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l Deputy governor to quit APC soon

l It's not true, say PDP chair, Luka's aide

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Centenary City: Abuja indigenes decry poor compensation

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L-R: Kano state Governor, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, during the governor’s visit to the former president, yesterday in Abeokuta.

Jonathan surrounded by ‘incompetent’ frauds – Sanusi l FRC report indicts

Alade, Moghalu, Barau too No plans to impose military gov on Borno - Jonathan >> Pg 3

By Lawrence Olaoye with agency reports


usted Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi yesterday, described Presi-

What 'missing' $20bn can do for Nigeria, by Murtala's wife >> Pg 4

dent Goodluck Jonathan who suspended him recently as a simple man trying to do well but was being undermined by incompetent and fraudulent aides. This is just as facts emerged yesterday Contd on page 2

Kalu to PDP: Days of election rigging are over >> Pg 5

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Nasarawa PDP plots to oust Al-makura

From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia


here are indications that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa state is plotting to impeach Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-makura from his seat as chief executive of the state, Peoples Daily has learnt at the weekend. In line with the plot, which sources said is being hatched in Abuja, Al-makura's deputy, Mr. Dameshi Barau Luka, will soon defect from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to the PDP, and he will replace his boss as governor of the state. According to our sources, the PDP would use its member in the Nasarawa House of Assembly, where it has majority, to perfect the plans to impeach Al-makura. One of our sources said as part of the plot, Mr. Luka plans

to dump the APC for the PDP "in the next two weeks, ostensibly to benefit from the putsch if eventually the plot to remove Al-makura succeeds". The Nasarawa House of Assembly has 19 members on the platform of the PDP while the ruling party in the state has only six members. Our sources further revealed that the leadership of the PDP in the state is already planning a reception for some prominent members of the APC, including the deputy governor. Mr. Luka is to be formally received alongside others like Senator Solomon Ewuga, who recently decamped into the PDP. "He (Ewuga) should have been welcomed by the PDP last week but for the planned visit of the president, who is expected to receive the defectors personally", the source disclosed.

It would be recalled that Luka, who was recently suspended from the APC over perceived anti party activities, maintained his stance on the statement credited to him which earned him the suspension. He said shortly on arrival from a two weeks sojourn in the United States of America (USA), that he stood by his statement in which he criticised his party, APC, for its directive to its National Assembly members to block the 2014 federal budget until the rule of law, as well as law and order were restored in Rivers state. But reacting to the speculation on the planned defection of his boss and the benefit he is expected to derive from that action, Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, Danjuma Joseph, said he was not aware that his principal would be dumping the APC for the PDP. "I'm not aware of it", the press

even spare them, a senior aide to the president disclosed at the weekend. Sanusi's suspension was predicated on the verdict given by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, a little-known government agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment. The FRC is responsible for, among other things, developing and publishing accounting and financial reporting standards to be observed in the preparation of financial statements of public entities in Nigeria. Until its report was cited as the basis for axing the CBN governor, the council was not known to have blown the whistle on corrupt government agencies and individuals. In paragraph 2(g) of its report, the FRC urged President Jonathan to exercise his powers and "cause the Governor (of CBN) and the Deputy Governors to cease from holding office in the CBN." The CBN has three deputy governors. Mrs. Alade, who is the most senior and in charge of Economic Policy, was appointed acting governor Thursday. Other serving deputy governors are: Kingsley Moghalu (in charge of Operations) and Suleiman Barau, in charge of Corporate Services. The council, headed by Jim Obazee, rejected the explanations by the CBN to its initial report, and termed the responses "a clear display of incompetence, nonchalance, fraud, wastefulness, abuse of due process and deliberate efforts to misrepresent facts on the part of the leadership of the CBN". Sanusi has denied wrongdoing and plans to challenge the suspension order in court. Analysts say his removal has stirred anxiety in the nation's markets. Many Nigerians accuse the government of instigating the FRC to target Sanusi and then

dusting up a report released several months back, only after the chief accused opened up to the world how at least $20 billion of oil proceeds were either stolen, or diverted by government officials. The allegation that NNPC has failed to pay the huge sum in government treasury, has refused to go away. Despite the government's denial, it has failed to account for the money, which is more than half of the nation's entire budget for a year. Sanusi, whose evidence is helping the Senate Finance Committee investigate the allegation as the committee was about to hold its final public hearing into the missing money at about 2pm on Thursday. The FRC said the CBN governor himself, and all of the bank's deputy governors including Mrs. Alade, have their own share of the blame in the alleged financial malfeasance in the bank and should be sacked and prosecuted. The council said the bank lied in its audit report to deceive the uninformed, and described the CBN financial statements as "highly abridged with poor disclosures of transactions and events". According to the council, a key evidence of the bank's management attempt to conceal the truth from government was its handling of the Asset Management Company of Nigeria, AMCON. The CBN is the part owners of AMCON. The council said that though the CBN has directors representing it on the Board of AMCON, and was aware of a loss after tax of about N2.439 trillion and negative total equity of N2.345 trillion at the end of 2011, yet it failed to disclose to the president details of the maturity date of the sovereign instruments. Besides, the council also indicted the CBN for failing to advise the government on the dire

secretary to the deputy governor told our correspondent yesterday. Also commenting on the matter, Nasarawa PDP Chairman, Yunana Iliya, in a phone chat with our correspondent, equally denied the story, saying he has not been contacted regarding the planned defection of the deputy governor. "I have not been contacted yet. If there is any issue like that I ought to have been contacted", the Nasarawa PDP chairman said. But the speculation was being further fuelled by the recent allegation that some senators and members of the House of Representatives from the state, elected on the platform of the APC were being lured to join the PDP with a promise of $2 million and $1 million respectively, as well as automatic tickets in 2015.

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that the same Financial Reporting Council (FRC) recommendations which indicted Sanusi also did not spare the new CBN acting governor, Sarah Alade, and all of the bank's deputy governors. Sanusi has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) of withholding $20 billion (14.5 billion euros), allegations that earned him powerful enemies across the government. In an interview with Agence France Presse (AFP) in Lagos, Sanusi said many of the people advising Jonathan are sycophants who do not speak frankly about the extent of corruption in government. "When you sit with President Jonathan himself he appears a nice, simple person who is trying his best to do his best" "His greatest failing obviously is that he is surrounded by people who are extremely incompetent, who are extremely fraudulent and whom he trusts", he said. Regarding the allegations against him, Sanusi said he had earlier this year heard of a report condemning his performance and wrote to Jonathan in "June or July" asking if an explanation was needed, but received no reply. The first time he was formally notified about the allegations was the day he was suspended, he said. He argued it would be too simple to describe his removal as payback for his attacks on the NNPC. "Since 2009 I have been annoying the government... You've got people who think I have the wrong friends, people who think maybe I have not distanced myself enough from people who are seen to be opposition figures", he further said. Regardless of an avalanche of reactions to his suspension – which many Nigerians believe is linked more to his exposing government corruption - Mr. Jonathan will not sack all the indicted deputy governors at a go, and may

President Jonathan negative implications its inability to fulfil its obligations in the AMCON's sovereign bonds would have on the country's credit risk rating. Justifying the need for detailed investigation of all allegations of financial infractions levelled against the management, the council said a thorough investigation "cannot be successfully done if the principal officers (the Governor and his Deputy Governors) are allowed to be in office". Contacted by PREMIUM TIMES at the weekend on why the president has not fired the indicted deputy governors, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Communications, Reuben Abati, said the government is at liberty to determine how to implement the recommendations of the FRC. "It is not practicable to dissolve the Central Bank at a go," Mr. Abati said. "Investigations are ongoing and once people believed to be more culpable are identified, government will act appropriately", he said.

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Recall Sanusi, ACF, TMG tell Jonathan l Suspension, plot to thwart missing funds probe - APC lYou can’t have two CBN govs at once, says Falana From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna, Umar Muhammad Puma, Abuja & Ayodele Samuel, Lagos


he northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has faulted the recent suspension of the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, saying the President lacks the constitutional power to do so. In a statement yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, ACF said it is only the Senate that has the power to dismiss or remove the CBN governor, with a two third majority vote after following due process. The forum said Jonathan's decision has negative implication on transparency and good governance and negates the principle of separation of powers. "Sanusi is the CBN Governor, duly and properly appointed according to law. He has done his duty by reporting the missing public fund of $20bn dollars to the National Assembly as expected of him officially and the National Assembly has commenced investigations which had not yet been concluded. "Malam Sanusi is a principal witness in the ongoing investigation before the Senate and the House of Representatives Committees investigating the matter, in this circumstances how is he going to appear before such an authority?" the statement said. "We wish to express concern about the personal security and safety of Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as it has been reported that his passport has been seized

and the security details attached to him withdrawn," the Forum added. Meanwhile, Transitional Monitoring Group (TMG) has said Sanusi's suspension smacks of impunity, intolerance of dissent and contradicts the anti-corruption hype and posture of the PDP-led Federal Government. The TMG also said the action is a brazen violation of Section 11 (2) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Act which states that the removal of Governor, Deputy or Director of CBN by President is subject to the ratification by twothird (2/3) majority of the Senate. Similarly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Presidency of seeking to use Sanusi's 'illegal' suspension to divert attention from the allegation of missing 20 billion dollars in oil funds. In a statement in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the way the presidency has been campaigning to malign Sanusi, using the report of the obscure Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, shows that it is working hard to sweep the issue of the missing funds under the carpet and punish Sanusi for daring to expose the fraud. It said if the federal government had used half the energy it has been deploying to discredit Sanusi toward the investigation of the missing oil funds, the monumental corruption case would have been solved by now. The party said the questions that are begging for answers include: What happened to the missing $20 billion? If indeed a

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi part of the funds has been used for kerosene subsidy, who authorized the spending of money that was not appropriated, in violation of the nation's constitution? Who reinstated the subsidy that had been removed by a presidential directive? If $8.76 billion of the missing money was used for kerosene subsidy, who and who are the beneficiaries, since it is clear that Nigerians are not enjoying any subsidy on kerosene for which they are shelling out at least N150 per litre? It re-stated its earlier stand that Sanusi's suspension is unlawful and that it is another dangerous turn in the Jonathan administration's journey of impunity,

lawlessness and double standard. On the allegations against Sanusi, it said the federal government should charge him to court, if indeed it is convinced of the veracity of the allegations, instead of convicting him on the pages of newspapers and mob-lynching him through paid hatchet men. On his part, human right lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), also faulted the suspension of the CBN governor, saying Sanusi could only be removed by the President with the approval of the Senate. He however blamed Sanusi for not resigning earlier when he made the allegation. "Mr Sanusi ought to have voluntarily resigned his appointment. But he decided to remain in office while taking the Administration to the cleaners at the tail end of his 5-year tenure". According to him, since Mr Sanusi has been placed on suspension the law presumes that he is still the substantive Governor of the CBN. Therefore, pending the end of his tenure or removal from office through the Senate there is no basis for the appointment of a new CBN governor. He advised the President to suspend the process for the replacement of the CBN governor by withdrawing the new nomination forwarded to the Senate as the nation cannot have a suspended governor and a substantive governor of the CBN at the same time. He however warns that the diversion of huge public funds from the Federation Account alleged by Mr Sanusi should not be swept under the carpet. At the same time, the allegations of financial recklessness leveled against Mr Sanusi ought to be investigated without any delay.

Boko Haram: Don't flee, Shettima Gov Yero bags peace award From Muhammad Ibrahim, People Magazine for the recogniurges Bama community Kaduna tion saying, “This gesture will furFrom Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri


overnor Kashim of Borno state yesterday pleaded with community of Bama local government area of the state to be courageous and not flee their homes following the last week insurgency attacks which left 80 persons dead. Shettima made the plea while addressing community leaders at the palace of the Emir of Bama, shortly after inspecting various public and residential buildings burnt during the attacks. The governor who said he was seriously shocked by the high level of destructions and lost of human lives caused by the carnage, urged the residents to consider the incident as an act of God and stay in the area. As parts of efforts to ameliorate the sufferings of the surviving victims, the governor announced

a cash donation of N250, 000 for each household that lost an individual and promised to rebuild and rehabilitate all public structures and houses destroyed by the Boko Haram. Besides theN200,000 million already earmarked for the purchase of relief materials for the victims, he equally directed the release of additional N100 million. The governor also donated N3 million and three TATA patrol vehicles for the three vigilante groups complementing the security forces in the fight against insurgents in the local government council. While reiterating government determination to safeguard lives and properties of the citizens, Shettima added that his administration would leave no stone unturned in addressing the major factors contributing to the birth of Boko Haram.


overnor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero won the Peace and Stability Award at the First Political Excellence Award 2014, organized by the City People Magazine in Lagos yesterday. The award according to the organizer aimed at ‘Celebrating the Very Best in Politics’ and is granted to people that have distinguished themselves in making a difference in the various categories. Governor Yero was nominated by the selection committee for his uncommon commitment to building lasting peace and stability in Kaduna State and indeed between the diverse groups of people from all over Nigeria resident in the State. Speaking at the event, Governor Yero represented by his Director General Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki reiterated his commitment to ensuring peaceful coexistence amongst all the diverse citizens of the State. The Governor thanked the City

ther ginger us to put in our best in bridging the divide among our people, not only in Kaduna State but the entire country.” He said for Nigeria to witness any meaningful development, “it is time for all of us to begin to see ourselves as one. Let’s deemphasize our difference and work together as one people in building our great country. Nigeria is destined to be great, but we as the people must work together to make it happen and the time is now. Also speaking on the award, publisher of the City People Magazine, Seye Kehinde said the selection committee for the awards “did a thorough research that lasted weeks and came up with names of individuals, public office holders as well as key public agencies considered for the honour.” In all, the Magazine honored 43 recipients including, State Governors, First Ladies, Senators, Members of House of Representatives, State Assembly Members and Heads of Federal Agencies.

Boko Haram: No plans to impose military governor on Borno - Jonathan By Hassan Haruna Ginsau


resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday refuted report in the media suggesting that he was planning to step up the ongoing state of emergency in Borno state by imposing a military governor on the state. The President described the said report as another mischievous attempt in the media to project the federal government in bad light, even as he reiterating the current administration’s readiness to adhere to the rule of law. According to the said report in Sunday Trust, the president has already identified a retired Army general that it intends to appoint as the military administrator of Borno state, based on the believe that “placing a soldier in charge of the state government will send a wrong signal to the recalcitrant insurgents”. The report further claimed that the move to suspend democratic structures in Borno State was recently revived following a similar attempt last May when the president first declared a state of emergency in Adamawa state. But when contacted, Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati told journalists last night that, while the said report did not make any sense, the country’s constitution does not make any provision for military rule in a civilian regime. Abati noted, however, that if at all there was a need to extend the ongoing state of emergency in the states of the North that are currently observing it, government would not hesitate to do so. He said, “it (the said report) is preposterous; it does not make any sense. This is one of the states that government had declared a state of emergency twice, and in the two occasions, it did not remove the governors of the affected states. “No where does the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria recommend military rule over civilian rule in a democratic setting like Nigeria. And this is a government that has consistently placed emphasis on strict adherence to the rule of law. “If there is need to extend the state of emergency in the states that are currently observing it, government would do so and not to remove a democratically elected governor. To suggest that the federal government is trying to impose a military government in a democratic dispensation is farfetched. Let it not be another mischievous attempt in the media to project government in bad light”, Abati added.

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US says northerners deserve to live free of violence, terror By Hassan Haruna Ginsau with agency reports


.S Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday while condemning last week’s attacks in Borno Sate by Boko Haram insurgents said people in the Northern part of the country deserve to live free of violence and terror that has plagued the region in recent times. “The people of northern Nigeria deserve to live free from violence and from terror. That’s why the United States is providing counterterrorism assistance to help Nigerian authorities develop a comprehensive approach to combat the threat posed by Boko Haram while protecting civilians and ensuring respect for human rights”, Kerry said in a statement. “Unspeakable violence and acts of terror like the ones committed by Boko Haram last week in northern Nigeria are horrific, wrong and have no place in our world,” Kerry said and underscored a commitment

to help Nigerian authorities crack down on the militants the U.S deems a terrorist organization. Boko Haram gunmen killed about 200 people in the villages of Bama and Izge last week, storming the towns, firing on a school, shooting or burning to death dozens of people and trashing the palace of a traditional ruler in Bama. Kerry said the United States remains “a committed partner” of Nigeria’s government as it targets Boko Haram and associated groups. The United States last November designated Boko Haram and Ansaru, as foreign terrorist organizations, making it a crime to provide them with material support. The White House directed U.S. agencies to block financial transactions with the two groups, which it blamed for thousands of deaths in northeast and central Nigeria, including attacks on churches and mosques and the 2011 suicide bombing of the United Nations building in Abuja.

Missing’ $20bn can build refinery, 2 airport terminals, 37 hospitals, 76 schools-Oyebode By Etuka Sunday


he Chief Executive Officer of Murtala Mohammed Foundation, Ms Aisha Oyebode said the alleged missing $20 billion could build refinery, two airport terminals, 37 hospitals and 76 schools among others. Oyebode who did an online shopping with the amount to know what the money could buy discovered that Nigeria could be transformed if the said missing $20 billion was to be judiciously used in the country. She said 76 state of the art secondary schools would cost only $1.3 billion and that if Aliko Dangote promised last year to build refinery at the cost of $9 billion, then $9 billion could be taken from the amount to build refinery. The findings of her report further revealed that 37 state of the art hospitals could be built from the same amount at the cost of $2.6 billion, while airport terminal would cost $7.5 billion. She gave others as: $1 bil-

lion for cement plant, $2.35 billion 10 five star hotels, $1.14 billion20 state of the art mall, $1.14 GSM license etc. Speaking on the research, Ms Oyebode said, “In the course of discussion, it suddenly occurred to me that I just couldn’t comprehend what $20bn could possibly buy. “Now if I can’t comprehend, I am sure there are many out there like me who can’t either, hence perhaps the challenge with feeling enough outrage. So I went shopping on the internet. I bought things that I could find prices for. Some not so useful like 4 GSM licenses but just to get a sense of how staggering the amount is. I am not a mathematician and my calculator kept running out of zeros, but I think quite accurate,” she concluded. Recall that the former Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi at the senate hearing on the 4th February, 2014, claimed that NNPC was yet to remit the sum of $20 billion to the federal account against the $10.8 billion earlier reconciled.

L-R: Chief of Staff to the President, Brigadier-General Jones Oladehinde Arogbofa (rtd), President Goodluck Jonathan, Senior Pastor, Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr. Paul Enenche, and his wife, Mrs. Becky Enenche, during a Sunday church service, yesterday at Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Area 1, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

$20bn missing money: SERAP faults AG’s advice on non-remittance by NNPC By Sunday Ejike Benjamin


ocio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has faulted the legal advice by the Attorney of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke (SAN) to the effect that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC), was empowered by its Act to remit only to the federation account, its net earnings after deducting cost of its operations. The organization in the statement yesterday by its executive director, Adetokunbo Mumuni said, “the advice by Adoke is patently inconsistent with the letter and spirit of Section 162 of the Constitution, which is to establish a dedicated account into which all public revenue by the Federal Government shall be paid, as well as to remove any arbitrary and non-transparent

and non-accountable spending of public revenue.” The organization also argued that, “being the supreme law of the land, the constitution is not a document to be read with levity or disdain; every section must be given its meaning.” “It has to be emphasized that Section 162 does not exempt certain types of revenue and does not distinguish between ‘net and gross revenue’ as Adoke has attempted to do. In fact, the only exception provided for under that section are the proceeds from the personal income tax of the personnel of the armed forces of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, the Ministry or department of government charged with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja,” the organization added. The organization said, “Assuming for the sake of argument

that the NNPC is required to pay into the Federation Accounts only the ‘net revenue’ and not the ‘gross revenue’ as Adoke has argued, this will still not remove the fact that the NNPC is a trustee of the public revenue collected. Therefore, as a trustee, the NNPC has a legal duty to render account to the beneficiaries (Nigerians) of the trust, if and when called upon to do so.” The organization also said that, “We believe that arguing that the NNPC has no responsibility to remit all public revenue amounts to permitting the corporation to create something analogous to a ‘special fund.’ “We therefore ask Adoke to urgently refer the NNPC to appropriate anticorruption agencies so that the confusion around the missing $20 billion oil money can be resolved once and for all, and suspected perpetrators brought to book”.

Boko Haram: Northern govs urge FG to implement Forum’s recommendations From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.


hairman of the Northern State Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has reiterated the forum’s recommendations to the Federal Government for implementation. The Forum after their last meeting in Kaduna urged Federal government to deploy more security personnel with superior military equipment as well as adopt measures to boost their morale to enable them effectively fight the insurgents and other threats to security in the region. Governor Aliyu who was re-

acting to the killing on Saturday of 29 persons by unknown gunmen in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State also urged the military to review its counter-insurgency strategy to protect innocent citizens who are being killed daily by members of the Boko Haram. In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, the forum further reiterated its appeal to the federal government to “provide adequate funds to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states afflicted with the problem of insurgency in order to address attendant issues.” It hailed the military for restricting trans-border movements between Nigeria and

Cameroon, urging security agencies to do all within their powers to halt the killing of innocent lives in the region. Northern Governors had at the end of their meeting in Kaduna on Monday agreed to adopt a common approach towards combating insecurity in the region. In the communiqué, the forum agreed to down play political differences and work towards a common goal of a united, peaceful and a prosperous North. The state Governors also agreed to vigorously pursue employment and youth empowerment programmes as a way of taking idle youths off the streets.

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Textile union urges FG to tackle smuggling L-R: Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, and former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, during the speaker’s visit to the former president, yesterday in Abeokuta.

Tambuwal, Obasanjo in secret meeting in Abeokuta T he Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, on Sunday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, Ogun State, where the two men held secret talks for almost an hour. Tambuwal was accompanied by Kawu Sumaila, the deputy minority leader of the House of Representatives, Ajibola Muraina, who represents Ibarapa Central/North of Oyo State, and Aminu Shagari who represents Sokoto State. Speaking with journalists after the meeting, Tambuwal described Obasanjo as an African leader, who should be consulted on matters of national interest.


he National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGWN) yesterday appealed to the Federal Government to secure the nation’s borders to prevent smuggling of banned products. The NUTGWN’s President, Mr Oladele Hunsu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the industry’s major threat was unabated smuggling of textiles into the country. “In spite of the ban on textile import introduced by the Federal Government in 2004, Nigeria still remains a dumping ground for all sorts of textile,” Hunsu said and added that government must ensure that its borders were not porous. “How can you open your borders or your sea ports and make your country a dumping ground?” he asked and urged government to come up with a stringent policy to ensure that dumping of goods was prohibited. The union leader lamented that the Chinese were the worst culprits in faking and dumping substandard textile materials in Nigeria. “The Chinese have started faking Nigerian products by taking designs from Nigeria to China to produce inferior ones with Nigeria labels and bring back the inferior products. “Most Nigerian consumers cannot differentiate between the locally made fabric and imported Chinese ones and that tends to rubbish us as a nation. “If they (Chinese) are sincere in growing our economy, they should come and set up industries, rather than turning Nigeria into dumping ground for substandard textile materials,” Hunsu said. (NAN)

According to a Premium Times report, the speaker said the members of the House of Representative came to tap from Obasanjo’s wealth of experience. “There are lots of issues in Nigeria today. Of course there is issue on Petroleum Industry Bill, (PIB) that we are considering in the House, we are doing constitution amendment in the House and a host of other very key and important legislation before the parliament,” Mr. Tambuwal said. “So we needed to consult our leaders on such very important and vital legislation before we conclude what we are doing on them and electoral act is likely to be amended. So, from

his wealth of experience, we needed some input from Baba,” Tambuwal said. “I am just visiting our national leader of PDP, myself and Baba are in PDP,” he insisted. Although the two leaders belong to the ruling PDP, they are also known critics of the Goodluck Jonathan-led government. Tambuwal had criticized last Thursday’s suspension of Sanusi Lamido, as governor of the Central Bank, and said the controversial move by President Goodluck Jonathan could send wrong signals to foreign investors. “On the implications on the economy, I am not an economists, but I personally felt

ing acceptance of the APC poses a big threat to the ruling party. Speaking over the weekend, the former governor urged the ruling party to put its house in order to avert what he called “implosion” of the party before 2015 general election.

Kalu said it is time for PDP members to close ranks and avoid undemocratic practices; else its style of governance could engender the revolt of the people. He said the old practices in the PDP in which party primaries and elections are decided before the

outcome of results are no more fashionable. “The PDP should really know that the All Progress Congress (APC) is a big challenge to the PDP, that the more the party comes together to work, the better for everybody. This is because

there is a big challenge from the opposition party”, he said. He added, “I see the country moving towards two party structures and if the country follows that, it is good for democracy, the country and even the poor people.”

agencies as one of the ways of resolving the challenge of insurgency especially in the north eastern part of Nigeria. Kalu said “As far as I am concerned, if they say they will do it with military power, I have not seen anywhere where guns have solved the problem, after war, you will still come back to the table to design how you will move

forward. I genuinely want to see government agencies and Boko Haram to sit down and talk and sort out their problems.” He also dismissed fears over the break up of Nigeria ahead of the 2015 general elections affirming that such anxiety is misplaced and no longer fashionable. He lamented the greed that has permeated the leadership of

the country and said, “For me, politics is about people and in Nigeria, we have got the number. I think we should come out and cooperate. “What is happening today is that politicians are very selfish, working for themselves and not for those who elected them into power. I’m very disappointed with some of them. Most of them

are stealing money and packing it outside. What will they do with those things? “What I’m afraid of is not disintegration, but rather, revolution by the people. It’s not going to be by the police, but by the people just like what happened in Romania where people stood up against the government’, he added.

that it will definitely send wrong signals to investors because they need to have confidence in the financial institutions particularly the independence of financial institutions of the country before foreign investors may consider such a country worthy of their investment, I have my concern about that.” Tambuwal said. “Whether it is lawful, legal or illegal, the personality involved has told everybody that he is going to court and I believe he is already in court on that suspension.” the Speaker added. He said regardless of the numerous defections to opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), he remains a part of the PDP.

Kalu to PDP: Days of election rigging over

From Suleiman Idris, Lagos


he former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, has warned the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the days of election rigging were over, even as he posited that the grow-

...Says guns, soldiers not enough to fight Boko Haram

From Suleiman Idris, Lagos


ormer governor of Abia state Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has declared that the deployment of troop and ammunitions alone cannot curtail the menaces posed by the Boko Haram. Kalu said there is need to improve intelligence gathering by the Armed Forces and security

Peoples Daily, monDAY, february 24, 2014



BRIEFS Niger CP bags African award, vows to fight crime

L-R: Deputy Executive Director, UNHabitat, Mrs. Aisha Kyacira, Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and Supervising Minister of Police Affairs, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, and Nigeria High Commissioner to Kenya, Mr. Akin Oyateru, during a collaborative meeting on affordable housing delivery for the masses in the Federal Capital Territory, at the weekend in Abuja.

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna


Photo: Mahmud Isa

Alakyo: Killers of security agents still walking free-Al-makura From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia


overnor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa state said several months after the Alakyo incidence when scores of security operatives were brutally murdered, the killers are still walking the street free. Al-makura stated this at the weekend while consoling his elder brother, the Sarkin Kwandere, Alhaji Ahmadu Al-makura, who, last weekend, escaped an

assassination attempt in his private residence in Lafia. The governor lamented that in matters of security such as what happened in Alakyo, the state government has limited powers and called on the federal government to step up efforts regarding issues relating to security especially in areas where there are challenges. Reacting to the alleged assassination attempt on his brother, Al-makura said there have been several such attempts

on him and his elder brother in the last one year. “I don’t want to sound as an alarmist on issues that are either personal or not requiring states attention, but in the past one year, only God knows the amount of incursions and attempts on our lives and people of the state”, Almakura stated. He said his elder brother has become vulnerable since he became governor because with every failed attempt on him, his brother, the Sarkin Kwandere,

becomes the target. “They couldn’t have been armed robbers because they didn’t ask anybody anything. They did not even enter the house because he was in the mosque. All they were asking was, ‘Where is Sarkin?’ Only God saved him as they couldn’t see him but he was watching them”, narrated the Governor. He disclosed that there was no life lost as a result of the attack, stressing that government will intensify investigation to fish out the attempted killers.

Group initiates disciples of peace against terrorism By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin


do State chapter of Africa Initiative against Terrorism and Other Social Vices was inaugurated last weekend in Benin City, the state capital. The disciples of peace which

transcends beyond ethic, cultural and religious boundaries led by the State Coordinator, Osagie Uyi Jefferywere, were selected from the 18 local government areas of the state. Members of the NonGovernmental Organization are

expected to collaborate with relevant Security agencies and take the campaign against terror to the hinterland. The South-South Regional Coordinator, Mrs Rosemary Nwangene, in a welcome address said, the Country has been plagued

with myriads of security problems as a result of weak institutions, hence the collaboration to “end violence and insecurity’’. According to her, ' “it is true that the security agencies have done quite well by working round the clock to fight against crime’’.

iger State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Diseye Desire Nsirim has disclosed that her Command has put in place necessary strategy to tackle crimes in the state. She made this known at the weekend when members of the Centre for Ethics and Self Value Orientation (CESVO) inducted her into the African Women of Conscience Hall of Fame in her office in Minna. According to the Niger State p olic e C om m is s ion e r, “t his honour will only spur me to do more. I assure Nigerlites that we will do all we can towards improving security in the state. “My Command has put all the necessary strategies in place to tackle criminality. There will be no hiding places for those who have negative intentions, because our slogan in Niger state is ‘Do the right thing’. This is the 32nd award I have received, and I dedicate this award to the Nigerian Police Force and Niger state Police command”, she added. Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Director of the CESVO, Ambassador Salih Musa Yakubu said the Niger State Commissioner of Police got the award because she is astute and responsible in the discharge of her duties. She was awarded with a gold medallist in NPF, a National certificate of credence and a plague. She was nominated after the NGO’s annual secret independent assessment (ASIA) which she scored 70%.

Tiv/Fulani clashes: Police deploy 5000 officers to Benue ...Herdsmen not criminals – Leader From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi & Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau


ver 5000 police officers have been deployed to Benue State by the InspectorGeneral of Police Mohammed Abubakar to quell the incessant clash between Tiv farmers and Fulani herdsmen. This is just as the leader of Fulani community in Zuru, Kebbi state, Ardo Muhammad Kiruwa has denied insinuations that, Fulani herdsmen were involved in the incessant cattle rustling and armed robbery in some part of northern states. But the IGP, speaking through DIG Michael Zuokumor at the

weekend said the deployment of police officers followed a passionate appeal by the State Governor Gabriel Suswam who had decried the attack on the home of Tor Tiv Dr. Alfred Akawe Torkula by persons suspected to be Fulani herdsmen who numbered over 100. Zuokumor said the police is equal to the task in stopping the constant clashes and enhance peaceful co-existence between the two parties, adding that the IGP had consultations with government of Benue State including major security stakeholders in the crisis, security agencies in the State as well

as critical incident management meeting with top police officers and resolved to carry out operation within the ambits of the law and in accordance with democratic principles. He urged the parties to lay down their arms, embrace peace and dialogue as a way of resolving the crisis, just as he called on residents of the areas where the crisis are intense not to take laws into their hands as government, police and other security agencies are capable of settling the feud. Meanwhile, Ardo Muhammad Kiruwa, the leader of Fulani

community in Zuru of Kebbi state, who is also a zonal Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers {NURTW}, North-west zone told newsmen yesterday in Gusau, Zamfara state capital that most of the herdsmen were illiterate and could not defend themselves on the accusations, the situation that paves way to believing they were criminals in that aspect. He cited an illegal use of constitutionally reserved cattle rearing routes by many farmers as major cause of Fulani-farmers crisis, which he said must be reviewed to remap demarcations

initially operated peacefully as contained in the laws. Ardo, who is contesting for the post of national President, Miyetti Allah said: “Fulani are Nigerians and productive enough towards building the nation’s economy, they provide meat and milk and other lucrative drives from their cows, therefore, they should not be disregarded”. He insisted that, multitude numbers of Fulani are well educated in both religious and western education and however called on Fulani to continue to be law abiding citizens and not to take law into their hands when there is any misunderstanding with farmers on the issue of lands disputes.


PEOPLES DAILY, MONday, February 24, 2014


6, 000 IDPs from Borno get relief 3,583 materials in Adamawa camp widows By Joy Baba


bout 6, 000 persons displaced by the recent armed attacks on their communities in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State were at the weekend provided with relief assistance by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Gulak, Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State where they are presently taking temporary shelter. The relief items said to be made up of food and non-food

items were distributed to the displaced persons in the premises of Madagali Local Government Secretariat in Gulak. NEMA press officer, Manzo Ezekiel, in a statement said Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Bala James Ngillari led officials of the state government, NEMA and other response agencies in the distribution of the items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Ngillari sympathized with the IDPs and assured them of government support towards

addressing their plights and finding lasting solution to the security challenges in the areas. The statement also said the North East zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Alhaji Mohammed Kanar said the NEMA’s Director General had dispatched the relief items as approved by the Federal Government for the immediate distribution to ameliorate the suffering of the people. It will be recalled that the residents of Izghe and several communities in Gwoza Local Government of Borno state came

under armed attack last week during which many lives were lost and most of the survivors fled to the nearby Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State. The incident occurred few days after similar attacks in Konduga and Bama Local Government Areas of Borno State. “In each situation, the National Emergency Management Agency has been prompt in the provision of relief supports to the affected persons” the statement added.

Some of the 6, 000 persons displaced by the recent insurgent attacks on their communities in Gwoza Local Government area of Borno state were receiving relief materials from National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in Gulak, Madagali local government area of Adamawa state.

Smuggling: NSCDC intercepts 15,300 litres of petrol


he Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Command in Lagos State has intercepted 15,300 litres of petrol being smuggled out of the country on Friday. The state NSCDC Commandant, Mr Clement Adesuyi told newsmen in Lagos yesterday that men of the command carried out the operation in Badagry.

“We recovered 45 drums with 300 litres each and 72 other containers with 25 litres each and one Yamaha boat. “Five suspects who were in the boat jumped into the sea to escape arrest. They were coming from Escravos in Apapa,” he said. According to him, his men are still on trail of the suspects. “Our men are still on the watch out for the suspects. We

have spread across the border line to ensure that our petroleum products are not smuggled out illegally through the sea. ``One major challenge we have in arresting suspects on the sea is lack of speed boats. “We currently have about 30 good swimmers in Badagry alone, but we need bigger engine boats. “Nigeria is losing a lot of money daily through the activities

of vandals. We will make Badagry a prohibited area for criminals destroying our economy,’’ Adesuyi said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the intercepted products were taken to the command headquarters, Alausa, with a view to transferring them to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation for further action. (NAN)

Hospital raises alarm over increasing cases of cancer


uthorities of University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) have raised an alarm over increased number of cancer patients in Edo and Delta. The Coordinator of Cancer Registry in the hospital, Prof. Michael Okobia, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Benin. Okobia said on-going studies on the prevalence of the disease in Edo and Delta showed that the number of sufferers was on the increase. He added that a study in 2009 showed that there were 1,090

patients of various types of the disease in the two sister states then. The coordinator noted that 707 of the sufferers were females, while 383 were males. He said cancer was preventable and efforts should be made to prevent the disease, pointing out that it was expensive to manage it in developing countries. “It takes between 10 and 20 years from the first time the fist change occurs in a cell to the time the cancer will show up,” he said. Okobia said age was the most common risk factor of cancer, stressing that as people grew

older, the factors that predisposed them to cancer became manifested in their lives. The coordinator added that the prevalence of cancer also depended on the population profile of a country. “People in developing countries don’t live long enough and so they don’t develop certain cancers. “Somebody has to live old to develop cancer; if a man does not live up to 55 years, he is most unlikely to develop prostate cancer.’’ He listed the most common types of cancer in males as shown

in the 2009 study as prostate cancer, cancer of the colon, cancer of the anus, cancer of the lymph node, cancer of the Larynx (voice box) and cancer of the stomach. He also listed the most common cancers in females as cancer of the breast, the cervix, the ovary, the soft and connective tissues, as well as the womb. He explained that ``cancer is caused by two main factors called genetic and environmental factors. “About 5 -10 per cent of cancers like breast and prostate cancers are caused by genetic factors and are hereditary.’’ (NAN)

receive trade tools in Katsina state


idows numbering 3,583 yesterday in the Katsina South Senatorial District of Katsina State received skills acquisition and empowerment tools from a philanthropist, Alhaji Umar Abdullahi-Tata. The trade tools included 10 buses, 20 motorised tricycles, 72 motorcycles, 144 deep freezers, 144 drums of kerosene and 227 knitting machines. Others included 1,020 sewing machines, 1,200 spaghettimaking machines, 260 vegetablegrinding machines, 200 jerry cans of vegetable oil, 200 bags of beans and 1,200 bags of flour. Distributing the items to the beneficiaries in Funtua, Abdullahi-Tata said the gesture was aimed at assisting the widows to become self-reliant and cater for the needs of their children. He said all the beneficiaries were screened before being given the items to ensure that only the targeted persons got the tools. ``I urge you not to sell the items. You should also maintain the ones that need maintenance,’’ the philanthropist said. He said a similar programme had been conducted in the Daura senatorial zone where 2,500 widows benefited. Speaking at the occasion, the Co-ordinator of AbdullahiTata’s support organisation, known as ``Naka Sai Naka’’, Alhaji Tijjani Mamman-Maidawa, commended the philanthropist for the donation and urged him to sustain the initiative and urged well-to-do individuals to emulate the gesture, saying ``taking care of orphans and widows is one of the deeds which have been neglected in the society’’. He explained that the beneficiaries were selected from 11 local government areas (LGAs) in the zone and commended religious groups for their support in selecting the targeted widows. The co-ordinator added that the screened beneficiaries also went through a voting process in picking the items they would be supported with. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event witnessed preaching from Islamic scholars on the importance of assisting the needy in the society. The scholars urged other philanthropists to emulate the programme so as to help in improving the living condition of widows and orphans.(NAN)

PEOPLES DAILY, monday, february 24, 2014


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



aintaining its characteristic commitments to serve and deliver dividend of democracy to the State citizens, the Kano State Executive Council held its one hundred and thirty-seventh (137th) sitting today Wednesday 19th February 2014 (12th Rabi’ul Thanni 1435 AH) under the Chairmanship of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. Typically, all the submitted, deliberated and approved memoranda were for the execution of projects, policies and/or programs that would positively touch on the lives of the citizenry in Kano State as promised in the Campaign and Inauguration speeches of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso. Thus, what are being seen on the ground dotting the State was not haphazardly decided but were planned strategically to transform the State towards modernization and development. The administration has a vision and an agenda for its implementation and achievement. Nothing is happening by chance or due to political exigencies. This administration is one of the most organized, planned and prepared in the country and this explains the reason why it surpasses other States in the Federation in the implementation of beneficial programs and projects. Consider the fact that in just over two years, the administration has built thousands of classrooms for primary and secondary schools, provided free feeding to Primary schools students and free education to all, renovated all the major hospitals and health centers, implemented novel maternal and healthcare policies, free healthcare provisions to the pregnant women, rejuvenated the physical assets of the State from roads, buildings to construction of super flyovers and pedestrians bridges, introduced modern land administration through the establishment of Kano Geographical Information System (KANGIS) to the introduction of important milestones in agriculture, sports, youths empowerment/ employment, fiscal discipline, and prudent management of resources, improved Internally Generated Revenue, pioneered tax incentives, brand new urban mass transit policies and transportation facilities, innovative reform of the civil service for better performance and service delivery, and ground-breaking policies in traffic management, public safety, and other inventive rational management of urban infrastructure, which saw the establishment of institutions such as Kano Road Transport Authority (KAROTA) and Kano Roads Maintenance Agency (KARMA). This is not to mention the administration’s enviable track record in the establishment of 21 new institutions for skills acquisition and development of youths and other talents in the State, public housing such as the establishment of new housing estates such as Kwankwasiyya, Amana, and Bandirawo housing estates. In addition, one needs to consider the phenomenal achievements of Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in higher education, from the renovation/ equipping of facilities to the establishment of new policies in order to build up best practices in higher education management. Consider, for example, the fact that he is the founder of the State’s only non-Federal universities, namely the Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil (which he established in his first term period of 1999-2003) and the Northwest University, which has admitted its second set of students. This is besides the sponsorship of hundreds indigenous youths to study undergraduate and postgraduate courses overseas. In addition to the normal award of sponsorship to students to study in public universities within the nation, this administration has sponsored hundreds of students to study in private universities of Bells University Ota, Igbinidion University, Crescent University and American University Of Nigeria, Yola. Definitely, these programs and projects could not just come out of the blues. However, as usual before tabling the memoranda for the 137th sitting, Council reviewed the deliberations and approvals of the 136th sitting. At that sitting, (13) MDAs submitted (47) memoranda of which (13) were approved for execution with an expenditure of N1,600,966,837.46 covering (12) projects. After this review, Council tabled and deliberated on the fifty-five (55) memoranda submitted by thirteen (14) MDAs of which (26) were approved for execution with an expenditure of N2,818,179,043.89 covering (18) projects and the remaining ones are on various policy issues as follows: 1. OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT This Office submitted (28) memoranda for deliberation by Council on behalf of the Chairman including other MDAs. Eight (8) memoranda were approved for execution, which are as follows: a) Presentation of report from the implementation Committee on TigaChallawa Hydroelectricity Project Council recalled that of all the major projects approved and being executed by this administration none is attracting the attention of the citizenry than the decision of generating hydro-electricity power from Tiga-Challawa Dams. This project is so gigantic, funds consuming and specialists based/biased that most pessimists are expressing doubt whether the Government is serious on the project. This led to some citizens’ doubt of the possibility of the State to generate electricity in order to improve electricity supply in the State within the remaining months of its second term. However, citizens are now so sure that when the Governor promised or declared an intention; he meant it. This project was conceived at the first term of this administration (1999-2003) and the immediate past government spent eight (8) years without making efforts to put the idea into fruition due to lack of political will and sincerity of purpose. The seriousness of this administration in the execution of the project led to the award of the contract at the sum of N14,228,852,600.00, which will be funded jointly by the State and the 44 Local Government Councils. Thus, with this investment, Government has taken a giant stride towards the generation of independent electricity for the State. Agreement has already been signed with the contractor for the project and a down payment of 30% mobilization fees has been paid. With the mobilization of the Contractor to site, the Governor inaugurated a high-powered Committee with the Secretary to the State Government as the Chairman to be deputized by

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso the Managing Director, Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority. Other members include: i) Hon. Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport ii. Hon. Commissioner for Projects Monitoring and Evaluation iii. Representative, Ministry of Land and Physical Planning iv. Representative, Ministry of Water Resources v. Representative, Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority vi. Project Consultants, and vii. Secretary, Office of the Secretary of the State Government The two dams are expected to generate 35MW of electricity for the State, viz: a) Tiga Dam will generate 10MW at the contract sum of N4, 228,825,600.00 b) Challawa Dam will generate 25MW at the contract sum of N10,000,000,000.00 The decision of the Council is for the State/Local Governments to fund the project without recourse to Bank Loan over a period of sixteen months. Upon completion, the facility would be dedicated to the State Water Board whose annual expenditure on diesel consumption for Water works/supply to the State is in the sum of N720, 000,000.00 annually. This means that within 5 years the investment could be recouped. This brings us to the basis of this memorandum submitted by the Committee under the Secretary to the State Government established to oversee the execution of the project, which contents were on the modalities fashioned out for its assignment. Council acknowledged the progress recorded by the implementation Committee pertaining to: (a) Articulation of Project Schedule of activities/implementation of the project; (b) Opening of Letter of Credit, which is necessary in this kind of projects; (c) Grant access to the site to the contractor as well as clearance for the conduct of Penstock Inspection and underwater survey; (d) Provision of Data/information on the two (2) dams; (e) Issuance of Land title for the projects sites; and (f) Securing of Custom Duty Waiver. Council appreciated the report and the decision of the Committee to visit the sites twice per week and sit every Monday to deliberate on its findings. Council acknowledged that the Committee has completed plan for a date to be selected for the foundation laying ceremony of the project by the Governor. b) Presentation of Report on Study Tour by Students of Senior Course 36 (Senior Military Officers) of the Command and Staff College, Jaji Kaduna State:The continued commitments of the present administration towards the development of both human and material resources across the State had been well commended by the Military angle who recently visited the State. The content of this memorandum was from the Special Services Directorate through the office of the Secretary to the State Government, which informed Council that the State hosted a successful and memorable study tour by the students of the Senior Course 36 (Senior Military Officers) of the Command and Staff College, Jaji from Sunday 26th January to Saturday 1st of February, 2014. The Team was in the State to conduct a study tour with a theme “Revenue Generation: A Viable Option for Economic Development,” as a requirement

towards fulfillment of their courses. During the visit, the Team visited various MDAs such as the Ministry of Works, Housing & Transport, Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youths , Sports and Culture, History & Culture Bureau, the Emirate Council, The Board of Internal Revenue, Ministry of Budget & Economic Planning, Dala Local Government and the Kano Corporate Security Training Institute, Gabasawa where presentations on the functions and developmental projects and programmes of the present administration were made by each Head of the Government Ministries and Agencies visited. The Team Leader of the visitors, Brigadier General A.A Momoh, on behalf of the Team appreciated the various developmental projects, women/youths empowerment programmes and upliftment of the standard of Education as well as the revenue generation methods adopted in the State. c) Request for Excursion Visit to Kano State from the Union of Sudanese Female Students of Omdurman Islamic University Khartoum, Sudan:Council recalled the recent official working trip made by the Council Committee comprising the Honourable Commissioners for the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources and that of Special Duties Directorate to Sudan to visit Kano State sponsored students studying Medicine and Pharmacy in various Universities in the country. The Committee report informed Council that during their visit to Omdurman Islamic University, Khartoum, they met with the University’s Union of Sudanese Female Students who graciously expressed their interest of visiting Kano among the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation. Accordingly, thirty (30) members of the Union were expected to visit the State in order to see how to revive and promote Arabic Language among speakers of the Arabic Language as second language through holding of Seminars, Workshops and Paper Presentations, Excursions and other trips as means of attaining the set out objectives. Council considered and approved hosting the thirty (30) Students of the Union of Sudanese Female Students of Omdurman Islamic University, Khartoum on excursion visit to the State at a planned date and directed the Protocol Directorate to provide accommodation, feeding and transport to the thirty (30) students while in the State. d) Presentation of Report on the Annual Salary Produced by State Computer Center:Since the inception of the present administration, it has taken decisive measures towards knowing the total number of legitimate Staff serving in the State Civil Service. This led to the Government’s directive for a biometric data exercise across the MDAs in order to ensure the total number of Staff strength in the State. In view of the above development, the Ministry of Finance forwarded a report informing Council on the Annual Salary Report produced by the State Computer Center, which contains details on the aggregate monthly personnel enrolment paid from January – December, 2013 that covers staff strength, basic salary and allowances, total deductions, pension contribution by Government, pension contributed by staff, net and gross payments as per breakdown below: S/N Appointment Staff Gross Pay Net Pay i. Regular Staff 39,283 N34,190,052,691.18 N25,594,834,397.55 ii. Contract Staff 17,842 N1,268,940,784.90 N1,163,985,467.46 iii. Non Regular Staff 10,593 N247,021,513.15 N218,626,591.77 iv. Consolidated Staff 437 N411,888,441.71 N328,947,706.17 Total 68,155 N36,117,903,430.94 N27,306,394,162.95 Council noted the report and directed for a new biometric data exercise across the State and the Local Governments. e) Request for Funds for the Payment of Allowances and Procurement of Laptops to Four (4) Indigenous Students Studying at the National Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha Anambra States:The contents of this memorandum is from the State Youth Directorate for Economic Empowerment for the request of the sum of N700,000.00 to enable the procurement of four (4) Laptop Computers and settlement of allowances to each of the four (4) Kano State Indigenous Students studying at National Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha, Anambra State. Council approved the request. f) Request for Funds for the Sponsorship of 192 Kano State Indigenous Candidates to India Under 502 Postgraduate Scheme:In its effort to provide more opportunities to its teeming population, especially to those interested in pursuing postgraduate courses but unable to do so because of financial constraints, the present administration initiated a program for their sponsorship to study abroad and within Nigeria. In line with this demonstrative effort, the Ministry of Higher Education in collaboration with the Consultants Firm secured another admission slots for 192 Kano State Indigenous Candidates under the 502 Scheme to study in India. Already 69 students had left last month and have resumed their studies. Based on that, Council noted and approved the release of the sum of N968,281,000.00 to the Office of the Secretary to the State Government for the processing/ procurement of visa, flight tickets, tuition fees, accommodation, upkeep and other logistics for the selected students educational pursuit. g) Presentation of the 6th Periodic Report from the Animal Traction, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee This memorandum was submitted by the Animal Traction, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, which highlighted the findings made on five (5) Local Government Areas of Gwarzo, Karaye, Tarauni, Municipal and Fagge. Contd on Page 9

PEOPLES DAILY, monday, february 24, 2014 The report indicated that in the three (3) metropolitan Local Governments of Fagge, Municipal and Tarauni the beneficiaries failed to purchase the animals or implements and where the items were purchased they were sold out by the beneficiaries. Similar things happened in Gwarzo Local Government where the beneficiaries failed to purchase the animals. But the 25 beneficiaries from Karaye Local Government bought the animals, ploughs and the implements, which are being utilized for that specific purpose. However, out of the 25 beneficiaries from Gwarzo Local Government 10 of them defaulted by diverting the funds to personal use. This applied to Fagge Local Government with 8 defaulters out of the 10 beneficiaries. Tarauni and Municipal Local Government have the highest numbers of defaulters as the beneficiaries either failed to purchase the items or sold everything after purchase and utilized the funds. This programme is amongst those initiated by this administration to empower youths to be self-reliant. Therefore, this administration will not fold its arms to see to the abuses being perpetrated by the beneficiaries. Council directed the Ministry of Justice to look into the matter. h) Presentation of Report from the Office of the Senior Special Assistant Kwankwasiyya Medical Outreach Programme for the Period of February – December, 2013:The Kwankwasiyya Medical Outreach is amongst the social policies initiated by the present administration for the provision of free healthcare to the teeming population, especially in the rural areas. The aim of the programme is to treat and provide drugs to sundry patients suffering from different sorts of uncomplicated diseases. The content of this memorandum indicated that an expenditure of the sum of N63,513,245.84 was incurred for the stated purposes: i. Drugs ii. Training of the crew members iii. Allowances to crew members iv. Publicity v. Medical stationeries, and vi. Other sundry activities Council noted and in a nutshell approved the release of the sum of N63,513,245.84 to enable the settlement of the expenditure incurred. 2. MINISTRY OF WORKS, HOUSING & TRANSPORT Six (6) memoranda were submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Works, Housing & Transport out of which three (3) were approved for execution. Thus: a) Request for Funds for the Settlement of Additional Works for the Construction of Kofar Na’isa City Gate with Traditional Outlook Incorporation:The content of this memorandum was on the reconstruction of traditional design on Kofar Na’isa City Gate. The idea for a Traditional Outlook Incorporation on the Gate was introduced in accordance with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments directives. Therefore, the Ministry requested Council approval for the payment of the additional works done on the Gate to the tune of N8,948,717.00. Council considered and approved the revised contract sum to N21,258,503.75 and the release of the sum of N8,948,717.00 to facilitate the settlement of the additional works. b) Request for Funds for the Provision of Minimum Requirement for the Full Take – Off of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute at Dawakin Tofa:It could be recalled that the present administration has made tremendous effort towards the establishment of twenty-two (21) Institutions in the State, such as the Sports Institute at Karfi, Film Academy at Bagauda, Livestock Institute at Bagauda, Fisheries Institute, Irrigation Institute, Poultry Institute, Farm Mechanization Institute, Informatics Institute, etc. all with a view to enhancing skills acquisition and empowerment of the teeming State youths. The contents of this memorandum solicited the kind attention of Council members to recall its related directives on the need to provide a minimum requirement for the take – off of the Institutes established by the present administration. It is against the background of the foregoing, that the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport recommended the sum of N51,915,264.60 for the execution of the remaining requirements, structural/equipment for the take–off of the Entrepreneurship Development Institute at Dawakin Tofa. The request was approved. c) Request for Funds for the Construction of Multi – Storey Car Park and Bus Terminus at Shahuchi Kano City:The proposed Ultra – Modern Car Park Complex at Shahuci to provide a terminus for buses and taxis is the content of this memorandum. The purpose for such a project is to provide lasting solutions to traffic congestions and overcrowding of the streets occasioned by the flagrant display of goods by traders. This project will boost economic development within the metropolis. When completed the Multi-Storey Car Park complex will turn the State into a mega city comparable to its peers globally. It will in the same vein, foster and coordinate the accelerated and infrastructural development of the State through the provision of modern edifice to curtail, arrest and even dislodge slumps and backwardness within the environs. In the light of the foregoing, the Ministry of Works inspected the proposed site, appraised the extent of works required with a view to actualizing the project and came up with a Bill of Quantities to the tune of N877,055,748.27. Council noted the request, approved the project and the release of the sum of N886,626,594.97. The project will be executed and financed by the State Government and the eight (8) Metropolitan Local Governments. The State Government will contribute 20% and the participating 8 Local Governments will contribute 10% of the contract sum each for the execution of the project. 3. MINISTRY OF EDUCATION Three (3) memoranda were submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Education, which were approved for execution. Thus: a) Request for Funds for the Construction of a Mosque at GSS Madobi:It is quite obvious that the present administration has taken giant strides in the resuscitation of the decaying educational sector of the State by rehabilitating old structures, construction of new ones, provision of equipment, construction of staff quarters and the employment of qualified staff. In addition, the administration has put more emphasis on the training and retraining of staffs, introduced School feeding in our Primary School, provides uniforms, and of recent introduced the policy of free education at all levels in the State. Although it is the desire of this administration to provide qualitative education, it also considered it imperative to equally develop the moral standings of the students. This brings us to the content of this memorandum requesting the provision of a mosque and other necessary policies that will inculcate moral values as well as the necessary Islamic virtues in the young ones. It is on the basis of the foregoing development that, the Ministry of Education recommended the release of the sum of N5,730,376.16 for the construction of a mosque at GSS Madobi. The request was approved.

PAGE 9 b) Joint Request for Funds for the Accommodation of the Teachers and Medical Personnel from Egypt by the Ministries of Education and Health:The memorandum solicited the attention of the members of the Council to recall its sitting held on 23rd October, 2013 where approval was granted for the Ministries of Education and Health to execute the following: i. Employ nine (9) medical doctors and four (4) teaching staff for the Hospitals, Nursing Colleges and Secondary Schools; ii. Ensure that the two (2) Universities; Mansoura and Elshams send ten (10) Nursing Instructors on quarterly basis for the Kano State College of Nursing; iii. Sponsor 25 – 30 Nurses from Kano State to undergo Bsc Nursing (Instructor) course at Egypt. iv. Pay transportation and salary of employed staff from Egypt: • Specialist Doctors • Nursing v. Provide free accommodation and return air ticket (Kano – Cairo – Kano) to the employed staff. It is also interesting to note that the memorandum further explained to Council that based upon this, eight (8) medical doctors and a Principal have arrived Kano on 1st January, 2014 and assumed duty. As such, they were accommodated at Meyatti Guest House and Durbar Hotel. The two (2) Ministries, therefore, recommended the total sum of N36,599,682.00 being cost of Hotels bills, amount to rent four (4) Bedrooms Flats for the Doctors as well as the amount for the renting of the ten (10) three (3) bedrooms flats to accommodate the ten (10) tutors. Accordingly, Council considered and approved the release of the sum of N36,599,682.00 to cater for the successful implementation of the said exercise. 4. Report on Abubakar Muhammed Ado (502) Student to SRM University Chennai India who absconded from his studies This memorandum was a report submitted by the Ministry of Higher Education on one of the students, Abubakar Muhammed Ado who was sponsored to study in India at SRM University Chennai. However, the student after collecting the sum of N1,652,000.00 as his upkeep, accommodation and registration allowance decided to abscond and return unofficially to Nigeria with the intent of duping the Government. In fact, an additional sum of N270,000.00 was spent on his tickets and another N15,000:00 on his visa. This brings the sum spent on this person to N1,932,000.00. Council was so displeased with the behavior of such a person and directed his prosecution so that the amount spent on him be recouped and returned to the State Treasury. Government will not take such kind of behaviors lightly and warned citizens sponsored against such. 5. MINISTRY OF WATER RESOURCES The Ministry submitted three (3) memoranda out of which two were approved for execution. Thus: a) Request on the Need to Repair/Rehabilitate the Collapsed Access Bridge to Control Tower of Tomas Dam, Rehabilitate Gully Eroded Embarkment and Access Road to Tomas Irrigation Project:The contents of this memorandum drew the kind attention of the esteemed Council members on the unfortunate incident that occurred on Sunday 5th January, 2014 at Tomas Dam Danbatta/Makoda Local Government where a commercial vehicle conveying farm produce across the dam, skipped off the road and hit the access bridge to control tower of the dam, which ultimately led to its collapse. In a related development, the memorandum further explained that the downstream embarkment of the dam is seriously devastated by the effect of the gully erosion. The stability of the dam rest on the embarkment and the erosion is a serious danger to motorists. It is in line with the above, the Ministry of Water Resources recommended the sum of N2,254,542.85 for the execution of the project on direct labour basis. Council approved the request. b) Request for funds for the payment of diesel supplied to Kano State Water Board The contents of this memorandum informed Council the increase in diesel consumption by some regional Water Schemes Stations due to the boost in the stations’ loads coupled with the failure of PHCN to supply electricity to the plants. This explains the basis for the submission of the memorandum soliciting State intervention for the settlement of diesel consumed from 31st October 2013 to 31st January 2014 amounting to the sum of N97,440,000.00. The reason offered by the Water Board was that the amount being collected as revenue could not cover such huge expenditure and at the same time accommodate other essential requirements. Council deliberated and approved the intervention. 5. MINISTRY OF HEALTH Request for Funds for the Construction of Additional Structures at Kwankwaso New Cottage Hospital:The contents of this memorandum drew the kind attention of the Council members to recall that at the inception of this administration in 2011 series of approvals were granted for the rehabilitation, construction of new structures, retouching of existing structures, construction of staff quarters, equipping and furnishing works at the total sum of N224,500,000.00 for the upgrading of Kwankwaso Primary Healthcare Center to Cottage Hospital. The memorandum also highlighted that the awarded contract of rehabilitation, construction, equipping and furnishing have been completed satisfactorily and appropriate staff have been deployed to the hospital with the commencement of partial medical services. It is against the background of the foregoing, the Ministry of Health proposed on the need for additional structures to enable the smooth take–off of full services and subsequent commissioning and recommended the sum of N38,765,336.61 as cost for execution of the project. Council approved the release of the sum of N38,765,336.61 to facilitate the execution of the project. 6. OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE Presentation of Appreciation letter From the Joint Consultative Forum of Kano State Tertiary Institutions (JCF) and the Joint Action Committee of Senior Staff Associations of Kano State Tertiary Institutions (JAC):Since the inception of this administration, there is harmonious relationship between the Labor Unions and the State Government for its workers’ welfare programs. Workers have never had it so good. This administration has satisfied all their requests majority of them without even asking or struggling for them. This is unlike the preceding administration whose era was that of unfulfilled promises leading to numerous strikes and closures of institutions, etc. This administration implemented the minimum wage, sold houses to the civil servants occupying them, restores car/motorcycle loans, retrains and sponsors staff for further education, etc. There were no establishment policies approved/proposed by the Federal Governments or requested by recognized workers’ associations on the welfare of their members that were not implemented by this administration. Of recent, the administration granted an approval for 10% salary

enhancement for the staff of Tertiary Institutions in addition to execution of various projects in most of the institutions. This memorandum was an appreciative letter from the stated Unions presented to Council by the Office of the Head of Civil Service for this administrative effort to implement all agreements and welfare requests of workers. Accordingly, Council noted the presentation and appreciated their support to the Government. Council assured the Unions that the administration is ready to implement progressive ideas for the development of the nation. 7. MINISTRY OF RURAL & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Request for Funds for the Replacement of 500KVA Transformer at High Court, Miller Road and the Rehabilitation of Electrical Installation at GGASS Danzabuwa in Bichi LGA:Council acknowledged the continual support of the present administration towards the provision of rural electrification across different communities in the State under the supervision of the State Ministry of Rural & Community Development. This is yielding positive results as more rural areas are being electrified thereby affecting their lives. The content of this memorandum was from the Rural Electricity Board informing Council on the need for the replacement of transformer at High Court on Miller Road at the sum of N4,143,921.00 and rehabilitation of electrical installation at G.G.A.S.S. Danzabuwa at the cost of N4,397,696.00 totaling the sum of N8,541,617.00. Council considered and approved the release of the sum of N8,541,617.00 to the State Rural Electricity Board (REB) to facilitate the implementation of the two projects. 8. MINISTRY OF LAND AND PHYSICAL PLANNING Memorandum on the Request of Funds for the Payment of Compensation for structures affected by the construction of Wuju – Wuju Road at Jakara Kwarin Gogau:The construction of Wuju-Wuju road on Jakara River is one amongst the numerous major projects being executed by this administration. The project is estimated to cost over N6 billion. This project will open, modernize the old city and transform the socio-economic activities of the environs. The project when completed will go a long way in providing infrastructural development, urban beautification, reduce social menace and traffic congestion. However, in the process of effecting the construction of the road some structures, such as houses, shops, land owned by private individuals will have to be demolished. The Ministry of Land and Physical Planning recommended the sum of N289,813,022.00 for the payment of compensation to some part of structures affected at Ayagi, Sani Mai Nagge and Warure by the construction of the said road under the Phase I of the project. Accordingly, Council noted, considered and approved the release of the sum of N289,813,022.00 to the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning to enable the payment of compensation to the beneficiaries directly. UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 137TH KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL SITTING PRESENTATION OF AWARD(S) AWARD OF EXCELLENCE BY NIGERIA ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS Council witnessed the presentation of award by the Social Workers Association of Nigeria to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for his immense contribution in the areas of Paternal and Maternal Welfare, Youths Empowerment and Infrastructural Development. AWARD BY THE AREWA CONSULTATIVE FORUM (ACF) Council noted the inauguration of the new leadership of the Forum. The Deputy Governor represented the Governor at the inauguration. At the occasion, the Forum appreciated the effort and hard work of the present administration under the leadership of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in transforming various sectors in Kano State. In view of the above, the Forum sent a Gift to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankaso containing Memorable Quotes from the late Sardauna of Sokoto and First Premier of the Northern Region, Alhaji (Sir) Ahmadu Bello. AWARD BY THE INTERNATIONAL AVIATION CENTRE, SOUTH AFRICA Council witnessed an award presentation to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso by the International Aviation Centre, South Africa for his efforts of sponsoring 100 students to undergo aviation training overseas. The Centre recognized him as the only Governor in the World to sponsor 100 students to study aviation courses (Piloting, etc). SIGNING OF 2014 BUDGET Council witnessed the signing of the 2014 Budget Tagged ’’Budget of Consolidation ’’ by Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. The total estimated expenditure of the budget is N225,148,755,955.00. The budget has a capital expenditure of N151,27,330.235 and recurrent expenditure of N71,121,425.720 on a ratio of 67% capital and 33% recurrent. This was the first time the public were involved in the preparation of the State budget. The State House of Assembly held public hearing sessions for the State citizens to make inputs on the budget. The sessions were well attended and the views of the citizenry were considered in the final outcome of the budget. COURTESY VISITS TO GOVERNOR RABIU MUSA KWANKWASO VISIT BY THE UNITED STATES ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR AFRICA AND U.S AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA Council noted the courtesy visit by the United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Madam Linda Thomas Greenfield and U.S Ambassador to Nigeria to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. During the visit, they pledged to support the State government in the fight against terrorism. They also congratulated the Governor on his numerous projects and programmes. VISIT BY THE MANAGEMENT OF GEZIRA UNIVERSITY, SUDAN Council noted the official visit to the Governor by the management of Gezira University, Sudan led by the Vice Chancellor. During the visit, discussions were held on the way forward and possible signing of Mou. The visitors also met the Honorable Commissioner for Higher education, the management of Northwest University and Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education. GRADUATION OF 89 ARTISANS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY Council noted the Graduation Ceremony of 89 artisans chaired by the Governor. The State Government in collaboration with GEMS (DFID Funded) sponsored the skills acquisition training of the participants in various trades, such as plastering, plumbing, concreting, tiling, carpentry and woodwork etc. The programme is aimed at upgrading the skills and builds the capacity of the artisans in line with the vision of the present administration. During the Graduation Ceremony, each artisan was given a donation of N10,000 by the Governor.

Signed: Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture, Kano State

Peoples Daily, MONday, February 24, 2014

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Yobe procures N100m firefighting equipment From Uche Uche, Damaturu.


n a determined effort to tackle the menace of fire outbreak during the dry season, Yobe state Governor, Alh. Ibrahim

Gaidam has released over N100 million for the procurement of fire fighting equipment. The State Director, Fire Service Board, Alh. Lawan Gana who disclosed this to newsmen

in his office in Damaturu added that the Governor has equally approved the deployment of 130 SURE-P staff to the board to meet its manpower need. He used the opportunity

to call on ministries, boards, parastatals and business outfits to always to ensure that they switch off all electrical appliances before leaving offices, business facilities and the markets.

NURTW warns members against partisan politics From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau


ational Union of Road Transport Workers {NURTW} President, Comrade Najeem Yasin, has warned the entire members across the nation to distance themselves from dragging the name of the union into political activities. Yasin, who announced the development in Gusau, Zamfara state capital, in a union’s zonal meeting held over the weekend, stressed that the union is hundred

percent nonpolitical associations as it serves the transportation needs of the citizenry. He further challenged that, any member of the union who develops interest in playing politics, must take leave of office as the union’s platform could not be used to achieve political ambitions. “A member of the NURTW as an individual, has constitutional right to engage in politics, but cannot not use the name of the union as his political breeding home”, Yasin stressed.

The national President also urged politicians, to scrap the idea of recruiting members of the NURTW, especially at the motor parks as political thugs who could be used to interrupt electioneering proceedings across the country, adding that, “Politicians with such a plan would be disappointed this time around”. He however denied the circulated reports, under which he was featured as one of the candidates vying for the seat of Zamfara state governor come

2015, saying it is baseless. In his speech, the President announced the preparations of relocating the union’s zonal office, which is presently operating in Kaduna, to Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, pointing out that the location would be easier for other states under the zone comprising Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Kano and Jigawa to be reached. He however laid the foundation for the construction of the new zonal office, which he said is expected to be completed within six months.

He also appealed to the management of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria to regulate power to avoid damage to electrical equipments and houses and also commended the concern shown by the state government in giving priority towards the provision of firefighting equipments to the board.

PRONACO wants FG to avert parallel people’s conference

From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos


L-R: Sokoto state Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, receiving an award from Governor of Sinnar in Republic of Sudan, Engineer Abbas Mahmoud, last Friday at Sinner state in Sudan.

Easter pilgrimage commences March 1 -NCPC

By Evelyn Okakwu


he Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) has disclosed that its 2014 Christian Pilgrimage will be flagged off on the 1st of March 2014 by the deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. A statement by the head of media and public relations of

the NCPC, Mr. Celestine Ogugua said the date for the flag of the pilgrimage which is scheduled to hold at the Nkanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu was disclosed by the executive secretary of the commission recently in Abuja. The NCPC helms man further disclosed that a total of 800 pilgrims would be airlifted from the Zone and twelve states will be

participating at this year’s Easter pilgrimage exercise. “The Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC) is poised to ensure that intending Pilgrims to the Holy land experience the awesome power of resurrection and a hitch free pilgrimage operations this year”, the statement said. In a related development, the Executive Secretary of

the commission, Mr John Kennedy Opara described the sudden demise of late Senator Isaiah Balat as “shocking and devastating’’. Mr. Opara further described late Senator Balat as a “devout Christian, God fearing and detribalized Nigerian who had contributed in no small measure to the political development of the country.”

UFUK dialogues on peace, sustainable development By Edoamaowo Udeme


he Ufuk Foundation has commenced dialogue on how to ensure sustainable development and peaceful coexistence between West Africa and Turkey, The occasion held at the Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development in Abuja and anchord by its Chairman, Dr Joseph Golwa took critical look at the relationship

between these two regions and ways to learn from each other for a sustainable development. One of the panelists, the Vice Chancellor of the Sokoto State University, Prof Nuhu Yaqoub, noted that “There is no country that can boast of absolute peace without conflict and absolute sustainable development, some countries are more peaceful than others, some have attained

more sustainable development than others, but it is a continuous process”. On how peace can be attained in West Africa, he said, “Turkey in terms of politics, economy, peace and sustainable development is completely different from West Africa.” Also speaking at the occasion, an Editor with the Turkish Review Magazine, Kerim Balcı said it

wasn’t until independent media was established in Turkey, that the Turkish were better informed because the government owned media had indoctrinated them that their neighbors were enemies. He added that they were made to understand that, “Turks have no friends other that Turks” but all that has changed now that they have access to information across the world.

ro National Conference Organisation, PRONACO, yesterday in Lagos warned the federal government to quickly avert yet another parallel peoples’ conference by ensuring that stakeholders’ inputs into itsmodalities for the proposed national conference is urgently embraced. The coalition of ethnic nationality and civil society groups in the country advised the Federal Government to urgently ensure that the Nigerian people assume a sense of ownership of its proposed odalities for the national conference. Speaking on the outcome of its national consultations on the forthcoming national conference, Spokesperson of PRONACO, Olawale Okunniyi said it will be unfortunate and disastrous if government allows bottled up frustrations of some sections of the Nigerian state to end up in a parallel peoples’ conference. Okunniyi said “as much as we back government’s initiative to hold a national conference, we will implore government to be a bit more accommodating in allowing for more ethnic nationalities and civilsociety delegates to the conference in order avoid the impression that the conference is being driven by government and its agents and not by the peoples, who are the real owners of the Nigeria”. Okunniyi also hinted that PRONACO would have preferred that the confab is designated a constituent assembly of the Nigerian people but regretted that the present Federal Government modalities have already precluded that. “Nonetheless, the conference can still be made a constitutional convention to help mitigate the heightening political conflicts in the land and also give birth to a new constitution for the country. Otherwise the exercise would amount to a colossal waste and of no consequence on our national reality” Okunniyi warned.

PEOPLES DAILY, monday, February 24, 2014

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Money Sense

What entrepreneurs need to know about their brains By Catherine Clifford


re you more like Howard Schultz of Starbucks, the billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Richard Branson of Virgin, or Tony Hsieh of Zappos? Knowing the answer could help you become more successful in your business. Being aware of how your brain works can help you make better decisions as an entrepreneur, contend the authors of a new book, Heart, Smarts, Guts and Luck (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012). Business veterans Tony Tjan, Dick Harrington, and Tsun-yan Hsieh interviewed and researched more than 500 business leaders from young, upstart entrepreneurs to experienced CEOs and identified four character traits that define a business leaders’ decision-making process. Here is a rundown of the four categories of entrepreneurs they found and the leaders that exemplify them: 1. Heart: Howard Schultz of Starbucks. Hearts-dominated leaders are the passionate, bigpicture, founding visionaries that may not necessarily have a rational, research-based business plan, but are fiercely committed to seeing their goal through. 2. Smarts: Billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The smarts-dominated leader is rational, makes decisions based on facts, sets goals, delegates responsibility and knows how to hold people accountable. 3. Guts: Richard Branson of Virgin. Guts-dominated leaders actively seek out uncertain business ventures with the possibility for high reward (risk takers) or are capable at managing situations laden with heavy consequence (risk-tolerant). 4. L u c k : T o ny Hs i eh o f Zappos. While almost every successful business venture owes some portion of its success to a lucky break, the

luck-dominant business leaders strategically expose themselves to luck by developing organic, deep connections with a group of people and then having the open and optimistic outlook in life to be able to take advantage of opportunities

when they present themselves. To learn what kind of leader you are, take the authors’ entrepreneur aptitude test at Six in 10 company founders that are still in the early stage of growth are heart-

dominant leaders, according to the book. “You tend to go through a couple phases in business building. There is the founding stage, then what we call the scaling stage and extending stage

and in each of those stages you have to shift gears,” Tjan told Entrepreneur. “You have to go from heart-dominant to smarts/ guts-dominant -- or you need different types of people to help you.”

...and startup must-haves: Perseverance and optimism

Money Tip: Re-examine your insurance: You don’t want to be underinsured or over insured. The key is to have enough to cover you at the best rate you can find. Shop your policies, set your deductibles at the highest amount that you can comfortably pay out of pocket and make sure you’re getting credit for everything appropriate, like having car alarms, air bags and a good driving record, says Cunningham.


Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


f you are thinking about starting your own business, you need to have the stamina of a marathon runner. And once you start your career as an entrepreneur, a glass-half-full attitude will serve you well as you face a continuous stream of problems to solve and questions to answer.

Check out this infographic (above) from the startup organization Funders and Founders, which depicts some o f t h e c o n f l i c t i n g t h o u g hts an entrepreneur can struggle with. From coming up with an idea to cashing out, you may face dilemmas where you will be pulled in at least two directions.

Successful entrepreneurs learn that to grow, you have to be able to make a decision one way or another, often with no absolute right or wrong answer. Just keep going. While 40 percent of startup business owners expect the economy to weaken in the next year, a vast majority think their own

business will succeed, according to a survey from entrepreneurship organization Kauffman Foundation and online document resource LegalZoom this week. Nearly four of five entrepreneurs that started businesses in the past year think that their business will be more profitable in the next year than they are today, the survey found.


PEOPLES DAILY, monDAY, february 24, 2014


he Jigawa state governor, Sule Lamido, has without doubt done a lot to transform the lives of the people of the state for the better since he assumed office. Any observer of the Jigawa landscape would surely not fail to notice infrastructural improvements in the areas of roads, education and health care that have impacted positively on the state. By so doing, he has proved his credentials as an advocate of the talakawa who is committed to improving their lot just like his political mentor, the late Mallam Aminu Kano. When he leaves office, Governor Lamido will also be leaving another legacy which is his great love for the party that launched him to power; the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). That explains why he was at the forefront of the fight to reform the party along with other governors and the subsequent formation of the nPDP. It certainly was the pressure that they brought to bear that consumed the former party chairman, Bamanga Tukur and saw to the emergence of his successor, Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, who is making efforts to reposition the party ahead of the coming general elections. The governor, of course, has had to contend with the wrath of the federal government for his forthrightness and penchant to call it as it is. On a number of occasions his sons were arrested by the EFCC on alleged money laundering charges just as members of his cabinet were harassed by the financial crimes body over corruption

allegations. The belief among many was that all these were attempts to silence him. His stinging criticisms many a times leave the Jonathan led government red faced. Despite all these laudable efforts, we find very shocking his recent pronouncement to


Lamido’s quest for a ‘worthy’ successor

We are ofbest the the view that it is governor allows the people of Jigawa to choose who they deem fit to govern them

the effect that his successor as Jigawa state governor will be known by August. The governor who made the bold declaration while swearing in 25 new local government council chairmen and their deputies declared that: “The next governor would be better than me in terms of developmental projects in the state”. According to him, “the next governor of this state would be known by August and we would make sure he would be the popular choice of all and accepted by the majority who should be more than me in terms of developmental performance in the state, we made a 35-year developmental plan which would make the state a reference point in all developmental matters in

OUR MISSION “To be the market place of ideas and the leading player in the industry by putting the people first, upholding the truth, maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards while delivering value to our stakeholders”

the country”. While we understand the governor’s apprehension over the need to have a successor who will not only sustain his good work but also improve on them, we fear that going by his declaration, the process of such a person’s emergence may deny others the opportunity to have a shot at the seat in line with democratic tenets even if they will not eventually win. In any case, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed in its time table that governorship election would hold in February 2015 after which the governor of Jigawa and those of other states would be known. Lamido’s statement can be safely interpreted to mean that his successor will be from his party, the PDP. We are of the view that it is best the governor allows the people of Jigawa to choose who they deem fit to govern them; if it happens to be Lamido’s anointed then so be it. We recall that in neighbouring Kano in 2011, the incumbent governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, failed in his attempt to install a successor as the people of Kano state chose the current governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. In any case, the governor can install a successor like many have done but there is no guarantee that such a person will do as he wishes. Examples of such are replete in the polity. Much as we commend Lamido for his achievements, we fear that such statements do not portray him as the democrat we believe he is.



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Nigeria’s overhyped economy minister (I)

By Samuel O. Oluyemi


n 2011, I had the privilege of writing a letter to the recently returned Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on behalf of my boss. Despite being meticulously prepared, the letter was returned back for corrections. Astonishingly, the new Minister was refusing to read any letter that was not addressed to the “Coordinating Minister of the Economy.” To me, it seemed more like a desperate power grab by a barely literate politician than the behaviour one would expect of a Harvard-trained, internationally acclaimed economist, although I was reluctant to make that judgement at the time. Yet, this claim has been confirmed over time and is now common knowledge to civil servants who have had any recent contact with the Nigerian Finance Ministry. Without a doubt, Madam Okonjo-Iweala has been a source of pride to Nigeria. She has broken the glass ceiling for Africans in general and women in particular. She has inspired us, Nigerian professionals, to believe that with hard work, dedication and some luck it is possible to rise to the highest echelons of a global institution and to occupy coveted positions in our country. For that we are grateful. However, since that incident in 2011, it has become evident that something has radically changed about the Ngozi of the 2004-2007 period - the effective technocrat who was instrumental in negotiating Nigeria’s debt relief and passionately pursued President Olusegun Obasanjo’s reform agenda. With each passing day, it appears that the hitherto respectable World

Bank economist has stopped trying to beat the bad guys, but has joined them. Before our eyes, Ngozi’s metamorphosis into a frighteningly egocentric, corruption-condoning and limelight-hugging Nigerian politician is almost complete. She adds to these, a uniquely dark skill of hoodwinking the international media. While Nigerians groan, Ngozi is celebrated abroad, interviewed by international magazines and sits smug on the plush seats at Davos pontificating on her achievements in Nigeria. It is high time the international agencies and the media saw beyond the facade of Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala’s past glories for what she has now become. These are not unsubstantiated claims of some imaginary opponents, but a factual submission from one who used to passionately defend and support her actions. My submission is centred on four broad reasons which are: (1) Mismanagement of the Nigerian economy (2) Vindictiveness and intolerance of criticism (3) Emotional manipulation of the international media (4) Overambitious personalisation of Nigeria’s reform agenda. The Control and management of the public finances of the Federation is the broad mandate of the Finance Ministry. This mandate cut across all sectors of the Nigerian economy, including budget preparation, designing fiscal and monetary policies and monitoring the country’s oil and non-oil revenue among others. Given these already enormous responsibilities, the only justification to assume a

title of Coordinating Minister of the Economy (CME) would be to intimidate fellow ministers and possibly take over the role of the Ministry of National Planning which Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has effectively done. Unfortunately, high sounding titles have not led to high quality delivery of her mandates. Take the national budget for example; this single most important policy document of government has become a source of national disgrace - tardily prepared, overbloated, and un-implementable. The current 2014 budget estimates signed off by Ngozi and submitted to the National Assembly include desktop computers for the Ministry of Education at N2 million each (over $13,000) and an allocation to Niger Delta militants of N54 billion, much higher than cumulative spending for Nigeria’s army, air force and navy. One would assume the job description of a ‘coordinating minister’ includes providing a coherent and realistic budget for the government. Apparently not. Where budgets have passed, government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been crippled by consistent lack of releases. Expenditure warrants are sent in with no cash backing hampering the abilities of MDAs to implement projects in a timely manner and government contractors become overdressed beggars in Ministries, chasing their own resources. Dr. Precious Gbeneol, Special Adviser to President Jonathan on the MDGs, in a presentation in 2013 identified haphazard releases of the Finance Ministry as

most responsible for Nigeria’s inability to achieve the MDGs. The impact is worse at the state level, with frequent stalemates at the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). Frivolous charges, unaccounted drops in revenue and archaic accounting systems from key revenue generators make a mockery of the entire revenue sharing process. Nigeria’s rising debt profile, declining foreign reserves and depleting Excess Crude Account (ECA) will puzzle any keen watcher of the nation’s finances. In a time of booming global oil prices, the country’s financial indicators point downwards. The ECA - an aberration to the constitution has been maintained by the Federal Government due to economic arguments put forth by Mrs. Iweala has become a slush fund for managing political tensions between the Presidency and State governments. With a balance of about $11.5 billion in December 2012, the ECA has now declined to less than $2.5 billion as at January 17, 2014! Indeed, Nigeria’s financial accounts have a direct inverse relationship to political upheavals. If you doubt this, pay close attention to the above three indicators next time Governor Amaechi calls a meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum, or House Speaker Aminu Tambuwal is reportedly in a meeting with the opposition. That the Finance Minister could be blatantly dipping into the nation’s resources to support political interventions is unprofessional and unbecoming. For Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to claim no knowledge that this is

happening would be admitting ineptitude. The Minister, and her aides, are quick to point to the impressive growth rates of Nigeria’s economy as evidence of her economic prowess. However anyone bothering to do a month’s research at the National Bureau of Statistics would exercise caution in subscribing to these claims. The Nigerian economy has grown in spite of the actions of the Minister and not because of any targeted policy action resulting from the ‘brilliance’ of Mrs. CME. A deep analysis into the drivers of growth limits any attribution to policies of the Finance Ministry. The economy has grown because of the hard work of Nigerians who have developed a knack for succeeding against all odds despite the artificial obstacles frequently put in their way- a key example being Nollywood. The non-oil sectors seem to be rising faster than the oil sector due to a drop in oil production and rampant oil theft rather than any conscious diversification policy. In fact rather than provide growth generating policies, the Finance ministry has focused on protecting entrenched interests and de-industrialising key sectors. It is poignant to note that the Nigeria Customs Authority recently raised the alarm that the country had lost over N1.7 trillion ($10.3 billion) to the retrogressive waivers granted by the Finance Ministry. Waivers have been granted for frivolous items including bullet proof luxury cars, religious books and kitchen utensils signed off by Minister Okonjo-Iweala disregarding the real sectors that require them.

guidance for his actions, but who has built two universities for the state, at one go built eighteen tertiary institutions, built over two thousands new classes, built roads and flyovers, sent hundreds of students on scholarship overseas, and achieves 68:32 capital to recurrent budget ratio. To the knowledge of everyone, President Jonathan prepares budgets that are totally the opposite of that of the Governor we cited earlier. We, and most civilized nations believe that a nation’s resources belong to all citizens, not to a section. This government is celebrating centenery of amalgamation. So no Nigerian ought to apologize to another for partaking from

the nation’s resources. If Nigeria disintegrates into seven hundred and seventy four Bayelsa-like republics, then and only then will we claim resources individually. If we expand our vision, we can understand the type of heavenly acts this President practices. He discriminates between Nigerians. He governs with impunity. He cannot sacrifice his personal ambition for the good of the nation. In short, he does not have the interest of all Nigerians at heart. It is from heavens that we have earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, death and destruction. It is this respect that I agree his acts are from heavens. Abdullahi Musa via

A president’s heavenly acts


t is not my habit, (who cares about my habits anyway?) to waste time on the obvious, listening to or watching a paid piper for instance. This is because I know the tunes must accord with the wishes of the one who paid the piper. I therefore do not tune in to NTA. Were I to suggest a change of name, I would call it PTA, presidential authority; and same should apply to radio or television stations that portray their Governors as saints. I stumbled upon a program showing a function, in which the audience I saw was predominantly women. The speaker rang out clearly addressing the President: Mr President, what you are doing is from heavens. This is the source of the title of this article.

I am not an atheist. I was born into Islam and do observe its tenets. But I have seen, even from co-religionists, the ability of men and women to use religion to achieve their selfish desires. There is a President in the United States of America. A segment of America’s population is rabidly Christian. But I do not believe they can be describing the acts of their presidents as acts of God. In real fact, at the height of his unpopularity, George Bush was shunned by his party’s presidential candidate, who wanted to succeed him. But what do people mean when they ascribe a man’s action as from heavens? Well, to my understanding, it means one is under divine guidance.

Politically, why are some politicians loved? Well, many people are swept off their feet by politicians who are charming, oratorical. They revere those who stick out their necks for them, who define for them their identity. One can cite as an example late Abubakar Rimi as a charmer, and late Aminu Kano and Awo as those who gave their people identity and sense of mission. I for one do not see such qualities in President Goodluck. But for one whose acts are steered by heavens, he has neither the need to be charming, nor lead the people out of darkness into light. There is a Governor in one of the Northern states who no Imam has yet claimed divine



PEOPLES DAILY,Monday, February 24, 2014

Goldman: The merchant feeding fat on Nigeria’s woes By Temisan Odion


hese days, it pays to be an analyst; it pays even more when you are seen as an authority on a newsy country like Nigeria which is more projected by the international media for its negatives than its positives. That is the story of Antony Goldman, a Briton who has built his brand, career and businesses around jabbing hot knives into the heart of the entity called Nigeria; aided, of course, by local traitors in high places. The Washington Post calls Goldman an “independent risk-analysis consultant based in London.” On BBC, he is described as “Africa Analyst, Clearwater Research Services.” Financial Times regards him as “analyst at ProMedia Consulting.” On the site of The Economics, he is “consultant.” To Bloomberg, he is “London based adviser specializing in West Africa oil states.” On some other websites, he is “Nigeria Expert and Head, PM Consulting”; “West Africa Analyst, PM Consulting”; “Africa Analyst, Clearwater Research Inc”; “African Oil Analyst, Clearwater Research Inc”; “Analyst of Oil and Gas Development”; “Partner, Hemp Global Solutions Ltd.” So many titles assigned to a single man. And as many sites he is regarded as something, are as many outlets he is feeding damning information about the Nigerian government and people. He sees no cause for cheer in the Nigeria project; and why should he? After all, he is only friend to Nigerians who are enemies of Nigeria, the accidental public servants of this world. He gets his briefs from these individuals, feeds the western media or syndicate them himself, and such

publications are tweeted back home by his devious suppliers to agitate the Nigerian people and instigate them against the government. The striking feature of Goldman’s brand of reportage/ discourse is his penchant for feeding fat on Nigeria’s challenges, with unbridled enthusiasm for updating the international media with negative developments in

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Nigeria in the guise of commentaries. Where Nigeria is concerned, his commentaries are doom and gloom. One seldom sees any optimism in his submissions about the Nigerian people and government. Underlining his damaging agenda is the fact that his companies consult with not a few disgruntled Nigerian politicians, who are his reliable resources for damning scoops and data, which form the bulk of information he trumpets abroad. Dating back to June 11, 1999, while interviewed by the BBC on his view about Nigeria’s new democracy, he grandiloquently declared that General Obasanjo would not make much difference in the fight against the monster of corruption in Nigeria compared to previous military regimes. He strongly, and falsely, affirmed to the BBC that the army remains the one, enduring political institution in

Nigeria that can stage a comeback anytime soon. It is over 14 years now; Goldman’s assertion is yet to come to reality. Recently, while lending his voice to a Reuters’ piece on Nigeria’s era of baby boom, Antony Goldman authoritatively predicts big doom and catastrophe for Nigeria in the coming 20 years.The only positive commentary of Goldman about Nigeria seen online is on account of a special project packaged by a leading Nigerian bank seeking to win the accounts of foreign investors who are coming to Nigeria. In that piece, which was obviously sponsored by the bank, he paints a rosy picture of Nigeria, saying that the country continues to confound its critics (obviously referring to his surprised self and his treacherous Nigerian allies) with an economy that posts handsome growth and a football team that can deliver satisfying results.

Antony Goldman was part of the contributors to the book, Transatlantic Tensions: The United States, Europe, and Problem Countries, edited by Richard Haass; published in 1999. In the book, Goldman titled his piece on my country, Nigeria: Many Problem, Few Solutions. The

blurb of the book reads, “The book examines the ‘problem’ countries of Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria. In each case, leading American and European experts offer separate chapters explaining sources of US and European differences, consequences for policies designed to influence problem states, and prospects for bridging translantic policy rifts.” Expectedly, Goldman’s contribution is laced with his trademark negativity and pessimism about the Nigerian nation. From the foregoing, it is clear that Antony Goldman is a sworn imperialist whose only joy is to rubbish the progress of Nigeria and portray it as a no-do-gooder among the comity of nations. His submissions are only softened when he is contracted by a Nigerian concern to package a PR job, since he is regarded as an authority on Nigeria.

Now, I urge you not to take my words alone on this fellow. Please go online and search ‘Antony Goldman.’ You will be amazed at how much hatred he spills from his posh London office about Nigeria, rolling out damning analyses about the country as he is being fed by his Nigerian cronies who have held public offices at some point and/or are hungrily yearning for power now. These betrayers who would stop at nothing to vilify the sitting government or its officials, as well as paint a horrible picture about the Nigerian situation so that it looks as if it is the battleground of Armageddon itself, are his reliable sources. I am not saying that Nigeria is free of challenges. But there are so many positives about this country and its people that the world outside needs to know. Every day, positive things happen in Nigeria and to Nigerians. Thousands of Nigerians are in the news for cheery reasons, whilst not discountenancing the bad ones. Nigeria is a nation of good people and great possibilities. People like Antony Goldman and his aggrieved public servants/politicians cannot make us believe otherwise. They should not just focus on our sore points; they should also let the world know about our strengths and positives. Nigerians are peace-loving people. We affirm our individual and collective goodness as well as the greatness of our nation. Goldman must stop his imperialist obsession for broadcasting everything negative about Nigeria as well as his patronage of disgruntled politicians and angry accidental public servants who supply him the negatives and tweet the outputs of his damnation to us. Issachar Odion is a post-graduate student in one of the federal universities in Nigeria.

The suspension of CBN governor, Sanusi By Femi Fani-Kayode


he former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is not my favorite person and I have differences with him on many issues. I must however commend his immense courage for speaking out and exposing the monuemental corruption in the government that he once served and that has now decided that they no longer require his services. Two weeks ago he claimed that 20 billion US dollars had gone missing from the coffers of the NNPC. Today he has been suspended and relieved of his duties for exposing the rot and speaking the truth. I have little doubt that the next thing that will happen is that he will be subjected to a formal probe and the EFCC will be called in to investigate his tenure of office. They will throw everything that they have got at him including the kitchen sink simply because he refused to play ball with them and cover up their penchant for monuemental corruption and graft. Some of us have been there before and we know what it is like. If you speak truth to power and you take on the system be rest assured that the system will fight back and they will attempt to destroy you and all that is yours. Yet none of that matters

because the only thing that is relevant is that history and posterity will be kind to Sanusi on this matter based on the choices that he has made. He spoke out when others chose to remain silent and to compromise. Unlike others, he refused to sell his soul to the devil and to sell his heritage and birthright for a mess of pottage. Despite the significant differences that I have with this man in terms of our different outlooks to how and what Nigeria ought to be as a nation I salute him and commend him for his efforts. I also make bold to say that with his noble stand he has assured himself of a great place in the next dispensation and he will play a key role in the future of this country one way or the other. May God guide and protect him in all his endeavours and may he continue to speak out with courage and strength and not allow himself to be intimidated or silenced. Long is the road of righteousness and truth and it is often tarred with the spikes of persecution, misrepresentation and falsehood. Yet at the end of the day it is the only road that is worth taking and it is the only one that leads to lasting honour and glory. May that honour and glory find Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and may God reward him for putting the interests and welfare of the Nigerian people

before that of the woeful and rotten administration that he once served. This government has once again shown that it has no shame and that it is utterly bereft of any semblance of decency or morality. A man blows the whistle and exposes the fact that 20 billion USD has been stolen and instead of commending him and promoting him he is accused of wrongdoing, criminalised, vilified and suspended. It is only in Nigeria that this sort of thing can happen. It has happened to me and many others before and now it is happening to Sanusi. I commend his courage and his ability to stand up and speak the truth to power. No matter what the government accuses him of now and no matter what trumped-up charges or baseless allegations they may come up with against him in order to justify their actions, the Nigerian people will always be grateful to him and indebted to him for exposing the rot and filth that constitutes the very foundation of the government that he once served. The level of impunity and disdain that the Jonathan administration has for the people and for probity and accountability is second to none. The message that they are sending is clear- no whistleblower is safe in this country and in this government. Their intention is to destroy all those that

have the courage to stand up to them and to intimidate us all into silence but they will fail woefully. The more people they seek to destroy for no just cause and the more innocent men and women that they persecute for telling the truth and for exposing their monumental corruption and incompetence, the more they shall be resisted by people. What they have done to Sanusi is disgraceful and they ought to bury their heads in shame. Pertinent and appropriate are Sanusi’s own words when, after he was informed about his unceremonious suspension, he responded all the way from Niger Republic by saying ‘’you can suspend an individual but you can’t suspend the truth’’. He immediately boarded the plane and headed for Nigeria knowing full well that the security agencies were waiting for him. The plan was to arrest him on arrival in Abuja but he cleverly diverted his chartered flight to Lagos where close friends of his, including the former Minister of FCT Mallam Nasir El Rufai, a true and loyal friend and brother if ever I knew one, was waiting for him. He managed to avoid arrest but on arrival at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos the authorities stopped him briefly and took his passport from

him. By that single act they have served him notice of their sinister intentions. In the coming days, weeks, months and even possibly years they will seek to humiliate him, to denigrate him, to malign him and to destroy his entire future. That is their intention but I firmly believe that it is not the intention of God and consequently they will fail. Providing he continues to stand firm and strong and remains undaunted such an evil plan cannot work and will not work simply because, as the Holy Bible says, ‘’the counsel of the ungodly shall not stand’’. It also says ‘’to subvert a righteous man in his course is not allowed’’ and that ‘’many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord will deliver him of them all’’. No matter how long it takes and no matter what they put him through, Sanusi’s innocence will speak for him before God and before the Nigerian people. It is from the fiery furnace of persecution, misrepresentation and victimisation that true heroes are born. There is a spirit that emboldens and that stirs the passion and the soul of true warriors once they are sufficiently provoked. That spirit is known as the spirit of truth and it cannot be intimidated or denied. Femi Fani-Kayode is a former aviation minister

PEOPLES DAILY, Monday, February 24, 2014



Who is the Presidency kidding?

By Amene Terhemen


t has become a consistent feature in the Nigerian news media that every week, we are treated to news of human lives decimated by Boko Haram; human casualties in such numbers that would make casualty figures in war ravaged Syria a child’s play. However, much more consistent is the government’s (or more precisely the presidency’s) continual insistence it is winning the war on terror. The government’s insistence is in spite of the many civilian and/or military casualties after each attack. Earlier in the week, Boko Haram attacked Borno, leaving scores dead and with at least 20 young girls as captives. The governor of the state ran to the presidency. After the meeting with the president, he told journalist he had made it clear to the president that Boko Haram is better equipped and better motivated than the Nigerian military. Dr. Doyin Okupe, President Jonathan’s aide on Public Affairs took exception to this and declared that Governor Shettima is wrong and that his statement “is based purely on a civilian perception of the situation at hand” adding that “It is clear that Governor Shettima does not have the expertise to categorise or classify the effectiveness of any weapon”. Less than 24 hours after Okupe’s tough talk, Boko Haram struck again with a heavier casualty figure. Is the FG really winning the war against terror? To determine success or failure, one needs a measurable scale. Okupe cited budgetary provisions, participation in other peace keeping operations, a subjective

statement that the Nigerian military is better armed in all of Africa, but he failed woefully to give objective evidence that would show us the FG is indeed winning. Defence may have taken over a N1tr (22 percent) of 2013 budget but how was it spent? The military may have been successful in international operations but need we remind Okupe how Nigerians excel at the international arena only to come and fail at home? (It is the environment I guess). Is the Nigerian military really better armed in Africa? Would you mind telling us who did the comparative analysis of the armament of militaries of African nations? As someone on the street, a small man without Dr. Okupe’s level of security clearance to eavesdrop on the jo-jo the military top brass normally have with the president and their Commander-in-Chief Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, I believe (as many would) the following should be the basis for judging whether FG is winning the war or not: Is there a reduction in the frequency of attacks by Boko Haram? Is

there a reduction in the severity of each of these attacks when they occur? Note: I choose to use ‘when’ deliberately. Are (at least some of) the leaders and commanders of the group known, arrested, prosecuted, convicted? Does the military have intel on all or some of the masterminds and sponsors of the group? Do we have any of them in custody? How many convictions do we have against arrested members of the group? For the truly observant, the answers to all of these five or so questions are not palatable. The frequency of attacks has reduced to a steady, almost predictable state. The severity on the other hand seems to have witnessed a steady rise and thereby effectively nullifies any gains of the reduction in frequency. If they used to attack 3 times a week with only 3 dead, but now attacks once a week with 5 dead, is the reduction in frequency meaningful? Apart from the over all head, Shekau, who else is known as leader in the group? Some may argue that info is classified; how then do we help government if we don’t know who they are looking for?

No body talks of the sponsors and as for convictions, I know of only Kabiru Sokoto. Looking at these and bearing in mind that Boko Haram has easily ran down a military base, took out 5 fighter jets (decommissioned or not), leveled an entire village without resistance from the military and coupled with the fact that every claim by the military of casualties on Boko Haram’s side almost always results in claims that the casualties were in fact unarmed civilians killed and tagged Boko Haram all tend to suggest Boko Haram may be having the upper hand; not necessarily by design but (following Gov Shettima’s thinking) the unserious and insincere attitude of the presidency. For example, if the N1tr budgeted for defence in 2013 was Dr. Okupe’s personal investment in a company, would he have accepted the performance of the military as satisfactory? We know and appreciate this is not a conventional warfare but if after six months and counting of emergency rule a lesser armed and motivated group (according

Is the FG really winning the war against terror? To determine success or failure, one needs a measurable scale. Okupe cited budgetary provisions, participation in other peace keeping operations, a subjective statement that the Nigerian military is better armed in all of Africa, but he failed woefully to give objective evidence that would show us the FG is indeed winning. Defence may have taken over a N1tr (22 percent) of 2013 budget but how was it spent? The military may have been successful in international operations but need we remind Okupe how Nigerians excel at the international arena only to come and fail at home? (It is the environment I guess). Is the Nigerian military really better armed in Africa? Would you mind telling us who did the comparative analysis of the armament of militaries of African nations?

to Okupe) will operate conveniently in a village for up to 2 or more hours without resistance from the authorities, then something is wrong. I agree with Dr. Okupe, our military performs excellently when on international assignments, but what is happening here? It is the same people, the same kind of assignment; it is the operating environment that differs and that environment is created by the presidency. If I remember well, by the fourth quarter of last year, it was revealed the defence third quarter allocation was still an expectation, that’s the environment. Nigeria is a country of unknown definite population figure, but let’s assume it’s 170 million (as many believe), so 50 deaths may seem infinitesimal. But Okupe is said to be (should be or is supposed to be) a medical doctor as such he knows (or should know) that if a doctor operates several patients in a day and only one dies, an audit MUST be done to know why that patient died. While is it different with the victims of Boko Haram. Why is the federal government not asking the hard questions? It still surprises me how Dr. Okupe can with all seriousness and honour say the Federal government is winning the war on terror? But if he insists, his statement is correct and Shettima’s wrong, then I ask of two things from him: (1) To make public the indices he is using to measure performance so we can also do our little beer parlour/okada group assessment, and (2) he should go on a one month sabbatical with his family to Borno, Adamawa or Yobe. Amene Terhemen wrote in from Makurdi, Benue state

Sanusi’s bombshell “suspension” N By John Campbell

igerian president, Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday ordered the immediate suspension of Lamido Sanusi, the governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank. According to the BBC, Reuters, and the Financial Times, trading in Nigeria’s foreign exchange, bond, and money markets, halted due to uncertainty over the president’s move. How long trading will be halted and what the consequences will be remains to be seen. Various reactions from international economists indicates that the initial drop in the Naira after the announcement is an expected reaction after a surprise

move like Jonathan’s in an emerging market, especially when international investors have such a high respect for Sanusi. Other commentators remark that the timing of the suspension points to political motivations for the suspension rather than economic. Sanusi is widely respected by the international financial community for his technical expertise and for his reform of the Nigerian banking system. Along with Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala he was the “face” of Nigerian fiscal and financial reform. The Banker, a publication of the Financial Times, designated him “Central Bank Governor of the Year” and “Central Bank Governor of the Year for Africa.” In 2011, Time included

him on the list of the 100 of the world’s most influential people. Over the past few months, Sanusi has claimed that some U.S. $20 billion in revenue owed to the state from the state-owned oil industry has, in effect, disappeared through corruption. Those charges – which many observers find credible – raised the ire of President Jonathan, who is likely to run for reelection as president in early 2015. Just before Christmas 2013, Jonathan demanded that Sanusi resign; he refused. There is media speculation that Sanusi has other revelations to make about the pervasiveness of corruption. It is as yet unclear what Sanusi’s “suspension” means. The Central Bank is supposed

to be independent of the government; the governor may be removed only by the National Assembly, not the president, and only with cause. The presidential statement announcing the suspension refers to on-going investigations into “breaches of enabling laws, due process, and mandate of the Central Bank.” Sanusi says he will fight the “suspension” to preserve the Central Bank’s independence. At the very least, his “suspension” raises questions about how real the independence of the Central Bank will be. Jonathan has appointed Sarah Alade, currently deputy governor of the Central Bank for economic policy as acting governor. He also announced that Godwin

Emefiele, currently managing director of Zenith Bank of Nigeria, will take over as governor in June. Sanusi was appointed governor by President Jonathan’s predecessor, Umaru Yar’Adua, and his term is up in June, 2014. He is part of the core northern Nigerian establishment, at least some of which is alienated from Jonathan’s predominately southern and Christian administration. His father was the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (the highest non-political position) and his grandfather was the emir of Kano. He is also a distinguished Islamic scholar. John Campbell is a former US ambassador to Nigeria

Peoples Daily, Monday, February 24, 2014


AEPB reiterates need for residents to clean immediate surroundings By Stanley Onyekwere


he acting director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Mrs. Aishat Adebayo, has reiterated the need for Federal Capital Territory (FCT) residents to ensure a cleaner and hygienic city for all by taking charge of their immediate environment. She said they should see the FCT administration’s quest towards sustainable environment in the territory, as part of their civic responsibility and duty of care to the environment. According to a statement signed by the AEPB’s head, Information and Outreach Programme, Joe Ukairo, at the weekend, the director, made this call during a media chat after being conferred with the Administrative Personality Of The Year award during the just concluded 2nd Annual Capital Territory Advancement Award (CTAA) organized by NewWaves Innovations. The statement added that she noted that the government alone cannot do all that is required for a sustainable environment in any society, without community buyin and support. “If every household and business premise will provide adequate waste bin for waste storage at source, keep their immediate surroundings clean and encourage others within their circle of influence to do same, the city will be cleaner and hygienic for the wellbeing of present and future generations”, Adebayo stressed.

A Gbagyi woman and her daughter returning from the farm, yesterday at Gwagwalada in Abuja.

Centenary City: Host community unhappy over N319m compensation By Stanley Onyekwere, with agency report


he traditional chief of Baruwa community, Abuja, the host community for the development of the proposed Nigeria’s Centenary city, Mr. Monday Kogi, has expressed dissatisfaction over Federal Government’s disbursement of N319 million, as compensation to residents of the community. He said the money given to the residents in the area, whose farms are to be used for the development of the Centenary city, as compensation was not enough. The community, which is situated along Airport road, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), covers 1,200 hectares. Director, Resettlement and

Compensation in the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Mr. Okechukwu Francis, had disclosed the release of N319 million for payment of compensation to residents, whose crops and economic trees will be affected in the development of the city. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the director, made the disclosure at an official ceremony for the payment of compensation to residents in the area. However, Kogi, who received N132, 000 as his own compensation, said he expected to be paid not less than N1.5 million. He therefore appealed to the government to cooperate with the community. Meanwhile, the director, assured residents that compensation would be paid to all those who will be

Researcher tasks civil servants on commitment to work By Usman Shuaibu


retired chief research officer of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NRDC), Mr. Emmanuel Ayodele, has called on civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to remain dedicated and disciplined to their duties, at their respective public institutions in the FCT, for effective service delivery. Ayodele, who made the call in an interview with Peoples Daily

Photo: Mahmud Isa

during the launching of his book entitled: “USi to USi” (a glorious journey) in Gwagwalada, also advised them and politicians as well as political appointees to shun corruption while discharging their functions. He advised the civil servants to deem it necessary to guide the political office holders on the rules and regulations of civil service for the sake of probity and accountability. While urging senior civil

servants in the system to always provide an enabling environment for the junior workers to boost their morale at work, he however, appealed to those who have attained the age of retirement to leave, so as to pave way for the young ones. The retired researcher also called on government at all levels to endeavour to ensure prompt payment of the salaries of civil servants, to enable them cope with basic necessities of life.

affected in the area. “I want to emphasise that we have been fair and just to the community; nobody has been shortcharged; we engaged the services of registered professionals who are empowered to do the evaluation for the compensation and this was in accordance with the laws of the FCT. “For this compensation, what we have just paid is for their crops and economic trees. Further discussions are ongoing for the houses that will be affected,’’ he said. A member of the board of the Centenary city, Mr. Olatunde Ayeni, told NAN that the project was huge, and when completed, will be the second largest city development in the whole world. “This compensation is to ensure that the community people live in peace and cooperate with government. “Peace in the environment is important. So we are taking time to follow due process so that we can take compensation to the community involved. “Thisistoensurecooperationofthe community and everybody involved to ensure that the development is free from any disturbance and trouble and everybody can benefit,’’ he added. Board carpets ‘miracle centres’ aiding exam malpractice The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Secondary Education Board (SEB) has criticised the existence of centres, where students went to write their Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) for the purpose of acquiring spurious results.

The deputy director, Moblisation and Sensitisation Unit of Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the Board, Mr. Vincent Ologe, said this during students’ sensitization programme at Government Secondary School (GSS), Lugbe. The programme, tagged “Role of Truancy, Indiscipline and Migration Syndrome, and called `miracle centres’”, was attended by students, teachers and parents. “Miracle centres as called by the students are also known as magic centres or cheating centres. “It is a term given to these schools by students who go there to register for their West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) exams. But the issue of the ‘miracle’, is not recognised by the organisers, “And the reason is that FCT Administration does not allow examination malpractice,” Ologe said. According to him, schools where many students go and write examinations for undue advantages are not duly registered by the management for reference purpose in the future. On his part, the Principal of GSS Lugbe, Mr. Gilla Ishaku, said the sensitisation was timely, as it would impact on the lives of the students and sensitise their parents, on how to get rid of the menace. Represented by the Vice Principal in charge of Administration, Mr. Ja’afaru Ngaro, the principal said the school had similar challenges to surmount. (NAN)

Peoples Daily, monday, february 24, 2014


Peoples Daily, Monday, February 24, 2014



Unemployed in court for defiling a minor


ne Kenneth Okoro, 32, has appeared before an Upper Area court sitting in Mararaba, for allegedly defiling a four-year old girl. Okoro, an unemployed graduate who resides at Gwandara, Nasarawa, was charged to court for allegedly committing an act of gross indecency on a minor without her consent. The state counsel, Mr. Hassan Sabo, asked the court to adjourn the matter for another date to enable him prepare for the case. According to him, he just took over the matter on February 20. He prayed the court to grant his application for the records of court proceedings and first information report on the matter from the registrar of the court. The prayer was granted. Counsel to Okoro, Mr. Erasmus Ogeleka, told the court that the police were still investigating the matter and the medical doctor conducting a medical test on the alleged defilement was yet to produce his reports since the case was instituted. He also said that the state prosecution counsel had been changed three times over the case. Ogeleka said this was only a tactic to delay the case in the court. The Presiding Officer, Mr. Vincent Gwamba, adjourned the case to March 13 for continuation of hearing. (NAN)

Court jails man for stealing N17, 000


Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, Abuja, has sentenced a 36-year old man, Nyam James, to one month in prison for stealing N17, 000 from a hotel. Senior Magistrate Chinyere Nwacheonu handed down the judgment after the convict pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of theft. Nwacheonu, however gave James an option to pay N2000 in fine after he pleaded for leniency, saying it was the Devil that pushed him to steal. Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Andrew Aichenede, told the court that one Mercy Agosa reported the case at the Police Force Criminal Investigative Department in Area 10, Garki, Abuja, on February 6. He said that the convict a resident of Karshi, Abuja, sneaked into a hall in the hotel where the complainant was attending a seminar and took the money from her bag. According to the prosecutor, the money was found in his possession when he was arrested. (NAN)

Court frees house wife accused of assaulting police officer


Grade 1 Area court in Aso Pada, Mararaba, has discharged a house wife, Ejiura Abdul, accused of assaulting a police officer, for want of diligent prosecution. Abdul, 23, of Calvary Road, Ruga village, was arraigned on December 23, 2013. The judge, Mr. Albert Maga,

discharged the accused at the resumed hearing after the prosecution told the court that the complainant ``had been sick and the IPO is on leave’’. Maga said that: ``since the mention of this case in December 2013 the prosecution is yet to produce any witness. “This case has suffered several

adjournments at the instance of the prosecution. “I, therefore, invoke Section 165 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC). The accused is hereby discharged. The case is struck out.” Prosecutor Friday Ada had told the court that on December 18, Constable Bala Maiguna, was assigned to invite one Abdul

Adamu, the husband of the accused. He said: “When the accused was questioned on the whereabouts of her husband, she became violent and assaulted the police officer, damaged his shoe and injured him on his elbow.’’ The accused, who is also a hair stylist, had pleaded not guilty to the charge against her. (NAN)

Kwali cultural troupe entertaining guests, recently at a public function in Kwali Area Council of Abuja.

Photo: Mahmud Isa

Salesman arraigned for misappropriating employer’s N.5m


29-year old salesman, Nwanodie Victor, has appeared in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, Abuja, for allegedly misappropriating the sum of N558, 000 belonging to his boss. The prosecutor, Sgt. Mohammed Ahmed, told the court that the matter was reported by the boss, Mr. Chieloka Ndeanefo, at the Maitama

Police station on February 13. Ahmed said that the money was the proceeds from the sale of six phones in the complainant shop at EMAB Plaza in Wuse 2, Abuja. He said that Ndeanefo employed Victor as a salesman and entrusted with a shop, stocked fully with assorted phones. The prosecutor said Ndeanefo

instructed the accused to remit daily sales to the cashier, but instead of complying with the directive, he converted the money to his personal use. Ahmed said the accused committed a breach of trust that is contrary to Section 314 of the Penal code. The accused, however, denied

the allegation. Senior Magistrate, Tony Ubani, however granted him bail in the sum of N200, 000 with one surety in like sum. He ordered that the surety must have verifiable address and a good means of livelihood, and adjourned the matter to March 20 for hearing proper. (NAN)

2 students get 9 months’ imprisonment for removing hotelier’s tooth


Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, Abuja, has sentenced two students, Azeez Animasi, 28, and Isaac Eboyi, 27, to nine months in prison each for beating a hotelier, resulting in the removal of his tooth. The convicts, who both reside in Durumi Phase 1, were charged with criminal force, assault and causing hurt.

In his ruling, the Senior Magistrate, Mr. Chukwuemeka Ubani, sentenced them after they had pleaded guilty to the charges. Ubani however gave them an option to pay a fine of N4, 000 each. “I sentence you to three months imprisonment each for the offence of criminal force and assault, and six months each for causing grievous hurt.

Earlier, the police, Cpl Francis Tanko, had told the court that on February 12, Mr Nwobodo Beneth, of Air Waves Hotel, Wuse 2, Abuja, reported the convicts at the Wuse Zone 2 police station, Abuja. He told the court that Beneth had reported that on same day, while he was at the hotel, the convicts came, beat him up and removed one of his front teeth, using their heads to hit his

mouth. Tanko said that the convicts were standing trial for the offences of joint act, criminal force and assault, and causing grievous hurt, an offence punishable under sections 79, 265, and 245 of the Penal code respectively. Having pleaded guilty to the charges, the convicts had begged the court for mercy, promising never to commit such crime again. (NAN)

… as police arraign another for trespass, attempted theft


he police have arraigned a 23-year old student, James Hassan, in a Grade 1 Area court in Kado, Abuja, for alleged criminal trespass and attempted theft. The prosecutor, Sgt Simeon

Ibrahim, told the court that on February 16, Mr. Umna Joel, of Wuse Zone 2, Abari Shopping Complex, Abuja, lodged a report against Hassan at the Utako Police Station. The prosecutor told the court

that the accused was arrested on the spot. He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 342 and 95 of the Penal code respectively. If convicted, he faces one year in prison with an option of fine or both.

The accused pleaded not guilty. The presiding officer, Malam Abubakar Mohammed, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N10, 000 and a reliable surety in like sum. He adjourned the case to April 4 for further hearing. (NAN)

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L-R: Citibank Chief Executive Officer, Sub Saharan Africa, Mr. Ade Ayeyemi, Citibank Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Middle-East and Africa, Mr. Jim Cowies, and Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, during a visit to the Vice-President by executives of Citibank, last Friday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Substandard cement: Dangote welcomes Reps’ probe By Etuka Sunday


angote Cement, one of the leading manufacturers of cement in Nigeria, at the weekend said it welcome House of Representatives’ plan to probe the alleged substandard cement in the Nigerian market. Reps on Friday resolved to investigate the allegations that some companies are producing substandard cement in Nigeria. The decision followed a motion raised by Hon. Ibrahim El-sudi which ecpressed concerns over the raging controversies vis a vis the high incidence of building

collapse in parts ofbthe country. The motion was unanimously adopted with the House promising to set up an ad-hoc committee to undertake the assignment of unravelling the truth or otherwise of the claim of existence of substandard cement. Members of a Coalition of non -governmental Organisations had days ago alerted the nation to the existence in the market a 32.5 grade of cement said to be substandard and threatened to protest and report Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to Consumer Protection Commission for allowing such development.

The group reasoned that the cement must have been responsible for the incessant building collapse being experienced in the country. It based its anger against SON on the fact that the cement being imported into the country is 42.5 which is a higher grade also approved by SON. To allow some local producers to produce lesser quality of cement, the group reasoned smarked off double standard to the detriment of Nigerians. Following the outburst by the coalition, a leading cement producer, Dangote Cement Plc

Nigeria wins 2013 best euro bond award for innovative financing By Clem Khena-Ogbena


he Federal Government of Nigeria has been honoured with the 2013 Emerging Market Europe and Africa (EMEA) best sovereign bond award, by City Bank Group, for innovative financing. While presenting the award at the weekend, in Abuja, to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi OkonjoIweala, the Chief Executive Officer of Europe, Middle East and Africa, City Bank Group, Mr. Jim Cowles, affirmed that Nigeria merited the award, due to the fact that the country recorded tremendous success in the global market, despite the odds and volatility prevailing at the market in May 2013 He disclosed that the $1 billion bond issued last year in July, 2013, was being deployed to financing various

power infrastructure projects in order to improve power supply to industries, business and home, adding that the allocation profile for the proceeds of the bond indicated that 90 percent would be allocated to power infrastructure, while the balance went to aviation. Meanwhihe, in her response, the finance minister attributed the remarkable achievement to the handwork and due diligence of Debt Management Office (DMO), whom she said had painstakingly packaged the bond. She stated: “This comes at a very unique time. Just yesterday we were trying to calm market stability in view of changes that happened at CBN. This is coming at a unique moment. We often do not celebrate our success. We didn’t plan this. They just called last week and said they wanted to come today with a very nice surprise. We found that

the surprise is that we are given sovereign bond award, the best sovereign bond issuing in 2013 for Africa”. Commenting also on the award, the Director General of DMO, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, said the award had reinforced the interest of international community in Nigeria economy. According to him, “This has reinforced to the international investing community –local and foreign that Nigeria continues to move in the right direction and in the process, we win a prize. Nigeria wins a prize for doing it most effectively and efficiently. The awards goes to show that everything we have done at DMO has been powered generally by the Nigerian people, led by president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his team, whose transformation agenda is inspiring us to contribute as much as we can”.

came out to stoutly defend its product dissociating itself from production of any substandard cement. The Company in statement said it has always produced the 42.5 from all its three plants in the country therefore welcomed the development and would be ready to cooperate with the authorities in their findings. The statement said, Dangote cement does not produce substandard product and would support any effort at ensuring the right quality product is offered Nigerians. It would also be recalled that the SON had persistently denied that there is substandard cement in the market. A statement from the organisation in the wake of the controversies indicated though it has set up a committee to review the existing quality of cement but confirmed that there is no low quality cement produced by any company in Nigeria

UBA Capital assures customers of sustained growth

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IDB president, UK minister discuss Islamic finance growth in UK

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Exchange Rates

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Management Tip of the Day A five-minute exercise to boost leadership


hen a new work group forms, people often make snap judgments about who is qualified to lead. The attitude with which you enter a new group — something completely within your control — can help boost your chances of leading it. To achieve higher status and more influence, get in the right mindset before engaging with new teammates. Try this simple fiveminute exercise: write about your

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Power privatisation: BPE harps on success, good leadership ...hands over Sapele power Plc to CMEC/Eurafric Energy

By Etuka Sunday


he Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Benjamin Dikki has attributed the successes recorded in the power sector reform and privatization to the dogged leadership provided by President Goodluck Jonathan and his Vice, Mohammed Namadi Sambo. Dikki who spoke in Sapele, Delta State at the official handover of Sapele Power Plc to the core investor, CMEC/Eurafric Energy Ltd at the weekend said the dogged leadership of the President and Vice President

and their insistence to the strict adherence to transparency and accountability was the difference between success and failure of thetransaction. A statement by the Head, Public Communications, Chigbo Anichebe quoted the DG as saying that Jonathan’s administration has made a conscious effort to make the private sector the driver of economic growth in Nigeria; adding that the power sector reform was part of the administration’s avowed commitment to make Nigeria better than it met it. He said it was not by chance that Nigeria’s power sector reform

and privatization was adjudged the biggest, most transparent and comprehensive power sector privatization in recent history. He assured Nigerians, especially the host community that Sapele Power Plc would soon achieve the maximum installed capacity and begin to expand capacity, creating more jobs and opportunities for all Nigerians. The BPE boss enjoined Nigerians to be patient, adding that in a few years, the successes recorded in the Telecomm reforms would pale when compared to the opportunities expected in the power sector

reform. After the emergence of CMEC/ EURAFRIC ENERGY LTD as the preferred bidder for Sapele Power Plc. for a bid consideration of $201 million, the company able to pay $50,250,000, which is 25% of the consideration by the deadline of March 21, 2013 as was required. The bidder was however unable to complete the payment of the remaining 75% by the end of the deadline of August 21, 2013; but paid an additional amount of $79,186,656.55 to bring the total amount paid to $129,436,656.55. CMEC/EURAFRIC requested for extension of the payment

deadline in accordance with the Share Sale Agreement. This request was carefully considered and the Attorney General’s advice sought before the National Council on Privatization (NCP) gave its approval. The handover marks the concluding stage of the transaction for five (5) generation companies and ten (10) distribution companies. The remaining two successor companies (Afam Power Plc. and Kaduna Disco) will be handed over to their respective owners after payment of the 75% balance of the acquisition cost.

Niger govt challenge banks on social responsibility projects.

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna


iger state governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has challenged the Banks operating in the state to key into the present administration education transformation policy by carrying out intervention projects in schools as part of their social cooperate responsibility rather than engaging in renovation of roundabouts and gardens. Governor Aliyu gave the

charge yesterday while delivering speech at the Minna zone Bankers’ committee award night said, the days of engaging in un-meaningful social cooperate responsibility is over. The governor was represented by his deputy Hon. Ahmed Musa Ibeto who told the Bankers’ committee that the era for hunting of government deposit is over saying, now governments have no surplus to keep in Banks, therefore urged them to look inward for better

source of wooing for deposits. He called on the Banks’ Committee to also assist the state in its vision of actualizing its dream of becoming self-sufficient in food production by giving out agricultural loans to cooperative societies and full time individual farmers. Responding, the Chairman of Minna Bankers’ Committee, Mallam Mohammed Kabir Dangusau said currency operation in the zone for the year under


STATE IMPLENTATION COMMITTEE ON CONDITIONAL GRANT SCHEME (CGS) PROJECTS MDGs PROJECTS SUPPORT UNIT (PSU) YAYA ABUBAKAR LINK, BAUCHI BAUCHI STATE INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTS FOR THE IMPLENTATION OF MILLINIUM DEVELOPMENTS GOALS (MDGs 1013) Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS) projects The state committee on the implantation of conditional Grant Scheme projects on behalf of Bauchi State Government wishes to invite interested and qualified contractors to submit their application for pre-qualification of projects /programs under the 2013 state and local government conditional Grant Scheme Projects. PROJECTS AREAS PRIMARY HEALTH CARE Construction /Renovation of health facilities. Supply of essential Medical equipment. Constructions of staff Accommodations. Upgrading /equipping of General Hospital. EDUCATION Construction /renovation of blocks of Classrooms. Supply of Primary School Furniture. WATER AND SANITATION Solar Powered Boreholes. Hand Pump lifted Boreholes. VIP latrines. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS Evidence with incorporation of company with CAC. Evidence of registration with the Bauchi state Government as a contractor. Company profile and qualification of key staff. Tax clearance certificate for the last 3 years. Evidence of company aud-ed account for the last 3 years. VAT Registration. Financial capability to execute the envisage project. List of available Plans, equipments and locations. Evidence of handling similar projects experience. Application should be submitted in a sealed envelope marked PRE-QUALIFICATION FOR MDGs Projects/Programs and addressed to the Chairman state Committee on the implementations of CGS projects C/O MDGs PROJECT SUPPORT UNIT SPU YAYA ABUBAKAR LINK BAUCHI, BAUCHI STATE, not later than two weeks from the date of this publication ,only pre-qualified companies will be contacted to tender. NOTES This advert is not an invitation to bid and should not be treated as such, it should neither be confuses as a commitment on the part of Bauchi state Government no shall it entitle companies to make any claim whatsoever and or seek indemnity from state government. Full bidding procedures shall only be applied to companies or contractors that have been pre-qualified and found capable of executing the program or projects. All registration requirements are outlined above should be submitted as omission of only item may lead to outright disqualification. SINGED MANAGEMENT

review indicated that N66.16 billion was deposited by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in 2013 compared with N56.71 billion in 2012 said, withdrawals were N 49.68 billion campared with N35.22 billion in 2012. Dangusau said that, as part of their cooperate social responsibility they had donated 10 sewing machines valued at about N200,000 to Women Skill Acquisition Center Minna this year while last year similar gesture

by the committee was extended to JIKPA primary school, Minna where instructional materials were donated. First Bank, Diamond and Access Bank emerged the overall best banks, First Bank, Diamond Bank and Access Bank again carted away the award for the best bank witnessing currency processing, Diamond Bank, Zenith Bank and Access Bank went home with the award of best banks in currency processing with minimal shortage.


INVITATION FOR TENDER FOR THE YEAR 2013 TERTIARY EDUCATION TRUST FUND BOT-SPECIAL INTERVENTION PROJECT TO BE CARRIED OUT AT BAYERO UNIVERSITY, KANO 1. Bayero University, Kano intends to undertake the under-listed project. 2. Tenders are to be purchased by capable and competent suppliers/contractors who are currently registered with the Federal Ministry of Works in relevant category. When completed the tender documents are to be returned with pre-qualification documents to contain the following: i. Evidence of Registration with Corporate Affairs Commission. ii. Evidence of Category of Registration as Contractor with FMW. iii. Tax clearance Receipt/Certification for the last three (3) years. iv. List of Plants/Machinery and Equipment. v. List and type of personnel working for the Company with their CVs. vi. List of verifiable and similar projects completed within the last three (3) years with evidence. vii. Evidence of Compliance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Act (2007) as they relate to Pensions. viii. List of on-going projects with their cost(s) and evidence of award. ix. Relevant information concerning means of contacts, e.g. Telephone, E-mail addresses etc. of the company. x. Photocopy of receipt as evidence of payment of tender processing fees. 3. The tender and pre-qualification documents are to be submitted within Fourteen (14) days from the date of this publication to the Registrar’s Office by 12:00 noon. 4. Late submission will not be considered. 5. The project and its tender fee are as follows:

No. 1.

Projects Tender Fee (N) Supply and Installation of Students Lecture Chairs 25,000.00 and Supply and Commissioning of one unit Toyota 16-Seater Hiace and one unit of Toyota 4WD Hilux Signed Sani Ibrahim Amin Registrar

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Capital Market

NSE: Equity transaction down by 1.22 % F From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

ollowing heavy losses recorded in the equity price of major blue chips, transaction on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) has for some weeks sustained a downward trend as the twin market indicators the market capitalization and the all share index depreciated beyond expectation. Specifically the NSE All-Share Index decreased by 1.22 per cent to close at 38,295.74 trillion while the Market Capitalization depreciated by 1.01% to close on Friday at and N12.301 trillion.

Likewise, all of the NSE sector indices depreciated during the week with the exception of one. The NSE 30 depreciated by 1.49% to close at 1,715.95, NSE Insurance by 1.30% to close at 141.72, NSE Lotus II by 0.99% to close at 2,811.18. The NSE Consumer Goods index depreciated by 1.20% to close at 984.06, NSE Banking index edged lower by 2.50% to close at 359.34, the NSE Industrial Goods index sheds 0.72% to close at 2, 532.30. However, the NSE Oil/Gas rose by 1.68% to close at 305.58 while the NSE-ASeM closed flat. However, Review of activity in

the market showed that a turnover of 6.973 billion shares worth N24.439 billion in 27,633 deals were traded by investors in contrast to a total of 1.918 billion shares valued at N25.134 billion that exchanged hands in 25,346 deals the previous week. The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 6.587 billion shares valued at N18.160 billion traded in 16,800 deals; thus contributing 94.46% and 74.31% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Conglomerates Industry followed

with a turnover of 137.850 million shares worth N815.029 million in 1,449 deals. The third place was occupied by the Consumer Goods Industry with 77.493 million shares worth N3.376 billion in 4,014 deals. Trading in the top three equities namely, Oasis Insurance Plc, Zenith International Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 5.038 billion shares worth N8.227 billion in 3,053 deals, contributing 72.25% and 33.66% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. Also traded during the week were a total of 641 units of NewGold Exchange

Traded Funds (ETFs) valued atN1.343 million executed in 6 deals compared with a total of 225 units of NewGold valued at N459,220.00 transacted last week in 6 deals. Similarly, 100 units of FGN bonds valued at N113, 286.73 were this week traded in 1 deal compared with a total of 600 units of FGN bonds valued at N663, 189.87 million transacted last week in 7 deals. (See table below).v Seventeen (17) equities appreciated in prices during the week higher than sixteen (16) equities of the preceding week. Sixty-two (62)equities depreciated in prices lower than Sixty-seven (67) equities of the preceding week, while one hundred and eighteen (118) equities remained unchanged higher than one hundred and fifteen (115) equities in the previous week.

Oasis Insurance Plc top gainers table in percentage terms

G L-R: National President, Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (NACCIMA), Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, Kaduna state Deputy Governor, Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, and President, Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (KADCCIMA), Dr. Abdul Alimi Bello, during the opening ceremony of 35th Kaduna International Trade Fair, on Saturday in Kaduna. Photo: NAN

Guinea Insurance fails by 11.7 %


uinea Insurance Plc has recorded significant depreciations as its Profit/ loss after tax for the first quarter ended March, 31st, 2013 dropped by 11.7 per cent from N205.7 million written in 2012 to N181.5 recorded in the same period of 2013. The firm equally recorded

a Gross Premium Written of N109.0 million representing 80.1 depreciation when compared with the N549 million achieved in the 2012 financial year. Similarly, the firm recorded a drop in its Gross Premium Written as it stood at N802.8 million for it the second quarter ended June,

30th, 2013 against N807.9 million written in the same of 2012. According the firm unaudited financial statement submitted to the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) its Profit/ (loss) After Tax stood at N194.0 against N474.4 million recorded in the period of 2012. The firms Gross Premium

Written in the third quarter ended September, 30th, 2013 recorded appreciation as it grow from N962 million in the2012 to N1,000.0 million in 2013. Profit/(loss) After stood at N31.5 million compare to 2012 N11.4 million written in the same period of 2012.

UBA Capital assures customers of sustained growth


BA Capitals has assured its numerous customers that it has developed strategies that will facilitate as well as sustained its growth even increase returns on investment come 2014 and beyond. Speaking when the management of the company paid a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Stock (NSE) , the Group Chief Executive Officer, Oluwatoyin Sanni assured the exchange the company will never compromise in the areas of good corporate governance and transparency in all its operations. She equally assured that firm

is leveraging on a formidable team of experts, and well-positioned to continue delivering world-class financial and investment services to stakeholders. “As a publicly-listed company on the NSE, our shareholders can be assured of high standards of disclosure and transparency, in addition to our superior performance in investment banking, trusteeship, asset management and securities.” As part of the plan, she said the group would unveil “a series of leading and industry shaping

initiatives” aimed at redefining the financial services, delivering significant value to stakeholders and setting UBA Capital apart from its competitors in the coming weeks. Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, UBA Capital, Chika Mordi, who is a seasoned banker, stated that UBA Capital visit to the NSE is unique and symbolic in the history of the company and the exchange adding that the company is working in compliance with all the rules of the market. “It has been a privilege for us to be honoured in this way by the NSE.

Our ringing of the bell at the NSE today is clearly symbolic, because we intend to make great, resonant sounds throughout this year”. He expressed the company’s confidence that it will exceed projections for 2014. The Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema, while welcoming the company commended the management of the firm for the visit and assured them that the market will always work towards providing enabling business environment to assist operators

aining 30.0 per cent or N0.15 kobo to close at N0.65 kobo followed by Africa Prudential Registrars gaining 15.2 per cent or 0. 49 kobo closeat N3.70 kobo and International Breweries Plc, 10.6 per cent or N2.83 kobo to close at N29.45 kobo. Other stocks that gained appreciation during the week include UBA Capital Plc, 9.20 per cent or N0.22 kobo to close at N2.50 kobo, Pfizer Products Plc 9.20 per cent or N0.16 kobo to close N1.90 kobo, Oando Nigeria Plc 7.86 per cent or N1.43 kobo to close at N19.63 kobo, PZ Industries Plc 5.73 per cent or N2.12 kobo to close at N39.12 kobo, National Aviation Handling Company Plc 4.69 per cent or N0.26 kobo to close at N1.48 kobo and IPWA Meyer Plc 3.57 per cent or N0.2 kobo to close at N0.58 kobo. On the other hand, International Energy Insurance Plc led thedecliners table in percentage terms losing 19.48 per cent or N0.15 kobo to close at N0.62 kobo followed by Vita Foam Nigeria Plc 18 per cent or N0.90 kobo to close at N4.10 kobo and Guinness Nigeria Plc 16. 1 per cent or N32.52 kobo to close at N168.90 kobo.Other stocks that depreciated within the week include Evans Medicals Plc 13.76 per cent orbN0.41 kobo, Costain West Africa Plc 13.50 per cent or No.27 kobo to close at N1.73 kobo, Great Nigeria Insurance Plc 13.43 per cent or N0.09 kobo to close at N0.67 kobo, Airlines Services and Logistics Plc 13.3 per cent or N0.38 kobo to close at N2.47 kobo, Cement Company of North Nigeria Plc 11.60 per cent or N1.05 kobo to close at N8.00kobo, Prestige Assurance Plc 11.48 per cent or N0.07 kobo to close at N0.54 kobo and Unilever Nigeria Plc 11.11 per cent or N.00 kobo to close at N48.00 kobo.

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IDB president, UK minister discuss Islamic finance growth in UK

By Etuka Sunday with Agency report


he President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali, and the UK Senior Minister of State for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury, view positively the fast growth of Islamic finance in the UK. During a visit to the IDB headquarters in Jeddah, Baroness Warsi told the IDB President that significant progress has been achieved by the UK Government

in making London not only the centre of Islamic finance in the Western world, but one of the great capitals of Islamic finance in the world, as announced by UK Prime Minister David Cameron at the World Islamic Economic Forum held in London in late 2013. “I am pleased to inform you that the UK is close to issuing its first sovereign sukuk (Islamic bond) and work on the practicalities is currently being carried out by leading financial institutions appointed by the UK Government to arrange this issue possibly by mid-2014”, said the Minister.

She thanked the IDB President for accepting to be a member of the Global Group on Islamic Finance and Investment being set up by the UK Government. This Group brings together Central Bank Governors and CEOsof major Islamic banks from across the world to identify and address the critical factors that will drive the global Islamic finance market over the next five years. Dr Ali and the Minister reiterated their commitment to the growing IDB-UK partnership in the area of development assistance, especially in fragile

situations such as Palestine and Somalia and the economic empowerment of women through the work of the new Arab Women EnterpriseFund. “We have a strong relationship with the UK Department for International Development, and we are very satisfied with this exemplary partnership” Dr Ali told the Minister. Dr Ali and Baroness Warsi also agreed to explore potential partnership opportunities in the development of Awqaf (endowments), an area with tremendous growth potential.

L-R: Chairman, Dangote Group of Companies, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Niger state Governor, Dr Mua’azu Babangida Aliyu, and Secretary to Niger State Government, Hon. Saidu Ndako Idris, during Alhaji Aliko Dangote’s visit to governor, last Friday in Minna. predict massive sales online in 2014 By Chris Alu

J, an online retails shopping has predicted massive online shopping this year 2014, as people are getting more use to information communication technology business by the day and are quickly responding to them as fast as possible.

The company said that after a lot of speculation into what trends will follow through 2014. it believes fashion and mobile devices are likely to top the chart. According to Olamide Amosu Jumia offline marketing manager, said that most people prefer placing order of their goods online than going to the market to buy, adding that the

trends of going to the market is now getting old and people gets more comfort in placing orders of goods now than going to the market, which are delivered on time in a more convenient way. Amosu said the company expects more online shopping this year, because the trends are about the future. Even though the people are not enlightening

enough on the online retailing, but we expect that the trend would move faster and get better. He said everything is about reinventing into modern looks and shopping would not be left out. Amosu explained that this year’s business will be different and also more refreshing from what we are used too, because online shopping is improving altogether.

Rural electrification: key to economic development–REA By Evelyn Okakwu


ural electrification has been described as the bedrock of economic growth in Nigeria. This was disclosed by the Managing Director of the National Electrification Agency (REA), Kenneth Achugbu in Abuja recently. He stated that his agency which

is well aware of the role of rural electrification in the development of the nation has initi ated over 40 projects nationwide to restructure Nigeria’s rural electrification and encourage investor’s participation. In his words: “With rural electrification, the grassroots will come alive with economic activities which will go a long way in strengthening the economy”

Achugbu further stated that he is committed to service of delivering rural electricity to the people, adding that he has a covenant with God to serve the people. He called on Nigerians especially those living in rural areas to exercise greater confidence in the works of the agency as well as other electricity distribution firms by tapping into

the available electricity to boost their business, while complying with the rules of electricity distribution and use of same. “We also would like to call on the people to make good use of the various forms of electricity available to them and to ensure that they pay their bills so that the sector will function effectively”. He stated.

Low turnout mars 35th Kaduna International trade fair From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


he 35th Kaduna International Trade Fair witnessed a low turnout as some participants are yet to arrive while few who have arrived are still working round the clock to erect their stands. President Jonathan, who declared the Fair open, said his administration is putting everything in place to make Nigeria investors’ haven, saying that its doors are always open to investors who are ready to do business in the country. The President who was represented by the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Ambassabor Nuhu Audu Bajoga, said, “It is pertinent at this point for me to call on all investors at this fair to explore means of taking advantage of opportunities inherent in the agriculture sector in the country. “In Kaduna State alone, there are opportunities in tomatoes processing, ginger processing, flour mills, juice making, textiles, spice making, fish production, meat processing and other food processing industry. “As Government our doors are always open to investors ready to do business in our peaceful state and we shall be ready to provide some basic incentives to any interested investor,” President Jonathan said. Earlier, in his welcome address, the President of Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA), Dr. Abdul-Alimi Bello stated that countries like Egypt, Ghana, Turkey, India, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Senegal and Niger Republic among others are participating in this year’s fair. Speaking on the theme of the fair, “Agricultural Transformation for Industrial Development: Public Private Partnership (PPP) Approach,” Dr. Bello said the choice of the theme was to compliment the efforts of government in its attempt to reposition and restructure agriculture from development outlook to business and profitable ventures. “We believe that the Nigerian economy will reasonably recover in 2014. It is hoped that while the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), would grow at over six per cent relative to the global average of 3.1 percent. Nigerian economy may emerge as the largest on the African continent and one of the top 30th in the world after the GDP rebasing, which is expected this year,” the President of KADCCIMA however stated. It would be recalled that for the past two years Kaduna International Trade fair have witnessed downward participation, a situation which may not be unconnected with the present security challenges in the country.

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Special Report

Lagos gridlock: Mega city, mega commute, mega agony


he traffic begins long before dawn in Nigeria’s largest city. The poor crowd onto benches welded inside dented, clattering buses. The middle classes sit behind the steering wheels of used imports. As the first sunbeams cut through the exhaust fumes, the wealthy thumb tablet computers in cars with blaring sirens, chauffeured by moonlighting policemen. They will almost certainly end up jumbled together in one of the epic traffic jams which, if nothing else, serve to bridge the class divide in this metropolis of 17.5 million. In Lagos, which is predicted to overtake Cairo as Africa’s most populous city in 2015, the traffic jams that Nigerians call “go-slows” can strike at any moment. Here, drivers are hostage to a road network that hasn’t been upgraded since the 1970s. Bridges are rickety and potholes swallow cars to the axles. Trying to beat the rush inspires even more chaos. Drivers ignore one-way signs and race through parking lots. Passengers risk their lives on motorcycle taxis that blast

In Lagos, which is predicted to overtake Cairo as Africa’s most populous city in 2015, the traffic jams that Nigerians call “go-slows” can strike at any moment.

through gaps in traffic without pause or warning, trailing plumes of exhaust smoke. Bus drivers, whose wages depend on how many passengers they pick up, stop in mid-lane while conductor leans out shouting the destination. The rich and powerful have security forces who bully drivers out of their way with leather whips strong enough to crack windshields. Lagos state forces drivers who go against traffic on a one-way street to undergo psychiatric evaluations at their own expense. “It is his abnormal behavior that raised the need for psychiatric evaluation,” an official leaflet explains. “We need to know whether such a person should be allowed to drive on our roads at all.” The new law obliges a court to impose a three-year sentence, regardless of what the psychiatrists find. And more tough laws are coming, mandating fines of more than $200 — more than

Typical Traffic gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

three months’ income for most Nigerians — for eating, smoking or using a cell phone behind the wheel. However, many Lagosians simply acknowledge the traffic as a living, breathing aspect of daily life in a nation where oil money vanishes into corrupt pockets, police routinely harass those they should protect and a livelihood comes only to the swift and the fearless. “It kind of suits Nigeria in a way. It wouldn’t be Nigeria if it ran smoothly,” said Eby Emenike, a sports agent, idling in her air-conditioned but gridlocked sedan. “It’s all part of it, the honking, the horns, the cars running out of petrol in the middle of traffic. It’s all part of Nigeria.” Lagos’ traffic problems stem from geography. Its government and financial center sit on islands accessible only from a spit of land that once served as the territory’s slave-trading hub. So any disruption there ripples across the city.

“Everybody wakes up in the morning and moves toward the islands, which is the economic nerve center of activities in Lagos”,says Kola Olayiwola, a lecturer at the Yaba College of Technology. “This in itself causes a lot of friction on the roads.” A stalled vehicle or heavy downpour only makes things worse. Workers spend four hours or more daily on the roads, said Olayiwola. Some simply sleep in their offices or cars on weekdays. And the car population is exploding. In 1995, Lagos state registered more than 27,000 new vehicles, according to government statistics; the figure for 2010 was about 230,000, three-quarters of them privately owned automobiles. “Everybody wants to have a car to maintain (their) social class,” said FashinaOladipupo, another lecturer at Yaba College. Those without cars sweat inside buses and modified Volkswagen delivery vans

while the state government struggles for solutions. It has commissioned a Chinese-built light railway and better roads into the city, but these are years from completion. A ferry system to serve the government and commercial center has largely failed. But in a nation where jobs are few and most earn less than $2 a day, congestion can be a livelihood. Newspaper vendors and drink-sellers hustle among idled cars. Lagosians joke of a man driving to the grocery store and buying everything he needs on the way. Indeed, on a recent day young men were out selling everything from newspapers and soft drinks to camera tripods, hand-held vacuum cleaners and plaid children’s pajamas complete with tiny slippers. These sellers often are targeted by various police and local officials for kickbacks for selling along streets where signs forbid it. Ochuko Oghuvwu is surprisingly chirpy for a man who spends upwards of 30 hours a week in his car, commuting to and from his office in Nigeria’s financial hub, Lagos. Then again, he has just started the working week after two whole days without having to battle giant pot-holes, monster traffic jams, road works, irate drivers and police checkpoints. Oghuvwu’s stockbroking firm in the Ikoyi area of Lagos is only about 32 kilometres (20 miles) from his home in Ojo, due west towards the border with neighbouring Benin. The drive to the office should only take 45 minutes to one hour. But those days are as rare in Lagos as 24 hours of uninterrupted electricity from the national grid. Instead, the trip normally takes him three hours — even longer in the June to September rainy season — despite him being behind the wheel from 5:30 am. “I wake up early to beat the

Gov. Babatunde Fashola major traffic,” he told the French news agency,AFP.“Those that wake up later end up spending more time. On a day like a Monday, if you leave the house at 6:30 am, you spend more than four hours in the car.” Sleeping on the job Oghuvwu, a marketing executive in his early 40s, is far from a rare breed in Nigeria’s biggest city. Hundreds of thousands of people like him also spend nearly as much time commuting as the statutory working week in countries such as France. He could even be considered a late riser. Others who live nearby set off a full hour earlier to beat the infamous “goslows”, as local call traffic jams. “We get exhausted. We’re always tired. For somebody in my position, I just lock the door of the office and have a little nap for 20 to 30 minutes,” he said. The time spent crawling bumper to bumper with other cars, motorbikes and battered yellow taxis, packed buses and overloaded trucks has taken its toll on his Volvo S90.

The constant stop-start means brake pads need checking every other month and the services of panel beaters to smooth out the inevitable dents and scrapes from the quest to keep moving. But the gruelling commute has also affected his social life and the amount of time he spends with his family. Ughuvwu’s children, aged between six and 14, are usually asleep when he leaves the house and when he returns. “At the weekend I don’t go out,” he added. “I mainly stay at home. I don’t want to face the traffic. It’s ruined my social life.” Integrated transport plan Officially, Lagos is said to be home to some 12 million people.But many estimates put the figure at about 21 million, in a city spread over 350 square miles (910 square kilometres). New arrivals hunting a slice of Nigeria’s economic growth heap pressure on the already creaking infrastructure. Land shortages and a lack of housing has pushed up real estate and

A fuel tanker recently upturned on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, spilling its contents on the busy highway and causing a gridlock rental prices. Fuel subsidies and cheap, second-hand cars often imported from Europe have put more vehicles on the road. As a result, a long commute is a necessary evil for all but the wealthiest. The managing director of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority

(LAMATA), Dayo Mobereola, admits they need to act now to prevent total gridlock. “This problem has been going on for almost 40 years,” he said. “We’ve started addressing it over the last five years and we have a roadmap now to address the issues as they are today and also to plan for the future as

More affordable accommodation within Lagos would help cut commuting times, suggested Oghuvwu, as prices where he lives are nearly two-thirds cheaper than in the city

well. “If we don’t do anything then in the next five years there’s almost going to be a stand-still.” LAMATA’s $20 billion, 30-year master plan is based around integrated public transport. Its proposals for nine designated bus lanes and seven suburban train lines, built with Chinese money, are designed to get people out of their cars. Slum clearance is essential, although campaign groups claim that residents are given little or no warning that their homes are earmarked for demolition and no compensation afterwards. Work has slowed because of legal disputes, while some slum dwellers move on and set up home elsewhere, to be cleared another day. Delays and jams More affordable accommodation within Lagos would help cut commuting times, suggested Oghuvwu, as

prices where he lives are nearly two-thirds cheaper than in the city. Water taxis along Nigeria’s southern, Atlantic coast and the lagoons that stretch around the city could also help tackle the gridlock. Failing that, businesses could relocate from the traditional trading hubs of Lagos Island, Ikoyi and Victoria Island to the suburbs, he added. For now, though, his life — and everyone else’s — is dictated by traffic. In the afternoons, many workers are out of the office door and on their way home as soon as the clock chimes four, car radios tuned to Lagos Traffic Radio 96.1 FM to hear about tailbacks and accidents. Oghuvwu himself usually leaves about 4:30 pm — and he’s all too aware of the consequences. “That extra 30 minutes costs me an additional one hour on the road,” he said. (Source: AFP)

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Addressing the challenges of water supply in Benue


he recent outbreak of cholera in Wadata quarters and some areas of Benue state have elicited the worry of concerned observers about the plight of people facing sustained water supply challenges. Observers have been calling on the state government to make pragmatic efforts to provide potable water for the citizens of the state. They say that it is somewhat ironic that Benue State, which is surrounded by water, cannot provide uninterrupted supply of drinkable water for the people. They note that settlements like Agboghuul and Wadata in Makurdi, the state capital, as well as towns such as Gboko largely depend on rivers and streams for their daily water needs. The observers note that those, who live in places faraway from river banks, resort to buying water from water vendors, adding that the sources of the water could not be verified. A resident of Wadata, Mrs. Torkwase Tyowon, says that she has since resorted to drinking well water because of the dearth of pipe-borne water in the neighbourhood. Also speaking, Mr. John Terhide, another resident, says that most of the residents of Makurdi, the state capital, do not have access to potable water. ``Most of us do not even see water at all, even though the state government had spent billions of naira on the KatsinaAla waterworks. I hope that the government will do something about the situation so that everybody will have access to potable water,’’ he adds. However, Mr. David Audu, a resident of Otukpo, observes that even though the water treatment plant is working, the water distribution network conveying water to the residents’ houses is old and defective. ``We understand that the new plants in the state distribute water via pipes which are over 38 years’ old and these pipes cannot even cover a quarter of the areas they are supposed to cover. We are appealing to President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene so that the people of Benue can have safe water to drink. ``It is unfortunate that the Benue state government has been unable to provide potable and adequate water for us after spending so much on this

A water vendor in Makurdi fills his cans with water from the polluted Benue River.

A resident of Wadata, Mrs. Torkwase Tyowon, says that she has since resorted to drinking well water because of the dearth of pipe-borne water in the neighbourhood. Also speaking, Mr. John Terhide, another resident, says that most of the residents of Makurdi, the state capital, do not have access to potable water.

Benue State Gov. Gabriel Suswam

water project,’’ he says. Audu cites a report of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which states that 4,100 children die every day from water-related diseases like diarrhea globally, adding that it is a reflection of the lack of safe water in several parts of the world. From all indications, however, the Benue State Government is making concerted efforts to address the water supply challenges facing the people. For instance, Gov. Gabriel Suswam recently inaugurated the construction of three water treatment plants at the cost of N11 billion, as a part government’s efforts to provide safe water for the citizens and eliminate waterborne diseases.

Besides, there are other water treatment projects such as the Greater Makurdi Water Works which has the capacity of supplying 50,000 cubic litres of water daily. In spite of these efforts, Mrs. Janet Igba, a resident of Katsina-Ala, insists that the residents have yet to access to potable water supply in the area. Reacting to such complaints, Mr. Michael Dzungu, the General Manager, Benue State Water Board, underscores the board’s readiness to provide potable water to the people regularly. Dzungu concedes that due to paucity of funds, the board has been unable to carry out the necessary repairs of its facilities, saying that ``our

primary aim of giving the residents of Makurdi adequate water supply may not be feasible at the moment’’. He, nonetheless, blames the acute water shortage facing Makurdi residents on illegal water supply connections by some water vendors and consumers. Dzungu says that the state government recently began negotiations with a water engineering company, as part of efforts to resume water treatment and supply at the Katsina-Ala and Otubi waterworks. Corroborating Dzungu’s claims, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr. Comrade Wergba, says that there are ongoing consultations between the state government and the company on the project. Wergba appeals to the people in areas without water supply to exercise patience, saying that the government is doing everything possible to provide potable water for them.

All the same, the state’s Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Orduen Abunku, says: ``We have so far recorded eight deaths from the cholera outbreak in some parts of the state. Two hundred and forty people have been diagnosed with cholera since its outbreak; the trend is gradually reducing and we are collaborating with all the necessary agencies to curb the spread of the disease. ``The World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federal Ministry of Health and other organisations had visited the affected areas to ascertain the exact state of the health crisis,’’ he says. Abunku, however, urges the people to cultivate the habit of eating hot food and using clean water in everything they do. All in all, analysts underscore the need for the government to give priority attention to water supply programmes, as part of pragmatic efforts to tackle the rising menace of water-borne diseases in Benue State. (NAN)

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Student on Kano govt scholarship absconds in India, arrested in Kano By Tobias Lengnan Dapam


ano state governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso has revealed that one of the beneficiaries of his administration’s postgraduate foreign scholarship programme, that was offered admission by a university in India, has diverted the money meant for his studies and absconded. The governor disclosed this during the graduation ceremony of 240 youth trained on Screen Printing and Lettering/Painting held at Government House, Kano, explaining however, that the escapee returned to Nigeria and was apprehended. A statement issued yesterday by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Halilu Ibrahim Dantiye, quoted Kwankwaso, saying that, “the state would not condone a situation whereby tax payer’s money would be diverted for selfish ends, warning beneficiaries of the government’s scholarships and training programmes to make good use of the opportunity to make headway in life”. He pointed out that so far, over 200,000 youths have been empowered through various skills acquisition programmes by Kano state government, explaining that the skills acquisition programmes were introduced with a view to mitigating the disturbing menace of unemployment, improving employability and self reliance. The governor maintained that the administration decided to introduce several empowerment programmes in keeping with its determination in ensuring sustainable human development, adding that the investment is yielding appreciable results. “These beneficiaries received training in trades ranging from Chalk production, Football making, Bee keeping, Plumbing, Poultry farming, fish farming, garment making and Livestock management among others, asides offers of thousands of local and overseas scholarships to students of tertiary institution”. Governor Kwankwaso, therefore, charged beneficiaries of the Screen Printing and Lettering/Painting programme, whom were given free startup capital of N50, 000 each, to reciprocate the gesture by training and employing other unemployed youths in their respective localities after setting up their business.

Bauchi ASUP dispels rumours of pulling out of strike From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi


he Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Bauchi State Chapter has dispelled rumors that it has pulled out of the ongoing ASUP strike, describing it as false and mere speculation. The Chairman ASUP, Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Aliyu Abdullahi who stated this in an interview with news men at the weekend in Bauchi said that most of the polytechnics that were pulling out of the strike are owned by the state governments under

the leadership of unqualified rectors who intimidate their staff not to embark on strike. The chairman said that the union was not insensitive towards the plights of the students, adding that the struggle was in their interest and the entire polytechnic institutions across the country. According to him, “It is the sensitivity to the plights of the students that made ASUP to demand for the needs assessment, where the federal government will go to all the polytechnics and identify their peculiar needs so that the system will be sanitised.

“Apart from the issue of the needs assessments, it is also the sensitivity to the plights of the students that made the lecturers to demand for a polytechnic commission so that there will be a better policy formulation for effective running of the polytechnics”. He said, ASUP is not a strike monger union who capitalises at the slightest advantage to disrupt academic activities, stressing that the federal government lacks sincerity in honouring its part of the agreement it entered with the union since 2009.

“I can recall vividly that the last time ASUP embarked on strike is more than a decade and it does not mean that within the tens or more, there have not been problems within the sector, but we feel consultation is the way out”. He opined that ASUP can make the sacrifices of calling off the strike if the government was sincere with the union, “but unfortunately the government has not shown any tangible commitment to the sector and that made the situation to further deteriorate” he said.

L-R: Country Manager, Intel Corporation, Mr. Ekundare Olubunmi, Permanent Secretary, Akwa Ibom state Ministry of Science and Technology, Chief Clement Isok, (Lead Judge), Department of Production Engineering, University of Benin, Professor Chris Ovuworie, Head of Marketing, Interswitch, Enyioma Anaba, and Executive Director, Genius Ilumina, Dr. Jerry Orhue, during the closing ceremony of just concluded 2014 National Festival of School Science Fair, at the weekend in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.

BATCOSA urges govt to give education top priority, donates 4 computer sets to Unity College From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi


auchi Teachers College Old Students Association (BATCOSA) has, urged government at all level to give top priority to the education sector. The body gave this indication at the weekend while donating 4 computer sets as well as awards of money to most excellent performing students of Hassan Katsina Unity College

Bauchi. Speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of BATCOSA, Mallam Ali Umar Misau said “the association is committed towards the promotion of education in the state and to assist students with modern equipment”. The former educationist said it would be imperative for government to commit itself to the development of the sector so as to help the society positively. According to him, “we are in

a computer age and information technology, so we feel it is necessary to update the students of our former school with computers to enable them meet up, with the global society”. Misau stressed that it is part of their mandate as a pressure group to inform the government of any dilapidated structure and all necessary complained that would enhance learning process of students of the colleges.

Responding, the Principal of General Hassan Katsina Unity College Bauchi Mallam Abdullahi Ibrahim Hamza, commended the Old Students Association of the college for taking up the responsibility of giving the college a sense of belonging. Hamza pointed out that with the effort of the BATCOSA, the college had become the role model of every secondary school in the state.

Institute reintroduces HND, ND programmes in water resource, civil engineering


he National Water Resource Institute in Kaduna yesterday, said it had reintroduced Higher National Diploma (HND) and National Diploma (ND) programmes in water resource and civil engineering respectively. The Executive Director of the institute, Dr Olusanjo Bamgboye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that the

programmes were suspended in 2006 due to national reforms. ``It was the institution which wrote and asked for the suspension of the programmes due to national reforms. ``It happened at the time the Federal Government was doing a general reform in new technologies and our staff needed to upgrade themselves.’’ According to him, staff

of the institute have now upgraded themselves, hence the reintroduction of the programmes. ``The institute is coming back with a brand new project that is based on staff experience. ``The institute will also encourage polytechnics to run water resources engineering courses.’’ On construction of drains, he

said the institute was reviewing the code of practice for its design. He said ``the design for drains must have a slop and must be according to the hydrology condition of a particular environment. ``Each sub-basin must release a lot of water to the next sub-basin and accumulate it until it gets to the final outlet, which is the river.’’ (NAN)


PEOPLES DAILY,Monday, February 24, 2014

Wamakko’s Widow’s Mite To Kara Fire Victims And Artisans By Mohammed Mustapha

the execution of an array of projects aimed at further improving the living standard of the people. he most common definition of democracy globally There is little wonder or surprise here, as the people’s is that: It is the government of the people, by Governor is a holder of the traditional tittle of “Sarkin Yamman, the people and for the people. This is highly Sokoto.”. Sokoto was the seat of the historic Sokoto Caliphate, incontestable the world over. Indeed, democracy whose style of leadership had thrived successfully for over has now come to be widely accepted by all the protagonists two centuries ago. of good governance. The incumbent administration has continued to strive to Indeed, any doubting Thomases of this lofty system, provide all the needs of the people of the state, in line with across all the citizens of the world, are really castigated and the available resources which are being transparently and stigmatized. That is why other non-democratic systems of honestly managed. This is verifiable by anyone who harbours governments are now vehemently rejected by the people. any doubt. The import, or crux, of the above attempts to define Gov. Aliyu Wamakko has also maintained his posture of democracy and other attributes is to show the importance assisting all classes of people in the state, irrespective of of this noble system of governance the world over. Whereas any religious, political or ethnic backgrounds. This singular military coups were now old fashioned, democracy is the invaluable gesture has indeed impacted positively on the beautiful darling of all the people of the world. peace and unity of the state, which is reputed to be the most In fact, any other systems and military incursions peaceful in Nigeria. into democracy now attract instant world reaction to the Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko Sokoto has being a pace-setter in the scheme of things Executive Governor, Sokoto State advantages of democracy. Any nation that is not democratic in Nigeria and indeed Africa. The state is a haven of peace, is now regarded as a pariah nation. unity and socio-economic prosperity. This is why the state is In a democracy, the people, technically called “the electorate”, hold sway. currently a mini-Nigeria. The people who defy all odd conditions to surge to the polling stations to cast He has also continued to assist all sorts of people who are distressed or their votes are the real power owners. afflicted by some natural phenomena, like fire incidents. For instance, billions Such power is mandated to a few of the representatives in absolute trust. of naira had been expended by the state government to assist the 2010 flood The elected leaders are therefore holding such mandates in absolute trust. victims. They are supposed to be answerable to the electorate. The state government had constructed houses for the flood victims at Goronyo, Sabon-Garin Alu, Silame, and also at Tsaro, Gada. Millions of naira Consequently, all the three arms of the government, the Executive, the were also spent in the purchase of assorted relief materials to them, while cash Legislature and the Judiciary, including the fourth estate of the realm, the Media, donations were also made to them. are answerable to the people in an ideal democratic setting. The governor has also maintained similar gestures to the people of the state In the same vein, all the funds or revenues which accrues to the government who were befallen by such obnoxious calamities. He did the same for countless therein, is the sole property of the electorate as the leaders only hold them in number of people, individually and collectively. trust. This is so and it would continue to be so. In one of such commendable gestures, Governor Aliyu Magatakarda It is therefore pertinent to note that the electorate deserve the best and Wamakko, penultimate Thursday, donated a whopping one hundred million nothing but the best. This is within the realm of providing the basic social needs naira to the victims of the Kara market fire disaster, the devastating inferno was and services to the people (electorate). That is why annual budgets and rolling recorded at the market on February 5, 2014. plans are being used in this direction. Assorted properties, believed to be worth millions of naira, were lost to the In Nigeria, the nation joined her global democratic contemporaries in inferno. The governor announced the gesture when he received the victims 1999; this was after a myriad of forays of the military, Happily, democracy has at Government House, Sokoto, in his usual characteristic manner. He also continued to trudge on since then, in spite of all the hiccups. announced the donation of five lesser Hajj (Umrah) seats to the victims. In Sokoto state, it is the happy story that has been unfolding from 1999 to He stated that the gesture was not in any way a compensation, but an date. Democracy has been sustained, it has worked and it is continuing to work. assistance to help in alleviating their sufferings. To God be the glory. Alhamdulillah! Governor Wamakko said that only the Almighty God can compensate the Certainly, democracy has impacted on the lives of Nigerians in general, losses and psychological trauma caused by the fire incident. He counselled and in the lives of the people of Sokoto state, the seat of the legendary Sokoto them, urging that “you should also regard the incident as an inevitable act, Caliphate, in particular. This glaring fact is extremely tangible across the state. ordained by God. We are praying God to prevent the recurrence of the incident”. But there is no period in the history of the state and Nigeria, that democracy has The governor assured them none of the victims would lose his shop, even as immeasurably worked in Sokoto state than in the past seven years, under the he appealed to them to provide access roads while rebuilding their shops. This “peoples’ Governor”; the governor with listening ears, Dr. Aliyu Magatakarda gesture is indeed heartwarming to the victims and others alike. Wamakko, the Sarkin Yamman Sokoto. The leader of the delegation, Alhaji Abu Maibuhu, commended Wamakko There is little wonder therefore, when a visitor to the state sees Governor for the gesture. He assured that the money would be judiciously utilized and Wamakko being trailed and escorted by hordes of people of the state swarming equitably distributed to the victims, to alleviate their sufferings. around his motorcade anywhere he goes, across the state. This is in recognition In another development, the state government has donated N 150 million to of his unrivalled transformation of the state in all aspects of human endeavour. the members of three groups of artisans. Development governor Aliyu Wamakko In fact, such happy official and unofficial escorts are seen anywhere has approved the disbursement of 150 million grants to three artisans. These the ‘Saviour’ of the Sakkwatawas goes; from Balle to Kebbi, Sabon-Birni to three groups include those of leather-works, tannery and dyeing. Wamakko, Bunkari or Katami to Bafarawa, et al. The people always troop en According to Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, already, the state masse, in an exodus to anywhere the peoples- Governor visits. government has set up a high -powered inter-ministerial committee to equitably Indeed, Governor Wamakko has made sure that the gate to his house at disburse the grants to the beneficiaries. Gawon-Nama is opened to the public, 24/7. Same goes to the gate of the official Hundreds of people are going to benefit from this unparalleled gesture. seat of the government, Government House, Sokoto. This is an unparalleled This gesture will indeed help in bolstering the socio-economic development of gesture from a leader who sees and listens to the electorate, 24-hours, the state; similarly, hundreds of people will be directly and indirectly employed ceaselessly. courtesy of this gesture of the people-oriented Governor. Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko has also ensured that his Such support had hitherto been extended to various groups including farmers, administration initiates and successfully executes people-oriented policies and traders, artisans and others. This helps in reducing poverty and unemployment, policies. This is also being done logically, too. as well as facilitates peace and unity. The governor has maintained the principles of transparency, honesty, accountability and absolute piety, the fear of Allah. This is indeed translating in Mustapha wrote in from Off Kano road in Sokoto


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Healthy Living FG to sanction media organisations advertising un-registered medical products

Taking your child to a pediatrician increases flu risk – doctors are a health risk for children: Study


new study published in the March issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology shows that routine well-child visits to pediatricians actually increase a child’s chance for catching the flu within two weeks. This confirms what many parents have already discovered, that wellchild visits are counterproductive, and usually a primary method

of distributing vaccines. Renowned pediatrician Dr. Robert Mendelsohn wrote about this phenomenon years ago in his best-selling book, “How to Raise a Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor”. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Iowa, was based on a large data sampling of over 84,000 families.

They concluded that well-child doctor appointments for annual exams and vaccinations carry a risk that translates to more than 700,000 avoidable cases of flu-like illnesses each year. Dr. Lisa Saiman wrote in the commentary that the true effects are quite likely much larger, since the study only looked at actual records of visits to doctors or hospitals, and

therefore would not include those who got the flu but never went in for a doctor exam. So the well-child visit could easily be causing over 1 million cases of the flu each year. The only statement made by the lead author, Dr. Phil Polgreen, that seemed to have no corresponding data referenced, was this statement: “Well, child visits are critically important.”

By Abbas Aminu Bamalli


he Federal Government has vowed to sanction any media organisations that continue to advertise unregistered medical products, especially herbalists who continue to claim the discovery of HIV and AIDS cure. Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, who made this known in Abuja at the inauguration of the reconstituted Federal and states’ Task Forces on counterfeit, fake drugs and unwholesome processed foods, said the ministry will collaborate with the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), to close any Radio or Television that fail to stop. Prof. Chukwu further said that the availability of manufacturing equipment, bulk pharmaceutical ingredients, digital printing facilities and internet access to previously inaccessible global markets have all combined to make the trade in fake and counterfeit drugs a global and profitable phenomenon. “Counterfeit and fake drugs may end up on the shelves of local pharmacies and patients may unknowingly purchase a counterfeit from a legitimate retailers, or knowingly purchase at reduced prices through the black market”, he said. He therefore said it is in consideration of these factors and the need for greater national, regional and international cooperation to combat counterfeit medical products, the Federal Government decided to promulgate the counterfeit and fake drugs and unwholesome processed foods Act to deal with the issue in the country. In his remark, the Director General, National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration Control (NAFDAC), Dr. Paul Orhii identified counterfeit drugs as one of the factors responsible for treatment failures and development of drug resistance, saying the scenario has denied patients access to quality medicines and caused untimely death of many innocent citizens.

A child may catch flu in tow weeks after visit to doctor

Depression can lead to other health problems


medical Director in DutsenAlhaji, FCT, Dr. Sylvanus Abochol, has advised people to avoid being depressed, warning that depression could result in other health problems. Depression is a medical condition that causes persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest Abochol told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja that depression, if not addressed, could also lead to victims contemplating or committing suicide, adding that there are four types of depressions, namely atypical, psychotic, dysthymia and manic. “I just attended to one of the patients who happened to be suffering

from dysthymia depression. This particular one makes people to be feeling sad, blue or melancholic. It is a condition where people are not even aware of, but live with it daily”, he said. “They go through life feeling unimportant, dissatisfied, frightened and simply do not enjoy their life”, Dr. Abochol added. He said there was no sure way of preventing depression, but that steps should be taken to control stress, increase resilience and also boost self-esteem. “Medication is beneficial for this type of depression; treatment at the earliest sign of a problem can help prevent depression

from worsening. Also, long-term maintenance treatment may help prevent a relapse of depression symptoms’’, according to him. Abochol said symptoms of depression vary from adult to teenage, but the common signs included feelings of sadness or unhappiness, irritability or frustration even over small matters, loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities. According to him, depression can also reduce sex drive, cause insomnia, agitation, restlessness and changes in appetite, among others. “For example, pacing; handwringing or an inability to sit still;

irritability or angry outbursts, among others. Depression affects each person in different ways, so symptoms caused by depression varies from person to person”, Abochol said. “Inherited traits, age, gender and cultural background, all play a role in how depression may affect you,’’ he said. He advised that once one felt depressed, he or she should make an appointment to see a doctor, as soon as possible. “If you are reluctant to seek treatment, talk to a friend or loved one, a health care professional, a faith leader, or someone else you trust,’’ he further advised. (NAN)

Health benefit of coconut water


. Reduces high blood pressure - Coconut water is high in potassium and some studies have reported that low levels of potassium has been linked to high blood pressure. Therefore, drinking coconut water regularly can help in regulating blood pressure. Similar recent studies also have found that coconut water can help raise HDL (good) cholesterol, which makes it an excellent natural treatment for maintaining good cardiovascular health. 2. Strengthens the immune system - The lauric acid in Coconut water has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antiprotozoal properties, which help strengthen the body’s immune system against a variety of viruses and illness. 3. Keeps body hydrated - Since

coconut water is pack with all five of the same electrolytes that the body has, including potassium, magnesium, chloride, calcium and sodium. Altogether, play an important role in keeping the body hydrated during physical activities. Even the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have fought for a patent in 2000 to promote coconut water as the next big sports drink. 4. Helps lose weight - Coconut water is low in calories and 99% fatfree. A serving of coconut water has just 46 calories. So regular intake of coconut water can help shed unwanted pounds by increasing the metabolic rate. 5. Aids in digestion and metabolism Coconut water contains various bioactive enzymes such

as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase and RNA polymerases, which help to overcome the problem of digestion and metabolism. Drinking of coconut water on a regular basis has been shown effective in dealing abdomen discomfort. 6. Improves blood circulation Coconut water is also good source of fiber, vitamin C and protein which can help in improving blood circulation and heart rate. 7. Good for pregnant women Coconut water is an efficient natural remedy for pregnant women who suffer from acidity, constipation and heartburn problems. It is also helps boost the levels of amniotic fluid, which plays a vital role in the overall wellness of the baby. With such great benefits, it is no wonder

that coconut water is recommended for pregnant women. 8. Treats urinary infections Coconut water is a natural diuretic which helps prevent urinary tract infections (UTI) as well as relieve the kidney stones problem. 9. Promotes skin health - Coconut water acts as a light moisturizer which also decreases excessive oil on the skin. This proves to be beneficial for smoothing the skin as well. It can be used directly to a bath or mix with liquid shower gel. This natural water is also best for treating acne and blackheads as well. 10. Increases energy levels - The lauric acid in coconut water stimulates the production of thyroid hormones, thereby increasing your metabolic rate, which in turn increase your energy level.

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Healthy Living

Rotary releases $7.7m to fight polio in Nigeria By Abbas Aminu Bamalli


he continued fight to eliminate polio in Africa and Asia has received an additional 36 million dollars boost from Rotary in support of polio immunization activities and research, with Nigeria to receive 7.7 million dollars. A release issued by African Press Organization (APO), said the immunization and the research is to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative which aims to end the disabling viral disease worldwide by 2018. The release said the funding commitment comes at a critical time as the eradication initiative focuses on stopping polio in the three countries where the virus remains endemic, which include Nigeria Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to the release, stopping polio in those countries is crucial in order to halt the recent spate of outbreaks in countries where the disease had previously been beaten and where mass immunizations of children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradication is achieved. “The Rotary grants include 6.8 million dollars for Afghanistan, 7.7 million and 926,000 thousand dollars for Pakistan. Grant amounts are based on requests from eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, which work with the governments of polioaffected countries to plan and carry out immunization activities”, the release said. The release further said “UNICEF will use a grant of $2.73 million to bolster vaccination activities throughout the Horn of Africa as part of an on-going response to an outbreak that began in 2013 and has now infected more than 200 children. “The so-called “imported” cases are linked to the strain of polio endemic to Nigeria, underscoring the need to stop the virus in the endemic countries”, the released revealed.

PEOPLES DAILY, Monday, February 24, 2014

Juvenile arthritis: Patient seeks public’s assistance By Abbas Aminu Bamalli


22 year-old lady Hafsat Hassan, is suffering from a disease known as Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and seeks for assistance from the general public to undergo surgeries, estimated to cost about N7 million. Hafsat, who became orphaned at the age of four, developed the juvenile rheumatoid arthritis problem at the age of 12. The complications from Hafsat’s condition have led to stiffness of all her joints that she has not been able to walk for over 10 years now. According to doctors, her condition can only improve through surgeries in India, which includes a total knee and hip replacement. For your kind assistance, send your donations to this account, at Access Bank, Hafsat Hassan, 0065300886 or Great Heights Academy, Kado District Abuja, or you can call 08056883092 for more information on Hafsat’s condition.

Hafsat Hassan

Nigeria Turkish hospital assures of commitment to health-care delivery By Abbas Aminu Bamalli


s part of effort towards ensuring access to quality and affordable health-care services to Nigerians, Nigerian Turkish Nizamiye Hospital has been commissioned in Abuja to focus on ante-natal care that is faster and with an evidence base approach. Commissioning the hospital complex, President Jonathan said the establishment of the hospital demonstrate a concrete and commendable response to Government’s clarion call for enhanced private sector

participation in healthcare delivery in Nigeria, which is the bedrock of his Transformation Agenda. “If our citizens are not healthy, then the efforts and resources we have expended in transforming our country will be in futility. Therefore, investment of this nature deserves to be encouraged”, he said. According to him, “Private Sector initiatives, such as this hospital, will help Government’s efforts to halt the enormous capital flight arising from increased medical tourism, and the avoidable stress experienced by Nigerians on such missions”. The Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Mustafa Ahsen told newsmen

after the commissioning that the decision to establish a hospital in Nigeria is to strengthen the existing good relationship between Nigeria and Turkey. Dr. Mustafa also said the aim of the hospital is to be the most hospital trusted by patients for excellence, safety and quality service delivery in Nigeria, saying the hospital may later become a teaching hospital if approved for the Nigerian Turkish International College. The Medical Director said, “this year, we opened this hospital, so we start surgery, internal medicine specialty,

radiology, ENT, orthopedics, anesthesiology, pediatrician, gynecology, all apart from psychiatry, cardiology”. The Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mustafa Pulat said, “The establishment of the hospital in Nigeria is another token of our interest and determination to come to the country in the best way we can. Of course, it is our own investment in the human capital of Nigeria. He added that the outcome will be long-term, saying “we have to be patient; the outcomes will be strong and very beneficial for Nigeria and Turkey”.

Pregnant women should avoid Vitamin A – Physician


General Physician Dr. Adeolu Arikawe, has advised pregnant women to avoid the intake of Vitamin A, as it could cause abnormalities in babies. Arikawe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja that it was important to educate pregnant women about the effect of Vitamin A, in order to have healthy babies. “A pregnant woman should avoid the intake of Vitamin A in pregnancy as much as possible because it has been identified to be one of the causes of

abnormalities in some babies,” he said. He also explained that an expectant mother should be encouraged to take some multivitamins, to boost appetite and develop immunity, adding that folic acid is necessary for the development of the foetal nervous system, which starts forming very early in pregnancy. “It is important to start taking multivitamins before pregnancy to correct any form of deficiency,’’ he said. He also advised pregnant women to be taking blood building drugs

for blood production, noting that most pregnant women had low red blood cell concentration. Arikawe explained that low blood cell concentration could be harmful to the foetus, if below critical point, saying, there is no special diet for pregnant women, some food items have to be avoided. “For instance, there is risk of acquiring toxoplasmosis infection from raw or undercooked meat. Toxoplasmosis is a parasite that does significant damage to the feotus than it does to the mother”, Arikawe said.

WebMed, the on-line medical journal, describes toxoplasmosis as an infection caused by a parasite, called toxoplasmagondii, which can threaten the health of an unborn child. It says one can get the infection from handling soil or cat litter that contains cat faeces infected with the parasite. It added that one can also get it from eating undercooked meat from animals infected with the parasite, or from uncooked foods that have come in contact with contaminated meat. (NAN)


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Venezuela: Beyond the protests ANALYSIS

By Charles Onunaiju


ast week, the charge d, Affaires of the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr. Miguelangel Della Veccia addressed a press conference in Nigeria’s capital Abuja to explain the violent protest in his country in the past few weeks that started on the 12th of February as a purported students protest. However, at the heart of the protest is the long term ploy to destabilize the country and end its revolutionary process and this ultimately explain the interest of the international media dominated by the West, in over- magnify the crises and give it, a pro democracy slant The revolution that the contrived violent protest desperately seek to destroy is the Bolivarian Revolution, which began in 1998 when Hugo Chavez was first elected president and has subsequently transformed the mega oil producing nation into a sociallyfocused, progressive country with a grassroots government. Demonstrations taking place over the past few weeks in Venezuela are attempts to undermine and destroy that transformation in order to return power to the hands of the elite who ruled the nation previously for over 40 years. Those protesting do not represent Venezuela’s vast working class majority that struggled to overcome the oppressive exclusion they were subjected to during administrations before Chavez. The youth taking to the streets in Caracas and other cities throughout the country, hiding their faces behind masks and balaclavas, destroying public buildings, vehicles, burning garbage, violently blocking transit and throwing rocks and molotov cocktails at security forces are being driven by extremist rightwing interests from Venezuela’s wealthiest sector. Led by hardline neoconservatives, Leopoldo Lopez, Henrique Capriles and Maria Corina Machado – who come from three of the wealthiest families in Venezuela, the 1% of the 1% - the protesters seek not to re-vindicate their basic fundamental rights, or gain access to free healthcare or education, all of which are guaranteed by the state, thanks to Chavez, but rather are attempting to spiral the country into a state of ungovernability that would justify an international intervention leading to regime change. Before Chavez was elected in 1998, Venezuela was in a very dark, difficult period with a dangerously eroded democracy. During the early 1990s, poverty swelled at around 80%, the economy was in a sinkhole, the nation’s vast middle class was disappearing with millions falling into economic despair, constitutional rights were suspended, a national curfew was imposed and corruption was rampant Hugo Chavez’s electoral victory in 1998 shattered the opulent banquet the Venezuelan elite had enjoyed for decades,

President Nicholas Maduro while they ran the country into the ground. He was elected precisely to break the hold on power those groups had harnessed for so many years, and Chavez’s promise was revolution – complete transformation of the economic, social and political system in the country. His electoral victories were solid, year after year, each time rising in popularity as more and more Venezuelans became motivated to participate in their governance and the construction of a new, inclusive, nation with social justice as its banner. Chavez’s election was a huge blow to Washington and the powerful interests in the United States that wanted control over Venezuela’s oil reserves – the largest on the planet. In April 2002, the Bush administration backed a coup d’etat to overthrow Chavez, led by the very same elite that had been in power before. The coup involved mass marches in the streets of Caracas, composed of the wealthy and middle classes, calling for Chavez’s ouster. Snipers were used to shoot on those in the marches, creating violence and chaos that was immediately blamed on Chavez. The majority who had voted for Chavez and had finally become protagonists in their own governance were determined to defend their democracy and took to the streets demanding return of their president. Forty-eight hours later, Chavez was rescued by millions of supporters and loyal armed forces. The coup was defeated and the revolution survived, but the

threats continued. A subsequent economic sabotage attempted to bring down the oil industry. 18,000 high level technical and managerial workers at the state-owned company, PDVSA, walked off the job, sabotaging equipment and causing nearly $20 billion in damages to the Venezuelan economy. After 64 days of strikes, barren supermarket shelves due to intentional hoarding to create panic, and a brutal media war in which every private station broadcast opposition propaganda 24/7, Venezuelans were fed up with the opposition. Chavez’s popularity soared. A year and a half later, when the opposition tried to oust him through a recall referendum, he won a 60-40 landslide victory. Leading efforts to overthrow Chavez were the very same three who call for their supporters to take to the streets to force current President Nicolas Maduro from power. Leopoldo Lopez and Henrique Capriles were both mayors of two of Caracas’ wealthiest municipalities during the 2002 coup – Chacao and Baruta, while Maria Corina Machado was a close ally of Pedro Carmona, the wealthy businessman who proclaimed himself dictator during Chavez’s brief ouster. Lopez and Machado signed the infamous “Carmona Decree” dissolving Venezuela’s democratic institutions, trashing the constitution. Both Capriles and Lopez were also responsible for persecuting and violently detaining members of Chavez’s government during the coup, including allowing

some of them to be publicly beaten, such as Ramon Rodriguez Chacin, former Minister of Interior in 2002. After President Chavez passed away in March 2013 following a brutal battle with cancer, the opposition saw an opportunity to snatch power back from his supporters. Elections were held on April 14, 2013 in an extremely tense and volatile environment. Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s chosen successor, ran against Henrique Capriles, who months earlier in October 2012 had lost the presidential election to Chavez by 11 points. This time, however, the results were much narrower with Maduro winning by a slim margin of just under 2 points. Capriles refused to accept the results and called his supporters to take to the streets in protest, to “get all their rage out”. During the two days after the elections, 11 government supporters were killed by Capriles’ followers. It was a bloodbath that received no attention in international media, the victims just weren’t glamorous enough, and were on the wrong side. As 2013 wore on, the economic crisis in the country intensified and the old strategy of hoarding products to provoke shortages and panic amongst the population was back again. Basic consumer products disappeared from the shelves – toilet paper, cooking oil, powdered milk, corn flour – staples needed for everyday life in Venezuela. Inflation began to rise and speculation, price hikes, were

Before Chavez was elected in 1998, Venezuela was in a very dark, difficult period with a dangerously eroded democracy.

rampant. While some of this was related to government controls on foreign currency exchange to prevent capital flight, a lot had to do with sabotage. A full economic war was underway against Maduro’s government. Problems persisted throughout the year and discontent grew. But as the electoral period came around again in December, for mayors from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) had sweeping victories. 242 out of 317 mayoralties were won by the PSUV, showing a solid majority of the country still supported the government’s party. Maduro called opposition governors and newly-elected mayors to a meeting at the presidential palace in late December in an attempt to dialogue and create a space to work together to improve the situation in country. The meeting was generously received by a majority of Venezuelans. Nevertheless, extremists, such as Machado and Lopez, saw the meeting as a threat to their goal of ousting Maduro well before his term ended in 2019. Once again they began to call for street protests and other actions against his government. During the celebration of National Youth Day on February 12, while thousands marched peacefully to commemorate the historic achievements of youth in the nation’s independence, another group sought a different agenda. Opposition youth, “students”, led an aggressive march calling for Maduro’s resignation that ended in a violent confrontation with authorities after the protestors destroyed building façades, including the Attorney General’s office, threw objects at police and national guard and used molotov cocktails to burn property and block transit. Venezuelans want peace in their country and a majority continue to support the current government. During the past decade in Venezuela, poverty has been reduced by over 50%, healthcare has become free and accessible to all, as has quality education from primary through graduate school. State subsidies provide affordable food and housing for those who need it, as well as job training programs and worker placement. Media outlets, especially community media, have expanded nationwide, giving more space for the expression of diverse voices. Internet access has increased significantly and the state also built hundreds of public info centers with free computer and Internet access throughout the country. Students are given free laptops and tablets to use for their studies. The government has raised minimum wage by 10-20% each year leading Venezuela to have one of the highest minimum wages in Latin America. Pensions are guaranteed after only 25 years of work and those who work in the informal economy are still guaranteed a pension from the state.


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International Mursi accused of leaking state secrets to Iran

ECOWAS humanitarian team ends mission in Mali By Edoamaowo Udeme


he ECOWAS Emergency Response Team (EERT) in Mali has successfully completed its three-month mission of providing social and humanitarian assistance to populations adversely affected by the country’s recent security and political crises. “Within three months, the EERT members have contributed significantly to the overall humanitarian assistance programme in Mali, in total synergy with the Government and partner organizations,” said the report of a just-ended post-deployment validation Workshop organized by the ECOWAS Commission in Bamako, the Malian capital for the 19-member team Addressing the meeting, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Social Affairs and Gender, Dr. FatimataDia Sow, said the achievement of the last three months represented “another milestone in the policy of mutual assistance and solidarity between our peoples.” Dr. Sow, who was performing her first official duty since assuming office a week ago along with six other new Commissioners, expressed gratitude to ECOWAS’ key partners in the humanitarian intervention efforts in Mali, namely, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). She also commended ECOWAS staff on the ground, the trainers and experts deployed in the field, particularly “those who gave the best of themselves,” and reaffirmed the organization’s commitment to continue to support Mali overcome the consequences of the crises. Apart from the adoption of a comprehensive report on the conduct of the humanitarian operation, as well as a summary of the constraints and recommendations for improvement on any future deployment, the Workshop, which was attended by the 19 EERT members, ECOWAS staff and representatives of partners, also featured the award of Certificates of Appreciation to some stakeholders, including the trainer/facilitator Mr. Alphonse Malanda, and the ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian Affairs, Dr. Daniel Eklu.

Mursi (L) hugs former Iran president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad


gyptian state prosecutors have accused ousted President Mohamed Mursi of leaking state secrets in a plot to destabilise Egypt. At the second hearing of his trial for espionage yesterday, Mursi, along with 35 others including leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, was accused of conspiring with foreign powers, Palestinian group Hamas and Iran. The toppled president and the

other suspects were said to have divulged “national defence secrets and providing Iranian Revolutionary Guards with security reports in order to destabilise the security and stability of the country,” during the case. The statement read in court did not identify the “foreign country.” Prosecutors said Mursi and the defendants carried out espionage activities on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas with an

aim to “perpetrate terror attacks in the country in order to spread chaos and topple the state” from 2005 to August 2013. Most of the defendants were also accused of moving armed groups in and out of Egypt in January 2011, in a bid to attack army and police installations and prisons to facilitate the escape of inmates. At yesterday’s hearing Mursi was kept in a soundproof glass cage,

designed to keep him and the other defendants from interrupting the proceedings. Defendants including the Brotherhood’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie, his deputy Khairat al-Shater and other Islamist leaders rejected the accusations against them. “Void, void,” they shouted when the judge asked them if they accepted the charges, the AFP news agency reported. If found guilty, the defendants could face the death penalty. On Saturday, Mursi called on his supporters to continue their “peaceful revolution”, during his trial. Egypt’s military-installed government has pursued a relentless campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates. Since his ouster in July, Mursi and the Brotherhood have repeatedly been accused of committing most of the violence during the antiMubarak uprising. Mursi is already on trial for the killing of protesters during his presidency and a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising that ousted his predecessor Hosni Mubarak. In December, the group was designated a terrorist organisation in a move that gave authorities greater freedom to crackdown on its activities. Egypt’s first democraticallyelected president, also faces trial for “insulting the judiciary”, with a date for that yet to be set.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe gets ‘royal throne’ for 90th birthday


imbabwe’s veteran President Robert Mugabe, who turned 90 as Africa’s oldest leader on Friday, received a 1.2-ton, treasure-studded, and animal skins-covered stone chair by his office and the cabinet as a birthday gift, state media reported yesterday. The “royal throne”, as Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation report terms it, was presented to Mugabe at an exclusive party organized by his staff in the State House Saturday when the nonagenarian leader returned from Singapore after successfully having cataract

removed from his left eye earlier this week. The throne, named Simbahwe in local Shona language, is carved in stone and coated in gold, diamonds and several animal skins. It took three local artists two years to make and they gave it to the President’s Office for free, the Herald newspaper quoted Chief Secretary to the Office of the President Misheck Sibanda as saying. Photos of Mugabe sitting on the throne, covered with noticeable leopard and crocodile skins, lion furs, and two huge claws, were splashed on the state media.

One of Africa’s most prominent anti-apartheid fighter, Mugabe has been the leader of Zimbabwe since independence from Britain


election, his office said on Saturday in comments carried by national television.

The president has informed the interior ministry of his intention to run in the April 17 poll and has collected appropriate documents, the television quoted Bouteflika’s office as saying. The electoral law requires candidates to gather at least 60,000 signatures from supporters across no fewer than 25 provinces by midnight on March 4, and the documents will be used to that end. Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Bouteflika made his decision in “response to the encouragement of citizens from all over the country.”

in 1980, and having ruled 34 years, he is Africa’s oldest leader and one of the continent’s longest reign president. Mugabe

Algeria’s Bouteflika to run for re-election lgerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will run for a fourth term in April’s


Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, has not made any public address since returning home from hospital, has only received a few foreign dignitaries and chaired just two cabinet meetings. The comments from his premier and ally Sellal were the clearest indication so far on his intentions before mid-April elections in the North African oil producer. Therehasbeengrowingspeculation in Algiers that the president, who has ruled the North African oil producer since 1999, will make an announcement on his future within days.


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Bomb kills two, wounds 22 in Thai capital …PM brands violence terrorism


bomb killed two people and wounded at least 22 in a busy shopping district of the Thai capital yesterday, hours after supporters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck

Shinawatra promised to get tough with demonstrators paralyzing parts of the city. But it was not immediately clear who was responsible. The bomb exploded near

one of the few large protest sites remaining, leaving a trail of blood and sandals on the streets of the popular Rachaprasong shopping area, much of it in front of a store selling tee-shirts emblazoned “Land of Smile”.

A man points at a shoe lying in a pool of blood following the blast

Three children suffered serious head injuries, Erawan Medical Center, which monitors hospitals, said. One died. “One boy who we understand was 12 years old has died from injuries sustained in the blast. Another child is undergoing an operation and a third child is still in the emergency room with us,” a nurse at Ramathibodi Hospital in central Bangkok, who declined to be identified, told Reuters. Erawan said a 40-year-old woman was also killed. In a statement on Facebook, Yingluck, who has not been seen in public for days, branded the violence terrorism. “I strongly condemn the use of violence in recent days ... since the lives of children were lost,” she said. “The violent incidents are terrorist acts for political gains without regard for human life.” The crisis pits mostly middleclass anti-government protesters from Bangkok and the south against supporters of Yingluck from the rural north and northeast of the country. Both sides have blamed the other for instigating violence. Armed provocateurs have a history of trying to stir tension in politically polarized Thailand and both protesters and the police have also blamed violence on shadowy third parties.

Afghan soldiers die as Taliban attack border with Pakistan


aliban fighters have killed at least 21 Afghan soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in Kunar province close to Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. At least one of the attackers was also killed and the Taliban told the BBC they had captured seven soldiers. Afghan President Hamid Karzai postponed a planned visit to Sri Lanka on Sunday because of the attack. The violence comes ahead of presidential elections that are due to be held next month. Karen Allen in Kabul says it is one of the deadliest Taliban attacks against the army in the past year. Gen Mohammad ZahirAzimi

said “hundreds” of insurgents had been involved in the attack, which took place in the remote Ghazi Abad district of eastern Kunar province early on Sunday. Heavy fighting is said to have continued for several hours. Kunar Governor Shuja UlMulk told the BBC it was possible that Taliban infiltrators in the army had helped organise the attack. Mr Karzai’s office said in a statement: “The Afghan president is saddened by this tragic incident, and therefore he postponed today’s official trip to Sri Lanka.” The government also confirmed that soldiers were missing, but put the number at six. Militants have escalated attacks

in recent months ahead of the withdrawal of foreign troops at the end of 2014. Casualties among Afghan troops have been rising significantly since

he UN Security Council has adopted a unanimous but non-binding resolution, calling for humanitarian aid convoys to be allowed access across war-torn Syria, but diplomats immediately voiced doubt about its effectiveness. Syria’s staunch ally Russia, with support from China, has blocked three previous resolutions aimed at pressuring the Damascus regime since the crisis began in March 2011, with an estimated half of all Syrians urgently awaiting immediate help. But Moscow and Beijing, two of the five permanent Security Council members, did not do so this time, sending a strong message to President Bashar al-Assad, whose

regime is accused of serious rights violations in attempting to hold on to power. The resolution does not threaten sanctions but it does express the council’s intention to take “further steps” if the resolution is not implemented. The government and rebels hold several areas in the country under siege, leaving tens of thousands of people suffering from lack of food and medicine. UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon welcomed the move, but said the resolution “should not have been necessary”. “Humanitarian assistance is not something to be negotiated; it is

something to be allowed by virtue of international law,” he said. “Profoundly shocking to me is that both sides are besieging civilians as a tactic of war. “Some 200,000 people are under siege in government-controlled areas - and 45,000 in oppositioncontrolled areas.” Ban added: “If this resolution is implemented quickly and in good faith, at least some of the suffering can be eased.” Speaking at the UN, Syrian Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said that the Syrian government had always welcomed efforts to improve the humanitarian situation in the country.

they took the lead in the war against the Taliban. Security has been stepped up across Afghanistan ahead of April’s elections.

Afghan soldiers

Asia & Middle East Pakistani jets pound fighter hideouts


akistani fighter jets have attacked suspected hideouts of fighters in tribal areas on the Afghanistan border, killing at least 18 people, officials said, the third in a series of air strikes since last week. Yesterday’s air strikes were the latest since peace negotiations with the Pakistani Taliban broke down last week, and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif authorised the army to launch raids against fighters in the volatile region. “Fighter jets pounded training facilities of the terrorists in Tirah Valley early on Sunday,” the Reuters news agency quoted one military official as saying. He said the destroyed facilities were used to train suicide bombers and make explosives. There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties. Despite the violence, both sides insist they are still open for negotiations. But last week, the Taliban told the government there was no chance of peace in the country unless Pakistan changed its political and legal system and officially embraced Islamic law. This year has been marked by a surge in violence across the country and Sharif is under intense pressure from hawks in the army to mount a tougher military response against the group. Speculation has been growing in past weeks that the army might be preparing for a big ground and air offensive against those fighters holed up in the North Waziristan region, but so far raids have been limited to short aerial operations. On Saturday, at least nine people were killed in helicopter gunship raids in the Hangu district, while on Thursday, at least 15 people died when fighter jets bombed the Mir Ali area of the tribal belt straddling the Afghan border.

UN unanimously adopts Syria aid resolution T

The United Nations Security Council votes on resolution on humanitarian aid for Syria at U.N. headquarters in New York


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International Europe and Americas US now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel- Report


he National Security Agency (NSA) has stepped up its surveillance of senior German government officials since being ordered by Barack Obama to halt its spying on Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bild am Sonntag paper reported yesterday. Revelations last year about mass U.S. surveillance in Germany, in particular of Merkel’s mobile phone, shocked Germans and sparked the most serious dispute between the transatlantic allies in a decade. Bild am Sonntag said its information stemmed from a high-ranking NSA employee in Germany and that those being spied on included Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a close confidant of Merkel. “We have had the order not to miss out on any information now that we are no longer able to monitor the chancellor’s communication directly,” it quoted the NSA employee as saying. A spokesman for the German Interior Ministry said it would not comment on the “allegations of unnamed individuals”. To calm the uproar over U.S. surveillance abroad, President Obama in January banned U.S. eavesdropping on the leaders of close friends and allies of Washington. Germans are especially sensitive about snooping due to their experiences in the Nazi era and in Communist East Germany, when the Stasi secret police built up a massive surveillance network. Berlin has been pushing, so far in vain, for a “no-spy” deal with Washington. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is due to visit the United States on Thursday but he has said he doubts such a deal would have much effect. Bild am Sonntag quoted a security adviser to Obama, Caitlin Hayden, as saying: “The United States has made clear it gathers intelligence in exactly the same way as any other states.” The mass-circulation paper said the NSA was monitoring 320 people in Germany most ly p ol it icians but also business leaders. Hayden said Washington did not spy on corporations in order to help U.S. firms gain competitive advantage.

Ukraine speaker given presidential powers following Yanukovych ouster


kraine’s parliament has voted to temporarily hand over the duties of president to the speaker of the assembly, Oleksander Turchinov, who told deputies to agree on the formation of a national unity government by tomorrow. “This is a priority task,” Turchinov said in parliament. He said discussions on the new government should begin immediately, one day after the chamber voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych and two days after an agreement was reached with Yanukovych on the need to form a national unity government. The legitimacy of yesterday’s vote is unclear. Yanukovych has said that a flurry of parliament decisions in recent days is illegal and that the parliament is now illegitimate. The Verhovna Rada voted overwhelmingly to temporarily hand the president’s powers to Turchinov, a close ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the president’s main foe. Parliament also voted to oust the foreign minister and was told by the country’s acting prosecutor that and order had been given to detain the former

…Tymoshenko distances self from PM seat

Turchinov speaks with opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk (L) during a parliament session yesterday

incomes minister and the former prosecutor-general. The whereabouts of Yanukovych remained unclear yesterday, a day after he left the capital and rival Tymoshenko was freed from prison and returned to Kiev to address a massive, adoring

crowd. Ukrainian news agencies, citing the deputy head of the State Border Service, reported that a chartered airplane with Yanukovych onboard was denied permission to take off from Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine

that is the president’s base of support. The center of Kiev, meanwhile, was calm yesterday, the Associated Press news agency reported, after a day that saw a stunning reversal of fortune in Ukraine’s political crisis.

as El Chapo or “Shorty”, has been captured in Mexico in what marks a major coup in a grisly fight

against drug gangs. After 13 years on the run, Guzman was captured early on Saturday morning in a hotel in Mazatlan, a resort city located on the Pacific coast state of Sinaloa, by US and Mexican law enforcement officials, The US had offered a $5m reward for information leading to the arrest of Guzman, who is accused of being behind much of the drug violence that has plagued Mexico for years. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement released by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) that the apprehension of Joaquin Guzman is a landmark achievement, and a victory for the citizens of both Mexico and the

United States. “Guzman was one of the world’s most wanted men and the alleged head of a drug-running empire that spans continents,” Holder said. “The criminal activity Guzman allegedly directed contributed to the death and destruction of millions of lives across the globe through drug addiction, violence, and corruption.” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said: “The operation led by the Mexican government overnight to capture Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman Loera is a significant victory and milestone in our common interest of combating drug trafficking, violence and illicit activity along

Mexico’s most wanted drug lord arrested


exico’s most wanted man, drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman, known

Guzman (C) is escorted by soldiers during a presentation at the Navy’s airstrip in Mexico City

Matteo Renzi sworn in as Italy’s new PM


new Italian government led by centre-left politician MatteoRenzi has been sworn in. Mr Renzi, 39, will be the youngest prime minister in the country’s history, and one of its least experienced. He rose to prominence as the mayor of Florence, but has never been elected to parliament or served in a national government. He has chosen a comparatively young cabinet team, about half of them women.

Alan Johnston in Rome says Mr Renzi will be judged on whether he can reinvigorate the eurozone’s third largest economy. Unemployment in Italy currently stands at a nearly 13% - and above 40% among the young. Mr Renzi has promised to overhaul the jobs market and the tax and education systems within four months, but our correspondent adds that he leads an awkward coalition that will not make his task easy.

Renzi (R) chats with Italy Present Giorgio Napolitano


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Strange World

Man’s stomach turns starchy, sugary foods into alcohol


4-year-old Matthew Hogg has a rare condition – autobrewery syndrome. Every time he eats starchy or sugary foods, his body converts the food into alcohol that is released into his blood stream. This alcohol is so strong that he ends up intoxicated without even touching a single drink. While this might sound like an alcoholic’s dream, for Matthew, it’s nothing short of a nightmare. He’s been suffering from the rare condition since primary school and his parents have spent their entire life savings of over $80,000 on diagnosing his illness. After seeing several specialists, the condition was finally identified when a test by Dr. Keith Eaton in London revealed high levels of ethanol in his blood and indicated bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine. It is this yeast overgrowth that converts his meals into alcohol. “I have experienced symptoms from birth and during my childhood there were countless times I suffered drunkenness without having consumed an alcoholic beverage,” said Matthew. “Every time I eat bread, potatoes or starchy rice I produce 100 percent proof drinking alcohol that travels around my body through my bloodstream – if I eat a portion of rice I would suffer a hangover equivalent of having glugged three bottles of red wine the night before.”

Matthew’s entire life has been affected by the auto-brewery syndrome. He tried working for a while after quitting school but the effort was just too much for him, with all the dizziness, nausea and aggressive behavior. He then lived off disability benefits that were granted to him after he developed irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and anxiety. “I lived on disability and family support from 1999 until 2008, when a website dedicated to information about poorly understood chronic illnesses that I set up – The Environmental Illness Resource – began to produce an adequate income through advertising,” he said. Unfortunately, that lasted only until 2012, and he’s now being supported by his parents and his girlfriend, Mandy. 26-year-old Mandy said that although she loves Matthew, the relationship isn’t always easy sailing. Since he switched to a controlled diet of meat, fish, vegetables and nuts, she needs to make sure there are no tempting snacks or banned foods around. Alcohol is a ‘big no’ in their house. “I watched other friends in their ‘normal’ relationships and did feel envious of what they had but this made me fight for Matthew and make him realize that his syndrome should not dictate his future happiness,” she said. “He would never control or tell me what to do but I don’t

want to sit and eat or have things in the house that would make him feel tempted or negative about the foods he has to stick to.” Mandy said that she enjoys living an active lifestyle but unfortunately, Matthew isn’t always able to participate and she ends up going out alone. In fact, his condition is so severe that none of the usual treatments have had any effect on him. He’s been on antifungal medications, probiotic supplements and selected nutritional supplements, but nothing has worked. “For many years I’ve eaten something close to a Stone Age diet, which is based on meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Despite this, the underlying cause of the condition has not been successfully treated, so I still suffer chronic symptoms, including fatigue, aches and pains, exercise and stress intolerance and cognitive dysfunction, just not the symptoms of an acute severe hangover.” “We now have no savings left and even if we did, are at a loss as to how to regain my health – the most precious gift a human being is endowed with,” said Matthew. “It’s a frightening amount of money we’ve spent and the fact that I have not been effectively treated as a result is a real kick in the teeth.” People’s reactions to Matthew’s auto-brewery syndrome are varied – stubborn disbelief to support

from those who understand. His advice for others with the same condition is simple: don’t ignore it. “There are effective treatments out there, especially if the condition is recognized early. I spent the first 10 years doing all of the wrong things as a teenager

and making the situation many times worse and more difficult to recover from.” “I hope my story helps people recognize this condition in them selves or their loved ones, and that they seek help and advice as soon as possible,” he said.


Artist uses ashes of the deceased to paint portraits


dam Brown, a Missouribased painter, is offering his clients a unique way to connect with their deceased loved ones. He mixes the ashes with paint pigments and

One of Adam’s ‘ashes’ portraits

uses them to create portraits of the dead, as a ‘lasting memory’. The 32-year-old artist said: “It hit me that having ashes in an urn on a fireplace would be a good way to remember that

someone died, but having them in a piece of art is a good way of remembering that someone lived.” For Brown to paint the portraits, his clients need to send him the cremated remains of

their loved ones. “Out of respect, I still wear gloves when handling the ashes,” said Brown “And whatever is left over, I am careful to return. I only need about four to six ounces, depending on the canvas. The ashes would go into the background.” He takes these ashes, which have the texture of sand, and mixes them with paints, craft glues and resins. Brown also incorporates the deceased’s favorite colors and personality into the artwork. He puts a written inscription at the back warning that the painting contains human remains. This is “in case it ever leaves the family and goes into auction, so people know what they’re buying.” Adam Brown said he got the idea for the paintings from an old TV show. “It was Ripley’s Believe It or Not – they did a story about a woman who did this with abstract art and it stuck in my head,” he said. He

was commissioned for his first painting by a friend who lost a loved one. About five months ago, Brown quit his regular job as an event planner. He is now focusing all his time on this ‘Art from Ashes’ project, at his studio in Grandview, outside Kansas city. He has tie-ups with funeral and retirement homes, and quickly converts ashes into portraits in time for a memorial service. The entire process takes him 48 hours to complete. Brown said that most people really appreciate the idea and his work, especially those who never considered this an option. “People that have the paintings love them; I’ve never had a bad response. It gives them that constant reminder of something they could look at, smile and say, ‘That person meant a lot to me.’” The paintings could cost anywhere between $300 and $700, depending on size and colors used.


Peoples Daily, monDAY, february 24, 2014


Taking a walk ‘makes your brain grow’ By Fiona Macrae


e know all about the upsides of fresh air and a bit of scenery – but according to a study, going for a walk could also make your brain grow. Researchers found that an energetic stroll three times a week increased the size of the hippocampus, the brain’s memory hub, which is one of the first areas to be destroyed by Alzheimer’s disease. They asked 120 men and women aged between 55 and 80 to go for a brisk 40-minute walk three times a week. Normally, the brain shrinks with age. But scans done after a year showed participants’ key regions – including the hippocampus – had grown by

up to 2 per cent, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference heard. Scientists explained that the growth took up to two years off the brain’s age – a change they said marked an ‘enormous’ improvement. However another group who had been asked to do a series of simple stretching exercises over the year saw the same brain regions shrink by around 1.5 per cent. Lead researcher Dr Kirk Erickson, from the University of Pittsburgh, said: ‘You don’t need highly vigorous physical activity to see these effects. This may sound like it is a modest amount but it’s like reversing the age clock by a couple of years.’ Dr Erickson explained that while exercise isn’t a magic bullet when it comes to fighting

Brainy idea: An energetic stroll increased the size of the hippocampus, the brain’s memory hub

By Emma Innes

Middle-aged spread is the bane of many men and women of a certain age. Now, scientists say they are a step closer to understanding why it occurs. They believe it may lie with one of two types of fat in the body that becomes ‘less active with age’. There is the more familiar white fat, which sits under the skin of the stomach and thighs and is the result of eating too much. Then there is brown fat - and its job is to generate heat. It does this by boosting the metabolism, so we start to use up the ‘bad’ white fat. It’s long been known that babies have brown fat around their shoulder blades to help them maintain their body temperature after birth. But until recently it was thought this good fat disappeared in infancy because it was no longer needed. It’s since been shown that brown fat persists into adulthood and that women have more brown fat than men. Now, in a new study, Japanese scientists have discovered that as people age, the thermogenic activity – or heat production - in their brown fat reduces.

dementia, it seems to be one of the best ways of keeping the mind sharp. He told the Chicago conference: ‘Most of the population is still very sedentary and it’s very difficult to get people up and moving. ‘We aren’t training older people to run marathons. We are getting them up and moving at a moderate exercise level several times a week and seeing enormous improvements over a period of several months.’ He added: ‘The brain remains modifiable well into late adulthood. Even though brain shrinkage and cognitive decline occurs, it doesn’t seem to be as inevitable as we once thought. ‘Physical activity seems to be one of the most positive approaches for affecting cognitive brain health and cognition in late adulthood and throughout lifespan.’ He went on to say that combining physical activity with mental exercise – such as solving puzzles – is also beneficial. And Elizabeth Stine-Morrow, professor of psychology from the University of Illinois, stressed that it is never too early to start doing mental or physical exercise. She said: ‘The earlier you change your everyday habits, the better off you are. But by the same token, it’s never too late.’ Dr Erickson said different types of exercise boost the brain in slightly different ways – the key is to find one you like. He said: ‘Most of the population is still very sedentary

Out in the countryside: Three walks a week could boost your brain

and it’s very difficult to get people up and moving but there are a few things that we have learned. ‘One thing is that you have to do something that you enjoy. ‘If you say that swimming is supposed to be a wonderful activity but I hate to swim, don’t try to force yourself to go to the pool every day because you are probably not going to be able to

Why we get fatter with age People find it harder to lose weight as they get older because their ‘good’ brown fat produces less heat meaning less ‘bad’ white fat is burned

This means it becomes less active and therefore burns less ‘bad’ white fat. A common complaint is that older people have to work twice as hard with their diets and exercise to get half of the results of younger people,’ said Dr Gerald Weissmann, Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal which published the study. ‘Now we have a much better idea why this is the case - our brown fat stops working as we age. ‘Unfortunately, until a way to turn it back on is developed, we’ll

have to be prepared to eat more salads and lean proteins, while logging more miles on the treadmill than our younger counterparts.’ In the latest study, the Japanese researchers also found a possible metabolic switch that could reactivate brown fat. This discovery could pave the way for the development of new treatments for obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers. Researchers at the University of Shizuoka, in Japan, made the

discoveries by studying two groups of mice.

maintain that. ‘Make sure you are doing something you feel enjoyable and that will help you maintain it. ‘If you have someone to exercise with, that might help you get out of bed in the morning or go out of the house and go and meet that person.’ Source: The first group had the plateletactivating factor receptors (PAFR) gene knocked out, making them become obese. The second group was normal. The researchers discovered that the PAFR-deficiency caused the brown fat to malfunction and this caused obesity as a result of reduced thermogenic activity. Many people worry about their middle-aged spread being unattractive, but it is also bad for health. Fat around the organs is linked to diabetes and heart disease while carrying a ‘pot belly’ increases the risk of heart problems. Just three or four inches around the abdomen can be an external sign of a build-up of fat in the arteries. It is thought that to maintain a steady weight, people over the

To maintain a steady weight, people over the age of 45 need to eat 200 less calories a day than younger people

Peoples Daily, Monday, February 24, 2014


Sanusi’s suspension, a minus for PDP, says rights activist From Matthew Aramunde, Lagos


agos lawyer and Civil Rights activists, Chief Gabriel Giwa-Amu, has condemned the suspension of the CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi stressing that the decision by President Goodluck Jonathan was a wrong step ahead of 2015 general elections. In his words “it is unfortunate that the PDP government has decided to dig its political grave. It is a political hara-kiri.” He added “It is indeed very sad that a man who ought to be commended for his style of leadership and rare helmsmanship at the CBN, is being tossed out like a bad coin in spite of his monumental contributions to the growth of this country and the rare ingenuity displayed by this banking icon at sanitatizing the erstwhile rotten banking institutions in Nigeria.” Speaking further, Amu noted that it appeared as if those who advise Mr. President are either economically dead to the nitty gritty of economical knowledge and also politically dead or that they are just being mischievous looking for the down fall of the

President. “This is the official announcement of the death of the PDP as a party” Giwa- Amu submits. In a related development the Chairman of Obolo Ofor branch of the Nigeria Bar Association in Anambra State, Barrister Gerald Aboyi who also doubles as the

Director Centre for Advancement of Democracies, Social Justice and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria, decried the impromptu decision of President Goodluck Jonathan to do away with the Governor of the Central Bank Sanusi Lamido Sanusi. In a telephone interview with

our correspondent, he submitted that the sudden sack of the CBN helmsman was a calamitous mistake most especially against the backdrop of the gale of revelations by Sanusi of the whereabouts of public funds alleged to have found their ways into privates’ vaults or misappropriated.

L-R: Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, PDP stalwart, Chief Cosmas Iwu, PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, Chief Mike Ahamba (SAN), and Senator Hope Uzodimma, during the PDP sensitisation rally, on Saturday in Owerri. Photo: NAN

4,000 youth decamp to APC in Ilorin East From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin


bout 4,142 youths from Ilorin East/South constituency in Kwara state have joined the All Progressive Congress(APC) from Democratic Progress Party(DPP). While addressing Journalists at the Ilofa Campiagn Hall of the late Dr Olusola Saraki family in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, at the weekend hosted Dr Bukola Saraki, former state Assembly candidate for Ilorin

South/ East constituency under the platform of Democratic People’s Party(DPP) in 2011 general elections , Ambassador Abdulfatai Yahaya Seriki, said they have decided to join the APC based on the quality leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki. He said his supporters who intended to come with him into the APC are spread across the 12 wards in Ilorin East and 11 wards in Ilorin South area of the state. Seriki said all of them have decided to move together with a view to

ensure better development of the state. “With the new trend of style of leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki in which younger generation are given opportunity to serve in various capacity, he has endeared himself to all the youths in the state. “This new development has never happened in the state in the past. As a young man who has experience in solid mineral business with interest in human empowerment, I want to share

the same style with the leader.” He added he had empowered about 2,000 people while about 800 have been employed in his solid minerals firm. The former DPP House of Representative candidate in 2011 said he has introduced a new programme which will empower more people in the state. He urged Kwara youth to support the development agenda of Dr Bukola Saraki for better development and prosperity in the state.

PDP inauguration: Jonathan, Mu’azu storm Kwara March 3 From Olanrewaju Lawal,Ilorin


resident Goodluck Jonathan and National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ahmed Mua-azu, are expected to visit Ilorin, Kwara State to receive some decampees to the party. The President is also expected to motivate the state executive members and stakeholders of PDP who remained in the party. The Chairman Caretaker Committee of the party in the state Hon Solomon Edoja confirmed this yesterday during a reception of decampees to PDP held in Ilorin. Edoja who sought the members cooperation during the visit of the party’s national leadership said good things are expected to happen in the state. The Chairman of the party promised some of his followers that the state executives would not disappoint them. “You are seeking for freedom, you shall get it. I want to use this opportunity to thank our leaders that make this event possible. We are landlord in Kwara state; we are the owner of Kwara and we shall take over the government house again,” he assured. The former Chairman of the PDP, Hon Tunde Sulyman in his reaction urged all the people of the state to vote out present administration in 2015. In his remarks, Alhaji Akeem Lawal, urged the people and members of the PDP to be united and defect APC in 2015. He warned against betrayal of the trust by people especially during election stressing that he was not pursuing personal ambition. Those at the reception include Sen Gbemisola Saraki, Hon Sulyman Makanjuola Ajadi,Dr Alimi Abdulrasak,Sen Simeon S Ajibolaa, Hon Bio Ibrahin, Dr Femi Ogunsola, Arc Lola Asiru,Prof Oba Shuiab Abdulraheem among others.

Kwara PDP group seeks party leaders’ unity From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin


he Kwara Unite for Liberation, a group of Personal Assistants to all Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) leaders in Kwara state, has urged all the caucus and sprinter groups to unite and deliver the state for the party in 2015. The group,while briefing newsmen at weekend after their weekly meeting in Ilorin,

disclosed that it has decided to come together to serve the people of the state and free them from bondage. Their spokesman, Comrade Adams Balogun Fulani, while speaking with Journalists said all the leaders of PDP in the state had directed their PAs to work with others for the progress of the party. “We come together to unite our PDP leaders and other groups

within the party. Our agenda is to free our people and create level ground for all and sundry in the state. “What we are saying here is that, we are tired of one man show, dominance of the state politics and economy”. Fulani, who said the group has reached out to the Caretaker Committee of PDP and other big wigs of party, said the stakeholders have endorsed the

group and motivated them to work harder for the party. While commending President Goodluck Jonathan for appointment of some Kwara State PDP members into various federal services, Adams said the action of Mr President would boost the morale of people of the state to work harder for the success of the party. He said the group was really pleased with appointment of

Prof Abdulraheem Oba Shuiab, Sen. Sulyman Ajadi, Dr Femi Ogunsola and others into various Federal Services. The group also welcome the son of late Governor Mohammed Lawal’s son , Akeem Lawal, Muhammed Dele Belgore, Sen Gbemisola Saraki and their supporters into PDP folds stressing that, with their defections, the chances of winning 2015 is brighter.

Peoples Daily, Monday, February 24, 2014



National Conference would be volatile, says Uranta INTERVIEW


ou were a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, how would you describe your experience vis-a-vis the desirability or otherwise of the conference? It was an enervative and very educative experience that every member of the committee gained during the exercise of consultations, which saw them moving round all the six geopolitical zones. During that period, we found out, among other things, that we didn’t know exactly how many ethic nationalities there are in Nigeria; that many people really thought that we were already conducting the National Conference per se. We also found out that there were expectations from government that were both unrealistic and not pragmatic and that there was an overwhelming desire, all through the nation, for us to come together as one people to speak. Even in places where there seemed, initially, to be apathy on the part of state governments or local governments not to participate, we realised that the people of these states and zones, and of Nigeria, had taken on the sovereignty that belongs to them and decided that they were going to decide whether they talk or not; what they would talk about; how they would talk about it; and how it would be reflected when it all comes out at the end of the day. But the committee almost ran into stormy waters in Edo State, with the altercation between the governor and Tony Nyiam, leading to hisresignation from the committee. Did that not create the fear that the conference itself could really be volatile? The conference will be volatile! The Yoruba say that brothers don’t go into a room to speak the truth to one another and come out smiling all the time. It will be volatile because we are going to speak the truth to one another, so we can resolve our differences, enhance our commonalities and build a truly united Nigeria premised on truth, equity and justice. But the incident in Benin was really less one of volatility, as much as one of intemperate reaction by both the governor and a member of our committee. The people of that zone had apparently taken a position that they really wanted to participate in the National

Mr. Tony I Uranta was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference. In this interview with Ayodele Samuel, he argues that the proposed national conference will be volatile but would put Nigeria on track and provide answers to many national questions. He however faults Chief Solomon Asemota over his self acclaimed minority report. Excerpts: Conference. The governor had already told us in private that he was opposed to the National Conference, and had been so opposed from the beginning of the concept itself in the 1980s. We did not expect him to come out and try to talk his people into accepting his position as the position of the state or the zone. And when the people started booing him and clamouring for him to leave the podium, we least expected a member of our team to join in with the people to heckle the governor, especially since our team’s mandate was not to talk, but to listen, record, and later offer advice. Do the final guidelines agree with the recommendations of the committee, especially concerning the ‘no-goarea’ and the fact that the final outcome of the confab will go through the National Assembly for it to be incorporated in the constitution? I will say about 95 per cent or more of the recommendations of the committee [the initial recommendations of the committee] were published later on and have been announced as the modalities. There were very few departures from the original recommendations. For example, we had initially said that delegates should be chosen through elections/adult suffrage, so that there will be transparency and the ability for everybody to participate fully. But when government got our report, it went through it, and realised that the Electoral Act does not allow INEC, which is the only body that is empowered to carry out elections, to conduct elections outside of the political elections that have been designated to it; and that for it to now process this election, there would have to be alterations to the Electoral Act. But we were not sure that the alterations could be carried out even in the next one year or two knowing how slow our National Assembly can be on matters of

certain national and critical issues. You know how long it took for the Freedom of Information Bill to get passed. A bill that was sent in 1999 only got passed in 2007. Apart from that, government now asked INEC to budget what it will cost and INEC budgeted N25 billion. Now, if people are complaining of N7 billion budgeted for this conference, can you imagine what they would have been saying if we were to have N32 billion? Therefore, government knew it was not a pragmatic decision to take. We were then invited back by the president, who was very unique in the way he went about dealing with both the committee and the report of the committee. Rather than setting up a White Paper Committee, he kept returning to us and saying to us, review your recommendations. We reviewed them and concluded that there shall be delegates nominated by the people, through stakeholder groups and interest groups of the people. So it will be a wholly people-driven conference. As to whether the outcomes of the conference will now return to the National Assembly for legislation; yes, every such outcomes have to end up in the National Assembly for legislation. What the people of Nigeria do want and what they are adamant about is that there must be a referendum. After the referendum, what they don’t want is for the conference’s outcome to be tinkered with by the National Assembly before it is passed into law as either the New Constitution, or as part of the 1999 Constitution undergoing review. Now, you will notice that I have made a distinction as to whether the constitution will be new or reviewed. This is because we recommended to the president that rather than getting involved with all the imbroglio of the politics should there be a referendum; should the National Assembly have dominance and so; we said, simply, he should let

Mr. Tony I. Uranta

the National Conference itself decide whether Nigerians want a referendum. Let the conference decide. When the referendum is decided, do they want the outcomes of the Conference and the referendum to become a brand new Constitution? Let the Conference decide. I am one person who wants a referendum. I am one person who wants a brand new Constitution. But, I love this idea of giving it over to the people, via the Conference, so nobody is imposing anything on the people of Nigeria. And when they decide, I want to see anybody, group of people or interest group that will stand up and say that what the people want is wrong, and that they are not going to give them what they want; and I want to see what will happen after that. Was Chief Solomon Asemota opposed to any aspect of the report that could have led to the controversy of whether or not there was a minority report? I think that is one of the tragedies of Nigeria’s reality at the moment. I have so much respect for Chief Asemota (SAN), and prior to our interactions on this committee, I held him in very high esteem, but so far as far as I am concerned, he let himself down. He let the peoples of my zone (South-South) and the people of Nigeria down. Of course, what Chief Asemota, as an extension of Professor Ben Nwabueze, a respected constitutional lawyer and elder statesman, was intent on doing was foisting upon Nigeria, and Nigerians, and the conference, a pre-decided agenda. Professor Nwabueze had stated at the Eminent Peoples Summit which I convened in January 2012 here in Lagos (when he walked out because the majority of the people present wanted a National Conference to debate any and every issue under the sun) that he wanted a National Conference to debate certain issues in draft Constitution which The Patriots had drawn up under the late Chief Rotimi Williams (and we are talking about ages ago!).

He urged that we don’t discuss anything else except that document and that he would then go about turning that document into a new constitution. You will agree with me that that proviso would be restricting and limiting Nigerians. There is nothing that stops us from discussing that document because it is a critical document; but we could not be limited by Chief Asemota, Professor Nwabueze and their co-travellers. As to whether there was a minority report, Chief Asemota was the chairman of the Committee’s Sub-Committee on Legal Processes which was to decide whether there should be a referendum; whether the outcome of the conference be subjected to the National Assembly; whether there should be a bill legislating the conference into being ab initio. It was this sub-committee, headed by him as the most senior lawyer on our committee, that came to the recommendations in our submitted report. We accepted the subcommittee’s recommendations hook, line and sinker! It was, therefore, disconcerting that at the point of our signing, Chief Asemota was nowhere to be found. For hours, we were calling, sending cars all around looking for him, only to find out that he was all the time in the parking lot sleeping right outside the committee’s meeting hall and that he wished, at that belated point, to take a position saying that he had a memo (because that is what we saw it as being!) to submit. He erroneously called it a minority report. That memo in fact had been submitted already by The Patriots both during our consultation trips, and by Professor Nwabueze privately to the chairman of the committee and to the president. So it has been incorporated into our report. There was nothing new in the memo and the president rightly said that the memo could not be called a minority report after Chief Asemota had gone into all the papers shouting, mendaciously, about the president having refused a minority report.

Peoples Daily, Monday, February 24, 2014


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Saminu Turaki launches Saminiya political movement in Jigawa From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse


ormer Jigawa Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki has launched a political movement in the state, tagged, ‘Saminya biyayya’ to usher in the next Governor by 2015. Launching the movement before a thunderous mammoth crowd that converged at the Bandawa farm in Kazaure local government area of the state, Turaki said, ‘Saminya biyayya’ is purely an association of his loyal friends. After the rally, Turaki told journalists at a press conference, that he had staged a comeback to take over the leadership of the people, both within and outside the state. Turaki explained, “it is wrong for some people to view the present Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido as the leader of the PDP in the state when over 80 percent of the cabinet are my associates”, he stated. “Ahmed, his deputy was my commissioner of Finance down to other political appointees that served under me and they still visit and consult with me every day”, he revealed Turaki, who refused to declare under which political party his movement is anchored, said however, it is immaterial but those that knew his antecedents know that he had won past elections either in ANPP or PDP due to his associations and not the platform of the political party he belongs and ‘Saminiya’ is being formed for that purpose, he said. Turaki said he did not stage the comeback to fight Governor Lamido, but that “political parties are mare platforms and the people believe in what we do, that’s the reason we kept winning elections while in ANPP, and even in the PDP”.

Trader accuses Onyeka Onwenu of harassment over shop space By Tobias Lengnan Dapam


n Abuja based trader, Mrs. Olajoke Adesipe, has accused the executive director of National Center for Women Development (NCWD), Madam Onyeka Onwenu, of harassment. Mrs. Adesipe claimed that the NCWD director, had ordered a Civil Defence officer attached to her and some private security guards to molest her over a shop where she has been using to sell her goods. The trader in a petition

issued at the weekend, alleged that Onwenu ordered and personally supervised security agents to molest her over a shop she is still a legal occupant, the external cornel B of Africa Peace Mission hall, at the women center until December, 2014, the same building she claimed Onwenu has interest. “Because earlier I was under constant pressure by Onwenu, for me to vacate the shop for her, I went with a vehicle and my workers to move my goods to a shop upstairs of Oyibo Odinamadu shopping complex

that was found to be a deceptive offer because it was a verbal promise. “So, I demanded for a written allocation letter which was not issued till now. In the process of waiting for allocation letter, I heard that Lady Onyeka Onwenu in the company of her security personnel forced opened my shop. I ran there and saw her supervising the business I started with hard-earned money when I was a Youth Corps member. I took my mobile phone to snap pictures of my goods and perpetrators of the dastardly act.

“When I left the shop, she ordered her security men and Civil Defence personal to beat me up. The officers descended on me, beat me and dragged me on the floor. In the process of the beating, they tore my cloth and bag. My jewelries were damaged while some were missing, including my Samsung Galaxy Note 3. When contacted on phone, spokesperson of the Women center, Mrs. Thomas, denied the allegation of molestation, saying such did not take place.

L-R: Minister of Works, Architect Mike Onolememen, his wife, Mrs. Bibian Onolememen, former Grand Knight, Abuja Sub- Council, Dr. Longinus Ofoegbu, Chaplain, Knight of Saint Mulumba, Abuja Sub- Council, Rev. Fr. Innocent Jooji, and Grand Knight of Saint Mulumba, Abuja Sub- Council, Dr. Frank Odafe, during the Knight Meritorious Service Award to the minister of works, at the weekend in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Presidential media chat takes place today


nother edition of the Presidential Media Chat will be broadcast live on the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN)

and the Voice of Nigeria (VON) at 7pm today, Monday, February 24, 2014. According to a State House Press Release issued to Peoples Daily and signed by Special Adviser to the President on

Media & Publicity, Mr. Reuben Abati, during the programme, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will, as usual, respond to questions from a panel of journalists and media executives on current national issues and

developments. “All other radio and television stations in the country are therefore urged to hook up to NTA and FRCN to relay the programme to their listeners and viewers”, the release said.

Sanusi’s suspension, unconstitutional - Saraki From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin


he former Governor of Kwara State, and Chairman, Senate Committee on Ecology and Environment, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said that the suspension of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam

Lamido Sanusi by President Goodluck Jonathan was unconstitutional. The immediate past Governor of Kwara State, who stated this while speaking with Journalists in Ilorin, opined, that President Jonathan, was ill-advised on the suspension of the Apex Bank Governor. He noted that, the Act that established the Apex

Bank made it mandatory for the President to revert to the Senate for confirmation and removal of the CBN governor. “Governance is a continuous process, if the tenure of the incumbent had not lapsed, how can we appoint another person to replace him? That is a total breach of the law. “With my knowledge of the CBN Act, and the relevant

section, which I have gone through, no part of that Act supports the action taken by the President. “And I think this kind of thing is not about Sanusi, it is even more about the new governor, who is coming in. Can that governor really say his tenure is five years?” Saraki, expressed disappointed over the

development saying it would have negative effects on the independence and autonomy of the CBN as, “The independence of the position of the governor of Central Bank is no longer there and there are investors outside the country, fund managers that will have about N20bn invested in this country who took those decisions based on the fact that the CBN is independent”.


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L-R: Former Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kure, who represented General Ibrahim Babangida, Mr. Chiakor Alfred, who represented Chief Arthur Eze as chief launcher, Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Niger state Deputy Governor, Hon. Ahmed Ibeto, and Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, during a book launch on Etsu Nupe, recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

L-R: Anambra state Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, President Goodluck Jonathan, and Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, during the president’s visit to the Obi, at the weekend, in Onitsha, Anambra state.

Violators of the end of the month sanitation exercise arraigned at the Sanitation Court, on Saturday in Sokoto. Photo: NAN

L-R: Former Head of State and Convener of Nigeria Prays, General Yakubu Gowon, and Gombe state Deputy Governor, Mr. Tha’anda Rubainu, during General Gowon’s visit to the state for the National Prayer Rally, on Saturday in Gombe. Photo: NAN

R-L: Nasarawa state Governor, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, presenting souvenir to Country Representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Mairo Mandara, during the latter’s visit to the governor, recently at the Government House, in Lafia.

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NFF warns Manu on new Flying Eagles players


he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has warned new Flying Eagles coach Manu Garba against limiting his team selection to his U17 World Cupwinning team. Manu was elevated alongside his assistant from the U17 team, Nduka Ugbade, to take charge of the country’s U20 team, the Flying Eagles. “Manu must not shut the door to other players,” warned NFF director of technical Emmanuel Ikpeme. “We have not said he should not invite some of his U17 players, but he must give other players a chance to fight for a shirt. “We have abundant talents in the country and I am sure there are some out there who can make the Flying Eagles team if given the opportunity.” The Flying Eagles will begin their campaign for the 2015 African Youth Championship to be hosted by Senegal in May. They are scheduled to face the winners of the clash between Kenya and Tanzania. Should they advance, they will then face the overall winners of the matches between Swaziland and Lesotho and Angola in August. Nigeria placed third at the 2013 AYC in Algeria to qualify for the U20 World Cup in Turkey, where they reached the Round of 16.

Oboabona scores second own goal


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Supreme Court FC beat Sokoto FC 2-0 Stories by Albert Akota


upreme Court FC of Abuja yesterday posted a superlative performance in its first home game in the Nigeria National League (NNL) to beat Sokoto FC 2-0. Two goals each from Ernest Governor in the 38 minutes of play and another from Peter Michael in 47 minutes to ensured Supreme

FC otherwise known as Apex Boys secure three points in an encounter decided at Old Parade Ground Garki, Abuja. Going into the crunchy tie under usual Abuja hot weather condition, Supreme had better possession of the ball on a lush natural turf with attendant chances before a corner awarded to the home team which was carefully delivered through a well calculated header from Ernest.

As the second half got underway, Supreme continued their dominance in the game before Michael hit the net three minutes to the blast of whistle. Speaking shortly after the match, Supreme Coach FC Coach Henry Haggai expressed satisfaction with the performance of his players but added “the players are coming up gradually with what I expect from them. I’m sure they will

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get better when they would have played more games. “By and large, they gave a good account of themselves though they couldn’t take advantage of several chances which would have seen us score more goals to cover up our previous match deficit. The Apex Boys will on Tuesday travel all the way to Bauchi to keep a date with Wikki Tourist in one of the NNL midweek matches.

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Handball veterans discover new players for national team, says Nwani NSCDC handball player reacting to tackling from Safety Babes player

By Albert Akota


he Head of the Technical Committee of the Mega Veterans Handball Championship, Nicholas Nwani has said that the just concluded National Senior Handball Championship would be used to build a formidable national team.

Nwani who disclosed this over the weekend in Abuja at the closing ceremony of the championship said that prospect players have been discovered for the national handball team. “They (handball officials) are there to select new players especially Kano and Lagos male teams and Edo and plateau

female. “By the time they pick from this championship and bring them together with the support of the Mega (Veterans) we will now have a formidable team for the country.” He said a new set of players was needed for the national handball team to replace

Hoodlums assault FCT FA chairman in Abuja


he chairman FCT Football Association Alhaji Musa Talle was over the weekend in Abuja assaulted by hoodlums at the Old Parade Ground Sports Complex. The FA Chairman was a guest at the Nigeria National League (NNL) Week Two match between TEAP FC of Abuja and Mighty Jets of Jos. The Secretary, Organising and Disciplinary Committee, FCT FA, Mr Mansur Abdullahi, said that the hoodlums, who were supporters of the Mighty Jets of Jos, allegedly attacked the FA chairman during the game. “Before the start of the match, we pleaded with the supporters of Mighty Jets to leave Pavillion ‘D’ and go to Pavillion ‘C’ which was

designated for fans of the away team. “However, while a few left, some others refused to heed our call and began to cause trouble. “At half time, while our chairman was trying to calm the situation down, these thugs attacked and beat him, tearing his clothes in the process,’’ he said. Abdullahi said he could not explain the fans action, adding, “there was no incidence of the referee disallowing a goal or anything of such that warranted their action. “We do not see any reason why thugs will come here and start to attack our FA Chairman. “This is the third time now that the supporters from Jos would be engaged in this kind of

Talle behaviour. “Last season, they attacked match officials breaking our windows and destroying our dressing rooms in the process,’’ he said.

the aging ones adding that a lot needed to be done to put handball in its rightful place. Nwani said that with the just concluded championships of handball, states that had sacked their handball players would call them back because activities were springing up to revive the game. According to him, if the youth

are engaged in sporting activities there will be a huge decline in criminal activities across the country. Peoples Daily Sports reports that the Mega National Senior Handball Championship holds at the Abuja national stadium with 24 clubs cut across the country.

Oboabona scores second own goal


odfrey Oboabona scored a second own goal in Turkey as Bursaspor beat Rizespor 2-0 in a Turkish league game over the weekend. Oboabona turned the ball into his team’s own net in the 67th minute to give Bursaspor, who paraded Taye Taiwo, a 2-0 advantage. Bursaspor are eighth on the league table with 31 points from 22 games, while Rizespor are in relegation troubles, 16th on the table with 21 points from 22 games. This is the second time the former Sunshine stars Captain will score own goal for Rizespor, the first being the 80th winner in a 2-1 loss at Konyaspor on December 2. Oboabona was returning to the squad after he last played

on January 21 in a 3-1 loss at Genclerbirligi. He has played 11 league games this season.

Oboabona - Second own goal

Gaiya calls for national handball league


he Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports Godfrey Gaiya has called for the introduction of a national handball league to re-awaken the game. Gaiya made the call at a news conference at the first National Senior Handball Re-awakening Tournament which ended on Saturday at the National Stadium, Abuja. He said the introduction of the handball league would help young talents to play handball frequently to improve their skill and the standard of the game.

According to him, the national handball league will bring in private clubs to the game which will attract sponsors to identify with handball. “Handball is one of the fastest growing sports in Nigeria which can develop faster if a national league is introduced. “With this, league players will play games week-in weekout which will develop the game. “If a league is in place, the private sector will be able to sponsor the game and private clubs will also participate,’’ he

said. The chairman commended the Mega Veterans for organising such a high standard event, adding that other sports veterans should do the same. The lawmaker said that if veterans in other sports gave back to the society by sponsoring competitions, it would reduce the workload on the government. Mega Veterans comprises of retired national team coaches, players, ex-internationals and referees. The competition which started on Feb. 16, ended on Feb. 22



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Nigeria makes first appearance at ECOWAS youth football From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.


igeria will be making its first appearance at the ECOWAS youth football competition scheduled to take place at Lome the capital of Togo from 23-27 this weekend. Nigeria representative, Shettima united FC of Borno won the 3rd and best behave at the just concluded Ahmed Yusuf Fresh U -17 football competition organised by federation of youth soccer clubs FEYSOC. The team which will leave Nigeria on Saturday is expected to play two friendly matches in Kaduna before jetting out of the country to Lome this weekend. The executive secretary of FEYSOC Hon A S Luya who disclosed this to sports writers said arrangement have

been concluded to ensure a hitch free tournament by the Nigerian representative. According to him” Nigeria will join other team within the ECOWAS subregion to compete favourably for the cup in the football fiesta, though this is our first appearance but we shall do our best to bring back the cup”. He also said that Ahmed Yusuf Fresh a board member of Nigeria football Federation NFF through whom the U 17 tournament was organise in his honour has given the team representing the country its full backing and support. Hon Luya then solicits the support of Nigerians through all positive means to ensure the Nigeria team emerge the overall winner in football championship at Lome this weekend.

Norwich dents Spurs top-four hopes


obert Snodgrass scored his fifth goal of the season as Norwich moved away from the relegation zone and dented Tottenham’s top-four hopes. Scotland winger Snodgrass curled his low shot from 18 yards beyond Hugo Lloris after Bradley Johnson’s pass. Goalkeeper John Ruddy helped Norwich to victory, denying Emmaunel Adebayor and Nacer Chadli in the second half. Norwich came close to doubling their advantage when Johnson thundered a free-kick off the underside of the bar. It was Norwich’s second victory in 12 league games and a significant boost for manager Chris Hughton, who was under growing pressure following comments made by chief executive David McNally earlier in February. Nigeria makes first appearance at ECOWAS youth football


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oodbye Bafana, a feature film that was release in 2007, focuses on Mandela’s life. The film starred Dennis Haysbert as Mandela and chronicled Mandela’s relationship with prison guard James Gregory. • The Cosby Show Cliff and Claire Huxtable’s grandchildren were named Nelson and Winnie in honor of Mandela and his ex-wife Winnie. • Invictus, a film directed by Clint Eastwood, and featured Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Pienaar. • Sandton Square in Johannesburg was renamed Nelson Mandela Square in 2004. A 6-meter statue of Nelson Mandela was installed on the square in honor of Mandela. • A South African species of trapdoor spider was named Stasimopus mandelai in honor of Mandela in 2004. • A statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled at Parliament Square in London in August 2007. • Nelson Mandela has been married three times, has fathered six children, has twenty grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grandchildren. • His first marriage was to Evelyn Ntoko Mase but the couple broke up in 1957 after 13 years. • Mandela’s second marriage was to Winnie Madikizela, first black social worker of Johannesburg. They had two daughters. The union ended in a divorce in 1996. • Mandela’s third marriage was to Graca Machel in 1998. He was 80 year-old when she married Graca.



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was not allowed to attend the funeral. • Makgatho, his second son, died of AIDS at age 54 in 2005. Nelson Mandela’s two daughters to his first wife were both named Maki. • Mandela’s grandson Prince Cedza Dlamini (born 1976), educated in the United States, has followed his footsteps as an international advocate for human rights and humanitarian aid. • Nelson Mandela retired from Public life in June 1999. He currently resides in his birth place in Transkei. • During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Nelson Mandela made a rare public appearance during the closing ceremony and was warmly applauded.. A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away. Lima beans contain cyanide. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants. Watermelons are a popular gift to bring to a host in China or Japan. Draftsmen have to make 27,000 drawings for the manufacturing of a new car. An ostrich egg would take four hours to boil. The chemical name of caffeine is 1,3,7 trimethylantihine. The reason most mosquito bites itch is because mosquitos inject saliva into the persons skin before hey suck your blood. The saliva has an anti coagulant agent to stop clotting and hence is an irritant to the skin. Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his hat while playing baseball, and he used to change it every two innings.

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SPORTS The riots in Caracas and the USA latest

CAF, UEFA sign MOU on mutual support


he Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for mutual co-operation toward the development of football. A statement by CAF in Lagos on Friday said the MOU remains valid till July 31, 2016. It said CAF President, Issa Hayatou, and UEFA President, Michel Platini, signed the agreement on the development of football in Africa and Europe, on behalf of the two confederations. It added that the MOU was signed at the CAF headquarters in Cairo last week. The statement stated that the MOU was meant to strengthen cooperation between the two confederations and provide a framework for exchange and dialogue. “The agreement will be achieved through the sharing of information, experience and conducting joint technical development programmes in various fields. “Such as: Coaching, Refereeing, Youth football, Women’s football, Organisation of competitions, Administration, Marketing, Media and Social Responsibilities,” the statement noted. It quoted Hayatou as saying, “this agreement will benefit the National Associations affiliated to CAF and build their capacities in various sectors of football development. “CAF will be acting as an intermediary between UEFA and the National Associations, to ensure they get the expected benefits.” On his part, Platini said: “UEFA is very happy to partner CAF to exchange knowledge and share ideas to develop the game.

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arly in 1958, Richard Nixon, then the Vice president of the USA embarked on a whirlwind tour of Latin America. He started from Argentina, flew to Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Columbia. As the Vice President and his entourage winged on to Caracas, the last city of the tour, he was informed of plots to assassinate him there. The courageous man that he was until Watergate scandal castrated him, he went on with the tour regardless. As Richard and Pat Nixon stood at attention for the playing of the Venezuelan national anthem, during the arrival ceremonies, a mob on the observation desk unleashed a rain of spittle down on their heads. The dignitaries took to their heels, hastened to their limousines and locked their doors. The motorcades raced to safety. But not so fast! They were followed by cars that roared by their limousines, harassing the motorcade. As the harassed procession reached the city gates, a frenzied mob descended on them, hurling stones at the windows, shouting obscenities and spitting on the vehicles. There were also a chain of illegal road blocks, erected by the demonstrators that made movement impossible. Screaming rioters began kicking in the sides of the limousines, smashing at the windows with steel pipes and finally began to rock the cars back and forth. They were yelling ‘Muera Nixon’ - death to Nixon. There was danger in the air for the Vice President. Miraculously, the driver of the Press truck managed to open a wedge through the mob. Nixon’s chauffeur gunned his limousine through the opening and veered his car to the wrong side of the road and raced to the safety of the United States Embassy.

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Why did the second most powerful man on earth get so close to death in the hands of street mobs? The man himself observed in his memoirs that his life was at risk because his country the USA did not pay the right attention to its neighbours in the south. Amazingly, more than sixty years after that dangerous incidence, the attitude of the United States to its southern neighbours, the Latinos has not changed. Unfortunately, the policy of the United States to Latin America is not based on facts but fantasies. The fact is that Latin America is a land of stark contrasts, with roots that nurture revolution. The very name is controversial, reflecting as it does only the Spanish, Portuguese and French Conquerors from the Old World. It ignores the ancient civilisations of the Mayans of Yucatan or the Incans of the Andes, whose blood came to be mixed the white man’s to create millions of so called mestizos. The USA has always felt it has the God given rights to intimidate these people. Social and economic injustice have long been part of Latin American scene. But no leader ever emerged there around whom the people of the region could look up to for the dissent leadership from the status quo which the region needed to tackle. On January 1 1959, this paternalistic notion faced a serious challenge. Fidel Castro led a caravan across the Cuban

island to Havana. He received one of the most tumultuous reception ever recorded a hero in history. Castro overthrew the old wicked dictator, General Batista who fled to his sponsors in the USA. The Castro revolution was fundamentally anti American and it occurred at a time of growing anti Americanism throughout Latin America. He expropriated American property and his American denunciations became more frequent and vigorous. What caught the attention of Latin America and frightened the USA was Castro’s ability to defy the USA and get away with it. This background explains the hostility of the US to Castro, the uncountable attempts to assassinate him, crush his revolution and all those who go into alliance with him like Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Here is the story of a former army paratrooper who first came to prominence as a leader of a failed coup in 1992. He was caught and slammed into jail. Six years later, he caused a seismic shift in Venezuelan politics, riding a wave of popular outrage at the traditional political elite to win the presidency. But his victory in 1998 was shortlived. On April 11 2002, an American inspired coup ousted him from power and installed Pedro Carmona for 47 hours. He regained control in the wake of massive demonstrations of popular support that rendered the coup plotters impotent. Chavez has remained one of the most popular, visible, vocal, informed even if flamboyant leaders in Latin America. He never missed an opportunity to address the nation on the fundamental issues affecting his people. He once described oil executives as living in “luxury chalets where they perform orgies, drinking whisky”. He did not even spare the clergy and frequently clashed with church leaders, whom he

After decades of American domination in the Caribbean, several governments in the region have started to reject United States’ path of capitalism. The recent riots in Caracas must be seen in this light. With the death of Hugo Chavez, the USA wants to kill his revolution also.

accused of neglecting the poor, siding with the opposition, and defending the rich. He emerged from the 2002 coup attempt and became more strengthened two years later in a referendum which gave a pass mark to his leadership. He then went on to victory in the 2006 presidential election. Apart from his popular appeal, Mr Chavez’s government tackled substantial problems of his country by implementing a number of “missions” or social programmes, including housing, education and health services for all. But poverty and unemployment are still widespread, despite the country’s oil wealth. His socialist anti neoliberal stand since he came to power in 1999 adversely affected relations between the United States and Venezuela. Tensions between the countries increased after Venezuela accused the administration of George Bush of supporting the failed coup attempt in 2002 against Chavez. Venezuela broke off diplomatic relations with the U.S. in September 2008 in solidarity with Bolivia after a U.S. ambassador was accused of cooperating with violent anti-government groups in that country. They have been reestablished in June 2009. On the other hand, relations between Cuba and Venezuela have significantly improved under Chavez who formed a major alliance with Cuban president, Fidel Castro and established significant trade relationship with Cuba since his election in 1999. Venezuela under Chavez has become a strong ally of Cuba. Hugo Chávez has described Castro as his mentor and often called Cuba “a revolutionary democracy”. The bilateral relation includes development aid, joint business ventures, large financial transactions, exchange of energy resources and information technology, and cooperation in the fields of intelligence service and military. After decades of American domination in the Caribbean, several governments in the region have started to reject United States’ path of capitalism. The recent riots in Caracas must be seen in this light. With the death of Hugo Chavez, the USA wants to kill his revolution also. Unfortunately, who knows, the riots they started this year may end up like the type Richard Nixon faced in 1958 - against the USA.

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Monday 24th February, 2014  


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