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•Want 5 accused students placed on no fly list

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Omicron: Reps blast Again, Uzodinma meets Secondus removal: S/ UK Govt over travel Buhari in Aso Rock, seeks Court orders substituted ban on Nigerians help to curtail insecurity service on PDP, others PAGE 2

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PEOPLES DAILY, WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2021

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Buhari felicitates with President Barrow of The Gambia on re-election

Omicron: Reps blast UK Govt over travel ban on Nigerians ...say being black does not make African less human

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ouse of Representatives on Tuesday, blasted the United Kingdom government for placing travel ban on Nigerians amid the outbreak of Omicron, a new variant of coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic, currently ravaging the world. The House equally called for a diplomatic way of resolve the matter. The decision of the UK government according to the House was hasty and embarrassing to Nigeria. The anger of the House followed a motion on the travel ban moved by the minority leader of the House, Hon. Ndidu Elumelu and considered at the plenary. Some members of the House who took turns to ventilate their views on the issue however said the ban was a wake-up call for Nigeria as a country to reinvent itself as the giant of African. Presenting the motion, titled “Need to Intervene in the Suspension of Issuance of Visitors Visa to Nigeria by the United Kingdom Government” Elumelu said that the ban would affect over 8000 Nigerians who had already bought their flight tickets to spend the Christmas holidays with their families in Nigeria as they would not be allowed to re-enter the UK after their stay. He said: “In an announcement made by the United Kingdom (UK) health Secretary Sajid Javid on Saturday the 4th of December 2021, a temporary ban was placed on Foreign travelers from Nigeria to the UK with effect from Monday the 6th of December 2021 as a result of concerns over the Omicron COVID19 variant.

“The decision covers travel to the UK for tourism, visiting friends and family, undertaking short term business activities, short term studies, exchange programmes as well as medical reasons. “This is coming only a few days after Canada extended its travel ban to travelers who recently visited Nigeria. “Though the ban is for Nigerians bound for the UK, it does not exempt over 8,000 Nigerian travelers that have bought air tickets to visit Nigeria during this festive period, as the restriction would affect their re-entry into the UK after holidays.” The lawmaker expressed worry that the UK government did not interface with other countries in the commonwealth to know spread of the new variant before handing down the ban. He said that Omicron has been found in over 40 other countries around the world, wondering why Nigeria and a few other African nations should be singled out. “Rather than seek to work with its commonwealth ally on ways to combat and curtail the spread of this new variant, the UK government decided to out rightly ban Nigerian travelers from entering their country which is a sharp contrast to that of the United States government whose response is for travelers to produce evidence of negative test result at the point of departure as well as a day two test result after arrival in their country, a response that have received wide commendation across board. “The UK government chose to announce the ban without discussing the data in its possession with the Nigerian government but instead gave an hour notice to the Nigeria

authorities before its inclusion on the red list, contrary to known international convention. “Omicron variant has now been found in over 40 countries around the world including many from the European Union but only Nigeria and a few African countries have been banned by the UK government. “This decision if left unchallenged will stop thousands of Nigerians that normally come back home at this time of the year to boost the social and economic activities of the country from coming into the country, thereby causing the nation serious revenue loss. “If the Nigerian Government does not urgently engage the authorities of the United Kingdom, this decision would have a significant impact on businesses and travelers intending to carryout lawful transactions in the UK as opportunities and investments 7 already made would be lost, hence the need for a quick interface. “Children who school abroad and had thought of returning home during this festive period to rejoin with their families and with fears that when they later go back will be subjected to 10 days mandatory isolation centre and be made to pay £2,700 for such hotel bookings may be totally discouraged from coming home and thereby deny such families the opportunity of their children rejoining them for this annual family union”, he said. The minority leader who was visibly furious over the issue, added that being black does not make African less human. “We have no record to show that we have been unfair to the United Kingdom but when there is any issue, the way they treat us is unfair. No record to show that any Nigerian had

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L-R:. Representatives of the President and Minister of health,Dr Osagie Ehanire,President, Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, and Minister of FCT, Mallam Muhammad Bello during the ground breaking ceremony of African medical centre of excellence AMCE, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

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contacted Omicron.I think that this is not good. “Because we are black does not make us less human. It is a racist action that should be condemned by everyone”, Elumelu added. In his contribution to the debate, Hon. Garba Datti representing Sabon Gari federal constituency of Kaduna State said that the UK government had the penchant of treating Nigeria with comtempt, wondering what her benefits were as a member of commonwealth. He called for the review of Nigeria’s membership to which the presiding officer and Deputy Speaker, Hon. Idris Wase took exceptions to, asking him to stay on the prayers of the motion. “I rise to support this motion. This issue of banning Nigerians from entering the United kingdom which did not even originate...UK has always treated Nigerian with maximum contempt. Nigerians is an important country in the commonwealth. Let’s review our membership of commonwealth. I don’t know the benefits we derive from it. At least, we deserve some respect”, he said. Also speaking, Hon. Aminu Sulieman from Kano State took a swipe at the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC for hurriedly announcing the presence of Omicron in Nigeria within 24 hours, saying the outbreak or the new variant needed to be thorough examined to know the required data. “We should have done internal assessment. When this variant called Omicron came in Nigeria, our officials rose up to announce less than 24 hours as if they were waiting for the disease to emerge. This Omicron was announced by NCDC.

2023 : APC stakeholders endorse Namdas for Adamawa guber From Umar Dankano,Yola

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ome Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa state have unanimously endorsed the gubernatorial aspiration of Hon.

Abdulrazak Namdas, member representing Ganye, Toungo, Li as Jada and Mayo-belwa federal constituency. Rising from a meeting in Yola, weekend, the stakeholders who tagged themselves as “the

immediate past officials of the party” from 21 local government areas in the state resolved to work assiduously towards realising Namdas gubernatorial ambition come 2023 elections. Spokesman of the group, Hon.

Mohammed Mayas, former Assistant Publicity Secretary of APC expressed gratitude to the stakeholders for turning up to the meeting despite short notice, noting that the ruling party is determined to wrestle power from PDP in the state.


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PEOPLES DAILY, WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2021

NEWS By Christiana Ekpa

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he House of Representatives on Tuesday mandated its Committees on Woman Affairs, Human Rights and Police Affairs to invite stakeholders to investigate the allegations of the unwillingness of the Nigeria Police Force to initiate an investigation into the death of Keren– Happuch Aondodoo Akpagher. This was just as the House asked the Nigeria Police Force to carry out DNA test, recover spermatozoa and test Premiere Academy staff to identify anyone liable and bring him to justice. Peoples Daily reports that Keren– Happuch, a 14–year old SS1 boarding student of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, was raped and eventually died on 22 June 2021 from medical complications as a result of rape. Adopting a motion sponsored by Hon. Mark Gbillah equally mandated the Committees to probe allegations of harassment and threat to the life of Keren’s family and the leader of an

CIPMN to embarks on documentation of ill fated projects By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he Charactered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria(CIPMN), said the council will be embarking on documentation of ill-fated projects at all levels in Nigeria. “This independent exercise shall be undertaken by our Institute without relying on the existing reports by either the governments and other corporate entities.” The Chairman and President of CIPMN Dr. Victoria Okoronkwo made the disclosure at a press briefing to marked the institute first annual generally meeting, themed: “Abandoned and Substandard Project in Nigeria,” yesterday in Abuja. Okoronkwo stated that the survey “will help CIPMN to stamp our authority on any figure we shall be putting out to the general public.” She said those ill-fated projects are actually factored by enumeration,substandard materials abandoned building and collapsed existing projects. She pointed out that, those projects are not monitored by qualified certified professional project managers. “Our institute is making ascertain degrees of commitment in ensuring that negligence of project by owners, government is addressed. This in turn will assist policy makers to deliver better project and better related polices in the nation”, she said. She explained that “it has become very imperative and safe to identify, recognized and accept professional project managers in Nigeria. “With the incessant unfortunate experiences such as building collapse, improper accountability for resources allocated to project and non-professional project managers availability, all owners involved in such crimes are to be held accountable when such ugly incidents occur. The era of unwarranted impunity in project management practices is gradually phasing out with a better and brighter hope for us in Nigeria, using the instrumentality of the Chartered Institute of Project Managers methodlogy.

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Reps probe NPF unwillingness to investigate Keren’s death •Ask Police to test DNA, Spermatozoa of Premiere Academy male Staffs NGO and his family. The Committees are to also probe previous cases of sexual harassment at Premiere Academy Abuja, other incidents of Violence against Women in Nigeria and probable lapses by other relevant agencies handling the incident and report back within six weeks for further legislative action. Gbillah while moving the motion, noted that Keren was reported to have taken ill on 16 June 2021, without adequate medical care by Premiere Academy, until the mother took her to a hospital in Wuse Zone 6 Abuja on 19 June 2021 where she eventually died three days later. He recalled that the Medical

examination before her death revealed a condom lodged in her private part which had a milky effusion with the presence of dead spermatozoa within the fluid which had caused an infection that developed into sepsis. The Lawmaker expressed concerns at the unwillingness of Premiere Academy to uncover the truth behind Keren’s death and the management media denial of previous cases of sexual harassment of students in the institution contrary to documentary evidence. He further expressed concerns at the lack of proactive and thorough investigation by the Nigeria

Police Force even after formal correspondence to the police by the deceased family’s lawyers Gbillah said, “Disturbed that while the world recently observed the United Nations International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November 2021 with the theme “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now! which marked the launch of the 16–day campaign “Unite to End Violence against Women” from 25 November 2021 to 10 December 2021, Nigerian Authorities do not appear to recognize its obligation to adopt and implement appropriate measures to ensure women and

girls are protected from all forms of violence including rape and sexual harassment considering the nation’s ratification of several Domestic, Regional And International Protocols and Charters on Women’s rights, ending Violence against Women and other Human rights laws including Section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which guarantees that no Nigerian shall be subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment.” Adopting the motion, the lawmakers observed a minute of silence in honour of Keren–Happuch and other victims of violence against women in Nigeria.

Paris club refund: Courts adjourns $418m States bank account suit to Dec13 By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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ustice Inyang Ekwo of the federal high court, yesterday, adjourned to December 13, for continuation of hearing in a suit instituted by 36 states against the federal government. The States, by the suit, is challenging the bid by the federal government to deduct a sum of 418 million dollars from their bank account. The sum is planned to be deducted by government through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation to pay contractors who worked for the state government in the Paris club refund. At the resumption of proceeding, Monday, Counsel to the states, Jibrin Okutepa SAN, moved a motion for regularisation and for substituted

service. In a bench ruling, Justice Inyang Ekwo, granted the motion to regularize processes filed out of time, as well as granted permission for substituted service on some of the defendants who have allegedly refused to accept court processes/ papers. Also, some of the defendants made efforts to argue their motions praying the court to discharge the order of interim order granted in favour of the states against the deduction of the money by the federal government. Counsel to two of the defendants Chief Woke Olanipekun SAN and Olusola oke SAN, through oral applications for the court to discharge the order of injunction. In their submissions, they premised on the strength of the

practice direction of the court, which enshrined that the order of injunction ought to last for 14days. The FG Counsel posited that after expiration of the 14 days, the injunction should be deemed as expired and no longer in existence. However, counsel to the states , Okutepa read out the order in the open court and submitted that until the motion for interlocutory injunction is decided, the interim order shall be in force and bidding on all parties. Reacting, Justice Ekwo cautioned parties in the matter to thread softly, adding that the matter will be diligently determined. Meantime, the matter is adjourned to December 13 for the court to attend to all pending applications and ordered that fresh hearing notice must be served on

the parties. Speaking shortly after the proceeding, Onyeka Nwokolo who stood for Ned Nwoko and Linas International Ltd, expressed displeasure over the the way and manner the Paris club refund was being politicized and used to blackmail some of the defendants. According to him, the states legitimately on their own volution, issued power of attorney to some of the defendants to pursue the Paris club refund on their behalf. This is with a condition that 10 percent of the recovered money will be paid, insisting that the powered of attorney is binding on the parties. Nwokolo urged the Plaintiffs to be honorable in implementing the contractual terms rather than foot dragging. L-R: Council Member of Chartered Institute of Project Managers of Nigeria (CIPMN) Representing South East, Art. Godwin Okoronkwo, Chairman/ President of CIPMN, Dr. Victoria Okoronkwo, Vice President (North) ICPMN, Dr. Jamilu Isa ‘Yankwashi and Council Member representing North Central, Bishop Eman Onoja, during the institute World press conference on abandoned and substandard projects in Nigeria/her annual general meeting, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Buhari seeks passage of 2021 Finance Bill

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resident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja transmitted the 2021 Finance Bill to the Senate for consideration and passage. Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, read the letter on the floor of the Upper Chamber during Tuesday’s plenary. The letter was entitled `Transmission of Finance Bill 2021 to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law in support of the 2022 Budget’. The letter reads: “Pursuant to Sections 58 and 59 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, I formally request that the

Finance Bill 2021 be considered by the Senate for passage into law. “The Finance Bill 2021 seeks to support the implementation of the 2022 Federal Budget of Economic Growth and Sustainability by proposing key reforms to specific taxation, customs, excise, fiscal and other relevant laws.” According to the President, specifically, the Bill provides for enhanced domestic revenue mobilisation efforts to increase tax and non-tax revenues. Buhari further seeks “tax administration and legislative drafting

reforms particularly to support the ongoing automation reforms by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)”. He also seeks to accelerate international taxation reforms to enhance the taxation of non-resident individuals and companies that nevertheless, derive profits from Nigeria. According to him, the Bill also seeks to implement financial sector reforms to support ongoing capital market reforms relating to securities lending transactions, real estate investment unit trust schemes and

insurance companies’ recapitalization.. He also seeks “to priotise critical public financial management reforms regarding the FIRS vital role in coordinating tax administration’’. He also desires “the enforcement of key fiscal rules under the 1999 Constitution, Finance, Control and Management Act and other relevant laws. “I trust that this Bill will be favourably considered by the National Assembly for passage into law so that it may provide fiscal support necessary for the implementation of the 2022 Federal Budget”, Buhari said. (NAN)


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Nigeria-Venezuela mull direct Air links to foster trade relations

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mb. Oludare Awoniyi, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has said that both countries are in talks to establish direct Air link to foster trade relations between Africa and South America. Awoniyi made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Caracas. He noted that presently, it takes an exhausting 40 hours of travel across both continents for a journey that should take only eight hours. The Ambassador said that the Air link will not only be beneficial to Nigeria and Venezuela, but also other countries of Africa, South America and the world in general. He said both countries would serve as transit hub for travellers, thereby, boosting their economies. “Right now, we have to travel about 40 hours to get here through Turkish Airlines and we are thinking of the possibilities of linking Nigeria with Venezuela direct. “Caracas to Lagos, Abuja and maybe a city like Maracaibo here so that we have two stops in Nigeria and two stops in Venezuela to bring our people closer. “The distance is particularly important because the air travel does not necessarily in itself generate much income for nations, but it does generate the links to do business. “You can now ship and link goods and products after meetings and agreements. You can now use ships to move goods in mass because airlines cannot meet the quantities. “But that ability to quickly go and come helps businesses. For example, if we have direct links we will be flying to Nigeria in eight hours because of the equatorial winds. “And if you can travel fifteen hours to and fro, it means that technically, you can live in Lagos, come to Caracas, visit a factory or a farm, do your agreement and fly back, then the business itself will continue. “It is easier for Nigeria to get in a different direction now because they can get it faster there, but if we get an air link, it will strengthen the relationship more,” Awoniyi said. The envoy said that Nigeria and Venezuela have good bilateral relations which could be further strengthened by establishing an air link. He said that the bilateral relations improved radically when late President Hugo Chavez visited Nigeria twice and the then President, Olusegun Obasanjo also visited twice. “There were also visits by Venezuela’s Vice President and Ministers. “We have very good relations with them and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here is interested in fostering the relationship with Nigeria. “President Nicolas Maduro has expressed the desire to strengthen relations with Nigeria and improve what we have. “We have a lot of MoUs and agreements pending their implementation. We have twentyfive of them, ten have been signed, fifteen are been reviewed. (NAN)

Secondus removal: S/Court orders substituted service on PDP, others By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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he Supreme Court, yesterday, ordered that all processes relating to the appeal filed by the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, challenging his removal from office, be served on all the defendants by substituted means. Specifically, Secondus,

through his Counsel, Chief Oba Maduabuchi, SAN, sought the leave of the court to order the notice of Appeal and other processes to be pasted on the walls of the head office of the party at Wadata House, Abuja. In the ruling, a five-member panel of Justices of the court, led by Justice Mohammed Musa Dattijo, granted the exparte application as prayed. In the substantive appeal,

Secondus is challenging his removal from office before the expiration of his his four years tenure. Justice Dattijo had fixed December 7 for hearing of all pending applicants in respect of the matter. It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt had on October 26 dismissed an application challenging the suspension

of;Secondus from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Mentioned as defendants in the appeal are Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex, Dennis Nna Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen, Umezurike Onuoha, Godwin Pepple Manfred, PDP, Senator Suleiman Nazif, Hon Solomon Ejike Ogbonna, Hon Uche Emmanuel Minukwa and Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyawu.

District Governor, Rotary Club, District 9125 Nigeria, Ayo Oyedokwu (4th left); President, Rotary Club of Jos, Rotarian Jude Onwuduwe (5th left); with other Rotary Club members, during the presentation of Wheel Chairs to the physical challenge persons to mark the 50th Golden Jubilee celebration of Rotary Club of Jos, in Jos on Tuesday,

Anyim, Buratai, others for TheNigerian News awards By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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ormer Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim and former Chief of Army Staff, His Execelleny, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai (rtd) are among distinguished Nigerians nominated for awards by London-based group, TheNigerian News. Senator Anyim, also a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, will be conferred with an award of excellence as “Grand Icon of Democracy”. Ambassador Buratai, meanwhile, will be recognised as the “Grand Icon of Patriotism in Africa”. The award ceremony,

scheduled for NAF Conference Centre Abuja, on December 16th, is part of activities to mark the company’s fifth anniversary. According to a press statement signed by Ms Bridget Agada, secretary of the award planning committee, Senator Anyim epitomises the average hardworking Nigerian who believes in the country’s peace, unity and progress. She said the former Senate President is a symbol of democracy who is highly revered in the mould of other great Patriots like Sir Ahmadu Bello of blessed memory, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Agada further revealed that

Ambassador Buratai is celebrated for his “patriotic devotion to duty which continued to manifest through the timely defeat of the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria”. She added that his fearless fight against “terrorism across the African continent, initiating and domesticating numerous reforms and innovations have placed the Nigerian Army as one of the most powerful forces in Africa”. The event will be chaired by the Honourable Minister of Special Duties and InterGovernmental Affairs, Senator (Dr) George Akume while His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero

is the Royal Father of the Day. Ten other distinguished Nigerians will be recognised on that day including His Excellencies, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State as well as the MD/ CEO of FunmiAyinke Nigeria Limited, Engr Funmi Ayinke. Others are Brig Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, the Director-General, National Youth Service Corps, Mr Yusuf Bichi, the DirectorGeneral of the Department of State Services, the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev Yakubu Pam, Director-General of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) among others.

Buhari felicitates with President Barrow of The Gambia on re-election

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has sent warm felicitations to President Adama Barrow of The Gambia over his re-election for a second term of five years.

The President congratulates the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for dutifully handling the electoral process, while commending the Gambians for their high sense of

civility, maturity and patriotism. President Buhari assures President Barrow and all Gambians of Nigeria’s commitment and partnership as they collectively work

on making the country better and stronger for posterity, according to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adrsina.


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resident Muhammadu Buhari has said that the health care challenges being experienced by African countries owing to poor or noni existent facilities has been further worsened by significant brain drain in the continent. Speaking Tuesday in Abuja at the virtual groundbreaking ceremony of African Medical Centre of Excellence, a landmark hospital project that is expected to significantly transform the healthcare sector in the West African sub-region, the President said the challenges faced in the health sector require collective will, partnership and more resources, especially in tackling brain drain. Buhari said the rising cases of non-communicable diseases in Africa are well established, adding that, “Cardiovascular ailments, cancers and haematological disorders have increasingly become matters of concern to public health cares. These ailments are now the highest contributors to non-communicable disease mortalities, representing more than 81% of all NCD deaths in West Africa.” “The World Health Organization projects that deaths on the African continent attributable to cancer and diabetes are expected to rise over the next 10 years. The rising NCD burden coupled with inadequate medical infrastructure on the continent threatens the future of our people. Right now, many hospitals in the West African region are underfunded, underequipped, understaffed and relatively inaccessible to most patients especially from rural areas. “Inasmuch as this represents an opportunity for investment in African healthcare, it has not necessarily translated into increased investment activity in this most pressing area that requires intervention. This problem is further exacerbated by the significant brain drain experienced by the continent. The flight of doctors and nurses to other continents has resulted in a significant gap between the required treatments for NCDs and the available treatments and care. “The above challenges combine to create a regional health market with poor access to critical services and low perception of quality of care available,’’ the President noted. The President emphasized that stronger partnership with the private sector will help in improving health facilities and access in the country, adding that a nation needs a healthy population to prosper. The health project (AMCE) is being implemented by African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) in partnership with the Federal Government, Kings College Hospital, London, University of Winsconsin Teaching Hospital, USA and Christies Hospital, Manchester. “It is my pleasure to preside over the groundbreaking ceremony of the Africa Medical Center of Excellence, Abuja, Nigeria. Today represents more than just the groundbreaking

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Brain drain worsening Africa’s heath care crisis -Buhari ceremony for a landmark hospital project that will significantly transform the healthcare sector in West Africa. “Today also demonstrates the commitment of the Nigerian Government and Afreximbank to the wellbeing of the African people, and the recognition that the wealth of a nation rests squarely on the health of its population,” he said. According to the President, in addition to providing comprehensive care across the three critical care areas, the AMCE will offer educational services to develop talent and establish itself as a world-class research centre, in partnership with global institutions such as Kings College Hospital and Christies Hospital in the United Kingdom. “The success of the AMCE will pave the way for future investments and partnerships in the sector while raising the

local standard of healthcare and providing a blueprint for quality of services required to address Nigeria’s and Africa’s healthcare and economic challenges. “The AMCE represents a return to fundamentals, and the understanding that there is no African development agenda without able-bodied Africans to execute our vision of transformation,” he said. President Buhari thanked the management of Afreximbank, a Pan-African multilateral trade finance institution created in 1993 under the auspices of the African Development Bank, and all the partners for their commitment to Africa, and for the actionoriented approach to resolving the challenges that the continent faces on its path to development. He said the AMCE will provide world class medical services at par with the world’s best hospitals. “The AMCE, a 500-bed

specialist facility, will provide services in the areas of oncology, cardiology, and haematology and will seek to address the significant shortage of clinical care options in the West African sub-region. “The AMCE demonstrates that Afreximbank is not only Africa’s trade finance partner, but its development partner. “I also would like to commend the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Foreign Affairs, Federal Capital Territory and Health for their tireless support to ensuring this project comes to life. This was truly a team effort,’’ the President added. In his remarks, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said all hands are on deck, with the Inter-ministerial Committee working to ensure that the project is actualized in a way that is beneficial to all parties. The Minister said a strong emphasis will be placed on

maintenance and sustainability of the AMCE. The President of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah said the ceremony was “one step towards self-reliance for Africa’s health care delivery,” as the project will pool world-class technology and global talents, particularly the African diaspora, to provide a full spectrum of quality medical services in oncology, haematology, cardiology, and general healthcare services. Oramah noted that the 500bed and estimated 300 million US dollar-AMCE was conceived to promote intra-African medical tourism and reduce the outflow of over 7 billion US dollars annually in out-bound medical tourism. He added that the vision for AMCE was borne out of a personal experience he encountered following his recovery from a potentially life-threatening blood disorder.

Idoma cultural group performing at the Second Edition of the Nigeria Cultural Show at Nigeria House in New York on Monday.

Dowen College: Reps ask IGP to takeover investigation ...wants 5 accused students placed on no fly list By Christiana Ekpa

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ouse of Representatives, Tuesday, mandated the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba to assume the investigation and prosecution and ensure that justice is duly served in the death of 12 years old Sylvester Oromoni Jr, who was hitherto the student of Dowen college in the Lekki, Lagos State. The House also demanded the placement of the 5 students allegedly involved in the matter on no fly list. The House while expressing worry over many case of inhuman treatment and abuses boarding schools across the country, also mandated its safety standards and education committee to conduct a review of safety regulation and guidelines in schools. The House resolutions followed the consideration of a motion presented by Hon. Unyime Idem at the plenary.

Presenting the motion, Idem said urged the federal government to a national campaign to curb the ugly incidences of abuse in schools. He said, “Why there’s no way to make broad conclusion as to whether boarding school are good or bad, some recent development in Nigeria have triggered public outcry as many share their experiences, notes that the social media has been agog in the past few days following the report on Sylvester Oromoni, a 12 years old boy who recently passed away on 27th November 2021, while nursing multiple internal injuries alleged to have been sustained after he was beaten by his fellow students, who were bullying him at a boarding school. The parents of the deceased said he was attacked for declining to join what he termed as a secondary school cult group, dominated by older boys in Dowen College Lekki Lagos. “Another incident leading to

the death of 14 year old Karen Happuch of premier academy Lugbe Abuja on 22nd June, is one that left many heartbroken as parents narrated how she was sexually assaulted and later died as a result of a condom left in her private part, six months later there’s still no news of a suspect being arrested. An analyst who spoke on the trending issue said bullying is a major pandemic in Nigeria school today. Social organizations have attacked the ministries of women affairs and education over their silence and complacency on the several incidences of killings and abnormal behaviors in our boarding schools across the country. Described their inaction as disappointing. “These children we are representing are our constituents. I want to also use this opportunity to call on ministry of education to rise to this challenge. They cannot allow private schools to run the way they like. There

should be proper guidance on their operations. They should commence proper monitoring of private schools”. Contributing to the debate, Hon. Babajide Obanikoro from Lagos State noted that late Sylvester Oromoni was his constituent. He asked that the the 5 students alleged involved in the matter be placed on no fly list, while the school remained shutdown pending the conclusion of investigations. “There are five students involved and all of them are a flight threats, their names should be placed on no fly list and that school as shutdown by Lagos state should remain shut down until the school is cleared of all allegations”, he said. Adopting the motion, the House told its Committees on Education, youth development and women affairs and social development to follow up with the investigation and report back within two weeks for further legislative action.


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Buhari hails Lai Muhammed at 70

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has warmly felicitated with the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed on his 70th birthday, joining family and friends to celebrate with the devoted public servant. According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari congratulated the minister on the milestone, heralded by many years of diligent service to the country, working as a lawyer and businessman, before getting into politics where he served as Chief of Staff in Lagos State, and National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC). “As a party stalwart, President Buhari notes the sacrifices and contributions of the minister in raising a formidable information machinery that went a long way in bringing change in the country. “The President believes Mohammed works assiduously to create understanding and enhance the image of the country by bridging the gaps in information, commending his ingenuity, resilience and emotional intelligence. “President Buhari joins members of Federal Executive Council, All Progressives Congress and the media industry in wishing the Minister of Information good health, strength and longer life,” the statement said.

AUN software engineering student creates financial transaction “Zinger wallet” From Umar Dankano,Yola

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final-year student, Mr.David Edijala of the Software Engineering department at the American University of Nigeria, Yola in Adamawa state has invented an innovative new payment platform “Zinger Wallet”to ease financial transactions. Disclosing the development in an exclusive interview with Peoples Daily in Yola weekend,Edijala said the app was created to tackle teething problems militating against payment methods in the country, especially with cash, bank transfers and Point Of Sale (POS) machines. Edijala explained that his invented App (Zinger Wallet) allows businesses to receive payments in a reliable, quick and cheap manner, while providing easy management of staff, departments and customers.

I’m impressed with progress Belarus has made, says Buhari By Egena Sunday Ode

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igeria will collaborate with the Republic of Belarus for the mutual benefit of both countries, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari spoke Tuesday at State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience Gen. Victor Sheiman, Special Envoy

of President Alexandar Lukashenko of Belarus. After listening to the presentation of the visitor, President Buhari said: “I’m impressed with the progress you have made as a country. We can benefit a lot from your experiences. I’ve taken note of your capacities, and we will contact you for areas we can collaborate, and work together, especially in agriculture. We have the land, the people, you have the technology, and you will surely hear

from us,” the statement said. Gen. Sheiman had commended President Buhari for working “for the benefit of Nigerian people,” noting that it was exactly what President Lukashenko was doing in Belarus. He added: “We are a stable and friendly country, trying to be self-sufficient in many areas. We can offer a lot of opportunities to Nigerians. We will love to cooperate in industry, agriculture, petroleum, refineries, education, joint trading,

transport, building of oil and gas pipelines, manufacturing of tyres, tractors, defense equipment, and several others.” The Special Envoy said his country was fully sufficient in agriculture, and sells surplus food products worth up to $7 billion yearly. He added that Belarus was ready to cooperate with Nigeria in mechanized agriculture, and can also help in the fight against terrorism.

Director General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Sir Joseph Ari (R), briefing newsmen on the achievement of the organization, during the Correspondent Media Forum with him the Chairman of Correspondent Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, Plateau Council, Mr Gyang Bere in Jos, yesterday.

AfDB urges intellectual property waiver for COVID-19 vaccine production in Africa

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he African development Bank (AfDB) has tasked African nations to immediately commence the production of COVID-19 Vaccines as a move towards attaining herd immunity and creating jobs. Prof. Kevin Urama, a Chief Economist and Vice President of the Bank, said in an interview with the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Africa needs to push for intellectual property waivers to begin reproduction of existing vaccines. Speaking on the sidelines of the just concluded Africa Economic Summit which held in a hybrid format, Urama said that Africa must step up to the rest of the World so that it is not left behind. He added that the only way out of the pandemic was to find vaccines that are accessible to everyone and affordable by everyone. He stressed that universal access to vaccines is fundamental, especially as the pandemic continues with several mutations being witnessed.

“In terms of immediate options on how we can do it, we need to push for waivers in intellectual property rights over things that are already produced, to allow for reproduction of those vaccines in other countries. “African governments need to encourage franchising: we don’t have to do it ourselves, but we need to create the policy environment that will allow the companies that own those vaccines Astrazenica, Pfizer, and the rest of them to establish plants in Africa and produce those vaccines in Africa. “This will not only solve the health challenges but it will also create jobs, boost income, boost domestic revenue – everything that industrialization will do,” he said. He said that Africa should not hesitate in investing in vaccine production, pointing out that apart from holding over 25 per cent of the World’s bio diversity, Africans were involved in developing the current vaccines being used. He added that the continent

also had trained scientists and as such challenged the nations to scale up their efforts. “Africa needs to invest in smart Health Infrastructure, Africa needs to invest in producing the vaccines and Africa can do it and there are several innovative policies that can allow us to do more,” he said. The AfDB VP also pointed the continent to its potent traditional medicines which he noted were used many years ago to cure all kinds of sicknesses. He said that Africa can utilize modern scientific knowledge to find the Active ingredients that were doing the miracles. “In Addition, we also need to look into our traditional medicine options: all those herbs that our forefathers had been using to cure diseases, can’t we bring our modern scientific knowledge to try and find what those active ingredients are that were doing those miracles. “Then we will be able to formalise them or even do as some countries have been

doing: create rights or patents or licenses for people to produce those medical solutions and scale them. “Should the African development bank be backing it: Yes! “The African Development Bank is working with its board of directors and management to think around how to develop its strategy for investing in smart health infrastructure on the continent,” he said. Urama stressed that it was an area that needed the support of everyone, adding that the pandemic should have taught Africa a vital lesson that sometimes, live in a pandemic, money cannot get you the best healthcare in the world. He said that the lessons learnt should spur Africa to develop its own health infrastructures. “So the need for investing in smart health infrastructure is huge. But this is not to think of health as we used to think of it that health is for only when you get sick,” he added. (NAN)

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charge of retention of proceeds of crime. A statement by the EFCC on Tuesday said Daniel’s journey to prison started following intelligence on his alleged internet-related fraud activities, including recruiting young men into cybercrime. Upon receipt of the Intelligence, according to the

Commission, the convict was arrested at his residence. The statement added that a Mercedes Benz GLK, two laptops, a printer and an IPhone 12 were recovered from him during the arrest. The convict pleaded guilty to the one count charge when it was read to him. In view of his plea, the

prosecution counsel asked the court to convict him accordingly. Consequently, Justice Liman convicted the defendant and sentenced him one year imprisonment with option of N1, 000,000 (One Million Naira) fine. The court ordered the forfeiture of item recovered from him to the Federal Government.

‘Yahoo Boy’ sentenced to one year in prison for N6m fraud in Kano

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ano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday, secured the conviction of one Daniel Uche Orji before Justice A.M Liman of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano on one count amended


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NDLEA unveils National Drug Control Master Plan, pledges effective implementation

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he Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, on Monday in Abuja, unveiled the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) targeted at tackling drug trafficking and abuse in the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the five-year plan which would run from 20212025, was produced with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), civil society organisations and other key stakeholders. It was a major update of the three previous national plans, which were largely not fully implemented. Marwa, represented by the NDLEA Secretary, Mr Shadrach Haruna, said that the plan would address the drug problems in the country and its associated consequences. He explained that the master plan was built on four major pillars to address the drug issues in a comprehensive, balanced,

human rights-focused and genderresponsive manner. The four pillars include Drug Supply and Demand Reduction, Access to Controlled Medicines for Medical and Scientific Purposes as well as Governance and Coordination. “All these addresses the drug issues in a comprehensive, balanced, human rights-focused and gender-responsive manner. “Aside from its functionality, NDCMP 2021-2025 is symbolic of the continuity and advancement in the effort of the Nigerian government to address the evolving drug situation. “It is the outcome of two years of coordinated, collaborative and multi-agency efforts comprising experts from all the relevant Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies,(MDAs) as well as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) “An effective campaign against the production, trafficking and abuse of illicit substances requires a result-oriented, proactive

and all-encompassing Modus Operandi that is consistent with globally acceptable practices and standards, ” he said. The NDLEA boss said that NDCMP 2021-2025 provided the needed flip concerning strategic direction, effective prioritisation, collaboration and inclusiveness of all relevant partners and stakeholders. He said “I wish to unequivocally state that I do not doubt that the mechanisms, methodologies and strategic outlines of NDCMP 2021–2015 would help. “When they are implemented, we would substantially win the war against abuse and trafficking of controlled drugs and illicit substances. “Also, with the expected active support and collaboration of all stakeholders, we would, in addition to drastically reducing the drug scourge, also effectively mitigate the harm caused by the abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs.

“Our ultimate objective is to promote the health, security and wellbeing of all living in Nigeria, ” he said. Marwa said that the document was the roadmap to achieving those goals, adding that the NDCMP 2021-2025 was the steering wheel for all the drug control campaigns currently going on in the country. He said that the document not only addressed germane issues, but also filled the identified gaps in the ongoing responses. Speaking, the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who launched the document, said that it was central to Nigeria’s approach to tackling the menace of drug abuse. Malami, who was represented by Mr Biodun Aikhomu, said that the present administration was committed to decisively deal with the problem of drug abuse in the country. The Country Representative of UNODC, Mr Oliver Stolpe,

APC Chairmanship: Group appeals to Niger APC to support Sen. Musa

From left: Former Gov. Donald Duke of Cross River, Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi and the Country Head, Public Affairs, Lafarge Nigeria Plc, Mr Aliyu Maa’yi, during a courtesy call by the former Governor and the Lafarge team to the Vice-Chancellor in Calabar on Monday (7/12/21).

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ppeal has been made to the Niger state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) to support the aspiration of Senator Mohammed Sani Musa to be the next National chairman of the party. The Chairman Advisory Council Committee to the Senator, Alhaji Babasule Bisalla made the appeal when the state chairman of the APC, Hon. Zakari Jikantoro received them during a courtesy visit at the party secretariat in Minna. He said considering the pedigree and achievements of Senator Mohammed Sani Musa in the last one year in the National Assembly, he deserved the party leadership for unity, peace and all inclusiveness to propel the APC to greater heights.

hoped that the master plan would have more impact than its predecessors. Stolpe expressed confidence in the leadership of the NDLEA as well as the agency’s partners in tackling the problem of drug abuse. The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, said that the country’s future was imperiled except the growing menace of drug abuse was checked. Dare said that the launch of the master plan was of serious significance in the battle against the devastating effects of drug abuse. Also, the Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, expressed worry over the growing drug addiction among women and girls. Tallen said that it was a dangerous trend that should be halted, “as the country cannot make any progress except the problem of drugs abuse is addressed”. (NAN)

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centenarian activist, High Chief Josephine Ezeanyaeche, charged the nation’s leaders to ensure that Nigeria remained one indivisible nation, amid persistent calls from some quarters for the country to disintegrate. Ezeanyaeche, who is 102 years and known popularly as “Mama Africa”, gave the charge when she visited the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday. Ezeanyaeche, who is also the founder of the advocacy

group, Voice of Senior Citizens of Nigeria, said she had embarked on advocacy visits to media houses to advocate peace and unity for Nigeria, which is Africa’s biggest nation. According to her, the visit is part of an ongoing campaign by her group to sensitize the populace on the plights of senior citizens, including women and children. She said that the visit was also aimed at strengthening efforts being made by the Federal

Government to ensure unity and prevent unnecessary rancour in the country. The activist said that her desire as a centenarian was to see government uniting citizens to work for the greatness of Nigeria as Giant of Africa, saying that Nigeria was expected to show example and inspiring leadership in Africa. Commending Anambra indigenes and President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent peaceful election in

Anambra State, the centenarian expressed her optimism that the 2023 elections would also be free, fair and credible like what obtained in Anambra. “INEC has done well and has shown commitment, good leadership and ability to handle the 2023 general elections. “ My desire is to see Nigeria uniting her citizens in corporate governance so as to lead Africa to achieve unity, progress and development in all areas of human endeavor.’’ NAN)

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he African Public Relations Association (APRA) on Tuesday condemned the travel ban placed on Nigeria and other African countries over the latest variant of COVID-19, Omnicron. APRA made the condemnation in a statement jointly signed by Yomi Badejo-Okusanya, Robyn D’ Villiers, and Jane Gitau, the association’s President, Vice President and Secretary General, respectively. APRA said that the current

discriminatory travel ban against Africa by Europe and Canada at the outbreak of the Omicron variant of Covid 19 virus was uncalled for because Africa had the lowest infection and mortality rates. “The current ban, which started with South Africa and now extended to 13 other countries, is completely illogical, considering that China, the United States and Germany are the leading COVID-19 territories. “APRA aligns itself completely with

the position of Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank, on the unfair, unjust and ridiculous tarring of Africa. “What is happening is nothing short of travel apartheid which will hurt African economies, further endanger lives and threaten livelihoods,” the association said. According to APRA, if the world is looking for a COVID scapegoat, Africa is the least qualified candidate because, as scientific findings show, the continent is

still the safest place to be. “This might not be pleasing to the more developed economies of the world, but it is the truth. “At a time that Europe and America are entering the winter season with fears that COVID-19 casualties will increase significantly, it is laughable that Africa is being singled out for a ban. “African Union need to speak up now, African leaders must rise up in defence of their continent. (NAN)


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he Executive Secretary of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, has disclosed that a total of 1147 communities across the country will benefit from special intervention projects under the School Base Management Committee (SBMC). He made this known during the National flag off of (Southern phase) of the 2019 School Base Management

SBMC: 1147 communities to benefit from UBEC special projects -Bobboyi Committee-School Improvement Programme held recently in Calabar. This was contained in a statement by Head Public Relations and Protocol, Mr David Apeh. The statement quoted Bobboyi as saying SBMC is a mechanism for increased community participation in education development. The Executive Secretary said the flag off activities were crucial to successful project implementation, which are deliberately executed with a view to enhancing project implementers capacity to plan,

supervise and deliver on each project components as provided in the MOU. “I am glad to announce for 2019 SBMC-SIP 1147 communities will benefit from the projects, ranging from special grant of five million each to macro and micro grant of two million and three fifty thousand respectively.” he said. According to him, it was also important to note that the stakeholders in the aforementioned 1,147 schools and communities have committed themselves not less than 10 per cent of the Universal Basic

Education (UBE) contribution as counterpart funding for the smooth implementation of all the designated 2019 project. The Executive Secretary noted that all the Southern states have a total of 527 SBMC-SIP projects in the 2019 funding arrangement, adding that 31 of these projects are in special case category, 170 micro projects and 340 in the micro category. Declaring the programme open, the Governor of Cross River state Ben Ayade, charged UBEC management to find a way to work towards

addressing the failures of the present generation. He called for the complete overhauling of the Nations education system, stressing that the rots in the school today could be removed if all hands were on deck, the conscience of the school pupils will be taken care of. Governor Ben Ayade also advocated for the retraining of teachers “people with good education listen to their conscience, equality and good conscience of education starts with the mind”, he said.

Northern Surveyors forum gets new officials

Again, Uzodinma meets Buhari in Aso Rock, seeks help to curtail insecurity

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orthern Surveyors Forum has elected new executives to pilot the affairs of the union for the next two years with Dr Isa Funtuwa Abdulkadir as its new chairman. The election was conducted during 2021 annual general meeting of the forum held at manpower development institute Dutse. In his acceptance speech the new chairman of the forum promised to work with other stakeholders to enhance the profession in Northern Nigeria. Dr Funtua also called on the association members to be more proactive in assisting the young professional graduate to register with the body for effective guidance in practice.

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or the umpteenth time, Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma, yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja to seek help on how to contain the growing insecurity in his state. According to the governor who spoke with newsmen after a closed door meeting with the President, the recent jail break occasioned by the invasion of Custodial facility has compounded the security situation in Imo. Recall that the Correction Centre in Owerri, Imo State capital was recently invaded by gunmen leading to the escape of about 1,863 people in custody. Uzodinma lamented that the uncanny development has led to increase in robbery and other

criminal activities in the state. He said he had come to ask for the support of the President for redeployment of more security personnel in the state as well as funding so that the fast approaching Yuletide would be peaceful in the state. He said: “Prominent among the issues is the increasing insecurity in the Southeast. I know that despite the activities of the bandits and unknown gunmen, recall that the correctional facility in Owerri was broken into and over 1, 836 inmates were released. Since that time they’ve been on rampage, committing all sorts of crimes; kidnapping, robbery and other sorts of crimes in the state and there is need for us to really clean up the state because you know that this period of Christmas is so important to our people and we want to ensure that those coming home to spend their Christmas will have a conducive

atmosphere to enjoy their Christmas and then celebrate the season. “Yes, we asked for support with additional man power and also I asked for some kind of funding to support the security situation in Imo State and Mr. President graciously approved.” On the recent Anambra governorship election of which he was chairman of campaign committee, and the threats of litigation by his party’s candidate, Senator Andy Ubah, the Imo governor said that the national leadership of the party and its candidate, Dr. Andy Ubah, are to decide whether or not the declaration of Prof. Charles Soludo as the winner of the election will be challenged in court. Accordingly, he said the fact that the president had already congratulated Soludo will have no bearing on the decision. According to him, the president

From left: Former District Secretary, Rotary Club, District 9125 Nigeria, Santos Larab; President, Rotary Club of Jos, Rotn. Jude Onwuduwe; representative of the Governor of Plateau, Dan Manjang; former District Governor, Rotary Club, District 9125 Nigeria, Chief Williams Adjekughele; District Governor, Rotary Club, District 9125 Nigeria, Ayo Oyedokwu and former President of Rotary Club of Jos, Sarah Rotshak, during the 50th Golden Jubilee celebration of Rotary Club of Jos, in Jos on Tuesday (7/12/21),

FG charged to encourage public servants on integrity By Abubakar Yunusa, Abuja

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he Country Director of Accountability Lab, Odeh Friday, has charged the federal government to encourage public servants on displaying integrity. He added that integrity across sectors of the public remained the foundation to the nation’s development. According to him,”as many of us know, the lack of accountability within the Nigerian Public Service has broken the trust of the citizens and increased the inefficiency in the system. From the security sector to education, health, and the justice system, we clearly see a system that is inefficient.

congratulated the candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as the father of the nation as well as because he was the one declared winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He also rejected assertions that the ruling party may not be voted back to power because of the prevailing economic and security situations in the country. According to him, many people are joining the party as Nigerians are happy that President Buhari is performing well. “The mood of the country is that the president is doing very well and the mood of the country is that APC given the peculiarly of the times when insecurity has taken over the globe, where Covid-19 has ravaged every place in the world from one variant to another variant, yet we are able to come out from recession,” he declared.

NALDA to establish vegetable market to prevent post-harvest loss

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rince Paul Ikonne, Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Lands Development Authority, (NALDA), says plans are being made to establish market for vegetables to prevent postharvest losses. Ikonne, in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja, said the market was necessary following the perishable nature of vegetables. He said that the market would be furnished with state of the art facility for farmers to store their vegetables

“Having provided us with the enabling environment, NALDA will provide farmers with ‘NALDA’s Market’ for vegetable and with a land. That project will be completed before the end of February 2022. “NALDA will also site the first Integrated Farm Estate in Gombe State. We enjoin you to also make yourself available as we lay the foundation by the end of this month. “We want to thank Gov. Muhammad Yahaya of Gombe for the commitment towards achieving President

Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of ensuring food security, engaging youths and reducing unemployment”, he said. The executive secretary appreciated relevant stakeholders for their partnership and called on other states to collaborate with the Federal Government for the benefit of the people and the entire country. “Your excellency, I urge you to continue to create the enabling environment for federal projects and support for NALDA cannot go unnoticed.

”We position ourselves to support the President’s vision of lifting millions of people out of poverty and engage them in the entire agriculture production value chain. “And NALDA will engage more youths among farmers if you provide more land as an agric-friendly governor,” he said. Yahaya commended NALDA for the project and promised to support all the agency’s ongoing projects as they would benefit Gombe people and boost agriculture.(NAN)


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NaSAEP honours Education Minister, SA, Barr. Aigbefoh

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he leadership of the National Skills Acquisition and Empowerment Programme (NaSAEP) has honoured the Minister of State for Education, Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Special Adviser to the Minister on project implementation, Dr Otunba Adewale Adenaike as well as the Vice Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) of Gwagwalada Branch, Barr. Ebosetale David Aigbefoh with merit awards for their selfless services to humanities. Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Dr Otunba Adewale Adenaike and Barr. Aigbefoh were honoured among other dignitaries during a one-day symposium organized by the leadership of NaSAEP at the podium of the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja. In his remark at the symposium, the Executive Director of NaSAEP, Dr George Korede Martins, said the awards were bestowed on the personalities based on their outstanding contributions in the society. Also speaking at the occasion, the Special Adviser to the Minister of State for Education on projects implementation, Dr Otunba Adewale Adenaike who represented the minister said the awards bestowed on him and the Honourable Minister was a challenge for them to do better. Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba said his administration would continue to focus on the vocational education of the students to enable them to be self-reliant. In his speech at the event, the Vice Chairman of NBA, Gwagwalada Branch, Barr. Ebosetale David Aigbefoh said: “I am committed to support the advocate for proper Child Education in Nigeria which is believe to solve various insecurity challenges”.

L-R: Member Senate Committee on ICT and Cyber Crime, Sen. Ezenwa Onyebuchi, Chairman, Senate Committee on ICT and Cybercrime Sen. Yakubu Oseni, Representative of the Senate President, Sen. Hassan Adeja, representing of the Nigeria Computer Society, Engr. Hauwa Yahaya and the General Manager ICT , Nigerian Airspace Management Agency,, Hajia Oiza Onusi, at the opening of the 2021 International Legislative- Stakeholders conference on Digital Technology and Cybersecurity, theme; ‘The Digital Theatre and the Future of Nigeria’, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

NCC sensitizes journalists on 5G deployment in Kano

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he Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has organized a capacity building workshop for journalists in Kano state on 5G deployment. Speaking at the opening of the workshop, held at Grand Central Hotel yesterday, the Executive Vice/CEO of NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta described media as indispensable towards the success of the 5G deployment in Nigeria. According to him, the theme of the workshop is “5G Deployment and the Next Level of Nigeria’s Development.’’ is most apt at a time when the Commission is on full throttle to drive the implementation of the deployment of 5G, otherwise

called the Fifth Generation Network, in the country following the approval of the Federal Government on September 8, 2021. Represented by Ikechukwu Adinde, Director Public Affairs of the NCC, the CEO said, “as we progress in our journey of 5G deployment, the media has a critical role in the process by ensuring proper and adequate reportage of the programmes and activities of the Commission as it unfolds the 5G plan. “From the programme, I can glean that the workshop will feature topics around 5G to equip you with greater insights and knowledge in order to improve your overall understanding of this very important new technology, its usage, opportunities and benefits it offers for the overall development of our socioeconomic life,” Danbatta said.

He stated that Nigeria’s promising 5G Plan has the objectives of ensuring efficient assignment of spectrum for 5G deployment, creating an enabling environment for investment in the telecom industry, ensuring effective deployment of 5G to cover major urban cities by 2025, among others. The CEO disclosed that on December 1, 2021, the Commission announced that at the close of the bid submission date of November 29, 2021, three companies, namely MTN Nigeria, Mafab Communications Ltd and Airtel Networks Ltd had successfully submitted their bids in line with the requirements of the IM. He announced that Friday, December 10, the Commission will carry out the Mock Auction of the 5G in preparation for the Main Auction, which will take place on

Monday, December 13, 2021 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Prof. Danbatta also announced that it is expected that the two slots to be auctioned will be picked up by successful bidders at the end of the auction on Monday, December 13, and following that, the stage will be set for the next phase of 5G roll-out commencing in 2022. He thanked the media for the continuous support to the Commission through effective and unbiased reportage of our regulatory activities, programmes and events. “We are, therefore, committed to continuing to explore avenues to strengthen and expand the frontiers of our partnership in this regard in order to serve the greater interests of our teeming stakeholders in the telecoms industry, particularly the telecom consumers,” he said.

Yoruba social club celebrates 15years anniversary, appeals for N15million By Usman Shuaibu

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he leadership of Bomo Deoku Social Club Zuba, Gwagwalada Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday celebrated fifteen years’ anniversary as the club appealed for N 15million to build its hall in the area. Speaking to Peoples Daily correspondent during the

celebration of the anniversary in Zuba, the patron of the club, Dr Wasiu Tunwase, who is also the Otunba of Yoruba community in the FCT, urged the leadership of the club to continue to handle the club diligently. Tunwase said he would continue to support the club 100% in order to achieve its goals for the members. He noted that despite the

challenges faced by the club the leadership of the club had done a lot of things, and prayed for the executives to get more money to build the hall. He, explained that the executives, as well as the members of the social club, are always ready to take advice from the elders that will move the club to the next level. The Bomo Deoku Social

Club Patron, therefore, used the occasion to call on the entire Yoruba in the FCT to live as one indivisible entity for the sake of togetherness. When asked to comment on the 2022 FCT Area councils’ elections, Otunba charged the Yoruba to vote for credible candidates who would take them to the promised land.

Equal participation of persons with disabilities necessary- Rights Commission By Albert Akota

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he National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has enjoined public and private sectors to ensure full implementation of and adherence to legal framework and policies put in place to promote accessibility and equal participation of persons with disabilities.

The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Tony Ojukwu. who stated this in commemoration of the 2021 International Day of Persons with Disabilities which comes up on 3rd of December yearly, stated that the celebration brings to the fore, the challenges faced by persons with special needs. The Commission noted that to enhance the enjoyment of human rights as provided

in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, their must be end to discrimination against Persons with Disabilities (Prohibition) Act 2018 as well as other human rights instruments. “This year’s theme which focuses on “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world” is

geared towards promoting the importance of inclusion and accessibility in every sphere”, Ojukwu added. The NHRC boss opined that for persons with disabilities to function effectively in the post COVID-19 world, deliberate efforts ought to be made by stakeholders to ensure equal space in decision making, politics, sports, leadership, ICT, etc.


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NANS honour COREN Registrar with icon cynosure societal award

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he Registrar of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN),Engr Joseph Odigure, has bagged Icon Cynosure Societal award by National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS). Receiving the award yesterday at the COREN headquarters in Abuja,Prof Odigure said he was surprised and honoured to receive the award. He said, “We are all working for the good of the nation that is why COREN as an engineering regulation body is bringing new programmes and ideas that will help our youths”. He explained that, among those programmes is the outcome based learning evaluators that will serve as creditors to universities, polytechnics and technical schools. The Registrar said “It was very troublesome and worrisome to see numbers of engineering graduates looking for jobs after attending various tertiary institutions. “We are also disturbed by the statistics when we find that about 62,000 are registered engineers, while we are having 5,000 technicians and the lower cadre less than thousands. “It speaks of how we are not meeting up with what is required to train our youths. Moreover, in any organization or country,it is the lower rank that make the economy. If this people are neglected, it means the educational standard will be faulty”,Engr. Odigure said. He pointed out reasons why the council is reintroducing the out come based educational learning in engineering. He emphasized that COREN looked deep down and picked the mode by which the South East people developed their youth by apprenticeship method of serving 3 to 4years. “This mode of education is largely ignored and we have so many laboratories in institutions. Now we trained people in our tertiary institutions. This methods we imbibe has to do with character, skills and knowledge for students to learn”. Meanwhile, he urged NANS to spread the gospel that students should learn skills in institutions. Earlier, NANS President Abdul Mahmud, said the awardee was chosen carefully because of his outstanding records and contributions to the engineering sector and various institutions in country. Mahmud represented by NANs Zone B, Coordinator, Jeremiah Ohimeh stated that, “This award comes with a lot more responsibility and a call to do more. What you have been doing has distinguished you out of the crowd.”

Construction of First African Medical Centre of Excellence Commences in Abuja

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resident Muhammadu Buhari and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) yesterday conducted the formal ground breaking for the construction of the African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE) on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria. The Centre aimed to provide world class healthcare across the continent in long-term partnership with King’s College Hospital, London (KCH), the official clinical partner for the AMCE. Also, commissioning of the Centre is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2024. The AMCE will offer a full spectrum of medical services (diagnostics, in-patient and outpatient) in oncology, hematology, cardiology and general healthcare services (including trauma and emergency services), as well as other essential services including academic, residential, hospitality and retail. President Muhammadu Buhari, who commissioned the project virtually, said, “The rising non communicable disease (NCD) burden in Africa is well established and undeniable.

Coupled with inadequate medical infrastructure on the continent, it makes for a lethal combination that threatens the future of our people.” The problem according to him, is further exacerbated by the significant brain drain experienced by the continent, “with our best brightest in the medical profession being attracted to career opportunities abroad resulting in a significant gap between the required treatments for NCDs and the available treatments. “The Government of Nigeria has partnered with Afreximbank to develop the African Medical Centre of Excellence in Abuja, which will provide world class medical services at par with the world’s most prestigious hospitals, thus restoring trust in the local health system. The success of the AMCE will pave the way for future investments and partnerships in the sector while raising the local standard of healthcare and providing a blueprint for quality of services required to address Nigeria and Africa’s healthcare and economic challenges simultaneously.” He said the initiative is supported by the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to meet the African Union’s (AU)

healthcare goals and objectives under the “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want”. The initiative forms a key part of Afreximbank’s Health and Medical Tourism Program (HMTPP) which comprises the Construction and Medical Tourism Relay Facility (CONMED) designed to promote the development of state-of-the-art medical infrastructure in Africa. Also speaking, Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Afreximbank, said, “The African Medical Centre for Excellence construction comes at an inflection point, as the continent rises from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. With lessons learnt from the continent’s fight to curb the virus, the AMCE will be a key player for Africa in fighting the next pandemic. As a training, educational, medical and research facility, medical and research professionals from across the continent will be able to meet, exchange ideas and support Africa to implement its health agenda and provide quality healthcare, which would be accessible and affordable to all Africans. Partnering with King’s College Hospital, the Christie Hospital Manchester, the Federal

Government of Nigeria and the African Union’s Africa CDC, the Centre of Excellence is expected to reduce the outflow of patients from the continent and ensures that capacity is built locally to provide medical specialties on the continent. Eventually, and through the successes and learnings of the Abuja AMCE, we envision and plan to replicate the project across other African countries with the aim of increasing medical know-how and access to all.” Sir Hugh Taylor, Chairman of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “At King’s we have a long history of providing specialist healthcare locally, nationally and internationally. We are proud to be extending our clinical expertise in services such as haematology and cardiology to benefit the people of Nigeria, and Africa more generally.” On his part, Prof. Anil Dhawan, Executive Medical Director of King’s Commercial Services said: “We are delighted to expand our overseas footprint of healthcare facilities in Nigeria, our first project in Africa, to provide the best care to the people of the continent. L-R: Ona of Abaji and Chairman FCT council of Traditional Rulers, HRH. Alh. Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa, Founder ABiodun Essiet Initiative, Mrs Abiodun Essiet, President, Association of FCT wives of Traditional Rulers , Mrs Hauwa Ibrahim Adamu and the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdullahi Candido, during the meeting of the Traditional Rulers wives to promote the rights of the original habitants in FCT, organised by the women Association in conjunction with Abiodun Essiet Initiative, held on Monday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

New EHORECON guidelines will strengthen practice -Registrar By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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nvironmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) has developed four guidelines aimed at strengthen the practices of environmental health in the country. The Registrar of EHORECON, Dr. Baba Mohammed made the disclosure at the opening of a two days workshop on stakeholders critique meeting on the development of guidelines

for disinfection of microbial (COVID-19) clinical impacted surface in Nigeria, yesterday in Abuja . Dr.Mohammed said that the meeting was very necessary and critical to identify the practices of environmental health professionals. He said the guideline was apt and timely. “Firstly, the development of the guidelines for premises inspection and sanitary inspectors majorly is to inspect premises, through identifying the issues and

problems in those houses. “Also, it was to check toilet facilities in the premises and the processes of certification of the premises”. He explained that “Environmental Health Officers will use modern methods for certification habitation continuously”. The EHORECON boss pointed out how critical the guidelines for operation of public health,pest and vector control was. “The guidelines for vector control will be explicit, given

the new technology that will be used step by step by the Environmental Officer in local government, to reduce the numbers of vectors that are of medical importance”. Also speaking,Prof. Agwu Amadi, of Federal University of Technology Owerri, said without proper guidelines in any profession it cannot be effective. “But with a proper guideline delivery, it will be effective. More environmental practitioners should be recruited in every community in Nigeria.”

commenced the training of 25 youths on Solar Power Installation and Maintenance. State Coordinator, Alhaji Abdulmalik Liman Abubakar

disclosed this in an interview after the official flag off of the programme in Minna. He said solar is one of the cheapest source of energy and a solution to climate

change. He urged beneficiaries to take the training with all seriousness to be equipped with the prerequisites knowledge.

NDE trains 25 unemployed on renewable energy in Niger From Yakubu Minna

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Letter to the Editor

EDITORIAL

Fallout of the recent Ballon d’Or awards

When Ramaphosa came calling

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resident Muhammadu Buhari and visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa met Wednesday, last week, in Abuja over a range of bilateral and multilateral issues. They agreed on some and diverged on some. Buhari, for one, urged a stronger emphasis on people-to-people relations between South Africa and Nigeria to evolve a bond that “will be of benefit to both countries and the African continent.” He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to improving a “special relationship’’ with South Africa, which would translate into gains for the continent, particularly in education, science, trade and investment, tourism and security.

beyond being a vehicle for mutual learning and understanding by our youth, it will also foster the kindred spirit of humanity towards others as prescribed in the great South African traditional philosophy of Ubuntu. That would lay a solid foundation for the realization of the Africa that we want.” On his part, President Ramaphosa, thanked the leaders of Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Senegal for expressing their dissatisfaction with the travel ban imposed on South Africa and sister neighbouring countries in the aftermath of the discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variant by South African scientists. He described the imposition of the ban by some western countries as “arbitrary, discriminatory, unscientific and unproductive” in the long run.

At the opening of the 10th session of Nigeria-South Africa Bi-National Commission (BNC) held in his office, President Buhari said “some of the challenges “President Buhari, the solidarity identified during the last Bi-National expressed by yourself and the Government of Commission (BNC) have not been completely Nigeria sends the strongest message. It says addressed. We need to ensure that as African countries we that our people-to-people are standing united against relations are enhanced to the imposition of arbitrary a point where there would and discriminatory be no need for unhealthy restrictions that are not competition. In this regard, only unscientific but we need improvement in counterproductive in the educational and scientific The resulting damage long run.” He added that cooperation, mines and Omicron variant is an of this travel ban to the energy resources, transport extension of the global and aviation, tourism, youth the economies of the pandemic and overcoming exchange programmes, trade it requires collaboration. and investment and military countries affected will cooperation, to mention but be considerable and “The resulting damage a few.” of this travel ban to the long-lasting. So I want economies of the countries President Buhari told to use this opportunity affected will be considerable ministers and government and long-lasting. So I want to tell the countries to use this opportunity to delegates of both countries that a strong bond of that have imposed this tell the countries that have brotherhood between Nigeria imposed this ban to reverse and South Africa would be ban to reverse their their decisions whether of great benefit to Africa are the northern, more decisions whether they as a catalyst for economic, developed economies or in technological, social and they are the northern, other parts of our continent cultural development and or elsewhere,” he said. more developed as a force for peace and security on the continent. economies or in other During the visit, the two “Let me at this point reiterate countries added 2 MoUs to my commitment to ensure parts of our continent or the 32 existing before. The that the special relationship ones were on youth elsewhere,” he said. new between our two countries is development and audio continually strengthened,’’ he visual cooperation as well added. a programme of cooperation on arts and cultures. Good as these MoUs are because President Buhari said it was fulfilling they indicate the strength of the relations that despite all the challenges posed by between the two countries, they are useless the COVID-19 pandemic, the BNC was still if they stay as paper work. As President holding on schedule. “It is gratifying to Buhari said, “We need to ensure that our observe that this has been brought about by people-to-people relations are enhanced the dogged commitment of senior officials to a point where there would be no need from our countries. More importantly, it is for unhealthy competition. In this regard, gratifying to note that despite the pandemic, we need improvement in educational and our timelines for implementing some scientific cooperation, mines and energy decisions of the 9th BNC have been met. resources, transport and aviation, tourism, Similarly, discussions are ongoing on new youth exchange programmes, trade and and important areas of cooperation between investment and military cooperation, to our two countries.” mention but a few.”

He added, “Our two countries have established high-level official communication channels for diplomatic consultations, trade and investment, and will, shortly, inaugurate the Nigeria – South Africa Youth Dialogue. I am confident that these vehicles of engagement and cooperation will serve our mutual interests. I hope that

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he wisdom of former American freestyle wrestler and coach, Dan Gable defined Gold medals as “awards not really made of gold, but of sweat, determination, and a hardto-find alloy called guts” On Monday, November 29, 2021 Lionel Messi characteristically set up another global record, thus maintaining his steady upward trajectory in raising the bar in the round leather game, when he bagged for the 7th time, the astral Ballon d’Or. Ballon d’Or (French for; “Golden Ball”) is an annual football award presented by French news magazine -- “France Football” that is one of the oldest and generally regarded as the most prestigious individual award for football players. It has been awarded since 1956, although between 2010 and 2015, an agreement was made with FIFA, and the award was temporarily merged with the FIFA World Player of the Year (founded in 1991) and known as the FIFA Ballon d’Or. However, the partnership ended in 2016, and the award reverted to the Ballon d’Or, while FIFA also reverted to its own separate annual award The Best FIFA Men’s Player. For almost two decades, the struggle for the award has been predominantly a twohorse race between Cristiano Ronaldo and the diminutive Argentine ace player -- Messi. Within those prolonged years of sharing the award exclusively between themselves, critics and fans were sharply divided along club/player choice sentiments between the two. Ever since, the world, especially diaspora African fans have endured rife, drawing comparison between the two. A comparison that generates unhealthy rivalry among them. Personally, I jettisoned such route for according to a popular Indian mystic and godman, Rajneesh more commonly called Osho: “Nobody is superior, nobody is inferior and nobody is equal either. People are simply unique, incomparable, you are you and I am I” Messi is Messi, unique and different. C.Ronaldo is C.Ronaldo, unique in his own talent and pattern of play as well. Both have humanitarian attributes. Yet people keeps digging a dungeon of dichotomy between then in malicious envy. But this years edition threw up unusual multi-directional reactions, fanned by strange extrinsic factors. It was for the first time fans were polarized in a novel bilateral paradigm with Ronaldo replaced by Polish prolific striker -- Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munichen in the dormant equation of who deserved the award more. But how African fans of the game reacted to the whole episode, in both conventional and social media will form the fulcrum of this piece. While the ‘politics’ of who takes home the coveted prize raged across Europe and South America, back home, typical Nigerian fans were busy playing the race card, alleging (from the abode of emotions) that Messi is FIFA’s adopted son but giving him this year’s award over Lewandowski would be a grave injustice. The conspiracy theory is that it was a white-dominated exercise. But they forgot that Lewandowski is a European, and Messi South American. If racism played a role in the choice, it would have favoured Lewandowski more, because FIFA remains a European controlled global body. This is not to derobe FIFA of its alleged corruption garb, but people should learn not see shadows where none exists. Football may be a team effort, but the Ballon d’Or spotlights exceptional players from the previous campaign. Messi’s detractors complain as if he voted himself to victory. The Ballon d’or has its own procedures and set rules on how the best player in all the categories emerge. Messi is not incharge of any of these. How come the criticism? Why all the negative comments? Lewandowski came into the contest with number of goals he scored at club levels only. Messi came in with everything (goals scored and trophy won at both national and club levels); and all-rounder, a complete baller! The initial shortlist consisting of 30 names in contention for the Ballon d’Or is assembled by the editorial team at France Football, a French weekly football publication that is one of the most respected publications within the game.

Following the compilation of the 30-man shortlist, a jury of journalists representing a variety of footballing nations is put together, and they will then be given the task of voting for the players they deem worthy of first, second and third place. After the jury has been selected, they will then choose their top five players from within the 30-man shortlist and then proceed to rank them based on descending order of merit. The rules and regulations that the jury will need to follow to choose and rank their top five selections are below: Individual and collective performances (winners) during the year. Player class (talent and fair play).Overall judgment of the player’s career. The top-ranking player from each journalist’s selection will receive six points, with the second-ranking player earning four points, then three, two and one going down from the rest of their top five picks. After each jury member has selected their top five players for the Ballon d’Or award, the total points are calculated and added, and the player to receive the most number of points will be awarded the top honour. In the event of a tie for first place, however, the players are determined by the number of times they are voted in first place. If the tie still stands, then the tie-breaker will consider the number of votes for second place, and then by the number of votes for third place. If the tie continues, then a new ballot is organised to select a winner between the tied players. If, after all of this, a winner is still unable to be named, then the France Football editorial director – as chairman of the jury – will be called upon to make an ultimate decision. In the season under review, Messi won CONCACAF with Argentina for the first time in his career. After all the trolls about his not winning anything with his country. He played that tournament with his life and won. In any FIFA award, percentage points from National team stands at 70% ,then club 30%. That was the areas the coaches and captains look up before voting. Lewandowski points at National team is not up to 15%. The only person who would have beaten Messi is Jorginho, but no much goals and assist to his credit as his country, Italy won Euro 2020. In another lame theory, some of our indigenous fans sold the argument that Edouard Mendy of Senegal and Chelsea was denied being named the best goalkeeper of the year because of his skin colour. Playing racial card has been the forte of many third world countries each time the performance of their contingents fall below standard in career-defining awards. As far back as 1858, following the U.S slave trade abolition law of January 1, 1808, slave trade was abolished by the same whites who engaged in it. And apartheid was put to an end in South Africa in 1990, when prominent ANC figures such as Nelson Mandela were released from prison. Apartheid legislation was repealed on 17 June 1991, leading to multiracial elections in April 1994. Yet, many centuries/decades later, blacks still live in the antiquated inferiority complex. Mendy’s record was inferior to Gianluigi Donnarumma’s in that while he has better stats at club level, Donnarumma was pivotal in Italy’s triumph at Euro 2020. Mendy doesn’t have such record with Senegal. Yet we kept alleging racism where there is none. The problem of being accused of racism, when the allegation is untrue, is increasingly being tested by South Africa’s legal system. Whoever has acted improperly in the matter – whether it be the person who actually acted in a racist manner, of the person who made the allegation maliciously to smear the other’s reputation, or where no reasonable grounds to found the allegation exist – must bear the consequences. Whites are not as discriminatory as we paint them. We’ve kept rating them from the prism of slave trade days, that we refused to see how in 1995, George Weah, won the award and the Whites never disputed it. Africa need to grow up above playing the race card for self-pity and showcasing image of victim by guilt-tripping the West. May daylight spare us! Jude Eze.Mobile: +2348062494912. ezejudeogechi@gmail.com


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OPINION

Inadvisability of failed gubernatorial aspirants to embark on wild goose chase to Agu Awka government house By Isaac Asabor

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t would also be recalled that on the heels of his victory that the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), described his victory at the Anambra State governorship election as the will of God. He said, “Let me say that with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the result of the 2021 Anambra governorship election, as declared by INEC, and this victory reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and the overwhelming sacred mandate of the people.” There is no denying the fact that the phrase, “Wild goose chase”, simply means a hopeless quest. The phrase is noted to be a plethora of Shakespearian phrases which was first recorded in Romeo and Juliet in 1592: The dialogue where it was mentioned was theatrically acted by Romeo, Shakespearian character in the book, Romeo. He was recorded to have said, “Switch and spurs, switch and spurs; or I’ll cry a match”. Responding to the foregoing, Mercutio, another character in the book replied, “Nay, if thy wits run the wild-goose chase, I have done, for thou hast more of the wild-goose in one of thy wits than, I am sure, I have in my whole five”. Interpretatively put, the use of “Wild goose chase” in any form of communication as it is being used in this context alludes to an undertaking which will probably prove to be fruitless. It is metaphorically used to explain how hard and unimaginable it is for someone to achieve anything that is more doomed to failure just exactly the same way it is for anyone to catch a wild goose by chasing after it. However, an etymological school of thought has it that an earlier meaning, different from the one drawn from Shakespearian context relates to horse racing. It posited that a “Wild goose chase” was a race in which horses followed a lead horse at a set distance, mimicking wild geese flying in formation. Without dwelling much on the etymology of the phrase, it is expedient to recall in this piece that “The 1978 film ‘The Wild Geese’ unarguably refers back to Irish mercenaries who ‘flew’ from Ireland to serve in various European armies in the 16th to 18th centuries. The plot of the film involved a group of mercenaries embarking on a near-impossible

mission. Of course, the near-impossible is no problem for action heroes and they caught their prey. Against the foregoing etymological analysis for ease of clarity, it is not an exaggeration to say that since Anambra State Governor-elect, Chukwuma Soludo, who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), won the gubernatorial election that was stiffly contested, and emerged victorious in 19 of the 21 local government areas of the state, that some candidates who contested on the platforms of other political parties registered for the election have been making moves to ensure that he (Soludo) does not occupy Agu Awka Government House come March 2022. Pondering over their surreptitious and mischievous moves since Soludo was announced to be the incoming governor in the state, I must confess that I have been obsessed with one of the experiences drawn from my Secondary School days that I wish is by now forgotten as it would always evoke sad memories. Anecdotally put, one of my classmates in those days was always seen by some envious and lazy students to have cheated in any examination he sat for even when he worked hard. I hope this is not the way the failed gubernatorial candidates that are running to the court to challenge Soludo’s victory are perceiving him? Against the backdrop of the needless contention over who is the winner in the bygone gubernatorial election; particularly as the victory package has already being sealed and delivered to Soludo, it is expedient to remind those candidates that still do not want to believe that they have lost in the election to remember the popular refrain in the Christendom which says “When God Says Yes, Nobody Can Say No!” “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us”, according 2 Corinthians 1:20. What a great promise of God we have today in 2 Corinthians 1:20. We see that for no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. To personalize the scripture in the name of Soludo, it is expedient to say that in Revelation 3:14, the Lord Jesus is called the “Amen.” We know that a promise is an oral or

written agreement to do or not to do something, and in the promise to Soludo concerning Anambra State, God assured him that He is dedicated to fulfil all His promises, by a Yes and Amen! The reason for the foregoing ecclesiastical perspective to strengthen this view cannot be farfetched as the phrase “God helps those who help themselves” is a motto that emphasizes the importance of self-initiative and agency. The expression is known around the world and is used to inspire people for self-help. The phrase originated in ancient Greece as “the Gods help those who help themselves” and may originally have been proverbial. It is illustrated by two of Aesop’s Fables and a similar sentiment is found in ancient Greek drama. Although it has been commonly attributed to Benjamin Franklin, the modern English wording appears earlier in Algernon Sidney’s work. The fable, no doubt, is strongly buttressed in Proverbs chapter 21 verse 31 which says, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD”. Against the foregoing backdrop, it is expedient to say that Soludo has for long prepared his horse for the battle before his traducers adjudged themselves to be qualified for the battle that was literarily fought on November 6, 2021. It would also be recalled that on the heels of his victory that the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), described his victory at the Anambra State governorship election as the will of God. He said, “Let me say that with utmost humility and gratitude to God, I accept the result of the 2021 Anambra governorship election, as declared by INEC, and this victory reflects the supreme will of the Almighty God and the overwhelming sacred mandate of the people.” Given the foregoing view, it is inadvisable for failed gubernatorial aspirants in the election to embark on wild goose chase to Agu Awka Government House. Rather, I suggest they should look for ways in which the winner can be supported for Anambra to be greater than it is. They should eschew from making it look as if it is a Door-die-affair. Isaac Asabor is a Public Affairs Analyst.

Introversion: Embracing silence in a noisy society By Labaran Yusuf

Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of doubt, and remain silent” – Napoleon Hill Ask a psychology professor, who is an introvert? And here are some of the replies you will come across: the child who immediately, when he comes home from school, escapes to the privacy of his room for time alone; the speaker who presents beautifully in front of a thousand people but who leaves a few minutes into the social hour because he says he can’t deal with large groups of people; the quiet student who always has a book in hand, commonly plays alone, and whose favorite place is the reading corner; the adult who is vocal and social in a small group of people but who becomes silent and withdrawn if she is made to work in a larger one; the adolescent with only one best friend who lives in another city or state and who is content with that situation; or the individual who when attending a conference or convention can only take so much socializing and hustle and has to retreat to the privacy of her hotel room to ‘re-center’ herself. According to Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D, a certified speaking professional, executive coach and author of Quiet Influence: They Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference. “At least half of people who speak for a living are introverted in nature,” This is because, as their focus is on the inner world, introverts understand the world through careful contemplation and prefer not to act or respond without thoughtful consideration. Also, Sophia Dembling, according to her book The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World, she said about introverts “You’re not shy; rather, you appreciate the joys of quiet. You’re not antisocial; instead, you enjoy recharging through time alone. You’re not unfriendly, but you do find more meaning in one-on-one connections than large gatherings.

Introverts aren’t simply shy people, although certainly many are shy. They also are not simply depressed individuals, although introverts just as extroverts can be depressed. And they aren’t all social outcasts, although it may appear this way to the extroverts who need that ongoing social contact to be healthy and happy. Introversion is not a pathological condition; it is not an abnormal response to the world. It is simply a personality trait found in a small percentage of the total population. Introverts are different from extroverts and this difference is very difficult for the extrovert to understand because they do not operate in that fashion. And because they do not understand it, many continually try to help the introvert become more social, more gregarious, more outgoing, and have more fun from the extrovert perspective. Such is the situation of the introvert, a minority in the regular population but a majority in the gifted population

Successful Nigerian introverts also include: Dr Mike Adenuga – a business tycoon with heavy investment in telecoms, banking, property, oil, among others; Aliko Dangote, a business magnate, ranked by Forbes as the 23rd richest person in the world and the richest man in Africa

(Gallagher, 1990; Hoehn & Birely, 1988). And that difference from the ‘norm’ is the reason this factor needs to be considered when developing educational programs and parenting strategies for gifted students. The introverted attitude is one of caution, reserve and reflection. For introverts, meaning comes from within and anchors their sense of reality. In contrast the extraverted attitude is one of immediate response, adaptability and involvement. Introverts characteristically pause before action, this pause, often called hesitation by others, gives them time to study and classify a new situation so the action taken will make sense in the long run. Many great people have been introverts – as Susan Cain, her herself an introvert, highlighted in her book Quiet Power: Growing Up as an Introvert in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, introverts that have enrich society include: J. K. Rowling (famous for her book: Harry Potter) , Isaac Newton , Albert Einstein , Mahatma Gandhi , Dr. Seuss , W. B. Yeats , Mack Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook.com), Steven Spielberg and Larr. Successful Nigerian introverts also include: Dr Mike Adenuga – a business tycoon with heavy investment in telecoms, banking, property, oil, among others; Aliko Dangote, a business magnate, ranked by Forbes as the 23rd richest person in the world and the richest man in Africa; Linda Ikeji (blogger at lindaikejisblog.com); Tuface Idibia (Nigerian musician), among others. At long last, you cannot magically “cure” a person’s introversion. And why would you want to? Introversion comes with many unique gifts. The society needs calm, more quiet, and more depth. Introverts are best people to provide all that and much more. Instead of trying to change them into extroverts, society should thank introverts for bringing balance to an exhaustingly extroverted society. Labaran Yusuf writes in from Jos, Plateau state.


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COMMENT

Solve electricity, Solve Nigeria’s primary economic issue By Belije Madu

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he creation story of old sets the scene in which the heavens and the earth were covered in darkness. Then there was light. Light was separated from darkness, because light was good. As the story goes, from the start, light was fundamental to the survival, growth and prosperity of man. A significant thread that would most certainly unravel, isolate and lay bare Nigeria’s problems, jump start unparalleled economic growth and ultimately lead to overall development, peace and simultaneous progress in all geo-political zones of Nigeria, is constant and sustained electricity availability. Achieving constant and sustainable electricity supply is one of the key elements required to actualise the peace and prosperity of the citizens of any nation. This is a fundamental requirement for advancement, security and progress of any country, including Nigeria. Energy is vital for economic growth, as production is a function of capital, labour and energy. Energy is required to power industrial processes and to produce goods, equipment and services in a vast majority of productive sectors, within an economy. Insufficient, unreliable or costly access to electricity has remained a binding constraint to business in Nigeria. Over the past two decades, the limited growth of Nigeria’s electricity supply industry, combined with the high cost of diesel and petrol generation, has crippled the growth of the country’s productive and commercial industries. Additionally, it has stifled the creation of jobs in this sector, adding to the burden of unemployment in a large and rapidly growing population. Residential, commercial, and industrial customers each account for the majority of the nation’s electricity use. The erratic and unpredictable nature of electricity supply has engendered a deep and bitter sense of frustration that is felt across the Nigeria and its urban centres. The Nigerian transportation sector currently does not use electricity for transportation, although this consumption could be introduced, as electric vehicles and trains are introduced. A report by Overseas Development Institute (ODI), states that half of all businesses in sub-Saharan Africa report the lack of reliable electricity as a major constraint. “Power outages cost African countries an estimated 1-2 percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) annually”. Energy’s key role in the economic growth process is highlighted by the positive correlation between energy use and economic growth. In all cases of sustainable development, studied by ODI, energy use is either the direct cause, or the facilitator of economic growth. It is estimated by the World Bank, that the total loss in GDP to Nigeria over the last 16 years, due to poor electricity supply, can be put at approximately N71 Trillion (US$470 Billion). The World Bank Group enterprise surveys, which examine a sample of an economy’s private sector, reveal that for data samples considered for 108 countries, access to electricity is the top constraint for businesses. Indeed, over 50 percent of the interviewed African businesses identify electricity provision as a major or severe constraint, while 45 percent and 38 percent of businesses identify access to finance and informality respectively, as their biggest constraint. Corruption and tax rates are also important concerns. Currently in Nigeria, electricity is a binding constraint for most sizes of businesses and commercial activities. How would constant and sustainable electricity supply ultimately result in overall growth, peace and simultaneous progress in all geo-political zones of Nigeria? While being

the common denominator for sustainable economic growth, improved electricity supply would simultaneously put money in the pockets of all Nigerians, since most Nigerians currently rely on self-generation that cost more than grid-supplied electricity, in terms of naira/kWhr. A review of the World Bank Data on Electric power consumption (kWhr per capita), for Nigeria and China, between 1971 and 2015, indicates that the widening gap between China and Nigeria in terms of economic growth could be strongly correlated to the widening gap for electric power consumption. In 1971, China had an electric power consumption of 151.98kWhr per capita, while Nigeria had 28.49 kWhr per capita. Of note, is that by 2013 China had aggressively grown its electric power consumption to 3,762.08 kWhr per capita, while Nigeria had marginally increased to 141.87 kWhr per capita. Currently, the Chinese economy is ranked the second biggest economy in the world, in terms of GDP. The direct effect of providing constant and sustainable electricity, will be that Nigerians are assured of having sufficient supply of electricity to their homes and places of work. The ample supply of electricity would stimulate the creation of additional jobs. First, the increased jobs would be created via the construction and operation of power plants across Nigeria, as well as the construction of facilities needed to supply fuel to these power plants. In addition, the infrastructure required to evacuate electricity from the power plants and distribute the electricity to Nigerians, would also have to be developed. During the construction stage of these facilities, thousands of additional jobs would be needed. The total number of construction jobs created across the electricity value chain would be significant, although they are likely to be of a short-term nature (lasting between three and five years), which is the period required to construct electricity generation, transmission and distribution facilities. Additionally, gas gathering and supply facilities, power plants, transmission lines and distribution facilities would need to be operated and maintained post-construction, creating additional jobs. These jobs would be of a longer-term nature, and would be higher-skilled, though typically, will be fewer in number. Electricity generation from renewable energy sources would also entail the setting up of Photovoltaic solar module manufacturing and assembly plants. The direct jobs will be drawn from all parts of Nigeria for skilled jobs and mainly from communities hosting the power plants, for semi-skilled jobs. The indirect effect will be that the provision of constant and sustainable electricity supply, will ensure the creation of indirect jobs within the Nigerian economy. These indirect jobs will be created by the suppliers of goods and services used in the construction and operation of power plants, transmission and distribution facilities. Typically, the construction of power plants will entail the supply of civil engineering materials, structural steel, power plant mechanical parts, electrical equipment, instrument and control materials. Also, the construction of transmission projects will entail the supply of structural steel, cables, civil engineering materials and transformers. In the case of thermal generation plants, this will include the suppliers of fuel, whether that is coal, oil, gas or biomass. Renewables projects typically create fewer indirect jobs. The induced effect will be that the provision of constant and sustainable electricity supply will, in addition, have an Induced effect on the Nigerian economy; the induced effect will come in form of efficiency of services due to increased productivity and increased material demand, created by consumers spending

their wages on local goods and services. As a result of the direct and indirect jobs created during the construction and operation phases, new consumers would be added to boost the economy. The second-order effect will be that the provision of constant and sustainable electricity supply will create secondorder economy-wide jobs and output arising from the use of the additional electricity supplied. Electricity generated by the additional power plants will have two effects; first, effects due to improved reliability of electricity and second, effects due to an increase in electricity supplied to the grid. The general effect on the Nigerian economy with the provision of constant and sustainable electricity supply of energy will include improved human development. The quality of life for residential customers residing in single-family houses and multi-family housing would be improved exponentially. The biggest single uses of electricity for residential customers are airconditioning, water heating, lighting, appliances and electronics. Electricity demand for residential customers tend to be highest on hot afternoons due to increased air conditioning use, followed by evenings, when lights are turned on. The general effect will include the commercial sector in Nigeria, including government and private offices, serviceproviding facilities and equipment, and other public and private organisations. The biggest single uses of electricity in the commercial sector are lighting, refrigeration, cooking, ventilation, and air conditioning. Electricity demand in the commercial sector tends to be highest during operating business hours and increasing substantially during nights and weekends. Additionally, the general effect will also include industrial customers, typically, facilities and equipment which use electricity for processing, producing, or assembling goods; including diverse industries, such as manufacturing, mining, agriculture, and construction would prosper with uninterrupted electricity supply. Overall, this sector uses more than a third of Nigeria’s electricity. Survey of manufacturing facilities, illustrates that more than half of the electricity used in manufacturing goes to powering various motors (machine drive). Other sizable uses include heating, cooling, and electro-chemical processes in which electricity is used to cause a chemical transformation (for example, the processes that produce aluminum metal and chlorine). Electricity use in the industrial sector tends not to fluctuate through the day or year as in the residential and commercial sectors, particularly for manufacturing facilities that operate around-the-clock. When the combined effect of all these effects outlined above are felt, due to constant and sustainable electricity supply, the economic growth of Nigeria and overall quality of life of Nigerian residential, commercial, and industrial customers will be dramatically improved. It is expected that this improvement will usher-in an era of unparalleled economic growth and ultimately lead to overall development, peace and simultaneous progress in all geo-political zones of Nigeria. I believe that part of the reason the then General Muhammadu Buhari was insistent on becoming the president of Nigeria, was the genuine desire to solve Nigeria’s economic problems. The government of President Muhammadu Buhari, can start the process of solving Nigeria’s problem, by first solving Nigeria’s electricity problem. We look forward to the day Nigeria’s electricity problem will be solved, so that our journey into sustainable economic prosperity can really commence. Belije Madu is an Abuja-based electricity consultant.

The need for national integration in Nigeria

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igeria today is faced with a lot of threats to national integration which calls for appreciate emergency reactions to control the situation for peace and stability to reign. National integration is the bond and togetherness between people irrespective of their creed,caste, religion or gender. It is the feeling of oneness, brotherhood and social unity under communities and society in a country. National integration keeps the country unified and strong from within despite the diversities. It plays a dynamic role in making the country as one. Nevertheless, Nigeria is Faced with issues, military against the national integration such as insecurity, violence arising from ethics nationalist agitation among others. The issue of “security” had assumed prominence in public consciousness and discussion. It has turned particularly to the surge of violence (street riots, killing, arson, and other violent acts against lives and property) in so many parts of Nigeria.

This is posing a serious threat to national integration. Thus, integrated entities that suffer from insecurity are likely to break as national integration calls for guaranteed social security (which is not in place). Further down down the note, is the issue of ethics, nationalist or separatist agitation with the fundamental assumption of securing a better life in a separate sovereign territory of the nationality agitation for such separate entity. Thus, agitation might be initiated by some concrete instance as to the saying that, there is no smoke without fire. Those agitation for that gave their own justification for it too. In that case, national integration could be a tool to be employed to address the situation. The national integration is of multitude benefits to the society at large. One of the benefits of national integration is that, it unites the minorities (which in any case should not be neglected) as well as giving them freedom to live their life in their way without any interference And this leads to the country’s development. It makes the environment to become more a better place

for all to live. The people of the country would have chance to develop themselves in all aspects. Even more importantly, is the capability of national integration to harmoniously bind multi-racial and multilingual country (which Nigeria happens to be a multilingual) which has people with diverse culture and tradition. The people will be living peaceful together and coming up with collectives opinion to move forward to nation politically and socio economically. Overall, national integration helps in keeping the stability of a country and adds up to its entire development. It supports to nurture communal harmony and fights casteism, regionalism and linguism. National integration improves the feeling of loyalty and fraternity towards the nation, It united the people in case of any national emergency. In this way, I qouted,”look at faces of people one gets the feeling there is a lot of work to be done.” Professor Wole Soyinka Abdulmumini Fatima Ummi writes in from Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger State.


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NCPC boss charges Christians to rise from slumber By Albert Akota

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hristians in Nigeria have been called upon to rise from their slumber and pick up their assignments and not kill their vision. The battle we face today is all about waging the “border war”. We shouldn’t be “ frustrated” but be able to rise and face the enemy at the border. “Challenges are but platforms that God uses to catapult us to greatness”. A statement issued recently by his Media Aide, Pam Ayuba said the NCPC boss made the call while preached during two separate church services at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, TCNN, Bukuru and the Assemblies of God Church Northern Nigeria, AGNN, GuraRiyom, Gyel, all in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. At the TCNN, Chapel, Rev Pam who was the guest speaker at the annual Thanksgiving service of the Seminary said Thanksgiving is a part of Christian life and believers should see this as a clarion call to thank God in all situations. According to the ES, who also doubles as the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Northern Nigeria and the FCT, Abuja challenged Christians to have hope, which he said, “without it, we can go nowhere”! Rev Pam who took his bible reading from Ist Thessalonians 5: 16-18 said apostle Paul who was addressing the people of Thessalonians at a perilous time told them to always rejoice, pray and thank God in every situation. He said the Thessalonian people were passing through persecution and the message of Paul was to encourage them not to despair but to see the resurrection of Jesus Christ as their only hope. “Hope is important to all believers. If we don’t have hope, we can’t go anywhere. “We need to have hope in our country, Nigeria. “The country, just like Thessalonica in the days of Paul, is passing through many challenges. All we need is hope! “There’s still hope in Nigeria. The number of refugees, notwithstanding, we are still managing the country with the hope that things will get better. “Hope is all about changing our conditions. Paul spoke to the Thessalonians about the hope that’s awaiting them on the last day. “I see hope returning to Nigeria. We shall conquer our enemies. No matter the condition we pass through as a people, we must have hope that our tomorrow shall be better than today”!

Northern youths must help govt overcome challenges - Almakura

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enator Tanko Almakura, representing Nasarwa South Senatorial District has called on the Northern youth to get involve in governance and help in efforts to overcome the current challengers facing the region.

This was made known during his address at the inauguration of the newly elected Speaker, principal Officers and Members the Third Northern Youths Assembly of Nigeria (NYAN) yesterday in Abuja. According to Almakura the capacity and viability of the north lies on the youths and members of

(NYAN). He said, “You cannot drive the political and economic activities of Northern Nigeria without the youths. ``I admonished you today, to take the lead in the conscientisation of the region to overcome the current challenges bedeviling the region.

``You need to participate actively in the affairs of the state so as to help the government in addressing all the issues that is causing set back to the region.” Almakura was represented at the event by the Director-General of his Campaign Organisation, Mr Dominic Alancha.

Country Secretary General, Commonwealth Society of Nigeria, Prince Musa Abubakar Abutu (middle) flanked by Professor May Nwoye of the Dept of Business Administration, Nile University of Nigeria Abuja (left) and the Director, Finance and Account , Dr. Mohammed Lawal (right), during the Unity Conference / Global Disability Innovation creative Hub GDI 2021, Theme: “ Nigeria A Peoples United and A Future Assured”, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

COREN begins evaluators training for OutcomeBased Education

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n order to produce graduates with the required skills to excel in the workplace, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), has began training programme for evaluators for the Outcome Based Education (OBE) system in Nigeria. The two days training workshop which took place yesterday at the Nigerian Turkish, Nile University Abuja,drawn stakeholders across the country . Speaking at the opening ceremony of the programme,the president COREN Engr . Ali Rabiu, said the workshop was to train and equip programme

evaluators of the OBE who would form COREN database for accreditation of Engineering programmes. Rabiu explained that,every aspect of the accreditation process have been streamlined to enhance the credibility of the evaluation. He said, “In Nigeria, accreditation is necessary for recognition of programmes and registration of engineering graduates as professional engineers. He emphasized that,the goal of the workshop is to train and equip programme evaluators of OBE who will form COREN database for accreditation of engineering programmes.

“Every aspect of the accreditation process has been streamlined to enhance the credibility of the evaluation. Contrary to earlier practice, there is no quantitative mechanism for final decision making. Therefore, programmes under accreditation must sustainably comply with the requirements in all areas of evaluation.” “Every action of the evaluators must be driven by responsibilities and conducts, according to the stipulated code of ethics for evaluation. Constituency amongst various accreditation team members in terms of evaluation and final recommendation must be maintained,”he said .

According to him, the COREN Outcome Based Education regional train the trainers workshop have been successfully held in three geopolitical zones, which includes; North West zone at Amadu Bello University, Zaria Kaduna (20th-24th of Sept 2021), South South zone at University of Benin, Edo State. 11th-15th of Oct 2021, and South East zone at University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC) (16th-20th Nov 2021). The president said the workshop was to train participants to acquire the knowledge and skills of OBE, “and be able to train others in the principles and implementation of OBE in Nigerian Universities.”

ALGON partners CSOs on promoting transparency, community engagement in Kaduna From:Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Association of Local Government of Nigeria ( ALGON) Kaduna state Chapter has promised to partner Local

Government Accountability Mechanism ( LGAM) to promote transparency, accountability, and community engagement in all the 23 LGAs of the state. ALGON Chairman in the state, Hon. Abubakar Buba, asserted this

when he received a team from LGAM who paid him an Advocacy visit at the Secretariat yesterday. The ALGON Chairman was applauded for being one of the leading champions of local government reforms and participatory governance

in Kaduna state. A recent pointer is the 2021/2022 budget town-hall meeting recently held in Lere local government and the close working relationship he has established with civil society in his local government under LGAM.


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he Southern and Middle Belt Alliance (SAMBA) has mounted pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly sign the 2021 Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law, saying Nigerians are apprehensive at the delay in signing the bill into law. The group, in a letter submitted to President Buhari dated December 6, and signed by SaMBA General Secretary, Marcel Ngogbehei, said the proposed amendment has addressed the issue raised in the amendment of the Electoral Bill passed by the eight National Assembly. The Alliance reminded the President of his pledge in January 2019, while inaugurating the APC presidential campaign council in Abuja, to leave a legacy of credible elections in Nigeria

Resign if you have political ambitions for 2023 – Ogun governor tells appointees

SaMBA urges Buhari to sign 2021 Electoral Act Amendment Bill •Says Nigerians apprehensive at delay in signing Bill and stated, “that this is the foundation of political stability and peace in any nation.” SaMBA urged all relevant stakeholders, particularly the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to continue to constructively engage the Nigerian people so that the lessons gleaned from the recent use of technology during the Anambra and Edo state elections are not lost and ensure that every Nigerian who has registered for the coming 2023 elections are able to retrieve their voters’ card seamlessly to avoid the incessant case of disenfranchisement of eligible voters. The letter titled “Re: Take Advantage of The Electoral Act Amendment Bill to strengthen our Democracy”, reads: “We the members of the Southern and Middle Belt Alliance (SaMBA) urge you to sign the 2021 Electoral Act

Amendment Bill into law. “We recall that on November 9, 2021, the House of Representatives and the Senate chambers passed into law amendments to the Electoral Act. “The most topical items of amendment included the adoption of direct primaries for internal political parties’ contestants and the use of technology in the conduct of general elections in Nigeria. “The need was also identified for the expansion of the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to develop guidelines as it deemed fit towards the deployment of technology during elections in Nigeria. “The President will recall that majority of Nigerians had described the 2021 amendments of the Electoral Act as one of the most progressive enactments

that Nigeria has had in a long time. This is also the view of the SaMBA, whose press statement dated 23rd September 2021, strongly urged the Senate to “redeem their battered image by adopting the House of Representatives’ version of Section 53(2) of the Bill” and not subject the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the approval of the National Communication Commission. “Nigerians are apprehensive at the delay in signing the Bill into law, seeing that the President had on three previous occasions declined assent to this Bill, for varied reasons - In March 2018, you believed that the proposed law could usurp the constitutional powers of INEC to decide on election matters; On another occasion you were concerned that the new electoral act would “create uncertainty and confusion” as Nigerians approached

the 2019 elections. “Fortunately, the proposed 2021 Amended Electoral Act, has addressed your fears, there should be no reason to delay your assent. This is more so as we recall that In January 2019, while inaugurating the APC presidential campaign council in Abuja, Mr. President, you expressed your desire to leave a legacy of credible elections in Nigeria. You stated that this is the foundation of political stability and peace in any nation. “SaMBA however, cautions that the passage of the 2021 amendment to the Electoral Act is only a journey and not the destination. We urge all stakeholders, especially INEC to continue to constructively engage the Nigerian people to ensure that the lessons gleaned from recent and remote deployment of technology during the Anambra and Edo state elections are not lost.

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olitical appointees in Ogun State have till January 31, 2022, to resign their appointments if they want to participate in the 2023 general elections. Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, said this became necessary so that they could pursue their political dreams. Recall that some top government functionaries in Abiodun’s cabinet are already aspiring to be Senators and House of Representatives members in 2023. A statement issued in Abeokuta on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said the directive had “become expedient to avoid observed distractions and loss of focus in the discharge of their responsibilities.” While noting that it is legitimate to have such ambitions, the Governor, however, said he would not tolerate any activity that could undermine the mission of his administration. “As an administration unwaveringly committed to delivering on its electoral promises, any activity that is capable of undermining the implementation of the Building Our Future Together Agenda of the Administration will not be tolerated,” Abiodun was quoted as saying. The governor counseled that “those who cannot wait till the appropriate time for 2023 electioneering process should take their leave to pursue their ambitions.” This, he said should be done “without constituting a clog in the wheel of the implementation of government programmes and activities.” The former Attorney General of Ogun State, Akingbolahan Adeniran and a former Speaker of the Ogun House of Assembly, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, who was a Consultant to Abiodun, had recently resigned their appointments.

Hon Micah Y. Jiba, House of Representative Member AMAC/ Bwari Federal Constituency teaching pupils mathematic at LEA Primary School Apo Duste, Garki-Abuja during inspection of construction of the two blocks of eight class rooms , recently in Apo Duste Community in Abuja. Photo-: Justin Imo-owo

Senate asks UK to remove Nigeria from COVID-19 red list

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he Nigerian Senate has condemned the United Kingdom’s inclusion of Nigeria in their COVID-19 red list without justification. The chamber, accordingly, called on the British authorities to consider removing Nigeria from the red list. It advised the UK government to be sensitive to the diplomatic relationship between both countries when taking decision that affect Nigerian citizens. The Senate urged the Federal Government to engage the British authorities to reverse Nigeria’s inclusion on the red list. It also charged the administration to remain firm in the enforcement of necessary protocols in the containment of every COVID-19 variant in Nigeria. It further called on major vaccines powers, namely, Britain, Canada, America, and the European Inion, among others, to take urgent and bold steps

to ensure vaccine equity in the interest of the entire human race. These were resolutions reached by the chamber following the consideration of a motion on the “Need for Government of the United Kingdom to remove Nigeria from COVID-19 Red List.” The motion was sponsored by Senator Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu West). Coming under order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Ekweremadu noted with satisfaction the efforts of the Government of Nigeria in the containment and treatment of COVID-19 cases. He said, “Nigeria is among the countries with the lowest cases of COVID-19.” “The decision by the British Government to include Nigeria in their COVID-19 list, with its concomitant implications, will affect many citizens of Nigeria, who had planned to spend their Christmas and New Year holiday with their families. “Also worried that Nigerians with genuine needs to visit the U.K

within this period will be denied visa and those with visa will not be allowed to enter the U.K.” The lawmaker noted that Nigerians have consistently complied with all the COVID-19 protocols required by the World Health Organization (WHO) and U.K Government for travelers prior to the ban. He emphasized that, “targeting African countries, especially in the COVID-19 travel ban, amounts to profiling and discrimination as well as an attack on our cordial diplomatic relationship with the U.K.” Ekweremadu drew the attention of the chamber to global concerns over vaccines hoarding and inequity and the resulting consequences on lowincome nations in the fight against COVID-19. In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said that the decision to include Nigeria on the UK COVID-19 red list poses a strain on the diplomatic relationship between both

countries. He bemoaned the poor treatment of Nigeria by the UK government. Lawan, therefore, called on the British Parliament to intervene with a view to having Nigeria removed from the country’s COVID-19 red list. “Let there be justification for it. We are not saying that they cannot put any country on the red list, including Nigeria, but there must be reasons for doing that. “[And] of course, Nigeria has done so well to the admiration of many countries in the area of containment of COVID-19. “Therefore, we don’t see any reason why Nigeria will be on that so called red list. “I believe that Nigerians deserve better treatment from the British government. “I’m using this opportunity to ask the British Parliament to mount pressure on their government to remove Nigeria from the so-called red list.”


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2022 Hundreds of APC members defect to PDP in Abia budget: Buhari H transmits finance bill 2021 to NASS By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Senate on Tuesday received the Finance Bill 2021, transmitted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly for consideration and passage. The request by the President seeking the passage of the bill into law was contained in a letter dated December 7, 2021, which accompanied the bill. Buhari in the letter explained that the request for the passage of the bill was made pursuant to the provisions of Sections 58 and 59 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). He explained that the Finance Bill, 2021, seeks to support the implementation of the 2022 Federal Budget of Economic Growth and Sustainability by proposing key reforms to specific taxation, customs, excise, fiscal and other relevant laws. He added that the bill provides for enhanced Domestic Revenue Mobilization efforts to increase tax and non-tax revenues; and ensure Tax Administration and Legislative Drafting Reforms, particularly to support the ongoing automation reforms by the Federal Inland Revenue Service. Buhari stated that upon passage, the bill would accelerate International Tax Reforms to enhance the taxation of non-resident individuals and companies that nevertheless derive profit from Nigeria; and implement Financial Sector Reforms to support ongoing capital market reforms relating to Securities Lending Transactions, Real Estate Investment Trusts, Init Trust Schemes and the recapitalisation of Insurance Companies. He noted that the Finance bill would also prioritize Critical Public Financial Management Reforms regarding the FIRS’ vital role in coordinating tax administration as well as the enforcement of key fiscal rules under the 1999 Constitution, Finance (Control and Management) Act and other relevant laws.

undreds of youths from the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State have defected to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. They were led into the PDP by the former Isiama Ward chairman of the party, Mr Mandela Kinsley Festus, at a brief ceremony held at the Amaekpu Ohafia country home of the Deputy Speaker of the Abia House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu, where they denounced their membership of the APC.

This development is coming less than two weeks after members of the APC and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a celebrated event held at the Ohafia Model Girls Secondary School (OGMSS) playground with the state chairman of the PDP and his working committee members on ground to receive the new members. However, the leader of the defectors and the APC chairman of Isiama Amaekpu Ward, Mandela Festus, noted that those who are truthful to themselves will agree with them that the Deputy Speaker has opened the eyes of many and

raised the bar in his office as the member representing Ohafia South constituency at the State Assembly. According to them, “those who love the development of Ohafia owe it to the Deputy Speaker their total support as he has shown over the years that the interest of his people is his top priority”. They also vowed to rally around the Deputy Speaker; the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu; and every PDP office holder in the state for greater achievements. Welcoming the decampees into the party fold, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu, the Deputy Speaker of the Abia House of Assembly and

chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, thanked the new members for their thoughtfulness and love for the development of Ohafia and Abia State which led to their decision to join the ruling party in the state. He assured them of his willingness to do more for the people of Ohafia in his capacity as their representative at the State Assembly. The number two lawmaker in Abia State, however, urged them to bring home their friends and loved ones who are still in the political wilderness while noting that the big umbrella of the PDP is large enough to contain everyone.

R-L; President Muhammadu Buhari, SA Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, SSAP Media and Publicity, Mallam Shehu Garba and others during a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for the African Medical Centre (AMCE) in Abuja. PHOTO; STATE HOUSE

Senate passes bill to establish National Sports Commission By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Senate on Tuesday passed two bills seeking to establish the National Sports Commission and the Federal University of Sports, Nkalagu in Ebonyi State. The passage of both bills during plenary followed the consideration of two separate reports by the Committee on Sports and Youth Development. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Obinna Ogba, in his presentation, said the National Sports Commission when established, would be charged with the responsibility of administering, encouraging and developing sports and games

throughout Nigeria. He added that stakeholders at the public hearing, lauded the legislative intent of the bill, noting that the Commission would impact greatly on Nigeria’s youths who aspire to become successful sportsmen and women. Ogba explained that at a time Nigeria was making efforts to diversify its sources of revenue, the establishment of the sports commission has the potentials to help the diversification process for optimum benefit of revenue generation. In his second presentation, the lawmaker said the Federal University of Sports, Nkalagu, when established, would develop and offer academic and

professional programmes leading to the award first degrees, postgraduate research and higher degrees with emphasis on planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, developmental and productive skills in the engineering, scientific, and allied professional disciplines relating to Sports resources. Meanwhile, a total of four bills scaled second reading in the Senate on Tuesday during plenary. The bills are: Nigerian Coast Guard bill 2021; A bill to repeal the Customs and Excise Management Act 2004; A bill to Domesticate the African Union Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced

Persons in Africa; and the Federal University of Science, Technology and Innovation Agulu, Anambra State. The bills were sponsored by Senators Akon Etim Eyakenyi (Akwa-Ibom South), Francis Alimikhena (Edo North), Frank Ibezim (Imo North), and Uche Ekwunife (Anambra Central). The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, after the bills were considered, referred them to the Committees on Navy and Marine Transport; Customs; Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters; and Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND. The Committees were given four weeks to report back to the upper chamber.

Kaduna PDP chieftain slams Adesina over foreign investor comment By Musa Baba Adamu

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chieftain of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna North Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mallam Yusufu Abdulrasheed, on Tuesday, challenged Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, to name any foreign investor that

has come to Nigeria in the last one year. Recall that Adesina had during a live interview on Channels Television stated that foreign investors have been coming to do business in Nigeria in spite of security challenges the country is facing. Reacting to Adesina’s comment in Kaduna on Monday, Abdulrasheed who was former Chairman, Kaduna North Local Government, asked Adesina to mention

just one investor that has come to stay in Nigeria. According to him, most Nigerian businesses in some parts of the country have folded due to insecurity. “Prices of commodities, building materials, foodstuff, iron and all essential and house hold items have increased today because most of the investors have closed their shops. Farmers could no longer go

to farm because of bandits. Nigerians who have the interest to invest could no longer do so because of the fear of kidnappers. The rich in this country are now pretending to be poor because they are afraid of gunmen,” he said. He said the country is no longer safe for anyone, even the presidency, as bandits have taken charge, and can carry out their operations without fear.


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he Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for the sacrifices he makes to ensure that Enugu State remains peaceful, secure and progressive in spite of the economic, security and public health challenges confronting the nation. Bishop Onaga who spoke during the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Ogui, Enugu, yesterday, described Gov. Ugwuanyi as “a man of peace and a very nice and plain man who feels the pulse of the people”, disclosing that the governor has satisfied more than 80 percent of people from the state. His words: “Your Excellency our father of Enugu State we cannot thank you enough both as church and citizens of this state, you are a man of peace. You will do everything to make sure there is peace. It will be difficult for anyone to fault your peaceful nature”. The Bishop therefore lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for accommodating everybody in the state irrespective of political, religious and social differences, saying: “May God continue to give you that gift. I am sure you have satisfied more than 80 percent of people of Enugu State”. Applauding Gov. Ugwuanyi for the numerous development projects his administration has executed in the state especially in the rural areas where he promised in his inaugural address to develop, Bishop Onaga said: “I was coming from our Convocation in Ugwuomu and whoever knows where Ugwuomu is, knows that it is almost at the extreme end of this very state; and the beautiful road constructed there made it possible for us to be going right into the Lake in that place. “But I was surprised that as I was coming to Ugwuomu, I noticed that it wasn’t only Ugwuomu that benefited from that very road construction but it came out to Nkwubor; some people don’t even know where I am calling. Here in Nike, it came out to the junction leading to Umuchigbo and everywhere was tarred. “I have gone to places like Obollo Eke, Obollo Afor, Obollo Etiti, all the Obollos, including Imilike Enu and Imilike Ani, they are tarred if you don’t know. “It is good to say these things because some people don’t know these things are happening. His Excellency said it, I was there during his inauguration, he said I will face Nsukka and 9th Mile”. Stressing on the existing peace in Enugu State, the cleric stated that “what is most interesting to me, Your Excellency, is the

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Gov. Ugwuanyi has satisfied over 80 percent of Enugu people – Bishop Onaga peaceful atmosphere in Enugu State. In November, just before the election in Anambra State, the roads here were blocked, people were rushing into Enugu to take their refuge, and you will be wondering has the South East collapsed into Enugu? But that is it, everybody coming here to take refuge”. Also appreciating Gov. Ugwuanyi for his consistency in attending the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the

Cathedral since he assumed office in 2015, the Bishop recounted the governor’s commitment and contributions to the successful hosting of the Second Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) in Enugu, recently, saying: “You (Ugwuanyi) made it possible, we thank you for that. On that day, everybody knew you were at the centre. You came in 30 minutes before the time, waiting for everybody and the Papal

Nuncio and the Archbishops were wondering this person would have been a priest and not a governor”. The Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi; the Acting Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Raymond Ozoemena; former Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice Priscilla Ngozi Emehelu (Rtd.); the Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council, HRH Igwe Amb. Lawrence

Agubuzu; Senator Ben Collins Ndu; former Minister of Aviation, Amb. Mrs. Fidelia Njeze; former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo; Chairman of Enugu South Local Government Area, Hon. Monday Eneh; Chief Evarest Nnaji (Odengene); Barr. Cosmas Agu (COMAG); Ike Chioke and Sir Chinedu Ani were among the dignitaries at the colourful religious event heralding the sound bites of Christmas.

Deputy Governor of Rivers, Mrs Ipalibo Harry-Banigo (L) presents a Humanitarian Award to Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, a Jos-based Islamic scholar who hid away some Christians in his Mosque from their attackers, during the 4th DAAR Awards 2021 ceremony in Abuja on Monday (6/12/21) night.

Ex PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus’s suspension suit stalled at Supreme Court

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he Supreme Court in Abuja on Monday abruptly adjourned a hearing in the legal battle of former National Chairman of the People Democratic Party PDP, Prince Uche Secondus challenging his removal from office before the expiration of his four years tenure. The suit slated for hearing today, December 6th by the apex court was shifted by twentyfour hours following the nonappearance in the court of one of the key defendants, Dan Oji Orbhi. When the matter came up, it was discovered that Orbhi who is

the 8th defendant in the appeal was not personally present in court and was not represented by a counsel. Rather, his earlier counsel, Chief Godwin Obla SAN wrote the court informing it that Orbhi has not briefed him to properly to stand as his counsel at the Supreme Court. However, counsel to Uche Secondus, Mr Oba Maduabuchi SAN protested the development claiming that Orbhi was not sued by his client but that the defendant imposed himself on the excuse of being Zonal Chairman of PDP. He sought to move a motion

for substituted service to enable him serve the defendant with all court processes through the PDP Zonal office. Justice Mohammed Musa Dattijo who led a 5-man panel Justice of the court fixed tomorrow December 7 for a hearing of all pending applicants in respect of the matter. Apart from Dan Orbhi, other defendants in the appeal are Ibeawuchi Ernest Alex, Dennis Nna Amadi, Emmanuel Stephen, Umezurike Onuoha, Godwin Pepple Manfred, PDP, Senator Suleiman Nazif, Hon Solomon Ejike Ogbonna, Hon Uche Emmanuel Minukwa and

Senator Samuel Nnaemeka Anyawu. It will be recalled that the Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt had on October 26 dismissed an application challenging the suspension of Secondus from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). A panel of three justices led by Justice Haruna Tsammani struck out the suit during its sitting in the Rivers State capital. This prompted Secondus to approach the Supreme Court praying for an order to quash his dispensation and as well restore him to office to complete his four years tenure.


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PEOPLES DAILY, WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 8, 2021

By Etuka Sunday

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he Federal Government has suspended the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), and approved new interim governing board to oversee the day to day operations of the electricity distribution company. This, it attributed to the recent industrial action by the company’s staff over non payment of arrears of pensions, allowances, salaries and promotion. However, the sack of the management team conveyed by the presidency to the Federal Ministry of Power takes immediate effect. The minister of power Aliyu Abubakar and the minister of state power Goddy Jedy Agba had earlier on intervened through dialogue with the ministry of labour, Bureau of Public Enterprise, and the Nigerian union of Electricity Employees, NUEE, to resolve and call off the 14 hours strike action. Recall, the Federal Capital Territory FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna and parts of Edo states were in total black out between 7 am in the morning to about 8 pm on Monday following an industrial action by the staff of AEDC. The presidential directives as conveyed has also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC, however in a memorandum of understanding MOU, jointly signed by the Minister of state power Goddy Jedy Agba, the chairman Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC, Sanusi Garba, Director General Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoli, comrade Joe Ajaero on behalf of the union, the Federal government has ordered the suspension of the strike, given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff

FG suspends AEDC Management, to constitute Interim Governing Board will be paid. Government has described the non performance and incompetence of the AEDC as a National embarrassment, saying the suspension of the management team subsist until further notice. Meanwhile, the documents obtained from AEDC on the staff welfare crisis, showed that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had insisted on managing the DisCo’s fund and withholding intervention funds to AEDC after a petition from United Bank of Africa (UBA) appointed liquidator challenging the right of

CEC Africa, a core investor of AEDC to change the board composition of AEDC last year. The shareholders’ investment crisis has been ongoing for years which affected KANN, the parent company of AEDC. Industry and Company Sources said, operations and management of AEDC were not affected, yet CBN withheld the intervention fund due to AEDC meant to clear the staff welfare payments. “We note that there is currently no shareholder dispute as alleged,” said the AEDC investors in a document.

A letter of BPE written to CBN on 16th June 2021, indicated that CBN and BPE had taken over the accounts of AEDC following the investors’ crisis and have been determining the operations of the company. The letter signed by DG of BPE, Alex Okoh, named two BPE officials as signatories to AEDC account while CBN appointed four of its officials who edged-out four AEDC management officials who are Chief Financial Officer (ije Ikoku), GM, Treasury Operations, GM, Financial Operations and GM Audit. However, in spite of CBN being

in control of financial operations of AEDC, payments for staff welfare which is part of the Nigerian Electricity market Stabilization Fund (NEMSF) 2, a double digit CBN loan for the DisCos, was still not released. The first tranche of N213 billion of NEMSF was disbursed in 2014 while the second tranche began last year. In a letter to CBN on 20th October 2021, BPE raised concern of imminent grounding of activities at AEDC due to the continuous hold on the Nigerian Electricity market Stabilization Fund (NEMSF) 2, a double digit CBN loan for the DisCos. From left: UNODC Country Representative, Dr Oliver Stolpe; representative of the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Mr Shadrack Haruna; representative of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Abiodun Aikomu; Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen; Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare; Director General of NTA, Yakubu Ibn Mohammed and representative of the Minister of Health, Dr Jimoh Olawole, during the presentation of the National Drug Control Masterplan 2021-2025 in Abuja on Monday (6/12/21).

NCC hints on automation of service delivery in Public Sector By Etuka Sunday

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he Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta has said leveraging the potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to automate service delivery should be the next frontier of excellent service delivery to Nigerians by public institutions. Danbatta made the assertion in a goodwill message presented on his behalf by NCC’s Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, at the opening ceremony of a threeday SERVICOM retreat, which started on December 1, 2021 at the Communications and Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja. The Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde in a statement said, the retreat focused on, ‘Charter Performance Monitoring and Reporting’, was aimed at monitoring the implementation of the NCC’s Client Service Charter, identifying gaps, measuring and evaluating the progress of service delivery in the Commission. SERVICOM, an acronym derived from SERVICE COMPACT WITH ALL NIGERIANS, speaks to a special social contract between the Federal Government through its institutions (Ministries, Department and Agencies) and the Nigerian people that ensures services are delivered in a courteous, prompt and efficient

manner. Speaking at the event, attended by staff of NCC, Adinde said the NCC has been living up to its expectation as one of the public institution that has continued to implement the Service Charter with all its various stakeholders. The Director Public Affairs stated that the digital economy drive of the Federal Government should mean that more services be delivered online to the people of Nigeria and in a more efficient manner in line with the philosophy of SERVICOM. He said the NCC is an important partner of SERVICOM in its journey towards service delivery and excellence, and invited the participants to recall that fact in the passion and commitment of Prof. Danbatta in ensuring that telecom service providers deliver optimal service to varied categories of stakeholders. “Therefore, from our perspective as regulator of the digital ecosystem in Nigeria, we feel that automation of service should be the next stage of service delivery. While we have started this journey with the example of REMITA, which has brought about a lot of efficiency and transparency into the payment remittances by public and Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government,” Adinde stated. On the implementation of the NCC Charter for SERVICOM, Adinde said the NCC boasts of one of the best and brightest brains that

could be found in the public sector as civil servants, who are ingrained with good work ethics and culture. “Our staff are renowned for their warmth and geniality when dealing with internal and external stakeholders. They work as a team on the principle of achieving Specific Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound (SMART) objectives of the Commission,” he said. Adinde also listed the roles of the Commission in collaborating with other MDAs in various ways, in order to achieve policy objectives of government in many fronts. He also highlighted a number of corporate social responsivity (CSR) projects of the Commission being implemented singly or jointly with other MDAs towards achieving the objective of government to serve the citizenry better. As a further demonstration of the duty NCC owes telecoms consumers, whose interest must be protected in line with Nigerian Communications Act (NCA), 2003, Adinde said NCC created the Consumer Affairs Bureau in September 2001, to ensure consumer protection through policy development and monitoring, advocacy, as well as information and education of all shades of stakeholders. “Consequently, NCC is one of the few MDAs that has a dedicated toll-free number, designed specifically for the escalation of issues between telecommunications service providers and consumers. We also constantly monitor the

Quality of Service (QoS), ensuring that service delivery issues are within the acceptable key performance indicators (KPIs),” Adinde said. Meanwhile, the National Coordinator/ Chief Executive Officer of SERVICOM, Nnena Akajemili, in her remark at the event, commended NCC for contributing to the cultivation of effective communication between the Commission and its various stakeholders for improved service delivery. Akajemili acknowledged the commitment of NCC towards facilitating major activities, even as she affirmed that the Commission had improved significantly in delivering its key regulatory functions. Akajemili also observed that NCC went the extra mile in engaging its stakeholders as well as creating affinity between itself and its stakeholders. Akajemili stated that she was particularly gratified by NCC’s contribution of 11.94 per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), based on the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) report for the third quarter of 2021. However, the SERVICOM Chief Executive beseeched the Commission sustain and expand on its collaboration with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) specifically in the area of data management, CSR, Value Added Services (VAS) and short codes, to enhance greater synergy among MDAs.


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BUSINESS By Etuka Sunday

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he Management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced a disruption in power evacuation to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) due to the ongoing industrial action by its workers. Although Information about the protest was still skeletal as at the time of this report, however, TCN, informed the general public that it has available bulk power for delivery to the distribution load centres of the AEDC to offtake for

Blackouts in Abuja, Kogi, others as NUEE protest nonpayment of entitlements its customers. Peoples Daily gathered that the strike may not be unconnected to the lack of payment of some entitlements. When contacted, the AEDC spokesman, Oyebode Fadipe assures that the company’s

management would issue a statement to provide the needed clarification. For the main time, the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah in a statement informed that power evacuation from injection substations across

AEDC franchise area has been disrupted following a shutdown of the AEDC facilities by its in-house workers’ union. The areas under AEDC franchise include Abuja, Nasarawa, Kogi, Parts of Edo, Niger and Kaduna States.

“TCN regrets this disruption and assures Nigerians that normal bulk power delivery to AEDC will be restored as soon as the injection substations are opened for onward electricity supply to consumers”, the statement said.

NIPP: NDPHC awards Owerri Substation contract to Messrs. Ak-AY Elektrik By Etuka Sunday

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ompany (NDPHC) Limited has awarded the contract for immediate installation and energising of the Owerri NIPP 2 x 150MVA & 2 x 60MVA 330/132/33kV Owerri Transmission Substation to Messrs. Ak-AY Elektrik. A statement by the Media Adviser, NDPHC, Sanya Adejokun said, the transformers had been installed more than 10 years ago without them being energised or without adequate preservation. The statement noted that they were recently tested by experts who recommended vacuum drying process to remove ingressed moisture trapped inside the four power Transformers. It said, it was therefore, pertinent for them to first be uninstalled and transported to GTA Factory in Lagos for the oven drying and then delivered back to Owerri for final erection and energisation. According to the statement, the Executive Director, Networks at NDPHC, Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, has already dispatched letters to His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), intimating them of the development. Oyedele said, “there was no attempt to steal the transformers. The Indians are workers of GTA, subcontractors to our EPC Contractor, Messrs. Ak-Ay Elektric, who went to take the transformers

to their workshop for vacuum drying and testing. Oyedele also asked for the cooperation of citizens of Imo State at this time so that the Contractor

can immediately commence work and for them to complete in record time. This statement, therefore, corrects a misunderstanding

about the intention and status of the Contractors as published by a section of the media at the weekend. “We thank the Government and people of Imo State for their

vigilance and sustained cooperation to ensure the protection and security of government properties and our workers”, Oyedele further said.

TCN Upgrades Kaduna -Jos 330kV Transmission Line By Etuka Sunday

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he Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is set to commence the final stage of the construction of its new Kaduna – Jos 330kV double circuit transmission line. TCN said, it would be followed with the erection of eight triplecircuit towers at the intersection point of the new double circuit and existing single circuit 330kV transmission lines, to enable the stringing of the three 330kV lines. It said, the line would be

upgraded from “500 megawatts (MW) energy wheeling capacity to 1,500MW, which is 200 percent capacity increase. Reconstruction work willl be completed within eight days, from the 8th to 15th December 2021. “Consequently, there will be power outage on the 132kV ZariaKaduna transmission line, 33kV Turunku, and part of the 33kV Jaji feeder, from 8 am to 5 pm daily for the eight days indicated, to ensure a safe working environment for the execution of the reconstruction work. On completion, the new

330kV double circuit transmission lines will increase the total capacity of the Kaduna – Jos line from 500MW to 1500MW”, it said. Meanwhile, TCN has made arrangements, according to the statement, to continue to supply bulk electricity to Jos Distribution load centers in Jos, through the Makurdi 330kV lines 1 and 2, to minimize the effect of the capacity upgrade and assure that the project will be completed on the 15th of December as scheduled. The General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah in a

statement said, the decision to reconstruct and upgrade the Kaduna -Jos SC transmission line was due to the fact that the line is overloaded and can no longer cope with the load profile in that axis. The completion of the new 330kV Kaduna- Jos DC transmission lines will resolve the present and anticipated increase in load demand on the line route. The statement said, “TCN’s use of multi-circuit towers in some locations will prevent the demolition of properties in heavily built-up areas and still achieve increased

bulk transmission capacity along that line route. We will therefore dismantle and reconstruct eight (8) no existing single circuit towers into special triple-circuit towers. “We regret any inconvenience the load shedding may cause electricity customers affected by the reconstruction works on the line and note that the increase in capacity to 1500MW will positively impact voltage stability on the axis. Bulk power transmission will be restored immediately after reconstruction work is complete”, the statement said.


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FCTA to boost support for youth in agriculture By Stanley Onyekwere

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he FCT Administration has reiterated commitment to boost support for youth involved in modern and sustainable agricultural practices. The Secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Mallam Abubakar Ibrahim made this assertion yesterday during the 13th graduation ceremony of Leventis Foundation (Nig.)/ FCT Agriculture School in Yaba, Abaji Area Council. Ibrahim, who represented the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said youth as stakeholders in the Abuja dream of building an inclusive city, the administration would continue to make concerted efforts to redirect the energies of the teeming population into the Agricultural sector, which will bring about job creation, empowerment and social equity. Noting that provision would be made for the 2021 trainees to get their starter packs soon, the ARDS Boss explained that FCT will keep to its obligation of paying the counterpart funding which is critical to sustaining the activities of the institute. He further stated that despite the negative impacts of COVID-19, agricultural activities would be given the desired attention by the administration. “There is no denying the fact that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic brought about some setbacks but we will continue”, he said. Also speaking, the Executive Director, Leventis Foundation, Dr. Hope Usieta, commended the FCT Administration for sustaining its support to the centre despite the challenges occasioned by the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic He reiterated the readiness of the Foundation to keep delivering programmes that will bequeath trainees with knowledge of latest Agricultural practices. Earlier in her remarks, Principal, Leventis Foundation (Nig.)/ FCT Agriculture School, Mrs Agnes Yusuf disclosed that a total of 62 youth graduated from the 2021 set, of its regular oneyear free training programme. She explained that out of the number, 19 are females with 43 males from the school, which sums up to 792 young men and women that the school has trained in the regular one-year free training programme since its inception in 2008.

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Deny approval for high-rise buildings in Abuja, FEMA urges Dev’t Control

By Stanley Onyekwere

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he Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency,(FEMA), has advised the Department of Development Control to consider denying approval to developers of high rise buildings without requisite evacuation plans, parking spaces and ramps for

disabled persons. This, the Director General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss said was part of disaster risk reduction measures been preached by the Agency, according to a statement from Nkechi Isa, Head , Public Relations Unit of the agency, which was made available yesterday to PeoplesDaily. Idriss decried that most high

rise buildings in the FCT were not equipped with fire alarms and muster points. He noted that the Agency is constantly working with architects, estate surveyors, builders and engineers to prevent disasters like building collapse by making sure that all the right safety protocols are observed and carried out fully. He added that the FEMA

utilizes the community participation model for disaster mapping and vulnerability assessment, noting that this is carried out through a question and answer session . The FEMA boss, who described the media as key stakeholders in disaster risk reduction, appealed for continuous support to highlight the activities of FEMA.

FCT Minister hails Ogbeche’s re-election as FCT -NUJ Chairman By Stanley Onyekwere

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he Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has described the reelection of Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche as the Chairman of the FCT Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), as acceptance of a purposeful leadership.

In his congratulatory message from Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, FCTA Chief Press Congratulation Secretary made available yesterday, the Minister said Ogbeche’s victory signified a purposeful leadership accepted, considering he was the first Council Chairman to win a re-election bid in

almost two decades. Bello also congratulated the Council for the peaceful conduct of the election and also felicitated with other members of the new Executive Committee. The Minister welcomed the pledge by the Council Chairman to work with the Federal Capital

Territory Administration to realize the objectives of “a city that works for all”. He also pledged the continuous support of the FCT Administration to the NUJ especially in the collective bid of both organisations for entrenching good governance and the principles of democracy in the country.

Some of the buildings demolished during the removal of illegal structures in Lugbe District , Abuja, yesterday.

FCTA declares war against schools’ curriculum abuse

By Stanley Onyekwere

The FCT Administration through its Education Secretariat has vowed to sanction Proprietors of private schools in the nation’s capital operating outside the nationally approved curriculum may have to rethink their decision as the The Secretary of the Education Secretariat, Malam Sani El-ktuzu, said the FCTA will no longer tolerate situations where strange elements are introduced in schools all in the name of branding. Addressing newsmen shortly

after receiving the official handover briefs of the secretariat, El-katuzu also decried the outright violation of laws put in place by regulatory agencies. In his words, “There are some other challenges I also need to point out like private proprietors of schools within the FCT operating outside the laws they are supposed to follow like teaching outside the nationally accepted curriculum. No school in Nigeria will teach any child outside the approved curriculum. “There are schools that adopt curriculum from elsewhere to come and teach our schools and

we will not tolerate that.” The Secretary further warned that the secretariat under his watch will not recognise or shield highly placed individuals. “There are certain actions that private schools are supposed to collaborate with the regulatory agencies which are being flaunted. We will not tolerate that. “I discussed with some people and they told me that the proprietors of private schools are the who is who of this country. We will not make any distinction between highly placed or commoners. All Nigerians are equal and we should operate

within the law,” he warned. While acknowledging the limited time with which to achieve his mandate, the newly appointed Secretary advised the staff to brace up for the task ahead as he intends to push them, to make his mark in the education sector in the FCT. Earlier in his remarks, the Director of Administration and Finance of the FCT Education Secretariat, Mr. Leramoh, thanked the FCT Minister and staff of the department for the opportunity to serve saying the experience was a “learning curve for me.”


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igeria has criticised the UK’s travel restrictions after it was placed on the red list amid fears over the Omicron Covid-19 variant. “What is expected is a global approach, not selective,” Sarafa Tunji Isola, Nigeria’s high commissioner to the UK, told the BBC on Monday. He also echoed comments made by the UN’s chief, who described restrictions imposed on some southern African countries as “travel apartheid”. New rules came into force at 04:00 GMT. It means travellers arriving from Nigeria will be required to enter hotel quarantine - at their own expense - and isolate for 10 days. “The travel ban is apartheid in the sense that we are not dealing with an endemic,” Mr Isola told the Today programme. “We are dealing with a pandemic. Whenever we have a challenge there must be collaboration.” UK government minister Kit Malthouse, meanwhile, said the wording “travel apartheid” was “very unfortunate language”. “We understand the difficulties that’s created by these travel restrictions, but we’re trying to buy a little bit of time so that our scientists can work on the virus and assess how difficult it’s going to be” he told the BBC. The UK’s Department of Health and Social Care said all countries collect data differently, meaning it is hard to directly compare the information. It said the government would continue to keep the data under review. ‘Wicked and unfair’ Nigeria became the 11th country to go on the UK’s red list for international travel on

Nigeria was added to the UK red list on Monday Monday. All nations currently on that list are African. The only people allowed to enter the UK from these countries are UK or Irish nationals, or UK residents. They will have to pay for and self-isolate in a pre-booked governmentapproved hotel for 10 days. Nigerians in the UK have expressed shock

at the new restrictions. Olufemi Awokoya told the BBC he was trying to raise money for his wife’s quarantine, as she is due to return from a trip to attend her mother’s memorial service. “She is being punished and our household is put in financial hardship. She is an NHS worker and tripled-jabbed, and we can’t

afford the £2,280 ($3,024) hotel bill,” he said. “I think the government’s decision... is wicked, unfair and a heavy financial burden.” Dozens of countries have imposed restrictions on travel from southern Africa, and Canada and Hong Kong have included Nigeria on their lists. South Korea has also detected the Omicron variant in fully vaccinated travellers arriving from Nigeria. UN Secretary General António Guterres first used the term “travel apartheid” on Wednesday, telling reporters in New York that bans “are not only deeply unfair and punitive, they are ineffective”. The World Health Organization (WHO) says blanket travel bans will not stop the spread of variants, and can potentially discourage countries from reporting and sharing important data. Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has also condemned the restrictions on African countries, describing them at a press conference last week as “instruments of immigration control”. A UK government statement on Saturday announcing Nigeria’s addition to the red list said the “vast majority” of Omicron variant cases in the UK “have clear links to overseas travel from South Africa and Nigeria”. In the last week 21 Omicron infections had been reported in England that “originated from Nigeria”, it said. The Centre for Disease Control in the Nigerian capital Abuja says it has only identified three cases of the variant so far, all of them passengers with a history of travel to South Africa. Source: BBC

Beijing’s sub-center to embrace high-quality development By Lu Yanan, People’s Daily

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he State Council of China recently issued a guideline on supporting the high-quality development of the Beijing Municipal Administrative Center (Beijing MC), or Beijing’s sub-center, in Tongzhou district of Beijing, specifying development goals of the administrative center during the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025) and for the period before 2035. The guideline put forward a package of targeted and workable policies and measures in a bid to support the high-quality development of the Beijing MC, said Cong Liang, deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission of China, at a press conference held by the State Council Information Office on Dec. 1. By 2025, Beijing’s sub-center will basically have the functions of a green city, forest city, sponge city, smart city, cultural city and livable city, according the document. By then, municipal-level Party organizations and government organs as well as administrative institutions in Beijing will be relocated to the sub-center. Meanwhile, the Beijing MC will see notable results in undertaking the non-capital functions of the city and housing new residents, and basically establish a quality system for development. A modern sub-center of Beijing will be basically built by 2035, when its role in performing the non-capital functions of the city and helping with population transfer will be fully demonstrated, said the document. Besides, the sub-center’s quality system

for development will become mature, and important results will be achieved in the integrated high-quality development of the sub-center and its surrounding areas, according to the guideline. To drive the sub-center’s high-quality development through innovation, the guideline proposed enhancing its scientific and technological innovation through measures including supporting the implementation of suitable policies of the new round of pilot reforms of core areas of the Zhongguancun National Independent Innovation Demonstration Zone at the sub-center. It also called on encouraging law firms and accounting firms familiar with international laws and norms to set up offices in the subcenter to facilitate the innovative development of financial technologies in the Beijing MC. The sub-center should be infused greater development momentum and vitality and given more autonomy in development. According to the guideline, the sub-center should promote the rational conversion of the types of land uses in different industries and try to increase the supply of mixed-use land for industries. It should pilot policies on high-level trade and investment facilitation and carry out pilot programs for international talent service and management reforms and international vocational qualification recognition in key areas. The sub-center and Xiong’an New Area in north China’s Hebei province serve as two new “wings” of Beijing and are assigned the important task of relieving the non-capital functions of the city.

In January 2019, the first batch of 165 units of 35 departments of Beijing municipal government moved their offices to the subcenter officially. Based on the guideline, Beijing has listed 66 specific tasks to support the high-quality development of its sub-center, and made lists of projects and policies related to these tasks, noted Cui Shuqiang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Beijing Municipal Committee and executive vice mayor of the municipal government of Beijing, at the press conference. Beijing plans to relocate the second batch of administrative institutions to the subcenter by 2022 or the year after that. It means approximately 30,000 more people will move to the sub-center, which is believed to ease the population pressure on the core areas of Beijing’s central urban areas, Cui said. With regard to cultural tourism, this year witnessed the opening of the Universal Beijing Resort, the 40-kilometers Beijing section of the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, and the 20-kilometer Hebei section of the Grand Canal opened to navigation, Cui noted. Beijing is ramping up efforts to connect the two sections of the Grand Canal, according to Cui. It is estimated that Beijing residents will be able to take a boat along the canal to Hebei next July. The guideline also pointed out that by 2025, an integrated high-quality development system concerning Tongzhou district as well as Hebei’s Sanhe city, Dachang Hui autonomous county and Xianghe county will be basically established.

A planning system for the coordinated development of Sanhe city and the two counties in Hebei, the Beijing sub-center and Tongzhou district has basically taken shape, according to Hu Qisheng, vice governor of the provincial government of Hebei. Up to now, 10 roads connecting Tongzhou and Hebei’s Sanhe city, Dachang Hui autonomous county and Xianghe county have been completed and opened to traffic, and 21 bus routes have been opened along the roads, Hu said. The official added that Sanhe city, Dachang Hui autonomous county and Xianghe county have witnessed continuous improvement in the quality of their ecological environment including the atmospheric environment and water bodies, with their overall average PM2.5 concentration dropping by 50 percent between 2016 and 2020. Hebei will promote the improvement in the quality of the ecological environment of Sanhe city, Dachang Hui autonomous county and Xianghe county along with that of the ecology in Tongzhou, explore coordinated management and control of the early warning of and response to severely polluted weather in these regions, and join hands with the Beijing sub-center to build a largescale green ecological space, make plans for the construction of Chaobai River national forest park, and carry out the protection and restoration of important river systems and ecological corridors including the North Canal River, so as to create sound ecological conditions for the construction of the Beijing MC, Hu said.


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Bus carrying choir members plunges into Kenya river A t least 23 people have drowned after a bus travelling to a wedding plunged into a flooded river in Kenya. Video footage shows the bus was swept away after the driver tried to cross fastflowing water over a bridge in the Enziu River, about 200km (125 miles) east of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The bus had been hired to transport church choir members. Four of the dead were children and a least 12 people have been rescued, local reports say. However, it is unclear how many people were in the bus at the time.

The driver was not familiar with the route and the bridge over the river in Mwingi, Kitui county, local news site the Standard reports. The governor of Kitui Charity Ngilu said the “terrible” accident happened on Saturday morning. She added that 23 bodies had been recovered but added that more were still stuck in the bus and that recovery operations would continue on Sunday. Unusual heavy rains have been falling in many parts of Kenya recently, including in some drought-hit regions where domestic and wild animals have died because of lack of pasture.

A witness captured the accident on video

Why France faces so much anger in West Africa I t all started so positively. Where have things gone wrong? Why does France now appear so unpopular in Africa? French President Emmanuel Macron has increased aid to the continent, begun the return of cultural artefacts stolen during the colonial wars and reached out beyond the usual inter-government ties to engage younger generations and civil society. He has kept French troops in the Sahel to fight the jihadist militants that kill so many local civilians, police and soldiers and supported the regional bloc Ecowas as it tries to defend electoral politics against military takeovers. This year he flew to Rwanda to publicly acknowledge French failures during the 1994 genocide. Yet his country is now the target of embittered African complaints and criticism on a scale that is probably unprecedented. Last month, a convoy of French troops heading north to support the fight against Islamist militants was repeatedly blockaded by protesters as it crossed Burkina Faso and Niger. In September Mali’s Prime Minister Choguel Maïga was met with a wave of sympathetic comment when he used a speech at the UN to accuse France of “abandoning his country in mid-flight”, after Mr Macron began to scale back the deployment of troops in the country. Among progressive West African commentators and urban youth, it is now commonplace to hear calls for the abolition of the CFA franc - the regional currency used by many francophone countries and which is pegged to the euro under a French government guarantee. Its critics say this enables France to control the economies of those countries which use it, while France says it guarantees economic stability. Neo-colonial arrogance What explains this paradox? How is it that a president more concerned for Africa than most recent predecessors, and more aware too of how the continent is changing, encounters a level of French unpopularity not felt for decades? Certainly, Mr Macron’s self-confident critics would say arrogant - personal style is a factor. He has made his share of diplomatic blunders.

After 13 French troops died in a helicopter crash in Mali in November 2019 he demanded that West African leaders fly to France for an emergency summit, an outburst perceived as neo-colonial arrogance, particularly as Mali and Niger had suffered far heavier recent military losses. President Macron was forced into a rapid course-correction, flying to Niamey, Niger’s capital, to pay his respects to the Nigérien military dead and postponing the summit until January 2020. But the causes of France’s current discomfort also extend back to decades before Mr Macron’s election in 2017. “You can cite historical controversies linked to colonisation. Many of us are the children of parents who knew the colonial period and its humiliations,” explains Ivorian political analyst Sylvain Nguessan. During the early post-independence decades, France maintained a dense web of personal connections with African leaders and elites - dubbed “françafrique” - which too often slid into a mutual protection of vested interests, with little regard for human rights or transparency. Among outside powers, Paris was far from alone in colluding with dictatorial allies, but its relationships were particularly close and unquestioning. Charisma and change The most damning failure came in Rwanda in 1994, when France failed to act even as its ally, the regime of thenPresident Juvenal Habyarimana, began to prepare genocide. From the mid-1990s onwards several governments worked to reform France’s engagement with Africa and give more priority to development and democratic governance. But momentum later faltered. Nicolas Sarkozy began his tenure as president in 2007 by remarking, with a spectacular lack of tact, that “the African man has not sufficiently entered into history”. He favoured old allies such as the Bongo family, who have governed Gabon since 1967. When François Hollande became president in 2012 he had no choice but to focus on security issues in the Sahel - a swathe of land south of the Sahara desert. He never really had the political strength to revive reform efforts.

Mali has witnessed several protests against France But with Mr Macron’s accession to office, France had a president fully aware of the need for change - and with the political clout and personal enthusiasm to attack the task. In 2017 he told students in the Burkinabe capital, Ouagadougou, that France would back a reform of the CFA franc if African governments wanted this. He also invited civil society, youth and cultural figures to this year’s France-Africa summit in Montpellier, rather than the usual flock of presidents. Sahel - a festering wound Yet his readiness to speak plainly, challenge old structures and question comfortable assumptions has not always played well, even among those who are clamouring for change. Moreover, the situation in the Sahel has deteriorated into a festering wound. The French military presence fuels an increasingly widespread sense of grievance across West Africa. Despite a massive and sustained military effort - with more than 5,000 troops deployed and more than 50 killed - France has not been able to decisively overcome the threat from jihadists, whose attacks on local communities and security forces continue. The reasons are complex, both military and social, environmental and economic. Yet a significant proportion of local public opinion feels that France, as a hightech Western military power, should have been able to “sort” the problem and should

now get out of the way if it cannot do so. Those feelings seem to have motivated the protesters who blockaded the French army convoy. And this comes after earlier causes of resentments, as Mr Nguessan points out: “The speeches of Sarkozy in Dakar, Macron in Ouagadougou; the war in Ivory Coast; the discouraging results of the campaign against terrorism. “Questions related to the currency, debt, support for local dictators and ill-chosen words.” But underlying social and communal factors also shape the attitudes of some. One senior Sahel military officer says he sees the French as allies of Tuareg former separatist rebels in northern Mali - an allegation fiercely and credibly denied in Paris. Similar complexities surround France’s support for West Africa regional body Ecowas - which is currently trying to pressure coup leaders in Mali and Guinea to rapidly return their countries to civilian constitutional rule. A growing number of young people regard the regional bloc as an incumbent presidents’ club, too slow to criticise civilian rulers who manipulate democratic rules and unwilling to acknowledge the strength of popular support for military leaders promising reform. So in backing Ecowas as the legitimate African crisis management institution, France ends up being perceived as a prop for the old guard establishment. Source: BBC


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Cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and Africa bear rich fruits By Yang Yi, People’s Daily

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n recent years, cultural and people-to-people exchanges between China and Africa, both with a long history and a splendid civilization, have played an essential role in promoting exchanges, mutual learning, and harmonious coexistence between the civilizations of the two sides, bringing the two peoples closer to each other and providing rich cultural nourishment for China-Africa cooperation. Thanks to a China-funded project named “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages (or “Wan Cun Tong” in Chinese),” residents of a remote village in Wakiso district, Uganda, which used to have a poor TV signal, can now watch digital satellite TV programs with clear pictures for free. Besides people’s homes, local

clinics, primary schools, and other public areas have also been covered by digital satellite TV signals. While enriching villagers’ cultural life, the project undertaken by Chinese companies also provides technical support for schools in remote education. So far, the project has been carried out in more than 20 African countries, under which digital TV sets have been installed in 10,000 villages. In addition, China has also assisted with and implemented cooperation projects for radio and TV centers in Seychelles, Comoros, Tanzania, and Mauritius. Relevant projects have improved the capacity of local broadcasting systems and played important roles in local cultural communication. Chinese people and African people share the aspiration of making their homelands beautiful

places where people can live in harmony with nature. As a result, they have worked together to pursue green, low-carbon, circular and sustainable development and protect the lush mountains and lucid waters as well as living beings. In Kenya’s Nairobi National Park, wild animals such as giraffes, antelopes, and rhinos are often seen foraging or strolling. At the same time, advanced trains pass the park along the Chinese-built MombasaNairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), which makes traveling easier for the locals. Upholding the idea of harmonious coexistence between human and nature, a basic principle of sustainable development, Chinese constructors of the railway have, based on extensive investigations and research into the living habits and migration routes of local wild animals, built 14 wildlife crossings

for large animals and 79 bridges along the route. The clear height of all the wildlife crossings is above 6.5 meters so giraffes can pass without lowering heads. The constructors of the Mombasa-Nairobi SGR have also paid great attention to protecting the vegetation of the Mombasa Mangrove Wetland Park. They have tried to ensure the normal growth of the mangroves through multiple measures, including building detours and installing pipe culverts in advance. Covering an area of more than 2,000 square kilometers, the Mana Pools National Park and the Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas in Zimbabwe, which have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a single natural World Heritage site, are inhabited by various wild animals, including elephants, lions,

leopards, hippos, and crocodiles. They were also one of the famous bushmeat hunting areas in Africa and used to be disturbed by armed poachers. Since 2015, Peaceland Foundation, a Beijing-based nonprofit organization, has sent six batches of Chinese anti-poaching volunteers to the World Heritage site. These volunteers have brought advanced devices with them, such as delta-wing powered hang gliders, rubber dinghies, and night-vision devices, and led local rangers in conducting aerial and water patrol with such devices, significantly improving the application of scitech in and the effectiveness of anti-poaching efforts of the locality. Because of the joint efforts of relevant Chinese and African teams, poaching in the World Heritage site had almost been eradicated by 2019.

New-generation extravehicular spacesuits demonstrate China’s advances in aerospace technology By Yu Jianbin, People’s Daily

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ressed in China’s newgeneration extravehicular mobility units (EMUs), Chinese astronauts Zhai Zhigang and Wang Yaping, both on the country’s Shenzhou-13 spaceflight mission, lately stepped out of the Tianhe core module of the Tiangong space station of China for extravehicular activities (EVAs). Wang Yaping, who completed her first spacewalk in the newgeneration homemade spacesuit named “Feitian”, became China’s first female astronaut to conduct EVAs and attracted wide attention. Conducting EVAs is an essential part of astronauts’ work in space, as the maintenance and upgrading of space station depends highly on astronauts’ EVAs. Extravehicular spacesuits, which weigh as much as over 100 kilograms, are undoubtedly “protective armor”

for astronauts. They can guarantee astronauts’ safety and enable them to complete EVAs smoothly. The environment of outer space is very complex. Harsh environmental factors such as vacuum, high and low temperatures, solar radiation and micro-meteors pose huge risks to astronauts. While conducting EVAs, astronauts are faced with a space environment with an orbital altitude of 300 to 450 kilometers, temperature variations between 120 and minus 120 degrees Celsius every ninety minutes, as well as space debris and radiation. To ensure that astronauts can maintain normal life activities and work outside the spacecraft in such an environment, the speciallydesigned extravehicular spacesuits have to provide safe and effective protection from the environment as well as environmental control and life support in confined space, functioning as a human-shaped spaceship.

Materials and techniques for making EMUs must reach unimaginably high standards as they need to withstand the brutal environment of the outer space while guaranteeing that astronauts can perform extravehicular operations flexibly. On Sept. 27, 2008, Zhai completed his first EVA wearing the first generation of China’s selfdeveloped Feitian extravehicular spacesuits, which symbolized that China became the third country in the world to independently master the technologies for EVAs. The second generation of Feitian extravehicular spacesuits, the ones Zhai and Wang wore for the Shenzhou-13 mission, has been upgraded according to the needs of astronauts’ EVAs in the construction stage of the country’s space station. Compared with the first version, the new-generation extravehicular spacesuits have new structure, longer

service life and greater comfortability, thus becoming safer, more durable and reliable and showing stronger flexibility, testability and maintainability. China’s continuously increasing capabilities in the research and development (R&D) of EMUs serve as vivid demonstrations of the country’s firm steps in advancing its aerospace cause. As the “lifejackets” of astronauts, the valuable extravehicular spacesuits require complex and precise techniques as well as meticulous R&D and making. At present, spacesuits are carefully stitched by hand, whether in China and in other countries. It takes over 130 hours to finish the upper limb restraint layer of an intravehicular spacesuit, more than 260 hours to make the lower extremity restraint layer of an EMU, and nearly four months to assemble an extravehicular spacesuit.

The dimensional tolerance during the sewing process cannot exceed one millimeter, and even a single particle of dust may cause a catastrophe, which demands both craft and patience of spacesuit researchers. Thanks to its aerospace R&D team that can always surmount difficulties and make breakthroughs, China’s self-developed EMUs have been continuously improved to guarantee astronauts’ safety in their exploration of the outer space. From the Chang’e lunar missions to China’s first Mars mission, from Chinese astronauts’ entering the country’s own space station for the first time to the launch of the country’s first solar exploration satellite Xihe, China’s steadier and bigger strides in exploring further into space have mirrored the country’s continuous advances in aerospace technology. It is believed that the Chinese people will achieve even greater results in space exploration in the future.

District in E China advances urban renewal with green, low-carbon philosophy By Pan Shaojun, People’s Daily

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reen and low-carbon development philosophy is a guiding principle for the regeneration of old residential communities in Liangxi district, Wuxi of east China’s Jiangsu province, a national-level pilot area for urban renewal projects. Multiple measures have been taken in the district to give it a facelift. Nowadays, modern buildings are erected by the sides of clean streets, and the water quality in the Wuxi section of the Grand Canal, a 2,500-year-old water course linking north and south China, has also been largely improved. As a result, the sense of happiness of local residents has been greatly enhanced. “Now the district is a great place to live and work in, and we enjoy the dividends of green development everyday here,” said Li Nan, who once moved to suburban areas for better environment and recently moved back. Besides, the district is also vigorously developing low-carbon industries and modern services. New

business forms are prospering there, including cross-border e-commerce, headquarters economy, digital economy and the integrated sector of culture and tourism. While advancing urban renewal, local authorities gave red lights to high-energy consuming and highemission traditional industries, such as paint making, electroplating and chemical engineering, to make room for green and low-carbon businesses. “With the goal to peak carbon emission and achieve carbon neutrality, and based on the environmental capacity of old residential communities, we have strictly controlled the total emissions of pollutants and developed producer services in a targeted manner to promote high-quality and low-carbon development of industries,” said Wang Shu, deputy head of Liangxi’s ecology and environment bureau. Liangxi’s green development is inseparable from a sciencebased structure and intelligence management. By building a demonstration area for industrycity integration, the district has combined together its work and

Photo shows an urban square in Liangxi district, Wuxi, east China’s Jiangsu province. (Photo from the official website of the government of Liangxi district) commercial areas, and placed residential communities around work areas, which has made the city more compact and significantly shortened the commuting distance of the citizens, and thus alleviating traffic jams and reducing air pollution. In addition, the district is also employing 5G technology and advanced devices to monitor sewage discharge in 150 local rivers.

Liangxi district has made sound achievements in pollution control and emission reduction through circular economy. Yangming neighborhood of the district houses a large number of enterprises. It has built a big data storage center on a piece of land where a polluting enterprise was once operating. The storage center discharges no pollutant, but as a

facility that needs massive water cooling, it consumes an immense amount of electricity. “We negotiated with a sewage disposal plant and decided to cool the storage center with low-temperature reclaimed water discharged by the plant. The high-temperature water discharged by the plant is used for temperature control of the center via water source heat pumps. In this way, energy is saved and emissions reduced,” said Wang Chao, deputy director of the sub-district office of Yangming neighborhood. According to statistics, the concentration of PM2.5 in Liangxi district has been lowered to 27.8 micrograms per cubic meter from 45 micrograms per cubic meter three years ago, a drop of 38.2 percent. The district enjoys good air quality on 80 percent of the days, up from 66.6 percent in 2018. In 2018, only three of the 172 monitoring sections along the district’s 147 rivers reported relatively good water quality (at or above Grade III), and now the figure has been expanded to 70. Black and malodorous water bodies have been completely eliminated.


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COREN begins evaluators training for Outcome-Based Education By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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n order to produce graduates with the required skills to excel in the workplace, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), has began training programme for evaluators for the Outcome Based Education (OBE) system in Nigeria. The two days training workshop which took place yesterday at the Nigerian Turkish, Nile University Abuja,drawn stakeholders across the country . Speaking at the opening ceremony of the programme,the president COREN Engr . Ali Rabiu, said the workshop was to train and equip programme evaluators of the OBE who would form COREN database for accreditation of Engineering programmes. Rabiu explained that,every aspect of the accreditation process have been streamlined to enhance the credibility of the evaluation. He said, “In Nigeria, accreditation is necessary for recognition of programmes By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned the 24-kilometre Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road connecting seven communities in Benue State to Cross River State in Tsua town, Vandeikya local government area of Benue State. Buhari who was represented by the minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs, Senator George Akume, enjoined Nigerians to avoid these practices that could aggravate wear and tear on the roads and also report persons found committing them to the appropriate enforcement agencies. “We must all do our best to avoid these practices, report them when they occur and act in a lawful manner to stop them,” he stated. He charged Nigerians to be responsible in using the road so that it could last long because the design was of the highest quality. He said, “This road has been built to the highest quality of design and workmanship and if is well used, it should last for the designed service life.” He identified what constituted road abuse as “overloading of vehicles and trucks which accelerate pavement damage, spilling of petroleum products, which dissolves all the components and allows water to

and registration of engineering graduates as professional engineers. According to the president, OBE helps to empower a work force that can compete in the a global economy of the 21st century as it equips learners to transfer academic success to life in a complex, challenging and high -technology future. “Under OBE approach,the graduates are completely prepared for the workforce after graduation with relevant soft skills needed in jobs, such as communication skills and human relationships skills”, Rabiu. He emphasized that,the goal of the workshop is to train and equip programme evaluators of OBE who will form COREN database for accreditation of engineering programmes. “Every aspect of the accreditation process has been streamlined to enhance the credibility of the evaluation. Contrary to earlier practice, there is no quantitative mechanism for final decision making. Therefore, programmes under

accreditation must sustainably comply with the requirements in all areas of evaluation.” “Every action of the evaluators must be driven by responsibilities and conducts, according to the stipulated code of ethics for evaluation. Constituency amongst various accreditation team members in terms of evaluation and final recommendation must be maintained,”he said . According to him, the COREN Outcome Based Education regional train the trainers workshop have been successfully held in three geopolitical zones, which includes; North West zone at Amadu Bello University, Zaria Kaduna (20th-24th of Sept 2021), South South zone at University of Benin, Edo State. 11th-15th of Oct 2021, and South East zone at University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus (UNEC) (16th-20th Nov 2021). The president said the workshop was to train participants to acquire the knowledge and skills of OBE, “and be able to train others in the principles and implementation of OBE in Nigerian Universities.”

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Buhari commissions 24 kilometers VandeikyaObudu Cattle Ranch Road penetrate and converting the road shoulders to permanent parking places that brings the onset of road failure from the shoulder.” He said his major concern is for the safety of commuters on the roads, Buhari declared, “Now that we have these new and well-built roads, we have duties to ourselves and to other road users. One of those duties is to ensure that we drive in accordance with the law as stipulated in the Highway Code”, adding that the “maximum driving speed on this and other Federal Highways nationwide is 100 (hundred) KM and no more”. He also cautioned against abuse of the roads saying as the Federal Government committed to delivering on its promise to give Nigerians good and quality road network, it was incumbent on the people not

to abuse the roads in order to enable them service the nation through their design life. Earlier, the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola said that the road projects across the nation, “represent a major investment in transport infrastructure which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity.” Fashola, who was represented by the Director Highways, North Central Zone, Engr. Rugba Emenoge, listed other such roads to include the 142.2 x 2 (dual) Kilometre Kano- Maiduguri Road (Section II) between Shuwarin and Azare, connecting Jigawa and Bauchi States, the 106.3 x 2 Kilometre Kano-Maiduguri Road (Section III) between Azare and Potiskum, connecting

Bauchi and Yobe States and Nnewe- Uduma- Uburu Road covering 26.27 Kilometers with 14 Kilometers spur to Ishiagu connecting Enugu and Ebonyi States, in Ebonyi State. He Also expressed delight at the commissioning of the Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road, the Minister declared, “These projects represent major investment in road Transport infrastructure, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity. They are visible and incontrovertible Assets in proof of what Nigeria’s resources are invested in, from a combination of our earned resources, and borrowings”. Fashola also thanked the Ministry’s staff and contractors who, he acknowledged, “have worked very hard to bring these projects to

conclusion” as well as the host communities for their cooperation without which progress would have been impossible. “I hold them out as examples of what peace can achieve, and the investments that collaboration and some sacrifice can deliver if we embrace partnership with Government”, he said. The Minister’s gratitude also went to the Federal Executive Council, which included all Ministers in the first term and the current term, for their support, the President and Vice President “who presided for long hours over the Council meetings” and the Governors of Bauchi, Jigawa, Benue, Cross Rivers, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Enugu and Ebonyi, who, according to him “bear witness to fruits and the evidence of change by the Buhari administration. “And there is more to come”, he said.

Fashola, Malami Commission Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega Road

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Minister of Works Babatunde Fashola

he Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fasholaand AttorneyGeneral of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami led the federal government’s delegation to commission the newly-completed 155-kilometre (Phases I and II) of the Sokoto-TambuwalJega-Kontagora-Makera Road. In his opening remark, Fashola said the Muhammadu Buhari administration had brought good tidings to the people and governments of Sokoto, Kebbi and Niger states,

who will be impacted by the Sokoto-TambuwalJega-Kontagora-Makera Road that the president commissioned yesterday. He said, “My principal message to you all is that this is the first of many more project completion and handovers our country will experience in the next few weeks and months as we enter what I call a season of completion and impact. “In this phase of completion, Mr President has approved that ministers from the various states where projects have been completed should represent him to perform the handover

formalities,” Fashola said. He said the other handing over formalities that would follow that of yesterday in Kebbi includes the commissioning in Jigawa State of section II covering 142.2 x 2 (dual) kilometers between Shuwarin and Azare, connecting Jigawa and Bauchi states; Bauchi for section III covering 106.3 x 2 kilometers between Azare and Potiskum, connecting Bauchi and Yobe states; Benue for Vandeikya-Obudu Cattle Ranch Road covering 24 Kilometers connecting Benue and Cross River states and Ebonyi for New-Uduma-

Uburu Road covering 26.27 kilometers with 14 kilometers spur to Ishiagu connecting Enugu and Ebonyi states. The minister said the projects represent major investment in road transport infrastructure, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity. According to him, “They are visible and incontrovertible assets in proof of what Nigeria’s resources are invested in, from a combination of our earned resources, and borrowings.


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Manu Gandhi: The girl who chronicled Gandhi’s troubled years

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n the evening of 30 January 1948, Mahatma Gandhi stepped outside the house of an Indian business tycoon in Delhi where he was staying and walked to a prayer meeting in the garden. Accompanying Gandhi, as usual, were his grand-nieces, Manu and Abha. As the 78-year-old leader climbed the steps of the prayer platform, a man in khaki emerged from the crowd, pushed aside Manu, pulled out a pistol and pumped three bullets into the frail leader’s chest and abdomen. Gandhi fell, invoked the name of a revered Hindu deity, and died in the arms of the woman who had become his confidante, caregiver and chronicler in his troubled and turbulent final years. Less than a year earlier - in May 1947 - Gandhi had told Manu with chilling prescience that he wanted her to be a “witness” when his end came. At just 14, Manu had become one of the youngest prisoners of India’s struggle for independence. She joined Gandhi, who had been jailed after his demand to end British rule, and ended up spending nearly a year - between 1943 and 1944 - in prison. She also began writing a diary. For the next four years, the teenage prisoner turned into a prolific writer. Twelve volumes of Manu Gandhi’s diaries are preserved in India’s archives - written in Gujarati in ruled notebooks, they contain her own writings, Gandhi’s speeches (which she wrote as he spoke) and letters, as well as her “English work book”. Now they have been translated into English by Gandhi scholar Tridip Suhrud and published for the first time ever. Her diary, a constant companion, fell out of her hand

Manu was Gandhi’s grand-niece

Manu became Gandhi’s confidante and chronicler in his later years when Gandhi collapsed on her after the fatal shooting. After that day, she stopped keeping a journal, and instead, wrote books and delivered talks on the leader until her death in 1969 at the age of 42.

Manu’s entries detail the days leading up to Kasturba’s death years

The first set of her diaries offers extraordinary insight into a precocious and observant young girl, both devotee and budding chronicler, keenly recording the everydayness of life in captivity. She also reveals herself as a tireless caregiver to Gandhi’s wife, Kasturba, whose health is failing fast. Manu’s early journal entries reveal what appears to be a joyless and regimented life. It’s a never-ending grind of daily duties - cutting vegetables, preparing food, massaging Kasturba and oiling her hair, spinning thread, reciting prayers, cleaning utensils, weighing herself on selected days and so on. “But you have to remember, she, along with Gandhi and his wife and associates, are in prison. They have voluntary obligations as prisoners. Life might seem joyless and coercive, but she is also learning the rules of ashramic (a religious retreat or a monastic community) way of life that Gandhi practised,” Dr Suhrud told me.

Not formally educated, Manu, under Gandhi’s guidance, learns English, grammar, geometry and geography. She begins reading the epics and Hindu scriptures. She finds out “where the War [WW2] is being fought” by looking at a map book. The teenager also reads about Marx and Engels. Grammar lessons take up a lot of study time. “Today I learnt about declinable (changing) and indeclinable (unchanging) adjectives and about predicative and sub-predicative adjectives,” she writes about a lesson. But prison life with Gandhi and his associates is not entirely desultory. Manu listens to music on the gramophone, goes out for long walks, plays “ping pong” [table tennis] with Gandhi and carrom with Kasturba, and learns to make chocolate. She writes of how Gandhi’s associates in prison plan to dress up like Roosevelt, Churchill and Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, in what appears to be readying for a fancy-dress programme of sorts. Gandhi rejects it because he

doesn’t like “such enactments”. The diaries are also permeated by tragedy. Her writings are bookended by two deaths that shook Gandhi: his closest aide Mahadev Desai, regarded as the greatest chronicler of the leader’s life, and Kasturba. There are heart-wrenching accounts of the days leading up to Kasturba’s death in February 1944. One night she tells her husband that she is in great pain, and “these are my last breaths”. “Go. But go with peace, won’t you?” Gandhi tells her. And when Kasturba passes away on a winter evening, her head in the lap of her husband, Gandhi “closes his eyes and places his forehead on her as if he were blessing her”. “They had spent their lives together, now he was seeking final forgiveness and bidding her farewell… Her pulse stopped and she breathed her last,” Manu writes. As Manu becomes a young woman, her diary entries are longer and more thoughtful. She is candid about Gandhi’s most controversial and unfathomable experiment - when he asked Manu in December 1946 to join him in bed as he slept “to test, or further test, his conquest of sexual desire”, in the words of biographer Ramachandra Guha. (Gandhi had married at 13, and taken a vow of celibacy when he was 38 and father of four children). The experiment lasted barely two weeks and invited widespread opprobrium, but we will have to wait for the forthcoming volumes to find out what she thought about it. In the end, Manu Gandhi comes across as an earnest and resilient person, mature beyond her years, discerning, and completely capable of asserting herself in front of one of the world’s most charismatic and powerful leaders. “It is not easy to be with Gandhi in his last phase of life - he has grown old, times are difficult, his wife is dead as are his close associates. To Manu, we owe a lot of our understanding of Gandhi’s last days. She’s a chronicler, record-keeper and a historian,” says Dr Suhrud. That is quite true. “Churchill is convinced that I am his biggest enemy,” Gandhi tells Manu in 1944. “What is one to do? He believes that he would not be able to suppress and control the country if I were to be kept out of prison. But even, otherwise, they will not be able to suppress the country. Once people acquire confidence, they will not forget it. I consider my work to have been more.” Three years later, amid a bloody partition, India gained freedom. Source: BBC


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NAME OF DECEASED PERSON James Allu late of Lafia, Died on the 27th day of October, 2021 at Lafia Umar Bello late of Akwanga, Died on the 7th day of May, 2021 at Makurdi Muhammed H. Ifuyate late of Nasarawa, Died on the 8th day of January, 2021 at Toto Musa Abubakar Anzaku late of Garaku, Died on the 7th day of September, 2021 at Lafia Ibrahim Mabaruka Kamba late of Lafia, Died on the 28th day of April, 2017 at Sokoto Kasuwa Rikichi Egbeh late of Lafia, Died on the 23rd day of July, 2021 at Panda Umar Ibrahim late of Keffi, Died on the 15th day of July, 2021 at Keffi Amina Madaki late of Akwanga, Died on the 21st day of August, 2021 at Akwanga Hassaini Tanko D. late of Masaka, Died on the 17th day of April, 2021 at Garaku Kashim Moses Daniel late of Wamba, Died on the 8th day of August, 2021 at Akwanga Dauda Hulaira Zakari late of Lafia, Died on the 26th day of October, 2021 at Lafia Abdullahi Rabo Jibrin late of Nasarawa, Died on the 23rd day of August, 2021 at Nasarawa Oseshi Usman Ewa late of Kokona, Died on the 20th day of March, 2017 at Kokona Usman Moh’d Ogura late of Toto, Died on the 15th day of August, 2021 at Toto Habiba Yahaya Owuna late of Nasarawa, Died on the 3rd day of November, 2021 at Cairo Adamu Shuaibu late of Nasarawa, Died on the 11th day of July, 2021 at Nasarawa Ekom Usman late of Sabon Kayarda, Died on the 5th day of April, 2021 at Lafia James Usman Angbashim late of Nassarawa Eggon, Died on the 15th day of August, 2021 at Nassarawa Eggon Baba Osu Abubakar late of Nasarawa, Died on the 20th day of July, 2021 at Nasarawa Alaku Danjuma late of Kadarko, Died on the 18th day of March, 2016 at Kadarko Ismaila Danjuma late of Gwantu, Died on 9th day of March, 2005 at Garaku Kaltimi M. Jade late of Wamba, Died on the 17th day of September, 2020 at Wamba Mohammed Hassan late of Lafia, Died on the 8th day of September, 2021 at Lafia Adamu Nuhu late of Doma Died on the 2nd day of February, 2021 at Doma

NAME(S) AND ADDRESS (ES) OF APPLICANT(S) James Felicia of Lafia the lawful Widow of the said deceased Bello Nuhu Umar of Akwanga the lawful Son of the said deceased Yahaya Mohammed Jibrin & Aminu Muhammed Ejeh both of Lafia, the lawful Sons of the said deceased Musa Isa Abubakar of Garaku the lawful Son of the said deceased Ibrahim Maryam Kamba of Lafia the lawful Daughter of the said deceased Allu Bridget John of Lafia the lawful Widow of the said deceased Yusuf Suleiman of Keffi the lawful Son of the said deceased Khadijat Iliyasu Gambo of Akwanga the lawful Daughter of the said deceased Douglas Ernes Tanko of Masaka the lawful Son of the said deceased Kashim Inji CM of Wamba the lawful Son of the said deceased Zakari Dauda of Lafia the lawful Son of the said deceased Haliru Usman Bala of Nasarawa the lawful Son of the said deceased Umar Hassana Ubana of Kokona the lawful Widow of the said deceased Azamu Anyiosu of Lafia the lawful Widow of the said deceased Owuna Umar Farouk of Nasarawa the lawful Son of the said deceased Shuaibu Muhammad Sani, Shuaibu Katume & Yakubu Ramatu all of Nasarawa the lawful Son & Daughters of the said deceased respectively. Usman Titi of Sabon Kayarda the lawful Widow of the said deceased James Ashe Mercy of Nassarawa Eggon the lawful Daughter of the said deceased Nasiru Usman of Nasarawa the lawful Son of the said deceased Alaku Samuel Danjuma of Kadarko the lawful Son of the said deceased Samaila Abubakar of Gwantu the lawful Son of the said deceased Manga Tanko Samuel of Wamba the lawful Son of the said deceased Hassan Bello of Lafia the lawful Son of the said deceased Adamu Nuhu, Abdullahi Adamu & Adamu Salamatu Nuhu all of Doma the lawful Sons & Daughter of the said deceased respectively.

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NAME OF DECEASED PERSON Kuna Danlami late of Agyaragu Died on the 25th day of July, 2020 at Lafia Abdulmalik Mahmud Zabairu late of Akwanga, Died on the 6th day of September, 2020 at Akwanga Ahmed Yahaya late of Awuma Lafia, Died on the 26th day of August, 2021 at Awuma Lafia Abdullahi Rabi Agbo late of Keana, Died on the 20th day of May, 2021 at Jos Joshua O. Dakatu late of Agyaragu, Died on the 3rd day of October, 2013 at Obi Sebastine G. Jonathan late of Mada Station, Died on the 23rd day of June, 2021 at Mada Station Aso Ali late of Zango, Died on the 4th day of May, 2013 at Zango Adagba Samuel late of Akunza Migili, Died on 5th day of October, 2019 at Akunza Migili Adamu Madaki late of Ukanbu, Died on 11th day of December, 2020 at Wamba Zamani Jajuwi Zafaniah late of Akwanga, Died on the 14th day of November, 2021 at Akwanga Samuel Agube late of Karmo, Died on the 8th day of December, 2020 at Toto Bature Kasuwa late of Panda, Died on the 28th day of June, 2020 at Panda Abubakar Iya Hassan late of Toto, Died on the 28th day of October, 2021 at Yobe Mohammed Akuki Obi late of Lafia, Died on the 11th day of January, 2021 at Lafia Bala Yakubu late of Lafia, Died on the 11th day of April, 2012 at Lafia Yere Ityoember Samuel late of Agayargu, Died on the 18th day of August, 2019 at Agyaragu Danladi A. Oyinaka late of Assakio, Died on 11th day of August, 2018 at Lafia

NAME(S) AND ADDRESS (ES) OF Danlami Tabitha of Agyaragu the lawful Widow of the said deceased Mahmud Bako Zubairu of Akwanga the lawful Father of the said deceased Yahaya Ruquayyat Ahmed of Awuma Lafia the lawful Daughter of the said deceased Ahmed Hauwa of Jos the lawful Sister of the said deceased Dakatu Fostinus Zhegya of Gidinye Agyaragu the lawful Son of the said deceased Jonathan Ovey Geoffrey of Nassarawa Eggon the lawful Son of the said deceased Ali Samuel Aso of Zango Gitata the lawful Son of the said deceased Timothy Adagba of Akunza Migili the lawful Son of the said deceased Adamu Elisha of Ukambu the lawful Son of the said deceased Zamani Shedrack of Akwanga the lawful Brother of the said deceased Samuel Joseph of Toto, the lawful Son of the said deceased Tanko Emi of Lafia the lawful Nephew of the said deceased Abubakar Hafsat Hassan of Suleja the lawful Daughter of the said deceased Akuki Abubakar Adole of Lafia the lawful Son of the said deceased Amiyi Alakayi & Hamza Lukman both of Lafia the lawful Widow & Brother of the said deceased respectively Samuel Terfa of Agyaragu the lawful Son of the said deceased Akushonye Hamza Danladi & Danladi Akushonye Muazu both of Lafia the lawful Sons of the said deceased

REPUBLICATION REPUBLICATION 1 Idakwo Anthony late of Lafia Died on the 4th day of July, 2021 at Lafia 2 Salihu Abdul Ugah late of Lafia, Died on the 4th day of September, 2019 at Lafia 3 Ayangafa Dorcas late of Lafia, Died on the 4th day of September, 2018 at Lafia 4 Yahuza Usman Ibrahim late of Lafia, Died on the 22nd day of December, 2020 at Lafia 5 Jatau Bitrus late of Buhar Died on the 2nd day of June, 2020 at Akwanga 6 Usman Luka late of Keffi, Died on the 18th day of February, 2013 at Keffi

REPUBLICATION Idakwo Joseph Omaye of Abuja the lawful Son of the said deceased Muazu Hadiza Abdullahi & Bashir Abdul Salihu both of Lafia the lawful Widow & Son of the said deceased respectively Ayagafa Grace Doofa & Gboko Yashie Abraham both of Lafia, the lawful Daughter & Son of the said deceased respectively Sani Safiya Mohammed & Yahuza Idris both of Lafia the lawful Widow & Brother of the said deceased respectively Jatau Nuhu of Buhar the lawful Brother of the said deceased. Luka Markus of Keffi the lawful Son of the said deceased.

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LMC general Assembly approves December 17 NPFL Kick Off By Albert Akota

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he General Assembly of the League Management Company (LMC) and NPFL Club Owners have okayed 17th December 2021 as the kick off date for the 2021/2022 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season. This was part of the resolutions at the end of its General Assembly meeting held yesterday at the corporate headquarters of the LMC at Maitama in Abuja. Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting which lasted for over five hours, the Executive Secretary of the NPFL Club Owners Association, Chief Alloy Chukwuemeka said the new season would start and end early

enough in order to align the NPFL program with the international Football calendar. He said Nigeria Football followers should expect a new brand of NPFL season with lots of innovation and robust competition amongst the participating clubs. Chukwuemeka also revealed that the General Assembly endorsed the appointment of Prince Davidson Owumi of Rangers International FC of Enugu as the new CEO of the League Management company LMC. The Executive Secretary added that Owumi received a rousing applause by the General Assembly which was also attended by the representative of

the NFF President Alh. Ibrahim Musa Gusau, even as he assured that he would bring to the table his wealth of experience to add

more value to the system. Earlier the LMC had announced that more sponsors and partners would be unveiled

soon to boost the revenue streams of the league aside NPFL television coverages of the matches and other activations.

Pinnick to represent Infantino at special event in Ukraine By Albert Akota

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resident of the Nigeria Football Federation and FIFA Council Member, Mr Amaju Pinnick will stand in for world football supremo, Mr Gianni Infantino at the 30th year anniversary of Ukrainian Association of Football in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine on Thursday. Pinnick, who is also a Member of both the CAF Executive and Emergency Committees, and is presently in Doha, Qatar for the ongoing FIFA Arab Cup tournament, will fly into Kyiv on Wednesday afternoon. “Personally and on behalf of the whole UAF team, I have the the honour to inform you that on 09 December 2021, a significant event for the Ukrainian football will take place – 30 years since the founding of the Ukrainian Association of Football. “In this respect, I kindly invite you participate in the respective activities dedicated to celebration of this event in Kyiv, Ukraine,” Andrii Pavelko, President of the Ukrainian Association of Football wrote, inter alia. President of world football – governing body, Gianni Infantino

Pinnick (right) with his wife (second right) alongside Infantino (second left) and FIFA Chief of Global Football Development, Mr Arsene Wenger at the FIFA Arab Cup in Doha.

has now delegated Pinnick, a former CAF 1st Vice President,

to represent him at the landmark occasion.

Pavelko and the UAF General Secretary, Yuriy Zapisotskiy will

receive the FIFA Council Member on arrival in Kyiv on Wednesday.

Moshood Abiola National Stadium to Host Four Team Invitational Tournament

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he newly rehabilitated pitch of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja will have its first feel of competitive football this weekend if the plans for a four team invitational tournament see the light of day. The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Sports,

.....Akwa United, Kano Pillars, Lobi Stars, Sunshine Stars on the cards Daniel Amokachi and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development are collaborating on this project. Amokachi said the pre season tournament to be tagged Presidential Cup will see four top Nigeria Professional Football League(NPFL) teams participating.

“Akwa United, Kano Pillars, Lobi Stars and Sunshine Stars are the teams lined up for this tournament. There will be appearance fees for the teams and their feeding plus accommodation will be taken care of,” Amokachi said. The teams are expected to

arrive in Abuja on Thursday while the opening game will be played on Friday. There will be two games daily, with the second games expected to be played under floodlight. The tournament is expected to end on Sunday while the teams will depart Abuja on Monday.

he world basketball governing body, FIBA have sent a warning letter to the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, stating that it would not welcome any third party interference in the internal workings of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, as well as, the planned elective congress of the NBBF. The letter by FIBA, also stated that in view of its magnanimity to allow the country's male national team participate in the recently held world cup qualifiers in Angola, the elective congress of the NBBF must be held on or before January 30, 2022. It further warned against any change in the ratified existing statutes and constitution of NBBF before the elective congress, as such action might attract its sanction.

Dreamland Academy emerged Champions Of Dreamland/Embassy Of Hungary U-19 Cup By Amaechi Agbo

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reamland Academy of Abia State on Sunday, emerged new champions of the of the 8th edition of Dreamland/Embassy of Hungary U-19 Cup Tournament. In the final played at the Turf Arena, River Plate Garden, Abuja, the Abia State Academy defeated Jazzy Stars FC of Jos , Plateau State 4-3 on penalties to lift the coveted trophy. The regulation ended 1-1 after Dreamland surrendered their early second half lead in the dying moment of the match. In the penalty shootout, Dreamland, 6th edition champions in May 2019, converted four out of five spot kicks while Jazzy Stars who reached the final after defeating Jamba FC on same penalties could only convert their three kicks. Highlights of the five-day competition which started on Wednesday, December first, 2021 were presentations of individual as well as Life Time Achievements Awards to deserving persons In the individual awards, Cletus Victor of Dreamland Academy won the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament. Kelvin Yusuf, from Jamba Soccer Academy won the Highest Goal scorer. Best Player of the tournament award

was giving to Godwin Eden of Goddosky FC. Dr Sandor Beer, Hungarian Ambassador to Nigeria; Elizabeth DiosKovacs, Deputy Ambassador and Andras

Dios, Head of Sports and Culture Project in the Embassy recieved Life Time Achievements Awards for their support in promoting Dreamland/Embassy of Hungary Cup and grassroots sports in

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Nigeria Contingent arrives Uzbekistan for 2021 World Weightlifting Championship N igerian contingent have arrived Tashkent, Uzbekistan, venue of the 2021 World Weightlifting Championship staring tomorrow. The championship which serves as 2022 Commonwealth Games qualifier will start from tomorrow, Tuesday, December 7th through 17th, 2021. The 10 Nigerian contingent arrived Tashkent by 2am on Sunday morning. The team on arrival proceeded to their hotel, Hotel Uzbekistan where they will camp for the championship. The Hotel Uzbekistan is located just 100 metres from Amir Temur square in Tashkent and offers a high level of service and security. Nigeria contingent is made up of seven lifters, two coaches and a physio, Abdulsalam Shuaibu kayode.

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frican Pillar of Sports and Forbes Rated Billionaire, Senator Uzor Kalu has fulfilled his one million pledge to Enyimba FC for Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup victory against Al Ittihad SC. The former Governor on Saturday through his verified Facebook page pledged to encourage Enyimba with the

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Nigeria contingent to 2021 World Weightlifting Championship at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on Friday

Orji Kalu fulfils one million naira pledge To Enyimba for CAF CC Win By Amaechi Agbo

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sum of one million naira if they win the Tunisians Enyimba on Sunday prevailed 2-0 against their Libyan opponents in the playoff round fixture at the Enyimba Stadium, with Sadiq Abubakar and Victor Mbaoma getting the goals. And in fulfillment of his promise, Kalu rewarded the team with one million naira While acknowledging the

donation, Chairman of Enyimba FC, Chief Felix Anyansi Agwu said, “Senator Kalu had promised to reward the team with one million naira for a win, and following Sunday’s result, has duly fulfilled the pledge. “We are very thankful to the former Governor for remembering Enyimba at this crucial stage. Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is man whose love for

football has never been in doubt, that is why he is a Pillar of Sports in Africa. His gift is a big boost to the players.” “This singular act has gone to underline the truth that football is an important tool for bringing people together and it is our sincere hope to continuously achieve results that will bring smiles to the faces of our people.” He said

ith the year 2021 gradually winding down, a prominent stakeholder in Nigeria basketball and proprietor of Mark Mentors Basketball Club, Igoche Mark has promised to resurrect the dying domestic basketball leagues in 2022 across Nigeria. Mark's promise was contained in a statement signed by his media aide, Kingsley Aigbonoga on Sunday in Abuja. The statement Mr Mark lamented the sorry state of domestic basketball in the country but vowed to change the narrative. "We have concluded plans to make 2022 a year filled with numerous basketball championships/invitational tournaments in order to make up for dearth/deficit experienced during the reign of those who led basketball in Nigeria before now. "In the coming days, the timetable will be made available to the public. The New Phase of Basketball Movement is ready to erase the abomination committed in the last four years. "Certainly, our domestic league will become an envy to many." The statement stated.

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NWFL Premiership 2021/2022: Osun Babes to play home games at Lanre Leke Stadium

The Nigeria Women Football League Secretariat on Monday disclosed that all the home games involving Osun Babes Football club in the 2021/2022 season will be played at the Lanre Leke Stadium, Ele Ogbo, Osun state. The Chief Operating Officer of the NWFL, Modupe Shabi, the original home ground of Osun Babes, the Oshogbo Township stadium, Oshogbo has been unsuitable to host matches in the calibre of the NWFL Premiership. She said in a statement signed in Abuja that: “Following the inspection of the Osogbo Township stadium, by the Nigeria Women Football League, we wish to inform you that the current state of the aforementioned stadium is not good enough to host any NWFL matches until it is hoped that necessary facilities are being effected on the stadium. Consequently, the Osun Babes FC shall be playing their home matches at the Lanre Leke Stadium, Ele Ogbo. The 2021/2022 Nigeria Women’s Premier League will start today across match centres.

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t may appear that the political game has just begun, going by the increased media coverage of politicians and their activities; the struggles for the soul of Nigeria come 2023 has commenced, but it did not just begin now. It actually began with the well orchestrated ENDSARS protest a year ago. While police brutality was becoming a serious national menace, the ENDSARS protest would only appear to the irrational and biased thinkers, or even the naive, as a natural outburst from an enraged population. That is what they - the unseen political hands behind the protest - want us all to believe; while in reality, it was a planned outing to enrage the youth population against the ruling party, create a streetwise dissatisfaction and opposition movement and keep them watered until when the time is ripe to finally mobilise them for elections and against the ruling party. It was for no other reason that the timely presidential assent to the demand of the protesters did not deter the continuation of the protest; because their goals were not yet achieved with the swift government acceding to their demand to ‘END SARS’ literally speaking. There was nothing yet to get the likes of CNN, BBC, or Al Jazeeral on board; nothing yet for PDP to use as a campaign message come 2023, so the protest could not just end like that. DJ Switch, personally and dramatically, while in tears, stated she carried over 71 corpses and dropped them on the ravaging soldiers, extracted with her bare hands bullets from some of the wounded victims, which she presented to the Canadian legislature; yet, she had no blood stain on her, something conspicuously missing in both her viral video and her dramatic stunt. They had enough doctored graphics of blood stains to show the global community; yet no real blood on the ground, or on them, but more than enough on the media space. Please, remember we are in a selfie-crazy, picture-taking generation, but none could take pictures of anyone dead at the protest ground. Falana was on rampage, Atiku and the whole PDP family wanted the world to descend on Nigeria and the ruling APC. They broke down in public tears at the concocted, phantom massacre, and instead of using their positions of wealth to come to the aid of the bereaved families, if at all there were any they set the street thugs against the person and properties of Tinubu in Lagos state. Is Tinubu the President? How could Peter Obi, who as a governor, supervised the most recorded brutality in Anambra State and went ahead to compensate the officer who was responsible for the atrocities with his blessings as a governor, remains a celebrated messiah, but then is later castigating the sitting government while Tinubu was being attacked? Don’t we all see the correlation or at least suspect something?

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USSIJU MEDANER info@medaner.com, justme4justice@yahoo.com They want us all to accept the narrative of a massacre, yet without presenting irrefutable evidence of a massacre. What would it cost them to once and for all present families and friends of the victims; what would it cost them to come up with a photo album of the victims? How possible is it that the 71 corpses that DJ Switch claimed to have carried and which later were pruned down to 11 by the ENDSARS panel are altogether Nigerians without families, friends and any traceable presence on the social media. Though some of us have chosen to be outrightly biased, irrational and unopened to truth, but, that would not stop the truth from being the truth. 78 corpses claimed to have been carried by DJ Switch, about 20 reportedly killed by CNN and 11 dead submitted in a report that has two of the names repeated twice and another two without surnames could not possibly be a chanced omission; but a revelation of typical inconsistency of lies - a known dirty propaganda tactics. Under a circumstance that we can all agree was a tension, DJ Switch had the boldness to count 70 bodies but not enough boldness to take pictures or shoot a real time video. Not even to ask anyone around to assist her in taking a single clip. Do we all know that this is the first time in a long time that Nigerians would witness an event and would not have it covered on recorded videos? I remember the popular Aluu 4 in Port Harcourt some years ago. While the mob was burning the four students alive, onlookers were busy filming instead of making any attempt to rescue the victims and so it was undeniable that an atrocity was committed that night for punishment to be meted out. It is impossible that we would allow that to pass us by, that is, not at least one person taking pictures or making a video of the alleged killings at the Lekki Tollgate protest ground; but one of the curious points the panel set up to unravel the fact of the incident would report was a “massacre in context” on that day despite not credible, not even a decent substantiation of the aforementioned phrase. Even the panel, perhaps, out of confusion or prejudice - or could it be computer errors? - only recommended compensation for the family of one of the deceased in what they call a ‘massacre in context.’ This inconsistency cannot be ignored. Then, the government played into the hands of political puppeteers, gave them the power to control the narratives of the panel of enquiry; and

I would not blame the government. It wanted to be open and give the truth the opportunity to prevail but failed to recognise that it was not dealing with people who care about right or wrong for as long as the end serves their selfish goals. Finally, we have wasted taxpayers money to cover expenses of professionals, who carried out detailed medical and forensic analyses to establish the facts of the allegations surrounding the alleged massacre but ended up relying solely on the forever-unverifiable evidence of the same people who claimed they were the ones that carries the imaginary corpses on the night of the protest incident. An unsigned report leaked to the media and filled with so much inconsistencies and fabricated lies, that even their core financiers and fronts could not explain away the glaring inconsistencies and the leak could only be for a reason: for their failure to establish the fact of a massacre as they would have wanted, opted to poison the mind of the populace, most especially the population that only wanted to hear the news of a massacre. This, as I earlier mentioned elsewhere, is a known dirty propaganda tactic. I have one more question for all those who, despite the inconsistencies in the panel report, still prefer to believe the lie, the alleged massacre; how possible is it, that despite having professors, SANs and well educated youths on the panel for it to have a hell of a time handling just eleven names to the point of repeating two of the names, twice, mistakenly inserting the name of a petitioner who had come to testify before the same panel, and listed two victims (deceased) they could not get anyone to identify but with just their first names and without surnames. How did the panel know their first names since they are dead and no one, not friends and relatives to furnish them with full names? These - and probably more - are hard questions the panel did a poor job at handling and it the panel may be rightly suspected with the charge of unethical practice of inquiry; but that will be another matter to be dealt with, hopefully in the future. But for the inconsistencies that gave away the report as a concocted document to achieve personal and political goals, today, the whole of Nigeria would have been in turmoil and the ruling party in a gross attack from the pounding gyrations from the vocal Falanas and money-serving clergies who claim to be men of God.

Atiku would have released a press statement. PDP governors would have addressed a press conference on the state of the nation; Sowore would have been on an onslaught and Adeyanju and Aisha Yeshufu would have finished the job for them. They are very good at these jobs! But unfortunately for them, they miss the target this time around. They have all together gone mute; dodging comments and the narrative of the purported 78 Lekki massacre witnessed only by a single person. But these are not people who would give up. They will come about again; I am sure they have returned to the table to re-strategise. PDP is a party that does not understand how to campaign with its achievements despite having the longest democratic stay in power in Nigeria, or perhaps, it is because it does not have any worthy achievements to showcase, hence, it must resort to blackmail and propaganda to pull down rivals, particularly the ruling party in order to win election. Well, PDP should know that if its propaganda can work, the rhetoric of fulanisation and islamisation would have denied President Muhammadu Buhari the throne. It does not work and so also do the many insults and attacks against the person of the President and its party failed to hand them the presidency in 2015 and again in 2019; and most definitely would fail again in 2023. What these people did was a crime against the nation; and it would be very unfortunate and yet another very bad precedent if they all get away with it. Currently, most individuals, lawyers and politicians who spread false and divisive information about the America 2020 election are being sanctioned as we speak. DJ Switch and his gang must be brought to justice, to be ordered to either confess or present veritable facts of the statements they offered globally during and after the incident and which were responsible mostly for the destruction that follows; otherwise, setting the country aflame for selfish ends would become the new norm in our body politicking. GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA !

DAN GAYE GAYE DAN

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