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President Buhari flanked by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, SGF Mr Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari, Director General of Budget office, Mr Ben Akabueze and SSAP to National Assembly House, hon Umar I. El-Yakub as he the signs 2021 Supplementary Budget at the State house, yesterday in Abuja. PHOTO; State House

CVR: Over 1m Nigerians register within 4 weeks -INEC discloses

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PDP condemns alleged arm twisting of its govs to join APC

Buhari signs N982bn 2021 supplementary budget

Adamawa records 774 SGBV cases, convicts 297

Police debunk reports on arrest of DPO over kidnapping

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Buhari signs N982bn 2021 supplementary budget

By Egena Sunday Ode


resident Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja signed the supplementary budget of N982.7bn for 2021. The budget was necessitated by the desire of government to urgently address the current security and COVID-19 challenges in the country, a statement by the Senior Spacial Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said. The President signed the Supplementary Appropriation

Act, 2021 in his office at the State House in the presence of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and Director-General, Budget Office of the Federation, Ben Akabueze and Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House), Hon. Umar el-Yakub. Of the amount, N123.3 million is for recurrent (non-debt) expenditure while the sum of the N859.3bn is for contribution to the

Development Fund for the capital expenditure for the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2021. According to the statement by Shehu, President Buhari commended the National Assembly for the expeditious consideration and approval of the supplementary budget, assuring that the executive arm of government would ensure the timely delivery of capital projects to achieve the laudable objectives of the Budget. Meanwhile, the President has also, at an earlier date,

signed the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board (Amendment) Act, 2021. The Act amends the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board Act Cap. O10 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to provide for the establishment of the Orthopedic Hospital Jos, Plateau State under the control of the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board affiliated to the Jos Teaching Hospital to provide specialised orthopedic treatment and medical services, Shehu disclosed in the statement.


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he Federal Government, yesterday, failed to produced the detained leader of the Indigenous People if Biafra(IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in court for his trial. By the time the matter was called at about 11:10am, the defendant was conspicuously absent in court. The prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, informed the trial Judge, Justice Binta Nyako, that the defendant in their custody was absent in court due to logistics, however the prosecution insisted they are ready for the trial. Reacting, the defence lead counsel, Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the court that he was authoritatively informed that Nnamdi Kanu has been taken out of jurisdiction of the court. He said that the prosecution has denied him and relatives of Kanu the opportunity to see him for 10 days. He also, draw the attention of the court on the application

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IPOB: Why we didn’t produce Kanu in court • trial adjourned to October 21 filed seeking the transfer of Kanu from the Department of State Security custody to correctional center. “I was informed authoritatively, I am speaking from the bar, that Nnamdi Kanu has been taken out of jurisdiction of this court. “We have been denied access to Kanu in the last 10 days. “We are worried about his safety and don’t know why the Federal Government refused to bring him in court.’’

Meanwhile, the prosecution Mohammed Abubakar, also, told Justice Binta Nyako that she has no fiat from the Chief Judge to continue the trial of the IPOB leader. Abubakar posited that since the court commenced its annual vacation on July 26, it followed that a vacation judge should step up to hear the trial. “I want to draw the attention of the court that the court’s annual vacation for judges has commenced.

“This is no fiat from the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for this court to continue with the trial of the defendant. “We don’t know if this court can be able to continue. “I don’t think in the absence of a fiat from the Chief Judge, that we can be able to continue, Abubakar stated. In her ruling, Nyako stated that it was the duty of the prosecution to apply for the fiat, if they want the trial during vacant and not the duty

of her court. She held that trial cannot proceed in the absence of Kanu, having been arrested and brought into the country. She insisted that Kanu must physically be brought to court since he is now available to face his trial. The court urged the prosecution to ensure that Kanu be brought to court to witness his trial. She therefore, adjourned till October 21 for continuation.


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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

Gunmen abduct another paramount ruler in Kaduna From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


nother First Class Traditional Ruler, the Kpop Ham, Dr. Jonathan Danladi Gyet Maude has been abducted by gunmen.

Dr. Maude, who is the paramount ruler of the Jaba people in the state was abducted in his farm along Kwoi- Keffi road around 2:PM yesterday. The 83-year-old Royal Father who was in the company of his

guards was whisked away from them by the gunmen who were said to come on foot. Whencontacted,thePolicePublic Relations Officer (PPRO), Kaduna State Command, ASP Muhammed Jalige said the command is in touch

with their counterparts in Nasarawa State on the matter. This was coming seven days after the Emir of Kajuru was released by his captors but members of his family who are kidnapped with him are still in the kidnappers dungeon.

he Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali yesterday Monday, announced the new Nigeria Police Manpower Development Policy. The IGP made the announcement during the decoration of twenty-four (24) newly promoted Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. The decoration of the AIGs is the first phase in the decoration exercise of a total of One Hundred and Sixty-Seven (167) Senior Police Officers recently approved by the Police Service Commission following their recommendation by the IGP. The IGP noted that the Manpower Development Policy of the Force is a deliberate protocol to identify, elevate, and position professionally competent officers who will act as the Strategic Police Managers that will drive the new policing vision and give effect to strategies at responding to current and emerging security threats in the country. The Policy also prioritizes human capacity development and welfare of Police Officers for better police service delivery. The IGP, while congratulating the newly promoted officers, charged them to deploy their wealth of experience to support his leadership mission of positively changing the policing and internal security narratives in the country. He also encouraged the officers to discharge the schedules of their new rank within the dictates of the law and the policing expectations of the citizens.

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.

CVR: Over 1m Nigerians register within 4 weeks, INEC discloses

By Folorunso Alagbede, Abuja


our weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, commenced the online pre-registration of voters in the country, over one million Nigerians have registered. The Commission specifically disclosed that as of 7am yesterday, (Monday 26th July 2021), the number of new registrants has risen to 1,006,661. This was confirmed in a statement yesterday by Mr Festus Okoye, a National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC. The Professor Mahmood Yakubu-led Commission assured that both online preregistration and physical/ in-person registration will continue simultaneously until

the suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on 30th June 2022. This, the Commission explained, would enable it to clean up the data and compile the voters’ register for the 2023 General Election. The statement by Okoye reads, “Four weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) commenced the online pre-registration of voters on 28th June 2021, over one million Nigerians have registered. “As of 7am today (yesterday), Monday 26th July 2021, the number of new registrants has risen to 1,006,661. “The detailed distribution of the registrants by age, State/ FCT, gender, occupation and disability for Week Four of the exercise has been uploaded to the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

“However, the distribution by age still shows that 740,063 (or 73.5%) are young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 34. “As earlier announced by the Commission, physical or inperson registration begins today, Monday 26th July 2021 at our 811 State and Local Government Area offices nationwide. “The exact locations of the designated centres have already been uploaded to our website and social media platforms. “Nigerians who pre-registered online can now complete their registration at those centres based on scheduled appointments. “In addition, other Nigerians who prefer to register physically/ in-person can now do so at those centres. “Both online pre-registration and physical/in-person registration will continue simultaneously until the

suspension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise on 30th June 2022 to enable the Commission to clean up the data and compile the voters’ register for the 2023 General Election. “The right to vote begins with the registration of voters. Thus, as we enter the next phase of the CVR exercise, we once again appeal to all citizens who wish to register to approach any of the Commission’s State or Local Government Area offices nationwide to do so. “Once again, we wish to remind citizens that the ongoing registration does not include those already registered as voters. “The current exercise is only open to Nigerians who are 18 years and above who have not registered before. “It is an offence, under the Electoral Act, for any citizen to register more than once”, the statement warned.




damawa recorded 774 cases of sexual and gender violence between 2020 and the first half of 2021. Two-hundred-and-ninetyseven of the perpetrators have so far been convicted. These were disclosed in Yola on Monday by Dr Ukohi Ukiwo, Technical Lead, Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) Programme at the opening of a five-day capacity building

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workshop. The workshop participants are doctors, nurses and counsellors on management of sexual and gender based violence. It was organised by the Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency in collaboration with MCN and funded by the British Council through the European Union. Ukiwo said the workshop was organised to educate participants on how to identify and provide emergency treatment for victims. “Sexual and gender-based violence are occurring more in

communities because of absence of care and the silence that followed the incidents. “We hope that by training of primary healthcare personnel who are closer to the people, the survivors will be able to have emergency and first aid treatment. “Through emergency treatment, first hand evidence will be gathered to enable the authorities to prosecute perpetrators,’’ he said. He said bringing the training close to communities would help in gathering and managing early evidences.

Ukiwo stressed that the solution to eradicate the menace was to ensure prosecution of perpetrators to serve as deterrent to others. “The reason why the violent cases persist is because most perpetrators go free,’’ he stressed. In his remarks, Dr Bashir Sulaiman, Executive Chairman, Adamawa State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, said the agency was positively responding to sexual and genderbased violence in the state. Sulaiman noted that the core objective of the training was to

create awareness and empower participants with knowledge on how to easily detect suspects and victims of sexual and gender-based violence. “Our personnel are available and well trained and have tools to counsel and guide in the three sexual assault referral centres in the state. “Where there is need for justice, we do that through various partners,’’ Sulaiman said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 50 participants from 21 local government areas of the state are attending the training. (NAN)

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resident Muhammadu Buhari on Monday jetted out to the United Kingdom to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025. This was disclosed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. According to the statement, the Summit, which will be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices. It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories, the statement said. Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others, it added. Adesina said President Buhari will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by second week of August, 2021, the statement noted. The President will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, it added.

Security men blocking Shehu Shagari Expressway leading to the Federal High Court where detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was to be brought for trial in Abuja on Monday (26/7/21).

Global private equity assets hit $4.50trn in 10 years — FMDQ


he Chief Executive Officer, FMDQ Group, Mr Bola Onadele, says that the global private equity Asset Under Management (AUM) has hit $4.50 trillion in the last 10 years. Onadele disclosed this at the Coronation Merchant Bank interactive session webinar with the theme: “Capital mobilisation through the private markets,” on Monday in Lagos. Onadele, in his keynote address at the webinar, said that part of these global funds were finding their way into Africa, especially Nigeria. He, however, urged private companies in Nigeria to tap into the opportunities in the market for growth and development. “As is the case in global private markets (PE) where private equity accounts for 60 per cent of total AUM, private markets in Africa and Nigeria is dominated by the PE segment,” he added. Onadele, who was represented by the Head, Private Capital, FMDQ Private Markets Ltd., Mr Yemi Osinubi, said that recent survey

showed that Nigeria ranks second in the attractiveness of African countries for PE investments over the last three years. He said that healthcare and life sciences, technology, and agribusiness were viewed as the most attractive sectors over the next three years. Onadele attributed the shift to private capital to the global liquidity crisis of 2008 and 2010. He noted that traditional source of capital has become less available because of the tightening of the Basel two requirements for banks. “Private equity AUM has gone up four times since 2002, since 2015 worth of private equity deal volume has exceeded equity deal in volume,” he said. Onadele said that institutional investors across the world were seeking for alternative channels on their growing funds, especially in infrastructure funds. Speaking on the drivers for PE, he added that raising capital in the public markets comes with high regulatory requirements and the cost of compliance for

public companies were high. “As such, many companies prefer to remain private for as long as possible and take advantage of the private capital market,”Onadele said. According to him, the private markets give investors access to uncommon investment opportunities while providing diversification benefits. He noted that the primary goal for the establishment of FMDQ Private Markets Ltd was to democratise the capital markets by promoting the inclusion of private companies and unleash the largely untapped pool of private capital in Nigeria. Onadele disclosed that the platform had witnessed about N264 billion in notes since it was set up in 2020. “In 2020, about N100 billion in private company bonds were noted on the platform, this half year alone we have about N153 billion in noting. “We had a mix of promissory notes, corporate bonds, Sukuk bonds and we are having first Green Bond that will be noted in the

coming month also. “Our equity guideline should be coming out very soon, FMDQ is known for bonds but we have been in discussion with venture capital community, the private equity community on how to develop this equity market for them. “And we think its going to be a robust market for them that will help small to medium term businesses who are trying to raise capital. “Our equity guideline will be out within a month and we will start the noting of equity securities,”he said. Earlier, the Managing Director of Coronation Merchant Bank, Mr Banjo Adegbohungbe, said the interactive session was instituted to stimulate discourse and to clarify an enhanced pertinent economic and societal issues as well as develop credible and workable solutions to common challenges. “It is our intention to continue to facilitate productive engagements like this with relevant stakeholders in order to generate solutions for critical sections of the economy and to add value to our existing and potential customers alike. (NAN)

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No PDP Gov can be intimidated to join APC again, says Tambuwal By Folorunso Abuja



he Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on Monday night claimed that Governors on the platform of the party, who joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) did so to avoid being prosecuted after leaving office Tambuwal, who is the Governor of Sokoto State, has however vowed that the remaining PDP Governors will not be intimidated. The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, who was represented by the Taraba State Governor, Architect Darius Ishaku, said these at the Bauchi State Government House banquet hall during a gala night in honour of the PDP Governors. In the words of Tambuwal, “Those running and leaving the PDP are going to where their sins are forgiven “So, if you are a bad and corrupt man, you go over to APC to where your sins will be forgiven. “But we do not agree and believe in intimidation. We will remain in the PDP, we will capture power and improve Nigeria”, he assured. According to Tambuwal, the only hope Nigerians have left is in the PDP, adding, “the party will regain power in 2023 and improve the living standards of Nigerians. “As your Governor earlier mentioned, we have no hope except in PDP, we will live in the PDP, we will savage whatever the country is left of when we regain power in 2023. “If you look around, only in the PDP states projects are ongoing, I am sure speaking the facts and the minds of many Nigerians”, he said. Among those in attendance at the gala night were; Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Alhaji Ahmadu Fintiri (Adamawa); Udom Emmanuel, (Akwa Ibom); Duoye Diri (Bayelsa); Samuel Ortom (Benue), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Godwin Obaseki (Edo); Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Seyi Makinde( Oyo); Nyesom Wike( Rivers) and Zamfara Deputy Governor Mahdi Aliyu.

News PDP condemns alleged arm twisting of its govs to join APC

By Folorunso Alagbede, Abuja


overnors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called on the federal government to bring the activities of bandits, kidnappers and terrorists in the country to an end, through increased use of military equipment, traditional means of conflict resolution and technology for surveillance. The PDP pointedly declared that doing such will require the development of the political will to flush them out. The governors made the call in a communique issued at the end of their meeting yesterday in Bauchi. In the communique signed by the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and twelve others, the meeting condemned what it called “the use of underhand tactics to arm twist some PDP Governors and other stakeholders” to join the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. The PDP Governors expressed their displeasure with President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC “for turning the Presidential Villa, that belongs to all Nigerians, into the new APC headquarters”, where coerced PDP members are being paraded at intervals. The meeting requested the Independent National Electoral

Commission (INEC), the only body empowered by the Constitution to conduct elections, to deploy appropriate technologies necessary to ensure that the votes of every Nigerian is counted and made to count. The meeting further called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), especially, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos) and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that universal access and service of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are provided especially in rural, un-served and under-served areas of the country before the 2023 General elections. The communique reads, “The meeting deliberated once again on the state of the nation, reviewed the deteriorating state of our democracy, the economic and security situation in the country, the state of the PDP as the main opposition platform in Nigeria, and arrived at the following decisions. “On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Governors identified with the need for a free, fair and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench Electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence. “The meeting requested Independent National Electoral

Commission (INEC), the only body empowered by the Constitution to conduct elections, to deploy appropriate technologies necessary to ensure that the votes of every Nigerian is counted and made to count. “The meeting further called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), especially, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos) and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that universal access and service of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are provided especially in rural, un-served and under-served areas of the country before the 2023 General elections. “The meeting condemned the attempt to foist on all political parties, one method of conducting primaries, that is, by DIRECT METHOD ONLY, through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill. “The Governors noted that the method is prone to massive rigging, as evidenced by a situation where President Buhari scored about 15 million votes in the 2018 APC Direct Primaries only to score 15 million votes from the entire country in the 2019 General Election. “The Governors advised that political parties, should be allowed to decide whether to use direct or indirect method of conducting primaries as part of internal democracy in political parties.

“The Governors reiterated, once again, the need for the NNPC and other revenue generating agencies of Government to strictly abide by the Constitution by remitting all their Revenue less cost of Production into the Federation Account as provided for by S.162 of the Constitution. “The meeting condemned, once again, the use of underhand tactics to arm twist some PDP Governors and other stakeholders to join the APC, a political party that has wrecked Nigeria’s economy, turned Nigeria into a killing field and has nothing to offer Nigerians but misery and bad governance. “The Governors condemned Mr President and APC for turning the Presidential Villa, that belongs to all Nigerians, into the new APC headquarters, where coerced PDP members are being paraded at intervals. “On the economy, the meeting admonished the APC Federal Government to collaborate more with State Governments to stem the unemployment scourge affecting the youths of Nigeria, through technology and increased production in all fields of endeavour, reiterating that Government should stop paying lip service on the Ease of Doing Business, as foreign direct investments have continued to fall partly due to obstacles placed on foreign companies wishing to invest in Nigeria.

L- R,: The President of the Organization of Military Sport in Africa (OSMA), Brig Gen. Maikano Abdullahi, Secretary General, international Military sport Council, Col.Dorah Koita, Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of State Barr Abdullahi Mohammed and the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Edet Sunday Akpan, during the investiture ceremony of the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Onu as the Patron of Sahel Military Games by OSMA, held yesterday in Abuja . Photo; Justin Imo-owo

How Fulani herder aided escape of Baptist school student From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


hile the euphoria over the released 28 students of Bethel Baptist High School was still on, another set of three students were welcomed home by their parents on Sunday night. This set, like the other two rescued by personnel of the Kaduna State Police Command last week, took a chance and escaped from their abductors.

One of the escaped students said he and two others spent three days roaming the forest and were contemplating returning to the camp of their captors before divine intervention came through a herder rearing cattle in the forest. “On Monday, July 19, at about 6 pm, we were tasked by our captors to go and fetch firewood. With this chance, we decided to use the opportunity of not being monitored and escaped to an

unknown forest. They ran after us but through God’s Mercy, they didn’t get to us”. The student said after days of navigating aimlessly, they met a fulani man who was rearing his cow in the forest and narrated to him that they escaped from their abductors and wanted direction to go home. He said, “the herder helped us. But he warned us against disclosing that he assisted us. “We were roaming around

the forest since on Monday 19th July, 2021, without food but God saved and delivered us and we were united with our parents on Sunday 25th evening.” According to him, the herder took them in and fed them until Sunday morning, before telling them the path to follow to kasuwan Magani, located in Kajuru Local Government Area. “When we got to Kajuru, one of us who remembered his father’s phone number begged

someone who assisted with his phone and the father came and picked us from there last night,” the student said. The three students are at different hospitals at the time of filing this report. When the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammed Jalige of Kaduna State Command was contacted on phone, he said they were yet to get the details of the three escaped students.


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Police debunk social media report on arrest of DPO over kidnapping T he police in Edo on Monday debunked social media reports that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ehor Division, CSP Benjamin Benafa, has been arrested over kidnap issues. The social media reports had it that the DPO was arrested by a special anti-kidnap team from the office of the Inspector-General of Police. Police spokesman in Edo, SP Kontongs Bello, said in a statement that the news was mischievous, malicious, fabricated and misleading.

“To keep the records straight, there is no such unit called `Special Anti-kidnap Team’ in the office of the IGP of police, Abuja. “The report, which is already going viral on various social media handles and platforms, is totally the work of mischief makers to tarnish the image of the force and to incite the general public against the police, particularly the Edo command. “The Commissioner of Police, Edo command, CP Phillips Ogbadu, therefore, calls on the good people of the state and its residents to disregard the report and

go about their lawful businesses. “It is obvious that criminal elements have already noticed that Ehor is no more profitable for them and decided to come out with the fake report. “The report is meant to divert the attention of the police and that of the general public that are assisting the police with information about their criminal activities.’’ he stated. SP Bello added that the DPO reported at the Division on July 2, and took over duties and responsibilities on July 3.

He stated also that the DPO was instrumental to the rescue of nine passengers kidnapped in an 18-seater bus while traveling from Auchi to Benin on July 4. “The officer is presently at his duty post at Ehor and was not arrested as claimed in the social media report,’’ he stressed. Bello stated that the commissioner of police had ordered a full scale investigation into the matter with the aim of bringing those behind the fake report to book. (NAN)

Stakeholders develop strategies to promote girl child education in Kaduna From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

We ‘ll always look at aggressive measures to protect human rights, Ojukwu vows By Albert Akota


he Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Tony Ojukwu has said that the commission will always look at every aggressive measures to protect human rights in Nigeria. The NHRC boss who disclosed this yesterday during official unveiling of the human rights Africa international pageant, said that new and innovative ways of getting the gospel of human rights into nook and cranny of the county and Africa as a whole is not negotiable. Ojukwu who used the opportunity to signed memorandum of understanding with Human Rights Africa International Pageant (THRAIP) said the pageantry is a reality show that aims at showcasing human rights culture throughout the Africa continent, targeting the youths as well serve as a platform for human rights sensitization and education right for the living. He reiterated that the pageant is on beauty of knowledge, ideas and intellect, where knowledge in all areas of human rights will promote and protect through drama and skills, as a way of increasing the knowledge and understanding of human rights amongst the viewers of TV and other social media handles where the pageant will be streamed. He noted that implementing the project will not only benefiting the individual citizens of Nigeria in particular but will also be contributing to the fulfillment of major obligations and commitment of the county in the realm of human rights in Africa and the world at large. Speaking earlier, princess Barbara Amaka founder, House of Eden said that human rights Africa international pageant has fundamental aims to promote a more efficacious human rights culture all across Africa.

Okonjo-Iweala counsels Nigeria’s diaspora to support the nation’s economy for peace


r Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Director-General (DG) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), has said the contributions of Nigerians at home and abroad could positively impact the nation’s economy to bring about peaceful coexistence. The DG said this at a webinar to celebrate the National Diaspora Day on Sunday, in Abuja, organised by the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to commemorate its establishment and its achievements so far. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was themed: ” Diaspora Integration for National Peace and Development”, which NiDCOM described as being anchored on the levers of peace that would accelerate Diaspora engagement for national growth and development. The commission observed that no nation could succeed in an

atmosphere anchored on insecurity, hatred and divisive tendencies. In her contribution, OkonjoIweala applauded the Diaspora for their huge contributions to the nation’s economy, citing in particular how their remittances had brought about development of the rural areas and the sustenance of the economy. ”Let me applaud fellow Nigerians in the Diaspora because they are contributing so much, in many ways; the remittance that the Diaspora send home is in millions of dollars which has contributed in sustaining our economy. “It helps people living in the rural areas to get resources to send their children to school, take care of their health, build and run businesses, but we can do more wherever we are in the Diaspora, for there’s no place like home. “So, what we should be thinking of is how we can help to make things

better wherever we are, be it in the village or the town to make things better at home, either through creating employment, business, a civil society organisation, or helping to support what the local government is trying to do. “This is what helps to create peace and I am not saying that is all of it, but the fact remains that there are so many young people who do not have jobs and the COVID-19 situation had made that worse with the lockdown. “I think we should be thinking of what we can do to help improve the economic situation of people at home because that’s what helps to bring peace. “If we did not have so many disoriented and disorganised unemployed youths , some of the activities that we see at home that are detrimental towards peace and security might not happen,” she said. Speaking earlier, Amb. Zubairu Dada, the Minister for State for

Foreign Affairs, stated that the Federal Government was willing to create an enabling environment that would encourage direct investment by the diaspora. Dada added that Nigerians in the Diaspora had continuously shown great dedication, with their time, skills, talents, resources and global exposure, to the development of the country. “The theme of this year’s event encapsulates the intention of Nigeria in high engagement with her diaspora, especially in these times when we badly need peace, if any development is ever to take place. “This celebration is also a networking event intended to showcase the achievements of Nigerians in the Diaspora, particularly our internationally acknowledged surgeons, educationists, world class athletes, engineers, lawyers and scientists, among others. (NIDO UK-SOUTH). (NAN)

By Egena Sunday Ode

To His Excellency, Marcelino Cabanas Ansorena, President Buhari said Spain would ever remain relevant in the developed world, noting that Nigeria was glad to be in relationship with such country in the areas of trade, technology, education, and other spheres of life. “Generation after generation, we have been together, and we will continue to build on the relationship, “ the President was quoted to have said. Ambassador Ansorena

disclosed that his four years in Nigeria were pleasurable ones, adding that relations between the countries “continue to be excellent.” He promised to be a new Ambassador of Nigeria to Spain, pledging that his country would continue to invest more in agriculture, food processing, and fight human trafficking. The outgoing Ambassador commended Nigeria’s democracy, saying it has consolidated, “and will continue to grow.”

To His Excellency, Abdulaziz Mubarak Al Muhanadi, the outgoing Ambassador of The State of Qatar, President Buhari said relations between the two countries have been strong and credible, particularly as oil producing nations. He noted that the two countries were closely related, and the ties would be maintained, according to the statement by Adesina. The Ambassador thanked the President for the support extended to him, to make his tour of duty successful.


takeholders in the education sector have developed advocacy strategies and influencing plans to promote girl child education and second chance education initiative across Kaduna State. The strategies were developed in Kaduna yesterday at a

meeting supported by Kaduna Basic Education Mechanism (KADBEAM), in collaboration with Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL). Mr. Martins Dangwa of the Coalition of Associations for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment, and Development, said that the total public primary school enrolment was 1.8 million,

of which 882,411 were girls, representing 48 percent. Dangwa said that the figure was based on the state’s Annual School Census (ASC) 2018/2019. He added that the enrolment in public Junior Secondary schools was 297,139 out of which 142,021 were girls, also representing 48 percent of the total enrolment. He pointed out that while the

enrolment was impressive, the transition from primary to junior secondary school had remained a challenge. According to him, the ASC shows that 297,139 transits to junior secondary school out of the 1.8 million enrolments in public primary schools, meaning that 1.5 million dropped out along the line.

Buhari lauds Nigeria’s relations with Spain, Qatar


igeria values ties with her long time allies, and will continue to lubricate the relationships, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. The President spoke Monday at State House, Abuja, while receiving the outgoing Ambassadors of Spain, and The State of Qatar, in separate audiences, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina said in a statement on Monday.

Delta needs more varsities- Orugbo By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba


he Chairman of the Governing Council of the Delta State Polytechnic at Otefe-Oghara, Barrister Andrew Ogheneaga

Orugbo, has stated that Delta State needed more universities. Orugbo stated this yesterday in a chat with Journalists in Delta. He remarked that establishing more universities in Delta State

was one of the good things Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had done in the state. Orugbo questioned the rationale of Deltans going to other states of the federation and abroad, looking

for university admission, adding that it was an index of the urgent need for more universities to attend to the very many qualified Deltans seeking university admission in the state.

A high-powered delegation from Kano State Judiciary led by Chief Registrar, Kano High Court of Justice, Abdullahi Ado Bayero (middle) with Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), NCC and some staff of the Commission during a courtesy visit to the EVC in Kano recently.

Flood: Adamawa residents warned against indiscriminate dumping of refuse

From Umar Dankano,Yola


esidents of Adamawa state have been advised to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse and to inculcate habit of cleaning their drainages to avoid

risk of flooding. Director of Environmental Health and Sanitation,Ministry of Environment, Eskwaya Danfulani gave the advice in an interview with the media in Yola on Monday. He stressed that with the raining season

in place, promoting good hygiene is eminent. Danfulani urged residents to also stop building on waterways and be committed to cleaning their drainages to reduce risks of growing mosquitoes and over flooding due to heavy downpour.

Forum calls for synergy to end banditry, insurgency


lhaji Shehu Ishiye, Chairman, Board of Trustees, Dutsinma Development Forum (DDF), has called on Nigerians to support governments at all levels in the fight against banditry, insurgency and other forms of criminality. Ishiye made the appeal in a statement signed by DDF’s Secretary, Alhaji Maikaita Abdullahi, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Monday. He made the appeal at the forum’s annual conference which was held at Dutsinma in Dutsinma Local Government Area of Katsina state. “Unity and peace of this country can only be achieved through individual and collective efforts especially in fighting insecurity and other factors militating economic development of the country. ”We must cooperate with our leaders in the ongoing battle to rid the country of all incidences of insecurity like banditry, kidnapping etc.” Earlier, the newly elected chairman of the forum, Dr Sabiu Liadi, appreciated all members for their maturity, love and commitment during the election. Liadi promised to partner other stakeholders for the benefit of the forum, Datsinma Local Government and Katsina State in general. “I will extend the hand of friendship to everyone and assure to run an open door policy,’’ he said. The chairman said that the new elected executives would usher in new projects that would touch on the lives of the people of Dutsinma and environs. Those elected are Dr Sabiu Liyadi as Chairman, Aliyu Ibrahim, Vice Chairman; Maikaita Abdullahi as Secretary, Bishir Ibrahim, Assistant Secretary and Hamza Abba Kasim as Financial Secretary. Others are Ahamad Saad as the Treasurer, Adullahi Bature, Auditor;Kabir Yari, Welfare Secretary, Bishir Tanbu and Kabir Sada as Publicity Secretary II. The DDF is a development forum aimed at improvement the living standard of the people of the area and the state in general economically, socially and morally.

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By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


ttorney General of the Federation(AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, has unveiled new technology, Q-Soft Denovo CRS to enhanced justice delivery. The Federal Ministry of Justice in collaboration with a law firm, Funmilayo Quadri &CO birthed the new technology which was launched and unveiled in Abuja. Malami, while speaking at the event said the collaboration with the firm stemmed from the need to strengthen the Nigerian court system. He said the newly introduced device was capable of enhancing Justice delivery, improve courts output, reduce cost of deployment and would also

Justice ministry, law firm unveil new technology help to reduce travelling of court witnesses. “We are all aware of the challenges that the Nigerian Court faces in carrying out their functions manually, thereby leading to slow Justice dispensation. “ Some of the challenges like backlog of cases often leads to loss of investors and dwindling confidence of Nigerian citizens

in the Judiciary. “This has led the federal Ministry of Justice to collaborate with Funmilayo Quadri &CO to launch the Q-Soft Denovo CRS. In her speech, the Executive Director, Funmilayo Quadri and Co told revealed that the Q-Soft was designed not only to help adjudication in courtrooms but to also revolutionized the sector. “ This court record system will

help the police in audio recording of confessional statements, rid prisons of congestions and rooted our judicial legal system in technology,” Quadri stated. Also speaking, the president Court of Appeal, Justice Mensem Dongban described the device as apt, saying it will help Justice dispensation in the country. Represented by Justice Stephen Adah, she noted further

that Justice delivery has become expedient, adding that the new technology has therefore became inevitable in order to enhance accurate legal analysis and arriving at a just decision. “ With the deployment of this technology, it will now be a winwin situation for all stakeholders in the Judiciary including seekers of Justice. I therefore charge end users to key into it.’’


he World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday donated 1.5 million doses of cholera vaccine to Bauchi State. Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, executive chairman of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency (SPHCDA), revealed this when the vaccination exercise kicked off in Bauchi. Mohammed said the WHO had donated 1.5 million doses of the vaccine to support the state’s response to the cholera outbreak. “Bauchi is one of the 18 states at high risk for a cholera epidemic, hence the donation to vaccinate those in prone areas,” he said. He noted that some constituencies in the Dass and Toro local government areas that were prone would also receive the vaccine. Mohammed said the 1.5 million doses of the vaccine would be split into two phases in local government areas. He thanked WHO for its continued support to the agency through the government in addressing health challenges such as the ongoing cholera epidemic. Earlier, WHO Representative Alhaji Goni Ngala said the epidemic was affecting people of different age groups, including children under the age of five. “In its continued efforts to support the cholera response and in particular, case management, the World Health Organization country office has donated the vaccine to support prevention,” he said. Also speaking, Alhaji Nura Jumba, the head of Bauchi district, stressed the importance of implementing measures to address the water, sanitation and hygiene issues in the affected areas. Jumba urged the government to commit to improving garbage collection and emptying of latrines. “Providing free drinking water to affected communities, including community educati education and mobilization, will be helpful,” he said. (NAN)

L-R; Minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi; Newly promoted assistant inspector general of police (AIG), Ahmed Abdurahman ; Inspector general of police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, during the decoration ceremony of newly promoted senior police officers, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Tambuwal commissions new extension of Bauchi Government House From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi


he Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has commissioned a new extension

of Bauchi Government House built by Governor Bala Mohammed. Commissioning the building was part of the activities slated before the commencement of PDP Governors Forum meeting in Bauchi.

He commended the Bauchi State Governor for executing a legacy project that will improve government workers by extension improving the living standard of Bauchi State citizens and Nigeria through good governance. Tambuwal lamented that

the bad governance of the federal government is affecting Nigerians. He said that all the PDP governors across the country are performing in their various states even as he called on Nigerians to always pray for them.

NECO Registrar promises to reposition Council

From Yakubu Minna



he Registrar/Chief Executive, National Examinations Council (NECO), Prof. Ibrahim Dantani Wushishi has promised to reposition NECO to be a credible and internationally acclaimed

examination body. Prof. Wushishi made the promise while officially took over the affairs of the Council from the Former Acting Registrar, Mr. Ebikibina John Ogborodi. This was contained in a statement issued by Head, Information and Public Relations Division Azeez Sani, made

available to journalists yesterday in Minna. He therefore, solicited for the support of the management and staff to enable him actualize his vision for the Council, hence not to be bias in anyway as a Nigerian. Earlier, the Former Acting Registrar, Mr. Ebikibina John Ogborodi had briefed the

Registrar on the progress report on the on-going 2021 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) as well as other mandate of the Council. It would be recalled that Prof. Wushishi was on 12th July, 2021 appointed as the substantive Registrar of NECO by President Muhammadu Buhari.


There will FG sued over appointment be no quarrels FCC Chairman, Secretary over the P choice of my successor -Umahi By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


WHO donates 1.5 million doses of cholera vaccine to Bauchi


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bonyi Governor David Umahi said on Sunday that there would be no wrangling over who to choose his successor in 2023. Umahi said this at Christ Embassy Church, Abakaliki, during a special thanksgiving service to mark his 58th birthday. The governor said he was confident that any time he called on state leaders to choose his successor, there would be no fighting. “However, there will be a fight when I choose the person who will succeed me alone. “Anyone who wants to manipulate me should first manipulate God because he is the one who protects me,” he said. According to him, all real success comes from God, adding that whoever seeks to succeed him must depend on him. “When you put all your faith in God and help those in need, you will have less time for distractions. “Everything that happens in the state in terms of infrastructure development, among others, is not done by the power of man but that of God,” he said. Umahi thanked God for allowing him to attend his 58th birthday and congratulated those who honored him during the celebration. “I testify that the prayers and wonderful support of my family, religious leaders and supporters, among others, have made me successful in life. “We are committed to carrying out all the projects underway in the state and to massively empower our people before leaving office,” he said. Ms. Eunice Oyeyemi, who chaired the church service, urged people to positively impact the lives of others for a better society. “People should appropriately use the opportunities to live fulfilling lives on earth,” she said. NAN reports that the service was attended by dignitaries, with prayers offered for the governor, his family, the state and the country. (NAN)

resident Muhammadu Buhari, has been dragged before the Federal High court, Abuja, over the appointment and confirmation of Muheeda Farida Dankaka and Muhammed Bello Tukur as Chairman and Secretary of Federation Character Commission respectively. Other defendants in the suit are Attorney General of the Federation, Federal Character Commission. Muheeda Farida Dankaka and Barr. Mohammed Bello Tukur The Plaintiff, Barr. Festus Oluwasanmi Onifade, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/709/2021, wants the court to declare that appointment and confirmation of Dankaka and Tukur by the Senate is a violation of the Constitution and therefore unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void for not in compliance with the law.

The suit was premised on order 3 rule 6, 7 and 9 of the federal high court. In the charge sheet, the Plaintiff wants the court to determine, if the appointment and continuous holding of office by the 4th and 5th respondents as Chairman and Secretary of the Federal Character Commission is not inconsistent with the provisions. After determining the relief sought above, the Plaintiff wants the court to declare that President Buhari and the Senate are bound to observe and comply with the provisions of the sections 7 ond 8 (1)(2) (a) (b) (c) of the Constitution as amended, in the appointment of persons to the office of the Chairman and Secretary of Federal Character Commission. He also prayed the court to declare that the appointment and confirmation of the 4th and 5th respondents by the President and

the Senate of the National Assembly into the office is inconsistent with the law and so renders their continuous stay in office unlawful, unconstitutional. Also in the suit, the plaintiff wants the court to declare that President Buhari and the Senate are bound to observe and comply with the provisions of the sections 7 and 8 (1)(2) (a) (b) (c) of the Constitution as amended, in the appointment of persons to the office of the Chairman and Secretary of Federal Character Commission. Consequently, the Plaintiff prayed the court for an order directing Buhari to immediately dissolve and reconstitute the board of the 3 and 4 Respondent to reflect Sections 4(1} of the Subsidiary Legislation. He want the court to order the chairman and secretary of the Federal Character Commission to immediately vacate office forth


with. Equally, he also wants an order of the court directing president Buhari to immediately appoint other persons into offices of Chairman and Secretary of the commission in compliance with the law. In an affidavit in support of the originating summon deposed to, by the Plaintiff, he maintained that the actions of the 1 and 3 respondents have generated complaints and ill feelings from persons and interest groups from the southern parts of the country. In his submissions, he posited that he know as a fact that interest groups from the south East and South West Nigeria protested and called on the Senate of the National Assembly to refuse the confirmation of Dankaka as the Chairman of the Commission. No date has been fixed for the hearing of the matter.

Minister of Science and Technology/ newly conferred Patron, Sahel Military Games, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu (3rd, R); President, Organisation for Military Sports in Africa (OSMA), Brig.-Gen. Maikano Abdullahi (2nd, L); Head Morocco Military Personnel, Col.-Maj. Marsou Tokhtar (3rd, L) and others during the conferment of Patron of Sahel Military Games on Onu and Mini-Trade Fair for officials of OSMA, in Abuja on Monday (26/7/21).

Benue APC commences issuance of ward nomination forms

From Uche Makurdi



he All Progressives Congress (APC), in Benue State yesterday commenced the issuance of ward nomination forms to aspirants who are

seeking various positions in the forthcoming ward congresses of the party. According to a release signed by the State Chapter Chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro, and made available to Peoplesdaily said payment is to be made at

designated banks as prescribed by the National Secretariat. The party urged all stakeholders to in compliance with the directive of the National Working Committee, hold meetings in their various wards and arrive at consensus

candidates where possible while elections would hold in areas where no consensus has been achieved. “Party members are to strictly adhere to the guidelines as released by the APC National Secretariat”, the statement read.

2023: PDP pledges to reclaim power, make things better From Mohammed,Bauchi



hirteen Governors under the aegies of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have pledge to regain central power in 2023 and make things

better for the country and its citizens. The PDP governors forum said this in Bauchi yesterday. They assured Nigerians that the party will salvage the nation from all its challenges. Speaking at a reception

held at the Banquet Hall of Government House, Bauchi after their meeting, Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, said that the PDP has the solution to the predicaments facing the country.

Represented by the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, Tambuwal said that the country was in a very sorry state and is faced with challenges ranging from insecurity, banditry, kidnapping, unemployment, poverty among others.

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News 5 in police Foundation trains women on net over reusable sanitary pads alleged I possession of illegal firearms kra Foundation for Youth and Women Initiatives says it has trained 583 adolescent girls and women in entrepreneurship, trade financing and production of reusable sanitary pads. Its Executive Director, Mrs Amina Garuba, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Bauchi that the trainings were conducted in selected local government areas of


he Police Command in Kaduna State says it has arrested five suspects over alleged unlawful possession of firearms. The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the arrest in a statement issued on Sunday in Kaduna. Jalige said that their arrests followed a report received by the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Kubacha. He said that the DPO had acted on the information received on July 24 that the suspects, armed with dangerous weapons, were engaged in unwholesome activities in Kenyi village in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state. The police spokesman said that the suspects and some of the villagers had allegedly threatened the peaceful coexistence of the people over disputed piece of land. He said that the situation had deteriorated to a boiling point, resulting in one of the warring parties threatening to kill their opponents with dangerous weapons. “On receipt of the information, the DPO immediately mobilised to the scene, swiftly averted what would have been a tragedy and arrested the five suspects, all from Kenyi village. “Items recovered from the suspects included an AK-47 rifle, loaded with 29 rounds of live 7.62 x 39mm. ammunitions and a 9 x 18mm. Makarov pistol, loaded with seven rounds of 9mm live ammunitions,” he said. Jalige added that the police operatives’ swift response not only forestalled “the foreseeable calamity but also restored normalcy in the community.” He said that investigation had been unravelling the circumstances behind the fracas and the source of the illegal firearms. The police spokesman quoted the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Umar Muri, as urging communities in the state to always embrace dialogue as an alternative dispute resolution rather than violence which might result in disastrous consequences. “The commissioner also pledged to dispassionately investigate the incident and prosecute all those found culpable, to serve as deterrent to others,” Jalige said. (NAN) (www.

Bauchi State. She said the trainings, which also included cash flow management and trade financing were designed to help beneficiaries to develop economically and to grasp administrative and marketing strategies. “The three-day trainings were conducted using a community and school approach to reach women of reproductive age.

“We trained them on the production of reusable sanitary pads and provided them with all materials for future production. “The training focused on community and school based approach where 283 adolescent girls and 300 women, some of them physically challenged persons, participated. “The exercises took place between March and April at Itas

Gadau, Ningi, Tafawa Balewa, Gamawa and Kirfi local government areas of Bauchi state,’’ she said. Garuba said some of the beneficiaries had been making and selling reusable sanitary pads in their communities after the training. She commended the United Nations Population Fund and the Government of Canada for supporting the exercise.(NAN)

Okowa urges Nigerians to eambrace positive, impactful living By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba


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.

From left: Provost, Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology Lagos, Dr Chuks Onuoha; Senator representing Lagos Central, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu; and Chairman House of Representative Committee on Telecommunication, Rep. Akeem Adeyemi, during the inauguration of Aquaculture Value Chain Empowerment Training for the youths and women of Lagos Central Senatorial District by Sen. Tinubu, in Lagos State on Monday (26/7/21).

Muhuyi’s travails worsen as Kano Assembly recommends his sack, arrest From Kano




ano State House of Assembly has recommended the immediate sacking and arrest of the suspended Chairman of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission, Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado. Recall that the Kano State House of Assembly had invited

Mr Rimingado to appear before its ad-hoc committee investigating a petition against him on Wednesday July 14, 2021. But Rigingado, while citing health grounds and attaching medical records to boot, demanded a certified true copy of the petition the assembly received against him and requested for more time to appear. However, on July 19, the

National Hospital wrote to the Kano State House of Assembly, saying the medical records he presented to the House were fake. But in its reply dated July 19, 2021 with reference number NHA/CMAC/GC/0117/2021/ V.I/01 and signed by the director, Clinical Services, Dr. A.A. Umar, the National Hospital said it investigated the documents and discovered that they were forged.

The Assembly, yesterday passed the resolution during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Engineer Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari. While presenting the report, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Alhaji Umar Musa Gama explained that the 12 member committee had concluded its investigations and had mapped out 5 recommemdations.

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Letter to the Editor


World Bank’s scarecrow


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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A Year Without Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua By Mohammed Isa


oday July 20th makes it exactly a year that Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua answered the call of his creator. It is exactly a year that I received that unforgettable phone call from a cousin, Lawal Isa conveying the sad news of the demise of Mallam Ismaila. Baba, as we fondly called you within the family circle, I still can’t believe I am yet writing another tribute because of your passing. Words cannot describe that difficult moment, but if this is the time I get to say goodbye then I know I will do so with the knowledge that I consider myself blessed to have lived this life as your nephew. You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting any favours in return. Your dedication to a cause was what set you apart. For every institution you worked for, you laid the path for others to succeed. Your footprints in the media, business, public service and politics are so glaring and evident. The benefits of your hard work is a living testimony for so many young men and women you took under your wings at a personal and professional level. Baba, you were and will always be an inspiration to myself, the entire family and anyone who worked or associated with you. You have left a void in the family that will be almost impossible to be filled. While we mourn today, we also take solace in the fact that your mission on earth have been fulfilled. We thank the Almighty Allah for your life and bid you farewell until we meet again. Though your death been sudden came as a rude shock to us on that that fateful Monday, your immediate and extended family, friends and associates have come to terms with the reality that you have gone forever. Baba your might be gone physically from this world but your spirit will live on in our hearts forever. We still wake up every morning hoping this is a dream, and it hurts knowing you are gone forever. On that Monday we spoke, you sounded okay and you told me not to bother coming to your house that evening as you will be too busy to attend to me; not knowing that will be our last conversation as I only met your lifeless body two hours after. Though saddened with your death that created a huge space in our life that will be near

impossible to fill, we are however, consoled with the outpour of testimonies from across the globe from the people that knows and interacted with you will alive. What will be more gladden to our hearts than prayers offered for the respose of your soul not only in our mosques here in Nigeria, but even in the two holiest mosques of Makkah and Madinah. Your anonymous good deeds, philanthropy and touching peoples life positively suddenly became a subject of public disclosure that even those of us close to you were knowing for the first time. If there is anything I will miss from your death are those virtues of simplicity, humility and ability to relate seamlessly with all classes of people without any air of arrogance or feelings of superiority even with your elevated status. To all those that came across to you, they found in your conduct and character what they never expected from a personality of your status. The house and the area you lived in throughout you stay in Abuja till your last breath attest to that. Many could not believed someone of your status could settle and found comfort within the commoners. Baba, your were the pillar and large shade for the extended family where everyone rushed to for succour. You were the rallying point for the family, always eager to assist everyone according to the need. One thing that never failed to amazed me in your lifetime was your ability to pick your phone calls from any number - known or unknown - at any given time. Even if you couldn’t pick for one reason or the other one can be certain you would surely call back. I always remember your admonishment that, “pick any call for you don’t know why the caller is calling, and it is just a matter of yes or no”. I can’t forget your usual joke that your telephone number had become easily available to people as satchel water. Your death has certainly negatively affected uncountable number of people particularly those that relied on your generosity for their livelihood, school fees, medication and such other assistance with you are famous for. Baba you are gone but your legacies will continue to impact positively on us and those you touched their lives through your goodwill and generosity. Allah ya jikan ka, ya gafarta maka. Mohammed Isa wrote in from Abuja

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Infrastructural development and rising debt profile

By Jerome-Mario Utomi


t is not by any standard a palatable news report that the Federal Government made a total of N3.25tn in 2020, and out of which spent a total of N2.34tn on debt servicing within the year. This means, the report underlined, that 72 per cent of the government’s revenue was spent on debt servicing. It also puts the government’s debt servicing to revenue ratio at 72 per cent. According to the report, a review of the budget performance of the 2020 Appropriation Act In 2019 shows that the Federal Government made total revenue of N3.86tn. Within the year, debt servicing gulped N2.11tn. This puts the Federal Government’s debt servicing to revenue ratio in 2019 at 54.66 per cent. This means that between 2019 and 2020, the Federal Government’s debt servicing to revenue ratio jumped from 54.66 per cent to 72 per cent. The report concluded. Without fail, going by information coming from government quarters, this piece must as a background acknowledge that the chunk of debt currently serviced, was used to finance infrastructural development such as roads, rail and electricity. It is also aware that infrastructure enables development and also provides the services that underpin the ability of people to be economically productive, for example via transport. “The transport sector has a huge role in connecting populations to where the work is,” says Ms Marchal. Infrastructure investments help stem economic losses arising from problems such as power outages or traffic congestion. The World Bank estimates that in Sub-Saharan Africa closing the

infrastructure quantity and quality gap relative to the world’s best performers could raise GDP growth per head by 2.6% per year. With the above highlighted the questions that are important as this piece itself is; must the nation borrow in ways that mortgage the future of our nation? Have we as a nation forgotten that development is said to be sustainable ‘when it is achieved without excess socioeconomic environment degradation, but in a way that both protects the rights and opportunities of coming generations and contributes to compatible approaches? Like apostle Paul queried in the Christian Holy Book-the Bible; so, shall we then continue in sin that grace may abound? Paul replies with a resounding “God forbid” (Romans 6:2) Likewise, this piece is asking our nation handlers; must we continue to borrow recklessly all in the nation of infrastructural development? Must we sacrifice our nation’s liberty and our children’s future on the altar of infrastructural development? As the nation goes on borrowing spree and speeds on ‘borrowing lane’ in the name of infrastructural development, one may be tempted to ask; if we have forgotten that already, going by world Banks revelation that “almost half of the poor people in Sub-Saharan Africa live in just five countries: and they are in this order, namely; Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo Tanzania, Ethiopia and Madagascar? Can’t President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government appreciate the time-honoured aphorism which says that; no nation becomes strong/great by living on borrowed funds? At this point, let’s situate what qualifies the present concern as not

just a challenge but a crisis that all must worry about. Recently, it was in the news that PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services network of firms, operating as partnerships under the PwC brand, in a report entitled; ‘Nigeria Economic Alert: Assessing the 2021 FGN Budget.’, warned that the increasing cost of servicing debt will continues to weigh on the Federal Government’s revenue profile. It said, “Actual debt servicing cost in 2020 stood at N3.27tn and represented about 10 per cent over the budgeted amount of N2.95tn. This puts the debt-to-revenue ratio at approximately 83 per cent, nearly double the 46 per cent that was budgeted. This implies that about N83 out of every N100 the Federal Government earned was used to settle interest payments for outstanding domestic and foreign debts within the reference period. In 2021, the FG plans to spend N3.32tn to service its outstanding debt. This is slightly higher than the N2.95tn budgeted in 2020.” That is not the only apprehension. In 2020, one of the reputable national newspapers in Nigeria in its editorial comment among other observations noted that Nigeria would be facing another round of fiscal headwinds this year with the mix of $83 billion debt; rising recurrent expenditure; increased cost of debt servicing; sustained fall in revenue; and about $22 billion debt plan waiting for legislative approval. It may be worse if the anticipated shocks from the global economy, like the Brexit, the United States-China trade war and interest rate policy of the Federal Reserve Bank go awry. The nation’s debt stock, currently at $83billion, comes with huge debt service

provision in excess of N2.1 trillion in 2019, but set to rise in 2020. This challenge stems from the country’s revenue crisis, which has remained unabating in the last five years, while the borrowings have persisted, an indication that the economy has been primed for recurring tough outcomes, the report concluded. Today, such fears raised cannot be described as unfounded just as this author doesn’t need to be economists to know that as nation, we have become a high risk borrower. Indeed, the question may be asked; why the country’s revenue crisis remained unabated in the last six years? Within the context, the answer lies in the fundamental recognition that here is a country reputed for crude oil dependence and laced with management system devoid of accountability, transparency and accuracy. And before a real solution can be proffered, we need as a nation to find and understand the sources of the national problems without losing sight of the real and lasting meaning. As an illustration, in 2020, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), going by report state that the nation loses about $4.1 or N123 Billion annually due to poor crude oil production metering, stating that unless government takes appropriate measures, limitations in the metering of crude oil production will continue to pose serious threat to the nation’s revenue target. Regrettably, Nigeria is the only oilproducing country without adequate metering to ascertain the accurate quantity of crude oil produced at any given time, the report concluded. What the above tells us as a country is that more work needs to be done, more reforms to be made;


he US, saying China’s stance on the next stage of the global origintracing issue was “irresponsible” and “dangerous,” revealed its indifference to common sense and arrogance for science. What’s behind such accusation is its intention to hide its own failure in pandemic control and to escape the blame for hindering the global efforts to fight COVID-19. At a press conference held on July 22, China said the secondphase study shall be an extension of the first-phase one. It shall be guided by relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly and conducted based on extensive consultations among WHO member states. What was done in the first stage of origin tracing, especially by those that have reached a clear conclusion, should not be repeated. China’s stance reflected a responsible attitude to advance the origin tracing work with scientific principles, and mirrored the consensus broadly reached by the international

society. Who’s being “irresponsible” and “dangerous” on origin tracing? The international society has a fair judgement. For some time, some people in the US have made origin tracing a political issue and done everything to frame other countries with unreasonable suspicions. However, they are quite silent when it comes to how and when the novel coronavirus started spreading in their own country. “Transparency” and “responsibility” are pet phrases of Washington when it demands investigation into other countries, but it stands dumb as the international society raises doubts against itself. Such a sharp contrast comes from the White House’s conventional double standard on international affairs, and makes people think what on earth it is hiding? The international society has every reason to request origintracing investigation into the US. According to American media, the National Institutes of Health of the US has turned up evidence of coronavirus infections in five US states as early as December

2019. As many as 171 people in Florida may have been infected with COVID-19 before officials said the virus was in the state. The mayor of Belleville, New Jersey, was tested positive for COVID-19 in November 2019, over two months earlier than the first confirmed case reported in the US. In July 2019, multiple states in the US were stricken by the e-cigarette or vaping use-associated lung injury, or EVALI, which shows extremely similar symptoms with those of COVID-19. Donated blood check-ups in nine US states found that 106 blood samples, ranging from December 13, 2019 to January 17, 2020, tested positive for coronavirus antibodies. And what’s on this list also includes Fort Detrick lab and the over 200 bio labs of the US overseas repeatedly questioned by the public. Obviously, the US owes an explanation to all the people in the world and the international society. The origin tracing work concerns global public health security, as well as whether

the mankind will be able to cope with impacts from similar epidemics in a more effective manner. If Washington really wants an answer to the scientific issue and cares about global public health security, why does it always keep silent on its own problems and refuse to respond to the international society? We are well-founded to doubt that origin tracing is nothing but a disguise of the US under which it plans to achieve other goals not in the sphere of science. It fully reveals the hegemonic pursuit of the country that drives it to do whatever it wants. To deceive the world, some American politicians even resort to “origin-tracing terrorism.” It is reported that multiple scientists committed to origin tracing with scientific principles have encountered political pressure, online abuse and even threats of harm just because they made impartial remarks on origin tracing. A Western scientist who had joined relevant studies told the media that it is an organized political campaign. Such immoral practice must be opposed by the international


Sacked pastors of Living Faith Church: Neither for nor against that as a nation, we are poor not because of our geographical location or due to absence of mineral/natural resources but because our leaders fail to take decisions that engineer prosperity. And we cannot solve our socio-economic challenges with the same thinking we used when we created it’ Definitely, this piece may not unfold completely the answers to these challenges, but there are a few sectors that a nation desirous of development can start from. The first that comes to mind is the urgent need for diversification of the nation’s revenue sources. Revenue diversification from what development experts are saying will provide options for the nation to reduce financial risks and increase national economic stability: As a decline in particular revenue source might be offset by increase in other revenue sources. Finally, within this period of economic vulnerability, a new awareness that must not be allowed to go with political winds is the expert warning that ;’Accumulated debt can hinder a country’s development, especially when most of the revenue generated is used to service debt. When money that should be used to pay salary or cover the cost of capital infrastructure is used to pay debt, people are affected as they don’t have enough money to spend. So, when huge amount is used to service debt, there is no way capital development can happen, and this affects the people and the country generally,” Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Public Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via;

US indeed the one being “irresponsible” and “dangerous” on origin tracing By Zhong Sheng


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science community and justice. Jeremy Farrar, director of Wellcome Trust, a charitable foundation in the UK, stressed that origin tracing of COVID-19 can rely only on solid scientific evidence, and there is no place for “unsubstantiated rumor, or conspiracy theories often fueled for political purposes.” Origin tracing of the novel coronavirus needs investigation into multiple countries and regions around the world. Practices done for the sake of private interests, running against the scientific spirit and out of political manipulation will only lead to severe impacts on global anti-pandemic cooperation and intense dissatisfaction and opposition from the international society. What’s urgent for the US is to right its wrongs and respond to international concerns, rather than making groundless and irresponsible remarks to shift blames. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on China’s foreign policy and international affairs.)

By Sesugh Akume


any claim Jesus said any tree that bears no fruit will be yanked off. But these aren’t trees are they? They are human beings. Those who say these things forget the part where an unfruitful tree was to be uprooted but the master asked it to be manured again for another season to see whether it would be fruitful or not before deciding. Whereas others are for or against the sacked pastors of Living Faith Church; for or against the church and its presiding bishop, Dr David Oyedepo, I’m for neither. First, for the pastors I’m sure they weren’t recruited from the streets and deployed to the churches, they must’ve been members of the church a while and ought to have been immersed in its culture. They ought to have known about meeting and exceeding expectations. For instance, if the church itself grew by 10,000 additional

branches last year alone with its COVID-19 lockdown and restrictions notwithstanding, one would expect them to know that nothing less is to be expected of any one of them, and not only them but everyone else in the system. Second, I want to believe they went through different levels of pastoral training before being ordained and commissioned, and at the point of employment they knew what they were signing up for. Every staff and/or member of the church must’ve heard of the critical ministry handbook The Mandate: Operational Manual Living Faith Church Worldwide Winners Chapel written by the founding/ presiding bishop himself, the most critical resource material of the commission next to the Bible. I expect all staff to have read it to know what is expected of them. Third is, thousands of pastors were employed last year alone, why then would anybody

be among 40 of those found to be unfruitful? I’d do my best never to be among the least 40 of even 100, not even of 1,000. We’re talking 10,000 here! I’ve seen the Sahara Reporters’ news report of one of the laid off staff blowing the whistle about how his (now former) colleagues doctor figures, report fund collections that are not true with the active connivance of others in the system, and make up for the falsified records from their salaries. He went ahead and said many of them don’t have meeting halls, no congregations, etc but create the illusion with the false filings, a practice characterised as ‘wisdom’ or ‘applying wisdom’ which he couldn’t do. First, I personally don’t appreciate people who care about a system so much after leaving or on their way out. This, he could’ve said when inside to save the system. Second, why would anybody draw a salary for doing nothing? What are they being paid for? Third, there

are many who report accurate figures and are visibly growing or is everybody reporting growth falsifying figures? The gentleman should take several seats! On the other hand, I’m not pleased either with the manner in which the pastors were sacked. I know church is business but if it’s done in the name of Christianity, my opinion is that the motivation for all in Christianity is love. Meaning whatever is done ought to be in love, sacking unproductive workers inclusive. Many claim Jesus said any tree that bears no fruit will be yanked off. But these aren’t trees are they? They are human beings. Those who say these things forget the part where an unfruitful tree was to be uprooted but the master asked it to be manured again for another season to see whether it would be fruitful or not before deciding. I’ve seen no record of the underperforming pastors being interacted with to find out

what the issues might be, and seeking to help them fulfill their commission, failure of which they were relieved of their duties. In my opinion, it’s the humane way to go about it. From the letter seen in the public domain, the sack was ‘with immediate effect’ as they were required to vacate their living quarters same day! I think people should be given notice to quit and not hounded out of their residences same day, even if they are bachelors and live alone. They didn’t kill anybody or commit any crime, they simply didn’t meet the ‘church growth index’. I think relieving people of their duties can be made painless, after all they are leaving. I think business should be done some humanity and consideration. Sesugh Akume, a public policy analyst, wrote from Abuja. He is reached via, and tweets @sesugh_akume.

The “Quantity vs Quality” infrastructural politics of Nigeria: The case of our educational and health institutions By Yaji Ibrahim Obel


he Nigeria’s political leadership has been consumed with fallacy of infrastructural development over the years. The yardstick the people use to measure developmental contributions of her political leaders over the years has been very faulty at every level. Unfortunately there has been a lot of misconceptions on these yardsticks largely due to shrewd perspectives. Have you wondered why despite the billions of naira pumped into the educational and health sectors for infrastructural developments, there has been no tangible and concrete improvements in the general output of these sectors even though several physical structures are standing across the nook and crannies of the land? What makes it even more appalling is the celebration of our politicians by millions of their followers on the social media space and media outlets with pictures of physical monuments built by these politicians. If you critically look at how we see development in Nigeria, you will agree with me that we are more concerned about the quantity and not the quality. And since the quality may not be something that the pages of newspapers can carry or cameras can flash, our leaders have resulted to the use of the quantity in their score cards in seeking for re-election. And since the electorates in Nigeria are too impatient or too rash to understand how quality development works, they have now made it easier for the politicians to destroy the system all the more. Hardly would you hear a Nigerian politician being scored by the electorates base on the number of doctors or nurses he employed in his tenure or the number of hospital equipment he purchased or the number of health professionals he sent for further training. Neither would you hear them being scored base on the number of classroom

teachers they have employed or the number of teachers they have sent for further training or the number of schools they have empowered with modern teaching aids and facilities. Rather, they are scored by the number of hospitals and schools built or renovated. At best, only free jamb forms are distributed. But the mortality rate in such hospitals keeps rising and the standard of education keeps falling. Have you ever asked why politicians do not seek health care in the hospitals they built? Or send their children to the schools they commissioned? It is clear they know something is fundamentally wrong with their methodology. A closer look at our educational system since independence shows a steady decline in the quality of education. But yet, every year, thousands of class rooms are built across different states in Nigeria. The question anyone concerned with this steady decrease is left with is, “Does more classrooms translate to quality education”?. The truth is, we have more children attending schools now than in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, despite the statistics of out of school children. These days, attending school barely guarantees sound education unlike what was obtainable in time past, where many of our parents were literally begged and in some quarters even paid to attend schools and yet got the best of education in government owned institutions. How then can our leaders use this same resources used over the years to improve the quality of education? How can these funds voted for education ensure a ten year old child who attends school in a rural village to read, write and get the required literacy and intellect of his age? Perusing through the society, there are too many ten year olds who cannot exhibit the proficiency in English language or arithmetic expected of their age. Globally, no nation of the world

is judged educationally based on the number of classrooms built but rather, the literacy levels and productivity exhibited by its graduates. That is hardly the case in our beloved country Nigeria. It therefore amounts to a colossal failure on the educational system if the number of classrooms built, text books purchased and teachers employed does not equate the expected rise in resources expended. One common index used in Nigeria to measure academic performance of secondary school students across the various states over the years is the West African Examination Council(WAEC). I am yet to conclude on the reason why students from the south have better results in this examination than their northern counterparts. Could it be due to the presence of more private schools in the South? Or due to more qualitative investment in education? I have cross examined the best WAEC students in the last ten years of which nine emerged from the southern part of Nigeria, with only one coming from the middle belt(Abuja). Out of these ten schools, only two come from public schools owned by the Nigerian Air force. The eight are private schools mostly of Baptist church origin. The above statistics speaks volumes about the state of our public schools. One is hence tempted to wonder if there’s a misappropriation of funds allocated to the educational system. Another program launched in 1976 to enhance basic education in Nigeria is the Universal Basic Education program which is meant to meet the challenges of infrastructure in the educational sector. Though it has proven to be a worthy course, adequate considerations to the quality of education administered by the teachers and modern teaching facilities has not been prioritized enough, hence the fall in educational standard.

One of the fundamental problems affecting the quality of education in Nigeria is the high number of unqualified teachers, inadequate number of qualified teachers and the lack of commitment from the teachers, which is usually due to poor remuneration. Our leaders can improve on the quality of education by first paying closer attention to the quality of teachers in the government schools. This can be achieved by running assessment programs for all teachers as is seen in states like Kwara, under Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki during his term as governor who made sure teachers who performed below the standards were sent for further training and not sacked as it was done in Kaduna, considering they are also probably a product of a failed system. Secondly, only qualified teachers should be employed with better working conditions, remuneration and modern facilities. Teaching aids such as computers, school buses, school uniforms and well equipped modern libraries should be adequately provided. Our Teachers’ Colleges, Colleges of Education and various faculties of education must also be upgraded with modern knowledge and technical know-how. Strict measures should also be enforced to assess the quality of potential teachers coming out of the system. I would also advocate that the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria license should be taken more seriously and the credits gotten from mandatory professional manuals of the council must be emphasized by the Ministries of Education across the country. Every classroom teacher should be licensed, both in the private and public schools. Lastly, sole ownership of schools by the government at institutional levels should be discouraged. This is because overtime, it has proven to be ineffective due to the card of corruption played by those who

hold the helms of political power and the accruing interest seen in the ministries of education which have affected the funding of such schools. This is not to advocate for hike in school fees but rather a takeover of management of those schools by private contractors who shall manage the day to day running of these institutions, we as a nation are already spending billions of naira on education perhaps trying this method would yield better outputs. The former governor of Anambara state, Dr. Peter Obi ensured the return of most government schools to churches while he was governor because of the difficulty he had with the Ministry of Education then. The result of this action has been relatively overwhelming as the state skyrocketed from the 26th position on the WAEC ranking to the 1st. This proves that schools are better managed by private organizations than just the government alone. This initiative was successful because though private organizations managed the schools, , the government was still responsible for funding. This calls for public private partnership between community stake holders and the government where parents, community leaders and religious leaders in every community should be incorporated into the management of those institutions since their wards are direct beneficiaries. Again I must say that, our dear nation must find a central point for integration of acquired education and solving of practical problems, the issue of having too many graduates without jobs is a another topic of discussion, but like I told one of my colleague who argued not everyone should be educated, I insisted that it is better to have nation with more literates than illiterates. The current spate of insecurity can be largely traced in illiteracy in the most affected regions. Dr. Yaji Ibrahim Obel is a Public Affairs Analyst.



UNICAL VC charges staff on dedication to work


he Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, has charged staff of the institution to be punctual, responsive and dedicated at all times. Obi gave the charge on Monday in Calabar while declaring open a four-day training workshop organised by the Association of Nigerian University Professional Administrators (ANUPA), UNICAL chapter, for staff of the administrative and executive cadre. The VC told the over 2,000 staff at the workshop that good attitude to work and punctuality helps to promote the image and capacity of the institution. She said that her administration was committed to the welfare and training of both academic and nonacademic staff, adding that the most hardworking staff would be rewarded accordingly by the end of the year. “As staff of UNICAL, I charge you to be responsive, punctual and dedicated to service at all times. I urge you to change your attitude towards work and be committed to learning. “I am aware that we still have some challenges as regards some basic needs that you require in your different offices, I want to assure you that we will surmount them. “So many things have changed, the personnel cost is high now, we need adequate funding to help us move this institution forward. “Under my administration, I will ensure that there is continues training for staff of all cadres with a view to improve your capacity and attitude towards work,” she said. Speaking earlier, Chairman of ANUPA, UNICAL branch, Mr George Igbikikuno, said that the training was organised to maintain the highest standard of professional practice, good conduct and discipline among members of the association. He added that the workshop was also organised to promote free exchange of ideas and good relationship among members of the branch. He urged the VC to look into the issue of lack of office space for Registry Department staff, adding that most of them were operating without comfortable offices. Registrar of the institution, Mr Gabriel Egbe, said that the administrators were better positioned to solving the enormous challenges facing the educational sector due to their exposures and training. Egbe urged the participants to pay attention to resource persons during the training with a view to get increased knowledge that would sharpen their proficiency. “To become professional, we must consciously build a career that will make us stand out from the crowd. As administrators, we must strive for excellence; excellence in our character and work life,” he said.(NAN)

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Muslim media group hails freedom of abducted Bethel Baptist students .....Seeks scrapping of SIEC

By Folorunso Alagbede, Abuja


he Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, MMWGN, has hailed the freedom of 28 Bethel Baptist High School students in Chikum Local Government of Kaduna State. The group, in a statement yesterday by its National Coordinator, Mal. Abdullahi Ibrahim, the condemned the ‘siege’ of criminals on Nigerians especially in the Northern States of Nigeria. The MMWGN therefore called on the security agencies, especially the Military, the Police and Department of Security Services, to upscale their efforts in curbing the violent crimes of kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria. According to the group, “The Nation’s intelligence and security

mechanism ought to have located the dens of these criminals and be able to track them down since they started their nefarious activities several years back”. While commending the Federal Government’s efforts towards arresting the wave of crimes across the country, the group however that the failure of terrorists to release the kidnapped 137 children of an Islamiyyah School in Tegina, Niger State is a serious challenge to the FG and the Niger State Government. The MMWGN pointed out that equally of challenge to the government is the recurring kidnapping in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, Kebbi and Katsina States. The group said, “The information that some of the children kidnapped from Islamiyyah Schools in Tegina are kept somewhere near Shiroro

also in Niger State, is disturbing as security and State Government officials keeping mum over this issue inspite of the hardship on these children leading to the death of three of them already”. The MMWGN called on the all concerned in governments to urgently relieve agonizing parents and guardians of grief by doing the needful to set the innocent children free, while efforts should be made to capture alive those tormenting Nigeria with these crimes so that they could be made to face the law. Commenting on the weekend’s Local Government elections in Lagos and Ogun States, the group stated that the low-turn-out of voters in TN the two states for the elections, confirmed that the electorates are tired of deceitful polls. It recalled that despite several

demands for justice, transparency and accountability in LG elections, which made citizens to demand for scrapping of States’ Independent Electoral Commissions (SIEC), the nation is still continuing with undemocratic process where State Governments choose whoever will contest, organise and supervise same elections and award all results in their own favour. This, the group said, is fraudulent, unjust, unacceptable and unsustainable. It therefore called on the National Assembly to amend the relevant portion of the 1999 Constitution to give the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) the power to organise LG elections and scrap States Independent Electoral Commissions (SIEC) without further delay.

From left, Provost of the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology Lagos, Dr Chuks Onuoha; Senator representing Lagos Central, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu; Balogun of Iru Kingdom, Abayomi Daramola; Chairman House of Representative Committee on Telecommunication, Rep. Akeem Adeyemi; and newly elected Chairman of Iru Victoria Island Local Council Development Area, Princess Rasidat Adu, during the inauguration of Aquaculture Value Chain Empowerment Training for the youths and women of Lagos Central Senatorial District by Sen. Tinubu, in Lagos State on Monday (26/7/21).

Nigerians spend N7trn annually on power generation- Expert


igerians, and by extension, their businesses, expend about N7 trillion annually on power generation, a Renewable Energy expert, Mr Stephen Ogboko, has said. Ogboko, also the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Off Grid Tech Solutions Ltd., made this known at a virtual news conference in Lagos. He spoke on the theme: “Analysing the Benefits of Technological Innovation.” According to him, this is inefficient, expensive, noisy, polluting and of poor quality. He said that inadequate power supply had been a major challenge facing businesses in the country, forcing them to source for alternative power supply for their operations. The executive director said:

“Nigeria is among the countries with a very high need of electricity. “A significant amount of the economy is powered largely by small scale generators and almost 50 per cent of the population have limited or no access to the grid. “This could be effectively tackled with the deployment of offgrid renewable energy solutions by making electricity more cost effective and environmentally friendly.” He described renewable energy from off-grid resources as sustainable and cost-effective for farmers and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Ogboko said the Off Grid Tech Solutions Ltd. partners with the global innovators of off-grid solutions to provide reliable. He said: “This is cost-

effective and lasting solutions to societal problems toward improving the lives of people in developing nations. “Our team of experts have worked all over Africa, and continue to work to provide solutions to a variety of sectors. “We have marketed and delivered smart off-grid solutions for many years, providing permanent, efficient, safe and affordable solutions.” Ogboko said that the firm specialises in the marketing of heat lamps and incubators, gas powered air conditioners and cooling fridge, mobile power solution-solar energy box, pressure cookers, among others. He said that notable partners of the initiative were the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD),

United Kingdom Department for International Trade (UK-DIT), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Buckler Group, and Tywit. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that off-grid renewable energy solutions support the expanding access to modern energy services in an environmentally sustainable manner. Off-grid renewable will deliver a wide spectrum of electricity services for households, public services, and also serve commercial and industrial purposes. Off-grid energy solutions is one of the key drivers of the nation’s push for industrialisation. (NAN) (www.


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Ogun LG polls: Low turnout, bad signal for democracy – PDP’s Olumide Jones By Musa Baba Adamu


he low turnout recorded during Saturday’s local government elections in Ogun State has continued to generate reactions from stakeholders in the state. A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olumide Jones, has described voter apathy across the councils as a bad signal for democracy. Jones, in an interview, expressed worry that the people of Ogun State were not interested in choosing who would govern them at the grassroots level. This, he said, could be attributed to the failure of those elected into power to ensure the people enjoy the dividends of democracy. He noted that the low turnout of voters alluded to the fact that people have lost faith in the APC led Government in Ogun state, saying it is also a bad sign for the nation’s nascent democracy. “It is a bad sign when people are no longer interested in how they are governed, because of the way the leaders are ruling the masses. “People are not happy again. They can’t even speak their mind. They don’t have faith in the government again because of the way things are in the land. “Also, the result from various polling units attested to the fact that people didn’t come out to vote because they are fed up and the government has failed,” Jones said. The former senatorial candidate, however, said “We will continue to encourage our people to just patiently wait to vote for a party that will bring true and positive change to Ogun state and the nation come 2023.” He spoke further that, “there is hunger in the land. Nothing seems to be working right since 2015. Economic and security situations have become determined to have the worst record in the history of the country.

APC congress: Caucus group rejects consensus arrangement in Osun By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


n All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in Osun State chapter, the Osun Progressives (TOP), has proclaimed that the current state leadership of the party as presently constituted will make “nonsense”, the laudable intention of the National Secretariat to have consensus arrangement in the coming Congresses. Comprising of loyalists of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who is the former governor of the state for two terms, chairman of the group, Reverend Adelowo Adebiyi, who said this in a press release, claimed that only a political novice will believe that

the good intentions of the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) will be successful in Osun due to some developing issues that are at variance with the principles of consensus building in Osun APC. Adebiyi accused the state chairman of the caretaker committee, Prince Gboyega Famodun of refusing to carry along some members of the committee in the state. “As we speak, the state Chairman of the Caretaker committee, Prince Gboyega Famodun has refused to carry along the state Secretary, Deputy Chairman, Auditor, Publicity secretary and some other members of the state executives who do not tag along with the evil

idea of selling the party ideals to the Governor’s group, the IleriOluwa. “The aforementioned officers are not privy to anything in preparation for the coming Congress as Famodun has refused to call any meeting for deliberation on Congress matters. “It is an established fact that the Governor’s political group, the IleriOluwa is not ready to share an inch of all the political space with any other interest groups by virtue of their utterances, conducts and deeds. “It will therefore be foolhardy and suicidal for other interest groups and stakeholders to talk of consensus building with the party and government backed IleriOluwa group which has manipulated the

membership register to maximum advantage. “The Osun Progressives (TOP) therefore, unequivocally state it’s lack of confidence in consensus arrangement that will be superintend over by APC leaders in the state who has sold it’s souls to IleriOluwa, today rulers without giving cognisance to feelings of other members. “Our considered opinion at the Osun Progressives is direct intervention and handling by the worthy men in the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee which has dispassionately and successfully handled more difficult cases in some other state, Adebiyi submitted,” Adebiyi concluded.

L-R: Founder, House of Eden, Princess Barbara Amaka Obi-Odoh, Northern Regional Director, Catalyst for Peace and Justice Initiative, Mr. Nath Ayo Aiyedogbon, Representative of the Roost Foundation, Mr. Godwin Morka, Executive Secretary, National Human Right Commission (NHRC), Mr. Tony Ojukwu and the Director Cooperate Affairs NHRC, Hajia Halima Oyedele, during the official unveiling of the Human Rights African International Pageant, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin ImoOwo

Politicians should have other jobs apart from politics – Tonye Princewill By Christiana Ekpa


n All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Rivers State, Prince Tonye Princewill, has said that Nigerians should not allow jobless politicians to occupy political offices. According to him, a politician should have daytime jobs and should be professional in a particular field so he is alway able to bring something

to the table. “We shouldn’t have politicians who don’t have daytime jobs. We should have politicians who are bringing something to the table. Politicians with wealth of experience in the real world,” the ex APC governorship aspirant in Rivers said. “They don’t necessarily have to be businessmen; they can be professionals of any sort. But it is very good when you bring that experience to the political

space. A lot of people go from school to politics and I don’t think that is ideal. Everyone has their own unique perspective and this is mine. “As a businessman, I have learnt how to use money well and how to develop opportunities, and like a CEO of a major multiinternational in Nigeria told me, the politicians don’t understand the language of business, so they can’t create the environment for us to strive. “And I think that’s very

important because the largest employer of labour should the Small-Medium Scale Enterprise. “So if the largest employer of labour is the Small-Medium Scale Enterprise, it means the politicians should be helping the Small-Medium Scale Enterprise and if they don’t understand the Small-Medium Scale Enterprise like the multiple taxations, cheap and affordable capital and skills development for staff, then there is a problem.

“If they don’t understand those issues there’s no way they can create an environment for businesses to strive and of course, it means that the unemployment issues we have in Nigeria will continue to rise just to say that Nigeria by 2050 would probably be the third-largest country in the world, and if we don’t sort out the employment issues of this generation then we have a major problem ahead of us”, he said.


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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


demand has been put to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately conduct a forensic audit on the generated and appropriated figures of the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in order to reveal the true position of things. This demand was contained in a joint press statement issued on Monday in Osogbo during a press conference held by the Forum of Progressive Political Parties (FPPP) led by Idowu Omidiji, the Osun State Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC). According to Omidiji who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, Bello Adebayo from the Labour Party and Remi Ayanlade from the Young Progressives Party (YPP), the forum had observed with serious concern, the geometrical and skyrocketing figures emanating from the website

By Musa Baba Adamu


n Abuja-based group, Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG) has said that the low turn-out of voters during last Saturday’s local governments’ elections in Lagos and Ogun States, confirmed that Nigerians are tired of deceitful polls. The group expressed surprise that despite several demands for justice, transparency and accountability in local government elections, which made citizens to demand for scrapping of the States’ Independent Electoral Commissions, SIECs, “the nation has continued with undemocratic process where state governments choose whoever will contest, organise and supervise same elections and award all results in their own favour.” MMWG, in a statement issued on Monday by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, declared that continuation of local government elections in the country is “fraudulent, unjust, unacceptable and unsustainable.” It, therefore, called on the National Assembly to amend the relevant portion of the 1999 Constitution to give the Independent National Independent Electoral Commission, INEC the power to organise local government elections and scrap States Independent Electoral Commissions without further

INEC CVR: Group raise suspicion, demands forensic audit to verify figures

of INEC on a weekly basis of the ongoing CVR in Osun state. He noted that these had made it imperative to update and brief the media and call the attention of the National Chairman of INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and his entire management to the scenario playing out in Osun state which is just one out of the 36 states in Nigeria. While declaring that the outcome of the CVR exercise was totally suspicious and unexpected to the forum, Omodiji expressed surprise that in both Anambra and Ekiti where gubernatorial elections were to hold before the 26th July, 2022 election in Osun, the figures as copied from the INEC website

indicated that as at 26th of July, 2021, Anambra state is having 65,014 fresh eligible voters while Ekiti state whose election will come up in June 2022 has just registered 19,043 new and fresh voters. According to him, “Our own Osun State has miraculously registered 259,450 fresh voters. We dare say that there is no sufficient, logical, political or economic justification for such an outrageous figure. “It is also public knowledge that the ongoing CVR for fresh voters is being conducted online via the INEC website using the availability of internet, is it not a miracle that a state like Osun which has one of the lowest and weakest internet

penetrations, which is very far below that of Rivers, Kano, Abuja and Lagos states in terms of internet connectivity, usage and penetration has registered close to 300,000 persons in less than 30 days? “We make bold to say that the Forum of Progressive Political Parties in Osun state is greatly worried by the continuing reflection of events as being displayed by INEC.” The ADC Chairman declared that it was also worrisome and ridiculous that the CVR figures revealed that the new voters in the entire highly politically inclined North West, North East, South South and South East geopolitical zones combined together were far

below what Osun state alone has generated in the last twenty-one days. “This puts the integrity of the ongoing CVR exercise of INEC in question. “We have been tutored and received briefings by an array of young ICT compliant gurus and engineers and we are convinced beyond reasonable doubts, going by the avalanche of evidences and available information at our disposal that the electronic server and few unscrupulous elements in INEC might have been compromised to fill an inexistent and unrealistic number from the backend of the INEC server”, he concluded.

Nigerians are tired of deceitful Local Government elections – Group tells govs delay. The group, in the statement, commended the freedom of 28 Bethel Baptist High School students in Chikum Local Government Area of Kaduna State. It condemned the ‘siege’ of criminals on Nigerians especially in the Northern states and called on the security agencies, especially the military, the Police and the Department of Security Services to upscale their efforts in curbing the violent crimes of kidnapping and

banditry in the country. “The nation’s intelligence and security mechanism ought to have located the dens of these criminals and be able to track them down since they started their nefarious activities several years back,” the group stated. While commending the federal government’s efforts in arresting the wave of crimes across the country, it noted that “the failure of terrorists to release the kidnapped 137 children of an Islamiyyah

School in Tegina, Niger State is a serious challenge to the federal Niger State Government”, adding that another “challenge is the recurring kidnapping in Kaduna, Niger, Zamfara, Kebbi and Katsina States.” “The information that some of the children kidnapped from the Islamiyyah Schools in Tegina are kept somewhere near Shiroro also in Niger State is disturbing as security and state government officials are keeping mum over this

issue inspite of the hardship on these children leading to the death of three of them already, MMWG lamented. The group, therefore, called on all concerned in governments to urgently relieve agonising parents and guardians of the grieve by doing the needful to set the innocent children free while efforts should be made to capture alive those tormenting Nigeria with these crimes so that they could be made to face the law. From left: President, Organisation for Military Sports in Africa (OSMA), Brig.Gen. Maikano Abdullahi; Secretary-General, International Military Sports Council (CISM), Col. Dorah Koita; Minister of Science and Technology/ newly conferred Patron, Sahel Military Games, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Edet Akpan; and Director-General, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Prof. Hussain Ibrahim, during the conferment of Patron of Sahel Military Games on Onu and Mini-Trade Fair for officials of OSMA, in Abuja on Monday (26/7/21).

2023: Get your PVC, rescue Nigeria from APC maladministration – PDP Govs to Nigerians By Christiana Ekpa


overnors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have called on Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing voter registration by the Independent National

Electoral Commission (INEC) ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general election for better governance. The governors, who met on Monday in Bauchi State, urged eligible voters to ensure that they obtain the Permanent Voters Card, PVC to rescue the country from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC’s “maladministration”.

The call was contained in a communique issued by the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, Mahdi Mohd, at the end of the meeting. It reads in part, “The PDP Governors enjoined all Nigerians of goodwill to take advantage of the ongoing registration of Voters by INEC to register to vote, thereby arming themselves with the necessary

tools in the struggle to rescue Nigeria from the APC maladministration. “Furthermore, the general public, especially our youths and women are implored to use the opportunity of the PDP E-REGISTRATION exercise which will kick off soon, to register as PDP members, while PDP Members should update their membership electronically.”


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Abiodun swears in 20 newly elected LG chairmen in Ogun


overnor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has sworn in the 20 newly elected local government councils chairmen of the state, following their victory at the July 24 poll. Speaking during the ceremony in Abeokuta on Monday, Abiodun promised to provide good governance which would continue to strengthen the local government administration in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the APC won all the chairmanship seats in all the 20 councils in the state. Some opposition parties rejected the outcome of the election and threatened to institute legal action. He said the election could have taken place earlier but for the outbreak of COVID-19 and the need to adhere strictly to the prevention protocols. He added that their assumption of office should bring a new vista of development to the people at the grassroots. Abiodun charged them to be inclusive, transparent, accountable, fair, equitable, obey the rule of law, provide good governance and be judicious. He urged them not to rely exclusively on allocations from the Federal Government, urging them to be creative in generating funds internally, as well as through the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model. “But in doing this, you can not afford to over-burden the people who are the essence and facilitators of your being in power. “You should take a cue from our approach at the state level by being cerebral, methodical, systemic and ensure strategic allocation of funds. “Let me assure you all that our administration at the state level will continue to support our council areas with funds where and when necessary. “We must understand that the democratic process does not end at electing representatives but also in helping them to do what we have elected them to do,” he said. The governor expressed optimism that the new chairmen would justify the confidence reposed in them by providing credible and quality leadership and services at their respective councils. He reassured that his administration would continue to respect the autonomy of the local councils by giving necessary support to the chairmen to carry out their constitutional responsibilities. Earlier, in his goodwill message, the Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land, Kehinde Olugbenle, urged the chairmen to seek counsel from traditional rulers in order to move the councils forward. Yemi Sanusi, the state caretaker chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC ), appealed to the chairmen to embark on grassroot programmes. Mr Sanusi said i was important to alleviate the suffering of the people at the grassroots level. (NAN)


Elections keep improving under Buhari’s watch - APC tells PDP

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


he ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari, elections in Nigeria have been moving from better to best, even as it told the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to focus its attention on the redemption of its status as opposition party in Nigeria rather than blaming the APC for its failure. A statement issued yesterday by the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John James Akpanudoedehe, said at party level, APC will entrench internal democracy in all decision making processes, particularly party

nomination - direct and indirect primaries or consensus. The statement reads “Our attention has been drawn to yet another communiqué by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum which is laced with lies, idle conspiracy theories on the state of the nation and the PDP’s pitiable attempt to explain its failed state as the supposed main opposition party in the country. “It is indeed remarkable that the PDP has finally opened up to its fast depleting fortunes. However, it is advisable that the PDP concentrates on redemption instead of blaming the APC or anyone else for its rudderless state. “We reiterate that it is foolhardy for the PDP to expect its members to sink with the party in the face of

its failed state. “The PDP should quickly address itself to the fact that its members and leaders who are joining the APC in droves are attracted and inspired by the progressive leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari government and the internal democracy being entrenched by the leadership of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC). “Under President Buhari, every election conducted in the country has been an improvement on the last. The APC will continue to support constitutionally backed innovations by our election management bodies to make our elections more credible. “At party level, the APC’s is

resolved to entrench internal democracy in all decision making processes, particularly party nomination - direct and indirect primaries or consensus.” Meanwhile, the party has said the Permanent Voters’ Card (PVC) remains the only legal instrument voters can use to elect progressive leaders who can sustain the ongoing efforts of APC governments at the Federal, State and Local Government Areas to sustain its successes in renewing national infrastructure, transforming agriculture and diversifying the economy. To this end, it urged Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Continuous Voter Registration exercise to register.

L-R: The First Black Member of the Polish Parliament, Hon. John Abraham Godson, The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, wife of the First Black Polish Parliamentarian, Chief Mrs Miriam Godson and the coordinator Nigerian Diaspora Summit Initiative, Dr. Badewa Adejugbe-Williams, during the 2021 Nigerian Diaspora day ceremony, held on Sunday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

Congresses: Enugu Election Committee meets stakeholders, promises credibility

By Musa Baba Adamu


he 3-man election Committee for the July 31 ward congress of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State has assured members of the party that winners would emerge through a credible and open process. The Committee led by Mr. Alex Osuagwu from Imo State, met with the members of the party, from the ward to the State level at the APC Secretariat in Enugu on Monday. Osuagwu said sale of forms had commenced, urging those who have made payments to come with their evidence. He said the committee would always be available at the State Secretariat to attend to the aspirants. Earlier in his speech, the chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Ben Nwoye, said those interested in any position should go and campaign at the grassroots. He said the notion that some people were PDP members should

be discarded. “We don’t have a PDP member in our party, anybody with our card is a member. You have been a member, you have not done anything in your ward, now someone joins with large followership and what you do is going about that such a person who is growing the party is a member of PDP “We have many governors leaving the leaking umbrella, including here in the Southeast, like the Governor of Ebonyi State, will you say such people are still members of the PDP? “If you feel you are so popular in the party, mobilize your own supporters and defeat the person you consider to be PDP,” Nwoye said. The Chairman equally cautioned against the use of security agencies to intimidate members during the Congress, stressing “we don’t want armed men following big Ogas around voting areas on that day. Let security agencies, escorts stay away, let it not turn to intimidation

“Police should be there to maintain peace and observe things, not personal police attached to some members. “Voting is for only registered members, even if you registered before but didn’t revalidate, you can’t vote. Registration has stopped, we can’t open it for anyone, we can’t do selective registration. “Only the National Secretariat can direct for another round of registration. You can come in and join us but not for the purposes of this Congress, you can’t vote, can’t contest.” The party also reaffirmed that five persons earlier expelled would not in any way participate in the Congress as they were no longer card carrying members of the party. They include Deacon Okey Ogbodo, Barr. Chike Omeje, Chinedu Okosisi, Chief Godwin Onuora and Ruphus Nwagu. In a remark, a former Governorship candidate of the party, Barr. Okey Ezea lauded members for their resilience despite

operating as an opposition party in the State. He said, “Many people have suffered without anything to show for it, but God will settle them in 2023, and the only way we will succeed is through unity and love.” “On the issue of the ward congress, I heard that some people were writing list, even in my ward, I told them to forget it. “Congress will be done on Saturday and anything outside it is a waste of time “Some people who say they are leaders should not sit inside their rooms write names and take to Abuja. Leaders are known with their influence at the grassroots,” he added. Meanwhile, a stalwart of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Enugu State, Barr. Ugo Agballa, has pitched tent with the APC. He was at the party’s stakeholders meeting where the chairman, Nwoye presented the party’s constitution and symbol (broom) to him.


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igeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo yesterday restated the commitment of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to increase capacity in oil, gas and power generation. Prof. Osinbajo stated this while declaring opened the 14th Annual International Conference of Nigerian Association for Energy Economics (NAEE)/ International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) currently hold at the PTDF Building in Abuja. The theme of the Conference is: “Strategic Responses of the Energy Sector to COVID-19 and the Impact on African Economies”. Osinbajo said, the administration has birthed key initiatives, especially the NLNG Train 7, FID that would lead to an increase capacity of up to 30 percent at bonny Island in Lagos that would keep Nigeria at the forefront of leaders in Liquified Natural Gas globally. The VP said the continued progress on the $2.6 billion AKK pipeline would allow closer integration of energy access across the country and increase the number of gas based industries across the country. He noted that “as the sixth largest gas country and ninth in gas export, Nigeria needs to consume more gas to energise our economy”. He said, the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the National Assembly, advanced work at Dangote refinery and ongoing rehabilitation of P/Harcourt refinery would position the country for self sustainability in refined product. Represented by the Special adviser to President on Infrastructure, Ahmad Zakari, Osinbajo said, efforts are also being made to stabilise the power sector. The VP said, electricity tariff reforms and service-based tariff has increased revenue collection in

Nigeria to increase capacity in oil, gas, power generation -Osinbajo the sector by 63 percent, thereby increasing revenue to gas producers and stabilising the value chain. “Electricity Tariff Reforms with the Service Based Tariff that have increased collections from the electricity sector by 63%, increasing revenue assurance for gas producers and stabilizing the value chain … it is anticipated that all electricity market revenues will be obtained from the market with limited subsidies as reforms in metering and efficiency with the DISCOs continue to improve. “Accelerated investment in Transmission and Distribution (over $3 billion) Infrastructure that will put Nigeria on a path to 10GW+ and beyond … through interventions with the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Siemens partnership, the World Bank and African Development Bank,

JICA, AFD and others”, he said. He lauded the NAEE’s capacity to bring together the academia, policy makers, government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and businessowners, all in one place to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the energy industry in Nigeria. “Judging from the lineup of academics, experts and business leaders at this event, I have no doubt that we are on the cusp of learning new, innovative ways through which the energy sector can respond to Covid-19 and other challenges”, he said. Also speaking, the President NAEE, Prof. Yinka Omorogbe said, at a time when the world, especially the third world countries are ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic,

there was need for cross fertilisation of ideas in order to change the narrative. “Global coronavirus pandemic has continued to ravage the world since early 2020. It has become the world’s greatest challenge, exacerbating global poverty but serving to emphasize that there was now the need for radical change. “An estimated 689 million people, comprising approximately roughly 9% of the global population, were estimated to live in in extreme poverty in 2020. “70% of these persons are in Africa and a hundred million of these are in Nigeria. It has recently taken over from India as the Poverty Capital of the world, with the unenviable position of being the country with about 90 million

people living in extreme poverty. “Into this daunting mix, there is now the International Energy Agency’s extremely ambitious net zero carbon economy target to contend with. “For African countries, which have the problem of low levels of access to modern energy services, and which have no option but to grow their energy industries, this presents a very interesting and- to me- exciting challenge. Africa abounds in energy resources- coal, bitumen, crude oil, natural gas, solar energy, wind, tidal and wave energy, geothermal energy etc. The continent is blessed! Unfortunately these resources have so far not been harnessed so as to unlock their vast potentials for the use of the people. President Muhammadu Buhari with the outgoing Ambassador of Spain to Nigeria, Mr. Marcelino Cabana during a farewell audience at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on (26/72021)

Apapa Gridlock: NPA Chief interfaces with Stakeholders

By Etuka Sunday


takeholders in the Nigeria port system on Monday brainstormed on the incessant Apapa gridlock with a resolution that the Nigerian port authority should be supported in its drive to make the e-call up system at the port works. The occasion was the webinar on the Apapa e-call up system which was addressed by the acting Managing Director of Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA), Mohammed Bello-Koko, the President of Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, the Executive Director of African International Trade and Commerce Research, Mr. Sand Kalu Mba, Port operators, importers and exporters. The well attended webinar which had major presentations on the e-call up system by Mr. Bello and a presentation on the assessment study on the e-call up system by Mr. Mba, witnessed commendations for efforts of the new NPA management to rejig

the implementation of the e-call up system. The NPA acting MD in his presentation at the Webinar titled; “Apapa Gridlock: Accelerating Implementation of E-call Up Policy” organized by Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) said the traffic Management along the access roads to the Ports in Lagos has been a major challenge to the Nigerian Ports Authority. He said the inadequate physical infrastructure (truck parks) has been identified as a major constraint in the implementation of the e-call up system and to nip this challenge in the bud, the NPA has mandated all shipping companies involved in container operations to establish empty container holding bays. “The e-call up system is hinged on three components namely; Physical Infrastructure, Information Technology and Stakeholders collaboration. There are also hinderances to accelerating the implementation such as; the e-call up

system like any other novel project has its teething problems and the problems faced daily by truckers requires the intervention of Lagos State Government, Messrs. Truck Transit Park Limited and Nigerian Ports Authority.” Earlier, the President ACCI, Dr. Abubakar in his opening remark said, the Apapa Port is an integral part of, and a strategic gateway to Nigerian economy but unfortunately, it has been bedevilled with continued occurrence of gridlock. “As a Chamber, we suggest and encourage a sustained and expanded collaboration between the Port Authority and the Lagos state government to dismantle the forces behind the incessant gridlock at the Apapa port. There is need for the government to introduce sanctions in the enforcement process. Multiple agencies operating at the port also needs to harmonize their operations to reduce the current hardship in the clearance of goods at ports.” He said the gridlock for the past

six or so many years have disrupted so many businesses and worsen Nigeria’s rating on Ease of Doing Business (EDB) adding that ACCI had in early 2018 hosted a roundtable on the traffic situation at the Lagos port. “The well attended event came up with several solutions among which were proposals for an e-call up system to manage trucking system at Apapa. We were glad that the management of NPA eventually introduced the digital system among other new ideas to ease traffic flow at the port. However, the implementation of the e-call up system has not gone as smoothly as envisaged. “Consequently, ACCI launched a survey study on experiences of users and stakeholders with the e-call up system. A synopsis of the report will be presented to the NPA management at this webinar, while the full report of the study will be presented to the NPA managing Director in Lagos at a later date.” Dr. Abubakar who commended the efforts of the Federal Government

to extend rail connections to the port as a major step toward achieving intermodality within the national transport network also said, it will improve the movement of containerized goods while noting that the current efforts to complete the Lekki Deep Sea Port under a public private partnership. The Director General ACCI, Victoria Akai who appreciated every participant at the webinar also lauded the Ag. MD, NPA for his willingness to collaborate with the organised private sector through advocacy avenues like this to discuss on moving port operations forward even in these critical times. “Indeed, government and the private sector are partners in progress. Thank you for making exports a priority, this is indeed important for the diversification efforts to improve our GDP and further create wealth for our people by taking advantage of international trade opportunities. The ultimate desire is to have a more functional and efficient ports operations.”

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Afreximbank supports trade collaboration pact between Malawi, South Sudan

By Etuka Sunday


frican Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced its support for the first ever memorandum of understanding (MoU) on trade collaboration between the Governments of Malawi and South Sudan. The Bank will provide financial backing and payment instruments to facilitate trade of agricultural commodities and essential consumer goods between the two nations. The MoU was signed on 10 June 2021 in Juba by the Minister of Trade of Malawi, the Honourable Sosten Gwengwe, and the Minister of Trade and Industry of South Sudan, the Honourable Kuol Athian Mawien, as part of the programme of activities that

marked the state visit of the President of Afreximbank, Professor Benedict Oramah, to Juba. The five-year agreement will allow Malawi to export grain and other agricultural products to South Sudan. The country currently has a surplus of grain totalling 1.2 million metric tonnes, which if exported will generate additional jobs for Malawian workers and benefit consumers in South Sudan. South Sudan will, meanwhile, be able to supply commodities such as petroleum products and bitumen to Malawi, supporting development and wealth creation in the South Sudanese economy. While the agreement was struck at government level, implementation will be managed by private sector institutions, which will be responsible

for the procurement and distribution of grains and petroleum products. The Export Development Fund of Malawi (EDF), in its role as the country’s export credit agency, is facilitating trade by arranging local financing and issuing guarantees to local banks that support exporters in Malawi. The MoU represents a major step in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). It demonstrates the valuecreating potential of export development and regional integration, while also illustrating Malawi’s ability to diversify its foreign exchange earnings. Moreover, by ensuring access to expanded markets, the agreement provides young people in each country with the prospect of emerging opportunities in which to seek

stable employment. Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, said: “This is a historic moment for Malawi and South Sudan that showcases the promise of the AfCFTA in action. By taking their first ever steps into trade collaboration, both countries will unlock new channels for inclusive wealth creation and secure high-quality jobs for their people. Afreximbank is proud to be working with both Governments and the Malawi Export Development Fund to enable the flow of trade. The collaboration between Malawi and South Sudan will demonstrate the value of export development and regional integration, paving the way for others to follow this path to prosperity.”

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Youth development: Women tasked on supporting gov’t By Stanley Onyekwere


ndigenous women in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have been implored to assist the government to improve on areas that will add value to the youth in the Territory. This charge, was given by the Director, FCT Administration’s Human Resource Management, Bashir Mohammed, when he received FCT Indigenous Women

Forum on a courtesy visit to his office. Mohammed noted that the FCTA will continue to do well if the women who are key actors in the development of family values, keep to their roles. He said, “FCT women should continue to support the government in developing the city, by encouraging the youths to champion ideas that will impact positively on the city.

“Government needs the full cooperation of all especially the women because of their closeness to the younths, so the women should always encourage them to contribute to the development of Abuja”. The Director enjoined the women that FCT Administration is keen on issues that will have direct impact on them, and they should work with the Administration towards

developing the city. In her remarks, chairperson of the Forum, Esther Tawasimi, sought for FCTA’s help in area of appointing women as Directors in various FCT Departments, Agencies and Boards. Tawasimi also asked for help in areas of admission into FCT higher institutions and scholarship. According to her, the women are not being carried along,

“most of our women are at home those who have served in the FCTA/Area Councils who retired as Directors, the minister of FCT should consider them and other women for political appointment. “Many of our daughters who have graduated from schools are at home doing nothing, we appeal to the FCT Administration led by Malam Muhammad Bello to kindly consider their employment/ empowerment”

President Muhammadu Buhari receiving a souvenir from the Secretary General of OPEC, Dr. Sanusi Barkindo during their meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on (26/72021)

Cross-section of members of the Organisation for Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) during the conferment of Patron of Sahel Military Games on Minister of Science and Technology Dr Ogbonnaya Onu and Mini-Trade Fair for officials of OSMA, in Abuja on Monday (26/7/21).

Minister of Aviation to speak at National Carrier Webinar By Etuka Sunday


he Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika is billed to speak at a webinar with the theme: “The Dream of National Carrier” whose debut is slated for 2022.

Controversy surrounding the question of a national carrier has been on for sometimes with inability of the government to get credible technical partners and investors to support the proposed new national carrier. The Minister will be

addressing the issue at a webinar organised by the National Chamber Policy Centre and the ACCI Transport Trade Group. Sirika will be speaking on the model to adopt which will cover financing and other

operational details. Expected to grace the occasion are the National President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Abuja Chamber of Commerce and

Industry (ACCI), President, Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, leaders of Chamber movement in Nigeria, aviation stakeholders among others. The event is scheduled to hold virtually on 15th July, 2021.

Property developers cautioned against abusing Abuja Master plan By Stanley Onyekwere


roperty developers have been warned to desist from violating the Abuja Master Plan with all sort of infractions. The FCT Administration, which issued the warning, also reiterated its resolve to demolish all illegal structures in the nation’s capital, irrespective of the status of the developers in the society. Acting Director, FCTA Department of

Development Control, Garba Kwamkur, made this assertion during a recent weekly inspection of on-going developments across the Territory. Kwamkur explained that its weekly exercise became necessary owing to increased illegal Development activities, as developers took advantage of the period of lockdown to put up structures, hoping that the authorities would not find out. He explained that the FCT Act of 1976

made it clear that all developers, private, institutional of governmental, must obtain permit from the Department of Development Control, before embarking on any physical development within the city. According to him: “The city has a master plan and it must be followed to the latter”, even as he called on all developers in Abuja to comply right with all development laws and regulations or face necessary sanctions, including demolition

and revocation. During the exercise, the Team had served a quit notice on a Fulani settlement, located off the Airforce Base, near Army Peacekeeping Operation Base on the corridor of the Bill Clinton Drive. Also, another quit notice was served on a filling station on the corridor of Bill Clinton Drive, which connects the Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua Expressway to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

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German lawyers wrangle over pensioner’s WW2 tank in basement


awyers in Germany are wrangling over how to deal with a pensioner who stored a World War Two tank, antiaircraft gun and torpedo in his basement. The items were removed from a house in the northern town of Heikendorf in 2015 with the help of the army. Prosecutors and defence lawyers are now negotiating possible penalties, including a suspended sentence and a fine of up to €500,000 (£427,000). The defendant, aged 84, must also find new homes for the monumental items. According to his lawyer, a US museum is interested in purchasing the Panther tank. Many historians argue it was the most efficient such vehicle deployed by Germany during World War Two. The lawyer also said that a number of German collectors had approached the defendant over other items, which included assault rifles and pistols, local media report. At a court hearing on Monday in the city of Kiel, about 100km (60 miles) north of

The World War Two-era Panther tank was removed from a residential property in northern Germany in 2015 Hamburg, lawyers were trying to determine

whether the man’s military collection had

violated Germany’s War Weapons Control Act. The act regulates the manufacture, sale, and transport of weapons of war. The defence argues that many of the weapons are no longer functional and that the tank was bought as scrap. They are considering accepting a lower fine of €50,000, Die Welt newspaper reported. Meanwhile, prosecutors have suggested that some of the weapons and ammunition could still be used. In July 2015, it took about 20 soldiers almost nine hours to extract the Panther tank - which was without its tracks - from the residential property and push it onto a low-loader for transportation. Local authorities were reportedly tipped off about the cellar’s contents by colleagues in Berlin, who had earlier searched the home for stolen Nazi art. Another hearing in the case is due on Wednesday and a decision is expected next month.

Greece seeks spear fisher who killed famous seal


hocked wildlife lovers are swapping memories of a beloved rare seal and calling for justice after it was killed off the Greek island of Alonissos. Greek authorities are searching for the killer of Kostis, a Mediterranean monk seal, which became the island’s symbol. Kostis was named after the fisherman who saved it after a storm in 2018.

A Greek seal charity which looked after Kostis for several months as a pup thinks it was killed with a spear gun. The endangered seals are protected under Greek law. Kostis was “executed at close range with a spear gun”, said the charity, MOm. The spear probably came from a boat, spokesman Dimitris Tsiakalos told the

BBC. The charity urged anyone with information to contact police, and says it means to sue the killer. After being rescued, Kostis was released into the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades. On Facebook, users have been sharing memories of seeing the seal off the coast

of the island and calling for the killer to be brought to justice. There may be fewer than 700 Mediterranean monk seals in the wild, with almost half living in Greece. Mediterranean monk seals are now regarded as endangered, not critically endangered, but researchers warn their survival is “far from secure”.

Flooded London hospitals ask patients to stay away


wo east London hospitals have asked patients to stay away after their emergency departments were hit by flooding on Sunday. Whipps Cross is without power and evacuating 100 inpatients and Newham hospital is asking patients to use other A&Es for urgent care. Ambulances are being redirected after torrential rain caused severe flooding in homes, roads and stations. London Fire Brigade says it has taken more than 1,000 flooding-related calls. It rescued people trapped in cars and is helping those with flooded basements and collapsed ceilings. A spokesperson for Barts Health NHS Trust which runs both Newham and Whipps Cross hospitals, said: “Patients are asked to attend alternative hospitals where they can. A major incident has been called across the Trust.” Many of the capital’s roads closed due to the flooding, including the Blackwall Tunnel, the A12 and parts of the North Circular. Stepney Green station remains closed although eight other Tube and London Overground stations have reopened. A yellow thunderstorm warning remains in place for parts of south-east England. St James’s Park in London saw 41.6mm (1.6in) of rain on Sunday, making it the wettest part of the country. Residents on a street in Woodford, in

A woman wades through a flooded path in St James’s Park in central London east London, grabbed buckets, brooms and wooden boards to prevent rising rainwater from flooding their homes. Restaurant manager Mariya Peeva said her neighbour’s bedroom was flooded and that her son helped others to protect their homes from the flooding.

Ms Peeva, 46, told the PA news agency: “My son went to buy some food from the local shop - by the time he came back the whole street and the pavement were already flooded and the water was coming into our front door.” Were you affected by floods? Share your

experience by emailing haveyoursay@bbc. At the scene: Greg McKenzie, BBC News The A&E department at Newham Hospital is still closed this morning, with ambulances being diverted to neighbouring hospitals. As you peer through the doors of the A&E department here, the entire floor is soaked as far as the eye can see. There are mops left on the floor, security guards are guiding people away. The hospital says it will still treat the most urgent admissions but is advising people to use other hospitals until it fixes the rainwater damage. Other parts of the hospital, such as the maternity unit, remain unaffected. Resident Chris Date tweeted a photo of a bus in Bakers Arms, Walthamstow, saying the flood water was “above the kerb”. “It’s impossible to walk on the pavement. To get on that bus the water came up to my shins. This is a canal, not a road,” he said. Cyclist Eddie Elliott, 28, said he had passed the area near Queenstown Road station in Battersea to find the road “totally shut down”. “Having been born and raised in London, I have never seen anything quite like it,” he said. Mr Elliott said the flooding was the worst he had experienced in the city, and described seeing “buses stood broken down in the water”.

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Tokyo Olympics: Ruth Gbagbi, Hedaya Wahba and Seif Eissa all win taekwondo bronze


he highlight for African on day three of the Tokyo Olympics were three bronze medals in taekwondo. Taekwondo Ivory Coast’s Ruth Gbagbi, 27, matched the bronze she won in Rio as she beat Brazil’s Milena Titoneli 12-8 in the -67kg category. She had lost to Great Britain’s Lauren Williams in the semi-finals 2418. In Rio Gbagbi became the first Ivorian woman to win an Olympic medal and has now become the first from her country to win two medals. Egypt’s Hedaya Malak Wahba, 28, then also claimed her second Olympic bronze having won one in Rio as well this time she moved up a category from -57kg to claim the other bronze on offer in the same category as Gbagbi in Tokyo. Wahba produced a dominant final round, which she won 14-1, to seal an overall 17-6 victory over USA’s Paige McPherson. She had also lost to Williams in an earlier round but came through the repechage to earn her shot at a medal. “It was very hard for her fighting at -57kg. It was not good for her to be always dieting, it’s not safe,” her Mexican coach Salazar Blanco said after the fight. “So it wasn’t hard to move to -67kg; she just stopped the diet. But we had to build muscle to resist the kicks and we had to work hard on distance because of the taller athletes (in the 67kg class). “She had to start from the beginning, get all the points again and move up the rankings. But she doesn’t have anything to prove. “She had Covid in November and she is still not 100%. She has been very, very tired. For her the postponement was very tough. Every day, every year it is harder, she is 28. She has a family.” Seif Eissa, 23, became the third Egyptian to win an Olympic taekwondo bronze medal as he beat Norway’s Richard Andre Ordemann 12-4 in their medal bout in the men’s -80kg category. In the same category there had been disappointment for Ivory Coast’s defending Olympic champion Cheick Cisse who lost in the very first round to Morocco’s Achraf Mahboubi. “I feel destroyed. I didn’t expect that at all. I think there was just too much pressure. I am feeling so bad, of course, because I wanted to defend my title,” Cisse admitted after his loss. Swimming South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker looks like the lady to beat on Tuesday for women’s 100m breaststroke gold as she qualified for the final with the fastest time.

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Tunisia President Kais Saied accused of coup amid clashes


unisia’s main political parties have accused the president of staging a coup after he sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament. Kais Saied, who also dismissed the defence minister, says he acted in accordance with the constitution. The move followed Sunday’s violent mass protests over the government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak and the economic and social turmoil. Calls are now growing from the international community for restraint. The European Union urged all political sides in Tunisia to respect the rule of law and avoid violence. There were similar appeals from the Arab League, Russia and Qatar. Clashes among Mr Saied’s supporters and opponents continued on Monday in the capital Tunis. They threw stones at each other outside the legislature, which has been barricaded by troops. Mr Saied, an independent who was elected in 2019, has had a long-standing feud with the man he has removed, Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi. Mr Mechichi has the backing of the largest party in parliament, Ennahda. Tunisia’s revolution in 2011 is often held up as the sole success of the Arab Spring revolts across the region - but it has not led to stability economically or politically. The recent spike in Covid cases has fuelled long-standing public frustration. The health minister was sacked last week after a bungled vaccination drive. Statesman or dictator? On Sunday, thousands of people across Tunisia demonstrated against the PM and Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party. Its local headquarters in the southwestern city of Touzeur were set on fire. In a televised address, Mr Saied said: “We have taken these decisions... until social peace returns to Tunisia and until we save

Protesters erupted with celebrations on Sunday at the news that the prime minister had been dismissed the state”. He vowed to respond to further violence with military force. In the early hours of Monday, the speaker of parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, who leads Ennahda, tried to get into the legislature. When he was blocked by Mr Saied’s supporters, he and his own loyalists staged a sit-down protest. Later on Monday, Al-Jazeera TV, which has been viewed as sympathetic to Ennahda, said security forces had raided its offices in Tunis, unplugging all equipment and telling staff to leave. Protesters erupted with celebrations on Sunday at the news that the prime minister had been dismissed Acute power struggle Analysis by Rana Jawad, BBC North Africa correspondent To many, it feels like fresh hope after a year of chaotic governance - to others, a move that is constitutionally questionable,

with potentially destabilising ramifications and far-reaching consequences. The events are largely linked to an acute power struggle between the presidency, the PM and the speaker of parliament. Was this a power grab by the president or a temporary move to get the country back on track? And will his political opponents mobilise their own support on the streets? If so, to what end? Key to how all this plays out will be how quickly a new prime minister is appointed and a new plan communicated on moving forward. ‘Coup against Tunisia’s revolution’ Ennahda and two other opposition parties have accused Mr Saied of carrying out a coup. He and Mr Mechichi have been in conflict for a long time. Mr Saied has said he will now govern alongside a new PM, with parliament suspended for 30 days.

AKO Caine Prize: Meron Hadero named first Ethiopian winner


eron Hadero has become the first Ethiopian author to win the prestigious AKO Caine Prize for African Writing. “I’m absolutely thrilled, I’m in shock - being shortlisted in itself was a huge honour,” she told the BBC. Her winning short story is about an Ethiopian boy called Getu, who has to navigate the fraught power dynamics of NGOs and foreign aid in Addis Ababa. It impressed the judges who found it “utterly without self-pity” and said it “turns the lens” on the usual clichés. Hadero will take home £10,000 ($13,000) in prize money. The author was born in Ethiopia and raised in the US by parents who are both medical doctors. Her sister is the singer Meklit Hadero, whose support was “absolutely essential” to her success, Hadero says. She says stories of “refugees, immigrants and those at risk of being displaced” are always the “entry-point emotionally” to her work. “With The Street Sweep, he has that threat looming. He’s facing losing his ancestral home, and that’s the real driver of the story that makes him take charge

Judges praised her short story The Street Sweep which ends in a “clever twist” and try to re-write that outcome that seems kind of inevitable,” Hadero told BBC Focus on Africa. Much of The Street Sweep is set in Addis Ababa’s Sheraton hotel, where Getu is invited for a party. “Looking through his eyes it’s almost a culture shock when he goes there,” Hadero said. “I did want to paint that contrast... What does that access mean? And what does that

bestow? That’s the bigger question of what those open doors represent.” Writing short stories has been “it’s own love” for the author, who likened the form to a “contained laboratory” from which “pared down and elegant” tales can emerge. Her next challenge is her debut novel, which “is really fun to work on in a different way. “You’re adding and you’re exploring mess.”



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Ecological protection in NW China’s Qinghai province boosts tourism development By Jia Fengfeng, Liu Yurui, People’s Daily


riving westward along the QinghaiTibet Highway for two hours from Xining, capital city of northwest China’s Qinghai province, one can arrive at the Qinghai Lake, a famous tourist destination in Qinghai, which ripples and sparkles in the sun. Amazed by the magnificent scenery of the Qinghai Lake, Wang Xuan, a tourist from east China’s Anhui province, couldn’t help but press the shutter release. “The Qinghai Lake is definitely worth visiting,” Wang said. Due to climate change, human activities and other factors, the Qinghai Lake once suffered from serious ecological degradation, when biological resources declined sharply, the surrounding grasslands underwent desertification and degradation, water level fell continuously, and water area kept shrinking. To tackle the problem, the local government set up a nature reserve at the Qinghai Lake, blockaded the lake for fish breeding, and incorporated the conservation of the lake into the construction of China’s nature reserve system centered around national parks. After years of efforts, Qinghai Lake finally started to see improving ecology and yield increasing ecological and social benefits. “I’m really happy that the Qinghai Lake I knew when I was little has finally come back,” said Li Chaowei, head of a criminal investigation and law enforcement police

Photo shows the splendid scenery of the Chaka Salt Lake, a popular tourist destination in northwest China’s Qinghai province. (Photo/Official website of the Chaka Salt Lake) team in charge of husbandry-related cases in Gonghe county, Hainan Tibetan autonomous prefecture, where the Qinghai Lake is situated. Li and three of his fellows are responsible for patrolling the 186-kilometer shoreline on the south bank of Qinghai Lake. “Less than three incidents of illegal fishing in the lake are now reported a year,” Li said, who noted that the amount of naked carp in the Qinghai Lake exceeded 100,000 tons by the end of last year, an increase of nearly 40 times from the beginning of the 21st century. During this year’s May Day holiday in China, Qinghai Lake received 45,000 tourists, registering a tourism income of nearly 5.17 million yuan (about $798,633).

Farmers and herdsmen in Qinghai have become increasingly aware of the importance of ecological conservation, and understood more deeply that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets. The clear Chaka Salt Lake, also a popular tourist attraction along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It looks like a fairyland against the blue sky and while clouds, and is known as the “mirror of the sky” in China. Bayin village, which is located near the Chaka Salt Lake, has brought villagers a better life by boosting tourism. To draw tourists, Bayin village has comprehensively improved its living environment and infrastructure. Now the

village has flat and clean roads, spacious and lively squares, and bright and tidy hotel rooms. “Decorating the garden can not only attract more visitors, but bring pleasure to myself,” said Shen Deping, a local villager, while planting flowers in a garden in front of her home. Taking advantage of the Chaka Salt Lake, farmers and herdsmen in Bayin village, once a poor mountainous village, has started to run B&Bs, with the total number of hotel rooms in the village reaching 328. To provide better travel experience for tourists, Bayin has pooled resources to hold training courses on cooking, B&B management, and Mandarin. Not only has Bayin village got a brand new look, but residents in the village have adopted a new mindset and shown great enthusiasm for making their hometown better. “Whoever did a poor job in keeping their houses clean would be too embarrassed to make a speech at the villagers’ meetings,” said Shen, who has just been reelected as president of the women’s federation of the village. “As villagers compete and cooperate with each other in improving tourism products and services, they have forged better neighborly relations,” Shen noted. “We will continue to take the opportunity provided by the Chaka Salt Lake, push ahead with the unified management of B&Bs, and perfect the services to make local people more prosperous,” said Zhao Fuchang, an official stationed in Bayin for poverty alleviation.

China calls for multiple-site origin tracing of COVID-19 By Gu Yekai, People’s Daily


rigin tracing of COVID-19 shall be conducted in multiple countries and regions based on extensive consultations among WHO member states, said a senior official of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) at a press conference on the COVID-19 origin-tracing work Thursday. Zeng Yixin, deputy head of the NHC, said he was “shocked” to learn that an origintracing proposal released by the WHO last week has listed the hypothesis that violations of laboratory protocols in China could have resulted in the virus’ leak as one of the major research objectives. “In some respects, this plan disrespects common sense and defies science. It is impossible for us to accept a plan like this,” he said during the news conference held by the State Council Information Office. Up to now, none of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) staff members and postgraduate students have been infected by the novel coronavirus, the lab has not carried out the gain-of-function experiment on the pathogen, and there is no so-called artificial novel coronavirus in the WIV, he reiterated. In addition, WHO experts concluded that lab leak is extremely unlikely after personally visiting the WIV, Zeng said, adding that such conclusion must be respected as the experts were elaborately selected by the WHO and are very authoritative and experienced in their respective fields. On March 30 this year, the WHO officially released a report on the global tracing of COVID-19 origins. The China part of the report made a good start of the global tracing work, Zeng remarked. More and more scientific evidence indicated that the report is valuable, authoritative, and able to withstand the test of science and history. The conclusion of the report is science-

The State Council Information Office holds a press conference on the novel coronavirus origin-tracing work in Beijing, July 22, 2021. Photo shows Zeng Yixin, deputy head of China’s National Health Commission answering questions. (Photo by Xu Xiang/ based, and the report was also made upon scientific principles, he said. Through joint efforts of scientists from multiple countries, positive progress has been achieved in the study into the origin of the coronavirus. Xu Nanping, vice minister of the Ministry of Science and Technology introduced that as of July 19, Chinese scientists had issued 225 papers on COVID-19 origin tracing in cooperation with research teams from the US, the UK, and other countries, and 352 papers had been released by domestic research teams. Besides, Chinese and US medical experts had convened six video conferences on epidemic prevention and control. According to Xu, the COVID-19 information database established by China National Center for Bioinformation has collected and shared 2.53 million genome sequences, providing services for nearly

300,000 users in 177 countries and regions around the world. Zeng said the Chinese government has always supported science-based origin tracing, but it opposes politicizing the work. The second-phase study shall be an extension of the first-phase one, and be conducted based on extensive consultations among WHO member states, he added. What was done in the first stage of origin tracing, especially by those that have reached a clear conclusion, should not be repeated. What should be carried out is the origin tracing of early cases, molecular epidemiology, and intermediary hosts in multiple countries and regions based on extensive consultations among WHO member states, Zeng said. At present, the academic community generally believes that the novel coronavirus originated from the nature. Wang Chen,

president of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College said at the conference that cold chains remained an important transmission channel amid the epidemic, and the evidence chain of transmissions by cold chains is relatively substantial. Given global trade and exchanges of personnel and goods, the human-to-object transmission in cold chain environment has made pathogen transmission even more complicated. Wang suggested that cold chains should be a significant clue in ongoing virus origin tracing. The appeal for launching wide-ranging investigations worldwide is becoming stronger, as more evidence pointing to earlier infections outside China has surfaced recently, said Liang Wannian, team leader from the Chinese side of the WHO-China team studying the origins of COVID-19. For instance, a skin sample taken from an Italian resident in November 2019 yielded traces of the virus, and traces also were found in human sewage samples collected in Brazil in November 2019. The first infection in Wuhan was reported on Dec 8, 2019. “These examples show that Wuhan may not be the ground zero for virus spillover,” he said, adding that the virus likely underwent a complicated transmission cycle between animals, humans and objects. Studies of early patients, bio samples, genomic sequences, natural hosts, intermediate hosts and cold chain infection, cannot be conducted without joint efforts of multiple places worldwide, he noted. Wang said origin tracing is complicated and diverse, adding that vision shall not be restricted, but broadened in order to find the origins of the coronavirus. It is important to get the direction of origins tracing multiple-site, multiple-orientation and systemic research and study around the globe, he remarked.

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ight now, protection against Covid-19 comes via an injection. But in future, those vaccines could come from inhalers or even pills. In a white, airy laboratory in Medicon Village, one of southern Sweden’s largest science parks, chemist Ingemo Andersson holds up a thin, plastic inhaler, half the size of a matchbox. Her team is hoping this tiny product could play a big role in the global fight against coronavirus allowing people to take powdered versions of future vaccines at home. “It’s easy and it’s really cheap to produce,” says Johan Waborg, CEO of the firm, which usually makes inhalers for patients with asthma. “You just remove a little plastic slip and then the vaccine inhaler is activated and you just put it in your mouth, take a deep breath and inhale.” The company, Iconovo, is collaborating with an immunology research start-up in Stockholm, ISR, which has developed a drypowder vaccine against Covid-19. It uses manufactured Covid-19 virus proteins (unlike Pfizer, Moderna and Astra Zeneca which use RNA or DNA that code for these proteins), and can withstand temperatures of up to 40C. That’s a major contrast to the conditions needed to store the current commonly available coronavirus vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), which are all in liquid form. They have to be kept in tough glass vials in temperatures as low as -70C, before being transferred to fridges, or they they lose effectiveness - known as the “cold chain”. “The game-changer is that you could distribute the [powder] vaccine extremely easily without the cold chain, and it can be administered without the need for healthcare providers,” says ISR’s founder, Ola Winquist, a professor of immunology at the Karolinska Institute, one of Sweden’s leading medical universities. Freeze-dried foods The company is currently testing its vaccines on the Beta (South African) and Alpha (UK) variants of Covid-19. It believes it could prove especially useful in speeding up vaccine rollouts in Africa where there are currently no homegrown vaccine manufacturers, and warmer climates and limited electricity supplies have led to major challenges when it comes to storing and delivering Covid-19 vaccines before they expire. There is still some way to go before trials indicate the full potential of ISR’s air-dried vaccine, including whether it can offer the same level of protection as the current list of vaccines approved by the WHO. So far, it has only been tested on mice, although ISR and Iconovo have raised enough funding to

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Could Covid vaccine be taken as a pill?

begin studies on humans within the next two months. But there is already optimism within the medical community that if powdered vaccines like this one prove successful, they could revolutionise the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as making it easier to store and distribute vaccines for other illnesses. “It would really open up opportunities for hard-to-reach areas and maybe save us having people carrying cool boxes on bicycles and camels,” says Stefan Swartling Peterson, Unicef’s global health chief from 2016 to 2020, now professor of global transformation for health at Karolinska. He compares the potential impact to that of freeze-dried foods, which have proved “great for going into all sorts of funny places which are out of electricity’s reach”, whether for use by medical personnel or simply adventurous campers. While companies around the world are investigating powdered vaccines, Swartling Peterson points to another start-up with “promising technology”, just a 10-minute walk from Iconovo. Ziccum is testing a technology designed to air-dry existing or future liquid vaccines in a way that doesn’t limit their effectiveness. This could make it easier to set up so-called “fill and finish” facilities in developing countries, allowing them to complete the final stages of vaccine production on home soil. The vaccine powder would be mixed with a sterile water solution just prior to immunisation, and then injected using vials and needles. However, the technology “opens up for various other types of administration” from nasal sprays to pills, says its CEO Göran Conradsson. “It requires a lot of research and development for that. But in principle, yes.” ‘Greener’ alternative Janssen, which makes the single-dose Covid vaccine approved for use in the UK by the medicines regulator last month, is already working on a pilot project designed to analyse the Ziccum’s air-drying capabilities. The pharmaceutical giant

Could this be how we take Covid vaccines in the future? would not say if this was connected to coronavirus or other infectious diseases, but a spokesperson said the research was part of a deep focus on “exploring novel technology that has the potential to ease distribution, administration and compliance” of future vaccines. Powder technologies could also help those who are afraid of needles, and offer a “greener” alternative to liquid vaccines, by cutting down on the electricity needed to power the fridges and freezers usually used to store vaccine vials. Goran Conradsson And it could help global vaccine coverage. “No-one’s safe until everyone is safe,” says Mr Conradsson. “You never know what’s going to happen if you [still] have the coronavirus going around somewhere in part of the world.” “We have to be able to get vaccines to populations in all settings to tackle epidemics and pandemics globally,” agrees Ingrid Kromann, a spokesperson for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovation (Cepi), a global non-profit organisation

But there is already optimism within the medical community that if powdered vaccines like this one prove successful, they could revolutionise the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, as well as making it easier to store and distribute vaccines for other illnesses

Ingemo Andersson with Iconovo’s vaccine inhaler working to accelerate the development of vaccines. She is cautious, saying powder-based vaccines are still at an early stage of development and there is “still much work to do”, for example to streamline

and scale up the manufacturing process. “But if it is successful, it could contribute to better access to vaccines, less wastage, and lower costs of vaccination programmes.” Source: BBC

Unicef’s former global health chief Stefan Swartling Peterson says powdered vaccines could stop people having to carry cool boxes “on bicycles and camels”


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Former President Goodluck Jonathan Establishes Sports Club in Bayelsa State By Amaechi Agbo


ormer President of the Federal Republic of NIgeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has established a Sports Club in his country home, Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital. The new sports club named GEJ Sports Club was unveiled on Sunday, July 25, 2021. The former Vice President who was present at the unveiling called on relevant stakeholders to partner with the club to help it nurture and grow young talents. Ahletes and children who honoured the event were awarded with various gifts for their performance at the opening ceremony Mr Jonathan who was Nigerians President from 20210 to May 2015 expressed joy over the Sports Club. “Today, (Sunday) it was a delight and honour to host friends and sports

enthusiasts at the official opening of Gej sports club in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. “The Club will be pleased to partner with relevant stakeholders to grow and nurture young talents that will make Nigeria and Africa proud,” the former president said on his official During his time as Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan was honoured with CAF Platinum Award at the 2013 Glo CAF award night held in Lagos Nigeria. The award conferred on the head of state of Africa’s most populous nation marked the highpoint of Nigeria’s dominance at the Gala night which took place at the Eko Hotels, Victoria Island, Lagos. In 2010, Jonathan disbanded the Super Eagles following their abysmal performance at that year’s World Cup in South Africa. However he rescinded the decision days after FIFA threatened to ban Nigeria from football.

Ex President Goodluck Jonathan during the unveiling of GEJ Sports Club on Sunday

Edem loses to Zhang in Tokyo Olympics table tennis women’s singles


igeria’s Offiong Edem on Monday succumbed 4-1 (15-13, 11-2, 11-2, 11-8, 11-6) to the firepower of Lily Zhang of U. S. in the second round of the table tennis women singles event of the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Nigeria’s Offiong Edem on Monday succumbed 4-1 (15-13, 11-2, 11-2, 11-8, 11-6) to the firepower of Lily Zhang of U. S. in the second round of the table tennis women singles event of the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The match played at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gym saw 24-year-old Edem, who is ranked number 121 in the world, take on a more experienced Zhang ranked 31 in the ITTF World rankings. Edem had progressed to the second round after she thrashed her Hungarian opponent Dora Madarasz 4-1 in the preliminary round. She won the toss to serve first in a best of seven second round game against Zhang and started off strong, taking the first four points, before finishing the set 15-13 after a long rally which included three game points. However, a calmer Zhang slowly spinning the ball and moving around was able to dominate the next two sets 11-2, 11-2, only allowing four points between the second and third set combined.

It was a much tighter game in the fourth set as Offiong, a four-time Olympian, fought back well and came within just two points to tie the set. But Zhang proved too strong once again and took the set 11-8 for a 3-1 lead. In the early stages of the fifth set with Lily leading 2-0, Segun Teriola the coaching corner for Edem called for a well deserved timeout to offer a few options and a more effective defensive play for her. “Heavy spin with the back hand. Go for your shot and make the first attack count. Staying near the table, try and finish the point. “Take some risks and in terms of spin variation, don’t be afraid to float it when you push,” he said. Edem took advantage of the break and the coaching tips as she went on a quick two-point streak to tie the set at 2-2. However, Zhang recovered as she stepped up the tempo with some speed and aggressive play to stretch her lead to 10-3. Edem rallied and tried hard to stay in the game saving three match points in the process with quick effortless back hand shots. But Zhang was resilient and stayed composed to finish the set 11-6 for a

Offiong Edem

4-1 victory at the end of a pulsating game that lasted for 35 minutes with an average and longest rally of 5 and 14 strokes respectively. Credit to Edem who played quite a match and put some serious pressure on

the 2019 ITTF female star. It was indeed an impressive play from the four-time Olympian after a hard-fought battle and a seriously nervewracking start for the five-time U. S. Champion.

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igeria’s Elizabeth Anyanacho stoically lost out to double Olympic Medalist and former world champion, Nur Tartar of Turkey in the taekwondo event of the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan, The duo, competed in the female -67kg, kick-started competition day 3 for the taekwondo event where Anayanacho made her Olympic debut with massive performance though. Tartar who edged out Anyanacho 12 - 7 used her Olympic and world experience to capitalize on the inexperience of her Nigerian counterpart. With 7 points to her name, Anyanacho showed glimpses of future brilliance against the world champion, but could not shake off the anxiety in time to overcome her top ranked opponent. Anyanacho will have to wait to see if Tartar makes it to the finals, to be eligible to fight for a conciliatory bronze medal. Nigeria’s sports minister, Mr Sunday Dare, who was at the venue to support Nigeria’s second ever Taekwondo Olympian, reached out to encourage the 22-year old after the match. “You have done well against a world champion. Keep your focus and let’s pray the Turkish champion gets to the finals so you can fight for a bronze. We are here to support you all day.” The taekwondo event has thrown up many upsets including defeats of double Olympic champion, Jade Jones of Great Britain, defending Olympic champion Hang Jun of South Korea and his compatriot, triple world champion Lee Dae Hyun of South Korea. So far, Africa had recorded only one medal through the silver medal won by Mohammed Khalil Jendoubi Egypt, Niger Republic, Morocco, Mali whose athletes competed in day one and two have also failed to reach the medal stages.

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Former Flying Eagles Coach, John Obuh Appointed AS Roma Academy Director By Amaechi Agbo


ormer Flying Eagles and Golden Eaglets coach, John Sam Obuh has been appointed the Technical Director, AS Roma Football Academy Abuja, Nigeria, The Academy disclosed this in a statement on Monday by its Country Manager, Robinson Adakosa. Adakosa said the academy is delighted to start a new chapter with coach Obuh and that they are happy to bring in the former Kwara United FC of Ilorin gaffer because of his wealth of experience. “It was easy for us to pick Mr Obuh among numerous other people considered for the job because we believe he possesses quality to drive the vision of our academy. “The kids and other staff will have a lot to learn from him because we believe that he has seen it all as far as football is concerned, not only in Nigeria but globally. “We believe that this new step is a bold statement to making sure that AS Roma Academy Abuja, becomes a source of talented youngsters for the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria and the Flying Eagles” Adakosa said. Obuh, born in Ohafia local government area of Abia State, has more than 20 years coaching





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experience and nurture the Golden Eaglets to win FIFA Fair Play Award at the 2009 U-17 World Cup where Nigeria finished 2nd behind Switzerland and won 2010 WAFU Club Championship with Sharks F.C. of Port Harcourt. Before moving into managerial position, Obuh had

some stints with Abiola Babes, Julius Berger, Enugu Rangers, Enyimba International FC of Aba, Udoji United among others as a player. He was the coach of the Flying Eagles of Nigeria between 2010 and 2013. He has managed many top teams in Nigeria Professional

Football League (NPFL), many of which include Akwa United FC of Uyo, Kwara United FC of Ilorin, Niger Tornadoes FC of Minna and Enugu Rangers among others. Adakosa said AS Roma Academy Abuja trials is currently ongoing as well as enrollment into the academy.

Tokyo 2020: Igali still optimistic of team Nigeria winning Medals


espected sports administrator and Honourable member of the Bayelsa state house of assembly, Daniel Igali has told Nigerians to give supports to athletes representing the nation at the on going Tokyo Olympics. The former Olympic gold medallist opined that, with the right support, Nigeria has the

opportunity to win couple of medals in Tokyo. “Please let’s everyone calm down, the Olympics just started and I think we can still expect a podium finish”. Speaking philosophically, the Bayelsa born former president of the Nigeria wrestling federation charged stakeholders to rally round

the team Nigeria with their support and prayers. “Most of us stakeholders should encourage, rather than discourage at this time” Honourable Igali stated. Speaking further, The Olympian said, the aim of sending athletes to the Games oftentimes is to ensure that they fulfil their Olympic

dreams. “I am not implying that we should be going to the Olympics merely to participate, however I believe we can’t win medals if we don’t participate and compete”. The caretaker boss of the Nigeria wrestling federation is hoping that the wrestling team will make the nation proud at the games.

2020 Olympics: Adesokan Loses Badminton Singles To Spanish Clara

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eam Nigeria’s Dorcas Adesokan on Monday lost to Clara Azurmendi of Spain in her Tokyo Olympics badminton women’s singles event. In the group play stage game of Group C fixtures at the

Musashino Forest Plaza court in Tokyo, Adesokan lost 0-2 (1021, 2-21). The 23-year-old Nigerian will go on to face An Seyoung of South Korea on Tuesday evening at the same venue. This will be in another Group

C fixture, which will determine her progress in the competition. Meanwhile, Nigeria’s pair of Godwin Olofua and Anuoluwapo Opeyori will later in the day return to the same venue. In continuation of their Group B campaign in the men’s

doubles event, they will take on the pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Rasmussen from 6 p.m Tokyo time. The pair of Olofua and Opeyori had lost their opening group game on Saturday against Team Japan.


UELA Youth and Humanitarian Foundation have awarded the Chairman Caretaker Committee of Handball Federation of Nigeria, Sam Ocheho and Kwara State Director of Sports, Mallam Atanda Alarape for their contribution to handball and sports in Kwara state respectively. The award presentation of OCheho and Alarape was done at the finals of the 4th edition of NUELA U12/15 Handball Championship in Oyun Local Government Area on Saturday. NUELA Youth and Humanitarian Foundation also honoured Deputy

Director of Sports Kwara State Ministry of Sports, Alhaji Bako Ibrahim and Ex Squash International Player, Bola Mogaji for their immerse contributions in reshaping the fortunes of sports in Kwara state. Other individuals given awards includes; Former Board member HFN, Funke Kanjuni, Ex Handball International, Monisola Makanjuola, Coach of Kwara State Handball Association, Isiaka Atanda. Trustee of NUELA Youth and Humanitarian Foundation, Emmaneul Olubiyo revealed that the initiative of the awards is to encourage individuals

who are supporting the plight and development of sports in the country. Olubiyo who double as the Chairman Kwara State Handball Association said, “During the regime of Sam Ocheho led Handball Federation of Nigeria board, you could see that Handball became prominent in the country and Africa. We attended various African and International Championships including the age grade World Cups. The only way we can appreciate him is to present this award of excellence to him”. “Since Mallam Atanda Alarape became the Director of Kwara State

Sports Council, you could see the turnaround of things including the performance of the state at the last National Sports Festival in Edo state. The handball family appreciates his efforts in ensuring we attend all championships in the country and we hope this synergy continues”. “I want to also commend coach Isiaka Atanda who raised a team (young primary school girls) from grassroot and nuture them to winning the 2020 Prudent Energy Handball League. His hard work has not gone unnoticed by the world and I am optimistic more rewards are coming his way”.

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Neymar: Paris StGermain forward and Barcelona settle legal dispute


arcelona have reached an out-of-court agreement with their former player Neymar to end a legal dispute in “amicable fashion”. Brazil forward Neymar, 29, claimed Barca refused to pay him £37.2m in owed loyalty bonuses after his £200m move to Paris St-Germain in 2017. Barca then started legal proceedings to get him to pay back the £8m he received when he signed a new deal in 2016. Last June, a Spanish court ordered Neymar to pay Barca £6.1m. But reports said he had appealed against the decision and launched a new case, which is now void. The La Liga side said in a statement: “FC Barcelona announce that it has ended out of court in amicable fashion the various labour and civil litigation cases that were open with the Brazilian player Neymar. “As such, a transactional agreement between the club and the player has been signed to end the legal cases that were pending between the two parties.” The defending champion did not need to find his best level, still having enough quality to win 6-2 6-4 6-2 against 17th seed Garin. The Serb will now contest the 50th Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career. Djokovic will play Marton Fucsovics in the last eight after the Hungarian beat Russian fifth Andrey Rublev. Tayeseed Taiwo and Oduamadi

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ust when some of us thought that the social media space would take a breather from the Obi Cubana (Oba) crass show of materialism to pay some attention to more edifying and noble matters, it is about to be bombarded and overtaken by the inanity called Big Brother Naija which while ‘entertaining’ our flitting physical passions, does little to uplift the inner man/ woman, the soul/spirit. What is more, the show is kicking off at a time when under aged persons are going on long vacation and so have ample, idle time to spare watching television. You could argue that there is the parental control knob that parents can use to block unwanted channels. Televisions are becoming old fashioned. Smart phones (Android et al) are taking over, everything has been shifted to phones – live streams on YouTube, Face book, Instagram and other social media handles. Moreover, you can see whatever you want to watch at anytime, at your leisure because they are saved there for you; all you have to do is goggle or input the address. Under this circumstance, can you watch over your children24/7? The alternative is to confiscate their phones. This would be considered a stone-age mentality in this 21st century when the world has gone digital. In the beginnings, there used to be free for all smoking in the lavishly furnished and well stocked Big Brother House (by both male and female). Apparently following complaints by some persons that this was setting a bad precedent, especially as the World Health Organisation was preaching against the dangers of such bad habits, this was stopped. However, the free for all ‘booze’, alcoholic drinks continued to flow for the Housemates. There is nothing wrong with drinking per se in so far as you know your limit. An overdose which differs from individuals according to one’s bodily chemistry would make the person begin to constitute himself/ herself into a nuisance; which is why some advice that people distance themselves completely from alcohol since most people are not aware of their ‘limit’ in that regard. And many a housemate did misbehave embarrassingly after drenching themselves in alcohol on primetime television viewing. Later, drinking of alcohol

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By VICTORIA NGOZI IKEANO 08033077519 by housemates in the day time was somewhat curbed and shifted to the night. Saturday night parties are a high point of the show that millions of its followers ardently look forward to. At these parties which is still a hallmark of the show, the housemates are literally given the license to do what they like – get drunk, misbehave, fornicate, name it. Big Brother housemates used to indulge in what some would call unbridled lovemaking live on television. Later these very intimate scenes were cut off and packaged for later viewing at midnight when children are thought to be fast asleep. It was called ‘Big Brother unscripted’. Millions of its followers considered this to be the real entertainment. Love making among housemates still happens; you could say it cannot be helped in such a mixed, intimate zone where condoms are often distributed to the males. Some of the last housemates confessed openly to this at the last reunion show. I guess this aspect has now been shifted to the social media like YouTube and dedicated blogs, away from home screens, ‘for the viewing pleasure’ of its teeming fans. Again, the argument that one can flip past anything one does not want to read online no longer holds because in these days of social media, news stories get thrust at you rather than you searching for them. And organizers of the Big Brother show with their bagful of cash have more or less

taken over the media platforms in an aggressive public relations glitz, pushing forward ‘Big Brother shine ya eye’ stories to our faces; so that wherever you turn to online or offline, in print and broadcast media, all the social media platforms, you are confronted by it. One radio station here was even discussing the Big Brother Show, elated that a northerner, Yusuf, from the University of Jos is taking part in this year’s edition while eagerly looking forward to a Nasarawa indigene making it to the House in the nearest future. You receive unsolicited alerts of trending and ‘breaking news’ every now and then on your smart phone. Thus with DSTV/GOTV making ample use of its giant reach cum platforms to give it the widest possible advertisements, one cannot but catch snippets of the show even though I have unsubscribed from the Big Brother channel. Thus, it was reported that the male housemates welcomed their female counterparts with boxers on their heads. What message were they trying to pass across? Perhaps I am too conservative and old fashioned to decipher it. A female housemate was reported to have moved around the house half naked on the very first day, which prompted someone to comment, “This one don begin sell market”. Whatever that means. The Big Brother show remains essentially what it is, namely a show that drags womanly dignity to the mud and has no respect for

What message were they trying to pass across? Perhaps I am too conservative and old fashioned to decipher it.

nobility of the human soul, not to talk of elevating the human being to something more valuable. The fact that millions of people follow it wholeheartedly is a testament of how low the majority of us stand in terms of cherished values. It mirrors our degenerating society. By the way whatever happened to the plan by the federal ministry of information, culture and tourism to debut a wholly indigenous Big Brother show that would showcase our culture? Recall that Otunba Olusegun Runsewe of the Culture and Tourism Commission had said that Big Brother telecast is a disservice to our cultural values. Rather than the inanities that housemates discuss, they could be made to discuss solutions to the schisms tearing Nigerians apart. The organizers should use such a show with a huge following on their platforms to teach their audience the need to show the spirit of tolerance to one another irrespective of religious and ethnic divides; how to forge cooperation, helping love towards one another. And the housemates especially the winner could use their popularity and celebrity status after the show to set up foundations that coup help the youths. Laycon the last winner for example, could set up a Sickle cell foundation to help youths afflicted by this disease as I learnt that he himself is a sickler. They should take a cue from the Ivorian footballer Didier Drogba who used his fame to preach peace and unity and indeed brought about unity in the crisis- torn country.

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