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Vol. 13 No. 65

Monday, May 19, 2014

. . . putting the people first

Rajab 20, 1435 AH

Tambuwal shelves plan to dump PDP

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Chief Audu Ogbeh, Governor Kashim Shettima and Borno’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Usman Zanna (middle) at the farewell ceremony for 50 India-bound trainees going for train-the-trainers course on irrigation designed by the Borno government as part of measures to fight Boko Haram through job creation, at Audu Ogbeh’s farm in Kuje, FCT on Saturday. See news story on Page 3

Chibok

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Boko Haram ‘prepared T to release half of girls’  UN women chief visits Nigeria >>> PAGE 2

Bomb explosion rocks Kano

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N1bn pension scam: Railway scribe dies in police custody

here are indications that Boko Haram will this week release half of the kidnapped Chibok school girls, British newspaper, Telegraph reported yesterday. This is even as the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UN Women, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngouka, at the weekend paid solidarity visit to Nigeria, assuring that UN women would do everything possible in assisting Nigeria to ensure speedy release of the abducted Chibok school girls. The British based media said sources close to Boko Contd on Page 2

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PDP kicks as APC sweeps Kano LG polls


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News CONTENTS News

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Editorial

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Op.Ed

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Letters

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Opinion

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Metro

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Business

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Stockwatch

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Education

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Health

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Chibok: Boko Haram ‘prepared to release half of girls’ Contd from Page 1 Haram revealed to it that the sect was willing to conduct a “gradual” release of its hostages in return for the release of Boko Haram prisoners in Nigerian jails. The terrorist group, surprisingly, has made a significant concession in which it abandoned demands for its top commanders to be released as a prisoner swap deal with government, apparently realising that this would be politically impossible for the federal government to agree, it said. “Contrary to the public rejection of any swap deal by the Nigerian government, there are some on-the-ground talks taking place. An agreement was reached about two or three days ago in principle to start releasing some prisoners”, according to the source. The source further said Boko Haram has also listed some

lower-level fighters that it wants released as well, adding that in exchange of this, the group was willing to start a “gradual” release of around 100 of the girls, possibly beginning this week, depending on how faithful the federal government is to its own side of the commitment. “Depending on how the other side responds, the girls will be released in small groups. They will be left at a certain safe location, and the authorities will then be told as to where they can pick them up from”, the source said.

Meanwhile, UN Women have pledged continued commitment to press for the speedy release of Chibok school girls, and the promotion of girl-child education in

Nigeria. The UN Under-Secretary General, gave the assurance yesterday in Abaji Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory, during a solidarity visit to the Federal Government Girls College in company of the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina. She said the UN System is behind the call for the release of the girls and would continue to take girl-child education as the best achievement any nation could have in the 21st century. She said girls in Nigeria deserve the best in education, security, health and social services, to guaranty their proper development in an environment that has been made conducive for gender mainstreaming and women multi-faceted empowerment by the present administration. “When I see you, I see the

peal following the media report that a roadside bomb was detonated and resulted in the killing of some soldiers in the forest area of Gwaram local government which consequently threw the people of the area into confusion. Hannafi stated in a press statement which he signed and made available to newsmen in

Dutse that the blast occurred several miles away from the local government, adding that people should continue with their lawful activities. “The blast occurred in a forest around Ginika village, which is part of Darazau local government Bauchi state”, he said. Hannafi called on the people

UN Women boss pays solidarity visit to Nigeria

‘Malalas’ of this world”, Ms. Mlambo-Ngouka told students of the college. The UN Envoy said the International Community, especially the UN System, is encouraged by the religious and traditional leaders in Nigeria, who came out to condemn what she described as “heinous”, and for expressing their support for the unconditional release of the Chibok girls. Speaking, the women affairs minister noted that all Nigerians, especially parents in the country, have been saddened by the incident. In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, MacJohn Nwabiala, who represented the Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, described the visit of the UN Women executive director to share her thoughts and to identify with the country as a commendable gesture.

Jigawa bomb blast: LG boss urges calm From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse

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he Chairman of Gwaram local government area of Jigawa state, Hon. Hannafi Yakubu has urged people of his area to remain calm and continue with their business as there is no cause for alarm in the area. The chairman made this ap-

to always report any suspicious movement around them and also continue praying for peace and stability in the area and the country in general. He also assured the people that his council will continue to cooperate with security agencies to ensure lasting peace in the area.

Bomb explosion rocks Kano . . . 10 feared killed Boko Haram: IGP orders tight security in schools in Makurdi – Page 28

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Digest

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Politics

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News Extra

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Sports

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From Edwin Olofu, Kano

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t least 10 people are feared killed last night when a car laden with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), exploded in Sabon Gari area of Kano city. A well placed security source that did not want his name men-

tioned, who visited the scene of the incident along Middle road/ Gold Coast road told our correspondent that a primed car exploded near a drinking joint in the area killing 10 people while several others sustained injuries. The source added that the

car might have been heading to a targeted destination but exploded on the road killing the 10 persons, which may include the occupants of the car. Kano state police spokesman, ASP Musa Magaji Majiya, confirmed the incident but said he did not have details, noting that

the Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba had mobilized his men to the scene. It would be recalled that another explosion occurred barely a year ago, after twin explosions that rocked the New Road and Enugu Road areas of Sabon Gari in the city.

Tambuwal shelves plan to dump PDP By Lawrence Olaoye

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peaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, may have shelved his speculated plan to quit the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Daily has learnt. It was widely rumoured in the last nine months that the Speaker was perfecting plans to join the APC as he was said to be eyeing the party’s presidential ticket. The Speaker has held series of meetings with chieftains of the opposition party in both Lagos and Abuja, giving rise to speculations that he may have finally resolved to join them. Besides, some of the 37 members of the House of Representatives who defected from the PDP to the APC late last year had confided in newsmen after their defection, that it was only a matter of time before Tambuwal joins them in their new platform. Again, Tambuwal’s body language was very suggestive of such moves.

For instance, he had been quite critical of the PDP led administration at the federal level, capping such criticisms with a statement on December 9, last year that President Jonathan was encouraging corruption in the country. This, among similar actions of the Speaker, led to a cold war between the Presidency and the House of Representatives. More so, the House of Reps Speaker tactically avoided all the seven rallies staged by the PDP this year, trying to boost its support base across the country, including the one held in his home state, Sokoto. The others were held in Bauchi, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna, Kano and Kwara states. The political estrangement between the Speaker and his ruling party came to a head recently during the Presidential Media Chat, when President Jonathan took a swipe at Tambuwal’s House, accusing it of politicizing all national issues, no matter how important. However, we learnt late last week that Tambuwal may have

finally resolved to drop his plan to quit the PDP for the APC. The Speaker, according to sources, met with President Jonathan, during which “they mend fences”. One of our sources said the Speaker’s action may have followed a ‘tightening of the noose’ around him (Tambuwal) by Aso Rock’. “The Speaker may have come to the realisation that his hope of getting the APC presidential ticket may eventually be a mirage, considering the concentration of presidential ‘materials’ currently in the party. To avoid losing on both ends, he has to retreat and pursue his state governorship ambition”, said another source. According to the source, Tambuwal has now resolved to relaunch his bid for the Sokoto state governorship seat after he had been widely speculated to have “relinquished the position to Senator Umaru Dahiru Tambuwal”. Recent unfolding events in the Green Chamber seem to corroborate the fact that Tambuwal’s leadership may have mended

fences with the Presidency and the ruling party. The speed with which the president’s request for the extension of state of emergency for another six months in the troubled states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe was granted by the House came as a surprise to many Nigerians. Also, it was learnt that Tambuwal has ordered the suspension of the probe into the N10 billion jet charter scandal surrounding the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, as a measure to appease not only the Presidency but the entire leadership of the PDP. But when contacted on the matter yesterday, the Special Adviser on Media to the Speaker, Malam Imam Imam, said the rumour of his principal’s plot dumping the ruling party was only in the realm of speculations as he had never told anyone he was leaving the PDP for the opposition APC. Imam said: “That one was speculation and you know we don’t comment on speculations. He had never told anyone that he is dumping his party (PDP)”.


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Mass protest in Borno as soldier kills youth From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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n alleged killing of a yetto-be identified civilian by a soldier in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, yesterday morning, has ignited mass protest by hundreds of irate youths. Our correspondent reported that pandemonium broke out at the West End area of Maiduguri metropolis, around 11a.m., when hundreds of aggrieved youths took to the streets to protest the ‘extra-judicial’ killing of an innocent civilian by one of the soldiers attached to a nearby military post. The incident has caused serious traffic jam and scuttled vehicular movements for over two hours, as the angry youths barricaded several major roads and burnt used tyres. Witnesses said trouble started after a soldier stationed at the nearby security check-point has

allegedly targeted a tricycle operator, popularly known as Keke NAPEP. The Keke NAPEP operator was reported to have unknowingly drove through a ‘no-go-area’, which was blocked by the military for security reasons. It was further learnt that the ‘killer’ soldier fired a shot but missed the target; instead, the bullet hit a kolanut seller seated opposite to the military post, who died on the spot. Some youths present at the scene of the incident became angry and mobilised several others for the demonstration when the

soldier who fired the shot, openly depended his action. “The soldier was not in any way remorseful over the killing of the innocent man and this angered the youths who mobilized to the scene. It was also gathered that immediately after the incident, the youths chased away the soldier and his colleagues from the area. However, sources said the soldiers were not chased away; rather, the shooter was assaulted and nearly lynched by the youths before being rescued by his colleagues, who sneaked him out of the area.

“If not for the quick response of his fellow soldiers, he would have lynched, but was seriously beaten and sustained some injuries on his head and eyes”, a witness, who declined identification, told our correspondent on phone. The incident has created tension in and around the area, as major roads, which included Baga, Post Office, Shehu Laminu and Custom area, were blocked for several hours and motorists and other road users were compelled to turn back and drive through another route. When the situation was get-

ting out of hand, with the protest almost turning violent, dozens of soldiers, backed by armored vehicles were drafted to the area and fired warning shots into the air, apparently to disperse the crowd. However, the demonstrators defied the horrifying sounds of the shots fired from the armored vehicles, even as they threw stones at the military. When hundreds of stones being thrown at the soldiers continued and became unbearable for the soldiers, they were forced to quickly withdraw from the scene.

Nasarawa state Governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (right) presenting a relief material to one citizens displaced by the Tiv/Fulani Crisis, yesterday in Lafia.

Confusion over whereabouts of 5 abducted Borno policemen From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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onfusion has pervaded the entire police community in Borno state, as the whereabouts of five personnel abducted by suspected Boko Haram insurgents, three days ago remained unknown. Sources within the police circle told newsmen that they were skeptical if the abducted personnel are still alive, as Boko Haram don’t spare even civilians talk-less of security operatives. The abducted policemen, according to investigation, comprised of Inspector Luka Maina, Sergeant Manya Chaka, Corporals Hassan Dauda, Emmanuel Onoche and Umar Ali. Our correspondent reported that the incident happenned last Friday when some policemen attached to Banki oupost, along Nigeria-Cameroon border in Borno state, were ambushed by the insurgents while on a routine patrol along a highway. Sources said the cops were on a patrol in an Armored Personnel Carrier, (APC), with registration number, NPF4960c, when they came under heavy attack, as over 20 gunmen opened fire at their vehicle. “The terrorists opened fire on the armored vehicle and the officers quickly rushed out of the APC and fled into the bush. But were trailed and captured by the insurgents. Till this moment, we did not hear from them and don’t know their whereabouts, as their phones remained switch-off. In fact we presumed that both the personnel and the APC are in the custody of the militants or they might have been killed by now”, the source said. The state Commissioner of Police, Tanko Lawan, confirmed the incident but declined further details.

NCAA warns of flight delays, cancellations From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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n an apparent move to prevent anticipated misunderstanding between passengers and airlines staff, The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) yesterday warned passengers of flight delays and outright cancellations even as raining season heightened.

The warning is coming at a period passengers complains has pitch the regulatory agency against the Consumer Protection Council over whose authority it is to sanction airlines over perceived ill treatment of the flying public. NCAA General Manager Public Affairs, Fan Ndubuoke, told reporters yesterday, that “passen-

gers at our airports should demonstrate exceptional calm and understanding when flights are cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. The onset of the raining season is usually accompanied with thunderstorms, lightning and turbulence; the most severe of them being the wind shear.”

National Conference resumes plenary session By Hassan Ginsau

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fter three weeks of intensive committee work, the plenary session of the ongoing National Conference in Abuja resumed today, with commencement of the consideration of reports of the 20 Committees assigned to handle critical national issues. Despite the extension of the committee sessions from 2 to 3 weeks some committees were still collating their final reports as at this weekend, while some of the committees have already submitted signed copies of their reports with agreed-upon recommendations to the Conference Secretariat within the week for distribution to delegates. The 20 Committees whose reports would be considered are:

the Committee on Devolution of Power co-headed by Obong Victor Attah and Ibrahim Coomasie; Political Restructuring and Forms of Government also coheaded by Mohammed Kumalia and Gen. Ike Nwachukwu; and National Security, which has Mohammed Gambo Jimeta and Chief Albert Horsfall as chairman and deputy chairman, respectively. There is also the Committee on Environment, headed by Senator Florance Ita-Giwa, with Bukar Mandara as deputy chairman; the Committee on Politics and Governance co-headed by Professor Jerry Gana and Chief Olu Falae and the Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Reform headed by Justice G. A. Oguntade, with Professor Auwalu Yadudu as deputy chairman. There are also Committees

on Social Sector; Committee on Transportation, Committee on Science, Technology and Development, the Committee on Agriculture; The Committee on Civil Society, Labour and Sports, Committee on Public Service. Other committees include the Committee on Political Parties and Electoral Matters, Committee on Foreign Policy and Diaspora, the Committee on Land Tenure and National Boundaries, and Committees on Economy, Trade and Investment, Energy, Religion, Public Finance and Revenue, and lastly the committee on Immigration and Related Matters After the item-by-item consideration of the 20 reports, a final report of the conference shall be drawn up and approved by the delegates.

In a signed statement, he said “When wind shear occurs along the flight path, it causes abrupt and substantial displacement of the aircraft from its intended path which becomes extremely hazardous for aircraft taking off and landing. Other hazards associated with rainfall includes: microburst, hail, lightning, low ceiling and visibility, icing, altimeter error and engine water ingestion. In other words, the rains being experienced now may result in occasional flight cancellations/ delays.” It said the Directorate of Consumer Protection (DCP) of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) expects the airline officials to ensure sustained communication to the affected passengers if and when flight cancellation/delays is anticipated or occurs. “The passengers are accordingly required to remain calm, avoid violence and confrontation with the airline officials as this measure is to ensure their safety. NCAA’s primary responsibility is to ensure safe and secure air transportation in the country. We will therefore enjoin intending passengers to exercise restraint/ understanding in the event of any weather related cancellations/delays.”


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Borno commits N10bn to agric devt By Ahmed I. Shekarau

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orno state Governor Kashim Shettima has disclosed that his adminis-

tration spent nearly N10 billion to procure equipment, provide training and other services towards boosting agricultural development in the state.

The governor disclosed this at a farewell ceremony held at the weekend in Kuje, Abuja, for 50 citizens selected from the 27 local government areas of

L-R: President Francois Hollande of France welcoming President Goodluck Jonathan to the Paris Summit for Security in Nigeria at the Elysee Palace at the weekend in France.

APC sweeps Kano LG polls From Mustapha Adamu & Edwin Olofu, Kano

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) has won all the local government areas in Kano state in the just concluded local council polls held in the state. To this end, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, led by formed governor of the state, Ibrahim Shekarau, has kicked against the outcome of polls, describing the whole electoral exercise as a sham. Going by the result released by the Kano state Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC), the APC swept all the 44 Local Government chairmanship and 484 councilorship seats in the state, as officially declared by the Returning

Officers at various levels. A statement issued yesterday by the executive chairman of KANSIEC, Sani Lawal, stated that the election was largely successful and peaceful. He further said that KANSIEC discharged its constitutional responsibilities of organising, conducting and supervising Local Government polls on Saturday, 17th May, 2014. It further described the success recorded during the election as the collective success of the people of Kano state. Meanwhile, reacting to the outcome of the polls, former Kano State governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, described the Saturday’s Local Gov-

….As PDP kicks, heads to court

of Madagali informed the military and the vigilante, who laid an ambush,killing dozens of the insurgents and recovering weapons after sustained gun battle. “After a tip off that the insurgents set up a camp in Madagali fromwhere they could launch attacks, we contacted the military and mobilised our vigilante to intercept them. The combined effort of soldiers and and the vigilante led to the killing of 90 Boko Haram fighters”, her said. The official added that “ seven soldiers, including Captain Akintola and the C.O. of 123, also lost their lives in the gun battle, which took place between Bita and Jaji in Madagali area just on the border

with Borno state”. Hospital sources told our correspondent that corpses of soldiers were deposited at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola. However, Police PPRO in Adamawa, Usman Muhammad said the incident did not take place in Adamawa. “Our investigation reveals that the incidence did not happen in Adamawa but in Borno state”, he said. When contacted on phone, the spokesman of the 23rd Armoured Brigade, Yola Captain Nuhu Ja’afar, said he was busy attending to some officialduties and promised to call back, but did not do so as at the time of filing the story.

ernment elections in Kano State as a sham and a fraud, marred with irregularities. The PDP chieftain said that the leadership of the party received reports that no standard election was conducted from all the 44 local government areas of the state, as expected from the KANSIEC. He also claimed that the PDP voters were unable to cast their votes during the election due to failure of the KANSIEC to provide adequate election materials.

90 insurgents, 7 soldiers killed in fresh Adamawa attack From Umar Dankano, Yola

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s the war against insurgency intensified, members of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents for the second time has suffered serious casualties as local vigilante killed dozens of them in Madagali local government area in Adamawa state. A resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, said the incident took place after a stranger, who was suspected to be a Boko Haram member, bought a large stock of food at the Madagali market.The stranger was later trailed to a hideout in the bush by members of vigilante group. The source added that officials

Borno, who were dispatched to India for a course in irrigation. According to the governor, his government discovered that, in addition to misguided beliefs, Boko Haram insurgents have over the years been recruiting foot soldiers, and that the latter accept the pay offers as a result of joblessness and extreme poverty, a condition, he said, can be addressed through massive investment in agriculture. “Besides those driven by spiritual motives, there is also the economically induced Boko Haram. This can be seen where some youths were paid as low as N5,000 to burn schools and spy on our security men. So, that goes to show that Boko Haram is not only propelled by evil spiritual motive but also by economic motives”, Governor Shettima said He said he believes that Boko Haram can best be contained through a combination of military, socio-political and economic solutions, maintaining that none can be effective without the others. The 50 Borno citizens, Shettima said, are to undergo three weeks train-the-trainers course on irrigation equipment installation, effective utilization and maintenance, after which they would train farmers across the state. A world leader, Jain Irrigation of India, which is currently installing drip and centre pivot

irrigation equipment in the state, is to conduct the training as part of a contract between the state and the company. Shettima said in addition to Indian irrigation equipment, an American company from Nebraska state, is installing 50 units of centre pivot and sprinkler irrigation equipment along Maiduguri -Konduga farm areas as a pilot programme. He revealed that 400 units of such equipment from US, India and China are expected for installation across private farms in the state, to increase cropping by revolutionizing agriculture and creating millions of jobs. The governor explained that 50 unemployed graduates of agriculture had earlier undergone a different train-the-trainers course for three months in Thailand, while others were trained in Sebore Farms in Adamawa state. He said the state is currently taking delivery of 400 containers of agricultural machinery and has taken delivery of 500 mobile rice mills and groundnut processing units. In his remarks at the event, Ogeh, who is honourary adviser on agriculture to Shettima, called on the trainees to heed to the lessons they will learn in India, just as he eulogized the Borno governor for his steadfastness in developing knowledge based agriculture in Borno.

N1bn NRC pension scam:Railway scribe dies in police custody From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he five months long investigations into an alleged N1 billion pension scam at the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has claimed its first victim, with the death of Ms. Ifeoma Onyeabo in Police custody on Saturday. She is among 11 suspects allegedly involved in the financial scam that has thrown the corporation into confusion in the past months. Ms. Onyeabo died in Abuja, where she and others were transferred to the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) in the FCT, by the Nigeria Railway Police Command in Ebute-Metta, Lagos. Other suspects include Mr. Celestine Chukwu, Mr. EunaIgbe and Mr. Olumide Lawal, who managed the pension fund of the NRC before the bubble burst on how they allegedly embezzled the workers contribution to the fund. Sympathisers have continued to throng the late secretary of the pension administration fund’s home at the Ebute-Metta staff quarters to condole with her family. NRC staff were seen discussing the outcome of the affairs in hushed tones when our correspondent visited the apartment, which wore a mournful look yesterday.

Investigations reveals that the Chairman of the board of Directors, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur waded into the issue immediately the management made public the corrupt acts and prevented the case from going to the EFCC by setting up a panel to investigate the matter. The board however, on April 16, ordered the management to implement the panel’s recommendation by firing all those involved in the fraud. The NRC, in late January, said it uncovered an alleged fraud in the administration of its pension funds. The Managing Director of the corporation, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, then set up a panel to investigate the allegation. The movement of the suspects to Abuja was said to be at the instance of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), which was initially invited by the management. The investigation panel into the scam was headed by the NRC’s Director, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department, Mr. FidetOkheria. The corporation’s Deputy Director, Public Relations Mr. David Ndakotsu told our reporter on the phone that NRC will issue a statement on Monday (today) on the issue.


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From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos & Umar Puma, Abuja

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Goodluck Jonathan’s aborted trip to Chibok is symptomatic of his Administration’s policy flipflop in the fight against the terror group Boko Haram, hence it did not come as a surprise to close watchers of the administration. In a statement issued in Lagos,at the weekend, by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said, just as the Jonathan Admin-

Aisha Falode petitions Tambuwal over son’s death in Dubai

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Jonathan is clueless on Chibok girls’ rescue – APC istration has bungled the fight against the sect, it has exhibited sheer cluelessness in handling the abduction of the school girls. “With his utterances and actions or inaction, President Jonathan has deepened the pains of the parents and guardians of the girls, and indeed that of the whole nation, when he should have been

the consoler-in-chief at such a difficult time for a nation he leads,’’ it said. APC said to worsen matters, the administration has resorted to lying to Nigerians, saying the President never planned to visit Chibok in the first instance, even when it has been widely reported in the local and international me-

dia that the President’s advance team had landed in Borno state before the presidential volte face. The party said the President himself made his lying aides to look squeaky clean when he told the world’s media that he did not go to Chibok because the girls are not being held there and also because the trip will not lead to their

release. “This statement shows that President Jonathan does not understand the demands of his office, and that in good/bad times, he is to be seen and heard as the lead celebrant/lead consoler for his compatriots. His statement is the most pedestrian justification of a presidential faux pas ever.

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ce sports commentator, Aisha Falode has petitioned Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to help her seek justice from Dubai government where her son Oloruntoba was allegedly killed. In a ten-page petition entitled:’Petition of my son’s death Olorutoba Falode in Dubai’ and presented by Chairman, House of Representatives committee on media and public affairs, Rep Zakari Mohammed, she demanded for an unbiased investigation into her son’s death among others. In the petition, Falode said, “I am writing to formally petition for the active support of the Federal Government of Nigeria in my efforts to seek justice from the Government of Dubai following the death of my son, Mr. Oluwadamilola Oloruntoba (Toba’) Falode, who died unexpectedly on the 15th of February 2014. Falode, in her petition strongly believe that the information given by the Dubai authorities were faulty, as they are in variance with eyewitnesses accounts. Based on this, she smelt a rat in the manner her son’s death was presented. “I was informed that Toba died following a fall from the balcony of his 17th floor apartment (1703), located in Manchester Tower, Dubai Marina, Dubai. Toba at the time was legally living in Dubai as a student in one of the prestigious universities renowned for musical, audio, sound and film production-SAE Institute, Dubai. In her final submission she said “I would therefore, like to petition the Federal Government of Nigeria to support me in finding out the real truth of what occurred that fateful night my son died as to whether there is a cover-up. “I would also like the House of Representatives to request that every support and assistance is provided by the Government of the UAE for a re-investigation and further enquiry into the death of my son. Only the full weight of the Nigerian Authorities will ensure that the truth is uncovered and my son gets justice”, she stated.

L-R: Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Director-General, National Teacher Institute, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu, Dr. Balarabe Rano, and Kogi state governor, Capt, Idris Wada, at the public presentation of book titled Fasting according to Islamic Law, yesterday in Kaduna.

Gov Yari’s performance, a sign for APC’s victory in 2015, says Buhari From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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ormer head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has described the performance recorded so far in terms of infrastructural development by the administration of Governor AbdulAzeez Yari

Abubakar, of Zamfara state, as clear sign that APC will record victory, come 2015 general elections in the state. The APC chieftain, who made the pronouncement at the commissioning ceremony of a 75-kilometre distance road constructed by the administration of Governor Yari to mark

its 3rd year anniversary, which engulfed the whooping sum of 7.1 billion naira, expressed satisfaction that the state would soon regain its lost glory in the aspect of commercial activities. Buhari further contended that, only the construction of roads as embarked upon by the state government could fa-

CBN earmarks N132bn to empower Nigerian women By Maryam Garba Hassan

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he Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has earmarked the sum of N132Bn under its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Fund (MSMEDF), to enhance Women Economic Empowerment in the country. A statement issued at the weekend, in Abuja, by the Director Press at the ministry said the amount represents 60 per cent of the total sum of N220bn set

aside by the apex bank under the scheme to address cash flow challenges of financial services in the Micro finance sub sector. The statement said the development was the high point of a meeting held in Abuja at the weekend between the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, and the Acting Governor of the Central Bank, Mrs. Sarah Alabi. Hajiya Maina, commended the CBN for taking the lead in promoting financial inclusion

of women and other marginalizedNigerians through its various schemes such as the Revised Micro-Finance Policy, the Agricultural Credit Guaranty Scheme, the National Financial Inclusion Strategy (NFIS) and the newly introduced MSMEDF. Earlier, the Acting Governor of the CBN, Mrs. Sarah Alabi, observed that in most cases, women exclusion in financial services was as a result of lack of financial literacy of the women, especially those at the grassroots.

cilitate rapid development for both farming and marketing, the most two integral issues which have a direct impact on common man at rural areas. In a similar development, the Speaker, House of representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has commended the total construction of Kaura Namoda to Gusau, a 31 kilometre road federal project by the Zamfara state government, saying it has been kind of effort that a crawling economy needs to fast track the development of the state and the nation at large. He pledged to ensure necessary intervention of national assembly for the reimbursement of all the monies spent by the state government for the construction of the road that believed would encourage commercial activities in the state. Earlier, Governor Yari said his administration had to embark on roads constructions across the state, being a fulfillment of promise made to the people of the state during his campaign days, adding that, “No meaningful development must be achieved without road network”.


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Boko Haram: IGP orders tight security in schools in Makurdi

Students of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Abaji, during the solidarity visit of the Executive Director, UN women, Ms Phumzile MlamboNgcuka to the school over the abducted chibok school girls, yesterday in Abuja.

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War against terrorism national -Badeh C By Evelyn Okakwu

hief of Defence Staff Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh has urged Nigerians to see the war against terrorism as a fight for all, not only the Military. He was speaking at a closed door meeting with members of the Presidential fact-finding committee on the abduction of Chibok girls in Abuja recently. Air Chief Badeh, who held a closed door session with the committee

along side other members of the Nigerian Defence Corps stated that the war against terrorism must be fought as a nation. “Everybody thinks this war is for the military alone; no. It is a war for all of us.” He stressed that, “soldiers don’t fight wars on their own. It’s a nation that goes to war.” Badeh thanked members of the Committee for taking on the assignment. “It will give us respite if you are able to get to the root of all that has happened,” he said.

Air Mashal Badeh, expressed the hope that with current efforts and support, “we shall win the war on terror and bring back our girls.” The Service Chiefs; who included members of the Nigerian Army, Navy, and Air Force dispelled insinuations that had been rife over the abduction and terror in general. Such insinuations concern the armoury and fire power of the terrorists, the morale of Nigerian troops, as well as operational deployment of troops. The military top brass explained

their rules of engagement and related issues of appropriate firepower in situations which terrorism presents within Nigerian territory where there is civilian population. While thanking the Service Chiefs for the insight provided, the fact-finding Committee Chairman, Gen. Sabo (rtd), frowned at the disparagement of the country’s armed forces, and commiserated with the Services on the personnel losses suffered in the fight against terrorism.

Boko Haram: Anenih tells opposition to learn from Odinga, others By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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hairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Anenih, yesterday rapped the opposition elements for calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to resign on account of the raging Boko Haram insurgency and the recent abduction of over 200 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, by the insurgents, saying the call was

unpatriotic. Anenih, who rarely joins issues in the media, said in a statement titled: “Let us unite against Boko Haram” and issued in Abuja that all Nigerians, irrespective of regional, religious or political affiliations should unite behind the President in the fight against Boko Haram. He admonished opposition politicians to learn from the Westgate shopping mall killings in Kenya where the opposition leader, Rahila Odinga,

stood right by the side of President Uhuru Kenyatta while the latter was addressing Kenyans on the dastardly attack. He also recalled how the people of America and Great Britain closed ranks and rallied support for their respective governments in the aftermath of alQaeda deadly attacks on their nations, pointing out that in none of these cases did the citizens call on their president or prime minister to resign. The former minister of works

and housing commended the United Nations solidarity and the collaboration by France, United States of America and Great Britain with Nigeria and her Francophone neighbours, namely Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin Republic He stated that Jonathan has so far done well in the fight against Boko Haram even as he declared that no president of Nigeria could have done better within the ambits of constitutional powers.

Al-makura commiserates with displaced Tiv, assures of security From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

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overnor Umaru Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa state Saturday, commiserated with displaced Tiv communities affected by the recent communal clashes across four local government areas of the state. The Governor who undertook a tour of major Tiv settlements in the four local government areas of Doma, Obi, Keana and Awe, commiserated with the Tivs, assuring them of steps taken by

his administration to secure their lives and property. Al-makura equally donated N8 million, N2 million each to Tiv communities affected by the crises across the four council areas, as well as food items and household utensils worth millions of naira, to mitigate their plight, even as he said the presentation of relief materials will be a continuous exercise. While identifying with their plight, Al-makura disclosed that series of meetings were held involving Tiv leaders in the state

and from the affected councils, as a result of which his administration assured them of need for the displaced Tivs to return to their original homes. The Governor assured the displaced persons that after holding various meetings with his executive council, se c u r i t y a g e n c i e s traditional and Tiv leaders, with due consultation with chairmen of local government areas, his administration was assured of maintaining and supporting communities across the state

by ensuring the security of lives and property. “The government and security agents are battle ready to defend and protect the lives and property of every citizen of Nasarawa state”, he said. While appealing to the people to return back to their s e t t l e m e n t s , s t r e s s ing that government will provide more security to the affected areas, Almakura however warned that his administration will deal with anyone found to be breaching the peace.

he Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has ordered the strengthening of security in all boarding schools in and around Makurdi, the capital of Benue State. According to a statement, signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mbah, in Abuja, this is coming on the heels of recent threat letter purportedly issued by elements claiming to be Boko Haram members to two all-boys Secondary Schools, Government College, Makurdi, and Mount Saint Gabriel College Makurdi. He said consequently, Benue State Police Command, working in conjunction with the State Ministry of Education and the affected school authorities, has strengthened surveillance in the Schools and other Boarding Schools within Makurdi metropolis. The statement said Police authorities have commenced investigations aimed at ascertaining the source and authenticity or otherwise of the said hand-written letter now in possession of the Force. “The Police High Command wishes to advise residents of all host communities nationwide where boarding schools are located to remain perpetually on the alert and report any suspicious movement to the appropriate authorities” the statement noted.

Customs recruited 10,000 personnel - Dikko

From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna heComp troller-GeneralofNigerian Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko Inde at the weekend said they have recruited over 10,141 customs personnel into the organization. Although, the Controller didn’t give the full details of when the recruitment exercise was conducted and the year but said so far they have done a lot in reforming custom Service. Abdullahi Dikko Inde disclosed this while speaking at the reception ceremony organized by Makarfi Community of Kaduna State to welcome home their son who recently retired Deputy Controller General, Garba Bala Makarfi held in Makarfi township stadium. He added that the reform going on in thecustomsservicewasdoneingoodfaith. “We have recruited about 10,141 personnel and Retired DCG Garba Bala Makarfi has done a lot in making sure that the recruitment exercise was done successfully because he was the officer in charge of the exercise and this is why we are going to miss him in the service” he said. Dikko described the celebrant as an honest person who will be greatly missed saying he was happy for him since he returned home after a successful career. Earlier, in his opening remarks, Kaduna State Chairman of Jama’atul Nasril Islam State chapter, Malam Ja’afaruMakarfitaskedMakarfiindigenes on western education.

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News 2 men docked for allegedly stealing 100 litres of diesel

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wo men, Jibrin Mohammed, 27 and Sani Haruna, 23, were on Friday arraigned in a Karu Chief Magistrate’s Court, Abuja, for allegedly stealing 100 litres of diesel. The accused, both of Karshi community in the Federal Capital Territory, are charged with criminal conspiracy, theft, criminal intimidation and causing grievous hurt. The prosecutor, Mr Pascal

Njoku, told the court that one Sky Gideon, an employee of S.C.C Nigeria Ltd, Karshi Site, reported the matter at Karshi Police Station on May 11. Njuko said that it was reported that on the same day, the accused conspired and stole 100 litres of diesel from the S.C.C dumper machine. He said that when the accused were confronted, he intimated the complainant by threatening to kill

him.

The prosecutor said the accused threw a stone at the complainant, harming him on the head. He said the offence contravened sections 95, 286, 397 and 241 of the Penal Code. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. The prosecutor urged the court not to grant the accused bail as investigation into the matter was ongoing.

However, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Hadiza Dodo, granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000 each with a surety each in like sum. Dodo ordered that the sureties must be of reputable character and must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court. She also ordered that the sureties must have good means of livelihood which must be verified. She adjourned the case till June 23. (NAN)

L-R: Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Margery Chibogu Chuba-Okadigbo, Representative of Ford West Africa, Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina and President, Ford Foundation, Mr. Darren Walker, at the Round-table Discussion on Emerging issues of Girl Child Protection in West Africa organized by Ford Foundation, at weekend in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Trader docked for alleged unlawful possession of 25 domestic animals

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he police, on Friday, arraigned a 50-year-old trader, Umaru Garba, in an Akure Magistrates’ Court for alleged unlawful possession of 25 goats. The prosecutor, ASP Pelumi Adejuwon, told the court that the accused committed the offence on May 5 at about 12.30 p.m. at Shasha market in

Akure. Adejuwon said the accused “had 17 goats, 4 rams and 4 sheep in his possession but could not give a satisfactory account of how he came about them”. The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 430(1) of the Criminal Code Cap 37 vol. I, laws of Ondo

State of Nigeria, 2006. The accused, who pleaded not guilty to the one-count charge, explained that he purchased the animals and was transporting them in his van to the market when he was stopped by the police. ``But I had faulty brakes so I couldn’t stop at the police checkpoint at Ogbese. And

when I eventually stopped at Shasha market in Akure, I was arrested by the police because I did not stop earlier,’’ he said. The magistrate, Mrs. Olubukola Kuye, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum. She adjourned the case until June 9. (NAN)

Judge’s absence stalls Sylva’s N19.2bn theft trial

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n Abuja Federal High Court, on Friday, adjourned the case of a former governor of Bayelsa, Timipre Sylva, till July 3 following the absence of the trial judge. At the resumed sitting on

Friday, a court official informed counsel and parties that the judge was bereaved. The matter was consequently adjourned to July 3, for continuation of hearing. Sylva, Francis Okokuro,

Gbenga Balogun, Samuel Ogbuku, Marlyn Maritime Ltd, Eat Catering Services Ltd., and Haloween Blue Construction and Logistics Ltd., were standing trial over an alleged N19.2 billion fraud.

They were being tried before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on a 42-count charge bordering on money laundering, conspiracy and stealing of money belonging to the Bayelsa government when Sylva was governor. (NAN)

Mother narrates how pastor raped her daughter

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he mother of one of the girls allegedly raped by Emmanuel Matthew, a pastor, told an FCT High Court on Friday that the accused used a white bedspread and red curtain to rape her daughter. Mathew, 52, who is the General Overseer of The Choice Bible Church, Mpape, Abuja, and proprietor of the primary school where his alleged victims attended, was arraigned on a six-count charge. At the continuation of trial, Mrs Jacintha Ejiofor told the court that her daughter was molested by the pastor in his bedroom on March 12, 2012. While being cross-examined

by Mr Ejike Orji, a lawyer from the Attorney- General’s office, the mother said her child, one of the pupils in the accused’s school, was lured into his bedroom for unknown reasons. She said: ``My daughter told me that the pastor laid a white bedspread and a red curtain after which the accused inserted his finger into her private part, then used his manhood afterwards.” Ejiofor said one of the alleged victims’ mother, had earlier confronted the accused with her pastor on the same allegation but the accused asked them to come back the next day for discussion and settlement. She said the other woman

and her pastor went back as arranged but were arrested by the police, following a complaint made by the accused at Mpape Police Station. Ejiofor further told the court that on her way to see the accused person concerning what her daughter told her she discovered that he was not in the school premises with his wife. She said that few moments later, she and her daughter were arrested by two policemen from Mpape Police Station accompanied by the accused wife. She said that on getting to the police station, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO)interrogated her daughter.

``My daughter narrated all she had told me to the police, then the police asked the three girls to describe the accused bedroom and they mentioned seven items. ``When the police got to the accused house he confirmed five items but the white bedspread and the red curtain mentioned by the girls were missing,” she said. She added that the DPO asked that they all go to the Asokoro General Hospital for medical examination of the victims and the accused. According to her, the hospital confirmed that the girls were no longer virgins. The News Agency of Nigeria

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Court absolves 59-yearold man of alleged impersonation

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n Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Friday, discharged a 53-year-old man, James Eromosele, charged for allegedly impersonating a police officer. In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Omolade Awope, said that the Investigating Police Officer (IPO) failed to present himself and witnesses in court to testify in the case at many of the trials. “The court is not a warehouse where cases are kept without making significant progress. “This case is hereby struck out and the accused discharged,” she said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Eromosele was arraigned and remanded on Feb. 26, for allegedly impersonating a commissioner of police serving at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Alagbon, Lagos. The Prosecutor, Cpl. Uche Simon, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Feb. 24 at Area H Police Station, Ogudu in Lagos at 10 a.m. “The accused, in the same manner, impersonated a Divisional Police Officer, SP Olugbenga Adepoju”. According to Simon, Eromosele also impersonated a lawyer in Lagos. “Eromonsele claimed that he graduated from the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State, in 1985 with a B.Sc. in Law”. On interrogation by the chief magistrate, the accused, however, said that he never studied law at UNIBEN. The accused, who lives at No 6, Paradise close, Akute in Ogun, was facing a-three-count charge. He, however, pleaded not guilty. Simon said the offences contravened section 76 and 77 of the Criminal Law of Lagos-state, 2011. NAN reports that section 77 recommends three years imprisonment for offenders. (NAN) (NAN) recalls that the police prosecutor, DSP Stanley Nwodo, had earlier told the court that the accused raped two sevenyear-olds and a nine-year-old pupil on different occasions in his (pastor’s) school. The offence, Nwodo said contravened the provisions of Section 283 of the Penal Code. According to the law, a convict is liable to 14 years imprisonment or with an option of fine, or both. However, Mathew pleaded not guilty to the five-count charge. He was granted bail in the sum of N500,000 and a surety in like sum. (NAN)


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

149th KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING

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n solemn and prayerful meditation to the Almighty Allah for the safe release of the over 200 female students of Government Girls’ Secondary School (GGSS) Chibok, Borno State, the Kano State Executive Council held its one hundred and forty ninth (149th) sitting today Wednesday 14th May, 2014 (15th Rajab, 1435 A H) under the Chairmanship of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. Appropriately, the 149th sitting was dedicated to the recognition accorded to Kano State by the Progressive Governors Forum for choosing Kano State to convene and deliberate on issues of serious concern for the development of education in the country generally, particularly in their respective domains. Kano State, under the current leadership of the second (2nd) incumbency of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE, stands out as a beacon in the performance towards positive transformation of the education sector and system generally. Multitude of required projects, policies and programmes were and are continually executed superlatively that qualifies Kano State to occupy the exalted position in educational advancement. Only few examples can be cited as presentation of details is beyond this medium. All levels and aspects of the education sector/system were/are continually transformed. For examples: • At Basic Education Level - Over 2000 additional classrooms were constructed and furnished to improve and address the congestion problems in Basic Education/ Primary Schools across the 44 Local Government Council Areas of Kano State. - Over 200 staff quarters were constructed in rural schools for the accommodation of teaching staff. - Provision of feeding free of charge at all Public owned Primary Schools in the State. - Provision of two (2) sets of brand new school uniforms to new intakes into all Public Primary Schools in the State. • At Secondary Education Level - Hundreds of existing schools were renovated and furnished. - Many unused/under – utilized public owned buildings were converted for use as secondary schools. Examples are the Drug/ Medical Consumables Stores converted to Governor’s College, Magwan Water Restaurant converted to First Lady’s College, Yadakunya Psychiatric Hospital converted to GGSS Jan’ Baki, former WRECA Workshop at Bagauda converted to a Technical College, etc. • At Post Secondary/Tertiary Level - Over twenty four (24) tertiary institutions (two Universities inclusive) were established and progressively maintained. - Over two thousand (2000) Kano State Indigenous Students were sponsored for Graduate and Post Graduate Studies in relevantly required courses such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Piloting, etc. at institutions abroad and other States of the Federation. • At all levels - Education at all levels was declared to be provided free of charge in Kano State despite the capital intensity of the requirements. In a nutshell, the present administration in Kano State resolved to accord highest priority to the development of education due to the belief that “Investment ventured into for the development of the human being is essential and all encompassing”. Notwithstanding, the Kano State Executive Council received and deliberated upon thirty five (35) memoranda submitted from nine (9) MDAs of which twenty two (22) were approved for execution with an expenditure of Two Hundred and Eighty Two Million, Two Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Seventeen Naira, Four Kobo (N282,216,017.04) covering eleven (11) projects as follows: 1. OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE The Kano State Head of Civil Service submitted four (4) memoranda for deliberations by Council. All were approved for execution. Thus: a) Request for Funds to Enable the Conduct of the 20th Batch Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON) Mandatory Workshop and Examination Pre–requisite for Attaining Managerial Position in Kano State:Attainment of managerial positions (i.e. GL 14 and above) in Kano State Civil Service is no more automatic. Officers on GL 13 have to qualify by attending the cited workshop and passing the pre-requisite examinations. Council was intimated, through the contents of this memorandum

consideration and approved as follows: i. The granting for the conduct of the fifth (5th) Retreat at Kaduna. ii. The granting for liaison between the Ministry of Planning and Budget and the Office of the Head Civil Service to continue with all necessary arrangements by obtaining relevant cost implications for deliberation at the Executive Council Sitting.

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso that, the workshop is being conducted twice each year in collaboration between the Office of the Head of Civil Service (i.e. the Kano State Government) and the ASCON, Topo Badagry, Lagos. Main aim of the programme is to expose participants to Managerial and Administration Skills for effective service delivery. A total of 253 officers on GL 13 Officers from across the State Civil Service were earmarked as eligible for the workshop at the aggregate sum of N13,604,000.00, which was requested for release to cover for the successful conduct of the first (1st) Segment of the Workshop for the year 2014 (1stWeek of June, 2014). Council approved the request. b) Request for Funds to Sponsor Six (6) Staff from Kano State Multi–Door Court House to Attend a Professional Qualification Training/Examination Programme:For the six (6) staff to qualify for admission into the Associate Cadre of their profession, their participation in the cited training and passing the requisite examinations were presented to Council as mandatory. The State Head of Civil Service submitted the cited request for consideration by Council. Details on the names, salary grades, DTA, Local Running and Registration on the six (6) Staff were presented for consideration along with the request for the release of the aggregate sum of N1,455,000.00 for the stated purpose. Council approved the request. c) Request for Funds to Enable the Payment of First (1st) Batch (2014) Contract Gratuity in Respect of Ninety Six (96) Officers from Ten (10) Government Organizations:The Statutory Provisions on the cited request prompted Council to approve the release of the aggregate sum of N19,502,777.04 for disbursement to ninety six (96) Contract Officers from ten (10) Government Organizations as First (1st) Batch of the payment for the year 2014. Prior to this, Council acknowledged the presentation of the report on the successfully executed payment of the sum of N31,338,891.22 approved and released for the payment of Third (3rd) Batch (2013) Contract Gratuity for 107 Contract Officers. d) Presentation of Notification on the Conduct of Fifth (5th) Retreat for Top Government Functionaries (2nd or 3rd Week June, 2014) at Kaduna:The content of this memorandum adequately traced the history and genesis of conducting retreats twice each year. Such is considered relevant for collective engagement in relation to evaluation of Government’s policies, programmes and projects as per budgetary provisions. Importantly, the main theme for the Fifth (5th) Retreat is tagged as “Developing Sustainable Framework beyond 2015: The Consolidation Mechanism”. Council acknowledged the details presented for

2. OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT The Secretary to the State Government submitted nineteen (19) memoranda for deliberations by Council on behalf of the Chairman and some MDAs. Eleven (11) of them were approved for execution as follows: a) Presentation of an Offer of Scholarship for Undergraduate and Post – Graduate Studies for International Students by the Government of Turkey:The contents of this memorandum presented details on the offer of scholarship by Turkey Government to interested and qualified individuals desirous to undergo studies in that country. The scholarship arrangements covers monthly stipend (app. 250USD for undergraduate), full tuition fee, free one year Turkish Language course, free dormitory accommodation, Round-trip air tickets and Health Insurance. The scholarship is for medically fit Secondary School graduates who are not more than 21 years. Council deliberated on such an offer and directed the office of the Secretary to the State Government to publicize and coordinate the scheme for maximum participation of the state citizens. b) Presentation of First (1st) Quarter (January – March, 2014) Report from Private Health Institutions Registration Unit (PHIRU):The Secretary to the State Government tacitly notified Council, through the contents of this memorandum that, PHIRU is shouldered with the responsibility of Registration, Inspection, Monitoring and Controlling of all existing Private Health Institutions in the State. Its activities are guided by the Private Hospitals (Control) Edict No. 5 of 1985, Public Health Edict No. 4 of 1985 and the Operational Guidelines governing the activities of the Private Health Sector across the State. The First (1st) quarter (January – March, 2014) report on the activities of PHIRU in Kano State were summarized for Council noting. The report informed members that the sum of N2,463,210.00 (prosecution charges inclusive) was generated by the Unit in the first (1st) quarter of the year. The presentation was appreciatively acknowledged as Council commended the good work of PHIRU in sanitizing the activities of private hospital in the State. c) Presentation of Proposal for the Nomination and Sponsorship of Another Batch (for the year 2014/2015) of Kano State Indigenous Candidates to Participate at the National Power Training Institute Programme:Reportedly, thirteen (13) Kano State indigenous candidates were sponsored by the present administration to participate in the 2012/2013 training programme conducted by the National Power Training Institute, Abuja. Details of the performance results of the candidates were presented to Council for consideration. That out of the 13 students sponsored 7 of them passed at Merit Level and 3 havepass grade. However, 3 of the trainees absconded. The Report from the institute considered the performance of the sponsored candidates as satisfactory. Council acknowledged the presentation. d) Presentation of Fourth (4th) Quarter Report from the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti–Corruption Commission (from May, 2011 to date):The content of this memorandum adequately traced the formative stages of the Public Complaints and Anti–Corruption Commission thereby stating its main functions and activities from inception to date. The achievements of the Commission in the period under review were summarized and presented to Council for consideration. The Commission has received 530 Complaints/Petitions – from 2011 to 2013, out of which 229 cases were resolved. However, 230 cases are now pending and receiving the attention of the Commission while 25 were referred to Courts and 46 were withdrawn. Amongst the numerous achievements of the Commission was the recovery of the sum of N17,890,651.30 from individuals, State and Local Government Agencies, which were returned to their rightful owners. The presentation was acknowledged and appreciated by Council. e) Request for Funds to Enable the Payment of Registration Fees in Respect of Twelve (12) (IADNCS) and One (1) (IDITC) Contd on Page 9


PEOPLES DAILY, MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014 Omitted Students from the Kano Informatics Institute Term 1 and 2 of the 2014 Academic Session:This memorandum is a request for the payment of registration fees amounting to the sum of N2,625,000.00 in respect of 12 Advanced Diploma (IADNCS) and one Diploma Certificate (IDITC) Courses students from Kano State Informatics Institute. Details of the financial implications were summarized and presented to Council as follows: i. Twelve (12)(IADNCS) Students = N2,520,000.00. ii. One (1) (IDITC) Students = N105,000.00 Council approved the request for the release of the aggregate sum of N2,625,000.00 for the stated purpose. f) Presentation of Progress Report on the Employment Drive for 501 MSc. Graduates:The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Foreign Training submitted the cited progress report, which was presented to Council for noting by the Secretary to the State Government. Details of the employment vacancies earmarked for returnees amongst the 501 Kano State Indigenous Candidates sponsored for studies abroad were presented to Council as follows with the Northwest University, Kano approval for the absorption of 167 as Graduate Assistants (out of which only thirty (30) have returned for immediate employment) and Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education will employ twenty (20) of the returnees as Graduate Assistants having relevant qualifications. Other tertiary institutions are yet to submit their request. Council appreciated the report. g) Request for Funds to Enable the Procurement of Forty (40) Units of Learning Equipment for the State Education Sector:The memorandum intimated Council of the need for the supply of 40 units of “Integrated Technology Enabled Learning Solution” equipment for use in the Educational Sector of the State at the aggregate sum of $140,000.00 at $3,500.00 per Unit. Council considered the details presented as relevant and approved the release of the requested sum of $140,000.00 for the equipment. h) Request for Funds to Enable the Conduct of Exhibition/ Bazaar of Women Finished Products in Conjunction with the African Women Agric/Business Network (AWAN):The request was submitted from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to Council for the release of the sum of N4,489,900.00 forthe conduct of exhibition of women finished products. The amount is to cover for Venue/Feeding, Publicity and Souvenir, hosting of participants and fueling of official vehicles. Council approved the release of the trimmed down sum of N3,000,000.00 for the stated purpose. i) Presentation of Composition of the Four (4) Nominees from the Business Community to Serve as Members of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC):The Secretary to the State Government notified Council that, Section 4 (4) and(6) of the Law on Consumer Protection provides that appointment of four (4) persons from the Business Community be made as Members of the Council. In the same vein, Section 7 provides for the remuneration of Members of the Board other than Ex–Officio Members. Council deliberated on the need for, and, approved the appointment of four (4) persons from the Business Community to serve as Members of the CPC, viz: i. Alhaji M. D. Yusuf KACCIMA ii. Alhaji Muhammad Adakawa Singer Market iii. Alhaji Mustapha Sudawa Dawanau Market iv. Alhaji Ya’u Karas Kurmi Market Council also approved the following remuneration as monthly allowances to the Board/Commission Members as follows: • Board Chairman N120,000.00 • Board Members N100,000.00 • Part – Time Members (Civil Service Commission) N100,000.00 • CRC (Secretary) N100,000.00 j) Request for Funds to Enable the Provision of Medical Assistance in Respect of Baba Muhammad Afflicted by Rheumatic Heart Disease:The contents of this memorandum presented Baba Muhammad as one (1) of the 197 Kano State indigenous students sponsored by the Kano State Government for a one (1) year top–up Degree Programme at the International University of East Africa, Kampala, Uganda. Reportedly, the student was afflicted by Rheumatic Heart Disease an illness that damages the heart valve resulting in scarring manifest in leakages of the valve or its narrowing. The student was recommended for surgery in India by the Institution at the sum of N2,225,500.00. Council approved the request. k) Presentation of First (1st) Quarter Report on the 197 Kano State Indigenous Students Sponsored for One (1) Year Top– Up Degree Programme in Uganda:The cited Progress Report was submitted from the State Ministry of Science and Technology. Essentially, the report was on the stand of current issues in respect of the 197 Kano State indigenous candidates sponsored by the State Government to undergo one (1) year Top–Up Degree Programme at the International University of East Africa (IUEA), Uganda, after completing the International Advanced Diploma on Information and Communication Technology at Kano Informatics Institute and Jigawa State Institute of Information Technology, Kazaure. Council appreciatively acknowledged the report and was delighted on the academic performance of the sponsored candidates now studying in Uganda. 3. MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION Only one (1) among the three (3) memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Higher Education was approved for execution. Thus:

PAGE 9 Request for Funds for the Sponsorship of Late Justice Sadi Mato’s Children Education for 2013/2014 Academic Session:The content of this memorandum was a request for the sponsorship of the education of the eleven (11) children sired by late Justice Sadi Mato up to University Level. The approval was granted on Wednesday 9th October, 2013. Details of the financial commitments for the 2013/2014 academic session in respect of the eleven (11) children were presented to Council for consideration along with the request for the release of the aggregate sum of N4,080,000.00 for the stated purpose. Council approved the request. 4. MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY, COOPERATIVES AND TOURISM Two (2) of the three (3) memorandum submitted for deliberations by Council from this Ministry were approved for execution as follows: a) Presentation of Request on the production of Customized ID Card for Traders and Businessmen in Kano State:Council was reminded, through the contents of this memorandum, of its approval granted for the production of Customized reloaded ID Cards for Traders and Businessmen in Kano State. Essentially, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism was directed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consultants towards the production of the ID Cards. Council acknowledged the presentation and directed the Kano State Ministry of Justice to vet the Memorandum of Understanding making sure that the interest of the State is assured. b) Request for Funds to Enable the Conduct of Training of 1000 Traders for Entrepreneurship Skill Development:The Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism submitted the cited request for consideration by Council due to many reasons. Capacity building for the targeted beneficiaries is the main essence as the training is intended to encompass capacity building on entrepreneurship skills, which help in development competence, know– how, experience, attitudes, resource, management, etc. Further, details were presented to Council for consideration along with the request for the release of the aggregate sum of N18,850,000.00 to cover for the successful training of 1000 identified traders for entrepreneurship skills development. Council approved the release of N1,250,000.00 to undertake intensive publicity and sensitization of the targeted beneficiaries. 5. MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES One (1) of the two (2) memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Water Resources was approved for execution. Thus: Presentation of Report on the Amalgamated Assistant Works Superintendent Training School (AWSTS):Pursuant to the directive issued by the State Executive Council to the Hon. Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, the contents of this memorandum presented recommendations for the merger of the two separate AWSTS (Challawa Training School and Sharada Training School) and the selection of leadership after the conversion of one of the school to a Secondary School under the Ministry of Education. Council deliberated on the recommendation and approved the appointment of Abdulkadir Mukaddas as the Coordinator to be deputized by Arabi Lawan of the new merged school. 6. MINISTRY OF PLANNING AND BUDGET The only memorandum submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Planning and Budget was approved for execution. Thus: Presentation of Report on HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Treatment Programmes:The Hon. Commissioner for Planning and Budget notified Council, through the contents of the memorandum that the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is committed towards providing support for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment across the globe. The sum of $3.4 Billion was committed in Nigeria from the year 2011 (i.e. at the rate of $458 Million on annual basis). PEPFAR realistically reviewed the performance of the programme across some States of the Federation to ensure judicious/effective utilization of its investment. Findings were satisfactory, which instigated the programme to remain committed in maintaining its current level of funding. This is to ensure a successful HIV/AIDS response and a free generation in Kano State and the Nation at large. The content of the memorandum requested and Council approved the doubling of efforts by the Kano State Ministry of Health, the State Primary Healthcare Management Board and the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA) in the areas of the provision of adequate counseling and medication to various AIDS victims in the State. Council also considered and directed the State Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture to embark on proper enlightenment in that direction. 7. MINISTRY OF WORKS, HOUSING AND TRANSPORT Council approved the execution of the request submitted in the contents of the only memorandum from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport. Thus: Request for Funds to Enable Payment for Diesel (AGO) Supplied to the Taskforce Committee on the Installation /Repairs / Reactivation of Street and Traffic Control Lights in the Month of January, 2014:The Hon. Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport submitted the cited request as substantiated by the presentation of five (5) authenticated receipts from the approved Government supplier

of the stated commodity (Diesel) totaling to the aggregate sum of N82,569,740.00. Authenticity of the request was considered by Council as approval was granted for the release of the sum of N82,569,740.00 for the Diesel supplied for electricity generation. 8. MINISTRY OF LAND AND PHYSICAL PLANNING Request for Funds to Enable Continuation with the Laying of Garden Interlock Tiles along the Pedestrian Walkways of Thirty (30) Additional Roads in Kano Metropolis:Laying of Garden Interlock Tiles along the pedestrian walkways of major roads in the metropolis was heralded among the most successfully executed projects towards the beautification of Urban Kano. So far, Council was amply notified that, KNUPDA had judiciously expended the aggregate sum of N1,120,056,090.71 released to it through twelve (12) approvals granted by the Kano State Executive Council from 12th December, 2011 to 14th March, 2014. Reportedly, a total of eighty four (84) metropolitan roads were provided with garden interlock tiles at the sum of N1,173,602,463.79, which was N53,641,257.24 higher than the sum of N1,120,056,090.71 approved and collected by KNUPDA for the entire project so far. In this vein, Council was requested to approve the release of the aggregate sum of N120,000,000.00 to cover for the outstanding payment (N53,641,257.24) and for the continuation of the project (N66,358,742.76). Council approved as requested. UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 149TH EXCO SITTING 1. THE PROGRESSIVE GOVERNORS FORUM SECOND (2nd) GOOD GOVERNANCE LECTURE SERIES HELD ON MONDAY 12TH MAY, 2014 IN KANO Council delightfully acknowledged the successful ProgressiveGovernorsforum second (2nd) Good Governance Lecture of which the main theme was “Crisis in Nigeria’s Education Sector:Addressing the Connect between Unemployment and Insecurity” at Africa House, Government House Kano. Topical issues where discussed at the Forum. GovernorEngr. Rabi’uMusaKwankwaso, FNSE presented highlights of the numerous achievements recorded by the Kano State Government in the Educational Sector, which include the construction and rehabilitation of Primary Schools, provision of free feeding, provision of School Uniforms to new intakes into Primary Schools, as well as provision of instructional materials. Others include the establishment of twenty four Tertiary Institutions (two Universities inclusive), sponsorship of qualified Kano State Indigenous Students for studies at reputable Universities for Graduate and Postgraduate training in various disciplines locally and abroad. Accordingly, the participants and the three (3) discussants concurred with the paper presentation delivered by the guest speaker particularly the general recommendations, which focused on Good Governance, Tackling Youth Unemployment, Dealing with Insecurity as formidable ways of addressing the crisis in Nigeria’s Education Sector, connecting between Unemployment and Insecurity. 2. GOVERNOR ENGR. RABI’U MUSA KWANKWASO, FNSE OFFICIAL WORKING VISIT TO UGANDA Council noted with appreciation the outcome of the Governor’s official working visit to Uganda where the entourage met with 197 Kano State Indigenous Sponsored Students of Information Technology, who are undergoing a one (1) year Top-up course which will lead to their obtaining a BSc. Degree Certificate. An Award was presented to the Governor in recognition of his brilliant performance in uplifting the living standards of the underprivileged in the society. Accordingly, the Governor made another epic activities in being the first (1st) Nigerian Political Office Holder to plant a live tree at Pan African Square, Uganda. 3. AZMAN AIR SERVICES FIRST FLIGHT TAKE OFF FROM THE MALAM AMINU KANO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MAKIA) Council noted the successful take off of the Azman Air Flight from the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) on Wednesday14thMay, 2014 and wishes the company success. 4. SWEARING – IN OF THE TWO (2) NEWLY APPOINTED HON. COMMISSIONERS AND A PERMANENT SECRETARY Council witnessed the swearing–in of the two (2) newly appointed Hon. Commissioners in the persons of Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna and Ali Ahmad Yako for the Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Higher Education respectively. At the same venue, Muktari Isa Danbatta was sworn-in as a Permanent Secretary. The appointees were urged to be hardworking and diligent in discharging their duties. Further, a Cabinet reshuffle was made as follow: i) Hon. Commissioner for Land and Physical Planning moved to the Ministry of Planning and Budget; ii) Hon. Commissioner for Planning and Budget moved to the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning iii) Hon. Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism was moved to the Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture iv) Hon. Commissioner for Information, Internal Affairs, Youths, Sports and Culture moved to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism

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News

France to help China find hostages taken by Boko Haram

Muslim Students’ Society calls for total overhaul of Nigeria’s security system From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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he Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria MSSN has Called for a total overhauling of the security system in the country, just as they strongly condemn and totally reject the abduction over 234 students The Amir of the MSSN, Malam Abdulazeez Sirajudeen Folayemi made the call at the occasion of the 60th anniversary lecture for the MSSN North-East zone, with the theme: “Impacts Problems and Prospects”, held in Bauchi, at the weekend. According to him, “We say there should be a total overhaul of the nation’s security system. The nation is no safer to live in, the military check points have been turned to toll gates for extorting money from the traumatized masses. “The nation’s security chiefs should ask themselves what the various check points are doing while bombs are been moved around and our 234 students abducted and moved to Sambisa unstopped. The Amir said the terrorists have declared a war against the nation and the masses are their target. Bombing all over the nation and especially in the north, killing and abduction of innocent students and masses among other evils has shown that the nation security forces are not on top of the situation. “The authority should stop politicising the nation’s security situation but come up with a pro-active measure to make Nigeria a safe place to live”, he stated.

By Hassan Ginsau with agency report

F L-R: President, Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), Engineer Kashim Abdul, Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Barrister Ekpo Nta, and Board Member of ICPC, Alhaji Isa Ozi Salami, during their meeting, at the weekend in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

NCC releases code guiding telecoms operations By Chris Alu

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h e N i g e r i a n Communications Commission (NCC), has released a fresh code that would guide the Nigerian telecommunications industry on corporate governance. The Executive ViceChairman, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah said that the code sought to foster good corporate governance practices in the Nigerian telecommunications industry. According to him, it is now common knowledge that enthronement of good corporate governance standards and practices in organisations encourage corporate success and business sustainability. Juwah explained that the

commission conducted wide consultations to determine the best approach to adopt in addressing the issue of corporate governance in the sector. “Thus the Nigerian Telecommunications Sector Corporate Governance Working Group (CGWG), with membership drawn from across the Nigerian telecommunications sector. “It includes the NCC and Corporate Governance Consultants/ Experts that were inaugurated on Oct. 24, 2012 by Okechukwu Itanyi, our Executive Commissioner/ Stakeholder Management. “The CGWG developed this Code of Corporate Governance for the Telecommunications Industry,’’ he said.

Juwah said that the code was a voluntary code of leading practices aimed at regulating corporate behaviour and practices of companies within the industry. He said that it was hoped that the code would promote good corporate governance practices in the industry. Juwah said it was expected that the code would create a credible industry in which every stakeholder would have confidence, foster the growth and development of the industry, and the larger national economy. “It is our sincere hope that this code will achieve the desired objectives and bring about positive changes in the corporate governance practices of the telecommunications industry,’’ Juwah said.

Capt Ismail Yadudu Foundation workshop holds May 24 By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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rrangements have been concluded for this year’s 6th annual workshop of Capt. Ismail Yadudu Foundation, to hold on May 24, 2014.

This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Prof. A. H. Yadudu. The statements said the theme of the workshop will be on ‘Liver Disease Prevention Strategy at the

Community Level’. The foundation added that Dr. Musa M. Borodo and Bashir Tijjani of the Department of Medicine, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Kano, will give supporting lectures. Prof. S.S. Wali of the

same institution will chair the occasion while Prof. A. A. Rasheed, VC, Bayero University Kano (BUK) and Dr. A. Z. Mohammed, the Chief Medical Director (CMD) AKTH, will be the joint Chief Hosts.

CSO faults CNPP’s call for NEXIM boss’ removal By Stanley Onyekwere

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he National Transparency Watch Initiative has condemned the call for the sack of the Managing Director of Nigerian Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank, Mr. Roberts Orya, by the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP). Addressing journalists in Abuja, National President of the group, Comrade John Folarin Odusote, said the call by CNPP was a deliberate attempt to

tarnish the image of the NEXIM boss. He described the allegations against Orya, as “fictitious and baseless grounds” saying that under his leadership, the bank has excelled. He said, “The association whose main business is protecting interests minority political parties in the nation has all of a sudden abandoned its primary responsibility and taken the toga of a social critic. While this may be commendable

in some quarters, criticism comes with a heavy price and thus entails honesty and objectivity, which the CNPP, in its tainted allegations lacked grossly. “We wish to make it straight that we are not joining issue with this honourable group; neither are we holding brief for Mr. Orya. However, as it is our sworn duty and responsibility, we shall always strive to uphold truth and transparency which is the onus of today’s meeting. “In their trumped-up

allegations the CNPP tried its best to mislead Nigerians in their claim to the embezzlement of N200 billion, by the Robert Oryaled management of the bank. It is however hilarious, as our checks have also revealed that in the bank’s 24 years of existence, it has not received up to N100 Billion from both the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and even international partners; this is an open secret and those interested can check this fact.” He said it is common

rance’s foreign minister offered China his country’s help yesterday in locating 10 workers feared kidnapped by Boko Haram militants, as African leaders joined forces to fight the terrorist group. “We have already told our Chinese friends that we were at their disposal in helping them find their citizens,” Laurent Fabius said on a visit to the Chinese capital, where he will meet Prime Minister Li Keqiang today. The Chinese road workers were apparently taken from their camp in a night-time attack in northern Cameroon on Friday night. They were likely taken back across the border into Nigeria, a police source said yesterday. Fabius noted the attack took place as French President Francois Hollande convened heads of state to decide how to curb the havoc Boko Haram terrorists have wreaked in their base of Nigeria and in neighbouring countries. President Goodluck Jonathan and his counterparts from Benin, had, Cameroon and Niger approved an action plan on Saturday to combat the Islamist group blamed for 2,000 deaths this year as well as last month’s abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from northeastern Nigeria. “We are here to declare war on Boko Haram,” Cameroon President Paul Biya said. The agreement involves the coordination of surveillance efforts aimed at finding the schoolgirls, and the sharing of intelligence and joint efforts to secure the porous borders in the region. In the longer term, the countries agreed to forge a regional counter-terrorism strategy under the auspices of the existing but barely active Lake Chad Basin Commission, with technical expertise and training support from Britain, France, the European Union and the United States.

knowledge that prior to the appointment of Mr. Orya, NEXIM Bank was just a structure without effective action. He said under Orya’s leadership, NEXIM Bank has become a house hold name in the investment, Export and import sectors of not only Nigeria but the West African and Global markets. He urged the CNPP to ensure that they engage in in proper investigations before going public to declare baseless allegations against hard-working Nigerians.


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Money Sense

Starting a business for financial turnaround Finding gaps in the market inding gaps in the market is one of the main ways people have changed their financial situation. What is lacking in your community or what is being offered at low standard that you can improve upon? In the western world people have found financial breakthrough from filling a gap in the market. Opportunities What opportunities are around you? Many take very little money to start. Say to yourself, I must present it differently?”Opportunities are in abundance where there are people. Many times the real challenge people face is not as much a money problem as it is a mind-set problem. Many believe they need money to start a business. Unfortunately money is the least of your worries to begin with. Do not get me wrong money is an

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important part of the equation but it is not the main part and in some cases it turns out to be the very hindrance in setting up a business. You might wonder why I said this, when people have money at their disposal, there tends to be a lot of wastage. Then when they really need the money,it’s all gone. Be Creative We all have a sense of imagination. And from time to time we encounter some form of inspiration. For your business to stand out you must develop a creative mind. Look through magazines, buy books on successful people, read what they did to build their business. Be innovative Think outside the box. How can I make this the best product or service out there? Put a twist to your business. Become a niche Start a business where

people know you are the ‘go to person’ in that field. Niches are becoming the life of any business today. Think of something that will make you unique.

Model a successful person’s beginnings Look for successful people and ask them how they got started. Or get books on

Who manages your family’s finances?

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ack when I was a stay at home mom, my husband and I used to joke that he’s in charge of making money and I’m in charge of spending it. But I’m proud to say that over the last decade, I have proven myself to be a capable investor – and this was NOT an easy decade for investors as we all know! So, now we say that he’s in charge of making (most) of our money, while I’m in charge of investing it and growing it, and – well, I’m still pretty good at spending some of it too. The family as a business unit Joking aside, I find that the trust he puts in me, the fact that I can manage our finances on my own and only consult

with him prior to making really big decisions, is priceless. A family is of course all about love, friendship and mutual commitment, but it is also a business unit of sorts. Just as it wouldn’t make sense for the CEO of a company to micromanage the CFO or the CIO, it doesn’t make sense for a couple to micro-manage each other. Trust Of course, this requires trust. For many couples, there’s very little trust when it comes to finances. A recent, disturbing study from American Express shows that a growing number of couples reports that they argue about money, and that in order to avoid those arguments, they sneak purchases, sock money away in a secret bank account,

or keep a credit card account hidden from their significant other. Assuming you agree with me that this is a sad state of affairs, how do you get to a place where you trust each other – where you know that you are in agreement when it comes to finances, and are working together to build your financial future? Financial compatibility I asked you, a while ago, “Is Financial Compatibility Important When Choosing a Life Partner?” Most of you thought that financial compatibility is important, and that marriages suffer when there are big differences between the partners. Leigh shared her own experience: “I am now going

through a divorce, and though there were many issues at play, I’d say it boiled down to money. Significant Other came into the relationship with a monetary philosophy that borrowing against the future is a-okay. While I worked to whittle down that debt, Significant Other refused to make any sacrifices that may have helped put us back in the black.” I agree with your responses to that post. I believe that financial compatibility makes it easier to trust each other and to work together to build a financial future. If my husband believed I would take all the earnings from our investments and spend them on jewelry and clothes, would he still be able to trust me to manage our portfolio? Gender Does it make a difference if it’s the woman or the man who manages the family’s finances? I would say it doesn’t – it all boils down to the individual and not so much to their gender. In addition, even if we assume that women and men have different investing styles, with women being more risk averse, each style has its pluses and minuses. I remember reading somewhere that over the long run, portfolios managed by women have better returns, because they trade less often and rack up fewer expenses. Interestingly, in a 2008 survey by Pew Research Center, 45 percent of women respondents said that they manage the money in the household, while 37 percent of the men said that they do. Perhaps it’s a question of perception, or of

successful people and model their beginnings. These are a few ways you can start up your own business for a lasting financial turnaround. needing a better definition of what it means to “manage the household finances” (balance the checkbook? Pay the bills? Make investment decisions?). Whatever the explanation is, it seems that women and men can’t even agree on who runs the household finances. (I wonder what my husband would have answered)

Money Tip Cut the cost of your fuel bills As the global demand for power threatens to outstrip supply, prices are rising. But that doesn’t mean you need to be ripped off. The domestic market for fuel is a competitive one and you can change supplier with a few clicks of the mouse. Your new supplier will take care of the formalities - you just pay less every month. Cut your home phone bills If you must use your phone there are scores of cheaper alternatives from cable companies that package your telephone, television and even broadband internet access to lowcost dial-up services that give you access to cheaper calls using your existing BT line. Pay your debts first You’re always going to have something due to somebody else and you’re paying interest. Try to pay everything off as early as you can before you’re just paying interest to everybody else. Make sure you pay off your debts – credit cards, school loans, car loans – you don’t want to be in the hole forever!”

Quote “There is something about a well-worded question that often penetrates to the heart of the matter and triggers new ideas and insights.” - Brian Tracy: Speaker, Author


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EDITORIAL

That Maiduguri army mutiny T extra effort by the GOC’s driver to beat a retreat and luckily helped the GOC survive by the whiskers.” The military high command has since recalled the General Officer Commanding the Division, Major General Ahmadu Mohammed to Abuja with a pledge to investigate the matter.

he mutiny last week by soldiers of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri, Borno state, is symptomatic of the deep seated problems facing the army, particularly the neglect suffered by junior officers. At another level it is a pointer to why the military has not thus far succeeded in quelling the insurgency that has engulfed some states in the northeast. Although what triggered the mutiny was not so much the issue of welfare of the soldiers who have long complained of being shortchanged by their superiors, the sad event reflects the seeming disconnect between the soldiers and their superiors on how to effectively execute the war against the insurgents. Reports have it that some troops of the Division were angered by the killing of 12 of their colleagues in an ambush by Boko Haram members on their way back to Maiduguri from Kalabalge local government area where they had carried out an operation against the insurgents. The troops were said to have pleaded with their superior officers to pass the night but they were told to proceed to Maiduguri despite their plea that the journey was too risky. A top military source disclosed further that “when the corpses of the slain soldiers were brought to Maimalari barracks in the morning, the GOC had to go there to address the troops. As soon as they spotted the vehicle of the GOC driving into the barracks, some of the vexed soldiers suddenly started shooting at the approaching vehicle; it took an

What happened in Maiduguri should give the army high command in Abuja and, indeed, the federal government an opportunity to critically look into the operations of the army and review the war against the insurgency. While we await the outcome of the investigation, a number of issues easily come up which do not require any special probe to unravel. Firstly, the fact that such an action took place whereby soldiers openly displayed their displeasure with their superiors is a clear indication of a breakdown in the chain of command - which is dangerous to the effective operation of the army. Mutiny in the military anywhere is treated very seriously and strikes at the heart of the code of the military which makes obeying a command obligatory. For soldiers to now turn around against their

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superiors in the manner they did seriously calls for concern. What happened in Maiduguri should give the army high command in Abuja and, indeed, the federal government an opportunity to critically look into the operations of the army and review the war against the insurgency. One of the reasons why the war has persisted, according to many, is because the army is not well equipped to fight the insurgents who are apparently better armed. We recall that the Borno state Governor, Kashim Shettima, has repeatedly made this point but he has not been taken seriously by the Jonathan government. It is now imperative to do so to avoid the sort of devastating ambush that the troops suffered and also to urgently bring the war to an end. We believe that an evidently ill equipped force is an ill motivated force. Reports say the soldiers fighting the war do not have basic equipment like communication gadgets and night goggles that would give them the edge over the insurgents despite the trillions of naira budgeted for the war. The National Assembly must wake up to its responsibility and probe the financing and execution of this war that is turning into a cash cow for a few individuals at the expense of the lives of many Nigerians. The lawmakers must ensure that the military is well equipped and also get to find out how and where the insurgents acquire their sophisticated weapons. Until these measures are taken, another shameful mutiny may not be too far away.

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Opinion Activist by day, politician by night By Uwa Eghomeka

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here appears to be a growing trend in this country. As I reflect on the last few weeks, something seems hauntingly familiar, and it’s not merely the apparent unity of the Nigerian people in the face of the heinous kidnapping of our Chibokschoolgirls, or the involvement of the international community in the search for the girls. During the days of the Occupy Nigeria protests against the removal of fuel subsidy in 2012, many social media critics and activists were born. While that in itself is laudable because Nigerians are learning to speak out using every means available to them, what I find disturbing is that ex-government officials did not merely join the bandwagon, they virtually began to ‘own’ it. I am reminded of how Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, with his eloquent and often poignant messages on twitter and facebook, posed as a man of the people and the face of opposition throughout the Occupy Nigeria protest in 2012. This,of course, was before the release of his controversial book. One would safely assume that the mallam bargained on riding on his new found fame at the time to lend some measure of authenticity and

honesty to his printed pack of unsubstantiated claims. But he would not have his way. El Rufai has been exposed for the man he is; he can no longer beguile people with his penchant for peddling lies as the truth. In the wake of El Rufai’s crash landing and subsequent transition from Occupy Nigeria hero to power-starved narcissist, like a phoenix rising from Nasir’s inglorious ashes, another ex-government official, social media critic cum activist has emerged. Fondly referred to by El Rufai as his friend and sister, Oby Ezekwesili has taken to using social media to advance her agenda, gaining popularity especially after her popular keynote address delivered at the APC convention held in Abuja. Oby Ezekwesili has clearly

decided that using El Rufai’s modus operandi; posting as many tweets as possible, using every medium available to make Nigerians believe you actually care; that you are one of them, while making derisive defamatory remarks about government administrations you were not a part of, would earn her the popularity she so desperately seeks. This trend of exgovernment officials frequently taking swipes at successive administrations for the very same offences their administrations were guilty of is becoming quite alarming. Do they perhaps believe that by belittling these people they somehow raise people’s perception of their administration as over and

above all others in terms of not merely accomplishments, but standards as well? Mrs Ezekwesili would do well to remember the saying, “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones”. This is not attempt at digging up dirt on her, though there is dirt enough. But let’s leave things as they are, after all why should we show more than a passing interest in her connection with a certain ‘wonder bank’, or how and why “dear Nasir” lavished her with loads of money and choice property in Abuja when he was the FCT Minister; the same man who rendered many Nigerians homeless, might I add. It would have been so much easier to believe that Oby is who she claims to be, but some of her associations, actions and

In the wake of El Rufai’s crash landing and subsequent transition from Occupy Nigeria hero to power-starved narcissist, like a phoenix rising from Nasir’s inglorious ashes, another ex-government official, social media critic cum activist has emerged. Fondly referred to by El Rufai as his friend and sister, Oby Ezekwesili has taken to using social media to advance her agenda, gaining popularity especially after her popular keynote address delivered at the APC convention held in Abuja

even statements have rendered her claims null and void. At this point one even wonders, with all her claims to goodness and public displays of passion for the people, why World Bank did not leave her in their employ rather than terminate her contract. Could it possibly be an indication of a less than stellar performance? And if it is, then it would justify her desperation to gain the recognition that eluded her while at World Bank by attempting to portray herself as a ‘man of the people’. Oby has claimed so many times that she is nonpartisan, but we will not be carried away by people’s claims any longer. After all, her bosom buddy and long standing friend, Nasir El Rufai, the accidental public servant, also claimed piety while in government, yet we all know that his claims were baseless lies and his term as minister was an accident indeed. Then again, she’s not some innocent wading in the murky waters of politics for the first time; and as she uses the unfortunate incident of the Chibok kidnappings to gain traction, it becomes clear that Oby is ready to play in the big leagues. With her non-partisan claims making waves, we may very well soon find ourselves burdened with an ‘accidental politician’ as well. Uwa Eghomeka is on linkedIn

Are you a dame or a lady? By Hussaina Ishaya Audu

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he late Stephen Covey posited in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Peoplethat habits are formed when there is a synthesis of knowledge (know what), skill (know how) and understanding (know why). In other words, until there is an overlap of know what, know how and know why, a person will lack the motivation to translate knowledge and intentions to character. As an educator committed to building ethical leaders, I have to thank Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan for making my job immensely easier. You see, for months now I’ve been trying to persuade the group of girls I mentor about the value of correct etiquette and punctiliousness. I have cajoled, scolded and pontificated about being a lady in thought, word and deed. My task had sometimes been made all the more difficult by parents who do not always agree that dining etiquette or proper dress codes are essential to the education of young ladies. Some parents believe these aspects of our curriculum to be pretentious

and unnecessary, and advise us to stick to the meat of education and do away with the trimmings. Who would have thought, therefore, that the outcome I have longed to see in my girls would be achieved by observing the conduct of no other than

the Dame herself! I must admit that when at first I saw the sad display of our First Lady as inquisitor-in-chief of the Principal of the Chibok FGGS, which display has now come to be known fondly by Nigerians as ‘#DiaisGodoo’, I was as dismayed as any

other Nigerian. I watched our First Lady’s abysmal performance in disbelief, and marveled in admiration at the professionalism of the news anchor who managed to keep a straight face while reporting the story. Like you all, I questioned the locus standi of

However, as I stood before the girls at assembly on Monday morning and observed one of the girls sitting legs apart in a most un-lady like fashion, and another young lady sitting smartly with hands in her laps, I had a stroke of inspiration! I saw a striking juxtaposition of two very different educational outcomes; a Dame and a Lady! What a teachable moment! In just a matter of days, with very little effort on my part, my girls have internalized the contrast painted by the picture of the Dame and the Lady! The Dame has become a metaphor for all things uncouth and Michele Obama for class, elegance and femininity. And like music to my ears, from time to time I hear them remind each other about the appropriateness or otherwise of their conduct by asking the question: ‘Are you a dame or a lady?

the First Lady to interrogate and intimidate as she did, and was disgusted by the chorus of ‘yes’ answers coming from the faceless sycophants in the room. However, as I stood before the girls at assembly on Monday morning and observed one of the girls sitting legs apart in a most un-lady like fashion, and another young lady sitting smartly with hands in her laps, I had a stroke of inspiration! I saw a striking juxtaposition of two very different educational outcomes; a Dame and a Lady! What a teachable moment! In just a matter of days, with very little effort on my part, my girls have internalized the contrast painted by the picture of the Dame and the Lady! The Dame has become a metaphor for all things uncouth and Michele Obama for class, elegance and femininity. And like music to my ears, from time to time I hear them remind each other about the appropriateness or otherwise of their conduct by asking the question: ‘Are you a dame or a lady?’ Ms. Ishaya Audu, a public commentator and lawyer, lives in Abuja.


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Opinion

Bring back our girls, yes but what about country By Emmanuel Onwubiko

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he campaign to get back our girls is worth the trouble. Boko Haram’s abduction of our schoolgirl and its threat to sell them into slavery has galvanized broad- based support global effort at rescuing them. The campaign has become a unifying force in a country eternally fragmented into ethnic and religious camps made possible and sustained by the political elites. This patriotic zeal must be sustained long after these abducted girls are found. How can we sustain the campaign and transform it into the catch phrase of ‘Bring- Back -our -Country’ soon after we have successfully rescued these girls abducted by the violent insurgents?Going forward, we have to do the following. First, Nigerians overseas who are truly desirous of seeing that Nigeria develops and become truly a democracy should work out transparent measures and strategies of supporting the prodemocracy and pro-development activities and mandates of credible organized civil society community in Nigeria so these organizations can effectively mobilize Nigerians to take charge of governance and become active participants in the running of their affairs. Good governance has taken flight in Nigeria and if democracy must take a pride of place in Nigeria and serve the collective interest of all Nigerians, then the Nigerian based local NonGovernmental organizations with identifiable offices in towns, cities and rural communities in Nigeria must be supported by way of

donating funding support for these groups to engage in the process of enlightenment of Nigerians to stand up to be counted as good Nigerians. The current laissez-faire attitude’ of most ordinary Nigerians who see government business as not their immediate concern must be changed

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progressively through massive mobilization and sensitization using the media as effective sources of campaign and these events take a lot of financial and human resources which most

of these civil society and nongovernmental groups operating with lean resources cannot afford. Besides, most donor organizations from Europe and

America have consistently offered funding assistance to only few local groups set up by friends of these foreign embassy officials in Abuja and Lagos and this clique has made it impossible and impracticable for funding assistance to

trickle down to other credible groups that have no friends in these foreign embassies based in Nigeria. Nigerians abroad who are doing well and wish Nigeria well

How can we sustain the campaign and transform it into the catch phrase of ‘Bring- Back -our -Country’ soon after we have successfully rescued these girls abducted by the violent insurgents?Going forward, we have to do the following. First, Nigerians overseas who are truly desirous of seeing that Nigeria develops and become truly a democracy should work out transparent measures and strategies of supporting the pro-democracy and pro-development activities and mandates of credible organized civil society community in Nigeria so these organizations can effectively mobilize Nigerians to take charge of governance and become active participants in the running of their affairs

should also support through donations in cash and kind the activities of community based organizations to carry out the education, information, training and sensitization of the rural dwellers on the need to safeguard transparent and good governance even at that micro level. It is a fact that less than 15% of Nigerians are fully aware of their human rights constitutionally guaranteed and what the supreme body of Nigerian law say should constitute the fundamental principles and objectives of government policies. These are the steps we need to take at the local level to begin the process of bringing back our country. The next national campaign we must undertake is to vigorously wage war against impunity and corruption at all levels. There is corruption in all segments of our society, but the most painful is what is happening in the judiciary. Recently, a Federal High Court freed some Lebanese arrested by security agencies for arms smuggling and the discovery of large arms cache in their Kano residence was shocking but yet the court set them free. Impunity and corruption must be stamped out by all means from the body politics of Nigeria if we must bring back and/or rather take back our country. The Nigerian Borders must be secured so as to Bring Back Our Country and save Nigerians from infiltrators who are bombing Nigeria from all fronts with sophisticated weapons and firearms. Emmanuel Onwubiko is on Twitter :@ emmanuelonwubiko

Chibok girls in wider human rights and security contexts By Kolawole Olaniyan

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he terrifying abduction of more than 300 schoolgirls by the notorious extremist group Boko Haram is further evidence of the increasing level of violence and crime, as well as unnecessary loss of lives and destruction of property. It has taken weeks of demonstrations by civil society, and now international outrage, for the government to even admit that the girls, who are feared to have been sold into slavery, are missing. Yet in a televised speech, the president pointedly failed to mention the objectives of finding the missing schoolgirls, ending the years of terror, and ensuring justice for victims. The fact of the matter is that the government has conceded the initiative to the Islamist extremist group; it seems completely bereft of ideas as to what to do. Amnesty International’s research indicates that at least 2,000 people have been killed in politically-motivated, communal and sectarian violence in Nigeria in 2014 alone. Yet the Nigerian authorities have

failed to investigate the killings, bring suspected perpetrators to justice, or indeed prevent further attacks. To date, few arrests have been made and few people held accountable for the deaths. At the same time, the government continues to illegally hold hundreds of people suspected of participating in violence perpetrated by the Boko Haram and is denying them access to lawyers. Most of those imprisoned around the country are held without criminal charges, and some of them have been summarily executed by security forces before facing trial. In failing to put in place concrete measures to prevent abductions and killings, and fully investigate and punish perpetrators, the Nigerian authorities have neither respected, nor met their obligations to exercise due diligence to protect human rights. Clearly, mere promises are not enough. The government must match its words with serious and concrete action. The government’s persistent failure on internal security is also a serious breach of the

government’s human rights obligations and commitments, including under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, to which Nigeria is a state party. Nigeria has made the African Charter part of its domestic laws, which, in theory, should facilitate the charter’s enforcement. Both the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights guarantee the right to life, physical integrity, and liberty, as well as rights related to due process. As a corollary, the government is required to ensure the effective functioning and operation of governmental apparatus and, in general, all the structures through which public power is exercised, so that it is capable of ensuring the free and full enjoyment of all human rights for all. These Charter-based obligations must be performed in good faith, in keeping with Articles 26, 27 and 31 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. Of particular importance to Nigeria’s current state of insecurity are the rights

to security and life. On the right to security of the person, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the body charged with the responsibility to oversee states parties’ compliance with the African Charter has interpreted this right to include “the right to national and individual security.” According to the Commission, “national security examines how the State protects the physical integrity of its citizens from external threats, such as invasion, terrorism, and violence. Individual security on the other hand can be looked at in two angles – public and private security. By public security, the law examines how the State protects the physical integrity of its citizens from abuse by official authorities, and by private security, the law examines how the State protects the physical integrity of its citizens from abuse by other citizens (third parties or non-state actors).” Regarding the right to life, this right is central both to the Constitution and the African Charter. It is a right that cannot be suspended even in case of war,

public danger or other threats to the independence or security of the States Parties. As with other human rights, it is not sufficient for the government to abstain from infringing this right directly: the government must also adopt specific measures to actively protect and fulfil the right to life for everyone, regardless of their specific vulnerability or situation. A key part of the government obligation is to ensure that no one is deprived of his or her life arbitrarily. Most worryingly, things may get worse before they get better.Time is running out and the government needs to do something fast to ensure the safe return of the schoolgirls. As Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary-General, has aptly stated, “It is imperative that Nigeria acts swiftly and firmly to secure their safe return – with international support if needed – but the process must also demonstrate a commitment to human dignity, human rights, transparency and accountability.” Kolawale Olaniyan is legal adviser at Amnesty International in London


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Comment

Lagos model schools where nothing works By Debo Adeniran

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ur tour of Lagos state’s model colleges revealed that contrary to what the government of Babatunde Raji Fashola is claiming, the institutions are in a shambles. Apart from the over-crowdedness of the colleges which accommodates almost 80 students in a class, the food given to students is terrible and unsatisfactory while the hostels facilities are in total mess. In the model schools, students are made to pay N25, 000 per term as feeding allowance while government pays the tuition fee. Our investigation revealed that the quality of food being served is nothing to write home about and there is unnecessary delay in their feeding despite paying such amount as boarding fee as against a meagre N10, 000.00 our search revealed are paid in Federal Government Colleges where the boarders are not seen to be malnourished and are even given better delicacies when compared to what obtains in many of the Lagos State Model Colleges where the feeding quality and regimen are less than that of prison inmates. Our investigation further revealed that only few textbooks are being distributed to some very few lucky students, even the branded exercise books are for sale. Cardigan, uniforms, stocks, plates for food, cup, insecticides, soap and cutlery are brunt to be borne by parents. At Lagos Model College, Meiran, our findings show that the school authority sends letters to parents and organisations soliciting funds towards the celebration of the Annual Inter-House Sports Competitions despite government

funding of such programmes. Sometimes the school authorities cause student officers to sign such fund solicitation letters. More to the worry of parents is the sorry state of facilities in the schools. The pit toilets provided for the students are unkempt, leading many smart students to making use of the surrounding bushes as convenience at the risk of their lives. The kitchen where the food for almost 4000 student is being cooked is, succinctly put, horrible. As it stands, majority of the parents have resolved to make extra arrangement to cater for food for their wards. According to a student who spoke with our team on condition of anonymity, “Here is a glorified prison. The food we are given is very small and lacking in nutrition. Sometimes we are given porridge beans and garri as breakfast. So, what our parents do is to arrange some money with our house masters which we draw on daily basis. Extra arrangements

are also made with the operators of kiosk in the school premises who sell provisions and food to augment the peanut we get from our dining hall,” she said. After the nauseating experience of the day time which ranges from poor feeding, terrible class environment to unhygienic toilet facilities, night experience for the students is as hell. Bed bugs have taken over the hostels and almost sack the student from their abode if there are alternatives. To every student, the night has been a bore as most of them lay awake all night long as a result of the parasitic bites of mosquitoes and bed bugs. Parents often wonder why the situation persists despite the fact that every student, as a matter of must, have to return with long and short brooms, insecticides, air fresheners, disinfectants, toilet rolls and other things that guarantee healthy living, at the point of resumption for each term. Some parents revealed to

our team of investigators that the welfare and the health of the students are not well taken care of. There is inadequate supply of drugs to the sick bay to the extent that parents of sick students are always contacted to come and take their wards to private clinics instead of the school authorities taking such cases to government hospitals. This was buttressed with the case of a 16-year old Adeleke Sodiq, a former sport prefect of Model College, Meiran who was reported to have played the bearer of the ceremonial torch-of-unity during the inter-house sports event of the school on December 6, 2012. It was reported that during the long process of the touch-bearing exercise that the poor boy suffered severe burns to his right hand as a result of the intensity of the heat from the metallic touch. Adeleke promptly reported to the school authority which did not take any proactive measure towards

Our investigation however revealed that the model school started well but derailed when recruitment of students escalated without serious measure put in place to beef up facilities to accommodate the growing number of intakes. “There is no control measure over the number of intakes. The teachers, politicians, people in government, all use their influence to bring all manner of students into the school. Today things have gotten out of hand as Lagos government is not subsidising enough to accommodate the number of admitted students. In most cases, it is the Parents Association that builds classes and provides enabling environment that can at least, keep the system running,” says a parent

alleviating the young man’s sufferings. Our organisation took the case up and we exchanged series of correspondences with the governor, the commissioner for education and her health ministry counterpart. It is so disheartening that despite the intervention of governor, the corrective surgery is yet to be carried out on the poor boy since June, 2013. Our investigation however revealed that the model school started well but derailed when recruitment of students escalated without serious measure put in place to beef up facilities to accommodate the growing number of intakes. “There is no control measure over the number of intakes. The teachers, politicians, people in government, all use their influence to bring all manner of students into the school. Today things have gotten out of hand as Lagos government is not subsidising enough to accommodate the number of admitted students. In most cases, it is the Parents Association that builds classes and provides enabling environment that can at least, keep the system running,” says a parent. As the situation persists, underprivileged students and those with busy (uncaring) parents have only one thing to fall back upon to keep going under the harsh situation: breaking the lockers of those that are cared for to keep body and soul intact. But as the petty robbery lasts in the hostels, the innocent and the feeble bears the brunt, causing more pain and additional financial burden to a section of parents. Debo Adeniran is National Coordinator, CHILDREN Project

Nasarawa: The sabre-rattling over Jonathan’s planned visit By Rogers Edor Ochela

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or the umpteenth time, Ali Abare Abubakar, the correspondent of Peoples Daily newspaper in Nasarawa, was at his incendiary best when he decided to stir the hornet’s nest with his provocative writeup ‘’Jonathan’s planned visit to Nasarawa: dancing on the graves of slain operatives’’ (Peoples Daily, Wednesday, May 7, 2014). In that highly inflammatory article, Abubakar, who has over ntime cultivated the uncanny proclivity for stoking the embers of disunity, went ahead to dress the national leader of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), President Goodluck Jonathan, in the borrowed robe of an uncaring leader. The author sounded as if his fast vanishing tribe of bootlickers cum sponsors care about the calamity that has befallen the state since the APC took over the reins of power in 2011. If not, he would have been a little bit circumspect in leveling baseless accusations against the president

nay PDP, at least, considering the current volatile nature of the state. Because what Abubakar did in that write-up amounted to pouring gasoline on the conflagration that is raging in the state. The author simply threw caution to the wind when he described the proposed visit of the president to Nasarawa state, initially scheduled for Saturday, May 10, but now postponed indefinitely due to the exigencies of crucial state matters, as ‘’a confirmation of the alleged insensitivity of the president to the plight of the citizens’’. Haba Abubakar! That he found it expedient to quote former Governor Abdullahi Adamu’s allegation that the federal government is behind the incessant communal crises rocking the state is preposterous and shows where his own accusation is coming from. It is simply the voice of Jacob, but the hands are obviously Esau’s. That the Ombatse group has been unleashing mayhem on the state is an indication of

Governor Tanko al-Makura’s inability to handle the situation as the chief security officer of the state. So, accusing the presidency of insensitivity to the happenings in the state and refusing to act on the recommendations of the Justice Gbadeyan Commission of Inquiry is neither here nor there. It is akin to giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it. And the reasons for my conclusion are not far-fetched. It would be recalled that the legal adviser of Ombatse, Mr. Zachary Zamani Allumaga, while testifying before the commission alleged that Governor Al-Makura was a financier of the group. This is a weighty allegation that cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand. And this may have been responsible for the allegations flying all over the place that the report of the commission has been tampered with, ostensibly to implicate those who have fallen out with his government. So, how are we sure that Sen. Solomon Ewuga, Hon. Haruna Joseph Kigbu and

Nathaniel Agyo Mesa are not victims of high wire politicking that is being cruelly played out in the state? It might interest the likes of Abubakar to know that Governor AL-Makura in a paper delivered on October 29, 2013 to participants of the Executive Intelligence Management Course (EIMC) 6 of the Institute of Security Studies of the Department of State Security Services, Bwari, Abuja, admitted that he planned the tragic operation that failed and eventually led to the killing of scores of security operatives, for which he (Abare) would want the president to pay the price. The point must also be stressed that the crises that are gradually swallowing Nasarawa state up would have been nipped in the bud if the governor had lived up to his responsibility. If the governor as chief security officer of the state is helpless in the face of the rampaging Ombatse militia, why blame the president? In the same vein, if the governor had dealt

decisively with the high profile personalities implicated by the panel of inquiry he personally set up to probe the Assakio crisis, probably the state would have been spared the avoidable agony it is currently experiencing. In the light of this unfolding saga,Abubakar’s redherring is akin to the action of football fans, who because their team is losing a game, would tell them not to miss the leg, even if they miss the ball. For the writer to have concluded that ‘’Jonathan will come to Nasarawa not to bring succor to the widows and children of the murdered security operatives, or even order immediate prosecution of all those indicted but to fraternize with the alleged killers and to dance on the graves of the slain operatives as well as hundred others killed by the Ombatse’’, is to gloss over the reality of the situation on the ground. Rogers Ochela is a commentator on national issues based in Abuja


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Chikuku residents decry lack of potable water By Usman Shuaibu

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he indigenes of old Chikuku community in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have decried the lingering lack of potable water, facing the people in the area. They complained that since they settled in the community for so many years ago, they have been battling with the problem of water in the area. Our correspondent who visited the Community observed that most of the house wives were going about, in endless search for potable water even in the rainy seasons. The Etsu (Chief) of the community, Chief Haruna

Magba, who spoke to Peoples Daily, expressed dismay that during the dry season, the residents share the river water with the animals in the area. He said the present administration of the Council under the leadership of Ibrahim Daniel, had done nothing to provide the people with the scarce commodity (water). Hehowever explained thatthe immediate past Chairman of the Council, Joseph Kwali Shazin, during his administration, had provided a borehole as well providedan overhead tank, but both facilities were not functioning again. He accused the present leadership of the Council of

failing to repair the borehole, constructed by his predecessor. The monarch therefore, pleaded with the chairman to deem it necessary to build many boreholes in the community,in order to alleviate the sufferings of the people. Similarly, a resident, Haruna Jonathan, said that the people of the area were neglected in terms of provision of social amenities by the current government of Kwali area council. He said despite the promise made by the council chairman to provide a transformer to boost electricity supply in the community, nothing had been done up till now. He pointed out that the

The contaminated water serving as the only source of water for the people of the area

The Etsu of Old Chikuku Village, Chief Haruna Magba

deplorable condition of the road, which links LokojaGwagwalada Expressway has turned the village into a slum, especially in this period of the year. Also, he appealed to the chairman to repair the road, to enable the farmers in the area transport their produce to urban markets for sell during the dry season. He added, the primary healthcare centre which was built by the former chairman of the Council, late Samuel Mari Gwamnawas lacking drugs as well as enough health personnel, and called on the authorities of the council to do something about it. “The health personnel of the healthcare Centre do not live with us in the community, so anything that happens to us in terms of sickness no medical personnel will attend to us at the night”, he said. He called on the chairman to hurry up and complete the ongoing bridge construction in the community. Jonathan, however, said that if the bridge was not completed

early enough, the contractors handling the project would find it difficult to complete it during the heavy down pour. He added that the people of the community would be happy with the chairman if the bridge project was finished up on time, as according to him, this is the only ongoing project in thearea. Another resident, Mr. Moses Samuel, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved youth in the area, opined thatno meaningful project was carried out by the administration of the Council in the community. Samuel appealed to the chairman to focus on the development of the community, so that the residents will enjoy the dividends of democracy. Not left out, Mrs. Hajaratu Samuel and Mrs. Tawaliu Ishaya, begged the chairman to place emphasis on the provision of potable water, for the residents to ameliorate the hardships of the womenin the village, ofhaving to walk long distances in search for water.

…Odu residents appeal for basic amenities By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he residents of Odu village under Kwa ward, in Kuje Area Council have pleaded with the Council administration under the chairmanship of Shaban Tete, to provide basic amenities to the community. The residents told Peoples Daily that the community was

in dire need of electricity, road and water supply, which they said are basic essentials for enhancing peoples’ life. A resident, Ibrahim Musa, says “we in this village have not tasted the dividend of democracy as other communities have. We need the government, to look at the plight of the people living in that village.”

Similarly, Danladi Sule, said “the only project a water borehole and solar energy project executed in the village, by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), now none of them is working. “MDGs visited the village mounted a water and solar energy one for the school and one for the villagers, but for a long time, now none of them is

working. “We really need to feel the dividends of democracy. Therefore, on behalf of the community, I am appealing to the administration to come to our aid”, he expressed. Another resident, Ahmed Yusuf, who expressed dismay over the state of things in the community, said “we in this community during elections

have voted people seeking for one political office or the other, and during campaigns, they had made so many promises us but nor has been fulfilled. “The community really needs roads, electricity and water supply, because when we have these basic amenities, it will enable us to effectively interact and business with neigbouring communities.”


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Metro

A wheelbarrow pusher, along orange market, at the weekend in Mararaba.

Mobile tailor on his way to earn a living, at Karu in Abuja.

Young man hawking ice cream, at the GSM vllage, in Abuja.

A young boy hawking groundnut, at Apo mechanic recently, in Abuja

An age woman hawking garden-egg, at Nyanya, in Abuja. Photos: Mahmud Isa


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Metro

FCTA spends N3. 6bn solid waste

FCT Minister Senator Bala Mohammed with the Secretary General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, when he paid the Minister a condolence visit in Abuja, at the weekend over the death of his mother, late Hajiya Aishatu Jummare.

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Transport Secretariat raids illegal bus-stops, impounds vehicles By Stanley Onyekwere

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n a bid to ensure orderliness in the transport sector of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the Transport Secretariat of the FCT Administration, has intensified clamp down on some motorists picking and dropping passengers at ‘illegal’ bus-stops and motor parks in the Territory. To this end, officials of the Secretariat led by its Mandate Secretary, Engr. Jonathan Invoke, at the weekend raided and impounded over twenty vehicles belonging to some motorists caught in the act, during the exercise around some major corridors in the city. Peoples Daily reports that the officials accompanied by Policemen and other law enforcement agencies, raided illegal bus stops on speed lanes along Area 1, 3, Wuse market and Eagle Square near the

Federal Secretariat, respectively. Speaking to newsmen, at the scene, the Mandate Secretary, said vehicles are not supposed to either stop, pick or drop passengers, while on the speed lane. Describing the practice as terrible situation Invoke, explained thatthe rationale behind the exercise, was to curb the menace, which has caused several accidents on FCT roads. He added although the Secretariat have designated terminals in the city, where vehicles are expected to discharge or pick passengers, but they (motorists) will prefer to stay along the road, which has caused a lot of accidents, and we don’t want this situation to continue. “The design speed here (on speed lane) is more than that of the service lane, but because of these drivers are so indiscipline,

that’s we come out from time to time, working in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, to contend with this terrible situation. He added that the Secretariat is working collaboration with the police, to station its officials on some of the notorious spots within the city, to ensure that they are not attacked while trying enforcing the directive. “In order to address this indiscipline and to work in conformity with the provisions of the Abuja master plan, we restricted the activities of the mini buses to feeder routes in the Territory. On the penalties for the impounded vehicles, he said, the Secretariat through its enforcement arm, Road Traffic Secretariat (RTS) (otherwise known as Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), would refer the owners to the mobile, for the Magistrate to impose appropriate

fine on them. “This is a routine activity, and there is nothing like we will stay here (illegal parks) for hours, and that is the end, but RTS personnel are supposed to remain here from morning to night daily. This is because, this is a continuous situation, and we have to continuously address it. “We have given them (RTS) all the support necessary; they have to remain there; they have to tackle the problem; they have to impound these vehicles; and we have to take them to the mobile court; that is our daily assignment. “On a general scale, we are amending the FCT Road Transport regulation; the last one was done in 2005, but we are going to reinforcesome sections in the bylaw, to impose stiffer penalties and make it very comprehensive,” the Secretary said.

Bala tasks councilors on effective oversight By Sunday Onyekwere

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he minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed has admonished councilors from the six Area Councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to always actively oversight the chairmen of the Councils. He urged the councilors, numbering over 100, were in his office at the weekend, to pay him a condolence visit over the recent demise of his mother, Hajia Aisha Jummare Mohammed , to guard against being reduced to ‘yes men’. According to the Minister, it

would be counter-productive for the councilors to allow themselves to be reduced to mere rubber stamps by the chairmen. He urged them to establish structures and processes for robust over-sighting of projects and expenditures of the councils to ensure that the budgetary allocations for the councilors are properly and transparently utilized. In a statement by the SA Media to the FCT minister, Nosike Ogbuenyi, the minister noted that his administration has never deducted a kobo from the allocations of the area councils adding that the total amounts have always been paid to them in full as soon as they

are released from the federation account. While urging the Councilors to be alert to their constitutional duties, the Minister however cautioned them against fighting their chairmen under the guise of oversight functions. He also charged them to continue to work closely with the office of Minister of State who has been assigned to oversee area council matters, explaining that the assignment does not imply that he has totally disengaged himself from happenings in the area councils since they also form part of FCT. It added that Mohammed

further charged them to help the FCT Administration in combating the scourge of illegal structures spreading like desert wild fire in the area councils and satellite towns. He also advised the councilors to continue to work for the interest of the people while shunning bribery and corruption. Responding, the leader of the group who is also the Speaker of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) legislature, Dantani Zadna thanked the minister, for his advice and pledge to dialogue with them. He pledged their readiness to work with him while also supporting their council chairmen for harmonious administration and development.

he Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) told House of Representatives Committee on Environment that it has spent over N3. 6 billion, to construct three solid waste transfer stations as well as purchase equipment for waste management in the capital city. The Acting Director of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) Mrs. Aisha Adebayo made the disclosure while speaking at an interactive session with the Rep UcheEkwunife chairman House Committee on Environment at the National Assembly. She said the contract for the construction of three waste transfer stations “was awarded in 2011 at the sum of N2, 957, 572, 096. 35.” She added that though the project had been impeded by a number of challenges, “it is about 39. 5 percent completed.” According to her, the waste transfer stations with a combined capacity of 13,000 tons/ day, “will be equipped with waste sorting facilities, thereby promoting waste recycling and resource utilization with the associated environmental benefits to the Territory.” She also told the committee that “ contract for the supply of 6 units Roll-On- Roll- Off (RORO) Trucks was awarded in March, 2012 at a contract sum of N203, 590, 497.36. The project has been partly executed with the supply of 2 units.” Disclosing further, she said another contractfor the supply of 12 units Motorized Street Sweepers was awarded in January, 2012 at a contract sum of N405, 677, 546.40, adding that the project has been fully executed and commissioned. According to her, central sewage system is employed for liquid waste management in the FCT. “The sewage system, which is a separate system, is composed of a sewer network of about 700 kilometres and about 90 -kilometre trunk line.” Earlier,The Chairman of the Committee, Rep UcheEkwunife, had said her committee, was interested in how far the Board has gone on the issue of sanitary landfills and waste treatment plants. While commending the AEPB in its effort so far at ensuring a clean and green city particularly within the city centre,Ekwunife, said there is also need to concentrate on the satellite towns. “We would very much like to see a situation where the satellite towns are looking as clean and green as the city centre,” she said. The lawmaker however wondered how the waste transfer stations with sorting facilities would effectively function when the citizens that would generate the waste have not been enlightened on how to sort their waste for recycling purposes. She charged AEPB to adopt a more effective waste collection procedure and to do more in enlightening the residents of the FCT, in order to make the efforts of the Board more effective.


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L-R Chairman, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, Perm Sec. (Power) Dr. Godknows Igali and Minister, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, at the oversight visit to the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Power: NERC orders Discos to bridge metering gap, avoid extortion Stories by Etuka Sunday

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he Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has ordered the electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) to close the metering gap and ensure the standardisation of customer estimation to avoid extortion and exploitation. The Chairman/CEO of the Commission, Dr. Sam Amadi said, “With the wide gap in metering, which was put at 54.8% in 2012, resulting in very high estimation, it became necessary to introduce

a temporary measure for billing customer who are not effectively metered”. According to him, Customer Service Standard Regulation on meters stipulates that, “if there is no electricity meter to record electricity usage at a customer’s supply address, the Disco must base customer’s bill on estimated energy consumption, which is calculated in accordance with a method approved by the Commission”. Basically, estimation should be on verifiable scientific method for

monitoring and dispute resolution purpose. It must also be reflective of local consumption pattern and close to a actual readings previously obtained. A statement by the Head, Public Affairs Department of NERC, Dr. Usman Abba Arabi quoted the Commission’s Chairman as saying that other basis for consideration in estimation is power availability and issues associated with system losses; that is, commercial losses. Dr. Sam Amadi enjoined the Discos to intensify metering programs to reduce estimation

SON gives reasons for low grade cement restriction T he Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) has explained why the agency is restricting the use of low grade cement-the 32.5MPA- and urging manufacturers to commence the production of the high grade 42.5MPA. Speaking at the just concluded Public Hearing, Director General of SON Joseph Ikem Odumodu said the restriction placed on the use of low grade cement is important to mitigate the problem of collapse building in the country. The House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on the composition and pigmentation of cement in the country led by its chairman Hon Yakubu Dogara conducted a Public Hearing last week aimed at addressing the phenomenon of collapse building

in the country. The DG said Nigeria cannot afford to be a pariah state on the issue of cement quality, adding that world’s progressive countries have since stopped using the low quality 32.5MPA. He said his organization had restricted the use of 32.5MPA low grade and will enforced compliance. He said those that have decided to continue to produce 32.5MPA low grade do so for profiteering. He said if the phenomenon of building collapse must be addressed, Nigeria must minimize the use of the low grade cement. The Dangote Cement Plc is the only company producing the high quality grade of 42.5R, while other manufacturers are producing low quality 32.5 grade. It is estimated that from 1974

to 2010, collapse building had claimed 297 lives. The SON had issued a directive that 52.5R be used for bridges, 42.5R for casting of columns, beams, slabs and for moulding blocks, while the low grade 32.5 can only be used for plastering. Contributing, President of the Cement Manufacturers Association of Nigerian (CMAN) Engr Joseph Makoju, said the 42.5 grade is superior cement over 32.5 and that Nigeria used to produce and import 42.5 before the coming of 32.5MPA. Speaking earlier, Group Managing Director of the Dangote Cement Plc DVG Edwin told lawmakers that in spite of the superior grade of the Dangote Cement, it has not increased its price.

over medium to long-term. He also warned against the practice by some Discos who apply the unapproved estimation method that is based on averaging billed energy. On Generation Companies, Dr. Amadi said that amendment were made to the capacity charge after it discovered errors in the generation tariff order, and thereby directed Gencos to recalculate their projected revenues based on the correct figures. Dr. Amadi said, “Both the capacity and energy payments that were received by the hydro generation plants prior to the correction were inflated”, and the correction will not affect their regulated revenue but would rather ensure that tariff falls in line with energy payments.

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MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY When to use “I” and “We” in public communications

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eaders’ public communications can make their careers — if they remember their real audience. Some leaders mistakenly act as if big public communications are all about themselves, while their teams think that communications should be about them. They will be sensitive to the number of “I’s” versus “we’s” that the leader uses. Yet teams also want their leaders to be forceful and

decisive in taking responsibility for improving the situation. This requires a few strong “I’s,” like “I will.” So how do you know when to use “we” and when to use “I”? It’s important to use “we” when describing positive accomplishments, and “I” when taking responsibility for stumbles and indicating resolve to make changes. The people on your team know the difference, and they’re listening carefully.


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Sterling Bank MD lauds CBN’s reforms

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he Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sterling Bank PlcYemi Adeola has lauded various regulations introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and other regulators into the banking industry , saying they have brought sanity to the system. Adeola, when interviewed immediately after Sterling Banks annual general meeting in Lagos, stated that through those policies, foundation for a sustainable industry has been laid adding such policies have saved the system from crises in the recent time. “In my opinion, if some of the regulations were not put in place, there would have been

crisis in the sector. I believe that the foundation for a sustainable industry has been laid and there is a need to relax some of the stringent rules. The time is ripe to give banks and other financial institutions a bit of a breather to enable them conduct their businesses and support the growth of the economy. Having done an excellent job in stabilizing the industry, banks should be allowed to exercise discretion in running their franchises to support economic growth”, he said. According to him, Sterling Bank is committed to pursuit of sustainable growth , aimed at returning huge returns for investors. “The truth is that in banking, it is important to maintain a steady growth. Aggressive

growth sometimes leads to crisis. A cursory look at banking industry developments over time, provides ample evidence of this. Sterling Bank is committed to the pursuit of sustainable growth. Two years ago we paid 10 kobo in dividends, last year we paid 20 kobo and this year, we paid 25 kobo. Clearly, Sterling Bank has demonstrated a steady and sustained trend”, he assured. Speaking on measures put in place to safeguard 5,000 point of sale and 700 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) planned to be introduced by the bank against technological challenges, he note that the bank will continue to improve on efficiency of the devices and enlightening of its customers . “The technology challenge is a nation-wide problem. It is not

different from the challenges we all face when we make calls on our mobile phones. The challenges are there and all the players in the sector are affected. However, rather than stand still and do nothing, it is better to start and work towards improved efficiency. If you ask me, we need to continue to create awareness. We also need to let customers know that it is not only about the POS terminals and ATMs. Today we have telephone and internet banking and a lot of people are still unaware that these services exist. Therefore, it is imperative that we continue to create awareness about these services. We need a totality of all these channels for this economy to move from the predominantly cash economy it currently is, to a near cashless economy”, Adeola said.

L-R: Chairman, FBN Holding Plc/ Honeywell Group, Mr. Otunba Deji Osibogun, newly elected President/ Chairman of Council, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Dr. Oba Otudeko, immediate past president, CIBN, Mrs. Debola Osibogun, Dr. Segun Aina, and former Deputy Governor, Plateau State, Chief Jethro Akun, during the investiture of Osibogun as the 18th President/ Chairman of Council of the CIBN, at the Bankers House, Victoria Island, at the weekend in Lagos.

CIBN advocates upward review of CBN governor’s tenure to 10 years

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he Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has advocated for upward review of the tenure of governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from five to 10 years. Speaking while presenting a valedictory address, Friday, the outgoing President and Chairman of Council, CIBN, Dr. Segun Aina, said, the present five year term causes frequent changes in policy that are unfavorable to the nation’s economy. According to him, CBN is a special and a unique organisation that requires stability and consistency in its operations and any tenure that is less than 10 years is too short for a governor to make meaningful long-term impact on the overall economy of the country. Aina gave the example of

Malaysia which he said had a CBN governor whose tenure in office lasted for 14 years. “There is really nothing much a governor can achieve within five years because a lot of policies would be left halfway and a new person might likely have a new approach in solving similar problem which creates distortions in the economy. “We need to ensure that there is consistency in policy formulation, so that every 5 years we will not be having major changes in the banking industry which has the potential to destabilize the economy,”Aina stated. According to him, regulatory leadership is very essential for now and the future, and various countries have in recent times appointed the Head of their

financial sector regulatory institutions such as Central Bank Governor through an open, transparent and competitive process. “In future , it is recommended that we should consider drawing up a thorough job and person profile and advertising vacant regulatory leadership positions to allow internal, local and international candidates to apply for the job as is done in other jurisdictions like the United Kingdom”, Aina said. While also giving recipe on how to safeguard banks from crisis and collapse, the CIBN president whose tenure ended over the weekend called on banks in Nigeria to pay more attention to risk management. According to him, continuous review and evaluation of capital

adequacy requirements is essential to ensure there is enough cushion to absorb shocks when they occur. He further said that Banks in Nigeria have to step up their efforts in educating their customers on the various changes regarding their products, policies and even the use of technology in order to be able to meet up with new developments in the world of banking. “it is strongly recommended that banks should double their efforts in the capacity development of their staff and employees of banks must be encouraged to be professionally qualified and licenced in their various fields so they can be subjected to the self-regulatory and disciplinary mechanisms of the professional bodies,” he suggested.

FCMB launches account opening on Facebook

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irst City Monument Bank has introduced account opening on Facebook for prospective customers. According to the bank, potential clients could open savings accounts with ease in the comfort of their homes, offices, or on the go via their computers or mobile devices following the recent introduction of the bank’s online account opening platform. The launch of the platform, which coincides with the introduction of a new product called, ‘the e-savings account’, was an online-based savings account, which would enable prospective customers to complete their account opening process with the FCMB without the need to fill any physical form(s) or visit a branch. The bank explained in a statement that the development was aimed at utilising technology to reduce the time it would take to open an account, while also improving the customer service and customer experience. “The platform effectively extends the bank’s e-business offering by enabling new customers to open accounts. Existing customers already have access to various electronic banking services, including online banking, mobile banking and a range of international cards”, stated. The lender said its online platform could be accessed through its official website. Although the bank noted that its platform was currently offering just one savings product, it said that other types of accounts would soon be made available to give consumers the opportunity to select the right type of account for their banking needs. The FCMB e-savings account, the bank said, was unique, adding that once information submitted passed the bank’s due process checks, customer would be provided with an account number within minutes of completion and submission of the form. Commenting on the product, the Head of Retail Banking, FCMB, Mr. Olu Akanmu, stated, “We are proud to introduce the new online account opening platform to complement our wide range of value-added offerings. This new service provides customers with a fast, reliable, less cumbersome and convenient method of commencing a banking relationship through our corporate website and Facebook page.” He explained that the platform offered, among other advantages, cost effectiveness for both the customers and the bank, “as well as exposing our potential and existing customers to the FCMB’s reliable and convenient alternative banking channels, such as debit cards, mobile banking and ATM.”


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Capital Market NSE: Market indicators soar by 1.2% Stories from Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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riven by activity in the financial services sector, equity transaction on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange last week soared as the twin market indicators recorded maximum appreciation. Specifically, the (NSE) AllShare Index (ASI) and Market capitalization appreciated by 1.20 per cent to close on Friday at 39018.34 and N12.852. All the NSE indices appreciated during the week with the exception of the NSEASeM that closed flat at 950.94 points. The NSE 30 Index appreciated by 34.63 points to close at 1,772.95, NSE Banking index improved by 6.68 to 404.71 points, NSE Insurance index gained 0.77 to 142.61 points, NSE Consumer index 34.31 points to 989.56, NSE Oil and Gas index 0.88 to close at

323.85 points NSE Lotus II grew by 8.22 to close at 2,700.52 NSE Industrial goods increased by 13.36 points to 2,520.30 points. Review of activity in the market showed that a turnover of 1.675 billion shares worth N20.861 billion in 24,513 deals were traded this week by investors in contrast to a total of 1.697 billion shares valued at N17.424 billion that exchanged hands in 22,096 deals the previous week. The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.192 billion shares valued at N11.260 billion traded in 14,410 deals; thus contributing 71.14% and 53.98% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The ICT Industry followed with a turnover of 214.189 million shares worth N107.677 million in 58 deals. The third place was occupied by the Consumer Goods Industry with

96.202 million shares worth N6.443 billion in 3,676 deals. Trading in The Top Three Equities NamelyMass Telecommunication Innovations Nigeria Plc, FCMB Group Plc and FBN Holdings Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 505.271 million shares worth N2.765 billion in 3,880 deals, contributing 30.16% and 13.25% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. Thirty-seven (37) equities appreciated in prices during the week lower than Forty-two (42) equities of the preceding week. Thirty-six (36) equities depreciated in prices higher than Thirty-four (34) equities of the preceding week, while one hundred and twenty-six (126) equities remained unchanged higher than one hundred and twenty-three (123) of the preceding week. Further review of the market indicated that Port Land Paints

and Products Nigeria Plc led the gainers table in percentage terms, appreciating by 13.38 per cent or N0.59 kobo to close at N5.00, Cutix Plc followed with a gain of 11.67 per cent or N0.21 kobo to close at N2.01 kobo while Nigerian Breweries Plc gained 9.43 per cent or N14.05 kobo to close at N163.05 kobo. Other stocks that appreciated during the week were Ikeja Hotels Plc 8.62 per cent, Fidson Healthcare Plc 8.47 per cent, Trans Nation wide Express Plc 8.45 per cent, Airline Services and Logistics Plc 8.45 per cent, Fidelity Bank Plc 7.89 per cent, Ecobank Transnational Incorporated 7.69 per cent. On the other hand, UACN Property Development Company Plc topped the losers chart for the week declining by 21.78 per cent or N5.01 kobo to close at N17.99 kobo, Custodian and Allied Plc trailed with a loss of 12.97 per cent or N0.38 kobo to close at N2.55 kobo while

Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc shed 12.37 per cent or N16.81 kobo to close at N119.06 kobo. Other stocks that recorded price depreciation were Courtville Investments Plc 11.27 per cent, Livestock Feeds Plc 9.80 per cent, R.T Briscoe (Nig) Plc 9.24 per cent, Royal Exchange Assurance 8.06 per cent, Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc. 6.20 per cent and Skye Bank Plc 5.46 per cent. Also traded during the week were a total of 10,329 units of Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) valued at N3.305 million executed in 18 deals compared with a total of 13,692 units valued at N363,198.90 transacted last week in 21 deals. Similarly, 50,000 units of FGN bonds valued at N51.513 million were traded this week in 1 deal compared with 37,723 units of FGN bonds valued at N39.654 million transacted last week in 3 deals.

Dangote Sugar dips by 6.3%

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L-R: Company Secretary, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Mrs. Abidemi Ademola, Chairman of the company, His Royal Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe and Managing Director, Mr. Yaw Nsarkoh, at the 89th annual general meeting of the company, at the weekend in Lagos

Unilever rewards investors with N1.25k dividends

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nilever Nigeria Plc. has rewarded its shareholders with a dividend pay-out of N1.25 gross per share for the 2013 financial year. Shareholders of Unilever at its 89th annual general meeting in Lagos approved a dividend pay-out of N1.25 per share payable to all investor whose names appeared in the company register come 16th May, 2014. Shareholders while commending the company for rewarding them handsomely

asked for more returns on investment through bonus payout even as they unanimously endorsed KPMG as the company’s independent auditor. The President of Independent Shareholders Association (ISAN), Mr Sunny Nwosu, said that despite the challenging business environment the company went ahead to declare dividend. According to him the gesture is a welcomed development and must be applauded, adding that

it is expecting that next year will be better year for the company. Addressing shareholders at the meeting the Chairman of Unilever Plc, Chief Nnaemeka Achebe (Obi of Onitsha ) stated the company will continue to drive implementation of the electronic dividend and electronic bonus payment system in other to reduce the incidence of unclaimed dividends and share certificate. On future outlook he said that the company will have to

sacrifice a short term profitability to build a more enduring business and fully harness the opportunities in the Nigeria market potentials. He further said that as the company maintained singleminded focus on its consumers strengthening core categories, driving cost and complexity reduction with rigour, building people capacity and a fit organization and leveraging its Unilever sustainable living plan (USLP).

angote Sugar Refinary Plc has recorded a turnover of N25.8 billion, for the first quarter ended March 31st, 2014, representing a 6.3 per cent decrease when compare with N27.6 billion written in the period of 2013. According to the company’s unaudited financial report released by the Nigeria Stock Exchange weekend, profit/ loss after stood at N3.7 billion against N3.4 billion recorded in the previous year. On the other hand, the firm achieved a profit after tax of N4.274 billion for the threemonth period ended March 31, 2014. The figure represents a 5.62 per cent increase when compare with the N4.047 billion posted in the corresponding period of 2013. The company’s consolidated statement of financial income for the first quarter of 2014, showed that its profit before tax also rose by 5.62 per cent to N6.286bn when compared to the N5.951bn it declared in the same period of 2013. The company reported a 15.53 per cent rise in its net assets. According to the company, its net assets rose to N58.128 billion in the period under review; from N50.316 in the corresponding period of 2013. However, the company’s revenue depreciated; falling by 6.53 per cent to N25.838bn in the three-month period ended March 31 from the N27.644bn it realised in the same period of 2013.


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Power: Senate urges new owners to prosecute vandals of electric installations By Etuka Sunday

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he Senate Committee on Privatisation has charged the new owners of electricity to take advantage of existing laws in the various states of the federation to prosecute vandals of electric installations and those who obstruct electricity personnel from performing their legitimate duties. In a response to a request by the Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), Mr Jon Abbas, for the National Assembly to quickly enact a law to prosecute electricity installations’ vandals and allied offences, the Committee members led by its Chairman, Senator Olugbenga Obadara, who were on oversight visit to

privatized enterprises in Rivers State last week, urged the PHCN SCs, in the interim, to take the measure. A statement by the Head, Public Communications, BPE, Chigbo Anichebe, Obadara said the power companies could do that by collaborating with the judiciary in the states to constitute mobile courts to handle all cases relating to electric power infractions. “We advise you to take advantage of existing laws in all the states of the federation to prosecute electricity installations’ vandals and allied offences. You could collaborate with the Judiciary in all the States to constitute mobile courts to try these offenders. On our part, both Chambers of the National Assembly will synergize

to enact a law on electric power offences in the future”, he said. While reiterating the Committee’s resolve to assist the power companies to overcome their challenges to give Nigerians efficient and uninterrupted power supply, the Chairman warned that “we will not hesitate to wield the big stick when we find you wanting”. Briefing the members earlier, Managing Director of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC), Mr Jon Abbas, informed them that the new owners had upgraded some sub-stations and re-modelled the company for efficiency. He however listed inadequate power generation, poor network condition, higher AT & C Loss,

vandalism, lack of interest by funding institutions and rampant theft of electricity as some of challenges confronting the distribution company. At Afam Power Station, the Managing Director, Mr Leo Ofurum, said the plant managed by Nigerian engineers was at present generating 65 megawatts as against the installed 75megawatts. He added that the plant generates N100million monthly for the government. In his remarks, the Senate Committee Chairman, Senator Olugbenga Obadara, commended the Nigerian engineers for their ingenuity and urged them to cooperate with the preferred bidder for the plant, Talevares Group, to turn it around.

L-R: Marek Klek, representing the Polish Ambassador to Nigeria - Przemystaw Niesiotoski, a Director - Rowland Ekechi and Grace Papka, representing the Power Perm Sec, in a group photograph during the Training Workshop on the Design of Efficient Solutions for the Power Sector in Abuja.

Kwankwaso commissions Azman Airline

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ano state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Wednesday officially commissioned two aircraft belonging to Azman Airlines, an indigenous company, scheduled to commence operation on local and international routes. Commissioning the air carriers 737-300 at Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Governor Kwankwaso said that the business would surely contribute greatly to the nation’s economic development. He noted that the recruitment of 70 percent of state indigenes

including 13 out of 40 cabin crews trained by the state government at College of Aviation, Zaria, would reduce the unemployment facing among teeming youth, hoping that when the company expands its business, more qualified Kano indigenes would be absorbed by the company. A statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations to the Executive Governor of Kano state, Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, Kwankwaso stressed the need for the airline, which is owned by a Kano businessman, to always give priority to state indigenes whenever it needs to employ workers, recalling that

100 indigenes of the state are currently in Jordan undergoing training as pilots. The governor advised management of the airline to ensure adherence to flight time schedule, among other quality services, as a way of attracting passengers, pointing out that it is very important for the company, other airlines and employees of the airport to respect passengers by guaranteeing their comfort and safety of their property. He stated the state government has installed a scanner at MAKIA to ease passenger screening, adding that people should embrace a habit of flying aircrafts as doing

so is much safer than travelling by road. Speaking during the event, the Chairman of Azman Airline, Alhaji AbdulManafi Yunusa Sarina disclosed that the National Hajj Commission has selected the company to operate for this year’s Hajj and Umrah operations, assuring that the airline would live up to the expectation of Nigerians. In his remarks, Managing Director of the company, Faisal AdulManafi explained that the company commenced processing for registration since 2009, pointing out that all the needed requirements were met before the license was issued.

Engineers establish action group to revive industries By Miriam Humbe

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he Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, has established a monitoring action group that would do a census of all moribund and poor capacity industries, including agro-based firms, with the view to rehabilitate them. The society plans to come up with a feasibility report to guide practical intervention to revive local industries while partnering with government. President of the Society, Engr. Ademola Olorunfemi disclosed this while briefing newsmen on

National and Engineering issues in Abuja. He urged the Nigerian government to create an enabling environment for indigenous Engineering practice to thrive. Engr. Olorunfemi stressed the need to establish a National Council for Science, Engineering and Technology to transform the nation’s economy through scientific innovations. “Every country that has become great in the last three centuries has had to master science, engineering, technology and innovation... It has led to physical and economic

development of such nations... South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, etc are such examples,” he said. He also recommended ways to translate Nigeria’s new GDP to impact on the lives of people. Mr. Olorunfemi stated that government must invest in Agriculture, enforce and promote made-in-Nigeria goods and services by patronising indigenous engineers and other professionals while showing commitment to research and development. Meanwhile, the NSE recommended the privatisation of the Nigerian Railway Corporation

to allow for diverse technical expertise. The society also recommended ‘a new route system to be built for double rail to include the EastWest track route.’ The NSE also recommended the need to revamp and promote fabrication and manufacture of equipment by indigenous firms as well as a speedy amendment of the railway Act through the proposed railway bill. Engr. Olorunfemi attributed the standard of building materials, design flaws, environmental conditions among other factors to the cause of building collapse.

Confab c’tee raps aviation ministry over abandoned projects From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he failure of the Ministry of Aviation to go ahead with the completion of airport terminal projects and facilities for export of fresh cargo in Nigeria has attracted criticisms from National Conference committee on transport. The Committee on transport affirmed that after its closed door meetings with top officials of the ministry, it observed “there is lack of coordination and synergy to carry through the ongoing projects located at various airports in the country.” Also,Chairman of the National Conference Senate Committee, Senator Musa Adede disclosed that having listened to the presentation of the Permanent Secretary Dr. Jamila Shu’ara noted the intention to abandon the projects because “it looks as if there is no synergy between the parastatals.” Senator Adede said the Aviation Master Plan realisation needs coordination from the Ministry, which is now under the management of Permanent Secretary as the chief financial officer. The Senate Committee pointed out that the projects have been slowed down and work had stopped at some of them, except at the five international terminals being built by Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) in Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Port Harcourt and Enugu, which are on concession arrangement. Last Tuesday the Committee invited the Ministry of Aviation, the aviation agencies and Aerotropolis Nigeria. The CEO of Aerotropolis Nigeria, Dr Daniel Tarka made his presentation, while the Aviation Parastatals and the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Aviation attended the sessions attended on Thursday. One of the officials at the session told our reporter that “It was obvious from the comments of the Chairman, Senator Musa Adede that there seems to be a general lack of cohesion and synergy in the operations of the Ministry and its agencies. At the end of the gruelling interactive sessions, members of the Committee told the Permanent Secretary that for the full benefits of the aviation Master plan to be realised, a proper policy and regulatory framework has to be adhered to, particularly if private sector driven programmes like the Aerotropolis Development and Fresh Produce Schemes have to work,”


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Special Report

Tackling challenges of cocoa production in West Africa By Ifeanyi Nwoko

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igeria, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire are among the big cocoa producing nations in West Africa. However, cocoa production in Ghana and Nigeria is plagued with diseases, such as swollen shoot and black pod diseases. As a result of disease burdens, Ghana which used to be the largest producer of cocoa lost that position to Cote d’Ivoire. Dr Frank Amoah, Managing Director of Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), said that from 1938 till date, Ghana has felled 200 million cocoa trees to control the effects of the devastating swollen shoot disease. He said that the swollen shoot disease

is caused by a plant pathogenic virus transmitted from tree to tree by mealy bug vectors. ``Its symptoms which vary with environmental conditions include root or stem swelling, leaf discoloration and death of the tree, which has major effect on crop yields,’’ he said. He said that the need to tackle the disease was the major reason for the establishment of the institute in 1938 after the disease was discovered by farmers in 1936. “The problems affecting cocoa is a major one and we have done our best to ensure that we have kept the disease under control. “The two main diseases that affect cocoa are the swollen shoot disease and the black pod disease.

Women working at a local cocoa industry in Ghana

``I must say that as at now we are managing the swollen shoot disease in that we have not found any major cure for it. “It’s a viral disease as at now, over 200 million cocoa trees have been felled as a remedy for managing it. “It’s a major problem in the west coast countries of Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, and even Cote d’Ivoire that didn’t have it, it’s now a major problem there.’’ Although Cote d’Ivoire did not experience it before, the disease has now become a major challenge for the nation and for Nigeria as well. To control the disease, the CRIG in collaboration with the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan, were able to clone some cocoa

materials which have shown promising levels of resistance to the swollen shoot disease. ``Some cloned cocoa materials were giving promising signs of the disease resistance through agronomic practices like barrier cropping, while more

experiments would be followed through to minimise the disease spread,” Amoah said. The cocoa seeds produced after the experiments, appeared to have met international standards. Mr Eric Reid, President of a U.S.-

Our partners have taken our sample and are satisfied with it. I am proud that our effort has yielded good results. We want to reproduce chocolate from our own cocoa

Cocoa in West Africa is plagued by black pod diseases

based firm, Spagnvola Chocolatier LLC Washington, DC, commended the quality of the cocoa beans produced in Ondo State. Ondo State is the hub of cocoa farming and production in Nigeria. Reid said that the quality of the cocoa beans from Nigeria and other West African countries was comparable to the ones from South America. ‘’In our quest to disprove that general view about cocoa coming from Africa, our journey in Ondo with the Cocoa Revolution team is

Nigerian workers load cocoa beans into shipping containers for export to Western markets, in Lagos

beginning to bear fruit. ``Seventy per cent of chocolate from the New Oda Estate cocoa beans, produced an amazing aroma and flavour,” he said. The Chairman of Ondo State Cocoa Revolution Implementation Committee, Dr Jibayo Oyebade, said cocoa produced in the state for chocolate production has been presented to the partnering firm, Cargill Cocoa and Chocolate Company, Netherlands. ``We taught our cocoa farmers how to improve the quality

of their cocoa through proper fermentation. “Our partners have taken our sample and are satisfied with it. I am proud that our effort has yielded good results. We want to reproduce chocolate from our own cocoa” he said. Nigeria and Ghana plan to upscale their production with Nigeria targeting 500,000 tonnes while Ghana targets one million tons annually. Mr Israel Ikwejulor, Chief Control Officer, Federal Produce Inspection Service, said that the Federal

African child takes part in cocoa processing

Government has begun distribution of hybrid cocoa seeds, developed by the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria. The hybrid cocoa seed would take about two to three years to mature as against five years maturity span of older seed. ``The Federal Government is investing heavily on cocoa production and regeneration of cocoa plantations by way of giving farmers hybrid cocoa seeds. ``We currently produce about 250,000 tonnes of cocoa, but

government is working at doubling that amount to 500,000 tonnes per season. ``The cocoa seeds we used to have will take five years to mature, but the hybrid seeds will take between two to three years,’’ Ikwejulor said. For Ghana , Dr Alhasan Yakubu, Deputy Minister, Food and Agriculture, said the country is paying a lot of attention to cocoa production. ``It is true that we are no more number one in production, but within the country, if you give a total evaluation of the industry, it is constantly growing. ``We hit a million tonnes in 2010 that is the highest tonnage of cocoa production in the country since cocoa started being exported in this country. ``I am not saying it is satisfactory, but let me say that constantly we are moving up if you compare ourselves to ourselves. ``But if we compare ourselves to our neighbours and the global situation, we

wish we could have more bite of the global market, but internally the most developed commodity institution in Ghana is the cocoa. ``So, constantly we have initiatives to get it going,’’ the minister said. He said that factors such as smuggling and diseases were responsible for the drop, as Cote d’Ivoire now tops as highest producer of cocoa. He said that the government had embarked on free mass spraying of cocoa farms, increased price of produce, all in a bid to encourage farmers. ``We are also replacing the old trees with new hybrid varieties, so it is our belief that sooner than later we will reassume our first position,” he said. Cocoa processors in Nigeria and other West African countries want the government to sustain the current drive to boost cocoa production, as cocoa has a wide variety of products and derivable that can create jobs. (NAN)

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News Extra

KEBBI STATE OF NIGERIA MINISTRY OF LANDS, HOUSING, SURVEYS, TOWN & COUNTRY PLANNING GWADANGAJI SECRETARIAT BIRNIN KEBBI KEBBI STATE

Land Use Act

Land Use Act REVOCATION OF RIGHT OF OCCUPANCY FOR OVERRIDING PUBLIC INTEREST ORDER 2014 I, Alhaji Sa’idu Usman Nasamu, Executive Governor of Kebbi State, in exercise of the powers conferred upon me by Section 28 of the Land Use Act (Cap. L5 Vol. 8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004) and all other laws, statutory powers and subsidiary legislation enabling me in that respect hereby make the following revocation Order: Citation & 1. This Order may be cited as the Revocation of Right of Commencement Occupancy for Overriding Public Interest Order 2014 and shall come into effect on the 16th day of May 2014. Revocation of Right 2. There is hereby revoked all Statutory Certificates or Of occupancy Customary Right of Occupancy, Lease, Licenses or Powers of Attorney e.t.c. granted or deemed to have been granted to any person in respect of all or any portion of the parcel of Land (with any improvement thereon) situated within TP 19/2006 along Sani Abacha Bye Pass Road at Birnin Kebbi in Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area of Kebbi State of Nigeria which is required by the Government for Overriding Public Interest, absolutely, and in particular, for both State and Federal Government public offices and related purposes. Town planning 3. The description of the land in respect of which any Beacons & coordinates existing Right of Occupancy is hereby revoked by clause 2 of this Order is particularly described in the schedule to this Order. Claims 4. Any person(s) claiming to have right or interest in the said land is required within two weeks from the date of the publication of this notice to send to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands, Housing, Surveys, Town & Country Planning, Kebbi State of Nigeria a statement of his/her interest and evidence thereof and of any claims in respect of such interest. Compensation 5. The Government shall pay compensation in accordance with the existing policy on land compensation in the State in accordance with Section 29 of the Land Use Act (Cap. L5 Vol. 8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004). Entry into land 6. Notice is hereby given that Kebbi State Government of Nigeria intends to enter into possession of the said land immediately. Penalty 7. Any person or persons who willfully hinder(s) or obstruct(s) the Government, through its officials and authorized representatives, from taking possession of the said land or any part thereof shall be liable, under Section 37 of the Land Use Act (Cap. L5 Vol. 8 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004) and any other penal law operating and in force in that respect in Kebbi State, to be prosecuted for obstruction of public officers in the lawful discharge and performance of their public duties. SCHEDULE All that piece of land containing 16.30 hectares or thereabouts, situated along Sani Abacha Bye Pass Road in Birnin Kebbi, Birnin Kebbi Local Government Area the boundaries of which are as follows: STARTING FROM ON A BEARING OF LENGTH/DISTANCE TO BK 9908 060 58’ 225.51m BK 9909 BK 9909 910 13’ 715.71m BK 9910 BK 9910 1750 30’ 217.03m BK 9911 BK 9911 2700 42’ 760.06m BK 9908 MADE AT BIRNIN KEBBI this 16th day of May 2014 Sgd: Alhaji Sa’idu Usman Nasamu Executive Governor Kebbi State

Association tasks African leaders on iron, steel devt

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he SecretaryGeneral of the African Iron and Steel Association (AISA), Dr Muhammad Sanusi, on Thursday told Africa leaders to encourage the development of the iron and steel sector to industrialise the continent. Sanusi, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said that no nation or continent could industrialise without having an iron and steel base. He said that even the socalled developed nations had well-established iron and steel industries before they became what they were. “China came out from nowhere; today China is the largest economy in the world. Why? This is because she had established a very serious foundation on iron and steel. “Today, China is the largest producer of steel, the largest consumer of iron and steel. 20 years ago, China was nowhere to be found. “Today, India, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, with their riches and oil revenue, gave priority attention to the

development of iron and steel industries and they are still doing so. He said that Africa leaders should be serious to industrialise the continent and also be in a position to help their industries to produce spare parts needed in the continent. The secretary said that there was no Africa country that did not have large quantities of raw materials required to set up iron and steel industries. “In almost every African country, there are one or two materials useful for the production of iron and steel.’’ Sanusi said that Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Mali, Angola, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Mauritania, all AISA members had iron and steel raw materials. “Sudan is a non-member but it has some facilities. Besides, Niger Republic certainly is one of the largest producers of uranium and Nigeria has coal. “You can see, almost every African country has one raw material or the other. Some of them have several raw materials for iron and steel production.’’

“Africa is blessed with many resources but we are not coordinating our utilisation well. And for us to have real development, we must aim at industrialisation. “If Africa is serious about plans to industrialise, our leaders must give priority attention to iron and steel development,’’ he added. Sanusi said that the association had done so much to encourage interregional cooperation in the continent but that due to a lack of political will by Africa leaders none could work. He said that electricity generation was critical to the development and contribution of GDP in Nigerian industries, adding that necessary machinery should be put in place for the maintenance of power facilities. “If there is good industrialisation, our agriculture, electricity, water, education, health will be booming and all our economic activities will lift up. “Industrialisation itself is a great employer of labour and agriculture is another employer of labour. (NAN)

FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL) GOMBE ASHAKA ROAD, P.M.B 60, GOMBE, GOMBE STATE YEAR 2012 – 2013 (MERGED) TETFUND NORMAL INTERVENTION

INVITATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION AND NOTICE OF TENDER A. INTRODUCTION: The Federal College of Education (Tech), Gombe is a beneficiary of the year 2012 – 2013 (Merged) TETFUND Normal Intervention projects. In view of the above, the College hereby invites reputable and competent companies/firms for prequalification and tender submission in respect of the following projects.

LOTS 1 2

PROJECT TITLE Proposed Construction of Primary Education Studies Complex, Phase II Proposed Construction of Laboratories, Classrooms and Offices for Demonstration School

NON REFUNDABLE TENDER FEES (N) 100,000.00 100,000.00

B. PRE-QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All interested bidders MUST enclose colored photocopy or, scanned colored copy of items (i-iii), and original copy of item (vi,vii, and ix) as stated below: i. Evidence of registration with the corporate Affairs Commission (Only a Limited Liability Company will be accepted). ii. VAT certificate. iii. Recent Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years with clearly written Tax Identification Number. iv. Audited Account and annual turnover of the Company in the recent three (3) years (with name, office address, Phone numbers and valid e-mail address of the Auditors). v. Company Profile. This should contain among others. • Evidence of Technical competence (Staff & Equipment) • Evidence of execution of project above N50,000,000.00(Fifty Million Naira) in case of all construction projects (this should include award letters and practical completion certificate with colored Picture of the completed project and valid e-mail address and phone numbers of the institution where the project is executed for confirmation). vi. Letter from company’s Bank stating financial capability of the company to execute the projects. vii. A written letter of authority from a company to the college to verify its Tax Clearance status with Federal Inland Revenue. viii. Names, Address and Phone Numbers of the Company Directors and Share holders accompanied by a photocopy of form C7 and a sworn court affidavit (stating that none of the Directors/Share holders is a current staff, and; or official of the College). ix. A written evidence of non-bankruptcy from the company legal adviser. x. Evidence of Registration with ITF and certificate of compliance xi. Evidence of Pension Contribution of staff (certificate of compliance) C. COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The tender documents and additional information can be obtained from the Procurement Department upon showing evidence of payment of non – refundable Tender fees indicated above. The fees are to be paid into the College account, details of which can be obtained from the College Bursar. D. SUBMISSION OF PRE-QUALIFICATION AND TENDER DOCUMENTS: All Pre-qualification and tender submissions should be in duplicate copies (marked original and copy) and sealed in separate envelopes enclosed in a common envelope. All envelopes must be wax sealed and bear the project title and lot number at the top right hand corner. The company name should be indicated on the reverse side of the envelope and addressed to: The Deputy Director, Procurement Department, Federal College of Education (Tech), P.M.B.60, Ashaka Road, Gombe, Gombe State. The envelope containing the Tender documents should be clearly marked “Tender Document”. All documents should be inserted into the Tender box at the Procurement Unit of the College. E. OPENING OF PRE – QUALIFICATION AND TENDERS: All Prequalification and tender documents must be submitted on or before Six (6) weeks from the date of this Advert by 10:00am. Prequalification submission will be opened same day by 12:00 Noon at the Conference Room of the School of Science Complex. Tenders will be opened one (1) week later at the same venue by 12:00 Noon. Note that only tenders of those Pre – qualified will be opened. The tender submission of those not pre – qualified will be returned to them sealed. Contractors or their representatives, who choose to, may attend the prequalification and tender opening. PLEASE NOTE: • All expenses incurred associated with the preparation of the pre-qualification documents shall be borne by the prospective bidders. • The documents should be arranged and submitted in the order they appeared (item i-xi) above. • The college reserves the right to reject any, or all of the prequalification/Tender submissions. • Performance bond will be required from any contractor that wins the Tender before commencement of the work. Signed, D/Director Procurement Department


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Education

VP urges alumni associations to complement govt efforts in development of education sector By Maryam Garba Hassan

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ice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, has tasked alumni associations to complement the efforts of government in the development of the education sector in the country. A statement signed by Umar Sani, SSA Media and Publicity to the Vice President, stated that the Vice President made the call on Thursday, in his office at the State House, Abuja, when the National Executive Committee of his Alma Mata, the Alhudahuda College, Zaria, led by its National President, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed paid him a visit. The Vice President while expressing delight with the visit stressed that Alumni Associations

should complement efforts of government in the provision of infrastructure, equipment, instructional materials and financial support to their schools which had positively impacted on their lives. Assuring the association of his support and commitment to the development of the school, Sambo thanked the association for finding him worthy to name an endowment fund after him. “I must appreciate you for establishing this endowment fund in the interest of developing the secondary school that we all attended.” “I strongly believe that this is the right direction for us to go. This endowment fund I believe will strengthen and support the school with the ambitious plan of making it the largest boarding secondary

school for the less privilege children and also those children with disabilities”, the statement added. He thanked the Association and the entire school for their condolences over the death of his younger brother, Capt. Yusuf Sabo Sambo, who was also an old student of the school. Earlier, the National President of the Alhudahuda Old Boys Association, Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed, said they were in the State House to intimate the Vice President on the activities of the association and their plans to restore the school to its old glory. He said the school being the largest boarding school in the Northern part of the country, also caters for children with disabilities, adding that the College

had celebrated its 100 years of existence. He said to achieve these objectives, the Association, had instituted a N250,000 million Excellence Endowment Fund, which would be launched during its Annual General Meeting in June. He disclosed that the Fund would be known as the Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo Excellence Endowment Fund, and is targeted at the production and sustenance of excellence in the areas of science and information technology. Dr. Ahmed said the Fund was named after the Vice President because he had carried the flag of the college far and beyond any of it product and has made the school proud of the Vice President’s service to the fatherland.

The National President also said the aim of the Fund was to reinvent the school to continue to serve as the beacon of excellence and service to the country. He said the Fund would be unique in the history of the country, as it is expected to transform the school into a national centre of excellence. He thanked the Vice President for his continued support to the school, while also appreciating the contributions of the late Kaduna state Governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa and the current Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, towards rehabilitating the school.

Chibok: Bauchi NGOs, secondary school teachers join protest From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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Some of the beneficiaries from Borno who left Nigeria for India on Saturday for three weeks train-the-trainers course on installation, effective usage and maintenance of irrigation Agriculture equipment, sponsored by Borno state Government, held in Ogbeh farms in Kuje,FCT.

FG expects Unilorin to produce palm oil for the nation - Finance Minister From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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he Coordinating Minister of Economic and Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs.) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that the federal government is looking forward to see University of Ilorin producing palm oil for the consumption of Nigeria. The Minister who stated this while speaking at the official flag- off of oil palm plantation and distribution of PC tablets to students of the institution in Ilorin said, with the plantation, the institution could generate internal revenue for itself and the federal government. “I want to commend the University for the occasion of the

distribution of PC tablets and the launching of the palm plantation. Let me say how impressed I am with the university, after years of turmoil, more than a decade ago, Unilorin has earned a reputation for peace, calm, beauty and focused learning. “I want to salute you for your serious mindedness. You are an example for other people around this country that learning is privilege and you are honoring it by being in this institution. “With the handing out of the PC, this links you to the world”, she said. She said Nigeria has one of the highest population of young people on the mobile phone and it is the third fastest growing country for

demand of mobile phones. According to her, presently, Nigeria has 128 million mobile phone subscribers among her young people through the internet, mobile phones, tablets, and computers, therefore, it is important because you are the generation of now and the generation of the future. she said owing the tablet puts a great responsibility on the students as it connect them to the world to improve their learning and not to be used for activities that do not add value to their lives. “I have already discussed with the VC what we can do to make sure that the palm plantation project goes forward and enables this university to continue to be one pace ahead of others.

In his remarks, the state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Ishola Gold, commended the university for taken the right decision on palm plantation. He said it would provide food security and increase the revenue generation of the institution and the country. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Abduganiyu Ambali, said the distribution of the PC will enhance learning and bring the students to international standards stressing that the oil plantation would provide training and laboratory facilities for the students of the institution.

NonGovernmental Organization in Bauchi, State Network of Civil Society Organisations (BASNEC) and the Academic Staff Union of Secondary School Teachers ( ASUSST) have join Nigerians in the campaign protest to bring back the over 200 school girls abducted by Boko Haram in a school in Borno. The protestants who marched to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium near the popular Wunti gate round bout, Bauchi, carried placards and banners chanting bring back our girls songs. Chairman of the organization, Jinjiri Garba, called for intensive and collective efforts of all security agencies to rescue the girls. Garba advised the federal government and the Borno state government to de politicize the issue and develop a pragmatic approach that will lead to the immediate rescue of the abducted girls. The leader of the NGO’s and the Coordinator of Centre for Information Technology in the state who spoke on behalf of the NGO, Isa Garba, urged the government to ensure constant and adequate flow of information on the situation. Also speaking, the Chairman of ASUP, Bauchi state chapter, Comrade Abdullahi Tanko Ningi, opposed the extension of emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states and advised government to extend state of emergency rule in all the 36 states of the federation because people are being killed every day in every state in Nigeria. Ningi urged government to provide adequate security in schools to protect students and teachers.


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Education Boko Haram: IGP orders tight security in schools in Makurdi By Joy Baba

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he Defence Headquarters has cautioned against large number of tourists, journalists and adventurers of diverse interests moving about in areas where security operations are currently on-going, especially in Adamawa and Borno States without the necessary security cover or clearance. A statement signed by the Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade yesterday, in Abuja, said this trend constitutes unnecessary risk to the persons especially the foreigners involved. It is also an undue obstruction to operations. According to him “much as the military has nothing to hide and believes in the freedom of movement in the country, the need for all persons to recognise the status of certain places as operational area is hereby reiterated. “Anyone violating the existing procedures for coverage or movement in the mission area does so at his or her own peril as the security forces should not be held responsible for any unsavory outcome of such movement”. Olukolade further said necessary arrangement will continue to be made for the protection of persons and visitors whose movement is duly vetted and in line with development in the security situation on ground in particular mission area. DDI said the general public is hereby informed that obstructive, suspicious or risky movement of visitors will not be condoned in any mission and operational area in the country.

NECO adopts new strategies to safeguard its certificate By Maryam Garba Hassan

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egistrar, National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof. Promise Okpala, has said the Council had taken new and advanced steps to safeguard the credibility of its certificate. Okpala said this at the weekend in Abuja. He said the council has put in place new strategies including checks and balances to tackle fraud associated with the sensitive materials like questions papers. He the council’s certificate forgery reduces the value attached to its certificates which made it double its efforts to ensure that that area is effectively checked. According to him, part of the new strategy is the orientation giving to the council staff on those no go areas and the penalty that awauts any offender. He said fraudulent activities by members of staff was low in view of many other disciplinary measures introduced by the council. Okpala said the council was plugging every loophole to ensure the attainment of global standards.

L-R: Managing Director, Grand Cereals Limited, Mr. Layi Oyatoki; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Plateau, Mrs. Ruth Biangten; representative of Ola Hospital Orphanage, Zawan, Rev. Sis. Justina Obamwonyi and marketing manager, Grand Cereals Limited, Mr. Tope Banjo, during the donation of eggs to public secondary schools in Plateau by Grand Cereals Limited, yesterday in Jos.

Kwara Poly sends 285 staff to Nigeria’s varsities, Malaysia on training From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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he Rector of Kwara State Polytechnic, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu, has disclosed that 285 academic staff of the institution have been sent on the job training at various tertiary institutions within and outside the country. He said 45 of the staff are currently pursuing their PhD at Malaysia and other universities in the country.

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he Nasarawa Government on Wednesday threatened to shut down any private secondary school found aiding students to perpetrate examination malpractice in the state. Alhaji Sani Yakubu-Hauwa, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, gave the warning during a meeting with proprietors of private schools in Lafia. Yakubu-Hauwa, who was represented at the meeting by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Ishaku Abari, said the ministry would not fold it hands and watch private schools engage in the practice. “The ministry would not spare

Elelu disclosed this while reacting to the West Africa Students’ Union (WASU) 2014 leadership award of excellence conferred on him. He expressed happiness over the award saying the award did not come to him as a surprise because the institution in the last four years has no cause to change it school calendar. He said when all Polytechnics in the country were on strike under

the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) academic activities were going on in the institution. According to him, this reason and other achievements are part of the criteria used by the Union to honor him with the award. He said the institution is working hard to sustain it stable academic calendar with the construction of e-library, staff industrial training and infrastructure development.

Earlier, Assistance Secretary General of WASU, Mr. Kelvin Polimous, in his address said the Union decided to give the Rector the award due to his dedication to the development of West Africa as a true son of the continent. He said his administration was dedicated to the promotion of democratic and educational development stressing that he was the astute defender of the rights of all West Africa Origins.

Nasarawa govt threatens to shut private schools aiding exam malpractice teachers or any private school found aiding acts of examination malpractice. “The ministry will prosecute all those found in such acts for the overall development of the country,” Yakubu-Hauwa said. The Commissioner urged principals, teachers, supervisors, parents and students to join in the fight against examination malpractice to restore sanity in the education sector. She called on proprietors to support the good initiative of the state government in

repositioning the education sector in the state. He advised the proprietors to ensure that they register manageable number of students to write the examinations organised by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO). Yakubu-Hauwa also urged parents to take advantage of the state government’s free education policy by sending their wards to schools. She said education is the best

legacy parents can bequeath on their children. Responding, Chairman, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Nasarawa Chapter, Mr. Charles Wike, commended the state government for according premium to education. Wike promised that the association would support the state government to tackle examination malpractice. The association requested for security in all schools for the safety of children.(NAN)

Association warns FG against politicising ministry of education From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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aduna Capital Education Development Association (KCEDA) has urged the Federal Government not to politicize the Ministry of Education as it will have negative consequences on the students and the nation’s development. Speaking Thursday in Kaduna, Chairman of the group Yusuf

Zubairu Birnin Yero, said it will be a big mistake if the Government begins to play politics with the education sector, especially in the appointment of Minister of Education. “The Federal Government should give maximum attention to education and the foremost way to begin is by appointing a competent minister who has experience in Nigeria’s education

sector and possess the know how in handling education related issues and challenges. He said education is vital in the development of any nation and it is not a sector that should be given to political loyalists to head. “We call on the Government to appoint a substantive Minister of Education since the affirmative action and fairness is still in force,

we urge the government to give the position to another female from the North West to serve as a proof of their promise and commitment,” Yero added. Meanwhile, the group has advised the government to carry the youths along by providing employment to strengthen the education sector as it will go a long way in curbing crimes and insurgency in the country.


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Healthy Living

The benefits of hydrotherapy W

ater is a clear pellucid, transparent fluid which is the most essential element of life. It is the most widely used of all solvents and water in its very many forms just happens to be a very convenient substance for healing and cooling the human body [hydrotherapy] Water therapy otherwise known as hydrotherapy is a part of medicine and physiotherapy that involves the use of water for pain relief and treatment. The term encompasses a broad range of approach and therapeutic methods that take advantage of the physical properties of water such as temperature and pressure. Hydro therapies are safe, simple and inexpensive and are likely to be at least a little helpful in many rehab scenarios. Anyone can use hydrotherapy to increase their health and vitality and speed healing from injuries and illnesses. It is no miracle but a healing tool we should consider. Actually to a certain extent most people already practice simple hydrotherapy. Take for instance you put a cold pack on a strained ankle then you already know something about it but just a little awareness will add a lot to its value Let’s sight its importance: 1. It helps out the body: the body is constantly trying to warm and cool itself; just a little help sometimes is needed to complement this effort. The system for temperature control is complex and temperature balance

is important. We battle with this balance whenever we’re sick or injured and hydro therapy is most helpful. 2. Circulation of blood: the stimulation and control of circulation is another reason. The circulation of blood is the major method by which the body regulates temperature therefore it is possible to use hydrotherapy to manipulate and improve blood circulation 3. Treatment of inflammation in particular is another reason for the broad healing powers of hydrotherapy Hydrotherapy treats symptoms of certain diseases and today it is a medium of delivery [hot tub delivery] It reduces depression and stress and before World War II, it was used to cure alcoholism. Today however it is used as alternative for medicines This involves various therapies like under water massage, mineral bath, shower based therapy, pool based therapy and the hot tub [to mention but a few] Sometimes it involves floating in water to relax the muscle and ease stress and submersive hydrotherapy where all or parts of the body is submerged in water. Its applications involves: neurological disorder, spine pain, musculoskeletal pain, post operatic orthopedics, pediatric disability, rehabilitation and pressure ulcer Apart from the therapeutic benefits, it is also very important

for exercise, relaxation, stress relief and pleasure. The techniques includes: Ai Chi: using diaphragmatic breathing and active progressive resistance in training in water to relax and strengthen body Aqua running: is a form of cardio vascular conditioning involving running or jogging in water. This is useful for injured athletes Or for those who desire a low impact aerobic workout[exercise] Ring method: focuses on rehabilitating neuromuscular functions using patterns of therapist assisted exercise while the patient lies horizontal in water with supports provided by rings or floats around the neck, arm, pelvis and knees. It is an aquatic version of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation Hallwicks concept: focuses on biophysical principles of motor control in water in developing sense of balance[equilibrium] and core stability And lastly the watsu concept: is a form of aquatic body work where an aquatic therapist continuously supports and guides the person receiving treatment through a series of flowing movement and stretches that induce deep relaxation and therapeutic benefits However we have very different body systems and so if hydro therapy doesn’t feel good, here are three words of caution: DON’T DO IT Contributed by Nuhu Usman from Jigawa

Chronotherapy: The science of timing drugs to our body clock

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hronotherapy is about matching treatment around our body clock. Being in tune with your natural body clock is about a lot more than you know and it can also have a profound effect on our health. Doctors are becoming increasingly interested in the science of chronotherapy - aligning medical treatment to our circadian rhythms.

Cancer and rheumatoid arthritis are two disease areas where chronotherapy is showing promise. Every three weeks Philippe Maillol makes the 500 mile round trip from his home in Limoges to Paris for cancer treatment. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2013 and began standard chemotherapy in Limoges with the drugs infused

during the day. But the side effects were hard to bear. “I was completely exhausted,” said Philippe. “When I got home from my local hospital I couldn’t even speak, let alone eat. I suffered extreme nausea which lasted for days.” Six months ago Philippe switched to treatment at the Paul Brousse hospital in Villejuif in southern Paris. Now his drug infusions are spaced during the day, with two happening overnight while he sleeps. “The impact on my body is much gentler” he said. “So much so that I don’t need to take the antinausea drugs which themselves carried their own side-effects.” His treatment is being led by Professor Francis Levi, one of the pioneers of chronotherapy. He said: “We have clocks within our cells that govern the metabolism of drugs. So some drugs are best given at night and others during the day. “We have found chronotherapy is reducing the toxicity of treatments and improving the quality of life of patients, by respecting the circadian rhythms of the patients. NaturalNews

Lower blood pressure with fruits and vegetables

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egetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as quantity. No single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients you need to be healthy so eat plenty everyday A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and

digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check. Eat a variety of types and colors of produce in order to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Try dark leafy greens; brightly colored red, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits; and cooked tomatoes. NaturalHealth


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Healthy Living

Premature labour: Blood test gives hope of screening

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cientists have developed a blood test that can predict whether women having early contractions will go on to give birth too soon. About 5% of women with signs of early labour give birth within 10 days, but there is no reliable way to tell false from true labour. The blood test predicted premature birth in 70% of cases in a study at a hospital in Australia. Premature birth is the main cause of death for newborns in the West. Early labour can happen in any pregnancy, when contractions start before 37 weeks. Currently, a woman having contractions too soon has no reliable way of knowing whether she will give birth early or if her contractions will stop. Some women are offered a test based on a vaginal swab, but this has a high rate of false positives. The research, published in the journal PLOS ONE, found the new blood test was able to distinguish

between true and false labour in 70% of 150 pregnant women in a study at a hospital in Australia. Prof Stephen Lye, from the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada, said the test was based on screening for genetic signatures linked with going into labour. “The data indicates that markers in the blood of women in threatened pre-term labour are able to indicate whether those women will deliver,” he said. “This will have beneficial effects for the mother, the baby and the healthcare system.” The blood test would be tried out at a hospital in Toronto and might be available more widely within five years, he added. The research was carried out in collaboration with the School of Women’s and Infants’ Health - the University of Western Australia. BBC Health

NACA blames deaths from HIV/ AIDS in Nigeria on stigmatisation

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he National Agency for the Control of AIDS has said deaths associated with HIV and AIDS were due to stigmatisation against persons living with the virus in their community. Prof. John Idoko, DirectorGeneral of the agency, said this in Abuja at the Nigerian Academy of Science public lecture and induction of fellows of the academy. The lecture is entitled “achieving an end to the AIDS epidemic: laying the ground

work’’. According to him, we must address stigma at our various communities, so that persons living with the virus can live normal life with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs. ``The reason why people are dying is because of stigma, I encourage all communities to welcome with love, open arms and support people living with HIV. “There is no reason why people should die of the virus because government has created

more awareness on HIV.’’ Idoko said gender based violence and gender inequality must be addressed to enable the country achieve its fight on HIV and AIDS. He also attributed the challenges to achieving viral suppression to inability of people to know their HIV status, late diagnosis of HIV infection and failure for HIV patients to link to care. Idoko listed late initiative of ARV drugs and inability to achieve and maintain viral

suppression as among other inhibitions, adding that viral suppression was suppressing or reducing the function and replication of HIV virus. He said the end of AIDS would depend on ``building on successes, learning from failures and implementing to scale behavioural, biomedical and structural interventions. Dzugala said with the efforts by the Federal Government and other stakeholders, the fight against HIV and AIDS would soon be won. (NAN)

Eye tips to improve your vision

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baseline eye exam is recommended at age 40, when the signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur. Below are some tips to improve your eye vision. Tips Protect your sight every day: Wear a hat and sunglasses year round to prevent UV damage to your eyes. Block eye allergies; Outside when pollen counts are high? Sunglasses or eyeglasses can help prevent pollen from getting in your eyes. No smoking: Smoking increases the risk of developing cataracts – quit or avoid smoking to help keep your eyes healthy. Water & contacts don’t mix:To help prevent eye infections, contact lenses should be removed before going swimming or in a hot tub. It’s not ok to skip a day: To control glaucoma, take eye drops exactly as prescribed by your ophthalmologist— your sight depends on it. What Is an Ophthalmologist? Make sure you are seeing the right eye care provider for your condition or treatment. Are you fit at 40? A baseline eye exam is recommended at age 40, when the signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur. EyeSmart

NMA president stresses need for community health insurance

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r Lawrence Obembe, the new President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has reiterated the need for community health insurance to improve the nation’s health system. Obembe said this at a news conference in Abuja, organised by NMA with the theme: ``Road Map towards Universal Health Coverage”. He called for the removal of all barriers to achieving community health insurance, saying that once that was done, universal health coverage and adequate access to quality health care services would be assured. “Ninety-eight per cent of this coverage has actually come from federal civil servants. “The states and local governments have not come on board and in some instances, even constitute impenetrable barriers towards reaching the communities. “Artificial barriers and imaginary concepts are always devised to forestall necessary access to adequate health care at community level and so our health care indices remain dastardly macabre.

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International

Sudan: A misconception of apostasy ANALYSIS

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postasy - a term one would normally associate with times past - has recently seen a surge in its use and application. Sudan has had its fair share of controversies over the past years from “trousergate” to the “blasphemous teddy bear”, but the latest case has upped the ante. A Sudanese court found Mariam Yahia Ibrahim, a pregnant Christian mother, guilty of apostasy and adultery and sentenced her to lashings and death, unless she renounces Christianity and reverts back to Islam. Mariam was born to a Christian Orthodox mother and a Muslim father, who abandoned the family when she was six years old, whereon Mariam was brought up by her mother as a Christian. Three years ago she married a fellow Christian man. They have an 18-months-old son together, but their marriage has been deemed illegal under Sudanese law. The eightmonths-pregnant medical doctor was sentenced last week in a Khartoum court to 100 lashings for committing adultery and death by hanging for marrying a non-Muslim, but was given a four-day grace period in which to recant her faith, repent and potentially be saved from death. That grace period ended and Mariam refused to repent. The outcry over the case has naturally been ferocious, with both local and international rights groups and movements, governments and the media condemning the sentence and calling for the immediate release of Mariam. Amnesty International stated that Mariam is a “prisoner of conscience” and that “Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law.” The Sudanese youth movement Sudan Change Now issued a statement denouncing the case as a violation of her human and civil rights, an invasion of her privacy and reflects the ruling regime’s continuing “crimes of social discrimination against women, social groups, and [the] religious sects to which Mariam belongs.” Governments like that of Omar al-Bashir’s love to use religion to legitimise their authority and call themselves and believe to be Islamists. It appears that whatever directive is taken, be it legal, social or military, it uses religion as the underlying justification and

A Sudan court sentenced Mariam Yahia Ibrahim to death for apostasy

legitimisation for it. But as with all like-minded, undemocratic governments, such rulings are based on twisted truths and the bending of religious teachings to suit political needs. In his “Islam, Saudi and apostasy” article, Mohamed Ghilan notes that it’s a “commonly held belief that Islamic law dictates the death penalty as an absolute punishment for apostasy.” He points out that this perception restricts the role of the Prophet to that of a religious figure issuing decrees. Furthermore, the Hadith that this belief is based on is sahih (“authentic”) but it seemingly contradicts verses in the Quran guaranteeing freedom of belief. Other similar verses in the Quran state that the Prophet Mohamed should “remind” people of religion, not force them into it: “Therefore, you remind (them), for you are only a reminder; you are not a watcher over them (88:2122).”

At the heart of Mariam’s case is an important issue: Can any entity, whether a state, a religious institution or a social group, dictate what an individual should or should not believe in? Religion is a highly private matter and it should stay such. Regardless of the fact that Mariam’s father is Muslim (Sudanese law states that children must follow their father’s religion), she herself identifies as a Chrisian woman and it is her decision to make. When asked by the presiding judge why she was insistent on abandoning Islam and embracing Christianity, Mariam replied: “I am Christian and I never committed apostasy.” Article 126 of Sudan’s Criminal Code states that “(1) Whoever propagates the renunciation of Islam or publicly renounces it by explicit words or an act of definitive indication is said to commit the offence of Riddah (apostasy).” Yet, Article 38

of the Freedom of Creed and Worship in Sudan’s Bill of Rights overrides it: “Every person shall have the right to the freedom of religious creed and worship, and to declare his/her religion or creed and manifest the same, by way of worship, education, practice or performance of rites or ceremonies, subject to requirements of law and public order; no person shall be coerced to adopt such faith, that he/she does not believe in, nor to practice rites or services to which he/she does not voluntarily consent.” So besides the fact that Sudan’s constitution “protects” one’s right to choose faith, in Mariam’s case she did not renounce Islam simply because she never was a Muslim. Presumably she never lived her life as a Muslim, never declared she was one, nor that she was leaving her faith and finding solace in another. Mariam is a Christian and definitely not a “former Muslim”.

In his “Islam, Saudi and apostasy��� article, Mohamed Ghilan notes that it’s a “commonly held belief that Islamic law dictates the death penalty as an absolute punishment for apostasy.”

Sudan’s ruling regime prides itself in a constitution that “preserves the rights of non-Muslims”, but Mariam’s case completely goes against that claim. In addition, Sudan is a signatory to a number of African and international treaties that “protect privacy and absolutely prohibit corporal punishment and the use of the death penalty in these contexts”. The fact that the Sudanese regime does not acknowledge its international commitments is not surprising. After all, al-Bashir’s government is responsible for continuous rights violations and atrocities against the Sudanese people in general, since seizing power back in 1989. There has been talk that the case of Mariam and the clampdown and arrests of students and activists is another tactic by the government to divert attention from the high profile case of officials’ embezzlement and corruption. As a result, a pregnant mother is now facing death because of a political situation that she never should have been involved in. The government has ruled that individuals can no longer choose nor decide for themselves; only the government can judge and decide for the Sudanese citizens. Government officials seem to have forgotten that Islam teaches that only God can judge. Courtesy; Aljazeera


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International

Libya ex-general vows more Benghazi attacks Sudan man to appeal wife’s apostasy sentence

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he husband of a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity says he will appeal against the ruling. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishag had been ordered to abandon her newly adopted Christian faith and return to Islam. She had also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian man. Her husband, Daniel Wani, was pronounced innocent but their marriage was revoked. Ishag says she was born to a Sudanese Muslim father, who was absent, and raised by an Ethiopian Christian mother. Wani was quoted as saying on Saturday he would appeal against the decision. “I was considered innocent and the marriage revoked - the revoking of this marriage means that my son is no longer my son and the one coming is not my son too, will not be my son - so this innocence means nothing and I will appeal for myself and I will appeal for my wife,” the Reuters news agency reported. Wani said he feared for the health of his wife and their unborn son while she is kept in a prison cell. “Martin [my son] and my wife, they are all in prison and she is pregnant - she could give birth at any time, from today to 1st of June, she may give birth. I am afraid that being in prison is dangerous for her so if they would allow me to take her to the hospital that she delivered Martin in - even if it was under the watch of security guards, I would be thankful.” Wani said he is a US citizen, but his pleas to the US embassy for help went unheeded. “Considering I am an American citizen, I am disappointed with the American Embassy’s position from the beginning of the whole case,” he said. “At the start of the issue, I reported it to them but they didn’t take much interest, particularly the consulate. They said they didn’t have time. In fact last time, they said they didn’t care much about the case. They came late they intervened when they saw the issue was getting press attention - but the intervention was late.”

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retired i d Libyan ib generall was preparing on Sunday to renew an offensive against Islamist former rebels in the eastern city of Benghazi, after being accused by the authorities of an attempted coup. Major General Khalifa Haftar appeared determined to pursue his campaign after saying late on Saturday that his withdrawal from the city the day before was so his forces could regroup before attacking again. Haftar has been using government aircraft and troops in an unauthorised campaign against Islamist groups. Overnight, an explosion hit the offices of a radio channel run by the Ansar al-Sharia group, the main target of attacks on Friday by Haftar’s self-described “National Army” that killed at least 70 people and injured 140, medical sources told Al Jazeera. There were no reports of casualties in the blast, witnesses said. They said armed men aboard

hi l had h d thrown h l i a vehicle an explosive device at the building before speeding off. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The radio station’s offices are in central Benghazi’s Al-Lithi district, an Islamist stronghold.

l h i which hi h the h Ansar al-Sharia, United States has designated as a “terrorist” organisation, has been blamed for a wave of attacks on security forces and Western interests in Libya’s second largest city.

f hi campaign i Haftar says his against the Islamists aimed to purge the restive city of “terrorist” groups, but he has been denounced by the authorities in Tripoli of trying to stage a coup - a charge he denies.

Haftar is using Libyan government aircraft and troops in his campaign without authorisation

126 Egypt Brotherhood supporters get 10 years in jail

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n Egyptian court sentenced 126 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to 10 years in prison over violence that erupted last August in Kafar Sheikh Delta province, state-run Nile TV reported on Sunday. The defendants were accused of storming police stations and inciting violence following the ouster of the former president Mohamed Morsi last July.

Security forces used excessive force to disperse two major proMorsi sit-ins in mid-August last year in the capital Cairo and Giza, leaving about 1,000 killed and thousands of others arrested. In response, furious supporters of the deposed president staged anti-police rallies across the country that extended to storm police stations in dozens of provinces including Kafar Sheikh.

The Brotherhood group was blacklisted by the interimgovernment last December as a “terrorist organization.” In Sunday’s trial, the charges also included membership of the blacklisted Brotherhood. As judge Hassan Fareed read out the sentence, the defendants chanted “down with military rule,” in reference to the presidential candidate, former army chief Field

Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of Morsi. The trial came after nearly 700 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death last month, which sparked an international outcry and raised questions over the independence and justice of Egypt’s judiciary system. Source; Xinhua

Gunfire erupts outside Libyan parliament

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eavy gunfire has erupted outside the Libyan parliament in the capital, Tripoli, and a large force of vehicles is assembling outside. Al Jazeera’s Omar Al Saleh, reporting from Tripoli, said the city had “turned into somewhat a battlefield”.

Tripoli’s General National Congress building is the scene of frequent protests

“From where I am, we started hearing heavy weapons used, machine guns, like machine guns,” Saleh said. “It’s very heavy. The situation is very tense.” Saleh quoted eyewitnesses as saying that a large force of vehicles with anti-machine guns had stormed

the front gate of the General National Congress (GNC). “Now, there was a session that ended about two hours ago. We understand that MPs have left the building, but there were some staffers inside that building,” Saleh reported. It was unclear who was behind Sunday’s attack. A retired general carrying out a military campaign in Benghazi against Islamist militias without authorisation since Friday has challenged the interim government and parliament, vowing to press on with his operation. Major General Khalifa Haftar was preparing on Sunday to renew an offensive against Islamist former rebels in the eastern city, after being accused by the authorities of an attempted coup. Haftar appeared determined

to pursue his Benghazi campaign after saying late on Saturday that his withdrawal from the city the day before was so his forces could regroup before attacking again. Haftar has been using government aircraft and troops in his campaign. “We are getting conflicting reports about who’s behind the attack. One of the unconfirmed reports suggests that the force who attacked the GNC is related or is supporting General Haftar,” our reporter Saleh said. “Some eyewitnesses are saying they’ve seen large convoy coming from the airport going towards the inner Tripoli...towards the GNC. Now, if that piece of news is confirmed, the airport is controlled by a rebel group from Zintan. It’s very powerful. I have to reiterate this is not confirmed at this stage.”


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International

Sri Lanka marks end of war in victory parade

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rii L Lanka’s k ’ governmentt has h marked the fifth anniversary of the civil war victory over the separatist Tamil rebels, while remembrance services for ethnic Tamils killed in the conflict were broken up by the police. President Mahinda Rajapaksa presided over a Victory Day ceremony on Sunday in his southern home town of Matara, where military personnel paraded

in the streets with tanks and artillery guns, while fighter jets flew overhead. The president said that the victory was testament to the bravery of the armed forces and was a signal to the rest of the world of what Sri Lanka was capable of. He accused the Tamil diaspora of working against the peace and reconciliation in the country, while adding that his government would

“not allow any external pressure to prevent them from celebrating the end of the conflict”. Earlier this week, Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Shelley Whiting, released a statement explaining that she would be boycotting the parade. She urged the government to move past the wartime discourse and work towards serious reconciliation. The decision to hold the

Government strongly denies civilians were killed during and after the conflict

celebrations in another city was a sign that the country was united in its praise for the armed forces Kehiliya Rambukwella, Minister of mass media and communications This year’s celebrations were the first to be held outside of the capital, Colombo, where a separate commemoration event will be held on Monday at the war memorial outside of parliament. “The decision to hold the celebrations in another city was a sign that the country was united in its praise for the armed forces,” Kehiliya Rambukwella, minister of mass media and communications and Cabinet Spokesperson said. The increased prominence given to the armed forces falls in line with the government’s designation of May as being “National War Hero” month. Meanwhile, the police and armed forces prevented members of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) - which rules the Tamil majority Northern Province - and civil society groups from holding memorial service for the war dead. Raagusathan Krishnamurthi, a former lecturer at the University of Jaffna, criticised the government’s continued promotion of the armed forces.

Indian president dissolves outgoing lower house of parliament

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ndian President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday dissolved the 15th Lok Sabha or Lower House of Parliament, an act of formality for the coming of the new lower house of parliament just elected by the voters into power. “The President accepted the advice of the Cabinet and today signed the Order dissolving the 15th Lok Sabha in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by sub-clause (b) of Clause (2) Article 85 of the Constitution,” Rashtrapati Bhavan presidential palace press secretary Venu Rajamony told the media.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also resigned Saturday his outgoing Union Cabinet had earlier advised the President to dissolve the 15th Lok Sabha with immediate effect. The Election Commission is submitting the list of newly elected members of the 16th Lok Sabha to the president, which contains the names of all 543 members of parliament. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won a crushing victory in the general election by grasping an absolute majority of 282 seats, while the Congress

suffered its worst defeat in history with only 44 seats. BJP prime minister nominee

announced during Syria’s threeyear war. The army’s entire arsenal and forces are deployed in Damascus’s war against rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar alAssad, whose regime brands the uprising as a foreign-backed “terrorist” plot. “The regime’s air defence force is to face a possible US attack, but in this war it is using its firepower against the rebels,” Syrian

Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP. Abdel Rahman called Ishaq’s death an “important psychological blow” to the regime. For more than a month, the army backed by the Lebanese Shia group, Hezbollah, has been battling to recapture Mleiha, a strategic rebel bastion. Mleiha has been under siege for more than a year, and under

Narendra Modi is due to swear in in the coming days and form a new central government of India.

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee

Syrian air force chief dies in combat

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he chief of Syria’s air defence forces, General Hussein Ishaq, has been killed in combat near Damascus, a security official has told news agencies. The general died on Saturday of wounds suffered when rebels attacked Syrian air defence headquarters near the town of Mleiha, a key battleground southeast of the capital. He is one of the few top-ranking officers whose deaths have been

near-constant bombardment for more than a month. The Observatory said that despite initial regime advances in Mleiha, the rebels have recovered ground, retaking several buildings around the central town hall. While the army remains in control of Damascus, rebels still hold a number of towns and villages on the outskirts, despite a suffocating blockade and frequent air strikes and shelling.

Asia & Middle East China evacuates 3,000 nationals from Vietnam

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hina has evacuated more than 3,000 of its nationals from Vietnam after a wave of unrest in the Southeast Asian country following China’s deployment of an oil rig in contested waters. Sunday’s announcement to send five warships and fast-track the evacuation came after Vietnamese civil society groups called for fresh demonstrations against China, following riots earlier in the week which left two Chinese workers dead and more than 100 injured. The violence in industrial parks has heightened tensions between the neighbours over sovereignty in the South China Sea. Vietnamese authorities followed up a warning they would “resolutely” prevent any further outbursts by breaking up small protests in two cities on Sunday. Vietnam’s communist rulers also flooded major cities with police to avert Sunday’s planned anti-Chinese protests as they stuck to their pledge to thwart any repeat of last week’s violence in three provinces in the south and centre. Worker demonstrations spread to 22 of Vietnam’s 63 provinces, according to the Vietnamese government, with angry mobs burning down foreign-owned factories. Several arrests were made on Sunday in the capital Hanoi and commercial hub Ho Chi Minh City within minutes of groups trying to start protests, according to witnesses. Police dragged away several demonstrators from a park in Ho Chi Minh City, the AP news agency said. In Hanoi, authorities closed off streets and a park close to the Chinese embassy and pushed journalists and protesters away. Police were posted outside well-known dissidents houses, preventing them from leaving, according to activists. China sends ships In a related development, China has sent the first of five ships to speed up the evacuation of its citizens. The Chinese government is also arranging for a chartered plane and vessel to evacuate the staff of China 19th Metallurgical Corporation, a contractor of one of the plants badly hit by the recent violence, Xinhua, the state-run news agency, said. “Recently, there was an explosion of violence in South Vietnam targeting foreign companies, provoking injuries and death of Chinese citizens and damaging companies’ properties,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement in Chinese on its website on Saturday.


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International Europe and Americas Turkey questions mine staff over disaster

US stops force-feeding Guantanamo inmate

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urkish police are investigating 18 people, including mining company executives and personnel, as part of the probe into the Soma mining disaster, local media had reported. The arrests on Sunday came after the government promised a thorough investigation into the deaths of 301 miners last week. According to the private Dogan news agency, prosecutors are questioning five of those being held. Police also set up checkpoints and arrested dozens of people in Soma town on Sunday as officers enforced a ban on protests following clashes on Friday. Eight lawyers from the Contemporary Jurists Association, including its leader, were arrested and handcuffed on suspicion that they were there to take part in more protests, Dogan reported. A total of 36 people were arrested and taken to a sports centre in the town where they chanted: “The pressure cannot intimidate us”, the agency said. The number of arrests could not be confirmed by Al Jazeera. On Saturday, Nihat Zeybekci, the economy minister, said the government would “do everything in our hands” to “resolve the grievances” of those in Soma. Families and unions have criticised the government’s handling of the disaster, and said the private firm which runs the coal mine, Soma Holding, did nothing to enforce safety standards. Critics say that the privatisation of previously state-controlled mines had turned them over to politically connected businessmen who have skimped on safety to maximise profit. Managers held a fractious news conference on Friday where they said an unexplained buildup of heat was thought to have led part of the mine to collapse, fanning a blaze which spread rapidly more than 2km under the surface. A preliminary expert report, obtained by the Milliyet newspaper, pointed to several safety violations in the mine, including a shortage of carbon monoxide detectors and ceilings made of wood instead of metal. The ruling AK Party said the formerly state-run mine at Soma, 480km southwest of Istanbul, had been inspected 11 times over the past five years. It denied any suggestion of loopholes in mining safety regulations.

Guantanamo prisoners have engaged in hunger strikes in protest at their confinement

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US judge has ordered the military to stop force-feeding a hungerstriking prisoner at Guantanamo Bay naval base. The temporary order, issued on Friday by Judge Gladys Kessler, means that staff cannot feed Syrian prisoner Abu Wa’el Dhiab

until a hearing next Wednesday. “While the department follows the law and only applies enteral feeding in order to preserve life, we will, of course, comply with the judge’s order here,” said Todd Breasseale, a defence department spokesman. Kessler also ordered the US

military to stop taking Dhiab out his cell if he refused to go to feedings and said the government had to keep all videotape evidence of forcible cell removal and forcefeeding until the hearing. It is the first time a judge has ordered an end to force-feeding of a prisoner in Guantanamo.

Last year about 46 of 166 prisoners were force-fed at least some of their meals while they were on a hunger strike and several sued, the Reuters news agency reported. Cori Crider, one of Dhiab’s lawyers and the strategic director at the UK-based campaign group Reprieve, said: “Despite Gitmo’s media blackout on information about force-feeding and brutal ‘forcible cell extractions’, we’ve managed to get some key information out. “Everything we’ve learned is highly disturbing. JTF-GTMO also has a history of losing inconvenient evidence, including similar tapes of the Gitmo riot squad, so let’s hope that these recordings don’t go the way of the waterboarding tapes before them.” Reprieve has accused the US government of “strongly resisting efforts” to secure a court order preserving the videos. Force-feeding is designed to keep hunger strikers alive and involves feeding them liquid meals via tubes inserted into their noses and down into their stomachs. Dhiab, 42, has been held at Guantanamo without charge since August 2002.

Prisoners take scores hostage in Brazil

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nmates have taken 122 hostages in a prison in Brazil’s northeastern state of Sergipe, AFP news agency reports quoting a prison spokeswoman. Sandra Melo, said on Sunday that negotiations had started for the release of the

hostages, who were mainly visitors to the Advogado Jacinto Filho prison, near Aracaju city. The hostages were taken during a riot on Saturday that had calmed, Melo added. “The riot is only in one wing of the prison,” Melo said,

adding that mostly visiting relatives of the inmates were among the hostages. “We don’t believe that the inmates will hurt their own relatives,” Mauricio Iunes, the head of military police in the state of Sergipe, told the G1 news website.

Four prison guards were also held captive. “They are being threatened inside there,” said Iunes. Brazil’s prison population is 548,000, but the country has space for only 340,000, according to Conectas, an NGO specialising in inmate rights.

New York Times denies sexism in firing row

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he publisher of the New York Times has defended his decision to sack the paper’s first female executive editor, denied her removal was sexist and listed her shortcomings as a manager. Arthur Sulzberger Jr, in a 500-word statement issued on Saturday, rejected claims he had fired Jill Abramson because of gender bias. Instead, he cited “arbitrary decision-making, a failure to consult, inadequate communication and the public mistreatment of colleagues” as reasons for her dismissal. Abramson, the paper’s first female executive editor, was

sacked on Wednesday. She was the first woman to hold the position in the New York Times’ 160-year history. Her abrupt exit led to intense speculation about whether sexism or salaries were behind her departure. But Sulzberger on Saturday described these as “persistent, incorrect reports”. “Her management of the newsroom was simply not working out. “Many of our key leaders are women. So too are many of our rising stars. They do not look for special treatment, but expect to be treated with the same respect as their male colleagues. For that reason

they want to be judged fairly and objectively on their performance. That is what

happened in the case of Jill.” Abramson has not publicly commented on her dismissal.

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Strange World

Amazing Ping Pong player with no arms will convince you that nothing is impossible

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gyptian para-table tennis player Ibrahim Hamato has no arms, yet he can put almost any amateur pingpong player to shame. How he is able to handle the paddle with his mouth and actually direct his shots is still a mystery to me, but watching him play is fascinating “I had an accident when I was 10 years old but I loved table tennis,” Ibrahim says. “Three years after my accident, I wanted to play again holding the racket under my arm, but it didn’t work out. After trying different options, I found myself playing with my mouth.” The inspiring athlete was invited to be the guest of honor at the World Team Table Tennis Championships held in Tokyo this year A short video clip shows him playing with some of the world’s best players – and they look like they’re struggling to keep up with him! His serve is incredible, and some of his shots are truly spectacular. “I feel very happy that I got this invitation from Mr. Sharara,” he said. It is a big reward for me to watch the best players in the world in Tokyo

and I hope this shows people that nothing is impossible as long as you work hard.” It was in Tokyo that he got to play against some of the world’s

highest ranked table tennis players, who just couldn’t believe how well Ibrahim played. Truth be told, even after seeing him on video, I still can’t believe how

good he is. Here’s the sweetest part: “My best achievement in life is divided into two parts,” he said. “The best thing in my life is my

wife who is everything to me. The second part is table tennis where I find my biggest success is being able to enjoy every point I win.”

Ibrahim Hamato

Man makes a living by getting punched in the stomach had developed through years of manual labour and qigong, an art that many Chinese believe streng h tens b oth b od y and spirit. The whole idea of paying money to punch someone is so bizarre and perverse, I wonder what kind of people would be willing to do that. But Xie seems quite happy with his job and it doesn’t look like he’s getting hurt. The man appears to have abs of steel, hardly flinching when he receives hard punches

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hankfully, I’ve never been beat up, but I imagine it must be a horrible thing to go through. Which is why I find this 48-year-old Chinese man’s choice of career strange, to say the least. Xie Shuiping actually volunteers to take punches from random strangers, for a fee. Surprisingly, taking a beating is a rather decent source of income, earning him about $3,500 a month. Xie, who is also known as the ‘human punching bag’, hangs around streets, bars and

nightclubs, just waiting to get punched. Each person who comes forward is allowed to punch him three times in the stomach, as hard as possible. The ‘performance’ lasts about 20 minutes, and those who beat him or shake him can receive free drinks at the bar. Financial rewards aside, the human punching bag also likes to think he helps people let off some team as well. “If you are upset by your boss or your wife, don’t blame them. Vent your anger on me. Let society be harmonious,” he said.

Xie began his unusual career in 2004, when he took part in a promotional show at a supermarket. The audience members were invited to hit him over the head with wine bottles; apparently, the show was a big hit. Xie enjoyed the experience as well, so he kept doing more shows. “At first, I did it for fun and did not think about making a living by it,” he said. “But later I realized that without money, I could not live.” Away from home and short on cash, Xie one day decided to capitalize on the unusually strong abs he

Human punching bag

to the stomach. For now, the only people who are unhappy with Xie’s career are his wife and two daughters. They’ve tried to talk him out of it, but they haven’t been able to convince him to stop. Xie is busy planning his next move – he plans to take his act to the United States next year. “If possible, I want to drop in at Seattle, to visit the late Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee. He’s my idol,” he said.


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Too much exercise can be fatal

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oo much exercise can be bad for your heart, two new studies have warned. Research by German scientists found overdoing high intensity exercise may actually increase the risk of death from a heart attack or stroke in those with existing heart disease. And a Swedish study, also published online in the journal Heart, suggests that young men undertaking endurance exercise for more than five hours a week may increase their risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm in later life. The studies support research released yesterday which showed that young men who run marathons are more likely to need pacemakers in old age. Both sets of new findings indicate that more does not always mean better when it comes to the health benefits of exercise, and raise questions about the intensity and duration of physical activity at different times of life. In the German study, the researchers tracked the frequency and intensity of physical activity

and the survival of more than 1,000 people with stable coronary artery heart disease for 10 years. All the participants, most of whom were in their sixties, had attended a cardiac rehabilitation programme to help them exercise regularly and ward off a further heart attack or stroke. Current guidance recommends that heart disease patients should do up to an hour of moderate intensity aerobic activity at least five times a week. Around 40 per cent were physically active two to four times weekly, 30 per cent did more and 30 per cent did less. Overall, one in 10 said they rarely or never did any exercise. After taking account of other influential factors, the most physically inactive were around twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as those who were regularly physically active. And they were around four times as likely to die of cardiovascular disease and all other causes. However, surprisingly, researchers found those who did the most strenuous daily exercise

The studies support research released yesterday which showed men who run marathons are more likely to need pacemakers in old age

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boys but can be risky in older children, new research has revealed. U.S. researchers say 0.4 per cent of boys experience complications after circumcision if it is carried out during the first year of life. In contrast, the risk is 20 times higher in boys who have the procedure between the ages of one and nine. Researchers at the University of Washington, in Seattle, studied data from U.S. insurance claims for babies younger than one year old, children between ages one and nine

Just 0.4 per cent of boys suffer complications after circumcision if the procedure is carried out before they turn one

were also more than twice as likely to die of a heart attack or stroke. In the Swedish study, the researchers questioned more than 44,000 45 to 79-year-old men about their leisure time physical activity patterns at the ages of 15, 30, 50, and during the past year, when their average age was 60. Their heart health was tracked for an average of 12 years from 1997 onwards to gauge how many developed They found that men who had exercised intensively for more than five hours a week were 19 per cent more likely to have developed the condition by the age of 60 than those exercising for less than one hour a week. The level of risk rose to 49 per cent among those who did more than five hours of exercise a week at the age of 30, but who subsequently

Despite these findings, the researchers insist that exercising remains important for the health

did less than an hour by the time they were 60. However, those who cycled or walked briskly for an hour a day or more at the age of 60 were around 13 per cent less likely to develop an irregular heartbeat than those who did virtually no exercise at all. of 30 than it is at the age of 60, so may have less extreme effects on the body. Dr Lluis Mont, of the Hospital Clinic de Barcelona in Spain, said: ‘Maximum cardiovascular benefits are obtained if performed at moderate doses, while these benefits are lost with [very high] intensity and prolonged efforts.’ However, Dr Mont emphasised that not exercising at all is bad for our long term health, adding: ‘A thin line separates accurate information and unnecessary alarmism, leading to inactivity and

Overdoing high intensity exercise may actually increase the risk of death from a heart attack or stroke

consequent heart disease. ‘The benefits of exercise are definitely not to be questioned, on the contrary, they should be reinforced. ‘The studies, and future studies, will serve to maximise benefits obtained by regular exercise while preventing undesirable effects - just like all other drugs and therapies.’ Just yesterday another study revealed that running marathons can be bad for the heart. Researchers at the University

of Manchester found that people who take part in extreme sporting challenges when they are young are more likely to need pacemakers in old age. Tests on mice, funded by the British Heart Foundation, showed microscopic changes take place in the body due to exercise training. This can disrupt the electrical pulse of the heart, causing the super-fit to suffer abnormal heart rhythms. Source: Dailymail.co.uk

Circumcision in babies is ‘safe’ and children who were 10 years old or older when they were circumcised. Their findings did not include children who underwent ritual circumcisions in a non-medical setting. Overall, the researchers had data on more than 1.4 million circumcised males. The vast majority were newborns. Dr Charbel El Bcheraoui, the study’s lead author, said: ‘[The risk is] low overall, but it increases with age at circumcision.’ The researchers found that about 0.4 per cent of boys experienced circumcision complications when the procedure was performed within the first year of life. The risk increased about 20-fold among boys between one year and nine years of age. It was 10-fold higher among males 10 years old and older, compared with infants. ‘What we assume is it’s probably because between one and 10 years of age is the age when caring after procedure is the most complicated,’ Dr Bcheraoui told Reuters Health. Circumcision is a ritual obligation

for infant Jewish boys and is also a common rite among Muslims, who account for the largest share of circumcised men worldwide. The wider U.S. population adopted the practice due to potential health benefits, such as reducing the risk of urinary tract infections in infants and cutting the risk of sexually transmitted disease later in life. But the practice has been the focus of heated debate, including efforts to ban it in San Francisco and Germany. The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its recommendations in 2012 to say the benefits of male circumcision justify families having access to the procedure if they choose. According to the JAMA Pediatrics study, about 0.5 per cent of the procedures ended with some type of adverse event regardless of age, but the rates for specific complications varied. Damage to the urethra occurred in about 0.8 per million circumcisions. Leaving behind too much foreskin occurred in about 702 per million circumcisions.

Circumcision is safe in baby boys but the risks increase 20-fold for older children (file picture)

The researchers note that some complications might not have been picked up because they were reviewing claims data on problems that typically

occurred within the first month following the circumcisions. Source: Dailymail.co.uk


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Don’t heat up the polity, IBB warns politicians From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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ormer Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has warned politicians not to heat up the polity because politics is a game that produces winner and losers. According to him, not all contestants will emerge victorious at the poll therefore losers must learn to accept defeat with grace and prepare for another race some days. Babangida gave the warning

in a speech he delivered at the presentation ceremony of two books authored by the Director General ofmthe National Teachers Institute (NTI), Dr. Aminu Ladan Shareru, held in Kaduna yesterday. The former head of state who was represented by Brigadier General Dantsoho Mohammed said as the campaign for 2015 gathers momentum, an overheated polity will produce nothing other than chaos and anarchy in the land. “I wish to advise politicians

to be careful and responsible as they start their campaign trains. Nigerians deserve nothing less than the dividend of democracy that will grant minimum comfort for better quality life. “This is what is required to take the youths off the streets, restored the confidence of disenchanted and provide succor to the poverty stricken masses of this country. This is what is needed to check the menace perpetrated by militants and Boko Haram insurgency,” Gen. Babangida (rtd) said.

Speaking earlier, the Sultan of Sokoto, Dr. Sa’ad Abubakar, tasked people with Islamic religion knowledge to imbibe the culture of educating the common folks with the basic aspect of Islam wherever they find themselves. The Sultan who was represented by the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris said Nigeria is a country with diverse culture and religious background; where the native speak different languages and therefore the people must

I’m not in romance with PDP, says Kwara gov

L-R: Osun state Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and Director General, De Rauf, Comrade Amitolu Shittu, during a rally in support of Governor Aregbesola’s re-election by Osun United City Bus & Taxi Association in conjunction with De Rauf Group, recently in Osogbo.

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wara state governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has described as false, provocative and contemptuous the insinuation that he is romancing with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party he left alongside other progressives for the All Progressives Congress(APC). According to the governor in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, such insinuation is not only baseless but prepostrious. “Ordinarily, the allegation, peddled by people with devious intent, does not deserve a response as the objective is obvious. However, we need to alert the good people of Kwara state to the desperate ploy by selfish people with sinister political interests to cause disaffection and stir anxiety in the populace.”, the governor said. “Assuming without conceding that Gov. Ahmed wanted to return to PDP, which faction of the rudderless and visionless party would he have negotiated with?”, the statement queried. “For the record, our decision to leave the PDP was premised on the need to build a new nation where every citizen has the opportunity to prosper, in which our youths are productively engaged and where the disadvantaged are assisted to live a decent life”, the governor said. “On the issues of the N23b bond, it is typical of the mischief of these tale bearers to amplify the figure by N12b in a bid to make their story sound credible. Governor Ahmed and othermofficials of this administration have used every occasion to explainmwhy the N23b bond is the best for Kwara now. Suffice to add that the foundation for the current and future prosperity of Kwara State must be laid and entrenched today”, the statement added.

use available opportunity to propagate Islam as it is stated. In his welcome address, the author of the book, Director General of the National Teachers Institute (NTI) said lack of knowledge of Arabic is no more an excuse not to learn the basic fact and principle of Islam. According to him, fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam but must be done as stipulated in the Qur’an and that is why the book is written to enlighten the Muslim faithful on the right way of fasting.

Amosun runs an elites’ government – Mimiko From James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta

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he Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has described the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun in Ogun state as an elite government, saying all programmes and policies of the government are not people oriented. Governor Mimiko stated this while addressing thousands of supporters of Labour Party (LP) who gathered to witness the commissioning of the party secretariat located along Onikolobo Road in Abeokuta, the state capital. He said though urban renewal is good because when the cities are renewed, it attracts businesses, and the whole essence of attracting businesses is to improve on the socio-economic lives of the people of the state, he however pointed out that this should not affect the means of livelihood of the people. “But if the concept of urban

renewal is to destroy the means of the livelihood of the people, you destroy their generational heritage, then that renewal is not worth it. Urban renewal must not be at the expense of the masses. It is very good to renew our cities,” he said. He criticized the APC for allegedly introducing unfriendly policies and programmes in the South West, saying the Labour Party was determined to wrest power from it in 2015. Mimiko, who noted that he was in Ogun State to reassure all LP loyalists that the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party has been resolved insisting that the party in the state is “one indivisible entity”. He said all members of the party have agreed to work in harmony to unseat the APC government in the state and as well ensure the return of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. Also speaking at the ceremony, the National Chairman of the Party, Dan Nwanyanwu, said President

Jonathan is the most troubled leader the nation has ever produced and called on all Nigerians to pray for him, saying “he has lost so much weight over Nigeria lately.” He lamented that he is shedding “much weight over security” challenges plaguing the nation. Nwanyanwu said while all past leaders with all their respective shortcomings enjoyed relative peace while in office, the experience of Jonathan has been quite different with the insurgence of Boko Haram. “Alhaji Shehu Shagari had peace; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo with all his troubles had peace; Umaru Yar’Adua had peace though he was ill. But President Jonathan has had no peace from inception. He has lost weight thinking about Nigeria. I urge you to pray for him.” On his part, the immediate past governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel who is the state leader of LP, pledged that if the party wins the governorship election in Ogun State in 2015, all

workers sacked by Amosun would be reinstated. The former governor with his presence and active involvement in the activities at the rally showed that he had finally dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Labour Party (LP) Daniel said his new party will displace the present All Progressives Congress, APC, administration in Ogun come 2015, disclosing that he said he joined the party because it is labour friendly. Daniel, however, declared that the Ogun Labour Party, under his leadership, would work for the return of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015; while all hands would be on deck to take over Ogun State from the ruling APC. “This is the first time that I’m appearing in political environment since 2011. I want to tell you today that Labour Party is the right party. I want to publicly tell you today that we have given birth to a reliable baby today,” he said.


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Politics Kano LG election peaceful - Kwankwaso

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ano state Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Saturday at exactly 12:15 casted his vote at Kwankwaso Malamai ward for the state Local Government Election. Speaking immediately after the vote at Kwankwaso Malamai Primary School, the governor said that all the reports he received showed that the election has been very peaceful. “The report I am receiving so far shows clearly that people across the state came out en mass since morning to cast their vote” said Kwankwaso, adding that “we have few cases that are not the best in some of the wards, but I believe on the whole we can congratulate ourselves.” “We are very happy that the election is taking place. The last time we had Local Government Election in Kano was in 2007, seven years now, we are conducting another, and I believe this will enhance and strengthen our democracy,” the governor emphasised. He appealed to whoever has complaints to lodge it in a proper way as Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC)

Law has an in built procedure of addressing grievances. Meanwhile, executives and members of States Independent Electoral Commission Forum have paid a courtesy call on Gov. Kwankwaso immediately after monitoring the election across the state. The governor told them that he planned to conduct the state local government election during his first year in office, however due to the violent attack in the state that resulted in the death of 185 people in one day, the atmosphere became difficult for election to be organised. He said since the state is peaceful now, it became necessary for the election to be conducted, adding that all logistics and other forms of support to the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) has been provided by his by administration in order to conduct free and fair election. Earlier speaking, the forum Secretary, Dr. Hannatu U. Binyat who is also the chairperson of Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission, said that they have monitored the election

and observed that the electorates have turned out en mass to cast their vote, adding that they have also seen so many female voters exercising their civic rights of casting their votes at various polling units. Dr. Hannatu said that they

are very proud of Governor Kwankwaso for conducting the election, noting that in the North west zone, only Katsina state is yet to conduct Local Government Election, adding that council’s elections adds value to nations’ democracy.

CPC group not recognised in PDM, says party spokesman By Lawrence Olaoye and Umar Puma

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eoples Democratic Movement (PDM) yesterday disowned a group within its ranks parading itself as the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) members, declaring that the party is one indivisible entity. The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, warned those party members stoking the fire of division within the party to exercise restraints as continuing may earn them sanctions from the PDM’s leadership. The statement read “Our attention has been drawn to press statements issued by a CPC group last week in which false and disparaging remarks were made against our Party and its leadership. It is not in our tradition to join issues in public with Party Members but this has become an exception because it is common knowledge CPC, the group identity under which the statements were issued, had long seized to exist. The group which issued the statements is, therefore, unknown to law and unknown to Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).” While alerting the public that there was no COC in PDM,

the party warned that it would not tolerate a situation where some of its members would clin to fictional identity in order to further their personal ambition. The statement read “For the avoidance of doubt, PDM has never received any member or group of members into its fold in the name of CPC or in the name of any other political identity by whatever name called. We do not recognize any group identity within our party other than our own. Those identifying themselves as CPC members within PDM are advised to do a rethink as, by assuming such an identity, they have, by implication and according to our laws, renounced their PDM membership.” The party said most of the issues raised by those who claimed to be COC in PDM has been brought to the notice of the party’s executive and being handled even as it warned all members to exhaust all devices within the party before externalizing their grievances. The party also called on the media not to make itself available to mischief makers pleading that the fourth estate of he realm should rather help in building institutions rather than individuals for democracy to thrive in the country.

Gov. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state casting his vote at his Kwankwaso Malamai Ward on Saturday, during the local government election in Kano. Photo: Govt. House, Kano.

Sokoto: Taskforce warns politicians against indiscriminate billboards, posters From Raji Bello, Sokoto

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okoto state Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation, Beatification and Removal of Illegal Structures, has warned political class in the state to desist from erecting political billboards and posters without permission from authorities. The Chairman of the Taskforce, Squadron Leader Aminu Bala Sokoto, gave the charge in an interview with Journalists in Sokoto. He noted that such indiscriminate act was not in conformity with environmental and sanitation practice being promoted by the Taskforce in the state. His words: “we are aware of the indiscriminate erection of campaign billboards all over the Sokoto metropolis. We have taken cautious steps in that regard and without bias. We appealed to the political class to desist from indulging in pasting campaign posters indiscriminately.” He said the determination of the Task Force towards ensuring strict compliance with the environmental laws and order would not be jeopardise by the political activities in the state. Bala also reiterated the state government’s commitment to improve the hygienic condition of its citizenry. He added that this informed the set aside of last Saturday of every month as environmental sanitation day, during which movement is restricted from 7:00am to 10:00am. The chairman noted that all defaulters in the previous exercises were arrested and prosecuted through a mobile sanitation court presided over by a magistrate.

2015: Niger APC pledges to salvage state From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he new state executive of the All Progressive Congress [APC] in Niger state has said its mission was to salvage the state and pledged to always struggle for change on the path of sustainable development and good governance. This was contained in a statement issued by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, who decried the outright display of unseriouness by the PDP led government in the state in the recent cabinet reshuffle embarked upon by the state government. According to the APC spokesman “it was clear that the exercise was an action aimed at securing the political interest of the governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu rather than service to the people of the state.’’

He pointed out that all well meaning people of the state would just wonder the wisdom behind creating ministries like Special Duties just about one year to the end of the administration, stressing that there was no gain saying that the exercise was aimed at draining the purse of the government instead of fast tracking its development. While it was a known fact to all the people of the state that the state administration was always out for window dressing and cosmetics, Vatsa alleged further that it was embellished with gubernatorial rehetoric to deceive people. The recent cabinet reshuffle, according to the opposition party, was a mere waste of governmental time and resources because according to the APC, “it was just mere recycling of the same old hands to serve the governor’s political ambition for 2015

and give him safe landing.” According to the opposition, the PDP lead government is one where hypocrisy, self aggrandizement and greed was synonymous to excellence and qualify one to be appointed into political office. The party challenged the state government to explain to the public why the street-lights along government house road through the Old Airport Road that was installed not quite long is being changed without any cogent explanation instead of trying to embark on fruitless cabinet reshuffle. It therefore advised the government to stop deceiving the people of the state with rhetorics and wild elephant ideas that ends only on the pages of newspapers. He called on the governor to stop the recklessness in the financial structure of the state.


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Call for sack of Chief of Defence Staff diversionary-Security Watch Forum By Tobias Legnan Dapam

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he Nigerian Security Watch Forum (NSWF) yesterday described the call for the sack of the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh and the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah by the Northern Youths Leaders Forum (NYLF) as diversionary, misleading and aimed at derailing the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan. The Northern Youth Leaders Forum had last week called on President Jonathan to sack Air Chief Marshal Badeh and Lt.General Minimah as part of the efforts aimed at abating the war against his government as well as achieving the war against insurgency in the country, adding that the call was the North’s minimum demand for peace to reign in Nigeria. But in its reaction in Abuja, yesterday, the Nigeria Security Watch Forum noted that the campaign for the sack of the two top military Chiefs has nothing to do with the present war against insurgents, which the CDS and COAS are working assiduously to bring to an end. The Forum noted that an analysis and appraisal for the call by the Northern Youth Leaders Forum showed that it has more to do with the faith and tribe of the two military Chiefs and not the interest of the North, Nigeria and Nigerians. A statement by the National Coordinator of the forum, Abubakar Danbaki, also described the statement credited to the

Northern Youth Leaders Forum in which it alleged that the CDS was supporting the unprecedented war against the North because he is not a “core” northerner as most unfortunate and totally unwarranted. Danbaki said: “We, in the Security Watch Forum, reject the position that the era of appointing minority Northerners and Christians to fill sensitive positions meant for the North is gone and gone forever. It was not the making of General Victor Malu, Isaac Alfa, Martin Luther Agwai, Luka Yusuf among others, that they were deemed worthy of appointment as either Chief of Army Staff or as CDS.

“We also find nothing wrong in President Jonathan appointing an Ijaw man as the Chief of Army Staff. Afterall, based on his records of service, General Minimah is known to be very competent and more than qualified to lead the army. “We also refuse to accept the position of some people that former President Olusegun Obasanjo should be held responsible for the present plight of the north. That it was President Obasanjo who reportedly started this trend when he made General Malu, Air Marshall Alfa and Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi, all minorities, as Service Chief, a policy he continued

by appointing the likes of General Agwai and Late General Luka Yusuf as Chief of Army Staff.” It is against this back drop that we call on the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau to reject and ignore the call to continue his agitation for the removal of Air Chief Marshall Badeh and General Minimah. This is the time for the North to remain focused on its effort at achieving Northern Unity and should therefore not allow some misguided elements to further polarise it along the lines or “core Northerners and second-class Northerners,” when it comes to appointments.

Youths cheering soldiers on duty, at the weekend in Maiduguri.

Governor Suswam’s alma mater threatened by attack From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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here is great apprehension amongst parents in Benue State following threat by the dreaded Boko Haram sect to attack Government College, Makurdi. Government College, one of the oldest secondary schools in the state, where the incumbent governor, Gabriel Suswam passed

out from, is primarily a boarding school having a population of over 500 boarding and 200 day students. Peoples Daily investigation revealed that most parents thronged the college at the weekend to take their children home. It was also observed that most of the students were living in fear despite the presence of security operatives at the college.

Speaking with newsmen on the threat, the college principal Mr. Geoffrey Ugudu Apine said on May 14, 2014, they received a letter entitled Boko Haram which was slipped through the door of the school hall and another through the staff room door. Mr. Ugudu further said that the letter was written in pidgin English, intimating the college of an attack on the school on

Monday, May 19, (today). Also spotted at the college was the DPO, ‘D’ division, CSP Attah M., who assured that the police is on red alert to avert any attack from the sect, while the state Police Command Public Relations officer ASP Daniel Ezeala said the Command has stepped-up security within the state and urged the people to be security conscious.

Ensure peace in your domains, Kogi traditional rulers told From Omale Adama, Lokoja

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raditional rulers in Kogi state have been enjoined to ensure peace, unity and security of their domains in the face of the insecurity occasioned by Boko Haram that is threatening the very foundation of the country. The state Governor, Captain Idris Wada, while tasking traditional rulers in Lokoja,at

the weekend, stated that, as custodians of culture, they should use their vantage position to mobilise their subjects for enduring peace and security. Captain Idris Wada gave the charge when the new Elegbe of Egbe in Yagba-West local government area, Oba Ayodele Erukera led the people of his domain on a solidarity visit to Lugard House in appreciation of his appointment by the state

government. The Governor, who did not mince words on the need for individuals to be security conscious, declared that the security of lives and property in any given society is a collective responsibility of both the government and the governed. Kogi state, he said, has enjoyed some relative peace over the years and warned that any threat to the prevailing unity

and harmony among the various ethnic groups in the state would be resisted by his administration. Captain Wada described the appointment of Oba Ayodele Erukera as the new Elegbe of Egbe land as well deserved and called on the people of Egbe land to cooperate with their own for success, saying that he is their choice, based on his track record of service and wealth of experience.

Dankwambo begs Boko Haram to release abducted schoolgirls From David Hassan, Gombe

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ollowing the abduction of the school girls at Government GirlsSecondary School Chibok, in Borno state, Gombe state governor, AlhajiIbrahim Hassan Dankwambo has called on the Boko Haram sect to considerthe plea and release the abducted girls. Governor Dankwambo made the plea in Gombe, at the weekend, at thelaunching of ‘TALBA neighbor-to-neighbor’ empowerment scheme,held at the Pantami stadium. The governor also urged the insurgents to consider dialogue with thegovernment in order to have a peaceful environment, adding thatwithout peace there would be no meaningful development in the country. He said there need for Nigerians to shun differences and embrace one another, to enable the nation forge ahead, stressing that the abduction of the Chibok school girls did not only affects Nigeria but equally affected the entire world. Among government functionaries that graced the occasion were the Minister of transport, members of Senate and House of Reps., PDP party stalwarts, Emirs and Chiefs among others.

Group cautions selfish politicians on smear campaign against Gov Al-makura From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

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tudents and youths under the aegis of Nasarawa state ‘Now Positively in Safe Hand’ (NSNPSHG), have cautioned the people of the state against the antics of some politicians out to smear the administration of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura merely to achieve selfish desires. The group made the call in a press statement issued to journalists in Lafia, yesterday, signed by its coordinator-general, Comrade Abdulrahman Andoma Ahmed. NSNPSHG stated it has uncovered plans by some unpatriotic and ungrateful politicians even within Almakura’s government, to mislead the public through falsehood aimed at denigrating the All Progressive Change (APC) administration.


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L-R: Rivers State Governor, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, and Senator Magnus Abe, at a function, recently in Rivers state.

Members of Justice and Peace Development Commission of the Catholic Church, Anambra, protesting over the abduction of Chibok school girls at Nkpor, at the weekend in Anambra.

L-R: Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state, President of Seventh Day Adventist Church in Nigeria, Pastor Oyeleke Owolabi and former Minister of Power and Steel, Elder Wole Oyelese, during the visit of the executives of the church to the governor, at the weekend Ibadan.

L-R: Chairman, House Committee on Information and National Orientation, Hon. Buba Jubril, Chairman of the occasion, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, President, Outdoor Advertising Association of Nigeria (OAAN), Mr. Charles Chijide, Marketing Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Walter Drenth and the Corporate Affairs Adviser to Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, during OAAN 8th Exhibition and Poster Awards, recently in Lagos

Ekiti state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, acknowledging cheers from All Progressives Congress supporters, during his re-election campaign, recently at Atikankan, in Ado-Ekiti.


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Eagles will meet semi final target, NFF believes By Albert Akota

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he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reiterated that they are very confident that the Stephen Keshi led Super Eagles would definitely deliver and even goes as far as the semi final at the FIFA World Cup. The Head Coach Stephen Keshi has been faced with heavy criticism over the crop of players he invited to be in camp May 25. But, NFF’s Board member Alhaji Yusuf Fresh said that the quality of players that would be invited by Keshi to make the final 23-man list would be killer squad. According to him “I trust the technical crew of the Super Eagles because as a member of NFF technical committee the chief coach presented his 30-man list and I was there. And Keshi assured us of his readiness of the

readiness of players who he has selected to represent the country at the competition. “I’m optimistic that the 23man list which he will select later will do the country proud. Let say that I respect all the 32 teams who qualified to be at the world cup because you don’t have to underrate any team. “As it is now, no team should be seen as an underdog. I strongly believe that our Super Eagles will surpass any previous record set by any African country and get to the semi-final in the world cup, mark my words.” Nigeria will begin its quest for glory when it confronts Iran in their opening match before facing Bosnia on June 21 and Argentina on June 25. Before the tournament, Super Eagles will engage Scotland, USA and Greece in friendly matches.

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Give us our Houses, Eaglets Success to hit beg Kano state govt Flying Eagles camp tomorrow

Musa Muhammed Isaac success

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he goal puncher of the Flying Eagles Isaac success has said he hopes to joins the Eagles’ training camp in Kaduna ahead of an AYC qualifier latest on Tuesday. “I hope I could join the squad latest on Tuesday,” the Granada striker said from his Spanish base at the weekend. “I have been in touch with the coaches and I’m looking forward

to reuniting with the team.” Granada has held on to the highly promising in their fight for survival in La Liga. The Flying Eagles beat Ngorongoro Heroes of Tanzania 2-0 in Dar es Salaam in a second round, first leg AYC qualifier. The return match will be played in Kaduna on Saturday, May 24.

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orld Cup-winning Eaglets Musa Muhammed and Zaharadeen Bello have again begged the Kano State Government to redeem a promise of a house gift made to them five months ago. Muhammed and Bello were promised a house each by Kano Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso for being part of the Nigeria team who made history by winning a record fourth U17 FIFA World Cup in November in the United Arab Emirates.

“We are still waiting for our houses many months after the Governor promised us,” said inspirational ex-Eaglets skipper Muhammed, who is now the Flying Eagles captain. “We received the papers for the house and even keys but since that presentation, we have not been contacted by any official as regards what next.” “We are most grateful to the Governor for this gift, but to be honest the waiting is really killing. We are very anxious

and so too our families,” added defender Zaharadeen. “We therefore appeal to the government to please see to it that we can move into the houses soon.” Cash gifts made to the rest of the Eaglets players and officials have also yet to be redeemed. Governor Kwankwaso’s special adviser on sports Gara Gombe has insisted that due process must be followed for the promises to be redeemed.


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Supreme Court FC appoints new technical adviser By Albert Akota

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he Supreme Court Football Club, Abuja, has appointed former Kogi United coach, Fatai Osho, as its new Technical Adviser, ahead of the second round of the ongoing Nigeria National League (NNL). This is contained in a

statement by the club’s Media Officer, Ikenna Okonkwo yesterday in Abuja. Okonkwo quoted the club’s Team Manager, Tolulope Oguntimehin, as saying that the appointment was based on the club’s intention to finish at the top of the league table. “The appointment of Osho is to boost the technical crew

of the club as part of efforts geared towards ensuring that we clinch a premier league ticket by the end of the season. “We are not leaving anything to chance in making the club to be able to gain promotion. “And it is not going to be business as usual in the second round because the club

Drogba donates €1m to mining disaster families

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alatasaray attacker Didier Drogba has donated €1 million to the families of the victims of the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey. The Istanbul giants’ players wore helmets ahead of their league game against Kayseri Erciyesspor at the weekend to show their support and the Cote d’Ivoire international has gone one step further in his role as U.N. ambassador. “I am a U.N. ambassador of goodwill and I will do all that I can to help the people in Soma,” Drogba told reporters. “But I don’t want anyone to use my name. I’m not someone who will promote himself in such issues. I don’t need this sort of a selfpromotion.” On May 13 an explosion at a coal mine in Soma, Turkey, caused an underground mine fire, which burned until 15 May. In total, 301 people were killed in what was the worst mine disaster in Turkey’s history.

management is taking concrete steps that will further step up the performance of the team,’’ Oguntimehin said. According to the statement, Osho would resume with the club on Tuesday, May 20, after the necessary documentation is completed. Oguntimehin said that coach Osho would lead the

club’s technical crew until the end of the season. The coach Osho led Remo Stars of Ogun to a third place in the 2012/2013 NNL season before moving to Kogi United FC early this season. Osho was, however, suspended indefinitely by the management of Kogi United FC in April.

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kechukwu Uche scored the winner as Villarreal beat Real Soceidad 2-1 on the final match day of the 2013/14 La Liga season. Uche profited from a Giovanni Dos Santos assist to score the Yellow Submarine’s second goal of the day at Estadio Municipal de Anoeta on Sunday It was Uche’s 14th league goal of the season.

Ikechukwu Uche

The 30-year-old has now scored in each of his last two appearances for Villarreal after scoring just once in his previous 13 games. yesterday’s win means Villarreal will compete in next season’s Uefa Europa League. The El Madrigal club ended the season in sixth place on the league standings with 59 points from 38 matches

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he Nigerian contingent led the Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye left Lagos for Gaborone, Botswana yesterday night for the 2nd Edition of the African Youth Games tagged Gaborone 2014 slated for May 22nd and 31st of this month. Nigeria would be participating in 16 sports which include athletics, badminton, taekwondo, wrestling, boxing, cycling, judo, karate, weightlifting, volleyball, swimming, table-tennis, rowing, canoeing, golf and football. The top NSC boss who is very passionate about development of sports in Nigeria through grassroots and catching them young declared that the Nigerian contingent is storming Gaborone to contest for the top position in the competition. The host country Botswana will host 2,500 athletes from 54 countries from Africa that would compete in the 2nd African Youth Games in Gaborone. 21 sports will be competed for these countries. “I have always believed in catching them young and also developing sports right from

the youth stage. This will give any nation the reservoir and pool of athletes not only to pick from but to bank on to achieve success in sports generally. “So I am excited to lead these greater tomorrow athletes to the Gaborone 2014 African Youth Games and I am confident of a good outing for Nigeria. “We need to start building our sports from the youth level and this kind of tournament will allow us to assess these athletes better. With hard work and exposure to other competitions I am sure we will get some athletes that will do us proud in the nearest future. “Don’t be surprised if some of them qualify later for 2016 Olympic Games because this is our target. “The athletes have prepared well for this competition and based on what we have seen so far from the various camps (of the 16 sports) I believe with the right condition and motivation from our side and also God’s backing we should come back with smiles on our faces after the Botswana Games”, Elegbeleye assured. Athletes


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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. WG.CDR.EMMANUEL ASONGA AKATUE (RTD) -RRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 2. ALMEIDA FORTES DE FIGUEIREDO SOARES RUI ALEXANDRE –EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR 3. ABDOULIE EBRIMA – DIRECTOR GENERAL 4. MAMPHEY VICTOR KWAKYE – DIRECTOR GENERAL 5. MR. DIANTE KEITA - DIRECTOR GENERAL 6. WILLIAMS RICHELIEU ARCHIBALD – DIRECTOR GENERAL 7. ENG.BENEDICT ADEYILEKA – AG.DIRECTOR GENERAL 8. KAMARA ABU BAKARR - DIRECTOR GENERAL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.SUPPOT MEMBER STATES TO STRENGTHEN THEIR INTERNATIONAL FRAMEWORKS IN AVIATION SAFETY AND TO ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HARMNIZED REGULATORY REGIME FOR THE MEMBER STATES. 2. PROVIDE THE MEMBER STATES A FOCAL POINT THAT DEALS WITH ISSUES RELATING TO CERTIFICATION AND SURVEILLANCE WITH A VIEW TO HARMONIZE AND STANDARDIZE ALL RELATED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRARGENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: MARY TUFANO ECHE SECRETARY 08086662134

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED BODY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PROF.EZEKIEL UBA NWOSE 2. DR.INNOCENT ONYIA 3. DR.ECHINEI OSHIONWU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.TO PURSUE EXECELLENCE IN BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH. 2.IMPACTING ON IMPROVEMENT OF HEALTHCARE COMMUNITIES. 3.CAPACITY IN CLINICAL CONTRACTUAL RESEARCH.

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THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.REV.DR.SILAS SUCCESS AUGUSTINE OKWUDILICHUKWU 2.MR AJAH CHRISTOPHER OGBONNAYA 3.PST.MRS PEACE AMAKA OKWUDILICHUKWU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE FARMING AMONG NIGERIANS. 2. TO USE FARMING AS A VEHICLE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. KAYODE LAWANI 08095336644

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. REV CHRISTOPHER EHINON.CHAIRMAN. 2. PASTOR MRS RITA EHINON SEC . 3. MR EMMANUEL EZOMON AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS ROUND THE WORLD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR SOLOMON AKHIGBE. 08037257296

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANY AND ALLIED MATTERS ACTS 1990. TRUSTEES 1. LADY EVANGELIST. DUPE O. BADMUS. GENERAL OVERSEER 2. DEACONESS RONKE ESTHER ADESANWO. SECRETARY 3. AHMED SEGUN DAVID BADMUS. MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO BRING THE GOOD NEWS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THE WORLD BY PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL FOR SALVATION OF SOULS. 2. TO RAISE A PEOPLE THAT WILL CARRY THE BANNER OF THE GOSPEL TO THEIR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE, AND TO THE FOUR CORNERS OF THE WORLD. 3. TO RAISE A PEOPLE THAT WILL LIVE BY THE STANDARD OF THE WORD OF GOD. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, P.M.B 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED BODY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANY AND ALLIED MATTERS ACTS 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. NWOBODO SUNDAY LAZARUS - PRESIDENT 2. IKE KINGSLEY - VICE PRESIDENT 3.OHANEBO KINGSLEY - SECRETARY 4. EDET DANIEL CHIZOBAR - FIN SECRETARY 5. NWACHUKWU KENNETH OYEKACHI - TREASURER 6. AGBASIERE UGOCHUKWU MAGNUS- PRO 7. AMADI KINGSLEY UCHENNA- MEMER 8. MONULU DANIEL REGINALD -ASSISTANT SECRETARY AIM AND OBJECTIVES: TO PROMOTE LOVE,PEACE AND UNITY AMONGST MEMBER AND ENSURE A CORDIAL CO-EXISTENCE. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, P.M.B 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BOLANLE AKANDE SOLICITOR 08023876122


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FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC BAUCHI P M B 0231 BAUCHI, OFFICE OF THE REGISTRARER

INVITATION FOPR SUBMISSION OF PRE-QUALIFICATION AND TENDER BIDS FOR YEAR 2013 TETFUND SPECIAL INTERVENTION PROJECTS

INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES ON TETFUND NORMAL AND SPECIAL INTERVENTION PROJECTS

1.0 Introduction Interested, competent, reputable and qualified contractors are invited to submit pre-qualification and tender bids for the following 2013 TEDTFUND special intervention projects: LOTS A- Construction of office Block for School of Business studies LOTS B- Construction of Office Block for School General Studies LOTS C- Supply and installation of 500KVA sound proof Generating set LOTS D – Supply of 500L Mercedes Benz Water Tanker LOTS E- Procurement of office Equipment and furniture 2:0 Pre-qualification Requirements Contractors are to submit these documents arranged and page numbers in the order A; Evidence of incorporation /registration with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) B, Company Tax Certificate for year 2011, 2012, and 2013 C, Evidence of registration with National Pension Commission PENCOM and remittance of employee’s contribution D, Evidence of Registration with ITF and evidence of remittance E, Evidence of Registration with relevant statutory regulating body ARCON, QSRBN, COREN etc F, Detailed Company profile indicating full location address and contact numbers Curriculum Vitae of key staff with academic and professional certificates ,list of relevant equipment ,list of verifiable and completed executed /on-going projects within the last five years with evidence and a written attestation to the availability of listed staff and equipment to execute the work in that order G, VAT registration and evidence of remittance H, Company Audited Account for year 2011, 2012, and 2013 I, Evidence of Financial capability and letter of reference from reputable Bank J, Sworn affidavit that none of the Directors of the firm has been convicted in any country for any criminal offences relating to fraud or financial impropriety K, sworn Affidavit on whether any officer of the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi is a former or present Director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the Company L, Evidence of Community Social Responsibility if available 3.0 Tender Documents Tender Documents can be collected at Room 25, Central Administration Building after paying for a tender processing fee for the respective lot at the Bursary departments as follows LOTS A&B –N50, 000,00 each , LOTS C&D –20,000,00, Lot E 15,000,00 4.0 Submission and opening of documents Pre-qualification and tender documents in separates wax sealed envelope with the respective lot number and title boldly written at the top right corner should be addressed and submitted to the Registrar, Federal Polytechnic Bauchi , Bauchi at the Central Administration Building not later 12 noon 30th June 2014

The Federal Polytechnic Bauchi wishes to engage the services of consultants in the following fields for its TETFUND normal and special (Tender Analysis and Supervision only) interventions Projects; Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Structural Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Geo-Technical Engineering and Surveying Interested, competent, consulting firms with relevant cognate experience are hereby invited to express interest by submitting pre-qualification documents arranged and numbered in this order; A; Evidence of incorporation /registration with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) B, Company Tax Certificate for year 2011, 2012, and 2013 C, Evidence of registration with National Pension Commission PENCOM and remittance of employee’s contribution D, Evidence of Registration with ITF and evidence of remittance E , Evidence of Registration with relevant statutory regulating body ARCON, QSRBN, COREN etc F, Detailed Company profile indicating full location address and contact numbers Curriculum Vitae of key staff with academic and professional certificates ,list of relevant equipment ,list of verifiable and completed executed /on-going projects within the last five years with evidence and a written attestation to the availability of listed staff and equipment to execute the work in that order G, VAT registration and evidence of remittance H, Company Audited Account for year 2011, 2012, and 2013 I , Evidence of Financial capability and letter of reference from reputable Bank J , Sworn affidavit that none of the Directors of the firm has been convicted in any country for any criminal offences relating to fraud or financial impropriety K, sworn Affidavit on whether any officer of the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi is a former or present Director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the Company L , Evidence of Community Social Responsibility if available Submission and opening of documents Pre-qualification documents in wax sealed envelope with the respective service written at the top right corner should be addressed and submitted to the Registrar, Federal Polytechnic Bauchi ,Bauchi at 25, the Central Administration Building not later 12 noon 30th June 2014

Pre-Qualification Documents will be opened on 30th June 2014 at 12; 15 at the council chamber of the Polytechnic ,Tender bids of prequalified contractors would be opened later after serving a written notice, All interested contractors and other stakeholders are invited to attend 5.0 Important Information A, The submission of documents should not be construed as commitment by the institution nor it entitle any contractor or his agent to make any claims whatsoever or seek any indemnity B, All submitted document could be subjected to physical verification and original documents may be require for sighting

Pre-Qualification bids will be opened on 30th June 2014 at the council chamber of the institution at 12; 15, All interested consultants and other stakeholders are invited to attend the opening PLEASE NOTE A , The submission of pre-qualification documents should not be construed as commitment by the institution nor shall it entitle any consultant r or his agent to make any claims whatsoever or seek any indemnity B, All submitted relevant information may be subjected to physical verification and original documents may be require for sighting Haj,Rakiya B Arabi Mrs. Registrar and Secretary to the Council

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I FORMALLY NOW AS MISS ROSE AZIGA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. ROSE DENNIS BAWA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. FEDERAL STAFF HOSPITAL, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADRESSED AS MISS. OKORO, JOY ONYINYECHI, NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADRESSED AS MRS. OCHIGBO, JOY ONYINYECHI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENT REMAIN VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL FEDERAL HOUSING AUTHORITY ALLOCATION LETTER FOR HOUSE NO1, 1(N) 53 ROAD AT LUGBE ESTATE ABUJA ISSUED TO MALLAM U. A. HASSAN. WITH FILE NO. FHA/LEM/FCT/LUG/ NHP/3BB DATED 20TH JUNE 2008. ALL EFFORTS MADE TO TRACE THE MISSING DOCUMENT PROVE ABORTIVE, IF FOUND PLEASE CONTACT THE NEAREST POLICE STATION, GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF MY LOSS OF ORIGINAL RECEIPT OF PAYMENT ISSUED TO MY LATE HUSBAND PROF. A . T GANA BY THE FEDERAL HOUSING AUTHORITY IN 1995 FOR 600,000.00 AND 2002 FOR 214,000.00 RESPECTFULLY. ALL EFFORTS MADE TO TRACE THE SAID MISSING DOCUMENTS PROVED ABORTIVE. IF FOUND, PLEASE RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION.

I FRMERLY KNOWN AS OGENYI PATRICIA ORI, (MISS) NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. ATTAH PATRICIA ORI, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BENUE STATE POLYTHENIC, AUTHORITY CONCERN AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

LOSS OF DOCUMENT THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT HON. MOHAMMED MAINAGGE OF NO.9 BUNUNU CLOSE BABANGIDA ROAD, FADAMAN MADA MOHAMMED MAINAGGE RESIDENCE BAUCHI WAS A VICTIM OF FIRE INCIDENCE ON 20TH JANUARY, 2012. IN THE PROCESS THE VICTIM LOSS MOST OF HIS PROPERTIES AND VALUABLE ITEMS WHICH INCLUDES THE FOLLOWINGS. ALL HIS CREDENTIALS, CERTIFICATE OF HOUSE, 11 ROOMS, ATM CARDS, NATIONAL ID CARD, ELECTRONICS, FURNITURE, VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS, CLOTHS, BED AND BEDDING’S, FAMILY SUIT BOXES (27) OTHER VALUABLES INCLUDE , CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY (C OF O) WITH FILE AND BATCH NO. BA3165 AND BA5749 BELONGING TO THE ABOVE NAME AND ADDRESSED ALL DESTROYED BY THE FIRE INCIDENT. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

CHANGE OF NAME I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS KABIR IBRAHIM NOW WISH TO BE ADDRESSED AS KABIR IBRAHIM IBRAHIM. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED BODY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANY AND ALLIED MATTERS ACTS 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990.

DORIAN HOME FOR DISPLACED CHILDREN AND MOTHERS INITIATIVE

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. TINUADE ADUNI LADOJA, 2. OMOTAYO OLUWASEGUN AGBAJE, 3. TITILAYO PRECIOUS EGWUMBA, 4. BOLATITO BEZ-IDAKULA.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: • PASTOR JAMES ADEMUYIWA • PASTOR OLUFUNMILAYO ADEMUYIWA • PASTOR ACHIEVER JUBILEE

AIMS AND OBJECTIVE TO HELP THE LESS PRIVILEDGE. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, P.M.B 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

AIMS AND OBJECTIVE • TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO ALL NATIONS OF THE WORLD ANY OBJECTION(S) TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

AUCTION! AUCTION!! AUCTION!!!

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THERE WILL BE AN AUCTION SALES OF UNSERVICEABLE VEHICLE AND STORE ITEM AT NIGERIA PRISON SERVICES IN THE FOLLOWING STATE (1) ABUJA NHQ (2) PORT/ COURT (3) AWKA PRISON (4) NSUKKA PRISON (5) UMUAHIA ABIA STATE (6) ONITSHA. THE SALES WILL TAKE PLACE FROM MONDAY 26 MAY 2014. FOR ANY EQUIRY PLEASE CONTACT THE AUCTIONEER ELDER G.C. EKWUEME OF COEZEK NIG. LTD APO MECH. VILLEGE ON 08035882710

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THERE WILL BE AN AUCTION SALES OF UNSERVICEABLE VEHICLES AND STORE ITEMS AT THE FOLLOWING NIGERIA PRISON SERVICES OFFICE (1) LAGOS STATE (2) BAUCHI STATE (3) PLATEAU STATE (4) NASARAWA STATE (5)EDO STATE. THIS SALES WILL TAKE PLACE ON MONDAY 26/05/2014. FOR ANY EQUIRY PLEASE CONTACT THE AUCTIONEER. AGWON INTERCITY ENGINEERS. TEL: 08036145336

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: • BAYODE OLADOTUN JOSEPH • PRINCE AHMED ABE OSAGIE • ROLAND UWAGUE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: • TO PROVIDE A HOME FOR DISPLACED CHILDREN AND MOTHERS DURING COMMUNAL CONFLICTS AND WARS • TO PROVIDE PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW • TO BE PRESENT IN THE POOR COMMUNITIES ALONG THE PENINSULAR IN FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE AND NIGERIA WHERE CHILDHOOD PROBLEMS SUCH AS ABUSE, MALTREATMENT, MALNUTRITION, NEGLECT AND PROSTITUTION ARE IMMINENT. • TO DEVELOP A SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OF CHILD TRAUMA, POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) AND RESILIENCE MECHANISM 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: SECRETARY

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hree hundred million cells die in the human body every minute. • Like fingerprints, every individual has an unique tongue print that can be used for identification. • A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it is been decapitated. • It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown. • Humans can make do longer without food than sleep. Provided there is water, the average human could survive a month to two months without food depending on their body fat and other factors. Sleep deprived people, however, start experiencing radical personality and psychological changes after only a few sleepless days. The longest recorded time anyone has ever gone without sleep is 11 days, at the end of which the experimenter was awake, but stumbled over words, hallucinated and frequently forgot what he was doing. • The most common blood type in the world is Type O.The rarest blood type, A-H or Bombay blood, due to the location of its discovery, has been found in less than hundred people since it was discovered • Every human spent about half an hour after being conceived, as a single cell. Shortly afterward, the cells begin rapidly dividing and begin forming the components of a tiny embryo. • Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer

than left-handed people do. This is largely due to the fact that a majority of the machines and tools we use on a daily basis are designed for those who are right handed, making them somewhat dangerous for lefties to use and resulting in

thousands of accidents and deaths each year. • Your ears secrete more earwax when you are afraid than when you aren’t. • Koalas and primates are the only animals with unique fingerprints. • Humans are the only animals to produce emotional tears. • The human heart creates enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet in the air.

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25 days to World Cup: Protests, strikes rock Brazil

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razil faced a test of its security preparations for the World Cup as demonstrators aghast at the cost of the event joined protests and strikes in several major cities. Ongoing work stoppages by police and teachers and the threat of a nationwide strike by federal police also raised fears of chaos with just four weeks to go before the Cup kicks off. A total of 10,000 people took to the streets in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Manaus, Porto Alegre, Rio and Sao Paulo, according to police. In business hub Sao Paulo, about 5,000 members of the Homeless Workers´ Movement (MTST) set fire to car tires and marched to the Corinthians Arena, which will host the opening match between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. Protesters also surrounded buses full of passengers and smashed the glass of vehicles at a car dealership that is an official FIFA sponsor. Police used teargas against the masked demonstrators, dispersing the march into small groups. At least 20 protesters were arrested in Sao Paulo, according to police. Local media said at least two photographers suffered minor injuries. In both Rio and the capital Brasilia, police used pepper spray to disperse small groups as the major protests winded down. In the northeastern city of Recife, youths earlier took advantage of a partial strike by military police to loot stores and go on the rampage. A total of 170 people were arrested there over two days. After blocking off several streets, Sao Paulo protesters held a rally about 300 metres (yards) from the stadium as they slammed a “World Cup without the people”. Former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, at the forefront of efforts to win the country´s hosting rights seven years ago, criticized the “virulent” protests.

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n the last couple of weeks, our country has attracted the world’s attention for the wrong reasons. The dreadful and appalling crime of up to 300 school girls’ abduction has shocked the world’s conscience. News of efforts to rescue the girls rather overshadowed the World Economic Forum Africa, whose theme was: Forging inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs. The backcloth of the Forum itself was the statistical exercise that rebased our economy. The result of the exercise made us the largest economy in Africa and placed us among the top 25 in the world. But those numbers are at variance with the lived experience of our citizens. Across the length and breadth of this country and in our cities, poverty is so visible, so general and so extreme. Those numbers have no meaning to the well being of the vast majority of our society. The theme of the conference was also at variance with existing policy priorities. The rebased numbers were weighed in favour of the service sector, particularly the banking sector which contributed about 70% of the growth.For the rebased economy to affect lives of our citizens in a positive way and for the theme of the conference to have any meaning, we must take a serious look at our economic policy priorities and rebalance our policies in favour of agriculture and manufacturing to take people out of poverty and make them consumers for the expansion of the productive private sector and manufacturing. In addition, create jobs for millions of young unemployed and opportunities for the millions entering the job market every year. Everywhere you go there is display of foreign goods. We are turning ourselves into hawkers of other peoples’ manufactured goods. It makes no sense to maintain policies which close our factories but help

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Monday Column Muhammadu Buhari

General Buhari keep foreign factories open!The way out of poverty is to put people to work. Workers should earn reasonable wages for their labourand farmers reasonable prices for their produce. The government should have a second look at agricultural support. Current efforts on large scale farming are laudable, but it is the small scale farmer across the country who needs support to improve his yield and get out of poverty. The federal and state governments should, in addition to current efforts, concentrate on provision of small-scale credits, inputs (pesticides, fertilizers), extension services and revival of local cooperatives. That way the small farmer will be empowered to produce more and enhance his income. Industries are in a bad shape. It is a national calamity. Government should look at quick

remedial and relief measures. First, help industries with their fuel and power costs. In recent months two countries whose industries are more established than Nigeria’s (India and U.K.) received massive government grants to cover their energy costs. And for the manufacturing sector to thrive in Nigeria the government needs to extend and widen the CBN intervention initiative with much lower interest rates and longer periods of repayment. In this way, we will be on course to develop an economy that is inclusive, a society that is prosperous and at peace with itself, guaranteeing not only prosperity and peace to West Africa but also to Africa as a whole, currently home to the world’s poverty, conflict and insecurity. Nigeria is the buffer and shock-absorber to the West African sub-region. Our current difficulties notwithstanding, the conference, a private sector initiative was a welcome move to partner with our private and public sectors to compliment our efforts in line with our developmental policy priorities, especially in long term infrastructure while the state concentrates in decisive intervention in health, education and facilitation of pro-poor and support for industry. We must have a sensible balance between the private and public sectors without ideological preference to either. To attract beneficial long term foreign investors, as opposed to predators, we must dramatically improve on our governance. Our processes must be transparent,

Industries are in a bad shape. It is a national calamity. Government should look at quick remedial and relief measures. First, help industries with their fuel and power costs. In recent months two countries whose industries are more established than Nigeria’s (India and U.K.) received massive government grants to cover their energy costs.

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our legal system must be professional and law enforcement agencies also professional. Above all, eliminate corruption which is the greatest danger that stands in the way of our progress and peace. Needless to point out that the best thought-out economic plans and policies can have no effect if the security situation is dire. No one will bring his investment when bombs are exploding and schoolgirls are kidnapped! The security situation the country is facing requires a holistic approach: security agencies of the (federal) government need closer cooperation with civilian security infrastructure which is in place but seldom considered as a part of the security effort. The local government structure from ward to district to state level is an excellent starting point for an over-all new security initiative. State-wide effort should be carefully coordinated with federal authorities. It should be a bottom-to-top operation. The bickering between Abuja and the states should cease if we are serious in wanting to win the war and end the conflict. All monies voted must demonstrably be seen to be spent on security. The country should also come together with unequivocal support to the government and security agencies in this fight against mindless violence and mad-cap ideologies. The country should have one narrative about Boko Haram. It is an abhorrent, anti-Islam, anti-religion, antihuman sect. Accordingly, under the auspices of the federal government, prominent representatives of Islamic, Christian, traditional rulers, political leaders, labour leaders, women leaders and the youth should in one and the same forum come together and issue a declaration to demonstrate to the world that public opinion in Nigeria is at one in dealing with the wicked cancer of Boko Haram which is threatening the country’s peace. We should not allow politics, ethnicity and religion to disorganize the country. The internationalization of this rescue effort is welcome to Nigerians. The command and control should, however, be led by Nigerians and foreign forces should respect the country’s sovereignty and be wary of local sensitivities. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, a former Head of State, is chieftain of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

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