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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state (2nd right), Emir of Rano, Alhaji Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa (3rd left) with Kingmakers of Rano emirate council, after the presentation of Staff of Office to the Emir of Rano by Gov. Ganduje on Saturday in Kano.

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Kaduna bye-election: PDP savours victory, mocks El-Rufai, APC By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its victory in Saturday’s Kaduna bye-election despite the bragging, intimidation and rigging machinations of the Governor Nasir El-Rufailed APC administration, is a further signal that the people of Kaduna state have since rejected Governor El-Rufai and his APC. The party said this in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.

The PDP pointed out that its clean victory in Kaduna, particularly in the political melting point like Sabon Gari Constituency, is a foretaste of the crushing defeat that awaits the APC in Kaduna and other states of the federation in the 2023 general elections. The PDP, in the statement, said, “The PDP’s resounding victory in the Kaduna election is a reaffirmation that Kaduna state is home to PDP, in spite of the APC administration, which is now being shown the way out. “The outcome of the

Saturday’s bye-election also reinforces the popularity of the PDP as well as our candidate, Alhaji Usman Baba, while serving as an unmistaken expression of the people’s rejection of the high-handedness, oppression, executive recklessness and arrogance, divisiveness, vindictiveness, economic repression, infrastructural decay and general misrule that have characterised governance in Kaduna state under the APC. “Since it is clear that the APC administration in Kaduna state has nothing to offer the people

other than imposing a siege mentality and arrogant power intoxication, our party counsels the APC to read the hand writing on the wall on the fate that awaits it in 2023”, it said. The PDP congratulate the member-elect, Alhaji Usman Baba, as well as the people of Kaduna state and urged him to hit the ground running, in line with the commitment of the PDP to provide the dividends of democracy, which have eluded the people of Kaduna State in the last six years of APC’s misrule.

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Designer of 1004 Flats Housing Estate in Lagos, Fola Alade, is dead

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ne of Nigeria’s first four Architecture graduates, Fola Alade, is dead. Alade died on Saturday at the age of 87, family sources in Aramoko-Ekiti said. Architectural masterpieces bearing his insignia are the 1004 Housing Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, defunct Federal Secretariat building, Ikoyi, Lagos and the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Others are the Remembrance Arcade, Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Satellite Town, Lagos, Nigerian Air Force Base, Ikeja and the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies building, Kuru, near Jos. Yet others are the National Judicial institute, Abuja and Nigerian Embassy buildings in

11 countries. Fola Alade graduated from the Nigerian College of Arts & Sciences and Technology, Zaria (now Ahmadu Bello University) in 1961as one of the first four Architecture graduates. Thereafter, he completed his post graduate studies at the Architectural Association School of Tropical Studies, London in 1965, on a Commonwealth Scholarship. He was the first Architect to become a Federal Permanent Secretary in 1976, a post he held until his retirement in 1979 after which he established his private practice Fola Alade Associates in 1979. After his post-professional training, he became an associate of the Royal

Institute of British Architects and Architects’ Registration Council of the United Kingdom in 1963. He joined the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as a Resident Architect in the old Western Region and later Lagos City Council. In 1969, he became the first Registrar of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria. He served as the General Secretary of the Nigerian Institute of Architects. He was appointed as ProChancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the Federal University of Port Harcourt in 1990. Speaker, Ekiti House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, in his condolence message described Alade’s

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demise as a great loss to Ekiti State in particular and to Nigeria in general. This is contained in a statement by Afuye’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr Tai Oguntayo, on Sunday in AdoEkiti. The Ekiti Assembly speaker eulogised the architectural professionalism of Alade in his life time. He described the foremost architect as the giant pillar behind the various physical structures of many institutions in Nigeria today. He said the late architect was a “patriot in the real sense who left his mark on the sands of time.’’ Afuye prayed to God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss. (NAN)

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Buhari: I remain indebted to Nigerians for love shown to me By Egena Sunday Ode

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resident Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Maiduguri, Borno State, said all efforts will be made to improve the livelihood of Nigerians, starting with providing adequate security, reiterating that he owes Nigerians a debt of gratitude for the opportunity to serve. Speaking at the palace of the Shehu of Borno, President Buhari noted that he started his administrative career as a

military officer in Borno State as a governor for seven months, under Gen. Murtala Ramat Mohammed, before he was appointed Minister of Petroleum by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was then a military Head of State. “My commitment to serve Nigerians is a payback for the love shown to me. I started my political adventure in Maiduguri and I always look forward to coming here,” he added. President Buhari commended the

Governor of Borno State for his forthrightness, resilience and drive in bringing development to the state, despite security challenges. He noted that very few leaders will take the risks Governor Zulum had taken over the years to protect his people and promote peace and development, especially in putting his life on the line by spending nights with vulnerable people. The Governor thanked the President for visiting Borno State to appraise the security situation, and commission some of the

completed projects in the last few years. In his remarks, the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai El-Kanemi, thanked the President for consistent response to the plight of the people in the State, pointing out that the security situation had improved significantly. He said resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will improve their economy as many will return to the farms to further boost food security, while others will continue with their trade.

Nigeria’s consul advocates strategic engagement with S/Africa

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r Abdul-Malik Ahmed, Nigeria Consul-General in Johannesburg, has stressed the need for strategic engagement to strengthen Nigeria-South Africa diplomatic relations. Ahmed said this on Sunday while addressing the Nigerian community with the aim of assessing their activities in the country. The consul-general, who assumed office in November, 2020, commended Nigeria-South Africa diplomatic relations, while observing that it had been cordial between the two economic giants on the Africa continent. According to him, since 1995, both countries have jointly played key role towards the realisation of the African renaissance and liberation of the continent from neo-colonialism. “A testimony to the relations between both countries is the presence of over 120 South African multinational companies in Nigeria and a sizeable number of Nigerians in the Small and Medium Enterprise (SMEs) sector. “The contributions of Nigerian professionals in various spheres to the social and economic life of South Africa are also significant and South Africa is currently among the top-10 investors in Nigeria. “Nigeria is South Africa’s 10th biggest export market in Africa and 32nd globally, that accounts for 64 per cent of South Africa’s trade with West Africa. “Nigeria is also amongst its top three sources of crude oil, whereas the economic relationship is a winwin situation for both economies, the balance of trade relations is actually in favour of South Africa. “It is, therefore, imperative that steps be taken to consolidate the diplomatic ties between the two countries and to nip in the bud, any irritants to this partnership,” Ahmed said. He expressed hope in the African Continental Free Trade Area providing tariff-free access to a market of over 1.3 billion people and providing a platform to further deepen economic relations between Nigeria and South Africa.

The envoy promised to put measures in place, not just to deepen bilateral relations between the two countries, but also tackle issues that pertain to the welfare of the Nigerian community in South Africa. He disclosed that a joint consultative committee, comprising the Mission, the Police and the Nigerian community, had been established as a follow-up to creating an early warning system to prevent xenophobic attacks.

In his remarks, Mr Benjamin Okoli, President General of Nigerian Citizens Association in South Africa (NICASA), expressed appreciation for the initiative, saying it was apt in tackling issues that touched on the well-being of Nigerians. He described the awareness meeting with the Consul-General as necessary in the light of recent developments intended by the sponsors to distort facts and push an ugly narrative that would bring

our Consulate and the Consul General to disrepute. “This awareness campaign became absolutely necessary for us to sit together under one roof to hear the facts of the matter from the Consul-General. “We are concerned over the allegations, personal attacks, abuse and pained comments aimed at the Consul-General and the office he represents. “NICASA considered it very important to clarify some

matters as it concerned the above situation, which in our opinion is unwarranted, unfounded and baseless,” Okoli said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian community in South Africa is 70, 000-member strong, under the auspices of several myriad organisations, that include the Nigerian Doctors Forum, Nigerian Citizens Association, as well as Association of Nigerian Nurses.NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari; (2nd L) and other Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS during the 59th Ordinary Session of Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on Saturday in Accra Ghana . Photo : State House

AEIAN President urges action on damaged ecosystems By Ochiaka Ugwu

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resident of the Association of Environmental Impact Assessment of Nigeria (AEIAN), Dr Ahmad Sanda has appealed to Federal Government for urgent action to restore damaged ecosystems, adding that only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. Sanda who made this known while speaking at the virtual and physical conference during the World

Environment Day 2021 emphasized that ecosystems restoration is a global undertaking at massive scale which means repairing millions of hectares of land so that people can have access to food, clean water and jobs. ”It means bringing back plants and animals from the brink of extinction, from the peaks of mountains to the depths of the sea,” he said. Dr. Ahmad appealed that there are many small actions everyone can take, every day: growing trees, greening our cities, rewinding our gardens or cleaning up trash alongside rivers and coasts as recommended by WED.

AEIAN President advised that government should frontally tackle environmental problems in the country in order to restore our ecosystems. Also speaking at the virtual and physical conference which took place in Abuja Prof. Ani Nkang said that the environmental challenges before Nigeria was due to both legal and institutional failures. Prof. Ani Nkang, VC Arthur Jarvis University, Calabar, who delivered a keynote lecture during the virtual conference on the WEDs theme Ecosystem Restoration, said hope

was not lost to restore our ecosystems if governments at all levels decided to take up the gauntlet to curb those things that inhibit our efforts towards environmental development. The virtual and physical conference which took place in Abuja was moderated by former ace broadcaster with NTA, Muhammad Kudu Abubakar. The body seized the opportunity of WED to celebrate its General Secretary Dr Ijeoma Vincent-Akpu with the cutting of the cake for her the 50th Birthday which incidentally fell on the same day with WED.


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n investor and promoter of Ketti District under the FCDA land swap programme, Moses Ayom, had described the Federal Executive Council’s lift of the suspension on FCT Land Swap Programme, as a revolutionary step to bridge the infrastructure deficit. The Chief Executive Officer of Hongye International Ltd, also said that the FEC resolution is a further evidence of President Buhari’s endless commitment to fasttrack Nigeria’s quest to overcome her infrastructural, Housing and employment challenges. In a statement issued, yesterday, in Abuja, Mr Ayom emphasized that the action of the FEC is a new dawn for Nigeria. According to him, a major

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FEC decision on land swap, a revolutionary step - Moses Ayom stumbling block for investor confidence has been lifted. ‘’I congratulate all Nigerians for this”. Speaking on the benefits of the decision, Mr Ayom who was on the first Presidential trade mission to China in 2016 along with Africa’s richest man Alhaji Aliko Dangote stated that with the opening of new districts, cases of traffic congestion, housing deficits, infrastructural decay and environmental hazards will become things of the past. Alhaji Dangote is also a beneficiary of the

Land swap project ( Sheretti district ). He expressed delight that with this decision, his dream of establishing Africa’s largest Green Smart City in Ketti will now be a reality. He further revealed that Nigerians will soon begin to witness urbanization programmes similar to cities like Dubai, Qatar, Schenzen and Milton Keynes. He assured Nigerians that the cost of housing will be drastically reduced

with the various partnerships and synergies investors like him have put in place. Moreover, he informed that the Hongye group has signed a development partnership agreement with the Federal Housing Authority and other international environmental investors to develop Ketti district covering 308 hecters to international standards. Concluding, he praised the Governor of the Central Bank Mr Godwin Emefile for approving

a N1billion loan under the Real Sector Support Facility to his company Granite and Marble Ltd as counterpart funding in an investment agreement signed with SBM China Ltd, one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of mining equipment to establish Africa’s largest mining processing plant in Abuja to be drawn from Zenith Bank Plc. “This is the time to realize the full benefits of this agreement that was signed during the presidential trade mission to China in 2016. “ he said.

Indigenes want Benin monarch to set up probe panel on communal crisis By Osaigbovo Iguobaro

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ome indigenes of Edo State have appealed to the Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, to set up an independent panel of inquiry into the lingering communal crisis across the seven Local Government Areas under his watch. Recall that the traditional ruler, is the prescribed authority of the native laws and Customs in Benin kingdom particularly Villages and Communities in Oredo, Egor, Orhionmwon, Uhumwode, Ikpoba-Okha, Ovia North East, Ovia South West and Ovia North East Local Government Areas of the State. Marxist Kola Edokpayi, Speaker of Talakawa Parliament, a Benin-based pressure group made the submission at a joint Press briefing to condemn activities of ‘the devil’s advocates’ who hog power in some Communities and Villages, thereby making life miserable for inhabitants. He condemned the unprovoked violation of the rights of the people of Obagie Community in Ovia North East Local Government Area and Ikpe Village and Iguo-Oshodi N’ Egbudin Villages both in IkpobaOkha Local Government Area of the State by certain individuals masquerading as close aides to the Royal father. The Speaker of the Parliament assured that intervention of Oba Ewuare II could the save the rural dwellers from the the jaws of the oppressed and avert breakdown of laws and order in the areas. Edokpayi specifically accused the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Mr. Frank Irabor of attempting to upturn the verdicts that had been given by Oba Erediauwa of blessed memory including Iguo-Oshodi N’ Egbudin Village leadership by order of gerontocracy fiat, without recourse to the harmful consequences. According to him, Some Communities in Edo State is fast drifting into odium. I challenge the BTC Secretary to respond to this allegations instead of shadow boxing and using diversionary tactics. “We are sick and tired. I want

the activities of Mr. Irabor to be investigated. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to set up an independent panel of inquiry into the issues raised in the interest of good conscience. The people cannot be mute when there is fire on the mountain”, Edokpayi stressed. Earlier in a remark, the youth

Leader (Okaeghele) of IguoOshodi N’ Egbudin, Mr. Sunday Osahon gave a brief history of how the crisis started and called on the Benin Monarch to ensure justice is served to the aggrieved residents of the area. One of the elders of Ikpe Village who is famous for palm wine production, Mr. John Ilebor,

appealed to the monarch break barriers that distort free flow of information on Communal issues in order to avert miscarriage of justice as it concerns leadership crisis. In his part, Mr. Sunday Oyemwense, an elder in Oba Community, flayed indiscriminate arrest of locals by a prominent

indigene in the locality who has assumed the position of a utopia by trumping up a non-existence charges on his perceived enemies. But, the Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council, Mr. Frank Irabor who reacted through the spokesman of Benin solidarity Forum, Mr. Curtis Ugbo, denied any wrong doing in the allegations.

National Coordinator Iam Nigerian, Julius Denham (2nd right) presenting a Tshirt to Distinguish Senator, Shehu Sani (2nd left) while the others members of the group watch during a courtecy visit to the senator, at his residence in Kaduna, yesterday. Photo: BASHIR BELLO

NGO advocates death penalty for looters of public funds

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he Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF) worldwide, a nongovernmental organization, has advocated the death penalty for looters of public funds, to eradicate the current spate of corruption in the country. The call was made in a statement jointly signed by NUF’s President, Mr Augustine Chukwudum and Secretary, Mr Tony Igbokwe, respectively on Sunday, in Enugu. The statement also called on the National Assembly to remove the immunity clause from the constitution, so that sitting governors and other top ranking public officials could be probed while still in office.

“If found guilty, he will be prosecuted, this will go a long way in stopping the ongoing daily looting, especially at the state level,’’ NUF said. It urged President Muhammad Buhari to put in more stringent measures and seriousness in the ongoing anti-graft war, because some public office holders, by their words and actions, think the anti-graft war is a ruse. “We also demand that institutions like EFCC, ICPC and the judiciary be strengthened so that no one can be above the law as it is today. “Everybody must be treated equally as it is in the U.S, Britain, Canada and other countries of the

world. “By so doing, justice must prevail, not in a case where ExManaging Director of Bank PHB, Francis Atuche, who stole billions of naira, was recently sent to jail for a term of six years imprisonment. “While someone who stole vegetable that was less than N1,000 value was abandoned for more than five years as an Awaiting Trial Mate (ATM)’’, the NGO added. The statement noted that it was a big irony for looters of public funds to be moving with heavy police escorts, while enjoying their loot inside the country. “The common people, whose

wealth was stolen, are dying daily of hunger, lack of potable water, bad roads, no functional hospital and no standard primary and secondary schools,’’ the NGO said. It recalled that in February 2020, NUF issued a statement calling on the EFCC to probe both present and ex-governors of the South-East, over their alleged mismanagement and looting of over N20 trillion between May 1999 to January 2020. “Up till date, no single exgovernor has been convicted and most of them have come to believe that President Buhari’s anti-corruption war is a ruse,’’ NUF said. (NAN)

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IMO lauds Nigeria’s leading role in securing Gulf of Guinea

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he Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Kitack Lim has commended Nigeria for its leading role in efforts to secure the Gulf of Guinea, pledging that the “IMO remained committed to supporting the region in its efforts to ensure maritime security.” London-based IMO is the specialised agency of the UN responsible for regulating shipping. Lim noted in a statement on Sunday that Nigeria had made important contributions to the fight against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea maritime domain. “I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to the Nigerian government for its continued contribution towards the endeavours to ensure safe and secure maritime operation in the Gulf of Guinea,” Lim said. The IMO statement, signed by Mr Philip Kyanet, Head, Corporate Communications, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), quoted Lim as saying that such actions had helped the work of seafarers and improved shipping in the region, while curtailing illicit maritime activities. Lim commended the Federal Government’s recent launch of the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, also called the Deep Blue Project, describing it as a major development in the world to avert piracy. He added that the project also reflected Nigeria’s commitment to lead the fight against piracy, not only on her national waters, but in the Gulf of Guinea. Lim acknowledged the need for more collaboration and contribution to the antipiracy war, adding that there was ”still more work ahead for all of us. “The world is watching and we must ensure we succeed in our objective to enhance security in the Gulf of Guinea region”, he added. Similarly, the IMO secretary general praised Nigeria’s determination to galvanise regional and international energies to rid the country’s waters and the Gulf of Guinea of threats to shipping. “I’m encouraged to envisage the promise of inter-regional cooperation on so many levels. I will like to express my deepest appreciation for Nigeria’s active engagement in all these global and regional initiatives,” Lim also said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Deep Blue project is domiciled in NIMASA, while the Maritime Security Unit (MSU), with personnel drawn from the Nigerian Armed Forces, the police, the Department of State Services and NIMASA, is responsible for its operational deployment. NAN

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Kebbi govt orders closure of schools in remote areas

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ebbi State Government has directed all the principals of the secondary schools across the state to shut down over incessant kidnapping. This is as he assured parents of kidnapped students that the government will ensure rescue of all the students and teachers. Speaking to our correspondent on Sunday in Birnin Kebbi, the NUT State Chairman Comerade Issa Arika said that schools that were in

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remote areas will be closed due to the security challenges. Our correspondent gathered that the directive was given due to recent attacked by the bandits at the Federal Government College Birnin Yauri. Issa explained further that the local vigilante have been also mobilized to the schools for the safety of the children. “The governor just gave us the directive to closed down any school that is not safe. This directive is to both boarding

and day schools. The schools have started complying with the order”. He then commended the efforts of the governor and security agencies for their proactive measured in rescuing some students of FGC. Meanwhile, the governor also assured the parents of the kidnapped students of the Federal Government College , Birnin Yauri and staff that efforts were being intensified by the State Government to ensure their safe rescue.

The governor said the state government would do everything humanly possible to bring back the children and the staff safely. “ Since when this unfortunate incident occurred, all hands are on deck to esnure that these our children and the staff are rescued alive, hale and hearty,” Bagudu, promised. It would be recalled that bandits last week kidnapped 80 students and teachers of Federal Government College Birnin Yauri, in Kebbi state. The Convener, Civil Society organisation groups for the defence of Justice, Comrade Sam Adah (middle) flanked by the other members of the organization, Comrade Ajeh Ocheje (left) and Comrade Godwin onyia (right), during the press conference demanding for justice for Eleme Petrochemical Coperative members, A call for first bank and EFCC to obey court order, held at the weekend in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo- owo

Nigeria has potential to become Mecca food tourism in Africa - Lai By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed at the weekend said Nigeria has the potential of becoming food tourism centre in Africa. Lai made this assertion during the celebration of 2021 World Gastronomy Day celebration in Abuja. The event was organized by the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in collaboration with the Embassy of The Peoples Republic of China and the Arts and Culture Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA Abuja, with the theme: “Nations, Food, Cultures and partnership for sustainable development”.

He said with over 300 ethnic groups and their corresponding unique cuisines. The Federal government recognized the pivotal roles that sustainable gastronomy can play in Nigeria tourism development. The Minister represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, stated that Nigeria has culture as its tourism competitive advantage which is mostly defined by its foods and cuisines. He called on Nigerian tourism industry to seize the opportunity offered by gastronomy which has become a major tourist pull-factor to enhance the country’s portfolio as a preferred tourist destination in Africa. Similarly, Chairman of the

Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Rochas Okorocha, applauded efforts of NIHOTOUR in organizing the first Gastronomy Day in Nigeria since its inception in 2017 globally. He promised to initiate the establishment of a Food Technology training outfit as part of the Institute’s training mandate in hospitality. Earlier, in his welcome address, Director General of NIHOTOUR,Nura Kangiwa, said the country needs to strategically conceptualize its tourist products to attract continued traffic of both domestic and international tourists for sustainable growth of the Nigerian tourism industry . Kangiwa called for investment in the gastronomy sub sector, said its multiplier effect and

social value chains as a thriving industry will help eradicate poverty and improvement in rural infrastructure. Delivering her key note Paper, on the theme,Chairperson of the FCT Chapter of Nutrition Society of Nigeria (NSN), Dr Florence Uchendu, emphasised that, sustainable gastronomy is to address the devastating and threatening effects of climate change on global food supply and to key in to achieving sustainable development goals(SDGs). Dr. Uchendu appealed for greater and wider public awareness programmes in the media on sustainable processes of food production, preparation and consumption in ways that are not wasteful.


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Expert harps on awareness to check the sickle cell Anemia

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he Founder of Sickle Cell Patients Health Promotion Center (SCPHPC) Kaduna, Hajia Badiya Magaji Inuwa has said massive campaign and awareness for people to know their genotype before marriage is the antidote to curb the sickle cell Anemia. She stated this during the 2021 World Sickle Cell Day held in kaduna yesterday. According to her, couples should be made to know their genotype so that they will not produce sickle cell children in the future. She said “it is disturbing to see sickle cell patients passed through so much pain during crisis which could have been preventable if their parents know their genotype before marriage.

Buhari can’t stop Nigerians from amending constitution, says PDP By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari to stop pushing the nation to the precipices by his “arrogant and dictatorial remarks as well as inflammatory referencing to war”, particularly in his apparent aversion towards the constitutionally guaranteed rights of Nigerians. The party said this in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan. The PDP’s cautionis in response to an incendiary comment credited to President Buhari, wherein he was on Saturday, reported to have observed the demand by Nigerians for constitutional restructuring as contiguous with warfare, while sentencing the proponents as “mischievously dangerous”. The main opposition party described President Buhari’s reported remarks that he and his All Progressives Congress

(APC) had no time for the call by Nigerians, across board, for a discourse on the state of the nation, particularly in the face of worsening insecurity, economic hardship and sectional disagreements, further demonstrates their arrogant and dictatorial disposition towards the people. The party declared that it is instructive to inform President Buhari that, as citizens of a democratic state, Nigerians have every right to demand for constitutional restructuring as well as a democratic forum to deliberate on good governance and national cohesion. The PDP noted that such demands are neither synonymous nor contiguous to warfare. According to the statement, ‘It is appalling, and to say the least, despicable, that Mr. President and his party, the APC, which came to power in 2015 on the promise of restructuring, have not only reneged, in utter duplicity towards

Nigerians, but also turned around, six years after, to label restructuring as warfare and Nigerians demanding for it as “mischievously dangerous”. “President Buhari should be tutored to know that even the quest for efficient local government system as well as an effectual judiciary, which he alluded to as a focus, can only be achieved through a constitutional restructuring that directly confers and vests the required powers and control to them. “Only recently, President Buhari confessed how he asked some state governors who came to him on issues of security to go back to their respective states and face the challenge. “The amendment or alteration of the constitution to permit state police as widely demanded by Nigerians is therefore a form of restructuring that will adjust our policing system without creating a war.

“In as much as the PDP hold the unity and indivisibility of our nation as supreme, our party however supports amendments that will alter the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in any manners that will engender good governance and reinforce, rather than detract from her unity, peace, equity and stability. “Moreover, our party invites Nigerians to note that the APC, as a party, does not have any iota of regard for their aspiration as a people, and as such must not be further entrusted with the fate of our nation after the Buhari abysmal tenure”, it said. On the President’s allusion to a power of selection over whom he will cede power to, the PDP informed President Buhari and his APC to understand that political power belongs to Nigerians and the people will determine who governs them after the Buhari and APC’s era, which will come to an inevitable end on May 29, 2023”.

Father’s Day: Bishop tasks parents to instill virtue in children

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arents have been encouraged to ensure positive upbringing of children. The Bishop of Kaduna Diocese, Anglican Communion RT.Rev. Timothy Yahaya made the assertion in a sermon he delivered during the Father’s Day service held in kaduna yesterday. According to him, the best blessing a Father could provide for his children was values and a situation to exhibit those qualities. The Bishop added that, when fathers live up to their responsibilities in the family, they will help in checking the deviant behaviours rearing their ugly heads among youths in the society. He said that the Bible apportioned significant roles to fathers in the charactermoulding of the children.

L-R: : Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Cui Jianchun receiving a from the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu during the visit of the Ambassador to Presidential Villa on Friday in Abuja.. Photo : State House

SOKAPU vows to retakes land forcefully taken in Southern Kaduna From: Kaduna

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he Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), has vowed to retake all land forcefully taken from people of the Zone, by Invaders and return it to rightful owners. The President of the Union Hon. Jonathan Asake disclosed

this when he paid a sympathy visit to the village Head of Unguwan Madaki, in Chikun Local Goverment Area, yesterday. Hon. Asake said, he came on behalf of Southern Kaduna people “to express sadness and anger over the incessant attacks, mass murder and mass

abduction of our people, in the Area.” He explained that apart from the mass abduction of Southern Kaduna natives, scores of Southern Kaduna communities have been captured and are occupied by armed herdsmen with government doing nothing to recover them and return the displaced owners.

“I want to assure you that every inch of Southern Kaduna soil that is occupied by criminals by force will be recovered by us or our children by every means possible,” he said. “I also want to inform you that our lands can never be in the permanent ownership of those who visit terror on us and take ownership by force.”

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the setting-up of thirty-eight (38) oxygen plants in the country, with at least 1 plant in each State and two each in Lagos and Abuja. The Secretary to the Federal Government, (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee (PSC) on COVID-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha, disclosed this while providing an update to the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) on the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was contained in a communique issued at the end of the 31st teleconference meeting of the NGF on Wednesday. The communique signed by the Chairman of the NGF and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi and made available to Journalists yesterday, quoted Boss Mustapha as

COVID-19 pandemic: Buhari okays 38 oxygen plants for Lagos, Abuja, others saying that the President’s decision is aimed at bolstering the government’s efforts at fighting the pandemic. It revealed that a supplementary budget has also been submitted by the federal government to enable the country access additional vaccines for its citizens”, it said. According to the communique, “The SGF commended the State Governors for rising to the challenge of the time by providing exemplary leadership and resources to curb the impact of the pandemic in the country. “He also called for continued action to maintain non-pharmaceutical interventions including the enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines in public places and government institutions, heightened surveillance,

risk communication, social mobilisation, testing and reporting of data, vaccination, as well as sustained clinical care for patients. “To bolster the government’s efforts, the SGF informed the Forum that Mr. President has approved the set-up of 38 oxygen plants in the country, with at least 1 plant in each State and two each in Lagos and Abuja. “A supplementary budget has also been submitted by the federal government to enable the country access additional vaccines for its citizens”, it said. Continuing, the communique added, “The NGF Chairman briefed members on several activities of the Forum including the meeting of the

Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) which took place on June 10, 2021 to commemorate the first anniversary of the declaration of a state of emergency against GenderBased Violence acknowledging the commendable role of the NGWF and alluding to some of the appreciable milestones over the period. “For instance, on June 2020 only fourteen (14) States had domesticated the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Act, while as of June 2021, twenty-seven (27) States (including FCT) had passed the law with several others at advanced stages in the process of passing this law. “He urged his colleagues to support the efforts of the NGWF and continue to treat sexual and gender-

based violence as a priority”, it said. The communique further revealed that the Adviser to the President on Infrastructure (Secretary, Power Sector Reform Working Group), “delivered an update on activities of key electricity sector reforms, including the transfer of DISCO equity to States, transition strategies for electricity subsidies, and the management of State and local government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) outstanding electricity bills. “Following the presentation, the Forum resolved to review the proposals submitted by Mr. Zakari and communicate their position to the Power Sector Reform Working Group on a later date”, it said.

APC affirms suspension of ex-Buhari aide, Sha’aban Sharada in Kano From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

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Secretary to the Government of Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha receiving on behalf of the President, Father’s Day Gift, from the Chaplain, Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Seyi Malomo during Father’s Day Celebration at the Aso Villa Chapel, Presidential Villa yesterday in Abuja Photo State House

ASUU threatens industrial action over non-payment of members’ salaries

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he Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has threatened to embark on an industrial action if the 13 months’ salaries of over 1,000 of its members across the country were not paid. Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, Chairman, University of Jos chapter of the union, who stated this in a statement on Saturday, in Jos, added that the Federal Government had also withheld the check-off dues of the affected members. He accused Ahmed Idris, the Accountant General of Federation (AGF), for systematically denying the lecturers their remuneration, even after government and the union had reached an agreement on non-victimisation of its members following their last strike. The chairman alleged that the affected members were being threatened to either enrol into the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) platform, or have their salaries withheld. He explained that despite the

directives of President Muhammadu Buhari, that members of the union be paid their full remuneration, the AGF had denied the affected union members their pay, in complete violation of the terms of the agreement signed between the union and government. Maigoro said that the office of the AGF had continued to feed the public and some sections of government with false reasons over the matter, such as incorrect BVN numbers, incorrectly spelt names and their sequential arrangement, among others. He, however, added that such excuses were not tenable, because the bursary departments of their various institutions had submitted the names severally to the authorities, but the problem had continued to persist. “ASUU wants to bring to the attention of the Nigerian public the deliberate, systematic and unpatriotic actions of the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on the future of education in Nigeria. ” Idris, from all intent and

purposes, is bent on withholding the salaries of over 1,000 members of ASUU spread across the country, with more than 100 of such lecturers being members of our branch at the University of Jos. “This is simply because they participated in the last strike and refused to enrol in the much discredited IPPIS, despite the nonvictimisation clause signed in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) that led to the suspension of the strike in December 2020. “Despite the directive given by Mr President to pay the salaries of all lecturers, the AGF has refused to pay their salaries, for periods ranging from four to thirteen months, respectively. ”More worrisome is the fact that while the AGF is refusing to pay the salaries, his staff are busy calling the affected lecturers and insisting they have to register with IPPIS before they are paid; some are even asked to forfeit a part of their salaries in order to be paid. So, it is very clear that this

is a deliberate act on the part of the AGF and his staff. “Many of our members at the University of Jos have not been paid salaries from February 2020 to date. How they are expected to go to the classroom and teach beats my imagination. “It is not news, that our union have vowed to fight back at any cost in order to salvage our colleagues from his tyranny and unpatriotic act against not just ASUU members, but the future of education in Nigeria and so, if nothing is urgently done, we will be forced to take action,” Maigoro said. “The union has gotten to a stage where it may be forced to take drastic measures to save the lives and families of its members because their despair is also our collective despair. Maigoro also said that the inability of government to pay other allowances, such as sabbatical, visiting, part time and contract staff was also destroying the university system in the country.

he All Progressive Congress (APC), Kano Municipal Local Government chapter has affirmed the suspension of a former President Muhammadu Buhari’s Media Aide, Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada for one year on the allegations of creating choas and turmoil in the party in the state. Recall that Sharada, member House of Representatives, representing Kano Municipal Federal Constituency, in a statement signed on Wednesday by Abdullahi Sharada, the APC acting Chairman of Sharada Ward in the Municipal Local Government Area of the state said the member was suspended over alleged anti-party activities and political high-handedness in the state. In a letter on Thursday, June 17, jointly signed and issued to newsmen by the Chairman of the Party in the Municipal Local Government and his Secretary, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Maifata and Kamilu Saidu Bala respectively, said, “We affirm the suspension of Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada as been done by his ward level for 12 months for his open attacks and castigation of Governor Ganduje and other party stalwarts”. They said, “sequel to the petition received from APC supporters from Sharada ward, we formed a seven man disciplinary committee and gave them seven days. After going through their reports and evidence attached to the suspension letter by the ward executive, the committee confirmed that Ibrahim Sharada has been found guilty of all the charges against him for assassination of the character of Governor Ganduje and Party Executives at Ward, Local and State levels”.

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PDP stalwart seeks VAT reversal to 5%

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PDP stalwart, Dr Nnamdi Onochie, has advised the Federal Government to reverse the Value Added Tax (VAT) from the current 7.5 per cent to five per cent, due to current inflation trends in the country. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, Onochie contended that retaining VAT at 7.5 per cent would do more harm than good to the populace in view of current economic hardships. He argued that it had become necessary for government to carry out measures to lift the human condition of the populace, amid rising unemployment, especially among the younger segment of the population. Onochie observed that seeking foreign loans from time to time might not be the way out for the country, saying macroeconomic measures should be adopted to pull Nigeria out of the woods rather than resorting to loans. “The present administration has largely been borrowing foreign loans and introducing harsh tax methods that have impacted negatively on the populace. “I submit that this is not the way to go and I’m hopeful that the people will see

the difference in 2023, if I become part of the new regime that will bring change,’’ he said. Onochie, who was a former Commissioner for Special Duties in Delta, recommended what he described as an open governance that would tackle corruption decisively. He said that technology was the best tool to fight corruption, to ensure that graft was tackled even before it would take place. The former Nigerian envoy to Algeria and the Philippines, stated that any administration keen on fighting corruption should deploy soft wares at all levels of governance to prevent contract over-invoicing and other fraudulent transactions. “If elected president, I will fully deploy soft wares and state-of-the art technology that will centralise and manage all government procurement, purchases and contract businesses,’’ he said. According to him, centralising government procurements will detect insertions of fraud, flag and deter continuation or conclusion of processes, including financial wastes and profligacy.

Continuous Voter’s Registration: INEC staff embark on roadshow in FCT By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday organised a roadshow to sensitise residents of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, on its Continuous Voter Registration scheduled to commence on June 28. The roadshow took the team to major parts of the FCT. The Deputy Director, Voter Education Division, INEC headquarters, Mrs Mary Nkem, who spoke with reporters during the roadshow, assured that the commission was fully ready for the resumption of the continuous voter’s registration exercise on Monday. Mrs Nkem explained that the roadshow was to sensitise and mobilise eligible voters in the FCT for the exercise. According to her, “It is also to let them know those who are being targeted in the exercise. Those who have turned 18 after the last registration exercise, or those who are more than 18 years but have never registered. “This exercise is also for those who have issues with their accreditation during the past elections, those have issues with their Permanent Voter Cards or their biometric details,” she said. Nkem stressed further that the exercise taking place from 9 am to 3pm from

Monday to Friday, excluding weekends, would have two processes, that is online pre-registration and physical registration. Her words, “So, people can sit in the comfort of their homes and log in details for registration. “They will then go to any of our local government or state office to capture their biometrics and photographs; or they eill appear physically at any designated register”, she further explained. The Deputy Director in charge of Voter Education said that the commission would come up with the guidelines for the collection of PVCs. The roadshow was used to sensitise FCT residents in different languages including English, broken English, Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba. Fliers containing the details information on process, time and date for the exercise were also distributed to residents. The roadshow which kicked off from INEC Headquarters went to Federal Secretariat, Asokoro, AYA Roundabout, Garki Market, Area 11, Wuse Market and Utako Market. Among those who partook in the road show were; INEC staff members from the voter education and Publicity department, members of the National Youth Service Corps and media practitioners.

UNICEF supports kaduna with 3 million Vitamin A capsules From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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s its contribution to the forthcoming Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) week, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) is supporting Kaduna State with more than three million Vitamin A capsules for distribution during the week. Dr Zakari Adam, the Chief of Field Office, UNICEF Kaduna, announced this in Zaria, at the opening of a two-day `Quarterly Coordination and Review’ meeting on food and nutrition.

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Adam, who was represented by the Nutrition Specialist, Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, said that the vitamin A capsules would be distributed to children, aged six to 59 months, to boost their nutrition and health status. He explained that the three million capsules would cover all children six to 59 months old in the state during the MNCH week – June 21 to June 25. Adam added that UNICEF would also support the training of about 9,000 community volunteers to mobilise women and caregivers to visit health facilities to access the integrated primary healthcare services.

FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY JUDICIARY CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL No. 36, P.O.W Mafemi Crescent, Utako – Abuja

PRE-QUALIFICATION EXERCISE FOR THE YEAR, 2021 1.0 INTRODUCTION The Federal Capital Territory Customary Court of Appeal, Abuja, in compliance with the Public Procurement Act, 2007 hereby, invites reputable companies with proven track record to pre-qualification for the Construction of Customary Court of Appeal (New) Building, Renovation works, Supply of Generating Sets and Supply of Furniture. 2. 0 SCOPE OF WORKS/GOODS Lot 1A: Construction of Customary Court of Appeal, Headquarters (New) Building at Lot 1B: Renovation works at the Customary Court of Appeal, Headquarters, and; Lot 1C: Renovation works at the Customary Courts (Offices) in the FCT; Lot 2A: Supply of Generating Set; Lot 2B: Supply of Furniture.

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3.0 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Prospective Contractors shall possess the following under listed documents; a. Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Including forms CAC2 and CAC7; b. Evidence of Company Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years valid till 31st December, 2021; c. Company’s Audited Accounts for the last three (3) years (2018, 2019, 2020); d. Evidence of current Pension Clearance Certificate from PENCOM valid till 31st December, 2021; e. Evidence of Current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; f. Evidence of Current Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Clearance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; g. Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring 31st December, 2021 or Valid Certificate issued by the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP); h. Sworn Affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committee of Customary Court of Appeal, Abuja or Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidding process and to confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars; i. Reference Letter from a reputable commercial bank in Nigeria, indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed; j. Company’s Profile with the Curriculum Vitae of Key Staff to be deployed for the project, including copies of their Academic/Professional qualifications (at least five (5) registered Professionals namely Architect, Quantity Surveyor, Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineers for Works) k. Evidence of at least three (3) similar projects executed (as Contractor), in the last five (5) years, including Letter of Engagement, Job Completion Certificates and Photographs of the Project; l. Works: List of Plants/Equipment with proof of Ownership/Lease m. All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company’s/Firm’s letterhead paper bearing among others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC); Contact Address, Telephone (preferably GSM number) and e-mail address. The Letterhead paper must bear the names and nationalities of the directors of the company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorized officer of the firm. 4.0 SUBMISSION OF PRE – QUALIFIFCATION DOCUMENTS: Interested firms are to submit two (2) properly bound copies of Pre-qualification documents, separated by dividers and arranged as indicated above. The documents should be submitted in a sealed envelope and addressed to: The Secretary, Court Tenders Board, Customary Court of Appeal No 36. P.O.W Mafemi Crescent, Utako District, Abuja …and clearly marked with (the name of the Project and the Lot number). Further, the reverse of each sealed envelope should bear the name and address of the bidder and dropped in the designated Tender Box not later than 12:00 noon on Monday, 12th July, 2020. 5.0 OPENING OF PRE-QUALIFICATION DOCUMENTS: Prequalification documents will be opened at 12:00 noon on Monday, 12th July, 2020 at the Open Court Hall 2, Customary Court of Appeal, Head Quarters, Utako -District, Abuja. 6.0 GENERAL INFORMATION: a. Bids must be in English Language and signed by an official, authorised by the bidder; b. Bids submitted after the deadline shall be returned unopened; c. All costs will be borne by the bidders; d. Presence of bidders/representatives and members of the public shall not be required during the bid opening ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines. The Bids Opening will be covered by video recording (link will be sent to bidders) with the presence of two (2) representatives of private sector professional bodies and Civil Society Organisation in the areas of Anti-Corruption/ Transparency; e. Bid documents can also be collected in soft copies and Bidders can submit through Post (Courier Services) f. Only shortlisted bidders will be contacted for collection of Bid Documents. g. The Customary Court of Appeal, Abuja is not bound to qualify any bidder, and reserves the right to annul the procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with Section 28 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

Signed: Chief Registrar, Customary Court of Appeal, Abuja.


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Reps member shares free jamb cards to indigents in Plateau

Yusuf Mairiga Shekarau, Jos

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o fewer than 2000 indigent persons have benefited from the expanded stimulus packages shared by Hon. Komsol Alphonsus, member representing Mikang, Quanpaan and Shendam federal constituency of Plateau state. The member shared 2000 jamb scratch cards worth N1.3m to indigent persons who have completed their secondary education with equal opportunity to participate in this year's Unified Tertiary and Matriculation Examinations (UTME). Alhaji Ismail Amouka, a legislative aide to the member disclosed that it was one of the routine exercises “on our list of empowerment programmes". Mr. Amouka said aside distributing jamb cards to less privileged, his principal has shared significant facilities including sewing machines, lister engines and motorcycles with a view to empowering youths and women.

NCRI scales up rice production From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI), Badeggi said it has put in place measures to enable farmers to meet up with the demand for rice across the country through scaling up rice technologies and innovations. The Executive Director of the Institute, Alhaji Aliyu Umar made this known during the CORAFPAIRED Inception and 2021 annual work plan review and implementation meeting at the Institute in Badeggi. Represented by the Director and Head of the Department of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Dr Emmanuel Adeji Maaji hinted that the new technologies and innovations would increase production of rice varieties. He explained that scaling up rice technologies and innovation required innovation platforms to vertically and horizontally disseminate improved and good agronomic practices of rice.

APC wins Jigawa lawmaker's bye-election From Mika'il Tsoho, Dutse

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he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Alhaji Yusuf Shitu Galambi of All Progressives Congress APC as the winner of the concluded Gwaram federal constituency bye-election. Declaring the results, the INEC returning officer, Professor Ahmed Shehu said

the APC candidate got the highest votes in the election with 29,372 votes while his closest rival from the People's Democratic Party PDP got only 10,047. According to him, “the total registered voters in the constituency is 133,199 and the total accredited voters were 42,080. Also, the total votes cast amount to 41,869, and the total rejected votes are 1,375.

“AA scored 490 votes, Adc scored 44 votes, APC scored 29372 votes, APM scored 57 votes, APP scored 18 votes, NNPP scored 26, NRM scored 40, PDP scored 10,047 votes, PRP scored 366”, he said. He maintained that, “the All Progressives Candidate Yusuf Shitu Galambi having the highest votes in the election is declared winner of the election and returned elected in the

Gwaram federal constituency bye-election”. It would be recalled that on 22nd March 2021, the speaker of the house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila declared the Gwaram federal constituency seat vacant after Honorable Hassan Yuguda Kila lawmaker representing the constituency died at the national hospital Abuja after a protracted illness.

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Good governance as panacea for insecurity

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he governor of Kano state, Abdullahi largely of the contiguous states of Plateau and Ganduje, is effusive about the “hard Benue states. In those two states, whatever work” he and his colleagues in form of governance that existed before other states are doing to reverse Nigeria’s has evaporated. Benue, in particular, is a “insecurity prevalence.“ The governors, killing field, more or less. Yet the governor he said previous weekend, had agreed to there prefers to blame outsiders instead of work hard to ensure the nation’s peace and demonstrating leadership. His contradiction is that he continues to fight a central stability. Ganduje spoke while receiving PDP government that he badly needs to stabilize ‘Kwankwasiyya’ members who defected to his state. In the Northwest, Kano is the only one APC in Kano. “All governors have resolved to work hard to ensure that the insecurity of 7 states that has been spared the “years of prevalence is eradicated for complete peace locusts” that have ravaged this geo-political and stability in Nigeria,” he said. “We are zone. Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina, happy that the new service chiefs are fully Kaduna and Kebbi are gripped by a form committed to peace and stability in Nigeria. of insecurity characterised by banditry and I will also like to seize this opportunity to kidnapping. Kaduna, in particular, is stricken appreciate and congratulate Ohaneze Ndigbo by incessant labour crises. But Gov. Nasir el Rufai has turned on his colleagues for for being committed to one Nigeria. “The Arewa Consultative Forum also abandoning him in his moments of need. He believes in one Nigeria; we will continue to has also accused his Benue counterpart of not work for one Nigeria. I congratulate you for doing enough on communal killings in his state. that. The Afenifere, we appreciate In the Southeast, all and congratulate you for making the Igbo speaking states a public announcement that have been overrun by a you believe in one Nigeria. The secessionist Indigenous National Coalition of the Middle People of Biafra (IPOB). Belt People, we salute you for making a pledge that you believe Nasir el Rufai has Although banned by the Federal Government, the in one Nigeria. turned on his governments of these “I will like to take your aspirations to the next level. I colleagues for states have not been able to enforce the ban and urge you to come together and hold an important meeting to abandoning him IPOB does as it wants. consider the issues of diversity, in his moments It spreads terror among the population such that consider our differences, our similarities and transform of need. He has they fear it more than they them into opportunities for the also accused his do the security forces. It kills, maims and destroys development of Nigeria. Our diversity is a thing from God; Benue counterpart public buildings. Recently it started killing visitors from it is the source of our strength. of not doing other parts of the country. Therefore, we should convert it enough on The South-west is to unity, opportunity and take no less insecure and the Nigeria to the next level. If God communal killings governors of the zone are wished, He could have created all just as helpless. They are of us one tribe and in the same in his state their states’ chief security geographical location, but that officers but they are was not the wish of God.” That pledge to “work hard” for peace unable to stop people calling for secession or and stability, coming from Ganduje, sounds breakaway from the nation. In the South-south, it is only Rivers State melodious to the ear. This is one governor, out of several, who has been spared the that has stood up to IPOB. And this is because sickening evils of banditry, kidnapping and its governor Wike Nyesom, a no nonsense communal bloodletting. Perhaps because lawyer, has told the group it would not have a his Kano is a largely homogenous state in place in the state. And so it has none. Wike is more senses than one. Its people speak one an uncommon politician and a very practical of Nigeria’s three major languages, Hausa, man. All the other governors whose states and are predominantly Muslim. These unity have fallen to criminals need to borrow a leaf building influences apart, Kano has enjoyed from him. They need to match their tough talks with tough actions. They also must good political governance under Ganduje. However, we cannot say the same of many stop fighting each other and concentrate on of his colleagues in the Nigerian Governors governance; private egos must give way to Forum, led by Plateau governor Samuel public service. They too must learn to use Lalong. If that commitment to security had their security votes for the right purpose and come from any of them it would have been not dissipate them on personal pleasures and platitudinous. It would have sounded more political patronages. And lastly, they will have like electioneering in an off election season. to learn to work together if they truly desire Take, for instance, the Middle Belt, made up for Nigeria to be secure and peaceful again.

L-R: Justus Adejumoh, Financial Secretary, Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA); Bashir Bello, Head, Legislative & Government Relations, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Chioma Ezike, Treasurer (NITRA); Chike Onwuegbuchi, Chairman (NITRA), Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs (NCC); Grace Ojougboh, Head, Online Media & Special Publications (NCC); Chidiebere Nwankwo, Secretary (NITRA); Truddy Tony-Awusaku, Head, Media & Public Relations (NCC) during the Courtesy Visit and Award Presentation by the National EXCO of NITRA to the EVC,NCC in Abuja, recently

Centre raises alarm over illegal charges in Adamawa schools From Umar Dankano, Yola

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frican Centre For Leadership Strategy And Development (CENTRE LSD) has urged the Adamawa State Government to investigate an alleged connivance of some

principals and Parents Teachers Association (PTA) over illegal levies in schools in the state. Senior Programme Officer of the Centre, Mr.Lawal Amodu made the allegation known at a media engagement on the project-Community Led

Collective Action For Girls 'Education (C-CAGE) in Yola Weekend observing that such unapproved payment of levies can make discredit the government's efforts on free basic education for all. In a report presented to media

by Amodu,the centre stressed that the burden of hidden charges on students may lead to more drop out of schools,a development that negates Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri's administration policy for free basic education for all.

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

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

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

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

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

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Brother Bawa, take heed before Magu happens to you By Fredrick Nwabufo

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he quickest way for a public officer to lose puissance is by maintaining public performance. Having the spotlight on your head could be capricious – because soon you become addicted to the thrills and frills of the centre stage. You speak for excitement and adulation; you become a show horse; a lone actor in your own film. And you must keep performing. Abdulrasheed Bawa, chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), is a decent young man. He is obviously bubbling with the zeal and commitment to wrestle corruption to the ground. I watched his appearance at the senate in February. He acquitted himself well. He showed smarts, articulation, and robust knowledge of his job. The appointment of Bawa as EFCC chairman is perhaps President Buhari’s most strategic and judicious appointment. Bawa cannot be faulted on competence, commitment, or the capacity to deliver. He is the right fit for the job. However, Bawa’s recent ‘’bow wow’’ utterances may be untoward for the figure he cuts in the eyes of many of his admirers. When you become given to loose talking, you become vulnerable to gaffes. The EFCC chairman said a few days ago that a certain female minister connived with a bank managing director to launder $37 million. He said the minister invited the bank MD to her house to chaperone $20 million in cash for a property. Please note that he said ‘’female minister’’, not ‘’former minister’’ in the interview with Channels TV on Wednesday. Owing to that clanger or ambiguous comment, the worker bees in the rumour factory went to town with fables of serving female ministers and sleaze. Some even did a derisory montage of these serving female ministers. Bawa later put lucidity to his comment when he named the ‘’Dame of the loot’’. He said at a media briefing on Thursday that he was referring to former minister of petroleum, Diezani Alison-Madueke. Where is Diezani? Bawa had previously said the EFCC recovered $153 million, N14 billion worth of jewellery and 80 assets from Diezani. The EFCC under Magu made similar staggering revelations. Why is the former minister not on trial for allegedly emptying Nigeria’s treasury into her private till? Since 2015, the EFCC has been on the Diezani case but this woman is yet to meet with fate. It appears the EFCC enjoys flagellation. It excites the agency to always regale Nigerians with tales of the ‘’Diezani loot’’. But why is she not

being brought to reckoning for her alleged crime? Diezani is having the longest laugh, I suppose. She is holed up in London and biding her time – waiting for the Buhari administration to leave. It is less than two years before the end of this administration; I think it will be one of Bawa’s biggest achievements, if Diezani is magicked into Nigeria and made to confront her deeds. What Diezani’s seeming invincibility confirms is that the hand of the law is not strong enough. Though I understand the diplomatic impediments involved in her extradition, anyone who steals from Nigerians in such a cannibalistic magnitude should be made to pay personal penance. #BringbackDiezani. A federal high court in Lagos on Friday cleared Peter Nwaoboshi, a senator from Delta state, of a N322 million fraud charge. The judge, Chukwujekwu Aneke, put the blame for her unsettling decision on the EFCC. She said the agency bungled the case. She held that the EFCC failed to prove the elements of the offences for which it charged the senator. She also said the agency’s case crumbled because “bank officials were not called to testify”. The prosecution of suspects is one of the areas Bawa should strengthen at the EFCC. There should be diligent prosecution. There have been allegations that the anti-graft agency purposely bungles cases of certain high-profile suspects. In the past, the commission was alleged to put up performances in the media only to work in cahoots with suspects in court. I hope Bawa’s time at the EFCC will be less of theatrics and more of conviction -- of those eviscerating Nigeria from the udder. Bawa should be wary of certain awards. Ibrahim Magu, his predecessor, was a man who loved awards. Almost daily, Magu was receiving awards from all sorts of people and organisations. He was happy to smile and hold up a plaque even if from hazy associations. I noticed the ‘’award wraith’’ is circling around the EFCC again. The EFCC chairman is less than six months on the job and already the ‘’award contractors’’ are nigh. Bawa should not let himself get distracted. He should not be under pressure to put up performances. And he must not submit to political influences. He is brilliant; he should let his job do the talking. Take heed lest you stumble, Brother Bawa. By Fredrick ‘Mr OneNigeria’ Nwabufo Twitter @FredrickNwabufo


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South Africans message to Nigeria By Jerome-Mario Utomi

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he reported death in South Africa of 30-year-old Nigerian identified as Stanley Igwe a native of Amandugba Village, Isu Local Government Area of Imo State, who was allegedly, killed on June 6, 2021, by some police officers in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa has again, dispatched conflicting but vital messages to Nigeria and Nigerians. Separate from the fact that South African Government has in the past done very little to ensure that attacks by members of the public, the police, and government officials on foreigners are investigated and those responsible held accountable, this latest thoughtless killing, without doubt, portrays the country as a nation with poverty of history. Their inability to remember the role Nigeria and other African countries played during their trying moments of apartheid days reawaken our consciousness of how South Africa has proved to be a bad and ungrateful neighbor. Eliciting more troubling concern/dropping spirit is the awareness that the event could have been avoided if South African Government had upheld the March 2019 adoption of a government action plan to combat xenophobia and other forms of violence against foreigners in the country However, while this piece sympathizes with the family and friends of the disease on whose shoulders lies the pains of this gruesome, I view this latest development as an occurrence laced with ingrained message for political leaderships at both state and Federal levels in Nigeria. By continued dehumanization of Nigerians in South Africa, I see Southern Africans and

their government reminding Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government to truly change his attitude towards Nigerians by revamping the nation’s economy so that Nigerians can stay at home. South Africans want both Federal and state levels to recognize that it takes a prolonged effort to administer a country well and change the backward habits of the people. By this action, they want Nigerian government to create employment for youths so that they will stop running out of the country to foreign lands where they are daily killed. Most importantly, they want our leaders to draw Nigerian youth close for leadership apprenticeship; to learn the job of leadership as their generation will provide the future leadership need of the nation. Adding context to the discourse, going by media reports, Nigerians, who witnessed Igwe’s arrest, testified that “The incident happened at about 11 a.m and it was alleged that the police drove him around for several hours and in between they stopped and took turns to beat Igwe and throw him back into the van. “When they realized that he was dead in their custody, they drove him to the Newcastle police station at about 1pm and reported that he had ingested some substance, which had killed him. Even as the present happening further amplifies the believe that the country is no longer unsuitable for self-respecting Nigerians to dwell, it is important to underline that to any student of history, such ugly occurrences against Nigerian youths should not come as a surprise. From my account in a piece published August 2017, entitled; Nigerian youth; celebrated abroad, despised at home,(see The

Guardian Newspaper Limited), Nigerians will not have been dehumanized if our leaders were truly democratic, pacesetting and coaching. But unfortunately, what exits here is a huge number of ‘coercive’ and selfish leaders. The said piece which was published before the 2019 xenophobic harassment and violence against African and Asian foreigners living in South Africa argued that government’s insensitivity to the plights of Nigerians and lopsided architecture of our political theatre and onslaught against the youths explain why the country is ‘losing’ her youths to countries such as the United States of America (USA), Canada and South Africa. The piece therefore, warned that if not arrested, the effect of such failure on us will be costly in human and socioeconomic terms. Such prophesy has since become a word made flesh and dwells among us. The wickedness of the South Africans apart, why Nigerians of goodwill are feeling very worried over the development is that the source of the problem has since been identified and understood. Without any shadow of the doubt, Nigerian government set the stage for what her citizens are currently passing through in South Africa and in other parts of the world through formulation of policies and programmes that perpetuate poverty, consolidates unemployment and powerlessness. And as a consequence, forced many migrate to countries such as South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and China where many are killed while others languish in prisons serving different jail terms. Supporting the above claim about unemployment in Nigeria is the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics

(NBS), unemployment and underemployment index which states that youths form a chunk of people affected by unemployment/ underemployment in Nigeria, Certainly, the irony of this narrative is that from the body language of South Africans, things appear to have fallen apart for Nigerians in the country; difficulties lie ahead of the majority and Exodus may be a kind of fit conclusion. But the question is; if Nigerians in South Africa decides to move, where will they migrate to? Back to the country that failed them in their period of need; and when the factor that made them migrate to South Africa are still alive and active Again, why I will not blame South Africa for these misdeeds, despite bilateral relationship that exists between the two countries, is that if the enormous resources Nigeria is blessed with were well managed, our youths would not have embraced South Africa as a place of economic refuge. It’s not South Africa but our leaders that is our major problem as a nation. Our challenge goes beyond the present happening in South Africa. The truth is that South Africa challenge may exist in ‘overt and glaring forms but the greater challenge posed by bad leadership exist in a hidden and subtle manner. I believed and still believe very strongly that what the youths both home and abroad are facing is not a question of luck or fate but a function of bad leadership. Why can’t the youth run away from the country when idleness has become the culture of the youths as the government has no programme for them and unemployment frustrating many of them? Why can’t Nigerians run out of the country when the destruction of lives and farmlands by men

suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in the south-east, north-central and south-west have continued unabated? What about the south-south region were the farmlands of the people of the Niger Delta have continuously been polluted? And the people stoically endure socioeconomic, infrastructural injustices in the hands of successive governments. Why will the youths from the Niger Delta region not run to South Africa to die in the hands of foreigners than dying here at home in the hands of a government that supposed to, but failed to protect them? Why will Nigerians abroad come back to meet with the government that is neither interested nor ready to facilitate the discovery of solutions to; what impedes the development of the country or find a solution to why the country is not moving forward. Instead of the government solving the above challenges or give the youths work and insisting that they work for bread, they position them for illicit electoral functions. If we can still remember, globally, the main purpose of government is to guarantee a wellordered society, ensuring that every citizen enjoys freedom to the maximum. But how can we enjoy freedom to the maximum, in a country where leaders not only shy away from responsibility but allow our nation become a breakdown of civil societies with guns, drugs, violent crimes and vulgar public behaviors. Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via;jeromeutomi@yahoo.com

Smart retail solutions bring tailored services to Chinese consumers By Liu Shiyao

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ith the rapid development of big data, AI, and cloud computing, China’s retail sector is witnessing a growing trend toward digitalization and intelligentization, or a smart retail revolution, in every link of the industrial chain, from manufacturing, storage and purchase, to sale and service. Smart retail usually refers to a retail pattern that uses Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to perceive consumption habits and predict consumption trends for the purpose of guiding production and manufacturing and providing diversified and personalized products and services for consumers. Unmanned supermarkets, placing orders via mini program, “trying on” clothes with the help of virtual reality (VR) devices, and smart supply chain management all fall into smart retail application scenarios. Meanwhile, everyone

involved in the front end, mid end, and back end of the retail trade, including producer, purchaser, manager of shopping mall, store manager, and consumer, is a part of smart retail. It’s generally believed by practitioners in the industry that the ultimate goal of smart retail is realizing the integration of online and offline business. The development of smart retail can help offline business realize digitalization and online transaction and make offline retail business be searched and recommended online, said Lin Yuanqing, founder of Aibee, a Beijing-based AI company focusing on applying digitalized and intelligent AI solutions to the physical world. Smart retail will enable consumers to search for brick-andmortar stores and discount coupons as convenient as with online shops, according to Lin, who believes that in the future, consumers will enjoy convenience and pleasure in shopping to the greatest extent in

different scenarios, whether online or offline. On the one hand, smart retail practitioners aim to formulate diversified and personalized marketing strategies and provide targeted services for consumers based on accurate judgment on their consumption behavior with the help of big data analysis. On the other hand, by feeding data to the purchase and delivery chains, smart retail solutions help realize production and supply of goods with lower costs, higher efficiency, and more flexible means, said experts. In Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan province, a citizen surnamed Wang quickly found a parking spot at an underground parking lot of a shopping mall via an app of the mall. After entering the mall, Wang scanned an interactive screen with his mobile phone, selected the store he wanted to go, and immediately saw a VR guide on his phone. He then followed the guide to the store without having to waste

time walking around in circles to look for it. The scenes described above are happening in more and more retail locations across China. Thanks to the application of AI technologies related to computer vision, big data analysis, robot, and speech recognition, many traditional department stores and supermarket chains have undergone digital and intelligent transformations and are now able to ensure all-round smart services for consumers. “In traditional warehouses, it takes about three hours to prepare the goods on each order before delivery. Now we have reduced the preparation time for each order to three to five minutes, and are able to sort up to 2,000 items an hour during peak period. Our sorting costs of each item have been cut by 50 percent, and we have optimized the storage structure, accelerated inventory turnover, and reduced the risk of dead stock,” said Jing Wei, CEO of the IT headquarters of Chinese retail giant Suning.

Through continuous science and technology-oriented transformation and input, the company has achieved rich fruits in the digitalization of its supply chain and made the greatest possible efforts it could to integrate smart technologies into the selection of goods and inventory management according to the needs of consumers, according to Jing. In the digital and intelligent transformations of the retail industry, every element, including people, goods, and locations, is not isolated from each other, but releases a huge amount of data value after their information is interrelated and integrated, said experts, explaining that these elements can help business owners tap into the law of consumption, guide production with consumer needs, and facilitate adjustments to supply chain and manufacturing links. Liu Shiyao writes for People’s Daily

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What no one tells you about entrepreneurship By Ezinwanne Onwuka

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on’t get lured into entrepreneurship by how people achieved early success in their business and are earning well so soon. Overnight success comes after lots of overnight failures. You will fail at some point. Not all your plans will succeed. Not all ideas will be gold. Entrepreneurship is glorified in our society today. The common assumption about entrepreneurship is that it gives you unlimited flexible working hours and affords you an amazing lifestyle. This assumption holds true for some of the successful entrepreneurs. The small percentage that has worked really hard, failed several times and finally succeeded in their business(es), so now they are showing off on social media. You see photos from their vacation trips, expensive latest car models and think that entrepreneurship is a bed of roses. I’m sorry, but that is not the case.

Entrepreneurship is not so pretty. No one will tell you how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur. Starting a business is actually a survival of the fittest. Below, I have outlined what I consider to be some of the most difficult parts of being an entrepreneur, the underbelly of entrepreneurship. However, this is not to discourage wouldbe entrepreneurs, but to paint a realistic picture. First, income can be sporadic & inconsistent. When you are an employee, you are sure of getting paid at the end of the month. But as an entrepreneur, your revenues & costs will vary every month and it takes some time to getting use to this new way of living. You quickly learn to think twice before spending money and the value of having an emergency fund. Entrepreneurship is not for risk averse individuals. It takes time to build a steady customer base and factor seasonal fluctuations. Second, failure is inevitable. Don’t get lured into entrepreneurship by how people

achieved early success in their business and are earning well so soon. Overnight success comes after lots of overnight failures. You will fail at some point. Not all your plans will succeed. Not all ideas will be gold. Third, freedom is a myth. Most people desire to become entrepreneurs because of the freedom that comes with owning your own business. The media purport the idea that as an entrepreneur you can run your business from the comfort of your home. But this is not so. Behind all the success stories is always hard work. If you see an entrepreneur who is sitting on the beach, it’s because they hustled – or they are taking a quick break to snap a shot before they go running back to work. Rarely is there 8-5 hours for any entrepreneur in the beginning. For aspiring entrepreneurs, tighten your belt to spend more than 100 hours a week, at least for a year or two, till you get hold of your ground. Entrepreneurship isn’t a break from work, it’s work you create for yourself.

Fourth, success won’t happen overnight. Entrepreneurs don’t create a business plan and become millionaires in a day. It usually takes many years to build a business. It took Facebook 5 years to become profitable. It is not common for a business to skyrocket to revenue and profitability. It takes months, or even years, of preparation, marketing, networking and other activities to create a strong business profile that will ultimately lead to a highlysuccessful business. Fifth, you are never done. No matter how much you do, how many things you accomplish, there’s always more to do. There’s always more you want to do. You are never really totally off. Your mind is always churning and planning and working on the next thing and thinking about the next thing that you want to accomplish. You’re never done. And that’s one of the tough truths that you have to get used to and find peace with when you’re an entrepreneur. Lastly, you need a team.

Contrary to popular belief, entrepreneurship is all about realizing that you can’t do it all by yourself; therefore, you have to build a larger network of people who are going to help you in your business. You are not an expert in everything, you need people to help you out with one or two things. It may just be project managers, accountants or marketing officers. You can’t do everything yourself so you have to outsource certain tasks to those who are good at what they do and could probably do it for a lot less than you can. Finally… To reiterate, this article is not to deter aspiring entrepreneurs. Undoubtedly, the entrepreneurial journey is full of slopes, but it is fruitful too. You need to recognize that your idea of entrepreneurship might not live up to the picture painted in the media. Just be ready to live out of your comfort zone. Ezinwanne Onwuka, who wrote from Cross River State, can be reached at ezinwanne. dominion@gmail.com

Deforestation: Does it cause more harm than good? By Jaiyeola Roseline Oluwatosin

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here should be robust enforcement of law by the government, which dissuades deforestation; culprit must be brought to book. These factors coupled with others, if checked will go a long way to curtail the spate of deforestation around the globe. Human activities on the environment or anthropogenic impact on the environment has cause lot of damage to our environment in so many ways and these includes changes to biophysical environments, ecosystems, biodiversity, and natural resources caused directly or indirectly by humans, including global warming, environmental degradation such as ocean acidification mass extinction and biodiversity loss, ecological crisis, and ecological collapse. Modifying the environment to fit the needs of society is causing severe effects. Deforestation involves the cutting down of trees from land without replacement and then converting it to non-forest use. For example, commercial purpose ( building of schools, construction of farm etc), production of chacoal, construction of furniture and building of houses etc. In many part of the world, anout 15 million to 18 million hectares of forest are destroyed every year, on average 2,400 trees are cut

down each minute. Deforestation causes extinction, changes to climatic conditions, desertification, and displacement of populations, as observed by current conditions and in the past through the fossil record. Changes like these have triggered climate change, soil erosion, poor air quality, and undrinkable water. These negative impacts can affect human behavior and can prompt mass migrations or battles over clean water. Trees cover large area of land and thus prevent the washing away of top soil mostly during raining season, but when they are been cut down, it expose the area to quicker transport of surface water and easily washing away of the most important nutrients leading the land to erosion and flood which then moves out to the nearby environment destroying farms,goods,houses and properties. Deforestation disrupts weather pattern.Tress protect the soil from been directly overheated by the sun, but when it been cutdown the coverage is remove creating hotter and drier weather as a result changing the weather pattern of such environment thus increasing drought, desertification, crop failures, melting of the polar ice caps, and displacement of major vegetation regime. When part of a forest is

removed, the trees no longer transpire this water instead the water is being absorb by the soil resulting in a much drier climate. Deforestation reduces the content of water in the soil and groundwater as well as atmospheric moisture. The dry soil leads to lower water intake for the trees to extract. Forests support biodiversity but deforestation is known to cause the extinction of many species resulting in a degraded environment with reduced biodiversity.This in turn provides habitat for wildlife, but as a result of logging most organism that find shelter in the soil and around the trees escape from the environment in search for another and conducive habitat where they are saved and can function. Forests also foster medicinal conservation where by Herbal doctor make use of some of those tress mostly (leaves,stem,root and bark) to cure many sickness and illness, but when they out

of place it becomes difficult for them to find and many Botanist and pharmacy make use of those plant for production of medicine in the medical line to cure disease. Disease-carrying hosts which expands to new geographic areas/ neighboring habitat (species are pathogen) have the ability to find new hosts in previously unexposed regions. As these pathogens and species come into closer contact with humans, they are infected both directly and indirectly and most of this disease are contagious which can further affect everyone in the geographic area ( transfer from one person to another). Forest diseases include malaria, Chagas disease (African trypanosomiasis causing sleeping sickness), leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, HIV and Ebola etc. Tropical forest trees like the green plants, take in carbondioxide and release oxygen during photosynthesis. Plants also carry out the

While some rural dwellers who ventured into cutting down of trees to earn little cash and other momentary benefits wouldn’t know the harzardous nature of deforestation, there is need to hold seminars and workshops at intervals to widen their horizon on the dangers of deforestation and the need to abstain from the practice

opposite process known as respiration in which they emit carbondioxide, but generally in smaller amounts than they take in during photosynthesis. When trees are cut down and burned or allowed to rot, their stored carbon is released into the air as carbondioxide which then contribute to global warming. However, in a bid to decipher the lingering problem of deforestation, the practice of replacing every cut down tree with new ones must come into play; thus, breeding new varieties of plant does not expose the soil to hottness from the sun. While some rural dwellers who ventured into cutting down of trees to earn little cash and other momentary benefits wouldn’t know the harzardous nature of deforestation, there is need to hold seminars and workshops at intervals to widen their horizon on the dangers of deforestation and the need to abstain from the practice. There should be robust enforcement of law by the government, which dissuades deforestation; culprit must be brought to book. These factors coupled with others, if checked will go a long way to curtail the spate of deforestation around the globe. Jaiyeola Oluwatosin, a student of Animal Biology Federal University of Technology, Minna.


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CAN buys into anti-corruption sermons at church services By Osaigbovo Iguobaro

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he Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday declared that it would ensure that anti-corruption sermons are preached during church services towards the promotion of national Ethics and integrity policy in Nigeria. Bishop Oyonude Kure, Edo State CAN chairman made this known during the flag-off of South-South Dialogue with Stakeholders on National Ethics and Integrity Policy Organized by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in partnership with National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Benin City. Represented by the State Secretary of the body, Reverend Humphrey Iriabe, he also pledged to roll out measures to monitor elected leaders for accountability. “This is what we have being talking about. But we have not work the talk enough. Corruption is a business of everybody, but

those who are supposed to drive it have not done enough. “Our success should not be measured by the money we have in the bank. “We are going to partner with ICPC and interrogate our elected leaders. “The Christian body has being using the pulpit to re-orientate our people. “And we will ensure that the issue of corruption is talked about every Sunday service”, he said. He charged Nigerians to denounce to stop glorifying ill-gotten wealth and promote meritocracy for societal development. Also, the representative of ICPC chairman, Mrs. Grace Chinda said the national policy was a child of necessity, adding that it seeks to promote societal value and voice participation. Chida, the South-South representative on ICPC Board said: “The policy is in recognition of the pivotal role value, re-orientation plays in the fight against corruption”.

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

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he Federal High Court, Abuja, yesterday held that the Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, lack the power to sack the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Oluwatoyin Akeredolu. In the judgement delivered by Justice Inyang Ekwo, the court held that the governor and five others, seeking to remove the Chief Judge from office without recourse to the National Judicial Council NJC lacked constitutional powers to do so. The court held that the powers to investigate, probe and indict any judicial officer for any misconduct in the discharge of duties is constitutionally vested in the National Judicial Council NJC only. Consequently, the court rather granted an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the governor and five others from probing, investigating or tampering with activities of Justice Akeredolu in the discharge of her official duties. Furthermore, the court made an order nullifying any decisions made by the governor and other defendants aimed at suspending, sacking and investigating the plaintiff on the

ground that doing so will tantamount to act of illegality. Justice Ekwo maintained that for a state governor to unseat a judicial officer, he must act on the recommendation of the NJC adding that in the instant case, the NJC had not investigated the plaintiff’ and that there was no recommendation from NJC for governor Akeredolu to act upon to legally remove the Chief Judge. Justice Ekwo dismissed the claims of the governor and the Attorney General of Ondo that the case of the Chief Judge was opinionated and speculative adding that all averments in the supporting affidavit were founded on facts of law. The Judge therefore held that the governor and the Attorney General must act strictly to the provisions of the law before any Judicial officer can be investigated or removed from office. Consequently, Justice Ekwo barred the six defendants, their agents and privies form acting on any purported investigation report to carry out any act of illegalities against the Chief Judge. Justice Akeredolu had in the suit filed on her behalf by Mr Jibrin Okutepa SAN contended that the Ondo State Governor, the AG and the House of Assembly lacked the powers under the Constitution to investigate the Chief Judge for any allegation of professional misconduct.

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

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overnors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have declared that the communique issued at the end of their Monday's meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, was patriotic, well thought out and offered solutions to the miriad of problems facing the nation. They have therefore urged President Muhammad I Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led Federal Government should listen to the various issues raised in the communique rather than castigating them. The PDP Governors' Forum (PDP-GF') said this in a statement yesterday by its DirectorGeneral, Hon. CID Maduabum in reaction to an earlier statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu on behalf of the presidency. The PDP Governors, in the communique, had raised what they called "patriotic and weighty issues of state". Mallam Shehu, in the statement by the presidency, had said that the PDP Governors’ Forum Communiqué was "a spectacular demonstration to the people of Nigeria as to why this party and its representatives should not be

entrusted with national leadership of our country any time soon". However, the PDP-GF, in its statement yesterday by Maduabum insisted that their communique was, "patriotic, well thought out and offered solutions to the miriad of problems facing the nation. Mr President and the APC led Federal Government should listen". The statement by Maduabum reads, " It is a demonstration of impunity and gross abuse of law for NNPC to continue to disregard the unmistakable mandatory constitutional provisions above. "It is even more shocking for the presidency as an institution to embody the desecration of our Constitution in such a flippant, brazen and unserious manner as portrayed by the presidential spokesman. "The statement (by the presidency) betrays the abysmal ignorance, lack of appreciation of the issues raised in the PDP Communique. "It is unbelievable that such low quality response could come from Nigeria's seat of power. "He (Mallam Shehu) celebrates the non remittance of funds by NNPC to the Federation Account because they should not "break the bank" for PDP Governors. What a pity?

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FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC NEKEDE, OWERRI P M B 1036, OWERRI, IMO STATE

INVITATION TO TENDER FOR OUR YEAR 2020 TETFUND ZONAL INTERVENTION 1. INTRODUCTION 1.1 The Federal Polytechnic Nekede established by Imo State Edict No. 16 of 1978 as College of Technology, Owerri and taken over in April 1993, by the Federal Government, and saddled with the responsibility of producing manpower through functional/practical, technical, vocational and entrepreneurial education and training for the development of the individual and the economy, is desirous to utilize her Years 2020 Tetfund Zonal Intervention to execute the projects listed in section 2.0 below.

(CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM number), and an email address. The Letter-head Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by an authorized officer of the firm.

4. COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS Interested Companies are to collect the Standard Bidding Documents (SBD) from the office of the: The Director Physical Planning and Procurement Unit Rectory Building (Ground Floor) 1.2 Therefore experienced, competent and reputable Federal Polytechnic Nekede contractors/suppliers are invited to submit bids for the PMB 1036, Owerri, execution of the projects. on evidence of payment of a non-refundable of N10,000.00 per Lot, paid into the Federal Polytechnic 2. SCOPE OF WORKS/SUPPLIES Nekede, Owerri, Treasury Single Account (TSA) 2.1 The Works/Supplies are as enumerated in the through Remita account No 0140468461017 in any following lots: reputable commercial bank in Nigeria. 1. Procurement, Installation and Testing of equipment for Agricultural Technology 5. SUBMISSION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS Department Prospective bidders are to submit bid for each Lot 2. Procurement, Installation and Testing of desired, two (2) hard copies each of the Technical equipment for Computer Science and Electrical/ and Financial bids with softcopy of the Financial bid Electronics Engineering Departments only in MS Excel format, packaged separately in 3. Procurement, Installation and Testing of sealed envelopes and clearly marked as “Technical equipment for Mechatronics Department and Bid” or “Financial Bid”. Thereafter, put the two sealed Workshops envelopes together in a bigger sealed envelope addressed to: The Rector, Rectory Building, Federal 3. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Polytechnic Nekede, PMB 1036, Owerri, and clearly a) Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by marked with (the name of the project and the Lot Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including number). Furthermore, the reverse of each sealed Form CAC1.1 or CAC2 and CAC7; envelope should bear the name and address of the b) Evidence of Company’s Income Tax Clearance bidder and dropped in the designated Tender Box Certificate for the last three (3) years valid till located at: Physical Planning and Procurement Unit 31st December, 2021; with a minimum average Rectory Building (Ground Floor) annual Turnover of N200 Million Naira; Federal Polytechnic Nekede c) Evidence of Pension Clearance Certificate valid PMB 1036, Owerri, till 31st December, 2021; Not later than 12:00 noon on Monday, 2nd August, d) Evidence of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) 2021. Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021; 6. OPENING OF TECHNICAL BIDS e) Evidence of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund Only the Technical Bids will be opened immediately (NSITF) Clearance Certificate valid till 31st after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on December, 2021; Monday, 2nd August, 2021, in the Council Chambers, f) Evidence of Registration on the National Database Rectory Building (Upper Floor), Federal Polytechnic of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Nekede, PMB 1036, Owerri, Imo State, Providers by submission of Interim Registration while the Financial Bids will be kept un-opened. 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resident of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said efforts must be made by leaders in the country to encourage productivity amongst youths to enable them contribute meaningfully to national development. Lawan made this known over the weekend while speaking to Journalists at the First Solo Exhibition of Paintings and Photographs by Stephen Binos. Binos is the son of Senator Binos Dauda Yaroe who is representing Adamawa South in the Senate. The artworks exhibited depict the culture of the people of Adamawa State. The Senate President, while charging Nigerian youths to ensure the preservation of the country’s diverse cultural heritage through expressive means, explained that doing so would in turn preserve its traditional values against extinction from the overwhelming external influence of technology. “I have gone round to see the art exhibition, display of various artworks by Stephen Binos and I’m really very impressed by what I have seen and I want to congratulate the man of the moment, Stephen Binos, our artist. “What this gentleman has done is to document history, document very important moments and these artworks will remain historical. “Art is a language that everybody speaks and you can see from the attendance here. There are diverse people here. Some came from Europe, America and what have you and everybody understands his Language. “The situation today, across the world really demands that we are able to document some of these very historical and very important artworks because technology, while it is a blessing to all of us, has its own way of undermining our culture. “I believe in keeping to my culture because it doesn’t in anyway stop me from being modern and contemporary but it enriches my thinking, my orientation and my behaviour and attitude. “I believe we can take example from the Japanese. They still eat sitting and probably using hands. “The Chinese still use sticks to eat and they stick to their culture and they are making it and we can do the same - keep our culture, value them. “Really, that does not stop us from being modern. Adopting the technology developed elsewhere and modifying them to fit our purpose here in the country. “So, I want to congratulate once again, the man of the moment, Stephen Binos. “There is a popular saying that a picture speaks more than a thousand words. I’m impressed to see the various communities in Adamawa reflected here. “This is the kind of thing we need to encourage our youths. If someone chooses to go this path, he

Youths must be encouraged to contribute to national development - Lawan should be encouraged to continue to excel and do well. “[And] whichever way we can encourage our youths in this country, to be productive, to be focused and contribute to national development.” Speaking on the security situation in the country, Lawan said that school children in the north are deprived of education, particularly the girl child, as a result of persistent abductions and kidnappings by armed bandits. He, however, assured that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led

administration would continue to do all in its power with the support of the National Assembly to reverse the spate of insecurity across Nigeria. The Senate President added that the issue of insecurity plaguing the country is a challenge that must be prioritised and tackled jointly by all tiers of government for results to be realised. He said: “I want to assure everyone that this administration, the Muhammadu Bihari APC administration, will continue to work hard to bring back security to

this country. “It is a challenge, but I believe that it is for all of us – the Federal, States and, of course, the Local Government and all the communities and ethnic groups across the country. “This is a situation that needs all hands on deck regardless of what you believe in. We all need to survive first before we achieve any excellence and I believe we can do so well. “We can reverse the current trend of insecurity in our country. It is a very sad development that our

education is suffering especially with so much kidnapping of school children especially the girl child. “In northern Nigeria, education has always been a problem and it is making it worse with this kind of abduction of students either in Islamiya school or normal secondary school or even in tertiary institutions like it happened in Afaka in Kaduna State, and I believe we should continue to fight this kind of insurgency, the banditry for us to restore normalcy in our country for our country to make progress.”

National Commissioner Festus Okoye presenting the Hon. Chairman’s personal gift to four adhoc staff for exemplary conduct during the Gwaram Federal Constituency election, held on 19th June 2021, during the presentation of the gift, at the weekend in Jigawa state.

Convention: Niger senator set to emerge as APC Chairman By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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ith the preparation for the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in place, a chieftain of the party has revealed that a dark horse might emerge as the National Chairman of the party. The chieftain who craved anonymity said the dark horse is a serving Senator from Niger State. According to him, two aspirants have indicated interest from Niger State, a former Minister and Serving Senator, but the lot favors the serving Senator. He said, “you should also know that there are two other former Governors from the North Central who have indicated interest in the position. One is from Benue state and the other is from Nasarawa State. “But as l speak with you now, the governors are taking their

minds off them. “The reason is hinged on the experience they had with the former governor who was the National Chairman of the party.” The chieftain posited also that the Senators are making a case for the serving Senator from Niger State on the grounds that since the inception of APC, all the National Chairmen had been former Governors. Further, he said,” From all indications and the narratives going round strategic blocs in the party shows that the support base of two frontline aspirants in the person of a vocal serving senator and a former minister, both from the North Central zone are most likely going to dominate the permutations for the race of who becomes the new national chairman of the party in the next national convention which is coming up in few months. “There are indications that

the serving senator is said to be popular amongst young political class, as he is versatile in managing the diversity and strength of both the old and new generation of politicians, he is outspoken against a society that groom bad and inept leadership, which pundits believe it can result in establishing bad governance. “His silent mention has today created a challenge for older politicians and will be making it look tough in the coming days for the older hands on how to deal with the dynamics of the permutations. “For the former minister who was also a one time member of the green chamber, the political environment may prove too difficult as pundits believe he will be used, and the fear is that it makes the party’s future uncertain. “He is a good schemer in the game of party politics and within the macro environment, but when

it comes to rallying round the party leadership blocs and populace, he will face a herculean task to manage.” According to the chieftain, the old hands that have indicated their ambitions to contest if given the opportunity may throw the party into turmoil, those that have openly declared interest are former governors of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, Nasarawa, Umaru Tanko Almakura, Zamfara, Abdulazeez Yari and a few others. They are all seen to carry one baggage or the other that may affect the fortunes of the party in 2023. However, the APC Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee has not decided on the date for the National Convention as the proposed time table for the congresses is before the President, Muhammadu Buhari, awaiting approval.


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Gov Ikpeazu commissions road projects, vows more infrastructures for Abians By Christiana Ekpa

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overnor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has promised to erect more infrastructures in the state for the benefit of the people of Abia state, even as he flagged off numerous road projects across the state. Ikpeazu made the pledge while commissioning the newly constructed 22.5km Agalaba Ring Road (Phase 2) in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state. The governor also commissioned the UmuoparaAmano and Hilltop roads built by his administration. Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of Agalaba ring road performed by the traditional ruler of Ntigha Uzo Amairi Ancient Kingdom, Eze Isreal Uduko, he urged youths to continue cooperating with the workers as more link roads are going to be done in the area that will get to Akpaa. “This road traverses all the Wards in Agalaba and even beyond. Your prayers for us concerning the road were evidently answered. I urge you to continue to pray for us as leaders. “On our part, we have ensured that the construction of the road was never halted and thanks to the youths and the entire people of the area for ensuring the safety of the construction workers and their equipment”, he said. Ikpeazu, while flagging off the construction of Phase 3 of the Agalaba Ring Road at Umuomai Akpaa Mbato, promised that the third phase of the road will soon be completed and commissioned. He expressed satisfaction with the quality of job done by the contractor.

Ambiguity in Nigerian laws aiding abuse of LG system – PDP chieftain, Onyemelukwe

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governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Chidi Onyemelukwe, has said the ambiguity in the Nigerian Constitution is aiding the abuse of the local government system in the country. Onyemelukwe, daughter of late former Vice President of Nigeria, Alex Ekwueme, expressed worries over

She said, “There are certain ambiguities that exist in Nigeria’s constitution that allow state governments to annex and treat local governments as their operational extensions. “The local governments were created as autonomous governance structures, but this ambiguity has given state governor’s the leverage to abuse the system.

“Such loopholes and neglect of local governments have rendered our federal system dysfunctional.” She said any meaningful approach to the issue must come through a rigorous constitutional amendment process, adding that if given the mandate of the state, her government will guarantee local government autonomy by holding local government elections within its first year in office.

R-L: Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje presenting the Staff of Office to the Emir of Rano, Alhaji Kabiru Muhammad Inuwa, during the presentation ceremony on Saturday in Kano.

Ekiti 2022: Eschew politics of bitterness – Monarch warns politicians By Musa Baba Adamu

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s the campaign for the 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State gathers momentum, the Atayero of Aramoko, M’oba Olusegun Aderemi, has cautioned politicians in the state against playing politics of hatred and bitterness. He urged them not to see politics as a do-or-die affair but go about their politicking with all sense of decency and to focus on issues. Aderemi spoke on Sunday in Aramoko-Ekiti in Ekiti West

Council Area during an event. He implored politicians to educate their overzealous supporters to eschew any action or utterance that could heat the polity and play according to the rule of the game. He also cautioned political parties and their followers against resorting to violence before, during and after the elections so as not to worsen the insecurity in the country. The Regional President of the Occupational Safety and Health Association called on agitators championing the balkanization of Nigeria along ethnic lines to

jettison the idea and work for the unity of the country. He said that it was better for the country to remain united despite the myriads of challenges plaguing it, saying there were more to gain in being together than segregating as different entities. He added that the agitation for a break up of the country is a result of insecurity facing the country and frustration being experienced by unemployed graduates, saying “idleness and restiveness pushed them into unproductive engagements. “The issue of secession is all

about insecurity. When people are not secured, so many things come to play. But if there is sanity, people will be very busy. When people are busy, there will be progress. There won’t be time for division, secession. Those things are just a waste of time when things are not going on. “By the time things come back to normal, most people will forget about separation. The US is more than Nigeria in terms of population and till tomorrow, they are still united and that is why they call them the United States of America. Nigeria is not too big to be united”.

Outlawed Yansakai group allegedly kill, maim people in Zamfara By Ikechukwu agency report

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Rep member, state lawmaker, 55,000 others defect to APC in Cross River

the neglect of the local government system, saying the neglect of the system, which is the third tier of government amounts to abuse. The aspirant who spoke to journalists on Sunday at Nando, Anambra East LGA during the second session of the fourth synod of the Anglican Diocese of Niger West, said the recent Constitution amendment could be deployed to correct the anomaly.

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he outlawed Yansakai vigilance group had allegedly gone on rampage, killing and maiming innocent villagers in Zamfara State. The group was said to have been set up by the immediate past government of Hon Abdulazeez Yari, however, on assumption of office two years ago, the Governor Bello Mattawalle led administration outlawed the vigilance group and abolished it from operating in Zamfara. However, the group has remained adamant, causing mayhem and allegedly

killing people. Yansakai is allegedly led by a former Commissioner in the state, who is suspected to be the brain behind all the nefarious activities of the outlawed vigilance group. The notorious and controversial vigilance group was created during the tenure of the former Governor Abdulazeez Yari, during which about 500 Yansakai members were said to have been recruited across the 17 Emirates in Zamfara State, though without any Act of State House of Assembly backing their operations and existence. It was alleged that the outlawed

vigilance group had planned to go into Fulani settlements for attack, so that they will retaliate, all designed to mischievously blackmailing the Governor Bello Mattawalle government and the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal government that they failed to provide security for the lives and property of the people of Zamfara State. Recall that the issue of insecurity, which comprises armed banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, killings and the setting of villages ablaze by gangs of armed bandits and criminals elements were in existence before the inception of Mattawalle administration.

It is alleged that the mobilization of these Yansakai is observed from Tureta LGA of Sokoto state, from Kuruwa, Damri, Sabon Garin Damri villages and from Anka, Bukkuyum and Talata mafara LGAS. It was noted that the group mostly don’t discriminate between who is a bandit and who is not, making the possibility of more casualties higher, as other settlements were equally ransacked. Furthermore, it was gathered that more Yansakai members are now sighted going back into Dogon Karfe forest, as armed bandits are said to be regrouping.

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arely one month after Governor Ben Ayade’s defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC), a Cross River House of Rep member, Legor Idagbo, state lawmaker, Chris Agara, and many others have also decamped to the party. Speaking at the venue of the defection rally in Abuochiche, headquarters of Bekwarra Local Government Area on Saturday, Idagbo, who defected with over 30,000 of his supporters said the recent development marks the beginning of a new era in Cross River State politics. “It is only a wicked father that will not wish his son well. “If you are a good father, at some point your son will take over from you and when he takes over from you, you will not direct him on what to do,” he said. He also urged his supporters not to let anyone deceive them “to wish away the food on the table which the governor, Sir Ben Ayade has been providing for the past six years. “Do not let anyone push you into fighting our governor and anyone who persuades you to, tell them to lead by example. “Our Governor has done well, he is our illustrious son of the North, let us stand by him and support him,” he added. Also, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Chris Agara, moved with his over 25,000

supporters to the APC. Agara said his defection to the APC “is like wearing a new dress. And when you have a new dress well sewn with a design you like, you feel good. According to him, “moving from PDP to APC is indeed very special and historic and we have to show that firm support to my friend and brother.” Agara noted that his joining the APC is all about bringing value to the party. “They should expect me to be part of the unity of the party, they should expect me to be part of the progress of the party. “I am going to be part of moving the party forward and making sure the APC wins all elections. “When I defected at the ward level, I told them that we have come to add strength and make them the winning team. “I am sure that from now on, we will be a more formidable team because from the crowd you see here, APC is now the only party in Ikom Local Government Area,” he said. Also, at Efraiya, headquarters of Etung Local Government Area, Chris Njah Mbu-Ogar Ogar, a member representing Etung in the House of Assembly was received with his teeming supporters into the APC by Senator John Owan Enoh. Ogar thanked Owan-Enoh and the Etung APC for opening their doors to him and his supporters, promising to ensure that his membership and that of his followers will ensure that the party waxes stronger than before.

Anambra Guber: Group demands psychiatric test on aspirants By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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s Anambra State gears up for the governorship election slated for November 6, a political pressure group, Anambra Ekunie, has called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to conduct psychiatric tests on its aspirants. Several political parties are set to hold their primary election having concluded the screening process. The group said such tests had become extremely necessary so as to avoid the possibility of electing a mentally unstable person to fly the party’s flag at the November election. Speaking through a statement made available to journalists in Enugu and signed by its President, Ifeanyi Achusi, Anambra Ekunie said the public conduct of some PDP aspirants is a source of concern to its members. The group said it was necessary that PDP conducted a psychiatric evaluation to ensure that a mentally challenged person does not get the chance of becoming governor in the state. “We have been following the campaigns of the aspirants of the PDP for the governorship of our dear state, Anambra. “While we have been impressed with the peaceful conduct of the campaigns

so far, something we also recommend to others, we are however, worried about the public conduct and behaviour of some of the aspirants. “These conducts have created the impression of mental instability and for this reason we are calling on the leadership of PDP to subject all the aspirants to psychiatric evaluation. “This has become necessary so as to avoid the possibility of a mentally challenged person becoming the flagbearer of the party”, Anambra Ekunie said. The group further warned the PDP aspirants against creating the impression that Anambra State was up for sale to the highest spender. It said aspirants may be delusional in the thinking that throwing money at delegates is the surest way to win their support. “What we have seen of some of the delegates leaves much to the imagination. Dr. Godwin Maduka throws money at delegates as if Anambra was for sale. “Promising a house for each delegate if he is voted at the primary election is like a promise made to a prostitute. It is delusional and capable of derailing the good visions of PDP for Anambra state and must therefore be checked”, the group added.

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1.0 INTRODUCTION The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) hereby request reputable and competent firms with good track records of performance and experience to submit Expression of Interest (EOI) for the Physical Archiving of Failed Banks Documents for the Corporation in Lagos. 2.0 SCOPE OF WORKS Selected Consultant for physical Archiving is expected to process raw documents into Archives which would include but not limited to the following: 1. Setting up the Archiving room. 2. Fumigation of Records 3. Evacuating the documents from various offices to the Archive. 4. Sorting & cleaning of documents 5. Identifying archival and non-archival documents. 6. Re-jacking of worn out files. 7. Indexing of records 8. Boxing, labelling and shelving of records 9. Training the Corporation’s Record Managers. 3.0 The work is classified as follows: Lot 1: Physical Archiving of defunct Fortis Microfinance Banks Document, Lagos. Lot 2: Physical Archiving of Documents at Enugu Consolidation Centre Lot 3: Physical Archiving of Finance Document, Lagos. Lot 4: Digitalization of Archived failed bank documents at Oregun, Lagos. 4.0 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Interested Firms that wish to respond to this request for EOI should submit their company profile along with the following documents: i) Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation issued by Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) including Form CAC1.1 or CAC2 and CAC7. ii) Evidence of Company’s Income Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years valid till 31st December, 2021. iii) Evidence of Pension Clearance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021. iv) Evidence of Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021. v) Evidence of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2021. vi) Evidence of Registration with the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/12/2021 or valid certificate issued by BPP. vii) Sworn affidavit: - disclosing whether or not any officer of relevant committees of Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, Shareholder, or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder; and confirm that all the information presented in the bid are true and correct in all particulars; - that none of the company Directors was ever convicted of fraud; and - that the company is not in receivership. viii) Company’s Audited Accounts for the last three (3) years (2018, 2019 & 2020). ix) Reference letter from a reputable commercial bank in Nigeria, indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed. x) Detailed Company’s Profile with the Curriculum Vitae of key staff to be deployed for the project, including copies of their Academic/Professional qualifications. xi) Verifiable documentary evidence of at least three (3) similar jobs executed in the last five (5) including Letter of Awards, Valuation Certificates and Job Completion Certificate. xii) Evidence of current registration with Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria;

xiii) For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) should be provided. Where a bid is submitted by a joint venture (JV) partners each member of the JV must fulfil requirements i to vii under eligibility criteria. xiv) All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company/Firm’s Letter Head Paper bearing amongst others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM no.) and e-mail address. The Letterhead Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorised officer of the firm. 4.0SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST DOCUMENTS Three (3) bound copies of Expression of Interest documents in sealed envelopes and clearly marked “Expression of Interest for the Physical Archiving of Failed Banks Documents and addressed to: Director, Procurement and Management Services Department, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Plot 447/448 Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja, Nigeria. 5.0 CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION The closing date for submission is Monday, 5th July, 2021 at 11:00am. Furthermore, each sealed envelope should bear the name and address of the bidder and drop in the designated Tender Box on the Ground floor, reception area at the Head Office Building not later than 11:00a.m. On Monday, 5th July, 2021. Please, ensure that you sign the Bid Submission Register in the Procurement and Management Services Department, 2nd floor, as NDIC will not be held liable for misplaced or wrongly submitted documents. Further requisite information required can be obtained from the following e-mail address info@ndic.gov.ng. 6.0OPENING OF EOI DOCUMENTS The opening would hold immediately after the deadline for submission at 11:00a.m. on Monday, 5th July, 2021, on the Ground Floor, Visitors Waiting Room at the NDIC Head Office Building. 7.0 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION i) EOI must be in English Language and signed by an official authorised by the bidder. ii) Any submission received after the deadline for submission would be returned un-opened. iii) All documents must be paginated and items required under eligibility criteria are to be arranged in the order of sequence and legible. iv) Due diligence exercise shall be conducted to verify all the claims made by bidders v) A company should not submit for more than two (2) Lots. vi) Failure to comply with the instructions will lead to disqualification. vii) Presence of bidders/representatives and members of the public shall not be required during the bid opening ceremony in compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines. The Bids Opening will be covered by video recording (link will be sent to bidders) with the presence of two (2) representatives of private sector professional bodies and Civil Society Organisation in the areas of Anti-Corruption/Transparency; viii) Bidders can submit through Post (Courier Services) ix) NDIC is not bound to shortlist any bidder and reserves the right to annul the procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with Section 28 of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

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he National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested serving officer of a law enforcement agency for selling assorted illicit drugs to students of a federal university and cultists in Ogun state. Its Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja. Babafemi said that the drug dealer who served in the Lagos state Command of the security agency was arrested on Wednesday, June 15. This, he said, was after days of surveillance on his wife’s shop used as his sales point in Camp area of Abeokuta. According to Babafemi, One of his salesmen, a motorcycle rider was trailed to the location at about 8pm and arrested with six pinches of Colorado weighing 1.17grams. “This was before the principal suspect, who has been on the Agency’s watch list, was nabbed with different illicit drugs.” He gave the breakdown of the substances as: codeine -17 bottles; Cannabis -22.26 grams; tramadol 230 tablets -98grams; 61 tablets of flunitrazepam -23.72grams; 113 tablets of molly -48.16grams and sex drops -43.92grams. “After the arrest of the two suspects, some student union officials of the institution blocked the NDLEA team with their official vehicle. “The narcotic agents, however, restrained themselves and after hours of standoff succeeded in moving the suspects to custody,” he said. In the same vein, Babafemi said that another drug dealer was arrested by operatives of the Oyo state Command of the agency at General area, Ilorin, Kwara. This, he said, followed the interception of a parcel containing cocaine and heroin that weighed 10.5grams and 4.8grams, respectively, on June 13. “The following day, two ladies, aged 40 and 39, respectively, were arrested at total Garden, Ibadan when NDLEA operatives acting on a tip-off, intercepted their commercial micra car. “The two women were arrested

NDLEA arrests officer, 6 others for dealing in cocaine

with seven bags of cannabis weighing 77.23kg brought in from Ogbese, Ondo State, to supply a man they simply identified as Alhaji. “According to them, they had earlier supplied the same Alhaji two bags before coming with the seven bags they were caught with,” he said. Babafemi said that operatives

of the Oyo state Command acting on intelligence also raided the residence of another Alhaji at Elebu area, Akala expressway, Oluyole LGA, Ibadan, on Friday, June 18. He said that the operatives of the command, however, recovered 43 ampoules of methylphenidate. In another development, Babafemi said that a drug trafficker was arrested at Panteka area of

Kaduna State on June 17, with 211.5kg of skunk, heading to Kano state. Babafemi also said that a Nigerian returning from Pakistan was arrested by NDLEA operatives at the Murtala Muhammed International Airpirt, (MMIA) Ikeja Lagos. He said that the suspect was with five pellets of heroin weighing

250grams discovered in his anus. He added that the suspect had arrived the ‘D’ arrival hall of the airport on June 14, on Turkish airline flight from Pakistan with the illicit drug inserted in his anus. He, however, said that the suspect failed to beat the eagle eyes of narcotic officers during inward clearance of passengers on the flight. NAN

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he Police Command in Oyo State, on Sunday, confirmed the murder of a popular Ibadan Radio Presenter, Mr Titus Badejo, by unknown gunmen. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the incident in a text message sent to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan. NAN gathered that Badejo, a former presenter with Naija FM Ibadan, was murdered by unknown gunmen on Saturday,

outside Club 407 in the Oluyole area of Ibadan at about 11:30 pm. The PPRO said that investigations were ongoing to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident and apprehend the assailants. “At about 0730hrs, Sunday 20th June 2021, One Damilola Afolabi ‘m’, Manager, at Club 407,Oluyole Ibadan, reported at the Oluyole Divisional Police Headquarters that on Saturday, 19th June, 2021, one Titus Badejo, Journalist and freelance disc jockey with the club, was

shot outside the club’s premises by unknown assailants. “However, comprehensive investigations are in top gear to unravel circumstances surrounding the incident and to apprehend the assailants. Verifiable updates would be provided soonest,” Osifeso said, in the text. A source, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the deceased, popularly called ‘Ejanla”, meaning ”Big fish” in English, had been at the club with friends since 9.00pm.

“When he was leaving with his friends in his car around 11:30pm, two masked men on a motorcycle suddenly stopped his car, wielding a gun and asked all of them to lie down. “He was the only one shot by the gunmen, who left immediately without taking anything or touching the other occupants of the car”, the source said. NAN gathered that his corpse had since been deposited at the morgue of Adeoyo Hospital, Ring road, Ibadan. (NAN) L-R: Former Personal Liaison Officer (PLO) to Vice President Osinbajo, Amb Wahab Akande; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu; Permanent Secretary, State House, Mr Tijjani Umar; State Chief of Protocol (SCOP), Amb Lawal Kazaure and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs, Office of the Vice President, Amb Abdullahi Gwary during a farewell presentation to the outgoing PLOat the Presidential Villa on Friday in Abuja . Photo ; State House

Yar’Adua, Abu-Ali bags Yahaya Bello’s posthumous peace Idol award

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ov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi has given a posthumous award of “Peace Idol” to late President Umaru Yar’Adua and late Lt.-Col Muhammad Abu-Ali for their contributions to the peace process of Nigeria. Yahaya Bello awarded the late peace icons at the celebration of his birthday in Lokoja. The governor, who is an advocate of a peaceful and secured Nigerian, said that ”the peace and security of a country lies in the hands of citizens; hence the need to recognize those who have contributed to the process. “Late President Umaru Yar’Adua was a man who was very passionate about

the peace of Nigeria. He led the process of ensuring that peace and stability was restored in the Niger-Delta when the agitation was at his peak. “He initiated the Amnesty Programme to achieve peace and reconciliation by offering amnesty to all the militant groups in the creeks. ”He established the Ministry of NigerDelta to take care of the needs of the area which produces the bulk of the resources sustaining the nation,” he said. According to him, this ushered in an era of peace and stability in the region and boosted Nigeria’s image in the comity of nations. “Late Lt.-Col. Muhammad Abu-Ali,

our own son died in the line of duty while vigorously fighting the Boko Haram insurgents. “The brave Abu-Ali led the battle to recapture towns which were already taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents. “He died protecting the country he loved and testimonies from those who served under him shows he is truly exceptional and brave. “Today we are honoring these great men for their efforts in driving the peace of this country,” Bello said. In a video message, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua, wife of the late President Yar’Adua appreciated Bello for the

special recognition of her husband’s efforts to the peace and development of Nigeria. Receiving the award on behalf of the Yar’Adua’s family, Mallam Isa Yuguda, former Governor of Bauchi State and sonin-law to the late President appreciated governor Bello for the recognition. Yuguda said that just like the late President Yar’Adua, Bello was a man of peace, which can be seen in the state he governs. Brig.-Gen Abu-Ali (rtd), father of the late Abu-Ali also appreciated Bello for the special honor to his late son, stating that the family was happy that his effort was being recognized. (NAN)

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NCC inaugurates Committee on Spectrum Auction for 5G deployment By Etuka Sunday

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ollowing the Senate investigative hearing which gave the Fifth Generation (5G) technology a clean bill of health, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has taken a major proactive regulatory step by inaugurating a committee to develop the Information Memorandum (IM) for the auction of 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum band which will be used for early deployment of 5G services in the country. The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, recently inaugurated the 18-member Committee in Abuja, with NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Technical Services, Ubale Maska as Auction Adviser while the Director, Spectrum Administration, NCC, Oluwatoyin Asaju, is the Committee Chairman. Speaking during the inauguration, Danbatta said, apart from developing the IM for auctioning of C-band spectrum for 5G deployment in Nigeria, the Terms of Reference (ToR) of the committee will include the development of an award process to be used pursuant to which the grant of Spectrum licenses may be made. The Information Memorandum (IM) defines the process that the Commission has decided to adopt for the auctioning of the 3.5GHz spectrum band. It will provide information on the Nigerian telecommunications market, details of the Spectrum to be made available, the pre-qualification process, the Auction process and indicative timetable. Other ToRs reeled out for the committee by Danbatta include the auctioning of the C-band spectrum for 5G deployment in Nigeria in line with the award process; as well as report regularly/fortnightly to the EVC through the Office of the Executive Commissioner, Technical Services of the Commission on the progress made by the Committee. While expressing delight at the current stage of 5G deployment process in Nigeria, especially with respect to established mutual understanding among stakeholders that 5G service poses neither security nor health risk to users, Danbatta said the outcome of the work of the Committee is a major step towards realisation of 5G services in Nigeria. According to him, the NCC, in line with its mandate, has committed enormous resources to ensure harmonised spectrum is secured and released in a timely manner for present and future deployment of services that will underpin the fourth industrial revolution, including International Mobile Telecommunication (IMT2020) services. This, according to him, is in recognition of relevant provisions of the Nigerian Communication Act (NCA2003) and its strategic plan for effective communications resource management, facilitating broadband penetration and

improving Quality of Service (QoS) amongst others. Speaking further, the EVC said the Commission had ensured the participation of relevant staff in international fora, especially in the International Telecommunication Union Radio Telecommunication Sector (ITU-R) study groups, to enable the allocation of strategic Spectrum to IMT services, especially IMT 2020, which, he said, has been in the front burner in the last two ITU-R study cycles towards World Radio Communication Conference (WRC-15 & WRC-19). “Arising from these efforts, which include engagements with relevant governmental and non-governmental organisations during preparatory meetings at National, Regional and Continental level, we have been able to secure harmonised frequencies for 5G deployment in Nigeria,” he said. He, however, stated where NCC desired premium spectrum like

the 3.5GHz with good propagation characteristics suitable for capacity and coverage with good device ecosystem but did not have sufficient allocation, “we put in extra efforts and secured additional 160MHz in the 3.5GHz band by making huge commitment of resources to secure additional Spectrum from Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited (NigComSat),” culminating in a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between NCC and NigComSat. “Having put in these efforts and resources to secure, amongst others, contiguous Spectrum in a premium band like the 3.5GHz band that is being adopted as the best Spectrum for early deployment of 5G with about 70 per cent of 5G global deployment so far, it has become imperative to immediately re-purpose the 3.5GHz band in Nigeria for auction in accordance with best practices. “In view of this, Danbatta said NCC Management deemed it necessary to

constitute the committee with clear ToRs, adding that the committee members are expected to demonstrate strong commitment required to carry out these tasks and in a timely manner,” he said. Meanwhile, Danbatta stated that even though some successful auctions have been conducted by the Commission in the past, “extra effort is required of us to ensure the success of this particular exercise since the 5G technology is just being adopted around the globe.” The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde in a statement said, the EVC tasked the committee to consider benchmarking its activities against other countries where 5G has been successfully deployed through successful auction of relevant spectrum band like 3.5GHz. In his remarks, Asaju as the Chairman of the Committee, amplified the EVC’s voice on the MoU with

NigComSat. Asaju stated that the Commission had, in line with the NCA2003, filled request for bulk allocation of 380 MHz bandwidth (3.52 – 3.9) GHz in the 3.5 GHz band from National Frequency Management Council (NFMC). While assuring the EVC of the Committee’s readiness to deliver on its ToR, Asaju said the outcome of the actions will, no doubt, form the basis and put NCC on right pedestal for 5G deployment in Nigeria. The Executive Commissioner, Technical Services of the Commission, Engr Ubale Maska, who doubles as the Auction Adviser, assured the EVC that the Committee will deliver on its mandate, noting, however, that work of the Committee is without prejudice to the approval of the National Frequency Management Council (NFMC), which, he said, must be in place before 5G deployment can take commence in the country.

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (middle), Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barr. Mohammed H. Abdullahi (2nd left), Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Edet Sunday Akpan (left), Belguim Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Ambassador Daniel Bertrand (2nd right), and Deputy Head of Mission and Director Political and Economic Affairs, Stef Commers (right), during a Courtesy Visit by Belgium Ambassador to the Minister’s Office on friday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

NDPHC to complete 330/132/33KV Lafia sub-station in September By Etuka Sunday

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he 330/132/33KV sub-station project in Lafia, Nasarawa State, being built by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd, will be completed by September, 2021, the Executive Director, Networks, NDPHC, Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, has disclosed. Head, Communication & Public Relations, NDPHC, Olufunke Nwankwo in a statement quoted Engr. Oyedele who inspected the project on Thursday, to have disclosed that the work on the substation has reached

90 percent completion stage. The Executive Director Networks who expressed satisfaction with the progress and quality of work at the sub-station noted that the project was one of the legacy projects of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration. He explained that the company had maintained its original design, pointing out that the completion of the sub-station was delayed due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oyedele further explained that the company had carried out more than 90 per cent work on the project

and was putting finishing touches to hook up the sub-station to the national grid. According to him, “By September, the company would have completed the hook up to the national grid and the inauguration will take place as soon as the President approves a date”. Oyedele said all stakeholders in the power sector are working together to see the completion of the project, adding that when completed, distribution companies (Discos) would then connect and distribute the light to electricity consumers in

Nasarawa State and environs. He stated that the project would facilitate rapid growth in socioeconomic activities in the state and attract foreign investors who would create jobs that would eventually change the standard of living of residents of the state. The Executive Director, Networks was accompanied on this project inspection visit to Lafia by the Technical team; Engr. Yusuf Yari, Head, Transmission, NDPHC; Engr. Stephen Olumuyiwa, TA to the MD/CEO on Transmission and the Communication & PR team.


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Digital Innovation: NITDA engages Stakeholders for Policy Development

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s part of efforts by the Federal Government of Nigeria to grow the nation’s economy through digital technologies, the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), under supervision of Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, has made second presentation of Nigeria Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Startup Policy (NDIESP) to the public, particularly IT stakeholders for further review and additional input, this effort is in line with National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) for a digital Nigeria. The National Digital Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Startup Policy (NDIESP) being championed by Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, comprises of six priority thrusts namely: Advancing Human Capital, Unlocking Access to Capital, Enabling Infrastructure, Boosting Demand, supporting R&D, and Promoting Innovative Entrepreneurship, is formulated to achieve a digital innovation and entrepreneurship driven nation that would become a norm that focuses on seeing improvement in the areas of digital technologies. As the nation exited from recession, the NDIESP proposes that Digital innovation and entrepreneurship would help fast track the recovery of other traditional economic sectors by supporting the provision and adoption of indigenous and tailor-made solutions for nationwide implementation of the policy through automation, smart processes and ICT solutions, while applying to key in stakeholders in government,, innovation-driven enterprises, consumers of innovation,

technology start-ups, innovation hubs and labs, investors, academia, funding agencies, civil society organisations, service providers, and others into the policy. The NITDA Director General, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, CCIE, while making his presentation earlier at the Public Sector Stakeholders’ Engagement organized by the Agency, disclosed that the idea behind the formulation of this policy is to bring to the table different and innovative approaches in realizing President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for the country. “The reason we gathered here today is to present a reviewed draft National Digital Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy for the second time which has the primary objective of

digital transformation of our economy with the potential of boosting economic growth and economic diversification. This is a task that requires all hands to be on deck,” said the DG, who was represented by Director ITIS, Dr Usman Gambo Abdullahi. He opined that for this digital transformation to become a reality, Nigeria must pay attention to harnessing the quality and the relevance of its population, while it continues to maintain the 60:40 ratio of STEM students in universities to other disciplines, adding that more attention should be paid to the curricular that are being used to teach and how relevant they to the digital economy. “We are all aware that there is no innovation where new knowledge does not exist. The

most innovative countries in the world that control the market share of the $11.5 trillion global digital economy are the countries with immense public and private sectors that are funding research and development. We must commit to accelerating our research and development; beginning with our intellectual property environment and solving the underlying problems of funding for innovation research.” “Also relevant to the realization of our digital Nigeria vision is the funding required for startups, spinoffs and already established companies in their quest for digital solutions development for the market. For it is in the application of knowledge and its conversion into useful

products for the people that innovation ushers in prosperity. While many tax incentives exist already, we must bring together these initiatives in ways that ensure ease of access to those who need to access it. Beyond tax incentives, we must also create innovative ways of facilitating patient venture capital that will provide the runway that these innovative companies require. “Even as we put all these in place, we must also commit to promoting digital entrepreneurship amongst our youth by all means necessary and put in place the framework that boosts demand for digital products in the economy through government patronage by procurement of these digital innovation products,” he said.

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

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ome concerned indigenous people of Karu Community, a satellite town in Abuja , the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have raised alarm over the ongoing ‘illegal’ construction of shops within the premises of Karu Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC). The concerned Karu Community members, who sought prompt intervention by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, alleged that the said project was permitted ab initio by authorities of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), to serve the desire and personal gains of few at the detriment of the larger members of the community. In a letter of complaint against AMAC dated 19th May, 2021, and addressed to the Hon. Minister of FCT, they noted that the Karu PHC commissioned in 1994, a building with one ward, labour room, laboratory, pharmacy and antenatal sections, was established to solve the needs of the Karu Community members and other residents within the suburbs of Karu Community. They particularly demand for an immediate investigation and cancellation of the said project, as it doesn’t; will not serve the interest of the community/ general public. According to the letter undersigned by Shekwaga Ayinsa, James Babe, Esq, Samuel Peter Aye, Sunday Karu and Samson Istifanu Zhokwo, respectively, if the project is allowed, the possibility of expansion and upgrade will never be achieved. It reads in parts: “We the undersigned members of Karu Community within the Abuja

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AMAC: Community urges FCT Minister to halt ‘illegal’ development at Karu PHC ... It’s facility upgrade- Council official Municipal Area Councils (AMAC) write to complain against the ongoing construction of shops by AMAC, within the premises of Karu Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC), a public facility that is meant to cater for the health needs of the community members and the general public. “We kindly write to your office to demand for an immediate investigation and cancellation of the said project. Moreso, that this project is not in line with the primary purpose of establishment of the Karu PHC.

“Since the healthcare centre, it has provided succour to the health challenges of members of the community especially pregnant women and the elderly, who go there for their routine check-ups, due to its proximity to their homes and all sundry in the community, because it was established in the heart of the community, to serve the interest of the members of the community”. However, further checks revealed the letter was officially received by the Office of the Hon

Minister, FCT on 15th June, 2021. Reacting to the development, Head, Department of Works, AMAC, Arch. Gaza Andrew, said the project is completion and upgrade of an abandoned Sickle Cell, public convenience with pharmacy shop within the premises of the PHC, hitherto abandoned for over 10 years. Andrew, who reacted via WhatsApp messenger insisted that the existing structure was dilapidated and weak, and could not be continued, which explains

why a new structure foundation being erected. He however, revealed that the activities at the construction site has been stopped since two months ago, due to the intervention of the FCT Development Control Department (DCD) that issued a stop work notice on the site. He added as it stands, the Council has stopped the construction works at the site, since receiving the stop notice, so as to allow the DCD officials and its engineers to ensure that the proper thing is done.

Participants, during a two day training on digital skills acquisition was recently organised in kabba, kogi state. The training was facilitated by Xploits consulting ltd with support from Access Bank Plc.

Court remands truck driver over attempted murder of VIO personnel By Stanley Onyekwere

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The Ministry in a statement said, the accolade was given by the National Body of Nigeria Information Technology Reporters Association (NITRA) to the Minister at his office during a familiarization visit to introduce its new exco on Wednesday, 16th of June 2021. According to NITRA, the Award was in recognition of the Honourable Minister’s efforts in the formulation

and implementation of policies to accelerate the digitization of the Nigerian economy. These efforts led to an ICT sector that had the highest growth rate in the 4th Quarter of 2020, at 14.70%, as attested to by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in its Q4 2020 Report. It also led to an increase in broadband penetration to and unprecedented

45.07%, as well as a significant drop in the cost of data. The Association also acknowledged how the Minister has given priority to inclusive digital literacy and skills programmes to empower unemployed youths, artisans, women, Persons Living with Disabilities, Public Servants, Farmers, and Community Leaders, among others.

he Federal Capital Terriory (FCT) Grade 1, Area Court at Karu satellite town has remanded a driver beverage-ladden truck, Wilson Aniete at the Suleja Correctional Centre over attempted murder of an official of FCT Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) otherwise known as Vehicles Inspection Office (VIO). Our correspondent reports that the remand order was issued by the Presiding Judge of the court, Inuwa Maiwada, at the weekend. It will be recall that Aniete, who is the driver of the Mitsubishi truck with a Lagos registration number AAA -477 XB had on Friday, June 11, knocked down and badly injured the VIO personnel at Karu bridge, along Nyanya-Keffi road, while attempting to escape after being stopped. Earlier, at the commencement of trial the prosecutor, Bar. Adeyanju Ayotunde

brought four charges against the accused, ranging from criminal force without provocation, voluntarily causing injuries to deter public servant from discharging his lawful duties, resistance to lawful arrest to reckless driving. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read, and made an application to be granted bail. Meanwhile, the prosecutor opposed to the bail application of the defendant on ground that offences which defendant was charged were not ordinarily, noting that the health of the victim remains in a critical condition at intensive care unit of the Asokoro Distrct Hospital. In his ruling, the presiding judge upheld the objection of the prosecutor, and ordered the defendant to be remanded at Suleja Correctional Centre till Monday, June 21, to enable the prosecuting attorney to update the court on health condition of the victim, which will determine his decision whether or

not to grant the bail. Reacting to the development, Chairman, FCT Ministerial Traffic Management Team, Comrade Ikharo Attah, commended the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello and the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, for taken the matter seriously and gave strong directive that the driver who attempted to kill the traffic officer should be made to face the full weight of the law. Attah said the trial which was being spearheaded by the Nigerian Police was a morale booster not only for men of the DRTS, but also for Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) personnel, police traffic wardens and the staff of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB). The chairman also added that the trial was a motivation for all the personnel working with the traffic management team on road to ensure free flow of traffic and safety of commuters in the FCT.

“ From last week, those who monitored activities on the Abuja-Keffi road will no doubt be shocked to see the renewed vigour of the traffic officers particularly the VIO personnel. According to him: “This is full unconnected with the seriousness with which this case is being handled. The Permanent Secretary of FCTA, Olusade Adesola in company of the Director of DRTS, Mr Wadata Bodinga had visited the badly injured traffic officer at the hospital. “ They directed that comprehensive and the best treatment should be given to the officer. They assured his family that the administration would do all in its powers to see the officer, Mr Usunobun Otaigbe Santos gets back on his feet soonest”. Attah disclosed that the legal team of the DRTS, headed by Barrister Obiora was planning to close ranks with the police prosecutors and lawyers handling the suit.


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Alabama storm: Nine children and one adult killed in crash

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en people - including nine children - have been killed after in a crash involving 18 vehicles in the storm-hit US state of Alabama on Saturday. Butler County Coroner Wayne Garlock has said the children’s ages ranged from nine months to 17 years old. He said the vehicles were likely to have hydroplaned on the wet roads and lost control. Tropical Depression Claudette has caused flash flooding and tornadoes, destroying dozens of homes in Alabama. Mr Garlock said a father and ninemonth-old girl died in one of the cars. The other eight victims were in a vehicle belonging to the Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch, a foster home for abandoned, neglected or abused girls. The youngest was four years old. “Our hearts are so heavy today. Our ranch family has suffered a great loss,” a post from the Alabama Sheriffs Youth Ranches, which manages the non-profit organisation, said on Facebook. “As many of you may have heard, one of our ranch vehicles was involved in a multiple car accident yesterday afternoon. It is such a horrible tragedy and loss.” Five other people were hurt in the crash, but none of their injuries were critical, Butler County Sheriff Danny Bond told Reuters news agency. “It was a horrific scene,” he said separately to the Montgomery Advertiser. “It was the worst traffic accident I’ve witnessed in my life.” A 24-year-old man and three-year-old boy were also killed in Alabama on Saturday when a tree fell on their house, just outside the city of Tuscaloosa. A search is also underway for a man in Birmingham, Alabama who may have been swept away in flood waters. Y’all pray for the folks in Willowbrook Trailer Park off Hunter Creek Road in Northport. Most of these folks

didn’t have much before last night’s flooding, and this is absolute carnage. #alwx @TuscaloosaCoEMA @spann @RichardWVUA23 pic.twitter.com/ ARPm2XfVih — Ryan Phillips (@JournoRyan) June 20, 2021 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter Tropical Depression Claudette brought torrential rain to much of northern Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia late on Saturday. Shortly after making landfall, a suspected tornado destroyed or badly damaged at least 50 homes in Escambia county, on the Florida border. The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression, but forecasters warned heavy rain was likely to continue into Sunday, and flash flooding warnings are in place. Source: BBC

Tropical Depression Claudette has caused flash flooding across several southern US states

Iran nuclear deal: Israel attacks Iran as talks progress

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srael's prime minister has called on the US and its allies to "wake up" to the threat of Iran as talks continue to revive a landmark deal to limit the country's nuclear programme. Naftali Bennett said Iran's "regime of brutal hangmen" wants nuclear weapons, something Iran has repeatedly denied. Diplomats said progress was made to renew the deal, which the US withdrew from under President Donald Trump, but there were still gaps to be bridged. Israel opposes the agreement. Iran elected hardliner Ebrahim Raisi, the country's top judge who holds ultraconservative views, as new president on Friday, in a race widely seen as being designed to favour him.

The president-elect - who will be inaugurated in August - is under US sanctions and has been linked to past executions of political prisoners. Who is Ebrahim Raisi, Iran's next president? Iran nuclear crisis in 300 words Negotiators from the six signatory countries - the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany - and Iran have been holding talks since April to revive the deal, which saw Iran limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief. Iran, however, has been violating the deal since the US unilaterally left it. On Sunday, the countries gathered for a sixth round of indirect talks between the US and Iran in Vienna, but adjourned for the

delegates to return to their capitals. World powers don't trust Iran: Some countries believe Iran wants nuclear power because it wants to build a nuclear bomb - it denies this. So a deal was struck: In 2015, Iran and six other countries reached a major agreement. Iran would stop some nuclear work in return for an end to harsh penalties, or sanctions, hurting its economy. What is the problem now? Iran restarted banned nuclear work after former US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal and re-imposed sanctions on Iran. Even though new leader Joe Biden wants to rejoin, both sides say the other must make the first move. sOURCE: BBC

Asian elephants’ Sweet home in Yunnan By Yang Wenming, Li Maoying, People’s Daily

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hanks to the scientific, meticulous, and fruitful efforts made by the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center in Xishuangbanna, southwest China’s Yunnan province, among other parties, the population of wild Asian elephants in Yunnan has risen to about 300 from 150 during the past nearly 30 years, signaling steady recovery and increase. The largest land mammal on the Asian continent as they are, Asian elephants could still sustain injuries and catch diseases in the wild. In August 2015, a baby elephant that was less than one month old strayed from the herd and accidentally barged into the house of a villager in Yunnan. After examination, the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center found the animal suffered from intra-abdominal infections and heart failure and was at risk of developing sepsis. Luckily, the baby elephant finally recovered after proper treatment by workers at the center. Later, a warm-hearted villager sent four black goats at the lactation period to the

center to produce milk as food for the baby elephant. “As we saved the animal in the Year of the Goat and fed it goat milk, we decided to name it ‘Yang Niu’ (Yang means goat in Chinese),” said Chen Jiming, a worker at the center, who has been taking care of Yang Niu. According to Chen, Yang Niu will celebrate its 6th birthday in two months. The female elephant is now 1.8 meters tall, weighs 1.3 tons, eats 10 kilograms of carrots every day. A total of 11 Asian elephants now live at the center located in dense and lush tropical forests. Each one of them, whether it’s a baby elephant that fell behind or an adult elephant that got injured from a fight or attack, has embraced a new life under the help of workers at the center. The 11 Asian elephants have been taken good care of by 27 workers, who clean their feces, feed them, keep records of their medical examinations, as well as bathe and observe them. These workers spend more than 10 hours a day with the elephants. Since it was established in 2008, the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center has actively carried out field

rescue of Asian elephants and research into assisted reproduction of elephants. It has so far helped and saved 24 wild Asian elephants. Besides taking care of Asian elephants in their daily life and providing medical treatment for them, workers at the center also train them so that they can have a better chance of surviving in the wild. Zhou Fangyi, a 26-year-old worker at the center, takes wild Asian elephants in good health to forests every day for at least 6 hours of field training, which aims to help elephants rebuild their capabilities of identifying and seeking food in the wild, adapt to the wild environment, so that bulls can better survive in the forests on their own and cows better team players in the herd. The Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center has also put efforts into the breeding of Asian elephants. It has significantly improved relevant breeding technologies in recent years, and assisted female elephants in giving birth to 9 babies, with a survival rate of 100 percent. Local committees of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and governments have tried many ways to keep wild elephants

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from hurting people. They have built food source bases for Asian elephants to lessen their dependence on crops and reduce their intrusion into human habitats. Besides, they have advanced the construction of a system for monitoring, warning, and emergency responses, which monitors Asian elephants in real time through manual tracking and the use of fixed devices and drones, and releases real-time information on Asian elephant activities to the public in the distribution area of the animal to warn them to avoid encountering elephants. At the same time, a compensation system and public liability insurance for wild elephant accidents have been adopted to reduce the property loss of local residents. According to observations, basically each herd shows sign of activities of baby elephants, said Guo Xianming, a senior engineer at a research institute under the management bureau of the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in Yunnan, who stressed that the population of wild Asian elephants in China is steadily recovering and gradually increasing.

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With love and respect, Chinese people cherish memory of Zambia’s Kaunda, ‘an old and good friend’

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enneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president and the founder of ChinaZambia ties, died of an illness at the age of 97 on Thursday, local time, in Lusaka, capital of Zambia. Thousands of miles away, numerous people in China cherished the memory of the great man who devoted his life to Zambia’s independence and development, and who had made remarkable efforts in promoting the friendship between China and Zambia, as well as China and Africa. China deeply mourns the death of Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Friday. Kaunda was an old and good friend of the Chinese people, having long been committed to the cause of China-Zambia friendship, Zhao noted. On Chinese social media, many netizens, with love and respect to Kaunda, on Friday shared and forwarded a video of Chairman Mao Zedong meeting Kaunda in Beijing in 1974. In the video’s nostalgic yellow tone, Mao warmly shakes hands and talks with Kaunda, who wears a Mao’s badge. Mao put forward the well-known “Three Worlds” theory in the meeting, expressing China’s willingness to make friends with developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Standing firm with China Born in April 1924, Kaunda was an internationally renowned leader of African independence movements, politician and social activist, who had made historic contributions to the independence of Zambia and the liberation movements of southern Africa. He had also been activity pushing forward the friendship and cooperation between Zambia and China throughout his life. He announced that Zambia would establish diplomatic relations with China on October 24, 1964, the day after Zambia declared its independence. With the efforts of both sides, China and Zambia soon officially built diplomatic ties and sent ambassadors to each other on October 29 that year. Kaunda always stood firmly with China. He had greatly contributed to the restoration of the lawful seat of the People’s Republic of China in the United Nations. He once remarked at the UN rostrum that it was wrong for the UN to have no representatives from the People’s Republic of China. Kaunda had slammed the allegations of Westerners that China was “grabbing resources in Africa.” Amid the 45th anniversary of the establishment of ChinaZambia diplomatic relations in 2009, he told Chinese media that [some Western forces] who were accusing China of coming here to grab wealth, had actually been coming to the continent for hundreds of years to grab economic benefits. China, instead, has helped many countries in Arica, including Zambia, to struggle for independence, and is continuing to work with the countries to help them develop their economies, Kaunda said. He cited the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA), saying the project developed by China in the 1970s was part of the contributions of China to the development of Africa, and a model of the friendship between Africa and China. “That’s what China is doing - helping us,

as friends, genuine friends,” Kaunda said in an interview with Xinhua News Agency in October 2009. In November 2009, Kaunda was honored with the China-Africa Friendship Award in Beijing, and was chosen as one of the “Five African People Who Deeply Moved the Chinese People.” The creative term “all-weather friend,” which vividly describes a friendship that remains strong under all kinds of conditions, was firstly put forward by Kaunda. Decades later, “all-weather friend,” often mentioned by leaders of China and some African countries on various occasions, has become a special witness that highlights the long-standing China-Africa relations, observers said. Friendship with generations of Chinese leaders Kaunda had visited China several times from the 1960s to the 2010s. He met and talked with Chinese leaders in Beijing or Lusaka, keeping consolidating and promoting China-Zambia ties during the decades. Kaunda became the first witness of Chairman Mao’s “Three Worlds” theory in his second visit to China in 1974. “In my view, the United States and the Soviet Union belong to the first world. The in-between Japan, Europe and Canada belong to the second world. The third world is very populous. Except for Japan, Asia belongs to the third world. So does the whole of Africa and Latin America,” Mao, then 81, told Kaunda. Kaunda responded that he agreed with Mao’s analysis, saying it was precise and accurate. Through the years, China, as a member of the Third World, has been firmly supporting Third World countries, including Zambia, in their struggles against hegemony and interference by the Western superpowers and pursing self-development. People’s Daily reported that President Hu Jintao had a thorough, warm and sincere communication with Kaunda in 2007 in Lusaka, with the two looking back on history and the friendship between the two countries. President Hu warmly greeted the 83-year-old Kaunda on February 4, 2007 in Lusaka. He told Kaunda: “You are an old friend of the Chinese people. You and the older generations of Chinese leaders including Chairman Mao Zedong, Premier Zhou Enlai and Comrade Deng Xiaoping have forged a profound friendship. I am very happy to see you today.” Kaunda replied that it was great to be able to greet leaders from China - Zambia’s all-weather friend - in Lusaka. The Chinese people have always been Zambia’s genuine friends, he said. “There is an old Chinese saying: Don’t forget the well-digger while drinking water. The Chinese government and people will never forget your outstanding contribution to the development of China-Zambia and China-Africa friendship,” President Hu responded emotionally. Hu praised that “during your tenure as President of Zambia, the TanzaniaZambia Railway, built by China, Zambia and Tanzania, has become a monument in the history of China-Zambia, China-Tanzania, and China-Africa relations,” according to People’s Daily.

Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s founding president.Photo:AFP When Kaunda visited China in 2011, relations between China and Zambia experienced nadir following the new party taking office in the African country. On November 24, Kaunda met with then Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing and Xi gave him a deep impression. Kaunda said he was worried about the situation then. But Xi said to him that the all-weather friendship between the two countries, established by the old generation of leaders of China and Zambia, plays a vital role and has profound influence in ChinaAfrica ties, Kaunda said. Xi told Kaunda that China has always cherished the traditional friendship and has attached great importance to China-Zambia relations. Kaunda said that Xi is a sincere and down-to-the-earth person, expressing his desire of keeping the friendship between the two countries. Kaunda said he clearly remembered what Xi had said that he was willing to work with the new Zambian government to deepen friendship and promote pragmatic cooperation. From diplomats to ordinary netizens, Chinese people shared precious memories with Kaunda on Friday and expressed their respect to this old and good friend. Former Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming remembered clearly the first time he met the late leader when Yang arrived in Lusaka to assume his post in 2014. Kaunda had bright and sharp eyes that nobody could tell he was in his 90s. They took a group photo with smiles, as Kaunda required. When Yang and his colleagues said goodbye to Kaunda, the old gentleman did not respond but trotted down the hallway and stopped at Yang’s car, looking back with a proud face. He wanted to see the Chinese diplomats off. Another impressive moment Yang shared was October 2014 when the country celebrated its 50 years of independence. Surrounded by flame-like Poinciana blossoms in the streets, Kaunda waved a

white handkerchief to the crowds and said “one Zambia,” the people shouted “one nation” back; he then spoke louder, the crowds responded louder. “One Zambia, one nation” is the principle Kaunda made for the young multi-ethnicity country to be united. Yang had once invited Kaunda to spend Spring Festival with them, and prepared vegan food for him. Kaunda used to eat meat, but when he was expelled from a butcher’s by white colonizers, Kaunda vowed to himself that he would never eat meat again. Kaunda liked music and singing, and sang at the banquet “a song of unity,” which he wrote and later became a household melody, dubbed as a second national anthem. The song encouraged 73 ethnicities in Zambia to unite and develop in stability. When Yang left his post, he went to say goodbye and Kaunda saw them off as he always did. “I waved back, feeling we can meet again. I never imagined that it was farewell,” Yang wrote. On China’s Sina Weibo, a user described Kaunda as “a real hero who had the courage to fight colonial powers and safeguard national dignity.” A star fell from the sky and a real fighter who had battled against the West rested, wrote another. He was from the time of Chairman Mao and the founder of China-Zambia friendship! A Weibo user posted with emotion. The friendship lasts until today despite some winds and rain. No need to mention the famous Tanzania-Zambia Railway built with Chinese assistance, Chinese companies today develop farms in Zambia, offering job opportunities and train locals to become technicians in the country’s agricultural upgrade. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government and companies have offered medical supplies and technical support for treatment and disease control. Source: Global Times


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China conscientiously fulfills its duty as UN Security Council rotating president China, the UN Security Council held a high-level meeting on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: Upholding Multilateralism and the UNcentered International System” on May 7. It was attended by foreign ministers or vice foreign ministers from 15 member states, which mirrored the high importance placed by the member states on safeguarding multilateralism. “Pursue win-win cooperation, not zero-sum game. Seek equity and justice, not bullying. Focus on actions, instead of only talking the talk. Respect diversity, and refrain from pursuing supremacy.” The four proposals raised by China at the meeting to promote true multilateralism have won broad recognition. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov remarked that maintaining multilateralism and the UN-centered international system is as topical as ever and demands the UN Security Council’s constant attention. Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said multilateralism is not only an option, but a need. Combating the COVID-19 pandemic still remains the most important task of the international society today. Under the initiative of China, the Security Council held an Open Debate on “Peace and Security in Africa: Addressing Root Causes of Conflict in PostPandemic Recovery in Africa.” It adopted an outcome document on post-pandemic reconstruction that both addressed the urgent demand of pandemic alleviation and aimed to enhance the sustainability of development for the continent. In a speech delivered at the Open Debate, Chairperson of

the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat called on certain countries to end vaccine protectionism and vaccine nationalism to fill the divide in pandemic control. Tunisian Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi said human beings must maintain solidarity when facing the virus. Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the UN Taye Atske Selassie Amde praised the unique role played by China in helping Africa cope with complicated challenges. Cavince Adhere, a Kenyan researcher of international relations, noted that China is helping Africa with concrete actions to make the continent better cope with political, economic and social governance challenges. Advocating to solve regional conflicts and disputes with political resolutions Facing new challenges such as stoked up regional hotspot issues, in particular the continuous escalation of the Palestine-Israel conflict, China and other Security Council members, including Norway and Tunisia coordinated closely and convened four open debates in ten days to deliberate over the situation, forming a strong voice calling for immediate ceasefire. The open debates chaired by China, which stressed to immediately cease fire, carry out humanitarian aid, enhance international support and advance the two-state solution, triggered active response from the international community. After the two sides stopped military and hostile actions, under the promotion of China and joint efforts of all parties, the Security Council issued press statement

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landing site in north China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region aboard the return capsule of Shenzhou-12. The Shenzhou-12 manned spaceflight mission is the fourth spaceflight mission in the stage for the verification of key technologies and the first manned spaceflight mission during the construction of China’s space station. The mission will further verify the functions and performance of the manned space transport system and astronauts’ ability to complete extravehicular activities and operations in orbit with the robotic arm. It will also comprehensively verify various technologies that help guarantee astronauts’ long-term in-orbit stay, including those related to the Bioregenerative Life Support System (BLSS), supply of goods and materials in space, as well as astronauts’ health management. China has planned two extravehicular activities for the Shenzhou-12 manned spaceflight mission, said Ji Qiming, assistant to the director of the China Manned Space Engineering Office

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that called for the full adherence to the ceasefire, which was the first Security Council press statement about the Palestine-Israel conflict since 2014. China’s stand and proposals to solve the Palestine-Israel conflict with political resolutions are praised by parties concerned. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the open debates initiated by China came just in time as the tension between Palestine and Israel reached a peak in recent years. Nicolas de Rivière, Permanent Representative of France called to firmly follow the two-state solution and fundamentally realize peaceful coexistence between the two parties, or there would only be more pain and violence. A

Representative from the League of Arab States pointed out that the two-state solution will help realize comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. On May, the Security Council also discussed issues on Bosnia and Herzegovina, Syria and Yemen, and also adopted a resolution to renew the South Sudan sanctions regime, so as to consolidate the trend to solve relevant problems with political means. Recently, the Security Council took timely actions in response to the coup in Mali and issued a press statement to alleviate the tension. China has made a lot of contribution to pushing the Security Council to cope with hotspot issues and emergencies, which showcases a strong leadership, said Selassie.

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UBEC commences inspection of Model Schools across the country Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chairs the UN Security Council open debate on “Peace and Security in Africa: Addressing Root Causes of Conflict in Post-Pandemic Recovery in Africa” via video link on May 19, 2021. (Photo from the website of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

(CMSEO). According to him, astronauts will first perform extravehicular activities for a relatively long time, including assembling equipment, repairing and maintenance operations, and the mission will for the first time examine the astronaut research and rescue capabilities at the Dongfeng landing site. Among the crew members of the Shenzhou-12 spaceship, Nie, the commander of the mission, has been to space twice in the Shenzhou-6 mission in 2005 and the Shenzhou-10 mission in 2013. Liu has participated in the Shenzhou-7 mission in 2008, while Tang is a newcomer to space. The significantly increased extravehicular time and multiple extravehicular activities and operations would make the mission more complicated and challenging, said Liu at a press conference on June 16. That’s why he and his fellow astronauts have undergone strict, systematic, and comprehensive training, he added.

“I firmly believe that with professional ground support and close cooperation among the crew members, we will be able to meet challenges with full confidence, no matter how difficult, risky, and heavy our tasks will be,” Liu said. “We will successfully complete each extravehicular activity, especially under the protection of the domestically developed new-generation extravehicular spacesuit. There will definitely be more Chinese marks in the vast space,” he said. According to China’s plan for the construction of its space station, a total of 11 spaceflight missions have been scheduled for this year and the next, including three launches of space station modules, four cargo vessel flights, and four manned missions. The in-orbit construction of the space station is expected to be completed by 2022. Upon the completion of the country’s national space laboratory, the space station will be applied to use and embrace further development.

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he Board Chairman of Universal Basic education Commission (UBEC) Prof. Usman Adamu Kyuka and the Executive Secretary Dr. Hamid Bobboyi has commenced the inspection of model schools built by the commission across Nigeria. At one of the sites in karshi FCT Abuja, The Chairman noted that the commission is happy with the level of work and he is sure that before the end of the year, majority of the schools will be delivered. He noted that the federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari intends to bring education close to Nigerian children with the latest technology available. In his word, The Executive Secretary, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi said the Model school will consist of preprimary, primary school, JSS, ICT training hall and sports facilities. Dr. Bobboyi explained that model 1 which is divided among the geo political zones will be sited in Imo, Bauchi, Edo, FCT, Katsina, Nasarawa and Lagos. The model 2 schools according to him will be sited in Benue, Adamawa, Kaduna, Niger, Borno, Kano, Sokoto, Anambra, Ebonyi, Akwa ibom, Cross River, Ekiti and Oyo. Earlier, The National Consultant, Arc. Mas’ud Abdulkarim said going by the level of cooperation among the various contractors handling the model schools, the project will be completed before the stipulated date. He however complained that only two (2) contractors may not meet up the dateline.

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while over 75, 000 registered for Direct Entry. Regrettably, many others could not successfully complete their registration exercise early due to the challenges of National Identification Number (NIN) which was made compulsory for the 2021 registration. But JAMB had made provisions to accommodate interest of such candidates. Candidates scheduled for the first day converged at various CBT centres in Abuja alongside their parents and guardians in order to get early biometric accreditation in order to participate in the examination Candidates, parents and examination supervisors at the Nigerian Army Officers Wives Association ( NAOWA) CBT centre, Mambilla Barracks commended the board for the good preparation, saying the exam is hitch free. Our correspondence in an interview with a candidate, Martha Ekene, she said that “it was fine, the exam was just like a normal classroom examination, and there are no challenges. No challenges with the system or the network. The questions were cool. Another candidate, Abigail Edet stated” I was here 7am. The exam

started at 8am and the network was not that bad. “Compared to last year question, this year question is easier, so I have hope of passing the exam. One of the supervisors, who pleaded anonymity, said no technical issue, no network issues and no issue of thumb printing as been recorded so far in the center. Other centers visited such as Global Distance learning CBT centre, Nigerian Air force (NAF) Ville, also as no challenges records so far. Meanwhile, JAMB, has delisted a total of 25 Computer Based Test, CBT centers across the country. The board explained in a statement, by its Head, Media and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin that the action was taken assessment of their performances which showed they fell below the tolerable limit JAMB during the conduct of the 2021 UTME on Saturday. “The following centres whose performance fell below the tolerable limit of the JAMB during the conduct of the 2021 UTME on Saturday, June 19, 2021 are hereby delisted. Candidates posted to any of these centres are required to await further directives by checking their profile, email addresses and SMS on their

registered phone for a new date,”it said in the statement. The board named the affected centres as: 1. HARRY PASS POLYTECHNIC CBT CENTRE, GBOKO, BENUE STATE 2. IZISCO OBOS INSTITUTE OF MARITIME STUDIES, WARRI. DELTA STATE 3. OSENI ELAMAH ICT INSTITUTE, AUCHI, EDO STATE 4. GIVITEC CBT CENTRE, 192, MURTALA MOHAMMED WAY, BENIN- CITY, EDO STATE 5. KINGS POLYTECHNIC, UBIAJA, EDO STATE 6. GEF SYSTEMS LTD, PUBLIC SERVICE INSTITUTE OF NIGERIA, (PSIN) , KUBWA Abuja. 7. Government Secondary School, AREA 10, GARKI, ABUJA. 8. BETHEL BAPTIST HIGH SCHOOL, KUJAMA, KADUNA STATE 9. ZABIB COLLEGE, UNGUWAR DOSA, KADUNA 10. ST. ALBERT INSTITUTE, KAFANCHAN, KADUNA STATE 11. MASSINO COMPUTER CBT, ITOGA BADAGRY, LAGOS STATE 12. IP SOFT TECHNOLOGIES LTD. BESIDE ASHANTI BARRACKS APAPA, LAGOS STATE 13. INSTITUTE OF CRIMINAL

JUSTICE AND CRIMINOLOGY ADMINSTRATION. 7TH AVE. FESTAC TOWN LAGOS STATE 14. SWEET VALLEY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES, MIKE ANISON CLOSE, IKOTUN, LAGOS STATE 15. CERTIFIED INSTITUTION OF SHIPPING, NEAR MAGBON BADAGRY, LAGOS 16. AL-MIYZAN SCHOOLS CBT CENTRE, IKOTUN, LAGOS STATE 17. AUNTY ALICE SCHOOLS, MARARABA, KARU LGA, NASARAWA STATE 18. THE FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, ILE-OLUJI, ONDO STATE 19. KING EMMANUEL COLLEGE ICT CENTRE,ORE, ONDO STATE 20. ODUDUWA UNIVERSITY, IPETUMODU, OSUN STATE 21.FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (SPECIAL), E-LIBRARY, CENTRE 1, OYO, OYO STATE 22. ST AUGUSTINE’S ACADEMY, LANGTANG, PLATEAU STATE 23. SKOLAK RESOURCES LTD, BZ 3 SARDAUNA KADUNA, KADUNA STATE 24.ORU EAST CBT CENTRE (FOE ICT) OMUMA, IMO STATE

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he University of Abuja has entered into a partnership with the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to enhance knowledge sharing, promote innovation and capacity building. A statement by Dr Habib Yakoob, Head, Information and University Relations said in Abuja yesterday. The statement said the Memorandum of Understanding which was signed over the weekend (Friday 18th June 2021) on the Main Campus of the University of Abuja states that the collaboration would be implemented through the University Business School, Internship and Linkages Services (ILS), Centre for SIWES and Student Employment Scheme (CSSE),

Centre for Undergraduate Research (CUR) and Centre for Sponsored Projects (CSP) and the ACCI’s Business Entrepreneurship, Skills and Technology Centre, Dispute Resolution Centre, Abuja Trade Centre and Policy Advocacy Centre. The areas of collaboration include research and development, technology transfer, commercialization of research outputs, training programmes, internship and industrial attachment placements, creating linkages with relevant industries, mentorship programmes, research funding and policy advocacy. While signing the agreement, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, said collaborations between universities and industries were known to have driven the

economy of the most advanced nations of the world, and added that it was high time educational institutions and business in Nigeria began to work closely together to drive national development. Professor Na’Allah assured ACCI that the University was ready to play its role in accordance with world best practices to ensure that the partnership would have significant impact on the Nigerian economy. ‘’I assure you that I will give this collaboration my total support. I want to make sure that our students benefit tremendously from the initiative and even more than that, that our nation benefits tremendously from its implementation,” Na’Allah said. Speaking earlier, the President, ACCI, Dr. Al-Mujitaba Abubakar,

represented by the vice president of the Industry, Barr. Jude Igwe noted that the agreement was on a very important aspect of the economy, adding that it is imperative for business and educational institutions to partner to provide skilled workforce for the economy. “To prepare a skilled workforce, business and educational institutions must partner to preserve our nation’s competitiveness and economic strength in response to a rapidly changing and increasing competitive world,” Igwe said. According to him, the MOU, when implemented, would not only improve the quality of education at the disposal of the students but also add to the value the students will be giving to the society and the country when they leave school.

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he executive secretary, Tertiary education trust Fund (TETFund), Professor Suleiman Bogoro has stressed that a new vista is emerging in Nigeria with the inauguration of the draft committee on the National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) bill. Bogoro who spoke during the fourth edition of the virtual Global Engagement Series: “The Paradigm Shift, with focused on the Institutionalization of R&D in Nigeria’s Engineering, Technology And Material Sciences Sector,” said there is a great hope for Nigeria once the bill is signed. He said; “A new vista is emerging in our country that gives hope that we could do something right and we proceed to define the knowledge economy through institutionalization

of R&D. “It is a long but realizable journey of reality for our country but I remain positive and I am happy to share this information with you today that from today the draft committee on the research foundation that will prepare the executive bill has been inaugurated by the federal ministry of education. It reflects a new beginning, a realistic beginning for the knowledge economy to take its rightful place in our country. Earlier, the lead presenter, Professor Mosto Onouha stressed the imperative of strengthening the curricula in technological entrepreneurship in universities and polytechnics across the country, and the linkages between the academia and the industry through the establishment of intellectual property technological transfer offices.

He noted; “We want to develop a culture of introducing technological innovations that can yield significant revenues that will positively impact on our economy and reduce dependence on earnings from crude oil and gas sales for financing our national budget and gradually become a nation that designs and invents things that can be branded and marketed globally. “There is therefore, an urgent need for our nation to establish an institutional framework for funding and management of R&D activities for its sustainable development,” saying that we must applaud the executive secretary of TETFund for the current effort to do something about the situation “To improve the competitiveness of our goods and services, enhance the ranking of our tertiary institutions on the global scale and for the nation to move from a resources

based economy driven by innovation, adequate funding of R&D especially, in engineering, technology and maternal science should be provided. “An institutional framework needs to be put in place to domicile, drive and oversee Nigeria’s progress to a knowledge based economy. The National Research and Development Foundation (NRDF) is the special purpose vehicle being recommended to actualize the above.” On his part, Professor Njidda Gadzama, the Chairman of TETfund Research and Development Standing Committee, cited that countries like the United State are allocating tremendously financial sources for science and technology, saying that it is only fair, that indeed the matter is an emergency matter in Nigeria.


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People are already dying of hunger in Tigray, regional officials say transition - as political prisoners were freed from Ethiopia’s “gulag archipelago,” the media was unmuzzled, and a peace deal signed to end a long border conflict with neighbouring Eritrea. Ethiopia’s young Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019, in part as recognition of his achievements, but also as a spur to further reforms in a country which - as many observers pointed out - would need delicate handling in order to prevent it fracturing into turmoil along ethnic lines. That turbulence is not quite comparable

to the break-up of the Soviet Union. But some of the same historic tensions and risks - of a once-ruthless Marxist state attempting to liberalise while still controlling potentially explosive internal tensions - were clear to many. Two years later, and is it possible to argue that Mr Abiy’s ambitious reform agenda remains on track? There seems to be little doubt that Mr Abiy and his new Prosperity Party - formed from the once-mighty ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) - will win a decisive victory at these

elections, enabling him to claim a powerful mandate for his policy of “medemer,” or “coming together”. Under that slogan, Mr Abiy appears keen to nudge Ethiopia away from the ethnic federalism of the EPRDF, and towards a more centralised state. That likely victory will, almost certainly, be accompanied by rhetoric that looks to put Ethiopia’s current electoral challenges in perspective. Warnings of famine The government will argue that the failure to hold elections in war-torn Tigray is unfortunate but not debilitating, given that the region has only a small fraction of seats in parliament. Tigray can hold elections when the situation there has been stabilised. International warnings about famine, the government insists, are simply wrong. Besides, it is reasonable to argue that the central government had to act aggressively against a rebellious Tigray in order to prevent larger regions from following suit. There are major security challenges across much of Ethiopia - in Afar, the Somali region, Amhara, Oromia, Harari, Benishangul-Gumuz, South Wollo and elsewhere. Nearly two million people have been displaced by conflict outside Tigray. The instability will affect registration, turnout, and the participation of some major opposition parties. But again, the government and its supporters will argue, this election needs to be seen in proper context - as part of a broader, imperfect process of reform in a nascent democracy, with more than 50 parties already involved.

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This is to inform the general public of the loss of original Right of Occupancy( R of O)in respect of plot no.506 located at cadastral zone BO9 kado Belonging to ITBAN GLOBAL RESOURCES LTD. The said documents got missing while mobilizing to site in 2021. All efforts made to trace the said documents proved abortive, if found, kindly return to the nearest police station or AGIS. General public should please take

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Muhammed I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS mahammad Yusuf Danmalki. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS Muhammed Yusuf Danmaliki. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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THE FORETASTE KINGDOM CHURCH

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EKWUO CHARITY 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. ITAMAN CARL OSAGIE - CHAIRMAN 2. MORO NASIR - SECRETARY 3. JOHN SALOME MBECHAN - TRUSTEE 4. OLORUNDARE SAMUEL OLAGOKE - TRUSTEE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO TEACH THE GOSPEL OF GOD’S KINGDOM TO MANKIND BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. 2. TO WIN SOULS FOR GOD’S KINGDOM THROUGH THE TEACHING OF SOUND BIBLICAL DOCTRINE. 3. TO RAISE MEN AND WOMEN INTO THEIR FULL POTENTIALS IN GOD’S KINGDOM BY THE TEACHING OF GOD’S WORD. 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.

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To cater for the less privileged in the society. 2. To contribute towards poverty alleviation and wealth creation.

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NDOLA ELITE UNITY FORUM

MYSTICAL ROSE INITIATIVE FOR WOMEN AND YOUTHS DEVELOPMENT

GWAN-GWAN TRADERS ASSOCIATION OF MABUSHI ABUJA

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. SALISU MUHAMMAD RABIU - CHAIRMAN 2. AMINU MUHAMMAD AHMAD - SECRETARY 3. ABDUSSAMAD ILIYASU MASOKANO 4. SAAD MUNZALI ABDULKARIM 5. HAMZA UMAR 6. USMAN ABBA ABDULLAHI 7. BAKO AUWAL 8. SULAIMAN MUSA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To promote and provide income generating activities, and soft or non-interest loans to enhance skills transfer and skills acquisition programmes. 2. To contribute to national poverty reduction efforts by expanding membership and undertaking activities, services and programmes to improving the well-being of members and the general public in financially sustainable manner 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 : BARR. ABUBAKAR MUSA (08036404436).

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. SAMUEL KANKANI KANGM - CHAIRMAN 2. USMAN SHAMAKI - SECRETARY 3. ADAMU LYDIA - TREASURE 4. JOSEPH D. JOHN - PATRON 5. PEACE HASSAN AGABUS - LEGAL ADVISER THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1. TO FOSTER UNITY, PEACE AND PROGRESS AMONG MEMBERS AND TO ENCOURAGE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND CHARACTER BUILDING AMONG 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 : 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. Cecilia Chika Ikechukwu 2. Christiana chinyere Anyanwuocha 3. Rose Amaka Ani THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To empower women and Youth in order to alleviate poverty in Nigeria 2. To take care of motherless babies and the disabled children who are homeless, sick and hungry through provision of a children’s home. 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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ZYKA’S WIDOWS FOUNDATION

THE OLD NAME : OPPORTUNITY AND ENHANCEMENT COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION THE NEW NAME : AMERICROSS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

SAMPSON SIDNEY AKPAN 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. EZEANI NGOZI SANDRA ( *Chairman* ) 2. TUMSAH HABIBA MUSA *(Secretary* ) 3. EZEANI IFECHUKWU REINHARD 4. IBRAHIM MUSA ADAM THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.To provide financial support for Widows, Orphans,vulnerable children 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 : SECRETARY.

SAFE HAVEN FOR MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH FOUNDATION

I, formerly known as Mohd Nahuta now wish to be known and addressed as Ahmed Mohammed Nahuta. All former document remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note

CHAIRMAN

SIGNED : Chinelo Cynthia Nwokolo amnim.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS HABIBA ALHASSAN AMALI. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS HABEEBA ALHASSAN AMALI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

Ahmed

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. CYPRAIN OKEY AGBASIOWE 2. CHINEYE MARY AGBASIOWE 3. CHIDERA ANTHONY AGBASIOWE

SIGNED : SECRETARY.

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

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 : CHINENYE OFOEGBU (08030813321).

HABEEBA

Mrs. Blessing

This is to inform the general public that my true and correct title is AMNIM not MNI.Any occurrence of the wrong title anywhere is erroneous and not advertently from me. The public should disregard please. I have accordingly via a letter dated 27th Dec, 2020 corrected an error made against my name in that regard. 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. OFILI LOUIS (CHAIRMAN) 2. Dr OFILI EMMANUELLA CHUKWUNONSO (SECRETARY) 3. Ese Erhirhie Okonedo (LEGAL ADVISER) THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To Promote and provide health education and medical care for pregnant women and infants so as to reduce maternal and child mortality. 2. To Educate and provide locals with systems for an improved natural environment thereby reversing the effect of climate change. 3. To Promote and provide water, education and portable water for communities thus effectively eliminating bacteria, viruses and harmful substances. 4. To organize workshops and seminars to sensitize the public on preventive health care, hence, encouraging healthy life styles. 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 : STARLION LEGAL 07057663782.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF NAME UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.LUKE CASHMIR CHINEDU 2.LUKE NGOZI STELLA 3.ASIEGBU SILAS KELECHI 4.ISIGUZO CHIBUISI ENYINNA 5.AGUGOEDI DAVID CHIBUISI. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

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. SIDNEY BASSEY-(chairman) 2. M-C SIDNEY SAMPSON 3. EDET DENNIS AYE SAVIER-(secretary) THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO PROVIDE ALL FORMS OF WELFARE FOR THE NEEDY. 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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Gabasawa Kandagarki Development Association

The General public is hereby notified that the above named has applied to corporate Affairs Commission Abuja for registration under part ‘C’ of the companies and Allied Matters Act no 1990. Trustees 1.IBRAHIM AISHA - Chairman 2.IBRAHIM MOHAMMED MUBARAK - Board member 3.YUSUF ZAINAB -Board member 4- IBRAHIM YUSUF GARBA- Board member Aims and objectives 1)To educate women on castor/rice milling farming 2)To provide means of educational support to orphans and less privilege people.

The general public is hereby notified that the above named organization has applied to corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part’C’of the companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. Trustees: 1.TANKO NASIRU -Chairman 2.NAZIR ABUBAKAR MOHAMMED - secretary 3.ABUBAKAR SHAIBU DAWAKI -member 4.ISMAIL YAU ALIYU-member 5.MOHAMMED SALISU member Aims and objectives 1.To provide community services 2) Empowerment of less privileged people 3)To operate skills Acquisition center

Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General Corporate Affairs Commission.plot 420 Tigris Crescent off Aguiyi Ironsi street, P.M.B 198.maitama,Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication

Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General Corporate Affairs Commission plot 420 Tigris Crescent.off Aguiyi Ironsi street.P.M.B 198 Maitama.Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication.

Signed :IBRAHIM MOHAMMED MUBARAK secretary.

Signed NAZIRU ABUBAKAR MOHAMMED secretary


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FOLADAVID CARE FOUNDATION.

THE MIRACLE POWER OF MESSIAH MINISTRY

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).

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).

CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL OF NIGERIA ORPHANS, WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS FOUNDATION, BENIN CITY, DEANERY ZONE I

THE TRUSTEES ARE : (1) Gbadamosi Nurat Omolola (2) Abeeb Ahmed (3) Gbadamosi Adefemi David (4) Gbadamosi Adeyemi Victor THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: (1) To promote and ensure healthy lives and prompt well being for all ages and raising individuals to support this goal. (2) To promote learning and spreading what works to make people's lives healthier. (3) To promote the improvement of the health care system, with special consideration on maternal children health. (4) The promotion of creativity among children in different communities through creative projects and mentorship with particular emphasis on children from deprived backgrounds. 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. ENAWEKPONMWEN JOSHUA - General Overseer 2. ENAWEKPONMWEN CELINA OCHUWA 3. OMORUYI ROSELINE - Secretary THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ALL OVER 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: J. E. OBASUYI ESQ. 08024729418

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. ALISIGWE RUFUS CHUKWUDI- President 2. ELEDAN NWANWENE SUNDAY 3. IWUCHUKWU ESTHER OGHENENYOREME- Secretary 4. OKPEAYE BRIDGET 5. IJEGHEDE CHRISTIANA IREMUHEN. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: TO PROMOTE THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF ORPHANS PHYSICALLY, SOCIALLY, PSYCHOLOGICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY, TO ENSURE THEIR TOTAL WELL-BEING AND ENHANCED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. 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: J. E. Obasuyi, Esq.

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EMMANUEL'S WORLD VISION FOUNDATION

YA'ALLAHU JUMU'AT MOSQUE

WOCHEL EMPOWERMENT FOUNDATION

The general public is hereby notified that the above named organization has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for registration under part 'C' of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts, (CAMA) 2020. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.OVETIRI OGHENEOVO 2. IGHODARO MABEL 3.IREMIREN AUSTIN. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1.TO GIVE CHILDREN A CHILDHOOD AND FUTURE BY PROTECTING, TEACHING AND HEALING THEM 2. TO GROW AS A NATION BUILDER AND FUTER LEADERS OF TOMORROW 3. TO PROVIDE A SAFE, HEALTHY, ENABLING AND SUSTAINABL ENVIRONMENT WITH THE CAPACITY OF MAKING LIFE WORTH LICING FOR BOTH FAMILIES AND CHILDREN 4. TO SET UP ORPHANAGES AND TO LOOK AFTER AND ASSIST PERSONS WHO ARE UNABLE TO LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES DUE TO POVERTY, DISEASE AND OTHER INFIRMITIES. 5. TO PROVIDE MANAGEMENT & SUPPORT SERVICES TO ORPHANAGES, SCHOOLS OR OTHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS FOR CHILDREN/YOUNG PEOPLE. 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 of this publication. SIGNED: TRUSTEES

The general public is hereby notified that the above named organization has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for registration under part 'C' of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts, (CAMA) 2020.

The general public is hereby notified that the above named organization has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for registration under part 'C' of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts, (CAMA) 2020. THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1) KILANI OLUBUKOLA. (2) ADE MOYINOLUWA. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES (1) To engage in poverty alleviation for indigent persons, especially women, ladies and girls in the society. (2) To work towards empowering the indigent persons especially women, ladies and females child through symposiums, seminars and lectures on importance of self empowerment in the society. (3) To provide empowerment platform that will improve access to qualify education particularly for the women, ladies and girls to be self sufficient and independent. 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 of this publication. SIGNED: SECRETARY

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MAHMUD YUSUF A - Chairman 2. YAKUBU ADAMU 3. SANI ADAMU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To mobilize followers to perform Jumaat prayers. 2. To Cater for the general welfare of members 3. To take care of orphans and vulnerable children. 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 of this publication. SIGNED: TRUSTEES

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LAVUN YOUTH INITIATIVE ASSOCIATION

HUMANITARIAN WELFARE INITIATIVE CAC/IT/NO :122969

This is to inform the General public of the loss of the Original Certificate of Occupancy (C/O) with the reference NO. NG/ MN/7576 that got Missing from Niger State Government of Nigeria which belonging to BOSIN EBIKEME. All Effort to trace the Missing Original C of O proved abortive. If found, kindly return to the Nearest Police station. General public should please take note.

The general public is hereby notified that the above named organization has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for registration under part 'C' of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts, (CAMA) 2020. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Mohammed Baba Busu. 2. Prof Abdullahi Mann. 3. Alh. Ismaila Egbako. 4. Alh. Mohammed Ibrahim Lile. 5. Abdullahi Mohammed B. 6. Muhammad Alfa Ma'ali. 7. Alh Muhammad Nda. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To serve as a unifying body amongst all indigenous youths of Lavun Local Government of Niger State. 2. To promote literacy, education and vocational trainings among Lavun youths. 3. To bring about lawful socioeconomic, progressive and meaningful development Lavun Local Government and it environs.. 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 of this publication. SIGNED: TRUSTEES

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ABIRI OKE-AWO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION The general public is hereby notified that the above named organization has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for registration under part 'C' of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts, (CAMA) 2020. THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1) ABIRI OLADAYO SAMSON - Chairman (2) AKINSOLA KOLAWOLE ISAAC - SECRETARY (3) ADESAKIN KAYODE AZEEZ - Member. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES (1) TO PROVIDE BASIC INFRASTRUCTURAL NEEDS IN THE COMMUNITY . (2) TO EMBARK ON PROCESSING OF LOCAL FARM PRODUCTS TO GENERATE REVENUE AND PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS. (3) TO ORGANIZE MEMBERS INTO COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES.. 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 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 CHANGE OF NAME , REMOVAL AND APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES, CHANGE OF AIMS & OBJECTIVES UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, (CAMA 2020) OLD NAME: HUMANITARIAN WELFARE INITIATIVE NEW NAME: AYUBA ALAMSON NEW TRUSTEES FOUNDATION 1. JOEL KYARI MADU-CHAIRMAN; TRUSTEES ARE 1. KWAGWI AYUBA ALAMSON-REMOVED; 2. NAFISATU MADU; 3. KONTO MOHAMMED 2. DUWA YAGA-REMOVED; 3. ABANA BARR. LAWAN-REMOVED 4. SANI MIRACLE GAZAMA -REMOVED 5. JOSHUA LUKA-(RETAINED) 6. ABOKU SARAH MALLUM - TRUSTEE (RETAINED) 7. SECRETARY; JOSHUA LUKA- RETAINED NEW AIMS/OBJECTIVES: TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE AND REHABILITATION OF THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED AND LESS PRIVILEGED PERSONS IN THE SOCIETY; TO EDUCATE AND BUILD RESILIENCE OF THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS FOR SELF RELIANCE; TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED PERSONS THROUGH ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT; TO CREATE AWARENESS AT THE COMMUNITY LEVELS THROUGH THE INTEGRATION OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND EQUAL RIGHT IN THE SOCIETY OLD. OLD AIMS AND OBJECTIVES(CHANGED): TO SUPPORT AND CARE FOR THE EDUCATIONALLY DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN WHO HAVE NO MEANS OF SPONSOR; TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SUPPORT AND CARE TO ACCIDENT VICTIMS AND PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED VICTIMS; TO PROVIDE POST TREATMENT CARE AND GUIDANCE AGAINST STIGMATIZATION OF VICTIMS CARED FOR; TO TAKE CARE OF IMMATURE ORPHANS IN THE EVENT OF LOSS OF PARENTS AS! A RESULT OF INSURGENCY, KILLER DISEASES(HIV-AIDS), ACCIDENTS OR THE LIKE; TO HELP VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE, INSURGENCY, BROKEN HOME AND THE LIKE SHALL BE PROVIDED WITH SUCCOR THROUGH COUNSELING AND MATERIALS TO ADD VALUE TO LIFE AND EQUALLY ENSURE THEIR ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY AND EMPOWERMENT; TO CARE FOR THE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED VICTIMS SUCH AS VICTIMS OF SPINAL CORD INJURY, THOSE WITH POOR EYE SIGHT/VISUALLY IMPAIRED, POLO VICTIMS, MENTALLY CHALLENGED VICTIMS AND THE LIKE SHALL BE ASSISTED TO RETURN TO NORMAL LIFE THROUGH PAYMENT FOR AVAILABLE MEDICAL TREATMENT; TO SUPPORT OR CARE FOR PERSONS THAT ARE VICTIMS OF LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES TO ADD VALUE TO LIFE OR POSITIVELY AFFECT LIFE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGE SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

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This is to inform the general public of the loss of original Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) in respect of plot No 33 Gwagwalada Area council. File No. IM 42541 bearing Okoli Chukwudi Theophilus. All effort made to trace the missing documents proved abortive. If found kindly return to the nearest police station. COMFIRMATION OF NAME This is to certify that Omadachi Ikongbe, Omadachi Ikongbeh, Omadachi Stephen Ikongbeh is one and the same person henceforth, wish to be addressed as OMADACHI STEVEN IKONGBEH, All former documents remain valid. Authority concern and the general public should please take note

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Youth and Sports Minister bags another award By Albert Akota

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ew days after he was confered with the Hero of Democracy Award in Abuja, another award has been confered on Minister of Youth and sports Development Mr Sunday Dare by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes. The award tagged Merit Award was bestowed on the Minister for his contributions to Uplifting the youth, Development of Oyo State and Nigeria in general during a colourful award ceremony in Ibadan, Oyo State on Sunday. According to the President of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes Chief Yemi Soladoye. “We are grateful to Chief Sunday Dare for his commitment and support to the

Development of Ibadan, Oyo State and Nigeria at large. Since he became Minister, he has not only supported our activities, but offered us the use of facilities for the Ibadan Week without charges. He has displayed uncommon love and kindness towards Ibadan. It is for these and other reasons that we are honouring him today with the most outstanding Friend of Ibadanland award. For the avoidance of doubt, Ibadan is celebrating Chief Sunday Dare today because of the hands of friendship he has been extending to Ibadanland since he became the Minister of Youth and sports Development in 2019” In his response, Dare thanked the CCII for the honour, assuring them that he would continue to work for the progress of Ibadan, Oyo state and Nigeria in general.

“ I’m humbled and greatly honoured by this award. I promise to fund an endowment for the development of Ibadan for the next ten years.” A former Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development Barrister Kunle Ishola was confered with the Most Patriotic Ibadan Indigene Award.

Dare reassures Nigerians of better outing at Tokyo 2021 By Albert Akota

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s the battle for a place among the athletes at the Olympic trials continues today, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has assured Nigerians of a better outing at the Olympic Games holding next month, in Tokyo Japan. The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Engr. Nebeolisa Anako gave the assurance at the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, venue of the Athletics Trials for the Olympic qualification. According to him, the trials is part of the local camping, an initiative of the Ministry to enhance performance of the athletes and also a platform to select the best athletes that will represent the country at the Games. “So far some athletes have qualified from the trials and some records broken. With the results seen so far, combined with those from the last National festival, we are hopeful that the athletes are going to perform

better than the previous Olympics” he said Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary disclosed that local

camping of athletes has commenced and will continue till the time of departure to Japan. Engr. Nebeolisa stated further

that there are arrangements for more camping of the athletes so as to keep them in top shape before the begining of the Games

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noch Adegoke who is making a statement with spectacular performances ahead of the Tokyo Olympics has showered Encomium on the Sports Minister Mr. Sunday Dare for adopting him through the Adopt a talent initiative. According to Adegoke “it has been really awesome for me knowing fully well that immediately after the Honourable Minister adopted me, that was the tonic I needed to give out my best in the track and field event. As you can see, I just emerged winner in the race here in Lagos and Recall that we went to the United States for Preparations the Olympics, everything has been working perfectly well and you know we needed money

Mexico Friendly: Iwuala, Olawoyin, 23 others to resume camping in Abuja By Albert Akota

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uper Eagles’ goalkeepers John Noble and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, as well as forward Anayo Iwuala top the list of 25 players invited to camp for next month’s international friendly match between Nigeria and Mexico at the famous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in the State of California, United States of America. Three –time African champions Nigeria will clash with the CONCACAF Gold Cup holders on Saturday, 3rd July in what is part of the Mexican’s MexTour Series that will see them play three matches before clashing with Nigeria. Also invited are Rivers’ United ace defender Ifeanyi Anaemena, Enyimba FC midfielder Ekundayo Ojo and forwards Ibrahim Olawoyin (Rangers International) and Stephen Jude (Kwara United). The players are expected to report at the Serob Legacy Hotel, Wuye, Abuja on Tuesday, 22nd June with their travel documents. Only 22 of them will travel to the United States of America for the glamour friendly. The match, which kicks off at 7.30pm LA time will be the sixth

for the camping and the Minister made it available for me by adopting me. This means all I needed for the training, food, coaches and the rest were taken care of by the Minister.” “ I appreciate him for giving me the opportunity to be at my best. He adopted me with 10,000 US Dollars. Aside myself, the Minister has been supportive to the Athletes generally and he is a motivator to everyone. He visited us in the United states and he’s also here at the National Open trials. This shows his passion and interest and the fact that he cares about our success. All we can do is reciprocate his gesture with a podium performance in Tokyo”... Adegoke concluded

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“We see the judgement as biased and it is nothing but instrument for encouraging violence in Nigeria football,and therefore unacceptable” . “The only substance derivable there from is the untouchable status invested in Remo Stars by NNL”. The Benin Arsenal said directing Remo Stars to pay N400,000 to Bendel Insurance FC as damages is a big insult on them and the Government of Edo state. “Banishment of Remo Stars with no option from their stadium over the encroachment and assault on our players and officials of Bendel Insurance FC is

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From left: President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana; President Muhammadu Buhari and President of AfDB, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina during the 59th Ordinary Session of Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on Saturday in Accra Ghana . Photo ; State House

Remo Vs Bendel Insurance Fracas: Bendel Insurance Reject NNL Verdict endel Insurance FC of Benin has rejected to its totality the judgment of the Nigeria National Football (NNL) Disciplinary Committee on the case of assault,security breaches and field encroachment established against Remo Stars, and accused the League body of being bought over by Remo stars. In a release from the former Elite club in country and signed by the Media Officer Kehinde Osagiede, the club said they received the news of the verdicts with dismay, disbelief and total loss of confidence in the country’s football regulatory body.

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supposed to be number one punishment and failure of the disciplinary committee to mention that in their list of punishment amounts to suffocation of justice. This is so because no other offenders in similar cases were warned or asked to sign any undertaking in the recent past”. “Without any apology, the judgment is unbelievably irresponsible and capable of promoting violence and killing enthusiasm of football followers” “Looking at the similar case but lesser offences and injuries involving Holly Arrow in which judgment banished Holly Arrow to Enugu and

that of Kano Pillars in which the NPFL team was fined N7.5M,it is easy to arrive at the conclusion that the judgement by the NNL disciplinary committee on Remo Stars v Bendel Insurance FC is bought by Remo Stars. We believe that the panel did not look at the rules book(Act.16:1) particularly before arriving at their conclusion”. Insurance therefore, insisted that they would explore other mechanism to seek redress by appealing to the Nigeria Football Federation (NNF) Appeal Committee, and threatened not to play again in the league until the get justice

President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Goodluck Jonathan whos is also the ECOWAS Special Envoy of the crisis in Mali during the 59th Ordinary Session of Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS on Saturday in Accra Ghana. Photo : State House

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R; L,: New Khalifa of Tijjaniyya, Sanusi Lamido; Head of Tijjaniyya, Senegal Chapter, Shaikh Abdul’Ahad Inyass; and Secretary of Tijjaniyya Group, Shaikh Salahuddeen Inyass, during the meeting of Muqaddams and Shaiks of Tijjaniyya from the six geopolitical zones to pledged their loyalty to the new leadership of Grand Kalifa Sanusi Lamido, on Friday in Kaduna

Candidates writing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination queue to enter examination hall, JAMB Accredited Centre in Gwagwalada on Saturday in Abuja

L-R: : Wife of the Ologidi, Olori Iyabo Sule; The Ologidi of Ogidi-Ijumu, Oba Rabiu Sule; another wife of the Ologidi, Olori Abike Sule; Chairman of the occasion and Chairman of NDLEA, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa and his wife, Munirat, at the Senator representing Lagos Central, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (4th R); APC Chieftain in Ogidi Ela Day 2021 celebration in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi. Lagos, Prince Tajudeen Olushi (5th R); Chairman Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Otunba Olufemi Pedro with some of the beneficiaries of the empowerment programme for youth and women on Saturday in lagos Central District

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

The representative of Anambra South senatorial district and YPP Candidate for the fourth coming Anambra state Guber election, Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah (middle) with his Party supporter’s during his presentation as the party flag bearer , recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo


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ales demonstrated great resolve in defeat against Italy as they clung on with 10 men for a result which was enough to secure their place in the second round of Euro 2020. Their automatic qualification was under threat with Switzerland beating Turkey 3-1 in Group A’s other fixture, but Wales withstood relentless Italian pressure to scrape through in second place on goal difference. Italy had already qualified for the last 16 and, despite making eight changes to their team, they were still utterly dominant, Matteo Pessina’s goal giving them a 1-0 half-time lead which scarcely reflected their superiority. Wales were forced to play the final half an hour a man down after Ethan Ampadu was sent off for a lunge on Federico Bernardeschi, intensifying the Italian onslaught. And although Italy’s win was never in doubt - this was their 30th consecutive match without defeat, equalling their national record - Wales dug deep to ensure the margin of victory was not too damaging. Finishing third may well have been enough for Wales to progress as one of the tournament’s four best third-placed teams, but this result ensured they kept their destiny in their own hands. Robert Page and his players can now look forward to a second-round match against Group B’s runners-up in Amsterdam next Saturday. As for Italy, an 11th consecutive win will see them face Group C’s second-placed team at Wembley on the same day. Wales’ nervous wait This turned into a far more anxious afternoon than Wales had envisaged in Rome. Their victory over Turkey last Wednesday had put them within touching distance of the knockout stages, knowing even a defeat was unlikely to halt their progress - but Taye Taiwo Oduamadi needing a drawand to be sure of it.

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Kenneth Kaunda – End of an era? Monday Column K enneth David Kaunda was born April 28, 1924 at Lubwa, near Chinsali, Northern Rhodesia [now Zambia]. Politically however, he was born 15th November 1884. For it was in the afternoon on that Saturday an international conference was opened by the chancellor of the newly-created German Empire at his official residence on Wilhelmstrasse in Berlin. Including a short break for Christmas and the New Year, the Conference of Berlin would last 104 days, ending on February 26, 1885. In the 135 years since then, the conference has come to represent the late 19thcentury European Scramble and Partition of the continent. In the popular imagination, the delegates are hunched over a map, armed with rulers and pencils, sketching out national borders on the continent with no idea of what existed on the ground they were parceling out. Yet this is mistaken. The Berlin Conference did not begin the scramble for Africa. It did something much worse, though, with consequences that would reverberate Africa, in the process legitimising the ideas of Africa as a playground for outsiders, its mineral wealth as a resource for the outside world not for Africans and its fate as a matter not to be left to Africans. A week before it closed, the Lagos Observer declared that “the world had, perhaps, never witnessed a robbery on so large a scale.” Six years later, another editor of a Lagos newspaper comparing the legacy conference to the slave trade said: “A forcible possession of our land has taken the place of a forcible possession of our person.” Theodore Holly, the first black Protestant Episcopal Bishop in the US, condemned the delegates as having “come together to enact into law, national rapine, robbery and murder” Some Africans cooperated with this wholesale injustice against their continent while others, men of courage and conscience stood to be counted in the fight against it. Kenneth Kaunda was one of them. He returned to Zambia

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in 1949 and acting as an interpreter to Sir Stewart GoreBrowne, a liberal white settler and a member of the Northern Rhodesian Legislative Council he acquired knowledge of the colonial government as well as political skills, both of which served him well when later that year he joined the African National Congress (ANC), the first major anticolonial organization in Northern Rhodesia. Kaunda became president of the new organization and skillfully used it to forge a militant policy against the British plan for a federation of the three central African colonies—Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland. African leaders opposed and feared any such federation because it would tend to place ultimate power in the hands of a white minority of settlers. Kaunda employed the Zambia congress as an instrument for executing what he called “positive nonviolent action,” a form of civil disobedience against the federation policy. The reward for African nationalists who had the gumption to criticize such policies was for the colonial government to send them to jail. Kaunda had a fair share of this. On several occasions he was sent to jail for no justifiable reason.

Kaunda was released from prison by the colonial government on January 8, 1960. At the end of that month he was elected president of the United Independent National (UNIP), which had been formed in October 1959 by Mainza Chona, a militant nationalist who was disenchanted with the older ANC. The UNIP enjoyed spectacular growth, claiming 300,000 members by June 1960. In December 1960 the British colonial authorities invited Kaunda and several other UNIP leaders to participate in discussions on the status of the three colonies at a conference in London. Early in the following year the British government announced that formal decolonization of Zambia would commence. The UNIP’s success was attributed overwhelmingly to the leadership of Kaunda. He had been astute both in allaying the European settlers’ fears that an African regime would unfairly disregard their interests and in quelling the factionalism prevalent in large sections of the country’s African population. It was this same skill that enabled Kaunda to negotiate further constitutional advances, and in 1964 Zambia was granted independence with Kaunda as its president. Like other African leaders, Kaunda faced many complex

The UNIP’s success was attributed overwhelmingly to the leadership of Kaunda. He had been astute both in allaying the European settlers’ fears that an African regime would unfairly disregard their interests and in quelling the factionalism prevalent in large sections of the country’s African population

post- independence problems, especially the issue of tribalism. He succeeded in continuing to negotiate on this issue, saving Zambia the trauma of tribal civil war. Zambia under Kauna became a front line state in the fight for the decolonization of the rest of Africa, particularly southern Africa which was still controlled by racial bigots. His foreign policy was focused on this. Kaunda led other countries of southern Africa in confronting the white-minority governments of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and South Africa. He imposed economic sanctions against Rhodesia in the 1970s at great cost to his country’s focused own economy, and in the late 1970s he allowed Zambia to be used as a base by black nationalist guerrillas. Kenneth Kaunda and his generation of nationalists were men of courage and vision. They inspired the next generation of Africans to fight for their rights. Regrettably, such nationalist zeal is difficult to find these days. Our university students all over Africa who were always preoccupied with nationalist struggles are today preoccupied with other issues that do not sound deep. The bug has caught even our current leaders in Africa are so short sighted and short on reasoning that they hardly see beyond their noses and reason deeper their pockets. It is indeed sad. We hope the recent death of Kenneth Kaunda will wake up our leaders to the original dreams of our leaders.

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