Vol. 12 No. 1
Monday, September 30, 2013
. putting the people first
Thul Qadah 25, 1434 AH
SSANU shuts down universities today
Outrage trails killing of 40 students in Yobe Halt the violence now, Northern govs tell security agencies >>Pg 2
Rescue workers and family members gather to identify the shrouded bodies of students killed early yesterday in attack on College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe state Source: Daily Mail
2015: I never signed one P term deal â€“ Jonathan
By Sunday E. Benjamin, Tobias L. Dapam, Mohammed Kandi & Ikechukwu Okaforadi
resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday declared outright that there was never a time when he entered into any deal with anybody that he will not vie for a second term of office as president of Nigeria. President Jonathan, who was responding to a question on Contd. on Page 2
APC alleges plot to rig 2015 polls >> Pg 9
Apo 9: Lawmakers Reps uncover N320bn petition National shortfall in NNPC Assembly >> Pg 3 remittances >> Pg 5
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CONTENTS News 2-10 Editorial 12 Op.Ed 13 Letters 14 Opinion 15 Metro 16-18 Business 19-22 Stockwatch 23 S/Report 24-25 Education 27 Health 29
SSS and the Apo-10, Page 4
Int’l 31-34 Strange World 35 Digest 36 Politics 37-38 Newsxtra
Sports 41-45 Columnist 48
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Outrage trails massacre of 40 students in Yobe By Lawrence Olaoye, Abuja, Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna, & Uche Uche, Damaturu, with agency reports
trong condemnations have trailed yesterday’s killing of at least 40 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe state by unknown gunmen, suspected to be members of Boko Haram. The latest massacre came 13 days after the Yobe state Governor, Malam Ibrahim Gaidam recalled students back after about 10 weeks closure of schools in the state, which followed the killing in June of 28 post primary students in another school in Mamudo town, also in the state. According to reports, some unknown gunmen around 1am yesterday attacked the agriculture college's dormitory and fired at the students. Chief Medical Director, Damaturu Specialist Hospital, Dr Garba Fika, yesterday confirmed that 40 of the students of the Gujba College were killed. Garba made this declaration when Governor Gaidam visited the hospital to inspect the wounded and the corpses of students deposited at the mortuary. He said that five students including three with fractures, one with bullet wound and other with abdominal injury were receiving treatment at the hospital. The college's Provost, Idi Mato, had however told the Associated Press (AP) that up to 50 students must have lost their lives in the attack, adding that security forces were still recovering the bodies and that about 1,000 students had fled the campus. A Nigerian military source also told AP that soldiers had collected 42 dead bodies. The gunmen also set fire to classrooms, a military spokesman in Yobe, Lt. Col. Eli Lazarus, told Agence France-Presse (AFP). A similar attack had been launched on Government Secondary School, Mamudo, Yobe state by Islamist militants where at least 28 students were killed in July. The Mamudo killings made the
state governor to close all schools in the state to allow for adequate security precautions to be taken before the students are recalled. President Goodluck Jonathan, while commenting on the burden of leadership of a complex country like Nigeria last night, during his Presidential Media Chat, condemned the incident. He regretted that insurgency has begun to come up again after the state of emergency was relaxed in the North-eastern states. While admitting that his government needs to re-strategize in order to curtail the incessant insecurity posed by the insurgents, Jonathan said he had instructed the security agencies to take immediate action. Meanwhile, the state governor has condemned the killings and described the latest incident as "unconscionable, heinous and barbaric". Gaidam, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information, Abdullahi Bego, commiserated with families of the victims of the attack and promised to foot the medical bills of the injured students currently receiving treatment at the Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital, Damaturu. The governor called on the military and other law enforcement operatives in the state to intensify surveillance and patrol so as to deal more effectively with the prevailing security challenges in the Northeast region. He also noted that although there is increase in troop movement and military hardware deployment in the North-east, people were yet to see the kind of action on the ground effectively nip criminal and terrorist activities in the bud. The governor has pledged to continue to support security agencies in every way possible to restore peace and security. He called for regular aerial reconnaissance and more intrusive patrols along the MaiduguriDamaturu-Potiskum highway, where many dreadful attacks have taken place in recent times. Reacting in the same vein, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) also condemned the killing of the College of Agriculture students. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Anthony N. Z.
Sani, the forum said the reports of cruel killing of many students was as dastardly as it was aimless. "It is aimless precisely because students have not done anything in the society or government that can possibly grate the nerves of those who have committed the cruel act. There is no way killing of innocent people and students can address the concerns of the aggrieved persons. "We therefore call on the intelligence community and the security agents to brace up their operations in ways that can nib such wicked acts in the bud as well as going as far as efforts can go to prevent future occurrences. "As to those who relish in violence, it bears repeating that there can be no way killing of innocent people and students can address their concerns. "ACF, therefore, believes time to lay down the arms and embrace peaceful means of resolving any perceived grievances and the ensuing conflict in the interest of core values of humanity is long overdue. "Our hearts go to those who have lost their wards to the dastardly acts in the hope that God will provide them with the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses. May their souls rest in peace", the forum stressed. Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, in his reaction, described the Yobe killings as senseless and tragic even as he called for review of procedures to stop the 'Boko Haram cowards'. According to him, the killing of the students has cast a horrible image on events marking the 53rd National Day Anniversary. Atiku, in a statement issued by his Media Office said: “As a father, I am deeply saddened by these senseless murders. These were young Nigerians studying agriculture with a goal of helping to feed our nation. “We must urgently review our strategy for confronting these cowards. The murders at the Gujba College of Agriculture are further proof we need to rethink how we provide security for our nation.” Atiku pointed to a quote by American civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a rallying point for Nigeria: “Those
who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.” “We must organize ourselves better to provide dignity and security for Nigeria. To defeat terror we must use much more potent, unbeatable weapons: democracy, education and opportunity,” he counselled. Turning his attention to the National Day, Atiku said, “grand intentions without vision meant nothing. Leaders must work with greater zeal and focus if democracy is expected to produce the envisaged impact on the lives of the people. "Nigerians have lost faith in their government because of this lack of vision in the management of the nation’s political, economic and social affairs," said the former vice-president. On its part, the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) urged the security agencies to halt the senseless killing of defenceless citizens and attack on places of worship and educational facilities, especially in the North-east region where the dreaded Boko Haram group has killed several innocent people since 2009. Chairman of the forum and Niger state governor, Dr. Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo said: “The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting dead of 38 students of the College of Agriculture; Gujba, Yobe state followed the same pattern as the killing of 22 students and a teacher at Government Secondary School, Mamudo in the same state last July." The forum described the fresh attacks as horrendous, callous and devoid of any shred of humanity. It commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased and quick recovery to those who sustained injuries. The forum further tasked security agencies to do more to protect the lives and properties of citizens and also ensure that those behind the violence in the region are brought to justice. It also reiterated its pledge to continue to work with other tiers of government to bring an end to security challenges confronting the nation.
serve only one term of four years. Aliyu said: “I recall that at the time he was going to declare for the 2011 election, all the PDP governors were brought together to ensure that we were all in the same frame of mind. And I recall that some of us said given the circumstances of the death of President Umaru Yar'adua and given the PDP zoning arrangement, it was expected that the North was to produce the president for a given number of years. “I recall that at that discussion, it was agreed that Jonathan would serve only one term of four years and we all signed the agreement. "Even when Jonathan went to Kampala, in Uganda, he also
said he was going to serve a single term”, the Niger state governor had stressed. But an adamant Jonathan said yesterday that a lot of people were misinforming Nigerians on the issue, saying: “It was in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia); that was the time I advocated for a single tenure, when I said a developing country like Nigeria would be more productive under a single straight term”. Asked whether he will run for the Office of President in 2015, Jonathan, who was evasive in his response, noted that the Electoral Act regulates political activities in the country, adding that the law specifies time for political parties for politicians aspiring to various offices, and
their respective political parties. The president, who said he will make his intention known "at the appropriate time", added that making such declaration at this particular time will cause problem in the country. “It is not yet time for me to declare intention for the presidency in 2015. Anybody interested in contesting should go ahead, people don’t need to wait for me to declare before they do theirs”, Jonathan said. On the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the president appealed to university lecturers to call off the strike in the interest of Nigerian students, even as he
2015: I never signed one term deal – Jonathan Contd from Front Page
the widely rumoured agreement during a presidential media chat yesterday, challenged anybody who said he had signed such an agreement to produce it. “If they said I signed an agreement with anybody to serve a single term, they would have shown you”, President Jonathan said while answering a question on whether he entered into such an agreement. Governor Mua'zu Babangida Aliyu of Niger state alleged during a live radio programme, Guest of the Week, on Liberty Radio (91.7 FM) that President Jonathan signed a pact with all the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors that he would
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News Apo 9: Lawmakers petition NASS, threaten to sue SSS
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AEPB prosecutes 67 over sanitation offences By Stanley Onyekwere
he Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) at the weekend intensified its house to house sanitary inspection of premises programme in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with prosecution of some residents in its special mobile courts, for various environmental offences including lack of approved waste bins in their respective neighbourhoods. A total of 67 alleged offenders were arraigned for various environmental offences against the AEPB Act at a court in Wuse zone 4. There was similar prosecution of offenders at a mobile court at the Gwarinpa estate, charged with offences punishable under section 17(2) and 35 (2) of the Act, with fine of N2,000 or one month imprisonment and not less than N5,000 or six months imprisonment or both. The alleged offenders who were convicted were given options of fine, cost of litigation and mandated to purchase the AEPB approved waste bins at the cost of N18, 000 each while others were discharged on grounds of lack of proof of abatement notices by the AEPB.
By Hassan Haruna Ginsau
ome members of the House of Representatives representing constituencies of the nine men killed in Apo last week have vowed to forward a petition in order to seek justice for those killed. Dr. Mansur AbdulKadir Funtua, Representative of Funtua/Dandume constituency told the BBC during an interview that he, alongside seven of his colleagues
whose constituencies were affected by the killings have agreed to take the security forces involved to court. “It is unacceptable in a country that has rules and regulations for people to be attacked and shot upon based on suspicions,” he said. The Federal Government has appealed to all the aggrieved parties in the killing to give it time to set up a probe panel to unravel the circumstances that surrounding the incident.
This came as a member of the House of Representatives, Amiru Tukur Idris, said four of those killed by the security men hailed from his constituency in Katsina state. The Senate Committee on National Security, Intelligence and Judiciary has been mandated to investigate the incident Security agents killed nine persons on the September 20, in an uncompleted building in the Apo area of Abuja on suspicions that they were Boko Haram militants 17 others were wounded.
2015: I never signed Contd from Page 2 said the face-off between the federal government and ASUU cannot be solved overnight. President Jonathan, who pleaded for more time to resolve the issue, however noted that, “even if we solve the issue that ASUU put before us, some other issues will still come up in the future”. Commenting on the state of security in the country, he said the activities of the insurgents had declined following the declaration of a state of emergency in three North-eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, but admitted that the security challenges in those areas had re-surfaced lately. The president said he has directed security chiefs not to relent in ensuring adequate security of lives and properties in the country. On the economy, Jonathan denied insinuations that Nigeria is broke, saying the country would not receive international commendation if its economy was wobbly as widely speculated. He said foreign investors would have withdrawn their investments if the country is broke, and said that “kind of statement is very unfortunate; that is why we the politicians should be mindful of our statements”. The president, who spoke on numerous other issues, explained that at some point pipelines were vandalised leading to shortfalls in revenue from the oil sector and as a result, salaries were not paid early. That, he said, led some people to think the country was broke.
Yobe state Governor, Malam Ibrahim Gaidam (2nd right), with other government officials, commiserating with one of the victims of attack by gunmen yesterday at College of Agriculture, Gujba, during the governor’s visit to the Specialist Hospital, Damaturu.
Photo: Joe Oroye
Gunmen kill 4 in fresh Borno attack
Senate queries FCT engineer over Kubwa, Abuja Airport roads
From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri
By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
uspected Boko Haram insurgents at the weekend carried out fresh attack in Borno state killing four persons. Eyewitness accounts said the victims were ambushed and slaughtered on Saturday when dozens of insurgents, dressed in military uniforms mounted a check point at Malumti, a hamlet close to Benishiek town in Kaga local government area of the state. It was gathered that the insurgents waylaid a Volkswagen Golf car which was coming from Damaturu with five passengers, including a lady. A source at the Jimtilo-Auno park, close to Maiduguri Monday Market who participated in recovering the vehicle told newsmen that the assailants killed all the four men in the vehicle but spared the lady. “All the passengers had gone to Damaturu to make phone calls because there is no mobile service in Maiduguri. “They were however attacked around 5.30 pm while on their way back to Maiduguri. “The lady who escaped was the one that brought the sad news of the brutal killing of the male passengers,” he said. It was also gathered that the insurgents stormed the road again and attacked many articulated vehicles that were conveying foodstuff and other consumables to Maiduguri. Witnesses said the attackers carted away large consignment of foodstuff, including rice, sugar and oil and thereafter burnt two of the vehicles before fleeing into the nearby bush.
he Senate Committee on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has queried the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA)'s Resident Engineer, Felix Nwankwo, over alleged obsolete engineering design with which the Kubwa and Abuja Airport roads were constructed. Chairman of the committee, Smart Adeyemi, who observed this during an oversight visit to the roads recently, said the design which has open drainage system, was no longer popular and out of practice for over a decade in most parts of the world. The committee which noted that the drainage system in major cities of the world are usually enclosed, regretted that the outdated open drainage system as applied on the roads has resulted in an incessant accidents on the two highways. It therefore wondered why the FCT and its engineer approved the outdated engineering design despite that the roads were awarded at expensive costs, maintaining that it is unacceptable to the committee. A report of the oversight visit which
Peoples Daily obtained said that, “it is pertinent to say that at Lot 2, Kubwa Road, that is, construction work by Messrs. CGC, the committee saw a Tipper accident as a result of this open drainage.” As a protective measure against this defect, the Senate committee therefore directed that rail and slab should be installed along the highways to cover the open gutters, even as they insisted that the highways do not meet the standard of a Federal Capital Territory. However, he commended the pace of work on the roads, saying it has eased the usual traffic congestion on the roads. Responding to the defects pointed out by the Senate Committee, the Project Manager of Julius Berger Plc, Brilla Peter, admitted that the engineering design for the roads were truly below the international best practices. He disclosed that the engineering design for the two roads were made in 1981 by the FCTA but said the open drainage channels were for surface waters which has minimal dangers even as he admitted that it has higher risks of accident.
Page 4 Report By Aliyu U. Tilde
remium Times has published the name of owner of the building in which, now and so far, ten Nigerians were killed and dozens injured last Friday morning. This is what it said: “The unfinished building where security forces killed at least seven squatters Friday, September 20, in the Apo neighbourhood of Abuja, belongs to Mrs. Adunni Oluwole Salisu, believed to be a sister to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Premium Times investigation has revealed. “Documents from the Abuja Geographical Information Systems (AGIS) show that the property, located at No. 8, Bamanga Tukur Street, Gudu District, near the Gudu cemetery, belongs to Mrs. Salisu. “Ownership details of property OG247326, point unmistakably to Mrs. Salisu’s land rights, but neither her, nor the former president, could be reached for comment; although authoritative family sources confirmed the ownership and the relationship. Few Nigerians will accept that the tragedy was a result of “operational failure”, as some security personnel told the paper. This is because there are many questions unanswered. The SSS, though known to act quickly on tips involving Boko Haram (BH), has the reputation of carrying its work professionally, according to the testimonies of the people it released after their long duration of arrest and investigation. Such testimonies show that the SSS usually investigates people on whom it was tipped first before taking any action against them. Agreed, in the case of BH suspects, for obvious reasons, they arrest before investigating. Where it has to storm premises, it is usually after it has established the essential elements of a strong, legitimate suspicion. And when the attack takes place, unlike the police or the military, the aim is not to kill but to arrest in order to extract vital information from the suspects. “Sincerely speaking,” a former victim of its misinformed arrest told me some few hours ago,” the operation of the SSS is not based on any prejudice.” He said, “I know them. I was in their custody for six weeks after my vice chancellor (of a university in the far North) maliciously told the SSS, after the Kano bombings, that I was BH. Just Imagine!” This is what we expect of the SSS, not less, anytime anywhere. What raised our suspicion are a number of things: One: The SSS broke its code of conduct and rule of engagement here. It stormed the building - if it at all did - and started shooting at innocent Nigerians in their sleep. Why? Two: The shooters were not interested in finishing their jobs.
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SSS and the Apo-10
The uncompleted building near Apo Legislators’ Quarters where the security agents killed 10 persons
While they killed seven instantly, they left many injured without ‘finishing’ them. If the SSS had really known that the squatters were BH, it is very doubtful if they would have left any of the ‘terrorists’ alive given that the organization has zero tolerance for terrorism. Three: The SSS did not carry the injured to the hospital. This is unprofessional and too disgusting for anybody with a fraction of its training. SSS personnel are known for their civility, hospitality and gentle handling of people in their custody. How would such personnel suddenly turn into sadists overnight? Four: As many online commentators continue to ask, why is not the building demolished though it is the standard practice for any structure harbouring BH to be pulled down instantly. Five: So far, the SSS has not presented any BH among those it arrested. In fact, it has released most of the squatters it detained. Six: To this moment the SSS has not shown any weapon
it captured in the building. Premium Times reported that elements within the security organization were trying to sell the idea of returning to the building to plant weapons there. Thank God, this idea is resisted even within the organization, said the paper. In any case, it has leaked out. When they go, there may be Nigerians keeping vigil on the building, who will tweet and post to the world, with pictures, the story within few seconds of their arrival. Let our authorities know that Nigeria has joined the information world. Seven: For the first time, the Federal Government is using its funds to foot the bill of BH suspects in our public hospital, just hours after they have been attacked, out of sympathy as expressed by the FCT minister. Eight: Since Nigerians started to question the rationale behind the operation, the SSS has turned mute. Its spokeswoman has failed to pick calls by journalists or say anything about the matter again. Perhaps, it has dawned on her that what she said before the
Does Mrs. Salisu have anyone - a son or whatever - in the military or police that has any link with the house? Was it he or another person that a week earlier warned the squatters of an imminent attack by soldiers should they fail to quit the house within a week?
world hours after the attack was wrong. Perhaps. Perhaps. I have, like any Nigerian elite, interacted with many SSS personnel of different positions before; some were even classmates, friends and neighbours. I will swear by my honour that the SSS will never lead soldiers to a building where they will start shooting at Nigerians, ratatatatata and barkatai, just on the basis of a tip by some suspects. Is it so paranoid and crazy? Haba! Not even a child will believe this. My strong suspicion is that, given all the above facts and others, the SSS might not even have been at the scene of the massacre. It was only brought after to give an institutional cover to the atrocity committed by someone. To this end are most of the facts pointing at. There are still some nooses which investigations have not completed tightening. This is where the SSS has failed me. I wonder why it cannot just come out and admit to the world it goofed, apologise to Nigerians and to the victims and their families, pay compensations and get the case closed, with the promise that next time it will be more professional in its conduct. It would have proven me wrong. But if I am right in my estimation of their professionalism, why can’t the SSS gentlemen just be bold enough to tell the world the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - that the story about its involvement was a farce, balderdash and complete bunkum? This will save it a bigger disappointment in the near future when Nigerians will discover the truth on their own. That truth is fast approaching. Within few hours of public notice, the name of the
owner of the house was known, as published by the Premium Times. Next, we would like other Nigerians to find out more about the house owner, Mrs. Adunni Oluwole Salisu. We now know she is a sister to Obasanjo. But what is her profession? Where is she living and so on. Does Mrs. Salisu have anyone - a son or whatever - in the military or police that has any link with the house? Was it he or another person that a week earlier warned the squatters of an imminent attack by soldiers should they fail to quit the house within a week? Let us know him. Let us know his profession and his picture for public display. If he is in the military or any law enforcement position, he should be dismissed immediately and tried for his despicable role in the massacre. Let us also know who and where is Joseph, the building caretaker, who has been collecting N200/week token from each squatter, and know why he left the premises hours before the attack and why his lines – 07069299200 and 08051828138 – are switchedoff since. Let the law chase him. Otherwise, Nigerians will not relent. Anybody with the details of his whereabouts or his calls’ log should please furnish Nigerians with such information. Then we will come to other big people that might have pushed the law enforcement agents and military into this mess. Is it true that someone close to Mrs. Salisu was involved in the deployment of troops to the site? Only facts backed by evidence can tell. Nigerians will continue to dig for them painstakingly. Dr. Aliyu Tilde is a blogger and public affairs analyst.
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SSANU shuts down varsities today as poly lecturers resume strike Friday By Maryam Garba Hassan, Abuja & Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
embers of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) are expected to begin their planned nationwide strike action today, over alleged failure of the Federal Government to pay their salary. Already, the Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU) have been on strike for the past three months, protesting government’s refusal to meet certain agreements with the union in 2009. The union’s National President, Comrade Samon Ugwoke, told Peoples Daily yesterday that his members across the nation’s universities had been fully mobilised for
commencement of the strike. “We have issued a directive to all our members to stay away from work as from today until the salaries are fully paid,” he said. The directive was signed by the union’s General Secretary, Promise Adewusi, in a letter dated 27th of September, 2013 and addressed to all SSANU branch chairmen in all the
L-R: Former Chairman of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN), Alhaji Umaru Ndanusa, Niger state Head of Civil Service, Barrister Abbas Bello, former Kano state military Governor, Colonel Sani Bello, former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, and Niger state Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, during the three-day Fidda’u prayer of late Ambassador Yunusa Paiko, on Saturday at the deceased’s residence, in Minna.
Reps uncover N320 billion shortfall in NNPC remittances By Lawrence Olaoye
he House of Representatives at the weekend discovered a shortfall of N320 billion in revenue remittances into the federation account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The House Committee on Finance chaired by Abdulmuminin Jibrin observed that only N1.516 trillion has been remitted after the payments of Joint Venture Cash Calls and the subsidy payments. The committee pointed out that Nigerians would be interested in having the records of the total remittances of money generated from oil sales and not the crude oil sales figures only as declared recently by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. According to him, “it should be noted that this is after taking into consideration payments for Joint venture Cash calls (that is,
cost of production) and petrol subsidy payments. “However, only N1.516 trillion has been remitted to the government by the NNPC showing a shortfall of N320.654 billion for the period. “Again, it should be noted that this is actual revenue generated at the prevailing market rate of crude oil and gas. “The budget for the fiscal year 2013 was based on $79 per barrel whereas the price has hardly fallen below $100 per barrel for the whole year. “This implies that even though we are receiving above the benchmark on our crude oil and gas sales, we are not meeting our targets because our crude oil production has fallen below budgeted estimates as a result of massive crude oil theft and unabated corruption in the oil and gas sector.” The chairman stated that Nigerians are not as keen on crude oil sales figures as
the actual remittances from NNPC to the Federation Account, adding that the amount remitted to the Federal Government is more important and NNPC should have been more honest to present the figures so that the people can understand what actually accrued to government. “From January to September 2013, the Federation was expected to earn N1.837 trillion (or N204.168 billion per month) from the sale of crude oil and gas marketed by the NNPC with the Petroleum Minister as its Board chairperson,” he said. Abdulmumuni also point out that figures available to the committee show that revenue targets were barely met in the months of April (N212.029 billion) and May (N210.202 billion). He said that in the month of July, targets were not met (N191.549 billion) but the sum of N35.103 billion was transferred to the excess crude account
universities in the country. According to the letter, the union took the decision following failure of government to address its grievances. The letter said, “on behalf of the National Administration Committee (NAC), the National President hereby directs all SSANU members in all SSANU branches to stay away from work from Monday 30th of September, 2013 until the salaries of our members in all universities for the months of August and September, 2013 are fully paid. “This is sequel to our letters Ref: SSANU/NS/VCS/04/12 of 23rd September, 2013 and Ref: SSANU/NS/FML&P/06/13 of 25th September, 2013 to various vice-chancellors, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Honorable Ministers of Labour and Productivity and Education as well as the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission. “In spite of the two letters, the salaries of our members in most universities remain unpaid for the said months. “This stay at home directive will subsist until the outstanding salaries are paid and you receive a new directive from the National Secretariat.” Ugwoke said the strike would be “total” as the union had already mobilised its members at both state and federal universities, adding that all the members are in support of their action. According to him, “the Executive Secretary of NUC has been pleading with us to give him up till next week. “We understand how he
feels by his position, but he should also understand and reason with us. “If the pay, our people will go back but since we have not heard from them, we will go ahead with our decision’, he said. Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) said it would resume its suspended strike on Friday, “because of insincerity of the Federal Government towards fulfilling its agreement with the union.” The union also passed a vote of no confidence on the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), as part of its resolutions at its 75th NEC meeting held at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Niger state, at the weekend. In a communiqué signed by the union’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Clement Selchum, ASUP said that, “in view of the continued insincerity of government in honouring the agreement reached with ASUP, NEC resolved that the union will resume its suspended strike with effect from 4th October 2013. “NEC sincerely appreciates the good people of Nigeria and all other stakeholders in the education sector for their sustained support in its struggles to save the polytechnic education from total collapse in Nigeria” according to the communiqué. The communiqué described the situation as frustrating and decried the inability of the government to fulfill any of the promises and agreements reached with the union before the suspension of the strike on 17th July 2013.
Niger boat mishap: NEMA recovers 7 additional corpses By Ikechukwu Okaforadi, Abuja & Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
he National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) yesterday confirmed the recovery of seven additional corpses from the river from the boat mishap last Friday in which no fewer than 42 persons were drowned on the River Niger, close to Malilli village in Borgu local government area of Niger state. This brings the total number of those killed to 49 in the accident that reports said about 100 were believed to be missing as at Friday. The Niger state Governor, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has
commiserated with the families of the victims of the boat mishap. According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Danladi Ndayebo, it was disheartening for such a tragedy to befall the state at a time when government was grappling with challenges to better the lot of the people. Also reacting to the incident yesterday, the Senate President, David Mark, NEMA to step up its rescue operations in order to save possible survivors. In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Mark also condoled the government and people of Niger state over the incident.
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Group backs Baraje-led PDP
he Katsina state chapter of Former Elected Local Government Chairmen Association (FELGOCAS) has reaffirmed its support and loyalty to the Abubakar Kawu Bareje-led faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Spokesman for the group, Abdulkadir Nasir Mamman, who addressed a press conference in Kaduna yesterday also debunked reports that contending issues in the party had been resolved. According to him, “we are still committed to the Baraje-led faction of the PDP and we will remain until necessary issues are put in their right perspectives.” “This decision to align with the Baraje PDP is due to the inability of the Bamanga-led PDP to address fundamental issues affecting the party, not following democratic principles and not adhering strictly to laid down rules and regulations. “Favoritism in the Bamanga-led faction has become the order of the day. From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
JTF arrests 29 oil thieves, destroys 127 illegal refineries
he Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta has nabbed 29 oil thieves and destroyed 127 illegal oil refineries in various locations in the area. The Media Coordinator of the JTF, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, who made the disclosure in a statement yesterday in Yenagoa, said that the anti-oil theft operations were carried out between Sept. 16 and Sept. 28. “Between 16th and 28th of
September, we carried out multiple anti-oil-theft operations in which a total of 29 suspects were arrested for oil theft related offences. “Anti-oil theft troops of the Joint Task Force `Operation Pulo Shield’ also crushed 127 illegal crude oil distillation sites in the Niger Delta.’’ The JTF spokesman explained that troops of the 19 and 3 Battalions of the JTF, covering Edo and Delta also scuttled 24 illegal oil distillation camps and 73 wooden boats. “Thirty-one of the 73 boats were
intercepted at an illegal crude oil loading point close to an abandoned oil well-head in Okpoghare in Warri North.’’ He said that another 27 arrested boats were intercepted in Egara Creek in the Warri South Local government area of Delta state. “The JTF operatives also intercepted 61 pieces of 75 HP speed boats and a truck laden with 33,000 litres of automated gas oil in the areas which are notorious for oil theft.
Also in Bayelsa, JTF troops of the 343 Regiment, patrolling the waterways of Oyeregbere, Lagosbene and Mansokiri communities in Southern Ijaw local government area of the state, destroyed 98 illegal crude oil dumps. The JTF spokesman said that 119 illegal distillation tanks and 37 large open wooden boats, laden with stolen crude oil and illegally distilled automated gas oil were destroyed by troops. (NAN)
Sokoto to demolish illegal structures
he Sokoto State government is to embark on the demolition of illegal structures in Sokoto city and its environs. The chairman of the State Committee on Sanitation, Removal of Illegal Structures and Beautification of Sokoto City, Squadron Leader Aminu Bala (rtd), stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Sokoto. He said that some illegal structures that were demolished by government about two months ago, had resurfaced. Bala listed areas to be affected by the exercise as Ahmadu Bello Way, Kano road, Sultan Abubakar road, Abuja road, and the western bye-pass. ( NAN)
Kano state Governor, Engineer Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso (middle), Senate President David Mark (right), Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak (2nd left), and Special Adviser to the Vice President, Sen. isiaih Balat (left), during the wedding ceremony of Senator Daisy Danjuma’s son, at the weekend in Lagos.
FG sends 20 pilots for training From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
to the CAE Aviation Academy at Oxford, United Kingdom. Speaking at a pre-departure orientation ceremony in Lagos, Special Adviser President on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku, s a i d o v e r 200 professionals would be trained in the aviation sector. “The training in Germany will be for 14 months, as the pilots will be equipped to fly the modern Boeing 737 next generation aircraft used by most countries in the world. “The training programme is
unique because it is the first time the Nigerian government is training such large number of youths as key professionals in a strategic sector as aviation,” Kuku said. He said the training would address manpower needs in the aviation sector which he said had been dominated by foreigners. Kuku said his office was already collaborating with the relevant aviation agencies to also train air traffic controllers, aeronautical engineers and other professionals critical in promoting air safety.
Ahmed on independence anniversary
ifty-three years after Nigeria got her political independence, Kwara state Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has said that the country was yet to attain nationhood. Ahmed in his Independence Day message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahaab Oba, said that promotion of ethnic and religious sentiments had continued to mar the nation’s progress. According to the statement, “until we begin to see ourselves, first and foremost, as Nigerians, we will remain a country of ethnic nationalities as opposed to being a nation where we regard one another as indivisible.” From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
Niger eyes tourism for foreign exchange
wenty commercial licensed pilots departed the country yesterday for jet/type-rating training at the Lufthansa Pilot Institute in Germany. They are the first batch of pilots trained under a special scheme in South Africa by the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta. Am o n g t h e p il ot s ar e 19 males and a female. Another batch of 10 pilots will be sent
From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
iger state government has reiterated its determination towards the development of the tourism sector as foreign exchange earner and poverty eradication avenue for youth empowerment and social development. The Commissioner for Tourism
and Culture, Mrs. Susan Adisetu Gana, said this yesterday at a press briefing to mark the 2013 World Tourism Day in Minna, She noted that the theme of the celebration, “Tourism and water: protecting our common future,” was in line with the international year of cooperation for water that was proclaimed by the General Assembly
of the United Nations during the International Decade for ActionWater Source of Life, 2005-2015. “Water is critical for sustainable development, especially for environmental integrity and eradication of poverty and hunger and fundamental to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, MDGs,” she said.
Kaura attacks: Yero appeals for calm
From Mohammad Ibrahim,
aduna state Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has called on the people of Kaura local government area of the state to remain calm and law abiding after the recent attacks in the area. Condemning the attacks, Yero assured that security agencies have already commenced investigation into the criminal act with the aim of bringing the perpetrators to justice. A statement by the Governor’s Director General, Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki, said security agents had also been directed to intensify surveillance in the area in order to maintain law and order as well as foil any attempt by miscreants to escalate the situation. The Governor urged the entire people of the state to continue to live peacefully and to always adopt dialogue as the only means to resolving conflicts saying.
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Katsina to complete pilgrims airlift Wednesday From LawalSa’iduFuntua, Katsina
The ill fated Max Air craft
Why our pilgrims couldn’t take off from Bauchi–Yuguda From: Bauchi
auchi state Governor Mallam Isa Yugudu has explained reasons for the state’s inability to airlift its intending pilgrims to Suadi Arabia for this year’s Hajj through the state’s newly constructed international airport. Yuguda made the explanation while bidding farewell to the state’s intending pilgrims in Bauchi at the weekend. He described the Bauchi airport as truly an international by requirements that complied with international and local standard.
“With due respect I want to inform the general public, especially the intending pilgrims to this year’s hajj that we have not been able to airlift pilgrims to the Holy Land through our newly constructed international airport due to some unforeseen circumstances beyond our control and we have to wait for approval from the International Civil Aviation Organisation in Canada before the take-off of flight at the airport”, he said. He said President Goodluck Jonathan has already given approval for pilgrims to take -off from Bauchi but for the international aspect that has to do
with complying to international aviation organisation regulations, that couldn’t be possible. He said “Allah has decreed that we will not start airlift of pilgrims this year adding that he is optimistic that on their return by then, the aviation certificate will be received and returning pilgrims will be received at the Bauchi International airport”. Yuguda said the state International Airport which has the widest, and longest runway of 3.7 kilometers and 1 kilomehe each from both sides of the runway as crash approach, is the fifth in Nigeria. The Governor warned the
pilgrims to shun vices such as drugs trafficking and indecent dressing, be law-abiding and God fearing throughout their stay in Saudi Arabia. He assured the pilgrims that adequate arrangements have been made for their health, comfort and general welfare in Saudi Arabia as learned preachers, welfare officers and medical team are attached to the state contingent to ensure hitch-free and successful hajj exercise. A total number of 2, 920 pilgrims from state are expected to perform this year’s pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
540 Taraba pilgrims saved from disaster From Umar Dankano, Yola.
araba State intending pilgrims numbering about 540 were at the weekend saved from looming disaster following the discovery of an engine problem by officials of Max Air few minutes before take off at the Yola International Airport. An official of the Company who preferred anonymity told Journalists at the Airport that contrary to reports that the plane was air borne when the problem was detected and had to make an emergency detour back to Yola airport, the engine fault was detected by the engineers of the
….As aircraft engine fails minutes to take -off company shortly before the plane took–off which necessitated canceling of the flight. The source added that in order to make up for the cancelled flight,the company quickly assigned another plane Boeing 646 No 5N- HMB from Kano which later conveyed the pilgrims to Saudi Arabia at 23:00PM local time Friday night. The Airline official said the technical problem occurred following the incursion of a bird into the engine of the aircraft which necessitated a check up on the engine before the plane commenced operations.
The source added that the pilgrims have landed in Saudi Arabia and have already started performing the Hajj rights. Checks conducted by Peoples Daily revealed that the faulty aircraft, a Boeing 646 No 5NDBM was billed to depart for Saudi Arabia by 7:00PMon Friday night but it was barred from taking off following the discovery. Executive Secretary of Taraba state Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Alhaji Habibu Almaki, said the first batch of the state’s pilgrims have landed safely in Saudi Arabia despite the initial hitches
in a veiled reference to the engine problem developed by the Max air plane. A supervising officer of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON) Dr. Adamu Aliyu, who also confirmed the incident, said although the incident has led to a delay in the transportation of the pilgrims, it is a good news that souls have been saved. He enjoined Adamawa and Taraba states pilgrims’ welfare boards to harmonise their operations as he said lack of synergy between the two boards is causing unnecessary mix–ups, delays and altercations.
fter witnessing some set back in the airlifting of the last batch of Katsina state pilgrims to the Holy Land, the airlift of the last batch of over 300 pilgrims will be completed on Wednesday. Executive Secretary of the state Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, Alhaji Aminu Danbaba confirmed. He said ‘the airlift of the remaining pilgrims will be completed by Wednesday. We had some problems with their visas which is now rectified and we will leave for the Holy land on Wednesday.’ The handful of pilgrims that are largely from Daura zone and few from other zones, Peoples Daily gathered encountered delay when at the point of departure their Visas were found to have problem. The pilgrims that were already mobilized to the Hajj camp, our Correspondent gathered spent over seven days at the camp waiting to be transported to Saudi Arabia.
Kabo airlifts over 11,000 pilgrims
By Maryam Garba Hassan
abo Air, one of the four designated airline carriers for this year’s hajj, said it has so far air to the Holy Land more than 11,000 out of the 15,736 pilgrims allocated to it by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON). This was stated in a statement issued yesterday by the airlines’ Public Relations’ Officer Malam Aminu Hamza. He said the airline has completed the transportation of pilgrims from Kwara, Kebbi, Sokoto and Niger states. The company has completed the airlift of intending pilgrims from Kwara, Kebbi, Sokoto and Niger states. He said the airline now has only about 4,385 pilgrims waiting to be airlifted from Kano, Kaduna and Bauchi states adding that based on the number of pilgrims remaining, the airline is expectted to complete the airlift exercise for this year by Saturday, 4 of October, 2013. He said with the development “this implies that Kabo will conclude the exercise about five days before the deadline for the completion of pilgrims’ airlift for the Hajj exercise.
L-R: Mrs. and Mr. Frank Tom, with little Master Chibundom Tom, the little boy who had hole in the heart making a presentation to Abia state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, during their thank you visit on the governor who sponsored the boy to India for treatment, recently in Umuahia.
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President Jacob Zuma (right), former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, and other guests, during a private wedding reception at the weekend in Durban, South Africa.
President Goodluck Jonathan (3rd left) answering questions from a panel of journalists during the presidential media chat, yesterday at the State House in Abuja. Photo Joe oroye
A technician repairing a section of the burst Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline, yesterday at Tudun Wada Malam Jamo village in Akko local government area of Gombe state. Photo: NAN
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, briefing State House journalists on the privatization in the power sector after a meeting with Vice-President Mohammed Namadi Sambo, recently at the State House in Abuja. Photo Joe oroye
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Independence Day anniversary: IGP puts police on alert
By Joy Baba
s part of efforts by the Nigeria Police Force to ensure a hitch-free Independence Day aniversary celebration tomorrow, the Inspector-General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar, has placed officers and men of the Nigeria Police as well as other special operatives on red alert nation-wide. This was contained in a press statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mbah. The statement also said the IGP had specifically directed all Zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Command Commissioners of Police to ensure adequate and effective deployment of all operational tools and manpower within their commands.
He said they should pay special attention to shopping malls, public parks and beaches, highways and other critical infrastructures and sensitive areas in order to guarantee the safety and well
being of the citizenry. The statement further said the IGP assured Nigerians that the police will do everything within available resources to discharge their constitutional and statutory
responsibilities of providing safe and secure environment for all, particularly during this period of Independence anniversary celebrations. According to the statement,
“the IGP called on Nigerians to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the Police in the face of current security challenges confronting the country.
FG needs N141bn to complete East/West road, says minister By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
inister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe, has disclosed that one hundred and N141 billion is required by the ministry to meet up with the November next year’s deadline for a complete dualisation of the East/West road. Designed to link oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region, the East/West road was awarded in 2006 as part of the conditions given by
the militants in the region for peace. Briefing journalists after an oversight tour of the road by the National Assembly joint Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, the Minister also disclosed that arrangement has been put in place to secure fifty billion naira from African Development Bank (ADB), as alternative source of fund to guarantee completion of the project November next year. He explained that the road
has reached an advanced stage, regretting that the flood of last year and other adverse weather conditions threatened the progress recorded on the project. Orubebe, who said nobody had control over natural disasters, pointed out that the project suffered a setback as majority of the project areas were flooded. He said the flood of last year washed off some critical parts of the road, resulting in some new adjustments on the original plan to guarantee durability.
“What is required to complete the road is N141 billion; that is what is expected for us to inject in the project to complete the East-West road.This is a road of over N339 billion and we are looking for N141 billion; once we have that one, we will be able to complete the road very well”, he said. Orubebe, who recalled that the contract was awarded in 2006, said it would have been completed in 2010 inline with the original contract terms, if not for poor funding. “Nothing reasonable was done till we took over in 2009 when we had to complete the designs and the drawings,” he said, noting that the ministry has been working round the clock to see that the project is completed. He said that due to the funding constraint within the government, the ministry had to request for a loan of N50 billion from the African Development Bank (AfDB), promising that the loan would be ready very soon. “When we inject that amount into the financial plan, I think that we will be working towards delivering that road,” he said.
NDLEA arrests 69 drug suspects in Kano From Edwin Olofu, Kano
L-R: Chairman, PDP Board of Trustees (BOT), Chief Tony Anenih, former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, Senate President David Mark, President Goodluck Jonathan, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, and Plateau state Governor, Jonah Jang, during the 53rd Independence Anniversary Interdenominational Church Service, yesterday at the National Christian Centre, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye
APC alleges plot to rig 2015 polls By Lawrence Olaoye, Abuja & Adesoji Oyinlola, Lagos
he All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that it uncovered a grand plot by the PDP and the Presidency to rig the 2015 general elections, especially the presidential polls and also to destabilise Nigeria. In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the multi-faceted strategy that is being employed by the PDP and the Presidency, in their unbridled desperation to win the 2015 elections at all cost, include suppression of votes in areas where the President’s chances are slim, using the police and the military.
• As new PDP accuses Presidency of planned crackdown According to the statement, “the dogged pursuit of this action of dealing with supposed recalcitrant members has led to suspensions, expulsions and alienation of some PDP members, and it was the immediate trigger of the collapse of the party of tattered umbrella.” Meanwhile the leadership of the New PDP yesterday alleged that the Presidency had concluded plans to crack down of its members as a fallout of their failed negotiations with President Goodluck Jonathan. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, also declared that former Presi-
dent Olusegun Obasanjo had nothing to do with its existence or operations. The party said it received intelligence reports few days ago that the Presidency was putting finishing touches to what it called “Operation Total Crackdown on G7 and their allies in the New PDP.” The party said the former President Obasanjo and his Vice, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku are equally listed to be arrested and detained on the account of their involvement in the activities of the new PDP and the G7 governors. Those governors in the G7 allegedly earmarked for victimisation by the security services in-
clude those of Adamawa, Niger, Sokoto, Jigawa, Kano, Rivers and Kwara states. Based on the information, the party disclosed that its executive met and resolved to fight on even at the expense of their lives. According to the statement, “in view of the seriousness of this devilish plot to crack down on us, in total disregard of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, the National Chairman of the new PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, summoned an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to brainstorm on how best to respond to the situation.
he Kano Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested 69 suspects for being in possession of illicit drugs, just as the state Governor, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso donated six Toyota Hilux vans to the agency to assist it in combating the menace of drugs abuse in the state. A 17-year old girl, Samira Saleh , disclosed that she was lured into drug addiction by friends and whenever she lacks money to buy drugs, she engages in commercial sex business and consumes N1,000 cocaine daily. Speaking to newsmen in Kano at the weekend while parading the suspects, Mr. Udong Essien, NDLEA, Assistant Commandant in charge of Operations and Investigation, said the state government donated six Hilux van, as well as funds to facilitate the operations of the command. According to Essien, since Kwankwaso assumed office, he has been uncomfortable with the high rate of drug abuse in the state and has been mapping out various strategies to combat the situation.
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‘Work on PH int’l airport 90% completed’ From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
he renovation, upgrade and expansion of facilities as well as deployment of modern equipment at the Omagwa international airport, in Port Harcourt, is to be completed in few weeks time as work on the terminal has reached 90% completion. Conducting journalists round the domestic facility, chief architect in charge of the project being handled by Inter Bau, Chinagozim Amanze told reporters that the massive scope of work currently undertaken will ensure it meets the scheduled deadline. At the same time, work on the modern state of the art international terminal has kicked off as part of a $500 million loan agreement to build such facilities entered into by the federal government and the Chinese Exim Bank. The Asian country construction giant, Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) has also mobilised to the site as part of plans to construct similar terminals in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Kano. Amanze, said the scope of work was expanded from the initial plan to renovate the airport to total upgrade with the expansion of facilities, deployment of modern equipment and architectural design. He said “the first phase, which is the international terminal is about 95 per cent completed because all facilities are in place and they have been empowered while the mechanical facilities are working. “What is left is few touch ups and clean ups. Then on the second phase (domestic terminal) we are on demolition work. The wet works are about 60 per cent completed; we have done the roof slab up to the end; we have done the columns to carry the rafters”.
L-R: Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Ethics, Senator Ita. Enang, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications Technology, Dr. Henry Akpan, representative of Minister of FCT, Barrister Imaobong Okpongette, President, Akwa Ibom Community Abuja chapter, Engineer Benedict Ukpong, and Project Design Manager, Ibom Bowl Complex, Architect Effiong Ita, during the community 25th anniversary celebration, on Saturday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
Kogi: ALGON tasks FG on Ajaokuta steel complex
From Omale Adama, Lokoja ogi state, chapter of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), has called on President Goodluck Jonathan, to sustain current efforts aimed at completing the multi billion Naira Ajaokuta Steel complex. In a statement issued yesterday, and signed by the Special Adviser to ALGON on Media and Strategy, Ibrahim Obansa, chairman of ALGON, expressed confidence in the present efforts of government to
From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna head of the 2015 general elections, Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, has continued to garner support to contest 2015 gubernatorial seat. The recent support and endorsement of his candidature is coming from the forum of Former Commissioners in the State, from 2007 to 2010, who have made their position known in this regard. It would be recalled that the
complete the moribund project and put it to commercial use. Mr. Okino, who is also the chairman, Ajaokuta local government area in Kogi state, said that the various partnership agreements already approved by the federal government is a welcome development, urging the technical partners to bring their wealth of experience to bear in the operation of the company. “I am particularly impressed with the activities of Reprom Company Limited that has already mobilised to site. The
bringing in of the required spare parts for the reactivation of the mill shows that they are committed to the project. I urge them not to relent in their effort” He said. The chairman commended the zeal of Gov. Idris Wada, the Minister of Mines and Steel Arct. Muhammed Sada, and the new management of the company in ensuring that the huge investment of the federal government was not wasted. According to him, Ajaokuta local government, being the host council would continue
to complement the efforts of the state governor, Capt. Idris Wada by providing an enabling environment to ease the operations of the company. While stressing that the steel sector has the potential to rival the petroleum sector, maintained that the country is losing greatly from the alternative sector of the economy due to the non completion of the plant in terms of foreign earnings, employment generation, industrialisation of the country, and acquisition of technical expertise.
2015: Yero gets more support Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Local Government sole administrators forum of former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Zonal and State Chairmen, and the forum of councilors across the 23 local government areas of the state, have all endorsed the Governor for the 2015 gubernatorial elections. In a press release issued
after the meeting of the former Commissioners forum in Kaduna, the forum commended the leadership role of Yero in stabilising the polity, in the state in all ramifications and appealed to the good people of the state to support the governor’s developmental projects towards adding value to the people of the state. The release made available to
newsmen and signed by Suleiman Lawal Kaura (Chairman) and Secretary, Mrs. Maryam Laka Madami, respectively on behalf of the other former Commissioners said, “we pledge our loyalty to Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and the good works he is doing in the state, we are therefore strongly in support of him for the sustenance of peace and security in the state”.
Niger needs N5bn to boost education
From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
he Niger state government said it would need over N5 billion to boost educational infrastructure, and for it to be able to solve problem of congestion in primary and secondary schools across the state. Similarly, plans are on to separate primary schools from the Junior Secondary schools in order to de-congest schools
•••married women to be posted to rural areas while married women, who form bulk of teachers in the state, will now be posted to rural areas to teach. Those not willing to teach are however, advised to throw in the towel. Speaking on these issues in Minna, Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Danladi Umar Abdulhamid and Chairman, Niger state Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Hassan
Uba Ahmed said government plans to meet United Nations’ standard for number of pupils and students in classes before the expiration of the tenure of this administration in 2015. According to Ahmed, “the state is witnessing over concentration of teachers in urban centers of the state. So government has decided to make use of auxiliary teachers to fill
the vacuum created by lack of teachers in the remote areas of the state and that those who reject postings to rural areas or who absconded after accepting to serve, would be dealt with decisively. While the Chairman of the board of UBE, Ahmed noted that the government had spent over N10bn on provision of schools infrastructure, including students
and teachers furniture. The commissioner, Umar, pointed out that school enrollment in the state had jumped from 600,000 in 2008 to 1.4m in 2012. The duo spoke with newsmen after Gov. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu’s unscheduled visits to some schools in Chanchaga and Munya local government areas of the state.
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12 Smart ways of saving money on everything
here are various ways in which you can save money on everything you do in life.And if you’re about getting a money crunch, you can do one of two things: Sulk or go out and save some extra dough from virtually everything. Here are some ten smartways to get started: 1. Seek financial advice: If you run into difficulty, or think you might as a result of any change in circumstances, don’t panic, but seek immediate help. There are experts good at helping people get support and/or manage their affairs effectively and their service is free of charge. There may be a lot more options than you think! 2. Pause for thought:When thinking about making a nonessential purchase, pause for thought and ask yourself do you really need the item. Give yourself time to compare prices elsewhere, or to come up with an alternative, or even to decide that you don’t need or want it. 3. Look out for money-off offers:These can be either direct from the retailer or via online money saving forums. 4. Negotiate:Be brave and try to negotiate a discount – especially when paying cash or if you are buying more than one of the same item. 5. Use the internet. Online stores often give a discount as they don’t have the same overheads involved when selling online. Search for the goods that you want using a search engine or ask the retailers themselves if they have an online store. Use price comparison sites like www. moneysupermarket.com to find the cheapest product or service on the market. 6. Shop around for credit card deals.Thereare several credit card companies offering 0% interest on balance transfers at the moment. Shop around to
Try sharing a car to save cost
get the best deal and save on the interest that you would be paying each month. Additionally, make money on your spending and use cash-back credit cards. Do look carefully, however, at any
Go for a cheap phone
smallprint – make sure you can comply with any rules relating to these schemes. Take advice if you are unsure 7. Shop around for the best interest rates for loans or
catalogues. Whenever you need borrow money to buy goods or make catalogues purchases check the interest rates charged against those of competitors. There can be large variations and you might be able to make savings by using providers with lower rates. 8. Use your loyalty points to save money. Many large shops and department stores provide loyalty points that can accumulate when you shop with the stores. Points can be redeemed against the cost of goods. 9. Never borrow money from illegal lenders. Never borrow money from an illegal lender (or where no paperwork is issued). Loan sharks are on the increase. 10. Reduce your travel costs: There are various ways in which
Saving money from changing one’s habit
mall changes can make a big difference to your bank balance. Change one thing you do regularly and you could save money. Some examples are: -Give up drinking coffee or cut down on alcohol - it may sound scary but it will save you money and can have health benefits -Cancel your gym membership and walk to work instead -Make your lunch at home -Have people over for dinner rather than going out and ask everyone to bring a plate of food -Borrow books and DVDs from the library -Lock up your credit card for a month and only pay for things with cash -Set a limit for birthday and Christmas presents or give homemade gifts
you can save money on your motoring: Consider car share – Two people sharing the journey and the petrol to work halves the cost. Better still, reduce reliance on the car. Also using public transport regularly allows you to make savings with the range of value for money ticketing options. 11. Look around for cheaper mobile phone tariffs. Consider if a ‘pay as you go’ option would help you to budget better. Cut down on the number of texts you send. 12. Beware of schemes that promise debt consolidation, pay day loans and cash. They may be much more costly than they seem. Seek advice first!
Cash for Your Trash
It’s easy to take your recycling out to the curb or to the dump with the rest of your trash, but did you know that you might be able to sell it instead? Many communities host drop-off centers where you can trade in your aluminum cans for cash. The payoff is small; usually less than a naira per pound, but it might be worth the effort if you’re in the neighborhood anyway. Non-aluminum scrap metal, such as copper or steel, fetches a more premium price. Call your local waste management company to see if there are any metal recyclers near you. Culled from www.ehow.com
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Mr. Mbu must be removed now forthwith to avert imminent industrial disharmony in Rivers state. We hereby give a 21-day ultimatum to the Inspector General of Police and indeed the Police Service Commission to address the issues raised expeditiously. In the alternative, the organised labour will embark on an indefinite strike”, the statement said. In reaction to the dispersal of the teachers, the state police Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Mohammed said, “We got intelligence report that about 18,000 youths were being mobilised to protest against a very important personality in the country. You are aware that the ban on public
he Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) at the weekend issued a joint statement calling on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Abubakar to immediately redeploy the Rivers state Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu, or face industrial action in two weeks time. In the statement, the Rivers chapter of the two workers unions alleged that the police commissioner had in violation of a court order refused to order his men to vacate the Obio/ Agpor local government secretariat to allow workers return to work. They also accused him of using his men to forcibly chase away teachers who had converged on the Liberation Stadium to receive their employment letters from the state government. “It would be recalled that Mr. Mbu has continued to lay siege to the Obio/Akpor secretariat despite a subsisting court order that the police vacate the council’s offices and allow the workers unrestricted access to their workplace. “Organised labour viewed the action of Mr. Mbu as a direct challenge to a competent order of court and an invitation to anarchy in Rivers state. “Our attention has also been drawn to Mr. Mbu’s reckless and unwarranted attack against the newly recruited 13,000 public school teachers by the Rivers state Government. Organised Labour is yet to recover any reason for this reckless, uncivilised and barbaric action of Mr. Mbu against the teachers who are our members because they automatically belong to the Nigeria Union of Teachers. “We hereby demand that Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu be redeployed
With his actions, security of each and every person in the state has been compromised. This, therefore, is sufficient reason for him to be moved procession in the state by the police is still in force. “In all their activities, they (state government) have always invited us to provide security and we would provide security and leave at the end of such events. They did not write or invite us to this one. The police are not afraid of anything. They only fear for the breakdown of law and order and that is why they took such action today,” the police spokesperson
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added. This is not the first time that the Rivers police boss has been in the news - for the wrong reasons. He has been in the thick of the controversy that has rocked the state between the state governor, Rotimi Amaechi, and the Presidency and has thus far not acquitted himself as an impartial arbiter. He recently allegedly instructed his men to deny access to the governor to one of the entrances to the Government House. His insistence on recalling the security detail of the governor and the role of the police in the state House of Assembly crisis show that Mbu has become part of the problem rather than a solution. With his actions, security of each and every person in the state has been compromised. This, therefore, is sufficient reason for him to be moved. We are appalled that the IGP has remained silent in the face of all these controversies surrounding Mbu. This not so golden a silence suggests approval of his actions and we believe it is not healthy for effective policing of the state. The IGP’s pat on the back for Mbu is also evidenced in the recent redeployment of police commissioners. That Mbu was not moved strongly suggests that he also has the support of the Presidency, a major party to the conflict. We fear that the breakdown of relations between the state government and the police does not bode well for lasting peace in the state. We dread a situation where violence would erupt in the state, the governor and CP being at odds. We support the call of labour and urge the IGP to immediately redeploy Mbu. That would be a first step toward resolving the crisis.
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Mandela on Nigeria’s crisis of development By Edo Ukpong
here is no denying the fact, that our dear country, Nigeria is in a helpless crisis ridden state. Ordinarily and in my more natural elements, I would have pronounced Nigeria to be a failed state with the vultures who have pushed us to this sorry state fighting over the carcass. However using the revered name of the great Madiba has had a cooling effect on the boiled ink even in the fiery pen of a seriously disgusted patriot. The name also serves as a fillip which tempers the anguish of disillusionment and puts a brake on the slide into a state of comatose resignation. It is on account of refusing to give up on the possibility of Nigeria as a prosperous democratic Nation for the benefit of all Nigerians that I approached the Madiba sometime ago for advice. The following represents our conversation via Skype. Me: Greetings, Madiba and thank you for agreeing to this chat. Sir, since you know Nigeria well, what advice would you offer for reversing my dear country’s slide into self immolation? Mandela: Okay, I do not lay claim to a monopoly of wisdom but since you have asked, here are my thoughts – politicians play politics and as has been said, the business of governance and
By Wumi Akintide
igeria has the potential to become the Brazil of the future if only our Nigerian leaders could learn something from Brazil. It has definitely come along way if you know how long she has operated and survived as a sovereign state. Brazil was a former Portuguese colony. I know some of you reading this may view the comparison of Nigeria with Brazil as comparison between David with Goliath and therefore unfair. The comparison is called for in my judgment because the two countries are richly blessed by God or Nature by way of their limitless natural resources which include Oil and Gas among others. Brazil today is the world’s largest producer of Ethanol. Quite apart from efficiently managing her oil resources better than Nigeria, Brazil is one of the leading countries in South America to think of finding alternate sources of energy to Oil by producing bio fuel from renewable sugar cane to run a new brand of automobile. Brazil unlike Nigeria does not depend on a one product economy. She promotes Agriculture like no other country in their hemisphere and she is making a pretty good job of it just like she does with tourism which is one of the backbones of Brazilian economy. Brazil is doing all of that while actively promoting her culture and history like no other country I have had the privilege to visit. What I witnessed in Rio has made a huge impression on me as I ponder the future of Nigeria as Nigeria takes 2 steps forward and 4 steps backward under a one party dictatorship that continues to rig and win elections from one election circle to another despite
nation building is too important to be left to politicians. So for any progress to be made you must bring in some patriots and the people have to be mobilized to empower these patriots. These patriots must be the ones who represent the psyche of the Nation and give it direction. Of course you cannot have a democracy without politicians but the problem with Nigeria is that the politicians have been given carte blanche over everything and of course politicians will play politics with everything under their control especially as in your case where the people seem to have gone to sleep and the politicians even supervise their own elections – so why are we surprised? Me: But sir, if democracy is driven by politicians and they cannot be entrusted with governance, are we going to have an arrangement whereby governance is run by unelected people? That is confusing sir! Mandela: No my son, be patient! Do not be like my good friend, Obasanjo! Listen to me. The cause of Nigeria’s problems is that its brand of democracy is driven by politicians. Democracy must be driven by the people themselves. The people decide what direction and the politicians follow. Let me use myself as an example, you will be surprised that left to politicians, it is unlikely I would have become president of South Africa, not that
I particularly wanted it myself, but the people drove that process. The people set the national mood and had decided that at that point in our history, the best course was for me to serve as president. Me: (cutting in) Sorry, sir, you mean they are black politicians who did not want you? Mandela: Why are you Nigerians so interested in asides and intrigues, like my good friend Babangida? Of course, there are many politicians who were asking in private whether I was the only person who fought for freedom or the only one who was imprisoned – that’s a typical politician for you, they have a different calculus, usually selfish! So getting back to my point, at this time in Nigeria’s history a national mood needs to be given gravitas to envelope the whole system. The country needs to heal and determine to move forward as one nation before any progress can be made. A few good men cannot do it, what you need is the people getting solidly behind a few good men. These men must be people who the people either already regard or can be persuaded to regard as not prone to corruption, who are nationalistic in outlook and with a vision of utilizing your enormous resources for a better society for all. In a nutshell people that can be trusted to pursue the people’s agenda. Identify such people and
sell them to the people, once the people set a national mood, let me assure you, that train will be unstoppable. Winning the peoples support is not going to be easy but it is absolutely essential for success. It is even a good thing that you have many political parties, so there is no shortage of possible platforms. The politicians cannot overwhelm the people rather it is the other way round and believe me the politicians will fall in line, they will still play their politics, but they will not set the national agenda and that is the difference. Me: Sorry, sir, but it seems so theoretical – I am not even sure we have the good man or few good men you are talking about? Everybody seems to have joined or waiting to join the band of characters ruining our country today. Mandela: My son (as Babangida taught me to say), this is no time for pessimism; you are in a crisis so think out of the box. Expand your search. Have you heard of that young Colonel, Abubakar Umar? I got close to him during the June 12 1993 crisis. Whereas the politicians had reduced it into a sectional thing, this was a Hausa Fulani blue blood, I understand, in the army, who risked everything including his life to courageously fight for truth and justice. That is
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their abysmal performance. President Goodluck Jonathan, the first PhD holder from the South to ever win the presidency on his own merit came to that job promising to chart a new course for Nigeria. But if you compare his leadership and performance with that of the powerful woman, President Dlima Rouseff who leads Brazil, you have to wonder like me why Nigeria is so unlucky to be led by “idiots and sycophants” as eloquently framed by Pastor Tunde Bakare in his recent diatribe against past and present Nigerian leaders minus our pre and post Independence leaders which includes, Obafemi Awolowo arguably the best of them for his clear vision and strong leadership. The list has to include Ogbuefi Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sardauna Bello and even our first Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa for all his low profile style as compared to Ghana’s Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, the
leader of the pack in that era. Why Brazil has made the best of her limitless resources and blessings Nigeria has literarily squandered her own. President Good luck leading a delegation of more than 600 to the current session of the General Assembly in New York is a big proof of Nigeria’s insanity. The schism currently rocking the PDP the ruling party which has kept the country in bondage in the last 14 years and their still gloating about wining again in 2015 despite the corruption and insecurity currently facing the nation are simply mind-boggling to say the least. Wole Soyinka has rightly described our generation as a wasted one in recognition of this observation. Nigeria is worse off today than she was on October 1st 1960 if you see what I see. Power outages in the few towns that had electricity was unheard of. Crime and violence has now taken
hold in all our cities and urban centres. The few universities we had at the time were centres for excellence. A threat to national security and instability has not become a daily occurrence. Corruption has become the rule and not the exception in Nigeria. I am writing all of this not to submit that there is no corruption in Brazil. There is. But anywhere it is found it is never condoned or tolerated. The perpetrators are prosecuted to the full extent of the law to serve as deterrence. Brazil understands that she cannot create the future by clinging to the past but she also understands that she could hardly know where she is going if she does not know or fully understands where she is coming from. Brazil unlike Nigeria defines progress not just by where she has been, but where she is going. The emergence of
Nigeria is worse off today than she was on October 1st 1960 if you see what I see. Power outages in the few towns that had electricity was unheard of. Crime and violence has now taken hold in all our cities and urban centres. The few universities we had at the time were centres for excellence. A threat to national security and instability has not become a daily occurrence. Corruption has become the rule and not the exception in Nigeria.
the young man who as military governor under his supposed godfather, Babangida, resigned as governor and declared that he was doing so because the government had deviated from the agreed course when they took over. Me: Sir, that young man is not so young anymore; he is now in his sixties! And moreover, the politicians will rather die … Mandela: Let me interrupt you, they will not die and you were not listening. It is not left to them! Sell him to the people! That is the kind of person you need to build the national momentum for a different kind of way of governance. What will any section have against him? Or will they say that he is a greedy kind and will be corrupt? No way! Not with those antecedents! I had a chat with my friend Babangida last time he came to see me and do you know that in spite of Umar’s opposition and even allegedly plotting to topple him, he is one of the few people Babangida respects genuinely! That is what you get for being consistently straight forward and objective. You say he is no longer a young man, but have his views or attitude to life changed? Me: No sir he still airs his views regularly and is like the conscience of the nation. Mandela: What are you waiting for? That is your man! Edo Ukpong is a Lagosbased barrister Brazil as one hell of a dynamic country is a “fait accompli”. Brazil is now the 5th largest economy in the world following in the heels of America as the first, China as the second, Japan as the 3rd, and Germany as the 4th. Great Britain which used to be the 5th largest economy has been quietly edged out by Brazil. I was in Brazil on September 7 when she celebrated her 191st anniversary of her independence. It was a beautiful ceremony showing what a serious and responsible nation Brazil has become. I was mystified and impressed by Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup and Summer Olympic as I hinted earlier. The Rio Airport, an architectural wonder in its own right, is being expanded and modified to cope with the demands of the Olympic as well as the influx of visitors to the two world events. The hotel market and industry are expanding rapidly. A handful of 5 Star Hotels are being built. The sea facing Copacabana Palace Hotel built in 1920 has undergone a massive renovation with more rooms and a dazzling outdoor pool and Cypriani Restaurant added to the mix. There is the 245-room Marriot Hotel and the 388-room Sofitel in Copacabana, the 89-room ocean front Fasano in Ipanema and the 44-room Relais and Chateaux Santa Teresa in downtown Rio. Other 4 star hotels include Sheraton, Golden Tulip and Novotel. The fastest growing chain of hotels includes the Windsor Hotels with 11 venues in Rio and The Miramar Hotel reopened in May after a two-year renovation, I was told. Dr. Wumi Akintide is on linkedIn
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Can Jonathan become a Mandela? By N.J. Ibelegbu
ny leader who fails to exhibit love and compassion towards those under his care or charge is working for the devil. No matter his religious pretensions, such a fellow is no better than Adolf Hitler of Nazi Germany, Francisco Franco of Spain, Leonidas Trujillo of the Dominican Republic, Pol Pot of Cambodia, Somoza DeBayle of Nicaragua, Idi Amin of Uganda, Mengistu Haile Mariam of Ethiopia, Ibrahim Babangida, Sani Abacha and Olusegun Obasanjo (all of Nigeria), Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, etc. There is a lot of political propaganda flying around in this country. Many of them claim to be providing “Democracy Dividends” – whatever that means! After all, those fellows mentioned above had provided ‘good roads, regular Power supply, potable water, mass Transit buses, Housing Estates, etc. Were they democrats? Real Democracy Dividends are ‘intangibles.’ They cannot be provided by Mr. President, the Governors, Senators, etc. For instance, the right to free speech is a key ‘Democracy Dividend.’ Chapter 13 of my book is all about democracy. Endeavour to read those 20 pages. I mean if you are actually sincere about acquiring more and authentic democratic know-how! Obviously, the Nigerian Ship of State is dangerously floundering on a storm-tossed open sea. Amongst the sensible passengers, there is a sense of foreboding. The ship’s captain, Dr. Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan, If Mr. appears to be way President out of his depth. jettisons his In actual fact, he is 2015 ambition Peoples Daily welcomes your letters, opinion articles, not! The problem and fights is that he has corruption, text messages and ‘pictures of yesteryears.’ All written decided to abandon sincerely contributions should be concise. Word limits: Letters God who hoisted and boldly, - 150 words, Articles - 750 words. Please include your him up there, in Nigerians the first instance. shall ‘never name and a valid location. Letters to the Editor should be In exchange, the forget him. addressed to: man, aided and Our country abetted by Dame will gradually Patience Jonathan resurrect. For The Editor, has decided to now, his soPeoples Daily, 1st Floor Peace Plaza, worship the god of called ‘Anti35 Ajose Adeogun Street, Utako, Abuja. politics, especially Corruption the terrible PDP War’ is most Email: firstname.lastname@example.org specie of do-or-die uninspiring. SMS: 08134607052 politics. Can you Since October blame him? has decided to obey God, is to 2011, I have sent quite a number His need to make compromises summon an unfettered national of write-ups telling President to secure a re-election in 2015 is get-together. The National Jonathan that God desires to surely hampering him. Yet he is Assembly would be completely use him to make Nigeria great. the man most-equipped for the out of it. The only ‘no-go’ area In a nutshell, he was expected job. Obviously, corruption cannot shall be the fact that Nigeria to spearhead the ‘people’s be eradicated. It is a spiritual remains one. Matters to be revolution’. For starters, problem-like prostitution, discussed must include the need however, he must forget about drug-addiction, alcoholism, to package, before 2015, a truly 2015. In October, 2012 I had compulsive gambling, etc. independent and democratic sent a Complimentary copy of However, it could be reduced to INEC. The packaging is to be my book to the man, thro’ his the barest minimum. God has done by members of Organized Adviser, Dr. Reuben Abati. The delegated the duty to President Civil Society. Pages 418-419 of the NIPOST had duly presented Jonathan. If the man refuses book should be of immense help. the evidence of delivery. Up till to spearhead the ‘peoples’ In order words, Mr. President, today, no acknowledgement has revolution’ so as to drastically the Federal Lawmakers or gotten to me. You see, Chapter reduce suffering, poverty, whoever else should have nothing 20 of the book contains the hunger, disease, insecurity, to do with constituting the modus operandi for the peaceful injustice, bitterness, anger and Electoral Bodies at the Federal, REVOLUTION. At least most unemployment in the land, 2015 Regional and other levels. Of of it! In the interim, it could might possibly herald the end of course, the nominees for the new also serve as an ‘Agenda’ for his political career. INEC have to undergo ‘Security the forthcoming NATIONAL Of course, he might contest Clearance’ which Mr. President CONFERENCE. That way, under a divided PDP banner but must not interfere with. Again, Nigerians are not going to spend if the Organized Civil Society, the elections must be held as least six Opposition Parties, Churches, three months quibbling over the months before the swearing-in Conference Agenda. Time is not Tertiary Institution students, date (which should be 1st October etc fold their arms and go to exactly on our side. 2015). That way, all election The first step to be taken sleep, Mr. Goodluck might be petitions would be thrashed out. by President Jonathan, if he ‘lucky’, once again. Thereafter,
there is going to be trouble. You see, Nigerians now insist on free and fair polls . The PDP hates a level playing field. Now is the time (especially during the NATIONAL CONFERENCE) to stop the practice of allowing the ruling Party at the federal level to control both the Electoral Body and the Security Forces (Police and State Security Service). In passing, let me say that Jonathan’s best running- mate will be Governor Shehu Shema of Katsina State. For the APC, I envisage a Buhari/Ogbonnaya Onu pairing. That would be the only way to split Igbo votes which some people think are already in the bag. Finally, if Mr. President eventually chooses to obey God (I sincerely hope his wife will support him), another Nelson Mandela would have surfaced in Africa. Moreover, the promise of Gen.22:17c shall apply to him and his family. Can you now see that only one viable option is open to the man? He must not fear the National Assembly. Naturally, those fellows would be sure to oppose the peaceful but pragmatic ‘Revolution.’ You see, it will not favour them. They might even try to impeach Mr. President. However, not to worry! A million –man (and woman) march to the National Assembly Complex, Garki, Abuja, would be sufficient to scatter them in all directions and keep them in hiding for one month. Remember that all their illegal (?) Police Orderlies would quickly be withdrawn. Have they not lost their diplomatic passports already? A showdown is well and truly in the offing. Thank God for the PDP crisis! N. J. Ibelegbu can be reached through email@example.com
Party leadership must be held accountable to their promises, this covenant is totally lacking in PDP which has become significantly a political embarrassment. The twin problem of indiscipline and lack of accountability in our politics is very scaring and that have forced even foreign investors to take their investments away from the country. There is no doubt that virtually all institutions of governance have collapse in this country and to a considerable extent government mean next to nothing to the majority of the citizenry. Tension arises when accountability is absent, and unfortunately indiscipline in that party led to unguarded use of power and tactless misuse of position. Lack of discipline and accountability in PDP; lead Nigeria into the deep-seated corruption that has pervaded the system for too long. Ironically, PDP has become a political liability to the nation and the result is the split of the party into two tendencies. It is very clear that their crisis has its roots in corruption, poor administration, stealing of nation’s resources under their inept leadership blinded by their determination
Nasarawa state who for political reason that vicious cult become a sacred cow, they are using unbridled force to kill at will that include over 70 security personnel at once with no single arrest, Taraba state impasse with all its negative consequences, strike by health workers and ASUU which entered fourth months among many others. All these are of less concern to the ruling party. It never mattered to them once there are things to share, their target is always the nation’s resources, and they will spare nothing in waging their selfishness war, to reposition their interests come 2015 and thereafter. People most stand up to challenge every kind of obstacle in the struggle to bring change in the polity, and to endure every kind of difficulty or hardships that we will encounter. For the unfortunate ones among us who are deprived of the consciousness to rise against misrule by the PDP, who see nothing wrong with what is going on in this country they will remain in unstable and pessimistic life, and then perish between the ferocious teeth of misery. Dr. Aminu A. Ahmed wrote in from 1 Mofoti Street, Wuse II, Abuja.
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PDP and integrative complexity By Aminu A. Ahmed
here is very little illusion today that government means next to nothing to the citizenry. People “the electorates” delegate authority to a political party to act on their behalf, when voted into power, therefore party most acts as a coercive force through which the collectively agreed objectives are realized. Political leadership should be integrative to enforce both discipline and accountability within the polity, but this can only happen when it is entrenched as a guiding philosophy of the party concerned in its constitution and manifesto, which must be relevant to social and economic lives of the people. It is a known fact that our nation now more than ever before is in need of credible political leadership. As in the ensuing confusion in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), there is always this complexity of interests, but when leadership is well informed and agrees to work within the confines of a manifesto and constitution, and discipline and accountability as a guide to address greater part of the problem of complexity.
to remain in political office through do or die politics. Many would reckon that the party is a shadow of it’s so called largest in Africa, unfortunately the nation is paying dearly, as represented by high security expenditure, low economic activities, unemployment and poverty. The issues that led to the crisis in that party were rooted in the fundamental problems of indiscipline and accountability which is lacking in that party. The party is a mere cult of power seekers and contraption that was put in place by the retired generals to control the polity and nation economy. The aggrieved and the power mongers threw accusation to one another and stakes are enormously high for control of the party and in their estimation control the nation resources. Another reason of the crisis is PDP recognized and entrenched governors as the most influential institution in governance which the party is paying the price now. PDP instead of bringing positive development in those 14 years gives the opposite, leading to social and infrastructural decay, crisis, chaos, violence and insecurity, it might be a blessing the rapture in PDP.
The irresolvable crisis in PDP, and the faceoff between two factions of the ruling party, some argue, is a fight to take over the machinery of the party, and many more other factions are likely to emerge before 2015. They will only be deceiving themselves pretending that the crisis have no negative consequences on the future of that party. The party might finally hit the rocks as thing can never be the same for that party again and, this may lead to the loss of power they cherished so much. The glorious day of the party may soon come to an end; this is the party which proclaimed itself as the biggest in Africa and things has begun to fall now. The P crisis in that party indeed poses danger to democracy, even though they see what is happening as purely their family affairs which can be settle. Many people think the crisis may end up as a saving grace to the nation. The interesting thing, however is the fall of that party would give to rise to new hope. Their so call internal mechanism to settle dispute has failed and government activities have been grounded at the centre and PDP controlled states. Critical issues, like oil thieved, kidnapping, armed robbery, ritual killings, Ombatse dreaded cultist in
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Government made easy
arly in the life of the present democratic governance, we received signals that our style would differ from the global norm. In a plural society with a federal structure of government, the devolution of powers to the federating units is often a contentious issue. In Nigeria after the military intervention of 1966 we have always had a peculiar federal system where all powers are concentrated in the central government. The state and local council tiers are often considered inferior, an unfair classification in my view. Joshua Dairy, elected governor of Plateau on the ticket of the PDP shared, (I hope as a federal law maker now he still shares) the view that no federating unit is inferior. The problem was that he tried to resist the air of federal superiority in his state in a bizarre manner. In 1999, Dampish Sango, also from Plateau was appointed a federal minister and between Dairy the governor and Sango the minister, there was no love lost. On one fateful day, the two big men decided to test federal and state power on the highways of Jos, the state capital. Each had a convoy made up of many, many cars and as many armed policemen and soldiers. The two men thus set off on journey to opposite directions. Driving at suicidal speed, the two convoys soon met head long on a single lane paved track. None of the two convoys would reduce its speed, let alone make way for the other to pass. A collision was
imminent and in fact one soon took place. There were some injuries and even deaths on both sides of the peculiar ‘Nigerian democratic motor race’. The two men of power however escaped unhurt and sped away in fury to continue with the power tussle some day in some other place. Similarly in a democracy with its doctrine of separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, turf wars are common. Early in the life of the 1999 government we again saw some strange aspects of these democratic scuffles. Unlike in the second republic when there was a level of stability in the legislature, we now had a senate whose leaders were always stepping on a peel of banana – from Enwerem to Okadigbo and to Anyim. The invisible arm of the executive was seen in all these changes. In the House of Reps, the story was different. After the fall of Buhari, the executive met its match in Ghali Na’Abba. Here, what the Yoruba call roforofo fight took place on a prolonged basis. On one of these days, a ball of faeces was thrown at the ceiling fan in the House and by the time it came down, no one was spared from the swirling mess. A total of N4 million cash, denominated in N50 and N20 bills was dumped on the dais bearing the mace (the House symbol of authority) by some members who claimed that it was part of the bribe given to them by the executive to remove Speaker Ghali Na’Abba. The shocking sight of the so-called
By Adeolu Ademoyo
or government hired private agent-how am I to know when I am being violated or have been violated? How does the bill the senate is intending to pass help me to redress this violation if it occurs? If the government gives this job out to a private security company, how does the Nigerian state and government know that its citizens are being or have been violated especially since the company –from a purely scientific point of view-retain and holds the original copy of what may have been given out to the government as the monitoring equipment. This is what happens from a technological point of view-full stop. Internet monitoring is like the ghost in the machine. The designer of the machine holds the ghost even after the machine is sold to the buyer of the machine. This conclusion is as conclusive as saying that any normally born person has a parent. There is no debate about this. So the Senate law must address this regardless of the company already hired or to be hired to do the Internet monitoring job.
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exhibit (brought out from three Ghana -Must-Go bags) made a serious negative statement about the sincerity of the Obasanjo government in pursuing its anticorruption crusade. Since no camp was prepared to claim the N4million which suddenly became a toxic waste, the members decided to resolve the riddle in a free for all fight and the Speaker lost control of the proceedings for about three hours. Nigerians in the public gallery watched with a mixture of glee and pain, the show of shame. It was expectedly beamed to the outside world and prominently too. The lawmakers have acted in many a drama since the return of democracy. But the command performance came during the brief period of Patricia Etteh as speaker. She was a very controversial speaker with a vocal section of the House hell bent on ejecting her from the office. Another free for all followed in the House. When I saw the television clips of the fight at
home that evening, I noticed the expertise of one member in boxing and concluded that he must be a Niger Delta militant. I was proved wrong when the newspapers published the name of the boxing champion the following day. Far from been a Niger Delta militant, he was Mr. Emmanuel Jime, my namesake and fellow Tiv tribesman! Worse news was to come still; an honourable member who was deeply involved in the brawl, Dr Aminu Safana, was pummelled to the death on the floor of the House. But this kind of disgraceful conduct is not limited to the legislature at the federal level. The executive at the state level represents perhaps the most perverted versions of democracy. In Anambra state for instance, one PDP stalwart, Mr Chris Uba is reported to have confessed masterminding the rigging of elections in favour of his godson Chris Ngige. When the beneficiary of the electoral heist refused to move the state’s treasury to his masters bedroom, all hell was let lose. Uba used his thugs who kidnapped Ngige, declared that he resigned as governor and unleashed mayhem destroying government property worth billions of Naira. But perhaps the most sickening side of the drama is the fact that President Obasanjo, declared that he was very much aware of the causes of the malady in Anambra. According to him, Uba said to Ngige in his presence that Ngige did not know how the election was rigged in his favour. Obasanjo
did not order the arrest of the confessed felon. Rather than call the police Obasanjo told us that he ordered the criminal and Ngige out of his house. Eventually, Ngige, who did not know how it happened, was expelled from the PDP while Uba, the mastermind, was rewarded with the posts of leader of the party in the SouthEast and member of the Board of Trustees. He has more police protection than many governors, and certainly his own governor, who did not even have that luxury for a long time. Reflecting on events in Anambra at that time in his book, ‘There was a Country’, China Achebe, the globally renowned author who hails from Anambra himself says “it just seemed irresponsible for leadership to be involved, to be promoting chaos instead of preventing it. It was in sense the very end of government itself, where government leaps beyond the precipice, dismisses itself, and joins ranks with crime.” Well, governance has yet to come to an end in Nigeria. When we were preparing for WAEC in our days, we used to have a series of pamphlets: History made easy, chemistry made easy, geography made easy and so on. What is happening today in Nigeria is that government has been made easy. As the late Dr. Bala Yusufu Usman would put it, people enjoy power in Nigeria without the inconvenience of responsibility. That is the tragedy of Nigeria at 53.
My position is an appeal to common sense for it is trite to say that in international relations and wars there are no permanent friends and enemies but permanent interests. This is no rocket science that will be difficult for all to see. So to contract your intelligence to a foreign company is patently silly. And this is being mild. It is just not done by nations that take themselves seriously. So the Senate law on Internet monitoring must address this otherwise the Nigerian Senate would have legally negated our sovereignty if it passes a bill that fails to address the very nature of the country’s sovereignty as it debates this bill. Finally, the Senate is debating a law on Internet use within the context of the patent abuse of our sovereignty and a violation of Nigerian laws when the presidency hired Elbit Security in a controversial manner. Thus the Senate has the legal and moral obligation to speak to the Elbit contract. Nigerian people will like to know the following. First, is the Elbit contract still
on? If so why and under what law and legal framework? With the Senate bill, are we going to see a situation where the Elbit contract will be retroactively legalized? Second, what is exactly the cost of the Elbit contract-$40m or $60m? Third, who brought in Elbit Security, who are/is the Nigerian middlemen that brought in Elbit Security and why was the contract not made an open bid? Were the Elbit contract openly bid for it would have been irrelevant to ask who brought this company to Nigeria. But since the contract was not an open bid, Nigerians must ask through the Senate and House of Representatives and Nigerians ought to know who brought Elbit security to Nigeria for the contract. If the Nigerian Senate fails to ask these questions and seeks answers to them, the Senate would have been complicit in the un-ethical practice of the Nigerian presidency and the senate would have become part of the moral and legal violation of our sovereignty just in case we think we have one. Adeolu Ademoyo via email@example.com
Senate and the ethical question R ecently, the Nigerian senate voted in favour of the third reading of a bill to legalize the monitoring of Internet use by Nigerians. This raises urgent ethical questions. Some of these questions are as follows: First, regardless of the company which has been or which may be contracted to do the job the main question is: to what extent is each Nigerian ready to forgo his/her privacy for the sake of public security? If the individual Nigerian is ready to concede aspects of her/his privacy, what is the scope of what is being conceded for the sake of public good? In other words, how is what I am conceding to be delimited and defined? Or is the monitoring an open cheque such that the monitor can do whatever he/she likes with our privacy? Second question is the question of legal sanction against violation. If the privacy I have conceded for public good is explicitly defined, delimited and made public for all to see, but if it is violated by a state agent
Third question is one of honour. It is presumed that national honour and pride are marks of all normal nations. Passing a law to monitor Internet use in order to combat terrorism is not just a technical issue. It becomes a question of a nation’s honour to the extent that we must talk about who will do the job - a foreign company or a Nigerian company? This is a legitimate issue because Internet monitoring is an aspect of cyber warfare. Terrorism has sadly raised the negative bar of modern warfare such that wars are won and lost at the point of intelligence gathering. No self-respecting nation hands over its defence and intelligence mechanism to foreign countries. Yes intelligence is shared among countries, but you do yours yourself and share it. And you do not contract the physical infrastructure for gathering that intelligence to a foreign country no matter how “competent” and “friendly such countries are. This position is not an appeal to “patriotism” or “nationalism” no matter how good those may be.
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AEPB to set up ‘occasional markets’ for hawkers
he acting Director, Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), Aishat Adebayo, says the administration will soon set up occasional markets for hawkers to display their goods. Adebayo stated over the weekend in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the activities and achievements of the board from January to August. ``The occasional market initiative which we are working on is to provide a platform for hawkers to sell their wares in designated areas,’’ she said. ``The market is not like to be daily; the board will start with three locations as a pilot progamme and the markets will open for, say, thrice a week so that hawkers can earn a living.’’ She emphasised that hawking had been outlawed in the FCT, stressing that offenders would be prosecuted. The director said the board had the mandate to provide a clean, hygienic and sustainable environment for the well-being of present and future generation. The sanitation exercise conducted by the board involved routine cleaning, vegetation control, as well as municipal solid waste collection in 20 city districts handled by concessionaires, she added. She said the board also made
provision for waste collection in 39 housing estates and four entrance and exit highways in the city. Adebayo said the board introduced house-to-house sanitary inspection of premises to replace the monthly environmental sanitation which was scrapped in 2011. According to her, the board’s environmental health officers
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number plate and driver licenses in existence because many has used it to commit crime in Nigeria, the idea was initiated as a result of insurgent, the federal government has extended the date from first October which is tomorrow to June next year because the motorists are adhering to the order. “I thanked the FCT administration and federal government for extending it because the process to get the new plate takes time, we want motorists to use the period to get the new plate, VIO will not spear anybody who fail to utilize the period after expiration”, the image maker warned. Ilodube however implored FCT administration to channel more attention to the officers due to the hazard it faces on duty. “I was once beaten up at Mpape by motorcycle riders, popularly known as Okada, many of our officers have also faced the same thing especially at Gudu district, Area One and AYA, few months ago our officer whose name is James Festus was knocked down by motor, these are some of the
go round facilities in the city to repair damaged waste pipe, ensure clearing of overgrown vegetation and removal furniture abandoned in illegal places. She said that during the period under review, 2,393 houses were inspected and 247 received summons, adding that occupants of 157 houses were convicted. The director said the board
was involved in community mobilisation and sanitation programmes in villages such as Jahi, Garki, Galadima and Kado Biko, still existing within built up areas. She said the board was at the forefront of the quest to ensure sustainable environment in the FCT through monitoring and control of air, water and soil pollution. (NAN)
A traditional weaver participating at the 8th Abuja International Trade Fair, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN
FG extends vehicle number plate revalidation to June 2014
he Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Directorate of Road Traffic Service known as VIO has disclosed that the Federal Government has extended vehicle number plate revalidation to next year June to enable motorists gets the new number plate. Making this known to Peoples Daily over the weekend, the Public Relation Officer K.K. Iloduba said that the extension was as a result of motorist’s responding to the federal government pronouncement that Nigerians should get new number plate on or before first October due to security challenge facing the country. He noted that the federal government through the VIO and other stakeholders want to eradicate fake number plate and driver licenses because some motorist have used the old number plate to perpetrate crime especially the bomb blast that happened in Abuja which carried Abuja fake plate number. “We want to stop all fake
things we are facing every day”. “We are still doing our best to ensure free flow of traffic in FCT, I can tell you categorically that we have impounded eighteen thousand motorbikes and we are still going to impound more”, Iloduba vowed. In separate interviews with our correspondent, some motorists said they are not aware of the new
development. “Let me tell you, VIO are difficult people because you can’t beg them, I am just hearing it from you that federal government has extended it, I hope VIO are aware, if it’s true that they have extended it to next year June, they should announce it to Nigerians”, Mr. Ezuma Debo, a civil servant said.
Building collapse: FCT minister orders seal-off of classrooms in GSS Nyanya By Adeola Tukuru
ollowing the collapse of a section of the balcony of one of the storey buildings in Government Secondary School (GSS) Nyanya, on Friday with over six students, all females involved with various degrees of injury, including broken limbs, the FCT Administration has sealed-off the block of classrooms. The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed gave this directive over the weekend in Nyanya, while inspecting the site. The Principal of the school, Mrs. Ngozi Ezeh during the inspection remarked that students were leaning on the hand railing of the cantilevered canopy above the main entrance measuring 1.2x1.5m when it gave way. The minister who was represented by the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Architect Reuben Okoya further directed the Department of Development Control to investigate further to identify the cause. The minister immediately visited Maitama District Hospital where the students that sustained minor injuries were taken to for immediate medical attention. At the hospital, Senator Mohammed instructed the Education Secretariat to pay all the medical bills of the injured students and that the Chief Medical Director of the hospital should give the students special attention.
Cleric calls for compassion on less-privileged, orphans
resident, Fountain of Hope (FOH), Methodist Cathedral of Unity Abuja ,Mrs Offunmbuk Akpabio has called for compassion from the rich toward the less-privileged, orphans and the needy. Akpabio made the call over the weekend when she led other members on a yearly routine visit to Iddo Sarki community, on the Airport Road, FCT, to donate
some food items, toiletries and an undisclosed sum of money. She said that there was the need to focus on the less privileged in the society, especially the abandoned children and orphans, who, according to her need to be given the opportunity to grow up as useful members of the society. ``Helping the less privileged in the society has been the core
objectives of the fountain of hope. ``We have been visiting communities, to donate items to them, knowing the circumstances surrounding such people in our society,’’ she said. The president also told NAN that the organisation has through its ``Christ Education Fund for Orphans has also sponsored orphans to schools.’’ (NAN)
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Elderly women waiting for alms, yesterday at Area 1, Garki, in Abuja.
A middle-aged man carrying his goods to Kabusa market, yesterday at Kabusa village, in Abuja.
A van loaded with goat meat, on Saturday at Garki market, in Abuja.
Calabar dance troupe popularly call â€œAbangâ€?, entertaining guests, during Calabar Day celebration, yesterday in Abuja.
An Ukoakpan cultural troupe entertaining guests, during Akwa Ibom Community Anniversary ceremony, on Saturday in Abuja. Photos: Justin Imo-Owo
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New owners take over Discos, Gencos today
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ew owners of 15 Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor companies will be handed over their share certificate today by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. The handing over is coming on the heels of completion of 100 percent payment by the successful bidders. A statement issued by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) said the handing over ceremony will take place at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and is part of the build up to the activities to mark the 53rd Independence anniversary of Nigeria.
The statement quoted Director General of the BPE, Mr. Benjamin Dikki as saying “This handover is a culmination of 14 years of painstaking effort by the National Council on Privatization (NCP), Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and other key stakeholders to reform and liberalize Nigeria’s electricity industry, which began in 1999”. Recall that the Electric Power Sector Reform Implementation Committee (EPIC) was set up in 2000 with the key mandate to proffer an appropriate legal and regulatory framework for the sector. This gave birth to the National Electric Power Policy which was
approved by the Federal Executive Council in September 2001; followed by the passage of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR) of 2005. The passage of the Act gave the NCP/BPE the legal impetus to set up the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) also in 2005. The NCP/BPE went further to vertically unbundle the integrated monopoly into three segments of Generation, Transmission and Distribution. As part of the reform initiative, NEPA was transformed into (PHCN). In compliance with Section 1 of EPSR Act as a prelude to the full unbundling of the utility into different successor companies.
To further give teeth to the reform, in August 2010, President Jonathan launched the Presidential Roadmap on Power Reform with two key advisory organs, namely, the Presidential Action Committee on Power and the Presidential Task Force on Power. The Presidential Roadmap is a comprehensive plan aimed at the reform and restructuring of the power sector to achieve stable electricity supply in the country The Bureau published advertisements for expressions of interest by prospective investors in the eleven distribution companies (Discos) and six generation companies(Gencos) between December 13 and 20, 2010, in both local and international media.
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Assistant Director-General, Technical Cooperation Department, FAO, Mr. Laurent Thomas (right), admiring smoked fish from a seller, during the visit of a delegation from South-South Cooperation in Africa, at the weekend to Lokoja, Kogi state. Photo: NAN
FG, Chinese govt sign $1.3bn Zungeru power contract
he Federal Government over the weekend singed $1.3 billion contract with Chinese government for the resuscitation of Zungeru hydroelectric to add additional 700 megawatts to the national grid on completion. Speaking at the occasion, Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr Okonjo-Iweala said the project will have significant positive impact in many areas stressing that “it would create thousands of jobs forNigerian engineers, technicians and artisans during the construction phase directly and indirectly. It would also boost the economy of
the local economy in Zungeru as well as its environs”. She stated that President Goodluck Jonathan had given all ministries and agencies involved in the project strict marching orders and that he expected it to be executed according to schedule. “We are grateful to the Chinese Government for making this project a reality and we hope that the cordial relationship between Nigeria and China will continue to grow stronger for our mutual benefit”. Chinese Ambassador Mr Deng Boqing signed on behalf of his country While Ambassador Godknows Igali, Permanent
Secretary of the Power Ministry represented the Minister, Professor Chinedu Nebo. The contract will be executed by a consortium of two Chinese companies China National Electric and Engineering Corporation (CNEEC) and SinoHydro. It is captured in the 20122014 Medium Term Borrowing Plan approved by the National Assembly. The total cost of the project is $1, 293,573,013.08. 75% of the cost will be financed by a loan provided by the China Eximbank while the Federal Government has already paid 25% of the cost in the form of a ounterpart fund.
MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY Stop talking about yourself when you apologize
dmitting a mistake can fall flat if you apologize the wrong way. The victim of your screw-up does not want to hear about you. Instead ask yourself: Who am I talking to, and what is he or she looking for in my apology? A stranger or mere acquaintance wants you to offer compensation or some redeeming action. Compensation can be tangible, like paying to repair your neighbor’s fence when you accidentally back your car into it, or emotional, like
being extra thoughtful. Your colleague or friend wants empathy. When you recognize and express concern over the suffering you caused, the victim feels understood and valued, and trust is restored. Your team wants an acknowledgement of the rules and norms you violated. Basically, you need to admit that you broke the code of behavior of your social group or organization, and that you recognize you let them down. Source: Harvard Business Review
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NIGERIA DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION Plot 447 / 448 Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) wishes to invite reputable and certified network solution vendors with good track record of performance and experience for the Supply and Installation of IP-Based Telephony Infrastructure.
bodies Sworn affidavit to indicate that the company is not in receivership and none of its directors were ever convicted of fraudulent activity.
SCOPE OF WORK The scope of engagement entails: 1. Deploy a Call Manager System with full redundancy. 2. Provide Call Manager Hardware 3. A voice gateway 4. 400 phones and user licenses. 5. Smartnet Services for 1 year 6. Enterprise Voice integration with PABX 7. Maintain Existing extension/ numbering plan 8. Training of IT staff on the IP Telephony Infrastructure
SUBMISSION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS Five (5) bound copies of the ‘Financial’ and ‘Technical’ tender documents must be submitted in separate sealed envelopes clearly marked “Technical Bid” and “Financial Bid” respectively, both put in a third (3rd) envelope sealed and marked on the right hand top corner “TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL TENDER FOR NDIC IP TELEPHONY INFRASTRUCTURE” and addressed to:
Director of Administration, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Plot 447/448 Constitution Avenue, TENDER DOCUMENTS Interested companies should obtain the tender document Central Business District, from the Administration Department, 2nd Floor, NDIC Abuja, Nigeria. Headquarters, Plot 447/448 Constitution Avenue, Central Business District, Abuja upon payment of the tender fee of The closing date for submission is Monday 11th November, N10,000.00 in Bank Draft made payable to the Nigeria Deposit 2013 by 2.00pm. The tender is to be dropped in the tender Insurance Corporation, Abuja. Further requisite information box on the Ground floor, reception area at the Head Office required can be obtained from the Head of Information Building. Companies dropping tenders are expected to sign Technology Department at the above address. Enquires the tender register on the 2nd floor, Admin Department, could be made either through the telephone numbers: 09- before dropping the tenders. Submission of tender by post 4601200 or the following e-mail address: email@example.com. or courier will not be acceptable, and any tender received at the designated location after the required time and date ng. shall be considered late and non-responsive. CONDITIONS FOR ELIGIBILITY OPENING OF THE TENDER All bids must be accompanied with the following: Opening of tenders shall be on Monday, 11th November, Evidence of Company Registration with Corporate 2013 by 2:00 pm at the Ground Floor, Visitors waiting room. Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria. The current 3 years Tax Clearance Certificate of the Only the technical bids will be opened and only the Company (2010 – 2012). successful company shall be informed in writing. Evidence of VAT registration and remittance. The Company’s audited accounts for the last three ADDITIONAL INFORMATION years (2010 – 2012). Evidence of Financial capacity or bank support to i. Failure to satisfactorily fulfill the conditions as requested undertake the project. above will result to invalidation of such tender. Evidence of having successfully carried out similar ii NDIC shall reserve the right to verify the authenticity works of claim(s) made by the tendering parties. Company profile indicating qualification and iii. NDIC shall reserve the right to reject any submission experience of key staff for the project. based on unverifiable information. Proof of Company’s understanding of the job, iv. All financial bids should be quoted in Naira (N) for all Implementation plan and work methodology. Nigerian companies, while foreign-based companies Evidence of compliance with ITF Acts; including should avail themselves with the most current proof of remittance. (prevailing) exchange rate. Valid Certificate of Compliance with Pension Act issued by the National Pension Commission (Pencom). SIGNED: Evidence of registration with relevant Professional MANAGEMENT
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CBN suspends WDAS, re-introduces RDAS
Stories from Ngoiz Onyekusi, Lagos
n a step taken to sanitise the foreign exchange market, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has suspended the Wholesale Dutch Auction System (WDAS) and re-introduced the Retail Dutch Auction System (RDAS) This takes effect from October 3rd. The development follows revocation of operating lkicences of Bureau De Change operators last Thursday by CBN due to their involvement in money laundering offence and related issues. The affected BDCs include FBN BDC, Amity Global BDC limited, Haruna A. Rahamah BDCs Limited, Majia BDC limited, Ahali BD ltd, Lawabash BDC ltd, Bin Dahuud BDC ltd, Garin Gabas BDC, D&D BDC ltd Fatahul BDC Ltd, Global payments BDCs. Others are Startime BDCs, Plannet Ventures BDC Ltd, Fadima BDC Ltd, Optimum BDC Ltd, Secon BDC Ltd Asabana BDC Ltd Maiksal BDC Ltd and Alim BDC Ltd
According to details in the apex circular titled: “Developments in the Foreign Exchange Market,”, signed by the Director trade and Exchange Department, CBN Batari Musa, made available in its website, these companies were suspended on the ground of inability to render returns on the utilisation of the foreign exchange and failure to provide documentary evidence that their purchases were utilized for eligible transaction in accordance with the relevant provisions of the money laundering prohibition Act as amended , Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 as amended, CBN anti Money Laundering/ combating the financing of terrorism Regulations, 2003 the CBN foreign Exhange Manual and the Extant Guidelines for the operations of the BDCs in Nigeria and AML/CFT Regulation 2013. Commenting on this the CBN governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi argued that the illegal activity of the BDC operators was partly responsible for the volatility observed in the BDC and parallel segments of
the forex market. “Why are Nigerians changing cash to dollars? To buy goods? To pay medical bills? So we started looking at the numbers and what did we discover? There are banks that were importing cash in millions of dollars and were selling to BDCs. We went to those BDCs to show us what they did with the dollars and they could not. “So this week, I will revoke 20 BDC licences and I am going to prosecute them for money laundering. If you take money above the limit and you can’t show what you did with it, then it is money laundering. You either show us what you did with it or it is money laundering.” The CBN governor said: “I announce sadly that today; Nigeria has overtaken Russia as the biggest importer of United States dollars. This country imports more US dollars in cash than any other country in the world. “Who are the people that can afford dollars? It is people who don’t have to borrow. People who have access to free naira
that they did not borrow from bank. “We reduced the supply of dollars and then what happens? We saw a spike in the BDC and parallel markets’ rates. Then they create an opportunity for arbitrage and we start having exchange rate difficulties. This is because if someone is in money laundering, his demand for dollars is completely inelastic. He can do N180/$1, he can pay N200/$1, he can pay N250/$1 and he is not going to stop. I am saying this because these are every day challenges we deal with in monetary policy.” Throwing more light on the RDAS, the CBN circular explained that the minimum bid by authorised dealers shall be $100,000.00, saying that just like the WDAS, auction at the newly introduced RDAS would be held every Monday and Wednesday. It added: “The existing limit of $40,000 per annum on naira debit and credit cards has been reviewed upwards to $150,000 per annum subject to monthly rendition of returns
L-R: MD/CEO Fidelity Bank Plc, Reginald Ihejiahi, CBN Deputy Governor Operations, Tunde Lemo, and Vice-President, FCMB Robert Grant, during a special forum on financing the power sector reforms, for economic , last Friday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
UBA CEO wins CEO of the year award
he Group Managing Director of the United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Mr. Phillips Oduoza, has been named Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) 30 “CEO of the Year” by African Investor;, a leading investment and specialist communications firm advising governments and businesses on investments in Africa. Mr. Oduoza received the award at the Africa investor (Ai) CEO Institutional Investment Summit, held at the New York Stock Exchange, last Tuesday. The SRI Index series were instituted in 2008 at the United Nations, as a concrete step to
engage investors and businesses in support of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. The UBA CEO was chosen in recognition of his exceptional achievements over the last year which is seen as an “inspiration for business and government leaders working to raise Africa’s investment profile” the award organisers said in a statement. The judging panel considered excellent leadership skills, enhanced organisational image, innovation and originality as well as alignment with the millennium development goals in choosing the Socially
Responsible Investment (SRI) 30 CEO of the year. Since becoming Managing Director, Mr. Oduoza has been spearheading a number of growth initiatives including, the recently launched Project Alpha; UBA’s three-year road map of key transformation initiatives, designed to consolidate the group’s strategic positioning, and fully exploit the burgeoning opportunities from Africa’s economic renaissance, and the group’s unique platform. Commenting on the award, Oduoza said, “I am excited about the significant strides we are making at UBA. I dedicate
this award to the multi-cultural, multilingual staff of UBA. We take pride in our pan-African heritage, and the significant contributions we are making to economic development on the continent”. The UBA Group remains a highly diversified financial services provider with operations in 19 African countries, New York, London and Paris. It has over the years, built a strong retail franchise across the continent, offering its more than seven million customers, a bouquet of products and services tailored to meet their different financial needs/end.
by authorised dealer banks and card issuers (MasterCard and Visa) to the CBN. The settlement of the cards shall continue to be with inter-bank funds. “The importation of foreign currency banknotes by dealers shall henceforth be subject to a prior approval by the CBN. Any authorized dealer intending to import foreign currency cash is required to forward an application, stating the amount and purpose to the Director, Trade and Exchange Department, CBN for consideration. “Importers intending to pay for imports of non-regulated products valued not more than $250,000 per annum using telegraphic transfers shall only complete form ‘m’ online with pro-forma invoice.”
W/Bank bans Ghanaian company over infraction in Liberian project
he World Bank has banned a Ghanaian waste management company, Zoomlion Ltd. for two years over alleged misconduct in handling waste management contract in Liberia. This is contained in a report, released by World Bank’s Integrity Vice-President, Mr Leonard McCarthy, obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abidjan. The report said the company acknowledged paying bribe to facilitate contracts and processing of invoice in the World Bank-financed Monrovia Emergency Urban Sanitation project. It said that the Ghanaian firm would not be allowed to undertake any project, financed by the World Bank for two years, effective Sept. 24. According to the report, companies handling World Bank sponsored projects must comply satisfactorily with integrity standards. The report quoted McCarthy as saying that the bank remained poised to enforcing corporate responsibility and holding companies accountable for wrong doings. ``Promoting corporate responsibility while holding companies accountable for wrongdoing is one of the strategic pillars of the World Bank’s anticorruption strategy,’’ the report quoted McCarthy as saying. The World Bank integrity vice president is responsible for preventing, detecting and investigating allegations of fraud and corruption in the bank’s projects.(NAN)
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New aviation charges replace all other old charges - NCAA explains
From Suleiman Idris, Lagos
he Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) at the weekend explained that the newly introduced general aviation charges are for non-scheduled commercial operators and they replace all previous charges such as the landing and parking fees, navigational charges and the passenger service charge. The Coordinating General Manager, Corporate Communications for aviation agencies, Yakubu Dati, made the clarification in Lagos and confirmed that Nigerian registered aircrafts are to pay $3,000 (N480,000), per flight, while aircraft with foreign registered aircraft would pay $4,000 (N640,000) per flight.
He clarified that “in addition to the charges they replace, the new charges cover newly introduced niche services for the category of clients, such as the use of the new General Aviation Terminal (GAT) facilities including luxury VIP lounges, pilot lounges and crew rest rooms as well as refreshments.” He further said the charges are based on the tariff charged by operators for their services, adding that the segment of the air transport industry “is one of the key focus areas of the Federal Ministry of Aviation in its ongoing industry transformation efforts and major investments have been and are still being made to provide appropriate infrastructural facilities for their services.”
He said that the charges are not meant for everybody that has , or operates private jets but for those who use it for commercial purposes, including those who use foreign registered and locally egistered aircraft. “So those who operate their jets for private business are exempted from these charges, while those who operate nonscheduled commercial flights are eligible to pay the charges”, he clarified Meanwhile, CAA has listed 26 airlines as those registered with Airline Operator Certificate (AOC). They include Aero Contractors Company Nigeria Limited, Allied Air Limited, Arik Air Limited, Associated Aviation Limited and Atlantic Aviation Limited.
Others are Bristow Helicopters Nigeria Limited, Caverton Helicopters, Chanchangi Airlines Limited, Dana Airlines, Dornier Aviation Nigeria AIEP Limited, First Nation Airways (SS) Limited and Hak Air Limited. This list also includes IRS Airlines Limited, Jed Air, Kabo Airlines Limited, King Airlines and Travel Limited, Max Air Limited, Med View Airlines Nigeria Limited and Odengene Air Shuttle Services Limited. There are Overland Airways Limited, Pan African Airlines Nigeria, Skybird Air, Skyjet Aviation Services Limited, Skypower Express Airways Nigeria Limited, Topbrass Aviation Limited and West Link Airways.
R-L: Former President of United States, Mr. Bill Clinton, Chairman, Heirs Holdings, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, Founder, Microsoft, Mr. Bill Gates, and Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, Geeta Rao Gupta, discussing during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative meeting, recently in New York this week.
LCCI scores economy high as Nigeria marks 53rd independence anniversary
resident, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mr Goodie Ibru, President said the Nigerian economy had grown in recent years to become the second largest in Africa. Ibru, in a statement he signed in Lagos over the weekend, he said that the economy had an estimated Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in excess of about 300 billion dollars. According to him, the nation, owing to its enterprising
population and abundant natural resources, now offers the largest market on the continent. He, however, said that the lingering challenges over the decades had been how to take advantage of the opportunities and potentials, for the benefit of Nigerians. ``The operating environment for businesses has been difficult. ``The economy is inhibited by serious issues of infrastructure deficits, especially with regards to power supply, currently at
less than 4000 megawatts; transportation, logistics, the quality of institutions, costs and access to funds. ``All these have combined to create a burden of competitiveness for domestic enterprises. ``This situation has made the diversification of the economy very difficult and poses a risk of vulnerability. ``Indigenous enterprises have been facing an even more difficult problem of market access,” he said.
Ibru expressed dismay at the upsurge in importation, which he said, had been limiting the capacity to generate the needed multiplier effects and jobs, that could impact on the citizenry. He, however, appealed to the Federal Government to accelerate necessary reforms to fix national infrastructure, diversify the economy, strengthen institutions and reduce corruption, in celebration of the nation’s 53rd independence anniversary.(NAN)
8th Abuja fair: NACCIMA wants govt support for SMEs By Stanley Onyekwere
he Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has underscore the importance of sound infrastructure especially power supply, efficient transportation system and security as necessary environment for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to thrive in the country. The body decried the near absence of necessary environment for businesses to thrive, which it said led to the dearth of the SMEs across the country. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Abuja international fair, the National president of Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Alhaji Mohammed Badaru bubakar, said no economy can experience a sustainable level of real growth and national development without first, evolving and effective culture of production and innovation public-private sector synergy for the transformation of the real sector especially the agricultural and industrial sub-sectors. The fair tagged: “Promoting the culture of production and innovation in SMEs to achieve competitiveness and national development, is being organized by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA). Abubakar, who was represented by NACCIMA National Vice president, Hajia Saratu Aliyu, added governments at all levels must continue to intensify efforts and pay adequate attention to the provision of the enabling environment and infrastructures towards promoting the right culture, improved competitiveness in production and innovation. In his good will message, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Mohammed, said the choice of the fair theme was timely given the ongoing efforts by the current administration to transform all facet of the economy. Represented by Mr. Emmanuel Obi Okonkwo, he urged all research and technical institutions in the country to step in and provided the enabling mechanisms to SMEs through innovation, adding that it will help in revamping the sector. On his part, the ABUCCIMA president, Engr. Solomon Nyagba, who appreciated some of the steps government has taken in addressing the challenges facing SMEs in the country, said there is more to be done especially in the area of energy supply, sound transport system and security.
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Highlighting importance of water and science to human existence
y most accounts, water is a dependent variable in human existence; as man, flora and fauna cannot survive without water. The fundamental importance of water to life is the main focus of the recent presentation of the Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe, at the 2013 Ministerial Platform in Abuja. Explaining the Federal Government’s approach to water preservation, Ochekpe said that her ministry was expanding the country’s food production capacity via irrigation farming. According to her, Nigeria cannot continue to depend on rain-fed agriculture alone because of its population growth rate, urbanisation and climate change. She, however, stressed substantial achievements had been recorded in irrigation farming, as the size of the country’s irrigated farmlands had increased by over 31,000 hectares, while jobs had been created for over 75,000 farming families. ``Irrigation is, therefore, critical to the nation’s food production, agro-industrial raw materials, employment generation and poverty
According to him, these areas include space technology, solar technology, engineering and manufacturing technology, building and roads technology and biotechnology. Ewa also listed the achievements recorded in the solar power programme, for instance, as part of the milestones in the ministry’s feats. He noted that the ministry was currently supplying electricity to Danjawa village in Sokoto State via its 10-kilowatt solar mini-grid power programme. He explained that the ministry was also supply power to Igu community in
Water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and is vital for all known forms of life.
alleviation,’’ she said. Ochekpe said that available records indicated that 75,802 tonnes of rice; 51,631 tonnes of maize, 2,800 tonnes of wheat, 50,695 tonnes of sorghum and 177,050 tonnes of assorted vegetables had
Water Resources Minister, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe
been produced via irrigation farming within the last two years. On water supply schemes, Ochekpe said that Nigeria had made an appreciable progress in water supply coverage from 58 per cent in 2011 to 65 per cent in 2012. She said that the ministry, through the aid of the World Bank, had completed small towns’ water supply and sanitation projects in Niger, Ekiti and Katsina state. The minister stressed that the ministry had also secured an EU-assisted programme on water supply and sanitation reforms in Adamawa, Delta, Ekiti, Anambra, Cross River, Jigawa, Kano, Osun and Yobe states. ``With the assistance of the Chinese, we have also carried out the rehabilitation of boreholes in 18 states, while implementing rural water supply projects in 18 states and the FCT. ``The World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) have also assisted in urban water sector reform
projects in Ogun, Cross River, Taraba, Osun, Enugu, Lagos and Kaduna states. ``Through the assistance of Japanese International Cooperative Agency, (JICA), we have also undertaken rural water supply programmes in Yobe, Kebbi, Niger, Taraba, Ondo, Bauchi, Enugu, Kano and Oyo states,’’ she said. Ochekpe said that there had been an increase of 422 million cubic metres in the volume of stored water in the nation’s reservoirs. ``During the period under review, substantial progress was made in the construction, operation and maintenance of dams nationwide for water supply, hydropower, flood control, irrigation, fishery development, tourism and recreation. ``Some of the dams are used for fishery development and irrigation for the cultivation of crops such as rice, maize, beans, sugarcane, wheat, potatoes, onions, pepper, melon, and legumes,’’ she said. Nevertheless, the minister conceded that the
the Bwari Area Council of the FCT through its threekilowatt solar mini-grid power programme. The minister stressed that the essence of the solar technology power programme was to ensure that small communities would not need to tap electricity from the national grid. Besides, Ewa said that the ministry was engaging the necessary international collaboration for the development of the Silicon Valley Project, located at the Sheda Science and Technology Complex in Abuja. The project, he noted, would boost
water sector was facing some challenges which had impeded the full realisation of its goals. ``The relatively low budget allocation to the sector over the years has militated against the realisation of set targets; in addition, budget releases have been inadequate and untimely,’’ she observed. She said other challenges included ``additional cost of rehabilitating damaged infrastructure after flooding and constructing new systems in drought-prone areas’’. Also speaking on the same platform, the Minister of Science and Technology, Prof. Ita Ewa, who stressed the importance of science to national development, said that Nigeria had made appreciable progress in the areas of space science, engineering infrastructure and biotechnology. He said that in line with the National Implementation Plan, the ministry had identified some key priority areas with great potentialities for impact in science and technology.
Ochekpe said that there had been an increase of 422 million cubic metres in the volume of stored water in the nation’s reservoirs
Water on Earth moves continually through the water cycle of evaporation and transpiration (evapotranspiration), condensation, precipitation, and runoff, usually reaching the sea.
the technological growth of the country via nanotechnology, biotechnology, agricultural technology and solar cell
production. Ewa said that the ministry was working on its cluster-based concept for the development of the
Some observers have estimated that by 2025 more than half of the world population will be facing water-based vulnerability
country. He said that the concept involved providing catalysts for the concentration of industrial activities around a particular resource and stimulating the production of different materials to boost local production. The minister stressed that Nigeria had no reason to import leather products because the ministry, through its agencies, had perfected the technology used in producing leather products. He urged Nigerians to refrain from importing leather products, adding that they should instead ``commercialise the few we ones have been able to produce’’. He cited football and military boots as examples of items which the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Research could produce. ``Rather than importing these leather products, entrepreneurs and wellmeaning Nigerians should be encouraged to establish leather-based companies,’’
he noted. Ewa, however, urged the citizens to take advantage of the nation’s vocational training institutes and incubate technology. ``We have built a critical mass of human capital in Nigeria; we have trained scientists, they have creativity and they have excess compatibility. ``Over the years the universities have trained Nigerian engineers; instead of a brain-drain, let us have a brain-gain,’’ he said. Displaying a motorcycle that was produced by one of the ministry’s agencies, the minister said that the local content of the motorcycle was 75 per cent, thereby making it a truly made-inNigeria product. The motorcycle was kick-started by the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who described it as a technological breakthrough. Maku urged Nigerians to always strive to patronise all the available research products in the country. (NAN)
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Following the appointment of 17 senior lawyers by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC), the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, last week Monday conferred the prestigious SAN title on them at the Supreme Court, Abuja. Sunday Ejike Benjamin takes a look at the procedure for the award of the title and reports.
enior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is a title that may be conferred on legal practitioners in Nigeria of not less than ten years’ standing and who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession. It is the equivalent of the rank of Queen’s Counsel in the United Kingdom, from which Nigeria became independent in 1960 (Republic 1963), as well as in South Australia, the Northern Territory, and Canada (except Ontario and Quebec). Several countries use similar designation, such as Senior Counsel, State Counsel, Senior Advocate, and President’s Advocate. The reward for hard work is success, experience and often times, added responsibilities. It is so, as the society continue to seek out experts to advance its course for development and reengineering. It is in the light of this that the Legal Practitioners’ Privilege Committee (LPPC) followed the pattern set by the British Queen’s Counsel in recognition of excellence in the legal Profession and instituted the rank of SAN. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria enjoys the privilege of sitting in the “inner bar” (which is usually the front row seat in the court) as distinguished from the “outer bar” where “junior advocates” are seated. SANs also enjoy the privilege of having their cases called first in court. The conferment is made in accordance with the Legal Practitioners Act 207, section 5 (1) by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee, headed by the CJN (as Chairman), and consist of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), one Justice of the Supreme Court, (chosen by the CJN and the AGF for a term of two years, renewable on one occasion only), the President of the Court of Appeal, five of the Chief Judges of the States (chosen by the CJN and the AGF for a term of two years, renewable on one occasion only), the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, and five legal practitioners who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (chosen by the Chief Justice and the Attorney-General for a term of two years, renewable on one occasion only). The title was first conferred on April 3, 1975 to Chief F.R.A. Williams and Dr. Nabo Graham-Douglas. As at July 7, 2011, about 344 lawyers had become Senior Advocates of Nigeria. Seventeen distinguished legal practitioners and scholars were, last week Monday con-
New Senior Advocates of Nigeria, during their swearing-in, last Monday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
ferred with the prestigious rank. LPPC approved the appointment of Godwin Odumu Obla, from the Idoma speaking area of Benue state, the Attorney General of Kogi State, Joe Ad’ojo Abrahams and 15 other legal practitioners as SAN. The Secretary of the Committee and the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, Sunday Olarundahunsi told newsmen that the 15 legal practitioners and one academic are also found worthy of the conferment of the SAN title and that the approval of the appointment the senior lawyers was reached at a meeting of the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee held on Friday July 19, 2013. The 17 newly sworn-in SANs, joined 374 others, both living and dead, who have been awarded the title since its inception in 1975. Under the guidelines for the conferment of the rank of SAN, the Legal Practitioners Act describes the title as “a privilege” which is awarded as “a mark of excellence to members of the legal profession”. So, a candidate is expected to provide a list of at least ten Judges of superior courts (High Courts and above) and arbitrators before whom they had appeared “in contested cases of substance or complexity or particular difficulty or sensitivity”. The committee also conducts a physical inspection of chambers of all applicants that have made the final short list. The chamber inspection is aimed at evaluating the level and quality of the facilities provided in the chambers.
The inspection assesses the size and quality of library; quality of office space and other facilities available; number of junior counsel or partners in chambers, and number and quality of support staff. Some candidates are dropped at this level if the quality of the candidates’ chambers, in the opinion of the LPPC, is below the required standard. The interview, which is the final stage of selection, is conducted to confirm that the candidates meet the eligibility criteria and secondly to conduct a further evaluation of the candidate’s professional competences. The LPPC constitutes itself into subcommittees such that each sub-committee has at least three members and every candidate that makes the short list is interviewed by one sub-committee. The evaluation of candidates’ competence is based on “weighted criteria” which are integrity, knowledge of the law, leadership quality, contribution to the development of the law leadership qualities in the profession, strength and quality of reference received by candidate (from judges) and quality of law office/library. In assessing a candidate’s professional competence, a case submitted by him or her is expected to meet two or more among certain criteria. The criteria stipulate that the case in question must involve an issue of significant legal or public interest; decides a novel point of law; is considered ground breaking or landmark decision;
involves a substantial amount of money; or is frequently cited in the law reports. A candidate’s contribution to the development of the law is adjudged based on “tangible contribution” the candidate has made through case law or publications in recognised scholarly journals or scholarly presentations at national or international conferences. The LPPC, in assessing the candidate’s leadership qualities considers how much the candidate has demonstrated “clear qualities of leadership and loyalty to the legal profession”; how consistent he or she has paid his practising fees to the bar in the 10 years preceding his or her application and how much he or she is involved in providing pro bono (free legal) services to indigent clients. The committee also considers how good and up-to-date the facilities in the candidate’s law office are. The rank, “in exceptional circumstances” in any given year, may be awarded by the LPPC to an academic member of the legal profession who has met the basic eligibility other than requirement of being an advocate. Such academic member must have distinguished himself or herself as an academic by making substantial contribution to legal scholarship and jurisprudence through teaching and research or through published works. However, the appointment of senior lawyers for the award of the SAN title is not without criticisms. In recent times, the award of the title has been char-
acterised by controversy, with many alleging that the process of awarding it has been politicised, while a few others are calling for its abolition. Many who are of the view that the title should be retained are calling for a reform of the process which they say has been characterised by favouritism and thereby leaves out many qualified lawyers. An attorney at law, licensed to practice law in Nigeria and also licensed as a Solicitor of England and Wales, David A. Akintimoye said the current process of awarding SAN to lawyers in Nigeria is not objective and needs to be revisited. He said, SAN was designed to be the highest honor in the legal profession in Nigeria, something akin to Queens Counselor (QC) in England. “The process of selecting lawyers for the exalted award is unsatisfactory. The current process leaves too much room for manipulation and godfatherism and is certainly not objective enough”, he said. The LPPC, he said should come up with objective criteria for conferring the honor. There should be no room for manipulation and discretion. Justice must not only be done but must be objectively seen to be done. SAN is designed to be a reward for excellence in legal practice, especially in the appellate courts and Supreme Court and should not be conferred on a lawyer merely because he is recognized as a human right activist or because he is popular with the masses. “It should be conferred on him because of his distinction in the field of law evidenced by citation of appellate cases or opinions to his name as a lead counsel. “The current process in Nigeria for conferment of SAN is not objective and predictable because the criteria used at the final interview are illusory, whimsical and nebulous. It is even worse that an aggrieved applicant may not sue in a court of law to challenge LPPC for rejecting his application for the award of SAN if he thinks his application has been unjustly denied because the enabling statute says that SAN is a discretionary award. “The LPPC and the National Assembly should look into the issue of selecting SANs and come up with objective standards that will be acceptable to all Nigerian lawyers before the award loses its prestige”, he advised.
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Unilorin establishes N55m bottle water company From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
niversity of Ilorin has established water factory complex worth N55 million.
The idea of the company, which was conceived about five years ago by the immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Ish-aq O. Oloyede, started producing sparkling clean water
in bottle and sachets. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Prof. R. A. Lawal, who disclosed this to members of the University Senate said the N55 million project is now a reality.
L-R: Creating Shared Value Field Officer, Nestle Nigeria Plc. Mr. Bola Audu, Director, Centre for Health Education, Population and Nutrition, Dr. Bisi Atinmo, Corporate Communication and Public Affairs Manager, Dr Samuel Adenekan, and Founding President, Federation of African Nutrition Societies, Prof. Kola Atinmo, during the Nestle Healthy Kids Teachers workshop, recently in Lagos. Photo: Olawale Rotimi
He said “the factory is completed, test running is going on and initial production is being carried out. We will use it as a training laboratory for our students”. He said the water that would be consumed during the forthcoming 29th Convocation ceremony of the University in October, would be supplied by the water factory, adding that Unilorin water will also be served at the meeting of the University Council slated for this week. Lawal explained that although the objective of the water project is to diversify and increase the University’s internally generated revenue (IGR) profile, it would also be useful for the entrepreneurship programmes of the various Faculties. He congratulated the Director of the school Consultancy Services Unit, the supervisor of the project, Prof. D. S. Ogunniyi, on a job well done. Also briefing the Senate, Prof. Ogunniyi confirmed that the water factory was ready for commissioning, saying that apart from its
revenue generating potential, the product will also enhance the health of the members of the University community as it would be produced under strict hygienic conditions. Ogunniyi said the packaged water will be primarily for the consumption of members of the University community, adding that the factory would ensure that competitive prices are maintained for its products. The completion of the project is in fulfillment of a promise made early this year by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Ambali, that his administration will ensure the commencement of water production at the factory before the year runs out. During his visit to the University Consultancy Services Unit in January, the Vice-Chancellor said, “We are going to encourage and promote Unilorin Consultancy Unit to complete the ‘Unilorin water’ project very soon. It is going to be in both sachet and bottle forms. We are going to work on that so that we can take off and conclude on the installation very soon.”
he University of Ilorin has appointed Mr. Abiodun Saka Yususf, as the new Bursar of the school. Until his appointment, Yusuf was the Managing Director of Splendid Microfinance Bank Limited, Abuja. He takes over from the former Bursar, Mr. Ayo Sijuwola, who completed his tenure in August. A statement by the Deputy Director, Corporate Affairs of the University, Mr. Kunle Akogun, stated that Yusuf’s appointment, which followed the recommendation of the selection Board constituted to assess applicants for the position of Bursar, was one of the major decisions taken at the 139th Meeting of the University Governing Council last week. Akogun said the new Bursar, who is a First Class Honour graduate of Accounting and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), is bringing into the job 28 years of experience in external auditing, management and financial consultancy and banking. The statement added, “Yusuf, who was the Bursar of Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin between 2005 and 2008, had also served as Senior Manager, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (1993 – 1998); Assistant General Manager, First Atlantic Bank Plc (1999 – 2002); and Executive Director, Mcford Consulting Limited (2002 – 2005).”
Born on January 16, 1961, the new Bursar graduated from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria with a First Class Honours degree in Accounting in June 1984. Before then, he had attended the then School of Basic Studies, Kwara State College of Technology (now Kwara State Polytechnic) between 1978 and 1980 for his G.C.E. Advanced Level and Ansarul Islam Grammar School, Ijomu Oro, between 1973 and 1978 for his Secondary School Certificate. Yusuf qualified as a chartered accountant in 1989 and became a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1999. He is also an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, a Fellow of the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria as well as a Microfinance Certified Banker. In 2007, when the idea for the establishment of a state university was being mooted by the Kwara State Government, Yusuf was one of the members of the then Technical Committee for the proposed Kwara State University. He was also a member of the Implementation Committee for the University from January 2008 to January 2009. And when the University was finally established, he was appointed one of the members of the Interim Governing Council between April and June 2009.
Director calls for adequate •••gets new Bursar supervision of schools in Niger T By Usman Shu’aibu
he director of JEFAP International school in Suleja local government area of Niger state, Engr. Francis U. Agbonghale, has called on the state ministry of Education to checkmate the activities of private schools in the state to eliminate mushroom schools in the area.
Agbonghale made the call in an interview with Peoples Daily, during the presentation of merit award to his wife by the Orator weekly newspaper, based in Niger state and the FCT. He urged the state government to provide an enabling environment for the managers of the private schools to operate successfully in the
state. Agbonghale further urged the state government to assist the directors of private schools in terms of provision of monthly allocation. He advised teachers to be more committed to their duties so that the school will attract merit award from other organisations.
they are, in the wide variety of voices and accents that make up the English language. It would be wonderful to see submissions from bold stylists and stories that experiment with the form as well as more traditional approaches to the short story. This prize celebrates the power of the short story to spin a tale that concentrates experience and character in such specificity that the local is transformed to significance far beyond its borders. This is the magic of good writing, and this is what I hope we will find.” Allfrey said. The panel reflects the five regions of the Commonwealth: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Regional winners will receive £2,500 and the overall winner
receives £5,000. Translators of winning stories will receive additional prize money. “We are excited to be putting more resources into this year’s Short Story Prize. The award plays a key role in identifying strong original voices, as one part of Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative from the Commonwealth Foundation. We are also proud to have such an accomplished team of judges. They are Lucy Hannah, Programme Manager, Commonwealth Foundation. This year Commonwealth Writers will work with new association with the Londonbased literary and media agency Blake Friedmann, who will work with selected writers identified through the Prize.
2014 Commonwealth short story prize open for entry tomorrow
his year Commonwealth Writers turns its focus on the Commonwealth short story Prize as a unique award. The short story is an accessible form for writers across the Commonwealth who are able to enter from countries where there is little or no publishing industry, as well as being able to enter stories translated into English. This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize judging panel will be chaired by Ellah Allfrey, Deputy Chair of the Council of the Caine Prize, and previously Deputy Editor of Granta and Senior Editor at Jonathan Cape, Random House. “My hope is that writers from across the Commonwealth will be encouraged to send us stories that bring us news of wherever
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Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi: A model tertiary institution
By Lawal Ado xperts hold the view that no meaningful national development can be achieved by any nation without sound and qualitative technical education. Perhaps this idea informed the Federal Government’s policy to establish polytechnics across the country in the 1970s and 1980s to meet the middle-level manpower needs for Nigeria’s industrial and technological advancement. Prof. Uba Nwuba, a former rector of Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra, had once noted that Nigeria’s technical emancipation depended on the provision of sound polytechnic education. In line with government’s industrialisation programme, the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, was established in 1979 to produce middle-level manpower, especially technicians and technologists for national development. Thirty-four years down the line, observers in the education sector opine that the institution had proved itself as one of the best polytechnics in the country. Available records indicate that the institution had graduated more than 30,000 students from its various departments since its inception. It also sustained harmonious industrial relationship between staff and students, thus provid-
ing the enabling environment for teaching and learning. The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, has been administered by five rectors since its inception, and currently has 200 employees, out of who 60 are academic staff. Expressing satisfaction with its achievements, the incumbent rector, Dr Shu’aibu Musa, notes that the polytechnic has a well equipped library with Internet facilities. “We promote research activities, organise and sponsor lectures and conferences, and conduct in-house workshops and exhibitions.We have links with several local and international
institutions, including Bayero University, Kano; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and University of Agriculture, Makurdi. “Others are the Federal University of Technology, Minna; Kenyatta University, Kenya; and University of Agriculture, Krakow, Poland. The institution has in recent times taken giant steps to rehabilitate most of its structures and facilities. It is currently constructing a central administrative block, a School of Environmental Technology, and departments of agriculture and mass communication. “Others are a 510-capacity lecture hall, a 750 twin lecture
The institution has in recent times taken giant steps to rehabilitate most of its structures and facilities. It is currently constructing a central administrative block, a School of Environmental Technology, and departments of agriculture and mass communication.
theatre with capacity for 1,500 seats, an office complex and a lodge for National Youth Corps members,’’ Musa said. A lecturer, Mrs. Esther Adebitan, describes academic programmes at the polytechnic as most outstanding, adding that lecturers receive grant requests to attend conferences in and outside the country. Abubakar Abdullah, a student, says that the recruitment of competent lecturers had ensured that students of the various departments received quality education. However, the polytechnic is not without some challenges; one of which is inappropriate funding. “In 2013, the institution was allocated N250 million; but as at the end of August only N50 million was released. We generate revenue internally for some of our major projects like road construction and sponsorship of academic staff abroad. “The polytechnic generates more than N200 million annually from its guest houses and farms, among others. In spite of the inadequate funding, the polytechnic established a new School of Agricultural Technology with three departments for Agricultural Technology, Forestry, and Animals Health and Production,’’ Musa said. He said that the polytechnic
also established an Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Centre, in collaboration with the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion. The idea, Musa says, is for the publication of research developments cataloguing several products by the academic staff and students. According to him, such publications are in public domain as can be found on the institution’s Website: www.fptb.edu.ng It is the view of Musa that the institution could achieve greater strides if the Federal Government would provide adequate funding for polytechnics. He says that funding of polytechnics should be commensurate with its needs as is applicable with the universities. Most stakeholders agree with him as they believe that government should bridge the funding gap between universities and polytechnics. They insist that adequate funding should be made available to polytechnics to enhance their capacity in the area of research. They call on the government to consider setting up a national polytechnic commission for effective monitoring and supervision, while the institutions should be encouraged to run post-graduate diplomas and Masters Degree programmes. (NAN)
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Kano state govt, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sign MoU on routine immunisation
he Kano state government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dangote and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations for the revitalisation of routine immunisation and other primary healthcare services, an official said. Dr. Shehu Abdullahi, the Executive Secretary, Kano State Primary Health Care Management Board, said this in Kano at the inauguration of the Kano State Implementation Training for 2013 Integrated Measles Campaign.
Abdullahi said that the state had recorded 200 deaths from 8,000 cases of measles since 2012, adding that 80 per cent of those affected, aged between 0 to 59 months, were not immunised against the disease. “Measles is one of the childhood killer diseases, which can be prevented through immunisation,’’ Abdullahi said. He said it was unfortunate that parents and caregivers of the affected children did not make them available for immunisation and as such exposed them to the disease. According to the Executive
Secretary, the training for Local Immunisation Officers, State Technical Facilitators and Local Government Facilitators was aimed at addressing the challenges facing immunisation in the state. Abdullahi said halting the spread of the wild polio virus, particularly, posed enormous challenges but assured that the state government was poised to tackle the challenges. He commended development partners for their support toward the success of healthcare services in the state. (NAN)
By Abbas Aminu Bamalli
T Gov. Kwankwaso
UN to address problems relating children in Borno
he United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) said that it would open an office in Borno, to address problems relating to children’s rights in the state. Miss Jean Gough, the UNICEF Country Representative, said this during a courtesy visit to Gov. Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri. Gough said the decision was aimed at creating more impact in the state. “Before now the UNICEF office in Bauchi used to be in charge of Borno and other states, but we have decided to open an office in Borno because we believe that we will have more impact in terms of our operations”. She said UNICEF hoped to partner with the state government to address children’s rights in three key areas, especially in some local government areas identified as needing support. “We also want to support you in the area of polio eradication as well as tackling the problem of malnutrition among children”. Responding, Shettima thanked the UNICEF team for the visit and assured that government would partner with the organisation to uplift the living condition of children in the state.(NAN)
IFAD establishes maternity clinic in Jigawa
he International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) says it has established a maternity clinic in Auyo community of Jigawa, to enhance health care delivery. Malam Ahmad Zakari, the Planning and Evaluation Officer of the programme, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Auyo on Wednesday that the clinic was established at Gandun-Kadir village in Auyo local government area. Zakari said the programme had provided drugs and consumables worth N500, 000
for the newly-established clinic and one other health facility in the area. He said the drugs were supplied to the Gandun-Kadir and Gasanya clinics under its drugs revolving programme designed to enhance access to quality drugs in rural communities. Zakari said the project was executed under the IFAD’s Community Based Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (CBADP). “We are geared toward improving healthcare delivery to
reduce maternal mortality and morbidity in rural communities,’’ he said. Zakari said the programme was also sensitising communities to HIV and AIDS prevention, to control the scourge. He said that the campaign was to promote prevention, reduce stigma, encourage care and support services to persons living with the virus in the communities. He urged the communities to protect the facilities and keep a clean environment, to control malaria. (NAN)
Federal Government Institutions during a courtesy call on the Director-General of NYSC, Brigadier General Okore Affia by the Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Ado Muhammad. Dr. Ado advocated that the inclusion of Medical Doctors on NYSC into integrated Primary Health Care services at the grassroots would go a long way in reducing the acute shortage
of Primary Health Care (PHC), Manpower and improve ITS management at the Local Government Area level. The Executive Director assured the NYSC Director General that any NYSC Doctors released to support PHC on the partnership would be given all necessary incentives and encouragement by the Agency. In his response, the Director – General, NYSC, Brigadier General Okore Affia gave the
assurance that NYSC was willing and committed to supporting such partnership for greater benefit and improved health of Nigerians especially at the grassroots levels. The NYSC Director General and his NPHCDA counterpart agreed to set up a technical committee that would work out the details of such working relationship, taking into account, the current security challenges in the country.
NPHCDA, NYSC partner to reduce shortage of manpower
By Abbas Aminu Bamalli
he National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have begun talks to explore posting of medical doctors on NYSC to local health departments and primary health care facilities at the grassroots level. This was part of the focus of discussion between the 2
Lack of facilities, major challenge in prevention of rabies disease in Nigeria -Minister he Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu has identified the lack of diagnostic facilities in the country as one of the major challenges of Rabies prevention and control. The minister, represented by the permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ambassador Sani Bala Saulawa made this known in Abuja, during the 2013 World Rabies day ministerial press briefing. Prof. Chukwu said the burden of rabies in humans is largely unknown as human cases are often under-diagnosed and underreported due to the lack of diagnostic facilities and trained personnel, adding that the passive surveillance used for case detection has been grossly inadequate. According to him, as in many African countries, majority of dogs in Nigeria are kept without vaccination, therefore brought about 10,000 people in the country are exposed to rabies every year from the bite of infected dogs He said the main objective of this year’s event is to raise awareness and support for human rabies prevention and animal rabies control, saying, recent reports indicated that 8 deaths occurred in four local governments in Cross River state which underscores the need for the general public and government to give desired attention to rabies. “In the light of these challenges, the Federal Ministry of Health has established “Rabies In West Africa Project (RIWA), with a goal to reduce the incidence of rabies drastically in Nigeria”, he stated, adding that the ministry is positioning antirabies vaccines in all the 36 states of the country and the FCT. In his goodwill message, the WHO country representative for Nigeria, Dr. Rui Vaz, represented by Dr. Cephas Ityonzughul said, rabies is a neglected disease of poor and vulnerable population in Asia and Africa, where it is transmitted by mostly dogs, adding that, “measures to prevent dog to human transmission is not been implemented”.
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Fatigue and fatty foods
f your energy begins to flag late in the afternoon, the problem may be what you’ve eaten earlier in the day. A new study from Penn State’s College of Medicine showed that you can avoid daytime sleepiness if you skip fats at breakfast and lunch and opt for carbohydrates instead (protein consumption didn’t seem to make any difference). In this small study the connection of dietary fats to daytime sleepiness held true regardless of participants’ gender, age, body mass index, total calorie consumption and how well they sleep at night. The 31 participants spent four consecutive nights in a sleep lab. They ranged in age from 18 to 65 years, all were healthy,
none were obese, and all habitually slept normally. They were given meals five times during the study to assess dietary influences, and the participants’ daytime sleepiness was evaluated with the Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT). The researchers noted that earlier studies have found that diet affects sleepiness as perceived by participants (subjective sleepiness), while the current study shows a similar association between diet and sleepiness as measured in the sleep lab (objective sleepiness). The results of the investigation were presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC in June 2013. (Source: Daily health tips)
10 tips for healthy living
1. Breathe deeply. Want to do something in the next five minutes that will change your life? Breathe deeply. Clinical health psychologist Amanda Withrow, Ph.D said that unconsciously “we breathe into our chest.”The way we should be breathing, however, is diaphragmatically. “Diaphragmatic breathing is slow, deep breathing into our bellies.” It is an important stress management tool and great because it’s free, can be done anywhere and at any time. “What’s really cool these days is that there are Smartphone applications that can guide you through deep breathing and help you to practice properly.” In fact, one of our World of Psychology bloggers, Summer Beretsky, covered three of them here. 2. Give and get a hug. According to Lyon, “Give and receive four hugs a day.” Why? Research shows that hugging makes you
Maureen Lyon live longer. Human beings need touch. It “soothes and calms us,” Lyon said. “It brings down that reactive arousal system that can get activated when we feel threatened in any way and especially in stressful situations.” And hugs don’t have to be just of the human type — dogs and cats count too. 3. Be mindful. Forget about that mounting to-do list, the fight you had with your best pal, or your Facebook update or Twitter account. Take time out to get back to the present moment. Withrow uses this exercise to help patients be more mindful. She asks them to list five things they see, hear, feel, smell or taste. Doing this helps pause worrying and refocuses attention on the present moment. Another way Withrow suggests we be more mindful is by paying attention to our inner dialogue. A lot of our thoughts are like the acronym for
ealth psychologists have a dual mission: to help prevent mental and physical illness and disease and to promote healthy living. From cancer to diabetes, health psychologists deal with a wide variety of issues underlying physical illness and chronic disease. According to Maureen Lyon, Ph.D, clinical health psychologist and Associate Research Professor in Pediatrics at George Washington University, health psychologists use their knowledge to “enhance the quality of life of individuals.” Interestingly, much of what health psychologists teach (deep breathing, mindfulness, stress reduction, etc.) works for everyone. Our fast-paced life and increased dependency on technology often results in disconnection, stress and lack of sleep, which all wreak havoc on our health. Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take today to begin living a healthier life. Here, two health psychologists offer tips for living more happily, peacefully and mindfully.
FEAR: false evidence appearing real. If you can learn to be mindful of your thoughts and think more objectively, it can have a positive impact on your behavior and your life. 4. Stop the cruel talk. What’s one way you can start being kinder to yourself? Learn to be more self-compassionate. “I think this whole thing about being cruel to oneself, judgmental, attacking one’s self is really endemic in our culture and is really a problem,” said Lyon. And it is not indicative of how much money you have, the house you own or your job. People in other cultures who are not financially wealthy have more social support and are nicer to themselves and each other. Why? Because of the thoughts and beliefs they have about themselves. Lyon said that negative thinking about one’s self is a contributing factor
to a lot of depression and anxiety. 5. Create your own family of choice. You cannot control the family you’ve been given. But you can create your own. Lyon said that she has many clients who come from a difficult childhood where family members were abusive, physically dangerous and emotionally harmful. She said longitudinal studies show people who have been humiliated, abused or neglected “are at a much higher risk of dying at a younger age and developing a complex chronic condition.”So how do you reap the benefits of having a supportive family if your own family continues to be abusive or toxic? Create your own. Find friends and even older people who can act as parental figures for you. “Rather than encouraging you to, let’s say, drink to excess or use drugs, they would actually support you making healthier choices for yourself. Instead of holding you up for ridicule, this would actually be about doing something good for yourself.” 6. Love yourself and then love your neighbor. In their preflight instructions, flight attendants demonstrate how to use the oxygen mask if needed, and tell passengers to put on their own mask first before helping others with theirs. The same applies to self-care.“It’s a distortion to think that self-care is selfish,” Lyon said. Realistically, you will not be able to help anyone else unless you first take care of yourself. 7. Take care of your physical health. This may be a shocker, but Lyon said that the optimum recommendation for physical activity (including aerobic exercise and strength training) is 90 minutes a day. That might seem overwhelming for most. But the
good news is that 20 minutes three times a week or ten thousand steps a day is enough to help you increase longevity. 8. Take back control. There are a lot of things in life that we have no control over. But the key to healthy living is focusing on what your thoughts and reactions — the things you can control. Remember the Serenity Prayer? Even nonreligious folks can reap the benefits from following these words: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Withrow said this is a good rule of thumb for stress management. It can be empowering to focus on what you can control and then let go of the things that you can’t. 9. Make sleep and healthy eating priorities. Getting enough sleep is vital to your mental health and physical wellbeing. A healthy average is seven to nine hours a night. How many hours do you get on a regular basis? Lyon said that making sure to eat regular, nutritious meals is also important. With summer around the corner, people are getting anxious about bathing suit season and often go on diets. However, she believes that diets and restricting your food intake can sometimes trigger eating disorders in individuals. Stick with eating at the same time of day every day so that your body is less likely to enter starvation mode and you’re not restricting yourself and your body. 10. Find someone you can confide in. You don’t need millions of Facebook friends or even hundreds of in-person ones. According to research, you just need one trustworthy friend you can confide in to live longer and recover faster from illness. Lyon said that part of the recovery program in some countries includes having someone to talk to about it. Social support is that important. (Source: Daily health tips)
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Charles Taylor and the logic of relative justice L ANALYSIS
ast week, the Special Court of Sierra Leone upheld Charles Taylor’s conviction for aiding and abetting war crimes in Sierra Leone’s civil war. The Appeals Chamber also rejected his request for a reduction in his 50 year sentence, pointing out that he had not shown “real and sincere remorse” for his actions. On the face of it, this decision appears to be another victory for transitional justice: the international community succeeded in locking up another brutal dictator, and now, it has also thrown away the key. For those who follow international war crimes tribunals and the workings of the International Criminal Court, the Special Court’s decision would not have come as a surprise. On the one hand, it was certainly theoretically possible that the Appeals Chamber could have set Taylor free by adhering to the precedent in the MomciloPerisic. Yet this outcome seems fantastical in light of the political context in which this seven-year trial has taken place. The conclusion was foregone before the ink was even dry on the appeal documents. The reason is simple and has nothing to do with the merits of the case: A free Charles Taylor would have entailed too many risks to the region. After many years of civil wars and border skirmishes, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire are finally stable. For the moment. As the driving force behind the region’s conflicts through the 1990s and early 2000s, setting Taylor free could have upset the fragile balance in West Africa. Even though Liberia’s civil war ended over a decade ago in August 2003, Charles Taylor remains a powerful force in the countrydespite not having set foot on Liberian soil since 2006. The Special Court could not afford to let him go free, not without the possibility of risking Liberia’s security and undermining the integrity of the tribunal itself. Still, it would be unfair to say that the Appeals Chamber is not impartial. There is no evidence that this is the case. The justices appear to be qualified and of international repute. Nevertheless, as independent as the judges themselves may be, they are appointed by political bodies with political interests. Valerie Oosterveld shows how
deeply political considerations affected many critical aspects of the Special Court, from the drafting of the SCSL’s statute to its judgments to its decision to physically close the court. It would be naive to think that any shortlisting process of the Appeals Chamber justices would not have been shaped by these political dynamics, or that the justices themselves would be unaware and unaffected by the desires of those who appointed them. In fact, we already know from the work of Ruth Mackenzie, Kate Malleson, and Philippe Sands that selecting judges to international tribunals is a fraught process. Ultimately, Sands has asserted that “the horse-trading and politicking is endemic”. He also claims that “vote-trading, campaigning, and regional politicking invariably play a great part in candidates” chance of being elected than considerations of individual merit’.
While their study was conducted on the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, there is no reason to think that the same political dynamics would not hold true of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Bear in mind too that the Special Court received most of its funding from the West (US, UK, Netherlands, and Canada), and Western countries have contributed billions of dollars in humanitarian aid and reconstruction to the region. In addition, the UK has offered Sierra Leone an “over-thehorizon” security guarantee. Effectively, this means that the UK is committed to responding to a national security incident within 72 hours. Given these considerations of national interest, it is hard to imagine how the desires of the UK and the US would not have influenced the environment of the court. Keeping larger political influences and geopolitical
considerations at bay in a case like this would have been near impossible. Westerners might wonder how any of these factors could affect the final decision of the justices. After all, justice should be blind. And yet, we can see that it is not. None of these revelations would surprise Sierra Leoneans and Liberians. In Africa certainly, war crimes tribunals are widely acknowledged to be deeply politicised institutions. In fact, the African Union has recently called a special summit to discuss a mass withdrawal from the ICC in October because international justice is seen as baldly biased against Africans. I have argued elsewhere that the ICC is perceived by many as a tool of Western powers. Other UNbacked tribunals also suffer from this problem, including the Special Court of Sierra Leone. Others have made similar arguments. Guardian columnist Seumas Milne
Westerners might wonder how any of these factors could affect the final decision of the justices. After all, justice should be blind.
has asked why Western leaders have not been indicted for aiding and abetting war crimes when they too supplied arms and assistance to Libyan militias in the fight against Gaddafi - just like Charles Taylor did for Sierra Leone’s rebels. International legal scholar Richard Falk has questioned why American leaders have not been charged for the systematic abuses that have been widely documented at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. The facts are clear: justice is applied selectively depending on what country you are from and whether you are in favour with the West. By nudging, suggesting, and sometimes coercing international courts to serve political interests, Western powers manage to achieve desired political outcomes. But these tactics are putting delicate norms of transitional justice at risk. If international war crimes trials are ever to achieve genuine global justice - for the weak as well as the powerful - there must be some acknowledgement that these tribunals are currently being used as political instruments of the powerful. Only when this premise is accepted by the West can the ICC evolve into an institution with real international legitimacy. Source: Al Jazeera
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International Polls close amid peaceful Guinea election
ince the opening of polling stations across the Guinean national territory on Saturday morning, voters streamed in and cast their votes peaceful without any major incident being reported, sources on the ground have said. In the urban district of Kaloum, Guinea’s administration and commercial center, thousands of voters turned up to accomplish their civic duty by electing their
representatives. At the Frederioco Mayor primary school in Conakry, the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI), the body charged with organization of the elections, set up about 30 polling stations in different classrooms. In one of the polling stations at the school, some voters could not be allowed to cast their votes due to lack of the valid documents. Generally, said V. N’Diaye,
an observer for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the voting exercise at the center was conducted peacefully. Pleased after casting his vote at 9 a.m., AboubacarSidikiTounkara, 25, expressed his joy, noting that the elections had been well organized. In Ratoma district, an opposition stronghold, the mobilization of voters was
A woman casting her ballot during voting in Guinea
exemplary. There were more women and youths who turned up to choose their representatives among the six contesting candidates. Both national and international observers can be seen in almost all polling stations. However, logistical challenges and poor distribution of electoral kits observed in a number of polling stations caused serious delays in the start of the voting exercise. In the interior of the country, the national and private radio stations reported the elections were conducted peacefully. In a preliminary report issued later to the media by CENI’s communications officer YeroConde, he affirmed that generally, the elections were peaceful without any major incidents in Conakry as well as in the interior of the country. He said the turnout of voters to the polling stations was estimated to be between 70 to 80 percent. Yero said CENI which was committed to organizing free and fair elections that can be accepted by all, wanted to reinforce social cohesion, consolidate national unity and construct the Guinean democracy. During the 2013 legislative elections, over 5 million people were expected to cast their votes in 12,300 polling stations spread across different electoral constituencies.
Sniper kills Egyptian soldier in the Sinai
sniper shot dead an Egyptian soldier in the Sinai Peninsula, security sources said yesterday, a region where al Qaeda-linked fighters have stepped up attacks on security forces since the army deposed elected Islamist president Mohamed Mursi on July 3. The soldier was killed late on Saturday while on guard at a security checkpoint in the town of
al Qusayma, the sources said. On Saturday morning another Egyptian soldier was shot dead in the Sinai and militants released a video showing attacks against the army in the area, which is close to Israel and the Gaza strip. An army spokesman said on September 15 that more than 100 members of the security forces had been killed in Sinai since Mursi’s downfall.
The militants expanded into a security vacuum left by the 2011 downfall of veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Since Mursi was ousted, they have mounted almost daily attacks. One of the groups operating in the Sinai, AnsarBayt al-Maqdis, claimed responsibility for a September 5 suicide bomb attack in Cairo that was meant to assassinate Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.
He survived unscathed. Ibrahim said yesterday in an interview in newspaper al-Youm alSabi’i that security forces in the Sinai had focused on targeting militant training camps and storage facilities for light and heavy weapons and explosives. “These operations succeeded in capturing a large number of weapons and communications equipment and vision technology,” he said.
2011 Arab Spring uprisings. The talks were announced on Saturday by the powerful UGTT labour union, which will act as a
mediator. The union urged both sides to set a date for next week. Under the deal, the Ennahda
party has agreed to three weeks of talks, after which it will hand power to an independent transition leadership and set a date for parliamentary and presidential elections. “The dialogue will start on Monday or Tuesday,” said LotfiZitoun, an Ennahda party official, according to Reuters. “Ennahda has accepted the plan without conditions to get the country out of the political crisis.” While Tunisia’s uprising spread through the Arab world, efforts to strengthen democracy at home have stalled due to political antagonism. The opposition has accused the Ennahda party of pushing an Islamist agenda in the previously secular nation.
Tunisia ruling Islamists agree to resign
unisia’s Islamist-led government has agreed to resign after talks with opponents that are to start next week. It is hoped a caretaker government will be negotiated over the next three weeks that will prepare for new elections. The decision marks a breakthrough in weeks of crisis involving the ruling coalition, led by the Islamist Ennahda party, and the secular opposition. Anti-government protests intensified recently after the killing of two opposition figures. The crisis has threatened to disrupt a transition to democracy that began after Tunisians threw out their decades-old authoritarian government at the beginning of the
Rehad Ghamouchi, Enhanda party leader
Sudan govt stands firm on subsidy removal
udan will not reverse its decision to hike fuel prices de s pit e day s of de adly protests and criticism from within the ruling party, Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman said. “No, it is not possible at all. This is the only way out,” Osman told AFP news agency in a telephone interview yesterday. The near-doubling of petrol and diesel prices last Monday sparked the worst unrest in the 24-year history of President Omar al-Bashir’s regime. Authorities say 33 people have died over the past week, but activists and international human rights groups say at least 50 have been gunned down, mostly in greater Khartoum. Osman said authorities had to intervene when crowds turned violent. “This is not (a) demonstration,” he said. “They attacked the gas stations. They burned about 21.” Osman said the government knew “riots” would occur if the cost of fuel went up but the reduction of subsidies on petroleum will save billions of dollars. “Our economy cannot tolerate such support,” he said. “We have to carry on. We know it is a bit heavy for the people.” Yesterday’s statement comes as a retort to calls by Islamic religious leaders and ruling party reformers for the government to cease fuel price increases which sparked a wave of deadly protests. “We advise the government to turn back to God and provide justice for all Sudanese people, Muslim and non-Muslim,” the unofficial group of Muslim leaders - who often criticise the regime from straying from Islam - said in a statement late Saturday. The increase in cost of fuel, which followed a similar hike last year, came as part of a series of government austerity measures trying to stabilise a stricken economy.
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Netanyahu in US to counter Tehran “sweet talk”
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Philippines … Israel arrests alleged Iranian spy hostages rescued as siege reaches end Netanyahu
sraeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu is heading to the US for talks with President Barack Obama which will focus on Iran’s diplomatic charm offensive. Before leaving the US on Friday, Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, shared a 15-minute phone call with Mr
Obama. Mr Netanyahu, who will meet Mr Obama today then address the UN on tomorrow, said he would “tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk”. Israel and the West suspect Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran denies the claim. MrRouhani, who spoke to President Obama late on Friday, has said he wants to seek a deal with world powers on Iran’s nuclear programme within months. The phone conversation was the first top-level conversation between the two countries for more than 30 years. MrRouhani, a moderate, was elected in June, replacing hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. On his return to Tehran on Saturday, MrRouhani was welcomed by hundreds of
supporters hailing his trip, as well as a smaller number of opponents chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”. The Israeli government has not officially reacted to the Iranian president’s remarks and his historic phone conversation with Mr Obama. Israeli media reported that ministers had been instructed not to speak publicly about the issue, to avoid gaffes before Monday’s White House meeting. Meanwhile, Israel’s domestic security service says it has arrested a Belgian citizen of Iranian origin, who it claims has admitted he was sent to Israel to spy for Iran. The Shin Bet intelligence service said in a statement yesterday that it arrested Ali Mansouri three weeks ago at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport, carrying photographs of the US
embassy in Tel Aviv. The statement said Mansouri, who entered Israel under the name Alex Mans, was sent by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force to set up business ties in Israel as a front for spying. The 58-year-old allegedly acknowledged under questioning that he had been promised $1m to “harm Israeli and Western interests”. The Shin Bet said Mansouri made three visits to Israel since 2012 in the guise of a windows and roofing salesman. A lawyer for Mansouri could not immediately be contacted. News of the arrest was released just hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for New York, determined to expose what he described as “sweet talk” by Israel’s arch-foe Iran.
Local officials said the blast took place near a police station but they did not initially believe the station was the intended target. “Police station does not seem to be the target as it was away from the attack site,” bomb disposal chiefShafqat Malik said. “It looks like the market was the target.” He said, adding that the evidence suggested it was a remote controlled bomb. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility. Violence is on the rise in Pakistan in recent months, undermining Prime Minister Nawab Sharif’s efforts of launching peace talks with the Taliban. Sharif is also due to meet Indian counterpart Manmohan
Singh on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly on Sunday, hours after Singh described Pakistan as the “epicentre of terrorism in our region”.
The blast comes after a twin suicide attack at a church in Peshawar killed 78 people and Friday’s bomb attack on a bus triggering fear about further attacks.
Blast kills dozens in Pakistan’s Peshawar
bomb explosion has killed at least 33 people and injured more than 80 in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar, police and hospital officials said. Yesterday’s blast took place in the busy QissaKhwani market in Peshawar, gateway to the troubled tribal regions which are infested with Taliban and Al-Qaeda linked fighters. “The blast killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 80 others,” top local administration official Sahebzada Muhammad Anis told AFP news agency. Jamil Shah, spokesman for the Lady Reading Hospital, said six children and two women as well as 70 wounded had been brought to the hospital from the blast site.
People fleeing the scene of a bomb attack in Peshawar yesterday
“Pakistan epicentre of terrorism”- India PM
ndian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the United Nations on Saturday that neighboringPakistan is the “epicenter of terrorism in our
region,” setting the stage for a tense meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Singh and Sharif met yesterday on the sidelines of the U.N. General
Assembly, amid heightened tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors over Kashmir sparked by series of fatal clashes on their de facto Himalayan border. “State-sponsored cross-border terrorism is of particular concern to India, also on account of the fact that the epicenter of terrorism in our region is located in our neighborhood in Pakistan,” Singh said in his address to the annual assembly. Sharif made plain in his U.N. speech on Friday that he wanted “to make a new beginning” with India, saying the two countries could “prosper together” to benefit the entire South Asian region instead of wasting resources in their arms race.
“We stand ready to re-engage with India in a substantive and purposeful dialogue,” Sharif told the assembly. He also urged the United Nations to “remain attentive” to the Kashmir issue. Yesterday’s meeting was expected to address a series of fatal clashes along the so-called Line of Control dividing the Himalayan region between India and Pakistan, which followed a pact by the two nations to resume stalled talks to strengthen ties. The clashes have killed at least eight soldiers from both countries in less than two months. The South Asia Terrorism Portal, which tracks the violence, says this year’s toll is 44 members of the security forces, up from 17 for all of last year.
he remaining people held hostage in a deadly standoff with Muslim rebels in the southern Philippines have been rescued, officials said on Saturday. Nearly 200 people were seized earlier this month by Moro National Liberation Front militants in Zamboanga city. Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said only a handful of rebels remained in hiding and were now being hunted. Over 200 people died in clashes between troops and the rebels, who want self-rule in the mostly Catholic country. “I can say that the crisis is over. We have accomplished the mission,” MrGazmin, who oversaw the government offensive and rescue mission, told the Associated Press. He said 195 hostages had been rescued, escaped or freed during the clashes on the island of Mindanao, 860 kilometres (540 miles) south of Manila. Military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Zagala said on Friday about 300 gunmen had surrendered or been captured during operations. Booby traps He said some rebels remained at large and there were reports of sporadic gunfire and explosions in Zamboanga as commandos carried out house-to-house searches. At least 100,000 people are reported to have been displaced by the crisis, which began on 9 September when insurgents stormed coastal communities and took residents hostage. About 10,000 houses have been burned by the rebels or destroyed by the fighting, according to AP. Unexploded bombs and possible booby traps still litter the area, MrGazmin said. The Moro National Liberation Front is one of a number of splinter groups fighting for independence from Manila. It is thought the group, which signed an autonomy deal in 1996 but never laid down arms, is angry at being sidelined from peace talks between another Muslim rebel group and the government.
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Greek neo-Nazi party politicians arrested
appearance before a magistrate, the source said. The government crackdown came after a fatal stabbing blamed on a Golden Dawn supporter. It was the first time since 1974 that sitting members of Parliament have been arrested. Police spokesman Christos Pagonis said that a total of arrest warrants were issued, all for the same
charge. Pagonis said that the counterterrorism unit was still searching for the 12 suspects at large, including the party’s missing deputy, Christos Pappas - described in a prosecutor’s report as the Golden Dawn’s number 2. Government spokesman SimosKedikoglou hinted that the arrests were the culmination of a long
strategy to deal with Golden Dawn as a criminal, not a political force. “It is an unprecedentedly dynamic response to a neo-Nazi organization,’’ Kedikoglou said. “The prime minister and the government were determined to deal with Golden Dawn solely through the justice system ... We have succeeded in stripping them of their political cover and deal with them as what they really are, a criminal organisation.” Under existing anti-terrorism legislation, membership in a criminal organisation is a flagrant crime for which the Golden Dawn deputies can be prosecuted without the parliament needing to lift their immunity. Citizen protection minister Nikos Dendias compared Golden Dawn members to German SS squads. “The state has proven it is not helpless in the face of organised violence ... Greek society will not tolerate any storm troopers,’’ Dendias said. Despite the arrests, the party’s lawmakers retain their parliamentary seats unless they are convicted of a crime. Golden Dawn holds 18 of Parliament’s 300 seats, after winning nearly 7 percent of the vote in general elections last year.
Speaking after the vote in New York, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described the decision as “historic”. “Tonight the international community has delivered.” He urged the Syrian government to implement the resolution “faithfully and without delay”, and also announced a tentative date of mid-November for a new peace conference in Geneva. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the UN demonstrated that “diplomacy can be so powerful that it can peacefully defuse the
worst weapons of war”. He said the resolution would for the first time seek to eliminate entirely a nation’s chemical weapons capability. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also hailed the move, saying Moscow was ready to take part in “all operations” in Syria. However, he stressed that the success of international efforts was “not only on Damascus’ shoulders” and that Syrian opposition must co-operate. The UN resolution condemns the use of chemical weapons but
does not attribute blame. The text has two legally binding demands: that Syria abandon its weapons stockpile and that the chemical weapons experts be given unfettered access. Although the draft refers to Chapter VII of the UN Charter, which allows the use of military force, a second resolution authorising such a move would be needed. US President Barack Obama earlier said agreement on the issue by council members would be a “potentially huge victory for the international community”.
passed an amended version of the Senate spending bill that removed funding from the healthcare law. US Senate Majority leader Harry Reid has vowed that his Democrat-led chamber will reject the Republican bill. But with the Senate due to meet today, it will have just hours to pass a stand-alone bill free of any measures that undermine the law. In a statement, Senator Reid said that “after weeks of futile political games from Republicans, we are still at square one”. He added that Republican efforts to change the bill - that would delay the healthcare law for a year and
repeal a tax on medical devices - were pointless. Speaking for the president, White House spokesman Jay Carney said: “Any member of the Republican Party who votes for this bill is voting for a shutdown.” The president, he said, would also veto the Republican bill. However, House Republicans went ahead with the changes, ignoring the veto threat and passing the bill in a late-night session by 231 votes to 192. The Senate is controlled by Mr Obama’s Democratic party, while the Republicans hold the majority in the House of Representatives.
Michaloliakos (centre) been taken away by security forces
ive Greek politicians of neoNazi party Golden Dawn, including founder Nikos Michaloliakos, will face charges of belonging to a criminal organisation, a court source has said. The five, who were arrested on Saturday along with 13 other Golden Dawn members and two police officers in a massive police sweep, will remain in custody until their
UN adopts binding resolution on Syria chemical weapons
he UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a binding resolution on ridding Syria of chemical weapons. At a session in New York, the 15-member body backed the draft document agreed earlier by Russia and the US. The deal breaks a two-and-ahalf year deadlock in the UN over Syria, where fighting between government forces and rebels rages on. The vote came after the international chemical watchdog agreed on a plan to destroy Syria’s stockpile by mid-2014.
US shutdown looms amid rifts over health law
he US government has less than 24 hours to avert a shutdown of government services amid political divisions over President Obama’s healthcare law. Yesterday, the Republican-run House of Representatives voted to pull the law’s funding, raising chances of a shutdown. The government needs to agree a new policy-wide spending bill before the US fiscal year ends at midnight. If it fails, non-essential federal services face closure, with employees sidelined or left working without pay. Early yesterday, the House
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Italian govt breaks up after Berlusconi pulls out ministers
talian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi pulled his ministers out of the cabinet on Saturday, effectively bringing down the government of Prime Minister Enrico Letta and leaving the euro-zone’s thirdlargest economy in chaos. Talks will now start to find a parliamentary majority to back a new cabinet and avoid going back to an election just seven months after the last one. The relentless political jockeying that has defined Letta’s five-month tenure has already thwarted efforts to push through important reforms Italy needs to emerge from a two-year recession, a decade-long economic lethargy, a 2-trillion-euro public debt and youth unemployment of around 40 percent. The resignations will delay those reforms even further. “So many measures we were working on now risk being set back,” Italian Labour Minister Enrico Giovannini told Rai state television. “On Monday our borrowing costs are going to rise by many points.” Berlusconi’s move comes a day after Letta challenged the center-right party to support him in a confidence vote in parliament. Late on Friday, the cabinet failed to agree vital fiscal measures to bring the budget deficit within European Union limits, leaving the fragile coalition of traditional rivals from the left and right near total breakdown. Tensions between the two sides had been rising for weeks following moves to expel Berlusconi from parliament after his conviction for tax fraud last month. The Friday cabinet meeting had been intended to find funding to avert an increase in sales tax from 21 percent to 22 percent. That increase, which has been fiercely opposed by Berlusconi’s party, will now kick in from Tuesday. “The decision taken by Prime Minister Enrico Letta to freeze government activities, and therefore setting off an increase in sales tax, is a serious violation of the pacts on which this government was formed,” Berlusconi said in a statement on Saturday. Letta shot back later in the evening, accusing the former prime minister of telling a “huge lie” and of using the sales tax issue as an alibi for an action motivated by his legal problems.
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Accident victim has new nose grown on forehead
eet 22-year-old Xiaolian. He is not wearing some bizarre special effects makeup, that is actually a real nose growing on his forehead. As strange as it looks, this is apparently a pretty common nose reconstruction technique. No too long ago, Xiaolian was involved in a car accident that damaged his nose. After he refused medical treatment, the wound became infected and in a few months time the bacteria had corroded the cartilage of the nose, making it impossible for doctors to save. But since we’re living in an age where medical miracles are possible, they decided to remove the infected tissue and grow the young man a new nose. This was done by by placing a skin tissue expander onto Xiaolian’s forehead, cutting it into the shape of a
nose and planting a cartilage taken from his ribs.
Man runs 26-mile marathon backward while juggling
Salter juggling while running the marathon backwards
ost people couldn’t run a marathon if their life depended on it, but world-record juggler Joe Salter ran the whole 26.2-mile Quad-Cities Marathon backward, while doing what he does best, juggling. 32-year old Joe Salter can practice his juggling skills pretty much anywhere. In the past, he swam a half-mile in the Gulf of Mexico, doing the backstroke while juggling three balls, juggled for 16.2 miles on a bike and ran and juggled for four miles. He also holds the world records for the fastest time to run a mile backward while juggling (7 minutes, 32 seconds) and fastest juggling triathlon (1 hour, 57 minutes), but he was hungry for a Guinness
World Record, so he challenged himself to run the entire QuadCities Marathon, in Illinois, backward, while juggling. Unfortunately, Guinness rules are very strict and for Joe’s unique feat to qualify as a record, every second of the race had to be recorded, which was impossible as videotaping is prohibited along several miles of the course that run through the Rock Island Arsenal. Although slightly disappointed, Salter found an upside to the whole situation. ”I actually feel better, not having the stress,” he said before the race, and indeed the lack of added pressure helped him finish the entire 26.2-mile marathon in just 5 hours and 51 minutes.
It’s taken Chinese doctors in Fuzhou, Fujian province,
nine months to grow the nose, but it was worth it, because the
organ developed perfectly and it’s almost ready to be shifted in it the place of Xiaolian’s original nose. As unbelievable as it looks, western plastic surgeons say the technique is nothing new. In fact, 15 years ago scientists in America created a human ear from cow cartilage and attached it to a mouse to see if it would grow. But similar reconstructive surgery is done differently in the Western world. Doctors also put tissue expanders under the forehead skin to stretch the skin enough to cover the new nose, but they place the cartilage right where the old nose used to be and bring the skin flap over it. Growing the entire nose on Xiaolian’s forehead means it can be moved blood vessels and skin intact, maximizing the transplant’s chances of success.
Chinese shun Beijing property for fear of ghosts
he beautiful three-story French Baroque-style house at Chaonei No. 81 is a wellknown anomaly of Beijing. Small courtyard properties in this area of China’s capital city sell for millions of dollars, and yet this once lavish mansion lies in a state of decay. The reason no one will go near it? Fear of ghosts and death. Local legend has it this amazing mansion was built by the Qing imperial family as a church for British residents of Beijing. In 1949, when the Communists had just defeated the Nationalists and were making their way into the city, the highranking Kuomintang official living in the house at the time abandoned his wife, leaving her to face the Communists all by her safe. Devastated, she allegedly hung herself from the rafters of their impressive home. Many believe her troubled spirit has been haunting the place ever since, and few dare venture inside by themselves, especially during the night. The once luxurious mansion is now a dilapidated shadow of its former self, covered with graffiti warning daredevils to stay away and full of empty alcohol bottles and cigarette buts. Despite its location in the center of Beijing, where prices for small properties are in the millions, there are currently no plans to do anything with this particular building. Ghost stories keep potential tenants away, and the building is now on a historic preservation list so it can’t be torn down, just renovated. So everyone seems to be waiting for it crumble on its own.
“Even in the 1970s, people thought the house was haunted,” a Beijing resident who grew up behind the mansion at Chaonei No. 81 told the New York Times. “As children, we would play hide-and-seek in the house, but we didn’t dare come in by ourselves. Even the Red Guards who lived in the house during the Cultural Revolution got scared and left.” Most people believe these ghost stories, and even that the Chinese Government wanted to raise the place a few years back, but reconsidered after a number of construction workers mysteriously disappeared, but not everyone. Shi Hongxi, secretary general of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association in Beijing, to which the property belongs to, says their is no record of a Kuomintang official ever living there and that the building was constructed in 1910 as a language training center for foreign missionaries called the North China Union Language School.
The “haunted” mansion
He claims all ghost stories are pure nonsense. Of course, the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association in Beijing has every interest of attracting investors willing to put money into the building’s renovation, and there are those who claim it’s Shi’s historical records that are inaccurate. The costs of renovation have been estimated at about $1.5 million, which may seem like a lot, but compared to property prices in the area, it’s pretty acceptable. However, investors seem more willing to splash millions on new buildings than put their money into this beautiful piece of architecture. It’s a mystifying fact that is closely tied to Chinese superstition and their tendency to avoid all things related to death. Believe it or not, their belief in he supernatural is so strong that telephone numbers and properties with addresses that contain the number 4 are cheaper because the word for “four” in Chinese sounds like the word for “death”.
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Retirement age has no impact on life expectancy
By Emma Innes
hether you make your millions and retire young or work long into old age, your chance of having a long and healthy retirement will remain the same. Australian researchers found that the age at which a person retires has no impact on how long they live. Previous research has suggested that people who retire young lose their social networks and have less mental and physical activity meaning they are more likely to die young. Other studies have concluded that people who work into old age are more likely to die young because they are subjected to stress for longer. However, the latest research by the Australian School of Business is the most comprehensive study of its kind to date and it concluded that there is no correlation between retirement age and life expectancy. ‘While it is tempting to link retirement to life expectancy, the
Australian researchers found that the age at which a person retires has no impact on how long they live
reality is that health status is the primary determining factor in when we die,’ said Professor John Piggott, Professor of Economics at the Australian School of Business. ‘Health influences both the timing of retirement and when we die which has sometimes caused confusion in earlier studies.’
However, the researchers did find that there is a strong correlation between being forced out of work, due to company closures or downsizes, and age of death. Professor Piggott said: ‘When a person’s choice to leave work is removed, this does seem to
said the findings sent a clear message. ‘If you have a friend or a loved one or someone you care about with cancer, you can potentially make a big difference in their outcome by going with them to their doctor’s visit, and helping them understand their diagnosis,’ he said. ‘By being there for that person and helping them navigate their appointments and make it through all their treatments, you can make a real difference to that person’s outcome.’ The researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute a n d B r ig h a m and Wo me n’ s Hospital in Boston analysed data
from 734,800 cancer patients. Men had a 23 per cent higher chance of beating cancer if they were married, compared with 16 per cent for women. This suggested that the ‘nag factor’, in which women are more likely to insist on their husband going to a doctor to seek help, might have a part to play. The findings showed the biggest improvement in survival rates was for head and neck cancers and for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Married patients were more likely to have the right treatment and much more likely to stick with it.
Australian researchers found that the age at which a person retires has no impact on how long they live
impact mortality, most probably because of a variety of factors such as depression and loss of social networks.’ For the study, the researchers studied population data from the Norwegian government for the period from 1990 to 2010. Through the 1990s, a
significant number of public and private sector companies in Norway progressively reduced the pension access age from 67 to 62 causing employees to retire earlier than expected. For the remainder of the population, the national retirement age remained at 67. When comparing the longevity of individuals that retired early, with those who worked through to 67, the researchers could find no discernible difference. This led them to conclude that retirement does not impact when we die. Previous research has shown that people who work for longer are less likely to develop dementia. Carole Dufoil and her team at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherché Médicale (INSERM) in France discovered that a person who retires at 65 is 15 per cent less likely to develop the condition than someone who retires at 60. The researchers believe that this is because intellectual stimulation and mental engagement are protective against dementia. Source: Dailymail.co.uk
How being married can help you survive cancer By Daniel Bates
arriage makes you less likely to die from cancer, a study shows. Men and women who have tied the knot were found to have a 20 per cent greater chance of surviving the disease than single people. In half the cancers studied, having a spouse brought e ve n g re a te r b e n e fits tha n chemotherapy. The researchers said a watchful husband or wife made it easier to catch the disease early – and then help to beat it. Paul Nguyen, the radiation oncologist who led the US study,
The study looked at 750,000 patients with the 10 most common cancers including breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer
Married men are most likely to benefit when it comes to cancer survival (file picture)
They also had 17 per cent less chance of their cancer spreading – indicating that couples find the disease faster and get it checked out sooner. The improvements in survival rates put down to marriage – and better than those for chemotherapy – were seen in prostate, breast, colorectal, oesophageal and head or neck cancers. The study participants had one of ten cancers: lung, colorectal, breast, pancreatic, prostate, liver/bile duct, nonHodgkin lymphoma, head and neck, ovarian and oesophageal cancer. They were all American and were diagnosed with the illnesses between 2004 and 2008. Previous research has said
that married people are happier than cohabitees and significantly more content than those who are single, divorced or separated. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 21.6million of the 44.9million adults who live in England and Wales are married – 48.4 per cent of the total. Marriage appears to be coming back into fashion after 40 years of decline. The number of unions rose 3.7 per cent in 2010, the latest year for which figures are available. The economic downturn is seen as one reason for a return to family values as people seek stability during the hard times. Source: Dailymail.co.uk
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L-R: Hon. Peter Akpatason, Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Ekiti state Governor Dr. Kayode Fayemi, jointly briefing journalists after All Progressives Congress (APC) governors meeting, at the weekend in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
Oshiomhole: Why Nigerians should celebrate at 53 From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
do State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said Nigeria has cause to celebrate in spite of the challenges facing the nation. He stated this yesterday at the Interdenominational Thanksgiving Service held at the St Paul’s Catholic Church, Benin City, to mark Nigeria’s 53rd Independence anniversary. The Governor who tasked elders to re-examine themselves as the nation celebrates independence also urged the youths to refuse to copy the shortcomings of their elders. According to him, “we celebrate independence not because we do not have challenges, just like you celebrate your birthday, not that you have become the richest man. Nigeria has problems. Every country has its own problems and our task is to remind ourselves that Nigeria is for all of us to build”. In his homily, the ArchBishop of the Catholic Diocese of Benin, Most Rev Father Augustine Akubeze, said the day has been set aside as a day of prayers and thanksgiving by churches for the country.
Ex-Taraba Speaker to Suntai’s aide:
Retract bribery allegation against Taraba lawmakers or... By Lawrence Olaoye
ormer Speaker of Taraba state House of Assembly, Hon Isa Ajiya, yesterday called on the Media aide to the ailing Taraba state governor, Mr. Sylvester Yakubu Giwa, to retract the allegation that the Acting governor, Alhaji Garba Umar, bribed the state lawmakers to get his boss’ letter rejected or be ready to face court action. Ajiya said “The allegation is unfounded and we challenge Giwa to provide proof. If not, we will expose them in a manner we have never done before . We will reveal to the world why this cabal was desperate to rule even when it is clear Governor Suntai is medically
unfit to rule the state. “They were so desperate that they had to write a letter of resumption of the governor by proxy; they were so desperate that they had to drag the Assembly to court by proxy. The case in court against the Assembly was the handiwork of the cabal”, he alleged. He emphaisied that the case in court was not originated by either the governor or the acting governor, stating that “the cabal, rather than Governor Danbaba Suntai, was in court against the state House of Assembly” “We want to put it on record that the Acting Governor is not a party to the case and was never involved in bankrolling
the lawyers for the Assembly as alleged. It is complete lies and fabrications”, the former speaker said. On allegations that Umar has betrayed his boss, Ajiya said it was rather the cabal being served by Giwa that has betrayed the governor by placing their greed for power over and above the safety and health of the governor. “The governor was recuperating,his doctors advised him to rest. Yet, he had hardly arrived Jalingo that a letter of resumption was hurriedly forged and sent to the Assembly by the cabal. Who has betrayed Suntai here? Is it the cabal that ignored the governor ‘s health weaknesses
or the acting governor who is preoccupied with complete recovery of his boss? On Giwa’s allegations that the acting governor has refused to negotiate to get the stalemate resolved, the legal practitioner said Umar has shown sufficient willingness to negotiate but that the cabal has blocked all avenues for dialogue for their own selfish interest. “Long before the governor was brought back, Alhaji Umar has reached out to stakeholders for dialogue but the cabal blocked access to the governor since his return. It is therefore deceitful for Giwa to make such allegation”, he said.
Group commends Lokoja LG chairman
From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
he Lokoja Progressive Forum has commended the Chairman of Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State, Alhaji Usman Aliyu, for delivering dividends of democracy to the people, particularly to the rural dwellers. The forum coordinator,
Nmadu Ibrahim, in a statement after a meeting with Aliyu in Lokoja urged the council chairman to maintain the zeal and continue to deliver more dividend of democracy to the people. The group commended the council boss for success achieved so far in the areas of poverty alleviation program, appointment, transportation,
security and prompt payment of staff salaries. He pledge the forum continued support and mobilization of the people across the local government area to support his administration. Responding, the Council chairman appealed to the people of the state to give maximum support to the state Governor,
Alhaji Idris Wada, for the benefit of the state. Aliyu described the governor as a God-fearing man who remains as a role model for elected officers in the state. The Chairman said he has commissioned more new buses for interstate transportation in Lokoja and therefor e created more jobs.
PDP crisis: Ilorin party members declare loyalty to Baraje
From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin
embers of Ajikobi ward in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State have declared their support and loyalty to the New Peoples Democratic Party (NPDP)
led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje. Speaking with Journalists in Ilorin on behalf of the political office holders in Ajikobi Ward shortly after their meeting , a Commissioner at the state’s Local Government Service Commission,
Alhaji Abdulkareem Lambe, said the party supporters perceived Bareje’s camp and Dr Bukola Saraki,who also hails from Ajikobi, as God sent . He explained that their resolution to throw their weights behind the leadership of Senator
Bukola Saraki and National chairman of NPDP, Alh. Abubakar Kawu Baraje, was that they have confidence in that the new PDP’s chieftains and would emerged victorious in the ongoing crisis within the PDP. Lambe who said the ward
meeting was part of their routine meetings in the area assured party members of continued flow of dividends of democracy to all and sundry. He said all of them have resolved to continue to give their unalloyed support to Senator Saraki .
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Furore in Lagos PDP over ministerial slot As Lagos politicians jostle to clinch the ministerial slot vacated by the recently sacked Foreign Affairs Minister, Gbenga Ashiru, the gulf among the stakeholders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state has continued to widen and this threatens to tear the party apart ahead of 2015 general elections in the state. Lagos Correspondent, Ayodele Samuel writes:
hese are not best of time for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos state as the party might be derailing on its path of reconciliation following a fresh crisis over who takes over the ministerial position vacated by Ambassador Gbenga The slot, believed to be for the entire Southwest, has been a subject disagreement within the party since President Goodluck Jonathan reportedly told the PDP leadership to nominate people for appointment as ministers to replace the nine cabinet members he recently sacked. In Lagos state, prominent chieftains of the party have at loggerheads over who represents the state in President Jonathan’s cabinet. The crisis even more critical last week when a stakeholders’ meeting summoned by leader of the party in the state and former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Chief Olabode George was shunned by key leaders of the party. It was learnt that while Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states have forwarded the names of one nominee each for the vacant slot, three names were forwarded from Lagos state. But the names forwarded from the state were alleged to have been rejected by the national leadership of the party following protests from prominent leaders that Bode George did not consult any of them in arriving at the names sent to the PDP leadership as ministerial nominees. Bode George had convened a stakeholders’ forum with nominating names for the ministerial slot as the singular agenda. The meeting
Chief Bode George
Chairman of Lagos state PDP, Mr. Olatunji Shelle
which was held at George’s Laugard Avenue, Ikoyi home, has widened the crisis rocking Party in the region. Prominent among party leaders who shunned the parley were Dr. Abayomi Finnih, Chief (Mrs.) Modupe Sasore, Chief (Mrs.) Remi Adiukwu Bakare, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Chief Deji Doherty, Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro, Chief Rasheed Williams amongst others. The decision of the leaders to stay away from George was based on their earlier position that since the slot in contention is not for Lagos State alone, the zonal leaders of the party in the southwest should be allowed to make the nomination. “They shunned the meeting because they have aligned themselves with the two nominations already made by the southwest leadership of the party. They are not in support of George’s insistence on nominating who will be minister representing the whole southwest. That is the reason why most of them stayed away. Although some of them may have other reasons. The meeting dispersed without any meaningful resolution as even iCal government party chairmen who attended in their numbers allegedly rejected Bode George’s decision on the nomination,” a source said. Party sources said while George is championing the nominations of three of his associates namely Hon. Tunji Shelle, Mrs. Aduke Maina, and Dr. Segun Ogundimu. While other leaders of the party in Lagos State are is support of the nominations
2015, sources said Bode George might be losing his grip on the party structure in the state. “Safe for few members of the state executive committee of the party and associates of the former Deputy National Chairman, most of the people expected at the meeting stayed away. They were all duly invited because the national leadership impressed it upon George and his men that all stakeholders must be part of the decision to be taken. But they refused to be at the meeting. This portends a lot of political danger for him” the source added. Also a political group in the South West, Network For Justice, (NFJ), has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to consider appointing Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro as a Minister in his cabinet. NFJ Coordinator, Dr. Adebisi Akinbinu said that the youthful vibrancy, resourcefulness and grassroots political clout of the younger Obanikoro stands him out, noting, however, that the realisation of the transformation agenda of the President in the zone
made by the zonal leadership of the party, another group is championing the nomination of Obanikoro’s son, Ibrahim Babajide. The southwest leadership of the party has nominated the duo of Chief (Mrs.) Remi Adiukwu-Bakare, a former commissioner and two-time gubernatorial candidate from Lagos state and Engineer Olajide Adeniji, Chairman, Board of Directors, Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) from Osun State to the PDP national leadership for consideration. Adieu-Bakare is believed to be well positioned, since the Presidency was said to be insisting on female ministerial nominees from Lagos state. However if the Presidency interest in a Female minster from the state remains, Adenike Jones and Tanwa Olusi still remains major ministerial hopefuls. Although party members in the state remains divided on whether or not the directive came from the President and the ability of female ministers to help the PDP win the state in
They were all duly invited because the national leadership impressed it upon George and his men that all stakeholders must be part of the decision to be taken. But they refused to be at the meeting. This portends a lot of political danger for him
can only come to fruition through the involvement of such young blood. Akinbinu pointed out that the popularity of Obanikoro’s son was evident in the fact that he defeated the National Leader of the All Progressive Party (APC) in his local government but was denied his victory through a jungle electoral system, noted further that the President may loose election in the state if he continue to rely on the strength of old war horses in the state who are divided. “Most of these old-war horse, including his father, Senator Obanikoro, cannot be relied upon to deliver the state in 2015. President Jonathan should strongly consider nominating Babajide as a minister. He is better and adequately qualified. His father, Shelle, Coker, Maina and Dosunmu are products of factions in the state but he is an independent person as evident by his political approach and dynamism.” “Ibrahim is extremely skilled at mobilizing youths. He comes from a very popular family known in all circles in Lagos State. He is popularly known to have defeated Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in his local government in the recent Local Council Elections. Akinbinu believes junior Obanikoro will serve as positive neutral rallying point for the party to refocus and strengthen itself for the upcoming election. While the politicking continues, members of the party in state believe their representation at the federal cabinet would determine its chance of victory in the state come 2015.
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2015: Let Nigerians decide Jonathan’s fate, says APPF From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
he Arewa Peoples Patriotic Front (APPF), said only Nigerians can determine Jonathan’s fate come 2015, insisting it is not the place of Baraje and the G7 governors to ask President Jonathan to drop his ambition. The group, in a statement signed by its chairman, Mr. Sunday Mordecai said it is every Nigerian’s constitutional right to seek for election into any office and President Goodluck Jonathan
is not an exception. The group reiterated that there is no provision in the 1999 constitution as amended, that stops President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice from seeking election in 2015. “If any group or anybody is in doubt of this it is right to put the provision to test in the court of law rather than being noisy and creating unnecessary tension in the country.” According to the statement, it is not an attribute of genuine democratic practice to deny
anybody his or her constitutional right to contest election. In a situation that this actually happens it amounts to wicked blackmail. Referring to the said agreement signed by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, the group said it is a nullity because it was signed under duress and without the knowledge and consent of Nigerians. The statement added that it is extremely contradictory for people who claim to be democrats and who, are purportedly struggling for the actualisation of internal
democracy in the PDP, to be taking anti democratic steps, saying no genuine democrat will deny a fellow citizen his or her own right of seeking elective post. “Baraje’s flimsy excuse in deciding to run in 2015 may spark off a chain of events capable of cumulating in the country disintegration. It is very unfortunate that this is the caliber of people who are aspiring to lead this nation and yet see nothing good in our dear country because of their personal and wicked interest.
he Kanta Museum, which houses 1,485 historical artifacts in Argungu local government council on Kebbi state, has been taken over by the Federal Government, and is to be managed by the National Commission of Museums.
Director General of the Commission, Yusuf Abdalla, has said. Abdalla, while addressing the people of the area, described cultural heritage as the root of human existence which no society can do without. The director general further pointed out that the taking- over of collections at the Kanta museum
from the Kebbi state government is to enable the federal government showcase the peoples’ cultural heritage internationally and to also preserve master piece of their arts. He urged people of the state to establish a community museum since the federal government is taking over the Kanta museum, saying the people should not forget their culture because of the
future generation. Speaking earlier, the emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Mohammed Mera who expressed satisfaction over the development, while urging the people of Kebbi state to support federal government’s move aimed at promoting their cultural heritage, appealed to them not to abandon the museum.
potentials in the state. Chosen as one of the states in Nigeria for the pilot project, it’s Gov, Captain Idris Wada, while receiving the team, said that the agricultural agenda of the Federal Government is a way forward in revamping economy of the country.
Captain Wada noted that his administration was poised to make agriculture the focal point of transformation agenda of his administration, stressing that agriculture will be a vehicle for transformation of the state. He opined that self reliance
in agriculture by the teeming youths will ensure peace and unity in the state just as he commended the South-South Co-operation for choosing Kogi state. Earlier, the representative of the Minister of Agriculture, Professor B.O Chudi, who
apologised for the minister’s absence due to some pressing issues conveyed federal government’s appreciation of the efforts of Kogi state Governor in his quest for agricultural development, which earned it placement amongst the chosen states.
Kebbi: FG takes over Kanta Museum Idris, Birnin
From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna ational Teachers Institute (NTI), Director General, Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu, has raised alarm over mass failure in mathematics and Science subjects in secondary schools across the country and expressed the need to sustain training of teachers to address the problem. Sherehu, who was speaking with newsmen shortly after delivering a paper at the Strategic SMASE Stakeholders’ meeting on the Sensitisation and Sustainability of SMASE Nigeria project, held in Kaduna, said NTI has succeeded in training teachers on Mathematics and Science subjects nationwide. He said SMASE Nigeria project is a partnership between Nigeria and Japan, on teachers’ training on mathematics and science subjects and that the partnership will end next year. “We invited stake holders from all over the country who are in charge of training of mathematics and science teachers in Nigeria, so that we can chart ways of sustaining the training program after the partnership between Nigeria and Japan winds up in February next year. “The stakeholders are here and we are discussing ways on how the SMASE project will continue because we are still having scourge of failure in mathematics and science education in this country. He reiterated that NTI conducts training while the partnership is between Nigeria and Japan, but NTI is the one conducting the training for teachers Nationwide on science and mathematics. The stakeholders are here to discuss so that by the time the program winds up we will know how to sustain it. This will help address scourge of failure in mathematics and science in Nigeria”. He stated.
Members of Globe Athon Organisation, during road walk on Women’s Cancers Awareness Campaign, with the theme, “The Walk to End Women’s Cancers”, on Saturday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo
From, Ahmed Kebbi
NTI raises alarm over mass failure in mathematics, science
Experts in Kogi, for agric assessment From Omale Adama Lokoja
team of agricultural experts drawn from Africa, Latin America and Asian countries, otherwise known as South-South Cooperation have arrived Kogi to formerly assess agricultural
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Some Interesting Facts
id you know the wheelbarrow is invented in China • Did you know tree hugging is forbidden in china • Did you know the film ‘Mary Poppins’ was filmed entirely indoors • Did you know all of the clocks in the movie ‘Pulp Fiction’ are fixed to 4:20 • Did you know instant coffee was invented in 1901 • Did you know the human body of a 70 kg person contains 0.2mg of gold • Did you know rice is the staple food for 50% of the worlds population • Did you know Pearls melt in vinegar • Did you know a hard boiled eggs spin (uncooked or soft boiled don�t) • Did you know there is no butter in buttermilk • Did you know giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels • Did you know the dot on top of the letter ‘i’ is called a tittle • Did you know the electric chair was invented by a dentist • Did you know your more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider • Did you know a crocodile can’t stick out its tongue • Did you know rubber bands last longer when kept refrigerated
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• Did you know women blink twice as much as men • Did you know ostriches don’t bury their heads in sand • Did you know only female mosquitoes bite • Did you know Scotland has the most redheads • Did you know household dust is made of dead skin cells • Did you know the past tense for the English word ‘dare’ is ‘durst’ • Did you know hummingbirds can’t walk • Did you know wind doesn�t make a sound until it blows against an object • Did you know the naming of tropical storms and hurricanes officially began in 1953 • Did you know India has the most post offices than any other country (over 100,000)
• Did you know India is home to over 200 million cows • Did you know the Taj Mahal in India is made entirely out of marble • Did you know Bali has the worlds largest variety of flora • Did you know Bill Gates began programming computers at the of age 13 • Did you know every single possible 3 character .com domain has been registered • Did you know the word ‘uncopyrightable’ is the is the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating any letter • Did you know the word ‘testify’ derived from a time when men were required to swear on their testicles • Did you know the word typewriter is the longest word that can be typed using only the
top row of a keyboard • Did you know that you can spell the word ‘level’ the same backwards • Did you know Madonna and Michael Jackson were both born in 1958 • Did you know almonds are members of the peach family • Did you know an egg contains every vitamin except vitamin C • Did you know duck eggs are the largest eggs in the world • Did you know owls can’t move their eyes from side to side • Did you know flamingos can bend their knees backwards • Did you know you take over 23,000 breaths everyday • Did you know gold never erodes • Did you know scorpions glow under ultra violet light
Parent and child: Users of an escalator are told to look after their ‘oldster’ as well as child
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NFF canvasses early camping for Falcons
Stories by Albert Akota
he Director of Competition at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi has advocated early camping and adequate preparation for the Super Falcons ahead of the African Women Championship (AWC) qualifiers and the championship proper. Sanusi said the recent Falcons two legged loss to Japan in a friendly is a wake-up call for the Federation to kick- start Falcons’ preparation immediately. “After the last AWC, Falcons are in a rebuilding process and I can say that we are not disappointed at the result of the games but we expected a better performance and I believe it is a wake-up call for us to go back to drawing board. “That it is why it is always good to have friendly matches where you will look at area of your strength and weaknesses. These two legged friendly match is important to us and we did not lose anything playing them” “With what we have seen, it is a very strong signal to us that we need to start preparation for Falcons in good time because whatever we do will determine how far we go in AWC” Sanusi however, said he prayed the technical department gives the go ahead for early camping so that the coaching crew will have enough time to tinker a good team that Nigerians will be proud of.
Jordaan emerges SAFA president
anny Jordaan, chairman of the then 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC), has been elected President of South African Football Association (SAFA). He was elected on Saturday at SAFA’s Elective Congress held at the Helderfontein Estate in Midrand, Johannesburg. Jordaan steered a successful 2010 World Cup finals, hosted by South Africa, and it was the first global football showpiece ever hosted on the African continent. He defeated Mandla ‘Shoes’ Mazibuko with 162 to 88 votes to replace outgoing SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani. Nematandani could not re-contest because he did not receive any nominations from the 52 SAFA regional associations. Jordaan, told newsmen shortly after being elected that re-building South African soccer from the grassroots and restoring the federation’s image would be his priority.
NSC predicts brighter future for Nigeria’s sports
he Director of Grassroots Sports Development at the National Sports Commission (NSC) has predicted brighter future for Nigeria sports if the programmes being put in place to develop ports at the grassroots are implemented consistently. He disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja during this month’s Federation of Public Service Games (FEPSGA) “Keep Fit Walking and Jogging Exercise organized to commemorate Nigeria’s 53rd Independence anniversary. “If we are going by the key
performance indicators of the National Sports Commission which is about mass participation in sports, then you can say we have done very well but, if you are looking at medal level at
Kano Pillars set to raise dust with NFF
igerian champions, Kano Pillars have revealed said that they will appeal against the verdict to award sixtime champions, Enyimba their abandoned Week 31 premier League match. Last week, the organising and disciplinary committee (O&D) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) gave Enyimba three points and three goals after their away match at Kano Pillars was abandoned after crowd invasion. NFF O&D also in their verdict banished the Sai Masugida to Lokoja for their remaining premier League games this term and they will also pay a fine of two million Naira. Kano Pillars’ supremo, Abba
Yola said that the champions are not happy with NFF’s judgment and they will appeal the decision. “We have received the NFF O&D verdict on our abandoned game with Enyimba and we are so sad with what we saw. “It is obvious we are going to appeal the verdict because it was very harsh on us, and we believe the appeal committee will give us justice,” Yola said. Kano Pillars may this term, not get a continental ticket should the NFF appeal committee turns down their request. The Sai Masugida now occupies fourth position on the League standings with 54 points with four games to go this season.
the international scene, then I will say that the graph has been undulating. “With the new highperformance programme been developed and the grassroots sports development programme put in place, I think the next 50 years will be totally different from the past,” Yakmut said. The grassroots director therefore, urged public servants to see themselves as agents of change in the sports sector, noting that FEPSGA games is a good platform to discover talented sports men and women adding that its activities help
civil servants to elongate their life span. He spoke further, “This particular exercise ushers in the spirit of unity, fitness and preventive medicine to the citizens of the country. Let’s carry the culture of keeping fit and constructive recreation all through our life style in order to make Nigeria a better country”. National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) football team defeated their State House counterpart 3-1 in a penalty shoot-out to lift the trophy for the anniversary match. No fewer than 3,000 public servants participated.
Gbenga Elegbeleye he Director-General of National Sports Commission (NSC), Gbenga Elegbeleye has hinted that the Commission will consider the inclusion of Squash in the forthcoming National Youth Games (NYC). He made this on Thursday when he granted audience to a delegation from Nigeria Squash Federation (NSF), led by its President, Adamu Erena, in his office at the Abuja National Stadium. Elegbeleye said that the NSC will continue to support Sports federations that are making impacts in their sports. He used the occasion to reiterate the importance of sports to a nation’s image, according to him, “sports more than anything else is now a major determinant in international politics especially in the area of re-branding”. He stressed that one major key performance indicator of the Commission is mass participation in sport but was however quick to note that the potential to win medals for the country can never be over emphasized.
While promising the government’s continued supports to the Federation in particular, the DG urged the federation to continue working hard in order to win medals for the country in international competitions. Earlier, the President of the Federation told the DG he was in his office to inform him of the programmes of activities of the Federation. He said a ‘Director-General’s Cup squash competition’ was concluded last week in Abuja, adding that exceptional players would be selected for the All-African Junior Squash Championship (AAJSC) in Egypt. Mr. Erena who pledged that the Federation will continue to make Nigeria proud in International competition solicited for government’s supports in the preparation of its players for major competitions. The winners of the DirectorGeneral Cup competition received a cash reward of N50, 000 each while the runners-up got N30,000 each from the Director-General.
Squash may feature at National Youth Games, NSC says
Sports NFF plans grassroots goalkeeping talent hunt Stories by Albert Akota
he Nigeria Football Fedration (NFF) is planning a massive grassroots goalkeeping talent hunt. Emmanuel Ikpeme, the Director (Technical) at the NFF, disclosed this in Abuja at the end of a six-day FIFA Member Association (MA) Goal-keeping Course. According to Ikpeme, the aim is to put into use the lessons learnt from the programme. “You will agree with me that Nigeria is lacking in the goalkeeping department, in spite of the talents we have. “We have not gotten good goalkeepers for the national teams; we have just been struggling,’’ he said. Ikpeme, however, noted that with the introduction of the ``goal-keeping talent hunt,’’ the country would have a reservoir for goalkeepers who would be called up any time, for national assignments. “With this programme, it is the intention of the football house, at the appropriate time, to send the participants of this course to the grassroots, specifically to the primary and secondary schools.
Abuja, Kaduna cricket clubs win in 53rd Independence Anniversary competition
he Cricket Club of Abuja (CCA) over the weekend beat the Enugu Cricket Club by 40 runs in a match organised as part of activities to celebrate Nigeria’s 53rd Independence Anniversary. The T20 match is part of a two-day competition at the cricket oval at the Abuja National Stadium’s Package B. CCA which represented the North-Central zone scored 144 runs in 20 overs for the loss of nine wickets, while their SouthEastern opponents scored 104 runs all out in 20 overs Hashim and Yasir were outstanding for CCA, scoring 38 and 20 runs respectively, while Obiefuna Obidike and Onwulili Chukwudi scored 27 and 18 runs respectively for Enugu. Later in the day, Enugu went on to lose by three wickets to the Kaduna Crocodile Club, who were representing the North-West, in another T20 match.
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House Committee expresses dismay over deplorable state of Lagos National Stadium
he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced that the Super Eagles will leave for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on October 11 ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup playoffs against the Walya Antelopes. African champions, Nigeria face Ethiopia on October 13 in the first leg of the playoffs on October 13 at
the Ydnekachew Tesema Stadium, Addis Ababa with the second leg fixed for November 16 at the UJ Esuene stadium, Calabar. President of the NFF, Aminu Maigari said that the federation had two options but decided on flying the Nigeria squad to Addis Ababa a couple of days to the game. “Addis Ababa is at an altitude of 2,400 metres above sea level
and when you are visiting such an environment, you either have to arrive there weeks before your game (for effective acclimatization) or just immediately before the game. We don’t have the option of the former since most of the boys we invited to prosecute the match play their football in Europe so we had to adopt the second option,” Maigari said.
D’Tigress crash out at 2013 Women Afrobasket
igeria’s National Women Basketball team over the weekend in Maputo lost 74-77 to hosts Mozambique in the quarter-finals of the on-going 2013 Women Afrobasket. In spite of winning three out of the four quarters in the match at the Pavilhao do Maxaquene in Maputo, the Nigerian side failed to advance to semi-finals. The African Women Basketball Championship is also a qualifier
Speaking from Maputo after the match, President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijani Umar, however praised the team for their performance. “Our girls’ performance took the hosts by surprise and kept their fans on their toes throughout the encounter. “However, the loss was rather unfortunate as our girls lost to bad luck,” he said. The NBBF president said better
for the 2014 FIBA Women Championship scheduled for Turkey. The top two at the 2013 Women Afrobasket will advance to the 2014 FIBA Women Championship. The Nigerian side had led 72-64 in the last quarter of the game, but the hosts had fought back to reduce the D’Tigress lead to three points at 72-69 with less than a minute to go. But they lost concentration and allowed Mozambique to overpower them and take the match at 77-74. D’Tigress
preparation would have helped the Nigerian side much better. “If our girls had prepared the way the Angolans and Mozambicans prepared, nobody would have beaten them in this tournament. “We had almost won the game, before the hosts had the threepointer in the last minute and the clock just ticked away. “But I must praise them for playing the game of their lives today,” he said.
he House of Representative Committee on Sports over the weekend expressed dismay over the deplorable state of the National Stadium, Surelere, Lagos. The four-member committee led by the Chairman, Godfrey Gaiya, expressed the disappointment when it inspected facilities at the stadium. Gaiya, however, told reporters that the deplorable state of the stadium would be reversed in 2014. He said that the costs of restoration work at the stadium would be captured in the 2014 budget. The chairman said that the committee could not achieve much this year due to the N1 billion provided in the 2013 budget to maintain facilities in the six National stadia. The chairman said that the pioneer national stadium, built in 1972, would enjoy proper maintenance in 2014. “This is a national edifice and should be cherished for posterity,” he said.
Match fixing: NFF to set up independent assessors
he Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is to constitute a team of Independent Assessors to assist in checking the problem of match fixing in its organised competitions. NFF President, Aminu Maigari, who led NFF officials to Yola on a condolence visit, over the death of the state Football Association Chairman, Audu Attah, disclosed this to newsmen in Yola. Maigari said that match fixing was one of the major problems threatening football development that must be urgently tackled. “We have set up a committee; we are also trying to introduce the independent assessors who will be going on their own to survey and asses match. “I can assure you that very soon, you will start to see some the licences of indicted referees being revoked,’’ Maigari said.
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Misery for Manchester’s as Arsenal win second yellow card for the last of a number of clashes between the two men. Southampton grabbed two quick-fire goals at the start of the second half to see off Crystal Palace 2-0. Pablo Osvaldo netted his first goal for
the Saints since his £15 million move from Roma with a low shot from the edge of the box after 47 minutes, before a Rickie Lambert free-kick went in off the angle of crossbar and post two minutes later for the striker’s 200th career league goal.
anchester United and Manchester City both suffered shock defeats in the Premier League on Saturday as Arsenal went clear at the top after Chelsea had battled back to claim a point at Tottenham Hotspur. David Moyes suffered his first home defeat as Manchester United manager as West Brom claimed a deserved 2-1 victory at Old Trafford. After a goalless first half, the match sprung to life in the second with Morgan Amalfitano scoring a superb solo goal. Just three minutes later, United were level through a Wayne Rooney free-kick that somehow evaded everyone, but a tremendous strike from Saido Berahino sealed the points for Steve Clarke’s side. There was late drama as Marouane Fellaini thought he had scored his first goal for the club to equalise, but the Belgian was ruled offside. The result heaps more pressure on Moyes following last week’s humiliation in the Manchester derby. Manchester City fell back down to earth with a bump following that derby triumph with Aston Villa coming from behind twice to beat them 3-2. City took the lead their dominance deserved on the stroke of half-time at Villa
Park, with Yaya Toure on hand to tuck home from his side’s eighth corner of the opening period. However, Villa grabbed an unlikely equaliser in controversial fashion six minutes after the restart as Leandro Bacuna teed up Karim El Ahmadi to blast the ball past Joe Hart but replays showed he was offside. The visitors weren’t behind for long, though, Edin Dzeko bundling in Samir Nasri’s corner five minutes later. But Villa levelled for a second time with Bacuna curling in an exquisite free-kick in the 73rd minute before the hosts stunned City by taking the lead two minutes later when Andreas Weimann ran clear to prod past Hart. Arsenal went back on top of the table after continuing their fine away form with a 2-1 win over Swansea City. A goalless, and fairly uneventful first half, saw the Gunners come out the better at the start of the second period and young Serge Gnabry latched onto a ball from Aaron Ramsey to slot home his first senior goal for the club. Chelsea finished the game with ten men as Fernando Torres, who had been having an ongoing tussle with Jan Vertonghen throughout the second half, was shown a
Messi limps off as Barcelona set record
ionel Messi was substituted with a thigh injury as Barcelona beat Almeria 2-0 for a club-record seventh straight La Liga win at the start of the season. The Argentine, who scored his eighth league goal of the campaign when he netted the opener, will have tests on his injury ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League trip to Celtic. Brazil defender Adriano doubled the La Liga champions’ lead after the break. Almeria remains one of only two sides yet to win in the league this season. Gerardo Martino, who was appointed
Dortmund demolish Freiburg 5-0 to stay on top
orussia Dortmund remained at the top of the Bundesliga with a big win over struggling Freiburg, but Bayern Munich trail on goal difference alone after their victory over Wolfsburg. Robert Lewandowski dispelled any doubts over his commitment to the Borussia Dortmund cause this season with two goals in a 5-0 Bundesliga win over Freiburg. Lewandowski has been involved in controversy this week, but he was named in Dortmund’s starting line-up on Saturday and struck twice in the second half. The visitors already led 2-0 through Marco Reus’ brace, the second a penalty after Fallou Diagne was sent off for fouling Lewandowski, and substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski completed a thoroughly one-sided win. Dortmund remains level on points with Bayern Munich at the summit after the reigning champions beat Wolfsburg 1-0. Thomas Muller struck the only goal from a narrow angle in the 63rd minute and Bayern, like their rivals, moved to 19 points from seven games in an unbeaten start. Just one point behind are Bayer Leverkusen, who extended their best-ever start to a Bundesliga season with a 2-0 win over Hannover at the BayArena. Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam scored first-half goals as Leverkusen warmed up for their midweek Champions League tie with Real Sociedad with their sixth win in seven league matches this season. The win also gives Sami Hyypia’s men a six-point cushion over Hannover, who
remains in fourth place despite losing their third way game of the season. Hoffenheim and Schalke shared six goals in a dramatic 3-3 draw at the RheinNeckar Arena. Kevin-Prince Boateng and Joel Matip got Schalke off to a flying start, but Anthony Modeste hauled Hoffenheim back into the game. Marco Hoger restored Schalke’s twogoal advantage before half-time, but a Roberto Firmino penalty and a David Abraham free-kick earned Hoffenheim a share of the spoils. Hertha Berlin came from behind to beat Mainz 3-1 at the Olympiastadion and move up to fifth in the table.
Atletico Madrid beat Madrid at home 1-0
Barca coach in the summer, beats a record set by five other managers - Pep Guardiola (2009-10) and Tito Vilanova (2012-13) were among the handful to have started a season with six straight wins. Messi, 26, who appeared before a Spanish judge as part of a tax fraud investigation on Friday, gave Barcelona the lead on 21 minutes, curling a shot home from 20 yards, before asking to be replaced with a thigh problem eight minutes later. Adriano made it 2-0 shortly before the hour mark, tapping Cesc Fabregas’s low cross into the net from close range.
areth Bale’s Real Madrid home debut ended in a 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid as the visitors maintained their winning start to the season. World record signing Bale was brought on at half-time but Diego Costa’s 11thminute goal saw Atletico end a 23-match winless streak against Real. Bale made little impact as he waits for his first league win in Real colours. Atletico’s seventh straight win takes them level on points with leaders Barcelona, five points ahead of Real. Atletico Madrid has won five successive away league games, their best run in the Spanish top flight Bale made a goalscoring debut in the
2-2 draw with Villarreal, the only match Real had not won in the league this season prior to their latest loss. His other game was as a substitute in the 6-1 wins over Galatasaray, but he has missed the last two games with a thigh injury, and was unable to help his new side overturn Atletico’s advantage. Brazil striker Costa, who was a target for Liverpool in the summer, scored his seventh goal in eight games as he slotted past goalkeeper Diego Lopez from Koke’s through ball to open the scoring. Atletico should have been further ahead before the break, going close through Costa and Tiago, with Real Madrid struggling to break their visitors down.
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Locke faces UCI inquiry over biological passport data
last year, cited a lack of form as the reason for his withdrawal after the decision was announced. A cyclist’s biological passport is an electronic record in which the results of all doping tests over a
period of time are collated. Tiernan-Locke raced for Endura Racing in the 2012 season, claiming overall wins in the Tour Mediterraneen, Tour du Haut Var and Tour Alsace.
eam Sky cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has been notified of a potential discrepancy in his “biological passport data” by the sport’s governing body.
Reported had it that he has been asked by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to explain suspect blood values. The 2012 Tour of Britain winner, who joined Team Sky in October
Lepchenko beats Watson in China Open
Berlin marathon: Kipsang sets new world record
ritish number two Heather Watson has been knocked out of the China Open at the first-round stage with a three-set defeat by American Varvara Lepchenko. Watson, 21, beat the world number 55 at this year’s Aegon International but was unable to repeat the feat despite taking the first set. Lepchenko broke the Brit twice in the second and third sets to win the match 1-6 6-3 6-3. She will face Petra Kvitova, ranked 11 in the world, in the second round. Watson, who had overcome Lepchenko in straight sets in Eastbourne in June, has struggled for form since losing in the first rounds of the US Open in August and Korea Open this month. Gaining the first set initiative with a break to 30 in the fourth game, Watson broke again before emphatically holding serve to love to take the opening set on the Lotus Court at Beijing’s National Tennis Centre. Lepchenko, six years the senior of Watson, swung the momentum early in the second set with an early break and built on her good play to break again and force a decider. The lapse gave Lepchenko all the opportunity she needed and a second break secured a 6-3 final set win and a place in round two against ninth seed Kvitova.
Williams ends year as world number one for third time
S Wilson Kipsang
enyan Wilson Kipsang has broken the marathon world record by 15 seconds as he claimed the Berlin title yesterday. The 31-year-old clocked a time of two hours three minutes 23 seconds to better the previous mark set by compatriot Patrick Makau two years ago. Fellow Kenyans Eliud Kipchoge (2:04:05) and
Geoffrey Kipsang (2:06:26) finished second and third respectively in this year’s marathon. Makau was not competing in the event after withdrawing two weeks ago with a knee injury. Having trained specifically for breaking the world record in Berlin, Wilson Kipsang took control of the race in the final 10km, breaking away from the leading pack as the tempo dropped.
Vos retains Road World Championships title
utch rider Marianne Vos retained her women’s road race title at the World Championships in Italy. The 2012 Olympic gold medallist, 26, won the 140km (86.2-mile) race around Tuscany in three hours and 44 minutes. Vos claimed her third world title by crossing the line 15 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Emma Johansson, with Italy’s Rossella Ratto third. Lizzie Armitstead, who won Olympic silver behind Vos last year, was the leading Briton in 19th place. The 24-year-old, who said she would have to “ride out out of her skin” to win a medal, had been in contention for much of the race but fell away on the fourth of five hilly finishing circuits around Florence.
The race began to liven up on the first of the 16.5km laps, with several American riders setting a fierce pace on the first 4.3km climb to Fiesole, and Britain’s two-time junior world champion Lucy Garner, riding in her first senior world road race at the age
of 19, was among those to drop back. The Americans, trying to set Evie Stevens up for the win, rode aggressively on the hill for the next three laps, helping to whittle the leading group down to eight riders.
erena Williams will end the year as the number one female player in the world after a phenomenal campaign which saw the American win two Grand Slams. The 32-year-old has lost just four matches this year, winning nine titles, including the French and US Open. It is the third time she has topped the rankings at the end of a calendar year. Williams became the oldest player to hold the number one position when, aged 31, the 17-time Grand Slam winner replaced Victoria Azarenka in February. “Serena has proven time and time again throughout her career that she is an incredible champion, both on and off the court,” said Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) chairman and chief executive Stacey Allaster. Williams will be presented with her trophy during the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul next month. She will be joined by China’s Li Na, who became the fifth player to qualify for the event, following in the footsteps of Williams, Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska.
Woods named PGA Tour player of the year
iger Woods was named as the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year for a record 11th time with fellow American Jordan Spieth voted rookie of the year. Woods, 37, won five of his first 11 events, while Spieth, then 19, became the youngest winner on tour since 1931. Votes were cast by fellow tour members who played in at least 12 official money
events in 2013. Woods reclaimed the world number one spot from Rory McIlroy with victories in the Farmers Insurance Open, the WGCCadillac Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational before adding the Players Championship and the WGCBridgestone titles. He failed to add to his 14 major titles
for a fifth year, finishing tied for fourth at the Masters, tied for 32nd at the US Open, tied for sixth at the Open and equal 40th in the US PGA Championship. But he said winning the award was a special achievement after fighting back from knee and back ailments to thrive again on the tour. Spieth began the year with no PGA
Tour status yet entered 23 events and won the John Deere Classic in July at 19 years, 11 months and 18 days. The former college standout finished 10th on the money list with just under $4m (£2.5m) in prize money as he recorded nine top-10 finishes, tied for the most on tour, and was made a captain’s pick for the 2013 Presidents Cup.
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1. David Moyes has claimed Manchester United lack the worldclass players to win the Champions League.
2.Barcelona has confirmed that Lionel Messi will be sidelined for two to three weeks after suffering a thigh injury. 3. England spinner Monty Panesar says making the squad for this winterâ€™s Ashes was the boost he needed after fearing his career could be over. 4. Saracens maintain the only 100% record in the Premiership this season with a 22-12 win at fellow title contenders Harlequins.
5. British number one Laura Robson beat Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic to reach round two of the China Open.
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ose Mourinho has warned his players that they could face another season of Europa League football if they fail to win their Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest in tomorrow night. Eur o p a L e a gu e h o ld e r s Chelsea lost their opening Champions League game of this season as FC Basel secured a shock 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge and Mourinho accepts his side need to win in Romania to revive their hopes. “We need 12 points to be out of danger in this group,” Mourinho said. “It means we cannot lose this game and normally we have to win it. A draw is not enough. “If we go there and do not win, we are depending on the results of our opponents in the group. We don’t want that, but I know what pressure is. At Inter, I went into the third game of the group knowing we had to win at Dynamo Kiev or we were out. We got the win. I know what pressure is. “The difficulty is when you lose the first game of the Champions League at home; it reduces the chance to have a second mistake. So we have to try and get the three points.” Mourinho went on to suggest his “personal pride” would be damaged if Chelsea were to be thrown into the Europa League for a second season, as he questioned the logic of throwing the teams that finish third in their Champions League groups into UEFA’s second string competition. “For my personal pride, I would not like to play in the Europa League with Chelsea,” Mourinho said. “The Europa League is a prestigious competition, but you need to be manager of a Europa League team to be in it. “Anyway, I don’t understand why the team that is third in the Champions League [groups] should be in the Europa League. If you finish third, you should go home. “Teams that play in the Europa League suddenly have opponents from a different level appearing in their competition. This I don’t understand. You finish third, you go home. I would be disappointed to play in the Europa League, so we have to get the win in Steaua Bucharest.
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QUOTABLE QUOTE If we actually intend to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan, his backers in the House do not have the capacity to stop us. — Abdulmumin Jibrin, Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and a member of ‘New PDP’
Apo: God save us from friendly fire God save me from my friends – I can protect myself from my enemies – Proverb he cold-blooded murder of nine citizens by agents of the Department of State Security (DSS) in Apo penultimate Friday was inexcusable. It was reprehensible even. It stands condemned. All right thinking Nigerians should do the same. I was gladdened that most sane Nigerians didn’t buy the hogwash hawked glibly by Marilyn Ogar, the ‘spokesman’ of the DSS that those so callously wasted were suspected insurgents in a sleeper cell of the murderous Boko Haram waiting to strike at the appointed time. This is bunkum. I am not a fan of this bunch of misguided youth. But their misadventure has given franchise to all manner of crooks operating in their fearful guise. Petty criminals, doggy politicians, leeching security top guns have all, at various times, sought to make Boko Haram the fall guy of their own crooked ways. The bank robber, the underperforming politician in office and the Generals feeding fat on security votes may all have been united in a morbid desire for Boko Haram to last forever. Understandably, dropping the name of Boko Haram to cover up state sanctioned violence against innocent citizens helps some of them sleep at night. Except that this time around, we, the conscientious Nigerians more concerned about country than self, will make sure that they don’t. Even if they did, we will make sure they have nightmares of their misdeeds. Another hokum flaunted by Ogar was that the sleeper cell located in the accursed uncompleted building located a shouting distance from the quarters of federal lawmakers was an armoury with deadly weapons buried six feet under. But this, too, backfired as with the claim that what led to the death of those nine souls and another at the hospital was a response to the heavy fire opened by the ‘insurgents’. It turned out that no such thing happened. It turned out by the account of one of the victims that the DSS has an active imagination shamelessly projecting it as the gospel truth. It turned out that its “tip off” from arrested Boko Haram suspects may have been manufactured by someone somewhere desperately trying to impress someone or to cover up some misdemeanour. At times like these, it is almost impossible not to tongue
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SSS spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar lash our security forces. They messed up, they should own up. Spin will only aggravate matters. In this particular instance, they smell like cow dung. There were instances they had smelt like roses. But of late the DSS and indeed the rest of the nation’s intelligence community and security forces have acted without any “intelligence”. It had spoken before it thought. The Apo incidence has demonstrated that it is, bereft of any fancy coating, as arbitrary as insurgent elements. They too, could kill and find the justification, later. That was why, I strongly suspect, they didn’t bat
an eye spinning the tale that the economic migrants so wasted were a killer squad waiting to explode. I sensed desperation. The kind that sent the army to declare Shekau dead only for him to resurface and, expectedly, tease and taunt them. The army may be winning the war against insurgents at the battlefield but certainly losing the propaganda war. The courageous men and women who sacrifice their lives and limbs dealing with criminals may have commanders who are not as committed in ending the saga.
Understandably, dropping the name of Boko Haram to cover up state sanctioned violence against innocent citizens helps some of them sleep at night. Except that this time around, we, the conscientious Nigerians more concerned about country than self, will make sure that they don’t. Even if they did, we will make sure they have nightmares of their misdeeds.
Hell is here. It is being sandwiched between bad guys and good guys. Bad guys bent on redesigning the world in their own image. They are hereby represented by –you guessed itBoko Haram, kidnap king pin Kelvin Ibruvwe and certified oil thieves in no particular order. Good guys intent on saving the world from bad guys so that innocent guys could live in it freely. The Police, the Army and DSS hereby represent them. Both bad and good guys have a common denominator-they kill for their cause. Most bad guys are bad because good guys have treated them badly. Supported by the state, good guys have a tendency to go overboard in dealing with innocent guys who later become bad guys. Before they become bad guys, the society has not hearkened to their anguished cry for help. No one is born bad. Denied of the opportunity to e externalise their talent, such innocent guys ended up pounding the crooked path to doom. Along the way, they become radicalised. Some of them get brainwashed into thinking that they are fighting for God. No one is more dangerous than an idealist with a machine gun, so says the sage George V Higgins. I once had difficulty understanding ‘trigger – happy’. Now I know. It is bad guys and good guys killing innocent guys. Sundry criminals with fancy names have made life hellish. They kill without reasons. Look around you. Death is everywhere. Death is the cheapest commodity in the country. If not by criminals then by those paid to protect us from criminals. No day passes without a chilling story of life being snuffed out by either good or bad guys. Bad guys bent on recreating the world in their subjective likeness. And good guys trying to save and preserve the world as most of us knowDarwinian. These are trying times for our security forces. Fighting an invisible foe in no clearcut battlefield is a recipe for nervousness. They are fidgety. Leaders and followers are at their wits end. I expect more friendly fire as the war drags on. I expect profiling of especially northern youth in the unskilled and work a day category to be routinely shot and fatally too by ‘friendly fire’ in the name of Boko Haram to justify certain action or inaction. And to hide incompetence. With a scenario like that looking ‘prospective’, I say a loud prayerGod save us from friendly fire; we can protect ourselves from our enemies.
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