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IPOB:Nnamdi Kanu's trial continues today As Beninese court decides on Igboho

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he trial of the self acclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, continues at the Federal high court Abuja, today, while the embattled Yoruba secessionist driver, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, will know his fate in Benin Republic, also today.

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The federal government is prosecuting Nnamdi Kanu on 11 count charge, bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods, among others. Kanu was also accused of instigating violence especially in the Southeastern Nigeria that resulted in the loss of lives and property of civilians, military, para military, police

forces. He was arraigned before the court, following his extradition to Nigeria by the federal government and was ordered to be remanded in the Department of State Service (DSS) facility, pending the determination of his trial. The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako gave the order after counsel to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Continued on page 5

Mining not responsible for banditry in Zamfara -Matawalle pAGE 5

S/Leonean envoy lauds Nigeria for $13bn spent to liberate her, Liberia pAGE 4

20m Nigerian youths to benefit as FG, UNICEF launch empowerment initiative pAGE 2

FG targets remote areas, extends NIN-SIM verification deadline pAGE 19

Sheikh Karibullah Nasiru Kabra the leader of Khadiriya in Africa and elder brother of Malam Abduljabar now standing trial on blasphemy (left), presenting a copy of the holy Qur’an to Governor Ganduje of Kano when he paid sallah visit to the Karibullah family. The Governor was supported by his Deputy Nasiru Gawuna (right) and the state APC chairman Abdullahi Abas (middle) in Kano at the weekend.

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20m Nigerian youths to benefit as FG, UNICEF launches empowerment initiative

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he Federal Government of Nigeria is set to partner with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to empower 20 million Nigerian youths by 2030. The initiative tagged: “Generation Unlimited” and is to be inaugurated on Monday in Abuja, is targeted at 20 million persons between the ages of 10 and 24 out of the nation’s 65 million young people. Peter Hawkins, the Country Representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. According to him, the initiative is also being replicated in many other countries with 1.8 billion young people targeted around the World. With specific reference to Nigeria, Hawkins said that the Generation Unlimited programmes were aimed at developing the capacity of young Nigerians to be better positioned as leaders of tomorrow. He said that if the youths were not equipped with the right skills, especially in view of the ongoing digitisation of the World, they would be unable to bring value to the future of

Nigeria. The UN representative added that such initiatives would also help in turning the youth away from drugs or crime. “Nigeria has 65 million people between the ages of 10 and 24, so young people of Nigeria are more importantly the future. That generation would shape the future of Nigeria. “What Generation Unlimited is trying to do is to first act as a platform between the government, the United Nations and the International Community and the private sector. “Out of the 65 million young people, Generation Unlimited is trying to help 20 million of those over the next 10 years to step over the generation that they are in to be able to meet their own ambitions and be valuable commodities in Nigeria. “What is going to define the future of any country, particularly Nigeria is the digital platform – access to data, access to digital information. “It is not only expanding the digital platform but expanding young people’s access to that platform. “There are initiatives like

School-2-School connectivity, looking at how we can bring digital learning into the schools, communities and ensure that young peoples’ skills around digital platforms come to the fore,” he said. He pointed out that other areas include education skills on the one hand and employability and entrepreneurship on the other hand. Hawkins said that UNICEF was particularly focused on connection between the skills and opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship, trying to develop the skills that jobs require. Hawkins added that the last part was engagement of the young people not only to understand what they want to do but also to create an environment where they are contributing to the future of this country as a voice. “Already, over the past year, we have been engaging with 450,000 young people through different initiatives around the country. “There is a massive prospect in this country to engage young people. So in summary, Generation Unlimited is trying

to help 20 million young people to achieve skills and jobs with digital platform being the main conduit for many of these jobs and skills. “On Monday, Nigeria’s Vice President will inaugurate the Generation Unlimited Nigeria, this is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate a vision for the young people of Nigeria and give them the opportunity to engage in what happens in Nigeria in the future. “There are many initiatives at the moment currently ongoing, especially around skills development, education a live skills learning. “What we are trying to do at Generation Unlimited is to allow the platform of all of these to go to scale, using different initiatives to trigger off other initiatives to reach the 20 million that we want to reach in the next 10 years,” he said. The UNICEF Representative listed some of its partners to include: GIZ, EU, USAID, Unilever, Microsoft, Tony Elumelu Foundation, and MasterCard, amomg others, adding that they were open for partnerships with institutions and the private sector. (NAN)

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Ag News Editor, Tobias Lengnam News Security, state of economy, democracy top COVID-19: UNICEF’s Rep., PDP Governors’ meeting today in Bauchi Hawkins tasks

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s the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, elected Governors meet in Bauchi today, issues of security, the general state of the Nigerian economy, the health of Nigeria’s democracy, including the Electoral Act Amendment and Constitution Alteration bills pending before the National Assembly have been lined up as part of the agenda for their discussion. The meeting holding under the aegis of PDP Governors’ Forum, (PDP-GF), according to statement yesterday by the Director-General of the Forum, Hon. CID Maduabum, will also interrogate the Federal Governments response to the unemployment situation pervading the country and profer workable solutions.

The PDP-GF meeting which will be presided over by its Chairman, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, will also receive reports of some of the committees working on various aspects of party repositioning including the E- Registration programme of the Party. Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohamed, the Bauchi State Governor is the Chief Host. The statement by Maduabum stressed further that the Governors will continue to benchmark and exchange information and ideas on best practices on various aspects of governance in their respective states. The PDP States and their Governors, the statement indicated, are currently the major beacons of light ,delivering substantial democracy benefits through projects and policies impacting on the

lives of Nigerians, within the limits of the general bad governance by APC led Federal Government. The statement by Maduabum reads, “the meeting will examine and deliberate on the current state of the nation, and the state of their respective States. “Issues of unemployment, the general parlous state of the Nigerian economy, the health of Nigeria’s democracy including the Electoral Act Amendment, Constitution Alteration bills pending before the National Assembly, will top discussions at the meeting. ‘The meeting will continue to interrogate the Federal Governments response to the insecurity still pervading the country and profer workable solutions. “The Governors will continue to benchmark and exchange information and ideas on best prac-

One of the released 28 students of Bethel Baptist High School, being backed as she reunites with her family at the school Premises, in kaduna on Sunday (25/7/21).

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tices on various aspects of governance in their respective states, as the PDP States and their Governors are currently the major beacons of light ,delivering substantial democracy benefits through projects and policies impacting on the lives of Nigerians, within the limits of the general bad governance by APC led Federal Government. “The Governors will also receive Reports of some of the Committee’s working on various aspects of party repositioning including the E- Registration programme of the Party. “His Excellency, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohamed, CON, Bauchi State Governor is the Chief Host, and will be presided over by Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, the Forum Chairman and attended by all PDP Governors”, it said.

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Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and his wife, Ibijoke, at Ward 019 Femi Okunnu/Lateef Jakande Avenue, Eti Osa Local Government during the Lagos State Local Government Election at Ikoyi in Lagos on Saturday (24/7/21).

3,657 students gets admission in Dutse varsity for 2020/2021 session

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o fewer than 3,657 students got admission in Federal University Dutse (FUD) as successful candidates

for the year 2020/2021 academic session. This was contained in a pres release signed by the Registrar, Malam Bukar Usman and issued to newsmen by the University

communication officer Malam Abdullahi Anako. According to the statement, management of Federal University Dutse released the first batch of admission of

successful candidates for the 2020/2021 academic session. The break down of the admission list shows that 3,234 were UTME candidates while 423 were DE candidates.

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he Chairman of the House of Representatives committee on army, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa) said it is high time Nigerians designated terrorists properly and stop identifying them with other nomenclatures. This was just as the former House Spokeman, Namdas observed that kidnapped, does not know nothing like APC or PDP, when carrying their victims, adding that the nation needs to unite and tackle the surfing insurgent with one voice. Namdas, who disclosed this in

Abuja at a two-day capacity building workshop on conflict reporting for journalists organised by the Konrad-Adenaeur Stiftung (KAS), a German foundation, in conjunction with the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) said if bandits could shoot down a fighter jet, they are more than bandits. He said it was worrying that the gunmen, who brought down the Alpha Jet last Sunday in Zamfara State, are still being referred to as bandits. The former House spokesman noted that journalists play critical roles in the fight against insecurity through ethical reportage and

pace setting, as agenda setters. “it is important that the right terms and terminologies are used when reporting or describing any act of terror, attacks or conflict to better inform the people. “If a bandit can graduate to bringing down a fighter jet and you still call him a bandit then there is a problem. “It is the responsibility of the media to report with the correct names because there is no religion, tribalism or party lines in any form of conflict,” he said. Namdas observed that when one is kidnapped, there is nothing like APC or PDP, so the nation needs to unite and tackle the surf-

ing insurgent with one voice. “The politicians should not be setting the pace, the media is supposed to set the pace. “As chairman, House committee on army, the challenges before us is very enormous in terms of security and all stakeholders must be on board because we cannot resolve insurgency, banditry with kids gloves. “We felt the need for a capacity building with the media because today if you look at some of the terminologies and cliché on who is a bandit, terrorist, cattle rustler, armed robber, you begin to wonder who is giving such names,” he said.

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edia organisations in Nigeria have been admonished to utilise their platforms in advancing the importance of COVID-19 vaccination to all parts of Nigeria. Mr Peter Hawkins, the Country Representative of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday that the role of the media was very important. Hawkins who visited NAN’s headquarters in Abuja to intimate the agency on the launch of an initiative for youths, said that it was imperative for people to understand the risks of not getting vaccinated. NAN reports that UNICEF is partnering with the Federal Government of Nigeria to inaugurate Generation Unlimited, an initiative which targets 20 million Nigerian youths for empowerment by 2030. Hawkins said that the people must be told that the risk of not getting vaccinated far outweighed any risk of complications from the vaccine. “The importance of what we are trying to do is to encourage all journalists to encourage people to take the vaccines. “The consequences of not taking the vaccines can outweigh any risk that might be associated with small or limited risk that might be associated with the vaccines. “We are encouraging the media to use their communication mechanism platforms to encourage people to take the vaccines, and it is critical to protect ourselves, families and our communities. “If we do not protect our communities, it will hit these communities in some stage if they are unvaccinated, so keep talking and encouraging people to take the vaccines,” he said. The UNICEF Representative commended Nigeria for its swift response to the pandemic and the effective utilisation of radio and other digital tools to disseminate information to its populace. He, however, stressed that the pandemic was not over and as such there was the need for all to continue to take preventive measures to curtail its spread. “It is advisable for people to continue to take the preventive measures of wearing mask, washing of hands and the social distancing. “This is so important that we continue to adhere to the instructions irrespective of what the situation is now. “On the COVID-19 vaccination, already, Nigeria has received four million vaccines and all of them have been used, 2.3 million have been vaccinated once and 1.4 million have received their second doses, and more vaccines are coming soon for them to finish their second doses . “Four million will come in over the next couple of weeks , 700, 000 will come in and they will start rolling in before the end of the year,” he said. (NAN)


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1.7m children living with HIV missed treatment in 2020 – Report

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he Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has said that almost half of the world’s 1.7 million children living with HIV did not get treatment in 2020. This is contained in the final report from the Start Free, Stay Free, AIDS Free initiative, UNAIDS and partners. In the report, UNAIDS warned that progress towards ending AIDS among children, adolescents and young women has stalled and none of the targets for 2020 were met. The UN agency said that the total number of children on treatment declined for the first time, inspite of the fact that nearly 800,000 children living with HIV were not currently on treatment. It also showed that opportunities to identify infants and young children living with HIV early were being missed because more than one third of children born to mothers living with HIV were not tested. The report noted that if untreated, around 50 per cent of children living with HIV would die before they reach their second birthday. Speaking on the report, Shannon Hader, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Programme, said it was unfortunate that inspite of early and dramatic progress recorded over the years, children were falling way behind adults. Hader said that over 20 years ago, initiatives for families and children to prevent vertical transmission and to eliminate children dying of AIDS truly kick-started what had now become the global AIDS response. “This stemmed from an unprecedented activation of all partners, yet, despite early and dramatic progress, despite more tools and knowledge than ever before, children are falling way behind adults and way behind our goals. “The inequalities are striking children are nearly 40 per cent less likely than adults to be on life-saving treatment (54 per cent of children versus 74 per cent of adults), and account for a disproportionate number of deaths, just 5 per cent of all people living with HIV are children, but children account for 15 per cent of all AIDS-related deaths. “This is about children’s right to health and healthy lives, their value in our societies. It’s time to reactivate on all fronts—we need the leadership, activism, and investments to do what’s right for kids,” she said. The report while highlighting major disparities between countries, revealed that 11 countries account for nearly 70 per cent of the missing children living with HIV but not on treatment. According to her, the 2020 targets were missed, the 21 focus countries in Africa made better progress than the non-focus countries. Hader said that there were major disparities between countries, and these countries still bear the highest burden of disease.

S/Leonean envoy lauds Nigeria for $13bn spent to liberate her, Liberia

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he High Commissioner of Sierra Leone to Nigeria, Dr. Solomon Gembeh has said that Nigeria spent over $13 billion on the liberation of his country and Liberia, saying that Sierra Leone will never forget the big brother role played by Nigeria in the wars that had engulfed the two countries. Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, on Sunday, Gembeh said that the role played and was still being played by Nigeria had outweighed the support it received from Western nations. He stressed that Nigeria’s help came out of goodwill, with nothing demanded in return, rather than a situation where such assistance was paid through the staking of national assets. “Nigeria spent about $13 billion in Sierra Leone and Liberia during the war years, what happened to those monies that you spent on us? You just shook hands with the government and walked away; that

is what brothers do. “What the west would have done, will be to ask us to pay that money in getting concessions, oil rights and all those kind of stuffs. “So, when you are talking about the help that the African Development Bank and all these institutions have done for Sierra Leone, you look at what Nigeria has done for us. You look at what the west claimed to have done for Sierra Leone over the years, I think Nigeria is a true big brother to us”, Gembeh said. The High Commissioner pointed out that beyond the huge amount spent, Nigeria had continued to render assistance to his nation in the area of education which, he noted, had experienced some decay along the way. He said that with Nigeria’s assistance and a focus by the current administration of President Julius Bio, education in his country was gradually being revamped. Gembeh said that funds

from Nigeria and the African Development Bank (AfDB) were effectively being utilised in educating its populace, especially the girl child. “We have a very dynamic, young minister of primary and secondary education in the person of Dr. Moinas, who is a product of MIT in the United States of America, action packed and ready to go. “He has been using those funds by putting emphasis on the girl child in particular, making sure that everywhere in the country there was primary education, of course it is free. “We provide what we enjoyed when we were in primary school, we enjoyed lunch served, you have free buses to take you to school, you eat there and there are teachers everywhere. “People are beginning to get computers, trying to get Internet services all over the schools, places that are hard to reach you make sure that they don’t walk so many

miles to go to school,” he said. He pointed out that when the war broke out in Sierra Leone, it created a situation for decay in education with a whole generation losing 10 years, but that the nation was now training a new generation and inculcating new values into them so that those values can take the nation to where it ought to be. “It is not going to be easy to see the end result of these educational interventions from these institutions and we are hopeful for the funds that Nigeria is still owing. “Nigeria granted some funds for us and those things are still in the pipeline, perhaps those are areas that we might want to revisit as time goes on. Either way, Nigeria is our big brother, you have helped us greatly, even in this course that I just presented a lecture, it is sponsored by Nigeria. “So, as far as the help that you guys have given us is incalculable, it is too much to quantify,” he said. (NAN)

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Continued from page 1 Shuaibu Labaran, told the court that the defendant (Kanu), who jumped bail, had been arrested and produced in court. The prosecution further asked the court for an order detaining the defendant at the DSS facility pending the hearing and determination of the matter. In her ruling, Justice Nyako, adjourned the matter until, Monday, July 26 for trial continuation. Meanwhile, a special counsel to Kanu, Aloy Ejimako, has hinted that there will be no trial for Kanu on the adjourned date. He maintained that the defense will push for trial within trial instead of trial on the substantive suit on terrorism and other related offences he is facing. According to him, what

Okowa deplores lawmakers’ rejection of e-transmission of election results

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IPOB: Nnamdi Kanu’s trial ontinues today •As Beninese court decides on Igboho happened to his client is extraordinary rendition which is a crime by the state. The trial judge revoked his bail that was granted him on health ground and issued a bench warrant for his arrest on the same date, over his failure to appear in court for hearing. The IPOB leader was alleged to have engaged in activities that incited violence against Nigeria and Nigerian State and

institutions. Meanwhile, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho is billed to face the Cour D’Appal De Cotonou today to decide whether he should be freed or not. According to Ibrahim Salami, one of the Benin Republic-based lawyers representing Mr Igboho who spoke in.an interview on BBC, Igboho has two more stages to undergo in his case. “The next phase is on Monday.

The first phase with the prosecutor has been concluded. “When we get to court on Monday, we will be facing the investigation judge, and after that, we will face the judge that will determine whether he should be sentenced or not.” he stated. On whether the process would end on Monday, the lawyer added, “Yes, it will end on Monday. Before the end of Monday, we will know if the Benin Republic government

wants to jail or release him. That will be clear on Monday.” Mr Sunday Igboho and his wife, Ropo, were arrested at the Benin airport by the Interpol on their way to Germany. His lawyer said that the agitator was stopped from travelling because his name was on watchlist for alleged trafficking in arms, inciting violence that could result in social disturbance and causing disunity in Nigeria.

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Former Solicitor-General of the Federation (SGF) and Permanent Secretary, Federation Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata (L), hands over to his successor, Umar Muhammed in Abuja, during a send-off party for the former SGF in Abuja. with them is the AttorneyGeneral of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. (R).

Konshisha/Oju Crisis: Igede coalition petitions UN, Amnesty International From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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coalition of Igede group have petitioned the Benue State Government to the United Nations, Amnesty International, Human Rights and other Humanitarian Organizations alleging neglect over incessant killings by Bonta people of Konshisha local government area on Ukpute people of Oju local government area. Addresssing newsmen at the weekend in Makurdi, Benue State capital, the coalition also demanded for an investigation into several killings, maiming and destruction of property in the area. They equally, appealed to Nigerians to come to the rescue of the internally Displaced

persons, IDPs camped in different locations within Igede land by providing shelter, food, health and other social and economic relief assistsnce. According to them, the current crisis started sometime in June 2020 till date with no end in sight, alluding that it was the reason for the killing of 11 soldiers and an officer by Bonta militias. “Shortly after the burial of the slain soldiers, Bonta militia resumed hostilities and continued with killing, maiming, looting and destruction of property belonging to the people of Ukpute of Igede in Oju local government council. “On Tuesday 20th July, 2021, the crisis took another dimension when the Bonta militia attacked a neutral Igede

speaking Community(Ochoro) in Konshisha local government area. That community existed from pre-colonial times and was part of Konshisha at creation in 1976. It has never been part of the crisis and the only known reason for the attack is ‘they speak Igede language. The community Chief Dennis Ijoko was gruesomely killed in his bathroom while several others were killed with some missing. “The attack on Ochoro community in Konshisha without prior provocation has confirmed our fears that this crisis may be the outplay of ethnic conspiracy and unrepentant resolve to drive our people out of Benue State. Our suspicion is further heightened by the behavior and attitudes of Governor Samuel Ortom”, they

lamented. The coalition which is made of nine different Igede groups decried that since the outbreak of the crisis, the Governor is yet to visit the scene for on-the-spot assessmemt, maintaining that he is in receipt of full brief in a letter dated 7th June, 2021 on the excesses and violent attacks on Ukpute by Bonta militias but has kept mute. “The Governor through his Deputy Benson Abounu has convened so many fruitless meetings between the warring communities without pragmatic commitment. Severally, the government has promised a workable boundary demarcation between these communities. Unfortunately, beyond words, nothing has been done”.

overnor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, yesterday decried National Assembly’s rejection of electronic-transmission of elections results through the votes of most members of both chambers of the parliament against that clause in the Electoral Act. Speaking when he received the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Pastor Monday Udoh-Tom and his management team on an advocacy visit on Continuous Voter Registration (CVR), Okowa said that the lawmakers’ action could be interpreted that there was a plan to rig elections. He, however, commended Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its efforts at ensuring the credibility of the electoral process and for declaring that it had capacity to transmit results electronically. The governor warned that rejection of electronic transmission of election results could deter the country’s effort at attracting Foreign Direct Investments. According to him, “we must truly appreciate INEC for the fact that on a daily basis they are thinking of the best ways to move our electoral system forward such that we are able to minimise all possibilities of fraud. “Once Nigerians trust our electoral process, many Nigerians will come out to register and vote during elections. We need to change the narrative of many Nigerians that whether they vote or not, results will still come out the way they want it. “I want to specially congratulate the INEC Chairman for coming out to insist that INEC has the capacity to truly transmit election results and I do not see any reason why any Nigerian would want to vote for nontransmission of election results.”

Senator Representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Oluremi Tinubu (M) with stakeholders and beneficiaries of the financial empowerment, during a presentation of wheel chairs to persons living with disabilities in Lagos on Sunday (25/7/21).

Mining not responsible for banditry in Zamfara -Matawalle From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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amfara State Governor, Muhammed Matawalle has debunked allegations that mining in the state was responsible for banditry and other security challenges in the state. He asserted while presenting a lead paper at the inauguration of the new Executives of Arewa Media Writers Association, held in Kaduna state yesterday. According to him, bandits activities in Shinkafi and Zurmi Local Government Areas remain the hotbed even when there were no mining activities in these local councils. The Governor who was represented by the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji, said rural banditry in Zamfara and other parts of the North, is a result of

the progressive degradation of moral standards and a culture of greed fed by an unfettered need for material goods. Speaking on the subject titled, “The Fight Against Banditry in Northwest Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions,” he said the banditry activities in the North are also as a result of age-long injustice and leadership failure. “It is evident, therefore, that we, the leaders, are responsible for the plight of the North. The North lacks responsible leadership to steer it through our time’s uncharted waters.” Matawalle said, his administration had put a lot of effort in place to rid the state of bandits. “When I took office on May 29th, 2019, Zamfara State had already been mired in a serious security crisis for over a decade,

marked by banditry, livestock rustling, kidnapping, and a host of other crimes. “On an almost daily basis, the State was in the news for bloodletting, fire, pillage, and significant displacement of people, particularly those living in rural areas. “The historical economic, social and cultural ties between the dominant communities of Fulani and Hausa were ruptured; farming activities across the State were halted, and commercial activities were crippled. “With poverty on the increase and food security seriously affected by the crisis, the State was on the verge of a catastrophic social eruption capable of destabilizing our communities and the northwest subregion. “It is evident, therefore, that

we, the leaders, are responsible for the plight of the North. The North lacks responsible leadership to steer it through our time’s uncharted waters. “Our ruling elite has no vision for the region beyond gaining political power. We have all seen how the elites in the Southeast and Southwest respond in unison to all matters concerning their regions’ development. “We have seen how they have a defined agenda and are relentless in their pursuit of regional development”, he said. The governor highlighted reluctance by the affected states to embrace peace dialogue, lack of support from a section of politicians that wish to take advantage of the situation to achieve political ends as top challenges slowing down his peace efforts in the region.


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Sensitization Muhuyi threatens legal action against medical of cholera doctor for issuing fake medical reports outbreak: T Yoruba leader lauds FCT minister From Kano

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he suspended Chairman, Kano State Public Complaints and Anticorruption Commission (PCACC), Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado, has given the medical Consultant attending to his ill health 24

hours to authenticate the medical documents given him and reply the Kano State House of Assembly or risk litigation. Recall that the Kano State House of Assembly had invited Rimingado to appear before its ad-hoc committee investigating a petition against him on Wednesday July 14, 2021, an invitation that he

did not attend on health ground by issuing medical reports from the National Hospital Abuja. However, the National Hospital yesterday wrote to the Kano State House of Assembly, saying the medical records Rimingado presented to the House were fake. But, in a swift reaction

yesterday, Rimingado issued the ultimatum in a letter addressed to Dr Bayo Ayodele, dated July 23, 2021, in which he stated that the medical Consultant would face prosecution for endangering his life, following a report from the hospital that the medical report he presented to the State House of Assembly, was fake.

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he Otunba of Yoruba community in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr. Wasiu Tunwase, has commended the minister of state for FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu for sensitizing the residents of Zuba community on the outbreak of cholera in the territory. Tunwase, who gave the commendation in an interview with Peoples Daily correspondent after the flag-off community unity sensitization activities on cholera pandemic in Zuba by the minister. He expressed joy the way the minister swung into action by sensitizing the citizens on the outbreak of cholera in the area. He therefore, advised the entire residents of Gwagwalada and its environs to always clean their environment for the protection of the disease. Otunba also appealed to the people of Gwagwalada to continue to live in peace with one another irrespective of their religious and political affiliations. In another development, Tunwase urged religious leaders to pray for the country as the Muslims are celebrating Sallah across the world, calling on the FCT residents to pray for the politicians as the 2022 Area Council elections are around the corner. He then advised the politicians against playing politics of bitterness, saying that politics is not a do-or-die affair. On his Sallah message, he tasked Muslims to continue to worship God, urging them to live in peace with one another. Speaking on the unity of the country, he said Nigeria remains one indivisible entity, charging the agitators of Biafra country/ Yoruba Nation to forget about it as the constitution was not amended yet. He called on Yoruba people and other ethnic groups to always speak with one voice for the overall development in the country, warning them to shun to tribalism. Commenting on Boko Haram insurgency, Otunba, said the terrorists are not Muslims as being alleged by some people, while describing Islam as a religion of peace.

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Blasphemy: Abduljabbar’s lawyers accuse Ganduje of interfering in their client’s case

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awyers standing for the controversial Kano cleric, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabara, have called on the Kano State Governor,

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Abdullahi Ganduje to desist from disturbing utterances against their client, describing it as prejudicial and a threat to the course of justice. Abduljabbar is standing trial at Kano High Shariah court on charges of blasphemy and incitement and had since been remanded at correctional centre.

Also, the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, when he paid a sallah homage on the leader of Qadiriyya sect in Africa, Sheikh Karibullah Nasiru Kabara, who is the elder brother to Abduljabbar, said the government would follow the case closely to its logical conclusion. However, Barrister Bakaro,

the head of the legal team representing Sheikh Abduljabbar in a Press Conference yesterday in Kano, accused Ganduje of interfering in the case by his utterances against their clients. Bakaro explained that there are pending cases before the State and Federal High Courts as well as the Upper Sharia Court that

should restrict the governor as the state’s Chief Executive from making utterances viewed as prejudicial and a threat to the course of justice as it relates to their client. He also lamented over the process of the arrest of the scholar as violating the legal procedure.

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L R: Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Former Solicitor General of the Federation (SGF) and Permanent Secretary, Federation Ministry of Justice, Mr Dayo Apata and his successor, Umat Mohammed, during a send-off party for the former SGF in Abuja.

NCPC boss urges pilgrims to demonstrate virtues of Christ in Holy land By Albert Akota

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he Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam has urged the Nigerian Pilgrims to demonstrate the virtues of Jesus Christ while in the Holy Land. The NCPC boss disclosed this on Sunday, the 25th July, 2021 in

Amman, Jordan while addressing the first batch of Pilgrims who arrived the Kingdom of Jordan yesterday to begin their Pilgrimage exercise. He commended the Jordanian government for the Presidential reception accorded the Nigerian delegation on arrival at the Queen Alia International Airport, Amman,

Jordan. Rev Pam expatiated that the recently introduced Pilgrimage to Jordan would help to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. He enjoined the Pilgrims to see their Pilgrimage to Jordan as a revival that would turn their spiritual life around.

He stressed that considering the importance the Commission attaches to prayer, it had reduced the number of daily visit to the Holy sites in order to give room for the Pilgrims to pray for themselves and for Nigeria. He urged them to cooperate with the Pilgrimage Leaders to ensure a hitch free Pilgrimage exercise.

COVID-19 safety measures pushing up schools overhead cost – NAPPS

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he National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) says the implementation of COVID-19 safety guidelines increased schools’ overhead cost in 2020/2021 session by an average of N3 million to N4 million. Mrs Ajoke Adeyemi, Chairman of its Amuwo Odofin Chapter, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos. Adeyemi, Proprietress of Foresight Schools, Festac Town said that school owners had to overhaul their facilities to meet

up with the COVID-19 prevention standards. She said that schools also had to pay for additional services like fumigation and acquire gadgets like touchless handwashing bowls, sanitiser dispensers, infrared thermometers, liquid soaps and buckets. “We had to expand classrooms to meet up with social distancing and with that came the need to employ more teachers. “More teachers meant more salaries to pay. The overhead is more than we used to have. “It has been so serious and,

averagely, I think a school will add between three million and four million naira to their overhead, on termly basis, at this particular time to meet up,” she said. The proprietress said that many parents’ finances were affected during the COVID-19 lockdown and some had not fully recovered, making it difficult for school fees to be paid when due. Adeyemi, however, said the schools in Amuwo Odofin were able to surmount the challenge with the support of a loan scheme offered to them by First Bank Plc. “It’s a stress-free loan that

they give us and we try not to abuse the privilege, especially with the branches in Festac Town. “They’ve been giving us loans at reduced rates under the First Education Scheme,”she said. She said that schools’ management had already started preparing for 2021/2022 academic session and would adhere to any further guidelines given to NAPPS. Adeyemi urged Nigerians to observe the COVID-19 safety protocols, especially in the face of the Delta variant and increase in new cases. (NAN)

he Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has urged his people at home and in the diaspora to be united wherever they may be sourjourning. Abubakar said this on Sunday in Bida during the turbaning ceremony of Wazirin Yaki Nupe, on retired AVM Mohammed Haruna and Dangata Nupe on Alhaji Musa Ladan. He urged his people to co-exist peacefully with their neighbours, saying that such act would attract progress to Nupe kingdom. The Royal Father, who is also the Chairman of Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, urged Nupe people to do everything possible to reposition Nupe kingdom on the path of progress. “I passionately appeal to wealthy sons of the emirate, especially those in the diaspora, to return home and establish industries to boost development in the emirate. “This will facilitate the socioeconomic development of the emirate and the nation at large,” he said. He noted that investing and establishing industries would help to reduce the rising unemployment rate and reduce poverty in the country. Abubakar restated that traditional institutions would always honour those who contributed to the development of the Kingdom, the state, country and humanity. “Those that are given traditional titles are people of proven integrity, who show concern to the development and socio-economic well being of the emirate,” he said. He said the honour was to encourage both low and high to live exemplary lives for the general good of the country. The traditional ruler commended his subjects for living in harmony with one another, adding that peace was a necessity for development. Responding, Ladan, who is the Director of Administration at Federal Medical Centre, Bida, promised not to fail Etsu Nupe, Bida Emirate and Niger State in the discharge of his duties. The recipients commended the Etsu Nupe for bestowing the honour on them saying that they would do everything possible for the development of the Nupe kingdom, Niger and Nigeria. (NAN)

L R: Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC) Rev. Yakubu Pam, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau Lalong and National President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev Samson Ayokunle, during the inaugural departure ceremony for 2021 Nigerian National intending Christian Pilgrims to Abuja before their final departure to Jordan in Jos yesterday.

FRSC retrieves 3 bodies after car plunges into river in Bauchi

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he Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi, says it has recovered three corpses from a river in Gadan Tilde, along Bauchi-Jos Road, in Toro Local Government Area of the state following an accident involving a commercial vehicle

on Friday. The Sector Commander, Mr Yusuf Abdullahi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Sunday that a search of the river was ongoing to ascertain the number of victims involved in the lone auto-crash.

He said the fatal accident occurred on Friday morning at about 1:00 am, after the driver of a green-coloured commercial Opel Vectra, with registration number JNN 348 NC, lost control and plunged into the river.

Abdullahi, who identified the driver of the vehicle as one Ahmad Ali, said: “We have not yet confirmed the total number of people involved. A search is still ongoing in the river and all the deceased have been buried.” (NAN)

FOMWAN expresses delight over rescuing 28 Bethel Baptist students

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he Federation of Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) Kaduna State

Chapter has expressed delight over the release of 28 kidnapped Students of Bethel Baptist school students, Kaduna. The State Amira FOMWAN,

Pharm. Aisha Isyaku Tukur stated this yesterday in a statement made available to Media in Kaduna. Pharm. Tukur said the rescue

is a welcome development. He appealed to the kidnappers to release the remaining students that are still in their den.


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Rivers LG boss promises to ensure power devolution

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r Erastus Awortu, Chairman, Andoni Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers, has promised to strengthen the democratic tenets of power devolution. Awortu made the assertion on Saturday in Port Harcourt while opening a two-day workshop for the newly-inaugurated councilors and support staff in Andoni LGA. He said his support for power devolution is because the success of every local government administration depends on the vibrancy of its legislative assembly. Speaking on the objective of the workshop, tagged `Strengthening the Legislative Institutional Framework for Effective Service Delivery in Andoni Local Government Area’’, Awortu said the workshop is to educate the local government legislators on their assigned roles as stipulated in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “As councilors, your role is basically to make bye-laws for the peace and good governance at the third tier of government. “It is my expectation therefore, that this training will educate you on the rudiments of legislative business and enlighten you on the relationship between the executive and the legislative arm,’’ he said. The council chairman also noted that when concluded, the training will equip the participants with requisite knowledge aimed at reducing friction within the various arms of local government administration. “The training is expected to enhance knowledge base for participants in line with legislative best practices, local government laws of the state and the 1999 Constitution as amended,’’ he added. Responding, Miss Sheila Jacob, the Leader of the House, expressed gratitude for the training opportunity, adding that it would further expose participants to legislative functions. Speaking on behalf of other members, she promised to take advantage of the training to improve on bills and related business in the Andoni LGA Assembly. (NAN)

28 kidnapped Bethel Baptist School students regains freedom From: Femi Kaduna

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wenty-eight more kidnapped students of Bethel Baptist High School in Kaduna state, have been released.

The Chairman, Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), Kaduna State Chapter Rev. John Joseph Hayab, confirmed this in Kaduna yesterday. The CAN Chairman said the freed 28 students would be reunited with their parents at

the school premises. He revealed that quite a number of the students before now escaped from the kidnapper’s den, while 80 are still in captivity. He added that they are hopeful that more would be

released soon and eventually all the students. Hayab thanked Nigerians for their prayers, moral and physical support, urging all to sustain the spirit till everyone in captivity regains their freedom.

children of the poor roam about in the streets. Audu, who made the appeal in an interview with Peoples Daily in Gwagwalada on Sunday, also charged the governors to repair the private and public owned companies in Kano state to arrest the problems of unemployment facing the youths in the North.

He further pleaded with the governors to place top priority on the welfare of the less privilege ones in the society across the nineteen northern states in the country. He said: “The nineteen northern governors should know that they were elected by their people. So they should consider the welfare of the electorates at all times”.

He explained that if the youths were provided with employment by the governors, the level of insecurity would be reduced drastically in the North and North-East. The retired army officer, however, called on the highly placed individuals to partner with the political office holders to provide jobs for the Northern Youths.

Ex-soldier urges northern governors to fix Kaduna textile industry By Usman Shuaibu

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retired soldier based in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Ali Audu, has appealed to the nineteen northern governors to repair the Kaduna Textile industry for the sake of creating jobs for the graduates and the

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By Folorunso Alagbede, Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has congratulated former President Goodluck Jonathan on his appointment as Chairman, International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP)-Africa. The party said this in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja. Former President Jonathan’s appointment as ISCP-Africa, an association of incumbent and former heads of state and their deputies, established in 2019 by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) which is an organization in general consultative status with the United Nations (UN), the PDP said, is in recognition of his leadership qualities as democrat as well as his resounding success in peace keeping efforts across the world. The statement said, ‘Our party is

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PDP congratulates Jonathan on appointment as ISCP-Africa Chair

assured that former President Jonathan, will deploy his wealth of experience strengthened by the democratic tenets and principles of our great party, in his new mandate of providing direction for the essentials of peace, security and development

in Africa” The party also congratulated former President Jonathan on his appointment as the Chancellor of Cavendish University, Uganda (CUU). “The PDP is elated that former President Jonathan is so

honoured to hold the position previously held by late President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia as well as late President Benjamin Mkapa of the Republic of Tanzania, because of his commitment to education and human capital development, in

line with the ideals of the PDP”, the statement said. It added, “Our party congratulates Dr. Jonathan and urged him to use the positions to further the advancement of peace and development in Africa and world at large”.

Kowa urges Nigerians to embrace positive, impactful living By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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Director General and Chief Executive officer the Small and Medium Enterprises Devlopement Agency of Nigeria, (SMEDAN) Dikko Umaru Radda PhD (right) ,paiying the traditional Sallah homage to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR at his Daura home , recently in Katsina State

Nasarawa Pilgrims to Jordan urged to be good Ambassadors From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia

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asarawa State Christians intending pilgrims to the Kingdom of Jordan have been enjoined to be good ambassadors of the state and the Nation

while in Jordan, by exhibiting good conduct throughout the spiritual exercise. Chairman of the Nasarawa State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board Very Fev. Markus Shammah gave the warning at the orientation of the intending pilgrims

held at the Abacha Youth Centre Lafia at the weekend. Rev. Shammah described Pilgrimage as a spiritual renewal, to serve God and pray for the unity, progress and development the country.

elta Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on Nigerians to dedicate themselves to lives of service to God and humanity in order to impact positively on society. He gave the charge at the funeral Mass of late member of Delta House of Assembly, Mr Kenneth Ogba, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Oleh, Isoko South Local Government Area of the state at the weekend. Okowa, who was in company of his Deputy, Kingsley Otuaro; Speaker, House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori and his wife, Tobore; Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Christopher Ochor, Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Chief Kingsley Esiso and other top government functionaries, said the late Ogba lived a life of great testimonies and impact. He condoled with the deceased’s family, the state legislature and the Isoko people, and urged the immediate family to keep looking up to God to renew their faith at this difficult time. “On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta, I again condole with the family of our late brother, Hon. Kenneth Edafe Ogba. “Our brother for whom we are here today was a member of the State’s House of Assembly and he related very well with his colleagues and made great impacts in his immediate community. “I didn’t know him too well before the election, but shortly after, I began to be very fond of him; unfortunately, the Lord took him and we cannot question God. “I urge you all to renew your faith in the Lord because no matter what we say as men, it is only God who can actually fill the gap,” he said.

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya ( 2nd left), Chairman Madugu Cement Factory, Mohammed Ibrahim Madugu (right) Project Manager, Sinoma International Engineering Company, Mr. Sun Yujin (Middle) and other officials of the Chinese firm during a courtesy visit to the Governor in Gombe at the weekend.

Niger Gov. hails Buhari over new NECO Registrar From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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iger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has applauded President Muhammad Buhari for approving the appointment of Prof. Dantani Ibrahim

Wushishi as the new Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO). In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary CPS, Mary Noel- Berje, the Governor congratulated Prof. Ibrahim Wushishi who is a son of the soil.

He, however, described the appointment as the right choice and highly merited. Governor Bello further described the new NECO Registrar as an outstanding and reputable academician who has achieved so much and made the state as well as the

country proud in the education sector. He expressed confidence that the new NECO boss will discharge his duties with diligence and high sense of patriotism which are his Hallmark in the long years of service in the academic circle.

Niger NYSC launches monthly sanitation From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has launched monthly environmental sanitation exercise across the 25 Local Government Areas of Niger state.

Bridg. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director General of NYSC, flagged off the monthly exercise tagged; “Clean environment/ Good hygiene: Panacea for good health and long life”, at the Emir Palace in Minna. Represented by Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi, NYSC Coordinator in Niger, explained

that environmental sanitation was one of the key requirements for prevention of diseases and their escalation. He said the exercise was to enlighten the general public especially the rural dwellers on the health risk of poor hygiene with focus on prevention of contamination of food, water

and the environment. In his remarks, Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umaru Bahago reresented by Mohammed Dankaka said that clean environment prevents transmission of diseases, adding that cleanness was one of the secret for people to live a long life.


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Anambra: PDP mobilizes Nigerians over seized case file

By Folorunso Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has passionately appealed to Nigerians to call out Justice O.A Nwabunike of the Anambra state High Court, for, again, refusing to release the case file as well as copies of his “perverted judgment” on the Sen. Ugochukwu Uba Vs PDP & Ors. The main opposition party made the appeal in a statement

…Says Court Judge cannot stop Ozigbo

yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja The PDP described as vexatious that, upon resumption of court activities yesterday, Justice Nwabunike, remained adamant in withholding the documents, all in his desperate bid to frustrate and distract the PDP and its candidate, in the Anambra state governorship election, Valentine

Ozigbo. The party asserted that the deviltries of the judge, in seizing the documents is aimed at frustrating the notices of appeal filed by the PDP and her candidate against his aberrant judgment, knowing that such black-market judgement cannot stand in appeal. The PDP, in it’s statement, said, “Our party cautions Justice Nwabunike not to continue to

test the will of the generality of the people of Anambra, whose mandate, being expressed in our candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, is being undermined, as such may trigger serious crisis in the state. “It is indeed indefensible, that a court judge is bent at causing crisis in Anambra state and we call on Nigerians and the people of Anambra to hold Justice Nwabunike

directly responsible should there be any breakdown of law and order in the state”, it said The PDP vowed that it will not be deterred or distracted by Justice Nwabunike and an individual, “who did not even participate in our primary as they cannot stop the people of Anambra state and our candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, from emerging victorious in the election”.

Group seeks end to banditry, kidnapping in Kaduna state

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group under the auspices of the National Council of Women Societies, (NCWS) Kaduna state, has expressed “shock and dismay” as well as a deep sense of sorrow over the recent Spike in banditry and kidnapping in some parts of Kaduna. The Kaduna state President of NCWS Barr. Zainab Hassan stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday. Barrister Zainab, said “as mothers, wives they are worried about the unabated activities of bandits and kidnappers despite the efforts put in by the State Government and security agencies.

Support less privileged, CAN urges 36 states, PLWDs to benefit from UNICEF’s Pastor, wealthy Nigerians Generation Unlimited project – Hawkins

Deputy Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejiocha (right), attending to some of the beneficiaries, during the 14th Annual Free Medical and Surgical Outreach, at Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, at the weekend.

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r Peter Hawkins, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative, says the 36 states in Nigeria and the FCT will benefit from its Generation Unlimited initiative. The initiative which he said is powered by UNICEF and the government of Nigeria would also target girls and persons living with disabilities. Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday, Hawkins said that 20 million people in all the states are expected to benefit from the initiative by 2030. He said that Gen Unlimited aims to connect the youth to entrepreneurship and

employment opportunities, thereby, supporting them to change the world for themselves and their communities. “Nigeria, being the largest African economy has one of the largest young population in the world, and youth unemployment at about 37 per cent, representing an extraordinary opportunity for development and growth. “It is in view of this that Generation Unlimited is embarking on a mission to reach 20 million youths in 10 years, with quality education, skills, training, employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities. “The initiative will target girls and adolescents from underserved communities, including those

living with disabilities in Africa’s largest economy,” he said. Hawkins explained that the programme had begun on a pilot scale with two states as the first beneficiaries. He added that six more states would follow across the geopolitical zones, after which the initiative would be replicated across other states in Nigeria. “The initiative is all about the states, so for the digital platform the two states that we focus on at the moment are Lagos and Kano, then we will expand to six states in each of the geo- political zones. “Then other states like Edo which is fertile for Generation Unlimited objectives.

“This can allow us bring in the platforms and the architecture of Generation Unlimited for young people to go through over the next 10 years of a process of educational skills development and entrepreneurship. “All 36 states would be involved in the initiative. This is not just for the federal level but we are trying to get to the people at the local level. “So that we can engage young people in the communities, local government areas, capitals and in the states to know the importance of Generation Unlimited.” According to him, that is why I talked about Lagos and Kano, but all the 36 States would be involved as we progress,” he said. (NAN)

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he Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State, Chapter, Rev Joseph Hayab, has urged pastors, the Christian faithful, and other citizens to support the less privileged, who are worst hit by the security and economic challenges bedeviling the country. He stated this in a statement made available to media in Kaduna yesterday. Hayab advised Christian clerics and privileged Nigerians to seek deliberate ways and things to do that would enliven the homes of those worst hit by current challenges.

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EDITORIAL

World Bank’s scarecrow

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he World Bank has just published “An important trend that is observed a sobering report about Nigeria. in the data is the rise in the number of The report “Of roads less travelled: refugees and asylum seekers from Nigeria. Assessing the potential for migration The share of refugees and asylum seekers to provide overseas jobs for Nigeria’s from Nigeria has increased drastically in youth” said the number of Nigerians the last decade, growing from 27,557 in active in the labour force fell by 20 2010 to 408,078 in 2019,” it said. million between 2018 and 2020. The bank noted that although the It said prior to “the significant drop” in active labour force recorded country seemed to be reaping dividends in that period, there was “considerable from the success of its citizens in the growth” in the working-age population diaspora, which contributed five per and the active labour force population cent of its Gross Domestic Product in from 2010. According to the report, 2019, “the narrative around international the country is going through one of its migration to the discourse on international “worst unemployment crises” in recent migration is worrisome.” It added, “What times. It said, “Between 2014 and 2020, is worrying, however, is the increase in the Nigeria’s working-age population grew number of forced and irregular migrants from 102 million to 122 million, growing from Nigeria.” While the fears expressed by the World at an average rate of approximately three per cent per year. Similarly, Nigeria’s Bank may be reasonable, it should be noted active labour force population, i.e., those that the world is increasingly becoming willing and able to work among the a global village where competent labour working-age population, grew from 73 is sourced and attracted across countries million in 2014 to z with scarce domestic of the world in line with the international employment opportunities, was creating practices of free trade and free movement high rates of unemployment, particularly of people with skills in specialized fields. for Nigeria’s youth. Sports, for instance, is It said due to the rate a case in point where of unemployment and athletes ply their trade other socio-economic without barrier of challenges facing Nigerians in the last 10 borders. years, there had been It is fair to state that a massive increase in the World Bank may It is fair to state that not be aware of the the number of citizens seeking asylum and the World Bank may Buhari administration’s refugee status in other creation strategies, not be aware of the job countries. The report including programmes said, “Combined with Buhari administration’s for the empowerment of significant demographic job creation strategies, traders, farmers, market changes and increased women and SMEs. This aspirations of the youth, including programmes may not have yielded Nigeria’s unemployment for the empowerment a perfect outcome and crisis is creating there could be room of traders, farmers, migratory pressure in the for improvement, market women economy. considering Nigeria’s “Unemployment is and SMEs. This may huge population of over considered to be a key not have yielded a 200 million people vis a driver of migration. vis decades of economic Consequently, multiple perfect outcome and downturn. surveys show that the there could be room The government’s number of Nigerians who aim is to “lift 100 million for improvement, are looking to migrate Nigerians out of poverty” internationally is high and considering Nigeria’s in 10 years. And it has increasing,” the report huge population of worked out strategies said. It added that the to make the vision number of international over 200 million people realisable. Of course, it vis a vis decades of will take time for them migrants from Nigeria had increased threefold economic downturn. to bear fruits. Yes, the government has only since 1990, from 446,806 two years to go before in 1990 to 1,438,331 in 2019. the next elections. But we must not However, it noted that notwithstanding forget that governance is a continuum. this trend, the share of international If the present APC administration does migrants in proportion to Nigeria’s not get reelected in 2023, its successor population had been “considerably should be able to sustain the gains of the constant”, with a slight increase from 0.5 former. This is how governance should per cent in 1990 to 0.7 per cent in 2019. work irrespective of party affiliation.

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Mystery shopping: The eye opener from Senate By Eze Jude Ogechukwu

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t was the 28th American president, Woodrow Wilson, who, having seen the rots in governmental hierarchies of his time, exclaimed: “A government which was designed for the people has got into the hands of the bosses and their employers, the special interests. An invisible empire has been set up above the forms of democracy.” This lesson-in-thought must have resonated in the minds of all lovers of this country on Wednesday 14th July, 2021 when the Senate Committee on Public Accounts released landmines contained in a report of 59 recommendations from its meticulous scrutiny of our public accounts, which was brought to the fore, at plenary of that day. The report was startling. It showed that “corruption” is still an ambiguous term in Nigeria. And thus, the fight against it has to be both stratified and categorized. Most of our key national revenue generation apparatchiks are, by the reckoning of that report, enmeshed in endemic corrupt practices capable of pegging the country in perpetual poverty if not fought with sincere arsenals of transparency, patriotism, and integrity in order to rebuild public trust on government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). The headlines of most media outfits on the outcome of the committee’s investigation report, read: “The Senate faulted NNPC over under-remittance of N3.8trn of crude oil sales.” It claimed that between January to December 2015 (i.e six years ago) this difference remained unremitted to government coffers, yet the country moved on. The fact that such huge amount could remain unaccounted for, calls for concerns. It points to a frightening possibility of thousand other undiscovered (or may be, never-to-be discovered) misappropriation of public funds and sundry looting, clandestinely ongoing in many MDAs of government. The upper chamber of our national parliament went further to indict the Nigeria ports authority (NPA), Federal in-land revenue service (FIRS), Federal Ministry of Youths & Sports and SMEDAN for varied degrees of unholy financial dealings shrouded in jeering mystery. But when one considers that plugging off these sorts of ignominy was the prima facie vocation of this regime, one will begin to shudder in utter dismay. From onset, President Buhari made it clear that he will double as Minister of petroleum. This means he will personally oversee the dealings of this most lucrative of all ministries where transparency had remained a strange visitor. He summarily raised our hopes that light has eventually dawned in the tunnels of NNPC. But six years down the line, the hen is at home to roost. Most national dailies were unanimous in their reportage of the red chamber’s plenary decision, exactly as we saw in the live coverage of the session thus: “On financial infractions by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Senate called for the sanction of the Permanent Secretary, in accordance with Rule 3129 of the Financial Regulations and Public Service Rules 030402 over the diversion of funds from the Capital Projects Funds for purchase of Sallah/Christians welfare package to staff of the Ministry. The upper chamber queried the sums of N46,645,000.00 and N56,418,135.00 for the printing of the Ministry’s letterheaded paper, and demanded that the sum be recovered and paid back to the treasury.” And just before you scan over the figures in jolted disbelief, recall that Edo Governor, Godwin Obaseki, leaked a ‘supposedly’ classified government information three months ago. He raised alarm that the federal government reported a blank page on its April/ May federal revenue allocation sheet; which allegedly forced CBN to print new currencies in the border N60bn to share to states. The war of words that transpired between, and

among the governor, Minister of Finance and CBN governor which trailed that incident of government information leakage didn’t bother many experts of economics, since the veracity of each of their respective claims can be proved in a matter of months, when its effect on the economy will be marginally felt by the citizenry. And today, we all are witnesses to the current unsettling extraterrestrial inflation ravaging the country -- a testimony that what was denied three months ago was true. But after that plenary in which impunity was laid bare by those allegations at the committee level, one will begin to see why the country has to face over 21% inflation rate. It also explained why inflation rate in food stuff subsector alone, according NBS 2021 second quarter report is well over 17%. Blueprint newspaper was amazed in its July 21 Business report that “staple food prices soar above the reach of average Nigerian” despite apex Bank’s intervention fund to rice farmers. Why won’t government report zero internal revenue generation in April when mismanagement of funds are allegedly entrenched in MDAs and major revenue generation organs of government. It also begs the question: how is Mr. President faring in his ‘other’ office as Minister of Petroleum Resources? Why have we not seen or heard of any intervention from his desk in these gray areas of allegations against NNPC? No punitive measures whatsoever had been served to the alleged erring departments or officers. While these and many more questions creeped up the mind, NNPC group managing director Mallam Mele Kyari, released a statement on 21st June, (exactly a week after the allegations) clearing the air. “The amount allegedly under-remitted is the applicable subsidy and unrealised revenue from petroleum products sales and other operational costs for the period.” read the statement. He said breakdown of the various components of the alleged under-remitted amount which it said were presented as claims and were duly validated by forensic auditors and the Auditor-General of the Federation were as follows: PPPRA Certified Subsidy (2012-Nov 2015), N2.44 trillion (N2,439,859,459,982.00); Validated & Approved NNPC Claims (20042009), N797.7 billion (N797,710,684,354.00); crude oil and products losses (2012-Nov 2015), N245.2 billion (N245,184,597,565.65); pipeline maintenance cost (2012-Nov 2015) N409.9 billion (409,985,574,539.86); totaling N3.89 trillion in operational expenses (N3,892,740,316,442.12). According to the corporation, “the root cause of the misunderstanding leading to the allegation is the non-incorporation of the above claims into the Accountant-General of the Federation’s report even though they had been validated by forensic auditors and the Auditor-General of the Federation.” This implicates another lacuna as to why haven’t the Ministry of Petroleum Resources inaugurated an interministerial and/or interagency committees to reconcile these yawning information gaps among Auditor General of the Federation’s office and Minstry of Finance/ Accountant General of the Federation’s office, and spare Nigerians these perennial scandals? However, while we await clarifying statements from the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, NPA, FIRS, SMEDAN and other agencies implicated in the indictments, it is fair to commmend the 9th Senate for peeling off the sticker label of “rubber-stamp” title sarcastically gummed to its leadrship, by the opposition party, to do a thorough oversight duty of checks and balances, on the executive arm of government and its agencies. May daylight spare us! Kind regards! Yours faithfully Eze Jude Ogechukwu ezejudeogechi@gmail.com


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Claims about Nigeria’s resource mismanagement: Fact or fiction? By Jerome-Mario Utomi

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ecently, I stumbled upon the speech by the renowned Nigerian Historian, Professor (Senator) Banji Akintoye, delivered at an event held in Lagos to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of Nigerian civil war. It reads in part; ‘It sounds absurd that instead of shared prosperity and national cohesion, oil has brought Nigeria conflict and poverty, inequality and oppression, dependency, recurrent economic recession, and environmental dilapidation. Noting that despite the abundance of oil and gas, hydro and energy resources, guarantees for the most part, Nigerians live in darkness, and businesses atrophy for lack of power supply’. For sure, while Professor Banji may have hinted on, and confirmed the socioeconomic concern that has been on the minds of Nigerians. More than anything else, he brought to our consciousness that Nigeria may afterwards be suffering from what development professionals refer to as ‘Resource Curse or Dutch Disease’. A developmental challenge which argues that natural resources of nations are fundamental and critical requirements in the creation of wealth but in most cases, the value of such natural endowment fails to significantly improve of nations as a result of leadership failures to employ efficient technical processes to convert some or all of the primary resources into industrial materials or industrial goods in ways that will add value to such primary materials for wealth creations. Still on ‘Resource Curse’, let’s turn our gaze to a comment by Terra Lawson-Remer, economist, environmental attorney, community

organizer, and educator, who served as Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration. She succulently captures it this way; among the many frustrations in development; perhaps none looms larger than the “resource curse.” Perversely, the worst development outcomes– measured in poverty, inequality, and deprivation–are often found in those countries with the greatest natural resource endowments. Rather than contributing to freedom, broadly shared growth, and social peace, rich deposits of oil and minerals have often brought tyranny, misery, and insecurity to these nations. Indeed, Terra Lawson-Remer made a whole lot of sense particularly as it affects Nigeria. However, recent facts by Mohammad Amin, a Senior Economist with the Enterprise Analysis Unit at the World Bank Group, in one of his writings points to the reality that there exists something more and deeply troubling about political and socio economic stagnation In Nigeria. Mohammad Amin, in that report suggests yet another more troubling explanation of the resource curse. He called it; the Nigerian Disease. That is, an abundance of natural resources leads to poorer governance and conflicts. It gives rise to governments that are less accountable to the people, have little incentive for institution-building, and fail to implement growth enhancing reforms. Higher corruption, more rent-seeking activity, greater civil conflict, and erosion of social capital are some of the outcomes associated with the Nigerian Disease (see, for example, While it is too early to draw any definitive conclusion on the relevance of the Nigerian Disease,

the early results do suggest a possible way out of the resource curse - greater emphasis on institution-building and government accountability, he concluded. Unambiguously, if there is any evidence that supports the claim that leadership challenge has become a Nigerian disease of the sort, it is a portion of Mr. President’s claim during the Democracy Day Broadcast. It reads; as your President I remain ever committed to upholding and defending Nigeria’s corporate existence. In adhering to the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy notably section 14(2)(b) I shall do all within my power to ensure that the Security and welfare of the people remain the primary purpose of government. The above claim is not only mind numbing but disturbing particularly as Nigeria, Nigerians and of course the global community are in agreement that Mr. President has failed woefully in securing lives and property in Nigeria which happens to be one of his key and constitutional responsibilities. Under his watch, Nigeria is filled with the paradoxes of want in the midst of plenty. Also as argued by Professor (Senator) Banji Akintoye in the above referenced speech, there are huge solid mineral deposits across the length and breadth of the country, yet Nigeria depends 95% on oil income for foreign exchange earnings. Every part of the country is blessed with immense agricultural potentials, yet the vast majority of our youths remain unemployed, while we spend billions annually importing food staples and industrial raw materials. We are quick to boast

of a huge population. It is true that one-in-every-four-black-persons in the world may be Nigerian, but a significant number are more of human liability than human resource. This is not the occasion or space to rehash the litany of Nigeria’s contradictions, a cursory study of the United Nations Human Development Index tells the pathetic story. Some International Agencies have gone so far as to declare Nigeria a ‘failed or failing state’ despite its unmatched potentialities. From this spiraling awareness, the question that is more important than the piece itself are; is Nigeria under mere Resource Curse? Or has the nation’s challenge finally graduated to Nigerian Disease? Will Nigeria remain an abandoned project having failed to attain its manifest destiny? Even with its endowed human and material resources? And after it has endured and survived an unjust, yet an avoidable civil war? How can we use strategic methods to set and re-establish Nigeria where each region or state operates in a symmetrical manner with no part of the amalgam claiming superiority over the other? How can the nation strengthen this arrangement which at independence in 1960, made Nigeria a federation, resting firmly on a tripod of three federating regions-Northern, Eastern and Western Regions, and each of the regions economically and politically viable to steer its own ship? How do we foster collaborative approaches that minimize resource use but improve the masses’ life chances? What can we do as a nation to bridge social and structural divides and build a ‘community’ where everyone is welcome and has a sense of belonging? And most importantly,

how can our leaders build a nation of equal citizens where opportunities are equal and personal contribution is recognized and rewarded on merit regardless of language, culture, religion or political affiliations? As the nation continues to brood over the above questions, the truth must be told to the effect that the current challenge was heightened by the nation’s refusal to learn from history which continues to teach humanity invaluable lessons about life. But instead, we choose to dig a shallow grave for it. And the nation is consequentially being haunted by the presence of its shadowy ghost. To move forward, the present administration must recognize that any personality who wants to grow in leadership must almost always scale and be open to learning. They must be molded by new experiences to improve their leadership. From the above demand flows another concern; how can leaders learn when they continuously mouth their determination to preserve the union called Nigeria, but the feudalistic and oligarch nature of their government promotes mindless exclusion, injustice and economic deprivation thereby doing the country more harm than good and quickening its disintegration? To truly build the nation of our dreams, we must learn as a nation how to promote stability and cohesion in society; and develop the culture of great reverence for education and knowledge. Utomi, is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Public Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via;jeromeutomi@yahoo.com

U.S. fooling itself on attempt to cover failure in response to COVID-19 By Zhong Sheng

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y changing evaluation indicators, American media recently ranked the U.S. first among 53 economies in the world for its return to normal life amid the pandemic in its “COVID Resilience Ranking”. Ironically, core indicators of the COVID-19 situation in the country, such as the daily numbers of newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, rebounded seriously. Increase in the number of COVID-19 infections is rising in all of its 50 states, while growth in vaccination rates has all but stalled. The contrast between the ridiculous COVID-19 resilience ranking and the harsh pandemic situation has revealed how anxious some people in the U.S. are to cover up the country’s failure in response to the pandemic, which is also the root cause of the attempt of some U.S. politicians to shift the blame for their own incompetence in fighting the pandemic to other countries by stigmatizing acts of other countries regarding the pandemic, attaching geographical labels to the virus, and politicizing COVID-19 origin tracing. However, no matter how certain U.S. politicians indulge themselves in wishful thinking, they can’t rid

themselves of the burden of social problems at home. The deep-seated social problems in the U.S. are unavoidable pitfalls in the country’s response to the COVID-19. Issues like racial divide, the gap between rich and poor, and social division are profound and important reasons behind the country’s failure to control the pandemic. The inaction and misconduct of some U.S. politicians, both in the past and today, have pandered to the country’s reality of social division and worsened the impacts of social division, dragging the country’s pandemic situation into a vicious cycle of “deterioration-alleviationrebounding”. In the U.S., where the society is deeply divided, fighting the COVID-19 through solidarity seems merely a slogan out of reach. “Nations, like individuals, reveal themselves at times of crisis,” wrote BBC’s New York correspondent Nick Bryant in an article published on the website of BBC. “Rather than a coming together, the crisis has demonstrated how for decades Americans have conducted a political version of social distancing,” the article said, going straight to the heart of the matter. In a poll carried out by NBC

News in April, 82 percent of the respondents said they believe the U.S. is divided and racial and political tensions are escalating in the country. Well-known American political scientist Francis Fukuyama pointed out that in the face of an unprecedented pandemic, Americans should have put aside differences and fight the crisis in solidarity, but overall, the COVID-19 has exacerbated political polarization in the U.S. In the U.S. society plagued by deep-rooted racial divide, the process of combating the COVID-19 tells more of a story about inequality. Compared with white Americans, people of the ethnic minority groups in the U.S. have faced much higher risks of infection, hospitalization and death, and yet shown far lower vaccination rates. According to data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June this year, Hispanic Americans are twice as likely as whites to be infected with the novel coronavirus, 2.8 times as likely to require hospitalization for the treatment of COVID-19, and 2.3 times as likely to die from the virus. As of May 12, 2021, the vaccination rate of white Americans was 66 percent higher than that of Latino Americans and 56 percent higher

than that of African Americans, as revealed by data from the CDC. The experience of being unfairly treated makes it hard for African Americans to trust medical institutions, said Samantha Artiga, member of U.S. health policy research institute Kaiser Family Foundation. “It’s a story of structural racism that has its origins over the past centuries,” David Asch, executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation, recently said after conducting studies of COVID-19 related racial differences. In the U.S., a country that faces widening gap between rich and poor, the amount of wealth determines individuals’ rights to life and health. A reality that many American families have to face is that they don’t dare to receive medical treatment because they don’t have medical insurance. Poor people are being hit the hardest by the COVID-19 in the U.S., said Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, explaining that the poor in the U.S. are more susceptible to the virus and face a higher mortality rate from the disease. The COVID-19 pandemic has further broadened the gap between rich and poor in the U.S. When tens of millions of Americans lost their

jobs and sources of income because of the pandemic, over 650 billionaires in the country saw their combined wealth increase by $1.3 trillion during the past year. “The COVID crisis is crushing people of color and low-income workers while billionaires who are nearly all white have seen fortunes skyrocket,” pointed out Frank Clemente, executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness. The COVID-19 pandemic has become a magnifier and catalyst for social problems in the U.S., exposing a typical American-style crisis. Such a socially divided country is doomed to failure in the fight against the pandemic. And placing the U.S. at the top of the “COVID Resilience Ranking” is merely a self-deceiving trick the country plays. Those U.S. politicians who are obsessed with crooked ways had better bring their minds from delusions to the reality and face up to and solve internal problems of their society, as it is the only right way. If they continue to pass the buck, they will only add to the suffering of people in their country. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on foreign policy.)

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Determination of Micro-organism contaminants in boreholes water By Chinwendu Emmanuel

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ater-related disease continues to be one of the major health problems globally. An estimated, 1 billion cases of diarrhea annually represented 5.7% of the global disease burden in the year 2000. Open dumping of municipal solid wastes, is mainly the existing method of waste disposal used even in capital cities except perhaps among few and affluent institutions in Nigeria. Water has always been an important and life-sustaining drink of humans and is essential for the survival of all known organism (Greenhalgh, 2001). About 80% of the earth surface is covered by water out of which only a small fraction is available for consumption. The rest is locked up in oceans as salt water, polar ice caps, glaciers and underground water (Lamb, 1985). Ground water is already used throughout the world through wells and boreholes. Ground water is both important to the rural and urban dwellers and is a reliable source of water supply because it is often unpolluted due to restricted movement of pollutants in the soil profile (Dara, 1993). The three main

problems man contend with is, little water, too much water and polluted water (Adebola, 2001 and Ayoade, 1988). Water which is a vital resource of life is increasingly, being polluted in wake of modern civilization, industrialization, urbanization and population growth, poor land use system, agricultural activities, that has led to fast degradation of our ground water quality as well several other anthropogenic activities that are impacting on the environment (Adeyeye et al., 2004). Portable water is an essential ingredient for good health and the socio-economic development of man. Borehole water serves as the major source of drinking water in the local population of Nigeria, since only very few can afford and rely on purified and treated bottle water for consumption. The residences of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education depend on the groundwater through borehole. In Nigeria, ground water contamination is of the least recognized environmental problems. This may be due to lack of awareness because ground water problems are not readily detected and pathways for contamination are not as noticeable as those affecting surface water. The desirability of water resources

evaluation becomes most evident when it is recalled that the source is heavily impacted by both natural and anthropogenic pollution incidences (Akakuru et al., 2013). More so, since water is necessary for the daily activities of animals and humans, in addition to however, increase in population which has led to increase in demand for portable water; inhabitants of the area depend solely on ground water for domestic and other uses (Eyankwara et al., 2014). In the same vein, both the quantity and quality of water are affected by an increase in anthropogenic activities and any pollution either physical or chemical causes changes to the quality of the receiving water body (Aremu et al., 2011). Chemical contaminants occur in drinking water throughout the world which could possible threaten human health. Safe drinking water for human consumption should be free from pathogens such as bacteria viruses and protozoan parasites, meet the standard guidelines for taste, odor, appearance and chemical concentrations, and must be available on adequate quantities for domestic purposes (Kirkwood, 1998). However, inadequate sanitation and persistent fecal contamination

of water sources is responsible for a large percentage of people in both developed and developing countries not having access to microbiologically safe drinking water and suffering from diarrheal disease (WHO 2002a; WHO 2002b). Diarrheal disease are responsible for approximately 2.5 million deaths annually in developing countries affecting children younger than five years, especially those in areas devoid of access to potable water supply and sanitation (Kosek et al; 2003; Obi et al, 2003; Lin et al, 2004; Obi et al, 2004). Larry, (2006), suggested, that groundwater contamination is the leading world wide, cause of deaths and diseases, and that it accounts for the deaths of more than 14,000 people daily, and the majority of them children under 5years old. In recent years, the widespread reports of pollutants in ground water have increased public concern about the quality of groundwater. Children are generally more vulnerable to intestinal pathogens and it has been reported that about 1.1 million children die every year due to diarrheal diseases(where is the source?). This study therefore aims at bringing to light accessing the microorganism contamination of borehole

water in Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, Imo State. Water-related disease continues to be one of the major health problems globally. An estimated, 1 billion cases of diarrhea annually represented 5.7% of the global disease burden in the year 2000. Open dumping of municipal solid wastes, is mainly the existing method of waste disposal used even in capital cities except perhaps among few and affluent institutions in Nigeria. Water contamination by (what) can transmit bacteria and disease. Typhoid fever is a common problem for people of developing nations, many of them whom cannot afford to dig wells deep enough to fresh water. Micro-organisms play a major role on water quality and the micro-organism that are concerned with water borne disease are Salmonella spp. Shigrella sp., Escherichia Coli and Vibrio cholera. All these cause typhoid fever; diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis and cholera respectively. These micro-organisms cause a lot of health hazards which prevents the individual from performing or carrying out his daily activities (Chukwuka, 2001). Chinwendu Chinonyerem Emmanuel is a Public Affairs Analyst.

2020 Tokyo Olympics: Patriotic and economic lessons for Nigeria, Africa By Ogbonna Onyeisi

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oday, Friday, July 23, 2021, athletes and officials from 189 countries will gather in Tokyo Japan for the opening ceremony of 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This four-year international sports event supposed to have been held in summer 2020 but was postponed because of Covid-19 Global Pandemic. Every odd has been against holding it this year but International Olympics Committee (IOC) insists that the game would not be cancelled or postponed again. In his argument, Thomas Bach, the President of IOC asserts that hosting the game is to demonstrate that humanity can defeated Covid-19 pandemic and it will be opportunity to unite the world again after global lockdowns. However, about 80 percent of public opinions in Japan is against hosting the game because of the continued surge of the virus cases in Japan. Japan government has just declared fourth emergency lockdown in Tokyo and other big cities to curtail the spread and to convince the citizens and international community that Japan is safe to host the Olympics in 2021. According to Olympics hosting rules, the hosting country does not decide whether the game should be cancelled or not. It is the prerogatives of the IOC to cancelled or postponed the game. In response to Japanese public opinions against hosting of the game, Japanese Government has made official statements to support the IOC in hosting the game. The government has also assured the citizens that all measures will be put in place to prevent further spread of the virus. From the end of June, 2021, many participating countries’ s athletes and officials started arriving to Japan in preparation for the official opening of the game. On June 19, 2021, one

member of the contingent arriving from the Republic of Uganda tested positive to new Delta variant of the virus. Some athletes from some countries have cancelled their participations, citing Covid-19 concerns. Just few days ago, Serena William, a foremost American tennis player announced her withdrawal from the game. Japan Government has announced that she will not accept spectators from overseas and that the number of local spectators that can participate in each game will be reduced drastically or cancelled entirely depending on the virus surge. One issue that somewhat seemed to have complicated Japanese preparedness for the hosting of the game is the country’s approach to making vaccine available to her citizens. So far, Japan remains one of the lowest among the Group 8 nations, in terms of the number of citizens that have been vaccinated. Nigerian team, like many other African countries has already arrived Japan few days ago. Nigerian Olympic Committee came with about 61 athletes that are going to participate in Olympics. Nigerians are looking towards to Tokyo Olympics. Historically, international sports events like Olympics have remained a unifying factor for Nigerian citizens as most of the things that divide them like region or ethnic affiliations are usually forgotten during the period of such events. Few days ago Nigerian Basketball team won a friendly game against the United States, raising Nigerian’s high hope for the Olympics. Nigerian athletes are expected to win big and come home with many medals of gold and silver. As Nigerians and other Africans eye laurels at Olympics, it will also be great opportunity to reflect on the great lessons that can be learned from Japan, the hosting country of 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Many people around the world admire

Japanese ingenuity, especially her technological progress and economic miracle. Others think Japanese are not religious inclined. The reality is that Japanese do not fight for God as they believe humanity has limited strength and wisdom to fight on behalf of God. Humility is one of key attribute of Japanese people. In Japan, religion is an individual decision unlike what is obtainable in Africa and other nations with colonial mentality where some citizens are ready to volunteer to be God’s warriors, killing their fellow citizens because of different religious beliefs. There are many religious beliefs and also high level of religious tolerance in Japan. Japan has rich cultural values dated back thousand years and Japan Government had said that it will use 2020 Tokyo Olympic games to show the world the secret of peaceful society and its preparedness for future development. In economic sense, Japan is a leading geese, according to Flying Geese Economic Development Theory, developed by Japanese Scholar, Kaname Akamatsu in 1930. Flying Geese Theory is a economic development pattern which demonstrates how Asian economic miracle started from Japan and spread to other Asian countries. More importantly, Japan is a classical success story in modern economic development history on how a country can grow her economy and became a developed nations within a very short period of time. As every focus is on Japan within these weeks, what then are the patriotic and economic lessons a developing country like Nigeria and other African countries can learn from Japan? In this dimension, let us start by looking briefly at the development history of Japan and identify those areas that will be of interest to Nigerians and Africans. One important lesson of Japan history

to the world is the long history of Japanese Imperial Family. Family linage of current Japanese Emperor, dated back more than 3,000 years. That is the longest royal family blood linage in the world history. According to expert in Japanese history, this line of succession is as a result of Japanese cultural value of generation progress, where every generation has obligation to contribute towards continuous development of Japan society. The imperial family is still enjoying admiration of Japanese people and according to Japanese Constitution, Emperor is the Ceremonial Head of State. What attributes of the royal family that made this possible? Leadership, based on trust, patriotism and statesmanship are the foundation of Japanese Imperial family. For many centuries Japan resisted foreign influences on her culture or religion. Even though they adopted Buddhism, Confucius philosophy, and other foreign religions and culture like the use of Chinese Character in writing, subsequent Emperors before modern government institutions in Japan have contributed in preparing for Japanese homegrown development model. Historically, the Japanese Emperors have not paid allegiance to any foreign powers and Japan had resisted European colonialism. Japan has maintained her policy of anti- foreign influences till the end of World War II when she surrendered to allied power. Surrendering was an act of patriotism and statesmanship by Japanese Emperor who initiated the surrender to prevent continued genocide against Japanese people after United States dropped atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Japanese government before the WWII had promoted policy to fight Western Power’s expansions in Asia. Many Japanese scholars believed that Pacific War was fought to prevent the colonization of Asia in the manner

Western World colonized African and other continents. The patriotic lessons here is the evolution of generation leadership where every generation continued to contribute patriotically for continuous progress, peace , unity, and development of Japanese society. Another patriotic lesson is citizen’s participation in Japan national development. Those with limited knowledge about Japanese history think Japanese is just one ethnic group or one dominant religious society. Japan is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society but their level of tolerance to diversity made their differences invisible to outside world. Every Japanese considers the wellbeing of Japanese society first before any other consideration, including self-interest. In recent decades, more than five former Japanese Prime Minsters resigned their positions at various occasions, not mainly due to political pressures but on issues bothering on moral ground, where individual attitudes and behaviors conflict with societal norms. One classical example was Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who resigned in February 2001 because he had continued to play golf after he got the sad news that some Japanese students were drowned while on study tour at the Japanese sea. He was criticized for not being sympathetic or empathetic to the mood of Japanese society at that moment. He apologized publicly for his action and tendered his resignation. Recently, in 2020, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe resigned, because according to him, he could not do much to help Japanese people to prevent the spread of Covid-19 pandemics. Dr. Ogbonna Onyeisi mni, a Development Economist and First Vice President, Nigeria Archery Federation, NAFED, Abuja Nigeria can be reached at ogbonyeisi@gmail.com.


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News When Blemviv Global poor most affected skincare by COVID-19 – NAEE company hosts brand T Ambassdors By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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t was a gathering of who is who as Blemviv skin care company played hosts to its brand ambassadors and social media influencers. In an eleborate ceremony held at Oriental hotel Lagos last week, the company said the event is a regular interactive session to chart ways forward for the company in the ever dyanmic skincare business world. The CEO of the company, Omokpia Blessing stressed the need for the influencers and ambassadors to take the company skin care products to all nooks and crannies of the country and beyond haven benefited from using the company’s products. She maintained that the company on its part will not renege on fulfilling its contractual mandates. “As a leading brand in skincare products, we are determined to move beyond the business shores of Nigeria to other west African countries, we are sure with your support and commitment we will achieve that in a record time. “We will continue to hold this interactive session intermittently to make sure that we are all on this page in pursuing our business goals. We see you as key members of our team and as such will carry you along in our business moves”. Among the brand ambassadors who graced the occasion include celebrated relationship Expert, Blessing Okoro popularly known as Blessing CEO, Derenle Edun, nollywood actress, Regina Daniels, former Big Brother Naija lockdown edition house mate, Neo akpofure, musician Teni the Entertainer amongst others.

he Nigerian Association of Energy Economics (NAEE) says global poor were the most affected by the Coronavirus pandemic especially within the African region. The President of NAEE, Prof. Yinka Omoregbe, disclosed this at the Pre Conference news conference in Abuja on Saturday. She said that there was the need to have strategic discussion on the impact of the pandemic especially as it relates to the global energy discussion to achieve a strategic response. She said that the association chose the topic ‘Strategic responses of the Energy Sector to COVID-19 impact on African economies’ because the sector was adversely affected by the pandemic. “The people most devastated by the Pandemic are the poor. “ If you look around the world, in America, the communities most impacted were the poor communities and those who are already suffering from inequality such as African and Hispanic populations. “Similarly, even in countries that are homogenous such as Nigeria, the people most impacted by this were the people that were already poor or dependant on daily money to survive. “There are so many impacts particularly on the global poor as a result of the pandemic. Life expectancy have shortened,’’ she said. She said that considering the on-going discussion on zero energy emission by 2050, Africa needed to chat a way forward as it is still battling with high poverty rate. She said that Africa needed to develop by growing its energy needs and create more innovative ways to achieve it.

“So we need to have some informed and strategic discussion in this area and this is why we have chosen and critically consider what the strategic responses of the energy sector should be to the impact of COVID-19 on Africa and its countries,’’ she said. On the petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), she commended the national assembly for its passage in spite of criticism from oil bearing communities over the provision of three per cent of annual expenditure of operating company as development fund. She noted that though the bill seemed not perfect, it remained an important step in the reform

process of the oil and gas industry. According to her, it is impossible for the bill to satisfy everybody. “We are happy that there is a PIB, what we are looking forward to is a Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), because we have been here before. Once we cross this bridge then we would have crossed a mighty hurdle. “We now need to implement. I am always very nervous when somebody say let’s go and rewrite because that is what has caused this delay. Somebody looks at it and says it has not covered my interest so let rewrite it. “We cannot get a perfect Bill; it

will always be controversial but we must not throw away the baby and the bath water. There is a lot that is good in the PIB,’’ she said. She commended all the sponsors of the conference and assured that 14th conference would come out with suggestions that would further help to strengthen the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. In his intervention, a former President of NAEE and Director, Centre for Energy and Law, University of Ibadan, Prof. Adeola Adenikinju, said the conference would have policy makers, industry leaders and academics in attendance.(NAN)(www.nannews. ng)

One of the released 28 students of Bethel Baptist High School, who were kidnapped by bandits on the 5th of July, as she reunites with her parents at the school Premises, in kaduna on Sunday (25/7/21). NAN

Turkey distributes meats to Muslims, needy in FCT By Usman Shuaibu

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he Turkiye Diyanet Foundation and Aziz Muhmud Hudayi Foundation on Tuesday distributed cow meat to poor Muslims and needy during the Sallah celebration across the Federal Capital Territory. In an interview at the avenue

of slaughtering of the cows in Gbessan town, one of the staff of the Foundation Mr Zahraddeen Muhammed Sulaiman who spoke on behalf of the director in charge of the Foundation, Mr Yunus Emre Akyol, disclosed that the Foundation had been sharing meats to Muslims and needy during the Sallah about six years ago.

Akyol said the Foundation would continue to share meats to the less privileged ones during the Sallah for the sake of Islam. He therefore, advised highly placed Muslims to share what they have to the less privileged Muslims during the Sallah in order to put smiles on their faces in the society. He disclosed that the people

from orphanage homes and correctional centres were the beneficiaries of the meats being shared by the Foundation. Speaking in the same vein, the Village Head of Gbessan community, Alhaji Musa Yetu, commanded the Foundation for the efforts put together to share the meats to Muslims/needy during the Sallah.

Muslim group wants end to insurgency

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he Muslim Students Society of Nigeria has called on the Nigeria

government to urgently find lasting solution to the issue of kidnapping and other related crimes in the country. This was contained in a statement made available to

journalists in Birnin Kebbi and signed by the National President of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria. Mallam Shehu Usman Abubakar.

He added that there is need for both federal and state government to intensify their effort towards ensuring that lives and property of the citizens had been protected.

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How my successor would emerge in 2023 - Gov Dave Umahi By Musa Baba Adamu

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head of the forthcoming 2023 general election in the country, the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, has said he cannot be manipulated by opposition in the state, even as he gave a hint that his successor must be approved from a genuine altar of God. Umahi made this known while addressing stakeholders and Christians during his 58 birthday Thanksgiving that took place at the Christ Embassy Church, located at old Enugu road, Mile 50 Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state. According to him: “I can testify that prayer is the key to our successes, and I want to thank Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the divine mandate pastors and my Pastor for their solidarity. From this altar, my success came forth. “What is happening in Ebonyi State is not by the power of man but the power of God. If you want to manipulate me, you have to manipulate God first because I am protected by him. “I want to ask anybody who wants to succeed me in 2023, every genuine altar of God is where your success can come from. It is good to depend on God, when you help the poor, when we trust God, when we put our faith in God, then we have less time for distractions.” He said there will be no political squabbles of any kind in choosing who takes over from him, adding “If I call all the leaders of the state to bring in a successor, there will be no fight, but there will be a fight if I want someone to succeed me single handedly, that is when there will be a fight.” The Governor also reiterated the commitment of his administration to complete all ongoing projects and even initiate new ones before his leadership draws to a close in 2023. He said “We are committed to completing all our ongoing projects especially the airport, the Ring Road, the stadium, we must complete the stadium and do two more flyovers, one at Ogbe Hausa, one at Afikpo and by 2022, we will do more Empowerment, in addition to what we are doing already”. Earlier in his sermon, the Pastor of Christ Embassy Church, Peter Oyeyemi, charged people not to waste opportunities but to strive to touch the lives of people positively in their different capacities. “We must use our positions to impact lives positively. Remember that the position you occupy today, you did not occupy it yesterday and you will not be there forever, so use your office to create a better tomorrow, remember that whatever we do today, our children’s children will pay for it, if you are blessed, you are supposed to be a blessing to people around you,” he stated.

Ekiti PDP mocks Fayemi for commissioning cemetery, says APC bears sorrow By Christiana Ekpa

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he Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has derided the State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, for celebrating the inauguration of cemetery as his only achievement after almost four years in office, claiming that the governor wants to provide enough burial space for the victims of his bad policies. The Ekiti State PDP Publicity Secretary, Raphael Adeyanju, in a statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti, said the government wants to profit from the high mortality rate occasioned by insecurity and bad economic policy of the APC controlled administration, both at the state

and the national level. According to him, “We are not surprised that governor Fayemi has decided to make provision of cemetery his major priority since his administration is not interested in building good hospitals to promote sound health for Ekiti. This is a government that takes joy in taking food from the table of Ekiti people and watching them starve to death”. The PDP spokesman, while describing the APC government as harbinger of sorrows and death, recalled that workers in the services of the Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, had met their untimely death because they were wrongly sacked by the administration. He added that some teachers employed by the last PDP

administration were also unjustly sacked, while the subsequent recruitment exercise carried out by the APC government defied all sense of transparency and decency. “Many innocent job applicants that bought their employment forms and passed through rigorous examinations were not given employment letters even after passing the interview. Many of these could not survive the shock of the double standard of the APC”, he said in the statement. The opposition party spokesman described the ruling APC government as a party built on deceit, alleging that the party defrauded the electorates with empty promises that were not kept. “We remember that this

government re-launched its welfare program for the aged with great noise that brought nothing out. The school feeding program that was launched by the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo is another fraudulent program of this administration”, he said. Adeyanju, however, said that the APC government has taught the electorates a bitter lesson never to sell their votes when next the party comes with blood money to buy votes. “This time around, the people will not trade off their mandates and no amount of intimidation and violence will work for the APC. Ekiti people know that the APC is a party that doesn’t believe in a free and fair election,” he said.

Former AAC governorship candidate in Rivers defects to APC By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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former Rivers State governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Biokpomabo Awara, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Awara announced his defection to the APC at the commissioning

of the new state secretariat in Port Harcourt, the state capital. Recall that the former AAC candidate was adopted by the APC as its candidate after the latter was disqualified by the Supreme Court from fielding candidates during the 2019 general election in Rivers State. Addressing the crowd at the event at the weekend, the former

governorship candidate thanked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, for giving him the “privilege”, as well as the party for trusting his candidacy. He said “We want to come back to our family. It is not good not to appreciate what the party did for us. The party gave us a name, we can be recognized now. We want to join this

party to make the Rivers state great again”. Receiving Awara alongside his supporters, the former Acting National Chairman of the party, Victor Giadom, who represented the caretaker committee chairman, Mai Mala Buni, expressed readiness of the party to take over power in Rivers State in 2023. L-R; The Founder of the Non Governmental organization , “The voice” Mr. Suleiman Maigemu, Representative of NDLEA, Mr. Chidi Ndukwu and the Odeyani of FCT, HRM, Alhaji Abdulkareem Ibrahim at the occasion. during a campaign against drug abuse, theme: “Youths and Drug Abuse, Cyber crime an offshoot of Corruption”, organized by the Voice at the university of Abuja mini campus, held recently in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Congress: No automatic ticket for any aspirant – Abia APC By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State has vowed that there will be no automatic ticket for any aspirant for the party’s ward congress. The Abia APC said every member of the party is eligible to contest for any position of his choice in the forthcoming ward congress, adding that no member of the past executive is exempted from participating in the forthcoming exercise. Hon Donatus Nwankpa, the Chairman of the party in Abia State disclosed this in Umuahia, the state capital, insisting that the party leadership will not zone its governorship ticket to any bloc or senatorial zone in the state.

The APC further stated that it was interested in the quality of leaders who will bring the desired change to the state and not where they are coming from. The party maintained that it cannot fail to link the state with the ruling political party at the center of the country, to enable its citizens to enjoy the full dividends of democracy. It also warned aspirants in the party’s forthcoming ward congress to reject any form that did not originate from the party’s secretariat in the state. The Abia APC advised its members to be wary of any fake form, adding that any form not duly signed by the chairman and Secretary is not from its leadership.

The party said “With this development, our party secretariat will be open for intending aspirants to purchase their forms from the representative from our National Secretariat, led by Mr Obinna Ugama and his team.” In the meantime, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Abia State, Hon Destiny Akaraka Nwagwu, has dumped the party for the All Progressive Congress (APC). Nwagwu was the House of Representatives flagbearer of APGA during the March 27, 2021, rerun election for Aba North and Aba South Federal Constituency seat. Nwagwu flanked by teeming supporters and various support groups, registered at Ward 7 in Aba North Local Government Area of the state.


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youth group, Youths Off The Street Initiative (YOTSI), has said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Anambra governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, is being victimized by corrupt judiciary officials. The Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), led by its coordinator, Kennedy Iyere, in a press statement he signed, based his submission on the recent court judgment ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enlist Senator Ugochukwu Uba as candidate of PDP, against Ozigbo, who was elected by the party. Uba and Ozigbo had emerged as candidates of the PDP for the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra State from different factions. While Uba emerged from a faction loyal to his brother; Chris Uba, Ozigbo emerged from the By Christiana Ekpa

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overnor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has been commended by Youths of the State, for galvanizing them to get involved in governance. They also applauded the Governor for his administration’s youth-friendly policies and programmes in the state, which have brought the young ones together to chart a new course for their future. Speaking during the unveiling of a book on “Power Shift”, held at The Base Landmark, Enugu, the author, Nonso Nnamani, stressed that Ugwuanyi, who received a loud ovation from the participating youths during his arrival at the event, has helped them to get involved in governance. Nnamani, who is passionate about good governance, with wealth of political wisdom, explained that “the Power Shift we are talking about is not just power shift to the people; we are also advocating that people should get involved to see that governments at all levels succeed”. He pointed out that when people are involved in politics, their actions and inactions would go a long way in shaping the future of Nigeria.

Anambra PDP: Group begs Supreme courts to save Ozigbo from corrupt judges

faction recognised by PDP national leadership. Iyere, a social entrepreneur and activist, in the press statement made available to journàlists in Awka called on judges of the Appeal and Supreme Courts to help Ozigbo, who he said is, though the people’s choice, but being frustrated by fraudulent judges. The national leadership of PDP had last weekend pledged to rally Nigerians against an Anambra High Court judge, Justice Obiora Nwabunike, for entering a judgment against Ozigbo in favour of Uba, but refused to release the judgment to aid Ozigbo’s appeal of the judgment. In the press release by Iyere, he promised to mobilize youths in the

state and in Nigeria against Justice Nwabunike, while also calling for the intervention of judges in the Appeal and Supreme Courts. The statement said “We appeal to noble Judges, especially within the Appeal and Supreme Courts, requesting their intervention in the ongoing judicial victimization of Valentine Ozigbo by corrupt Judges, who are allies of Chris Uba (and his cohorts). “Uba is a serial electoral litigant, who is known for exploiting electoral litigations, as cheap avenues for acquiring massive wealth. This appeal is made in the aftermath of the compromised judgement delivered by Justice O.A Nwabunike, who has in every way,

suppressed the voice of conscience by truncating justice against Valentine Ozigbo, who is the known authentic PDP candidate and winner of the primary. “To make matters worse, Justice O.A Nwabunike has also denied lawyers to the PDP, access to the case file, which is actually required, in order for the lawyers to rightly file an appeal. “Justice O.A Nwabunike has thrown caution to the wind, allowing himself to be used by those, who have proven themselves, as haters of democracy.” Iyere said as a way of defending Ozigbo against ongoing ‘judicial victimization’ by corrupt judges, who are allies of Chris Uba, YOTSI has launched, a judicial anti-

corruption electoral movement, known as “Justice4Ozigbo Movement”. “The movement’s mandate is to track all electoral legal proceedings relating to all cases filed by Chris Uba and his allies, which will seek to challenge the candidacy of Valentine Ozigbo, as the legitimate PDP flag bearer, in the 2021 Anambra guber-poll. “Justice4Ozigbo Movement, is an initiative of the Civil Society Committee for Anambra Election Security (CISCAES), an election integrity project of Youths Off The Street Initiative (YOTSI), the NGO which presently exists as the largest youth enterprise non-governmental organization in Africa,” he said.

Enugu youths commends Gov Ugwuanyi for ‘carrying’ them along in governance “So this conversation is that we should not just leave the responsibility of governance to people in power alone; there is what we can do; we can get involved in security; we can get involved in human development; we can become active participants in politics. That is what this conversation, Power Shift, is all

about. “We are grateful for your (Ugwuanyi’s) involvement in bringing people together and helping us to get involved in governance”, Nnamani said. Also present at the event were the members representing Ezeagu Constituency, Rt. Hon. Chima Obieze, the Special Adviser to the

Governor on Agriculture, Engr. Michael Ogbuekwe, his SMEs Development counterpart, Hon. Arinze Chilo-Offiah, a member of the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), Rev. Beloved-Dan Anike and the Governor’s Special Assistant on Students’ Affairs, Comrade Chidi Ilogebe.

Other youths at the event include the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media (Radio), Ken Onyekaonwu, his Culture and Tourism counterpart, Monday Diamond and the Executive Director, LEAD Network Africa and Founder of CEO Media, Chukwuma Ephraim Okenwa (CEO), etc

One of the released 28 students of Bethel Baptist High School, carried by her father as she reunites with her family at the school Premises, in kaduna on Sunday (25/7/21). NAN

NADECO asks Buhari to declare Miyetti Allah terrorist group By Musa Baba Adamu

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he United States chapter of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to, without further delay, declare the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) as a terrorist organisation. According to NADECO, the group, had in their past statement, claimed responsibilities for some deadly attacks such as the attempted assassination on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and some other killings. NADECO’s position was contained in a statement made available to journàlists on Sunday, where it alleged that the Miyetti

Allah has been involved in banditry in northern Nigeria, wondering why the Nigerian government has refused to take any decisive action. The statement read, “NADECO (USA) calls on the Buhari administration to immediately declare Miyetti Allah as a terrorist organisation. Miyetti has mostly been responsible for the killings and slaughtering of innocent people in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria, South-East, South-West, and South-South. “Miyetti Allah has openly admitted these killings including an attempt on the life of the sitting governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom. The Federal Government never uttered a word of condemnation for their criminal enterprise disguised as a cattle

breeders association. “Miyetti Allah has been neck-deep in banditry in the northern part of Nigeria without any reprisals from the government.” Giving a distinct definition of terrorism, the group said that Miyetti Allah falls into the classification of a terrorist organisation, but wondered why the current administration would rather declare Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as a terrorist organisation, accusing the government of double standards. “Miyetti Allah has terrorised the Nigerian population for far too long now. They issue press releases and ultimata with unprecedented impunity. The question Nigerians and the international community want an answer to is: where is Miyetti

Allah deriving their impunity, from the presidency? “If the Nigerian government fails or refuses to formally declare Miyetti Allah as a terrorist organisation, then the Nigerian people shall call on the international community to formally declare Buhari administration as a state sponsor of terrorism. “Finally, the International Community is hereby put on notice, that the declaration of Miyetti Allah a purported cattle breeders association–as a terrorist organisation by Nigerian Government, apprehending and holding to account its leadership –is a minimum irreducible step in abating most acts of terrorism unleashed on Nigerian people over the last six years of Mohammed Buhari’s Presidency,” the group said.

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Nobody gave me a chance of winning 2015 governorship election – Gov Ikpeazu By Christiana Ekpa

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overnor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, has disclosed that in 2015, nobody gave him a chance of winning the governorship election of the State but God made it possible, just as he assured people of the state that he would be neutral in the decision of who succeeds him as Governor. Speaking in Aba, the state capital, Ikpeazu however, pointed out that he would prefer a successor with passion, humility and selflessness, explaining that such qualities would enable him to create a platform that will engender participation from all kinds of people including the youth, women, disabled and downtrodden. Ikpeazu insisted that power is a serious matter that God will not leave entirely in the hands of men. He said “The question of who succeeds me in 2023 resides entirely within the purview of God, but every man in my position will pray to get a successor who will sustain his legacies and mean well for the people of the state and also do better than I have done. “I will want to see a successor that has sufficient passion, not self-centred and sufficiently humble to create a platform that will engender participation from all kinds of people; the lame, the blind, the youth, the woman, the downtrodden and all the people. “And for it to happen, I’m trusting and believing in what God can do. At all times as governor, I try to emphasize some virtues and traits that I think we need to grow to move forward. I will not want to be in a place where I will literally determine who will be governor, I won’t do that because I know I cannot because mine is a divine mandate. “Nobody gave me a chance, but God made it happen. So, God can also raise somebody. Power is such a serious matter that God will not leave it entirely in the hands of men. “Maybe, if I have expectations, let it happen, but I will be sufficiently neutral such that I will be able to accept whatever decision God makes.”

Rejecting electronic transmission of results will cost you NASS seat – AA to senators By Musa Baba Adamu

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ction Alliance (AA) has condemned the position of the 9th Senate for standing against electronic transmission of election results, saying it will cost them their National Assembly seats. It said the decision by the senators is anti-people and will cost most of the senators, who voted against the reform, their seats come 2023 general election.

Senators, majority of the All Progressive Congress (APC), had voted against the transmission of election results electronically last week, against senators from the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) who voted in favour of the reform. Hon Adekunle Rufia Omeaje, National Chairman of AA, made this assertion in Benin City, the Edo State capital, at the weekend while receiving new members into the

party. He said, Senators who voted against the reform did so because of greed and fear of failure and that with what they have done, most of them will not make it back to the National Assembly. According to him, “If our children have been writing exams like JAMB, WASSCE, and NECO, and the results were transmitted electronically, why can’t our election results be transmitted electronically?

“What is so special about transmitting election results that we have not done before. The Independent National Electoral Commission should be allowed to be truly independent, Prof Mahmood Yakubu wants to do the right thing, the commission should be given total independence.” He urged Nigerians to rally around and resist what he described as a satanic decision by the Nigerian senate.

PDP chieftain tackles El-Rufai over insecurity, insists Jonathan resisted insurgency By Christiana Ekpa

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chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emeka Kalu, has slammed the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, over comments on ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. Recall that Governor Nasir El-Rufai had severally criticized Jonathan’s administration for being incompetent and weak in tackling

terrorism. The Kaduna Governor also adduced that all the technical advice given to Jonathan was refused. In a statement made available to journàlists on Sunday, Kalu, a former governorship aspirant in Abia State, opined that under Jonathan, insurgency was resisted with all apparatus within the reach of the government to tackle the ugly trend. He lamented that countless

persons have lost their lives to herdsmen killings in the north and southern part of Nigeria, while Governor El-Rufai, as the Chief Security Officer of Kaduna, with full confidence in Buhari-led government, is busy watching the atrocities while the perpetrators go unpunished as a result of ethnic sentiment. Kalu queried, “what has he successfully put in action to contain the marauding and uncontrollable

cases of kidnapping and banditry that had almost swept the entire nooks and crannies of Kaduna State or is he short of ideas now on how best to engage the criminals? “Why has he not been able to apply those security tackling measures the technical committee that he was one of the members, during Jonathan's regime recommended to improve security situation in Kaduna State as the governor on seat?" Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ihab Moustafa Awad Moustafa (R) receiving the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, during the celebration of Egyptian National Day at the Embassy in Abuja.

Ogun polls: APC clears all chairmanship seats, as Agbetokun wins in Ipokia By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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former councillor of Ipokia Ward 1, Hon. Wale Agbetokun of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared winner of Saturday’s chairmanship election in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State. This is as the APC defeated other political parties to claim all the 20 chairmanship seats in the Gateway

State. According to the Chairman of the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC), Babatunde Osibodu, Agbetokun polled 22,607 votes to emerge winner of the council poll in Ipokia. Agbetokun, who is fondly addressed as Onikoyi, had no opposition in the election. The Publisher of Uhuru Times, Wale Adedayo, also won in Ijebu

East Local Government under the platform of the APC with 9,660. In his words, Agbetokun appreciated the people of Ipokia for standing by him throughout the exercise. The chairman-elect promised to rule with the fear of God, assuring that the electorate would not regret voting him into office. The local government election witnessed low turnout as many

refused to perform their civic responsibilities. Meanwhile, the former Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, has commended the people of Ogun State for being peaceful during and after the polls. Adekunbi, who spoke with journàlists at his hometown in Ayetoro, also lauded OGSIEC for organising a hitch-free election.

Buhari needs to visit 109 senatorial zones, talk to Nigerians – Gov Ikpeazu By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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bia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, has suggested why President Muhammadu Buhari should visit the 109 senatorial zones across Nigeria. Ikpeazu said Buhari should also hold town hall meetings and talk to Nigerians on the need to live in peace and harmony.

The governor stated this in an interview in Aba, where he noted that lots of people are disenchanted with the state of affairs in the country. He described Nigeria as a country of “smoldering fire where burning charcoals are swept under the carpet and ignored till the inferno” begins to emerge and the country starts fire fighting.

Ikpeazu stated that Nigeria has been suffering from its failure to manage “smoldering fire concealed under the carpet” which has led to inferno. He urged Nigeria to emulate Rwanda who emerged from a bloody genocide, but has achieved national cohesion as the citizens vowed never to allow their country tread the evil path again.

According to Ikpeazu: “I have said that Nigeria is a country of smoldering fire. We sweep smoldering charcoal under the carpet and we see smoke and we ignore it. The fire begins to emerge in flames and we start fighting it. Another group of people becomes disenchanted and complaining but we still cover the smoldering charcoal under the carpet. We don’t talk.


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2023: APC should respect power shift agreement if... -Yari Hon. Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari, a former member of the House of Representatives and two-term Governor of Zamfara State, is one of those eyeing the National Chairmanship position of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. In this interview with Journalists in Abuja, Yari spoke about so many issues of national interests. The excerpt of the interview is reproduced below by Folorunso Alagbede. Beyond being an ex-member of the House of Representatives, former governor and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, what else do you consider as the unique selling point which stands you out as the best candidate for the National Chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress? Let me start by giving thanks to Almighty Allah who gave me the opportunity to serve our people in various capacities. Number one, let me point out that even before the formation of All People’s Party (APP), Alliance for Democracy (AD) and other political parties, that is, during the period of the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) and Democratic Peoples Party (DPP), I contested under the platform of Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) for the House of Assembly. You know how the military behaved at the time. The elections were not concluded before the parties became defunct. Immediately General Abdulsalami Abubakar took over and had his transition programme which went on for nine months and culminated into handing over power to a democratically-elected government in 1999. Then, two parties emerged and I was part of negotiations for the formation of APP. We went into the convention despite my young age and we were part of the scheming that took place until the exit of the South-West through the covert influence of the military because they knew that if the South West at that time and the Northern bloc came together as a political party for sure, the PDP will not have a chance to install a leadership. The government of the day and the military had made up their minds about what they wanted to do for the so-called stability of the country. They were going to give the Presidency to a particular section of the county which was the South West. It was not only about shifting power to the South West but to a particular person, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and this did not go down well with us. We tried to reach our best to reach out to our seniors like Chief Alani Bankole, Chief Bode George and others in the South West, for them to know that there was a game that was being played out. Even the late former Governor of Oyo State and former Minister of Power, Chief Bola Ige too; we told them that the military was playing a game, influencing several minds and that we should not insist on putting their demand for presidential ticket into the party’s constitution. That demand, subtly encouraged behind the scenes, became what brought about the division that led to the exit of AD leaders from APP. The northern bloc of the leadership agreed that yes, the APP Presidential candidate is coming from the South but what the South West which later became the AD power bloc was looking for, was an emphatically explicit documentation that what should be in the constitution

of this party is that the Presidency is coming to the South West. But you can’t play politics like that; the northern bloc would not like to start with such explicit indication that could discourage the followership and cause feelings or assumptions in the North, right from the beginning that people were only being mobilized to play second fiddle. Our elder, Marafan Sokoto and others argued and argued to a point that they reached a deadlock. The South West bloc then exited and formed the Alliance for Democracy (AD) the next day. We had to do our convention and launch APP on the Parade Ground which was successfully done because preparations had taken much time and several meetings. Some of them agreed, people like Alani Bankole, Chief Olabode George agreed to stay with us and others went to stay with AD. In all these, my experience and the lessons learnt about bringing together divergent interests for national cohesion and party success are very significant; I did not learn, as a mere onlooker, but as someone who has been part of the real process that birthed the current democratic dispensation in Nigeria. I feel much empowered to lead in the national interest and lead a truly national party to much success nationwide. You were very young, below the age of 30 when you were given the chance to play critical roles during the formation of various political parties, even before the current democratic dispensation began. Now, where do you stand regarding the clamour for young people’s increased involvement in governance? Seriously speaking, one of the major things that qualifies one for pursuit of national leadership position in a political party is dynamic experience and as one who was lucky to start garnering such experience in my 20s, I wholeheartedly support the involvement of the young generation. I have given a background of how we started political mobilization, long before contesting for office. I was under 30 and it is a matter of what you can get done. In any case, several of the governors at that time (1999) were in their early 30s, so it is not really the age that matters but what you are able to deliver. Sometime in 1999, I became party secretary in my state and we worked hard, preparing for elections but when we had the election, we were overwhelmed because our thinking or calculation was based on the fact that we were solidly on ground but the unexpected influence of those at the centre and other factors made us to end up sharing the local governments equally, with seven each. Our earlier analysis made us not to expect the PDP to win more than three local governments. It was surprising. We identified two or three LGAs where PDP

Hon. Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari can make impact but unfortunately, we didn’t know how they did it despite the support we had. All of a sudden, we lost more councils than expected but we came out with a huge vote margin. If that local government election that was held in 1998 was the governorship, we would have had our way but that was how it happened. They took seven and we took seven. But when it came to the governorship, we had taken the lead we worked hard for;. In the National Assembly election which followed, we took all three Senate seats and then we took five House of Representatives seats; we lost only Anka Federal Constituency but Shinkafi/Zurmi we cleared it, BirninMagaji, we cleared Maru/Bungudu, we cleared Gumi and Bukkuyum, we cleared Gusau Tsafe – all that was in 1998. When it came to the governorship elections, we led our party to victory in 19 out of 24 local government areas of Zamfara state. Five of them were PDP, that’s where we had been until 2003. Don’t you think that leading a party towards nationwide/general election involves much weightier responsibilities than being a young, lucky politician? In 2003, I became party Secretary in my state, I was the Director-General of the Muhammadu Buhari presidential campaign as well as that of Yerima’s governorship campaign as well as that of every other person who was contesting on the platform of the defunct ANPP. We won the seats in the State House of Assembly and National Assembly 100 per cent and we won the governorship. In 2004, I became the State Chairman of the party and our success stories continued. Although there were intense calls from people urging me to contest for the governorship seat and succeed Governor Ahmad Sani, there was a logical reason why that could not be done; I clearly understood the perspective of the governor that since we are almost from the same Local Government - he is from Bakura and I am from Talatan Mafara – so, it wasn’t practical for the governorship ticket to remain within that axis. If you recall, Bakura was carved out of Talatan Mafara local government so, technically, we are from the same local government. The then governor said

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no, let us take it to another zone so that we can get their buy-in, so that ‘you are going to be the Deputy Governor.’ There was a misunderstanding so I decided not to go for the position of Deputy Governor and came to the House of Representatives after finishing my term as party chairman. I was in the House of Representatives when the then governor, Aliyu Shinkafi defected to the PDP and we remained in the ANPP. The PDP had everything - President (Goodluck Jonathan), oil money and federal power, but God had decided the destiny that I will win and be governor of Zamfara state in 2011. I became the governor and then came the process of merger to form the APC. We were then 11 governors: Borno, Yobe, Zamfara, Nasarawa, Edo, Osun, Lagos, Oyo, Ekiti, about eleven of us including one from APGA. That’s how we started the merger process. We wanted to be the progressives in the sense that we wanted to bring all the opposition on board. Ondo was a Labour Party member, Anambra was APGA, but Anambra and Ondo defected to PDP finally and then we remained 11. That’s where we started this struggle up to 2013 when the PDP had their congresses and we had the New PDP joining us, with four states: Kwara, Rivers, Kano and Sokoto states and we became 14. We started this process of merger and then in the 2015 election, we won all the state’s seats in the National Assembly and also, our party, APC won the Presidency. This is where we are today and at the same time in 2015, my colleague governors unanimously accepted me to be the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF). If you look at what we have done in the past and what is on ground now, the issue or responsibilities of chairmanship will not be a difficult task for me to deal with because I know the right buttons to press to bring the people together and win elections. You said that running for party national chairmanship or leading your party shouldn’t be a difficult thing, but one notices that some things are being said about you, including an allegation published few weeks ago by an online website alleging that N8 billion gold bars owned by you has been seized at Kotoka International airport in Accra. How do you react to this? Publishing absolute rubbish can easily get quacks into big trouble when a maligned or libeled person decides to sue. I never knew anyone in that place and contrary to a few person’s very wild speculations, I never had any such gold. The baseless allegation easily fizzled out because genuine publications who had colleagues and other contacts in Ghana found that there was no substance in it. Well, some persons can fabricate lies but at the end of the day, the truth will prevail. There are so many other things they have said that are mere tissue of lies meant to try get a good man down but they will never succeed. They have circulated rumours that I got money from the London Paris Club, bla, bla, bla, that I robbed the state and did this that and that but I challenge anyone either in the Governors’ Forum or in the state – anybody. I have mentioned it time without number, that if there is any fronts man

or collaborator within or outside who is holding money on my behalf or who knows where I kept money, I say that God should not spare him if he decides to cover me up! I made it very clear but at least, I know myself what I’ve been doing and what I did for my people and the (Governors’) Forum, what I even did for my party the APC... So, whatever lie someone wants to tell, he should put the facts on the ground that’s the most important; not using some faceless cowards like himself to disseminate fabricated lies. If there is anybody who knows any account of mine anywhere, either in Nigeria or anywhere or that of any of my associates, they should come and put it before the public. As a governor, what was my job? It was to utilize resources, spend money for the good of my people - that was the job given to me. Take budget/plans to the House of Assembly, pass the law and execute projects. Therefore, if giving out contracts for development purposes meant that I was spending money on contracts to make money, let the current governor give out even more contracts and make money. There are simple, easily understood things that some mischief-makers try to deliberately misinterpret. For instance, now, we have the multibillion Naira AbujaKaduna-Kano road contract, which was initially demarcated into portions. Now, the entire stretch has been given out in full but are they saying that President Buhari gave out that contract in order to make money? Or are you trying to tell me that the entire projects that are being executed by the federal Government, Buhari is giving them out because he wants to make money? It is a very wrong scenario to paint, that is not correct. But if you have any allegation against someone, use facts. These are my facts. Someone went to the EFCC and reported (against me) and I am happy with the way they handled that matter; they said okay, come and explain to us. He said I was reimbursed with N22 billion, that he knew where that N22 billion was kept. They called him, ‘come show us where the N22 billion were kept’ and he started giving them information and eventually they found out that contractors were paid and some other components include even counterpart funds, some pension and gratuity. With the scenario he initially tried to paint, it was as if this money was moved from this place to that place in favour of the governor, all those kinds of things. It seems inevitable that when you occupy the governorship seat, you may not be able to avoid all sorts of spurious allegations; you can’t go away from it. The only thing is that they mostly tend to be frivolous ones; if anyone has facts that is where you can say, we have this one, we have that one, then you come and explain that is what it is. My view is that if somebody says that there is an allegation against you, yes you were entrusted with public funds and they found out that this money was taken for the purpose of XYZ and that XYZ is not being executed and the money is being taken to A, B and C, people have a right to know what really happened (to the funds). I think that should be very clear for everyone to know. But you can’t just come up with frivolous allegations against me anyhow. Let us work on the real issues.

FG targets remote areas, extends NIN-SIM verification deadline

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he Federal Government has approved the extension of the deadline for National Identity Number (NIN)Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) data verification to October 31, 2021. The decision to extend the deadline was made following a request by stakeholders to accommodate registration in hardto-reach remote areas, foreigners and diplomatic missions, diaspora and address low enrolments in schools and hospitals, as evidenced by enrolment statistics. A joint statement by the Director, Public Affairs, Nigerian Communications

Commission (NCC) and the Head, Corporate Communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Kayode Adegoke said, the decision also followed a review of the progress of the exercise which indicated significant progress, hence the need to consolidate the gains of the enrolment and NIN-SIM verification process across the country. As at July 24, 2021, there are over 5,500 enrolment systems within and outside the country and this would significantly ease the NIN enrolment process and subsequent linkage of NIN to SIM. The administration of His Excellency, President

Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the extension as part of efforts to make it easier for its citizens within and outside the country, and legal residents to obtain the NIN and it is important to take advantage of the extension. The NIN-SIM linkage also makes it easier for the security agencies to carry out their statutory duties and the relevant parastatals under the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy are supporting them as required. There are now a total of 59.8 million unique NIN enrolments, with average of 3 to 4 SIMs per NIN. With the great number of enrolment centres within and outside the country, and many

more coming up, every citizen, legal resident, and Nigerian citizens living in diaspora should be able to obtain their NINs. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, PhD, FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, on behalf of the Federal Government, commends the Kano State government and other States that have made NINs a key requirement for school enrolments and access to other important services. The Federal Government is also excited at the news that the use of NIN in the process of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exam significantly reduced the

challenge of exam malpractice. The Minister, on behalf of the Federal Government, appreciates Nigerians for their patience and compliance with the Federal Government’s directive on the NIN-SIM registration exercise. Similarly, the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta, and the DirectorGeneral/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Azeez, urge citizens and legal residents to make sure they use the opportunity to complete the process of enrolment and verification before the October 31 deadline.

L-R, Music Minister Glowreeyah Braimah, Music Minister Nathaniel Bassey, Pastor In-charge RCCG Jesus House Abuja Maj Gen (rtd) Pastor Pat Akem-Vingir, his wife Mrs Mary Akem-Vingir and Director General Budget Office of the Federation Dr. Ben Akabueze during the Birthday Celebration of Pastor Pat Akem-Vingir in Abuja at the weekend

Nigerian Banks are resilient, safe, sound – CBN insists By Etuka Sunday

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head of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday, July 26 – Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the financial regulator has reiterated the resilience, safety and soundness of Nigerian Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) and other financial institutions under its supervision. Speaking with journalists

in Abuja at the weekend, the Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department of the Bank, Osita Nwanisobi said the Nigerian banking system had proven to be very sturdy in spite of the global challenges posed by the corona virus pandemic (COVID-19). He made this clarification in response to certain false and unfounded stories circulating in the social media attacking the soundness and safety of some

Nigerian banks. According to him, routine bank examination and stress test for financial institutions operating in the country indicated that no Deposit Money Bank (DMB) licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria is currently under any form of financial distress, adding that the banks have adequate capital to absorb unexpected losses that may arise. In line with the Bank’s

resolve to ensure adherence to prudential standards, Nwanisobi said the CBN continues to monitor the activities of banks in order to ensure that no individual or institution breaches the laid down guidelines. He therefore advised the banking public to disregard any report alleging insolvency in the Nigerian banking sector. Similarly, he reiterated the desire of the Bank to prioritize

financial inclusion as a measured approach to increase the number of adults included in financial services provided by banks in Nigeria. Nwanisobi therefore urged members of the banking public to take advantage of the services provided by the banks, particularly the intervention programmes initiated by the CBN, to enhance their economic status and contribute to overall national development.


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ACCI Advises AMAC, Others on imposition of generator, equipment taxes By Etuka Sunday

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buja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has advised the Abuja Municipal Area Councils (AMAC) and other government bodies against alleged plan to impose N100,00.00 tax or levy on bakery and other businesses in Abuja. In a statement issued in Abuja by the ACCI President, Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, the ACCI called the attention of the Abuja area councils to the current high inflation rate. It reiterated that imposing generator and equipment taxes on businesses will further increase the cost of doing. While urging the councils to explore other means of raising revenue such as public-private partnership, among others, the Chamber reminded the councils that the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration had previously restated his desired to harmonize taxation and tax administration within the FCT as a way of incentivizing businesses and boosting economic activities in the FCT. “Imposition of new taxes like the generator and equipment taxes will not only be additional burden to be borne by business owners, it will accelerate the collapse of more businesses, deepen unemployment and further hike inflation rate in the country. This is clearly not in the best interest of government and people of the country”, the

statement noted. The statement recalled that participants at ACCI webinar to mark the World MSME Day had unanimously advocated for harmonization of SME taxation, warning that targeting bakery and other businesses for generator and equipment taxes is insensitive and a threat to

food and national security. “We already wrote a letter to Mr President and other relevant authorities calling for harmonization of taxes for SMEs. This is the best way to stop the high rate of business failure, create jobs and boost the GDP, as over 90 percent of Nigerian businesses are SMEs

“Bakery business across the country are under serious operational challenges due to high cost of raw materials, epileptic power supply and high cost of logistics which have necessitated the steady increase of prices of bread. Consequently, many bakeries have shut down operations.

“We call on the leadership of Abuja Municipal Area Councils as well as other government agencies to suspend the planned imposition of generator and equipment taxes, as this is inconsistent with the Federal Government’s programmes to create attractive business climate for business owners”.

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Multiple births: Respite as FCTA moves to revive policy on indigent families By Stanley Onyekwere

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here is a sigh of soothing relief for indigent families with multiple births in Abuja, the nation’s capital city, as the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is set to resuscitate its policy on supporting them, in line with the mandate of FCT Social Development Secretariat (SDS). To this end, the FCT Administration stepped up profiling of eligible families that deserve support from government through the SDS. Making this disclosure, FCT Minister of Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, noted the with the prevailing economic down-turn, the policy was set aside temporarily.

Aliyu spoke when she extended support to an indigent family with multiple births at the National Hospital, Abuja. During the visit to the family blessed with a triplet at the In-born Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, the Minister donated baby clothing, dampers and assorted toiletries, and a cash donation of 250, 000 Naira to the couple, for the upkeep of the babies. Aliyu, who was conducted round the hospital by the Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Aisha Umar, also disclosed that beneficiaries of the welfare policy of the Administration had hitherto abused the process, thus depriving eligible families. “We are here in my private capacity. I am here today as a

mother and as a human being. Hopefully when we resume on Monday (today) after the break (Eid-el-Kabir Holidays) other families will be profiled for visitation which will be carried out by the Gender Department of the SDS to ensure only deserving families are visited. “The FCT Administration, through its Social Development Secretariat, has a policy for supporting families with multiple births, especially the less privileged ones. But with economic down-turn, the policy was set aside temporarily, but it’s being revisited”, she explained. She adds: “Actually most of the time government discontinue processes like this because they are being abused by indigent

and citizens and we have seen situations where beneficiaries abuse such supports, piling up bills and depriving requiring eligible families. “So, now we want to follow due process and ensure that only deserving families with multiple births and indigent families benefits from this support of the Federal Capital Territory Administration. “In the past we have seen situations where supports such as shelter, is provided for those categorised as the poorest of the poor and could not afford shelter for themselves. “By the grace of God under this Administration we are revisiting that but for now I am here in my capacity as a mother and a human being to support some indigent

families”. Meanwhile, in his response, one of the beneficiaries and father of the triplet, Evangelist Advocate Tommy, expressed gratitude to FCT Minister of State for her kind gesture, praying for God’s guidance and favour upon her. “I am overwhelmed with this kind of gesture especially from government official. I am still in shock to have a close contact with a serving minister. “Her visitation alone is enough testimony, but she crown it all with cash and assorted gift items. May God bless her richly,” he stated. The highpoint of the visit was additional cash donation of 10,000 Naira each and wrappers to 50 families with different medical challenges.

From left: Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development. Dr Uchechukwu Ogah (2nd L); Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami (3rd L); Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ihab Moustafa Awad Moustafa (M); Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and other Ambassadors, during the celebration of Egyptian National Day at the Embassy in Abuja

FIRS: Court bars Labour from strike action, picketing offices By Etuka Sunday

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he National Industrial Court, Abuja Judicial Division has stopped the National Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) from either picketing the offices of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) nationwide or calling for a strike at any of the Service’s offices across Nigeria. Director, Communications and Liaison Department, FIRS, Abdullahi Ismaila Ahmad in a statement said, Justice O. Y. Anuwe issued the order of interim injunction on Friday in a suit which the FIRS as Claimant/Applicant instituted against NCSU, the Defendant/ Respondent. The court ordered that “the Respondents are restrained from picketing the offices of the applicant on 26th July 2021 or any other day pending the determination of the Motion on Notice. They are also restrained from going on strike, as by so doing, the very essence of the substantive suit is

defeated. What this translates to in other words is that parties are to maintain the status quo, and are not to do anything that may be detrimental to the interest of the public, pending the determination of the Motion on Notice. The order to maintain status-quo however binds both parties in this suit.” In another suit, NINC/ABJ/157/2021 in which the NCSU issuing the FIRS, the court refused the prayer of the NCSU seeking an order compelling the FIRS to continue the automatic deduction of check-off dues for the NCSU, which is a defunct union at the FIRS, from the salaries of the Service’s workers. The two cases were adjourned to 15 October 2021 for a hearing of the motion on notice and originating summons. Recall that the Board of the FIRS, in the 18 July 2021 public statement widely reported in the media, had announced the dissolution of the NCSU FIRS Unit (whose Executive members are senior staff) which purportedly represents the junior staff cadre that is non-existent in

the Service. The FIRS took that decision for reasons outlined in an official announcement circulated to all staff which reads as follows: “In line with Gazette No. 6 Vol 65 dated 8th February 1978 and National Industrial Court Judgement dated 27th June 1995, it is noted that the operations of Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU) FIRS Unit as it is constituted today in FIRS is considered illegal as there are no longer any junior staff cadre employees in the service. There is accordingly no legal or another basis whatsoever for the continued existence of a junior staff cadre union in FIRS as the cadre of staff it is deemed to cover do not exist within the organisation. A letter from Federal Ministry of Labour to the Head of Service of the Federation dated 19th February 2015 confirmed the above position in categorical terms.” The statement further clarified that “the right of workers to decide which union to belong is not absolute but must

be exercised within the limits of Trade Unions Act CAP T14 LFN 2004. This position was confirmed in the Judgment of the National Industrial Court – NCSU vs ASCSN (2004) 1NLLR Part 3, 427. “In the light of all the above, The FIRS Board at its Meeting No. 30 held on the 24th June 2021, therefore, directed that given items 1 & 2 above, the activities of NCSU FIRS Unit in the Service are henceforth considered illegal and the Union (NCSU FIRS Unit) is hereby proscribed with immediate effect. “The Management also assured staff that it is unreservedly willing to work and cooperate with the only legitimate representatives of staff, that is to say, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria. Accordingly, staff were called upon to redouble their efforts in executing the FIRS mandate of assessing, collecting and accounting for tax revenue for all levels of government as contained in the FIRS Establishment Act (2007).”

Some arrested suspected members of a notorious four-man one-chance robbery syndicate, operating along Lugbe and Kubwa axis, of Abuja, the nation’s capital city. Pix: FCT Police Command

How Police nabbed suspected one-chance syndicate in Wuse By Stanley Onyekwere

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he FCT Police Command has disclosed the arrest of some suspected members of a notorious four-man onechance robbery syndicate, operating along Lugbe and Kubwa axis, of Abuja, the nation’s capital city. The suspects: one 27-yearold Uchenna Eleke, 28-year-

old Alex Akiti and 50-year-old Suleiman Nasir, all male were arrested by Detectives of the Command’s Anti-Violent Crimes Section, along Wuse axis during a routine patrol. Also, one Micah Ohah, a 38-year-old male was arrested alongside the other suspects, who had identified him as a receiver of the items they steal during their operations .

This was contained in statement from the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Yusuf Mariam, on behalf of the the Commissioner of Police, which was made available to PeoplesDaily. According to the statement, the suspects, who were identified by some victims confessed their involvement in the heinous crime.

It added that exhibits recovered includes: one (1) green colour Gulf3 reg no. GWA SJ two(2) mobile phones. The statement read: “The suspects were arrested by Detectives of the Command’s Anti-Violent Crimes Section on Thursday , 15th July, 2021 along Wuse axis during a routine patrol. “Exhibits recovered includes:

one (1) green colour Gulf3 reg no. GWA SJ two(2) mobile phones. Effort is in top gear to arrest the fleeing member of the syndicate. “The suspect will be arraigned in court upon conclusion of investigation”. Furthermore, the Command implores residents to report all suspicious movements, emergency or distress, through its dedicated numbers.


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LA man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines dies of virus

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California man who mocked Covid-19 vaccines on social media has died after a month-long battle with the virus. Stephen Harmon, a member of the Hillsong megachurch, had been a vocal opponent of vaccines, making a series of jokes about not having the vaccine. “Got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one,” the 34-year-old tweeted to his 7,000 followers in June. He was treated for pneumonia and Covid-19 in a hospital outside Los Angeles, where he died on Wednesday. In the days leading up to his death, Mr Harmon documented his fight to stay alive, posting pictures of himself in his hospital bed. “Please pray y’all, they really want to intubate me and put me on a ventilator,” he said. In his final tweet on Wednesday, Mr Harmon said he had decided to go under intubation.

“Don’t know when I’ll wake up, please pray,” he wrote. Despite his struggle with the virus, Mr Harmon still said he would reject being jabbed, saying his religious faith would protect him. Prior to his death, had joked about the pandemic and vaccines, sharing memes saying he trusted the Bible over top US disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci. Hillsong founder Brian Houston confirmed news of his death in a tweet on Thursday. “Ben has just passed on to us the devastating news that our beloved friend, Stephen Harmon has passed away from Covid. Heartbreaking,” Mr Houston said. In an Instagram post, he paid tribute to Mr Harmon. “He was one of the most generous people I know and he had so much in front of him,” he wrote on Instagram. “He would always turn up to our grandkids soccer games and he will be

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t has become a general consensus among scientists and scholars that the novel coronavirus originated naturally, and scientific evidence has already disproven the “lab leak” theory, stressed a professor of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, where it has been claimed that the virus might have escaped from. Yuan Zhiming, also director of the National Biosafety Laboratory (NBL) at the WIV, made the remarks at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office of China on July 22, in response to a question on the COVID-19 origins asked by a reporter who cited an article published by some scientists on the peer-reviewed academic journal Science in May, in which they pointed out that it is necessary to consider the possibilities that the virus either arose naturally or escaped from a lab. On July 5 this year, 24 world-renowned experts once again published a paper in The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal, in which they stressed that there is no scientific evidence to support the theory that the novel coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab, Yuan noted. Later on July 7, experts from the U.S., the U.K, and Australia published a preprint of their findings on Zenodo, a European platform for scientific data sharing, pointing out that there is no evidence that the virus came from a Wuhan lab, the early cases were connected to the WIV in any way, or that the WIV had or studied ancestors of the COVID-19 before the outbreak of the pandemic. Just a few days ago, 22 Chinese and foreign scientists published an article in a Chinese academic journal Science China, in which they demonstrated convincingly why the virus could only have evolved

naturally and couldn’t be man-made with classical evolutionary theory and methods and refuted the “lab leak” conspiracy theory with scientific evidence. The NBL, a P4 or biosafety level-4 (the highest level) lab, is as good as any other P4 labs in operation in the world in terms of hardware facilities, management, team composition and working protocols, Yuan said. Since it was officially put into operation in 2018, the NBL has not had any incident of leakage or staff infection, according to Yuan. Designed, constructed and operated according to international requirements and the national standards of China, the NBL has not only been equipped with stable and reliable biosafety protection facilities, but established a complete biosafety management system and a professional team to support, manage and maintain its operation. Before Dec. 30, 2019, the WIV hadn’t come into contact, stored, or researched the COVID-19 virus; and it has never designed, made or leaked the virus, Yuan stressed. After the sudden attack of the virus, the WIV promptly identified it, isolated the virus strain, and determined its whole genome sequence by making use of its platform, technology, and talent advantages accumulated over the years. Besides, it reported the whole genome sequence of the virus to the World Health Organization (WHO) in time on Jan. 12, 2020. “After isolating and obtaining strain of the virus, we began the screening of antiviral drugs, vaccine research and the establishment of animal models, providing effective support for the fight against the pandemic with scientific and technological means,” Yuan said. When asked about a WIV virus database at the press conference, Yuan pointed out

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Stephen Harmon documented his battle with Covid-19 missed by so many. RIP.” He added that the church encourages its members “to follow the guidance of their doctors”. California has seen a rise in Covid-19

cases in recent weeks, with the majority of those being taken to hospital unvaccinated. Source: BBC

that the database is actually a preliminary framework established by research teams of the WIV, and its structure and content have been continuously improved. Considering that the website of the WIV and the work and private mailboxes of many employees have suffered from plenty of malicious attacks, the database is only shared within the WIV at present. It is a tradition in the scientific circle that a research team publishes its findings in the form of papers after analysis and systematic organization of some primary data in the database, and then makes its papers available for viewing and retrieving in databases, Yuan noted, adding that the WIV will display and share its database while strictly conforming to the rule in the scientific circle. Yuan also contradicted some doubts about the WIV with solid facts. Having always upheld the idea of sharing scientific research information in time, the WIV reported the whole genome sequence of the virus to the WHO promptly after it acquired preliminary results of pathogen identification. Back on Feb. 3, 2020, the research team of Shi Zhengli, a WIV researcher, published a paper in Nature, a leading multidisciplinary science journal, pointing out that the COVID-19 came from nature. One day later, researchers at the WIV published in an international magazine their research results of the antiviral activity of several drugs at the cellular level. The WIV has also actively participated in international video and audio academic conferences held by the WHO, National Academy of Sciences of the U.S., French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Russian Academy of Sciences and other organizations, and shared with its international counterparts in a timely manner its results in the establishment of animal models, antiviral drug screening,

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he Delta variant of Covid-19 has now been detected in 124 territories worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. It is expected to become the dominant variant globally in the coming months, with the WHO predicting that there could be more than 200 million confirmed cases within a matter of weeks. Infections are rising, particularly in Europe and the western Pacific region. Some Western countries have started to ease restrictions as death rates have dropped. But those without access to vaccines or with a slower vaccine rollout are facing a deadlier threat. Here, BBC journalists around the world give a sense of the toll the Delta variant is taking and what impact its spread could have. By Valdya Baraputri, BBC News Indonesia With more than 1,300 deaths in a day, Indonesia has become Asia’s new Covid epicentre. Hundreds of people have died in selfisolation - possibly because they could not get immediate treatment or were turned away by overwhelmed hospitals. Wirawan, a firefighter in the capital city of Jakarta, sees the worsening crisis first-hand. He and his team are tasked with picking up bodies from homes before finally delivering them for burial. Before the latest spike in cases, he arranged two or three funerals a day. Now, he gets calls for up to 24 funerals a day. That’s more than he can handle, so the bodies need to wait. The country is recording more than 50,000 new daily cases, and the government is keeping

emergency restrictions until at least the end of this week. It is likely to extend the measures on Monday. As the new highly transmissible Delta variant, which was first detected in India, continues to ravage the country, Indonesia is racing to vaccine its people. From 208 million people eligible for vaccines, only around 16 million have received both doses. By Rana Jawad, BBC North Africa correspondent Tunisia is now witnessing the most devastating impact of Covid since the global pandemic took hold. It’s not known whether most of the new infections are the Delta variant specifically, but case numbers grew after its known arrival here. Hospitals across the country are completely overwhelmed, with some medics filmed crying over a shortage of oxygen concentrators as they are forced to decide who lives and who dies. Infection rates are soaring, and the vaccination campaign has been very slow with less than 8% of the population fully jabbed. Rights organisations have accused the government of mismanaging the crisis, and on Tuesday the health minister was sacked. In recent days, Tunisia’s national telecoms agency has offered 1GB of free internet for those who follow a mobile text prompt to register for a vaccine. At least one known pizza place in Tunis offered a 10% discount if customers showed proof of vaccine registration. The situation could turn a corner next month after Tunisia received donations of vaccines, oxygen tanks and other medical supplies from

In July a health ministry spokeswoman described the Covid situation in Tunisia as “catastrophic” European and Arabic countries, with several countries pledging to deliver more aid. Mexico - People tire of the crisis By Marcos González Díaz, BBC Mundo correspondent Mexico is facing its third wave of the pandemic. The number of infections has risen to more than 15,000 a day, reaching the peak we saw at the beginning of the year. Authorities are concerned about the advance of the Delta variant, which in the capital Mexico City already accounts for around 60% of cases. The government admitted that the spread of this variant in Mexico and the US is the reason they have extended the closure of the land border between the two countries to nonessential travel. Most of those affected in Mexico are young

and unvaccinated people. Only one in four over 18 year-olds in the country are fully vaccinated. But with 65% of beds available, hospitals do not show for now the collapse seen in the worst moments of the pandemic. In the streets, the feeling is almost of apparent normality among a population exhausted by this crisis. Many of them must leave home daily to work selling food or in other informal jobs, in order to earn the money they need to survive. This is why the government does not plan to increase restrictive measures or shut down economic activities once again, despite the risk of Delta. Despite warnings of a third wave, the government has said it does not plan to bring back restrictions in Mexico

China, Africa to strengthen cooperation in protecting world heritage By Wan Yu, People’s Daily

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five-year plan was preliminarily formed to boost capacity building for China and Africa regarding world heritage conservation and management at a side event of the ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) that kicked off on July 16 in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China’s Fujian province. The plan is aimed at establishing platforms for more direct exchange of knowledge between Chinese and African experts and scholars in the field of world heritage as well as custodians of world heritage sites so that the two sides can intensify exchange and sharing of experience, jointly carry out capacity building activities, and elevate the level of world heritage protection and management together. The side event, which took place on July 19 under the theme of “Capacity Building for World Heritage Conservation and Management-Towards Future Cooperation Between Africa and China”, was attended by more than 150 people, including officials from the UNESCO, representatives of international organizations, and Chinese and African experts and scholars. Before formulating the five-year plan, participants in the event reviewed the fruits of cooperation between China and Africa in the field of world heritage since 2019, and discussed the current situation of capacity building concerning the conservation and management of world heritage in Africa and China. As the home of the world-famous Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, the lofty Mount Kilimanjaro on savannas, and the amazing ancient stone towers of the Great Zimbabwe ruins shrouded in forests, Africa is a continent

endowed with rich and colorful natural and cultural resources. However, due to multiple factors, including social and economic development, Africa has long lagged behind other regions of the world in applying for UNESCO World Heritage status, as well as the management and protection of its world heritage. There are 12 countries in Africa that still don’t have any heritage recognized as world heritage by the UNESCO, and 22 of the 53 properties included on the List of World Heritage in danger by the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO are located in Africa, according to Souayibou Varissou, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF). At the side event, Varissou called for increasing financial support for the AWHF to improve Africa’s capability to protect world heritage. The 44th session of the World Heritage Committee tries to give priority to Africa in policy formulation, capacity building, international aid, and upstream procedures, in a bid to enhance the representativeness and improve the balance of world heritage, said Tian Xuejun, director of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and also chairman of the 44th session of the World Heritage Committee. Upholding the idea of the China-Africa community with a shared future, China attaches great importance to its cooperation with Africa in protecting world heritage, held the UNESCO-Africa-China Forum on World Heritage Capacity Building and Cooperation, and supports efforts to carry out training in risk management and protection of world heritage for custodians of world heritage sites

in African countries including Uganda, Benin, and Tanzania, Tian said. Greater efforts need to be made and more strength pooled to put into practice UNESCO’s Global Priority Africa resolution, which demonstrates the status and role of African countries in the cause of world heritage protection, Tian stressed, adding that China will continue supporting African countries in protecting world heritage, assist with talent cultivation in developing countries, and carry out talent cultivation programs for world heritage protection. Africa urgently needs to strengthen capacity building regarding application for UNESCO World Heritage status, and the management and monitoring of world heritage, said Mechtild Rössler, director of UNESCO World Heritage Center. Rössler thanked China for its tremendous efforts to help protect world heritage in Africa through platforms of UNESCO, and is looking forward to more new results of the cooperation between China and Africa in world heritage protection. World heritage in Africa is an integral and distinctive part of the world heritage system, said Lyu Zhou, director of the National Heritage Center of Tsinghua University as well as a professor of the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University. World heritage in Africa is underrepresented on the existing UNESCO World Heritage List, which not only needs Africa to constantly enhance capacity building concerning application for UNESCO World Heritage status, but also requires the world to realize more deeply the uniqueness of Africa’s history and culture, Lyu said. An identification and interpretation

system that accords with the characteristics of Africa’s world heritage should be established to demonstrate the cultural value of the world heritage in Africa, Lyu added. Muhammad Juma, chief of the Africa Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Center, gave a systematic introduction to capacity building efforts in Africa at the side event, and pointed out that capacity building in the future should be oriented to the needs of management organizations of world heritage sites, people who work in the field of world heritage, stakeholders in relevant communities, and researchers of colleges, universities, and research institutes. Juma also invited China to share its experience in applying for UNESCO World Heritage status and protection and management of world heritage.

Photo taken on July 7, 2021, shows actresses performing Min Opera, national-level intangible cultural heritage of Fuzhou, southeast China’s Fujian province, at a waterside pavilion in Sanfangqixiang, a historic and cultural area in Fuzhou. (Photo by Xie Guiming/People’s Daily Online)


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200-day countdown starts for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics By He Yong, People’s Daily

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eijing 2022 Winter Olympics started its 200-day countdown on Monday. By July 17, 53 of 57 Winter Olympic projects in both Beijing and Yanqing competition zones have been completed, and the remaining four projects are expected to be completed this year. The ecological restoration project of the Yanqing competition zone was completed at the end of June, which turned natural landscape into ecologyfriendly competition venues. Eight competition venues in the two competition zones were completed at the end of 2020, and their supporting facilities have all met requirements in the testing and operational stages and are ready for test events. The venues have passed an all-round examination of corresponding international sports organizations. Seven of the nine noncompetition venues have been completed. So far, the Winter Olympic Village and

National Convention Center Phase II, or the Main Media Center (MMC) for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics have been delivered to the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The “Ice Jar” comprehensive training center was also completed and has gone through acceptance inspection. The National Convention Center Phase II is the largest newly constructed project in the Beijing competition zone. It will receive over 3,000 journalists and around 12,000 broadcasters during the Winter Olympic Games. The steel-structured building, covered by 2,376 curtain wall units in the shape of a huge mythical bird, showcases a design concept of harmonious coexistence between architecture and nature. As the last project of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics to break ground, the construction and renovation of the National Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, started on July

4, and will be completed in October this year. The ecological restoration project of the Yanqing competition zone, commencing in 2015, had the longest period of construction among all projects for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. A total of 2.14 million square meters of ecological restoration has been completed. According to Yu Dequan, deputy director of Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office, the Yanqing competition zone, with the highest altitude of 2,198 meters, faced the most difficulties in construction among all the three competition zones. When the project just started, there was no water supply, road, power supply or communication network in the competition zone. The ecological restoration was even more difficult than building a new venue, Yu said. To protect the environment on Xiaohaituo Mountain, where the Alpine skiing, bobsleigh and skeleton and luge events will be held, the Yanqing competition zone

has always taken ecological conservation as the first priority. Before the restoration project was implemented, a background investigation of the ecological environment was jointly conducted by the forestry, environment and ecology experts. They tailored protection plans for every tree on the mountain based on how much impact it shoulders from the construction. So far, insitu protection has been done for 313 trees, and 24,272 have been transplanted to a nearby protection base covering nearly 300 mu, or 20 hectares of land. About 91 percent of the transplanted trees survived. In addition, 11,027 shrubs have been transplanted and are now taken good care of by professional organizations. The National Speed Skating Oval is the only newly constructed venue hosting ice events for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. With a novel design, the venue features high construction difficulty and application of new technologies. It is the first large venue in China to massively employ domestically

produced high-vanadium sealing strands, and around its exterior there are “flowing ribbons” made up of 3,360 pieces of glass. Introducing carbon dioxide refrigerants for ice-making, the venue boasts an ice surface of around 12,000 square meters, the largest in Asia. So far, the National Speed Skating Oval has applied for 34 national patents, and 8 have been certified. Upholding a pioneering spirit in the construction of venues, Beijing and Yanqing competition zones have developed a large batch of technologies and patents. The Yanqing competition zone has applied for 150 patents and 144 have been accepted or certified. Liu Lifeng, an official with the Beijing Major Projects Construction Headquarters Office, told People’s Daily that among the 92 certified patents, 73 were about bobsleigh and luge venue construction and maintenance, 8 about Alpine skiing venue construction, 7 about municipal construction and maintenance, and 4 about the construction of the Winter Olympic Village.

Politics over lives - primary reason for Washington’s failure in pandemic control By Zhong Sheng

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veryone knows that origin-tracing of COVID-19 is a matter of science. However, Washington is still resorting to politics, trying to blame others for its own incompetence in pandemic control by slandering other countries. Unfortunately, passing the buck brings not a single change to the fact that the U.S. public is paying a huge price for the inaction and misconduct of the White House. The U.S. always brags that it owns the richest medical resources and the strongest medical care capability in the world, but its performance in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic is awfully terrible, which makes it the country that sees the most confirmed cases and deaths in the world. Even American experts believe, upon in-depth analysis on the control work of the U.S., that it was some U.S. politicians who set politics

above science and private political gains above people’s health that led to the failure of the pandemic control in the country. The situation could’ve not been so bad if the White House coped with the virus respecting science. American epidemiologist and former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention William Foege called the failure of the U.S. in pandemic control a “slaughter.” When the earliest cases of the novel coronavirus were just reported, the then administration in the White House not only ignored scientists’ warning, but also concealed information about the virus and even released fake messages to misguide the public. It called the virus a “flu,” claiming that the virus has low infection and fatality rates, and said that “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” Under such circumstances, the “golden window” period for infectious disease prevention and control was wasted. An article published on

New York Times in July 2020 commented that then American leader’s “preference for following his gut rather than the data cost time, and perhaps lives.” Even though the pandemic was spreading recklessly in the U.S., making the latter a global “leader” in the number of confirmed cases and deaths, the U.S. government was still taking down the importance of wearing masks out of political calculation. In an editorial, the New England Journal of Medicine criticized that American leaders have largely chosen to ignore and even denigrate experts, which made the country fail at almost every step and turned a crisis into a tragedy. Till today, political game and party conflicts are still hindering the pandemic control of the U.S. Recently, the daily numbers of confirmed cases, patients hospitalized and deaths resurged in the U.S., which health experts say has a close relation with some politicians who encouraged the public to

reject vaccination. The Milwaukee Independent stressed in an article that political struggles have turned the response to the pandemic into a war against objectors, which would only waste lives, delay progress in controlling the pandemic and exacerbate the pain. CNN said in a recent report that the consistent efforts of U.S. political leaders to extract political interests from the pandemic continue, and the attention-grabbing actions of some politicians would only add to the suffering of American people. During the test of the once-in-a-century pandemic, some American politicians have placed politics, votes, and capital above the lives and health of the people, which fully indicated that the so-called democracy and human rights are totally worthless to them. This is clear to both the Americans and the international society, and can never be covered by blame game. Professor of medicine

David Hayes-Bautista at UCLA pointed out that there should have been less deaths in the U.S., but the inaction of the government led to a tragedy. According to a poll by the Associated PressNORC Center for Public Affairs Research, most of the U.S. citizens believe the U.S. government shall be held accountable for the crisis. The consequences of some U.S. politicians ignoring science and resorting to political manipulation and blame game are shouldered by American citizens. At present, the pandemic is still rampant around the world, but these politicians are still applying their same old tricks. How many evil consequences will they bring? What an explanation can the White House give to the American citizens and the international society? But one thing is certain that Washington will eat his own bitter fruits of its evil practices. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on foreign policy.)

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he Kano State Government has directed all students of public secondary schools in the state to register and obtain the National Identification Number (NIN). The Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Sanusi Saidu-Kiru, gave the directive in a statement issued by the Chief Public

Relations Officer in the ministry, Malam Aliyu Yusuf in Kano. Saidu-Kiru said that the NIN would enable the ministry to have an updated database for all students for the purpose of planning and optimum record keeping. According to him, this will also assist in eradicating manipulation of students’ records during examinations and ensure judicious use of government funds.

The commissioner, therefore, asked the management of the Kano State Senior Schools Management Board (KSSSMB), Zonal Directors and Principals to ensure strict adherence to the directive. “Forms will be distributed to all secondary schools for the students from JSS 1 to SS 2 to provide their personal details, which will also be used by the National Identity Management Commission

(NIMC). “The details will then be kept by the ministry for the purpose of documentation,’’ he said. Saidu-Kiru added that the staff of NIMC would soon begin the NIN registration across the schools in the state. He warned that no student would be registered for qualifying or any transitional examination without the NIN.

Keren’s death: Premiere Academy pushes back on alleged rape Maryam Abeeb

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he secondary school at the centre of controversy over the death of Keren Akpagher, Premiere Academy Lugbe, Abuja, has pushed back on allegations of sexual harassment leading to the death of the 14-yearold SS1 student. Acting Principal of the school, Mr Chris Akinsowon, in a statement on Thursday, said the school has zero tolerance for sexual harassment of any kind, whether verbal or physical, as well as in-campus misconduct. Akinsowon vowed that “in the unlikely event that any form of sexual assault happened to Miss Keren Akpagher in the school, leading to her death, the School Board and Management will join hands with all relevant security agencies to prosecute such a person in line with the laws of the land.” The acting principal, who provided further clarifications on the alleged assault of the deceased student, however, maintained that Keren’s autopsy result was not yet out, stressing that it is part of the investigation the school insists must be allowed to take its course and earnestly awaits the result. “The autopsy result is not out yet. It is a part of the investigation process the school insists must be allowed to take its course. We earnestly await the result and plead that nothing should be said to pre-empt whatever the outcome might be,” he said. On the alleged staff of the school that was sent on indefinite suspension and dismissal, he noted that the dismissal of the staff was “based on careless talk with a student; that’s part of our commitment in making the school safe for our students and earning the confidence of our parents.” He described reports that their students have sworn to an ‘oath of secrecy’ as very disturbing, stating that “how can secondary students take an ‘oath of secrecy; this is nothing but blackmail and an attempt to divert the minds of the public from the truth.” He assured the general public that “as a school established to train future leaders, we will never give in to spineless, chinless and

...says school has zero tolerance for sexual harassment directionless individuals who are all out to cause people to have a negative opinion of the school. Speaking further on Keren’s demise, he said upon her “admission to the Queen’s Hospital, Wuse Zone 11, Abuja on early Monday, 21st June 2021, the school’s representatives went there to visit her and her mother. “We reached out to the family on the very Tuesday, 22nd of June, when we were informed of her demise at the hospital, all activities for that day in the school were shut down. The Management staff and some members of staff went to commiserate with her. “The following day, 23rd

June, the visit was repeated with a Board member and some staff to deliver a condolence letter, even though she was not in, we delivered it. On the 24th June, 4 members of staff went again, but they were denied entry right from the gate of the Estate. The PTA Executives of the school went on the same day and were equally prevented from entering from the gate of the Estate. “Keren’s mother denied granting any interviews, yet media houses, publications, social media and bloggers have been quoting her. A valedictory Service was conducted in memory of Keren Akpagher in the Academy

on Monday, 12th July, 2021. Akinsowon was responding to an earlier press conference held on Wednesday, in which the leader of the Coalition of Gender Based Violence Responders, Lemmy Ughegbe, alleged that Premiere Academy was one of the schools engaging in the ignoble act of sexual harassment. Ughegbe accused the FCT police of acting like image makers of Premiere Academy by defending the action and role of the school and failed to release Katen’s medical report to the mother. He said “The FCT Deputy Commissioner of Police, Fom Pam

Joseph, has held on to the medical report of the deceased and refused to give it to the biological mother of the girl. The idea is if she gets it she will share it with the press. Is the Police PRO of Premiere Academy? What is the business of the police with what the mother does with the information on the medical report? “Of course as investigative journalists working with a coalition we have gotten the medical report that corroborates the fact that this girl was raped with a condom left inside of her. That condom eventually caused sepsis which led to her untimely death.”

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Education Minister Commend NISRAL boss Over global award

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he Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has felicitated with the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing system for Agricultural Lending, (NIRSAL), Aliyu Abdulhammed,

on his global recognition as one of Fortune’s Top 500 CEOs. In his congratulatory message released recently in Abuja, the Minister said the award by the CEO of TODAY MAGAZINE GLOBAL AWARDS 2021, is a testimony of the top managerial talent exhibited by Aliyu. Nwajuiba who emphasized that

Aliyu Abdulhammed is worthy to be celebrated, also congratulated him on his re-appointment as the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of NIRSAL Plc. He said that the reappointment is a vote of confidence on Abdulhammed’s innovative leadership and robust initiatives he has put in his duties and

responsibilities at NIRSAL. These initiatives, the Minister stressed, have made NIRSAL “a successful National Institution that has discharged its mandate satisfactorily.” Nwajuiba subsequently urged Aliyu not to relent in his efforts to take his organization to greater levels of innovation.


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It’s the best thing I’ve found in 31 years of diving,” says Maurice Belgrave, pointing to the spot where a centuries-old shipwreck lay hidden under the water for more than 200 years. Here at the Antigua Naval Dockyard, historic anchors, cannons and capstans are on bountiful display, testimony to the pivotal role it played as a safe harbour for Royal Navy warships protecting Britain’s valuable sugar-producing islands. The murky waters around it, however, conceal a wealth of secrets. Over the years, commercial diver Mr Belgrave has found everything from 18th Century tobacco pipes to live cannon balls deep in the sediment beneath. “Most of the real history is on the seabed,” he tells the BBC. In 2013, a routine job cleaning an anchor chain unearthed his most impressive discovery to date: the remarkably well-preserved remains of a 250-year-old naval vessel. “Whenever I’m down there, I run my hands through the mud,” he explains. “I saw the lumbers and realised it was the skeleton of a real big boat.” The presence of the 40-metre (130-ft) wooden ship was finally confirmed last month by a team of visiting archaeologists. Not only does its sheer size set it apart from other wrecks around the Caribbean island, but local historians also believe it to be the 1762 Beaumont, a French merchant ship later bought by a private individual, renamed the Lyon and used in the American Revolutionary War. The mud which kept it concealed just feet below the surface, traversed by hundreds of yachts a year, is credited with keeping it intact, offering archaeologists a veritable time capsule to explore. Historians had long suspected the Beaumont was there - and a hydrographic survey, also in 2013, had given weight to that - but poor visibility made it tricky to locate. Lack of funds hindered efforts to professionally scour the identified spot until recently, when the French and Martinique governments - as well as the US-based Richard Lounsbery Foundation - paid for a visit by a group of international experts. The timing was impeccable too, preceding celebrations for this month’s fifth anniversary of the dockyard’s award of Unesco World Heritage Site status. Dr Reginald Murphy, Antigua’s Unesco representative, says this is a “major historical find”. “You read about the Age of Sail and the size of the ships, but it’s not until you actually see one that you realise how massive and powerful they were; it’s a way of

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Excitement over wooden shipwreck found in Antigua’s seabed reaching into history,” he says. “We have many artefacts and buildings from that era but nothing compared to this. It’s a real touch of reality.” The six-day excavation revealed the vessel’s measurements to match the dimensions of the 900-ton Beaumont. Further research is required but if it is indeed the Beaumont, it could be the only shipwreck of its kind in the world, explains Antigua-based archaeologist Dr Christopher Waters. Historians believe the wreck to be the 1762 Beaumont, a heavily armed French merchant ship The Beaumont was built by the French East India Company, an imperial commercial enterprise founded in 1664 to compete with English and Dutch trading firms in what is today east Asia. While there are other wrecks of vessels built by the company, there are no known ones with an intact hull, Dr Waters says. Its discovery is comparable to the Mary Rose “in terms of its size and the stories we may be able to tell of it”, he adds. Leading the underwater team was Jean-Sebastian Guibert, an associate professor at the University of the Antilles in Martinique. He describes finding the ship - using high-tech sonar equipment and a magnetometer as “like hitting the jackpot”. Mr Guibert says it is the largest wreck he has seen in 15 years working in the region. One thing researchers are not expecting to find as investigations continue is a “treasure trove”, Dr Waters says, as the vessel was likely stripped down. Neither will it be raised due to the expense and complexity of doing so. But the ship could offer new insight into 18th Century wooden ship construction. Centuries-old artefacts found in the dockyard over the years include a toothbrush made from bone As a heavily armed merchant ship, the Beaumont was designed to travel from France to the Indian and Pacific oceans. After the collapse of the French East India Company, it served as a 56gun warship in the French Navy from 1770 to 1772 before being bought and renamed. It was later captured by HMS Maidstone in 1778 while supporting the Thirteen Colonies in the American War of

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Maurice Belgrave has been diving in the area for more than three decades

mere existence enhances the profile of the dockyard, the only working Georgian dockyard in the Western Hemisphere and a cornerstone of Antigua’s tourism industry. For Mr Belgrave, the significance goes deeper still. As historians continue to piece together the stories of the

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The Antigua Naval Dockyard is the only working Georgian dockyard in the Western Hemisphere

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he Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has explained why it refused to allow Team Nigeria to the Tokyo Olympic Games to be kitted in Puma wears, saying it may embarrass the country’s athletes because the agreement signed was not genuine with the kits manufacturer. The Ministry in a statement insisted that before Team Nigeria’s athletes are allowed to wear any foreign brand, it must following due process for the of interest of both side as well to the glory of our ambassadors at global stage. The Ministry alleged that the factional president of the Athletics Federation Nigeria (AFN), Shehu Gusau and former technical director of

AFN, Sunday Adeleye, refused to disclose the contractual agreement they allegedly signed on behalf of AFN for five years without recourse to the Board. “The refusal of the Minister of Youth and Sports to allow Nigerian athletes to be kitted in Puma wears would drawn attacks and blackmailing against against them. The Minister was not part of a contract to which the contract documents have not been seen or shown Nigerians before global stage. “The Ministry steered clear of the clouds over the Puma kits and went for local content as directed under the local content law of Nigeria. Ministry and AFN went for a local garment producer to kit Team Nigeria,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, the minister of youth and sports development, Sunday Dare, has urged Gusau to leave him out of his desperation to extricate himself from the controversial Puma contract that has placed him in a position of trying to blackmail Team Nigeria into wearing the kits. Dare, who was reacting to online media reports aim at blackmailing him and Ministry of Youth and Sports, said the Puma kits is a subject of criminal investigations and urged Gusau and Adeleye to face for the criminal charge of conspiracy, theft and abuse of public office instituted against in court to them by the IGP. “Gusau is planting lies and journalists are buying the lies. The Puma deal is a subject of criminal investigations.

The IG of Police charged Gusau and Sunday Adeleye to court for criminal conspiracy and theft and abuse of public office over the AFN Puma deal. This Puma kits are the disputed one. “It is common knowledge that the former AFN president, Engineer Ibrahim Shehu Gusau with his co-travelers is desperate to extricate himself from a contract that he controversially signed the AFN into, which has now placed him in a position of trying to blackmail Team Nigeria into wearing the kits. “Engineer Gusau and his accomplices in the controversial PUMA deal were docked before a competent court in a criminal case with suit Number CR/99/2020 IGP Vs Ibrahim Shehu Gusau & two others, for criminal conspiracy,

misappropriation, criminal breach of trust and cheating in violation of the Nigeria Penal Code. The trial is ongoing and a copy of the charge sheet is attached to this statement. It is pertinent to await the outcome of this criminal trial before making further clarifications on the extent of treachery that the disgraced former AFN president committed against the Athletics Federation of Nigeria and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “The Minister and the Ministry will not commit the Nigerian government and Nigerian athletes to a deal of which the Ministry has not sighted the contractual documents that ties Nigerian athletes to a five-year contract with PUMA,” Dare said.

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igeria senior men’s basketball team (D’Tigers) suffered an 84- 67 defeat to the Boomers of Australia in its opening game of the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics. In the first quarter, Skipper Nnamdi Vincent levelled it at 12-12 for Nigeria, but Patty Mills made his second 3 points shot in the quarter to take Australia 3 up on Nigeria as they go on a 7-0 run. Caleb Agada drew a foul, then made missed both free throws. Australia 19 – 12 Nigeria. Obi Emegano was nothing short of thrilling, he had 3 points shot to take Nigeria 3 up in the second quarter and a personal tally of 9 points. Joe Ingles made a layup then drew a foul. Australia 26 – 26 Nigeria. The game was initially close, much closer than when the two sides last met two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Precious Achiuwa came to the party. Two free throws were made to take Nigeria 4 points up, but the Boomers have levelled Australia 34- 34 Nigeria. D’tigers went into the halftime break down three points. Half time: Australia 43- 40 Nigeria. 6-0 start for Australia to the third quarter, skipper Nnamdi Gabe Vincent draws a foul and is awarded three free throws. He made two of those and D’tigers went down by 7. Australia 49- 42 Nigeria. Turnovers and missed shots. The Boomers capitalised on these from the D’Tigers as they initially opened an 11 points lead on Nigeria. But it went down to 6 points. Australia 53- 47 Nigeria. Jordan Nwora gradually grew into the game. He made a layup, then drew a foul in the process to take his tally to 10 points. Australia 55- 49 Nigeria. Those Free Throws misses cost Nigeria at the end of the day. 12/22 made, D’tigers end the third quarter trailing Australia by 6 points. Australia 58- 52 Nigeria. Nigeria had a good start to the last

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quarter, Josh Okogie assists Caleb Agada for a layup, but Patty Mills took the Boomers 7 points with 3 points shot. Down 5 after Chimezie Metu found the bucket, but 8 up to Australia Australia 64- 56 Nigeria. Australia opened their biggest lead in the game, Patty Mills ran the show with a

game-high 25 points. The Boomers lead by 14. Australia 74- 60 Nigeria. D’Tigers played a very good three quarters, stayed in it, and were down by just 6 points. But they will look back and particularly rue those missed Free Throws (12/25). They go again on

Wednesday against Germany. Australia 84- 67 Nigeria. Meanwhile, in the other game Group B match, Italy defeated Germany 92-82 to get a victory that could give them a chance to qualify for the quarterfinals. Nigeria will play Germany on Wednesday.

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lessing Okagbare’s experience and bright performances will be a tonic to the track and field athletes of Team Nigeria when they begin competing from the July 30th. Alongside Blessing Okagbare are Eleven other athletes namely : Oluwatobi Amusan; Ese Brume; Divine Oduduru; Grace Nwokocha;Chukwuebuka Enewechi; Enoch Adegoke; Usheoritse Itshekiri; Patience Okon George; Imaobong Uko and Emmanuel Ojeli. Favour Ofili and Ruth Usoro both US based NCAA collegiate athletes, who came into the Nigerian Olympics radar late in the qualifiers have completed two of the three mandatory out of competition tests, OCT, required and are awaiting final clearance. Ten Nigerian athletes most of whom are alternates who have not fulfilled the three mandatory OCT tests required are in the process of taking their tests. They must take the final tests one day before competition. The process to get them tested has since been activated by the AFN. Athletics will commence on Friday, July 30 and Team Nigeria athletes are putting finishing touches to their Taye Taiwo andpreparation. Oduamadi

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arold Macmillan in the historic speech he delivered on 3rd February 1960 to both Houses of Parliament of the Union of South Africa in Cape Town predicted a “wind of change” will blow through the continent of Africa. As the British Prime Minister at the time of the speech, his words were closely watched. In less than twelve months, what he promised as a wind of change came, but did not come as a wind but a hurricane of change. In one fell swoop, 17 countries of Africa under colonial bondage followed the trail of Ghana and became free. “At long last, the battle has ended! And thus Ghana your beloved country is free forever!” The speaker did not forget to add the words which later defined his legacy in Africa. “Our independence is meaningless unless it is linked up with the total liberation Africa.” Those were the wise words of Kwame Nkrumah as he delivered his inaugural speech to a cheering crowd on March 6 1957 as Ghana’s Prime Minister. On May 23 1963, Kwame Nkrumah teamed up with Haile Selaise, (who ruled Ethiopia as Emperor between 1930 and 1974, successfully defending his country to become the only African county to evade colonial conquest), formed the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). This was preceded by the Cassablanca group and the Monrovia group. By this time 32 independent countries had signed up. The main aim of the OAU was to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonisation and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity among African states etc. All though the existence of the OAU, (1963 to 2002) as divided as Africa was and still is on many issues, colonialism, especially the most repugnant version of it, apartheid became the issue that rallied all countries of the continent together. Long after the original founders – Nkrumah and Selaise were overthrown and dead – African peoples and governments continued to fight for the freedom of their fellow Africans still under the control of colonial masters and the racial bigots that were holding them in bondage. So much was the solidarity feeling that when some

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of us entered the university in the 70’s we contributed small, small Naira and Kobo for the war chest of the cause of liberation. We were all too willing to go and fight particularly apartheid in South Africa if only the government would allow us. Forget about the fact that most of us had never fired a dane gun in our life, not to talk of facing the bloodshed and commotion of war. The cry for African freedom in Nigeria reached a frenzied height when General Murtala Mohammed became the Head of State after General Yakubu Gowon was overthrown. Then there was a serious war going on for the liberation of Angola which was under the colonial control of Portugal. South Africa which was already occupying Namibia by force of arms saw an opportunity to dig deeper in Africa by taking advantage of the confusion in Angola. With America in their support, they started lobbying some African countries to support them. The President of the United States then Gerald Ford wrote to General Mohammed. The hot headed new Nigerian Head of State did not only reject his ideas, he took the non- diplomatic step of publishing the classified letter and replying it – all in the media. The star performance of the new Nigerian Head of state came when an extraordinary meeting was held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. On January 11 1976, he delivered a thundering speech in which he said: “When I contemplate the evils of apartheid my heart bleeds and I am sure the heart of every true blooded African bleeds… Rather than join hands with forces

fighting for self-determination and against, racism and apartheid, the United States policy makers clearly decided that it was in the best interest of their country to maintain white supremacy and minority regimes in Africa. Africa has come of age. It is no longer under the orbit of any continental power….” Very soon after that speech, Gen Muritala fell to an assassin’s bullet and so did Angola also fall from colonial control. The puppet liberation movements were routed on the battlefield by those supported by the Nigerian and majority of African governments. With the support of independent African counties, Angola, (Rhodesia) Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique all became the last batch of independent counties in the 70’s and 80’s. In the 90’s South Africa itself released their long held prisoner, dismantled apartheid and became free. So much hope was put on that country. It is the most technically advanced and as a settler colony, the white minority there who controlled the economy and power never knew they would one day go. They developed South Africa on the lines of the developed industrial complex of Western countries. If the whites had moved out immediately, the country would have collapsed and South Africa and Africa would have been the worse for it. It would have proved the point that the black-man is incapable governing himself. The wisdom in Nelson Mandela virtually maintaining the status quo saved South Africa from the anarchy, commotion and bloodshed of the early post-apartheid years.

With the jailing of the former President Jacob Zuma, we have begun to see another side of South Africa. The journalists who came to cover the return to civil rule in Nigeria in 1999 complained to us about the prevalence of corruption and tribalism in Nigeria

But some years after Apartheid, South Africa came to grapple with another problem. They were no longer content with mere discrimination against immigrants from other counties. An alarming rate of xenophobic attacks spread widely all through the country leading to scores of deaths because of these attacks. Now and then we hear of these attacks targeted at Africans who are from poorer countries. South African blacks appear to have forgotten that when they were enslaved by the whites, brother black African countries bailed them out. With the jailing of the former President Jacob Zuma, we have begun to see another side of South Africa. The journalists who came to cover the return to civil rule in Nigeria in 1999 complained to us about the prevalence of corruption and tribalism in Nigeria. But immediately Jacob Zuma was convicted on corruption related issues and he handed himself over to the authorities to be imprisoned, a violence which according to South African President Cyril Rhamaphosa was preplanned erupted along ethnic groups around Kwazulu – Natal and Guateng - the convicted expresident’s home base. Nobody is asking whether the ex-president broke the law. All they are concerned about is that he is their own and should be left alone. The South African journalists who accused us in Nigeria in 1999 of making everything in our country look tribal and corrupt may have discovered by now that South Africa is another Nigeria after all.

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