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President Buhari with L-R: Minister of State Budget and National Planning Prince Clem Agba, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, VP Yemi Osinbajo and SGF Boss Mustapha as he inaugurated National Steering Committee (NSC) for the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) at the Presidential Villa, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

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$3m bribery: Court sentences Farouk Lawan to 7 years imprisonment By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


Federal Capital Territory High Court sitting at Apo, yesterday, convicted and sentenced the former Chairman of then House of Representatives Adhoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy probe, Mr. Farouk Lawan, to seven years imprisonment. The four-term lawmaker for Bagwai/Shanono Federal Constituency of Kano State, was convicted on all three-count charges preferred against him by the federal government. The accused was handed 7 years jail term on counts 1 and 2 of the charge, the court sentenced him to 5 years on count 3. Justice Angela Otaluka, found guilty of demanding an aggregate

.....ordered to refund $500, 000 to FG sum of $3million from Chairman of Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd, Chief Femi Otedola, to give his company a clean bill of health in the fuel subsidy probe the House of Reps initiated on 2012. According to the court, Lawal acted in breach of section 17 (1) (a), section 8(1) (a) (b) (ii), and section 23 (i) of the Corrupt practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000, and committed an offence punishable under section 8 (1) 17 (1) and 23(3) of the same Act. In her judgement, Otaluka maintained that the court was satisfied that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission(ICPC) successfully established a criminal

case against the Defendant. The court, maintained that evidence before it, proved that Lawan met with Otedola on April 20, 23 and 24, 2021, and collected $25, 000 in two tranches as part payment to compromise the outcome of the House of Reps probe. Justice’s Otaluka held that Lawan’s admittance before the court that Otedola gave him $500, 000 and promised to bring another $2.5m to him by plane, strengthened the case of the Prosecution that $3m was indeed offered to him as bribe. She held that Lawan did not refute ICPC’s evidence that he visited Otedola’s house to collect a tranche of the bribe money. She further noted that Lawan

claimed that he collected the $500, 000 as a set-up against Otedola, “to serve as a lesson to others that put the committee under pressure”. “From totality of evidence before me, I am convinced that the Defendant corruptly asked for a bribe of $3m out of which he received an aggregate sum of $500, 000. “The Prosecution has successfully discharged the burden of proof placed on it by the law”, the court held. Consequently, the court ordered him to make restitution by refunding the $500, 000 he collected from Otedole to the federal government.

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Minister of Police Affairs, Margari Dingyadi (R) presenting an award to the Best Cadet in Academics during the Third Passing-Out Parade of the Nigeria Police Academy Regular Course at Wudil in Kano on Tuesday (22/6/21).

Moghalu elected to Board of UN Council By Musa Adamu


rofessor Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election, has been elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). ACUNS is an independent, global nonprofit organization of scholars and practitioners established in 1987 to stimulate and support research and teaching on the role of the United Nations system in international relations. With its headquarters in New York, ACUNS currently has 30 institutional members and 450 individual members in 55 countries, and is governed by an international

board of directors. News of Prof. Moghalu’s election was conveyed by Dr. Lise Morjé Howard, President of ACUNS and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Academic Council on the United Nations System, I write with the news that the ACUNS Nominations Committee and Board of Directors have each voted unanimously to accept your nomination to join ACUNS as a Director, for the period June 2021 - June 2025”, Prof Howard wrote in a letter to Prof Moghalu. The members of ACUNS later confirmed Moghalu’s election in a general vote. “I am greatly honored to have been elected to the Board of Directors of ACUNS”, Prof. Moghalu said in a

statement in reaction to his election. “I look forward to contributing to the corporate governance and the substantive work of this distinguished global network that is helping shape the global thinking on how the UN system can adapt to the contemporary global environment and continue to be useful to its nearly 200 member countries”. Moghalu, together with Maria Espinosa, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador and President of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly will also be a Keynote Speaker in the first plenary session of the upcoming ACUNS Annual Meeting on June 24. He will speak on the theme of the session, “Change and Inclusion in the Time of Covid”. Moghalu served from December 2020 to June 2021 as the Special Envoy of

the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Post-Covid Development Finance for Africa. He previously served as Professor of Public Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA after his five year tenure as CBN Deputy Governor from 2009 to 2014. At the apex bank he led the implementation of far-reaching reforms in the banking and payment systems including the introduction of the Bank Verification Number (BVN). He previously worked for the United Nations for 17 years, rising from entry level to the highest career bracket of Director, and is the author of several books including Build, Innovate and Grow (BIG), Emerging Africa, Global Justice, Rwanda’s Genocide..

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Katsina Lawmaker throws weight behind Twitter ban

By Christiana Ekpa


Member of the House of Representatives representing Daura/ Maiadua/Sandamu Federal Constituency of Katsina State, Fatuhu Muhammad has thrown his weight behind the ban of Twitter by the Federal Government. The House had mandated the Committees on Communication, Justice, Information and Culture, and National Security and Intelligence to immediately commence an investigation to determine the circumstances of the decision by the Federal Government to suspend the operations of Twitter. The joint Committee was also mandated to invite the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to brief the House of on the objectives, intent, and duration of the suspension on the operations of Twitter in Nigeria, and to report to the House within ten (10) days. But at investigative hearing on Tuesday, Muhammad, a member of the Committee and lawmaker representing President Muhammadu Buhari in the Green Chamber moved that the entire social should be kept aside to look into other problems Nigeria is facing. Muhammad (APC) said if Twitter was not suspended on the instruction of the President, it would have thrown the nation into jeorpady and called for total regulation of the media. “We should please, please regulate the media. If that tweet (sic) was not brought down the dirty things that will happen in Nigeria will be more than what we are seeing now. “If the Minister did not banned the Twitter by the instruction of the President, the kind of insult the sovereignty of Nigeria we have from the users of tweet (sic) will be more dangerous than what we are facing now. “For God’s sake what is social media? Are we eating social media? Let’s keep this aside and face the real problem we are facing in Nigeria”, he said. The Information Minister, Mohammed said if other social media platforms (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc) allowed themselves to be misused like Twitter, their operations would be suspended by the Government. He said the Federal Government suspended Twitter because it became a platform of choice for those that want to bring down the country, insisting that the platform was not banned but temporarily suspended.

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Court orders FG to pay Rivers, Akwa Ibom $3.3bn oil revenue By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


Federal High Court Abuja, has ordered the Federal Government to pay a whopping sum of over $3billion to Rivers and Akwa Ibom States, as their revenue share from crude oil sales. Justice Taiwo Taiwo held that the amount formed the shares of the two sales from the $62 billion said to have been recovered from the some oil companies by the Federal Government. The court maintained that the FG actually recovered the said $62 billion as contained in the press statement and ordered it to release the shares of the two states to them in compliance with a Supreme Court judgment. Breaking it down, the court ordered that $1,114,551,610 be paid to Rivers state, while another sum of $2,258,411,586 be paid to Akwa Ibom state, being the amount separately claimed

against the Federal Government from the share from the $62 billion recovered from the oil companies. Plaintiffs in the suit are the Attorney Generals of Rivers and Akwa Ibom States while the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, was the sole defendant. Delivering judgment, Justice Taiwo held that the Federal Government admitted that the monetary claims of the two states against it by its refusal to defend the case when served with the court processes. According the court, the action of only notice of intention to defend the case without joining issues with the plaintiffs was a fatal error on the part of the Federal Government and was not enough in any court matter. The Judge held that the Federal Government had admitted that all the averments of the two states to be true by

refusing to debunk, counter claim or controvert the claims of the two states on the oil revenue issue. Further in the judgement, the court held that the suit of the two states was founded on a Supreme Court judgment on how proceeds from sales of crude oil should be shared, adding that the claim of the two states on the recovery of additional $62billion by the plaintiffs was never controverted by the defendant, in spite of several correspondences hence, the law deems unchallenged claims as true. The Court rejected the assertion of the Federal Government that it cannot pay the money it did receive from crude oil sales, adding that the defendant ought to have filed bonafide defence to explain its position in respect of the $62 billion oil earnings as required by law, “By not filing defence to challenge the claims of $62 billion

oil earnings of the two plaintiffs, I have no option than to hold that the Federal Government has no defence to the issue and I have no discretion to give judgment in favour of the plaintiffs. “I hereby make an order that $1,114,551,610 be paid to Rivers state as its share from the $62 billion oil revenue and another $2,258,411,586 be also paid to Akwa Ibom as its own share from the oil proceeds “. The two plaintiffs had instituted their joint cade based on a press statement from the office of the AGF and published by This day newspaper to the effect that another $62 billion was recovered from foreign oil companies as proceeds of crude oil sales. Justice Taiwo held that although, the AGF office attempted to withdraw the press statement, the issue of the huge revenue generation was not addressed.

R-L: Director, Centre for China Studies (CCS), Mr. Charles Onunaiju, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Cui Jianchun, Representative of Akwa Ibom Governor, Mr. April Iyanga and Senator Shehu Sani, during the 100-years anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China organized by CCS, at the Chinese Cultural center, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Court sentences woman in Kebbi for adultery

From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi


ebbi State Magistrate Court 1 has sent one Mr Onyebuchi Okafor and Miss Mnasura Sheahu to prison for committing adultery and fornication. Presiding over the judgement yesterday, the Cheif magistrate Kakale Mungadi said that the two accused person should be reminded pending the investigation by the Police prosecutor. “according to the section 206 of Kebbi

State the two accused people have committed adultery and they should be reminded in the prison Case pending the completion of the prosecutor investigation. In his prayer, the counsel to the accused person Mr. Magnus ihejirika who requested for the bail for allowing him file a bail motion was denied by the judge. According to the Police prosecutor Inspector Jibril Abba said that the accused person has been haven a several cases with them as such the court should not grant him a bail until the

investigation had been completed. “I urge this ordinary court not to accept the bail as accused person had been indicted several in committed a crime” he said. During the court interrogation, the accused person who denied committed the crime while the 1st responded Miss Sheahu agreed to the offence, requesting for the Justice as she has born baby girl. The chief magistrate had adjune the case to 5th July, 2021, urge the defense lawyer to write the motion for the bail personal.

Flood: Yoruba leader tasks Gwagwalada Area Council on construction of drainages By Usman Shuaibu


he Chief of Yoruba community Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oba M.A. Odunbaku, has called the authority or the Area Council to deem it necessary to construct drainages across the waterways in Zuba for the safety of the residents this

year. Odunbaku, who made this call while speaking to Peoples Daily correspondent in his residence in Zuba on Sunday, noting that it is responsibility of the government of the Area Council to protect the lives of their citizens at all times. He expressed with dismay the way at which the administration of the Area

Council had neglected the waterways in Zuba and other over-flooding communities in Gwagwalada. His words: “I am appealing the government of Gwagwalada Area Council and the FCT Administration to make sure that the waterways are properly maintained this year”. He also called on the authority of the Area Council to deem it fit to

prevent the people from erecting structures on the waterways in order to avoid blockage of water channels. He disclosed that last year those who were affected by the flood were not given relief materials in Zuba. The Oba, however, recalled that last year a lot of houses had been destroyed by the flood in Zuba without the assistance of the Area Council.

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News By Christiana Ekpa


he Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Tuesday insisted that the Federal Government suspension of social media platform, Twitter will be in force until the organisation is registered in Nigeria, as well obtain license to operate in the country. Lai Mohammed who made the government position known before the House of Representatives joint Committee on Information, Justice and Communication yesterday, also vowed to sanction any other social media platform, if they are found wanting in similar manner. The Minister informed the panel set up to investigating the decision of the government to ban the platform, that “the suspension was because Twitter has made its platform a choice for people who want to destabilise Nigeria. We want Twitter to be registered first

Twitter Ban: Suspension I’ll be enforced until organisation register in Nigeria -Lai in the country before they can operate”. He also denied the widely held opinion that the move was intended to gag free speech “There was no intention of the federal government to stifle free speech in the country. The only reason we suspended Twitter is because it was promoting disunity. Its activities are inimical to the unity of the country”, Mohammed insisted. According to the minister, the government “discovered 476 online platforms devoted to bring down this country (Nigeria). They are

always faster than us (government), so the only way out is to regulate them”, adding that the move was not peculiar to Nigeria, naming Australia and Singapore among countries where regulation of the social media space were in place. Responding to a question on whether the move was not directed at certain groups, coming at this time, the minister said the current government’s bid to rid Nigeria of fake news began in 2017, explaining that there have been instances where the government approached Twitter to take down

certain posts which were not in the interest of Nigeria to no avail. The minister also cautioned Nigerians using the Virtual Personal Network (VPN) to access Twitter to desist because of its possible security implications, including access to personal bank account information. “For those using VPN, if you think you’re hurting Lai Mohammed, you’re hurting yourselves”, he said. On whether any channel of dialogue had been opened with Twitter, the minister said “we tried to but they rebuffed us. They

Founder, Valuechan Sickle Cell Foundation, Alhaji Musa Bashir Usman (center) handing over the drogs and others items to the Medical Director, Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed during the foundation visit to the JNI Hospital in Kaduna donate drugs to the hospital for onward distribution to patients suffering from sickle cell disease to mark this year’s world sickle Cell day. Photo. BASHIR BELLO

Zamfara gov’s wife empowers 500 vulnerable women

From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau


ife of Zamfara State Governor, Hajiya Aisha Bello Muhammad Matawalle has empowered 500 vulnerable women in the state with provision of 250 tailoring and 250 grinding machines under her initiated Women Empowerment Scheme with a view to alleviate poverty among women in the society. Presenting the sewing and grinding machines to the beneficiaries during the flag off ceremony of the Scheme, Hajiya Aisha said, the programme was to facilitate women to explore their potentials, hence the need for the state government to create enabling environment where they will be economically uplifted. According to her, the empowerment scheme which has so far promoted the living standard of over 38,000 women upon various businesses points, keeps recording more achievements across the state. Hajiya Aisha Matawalle urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the machines for their livelihoods so as to gain more positive results economically. Hajiya Aisha Bello Matawalle, expressed appreciation to her husband, the Executive Governor, Dr Bello Matawalle who has been supporting the process morally and financially for the sustainability of the programme. She applauded his passionate commitment to the plights of women and children in the State. Many vulnerable women who benefitted from the empowerment package included women with disabilities, youth groups, widows, religious groups, non- indigenes, women marketers and many others.

are not known to us. They are not registered, but we hope we will be able to engage them”, as he lamented that the organisation had no investment in Nigeria, but in Ghana, while the target market was Nigeria. Lead Chairman of the committee, Hon. Odebunmi Dokun at the close of the session noted that it was an investigating hearing, after which the report will be presented to the larger house, appealing to media practitioners to consider the sustainability of Nigeria as a country in all they do.

Buhari: We’ll bequeath citizen-led policing system to nation By Egena Sunday Ode


resident Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday pledged to bequeath ‘’a citizens-led policing system’’ to the nation, declaring that his administration has demonstrated firm commitment towards changing the principle and strategy of policing in Nigeria. The President made the assertion in an address at the passing out parade of 418 officers of the 3rd Regular Cadet Course at the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil-Kano, where he further explained his directive to the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission on the upward review of police emoluments. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja. According to the statement, the President in his speech delivered by the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, said a citizens-led policing system informed the approval for the adoption of Community Policing as the Internal Security Strategy of the country, as well as the approval of funds to support the implementation process. On the revised salary and allowances for the Nigeria Police, the President said it will be commensurate with the vital functions they are performing as the lead agency in internal security assets, the statement further said. It said the President noted that the police reform initiative, embarked upon

by his administration, had focused on improving the welfare of the force, recruitment of 10,000 junior police officers annually, investing in the upgrade of facilities at the Nigeria Police Academy and other Police training institutions in the country, among others. ‘’In addition, a Nigeria Police Academy (Establishment) Bill is currently receiving legislative attention at the National Assembly. On passage, the Bill will give full legal backing to the existence and academic programmes of the Nigeria Police Academy and fully legitimize its status as a Police University. ‘’Furthermore, as part of our Police reform initiatives, the Police Public Complaint Committee, which is domiciled in the Ministry of Police Affairs has been resuscitated with the mandate to receive complaints from the general public on cases of abuse and maltreatment by Police Officers. The PPCC has a membership made up of officials from relevant MDAs and Security agencies. ‘’A Public Private Partnership arrangement undertaken by the Ministry of Police Affairs to rejuvenate the National Public Security Communication System Network has been approved by the Federal Executive Council. ‘’This is with a view to ensuring that when fully reactivated the Police and other Security Agencies will be able to fully utilize this vital facility,’’ he said.

The President equally highlighted ‘’well thought-out reform programmes’’ by his administration to modernise and reposition the Nigeria Police to meet the aspirations of the citizens, as well as to manage current and evolving threats in the most efficient and professional manner. ‘’We re-established the Ministry of Police Affairs out of the former Ministry of Interior in 2019. This is with the intention to drive the Police Reform process by initiating, formulating, and implementing policies and programmes relating to Policing and Internal Security. ‘’This initiative was also intended to provide supervision and Administrative support to the Force, particularly, in the area of training and capacity development as well as the enhancement of the budgetary profile of the Nigeria Police. ‘’In order to address the funding challenges of the Force, I also assented to the Nigeria Police Trust Fund Bill on 24th June, 2019 and followed up with the inauguration of the Board of Trustees to ensure immediate take off of the Fund. ‘’I am being constantly briefed by the Honourable Minister of Police Affairs on the activities of the Trust Fund and I am delighted to note that already, critical operational items including purpose-built operational vehicles and other policing assets are currently being delivered through the intervention of the Trust Fund.

‘’I am confident that with the sustained intervention of the Trust Fund, the operational efficiency and human capacity development goals of the Nigeria Police will be attained on a sustainable basis and by extension, our internal security order will be enhanced in due course,’’ he said. Furthermore, the President recounted that on 15th September, 2020, he assented to the Nigeria Police Bill which had been under legislative actions since 2014. ‘’The Act replaces the repealed Nigeria Police Act that had been in existence for over 77 years, and which had become an archaic legal instrument and a fundamental clog in the wheels of modern policing. ‘’The new Nigeria Police Act contains fundamental provisions which are positively altering the policing narrative in Nigeria as it has given legal backing to the principle of community policing and addressed vital issues that have historically been inhibiting seamless police administration. ‘’With the Nigeria Police Act, 2020, the nation has been given a unique legal instrument that will modernize police operations and position the Nigeria Police towards the attainment of its 21st Century Policing Mandate,’’ he said. In light of the several reforms, the President charged the young officers that the task of advancing major police responsibilities will in due course fall on their shoulders, saying:

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Baba Adamu


he Senate on Tuesday received a supplementary appropriation Bill from President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the sum of N895.842,465,917 billion as supplementary budget for the 2021 fiscal year. The bill was transmitted with a letter dated 15th June, 2021, and addressed to the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. President Buhari, in the letter which was read during the commencement of plenary, explained that the amount captured was proposed to fund the COVID-19 vaccine programme. He added that part of the supplementary budget would be used to also fund health related expenditures for treatment of additional 50,000 patients under the Nigeria Comprehensive AIDS Program in states; as well as to procure additional equipment captured in this year’s capital expenditure on Defence and Security to tackle prevalent security challenges across the country. The letter reads: “Let me seize this opportunity, to express my deep gratitude, for the cooperation and support, of the Leadership and Distinguished Members of the Senate, in our collective efforts to contain the COVID-19 Pandemic and address the various security and other challenges facing the country. “It has become necessary to prepare the 2021 Supplementary Appropriation Bill considering the urgent need to make provision for procurement and administration of COVlD-19 vaccines. “The availability of COVlD-19 vaccines and the procurement terms were still uncertain as at the time of finalising the 2021 budget. Hence, there was no

Buhari approves FG’s team to engage with Twitter over suspension By Mashe Umaru Gwamna


resident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of the Federal Government’s Team to engage with Twitter over the recent suspension of the operations of the microblogging and social networking service in Nigeria. The approval was announced in a statement in Abuja yesterday by the inister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who will chair the team. According to a statement signed and issued by Special Assistant To The President (Media),Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi. He said the Federal Government’s team comprises the Attorney General ofthe Federation and Minister of Justice, Minister f Communications and Digital Economy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Works and Housing, Minister of State for Labour and Employment as well as other relevant overnment agencies. Following the indefinite suspension of its operations in Nigeria, for activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate xistence, Twitter wrote to President Buhari seeking to engage with the Federal Government over the suspension, with a view to charting a path forward.


Buhari seeks Senate approval for N895.84bn supplementary budget provision in the 2021 Appropriation Act for the procurement and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. “However, the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) have now developed a Covid-19 vaccine programme for the country. Under the vaccine programme, 70% of eligible Nigerians are to be vaccinated between 2021 and 2022. “In addition, our security and law enforcement agencies urgently need to procure additional equipment and other resources in response to the prevalent security challenges across the country. “The Ministry of Defence has carefully scrutinized these procurement needs, which the military authorities claim to represent the minimum requirements to secure our country and

address current external and internal security challenges. “Furthermore, additional funds are required to meet our commitment to treat additional 50,000 patients under the Nigeria Comprehensive AIDS Program in States (NCAPS), as the amount provisioned in the 2021 Appropriation Bill for this purpose was inexplicably cut by the National Assembly. “In order to address the urgent problem of oxygen availability in the country and avoid the potential loss of lives, provision was made for the procurement and installation of new oxygen plants nationwide and repairs of oxygen plants in FCT hospitals. “It is also necessary to provide additional funds for Public Service wage Adjustment to cater for sundry wagerelated issues in the health and other

sectors, which if not resolved can add to the prevalent sense of instability in the polity. “The Supplementary Budget request is for a total sum of N895, 842, 465, 917 (Eight Hundred and Ninety-‘Five Billion, Eight Hundred and Forty-Two Million, Four Hundred and Sixty-Five Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventeen Naira) only. “We propose to fund N45.63 billion of the N83.56 billion required for the COVlD-19 vaccine programme by drawing on existing World Bank loans (which would be restructured) as well as Other Grants totalling US$113.22 million. “The balance of N37.93 billion required for COVlD-19 vaccines, salaries and other health-related expenditures totalling N41.69 billion and the N48.20

billion recurrent component of defence/ security expenditure will be funded by drawing N135 billion from some Special Reserve/Levy Accounts, which will be captured as revenues to the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN). “We propose to fund the balance of N722.40 billion for capital expenditure on defence/security and capital supplementation from new borrowings, in the absence of any supplementary revenue sources. “Understandably, needs currently abound in many other sectors. However, we have limited the supplementary budget proposal to just these critical and emergency areas of need due to our severe fiscal constraints. “All other needs would be deferred to the 2022 budget, which we plan to present in September of this years.”

Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim (4th R); Director of Legal Services, NYSC, Mr Tijani Ibrahim; Guest Speaker, Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle; and other directors during the opening ceremony of the NYSC Legal Officers’ Workshop, in Abuja on Tuesday (22/6/21).

Buhari inaugurates committee on poverty reduction, establishes private equity fund By Egena Sunday Ode


resident Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja inaugurated the National Steering Committee (NSC) of the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) to be chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. The President reiterated his commitment to lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years, with a well-researched framework for implementation and funding. Speaking at the ceremony attended by the Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, governors and top government officials, President Buhari noted that the NPRGS had already proposed the establishment of a private equity fund, the Nigeria Investment and Growth Fund (NIG-Fund), to lead resource mobilization drive and also manage the resources in a sustainable manner. “This journey began in January, 2021 when I directed the Chairman of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and Secretary to the Government of the Federation to collaboratively work together to

articulate what will lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten (10) years. “I am happy to note that the process of designing this inclusive poverty reduction strategy recognized and addressed past mistakes as well as laying the foundation for a sustainable poverty reduction through the wide range consultations held at all levels of government, development partners, the private sector as well as the civil society,’’ he said. The President added that the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy would address the underlying causes of poverty on the basis of which it developed programmes that would deal with the multi-dimensional nature of poverty within the practical context of comparative advantage of human and natural resources in the various geopolitical zones.  A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adssina, quoted Buhari to have noted that: “The major challenge before this National Steering Committee is to translate our good intention into positive impact of the average Nigerian so that we create an appreciative impact on the poverty situation in our

country. “If India can lift 271million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, Nigeria can surely lift 100million out of poverty in 10 years. Fortunately, we have already started but we need to unlock the challenges of slow implementation, inappropriate targeting and absence of adequate resources.’’ Buhari listed the responsibilities of the steering committee to include: anchor collaborative efforts; provide oversight for the implementation of the strategy; provide guidance to Technical Working Group and Federal Ministries, Extra Ministerial Departments and Agencies, subnational governments and other stakeholders on meeting the objectives of the programme as well as monitoring progress and any other effort that would enhance attainment of the objective of lifting 100 million people out of poverty in 10 years. According to the President: “The performance of our economy despite COVID-19 gives me comfort that we can achieve our goal but we need to seriously scale up and work more with state and local governments. “This call becomes more pertinent in the face of recent forecasts by the International

Monetary Fund, the World Bank and our own Nigerian Economic Summit Group which all agreed that Nigeria needs to frontally tackle her poverty situation if our economic gains are to be sustained.’’ President Buhari said the National Steering Committee of Nigeria’s National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy also include Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Governor of Ekiti State (South West), Governor of Delta State (South South), Governor of Sokoto State (North West), Governor of Borno State (North East), Governor of Nasarawa State (North Central) and Governor of Ebonyi State (South East). Other members of the committee are: Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Minister of Labour and Employment, Minister of Education and Minister of Health.

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Court strikes out suits challenging dissolution of APC NWC

By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


ustice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court Abuja, has discountenanced two suits challenging the dissolution of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress. The separate suits were filed by a chieftain of the party, Hilliard Eta and a former APC Youth leader in Abia state, Kalu Agu, respectively. Both suits sought an order of court on the legality or otherwise of the June 17, 2020 National Executive Committee meeting which dissolved the NWC, and appointed a National Caretaker Committee led by Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni. Justice Taiwo held that the separate plaintiffs lacked the locus standi to institute the lagsl action. Ruling on the preliminary objections filed by the defendants, the court held that the plaintiffs did not show nor prove how the dissolution of the NWC on June 17, 2020 by 16 out of 20 members of APC NEC infracted on their civil rights and obligation more than any other member of the party. “There must be a nexus between a plaintiff and the cause of action” the court held. The judge noted that the 1st plaintiff did not fit in properly into who a plaintiff is, while the 2nd plaintiff, Hilliard Eta “referred himself as a regular member of the party”. The court found out that for the APC to be a plaintiff, there must be existence of a faction. “In an affidavit deposed to by the 2nd plaintiff, there was nowhere he claimed to belong to a faction, the court stated. Consequently, the judge struck out the name of APC as a party in the suit. “I’m of the well considered view that issues raised by the plaintiff are not justiceable. Issues are the internal affairs of a political party. Having resolved the issues raised by the defendants in their favour, the court held that “it is sheer waste of time and there is no reason to consider the substantive matter, the judge reasoned.

Over 50 Kano govt employed teachers working in private schools

From Kano




ano state government has said it has so far discovered over 50, out 3,268 teachers, posted to voluntary and community schools, working for private schools in the state. Recall that the state government had recently declared that it would recall its staff with education qualification for teaching in schools across the state. The state government then directed the Ministry of

Education to form a committee for screening of the staff to be recalled for teaching. In a statement on Tuesday, signed by Aliyu Yusuf, Chief Public Relations Officer of Ministry of Education, the ministry said barely three days after the commencement of the screening exercise by the ministerial committee, 3,268 teachers, initially posted to teach at voluntary and community schools, over 50 of them ended up teaching in private schools in the state. The committee, according to the statement, headed by

Dr. Ibrahim Bichi, Executive Secretary, Kano State Library Board had further discovered that some of the identified staff had spent more than ten to fifteen years teaching in private schools while enjoying monthly salaries from either state or local government pay rolls. It was also discovered that while on such postings, the teachers are enjoying their consistent promotions upto directorate cadre, this is in addition to furthering their studies for higher degrees ranging from M. Sc and PhD certificates.

According to the interim report of the committee, it was similarly gathered that a single private school has more than 50 teachers posted from government schools over the years, a negative development that must be put to a halt to address the lingering problem of teachers shortfall in public schools in the state. “Parents and members of the general public are therefore called upon to be patient, as the whole excercise was aimed at sanitizing the state education system for the better,” said the statement.

L-R: The President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Ayuba Wabba, Vice Presidents NLC, Comrade Adeniji Abdrafiu and Comrade Lateef Oyelekan and the Congress Ex official, Comrade Kabir Gusau, during the union NEC meeting and the declaration of another round of protest and strike in Kaduna State over labour issue, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Oao

Twitter usage: ECOWAS court stops Buhari govt from prosecuting users By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


he ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja, yesterday “restrained the government of President Muhammadu Buhari from prosecuting people for using twitter, pending the hearing and determination of the suit. The court stop the government and its agents from unlawfully imposing sanctions or doing anything whatsoever to harass, intimidate, arrest or prosecute Twitter and/or any other social media service provider(s), media houses, radio and television broadcast stations, the Plaintiffs and other Nigerians who are Twitter users. The suit was instituted against the government by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) and 176 concerned Nigerians. The plaintiffs before the court, argued that “the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, criminalization of Nigerians and other people using Twitter have escalated repression of human rights and unlawfully restricted the rights of Nigerians and other people to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom in the country.” The court gave the order after hearing arguments from Solicitor to

SERAP, Femi Falana SAN, and lawyer to the government Maimuna Shiru. The court said: “The court has listened very well to the objection by Nigeria. The court has this to say. Any interference with Twitter is viewed as inference with human rights, and that will violate human rights. Therefore, this court has jurisdiction to hear the case. The court also hereby orders that the application be heard expeditiously. The Nigerian government must take immediate steps to implement the order.” This development was disclosed today by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare. Reacting to the ruling, Femi Falana, SAN said: “The intervention of the ECOWAS Court is a timely relief for millions of Nigerians using Twitter who have been threatened with prosecution under the provision of the Penal Code relating to sedition.” “Contrary to the assurance credited to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Mr Abubakar Malami, SAN that violators of the Twitter would not be prosecuted, the Federal Government filed processes in the ECOWAS Court threatening to prosecute Nigerians using Twitter for violating the

suspension under the provisions of the Penal Code relating to sedition.” “It is extremely embarrassing that the Federal Government could threaten to jail Nigerians for sedition, which was annulled by the Court of Appeal in 1983, in the case of Arthur Nwankwo vs The State.” The suit and the ruling followed the suspension of Twitter by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed after the social media giant was banned in the country for deleting President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) also ordered TV and radio stations to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately”, and told them to delete ‘unpatriotic’ Twitter. The substantive suit has been adjourned to 6th July 2021 for hearing of the substantive suit. It would be recalled that SERAP and the concerned Nigerians had in the suit No ECW/CCJ/APP/23/21 sought “An order of interim injunction restraining the Federal Government from implementing its suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and subjecting anyone including media houses, broadcast stations using Twitter in Nigeria, to harassment, intimidation, arrest and criminal prosecution, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit.” The suit, read in part “if this

application is not urgently granted, the Federal Government will continue to arbitrarily suspend Twitter and threaten to impose criminal and other sanctions on Nigerians, telecommunication companies, media houses, broadcast stations and other people using Twitter in Nigeria, the perpetual order sought in this suit might be rendered nugatory.” “The suspension of Twitter is aimed at intimidating and stopping Nigerians from using Twitter and other social media platforms to assess government policies, expose corruption, and criticize acts of official impunity by the agents of the Federal Government.” “The free communication of information and ideas about public and political issues between citizens and elected representatives is essential. This implies a free press and other media able to comment on public issues without censor or restraints, and to inform public opinion. The public also has a corresponding right to receive media output.” “Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right and the full enjoyment of this right is central to achieving individual freedom and to developing democracy. It is not only the cornerstone of democracy, but indispensable to a thriving civil society.”

“The arbitrary action by the Federal Government and its agents have negatively impacted millions of Nigerians who carry on their daily businesses and operational activities on Twitter. The suspension has also impeded the freedom of expression of millions of Nigerians, who criticize and influence government policies through the microblogging app.” “The suspension of Twitter is arbitrary, and there is no law in Nigeria today permitting the prosecution of people simply for peacefully exercising their human rights through Twitter and other social media platforms.” “The suspension and threat of prosecution by the Federal Government constitute a fundamental breach of the country’s international human rights obligations including under Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Nigeria is a state party.” “The suspension has seriously undermined the ability of Nigerians and other people in the country to freely express themselves in a democracy, and undermined the ability of journalists, media houses, broadcast stations, and other people to freely carry out their professional duties.”


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APC Group mobilises support for military


he All Progressives Congress (APC) Legacy Awareness Campaign Group, has urged Nigerians to support the military in the fight against security challenges in the country. Alhaji Ismail Ahmed, one of the leaders of the group said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja. He, however, said that the fear that gripped the nation has been receding while confidence was being renewed by the operations of the military. This, he said, was especially so as security agencies were chasing criminals and taking the battle to the bandits. He added that gunmen, kidnappers and other criminal elements that had held the country by the jugular and turned Nigeria to a killing field were also being dealt with by the military. “From the South East to the South South up to the North East and North West, bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and other criminal elements were being given bloodied noses,” he said. He said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was squarely addressing issues of insecurity, infrastructure and building the economy. Ahmed added that the recent positive stories had brought some sense of hope to Nigerians which could not be misplaced. He also added that not even the most virulent critics of the administration could pretend otherwise anymore. Ahmed said that Buhari was physically present in Lagos to commission the Lagos – Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail. This, he said, was a further attestation to the commitment of the present administration to reinvigorate the rail transportation system which had been in comatose for decades. “Combined with the earlier commissioned Itakpe -Warri rail line, the Abuja to Kaduna rail and the about to commence rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail and Kaduna to Kano Standard Gauge Rail. “There is no gainsaying the fact that Buhari has achieved what many thought were impossible. “The one day visit to Lagos also witnessed the launch of multi billion naira security equipment by the President under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Strategy code named Deep Blue,” he said. Ahmed expressed optimism that this would secure the country’s maritime domain and the entire Gulf of Guinea which had been troubled by pirates and other criminal elements. “Terrorists in the North East are also feeling the heat as the military continue to decimate them. “We commend our gallant security personnel and call on Nigerians to support the armed forces for the war against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and all crimes to succeed in the country,” he said. Ahmed said that things were looking up again across the Nigerian landscape, especially in the past few weeks following success stories recorded. (NAN)


Lawyers to Ortom: Minimize further suffering, deploy security to Ukpute

By Egena Sunday Ode


he Association of Lawyers from Conflict Zones has called on Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, to urgently deploy security personnel to quell the lingering communal conflict between Ukpute and Bonta in Oju and Konshisha local governments respectively. It particularly urged that the Benue State Government should put an immediate end to the invasion of Ukpute community by Bonta militia and their collaborators, by effectively policing the conflict area. In a statement signed by its President, John Owulo Esq, the group said it believed that such

initiatives would minimize further loss of lives, mindless destruction of property and mass suffering of the displaced persons. The statement read: “We members of the Association of Lawyers from Conflict Zones would wish to urge the Benue State Government to put an immediate end to the invasion of Ukpute Community in Oju Local Government of Benue State by the Bonta militia and their collaborators by deploying security personnel to the conflict area. “We believe such initiative will minimise further loss of lives, destruction of property and mass suffering of the displaced, especially women and children. “It will also send the needed

signal to the militia who have acted with impunity by repeatedly frustrating government’s effort at restoring peace through boundary demarcation and had gotten away with it. “Government’s silence in the face of serial violations of its instructions, initiatives and the on-going fighting has potential for misreadings or other conclusions. “We believe a robust security presence in the conflict area will not only bring to an end the unfolding tragedy but wiĺl serve as a deterrent to trouble makers or violators of peace agreements. “Given the frequency and scope of destruction of this conflict, we similarly urge the Benue State Goverment to as a matter of

urgency, put in place ways, means and processes that could lead to the establishment of a permanent security post between Ukpute and Bonta communities. “Fighting broke out on Monday, June 14, 2021 when the regrouped Bonta militia, apparently not satisfied with the terms and conditions of peace brokered by the State Goverment, invaded Ukpute. “The slaughter of women and children has gone on unabated since then. “The same conflict had snowballed into the killing of a Captain and eleven soldiers earlier in the year by the same Bonta militia. “Enough is enough!”

L-R...Executive Vice Chairman Federal Competitions and Consumer Protection Commission ( FCCPT) Mr Babatunde Irukera, Chairman Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal ( CCPT) Hajiya Saratu Nana Safii and Member of the board, Mrs Sola Salako-Ajilo, during the 3-Day retreat for members of the Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal, yesterday in Abuja on

Police foils attempted kidnap of Indian expatriate in Kaduna From: Kaduna




peratives of Kaduna State Police Command has foiled attempted kidnap of an Indian expatriate at Dankande area of Igabi council.

The Police Public Relations Officer ( PPRO ) of the Command ASP Mohammad Jalige stated this in a statement made available in kaduna yesterday. The statement added that one of the bandits was neutralized in the gun duel and 4 fully loaded

AK47 magazines was recovered. The statement explained that “on the 21st June, 2021 at about 2133hrs while escorting an expatriate to Plan Farm Phase at Dankande area of Igabi council, its men ran into an ambush laid by suspected armed bandits

who in their desperate attempt to kidnap the expatriate, shot berserkly at the officers. ASP Jalige disclosed that the gun duel lasted for some time but the operatives were able to repel the bandits and secure the Indian expatriate unhurt.

Zailani has urged Speakers of the state’s Houses of Assembly to profer immediate solution to the insecurity challenges bedeviling the country. Zailani gave the charge in

his welcome remarks at the 2nd Regional Conference Meeting held Kaduna yesterday. According to him, worsening security situation is leading to impoverishment of more of the

people through high cost of food items. “Our farmers are afraid of going to farm over apprehension of being kidnapped or even killed,” he said.

Profer solution to insecurity -Zailani tasks Speakers of 19 Northern state From: Kaduna




hairman Northern Speakers Forum, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim

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TETFund: PhD Kano begins demolition of in MSU buildings situated on drainage scholars to major on From Kano




ano Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA) has started demolition of structures erected on or inside drainages. The state’s Commissioner of Environment, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso disclosed this while briefing journalists during the monitoring of Keep Kano Clean Week exercise at Jakara, Dala Local Government Area yesterday. According to Getso, he lodged the complaint to the Managing Director of KNUPDA over the attitude of people towards buildIng structures on waterways, which according to him, is the major cause of flooding that destroy lives and property. The Commissioner disclosed that the MD KNUPDA had accepted his complaint, adding that

he would order for demolition of the structures after identifying the areas where they are situated. “You see how people erect building on waterways or even inside the waterways. I contacted the Managing Director of Kano Urban Planning and Development Authority (KNUPDA). “I complaint to him in view of the fact that it is his agency that is responsible for demolition of structures situated on water ways. We identified the spots where those structures are being erected and he ordered for demolition, may be starting from today or tomorrow,” Getso said. Dr Getso also disclosed that the state government had approved for procurement of 58 additional mobile public convenience in its continued efforts to check open defecation. He said the state governor,

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had directed the MD KNUPDA to approve for sites where the public toilets would be situated, adding that the Ministry of Environment would start constructing the toilets once it get the approval from the KNUPDA as a body responsible for town planning. He also stated that about 100 community self-help groups benefited from the procured sanitation equipment, launched by the state government. The equipment, according to the commissioner, include wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, fork shovels, and diggers among others. He added that in addition to the already constructed public toilet facilities, the state government would be placing the mobile toilets in strategic locations and upgrade the

already existing toilet facilities to encourage patronage and partner with donors, individuals, and corporate organizations in the management and maintenance of the facilities. During the visit in Jaakara qouters in Municipal Local government area the commissioner expressed optimism with exercise. He urged members of the public to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse at water ways saying success will only be achieve when government, industres, self help - groups and members of the public to put hands together in addressing Environment challenges. “In Jakara dump site alone more than 15 trucks were evercuated and as you can see our vehicle are still busy evercuating the refuse until it was all cleared”, Dr. Getso said. Chairman, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd) (middle) flanked by the Country representative, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Oliver Stolpe (right) and the NDLEA Secretary, Mr. Shadrach Haruna (left), during the Agency world press conference of it achievement and official Flag-off week long activities marking the 2021 international day against drugs abuse and illicit trafficking. Theme: “Share Facts on Drugs”, held on Monday in Abuja. Photo: Justin ImoOwo

Anambra guber: Consensus candidacy doubtful for PDP, says Maduka By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja


United States of America trained Medical Doctor and aspirant for the Anambra State governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Professor Godwin Maduka has expressed doubt over the possibilty of a consensus arrangement in picking the party’s candidate for the November 6 election. Maduka, who was among the aspirants in attendance at the meeting between the PDP national leadership and other stakeholders in the Anambra governorship election held in Abuja on Monday, also gave insight into what he intends to do if given the mandate to govern the state. Fielding questions from

Journalists at the PDP headquarters after the meeting on Monday night, the aspirant equally pledged to implement his 10-point agenda for the people to the letter if he gets the party’s mandate as well as elected Governor of Anambra State. Speaking on the feasibility of a consensus candidate by the PDP for the election, Maduka made it clear that such will be a bit difficult, pointing out that if none of the aspirants has stepped down before now, such will not be easy at this stage. While responding to a question on the issue, the aspirant said, “On consensus, if anyone has not given up by now, I doubt if he or she is going to do so now. “Some of them will come to you and say let’s talk. They will say, you don’t need to be in politics, what are you

looking for? Are you going to take the governorship title and allow me to work? I will allow you do that? “Let me work on my ten point agenda, education, ICT (Information and Communication Technology), Agriculture, Women and Youth empowerment, Solar energy, transportation and all that. “I don’t think consensus is possible”, he said. Maduka expressed the optimism that being elected into office as governor, will allow him to serve his people very well and attract dividends of democracy to his people. His words, “Being in government will allow you to be able to even solicit for help outside Nigeria. If we start that In Anambra, I believe it will go to other places in Nigeria. God

knows that I am neither tribalist not a racist. “I want to serve my people and my people are not limited to only Anambra people. “I am going for governorship and I don’t plan to lose it because I have been praying hard to be able to change the things I don’t like. I can’t just go ahead and change my town and the rest of the people are suffering. “I want to start a movement in Nigeria to end tribalism. I don’t want to wait until all those tribalistic people are dead”, he said. The PDP primaries elect the party’s flag bearer for the Anambra governorship election is slated to hold this Saturday in Awka, the state capital. Sixteen aspirants are vying for the ticket, having been cleared to go into the race.

public health, others - Bogoro By Maryam Abeeb


he Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, has said that Nigerian academics undertaking PhD studies at Morgan State University, MSU, in Maryland, USA will henceforth, prioritize three key areas of specialties. He listed the areas to include; Public Health, climate change, and Computer Technology. The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof Suleiman Bogoro, while speaking at a meeting with authorities of the university in Baltimore, USA, which was also streamed virtually, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof Suleiman Bogoro, said the areas of specialties were in view of the challenges of desertification, flooding, other climate-driven, health and developmental problems confronting the country. Bogoro, who is leading a team from the fund to MSU on a partnership visit from June 21 to 23, said the three key areas were identified during his chat with MSU President, David Wilson. He added that these should be some of the areas of priority incoming scholars should undertake.

Insecurity: Monarch calls for involvement of traditional Institutions

From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


he Chairman of Yoruba Council of Obas and Chiefs in the 19 Northern states and Abuja, Amb. Mohammed Arigbabuwo, said, there is the need for the involvement of traditional rulers in the scheme of affairs, considering the current situation of the nation. He asserted this in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday. Arigbabuwo noted that the situation of the country at the moment, requires the coming together of all and sundry to save the nation from total collapse. He urged the traditional institutions to be involved in addressing the challenges.


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News Anambra guber: PDP national leaders, stakeholders meet, harp on unity By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja


he national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday met with aspirants and stakeholders in the Anambra Governorship election, harping on the need for unity and mutual relationship among all. The meeting, which lasted for several hours and presided over by the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus , was held at the party’s headquarters and attended by several of its chieftains. The PDP’s governorship primaries is scheduled for next Saturday, June 26, while the main election is billed for November 6, this year by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The PDP National Chairman, Prince Secondus, who was flanked by other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party, explained that the meeting was called for the party leaders to interact with stakeholders as elections held off season were always very stormy and tough. His words, “We are here basically for us to make sure first and foremost that all our leaders and all our aspirants are in unity. It is very important for this trying period and you know the period, we are in”. Secondus maintained that unity was key especially now that the country was passing through

challenges including insecurity, that must not be taken for granted. He noted that the only way to get out of that was to make sure that things were done properly. According to him, “Let there be fairness and equity and justice, which is in deficit in our country; and that is what the PDP stands for. “We stand for fairness, equity and justice, under the rule of law. This is a party that believes that all Nigerians are one. “We must live together as brothers and sisters,” he said. The National Chairman said that Anambra was key to the mission of rescuing Nigeria and unite the country. In is words, “Anambra is the economic key of our country

and we must conduct our affairs to show the world that PDP is different and ready to rescue this country. “That is why we are to interact with leaders of our party are here. At the end of this meeting, I think we will go home happily that on Saturday it will be most freest congresses that has been conducted. “So, Anambra, we want to advice, we want to call our people the time to put down ourselves is now. “This is the time to look at each other. We must not allow both Anambra and our country to fail. We must show that good example. “You have been leading in several areas, you must lead

politically now. Our leaders must be statesman. They must look beyond and individual and narrow interest. “ It is time for us to look at Nigeria. If we get it wrong, the consequences will be great. It will reflect on other parts of the country,”Secondus said. Speaking earlier, the PDP National Organising Secretary, Col. Austin Akobundu,rtd, said that the meeting was customary anytime PDP had major contests. Akobundu said that the meeting was called to ensure everybody was carried along in the primary to ensure peaceful outcome. His words, “It is for this reason that the NWC directed us to meet with the stakeholders in

Anambra. We know we have large stakeholders in Anambra. “This is just a cross section of our quality stakeholders in Anambra, who have invited to attend this meeting. “It is simply to rub minds, have an interactive session and discuss ways and means that we can employ to have hitch free primary with everybody on board. Among those in attendance were, former Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, former Governor of Anambra and vice presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 general election, Mr Peter Obi, former Minister of Aviation, Mrs Stella Oduah, former National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh among others.

2023 : Don’t handover to political jobbers, APC chieftain advises Buhari From: Femi, Oyelola, Kaduna


chieftain of the ruling All Progressive party (APC), Dr. Kabir Muhammad has advised President Muhammed Buhari not to hand over the country to political jobbers who will come out to ruin the country and destroy his achievements. He made the assertion while speaking to media in Kaduna yesterday. Dr. Muhammed who is the Wakilin Sarkin Keffi said some politicians have put in personal sacrifice to sustain the present democracy in the country and one of them is Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu. According to him, Tinubu played a great role in the APC victory of the 2015 and 2019 elections respectively, “and it is time for such loyal party starlwart to be rewarded”.

L-R Minister of information, Allahji Laid Muhammed, a member of House Committee on Information Hon. Ibrahim Isiaka and the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Olusegun Odebunmi during an investigative hearing on the Twitter ban in Nigeria, at National Assembly yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Defection: Nassarawa Speaker expresses delight From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia


asarawa State House of Assembly Speaker, Abdullahi Balarebe has described the defection of David

Maiyaki member representing Gitatata/Kam Constituency from the PDP to the ruling APC as commendable. He assured him of equitable treatment.

The speaker who expressed delight on the defection during an emergency sitting Monday, said the defection from PDP to APC is a plus to the Assembly. “We will work

harmoniously for the interest and development of our dear state. You will be accorded equal opportunity to contribute your quota for the unity of our great party APC”.

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Benue govt partner Innoson Flood: motors to train 50 indigenes Okowa appeals T to Warri/ Effurun residents for patience G From: Uche Makurdi


he Benue State Government has expended a total of N25 million on 50 youths drawn from various Local Government Area for automobile training at Innoson Motors. Special Adviser on Benue State Local Government and

ov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has appealed to the residents of Warri, Effurun and environs to be patient owing to the flooding currently being recorded in the areas. Okowa made the appeal in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba on Monday. He said his government had intensified efforts in tackling the flooding problem being experienced in the area. According to Okowa, contract for storm drainage projects to address the flood menace in the area has since been awarded and work is progressively ongoing. He said the projects were in three phases and that work was speedily ongoing on two major phases which were expected to be completed in 24 months. Okowa disclosed that at the weekend, the contractor and officials of Warri-Uwvie and Environs Development Agency, had worked assiduously on measures to check the level of flooding occasioned by the rainfall in the area. He noted that at the completion of the project, it would provide an enduring solution to the problem. Okowa, however, expressed optimism that before the year’s dry season, residents of the areas would begin to enjoy respite from flood as it would have been drastically checked by the Storm Drainage projects. The governor appealed to them to be patient with the government on the Storm Drainage scheme targeted at making flooding in the area a thing of the past. He commended the people for their cooperation and urged them to continue to support the state government in its drive toward attainment of a “Stronger Delta,” agenda.

Chieftaincy Affairs, Barrister Ken Achabo disclosed this yesterday to newsmen during an interaction with journalists. Achabo said on completion of their training, automobile shops will be opened for them, adding that this will have multiplier effect on the State. “We paid for two(2) persons in each of the 23 local government in the state for the

training at Innoson Motors in Nnewi, Anambara State. “They are altogether 50 Benue youths; two from each of the local governments and four extra. They will come back at the end of the training to set up automobile workshops in the state and train others”, Achabo said Meanwhile, the special adviser also intimated that the

state government through his office bought 90 vehicles at the cost of about N1billion for different classes of traditional rulers in the state incluing, 46 third class chiefs and 23 second class chiefs among others. He added that his office has installed nine rulers since his coming on board nine months ago.

The National Assembly Maintenance were busy cleaning the Assembly’s lobby as the floor was flooded during the heavy down pour during the senates plenary session, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

SCI disseminates pneumonia control strategy in Jigawa

From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse


s part of its efforts to control the spread of pneumonia in Jigawa state, Save the Children International funded by GSK, launched the public dissemination of National integrated pneumonia control strategy in the state. Speaking at the launching of the documents, the Chief of Party INSPRING project Dr Adamu Isah said, “Save the Children International, through

the INSPIRING project funded by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), is pleased to be part of this progress and accelerated efforts towards ending preventable child deaths due to pneumonia”. He explained that, in line with the National Integrated Pneumonia Control Strategy, the project is implementing sustainable approaches in Jigawa and Lagos states that can be scaled at health facility and community levels. The Chief of Party also said,

the strategy, therefore, seeks to strengthen the enabling environment (policy and financing, data and information systems, coordination and partnerships), demand-side (community prevention and care-seeking) and supplyside (service delivery, supply and distribution) aspects of pneumonia control. “Save the Children is confident that Jigawa state will take the lead among all other states in Nigeria towards

Fintiri swaps 6 commissioners

From Umar Dankano,Yola


he Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved a minor cabinet reshuffle affecting six

commissioners who were swapped. In a press statement issued by his press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou in Yola Weekend, the commissioners were directed to hand over and move to new assigned

adoption, prioritization and implementation of the integrated pneumonia control strategy and implementation plan as part of its aim towards ending preventable child deaths” he said. He then calls on the Jigawa state government to speed up the process of implementing the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF) and ensure equitable access to healthcare, especially for children and families at the local levels to reduce, if not eliminate out-of-pocket expenditures.

ministries immediately. “His Excellency, Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has approved a minor cabinet swap of the Adamawa state executive council.

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Letter to the Editor


Kettle and pot


he ruling All Progressives Congress states’ coffers is an affront to democracy, (APÇ) has claimed that People’s constitutionalism, and federalism, they fail to Democratic Party (PDP) governors are mention the ugliest trend against the integrity seeking more money “for their own profligate of Nigeria comes by own hands with their political ends”. The APC controlled Presidency refusal to support the Federal Government’s made the claim last Wednesday. It accused the earnest desire to reinstate the local government opposition governors of asking the Nigerian as the third tier of government and finding a National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to lasting solution to farmer-herder conflicts “break the bank” to make more cash available. costing the nation lives and livestock. “This initiative brings rights and support Besides, it said the PDP governors were asking for the revaluation of the naira, whereas “an for generations of all ages to bring solutions different communities appreciated currency would benefit those to challenges that spending on luxury items abroad, being the of our country have faced but the PDP governors reject it – denying all Nigerians leading desire of a typical PDP governor. The Presidency said, “Similar profligacy their constitutional right to live and work in and contradiction are in full view with their any state of the Federation – preferring to call on the Central Bank to appreciate the appeal to ethnic division and hatred rather value of the Naira. This would damage exports than support the first practical solution offered – including oil revenues on which NNPC since independence. “Similarly, the governors appeal to each depends – as well as damage small businesses other for more involvement of states in mining and employment.” Those allegations highlighted the and geophysical activities within their states. Presidency’s reaction to an alarm raised The question must be asked: “Why has this by the PDP governors in a communique taken you so long?” Such opportunities and of their forum’s meeting held in Uyo, the states’ powers have been fully available since independence – yet only now Akwa Ibom State capital, on the PDP realises it? And, of Monday. The governors accused course, the PDP grieves over the Federal Government of the Federal Government’s frivolous borrowing, saying that action over Twitter – for it a N36 trillion debt profile was unsustainable, more so that 80 Similarly, the governors represents the curtailment their ability to use the per cent of the appropriation was appeal to each other of platform to spread fake spent on debt servicing. A statement by Garba Shehu, for more involvement news and invented stories to detriment of community Senior Special Assistant (SSA), of states in mining and the and good neighbourliness Media and Publicity, to President Muhammadu Buhari, said, geophysical activities between the peoples of Nigeria.” “The PDP Governors propose within their states. Yes, the APC Presidency no solutions to any of our nation’s challenges in the face of The question must be could be right to respond provocation by the COVID-19 and a global economic asked: “Why has this to opposition and in the downturn. Instead, they grasp taken you so long?” manner it so chooses. It for more money and mourn their also be true that the lack of access to social media to Such opportunities and could opposition PDP ostensibly spread falsehoods and hate. Their states’ powers have seeks to bring down the statement is evidence, if any were government by any needed, as to why the President been fully available Buhari means but constitutional. and the APC ended the PDP’s oneparty rule in 2015, were re-elected since independence This we condemn. Regime by illegal means by an increased margin in 2019 – yet only now the PDP change is a coup that must not be and why their winning trend is set realises it? allowed by true democrats. to continue far into the future.” That said, we wonder The statement added: which states want more “The PDP Governors’ Forum Communiqué was a spectacular demonstration money to fritter away, PDP controlled ones or to the people of Nigeria as to why this party APC’s. The truth is that all want more funds and its representatives should not be entrusted from the federation account and all waste the with national leadership of our country any money on non essentials. Take the bailouts time soon. In bemoaning the decision by the federal government has been giving to the the NNPC not to make contributions to the states since 2016 to pay arrears of the salaries Federation Account, the governors appear to of their workers. Almos all APC governors believe NNPC can spend the same money twice rushed to take the credit facility, amounting to - once on the petroleum subsidy which they N5 billion in bailout and N310 in loans. And all support and then, on their states via the so did PDP States but Rivers. Did all use the money for the purpose it was given? Most did Federation Account. “NNPC is a trustee for the nation and not and Buhari was rightly angry, threatening this means it must manage its finances with to recover it from their statutory allocations. prudence and for the long-term to safeguard Guilt was equally shared. APC governors were the financial support it bestows on our as much at fault as PDP’s. In other words, the country. When the governors claim a lack of Presidency’s claim against the latter reads like federal institutions’ money pouring into their the story of the kettle and pot.



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Social class in Nigeria: Being positive about negatives By TimiOlubiyi, Ph.D


ife is indeed transient, my father Chief Sehindemi Hezekiah Awe Olubiyi, JP left this world in the year 2020 and it feels just like yesterday. So with a keen desire, I write to reflect on social class particularly social mobility which is a concept I benefited and learnt from him during his lifetime. Social mobility, in my opinion, can be regarded as the movement of individuals, families, or groups through a system of social hierarchy. This means, when people improve or diminish their economic status in a way that affects social class, they experience social mobility. However, it makes a lot of sense to strive to improve it which is usually referred to as upward social mobility in that context. This upward mobility happens when a person moves from a lower position in society to a higher one. Most noticeably are the notable families and businesses in Lagos State the adjudged economic capital of the country. Arguably movement to Lagos State from huts, villages or towns around the country for greener pasture is due to this particular subject matter- social mobility. From observation, social mobility can either be an upward or downward change in position within the social class, occupation, and lifestyle. However, most people strive for upward social mobility because this improves social class and livelihood. It is important to note that upward social mobility is not only about becoming richer, having loads of cash and/or being famous. It can involve people earning high qualifications and university degrees, getting a significant career boost, doing well and raising the family wealth or even getting married to someone with a good status which can guarantee moving up socially and much more. Largely, upward social mobility is more common where children or grandchildren are in economic circumstances, better than those of their parents or grandparents. Another example is a child of a village farmer who becomes a professor, definitely, upward social mobility has been achieved. In contrast, downward mobility indicates a lowering of one’s social class and if you look around its more prevalent and troubling within our environment due to unemployment, a high number of out of school populace, business setbacks, pandemic, job losses, growing inequality, reduced economic opportunities and/or even illness. Just like we have seen poverty level on the rise the downward mobility of many of the populace has also been on the increase consistently. Many people have experienced economic setbacks, creating a wave of downward mobility in the country. This has continued to escalate the level of inequality and the growing gap between the haves and have nots in the country. It is important to mention that the level of social mobility in a society or country could be an indicator of the fairness of that society or country. A society with a high level of upward social mobility will provide equal opportunities for people to be rewarded for their efforts and talents, regardless of their background. In a society with a low level of social mobility, the social background will either be a barrier and inequality is rather prevalent. I leave you to determine what we currently have in the country based on this narrative. From lessons learnt from my late father the revered entrepreneur, I can present the salient factors that promote upward social mobility. Firstly, the decision and conviction to take calculative risk is key and should be apparent. To arrive at huge

success and upward social mobility there is a need for proactiveness and opportunity seeking. Do not get too comfortable with your current status, strive for improvement always though, let simplicity be a way of life. Therefore, it might be right to continue to aspire for greater heights and have dreams, vision and stay committed to them. It is also essential to get knowledge continually, which is upskilling, even when it does not seem like you need it. It is crucial to imbibe the culture of seeking sound and good education and be interested in other people’s success stories because it inspires. Furthermore, hard work is key and necessary, we plant, we water and only God can give the increase, so learn to support hard work with prayer. With that, I remember the law of gradual growth I learnt from him and the importance of giving thanks to God for every progress, in fact, celebrate it if you can. It further motivates. Regardless of any challenges ensure you do not give up, persist and understand that you must put in the efforts before you see the results. For professionals and individuals, this is the time to consider less of “packaging”, which is actually putting up appearances, actions and behaviours in a certain way to boost a perceived social class or status. Instead explore social mobility with qualifications that are recognized across the world, this could be a winning strategy to stem the tide of any economic woes and ensure a quality livelihood beyond the shore of this country. A world-recognized qualification can offer opportunities regardless of your background, gender, race or religion and can just provide the upward social mobility needed without a logjam. That said, remember the chief maker of upward social mobility is either education or knowledge, but most times the combination of the two coupled with valuable information helps a great deal. In conclusion, just like social mobility in individuals and families it also happens in businesses, be it Micro, Small or MediumSized Enterprises (MSMEs). The lack of social mobility is not only a family issue but also a business issue in the country. Records have shown that businesses are only as good as their employees. For instance, an individual born into a family on a low income is less likely to have the same opportunities as someone from a more privileged and well to do background despite talent and determination. Consequently, businesses have a key role to play in helping to create social mobility in the workplace. When businesses identify and recruit the best individuals regardless of gender, race or background, social mobility is improved and this, in turn, is vital for businesses to move from success to improved success. Therefore, employers and businesses should strive to recruit employees with talents irrespective of their backgrounds, who have different experiences, knowledge and who can tackle challenges in different ways. Businesses can benefit from this and have better decisions, improved performance, and better solutions. Responsible businesses, therefore, can explore workplace social mobility to maximize profitability, market share, sales and business growth. However, having a highly skilled, diverse workforce and equality in your business is key to these mentioned performance indicators. Good luck! Dr. Timi Olubiyi can be reached on the Twitter handle @drtimiolubiyi and via email: drtimiolubiyi@gmail. com.


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There is no hope for basic education system in Nigeria

Nigerians: Optimists without confidence


By Jerome-Mario Utomi

By Mohammed Aliyu Baba

reminder that the elementary stage of education is the bedrock of other stages, hence, very critical. Once this foundation is shaky, the chances of producing half-baked graduates by other stages is very high. Education is according to English dictionary the process or art of imparting knowledge, skill and judgement. It is the facts, skills and ideas that have been learned, either formally or informally. In a very simple term, education is the process of guiding a learner to know what is unknown and explore what is needed for better understanding of life and the society. Meanwhile, an education system has to do with economic, political, and social factors that constitute (specifically) public schools at various levels of the government; federal, state or local government. These factors are given by Top Hat to include public funding, school facilities, staffing, compensation, employee benefits, teaching resources and lots more. So basically, the education system goes by everything invested into public schools for effective teaching by the teachers and easy learning by the students/learners. These investments can be human and material resources. The significance of education to every society can never be overstated for the development of a nation. Because through it, the society gains stability, equality, financial security, self-dependency, actualization of goals, confidence, economic growth (through learning and researching about the new innovations) and embellishing the human/nation’s sovereignty. But sadly, the system through which education is generally operating in Nigeria is totally heartbreaking. Despite the government’s enticing promises and significant policies, the proper implementation of those policies is

still discouraging and counterproductive. All promises and seasonal policies by governments (especially at the state and local levels) never fully see the light of the day. The numerous approaches delved into since 1960 are still displeasing almost sixty years after. This is contrary to the record of the education system before 1960. During the British presence in Nigeria, the education system is said to be styled based on the British cognitive arrangements; i.e 6-5-2: six years of primary education, five years of secondary education and two years of higher-level. Interestingly, the system recorded a huge success before the calamity started striking after some changes were made around 1983 when the system was updated to 6-3-3-4 (six years in primary, three years in junior secondary, three years senior secondary and four years in higher institution). According to the educational report by Iyabo Lawal, this is said to be similar to the American system. The system was reported to be the genesis of the development and adoption of the first National Policy on Education in Nigeria. The adoption of Universal Primary Education (UPE) that granted free education at primary level added little/no impact on the system as nothing tangible was done to make education compulsory for all the categories of children in Nigeria. This is the reason the policies always ended up with failure. For any (educational) project or contract awarded; and policies put in place, there is dire need for serious monitoring and evaluation. There should be follow up for every single move/action that is geared toward improving the basic education system. But in many cases, the government would award a contract for building or revamping of school structures, enact policies to improve the system, but without an iota of scrutiny. In the end, embezzling of the funds by the private individuals would leave the situation worsening. Indeed, there is no

way the introduction of a new policy can be effective using the old mentality. The launching of yet another educational policy in 1999 at the federal level by Obasanjo’s administration named “Universal Basic Education (UBE)” was gearing toward minimization of illiteracy to the barest minimum by 2015, addressing the issue of out-ofschool children and to also providing easy access to education for all categories of children. The federal government also engaged the states in the policy through the establishment of “State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) across the 36 states; but still, the enforcement of the policy was nothing to write home about. The unorganized nature of LEAs, the dilapidated school structures, the weak-kneed diligence of the teachers; their poor quality delivery as a result of total absence of motivation could tell everything in disgusting. The school infrastructures are out of shape. The teachers who are the pilot and pivot of the system are not comfortable and are completely unhappy as the system only subjects them to rigorous tasks without paying them what is due for their sweat. In most cases, it even takes the grace of God before they could even receive the very little they earn. Teachers are always in the pool of hardships as they constantly receive torture from the authorities by delaying the peanut they earn as salaries.The government and the stakeholders in the basic education system are totally inconsiderate and pay no attention to the plights of the teachers. No iota of motivation, and despite all these agonies they pass through, they still want them to do beyond their best in the face of despair. What a pity? The current government in Kaduna State is a typical element that demonstrated the gruesome hopelessness in the system. The state in 2018 recruited what it termed; “competent teachers” for primary schools across the 23 local government areas in the state. The

recruitment was characterized by a lot of mind boggling promises of better welfare to attract the best hands into the system. But almost three years later, the promises still remain a dream-up in the minds of the recruited teachers: the 35% salary increment, accommodation (two bedroom flat for each teacher) and motorcycle for teachers posted into rural areas. Disappointedly, none of these promises has come to pass. Worst come to worst when it recently revised the #30,000 minimum wage it purportedly started paying sometimes in 2019. The phenomenon that has successfully shattered the morale of the (not long) recruited primary school teachers in the state. “The Kaduna State government has deceived me. It has messed up my plans and hope. I’m in total disappointment right now. I could’ve remained in the private school where I left with the hope of better welfare. I got more motivated there than what I’m having here at the moment.” Above is a teacher’s response during a chat with this writer in Kaduna. Sadly, the information gathered from respondents in sampled states across the six geopolitical zones in the country showed that the worst is happening in almost all the states in the country especially on the welfare of teachers: “Seriously, it’s very bad. Nothing is moving educationally and no sign of improvement in view. This is June and we’ve not received the salaries of April and May. Very sad situation. It’s only God that would take control of the bad state of the education system in this country.” Abdulkadir Yusuf, Niger State. “The infrastructures are too bad and the teachers’ welfare aren’t nice either.” A respondent from Kano state who preferred anonymity. Other responses from the sampled states like Kogi, Bauch, Borno, Zamfara, Sokoto, Imo, Ebonyi, Bayelsa, Edo, Oyo, Lagos and Ogun have nothing serious in contrary to what we see above

from Kaduna, Kano and Niger states. Except in Borno state where governor Zulum is reportedly doing everything possible to restore the sanity into the system for the disaster caused by Boko Haram insurgency. He’s executing capital projects that also embedded the teachers welfare. In some cases also, Kaduna and Lagos states received commendations and accolades from the respondents compared to their states. They advised the government to see the basic education system in her implementations as a tender stage that needs special attention. Unarguably, no educational policy could see the light of the day if its administrators are having hard times with their means of livelihood. No employee can offer the best service in the absence of motivation. Nobody can render the best where the worst is offered. To clear the air, the basic education system in Nigeria does not need any further policy formulation. Rather, the holistic implementation and enforcement of the existing policies to be workable is what is direly needed. To this end, governments at all levels must live up to their educational responsibilities in improving the qualitative and quantitative goals of the basic education system in Nigeria. The numerous educational policies specially the 6-3-3-4 and the subsequent 9-3-4 systems must be put into practical realities of implementation devoid of corruption, poor delivery and lack of sincerity. Also, to reposition the system in line with the present realities, there must be regular review in the provisions for teachers’ welfarism because if teachers are left with hunger; the best thing a hungry man can render is anger, and anger is a threat to teaching and learning environment especially at this elementary level. MOHAMMED Aliyu Baba, a student of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria writes from Ikara in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Is defacing Nigerian Flag not an offence? By Tife Owolabi


am not a lawyer and I will not assume to be one but I am not a novice to law but allow to make some legal conjunction in the course of this discourse by looking at these words, a crime and an offence. The words are used interchangeable but there is a difference between crime and offence and they may appear wrong or at least paradoxical to some of the readers. This is because most people believe crime and offence to have the same meaning to be used interchangeably. Of course, there are great similarities between the two concepts, but despite the overlapping, there are subtle differences that will be highlighted in this article. Crime Every society has a system of written rules and regulations to deal with people who deviate from normal, accepted behaviour. People who violate these rules are treated as criminals and punished according to the laws of the land. Any act or behaviour that harms others and society, in general, is a crime and is dealt with accordingly. Crime differs from social norms in the sense that there is no legal standing of norms and a person violating them cannot be punished by law. It is only when he has committed a crime that violates a written law that a person can be arrested and interrogated by law enforcement authorities and later tried in a court of law. The court may give its verdict of a prison sentence with a financial penalty for the culprit if the accused is proved guilty. Offence If one looks up a dictionary, the

offence is defined as an act that violates civil or criminal law. This violation is of such a nature that it brings harm to society and makes the culprit liable to serve a sentence in prison with a possible financial penalty. Different countries of the world have different judicial systems in place, and the definitions of the word offence differ accordingly. The thing to remember is that an offence is punishable by law only if is cognizable. This means that the offence must violate some penal laws to be tried in a court of law. Unless the act or behaviour finds no mention in law, it is not an offence. Violation of criminal law is, therefore, an offence and it is an offence that finds mention in law books as a definition, not crime. What is a crime? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government especially: a gross violation of law, a grave offence especially against morality, criminal activity and something reprehensible, foolish, or disgraceful. What is an offence? Law makes no difference in the words crime and offence and, in fact, terms violation of penal laws as the definition of the offence. An act or behaviour that does not break a law is not an offence. The word offence comes from an offender who is a person violating a law. However, a crime is always a violation of the law. Crimes / Offence are in grades also punishments, while some carry a maximum punishment of sentence of jail terms or could be of fine or both fine and a term behind the bar. So, in a saner clime, a crime is a crime no matter who commits it or no matter whose ox is gore and except on the prerogative of a court

or the lawyer argument, one can let be loose from the crime or get the mercy of sin no more. In Nigeria, major crimes or offences include rape, kidnapping, murder, burglary, fraud, terrorism, robbery, cyber-crimes, bribery and corruption, money laundering and so on. Crime is an important topic and it is of interest because of the consequences and penalties it attracts (which ranges from fine to death). As mentioned earlier there are various crimes or offences and defacing of Nigerian Flags and Coats of Arms are a punishable offence. Under the Flags and Coats of Arms Act of Chapter 148 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 1990 say section 2(b) says “the flag of any member State of the Commonwealth if the flag so flown or exhibited bears thereon any addition or is in any way modified or defaced, shall be guilty of an offence against this Act.” What the punishment carries is another debate entirely but most importantly is an offence against the Nigerian state. So, as I said I am no lawyer but If defacing a flag is an offence and is punishable under our law and many of us see nothing wrong with it because it is done in protest then you can as well support every other anomie and ominous acts going on in the country because many also justified their actions in protest. So, I ask these questions: Is it not in protest that the marauding bandits in many parts of out are carrying out their ignoble venture of killing, kidnapping, raping as we are told by Sheikh Ahmad Gumi? According to the bandits’ apologist, the bandits are complaints they were being killed and

maimed unjustly by security agents. His words: “The outcome (of his visit) is very positive. We have many factions and each faction is saying I have complaints and grievances – we are persecuted, we are arrested, we are lynched -,” the cleric said, quoting the bandits. Or is banditry not a crime/offence? Is it not in protest that the yahooyahoo guys have resorted to cybercrime and advance free fraud, yahoo plus, (ritual killing )due to hardship of Poverty and Unemployment because the government hasn’t provided enough or created jobs for the army of youths so they decided to tarnish the image country in protest? Or isn’t due to perceived injustice, that some persons have decided to set the state assets such as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), offices, Police stations and correctional facilities ablaze in protest? Or arson is no more a crime and offence? In Niger Delta, the pipeline carrying crude is hacked and commodities are stolen while the remains are flush into the rivers causing huge pollution and environmental degradation. Also is done in protest because the resource is ours and we aren’t getting much from it? Is that a crime or an offence? I can go and go on to list many stances and issues that we have condemned and still because they see vices or act have no place in our society and values but suddenly we see no crime or offence in the photo of the red-stained flag as many of us have developed a selective judgment. But If the law says something is a misdemeanour and punishable though done in protest does it stops it from being an offence?

Miss Udeh Chiamaka, the model who displayed a blood-stained Nigerian flag while contesting as the Miss Africa Russian on the runway has committed an offence and Bovi, the comedian who pulled off a similar act at The Headies 2021 with a blood-stained #EndSARSthemed outfit had committed an offence too. This is the law or else you want to play the role of an enabler. The Soldiers who invaded and allegedly killed innocent and harmless protesters at the #EndSAR protest at Lekki Toll-gate have also committed a crime if proven. And the desecration of the Nigerian flag is a crime and let us not make excuses for other crimes such as embezzlement of funds, kidnapping, banditry, violence, cybercrime etc are bigger crimes and we should overlook this because it is done in protest as a civil right and then we might as we stop condemning other crimes or offences as defined in our Constitution but as Frederick Nwabufo puts it “When you hyperbole crimes committed by other people because they are not your people, but excuse those of your people, you’re an aboriginal hypocrite.” And those supporting the offence should start driving against the traffic or burning houses in protest believing they’re doing the current regime because things are not working properly forgetting that the regime has a lifespan and the seed you sow you will reap. APC is reaping her own now who knows what is coming? “If you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.” ~ Chinua Achebe Tife Owolabi is a Public Affairs Analyst.


hat was back in the days and the event was recorded one Sunday morning during the celebration of the holy mass in one of the Catholic churches in Delta state(please don’t ask me of the town). For better understanding of the piece, Holy Mass is the Catholic order of worship. One of the major high points of the mass is called the prayer of the faithful. This is a time when carefully and wellrehearsed lay faithful, usually about five in number, are invited before the altar to pray for different intentions on behalf of the entire people attending worship. On this particular day, a man, who we later discovered to be a non catholic, emerged from the rest of us. He was neither selected nor part of those that rehearsed for the above function but without recourse, made his way to the altar with a supersonic speed and assumed the first position. Though strange as it were, the Church warden was left with no other option than to allow him in order not to create a scene and just very slowly, the Altar boy handed over the microphone to him for ‘his’ prayer of the faithful. And the man prayed, ‘father in heaven, in my effort to solve my legion of problems, I have but against my will visited “Babalawo, Dibia, as well as Ifa priests all to no avail and I have decided to come back to you’. The rest of that episode called prayer of the faithful could best be imagined than seen as the entire congregation burst into an uncontrolled laughter. Even though the above took place some decades ago, it instructively represents what is playing out on today’s political topography called

Nigeria. While the man in the church represents you and me, the church or the town represents our nation Nigeria. Also, while the man was forced into visiting the places he mentioned above by circumstance, the same way we as a people were forced into a cosmetic marriage called amalgamation in 1914 by our then colonial imperialists. And right from that moment, things have never been the same as the centre cannot hold. But unlike the man in the church, we as a people, made up of different tribes have for a long time bore pockets of reservations and misgivings against each other. But lacking in courage to voice out or express it as demonstrated by this man. These ‘national’ misgivings against one another have lingered since the nation’s independence in October 1960 and have been with us till very recently when people started breaking their long enjoyed silence. From all indications also, that pregnancy we have been carrying as a nation has completed its gestation, hence, the rumbles occasioned by ‘labour’. Regrettably, as it is interesting, the above situation calls for candid self-introspection and interrogation in order to summon the moral authority as well as legitimacy to challenge and possibly correct this asymmetrical and artificial way of living as a nation. Call it restructuring or sovereign national conference, constitutional amendment or an outright rewriting of the constitution. One thing is crystal clear and that is the fact that the foundation of our nationhood is faulty and all the amalgams have very visibly advertised their mutual suspicion or outright grudge against the other.

Laughable as it appears, the man in the church represents us in all areas but one, and that is our not being courageous. It is also instructive at this juncture for us to remind ourselves that ‘courage faces fear and masters it while cowardice represses fear and is thereby mastered by it. Courageous men never lose their zest for living even though their life situation is restless, but cowardly men overwhelmed by the uncertainties of life, lose the will to live’. I hope and pray that the man from the sleepy town will not be laughing at us just the way we did to him the day he demonstrated the man in him and declared his willingness to exit “the Paris Club of Bondage” Some of the reader’s minds will be gravitating towards prayer, either seven days or one-month fasting and prayer just because I painted a picture of challenge or problem. Let the truth be told, the problem bedeviling our nation calls for more action garnished with courage than prayer. It calls for the speaking of undiluted truth and it calls for a disciplined shift of mentality from feeling optimistic to becoming self-confident. Their difference could be spotted from their modus operandi as well as their end result. In optimism, we hope for the best but lack the courage to fight on, while in self-confidence one prepares for the worst but summons that unalloyed willingness to fight. This is the missing link. We have deliberately allowed the leadership value addition role to elude us by failing to hold our leaders accountable, even in the face of misrule. We punctuate their incivility and actions with our local palace ‘e go beta’ we forget completely as a people

that ‘development is stimulated by asking why and how’. Truly, we have through our actions and inactions authenticated the saying that ‘the problem with us is that we are the problem’ We are well aware of the counterpart relationship that exists between us and our leaders but have lost the moral force to implement it. Even as they are regrouping for 2023 electioneering onslaught, we are feeling unconcerned. We have proved without measure that we lack strategy and as a result, we are neither forward looking nor able to figure out what comes next. This I must say is pathetic. The ‘man in the church’ summoned the courage to confess his past escapades, we as a people should equally and very urgently summon the moral and political will to demand good and result oriented governance. Let’s make no mistake about it, this journey demands a struggle, a conscientious industry for us to achieve this anticipated good governance and symmetrical coexistence from our leaders. But the good news is that we can. Yes, that is the interesting part of this conversation. It is my conviction that we have the capacity to enthrone a nation where we can coexist harmoniously irrespective of tribal inclinations. I am full of hope that together, we can establish the egalitarian society that we have been deprived of. But for us to achieve this as a nation, we must team up and fight our common enemy called bad leadership and its proponent. Let us also fight the deconstructionists masquerading as leaders by making sure that come

2023, we shall collectively reject the mentality of instant gratification by rejecting all the alluring inducements of our undemocratic and selfish politicians and go ahead to electing credible people as our leaders. Let us, like ‘the man in the church’ realize that waiting to be recognized by our leaders will translate to waiting till eternity. It is my opinion that we draw, and apply the lessons learnt from ‘the man in the church’. Let his courage spur us to action so that we shall file out not for ‘prayer of the faithful’ but to ask our leaders questions and drive our corrupt leaders away from our political geography using legitimate and democratic means. As we work tirelessly, hope faithfully for a great nation where peace, unity and justice shall reign, let us not just pray like ‘the man above’ but rather let us look up to God our maker and talk to him through our positive actions and join our faith with that of James Weldon Johnson, to say ‘Oh God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, Thou hast brought us far on the way; Thou who by the might lead us into the light. Keep us forever in the part, we pray. Lest our feet stray away from places, our God where we meet thee. Lest our heart is drunk with the wine of the world, and we forget thee; Shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand true to our God, true to our native land’. To this I say a very big amen. God bless Nigeria!! Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via;jeromeutomi@ yahoo.com

Speculated parallels are playing out but government keeps taking away jobs and opportunities By Issa Babatunde Ahmed


he fear complex in the country is absolutely terrifying as the country is fast becoming a suicide route and nothing rather than mismanagement of the funds and resources supposed to be used for the creation of job opportunities but the recent thread of taking jobs and opportunities away from the people will definitely take a massive toll on people who are already frustrated. From crypto ban to suspension of twitter on reasons influenced by personal interest and not of the country’s. It is an indispensable fact that SME (Small and Medium Enterprises) is key to vast economic growth of a nation and hence, needs people with great versatility, creative ideas and relevant academic learning and exposure to implant it particularly in a developing country like Nigeria. Nigeria is obviously one of the world’s next great growth market, it’s young, fast growing, and with a high number of youths, it’d soon be one of the largest working population, with all this, Nigeria can lead Africa in competing with likes of China. A tangible reason why many youths are with a vision, a vision of

becoming an established, outstanding, seasoned and successful business owner, managing chains of businesses such that their operations and survival will be well implemented, monitored and guaranteed. Delivering quality services to the society, an outstanding future many are endeavouring to build for themselves in their chosen areas. Despite being regarded as a poverty capital, Nigeria remains Africa’s largest economy with a population of over two hundred million, the prevailing problem of not creating the right business environment by the government is worrying. With a myriad of investment opportunities in the country, Entrepreneurship has become inevitable for many though low-level economic development has also made anyone who wish to survive and not just exist an entrepreneur, while those with resources invested in streams of internationally acquired experience and exposure to be able to do things differently. From tech, which is fast becoming an integral to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy, to entertainment industry to transportation. Therefore, these sprinkles of investment success have reinforced many resolve to stick with

entrepreneurship then attract foreign investors, create opportunities, wealth and increased interests in the near future to invest more thereby exploring and creating employment. With the speculated parallels playing out in Nigeria, it’s not just about the growing population but also the level of energy and enthusiasm of the youths to put the continent on a global radar despite lack of basic resources to thrive by its government, there are tendencies the development will probably take a different shape and form, the young population will drive the development on a different scale because of the availability of technology. Where Nigeria is at the moment in terms of resourcefulness was where China was 25 years ago, which can actually be leapfrogged with technology and that opens up more opportunities that many may not have prognosticate. The country was recently highlighted as the latest African country attracting numerous investors in the tech world with Nigeria-founded startup Flutterwave, becoming the fourth Africa’s $1bn unicorn status after raising $170m in a Series C round joining another Nigerian payments company Interswitch to have reached such landmark.

Despite all the prospects, the environment has made it difficult for foreign investors to set up a base in the country instead they chose neighbouring countries. Twitter has about 39 million Nigerians on its platform but chose Ghana whose entire population is about 32 million as it’s first African headquarters is a clear evidence that the most populous black nation is hostile and toxic with investors. Deliberate mislay of technocrats and appointments of incompetent hands in sensitive government positions led to stifling regulations, cruel or illogical policies and political instability is discouraging investors, the ban of commercial motorcycle from core business and residential areas of Lagos is still schocking to the internationally funded ride-hailing platforms like Gokada, ORide and Max.ng. The federal Government neoteric action to ban the micro blogging site reaffirms twitter statement and decision to choose Ghana over Nigeria as claimed in a statement praising Ghana “as a champion for democracy a supporter of free speech, online freedom and the open internet. A country that has been through multiple recession in the last six years in

the fourth quarter of 2020, had over 33 percent of the labor force unemployed, according to the Nigerian methodology. A figure projected to increase further in 2022 but the best a government that has failed to perform its constitutional duties has done is to regularly take the few jobs and opportunities away from the youths who are trying survive in the midst of the hardship while their only concern is to either remain in office unchecked or winning the next elections, stockpiling their foreign bank account with zero concern about the national integration and general service to the people. The fear complex in the country is absolutely terrifying as the country is fast becoming a suicide route and nothing rather than mismanagement of the funds and resources supposed to be used for the creation of job opportunities but the recent thread of taking jobs and opportunities away from the people will definitely take a massive toll on people who are already frustrated. From crypto ban to suspension of twitter on reasons influenced by personal interest and not of the country’s. Issa Babatunde Ahmed is a Public Affairs Analyst.


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Role of media in achieving migration goals crucial – IOM

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


ll Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has faulted the position of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that it failed to notify the Commission before conducting its Adhoc Delegates Congress to elect the delegates who will today elect the governorship candidate of the party for the November


he International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has called for deeper collaboration with media outfits and practitioners in disseminating the right information on migration. IOM Chief of Mission Frantz Celetine disclosed in Abuja on Tuesday that the role of the media was very crucial to getting the right messages across to the right people. Speaking at an interactive session with reporters in Abuja, the IOM chief pointed out that it was unlikely for its target audience to get information from official reports, hence the important role of the media. He, therefore, called on the media to get directly involved in the work of IOM to help address issues of migration in Nigeria. “IOM would like to use this dialogue to facilitate your direct involvement in the dissemination of credible information on migration in support of its efforts to ensure orderly, dignified, and safe migration. “Maintaining good media relation is indispensable and contribute to IOM’s daily work. “IOM will continue to work with you to shed light on the plight of the people, and the often-hidden opportunities that arise from migration. “Governments, migrants, potential migrants, and average citizens are much more likely to hear about IOM’s work through the media than through official reports.”

Clergy calls for parental guide against internet fraud By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba


athers have been called upon to wake up to their duties to reduce the high rate of the involvement of the youths in internet fraud, otherwise known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’. This call was made by Rev. Fr. Kenneth Ezeme, the Parish Priest of All Saints Catholic Church at Alihame, Agbor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State in his homily to mark the celebration of Father’s Day. Rev. Ezeme, who reminded fathers of their roles in the family as entrusted to them by God, regretted that many of the fathers had abandoned their roles as the pillar of the home.

Members who defected to APC not our chairman, exco – Cross River LP By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


R-L: Representative of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Sergius Ogun, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Disabilities, Hon. Princess Miriam Onuoha, and Clark of the Committee, Hon. Abdulsalam Olalekon, during the investigative hearing on the alleged of the discrimination against person with disabilities (Prohibition) act by the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria and Private Airline operators, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Fulani in Kebbi pledge support for security operatives From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi


he Director General Fulani Association in Kebbi State, Alhaji Bello

Aliyu Gotomo said they are ready to join hands with other security agencies in fighting the ongoing security challenges in the state. He gave this assurance

yesterday when the Fulani forum from the 21 Local Government Area of the State paid him a solidarity visit over the recent attacks by the bandits in Birnin Yauri.

He added that they are totally against the bandits and promise to support the government to succeed and rescue the remaining FGC students.

CEPEJ, IPCR signs MoU for peace, conflict resolution By Mashe Umaru Gwamna


Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the aegies of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) for continuous campaign for peaceful co-existence and conflict resolution in the Niger

Delta region and beyond. Speaking at the signing ceremony recently, the National Coordinator, Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), Mulade Sheriff said, “I am delighted to be here today to sign an agreement to formalize and deepen the partnership between CEPEJ and the Institute for peace and conflict resolution (IPCR). “This agreement is indeed a significant milestone in our

ongoing collaboration.” Sheriff on behalf of CEPEJ donated a building structure within its premises at Ugolo in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State for the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) to operate as its SouthSouth Zonal office free of charge to cover the whole of the Niger Delta. He explained that a peaceful organisation like ours is very important now than ever, we do

our best to bring communities together while trying to meet other Sustainable Development Goals. On his part, Director General (IPCR), Prof. Bakut Tswah Bakut, said that, the signing of the MoU will no doubt bring a new dawn in Niger Delta, Nigeria and Africa as a whole. He said CEPEJ has overtime proven itself to be worthy of the Federal Government partnership.


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he Labour Party (LP) has dissociated itself from Maurice Ekeng, who claimed to be Chairman of the party in Cross River State, and his purported Executive Committee, who defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC). The party, in a press statement made available to journàlists on Tuesday, described the action of Ekeng and others as laughable, saying it is unfortunate for an old man who parades himself as an elder of the church to do so. The statement signed by Comrade Ofem Lekam, State Publicity Secretary of the party said, “The attention of the leadership of Labour Party in Cross River State led by Ambassador Ogar Osim as Chairman and Comrade Asuquo Etim as State Secretary has been drawn to publications claiming that the State Chairman and members of his executive has decamped to the All Progressive Congress (APC). “Mr Ekeng is an impostor who was never made a State Chairman at any Congress. We challenge him to publish the names of his executive, pictures taken in 2021 extra-ordinary NEC meeting in Benin City where the National Chairman, Julius Abure and the Secretary, Alhaji Farouk Ibrahim were elected, as well as that of Home Land Hotel Calabar where the National Leadership represented by the Vice Chairman South South, Prince Reuben Nuka inaugurated the current State Caretaker “The Impostor from all available evidences is a member of APC sponsored to create confusion in a peaceful party of idealists who are making sacrifices in travelling round the nooks and crannies of the State to revive the structures of the Party at all level in the State which is already making monumental impact in the State ahead of 2023. “We want to put it on record that, Labour Party is intact, and is not contemplating merging with All Progressive Congress (APC) and any other political party; rather it is a party to beat come 2023. “We appeal to the general public to disregard any news making the rounds that the LP Chairman and his executive has decamped, it is the imagination of political jobbers and mischief makers whose occupation is to sacrifice their integrity and ideology just for peanuts. “It is also instructive to advise Mr. Bassey Ita serving at APC Secretariat at Marian Road Calabar not to allow the temporal excitement of the moment to cloud his sense of reasoning by accepting people claiming a platform without verification. “It is pathetic that Mr. Bassey Ita is yet to realize that with Governor Prof Ben Ayade now as leader of APC CRS, the days of kangaroo administration of APC CRS should have been over by now in Cross River State.”

Anambra guber: APGA counters INEC, says letter contravenes 2010 Electoral Act 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State. In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of APGA, Barr. Tex Okechukwu, the party stated categorically that the position of the Commission is not in line with the dictates of Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act 2010 as Amended, as well as a plethora of judicial authorities in that regard. APGA said it duly complied with requisite statutory notices envisaged under the Electoral Act 2010, as Amended, as well as other requirements clearly outlined by INEC in its Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of political party primary elections published by INEC. The statement to titled ‘Important Notice:

APGA Anambra State Governorship Primary holds June 23, 2021 unfailingly’, reads: “The attention of our great party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has been drawn to a letter with Reference No INEC/ DEPM/UPPM/1/145 dated the 18th of June, 2021 and signed by the Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). “In the said letter, it was alleged that our party failed to notify the Commission of the Adhoc Delegates’ Congress which the party conducted across the 326 wards in Anambra State on the 15th and 16th of June 2021 respectively.” It said in line with the INEC Regulations and Guidelines, the party “followed the procedural

steps of Publication of Timetable/ Schedule of activities. “Statutory Notice of Primary Election dated the 26th of May, 2021 as envisaged under Section 85(1) of the Electoral Act. “Conduct of Ad hoc Delegates’ Election across the 326 wards of Anambra State as envisaged under Section 87(7) of the Electoral Act. “Submission of the list of democratically elected Ad hoc Delegates to the Commission in line with Articles 4.5.1 and 4.5.2 of the INEC Regulations and Guidelines for the Conduct of Political Parties primaries; as well as other relevant procedural steps/ requirements”, among others. While pointing out that as a party and as a responsible

entity, it has never defaulted in complying with requisite procedural requirements for the nomination of its candidate in the past, APGA said it will not begin now. “We wish to reassure our esteemed party faithful, stakeholders and, indeed, the general public that our great party is fully prepared to conduct its Governorship Primary Election already slated to hold on 23rd of June 2021. “Finally, we urge all our members and supporters to continue to pray fervently for the party, as we enter the final stages of the successful nomination of our candidate for the November 6, 2021 Governorship Election in Anambra State”, the party said.

National Prayer, 5H,6C,6D,6X, L-R, Kubwa Zonal Headquarters Church of God Mission Abuja Rev Asuquo Akpan Ekpo, Head Pastor, Dominion Chapel International Bishop John Praise, Church of God Mission Abuja Chapter Bishop Festus Akhimien and Head pastor Church of God International Bishop Feb idahosa during the National Day of Prayer for Nigeria held in Abuja at the weekend

Senate confirms Faruk Yahaya as Chief of Army Staff

By Musa Baba Adamu


he Senate on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of Major General Faruk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff after the consideration of a report by the Joint Committee of Defence and Army. Faruk was appointed on May 27, 2021, by President Muhammadu Buhari following the death of the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, in a plane crash which occurred in Kaduna on May 21, 2021. Before his appointment, Yahaya was the General Officer Commanding Division 1 of the Nigerian Army and Theatre Commander of the Counter Terrorism, Counter Insurgency military outfit in the North East code named Operation HADIN KAI. Chairman of the Joint Committee, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko (APC, Sokoto North), in his presentation said the Committee was satisfied with the comprehensive and robust nature of the

engagement and interactions with the nominee during the screening exercise. According to the lawmaker, Faruk’s nomination was in line with section 217 (2abc) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and in accordance with the provision of sections 18(1) of the Armed Forces Act, Cap A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. He disclosed that the Committee did not receive any petitions against the Nominee and he was cleared by the Department of State Security Service (DSS). Senator Wamakko said that during the screening exercise, “the nominee’s knowledge of the strategic capabilities of the Army was exhaustive and impressive.” “He showed a clear knowledge of the Army with apt for a Chief of Army Staff. Despite the Army being the largest of the Armed Forces, the nominee was clear in his vision to encourage joint operational synergy with other services for success in all

theatre of operations”, he said. The lawmaker further noted that the nominee agreed on the need for the command to have more transparency and disclosure to the Committees on Security in the Legislature in order to ensure a harmonious working relationship, considering that they are critical stakeholders in the security sector governance. He added that Faruk underscored the need to ensure peace in the forthcoming elections, stressing that all hands must be on deck to deal with non-kinetic issues such as the settlement of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Boko Haram’s insurgency. Giving insight into the dynamics of the challenges of the North East, Wamakko said that the Chief of Army Staff disclosed to the Committee that under his command in January 2021, Nigerian troops advanced into enclaves of Shekau-led position in Alagarno forest-Timbuktu triangle axis.

Senator Ali Ndume, in his remarks said, “due to the nature of the appointment as part of our security apparatus, the Committee decided to do the screening in a closed session after the preliminaries. “And, therefore, I want to appeal to the Senate, to expeditiously approve this confirmation so that the Chief of Army Staff be decorated accordingly to enable him start some of the jobs he cannot do now because he is still in acting capacity.” Senator Gabriel Suswam, also said given the track record of the nominee in the Nigerian Army, he is rightly equipped with the required experience to sufficiently tackle the issues of insurgency and terrorism bedeviling the country. In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, while commending the Joint Committee of Defence and Army for a thorough job done, advocated support for the military in the fight against insecurity.

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POLITICS Buhari has achieved what many thought A impossible - APC Legacy Awareness

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

support group for the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the auspices of APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign (APC - LAC), has said that President Muhammadu Buhari government has achieved what many people, thought would be impossible to achieve withing his six years in power. In a statement issued yesterday by the trio of former National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the Director General of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman and the Youth representative in the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Ismael Ahmed, the group said the achievement of the President is enormous that even the critics of the administration cannot pretend about it. In the statement titled ‘Hope Returning Across Nigeria’, the APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign said “The avalanche of positive stories has brought some palpable sense of hope to Nigerians. The hope is not misplaced. “The optics are sterling. President Buhari was physically present in Lagos on Thursday, June 10, 2021 to commission the Lagos – Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail. The inauguration of that huge project is a further attestation to the commitment of the present administration to reinvigorate the rail transportation

system, which had been in comatose for many decades. “Combined with the earlier commissioned Itakpe to Warri rail line, the Abuja to Kaduna rail and the about to commence rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail and Kaduna to Kano Standard Gauge Rail, there is no gainsaying the fact that President Buhari has achieved what many thought impossible.” The APC - LAC said the one-day visit to Lagos also witnessed the launch of multi-billion-naira security equipment by the President under the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Strategy code-named Deep Blue, to secure the country’s maritime domain and the entire Gulf of Guinea, which have been troubled by pirates and other criminal elements. It listed the projects to include two Special Mission Vessels; three Special Mission Helicopters; 17 Interceptor Boats; two Special Mission Aerial Aircraft, 18 Armoured Vehicles, saying with the waterways

safe for business, the Nigerian economy would be the better for it. Comparing the achievement of Buhari’s government against that of President Goodluck Jonathan, the group said “Yet another big win for this government on the economic front was the long-awaited kick-off of the multi-billion-dollar NLNG Train 7, which was stalled for many years under the PDP administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, but is now given new life by the current APC administration, due largely to the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari. “Incidentally, he spearheaded Nigeria’s first foray in LNG business in 1978 as the Minister of Petroleum. Under this government, the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company, which hitherto operated at a loss, has also moved from a loss of N14.6m in 2014 to N14.3bn profit in 2018, while its turnover improved from N17.8bn in 2014 to N61.4bn in 2018. “The aviation sector is not left out

of the good news that many Nigerians have been savouring lately, with a new wave of private and public sector investments in the sector. United Nigeria Airlines debuted earlier in 2021, with ValueJet, Green Africa, Cally Air and others set to commence operations in the coming months, in addition to those inaugurated in the last three years. “All together, these new airlines would launch dozens of new aircraft into the market, creating much-needed jobs and economic opportunities for Nigerians. A booming aviation industry is a testimony to an economy on an upward swing.” With the above in view, the APC - LAC said things are looking up once again across the Nigerian landscape, adding that in the past few weeks, it has been one success story after the other as the Buhariled administration is revving up the engine in the areas of security, infrastructural renewal, and the economy.

Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu (3rd left), Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barr. Mohammed H. Abdullahi (3nd right), Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Mr. Edet Sunday Akpan ( (2nd left) Director Science and Technology Promotion Department Federal Ministry of Science and Technology Pharm. Oguntunde Abayomi (left), Director-General Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) Prof. Ibrahim Husseni Doko (2nd right), and Physics Teacher from Government Science School Kuru Jos Plateau State, Mr. Bindip Lachang (right), during the Presentation of Indigenous Science Kits to one of the beneficiaries from Selected Secondary Schools in Nigeria, yesterday in Abuja.

Gunmen kill APC scribe in Ondo, Dele Isibor By Musa Baba Adamu


he Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, Hon. Dele Isibor, has been killed by suspected kidnappers. The gunmen were said to have shot at the vehicle Isibor was traveling in alongside three others from Imoro to Ifon while on his way from a church programme. With the three other occupants of the vehicle said to have been kidnapped by the gunmen, the APC chieftain who was hit by the kidnappers bullet was left in the pool of his blood. The late Isibor was rushed to the the hospital where he gave up the ghost. According to sources, the three others who were abducted were later released after payment of ransom by their families, while the 62 -year- old Isibor, who was also a member of the State Executive Committee of the party died on Monday night. Confirming the death of the the state chapter of the party in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye, described the killing of Isibor as shocking and devastating. Praying for the repose of his soul, he said “the party condole with the Isibor family, his community, and the APC fold in Ose, and indeed, Ondo State, asking God to grant us the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

“Would this have been possible without a conducive operating environment put in place by this government? Definitely not! Need we add that this is the same government that carried out a massive turnaround of the nation’s major airport terminals, with the Nnamdi Azikwe and the Port Harcourt International Airport in Abuja and Port Harcourt respectively commissioned. “The Enugu International Airport witnessed massive transformation in a record time. Reformative works are almost completed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and Aminu Kano International Airport in Kano “On security, the fear that has gripped the nation in recent times is receding while confidence is being renewed as the security agencies are chasing down the criminals, taking the battle to the bandits, unknown gunmen, kidnappers, and other criminal elements who have been holding the country by the jugular and turning Nigeria to a killing field.”

Anambra guber: APGA still leading, can’t be excluded in election - Imo chairman By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


he All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Imo state chapter, has said the party is still leading among the political parties contesting the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State, even as it dismissed the allegations that the party has been removed from the list of contestants. In a statement issued yesterday by the chairman of APGA in Imo State, Hon John Iwuala, he said the selection/nomination of ad hoc delegates is not the same as specified in the electoral Act. (Section 85). According to him, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was given 21 days notice for the Anambra

State Governorship Congress of 2021 for the purpose of electing a candidate by APGA. “We have replied them and clarified that at their legal department which became a big shock on interpretation. That is the position of the law and it stands so.” While explaining further, Iwuala asked how many times have INEC been involved in internal party processes of nominating ad hoc delegates, saying even some political parties draw up their list from their bedroom and forward to the commission. “It is the prerogative of the party to choose their delegates and to decide which delegate list that is approved and then forward to the commission. The electoral Act never permitted INEC to

participate in the selection/ nomination of party ad-hoc delegates for a primary election. “It only permits the Commission to monitor and supervise the conduct of primaries. We all know it. On this note therefore, I advise all members of Imo APGA family to disregard and discard whatever that the enemies of APGA have been trending on the social media as the National leadership of the party have already taken care of the situation. “We are only to pray for a smooth conduct of APGA primaries on Wednesday, 23rd June, 2021. That day APGA will hand over the flag to the elected and chosen candidate of the party who will in turn by the Grace of God become the next Governor of

Anambra State. “I really appreciate all your concern as whatever happens to APGA in Anambra State may have effect on the vibrancy of the party here in Imo state. No need to panic, our leaders have already taken care of the situation”, the Imo chairman said. Dismissing reports that the party has been excluded from the governorship election, APGA said its national leadership has already put the records straight with INEC as to the misinterpretation of section 85 of the electoral Act. It observed with regret that the enemies of the party have harped on the said letter to send panicking signals to the unsuspecting public, most especially APGA supporters and faithfuls in Imo state.


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POLITICS Osun: Political parties accuse Oyetola of deliberately stalling LG election By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


oliticians in Osun State have condemned the Osun Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, for its inability to conduct local council polls in the state in the run-up to the state’s 2022 gubernatorial election. Speaking on this, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), through its Director of Media and Publicity, Oladele Bamiji said Oyetola administration is confused, alleging that the governor was using the state as a pawn in his intraparty squabbles chess game. While describing the situation as unfortunate, the Osun PDP Spokesman observed that the governor appeared inept as he felt the state can be kept aground forever to save his personal interest.

According to him, “We have always challenged the governor to test the popularity of his government and that of the All Progressives Congress by conducting local government election in the state. But we understand his predicament, that of being afraid of the injurious judgement the good people of Osun State would inflict on his administration by the increasingly frustrated people of our state. “However, the governor should know that he cannot escape the looming disgrace forever.” He accused the state government of pummeling the third tier of government to bankruptcy because the governor enjoyed perpetrating fraud by sitting on the monthly allocations meant to develop the local governments.

“The local government is the closest to the grass root. This is where a vast majority of our people reside and it has been battered to a level of bankruptcy. “It is what they have been doing since they found their way into Osun State and it is quite appalling some people could be so heartless. “We urge Mr. Oyetola to stop equating Osun to his personal estate as governance is different from politicking and if he does not understand that simple responsibility to the state, he should resign and give Osun State a breathing space”. Also speaking on the issue, the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Osun State, Olufemi Samuel Awe, disclosed that the APC in Osun from the Rauf Aregbesola administration,

where the incumbent was Chief of Staff, was running an unusual government. He revealed that the 1999 Nigerian Constitution did not give room for caretakers to run local governments, adding that it was unconstitutional to practice a parliamentary system of government within the local government under a presidential system. He explained that elected officials at the local government were not supposed to serve the state but to be representatives at the grassroots saddled with the implementation of the people’s wishes. The SDP chairman accused the APC administration in the state of usurping powers at the local government level to spend allocations meant for them for

capital projects that benefits them. He maintained that the lack of elected official at the local government level is a rape on the grassroots as local council election remain the only democratic way for the government to perform and be responsible for development. “There is total forfeiting of the third tier of government in Osun State. How can the state government get the response of the people? The administrators in each local government have no direct link to the people. “They are only stooges to implement the directives as directed by the governor as regards the federal allocation. “The best option to get adequate feedback by the state government is to have elected local officials at the local government level.”

APC may face challenges after Buhari’s exit in 2023 – Lawan By Musa Baba Adamu


resident of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may face challenges after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari from office in 2023, except timely interventions are taken to avert same. Lawan gave the warning on Monday night in a speech delivered to close the First Progressives Youth Conference 2021 which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. According to him, the party must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of the present administration by ensuring that its leaders hand over power to competent youths in the All Progressives Congress. He noted that by doing so, the party would be able to retain its

appeal and nationalistic outlook beyond the 2023 general elections. He said, “Whether we like it or not, the truth is, President Muhammadu Buhari remains the person with the bulk of the support we get across this country in APC. “[And] when he leaves, he would still have some roles, but I daresay that it is after he leaves office that APC will face its challenge. “Yes, we have to know our value then, and the value of APC presently is APC minus President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever it is, that is the value of APC. “So, we need to do a lot to build this party, and we need our youths more than ever before for them to continue with this legacy that this administration has established all over the country. “That means we have to see our selves as brothers and sisters regardless of where we come from.”

L-R: Permanent Secretary. Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sunny Echono with the Registrar, National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Prof. Ifeoma Mercy Isiugo-Abanihe, monitoring the conduct of the 2021 NABTEB Examination at the Government Science and Technical college Kwali, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo.

Northern speakers decry security challenges in the region By Christiana Ekpa


he Northern Speakers Forum has expressed dismay at the high rate of insecurity in the region and urged the federal government to mobilize the security forces towards curbing the menace. The forum also enjoined the federal government to mobilize security to take control of Guzamala Local Government Area, Northern part of Borno, presently under the full control of insurgents. The forum also called for the deployment of more military personnel in Abadam and Baga Local Government Areas of the

State to check the nefarious activities of the insurgents. The call was contained in a communique jointly signed by Engineer Hamisu Ibrahim Chigari, Saleh S. Yipmong and (Dr) P.M Mackonde. The forum also decried the spate of insecurity in the country particularly in the Northern parts, while acknowledging the constraints and limitations of the state governors as regards the control of security agencies in the country. It called on Governors in the North to eschew differences among themselves and unite to fight the menace of different forms of

insecurity in the region for peaceful co-existence of its people and the development of the region. The forum, however, called on the relevant stakeholders to reconsider their priorities in favour of the security of lives and property of their people. It called on all relevant stakeholders in the country to use the instrumentality of the ongoing Review of the 1999 Constitution to provide community policing for better security of life and property of the citizens. The forum supports the devolution of powers by way of decongesting the Exclusive Legislative List for Concurrent

Legislative List in the ongoing Review of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It advocated for more empowerment schemes that would ultimately engage the youths and take them off the streets thereby enhancing the security of lives and property of the people in the region. It also sought collaboration and partnership with public and private organizations to bring back moribund industries to life. The participants suggested that security experts and professionals be engaged to train vigilantes and other local security groups to effectively complement the efforts of the Nigeria Police Force

and other security agencies in the country. The forum called for more synergy between the Nigerian Armed Forces, Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies to evaluate efficacy in the security challenges. The Forum also urged the Federal Government to re-enforce the battle against insecurity by recruiting more personnel into the Nigerian Armed Forces and Nigeria Police Force. The participants called for intensive prayers to seek divine intervention as a measure for addressing the security situation in the region.


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Food Inflation:

CBN, Farmers move to crash price of rice By Etuka Sunday


n a renewed move to address the rising cost of food prices in the Nigerian market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Rice farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) have concluded plans to distribute 27,000 metric tonnes of rice paddies directly to millers nationwide on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The direct allocation from

RIFAN warehouses across 16 States of the Federation is sequel to the earlier sale of paddy aggregated as loan repayment under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) to millers from the rice pyramids unveiled in Niger, Kebbi, Gombe and Ekiti States. According to the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department at the CBN, Osita Nwanisobi, Kaduna, Kaduna State, has

been selected as the key location for the paddy allocation exercise which will be done simultaneously in the States that recorded the highest quality of rice harvests during the last farming season. He said the new strategy was in line with the Bank’s mandate of ensuring price stability and its focus of being a peoplecentered central bank. He also expressed optimism that the allocation of the paddies

would trigger a decline in the prices of rice in the Nigerian market, boost availability, and ultimately check the activities of middlemen seeking to create artificial scarcity along the supply chains. The CBN recently unveiled pyramids of rice paddies in Niger, Kebbi, Gombe and Ekiti States, with the Federal Capital Territory, Ebonyi and Cross River slated for the same exercise in the coming weeks in

what the Bank says is part of its contribution to ensuring selfsustenance in food production as well as food security in Nigeria. It will be recalled that the CBN, working with relevant agencies, in January 2021, had triggered the release of about 300,000 metric tonnes of maize from strategic anchors under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) which forced down the prices of maize from N180,000 per metric tonne.

From left: Director, Force Generation Department of Operations, Nigerian Army Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Olufemi Akinjobi; Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Maj.Gen. Farouk Yahaya; and General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Maj.Gen. Taofeek Lagbaja, inaugurating the 82 Division’s quarter guard building, during the COAS’ maiden operational visit to the Division in Enugu on Tuesday (22/6/21).

FG to establish Emerging Technology Centres nationwide By Etuka Sunday


he Federal Government of Nigeria has put in motion, plans to establish emerging technology centres across the country. This disclosure was made by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami today 22nd June 2021 during his Keynote Address as the Special Guest of Honour at the Digital Africa Annual Conference.

Pantami who addressed the conference virtually stated that this year’s theme; BUILDING A NEW AFRICA WITH AI AND BLOCKCHAIN could not have come at a better time considering the efforts of the government to boost emerging technologies in Nigeria. “The seventh pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) focuses exclusively on developing emerging technologies among the populace. One of the ways

of achieving this has been through the establishment of the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR) and two virtual institutions currently building capacities in Artificial Intelligence, (AI) Blockchain technology, Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Robotics and various other related fields. “The development of a National Policy on Emerging Technologies, as part of NDEPS, which will further

support the establishment of Emerging Technology Centres in Nigeria is underway”, he said. Dr Pantami, who commended the Chairman of Digital Africa Dr Evans Woherem for his consistency, commitment and support for a Digital Nigeria also noted that Emerging Technologies have the potential for world domination and Nigeria aims to take advantage of its vast potential to become a leading nation in Africa.

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We’ll partner stakeholders to improve lives of persons with disabilities - Founder/CEO of Inclusion Magazine The founder/CEO of AK Global and Inclusion Magazine, Hussaini Abdulrahman, said he will partner stakeholders to improve lives of persons with disabilities. While thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the disability bill, Abdulrahman, who also holds the title of Wakili Arewa Nupe, told Tobias Lengnan Dapam, in an interview that all states and local governments should help people with disabilities. He also spoke on other sundry issues affecting people with disabilities in the country. Excerpts: Sir, as someone who has been in the media for a very long time, why did you choose the path of inclusion magazine? It has always been my dream to address the challenges of people with disabilities. These people are passing through serious challenges in our community with no help. It is not as if they offend God, but it is His own way of telling us that he is in charge. I feel it is our responsibility to take care of them. Inclusion magazine is a platform that will address certain challenges that people with disabilities are facing. After discussing with some of my staff, we felt the need to come up with a platform that will address their needs. We also know that a lot of money is needed for most of these people on daily basis to be healthy. For instance, physiotherapy for a special need child is 3000 to 7000 naira per hour. If the therapists come and the child is not in the mood the parent will still pay. Some of the children have hole in their hearts and they need constant hospital visit. Government should make speeches therapy free to help many parents who can not afford the bills. We have many of them in government hospitals and if they can help, we will be grateful. They need to be taught everything and the teacher or the parent needs to be patient with them because they are different from other children. Irrespective of the conditions, parents should know that the children are human beings; they should see it as an avenue to take care of them. The parents should be caring and observant so as to better take care of the children. Also, the blind, the cripple, and those with autism have their different challenges. We need all the necessary help to address their needs. What do we expect to see? Currently, inclusion magazine is monthly, with 24 hours online publication. Our main aim is to

set inclusive policy bench mark for people with disabilities; to be a voice for them so that all relevant stakeholders will come up and accept them. We are also canvassing for government to intervene and provide necessary assistance for people with disabilities. For instance, autism is a major challenge and most people are not aware. It is a mental condition present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. Autism has been studied extensively and increasing research is indicating that nutrients like Glutathione and Vitamin C could be useful for supporting some of the problems associated with this complex condition. Children with autism have low levels of glutathione, and often have impaired glutathione detox pathways. Some of the symptoms of autism include; Delayed learning of language, difficulty in making eye contact and difficulty in holding a conversation. Others are; Lack of interest in making friendships, poor motor skills, repetitive mannerisms, fixation on objects and lack of spontaneous or make-believe play. Also, it is a known fact that some children with learning disorder read upside down and cannot compete with other normal children. People call them dullards and all sorts of names, but it is only a learning disorder that can be managed. There are also others with speech defects, some of them have hearing defects while many others have holes in their hearts. We are advocating for them because we know that most people are not aware of what they are passing through and how to help them out of their current challenges. What





Founder/CEO of Inclusion Magazine, Hussaini Abdulrahman (Wakili Arewa Nupe) acceptance? We started recently and the acceptance is massive. We have met various stakeholders both local and international. People are very happy with what we are doing and we intend to do more. We recently had event to celebrate them on children’s day; many groups came and they were happy with what we are doing. How can you give teeth to the laws on disability? It is one of our objectives; to write the wrongs of the past. We are glad that the President has signed the disability bill; we intend to go to states and partner with state governors to appeal to them on the need to key in. We will also partner the state governments on various skills acquisition programmes to help them learn trades. Most of these people are gifted in various ways, we will explore this areas and make them useful to themselves and the society at large.

How would you address the stigma against people with disability? We want to have a programme that will bring both parents and children to partner effectively. They need to known what the children need so that they can take care of them effectively and train them in school. Unfortunately, some parents have not yet come to terms with certain realities about their children. On our part, we will do our best to unite them. We also discover that some parents withdraw completely from society, and we try to talk to them and bring them out of the situation. We advice them to go to hospital and accept the child for who he is and also ensure his/her education. Special needs come with different variance. Some have vocal impairment and they are different in their ways. Their education is different from other children. In most cases, such children are being accessed and

We advocate inclusive education for all children regard of their level of disabilities. We believe that inclusiveness is the key to eradicating stigma against people with disabilities

organize individualized lesson plan because some of them are slow to learn and cannot cope with other normal children. Cognitive skills need serious development and teaching is different, some have different pots and it is not easy to cater for them. It is a great divide and it varies across homes. In poor homes, it is a serious challenge while in rich homes, it is only the trauma that people complain about. For those in rich homes, the children are taken to boarding schools, they have special nanny and someone to take care of them in school. But the poor person cannot afford all these for his/her child and it becomes a very big problem. Irrespective of the conditions, parents should know that the children are human beings, they should see it as an avenue to take care of them. The parents should be caring and observant so as to better take care of the children. There is a face of denial, but they need to come out of it. Some went through suicidal stage and blame themselves that probably they didn’t do certain things right during pregnancy, some feel like killing the child while some kill the child eventually. Are you in partnership with local NGOs? We have partnered National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, JONAPWD and many others on how to improve lives of persons with disabilities. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr. Lulu and the management staff have been supportive. We have met and discussed various areas that will help in addressing the challenges of people with disabilities. We have also met with the deaf and the blind. We are also comparing notes with a lot of other NGOs so as to see the areas of partnership. What type of school do you want for them? We advocate inclusive education for all children regard of their level of disabilities. We believe that inclusiveness is the key to eradicating stigma against people with disabilities. We are working towards bridging the gaps and create a society where all people will have the same rights. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? We intend be a National paper reporting people with disabilities. With what we have started, by the Grace of God, we will cover all areas and increase readership. We will work assiduously to place issues of people with disabilities on the front burner.


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Hajj 2021: 1964 Intending Pilgrims to get deposit refund By Stanley Onyekwere


total of 1964 intending Pilgrims for the 2021 Hajj from Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will receive refund of their money deposited, following cancellation of the exercise for foreign nationals, by Saudi Arabian government. Making this disclosure, the Federal Capital Territory Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board(

FCT-MPWB), said only those wh made deposit in respect of 2021 hajj and are desirous to collect their money are expected to be refunded. According to a recent statement from the Board’s spokesperson, Muhammad Lawal Aliyu, the planned refund, was pursuant to directive by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NHCON). Lawal disclosed that those who intend to roll over their

deposit to next year’s hajj can preserve their money with the Board in respect of 2022 hajj exercise and get the advantage of getting first priority position during the registration. He added that those willing to collect their deposits to forward their application for the refund stating their bank account details to the Director of the Board and attach original receipt of payment to process the refund as no cash payment

would be entertained for the refunds. The statement read: “The FCT Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board is set to commence the refunds to its Intending Pilgrims who made deposit in respect of 2021 hajj and are desirous to collect their money. “A total of 1964 Intending Pilgrims who made the deposit to participate in the hajj that could not hold are free to collect their money if they wish as

directed by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria. “The application for the refund can be submitted to respective Area Officers in the Area Council where the initial deposit was made. “Pilgrims who have no Bank Account are expected to forward a letter authorizing the Board to pay the money into a third party’s Bank Account with details duly provided by the depositor”.

L-R: Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sunny Echono, Director Tertiary Education, Federal Ministry of Education, Hayiya Rakiya Gambo, Director, Physical Infrastructure Development, Tertiary Education TrustFund (TETFUND), Alh Buhari Mikailu and the Director Human Resources and General Administration TETFUND, Alh. Abubakar Adamu, during the Ministry pronouncement on the establishment of new Tertiary Institutions in the country, held on Monday in Abuja. Photo: Justin ImoOwo

Entrepreneurship: AEA ups training of rural women, youth By Stanley Onyekwere


n a bid to boost entrepreneurship, the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), has upped its Rural Skills Acquisition and Sensitisation Initiative (RuSASI) training for women and youth in rural areas of the FCT . The Agency said the initiative is a demonstration of its commitment to building the capacity of rural communities, as a strategy of achieving its mandate to empower women and youth in the FCT. Speaking at the opening at

the opening ceremony of the training of 200 rural women and youth under the initiative in Abuja, Acting ManagingDirector of the agency, Malam Shehu Abdulkadir, said the training was designed to build the capacity of rural communities to produce basic sanitary items such as hand sanitisers, liquid soaps and antiseptics. Abdulkadir explained that the training was part of the agency’s support to the people and to serve as a means of curbing Coronavirus, while helping the beneficiaries to

become economically selfreliant. He said the programme would nurture Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in rural communities to achieve their full potential. He noted that the initiative was structured to facilitate the acquisition of skills in sectors such as confectionary, disinfectants, organic fertilisers and others. According to him, “we will also build their entrepreneurial skills in areas such as book keeping, saving culture, customer relationship and

marketing and sales amongst others modules to effectively start and manage your business. “No fewer than 200 women and youth will be trained and further supported with starter packs to start their businesses. “It will interest you to note that this edition of RuSASI is expanded to include AMAC, Kwali, Kuje and Abaji Area Councils”. On his part, the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Abdullahi Adamu Candido, urged the FCT Administration to continue to strengthen the Abuja Enterprise

Agency to deliver more of its mandate. Not left out, Chairperson of Better Life Programme for the African Rural Woman, an NGO, Aisha Babangida said the organisation was committed to the overall development of the rural woman. Babangida, who was represented by the NGO’s Chief Operations Officer, Shem Ayegba, promised that the group would continue to extend hands of support to see to the continuous success of the programme.

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world news UN Afghan envoy Deborah


Lyons alarmed at Taliban gains


aliban fighters have seized dozens of districts in Afghanistan as they step up attacks during the final withdrawal by foreign troops, the UN has warned. The insurgents have taken more than 50 of 370 districts since May, UN special envoy Deborah Lyons told the Security Council, warning of “dire scenarios”. She said increased conflict “means increased insecurity for many other countries, near and far”. The US and Nato are still aiming for a complete troop pullout by 11 September. However, the Pentagon has said the pace of the withdrawal could change in light of recent Taliban gains. The hardline Islamist group’s recent advances were the result of an “intensified military campaign”, Ms Lyons told the the 15-member UN Security Council in New York. The Taliban have stepped up their military campaign now foreign troops are leaving for good “Those districts that have been taken surround provincial capitals, suggesting that the Taliban are positioning themselves to try and take these capitals once foreign forces are fully withdrawn.” The Taliban also captured Afghanistan’s main border crossing with Tajikistan on Tuesday, officials said. The

Afghan security forces said they would launch an offensive to reclaim lost territory crossing stands in the northern province of Kunduz, where fighting has escalated in recent days. Taliban fighters say they have control of the whole province, with only the provincial capital also named Kunduz - retained by the government. But the defence ministry in Kabul said Afghan forces had recaptured some districts and operations were ongoing. Kunduz city is strategically significant, and briefly fell to the insurgents in 2015 and again a

year later, before being retaken both times by Nato-backed government forces. Afghan security forces pictured in the strategic city of Kunduz Local media report that the Taliban have also seized large quantities of military equipment, and killed, wounded or captured dozens of troops. The group’s own casualty figures are unclear. Afghan security forces said they would launch a massive offensive shortly to reclaim lost territory.

“You will soon witness our advances across the country,” said spokesman General Ajmal Shinwari. US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in Afghanistan in October 2001. The group had been harbouring Osama Bin Laden and other alQaeda figures linked to the 9/11 attacks in the US. US President Joe Biden says the American pullout is now justified as US forces have made sure Afghanistan cannot again become a base for foreign jihadists

to plot against the West. A senior United Nations official warned last year, however, that al-Qaeda was still “heavily embedded” within Taliban militants in Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says government forces are fully capable of keeping insurgents at bay, but many believe the withdrawal could cast Afghanistan back into the grip of the Taliban. Mr Biden has pledged that the US will continue to support Afghanistan after pulling troops out, but not “militarily”. Writing in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said his country was willing to be a “partner for peace in Afghanistan” with the US, but would not host US bases. He said Pakistan had previously made mistakes by choosing between warring parties in neighbouring Afghanistan, and pledged to work with anyone who enjoyed the confidence of the Afghan people. Afghan leaders have long accused Pakistan of supporting the Taliban. The country’s cooperation is seen as critical to US withdrawal goals. Mr Khan said recently that he would “absolutely not” allow the CIA into Pakistan to conduct cross-border counter-terrorism missions against al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group or the Taliban.

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Gabon is first African country paid to protect its rainforest


abon has become the first African country to receive payment for reducing carbon emissions by protecting its rainforest. The UN-backed Central African Forest Initiative (Cafi) has handed over $17m (£12m) - the first tranche of a $150m deal struck in 2019. Nearly 90% of Gabon is covered by forest, which captures more carbon than the country emits. Rainforests are vital for absorbing the globe’s climate-heating emissions. Gabon has been able to show that it managed to reduce deforestation and so lower its carbon emissions in 2016 and 2017 compared to the previous decade, Cafi says. As a result Norway, through Cafi, has paid Gabon $17m based on a formula relating to the number of tonnes of carbon that would otherwise have been released. The rest of the $150m should be handed over in the coming years. The initial payment represents just 0.1% of Gabon’s annual GDP, but Forest Minister Lee White told the BBC that it was a significant first step. Norway has validated Gabon’s systems for monitoring deforestation and carbon emissions, which could be used to help high carbon-emitting countries pay Gabon for managing its resources in the future, the minister said.

Gabon’s rainforest is home to a huge number of species including forest elephants

Nearly 90% of Gabon is covered by forest Gabon has launched a number of conservation schemes in recent years, including the creation of 13 national parks and a project to combat illegal logging. Nevertheless, the country wants to earn more money from timber and says it will continue to harvest trees

Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Heavy fighting reported

Spain pardons Catalan leaders over independence bid


he Spanish government has formally pardoned nine Catalan separatists who were convicted over a failed independence bid in 2017. The leaders were imprisoned after being found guilty of sedition in 2019. Three others were convicted of disobedience but not jailed at the same time. The pardons have sparked controversy in Spain and tens of thousands protested against the decision this month. But the government argues the move will help calm tensions over Catalonia. The semi-autonomous region’s drive for independence almost four years ago plunged Spain into its biggest political crisis in 40 years. “With this act, we want to open a new era of dialogue and reconciliation, and end once and for all the division and confrontation,” said Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in a

televised address on Tuesday. The prisoners’ release may take up to several days, as the pardons must first be signed by the king and published in the country’s official gazette. The decision did not overturn the prisoners’ ban on holding office and was conditional on them not committing any other crimes within a certain period of time, Mr Sánchez explained. He said the government did not require those pardoned to abandon their political ideas, underlining that they had been convicted for their actions and not their beliefs. One of the nine who were imprisoned, Catalonia’s former foreign minister Raül Romeva, remained defiant. “By pardoning nine people, they will not hide the repression they continue exercising against hundreds of separatists,” he said in a tweet. “We won’t give up the fight: amnesty and self-

determination!” A number of opposition parties have said they intend to appeal against the pardons. The centre-right leader of the Madrid region, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, said that the government’s decision was a humiliation for Spain: “far from bringing harmony, [it] strengthens separatism and social division”. What happened in 2017? The ruling separatists in the Catalan parliament declared independence in October 2017, after a referendum which the Spanish Constitutional Court declared illegal. The Spanish government maintains that Catalonia had no constitutional right to break away, and temporarily imposed direct rule on the region after the government in Barcelona declared independence. A number of Catalan officials, including the region’s leader Carles Puigdemont, fled abroad.

But others who remained in Spain were put on trial and nine separatists were given prison sentences over their role in the independence attempt in 2019. How have Spaniards reacted to the pardons? According to one newspaper poll, more than 60% of people are against the decision, and mass protests were held in the capital, Madrid, earlier this month. Many argue the decision threatens Spain’s national unity. Jorge Blanco, an office worker in Madrid, told the BBC the decision was “a way of destabilising democracy and splitting up Spain”, and said he feared it could set a dangerous precedent. “Perhaps [Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez] feels like he has to do this, because we’ve seen this coming for a long time. But it means that we might see similar independence movements in other areas of Spain,” he said.

Ángel Santos, a petrol pump attendant in the capital, said he believed the nine Catalan leaders should remain in prison: “If they’ve done something wrong, they should serve their sentence just like any other person.” The country’s Supreme Court has also said it opposes the decision, although its position is not binding. But in Catalonia, there is anger too. When Mr Sánchez announced the plans to pardon the leaders in Barcelona on Monday, hundreds of demonstrators outside called for independence from Spain and said the separatists should not have been convicted in the first place. School teacher Josep Sunyer told Reuters news agency: “It is good because it is a step that the Spanish government has taken, but it falls short because in principle it only lets them get out of prison.” Source: BBC

and increase the value of the sector by processing more of the raw material at home. The charity Rainforest Foundation UK, which works on rainforest protection and community land rights, told the BBC that while money to protect forests is important, this payment “risks being a public relations exercise”.

It points to data from the monitoring group Global Forest Watch which shows that 2017 saw one of the highest rates of forest loss in Gabon since 2001. The government says that its monitoring shows that the country can maintain its carbon stocks through sustainable forestry. ‘Pathway to bolder plan’ Analysis by Matt McGrath, BBC environment correspondent For many years, richer countries have sought to end deforestation in Africa and elsewhere by paying poorer nations to protect their trees. This approach has generally failed to stop the tide of tree-cutting so these new results from Gabon are certainly encouraging. Gabon’s old growth trees are critical for the world as they hold more carbon than similar forests in the Amazon they are also home to around 60% of Africa’s surviving forest elephants. Gabon’s forest minister now wants to push forward with a bolder plan to sell carbon credits to allow rich countries to reduce emissions from tough sectors like transport and home heating. Many see this as a controversial idea, allowing the rich to buy their way out of difficult choices. This question will certainly feature in discussions at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November.

Ethiopia’s army took control of Tigray’s capital, Mekelle, in November last year


eavy fighting has broken out in several areas in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray between rebels and federal troops, reports say. The rebel Tigray Defence Force (TDF) said it had seized several towns, where witnesses have told the BBC they have seen its fighters patrolling. The federal Ethiopian army dismissed the claim, saying it was fake news. This is the most serious fighting since November, when the Ethiopian government declared victory in the conflict. Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in the war that started almost eight months ago. Following the fighting, some five million

people in Tigray are in need of food aid and more than 350,000 are living in famine conditions, according to a recent UNbacked estimate. The reports of the fighting comes as ballots are being counted from Monday’s general election. No voting took place in Tigray because of the security situation. Rebel spokesman Gebre GebreTsadiq said that the TDF had launched the attack last week targeting several towns. He said the fighters had destroyed military vehicles and captured some soldiers. Witnesses have told the BBC that rebel forces have entered the strategic town of Adigrat, which is just 45 km (30 miles) from the Eritrean border. If confirmed, this

would be the most significant rebel advance since the war began. TDF fighters have also been seen in several towns both to the north and south of the region’s capital of Mekelle. Army spokesman Colonel Getnet confirmed there was fighting but denied that any towns, army equipment or soldiers had been captured. “While the Ethiopian government was busy with the national elections and the GERD [Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam] issues, the terrorist TPLF [a key part of the TDF], along with its young recruits, was actively involved in terrorist activities,” he said. He added that operations were underway to capture the rebel leaders. Conflict will not end soon By Teklemariam Bekit, BBC Tigrinya This is the rebels’ biggest offensive since the conflict began in November last year. They suffered a series of setbacks at the start of the war, but now seem to have regrouped and are preparing for a long, brutal war. The timing is instructive, it started just days before the election which the ruling party is widely expected to win. The key question is: Will Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed use his electoral mandate to enter into talks with the rebels or he will press ahead with seeking victory on the battlefield? What is not in doubt is the rebels have sent a strong message to the rest of the world that Ethiopia is at war, despite the government’s narrative that the fighting was almost over.

The reports of the rebel capture of Adigrat, which is within striking distance of Eritrea, would be significant, suggesting that Eritrean troops will not be withdrawing from Tigray any time soon despite growing international pressure. This war is set to linger for a long time, aggravating Tigray’s already dire food shortages and imminent famine. Ethiopia’s government, aided by troops from neighbouring Eritrea, launched an offensive in November last year to oust the region’s then ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). By the end of the month, it declared victory. The TPLF had had a massive fallout with Mr Abiy over his political reforms though its capture of federal military bases in Tigray was the catalyst for the invasion. The TPLF has since joined forces with other groups in Tigray to form the TDF. Speaking to the BBC on Monday after casting his vote in the twice delayed national election, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he was working with the Eritrean troops to get them to leave but said he would not “push them out”. They are accused of carrying out massacres, mass rape and blocking humanitarian aid - charges Eritrea has denied. He also denied that there was hunger in Tigray. He admitted there was a problem but said the government could fix it. Mr Abiy has also ruled out talks with the TPLF, which was labelled a terrorist organisation by the national government, in May. Source: BBC



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ustralia’s government has lashed out after a United Nations report claimed it had not done enough to protect the Great Barrier Reef from climate change. UN body Unesco said the reef should be put on a list of World Heritage Sites that are “in danger” due to the damage it has suffered. Key targets on improving water quality had not been met, it said. Environment minister Sussan Ley said UN experts had reneged on past assurances. She confirmed that Australia planned to challenge the listing, which would take place at a meeting next month, saying: “Clearly there were politics behind it; clearly those politics have subverted a proper process.” The World Heritage Committee is a 21-nation group chaired by China, which has had a vexed diplomatic relationship with Canberra in recent years. “Climate change is the single biggest threat to all of the world’s reef ecosystems... and there are 83 natural World Heritage properties facing climate change threats so it’s not fair to simply single out Australia,” said Ms Ley. Environmental groups say the UN’s decision highlights Australia’s weak climate action, however. “The recommendation from Unesco is clear and unequivocal that the Australian government is not doing enough to protect our greatest natural asset, especially

The Great Barrier Reef has held World Heritage status since 1981 on climate change,” said Richard Leck, Head of Oceans for the World Wide Fund for NatureAustralia. The latest row is part of an ongoing dispute between Unesco and Australia over the status of the iconic site. The reef, stretching for 2,300km (1,400 miles) off Australia’s north-east coast, gained World Heritage ranking in 1981 for its “enormous scientific and intrinsic importance”. After Unesco first debated its “in danger” status in 2017, Canberra committed more than A$3 billion (£1.bn; $2.2bn) to

improving the reef’s health. However, several bleaching events on the reef in the past five years have caused widespread loss of coral. Scientists say the main reason is rising sea temperatures as a result of global warming caused by the burning of fossil fuels. In 2019, Australia’s own reef authority downgraded the reef’s condition from poor to very poor in its five-year update. But Australia remains reluctant to commit to stronger climate action, such as by signing up to a net zero emissions target by 2050.

The country, a large exporter of coal and gas, has not updated its climate goals since 2015. Its current emissions reduction target is 26-28% of 2005 levels by 2030. These have been a tough few months for Australia and its climate change policy. International pressure has been mounting on Scott Morrison’s government to pledge net zero emissions by 2050 and the prime minister has time and time again refused to commit including as recently as last week at the G7 meeting in the UK. In his address to US President

Joe Biden’s virtual climate conference with global leaders in April, the prime minister said the country will “get there as soon as we possibly can,” adding that “for Australia, it is not a question of if, or even by when, for net-zero but, importantly, how”. That in itself is at the heart of the problem. The “when” is as crucial as the “how” when it comes to climate change. Scientists and global leaders say Australia is not doing enough or going fast enough. The Great Barrier Reef row between Unesco and the Australian government is not new, but it will be quite embarrassing if the country’s World Heritage Site is downgraded to the “in danger” list. It’s another reminder that if Australia does not get serious about tackling climate change with clear and decisive measures, this will affect its standing in the world, not just diplomatically and economically but culturally too. If the reef is downgraded, it will be the first time a natural World Heritage Site has been placed on the “in danger” list primarily due to impacts of climate change. Listing a site as “in danger” can help address threats by, for example, unlocking access to funds or publicity. But the recommendation could affect a major tourism destination that creates thousands of jobs in Australia and was worth A$6.4bn prior to the pandemic.

India economy: Seven years of Modi in seven charts


arendra Modi stormed India’s political stage with grand promises - of more jobs, prosperity and less red tape. His thumping mandate - in 2014 and again in 2019 - raised hopes of big bang reforms. But his economic record, in the seven years he’s been prime minister, has proved lacklustre. And the pandemic battered what was an already under-par performance. Here’s how Asia’s third-largest economy has fared under Mr Modi, in seven charts. Growth is sluggish Mr Modi’s avowed GDP target - a $5 trillion (£3.6 trillion) economy by 2025, or roughly $3 trillion after adjusting for inflation - is a pipe dream now. Independent pre-Covid estimates for 2025 had touched $2.6 trillion at best. The pandemic has shaved off another $200300bn. Rising inflation, driven by global oil prices, is also a big concern, economist Ajit Ranade said. But Covid is not solely responsible. India’s GDP - at a high of 7-8% when Mr Modi took office - had fallen to its lowest in a decade 3.1% - by the fourth quarter of 2019-20.

A disastrous currency ban in 2016, which wiped out 86% of cash in circulation, and a hasty roll-out of a sweeping new tax code, known as the Goods and Services Tax (GST), hit businesses hard. This spurred the next big problem. Joblessness is on the rise “India’s biggest challenge has been a slowdown in investments since 2011-12,” said Mahesh Vyas, CEO of the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE). “Then, since 2016, we have suffered too many economic shocks in quick succession.” The currency ban, GST and intermittent lockdowns all reduced employment, he added. Unemployment climbed to a 45-year high - 6.1% - in 201718, according to the last official count. And it has nearly doubled since then, according to household surveys by CMIE, a widely-used proxy for labour market data. More than 25 million people have lost their jobs since the start of 2021. And more than 75 million Indians have plunged back into poverty, including a third of India’s 100 million-strong middle class, setting back half a decade of gains, according to estimates by Pew Research. Mr Modi’s government has also created far short of the 20

million jobs the economy needs every year, Mr Ranade said. India has been adding only around 4.3 million jobs a year for the last decade. India is not making or exporting enough ‘Make in India’ - Mr Modi’s high-octane flagship initiative was supposed to turn India into a global manufacturing powerhouse by cutting red tape and drawing investment for export hubs. The goal: manufacturing would account for 25% of GDP. Seven years on, it’s share is stagnant at 15%. Worse, manufacturing jobs went down by half in the last five years, according to the Centre for Economic Data and Analysis. Exports have been stuck at around $300bn for nearly a decade. Under Mr Modi, India has steadily lost market share to smaller rivals such as Bangladesh, whose remarkable growth has hinged on exports, largely fuelled by the labour-intensive garments industry. Mr Modi has also hiked tariffs and turned increasingly protectionist in recent years - in tandem with his rallying cry for “self-reliance”. Infrastructure building is a rare bright spot Mr Modi’s government has


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been laying 36km (22 miles) of highways a day on average, compared to his predecessor’s daily count of 8-11km, said Vinayak Chatterjee, co-founder of infrastructure firm Feedback Infra. Installed renewables capacity - solar and wind - has doubled in five years. Currently at about 100 gigawatts, India is on track to achieve its 2023 target of 175 gigawatts. Economists also largely welcomed Mr Modi’s populist signature schemes - millions of new toilets to reduce open defecation, housing loans, subsidised cooking gas and piped water for the poor. But many of the toilets aren’t used or have no running water, and rising fuel prices have undone the benefit of the subsidy. And the increased spending with no matching income from taxes or exports has economists worrying about India’s ballooning fiscal deficit. More people have joined the formal economy This is Mr Modi’s other big achievement. India has leapfrogged towards becoming a global leader in digital payments, thanks to a government-backed payment system. Mr Modi’s Jan Dhan scheme has enabled millions of

unbanked poor families to enter the formal economy with “nofrills” bank accounts. Accounts and deposits have risen - a good sign, although reports suggest many of these accounts lie unused. But economists say this is a huge step in the right direction, especially since it allows the direct transfer of cash benefits, cutting out middlemen. Healthcare spending is dismal “Like previous governments, this one has continued to neglect healthcare. India has among the lowest levels of public spending on healthcare in the world,” economist Reetika Khera said. Experts say the emphasis is on tertiary care at the expense of preventive or primary care. “This is hurtling us towards a US-style health system which is expensive and has poorer health outcomes in spite of that,” Ms Khera added. And Mr Modi’s ambitious health insurance scheme, launched in 2018, appears to have been under-used even during Covid. “It was long awaited but more resources need to go into it,” said public health expert Dr Srinath Reddy. India needs to use Covid as a wake-up call to invest heavily in strengthening primary healthcare, he added. Source: BBC

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Key to Success of the Communist Party of China Over the Past 100 years


he year of 2021 bears a lot of significance to China. It marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), marks the first year of the implementation of the China’s 14th Five-Year Plan, and marks the start of China’s new journey of building up a modern socialist country in an all-round way. Over the past 100 years, the CPC whose membership grew up from 57 in 1921 to more than 92 million nowadays, has developed into the largest Marxist ruling party, and brought tremendous changes to China, the most populous country in the world. Since its 18th National Congress in 2012, the CPC, by holding high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics, has united and led the people of all ethnic groups in China, adhered to the peoplecentered development concept, fully implemented the five-sphere integrated plan for promoting economic, political, cultural, social, and ecological progress, and coordinated progress of the fourpronged comprehensive strategy to build a moderately prosperous society, deepen reform, advance the law-based governance and strengthen Party self-discipline. Based on these endeavors, the Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era has been formed up, and thus ushering the socialism with Chinese characteristics into a new era. Under the leadership of CPC, China has already built a moderately prosperous society in all respects, achieved the first centenary goal, and embarked on a new journey of building a modern socialist country. Currently, China is advancing to the second centenary goal on the basis of the new stage of development, by applying the new development philosophy, and creating a new development pattern. According to CPC’s two-step strategy in the new era, China will basically realize socialist modernization in 2035, and turn to be a great modern socialist country that is prosperous, strong, democratic, culturally advanced, harmonious, and beautiful in the middle of this century. Why could such brilliant achievements be made by CPC? The key lies in the lofty ideals and missions born by it, which could be summarized as everything the CPC does is for the wellbeing of the Chinese people, for the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation as well as for the peace and development of mankind. Firstly, the CPC comes from the people and serves the people. Its original aspiration and mission has always been to seek the happiness of the Chinese people.

Serving the people wholeheartedly is the fundamental purpose of the CPC. In 1945, Chairman Mao Zedong pointed out that the typical symbol, which distinguishes the CPC from other political parties in China, is that “it has established the closest contact with the broadest masses of the people; serving the people wholeheartedly and never for a single moment cut itself off from the masses; everything done by it lies in the interests of the people, not in the interests of individuals or small groups”. Afterwards, “serving the people wholeheartedly” has been kept in a prominent chapter in the CPC Constitution. General Secretary Xi Jinping, in his report to the 19th National Congress of the CPC in 2017, once again stressed that, the aspirations of the people to live a better life must always be the focus of Party members’ efforts. Serving the people wholeheartedly is not a political rhetoric, but can be seen in practical actions. Over the past 100 years, the CPC united and led the people to build their homeland by self-reliance and hard-work, and then to fight the battle against poverty with strong determination, concerted effort, and unwavering faith. By the end of 2020, through eight years’ hardwork since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, China has achieved the goal of eliminating extreme poverty, a key goal of building socialism with Chinese characteristics. The 98.99 million people in rural areas who were living below the current poverty standards all shook off poverty; all the 128,000 impoverished villages and 832 designated poor counties got rid of poverty. China has won the battle against poverty and achieved the poverty reduction goals set out in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development 10 years ahead of schedule. The CPC has always relied on the people, served the people, and been deeply rooted in the people. The CPC and the Chinese people are inseparable. Without the CPC, there would be no new China, and without the CPC, there would be no strong China. In recent years, surveys by pollsters in western countries have shown that the support of the Chinese people

Mr. CUI Jianchun for the CPC and the Chinese government has been as high as over 90%. Secondly, the CPC shoulders the great mission of national rejuvenation, unites and mobilizes various social forces and leads China to a path of peaceful rise. Upon its founding, the CPC shouldered the historic mission of national rejuvenation, united the people and led them to overthrow the “three big mountains” of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism, and established the New China in 1949. The CPC united the people and led them to complete the socialist revolution, establish socialism as China’s basic system, and reverse the fate of the Chinese nation from the continuous decline to steady progress toward prosperity and strength. The CPC launched the great new revolution of reform and opening up in 1979, removed all ideological and institutional barriers to the country’s development, and embarked on the path of building socialism with Chinese characteristics. Thus was China able to stride ahead to catch up with the times. Based on the long-time practice of the Chinese revolution, construction and reform, the CPC explored the socialist political party system with Chinese characteristics, featuring in

“multi-party cooperation under the leadership of the CPC, with the CPC holding power and the other eight parties participating fully in state affairs”. Based on the principle of “long-term coexistence, mutual supervision, treating each other with sincerity and sharing each other’s weal and woe”, the CPC and the other eight parties work hand in hand in developing socialism with Chinese characteristics. This practice has already proved that the system of multi-party cooperation and political consultation under the leadership of the CPC suits China’s actual conditions and shows the great vitality and advantages. China led by the CPC, has always been committed to a path of peaceful development, and to peaceful coexistence and mutually beneficial cooperation with countries around the world, instead of seeking hegemony. The wisdom from China’s thousands of years’ history reveals that hegemony will lead to a country’s failure, not that a strong country should seek hegemony. China is blazing a path of peaceful rise distinct from the trajectory of traditional powers. Thirdly, with the aspiration of benefiting the world, the CPC actively promotes the building a community with a shared future for mankind and firmly seeks peace and development for

Based on the long-time practice of the Chinese revolution, construction and reform, the CPC explored the socialist political party system with Chinese characteristics, featuring in “multi-party cooperation under the leadership of the CPC, with the CPC holding power and the other eight parties participating fully in state affairs”

humanity. The Chinese people are open and inclusive. Since ancient times, they have always held these beliefs dear, such as “all people under the heaven are of one family”, “all the people are my brothers and sisters”, and “all nations should live in harmony”. Meanwhile, they have always wanted to create a better world in which “a just cause is pursued for the common good”. To make new and greater contributions for mankind is the CPC’s lofty mission. Where it would benefit the humanity, China has always step forward, take action, and get the job done. General Secretary Xi Jinping of the CPC has made the proposal of “building a community with a shared future for mankind”. As he said, while people across the world live under the same sky, share one and the same home planet and belong to one and the same family, they should be guided by the vision that all people in the world are of one family, and should endeavor to build a community with a shared future for mankind. In 2013, China launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), aiming at promoting peace and development of mankind. To date, China has signed more than 200 cooperation documents with 140 countries and 31 international organizations. The BRI is serving as a solution for China to participate in global openingup and cooperation, improve global economic governance, promote common development and prosperity, and build a community with a shared future for humanity. Against the background of major changes and COVID-19 pandemic unseen in a century, the right attitude for all countries is to bond together and tide over difficulties with solidarity. China is among the first counties to initiate and act on the pledge to make vaccines a global public good. After the Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines are listed for emergency use by the WHO, China is working actively to advance providing vaccines to the COVAX. The past 100 years of the CPC is a period of fulfilling its original aspiration and mission, a period of enduring the great hardship and laying the foundation, and a period of creating brilliant achievements and opening up the future. At the new historic starting point, the CPC will stay true to its original aspiration and founding mission, and continue to pursue happiness for the Chinese people, rejuvenation for the Chinese nation, and the common good for the world. (Mr. CUI Jianchun is the Ambassador of China to Nigeria)


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This is to inform the general public of the loss of land offer letter in respect of plot No.33 Doma Station layout Gwagwalada measuring 835.804 square bearing Muhammed Musa Zailani. All efforts made to trace the missing document proved abortive. If found return to the nearest police station. General public should please take note.




I formerly known as Auwal Abubakar Adam, now wished to be addressed as Auwal Bashir Ibrahim. All former documents remained valid, Ja'iz Bank and general public to take note.




I formerly known as Sule Musa Riruwal now wish you be known and addressed as MUSA SULE. All former documents remain valid. Authorities concerned and the general public should please take note.

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This is to notify the General public that I, BENJAMIN CHIDIEBUBE UWAJUMOGU, Male Adult, Christian of plot 82, Ralph Shodeinde street, Central Business District, Abuja FCT do make oaths and says: (1) that i am the owner of Plot No. 3682 measuring about 1120.22sqm in Cadastral Zone E12 Orozo, Abuja. (2) that i am also the owner of plot No. 126 measuring about 1947sqm in maitama II, A10 Abuja. (3) that i misplaced the Original Right of Occupancy Documents of the said plots. (4) that i have reported it to the police and they are yet to find it. (5) that i depose to this Affidavit of loss to enable me obtain a police Extract to facilitate the replacement of the Right of Occupancy (C of O). All efforts made to trace the said Documents proved abortive. If found please kindly return to the nearest police station. General public should please take note. Dated this 11th day of June, 2021.

This is to notify the General public of the loss of Original Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and a Letter of Regularization titled “ FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ADMINISTRATION (REGULARIZATION OF LAND TITLES AND DOCUMENT OF FCT Area Council’s Acknowledgement), sometime in March, 2020 at about 12:00pm of one MRS. ALERO SOMOYE of No. 7 Community Road, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos State, Nigeria, came to this office and reported that sometime in March, 2020, he discovered the misplacement of the (C of O) and (letter of Regularization) in respect to Plot No: 2098 with a new file No. 45402, measuring about 33.82m situate at No. 21 Edo Street, Jikwoyi, Phase 1 Extension, Abuja. All efforts made to trace the said missing Original Land Document and the Letter of Regularization from FCT Area Council proved abortive. If found kindly return to the nearest police station. General public should please take note.








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Ibrahim Abdul’s Appointment As Weightlifting Chairman Signifies A New Dawn By Amaechi Agbo


he appointment of Dr Ibrahim Abdul as the Chairman, Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, NWF Caretaker Committee, signals a new dawn in the development of the sport in the country. Though appointed for a limited three months’ period, his emergence as the number one weightlifter in Nigeria is no doubt a harbinger of good tiddings for the weightlifting stakeholders. Following the election of former chairman of the committee, Honourable Tony Okowa as the President of Athletics Federation of NIgeria,. AFN last week, the minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare sanctioned the appointment of Dr Ibrahim as his successor. And the young chairman is not unmindful of the task before him. “The appointment is a good one for us in the weightlifting family because we always look forward to opportunities to contribute our quotta for the development of the federation,” Dr Ibrahim said in an interview over the weekend “This appointment comes with responsibilities to serve even at a short period. It has a three-month duration within which we are to widwife processes for the conduct of general election in the federation. “The appointment runs from June till September after Tokyo Olympics when we will be preparing for elections in which a new president is to be elected.” Dr Ibrahim who is also the chairman, Federal Capital Territory FCT Weightlifting Association, he highlighted his focused below “We are a caretaker Committee with the mandates to oversee the affairs of the federation pending when a new board is inaugurated. We are also expected to develop the sport especially at the grassroots. “I have been a member of the board of the NWF for four years. I am also the chairman of the FCT Weightlifting Association. “Weightlifting is a terrain I know and it is what I know how to do and I am going to do my best within the short period to make an impact. “We will bring everybody on board so that we can continue to work together

for the development of weightlifting in Nigeria,” he said. Known for his insights in grassroots discoveries and development, Dr Ibrahim noted that the atmosphere in the federation is cordial adding that he would bring everybody on board to achieve set targets within the short period. “I started my weightlifting activities from the grassroots, FCT to be precise until I became the chairman of the association and from there I moved to become a board member of the federation four years ago. It has been a very good atmosphere, there have been a good relationship. “Unfortunately we lost our president in March last year and his departure brought some new challenges. However, we have be able to manage it well under the leadership of his successor, Honourable Tony Okowa before the dissolution of the board last month. “As the chairman of the Caretaker Committee, I will make sure I bring everybody on board for the progress of the weightlifting. “Weightlifting, you should know, is one of our strengths in sports globally for Nigeria. This is where we normally win laurels at continental and international competitions. We want to restore the lost glory. So all hand should be on deck to move the sport to greater heights. “We want to develop new lifters, come out with grassroots programmes to catch them young young. Withing these three months, we have a lot of programmes lined up and by the special grace of God, we will realise all of them for the benefits of the country,” he concluded. The three-member committee is made up two men and a woman Dr. Abdul Ibrahim, Chairman; Laurence Iquaibom, Member and Mrs Mariam Akande who is the Secretary of the committee Honourable Tony Okowa who was the initial chairman of the committee relinquished the position after he won the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, AFN president in an election conducted in Abuja last week. To feel the vacuum created, the minister of youth and sports development, Mr Sunday Dare appointed Dr Ibrahim Abdul to head the committee from June to September, 2021.

Dr Ibrahim Abdul, Chairman, NWF Caretaker Committee.

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FCT FA 2 years after: we jlhave above our target - Adam Mouktar By Amaechi Agbo


ewine the clock to two years ago, and you will be talking about two days after Mr Adam Mouktar Mohammed emerged victorious at the 2019 FCT FA elections held at the Kuje Area. Precisely on June 20, 2019, the young ebullient administrator withstood all odds, faced with power of incumbency by the then chairman of the FA, Mr Mouktar rose on the goodwill of the FCT FA stakeholders to defeat the then incumbent, Mr Musa Talle in a historical election. Upon emergence as the new chairman, Mr Mouktar promised to give football, particularly grassroots, a face-

lift in the FCT. Two years down the lane, Mr Mouktar, says he has delivered and still delivering on his promises to FCT football family. He stated that the board has delivered on its promised and have achieved beyond its set targets just midway into its lifespan. “We are thankful, we promised, all in all, I am very satisfied we have achieved well above our targets and the expectations of the public. We have been able to impact on every aspect, human capital development of players, Coaches, Referees; “Infrastructure, competitions, international events and partnerships, public perception and confidence.

“Attraction of sponsorship, transparency and accountability,” he stated. He noted that the FA set a roadmap to rekindle hope in FCT football as well as finding new ways to overcome the challenges occasioned by the outbreak of Covid-19 last year. “We have rekindled hope and there is joy all over the FCT and positive things to show. “We have gotten alot of commendations from across the country and I sincerely hope it motivates others to emulate and even aspire to do more so Football in the end is the Winner! “We have a road map and we are determined to follow through on it. Despite some challenges with emergence of Covid 19 we have also built

resilience and new solutions to live with the new normal “We must grow football. We must sustain football. We must build legacy foundations that out live us for the next generation. “We must stay focused and keep our eyes on the ball. Football is played inside the green pitch not outside. Less talk and more action/results.” Mr Mouktar who is the Cheif Executive Officer of Hearts Football Club that have churned out talented players outside the country, expressed hope for FCT football development. “The future looks bright but we must continue to build new talents, Build infrastructure and new competitions.” Within two years in office, Mr Mouktar have bagged

Adam Mouktar, FCT FA Chairman

various awards including Excellent and Transparent leadership award by the Centre for Peace, Transparency and Accountability in November 2020.

Abees Academy defeat fc Int’al in Zoomax 8-team invitational tournament By Amaechi Agbo


bees Football Academy Monday defeated FC International 1-0 in the opening match of the maiden edition of the ZOOMAX 8-Team Invitational Tournament in Abuja to herald the epic competition on Monday Philip Ejike won the Man of the Match award as he displayed his electric pace, dribbling runs and penetrativeness prowess

during the encounter. Damilola Majero scored the only goal of the match in the 3rd minute Abees Vs FC International which took place at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Abuja, was one of the four matches played in the opening day of the competition. In other matches, CASMAT FC lost 3-1 to Digital Foot at the same venue while TBC FC scored 3 goals to beat WACO

Academy who scored only one at Area 3 Play Ground, Garki. Wisdom Ikuesan scored a historic goal as his opener in 60 seconds for gave CASMAST the lead in their encounter against TBC FC but the latter rallied to win the match courtesy of Isaiah Monday (51’), Amarachi Ekelemhen (58’) and Jacob Iyua’s 70 minute goals turned the table in their favour In the last match of the day

at Area 3, Samuel Agu, scored a brace in a space of 3 minutes as Karu Football Academy triumphed 2-1 over Garki FC in the last match. Garki FC’s lone goal was scored by Rilwan Ibrahim in the 53rd minute. Agu akpa won Man of the Match , MOTM award at the end of the encounter. The Matchday 2 fixtures of the tournament held Tuesday across the two match venues.

Two matches held at the the Area 3 Play Ground with FC Digital Foot squaring up against FC International in the second match of the day by 12noon. The other match at the same venue by 2pm was between CASMAT FC and Abees Academy. At Old Parade Ground, Garki FC traded tackle with WACO Academy by 10am whereas Karu Academy battled it out with TBC FC by 12noon.

Optimum Performance Academy emerge champions of Abuja Super 4 Soccer Tournament By Amaechi Agbo


ptimum Performance Football Academy over the weekend emerged champions of the Super 4 Soccer Tournament held at the Britarch International School, Lugbe. The young ebullient players brushed aside Britarch Eagles 2-0 in the final played on Saturday to emerge triumphant.

The Super 4 Soccer Tournament which was attended by two other clubs - IB Sports Dreams and My Hope Academy - was held to herald the much-awaited Abuja Champions League U-15 competition slated to commence in July this year Speaking after the final, the President of SWAT Football Club, Mr Olumide Lawal, who doubles as the host, said the Super 4 Soccer Tournament which was for U-15

players, was held as signpost for the U-15 Abuja Super League. He noted that the tournament which was a huge success, has given coaches and clubs as well as academy managements that have registered for the Abuja Champions League, ACL a glimpse of what they should expect when the competition starts in late July. “The tournament was a huge success expectedly. It measured up

to what we are out to achieve and the quality was superb. “You could see that the players enjoyed the game and the clubs’ managements were extremely happy for what the saw. “Actually, the essence of the Super 4 Soccer Tournament was to test-run our mega competition, the U-15 Abuja Champions League which will hold from last week of July till middle of the August.

“The ACL is a 32-team comepetition with clubs/academies from all over Nigeria are taking part in. It’s going to be a tournament were football talent hunters would find quality grassroots talents,” he explained. Apart from various medals giving the teams, some cash awards where also given to them as sources of encouragement and appreciation for their participation.

Ighalo reveals how he snubbed mourinho for manchester united


dion Ighalo has detailed how he snubbed Tottenham Hotspur for a move to Manchester United in the winter transfer market of January 2020. The odds were stacked against Ighalo joining the Red Devils as they were linked with last-minute deals for Salomón Rondón and Joshua King, two strikers ahead of the Nigerian in Ole Gunnar

Solskjaer’s pecking order of targets. In addition, other factors that could have stopped the deal from happening were his age, the coronavirus pandemic and criticism of the Chinese Super League. Ighalo revealed that the then manager Jose Mourinho attempted to persuade him to join Tottenham Hotspur but his mind was already made up on moving to his dream

club, Manchester United. “When Tottenham heard that Manchester United were in talks with Ighalo, they started calling my agent because Harry Kane was injured then,” Ighalo said to Elegbete TV Sports. “I am a man of principle, I got a pay cut going to Manchester United. Tottenham were ready to pay me all the wages I was earning in

China, they were ready to pay a higher loan fee than Manchester United, so my director in Shanghia Shenhua was trying to force me to accept Tottenham Hotspur. “He added : “I told my agent I didn’t care, that he should make the Manchester United deal happen if they are serious. “He sent me their proposal, I saw the letter heading of Manchester

United, I took a picture of it and kept it. “I didn’t want to speak to Jose because if I speak to him I have the feeling somebody can easily manipulate me because I don’t want to offend anyone”. Ighalo spent one year at Manchester United, scoring five goals in 23 matches across all competitions.

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Liz Chicaje: Activist whose fight created a national park


n activist whose efforts to protect land sacred to her indigenous group resulted in the creation of Peru’s Yaguas National Park has been awarded a prestigious environmental prize. Liz Chicaje Churay is one of six activists worldwide to win the annual Goldman Prize, which recognises grassroots activism. The park protects more than two million acres of Amazon rainforest. It is rich in unique wildlife and considered key to conservation efforts. The 38-year-old was nominated for the award along with Benjamín Rodríguez, a leader from the Huitoto indigenous group, who died last year from complications after contracting the coronavirus. Diversity haven Liz Chicaje is a member of the Bora indigenous community which lives just outside what is now Yaguas National Park, in the north-eastern Loreto region of Peru, near the border with Colombia. The park itself is uninhabited but its 2.1 million acres (868,000 hectares) - roughly the size of Yellowstone National Park in the United States - are home to some 3,000 species of plants, more than 500 species of birds and 550 species of fish. It was designated as a national park by the Peruvian government in January 2018, after a long campaign led by Ms Chicaje along with members of other indigenous groups from the area. Many of our beloved ancestors died there. It is a sacred place for us and so we couldn’t bear seeing it destroyed. Liz Chicaje Churay Winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize Ms Chicaje says it was no coincidence that it was a coalition of indigenous groups which fought for the creation of the park. “We live in the jungle, we know it better than anyone, we walk through it, so the desire to protect this territory and the people who depend on it develops naturally,” she told the BBC. The idea to put the area under official protection to guard it from illegal loggers and miners was not new, Ms Chicaje explains. But it took decades for the indigenous groups to get the political backing for the area to be declared a national park. “You have to have that love for your land, for the forest, for your community, for the people,” she says of her motivation. “We just knew we could not let it become deforested because it’s vital for the reproduction of so many animals.” But co-ordinated action from the

Liz Chicaje Churay has won the Goldman Prize for South and Central America

The area is rich in freshwater fish and home to the giant river otter

The giant river otter is among the animals found in Yaguas National Park

Liz Chicaje (second from left) campaigned for the area to be declared a national park

Goldman Environmental Prize


indigenous communities, as well as securing help from conservationists in Peru and from as far away as the Field Museum of Chicago and the Frankfurt Zoological Society, were key to reaching their goal. The forest is essential for the survival of the indigenous groups, as they rely on fishing and agriculture for their livelihood, but according to Ms Chicaje, it is also of great spiritual importance to the Bora. Where the spirits rest During the Amazon rubber boom of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, indigenous people were rounded up and forced to tap natural rubber from the trees. Up to 100,000 people are estimated to have died as they suffered forced labour, slavery, torture and mutilations. The Bora were among those who were enslaved by the rubber barons. Some managed to escape from slavery and flee to the deep jungle which is now the Yaguas National Park. “Many of our beloved ancestors died there due to lack of food and medicines as they tried to cross it to safety,” Ms Chicaje says. “It is a sacred place for us and so we couldn’t bear seeing it destroyed.” “Due to the remoteness of the area and the threats facing it, it was key to get the government involved in its protection,” she says, adding that the indigenous groups did not have the resources to guard such a large area. “Many of our beloved ancestors died there due to lack of food and medicines as they tried to cross it to safety,” Ms Chicaje says. “It is a sacred place for us and so we couldn’t bear seeing it destroyed.” “Due to the remoteness of the area and the threats facing it, it was key to get the government involved in its protection,” she says, adding that the indigenous groups did not have the resources to guard such a large area. “Illegal loggers and gold miners were coming down the river and it was with the help of the navy that they were driven out and their dredges burned.” The government’s decision to declare the area a national park was greeted with much joy in the communities living next to it. But, she says, for them it was never a question of whether they would win the fight to protect their sacred lands, but when, as failure was not an option. She has noticed many improvements since, such as the deployment of park rangers as well as educational campaigns to highlight its ecological importance. Ms Chicaje would now like to see more direct investment and help going to the indigenous communities to protect those areas, too. Asked what message she would like to convey as winner of the Goldman Prize, she said: “Keep putting your faith in the forest and the environment, which is the foundation of planet Earth.” Other winners of the global award this year hail from Malawi, Vietnam, Japan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the US. Source: BBC

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Euro 2020: 12 countries qualify for Round of 16


t least 12 countries have booked their places in the last 16 of the ongoing European Champions after Monday’s fixtures. England sealed qualification without kicking a ball. The Three Lions were second in Group D behind Czech Republic, who they faced on Tuesday as they both battles to determine group winners. The four best thirdplaced teams from the six groups at the rearranged Euros progress to the round of 16. Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Czech Republic and France are also through to the last 16. Some fixtures in the next round have also been confirmed. Wales face Denmark and Italy clash with Austria. Similarly, the Euro 2020 semi-finals and finals will be held at Wembley with more than 60,000 fans allowed to attend. This comes after talks were held between the UK Government and UEFA. It means Wembley Stadium will have 75 percent capacity for the climax of this summer’s European Championship. “This tournament has been a beacon of hope to reassure people that we are returning to a more normal way of life and this is a further step along that road,” the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said Attachments area Advert: business: news: lagos:


Insecurity, infrastructure gains and opposition politics T

he current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari government is quite unlucky to be deprived of the due recognition it deserves from its decisive stance on national infrastructural revival of the country. It is without doubt, that like never before, the nation, under the current government, has witnessed huge spread of infrastructural development that defies comparison with what was obtainable in the country over the last few decades. Globally, the measure of national development has been a measure of the combination of the nation’s economic growth and its infrastructural development; since independence, the problem of Nigeria has been the cumulative non-development of the country infrastructure. Government after government, regardless of income windfalls of several times, has failed to meet the infrastructural requirements of the nation; we had ended up pilling up over the decades uncompleted infrastructural projects across the country, that left the country permanently with the infrastructural gap and economic underdevelopment that cumulatively accompanied it and become our greatest nemesis. The list of much needed but abandoned projects across the country grew to an alarming level until we lost count and accept the anomaly as part of our failures as a people. Countless number of abandoned road constructions; the Ajaokuta Steel, several notable strategic rail projects, among an unending list. The nation Airports were internationally rubbished and rated unsafe by all aviation standards; this is as much as development in agriculture and many other critical sectors were beautifully crafted on papers but never transform to physical realities for the gains of the country. By some unexplainable reasons, we refuse to acknowledge that on infrastructures, Nigeria today is a better place than it has ever been. Though there are insecurities and untold hardships caused by the very many agony of the absence of trusted safety in the country, but, in reality, the reason why we chose to blanket the massive infrastructural plus for the country, is because we prefer to hunt for what is not working; for faults that allow us the opportunity to criticize; because ours is the choice to see and speak nothing good about a government we are not in tandem with. Someone in America; in the fold of the Republican said, if we acknowledge it, it would be our

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USSIJU MEDANER info@medaner.com, justme4justice@yahoo.com doom and I suddenly realize while the opposition would go to all length to rubbish all the good works of the government to stay relevant and probably electable. Every day we see progress on the second Niger Bridge; yet we would prefer it is never discuss as a positive for the government or the nation because that discussion would rob positively on a person and a party we wouldn’t want anything good to be associated with. After all the theoretical paper work of a much needed bridge that was never done, commitment and obvious results glare us all in the face and we wouldn’t accept it or praise it. The nation’s international airport were once sidelined by international aviation body and labeled unsafe. The abject lack of quality and conscious practices that guarantee quality assurances made them an eyesore as we travel around the airports in those days. Today, our airports are not only up to date in standardization, but have become a haven for all who use them. Yet, there has been no praises or recognition of good work done from quarters and individuals who specializes in finding faults and criticizing the government for doing nothing. The Abuja light rail; and a lot of rail networks are been opened across the country. the LagosIbadan rail passage, the ItakpeWarri corridor, the ongoing work on the Ibadan-Kano corridor, and work on the corridors linking the south-south to the core north that is about to begin are all testament of the gains in the sector, but which we all refused to acknowledge. We are having huge reliefs taking safer and cheaper trips via rail in places we had long given up hopes of the same. The railway passage has reduced considerable tension on road movement of huge commodity goods over the last one year. And works are ongoing across several other corridors that would be joining the trail soonest. Unfortunately, the only thing we see in the entire boost in the nation’s railway transportation system is the huge loans from China and the need to join the trail of those that

propagate the indebtedness of the country to China. Not only is the Muhammadu Buhari led government doing the unexpected in the railway transportation sector, but apart from going into an agreement with China to train selected Nigerian youths in transportation Engineering which curriculum include train assembly and servicing, the government has embark on the construction of a train manufacturing plant in Ogun state to produce railway stocks including coaches. We are looking at an investment that would most likely define the future of the nation’s transportation industry efficiency as much as a broad job creation outlet for thousands of Nigerians. The great boost in electricity generation and supply has not been as good as it is in today Nigeria in recent time. the government bold engagement of Siemen, the German power giant is about to fully redefine the nation electricity configuration; we are already fixing the generation, distribution and metering problems simultaneously to evolve an efficient power system for the country. Complaints about non-availability of electricity has been on a considerable decreasing over time; several strategic markets and institutions of learning have been equipped with self power plant to permanently solve power problems that cripple activities in such locations. This, a lot of markets across the country and universities are already beneficiaries of while others are on the line. Someone, rightly deserve kudos for this jobs, but none is forthcoming. This and many more are happening at a time when national revenue dwindles. We have had good times when our crudes sold as high as $100 per barrel and never went down below $70 over a ten year period. We have had the times when the country was financially comfortable; when we had the capacity to embark on infrastructural development spree, but we prioritize sharing of national wealth and completing national projects only on papers. That was the same time when despite

huge incomes we still borrow in the names of projects that are never to be done only to fight over the sharing of the money in our respected places. It is different in the last six years, crude price had crashed to as low as $20 dollars at some points and has consistently remain as low as below $50 dollars for the entire period of the years on the average; yet, this accompanied by the unfavorable dollar –naira exchange rate has not been able to deter the development we have seen in infrastructure in the last six years. Borrowed money has been put to good use and for the purpose they were secured. The abiding insecurities across the states have done this government more disservice than any other dynamic, including the hatred of the opposition. The Muhammadu Buhari led government must become more resolute in it assaults against the forces behind the national insecurities, sparing no one and no means, regardless of what the die-critics would invent tomorrow. Until there come some respite for Nigerians from the bites of insecurities, the oppositions, PDP, and groups sworn to discredit the government, would continue to have a field day in Nigeria and it would remain immaterial what the gains are in other sectors because PDP would not allow the people to see and appreciate them. But someday, security or otherwise, history will lay bear the truth, and Nigerians will see the truth, recognize the truth and praise the truth; however, from me kudos to the architect of good works. GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA !


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