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President Muhammadu Buhari, The New Niger President H.E Mohamed Bazoum, Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni and Kebbi State governor, Senator Atiku Bagudu during the Visit at the State house Abuja. 2021

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Buhari to Bazoum: We’ll do everything to secure Nigeria, Niger By Egena Sunday Ode

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n assurance went out Monday from President Muhammadu Buhari to the newly inaugurated President of Republic of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, who was in Nigeria on his first international visit: “We will stabilize our region for the benefit of the two countries.” President Buhari said Nigerians and Nigeriens are people with similar culture, language and ways of life, “and

we also share about 1,500 kilometres of land border, so we cannot ignore each other.” Buhari congratulated Bazoum on winning the recent presidential election, and his successful inauguration into office, a statement by the Spacial Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said. “You have been in the system for a long time. The only thing is that you had never been President. Now you are one,”

the host President said, assuring that Nigeria would assist its close neighbour in diverse ways as required. On terrorism, as perpetrated by Boko Haram, President Buhari observed that Republic of Niger also suffers high casualties, vowing; “We will do all it takes to secure our two countries.” President Buhari was thankful to the immediate past President, Mahamadou Issoufou, for what he calls “his understanding and sacrifices” to help stabilize the

region, urging the successor to maintain the institutions his predecessor had established. President Bazoum said he was delighted to make Nigeria his first port of call, noting that the two countries have common interests, “and, therefore, a good relationship is very important. ”On security, he observed that the fact that some Nigerians flee to Niger during terrorist attacks “shows that we need to cooperate, and we will face our challenges together.”

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Ag News Editor, Tobias Lengnam News 350 million illegal weapons circulating Nigerian economy: in Nigeria - Senate Time for By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

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he Senate has said that about three hundred and fifty million illegal weapons are currently in circulation in Nigeria, just as about 150 million other illicit weapons are circulating in other countries in the West African subregion. Kaduna Central Senator, Uba Sani, said this yesterday during a public hearing organised by the Senate committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Navy and Marine Transport on Firearms Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2021 and Exclusive Economic Zones Act 2010 (Repeal and Re Enactment ) Bill 2021. He said that Nigeria is under serious security siege by murderous non-state actors, whose activities it said are threatening the corporate existence of the country. While making reference to the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), Sani said also that this represents 70 per cent for Nigeria and 30 per cent for other countries

in the West African subregion, where these weapons are used for nefarious activities by criminally minded people. While pointing out the needs for the country to urgently address the worrisome situation, Uba Sani who is the sponsor of the Firearms Act 2004 (Amendment) Bill 202, lamented that proliferation of illegal arms and ammunition in the country with little or no control by relevant authorities has profound implications for collective survival of Nigerians and Nigeria. He said “We are gathered here to deal with a matter that has profound implications for our collective survival. “We are under siege from murderous non - state actors. They have been acquiring arms illegally, maiming our people and threatening the continued existence of our dear Nation. “We either take measures to deny them of the oxygen that sustains their nefarious activities , or we watch helplessly as they overrun us and our country”. The main aim of the proposed amendments to the Firearms

Act, he explained, is to curtail the proliferation of illegal arms and bring the existing law in line with global best practices. He lamented further by stating that “the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC), recently reported that the proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons (SALW) in Nigeria, has reached an alarming proportion. “Analysts estimate that out of the 500 million weapons circulating in West Africa , 350 million, which represents 70% of such weapons, can be found in Nigeria. “A pointer to this effect can be cited with the incidence of January 31st , 2017, when the Nigeria Customs Service confirmed the interception and seizure of 661 Pump Action Riffles imported from China into our country. “More recently in Benue State, a local militia had the temerity to kill an Army Captain and 11 Soldiers not to talk of reign of terror in Owerri, Imo State by Gunmen who launched coordinated attacks on the Police headquarters and Correctional Centre.

“Something must be done urgently to curtail arms proliferation, the very reason for the proposed amendment bill on the existing Firearms Act”, he said. He listed the five major objectives of the amendment bill to include imposition of stiffer penalties for offences under the Act. One of such penalties is the one under section 27 (sub section 1c), which proposed increase of fine from N1,000 to N1million. But representative of Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Oladayo Amao, in his submission, objected the N1million proposed fine on illegal possession of firearms by arguing for its increase to N2million. Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman of the joint Committee, Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele (APC Ekiti Central), said the purpose of the two bills were to further strengthen the extant laws against illegal firearms possession and proliferation, as well as make provisions for the Act on Exclusive Economic Zone to be in line with global practices as far as protection of the nation’s territorial sea or waters are concerned.

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L-R: Representative of Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Mohammed L. Abubakar, Director General,Nigeria Governors ‘Forum,Asishana B.Okauru and Representative of the World Bank Country Director, Mr. Rajul Awasth, during the Technology and Tax Event being organised by the NGF, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Fire guts FOMWAN Model School in Kaduna From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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ate evening fire outbreak has reportedly destroyed four classroom blocks, a staffroom and toilet at the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) Models School U/ Sariki in kaduna North Local Goverment Area. The Public Relations Officer of the Association, Hajiya

Fatima Aliyu stated this while speaking to our correspondent in kaduna. According to her, the cause of the fire incident which started in the evening yesterday was not yet known, but some neighbours attributed it to an electrical fault. She, however, expressed gratitude to Allah SWA that no fatal casualty was recorded during the fire out break.

It was gathered that the night guards on duty at the school and other neighbors alerted people close by following the outbreak who helped to put out the fire. In her remarks, State Amirah of FOMWAN Pharmacist Aisha Isyaku Tukur, said she was told that the fire started in the evening when all Staff and students were at home. Pharm Aisha Isyaku

Tukur called on well meaning Muslims to come to the rescue of the school especially since this accident is happening in the holy month of Ramadan. According to the State Fire Service, which was informed of the inferno by a neighbour in the area through phone call, the agency said that the inferno was suspected to have been as a result of electric sparks from the burnt building.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state on a power bike, during the launching of 25 power bike for the officers of Kano Road and Traffic Agency (KAROTA), Standing with him is the Managing Director of KAROTA, Hon. Baffa Babba Dan’agundi (left), at the weekend in Kano.

Igbo president Amaechi By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he President, Ohaneze Nd’Igbo in the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Augustine Amaechi, has said that Nigerian’s dwindling economy has over time demanded the input of a president from the South east. He stated this at the reception organised for the newly elected President General Ohaneze Nd’Igbo Worldwide, Prof George Obiozor in Abuja yesterday . He said apart from restructuring, we have been calling for a Nigerian president from the south east. His words: “We have been successful in our business and we will be we successful in governance of this country too”. “Others have tried their best but we believe that,we have all it takes to transform this country, just like Dubai and other developed countries of the world,Because of the wonders Nd’Igbo are doing in Aba, they are being referred to as the Japan of Africa”. Amaechi pointed out that “When we are united in Nigeria, we will all contribute to its development. Speaking on the crises in Ohaneze in the north, especially in Abuja the FCT, Barr Amaechi said that they have not only ordered that the case be withdrawn from court, but also set up a committee that would settle the matter. He also appreciated the five south east governors, well meaning Nd’Igbo, private business owner for their contributions and support to the south east . Also speaking on the Igbo presidency, Prof Obiozor called for equity and justice to producing presidents in Nigeria. Obiozor therefore said that the beginning of putting equity and justice into practice will start from producing president from the south eastern part of the country.

Tanker Explosion: Buhari condoles with Benue people By Egena Sunday Ode

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolences to the government band people of Benue State over the unfortunate tanker fire that raised down a whole community in Benue South district on Sunday.

The President I’m a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba. Shehu, said he was worried by the frequency of such incidents across the country. The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with the government and people of Benue State over the tanker ex-

plosion that left several people dead in Agatu Local Government Area of the State. “Commiserating with families of the victims, the President said: ‘’I am worried by the frequency of these tanker explosion incidents on public roads or residential areas. Our road traffic authorities

and transportation ministries should urgently address this.’’ “Noting that public safety should not be compromised under any circumstances, the President calls for strict adherence to safety standards and procedures; and these rules should be enforced without fear or favour.”

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad in the wake of the ethnic clashes in the South Eastern Region of Salamat that claimed several lives. "I am shocked and saddened by the incident

that shattered decades of relative peace and stability in Chad," President Buhari said, adding that "ethnic and tribal clashes is a threat to African unity and stability and Nigeria joins the rest of Africa to deplore the latest eruption of violence in Chad." Underscoring the need for African leaders and

people to manage their diversity with tolerance and understanding, the President notes that "a threat to stability in one part of Africa is a threat to the rest of us." According to President Buhari "given Africa's economic and social challenges, we cannot afford mutual destruction that makes our challenges more

complicated." Meanwhile, President Buhari also commiserateed with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the government and people of Egypt over the train accident in Northern Cairo that killed dozens of people and injured 98 others.


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hree staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday died in a fatal road accident involving a number of its staff serving in Borno State. Five others sustained injuries

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INEC loses 3 staff to auto crash in the accident. The accident occurred while the INEC staff were travelling from some Local Government Areas to Maiduguri for a special training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points into Polling Units. A statement yesterday by the INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye gave the names of the three dead staff as; Adamu Mohammed (EO, Biu LGA), Abubakar Hamma Joda and Suleiman Umar (AEOs, Damboa LGA) The deceased staff, who were indigenes of Adamawa State, were buried yesterday, Monday

19th April 2021, in Yola. The Commission, which prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead staff, extended its condolence to their families and wished the injured staff speedy recovery. The statement by Okoye reads, “On Sunday 18th April 2021, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for the State, Mohammed Magaji Ibrahim informed the Commission that an Electoral Officer (EO) and some Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) travelling from some Local Government Areas to Maiduguri for a special training ahead of the conversion of Voting Points into Polling Units were involved in the accident.

“Unfortunately, three staff: Adamu Mohammed (EO, Biu LGA), Abubakar Hamma Joda and Suleiman Umar (AEOs, Damboa LGA) lost their lives while five others sustained injuries. “The deceased staff, who were indigenes of Adamawa State, will be buried today, Monday 19th April 2021, in Yola. “The Supervising National Commissioner for Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States, AVM Ahmed Tijjani Mu’azu (rtd), will represent the Commission at their funeral while the injured staff members are receiving treatment in a Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri. “It will be recalled that last week, the Commission

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o share blessings of Ramadan while promoting harmony and mutual understanding between neighbouring countries, Nigeria and Republic of Niger, President Muhammadu Buhari hosted his counterpart, Mohamed Bazoum, to an Iftar dinner at the State House, Monday evening. This was contained in a statement on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu. The visiting President and his delegation arrived at 6.45pm, and he was received by President Buhari at the State House Mosque, where they prayed together before proceeding to the Banquet Hall. President Buhari met with the Nigerien leader, who was on his first international trip after inauguration on April 2, 2021, earlier in the day in his office, and they discussed issues of mutual interest, security and economy. Some top officials of the Nigerian government at the dinner included Geoffery Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Maj. Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd), Minister of Defense and Timipre Silver, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources. Others were National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Munguno (Rtd), Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa. On the entourage of President Bazoum were Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hassoumi Massasou, Deputy Chief of Staff, Djibo Daouda and Nigerien Ambassador to Nigeria, Alat Migaskia.

commenced nationwide trainthe-trainers workshop in Abuja involving Heads of Operations Departments drawn from all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “The training is to be cascaded to State level nationwide ahead of the fieldwork for the physical conversion of the VPs to PUs. “The aim` is to conclude the exercise ahead of the resumption of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) on 28th June 2021. The three staff died in the course of national assignment. “While praying for the repose of their souls, the Commission extends its condolence to their families and wishes the injured staff speedy recovery”, it said.

From L: Chairman, House Committee On Foreign Affairs, Rep. Yusuf Yakub; Speaker, House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila; Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sen. Muhammed Bulkachuwa and Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama during the opening of a 3-day Conference on the Review of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy at the NIA headquarters, yesterday in Abuja.

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tate governors said Monday that they had been quiet on the allegations by the Edo State governor , Godwin Obaseki’s that the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN) had printed N60 billion in March to support federal allocation to states, because the issue in question did not require their comments. The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed had last week denied the allegations while the CBN governor , Godwin Emefiele had described the claims as unfortunate and totally inappropriate”. Fielding questions from newsmen at the State House, Abuja, Ekiti State governor and chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum ( NGF) , Kayode Fayemi said point blank that the issue did not require a statement from them. His words: “It’s because for us, this is not an issue that

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requires a statement from the governors. The Honourable Minister of Finance has dealt with it and the issue is out there for you to deal with. On the lingering legislative and judicial autonomy , he insisted that all the principal actors are on the same page saying the implementation may kick off in May. According to him “But for us we’re here for legislative and judicial autonomy and the governors, the speakers and the judge are on the same page, as far as this issue is concerned. “We just emerged from a meeting with the SolicitorGeneral of the Federation, the representatives of the judiciary, the representatives of the Conference of Speakers, and House of Representatives and we are on all fours. An agreement has been reached. “First, the issue is about implementation. There has been

no objection from governors on judicial and legislative autonomies, as a matter of fact, it would not have passed if governors were not in support in the first instance, in the state Assemblies. “So that issue has been fully and holistically addressed, but we don’t just want to agree to something on paper without working out the modalities for implementation. Thankfully, the meeting we have just emerged from, with the Chief of Staff to the President chairing, has worked out the modalities to the satisfaction of all parties. On when Nigerians should expect the implementation, he said “As soon as the final document that is being cleaned up emerges, that is preparatory to implementation. “We’re not going to put a timeframe in the air, but it will be implemented as soon as possible, definitely no later than the end of

May 2021. He also appealed to judicial workers to call off their strike in the interest of the nation. “In the interest of the nation, we believe that the striking workers should return to their offices because as far as this has gone, we have met with all the parties concerned, the President, through the Chief of Staff, has also been seized of this matter and has been monitoring what has been happening . “I think we’re basically at a position where whether you speak to the Conference of Speakers’ chairperson or you speak to me or you speak to the representative of the judiciary or you speak to the SolicitorGeneral of the Federation, you will hear that we’re speaking with one voice on the implementation and no later than May, you will start seeing the implementation of the agreement that we’ve reached,” he added.

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Konshisha: Nigeria’s foreign policy should seek to Benue engage other nations -Gbajabiamila Security T Council recovers 8 AK47 guns By Christiana Ekpa

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he Benue State Government Security Council has recovered eight AK 47 guns stolen from Soldiers by militia in Konshisha Local Government of the State and handed them to the military. Recall that 11 officers and a captain on routine patrol were recently ambushed by Bonta Tiv gang and brutally murdered and had their bodies burnt beyond recognition. The soldiers were buried last week at the Military Cemetery in Makurdi amid tears. Governor Samuel Ortom had during the burial promised to ensure quick recovery of the stolen arms. He disclosed to newsmen after an expanded security council meeting held at Government House, Makurdi yesterday that out of the 12 AK47 that were taken by the bandits, 8 have been recovered including a machine gun, noting that the military had earlier recovered one. The Governor also, said 4 persons including the Deputy Chairman of Konshisha Sam Karver, a councillor, a kindred head and district head have been handed over to security agencies for further interrogation. He intimated that the Security Council resolved that he should lead a delegation to President Muhammadu Buhari to condole with him over the killing of soldiers. Ortom said he will liaise with his Exexutive council on what would be appropriate to be given to families of the deceased soldiers to assuage their pains. On the humanitarian crisis in the area, he promised government will provide relief to displaced persons.

he Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday declared that Nigeria’s foreign policy in a fast-changing world should seek to engage other nations in finding solutions to new challenges and threats so that collectively, they can address them. He specifically cited climate change, easy flow of capital/ funding of terrorism and the rapid growth of technology as some of the new challenges altering the way the world had functioned in the past. Gbajabiamila, who was speaking in Abuja on Monday at the opening of a three-day Conference on the Review of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy, noted that the country should define the terms of its foreign policy by engaging the rest of the world to address the different manifestations of the challenges. The conference was organised by the House Committees on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora in

conjunction with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “To do this, we must establish the values that underpin and motivate our foreign policy as this is necessary to determine everything else, including how we protect our country from the downside of globalisation while ensuring our people benefit from the opportunities that abound”, the Speaker told the session. For instance, Gbajabiamila said Nigeria today faced threats of insecurity and huge unemployment, which he said it must find solutions to internally, and tailor its foreign policy to address both. Gbajabiamila explained further, “Today in Nigeria, we face two existential threats of insecurity and unemployment that have caused a deep loss of faith amongst our people. “All our governing efforts must be geared towards finding solutions to these problems. Whereas the rest of the government looks inwards, it is the mandate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to look outward. It is not an easy task.”

Pledging the support of the 9th House under his leadership and the entire National Assembly to achieve this, the Speaker recalled how the resort to ‘parliamentary diplomacy’ in recent times by the Legislature helped to douse tensions between Nigeria and some African countries. Gbajabiamila informed the session how the intervention of the House helped in checking the xenophobic attacks in South Africa from becoming a full-blown crisis between Nigeria and its Southern African sister. He also stated that the House intervened in the trade dispute between the authorities in Ghana and Nigerian traders in Accra in 2020, using parliamentary diplomacy to engage the Ghanaian Parliament to address the dispute. “I assure you that the House of Representatives stands ready to be an effective partner in advancing our nation’s foreign policy objectives”, the speaker added. Earlier, the Chairman of the House committee, Rep. Yusuf Yakub, observed that the world has become “highly-dynamic”,

requiring a comprehensive foreign policy response from Nigeria beyond the age-long position of Africa being the centrepiece, a non-aligned nation and practising democracy. He said, “It is about time we had a fully and comprehensively articulated document that addresses what we call the foreign policy of Nigeria. “Though foreign policy in its true nature is dynamic, such a document must encompass as well as engender ideals that will make Nigeria maximise the gains of its relationship with every other part of the outside world, be it Asia, Africa, Europe or the Americas.” The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, in a remark, thanked the speaker and the House for the initiative, which he said tallied with the thinking in the ministry. “This is an excellent and timely initiative by the House of Representatives to review the foreign policy of this country. We thank Mr Speaker and we look forward to the outcome of this conference”, Onyeama added.

Members of Judiciary staff union of Nigeria, during a protest demanding the implementation of financial autonomy at the entrance of Appeal Court, yesterday in Abuja..Photo: Mahmud Isa

Operation Whirl Stroke gets new commander From Uche Makurdi

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new commander for Operation Whirl Stroke has assumed office in Makurdi, Benue State. He is Brigadier-General Clement Apere. He takes over

from Major-General Adeyemi Yekini who had commanded the troop for more than three years. In a valedictory meeting with the media yesterday, Maj. Gen. Yekini acknowledged the great role Journalists played in his successful outing and urged them to extend same to the new

commander. “I enjoyed a good and friendly relationship with the media in Benue State.You have contributed immensely to my success and I hope you will extend same to my successor. Brigadier General Apere promised to build on the good

work of his predecessor , noting that the press is a very important component in any military operation. “It is not military battle alone. The press has s a role to play in this operation. Together we will rid the state of criminal elements”, Gen. Apere said.


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New IGP introduced to Buhari

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he Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, has been formally introduced to President Muhammadu Buhari. He was led to the Presidential villa, Abuja on Monday by the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi to meet the President. Speaking to correspondents after the meeting, the acting

IGP affirmed that the minister brought him to be introduced to president. Baba’s appointment was announced while the president away in the United Kingdom for medical check up. The Acting IGP said he also used the opportunity to thank the president for giving him the opportunity to serve in acting capacity, saying that he would do his best to change the narrative as far as the issue of inter-

nal security is concerned. He said: “As far as internal security is concerned in this country, I’m coming back for a full brief as to how I would go about it,” noting however that he realized the expectations of Nigerians from him. He added: “I have taken over this very crucial time and I am fully aware of the situation in the country, and introducing what I feel will mitigate these security challenges in the

country. And I’ve started implementing them. “And I’m ready to come on board with the president so that we can get all the support that is necessary to go about it.” The new police boss said even though he was trying to utilize what he has, he would be needing more logistic support, manpower and equipment to deal with the current level of insecurity in the country.

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Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya administering oath on the members of the commission of inquiry into the recent violent crisis in Billiri LGA of Gombe state, yesterday.

Edo modern market to create 2000 jobs –Igbo leader By Iguobaro

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ir Luke Albert Ebubedike, leader of Igbo people in Edo State, has said the proposed ultra modern market in Ogbeson Community, Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the State would generate 2000 jobs when completed. The proposed market dubbed, ‘Ultra modern international Monee market’, comprises building materials dealers, electronic dealers and electrical parts dealers associations, cut across all tribes and ethnic groups in Nigeria. Ebubedike who disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists, lauded the State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki for providing technical

support worth over N14 million towards the project. According to him, “The net effects would help to decongest the Benin City, attract development, increase in revenue to the State Government and employment generation for Nigerians. “More than 2000 people would be employed when that project is completed. “When we disclosed our intention to him about the market, he graciously granted us approval in addition to over N14 million waiver”. He assured that the initiative would help to decongest the City centre traffic gridlock and boost the internationally generated revenue of the State. Ebubedike, a Knight of St. Christopher in the Anglican

church, added that the State Government policy has affected the ease of doing business in the State. The Igbo leader who claimed to be the President-General of the three associations, explained that motorcycle operators in Benin metropolis, pulled out of the plan midway when the Government restriction on motorcycles across Oredo, Egor, Ikpoba-Okha and part of Ovia North East Local Government Areas in the State few years ago. “The Government policies have affected us in a great deal. Besides, as a leader, you must manage the divergent interest in Igbo Community. “We also support the Government policies and obey them as they come. “The Governor is tackling

the issue of roads very well. He is constructing roads and working hard to decongest the City Centres. “We have Benin people too that are members of electronic and electrical parts dealers. But the Igbo are in majority. “We are predominantly business people. We also have the Esan people and other tribes there too. He (Obaseki) is helping us to see that the market is built within a year”, he said. He also commended the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II for his love for unflinching support to Ndigbo. “The Benin’s are sound and honest people. They are also accommodative and that is the factor that agglutinate us together as Nigerians.

resident Muhammadu Buhari has rejoiced with Mr Shola Oshunkeye, winner of CNN African Journalist of the Year 2006, as he turns 65 April 20, 2021. This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Monday, The President saluted the professional strides of Oshunkeye, garnered over more than three decades with media houses like Concord Press, where he rose to edit the then best-selling Weekend Concord, Associate Editor at TELL Magazine, editor of The Spectator, a publication of The Sun Publishing Limited, and Managing Director/Editor-inChief of The Sun Ghana. President Buhari rejoiced with the Oshunkeye family, the media fraternity, and all those who celebrate the journalist of repute, who also won the Nigerian Media Merit Award Best Print Journalist laurel in 1996, the statement said. Currently President/Chief Executive Officer of The Crest Publishing and Entertainment Company Limited, the President urges Oshunkeye to continue sharing knowledge and experience with the younger generation of journalists.

SEDI charges Investors to partner for mass production of research items - DG

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irector General of Scientific Equipment Development Institute (SEDI), Professor Mohammed Baba Ndaliman has charged Nigerian investors to partner with the institute so as to enhance mass production of its research items for use by the citizens at affordable rates. He gave the charge at the opening ceremony of 18th Niger National Trade Fair, tagged; Improving Nigerian Economy Through Conducive Business Environment, urging Niger state to take advantage of its proximity for greater involvement with the institute like other states.

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N60bn: Nigeria drifting —S’South PDP From Iguobaro

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he National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), SouthSouth zone, Chief Dan Orbih, has said if drastic measures are not taken, Nigeria’s economy may be worse than Uganda under the iron grip of the late Idi-Amin decades ago. Orbih, raised the red flag in relation to the comments by Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki on alleged printing of N60 billion to augment the monthly allocation to states in March by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele.

Addressing the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr. Ogundoyin Adebo who led some youth on courtesy call on him at his residence in Benin City, Orbih, described the recent outbursts and criticisms against Governor Obaseki as politically motivated. The National Vice Chairman, lamented that the defense by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele on the allegation, exposed the opacity of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch. According to him, “so much without convincing Nigerians about the economics that make the decision to print over N60

billion to meet the statutory allocation. To me, that was a public admission that all is not well with our economy”. Orbih said: “the revelations by the Edo State Governor was a clear attestation that all is not well with the nation’s economy and that if drastic measures are not taken to address the current situation, it might be worse than what happened in Uganda. “I think it is time for us as a country to make it very clear that whoever assumes the office of CBN governor should have his loyalty to the people of our country and not the government. “That is why we must take it seriously this revelations by Godwin Obaseki.

“It is my prayer and hope that very soon the CBN must come out clearly to tell Nigerians that they have what it takes to bailout us out from this predicament”, he added. He revealed that Emefiele’s submission that we are in a very serious financial mess was a loud message even to foreign investors that Nigeria is a-nogo-area as far as investment is concerned. “You can not send that type of message and at the same time you want to bully those who are genuinely concerned about what is happening in our Country today by threatening to ask states that borrowed money to pay up immediately”, he said.

A cross-section of Nigerian army personnel of 82 Division, during the opening ceremony of corporal and below 2021 Inter-Brigade competition in Enugu on Monday (19/4/21). NAN

Alleged killings by suspected herdsmen unsettle Delta community By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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llegations of killings perpetrated by suspected herdsmen in Onicha Olona Community in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State has unsettled its residents who on Monday sought urgent steps to curb the bizarre activities in the area. It was gathered that several farmers had allegedly been killed in their farm lands in the community by the suspected herdsmen who in the last few

months had been on rampage in the community Sources said following the alleged killings, residents including the farmers have boycotted their farm work to stay indoors, a situation that had created tension laced with unexpected hunger in the community, especially with the difficult economic development across the globe. Last Wednesday, two unnamed farmers were allegedly murdered by some rampaging herdsmen who on their alleged

failure to provide them with money were shot dead on the spot The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Edafe Bright, who confirmed the incident said that the police were on the trail of the hoodlums adding that”We are investigating the incident with a view to ensuring that those behind the nefarious activities are brought to arrest in the community” Speaking to our correspondent the traditional ruler of the community, HRM Obi Christopher Diji said” We

are under seige of herdsmen attacks and they have allegedly been killing our farmers and we have abandoned our farm lands. We are now hungry, no food for fear of the unknown. These herdsmen have also allegedly raped our women severally, kidnapped our people as they go with AK-47s riffles and in disguise as cattle rearer .Our Community bush has turned into haven for Criminals. We want the security agents to come to our aid because we are suffering.

CODE sensitises community on tracking constituency projects From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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Group under the auspices of Connected Development (CODE) yesterday began a weeklong sensitisation of community members on tracking constituency projects in Kaduna State. CODE’s Project Assistant, Abubakar Mohammed, said in Kaduna that the sensitisation was under MacArthur Foundationsupported Deepening Citizens’ Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt practices (DeSPAAC) project. He explained during the sensitisation at Local Government Education Authority (LGEA), Unguwan Rimi, Kaduna North Local Government Area of the state, that the objective was to mobilise citizens to track execution of the projects. According to him, the goal is to enlist citizens interest in government spendings with a view to addressing accompanying corrupt practices in the execution of government projects. “We are sensitising community members called “Community Monitoring Teams (CMTs)” on the constituency projects being executed in their area and how the can monitor to ensure that the projects are delivered within specifications. “We are also sensitising them on how to effectively use the project monitoring Mobile App and the Open Government Partnership to access projects information, monitor and provide feedback to the government. “Some of the projects in the education sector are supply of books and other learning materials, construction or renovation of classrooms, construction of boreholes and supply of furniture. “In the health actor, some of the projects include construction of primary health care centres and supply of medical equipment among others,” he said. He said that the CMT would be mobilised to track the constituency projects in 18 communities drawn from six local government areas namely Kaduna North, Igabi, Sabon Gari, Makarfi, Kaura and Zangon kataf. He said that project in LGEA, Unguwan Rimi included supply of exercise books, text books and computers. The Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Christiana Ajibade, confirmed the supply of the items and described them as “crucial” to quality teaching and learning. Also, the School Based Management Committee Chairman in the LGA, Mr Jibril Abdullahi, thanked CODE for mobilising them to pay attention to execution of constituency projects in the area. At LGEA Sabon Gari, Mararaban Jos, Igabi LGA, the Head Teacher, Mr Musa Hamza, said that the constituency projects in the school was the construction of a block of two classrooms and supply of chairs. Hamza said that the school with 5,128 pupils had only 10 classrooms, adding that the school was in dare need of additional classroom to address the current congestion in class.


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FG inaugurates Governing Councils of 5 Varsities Maryam Abeeb

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he Federal Government has inaugurated the governing councils of five federal universities, four of whose councils were dissolved for their inability to discharge their duties in line with the provisions of the law. The affected universities were the University of Lagos, the University of Port Harcourt, the University of Ibadan, and the Maritime University Okerenkoko. The fifth university is the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, which had no council since the expiration of the tenure of the Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi-led Council, three months ago. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu during the

inauguration said that the council chairmen were selected after a considerable assessment of circumstances that led to the dissolution of the four councils and the need to ensure stability, continuity and rebuild confidence in the institutions. Adamu who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono enjoined the Councils to adopt best practices and comply with statutory guidelines in the performance of their supervisory functions. He cautioned the governing councils against conflicts which according to him are capable of undermining the smooth running of the institutions. “The challenges which Governing Councils should tackle in the course of their tenure is the

appointment of Principal Officers. In this regard, Councils should enlist the support of philanthropic organizations and individuals for additional funding of their institutions. Council can also explore other sources of revenue through endowments “The Council must ensure that proper attention and priority is accorded to relevant University Laws and Government Guidelines in the process of such appointments.“ the Minister added. The newly appointed Chairmen are Chief John Odigie Oyegun Chairman Governing Council University of Ibadan, Chief Lanre Tejuosho Chaian University of Lagos Council, Sen. Andrew Uchendu Chairman University of

PortHarcourt, Chief Oscar Udoji, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Dr Elias Eddi Courson Chairman Governing Council of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenko Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Rasheed Abubakar pointed out that the task before the council is enormous and that the challenges of the universities are legendary. ‘’As Council Members, the task before you is enormous and the challenges are legendary. We appeal to you to continue to support our collective efforts towards repositioning our universities to enable our institutions to drive Nigeria’s inevitable transition to a knowledge based economy, ‘’ he noted.

From left: Vice President (Africa), GLOBE International and President of GLOBE Nigeria, Rep. Sam Onuigbo; Deputy Director, Federal Ministry of Justice (FMJ), Mr Patrick Etta; Chief State Counsel, FMJ, Nkiru Melifonwu; Director, FMJ, Ifunanya Nwajagu; and Dr Eugene Itua, Committee’s member, during an inaugural meeting of the Climate Change Review Committee in Abuja on Monday (19/4/21).

NIHOTOUR mourns board member By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR),Nura Kangiwa has mourned the death of Saleh Rabo, National President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) and member Board of Directors of the Hospitality and Tourism Sector Skills Council of Nigeria

(HTSSCN). He said Rabo’s death was a great loss to the Nigerian Travel Tourism and Hospitality industry. Kangiwa in an official statement made available in Abuja and signed by Director Media &Public Relations,Ahmed Sule extolled the virtues of late Rabo Saleh as a committed and hard working professional in the industry. He said his expertise and great

contributions to the industry would be greatly missed. He said Rabo was a pillar in the industry who ensured that quality service delivery was not compromised and did all he could to take the industry to greater heights. He also prayed for the repose of the soul of the late FTAN president and prayed that Almighty Allah grants the family, the Nigerian Travel Tourism community,

friends and associates the courage and fortitude to bear the great loss. The FTAN President died at his Abuja residence in the early hours of friday and was buried according to Islamic rites where prayers were first offered for him at the National Mosque and his body moved to the Gudu Cemetery where it was interned all in Abuja same Friday that he died, 16 April, 2021.

Group lauds Gov. El-Rufai for increasing nutrition budget by N500m Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Civil Society-Scaling Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CSSUNN) has commended Governor. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for approving the increase in nutrition budget line from N188 million to N688 million. The CS-SUNN Coordinator in the state, Ms Jessica Bartholomew, made the commendation in Kaduna yesterday. The Coordinator who was reacting to El-Rufai’s approval for the upward review of the nutrition budget line by N500 million, said the development was an indication of the El-Rufai ledadministration’s responsiveness to the survival, growth and development of children in the state. She said that the additional fund was a kindle of hope for the 18,355 children, representing 1.1 per cent of the estimated 1.8 million under five years suffering from severe acute malnutrition in the state. She said that CS-SUNN, along with other development partners such as UNICEF, Save the Children International as well as Alive and Thrive (Fhi 360), have been advocating for increased funding of the nutrition sector. “I remember we raised concern during the 2021 Draft Budget Public Townhall Meeting that the N188 million budget line provided under the Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP) was inadequate. “We equally observed that beside the N188 million allocated for nutrition interventions, there was no specific budget line for procurement of RUTF. “I was so excited when I heard that Gov. El-Rufai had approved the upward review of the allocation by N500 million. “This is commendable considering the high number of SAM children that may die if adequate RUTF is not provided,” she said. She, however, appealed to the state government for timely release and cash backing of the funds. This, according to her, will ensure effective implementation of nutrition interventions that will not only treat malnourished children but prevent healthy children from becoming malnourished. The Director, Development Aid Coordination, Planning and Budget Commission, Malam Salisu Lawal, had announced the approval during the First Quarter Nutrition Partners Coordination Meeting on Thursday. Lawal had explained that the amount would be used to procure Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) used in the treatment of Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) in children.

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Delta Govt assures of implementing financial autonomy for Judiciary By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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elta State Government has declared that no effort will be spared in the full implementation of financial autonomy of the judiciary. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Mr Peter Mrakpor (SAN) stated this on Monday while addressing members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) who staged a peaceful protest to Government House, Asaba. Mr Mrakpor said that the bill for financial autonomy of the judiciary was passed into law in the state in March 2020, stressing that the state government had put the autonomy request in the first line charge in the Internally Generated Revenue of the state. He assured the protesters that all grey areas for full implementation were on course and urged them to remain peaceful and law abiding in pressing home their demands. Earlier, the Chairman, Forum of Branch Chairmen of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Delta State, Chief Emmanuel Uti commended the efforts of JUSUN in the struggle for financial autonomy for the Judiciary in Nigeria, emphasising that NBA would not shift ground in its support for JUSUN and PASAN in the state. Chief Uti, who is also the NBA Chairman in Warri, noted that members of the forum have observed that the state government had taken the initiative to enact legislation towards ensuring financial autonomy for the state judiciary. According to him, the Delta State Judiciary Fund Management (Financial Autonomy) Law, 2019, had created the enabling environment and established the requisite structures to give effect to judicial autonomy in the state. In their separate speeches, the State Chairman of JUSUN, Comrade Austin Chiejine and the representative of PASAN, Comrade Oghenerhoboke Penn, said that they would not resume for official duties in their respective offices until the financial autonomy was implemented in the state. It would be recalled that JUSUN had on April 6, 2021 shut down all courts in the country, including the Supreme Court of Nigeria, to protest the alleged rejection by governors to conform to the constitutional provisions for financial autonomy of the judiciary.

Zamfara Police debunk alleged killing of 23 persons From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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amfara State Police Command has debunked reports suggesting that about 23 people were killed in vigilanteFulani traders clash in Dansadau Market in Maru LGA of the state. The entire report, according to a statement by the Command’s Spokesman, SP Shehu Mohammed, was not only unfounded and unsubstantiated but misleading and a calculated

attempt to instill fears into the minds of the citizens. It further noted that, the report was capable of crippling the tireless efforts of the state government and security agencies in stabilising the security situation of the state. “To set the records straight of what happened in Dansadau was that, On Friday 16th April, 2021, being the market day of Dansadau, Police operatives on Special Market Patrol at Dansadau repelled a market invasion by over 200 suspected bandits who

stormed with intent to distabilise the marketing activities of the area. “During the encounter, four traders who scampered for safety got injured and were taken to the hospital for treatment where they were positively responding. “This act if not promptly responded to and repelled would have caused chaos and security instability in the area. The Police operatives had since commenced a serious manhunt of the perpetrators of the dastardly act. “A discreet investigation

into the matter has commenced with a view to unravelling the circumstances behind the attempted invasion. Any person or group found in connection with the act, such person or group will be made to face the full wrath of the law”, the PPRO has added. The Command urged members of the public to desist from taking laws into their and work in synergy with the police by giving credible information on presence and activities of recalcitrant bandits and other criminal elements.

Ramadan: Zakzaky distributes foodstuffs to the needy

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he detained leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky has distributed foodstuffs worth millions of Naira to the needy to mark the beginning of this year’s Ramadan season. The food items, which include customized bags of sugar, rice, maize and millet

were distributed on his behalf by his son, Muhammad Ibraheem Zakzaky. The detained cleric instructed the distribution of the items to assist as many needy Nigerians as possible during this Ramadan. Our reporter who witnessed the event at Zaria, Kaduna and the rest of the Kaduna local government areas noted that, it has been Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s practice to share food

Guwor sues for peace among Itsekiri, Ijaw in Warri South West

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he member representing Warri South West Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Emomotimi Guwor, has appealed to Ijaw and Itsekiri in local government area to embrace peace and live harmoniously in the face of their aged long relationship, togetherness and shared environmental challenges. Guwor stated this on Monday, in reaction to reports of threats of possible violence, which he said are inimical to peaceful and conducive environment for business and development. He noted that the Stronger Delta agenda of the state government could only be actualized under a peaceful atmosphere. The lawmaker remarked that peaceful coexistence was not the absence of conflict but the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means, and called on the leaders and youths of the two ethnic groups to be willing to share and accommodate one another. He urged them to create the enabling environment that would be conducive for business to thrive, explaining that both ethnic groups shared the same environmental degradation and impart of oil and gas exploration, as well as neglects. Honourable Guwo appealed to the groups to embrace dialogue and brotherliness rather than venting bitterness and violence against one another, warning that violence and threat had never produced any meaningful result but destruction.

items to the poor and the needy for over 20 years and that has continued even after his arrested and detention by the Buhari-led government. It added that the cleric sends his best wishes to Muslims all over the world and assures them of his prayers throughout the Islamic fasting season. The food items distribution included the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Katsina

and Zamfara States, who were in various IDP Camps in their respective States and communities in Northern Nigeria who are in need of food during fasting of the month of Ramadan. Over 13 northern States benefited from this distribution. Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kano, Plateau, Nasarawa and Bauchi States are among the beneciarie of this kind gesture.

JIGAWASTATE GOVERNMENT MINISTRY OF HEALTH BLOCK B NEW SECRETARIAT COMPLEX, 3 ARM ZONE DUTSE. ADVERTISEMENT.

INVITATION FOR PREQUALIFICATION AND TENDER IN RESPECT OF PHASE II CONTRUCTION WORKS AT SPECIALIST HOSPITAL HADEJIA, SCHOOL OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY BABURA AND NEW GENERAL HOSPITAL GURI. PROCUREMNET NO MOH/STB/05-09/2021 In Compliance with Jigawa State Procurement Process law NO. 13 of 2019, Jigawa State Ministry of Health wishes to notify the interested bidders of its intention to carry out Phase II Construction Works at Specialist Hospital Hadejia, School of Nursing and Midwifery Babura, and New General Hospital Guri. 2 PROJECT SCOPE: The Projects to be carried out include: Lot 1: Construction of Additional Student’s Hostel (1 Block) and External Mechanical and Electrical Installation at School of Nursing and Midwifery Babura Lot 2: Construction of External Road Network, Drainages and parking at School of Nursing and Midwifery Babura. Lot 3: Construction of External Road Network, Drainages and parking at Specialist Hospital Hadejia Lot 4: Construction of Staff Quarters and Mechanical and Electrical Installations for all the blocks at Specialist Hospital Hadejia. Lot 5: Construction External Road Network, Drainages and additional structures at New General Hospital Guri. 3 ELIGBILITY REQUIREMENTS Bidding document should be submitted along with following documents: I. Certificate of Incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission II. Certified True Copy of Memorandum and Article of Association III. Evidence of registration with Jigawa State Works Registration Board IV. Tax clearance certificate for the last three (3) years V. Audited Account for the Last One (1) Year VI. VAT Registration and Evidence of Past Remittance VII. Evidence of financial capability and banking support VIII. Company Average Annual Turn Over of not less than N500 Million IX. That the Company have fulfilled all obligations to pay taxes, pensions, ITF Contribution and social security contributions X. Evidence of execution and completion of similar Projects at least 3 in the last 5 years XI. Verifiable evidence of Company profile and technical qualification of key personnel registered with relevant professional bodies (COREN, CORBON, QSRBN, ARCON etc. XII. A sworn affidavit certifying as Follows:

a) That the document submitted for the pre-qualification exercise are not only genuine but correct b) That none of the directors of the Company has been convicted by any court of law c) That the Company is not bankrupt. d) That none of the officers of Jigawa State/Local Government is a present or former director of the Company. XIII Any other relevant information that will help in determining the Company’s suitability for the work. 4 COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENT: Bidding Document Could be obtained from the office of the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Health Dutse at a non-refundable fee of Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N350,000.00) only by 9.00am to 3: pm. Bid submission will close on Tuesday 1st June ,2021 by 12.00 noon. Bids will be opened on the same day by 12.00 noon. Prompt. 5. SUBMISSION OF BIDDING DOCUMENT 1. The opening date is Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 2. Submitted bid should come along with a Bid Security of note less than 2% of the total contract sum inform of Bank Guarantee. 3. Prequalification and financial bids should be submitted in two different sealed envelopes, addressed to the Honourable Commissioner Ministry of Health, block B New Secretariat Complex, Takur Dutse. 4. All documents for submission must be transmitted with a forwarding letter dully signed by company representative under the company’s Letter Headed Paper bearing the CAC Registration Number (RC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preparedly GSM) 5. The Bid Validity period should be 120 days. 6. Bids submitted after the deadline for submission will be returned un-opened. 7. This advert shall not be construed as commitment on part of the Jigawa State Ministry of Health, nor shall it entail a Company to make any claim(s) whatsoever and/or to be any indemnity from the Jigawa State Ministry of Health by Virtue of such Company having responded to this advertisement. 8. All cost will be borne by the bidders as the Jigawa state Ministry of Health will not be held responsible for any cost or expenses incurred by any interested party i.e. in connection with any response to this invitation. Signed: Dr Salisu B. Muazu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health.


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News From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Kaduna State Government has captured 2.1 million individuals from 524,424 Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in its Social Register. The Coordinator of the State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU), Planning and Budget Commission, Mrs Nina Dawong, made this known at a one-day Media Roundtable on the state of the State Social Register. Dawong explained that SOCU was saddled with the responsibility of generating and maintaining the Social Register of the poor and vulnerable households in the state. She explained that the data was

Redeeming your vows to God key to prosperity, cleric tells Nigerians From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Senior Pastor of the House of Purpose Ministry U/Sunday Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state, Apostle Yakubu Yusuf has urged Nigerians to continue to pray and fulfil their vows to God for the prosperity of the country. He made the assertion in a sermon he delivered during the Sunday worship in Kaduna yesterday. Apostle Yakubu said paying tithes and others vows to God is key to stop the poverty in the land. Apostle Yakubu who was teaching on the topic “ Connecting to God of Abundance” said where God appears there is Abundance. Reading from the Book of 2 Corinthians, 8:9, he said people need to start doing things right and be more sincere in serving God, especially fulfilling their vows, saying it is only in doing that, that things will be better and positive.. Apostle Yakubu admonished Nigerians not to lose hope, stressing that the daunting socio-economic challenges, which everybody is experiencing at the moment, is like a wind that must pass away. He, therefore, urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of praying, paying their vows which according to him, changes situations and circumstances no matter how complex they may look. “I urge our leaders not to lose hope, but to rather take a cue from their counterparts in the developed world, by burying their political differences and tackle national issues with the urgency they deserve rather than politicize them. “Let me also use this opportunity to call on Nigerians, particularly Christians, to continually pray for our nation and all political office holders for God’s grace and wisdom to steer the ship of this nation so that we would arrive at God’s ordained destiny for us. Let us also pray that violence, kidnappings and insurgency will cease in Nigeria because no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of violence.”

Kaduna captures 2.1m poor, vulnerable in social register -official mined by the Federal Government in the delivery of its Cash Transfer programme and other social protection programmes. She added that the register would be made available for development partners, organisations, NonGovernmental Organisation to mine from for various social protection interventions. She said that the 524,424 PVHHs consist of 2.1 million individuals in 166 wards, from 5,504 communities across the 23 local government areas of the state. The coordinator said that populating the register commenced with 16,494 PVHHs and 71,305 individuals in 2017 and grew over the years to 524,424 PVHHs with 2,051,972 individuals as of February 2021. She said that 93.6 per cent of the 524,424 PVHHs live in rural areas while 6.4 per cent were in urban centres. She said that Kachia LGA has the highest number of PVHHs with

41,205 PVHHs captured in the register, followed by Sanga with 37,508 PVHHs and Kajuru LGA with 36,233 PVHHs. Dawong identified the local government areas with the least number of PVHHs in the register as Zangon Kataf with 9,222 households, Soba 10,388 households and Jema’a with 11,027. “Of the 2.1 million individuals, 1.1 million, representing 52.2 percent are females, 981,845, representing 47.9 percent are males and 46,836, representing 2.3 percent are people living with disability. “Also 25 per cent of the heads of the PVHH are unemployed, 45.2 percent are farmers, 0.1 per cent are pensioners and 12,.8 per cent are housewives and house help. “On education status, 63.6 per cent of the head of households had no formal education, 11.3 per cent had primary education, and 15.9 per cent had senior secondary school education. “More so, 3.8 has junior

secondary school education, 1.5 with National Diploma, while 0.5 has Higher National Diploma and bachelor’s degree respectively and 1.2 has certificate of education,” he said. The coordinator added that in age distribution, 34 per cent of individuals in the register were between the ages of 16 to 35, and 28 per cent between the ages of six to 15. She added that children from zero to five years made up 14 per cent, those between 36 to 65 years, 20 per cent, while those from 65 years and above made up four per cent. Mr Biya Dogon, Head of Operations, SOCU, explained that the register was being generated through a comprehensive process known as Community Based Targeting (CBT). Dogon explained that through the process, the community defines poverty and identifies those that should be captured in the register. He said that the CBT process began in 2017 in nine pilot Local Government Areas (LGAs), three from each Senatorial Zone, Ikara,

Kubau, Lere, Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Kajuru, Kachia, Kauru and Sanga. “However, in May 2020, the process was scaled-up to the remaining fourteen LGAs, thus covering the entire state. The Permanent Secretary, PBC, Mr Mahmoud Yamusa, pointed out that the SSR would promote inclusiveness in the delivery of social protection intervention in the state. Yamusa said that Kaduna State was one of the first in the country to pursue efficient delivery of safetynets interventions to target poor and vulnerable residents in an inclusive and transparent manner. Earlier, the Executive Director, Jalad Media Concept, Mr Joshua James explained that the engagement was organised to promote interactions between SOCU and the media. According to him, media engagement is key to ensuring that citizens are well informed about government activities and intervention to enlist their support

Members of Nigeria bar Association during a protest on the implementation of financial autonomy at the entrance of National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Dangote sugar’s $700million investments to boost Nigeria’s sugar self-sufficiency

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ith a national annual import of over $337million, the management of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc has declared its irrevocable commitment to the Backward Integration Policy (BIP) of the Federal Government to reverse the trend and make Nigeria self-sufficient in sugar production. The company which is committing over $700million to its sugar projects told visiting members of the Nasarawa House of Assembly at the weekend that the company’s investments in sugar will revolutionize the economy of the state and lift its people as other people-oriented infrastructures would come with the sugar projects. The state lawmakers who were obviously excited at the sugar projects commended the Dangote Group for choice of the state for the project and the accelerated pace with which the project was being executed despite occasional delays arising from communal disagreements. Nigeria is one of the sub-Saharan Africa’s largest importers of sugar second only to South Africa, but the

Dangote Sugar management assured the lawmakers that by the time the company fully completes its sugar projects in Nasarawa and Adamawa under the BIP, the nation would be saved of more than half of the forex expended on sugar imports annually. General Manager for the Backward Integration Project, Dangote Sugar, Mr. John Beverley said when the factory is fully operational, it would have the capacity to crush 12,000 tons cane per day (tcd), while 90MW power will be generated for both the company’s use and host communities. He disclosed also that some 500km roads in all will be constructed to ease transportation within the vicinity, even as he solicited the support of the lawmakers in controlling the menace of land encroachment by settlers and itinerant farmers. Beverley said the company has been carrying out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects in the communities pointing out that so far the company has constructed boreholes, schools, clinics and awarded scholarships among other

CSR services. In his response, Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullah, who led the team said that the $500 million so far expended on the investments by Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc in Nasarawa State is not only a blessing to Nigeria but the pride of Africa. The Speaker and his team members, who were conducted round the company’s 78,000 hectares Backward Integration Project in Tunga Awe Local Government Area of the stated commended the Chairman of the Company. Ahaji Aliko Dangote for the gigantic project saying “seeing is believing”. The Speaker said he was taken aback by the huge nature of the investment, noting that it would not only open up opportunities in the state but in Africa as a whole. Aside the Speaker, other Principal Officers in his entourage are: House Majority Leader Hon Umar Tanko Tunga(Awe North), Deputy Majority Leader Daniel Ogah Ogazi, the Chief Whip Hon Muhammad

Muluku(Nasarawa Eggon East), Hon. Suleiman Yakubu Azara(Awe South) and Hon Muhammad Alkali(Lafiya North). The Speaker said the lawmakers were ready to partner and support the company towards the realization of the sugar project through relevant legislation. According to him, the news that the project would create about 150,000 jobs is a welcome one, more so when it is no secret that the project site was once a forest harbouring criminals before its acquisition by the Dangote Sugar Refinery. Alsp shedding light on the project, the General Manager, Government and Stakeholders Relations, Mr. Bello Dan Musa said the President of Dangote Group is passionate about lifting Nigeria’s economy through strategic investment and job creation. He added that the huge project does not only fit into the Backward Integration Policy and National Sugar Master Plan(NSMP), but the diversification agenda of the government.

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Letter to the Editor

EDITORIAL

In the spirit of Easter

Today is Good Friday, the beginning of has cast over this year’s Easter the Christian Easter festival - a three festivities, Christians, indeed all of day festivity commemorating the end humanity, would do well to remember of Lent, the crucifixion, death and and uphold the true spirit of Easter, resurrection of Jesus Christ. Believed which is love. Scripture says, “No by Christians to be God Himself greater love hath anyone than this, assuming a human form to give His life that a man should lay down his life to save sinful mankind, Jesus Christ for a friend...” Again, Christians are suffered torture at the stake, endured enjoined to “love thy neighbour as the shame of the cross, died, was buried thyself”. A neighbour is not only the and rose to life again on the third day - one that lives next door or a member Sunday. of your faith but a fellow human, be he This festival is celebrated in Christian, Muslim or an atheist even. Christendom worldwide. In Nigeria, Because Christ “first loved us” we are the federal government, in recognition to show love to fellow humans in both of the unique significance of the word and deed. festival, has allowed a two day holiday Easter is a perfect occasion to exhibit today and Monday. Usually, Christians this love: the rich should remember to begin the festivities with a solemn feed, clothe and shelter the needy. We evening worship service in churches in should pray for our enemies to prosper, tune with the crucifixion and not perish, so that they death of the founder of their get a chance to change faith. Scripture describes their evil ways. Christ as the “author and This is an In spite of the gloom finisher” of the Christian opportunity for the faith. (Hebrews 12:2) that Covid-19 has faithful in the Lord to Another church worship cast over this year’s pray peace and security service takes place on Easter festivities, for Nigeria that is Sunday, aptly called Easter Christians, indeed ravaged by terror and Sunday. The tone is much communal conflict – all of humanity, more cheerful because it would do well to and now Covid-19. “The was on this day, more than prayer of a righteous remember and 2000 years ago, that Christ uphold the true spirit man upholds a nation”, rose from the dead. His of Easter, which is says the Christian holy resurrection, for Christians, book. love is victory over sin and Our political leaders death, raising the hope of an need our special prayers everlasting life in a new Paradise over to be able to govern with the fear of which Jesus would rule as King from God, justice and fairness. In particular, Heaven. President Muhammadu Buhari and This year’s Easter is one with a his team need to be supported in their difference. The circumstances are effort to rid Nigeria of corruption in uniquely inauspicious. The mood high places. Corruption has converted worldwide is subdued, understandably our common wealth into the preserve so because of a new virus called of a thieving few; this cancer has turned Coronavirus, spreading the deadly a God endowed nation into a pauper. Covid-19 disease. It has already Lastly, we ought to pray for peace killed thousands in many countries. in the whole world. There are countries Nigeria has reported 2,000 cases like Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and few hundreds of deaths. To and Somalia that are at war. These contain the spread of the virus, the wars are churning out millions of Federal Government initially locked refugees heading for Europe, thereby down Lagos and Abuja, the nation’s threatening its own peace. The peace of commercial and administrative capitals the world is our own peace. respectively. Later the lockdown was This is the spirit with which to mark made nationwide. Easter. We wish all Nigerians a happy, In spite of the gloom that Covid-19 peaceful Easter. Shallom.

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The Communist party of China (CPC) at 100 years By Charles Onunaiju

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he Communist Party of China, (CPC) founded in July 1921 is just some months away to its centenary anniversary. A party founded against the backdrop of what the Chinese, called “century of humiliation” in reference to the 19th century when the country was overrun by foreign powers including the seizure of Hong Kong, and Macao by the British and Portuguese imperialist powers respectively. Despite the collapse of the imperial dynasty in 1911 that has ruled China for thousands of years, and the establishment of republic, the problems of the country remained. The outcome of the 1911 revolution that swept away the last Qing dynasty was quickly grabbed by warlords who continued to ally with foreign powers. The decisive moment of national awakening actually came with the May 4th movement, when national grief turned into defiance following the failure of the victorious imperialist powers conference in Paris to restore some of China’s national treasures, rather the conference carved up the country into spheres of influence of imperialist powers. The failure of the Paris peace conference to ameliorate China’s national condition provided the historical catalyst for antiimperialist resistance. With the echoes of the victory of the Russian Bolshevik revolution in 1917 and the lively debate among the Chinese intelligentsia on the theory of Marxism-Leninism and its fitness to drive sustainable struggle for national Independence and Peoples Liberation, the founding of the Communist Party of China was both epochal and game-changer in the trajectories of China’s national destiny previously hobbled by the strangle-hood of feudalist rule and imperialist oppression. Through a relentless revolutionary struggle guided by the scientific theory of MarxismLeninism, the Communist party forged a patriotic united front of all Chinese patriots across all social strata and ethnic groups to found and establish the People’s Republic of China in 1949, bringing to an end, both century of national humiliation and the turmoil of warlord rule and ineffectual bureaucratic capitalism. The challenge of construction, stability and modernization of the New China became the crucial and vital endeavour, of the Chinese People of all walks and different political persuasion under the leadership of the Communist Party. The historical choice of the Communist Party by the Chinese People as the core of their national leadership in a broad coalition of the patriotic alliance of people of all walks of life, helped to galvanize unity of purpose, distilled national priorities, and sharpened focus on critical variable, necessary to drive modernization on a sustainable basis. However, the turning point in the national construction effort of modern China came in the last month of 1978 at the 3rd plenary session of the 11th central Committee of the Communist Party of China, when it adopted economic construction as the main focus of the work of the Party and the government. The main content of this decision were reform and opening up, to the outside world. This decisive moment in the history of the party and the country, aroused a nationwide enthusiasm, cementing the reputation of the CPC not only as a party with dignified historical past but one that is engaged to the present and focus to the future. Re-affirming its Marxist-Leninist theoretical foundation, the Party proclaimed that its insight that have guided its trajectories through revolution, reconstruction and reform were gained from its fidelity to Marxist-Leninist theory of scientific socialism. The party made bold to say that Marxist-Leninist theory enabled it to gain a realistic insight into China’s unique national and historical condition and that its construction of socialism with Chinese characteristics which is the

theoretical rationale for its reform and opening up, correspond to the country’s existential reality and the trend of the time. The outcome of this rigorous and exerting process of “seeking truth from facts” was the awe-inspiring comprehensive growth of China national aggregates that most of the world have come to know and even describe as “Chinese miracle,” which was actually not a miracle but an outcome of a party touch with the people and more importantly in touch with reality, which it constantly evaluate in the light of new conditions and circumstances. As 1978 was epochal and pivotal in the history of the party and the country, the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012 was a vital historical turning point. The election of Xi Jinping as the General Secretary and subsequently elected to the Presidency of the country in March, 2013 brought new confidence and renewed vigour in the party. So after, Xi Jinping took over as the General Secretary, the Central Work of the Party and government became the elimination and eradication of absolute poverty that have ravaged the country for millennia, for which the party reform and opening up since 1978 has considerably reduced. In eight years and just in time, before the one hundred years anniversary of the party, nearly 100 million Chinese were relieved of absolute poverty, leading the country to its current stage of moderate prosperity in all respects for all Chinese people. In engaging the new realities and the extant and current national condition, the party following its tradition of developing a theoretical guide to its work has in its collective wisdom made a key breakthrough. The “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,” represent the party theoretical innovation and a national rallying point to drive deeper the reforms in the ceaseless effort at modernization and rejuvenation. The “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a New Era” is the profound outcome of toil and exertion of the party . Already, the Communist party of China has articulated critical and important initiatives for inclusive and participatory global governance, providing important inputs to consolidate the emerging international order of multilateralism and the centrality of the United Nations system in international affairs. Through the contribution of the Belt and Road initiative, a global framework of cooperation featuring infrastructure connectivity and people to people contacts, the party and the Chinese people has opened a new vista of opportunity to construct a community of shared future for all humanity. The visible and enigmatic profile of the contemporary China-Africa cooperation was the culmination of the steady vision of the Party, since the founding of modern China in 1949, that the country and Africa are bound by the pains and grief of common victimization by imperialist domination and brutal colonial exploitation and are destined to work together to achieve economic self-reliance and prosperity for their respective peoples. In a hundred years, the Communist Party of China has gained considerable experience in solving practical problems and more importantly, has put this experience in the world public domain through cooperation with several political parties especially in the developing countries including Africa. It is therefore hoped, that many political parties in Africa would soberly engage the experience of the CPC and draw important lessons to improve their capacities and capabilities in seeking solutions to the challenge of unlocking their respective national potentials and improving the qualities of life of their respective peoples. Mr. Onunaiju, research director, Centre for China Studies, Abuja.


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Nationhood: Going beyond Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo arrangement By Jerome-Mario Utomi

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ome leadership traits that were useful in the past might not be so today, because we are facing a situation that is totally different from the one that prevailed in the late 1990s or even in the early 2000s. We must, therefore, find new forms of leadership, because the sophisticated ventures we are considering today requires a higher level of initiative and creativity — Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirate. Looking at the human carnage presently ongoing across the country-from the South East to South West, North East to North Central and similar human tragedies in the South West, North West, it is enough to cause dropping spirit among the vast majority of Nigerians. This feeling orchestrated by the happenings becomes particularly worrying when one remembers that it is happening despite huge budgetary allocations to the security and defence sector. And coming at a time when recent economic policies in the country has already thrown hundreds of thousands of Nigerians out of employment while simultaneously driving more people into the ranks of beggars, whose desperate struggle for bread renders them insensible to all feelings of decency and self-respect. Except in a peripheral way, if we truly analyze the characteristics of excellent leaders regardless of their nationality, we will find out that they are both creative and innovative. By contrast, while the creative and innovative leaders in the other parts of the world are thinking up, and doing new

things because they possess the know-how, energy and, power to implement ideas, those lacking in these attributes passively conditioned their responses to leadership stimuli such as the present happenings in the country. Of course, right from independence in October 1960, successive leaderships in Nigeria developed automatic ways of responding to the political, economic and socioeconomic occurrences. They repeat this act, yet expect different results. This leadership style partially explains why the nation is currently in grief. With this highlighted, let’s focus on the larger frame of challenges that set the stage for the present challenge- the marriage of two unwilling brides who had no say in their forced and ill-fated union called amalgamation of the northern and the southern protectorates on the 14th February 1914. Indeed, not that everyone agreed with the direction the amalgamation was taking. There was heated internal debate/ opposition about whether we should be pursuing this multiethnic union. Some leaders of the protectorates, particularly from the East argued that we should go slowly for now. Such suggestions however, fell on deaf ears. But, again, it puts in plain words why the East had to wait till the 1920s before it was finally forced to join the union. Despite the existence of an unequal relationship, the nation state from one British Colonial Amalgamated Entity was later, in preparation for the independence, restructured into three Federating Regions. The Northern Nigeria, led by an Hausa-Fulani ethnic Nationality, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello,

the Western Region of Nigeria led by a Yoruba ethnic Nationality Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and the Eastern Region of Nigeria led by an Igbo ethnic Nationality, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, respectively.. The Capitals of the respective Regional Governments are Kaduna, Ibadan and Enugu respectively, while Lagos, though part of Yoruba land, was unanimously chosen as the Capital of the Nigerian Federation, during the Restructuring Meetings of the Amalgamated Nigeria in 1951 at Ibadan Western Nigeria. Please see the Report of the Conference to this effect at Ibadan Western Nigeria under the Chairmanship of the British Colonial Secretary, Sir Oliver Littleton. The situation says something else. As noted in my recent and similar piece, Nigeria, at independence in 1960, became a federation, resting firmly on a tripod of three federating regionsNorthern, Eastern and Western Regions. Each of the regions was economically and politically viable to steer its own ship, yet mutual suspicion among them was rife. The British colonial overlords probably intended the protectorates to operate in asymmetrical manner with no part of the amalgam claiming superiority over the other. This arrangement conferred on the fledgling country the form of the Biblical trinity. However, Nigeria has but unfortunately remained a castle without foundation. Our regional loyalty surpassed nationalistic fervor with every ethnic group seeking primarily what they can get from Nigeria. Why do I share this painful history? The answer is not farfetched; apart from being verifiable facts, it points at why Nigeria is doing great in name

but unfortunately, the people in it are not. While this state of affairs continues to thrive, there are in fact, more stunning reasons and effective argument that if we are desirous of solving the nation’s present political and socioeconomic challenges, we must first, acknowledge that Nigeria, in absolute terms is made up of not just three but well over 120 ethnic groupings. And accept that the nation’s current challenge goes beyond the banality of ethnicity to include regions’ undercurrents. Above all, the nation must admit that most of these smaller ethnic groups are by no means comfortable with their blanket categorization under the three major ethnic groups. And such clumsy arrangement urgently needs to be recognized and these groups given their pride of place via a structural re-configuration of the political entity called Nigeria. Readers with critical minds may ask; what is the evidence that tribal loyalties are stronger than our sense of common nationhood? And how can the piece justify the claim that the smaller tribes are not comfortable with the ‘trinity’? This piece will concentrate on two examples. The first made manifest in 1957, during a meeting the British Colonial Authorities convened in London for Nigeria’s representative Political leaders from Northern Nigeria, Western Nigeria and Eastern Nigeria, respectively. At that Conference, it was reported that Chief Harold Biriye, a leading Politician of Ijaw ethnic Nationality from the Niger Delta area of Eastern Region of Nigeria, pleaded strongly with the British Colonial Authorities to carve out the Niger Delta part of the Eastern Region of Nigeria to serve as the 4th

Federating Regional Government of Nigeria in order to take care of its peculiar environment, culture, ecology and to develop at its own pace and factor endowments. Pleading time as the constraint, the British Colonial Authorities asked the Government of Nigeria, after independence, to undertake that assignment. To understand this account fully well, this piece will encourage readers to search and read the report entitled; scientific and Technological Innovations in Biafra (1967-1970), Also, in the mid 1960s,Lee Kuan Yew, the pioneer Prime Minister of Singapore, who was in Nigeria for the Commonwealth of Nations meeting, observed thus; I was not optimistic about Africa. In less than 10 years after independence, Nigeria had had a coup and Ghana a failed coup. I thought their tribal loyalties were stronger than their sense of common nationhood. This was especially so in Nigeria, where there was a deep cleavage between the Muslim Hausa northerners and the Christian and pagan southerners. As in Malaysia, the British handed power, especially the army and police, to the Muslims. In Ghana, without this north-south divide, the problem was less acute, but there were still clear tribal divisions’. From the above accounts, it is obvious therefore, that the nation urgently needs a higher level of initiative and creativity to address the ethnicity challenges, confront brutal forces and secure the masses while revitalizing the nation’s economy. Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via;jeromeutomi@yahoo.com

Addressing the gender stereotype in Nigeria’s political sphere By Ezinwanne Onwuka

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ince 1999, when Nigeria returned to democratic governance following years of military rule, no woman has been elected as president, vice president or governor in any of the country’s 36 states. This prevalent low rate of women’s involvement in politics in Nigeria has left me wondering if politics is, exclusively, a “men’s affair.” Women have been playing subordinate roles, and have not been independent political actors. They remain marginal in active politics. One wonders if cultural and ideological interests that privilege male representations inform women’s low participation in politics. Thus, the rise of women in Nigerian politics continues to struggle with patriarchal structures that seek to relegate them to the realm of only economic production

and reproduction. Barriers to women’s participation in politics in Nigeria are culturally and economically imposed. In this part of the world, a woman is often seen as a man’s property and must therefore only do what her man approves, and her man may not approve of her involvement in politics. It is believed that an average Nigerian woman’s role starts and ends in the kitchen and “the other room”. Moreover, as expected of patriarchal societies that violently push women to the margin, it is the consensus that women should not sniff power because men, not women, are born-leaders. Gender stereotypes are common in the Nigerian political sphere. This, in addition to other barriers such as lack of finance, religious beliefs, violence and weak internal party democracy, have held women back for several decades, and the corollary is that men have continued to dominate the political arena

as presidents, lawmakers and governors. Furthermore, female politicians are often reminded of their cultural and religious obligations which require they cede governance to men while they concentrate on the home front. Ministerial positions are given based on personal merit, not votes. Based on this, one would expect a gender-balanced ministerial cabinet, but this is not the case: there are only seven women in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, which comprises of 43 ministers. Judging from this, we can rightly conclude that the political landscape is unfair to women. For so long, women have been perceived as second–class citizens not just by men, but by women themselves as well. A lot of women do not even believe they have the capacity to lead politically! Nevertheless, improvements in governance will require empowering women as political leaders and

removing the legal, administrative and traditional barriers that impede their success. A strong and vibrant democracy is possible only when the Parliament is fully inclusive of the population it represents. Nigeria’s Parliament cannot consider itself inclusive until it can boast of the full participation of women. Women like men, have every right to vie for political positions or get involved in political activities, and the benefits of women’s active participation can only be experienced if the untapped capacity and talents of women are maximized. Then we can have a more democratic, equal and inclusive society. The government, therefore, should understand that politics is not just for men but women inclusively, that is why we say that gender equity is very important. They should create an enabling, safe political environment that will enable women to run politics the

way it ought to be. On their own part, Civil society organizations have an important role to play in conducting information and awareness-raising campaigns to encourage women to stand for election(s), give women reorientation to what politics is all about and in running capacitybuilding programmes to support women in this process. Again, it should be understood that men and women need to forge a constructive partnership between them in Parliament since true gender equity can only result from including the views and experiences of both men and women. In conclusion, the power of a woman in politics should never be underestimated, as she takes it very seriously; like the political field is her kitchen and makes sure nothing goes wrong. Ezinwanne Onwuka writes in from Cross River State and can be reached at ezinwanne.dominion@ gmail.com

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Printing of money: Neither Obaseki nor Emefiele is wrong By Isaac Asabor

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t is not an exaggeration to say that in as much as not every Nigerian is an economist that those who studied Ordinary level economics are not bereft of the knowledge that the total stock of money circulating in an economy is the money supply, while the circulating money cut across the currency, printed notes, money in the deposit accounts and in the form of other liquid assets. With the “ordinary knowledge” in economics, it was not in any way a surprise when not few Nigerians reacted in flurry to the hornet’s nest that was unarguably stirred by the governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, when he claimed the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) printed and shared money to States as “unfortunate and totally inappropriate”. Expectedly, on the trail of the governor’s claim were reaction from the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who dismissed the comment, insisting that the FAAC allocation was revenue sourced from different agencies of the government. In a similar vein, the governor of CBN, Godwin Emefiele, has dismissed the claim by Governor Obaseki, that the apex bank printed and shared money to states as “unfortunate and totally inappropriate”. While defending the position of the bank, Mr. Emefiele said printing money is a key mandate of the CBN, and that the bank must always act to support the government in times of financial difficulties.

Be that as it may, economic experts and watchers of the economy alike have since the day the opposing views began to trend been unanimous in their suggestions that neither Obaseki nor Emefiele is wrong in the respective position taken by them. Rather, they submitted that the state of the economy is not ripe for such economic strategy, particularly in the face of rising inflationary rate which Nigeria is experiencing, and coupled with the fact that Zimbabwe has in years past applied the same measure, and unfortunately got enmeshed in unprecedented messy economic difficulties. To those that are opposed to printing of currency into circulation by the CBN, the first economic onslaught that ruined Zimbabwean economy was unleased forty-years ago when Robert Mugabe inherited a well-diversified economy with potential to become one of subSaharan Africa’s best performers. But alas! Contrary to expectations, Zimbabwe is today dubbed as East African region’s basket case, with real per capita incomes down 15 per cent since 1980. Not few analysts were unanimous in their views that the country’s economy is in very bad shape. At a point in Zimbabwean economy, the economic crisis faced both by the people and the country was so bad that when a Saver needed to withdraw money, say N10, 000 from Nigeria’s monetary context, he or she is given pittance like N200 a day by the bank. The media space is agog with how severe the liquidity

crunch was. As gathered, in 2008, Zimbabwe had the second highest incidence of hyperinflation on record. The estimated inflation rate for Nov 2008 was 79,600,000,000% That is effectively a daily inflation rate of 98.0. Roughly every day, prices would double. It was also a time of real hardship and poverty, with an unemployment rate of close to 80% and a virtual breakdown in normal economic activity. The hyper-inflation was caused by printing money in response to a series of economic shocks. Ostensibly looking back into monetary history to ascertain whether such economic mess has ever occurred in any part of the globe, it was gathered that the highest hyperinflation rate was Hungary in 1946 with a daily inflation rate of 195%. At this juncture, it is not anomalistic to ask what actually caused the hyper-inflation that Zimbabwe has been battling with till today. The foregoing enquiry cannot be farfetched as government resorted to printing money in response to high national debt, decline in economic output, decline in export earnings, price controls which exacerbate shortages, and lack of confidence in government, economy and political life just as been mildly experienced in Nigeria at the moment. Against the foregoing backdrop, it is expedient to ask if Nigerians would be favorably disposed to pass through the harrowing economic hardships which Zimbabweans passed through, and still passing

through. According to African Development Bank Group, Zimbabwe Economic Outlook is far from getting better as recent macroeconomic and financial developments of the country is not in any way laudable. “Before the COVID–19 pandemic, Zimbabwe’s economy was already in recession, contracting by 6.0% in 2019. Output fell because of economic instability and the removal of subsidies on maize meal, fuel, and electricity prices; suppressed foreign exchange earnings; and excessive money creation. The onset of the COVID–19 pandemic and continued drought led to 10% contraction in real GDP in 2020. Inflation soared, averaging 622.8% in 2020, up from 226.9% in 2019. Foreign exchange reforms were instituted in June 2020, which dampened an inflation that raged an annual rate of 838% in July. Fiscal and current account deficits also recovered after July, but both deteriorated for the year as a whole. “The budget deficit rose from 2.7% in 2019 to 2.9% in 2020, while the current account went from a surplus of 1.1% of GDP in 2019 to a deficit of 1.9% in 2020. The exchange rate depreciated ZWL2.5 in February 2019 and stabilizing around ZWL82 to the US dollar in December 2020. Poverty stood at 70.5% in 2019 while unemployment remained high at over 21%. The banking system is stable. Banks have some room to increase credit. The loan-to-deposit ratio was 38.8% in

2020 against a benchmark of 70%. Non-performing loans are at 3.23%, well under the regulatory benchmark of 5%. The capital adequacy ratio is more than three times the regulatory requirement of 12%.” According to experts, across the world, governments have two basic choices for financing their deficits: they can borrow (issue debt) or raise taxes. And with economists estimating that the coronavirus recession will cost the world’s governments more than $11 trillion, governments are looking towards a third option, which is the unconventional ‘ways and means’ of printing money. However, despite the c on f i d e n c e t he ap e x b an k’ s governor exuded in his reaction to Obaseki’s claim, economists and financial experts have warned that Nigeria faces the risk of falling off the fiscal cliff if the Federal Government continues to rely on ‘Ways and Means’ to fund its widening deficits. The experts said Obaseki’s revelation reflects the sad reality of the economy and that the future appears increasingly bleak except the trend is reversed. At this juncture, it is expedient to say that neither Obaseki nor Emefiele is wrong. Against the backdrop of where the economy is today, it is advisable for the federal government to apply extremely careful measures to get Nigeria’s economy out of the woods. Isaac Asabor is a Public Affairs Analyst.

Why A.B.U should abolish pasting students’ result on the board and embrace online platform By Hafsat Abdullahi Musa

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hmadu Bello University popularly called A.B.U is sited in Zaria, kaduna state with two campuses; the main campus in samaru and the annex in Kongo. The university is the number one seat of knowledge in northern Nigeria where it is situated, and the largest in sub-saharan Africa. Established on the 4th of October in the year, 1962. The university is said to have the highest number of students in comparison with other universities. The total enrollment of students in the university for degree and sub-degree programs is reported to be about 35,000, drawn from every state of Nigeria, from Africa and from other parts of the world. There are about 1,400 academic and research staff and 5000 support staff in the university. The university houses twelve faculties namely: Administration, Agriculture,Arts, Education, Engineering,Environmental Design, Law Medicine,Pharmaceutical Science, Sciences,Veterinary Medicine And social Science. A post graduate school and 82 academic departments. Meanwhile, with this academic

capacity and knowledge base, it is too awkward for Ahmadu Bello University to be pasting the students’ results on the board in this digital era. This is the university adjudged to be “naturally ahead.” Pasting the students’ results on the board seems to be a sign of weak ICT and insufficient online capabilities of the university apart from several disadvantages it has on the students emotional state. I believe that the university cannot afford to subject her students to unnecessary tension for the fair of unknown; unknown in the sense that they are emotionally tense up with the possibility of their friends knowing their academic weaknesses. Some could go to the extent of stressing out and end up depressed when his/her shortcomings in academics could not be concealed, while managing the situation. Some students that cannot bear the brunt of academic failure end up committing suicide, because they feel that the authority has shamed them before their friends and coursemates. However, I am not saying that the pasting of students’ results on the board is totally bad as it will encourage or prompt the students to work harder and perform better so as to have good grades, earn

admiration, maintain good image and sustain cordial relationships. But the prestigious university like A.B.U is worth doing better than that. It is very calamitous for any student to experience depression in the face of academic pursuit, and saddening when it is caused by authority that could prevent such. Furthermore, depression can affect one physically and psychologically. The psychological aspect weakens the expressive mentality of the carrier. He/she will be shy to express his/her feelings even to people that could help the situation. The physical aspect makes one look dumb and subhuman before the peers. It could cause students to lose hope in academics while seeing others progressing with good grades. Self esteem and self encouragement disappears while good fortune has no room to prosper. The next thing to think of is to start indulging in intoxicants to help relieve the contaminated mind. Some female students could decide to have affairs with their male lecturers just to help have good results on the board as it is a show of the public. Another disadvantage of using a board to paste the students’ result is that it creates temptation in those with bad results to tear out

the result if it is not favourable. Certain students could destroy the result even before the arrival of others to prevent public shame. This would definitely affect others as the individual score might be torn. As such, the need to embrace the use of online platforms (students’ unique portal) is inevitable. The Online Platform will be more efficient, acuity and world class standard.This would enable every student in checking their results with ease and in private without anyone knowing unless he/she discloses the grades to others. Privacy is one of the most important aspects of human life. In this case, students need privacy of their grades so that they would have a peace of mind and know how to amend their weaknesses. Most students do not like exposing their scores to everybody except those they know, trust and could help them. Some students only mock the weaker ones while having fun in doing so instead of helping them out. But with the aid of an online platform; students portal, you only disclose the result/grades to people by choice. Another significance of using a student portal is the fact that students should be able to check their results even while they are away from school. Results may

be released anytime and as such students need not to travel or make a move to check their result. With the availability of gadgets or smart phones at students’ disposal, all they need to do is to login to their individual portal and check the result without any stress. This is stressless and reckoning the world standard as everything turns digital. I know that the use of an online platform could have challenges but no obstacle or challenge is insurmountable. After all, A.B.U recently used a student portal to upload their examination cards and it was successful at the end of the day despite the initial challenges. This is a great and welcome development which is the first of its kind in the history of ABU. If the great and ‘naturally ahead’ university could achieve that landmark, then the use of a student portal for the release of their result is very achievable. It is my hope that the great institution would depart from the analog age or manure method of releasing the result and embrace the digital ver of doing things for the sake of convenience. Hafsat A. Musa, a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria writes from Kaduna, Nigeria and can be reached Via: hafsatamusa.25@


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NEWS From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

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he Kano Civil Society Forum (KCSF) has lambasted Nigerian governors for what it described as suppressing the Nigerian judiciary and legislature. The KSCF’s attack came in the wake of the ongoing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) over failure to implement its autonomy as ordered by court. In a letter addressed to the National President of JUSUN, dated April 15 and signed jointly by

NASFAT unveils N15,000,000,00 Media Center in Kaduna From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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asrul-Lahi-Faith Society (NASFAT) Kaduna State Chapter yesterday unveiled its fifteen Millions Naira Media and Administrative center. Speaking during the unveiling, the Branch Chairman Engr Muhyideen Alimi Yusuf said the center would serve as hub for Islamic propagation, via Publicity. According to him, the Society require adequate media coverage for all its activities hence the need for the media and Administrative center. Engr Muhyideen Alimi Yusuf commended theUmmah who partake in the building of the facility and pray for Allah to reward them with Aljanah. “Apart from the ultimate reward, the building of a facility in a way affords a person to continue to earn the blessings of Allah even after death,” he said. The Chairman disclosed that the projects requires some equipments that will make the centre functional, urging members of the public to donate generously to ensure rapid completion of the center. In her remark the Special Guest of Honour at the occasion, Executive Chairman, Federal Character Commission,Dr. Muheeba Farida Dankaka said an Admistrative and Media center attached to a mosque will enhance the day to day admistration of the Mosque and furthering the propagation of Islam. She added NASFAT have been at the forefront and formidable Muslim Association in the vanguard of Islamic values and propagation of the religion. “ The event is happening in the holy month of Ramadan, that provides Muslims opportunity to be near to their creator through supplications, abstinence and perseverance. “ As you honour me to commission this building,I feel highly satisfied that our modest contributions to the progress of Islam in general and NASFAT in particular is being recognized. “ Let all be assured that I will continue to serve Islam and humanity and to appreciate Allah’d favour in my life” She said

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Autonomy: Kano CSOs blast govs, back judiciary staff on strike Ibrahim A. Waiya and Peter Hassan Tijani, President-General and Secretary respectively, KSCF noted that judiciary has its powers which it exclusively exercises without any obstruction from the Federal Government. According to the forum, it is unfortunate that the governors who occupy a dignified position of authority in the country would choose to uphold some provisions and disregard some provisions contained in the supreme document of the land. In the letter sent to our correspondent in Kano, the forum said “It is a public knowledge that Judiciary is one of the three arms of Government recognized by the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended. The Constitution has clearly defined the powers to be exercised by the Judiciary just like the other two arms of the Government which are: Executive and Legislature. “Although the issue on the financial autonomy for the

Judiciary has for long dominated national discourse, but obviously the Nigerian States Governors abhor it for reasons best known to them. However, with the trendy judgment of the Federal High Court in 2014, the matter was supposedly expected to die naturally by granting the Judiciary their financial autonomy. This is because the judgment was never seen to be challenged by any of the contending parties, but unfortunately this is yet to happen. “It is however embarrassing as the Nigerian democratic journey attained more than twenty consecutive years, the Judiciary and the Legislature yet continue to suffer suppression and unfair treatment by the Nigerian Governors, even though they have their powers which they exclusively exercise without any obstruction from the Federal Government. Upholding the practice of the separation of powers as enshrined in the constitution is one of the sure

ways to attain a fair and just society. “It is unfortunate that the Governors who occupy a dignified position of authority in the country would choose to uphold some provisions and disregard some provisions contained in the supreme document of the land. This therefore negates the tenet of democratic culture, rule of law and undermines the general interest of the Nigerian citizenry,” the letter reads in parts. “It is against the foregoing and in consideration of the long advocacy and agitations from Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders across the country which has apparently failed. “We wish to as civil society organizations align ourselves with your decision for the industrial action as the measure which practically remains the only alternative to press button to ensure quick implementation of the financial autonomy for the Judiciary and therefore strongly

register our solidarity and support to your Union on the ongoing strike,” the letter said. KSCF further stated that it had learnt that discussion is on between JUSUN nion and the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) as well as the Committee on Judiciary of the National Assembly, noting that “this is indeed a welcome development. “ We however caution that concrete agreement on the implementation strategy for the grant of the autonomy must be designed, spelling out a clear timeline, commitments of the Governors on gradual and realistic processes towards the implementation of the autonomy for the Judiciary, and to be signed and documented before the strike is called off. We also advise that an independent autonomy implementation committee should be established by each Governor to practically show their commitment and sincerity,” it said in the letter.

A group photograph of the CNS, V Adm Awwal Gambo, Nigerian Ambassador to France, Modupe Irele, Director Navy MoD, Mr Kayode Julius , naval ratings serving on NNS LANA and French Navy senior officers taken to mark the delivery of the ship to the Nigerian Navy yesterday in Saint Nazaire France PHOTO BY DINFO NHQ

Gbajabiamila harps on importance of Nollywood to Nigeria’s devt By Christiana Ekpa

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he Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has emphasized the need for positive projection of Nigeria’s culture and image to the outside world by the players in the nation’s entertainment industry, even as he stressed the importance of Nollywood to the nation’s socioeconomic development. The Speaker also advocated the need for the combined efforts of patriots working together to make real the vision of a prosperous and peaceful country. According to Gbajabiamila, players in the nation’s entertainment industry, popularly known as Nollywood, have a critical role to play in not only shaping the society for the better but also influencing how the nation is viewed by the outside world through the content of their trade.

The Speaker made the call at a two-day Leadership Master Training for Nollywood Celebrities and Stakeholders under the platform of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN) in Abuja at the weekend. He said, “Beyond the questions of economics and profit, there is the issue of the critical role of Nollywood in influencing culture, defining national character, and promoting national identity. “You also have a responsibility to tell the best stories of our beloved country. I do not propose to turn you into cheerleaders for a Nigeria that does not exist. But the stories of men and women thriving through adversity and innovating for prosperity needs to be told, and it falls to you to tell those stories. “I hold in my heart a fundamental belief that our highest aspirations for Nigeria can only be achieved by the combined effort of patriots working together to make real the vision of a prosperous and peaceful country”.

Emphasising the importance of Nollywood to the nation’s socio-economic development, the Speaker disclosed that the entertainment industry in Nigeria has grown to become a critical part of the economy. He, however, stressed that by addressing the challenges confronting the industry, much more can be achieved, saying, “With adequate investment, a supportive regulatory environment, better training and capacity development, Nollywood will grow beyond our present dreams and surpass our highest ambitions. “It falls to all of us, in government, in the private sector and across society to identify the ways we can help the industry reach the heights we all know is possible”. Earlier, House Minority Leader, Rep. Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, expressed delight at the event, noting that “The much

needed strategic multisectoral efforts to guarantee the desired rebound and repositioning of the movie industry in Nigeria, though long overdue, has begun”. According to him, the country’s movie industry, more than any other social platform, remains critical in the moulding of the character of members of the society, especially the youths, women and children, as well as the outside world seeing the nation from the plots, setting and narratives of the movies. Also, the Managing Director of Everight Diagnostic and Laboratory Services Ltd, Everest Okpara, who also partnered with the Actors Guild of Nigeria for the training, commended huge contribution to the entertainment industry within and beyond the shores of Nigeria He said “we implore and encourage everyone else who can support the Actors Guild of Nigeria to kindly indulge.

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Fresh crisis looms in Delta APC leadership By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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head of the 2023 general elections, the All progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State is currently locked in the web of a fresh leadership crisis following the party leaders’ alleged loggerheads. The party in the state has however been accusing its former National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, of concluding plans to nominate leaders for the party in Delta State, a situation that had been described as plotting the fall of the party into another round of crisis, especially when it was clear that the party was just coming out of one crisis. In a statement signed by its publicity Secretary, Barr Sylvester Imonina, a copy made available to our correspondent said that “It should be noted that it was this same way Oyegun who as national Chairman created the numerous crises that have bedeviled the party, which resulted in tremendous losses during different elections in the state. “It is therefore quite disheartening that the said Oyegun is now at the forefront of plunging the party in the state into another round at a time when the party is just coming out of such parochial battle. It is clear that this present action of the former National Chairman will spell doom for the party and we wonder what he stands to gain from his Machiavellian tactics of tearing the party apart in Delta State. According to the statement, “The point must be emphasized that the Constitution of our great party is very clear on who is in charge of the affairs of the party in the state and that is the state Chairman, in the person of Prophet Jones Ode Erue. “As a former National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun should be aware that there is no constitutional provision which gives him the powers to nominate and/ or appoint leaders of the party, perhaps, Chief John Odigie Oyegun is still clinging to and maybe suffering from the vestiges of lost power as a former National Chairman”. The statement explained “The party in the state wants to sound loud and clear that Chief John Odigie Oyegun should leave Delta State alone and resolve the challenges that is facing his home state of Edo where he has become a persona non grata due to his penchant for creating needless problems and as the proverbial saying goes, he should remove the log in his eyes before looking at the speck in another person’s eyes. While calling on him to leave Delta State APC alone, the statement therefore called on the national leadership of the party to call Chief John Odigie Oyegun to order to desist from his present act of shenanigans as the party the marches towards the 2023 general elections in Delta State.

APC Governors fault Obaseki over. CBN printing of N60bn allegation By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum has criticised the Edo state Governor , Godwin Obaseki, over his recent public comment that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) printed N60 billion to augment the shortfall in the federal Government allocation to states. In a statement issued yesterday by the chairman of the Forum, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, who is the Governor of Kebbi State, the APC Governors said the claim by Governor Obaseki does not reflect the true situation of things. The Forum, in the statement released to newsmen Sunday in Abuja, said at first, the impression it got was that it was an off the cuff remark made in a private meeting, but “we were however

shocked to see yet another response from our colleague to the rebuttal by the HM Finance insisting that the March 2021 FAAC was augmented via the printing of money. The PGF states: “Given the significance of the statement from a sitting governor and the possible negative impact it has brought to the credibility of both the federal and State government in managing government finances, the Forum is obliged to put a statement out. “To set the records clear and to the best of our knowledge, the total distributable statutory revenue for the month of March 2021 was N596.94 billion. Due to the shortfall in gross statutory revenues by N43.34 billion compared to the previous month, an augmentation was made in the

sum of N8.65 billion from the Forex Equalization Fund Account, which brought the total distributable revenue to N605.59 billion. “Federation revenues distributed monthly primarily consist of mineral revenues from the sale of oil and gas, as well as non-mineral revenues from customs and excise duties, company income tax, and value added tax.” The Progressive Governors admitted that there are periods when the country experiences significant fiscal shocks in federation revenues, but said the shocks are offset by other savings serviced from the federation account, including distributions from the domestic excess crude proceeds and the foreign excess crude savings account. “These payments started since 2008 when the country first experienced

fiscal shocks from the fallouts of the global financial crisis of 2008 – 2009. As a trained Economist who has been a Governor since 2016, Mr. Obaseki is aware of all the support states have received from President Buhari in coping with the shocks that have resulted from the CoviD 19 pandemic and resulting economic recession. “Not only have we received budget support, bail out support to meet salary obligations and infrastructure refunds to all states, this was implemented in the overall public interest without discrimination on the basis of party affiliation. This is why it’s unfortunate and disingenuous to allege preferential treatment of APC states when PDP governed states are even greater beneficiaries of all the support,” said the PGF.

from left:. Visiting Nigerien President, Mohamed Bazoum receiving the symbolic key to the city of Abuja by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja yesterday

Rivers LG polls is shame to democracy, no election took place - AAC says By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he African Action Congress (AAC) has called for the scraping of the State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) across the country, saying that the election conducted at the weekend in Rivers State by the State electoral commission was a shame to democracy as no election took place in the state. In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Sylvester Cletus, AAC said the outcome of the Rivers local government election is a big embarrassment to Nigeria democracy. While calling for its outright cancellation and re-conduct of the exercise, the party condemned what is described as ‘brigandage’ that it

alleged took place during the polls with ballot snatching, thuggery, late arrival of electoral materials, over militarization, as part of the unendearing traits that highlighted the polls. The statement by the AAC said “Particularly, the party came hard on Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noting that with the charade that took place in Rivers, both entities have demonstrated clearly that they are against democracy in Nigeria. “The African Action Congress, AAC , calls for the immediate scrapping of Rivers State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIEC) and other State Electoral Commissions across the 36 States of the Country. The party maintains that if these

State Electoral Commissions are not scrapped, democracy will continue to remain elusive in the country. “The objective of such Electoral Institutions has never been to act as State apparatus of mischief in scuttling, intimidating and disfranchising eligible voters in exercising their legitimate fundamental rights as enshrined by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “It is very clear that these State Electoral Commissions have outlived their usefulness and the RSIEC shoddy performance and bias clearly have shown they are not needed any more. “Its pertinent to restate categorically that RSIEC performed woefully with PDP subverting the will of the people in the Local

Government Elections in Rivers State held on 17th April, 2021. “The State Independent Electoral Commissions, SIECs, by design, is expected to work with, and regulate activities of all Political Parties ensuring no Electoral rules and regulations are violated with conduct of free, fair, credible and inclusive polls but contrary to upholding this, the Electoral Commissions completely have ostracized, subdued and emasculated political parties in the States aided and sponsored by the ruling Parties in the States”. ACC therefore called on the Federal Government to scrap such State Independent Electoral Commissions as it has totally lost credibility and neutrality and have instead enthroned electoral fraud.


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L R: Legal secretary SMEDAN, Barr. Rita Barney; Director General of SNEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda;General Coordinator NBBTC,Barr. Ogbonna Mba Obiefule and President, NBBTC Nigeria, Amb. Henry Chike, during the Signing of Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) between SMEDAN and NBB TC Holdings to establish a multi country trade network of goods and services based on a system that thrives on virtual platform which operates in 114 countries in Abuja, recently.

Anambra guber: As 16 PDP aspirants wait for Wada’s screening committee report By Lateef Ibrahim

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t is a truism that the Anambra State governorship election, which will be conducted to elect a successor to Governor Willie Obiano of the state, who has been piloting its affairs for over seven years now, will take place on November 6, this year. This is because the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has already okayed that date, barring any unforseen circumstance(s) that may necessitate a change in date. Although, the State is presently under the control of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, but the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as well as the ruling party at the centre, All Progressives Congress, APC, from all indications, are doing all thing legally possible, to win the state come Saturday, November 6. The quest to win the Anambra State governorship election is beyond just coming victorious in the state for the political parties. It will, no doubt, speak volume or serve as a pointer/ signal as to the direction things will go politically in the SouthEast geo-political come the 2023 general election. Already, both the PDP and APC have slated their governorship primaries to pick their respective candidates for the Anambra governorship election for June 26, this year. The PDP, for instance, spent Monday and Tuesday last week (April 12 and 13 respectively) in screening the sixteen aspirants who purchased the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms at its Wadata House National Secretariat in

Abuja. The aspirants screened included; Senator Uche Ekwunife, Dr Obiora Okonkwo, Mr Godwin Ezeemo, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, Hon. Chris Azubogu, Okeke Walter Ubaka, Barr. (Mrs) Chidi Onyemelukwe, Mr Tony Nwoye, Mr Winston Udeh and Dr Ifedi Okwena. Others were; Mr Godwin Maduka, Mrs Ekwochi Genevieve, Mr Ugochukwu Uba, Mr Emeka Etiaba, Hon Nzeribe Marcellinus Chukwumaeze and Chief Maduafokwa Olisakwe Johnny Eisenhower. Each of the aspirants coughed out the sum of twentyone (21) million naira to obtain the two forms. This is aside from another five (5) million naira each of them paid at the Anambra State office of the party. The responsibility/mandate of screening the aspirants was given to a former Governor of Kogi State and pilot, Captain Idris Wada and four others. Wada, at the end of the screening exercise, confidently declared that his committee had done a thorough job that is good enough for any of the candidates that emerges to scale judicial hurdles, should they arise. Captain Wada, whose committee began sitting at exactly 9am on the first and second day and sat till 7pm on each of the two days, told journalists at the end screening exercise that all the aspirants were made of quality stuffs. The former Kogi State governor said, “I am happy to state that we have completed the physical exercise of examining the aspirants who have come up

for the gubernatorial elections in Anambra state, under our great party, the PDP. There were 16 aspirants”. The committee screened ten aspirants on the first day and six on the last day. Continuing, he said, “Yesterday (Monday) we were able to interview and interact with 10 of them and today the last day), we have completed interactions with the remaining six. “All the aspirants were outstanding individuals and we believe that whoever emerges eventually as the candidate of our party, after the primaries, will be a credible, very strong candidate who will help our party to win the elections. “We will compile our report on each of the aspirants and then forward our recommendations to the National Working Committee. “I believe that with a thorough work we have done, any candidates that emerges from our party will come out strong well qualified, no misdemeanors, no issues will be raised as to his/her qualifications. “They are people of experience, and they will be able to impress the people of Anambra State to elect them as the governor for the state under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party PDP”, he said. Speaking on what the screening committee has put in place to forestall a repeat of the Bayelsa State’s experience where a governor-elect, was disqualified as a result of the certificate of his running mate, Wada said, “You must look at the dedication and passion which we have applied to this

exercise, we have been very thorough, very detailed. “We asked several questions, which were efficient, you know efficiency is a factor of time and productivity. “So we have worked very hard to examine all the documents thoroughly we are being guided by recent Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High court decisions on candidates. “We believe that the job we have done is thorough enough for any of the candidates that emerge to scale judicial hurdles, should they arise. “Nobody came to us with bogus certificates or documentations that we could not verify. We used the means available to us to ensure that documents that were examined were thoroughly examined and they were confirmed to be authentic. “We had no incidence of any false certificate or fake certificates or anything like that. And my committee members are all very experienced politicians and highly educated individuals. So we are confidence of the job we have done for our party”, he confidently declared. He explained that the mandate given to his committee by the National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP was to examine these sixteen (16) aspirants , “and we have done that successfully”. According to him, “Anything beyond what we have done is up for the NWC and they have people or experience and knowledge to help them in determining who is suitable to be deputy governor”. Reacting to the issue of possible consensus candidate among the aspirants, Captain

Wada said, “It did not come up directly because out mandate is to examine then (aspirants) and their documentations and see whether they are suitable. “But as leaders of our party, as committed members of the PDP, we discussed with them on possibility of working together for total support of whoever emerges after the primaries and we will convey some of our observations to the NWC for their decisions. But consensus candidacy was not part of our mandate. We did not dabble into that’. Answering a question as to which aspect(s) of the committee’s assignment needed to be improved upon, the former Governor of Kogi state said, “To be quite honest, this is the most thorough screening exercise I have seen in PDP. “The National Working Committee and the Office of the National organizing Secretary have organized screening in PDP now in a well documented way, where you are guided on things you should do to make sure that you don’t fall into some of the mistakes of the past, because this is the brief we got for the screening and we followed it to the letter. “It’s a document published by the National Organising Secretary’s office, we followed it to the letter, and it guided us properly as to how to interact with the aspirants to ensure that a thorough job was done. “In terms of improvement I don’t really have any comment at this stage, we’ll see at the end of our report if we will include any recommendations we have for improvement. “What is happening now is about the highest quality I’ve seen and I really commend the office of national Organising Secretary and the National Working Committee for taking the pains to produce a detailed guidelines for members of screening committees of our party, they’ve done a great job”. Pressed as to when the outcome or report of his committee will be made public, Wada retorted, “I think in a few weeks, like, you know, I can’t be more specific, because we have to sit down, write the report and detail all the observations we have, and then conveyed it to them”. Pressed further, he said, “I think in about two weeks, we should be able to submit a full report, I don’t want to be more specific than that”. With about a week already gone out of the two weeks promised for the report of the screening committee to be made public, the question remains, who will succeed the screening and who will not? Time, certainly, will tell.

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Why APC chairmanship should be reserved for CPC group - Salihu Mustapha Salihu Mustapha is a former National Vice Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), in this interview with journalists, he says APC chairmanship should be ceded to CPC group in the party. Our correspondent, Ikechukwu Okaforadi was there. Excerpts: Before you join the chairmanship fray, are you aware that leaders of the defunct CPC are promoting the candidacy of Tanko Almakura? I am not aware that CPC has endorsed former Governor Almakura for the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC). If CPC is alive today, I am the most senior person of CPC. Aside late Prince Tony Momoh, I am number two. I am not aware, I am telling you categorically that there is no day the former CPC members met and agreed to promote the candidacy of the former Governor of Nasarawa State. So there is nothing like that. Talk of CPC, like I said, I was former Deputy National Vice Chairman North. Unfortunately our then national chairman, Prince Tony Momoh, just passed on no too long ago. I mean there is nobody promoting the candidacy of Almakura. Unless you are the one that wants to promote it. There is a document that leaked indicating that Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State is promoting his predecessor on the grounds that Adams Oshiomhole was of the ACN and that Almakura is of the CPC and that they should support him to takeover, we media people are aware of this? Governor Sule, when did he join politics? He just joined politics. This is his first outing. He used to be a staff member of Dangote, so he cannot say he is promoting somebody to takeover the chairmanship of APC because he is not a member of the CPC. In principle yes, Oyegun came from the defunct ANPP, Oshiomhole came from the defunct ACN, but the party is yet to announce officially the zoning of the party chairmanship to the North Central, when it does, we will make our case known. Yes, some of us believe that since ANPP and ACN have produced the chairmen of the party, then the CPC should be given the opportunity. This is more so because politically, when you look at President Buhari, the CPC camp in the APC will be having an outgoing President. And naturally, if the President comes from the South, the Vice President comes from the North, then those of us that are from the North Central should be allowed to produce the chairman of the party. That is the understanding in principle, but it is not an official thing yet. And even if it becomes, there should be

hierarchy. Almakura is a serving senator now, let him contribute his quota there and do the work that he has been voted for. Looking at the array of persons aspiring for APC chairman, most are former governors, how do you intend to pull your way against them? Sometimes we are the ones that mortgage ourselves in this country. Before they became governors were they Governors? They contested to become Governors. So, must there be a Governors’ cult that will decide what happens in this country. I mean before they became Governors, they were also ordinary people like you and I. The same way they aspired to become something, all of us should also have the right to aspire. It is not a contest of titles, it is a call for anybody that wants to serve. With all due respect, I need their support, I need their endorsement. I am not saying that I am coming to fight. I believe that we all mean well for ourselves in the party and we are going to create a platform as APC that we can use to deliver on our own electoral promises or goals. Who are those in your camp that you bank on; have you consulted with the villa in your chairmanship aspiration? Like I said, it is not a contest of titles, but a contest of what you can offer. I am bringing energy, faithfulness, experience, goodwill. It is teamwork for me, and not one man show. When I say it is teamwork, I mean it is an ongoing consultation, it is an ongoing process. In politics you don’t shutdown until you have finished, otherwise you are doomed to fail. So, it is an ongoing process. On the issue of villa support, we all know the President very well, he is a man that will always tell you that he is not for any man and that he is for every man, but he knows those of us who have been with him since he joined politics. There is a difference between a child that you nurtured for over thirty years and another child that just came in today. Looking at the situation of

APC today, do you think this convention will be held in June? Well for me, the party knows what it is doing. The party is mindful of INEC timetable, and as a party in government, I believe we are also mindful of the electoral law that is being proposed. Whereby we want all primary elections to be held six months before the general election so that we can have all court cases trashed before swearing in, so that you do not go to court before swearing in. As a party in government, we are mindful of these and the caretaker committee members are also mindful of these. I am sure they will come up with a definite date for the convention before we hit the deadline of INEC. So I want to believe they are taking all these into consideration and part of the work they are to do is to make sure they come up with a feasible date early enough for us to hold the convention. What are your agenda for the party if you eventually emerge APC chairman? I want to instill discipline in the party and bring about purposeful leadership. I want to put an enabling environment, with the party as a vehicle to be able to deliver on the promises to Nigerians. Are you saying that Mai Mala Buni, who is the current caretaker chairman of your party is not doing these things? He is a caretaker chairman; he is an elected governor. He has work to do in his state for God’s sake. I don’t think you will support the abnormality that we have now or do you want that he should be doing these two works at the same time? Party administration is different. Now, there are certain things he will do, you will be one of the first people that will complain. You see, we should be very clear with some of these things. Party administration is different. We want to have a party that will create an enabling environment for all. A party that will promote certain values, a party that will partner with government, that will sponsor a government so that you will be able to say that during the

He is a caretaker chairman; he is an elected governor. He has work to do in his state for God’s sake. I don’t think you will support the abnormality that we have now or do you want that he should be doing these two works at the same time

Malam Saliu Mustapha, an aspirant for APC national chairmanship position. campaigns, these are our party manifestos, these are what we believe in, so that you can hold us to it and say when you were promoting certain candidate you promised that so and so will be done. We want to now have a party that will be able to instill discipline in the members. Today, we have court cases here and there, but it should not be so. There should be party supremacy. For me, I said I am going to bring all these and I believe I have the integrity, I have the qualities, I have the energy for all these, and I have the goodwill to be able have an accommodating environment, to be a bridge builder, these are the things I want to offer. You said you led CPC to the merger negotiations before APC was formed, and I believe you must have records of all that transpired during the negotiation, was there a time that an agreement was reached that there shall be power rotation between North and South West? These are gentleman agreement and understanding. These are not documented things, so whatever APC does might be different from what other parties like PDP will do. So, there is always a gentleman understanding. Was that gentleman understanding there to rotate power between North and

South West? In the final merger arrangement when we chose the party positions, in principles with good understanding, we chose these positions. Yes, Bisi Akande was to be the protem chairman because we felt that we already had somebody that everybody was looking towards to emerge as the presidential candidate in the primaries. But that did not stop Rochas Okorocha from contesting. So you see when you have an understanding in principle, it is not binding except it is in writing. Yes, we felt the presidency should go to the North at that time, but it did not stop Rochas Okorocha from South East from contesting. So if he had won that day, you would say you wouldn’t give it to him? you will give it to him. So, whatever APC is doing in principle as friends or as a family, let it be within the APC. I am not in the position to now tell you that it was agreed, witnessed and signed by XYZ. There was nothing like that, but there was an understanding in principle that the North should produce the President at that time. For me, I believe that in the political climate in which we are today, we should be able to accommodate and balance the equation for all of us because as of today in Nigeria, there are two sharp divides, which are ethnicity and religion and I think it is time we should be able to work above these divides.


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he National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said, it has saved over N22.45billion for the Federal Government through Information Technology (IT) Clearance. This was disclosed by the Agency, Monday in Abuja at a Press Conference as part of activities lined up for the celebration of its 20th Year Anniversary. Recall, NITDA was established in April 2001, to be precise, on the 18th of April 2001, following the Federal Executive Council’s approval of the National Information Technology Policy in March 2001. Consequently, the National Assembly passed into law the NITDA Act, 2007, which mandates the Agency to regulate, develop, and advise on Information Technology practices in Nigeria. The agency also disclosed that with the release of the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation (NDPR), it has created a new industry, stimulated new business models, and empowered thousands of Nigerians through capacity building and skills development. It said, it “licensed 72 Data Protection Compliance Organizations (DPCOs), created over 2,686 new jobs roles in the industry, developed a new data protection sector valued at around 2.2 billion Naira”. Speaking, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami noted that NITDA has played critical roles in national development by providing the legal framework for information technology development and pioneering IT developmental projects. “Some of the major achievement of NITDA that I appreciate is the area of Information Technology project clearance. The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is

NITDA At 20: FG saved over N22bn from IT Clearance more about fighting corruption and this one of the strategic areas where corruption has been fought when it comes to IT project in Nigeria,” Pantami said. He explained that the effective handling of a single IT project clearance by NITDA has saved Nigeria over N2billion. “I know a situation where a project will be brought to NITDA, and after the clearance, NITDA will bring the price down by 30%, or there about. I know of a single project where NITDA through IT project clearance saved over N2billion for the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said. The Minister said, another area NITDA deserves commendation was the Nigeria Data Protection Regulation. “This is a subsidiary legislation of the Federal Government of Nigeria which was approved in January 2019, to ensure data protection, Data privacy which is our constitutional right. NITDA come up with a subsidiary legislation which we can say with all sense of humility is the first of its kind in Africa” “With that humility, I can say Nigeria is not only the giant of Africa in terms of our GDP and population, but also in Data protection and Data Privacy. Many African countries are making reference to Nigeria Data protection in the process draft or enacting a law in regards to Data protection regulation,” he said. Earlier, the Director General/ CEO, NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa said, there was no doubt that there are a lot of achievements recorded by the Agency since its establishment. According to him,” these achievements include huge ICT contribution to GDP from less than 0.5% in 2001 to more than 14% in 2020, catalysing job creation and

igniting innovative activities in the tech ecosystem. “Likewise, we have achieved a lot in digital inclusion and literacy. As a result, now we are witnessing the emergence of new economic sectors like Fintech, eCommerce, Venture Capital investment, Business Process Outsourcing, Data Protection Compliance Organisations, IT equipment manufacturing, and robust software industry. “With this important milestone in carrying out our mandates, we think our 20th-anniversary worth celebrating,” he said. Kashifu said, from inception to date, the Agency has deployed over one thousand, five hundred and sixty

(1,560) Centres across the country, with a minimum of two Centres in each of the 774 Local Government Areas of the country. He said, another critical area of focus for the Agency was Capacity Building, adding that so far, the Agency has impacted over 2.5 Million Nigerians directly and/or indirectly in multiple areas of IT throughits interventions and training. The NITDA boss said, the Agency has also successfully investigated and issued data breach fines to many organisations, including public institution. More importantly, other countries are looking up to the Agency for guidance on Data Protection Regulation. He disclosed that “the National

Digital Economy Policy and Strategy for a Digital Nigeria (NDEPS) replaced the National IT Policy. Therefore, with the expiration of NITDA’s Strategic Roadmap 2017 – 2020, we have developed a new Strategic Roadmap in line with NDEPS, which will be unveiled next week.” Other dignitaries at the event are: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, Festus Yusuf-Daudu, Executive Vice Chairman, Professor Umbar Danbatta, the Post Master General of NIPOST, Adebayo Adewusi, MD, Galaxy Backbone, Prof. Mohammed Abubakar, MD, NigComsat, Abimbola Alale, DG, NIMC, Aliyu Aziz, amongst others.

L-R: The Managing Director/CEO of KAM Holding Ltd, Dr. Kamoru Yusuf; Director General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Mallam Salim Farooq and the Coordinator of Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, in Kwara State, Mrs. Esther Okon during the tour of KAM Holding facilities, yesterday in Ilorin.

OAGF To Help NEITI Track Oil, Gas Revenue

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he Office of the Accountant General of the Federation is to support the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) in tracking oil and gas revenue that accrue to the Federal Government to ensure appropriate remittances. The Accountant General of the Federation stated this when he received the leadership of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), led on a visit to him by the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji. The Director, Information, Press and Public Relations, OAGF, Henshaw Ogubike in a statement said, Idris, while reacting to the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI)’s request for support to effect requisite reforms in the

management of the country’s oil and gas revenues, assured that the Federal Treasury, “will partner and give the necessary support to NEITI to achieve efficient monitoring of oil and gas revenue accruals to the government”. He commended the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for the successes it has recorded so far, adding that the effort of the Agency to entrench probity, transparency and accountability in the management of the country’s oil and gas revenues is in line with the government’s financial management reforms initiatives. The Accountant General of the Federation also made a case for integration of NEITI as an institutional partner in the Federal Government’s strategic revenue growth initiative. He reasoned that integrating the Agency into the Federal Government’s strategic revenue growth initiative will be a big leap

forward in government’s vision of improving revenue collection, mobilization and identifying additional sources of revenue. He noted that operating under obsolete laws has greatly hampered the activities of the Agency and called for periodic review of NEITI Act and other laws that regulate the operations of the oil and gas sector to reflect current realities. In his remarks, the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji , said NEITI was established to track revenues accruing to the government from oil and gas transactions, especially remittances of such revenues to ensure accountability. Dr. Orji commended the Accountant General of the Federation for the successes so far recorded in the government financial management reforms initiatives and solicited support for the Agency’s activities and challenges.

AGF, Ahmed Idris and Dr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji Executive Secretary /CEO, NEITI, during a visit to the Treasury House, Abuja.


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Tribute Mahmud Tukur: A True Patriot By Mamman Daura

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r Mahmud Tukur who died recently in Abuja held many prominent offices of state but no post defined him like his spirit of nationalism and patriotism. In his adult life, he was Principal Secretary Northern Nigeria Civil Service; Principal of the Institute of Administration, Kongo, Zaria; an affiliate College of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Principal and later Vice Chancellor of Bayero University Kano and although appointed Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, he refused to accept the post on account of impropriety and violation of the rules. He was also Minister of Commerce and Industry in General Buhari’s Government of 1984-85. Mahmud Muhammad Tukur was born in 1939 in Yola to Aishatu (Adda) and Muhammad Tukur, Wakilin Chamba, District Head of Jada, who played a prominent role in ensuring that the Northern Cameroons plebiscite went Northern Nigeria’s way. His mother taught him to read and recite the Qur’an. His father taught him discipline. By his elders account, he grew up as a brilliant and precocious young man. It was not a surprise, therefore, that he topped the class in Bauchi Secondary School coming out with a Grade 1 in the West African School Certificate in 1957. I first set eyes on Mahmud Tukur in August 1958 when a group of us were assembled in Kano to be flown to the UK for further studies. The Sardauna, Premier of the North (may ALLAH rest his soul) personally selected six boys, all top of their class in their respective secondary schools: Mahmud Tukur, Tiamiyu Salami, Abubakar Alhaji, Augustine Yange (now Abdullahi Yange), Shehu Ibrahim and myself were told to drop whatever we were doing and prepare to go to England. We were taken to London, thence to Bournemouth and placed in Bournemouth Municipal College. The Sardauna’s instruction was that we were to be given a “liberal education”. The subjects in the curricula were: History, Geography, English Literature, Latin, Logic and Mathematics. We enjoyed our studies although Mahmud complained that Logic was jolly uninteresting. He and I shared rooms in our digs and have been sharing views, advocating causes and defending interests ever since. In quick succession,

Mahmud passed his O and A levels and was admitted to Aberystwyth campus, University of Wales, where Prince Charles, the eldest son of the Queen of England also studied. He came out top of the class there too being awarded the Elizabeth Morris memorial prize. He graduated with Honours Degree in International Relations. His tutor, the distinguished academician, Professor P. A. Reynolds held Mahmud in such high regard that on occasions he would ask Mahmud to review a new book and would present it for publication under his name. No higher praise from a teacher to a student. His academic performances were outstanding, proceeding to the University of Pittsburgh, US and to North Western University to do a Masters Degree in International Relations. There he was with an old friend, Professor John Paden, author of books on Nigeria including biographies of Ahmadu Bello (1976) and Muhammad Buhari (2015). On returning home from America, he joined the Northern Nigeria Civil Service with stints in the Premiers Office as District Officer (D.O.) in Niger Province and at the newly created Ministry of Water Resources. He learnt the rudiments of government under great civil servants like Ali Akilu, Liman Ciroma and Sunday Awoniyi. In view of his academic leanings, the Northern Nigerian Government seconded him to ABU to head the Institute of Administration, Kongo, Zaria. There he shaped the themes and curricula of the College to suit the developmental requirements of the North. It was in fact at Kongo that he came into national prominence by organizing prestigious seminars on the state of the nation and future course of development and politics. The seminars kicked off with major contributions by Ahmadu Coomassie, Dr Ishaya Audu, then Vice Chancellor of ABU and Ali Akilu. From Lagos, Allison Ayida, Philip Asiodu and Ime Ebong, the celebrated and influential so-called super Permanent Secretaries in General Gowon’s government were regular participants over the years. Mahmud Tukur undertook the task of systematizing all the aggregates of viewpoints and proposals into workable policy options and forwarded the conference consensus to Federal and State Governments. After the war, the Federal Government appointed him

Mahmud Muhammad Tukur

Principal, later Vice-Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano. Mahmud Tukur brought to bear his intellect and energy to fashion a university which will be in harmony with its environment. The idea of a University differs from society to society. Mahmud Tukur believed that a university in Northern Nigeria must adapt and conform to the overall theme and direction of the founders of the Sokoto Caliphate: Shehu Usman Danfodio, Abdullahi Gwandu and Sultan Muhammadu Bello. He avidly read and taught books of these great masters. Alas his tenure in BUK was cut short as a result of a bizarre decision by General Obasanjo who abruptly posted Mahmud Tukur as Vice-Chancellor of Lagos University and Professor Akinkugbe to ABU. Mahmud refused and resigned his offices. This abrupt end did not result in complete distance from the Academia. Mahmud set to work and adapt his Doctoral thesis to write his stupendous “Leadership and Governance in Nigeria: the relevance of values.” It was a major work of scholarship and understanding. During, in between and even at the end of his formal public service, he was called upon to assist the Government in different ways. He was a member of, first the Adebo and then the Udoji Salaries and Wages Commissions after the Civil War, he helped draft many of the recommendations in the two committees. Both Adebo and Udoji held him in high esteem. We served together in the Constitution Drafting Committee set up by General Murtala Muhammed in 1975 under the Chairmanship of the veteran lawyer Rotimi Williams. Mahmud Tukur always argued during deliberations that a Constitution should not be just an abstract, not to say abstruse, legal document but a living document in tune with the social system of the polity. That way, we were able to simplify and clarify many opaque chapters of the Draft Constitution. This 1976-77 draft is what is currently in use today with few major changes. Throughout my 60 odd years of knowing Mahmud, I never knew him to shirk an assignment or duck a challenge. He was forthright, honest, a stickler for doing things in the right way. A student of society he believed in the traditional institutions of Northern Nigeria and in the oneness of Nigeria. He championed the cause of the North and Nigeria. He was a true patriot and a scholar for the ages.

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Cross section of COVID 19 suppliers and Contractors in FCT protesting non payment after completing their job for over a year, at the Minister’s of FCT office, yesterday in Abuja. Photo : Justin Imo-owo

COVID-19: Stakeholders donate 400- capacity Molecular laboratory to FCTA By Stanley Onyekwere

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ome stakeholders under the umbrella of FCT Ministerial Expert Advisory Committee on COVID-19 have donated a world-class molecular diagnostic laboratory to the FCT Administration, to boost fight against the pandemic and other health challenges in the Territory. Speaking at the commissioning and handover of the multi million Naira 400-capacity testing facility, provided by the Committee at the Kubwa General Hospital, FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello said it’s a vital and welcome intervention in the healthcare sector. Bello said the modern facility, fully equipped molecular diagnostic laboratory, with the capacity of processing about 400 blood samples per day, will boost testing for COVID-19 in the FCT.

He expressed gratitude to the FCT Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar for their enormous contributions to our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. “The committee is today bequeathing to the FCT, their legacy project, which is the donation of this molecular diagnostic laboratory here at Kubwa General Hospital. “It’s to their credit and great work done by our medical personnel and our entire COVID-19 response team that despite the the status of the FCT as an epicenter of COVID-19 in Nigeria, we have recorded relatively low fatalities and met our testing targets. “We intend to put this laboratory to good and effective use even long after this war against covid19 is won and forgotten, which we pray will not be very long from now. “We must however, not be complacent

despite the low positives, we are currently witnessing as the virus is still very much around”, the Minister stated. He therefore urged members of the public to seize the opportunity currently provided to get vaccinated, while observing all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures already prescribed. Similarly, the Minister of State For Health, Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, described the provision of the facility as apt, as it’s one of the most important aspects of medical care, because no one can effectively treat patients without proper diagnosis. He noted that COVID-19 is a blessing in disguise as several interventions to tackle the pandemic provided opportunity to boost healthcare services. He however commended the FCTA for its efforts to ensure the defeat of the COVID-19

Earlier, while handing over the facility to the FCT Minister, Chairman of the Advisory Committee, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar, expressed optimism that the laboratory will serve as a trigger for the building and equipping at least one laboratory each in the Area Councils of the FCT in the next five years. Umar disclosed that the committee suggested to the FCT Administration, to give consideration on how this laboratory along with other existing and future ones, can operate on a sustainable basis. He adds: “To this effect, we wish to suggest the consideration of the FCTA to explore public private partnership arrangement; or to create a full-fledged FCT Directorate of Laboratory Services, which will report directly to the Permanent Secretary and will have its own line vote in the FCTA annually”.

Contractors tackle FCTA perm Sec over unpaid COVID-19 supplies By Stanley Onyekwere

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or allegedly failing to pay liabilities owned to contractors, who supplied various items in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory, the embattled FCT Administration, Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola has been fingered by the aggrieved contractors as the behind their woes. Our correspondent reports that representatives of over 300 affected contractors, claimed that they executed various COVID-19 contracts for the administration between March 2020 and April 2021, without being paid. They alleged that they supplied various medical equipment and Personal Protective equipment and other things used in containing the pandemic. However, the angry contractors as early as 10am stormed Area 11 where the offices of FCT Ministers; and that of the Permanent Secretary

are located, and blocked the major entrances, in protest against the delayed payment, one year after. One of the Contractors, Emmanuel Nwachendu, said, “ This is one whole year after the supply. The agreement states that two weeks after the supply, once you supply bring your invoice and you will be paid. This is one year running nothing. “We supplies medical equipment, agents, PPE but since that last year it has been one story or the other. What we heard initially was that procurement processes was suspended and these money was supposed to have been paid withing two weeks, maximum 1 month, of supply. Some of us took loan to be able to meet up with the supply. “This Permanent Secretary Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Adesola Olusade came and met with us he brought bout procurement process and that day we were over 300 contractors in the room, the hall becoming roudy, that was October 2020”.

He continued: “And they told us they were waiting for suplementary budget, that as soon as the suplementary budget is passed that we are going to be aid . As soon as the suplementary budget was passed, they asked us to to bring our documents which we did. “ We followed it up to ensure that everyone made it. We followed the files, what is annoying was that they batched the files , they said they said they were paying is 80% and we told them go ahead and pay. And they paid the 1st batch but when it get to the second batch which has more contractors . “ We even followed it up, from one department to the other, after the 5th week, the Permanent Secretary said for the 1st batch that he only paid those below N10m and there are some of us that are below N5 millon but were not paid”. Meanwhile, Adesola, while addressing aggrieved contractors who are yet to be paid for jobs executed for the administration, reaffirmed its commitment to pay all

outstanding liabilities owned to contractors who supplied various items in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic in the Territory. Appealing to the contractors to exercise patience, he however, revealed that despite the challenges of funding, the administration has paid 109 contractors who supplied Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) and 54 contractors in other Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs). The Permanent Secretary who hinged the delay in payments to dwindling internal revenue generation and expected funds from the federal government, also expressed optimism that the contractors would be paid as soon as possible. He stressed that the procurement for COVID-19 supplies cut across all the SDAs including Water Board, Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Federal Capital Development Authority, Social Development Secretariat, Education Secretariat amongst others.


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of Flyer 1, the aircraft that made that historic flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, more than 117 years ago. There were cheers in the JPL control centre as the first photos of the flight arrived back on Earth. In the background, MiMi Aung could be heard saying: “It’s real!” To claps from her colleagues, she tore up the contingency speech to have been used in the event of failure. The demonstration saw the Marscopter rise to about 3m, hover, swivel and then set down. In all, it managed almost 40 seconds of flight, from takeoff to landing. Getting airborne on the Red Planet is not easy. The atmosphere is very thin, just 1% of the density here at Earth. This gives the blades on a rotorcraft very little to bite into to gain lift. There’s help from the lower gravity at Mars, but still - it takes a lot of work to get up off the ground. Ingenuity was therefore made extremely light and given the power (a peak power of 350 watts) to turn those blades extremely fast - at over 2,500 revolutions per minute for this particular flight. Control was autonomous. The distance to Mars - currently just under 300 million km - means radio signals take minutes to traverse the intervening space. Flying by joystick is

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hina’s GDP grew 18.3 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, the fastest in three decades since the data was released, with key economic indicators all expanding at over 20 percent, setting an encouraging start for the whole year that is buoyed by a low base, soaring overseas demand and rebounding consumption at home. The stellar data offers a glimpse into the strength of China’s economic recovery , which has been retaking lost ground since the second half of 2020. The country is likely to record the highest growth rate among major economies and make the greatest contribution to the global economy in the first quarter, on top of the US, analysts noted. Looking ahead, China’s economy is forecasted to keep a stable growth, but it may enter “unchartered waters” in the second half of the

against poverty. From 2016 to 2020, China relocated more than 9.6 million registered impoverished residents, and built about 35,000 resettlement areas for them. Luo Yoinghe used to live in Doudi village, Huishui county, southwest China’s Guizhou province. Five years ago, he and his fellow villagers were relocated to a community in the economic development zone of Huishui county.

A selfie of the Ingenuity helicopter and the Perseverance rover simply out of the question. Asked whether she was surprised the flight had worked, MiMi Aung said: “No, I’m not. We really had nailed the equations, the models and the verification here on Earth in our laboratory tests. So, it then became a question of: have we chosen the right materials to build Ingenuity, to survive the space environment, to survive the Mars environment?

After Luo was elected as the secretary of the Party branch of the community in December 2016, he made a decision to find jobs for all relocated residents. He started a night school that provided 15-day vocational training programs. Based on an investigation into the literacy and educational background of the residents, the night school tailored different training plans to suit different groups and desired jobs. It is estimated that the night

“We’ve gone from ‘theory says you can’ to really now having done it. It’s a major first for the human race,” she told BBC News. Ingenuity has two cameras onboard. A black-and-white camera that points down to the ground, which is used for navigation, and a highresolution colour camera that looks out to the horizon. A sample navigation image sent

school’s training programs are joined around 1,200 times each year. To provide better employment services, the community has also established a labor service company to match job seekers to enterprises. Among all 5,935 residents at the community, 3,123 have secured jobs, or at least two in each family. “We have more than 400 enterprises around us, as well as

back to Earth revealed the helicopter’s shadow on the floor of the crater as it came back in to land. Satellites will send home more pictures of the flight over the next day. There was only sufficient bandwidth in the orbiters’ first overflight to return a short snatch of video from Perseverance, which was watching and snapping away from a distance of 65m. Longer sequences should become available in due course.

six poverty alleviation workshops in the community. The per capita monthly income stands at around 3,000 yuan ($459) to 4,000 yuan,” said Luo. According to him, the average annual per capita income of the village was less than 3,000 yuan in 2016, and has hit 14,800 yuan today. “We shall work harder on employment to better revitalize the countryside and improve the wellbeing of people,” he added.

China’s Q1 GDP grows 18.3% y-o-y, the fastest in three decades year as geopolitical tensions keep developing and the marginal effect of global economic recovery has weakened. Some analysts are upbeat about China’s GDP which might gain by a double-digit growth in the second quarter. For the whole year, the growth rate could reach 9 percent, analysts said, well above the government-set goal of above 6 percent. In the first three months, China’s GDP grew 18.3 percent to 24.9 trillion yuan($3.82 trillion), compared with a 6.8-percent contraction in the same period last year when the economy came to a standstill amid coronavirus lockdown. Social retails soared 33.9 percent, fixed-asset investment jumped 25.6

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he American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world. Confirmation came via a satellite at Mars which relayed the chopper’s data back to Earth. The space agency is promising more adventurous flights in the days ahead. Ingenuity will be commanded to fly higher and further as engineers seek to test the limits of the technology. The rotorcraft was carried to Mars in the belly of Nasa’s Perseverance Rover, which touched down in Jezero Crater on the Red Planet in February. “We can now say that human beings have flown a rotorcraft on another planet,” said a delighted MiMi Aung, project manager for Ingenuity at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “We’ve been talking for so long about our ‘Wright Brothers moment’ on Mars, and here it is.” This is a reference to Wilbur and Orville Wright who conducted the first powered, controlled aircraft flight here on Earth in 1903. Ingenuity even carries a small swatch of fabric from one of the wings

y rolling out various measures, including launching vocational training, developing featured industries, and providing financial support, China is working to consolidate the results of poverty alleviation relocation and ensure that the relocated residents can secure jobs and become better-off. Relocation is essential for bringing leapfrog development to the Chinese people in inhospitable areas, and an important approach to the country’s victory in its fight

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percent, and industrial production gained by over 24.5 percent, data released by the National Bureau of Statistic showed on Friday. Industry observers said the data underscores a broadened recovery momentum, particularly in March which marks a watershed in consumption from “divergent recovery” to “going full swing.” “Millions of Chinese stayed at their working cities during the Spring Festival holidays, coupled with the resurgence of sporadic coronavirus cases, which curbed consumption to some extent in the first two months. With the rollout of vaccination plan across the country, there is a turnaround in March,” Lian Ping, head of the Zhixin Investment Research Institute, told the Global Times.

Analysts also highlighted the role of flooding overseas orders in shoring up China’s industrial production acceleration in the first three months. “The global economy seems to be walking out of the pandemicinduced recession, which will boost foreign demands for Chinese merchandises till at least June. This stays in contrast to last year, when the recovery of the supply side outpaced that of the demand side,” Tian Yun, vice director of the Beijing Economic Operation Association, told the Global Times. Building on the momentum, China will continue to make the biggest contribution to the global economy, serving as an engine of growth for the world. Its gap with the US - the world’s largest economy

- is expected to further narrow, according to Tian, who expected China’s economic scale to overtake that of the US in a decade and usher in a new world economic landscape. In 2020, China’s economic volume represented about 70 percent of that of the US. But analysts noted that while China’s industrial production has been back to the right track, the growth of fixed-investment and consumption have yet to bounce back to pre-virus level despite a dramatic improvement from last year. “With three minor vacations in the second quarter and consumers’ confidence being improved, consumption will continue to gain steam in the April-June period,” Lian added.

suspected poacher has died after being trampled by elephants in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The South African National Parks (SANParks) on Sunday said the deceased and his two colleagues had been running away from the park’s field rangers “when they ran into a breeding herd of elephants”. SANParks said the rangers arrested one of the suspects, who told them of their encounter with the elephants. He said he was unsure if his colleagues had escaped. “The rangers discovered his accomplice badly trampled and who had unfortunately succumbed to his injuries,” the park’s body said in a statement. “The third suspect is said to have been injured in the eye but continued to flee. A rifle was recovered and the case was referred to police, whom together with the pathology team attended to the scene,” it added. Kruger National Park executive Gareth Coleman said it was unfortunate that a life had been lost, while congratulating all those involved in the arrests for their “teamwork and dedication”. In 2019, a suspected rhino poacher was trampled on by an elephant and then eaten by a pride of lions in the park.

Thousands of Covid vaccines expire in South Sudan

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ealth authorities in South Sudan have reported that 60,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, donated by the African Union, expired before they were used. The country last month postponed the start of the vaccination campaign, citing logistical challenges. Vaccinations are currently being done using another batch of 132,000 doses. received in March through the vaccine sharing Covax initiative. Dr Richard Laku, the government’s Incident Manager, said even if the country had started vaccinations using the 60,000 doses, they wouldn’t have finished them before the expiry date. About 2,000 health workers and the elderly in the capital Juba have received their first jab since the rollout started two weeks ago. The World Health Organization’s Country Representative, Fabian Ndenzako, said they would offer guidance to the government on how to dispose the vaccines if called upon.

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vory Coast would be the hardest hit of the African national teams if players in a proposed new European Super

League (ESL) are banned from playing international football. The Elephants have five first-team regulars at clubs that

have announced their intention to join the ESL - Serge Aurier at Tottenham; Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal; Franck Kessie at AC

Milan; and Manchester United pair Eric Bailly and Amad Diallo. Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez and Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang would also miss out if world football’s governing body Fifa follows up on previous statements that any players who appear in an ESL would be banned from international tournaments such as the World Cup. As it stands, a total of 13 African nations could lose players. So far 12 of Europe’s top clubs have agreed to join the new ESL, including six from the English Premier League - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. The Premier League clubs will join AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus and Real Madrid.

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efugees in three main camps in Rwanda say they are suffering from hunger after the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) slashed their assistance. In February, the WFP announced the reduction of food - and cash from 7,600 Rwandan francs ($7.6; £5.5) for one person per month to 3,040 francs - “because aid from donors has considerably reduced” during the Covid pandemic. More than 100,000 refugees -

mainly Burundians and Congolese -depend on UN aid, after fleeing violence in their countries. Refugees in the Mahama camp in Rwanda’s eastern region and those living in Kigeme in the south told the BBC’s Yves Bucyana that they were suffering and some residents had taken their own lives. “Hunger is going to kill us. You can’t survive on 100 Rwandan francs per day, if you see the high price in food markets here,” said

Confiance Uwamahoro, a Congolese refugee. Edson Munyakarambi, also Congolese, said one man in the camp grew so desperate that he took his own life. “I was there when we buried that one, another was recently rescued also trying to kill himself but survived,” he said. At Mahama camp, home to more than 54,000 Burundian refugees, a growing number of them have

registered to return home rather than “face hunger” in Rwanda. WFP spokesperson in Rwanda Emily Fredenberg said “the international community had been very supportive to refugees though the funding gap in 2021 remains quite wide”. She added that WFP continues to appeal for additional resources and hopes in the coming months it “can secure sufficient resources to increase the ratio size once again”.

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omalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the invitation of his counterpart Felix Tshisekedi, the current chairperson of the African Union, the state-owned Somali National News Agency (Sonna) reported. It said Farmajo arrived in DR Congo’s capital, Kinshasa, for a two-day official visit and will

hold talks with Mr Tshisekedi. “The president’s trip is aimed at strengthening bilateral and diplomatic relations, discussing security on the continent as well as the eradication of violent extremism,” Sonna said. Privately-owned Shabelle TV reported on Facebook that Mr Tshisekedi wants to help resolve a diplomatic row between Somalia

and Kenya. Somalia severed ties with neighbouring Kenya in December, accusing it of meddling in Somalia’s internal affairs and violating its sovereignty. Meanwhile, news website Garowe Online said Farmajo’s visit to DR Congo “is linked to lobbying for the illegal two-year extension from the AU”.

It is a reference to the Somali parliament’s extension of Mr Farmajo’s term in office by two years after political leaders failed to agree on a date for elections. The president’s four-year term expired on 8 February with no agreement on how to choose a successor. The extension was condemned by the AU, the European Union, and the UN.

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uthorities in Nigeria’s Katsina state say dogs and prayer sessions will be part of a new security set-up to protect students at schools from criminals. Schools in northern Nigeria have come under increased attacks from armed criminals who have abducted hundreds of students since December. More than 300 boys were kidnapped from a school in the Kankara area of Katsina state in December but were later

released. Public boarding schools in the state were ordered shut last month following increased attacks on schools in northwest Nigeria. At the reopening of schools last Saturday, the state commissioner of education, Badamasi Charanchi, announced that new security measures will be put in place to prevent further attacks. In addition to a perimeter fence, five guards and a security

post, dogs will also be deployed at public boarding schools. “We were advised to deploy these dogs at each school because they have special abilities to detect any intruder faster than human beings in many instances,” he said. He added that the dogs will alert the students and other security agents in cases of intruders or bandits. He did not say how many dogs will deployed at each school but told BBC Hausa

that schools will have a dog breeding programme. There will also be at least three daily prayer sessions at all public schools in the predominant Muslim state to pray against attacks from bandits, he told the BBC. Many public secondary schools in north-west Nigeria remain closed as authorities try to find solutions to increased attacks on schools by bandits demanding ransom payments. Source: BBC


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s rape flowers started to blossom in the 23,000 terraced fields, which cover 2,300 mu, or 153 hectares on Fuzhi Mountain of Lingnan Township, Shangyu District, the township kicked off its 12th rape flower festival. It is reported that the 23,000 terraced fields of the township located in Shaoxing, east China’s Zhejiang Province, have a history of over a thousand years. Together with traditional local residential buildings beside them, these terraced fields attracted flocks of tourists, including livestreaming hosts and enthusiasts of traditional Chinese costumes, who wanted to experience the natural beauty of the terraced fields and the charm of the local residence. Rural business forms must be enriched to vitalize the countryside,

and the cultural and tourism sector is a major area where efforts shall be taken. China’s 14th Five-Year Plan proposed to vigorously develop leisure agriculture, rural tourism, B&Bs and other featured business forms in the countryside. To do this, featured resources are a prerequisite. Located two and a half hours’ drive from Shanghai, Lingnan Township enjoys favorable geographical advantages. Besides, it has abundant ancient towns lying beside creeks or rivers, which gives it a unique and antique taste. “Apart from the resources, it’s also important to respect the people, their traditions, and local customs in rural areas, and help them solve practical problems, meet their expectations for development, and extend their history, so as to achieve sustainable development of rural tourism,” said an expert. Lingnan Township has conformed to its residents’ expectation to improve

their life quality. It planted rape flowers which both keep farmlands fertile and increase the income for villagers. Roads, bathrooms, as well as other infrastructure projects have been built in the township for better development of tourism, and it also introduced sewage disposal facilities to improve the life quality of villagers. Besides, the township is also working on the renovation and protection of ancient residential buildings to maintain their original appearance. With mud-made outer walls, wood beams and French windows, the residential buildings look both antique and modern. “It’s a great experience to live in them,” said a tourist. Realizing the value of their local culture, a great number of young people who worked out of town decided to go back to their hometown. “Our history and culture are here, and so are our families. We can both take care of our children and make

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imports and exports soared by 25 percent month-on-month, of which imports and exports rose by 35.2 percent and16.8 percent respectively. “The figures as represented by China’s imports and exports in the first quarter look good, which can be attributed to a combination of domestic and international factors,” said Li Kuiwen, spokesman for the GAC. This excellent performance reflects the fact that China’s foreign trade has become continuously more optimized over time in terms of trade entities, domestic regional layouts, international market

layouts, trade modes and product structures, Li explained, noting that the quality and efficiency of foreign trade have both been gradually improved. Li revealed that China’s policies and measures to coordinate COVID-19 prevention and control as well as economic and social development have proven to be effective, which not only helped facilitate the steady recovery of domestic production and consumption, but also provided strong support for the sustained and stable operation of foreign trade. Of particular note, the vitality of

Photo taken on Oct. 13, 2020 shows terraced fields on Fuzhi Mountain of Lingnan Township, Shaoxing, east China’s Zhejiang Province. (Photo by Pan Weifeng/People’s Daily Online) money here,” said Wang Yongyong, a man in his thirties who returned with his family and started a B&B hotel. The man now earns a decent income. In today’s era, to better transform “resources” into “assets,” internet offers a great channel, especially new

media. An online rape flower festival was held this year in the township, attracting over 600,000 visits. The township also hosted an online photography competition, winning more attention on its traditional villages.

private-owned enterprises, which have emerged as the main driving force behind foreign trade growth, has received a further boost. In the first quarter, the combined import and export growth rate for these enterprises was 13.5 percentage points higher than the overall growth rate for foreign trade. As another main driving force spurring the growth of foreign trade, cross-border e-commerce has also maintained a strong growth momentum since the beginning of this year. Preliminary customs estimates indicated that China’s cross-border e-commerce imports and exports totaled 419.5

billion yuan in the first quarter, an increase of 46.5 percent over the same period last year. “China’s customs will continue to promote the B2B export supervision pilot reform of crossborder e-commerce, and support the overseas warehouse model for the export of cross-border e-commerce goods and products, all in a bid to promote the healthy and rapid development of new business forms, the likes of which include cross-border e-commerce,” Li said. Source: People’s Daily Online

Reclaimed water takes up 30 percent China’s investment in high-tech sector soars by 37.3% in Q1 of Beijing’s annual water supply By He Yong, People’s Daily

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s Beijing enhances its efforts on sewage disposal and raises relevant standards, it is also expanding the usages and consumption of reclaimed water. At present, reclaimed water accounts for nearly 30 percent of the capital’s total annual water supply, becoming an indispensable resource of water supply. Xiaohongmen Water Reclamation Plant is a modern plant under Beijing Drainage Group Co., Ltd. It receives domestic sewage from the western and southern parts of Beijing and transforms it into water that meets the standards for class IV groundwater after 12 purifying procedures. The reclaimed water is then pumped into the Yongding River, the mother river of Beijing, through a 33.4-kilometer tube. Before getting into the Yongding River, the reclaimed water has to flow across a piece of wetland to further

degrade the nitrogen and phosphorus it carries. By the time when it enters the mother river, it has met the standards for class III groundwater. This is a typical scenario that showcases Beijing’s efforts to turn sewage into resources. According to the Beijing Water Authority, the city reclaimed 120 million cubic meters of water last year. The average annual precipitation of Beijing over the years stands at 585 mm, and the average annual available water resource is 3.74 billion cubic meters. The city’s per capita annual available water resource is less than 200 cubic meters. It once had to over exploit its underground water to maintain water supply due to continuous drought. “In the past a dozen of years, Beijing’s underground water level was dropping one millimeter each year, and every drop meant a storage reduction of 500 cubic meters ,” said Liao Ping’an, an official with the Beijing Water Authority.

To alleviate the situation, the exploitation of reclaimed water, rainfalls and other unconventional water resources was put onto the capital’s agenda. In 2013, the municipal government of Beijing proposed to build 47 water reclamation plants in three years. After that, a sewage treatment plant in Beijing’s Gaobeidian was transformed into a water reclamation plant. Now the plant reclaims around a million tonnes of water on a daily basis. Since 2013, the city has requested all of its newly built water reclamation plants and those transformed from sewage treatment plants to have their water meet the standards for class IV groundwater. As of the end of 2020, Beijing had a total of 67 major sewage treatment plants and water reclamation plants that could treat a million tonnes of water each every day. Their total daily capacity added up to nearly 6.8 million cubit meters, with a reclamation rate of 95 percent.

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Book Review: A Teenager’s Tale of courage in difficulty Book Title: Dear...in his absence Pages : 112 Year of publication : 2020 Author : Zarah Mele Kyari Publishers: 19th Media Reviewer : Nasir Dambatta

China’s foreign trade has an auspicious start in 2021 n the first quarter of this year, China’s merchandise imports and exports amounted to roughly 8.47 trillion yuan ($1.29 trillion) in total, an increase of 29.2 percent over the same period last year, indicating a rosy trend for China’s foreign trade prospects, according to the General Administration of Customs (GAC). The total value of Chinese merchandise imports and exports in the first quarter registered respective increases of 25.3 percent and 20.5 percent over the same period in 2018 and 2019. In March of this year alone, the value of China’s combined

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hina has spent 37.3 percent more in high technology investment sector investment compared to the same period last year, against the backdrop of steady investment rebound in fixed asset investments, according to statistics released from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Friday. According to the NBS, investment in high technology manufacturing increased by 41.6 percent, and investment in the high-technology services sector rose by 28.9 percent. The average growth of high-tech investment averages at around 9.9 percent. Within the high-technology sector, the investment in medical equipment manufacturing was up by 50 percent year-on-year, and the investment in computers and office equipment soared by 49.5 percent. Industrial growth has also demonstrated a steady increase in the first quarter this year. According

to the NBS, added value in China’s equipment manufacturing grew by 39.9 percent in the first quarter. The growth of production of new energy vehicles, industrial robots, and microcomputers all exceeded 60 percent, with the average in the past two years over 19 percent. Bai Ming, deputy director of the international market research institute at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation, a think-tank under the Ministry of Commerce, told the Global Times that the fast growth in high-tech manufacturing shows “quality recovery” of the economy, upgrading from its pre-pandemic level. “The fast development in high technology is backed by the strong resumption of the manufacturing sector, as well as government policy to shift the focus onto quality development and breaking the core technology bottleneck.” Source: Global Times

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n the surface, this book’s title may sound more like a collection of poems, but not at all. It oscillates between pure fiction and the true life of a Borno girl - Maryama, who went through very tough odd as a child at a loss as to the whereabouts of her father. The book captures the unfriendly socio-economic troubles that Maryama grapples with, which the book’s blurb described as “struggling amidst the emotional trauma of not knowing the whereabouts of her father and saddled with responsibilities far above her age...”. The book is indeed a telling account of how to be strong in the face of hardship and difficulty in order to reach one’s desired destination. What is equally striking about the author, Zarah Mele Kyari is that she is still a teenager and student at the senior secondary school level in Abuja, yet her demonstration of creativity and writing abilities - as could be gleaned from this book is beyond the ordinary. The uniqueness of the author’s highly-creative mind came to public glare when, on the occasion of the public unveiling of the book, her father, Malam Mele Kyari openly admitted that she has shown signs of intelligence in her early years as a child. He told a parked audience at the formal launching of the book in Abuja, that she once told him that when she grew up, she would like to be a lawyer and that he didn’t attempt to tame her. As a father he wanted to give her all the encouragement she needed to build her professional/ career future. Whether Zarah would still pursue a career in Law or not, she has, by this book demonstrated that she has the chance of becoming a big name in Northern Nigeria’s prose and poetry space. For the records, here is what the author’s father said extempore at the launching of the book in Abuja on the 20th of March, 2021: “I know a few things about a child’s mind and I know that every child is smart...She hardly talks in public but I discovered that her ability to manage English Language was beyond what I can, and definitely she has a great future in literature world”. The book’s eight chapters are written in lucidly-convincing style. And so is the choice of her characters in the story: they’re not many and the reader easily keeps track of the names and the events that shape the thematic preoccupation of the book.

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Zarah cleverly weaves an interesting story around her principal character Maryama, who also reflects important elements of good child upbringing in a typical Northern society. It also reflects the reward of endurance and hard work of a child tragically under pressure from the absence of a father, as typically the head of the family in Northern Nigeria. The book also underscores the common adage that’ all is well that ends well’. Another striking thing about the book is how she succinctly captures lifestyle of the poor in a typical Northern society. For instance, on page 16 of the book, Maryam’s ‘middle-aged mother rebuked her daughter for sleeping while it lasted, which suggests that children should be trained to detest laziness. Interestingly, to capture Maryama’s poor family background the author portrayed Maryama as sleeping on an ordinary “raffia mat” as against a good bed and mattress. In the fist part of the novel, a picture was painted of the worrisome state of prisons (now called Correctional Centres) today in many parts of the North - a wake-up call on the need for a reform of our correctional Centres. From chapters one to chapter eight, the book is not just educative about

‘the other side’ of life but also contains fantastic imagery that creates in the mind of the reader, something akin to a movie. The author - Zarah Mele Kyari is not the first African female novelist, like Flora Nwapa (one of the estimated 56 outstanding Nigerian female writers) but Zarah has undoubtedly started a journey to the top because she has done something spectacular in her book. She may not be at par with novelist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani an essayist whose first novel ‘I do not come to you by chance’ won the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Price Best First Book(Africa) and the Betty Trask Award for Best First Book in 2010, yet Zarah has written one of the most qualitative female fiction books in today’s Northern Nigeria. Considering her age and level of education, Zarah has proved her mettle as a young girl with brilliance and tons of creativity. It is also possible to see that the author is following the footsteps of a famous female author - Zaynab Alkali. Widely believed to be one of the North’s first woman novelist, Zaynab’s first book - The Stillborn (1984) earned her the award of the Association of Nigerian Writers Prose Prize a year later in 1985. She wrote a

It is also possible to see that the author is following the footsteps of a famous female author - Zaynab Alkali. Widely believed to be one of the North’s first woman novelist, Zaynab’s first book - The Stillborn (1984) earned her the award of the Association of Nigerian Writers Prose Prize a year later in 1985

number of other books in 1987, 1997, 2005 and 2007. Significantly, Zarah just like Zaynab Alkali - has started on a sound footing and her potentials of being a literary giant in the near future is visible in her style of crafting the story; skillful choice of English words and flowery expressions and phrases. She may be different from another respected female Hausa novelist, Balaraba Ramat Yakubu, but they share something in common by way of promoting values that many Nigerians and indeed Northerners hold dear. One other female novelist in the North who shares Zarah’s imagery is Aishatu Gidado Idris, whose first novel, “Rabiat” became one of the most fondly-remembered works of fiction in today’s North. The book “ Dear....in his absence” is quite an inspiring work of fiction about the courage to forge ahead not minding the drawbacks of this life. She is possibly the youngest female novelist in the history of Northern Nigeria. The blurb on the book succinctly highlights some exciting facts about the author thus:” It is no surprise that Zarah is writing her first book at this young age. Right from junior secondary, she had always shown a strong passion for literature and her textual analysis in English and Literature classes have always been amazing. The birth of this book tool her several months of hard work, sleepless nights and a high level of discipline to strike a fair balance between her passion( story writing) and her academics”. Essentially, this book is the type you find on the shelf of a literature don and budding intellectuals passionate about works of creativity in today’s Nigeria. It is also a beautiful addition to the latest publications by Northern female novelists in the nation and indeed up country.


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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Name: Professor Adesegun Olayiwola Fatusi 2. Name: Ifedapo Agbeja 3. Name: Dr Lateefat Kikelomo Amao 4. Name: Dr Fatimah Abolanle Odusote 5. Name: Ayodeji Yussuf Odusote 6. Name: Oritseweyinmi Erikowa-Orighoye 7. Name: Mojisola Onabanjo. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO EMBARK ON PROGRAMMATIC INTERVENTIONS IN COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS FOR ADOLESCENTS, TEACHERS AND OTHER RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS WITHIN THE ADOLESCENT HEALTH SPACE 2. TO PROVIDE READILY ACCESSIBLE COUNSELING SUPPORT AND SAFE SPACE FOR THE VULNERABLE POPULATION OF ADOLESCENTS 3. TO INVEST IN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ON ADOLESCENT HEALTH TO INFLUENCE THE FORMULATION OF EVIDENCE-BASED POLICIES 4. TO ESTABLISH HEALTHCARE SERVICES ON VARYING SPECIALTIES ON ADOLESCENT HEALTH TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO CARE FOR ADOLESCENTS AND ALSO LINK THEM WITH EXISTING HEALTHCARE SERVICES.. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED :SECRETARY

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WOMEN AND ADOLESCENT VOICES IN ACTION INITIATIVES CAC/IT/NO: 155750

SOCIETY FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH AND EDUCATION REFORM

GENDER EQUITY AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY INITIATIVE

TRUSTEES ARE 1. Isa Wondote Nuhu 2. Jichi Hassan Ahmed 3. Mattar Mariam Fadel 4. Ibrahim Samira Zaina 5. jichi Sarah AIMS & OBJECTIVES To Cater for the welfare of its members.

ANY OBJECTION THERE TO SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION Signed Secretary

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART 'C' OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990, (CAP C20, LFN 2004). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.ALH. HARUNA H. GARBA - CHAIRMAN 2.HON. SHANTI SASHI VICTORIA-SECRETARY 3.IBRAHIM MOHAMMED GWARAM- PROGRAMMES COORDINATOR 4.DR MUSTAPHA Y. MOHAMMED - AUDITOR GENERAL 5.ALH. DAUDA IBRAHIM KOFAR BAI- ORGANISING SECRETARY 6.ENGR. ABDULMAJID ADAMU -PRO 7. ADAMU M. GIDADO - FINANCIAL SECRETARY 8. SALINA YAKUBU IBRAHIM -IN-CHARGE OF CHILDREN 9. HAJIYA FATIMA MUHAMMAD- WOMEN COORDINATOR THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1. AWARENESS CREATION AND TRAINING ON HEALTH RELATED ISSUES. SENSITIZATION ON WORKSHOP AND TRAINING ON EDUCATION MATTERS YOUTH AND WOMEN SKILL ACQUISITION TRAINING AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND PEACE BUILDING. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : CHAIRMAN

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART 'C' OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990, (CAP C20, LFN 2004). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. EYO FLORA OKON 2. OMOKITI TESSY MBU 3. AGBE QUEENETTE BANKPANG 4. ABANG HOPE NKENU 5. ETTA KAJIE ESOR THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : To empower and support women by strengthening their socioeconomic status and providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to live a sustainable and healthy life. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary

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I, Formerly known as ADIKPE MATTHEW now wish to be known and addressed as ADIKPE MATTHEW UBE. All former documents remain valid, general public should please take note.

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CLARA HELPING HAND FOUNDATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR AMENDMENT OF ITS CONSTITUTION, UNDER PART 'F' OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020).

THE TRUSTEES ARE : TRUSTEES REMAIN THE SAME AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION AMEND AND ALTER THE "DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES" A. THEY SHALL FORMULATE POLICY FOR THE INITIATIVES. B. THEY SHALL DIRECT THE OPENING OF THE INITIATIVES BANK ACCOUNT AND TO APPOINT IT'S SECRETARY AS THE SOLE SIGNATORY "

OLADAPO I, Formerly known as OLADAPO OLUWAFEMI SUNDAY now wish to be known and addressed as OLADAPO GREATNESS OLUWAFEMI. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note

Ogamu I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS echehoyi audu my date birth is not 17 july 1989. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS Ogamu samuel solomon my date of birth is now, 1 january 2000.. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART 'C' OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990, (CAP C20, LFN 2004). THE TRUSTEES ARE : (1) david ojonimi (2) salifu ukwo (3) david enejo oguche THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1. To preach the gospel of christ to the world 2. To help the poor and less priviledged in the society. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : salifu oguche usman

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION LOCATED AT NO. 1, ANEKE EMMANUEL STREET OFF MAXWELL STREET PRESIDENT WAY, ENUGU STATE, HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. CLARA CHINWENDU ANEKE --- CHAIRMAN 2. ETU CHUKWUKA CHUKS--- SECRETARY 3. ANEKE NNADOZIE EMMANUEL-----MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROMOTE AND ASSIST WIDOWS AND ORPHANS IN SOCIETY. 2. TO PROMOTE AND ASSIST IN THE ALLEVIATION OF POVERTY AND EMPOWER THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN SOCIETY. 3. TO TEACH, EMPOWER ENTREPRENEURS TOWARDS ADDRESSING FUTURE CHALLENGES IN BUSINESS. 4. TO ENHANCE THEM WITH VIABLE SKILLS. 5. TEACH ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO FACILITATE THEIR ABILITY TO MEET FUTURE CHALLENGES IN BUSINESS. 6. TO INCULCATE THE SPIRIT OF LOVE, UNITY, PEACE, AND PATRIOTISM IN ALL, AND EMBRACE ONE ANOTHER AS PEOPLE OF ONE INDIVISIBLE DESTINY. 7. FOR EMPOWERMENT OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed. Secretary

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DO SOMETHING INITIATIVE CAC/IT/NO: 136824

Loss of Document This is to inform the general public of the loss of Original Right of Occupancy in respect of Plot No. 2844, Cadastral Zone A06, Maitama District, Abuja, bearing Musa Yahaya of Plot No. 757, Buchanan Crescent, Off Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. All efforts made to trace the missing document proved abortive.The general public should please take note.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.Olumide Victor Aliu - CHAIRMAN 2.Otunba Charles Alabi - SECRETARY 3. Otunba Gbenga Elegbeleye - Patron THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE CLUB : (a) To foster unity, good relationship and co-operation among its members and between the Club and other Clubs. (b) To promote development and charitable service in the field of education, arts and culture as may be decided upon by the Club from time to time. (c) To promote social, literacy and any recreational activities for which the Club may wish to undertake and provide a forum for objective discussion among the members. (d) To assist members in times of needs as may be determined by the members of Executive Committee. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

The is to inform the general public the above-named Initiative has applied for Removal of Trustees and removal and addition of objects to the Corporate Affairs Commission under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004. THE OLD TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EZE CHIZOBAM MARY-ANN - RETAINED 2. BISINA JOEL DIMIYEN - RETAINED 3. DARAMOLA ABIMBOLA - REMOVED 4. OLUSOLA IYIOLA DAVID - RETAINED 5. OLUYELE OLUKEMI KAYODE - REMOVED AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The objects be altered by the removal of clauses 2 to 8 of the old objects and replaced with new clauses. Any objection to this change should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, within 28 days from the date of this Publication. ………………………… ………………………… CHAIRMAN SECRETARY.

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LOSS OF DOCUMENT THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL RIGHT OF OCCUPANCY (R of O) BELONGING TO I. S. BUILDWELL NIGERIA LIMITED. IN RESPECT OF NO. 186aw-df95z-5337rf23du-20 WITH FILE NO. MISC 52327, PLOT NO. 742 LIFE CAMP ABUJA. THE SAID R of O GOT MISSING. ALL EFFORTS MADE TO TRACE THE SAID DOCUMENT HAVE PROVED ABORTIVE. IF FOUND PLEASE, KINDLY RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION.ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL COPY OF CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY (C of O) WITH FILE NO. LA 30152 IN RESPECT OF PLOT NO. B01/724 CADASTRAL ZONE GUDU DISTRICT ABUJA. WHICH WAS BOUGHT FOR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IN 2005. BELONGING TO AYODELE BROWNE, MFR. GOT MISSING. ALL EFFORTS MADE TO TRACE THE SAID DOCUMENT HAVE PROVED ABORTIVE. IF FOUND PLEASE, KINDLY RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION.ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL FCDA RECEIPT WITH SHOP NUMBER B2 275, ALLOCATION OF OPEN SPACE IN DEI-DEI BUILDING MATERIALS MARKET. REFERENCE TO YOUR APPLICATION FOR ALLOCATION OF OPEN SPACE IN THE DEI-DEI BUILDING MATERIALS MARKET, I HAVE THE PLEASURE TO INFORM YOU THAT APPROVAL HAS BEEN GIVEN BY THE TASK FORCE FOR THE ALLOCATION OF SPACE NO B2-275.... BOUNDED BY BEACON NUMBERS: .9,...82...98...83..... SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS: 1. THE APPROVED PLOT BE DEVELOPED ACCORDING TO THE SPECIFIC DESIGN APPROVED AND PROVIDED BY THE TASK FORCE. 2. THAT YOUR ENVIRONMENT MUST COMPLY WITH THE STANDARD APPROVED BY THE ABUJA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION BOARD. 3. THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH ALLOCATION IS MADE, IS FOR THE BUILDING OF PERMANENT STORE FOR WELDING. 4. THE SPACE MUST BE DEVELOPED WITHIN (3) THREE MONTHS OF THE RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER.GOT MISSING. ALL EFFORTS MADE TO TRACE THE SAID DOCUMENT HAVE PROVED ABORTIVE. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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INITIATIVE FOR RELIEF FROM HARD DRUGS ABUSE AND ABSTAINANCE

AHLUL FRIDAUS ISLAMIC FOUNDATION

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Gift Health Plus Foundation

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.YAKUBU TOLU ISAAC 2.YAKUBU SARAH BOSEDE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1) to promote a conducive and safe drug abuse free environment amongst children and youths 2) to study the drug situation in Nigeria in order to tackle its source and finding a way to eradicate the abuse of drugs amongst children. 3) to develop national, regional and international cooperation, partnerships and networks for a more effective drug policy on supply and demand, public health protection and promotion of social security. 4) to promote the aftermath of drug abuse through social platforms to citizens and addressing the problem with correct and honest information and support the implementation of prevention, treatment, harm reduction and rehabilitation programs. 5) to encourage and educate the youths on the abuse of excessive drug consumption with the aim to tackle the negative effects of illegal production, trafficking and drug use. 6) to promote a cordial relationship between NGOs working in the field of drug production and the abuse of drugs and also creating good relationships with experts, scientists and policy makers responsible for the drug policy in the country. abuse. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_ GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.ATANDA KAZEEM ADEYINKA - CHAIRMAN 2.KAZEEM MARYAM ALAKE - SECRETARY 3.KAZEEM MODINAT MOTUNRAYO - TRUSTEE 4.SAHEED MOSHOOD AREMU - TRUSTEE 5.DAODU AKEEM AKANNI - TRUSTEE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT TO FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES AS WELL AS SUSTAIN RELIGIOUS TEACHINGS TO THE YOUTHS AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE 2. TO PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR CHILDREN, YOUTHS, WIDOWS AND VULNERABLE WOMEN IN THE SOCIETY 3. TO EMPOWER WOMEN AND CHILDREN THROUGH DESIGNING EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMMES, SOCIAL, EDUCATIONAL, VOCATIONAL TRAINING, SKILLS ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT 4. TO MOBILIZE AND FOSTER ENGAGEMENT FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AND EMPOWERMENT FOR YOUTH, GIRLS, CHILDREN AND WOMEN 5. TO SETUP HUBS IN LESS PRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES AND TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO BASIC NEEDS SUCH AS FEEDING, CLOTHING ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020).

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ASSOCIATION OF GREAT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE OF IDU IGODOMIGODO

ETTE SAM AND OBIA ONUN MEMORIAL FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. Name j. O. U. Kythouca 7. Reuben Efosa Aimienoho 2. Name: Osedebamen Okojie 8. Mr Ossia Onyah 3. Paul Omo Okojie 9. Destiny Ofure Ugbo 4. Marshall Utubor Saleem. 10. Monday Wehere 5. Kelvin Iredia Eseigbe 11.Eunice Aimiose 6. Osage faith THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1 To provide primary, secondary and tertiary education, and adult and continuing education through financial, material and technical support to existing and new public and private educational institutions and libraries. 2 To provide human health care through financial, material and technical support to existing and new public and private healthcare institutions and public health awareness campaigns. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.IWARA JOSEPHINE UBI 2.EYO COMFORT ETIM. THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO ORGANIZE FREE SKILL EMPOWERMENT FOR LESS PRIVILEGE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.NWANNE CHAMBERLAIN UGOCHUKWU 2.NWANNE STEPHANIE CHINYERE. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : Gift Health Plus Foundation is a non-governmental organization with a mission to help provide holistic, high quality and accessible health care to rural communities in Nigeria by conducting free medical outreaches and helping establish health infrastructure to provide health care to the less fortunate. We are committed to building sustainable health facilities that are equipped to manage most diseases endemic to rural communities with a goal to facilitate a network of rural health centers that can collaborate on care giving and share resources including providers and specialized equipment. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

MALAIKA NIGERIA INITIATIVE THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.YUSUF IBRAHIM 2.TONDU ELIZABETH AUMBUR 3.SULEIMAN HAUWA ISMAIL 4.GIWA KENNETH YALAMI 5.IFENNI GRACE OJOCHOGWU

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THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO REACH OUT WITH MATERNAL NEONATAL CHILD HEALTH AND NEWBORN HEALTHCARE TO FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES. 2.TO MEET ADOLESCENT HEALTHCARE AND DEVELOPMENT HEALTHCARE NEEDS PARTICULARLY IN RESOURCE-LIMITED RURAL AND URBAN COMMUNITIES. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.


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Kelechi Iheanacho Powers Leicester Into FA Cup Final By Amaechi Agbo

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uper Eagles striker, Kelechi Iheanacho continued his recent superlative form as his second half goal Sunday help his club Leicester City reach the final of the FA Cup after a 1-0 defeat of Southampton. Leicester reached the FA Cup final for the first time in 52 years as Kelechi Iheanacho’s solitary goal earned a 1-0 win over Southampton in front of 4,000 fans at Wembley on Sunday. The biggest crowd for a football match in England for 13 months was made up of key workers and local residents as part of a test event for the return of fans in bigger numbers in the coming weeks. An 8,000 crowd will be in attendance at Wembley next Sunday for the League Cup final between Manchester City and Tottenham, while 21,000 will welcome Leicester back to the home of English football for the FA Cup final against Chelsea on May 15. “Even though there were only 4,000 it felt great,” said Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. “It will be amazing when we get

supporters back into stadiums. I did hear some Leicester supporters in there and it was really nice. “We have the chance to create history. That is what this game is about, creating a memory. I have been made aware since I’ve been at Leicester how important this cup is for the supporters.” There was little for the neutrals to get excited about on the field, though, as Leicester struggled to put away an out-ofsorts Southampton, who had been relying on Cup glory to save their season. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have won just two of their last 14 Premier League games since the sides last met in January. “We left everything on the pitch today, but we had no shots on target,” said Hasenhuttl, whose focus now turns to ensure his side’s top-flight survival. Leicester was the better side throughout but failed to test Fraser Forster before half-time as Jamie Vardy fired over from a narrow-angle before Wilfred Ndidi’s header dropped onto the roof of the net. The breakthrough came 10 minutes into the second half as Vardy’s pace left Jan Bednarek trailing in this wake.

Kelechi Iheanacho celebrating after scoring a gal recently From his cross, Iheanacho fluffed his first effort, but the ball broke kindly back to the Nigerian to slot home his 12th goal in as many games. “The FA Cup loves me and I love the FA Cup,” said Iheanacho. “I watched the FA Cup when I was little and now I get the chance to play in the final. It is such a big dream for me.”

Leicester substitute James Maddison twice was inches away from wrapping up the tie with powerful shots that flashed just off target. But Southampton never looked like getting back on level terms as the Foxes comfortably held out for a shot at winning the FA Cup for the first time in their history.

UEFA to ban clubs who take part in European Super League

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EFA, English, Spanish and Italian football authorities announced on Sunday that any clubs who take part in a so-called European Super League would be banned from all other domestic and continental competitions. European football’s governing body said it had learned that some English, Spanish and Italian clubs might announce a breakaway competition this week. “The clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams,” UEFA said in a statement. Media reports on Sunday suggested that an announcement on plans to create a Super League could be made later in the day. Sky Sports reported that Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea were among six Premier League teams set to be part of the plans. “If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we –- UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, La Liga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations — will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society

needs solidarity more than ever,” read the statement. Arsenal currently sit ninth in the Premier League, well off the pace in the race to qualify for Europe, while Liverpool and Chelsea are both also currently outside the Champions League spots. “Fans of any club in England and across Europe can currently dream that their team may climb to the top and play against the best,” the Premier League said in a statement. “We believe that the concept of a European Super League would destroy this dream.” German, French clubs ‘refuse’ to sign up – UEFA is planning to announce its reforms to the Champions League with an expansion to 36 teams from 32 and two ‘wildcard’ slots expected to be among the plans. There have been no reports that French or German clubs would be part of the Super League. “We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this,” UEFA added. “We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in

fighting against such a project if it were to be announced. “This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long. Enough is enough.” The New York Times reported that at least 12 clubs have signed up for the competition, including Juventus and seventime European champions AC Milan, who have not played in the Champions League since 2014. “It is illegitimate, irresponsible and anticompetitive by design,” said Fans Europe, a football supporters’ network. “More to the point, it is driven exclusively by greed. the only ones who to stand to gain are hedge funds, oligarchs, and a handful of already wealthy clubs, many of which perform poorly in their own domestic leagues despite their inbuilt advantage.” Real Madrid and Barcelona are reported to be two of the teams from Spain set to join. Former Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu, when he resigned from the role last October, said he had accepted a proposal for the Catalan giants to play in the Super League. “Finally the ‘gurus’ of the superleague PowerPoint are exiting the darkness of the bar at 5AM, intoxicated with selfishness and a lack of solidarity,” said La Liga president

Tottenham to hold review after Son Heung-min suffers racist abuse Javier Tebas on Sunday. Notably, last season’s two Champions League finalists, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain are among the big European teams not involved. “Economic interests of a few top clubs in England, Italy and Spain must not result in the abolition of established structures in the whole of European football,” German Football League boss Christian Seifert said. “In particular, it would be irresponsible to irreparably damage the national leagues, as the basis of European professional football, in this way.”

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kiti United Saturday eased pressure on the management, perhaps momentarily as they moved out of the mud waters in the 2020/2021 Nigeria National League following a hard-fought 2-1 against victors Calabar Rovers in a rescheduled encounter. The match proved to be one of the toughest for Ekiti United even though they were the hosts, as the visitors attempted to dent the almost 100% home record. Rovers fc tutored by a familiar tactician, Samson Inuanel were lucky not to concede an early goal as Afeez Yussuf and Kehinde Olajuyin had a couple of scoring chances that were not converted. In the 22nd minute of the encounter, the visitors out of nowhere pounced on the defence of Ekiti United and scored the goal that put everyone under pressure throughout the first half. As soon as the heart-breaking goal was scored, players and especially the goalkeeper of Rovers fc started falling to the ground at every touch as a time wasting method The first half ended in their favour as all efforts by Ekiti United players were absorbed through every available means. On resumption for the second half, frantic efforts were made by the host team to find the equalizer but the visitors came up with a funny gimmick by calling for the ambulance. The March was halted for minutes as overtures for re-commencement of the match by commissioner for youth and sports Development in Ekiti state, Mr Michael Awopetu and other stakeholders fell on deaf ears until the ambulance was stationed at the stadium . Inform Timothy Akinyemi who had been a thorn in the flesh of Rovers fc from the beginning of the match gave Ekiti United some hope with an equalizer from the penalty spot after Olaosebikan Akanmu who was brought in the second half was hacked down inside the Rovers box . 1-1 the match stood but the fans were obviously thirsty for nothing but victory and they kept on cheering the team on until the combination of both Akanmu Olaosebikan and Timothy Akinyemi earned Ekiti United a hard fought victory in the match which was the first for the team to come from a goal down in the first stanza of the NNL 2021. The goal was greeted by a huge celebration as the fans were apprehensive and almost losing hope Ekiti United coach, Ayodeji Ayeni was full of praises for the fans but urged them to keep faith and be calm during the team’s matches in the second stanza of the league . Coach Ayeni who applauded the entire squad for being resolute in the face of challenges also assured that the team will be fortified during the mid-season break with more quality players Ekiti united captain, Babatunde Bello described the match against Rovers fc as the toughest in the first stanza of the season. The 2-1 victory took Ekiti United from the relegation zone on the Southern conference B1 table to the 6th position with 14 points from 11 matches. The second stanza of the NNL hopes to bring forth more opportunities to move up the ladder as the team shall have the opportunity of playing two consecutive home matches. Out of 11 matches during the first stanza , Ekiti United played 5 home matches , won 4 and drew 1 while the team also drew 1 away match and lost 5. Ekiti United will open the second stanza of the NNL with an away match against table topping Shooting Stars of Ibadan on April 25.

igeria Premier League side Kano Pillars have confirmed that their new signing, Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa will not be paid whil he plays for the club, the Chairman said. The 28-year-old Musa ended his six-month clubless spell by joining his former club Pillars. But it was really considered how the moderately rich club will afford the former Leicester City winger. Asked about this information, the club’s chairman Mallam Shehu Dikko. “We didn’t speak much about it. Musa is someone who is more concerned about giving back to the club that made him and he is not coming here to do this for money. “He is not getting paid for playing for Pillars. That is the kind of person he is,” Dikko said.

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Chukwueze Scores Double As Villarreal Pound Levante In La Liga Super Eagles winger, Samuel Chukwueze scored in the 63rd minute, before he completed his brace on 75 minutes as his club Villareal thrashed Levante 5-1 to move to 5th place in the La Liga table.

‘Samu’ has now scored three goals in La Liga to match his tally of last season. Villarreal are now fifth and in the Europa League playoffs bracket after 31 rounds of matches.

Chukwueze’s club are also in the semi-final of this season’s Europa League, where they are pitched against Arsenal, who incidentally were the team who first wanted to sign their 21-year-old Nigeria star.

Ifiezibe Gagbe reveals secret behind sports festival success story Edo 2020 National Sports Festival Most Valuable Athlete, Ifiezibe Gagbe has given hint on the secret of her success story in Benin City. Gagbe in an exclusive interview with Radio Nigeria said after she was delivered of her baby in 2016 prior to the 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja she became heavy due to her weight. She explained that she was weighing 80 to 90Kg making it difficult for her to drop to her normal weight before she went for the event in Abuja She noted that she took courage from her experience in Abuja 2018 where she won 18 silver medals because her opponents capitalized on her weakness. The University of Portharcourt graduate

noted that she was able to overcome the 2018 National Sports Festival silver medals performance with consistent training and personal workout describing herself as golden girl. She stressed that since she was beaten back then just close to the finishing touch,she vowed to return in Edo with many gold medals. The star swimmer lauded Governor Douye Diri for giving prompt attention to sports since he assumed office, stressing that early preparation by the state contingent was the reason behind Bayelsa State’s third place finish at the just ended 20th National Sports Festival in Benin City, Edo State. Gagbe frowned at the Swimming Federation’s inability to choose the

best hands to represent Nigeria in international competition. She advocated that there was need to do away with favouritism, emphasising that the National Sports Festival was not enough to prepare athletes for the Olympics games. She called on the Nigeria Swimming Federation to organize programs that would

enable athletes to be in the right shape before a major tournament. Ifiezibe Gagbe emerged over all best performer at the 20th National Sports Festival in Benin City with a total of 8 gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals while Team Bayelsa amassed 169 medals 56 gold, 55 silver and 58 bronze to finish third in the Medals table.

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nglish Premier League giants Manchester United are no longer part of the European Club Association (UCA). Following the hugely controversial decision to become part of the new European Super League on Sunday, the club has cut ties with UCL, the body representing the interests of professional association football clubs in UEFA. The outlet further confirmed that United follow in the footsteps of Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan.

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ll is not well with Nigeria’s sole representative at the 2021 CAF Confederation Cup, Enyimba as the People’s Elephant are currently sweating profusely over paucity of fund and lack of visa to prosecute their away match against Al Ahly Benghazi in Libya on Wednesday. The most successful domestic league club in Nigeria risk an ignominious elimination from the Confederation Cup unless an urgent assistance is delivered within as at Monday morning. Enyimba are currently second in Group A of the Africa’s second tier club competition and are billed to face Libyan side Al Ahly Benghazi on Wednesday in Benghazi – their penultimate group game. The team are still at their base in Aba, South-East Nigeria as At Monday morning and don’t have a chance of make the trip to Libya due to an aggregation of circumstances which include paucity of funds and visa issues. It was gathered that in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, only two Airlines (that come to Nigeria) are allowed into Libya, including

Turkish Airlines which would require that a contingent flying through them must have the Schengen visa. An independent club source told ACLsports that the miracle the club needs at the moment will require either a private airline or a chartered flight to take the team to and from Benghazi if they are to meet up with the game scheduled for the Benina Martyrs Stadium, Benghazi. In fact, it was scooped that Enyimba had written to Africa’s football governing body, CAF during last week, requesting for a postponement of Wednesday’s game to Friday, 23rd April, but the request, has been declined on Sunday. Media Officer of the club Zazi Bariza, explained the hitches “As a football team, it is not easy to plan visas ahead of time, it is before each game that you do this because you have to always consider players’ availability per time due to injuries, suspension and coaches’ decisions. “Travelling around (Africa) for matches have been a lot difficult and we experienced a lot of that in the fixture against ES Setif which made us arrive the country on Wednesday

after a very tumultuous journey that has to take us through Doha (Qatar) which meant we have to travel to Asia before coming back to Africa and to Asia before coming to Africa so it was quite difficult. “When we arrived Nigeria from Setif, we had to write immediately to CAF to make them understand the situation for the next game in Benghazi because the travel route to Libya is even more difficult than it was to Algeria considering that country has not fully opened up their restrictions because of the Covid-19,” said Bariza. The implication now is that Enyimba at the moment do not look like being capable of honouring Wednesday’s game and the consequences can be grave on the two-time African champions. In the immediate, the club will have to surrender three goals and three points to their opponents and stand the risk of being thrown out of the competition and a possible sanction of being suspended from participating in CAF club competitions for the next two seasons should they fail to honour the match on Wednesday.


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amadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar is referred to as the ‘holy month’ understandably because in this month, the faithful think more or are expected to think more of God while attending to earthly affairs of feeding, entertainment and the like for some hours after sunset; the remaining few hours in the 24 hour cycle is spent sleeping. And when we are asleep, our thinking faculty simultaneously departs us. We are unable to think or better said, our frontal brain is silenced when we are in deep sleep. We are unable to sin when we are fast asleep. Thus, at Ramadan, the faithful engage in fasting – refraining from food, drink and intercourse during the daytime, endeavour to delve into the teachings of the Prophet to better understand and imbibe them in truth, engage in charity and prayers, individually and jointly with others. In brief we endeavour to be pious at this period This year’s Ramadan comes at an auspicious time when our country is beset with a plethora of problems, most notably insecurity that is growing wings. The dreaded Boko Haram sect though constantly bombarded with fatalities according to military press releases, have since merged with the Islamic state of West Africa province (ISWAP) and are still terrorizing parts of the country. There is pervasive banditry, kidnappings, unmitigated assault on policemen and their structures and of course the age-long farmers/herders clashes is taking a dangerous dimension with some herdsmen running berserk in the face of threats to their economic survival due to climate change. In the economic sphere specifically, our purchasing power continues to decrease literally every month. And in politics inter and intra party dissentions are growing. Unable to find enduring solutions to these multiplicity of problems and now at our wit’s end apparently, the only option is for us to turn contritely upwards to the Source of all Life, Knowledge to imbue our leaders with the wisdom to govern aright and the citizenry to live aright. Also noteworthy is that Ramadan 2021 is also coming just about when Christians ended their own fasting (Lent) culminating in the Easter festival early this month.

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By VICTORIA NGOZI IKEANO vikeano@yahoo.co.uk 08033077519 It will end just when another spiritual event which mankind are now beginning to seriously grasp sets in, (towards the end of May), namely, the Outpouring of Power by GOD, from the summit of Creation for the renewal of the Universe. Should this Power not come then all that is created shall slowly wither and die off, it shall be the end of all days, all creatures in all the realms from the highest to the lowest shall cease to exist and only He the Almighty Creator shall be as it was in the very beginning. We should reflect on why the two fasting periods follow each other and end some two weeks before the monumental event of the pouring out of Power from the steps of the throne of God for the renewal and maintenance of the Creations. I believe it is to prepare us inwardly to receive this Primordial Power which shall touch all of us, in humility. Each shall receive according to the purity of his/her heart. Last year the Lent/Easter/ Ramadan and the yearly Outpouring of Power by God from OnHigh, the power that sustains the Universe and which we make use of in our everyday activities for our continued existence, all came in quick succession and during the Covid-19 lockdown. The lockdown enabled some of us to reflect on the times in which we stand. Importantly, notwithstanding the distractions that the Covid-19 conspiracy theorists sought to create, the accompanying Covid protocols are meant to teach us some virtues/ truths symbolically. For example, the requirement for constant hand washing with soap and sanitizer points to the truth that

cleanliness is next to Godliness, it conjures the symbolic image of purity. The other protocol demanding that we keep apart, shun hugging, kissing and other close bodily contacts as a form of greeting is meant to reawaken in us the sense of shame as a virtue, for, shamelessness has been let loose in our societies in the name of ‘civilization’, fashion, etc. The third protocol of covering our mouth with a face mask signifies to us , the virtue of silence – that we should speak only when it is necessary, disdain talkativeness, gossiping. Apparently, it is to remind us of the need to think of God and His Word that religious institutions introduced a fasting period, as we are often engulfed in earthly pursuits, catering more to our physical body, neglecting our spirit. Were we to continue like this – concerned only with food, drinks and entertainment our spirit shall lose support from Above, the source of Life. Are those that have taken up arms against their fellow human beings and country in the north east, rampaging bandits and kidnappers, criminal herders and cattle rustlers in other parts of the north also fasting? If they profess to be adherents of the religion they should, should they not? Should they undertake this high obligation h- fasting, praying, seeking to better understand the message of Prophet Muhammed (PBOH) - genuinely, steadfastly and in humility, then they should come to recognition. Our loving thoughts and prayers are for them to come to recognition and turn a new leaf. But should they continue with the mindless killings and

Are those that have taken up arms against their fellow human beings and country in the north east, rampaging bandits and kidnappers, criminal herders and cattle rustlers in other parts of the north also fasting?

other despicable acts in this holy month of Ramadan, then they show themselves as not being true Muslims. You do not become a Christian or Muslim simply by the name you bear or by regularly going to the Mosque for prayers, attending church services. What makes you a Muslim or Christian is living the teachings which engender love, peace and justice. All the spiritual messages that have come down to us were willed by God and given to the various peoples according to their levels of spiritual maturity at the time, by the Messengers and Prophets of God. As issued from the mouths of the Messengers and Prophets, they were pure. But they were distorted by human beings once these people left at death. Hence, the confusion today… Most of us labour to be pleasing in the eyes of God during Ramadan and Lent after which we relapse to our old ways, get carried away by the hustle and bustle of everyday struggles, mix with the bellicose crowd for whom nothing is sacred anymore, eventually forgetting the enduring truths which our quiet moments of reflections during the important periods of Ramadan and Lent bequeath us. These droplets of truths are like spiritual seeds within us which need to be nurtured by being vigilant, courageous in walking the path shown. The challenge is for us to remain steadfast, pious at all times, beyond Ramadan. Indeed, we should think of God, reflect on the Word of God always as it will lead us step by step to all Truths, whereby we come to the certainty of the of the demand, “The Wisdom of God rules the World! Strive through your recognition, men, to perceive His Magnitude!” …RAMADAN KAREEM

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