to agitations from the grassroots. “The only way out is to take elections from state bodies and allow credible elections to take place throughout the nation, so that people can genuinely choose their leaders. If that is denied, people will do otherwise. “I pray for a successful and united nation. I truly believe that one of the ways forward is to create a successful tier of government and that is the local government. “We are not perfect. We are

of the PDP extraction, but we believe in a united country. We believe in peace, we believe in coexistence. Am I speaking for all of us? We believe in one Nigeria. We are not secessionists. For those who are here to record our goings on, let it be said clearly. But, we want and we insist on equity and justice.” The second edition of the symposium was tagged: ‘Local Government Autonomy, A Panacea For National Development’. It had in attendance, guest speakers like Chief Mike Ozekhome, Dr Olukemi Aluko, Comrade Adedeji Akinwalere, who all spoke on the importance of having a functioning local government administrations across the nation.

Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (2nd right), Minister of State for Science and Technology Barr. Mohammed H. Abdullahi (2nd left), Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Mr. Edet Sunday Akpan (left), and Ambassador/ Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Mrs. Hajo Sani (right), during her Courtesy Visit to the Ministry of Science and Technology, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Imo hasn’t benefited anything from joining APC in South East – Political analyst By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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political analyst, Donald Anyanwu, has said that Imo is gaining little or nothing as the only APC state in the Southeast zone. Anyanwu said the state is yet to get any tangible benefit from the federal government contrary to what was earlier expected. The analyst spoke to

newsmen on Tuesday in Owerri, the Imo State capital. He accused the Uzdinmaled government of lacking in administration and peoples welfare. According to him, “If the Governor is a true administrator, he should not have appointed a woman as the Special Adviser, Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs. “The culture of Igbo does

not allow a woman preside over ceremonies or ruling involving traditional rulers and titled men. “The appointment, to me, is tantamount to the Governor not wanting the ministry to function properly or not exist at all. “The truth is that Imo has benefited little or nothing from the Buhari-led APC government. “The Governor, on his

swearing-in, promised heaven and earth to Imo people, unfortunately, the people are yet to get a fair share of the dividends of democracy as the only APC state in the whole of Southeast. This is very unfortunate. “The Governor has to sit up and prove a point to Imo people because his government is fast expiring,” he added.


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News Court stops Gov Akeredolu from sacking Ondo Chief Judge By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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he Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday held that the Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, lack the power to sack the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu. In the judgement delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, the court held that the governor and five others, seeking to remove the Chief Judge from office without recourse to the National Judicial Council NJC lacked constitutional powers to do so. The court held that the powers to investigate, probe and indict any judicial officer for any misconduct in the discharge of duties is constitutionally vested in the National Judicial Council NJC only. Consequently, the court rather granted an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the governor and five others from probing, investigating or tampering with activities of Justice Akeredolu in the discharge of her official duties. Furthermore, the court made an order nullifying any decisions made by the governor and other defendants aimed at suspending, sacking and investigating the plaintiff on the ground that doing so will tantamount to act of illegality. Justice Ekwo maintained that for a state governor to unseat a judicial officer, he must act on the recommendation of the NJC adding that in the instant case, the NJC had not investigated the plaintiff’ and that there was no recommendation from NJC for governor Akeredolu to act upon to legally remove the Chief Judge. Justice Ekwo dismissed the claims of the governor and the Attorney General of Ondo that the case of the Chief Judge was opinionated and speculative adding that all averments in the supporting affidavit were founded on facts of law. The Judge therefore held that the governor and the Attorney General must act strictly to the provisions of the law before any Judicial officer can be investigated or removed from office. Consequently, Justice Ekwo barred the six defendants, their agents and privies form acting on any purported investigation report to carry out any act of illegalities against the Chief Judge. Justice Akeredolu had in the suit filed on her behalf by Mr Jibrin Okutepa SAN contended that the Ondo State Governor, the AG and the House of Assembly lacked the powers under the Constitution to investigate the Chief Judge for any allegation of professional misconduct.

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Bandits kidnap students, teachers in Kebbi school From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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andits have kidnapped unknown number of students and teachers of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri, in Kebbi state. Confirming the incident to newsmen on phone yesterday, the Press Secretary to the Emir of

Yauri, Mallam Ibrahim said that the kindapper stormed the school and kidnapped both female and male students. “The principal of the school just called the Palace and told His Royal Highness what actually happened. We cannot ascertain the number of students yet,” he added. Our correspondent gathered

that the kidnappers entered the school at about 10am of yesterday and killed one security guard attached to the school. One of the father of the affected student, Issa Usman who also spoke to our correspondent on phone said that the kidnappers used the school bus to move the students out from school to unknown destination.

He called on the Federal and State governments to close down all the schools at the remote areas in order to safe the lives of the children. Effort to reach the Police Public Relations officer Nafiu Abubakar prove abortive, as he did not pick his phone when our report called to confirm the incident.

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Pantami bags prestigious Digital Economy Driver Award By Etuka Sunday

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he effort of positioning Nigeria’s digital economy sector on the path of sustainable development has once more been brought to the spotlight as the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami

was conferred with the Digital Economy Driver Award. The Ministry in a statement said, the accolade was given by the National Body of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) to the Minister at his office during a familiarization visit to introduce its new exco on Wednesday, 16th

of June 2021. According to NITRA, the Award was in recognition of the Honourable Minister’s efforts in the formulation and implementation of policies to accelerate the digitization of the Nigerian economy. These efforts led to an ICT sector that had the highest

growth rate in the 4th Quarter of 2020, at 14.70%, as attested to by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its Q4 2020 Report. It also led to an increase in broadband penetration to and unprecedented 45.07%, as well as a significant drop in the cost of data.

The Association also acknowledged how the Minister has given priority to inclusive digital literacy and skills programmes to empower unemployed youths, artisans, women, Persons Living with Disabilities, Public Servants, Farmers, and Community Leaders, among others.

Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu (left), exchanging greetings with Chairmen of Political Parties, during the Second quarter meeting with Political Parties, at the INEC headquarters in Abuja, yesterday. Photo Mahmud Isa

Ohinoyi of Ebira crowns FCT minister as Onyize of Ebira land By Usman Shuaibu

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he Ohinoyi of Ebira in Okene, Kogi State, Dr Ado Ibrahim has turbaned the Minister of state for FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu as the Onyize of Ebira land.

The coronation ceremony took place at the Azad palace, Ado Ibrahim road, Okene on Saturday. The colourful occasion received the attendance of the royal fathers in the FCT as well as the chairmen of the area councils. The event also attracted some

prominent politicians, praise singers and business moguls within Kogi state and FCT. The ceremony featured the traditional dance, display and photograph. Speaking at the occasion, Dr Ado Ibrahim who is Attah of Ebira

land, charged the minister to continue to contribute her quota towards the development of Ebira land and Nigeria at large. Also speaking, the newly turbaned Onyize of Ebira land thanked Ohinoyi of Ebira land for the honour done to her.

Communique of our Uyo meeting offered solutions to nation’s problems, PDP Governors say By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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overnors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have declared that the communique issued at the end of their Monday’s meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, was patriotic, well thought out and offered solutions to the miriad of problems facing the nation. They have therefore urged President Muhammad I Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government should listen to the various issues raised in the communique rather than castigating them. The PDP Governors’ Forum (PDP-GF’) said this in a statement yesterday by its Director-General, Hon. CID Maduabum in reaction to an earlier statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu on behalf of the presidency. The PDP Governors, in the communique, had raised what they

called “patriotic and weighty issues of state”. Mallam Shehu, in the statement by the presidency, had said that the PDP Governors’ Forum Communiqué was “a spectacular demonstration to the people of Nigeria as to why this party and its representatives should not be entrusted with national leadership of our country any time soon”. However, the PDP-GF, in its statement yesterday by Maduabum insisted that their communique was, “patriotic, well thought out and offered solutions to the miriad of problems facing the nation. Mr President and the APC led Federal Government should listen”. The statement by Maduabum reads, “ It is a demonstration of impunity and gross abuse of law for NNPC to continue to disregard the unmistakable mandatory constitutional provisions above. “It is even more shocking for the presidency as an institution to embody the desecration of our

Constitution in such a flippant, brazen and unserious manner as portrayed by the presidential spokesman. “The statement (by the presidency) betrays the abysmal ignorance, lack of appreciation of the issues raised in the PDP Communique. “It is unbelievable that such low quality response could come from Nigeria’s seat of power. “He (Mallam Shehu) celebrates the non remittance of funds by NNPC to the Federation Account because they should not “break the bank” for PDP Governors. What a pity? “The duty and responsibility of NNPC to pay revenues into the Federation Account is not a matter of discretion by NNPC. It is an imposition of law. “The constitutional provisions on Public Revenue is clear. Section 162. (1) of the Constitution says: “The Federation shall maintain a special account to be called “the Federation Account” into

which shall be paid all revenues collected by the Government of the Federation, except the proceeds from the personal income tax of the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, the Ministry or Department of Government charged with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.” “It is a demonstration of impunity and gross abuse of law for NNPC to continue to disregard the unmistakable mandatory constitutional provisions above. “It is even more shocking for the presidency as an institution to embody the desecration of our Constitution in such a flippant, brazen and unserious manner as portrayed by the presidential spokesman. “There is no doubt that President Buhari’s spokespersons are his greatest undoing as a President. They do not represent or position him well”, it said.

L-R: Member, NDIC Board, Adewale Adeleke; MD/CEO, Bello Hassan; Chairman House Committee on Insurance and Actuarial Matters, Hon. Darlington Nwokocha; Deputy Chairman, Hon. Ahmadu Jahar; ED/CS NDIC, Hon. Omolola Abiola Edewor and ED-OPs, Mustapha M. Ibrahim at the 2021 Retreat for House of Representatives Committee on Insurance and Actuarial Matters.

NDPHC, Ministry of Water Resources to collaborate on Hydro Projects By Etuka Sunday

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he Managing Director/ CEO of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd., Mr. Chiedu Ugbo on Tuesday led the Management Team on courtesy visit to the Minister of Water Resources in Abuja to seek the Ministry’s support in the company’s effort to develop small & medium hydro projects in the country. Mr. Ugbo explained during his remark that the company is looking at setting up small hydro plants on existing dams in the country, especially those in the northern part of the country. He said: “We are here to pay you a courtesy visit and at the same time let you know what our programmes are with regards to renewable so that we can start

discussing with your Ministry in earnest on how we can develop small hydro resources around the country, preferably, in the northern part of the country because of the quality of electricity in the area”. He noted that though the company has ten power generation plants with eight linked to the national grid with about 4,099 mega watts, most are located in the southern part of the country and are unable to generate optimally due to poor transmission and distribution infrastructure. According to him, “We have 4,099MW but not all are taken in the grid due to systemic problems. If you check today, we have 500700MW on the grid. That is not to say our machines are bad, it is because of transmission and distribution challenges. “In those areas too, NDPHC has

done significant work. We pride ourselves as having invested about 50 percent of the transmission assets in the country. We have invested heavily in transmission and distribution assets all over the country, in every state. “We have also invested in solar home systems. We started from not just underserved but un-served communities. We did 20,000 in the first phase called beyond the grid programme. We started the second phase in Kazuare Emirate in Bauchi State with 100,000 connections. “But having developed our thermal plants reasonably, we thought it is time to move to the next phase of our project development and that phase is where after optimizing gas resources, we have to optimize other resources we have for power generation.

“In renewable energy, we are working on solar, not just stand alone but also mini-grid and on utility scale, that is on one side. We also thought that part of the programme is the hydro electric and the best way to start it is the dams”, he added. The Head, Communication & Public Relations, NDPHC, Olufunke Nwankwo in a statement quoted the NDPHC CEO as saying that the company was interested in the dams especially those with hydro electric capabilities already installed or can be recovered. Speaking during the meeting, the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Adamu explained that Nigeria has over 240 dams across the country with most having the capacity for hydro power. The Minister who pointed out that the dams have the capacity

from 40MW and below, stated that most of the projects have been halted because of poor planning. He explained that most irrigation projects in the country require a lot of water which also needs a lot of electricity to operate. He therefore urged NDPHC to support the projects by installing solar projects in the irrigation areas. The NDPHC CEO was accompanied to the meeting by Executive Director Legal Services, Mr Mohammed Mahmud; Executive Director Generation, Engr. Abdullahi Kassim; GM Environment & Community Relations, Mr. Ezenwa Odigbo; GM Commercial, Mr. Mahmoud Wali, GM Renewable Energy, Engr. Valerie Agberagba and Mrs. Funke Nwankwo, Head Communication & PR.


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COVID-19 Vaccine: FCTA decries poor turnout as 42,000 residents get 2nd dose By Stanley Onyekwere

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o fewer than forty-two thousand (42,000) people have received their second doses of COVID-19 vaccination, out of the 132, 000 that got vaccinated during the first phase of the exercise in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Acting Executive Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Dr. Mohammed Kawu, who made this disclosure yesterday, who decried low turnout of eligible persons, said the Administration still have until the middle of July to finish the second dose vaccination. Kawu, while speaking at a press briefing to commemoration of the 2021 World Health Day in Abuja, however disclosed that FCTA has recommenced first dose with available vaccines, following assurance from the National Primary Healthcare that by July they are going to have about 3.9 Million doses for the country. He added that although the vaccination exercise is ongoing, and the vaccines are available, but the challenge is having people especially those who have gotten their first jabs going to access them. He explained that the rationale for continuing wearing facemasks and maintaining COVID19 protocol, even after taken two jabs, because his vaccine does

stop one from coming in contact with the virus, but the vaccine produces immunity in vaccinater peoples’ body. According to him: “As at yesterday (June 16), about 42,000 people got the second dose. And we still have up to the middle of July to finish the second dose vaccination. So, we are appealing to all those who have gotten their first dose to come out and take

their second dose. “So, the greatest challenge is that people are not coming out to take the vaccine. Because, every big Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) across the six Area Councils is a vaccination site. And the immunization units of all our general hospitals are vaccination sites; and there is also mobile vaccination team that moves around places including markets.

“We are monitoring and ensuring that every of these places, the vaccinators are there everyday. There is no cost attached to it, so people that are willing to take, should have easy access to the vaccines as they are 100% free”. He continued: “Even if you have taken the vaccine, unless is the society develop hard immunity (where majority of people have

immunity against the virus), so the virus will not have the power to start spreading in the society. “Until we get to that level, we will continue to protect ourselves. For those that don’t have the immune yet, because they have not been vaccinated, if the virus their body, they cannot effectively fight the disease, and therefore they will come down with the disease”.

Co -coordinator, North Central Coalition Initiative (NCCI), Rev. Luke Shehu, FCT Coordinator of NCCI, Mr. Dalhatu Ezekiel Musa, National Coordinator NCCI, Sen.Philip A.Gyanka and a member of the Group, Dr. Bulus Jonah, during the organization press conference calling on Nigerians to support North Central for 2023 Presidential ticket. held on Wednesday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

472 candidates to vie for 68 FCT Area Councils elective positions By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC , disclosed yesterday that fourteen out of Eighteen political parties have nominated Four Hundred and Seventy Two Candidates for Sixty Eight elective positions in next year’s Area Councils Election in the FCT. INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu stated this in Abuja during a meeting with

political parties on the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration scheduled to commence later this month across the country. Professor Yakubu, who expressed displeasure over non compliance with party constitutions in the nomination of candidates by some political parties urged Party Leaders to always allow the Will of members to prevail to avoid litigations after Elections. He commended the contributions of Political Parties

towards the just concluded conversion of Voting Points to Polling Units as Seven Hundred and Forty Nine Polling Units were relocated to appropriate public facilities for easy access of voters across the country. Professor Yakubu however urged them to use the available information of the One Hundred and Seventy Six Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty Six Polling Units across the country to plan for future Elections.

He stressed the need for political parties to comply by submitting their Edo and Ondo Governorship Election Financial reports to the Commission as stipulated in Section 92 and 93 of the 2010 Electoral Act ( as Amended). In his remark, National Chairman, Inter Party Advisory Council ,IPAC Dr Leonard Nzenwa expressed disatisfaction over the destruction of INEC property in some parts of the country and called on leaders of political parties

to support INEC in strengthening Democratic System in the country. Dr Ezenwa commended INEC for breaking the twenty five years Jinx in the creation and expansion of Polling Units in the country and pledged the Council’s resolve to support initiatives that would enhance Democractic Governance in Nigeria. Leaders of Seventeen Political Parties attended the INEC Second Quarterly Meeting .

Desertification: We’ll plant 170,000 tree seedlings- FCT Minister declares By Stanley Onyekwere

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he FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has disclosed plans to plant 170,000 tree seedlings across Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as part of strategic measures to tackle desertification in the nation’s capital and country at large. Bello made the disclosure yesterday at the 2021 World Desertification and Drought Day and launching of FCT Tree Planting campaign, organised by the Department, Parks and Recreation, in Abuja. Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari at the 74th UN General Assembly promised

that the Federal Government would plant 25 million trees as part of the overall climate change governance in collaboration with various stakeholders. The Minister, who represented by the Permanent Secretary FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, said the administration was actively participating in actualising the President’s pledge through the department of parks and recreation and support from the Federal Ministry of Environment. He noted that tree planting was a great responsibility aimed at not only protecting and conserving environment for the future but also for improving its aesthetic beauty. According to him, “this is

particularly essential for Abuja, the capital city of our country where a green and well laid-out natural environment will further crystallise her image as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.” The Minister said about 20 NGOs and other stakeholders were actively participating in the planting of the tree seedlings across the FCT. He added that in recognition of the significance of conserving the environment, the FCTA, while formulating the 2019 FCT Park Policy, noted that the Abuja Master Plan provided about 33 per cent of land for parks, green areas and open spaces for recreation, tree planting and other such activities. “However, over the years,

this percentage diminished and therefore, in considering of the effects of climate change, the 2019 FCT Park Policy made the commitment that all subsequent layout designs in the FCT shall provide for not less than 33 per cent land for parks, green areas and open spaces for carbon sequestration. “This indeed is a huge step by government in ensuring the protection of the environment and we pledge to continue to support all efforts aimed at sustaining this, ” Bello stated. Earlier, the Director, Parks and Recreation Department, Riskatu Abdulazeez noted that desertification was increasing on alarming rate and it was being

brought about by many factors principally, deforestation. She said the department would continue to champion campaign against deforestation, saying “when we are able to combat desertification, drought will also be taken care of and our land will be restored.” The Director said the department had a mandate of planting trees in the cities and would collaborate with greenminded NGOs in planting trees to carry the exercise into the nooks and crannies of the FCT. “As we are planning trees in the city, our collaborators are doing same at the area councils,” she added.


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Obamacare: US Supreme Court upholds affordable healthcare law

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he US Supreme Court has upheld the law which aims to provide affordable health insurance for all Americans, dismissing a legal challenge from Texas and 17 other Republican-governed states. This is the third time since 2010 that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the signature policy of former president Barack Obama, has survived a challenge. The law gave millions of low-income Americans access to medical insurance. It bans insurers from denying coverage due to pre-existing conditions. The justices ruled by a 7-2 majority that the challengers did not have the legal basis to sue, and as such did not address the question of whether a key provision in the law was unconstitutional. The legal challenge was backed by former president Donald Trump, who promised to have the act repealed when he was elected in 2016. Republicans tried and failed to overturn the law in Congress when they controlled both houses and in the courts on numerous occasions. Earlier this month, the White House said a record 31 million Americans were now covered by healthcare under the ACA, which is popularly known as Obamacare. Conservative groups, led by the Republican-controlled state of Texas, were essentially trying to get the entirety of the Affordable Care Act killed on a technicality. By a comfortable 7-2 vote, the justices of the Supreme Court kicked their case to the kerb. The court didn’t even bother to rule on the merits of Texas’ arguments, instead holding that the litigants lacked the standing even to bring the case. The ruling suggests that while this court is decidedly more conservative than the one that narrowly upheld Obamacare

The court upheld the law by a 7-2 majority

Since it was passed, Obamacare has been a partisan lightning rod, inspiring protests and lawsuits This was the third case seeking to in a highly charged 2012 decision, there’s simply nowhere near a majority of justices dismantle Barack Obama’s signature interested in reversing that ruling, even if healthcare reform to reach the Supreme Court - and the law has been sustained by a they disagreed with it at the time.

growing majority each time. While the conservative bent of many lower federal courts means future challenges could still get a toehold in the judicial system, it’s increasingly clear that the Supreme Court - the nation’s ultimate legal arbiter - has no interest in striking down the law. Given that attempts to roll back the legislation in Congress have failed as well, the future of Obamacare now appears secure. What did the court decide? Thursday’s ruling left in place an Obamacare requirement known as the “individual mandate” - a provision instructing people to buy health insurance or face a tax penalty. But it’s no longer much of a penalty: in 2017, a Republican-led Congress set the fine to $0. The 18 Republican states involved in the suit argued that the law became unconstitutional once the penalty was eliminated. The majority opinion was written by Stephen Breyer, the most senior liberal justice on the court. He wrote: “The matter is not simply technical... It would threaten to grant unelected judges a general authority to conduct oversight of decisions of the elected branches of Government.” Conservative Justice Samuel Alito dissented from the majority, along with one of Mr Trump’s appointees, Neil Gorsuch. “No one can fail to be impressed by the lengths to which this Court has been willing to go to defend the ACA against all threats,” Mr Alito wrote. The ruling comes from the most conservative Supreme Court benches in decades, after Republican President Donald Trump nominated three justices in his fouryear term. Source: BBC

CPC has global vision and strong sense of responsibility: President of the Communist Party of Peru (Red Fatherland) By Zou Zhipeng, People’s Daily

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hina advocates peace, development, and cooperation, actively supports multilateralism, proposes building a mutually beneficial future for all mankind, which demonstrates global vision and a strong sense of responsibility of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said Alberto Moreno, president of the Communist Party of Peru (Red Fatherland), in a recent interview with People’s Daily. The fundamental reason why China has witnessed remarkable achievements in development is that it has embarked upon a unique development path - the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics - under the leadership of the CPC, said Moreno, who noted that the CPC preserves in seeking truth from facts and keeps blazing new trails in a pioneering spirit, which shows its advanced nature. At the invitation of Chinese government departments including the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, Moreno has visited China several times and seen in person the development and changes in China. He marvels at the CPC’s governance theory and practice. Moreno is a senior theorist and revolutionist of Peruvian left-wing political forces, and has written many books on researches into socialist theories and education and training for political party cadres. In 1966, when Moreno was 25 years old, he

visited China at the invitation of the Chinese side for the first time as a young cadre of the Communist Party of Peru. “I stayed in China for more than half a year and traveled to many places. For the first time, I had close contact with the CPC and the Chinese people, and observed first-hand the practice of the New China in exploring and building socialism,” he said. At the end of the visit, Moreno’s delegation was invited to meet with Mao Zedong, late leader of the CPC Central Committee as well as the New China. “Comrade Mao suggested that we shouldn’t simply copy the experience of other countries in development, which made me realize that real revolution and construction are unique and creative,” Moreno recalled. Since it was founded, the CPC has shown great wisdom in overcoming all possible difficulties, correcting mistakes in time, and finding and adhering to the right path, the Peruvian politician pointed out. Looking back at the century-long journey of the CPC and the over 70 years of history of the New China, Moreno is convinced that only a Marxist political party, which has withstood tests, forged strong leadership, and gained keen insights into China’s history and reality, is able to shoulder the responsibility of building and developing China. When people visit the Jinggang Mountains in east China’s Jiangxi province, Yan’an city in northwest China’s Shaanxi province, and other revolutionary bases, they may wonder how strong-

willed and wise CPC members needed to be to have struggled through such harsh conditions and terrible ordeals in these places and eventually won a victory, Moreno said. Moreno admires the CPC for always sticking to the original aspiration and winning sincere support of the Chinese people, which he believes is why the political party has survived all kinds of difficulties and threats. Such a noble and moral political party, which has remained united, acquired comprehensive capabilities, enjoys wide public support, and has strategic vision, deserves the respect of people in all countries, according to him. Basing all actions on actual conditions is a golden rule of the CPC in solving various problems in different stages, Moreno pointed out, adding that the CPC has fully integrated the fundamental principles of Marxism into its own reality and adapted Marxism to the Chinese context through practice, summarizing experience, reflection and innovation. Political parties in various countries should learn and draw inspirations from the thought of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, on socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era, which has not only provided fundamental guidance for the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics under the new circumstances, but also made major contributions to the cause of world socialism, according to him. Moreno is impressed by Xi’s aspiration to put

aside his own well-being for the good of the Chinese people. It is because the CPC has put people first and maintained its close ties with the people that it is able to enjoy an inexhaustible source of strength, he pointed out. When faced with the sudden COVID-19 outbreak, the CPC and the Chinese government have decidedly prioritized people’s lives and health, made quick decisions and deployment, and mobilized the whole society to fight the virus in an efficient and orderly manner, thus containing the spread of the virus in a short time, said Moreno. Meanwhile, China has actively provided medical assistance for other countries, and carried out international cooperation on COVID-19 vaccines, making new contributions to building a global community of health for all, which Moreno considers a mirror of the CPC’s philosophy of centering the work around people as well as the embodiment of China’s institutional advantages and governance capabilities. The world today is troubled by a multitude of global challenges in economy, politics, science and technology, and environment, among other fields, which require global response and solutions, Moreno noted, adding that while some Western countries pursue hegemonism and power politics and have aggravated the turbulence and uncertainties in the international situation, China has proposed building a community with a shared future for mankind, meeting the needs of the times.

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Ivory Coast’s exPresident Gbagbo to return home after ICC acquittal

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ormer Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is expected to return home, 10 years after he was taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Mr Gbagbo has been living in the Belgian capital Brussels since his release from detention three years ago. His successor and rival President Alassane Ouattara invited him back. He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC but was acquitted of all charges. The 76-year-old was charged after his refusal to accept defeat in a 2010 election triggered a civil war that left 3,000 people dead. He always denied all the allegations. In March, the ICC appeals court upheld a 2019 acquittal, saying the prosecution had failed to prove its case against Mr Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, an ally and former youth leader who was accused of leading a militia backing him. Who is Gbagbo? Born in the south-central region of Gagnoa in 1945 to a Catholic family, Mr Gbagbo was educated in a Christian seminary and later became a history professor. He cut his political teeth in the trade union movement where he became a vocal opponent of Ivory Coast’s then one-party state. He started out on the political left, but in the 1980s took a strong nationalist, stance, which critics say bordered on xenophobia. After 20 years in opposition, he was finally elected president in 2000, but civil war broke out just two years later. Mr Gbagbo’s supporters were accused of carrying out xenophobic attacks in areas they controlled - against those from the mainly Muslim north, immigrants from neighbouring African countries, and Westerners. They accused former colonial power France and the UN of not doing enough to put down a rebellion which had split Ivory Coast into two, with rebels allied with Mr Ouattara seizing the north. The crisis led to the postponement of the 2005 presidential elections six times before they were finally held in 2010 but Mr Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to Mr Ouattara after a runoff. The five months of violence that followed were described as some of the most brutal violence the country had ever seen. Mr Gbagbo said the dispute over Ivory Coast’s presidency was a fight for Ivorian - and indeed African - sovereignty and he accused the French and Americans of siding against him. However, this argument did not prevail and the African Union backed the UN’s finding that Mr Gbagbo lost the election and should stand down. He was finally captured in April 2011 in a presidential palace bunker by UN and Frenchbacked forces supporting Mr Ouattara. Too early to judge impact of return By Valerie Bony, BBC News, Abidjan What Mr Gbagbo’s return means and its impact is uncertain, but for some Ivorians the hope is that it will help reconcile the country and shift the government’s attention to economic reforms and to dealing with the spillover of the Islamist insurgency from neighbouring Burkina Faso and Mali. However, for many victims of Mr Gbagbo’s rule, time has not healed their physical and emotional wounds. His return is a reminder of the violence they suffered and the injustice they still endure. This West African nation wants peace in its borders to be achieved through reconciling its people - whether it can achieve this without justice for victims of its civil wars, only time will tell. Why was Gbagbo cleared by the ICC? In 2019, the judges ruled that prosecutors had failed to demonstrate “the existence of a ‘common plan’ to keep Mr Gbagbo in power” which included crimes against civilians, or a “policy to attack a civilian population”. Presiding Judge Cuno Tarfusser said the prosecution had also “failed to demonstrate that public speeches by Gbagbo constituted ordering or inducing the alleged crimes”. In March, an ICC appeals court upheld the acquittal, dismissing the prosecution’s argument that there were procedural errors in how the original verdict was delivered and that thousands of documents and 96 witnesses presented during the trial had proved the guilt of Mr Gbagbo beyond reasonable doubt. Source: BBC

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Kenneth Kaunda: Zambia’s first president dies aged 97

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enneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first president and one of the last of the generation of African leaders who fought colonialism, has died aged 97. Kaunda was admitted to a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, on Monday suffering from pneumonia. His aides said he did not have Covid-19. In the 1950s, Kaunda was a key figure in what was then Northern Rhodesia’s independence movement from Britain. He became president following independence in 1964. As head of the left-leaning United National Independence Party (UNIP), Kaunda then led the country through decades of one-party rule. He stepped down after losing multiparty elections in 1991. “I am sad to inform we have lost Mzee,” Kaunda’s son, Kambarage, wrote on his late father’s Facebook page, using a term of respect. “Let’s pray for him.” Zambian President Edgar Lungu said the country was mourning “a true African icon”. “I learnt of your passing this afternoon with great sadness,” he wrote on Facebook. “On behalf of the entire nation and on my own behalf I pray that the entire Kaunda family is comforted as we mourn our First President and true African icon.” Another tribute came from Kalusha

Kenneth Kaunda ruled Zambia for 27 years Bwalya, former captain of the national in South Africa. He was also a leading football team, who said Kaunda had made supporter of liberation movements in Mozambique and what is now Zimbabwe. “an immense impact”. In later life Kaunda turned his attention Goodbye to you President Kenneth Kaunda. I am and will always be a proud to the fight against HIV after one of his member of the “KK11” . Dignity & honor. sons, Masuzyo, died from an Aids-related May your dear soul rest in Eternal Peace, disease. “We fought colonialism. We must now knowing the immense impact you made on all of us Zambians, Africans and World at use the same zeal to fight Aids, which threatens to wipe out Africa,” he told large. Sincerest condolences to family. Kaunda - popularly known as KK - was a Reuters in 2002. strong supporter of efforts to end apartheid

Ethiopia’s Tigray war: Walking three days to find a hospital

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eople’s lives in Ethiopia’s rocky and mountainous region of Tigray are in tatters as they deal with famine in the ruins of a war zone. Government troops, backed by those from neighbouring Eritrea, have been involved in battle with the region’s now-ousted ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), since November, precipitating a humanitarian crisis. The BBC’s Kalkidan Yibeltal has visited the region, where access can be difficult. Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, has a semblance of calm. Many businesses and offices are open. Compared to previous months there is more movement of people and less visibility of soldiers. But the appearance of normality is deceptive. Mekelle’s main hospital, Ayder, is overcrowded with patients who had come from villages and towns that had been devastated by the conflict. Among them is 13-year-old Getish Solomon, a heart patient whose condition had deteriorated since the start of the conflict more than eight months ago. Living with his parents and five siblings in the town of Hagere Selam, Getish was forced to travel about 50km (31 miles) to Mekelle to get treatment because their local health centre had been damaged in the fighting. “We had hospitals and health centres and a good economy. If we needed something, we used to rush to them,” the 13-year-old’s father, Solomon Teferi, says. As Getish requires treatment regularly, the journey to get him to a medical facility is no always easy. “[On one occasion] the roads were closed so we had to walk for three days. That affected him a lot,” Mr Solomon adds. Clinic turned into military camp I visited Aleasa Health Centre in a village near Hagere Selam. The clinic is still not operating, with residents saying that soldiers had, at one point, used it as their camp. Now aid workers are based there, with hundreds of people - mostly women and children - gathering to collect food.

People are desperate for food aid - and there is not enough to go around Many of them abandoned their homes at the height of the conflict, and hid in nearby mountains. About 1.7 million people have been displaced in Tigray since the conflict began. Both locals and humanitarian workers say food is scarce - and the aid being distributed is not enough. Last week, UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock said there was now famine in Tigray - a view he reiterated at a closed session of the UN Security Council earlier this week. In a leaked copy of his prepared remarks, Mr Lowcock said: “Aid workers have been killed, interrogated, beaten, blocked from taking aid to the starving and suffering and told not to come back. “The Tigray administration have reported deaths from starvation.” The Ethiopian government denies there is a famine. It says that order is being restored across the region and humanitarian access is being expanded. Priests killed The conflict has not spared heritage sites and religious institutions, which had long been seen as safe havens for the distraught or the persecuted.

I visited the Orthodox Christian Church in the mountain-top village of Fredashu in eastern Tigray. Its head priest, Abrha, 32, was shot on Christmas morning. His father, Teklehaimanot Gebrearegawi said he was killed by Eritrean soldiers while on his way to open the church’s gates. Mr Tekelehaimanot said he had stopped going to church as there was too much pain for him there. A document obtained from an Orthodox Church office said that at least 100 religious officials - priests, deacons and choir members had been killed since the conflict began. In the town of Adigrat, which is near the border with Eritrea, the Catholic Church compound was shelled, leaving the school library and funeral home damaged. “The last seven months have been a nightmare for us. The communities were simply overrun by armed forces from all sides,” says Abune Tesefaselassie, the local bishop. “The ruins can be rebuilt soon but the human mind, the human heart, the family fabric, the communities, the society, along with long-held values, all these have been crushed.”


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Wudongde hydropower plant put into full operation By Zhang Jinruo, People’s Daily

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udongde hydropower plant has commissioned its last power unit on June 16, signaling that all of its 12 power units, each with a capacity of 850 MW, are now on operation as scheduled, marking a new phase of operation and management. The project is expected to make a great contribution to China’s efforts to see carbon dioxide emission peak before 2030 and go carbon neutral before 2060 and to build a clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient energy system. It will also push social and economic transformation based on efficient use of green and low-carbon growth. In addition to power generation, Wudongde, located on the borders between Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, also delivers other benefits such as flood control, navigation and powering local economic and social development. Wudongde reservoir has an elevation of 975m in normal impoundment, a total storage capacity of 7.41 billion cubic meters and a flood control capacity of 2.44 billion cubic meters. The dam is capable of seasonal regulation of the water level with significant benefits in flood control. Wudongde has six power units on the left and right banks respectively, each with a capacity of 850 MW,

making them the world’s largest hydropower units in operation. The dam has a total installed capacity of 10.2 GW, which can generate an average of 38.91 billion kilowatt hours annually, equivalent to a reduction of 12.2 million tons in standard coal and 30.5 million tons of carbon dioxide. The plant started construction on December 16, 2015 after receiving the green light and commissioned its first batch of power units on June 29, 2020. Wudongde project has set eight world records during its construction, such as the world’s thinnest 300-meter high arch dam, and achieved 15 “world firsts” such as building the low-heat cement dam. It also made eight breakthroughs in hydropower engineering, such as assuming the flood control role during the construction. Multiple world-class challenges were tackled such as temperature control and crack prevention for large-volume concrete, large-scale excavation of holes and chambers underground, and 800 MPa high-strength steel welding. The dam recorded zero quality or safety accidents during its construction period, setting a benchmark in leading the global hydropower projects Wudongde hydropower plant has produced 24 billion kWh clean electricity by June 16.

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ecently, a cargo train loaded with 104 TEUs of 240 commercial vehicles departed Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan province, and were later loaded onto a container ship at Qingdao Port, east China’s Shandong province before being exported to Iran. Despite the negative impacts from COVID-19 on global shipping industry, ports in Shandong province are offering efficient whole-chain logistics services reaching every corner of the world, contributing to the building of a new development paradigm. Ports are fundamental and pivotal facilities, as well as important pillars for economic development. Chinese President Xi Jinping once stressed the strategic importance of the ocean in China’s pursuit of high-quality development, urging progress

in the construction of world-class sea ports, a modern maritime industry system, and a green and sustainable marine ecological environment to push for the building of maritime power. The Shandong Port Group Co., Ltd. established two years ago is now serving as a playmaker of the logistics industry. Regarding maritime transport, it has opened new sea routes, expanded shipping capacity, and reinforced transfer capability; in terms of land transport, it has launched train services, built land ports and exploited cargo resources. With 19 land ports and 72 combined sea-rail routes, the group has established a broad channel of international logistics, which has forcefully protected the smooth operation of the industrial and supply chains. Thriving ports lead to prospering trade. Currently, the Shandong Port Group Co.,

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Ltd. is accelerating the development of emerging businesses, such as shipping finance, to expand its pivotal role. It has also launched multiple cold-chain express routes to Southeast Asia and reinforced its handling capability of basic commodities. At present, high-end coldchain logistics, cross border trade, and bulk commodity distribution centers are under construction, while freight trains are running busily between the province and Europe, bringing products from thousands of miles away to more and more Chinese families. Cities and industries are interdependent. Establishing interaction between port construction and urban development, Shandong Port Group Co., Ltd. is magnifying its influence with port-industry-city integration. It has joined hands with 16 cities in

Shandong province to develop featured logistics park and chain-style industrial parks. By placing headquarters of ports in downtown areas, it is investing in port-centered projects to promote local economy. Besides, Shandong Port Group Co., Ltd. is also advancing overseas port projects such as the Port of Vado in Italy. By tackling a series of technical problems and building a whole set of technical standards, a technical team from Qingdao Port under the management of Shandong Port Group Co., Ltd. has independently built a fully automated terminal, becoming a successful case of industrial internet application in port scenarios. Shandong Port Group Co., Ltd. is also working to apply new transport methods, building home ports of offshore wind farm, as well as demonstration ports of green energy and low-carbon development.

Carbon emission manager, a new profession that helps enterprises consolidate green development By Qiu Chaoyi, People’s Daily

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slew of reform measures have been rolled out by China since the country proposed to peak carbon emission and achieve carbon neutrality. A national carbon emission trading system is scheduled to be launched this year, under which enterprises would be allocated with carbon emission quota by relevant government departments according to certain standards. If enterprises’ emission exceed the cap, they have to purchase extra quota; if they produce less carbon emission than their quota, then they can sell the surplus for profits. Such a market mechanism would better encourage enterprises to cut carbon emission, and has also created a brand new profession - carbon emission manager. Hu Yongfei is a carbon emission manager of the Longyuan (Beijing) Carbon

Asset Management Technology Co., Ltd., a subordinate company of China Energy Investment Corporation, also known as China Energy. He recently went to a thermal power plant in east China’s Jiangsu province to help the plant calculate its carbon emission. “To calculate carbon emission, I need original records of coal quality test from their laboratory, purchasing, sales and inventory data from the fuel department, monthly production reports from the operation department, and purchasing invoices from the finance department,” Hu told People’s Daily, saying that carbon emission management is fiddly as he must understand how every production department is running. Many data have an influence over the emission, as well as a direct impact on the enterprise’s profit, he added. To become a qualified carbon emission

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manager, one has to be familiar with carbon emission and trade policies, and be specialized in engineering thermodynamics, as well as thermal energy and power engineering. Carbon emission managers must also work at least a year before they can independently fulfill their job duties. To maintain a precise understanding of the thermal plant’s carbon emission, Hu checked the operation of devices in a number of workshops. The step count on his mobile phone soon exceed 10,000. “Carbon emission management needs exercises, too,” he said. When data collected was put into a computer, Hu soon got the carbon emission intensity of the thermal plant. Normally the carbon emission intensity of a 1,000 MW ultra supercritical pure condensing unit stands at 0.8 tonne per GWh, and the intensity of the Jiangsu plant was lower than the figure, which meant that the plant

could sell its extra emission quota on the market. “Many enterprises are carrying out strict testing for coal elements, while some of them make light of this work, which might make their carbon emission intensity 30 percent higher than the standard,” Hu said. He called for relevant enterprises to place high importance on carbon emission, or they will pay a very high price. After the field trip to the power plant, Hu spent a week on a detailed report, raising science-based suggestions for the enterprise to adjust its strategies and further reduce its energy consumption. “To pinpoint carbon emission data is a foundation for peaking carbon dioxide emission and achieving carbon neutrality. We will help consolidate this foundation and make the steps of green development more solid,” Hu told People’s Daily

LAGOS – In the midst of virtual discussions of the UN climate treaty, a new report shines a light on how polluting industries are pushing a “net zero” agenda to become the presumed centerpiece of global climate plans and how the details in these plans (should any be included) delay action and do not add up. The report, entitled, “The Big Con: How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay, deceive, and deny,” comes following a year packed with record announcements of “net zero” pledges from corporations and governments, and builds on a growing body of research that calls the integrity of “net zero” as a political goal into serious question. As more and more “net zero” plans have been rolled out, the scientific, academic, and activist communities have all raised grave concerns about the inability of these plans to achieve the commitments of the Paris Agreement and keep global temperature rise to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The report, written by Corporate Accountability, The Global Forest Coalition and Friends of the Earth International, was endorsed by over sixty environmental organizations including Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa (CAPPA), ActionAid International, OilWatch, Third World Network, and the Institute for Policy Studies, amongst others. “The Big Con” joins a series of recent reports in uncovering the dubious arithmetic, vague targets, and often unachievable technological aspirations of these “net zero” plans, analyzing plans from a number of key polluting industries including the fossil fuel and energy, aviation, technology, retail, finance, and agriculture industries. It also includes an indepth look at some of the strategies these industries have deployed to ensure their “net zero” agenda becomes the primary dogma of the global response to the climate crisis. Some of the key findings highlighted in the report include: The Tactics: Big Polluters, including the aviation and fossil fuel industries lobbied massively to help ensure the passage of a tax credit in the US, called 45Q, that subsidizes carbon capture and storage. Those same corporations are likely to have raked in millions from the credit, despite not having the right systems in place to qualify. The International Emissions Trading Association, perhaps the largest global lobbyist on market and offsets (both pillars of polluters’ “net zero” climate plans”) has leveraged its outsized presence at international climate talks to

advance its agenda over others. Corporations have made massive financial contributions to renowned academic institutions including the Massachusetts Institute for Technology, Princeton University, Stanford University, and Imperial College London to shape and influence the type of “net zero” related research these institutions pursue. In one example, Exxon Mobil retained the right to formally review research before it is completed and in some cases to plant its own staff on project development teams at Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project. The Plans: By 2030, Shell alone plans to purchase more offsets to compensate for its emissions every year than were available in the entire global voluntary carbon offset market capacity in 2019. Walmart’s climate plan entirely neglects its value chain emissions, which account for an estimated 95 percent of the corporation’s carbon footprint. Eni is planning on increasing its oil and gas production over the coming years, a feat that the corporation proposes to offset through reforestation schemes that have been described as fake forests. BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, has pledged to reach “net zero” emissions in its portfolio by 2050. But despite pledging in 2020 to sell off most of its fossil fuel shares “in the near future”, it still owns US$85 billion in coal assets due to a loophole in its policy. JBS’ commitment to eliminate deforestation in its supply chain by 2035 in effect means it will continue contributing to deforestation for the next 14 years (until 2035), instead of immediately ending the deforestation associated with its supply chain—arguably one of the most effective and quickest ways for JBS to decrease its emissions.

The report was/will be released in a press briefing at 12:30 Amsterdam time during the virtual discussions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). UN Secretary General and the COP presidency, who are organizers of the next milestone in the UNFCCC process COP26, have already made “net zero” a primary focus despite a number of recent controversies including the recent backlash against Mark Carney’s initiative. To join the press briefing on June 9, 2021, at 12:30 Amsterdam time, visit the UNFCCC webcast portal. If you’re registered, please see this guide for instructions on how to join. If you’re not registered, visit the webcast portal and click the link under “press conferences” for June 9. Quotes from authors: “This report shows that ‘net zero’ plans from big polluters are nothing more than a big con. The reality is that corporations like Shell have no interest in genuinely acting to solve the climate crisis by reducing their emissions from fossil fuels. They instead plan to continue business as usual while greenwashing their image with tree planting and offsetting schemes that can never ever make up for digging up and burning fossil fuels. We must wake up fast to the fact that we are falling for a trick. Net zero risks obscuring a lack of action until it is too late.” - Sara Shaw, Friends of the Earth International, Climate Justice & Energy program co-coordinator “After The Big Con, it’s hard not to see the recent fervour over ‘net zero’ as anything but a scheme propped up by Big Polluters that’s way too little, way too late,” said Rachel Rose Jackson of Corporate Accountability, “These players stacked the deck to make sure the world would hinge its hopes on plans that are nothing more than greenwashing. If we don’t course

correct now, the world will be on the fast track to climate destruction incompatible with life as we know it.” - Rachel Rose Jackson, Director of Climate Policy and Research, Corporate Accountability “We are deeply concerned about the corporate capture of climate policies and finance, and the growing nexus between governments and corporations to promote false solutions through Net Zero and ambiguous concepts like NBS. Instead of deep emissions cuts, they continue to pursue ‘green’ neocolonial offsetting schemes to reap more profits and pollute through forest offsets, afforestation, reforestation, tree plantations, and dangerous techno-fixes. This Net Zero circus has to stop: the planet and people need real and ambitious targets and commitments, real emissions cuts, and real zero targets.” - Coraina De la Plaza, Climate Campaigner, Global Forest Coalition Quotes from endorsing organizations: “While these companies are pledging to be carbon neutral three decades from now, they keep investing in business as usual including the expansion of fossil fuels development and lobbying and PR efforts to paint themselves green - without actually cleaning up their act. We can’t afford to play hide and seek with the climate crisis. Big polluters will never voluntarily change their destructive business models, unless someone forces them to. In the meantime, they pollute not only our air, our water, our food, but also our democracy. They must be stopped.” -Agnes Hall, Campaigns Director at 350. org “As big polluters hide behind false claims of supporting climate action, they are planning to do more damage by pushing carbon offset projects in developing countries, leading to more forest and land grabs. Such efforts

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promote climate injustice and will impact the poor communities and indigenous peoples in the Global South. This has to stop.” - Meena Raman, Third World Network “Europe’s biggest fossil fuel companies are using their flimsy ‘net-zero’ plans to curry favour with our decision makers. But in exchange for their hollow commitments, Shell, BP and others have successfully lobbied for financial and regulatory support for techno-fixes like carbon capture and storage or fossil-hydrogen, which will allow them to dig up and sell yet more oil and gas. An utter climate catastrophe. Net zero is nothing more than a massive con, letting the EU and its polluting corporations to talk the talk while walking in the opposite direction.” - Pascoe Sabido, Researcher and Campaigner, Corporate Europe Observatory “The Big Con” is not only timely, but it also reinforces what we have been saying for years. The fossil fuel industry is not about to repent. Net Zero is a scam intended to keep us in a state of suspended animation while for the industry, it is business as usual.” - Akinbode Oluwafemi, Executive Director, Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa “Proclamations of Net Zero targets are dangerous deceptions. Net Zero sounds ambitious and visionary but it actually allows big polluters and rich governments to continue emitting GHGs which they claim will be erased through unproven and dangerous technologies, carbon trading, and offsets that shift the burden of climate action to the Global South. Big polluters and rich governments should not only reduce emissions to Real Zero, they must pay reparations for the huge climate debt owed to the Global South,” - Lidy Nacpil, Coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development “Net Zero is just the latest attempt by corporates and colluding governments in the Global North to undermine real action on the climate crisis. It follows (and includes) decades of different variations of big cons from outright denial to carbon markets and a slew of other false solutions pushed out by public relations machines and strong arming of the big economies. What cannot be avoided, and is becoming a permanent reality are the cyclones, wildfires and a multitude of other climate related disasters impacting regions like Africa with the fiercest intensity. As our world gets pummelled by these forces, impacted women and others in the Global South are starting to make the connections, pierce the veil, demand climate justice, and rise up to claim real zero solutions.” Trusha Reddy, Programme Head: Women Building Power for Energy & Climate Justice, WoMin African Alliance


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man of great personal charm, he was hailed as a modernising force in the continent despite his initial rejection of the concept of multiparty democracy. As a committed pan-Africanist, he began the task of building a new Zambia, free to determine its own way in international affairs. But poor economic management caused his popularity to plummet, and he was voted out of office when free elections were held in 1991. Kenneth David Kaunda was born on 28 April 1924 at a mission station near the border between what was then Northern Rhodesia and the Congo. His father, an ordained Church of Scotland minister, died while he was still a child, leaving the family in straitened circumstances. But the young Kaunda’s academic ability won him a place in the first secondary school to be formed in Northern Rhodesia, and he later became a teacher. His work took him to the country’s Copperbelt region and to Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where for the first time he experienced, and deeply resented, the full impact of white domination. One of his first political acts was to become a vegetarian in protest at a policy that forced Africans to go to a separate window at butchers’ to buy meat. In 1953 he became the general secretary of the Northern Rhodesian African National Congress but the organisation failed to mobilise black Africans against the whiteruled Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. Two years later he was imprisoned, with hard labour, for distributing leaflets that the authorities deemed subversive. Disillusioned with what he saw as the failure of his party to take a stronger line on the rights of indigenous Africans, Kaunda set up his own party, the Zambian African National Congress. Within a year it was banned and Kaunda was back in prison. His incarceration turned him into a radical. By 1960 he had become the leader of the new United National Independence Party (Unip) and, fired with enthusiasm following a visit to Martin Luther King in the US, he began his own programme of civil disobedience which involved blocking roads and burning buildings. Kaunda stood as a Unip candidate in the 1962 elections which saw an uneasy coalition with the African National Congress (ANC) take power in the legislature. The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland was dissolved at the end of 1963 and, a month later, Kaunda was elected prime minister of Northern Rhodesia. The country, renamed as Zambia, gained full independence in Oct 1964 with Kaunda as its first president. Kaunda started with the great advantage of leading an African state with a stronger economic base than any of its neighbours but there was a shortage of native Zambians who had the skills and training to run the country. His position was also gravely imperilled by Ian Smith’s unilateral

Kenneth Kaunda was one of the pioneer leaders of a new Africa, as countries threw off colonialism in favour of independent statehood.

Kaunda appearing on the BBC’s Brains Trust in 1960 declaration of independence in Southern Rhodesia. Political opposition The policy of sanctions imposed by the British government on the breakaway country proved at least as damaging to the Zambian economy. In the circumstances, Kaunda found it increasingly difficult to sustain his reputation for moderation - though his calls for British military intervention were no shriller than those of leaders of other African states whose interests were less directly threatened. In 1969, at huge cost, he nationalised the copper mines, which accounted for 90% of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. But the price of copper collapsed, imported oil prices soared, and the economy, already weakened, was soon in serious trouble. At the time of independence Zambia was one of the richest countries in sub-Saharan Africa, but by 1991 it had debts of $8bn. Kaunda was not slow in taking a firm line against political opposition. In 1972 he declared a one-party state, a situation that was not relaxed until 1991, when free elections were held. “It would have been disastrous for Zambia if we had gone multiparty,”

he once said, “because these parties would have been used by those opposed to Zambia’s participation in the freedom struggle.” Peaceful evolution As chairman of the six frontline states in the campaign against apartheid, he led opposition first to Ian Smith in Rhodesia and then the regime in South Africa. Nevertheless, he continued to work for a settlement in Rhodesia, and had meetings with South African leaders John Vorster, PW Botha and FW de Klerk.

He harboured political exiles from South Africa in his country, and clashed with Margaret Thatcher in particular, over her opposition to sanctions against the apartheid regime. It was an issue that threatened the very future of the Commonwealth. In the new Africa’s political spectrum he was a moderate, dedicated to multiracialism, and always hoped for a peaceful evolution that would accommodate white Africans as well as black. In contrast, he remained a staunch defender of the Zimbabwean

The cracks began to appear in Kaunda’s rule in late 1980. There were reports of an attempt to overthrow his government, and a dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed over much of the country. During the next 10 years, two further attempts to topple him were reported. The last of these, in the summer of 1990, followed food riots in the capital, Lusaka, and the Copperbelt region, over the government’s crash austerity programme.

President Robert Mugabe’s policy of land reform, under which white farmers were driven from the country, resulting in economic meltdown. “I’ve been saying it all along, please do not demonise Robert Mugabe. I’m not saying the methods he’s using are correct, but he was put under great pressure.” Rejected The cracks began to appear in Kaunda’s rule in late 1980. There were reports of an attempt to overthrow his government, and a dusk-to-dawn curfew was imposed over much of the country. During the next 10 years, two further attempts to topple him were reported. The last of these, in the summer of 1990, followed food riots in the capital, Lusaka, and the Copperbelt region, over the government’s crash austerity programme. More than 20 people died in three days of rioting, and the security forces stormed the campus of Zambia University and closed it down to stifle unrest. Kaunda was coming under increasing pressure both from inside Zambia and from the wider world to introduce real democracy. Eventually he agreed and called elections on 31 October 1991. From the moment that campaigning began, it was clear that he was in trouble, and there was little surprise when the voters rejected him in favour of the Movement for MultiParty Democracy, led by Frederick Chiluba. But he still had great influence in Zambia and the new government perceived him as a threat. Kaunda was arrested on charges of treason in 1997, although the new government was forced to back down after international pressure. A later attempt to have him declared stateless was eventually thrown out by the courts. He turned his attention to the fight against HIV and Aids and was the first African leader to publicly admit that one of his sons, Masuzyo, had died of an Aids-related disease. A prolific writer, he published a number of books advancing his ideology of African Socialism, which was picked up by other African leaders including Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana and Julius Nyerere in Tanzania. Away from politics Kaunda was a keen ballroom dancer and, in 2011, was spotted as an enthusiastic audience member at a performance of Dancing with the Stars, the international version of Strictly Come Dancing. He was also an accomplished guitar player and composed liberation songs which he played as he travelled the country to drum up support for the campaign against colonial rule. In the main Kenneth Kaunda avoided much of the strife that was seen in other newly independent African nations and succeeded in uniting the disparate parts of his country under his slogan One Zambia, One Nation. But his economic policies turned a country that had huge earnings potential into a state in which poverty remained widespread and life expectancy was among the lowest in the world. Source: BBC

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION LOCATED AT NO. 52B SILUKO ROAD IN BENIN CITY, EDO STATE, HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.

TRUSTEES: 1. OHAWIBA ONYEKA MICHAEL - CHAIRMAN 2. IGIE PRINCE ATEKHA - SECRETARY 3. EBIPADE BOBBY DONYE - MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROMOTE AND ASSIST WIDOWS AND ORPHANS IN SOCIETY. 2. TO PROMOTE, ASSIST IN POVERTY ALLEVIATION AND EMPOWER THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN SOCIETY. 3. TO TEACH, EMPOWER ENTREPRENEURS TOWARDS ADDRESSING FUTURE CHALLENGES IN BUSINESS. 4.TO ENHANCE A VIABLE SKILLS ACQUISITION. 5.TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO FACILITATE THEIRABILITY TO MEET FUTURE CHALLENGES IN BUSINESS. 6.TO INCULCATE THE SPIRIT OF LOVE, UNITY, PEACE, AND PATRIOTISM IN ALL, AND EMBRACE ONE ANOTHER AS PEOPLE OF ONE INDIVISIBLE DESTINY. 7.FOR EMPOWERMENT OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: IGIE PRINCE ATEKHA, 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 CHANGE OF NAME , REMOVAL AND APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES, CHANGE OF AIMS & OBJECTIVES UNDER PART 'C' OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, (CAMA 2020) OLD NAME: HUMANITARIAN WELFARE INITIATIVE NEW NAME: AYUBA ALAMSON FOUNDATION TRUSTEES ARE 1. KWAGWI AYUBA ALAMSON-REMOVED; 2. DUWA YAGA-REMOVED; 3. ABANA BARR. LAWAN-REMOVED 4. SANI MIRACLE GAZAMA -REMOVED 5. JOSHUA LUKA-(RETAINED) 6. SECRETARY; JOSHUA LUKA- RETAINED NEW TRUSTEES 1. JOEL KYARI MADU-CHAIRMAN; 2. NAFISATU MADU; 3. KONTO MOHAMMED NEW AIMS/OBJECTIVES: TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATION OF THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED AND LESS PRIVILEGED PERSONS IN THE SOCIETY; TO EDUCATE AND BUILD RESILIENCE OF THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS FOR SELF RELIANCE; TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS THROUGH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT; TO CREATE AWARENESS AT THE COMMUNITY LEVELS THROUGH THE INTEGRATION OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND EQUAL RIGHT IN THE SOCIETY OLD. OLD AIMS AND OBJECTIVES(CHANGED): TO SUPPORTAND CARE FOR THE EDUCATIONALLY DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN WHO HAVE NO MEANS OF SPONSOR; TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SUPPORT AND CARE TO ACCIDENT VICTIMS AND PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED VICTIMS; TO PROVIDE POST TREATMENT CARE AND GUIDANCE AGAINST STIGMATIZATION OF VICTIMS CARED FOR; TO TAKE CARE OF IMMATURE ORPHANS IN THE EVENT OF LOSS OF PARENTS AS! A RESULT OF INSURGENCY, KILLER DISEASES(HIV-AIDS), ACCIDENTS OR THE LIKE; TO HELP VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE, INSURGENCY, BROKEN HOME AND THE LIKE SHALL BE PROVIDED WITH SUCCOR THROUGH COUNSELING AND MATERIALS TO ADD VALUE TO LIFE AND EQUALLY ENSURE THEIR ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY AND EMPOWERMENT; TO CARE FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED VICTIMS SUCH AS VICTIMS OF SPINAL CORD INJURY, THOSE WITH POOR EYE SIGHT/VISUALLY IMPAIRED, POLO VICTIMS, MENTALLY CHALLENGED VICTIMS AND THE LIKE SHALL BE ASSISTED TO RETURN TO NORMAL LIFE THROUGH PAYMENT FOR AVAILABLE MEDICAL TREATMENT; TO SUPPORT OR CARE FOR PERSONS THAT ARE VICTIMS OF LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES TO ADD VALUE TO LIFE OR POSITIVELY AFFECT LIFE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGE 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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2. To protect and encourage our youth to engage in oil and gas business. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGE 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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TRUSTEES ARE 1. Obi Maraobi Maraobi 2. Omakwu Ekwo 3. Ashiegbu Emmanuel Uzoma 4. Chukwuemeka Prince 5. Dave-Akinremi Nene Chinanu

THE TRUSTEES ARE : Chairman; 1. Godwin Jehoshaphat Ifeanyi 2. Godwin Chetachi Emmanuel 3. Abiaziem Kingsley Sunday

Akalezi Talatu Judith Secretary

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : To Help the less privileged in the society.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES To preach the word of our Lord Jesus Christ

AIMS & OBJECTIVES 1. To promote and protect the overall interest of members engaging in oil and gas surface tank retail outlets business in Nigeria

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. OGUEYI RALIAT - Chairman. 2. ANAKO SIKIRAT 3. ABDULSALAM-OGUEYI TIJANI 4. ABDULSALAM-OGUEYI JADIDA - Secretary. 5. ANAKO ODOFFIN

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Tokyo 2020 will be different for Team Nigeria - Minister By Albert Akota

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inister of Youth and sports Development Mr Sunday Dare has assured that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be quite eventful for Team Nigeria since everything has been done to motivate the athletes to excel. In an interview with CNN Zain Asher, the Minister said: “I want to assure you that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics is going to be different because we have seen through our public private partnership our Athletes been adopted and supported both financially and their welfare been taken care of. That is how we have excellent performances. We want to surpass the feat of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics in Tokyo” On the safety of the athletes due to the current spike in covid-19 pandemic in Japan, he affirmed; “There is a Nigerian Olympics Committee just like every country has an Olympics Committee. This Ministry and the government have been working closely with the IOC, NOC and the Japanese government through the Japanese Ambassador. We do know that there is an IOC

Blessing Okagbare guideline and book on covid 19 and we are keyed unto that to ensure the safety of our athletes.” “Most importantly, we are looking at the vaccination of our

athletes. We are also looking at the 14 day guideline to get the covid -19 test before Tokyo opens for the Olympics. All Olympics- bound athlete

have taken their first shot of the vaccine. Though the IOC has said vacination is an option, we will make sure all our athletes take the two shots. We have recieved

massive support from the presidential task force on Covid -19”, he assured.

Obaseki receives Edo-born UFC Champion, Kamaru Usman, reassures more opportunities for Youth

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he Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, received the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman, also known as ‘the Nigerian Nightmare,’ who hails from Edo State. Receiving the UFC champion, who was accompanied by friends and family members, at the Government House, in Benin City, the governor reassured that his administration will sustain reforms and programmes to ensure that more young people in the state thrive and realise their potentials to the fullest. Obaseki, who was represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu, said Kamaru Usman has made the state and country proud with his achievements, promising to collaborate with the welterweight Champion to make champions out of Edo youths.

According to him, “We are happy today to receive you and are very proud to have you as our own. We are specifically happy to have you at a time that we are bringing back the sports’ glory of the state. “Edo used to be home of sports, as most of our sports administrators passed through

the school of sports in the state. Over time, they went to sleep; but this administration is reviving sports in the state and restoring its lost glory.” “We used the just concluded National Sports Festival to relaunch ourselves back into sports and your coming at this time is a boost to sports

development in the state. Sports is good for our health and we will encourage the young ones to get more involved as they can become great through sports.” “You are a role model to the younger generation to emulate. We will continue to support people like you because you can be a promoter of sports for the state. You are someone to look up to in the state and nation at large,” he noted. The governor, who described combat sports as a ‘disciplined sport’, urged youths to embrace sports to stay off crime. “I developed an interest in combat sports and discovered that it’s a sport of discipline. If all our youths can be disciplined in their field, it will help us check the country’s criminality rate. “As a state, we will collaborate with you and continue to support you. Our

administration is working hard to combine education with sports, which prompted us to ensure reforms of the education and sports sectors. “We would like to partner with you to see how you can join us and make champions out of our youths,” he added. Earlier, the UFC welterweight champion, Usman expressed delight to be in the state, his home state, after many years in the United States, noting, “I am happy to be here and it’s a pleasure to be back home. Coming home has been at the back of my mind and I am proud to be from Auchi, Edo State. I have been in America for long and feel so compelled to represent the country; I feel compelled to carry on the pride. “It’s been a while and I have been waiting to come back home and hopefully, will come home more frequently.”


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Africa’s Pillar of Sports, Orji Kalu hosts Super Eagles stars Iheanacho, Awaziem

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uper Eagles Stars, Kelechi Iheanacho and Chidozie Awaziem were guests to Africa’s Pillar Of Sports and Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu on His private residence in Abuja In welcoming the August visitors who were in his house to pay homage and also thank him for his unwavering support for football development in the country in particular, Senator Kalu thanked the duo for being great ambassadors of Nigeria in Europe. The two-time Abia State Governor singled out Kelechi Iheanacho and his compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi for playing an integral part in Leicester City’s FA Cup historic victory against Chelsea in May. Senator Kalu who as Abia State Governor guided the Enyimba International Football Club to back-to-back CAF Champions League victories in 2003 and 2004, commended them for lifting Nigerian flag during their FA Cup celebrations. “On Wednesday evening I hosted our dear Nigerian Professional Footballer and Premier League’s Leicester city star Kelechi Iheanacho, who paid me a courtesy visit at my Abuja home alongside Chidozie Collins Awaziem the central defender for Portuguese club Boavista FC. “I congratulated him and his fellow compatriot Wilfred Ndidi for making our nation proud in the global football space by playing a huge role in assisting their club win the prestigious FA Cup amongst other laurels,” Senator Kalu said. He expressed joy and honour in having the players around “It was also adorable to see the “Senior Man Kels” and Willy celebrate by proudly flying our nation’s flag.” Since Senator Kalu left office in 2007, Enyimba, despite winning the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL in few occasions, have struggled in the continent and have been unable to replicate the form under Kalu’s watch that saw them defeat Africa big clubs with ease.

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he Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has warned about an attempt to sabotage Nigeria’s chances at the Tokyo Olympics.The ministry

in a press release in Abuja said it has been brought to its notice that certain elements were involved in acts aimed at sabotaging Nigeria’s Olympics Invitational trials slated for this weekend in Yaba College of Technology

According to them the act is tantamount to undermining Nigeria’s National interest in the area of Sports. The athletics federation of Nigeria, AFN recently held a successful Congress in Abuja to

elect a new Board, led by Tony Okowa as President which brings a closure to all the distractions occasioned by the leadership crisis that ended with the expiration of the old AFN board.

Our Target Is To Host And Win 2021 Africa Minifootball Nations Cup - Lapai By Amaechi Agbo

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s the second edition of the 2021 Africa Minifootball Nations Cup slated for next month in Ibadan, Oyo State, SouthWest Nigeria gattlhers momentum, the Coordinator of Nigeria Minifootball Association, North-Central zone, Mr Batako Umar Lapai has stated that Nigeria is preparing to host and lift the trophy. Speaking in an exclusive interview in Abuja, Mr Lapai who said that the NMA is putting every modality in motion in ensuring a smooth, hitch-free tournament, added that winning the Championship will launch Nigeria in the global map of Minifootball nations “Minifootball is a six-aside competition and the second edition is holding in Nigeria, Oyo state to be precise. “We are not preparing to host but preparing to lift the second edition of the Africa Minifootball Nations Cup here in Nigeria. “The support we are

getting is encouraging and we are prepared to see how best NIgeria can lift the trophy. Winning the trophy will signpost Nigeria in the global Minifootball nations,” he said. Mr Lapai added that the best four teams in the tournament will qualify for the 2021 Minifootball World Cup in Ukraine later in the year. “The best four teams to reach semi-final will qualify to represent the continent at the 2021 Minifootball World Cup in Ukraine later this year. “The wisdom in hosting this event is to create global awareness aside from providing information to people who want to key into the association’s activities. “The Africa Minifootball Confederation, AMC on their part are doing a lot of work to ensure that the activities concerning the tournament are spread across the globe.” Nigeria is paired in Group A along Morocco, Djibouti and Senegal. The competition will start on July 8th through 17, 2021.

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Avoid Taking the Slippery Slope Path to Constitutional Review For the avoidance of any doubt the Confab, whether at plenary or committee stages of its work, never tasked any members to propose a “draft constitution” which may be considered for adoption by “referendum” or in total disregard of the existing constitutional or legal order. As the Deputy Chairman of the Conference Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Rights and Law Reform, I can, with humility, claim to know that we were not mandated to and none of our recommendations were couched or reduced into a new constitution. On the contrary, our clear and unambiguous recommendations on the matter, which Conference had adopted, was for any resolutions requiring constitutional changes to be channeled through the NASS. In anticipation of that we even urged the President to “initiate an interface” with members of the NASS to facilitate that. How the Secretariat came up with the scenario of “ a new constitution” must raise some serious question. Recommendations The foregoing is my critique of the sort of constitutional, legal, practical and legitimacy challenges associated with referendum as a mechanism for resolving political-cumconstitutional questions. Clearly, in my view, there is no basis for it to feature in your deliberations or to give your committee sleepless nights. Your mandate to alter the existing document or replace it entirely must be undertaken in accordance with the provisions contained in and procedures envisioned by the 1999 Constitution. Should you be persuaded to consider the use of referendum for the future, then you do need to amend the said constitution to address the many questions l raised above. You do need an enabling Act to spell out what sort of questions to submit for resolution via referendum, who is invested with power to conduct it, using what voters’ register, who is eligible to participate in it etc. In 2018, the APC at National level established what it termed as the “Restructuring Committee, under the Chairmanship of

Governor Nasir El Rufai. It came out with its report containing far-reaching recommendations on various aspects of the Constitution, including accompanying draft bills for the NASS to give effect to its recommendations with enabling laws. I had occasion to express my views on the El Rufai APC Ad Hoc Committee on Restructuring as it relates to Referendum, Devolution of powers, State Police, the place of Local Government system etc and wish to share them with your Committee. As you are urged to adopt its various recommendations, l wish to reiterate my observations and recommendations for your consideration. On State Police The report canvasses for the creation of State Police and has proposed what it has considered necessary amendments to achieve this. The strongest argument in support of this position is that the introduction of State police will augur well for effective community policing, accords well with our federal system and will help fill the gap in the gross inadequacy of the federal police in numbers and funding. In any event, advocates argue, currently a heavy financial burden is borne by States in support of the Nigeria Police in a manner that is unaccountable. Those who oppose State Police point to the grave dangers of abuse of the institution, as experienced in the past. They harbour apprehension of its susceptibility to being manipulated to harass political opponents, ethnic minorities etc. They caution against the emergence of militias controlled, armed and funded by States. Given our precarious situation in inter-ethnic and interreligious relations, opponents of State Police fear that local warlords may hijack it to further aggravate the precarious security situation in various communities across the nation. The foregoing appear to summarize the powerful arguments for and against the establishment of State Police. Mallam Tanko Yakasai, a veteran NEPU activist who had been on the receiving end of the Native Police Yan Doka and who had made powerful submission

against State Police, appears to be the lone voice which has been drowned by a crescendo of its support. I would personally recommend the retention, maintenance and enhancement of the Nigerian Police. However in light of its inadequacy to provide effective policing in the face of the multifaceted security and law and order challenges facing all communities across the nation, l would urge for the acceptance, in principle, of a community policing system with the following safeguards and guarantees: Constitutional and strong federal legislative guarantees are needed to specify the extent and limit of community policing powers, the roles and mandate allowed for States and how the new institution will interface with federal police, other State Police commands and other securities agencies in its command and control structure and operations. The federation shall retain the power to specify which types of arms and ammunition the community police may bear and veto powers as to deployment. recruitment of low and middle cadres of the Nigeria Police to be from locality and every effort must be made to ensure inclusiveness in recruitment. Allow for the establishment of a community police force or the conversion of existing local institutions which must meet the stipulations contained above. Limit community policing to detection and investigation of crimes defined under local legislation, assistance with criminal justice system at community level, provide alternative dispute resolution mechanism etc. Consider converting FRSC, Civil Defence Corps, Road Traffic Wardens to form part of the community police. Recommendation The relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution and the Police Act will need to be amended to allow for the establishment of State Police. An Act of the NASS will need to be passed to embody the preconditions specified above and any other incidental matters. The Police will need to be

transferred from the Exclusive to Concurrent List. On Devolution of Powers The Committee has not fully articulated its idea of devolution of powers. It merely went ahead to transfer some items from the Exclusive Legislative list to Concurrent List. In my considered view, this amounts to no more than allowing the two tiers to share such powers subject to the doctrine of covering the field which renders State Laws subservient to Federal Acts. This means if you merely transfer a power from Exclusive to Concurrent, the State legislature’s power to make laws in respect of matter is subject to and limited by the federal exercise. I have noted the lists the Committee recommended for transfer. Consequently, one views this to be a misconception of devolution as, in reality, powers simply “shared” are not “devolved” or “transferred”. In reality the mere act of transfer of list leaves matters where they belong. In place of transfer of any number of lists l would recommend that the idea of creating a third legislative list, to be called the State List, be seriously considered. In a way this new list will belong to States exclusively. There is need for serious and dispassionate discussion by all stakeholders, not the NASS alone, to reach consensus as to what such will comprise. Be that as it may, l endorse the transfer of some but have serious reservations against transferring others. I certainly do not support arms and ammunition, foods, drugs & poison, census, ownership and operation of shipping, to be put on concurrent or the new State List. Recommendation I recommend the thorough reexamination of the Second Schedule, both Parts l and ll to the 1999, to arrive at firm consensus of all stakeholders as what items will form part of the new State List and what items will remain on the Exclusive and Concurrent lists. On Deletion of Local Government Councils (LGC) from the Constitution

While wrongly equating the LGC system to be third federating unit, the report recommends for the deletion of LGCs from mention anywhere, particularly section 3(6), the first and fourth schedules, in the constitution and section 162 which makes provision for them in the revenue sharing formula. I strongly oppose the deletion of LGCs from the Constitution. I consider these recommendations to be totally unjustifiable. First, LGCs participate in revenue sharing not because they are a federating unit. But they are considered as a local administrative tier the establishment of which section 7 has guaranteed and which the framers of the constitution deem worthy of funding. The said section 7 seeks to ensure their establishment, protect their democratic nature and enhance their autonomous existence. Secondly, they are the closest units of governance to the grassroots which, if properly protected, can serve as veritable institutions for local mobilization and socio-economic development. Lastly, deleting them will further undermine their autonomy and political independence what with the nationwide perversion of the electoral processes at that level by every State government which has conducted. Recommendation Consequent upon foregoing observations, l would urge for the retention of all provisions made in the 1999 Constitution in respect of LGCs so as to ensure their existence and enhance their autonomy. We should do nothing to undermine that. If any problem exist pertaining to how they are created, their number, funding and structure, we should amend the identify sections as appropriate but not delete the institution of the Local Government entirely from the constitution. Being a paper submitted by Professor Auwalu H. Yadudu to the House of Representatives Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution, at the Kano Zonal Public Hearing.

Late Kaunda great patriot, says Buhari By Egena Sunday Ode

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has described Zambia’s founding father and independence nationalist Kenneth Kaunda as “one of the greatest African and world leaders of all time who loved his country and

people profoundly.” This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Spacial Assistant to the President in Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Thursday. Reacting to Kaunda’s death at the age of 97, the President said “I have

received his passing with great shock because I knew his contributions to the development of not only Zambia but also Africa at large.” The statement quoted Buhari to have said, “we can’t forget in a hurry how Kaunda gave shelter to anti-apartheid

freedom fighters from South Africa and from former Rhodesia.” Buhari noted that “the late Kaunda was one of the loudest voices for the liberation of Africa from colonialism and imperialism and he did so with passion and sincerity. It is impossible

to reflect on Kaunda’s legacy without acknowledging his selflessness and passion for service.” President Buhari extended his condolences and that of the nation to the family, the government and people of Zambia over Kaunda’s death, the statement added.


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igeria Professional Football League, NPFL side, Kano Pillars, have accepted to pay the sum of N7.5 million sanction imposed on them by the League Management Company LMC for violation of rules guiding the league, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report. On Monday, the LMC slammed a fine of N7.5 million on the Kano State Owned football club for breaching rules in relation to Covid-19 protocols and encroachment of field of play by fans. The LMC handed a N5 million fine on the Pillars for violation of Covid-19 protocols and another N2.5 million for fans encroachment. The league body also handed a suspended three points deduction penalty on the club in an event such ugly situation occurs again during the season. In a statement Tuesday, the league body confimed that Kano Pillars have accepted responsibility for the infractions and tendered an apology. “Kano Pillars have responded to the charges brought against them for breaching the Framework & Rules of the NPFL during their Matchday 27 fixture vs Akwa Utd at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Sunday, June 13, 2021. “The club have tendered an unreserved apology and also accepted blame for the infraction,” LMC said. Kano Pillars are second on the league standing after they drew blank against visiting Akwa United when the match which was abandoned on Sunday as a result of the violence was concluded Monday morning. They have 49 points, one less than their Sunday opponents, Akwa United who occupy the first position with 50 points from 27 matches. Taye Taiwo and Oduamadi

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ermit me to present to your august body some ideas, suggestions and recommendations which l hope will help you in carrying out the processes the two wings of the National Assembly have embarked upon for the alteration of the 1999 Constitution. Although l have read the 17-item lists of issues you invited comments on from members of the public, l wish, if you permit me, to address only four issues that speak to some of items directly and others consequentially. Firstly, I intend to dwell on the constitutional validity, practicality and feasibility of referendum as a mechanism for the adoption of either an altered version of the existing document or of a wholly new one. Secondly l shall briefly address some of challenges associated with the vexed issue of devolution of powers by reference to how to juggle the legislative lists. Thirdly, l will speak to the controversial matter of State Police and the place of Local Government system. In all these instances l shall propose some recommendations. On Referendums Of recent, it has become fashionable to lay all the evils bedeviling our polity, society, the economy etc at the door of the 1999 constitution, the authorship of which has gratuitously been ascribed to me personally. My attitude to this ‘donated’ honour or infamy, depending on how you view it, is to laugh it off or humbly state that it is unearned. Viewed differently, It is idle talk engaged in by lazy commentators and, in some cases, otherwise distinguished elder statesmen and e-warriors. A motley of critics of all hues and cries have disparaged the 1999 Constitution for telling a blatant lie when it claims in its preamble to have derived its authority and sovereignty from “we the people” when in fact it is the creature of a military decree. To remove the imprimatur of personalities from its vestiges and cure it of the fib, there have been varying calls for the emergence of wholly new constitution on which the “people” will confer legitimacy with its adoption through a referendum. Regrettably, such calls have not come only from ‘separatist’ elements. Some clever chaps attempted to hoist the idea on the nation by calling for the adoption of a new constitution which they surreptitiously cooked during the

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Prof Auwalu H. Yadudu National Conference of 2014. A legal icon, a national leader of the bar and an elder statesman, has thrown his weight behind the idea by calling for the outright rubbishing of the 1999 Constitution and its substitution with the 1963 via the instrumentality of referendum. One must observe that, apart from being subversive of existing constitutional and legal order from which all institutions and offices of the nation derive their legitimacy, such calls have tended to obfuscate issues and ignore facing basic questions of the legality, practicality and feasibility of conducting a referendum. As a participant at the National Conference, 2014 l had occasion to address the issue of the use of referendum. I consider it pertinent to reiterate the views l expressed then and to make own recommendations on the subject matter as follows: It is incontrovertible that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 contains, very clear provisions, under section 9, and has spelt out explicit rules to govern specific steps to follow to alter its provisions, including the adoption of an entirely new Constitution if deemed desirable. I am satisfied that the procedure for any alteration does not envisage or recognize “referendum” as a mechanism for bringing about any change to the existing Constitution or the adoption of a new one. Moreover, for any alteration to the constitution to be legitimate or credible, it must be validated

by the concurrent adoption of the National Assembly and the resolution in support of 2/3 (24) of the Houses of Assembly of the States where this is assented to by the President. Today, many are vigorously urging for the adoption of the Report and Draft Amendments to the 1999 Constitution as proposed by the National Conference, 2014 for a restructured Nigeria via referendum. This recommendation is faulty for many reasons. Which of the over 600, often conflicting and many of them of a policy nature, recommendations do they want adopted? On whose mandate can the Conference members rely to hoist such set of documents on the nation? Which institution has the mandate to conduct the referendum? Under what legal or constitutional cover? Since a referendum is designed to present two clear choices of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, what issue or issues will be canvassed for adoption or rejection during the referendum? Are we going to put Nigerians to a choice between the much touted 1963 Republican constitution, with its Westminster parliamentary system and four regions, against the 1999 Constitution? Or do we put them the choice to accept the amorphous, albeit discredited, policies and recommendations contained in the 2014 National Conference Report as against the 1999 Constitution? Proponents of referendum, as a panacea for all the ills of the 1999 Constitution have avoided facing up to these and many unexplored and

To tackle the country’s economic problems, each candidate, however, has his exclusive plan, with some urging efforts to remove the sanctions and others suggesting adopting other strategies and regarding the sanctions as opportunities to boost the country’s production.

unresolved questions squarely. But we are entitled to ask them and to demand clarity before embarking on the slippery slopes to anarchy, political uncertainty and constitutional crises. While we are it, one needs not be reminded that the National Conference comprised unelected members – however dignified or experienced they may be in their individual capacities – and, consequently, it lacked the powers of a constituent assembly, in the exercise of which it may propose or adopt a new constitution. In other words, the Confab, being unelected, does not derive its mandate from the sovereign will of the people and cannot claim to be speaking for them. For such a defective Confab to assume such a role or purport to adopt a new constitution, as representatives of the people or under any guise, would amount to the usurpation of powers it does not possess. It cannot discharge or exercise a mandate not conferred on it by law. If the Confab, whose members lack popular mandate and whose composition is undemocratic having been assembled in a very skewed manner by the use of a template of dubious legal or constitutional basis, purports to promulgate “a new constitution” the constitutional document thereby produced would tell even a bigger lie than is being leveled against the 1999 Constitution which is being disparaged as the handiwork of the military. It should also be pointed out that there does not exist any Act of parliament or Rules of Procedure in Nigeria that would enable any organ or under which to conduct a referendum and no agency of government is empowered by law to carry out same.

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