Vol. 11 No. 30
Friday, June 28, 2013
Mandela much better, says Zuma >>6
. . . putting the people first
Scores killed in fresh Plateau attack >>7
Sha’aban 20 , 1434 AH
Maitama Sule dissociates self from A/Ibom confab >>5
Drama as aide shields Jonathan from Amaechi From Ayodele Samuel,Lagos with agency reports
h e r e was mild drama on Wednesday night at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, venue of the Presidential dinner organised by
NEC silent on NGF chair President Goodluck Jonathan, when an aide was said to have prevented the Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, from gaining access to the President.
According to a report, Amaechi, who is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), and his loyalists, arrived the venue when the dinner had already kicked off.
They came in from the Rivers Governor’s lodge where they met earlier for about 15 minutes and then adjourned to honour the President’s invitation. On his entourage were Governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Adams Oshiomole
(Edo); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano); Abdulazeez Kyari-(Zamfara); Muritala Nyako (Adamawa) and Magartakada Wamakko (Sokoto). “Governor Amaechi, after settling down, got up and made Contd. on Page 2
Shema shuts down Katsina ...For son’s wedding From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
overnor Ibrahim Shema’s has practically shut down Katsina state following the wedding of his son, Yamani, expected to take place tomorrow in Kano. In fact, government officials including about 100 delegates each from the local government areas moved to Kano yesterday to attend the “Indian Night,” preparatory for the wedding proper. The bride, Shenaz, has a Nigerian father with an Indian mother. Reports said last night that virtually all the hotels in Kano city were fully booked even as more guests continued to troupe in from various parts of the country. Peoples Daily gathered that state and local government officials were mobilised to Kano for the ceremony and they left from Mai’adua local government area, after the flag off of the 2013 fertilizer sales there. All invitees from Katsina were directed to wear green caps for the occasion, our correspondent learnt. It was also gathered that local government chairmen, commissioners, permanent secretaries and members of the House of Assembly were specifically directed to mobilise their supporters from their various constituencies. According to a programme of events for the wedding, The Governor’s wife, Hajiya Fatima, will move to Kaduna after the Contd. on Page 2
R-L: Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, in a handshake with Plateau state Governor, Jonah Jang, during the National Economic Council meeting, yesterday at the State House, Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye
Jonathan re-presents 2013 budget amendment proposal to NASS >>2
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Jonathan re-presents 2013 budget amendment proposal to NASS By Umar Muhammad Puma
ollowing the rejection of the proposed amendment to the 2013 Appropriation Act on Wednesday by the House of Representatives, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday sent another letter seeking for another amendment to the 2013bill. Part of the latter read, “as you may recall, I had transmitted the 2013 Amendment Budget proposal to the National Assembly on 14th March 2013. However, following further consultations, I am forwarding a new version of the categorized 2013 Amendment Budget proposal, indicating changes proposed across the expenditure categories. “Ministry of Works: AbujaLokoja Road reduced by N4billion Kano-Maiduguri Road reduced
by N3.5billion, the dualisation of Ibadan-llorin Section 2 reduced by N5.5 billion, Rehabilitation of Jebba Bridge reduced by N1.25billion Rehabilitation of Burnt Marine Bridge and Iddo Bridge reduced by N1billion Special Intervention Fund for Emergency Roads and Bridges washout across the country reduced by N6.28billion, Dualisation of Obajana Junction to Benin reduced by N4billion. Ministry of Health: MDG HIV/ AIDS ARV drugs allocation reduced by N1billion, Routine Immunization Vaccines reduced by N1.75billion, Malaria Programme procurement and distribution of insecticides reduced by N0.8 billion, Payment of pledge for Ochocerciasis Recertification cut by N0.12 billion, National Trauma Centre, Abuja reduced by N0.1billion among
others. He further said that the Ministry of Power, a total of N16.3 billion was cut from power projects including the 215MW Kaduna Dual Fired Power Plant, which was reduced by N2.25 billion, 2nd Kaduna-Kano 33KV DC Lines reduced by N1.5billion, Gombe-Yola-Jalingo 330KV SC Line reduced by N0.6billion, Maiduguri 330/132KV Sub-station reduced by N0.3billion, Kaduna-Jos 330KV DC Line reduced by N0.5billion, Omotosho-Epe-Ajah 330KV DC Line reduced by NO. 8billion. Ministry of Transport: Construction of Abuja-Kaduna Rail was reduced by N1.4billion, Jebba-Kano Rail Line Rehabilitation reduced by N0.5billion, Procurement and Rehabilitation of Wagons/ Locomotives reduced by N1billion, Insurance of Locomotives reduced
by N0.2billion and so on. The House had on Wednesday, for the second time dumped President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposed amendment to the 2013 Appropriation Act, describing the request as not having the semblance of an amendment Bill. The issue was raised by Yakubu Dogara on the proposed amendment, saying, “what came from the President in the proposals had an increment of over 160 million Naira, which should better go as supplementary budget than the amendment requested”. Dogara in a motion challenging the propriety of the President’s amendment Bill described it as “2013 Appropriation Bill No. 2,” pointing out that the procedure was ultra vires since it was not backed by any known law in Nigeria.
Shema shuts down Katsina Contd. from Front Page ceremony, with her entourage and retinue of guests, for a segment of the reception while Shema will proceed to Abuja with his guests for a bash. A competent government
source declined to give figures but noted that the state government sponsored majority of the guests while the local government councils were directed to ensure that none of their nominated guests lacked anything.
A politician who also spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity said that, “my only concern is that public servants have deserted the state for the wedding and as far as I am concerned, there is no public holiday tomorrow
(today). “Apart from the enormous amount government must have spent for this programme, you can imagine the amount of additional cost in terms of civil servants abandoning their jobs.”
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Contd. from Front Page his way towards where President Goodluck Jonathan was seated in company of Presidents Joyce Banda of Malawi and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, apparently to pay homage,” the report said. However, a presidential bodyguard blocked the governor from meeting the President. The Governor resisted for a while but had to return to his seat when it was glaring the bodyguard won’t allow him, the report alleged. Also, Governor Amaechi, who was seated in company of the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Godswil Akpabio, was not recognised at the event while Mr. Akpabio was introduced as chairman of the PDP Governors Forum. Meanwhile, protocol arrangements at the bi-monthly National Executive Council (NEC) were altered bringing two contenders to the chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) together inside the Council Chambers of the State House yesterday. Before yesterday, the NGF Chairman always sat next to Vice President, Namadi Sambo who is the head of the National Economic Council (NEC) but the protocol officers re- arranged the seats in an alphabetical order such that Plateau State and Rivers State, for the first time, had to sit close to each other. The Council did not recognise anyone as NGF Chairman and there was no seat with that inscription as it was usually done.
When Rivers State Governor, Amaechi came into the Chambers to take his usual seat, he discovered that he had been relocated and his new seat was near Jang. Noticing the mild drama, one of his supporters, Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger State whispered to Amaechi : “So you are going to sit with Jang. This is very nice oh. Somebody is trying to be diplomatic here.” Then Amaechi replied: “We are still together. So, I am going to sit with him. The real chairman and the...(laughter). When Jang walked in and shook hands, he exchanged banters with all his colleagues around including Amaechi. Subsequently, he sat near Amaechi who accepted his greetings, saying: “You are welcome, I am the authentic chairman.” Jang didn’t utter a word. But Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole continued teasing him as he held his hand and pointed to Amaechi, saying “that is my chairman”, thereby drawing wide laughter from his colleagues Meanwhile, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately order a probe into the report that Rivers Governor Chibuike Amaechi was barred from paying his respects to the President at a dinner in the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday. In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the President should ensure that whoever is
behind such a condescending treatment of a State Governor is properly sanctioned to serve as a deterrent. ‘’We are making this call because we do not believe that, in spite of the reported frosty relations between the two, President Jonathan - as the father of the nation - will lend the weight of his high office to such a demeaning action as exhibited by the presidential security personnel. ‘’To believe that anyone occupying the esteemed office of the President of one of Africa’s most important nations will be a party to a situation in which any security aide will wilfully fence a state chief executive from paying his respects to the President at such an open gathering will be to think the worst of the occupier of that office. That is why we have chosen not to believe that this indeed occurred, and why we are calling on Mr. President to tell Nigerians that ‘it ain’t so’ ‘’We shudder to think of what efforts are being made - including the use of national institutions - to undermine Gov. Amaechi if the treatment reportedly meted out to him at the dinner has the approval of the powers that be. We are even more worried at what will happen to a governor from the opposition who falls out of favour with the President, if a governor from the same party as the President can be so publicly humiliated,’’ it said. ACN said it is particularly incumbent on the President to clarify the report because Gov. Amaechi, the authentic Chair of
the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), extended an Olive Branch to President Jonathan by attending the dinner along with the other governors who voted him into the NGF chairmanship, despite the fact that the President is publicly supporting the losing faction of the NGF, in what is being seen as a democratic faux pas. The party said the President must learn to separate politics from governance by rising above petty partisanship as he steers the affairs of state. ‘’At this point, we have no choice than to call attention to the recent speech by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon, Aminu Tambuwal, to welcome back the honourable members from their short break. ACN quoted the Speaker thus: “I am strongly persuaded to state once again that from the little that we know, there is dichotomy between politics and governance. Thus there is a difference between a candidate in electoral contest on the platform of a political party and an elected official who has assumed a non partisan responsibility and taken oath to protect and preserve the constitution, to serve the people and the nation. “Needless to say that generally, whenever partisan interests conflict with national interest, it is partisan interests that must be sacrificed in the preservation of the national interest. The oath we took is that of constitutionalism and national service and not of suffocating partisanship.”
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News Senate confirms 11 FG appointments By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
L-R: Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, Ogun state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs Ibukun Odusote, during the 40th regular meeting of the National Council an Agriculture and Rural Development, yesterday in Abeokuta. Photo: NAN
Ojukwu’s son drags family to court, demands N100m
h e legal tussle within the family of the late Chukwuemeka OdumegwuOjukwu shows no sign of abating with Debe Odumegwu-Ojukwu suing the family for N100 million for refusing to allow him perform the funeral rites of the Biafran war lord. Debe, a former police officer, is urging the Federal High Court, Lagos, to stop the family’s “serial and sustained threats to maim or kill him.” The Igbo leader died in November 2011. Mr. Debe said that the refusal to allow him perform the dust-to-dust funeral rites of the late OdumegwuOjukwu is ‘illegal and unlawful” and amounts to a violation of his rights. “The discrimination against the applicant in performing the dust-todust funeral rites in honour of his deceased father during his burial obsequies…. being his first and eldest
son, and the consequent loss of self esteem and good standing before his immediate family, peers and the whole world,” Mr. Debe said in his court papers. He added that the family’s exclusion exposed him to “public derision, great distress, mental torture, psychological disorientation, public odium, ridicule, and obloquy.” Joined in the suit are Ojukwu Transport Limited; Joseph Ojukwu; Emmanuel Ojukwu; Lotanna Ojukwu; and Bianca OdumegwuOjukwu. Others are Emeka OdumegwuOjukwu (Junior); Patricia Ojukwu; Margaret Mogbo (nee Ojukwu); Inspector General of Police; Ibrahim Muktar, former Anambra State Commissioner of Police; and Mike Okoli, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Anambra State. Mr. Debe, who is also a lawyer,
is representing himself in the suit. In his response, Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu (Junior) insisted that Mr. Debe is not the son of his late father. “The applicant, to the best of my knowledge, as well as to the Ojukwu family, is not and has never been a grand-child of the late Sir L.P.O Ojukwu. “The applicant is not the son or the first son of my father, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. “The last Will and Testament of my late father, dated the 9th day of July 2005, duly certified by the Probate Registry Enugu, did not include the name of the claimant in the list of his eight children. “I was listed as No. 2 and the eldest male child. He (late Ikemba Nnewi) specifically named me as his ‘first son’,” Mr. Emeka said. Mr. Emeka referred to a paragraph in the will of the late
leader where he listed his eight children with a preceding statement which read: “the following and no others….” “The issue of the applicant (Mr. Debe) being a son of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and therefore entitled to perform any of the traditional rites he alleges as being denied, is the subject of Suit No. LD/1528/2012 between him and some respondents,” Mr. Emeka stated in his response. “The applicant was not prevented from performing the traditional funeral rites for a man he claims to be his father. “Nnewi community has its customs and these are respected by all indigenes of Nnewi community. A son cannot be prevented from doing what the custom permits him to do,” he added. Justice Okon Abang has fixed October 7 for the hearing of the case.
he Senate yesterday confirmed the nomination of 11 appointees by President Goodluck Jonathan into three Federal Government’s establishments, amidst argument by some of the Senators that the appointments did not comply with the principles of federal character. Those confirmed were Muhammed Kafarati, Chike Chikeluba, among others, who were appointed as non executive members of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Others are, Michael Ebong, Uwasomba Udochukwu, among others, as members of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. Also, Fatima Kwaku and Olumuyiwa Akinboro were also confirmed as members of the Federal Judicial Service Commission. However, this argument became more pronounced during the confirmation of four new nominees into the Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as Non Executive Members, including Mohammed Musa Kafarati(North East), Collons Chike Chikelube (South East), Adaba Anthony Adeiza (North Central) and Ayuli Jemide from South-south. Observing that non of the nominees is representing the North West and South West geopolitical zones in the report of the Senate Committee on Banking , Insurance and Other Financial Institutions, which was presented by the committee’s chairman, Bassey Otu, some senators like Kabiru Gaya (ANPP Kano South) and Babajide Omoworare (ACN Osun East), argued that the appointment did not reflect the principles of federal character as enshrined in section 14 (3) of the 1999 constitution as amended. In his reaction, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma Egba, explained that the affected zones already have the CBN Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and his Deputy (Operations), Tunde Lemo representing them. Also reacting to the issue, Senate President David Mark said although the nominations as observed , does not reflect the principles of federal character as specified in the constitution, “federal character is not the end of it all in such appointments.”
Senate queries ambassadors to US over $27m By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
enate yesterday queried three Nigerian ambassadors to the United States of America over the whereabouts of the allegedly embezzled $27 million generated from the sale of Nigerian four property in Washington DC and Maryland, United States of America. Those summoned for interrogations on the issue were Gorge Obiozor and Joy Ogwu, who served as Nigerian ambassadors to US between 2004 and 2007, when the property were sold. Others were the current ambassador to US, Ade Adefuye, and Daniel Elombah, who signed the petition which his group, Transform Nigeria Movement (TNM) wrote to the Senate President.
The investigation was in response to a petition to the Senate President, David Mark, by Transform Nigeria Movement (TNM). On this basis, the senate committee on foreign affairs, which was mandated by the senate leadership to unravel the mistry over the allegation, invited George Obiozor, Joy Ogwu, Ade Adefuye, and Daniel Elombah to give explanations on what happened to the proceed. However, shortly after the probe commenced, journalists were told to leave the meeting vanue by the chairman of the probe committee, Mathew Nwagwu. In the three-page petition, the petitioner alleged that, “Available records show that between 2004 and 2007, the embassy of Nigeria
sold four prime properties of the Nigerian Government located in Washington DC and Maryland. It also commenced the sale of the fifth property located in San Francisco, California.” It stated that, “For the sale of those properties, the Government of Nigeria retained the services of ECULAW law firm. Out of those sales, Nigeria rialised the sum of approximately $27 million. All funds realized from the sales, except those set aside as fees, were remitted to the embassy of Nigeria in Washington DC. “It was confirmed that the embassy of Nigeria had placed the funds in a special account with the M & T Bank in Washington DC. Continuing, the petitioner further alleged that, “The embassy of Nigeria
left that money in Washington DC partly because it yielded substantial monthly interests, which the embassy officials would never have accounted for. “The funds remained in those account throughout the tenure of Ambassador Oluwole Rotimi. Then arrived Ambassador Adewale Adefuye in Washington. When Adefuye got to Washington, those funds were still lodged in the M & T bank account intact. “Between the time Adefuye became the ambassador until March 2012, the millions in the account mysteriously disappeared. This became clear when the M & T bank was forced to close the bank account of Nigerian embassy and terminated all banking relations with the embassy at the beginning
of 2012. “In the correspondence between the bank and the embassy, it became clear that the accounts of the embassy with M & T banks, including the one containing the proceeds of the sale of the embassy property, had been drawn down to barely $400,000 (four hundred thousand). “Since March 2012, there has not been any explanation of what happened to the millions of dollars that were realized from the sale of the embassy properties in the US, which were in the bank account at the time ambassador Adefuye assumed office as the ambassador to Washington.” the petition read. Meanwhile, the investigation continued at the press time yesterday.
Man stabs pregnant wife to death in Bayelsa
he Bayelsa Police Command has confirmed the arrest of a suspect who allegedly stabbed his pregnant wife to death in Imiringi, a suburb of the state capital, Yenagoa, news sources said yesterday. The victim was seven months pregnant. The police stated that the tragic stabbing was triggered by a domestic squabble. Police Public Relations Officer, Alex Akhigbe, confirmed the incident in Yenagoa on Wednesday. He said the suspect was arrested after the murder was reported to the police, adding that the police had commenced investigations into the matter. “After preliminary investigations, the matter was transferred to the State CID for thorough investigation,” said Mr. Akhigbe. He added: “Right now, the suspect is in the custody of the Criminal Investigation Department undergoing interrogation.” Meanwhile, a source in the community told a correspondent of SaharaReporters that the stabbing, which took place on June 19, arose from a heated argument between the couple over an unspecified issue. The source said neighbors had overheard the couple engaged in a running argument which later degenerated into a physical fight. At one point, the irate husband reportedly reached for a kitchen knife and stabbed his wife in the chest. “The woman fell down in a pool of blood, while the children in the house raised an alarm which attracted neighbors,” said the source. He added that the neighbors rushed to the house and hurriedly took the gravely wounded woman to a nearby hospital where she died shortly after. “The woman lost so much blood and died a few minutes after arrival at the hospital,” the source said. Meanwhile, the suspect’s father, who is a pastor, told reporters in Yenagoa that he received the terrible news with “rude shock.” He said he was away in Rivers State when members of his church phoned to inform him of the tragedy.
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Jonathan’s government thrives in falsehood, Fani-Kayode alleges By our correspondent
ormer Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, yesterday alleged that the government of President Goodluck Jonathan operates on falsehood, and challenged the federal government to a live debate to assess the performance of the current administration. In a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the former minister noted: “Jonathan’s government is a government of lies that is run and supported by liars and we need to get them out in 2015 in order to save Nigeria. People just don’t
realise how bad things are. “There was a survey done by UNESCO the other day in which they said that Nigeria topped the list of nations with children that were out of class because they ‘lacked access to classrooms’. According to that survey 10.5 million Nigerian school children “lack access to classrooms” and have to take lessons in the fields and under trees. Nigeria was followed by Pakistan who had 5.4 million, Ethiopia with 1.7 million, India with 1.6 million and the Philippines with 1.5 million. “Yet we in Nigeria, despite all
our oil wealth and all the money that has accrued to the Federal Government in the last 5 years, cannot build classrooms for 10.5 million of our school children. That is a world record and that is Jonathan’s gift to the Nigerian people. That and the fact that 80 per cent of Nigerian graduates are now unemployed and that 70 per cent of the Nigerian people are living below the poverty line and, according to the U.N., are “hungry”. Reacting to the recent comments made about him President Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Political Matter, Alhaji Ahmed Gu-
lak, the former minister advised the administration to be issueoriented and be concerned with issues that affect the lives of Nigerians. “These are the issues that Jonathan and his minions should be concerned about and not Fani-Kayode. Abusing me will not change any of those facts or improve their image and abysmal performance. They should stick to the relevant issues and provide better governance for the Nigerian people for the last two years that they will remain in power rather than spending their time on me”.
Wife of Borno state governor, Hajiya Nana Shettima (left), presenting a document to a health official, during the launch of free child survival drugs, yesterday in Maiduguri. With them is the state commissioner for health, Dr Salma Kolo (middle). PHOTO: NAN
FG slashes proposed funding for Rights lawyers file plea to halt execution of convict police reform to N1.5 trillion uman rights lawyers tatorship notorious for unfair tri- ments, which urged governors to
he Nigeria Police Force (NPF), under the auspices of the federal government programme to reform it, will now get N1.5 trillion instead of N2.8trillion recommended for the same purpose by a Presidential committee. This was the outcome of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Muhammad Namadi Sambo. Other outcomes of the meeting were the establishment of a 10-man committee on oil theft to be chaired by Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, challenge posed by out-of-school children, the offer of sale of fairly used computers to states and the release of a document on early warning on flood to states by the apex government. The presidential committee on police reform had also recommended that the reform period be extended from five to six years, to ensure the Government’s commitment to the transformation of the NPF for effective security service delivery. Governor Peter Obi of Anambra , in company of his colleagues from Niger, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Abubakar and ministers of National Planning Dr Shamsudeen Usman, minister of police affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd) as well as that of State for Finance, Dr Yerima Ngama, said it was also recommended that a joint funding of the revised cost of should come from the three tiers of government in equity share of 60% each to be borne by the tiers of government ‘‘while the Organised Private Sector (OPS) and international Development partners will contribute 40%.’’ ‘‘The Council,’’ Obi said: ‘‘welcomed the proposals and also threw its weight behind the recommendations for a statutory funding of the police Reform Programme in line with the provisions of the constitution.’’ He added that the council concurred that there is the need ‘‘to provide extra funding for the police’’ pointing out that one percent (1%) first line charge, should be deducted from source during the revenue allocation and that ‘‘funds deducted would be used exclusively in the state.’’
have filed an urgent appeal to try to prevent Nigerian authorities from executing a convicted armed robber by firing squad, two organisations said on Thursday. The suit filed on Wednesday argues it is unconstitutional to deny an appeal to the man sentenced by a military tribunal in 1995, when Nigeria was under military dictatorship. They said Thankgod Ebhos has been in prison since 1988. In 1995, when Nigeria was still under military dictatorship, he was tried under a section of the Robbery and Firearms Act that does not allow for an appeal against a judgment of a military tribunal. Ebhos was sentenced while Nigeria was under a military dic-
als and torturing confessions from detainees. On Monday, Ebhos was dragged to the gallows where he watched four fellow death-row inmates hanged at Benin State Prison in southern Edo state. The hangings ended a sevenyear moratorium on the death penalty in Nigeria. Ebhos was reprieved because prison officials were not equipped to carry out his sentence of shooting by a firing squad, said Edo state Attorney General Henry Idahagbon. death warrants “Why they have been in prison so long and not executed I do not know and cannot say,” he said in a telephone interview. He blamed “some people not wanting to do their job” — an apparent reference to President Goodluck Jonathan’s recent state-
sign death warrants, no matter how painful they find it. Idahagbon, who is also the state commissioner for justice, said he did not know when Ebhos may be executed. “I’m speculating but suspect prison authorities have to work with the military authorities to have the convict shot,” he said. “Any execution of the sentence of death passed on him by the military tribunal will be unlawful and further undermine respect for the rule of law in Nigeria,” said the statement signed by director Justine Ijeomah of the Human Rights, Social Development and Environmental Foundation and Chino Obiagwu of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project. The appeal was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
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L-R: Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Thokazani Khupe, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President Goodluck Jonathan, Malawian President Joyce Banda, and Gambia Vice-President Hajiya Isatou-Njie-Saidy, during the opening of 2nd International Conference of Global Power Women Network Africa, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye
$1.6m fraud: Court denies Ajudua bail J From Matthew Irinoye, Lagos
ustice Olubunmi Oyewole of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja, yesterday refused to grant bail to Fred Ajudua, who was alleged of $1.6m fraud by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Ajudua and his co-defendant, Charles Orie were arraigned in 2003 for defrauding two Dutch businessmen, Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen, between July 1999 and September 2000. Justice Oyewole in his ruling said, although the granting of bail was at the discretion of the court yet it must be exercised
judiciously and judicially. The judge added that evidence before the court showed that he (Ajudua) was not willing to attend his trial. “Almost a month after, he had been in the country, he never appeared. There is no basis for the claim that he voluntarily appeared in court, “the judge said. He also dismissed the argument of the defence that Ajudua had problem of kidney stones warranted that he be granted bail. He maintained that for the argument to succeed, it must be shown that his ailment would
affect other prison inmates. The Judge said there was nothing in the letter from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, tendered as evidence, that Ajudua’s condition required admission in the hospital. He stated that the medical report merely showed that Ajudua was only required to visit hospital for treatment and not for admission. “In totality, I am not persuaded that the applicant will make himself available for trail if he is granted bail,” Oyewole said He however ordered that the
Superintendent of Prisons to ensure that Ajudua is taken to LUTH as required. He also ordered an accelerated hearing of the matter and adjourned the matter till July 8. It would be recalled that Ajudua whose trial resumed this month after many years of lull due to his absence from the country, applied to the court for bail through his counsel, Allens Agbaka. Agbaka had prayed the court to restore the bail revoked from his client on December 15, 2005 with the same condition with an
additional surety or grant him a fresh bail with conditions the court deemed fit while the trial lasted. Agbaka further submitted that his client who had undergone kidney surgeries in India was suffering from a complicated ailment and urged the court to grant the application. He had maintained that his client could not attend his trial as a dead man. But counsel to EFCC, Wemimo Ogunde (SAN) opposed the bail even as he contended that the defendant could no longer have privilege to bail since he had delayed the trial for 10 years.
Boko Haram:Yobe spends N4b on security Maitama Sule dissociates self From Uche Uche, Damaturu
obe state Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam says over four billion naira has so far been expended on security since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency. The governor disclosed this yesterday when he received the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the north who is in the state as part of its nationwide tour of the country. The Governor represented by his Deputy, Abubakar D. Aliyu, noted that November 2011, there had been colossal loss of lives and property. He said 209 government schools amounting to N2.5 billion while private structures to the tune of N629 million were torched by the insurgent. “Within the span of one year, between November and 20011 and October 2012, in addition to the loss of lives, public buildings like schools, mosques and churches and vehicles were razed down by the insurgents. “About 209 government school buildings comprising classrooms, hostels, workshops, laboratories, administrative blocks, vehicles were destroyed by the insurgents costing an estimated 2.5 billion.
“This is in addition to the office blocks of government agencies belonging to both state and federal governments. Similarly, private houses with estimated value of over N629 million were also burnt.” He said that over 200 patrol vehicles according to the governor were made available to security operatives while 200 million naira is also been expended on logistic and monthly allowances among other needs of security operatives in the state. According to him, with prayers, efforts of security agencies and the community, peace has returned to the state as schools have fully picked up while economic activities are moving uninterrupted. The recent attack on the government secondary school Damaturu he said came as a surprise as the state has gone ten months of uninterrupted peace and commended the federal government for the deployment of more security to rise to the occasion. He also praised the gallantry of the JTF and call on the community to accord the security operatives the needed support. Gaidam said 17 women and 21 children were released by the JTF and handed over to their families.
Government, according to the Governor, will continue to give security agencies the needed assistance in the quest for a sustained peace. The Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Kabiru Tanimu Turak, who is also the Chairman of the committee said they are in the state to attest to the fact that federal government is committed to the reconciliation between it and the insurgents. While condoling the government and good people of Yobe state over the loss of lives and property since the commencement of the attacks, the chairman calls on the cooperation of the people towards finding lasting solution to the problem. The Minister said the committee was committed to working assiduously towards finding lasting peace in the country and appreciate the current peace being enjoyed in the state. “Life is gradually and steadily returning to Yobe state. Despite the state of emergency, all democratic tenets are being adhered to as security operatives are operating within the ambits of law” He said that the committee would engaged the insurgents in dialogue.
from Akwa Ibom conference
By Etuka Sunday
he Danmasanin Kano, Dr. Yusuf Maitama Sule, yesterday disassociated himself from the reported secret meeting scheduled for next week in Akwa Ibom state. Sule in a statement signed by Prof. Ango Abdullahi on behalf of the Northern Elders Forum said the attention of the office was drawn to an alleged meeting of Leaders of Thought from the six geo-political zones of the country in Akwa Ibom under the aegis of National Consensus Group. The statement said that, “we are particularly concerned that the group is parading the name of the Danmasanin Kano, Dr Yusuf Maitama Sule, convener of the Northern Elders Forum, as one of the leaders of delegations that will spearhead discussions at the purported confab, and even portraying him as one of the conveners of the summit.” “We are concerned because first, the Danmasanin Kano is not only unaware of such confab but was at no time even intimated about it neither is he a party to its organisation nor has he ever endorsed any invitation to anybody to that effect.”
“The Danmasani can say that about five months ago, he happened to be at a meeting with Professor Ben Nwabuize in Lagos where national issues were discussed including a similar issue brought up by Nwabueze and which the Danmasani saw as noble. “However, the Danmasani wishes to state that since then, neither Professor Nwabuize nor any other person had contacted him by whatever means on the issue or any related matter that might have given rise to the announcement of the purported Akwa Ibom summit. “On his part, the Danmasani had not mentioned the issue or any similar matter to anyone nor discussed it with any northern elder or group. “More importantly, the Danmasani believes that if a summit of such magnitude were to be arranged, it should be more properly scheduled for the Federal Capital, Abuja and not in Akwa Ibom to give it a certain political undertone. “In the light of the above, the Danmasani hereby categorically distances himself from the organization of the Akwa Ibom summit and dissociates himself from its conduct and eventual outcome,” the statement concluded.
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Mandela much better, says Jacob Zuma
Nelson Mandela is much better today than he was when I saw him last night,” South African President, Jacob Zuma said after speaking to the 94-yearold’s medical team yesterday. South Africa’s first black president, an icon of the antiapartheid struggle has been in hospital in Pretoria since 8 June with a lung infection. Mr Zuma cancelled a visit to Mozambique to visit Mr Mandela in hospital. Meanwhile Mr Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe said he was “still there” and responding to touch. Emotional crowds have gathered outside the hospital, adding messages of support for Mr Mandela, known by his clan name Madiba. Children released 94 balloons, one for every year of the expresident’s life into the air in his honour. Correspondents say South Africans now seem resigned to the prospect of his death. “We don’t like seeing Mandela going through so much pain, he has had a tough time in his life and he’s gone through a lot of struggle. I think this struggle should get over sooner,” Khulile Mlondleni told Reuters news agency. “We are all going to feel bad when he passes [away], but at the same time we will be celebrating his life. He has done so many great things for this country,” said 25-year-old John Ndlovu, quoted by the agency. US President Barack Obama, who is in Senegal, described Mr Mandela as “a hero for the world”. “His legacy will linger on through the ages,” he said. After visiting her grandfather in hospital, Mdileka Mandela said it was an anxious time for the family. “He’s stable and we’d like to say that we thank everybody for giving their support and praying with us... we are anxious as you know that he is critical but he’s in a stable condition right now,”
Reps propose stiffer penalty for illegal firearms By Umar Muhammad Puma
he House of Representatives yesterday passed for second reading, a bill seeking to amend the Firearms Act 2004, with a view to increase the penalty for illicit possession, transfer, manufacturing, dealing in and housing of fire arms, small arms and light weapons in the country. The bill which will improve the effectiveness of security agencies in tracking and recovering illegal arms in circulation, was sponsored by Dakuku Peterside.
Leading debate on the Bill, Dakuku pointed out that one of the reasons given by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) on why Boko Haram has thrived was the proliferation of illegal arms in Nigeria thereby constituting threat to national security and economic development. He revealed that Nigeria’s share of the illegal firearms in circulation was put at about eight million in 2011 and 12 million in 2012, making the country highest in the prevalence rate of illegal arms in Africa.
According to him, “what is more worrisome is the spate of seizure of illegal firearms and ammunitions at our various borders. This has raised concern over the safety of citizens.” He further disclosed that the Nigeria Customs Service recently intercepted 15 containers of dangerous weapons, rocket launches, mortars, bombs, small light arms and ammunition camouflaged as building materials, saying they were imported into the country through Apapa Port alone.
He explained that proliferation of small and light arms thrive in Nigeria because of several cells involved in the trade, including importers, transporters, those who warehouse it, those who market it, those who bear it, among others, regretting that the law only focuses on illegal bearers of such firearms. Meanwhile, the bill was unanimously adopted by the House when put to vote by the Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and referred to the relevant committee for further legislative works.
R-L: Senate President David Mark, in a handshake with the Leader of the Delegation of Nigeria Leadership Initiatives, Alhaji Bashir Ibrahim, during their visit to Senate President, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Reps order CBN to implement cashless policy in phases By Umar Muhammad Puma
orried by lack of capacity to accommodate the smooth operation of the cashless policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the House of Representative yesterday ordered apex bank to implement the cashless policy only where necessary infrastructure are in place. The House, in a motion
sponsored by 53 lawmakers and read by Yakubu Dogara (PDP Bauchi state), advised the CBN to remove the charges and limits on daily cumulative withdrawals and deposits, so as to encourage small businesses and Nigerians as the case is with Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs). It also called on the CBN and other commercial banks to take the security of customers’ transactions
seriously. According to him, “financial infrastructure in Nigeria is grossly inadequate to implement the demands of a cashless society, and the CBN has not achieved the needed 40% expansion of our ATMs, Point of Sale, Mobile Banking and other medium even in the urban areas.” He revealed that the policy as practiced in Nigeria has the potentials to save cost in the financial
sector, but noted that it neither imply real sector growth nor does it have human development as a focus of an economic development. Majority of the members spoke in favour of the bill, expressing fears that the country was not ripe for such policy, urging the CBN to put necessary infrastructure in place first before implementing the policy.
charge was read to the two journalists, theypleadednotguiltytoallthecharges andconsequently,theprosecutor,chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), asked the court for a date to commence trial. Awomolo told the court that investigation has been concluded and the prosecution is ready to go into trial, asking the court to remand the two journalists in prison custody. However,counseltothejournalists, Femi Falana (SAN), applied for their bail. “I urged your lordship not to remand them in prison custody. Having regard to the concession we
made this morning to allow the charge to be read even though the charges were served on the accused persons in the evening of Monday this week. Ordinarily Sir, we would have come to plead with you that we were not given adequate time but because we don’t want to waste the time of the court”, he said. “Theaccusedpersonswerecharged before a federal high court and were equally granted bail. They met the bail conditions and were shown way out of the court. Even this morning, they came here on their own, not under any condition. I therefore urged the court
to admit them on bail since they have been on bail before. “These accused persons do not have criminal record and they will not jump bail. I have also pleaded with the respected SAN, Chief Awomolo, in his characteristic manner to allow this people to go home”, he added. The prosecution counsel, Awomolo confirmed service of bail application on him by the defence’s lawyers and did not oppose the application for the bail of the accused persons, adding “I will use that same gesture to believe that they will not jump bail”.
Alleged forgery: Leadership journalists get bail By Sunday Ejike Benjamin
ederal government yesterday arraigned two Leadership journalists, Tony Amokeodo, group news editor and political reporter, Chibuzo Ukaibe, before an Abuja High Court, on an 11-count criminal charge bordering on conspiracy and forgery. The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and the trial Judge, Justice Usman A. Musale, therefore granted them bail in the sum of N500, 000. 00, each and a surety each, who
must be a responsible citizen of the country. The court consequently adjourned the case to July 16, 2013 for hearing. “The bail application was not been opposed by the prosecution and therefore is granted. The prosecution also said they have concluded investigation therefore the accused persons have nothing to temper with. I therefore grant them bail to the tune of N500, 000 each with one surety whomustbearesponsibleperson.This matter is adjourned to July 16, 2013 for hearing”, the Judge said. Meanwhile, when the 11-count
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Scores feared killed in fresh Plateau attack From Ado Abubakar
unmen suspected to be Fulani assailants invaded Bolgan, Karkashi, and Magama villages in Langtang South Local Government Area of Plateau State on Wednesday night, killing several people including secondary school students. Plateau State Police spokesperson, Felicia Anselem, said she is yet to get full details of the attack but that security personnel have been deployed to the affected area. Residents say many victims of
the incident were secondary school students who are writing the ongoing National Examination Council (NECO) examination for final year secondary school students. A resident, Mark Lipdo, confirmed that over twenty four people were killed although the death toll may be more as other people are still reported missing. According to Mr. Lipdo, the coordinator of Stephanus Foundation, a Jos-based nongovernmental organisation, the attackers followed their victims
on motorcycles, blocking their escape before shooting them. It was also learnt that several houses and vehicles were burnt down while the three villages have been virtually deserted. A resident of Langtang, who pleaded not to be named, blamed security officials for not taking proactive action in curtailing the killings. Residents who escaped said Bolgan Village had been completely burnt down with nine people confirmed killed there. At Magama Village, most of
the victims were children and the elderly. The father and brother of a cleric, Nandip Miri, of the COCIN church in Langtang, are believed to have died in the attack. Reacting to this development, the Senator representing Plateau South in the National Assembly, Victor Lar, appealed to the people to remain calm and report any suspicious movement to security agencies for necessary action. Plateau has witnessed several ethno-religious attacks in different local governments leading to the death of hundreds of people.
L-R: Chairman, Board of Directors, Ashaka Cement Company Plc, Alhaji Umaru Kwairanga, Company Secretary/Legal Adviser, Malam Bello Abdullahi, Vice-Chairman of the Board, Mr John Stull, and member of the board, Senator Muhammed Muhammed, during the company’s AGM, yesterday in Bauchi. Photo : NAN
Nigeria records N270b trade deficit with China - Minister By Stanley Onyekwere
he Federal government through the Ministry of Trade and Investment has disclosed that in 2012 alone, Nigeria recorded a total deficit of N270 billion against China from over N1 trillion trade volume between the two countries. Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom, who made this known yesterday said the President Goodluck Jonathan administration was working in partnership with the Chinese government to bridge the gap. Ortom was speaking when a delegation of potential investors from China, led by the President of Africa Investment Network, Mr. Wang Wonming, visited him in his office. He affirmed the ministry’s readiness to work with the Chinese investors to bridge the trade deficit between the two countries through improved direct foreign investment. According to him, over time, the two countries have had very strong bilateral ties and a very cordial working relationship. The minister however noted
that Nigeria remains an investment destination, as reflected in the World Investment Report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) rating; still leading with over 7 billion US dollars worth of foreign direct investment into the country. “We still retain our number one position for the second time in two years, and South Africa, Ghana and Egypt followed with FDI inflows of 4.572, 3.295 and 2.798 dollars respectively. The potentials here are massive, and I keep saying that today we have a president who is willing to overcome the country’s unemployment challenges; and the only way we can do it is when we are able to establish businesses and industries that will give massive employment to our people,’’ he said. While stressing the need for the Chinese government to intensify efforts at checkmating the menace of substandard products from the country, the minister assured the delegation that the federal government through the ministry is committed to improving the business environment in the country.
Earlier in his remark, Wang, who noted that China shares some similarities with Nigeria said particular areas of interest to the Chinese investors seeking investment in the country include automobile, ceramics, medical equipment, solar energy and building material manufacturing as well as housing construction. According to him, given the
economic trade relationship between China and Africa now is the time and moment that Chinese investment should come and invest in this continent, but there is need for assistance from the continent, especially Nigeria, to bring Chinese investment down to Africa, because Nigeria is the destination for investment in the continent.
Death sentence can only be abolished through Constitution review, says AGF
inister of Justice, Mr Mohammed Adoke, said in Abuja yesterday that death penalty was recognised in Nigerian law and could only be abolished through a review of the constitution. Adoke made the statement at the 2013 Ministerial Platform and added that it was not possible to abolish the death penalty till the law was reviewed by relevant stakeholders. He also said issues involving imposing death sentence as a punitive measure were state offences and as such it would be difficult to impose it on any of the states of the federation. “The issue of death sentence is a very sensitive issue, considering the on-going global debate. “However, that debate has not metamorphosed into the abolition of death sentence in our law and most of the issues involving death sentences are state offences. “We know that abolition is the current trend today. However, under the Nigerian law, in our statutes and constitution, death sentence is recognised,’’ the minister said. He said the Federal Government could, as in a country operating a federation, only partner with the various states to find a lasting solution to the issue. “We cannot, in operating a federation, impose on the various states how to run their laws. “But we will continue to engage them and we will continue to partner with them and continue to see what can be done to make them buy into the issue of abolition. “At the appropriate time, when we have the key stakeholders to buy into it, I think the law will be reviewed and this will become a thing of the past,’’ Adoke said.
IBB, others for Pate’s turbaning in Adamawa
ormer military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, is expected to chair the turbanning ceremony of renowned communication scholar, Prof. Umaru Pâté, as the Kaigamma Adamawa, on Saturday in Yola, the Adamawa state capital. Also expected among personalities to grace the occasion are Governor Murtala Nyako, former Minister of Education, Prof. Jibril Aminu, other eminent scholars and top politicians from across the nation. The Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, will formally confer the Kaigamma title on Professor Pate, who succeeds his elder brother,
Abdulrahman Pâté. The traditional title of Kaigamma, which means Chief of Defence Staff of the Emirate, and also one of the 12 kingmakers, dates back to the reign of the Muslim founder of Adamawa, Modibbo Adama in 1809. Since then, the title has remained with Prof. Pate’s family. Professor Pate is a Fellow of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice, and also an Associate Chair holding Member of the Association of Communication Professors in the Commonwealth (Canada), which is an affiliate of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Born on January 4, 1964, Pro-
fessor Pate is Vice President of the Communication Association of Nigeria (CANI), and was until recently, the Head of Mass Communication Department at the University of Maiduguri. Also at the same event, the Lamido will turban Alhaji Lawan Sheikh Muhammad as the Zanna of Adamawa. Alhaji Lawan is Principal Manager, Procurement, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company. He is the pioneer holder of the Zanna title in the Adamawa Emirate Council. He is a holder of a BA (Hons) and Msc in Mass Communication from the Universities of Maiduguri and Lagos, respectively.
Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar (left), congratulating Niger state Deputy governor, Hon. Ahmed musa ibeto (right), after being turbaned as the Walin Raya Kasan Nupe, by Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, on Wednesday at the Wadata palace, in Bida. with them are Niger state governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (2nd left), and Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar (2nd right).
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L-R: Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Liberian President Helen Johnson Sirleaf, President Goodluck Jonathan, and Malawian President Joyce Banda, singing National Anthem during the mid-term dinner and presentation of book “Champion for Women”, on Wednesday night at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye
Kaduna state Deputy Governor, Ambassador Nuhu Audu Bajoga, taking salute from the guard of honour mounted by 2013 Batch ‘B’ Corps members, during their swearing-in, yesterday in Kaduna.
L-R: National Patron, Al-Wahda Al-Islamiyya foundation, Alhaji Muhammad Gashaahi, Ambassador, Al-Wahda Al-Islamiyya foundation, Sheikh Nazifi Ahmad, and Danyan Zazzau, Alhaji Bashir Aminu, during the national conference of Al-Wahda Al-Islamiyya foundation, in Kaduna. Photo: NAN
NYSC members enjoying themselves during their swearing-in, yesterday at Iseyin, in Oyo state. Photo: NAN
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Ashaka cement declares N3.1b profit, shareholders insist on expansion From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
shaka Cement Plc has declared the sum of N3.1b as profit after taxation for the 2012 financial year, just as shareholders insist on expansion of factory The Chairman of the Board of Ashaka Cement, Alhaji Umaru Kwairanga who disclosed this at the 38th Annual General meeting of the company held at Zaranda hotel Bauchi yesterday said that the turnover for the year increased by 5 percent was as a result of better selling prices that were achieved. He said that tax charged for the year 2012 increased to N2.4b from N1.3b for 2011 saying that the increase resulted mainly from increase in operating profit for the year. “Cost of sales was kept in control as we continue to improve on the substitution of rate of expensive low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) for the firing of our kilns with local coal from the company’s coal reserve in Maiganga, thus reducing the cost of cement production. This initiative and others which are now being progressed ensured that we achieved a 32 percent increase in profit before tax for the year at N5.5b compared with N4.1b for 2011, he said”. Kwairanga also revealed that cement despatched for the year 2012 closed at 741,000 metric tonnes which according to him was down by 4.4 percent. He attributed the drop in cement despatched resulted principally from the security challenges in the North Eastern part of the country saying it restricted general trade and the distribution of goods and services. According to him “in-spite of the marginal improvement in profit after tax, the board of Directors has resolved to recommend to shareholders a gross dividend if 42 kobo on every ordinary share in issue compared with 40kobo recommended and approved by shareholders on the result for 2011.
Police pull out of contributory pension scheme By Lambert Tyem
s part of efforts to check fraudulent activities in payment and management of pensions in the country, the Nigeria Police Force has pulled out of the contributory pension scheme in Nigeria, with a promise to immediately begin the management of its own scheme. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar
disclosed this yesterday evening during an interactive session with officers, inspectors and the rank and file working at the Force Headquarters. He announced that as part of the welfare scheme , the police authorities will commission 300 housing units in Lagos , 700 in Abuja for inspectors and rank and file, and 35 units for officers from Assistant commissioners of police (ACPs ) and above next
month. According to the police boss, in order to enhance the productivity and welfare of officers and men of the force, the police authorities have established 17 Police children schools and two Police Secondary schools across the nation in the last one year. The IGP reiterated his commitment to ensuring the safety and welfare of officers and men of the force and promised the estab-
lishment of a police museum very soon. He said Dei Dei barracks Abuja , the biggest in the northern region, will soon be given a face lift with the provision of good roads , water and light . This is the third time, the IGP is holding an interactive session with inspectors, rank and file to find out the challenges in their work places, how they are faring and their vision for the force.
L-R: Kaduna State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, and Special Adviser to the Vice-President on Special Duties, Senator Isaiah Balat, during their meeting with Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye
Nigeria committed to stronger economic relations between Africa and South America – Jonathan
resident Goodluck Jonathan pledged Thursday in Abuja that Nigeria will remain at the forefront of efforts to promote greater economic and trade relations between Africa and South America. Speaking at an audience with Venezuela’s outgoing Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Enrique Fernando Arundell, President Jonathan declared that Nigeria remains fully
First Annual Abuja Jazz Festival holds tomorrow
he United States Mission in collaboration with the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and National Orientation, and the Open Mic Forum will tomorrow present the First Annual Abuja Jazz Festival. The lead artiste at the event will be the international jazz star, Stephane Wrembel and his group. The event will start at noon with workshops with Abuja musicians and Wrembel, followed by a joint concert at 3pm. The venue is the Abuja Pavilion by the Interna-
tional Conference Center, across from the Radio House, Garki 2. Internationally acclaimed guitarist and composer, Stephane Wrembel is bringing his talent, palpable musical rapport with his band, and vivid and textured compositions to life at the Abuja Jazz Festival. Other performances and workshops will also be featured at the event as part of the U.S. Jazz Envoy’s tour of Nigeria, under the U.S. State Department’s “International Language of Jazz for Peace” program.
committed to developing the Africa-South America Summit into a more productive platform for the expansion of areas of cooperation between the two continents. Recalling his interactions with late President Hugo Chavez at the 2nd Africa-South America Summit at Margarita, Venezuela in 2009, President Jonathan said that it was apparent that the late Venezuelan leader was also very committed to
establishing mutually-beneficial economic relations between Africa and South America. Expressing the belief that President Nicholas Maduro will follow late President Chavez’s footsteps in this regard, President Jonathan said that Nigeria was ready to work with him and other Heads of State and Government to “maximally exploit” the potentials for mutual economic benefit inherent in closer ties
between Africa and South America. The President praised Mr. Arundell’s efforts to enhance the cordial relations between Nigeria and Venezuela. “Thank you for the services you have rendered here. You have done wonderfully well. We will always remember you and your contributions to development in our country,” he told the outgoing Ambassador.
love for the country by workers in the oil sector to arrest the situation. Aremu also called on the government to motivate Nigerian workers to enable them concentrate on their primary assignment. He also called for periodic review of workers’ minimum wage to eradicate corruption, saying “motivation of workers will aid productivity and development.’’ The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the Federal Government was working to
ensure industrial harmony in the health sector. The minister was represented by a director in the ministry, Mr Alex Oluyona. The Chairman, Governing Board of UITH, Mrs Jumoke Anifowoshe, called for mutual trust, honesty and cooperation among the staff of the hospital. She advised the management of the hospital to always implement agreements reached with workers to ensure industrial harmony.
Nigeria loses 600,000 barrels of oil daily to thieves - NLC
he Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday said Nigeria was losing 600,000 barrels of oil daily to thieves. The Vice President of the NLC, Issa Aremu, said this in Ilorin while delivering a lecture at a seminar on industrial harmony, organised for workers of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH). He attributed oil theft to negligence, dishonesty and insincerity on the part of workers and called for transparency, dedication and
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FG prosecutes 75 Boko Haram cases, says Adoke …Recovers fresh Abacha loot
By Sunday Ejike Benjamin
he Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN), yesterday said the Federal Government has so far prosecuted 75 cases of terrorism and Boko Haram insurgency cases in the country. Adoke, who was speaking at the 2013 ministerial press briefing as part of the mid-term report of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, said sixteen of the cases had been concluded with eight convictions, while 35 of the cases were struck out. He disclosed that a good number of the terrorism cases were struck out because the accused persons had escaped during the attack on prisons in Bauchi and Maiduguri, adding that the suspects will be arraigned as soon as they are apprehended. The minister said 60 petitions on breach of rights of citizens, lack of action on criminal matters by law enforcement agencies and requests for take-over of cases from the police for lack of diligent prosecution were received in the last one year and said his ministry was taking appropriate action on the petitions. According to him, the Ministry of Justice was able to save a total sum of N501, 278, 765, 770 for the federal government in suit No. ECW/CCJ/APP/03/11, involving the Incorporated Trustees of Miyetti Allah KautallHore Sociocultural Association against the Federal Government of Nigeria. Also, in a case between the Registered Trustees of the Socio Economic Rights and Accountability project (SERAP) and the Federal Government, his ministry was able to save the government the sum of one billion dollars (N158 billion) that would have been paid as damages. The AGF also disclosed that the renewed effort by the federal government in the recovery of stolen assets has started yielding results, as the sum of EUR 175 million has again been recovered from the Abacha family and his associated companies in Liechtenstein. He added that another 22.5 million pounds has also been recovered from Raj Arjandes Bhojwani, an Indian national and close associate of the late General Sani Abacha. Adoke said EUR 175 million recovered from the Abacha family and associated companies followed a confiscation order by the Supreme Court of Liechtenstein, noting that the companies alleged to have laundered the money for the Abacha family have appealed against the confiscation order. The appeal for reversal of the confiscation order was said to have been filed at the European Court of Justice in Strasburg. He expressed optimism that the appeal case by the Abacha family and the companies would fail because Nigeria has a good case to present through her stolen asset recovery team of lawyers. On the 22.5 million pounds, the Minister said the money had already been repatriated to Nigeria following the confiscation order by the oyal Court of Jersey.
L-R: Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, and Minister of Culture, Tourism and Orientation, Chief Edem Duke, during the 2013 Ministerial Platform, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
NERC commissions Ibadan forum office By Etuka Sunday
igerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) yesterday commissioned its Ibadan forum office to serve as complaint redress centre for consumers. The office which is located at Iyaganku Quarters, Ibadan is expected to be used in resolving electricity consumers’ complaints. Speaking at the inauguration of the office, the NERC Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi said that the privatization of the power sector
was targeted to improve power generation in the country. Amadi, who was represented by the NERC Commissioner, Dr Abba Armiya’u, said more opportunities would be created from the privatization. He called for the support of all relevant stakeholders, saying “the privatisation and the reform cannot work if we do not have the support of all stakeholders. As we have noted in the telecom sector, the mobile phone, which was once a symbol of the elites, is now available to all, irrespective of your status. In a short while,
power generation shall also improve and we therefore urge the public to assist in protecting our equipment and send in their due advice.’’ On the new centre, he explained that “This is another vital step as part of our customers’ complaints mechanism. Prior to this, we have commissioned the Lagos, Abuja, Enugu, Port Harcourt and the Kano offices,’’ he said. In his address, MrBolaji Oyesiku, the Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company,
said that the forum was an affirmation that the customer was the king. “The old negative story about us is quietly passing away and within a year or two, the difference shall be obvious as this forum gets set to handle unresolved issues,” he said. Other members of the forum are Mr. Babajide Taiwo of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Mr. Ismaila Alapa of the Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Minerals and Agriculture.
Invest in Niger now, Aliyu tells investors
iger State Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu ,has called on local and foreign investors not to hesitate to commit their resources to businesses in the state saying that the state is the most peaceful in the country. He made this known yesterday at the opening ceremony of the 11th Niger National Trade Fair at the Trade fair complex in Minna, pointing out that government has also created a conducive environment for investors to do
business in the state. Governor Aliyu who was represented by the Deputy Governor Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto said ‘I use this opportunity to invite our friends within and outside Nigeria to invest in Niger state because our state ranks amongst the third most peaceful states in Nigeria and our investment incentives are very attractive and irresistible’. According to him “government has put in place a policy that will ensure investors got certificate of occupancy
for parcels of land meant for construction of factories and other businesses and tax holidays will be given to the investors to enable them stabilize.” “We wish to assure the organized private sector in Niger state that government will continue to support all initiatives that will enhance trade promotions and overall economic development of the state. Niger state today is moving forward and we implore all our friends within and outside the state to partner with us to enable us achieve our set goals of being
one of the top three economies in Nigeria by 2020”, he said. Aliyu was particularly impressed with the collaboration and cordial relationship between the Niger state Chamber of Commerce Industries Mines and Agriculture and the Indian High Commission and the Chinese embassy in Nigeria, expressing the hope that the collaboration with ‘the biggest democracy and 2nd largest economy in the world will encourage investors from these countries to establish their presence in Niger state.
Obama addresses African youth
nited States President, Mr. Barack Obama, will interact with the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) tomorrow, Saturday, June 29, 2013, from
2:30 to 3:50pm. According to a statement from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Mission to Nigeria, “During the Town Hall meeting, President Obama will interact
with youth in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. While 350 South African youth will be at the television studio at the University of Johannesburg, in Soweto, youth from the other
three countries will participate via satellite TV broadcast and the event in Nigeria will be hosted by Channels Television. “We encourage you to view the Channels TV live broadcast”, the statement said.
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Protect your family with life insurance
ife, unfortunately, doesn’t give us guarantees that we’ll always be around to provide for our loved ones. That’s where life insurance can help. It helps provide some financial security in the event of the unthinkable – and gives you the peace of mind knowing that, regardless of what happens, your family will be supported.
How much do you need? The whole point of life insurance is that you never know when you’ll need it. So even though your policy might be long-term, you need to make sure it offers the right amount of benefits for your current situation. • Whether you’re married or single, it’s good to know that your finances will be resolved if you should die unexpectedly. That could mean paying off loans or a mortgage, and it’s especially important if you have a lot of debt or want your family to keep living in your home. • You’ll also want to know that your family’s financial needs will be covered if you’re no longer able to provide for them. You’ll need the most life insurance when your kids are growing - enough to last them until they become adults and cover their college education.
This is even more important if you’re the main breadwinner. • The general rule for life insurance is that your policy should pay your beneficiaries seven times your annual salary. The idea is that as your salary changes, your family’s lifestyle changes to match. If you’re self-
What type of insurance fits you? • Term insurance: With term insurance, you buy a policy for an affordable monthly cost,
known as a premium, based on your personal health history and age. Coverage lasts from one year to as many as 30 years, and your monthly premium will not change during the policy period. If something were to happen to you while your policy is in force, your beneficiaries would receive
that work together to help you get more value out of your time with the aim of improving the quality of your life. It is important to note that time management is a broad subject that covers many areas from day to day actions, he said. “The most common form of stress experienced by people today is the feeling of being overwhelmed with far too much to do and not enough time to do it, in fact, ‘time poverty’ is the single problem facing majority of workers today,”
he said. He told a group of leaders that effective management of time requires them to assume responsibility. He added that they should work on being more proactive than reactive in their schedule. “While emergencies and urgent situations do arise, try to get on top of things through careful planning, organisation, and learning to say ‘no’”, he said. “Don’t be a slave to the cell phone or email. You check messages and return calls and
employed or own a business, you might also have business-related expenses to cover.
a lump-sum payment to help them take care of expenses. • Permanent Insurance: Whether you’re starting a new life with your spouse or partner, buying your first home, changing diapers or a single parent, you want to know that your life insurance will be there to help provide for your family if something were to happen to you. The good news is that’s what permanent life insurance can do. It’s designed to go for your entire lifetime, and can earn additional cash value. • GoodForLife: We all go through life hoping for the best and hoping we stay healthy. But who would pay the bills if you couldn’t work? Planning ahead with GoodForLife can make the answers easier. This unique solution bundles the protection of life insurance with critical illness and severe accident benefits in one simple policy. GoodForLife protects, pays, forgives and gives, whether life goes well or not so well. Having life insurance helps give your family the security it would need should something happen to you. It’s one more way you’re protecting them even if they have to go on without you.
Money Tip: Make your time productive to improve your money worth Ways to save money Haggle Never ever pay full price for something. Always look for ways to get a cheaper price. Talk to the store manager. Wait and shop on days when clearance sales are running. If you’re an avid shopper, you probably already know their clearance schedule. The next time you want something, try to find it on sale, use coupons, or negotiate for a better price. Take the money you saved and add it to your savings pile to forward on to the stock mutual fund option. Just do it This is true on so many levels. The self-made rich are people with the mindset that they can (and will) change their situations. Instead of waiting for good things to happen (or wondering why they don’t), they get out there and make them happen. They invest in businesses. They start businesses. Or they invest in things that will have high returns. Whether you’re at work, the mall, or the grocery store, look for ways to earn more money. Don’t sit idle wishing you could do something. If you want this, you must make it happen.
Quote “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson: Philosopher. poet,
ime is the most expensive resource in the world. No amount of money can buy you time. Time cannot be bought, stored or stopped; every second that passes is gone forever and can never be recovered or reused, say experts. In view of this, they say effective time management enables you to be productive at the end the day and still have time to rest. Ajakaiye, a retired military officer, said time management is a set of skills, tools and systems
emails at set times during the day.” To manage your time more efficiently experts say you should begin to organise your thoughts, plans, files and activities. They say you need to start by keeping a daily log of how you spend your time during a one-week period. According to experts, note the amount of time you spend on small tasks or interruptions, which take you away from important work. Furthermore, they say once you have identified your time usage, evaluate each type of activity and the time spent on each. You should be able to differentiate between activities that are important to operations a n d t he o n es th at are time stealers. After you realign nonproductive or less productive tasks, plan to use your new found time. Block the time for analysing major operational decisions, future planning, or sales calls, among others. Other ways to effectively manage your busy schedule, Ajakaiye said, is to reduce “mental clutter” by writing down your thoughts, ideas among others, putting them on paper (or in a computer file) helps clear the mind and reduce anxiety. He warned that you should beware of “time suckers”- those activities that can suck away hours of your time, things like online games, Facebook, television and so on. “In moderation, these activities are fine. In fact, some are necessary. But moderation is key,” he said.
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Obama’s second coming to Africa M moral weight through a presidential visit could deepen the process and help others reconsider waste of public funds on unnecessary political offices. In Tanzania, the message is to help that country consolidate its stable democratic process but more importantly, remind its neighbour, Kenya, in Eastern Africa, that a political leadership of dubious men has its price. Kenya is the birthplace of Obama’s father, but early this year, it elected a president and vice president that are both indicted
r. Barack Obama, the United States’ first AfricanAmerican President, arrived in Senegal yesterday on his first elaborate Africa tour since taking office six years ago. In his first term, Obama made a 20-hour stop-over in Accra, Ghana, on his way to Cairo, Egypt. In Ghana, where he addressed the parliament, he admonished the continent to seek “strong institutions, not strong leaders”. However, we dare say that strong leaders with sufficient patriotic zeal can build strong institutions, as the experience of the United States will bear out. Without the Abraham Lincolns, George Washington and others, the vigorous and time-tested American institutions may never have come into being. In Obama’s second coming to Africa, he chose three countries, from three sub-regions on the continent. For his first port of call, he chose Senegal in West Africa. The choice of Senegal is understandable. Two years ago, opposition parties came together and defeated an incumbent hell bent on perpetuating his rule. But it is the political reform that followed the opposition’s coming to power constitutionally - something very rare in Africa - that makes an exciting narrative. President Macky Sall abolished the Senate and the post of vice president, saying that funds for such high offices which are mere duplications would go for worthier causes. For this courageous reform, Washington’s
Obama would have found enthusiastic fans in Nigeria, some of whom made donations to his first election campaign for war crimes by the International Criminal Court at The Hague. South Africa completes the triangle of the American president’s African itinerary. Nigeria’s wobbly democracy and security challenges must have played a key part in keeping the country out of the US president’s Africa tour. However, Obama would have found enthusiastic fans in Nigeria, some of whom made donations to his first election campaign before they were told that it was illegal, under US law. We know that US presidents don’t just go where they fancy. The decision is a complex institutional process.
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However, Washington’s paranoid security concerns in Africa which has led it to expand its military presence, especially the dreadful drones, on the continents closer consultations at the highest level. On his Africa agenda, Obama will discuss strengthening democracy and more importantly, how American investors can match the Chinese presence on the continent. It is very important for the US to understand democracy is imperiled except it is supported by citizens who have access to life’s necessities. What has made elections in most parts of Africa a farce is that voters are bought and sold on polling day by desperate politicians who have plundered the treasury. As far as basic necessities of life remain a key challenge to most Africans, democracy is vulnerable to manipulation. It is on this account that we urge the US to expand its investment portfolio in Africa to improve the people’s welfare. We urge Washington to rein its survival instinct which tempts it to take on China whose economic involvement with Africa is on the rise, thereby turning the continent into a new battle field. The African economic space is big enough to accommodate any actor with genuine interest in productive partnership with the continent. The US has the premium advantage of language and should use it to further constructive partnership with the continent and not to seek confrontation in Africa with a rising super power.
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Opinion Why Obama’s Nigeria snub is a good thing By Folabi Ogunleye
nited States’ President Barack Obama commences his visit to Africa in few hours, and it comes as a relief to know that he is skipping Nigeria – a country that, by its sheer size and influence on the African continent alone, should be part of Obama’s itinerary on a rollercoaster that includes visits to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. The reason for opposing an Obama Nigeria visit should be obvious considering the disappointingly mediocre leadership in Nigeria today, longing desperately for an opportunity to ‘pimp’ the visit as an accomplishment of sorts. A handshake with Obama in Washington DC was all that then-acting President Goodluck Jonathan had with the US president in 2010, shortly after Jonathan succeeded his deceased predecessor, President Umaru Yar’adua. The Jonathan Administration thereafter threw away all restraint and went ahead to milk that image like Obama were the Catholic pope who had just beatified a devotee. The image of the handshake between the two leaders was splashed everywhere in small and giant posters alike, from the streets to the headquarters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Abuja, and even on the central web portal of the federal government. Although the heavy circulation of the imagery was initially excused by observers as an answer to powerful interests who were against the emergence of Mr. Jonathan as president [that:
‘powerful allies in the international community had accepted Jonathan as the legitimate Nigerian leader’], but all such justification soon petered away as the image turned caricature in the hands of President Jonathan’s handlers. It is out of dread for a repeat of such inglorious excitation on the part of the incumbent leadership in Nigeria that such a visit becomes undesirable. More importantly, not only will a visit by President Obama be a huge distraction at a time when all eyes need to be trained on the unfortunate realities of mediocre governance trumpeted as ‘transformational’ in the country today, but the visit will also be another excuse for politicians to dip their reckless paws into state coffers across the board, to throw money around under the guise of making arrangements to host the visiting American president. Like feudatories expecting superior authority to do them the honor of a kindly visit, these folks
would hurriedly scrub the floors and re-pave the roads that they previously had not given a damn about; they would issue contracts for tee-shirts and hats to be made with Jonathan and Obama’s face emblazoned on them like those two were long separated twins now reunited; they would put up large banners everywhere and interrupt thousands of children from their daily activities to line the routes that Obama would take on his visit, urging the children to wave flags and ululate. Governors from far away in the creeks of Bayelsa and Akwa-Ibom, to the deserts of Sokoto and Borno, would leave their duties as chief executives of their various states to be part of the misplaced fanfare. They will of course travel with their retinue of aides and hangers-on, who will also be paid out of the state purse. Bamanga Tukur, the ‘young’ septuagenarian leader of the Peoples Democratic Party will be there smiling to suppress the constant ‘Who/Where-Am-I?’ look, ever plastered on his face. Oh, and
our First Lady Patience Jonathan, one known never to ‘carry last’ and de-facto president of the federal republic, would swell like a peacock at the prospect of an opportunity to be seen in the exclusive company of the American First Lady Michelle Obama. After the Obamas have come and gone, our old friend whom many of us grew up reading with admiration as a columnist at the influential stables of The Guardian [Nigeria], would issue the type of releases for which he has become [in]famous of late as the president’s communications chief – I speak of those notoriously garrulous pieces penned by Dr. Reuben Abati, which are unbecoming of the country’s highest offices, least of which is the Office of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic. He would say that President Obama’s visit, at the very least, was a testament to the ‘great strides’ that the Jonathan Administration is making in ‘transforming’ Nigeria. In between
More importantly, not only will a visit by President Obama be a huge distraction at a time when all eyes need to be trained on the unfortunate realities of mediocre governance trumpeted as ‘transformational’ in the country today, but the visit will also be another excuse for politicians to dip their reckless paws into state coffers across the board, to throw money around under the guise of making arrangements to host the visiting American president.
derision and reluctant appeal, he would call on the “children of anger” who ‘never see anything good’ in his boss’ leadership to let go of their ‘never-ending criticism’ and get on the Jonathan ‘Train of Transformation’. A visit by Obama is something for which the Nigerian government officials and ruling party politicians desperately thirst. And it is only right that this government would not get a visit by the latter, even if it makes little difference that Obama skipped Nigeria on this tour of Africa. But it will at serve, among other purposes, to deny an opportunity for the leadership to hoodwink the masses with another useless, self-serving jamboree. More importantly, the snobbery would sting the leadership [assuming these folks have any shame] and give the opposition [who are no saints either] more ammunition, not only to knock some sense into the consciousness of these mediocre marauders masquerading as leaders, but it will also give an unvarnished platform to launch a sincere, fact-backed argument against the performance of the incumbent leadership, to be witnessed by one and all. In the meantime, there is plenty of work to be done, from tackling a major insurgency in the north, to stemming widespread insecurity in the land, among other challenges. So let’s get to work and pretend like we don’t care that President Obama is in our neighbourhood. Folabi Ogunleye is an Editorial writer/researcher based in Kansas City, USA.
Social media comments and self ridicule By Raji Ridwan Adetunji
t a time, when the rest of the world has found the best and important use of the internet: a tool of socio-political engagement, it is surprising that democratic and moral values have not been surfacing in our own online community. To my chagrin, the proliferation of the so called “cyber-based activism” -being among the referable developments of the internet pervasiveness- is fueling indecorum and unfriendly interpersonal engagement. If you are a constant social/political writer or a voracious columns and online news reader, you will agree with me that one of the easiest and funniest ways of becoming ridiculed is being a public commentator among Nigerians’ online community. You may want to know how, taking an unpopular stand regarding any public issue in Nigeria (either political or social), or relay your personal views in news columns or try to make comment underneath any write-up of any of the online news pages, you will be astounded by the level and number of scorns you will receive
by those that did not agree with your opinion. They will viciously counter your possibly wrong opinion with their own seemingly wrong opinion. They will leave the bone of contention and attack your personality and lump your entire lineage to it. These people would never hesitate to blast you vacuously for having a mind of your own. They have an abysmal amorality that earns them the gut to devalue your educational or professional portfolio. They will confront you with no civility using words like; you have no foresight, you are a fool, you are inexperienced, a nuisance and stupid. Your mockery will be a lot easier for them if you have bagged higher certificate like PhD, or you are a professor, they will emphasize the bloomer of your Alma-Mater to have bestowed you such prestigious degree, even if they are yet to be identified as a diploma holder. You have done nothing to deserve this complete brutishness other than the fact that your comment does not align with their thinking, therefore, you are detestable. These irksome amoralities have become so alarming among
the online social communities, to the extent that I began to wonder and question the moral values in these people’s culture. I wonder how these people could have good command of English grammar (in some cases not) and could not display simple civility in their public conducts. How could these people be so convenient to attack strangers’ personality publicly? Are those abusive reactions based on their personal idiocy and irrationality? Or it is the demonstration of arrogance and moral laxity that characterize their societal culture and virtues? I wonder how to instill/restore morality, civility and modesty in our social and political commentary gathering, particularly with our use of words. As much as I could not proffer answers to these puzzling questions, I believe that social commentaries itself is one of the major, and of course simplest form of exhibiting democratic norms. And democracy as said: is an institution that allows equal participation in all governmental, political or social settings. Democracy being our proclaimed system of life, and this democracy
is what we keep on clamoring for, why then is diversity hard for us to accept? Why then can’t we accommodate our differences? Why then is it difficult to understand the differences in our thinking paradigms? Our faces, colors, natures and attitudes are not the same, why then are we expected to subscribe to similar thinking faculties or have a singular opinion? We often analyze the democratic features of our government and political leaders while we find it difficult to exhibit the simplest form of democracy through interpersonal interactions between ourselves. And why are we surprise our leaders are sinister tyrants? I remember a relevant folklore story suitable to advocate for respect and accommodation of the differences of opinion in the public sphere. The story of an elephant kept in a deeply dark room and a few number of people are called to go into the room, to touch what is in the room, and come back to explain according to what they touch. The invited people enter from different doors, and there were able to touch different parts of the elephant’s body. Those that
enter from front, were able to touch the elephant trunk, and believe the room contain a round tall pole, those that enter the room from the side touch the elephant’s stomach and the thighs, to them the room contain a rock and subsequently those that enter from back touch the elephant’s tail and believe it is a tiny tall tree that is kept in the room. Impliedly, it would be chaotic to be enforcing a different belief about the shape of an elephant in a dark room on a fellow who believed the result of his experimentation in the room is absolute. This signifies why our perception is too diverse to be monopolized. People see things the way it appears to them and things often appear differently to different people. We should therefore learn how to appreciate different opinion and how to accommodate disagreements, rather than gagging people by shattering their personalities and personalizing farcical issues. Raji Ridwan Adetunjiis in the Department of Management and Humanities, UniversitiTeknologi PETRONAS, Perak, Malaysia
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Water: Encouraging results from Niger state By Danladi Ndayebo
s stakeholders in water and sanitation business converged on the Hague, Netherlands on March 22 to mark the 2013 edition of the World Water Day, the authorities at the Niger State Ministry of Water Resources dedicated the day to take stock of its achievements and to marshal out ways of improving on its efforts at tackling the challenge of supplying portable water to the 4.5 million people spread across the 25 Local Government Areas of the state. Two days to the event, the Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Water Resources, Hajiya Hadiza Abdullahi presented grim statistics of water situation in Nigeria and the world, at the weekly state executive council meeting. According to her, an estimated 70million (about 42%) of Nigerians lack access to clean and safe water, with most of those affected living in rural areas. She also corroborated expert opinion that more than one in six people worldwide do not have access to improved water sources. Going by the 2011 estimate of the world’s population of 7 billion people, she said, it translates to more than 1.1 billion people lacking access to improved or potable water, with over 70 percent of these said to be living in the developing counties. Hadiza’s estimates are in agreement with those of the Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe who recently put the current “water supply service coverage in the country at 58 per cent, which is about 87 million people”. This,
according to under successive the minister, administrations. translates to Government also lack of potable made substantial Peoples Daily welcomes your letters, opinion articles, water for about financial 70 million commitment text messages and ‘pictures of yesteryears.’ All written people. In the to supply water contributions should be concise. Word limits: Letters rural areas, chemicals, - 150 words, Articles - 750 words. Please include your Ochekpe said, reagents and name and a valid location. Letters to the Editor should be only 42 per cent pipes. It installed addressed to: have access to additional water potable water main pipelines; supply.” procured drilling The Editor, Iit hardly rigs/implements, Peoples Daily, 1st Floor Peace Plaza, needs debating high-lift pumps, 35 Ajose Adeogun Street, Utako, Abuja. that the problem submersible Email: email@example.com of water supply pumps and water cuts across all tankers. It equally SMS: 08134607052 the states of drilled hundreds the federation, of boreholes all in excuses that it inherited a perennial the bid to improve water supply to nations and continents of the problem of water supply when world, with far reaching negative the people thereby enhancing their it took office in 2007. It would effects on the environment, socio-economic lives. not give the excuse that the dry agriculture and health care. But By 2009, the state water season often poses a challenge to the Niger state government has corporation had successfully public water supply in many parts shown a lot of commitment to de-silted Tagwai Dam after 25 of country. Upon assumption the provision of portable water years and completed the turnof office, government began to to the people because of its belief around of water works across the tackle the problem of dilapidation that guaranteeing clean and safe State, including the installation of infrastructure which the state water is a sure way to good health. of transformers and stand-by water corporation had battled with Governor Aliyu would not give generators. The commissioner of
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Upon assumption of office, government began to tackle the problem of dilapidation of infrastructure which the state water corporation had battled with under successive administrations. Government also made substantial financial commitment to supply water chemicals, reagents and pipes. It installed additional water main pipelines; procured drilling rigs/implements, high-lift pumps, submersible pumps and water tankers. It equally drilled hundreds of boreholes all in the bid to improve water supply to the people thereby enhancing their socio-economic lives.
Water Resources said the state government is working tirelessly to ensure that potable water reaches all the nooks and crannies of the state, adding that some waterrelated projects have been executed to improve the situation. She said the situation of water supply in Minna has improved considerably following the rehabilitation and refurbishing of Chanchaga and Bosso Water works. With the purchase of booster pumps for Maitumbi area, connection of 33Kva line to Pogo booster station, connection of 6” pipeline to Tunga area, improvement in water supply situation at the Minna military cantonment, the perennial problem of water supply hitherto witnessed in most part of the state capital is now history. The ministry also embarked on other semi-urban water supply schemes in the state, and introduced mini water schemes Kuta, Madaka, Mashegu, Agwara, Lemu and Kata-eregi. It procured several borehole rigs for drilling of boreholes in communities, and trained some of its staff on waterrelated issues both locally and abroad. The state has also bought several water vehicles and distributed same to the 25 Local Government Areas for distribution of water to communities that lack the commodity. Although the problems are still not over, it is not difficult to see that the situation has improved reasonably in the metropolitan cities, especially in the State capital. Danladi Ndayebo is the Chief Press Secretary to Niger state governor
Damned, Senate’s single six-year term proposal By Ogaga Ifowodo
oon after his election, President Jonathan proposed his panacea for the political troubles of Nigeria: a single six-year term. And now half of the nation’s senators, purporting to know the will of the people, have dutifully obliged him by rubber-stamping the obnoxious idea. Their premise is that democracy, and not its would-be practitioners, is to blame for the failure of representative governance in our country. The logic is as follows: the president and state governors are always consumed by the goal of securing a second four-year term under the current system. Consequently, they abandon governance and, using the enormous power and privileges of incumbency, squander time and scarce financial resources in that bid. Senator Ekweremadu’s committee puts it beyond doubt: “the financial expenses often associated with re-elections” and the need to “ensure that the executive heads are freed from distractions so that they can concentrate on public policy issues.” Only that the president and senators’ solution has nothing to do with democracy and everything
with the anti-democratic disposition of our politicians. The problem we have is that of trying to practise democracy without democrats; of having as its standard-bearers persons weaned on the poisonous milk of military dictatorship, steeped in the culture of power without responsibility and political office as the gateway to unaccountable riches. It is almost axiomatic that a single term turns the office holder into an autocrat with the elimination of the most effective check on power. So the president or a governor may not be distracted by the quest for a second term, but might he not be by any number of megalomaniacal dreams? For example, to be the “Eze Ego” (king of money) of Africa, the Ogidigborigbo (ask exGovernor Ibori what this means) of the universe? The dream of owning the most prestigious golf course on earth? To steal enough to build a private heaven amidst the poverty and misery of the vast majority of his fellow citizens? Were Jonathan and his senators really interested in radically cutting the exorbitant cost of our demon-cracy and imbibing a genuine spirit of service, they would have considered a more sensible
alternative: parliamentary government. Unfortunately, they take the presidential system as sacrosanct. We began our experiment in self-governance with the parliamentary system. Then in 1979, we sought to conjure national unity through the magic of a president elected by popular mandate. Hoping, thereby, to slay once and for all the monster of tribalism. Well, you know it: that dream has since been turned into a nightmare by the ensuing mechanical notion of unity which transformed a shaky but thriving federation into a constricting unitary state. It is time, I think, to return to the parliamentary model. For one, the presidential system tends to be prohibitively expensive, in poor and rich countries alike. Moreover, it has failed to deliver to us the golden fleece of national unity. And speaking of democracy, how much more representative can a system be than one which makes politics truly local? In a parliamentary system, the candidate stands for election in her own immediate constituency. Her electorate consists of the people best able to judge her character and fitness for public office. At the centre, the party
with the majority of seats forms the government. And failing a clear governing majority, forms alliances to that end. One could argue that the parliamentary system is more conducive to federalism defined as the devolution of power by constituent units to a central authority. And that the United States, ironically, is the perfect illustration of this concept: its president is not elected by popular ballot but by an Electoral College constituted by the states’ delegates. But that is not the only ideal that recommends the parliamentary model. Six or eight years, in my view, is not enough time for meaningful achievement in a country without passable basic infrastructure (roads, railways, electricity and communications grids, schools, healthcare, water works, etc.). Under a parliamentary system, the tenure of a dynamic and truly transformative leader would be subject only to the popular will. Left to me, I would say that if only for his bold commitment to an effective urban mass transit system by way of a light rail metro network in Lagos, Governor Fashola ought to remain in office for as long as his electorate returns him. Vision
and dedication to the common good being so rare among our politicians, we ought to be able to retain the few who display these qualities to any appreciable degree. A parliamentary system enables this and, even better, the electorate does not have to wait till the end of an electoral cycle before ridding itself of a corrupt or inept government: elections can be called at any time as a referendum on the party and persons in power. Still, it is true that without statesmen and women, no form of government is any good. “For forms of government let fools contest,” the great English wit, Alexander Pope, proclaimed in his “Essay on Man,” adding that “Whate’er is best administer’d is best.” I agree insofar as Pope presumes selfless men and women who can be trusted to rise above the claims of this or that ideology or social system. Unfortunately, these are not the kind of men seeking to persuade us that in order to advance democracy, we must first constrict and weaken it. Professor Ogaga Ifowodo teaches literature at the Central State University of Texas in the United States. He can be reached by email via firstname.lastname@example.org
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The ‘hidden injuries’ of Nigerian youth By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú
C, my maid for just two weeks, told me she dropped out of secondary school; she speaks near perfect English - very polite girl, often pedantic and self-conceited. I offered to get her educated but she no longer sees education as a path to success. She imagines herself a celebrity in the mould of Nollywood A-list actresses or a Grammy award winning singer. She lives in one of the out-of-sight areas on the Lekki peninsula. KC is the quintessential Nigerian youth. She personifies her generation’s answer to the buffeting winds of detrimental structural forces; like unemployment, inability to go to school due to lack of funds, miseducation, declining standard of living, a general lack of prospect etc. facing the teeming young adults this country is breeding. Nigerian youths are living in an economic and psychological wasteland. Unfortunately the cost is mounting and the toll is getting higher. Sociologists Richard Sennett and Jonathan Cobb in 1972 called what we are seeing as the “hidden injuries”; the difficult-to-measure social costs borne by working-class youths as they struggle to forge stable and meaningful adult lives. Very soon we will begin to see, in embarrassing detail, the effects of the “hidden injuries” inflicted on Nigerian youths by Nigeria and the results will not be pretty to look at. No nation can achieve greatness without investing in its
youth. Nigeria cannibalizes her young through her policies and through determined deprivation. The youth demographic is usually energetic, vibrant, adventurous, learning and full of life. In Nigeria, the youth are disoriented, weak, miseducated, thoughtlessly shallow, directionless and burdened by an impenetrable armour of meaningless swagger, overrated sense of worth and exaggerated aspiration for material acquisition. Money and fame are the twin factors that frame the minds of young people coming of age in Nigeria today. Can they be blamed? No. They have seen the dregs of the society come into stupendous wealth by going into politics or advance fee fraud. Singers, actors and footballers are celebrated while no one pays an investor or a world-class scholar any mind. They have learnt from their parents and have become masters at measuring success by the the sport utility vehicles, the fast cars, the houses, sexual exploits,
psychoactive drug use and choice wine. They do not measure success by other development indices like entrepreneurship and production. The 18-35 age bracket is about 70million and growing rapidly. Widespread unemployment meant that many of them never had the chance to start careers, thus fueling their collective hopelessness. How many singers, musician, actors and comedians can the country afford? The rent seeking nature of little effort for massive rewards has been ingrained in our youth and who will save them? Who will purge their minds? Their demographic has interesting psychographics. A trip to the shanty towns of Alpha beach, Ilaje, Kuramo will reveal a nation whose youth are lying waste. Children as young as 12 are using dangerous alkaloids in their most unrefined state to escape their parlous existence. Teenagers and young adults are using hallucinogens of varying potency extracted in alcohol called “shepe”,
“paraga”. Sometimes they simply smoke them in ground form. Boys and girls in these shanty towns are actively engaged in prostitution with almost equal gusto. Sexual experimentation is in, aided by drugs and mixes of deliriants, psychedelics and entheogens. Addiction to drugs is robbing them of whatever is left of their young minds. The Nigerian youth has no credible role model. All they see around them are a band of grifters who reinforces their belief that education is a waste of time and resources. In my interactions, I found that they are very distrustful of people and whatever help they are offered. I have heard them tell me they feel betrayed by their parents, by the schools, by the hospitals, the police, the government; any major institutions in their lives. They grew up to a nation that has never worked, they were raised on the notion of quick fixes and short cuts. They are fixated on glitz, glamour, make
The Nigerian youth has no credible role model. All they see around them are a band of grifters who reinforces their belief that education is a waste of time and resources. In my interactions, I found that they are very distrustful of people and whatever help they are offered. I have heard them tell me they feel betrayed by their parents, by the schools, by the hospitals, the police, the government; any major institutions in their lives. They grew up to a nation that has never worked, they were raised on the notion of quick fixes and short cuts.
belief and elaborate stunts. The “subliminal persuasion” of shows like Big Brother, Guilder Ultimate Search and MTN Project Fame has widened their perception of celebrity. They covet fame, instant celebrity and riches. The tell themselves to go for it by all means necessary, “no dulling”. Most of the shows beloved by this segment flashes images of sex, drugs, alcohol and lay emphasis on looking the part before our eyes. They serve a poisonous diet of perverse images and concepts, which no mind, regardless of age, should ever absorb. The youth being easily influenced are wasting their time getting fed on empty subject matter, causing their youthful imaginations to degenerate. No where is the money see, monkey do theory at play more than Nigeria. We import and naturalize all the evils of other cultures wholesale while we depreciate our superior values. Are we breeding our own “lost generation”? I think so. I am worried and exasperated. It would not be imprudent to expect that a broken Nigeria with ever fewer traditional mores, misplaced social values, defective moral compass with increasing divorce rate, fewer fathers, absent mothers, and a revoltingly desensitized culture that has lost all social restraints; will produce in droves more young men and women who will continue to fall through the cracks. Indeed millions are falling through the cracks everyday and no one cares. Bamidele Ademola on Twitter @olufunmilayo
Open memo to Obama: Beyond big stick, cheque book… By Theogene Rudsingwa
uring your first term in the White House you visited Ghana, where you made the famous ‘Africa does not need strong men, it needs strong institutions’ speech, and Egypt, before it became engulfed in the Arab spring revolutionary fervour. Now you are visiting Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa. In a sense, you return to the same huge planet (30.22 sq. km) comprising of 54 countries and a combined diverse population of 1.033 billion. It is the same Africa considered by many as the cradle of humankind, and one that has lured fortune hunters, be they slave traders, colonialists, vicious spies during the Cold War, or modern day states and corporate types in search of business and natural resources. Being a good student of history, you are familiar with Africa’s contending narratives. Our continent falls perfectly within the ‘glass half-full or halfempty’ analogy. Of late, many among Africa’s ruling elite and the international community have amplified their voices; selling the idea that Africa is on the ascendancy, destined to become a powerhouse within the next few decades. To them, the glass is half-full. On the other hand, there
are those who point to Africa’s sore spots and open wounds; poverty, HIV/AIDS, illiteracy, poor infrastructure, poor governance, human rights abuses, violent conflicts and terrorism, failed or failing states, and environmental degradation. To these folks, Africa is your typical half-empty glass. Between these two extremes of optimism and pessimism lies the true condition of the African people, which you are invited to seek to learn about, first and foremost. This is the world that, on behalf of the most powerful nation on planet earth, you can help overcome human suffering and shape the hopeful place of peace and prosperity that Africa desires to become. History will, unfortunately, remind you that Africa is not particularly a place to secure a permanent positive legacy among great American Presidents. Here is some open advice, assuming it gets past the gatekeepers at the White House and State Department to get to you: Be aware that the United States carries historical and current negative baggage in Africa in terms of its allies in Africa. Even as the Cold War recedes in the minds of the older generation, there is a discrepancy between what successive U.S administrations claim to be a values-driven foreign
policy (freedom, democracy, human rights) and guilt by association with some of Africa’s most notorious dictators, as long as they serve ‘U.S. interests’. Without being contrite, you may need to assure African people that the U.S will do no harm, and slowly disengage from the company of corrupt big men who usurp institutions and abuse people’s fundamental rights. The U.S should engage prodemocracy and modernizing voices among the political forces, civil society, women and youth organizations, academic institutions and communities. Out of these will emerge the new leaders and managers of Africa, just as an enabling environment allowed you to emerge as the US President in 2008. The US embassies in Africa should take the lead in this engagement. Historically, when these embassies are not compromised by the local ruling elite, or too involved on behalf of narrow U.S. security and economic interests, are often irrelevant because they are far removed from the ordinary lives of Africans. Instead of being a beachhead from which to deploy the whole of U.S. government and international power to make sustainable impact on the lives of Africans, and hence win their
hearts and minds, the embassy can become a theater for pitched battles among various departments and agencies. New and innovative marching orders to U.S embassies in Africa are long overdue, in terms of who they serve and to what ends. Revolutionary pressures are building up within Africa’s youth bulge - the hundreds of millions of unemployed, unemployable, and often uneducated young men and women. Extremist ideologies and religious fanatics find fertile ground among the marginalized. Of late, if your embassies and intelligence analysts are telling you (or know) the truth, there is a growing anti-American, anti-West, sentiment that is both concealed and open. The publicized economic growth in Africa in recent years, largely from natural resources, hardly reaches the poor. The international community, United States included, does not significantly help willing countries to invest in higher education or small and medium enterprises to create jobs and a motive to hope for the future among the jobless youth. You may wish to announce two bold and inter-related initiatives for higher education (especially in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship) and, small and medium enterprises
(SMEs), and mobilize the whole international community (UN, World Bank, EU, AU, Regional Trading Blocs, Bilateral organizations and Philanthropy) towards this goal. The resources could be pooled together regionally to motivate cross-border cooperation. Be aware of the rising tide of two world religions, Islam and Christianity, on the African continent. From the north to the south, east to the west, the ordinary people in every African country have generally lived together peacefully for centuries, as your 2009 speech in Cairo articulated. Both Islam and Christianity have largely been forces for good, and together they make Africa what it is and stronger. Everything must be done to prevent anything that would put Muslims and Christians on a collision path, re-enacting the jihads and inquisitions of the past. Engagement and accommodation, rather than prejudice and isolation, should be the American way of navigating the ultra-sensitive terrain of faith, in order to harness the most synergies for U.S. and Africa’s interests. Dr. Theogene Rudasingwa is former Ambassador of Rwanda to the United States (email@example.com)
PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
How mother reunites with her abandoned baby in Kuje Community By Usman Shuaibu
other, who abandoned new born female child (name not given) in a nearby house in Chukuku community, in Kuje Area Council, few weeks after, recovered and reunited with her baby. The mother of the abandoned baby, Miss Favour Abdul-Azeez, who is an Ebira by tribe, explained that she after giving birth to the baby, she dumped her, due to her inability to cater for the child. However as luck would have it, a middle aged woman (named withheld) found the bad took the baby to a nearby police station in the area. Speaking on the incident, the chief of Ebiras in Kuje, Chief Momoh Jimoh Salami explained following the discovery, the baby was kept in the custody of the Police Divisional Command in Gwagwalada. He said, on realizing this, he made entry at the police, and the child was released to him, which he handed to Gwagwalada Area Council Social Welfare Unit for necessary care and action, and in the process the mother surfaced, and the two were reunited. Salami warned the young girls especially the Ebiras against unwanted pregnancies, while
advising them not to engage in commercial sex work for any excuse. Favour confessed that it was her carelessness that led to her being impregnated, saying that she cannot pinpoint exact person responsible for the pregnancy. She however, appealed to the public to assist her financially for the upbringing of the child, stressed that she cannot shoulder the responsibilities alone. In a twist, the lady who rescued the baby demanded for the money being money spent on the child before handing her over to police. On her part, the chief social welfare officer of the council, Hannatu M. Turu, told our reporter that the mother of the abandoned baby was counseled before she collected her baby. She revealed that many abandoned babies were taken to the orphanage homes her office, they when realised that the mothers could not take care of such babies. Turu, however, warned young girls to desist from dumping their babies at the public places, but instead, those of them who find themselves in similar condition like Favour’s should rather handover their babies to orphanage homes or social welfare unit.
Miss Favour Abdul-Azeez recieving her abandoned baby from Chief Momoh Jimoh Salami
Minanuel estate: Court to visit demolished site By Sunday Ejike Benjamin
n Abuja High Court will on Monday visit the 500 Housing Units Minanuel estate site, along Airport Road which the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) allegedly demolished unlawfully. The decision of the court to visit the site followed an application filed by the counsel to the estate developer, Chief Chris Uche (SAN) that the trial Judge visit the site on order to be properly guided in making his decision in the suit,
which the developer filed against FCTA and the Minister of the Federal capital Territory, Sen. Bala Mohammed. “The matter concerns land and various issues have been raised, it will be proper for the court to visit the site to know exactly where the property in dispute is located”, Uche told the court, while arguing in support of his application. It would be recalled that at the last hearing of the matter, defence witness (DW3), Ibrahim Yusuf, who is a staff of Abuja geographical information system (AGIS) and
town planner admitted in court that allocation papers on the disputed plot of land was signed on November 18, 2012, which is on a Sunday. Under a cross examination by the plaintiff’s lawyer, lDW3 admitted that the said allocation papers were not signed by the FCT minister himself, saying that, “It is a common practice that not all letters of offer are signed by the minister. It is usually signed by somebody on behalf of the minister. Besides, before 2005, the FCDA use to send its officers to work in area councils as zonal officers and they
were authorized to issue letters of allocation”. Besides, the AGIS man confirmed that the new allocation letters were issued after the developers had instituted court action against the FCT authorities and that the demolition took place in October 2012, while the alleged allocation papers were issued on a Sunday, November 18, 2012. During cross examination also, Uche brought to the notice of the court that the 139 letters of offer, which were admitted in evidence as exhibits, were made to fake names
for the benefit of national assembly members. The court had earlier admitted in evidence, Abuja Overview Map as exhibit 24. It would be recalled that the Development Control Department of the FCTA, in October, 2012 demolished about 500 housing units at the Minanuel estate. The property owners of the estate, who are demanding for N5 billion as damages, have joined the minister of the FCT, Bala Mohammed as a defendant in the matter.
Land swap: Indigenes demand direct negotiating rights By Stanley Onyekwere
s the FCT administration intensifies its efforts toward the implementation of the land swap initiative for seventeen communities in the FCT, affected indigenous inhabitants have appealed to the FCT Administration for direct negotiating rights for their compensation with intending investors, for the relocation and integration policy to succeed. This call was made when the FCT Permanent Secretary, Engr. John Obinna Chukwu- led high powered delegation visited some of the affected communities. Making the appeal, Chairman, Ketti- Waru District Community Youth Forum, Abubakar Yakubu, said
the issue of sharing compensation arrangement should be based on negotiation between investors and the affected communities. He maintained that the youth should be carried along through adequate enlightenment on the enumeration and demographic exercise. “Compensation should be based on negotiation between investors and communities; because on the issue of sharing arrangement, the youth would like to remind the committee to ensure that they are carried along; also the youth demand more education on enumeration/ demographic exercise. He however, suggests that “hard copies of the enumeration forms should be provided to accompany the
use of computers in data capturing so that at the end the communities will retain the hard copies duly signed by all the parties” and that the communities have resolved that the affected communities be integrated and urban renewal for those communities whose farm land are affected” He also urge the communities to demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship by allowing enumeration and demographic survey to commence immediately. In the same vein, Coordinator, Abuja Original inhabitants Youth Empowerment Forum, Isaac Snagnada David, said his group has embarked on sensitisation of the affected to support the initiative. “Our organisation has resolved to
embark on a campaign programme to sensitise the original inhabitants and indigenes as well as the youths all over the rural communities of the FCT on the programmes of the government especially as concerning the relocation, resettlement and compensation of indigenes”, he said. In his response, the Permanent Secretary, assured them that the communities will be fully compensated; saying that the report of the ministerial committee on land swap will be ready in two weeks. “There has been misconception and that is why we have come to interact with the people at the grassroot . I am very happy with the response we have gotten, it shows there is hope for this project (land swap).
“Now that we have met with the communities, in the next two weeks we will be able to submit the draft report. “We are committed to ensure that this project is completed within its time frame over the period of the land swap” On the natives request for integration, Chukwu, said: “There are many form of integration. We will integrate them as soon as possible. Integration comes in different forms. “We want to sustain their livelihood, agriculture, education, provide social infrastructure, so that at the end of the day it will not look as if we gave them plot of lands today but we are looking beyond tomorrow and their children yet unborn. We want to leave legacy for them.”
PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
Mpape Killing: Court begins hearing on garnishee order July 31 By Stanley Onyekwere
ustice A. U. Inyang of the FCT High court sitting at Apo, has fixed July 31, for the commencement of hearing on the garnishee nisi proceedings, seeking to enforce the May 4th, 2012 landmark judgment it delivered in a civil suit filed against the police by the family of late Doris Okere. Recall Peoples Daily had reported that the court on the 22nd April, 2013 issued the said garnishee order against Zenith bank of Nigeria Plc, United bank for Africa Plc, Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigeria Police Microfinance bank, First bank of Nigeria Plc, Diamond bank Plc and Access
bank plc, respectively. The Nigerian Police had succeeded in halting the commencement of hearing on the said proceedings through a motion it filed on 31st May, arguing among other things that the court has no jurisdiction over the matter and that the court should vacate the order Nisi issued against the 2nd garnishees. Following the development, the matter was adjourned to June 26th, to enable the court hear the said motion by the police, which is the second judgment debtor. On the resumed hearing of the matter, the court observed that while most of the garnishees (respondents) filed affidavit to show course on time, others were
either late or yet to file theirs. Inyang said once there is a garnishee nisi order, the garnishees are expected as a practice to file an affidavit to show course. However, the police counsel Simon Lough, who was absent from the court, as he had earlier wrote a letter to the court, intimating it that he travelled to Taraba state for burial of his late father in-law. Addressing the court, the applicants and judgment creditors (victim’s family), through their lead counsel Kalu Onuoha brought to the notice of the court, a written counter affidavit against the motion filed by the police, which the court adopted for consideration.
Also, Onuoha asked the court for time, to enable his team investigate the applications filed by the garnishees, and reply appropriately. In granting the judgment creditors’ application, the judge said it was only fair to allow the party reasonable time to prepare carry out necessary investigation on the facts disposed to in the affidavit filed by the respondents, and granted the application accordingly. Inyang however urged the garnishees that are yet to file their affidavit to show course in the matter, to do so on or before the adjourned date for hearing on the interlocutory application and garnishee proceedings.
Minister to receive UN award on public service delivery By Halima Mohammed
CT Minister, Sen. Bala Mohammed, has received the United Nation award of excellence on Public Service Delivery. This is contained in a release issued by Muhammed Sule, Chief Press Secretary to the minister on Wednesday in Abuja. The statement said that the minister won the award in a competition participated by over 600 entries across the universe. “The minister will receive the prestigious award at the ongoing 2013 UN Public Service Forum, at the National Theatre in Manama, Bahrain on June 27. “The award followed the performance of the FCT MDGs in providing mobile healthcare services to the rural dwellers who hardly access such services. Nigeria is winning the award for the first time since the commencement of this global competition about 10 years ago by the United Nations.
Flood: Bwari begins clearing drains
B Free newspapers readers at a news stand, near Wuse market, recently
Residents decry traffic jam at peak periods
ome residents of Abuja have expressed worry over the growing traffic gridlocks recorded during peak periods in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they encountered enormous stress and loss of man hours while going to or returning from work each day. The residents, mostly those living at the satellite towns and villages of the FCT, also lamented the economic losses they incurred whenever they were trapped in the hold ups. Mr Seun Agboolu, a resident of Aleita village, along the Airport Road, told NAN that people plying major roads linking Abuja metropolis experienced ``the go slow’’ daily. “This is becoming unbearable
and I discovered that the traffic hold up is caused by the ongoing construction of the City Gate overhead bridge along the Airport Road area,’’ he said. On his part, Mr Olotu Adegbola, a commuter going to Area 10, urged the FCT administration to expedite action on the various road projects across the FCT. “This is the road being used by Mr President, diplomats and other citizens. ``It is a national embarrassment and a serious security challenge caused by the non-completion of the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Expressway,’’ he said. Mrs. Umuaka Chidioke, a resident of Nyanya, a suburb of the FCT along Abuja-Keffi road, also said that she spent about five hours daily on the route while
coming into Abuja and going out of the city centre. Chidioke appealed to the Federal Government to ensure speedy completion of all ongoing road networks across the FCT to prevent further loss of energy and man hours. Mr Adesina Audu, a commercial motorist, lamented that drivers were losing as a result of the hold ups and could not meet up their daily or weekly returns. Audu noted that it was usually tense for motorists during peak periods of between 6.30a.m. and 9.30a.m as well as from 3.30p.m. to 8.30p.m. Miss Oluchi Nwadikwe, another resident, said that she had to leave home as early as 6a.m to beat the traffic congestion and to meet up with her daily activities. Nwadikwe said that she
sometimes lost her contracts due to lateness in keeping her appointments. Reacting to the development, the FCT Administration assured that the road construction would soon be completed to ease traffic flow in Abuja. The Media Assistant to the Executive Secretary of FCDA, Mr Richard Nduul, explained that most of the road projects were at various stages of completion. Nduul attributed the delays to what he described as ``different variables,’’ including inflationary trends and release of funds to the contractors. According to him, vehicle inspection officers, personnel of the FRSC and civil defence corps have been mandated to ensure smooth traffic flow in the FCT. (NAN)
wari Area Council of the FCT has commenced the clearing of drains in Kubwa, so as to forestall recurring flooding during the rainy season in the area. The Head of the Environmental Department in the council, Mr Haruna Labaran, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari, yesterday. He said the council was committed to providing the people good condition of living by clearing eight drains within Kubwa. In his words:“We are clearing drains in Kubwa because of the rainy season, to forestall flooding due to the problems we experienced in the recent years in the area. “We will be clearing three drains per month; we started two months ago. “The eight drains are along the Federal Housing road, Dasuki road, 22 road to Total Filling Station, El-Rufai bus stop, Village market road, NYSC road, Mr Biggs road in PW and 50 Mopol road in Kubwa.” Labaran therefore urged residents in the area to cooperate with the council in its efforts to prevent flooding, adding that the FCT administration would soon engage the services of refuse collectors, to ensure a cleaner environment. (NAN)
PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
INSIDE FCT COURTS
Four arraigned for theft
Court sentences driver 5 months T for attempt to kill pastor
n Abuja Upper Area Court yesterday sentenced a driver, Yakubu Mohammed, to five months imprisonment for attempting to kill Paul Eneche, the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Abuja. Justice Umar Kagarko sentenced Mohammed, 33, after he pleaded guilty to the offence. The judge, however, gave the convict an option to pay N35,000 fine. “I decided to impose this light punishment because the accused did not waste the time of the court and
police through prosecution,’’ Kagarko said. The police had earlier arraigned him on a two-count charge of attempted homicide and belonging to a secret cult, under sections 230 and 97(A) of the Penal Code. Mohammed admitted that he was a member of a secret cult with headquarters at the top of Zuma Rock, Niger. He told the court that he was assigned by the head of the secret cult to kill the pastor. “When I was about to carry out
the mission, I tried all I could to finish him but my power seized completely; but I had no option than to go to the church and confess. “I was initiated into this group as a child. My father was a retired army officer. I joined the secret cult in my two hundred level in the university. “I beg the court to temper justice with mercy as I have realised my mistake,’’ he said. Mohammed, who said he had ``wasted a lot of innocent lives through this devilish act’’, promised not to return to the group.
The prosecutor, Insp. Albert Okara, had earlier told the court that the convict confessed to one Pastor Adetope James in the Security Department of the church. Okara said the convict had been monitoring the movement of Eneche since April and surveying the church premises for an opportunity to carry out his mission. The convict told Pastor Adetope that he was unable to carry out his mission as he was arrested by the continued prayers of the pastors and members of the church. (NAN)
he police yesterday arraigned four men, Fatai Jelili, Opeyemi Oyeyemi, Muyideeen Yusuf and Muyideen Mufutau, all of no fixed address in an Abuja Magistrate’s Court for alleged joint act and theft. The Prosecutor, Mr Paul Anigbo, told the court that the matter was reported by Awolaja Lekan, of Dutun Company Ltd., Gwandal Centre, Wuse 2, Abuja, to the Wuse police station on June 21. Anigbo said the accused persons went to the complainants construction site, located at Pyakasa, Airport Road, Abuja and stole diesel, planks, laterite, 21 bags of cement and 100 pieces of blocks, all valued at N1.2 million. He said the first accused confessed to have committed the crime during investigation but the three others, who denied committing the offence, however, could not give satisfactory account of themselves. He added that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 79 and 287 of the Penal Code, respectively. The accused persons however pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Presiding Magistrate, Mimi Katsina-Alu, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N200, 000 each and two sureties each in like sum. Katsina-Alu said the sureties must have fixed and reliable addresses and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. She adjourned the matter to July 17 for hearing. (NAN)
Woman jailed 18 months for cheating Overloaded truck with empty basket, along Zuba Abuja road.
Photo: Mahmud Isa
Student docked for assaulting trader
olice yesterday arraigned a 25-year-old student, Enebong Alexander, of AMAC Estate, Airport Road, Abuja before a Kuje Area Court for allegedly hurting a trader, Marxwell Okoro. The accused person is facing a three-count charge of criminal force, assault and causing hurt; offences punishable under sections 263, 264
and 240 of the Penal Code. The police prosecutor, Cpl. Ocheche Samuel, told the court that Okoro, of the also of AMAC estate, reported the matter on June 22. He said the accused attacked and threw Okoro down from a stair case. The prosecutor said that as a result of the attack, Okoro’s ribs
were broken. “He sustained serious injuries and was rushed to Glory International Hospital, AMAC estate, for treatment.’’ The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him, and the prosecutor prayed the court for adjournment to enable the police to conclude investigation into the
matter. The presiding judge, Mr Nuhu Ibrahim, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 and a surety in like sum. Ibrahim said the surety must be responsible and should reside within the jurisdiction of the court, and adjourned the case to July 4 for further hearing. (NAN)
Civil servant sues church for trespass on own land
r. Usman Bello, an employer of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), yesterday sued the Incorporated Trustees of Deeper Life Christian Ministry for alleged trespass. Bello’s counsel, Mr Teslim Agboola, who filed the suit, claimed that the church encroached on his client’s 8000sq metre property at AMAC Estate, Plot R13, Sabon Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja. The plaintiff said that he was the
rightful owner of the land and that he bought it from an organisation, called Sahal Islamic, on Jan. 12, 2010, for N20 million. “On May 20, 2011, when the plaintiff visited the said property in company of his surveyor, he discovered that the defendant had built a church on it and fenced it. ``Thereafter, all efforts to resolve the dispute over the land’s ownership with the defendant failed and we, therefore, pray the court to declare
the plaintiff the rightful owner of the property. “We, therefore, urge the court to give an order, compelling the defendant to pay N5 million to the plaintiff, as damages he suffered and also for it to vacate the land,’’ Agboola said. The defendant’s counsel, Mr Daniel Osiagor, however, filed a counter-claim deposed to by Mr Christian Umoh, the resident pastor of the church, denying the plaintiff’s claims.
``The plaintiff, being a staff of AMAC, engaged in abuse of office by using his position to tamper with the defendant’s file in his office. Osiagor, therefore, asked the court to declare the plaintiff a trespasser and grant an order of perpetual injunction against him and his agents from further laying claim to the piece of land. Justice Angela Otaluka, after hearing both counsel, adjourned the case to July 11, for continuation of hearing. (NAN)
ne Jessica Okoronkwo, of Andy Young, Mararaba, was yesterday sentenced to 18 months imprisonment by a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Mararaba, for cheating. The police prosecutor, Mr Steven Kwaza, had told the court that the matter was reported at the Sani Abacha Road Police Station by one Njoku Perpetual on June 25. Kwaza said Okoronkwo visited a boutique belonging to the complainant and collected four toys valued N9,000 and seven handbags valued N58,000. Others were three shoes, valued N21,000 and a pair of slippers valued N4,000. The prosecutor said the accused also made away with several other items, including two children’s shoes. “Since then, she was nowhere to be found. We searched for her to no avail until June 25 when we sighted her and alerted the police.’’ Kwaza said the offence contravened section 322 of the Penal Code. The accused pleaded guilty to the charge against her. The Chief Magistrate, Habila Abundaga, sentenced her to one and half year imprisonment or pay N7,000 fine and a compensation of N135,000. (NAN)
PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
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Cement: Dangote assures on price, quality & stability - Pg 22
L–R: Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Steven Evans, Director, Brands and Communication, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Enitan Denloye, Director, Etisalat CSR Centre Lagos Business School (LBS), Dr. Chris Ogbechie, and Keynote Speaker/Director, Euro-China Centre for Leadership and Responsibility (ECCLAR), Professor Mike Thompson, during the International Sustainability Conference, yesterday in Lagos. Photo: Olawale Rotimi
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Kaduna Refinery records high production level
By Etuka Sunday
Consumers and marketers of petroleum products in the North believe that the game changing element in the once comatose KRPC owes much to the direction and vision of the present management. As the boom in KRPC becomes glaringly more evident by the day, insiders in the refinery have continued to express their delight and appreciation to GMD for his foresight, purposefulness and determination to reverse the dwindling fortunes of the Kaduna Refinery.
ffice outings have a purpose — to raise morale, help employees blow off steam, or foster team building. But that doesn’t mean they’re always enjoyable. If you’re not one for the “forced fun” of a work social event, try these tactics: Find a way to participate. Don’t spend the whole time calculating when you can politely leave. Join in. For example, if you don’t want to actively participate in a game, cheer on your teammates or take photos instead.
Focus on connecting. Treat the outing as an exercise in learning about your colleagues. Ask questions that draw people out. You’re likely to uncover information that will help you work better with your co-workers. Keep yourself in check. If there’s alcohol being served and you choose to partake, be disciplined. People will take notice if you start acting goofy or making impolite comments.
detailed survey has revealed that for the first time in a dozen years, the Kaduna Refinery and Petrol Chemicals Company (KRPC), a subsidiary of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has attained an optimum production capacity. According to the survey, the hitherto problematic Fluid Catalytic Cracker (FCC), a unit believed to be engine room of the refinery - which had
been down for years was fully rehabilitated thus turning around the fortunes of KRPC. With the positive development, Keen watchers in the energy sector have commended the untiring efforts of the Managing Director, Engineer Bolanle Ayodele and his team for improving and sustaining the production of gasoline in the refinery. At the moment, the plant is producing PMS, AGO and DPK almost at optimum capacity. “It is a thing of joy that in
the entire North now, there is no fuel scarcity. Business would have been flourishing more than ever before, were it not for insecurity which the Federal Government is no doubt tackling with the highest sense of urgency. The success so far recorded at the Kaduna Refinery is due to the in-house rehabilitation of the FCC as the major unit responsible for the production of petroleum products”, remarked an official of KRPC, who pleaded anonymity.
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TIP OF THE DAY DMO eyes N250bn in Q3 MANAGEMENT Survive your office outing debt issuance calendar O By Abdulwahab Isa
he Debt Management Office (DMO), in its issuance calendar for FGN bonds for the third quarter (Q3) of 2013, plans to raise between N140 billion ($870 million) and N250 billion ($1.56 billion) over the next three months. This compares favourably with the range of N230 billion to N410 billion for second quarter (Q2) of 2013. Analysts say this planned
slowdown is highly welcome in current market conditions. According to FBN Capital analysts, “Q3 threatens to be rather more challenging in consequence of the expected tapering of quantitative easing in the US. The offshore community is not the dominant player in the FGN bond market but often provides a lead of sorts for domestic institutions. Conditions are set to be choppy.” The DMO consults
stakeholders on its calendar. Analysts noted that the debt office menu for Q3 consists of the long bond in each month, a reopening of the 4 percent April 2015s in July, and the new August 2016s in August and September. “It is not reopening the issues in the middle of the curve which are favoured by the off-shore community and have dominated the DMO’s programme this year,” these analysts added.
Source: Business Review
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Economy Company News
Transcorp Nigeria Plc
ransnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), a diversified conglomerate with strategic interests in the energy, hospitality and agriculture sectors, held its seventh yearly general meeting in Abuja. The company presented its audited financial statements prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Transcorp’s shareholders overwhelmingly approved the company’s audited accounts for the financial year ended 2012 and re-elected Elumelu as Chairman.
cobank Group says it is structured as a network of locally incorporated, regulated banking entities that prides itself with $20 billion in assets and $2.2 billion in total equity as of December 31, 2012. This is in addition to its presence in 33 African countries, with international offices in Paris, London, Dubai, and Beijing. At the beginning of 2012, there was a total of 12.84 billion ordinary shares in issue, and at the end of 2012, the total number of ordinary shares issued stood at 17.21 billion.
Ajaokuta Steel Coy Ltd
fforts are on to put into operation the thermal power plant and the light section mill of the Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Musa Sada, has said. Sada said this when he received the Managing Director, Reprom Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Attah Achimugu, who led the firm’s management team and the foreign technical partners on working visit to the minister, according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Head of Public Relations in the ministry, Mr. Marshal Gundu. Reprom Company Nigeria had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ASCL in March 2013 for a billet conversion project to put into operation the thermal power plant and light section mill at Ajaokuta.
Panasonic unveils ‘Made for Africa’ air conditioners in Nigeria Stories From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
n bid to constantly remain the home appliance brand of choice among the Nigerian consumers, Panasonic has unveiled its new range of room air conditioners, which comes with automatic voltage switcher system (AVS) to protect important component such as compressor from severe voltage fluctuation. According to the manufacturers of the product, the innovation is introduced to tackle the region’s key challenge of voltage fluctuation, air purification and energy saving. New nano e-G will enable to deactivate 99 per cent of bacteria and virus attached to filter while intelligent EcoNavi sensor will save up 35 per cent energy without sacrificing the comfort level. Speaking at the unveiling of the brand in Lagos recently, the Promoter, Panaserv Nigeria Limited, franchise owners of Panasonic in Nigeria Mr. Suraj Rupani said the new Econavi room air conditioners with AVS feature not only enables the air conditioner to efficiently operate on a wider voltage range of 185V-260V but also prevents the compressor from being damaged by switching it off when there is a surge or drop in voltage. “If the compressor is switched off, the airflow in the room is continued. The cooling
L-R: Mr John Woma, Media Consult; Mr Suraj Rupani, Promoter, Panaserv Nigeria Limited; Mr Hiro Hiyama, Panasonic Corporation, Japan and Mr , Mochizuki Kota, Panasonic Marketing, Middle-East Dubai at the launch of Econavi Built in Automatic Voltage switcher Airconditioners held recently in Lagos. operation automatically restarts when the voltage returns to inside of 185V to 260V.” the feature according to him helps in saving space and maintaining the room décor as there is no need to install an external voltage tripper. The air purification system called ‘nano e-G’ embedded within this product captures and removes 99 per cent of harmful micro-organisms from the air. It is also capable to deactivate 99 per cent micro-organisms trapped on the surfaces like curtains, sofas present in the room and the filter.
Rupani said the product utilizes nano e-technology to purify the air and clean harmful micro-organisms. In addition, he said this function (nano e-G) is able to deactivate 99 percent of harmful micro-organisms which attached to inside filter. He informed that the existing range of Air Conditioners have been upgraded with the new EcoNavi sensors, which can sense human absence, human activity and sunlight condition. “These sensors automatically adjust cooling power to save energy efficiently with uninterrupted comfort and convenience.
Also commenting on the new product line-up that comes with advance features, Mr. Dipendu Goon, Country Manager of Panasonic in Nigeria said, “the key challenge which we have overcome through this new range of air conditioners is that we have a product designed to meet the challenging voltage conditions and is capable to reduce power consumption by up to 35 per cent without compromising on the comfort of the users. With just one touch of the button the user is able to save power without any extra effort,” he said.
DUFIL supports motion against child abuse in Nigeria
fighting against child abuse until it is totally eradicated. Also commenting on the event, Mr. Tope Asiwaju, Public Relations/Events Manager of Dufil Prima Foods, explained that Dufil Prima Foods, resolve in supporting Vanguard’s initiative to celebrate as well as empower the African Child, is hinged on the organizations core strong beliefs of placing high value on Children at the same time, understanding their relevance to the future of any nation. In Asiwaju’s words, “Dufil Prima Foods is committed to the proper growth and development of Nigerian children and
dedicated to celebrating their importance to the nation. The Day of the African Child is a laudable initiative on the path Vanguard Newspaper as it commemorates children in Nigeria and Africa as a whole”. The ‘Day of the African Child’ conference is in commemoration of the International Day of the African Child, which was created by the African Union (AU) to mark the gruesome murder of 200 South African students in Soweto, who protested the discrimination and poor quality education given to black children 23 years ago, during the apartheid era.
ADVAN marketers’ evening holds next month
as facilitating collaborative partnerships with relevant stakeholders. Today ADVAN is a strong voice of 60 0f the biggest marketers in Nigeria representing over 200 brands with an annual marketing spend of well over N100 Billion. ADVAN is a member and on the Executive Council of the World Federation of Advertisers, a body of marketing associations in over 55 countries of the world.
ufil Prima Foods, makers of Nigeria’s premium noodles brand, Indomie Instant Noodles, in line with its passion to empower and support Nigerian Children, recently collaborated with Vanguard Newspaper on the fifth edition of its annual Children conference known as ‘Day of the African Child.’ The theme of this year’s Children Conference was “Roles of Teachers in children safety in curbing Child Abuse in Nigeria”. This yearly event, which is in commemoration of the International Day of the African Child, hosted pupils and
he Advertiser Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) has concluded plans to hold its 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on the 12th of July 2013in Lagos, which would coincide with the body initiative for professionals to learn, network and socialize, tagged “Marketers’ Evening’. According to the Executive Secretary of ADVAN, Ediri Ose-
students from public and private primary and secondary schools in Lagos State as well as heads of schools and counselors. Speaking at the event, the Mother of the Day, Mrs. Khuburat Razak-Okoya, noted that child abuse in Nigeria and Africa as a whole is a silent endemic issue with long-term adverse effects on victims. This issue invariably has a longstanding impact on the future of the nation and the continent. She also used the opportunity appeal to leaders, welfare groups, corporate organizations and all wellmeaning Nigerians, to keep
Ediale, the exclusive ‘Marketers’ Evening’ is a platform for industry professionals to learn, network and socialize. She said the objective of the ‘Marketers Evening’ is to advance marketing decisionmaking by disseminating unique insights to ADVAN members, as well as bring members together with industry thought leaders to develop new ideas, and facilitate
industry-wide networking. The evening will be attended by leaders in the nation’s marketing industry. ADVAN is the only body in the nation that represents the collective interest of advertisers. It was founded, to advance the interest of the marketing Industry in Nigeria by spearheading and ensuring global best practices as well
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Issues underlying transfer pricing (11) By Frank Onero Obaro
s earlier stated our transfer pricing regulation is benchmarked against the OECD transfer pricing guidelines. The Transfer Pricing Regulations also provide a “Safe Harbour”, which is an exemption from “documentation requirement” of regulation 6 limiting it to when price is in accordance with the requirement of Nigerian statutory provisions and/or when price approved by other government regulatory agencies/authorities established by Nigerian law provided that FIRS is satisfied that the price is at arm’s length. Though this can be tagged as mere “approval in principle” since the FIRS reserves the right to still scrutinize the transactions and ensure compliance to the “arm length” principle. The Regulations also make provision for a dispute resolution panel to serves as an administrative dispute resolution mechanism from issues arising from the provisions of the Regulations. In effect the Regulations provide an appropriate basis for taxing economic activities of associated enterprises as well as tools for fighting tax evasion. Provisions of the regulations also reduce the risk of economic double taxation. Also included is a level playing field between MNE and independent enterprises. The scope of the regulations covers sale and purchases of goods and services, sales, purchase or lease of tangible assets, transfer, purchase, license or use of intangible assets, provision of services, lending or borrowing of money, manufacturing arrangement and any transaction incidental, connected or pertaining to the above transactions. The Regulations also adopt popular transfer pricing methods such as comparable Uncontrolled Price (CUP), cost plus, resale price, transaction net margin method (TNMM) and transactional Profit Split. In all these, method used must be appropriate to the particular transaction bearing in mind the relative strength and weakness of each method, the nature of the transaction, availability of reliable information and degree of comparability. The arm’s length principle which is the global benchmark for establishing transfer prices between related parties is recognized in regulation 4 of the Transfer Pricing Regulations. It empowers the Service to make adjustments where necessary to make a controlled transaction consistent with the arm’s length principle. The application of the arm’s length principle assists governments to ensure that the taxable profits of multinationals are not artificially or deliberately shifted out of their jurisdiction and that the tax base reported by multinationals in their country reflects
the economic activity undertaken therein. It also limits the risks of economic double taxation that may result from a dispute between two countries on the determination of the remuneration for cross-border transactions between associated enterprises. Nearly all systems require that prices be tested using an “arm’s length” standard. Using this method, a price is considered appropriate if it is within a range of prices that would be charged by independent parties dealing at arm’s length. This is generally defined as a price that an independent buyer would pay an independent seller for an identical item under identical terms and conditions, where neither is under any obligation to act. There are clear practical difficulties in implementing the arm’s length standard. For items other than goods, there are rarely identical items. Terms of sale may vary from transaction to transaction. Market and other conditions may vary geographically or over time. Some systems give a preference to certain transactional methods over other methods for testing prices. The application of the arm’s length principle is generally based on a comparison of the conditions in a controlled transaction with the conditions in comparable transactions between independent enterprises, referred to as a “comparability analysis”. The OCED Transfer Pricing Guidelines (“TPG”), which has been adopted unchanged by some jurisdictions contain guidance on comparability analysis and a description of five transfer pricing methods which can be used to establish whether the conditions of a transaction between associated enterprises satisfy the arm’s length principle. The OECD and the United Nations Tax Committee have both endorsed the “arm’s length” principle, and it is widely used as the basis for double taxation treaties between governments. The rules of nearly all countries permit related parties to set prices in any manner, but permit the tax authorities to adjust those prices where the prices charged are outside an arm’s length range. Rules are generally provided for determining what constitutes such arm’s length prices, and how any analysis should proceed. Prices actually charged are compared to prices or measures of profitability for unrelated transactions and parties. The rules generally require that market level, functions, risks, and terms of sale of unrelated party transactions or activities be reasonably comparable to such items with respect to the related party transactions or profitability being tested. Most systems allow use of multiple methods, where ap-
FIRS Boss, Alhaji Kabiru Mashi propriate and supported by reliable data, to test related party prices. Among the commonly used methods are comparable uncontrolled prices, cost-plus, resale price or mark-up, and the TNMM .Many systems differentiate methods of testing goods from those for services or use of property due to inherent differences in business aspects of such broad types of transactions. Some systems provide mechanisms for sharing or allocation of costs of acquiring assets (including intangible assets) among related parties in a manner designed to reduce tax controversy. Most tax treaties and many tax systems provide mechanisms for resolving disputes among taxpayers and governments in a manner designed to reduce the potential for double taxation. Many systems also permit advance agreement between taxpayers and one or more governments regarding mechanisms for setting related party prices. Many systems impose penalties where the tax authority has adjusted related party prices. Some tax systems provide that taxpayers may avoid such pen-
alties by preparing documentation in advance regarding prices charged between the taxpayer and related parties. Some systems require that such documentation be prepared in advance in all cases. Developing economies are keenly aware of the challenges posed by transfer pricing. Their goal is the same as for OECD countries: protecting their tax base while not hampering foreign direct investment and cross-border trade. The arm’s length principle can help them achieve that goal. The key is to tailor the legislative measures and administrative effort to the strategic needs and resources of each country. Applying the arm’s length principle can become complex and resource-intensive, though policy makers should bear in mind that most OECD countries started modestly and built their transfer pricing legislation and practices gradually over several years. Indeed, they are still in the process of improving them. The USA transfer pricing regulations of 1994 and the risk of severe penalties, even in case of non-deliberate deviations from
the arm’s length principle have resulted in both the USA and countries revising their transfer pricing methods. Countries with less sophisticated tax systems and administrations run the risk of absorbing the effect of stronger enforcement of transfer pricing in developed countries, and, in effect, paying at least some of the MNEs tax costs in those countries. In order to avoid this, many countries have introduced new transfer pricing rules since that time. Tax authorities in developing countries who wish to implement transfer pricing legislation may focus on the most common types of transactions and sectors in their economy first, for instance the exploitation of natural resources, manufacturing, or service activities. Enforcement objectives should be realistic, given the available capacity, and compliance requirements made reasonable for taxpayers in light of the size of the cross border trade. So-called “safe harbours” are sometimes used to simplify compliance by small taxpayers, or to deal with small and less complex transactions carried out by multinational enterprises.
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Telecom subscribers association begs NCC to extend SIM card registration By Chris Alu
L-R: Ondo state Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Osun state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Laoye Tomori, and Oyo state Deputy Governor, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo, during the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye
Foreign Direct Investments to Nigeria, S/Africa fell in 2012 – UN By Etuka Sunday with agency report
frica was one of only two regions in the world to experience an increase in foreign direct investment in 2012 but inflows to regional giants Nigeria and South Africa declined, a United Nations report said on Wednesday. While global FDI fell by 18 percent last year, Africa bucked the trend with inflows increasing 5 percent to $50 billion, as countries like Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda reaped the benefits of new discoveries of oil and gas, according to the 2013 World Investment Report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. South America was the only other region to see a year-
on-year rise in FDI inflows, which grew 12 percent, though flows to the Latin America and Caribbean region as a whole declined. Although West Africa had the biggest share of investment, flows to the region declined by 5 percent to $16.8 billion largely due to decreased investment in the continent’s top oil producer Nigeria. Its FDI inflows fell from $8.9 billion in 2011 to $7 billion last year due to political insecurity and a weak global economy, UNCTAD said. Nigeria is fighting an insurgency in the north against Islamist sect, Boko Haram which has killed thousands of people in the past three years. FDI flows to South Africa slumped 24 percent to $4.6 billion in 2012, largely due to a foreign mining company
offloading its stake in a South African subsidiary, the report said. However, inflows to its neighbour Mozambique, where companies like Brazil’s Vale and London-listed Rio Tinto are developing huge offshore gas and coal deposits, doubled to $5.2 billion. FDI to central Africa surged 23 percent to a record $10 billion, while in east Africa recently discovered gas reserves in Tanzania and oil fields in Uganda resulted in a 40 percent jump to $6.3 billion. The report also found that African countries, led by South Africa and Angola are stepping up their investment overseas, with FDI outflows from the continent nearly tripling from $5 billion in 2011 to $14 billion last year.
Cautious trading trails Nigerian equities as bears reign From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos
mid a negative take-off this week by the Nigerian stock market, many investment analysts are advising investors to approach the market with caution. As their pessimism over Nigerian equities plays up, it comes on the heels of further 2.11 percent decline witnessed last week, which pushed the market’s benchmark performance indicators lower when compared with the preceding week. As bears reigned supreme at Customs Street, the benchmark indicators like NSE All Share Index (ASI), market capitalisation, and other market indexes like the NSE-30 that tracks the performance of large cap stocks were all on the decline
last week, pushing the market’s year-to-date (ytd) return down to 29.86 percent. Looking at this unattractive trend, research analysts at UBA Capital plc said, “While we look forward to tail-end sell-off from foreign investors, we are upbeat on current market valuation. Thus, we re-rate the Nigerian market, with a moderate appetite to “Buy Low.”” According to them, “we are upbeat on financials at 7.4x Price-Earnings (P/E) and 5.9 percent dividend yield. Except Stanbic IBTC, which we believe is “overbought,” our coverage banks in Nigeria are low hanging fruits.” The NSE ASI depreciated by 2.11 percent to close at 36,464.39, while the market capitalisation of the listed equities on the main board also declined by
2.11 percent to close at N11.715 trillion. Also, the NSE 30 Index sheds 1.99 percent to close at 1,744.40. Week-on-week (w-o-w), index movement showed that all the NSE indices depreciated last week except one. NSE Consumer Goods was down by 2.21 percent, NSE Banking (0.97%), NSE Oil/Gas (0.96%), NSE-Lotus II (1.59%), NSE Industrial Goods (1.60%), and NSE-ASeM (1.27%). NSE Insurance rose by 0.54 percent to close at 144.23. “While recognising market bearishness on this sector on fears of regulatory-induced earnings headwinds, we believe current pricing is a significant discount to the sector fundamentals. That said, we believe Consumer Goods stocks are yet to bottom-out; thus we seek better bargains,” UBA Capital plc analysts stated.
he National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers of Nigeria yesterday pleaded with Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on behalf of telecom subscribers of to extend the on-going SIM card registration exercise by two months before winding up. The association, who spoke through its national president Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, in a letter sent to the Executive Vice-Chairman NCC Dr, Eugene Juwah, said there are several reasons why many subscribers could not met up with the deadline especially people from the remote areas such as awareness campaign, access to registration officials and access to remote areas by the agents themselves. Ogunbanjo explained that
the exercise if extended by two months will enable the association to create awareness campaign to the rural areas adding that it will also speak on the dangers and the implications of not registering their SIM card. The president also blamed SIM registration agents for making things hard for subscribers in most cases, thereby discouraging them in the process of the registration. NCC spoke man Tony Ojobo, Director, Public Affairs, had said “There will be no extension for SIM registration hence the time giving to subscribers is enough and has elapse according to him June 30 remains the dead line were all unregistered Sims will be disconnected,” he said. Ojobo, however, advised subscribers to make efforts to know what their registration status was if they had any doubts.
Cement: Dangote assures on price, quality & stability By Abdulwahab Isa
angote Cement has assured that it would continue to all possible to stabilize the price of cement without compromising on its top quality so as to create reasonable profit for all categories of stakeholders in the building industry, especially the block moulders. The Group Executive Director, Sales and Marketing, Knut Ulvemoen gave the assurance while speaking at a one-day sensitization workshop in Abuja for block makers in FCT and its environs, organized by Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and sponsored by Dangote Cement Plc. Knut decried the prevalence of sub-standard sand crete blocks and explained that some block makers in an attempt to maximize profit ended up not using the right blend of cement and sand thus causing defects in structures. He explained that because of the sensitive nation of the construction and building industry, inappropriate mix of all the materials would have negative effect on the structures, noting that this was the major cause of building collapse. According to him, Dangote Cement does not compromise its product quality and would therefore support all relevant agencies to ensure protection from poor quality blocks and sancrete, adding that Dangote cement has highest quality anywhere in the world. He assured the block makers not to succumb to the urge to reduce the quantity of cement in their mix for block with the hope
of saving more money pointing out that whoever buys less quality blocks would not patronize makers of such blocks at another time. In his paper, Director-General of SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu, who was represented by Mr. Nelson Adebiyi, Regional Coordinator of SON said the Federal Government’s transformation agenda coupled with the SON’s policy of zero tolerance to substandard products underlined the need to sensitize block molders to operate in conformity with the national standard. He stated that the benchmark for fair competitiveness is standard which takes into account the customers’ satisfaction. Said he: “The organisation has elaborated standards, to ensure quality in block-molding and promote safety in our building sector and also to ensure that block molders operate within the international standard”. He highlighted the standards and codes elaborated by the SON as Standard for Sancrete blocks, Part one Non-loading bearing; Standard for precast concrete, Pavement blocks and standards for pre-stressed and reinforced Concrete poles for transmission and distribution lines. Odumodu then commended Dangote Cement for its interest in supporting efforts geared towards ensuring quality in the building industry noting that the readiness to sponsor the sensitization workshop was a demonstration of this. The block makers praised Dangote cement for the workshop and called on other cement manufacturers to emulate the
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Africa’s economy rising – but who benefits? By Alexis Akwagyiram
any of the fastest growing economies in the world are in
Africa. The continent’s future appears to be bright, but do growth figures reflect an improving quality of life? It is a story that is being told with increasing frequency. Against the backdrop of a prolonged slump that has brought financial paralysis to much of the Western world, experts have identified Africa as having many of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Some point to the fact that high growth rates should be viewed in context, since African economies - mostly relatively small are expanding from a low base, making improvements seem disproportionately impressive. But, while the US and UK struggle to emerge from prolonged recessions and European nations such as Greece and Spain experience mass unemployment, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank say countries such as Ghana, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Mozambique are experiencing a boom. Many have ascribed this trend to what they believe are burgeoning middle classes in many nations. The African Development Bank’s (AfDB) chief economist Mthuli Ncube has described this trajectory as “unstoppable.” For renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, the mobile phone has become a symbol of this apparent new dawn. He has described it, and the access to the internet that it can bring, as the single most transformative tool for development. It’s good to talk More than 70% of adults in Nigeria - the continent’s most highly populated country own a handset. And in Kenya the widespread use of mobile phone payment software has opened up opportunities for small and medium-sized businesses by providing ease and flexibility where transactions and banking are concerned. Farmers, for example, can receive the latest market prices with a single text message or gather information about sales and stock. The ubiquity of mobile
phones in Africa has also created a new breed of entrepreneur that can be found in cities as far apart as Dakar, Dar es Salaam and Durban - the vendor selling air time. Salim Evoudidi, one such salesman in the Democratic Republic of Congo, seems to typify the type of aspirational worker said to be driving the emerging middle class. He arrives at his regular spot on a busy street in the capital, Kinshasa, beside other air time vendors, at around 0700 and works for nearly 12 hours every day. “I have a family, I have a wife and four children. I’ve been able to send three of them to school and rent a house for us,” he says. “I’ve been doing this job since 2005 - so, for seven years. There is an evolution. There are more and more customers - Congolese people spend a lot on telecommunications.” Mr Evoudidi’s ambition is to start a business, and he hopes the money he makes in his current venture will generate enough money to provide a launch pad. The notion of “Africa rising” - the term that journalists have coined when referring to the idea of economic development on the continent - has, for some, become hackneyed, with bloggers now calling it a meme.
The Economist, which famously labelled Africa the “Hopeless Continent” in 2000, inverted that idea more than a decade later for special coverage looking at what it now considers to be the hopeful continent. But, beneath the surface of what appears to be a good news story in a part of the world previously portrayed in the Western media as being ravaged by war and famine, questions remain. What constitutes middle class status? And does that term really point to a heightened quality of life? The UN defines a middle class person as someone living on $10-$100 a day. However, the AfDB uses the measure of $2-$20 a day, which it says is an appropriate calculation, given the cost of living on the continent. Middle class is defined in relation to the average income, and that average is lower than in the West. Abdul Jalil, an English teacher at a school in Maputo, Mozambique’s capital city, says the money he makes from his job, and extra tuition for adults, places him firmly in the middle class bracket. “It depends how big your family is. I’m married with two children - so it’s not a big family. “My wife also works as a teacher. If I was the only one working, I wouldn’t be
Glitzy shopping centres are being built across Africa
satisfied with that money. “At the end of the month I have some money left.” Some argue that the concept of the middle class as an engine for growth is a myth and wealth generated is not trickling down to wider society. Instead, it is said, other interested parties - such as the local elite and foreign investors from China, India and Brazil - are benefiting from an abundance of natural
resources and increased willingness by companies to do business in Africa. Last month, a report released by Kofi Annan said that tax avoidance, secret mining deals and financial transfers were depriving Africa of the benefits of its resources boom. It said such deals were costing the continent about $38bn (£25bn) a year. Duncan Clarke, from the consultancy Global Pacific,
says the reality is that Africa has a small middle class. He says those who live at a global middle-class income level comprise “less than 5%” of the continent’s population. Mr Clarke says the informal economy, which he calls “swathes of survivalist pockets of existence”, remain the bedrock of the continent’s economy. In Ghana, a country often cited as an economic success set to benefit from a relatively
recent oil discovery, the reality of so-called middle class life differs from the experience of those in other parts of the world. Electricity is currently being rationed, the country is undergoing a water shortage and doctors have been on strike to protest at salary cuts. Meanwhile, people who fit in to the middle class bracket are said to have been priced out of prime property as expatriates and the upper class rent or buy luxury properties. An AfDB report on the continent’s economic outlook has warned: “Growth has been accompanied by insufficient poverty reduction, persisting unemployment, increased income inequalities and in
some countries, deteriorating levels of health and education.” Few places sum up this dichotomy more than Angola, which has enjoyed high growth rates thanks to its huge oil and gas reserves. But most locals don’t appear to be benefiting from the natural resources boom, with about two thirds of the country’s population living on less than two dollars a day, according to the World Bank. However, other nations appear to have found ways to to share the wealth generated
by natural resources. Botswana has used revenues from its diamond mines to make significant investments in education and health care. And, by teaching locals to cut and polish diamonds, it has created jobs to spread wealth and ensure that the presence of multinational companies for expertise is not needed. Those who believe lives are being improved across the continent point to the rapidly changing skylines of many African cities. Modern apartments and
office blocks are being built in heaving metropolises such as Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg - to provide a new generation of homes and workspaces. Meanwhile, shiny new shopping malls are opening up fresh opportunities to spend hard-earned money. But it is too early to say whether this new generation of buildings will be matched by widespread improvements in the quality of life enjoyed by Africans. About 15km outside Maputo, at his family home,
Mr Jalil explains his hopes for the future. He is building a new house and, like Mr Evoudidi, he believes the key to a successful middle class life is to become an entrepreneur. The teacher is investing in a minibus, to be used a school bus. Just under half the cost was funded by a bank loan, and the other money came from his savings. “It’s normal to run a small business on the side,” he says. “You can’t rely on your salary.” Source: BBCNews.com
World’s 10 fastest-growing economies Annual average GDP growth 2012, % Source: World Bank 1 Sierra Leone 18.2 2 Mongolia 12.3 3 Niger 11.2 4 Panama 10 5 Ivory Coast 9.8 6 Burkina Faso 9 7 Papua New Guinea 9 8 Ethiopia 8.5 9 Lao PDR 8.3 10 Uzbekistan 8.2
Africa’s growth drivers
Mobile communications have been at the forefront of Africa’s boom
George Alagiah sees how Ethiopia has become a hub for making shoes
Expected annual average GDP growth, % Country 2013 2014 2015 Source: World Bank Sierra Leone 17.1 14.1 12.1 Niger 6.2 6.1 5 Ivory Coast 8 8 8.1 Burkina Faso 7 7 7 Ethiopia 7 6.9 7.4
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Preparing for the grand Ramadan A
llah says: “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become God-conscious.” [alBaqarah:183] In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. All Praise is due to Allah! We praise Him and we seek help from Him. We ask forgiveness from Him. We repent to Him; and we seek refuge in Him from our evils and bad deeds. Anyone who is guided by Allah, is indeed guided; and anyone who has been left astray, will find no one to guide him. I bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah, the Only One without any partner; and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and final messenger to mankind. May the peace and blessing of Allah be upon His last and final Apostle, his Household, his companions and all his followers until the end of time. Muslims all over the world are eager, in fact very eager and enthusiastically ready to receive Ramadan in earnest faithfulness for the great spiritual uplift and succour that annually fill it. The experience is beyond anyone’s comprehension, and above anybody’s sharing. You just need to fast during this blessed month to experience what I mean. Former President of Nigeria, Retired General (Dr.) Olusegun Obasanjo, will bear me witness, as he never misses his ‘Ramadan’ ever since he tested it! Surprisingly, he is still a Christian! Each community in every nation has its special peculiarities on how it welcomes this great month year in year out, and without any sign of getting exhausted! The elderly, the strong, the adolescent and the immature are all happy, very cheerful and enthusiastic to begin the fast of this blessed month. I can vividly remember when I was very little boy how my parent and senior siblings will pacify me to fast half way the first day, and complete it the next, as part of training to get me used to fasting and perseverance! I also remember the manner we took our breakfast in group, and without restriction on what, and with what to start as a matter of choice, or zari and hadama, to be precise! A lot of Muslims are also eager and cheerful to welcome Ramadan because it gives them a rewarding break from their bad habits and behaviour into the loftiness of this great moment of satisfaction. They get another chance to integrate with their more pious parents, siblings and Muslim brothers, one more time. It is always interesting that even the morally bankrupt members of the society become well integrated and incorporated in mosques or masjid, and tafseer circles during this month. They
become changed men and women! Unfortunately, time wasted, can Thus, it is that hidden power never be recurred, nor good health of change and transformation that was wasted! Thus, the need only inherent in Ramadan which to have at the back of our minds blows from as faraway as 43, what exactly we want accomplish 200 hours ahead, engulfing and in every Ramadan of life time. As part of the preparation, purifying the satanic influences in the less sanctimonious people some civil servants apply for as preparatory to its arrival! Alhamdulillah, all praise are due to Allah for His boundless mercy and guidance! By Husain Zakariyya As part of our Yawale preparations to receive this special +234-8052952900 (sms only) guest for a period of firstname.lastname@example.org complete one month, it will be wise we set for ourselves some vital objectives their annual vocations to enable we want to accomplish. They do them concentrate fully in their not have to be very technically bid to win the many favours of too detailed; they can be very Allah, and to get closer to their simple and precise. We can simply families. This is indeed is a very jot them on our phones. Smart wise decision especially for those phones have the competence to who are in predominantly non remind us from time to time of Muslim countries of the West
doctors for proper medical checkups anterior to Ramadan. This will produce some insights as to what to expect during the long hours of both hunger and thirst in the month of Ramadan. To be more open to this juncture, I am now as far away as to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to under my annual and pre-Ramadan g e n e r a l m e d i c a l check-up! I hope to come back more healthy and hearty, and very fit to fully participate in every activity during the blessed month, in sha Allah! Some other Muslims travel for their Umrah to the Holy land in order to get rejuvenated and more prepared spiritually before the inception of Ramadan. If you guess I am one of such people,
upcoming events. Doing this will tremendously help us achieve a lot within this fasting moving moment. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are two blessings that most people miss out on: their free time and their health.” (Bukhari) Here, the Apostle of Allah is warning us not allow any chance or free time to vanish away unutilized. We must consider every moment as vital and important as every other time engaged in useful and beneficial activities. Similarly, we must not engage into something that can harm us in any way, most especially our health! Many people regret, only at a moment they lack time or chance, or good health to embark on on something that could be very productive and beneficial, had they the opportunity then.
you are absolutely right! I chose to perform my Umrah before Ramadan, unlike the choice of many Muslims nowadays. I choose to do this because I am involved in something more rewarding during the month; teaching the message of the Qur’an, the Tafseer! I know clearly that the reward of teaching is far more than that of the Umrah, most especially in the month of the Qur’an-the Ramadan! For the sake of argument, when an individual performs Umrah, the reward is only for him alone. He cannot share it even with his or her family. More so, it is only recommendable if you are used to it, or an act of Sunnah if it is for the first time. But, teaching is both beneficial and rewarding to the teacher and his students. It is fard-kifayah, an obligatory duty
or America. Or those who are residents in towns or cities that are not in majority. It will also give them the opportunities to train and supervise their wards during the Ramadan activities. I have a friend in America who told me that he is preparing to fast the entire month with his family at home. I asked, why? He said, ‘look, in America working time is very flexible and as a result you work ahead to achieve enough work free days in advance of your personal or family event. I am now working extra in order to achieve that. I will be able then to stay with my entire family and train them to be good and educated Muslims about their religion.’ Those of us who are getting older by the day, and the elderly, can take time to see their medical
upon every ummah. Thus, there is no avenue for comparison between the two aspects. There are also many others who save enough money and time to spend them in the Holy land alone or together with their families. They chose to do so because they want get the maximum recompense fully loaded in the month. Such people can have their ways without blame if they did not leave behind hungry ridden relatives! In my country and particularly in the northern part where my ancestors brought me up, our diets completely change in the month of Ramadan. We have special types of foods and drinks only prepared during fasting period. So, in order to feel the change the Ramadan comes with it, we usually stock enough provisions for the entire month. We also extend our benevolence to those who are less privileged from our extended family members and our neighbours. We buy as much as we can to distribute to the needy from amongst us so that they will have at least one month break from the witch hunt of deprivation and need! This is not a only seen as normal family obligation or kindness to the needy, but, an act of worship highly obligated upon the affluent by Allah the Most High! We must never sleep well fed, while our neighbours are groaning under hunger and deprivation, the Apostle of warned! Such doing is an act of depravation worthy of attracting the wrath of Allah! One aspect which needs stressing is the fact that Ramadan is not a month eating and drinking excessively and extravagantly; it is on the contrary. We must only eat what is sufficient to tolerate the cordial blending of the body and soul together. We should aspire to shed some weight, rather than put on extra mass of flesh and fats! In fact, one of the glad tidings ushered with the coming of the Ramadan, is contained in this prophetic saying. The Prophet (PBUH) said: “The month of Ramadan has come to you, a blessed month for the duration of which Allah has prescribed fasting for you. In it the gates of the heaven are open and the gates of Hell-fire are shut.” And “And devils are put in chains.” Finally, I will close the essay with the famous prayers of the Prophet as narrated by `Ubadah ibn al-Samit upon entering this month: “Allahumma sallimni li ramadana wa sallim ramadana, wa sallimhu minni mutaqabbilan.” Meaning: “O Allah, greet and save me for Ramadan; greet and save Ramadan; greet and save Ramadan on my behalf, and grant me its acceptance.” [Bukhari and Muslim reported]
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Like Assange, like Snowden
ANALYSIS By Hassan Haruna Ginsau, with agency reports
n November 2010 the world was made known of Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. The whistleblower became internationally known when he began to publish “classified” U.S. military and diplomatic documents with assistance from the news media. Ever since then the 41 year old has created a whirlwind in intelligence and surveillance, making people question how free they actually are, not to mention the political disarray caused in many governments thanks to his leaks. In recent months we have seen a “Robbin” to Assange’s “batman” if you would. This “Robbin” is in the form of ex-NSA and CIA contractor Edward Snowden. The 29 year old American who leaked top-secret American and British government mass surveillance programs to the press again revived the question of whether there was a “big brother” watching us, or better yet listening to us. Civil liberty groups and indeed the Mass public especially in America were appalled to find out that the Government had been spying on people’s telephone records and internet activity in the name of protecting the people. This led to a number of Senate hearings on the issue with the NSA director General Keith B. Alexanderinvited to answer questions on Snowden, prompting the US government to defend its surveillance programmes saying Prism cannot be used to target intentionally any Americans or anyone in the US, and stressing that it is supervised by judges. The Wikileaks diplomatic cable revelations showed the degree of corruption in the then ruling Tunisian government.
Julian Assange These revelations have been credited by some commentators with being a factor in sparking the Tunisian revolution which subsequently lead to the ‘Arab spring’. Likewise, but to a much lesser degree, Snowden’s revelations have sparked a sense of discontent among many Americans. This led to a coalition of nearly 90 organizations ranging from Greenpeace USA to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to come together to protest the NSA and FBI’s surveillance program. Shortly after ditching Hawaii for Hong Kong on 20th May, Snowden has now proceeded to Moscow, with reported plans to move on to Ecuador via Cuba and Venezuela. A common theme between the countries of choice is that they have “strained” relations with America who seek the “traitor” so badly. It is clear that Edward Snowden deliberately picked Ecuador for asylum, just as Assange did by picking the Ecuadorian embassy in Britain as a “safe haven” knowing the nature of their extradition agreements with America, who both seek to have the two men face the courts on their soil. In fact Snowden’s carefully thought moves are not too disconnected from Assange’s influence. Wikileaks has in the past weeks aided Snowden
with money for his lodging in Hong Kong, and his flight fare. Wikileaks have also assisted Mr Snowden with his lawful departure from Hong Kong and is aiding Mr Snowden in his “passage” to safety through the legal minefield he now faces. Assange has in recent days said that Snowden is “safe, healthy, and in high spirits”, and that he has”personal sympathy” with Mr. Snowden having gone through a very similar situation. Both Assange and Snowden’s situations have inevitably caused political friction between nations, with America finding itself in the centre of some unwanted publicity due to the damning nature of the exposures made by both men. Also the countries now involved in Snowden’s travel have clearly expressed a lack of intent to help America bring the whistleblower to justice. Hong Kong maintained that Snowden had done nothing wrong and therefore couldn’t extradite him. This came as Snowden revealed to the South China Morning post that US targets included China cell phones, promptingChina’s defence ministry to say that the Prism programme “has revealed the concerned country’s true face and hypocritical behaviour”. Likewise, Russia is also unwilling to help the US by
handing Snowden over with President Vladmir Putin “rubbishing” US claims that Moscow was assisting the fugitive. When Assange published a trove of 250,000 classified diplomatic cables and other documents in 2010 he was criticized by the United States and others for giving out secret information that would aid terrorists. He said he was doing so to expose fresh news of U.S. crimes in Afghanistan and the world in general. Similarly, Snowden has said he revealed the existence of the NSA programs to expose criminal behaviour and unethical spying by the US government. One thing that these revelations underlie is thevulnerabilities at the National Security Agency, the US electronic spying agency and imperfection of theAmerican cyber security systems which is the constant target of hackers and whistleblowers with many such attempts to infiltrate Security databases being successful. Up until 2009, Snowden’s political views seemed to be modest. A change in thinking came when he was serving in Geneva, Switzerland where much of what he saw “really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world,” he says. “I realised that I was part
Also the countries now involved in Snowden’s travel have clearly expressed a lack of intent to help America bring the whistleblower to justice.
of something that was doing far more harm than good.” Assange purports the views of Tariq Ali and Noam Chomsky in supporting countries which are independent of the large powers.According to these views the United States controls the world by setting up regimes, including replacement regimes. This is done by cooperation of the government, the media, and large corporations. In a video released by Wikileaks channel in January 2013, Assange sided with the Iranian Islamic (Shiite) regime, saying that they cannot deal with human rights concerns because of the country’s intense fear of being attacked by hostile governments on all its borders. Both Snowden and Assange have received praise and support from fellow whistleblowers. Daniel Ellsberg, who in 1971 leaked the “Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defence Vietnam Task Force”, a study detailing how the administration had misled Congress and the American public about the Vietnam war, better known as “The Pentagon papers”supported Julian Assange saying his actions were “exactly the right thing to do”, adding that he provided a “very valuable service”. Recently, Ellsberg has come out to show support for Edward Snowden calling him a patriot, saying he did “the right thing”. He claimed Snowden’s leaks were even more i mportant than his famous pentagon papers. Similarly former Senior CIA executive and whistleblower Thomas Drake praised Snowden’s actions as “brave and courageous” With both men facing various charges in America, seeking asylumin Ecuador, sharing common ‘goals’, and now with Wikileaks helping Snowden fight his battle it seemsAssange and Snowden have a long relationship ahead of them, even if its via telephone as Snowden’s Ecuador asylum case could take months to finish.
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Mali coup leader apologises for ‘mistakes’
he Malian army captain who led a coup last year that plunged the West African nation into crisis and allowed al Qaeda-linked fighters to seize half the country has apologized to the nation for his actions. Addressing a ceremony meant to reconcile army factions, Captain AmadouAyaSanogo said events that led to former colonial power Francedispatching thousands of troops to halt the Islamist advance were “an accident”. Once portrayed as a model democracy, Mali imploded last year when the president was ousted and a mixture of Tuareg separatists and Islamist rebels occupied its desert north. Though a French-led offensive launched in January broke the Islamists’ grip on northern Mali, the wider region now faces a threat that has been scattered across the Sahel. “Above being soldiers, we are humans and we make mistakes without meaning
Captain Amadou Aya Sanogo
to,” Sanogo said late on Wednesday in comments addressed to interim President DioncoundaTraore, dozens of members of the government, religious leaders and the heads of the Mali’s most important
families. “We dare to hope that our apologies will be accepted,” the U.S.-trained officer said. separatist rebels launched attacks on Mali’s army in early 2012. But shortly after Sanogo’s
coup, the rebels seized Mali’s three northern regions in as many days as the thin line of resistance crumbled alongside the chain of command. Sanogo, who drew support from Malians who said years of elections, had failed to deliver concrete progress to the poor nation, handed over power soon after the March 22 coup. But soldiers kept on meddling in politics and fighting among themselves, stalling national and regional efforts to retake the north. Al Qaeda-linked gunmen occupied northern Mali for the rest of the year, recruiting and training locals and jihadis from abroad, until the French military intervention in January forced them to flee into the desert and across borders. United Nations peacekeepers are due to start taking over security duties next week. Preparations for an election on July 28 are behind schedule, prompting fears of a chaotic poll.
More deaths in battles for Somali port city
t least seven people have been killed in renewed fighting between rival Somali warlords battling for control of the southern port city of Kismayo, the AFP news agency reports, quoting witnesses. Gunmen from the RasKamboni militia of Ahmed Madobe, who last month appointed himself “president” of the southern Jubaland region, clashed on Wednesday with forces loyal to
Bare Hirale, a former Somali defence minister who also leads a powerful militia army. “Seven people, three of them civilians, were killed, and four others were injured,” said Ali Mohamed, a resident of Kismayo said. Kismayo was reportedly quiet on Thursday morning, but residents were nervous and said they feared further fighting. Two days of heavy fighting earlier this month between
Madobe’s forces and gunmen loyal to Iftin Hassan Basto, another leader claiming to be president, left at least 31 dead and 38 wounded, according to the UN’s World Health Organisation. Several rival factions claim ownership of Kismayo, a former stronghold of the alQaeda-linked al-Shabab, where Kenyan troops in an African Union force are now based. Kenyan troops, who invaded Somalia in 2011, back Madobe’s
control of the strategic and economic hub. However, neither the title of “president” nor the region of Jubaland is recognised by the weak central government in Mogadishu. Somalia has been slowly emerging from two decades of war that have left the Horn of Africa nation in ruins, but Western governments and analysts say renewed fighting between armed groups can swiftly reverse the fragile gains.
health ministry spokesman said. Mr Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, became Egypt’s first Islamist president on 30 June 2012, after winning an election considered free and fair. His first year in office has been marred by constant political unrest and a sinking economy. In his two-hour televised address on Wednesday evening,
Mr Morsi defended his performance, admitting errors and promising immediate and radical reforms to address them. “I was right in some cases, and wrong in other cases,” he said. “I have discovered after a year in charge that for the revolution to achieve its goals, it needs radical measures.” He apologised for the fuel shortages that have caused long lines at petrol stations and angered many Egyptians, and also for failing to involve the nation’s youth enough. But despite Mr Morsi’s initial conciliatory tone, the speech swiftly moved into a condemnation of those he blamed for Egypt’s problems, AleemMaqbool in Cairo reports. “I took responsibility for a country mired in corruption and was faced with a war to make me fail,” he said, naming several officials he believed wanted to “turn the clock back” to the Mubarak era, including politicians, judges and a journalists. “Political polarisation and conflict has reached a stage that threatens our nascent democratic experience and threatens to put the whole nation in a state of paralysis and chaos,” he warned. “The enemies of Egypt have not spared effort in trying to sabotage the democratic experience.”
Morsi warns of risks from unrest
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
gyptian President Mohammed Morsi has warned that continuing unrest is “threatening to paralyse the country”. In a speech marking his first year in office, Mr Morsi acknowledged making some “mistakes” and offered opponents a say in amending the new constitution. But the president also threatened those he saw as conspiring against him
and trying to “sabotage” democracy. Troops have been deployed in cities across the country ahead of plannedweekendprotestsdemanding his removal. Ahead of Mr Morsi’s speech, deadly clashes broke out in the northern city of Mansoura. Two people were killed and 170 injured in fighting between supporters and opponents of the government, a
Tunisia frees Femen topless protesters
court in Tunisia has freed three European feminists jailed for staging a topless protest, their lawyer has said. BahriSouhaib said their sentences had been suspended, and that they would leave Tunisia as soon as possible. The members of the activist group Femen - two French and one German - were arrested outside a courtroom in Tunis. They were sentenced to four months and one day in prison after being convicted of public indecency, in a protest in support of a Tunisian activist. They were also convicted of offending public morals and threatening public order. The women - Pauline Hillier, Marguerite Stern and Josephine Markmann - argued that there had been nothing sexual or offensive about their protest, the first of its kind seen in the Arab world. Instead, they maintained that they were fighting “for the rights of women wherever they are threatened” and had sought to demand the release of fellow activist Amina Tyler, a Tunisian. “I didn’t think it was going to shock Tunisians to that extent. Given the consequences, I would never do it again. We want to return to our country and our loved ones,’’ Ms Hillier told the court on Wednesday. Ms Tyler was detained in May after reportedly writing “Femen” on a wall in the religious centre of Kairouan. She also outraged some Tunisians in March by posting photos online of herself topless with the slogan “My body is my own” written on her torso. She remains in detention, awaiting trial. Femen describes itself as “fighting patriarchy in its three manifestations - sexual exploitation of women, dictatorship and religion”. Its action in Tunisia is set against the background of tensions following the overthrow of the secular regime of long-serving President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. A moderate Islamist-led government has since won democratic elections. There has also been an increase in the prominence of ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists, who want greater public piety in Tunisia.
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China, South Korea push for North Korea talks
hina’s president welcomed his South Korean counterpart on Thursday as an “old friend ofChina” and agreed to make a push for new talks with North Korea on Thursday as two of Asia’s newest leaders met for the first time. Park Geun-hye, one of Asia’s few women leaders, took office in Seoul in February amid war threats by North Korea, while China’s Xi Jinping was appointed in November and has sought to rein in the North’s nuclear weapons program, backing tougher economic sanctions against Beijing’s traditional ally. “The two leaders shared a common view on denuclearizing North Korea, maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and resolving issues through dialogue and negotiations,” Park’s office said in a statement after they met. China backed North Korea in the 1950-53 Korean War with late leader Mao Zedong’s eldest son dying in the conflict with the South. The 60th anniversary of the end of the war is July 27. Beijing is the main economic and diplomatic lifeline for the impoverished and isolated state, whose three nuclear weapons tests since 2006 have threatened Asia’s security. China has boosted sanctions on
South Korean government officials and lawmakers accompanying President Park Geaun-hye arrive at the airport in Beijing.
its ally, which this year conducted a nuclear test in defiance of international criticism. It has also closed access for North Korean banks in China. Xi was appointed Communist Party chairman, China’s most powerful position, last November and named president in March. In April, he told an international forum in southern China that no country “should be allowed to throw
a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gain”. While Xi did not name North Korea, his comment came amid the highest tension on the peninsula in years, with daily threats from Pyongyang to attack South Korea and the United States. Xinhua, China’s state news agency, appeared to criticize Pyongyang ahead of the visit,
saying that “hard-earned trust among concerned parties has been evaporating following unfortunate incidents one after another” since 2009. In 2009, the North walked out of denuclearization talks brokered by China, carried out its second nuclear test and in 2010 was accused of sinking a South Korean naval vessel and shelling a South Korean island.
Party, which won the most seats, though not an absolute majority, in last year’s parliamentary vote, and heads a coalition government keen to regulate foreign investments. DivyaGopalan, reporting from the capital Ulan Bator, said that many challenges lie ahead including how to share the wealth from the country’s mining boom. “As the president’s supporters celebrate, many international businesses will be relieved. In his first four years in office,
Elbegdorj encouraged foreign investment, particularly in the mining sector and Mongolian voters want a bigger share of that. The re-elected president now has four years to work out, how to keep the economy on track while balancing the needs of international businesses with those of his people” she reported. But the result of Wednesday’s election would not be official until the ballot papers were counted again on delivery to Ulan Bator, Mongolia’s General
Elections Commission chief, SodnomtserenChoinzonsaid. Elbegdorj , who wants more controls on foreign mining investments, became president in 2009 after twice serving as premier. He is a free-market advocate, but his government has increasingly adopted a more “resource nationalist” approach, with laws to give the country a bigger stake in “strategic assets”, such as mines. Mongolia ended seven decades of communist rule in 1990 without a shot being fired.
Mongolian elected for second term
ongolian President TsakhiaElbegdorj has been re-elected for a second term, the country’s election commission has said quoting preliminary results. The commission announced on Thursday that Elbegdorj got 50.23 percent of the votes, beating a former wrestling champion, Bat-ErdeneBadmaanyambuu of the People’s Party, and health minister UdvalNatsag, of the People’s Revolutionary Party. The win preserves the dominance of the Democratic
China urged to stop ‘uprooting Tibetans’
human rights group has called on China to end what it has called the forced “mass rehousing and
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama
relocation” of ethnic Tibetans. The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a new report said that
lives had been thrown into disarray after more than two million Tibetans were uprooted in the past seven years. Insufficient compensation, sub-par housing and a lack of help in finding jobs were listed among the policies of the Chinese government in the report. The aim of the programme, was designed to “strengthen political control over the Tibetan rural population”, the report added. “Tibetans have no say in the design of policies that are radically altering their way of life” HRW China Director Sophie Richardson, said.
Phone calls to the Tibet autonomous regional government office seeking comment were not answered. Tibet has been in turmoil since 1950 when China invaded it to “peacefully liberate” the region. Many Tibetans say Chinese rule has eroded their culture and religion and agitate for the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule. Since 2009, at least 117 Tibetans have committed acts of self-immolation in China in protest against Beijing’s policies.
Asia & Middle East Kevin Rudd sworn in as new Australian PM
evin Rudd has been sworn in as prime minister of Australia, a day after he ousted Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party. Mr Rudd took the oath at Government House in front of Governor-General Quentin Bryce. He then addressed parliament briefly, paying tribute to Ms Gillard, who is stepping down from politics. The leadership change comes ahead of an election scheduled for 14 September, which polls suggest Labor will lose. Opposition leader Tony Abbott called on Mr Rudd to clarify whether the election would be brought forward. “I congratulate the prime minister on his restoration to high office,” he said. “May he elevate that office... by telling the Australian people when will they get the chance to decide who the prime minister of this country should be and who should form the government of this country?” Mr Rudd said he would “identify a date for an election”, suggesting that he would not stick with the date set by Ms Gillard. “There’s going to be an election, it will be held consistent with the constitution and... there’s not going to be a huge variation one way or the other,” he said. Mr Rudd returned to lead Australia’s government three years and three days after he was toppled in a similar Labor leadership contest by Ms Gillard, then his deputy. He secured 57 votes to Ms Gillard’s 45 in Wednesday’s vote, which followed months of speculation and bitter infighting over who should lead Labor into the forthcoming election. Opinion polls have suggested Labor will suffer a crushing defeat. But Mr Rudd is more popular with voters than Ms Gillard and many believe the party will perform better under him. Speaking after his win on Wednesday, Mr Rudd said he resumed the role of prime minister with “an important sense of energy and purpose”.
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EU reaches political deal on seven-year budget A
political deal on the EU’s hotly contested sevenyear budget has been struck, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has announced. The deal on the 2014-2020 960bn euro (£822bn; $1.3tn)
budget was reached between member states and European Parliament leaders, he said. Leaders of the 27 countries are gathering for a summit in Brussels. They are expected to focus on Europe’s record unemployment,
and youth unemployment especially. Nearly a quarter of people aged 18 to 25 in the EU have no job, while in Greece and Spain it is more than half. EU leaders will consider mobilising 6bn euros (£5bn;
European Parliament speaker Martin Schulz (left) paid tribute to Mr Barroso
$8bn) earlier than planned to help youth training schemes. Draft plans have also been agreed on agricultural reform and how to rescue troubled banks. Bank creditors and shareholders would take the first hits, followed by savers with deposits of more than 100,000 euros. If that is not enough, government help would be called upon, and taxpayers would be among the last to shoulder losses. There are still fears that a bank run in one country could spread contagion across a still fragile Eurozone. “I am delighted to announce that today we have a political agreement on the European Union’s future budget,” Mr Barroso told reporters in Brussels. The 2014-2020 budget, which has a ceiling of 960bn euros, was agreed at a summit in February but its ratification had been blocked by the parliament. The speaker of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, confirmed the deal in a tweet and urged MEPs to give it their backing.
Ireland officially back in recession T he Republic of Ireland is officially back in recession, new figures have revealed. According to a report on the overall economy, measured under gross domestic product and including the multinational sector, the country saw a fall in the value of business and services at the end of last year and early this year. The homegrown end of the economy, gross national product, performed better. There was 2.9% growth there in the first quarter of the year. Revised Central Statistics Office figures state that the country is back in recession for the first time since 2009.
The widely accepted definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. Preliminary estimates show that gross domestic product contracted by 0.6% in the first three months of the year. This was as a result of falling exports and weakening consumer spending. The figures also show that personal expenditure dropped by 3% on a seasonally adjusted basis between the last quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013. Net exports also declined by more than one billion euros over the threemonth period.
Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan
Albanian Prime minister concedes poll defeat
onservative SaliBerisha says he takes personal responsibility for the heavy loss to socialist rival Edi Rama. The conservative prime minister who dominated post-communist politics in Albania has conceded election defeat, taking personal responsibility for the heavy loss to the rival Socialists after losing the support of fed-up voters. SaliBerisha, who had been seeking a third straight term as prime minister in Sunday’s general election, also announced to party supporters late on Wednesday he would step down as leader of his center-right Democratic Party. The68-year-old’spartywasbeaten handily. With nearly all of the votes counted,SocialistEdiRamawasahead
with 53 percent, compared to just 36 percent for the Democrats. “We have lost these elections. Believe me, the responsibility for
this falls on one person - on me, SaliBerisha,” he said. Albania, once one of the world’s most reclusive countries during its
communist years, became a NATO member in 2009 and has applied for European Union candidate status. But so far that has been denied over criticism it has not done enough to fight corruption and push through democratic reforms. Berisha was hurt by Rama’s anti-corruption focus as the country struggles to weather the effects of recessions in nearby Greece and Italy, where many Albanian migrants work to provide remittances back to their impoverished country. International election monitors said the Balkan country had made significant improvements in the June 23 vote, despite a fatal shooting that occurred on voting day outside a polling station in north of the country.
Europe and Americas Obama refuses to barter for Edward Snowden
resident Barack Obama has said there will be no “wheeling and dealing” as part of extradition efforts against US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Speaking on a visit to the West African nation of Senegal, Mr Obama also said the case would be dealt with through routine legal channels. “I am not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-yearold hacker,” he added. Mr Snowden, who faces espionage charges, flew to Moscow last weekend and requested asylum in Ecuador. Mr Obama said on Thursday that he had not called China and Russia’s presidents about the case, adding: “I shouldn’t have to.” He told a news conference in the Senegalese capital Dakar: “I’m not going to have one case of a suspect who we’re trying to extradite suddenly being elevated to the point where I’ve got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues.” He added: “My continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr Snowden asylum recognise that they are a part of an international community and they should be abiding by international law.” Mr Obama also said the case highlighted significant vulnerabilities at the National Security Agency, the US electronic spying agency where Mr Snowden worked as a contractor until last month. But the American president added he was still interested in a “healthy, effective debate” about striking the right balance between privacy and security. Meanwhile, Ecuador’s government said on Thursday that it had not processed Mr Snowden’s asylum request because he had not reached any of its diplomatic premises. Ecuador also poured scorn on any suggestion that a special trade relationship it has with the US might influence any decision on Mr Snowden’s case. Mr Snowden’s case has caused a diplomatic spat, with the US accusing Russia and China of assisting the fugitive. Both nations deny the charges. On Thursday, Beijing accused the US of “double standards” and hypocrisy on cyber security. China’s defence ministry said the Prism programme “has revealed the concerned country’s true face and hypocritical behaviour”.
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Bald head advertising space for $320
ast month, 27-year-old entrepreneur Brandon Chicotsky launched a unique service called Bald Logo, turning his bald head into a billboard for businesses willing to pay him $320 per day, and walking around Austin, Texas to get as much exposure as possible. How does the old saying go, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? That’s exactly what Brandon Chicotsky did after he lost most of the hair on his head at a very young age. ”Because I didn’t get to choose to be bald I thought I’d bring bald and beautiful back,” said Chicotsky, who also decided to use his head as an actual business. Last month, the young entrepreneur launched Bald Logo, and since then he’s been flooded with inquiries from businesses interested in having their logos temporarily tattooed on his or one of his coworkers’ heads, for a fee of $320 a day. Brandon and his team have perfected the tattoos to withstand any weather conditions, and will spend six hours a day walking the streets of Austin garnering attention for their clients. Bald Logo currently has three “bald angelicals” on its staff, but the ambitious businessman plans to hire more walking advertising spaces and expand to other cities. In order to get as much attention as possible when
parading around town with their logo tattoos, Bald Logo’s angelicas have devised a strategy that involves attractive girls, camera crews and full-body spandex suits. When they’re working, Brandon Chicotsky and his bald co-workers are accompanied by two female actresses carrying signs or waving flags promoting
the client’s business, as well as a third actor dressed in a full-body spandex suit. To turn even more heads, they’ll have a camera crew following them around. “When there are cameras, people tend to inquire, ‘What is this about, what’s on your head?’” Chicotsky said. I think it’s fair to say the guy’s using his head in more ways
Man invites video game lady to his wedding
alk about pushing your luck, right? As if having his future wife put up with a virtual girlfriend wasn’t enough, a Japanese geek actually had the nerve to invite his video-game lady and two of her friends to their wedding and even reserved seats for them. But the bride had some plans of her own… For obvious reasons, the real names of the protagonists
in this story were not revealed, but photos from their wedding were posted online by guests surprised to see three Nintendo DS handheld video-game co n so l e s se a te d a s g ue sts. Their screens showed three different anime-like girls, one of which was revealed to be the groom’s girlfriend. Nene Anegasaki, Manaka Takane and RinkoKobayakawa are
characters from the hugely popular Konami video game, Love Plus. The addictive openended dating simulator has reportedly sold in over 250,000 copies in Japan, and stories of men caught by their girlfriends and wives while tending to their virtual partner’s needs began surfacing online a while ago. In 2010, we posted photos of gamers celebrating Nene’s birthday with cakes and candles and presents, just One of the invited Consoles that featured as a t o s h o w h o w popular the Love guest.
Plus character was. But this is probably the first time Nene attended a real-life wedding, as a guest. As RocketNews24 points out, it’s obvious the bride knew what she was getting into, when she agreed to marry an obvious geek who works as staff for Comic Market, Japan’s largest comic book convention, but why would she let him embarrass her by bringing his virtual love interest and her friends at the wedding. Obviously, she had something up her sleeve. During the wedding that took place on November 24, instead of the traditional cake-cutting ceremony, the memory card was removed from the groom’s Nintendo and placed on a bed of napkins. Then it was announced that the newlyweds will use a wooden mallet to physically destroy the game cartridge and all vestiges of the groom’s relationship with Nene Anegasaki. According to eyewitnesses, the man clearly wasn’t expecting such a turn of events and despite being on the verge of tears and the mallet dropped, he couldn’t bring himself to stop it. That would have probably never happened if the groom had met his bride at one of those geek-only matchmaking events.
than one. “It’s a thrill because it truly garners attention,” Chicotsky told the New York Daily News. “For the first time in my life, I was called out in a restaurant: ‘Hey, you’re that bald guy I saw on YouTube!’ Bald Logo donates nearly half their proceeds to the national Alopecia Areata
Foundation, which supports people with the autoimmune disease that causes hair loss from some or all areas of the body, usually from the scalp. You might think this is a stupid way to make a living, but it sure beats permanently tattooing company logos on your face and body.
Fart by mail
art By Mail, a California-based mail order service started by Zach Friedberg, offers people the chance to send friends or enemies stinky greetings that actually “smell like real poo”. Holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a really original way to send your season’s greetings, you might want to check out Fart By Mail. This unusual mailing service delivers audio greeting cards with your custom message, the hilarious sound of a fart, and a nice heinous odor to go with it. Sure, there are nice Hallmark greetings cards out there to choose from, but how many of them smell like passing wind? The stinky greeting cards are sealed in a clear polyethylene envelope with a warning that the
recipient check the back of the envelope for more information on what they are holding. But, if you really want to surprise them, you can go for the “Stealth” option, to have Fart By Mail remove any warnings on the package. Sending one of these stinky cards will set you back just $8.99 (with free shipping in the USA), a small price for such a cool service, if you ask me. Like me, you’re probably wondering if these guys put real farts inside those clear envelopes. Fart By Mail clears that up in the FAQ section of their website: As much as we would love to actually fart in an envelope, it is not possible. Our Stinkologists simply cannot fart enough to meet the supply demands of customers like you.
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Weekend Revue Theatre Review
Shakespeare back on stage with ‘The Comedy of Errors’ E ven flagrant liars who claim never to be bored by Shakespeare generally concede that The Comedy of Errors can be a chore. An early entry in which thematic mainstays of the playwright’s work are given unnuanced treatment, its broad knockabout humor frequently wears thin. But in the hands of Daniel Sullivan, the most consistent of the Public Theater’s regular Shakespeare in the Park directors, and a resourceful cast captained by the brilliantly matched clowns Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater – each doing double-duty as the play’s two sets of twins – this accelerated update is an ideal summer night’s entertainment. Ethan Hawke, Laurie Metcalf Join Lincoln Center Theater Season Lineup Clocking in at a breezy 90 intermission-less minutes that include a jazzy swingdancing pre-show and swift choreographed scene changes, the production is presented as a gangster comedy of mistaken identity, set in the late 1930s in upstate New York. Sullivan literally unpacks a fun bag of tricks from the outset by having Syracuse merchant Egeon (Jonathan Hadary) pull props from a suitcase as he relates his sad tale to the Duke (Skipp Sudduth). Playing the authority figure as a Mob don in Al Caponestyle pinstripes, Sudduth’s wiseguy delivery makes droll work of Shakespeare’s dialogue. Egeon has risked venturing to the hostile territory of Ephesus in search of his son Antipholus (Linklater), who took off seven years earlier with his servant Dromio (Ferguson) to track
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Hamish Linklater
Casts at the ‘Comedy of Errors’
down his lost sibling. To complicate matters, both Antipholus and Dromio were separated during a shipwreck as infants from identically named (and costumed) twin brothers. They blow into Ephesus on an Adirondack Trailways bus, and guess where their doppelgangers now reside? Borrowing from Plautus’ Menaechmi, the play has been reworked countless times – musically as Rodgers & Hart’s The Boys From Syracuse and the hip-hop Bomb-itty of Errors; as a vaudevillian circus act by The Flying Karamazov Brothers in the 1980s; and as the 1988
Bette Midler-Lily Tomlin screen vehicle Big Business, among notable incarnations. Finding fresh ways to play the hoary farce is a challenge, but the casting here is a major help. Having four actors in the main roles often makes it hard to swallow that nobody onstage can spot the glaring differences between the visiting Syracusan Antipholus and Dromio – who know no one, yet everyone seems to know them – and their local Ephesus counterparts. Handing two roles apiece to Ferguson and Linklater allows the actors to exercise formidable Shakespearean comedy chops
that will be a revelation to audiences familiar only with their TV work on Modern Family and The New Adventures of Old Christine, respectively. The subtle distinctions they bring to their characterizations paradoxically assist in keeping tabs on who’s who while making the mix-ups credible for the play’s other figures. Perhaps the defining traits of each actor here are Ferguson’s sense of mischief and Linklater’s restraint. Both Dromios owe a debt to Stan Laurel, but the Syracuse transplant is a prancing jester while his Ephesus lookalike is a more self-dramatizing, putupon type, providing some sobering ballast to his married playboy master. Antipholus of Syracuse, by contrast, is single and more inclined toward introspection. The tightly synched chemistry between Ferguson’s daffy physical comedy skills and Linklater’s verbal dexterity makes them a marvelous team. Their interaction is particularly delightful with Antipholous of Ephesus’ jealous wife Adriana (Emily Bergl), who interprets the evasiveness of her husband’s double as a sure sign that’s he’s philandering. Likewise Adriana’s unwed sister Luciana (Heidi Schreck), torn between loyalty to her sis and the passionate romantic declarations of the man she believes is her brother-in-law. Bergl is funniest
when she winds herself up into a shrewish rage, threatening retaliatory adultery with some tango moves before collapsing into weeping supplication. Without exception, this is a beautifully spoken production, with the lucidity and accessibility that Shakespeare in the Park demands. In addition to the principals, Hadary and Sudduth score in tasty secondary roles, the latter hilariously doubling as Dromius of Ephesus’ zaftig kitchen maid fiancée. De’Adre Aziza smolders as a courtesan who delivers the bluesiest, sexiest “Hey nonny nonny” number ever heard; Robert Creighton is amusing as a diminutive jeweler whose gold gets delivered to the wrong Antipholous; and Becky Ann Baker infuses fresh spark into the late action as a toughtalking Abbess flanked by pistol-packing nuns. The Comedy of Errors is never going to yield the beguiling romantic rewards of Twelfth Night or the dark complexities of The Merchant of Venice, to name two recent Sullivan successes on the Delacorte stage. But with this cast of pros unleashed on John Lee Beatty’s charmingly old-fashioned theatrical set in Toni-Leslie James’ snazzy costumes, it’s a fine way to spend an evening in Central Park. S o u r c HollywoodReporter
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Weekend Revue Gov. Akpabio redeems 50 million Naira pledge to Nollywood G
overnor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, has redeemed his pledge of N50m to Nollywood, Nigeriafilms.
com has said. It said Akpabio pledged the sum during Nollywood 20 years anniversary.
The generous governor was said to have redeemed the pledge when the National President, Association of Movie Producers,
Mr. Zik Zulu Okafaro, led few Nollywood practitioners to Government House, Uyo on a courtesy call.
Governor Godswill Akpabio recieving a survenir from the national president of movie producers, Mr. Zik Zulu Okafaro.
You’re a liar, ingrate- Ice Prince tells Brymo
he owner of Chocolate City label, Ice Prince, has called come out to attack one of its own, Brymo, over what he described as “ungratefulness”. Few weeks ago, Brymo, who used to be an artiste under Chocolate City, reportedly granted an interview where he alleged his former label of breaching the contract he signed with them. Brymo’s bombshell came just days after Chocolate City, as the label is also called, claimed that all is well between them and the artiste.
Ice Prince Meanwhile, Ice Prince took to twitter and tweeted a series of tweets which are believed to be
Brymo directed to Brymo even though he didn’t specifically mention the person he was referring to.
Fat Joe gets 4 month jail term for tax evasion
ronx rapper, Fat Joe has been sentenced to four months in jail for failing to
pay more than $1million in income taxes, pulse.com has said. It added that the Puerto Rican
rapper had pleaded guilty to tax evasion last December for the years 2007 and 2008. Originally, the rapper will face a 2-year sentence, and will spend four months in jail in addition to paying a fine of $15,000 and oneyear supervised release. Although it will be his first time in jail, Fat Joe is no stranger to legal woes as he was arrested in 1998 alongside late friend and former Terror Squad member Big Pun for hitting a man with a baseball bat and stealing his gold chain. In 2002, he was also arrested for fighting with another man in the club and he has been listed as a witness in two different murder cases.
D’jamira concept set to host competition in six zones
M.I discovers new rapper in owerri
igeriafilms.com has reported that popular Nigerian rapper, MI has discovered a young rapper, Golden Chinedu Okafor, during Music Star Trek in Owerri. The young rapper told Nigeriafilms.com that “It’s about the most unreal thing in the world. I don’t know anybody here and I don’t know any member of MI’s crew. One minute, I’m in the crowd with my friends and the next minute I’m right next to M.I on stage. This is the stuff dreams are made of.’’ The 400L student of Imo State University and upcoming rapper, said he was encouraged by his friends, to use the golden opportunity to freestyle on stage just like many other upcomers who came to show their talent. He said his performance trilled Gbenga Adeyinka, the gregarious MC who isn’t easily impressed, and quickly promised to personally introduce him to M.I when the prolific rapper eventually got on stage. Meanwhile, during the performance, M.I called Busta to join him on stage during his set; allowing the young rapper freestyle before the thousands of fans at Heroes Square.
n exclusive dance competition is set to hit the streets of Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Portharcourt, Owerri and Calabar. The dance competition is aimed at ascertaining talents among youths in the ever growing entertainment industry. The Media/Marketing manager, Jackie Opara, told our reporter that the competition is an enterprise of D’jamira Concept Limited to grant participants the opportunity to showcase their dance talents and resourcefulness. Opara, added that the event will serve as a life changing opportunity for not only the winners but every participant. Auditioning is slated to take place in six foremost cities; Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Portharcourt, Owerri and Calabar with thirty six (36) groups selected from the thirty six states of the federation including Abuja.
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Feature Between economic diplomacy and national planning By Folasade Folarin
he recent UN World Report indicated that Nigeria recorded great improvement in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in 2012. The report put FDI flow into the country in 2012 at 8.9 billion U.S. dollars, compared with 6.1 billion U.S. dollars recorded in 2010. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Olugbenga Ashiru, who spoke at the ongoing Ministerial Platform in Abuja, attributed the increase to the strengthening of economic diplomacy by President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. ``The inflow of these investments had effect on the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan in supporting the economic programme of the government,’’ he said. Ashiru stressed that China, U.S., Britain, Germany, South Africa and some other countries had formed strategic partnerships with Nigeria in investments in power, wholesale trade and manufacturing. ``For instance, the General Electric Company of U.S. is investing over 1 billion U.S. dollars in the construction of a factory in Calabar, to manufacture gas turbines for the power sector, not just for Nigeria, but also for Africa. ``The factory will employ over 2,500 skilled workers and an equal number of unskilled workers, with wealth creation in the added value chain. ``Also, Procter and Gamble has begun the construction of a factory in Agbara, Ogun, to manufacture health materials, with the potential of creating well over 1,000 skilled jobs and huge potential for wealth creation,’’ he added. The minister also announced that China had granted a soft loan of 500 million U.S. dollars for the construction of a light rail system in and around Abuja, adding that the Asian country was also sponsoring the construction of a 50-bed hospital in Abuja. Ashiru said that Mexico had also granted Nigeria 54 million U.S.-dollar-FDI to develop plantations for the cultivation of pineapple and other crops for export to European Union (EU) markets. On international visibility, the minister said that in the last two years, Nigeria was elected
Minister of Finance Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala
into many positions which she had hitherto been denied by the African Union (AU). ``We have worked hard to reverse this trend and within this period, we have successfully secured 16 international positions for Nigeria and Nigerians. ``Furthermore, Nigeria is also at present in the highest level of decision making organ of the AU, in charge of democracy, election and good governance of the continent,” he added. Ashiru said that Nigeria’s interventions in the crises in Guinea Bissau, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Libya, among others, had fostered Nigeria’s relations with such countries and repositioned the country in the international community. He, nonetheless, expressed optimism that based on the recently signed deal between
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Olugbenga Ashiru
Malian authorities and the Touareg group; democracy would be restored to Mali soon. ``It is true a peace deal that was signed and we are optimistic. Nigeria is in the driver’s seat in this process of negotiation and the move towards elections in Mali. ``We want all countries in West Africa to be democratised and we will move towards that. ``We will work with all stakeholders to ensure that whatever peace agreement that is signed is respected and we will also make sure that all other parties, including the EU, U.S. and the UN will move speedily towards elections in Mali.’’ However, Ashiru expressed regret that over 9,000 Nigerians were currently serving prison terms abroad, out of which 752 were in British prisons. ``Most of the remaining
prisoners are concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region and a good number of them are on death row. ``We are concluding Prisoners’ Transfer Agreement (PTA) with countries such as UK, Thailand, Japan, China, Indonesia, Switzerland, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola and Hong Kong; so that we can bring home these Nigerians to complete their prison terms,’’ he said. Nevertheless, the minister appealed to Nigerians abroad to engage in legitimate business and refrain from committing crimes like drug trafficking which attracted capital punishment in some countries. The Minister of National Planning, Dr Shamsuddeen Usman, who also spoke at the Ministerial Platform, said that Nigeria’s Gross Domestic
This performance is expected to be sustained in the medium term, given the massive reform measures being implemented. Whichever sector you look at, reforms are taking place and these are beginning to yield results
Product (GDP) moved up by eight steps in world ranking within the last two years. ``Nigeria moved from the 44th position in 2010 to the 36th position in 2012, recording the highest FDI inflow of 7.01 billion U.S. dollars in 2012, overtaking South Africa for the first time,’’ he said. Usman said that inflation was now within the single digit bracket of 8.6 per cent, as against 12.4 per cent recorded in 2011. ``The deliberation meeting of the International Investors Council that was just concluded and the report from the index say that all indicators are moving positively towards our target of Vision 20:2020. ``This performance is expected to be sustained in the medium term, given the massive reform measures being implemented. Whichever sector you look at, reforms are taking place and these are beginning to yield results,’’ he noted. He said that the National Planning Commission (NPC) had initiated major reform initiatives at the federal and state levels, such as the institutionalisation of the strategic planning process at the federal level. Besides, Usman said that institutionalisation of Performance Management System (PMS) was aimed at measuring the performance of ministries and individual officers as against negotiated performance targets. ``Progress made under PMS is the establishment of Monitoring and Evaluation (M and E) departments in NPC and M and E units in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). ``Signing of the 2012 performance contract agreement between the ministers and the president also led to regular ministerial performance reporting at the Federal Executive Council (FEC). ``Reform data generating process was spearheaded by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which also encouraged the establishment of States’ Statistical Bureaux,’’ Usman added. The feats notwithstanding, the minister said that there were still some extant challenges, adding that these included the issue of security and translating the robust growth rates to jobs. Analysts contend that if the challenges, especially the security challenge, are overcome, FDI inflows into Nigeria and the national economy will receive a significant boost. Source: NAN
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Processed foods as leading factors of Obesity
By Theodora Ekah
unk and processed foods have been tipped as the factors leading to obesity among the old and young people in the world. Latest research has shownthat people who exist on a diet of mainly junk andprocessed foods can be both overweight and malnourished at the same time. Despite overly abundant calories, people who live off of foods under these categories, and other packaged foods aren’t getting the nutrients that people who eat a whole foods diet are getting. Deadly genetically modified organic ingredients aside, the sheer amount of chemicals in processed foods can lead to disease, obesity, and malnutrition. If you aren’t entirely familiar with the way processed foods can affect your health, read on. This is an introduction to how processed foods differ from whole foods, based on frequently asked questions about the subject. When you eat heavily preserved foods, your body can’t break them down to use the nutrients in them (if there are nutrients left in the first place after all that processing). Is it possible for the digestive acids in the body to break down the processed food? When a processed food is eaten, it remains recognizable most of the way through the system until they are ready to be excreted. This means that the few nutrients that may still be present are not made available for the body’s use. The accessibility of nutrients for your body’s use is called “bioavailability”. This is the reason that North America is full of malnourished fat people – those who rely on processed food must consume far
more of it in a vain effort to get the nutrients they need. They crave food because their bodies are crying out for the vitamins and minerals that are needed to function. Mood disorders and mental illness can also be directly related to the consumption of processed foods. They are lacking in the Omega 3s and other nutrients that are vital in proper brain function and good mental health. This is not to oversimplify the seriousness of mental illness – it is a crushing, debilitating experience. But the symptoms can be lessened, if not cured altogether, with excellent nutrition and the avoidance of trigger chemicals. Additives like high fructose corn syrup, sugar and MSG are linked to obesity, not just because of the excess useless calories and lack of nutritional bio-availability mentioned above, but because of their “addictive” qualities. When you consume them, they actually trigger the release of dopamine in your brain, the same hormone that is released when an addict takes a needle full of heroin. Over time, it takes more and more of the same substance to achieve the
same feeling, that of pleasure and euphoria. Foods containing these ingredients are actually engineered to create cravings and addiction. The problems don’t end with malnutrition and associated illnesses. The chemicals added to these foods are directly linked with cancer, diabetes, infertility, autoimmune disorders, and heart disease Changing your eating habits will be one of the most important things your’ve ever done for yourself and your family. While processed foods are cheap, quick, and abundant; whole foods require a little more effort. Your health is worth it! The first thing to do is to rid your kitchen of all of the toxins. If it’s there, you’ll eat it. Spend one week eating only what you cook completely from scratch. Just one week will highlight for you the places where you are using “food” instead of “ingredients” to make your meals. only single ingredients for one week: flour, rice, oats, organic milk and yogurt, grass-fed meat, organic fruits and vegetables, and basic pantry supplies (yeast, baking soda, etc.) Include your children in the process of making homemade snacks, baking cookies and creating
Changing your eating habits will be one of the most important things your’ve ever done for yourself and your family. While processed foods are cheap, quick, and abundant; whole foods require a little more effort. Your health is worth it
gourmet oatmeal flavours. (If they’re included in the preparations, it helps to lessen the complaining if they are craving foods that are more familiar.) Even if your diet is already pretty clean, you may be surprised to discover that you have more of a reliance on packaged items than you thought. Many people are put off by the high price of eating healthy. And they are right, to a certain extent. If you go to the health food store and buy packages of organic crackers, fancy breads from the bakery, and other gourmet items, you will spend a fortune. But keep in mind that an organic processed food is still a processed food. It’s better than something from Kellogg’s or Nasco, but it isn’t ideal. There are a lot of ways to clean up your diet without breaking the bank. All of the suggestions won’t work in every location, but you should be able to cobble together enough of them to create a healthful, nonprocessed diet at a fraction of the price you expected to pay. Be sure to check outyour local farmers’ market to find a local, nutritious bounty at a great price. Another major complaints about a whole foods lifestyle is that it is too time-consuming. Being sick and unhealthy is far more timeconsuming than taking a moment to prepare a non-processed meal or snack. In order words, once you cut the processed foods from the majority of your diet, you will begin to notice how awful you feel when you go off-plan and eat a bag of chips or a fast food meal. The interesting but horrifying thing about this is that you feel that way ALL THE TIME before cutting that food from your diet, but you didn’t realize it because feeling unwell was your normal baseline.
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How popping aspirin can give you asthma for life By Kate Wighton
n the day of her grandmother’s funeral, Jacqui Sanders took an aspirin to cope with a painful headache. She had used the drug before, and after taking the pill she waited for her pounding head to abate. Instead, ten minutes later she started to feel breathless. Initially, she blamed it on the stress of the day. However, it soon became clear it was not her emotions causing the problems, but an asthma attack. Jacqui had been diagnosed with a mild form of the condition a few years earlier, but was now experiencing a full-blown attack. ‘I was rushed to my local surgery, where I was quickly given a nebuliser, but it was frightening,’ says the 44-year-old mother-oftwo from Ruislip, North London. She’d previously suffered another severe attack when she had taken an aspirin. After the second attack, her GP warned she might be allergic to aspirin and advised her to avoid aspirin and ibuprofen, as people are often allergic to both. Allergies to painkillers such as ibuprofen and aspirin are common, say experts, and can develop in adulthood, often among people who have taken these painkillers for years without any problems. They’re not the only drugs that can cause problems - allergies to antibiotics, which affect about 10 per cent of people, are also on the rise, as are reactions to general anaesthetics. The latter can be life-threatening. ‘We see a lot of drug allergy patients and it’s increased over recent years,’ says Dr Pamela Ewan, consultant allergist from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. ‘They can come out of the blue. People have usually happily taken the drugs for years and then suddenly develop problems.’ She attributes the increase partly to greater awareness among GPs, but also to the rise in the number of pills we are popping throughout our life. This is a particular problem with antibiotics, as the risk of allergy increases with exposure - the more of the drug you take, the more you are likely to develop an allergy. Dr Ewan says: ‘There has been far too much misuse of antibiotics, with too many handed out by doctors. Not only does this lead to superbugs but it may have contributed to more people developing allergic reactions to them.’ The antibiotics she commonly
sees reactions to are penicillin, erythromycin and cephalosporins. These are commonly used for chest, ear and throat infections, tonsillitis and sinusitis. Allergies occur when the antibiotics send the immune system into overdrive, causing it to wrongly assume the antibiotics are a foreign invader. This triggers cells of the immune system called mast cells to release histamine. This chemical causes symptoms such as rashes, swelling of the face and airways, and breathing difficulties. In most cases, antibiotic allergies trigger a rash, usually across the body. However, in severe cases they can trigger anaphylactic shock, a more severe reaction where the patient’s airways can swell and they struggle to breathe; their blood pressure also drops dangerously low. The body’s reaction to ibuprofen and aspirin is slightly different, says Dr Ewan. ‘Ibuprofen is a common allergy - we see a lot of it. This often causes facial swelling and breathing difficulties, usually starting within a few minutes to an hour later, but is unlikely to cause a rash.’ Doctors are unsure exactly how ibuprofen triggers a reaction. The painkiller, together with aspirin and the painkiller diclofenac, are part of a group of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In people who have a reaction, the drugs seem to trigger the release of inflammatory molecules called leukotriene, which in high levels cause swelling. It’s not clear if taking lots of ibuprofen throughout life makes an allergy more likely, but ‘you’ll
be unlikely to get ibuprofen allergy the first time you take it - most people who develop an allergy have taken it a few times before,’ says Dr Ewan. Although the immune system can react to NSAIDs, patients can often continue to take other painkillers such as paracetamol or codeine without any problems, and many can also take another form of NSAIDs called COX-2 inhibitors, which work differently in the body. However, while these patients are able to take other painkillers, some can be with left with lifelong asthma, triggered after their first allergic reaction. This is called aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease, and affects about 10 per cent of the country’s 5.4 million asthmatics - half never had asthma before. ‘It tends to affect more women than men, suggesting hormones are playing a role, and around half of sufferers report they had a cold beforehand,’ says Dr Sophie Farooque, allergist from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. This raises the possibility that a cold or flu is somehow knocking the immune system out of kilter, causing it to over-react when it next encounters aspirin or ibuprofen. Doctors are also seeing a rise in allergies to general anaesthetics. These are rapid and life-threatening - within minutes of delivering a general anaesthetic a patient often goes into anaphylactic shock. Dr Ewan says: ‘Once the anaesthetic is administered, a patient’s blood pressure drops through the floor and their heart may even stop.’
The rise in number of drug allergies stems from the increase in the number of pills we pop Although cases are still rare, the rise may well be due to the more complex anaesthetics that medics use in surgery. According to the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the NHS gives three million general anaesthetics a year. ‘General anaesthetics are more complex than they were 20 years ago - people used to be given one or two drugs but now they are given a cocktail or up to seven drugs, including antibiotics, painkillers and anti-sickness drugs,’ explains Dr Ewan. Studies suggest only a third of such allergies are due to the anaesthetic drug itself - two-thirds are due to the other drugs. And similar to other drug allergies, people suddenly develop an allergy to general anaesthetic. Michele Adams is all too familiar with this situation. The 46-year-old from Bushey, Hertfordshire, had a trouble-free general anaesthetic eight years ago to have a mole removed. However, when she had a Some patients are left with lifelong asthma, triggered after their first allergic reaction to aspirin or ibuprofen
general anaesthetic last March for a hysteroscopy, where surgeons use a thin telescope to examine the lining of the womb, it was a different story. ‘I was meant to be under for an hour, but four hours later they were still trying to bring me round. I had an anaphylactic reaction the minute the anaesthetic went into my arm. ‘My blood pressure plummeted, I went blue and nearly had a cardiac arrest. ‘I was told it was a close call,’ says the married mother-of-two, who has her own recruitment firm. Michele spent the night in hospital and two weeks at home recovering. She says: ‘I felt exhausted. I recognised the feeling as five years earlier I’d suffered an anaphylactic shock to the antibiotic trimethoprim, which I took for a urine infection. Then eight months after I had a similar reaction to cough medicine. I’d never suffered problems before.’ Unfortunately, there is no way of predicting who will react, but Dr Farooque adds that allergists do an assessment of cases to identify the medication that triggered the reaction to ensure it doesn’t happen again. In Michele’s case, it was the muscle relaxant given with the general anaesthetic. Dr Farooque says there is a shortage of drug-allergy clinics where people can have their allergies properly diagnosed and other safe drugs suggested. And without specialist help, patients often don’t realise what drugs are safe for them to take. To lower the risk of developing allergies in the first place, Dr Ewan advises: ‘Don’t take drugs unless you are sure you need them.’ Michele adds: ‘I don’t even touch vitamins now.’ Source: Dailymail.co.uk
PEOPLES DAILY, FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
Ife endorses Aregbesola for 2nd term
L-R: Chairman, House Committee on HIV, AIDS, Tuberculosis, Leprosy and Malaria Control, Hon. Joseph Haruna Kigbu, Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Deputy Chairman, of the Committee, Hon. Ibrahim Olaifa, during an investigative hearing on organisations working in area of HIV/AIDS malaria prevention and treatment, yesterday at the National Assembly, in Abuja.
From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
he residents Ife federal constituency has given a positive nod to state of Osun Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, to vie for a second term in 2014. The endorsement which took place during a quarterly empowerment scheme organised by lawmaker representing the district, Hon. Rotimi Makinde held at Ife Palace Square. Thousands of Ife residents present unanimously adopted the candidature of Aregbesola for second term in 2014, noting that the city and state has witnessed landmark development in the past three years under the current administration. Makinde noted that his commitment to the scheme was a conviction that arose from passion to serve the people and reduce the risk of poverty, urging that the gesture will be reciprocated with the right attitude from the beneficiaries. At the ceremony, over 150 market women and youth leaders, drawn from 42 wards were economically empowered by the lawmaker just as another group of youths numbering 150 who were trained by seasoned administrators in various computer skills and IT courses were also paraded and given certificates. Makinde said, “many of our young men and women are capable and desirous of engaging in meaningful economic ventures, and can do a lot for themselves if they are provided with the right and required facilities as well as skills”, adding that, “the largesse was designed to create opportunities for meaningful selfemployment for our youths”. He disclosed that the beneficiaries were carefully nominated by political and community leaders from the 42 wards in the constituency, noting that the beneficiaries cut across political divide. Some of the beneficiaries who expressed their views, commended Makinde, who is the House of Representatives Deputy Chairman on Human Rights, describing him as a true representative of the masses at the parliament. The event which was well attended, had personalities like Deputy Gov, Otunba Laoye Tomori, Commissioner for information, Hon Sunday Akere, Hon Famurewa among others in attendance.
Photo: Mahmud Isa
Osun PDP kicks against South-West zonal congress By Lawrence Olaoye
sun sate chapter of the Peoples Democraric Party (PDP) has kicked against the conduct of a zonal congress in the South West to fill the position of the National Secretary. Chairman and Secretary of the Ogun State Chapter of the PDP, Mr. Adebayo Dayo and Alhaji Semiu Shodipo, have petitioned the national leadership of the party, insisting that the congress must not hold. According to them, it was wrong for the party to contemplate conducting zonal congress, with the aim of beginning a process that would lead to the election of a replacement of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola. The former governor of Osun State vacated office as a result of a Federal High Court judgment, which ruled that the zonal congress that nominated him for the position was illegal. Both Dayo and Shodipo said that the conduct of the proposed zonal congress would be contrary to the court pronouncement on the matter. This was contained in their
petition sent to the Chairman of the National Convention of the party, Prof. Jerry Gana, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Abuja yesterday. Apart from Gana, others copied in the petition were his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Chairman of Board of Trustees of the party, Chief Tony Anenih and President Goodluck Jonathan. Also petitioned were the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur; Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe; Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the party in the South-West, Chief Ishola Filani and the Political Adviser to the President, Mr. Ahmed Gulak. The petition was written by the lawyer to the plaintiffs in the suit Number FHC/ABJ/504/2012 in which judgment was delivered by the Federal High Court removing Oyinlola as the National Secretary, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede. The duo warned that the planned July 11 convention in the zone aimed at electing Oyinlola’s replacement must be put on hold. The two officers of the party said that the court judgment allowed the zone to send a replacement
for Oyinlola as the secretary and not to elect another person. They contended that the INEC report on which basis the affected members of the NWC resigned, excluded the election of the National Secretary at the last convention from its negative finding. This, they insisted, meant that there was no controversy about the validity of the election conducted at the last National Convention of the PDP in March 2012 into the office of National Secretary. “On this basis alone any argument that there ought to be an election to that office at the special convention should be discarded as untenable,” they argued. Though they agreed that the office of the National Secretary is still vacant, they however said that the judgment that sacked Oyinlola made some declarations, which included an order “directing the 3rd Defendant(INEC) to rectify the records of the 2ndDefendant (PDP) by deleting the name of the 1stDefendant (Oyinlola) as the National Secretary of the 2ndDefendant and replacing him
Justice reform team establishes 3 mediation centres in Kano
tate Justice Sector Reform Team yesterday said it had established Community Mediation Centres in each of the three senatorial zones. The Chairman of the team and Commissioner for Justice, Alhaji Maliki Umar, said this while briefing newsmen in Kano. He said the centres, located in Kabuga, Bichi and Takai, were
established to provide alternative dispute resolution mechanism with a view to de-congest the courts. ``For instance, in 2012, the Kabuga Community Mediation Centre successfully mediated 228 complaints.’’ He said the team had also installed an x-ray machine for NDLEA at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, to help stem the tide in
drug trafficking. He said it had also established blood and finger-prints analysis laboratory for the Nigeria Police, which was the first of its kind in the north. Umar said the team was also able to introduce the case tracking system to coordinate the administration of criminal justice by monitoring the movement and progress of criminal
cases within the key institutions. He said the state executive council had sent a bill to the House of Assembly to give legal backing to the team and its activities. The team, which has representatives from judiciary, security agencies and other stakeholders, is being supported by the Department For International Development(DFID). ( NAN)
in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the 2ndDefendant with a candidate nominated at a valid congress of the South West Zonal Chapter of the 2nd Defendant to be held within twenty-one (21) days of the order of the court.” While saying that the court judgment that removed Oyinlola also prescribed the procedure for his replacement, they argued that the “procedure for his replacement as prescribed by the order of court is by the nomination of an authentic candidate of the South-West Zone of the PDP Zonal Congress of the Party to be conducted within 21 days of the judgment.” They expressed their happiness that the party had complied with the judgment up to the point of accepting the invalidity of the South West Zonal Congress of the party conducted in March 2012 and the consequent invalidity of the nomination of Oyinlola. On the way forward, they appealed to the party to also await the emergence of the nominee of the South -West Zone at its forthcoming Zonal Congress, “who should then merely be sworn in as National Secretary on the basis of the valid election already conducted into that office, at the National convention of the party in March 2012, as confirmed by the INEC report.” Before now, Oyinlola had also said his office was not vacant, but Filani disagreed. The Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Tony Okeke, refused to speak on the matter, saying it is subjudice.
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Group urges NASS to review NEITI Act T he African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD) has called on the National Assembly to review the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) Act 2007 to enhance transparency. The Executive Director of the Centre, Dr Otive Igbuzor, made the call yesterday in Abuja at the Policy Dialogue on the Natural Resource Charter and NEITI Act.
Igbuzor said that the objective of the Act was to ensure due process, transparency and accountability, to eliminate all forms of corrupt practices in the extractive industries. `` We call on the national assembly to embark on the process of reviewing the Act in the area of enforcement of sanctions and confidentiality. `` This will enable NEITI to perform or carry out its mandates
more efficiently and effectively,’’ he said. Igbuzor added that it would assist Nigeria to chart a path towards a more equitable and sustainable use of its abundant resources in the extractive sector. The executive director said that NEITI had a clear theory that could enhance rate of economic growth and development if properly implemented by relevant authorities.
He decried poor implementation of the Act and other laws by relevant authorities. Igbuzor expressed the hope that the recommendations from the dialogue would help in making suggestion for the amendment of the Act. Earlier, the Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Malam Auwal Rafsanjani, urged the assembly to strengthen its oversight
function on NEITI to improve accountability in the oil and gas industry. Rafsanjani also called on the legislature to unravel the truth about indicted agencies in the three NEITI reports from 1999 to 2001. According to him, it is necessary for the legislature to investigate the findings of NEITI, to take corrective measures against the rot in the indicted agencies. (NAN)
NGF will emerge stronger, says Gov. Akpabio By Mike Etim, Uyo
L-R: Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Rivers state, Governor, Mr Chibuike Amaechi, driving out with Kano state Governor, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, after the NGF meeting on Wednesday night, in Abuja. Photo: NAN
overnor Godswill Akpabio has assured that the Nigerian Governors’ Forum would come out of the present fracas as a stronger and more formidable organisation to foster development and progress in the country. Akpabio who stated this recently when he received executive members of Association of Movie Producers led by its President, Mr. Zulu Okafor at Governor’s Office, Uyo, added that the Forum was planning to merge soon. According to him, ‘’People think that Nigerian Governors’ Forum is divided, we are not because we know ourselves. We are His Excellencies, so we will come back in a very excellent manner than we were before because we are all committed to Nigeria. ‘’It is unfortunate that what is happening is attracting much attention and people are writing and writing. But maybe we will be able to put fact straight so that Nigerians can actually see the perspective. As leaders, our job is to ensure peace”, e said.
Governor Akpabio while advising Nollywood to guide against internal rancour, applauded the industry for restoring Nigeria’s image at the global scene, noting that before the advent of nollywood, the story about Nigeria was all about fraud. “You people have done so much that today the entire world is watching Nigeria. You have changed the story of Nigeria. Before Nollywood, the story of Nigeria was all about 419. I am sorry about the piracy. That was why I applauded what the President did when he organised a dinner for you to celebrate Nollywood at 20 and made a donation of about N3 billion to develop the industry. I find out that we should institute a prize to encourage producers, actors and actresses”, Akpabio opined. “I pledged a token to support the President’s action. I want you people to use this small token to encourage the growth of the industry. My meeting with you today was just to redeem that pledge because I think it was taking too much time”. Akpabio, later presented a cheque of N50 million to the President of the association, Mr. Zik Zulu Okafor.
PDP ‘ll win 2015 governorship election Gov. Dickson lauds judiciary in Nasarawa State, says Speaker
peaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Musa Ahmed, said yesterday that his party, PDP, would win the governorship seat in the 2015 general elections. Ahmed said this while speaking with newsmen in Lafia on his return from legislative studies tour of German, Polish and British parliaments. He said “with the strong structures of PDP on ground and the thousands of those that decamped from other political parties in the state, we will win the 2015 governorship election.” “PDP had already built its structures in order to capture its
governorship seat in the state come 2015.” The speaker said that with the ``developmental strides’’ of the previous PDP government, people would vote massively for the party in 2015 general elections. “I am appealing to our aggrieved members who left for other political parties, to see the need of returning home.” He said the required machinery was on ground to ensure level play field to all members “of our great party in the state’’. “I am assuring all those that
decamped to PDP of total support and close working relationship as the party is working tirelessly to win the governorship seat in 2015.” Ahmed said that the party would build and continue to rebuild its structures for optimal results in the state and the country at large. According to him, the PDP is not only focusing on the governorship seat but would want to make sure that the party wins all the elections in 2015. Ahmed congratulated those that defected to the party last Saturday, saying that they took the right decision at the right time. (NAN)
for upholding election
ov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa yesterday commended the Nigerian judiciary over Wednesday’s Federal High Court verdict that dismissed the suit challenging his election by former Gov. Timipre Sylva. In a statement in Yenagoa by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr Daniel Iworiso-Markson, the governor expressed satisfaction with the judgment of the court, presided over by Justice Akambi Lambo.
PDP has lost control of members, says ex-lawmaker
former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Independence Ogunewe, said in Abuja on Thursday that the PDP had lost disciplinary power over its members. Ogunewe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the PDP leadership should wake up and tackle the crisis in the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) He said that the crisis in the NGF could truncate the unity of the country, if it was not checked, warning
that the PDP leadership should desist from over-heating the polity. According to him, what is happening in the PDP can make way for the opposition to grab power from the PDP in 2015. He said that members of the PDP within the forum were playing into the hands of the opposition, noting that ``politics in the NGF is simple but difficult for the PDP’’. Ogunewe said that for the leadership of the PDP to make meaningful headway, there was need
for somebody in the party to whip members of the party into line. He said that the interest of some governors in the NGF appeared to be overriding the party’s interest. ``Governors in North are lining with the opposition in the NGF because they believe that the North should be given opportunity to produce the next president of Nigeria.’’ The former lawmaker expressed worry over the politicking in the NGF, saying that the development might
snowball to a crisis that would not augur well for the country’s nascent democracy. Ogunewe said that the crack in the NGF was gradually moving the nation’s democracy backwards. ``We should not give room for any crisis that could lead to military coup or civil war in Nigeria because no nation has survived two civil wars.’’ He advised politicians to be careful and to play the game according to the rules, to foster enduring democracy in the country. (NAN)
``The victory is for the nation’s thriving democracy and for the people of the state. No legal battle instituted or about to be instituted can distract us from delivering the dividends of democracy to our people. ``This judgment is a welcome development for the people of the state,’’ the statement said. The court had ruled that there should be an end to litigation on the case brought before it by Sylva challenging the emergence of Dickson as the PDP candidate in February 2012 governorship election in the state. The judgment faulted the process adopted by the plaintiff, noting that the case which had been entertained by too many courts, was rested by the Supreme Court. The court held that the repetitive filing of the case was an abuse of judicial process, adding that the matter had exceeded the constitutional three months period for litigation as stipulated by the Electoral Act. The statement said that the ruling had further confirmed his earlier submission that the nation’s judiciary remained the last hope of the common man. (NAN)
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DEPOWA holds annual week By Joy Baba
efence and Police Officers’ Wives Association (DEPOWA), a Non Governmental Organisation which has the main aim of “transforming lives of families in the armed forces and police barracks” is scheduled to hold its annual week from June 28th to 3rd 2013. The theme for this year’s week is “DEPOWA Legacy: Issues and Challenges, with the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan as the special guest of honor.
President of the sssociation who is also wife of the Chief of Defence Staff, Hajia Modupe Ibrahim, while addressing journalist yesterday said the weeklong event will feature prayers in mosques and churches, road walk and visit to the less privileged, among other events. She explained that the association was originally conceived to carter for wounded soldiers in the hospitals and civilians adding that with the growing societal needs, they had to expand the scope to accommodate other needs.
Road sector reforms will not consume FERMA, says Minister By Miriam Humbe
he Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, has told the Federal Maintenance Agency (FERMA) not to feel threatened by the proposed new roads sector bill. The minister said this when he received the Chairman, Board of Directors of FERMA, Olajide Adeniji, and management of the agency. The Minister explained that
the essence of the restructuring was not to witch-hunt anyone but to reposition the roads sector to meet with international best practices. He said, “nobody is abrogating FERMA as the restructuring is designed to strengthen roads habilitation, reconstruction and maintenance.” He noted however that FERMA may not retain its current form but assured that whatever form it takes, it will surely be in the national interest.
Jonathan congratulates Fashola at 50
resident Goodluck Jonathan has written to congratulate Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state on the occasion of his 50th birthday anniversary today. Jonathan prayed God to grant Fashola many more years of commendable service to the people of Lagos state and Nigeria. According to the letter, “on behalf of my family, the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and on
my own behalf, I write to express warm felicitations to you on the landmark occasion of your 50th birthday anniversary. “As you deservedly celebrate this glorious day, it is my prayer that Almighty God who has richly prospered you and ordered your every step this past half century, will continue to bless you with good health and fulfillment in the many more years of worthy service ahead of you.”
Kwara Police arrest three over killing of medical association vice chairman From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
he Kwara state Police Command has arrested three suspects in connection with the assassination of former branch Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr Ariyo Adewumi. The police also paraded three other suspects over an alleged plot to murder a former Chairman of Offa local government council, Prince Saheed Popoola, along with three suspected cultists. While parading the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Olufemi Fabode, said dangerous weapons were seized from the suspects while three stolen vehicles were recovered. According to him, “on April 18, 2013, one Dr. Ariyo Adewumi’m of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin, was attacked and shot dead in his residence at by unknown gunmen. “The hoodlums also ransacked the deceased’s house and made away with valuable items belonging to the deceased’s wife.
“On receiving the information, the scene of crime was immediately visited by police operatives and necessary preliminary investigative action were taken. “In the course of investigations by the SARS operatives, one of the stolen Blackberry mobile phones belonging to the deceased was traced to be in use and it was later recovered from a lady. Fabode said the suspects had confessed to belong to a seven-man armed robbery and that three of them with two other members of the gang, participated in the robbery and killing of the deceased.
L-R: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Dr. Habiba M. Lawal, Minister of Women Affair, Hajiya Zainab Maina, and former Minister of Women Affairs. Mrs. Josephine Anineh, during the national stakeholders de-briefing meeting on the outcome of the 57th Session of the UN commission on status of the women, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Minister lists challenges to education policy management By Abbas Aminu Bamalli
inister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’I, has listed inadequate implementation of National Policy on teacher performance and development and ineffective quality assurance delivery among the major challenges confronting the educational system in the country. The Minister who also identified other factors to include inadequate guidance and counseling system in schools stated this in her keynote address yesterday at the 59th National Council on Education (NCE) in Abuja. She regretted that Nigeria
still has over 10.3 million outof-school children. According to her, for Nigeria to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Education For All (EFA), the Ministry has adopted strategic priority programmes which include National Campaigns on Access, Almajiri Education Programme, Back to School Drives, Adult and Mass Literacy and Albinism Education. Rqayyatu explained that the Almajiri Education Programme introduced by the Federal Government to reduce the number of out-of-school children was aimed at streamlining the Almajirinci system into the basic education programme.
She said that the measure would provide the almajirai with the opportunity to develop skills that will make them contribute to national development. In his speech, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, represented by the FCT Secretary of Education, Malam Kabir Usman noted that there were enormous challenges in the education sector. He said that concerted efforts had been made to ensure that the FCT College of Education, Zuba, gets its Governing Board in order to assume proper administrative and management status it requires to function effectively.
Sokoto builds two polythene processing plants
okoto state Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Jabbi Kilgori, on Thursday said the government had established two polythene processing plants. He said that the plants, costing N15 million were located in Yabo and Gwadabawa towns. Kilgori told the News Agency Of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that the plants which will take off soon, would process huge quantities of polythene bags collected from the environment. ``The plants will be processing polythene bags to be collected by
1,000 youths who will be engaged to work at the plants. ``The youth will be placed on special remuneration, based on the quantity of polythene bags they collected on a pay-as-you-collect basis.’’ The Commissioner said that the bye-products of the plants would include soft and light polythene products and other raw materials. He said that 1,000 youth would be trained and equipped with uniforms, hand gloves, hand clamps and other needed materials.
Kilgori said the state and the Federal Government had jointly set up a third polythene processing plant at Kwannawa in Dange/ Shuni local government area of the state. ``The state government provided the land, access roads and other utilities at the plant, while the Federal Government provided the machines. ``The establishment of the polythene processing plants is because of the heaps of polythene bags which littered our towns and cities.’’ (NAN)
Adamawa registers 26,000 orphans
damawa government said it had registered 26,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in the 21 local government areas of the state. Hajia Halima Hayatu, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social Development and Integration,
told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola that it had also constituted a committee to address the OVC problems in the state. “So far, a total of 26,000 OVCs were registered across the state from 2011 to date and a steering committee was also constituted to address their
problems, ” Hayatu said. She said members of the committee comprised government officials, NGOs, JNI and CAN, among others, and were mandated to determine and find solutions to the problems of orphans and vulnerable children in the state.
Hayatu said the immediate causes of orphaning and vulnerability of children in the state were high maternal mortality during child birth. She said others included accidental death, communal conflicts that resulted in death of parents and ailments such as HIV and AIDS. (NAN)
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Are these kind-hearted creatures the best mums in the animal kingdom? We look at dogs, cats and other animals who adopted youngsters from other species. By Fran Wetzel
eckon the animal kingdom is a cruel place? Well, yes, there is a lot of eat or be eaten. But we’ve dug out some heartwarming displays of inter-species love - with these amazing creatures playing mum to abandoned youngsters. Take a look at our unlikely foster mothers - and let us know which is your favourite in the comments below. 1) Mother pug Check out this kind-hearted female pug who thought nothing of nursing three tiger cubs. She took the cubs - who will soon outgrow her small frame - into her care after they were abandoned by their own mother in Sochi, Russia. 2) Cat mothers rabbit Bubbles the bunny lost her mum when she was just a week old. But the lucky critter was rescued by Snaggle Puss who adopted her into her own litter of kittens in Rotherham, South Yorks. 3) Chimp adopted by bull mastiff This little chimpanzee was lucky after a zoo worker took it home when it failed to bond with its mum. The worker’s own mastiff and her puppies accepted the baby chimp into the fold. 4) Lioness adopts Oryx Instead of eating this little Oryx, a kind lioness adopted it instead. It can be seen following the youngster around the bush in Samburu National Park, Kenya, and looking after it. 5) Gosling raised by peacocks The newborn gosling thought it was a peacock after being raised
Amazing ... animal pairings by a group of the colourful birds. The two-week-old was adopted by a peahen named Valentine after she accidentally sat on goose eggs bought from a shop in Hampshire. 6) Dog cares for monkey Pomeranian Guddi looked after a baby monkey when it was just a few weeks old. The tiny dog nursed the youngster, groomed and carried him when he got tired in Varanasi, India. 7) Labrador mothers cheetah cubs
Lisha the Labrador was clearly born to be a mum - fostering 30 orphans ranging from pygmy hippos, a porcupine, a mongoose, kittens, a barn owl and these adorable cheetah cubs. Josh and Jordan were given to her to look after by owners Rob and Nadine Hall who run a wildlife ranch in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. 8) Gorilla takes kitten under its wing The size difference between Koko the gorilla and the kitten named All Ball could not be bigger. But the gorilla, who is fluent in
American sign language, took the little mewler to its heart and even named him herself. She plays with the little cat and even tried to nurse him. 9) Capybara and her dachshund pup Capybara Cheesecake took in eight little dachshund pups including this cute little youngster. The litter had been abandoned at Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas, US. But Cheesecake stepped up to the plate to nurse the dog babies back to health so they can find new families. 10) Tiger adopts piglets This doting tigress has been a foster mum to piglets since she was
two years old. This is her nursing three new little piglets at Sriracha Tiger Zoo outside Bangkok, Thailand. Bengal Saimai’s kind nursing of the porkers comes after she was raised by a pig until she was four months old. The little ones even get their own tiger-print coats - not to blend in but to keep warm in the cold enclosure. 11) Tiny pig finds mum in Rhodesian Ridgeback This cute cuddle says it all. Surrogate mum Katjinga, eight, could not let this runt-of-the-litter piglet starve so she fed it with her own milk. Paulinchen, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig, clearly loves her new mum as this adorable snap shows. 12) Sheep plays mum to elephant Skaap the sheep took on a rather heavy duty raising this mammal - a 440lb elephant. The odd pairing happened at Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center in South Africa after elephant cub Jabulani was abandoned by its mum. Jabulani would charge any animal that came near - apart from Skaap. And the duo have been inseparable ever since. 13) Macaque adopts kitten A wild long-tailed macaque found its maternal side when this abandoned cat crossed its path in Bali. The monkey cared for the kitten at Monkey Forest in Ubud - grooming and even carrying the tabby across the forest floor. 14) Chihuahua adopts meerkat What are you looking at? Chihuahua Kimi and meerkat Wilson even mimic each other’s reactions after Kimi saved Wilson from starvation. He was shunned at birth, so Kimi - who was lactating as part of a phantom pregnancy - gave the youngster her milk. Now they seem inseparable in Mablethorpe, Lincs. Source: TheSun.co.uk
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Home-based Elephants storm Nigeria July 3
26-man delegation of the home-based National Team of Cote d’Ivoire will fly into Lagos on the evening of Wednesday next week, for Saturday’s 2014 African Nations Championship qualifying match against their Nigerian counterparts. This was disclosed yesterday by the Nigeria Football Fed-
eration (NFF) after it received confirmation from Federation Ivoirienne de Football, informing them they will arrived in an Asky Airline flight at about 6.40pm on July3. Cote d’Ivoire hosted the inaugural edition of the African Nations Championship in 2009, won by Democratic Republic of Congo. Nigeria was absent at
the finals, having been eliminated by Ghana. The 2011 finals in Sudan also held without Nigeria, eliminated by Niger Republic, and was won by Tunisia. Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Enebi Achor, confirmed also yesterday that the 24 players invited by Coach Stephen Keshi are all expected to report
at the Bolton White Apartments in Abuja on Sunday. Saturday’s confrontation at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium will be the first meeting at senior level between both nations since Nigeria eliminated tournament favourites Cote d’Ivoire in the quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa earlier in the year.
FIFA U-20: Olarenwaju’s header earns Nigeria second round ticket By Patrick Andrew
ayode Olarenwaju’s 9 minutes goal was all that the Flying Eagles needed to reach the second round of the FIFA World Youth Championships at the expense of their Asian counterparts, the Korea Republic. The match decided in Istanbul was a crucial for both teams especially Nigeria that had trailed Korea Republic by a point. The sleek forward made that certain when converted a free kick played by Abdul Jeleel Ajagun for the only goal of the match.
The junior Eagles would have increased the tally when Onyinye Ndidi took advantage of Korea’s loose marking of another set-pieces but he failed to direct the nod well. The Eagles, who were determined to leave no stone unturned, were in complete control of the early exchanges, with Kayode almost doubling his tally from a tight angle after a fine ball from Olaitan Michael. Fairskin Olaitan was phenomenal as he dictated the pace from the midfield stopping he opponents’ efforts to drill passes and in one of such he plotted an attack that
found Olarenwaju almost scoring what would have been a candidate for goal of the tournament. Song Juhun forced the Heartland FC forward wide after a high ball, but from the right side of the penalty area, Kayode hooked the ball back and was agonisingly close to scoring a superb lob. The South Koreans were lacking the rhythm that had so impressed against Portugal, with that disjointed nature continuing into the second period, while Nigeria were producing some fine flowing football at times.
Even so, Korea Republic saw plenty more of the ball in the second-half but they were leaving themselves open to counterattacks. Ajagun was given an open sight of goal of on the break, but a heavy touch saw his eventual shot charged down. There was plenty of energy on show, but invention was largely lacking. As such, Nigeria were happy to try to limit chances as best possible and hold on to a result that sees them qualify, playing the second-place side from Group F. Korea Republic, on the other hand, have an anxious wait.
Kayode Olarenwaju darted away in celebration after he scored what turned out to be the only goal of the match
2 FIFA badge referees fail second quarter fitness test
wo FIFA-badged referees Tunde Abidoye, an assistant men’s referee and a female referee, Hadiza Musa have failed the fitness test for the second quarter of 2013. According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the two referees had earlier passed their medical tests, but failed to complete the
mandatory laps of race to test for their physical fitness. Abidoye dropped off after the sixth lap, while Musa dropped at the seventh, instead of the 15 and 12 laps for male and female, respectively. No fewer than 23 FIFA badge referees were tested. They were made up of five male referees,
four assistant male referees. The other categories of referees that participated included two female referees, four assistant female referees, four beach soccer referees and four Futsal referees. Their failure was confirmed by Ahmed Maude, President of the Nigeria Referees Association
(NRA), who was present at the venue -- the training pitch of the Abuja National Stadium. Maude stressed that those that failed did not have reasons to fail, but that they would be re-tested to defend their badges. ``Generally, the test is rated fair because just two people
failed out of 23 that were tested. But I believe that they will go back and train better for them to defend their badge in August’’. The quarterly fitness test is carried out by the NRA, in conjunction with the Nigeria Football Association, to ascertain the fitness levels of the match referees.
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Sports Okubule wants referees to be more professional
igerian referees will have international engagements if they are more professional and proficient in their application of the rules of the game, according to Festus Okubule, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA). Okubule, who believes that some Nigerian referees had dropped in standard of their officiating, urged them to show more commitment to the job in order to portray the body in good light. Fondly called ‘Show Boy’ in his hie days as referee, Okubule
said in Lagos yesterday that the inconsistencies of some Nigerian referees had been bane for their neglect at international level. ``During our time we were committed, match officiating to us then was not a means to an end; but rather it was more of a hobby. In the past we were particular about the reputation of our country; we would not do anything to soil that name. ``Our integrity was not negotiable; we preferred to make a name for the country and our family; I don’t know how it is nowadays but it appears referees are not committed,’’ the retired
FIFA referee said. The former FIFA instructor added that refereeing was more of a hobby in his active days. ``Refereeing was like a hobby then, because most of us were gainfully employed in our various fields of endeavour. At that time if you are not working then you could operate as a full time referee. ``We didn’t see it as a source of livelihood, I was a manger at Guinness at the time I started officiating,’’ he added. Okubule stressed that the continued absence of the country’s referees from major international
events had become worrisome. “It is sad that hardly would you find a Nigerian referee officiating in a FIFA or CAF organised competitions, because the selections are made purely on health and fitness grounds. “For the 18 years that I was a match official I never failed the fitness test for once; even when I was going to retire,’’ the former NRA chairman said. Okubule was the first Nigerian referee to officiate at a FIFA tournament, when he officiated at the 1983 U-20 World Cup in Mexico.
World’s smallest champ hits Dubai
e is only 1.52 metres tall – not even 5 ft – but Xiao Zhao Zhong is big news in Dubai this week. The little Chinese champion has to defend his WBC minimumweight title against a hard-hitting southpaw Filipino, Denver Cuello. The bout on Friday night is the first “world” title fight to be held in Dubai and the 3 000 seats at the Trade Centre venue are expected to be sold out. Competing in a division also known as strawweight and miniflyweight, the two are likely to weigh around 47.5 kg. But there will be no shortage of action and amazing punching power. Xiao faces a tough test against the mandatory challenger. Cuello boasts a professional record of 334-6, including 21 wins inside the distance. Xiao’s record stands at 20-4-1, with 11 shortcut wins. The now 30-year-old Xiao won
the vacant title in his hometown of Kumning on November 24 last year when he beat Javier Martinez Resendiz on points after Cuello had agreed to step aside for $25 000. The 26-year-old Cuello has been fighting as a professional for nine years and is the WBC silver champion in the division. He has
lost only once since June 2006 when he was disqualified in the second round. He has beaten good boxers such as Ganigan Lopez, Ivan Meneses and former IBF champion Muhammad Rachman. Xiao has also been around for a while. In May 2009 he challenged Daisuke Naito for the
WBC flyweight title but lost on points. Because of his lack of height, Xiao tends to keep coming forward to fight on the inside. It should therefore be an excellent fight between two boxers with brilliant hand speed and good defence. Cuello’s reach could be the deciding factor.
Jordan hires Egypt’s Hassan as coach
ordan has appointed Egypt great Hossam Hassan to coach the national team through the Asian qualifying playoffs for the World Cup. Hassan replaces Iraqi Adnan Hamad, who resigned this month after Jordan reached the playoffs with a 1-0 win over Oman. But by then, Hamad was under increasing fire from Jordan fans and media for the team’s stuttering campaign. Hassan will take charge from next month, tasked with beating Uzbekistan in a two-leg playoff in September. The winner then faces the fifth-placed side from South America in November for a berth in Brazil next year. Jordan has never played in a World Cup.
Xiao Zhao Zhong, the world’s smallest boxer
Ahmed Maude, President of NRA
Hockey league kicks off in July, says NHF President
he President, Nigeria Hockey Federation (NHF), Patrick Ukah, on Thursday said that the National Hockey League would kickoff in July. Ukah, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday, expressed optimism that funds meant to facilitate the running of the league would be released on time, for the competition to begin on schedule. ``All things being equal, we will kick-off with the Atlantic Conference and go to the Savannah Conference in July. ``We will also be participating in the International Energy Insurance (IEI) Plc finals in August and select those who will represent us in the League Championship,’’ Ukah said. He revealed that the national hockey team would participate in the Nations Cup in Kenya. ``In September, the national team is supposed to go to Kenya for the Nations Cup and go to the African Club Championship in November. This, in a nutshell, is an outline of our programme for the year,’’ Ukah added.
Handball crisis: Court grants joint suit request By Emmanuel Eko
Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted the plea of 24 current and retired handballers seeking to be joined in the suit earlier filed by the Mega Veterans Handball against the National Sports Commission, the Sports Minister, the board of the Handball Federation of Nigeria and Dauda Yusuf, among others. Peoples Daily Sports recalls that the suit had been filed seeking the annulment of the
elections into the board of the HFN, a development that hindered the inauguration of the board led by Dauda Yusuf. Subsequently, others suited to be joined in the suit as they challenged the validity of the exercise and were granted on Tuesday, according to release made available to the press. Counsel to the 24 current and former players, Mr. Terence Vembe argument received boost when Mr. G.O. Egbule, counsel to Mega Veterans that had originated the summons, raised no objection which left the presiding
Judge Hon. Justice E.S. Chukwu in no doubt as to what option to take. Meanwhile, Vembe, a former player of the Benue Buffaloes Handball Club, Makurdi informed the court that the 4th defendant, Alhaji Dauda Yusuf was still parading himself as the President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria, despite the fact the case is pending court. He was said to have gone to embassies, especially Sweden, where he sought to secure visa to travel on official engagements for the federation.
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Spain never tire of winning, Casillas boasts back. For goalkeepers, confidence comes from games and minutes. So whenever someone gives you an opportunity or shows faith in you, it always gives you a boost. How important, then, was your first touch of the ball against Uruguay? Your first touch nearly always decides how the rest of your game will turn out. That first bit of contact helps your confidence, and I honestly felt good and comfortable, although I knew I’d be under a lot of scrutiny. Because of that, I tried to step back from it all and focus purely on doing my best, and on working with my team to win the game. After each of Spain’s re-
cent triumphs, you’ve been there in all the photos, wearing the captain’s armband and holding the trophy aloft. Did you fear, at any stage last season, that you might never experience anything like that again? Obviously, when your doctor tells you that you’ve got a broken hand, you start to have one or two doubts. Luckily, though, my recovery was quicker than anticipated. I knew that if I wasn’t playing for my club, it would be difficult to get back into the national team. But Vicente [Del Bosque] followed my progress very closely, and fortunately my hand has healed amazingly well. I’d even say it’s
he 2012/13 season was an unusual one for Iker Casillas. After suffering a hand injury at the turn of this year, the 32-yearold goalkeeper lost his place in the first team at Real Madrid and found himself out in the cold for nearly five months. It was an unprecedented situation for the iconic Spain captain, who had, until then, been Real’s undisputed No1. Casillas returned to action against Uruguay in La Roja’s opening match at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. The experienced goalkeeper has more international caps than any other player at this year’s competition – a competition that Spain tried in vain to win four years ago. He also expresses his hopes for Spain at Brazil 2013 and beyond. What was it like to return to the starting line-up after so long without playing? Is it true that it felt like a second debut? It’s partly true. It wasn’t a completely new feeling, but it was certainly different. When you’ve been out for five months, it takes a while to get everything straight in your head. Luckily my coach and team-mates have treated me extremely well, because that’s important when you’re finding your way
better than before! (laughs). On your return, however, you found yourself in the unusual position of having to sit on the bench at Real Madrid. How did you deal with that period? By thinking of the team and wanting what’s best for Real Madrid. I cried, suffered, felt bad and had nights where I slept little, if at all. I’m a Madridista through and through, and before everyone else – coaches, presidents, directors of football, even myself – the club always comes first. During that time, you received many public messages of support. Were there any that particularly stood
We’ve created this pressure for ourselves over the past few years, but we know we have to keep enjoying it. This team never gets tired of playing football, and always wants to win
out? No. But a lot of people helped me deal with being injured, which was a situation I’d never experienced before. I always try to be respectful. When you’re not playing, as was the case with me, you have to accept it, work hard, be patient and keep going. It’s no big deal. Did you ever consider leaving Real Madrid? I would love to finish my career at Real Madrid. But I would not cause a scene if, one day, a coach were to come along and decide he doesn’t need me. Only then would I look elsewhere. And I repeat: Real is my priority. This club has given me everything, and it’s thanks to them that I’m wearing this Spain shirt today. Speaking of the national team, and with the Italy game coming up, how important is it for Spain to win the FIFA Confederations Cup? It’s extremely important, because if Spain don’t reach the final, the critics will say we’re not the team we were before. If we win, it’ll be business as usual. We’ve created this pressure for ourselves over the past few years, but we know we have to keep enjoying it. This team never gets tired of playing football, and always wants to win. I think we’re the major power at the moment, but there may well come a time when it’s difficult for us to keep repeating the success. Is the responsibility to win this competition any different to how it was four years ago, in South Africa? This team is nothing like the one from four years ago. Yes, we had just won the EURO, but our success had come as a surprise to many people. Back then I don’t think even we understood the role we had played in it all. Obviously, once you’ve won a World Cup, your mentality and responsibilities change. I’m not saying we now feel superior every time we play. But we do believe that, with our way of playing, we can achieve great things. We absolutely want to win it, as doing so would mean this generation has won every title possible. We’re lucky that our young players are winning titles. Vicente [Del Bosque] has always brought U-21 players through to the senior side, putting them in the spotlight and giving them playing time so that, eventually, they’re able to take over from the older guys. It’s true that time waits for no man. Some players will soon be turning 30, and there are already a few thirtysomethings! (laughs). Some of us will choose to carry on, others won’t, depending on how we feel physically and mentally. And some might just get tired of seeing the same old faces. Spanish football needn’t worry, though: the new players coming through are good enough to compete and win titles. Finally, would you say you’re feeling happy again? Yes, I really have got my happiness back. It’s always difficult when you find yourself in a situation you’ve never experienced before. It hasn’t been easy, but now I’ve turned the corner, I’m a dif-
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P-i-c-t-o-r-i-a-l 1. Britain womenâ€™s head coach Damian Jennings has pleaded with UK Sport not to remove their funding after failing to make the final eight at EuroBasket. 2. European amateur champion Andrew Selby will not be allowed to box for Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 3. World junior 200 metres champion Delano Williams will represent Great Britain after switching allegiance from his native Turks and Caicos Islands.
4. On the tenth anniversary of his tragic death, it is truly poignant that a FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final will be taking place and MarcVivien Foeâ€™s life and legacy will be celebrated. Football will never forget him. 5. Queensland won a typically fiery Australian State of Origin game 26-6 to level the series with New South Wales at 1-1 amid blood and brawls.
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THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ADEYINKA ODUKOYA -PRESIDENT 2. ALABI IBIKUNLE -SECRETARY 3. OSILAJA KABIRU -TREASURER. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO SEE TO THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION. PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: FALEYE O. IMUSE 08060145145.
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OPEOLUWA BROTHERS AND LADIES CLUB
THE BETHEL OF CHRIST EVANGELICAL CHURCH
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CLUB HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, CAP 1 OF 1990.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990.
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. OLALEKAN AFOLABI AJIROBA 2. MORUFUDEEN AJANI OLAWUNMI 3. MR. BAYO IBRAHIM 4. MRS. TOPE AJAYI 5. MRS. ASHABI BELLO.
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PROPHETESS ABOSEDE ISHOLA 2. PASTOR OLAIDE ADEDEJI ISHOLA 3. PASTOR SUNDAY ISHOLA
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: TO FOSTER UNITY AMONG MEMBERS
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL 2. TO CARRY OUT MISSIONARY AND EVANGELICAL WORK ALL AROUND THE WORLD.
ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION. PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION.
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
GRACE AMBASSADORS INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL CENTRE
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CENTRE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. APOSTLE WILLIAM CHINEBU 2. MR. UCHENNA CHINEBU 3. MR. CHIMEZIE CHINEBU 4. MR. CHIZOBA CHINEBU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD. 2. TO EVANGELISE AND WIN SOULS TO THE SERVICE OF GOD ALMIGHTY. 3. TO ESTABLISH LOCAL BRANCHES FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL WORLDWIDE. 4. TO ORGANISE OUTREACH CRUSADES, SEMINARS, WORKSHOP AND REVIVAL SERVICES FOR THE WORK OF THE GOSPEL. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: APOSTLE WILLIAM CHINEBU
CHURCH WELFARE INITIATIVE
COMPATRIOTS WITHOUT BOUNDARIES FOR UNITY IN NIGERIA FOUNDATION
HAR AMDO FOUNDATION
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. OLUSOGA ANDREW OLUDEMI - CHAIRMAN 2. BARRISTER FRANCIS EMEKA OJEIH - SECRETARY 3. MR. ADEDOYIN FETUGA 4. MR. IFIOK EKANEM 5. BARRISTER BOLANLE ABIODUN OYELADE 6. BARRISTER KINGSLEY TOCHUKWU UDEH 7. BARRISTER OLUSEGUN VICTOR ADESANYA 8. MRS BUKOLA OSSAI AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROVIDE MATERIAL AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND BELIEVERS IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. 2. TO PROVIDE AIDS, SUPPORTS, RELIEFS OR HELP THAT MAINTAINS AND RESTORES CHURCH WELL-BEING. 3. TO SUPPORT CHURCH MISSIONARIES AND MISSIONS, AS WELL AS SEMINARIANS BOTH IN NIGERIA AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES. 4. TO SUPPORT CHURCH SERVICES AND WORSHIPS, WITHOUT REGARD TO DENOMINATION, CREED, RACE OR COUNTRY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARRISTER PAUL E. UTI (JP) 08035910306, 08028798278
DE PIONEERS SOCIAL CLUB
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED BODY HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. KINGSLEY CHUKWUEMEKA OKORO 2. KENECHUKWU OBUMSELU AGU 3. NNAMDI ARTHUR ESOWE 4. OKECHUKWU NNAMDI OKECHUKWU
- CHAIRMAN - SECRETARY
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE ABSOLUTE PATRIOTISM AND THE ADOPTION OF A COUNTRY FIRST ATTITUDE AMONGST ALL NIGERIANS. 2. TO CREATE A PLATFORM FOR INTERACTION, SELF DEVELOPMENT, EMPOWERMENT AND COLLABORATION FOR YOUNG NIGERIANS FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROJECTING UNITY, PEACE AND TOLERANCE IN NIGERIA. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420,TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED KINGSLEY CHUKWUEMEKA OKORO CHAIRMAN
EHA-ALUMONA UNITED ASSOCIATION, ABUJA
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1 OF 1990.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAME HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990.
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. SAMUEL OBAGBEMI 2. MR. AFOLABI SUNDAY 3. MR. ARINZE WILLIAMS 4. MR. BABATUNDE BOLA 5. MR. LUKAS JOSEPH 6. MR. LEKE OMONIYI 7. MR. OKE CHUKWU EZE 8. MR. ABDULKADIR SAMUEL 9. MR. DANIEL BONIFACE
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. LUKE ASANYA - CHAIRMAN 2. AROH EDWIN SUNDAY ESQ - SECRETARY 3. ERNEST EZUGWORIE - FIN. SECRETARY 4. ALHAJI TAOFEEQ FASHINA - TREASURER 5. GODWIN CHUKWUKA UKWUEZE - PRO 6. STANLEY UKWUMA - EX. OFFICIO MEMBER 7. SIMON ONAH - EX-OFFICIO MEMBER
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO FOSTER LOFTY AND CORDIAL RELATIONSHIP AMONG MEMBERS 2. TO HELP THE LESS PRIVILEDGE IN THE SOCIETY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. AKINTOYE OLAWALE 07030820506, 08057340446
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420,TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA P.M.B 198, GARKI A
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. KANENG SARAH DAZE 2. ABUBAKAR BAPPA 3. JANET JATAU-HIRSE 4. MWANSAT MICHAEL HIRSE ESQ 5. REV. EMMANUEL SHEKA 6. DR. KENNETH MAIKANO 7. AISHATU ILIYA 8. MALIN IDRIS AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO CREATE AWARENESS ON EPILEPSY. 2. TO MAKE POPULACE KNOW ITS SYMPTOM DANGER. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420,TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BARR. ISHAYA SAMMANI RABO 08024043876
GREENHILLS ORPHANAGE HOMES THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAME HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EDUN OMATSOLA FLORENCE 2. EDUN OMATSOLA FRANCIS 3. CHUKWURA JOY OBIOMA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO ACT AS CARE GIVERS TO ORPHANS 2. TO ACT AS CARE GIVERS TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
SIGNED: AROH EDWIN SUNDAY SECRETARY
SIGNED: O. ESIEKPE
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIRLS COLLEGE GUSAU OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
DELIVERANCE MINISTRY VIRGIN ALTAR OF GOD
EGBE ISOKAN AYEGUNLE COMMUNITY, OKEAGBE - AKOKO
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ZAYNAB BASHIR ALIYU 2. HAUWA BALA TAPIDA 3. SADIYA MUAZU MAYANA 4. AMINATU USMAN 5. LAMI HAMZA
6. HADIZA SHEHU LAMIDO 7. CELESTINA UKACHWUKWU EKE 8. SIMISOLA MOSURO 9. ZUWAIRA ALIYU 10. GLORIA IHEYEN
AIMS 1. TO PROMOTE THE IMAGE OF OUR ALMA MATER FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GIRLS COLLEGE GUSAU OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION. 2. TO BRING EX STUDENTS TOGETHER.3.TO STRENGTHEN PAST RELATIONSHIPS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. REV BOMA INITONYE BIPIAMINA 2. MRS FLORENCE IBIGWA BOMA 3. MR ABEL.TAMUNOIMINABO BOMA. AIMS 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1 KAYODE EZEKIEL AKANDE 2 AZZEZ GIDEON COKER 3 JOSEH OJO OLANREWAJU
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
AIMS 1. TO BE APLATFORM FOR THE INTEGRATION OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ABOVE NAME ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
SIGNED: EMMANUEL OKONKWO
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LINEAGE OF HOPE AND LIFE EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ASEGIEME KENNEDY OSHIOGWE 2. ABAM ISREAL WORRIANAME 3. ASEGIEME ATINUKE MORENIKEJI 4. ONUKWUBIRI UZOAMAKA CHIBUEZE 5. NWOKIKE IFEYINWA. NWATOKA AIMS 1. RESTORING THE DIGNITY OF WOMANHOOD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
ASSOCIATION OF TIMBER TRADERS OF TARABA STATE
DEI-DEI MARKET SHOP OWNERS ASSOCIATION
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.
TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ALH YAKUBU USMANU PRESIDENT 2. ZAKARI MAGAJI SEC GENERAL 3. MOSES SHITAPSON FINACIAL SEC 4. MUHD SANI CHINDO SEC TASK FORCE 5. HAMMAN DIKKO ADAMU DISPLI OFICER
TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ALHAJI RUFAI NA ABBA 2. ALHAJI SHEHU AHMED 3. MRS NGOZI ANIGBOGU 4. ALHAJI AMINU HAMZA 5. ALHAJI EJIDE MANSUR 6. MR CHUKWUMA ANIGBOGU 7. ALHAJI TUKUR ABUBAKAR
AIMS 1. TO CATER OF THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
AIMS: 1. FOR PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE MARKET. 2. TO PROMOTE PEACE AMONG MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
ESTU ZHIN CARE FOUNDATION
HOPE ALIVE LADIES INT’L MINISTRY-HOLY GHOST BREEDS
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.
TRUSTEES ARE: 1. HON. (DR.) DANLADI ESTU ZHIN CHAIRMAN 2. SEN. PHILIP TANIMU ADUDA 3. MRS PAULINA KAKA ZHIN 4. EMMANUEL DANLADI ZHIN 5. MALLAM MOHAMMED BASHIR IBRAHIM
TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MRS TALAKIA KURE 2. MRS TONGBET ALHAMDU CHAIRMAN 3. DEACONESS ROSEMARY EZIASHI SECRETARY 4. MISS MAIMUNA MAIDUGU 5. MRS AUGUSTINA CHIBUZOR 6. EVAN. HELEN ANJELUWA 7. BRO. JOSIAH KEN AIMS 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF TOTAL SALVATION TO MANKIND. 2. TO GIVE HOPE AND COMFORT TO HOPELESS AND REACH OUT TO THE LESS PRIVILEGE IN THE SOCIETY.
AIMS 1. TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL AND HUMANITARIAN SUPPORT FOR THE NEEDY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SOLOMON TUNYAN ESQ (SOLICITOR) 08052866281
ODUMU BASKETBALL FOUNDATION THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. VICTOR ODUMU 2. EMIENE OGAH 3. WALIX AJONYE AIMS 1. TO USE SPORT (BASKETBALL CAMP) AS A COMMON LANGUAGE FOR PEACE, FRIENDSHIP AND SPORTMANSHIP. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. ZIGAU BILYAMINU
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. EVELYN OMAJUWA
DIOCESE OF IBADAN
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR CERTIFIED TRUE COPY OF ITS CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION AND THE CHANGE OF ITS TRUSTEED PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT , CAP C20 LFN 2004 (CAMA) OLD TRUSTEES ARE: 1. THE RT. REVD GIDEON ISAAC OLUDIPO OLAJIDE 2. HON. JUSICE TIMOTHY ADEBAYO ADEDIRAN AYORINDE 3. THE VENERABLE JOSEPH OLATUNDE ALAMU NEW TRUSTEES ARE: 1. THE RT. REVD (DR.) JOSEPH OLATUNJI AKINFENWA-BISHOP 2. HON. JUSTICE HELEN MORONKEJI OGUNWUMIJU JCACHANCELLOR 3. THE VEN. JOSEPH WORANOLA-SYNOD SECRETARY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SYNTEGRAL LP
UNITED FRIENDS FAMILY CLUB
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FRIENDS CLUB HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EBUBECHUKWU EMMANUEL 2. ABUCHI EGBUCHIEN 3. JOSEPH ISA 4. IKECHUKWU OFOZOR 5. OTUKE EMURENO AIMS 1. PROMOTION OF CLOSE INTER-PERSONAL RELATIONS AMONG MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. 2. PROVISION OF A CHANNEL FOR SOCIAL INTERATION AND INVESTMENT. 3. SETTING ENVIABLE STANDARDS OF GOOD BEHAVIOUR SOCIAL CONDUCT AND SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AT ALL TIMES. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARRISTER LLOYED OYINKI (LEGAL PRACTITIONER)
VOICE OF LIFE CARE MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ISAAC OMOLEHIN 2. REV. DR. STEPHEN ADE SANUSI 3. REV. SUNDAY OLADEJO 4. REV. EMMANUEL ADEDAYO OSET 5. REV. JOHN DELE ALADE 6. OLURONKE ADEYEMI (MRS) SECRETARY 7. CHRISTIANA OMONIYI YUSUF CHAIRMAN AIMS 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL. 2. TO PROMOTE CHARITY, HELPING THE LESS PRIVILGED, WIDOWS AND ORPHANAGE AND ANY OBJECT ON NGOS IN THEIR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES INCLUDING MINISTRY AND CHURCH MISSIONARY WORK. 3. TO ESTABLISH LOCAL BRANCHES FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL WORLDWIDE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
FOUNDATION FOR PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE IN THE NIGER DELTA
DIVINE OVERCOMER’S MINISTRY INT’L
IJAW UNITY FORUM THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: ANDREW FAWTHROP 5. MRS. ANIRE CELEY OKOGUN SUPO SHADIYA 6. CHIEF EDWIN ONAINA PORBENI DENNIS TODD FLEMMING 7. MINA MARGARET OGBAGA PROF. FEMI AJIBOLA REMOVAL OF A TRUSTEE DENNIS TODD FLEMMING APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL TRUSTEE SAM OGBEMI DAIBO AIMS 1. TO FACILITATE PARTNERSHIP IN DESIGNING AND MANAGING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS THAT IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF LIVING IN THE NIGER DELTA 2. TO GENERATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE AND EQUITABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE NIGER DELTA 3. TO BUILD THE CAPACITY OF GOVERNMENT, NON GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO GENERATE SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: ANOZIE OBINNAYA OBI ESQ.MNI 08036255888
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: BISHOP ANENI GODDEY REV. MRS. ROSALYN ANENI GODSON OSOISE AZEKHUMEN DEACON LUCKY AKHERE ELDER BENJAMIN EBHODAGHE AIMS TO PREACH, TEACH AND PROPAGATE THE TOTAL UNADULTERATED AND UNALLOYED GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST BOTH WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. C.A. OGEDENGBE 07063306933
NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: BOMA GOODHEAD PRESIDENT SHOAL MESE PATTERSON OGON OBELE IROANUSI TUBOTAMUNO DICK SECRETARY AIMS PROMOTE DEVELOPMENT, PEACE AND UNITY AMONG THE ENTIRE IJAW PEOPLE AS A WAY OF ATTAINING ACCELERATED AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. PROMOTE EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS AMONG THE IJAW PEOPLE AS A VERITABLE TOOL FOR ADVANCING THEIR ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIO-CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN NIGERIA AS A WHOLE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: PESIDENT
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ASSOCIATION OF RADIOLOGISTS OF WEST AFRICA
GLORYLAND PRAYERS & CELEBRATION CENTRE
BLESSING TABERNACLE HOME OF PRAYER MINISTRY WORLDWIDE THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990.
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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. CORNERSTONE YINKA SAMUEL CHAIRMAN 2. NWOKEDI DANIEL SECRETARY 3. KAYINDE SOLA TREASURER 4. ZION ONAAH MONDAY 5. OLATUNDE JOKE SARAH AIMS 1. TO PREACH THE WORD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THE WORLD. 2. TO ESTABLISH A BODY OF CHRISTIANS TRAINED IN INTERCESSORY PRAYERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: EMILIA U. OKONJI (ESQ) 07033742877
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Some Interesting Facts
he ‘v’ in the name of a court case does not stand for ‘versus’, but for ‘and’ (in civil proceedings] or ‘against’ (in criminal proceedings] Men’s shirts have the buttons on the right, but women’s shirts have the buttons on the left The owl is the only bird to drop its upper eyelid to wink. All other birds raise their lower eyelids The reason honey is so easy to digest is that it’s already been digested by a bee Roosters cannot crow if they cannot extend their necks The color blue has a calming effect. It causes the brain to release calming hormones Every time you sneeze some of your brain cells die Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart The verb “cleave” is the only English word with two synonymswhich are antonyms of each other: adhere and separate When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red When Hippos are upset, their sweat turns red The first Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in 1903, and used a tomato can for a carburetor The lion that roars in the MGM logo is named Volney Google is actually the common name for a number with a
Leisure million zeros Switching letters is called spoonerism. For example, saying jagof Flapan, instead of flag of Japan It cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic and 200 million to make a film about it The attachment of the human skin to muscles is what causes dimples There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower The sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the sound of nitrogen gas bubbles bursting Human hair and fingernails continue to grow after death It takes about 20 seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body
The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets Most soccer players run 7 miles in a game The only part of the body that has no blood supply is the cornea in the eye. It takes in oxygen directly from the air Every day 200 million couples make love, 400,000 babies are born, and 140,000 people die In most watch advertisements the time displayed on the watch is 10:10 because then the arms frame the brand of the watch (and make it look like it is smiling.) Colgate faced big obstacle marketing toothpaste in Spanishspeaking countries.
Colgate translates into the command “go hang yourself.” The only 2 animals that can see behind it without turning its head are the rabbit and the parrot Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair. The average person laughs 13 times a day Do you know the names of the three wise monkeys? They are: Mizaru(See no evil), Mikazaru(Hear no evil), and Mazaru(Speak no evil) Women blink nearly twice as much as men German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.
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A 25ft-high tidal wave of rubbish: The Philippines financial capital banned disposable plastic shopping bags and styrofoam food containers as part of escalating efforts across the nation’s capital to curb rubbish that exacerbates deadly flooding. Source: Dailymail.co.uk
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QUOTABLE QUOTE If a small group of 36 cannot agree on and respect the outcome of a democratic election, what are the prospects for elections involving millions? — Ms. Anique Claessen, First Secretary, Embassy of The Netherlands in Nigeria, on the crisis in Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF)
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Confederations Cup: Spain beat Italy 7-6 on penalty to meet Brazil in final
esus Navas was the hero as Spain won a dramatic semifinal 7-6 on penalties, after a goalless 120 minutes, to book a long-anticipated meeting with Brazil in the FIFA Confederations Cup Final. Navas converted the winning spot-kick after Leonardo Bonucci was the first player to miss from the spot, with the shoot-out’s 13th attempt. Neither side could be separated after a tense and pulsating 120 minutes. Both sides hit the woodwork in extra time before Navas settled the match. There were early chances for Italy, as Christian Maggio was set free behind the Spain defence and Iker Casillas reacted well. Daniele De Rossi also headed wide from a whipped Andrea Pirlo free kick. Emanuele Giaccherini then picked the ball up on the Italy left before cutting inside and hitting a cross-field ball towards Maggio. He nodded the ball back across goal and Marchisio could only head wide after throwing himself at the ball. Fernando Torres then fired a Spanish warning shot. He held off Andrea Barzagli before brilliantly turning the Juventus defender. Spain’s No9 fired a shot just wide of Gianluigi Buffon’s lefthand post. At half-time, Cesare Prandelli replaced Barzagli with Riccardo Montolivo, with De Rossi dropping back into defence. The second-half started slowly, with Spain retaining possession in the centre of the pitch once again. Andres Iniesta screwed a shot wide, before substitute Jesus Navas saw his low drive comfortably saved by Buffon. Xavi went closest for Spain in the second half of extra time. His drive from distance was tipped onto the post by Buffon. Martinez collected the ball and crossed agonisingly close to Mata, who threw himself at the delivery but could not connect. It was to be Spain’s night, and the Maracana waits for Spain on Sunday, as they head into the FIFA Confederations Cup Final against Brazil.
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Our young voice this week is 27 year old Lanre Olagunju who is a hydrologist turned freelance journalist, blogger and a proponent of free market for the well-being of the African continent. Today, he writes on the morality of the free market system and points at practical examples of how it has helped several sectors in Nigeria. He joins thousands of advocates
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who agree that government has little or no business in business. He tweets @Lanre_Olagunju. Lanre joins Yemi Adamolekun, Japheth Omojuwa, Chinedu Ekeke, Seun Fakuade, Zainab Usman, Momoh Adejoh, Amina Saude Atoyebi, Olusegun Dada and Seun Fakuade who have been very active in promoting youth participation in governance. It is with pleasure that I introduce Mr. Lanre Olagunju for your reading pleasure.
Does free market promote morality? By Lanre Olagunju
t would require a one sided view with several shades of immorality to say or ascertain that the free market is either immoral in itself or that it promotes immorality. Going by the simple and conventional definition of markets, it’s simply a gathering in a public place for buying and selling of either goods or services or both. No matter how hard critics of markets and liberty come up with complex and dysfunctional definitions of markets, one of the basic definitions of markets that is not going to change anytime soon, is that wherever two or more people come together to negotiate a trade (whether online or offline), a market is created, whether they are conscious of it or not. In an open atmosphere void of coercion and any iota of force, why would anyone refer to a place where people come together by their own volition to negotiate trade as immoral? Doing that in fact is immoral! It is understandable that individuals who are involved in markets and their numerous activities can either be morally accountable or otherwise. But to lazily say that markets are partial, biased and immoral is utterly silly and uncalled for. Markets basically mirror the existing morality in a given society. In the real sense, the principles of an open market system are impartial and neutral. Whether free market systems can actually wear away an individual’s morality is a subject that will always be up for debate. But the reality is that a free market system provides more opportunities that any other economic system. Yes, you might say that the morally weak might be tempted to take others for a ride within the framework of liberty that markets provide. But the reality is that falling for the temptation to play a smart one
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on others by taking unethical advantage is basically an evidence of fundamental weakness, which ordinarily would be displayed in any other economic system. Such an individual is corrupt and would replicate corrupt tendencies in whichever system he finds himself and that has nothing to do with the economy, because there is already an existing lack of discipline, which is what prompts many to act unscrupulously. Markets aid competition and healthy competition benefits the majority, ensuring the wellbeing of the society. Nigeria has benefitted from the principles of free market system and if the country must enjoy tangible economic prosperity, more of her industries need be opened and free from the hopeless shackles of gross corruption and wastefulness. Free enterprise has a brilliant way of reducing cost of living and increase the standard of living. As I write, I cannot think of any other apt scenario to verify my claims apart from the great revolution that took over the Nigerian telecommunication sector. Before 2001, NITEL, one of the proofs that shows that the Nigerian government has no business in business, succeeded in providing only 400,000 lines for a population of over 150 million, after several donkey years of existence. Certainly it was one of the means to keep the inequality margin between the haves and have-nots. Or what exactly was David Mark thinking when he said “telephone is not for the poor” while he was the Federal Minister for Communications? At the onset, when GSM was introduced into Nigeria, truthfully only the rich could afford it. The poor and the middle class actually had to use-up a significant portion of their savings to purchase one. During this period, since the nation was still bound with the
psychological chain and fetters of a comatose telecom system, we all felt it was ok to be charged N100 an equivalent of $0.62 for a call duration of sixty seconds. In the usual suffering and smiling Nigerian culture, customers paid per minute, and in cases when you don’t use up a whole minute, mathematically you dash away money for service that was never rendered. In fact, Nigerians would remember that MTN at some point said that “per second billing was absolutely impossible.” Well, it only took the advent of Globacom to realize that that was not just a lousy joke; it was also a big lie. A market lie! Today, the onetime luxury of the wealthy, only accessible to the rich few has become the executive toy of all and sundry. Now that all telecom providers have to strive amidst healthy competition, prices of both GSM lines and call rates have drastically fallen. Lines that were sold for N20,000 in 2001 are now been sold for a giveaway prize of N100 and sometimes for free with several value added benefits. Sure you would agree that a whopping 19,900% decrease in prize in every sense signifies a reduction in cost of living. Today, Nigerians are having a swell time seeing the telecoms giants falling over themselves with the “I don port” drama. The free market system has a way of challenging the natural instinct in man to compete and then fill a need for reward in return. This actually brings out the best in humans. No economic system or environment in itself is safe from greed. Greed is present everywhere and in fact prevalent in systems like socialism even though proponents of socialism would always want us to be believe that socialism destroys greed. But in the real sense does it? All socialism does is to enhance greed and corruption by lawfully
making the government greed chiefs, and the adverse effect is always huge on the Nigerian economy. However in the free market system on the other hand, individuals maximize and channel their greed productively by producing goods and services, hence providing themselves and other members of the society with unlimited opportunities. Most times market critics forget that humans are not without blemish, and that man will always err. Some would intentionally act without honour, while others won’t. When people evade taxes, do we blame it on the principle of taxation, and then say with folly that taxation is immoral? It is like accusing and blaming a wealthy man who was robbed for using a posh car in the first place. A market is a place for everyone and home to none. So who can accurately predict that everyone who gets involved in market activities will uphold acceptable moral and ethical values? It would be unwholesome to base market activities on individual morality, which would always be relative and differs from people to people and region to region. This reminds me of the profane words of Thomas Jefferson when he said, “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution”. For the sole aim of balance and fairness, it now becomes necessary to have healthy regulations that would provide safety against unruly and chaotic market activities, because in every agreement, laws and measurements act as safeguards. Unfortunately, as is prevalent in Nigeria today the advent of regulations are most times structured around favouritism and nepotism and that has always undermined the beauty and prosperity that free market provides.
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