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How Chad’s President, Idriss Debby was ‘killed by rebels’ – Report
…He was a gallant leader, says Buhari
Tanker drivers suspend strike over condition of service NNPC Fuel queues’ll soon disappear, says Mele Kyari page 5
Long queue of motorist at Conoil filling station opposite NNPC Tower, as fuel scarcity reappeared, yesterday in Abuja,
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Nigeria’ll Lose N32bn, If Schools Are Not Secured -Finance Minister Konshisha Crisis: More Kano Police rescue girl, 15, weapons of slain soldiers in solitary confinement for recovered 10 years pAGE 2
Buhari vows never APC rejects to lobby secession fuel price agitators hike pAGE 6
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Konshisha Crisis: More weapons of slain soldiers recovered From Uche Makurdi
wo more weapons belonging to Nigerian Army that were taken away from the 12 slain soldiers in Bonta, Konshisha local government of Benue have been recovered. This was disclosed in a communique issued at the end of a stakeholders meeting held yesterday at Government House,
Makurdi, signed by Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Anthony Ijohor. The meeting condemned in strong terms any form of attack on security agencies and resolved that all those involved in the killing of the soldiers should be arrested and prosecuted The meeting urged Traditional Rulers and other stakeholders to ensure that the remaining weapon taken from the murdered soldiers is
returned. They commended the efforts made by His Excellency Governor Samuel Ortom to prevent the escalation of the crisis following the killing of soldiers in Konshisha Local Government and the efforts he has made to ensure peace and security in the State. The stakeholders also advised on sustained support to the Government of Benue State and the Security Agencies.
The meeting recommended increased surveillance in Benue communities while Traditional rulers and other stakeholders should support security agencies through intelligence gathering The meeting mandated the Governor to lead a delegation of Benue State to visit the President and Commander in Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces to condole him for what has happened and thank him for his patience and understanding.
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Fire razes ICT, admin office of INEC in Kano
n early morning fire outbreak has destroyed a section of the State Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office in Kano. The Public Relations Officer
of the Kano state Fire Service, Saminu Abdullahi confirmed the incident to newsmen yesterday. He said the fire, which started at about 10.30 am, affected the ICT office and a section of the administrative department of the commission. “Even though no life was lost, the inferno destroyed the ICT office and a block in the
administrative office of the commission,” he said. He said it was the quick intervention of the State Fire Service and Federal Fire Service as well as the Airport Fire Service that saved the fire from spreading to other parts of the building. However a source at the commission said when the fire
started, they had to quickly seek assistance from the Airport and Federal fire service at the Federal Secretariat. “Although the staff of the commission were directed to stay by, however, Electoral Officers from local governments across the state undergoing training at the commission were asked to go home,” the source said.
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he Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has said its approvals for research grants will be doubled in 2021, from over 128 made in 2020. Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof Suleiman Bogoro, said the approvals will be announced as soon the Board of
FCT farmers want SMEDAN to process their loans requests BY Usman Shuaibu
ome farmers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have accused the DirectorGeneral of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, of extorting money from the farmers without giving them loans. Speaking on behalf of the farmers, Mr. Sanusi Muhammed Hamisu, said so many farmers went to entrepreneurship training on the 21st of November, 2020 for the purpose of getting loan from SMEDAN. Hamisu said he paid the sum of N10,000 to Raphi Great Company to undergo the training, disclosing that both the farmers and businessmen had registered their companies with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as well as presented their mini business plans to SMEDAN for the loans. He said that they had given the necessary documents to SMEDAN that would qualify them for the loan, but up till now no positive result from the agency. Hamisu said: ‘My company which is named Zaitun Baban Itace Nig. Ltd. has registered with SMEDAN with SMEDAN number: SUIN 26554798 dated 13/11/2020. He, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government as well as the Director-General of SMEDAN to give the loan to the farmers in time so as to carryout this year’s farm operations successfully. Another farmer in the FCT, Mr. Bukar Muhammed, said he participated in a five day training with GOGETIT Investments Limited on small business management and no tangible information from SMEDAN regarding to loan. He revealed that he paid a total sum of N26,000 for the whole process.
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Tetfund to double approvals for research grants in 2021 Trustees gives its nod. Bogoro spoke in Abuja while receiving a contingent of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPS, Kuru, Senior Executive Course 43, 2021, on Tuesday. He disclosed that qualified institutions will draw a maximum of N50 million research grants from the N7.5 billion National Research Fund, NRF. The TETFund boss said in the 2021 budget, which is awaiting approval, the agency will fund the establishment of more molecular labs and research on gene sequencing and phytogenic medicine, as well as vaccine research and production, as a key area of unraveling the lethal covid-19 pandemic. According to him, under the instruction of President Muhammadu Buhari, the fund provided research intervention between N250 to N300 million, to set up, at least, a quarter of the molecular labs established in the country. “We discovered that those facilities are helpful for both research and clinical purposes,” he said, adding that the facilities will help sustain medical research in the country. He also disclosed that funds were made available to some medical research institutes and
colleges for the purpose of research. Bogoro also noted that 90 per cent of lecturers in Nigerian universities currently have PhDs, stating that 9 years ago, only 40 per cent of university lecturers in the country had PhDs, and by 2015, over 60 per cent acquired PhDs. He said more than 80 per cent of libraries in public tertiary institutions are TETFund-provided libraries. He commended Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi for its ingenuity in formulating a system of tracking cattles that have been rustled; as well as Redeemers University for its advanced research on gene sequencing; and Covenant University for being ranked among the best universities in the world. While speaking on NIPS, Bogoro said since the institute was carefully constituted in 1979, it has remained so with representation from the military, various ministries, and others, who are working on behalf of the country with a high sense of responsibility. He added that some of the most cerebral academics and administrators in other sectors have served in NIPS, either at the directorate cadre or otherwise. On the TETFund’s impact, he said one of the priority areas of the fund’s intervention was the academic staff development, adding that human capital
development is at the center of the fund’s interventions. While noting that Nigeria should have been happier after the announcement that it’s economy is the number one economy, he for the un-impactful nature of its GDP growth, there is no way majority of its population can be happy. He said a number of Asian and European countries that were nowhere near Nigeria at independence have leapfrogged and left Nigeria very far behind because of its level of human capital development. He added that although Singapore shares similarities with Nigeria as a multiethnic nation, it has risen far and above its competitors because of its investment in human capital. “At a point Nigerian universities were reduced to politics where everyone wanted to be a professor and every professor wanted to be a Vice Chancellor, and were not concerned about research,” he said. On inclusive education, he decried the elites neglect of public institutions. “Where education excludes any segment of the society, we are being unfair to that segment of our population. For some us, at our age, who are privileged and controlling a number of things, we belonged to to a segment of society that got
education free if charge. “A situation where public servants who benefited from the free education programme of the government now send their children to private schools abroad is unacceptable,” he said. He urged NIPS and statutorily non-beneficiary institutions to use a windows of partnership with beneficiary institutions and apply for research grants through them. The TETFund boss added that the law only allows the fund to provide funds directly to university, polytechnics and colleges of education. He said TETFund can however indirectly provide assistance to other institutions through a partnership with a beneficiary institution, which can make a case for the partnering institution. Earlier, the Acting DirectorGeneral of NIPS, Brig. Gen. Chukwuemeka Udaya, said the institute which is over 43 years has carefully served every government. Udaya disclosed the issue for study in 2021 is getting things done, adding that this year, seven groups are visiting various institutions including TETFund which has been active in getting things done. He further disclosed that the essence of visiting was to find out, deepen and further understand how TETFund has been able to get things done
L-R: National Coordinator, APC Professionals forum, Akeem Akintayo Secretary, APC Caretaker Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe and Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, during a meeting of the APC young professionals forum at the party’s Secretariat, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Gombe communal clash: Senate asks NEMA to send relief materials to assist victims By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he Senate, on Tuesday, held a minute silence to mourn the victims of recent communal clashes who lost their lives from conflicts between Waja/Lunguda and Nyuwar/ Jessu communities in Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe state. This was just as the Upper Chamber urged the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the affected communities. These formed part of resolutions reached by the Red Chamber, following a point of order raised by Senator Bulus Amos (Gombe South) during plenary. Coming under Order 43 (Personal Explanation) of the Senate Standing Rules, Senator Bulus noted that on Monday 12th
April, 2021, communal clashes erupted between the Waja and Lunguda communities in the area. According to the lawmaker, “the crisis further took a dangerous dimension on Tuesday 13th April, 2021, leading to the loss of lives of about 30 people; destruction of properties and foodstuff worth about 100,000 metric tonnes of grains with over 1,000 houses burnt down in Nyuwar-Gelengetu, Jessu, Heme
and Tswaku. Many people have been displaced and are now living in IDP camps as refugees. “Worried that the entire villages have been totally destroyed rendering people homeless. “Observes that we cannot as a nation move forward until the lives of every Nigerian is protected and secured as the primary objective of government is the security and protection of
its citizens.” Accordingly, the Senate observed a minute silence for all the lives lost in the crisis. It also resolved amid its resolutions to send a delegation to commiserate with the people of Balanga LGA in Gombe State. The upper chamber urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to send relief materials to the affected communities.
APC rejects fuel price hike
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
enator John James AkpanUdoedehe, National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker Committee has said that the party is opposed to any planned hike in the pump price of petroleum products, as he allays the fears Nigerians, amidst fuel queues noticed in some urban cities. Senator AkpanUdoedehe said the party is not oblivious of the ripple effect of such increase on the people against the backdrop of an already haemorrhaging economy, stressing that the time was not right for any increase. He made the disclosure during the launch of a quarterly media parley organized by APC Professionals Forum , geared to systematically showcase laudable achievement of the party despite widespread criticism that the administration was a failure. Senator Udoedehe who represented the APC National chairman at the event said the party took the position despite the difficulty the government has found itself, and commended President Mohammadu Buhari for responding to the plight of Nigerians. He said the president has also responded to the complaint of various stakeholders of the party, many of whom he said benefited from recent board appointment exercise announced by the government, and lauded initiative of the Forum. The government he disclosed is also not relenting extending patronage to all those working and defending president Mohammadu Buhari from lies perpetrated by critics. “Another thing we have achieved which is recent is the issue of the pump price of petroleum. The party said no to it even though they have discussed it. It doesn’t matter the circumstances. The party say the time is not ripe. “That is the position of the party. And they listened. We have tabled the matter” “One of the thing they are doing for you now, is that we should attach you to all political appointees who are working for the party, who keep defending the President from lies of the detractors and those who are against him. They want to downgrade the government. There have not been a government like this in the history of the nation. And i am not playing politics. Show me any government that has done much than President Buhari that has direct link with the masses. “If you go to the villages, the camps are full with people taking their 20k from the PWF. everywhere in Nigeria. People are having accessi. “The president has thrown his door open for everybody. It doesn’t matter which party you belong. In the days of PDP, it was not so. It is either PDP or nothing. The President allows everyone to key into his program. As I am talking with you now, people are collecting loans and Covid-19 palliative. Go to the ministry of labour and you will find people collecting 450k to 1 million. And they are not saying anything. Nigerians are enjoying the program.
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Senate mulls creation of Corporate Data Management Commission By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he Senate Tuesday threw its weight behind moves for the establishment of Integrated Corporate Commercial Data Management Commission ( ICCDMC) , for harmonization of certificates issued by Corporate Commercial Statutory Regulatory Bodies . Accordingly, the Upper Legislative Chamber , passed for second reading , a bill seeking for an Act of Parliament to that effect. The Bill titled: “ A bill for an Act to Establish Integrated Corporate Commercial Data Management Commission , was sponsored by Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf ( APC Taraba Central) .
Senator Yusuf in his lead debate , explained that the proposed commission , will serve as a body responsible for comprehensive collation , harmonization of certificates issued by Corporate Commercial Statutory Regulatory Bodies . He explained further that the bill seeks to establish and undertake the enumeration of all boosting corporate entities registered in Nigeria , under one data system and conduct comprehensive review of all certificates , audited report , annual returns filed , certificate of incorporation , tax clearance certificate , pension commission certificate etc . He said: “ This bill seeks to establish , maintain and update a
data bank for continuous collection of data and grading or classification of corporate entities in Nigeria and to provide framework for effective harmonization of activities of relevant regulatory agencies relating to corporate commercial entities in Nigeria . “ To provide framework for effective corporate entities data sharing with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders for the purposes of facilitating National Planning and Economic Development in Nigeria”. This he added, is geared towards making them to participate in the development of the country and for the purpose of utilizing the human , capital and material resources towards the overall socio - economic cultural and political development
of Nigeria. The Commission according to him , will be self - financing through its Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and would not be a burden to the country. He added that the Commission will not in anyway, have overlapping functions with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Virtually all the Senators who contributed to debate on the bill , supported its passage for second reading , after which it was referred to the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service for more legislative inputs. The Committee was given four weeks by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, to report back to the Senate.
L-R...Bri-Gen, Sylvester Oloyede, Leader of the team National Institute for Policy and Strategic Study (NIPPS) Dr, Emmanuel Manman, Ag, Inspection General of Police Alkali Baba Usman, Member of the team Pharmacist Isa Ardo and Assistant Inspection General of Police Mr Sanusi Lemu during the management team from National Institute for Policy and Strategic Study (NIPPS) on Courtesy Visit to force Headquarters, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Introduce liberal policies to encourage local investors in cement industry, Senate tells FG By Musa Baba Adamu
he Senate has called on the gederal government to introduce liberal policies such as the provision of industrial and larger tax incentives to encourage local investments in cement production in Nigeria. According to the Upper Chamber the move will attract local investors, boost the production of cement as well as reduce its price in the market. The call was contained in a prayer adopted by the chamber after it considered a motion titled: “Need for Liberalization of Cement
policy in Nigeria”, sponsored by Senator Ashiru Oyelola Yisa and co-sponsored by five other lawmakers. They are: Senators Muhammad Enagi Bima (Niger South); Adelere Adeyemi Oriolowo (Osun West); Samuel Egwu (Ebonyi North); Kabiru Gaya (Kano South); and Michael Nnachi (Ebonyi South). Presenting the motion, Senator Yisa noted that Cement was one of the few building materials in which Nigeria is self sufficient. The lawmaker observed that, “as at 2018, the installed capacity of cement producers was about 47.8MMT which is far above the
estimated (2018) consumption of about 20.7MMT. Yet, the prices of cement in Nigeria (N380) in about 240 percent higher than global average; “Cognizant that Cement takes a large share of domestic expenditure, and the price of each commodity significantly impacts the government’s ability to provide much-needed infrastructural works required for the growth of our economy; “Further cognizant that the recent increase in price of Cement ( from N2,600- N3,800) slowed down the amount of construction work being embarked upon thus negatively
affecting labour engagement and almost collapsed the procurement plan of the governments in 2020 Appropriation Act; “Mindful that the Nigerian cement market is oligopolistic in nature with three players (Dangote Cement (60.6 percent); Lafarge Africa Plc (21.8 percent); and BUA Group (17.6 percent) largely dominating the scene therefore making it susceptible to price fixing practices; “Convinced that if the status quo persists, the negative consequences of high prices on the economy will outweigh the benefits of producing cement locally.”
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By Egena Sunday Ode
he current fuel queues in major cities across the country has nothing to do with scarcity of petrol, but a consequence of an industrial action embarked upon by tankers drivers over their condition of service, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has explained. NNPC GMD, Mele Kyari who made the clarification on Tuesday after a brief meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed- doors at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, however, assured that the queues would soon disappear. According to him, the management of NNPC has waded into the dispute between the tanker drivers and their employers and a truce has been achieved. Consequently, he said, the drivers had suspended their strike for one week to allow for more interventions, adding that loading of the petroleum products which was hitherto affected by the strike has commenced at all the depots in the country. “These queues will go away. It’s because there was an industrial action by petroleum tanker drivers against their employers, the National Association of Road Transport Owners around their compensation package and those issues were not resolved up till yesterday, until we intervene to ensure that there’s an amicable settlement between the parties so that they will have peace and then normal loading operations will commence from the depots. “As I speak to you at this moment, loading has commenced in all depots in the country, dispatches of trucks are ongoing in all the depots in the country and they have called off the strike for a period of one week
Tanker drivers call off strike over condition of service - NNPC •Fuel queues’ll soon disappear, says Mele Kyari to enable us intervene and find a solution. So there’s really nothing fundamental that is happening now,” Kyari said. On the proposed full deregulation of the downstream oil sector to allow for total withdrawal of subsidy on petroleum products, the GMD who fielded questions from newsmen said engagements to that effect were ongoing. He said that assignment may
not be concluded in the month of May, hence the need for the NNPC to. announce that there would be no pump price increase in May. His words: “Subsidy is a policy matter, I’m sure you’re aware of this, there are engagements going on within the government to get the best framework for having a fully deregulated PMS market. As this is going on, we are engaging all parties and all stakeholders
as government and to make sure that at the end of the day, there’s an exit that is beneficial to the ordinary man. “That is why we know we will not be able to complete that in the month of May and and therefore we declared that there will be no increase in fuel price. I have no update in hand now, this is beyond me, but we’re engaging to make sure that we have the right
timeline.” Asked how increase in crude oil price impacts on NNPC in relation to subsidy, the NNPC GMD responded: “You know it works both ways. Once prices increase, your revenue also increases. So I don’t have any numbers around it, but I also know that your obligation to the price of petroleum increases and your net revenue also increases. There’s a balancing factor, I don’t think there’s anything much to worry about.”
From left: The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucku Irabor; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, at an high-level forum to develop a road map for Financing Safe Schools and creating safe learning communities for Children in Nigeria, in Abuja on Tuesday (20/4/21).NAN
How Chad’s President, Idriss Debby was ‘killed by rebels’ - Report C had’s President Idriss Deby Itno has died on the battlefield after three decades in power, the army announced on state television on Tuesday. The shock announcement came only the day after the 68-year-old was proclaimed the winner of a presidential election that had given him a sixth term in office. The army said Deby had been commanding his army at the weekend as it battled against rebels who had launched a major incursion into the north of the country on election day. Deby “has just breathed his last breath defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield,” army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.
Deby, 68, had ruled Chad with an iron fist for three decades but was a key ally in the West’s antijihadist campaign in the troubled Sahel region. The army said a military council led by the late president’s 37-year-old son Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno, a four-star general, would replace him. On Monday, the army had claimed a “great victory” in its battle against the rebels from neighbouring Libya, saying it had killed 300 fighters, with the loss of five soldiers in its own ranks during eight days of combat. Deby would have been one of the longest-serving leaders in the world, after provisional results showed him winning the April 11 election. He was a herder’s son from the Zaghawa ethnic group who took the classic path to power through
the army, and relished the military culture. His latest election victory — with almost 80 percent of the vote — had never been in doubt, with a divided opposition, boycott calls, and a campaign in which demonstrations were banned or dispersed. Deby had campaigned on a promise of bringing peace and security to the region, but his pledges were undermined by the rebel incursion. The government had sought Monday to assure concerned residents that the offensive was over. There had been panic in some areas of N’Djamena on Monday after tanks were deployed along the city’s main roads, an AFP journalist reported. The tanks were later withdrawn apart from a perimeter around the
president’s office, which is under heavy security during normal times. “The establishment of a security deployment in certain areas of the capital seems to have been misunderstood,” government spokesman Cherif Mahamat Zene had said on Twitter on Monday. “There is no particular threat to fear.” However, the US embassy in N’Djamena had on Saturday ordered non-essential personnel to leave the country, warning of possible violence in the capital. Britain also urged its nationals to leave. France’s embassy said in an advisory to its nationals in Chad that the deployment was a precaution and there was no specific threat to the capital. The rebel raid in the provinces of Tibesti and Kanem was carried
out by the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT), based in Libya. The group has a non-aggression pact with Khalifa Haftar, a military strongman who controls much of Libya’s east. FACT, a group mainly made up of the Saharan Goran people, said in a statement Sunday that it had “liberated” the Kanem region. Such claims in remote desert combat zones are difficult to verify. The Tibesti mountains near the Libyan frontier frequently see fighting between rebels and the army, as well as in the northeast bordering Sudan. French air strikes were needed to stop an incursion there in February 2019. In February 2008, a rebel assault reached the gates of the presidential palace before being pushed back with French backing. AFP
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resident Muhammadu Buhari has talked tough against the ravaging insecurity across the country, warning criminals attacking security formations that no criminal or terrorist is bigger or mightier than Nigerian armed forces. Speaking during an event to present the scorecard of the government, which was organised
Reps hold valedictory session for late Prestige By Christiana Ekpa
he Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday described the late Ossy Prestige as a man of character and influence, who lived a good and fulfilling life. Recall that, the late Lawmaker Prestige, who represented Aba North/South federal constituency in the House, passed away earlier February , after a protracted illness. The Speaking during the valedictory session to honour late Prestige yesterday, Gbajabiamila, said Prestige was a fine gentleman and astute legislator, whose contribution to the House and the country at large would be dearly missed. The Speaker recalled that his last moment with Prestige was in London, when he visited him while receiving treatment in a hospital there. He described him, as an emotional moment for him, as they had agreed to meet in Nigeria, but it turned out to be the last time they were together. He said Prestige’s demise had caused a “hollowness in the hallowed chamber and sorrow in the air.” While condoling the family of the late legislator, he pledged the support of the House to them. The Senate Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, said Prestige’s constituency falls under his Senatorial Zone (Abia South), and they worked well together despite party affiliations for the good of the people. He begged God that death should not visit the National Assembly again. “We beg death not to come to the National Assembly again. This is too much for us. While we mourn, we celebrate him. He was a man we all adored when he lived,” Abaribe said. House Leader, Alhassan Doguwa, who described Prestige’s demise as sad, said the inevitability of death should serve as a lesson for leaders in the country to remember to serve with heart and mind. Doguwa said the late Prestige was passionate and discharged his responsibilities very well at all times with a sense of love and humour. The House Leader said the mood was not convenient for the business of the day on the floor of the green chamber and called for the adjournment of the plenary.
Insecurity: No criminal, terrorist is bigger than Nigeria Buhari
•Vows never to lobby anybody to stop secessionist agitations by the APC Professional’ Forum at the party National Secretariat in Abuja, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said President Buhari cannot be intimidated by anyone. He said “Criminals are fighting to gain the upper hand but I tell you that no criminal or terrorist is bigger than this country. None of them is mightier than our armed forces. This structure has been there. They were certificated and praised for World war one, World war two, they stabilize the entire West Africa region. Without Nigeria, would there be Liberia in its present form, would there be Sierra Leone in its present form, even Gambia? So just give it time and support and pray, we will win against these forces. “Look, one thing with this President (is)... you can’t intimidate Buhari. You can’t bully him. A lot of these people are calling for secession, they are the problem of this country and I am happy that reasonable opinion is now being heard, reasonable voices are now rising. Is it not only yesterday we are reading Afenifere, the most credible faction of Afenifere, saying we are not for secession.” Shehu also said the issue of secession has been part of Nigeria politics, as it has been used in the past by people who do not mean well for the country to intimidate sitting
leaders to open up the vault of the country and share money to those stoking the pressure of secession as bribe to stop such pressures. To this end, he said President Buhari will never lobby anybody to stop the pressures for secession, adding that those calling for the breakup of the country are neither electable nor democrats and that President Buhari will not pay anybody to stop the pressure because Nigerians want to be one and united people. “The Ohanaze Ndi Igbo has said this over and over. So, this thing about secession is, they had used it in the past. You create secession and threaten to break up Nigeria and then you intimidate the sitting leader and then he opens the vault and he brings money to settle people. “President Buhari will pay no one. He is not going to pay and now it is clear that, having not ignored all of that, reasonable opinions are coming from those States and from those regions. The Governors in the South West, we have all heard them, they have denounced all of these things. “So it is a sham, Nigerians want to be one, they want to continue. Yes, there are problems and we are hoping that as people united and loving of one another, we will come together and solve our problems”, he said. Speaking further, Shehu
dismissed the possibilities of the President convening a National Conference saying whatever role the conference would play in the polity is what the National Assembly is constituted and paid to do. He asked those with agitations to approach the National Assembly Constitution Review Committee with their memorandum for appropriate legislation. While pointing out that the Constitution of Nigeria does not provide for creating two parliament, the Presidential spokesman said “What National Conference do you want more than a parliament? Anyone who is a democrat in heart, in practice and in their beliefs, they should believe in the tripartite structure of government. “For governments that are democratic, there must be a parliament, the executive arm of the government and the judiciary; each one being independent and cooperating with the other. We have an elected parliament, which is mandated to be the custodian of the sovereignty of the Nigerian people. “Look, a lot of these people who are crying for this secession, they are unelectable. If you think you are electable, go around for a parliamentary seat, whether House of Representatives or Senate and come and table an amendment to the Constitution. The process is ongoing as we speak now under the
Deputy Senate President. “They are calling for memoranda, why can’t you present what you want? So, the issue is that people who are not democrats want a parallel parliament to be set up and this Constitution does not recognize two parliaments in this country. We have one parliament that is sovereign that is the custodian of the sovereignty of the Nigerian people. “If your member representing you has failed to present this request that you want, whether it is change of structure at state, local government or national level, pull him out four years after, don’t vote for him. Put another representative who will do what you want. This is how democracy works, periodic elections”, he said. Speaking earlier, the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), James John Akpanudoedehe, said the President is a listening leader who wants to empower faithful party members. Also speaking, the National Coordinator of the APC Professionals, Akeem Akintayo, said during the electioneering process, political parties go into social contract with her citizens after the election is won and concluded with primary responsibility to deliver the social contract promised during the electioneering campaigns.
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Gombe Governor parleys Reps Ad-hoc Police rescue 4 kidnapped Committee on tank farm relocation ...Says Gombe will work with NASS to Ensure Safety of Lives, Property of Citizenry victims in Delta
ombe state Governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has said the many needless confrontations within the country could have been avoided if there were deliberate efforts to build strong institutions that will ensure enforcement and compliance in access, layouts as well as law and order. Governor Inuwa Yahaya was speaking when he received in audience, members of the House of Representatives Ad-hoc committee on Tank Farms Relocation and Gas/ Filling Stations Compliance led by its Chairman, Hon. Ibrahim Mustapha Aliyu. The Governor regretted how people abandon their responsibilities and allow lack of planning to take precedence through the citing of highly inflammable depots within neighbourhoods despite its maximum risk to lives and property. “The need for us to comply with development planning and control is key, whatever this committee will do I think emphasis has to be made in adopting the concept of layouts instead of carve out” He told the Reps members that development control currently being
championed by his administration will not allow the flagrant abuse of or citing of tank farms or any other establishment that could be injurious to the survival of the people and their property. Governor Inuwa Yahaya said the establishment of the Gombe State Geographic Information System (GOGIS) and the restructuring of the Urban Development Board into an Authority were done to entrench development control and compliance in the interest of the people of the State. He added that as a reformatory Government, the issuance of Order no 4 was another proactive step taken by his administration to ensure compliance in the area of urban centre demarcation. The Governor observed that the LPG depots that sprang up in Gombe metropolis are sandwiched between houses or business areas making them a danger to lives and properties as can be seen in other states across the country where inferno resulting from tanks farms and LPG depots led to loss of many lives and property. He noted that successive governments placed emphasis on
carve outs instead of layouts, a situation the Governor said is not only dangerous to the tenets of development but also infringes on the rights of way and those of the people which often lead to conflicts. He blamed the insecurity bedeviling on lack of proper planning and control, saying the encroachment of cattle routes to felling off of grazing and forests reserves as factors responsible for farmers/ herders conflicts degenerating into banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling. “So this committee is very important and we welcome you to Gombe because you found us on our reformatory kits, we are embarking on these reforms because we believe that is the key for a sustainable development and the key for peaceful coexistence within our people in the state and within the country”. Governor Inuwa Yahaya said his administration has no option than to right the wrongs of distorted development plan in the State which is the hallmark of any responsible and responsive government, adding that the State will collaborate and cooperate with the committee
towards adoption and subsequent implementation of its report. Earlier, the Chairman, House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Tank Farms Relocation, Hon. Ibrahim Mustapha Aliyu said the 38 member committee was set up by the House following complaints by Nigerians that the indiscriminate setting up of highly inflammable depots is posing danger to the lives and property of the people. He said the committee has been mandated to investigate the compliance level of these facilities in relation to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) guidelines and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) right of way in some pilot states in which Gombe is one. Hon. Ibrahim Aliyu thanked the Gombe State Government for the hospitality accorded to his committee and praised Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya for the uncommon transformation of the State through his road network eleven hundred project, the Gombe Goes Green and massive control of monstrous gullies within and outside the State capital among others.
The mothers of abducted school children cry over the abduction of children, during a press briefing by the parents of abducted school children in Kaduna. pic by Shehu . K Goro Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), Dr. Nnimo Bassey (sitting at the middle) and others, during a stakeholders’ Conference/report launch on the state of Biosafety in Nigeria, held, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Kano Police rescue girl, 15 kept in solitary confinement for 10 years by parents From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
he Kano State Police Command has rescued a 15year old girl, Aisha Jibrin, who was kept in solitary confinement by her biological parents for ten years in Fagge Local Government area of the state. The Police Public Relations Officer of the state, Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa in a statement yesterday said the victim was
rescued at her family house at Darerawa quarters in Fagge Local Government area. He said the victim was locked by her father, Mohammed Jibrin and mother, Rabi Mohammed for ten years without proper care. According to Kiyawa, the victim was set free following a tip off by some good Samaritans in the area. On receipt of the report, according to the PPRO, the state Commissioner of Police, CP
Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, raised and instructed a Medical Team and a team of detectives to proceed to the scene, rescue the victim and arrest the culprits. The teams immediately swung into action and rescued the victim in a harsh condition, adding that she was rushed to Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital where she was admitted. He added that one of the suspects, 35-year old Rabi
Mohammed, believed to be the mother of the girl was arrested while the father had fled. “Effort is in progress to arrest the father of the victim who is currently at large. However, the Commissioner of Police, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko (NagariNakowa) ordered that case be transferred to the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department for discrete investigation,” the statement added.
By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
elta Police Command on Tuesday said that it has rescued four persons from kidnappers den. The Commissioner of Police, Delta state Command, Ari Muhammed Ali, in a statement said that he has mandated DPOS to embark on continuous raiding of criminal hideouts in a bid to nip crime in the bud as well as ensure that all Deltans sleep with heir two eyes closed He urged members of the public to continue to support the command like they have been doing by giving useful information to the police that will help in policing the state, adding that the police in return will ensure that they are protected. According to the statement, at about 0332hrs information was received by the DPO Oghara Division, CSP Jimoh Hassan, that one Solomon Otomierewo ‘m’ of Ibori road Oghara and his girlfriend one Rukewe Urhiephroune ‘f’ were kidnapped while returning to their house, by four armed men who blocked his unregistered Mercedes GLK and took them to a bush along koko road. On receipt of the information, the statement said, the DPO swiftly mobilized patrol teams, vigilantes and anti cults units to the bush where information has it that the kidnappers took the victims to. The statement further read: “The kidnappers on sighting the headlights of the police patrol vehicles, all ran to different directions abandoning the victims, the police ere able to rescue the victims unhurt. “Similarly, On the 18/4/2021 at about 2050hrs, sequel to a tip off that some hoodlums suspected to be kidnappers were operating along Ogor-Ivwreni road. The Divisional police officer ‘A’ Division Ughelli mobilized and led patrol teams to the scene, rescued one Ovwenu Augustine ‘m’ and Victor Orogunu ‘m’ who sustained gunshot injuries on his right leg, the police rushed them rushed to the hospital for treatment.”
Livestock industry critical to economy - Says Lawan •As bill to establish National Livestock Bureau scales second reading in Senate
By Musa Adamu
resident of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the development of the livestock industry in Nigeria is critical to the diversification and growth of the economy. Lawan made this known on Tuesday in his remarks after a bill for an Act to establish the National Livestock Identification and Management Bureau scaled second reading on the floor. According to Lawan, the livestock industry in Nigeria, if properly harnessed and regulated, has the potential of generating trillions of naira needed to stimulate the economy along the trajectory of exponential growth. The Senate President, while delivering his ruling on
objections raised amid debate on the bill by Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, which questioned the competence of the National Assembly to legislate on the livestock industry, argued to the contrary that the apex legislative body was acting within its legislative jurisdiction to seek the establishment of the National Livestock Identification and Management Bureau. He said: “This is an industry of between N5 to N10 trillion naira in this country. [And] any government or parliament will try to do anything possible to ensure that such an industry is protected and promoted to ensure that people earn their livelihood and have a food reserve of sort from that industry. “I believe that in this Senate, we even had a resolution or intervention that was based on the Doctrine of necessity, because there was need for the National Assembly to intervene
even when it was clear that there was no provision for such a situation. “Sitting here, I believe that we will be doing this country good, we will be doing justice and a great deal of service to our people that we legislate on this. “The identification is just one side of it, but the protection and management of this sector of our economy that is so huge and massive is critical to our economy. Earlier, sponsor of the Bill for an Act to Establish the National Livestock Identification and Management Bureau, Senator Muhammad Enagi Bima (APC, Niger South) said the livestock sub-sector is an integral part of agriculture and vital to the socio-economic development of the country, though its productivity currently is very low.
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Another petrol tanker explodes in Benue From Uche Makurdi
arely 48 hours after a tanker exploded in Oshigbudu, Agatiu local government area of Benue State killing 7 persons, another fuel tanker fell and exploded in the
same town on Tuesday. Though no casualities were recorded in the second explosion, it was learnt that some houses were destroyed. When contacted, Hon Oteyi Sunday, Agatu LGA Secretary who also hails from the town confirmed the unfortunate incident, saying
it occurred at about 3:40am this morning (Tuesday) some metres away from where the Sunday explosion took place. He said, colossal damage was averted as people deserted the area shortly before the explosion occurred, adding that the conductor of the tanker was
arrested as the driver escaped. As at the time of filing this report, the two tankers have blocked the federal road making it impassable. This is just as residents and motorists have called for a ban on heavy vehicles plyjng the road.
The parents of abducted school children brief press men over the release of their children in Kaduna yesterday. pic by Shehu K. Goro
ANAN partners NIDCOM to establish diaspora offices abroad By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
he Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) is seeking collaboration with Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, (NIDCOM) for the establishment of branches in some countries abroad. The Chief Operating Officer of ANAN, Dr. Musa Ahmed Muhammed stated this when the Association visited the Chairman/CEO, NIDCOM, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who was represented by Engr. Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi, Secretary, NIDCOM in Abuja. Dr Muhammed reasoned that as a professional body, ANAN’s impact will be felt more if branches are established outside the shores of Nigeria.
He disclosed that ANAN has already contacted a professional accountant, who is also a fellow in the USA and wants to help them set up a branch in the USA. According to him, “But it is wise for us to discuss with NIDCOM to use your good office to achieve this purpose based on the law of the USA, the law of Nigeria especially on the law of the ANAN branch opening”. Dr. Mohammed said that the aim was not just to open a branch in the USA but hopes that NIDCOM should give ANAN the enablement to establish offices in other parts of the world. He also appreciated the prompt response of NIDCOM to issues that concern Nigerians all over the world, urging them to keep up the good work. Responding, Engr. Dr.
Sule Yakubu Bassi, Secretary, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, assured ANAN representatives of NIDCOM’s maximum support in actualising its purpose. Bassi, according to a statement from Alhaji AbdurRahman Balogun, Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of NIDCOM, explained that NIDCOM is set up primarily to engage meaningfully with the over 17million Nigerians living abroad and as such will be happy to collaborate with ANAN provided the branches , if established, will impact positively to the Nigerian economy. While commending the success of ANAN so far, Bassi said that he woyld be glad to see
Diaspora accountants who will impact on its training programs and also urged the association to key in to the NIDCOM’s programmes like the National Diaspora Day, Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit to see how the association can participate actively. A six- man committe was constituted to work out the modalities for ANAN-NIDCOM partnership. ANAN is a professional body of Accountants registered by ACT 76 of the 1973 law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria saddled with the responsibility to advance the science of accounting in Nigeria. It is also a professional body that teaches before examining candidates into the association and has been in operation for over 42 years.
Minister tasks Governing Councils to exploit new revenue sources Maryam Abeeb
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has tasked the governing councils to exploit new revenue sources outside government to improve their operations , while ensuring financial discipline. He gave the charge inhis remarks while inaugurating the governing councils of 25 federal polytechnics and 21 federal colleges of education in Abuja. Adamu who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Arch Sonny Echono, stated that funding has remained perpetual problems in tertiary institutions in Nigeria. He charged them to exhibit passion and a deep sense of duty as they chart the directions in which their various institutions will go in the performance of their functions. ‘’ Funding remains a perpetual problem in our tertiary institutions. Governing councils are expected to exploit new revenue sources, outside government to improve your operations, whilst ensuring financial discipline. ‘’You must, therefore, exhibit passion and a deep sense of duty as you chart the directions in which these institutions will go in the performance of their statutory functions. To be clear, the governance alluded to does not in any way entail or necessitate interference by council in the day to day running of the institution. ‘’ In general , the responsibility for the control and superintendence of the policies , finances and property of the nation’s polytechnic and colleges of Education, rest squarely on your shoulders. ‘’’You are also expected to act, in a manner that is best to promote the interest, objects, and purposes of the institutions of which you have, today, become an integral part’’, he stated. According to him, the councils must share the vision, mission, objectives and purposes of the institutions they are heading. Speaking, the Executive Secretary of the National University Commission, (NUC) Professor Abubakar Rasheed in his welcome address said that both the technical education and teachers’ education are complementary and indeed top priority pillars in the revised ministerial strategic plan.
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NTBLCP ,USAID Train Journalists on Tuberculosis reportage From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
he National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Programme (NTBLCP) in collaboration with the Breakthrough ACTION (BA), a USAID-funded project has Organised an orientation for journalists on Tuberculosis reportage in Nigeria Speaking at the Virtual training yesterday the Director National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP) Mrs Itohowo UKo commended the participants for their attendance and passion for the fight against TB, saying commitment of the Media and the cooperation of a well-informed public, the narrative on TB would change for the better She said according to the Global TB report, the disease causes ill health for approximately 10 million people each year, saying Nigeria has the highest burden of the disease in Africa and the third highest burden in the world after India and Indonesia. She lamented that over 75 per cent of Nigerians with the disease are yet to be diagnosed or receive any form of treatment. This, she blamed on the lack of awareness about the disease among the communities and the social stigma attached to those diagnosed with the ailment. She said though, in recent times, Nigeria has been improving its efforts in finding the missing cases, those cases yet to be detected are more than those reported. Detecting all cases, she said, is very important because the missing cases are a risk to those who are not infected. She advised Nigerians who have been coughing for more than two weeks to visit health facilities because an infected person can infect 10 to 15 persons if not quickly treated. “Unfortunately, despite significant progress made over the last few years, every hour, 18 Nigerians still die of TB; a disease that is preventable and curable. It is on this basis that Stop TB partnership Nigeria is working with other partners to complement the efforts of the government to end TB in Nigeria. “We also want to use this opportunity to call on the president, Muhammadu Buhari, to accelerate TB response and keep the promise made on TB at the UN meeting in New York last year.” Mrs Itohowo Uko said the media has a great role to play n raising awareness about the health, social and economic consequence of the disease and to step up efforts to end TB epidemic.
SOKAPU demands release of detained Atyap leaders From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
he Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has demanded unconditional realease of the detained fifteen Atyap leaders by the operatives of Operation Safe Haven. The Spokesperson of SOKAPU Luka Binniyat stated this in a statement made available to media in kaduna yesterday. The Statement added that the Atyap leaders from Zangon
Kataf Local Goverment Area were tricked into a meeting, at one of their operational base on Unguwan Rimi-Bajju road, near Kafanchan in Jemaa LGA also in Southern Kaduna and arrested all of them on the 31st March, 2021. They were reportedly torturous for four days in the illegal incarceration of the military and later passed to the Kafanchan Police Area Command under SP Idris Mohammed Gumel. The Statement further stated
that the Union is asking for the immediate release of these men that were literally abducted by men of Major General Dominic Onyemulu and punished before being passed to the police for further suffering. “We demand that the Nigeria Army Headquarters inquire into how its men have now become tools used for such untowards projects. “ We are calling on volunteer legal experts, relevant NGOs,
CSOs and men and women of means and conscience to assist us in enforcing the Fundamental Human Rights of these poor detainees who can obviously not afford the cost of pursuing their rights without assistance. ,” Finally, we call on Atyap youths and their neighbours to please remain calm and not take the law into their hands, even as they maintain vigillance over their communities.” the Statement reads.
FG to support anti- cancer innovation
he Minister of State, for Science and Technology, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi, said that the Federal Government is fully ready to support any innovative technology that will proffer lingering solutions to health challenges. Barr. Abdullahi made this known when he received the management of Next wear technology Hub in his office in Abuja on Tuesday.
Next wear technologies, is a technology start-up that developed a Smart Bra device for early detection of breast cancer. Barr. Abdullahi commended the tech start-up for being the pioneers of wearable technology in Nigeria, adding that this innovative technology will boost the Federal government’s effort at improving the health sector. He further said that the Federal Government will intensify
Sti is Panacea to national security challenges - Onu
he Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said that the deployment of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), will help the nation overcome many challenges bedevilling her, especially security. Dr. Onu said this during a working visit by the Senior Executive Course (43) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic studies (NIPSS), in his office on Tuesday. According to Dr. Onu, the use of STI will enhance intelligence gathering and facilitate the use of cutting-edge technology to eliminate security challenges in all regions of the country. The Minister stressed the need for Nigeria and other developing countries to develop homegrown solutions to challenges facing them, such as production of vaccines to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. In his words, “No matter how wealthy and rich a nation can be, in terms of resources, there is need to make sure that many of the things needed in your country are locally provided” He said that Nigeria has the capacity to confront all the challenges facing it, adding that all goods and services being imported can be locally produced. According to Dr. Onu, the Federal Government is at the implementation stage of the revolutionary Executive Order 5, which seeks to place Nigerian professionals and deployment of Technology as the fulcrum of socio-economic activities. He added, that the Federal Government is focused on lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the turn of the decade. Earlier, the Director of research at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Prof. Dung Pam Sha, said that the Institute will work closely with the Ministry to ensure the deployment of STI in solving national challenges at all levels.
efforts to improve indigenous technology, also adding that the innovation’s intellectual property will be protected appropriately by the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). According to the Minister, The Ministry will work closely with the Presidential Standing Committee on invention and Innovation (PSCII), to evaluate the innovation and see how it can
be recommended for presidential grant. Barr. Abdullahi said the innovation will encourage women to participate more in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Earlier, the Project manager for the SMART BRA DEVICE, Bolarinwa Kemisola said she is seeking the Ministry’s support for the project, in terms of finance and technological support.
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.
PEOPLES DAILY, WednesDay april 21, 2021
Idriss Deby was a gallant leader, says Buhari
By Egena Sunday Ode
resident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over “the sudden and tragic death of President Idriss Deby of Chad on the front line, fighting against rebel soldiers.” Reacting to the incident on Tuesday, President Buhari said: “I’m deeply shocked and
devastated by the sudden death of Idriss Deby on the battle front to defend the sovereignty of his country.” According to the President, “the late Deby had played a very active role in our regional joint collaboration in the military campaign against the Boko Haram terrorists.” President Buhari, in a statement Tuesday by his Senior
Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the late Chadian leader “as a friend of Nigeria who had enthusiastically lent his hand in our efforts to defeat the murderous Boko Haram terrorists that have posed grave security challenges not only for Nigeria, but also our African neighbours, particularly Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic.”
He added that “the death of Deby will surely create a big vacuum in the efforts to jointly confront the Boko Haram terrorists and the Islamic State West Africa Province.” While condoling with the people of Chad and their new leader, President Buhari called for greater collaboration to defeat the terrorists, the statement noted.
Cross section of graduates, at the graduation ceremony of 22nd graduation ceremony Centre for Resource Development Iniviative in collaboration with National Open University Kaduna yesterday. pic by Shehu K. Goro
Buhari joins worshippers for annual Tafsir
resident Muhammadu Buhari, who returned from a two-week trip to the United Kingdom a few days back, Tuesday, joined Muslim faithful in the State House mosque for the Ramadan Tafsir (explanation of the Qur’an). This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Tuesday. According to the statement, the President, who was accompanied by personal aides, was attending the Tafsir for the first time in two years, following the closure of the Mosque throughout the Ramadan last year due to the restrictions in public gatherings put in place by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, now renamed Presidential Steering Committee (PSC). In a sermon before the commencement of the exercise, the Chief Imam of the Villa, Sheikh Abdulwahid Abubakar Sulaiman lamented that groups and individuals have been spreading concocted and senseless stories regarding COVID-19, misleading a large number of people, the statement said. He called the epidemic ‘‘a trial from the Almighty, as well as a leveller and equalizer of humanity.’’ The Chief Imam urged Nigerians to continue to observe the regulations put in place by the relevant authorities to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to Shehu.
Autonomy: JUSUN, PASAN, NBA vow to sustain protests in Delta By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
he Delta Chapters of Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) have vowed to sustain protests until the state the government meet their demand. The three unions, which staged a peaceful protest to the Government House on Monday in Asaba, demanded full implementation of autonomy for the judiciary. The unions said that they would stage a comeback on Monday, April 26, should Governor Ifeanyi Okowa fail to respond to their demand. The protesters displayed placards with various inscriptions such as; Disobedience of the Constitution is corruption; Obey court judgment on financial autonomy. Others inscriptions conspicuously displayed included, Don’t gag the judiciary, implement financial autonomy; implement section 121 of the 1999 Constitution as
amended. Addressing the protesters at the Government House, Mr Austin Chiejina, State JUSUN Chairman, said their request was simple and just for state government to fully implement the judicial autonomy as enshrined in the constitution. He said that the two weeks old strike had impacted the people negatively as the courts were currently closed to the general public and for those seeking justices. He, however, insisted that the strike would go on until the governor makes financial commitment to the head of the courts, adding that they have had failed promises. “We are here on a peaceful protest and to bring before the government the constitutional provision that says funds accruing to judiciary should be paid to the head of courts. “This is provided for in the constitutions sections 121, this by its nature do not require any action by the governor to act on them, it is constitutional. “We shall review the strike situation but
until the governor releases the first tranche of the financial commitment to the head of the courts, the situation may not change from what we have now,” Chiejina said. Mr Oghenerhaboke Penn, former State Chairman, PASAN, described the current situation as a misnomer for the judiciary and the legislature to continue to seek approval from the executive before carrying out their duties. “Our request is simple, just for the state governor to implement the financial autonomy as passed by the National Assembly. “The president issued executive order No. 10, last year demanding that governors implement the financial autonomy for both the judiciary and the legislature in the states. “It is a misnomer for the judiciary and the legislature to seek the executive approval before doing their things,” he said On its part, the NBA who had thrown its weight on JUSUN said until the governor addressed the issue, the strike
would subsist. Mr Emmanuel Uti, the Chairman, NBA Warri, who led the lawyers association in the state to the protests said Judicial autonomy would enhance the rule of law. He insisted that should the governor delay to address the issue, that the protesters would come in greater number to block the government house gate in Asaba next Monday. “It is the absence of financial autonomy that is the cause of poor service delivery in the judiciary,” he said. Receiving the protest letters, Mr David Edevbie, the Chief of Staff Government House, told JUSUN and PASAN that the governor would receive, act on their request and send feedback to them shortly. On his part, the Attorney-General and also Commissioner for Justice, Mr Peter Mrakpor, who received the lawyers in company of his counterparts in Energy, Mr Basil Ganagan and Chief Arthur Akpowhowho of Urban Renewal, assured the lawyers of Gov. Okowa’s commitment to rule of law.
PEOPLES DAILY, WednesDay april 21, 2021
Letter to the Editor
Still on return of university visitation panels
rof. Attahiru Jega has promised of the white paper on the last visitation to work with other chairmen reports. “It will look into the leadership quality of newly inaugurated visitation panels for public universities to produce of each university in terms of the roles of “excellent reports” to reposition the its governing council, the vice chancellor country’s tertiary institutions. Jega, a and other principal officers,” he said. “It former chairman of the Independent will look into the financial management National Electoral Commission (INEC) of each institution including statutory was speaking penultimate Tuesday on allocations and internally generated behalf of other chairmen at the inaugural revenue over the recommendation ceremony for 38 federal universities and period. It will investigate the application four inter-university centres in Abuja. of funds, particularly the special grants and loans meant for He called for consistency in specific projects in order the constitution of visitation to determine the status panels for federal tertiary of such projects.” institutions. Adamu, therefore, Jega urged the federal urged the panels government to implement We welcome the to conclude their recommendations from the panels, while also pledging return of university responsibilities with the full commitment of panel visitation panels. best practices within the members to produce excellent They very active period of 60 days. The reports. “We shall do our and popular when Executive Secretary, the National Universities best and produce excellent the military were Commission (NUC), reports which, we hope, the in power. Their Prof. Abubakar Rasheed government will put to good use to reposition the country’s disappearance, said that each of the 42 panels comprised universities. No doubt, a ironically, lot of challenges exist in the coincided with prominent persons who had served the nation institutions and the President the return to in various capacity. He has offered an opportunity for civil rule. The tasked the chairmen of careful review of the nature consequence the panels to do their of the challenges on which basis recommendations will is the pervasive best to reposition the be made to address them,” he rot we see today education system for the good of the nation. said. in the university We welcome the Earlier, the Minister of system return of university Education, Malam Adamu visitation panels. Adamu, while inaugurating the visitation panels as directed by They very active and popular when President Muhammadu Buhari, charged the military were in power. Their them to evaluate the policies and laws disappearance, ironically, coincided with of the specific institutions. Adamu, the return to civil rule. The consequence represented by Mr Sonny Echono, the is the pervasive rot we see today in the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, university system. Strikes by university urged the panels to adhere to their terms lecturers have been frequent. The latest of reference to improve efficiency and was the one that began in February 2020 and ended only last January. We trust the effectiveness in the institutions. He said that the panels would cover new visitation panels to a good job. With a period of 10 years between 2010 and the likes of Jega heading them, hopes are 2020 and would be expected to present high. However, as the former university two reports covering 2011 to 2015 and 2016 to 2020. According to him, each vice chancellor and chairman of INEC panel will have people in academia, said, it is one thing to produce “excellent someone who knows the financial reports” but another thing to implement matters in the business sector, someone them faithfully. We hope both the panels with the knowledge of the law and other and the government will do their part instrument”. Each panel is expected to to truly reposition the malfunctioning inquire into the level of implementation university system.
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Islamophobia: Pantami and the hypocrisy of his detractors By Fredrick Nwabufo
rofiling. Targeting. Scapegoating. In Nigeria, you are more likely to effectuate wry remarks and suspicious stares if you are the prototypical Muslim with fullbred beard, a ‘’decimal point’’ on your forehead – a sign of your devotion to Almighty Allah, and apparelled in modest trousers that stand aloof from the ankle than if you are a Biblewielding evangelist piercing the dawn quietude of a drowsy neighbourhood with screams and shrieks of ‘’repentance’’. We live in a country that is autochthonously Christianised. Our ways are Christian. It is commonplace to profile Muslims who hold strong beliefs as ‘’extremists’’ but not Christians who arrogantly profess their beliefs anywhere and everywhere, even commanding obeisance to their faith. I have never heard any Christian described as an extremist – even when some church leaders make galling and inflammatory statements. In the build-up to the 2015 presidential election, Bishop Oyedepo vowed to open the floodgates of hell on the opponents of former President Goodluck Jonathan. Is this not an incendiary statement – by a man of god? This pastor also physically assaulted a penitent who came to his church for deliverance. But it was excused because he is a Christian leader. Christians are not extremists even when their actions vouchsafe this fact – but any Muslim can be summarily tagged an ‘’extremist?’’ When a Christian leader makes extremist comments, we call it ‘’holy anger’’. It is hypocrisy. In 2017, the DSS attempted to arrest Pastor Johnson Suleman after he publicly said he asked his security guards to kill any Fulani intruder around his church. He also threatened the government after state agents swooped in on a hotel he took residence in Ekiti. In addition, Pastor Enenche and others in the same phylum have made ungodly threats that border on bigotry and extremism. But they were all palliated – because they are Christian leaders. It is hypocrisy. Our society is subliminally attuned to certain precepts and ways that are predominantly Christian. Any otherness sets off an alarm. It is societal conditioning. Our society has been conditioned to readily see some people in one divide as ‘’extremists’’ and others in another category as ‘’devotees’’. A conditioning in hypocrisy. The avalanche of attacks – both sponsored and taxied – against Isa Ibrahim Pantami, minister of
communication and digital economy, accents some Nigerians’ atavism and aboriginal hypocrisy. I would not want to dwell on the contents of some videos and abstracts rippling on social media because they have been politically ammunitioned for not kosher ends. Pantami’s only offence could be that he is a Sheikh heading a vital government ministry. Yes, some bigoted interests find his being a Sheikh in a sensitive public office exasperating. They cannot stand the fact that a notable Muslim leader is the superintendent of a key ministry. But Pantami is not just any Sheikh. He is a technocrat who knows his onions. He is not fish out of water at the ministry of communications. He trained as a computer scientist, obtaining a PhD from Robert Gordon University in Scotland. He bagged sterling credentials from Ivy-league schools like Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also attended Cambridge in the UK. But bigotry clouds the mind of those who see him as a Sheikh who has no business in the communications ministry. As a matter of fact, the kindler of the current social media blitz against the minister is beyond ‘’what he said or did not say in the past’’. Some interests in the communications industry who perceive him as impervious to inducement, a non-conformist and a strong character are working in the shadows. Pantami has taken some hard-line-decisions against the industry vultures that are desperate to draw blood. The controversy is a smokescreen to exact vengeance. Nigerians should not unwarily cavort on the playground of this horde. The truth is for every of Pantami’s detractor, the cause for grouse are interests not being served. The minister is not playing ball, hence, veiled daggers drawn. Those calling for Pantami’s resignation do not mean well for Nigeria. I believe he should be judged by his stewardship at the ministry of communications -- not by his faith. If the social media blitzkrieg against the minister is because of his performance at the ministry, that will be a different matter. But it is not. Pantami is perhaps one of the most resourceful and responsive communications ministers Nigeria has ever had. Again, the minister should be judged according to his work at the ministry. And he has done a good job of that. I will not join the multitude to commit murder. By Fredrick ‘Mr OneNigeria’ Nwabufo Twitter @FredrickNwabufo
PEOPLES DAILY, WednesDay april 21, 2021
Again, Deby’s death deepens transition from father to son leadership in Africa
By Isaac Asabor
here is no denying the fact that since the idea of democracy was sold to Africans by the colonial powers that ran the continent until the period of decolonization began in the 1960’s that Africa has by each passing political dispensation in each country it is constituted with been attempting in futility to follow the European model of democratic governance. However, whilst African democracy has shown some improvement in some few African countries within the continent, it has continually been having legitimacy problems, particularly as some African states are ignobly characterized by corruption and imposition of leaders; to the extent of having family members or kinsmen imposed in power. For the sake of clarification, the news that inspired this piece is that Idris Deby who was the President of Chad, and who ruled the country for more than 30 years and was an important Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa, has been killed on the frontline against rebels in the North.
The angst of this writer in this context is that Deby’s son, Mahamat Kaka, in less than a day of Deby’s demise has being named interim president by a transitional council of military officers. Against the foregoing backdrop, permit me to sound personal and condemn Africa’s democracy for been characterized with the transition from father to son leadership in Africa. It would be recalled that Deby, 68, came to power in a rebellion in 1990 and was one of Africa’s longest-ruling leaders, surviving numerous coup attempts and rebellions. Paradoxically, his death was announced the day after he was declared the winner of a presidential election that would have given him a sixth term in office. It was gathered that most of the opposition, which had long complained of his repressive rule, boycotted the vote. The foregoing democratic aberration is not in any way novel in Africa. For instance, shortly after the announcement that Gnassingbe Eyadema, the former president of Togo was dead, the armed forces chief of staff said on state media
in Lome, the country’s capital, that his son, 39-year-old Equipments and Postal Services Minister, Faure Eyadema was Togo’s new leader. He said the armed forces had been confronted with what he called a power vacuum. He explained that under the constitution, the parliament speaker was supposed to take over, but the army chief of staff said he was out of the country. Ostensibly to preempt protests as a result of the undemocratic imposition, the Land, sea and air borders were closed until further notice. In a similar reprehensible vein, former first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, reportedly told a powerful bloc in the ruling ZanuPF party that she was already the president of the country because she ‘plans and does everything with President Robert Mugabe.’ As also gathered, a leader of the Zanu-PF women’s league, Angeline Muchemeyi, was quoted to have stated that Grace said she was not interested in the post of vice president as was earlier reported as plans continued as to who succeeds the 92-year-old Mugabe. The then First Lady said “I’m the wife of the president, I’m the
president already … I plan and do everything with the president, what more do I want, for now the position of the women boss is enough,” Muchemeyi said. I’m the wife of the president, I’m the president already … I plan and do everything with the president, what more do I want, for now the position of the women boss is enough. Grace Mugabe, who at the time led the women’s league of the party was seen as a strong contender to replace the husband as the president of Zimbabwe. However, Zimbabwe’s two vice presidents at the time, Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa, were named as other possible successors. As gathered, M u g abe i n h i s l i f e t i me ha s repeatedly criticized intra-party jostling to take over his job. Speaking to a group of war veterans, Mugabe announced a time line for his resignation whilst admitting that the country’s economy was crumbling. The southern African country’s currency was in poor shape and banks running out of cash, the country was also feeling the pinch of a crippling drought.
However, the ruling party confirmed that Mugabe will be contesting the country’s election that was conducted in 2018 and to that end was re-elected. It would be recalled that Mugabe was the only President Zimbabwe had had for more than three decades until his demise. Mugabe was quoted to have said “As long as the party says continue, I continue…If I still have the energy, I still have the life, the blessings of God, I will continue.” At this juncture, it is not an exaggeration to conclude that political observers in other continents while discussing on the spread and prospects of democracy in Africa that they often depict the continent as less democratic, indeed undemocratic. Africa is seen by its critics as ridden with dictators, monarchies and dynastic rulers. Of course, such image does not speak well of Africans as a whole. To me, it is high time the African Union (AU) wakes up from its slumber, and literarily clean up this reprehensible continental image. Isaac Asabor is a Public Affairs Analyst.
Japan shows no conscience as regards decision to dump nuclear wastewater into sea By Zhong Sheng
he Japanese government has abandoned the basic principles of international morality and justice with its extremely irresponsible decision to dump nuclear wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. The unilateral decision of Japan, which was not made out of absolute necessity, has aroused strong denunciation from the international community. It is well known that the Japanese government did not exhaust all the means of safe disposal, yet it decided to risk global public health and safety and the vital interests of the people of Japan’s neighbors in total disregard of widespread doubts and opposition from the international community. So far, there is no precedent in the world for discharging water contaminated in nuclear accident into the sea. The wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after the highestlevel nuclear accident is entirely different from the wastewater produced from the normal operation of nuclear power plants. The claim of the Japanese side that the nuclear wastewater is safe was solely based on data unilaterally released by the country. However, such data is less than convincing, considering that Japan’s nuclear power industry has been faced with unceasing problems during the past decades, and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (TEPCO), the owner
and operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, has frequently appeared in scandals and long been covering up safety loopholes through means including tampering with data, along with its frequent accidents. An earlier review report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert team pointed out that if the wastewater containing tritium from the Fukushima nuclear plant is discharged into the sea, it will affect the marine environment and the health of people in neighboring countries and that the treated wastewater needs to be further purified to remove other radionuclides. With the world’s strongest currents along the coast of Fukushima, radioactive materials could spread to most of the Pacific Ocean within 57 days from the date of discharge, and reach all oceans of the globe in a decade, according to a German marine scientific research institute. Greenpeace nuclear experts said that the level of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 in the wastewater will remain hazardous for thousands of years and have the potential to cause genetic damage. It’s astonishing that the Japanese side just turned a deaf ear to views from these authoritative institutions. The Japanese side’s daydream of simply dumping the contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea and getting done with it is actually self-deceiving. Even if Japan can get rid of the burden of cleaning up after a
nuclear accident, it will never end the vicious circle of ecological problems after the ecological environment is ruined. Five proposals were put forward during discussions on the disposal of the contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear plant held by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, including releasing the radioactive water into the atmosphere through evaporation, disposing of the wastewater via electrolysis, diluting the wastewater and discharging it into the sea, injecting the contaminated water deep underground, and burying it underground. The Japanese side claimed that discharging the nuclear wastewater into the sea is the least costly and easiest option. Obviously, in order to shift the burden and risks onto others, the Japanese government has chosen to be selfish and heartless. As sharply pointed out by people in Japan who oppose the decision, the Japanese government and TEPCO are not unable to, but do not want to, adopt other proposals. Japan’s decision to dump the nuclear wastewater into the sea is “particularly disappointing as experts believe alternative solutions to the problem are available,” says a joint statement by the United Nations (UN) human rights experts. “We remind Japan of its international obligations to prevent exposure to hazardous substances, to conduct environmental impact assessments of the risks
that the discharge of water may have, to prevent transboundary environmental harms, and to protect the marine environment,” experts said in the joint statement published on April 15. The ocean is mankind’s shared property. The disposal of the wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant is absolutely not a domestic issue for Japan and the country shall by no means be allowed to continue persisting in the irresponsible decision. According to relevant international conventions such as the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, and the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Japanese side should take on international obligations including notification and full consultation, environmental assessment and monitoring, preventive measures to minimize risks, and information transparency. China summoned the Japanese ambassador to China and lodged solemn representations against the Japanese government’s decision to dump the nuclear wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea. The South Korean foreign ministry summoned Japanese ambassador to Seoul to protest against the decision of the Japanese government. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson made a statement to criticize Japan for the decision. The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) demanded that an independent expert review regarding the decision be undertaken to the satisfaction
of all PIF members. Philippine presidential spokesperson said that nations behind environmental pollution should pay for the damage. The Japanese side must understand that justice will not be absent from safeguarding people’s rights to life and health. It seems that the Japanese government shows no conscience by inflicting such a thoughtless decision on mankind. The Japanese side had better face up to its responsibility, adopt a scientific attitude, fulfill its international obligations, withdraw its erroneous decision, and conduct in-depth assessment of the possible impacts of its disposal of the nuclear wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The Japanese government should actively and timely release relevant information in a stringent, accurate, open, and transparent manner, strictly accept international assessment, verification and supervision with substantial participation of all stakeholders including China and other neighboring countries as well as relevant international organizations, prudently make a decision on the issue according to the consensus reached among all parties, and refrain from discharging its radioactive water before the decision is made. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on foreign policy.)
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Mozambique needs to address deepening political discontent and widening socio-economic disparity By Kester Kenn Klomegah
hairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has to make consistent efforts toward addressing the systemic governance deficit, deepening political discontent, and widening socio-economic disparity as the surest possible way to maintain long-term peaceful environment in Mozambique. That was the message, at least, emerging from discussions via a videoconference held by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of the United States. Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative of the UN SecretaryGeneral António Guterres to the African Union (AU) and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union, among other high-ranking speakers and experts expressed the fact that Mozambique has to mobilize its own resources, and then to be supported by member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Tetteh further suggested that Mozambican government has to understand the primary internal challenges and analyze the roots causes of rising armed attacks in the country, and with the possibility of spreading to other parts within southern Africa. The United Nations (UN) Special Representative to the African Union explained that the insurgency situation in Mozambique is
not advanced enough to justify international military intervention or peacekeeping operations. She argues that “there is still the opportunity to be able to use political processes to try and get people to come back from the brink and to address some of the root causes of the conflicts. And I think that in Mozambique, for instance, as a case in point is one of the situations where we’re talking about a counterterrorism as opposed to a peacekeeping engagement activity.” The support has to be given at the level of bringing “the political tools to bear to try and create solutions within those regions and deal with some of the governance deficits that they have – lack of service provision, challenges with inequality – and, of course, at the same time, to provide a humanitarian response.” she emphasized. According to the UN official, the various organizations have to converge tools and structures, through collaboration, in order to “be more proactive on the prevention as opposed to having to spend money on the peacekeeping.” According to several reports, the armed violence in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique, has been going on for the past three and a half years but gained a new dimension on March 24 when armed groups first attacked the village of Palma, which is about six kilometers from the multi-million dollar natural gas projects. It has had devastating effects
– displacement of approximately 700,000 people, created worsening a humanitarian crisis. Many business in the region have badly been affected – Agostinho Vuma, the President of the Confederation of Economic Associations (CTA), estimated huge loss of US$209 million (€174.4 million) and the closure of 1,110 companies. “The other 750 companies suffered indirect impacts due to their exposure in the various value chains, whose flow (of activity) was interrupted following the recent attack on Palma district,” the CTA president said. In addition, he said that US$100 million (€83.4 million) corresponded to losses in agricultural production, US$95 million (€79.2 million) in physical capital and US$14 million (€11.7 million) in cash flow in the various value chains. While deploring kidnappings of business people and their relatives – another crime that is already hindering investment and gives an image of an unstable Mozambique, Vuma mentioned ways to promote the sustainability of the business sector linked to the natural gas megaprojects in Cabo Delgado. According to latest report on the Regional Economic Outlook: SubSaharan Africa, released April 15 by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, Mozambique needs to address, as swiftly as possible, all kinds of internal conflicts, warning further that the conflicts have serious negative
influences on the evolution of the country’s economy. “What is going on in Cabo Delgado, in Palma, is just horrendous, all the more so because this latent insurgency has been identified as a threat several for many years,” Abebe Aemro Selassie said at a press conference, presenting the Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa report in Washington. That however, International Monetary Fund (IMF) expects Mozambique to recover after establishing a peaceful environment, put under control the internal conflicts and begins to make economic growth from the current rate 2.8%, but the economic growth rate predicted to increase to 4.7% in 2022. Experts, both inside Mozambique and inside Africa have raised concerns about rising conflicts and its negative impact on development. Many African countries, Mozambique among them, have achieved little with their development efforts simply due to multiple reasons including ineffective policies, poor monitoring and evaluation, and worse, due to deep-seated corruption. One alternative path has to start from prioritizing job creation spheres and welfare of the population, and the establishment of new industrial sectors, to greater energy access, improved energy security and long-term economic growth and stability. Reports from these experts
establish the fact that frequent attacks, without doubts, are threats to development, but the roots causes have to be identified and addressed in a well-refined, systemic, rigorous and more practical way to ensure sustainable peace and tranquility for business and human habitation. With an approximate population of 30 million, Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources, but remains as one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world. The IMF has classified the country as a Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC). Over the past few years, the economy has been shaken by a number of serious corruption scandals, and the government has achieved little results with its anticorruption efforts. Mozambique is a country located in southeastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, Eswatini (Swaziland) and South Africa to the southwest. It is one of the 16 countries, with collective responsibility to promote socio-economic and political and security cooperation, within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). *Kester Kenn Klomegah is a versatile researcher and a passionate contributor, most of his well-resourced articles are reprinted elsewhere in a number of reputable foreign
Ebubeagu, Amotekun and the confusion of meaning By Azuka Onwuka
ecently, the five South-East governors announced the launch of a security outfit codenamed Ebubeagu. Like the use of Amotekun by the South-West governors, the choice of the name “Ebubeagu” generated a controversy over its meaning in English. It was variously interpreted as “the aura of the lion/tiger/leopard.” When Amotekun was launched last year, there were some arguments among the Yoruba whether “ekun” stands for lion, tiger or leopard. Amotekun means “the animal that looks like ekun”. That animal should be “tiger” (or cheetah), but did the ancient Yoruba people have any interaction with the tiger (or cheetah)? The answer is no. You would not blame many of today’s Nigerians who choose to identify with the tiger or lion in Southern Nigeria as the iconic animal of their people. Watching animal documentaries and reading about the lion as the king of the jungle whose roar sends tremors through the hearts of all the animals or about the “tiger, tiger burning bright”, who would not want to identify with the lion or tiger? No wonder when Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe returned from the United States of America and founded the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, he chose the lion as its symbol. Students and graduates of that university are called “lions and lionesses”, and when they are addressed as such, they roar in response. Similarly, the Eastern Nigerian Government House in Enugu was named Lion Building.
Across the border, our Cameroonian neighbours call their football team “The Indomitable Lions”. Likewise, when Prof Wole Soyinka wanted to counter the Negritude movement, he noted that “a tiger does not proclaim his tigritude; he pounces.” But was the lion or tiger the key animal of the rainforest area of Southern Nigeria? First is that just like the bear, the tiger is not even an African animal. Our forefathers never saw it, at least not in the last 1,000 years. If it ever existed in Africa, that would be some thousands of years ago, which would have made it blotted from the consciousness of our forefathers. The natural habitatofthetigerisAsia andsomepartsofEurope.Itisthe biggest, fiercest and strongest among the big cats, with the Siberian tiger being the biggest of the tigers. The tiger can defeat the lion in a duel, but both of them do not live in the same environment and never meet. Conversely, the lion is an African animal. However, it lives more in the grassland or savannah where animals that feed on vegetation abound, and where it can operate without any obstruction from trees. Unlike other big cats, the lion lives ingroupscalledprides.Becauselionshunt as a team, they are able to kill big animals like buffalo, giraffe and even elephant, especially small and medium-sized ones. Because of this ability to work within a team and achieve great results, the lion is called the king of the jungle. ThesouthernpartofNigeriaismainly rainforest where the lions won’t excel in.
The trees in the rainforest which form a dense canopy would make it difficult for the lions to hunt. Such rainforest would also not attract thousands of grass-loving animals like buffaloes, wildebeests, deer, zebras, and the like which will sustain the huge protein needs of prides of lions. The leopard is the iconic animal of Southern Nigeria, especially the nonwater areas. The leopard was the big cat our forefathers knew and sang its praises. They held it in awe, because they did not have the cameras of today to film the wild and ascertain the capacity of the leopard. Asfarastheywereconcerned,theleopard was the king of the wild, which created fear and panic in the villages. Tales of its exploits were created, spiced and salted generously, before being dished out. Anytime a leopard was sighted, an alarm was raised and children and women ceased to go near the forest. Even to fetch water from the streams, they would be accompanied by wellarmed men. Men would go out in search of the leopard to kill it. Until it was killed, there was no relief in the village. Ifeventuallyitwaskilled,therewould be jubilation in the village. In Igboland, the person who killed it acquired the exalted title “Ogbuagu” (killer of the leopard). The leopard would be skinned and the killer would keep the skin as his trophy. He would hang it in his reception hut and don it on special occasions. When the British colonialists came into Nigeria in the 19th century, it should be noted that of all the photographs of Igbo or Yoruba great men they took, rarely would one find any featuring a lion skin. Rather the spotted skin of
the leopard was usually in display in such photos. The early books written by missionaries about Igboland mentioned the leopard, buffalo, giraffe, elephant, etc, as animals found in Igboland. Mention was usually not made of the existence of lion, let alone the tiger. When the translators of the bible into Igbo did their work, they translated “lion” as odum, while “leopard” was translated as agu. Consequently, the lion of the tribe of Judah is “Odum nke ebo Juda” in the Igbo bible. Similarly, when Chinua Achebe, Chukwuemeka Ike, and other early indigenous writers wrote about the Igbo world, they wrote about the leopard and translated it as “agu”. When the Republic of Biafra was declared in 1967, its coat of armsfeaturedtwoleopardsandtheeagle. After the leopard, the eagle is the second most iconic animal among the Igbo. Furthermore, Igbo sayings are filled with praises for “agu” (leopard). The lion “odum” is rarely mentioned. That points to the likelihood that our forefathers knew so much about the leopard but so little about the lion. Those Igbo who interacted with the Middle Belt area of Nigeria(wherethegrasslandstarts)could have come in contact with the lion. The only memorable saying that features the lion in Igbo world is: Odum na-egbu agu (the lion that kills the leopard). Nobody can say for sure how old this saying is. It could have come into existence some decades ago when people already had TV and book knowledge of the lion. The term “agu” has also been used to name some other animals like the crocodile (aguiyi – water leopard), hawk
(agu nkwu – the leopard of the palm tree), wall gecko (agu ulo – house leopard). These animals have spots or patches that make them have a semblance with the leopard. They also attack their preys stealthily and swiftly like the leopard does. However, when our people began to watch the TV and read books and saw the exploits of the lion as against those of the leopard, they began to associate those encomiums poured on agu on the lion rather than the leopard. The wrong name given to the dress called isi-agu probably in the 1970s worsened the situation. The cloth which has the head of the lion was mistakenly named isi-agu instead of “isi odum”, thereby complicating the matter. In spite of not being as big as the lion or tiger, the leopard has features which are admirable. It is the only big cat that has the capacity to live in virtually all the climates and terrains: rainforest, savannah, desert, mountain, cold region. It is the only big cat that can climb a tree with an antelope bigger than itself in its mouth. It can jump from a tree to another. It is the only big cat that can jump from the top of a tree that is as tall as a one-storey building, land on a prey and kill it. Unlike the lion which depends on the team to easily kill its prey, the leopard works alone and succeeds alone. These exceptional traits of the leopard should not be belittled by those who do not look beyond the surface. Azuka Onwuka is a Public Affairs Analyst.
News By Usman Shuaibu
n All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship aspirant in Thursday’s primary election, Murtala Usman has been accused of fraudulently collecting salaries from three different agencies of government contrary to civil service rules. The accusation made by one Mr Irabo Godwin Amiolemen is contained in a letter of complaint addressed to the FCT Commissioner of Police in Abuja by counsel to the complainant dated April 16, 2021. The petition calls for
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Alleged fraud: APC chairmanship aspirant for AMAC faces police scrutiny urgent action by the police to prevent breakdown of law and order and ensure a hitch-free primary election for AMAC chairmanship in which the accused person is an aspirant. The petition which was stamped received by the office of the FCT commissioner of police on April 19, 2021 said that the petitioner is in possession of evidence
suggesting that Murtala Usman allegedly secured appointment in three Federal Government Agencies and collected salaries since 2013. The agencies, according to the petition include Federal Capital Secondary Education Board, National Poverty Eradication Programme, and the Supervisory Council of AMAC.
Attached to the petition to the police were documents in support of the allegation of triple collection of salaries in violation of civil service regulation. In one instance in December, 2016, according to the petition, the employee pay slip showed that Usman Murtala collected the total net earnings of 68, 503.74
naira from National Poverty Eradication Programme in the FCT with an IPPIS number 204738, while in the same month, he at the same time collected the net pay of N194, 403.66 from the AMAC. The trend has been the same across the three offices since 2013, the petition said, and urged the police to act promptly to ensure justice is served.
BMO to PDP: “No terrorist sympathiser in Buhari’s administration” By Ikechukwu Okadoradi
he Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has dismissed claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that President Muhammadu Buhari harbours a terrorist sympathiser in his administration. In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that the opposition party is lashing on fake news to further its agenda. The group noted that it was not surprised that PDP and its leaders were seeking to make political capital of an issue that began with false claims about the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami being on a US terror watch list. It added that it was however surprised that the opposition party and its sympathisers did not have substantial fresh facts on the matter. The group also noted that the minister had admitted making comments in the past which were in line with the general views of many Islamic clerics and scholars at the time, but added that it is also true that he had changed his outlook based on new evidence. This, according to BMO, had seen him leading the public charge against fundamentalist groups including Boko Haram as a preacher across Northern Nigeria for which a fatwa (death sentence) was passed on him in 2020. The group urged Nigerians not to be carried away by the antics of individuals and groups who are not comfortable with President Buhari’s effort at leaving the country better than he met it.
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By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
s Taraba state APC stakeholders and supporters continue to lick their wounds over several losses to the PDP at the polls, a vibrant and selfless politician, Abdulrazaq Gidado Abubakar seems to be their only answered prayer for a better leadership that will salvage the party and pilot it to greater heights. The image of APC in Taraba state has been battered by several in-house wrangling and mediocrity, despite all the progress that the party has made at the National level. With these challenges, the party is far from realizing its potential in the state and, the hopefulness of the common people has been replaced by cynicism and sometimes despair, and that true freedom has not yet been won for the likes of Abubakar, struggling to create a platform that would capture the minds of the people. It is a truism, that the Taraba APC does not have a proper structure in the state. Most of the members are on part-time bases, and only interested in elective position. This kind of politricks (not politics), usually create distrusts between the top party members and the electorates who want a permanent party structure in the state. But a selfless leader, Abdulrazaq Gidado Abubakar, born in Jalingo Local Government Area of Taraba state, grew up understanding the
Taraba APC Chair: Why Abdulrazak Abubakar deserves the top job history of Nigeria’s politics and common challenges faced by many in the country. The grassroots politician who was an active member of three different political parties in the past, is the right bridge builder at this critical time that the party is in limbo. Before joining politics, Abubakar worked in various establishments and rose through the ranks to the helms of affairs. After he took a bow from public service, he saw the need to contribute his wealth of experiences in developing Nigeria’s politics. To start with, he joined the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP), but his drive for reforms put him at odds with the parochial politics of many players. His idea of how the interest of the people should be represented, moved him to the UDP, where he was an active member and Gubernatorial Aspirant of that party. Despite that feat, his desire to share his idea on a bigger platform took him to the APC. But when he discovered that his ideas will be buried, he moved to the African
Democratic Congress. With these experiences, the young political reformer believes that the time has come for the APC in the state to dust the past and move on. In many ways, he embodied the new Africa of the early sixties; an era where leaders truly represent the interests of the people, against the quest to loot treasury. His major intention is also to bring back the wounded and those who have been treated unjustly to jawjaw and chart a way forward that will uplift the party in the state to gain the support of the masses. Wrangling and power tussle has always been an issue in the party at the state level. It would be recalled that the leadership of Adams Oshiomole caused more harm than good in the state. A case in point was the emergence of two chairmen, with one faction loyal to the former Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Jumai Al-Hassan, and the Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi faction. The APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, at the time,
went ahead to inaugurate the ElSudi-led State Working Committee of the party, deepening the rift which caused more problems to the party in the state. As the situation continue to gather storms, It led to the take over of the party’s secretariat by security operatives, during which the faction loyal to the minister was disowned by the National Working Committee (NWC). It took the timely intervention of heavily armed security personnel, who immediately barricaded the party secretariat to prevent any of the faction from accessing the building, activities of thugs from the various factions of the party would have led to massive blood letting in Jalingo, the state capital. Judging by all these past challenges beclouding the party, it is obvious that an Abubakar, with experiences of various parties and a former gubernatorial aspirant could be the right man to cement the crack in the party and reconcile the various factions that were created by greed and selfishness on the part of many, seeking for personal glory.
Abdulrazaq Gidado Abubakar This also means that the task of reconciling aggrieved members is not everybody’s job. Being an expert in peace and conflict management, the reformer intends to bring his wealth of experiences to raise the party from grass to Grace.
Senate confirms Usman as Commissioner, National Population Commission
By Musa Baba Adamu
L-R, The District of Kawo,Alhaji Jibrin Mohammed Magaji, Vice Chancellor of National Open University Kaduna, Prof. Olufemi Peter and the chairman of the occassion, Dr. Danladi Umar Abdul-hameed, at the 22nd graduation ceremony of centre for Human Resource Development Empowerment Iniviative in collaboration National Open University of Nigeria in Kaduna yesterday. pic by Shehu K. Goro
Ekiti agog as abducted Monarch freed
t was all joy in Ekiti yesterday when the kidnapped traditional ruler of IlemesoEkiti in Oye Council Area Oba David Oyewumi regained his freedom. Reports said Oyewumi was abducted by gunmen last Thursday around 8:30pm when they forcefully gained entrance to his palace through the fence.
The kidnappers contacted the family last Saturday and
demanded a N20 million ransom for his release. Confirming his release, Ekiti Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Sunday Abutu, said the monarch had been left off the hook and reunited with his family. “I can confirm to you that the monarch had been released from captivity. He had also reunited with his family. “However, he is presently receiving medical care in one of the facilities in the state as a result
of the trauma he passed through”. Abutu added the Command was not aware of any ransom paid to secure the monarch’s release, saying his freedom was necessitated by the concerted actions taken by the police and other security agencies. Ekiti Amotekun Corps Commander, Brig Gen. Joe Komolafe, said the traditional ruler was rescued at Obbo Ayegunle, Ekiti Local Government area of Kwara State with the
support of the Vigilante members in Kwara State for the Amotekun operatives. Komolafe said: “When we went into the bush, we tracked the traditional ruler to the area, the Vigilante from Kwara State joined our team and we were able to rescue him in the forest at ObboIle, Kwara State. “No ransom was paid. We have brought him home and he is currently receiving medical attention”.
he Senate has confirmed the nomination of Muhammad Dattijo Usman as a Federal Commissioner of the National Population Commission. Usman’s confirmation followed the consideration of a report by the Senate Committee on National Identity and National Population. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Saidu Alkali, while presenting the report, said the nominee possesses the requisite qualifications, integrity, leadership qualities and comportment to discharge his responsibilities. According to the lawmaker,
the appointment of the nominee satisfies the requirements of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). Dattijo Usman, who was the Registrar of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, between 2007 and 2012, is a member of the African Council on Communication Education; Member, Association of Nigeria University Professional Administrators (ANUPA); Member, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM); Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration; and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR).
Speaker House of representatives, Mr. Femi Gabajabiamila, takes a bow during the lying-in-state for Hon. Prestige Ossy at the lobby of National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja..Photo: Mahmud Isa
Senate backs establishment of commission to manage corporate data By Musa Baba Adamu
he Senate yesterday threw its weight behind move for the establishment of Integrated Corporate Commercial Data Management Commission ( ICCDMC) to harmonize certificates issued by Corporate Commercial Statutory Regulatory Bodies. This move became apparent when the Senate passed for the second reading a bill seeking for an Act of to that effect. The Bill titled: “ A bill for an Act to Establish Integrated Corporate Commercial Data Management
Commission , was sponsored by Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf ( APC Taraba Central). Senator Yusuf in his lead debate , explained that the proposed commission , will serve as a body responsible for comprehensive collation , harmonization of certificates issued by Corporate Commercial Statutory Regulatory Bodies. He explained further that the bill seeks to establish and undertake the enumeration of all boosting corporate entities registered in Nigeria , under one data system and conduct comprehensive review
of all certificates , audited report , annual returns filed , certificate of incorporation , tax clearance certificate , pension commission certificate etc. He said: “ This bill seeks to establish , maintain and update a data bank for continuous collection of data and grading or classification of corporate entities in Nigeria and to provide framework for effective harmonization of activities of relevant regulatory agencies relating to corporate commercial entities in Nigeria . “ To provide framework for effective corporate entities data
sharing with relevant government agencies and other stakeholders for the purposes of facilitating National Planning and Economic Development in Nigeria”. He added that this was geared towards making them to participate in the development of the country and for the purpose of utilizing the human , capital and material resources towards the overall socio - economic cultural and political development of Nigeria . According to him, the Commission will be self - financing through its Internally Generated Revenue ( IGR) and would not be a burden to the
country. He added that the Commission would not in anyway have overlapping functions with the Corporate Affairs Commission ( CAC) . The bill had the backing of most of the Senators who contributed to debate. They spoke for its passage for second reading , after which it was referred to the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service for more legislative inputs. The Committee was given four weeks by the Senate President , Ahmad Lawan , to report back to the Senate.
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President Muhammadu Buhari during the Breaking of Ramadan Fast with the President of Niger Republic H.E Mohamed Bazoum at the State House on Monady in Abuja. Photo: State House
AMAC poll: Time for younger generation to takeover affairs of governance - Shagari By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
ormer President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and chairmanship aspirant of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Bello Shagari, has warned older politicians to be ready to surrender power to the younger ones in the forthcoming FCT area council polls. Shagari gave the warning Tuesday while addressing journalists at the national secretariat of APC after attending the party’s screening for aspirants jostling for area councils Chairmanship positions. The former youth leader boasted that the youths, backed by the “Not too young to run” law, are now better prepared and equipped to handle leadership positions and to wrestle power from the older generation.
Shagari, who frowned at exclusion of youths in politics and governance system in the country over the years, noted that the passage and accent to the “Not too young to run” bill in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari has opened up the political space and paved ways for young Nigerians, with requisite capacities and capabilities to aspire to any position of their choice in the land. He said, “Under this administration, we are beginning to see the involvement of young people in governance with the likes of Ahmed Bashir, Ismail Ahmed, and more recently the appointment of EFCC chairman. “So, I think we have started to forge the path to youth takeover in this country and my aspiration also is that another opportunity is being presented to us to take the mantle of leadership and I believe it will happen but it will be gradually. “We must give kudos to the older
ones, they are the ones who did it for us in 2015, but now they must be ready to surrender this power, they must be ready to encourage us, and we are ready to takeover.” Speaking on his manifestos and plan for the people of AMAC if elected as the council chairman, the 33-yr-old former youth leader identified transportation, healthcare and education as key areas his administration would accord priority attention, adding that his mission would be to urbanise the entire municipal council including the inner rural suburbs and not just the city centre. Sagari, who faulted the present transportation system in the metropolis for lack of safety and security of commuters, recalled his horrible experience in the hands of highway criminal gang known as “once chance”, whom he said carted away valuable items from him at gunpoint when he boarded.a taxi to a location in the city.
While reacting to the issues concerning the demands of Abuja natives on alleged marginalization of indigenes and request for mayoral status, Sagari said though the FCT truly deserves a mayoral status, but given the cosmopolitan nature of Abuja as the nation’s centre of unity, it was imperative we play up citizenship above indigeneship as the FCT belongs to all Nigerian regardless of State of origin. “I’m not an advocate of indigenization, I have always preached against someone being an indigene. We are all Nigerians. What is the essence of using quota system to choose who will do the job when we can find people who can do the job regardless of wherever they come from, tribe, ethnicity or language they speak. Left to me, I will say we should even scrap the indigeneship system and replace it with citizenship because we are just further disintegrating ourselves,” he stressed.
Senate investigates CCT Chairman over assault allegation at Bannex phone mall By Musa Baba Adamu
he Senate, on Tuesday, waded into assault allegations leveled against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar in a petition received to that effect. The Petition was brought to the floor by Senator Istifanus Gyang (PDP, Plateau North). Accordingly, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred the petition to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions for immediate investigation. Gyang, while giving a summary of the petition said, “that Justice Umar Danladi assaulted him (petitioner), brutalized him and slapped him on the face, and asked him to kneel down and, thereby, used his leg to hit him on the chest and inflicted bodily harm on him. According to the lawmaker, the petitioner “is asking this Senate to investigate this matter to ascertain the role of the Honourable Justice Danladi in this allegedly unwholesome happening to ensure
justice to Mr. Clement Kargwak.” The security guard, Mr. Clement Kargwak, in the petition to the Senate signed by his lawyer, Timzing Venyir Ramnap, urged the upper chamber to investigate the matter in keeping with its duty of oversight on the Executive and Judicial arms of Government. He also requested the upper chamber to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to take disciplinary action against the CCT Chairman or call on the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to investigate, arrest and prosecute Umar for his actions. Narrating his experience, Kargwak in his petition to the Senate said: “This whole thing started on the 29th day of March, 2021 at Banex Plaza when Justice Danladi Umar drove into the plaza to do some business transactions. Mr. Clement Kargwak informed us that on that faithful date he was at his duty post at the Banex plaza
when a Toyota SUV Jeep with plate number ABC989-LZ drove into the plaza, when he was busy in the business of directing every vehicle that drove into the plaza to so properly park as directed by the management of the plaza. “That on sighting Justice Umar Danladi’s car trying to park wrongly, he instructed him to properly park in a space provided by the management of Banex plaza, only for Justice Umar Danladi to come down from the SUV keep with his security men and started assaulting and brutalizing him by slapping him on his face, asking him to kneel down and thereby used his leg to hit him on his chest, and thereby inflicting bodily harm on him. “That the management of the plaza rushed him to the hospital for medical attention where he has been receiving medication. “That Justice Umar Danladi personally did 99 percent of the assault and brutality on him as can be seen in a viral video which circulated on social media and is hereby enclosed for your consideration.
APC chieftain backs Buhari’s Executive Order10 for judiciary, legislature autonomy By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
he Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu, has thrown his weight behind the struggle by judicial and legislative workers and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for the entrenchment of judicial and legislative autonomy in the country, hence expanding democratic frontiers. Okechukwu, a chieftain of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stated that for the first time, some pundits who never commended President Muhammadu Buhari, were hailing him for giving life to the real restructuring of democracy in Nigeria through the amendment of Section 121(3) of our Constitution and his Executive Order 10, geared towards compelling Governors to grant autonomy to state legislatures and judiciary. In a statement Tuesday in Abuja, Okechukwu noted that the popular restructuring everybody clamoured for in Nigeria cannot advance democracy, when State Governors act more or less like Emperors, trample on basic tenets of democracy, rig local council elections, enjoy rubber stamp legislatures and muscle the judiciary. He in this context hailed President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the real restructuring of democracy in Nigeria, which Mr President has embarked upon via the amendment of Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2018, which he followed up two years after with Executive Order 10 of 2020. Okechukwu said, “One also hails the resolute and great legislative and judiciary workers and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). These are true patriots and crusaders of deepening of the frontiers of democracy in Nigeria, as democracy cannot in the real sense thrive in Nigeria when we operate rubber stamp State Legislatures and non-independent more or less pliant State Judiciary.” “Executive Order 10 has come to really restructure democracy. We only talk of free and fair elections as per INEC, not State Electoral Commission. This is why the NBA a prime actor in the locus inquo stepped into the fray.” He commended the NBA for this noble public interest intervention, adding that most patriots are in total support of the legislative and judiciary workers who have been on nationwide strike to drive home their point. Okechukwu recalled that Mr. President and the 8th National and State Assemblies patriotically assented to the Fourth 1999 Constitution Alteration Bill, which granted financial autonomy and independence to State Judiciary and State Legislatures in June 2018. “Regrettably, nearly two years down the line, we waited endlessly for our dear Emperors to either obey or implement this landmark constitutional amendment meant to further deepen our democracy at the grassroots.
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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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Tribute Mahmud Tukur: A True Patriot By Mamman Daura
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.
PEOPLES DAILY, WednesDay april 21, 2021
Nigeria’ll Lose N32bn, If Schools Are Not Secured -Finance Minister By Etuka Sunday
he Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed has disclosed that the country may lose about N32billion annually if nothing is done urgently to secure the schools. Mrs Ahmed disclosed this while fielding questions from journalists at a “High Level Dialogue: Financing Safe Schools: Creating Safe Learning Communities” organised by the ministry, Tuesday in Abuja. Asked how much would be enough to keep the schools safe, since about N2.2billion was disbursed for that purpose in 2014, the Minister said, she could not tell the amount that would be required, but assured that a plan would be developed and cost which would be different from the National Plan done in the past. “We are going to develop a plan and cost the plan so I can’t tell you how much is required, because is not going be like the national plan done in the past but plan that goes down to the states, local govt, community levels. But I can tell you what it will cost us if we don’t keep our schools safe. It would cost us at least N32billion per annum if we don’t keep our schools safe. “There are some analyses that have been done and there are some numbers that have been released as to what is the cost. When you invest to secure a child and they acquire an education, for every 2$ you invest in a child you can get a contribution to GDP of 20$”, she said. Mrs Ahmed who said, financing was critical to the successful implementation of any proposed interventions, said the country might face a dire calamity if Nigerians do not act in a coordinated manner to stop the current wave of systematic attacks on the fundamental rights of the children. “Today’s dialogue recognises the need for decisive action and for a coordinated approach to the financing and implementation of an integrated safe schools programme across the
country, which is government-led and is tailored to the current realities on ground,” she said. According to her, Nigerians are looking to the government, institutions and well-meaning Nigerians to lead the way, “and we must heed the call to action, and we must all work together to realise the promise of safe school environments.” She stated that the programme is aimed at initiating a process towards renewing and reimagining the commitment to maintaining learning environments that are safe, secure and that protect the dignity of the children, their teachers, and school administrators. “We in government recognise that to make the critical investments necessary to sustainably secure our schools and ensure a holistic and community-centered approach to safe schools programmes, we must address the longstanding challenge of domestic revenue mobilisation. This process is already ongoing through the implementation of fiscal reforms,
including Finance Acts 2019 and 2020”, she said. Mrs. Ahmed noted that the event was an opportunity for Nigerians to come together to renew and reimagine the country’s commitment to ensuring safe schools for the children. “This process must be government-led, it must be strategic, and it must result in a multistakeholder framework and plan of action that ensures that any planning we do today is sustainably financed,” she emphasised. “While much progress has been made through the safe schools initiatives (SSI) and other programmes, (which many of your organisations are supporting), we have a long way to go, and there is need to reimagine, institutionalise, and scale our safe schools programmes. Even before the pandemic, Nigeria accounted for approximately 20 percent of the global out-of-school population. “With an estimated 13 million
children currently out of school in the country, parents are increasingly more nervous about sending their children, and particularly their young girls to school, with some choosing to withdraw existing students. The time to act is now. Mrs. Ahmed noted further that COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis have posed unprecedented challenges globally and here in Nigeria. While the country has been proactive in its response to the pandemic, and has established and are implementing the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) and other interventions (including the scaling up of social safety net programmes, and increased investments in health and education), the pandemic has deepened insecurity across the country and resulted in an alarming spate of school attacks and mass kidnappings. “These actions are a direct attack on our children’s fundamental human rights to ‘an education without fear of
violence or attack,’ as described in the Safe Schools Declaration, to which Nigeria is a signatory. In fact, we were among the first 37 United Nations (UN) Member States to endorse the Declaration. In 2014, following the abduction of over 200 girls by Boko Haram from a secondary school in Chibok, the government, alongside the then United National Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, and several development partners and private sector stakeholders, launched the SSI. Furthermore, “we are working to develop the second phase of the strategic revenue generation initiatives (SRGI), a multiagency programme originally launched in 2019, with prioritised initiatives across three thematic areas: Achieving sustainability in revenue generation; identifying new and enhancing enforcement of existing revenue streams; and achieving cohesion in the revenue ecosystem (people and tools).
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.
NNPC boosts Daily PMS Truck- out from to tackle fuel queues By Etuka Sunday
he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has increased the daily supply of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) across the country from 550 trucks to 1,661 trucks to combat the build up of fuel queues in some parts of the country. A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr. Kennie Obateru, quoted the Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC),
Mr. Musa Lawan, as saying that there are about two billion litres of PMS in strategic depots across the country to keep the nation well supplied for two months if no drop of fuel was imported in that period. “We have embarked on massive load out. Today, we trucked out 1,661 trucks from all depots across the country. Reports reaching us show that they have already started arriving at the filling stations. We believe that this would ease out the queues,” Lawan reassured. Lawan disclosed that a 24-hour situation monitoring
committee has been set up to track the movements of trucks from the depots to the various filling stations across the country, assuring that the queues will thin out in the next few days. The PPMC boss explained that the disruption in the distribution chain was caused by the strike embarked upon by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over compensation. He assured that with the suspension of the strike upon the intervention of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, and
the resumption of loading, coupled with the extension of loading time, normalcy would soon return to the filling stations. It would be recalled that the GMD’s intervention yesterday led to the suspension of the strike by the PTD for one week. Speaking in similar vein at the State House after a meeting with the President, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, assured that with the resumption of loading, normalcy would soon return to the fuel situation across the country.
He said the ex-depot price of petrol would remain the same for the month of May, urging marketers not to engage in arbitrary price increase. He urged motorists to avoid panic buying in order not to compound the situation. He called on all relevant stakeholders in the downstream sector to collaborate with the NNPC to ensure a quick return to the zero-fuel queues situation that Nigerians had been enjoying before the unfortunate disruption of the distribution chain.
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PEOPLES DAILY, WednesDay april 21, 2021
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
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.
Zarah Mele Kyari
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.
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
Candido assures of sustainable PPP to boost infrastructural provision in AMAC By Stanley Onyekwere
n furtherance of effort towards delivery of democratic dividends to the populace, the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido has promised sustainable Public Private Partnership (PPP) drive for the provision of infrastructure in communities within the council. Candido made the assertion yesterday, while performing the flag off to mark the commencement of use of infrastructural provision at the Sabon-Lugbe District of Council, under the PPP arrangement. He disclosed that AMAC’s partnership with Riok Nigeria limited in the PPP arrangement for the construction of 7 Kilometres access road (alphat) from the end of Ecological project road to the end of AMAC layout with drainage and solar
panel light He noted that the project which would cover the zone of Lugbe District, is in line with its quest to further expand infrastructural coverage to the nooks and crannies of the Council. According to him, the PPP initiative is a global practice, where cities were not built by governments alone, but through partnerships between the private and public sectors. “As a government of the people, sensitive to the fulfilment of its mandate, it behoves on us the responsibility of meeting the needs and aspirations of all electorates within our jurisdiction. “To enable residents partake of the dividends of democracy and feel the impact of good governance in and around their domains. Therefore, providing access to basic infrastructure cannot be seen as
luxury but a necessity to make life easy for the people. “It would also in turn motivate residents in carrying out their civic responsibilities in the governance system. Our avowed commitment towards this has led to the execution of several projects dotted across the council wards. “That explains why we have constantly deployed large chunks of our yearly budget to provision of Infrastructure, so as to ensure residents of AMAC get the best of this administration”, the AMAC boss stated. Furthermore, Candido called on AMAC residents, to reciprocate government’s efforts by adopting maintenance culture of the facilities, being provided, so as to have lasting value. In his remarks, Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer, Riok Nig Ltd, Nicholas
Ukachukwu, whose firm executed the construction of the PPP project, stated that the firm would soon deliver Shalom Villa Estate to the public, as the infrastructure had opened up the area to the world. Ukachukwu noted that as development partner, his firm decided to partner with the area council to help residents attain better living standards. He however revealed that the firm compensation of inhabitants hitherto living on the right of way of the project, had been settled after due evaluation of the affected property. He added that all units in the soon to commence estate are affordable and designed to provide comfort to off takers, adding that they were all in a duplex form, including one bed room flats, where bed rooms were upstairs, while living rooms, kitchen, dinning and others.
FCTA to help digitalisation of land administration in states By Stanley Onyekwere
he Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has declared willingness to support states set up their Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to improve land administration process across the country. In particular, the FCTA said it will continue to collaborate with the 36 states of the federation willing to develop their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) especially in the area of providing
technical assistance as well as sharing of experiences and expertise. The Director of Information and Customer Service, Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS) Muhammad Hazat Sule, gave this assurance yesterday, while receiving the Director-General of Zamfara Geographic Information System (ZAGIS), Dr. Hassan Idris and his team, who were in AGIS/Lands for a one-day technical working visit. Sule, who received the delegation on behalf of the Directors of AGIS and Land Administration, noted that AGIS/Lands
have played host to several delegations from various states of the federation that are interested in establishing their GIS in land management for assistance. Pledging to support ZAGIS in its quest to revolutionize Land Administration process in Zamfara state, the Director said, the process of computerizing land Administrations in the states can easily be achieved, if the states’ Chief Executives consider it a priority by having the ‘Political Will’. Speaking earlier, ZAGIS Director General, Dr. Hassan Idris, noted that
the team was in Abuja to understudy the process of applying Geospatial Information Technologies for Land Administration, which includes processes, such as land allocation, recertification and issuance of certificates of occupancy. He said, ZAGIS is saddled with the responsibility of implementing an integrated Geographic Information System, Land Information System (LIS), Satellite Remote Sensing and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for land administration in Zamfara State.
PEOPLES DAILY, WednesDay april 21, 2021
George Floyd: Biden ‘praying for right verdict’ in Chauvin trial
S President Joe Biden has said he is praying for the “right verdict” in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis ex-policeman accused of killing George Floyd last year. Mr Biden, who spoke to Mr Floyd’s family on Monday, implied he felt the evidence was “overwhelming”. His comments came as the jury meets for a second day to consider its verdict. Mr Chauvin, 45, was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes during his arrest last May. He is on trial for charges including second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. The footage of Mr Chauvin, who is white, with his knee on African-American Mr Floyd’s neck sparked global protests against racism. Cities around the US are bracing for renewed protests regardless of the verdict. What did Biden say? White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the president spoke to Mr Floyd’s family on Monday to “check in with them and also share that the family was in his prayers”. “The jury is sequestered... he certainly is not looking to influence [the trial],” she added. Mr Biden spoke in more detail about the call at the White House on Tuesday. “I can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they are feeling,” he said of the family. “I waited until the jury was sequestered and I called [them],” he said. “They’re calling for peace... no matter what that verdict is.” “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict,” Mr Biden added. “I think it’s overwhelming in my view.” Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Floyd’s younger brother confirmed that he
The president told reporters on Tuesday: "I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict" had spoken to the president. “[Mr Biden] knows how it is to lose a family member, and he knows the process of what we’re going through,” Philonise Floyd told NBC News. “He was just letting us know that he was praying for us.” Mr Biden lost his first wife, Neilia, and baby daughter, Naomi, in a car accident in 1972. In 2015, his son Beau died of brain cancer at the age of 46. This afternoon I asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki what Biden saw as his responsibility, as president, at the conclusion of the trial. She said this is any “extremely painful moment” for people “who are tired of seeing one person after another lose their life at the hands of law enforcement”. “He’s aware of that,” she added, “and the need for reform.”
That may be the case, but Biden just positioned himself into the middle of a social and political tinder-box just a day after the presiding judge in the trial warned politicians to “stop talking about the case” and that their failure to do so was “abhorrent”. That tinder-box could explode depending on the outcome of the trial, and Biden will be judged on how he handles the resulting fallout. By effectively taking sides, his ability to serve as a leader for this divided nation may prove all the more challenging. What’s the latest with the trial? The jury has retired to consider testimony from 45 witnesses, including doctors, use-of-force experts, police officers, bystanders and people who were close to Mr Floyd. Mr Chauvin is charged with
second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge - seconddegree murder. Security has been ramped up in Minneapolis ahead of the verdict A conviction on any of the counts against him will require the jury to return a unanimous verdict. A single juror holding out would result in a mistrial, but the state could then try Mr Chauvin again. Of the 12 jurors, six are white, four are black and two are multiracial. Seven are women and five are men. On Monday, the governor of Minnesota, Tim Walz, requested security assistance from the states of Ohio and Nebraska ahead of the verdict. What does the defence argue?
The prosecution and defence made their closing statements on Monday following a trial that lasted three weeks Mr Chauvin’s lawyer Eric Nelson argued that his client did what any “reasonable police officer” would have done after finding himself in a “dynamic” and “fluid” situation involving a large man scuffling with three officers. The defence has sought to show that drugs may have caused Mr Floyd’s death. Mr Nelson argued that Mr Floyd’s drug use was “significant” because the body reacts to opioid use, specifically in the case of someone who had been diagnosed with hypertension and high blood pressure. The lawyer also argued that his client was unlikely to have intentionally violated use-of-force rules as he would have been aware that the whole interaction was being recorded. And what about the prosecution? Prosecutors have tried to prove Mr Chauvin’s use of force resulted in Mr Floyd’s death. Prosecutor Steve Schleicher urged jurors to “use your common sense. Believe your eyes. What you saw, you saw,” referring to the video showing Mr Chauvin kneeling on Mr Floyd. “This wasn’t policing; this was murder,” he added. Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell had the final word on Monday. He said the matter was “so simple that a child can understand it”. “In fact, a child did understand it, when the nine-year-old girl said, ‘Get off of him,’” Mr Blackwell said, referring to a young onlooker who objected. “That’s how simple it was. ‘Get off of him.’ Common sense.” Source: BBC
China’s justifiable judgment tolerates no foreign interference By Zhong Sheng
o punish lawbreakers according to law is a matter of course. Recently, nine anti-China disruptors, including Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, Martin Lee Chuming and Albert Ho Chun-yan were convicted according to law, which was an unquestionable matter that mirrored justice. However, some people in a few western countries, on pins and needles, once again made statements, which was not surprising at all, to attack the justifiable act of China in the name of the so-called human rights and democracy, expressing their arrogant stand in supporting anti-China disruptors. What they did was a blatant violation of international law and the norms governing international relations and gross interference in China’s domestic affairs. We warn sternly again that Hong Kong is a part of China, and Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs. No foreign force has the right to interfere in them. Truths tell everything. No matter how these people are slandering China, they’ll end up in vain.
In recent years, especially since the amendment bill disturbance in 2019, anti-China disruptors have arbitrarily fanned up populism and violence, openly advocated “Hong Kong independence,” tested the limits of the “one country, two systems” principle, and disrupted Hong Kong with external forces. Their practices not only posed serious threats against national security and the stability of Hong Kong, but also damaged the interests of citizens and trampled on the rule of law. What they did challenged the constitutional order of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and was a provocation against the Basic Law of the HKSAR and the law on safeguarding national security in the HKSAR. Such calamity, if not eliminated, would bring ceaseless troubles to Hong Kong. Democracy of a civilized society must be protected by rule of law. The law on safeguarding national security in the HKSAR has initiated a significant transition of Hong Kong by ending chaos and resuming stability, improved the electoral system of the special administrative region, and developed its democratic system, offering institutional guarantee for the longterm stability of the “one country, two systems”
principle and safeguarding lasting peace in the HKSAR. To put in jail the leading anti-China disruptors who had long troubled Hong Kong and undermined national security is an inevitable requirement of rule of law, as well as a common expectation of Hong Kong citizens. In today’s Hong Kong, violence has been significantly reduced and social orders are getting back to normal. This registers an active achievement in safeguarding interests for the people. All sectors of the HKSAR are now united as one to fight COVID-19, develop economy and improve livelihood, which mirrors the common aspiration of the people. Laws must be observed and strictly enforced in a society ruled by law. Anyone who violates the law must be held to account. However, such a self-evident truth has irritated some people in a few western countries. They ignore the facts that the Chinese government and the government of the HKSAR are handling Hong Kong affairs according to law, and are blatantly interfering in Hong Kong’s judicial acts. It unquestionably desecrates the spirit of rule of law upheld by all countries, and undermines Hong Kong’s judicial independence.
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It’s noteworthy that they cheered for the chaos in Hong Kong while worrying about the resumption of stability there. Such mentality, which is extremely abnormal, exactly reveals their vicious intention to contain China’s development with Hong Kong affairs. Hong Kong affairs are a mirror that reflects the bizarre phenomenon in certain western countries that still hold onto colonialism, power politics and hegemony, and don’t want to wake up from the Cold War dream. They are doing everything to make something new out of clichés and shamelessly playing the old tricks of new wine in old wineskins. However, they don’t see that their mean practices to interfere in China’s internal affairs, including Hong Kong affairs, will only further strengthen the resolution of the Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots, to safeguard the long-term stability of the HKSAR. History always moves forward. Though sediments are sometimes brought to the surface of the ocean, tides are always advancing in an unstoppable way. Hong Kong will only see a brighter future. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on foreign policy.)
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had’s President Idriss Déby has died of his injuries following clashes with rebels in the north of the country at the weekend, the army has said. The announcement came a day after provisional election results projected he would win a sixth term in office. The government and parliament have been dissolved. A curfew has also been imposed and the borders have been shut. Déby, 68, spent more than three decades in power and was one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders. An army officer by training, he came to power in 1990 through an armed uprising. He was a long-time ally of France and other Western powers in the battle against jihadist groups in the Sahel region of Africa. Déby “breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield”, an army general said on state TV on Tuesday. He had gone to the front line, several hundred kilometres north of the capital, N’Djamena, at the weekend to visit troops battling rebels belonging to a group calling itself Fact (the Front for Change and Concord in Chad). A state funeral is due to take place on Friday. A military council led by Déby’s son, a 37-year-old four star general, will govern for the next 18 months. Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno will lead the council, but “free and democratic” elections will be held once the transition period is over, the army said in its statement. He later issued a statement naming the 14 other generals who will make up the new governing body. A BBC Monitoring journalist tweeted a copy of the notice: The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter Experts have told the BBC and
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Chad’s President Idriss Déby dies after clashes with rebels other broadcasters that the move is unconstitutional, and that the speaker of parliament should take over when a sitting president dies before organising elections. Ahead of the election on 11 April, Déby campaigned on a platform of bringing peace and security to the region. Provisional results showed he had 80% of the vote. But there had been growing unhappiness over his government’s management of Chad’s oil resources. A death that leaves a vacuum Idriss Déby was known as that rare thing - a true warrior president. The former rebel and trained pilot was the opposite of an armchair general. For 30 years, he clung to power in Chad - a vast nation that straddles the Sahara and is surrounded by some of the continent’s most protracted conflicts. And Déby had a hand in every one of them - from Darfur to Libya, Mali, Nigeria and the Central African Republic. His troops were among the most battlehardened on the planet. Domestically, he had become an increasingly autocratic figure. His latest election victory saw him claim nearly 80% of the vote. It is unclear if the poor, feuding, brittle state he leaves behind can manage a smooth transition. And there are wider concerns too. For years, President Déby was the West’s indispensable ally in the war against Islamist militants - in Mali, Niger and
Idriss Deby, seen here in 2020, had been in power for 30 years beyond. His death leaves a vacuum that many may now fight to fill. In a statement, the French presidency described Mr Déby as a “brave friend” and said it affirmed its attachment to the stability of Chad. Over the years, France has deployed troops and fighter jets to push back Mr Déby’s opponents. Chadian forces are considered to be the most effective of the Western-backed “G5” countries fighting Islamist militants in the Sahel region.
And it has often proved to be the more stable country in a region that includes Libya, Sudan and the Central African Republic - where armed groups roam freely and trade in weapons and lucrative resources that fuel conflict, says the BBC’s Catherine Byaruhanga. Founded in 2016 by disillusioned former army officers, the rebel Fact group accuses President Déby of repression in the run-up to the election. They built up their base in Libya in the Tibesti mountains, which straddle northern Chad and part of southern Libya. On election day, the group mounted an attack on a border post and gradually advanced on N’Djamena. The latest clashes began on Saturday. An army general told Reuters news agency that 300 insurgents were killed and 150 were captured. Five government soldiers were killed and 36 were injured, he said. The figures could not immediately be verified. Some foreign embassies in the capital have urged their staff to leave. A former BBC journalist in N’Djamena says the situation there seemed relatively calm: “The news is filtering through to people, but the city is calm and people are just shocked to hear that actually, because many people didn’t even know that he [President Déby] was wounded or that he was at the frontline,” said Mahamat Adamou. “In the street in downtown, there are
armoured vehicles that are posted at key road junctions. Of course, there is a sense of ‘What is going to happen?’. But not more than that.” N’Djamena has come under rebel attack before and there was panic in the city on Monday, with parents taking their children home from school, when tanks were deployed along the main roads. Five things about Chad: 1) It is named after Lake Chad. This is the second-largest lake in Africa, but has shrunk by 90% since the 1960s. Its basin covers parts of Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon, and is a water source for between 20 million and 30 million people. 2) The Sahara Desert roughly covers one third of the country. Much of the north is desert and home to a mere 1% of Chad’s population. The south has large expanses of wooded savannahs and woodlands. 3) Remains of a seven-million-yearold human-like creature - or hominid - known as “Toumai” were unearthed in 2001. Its discoverers argued that Toumai was the oldest hominid known to science. 4) Chad became an oil-producing nation in 2003, with the completion of a $4bn (£2.87bn) pipeline linking its oilfields to terminals on the Atlantic coast. The industry has been plagued by allegations of corruption. 5) Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for most people - cotton is grown in the south, and exported to Europe and the US.
Egypt’s second deadly rail accident in a month kills 11
leven people have been killed and 98 have been injured in the second deadly rail accident in Egypt in a month. Four carriages of a train derailed at a station near Toukh on Sunday afternoon, as it travelled north from the capital, Cairo, to the city of Mansoura. The cause was not immediately clear, but President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi ordered an investigation. The rail authority said the driver and his assistant, as well as eight station officials, had been detained. The cause of the accident is being investigated Egypt’s railway system has a poor safety record, which many observers blame on a lack of investment by successive governments and poor management. Last Thursday, 15 people were injured when a train derailed in Sharqiya province, north-east of Cairo. And on 26 March, at least 19 people died and 185 others were hurt when two trains collided in Sohag province, south of the capital. media caption(March 2021) Two passenger trains collide in the province of Sohag Prosecutors have alleged that the driver of one of the trains and his assistant “were not in the driver’s cabin” before the crash “contrary to their claims”.
They have also claimed that the assistant of the other train, which was stationary, and a control tower guard were also under the influence of drugs. The Automatic Train Control (ATC) system, which can stop or slow down a train, was not activated before the incident. Transport Minister Kamel al-Wazir, a former general who was appointed after a deadly rail accident in 2019, has said Egypt has “a problem with the human element” and promised to put in place an automated rail network by 2024. Source: BBC
The train was heading from Cairo to Mansoura when four carriages derailed
The cause of the accident is being investigated
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hinese President Xi Jinping expounded on China’s actions and plan for coping with global climate change from the perspective of building a community with a shared future for mankind at a video summit with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on April 16. “I announced that China will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. It means China, as the world’s largest developing country, will complete the world’s most dramatic reduction in carbon emission intensity, and realize carbon neutrality from carbon peaking in the shortest time in global history,” Xi said at the summit. Responding to climate change is the common cause of all humanity as well as an important aspect of global ecological civilization construction, and concerns the wellbeing and future of mankind. China will adhere to the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, promote the implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, and actively develop South-South cooperation on climate change, Xi noted. China’s stance and commitment demonstrate its sense of responsibility as a major participant, contributor, and leader in building a global ecological civilization. China has made clear to the world its determination to help deal with climate change during many international occasions, including the General Debate of the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Climate Ambition Summit, as well as the recent video summit between China, France and Germany. Macron said that France welcomes China’s announcement to become carbon-neutral before 2060 and that such a massive commitment reflects China’s initiative to assume significant responsibilities. Merkel believes that the nationally determined contributions China announced are both ambitious and challenging and are very important to coping with climate change globally. It is generally believed by the international community that at such a critical moment of global climate governance, China’s active actions for promoting highquality development and speed up green transformation have served as good examples for other countries. China has included peaking carbon dioxide emissions and achieving carbon neutrality into its overall plans for advancing ecological civilization, and comprehensively pushed forward with the development of a green and low-carbon circular economy. Through arduous efforts and steady progress, the country is seeing bluer sky, greener
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China aims for building new pattern of global environmental governance mountains and clearer rivers, and the miracles it has frequently created in ecological preservation have impressed the world. Satellite images suggest China’s contributions account for about a quarter of the increase in global green leaf area between 2000 and 2017, the largest proportion among that of all countries. China’s forest carbon absorption has benefited the world in a way that exceeds original expectations, according to research findings published on Nature, a British weekly scientific journal. The country’s ThreeNorth Shelter Forest Program has been acknowledged as a global ecological economy demonstration zone by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Constructors of the Saihanba Mechanical Forest Farm in north China’s Hebei province and the Green Rural Revival Program of east China’s Zhejiang province that aims to improve the living environment of villages have won Champions of the Earth Award, the United Nations’ highest environmental honor. As a practitioner of ecological civilization and an active participant in global climate governance, China has secured universally recognized achievements in pursuing green development. By heightening cooperation with other countries and fostering synergy in addressing climate change, China is increasingly
Photo taken on April 15, 2021, shows over 10,000 residents from all walks of life in Zhangye, northwest China’s Gansu province, participating in an afforestation activity. (Photo by Wang Jiang/People’s Daily Online) involved in global environmental governance. From promoting the adoption of the Paris Agreement to fully practicing the UNFCCC, from setting up South-South cooperation fund on climate change to vigorously advancing green construction of the Belt and Road, China has always adhered to the idea of building a community with a shared future for humanity and multilateralism, worked with the rest of the world to promote global ecological civilization construction, and
facilitated the building of a fair and reasonable and win-win global climate governance system through stronger international cooperation on climate change. As of the end of 2020, China had carried out international cooperation and exchanges on ecological preservation with over 100 countries, and signed about 150 eco-environmental protection cooperation documents with more than 60 countries, and international and regional organizations. International observers
pointed out that China has been at the forefront of conducting international cooperation in global climate governance. wthe global challenge of climate change is just like a vast ocean where cooperation is indispensable to countries. China will sincerely join hands with global partners, actively participate in important multilateral agendas, and continuously inject new impetus in and open up new prospects for creating a new pattern of global environmental governance.
hina’s GDP grew 18.3 percent year on year in the first quarter, hitting 24.93 trillion yuan (about $3.82 trillion), according to statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on April 16. The figure registered an increase of 0.6 percent from that in Q4 of 2020, or 10.3 percent from that in the first three months of 2019. This puts average Q1 growth of 2020 and 2021 at 5 percent from the 2019 level. The relatively small number base in the first three months of last year, as well as the increased number of workdays as a result of people skipping returning home for the Spring Festival, contributed to the 18.3 percent surge in Q1, said Liu Aihua, spokesperson of the NBS, adding that China’s economy was recovering steadily. Facing COVID-19 in winterspring period and uncertainties overseas, China consolidated and expanded its achievements in coordinating epidemic prevention and control and economic and social development, Liu noted. “In general, China secured sustained
and stable recovery of its economy, achieving a good start of the year,” she said. The country’s total retail sales of consumer goods grew 34.2 percent year on year last month, 0.4 percentage point higher than the January-February figure. In the first quarter, the investment in high-tech industries and social sectors registered average twoyear growths of 9.9 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively. Besides, the total value of imports spiked 27.7 percent from a year ago in March, exceeding that of exports for the first time this year, which indicated a consolidated trend for the recovery of domestic demand. In the first three months of this year, the value added of equipment manufacturing and high-tech manufacturing enterprises above designated size, or with revenue from principal activities of over 20 million yuan, increased by 39.9 percent and 31.2 percent respectively year on year, with an average two-year growth of 9.7 percent and 12.3 percent respectively. The growth was higher than the overall growth of industries above designated size. During the same period, the
investment in high-tech industries grew by 37.3 percent year on year, 7 percentage points higher than that of total investment, and an average two-year growth of 9.9 percent. Besides, smart and low-carbon products experienced rapid growth in Q1. The production of new energy vehicles, industrial robots and micro computers surged 310 percent, 110 percent and 73.6 percent, respectively, with all achieving double-digit two-year growth. According to initial estimate, the energy consumption per unit of GDP decreased 3.1 percent in the first quarter of this year. During the JanuaryFebruary period, the total profit of enterprises above designated size increased 1.79 times, with an average two-year growth standing at 31.2 percent. Service enterprises above designated size achieved turnaround, and their total profit hit 169 billion yuan. In the first quarter, the nationwide per capita disposable income reported a nominal increase of 13.7 percent year on year, with an average two-year growth of 4.5 percent. The income growth of rural residents outpaced that of urban residents.
In March, the Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) stood at 51.9 percent, up 1.3 percentage points from a month ago and staying above the threshold for thirteen months in a row. The nonmanufacturing PMI stood at 56.3 percent, up 4.9 percentage points, and composite output PMI was 55.3 percent, up 3.7 percentage points. The International Monetary Fund recently revised its estimation on global growth in 2021, projecting that China’s growth will hit 8.4 percent. “The adjustment indicated the world’s confidence in and expectation on China’s economic development of the year. The country’s economy is expected to achieve stable growth,” said Liu. Liu noted that the economic recovery in the first quarter of this year continued, and positive factors are accumulating. The stable recovery, as well as the advantages that China has long enjoyed, including a strong material foundation, a complete industrial system and rich human resources, lay a solid foundation for the country to further consolidate the trend of sustaining economic recovery, Liu said.
Ogun sets to construct AgbaraLusada-Atan road - Abiodun he Ogun State Government has said it will commence the construction of the Agbara-Lusada- Atan Road in two weeks’ time. Governor Dapo Abiodun stated this at the opening ceremony of the 10th Gateway International Trade Fair titled, ‘Transforming Agriculture and Commerce in a Highly Competitive Global Market.’
Chinese economy maintains stable recovery By Lu Ya’nan, People’s Daily
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A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Abiodun, Mr. Kunle Somorin, said the road would ease vehicular and pedestrian movement in the area. He added that the Ogun State Small and Medium Scale Enterprise Intervention Fund for technology-based business would be launched soon. “This administration has embarked on
massive road construction and rehabilitation across the state, including roads to industrial hubs. We will be inaugurating the construction of Agbara-Lusada- Atan Road in the next two weeks. We are also paying attention to rural roads to boost agriculture and development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,” he said. Also speaking at the event, the
Commissioner for Industry, Trade, and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longer, said trade fairs were held around the world to showcase variety of products and services and to launch recent inventions, adding that the state would explore the opportunities offered by this year’s trade fair to propagate the administration’s efforts at attracting investors to the state.
Groups want Land Use Act expunged from Constitution
Why rents increased by 30% in Lagos, border towns
hree civil society organisations (CSOs) have advocated an amendment of the Nigeria Constitution to exclude the Land Use Act from the document. The CSOs made the advocacy in a communique issued on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in Abuja after a roundtable on “The Abuse of the Land Use Act and Economic Development in Subnational Governments in Nigeria.” The CSOs are High Ground Global Leadership Advocacy Network (HGGLAN), the Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy and Constitution (CDNDC), and Speak Out Africa Initiative (SOAI). The communique was jointly signed by the Coordinator of HGGLAN, Dr Sam Amadi; Convener of CDNDC, Mr AriyoDare Atoye; and President of SOAI, Mr Kenneth Ezeh. It said that the roundtable, with the theme “Governance, Land Use Act and Economic Development in Subnational Governments: A Case Study on Enugu State”, was
aimed at making reviews. The reviews were directed at the growing abuse of executive power over land resources by state governors. It stated that the CSOs acknowledged that the Land Use Act granted state governors immense power to determine who got access to land and for what purposes. It noted that many state governors had wrongly implemented the Land Use Act to further their personal agenda and thereby underserved the strategic public interest which it was designed to serve. It added that the roundtable considered those abuses as major constraint to economic development in the states. It noted that the state government in 2009 signed an agreement with Private Estate International West Africa (PEIWA) to construct Enugu
ents across Lagos (Mainland and Island) and Ogun State have increased by over 30% between December 2020 and April 2021. Findings by Nairametrics revealed that while rent had increased by over 30% in some Lagos border towns like Sango-Ota, Arepo, and Magboro, property owners across Yaba, Magodo, Ikoyi, and Lekki axis also inflated their rents by about 33% within the same period. For instance, rents for one-bedroom (self-contain) and two-bedroom apartments, which are the most sought after in Magboro (one of the Lagos border towns) have increased from an average of N120,000 and N160,000 to N200,000 and N260,000 respectively. This represents a 33.33% and 30% increase respectively. Similarly, rents in some key areas in Lagos Mainland are not cheaper. In Magodo phase 2, property owners charged between N1 million and N1.2 million for a 2-bedroom apartment, but now, a potential tenant is required to pay between N1.3 million and N1.56 million as rent (depending on how old the house is), an increase of approximately 30%. Though rents appear relatively cheaper in Surulere, especially around Aguda, they also increased within the period under review. While rent on two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom in Aguda has gone up from N850,000 and N1 million to N1.2 million and N1.4 million respectively, around Ogunlana
Lifestyle and Golf City to help with infrastructural development in the state. It added that after the company borrowed and invested billions of naira on the project, the Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) was cancelled and some government officials took over parts of the land. The communique said that the participants resolved to focus advocacy on improving rule of law institutions in the states to facilitate economic activities that could create jobs and wealth to reduce extreme poverty in Nigeria. This is because unless subnational governments are run in credible and rule-based manner, they cannot attract investments that will make them economically able to perform constitutional obligations as a tier of government. “This partnership would
drive, two-bedroom apartments that were let out at N950,000 now cost about N1.2 million. Meanwhile, rents around the Lekki axis have also gone northward, as new tenants are forced to pay more before occupying houses. A 4-bedroom semi-detached house without boys quarters in Lekki Phase 1 and Ajah, which used to cost N3.8 million and N2 million, has risen to N4.5 million and N2.5 million respectively. In Sangotedo, rent on three-bedroom flats has also increased from N1.2 million as of December 2020 to N1.6 million. Why the rise? Industry experts, who spoke with Nairametrics in separate interviews, explained that there are several factors responsible for the development and agreed that some of the reasons are not fundamentally strong. Paul Bamigbola, Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV), Lagos Chapter, told Nairametrics that a significant factor responsible for the hike is the rising cost of building materials. According to him, property owners now spend more to build houses, as the cost of cement, iron rods, sanitary wares and tiles, among others, have all risen significantly. For instance, the cost of steel, which was sold at N234,000 per tonne as of March
promote and strengthen rule of law institutions in states to enable economic growth address unemployment, hunger and criminality. “We also resolved to advocate for alteration of the constitution to remove the Land Use Act from the constitution so that the provisions of the Land Use Act do not have constitutional protections. “Also, to draft a standard Land Use Act (Enablement) Act for all the 36 states and the FCT to help constrain the exercise of executive power of land allocation. “In Section 28 of the Land Use Act such that it will not be capricious and arbitrary and achieve the strategic objective of promoting ‘overriding public interest’,” it said. Other indications, it stated, were low investment in commercial and industrial activities that could create jobs and improve household incomes,
2020, had increased to N380,000 at the end of March 2021. This represents a 62% increase within the period under review. Dangote Cement increased from N2,600 to N3,800 (though it is sold at N3,600 in some areas in Lagos), Lafarge Cement and BUA Cement increased from N2,400 and N2,250 to N3,600 and N3,250 respectively within the same period. Bamigbola said, “The high cost of acquiring land, including the actual cost of building, also adds to the reasons property prices in Lagos are high.” But when our analyst pointed out to Bamigbola that the hike also affected old houses, he said, “To also increase the rents, most of the owners of the old house renovate the houses a little before letting them out. They do that to increase the rent to about N400,000 if the owners of new houses charge N500,000.” Another factor responsible for the hike, especially in Lagos, is the lack of formal housing. With over 3.8 million households in Lagos, up to 2.1 million households are without formal housing. This presents a supply gap of over 55%. Chief Executive Officer, Richfield Limited, a real estate company, Samson Odegbami in a recent interview with Nairametrics said, “As typical in every market, excess demand
and abusive exercise of executive power in a manner that threatens economic stability. It stated that the discussants identified context of challenges in the country aggravated by COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy and the creative measures to grow the economy. ” In the present context of economic recession and depletion in oil revenue, states are challenged to improve their internally generated revenue and attract foreign investment.” “Participants acknowledged that the major problem is that the states do not have good policy and legal frameworks to attract investments that will lead to economic growth. “One of such frameworks is land and various legal transactions conducted on land and other natural resources,” it stated. Source : environewsnigeria
drives up prices. This could make landlords, who frequently get requests for their available spaces, increase the prices and let out or sell the property to the highest bidder.” Estate Intel, in its report, stated that the lack of transparency between asking and achievable prices was also another factor. It added that the multiple agents and developers involved in marketing properties typically list these properties for significantly higher amounts than what they are willing to accept. It stated, “We expect developers or agents to aim to achieve the highest possible price, with a window for negotiation, leaving a wider than usual spread between asking and achievable prices. A large spread between asking and achievable rent makes average market rent seem artificially high and encourages other developers to hold fast on those artificially listed prices, keeping average rents or sale prices high.” Bottomline Based on the experts’ views, the rent prices could be very misleading, especially because most of the properties on the listed platforms in Nigeria are priced well above what is achievable. Source : Nairametrics
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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
ADDITION OF NAME.
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.
Gospel herald assembly
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
Akoko Country Club
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 2. BISINA JOEL DIMIYEN - 3. DARAMOLA ABIMBOLA - 4. OLUSOLA IYIOLA DAVID - 5. OLUYELE OLUKEMI KAYODE -
- RETAINED REMOVED RETAINED 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.
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.
LOSS OF DOCUMENT
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.
INITIATIVE FOR RELIEF FROM HARD DRUGS ABUSE AND ABSTAINANCE
AHLUL FRIDAUS ISLAMIC FOUNDATION
LOSS OF DOCUMENTS
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).
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
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.
PEOPLES DAILY, WednesDay april 21, 2021
CLASSIFIED public NOTICE
INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITY LEGAL AID NETWORK
AND HUMAN CAPACITY BUILDING IN NIGERIA. 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 : BY ISHAYA KOSHI DANFULANI ESQ.
LOSS OF DOCUMENT This is to inform the general public that the original copies of 1. Acknowledgment of r of o 2. Offer letter of right of occupancy in respect of plot 545 file no 11706 dape district c o 4 belonging to Mrs. Bridget Ihunde got missing since may 2011 and all effort to find it failed. Please if found contact the law firm of Michaelmas Chambers House 6 a. 6921a gwarinpa f c t. please if found kindly return to the nearest police station. General public take note.
LOSS OF DOCUMENT This is to inform the general public of the loss of original statutory right of occupancy (R of O) in respect of a plot of about 1,527m², plot No. 65, within Mabushi District with file No. MFCT/LA/93/BA 1047 bearing Mohammed Sani Abubakar. All efforts made to trace the said missing document proved abortive, please if found kindly return to the nearest police station. General public take note.
This is to inform the general public of the loss of original Right of Occupancy in respect of Plot 1309, Cadastral Zone A-07, Wuse II, Abuja, belonging to Ben Igweamaka Amanambu. The property is covered by Certificate of Occupancy no 1c8ew-fe27z-526dr-cb3eu-10, and registered as 2383/2383/12 at Land Registry Abuja. The document got missing while on transit from Kaduna to Abuja. All efforts made to trace the original have proved abortive. If found, please, kindly return to the nearest Police Station; Abuja Geographical Information Systems (AGIS); all authorities concerned and general public should please take note.
IGWEKANMA LANDLORD’S ASSOCIATION MOON LIGHT ESTATE OBA
END TIME EVANGELICAL MISSION OUTREACH
DIAMOND ESTATE FAGUN RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
I, formerly known and addressed as MISS VICTORIA KASARACHI OHUCHE, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. VICTORIA KASARACHI ONOJETA. All former documents remain valid. Concerned authorities and the general public to please take note.
I, Formerly known as Lukman Bala Zubairu now wish to be known and addressed as Lukman Zubairu. My date of birth is 01/01/1992. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.
I was formerly known as MAIJIDDA BABAYO but now wish to be called and addressed as MAIJIDDA BABAYO USMAN Former documents should remained valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should take note please.
I formerly known and address as Joel Matthew Kawai now wish to be known and address as Joel Matthew. all former documents remain valid. Concerned authorities and the general public to please take note.
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS Isaac Dinchi Hope. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS Isaac Dinchi. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I, formerly known as Miss Atere Busola Ruth now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Akintola Busola Ruth. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.
correction of names
I, Formerly known as ISIYAKU MOHAMMED HAFIZU now wish to be known and addressed as ISIYAKU MUHAMMAD HAFIZU. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS Jali Haruna Mamfa. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS Jali Haruna. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS bitrus vasty blessing. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS bitrus vasty. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I, Formerly known as Salisu Ali now wish to be known and addressed as Salisu Ocheje Ali. My date of birth is 1-4-1976. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS Nafisa zakari. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS Nafisa Zakari Shu'aibu. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS Joseph hope avah. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS Joseph hope agowa. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS OTAIKU DAMILARE TOLU. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS OTAIKU DAVID OLUWADAMILARE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS IBRAHIM DANYARO. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS IBRAHIM DANYARO BICHI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS ldoko onyemowo peace joy. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS idoko onyemowo peace. 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 ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. LINUS RETTANG SHINGSHAK (CHAIRMAN) 2. DANLADI MERCY (SECRETARY) 3. KOSHI ISHAYA DANFULANI. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES THAT WILL ENHANCE PEACE BUILDING, HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION
This is to inform the general public that the above named ASSOCIATION has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for registration under part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1) OLAGUNDOYE FOLAJIMI - CHAIRMAN (2) ADEWALE ADEBOWALE WILSON ADEKAMBI (3) ADEDINSEWO ADEDEJI FREDERICK (4) OLABANJI BIMBOLA (5) MACAULAY DOTUN (6) AKINOLA MARTINS TEMIDAYO -SECRETARY (7) OJO BENEDICT OLUGBEMI (8) OLAREWAJU CECILIA ABIODUN THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVE ARE : (1) To manage further development of infrastructure within the residents. (2) To provide a forum/platform whereby all indigenes, landlords and inhabitants resident. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, 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 ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. CHUKWUMA BARTHOLOMEW IKENNA 2. EZEH JAMES CHIKA 3. NNAMANI PAUL ONYEMA 4. NWAOGBE JOHN 5. ONYIA JOSEPHAT CHINEMEREM 6. EZERIOHA OSITA DONATUS 7. OZOIGBO WILFRED ARINZE THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To promote unity amongst its 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : The Bright Light Practice - 08057378828.
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.EDEMI KINGSLEY ABII 2.EDEMI MERCY OGHO THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO ALL NATIONS OF THE WORLD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.
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WEDNESDAY, april 21, 2021
Kelechi Iheanacho Powers Leicester Into FA Cup Final By Amaechi Agbo
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
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.”
Manchester City withdraw and Chelsea prepare to follow
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S p r t European Super League: Manchester City withdraw and Chelsea prepare to follow
anchester City have withdrawn from the European Super League (ESL) and Chelsea are also preparing to do so. Efforts to leave come just two days after both were announced as two of six English clubs to sign up to the controversial new competition. The ESL has been widely criticised since being announced on Sunday. Around 1,000 fans gathered outside Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge home ground before their game against Brighton on Tuesday to protest their involvement. Chelsea and City were part of English football’s ‘big six’ clubs - alongside Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham - to have agreed to join the new league. In total, 12 European clubs announced their intentions to form the breakaway league, which they hoped to establish as a new midweek competition. Fifa boss ‘strongly disapproves’ of ESL plans as Everton criticise clubs for ‘preposterous arrogance’ ‘Bonfire of greed’ - How Europe has reacted It was condemned by football authorities and government ministers in the UK and across Europe by Uefa and leagues associations. Chelsea were the first club to indicate they will not press ahead by preparing documentation to withdraw. City withdrew soon after. Chelsea and City were not drivers of this plan, they were the last to sign and feared being left behind. It is not clear how easy it is or how binding the contracts are. The decision to try and have Chelsea leave was taken by owner Roman Abramovich and the club’s board after witnessing negative global reaction to the Super League. There was a fear that it could do reputational damage to the club and undermine some of its campaigning and community work. Questions were raised internally as to whether fans would respond to the club if it continued with a proposal which has gone down so badly. The decision was made earlier on Tuesday before protests started outside Stamford Bridge. Earlier in the day, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met
with the Football Association, Premier League officials and fans’ representatives, after which the government said it will take “whatever action necessary”, including legislative options, to ensure the proposals were stopped. Johnson’s stance is supported by Labour and the Liberal Democrats. A statement released after a meeting between the Premier League and the 14 clubs not involved said they “unanimously and vigorously” rejected plans for the competition. It added that it is considering “all actions available” to stop the competition and asked the six teams to end their involvement immediately. While English involvement has quickly been reconsidered, there has been no indication from the other six clubs from Spain and Italy - which includes Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan, Juventus and AC Milan - that they are considering doing the same. Real president Florentino
Chelsea’s intentions to leave the European Super League game as fans protested their involvement outside the Stamford Bridge Perez, who was named as the ESL’s chairman, said the competition was set up “to save football” because young people are “no longer interested” in the game because of “a lot of poor quality games”. AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the ESL would
be “a new, exciting chapter for the game” and that it will “provide value and support” across European football. Meanwhile, Juventus manager Andrea Pirlo came out in support of the ESL and the club’s owner Andrea Agnelli, who quit as European Club
Association (ECA) chairman after signing the Turin club up to the new competition. “He explained this project to us, he gave us great confidence, but the most important thing he told us is that we have to continue with our work,” Pirlo said.
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
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about it. The atrocities of the officers on the road; collecting bribe with reckless abandon until they lost all form of regards from the citizens; the Police stations that despite the slogan “Police is your friend” has become a place of terror and agony for many citizens who have experienced unholy usage of influences by the officers of the Force to intimidate and, as much as they choose freely, miscarry the law and justice for the slightest financial gains. So, what do we do from here now? For the country, this time presents the best of opportunities for revolutionising the nation’s Police Force; the change of leadership baton, bringing in a new Inspector General of Police, must extend beyond the normal rhetoric of leadership change as we have witnessed in the past. There have been suggestions and myriad of advice pouring in for the newly appointed Inspector General of Police; but, while I definitely share the sentiments of most of the writers and advisers, I cannot but deviate from the regular and theoretical rhetoric. What exactly is the problem of the Nigeria police Force? what is the fulcrum on which all other deficiencies of the institution lay? From the outset, we have been more conscious of increasing the population of the Force; that, we did not achieve, as we failed in the process to consciously and efficiently discuss the more critical need of building quality into the institution and system of the nation’s Police Force. Every police officer on the street is a product of the nation’s police recruitment process. But what quality control and quality assurance measures do we have in place to guarantee the country’s quality outputs - that is, well trained, psychologically, physically, legally and civil relationship wise. If there must be a new revolutionised Nigeria police Force, then it must begin with the conscious effort of the new leadership to overhaul its Force recruitment and training system and facilities to come into consonance with international best practices in civil security training. You do not give guns and the supposedly respected uniforms to men who only see them as tools of exercising authority on the streets, suppressing the citizens and
taking advantage to illegally and immorally enrich themselves at the expense of the very Nigerians they are to protect. We would not get the desirable change from the Force until the men in the uniform are re-orientated via the instrumentality of associated and normal prerequisite training for the job they do. In some of the developed societies we look up to, the police officers first hold themselves in the highest esteem from the way they dress and present themselves, unlike here where officers could be seen wearing close to rags and make-shift gears everywhere on the street of the country. That must be addressed until the officers accord their office the best of regard from the inside. Also, policing in the twenty-first century has adopted technology; it is time the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force has a thought in this direction too. From the police vehicles to an effective communication and response equipment, to build-in control systems in the form of body cams for officers and digitalised documentation of crimes and criminality; that should be the new direction of a serious policing system in every serious country. And this is quite implementable in our country if only we will develop the will to go in that direction. This is the way to build quality into the system of the policing institution.
And then, we must talk about the remuneration of the officers of the Force; except we hope to deceive ourselves, the take home pay of police officers as it currently stands is an embarrassment to the country. How do we expect individuals with personal and aspirational responsibilities to concentrate on serving a country that does not put food on the table for their families or send their children and wards to school or have a designed guarantee program for their families in the eventuality of on-the-job casualties or death? The officers, though wrong and immoral, have for decades resulted in helping themselves out with the authority of the office and power of the guns they carry, to bridge the economic gaps created by the meager salaries they receive. To show the slightest sign of seriousness to reposition the Force, the new leadership must be willing to review the take home pay, welfare, and insurance packages of its officers at all cadres, as part of the complex package for repositioning the Force. One other critical factor that must be taken into consideration by the new policeleadership is the perennial abuse of the Force by the political elites. A Police Force at the whims, beck and call of politicians cannot simultaneously serve the populace. It is a gory sight seeing Nigeria Police officers carrying bags and
running petty errands for politicians and their family while serving as their domestic security across the country, nowhere exempted. Would the new Police leadership have the will to stand up to the politicians and regain the integrity of the Force? It is indeed a tough one, given the prevalence of the nation’s politicians with uncontrollable use of power and force for personal use; but nonetheless it is the way to go, a problemspace to address. There is so much that needs to be done; so much that we cannot expect all to be done by a single leadership over a paltry few years. But we want to see the willingness backed up with some actions in the direction of desirable changes from the new Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba. It is our hope that he will be different in a whole new, radical ways from his predecessors. At this junction, I have also suddenly recognised the near impossibility of achieving most of the grandeur issues raised here; not because they are beyond us but because they are out of the pack of the things those who dictate the tune would want to see happen to the country. The Inspector General of Police, whoever he may be, in the prevailing Nigeria arrangement, would face the Nigerian underground political leviathans, the high and strong who wield powerful influence even over the seat of police authority where he sits. Would the Police Commission, the Ministry of Police Affair, the National Assembly oversight committee on the Police, and even the state governors give up on the undue benefits they have regularly appropriated over the decades from the decay in the Police Force? This yet another thesis level question for us to deliberate upon. Finally, I do hope this last yet brief point would serve as a motivation to the new police leader: the nation is at the point of collapsing and Nigerians, regardless of their differences are hoping someone could have the strong will to create the change that will give them some deserving rest from the barrage of insecurity that has become the most constant occurrence in their lives and the consequences of the same that has been making life unbearable for all. Could you, Mr. IGP be that man for the people of Nigeria? GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
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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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European Super League: Fifa boss Gianni Infantino ‘strongly disapproves’ of breakaway league
ifa president Gianni Infantino “strongly disapproves” of the breakaway European Super League and says the 12 clubs will have to “live with the consequences” of their decision to join. Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are part of the proposed league. “There is a lot to throw away for maybe a short-term financial gain for some,” said Infantino. “Either you are in or you are out.” Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with the Football Association, Premier League officials and fans’ representatives on Tuesday, after which the government said it will take “whatever action necessary”, including legislative options, to ensure the proposals were stopped. Johnson’s stance is supported by Labour and the Liberal Democrats. A statement released after a meeting between the Premier League and the 14 clubs not involved said they “unanimously and vigorously” rejected plans for the competition. It added that it is considering “all actions available” to stop the competition and asked the six teams to end their involvement immediately. The Football Supporters’ Association has met with the government and the Labour Party to discuss the impact of the breakaway league. Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin called on the English clubs to “come to your senses” Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said the new league was needed to “save football”
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here have been mixed reactions since the appointment of the new Acting Inspector General of Police by the President. The expectation from the new leader is high; praises on the rise, and very many Nigerians are of the opinion that he could be the change the nation needs to revamp the Nigeria Police Force and to begin the process of curtailing internal crimes, unrest, and other insecurity in the country. How feasible this would be, only time will tell; but as the adage goes: man is the architect of his own fortune. Ag. IGP Usman Baba is the officer with the choices to make and saddled with such an avalanche of responsibility. There is no gainsaying that the Nigerian Police Force is an institution with a strong mandate critical to the nation’s survival but with relatively small resources, internal challenges, and political interference as bottlenecks to meeting its constitutional mandate. The officers of the Force, on the street are regularly a sorry sight, but for few, when you compare them to what is obtainable in other climes globally. The composure, in terms of their adorned gears speaks volume of the seriousness of the institution. And then, the abandoned recklessness with which the Force, the bad eggs among, carry out their self-chosen style of extortions on the street, the extent some of some unprincipled officers were always willing to go to extort their victims, and then the eventual lack of regards for the Force and its officers across the country, have been major precipitating factors for the increasing crimes and criminality in Nigeria. The content and structure of the Force overtime has become both burdensome and worrisome, and the need for a holistic transformation cogently needed for the country to have the slightest chance to respond to its many internal security challenges from points of advantages. It is also a fact that all attempts at addressing the nation’s insecurity without addressing the current challenges facing the nation’s Police Force and other security outfits will be tantamount to beating about the bush. Also, creating alternative states and regional security for the nation would not present a resolution to the problem but a future security danger to the country. It is time we understood what exactly the problems are and be ready to sincerely proffer and implement workable solutions accordingly. While leadership change normal, the operational policy agenda of
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USSIJU MEDANER email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org the new security leadership must go out of the normal to address the core of the challenges that have over the years incapacitated the institution from delivering its mandate to the country and its citizens. Repeatedly spoken, written and known by all and sundry, across the country and overseas, is the fact that the most conspicuous and affective problem of the Nigerian nation currently is insecurity. While we mostly look out for the outright physical incidents of kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry, insurgency, and many more elements of insecurity in the country, which constitute the direct consequences of the insecurity, on the bases of the fear, physical harms and deaths they bring to their victims, and the society at large, the nature, structure and content of our responses will bear little to no result, until we recognise the full details and extent of the indirect consequences of these increasing social ailments on our body system as a nation. In the last few years, the capacity of the country to produce food crops has been seriously hampered; farmers no longer enjoy the natural freedom to engage in their vocation, as the combination of bandits attacks, Boko Haram attacks, and kidnapping, armed and criminal herders attacks, become a recurring problem to the farming communities across most of the food producing states and settlements across the country. Ultimately, the prices of staples have been on the increase without any respite ever since; food crop related inflation has become the highest in the country; rising to as much as 350 percent per unofficial - the realities of current market prices compared to what they used to be a few years ago. The increase in prices of food items at a time when the
country is faced with several other economic militating factors has continued to drive more citizens to the extreme and increasing the propensity of taking the wrong decisions and reaction pathways out of the untold hardship melted on all the citizens in the lower and middle economic classes. It then becomes the case of insecurity breeding insecurity; on a daily basis, as it now appears, more Nigerians are taking up arms against the country and their fellow citizens, thereby widening the national frame of insecurity and making fighting the social menace a more difficult task by the day. The country’s distribution of its meager income has become too skewed to servicing the nation’s security machineries as part of the responses to the continuous and intimidating security challenges over the country; other sectors have to bear the brunt. Government’s attention, public discussion and debates, have all been shifted to the same direction; the government actions and inactions, performance and non-performance, are altogether parsed and judged by the concerned public over insecurity across the country. We have altogether lost sight of several other cogent sectors and elements of our national development, while worrying and fighting insecurity. And that is not all: respect for the nation’s internal security apparatus gradually weakened to the point that except for the general thought of the legal consequences of maltreating the officers, the latter would not have a space in the country any longer. The disregard and general repugnance for the officers and the institution they represent is not limited to the citizens, who have legitimately concluded the Nigerian Police, represented by its officers in every corner of the
Today, despite all the cumulative efforts at ending the multidimensional insecurity across the spheres of the country, the nation has only continued to register new terror and armed groups into its list of terrorising forces, and
country, without exception do not care about citizens security; but also by leaders at other levels of government outside the federal administration. That is why today, we are seeing the bold response, in the form of widespread distrust in the capacity of the Police Force to protect the citizens, in the proliferations of regional security outfits across the country. What is the purpose of Amotekun? What is the duty of Hisbah in the North? And why create the new South East EbubeAgu, if not to do the job of the Police Force that has been literally considered a failed institution. Unfortunately, while the states and regional interests thought these outfits would effectively replace the Police force in their respective domains, the opposite would be the reality that would soon be dawn on the nation as per what the negative consideration of setting up, such, low profile, ill-trained and sectional security network on a delicate system like Nigeria. Because of the degradation of the Force over time, we have created a greater security challenge for the country going into the future. Security outfits under the direct control of politicians in a politically polarised and overconscious nation like ours is a time bomb in waiting. Would a time come when disbanding these ill-created outfits become necessary? What would become of them after then? Now that they are operational, we would soon begin to see the unholy use politicians can put them into; and if they are disbanded anytime, we would likely see the unbundling of a new set of domesticated terrorists on the nation. How did we get here? For decades, the argument of a Police Force that is terrorising the society they should protect has been on the burner, but we did nothing Cont. on page 31
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