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INEC unveils revised gender policy By Folorunso Alagbede, Abuja

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s part of the demonstration of its unrelenting commitment towards electoral inclusivity, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has launched the revised INEC Gender Policy (IGP) . The Gender Policy, which was first developed in 2014, guided by the National Gender Policy (2006) and other Regional and International Instruments to which Nigeria is a signatory, has a provision for review every five years. At a public presentation held in Abuja, yesterday, organised with support from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the Chairman of the Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakuku, declared that the launch of the revised Gender Policy is a milestone achievement which will strengthen the Commission’s capacity to engage stakeholders to take on broad gendersensitive issues in their mainstream operational and electoral plans and actions . Represented by the Chairman of the Outreach and Partnership Committee (OPC), Professor Kunle Ajayi, the INEC Chairman explained that the revised Policy will also further boost the Commission’s electoral inclusiveness. Professor Yakubu commended the painstaking efforts from within and outside the Commission put towards developing the revised document . He said; “today’s (Tuesday’s)

•It will boost electoral inclusiveness, Yakubu public presentation of the INEC Gender Policy (2021-2026), is a celebration of yet another successful outcome of intensive and extensive engagements with our stakeholders which comprises political parties, MDAs, development partners, genderfocused CSOs and other leading gender experts to review, validate and recalibrate INEC Gender Policy guided by international best practices for a sustainable implementation for greater women participation as aspirants, candidates, electorate, observers and personnel in the electoral process”. Harping on the premium placed on Gender mainstreaming and deliberate steps taken to work the talk, Professor Yakubu recalled that the Commission in March, 2021 created the Gender and Inclusivity Department. This decision according to him “was carefully taken by the Commission to give a special focus to electoral equity, fairness and inclusion, especially the universally recognised rights of the disadvantaged groups, including women to participate in the electoral space on equal basis by structurally addressing the impediments that hinder their effective participation”. He continued “Strategically put, with a Gender and Inclusivity Department established and a revised policy tool for intervention put in place for another five years show the Commission’s unrelenting commitment on electoral inclusion”. “This policy outlook for seamless

interface on gender sensitive issues on the electoral process in the country could not have been more reassuring, even as the nation is gearing towards another General Election and offseason elections”, he added. The INEC Chairman was full of appreciation to IFES for the support in actualizing the development and review of the INEC Gender Policy, saying, “we appreciate the invaluable contribution of IFES min bringing this pursuit to fruition. It has been a very rewarding partnership with your organisation with a long and rich history of purposeful engagements and collaborations that have positively impacted on the nation’s evolving democracy and its values”. “IFES technical support in the development of INEC Gender Policy, its subsequent review and other strategic interventions over the years have immensely enriched and stabilised our systems of elections and infrastructure”. In a Keynote Address, National Commissioner and Chairman of Legal Drafting and Litigation Committee, May Agbamuche-Mbu, explained that the Policy which is a living document is expected to foster gender balance in the Commission and to stimulate stakeholders in the electoral process to do the same. She said “ It was revised to codify the Commission’s gender sensitive actions for sustainable implementation”. The National Commissioner noted

that “the public presentation of the Revised INEC Gender Policy is an attestation by the Commission to the fact that its structure and operations at all layers, both internally and in its service delivery will progressively improve with regard to genderresponsiveness in line with global best practices”. In his goodwill message, the Country Director of IFES, Seray Jah, said the launch of the updated gender policy has set the tone for increased women’s engagement in politics in Nigeria. Mr Jah added that “more so, the gender and inclusivity department and the Commission now have a solid document to back its financial demands and material resources that will enable them to achieve women’s participation in governance and electoral processes”. “This policy handbook is a powerful accountability and advocacy tool for the Commission as well as Nigerian women and will remain a key tool to realizing national development goals,”the Country Director added. The high point of the event was the unveiling of the revised INEC Gender Policy and the Implementation Framework by the INEC Chairman, represented by Professor Kunle Ajayi, accompanied by National Commissioner May AgbamucheMbu, Members of the Civil Society Community Present, the IFES Country Director,and INEC Directors Present.

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NHRC: Suleiman lauds officers of Kuje correctional center By Albert Akota

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he National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has commended officers of Nigerian Correctional Service, FCT Command for the professional manner with which they took care of the inmates.

The Chairperson of the NHRC Governing Council, Dr. Salamatu Suleiman who stated this when she led a delegation of the Commission on the 2022 Audit of the Custodial Centre, in Kuje, Abuja. She observed that the officers have made a difference by connecting with the concerned inmates under

their care. The Chairperson who was visibly elated with the attitude of the workers towards the inmates noted that the impression an average Nigerian allegedly has about those in uniform is the application of force, adding that it is not the case with Kuje Correctional Service.

Earlier, top officers of Kuje Correctional Service took the visiting team of the NHRC round the different segments of the facility, including health centre, kitchen, recreation center, cells, skills/vocation centre, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) study centre and places of worship for the inmates, etc.


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Guber aspirant pledges to make Benue commercial hub

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n All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirant in Benue, Rev. Hyacinth Alia, says if given the chance to govern the state, he will reposition it to become industrial and commercial hub for Africa. Alia said this in his remarks at his 56th birthday celebration organised by a group, Alia Alliance, on Monday, in Abuja. The clergy said that the revamping of the industrial sector was necessary to reduce unemployment, crime and youth restiveness. “I will set up more industries, factories to absorb some of our youth roaming around the streets without jobs,” he added. According to him, his focus will also be to harness the state’s agricultural potentials to accelerate industrial and commercial development of the state. Alia said that he would provide the effective and competent leadership the state required to address its myriads of challenges that stippled its development. “These challenges that perennially beset the state cut across all sectors, spanning from education, economic development, healthcare delivery, agriculture and associated industries, social security, insecurity amongst others. “If given the mandate in the 2023 election, I will ensure the sectors of agriculture, education, and health among others be restored the lost glories of the state,” the governorship aspirant said. Alia urged the people of Benue to continue to pray for a successful election and emergence of good leaders for the state. The governorship aspirant commended the alliance for the wide publicity and assistance it had been given to his campaign. In his response, Mr Jimmy Ajim of the Alia Alliance, assured the governorship hopeful of the group’s support to ensure he obtained the APC ticket and ultimately win the governorship election.(NAN)

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CVR: INEC registers 9.2m Nigerians as at May 16 By Folorunso Abuja

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he Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said yesterday that it has registered a total of 9,238,991 Nigerians under the ongoing continuous voter registration, CVR, exercise. This was contained in an update provided yesterday by the

Commission in Abuja. The update released by the Chief Press Secretary, CPS, to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi, was as at Monday, 16th May 2022. The update put the completed number of registration within the period at 5,845,751. It indicated that the registration was done both physically and via online.

The number of those registered online stands at 2,584,548, while the number of those registered physically was put at 3,261,203. While a total of 2,903,003 male were registered within the period under review, the number of female registered stood at 2,942,748. The figure of people living with disability was 48,252. The number of youths

registered within the period is 4,045,520. According to the CVR update, “Fresh Registrants: 9,238,991. Completed Registration : 5,845,751 “Type: Online - 2,584,548. Physical - 3,261,203 “Male: 2,903,003. Female: 2,942,748. PWDs: 48,252. Youths: 4,045,520”, the update showed.

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Governor Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State receiving the LEADERSHIP Governor of year award 2021 from FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, during the 2021 LEADERSHIP Annual conference & Awards, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

ormer Vice President and 2023 Presidential hopeful , Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has urged Nigerians to support his aspiration and vote the Peoples Democratic Party to return to power at all levels so as to unite and restore development of the country. Atiku was speaking in Minna party secretariat while addressing delegates. The aspirant stated that, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) can not unite the country nor accelerate development. The Presidential hopeful while reminding the Niger State delegates of his long standing relationship with them, urge delegates to sustain the friendship.

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r Usman Kondoro, an aspirant for the Nasarawa House of Assembly, has pledged to provide basic amenities for his constituents, if elected in 2023. Kondoro, who is seeks to represent Gitata-Karu Constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), made the pledge while addressing newsmen shortly after his screening on Tuesday in Lafia. He also promised to work assiduously to bring positive development to his constituency if he eventually became their representative at the state legislature. He said that the people of

Gitata-Karu needed to move forward and promised that the paradigm shift would be spearheaded by him via a strong political approach. The aspirant said that the people of his constituency lacked basic social amenities because of the lacklustre approach of their past representatives who, he pointed out, failed to live up to the expectations of the electorate. “Looking at Nigeria’s political space, you will observe that time has come for fresh ideas to be injected for better service to the public. “This is the reality coupled with the fact that I decided to heed the call of my people to serve

them. I have been participating in the political space for a long time, even right from my school days. “The only change this time is that I’m offering myself for a political position and this is because I believe I can meet my people’s aspirations,’’ he said. Kondoro assured his constituents that the ticket would enable him to bring the needed changes which they had been yearning for. “I’m well prepared for the job which makes me stand out as the best for the position and by God’s grace I won’t disappoint my constituents,’’ he assured them. He urged the people of Nasarawa to grant the Gov.

Abdullahi Sule-led administration the needed support and cooperation in its quest to better their lots. He advised politicians not to see politics as a do-or-die affair but rather play the game according to its rules because power belonged to God. “He bestowed it to whosoever he wishes and nobody can question his decision. “I want to passionately appeal to politicians to avoid inflammatory remarks capable of heating up the polity as the 2023 electioneering campaigns are gathering momentum.’’ he said. (NAN)


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resident Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja said more investments will be deployed to the provision of infrastructure and facilities for safe, secure, environment friendly and sustainable civil aviation. The President, who received the Secretary General of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr Juan Carlos Salazar, at the State House, said Nigeria will support the ideals and aspirations of ICAO and achievement of its strategic objectives, in collaboration with other Member States of the Organization. “Nigeria became a member of ICAO Council in 1962, and since then, it has continued to make valuable contributions to the Council’s work and its activities. “It is pertinent to also mention that Nigeria has been playing a key role in supporting the implementation of ICAO Policies and Programmes internationally, and particularly in the African region. “To this end, Nigeria has ratified international air law instruments like the Montreal Protocol and amendments to some articles of the Chicago Convention. Nigeria is also championing the cause of Aviation safety, security and facilitation in Africa,’’ he said. The President told the ICAO delegation that he has approved the establishment of Aerospace University in Abuja to cater for research and development as well as provide manpower for the industry. “In this regard, Nigeria is looking forward to the continued support of ICAO under its ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative,’’ he added. President Buhari also noted that the Nigerian Government has established independent agencies in order to enhance aviation safety and security, while ensuring effective and efficient provision and management of infrastructure in all aspects of the industry. “These include the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for safety and economic oversight of the industry; the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency for air

Saraki promises to restore peace in Nigeria From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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he Former Senate President and People Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Aspirant Dr. Bukola Saraki has promised to restore peace in the North-west and North East if elected as the president of Nigeria. He stated this on Monday while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after holding a meeting with the party delegates. He explained further that his target if elected the President of Nigeria is to change the economy of the country and eliminate the bandits.

Buhari assures ICAO Nigeria will sustain investments in Aviation safety, security traffic services; the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria for management of Government owned airports; the Nigerian Meteorological Agency for meteorological services; and the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, the nation’s main aviation training organization, established in 1964 in collaboration with ICAO and the United Nations Development Programme. “Nigeria is fully committed to working with other States and support the implementation of the Global Aviation Safety Plan, the Global Air Navigation Plan, as well as the Global Aviation Security Plan,’’ the President said. As part of its support, President Buhari said Nigeria, over time, seconded auditors to support various ICAO programmes in the areas of safety and security. “We have also contributed experts on various ICAO technical panels, commissions and working

groups. “The Government of Nigeria has adopted a civil aviation policy, which is centered on liberalization and Public-Private-Partnerships Initiative. These have resulted in huge investments in the nation’s airports infrastructure and services, increased capacity utilization and phenomenal increase in the number of domestic operators. Indeed, the domestic and international traffic has experienced a tremendous growth since our assumption of office in 2015. “Nigeria is the headquarters of the Regional Safety Oversight Organisation, the Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organization and also, a major contributor and participant in the Regional Accident Investigation Agency, the Banjul Accord Group Accident Investigation Agency,’’ he added. Recently, according to the

President, Nigeria made a robust donation to the ICAO voluntary Air Transport Fund in order to be part of the Global efforts for recovery from COVID-19 crisis. “We have also made significant financial contribution to the Safety and Human Resource Development Funds, in addition to hosting several ICAO meetings and regional workshops, including the widely acclaimed successful third ICAO World Aviation Forum, as well as several other workshops on safety oversight,’’ he said. Also speaking at the event, Minister of Aviation, Hadi Abubakar Sirika, commended President Buhari for giant strides taken under his administration in the areas of aviation safety, security and development. “Our profile improved significantly during your tenure, Mr President. Passengers rose from 8 million to 18 million in four years, while security and safety also

went up significantly,” he said. The ICAO Secretary General lauded what he calls “the leadership role Nigeria plays in civil aviation in Africa,” saying the country’s record is one of the most impressive in the world. “The number of airports have doubled, passengers are growing in spite of COVID-19. The record of safety is the most important performance indicator of all. I recognize the excellent work by your government to maintain high standards, in line with international best practices,” Salazar said. Stressing that it’s important to maintain the track record, the ICAO scribe stressed that there was no end line in civil aviation, “we keep chasing targets that go on and on.” He urged President Buhari to sustain the support being given to the sector, to attract further investment, tourism, and continued growth.

L-R: Representative of the Tax Justice Network Africa (Kenya), Donita Mosoti Kemunto, Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani), Representative of the Federal Ministry of Health, Oshundele Bunmi and Mr. Rogers Kidiya Amesa from Tax Justice Network Africa (Kenya), during the presentation of research on Tobacco Taxation and Health Financing in Nigeria, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Ibadan Poly suspends examinations over students’ protest

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he Polytechnic, Ibadan in Oyo State, has postponed the second semester examinations for the 2021/2022 academic session indefinitely due to the protest staged by some students on Monday in Ibadan. The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, made this known in Ibadan, when contacted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) for comments on the students’ protest. Adewole said that those protesting were students, who refused to pay their tuition fees for the completion of their registration. “Many of them have not paid

and as a result, they have not completed their registration. “And the management is insisting that those who have not completed their registration, and have not paid will not write the examination. “So, they suddenly woke up to realise this on the day they are supposed to start their examinations. “One to two weeks ago they were busy celebrating their Hall Week, Towns celebration and other celebrations, forgetting to pay their tuition fee, which might have been given to them by their parents or guardians,” he said. Adewole said since the students knew that the school

management would enforce a “No Pay, No Examinations” they employed their own strategy to halt the examinations scheduled for Monday. “The examinations have been called off, but we are going to restrategise. “Anybody that does not pay or complete his or her registration is not a student of The Polytechnic, Ibadan, except they do the needful,” he said. NAN gathered that some students of the polytechnic had on Monday paralysed academic activities in the institution, disrupting the commencement of the second semester examinations of the institution.

Some of the students, who pleaded anonymity, said some of them had paid their tuition fees. But, they were unable to print their course forms so they couldn’t proceed with registration, while some who started their registration have yet to complete it due to various reasons. NAN gathered that the students also claimed that due to social activities, they were not prepared for the examinations. The students, however, urged the management to first conclude the examinations for the part-time students before the commencement of the examinations for the full-time students. (NAN)


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he Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has asked Facebook and other social media platforms to stop allowing the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to use their platforms to incite violence and instigate ethnic hatred in Nigeria. This was contained in statement signed and signed by Special Assistant to the President (Media) Office of the Minister of Information and Culture, Segun Adeyemi. It said the Minister made the demand in Abuja yesterday at a meeting with a team from Facebook. He said since IPOB had been proscribed and classified as a terrorist organization, Facebook has no justification for yielding its platform to the organization to further its campaign of hate and

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Stop IPOB from using your platform to incite violence — FG tells Facebook, other social media outlets destabilization of the country. “I have called this meeting to enable us to discuss the increasing use of Facebook by separatists and anarchists, especially those of them based outside the country, to instigate violence and ethnic hatred in Nigeria. “For whatever reason, they seem to have now chosen Facebook as their platform of choice. And their tools include disinformation, incendiary statements and hate speech. They use Facebook broadcasts to reach their followers, who are in thousands. They tag those opposed to their violent ways as ‘saboteurs’ who must be

attacked, maimed and killed. They use both English and their local language as it suits them,” Alhaji Mohammed said. He said the actions of the proscribed group have reallife implications, adding: ‘’By purveying hate and inciting violence, people are getting killed while private and public property are being attacked and destroyed. Security agencies and other symbols of government are their choice targets.’’ The Minister said despite the numerous complaints to Facebook on the activities of IPOB, nothing has been done by the company to

curtail the group’s excesses on the social media platform. “Our social media people have been monitoring these separatists, anarchists and purveyors of hate, and have been reporting their atrocious actions to Facebook, but all they get are default responses that their complaints have been received and are being looked into. Most often than not, nothing is done about such complaints... The truth is that whatever Facebook is doing to check these people is mere tokenism and is totally ineffective,” he said. Mohammed said the government would be monitoring

Facebook and other platforms closely in the days ahead to ensure compliance with the demand, as it steps up the campaign for the responsible use of social media. “We have always advocated a responsible use of social media, and consistently called on all stakeholders to join us in achieving this. Some have tagged our efforts as an attempt to stifle social media. They are wrong, because we have no intention of preventing Nigerians from using social media responsibly. All we have been advocating is a responsible use of social media,” he said.

Cultists kill 36-year-old man in Badagry

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clash between rival cult groups in Adaripon Ipage Compound, Badagry, Lagos State, has led to the death of a 36-year-old man, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that the death of the victim, popularly called ‘Baba Ibeji, is the third in Badagry within five days, resulting from clashes between rival cult groups. A source told the NAN in Badagry that the victim was hit by bullets in the chest and mouth, around 11.00a.m., on Monday. He said that the perpetrators disappeared into the thin air after the incident. “However, seeing that the victim was still struggling on the floor after their disappearance, the residents came to his aid by rushing him to General Hospital in Badagry. “He was, however, confirmed dead after a short medical attention,” the source said. Another source told NAN that the victim was not the target of the group. According to the source, the group was looking for his younger brother who allegedly belonged Aiye Confraternity. “They came looking for him on May 11, but could not find him at home. “They met his 59-year-old father at home and stabbed him at the back of his head to show his son as a sign that they came. “Unfortunately, when they came back on Monday, he was not around, so, they had to kill his brother instead,” he said. He said that the Police in Badagry had launched patrol of the area, adding that no arrest was made so far. Dr Olatunde Bakare, the Medical Director, General Hospital, Badagry, confirmed

the victim’s death to NAN in a telephone interview. According to him, effort was made to rescue the victim when he was brought to the hospital, but unfortunately, he did not survive. Bakare condemned cult

killings in Badagry and urged parents to warn their wards from following bad gangs. When contacted, Spokesman of Lagos State Police Command, Mr Benjamin Hundeyin, said the command was aware of the killing.

According to Hundeyin, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Abiodun Alabi, has put strategy in place to check the activities of cultists in Badagry. “I expect the people of the town to start feeling the impact any moment from now.

“It is not an instant thing when you are putting strategy in place, it might take a few days for the impact to be felt,” he said. Two lives have earlier been lost in the past few days to cult clashes in Badagry. (NAN)

How Kano gas explosion happened -Eye witnesses As death toll rises to 9 By Mustapha Adamu, Kano and Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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o fewer than nine dead bodies have been recovered from the site of the explosion that rocked the ancient city of Kano yesterday morning. Several persons also sustained various degrees of injury and are said to be receiving medical attention in different hospitals. The incident occured at Aba/ Court road, Sabon Gari area of Fagge Local Government Area. An eyewitness, who lives in the street where the explosion occurred, said the blast happened at about 8:0am when they heard a thunderous blast at a bit far from where they were sitting. According to him, immediately after the sound went off, the building near a Primary/Nursery schools, collapsed sending thick smoke and dust all over the air. “When I came closer, i saw three dead bodies, one of them a woman while the remaining two were men. “As you are here, you can see human flesh littering the road,” he said. The eyewitness who pleaded not to be named added that there must be people trapped under the rubbles as the building collapsed, adding that the powerful sound of the blast was what caused the building to collapse.

Another eyewitness who also spoke on condition of anonymity said he heard the sound of the explosion from a far place and when he arrived at the scene, he saw rescue personnel evacuating corpses from under the building. He said four dead persons were removed from the rubbles, adding that “i believe many more are trapped inside.” Corpses and human flesh were seen littering the street, as rescue personnel were busy evacuating the bodies and rushing the injured to hospital. The State Police Commissioner, Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, confirmed the incident, saying it was a gas explosion at a wielding workshop. “The workshop uses a gas cylinder, which exploded and affected an old building of a school, that collapsed on people. “Four persons have died and rescue mission is ongoing to find out more that may be trapped under the rubbles. “Let me confirm to you that it is a gas explosion. It is not a bomb blast as widely speculated,” the Commissioner said. Also, the state government had earlier confirmed the explosion, saying that it did not occur at the schools as widely speculated.

The state commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad Garba Said the incident happened at an animal feeds store opposite the school along Aba road, Sabon Gari area of Fagge Local Government. He said, while the causes of the explosion is yet to be officially ascertained, investigation had since commenced to determine the cause, impact and measures to be taken. Malam Garba called the people in the state, especially those living in the area to remain calm and law abiding, while government, in collaboration with relevant agencies, are working on the matter. The Commissioner assured that the government would keep public abreast on any development and warned people to desisit from spreading unsubstantiated news. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has said that it has so far recovered nine dead bodies from the rubbles of a collapsed building beside a primary school following explosions from a gas cylinder at Aba Road, Sabon Gari Area of Kano State. This was contained in statement signed and Issued by the Head,Media Unit NEMA,

Manzo Ezekiel yesterday. It indicated that the DirectorGeneral of NEMA, Habib Ahmed was at the site of the incident and coordinated the rescue operations. According to the statement, the DG mobilized excavators being used for the rescue operations, assuring that, NEMA’s team will ensure the complete removal of the rubbles to retrieve all trapped persons. The DG also instructed the NEMA rescue team to remain at the site until the conclusion of the rescue and to work together with security agencies and other response organisations present at the location. He said, “NEMA is presently coordinating the rescue operations involving members Nigerian Red Cross, military, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Kano SEMA.” Meanwhile, the nine dead bodies recovered from the collapsed building in Kano after the explosion from a gas cylinder were said to have been deposited in the morgue at Armed Forces Hospital, Kano. 3 of the bodies are beyond recognition. Meanwhile, two persons injured by the explosion were taken for treatment at Airforce Hospital, Kano.


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he Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed has called for prudent management of public funds through the financial management reforms that are being developed and coordinated by the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation. She made the call at the opening ceremony of the 3rd retreat for internal auditors in Finance Reforms help in Kano on Tuesday. The Minister, who was represented by a Permanent Secretary, Special Duties in the ministry, Ahmed Shinkafi, said

Finance Minister calls for prudent management of public funds the call was necessary in view of the dwindling revenue profiles of the country and the attendant challenges on the cash flow. “Indeed, these challenges call for prudent management of what is available through the financial management reforms as being developed and coordinated by the office of the AGF.

“Therefore, we must all devise better, more effective and robust administrative mechanisms that will eliminate waste and corrupt tendencies by using effective reforms,” she said. She noted that the retreat would provide an opportunity for the presentation of papers on many topical issues which

are intellectually nourishing and challenging. The Minister expressed the hope that when presented would give birth to a robust communique that would proffer far reaching recommendations that would be beneficial to all the three tiers of government in the country. She commended the Kano

state government for hosting the retreat and for extending the usual courtesies to the participants. In his remark, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje represented by the commissioner of Finance, Shehu NaAllah said Kano was the first state to establish a full anticorruption agency that was given full mandate to operate.

Climate Change: Seplat unveils initiative, embarks on planting 5m trees in 5 years

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he Seplat Energy Limited has unveiled its `Tree 4 Life Initiative’, a commitment to embark on planting five million trees in five years to mitigate climate change and carbon emission. It said the innovative “Tree Planting and Carbon Sequestration” programme would provide food security, reduce biodiversity loss and support the net-zero emission agenda. Mr Roger Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Seplat Energy Plc. disclosed this at the official launch of `Seplat Energy Tree 4 Life Initiative’ on Tuesday in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tree planting launch was performed by Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, and Sen. Margery Okadigbo, NNPC Board Chairman. Others are Dr Ambrose Orjiako, Chairman Seplat, Mr Abdurazak Isa, Chairman, Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG), officials from the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture and Rural Development and other dignitaries. Brown said the tree planting initiative, which has 75 per cent as economic trees would essentially start with five states to include Edo, Delta, Imo and two Northern states in the country. “We will deliberately engage women, youth and communities for sustainable food production and a sustainable environment through tree planting in their communities and mindset change. “We have adopted a two-prong approach to advocate for Tree Planting and Protection to instill the consciousness of the importance of tree planting and the responsibility of citizens to ensure its success. “Another approach is to Plant Trees – run Afforestation/ Restoration Programmes with a commitment to plant one million trees annually, comprising majorly economic trees. “This initiative will complement the efforts of the Federal Government and other stakeholders. As a result, we will together positively impact lives while driving socio-economic change,’’ he said. Ambrose Ojiako, Minister of State Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva, Chairman Board of Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited Sen. Margrey Okadigbo, at Seplat’s Tree4Life launch, at Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, on Tuesday

He recalled that at the Conference of the Parties (COP) 26, President Muhammadu Buhari and more than 100 world leaders committed to ending and reversing deforestation by 2030. Also, during COP26, Nigeria committed to achieving net-zero by 2060. Barely a week after the conference, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Act, 2021 (the Act), which the National Assembly passed in 2021. He said in the wake of climate action and the drive for energy transition, the industry had the responsibility of evolving to continue providing energy to keep the world running in a sustainable manner. Therefore, he said, in order to

live up to the challenge, substantial resources were geared towards achieving sustainability by Seplat Energy by working to decarbonise the upstream operations and develop renewable energy capability. In an address, Dr Ambrose Orjiako, Chairman Seplat, recalled that in 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced its First Assessment Report with three major conclusions. Orjiako said the conclusions were that global temperatures had risen by 0.3-0.6C over the last century; that humanity’s emissions were adding to the atmosphere’s natural complement of greenhouse gases, and that addition would be expected to result in warming.

He underscored the need to note that the warnings of the IPCC from over 30 years ago, not only have come to pass but were now direr in 2022. The Seplat Chairman said the February 2022 report showed that climate change impacts were already widespread and more severe to adapt to than expected, thereby stressing the urgency for action on climate change. According to a report published in January 2020 by Mckinsey, the oil and gas industry, directly or indirectly, accounts for 42 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Report further posit that if the world is to meet its climatechange goals, the industry has a

major role to play, as the industry’s operations account for nine per cent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, it produces the fuels that create another 33 per cent of global emissions. In the light of the above, he said, the Seplat Energy initiated a number of decarbonisation projects, to ensure a significant reduction in our carbon footprint, as an energy company. `We are, therefore, deeply committed to sustainable business practices and strongly determined to play our part in mitigating climate change, by incrementally committing more resources towards developing strategic responses to the climate change challenge.

R-L: Deputy Director SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare; Channels Tv Presenter, Kayode Okikiolu;Program Officer,SERAP, Folashade Arigbabu; President, NUJ, Christopher Isiguzo; Lagos NUJ Chairman, Adeleye Ajayi, and CSP Akilalu Alex during the launch of Data and digital rights Monitor by SERAP held in Lagos,

NGO to support UNESCO on strengthening access to information on migration

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n NGO, Light-up Africa Development Initiative, (LADI) has said that it will support the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, (UNESCO) to strengthen access to information on migration issues. A statement by Mr Daniel Neaeze, LADI Project Officer, said that the support was under the organisation’s project tagged “Empowering young people in Africa, through media and communication”. He stated that the project was aimed at supporting professional and ethical journalism and developing media capacities with financial support of the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation. According to him, the project is also

aimed at improving the capacities of the media personnel and development, to guarantee sensitive reportage, and safety of journalists in the context of the implementation of the UN Plan of Action. He added that the UN plan of action among others, included the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, endorsed in April, 2012 by the UN Chief Executives Board, the highest level coordination mechanism of the body. “Reporting migration issues have continued to jump to the top of the news in most of the media houses in recent times, with journalists in Europe, Middle East and Africa reporting the biggest mass movement of people around the world in recent history. “Every year, millions of African

youths leave their homes in search of a better life, especially in neighboring countries. “According to the UN, among the 32 million African migrants scattered around the world in 2015, almost nine million (28% of the total) live in Europe. “Associated legal–policy frameworks must start with an understanding of fundamental metrics as relation to information access and accurate reportage. “In line with UNESCO’s mandate on access to information, LADI will support UNESCO under the project to strengthen access to information on migration,’’ he said. Neaeze said the UN plan on reporting migration issues, was adopted at its 68th Session on Dec.18,

2013, by its General Assembly. It says that the media has a vast influence on the formation of a broad image and perception of migrants, as well as the public and migration itself. According to him, ethics and standards, which the journalism profession requires, can be seen as restrictive and is exemplified in the COVID-19 pandemic reportage, which he said, accelerated negative economic and press freedom trends. He stated that this simply meant that many media and journalists might need support to produce the kind of journalism audiences could trust, especially as related to migration issues, hence the need to make the information available to them. NAN


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122 PDP aspirants vie for 25 seats in Cross River Assembly

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total of 122 people are seeking Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tickets to contest for the 25 seats in Cross River House of Assembly. The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Mike Ojisi, gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Calabar. Ojisi added that 36 PDP aspirants were jostling for the state’s 11 seats in the National Assembly – Senate and House of Representatives. “For the Senate, the southern senatorial district has about 23 aspirants, central has three. It is only in the northern senatorial district that we have one aspirant. “In the governorship category, we have 11 aspirants as at today competing to get the party’s ticket come May 23. “We are ensuring a level playing field for all the aspirants; for now, there is no issue of zoning. “This is because as an opposition party, we need our best hands in different positions so as not limit ourselves,” he said. (NAN)

2023: Bauchi Gov. canvasses support from Kebbi delegates From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi

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enator Bala Mohammed, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential aspirant, has appealed to the delegates from Kebbi State to support his aspiration as he is ready to change the economy of the country if elected as the President of the country. He made this request yesterday while speaking with journalists shortly after the meeting with the party delegates at the PDP state secretariat. He added that his major priority if elected president is to put Nigeria on threshold of prosperity to reoccupy its fatherly position in Africa.

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We’ll build partnership to address sexual, gender based violence -NSCDC boss By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Commandant General, Nigeria and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Abubakar Audi, has said that the corps will build sustainable partnership for dealing with the hydraheaded monster called Sexual and Gender Based Violence. Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja, at a 3-day summit themed, “Building Sustainable Peace in Africa, combating the menace of SGBV in Nigeria and across the globe”, the CG said the 3-day summit is being

organized in collaboration with the International Agency for Gender. He said peace will by and large, feature series of lectures and workshops carefully designed to build the skills of participants and activate their zest for responding to Gender Based Violence in Nigeria. “I urge all the participants to commit the very best in going through this crucial training programme”. Also speaking, Head, Gender Unit, CSC Alao Ajet Kemi, said the summit, which is the first

of its kind “since the creation of our dear Corps and among other Paramilitary Agencies, is aimed at assessing the policy direction of Government on Gender matters and creating an open dialogue on sustainable gender programming for the Corps and other Agencies. “This is with a view to drawing workable and effective implementation strategies. “In a forum of this nature, it is appropriate to do a selfappraisal, recognize the steps that have been taken, and draw the lessons that would make us

forge ahead for best practices on gender issues. On his part, Rep Master Sergeant Lynn Williams, Leader, California National Guard, said, “we are glad for the collaboration to address these various challenges in the world. “We protect our wives and daughters because they are our family and that is very important.” He said inclusiveness is key and that inclusion discussion is very important for the world to move further.

President Muhammadu Buhari (M), Secretary General of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), Mr Juan Carlos Salaazar, Director, Ait Transport Bureau, Mr. Mohammed Khalifa Rahma left, and other Cabinet Members during an audience at the State House, yesterday in Abuja. PHOTO; STATE HOUSE

“My wife left me and went to Canada”

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n Igando Customary Court on Tuesday dissolved the marriage between Mr Sheriff Lawal and his estranged wife, Shakirat, due to home abandonment and lies. “Throughout the court proceedings, the respondent who is the wife, did not show up in court in spite of notices. Although she is not in Nigeria, the court is satisfied that she is aware of the pending suit against her through her relatives. “From the evidence of the petitioner which is the only

evidence before this court, this court is convinced that the respondent has no interest in the marriage anymore. “More so, if she could abandon her matrimonial home without the consent of her husband who does not know her whereabouts, only to discover later that she had travelled abroad. “This is enough to show that there is no more love between the two,” Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, the Court President ruled. He ruled that the petitioner

and respondent could go their separate ways and it would be easier since there was no child between them and the respondent has since relocated and moved on with her life. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the petitioner, Lawal, is a welder who resides of No. 11b, One Day Avenue, Egan. NAN also reports that Lawal had approached the court to dissolve the marriage on the grounds of abandonment, lack of love while his wife lied a lot.

“She lies about everything, I saw her last on Nov. 16, 2020 when she said she was going for an interview in Abuja. I later learnt that she went to Canada. Lying is her habit. “She has since left her matrimonial home and has not returned till date, neither has she communicated with me. “Her family members also did not tell me even though they knew, I can deduce there’s no more love so I want the court to grant me a divorce,” Lawal said. (NAN)


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NEWS I won’t retire from politics until I become President -Tinubu From: Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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eader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has vowed not to retire from politics until he actualized his dream of becoming President of Nigeria. Tinubu made this known yesterday in Makurdi, Benue State capital while addressing delegates and party members. He explained that he is in the Presidential race to rekindle the hope of Nigerians. According to him, there’s no contest between him and whoever will emerge

Police kill suspected kidnapper, rescue 2 in Adamawa From Umar Dankano,Yola

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he Adamawa state Police Command in collaboration with the hunters group have dislodged a criminal hideout neutralising one suspected kidnapper at Gola hill in Song Local Government Area. Spokesman of the command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje made the disclosure in a press statement issued in Yola, Tuesday, indicating that operatives attached to Song Police Divisional headquarters with the support of local hunters acting on a tip-off stumbled on the suspected criminal hide out. Nguroje stated that the joint operation yielded successful outcome by rescuing two kidnapped victims alive and neutralising one of the kidnappers as others escaped with bullet wounds. Nguroje said one double barrel gun,handsets,chains, pard-locks and charms were recovered from the fleeing suspected kidnappers. “The suspected kidnappers upon sighting our men engaged them in a gun dwell as a result, one of them was neutralised, others escaped with bullet wounds while Sani Abdullahi, 41yrs and Umar Dantella, 27yrs of Gombi local government were rescued unharmed. “Therefore CP. Sikiru Akande calls on the populace to always inform the police of the whereabouts of criminals and their hideouts,especially those on the run with bullet wounds”.

as candidate of opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP. He promised if elected, “l

will bring the experience of my leadership in Lagos state as a Governor to bear on leadership style in Nigeria.

“I guarantee you that I will run a transparent, rewarding, inclusive and open government. “Nigeria is rich. What

we need is to redirect our resources and channel them in the right direction to bring about prosperity.”

Presidency condemns NEF for allegedly asking some Nigerians to leave federation By Egena Sunday Ode

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he Presidency on Tuesday condemned the Northern Elders Forum ,NEF, for allegedly demanding the exclusion of a section of the country from the federation. In a statement, it urged Nigerians to ignore the suggestion credited to NEF, and come together and work in order to overcome the challenges facing the country. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a reaction titled: Statement on the call by “Northern Elders Forum” asking a section of

the country the leave the federation, described the proposal by NEF as “delusional arrogance.” He noted that it is only elected leaders that can take decisions that would steer the nation but no one else. The statement read: “We are aware of the latest statement from the so-called “Northern Elders Forum”. “We wish to reassure Nigerians that it remains their democratically elected leadership which takes the decisions that steer our nation – and no one else. “No self-appointed and unelected group can take this right from

Nigerians – no matter how much coverage they might enjoy in the media. Nigerians listen to elected leaders, not opinionated tin-gods who have no traction with any responsible group. “It is a delusional arrogance that would lead such a group to publicly state terms and conditions for the existence of our nation. “Who gave them the right to ask for the exclusion, or expulsion of any one, group or section of the country from the Federal Republic of Nigeria? “The Nigerian government does not take guidance nor invitations from such groups – only from the Nigerian people who put

governments in office. “Any group can refer to themselves as “leaders”, but in Nigeria, if you have not been elected by Nigerians to a leadership role, then you are not – and the government certainly doesn’t recognise you as such. “Like many other countries around the world, Nigeria is feeling the strain of the current period of volatility and uncertainty. Now is not the time to seek to exacerbate divisions amongst Nigerians. Rather, we call on all Nigerians to come together and work to overcome the challenges we face as one nation, one people.”

Sani Al’ameen condoles family of late Bauchi APC Chairman From Ahmad Bauchi

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Gubernatorial aspirant of All Progressive Congress (APC), Sani

Al’ameen Muhammad, has condoled with the family of late Hussaini Musa Gwabba APC chairman Bauchi Local Government Council who died mysteriously in Bauchi.

Al’ameen condoled the family yesterday in Bauchi at the commissioning of his gubernatorial campaign office which was postponed due to the death of the APC chairman.

He said “we gather here to open our campaign office but since we are mourning the death of one of our leaders, we have postponed the opening of the office until another time”.

L-R: National Legal Officer, All Progressives Congress (APC), Barr. Ahmed El-Marzuk; National Organizing Secretary, Alhaji Suleiman Argungu; Deputy National Chairman North, Sen. Abubakar Kyari and Deputy National Chairman South, Emma Eneukwu, during the inauguration of APC states screening committee members, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

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overnor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state said he will ensure inclusiveness if elected. The PDP Presidential

aspirant and the former Speaker House of Representatives made the disclosure while addressing party delegates in the Niger state capital, Minna. He described the commissioning of the Baro Port by President Muhammadu

Buhari as dubious, saying “Buhari played you 419!”. Tambuwal stated this yesterday when he paid a visit to Niger PDP delegates to solicit their votes at the party’s secretariat in Minna, the Niger State capital.

According to him: “What President Muhammadu Buhari did to Niger State when he came for the commissioning of the Baro Port that is not in existence is 419. Today as I am talking to you, is there anything like Baro Port working?

Niger PDP aspirant applauds party over free, fair measures From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

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eople’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Engineer Abdullahi Isah Jankara has applauded the party over

measures put in place to ensure free, fair and enabling environment during the upcoming party primaries. He made the commendation in an interview after meeting with the the State Party executives in

Minna, saying that the party has made available the delegates’ list for every aspirant. Jankara stressed that the action was aimed at having access to the list openly so as to maintain nuetrality and equal opportunity

to all contestants for ensuring a credible party primaries. He emphasized that the state is in need of development following a long period of decay in various sectors of human and social development.


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Police confirm 3 burnt to death in Ekiti road crash

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he Police Command in Ekiti has confirmed the death of three people in an accident which occurred on Tuesday on Ilawe-Ekiti Road in Ekiti South-West Local Government Area of the state. Police spokesman ,ASP Sunday Abutu, said the incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday. “Five persons were in the vehicle and when the accident occurred, three of them got burnt to death, while the remaining two were rescued and taken to a hospital. “Investigation has commenced to ascertain the actual cause of the accident,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an18-seater commercial bus with passengers suddenly plunged into a ditch at the outskirts of the town and went into flames. Eye witnesses told NAN that concerned residents thronged the scene to rescue the victims. The witnesses confirmed that three people were actually burnt beyond recognition, while others sustained serious injuries. “The injured have been taken to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti,” said one of the locals. (NAN)

Court remands man for allegedly murdering farmer

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n Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ibadan on Tuesday ordered that a 30-year-old man, Muritala Muhammad in Abolongo Correctional facility for alleged murder . The police charged Muritala, whose address was not given with murder. The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Adetuyibi did not take the plea of Muritala for want in jurisdiction. Adetuyibi directed the police to return the case file to the Oyo State Ministry of Justice for legal advice. She adjourned the matter until July 4, for

mention. Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Salewa Hammed told the court that Muritala on May 1, at about 5pm in Agbanda village , Ikoyi – Ile in Ogbomoso area of Oyo State allegedly caused the death of Jacob Adeoye, 65. Hammed alleged that Muritala poured substance suspected to be acid all over the body of the victim on the farm after comitting the act. He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000. (NAN)

Group appeals to FG, ASUU to end ongoing strike

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he Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the ongoing strike in Nigerian Universities. The General Secretary of the group Rev. Moses Ebuga, made the appeal while speaking at the opening of the 101 General Church Council (GCC) of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) on Tuesday in Jos. Ebuga said that the ongoing strike had devastating effects on the future of the nation’s educational system and that of the students. He lamented that the lingering industrial action by the university teachers had led many youths into social vices due to idleness. ”May I use this medium as a parent too, to plead with the federal government and ASUU to come together and resolve the present crisis hitting hard on our children and the education sector at large.

”This unhealthy situation is not speaking well about the image of our country that is marred with all kind of vices. ”We call on all those that matter to please lend their voices to see to the end of this strike,”he said. On his part, President of COCIN, Rev. Amos Mohzo, called on the federal goverment and the security agencies to intensify efforts toward addressing the spate of insecurity in all parts of the country. ”There are a lot of killings going on; killing has become a normal practice in our land. ”Kidnapping has become a lucrative business that it seems there is no an end to the menace,” he lamented. The president also called on the Plateau Goverment to deliberate on implementing the anti-land grabbing law recently enacted in the state. (NAN)

Odusanwo wins Tourism Personality of the year award By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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he National President of the Institute for Tourism Professionals of Nigeria (ITPN), Chief Abiodun Odusanwo, has won the Nigerian Tourism Awards’ Tourism Personality Award of the year 2022. This was contained in a statement signed and issued by ITPN Secretariat. The statement said the award is in recognition of his selfless service in promoting the tourism industry in Nigeria. According to organisers of the Award, Odusanwo was tipped for the coveted award in view of his enormous contributions to the sustenance of professional practice and skill competence in the Nigerian tourism industry as well as the promotion of the sector for the socio-

economic development of Nigeria. In a letter of notification of the award to Odusanwo signed by Efetobo Awhana, CEO of Nigerian Tourism Award, extolled the virtues of Chief Odusanwo as one who has dedicated his time and resources to the growth and development of the Nigerian tourism industry in an exemplary and outstanding manner worthy of recognition for the award of Tourism Personality of the year under review. The investiture of Chief Odusanwo for the Tourism Personality of the Year will hold at the 5th edition of the Nigeria Tourism Awards scheduled to hold on May 20th at the Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel Victoria Island, Lagos along-side other winners of the various categories in Tourism growth and development of the country.

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FEDERAL UNIVERSITY LOKOJA, KOGI STATE, NIGERIA Website: www.fulokoja.edu.ng

INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE YEARS 2019/2020 (MERGED) TETFund INTERVENTION FOR ICT SUPPORT (A) INTRODUCTION The Federal University Lokoja is one of the 12 Federal Universities established under the administration of the Former President Goodluck Jonathan located in Lokoja, Kogi State. In her quest to improve her quality of teaching and learning by leveraging on ICT and emerging technologies, the University is desirous of utilizing her Year 2019/2020 TETFund Intervention for ICT support to execute project in E-Learning Application and E-Learning Support Training. (B) Scope of Service i) E-Learning Application & E-Learning Support Training: User Requirement Gathering & Adaptation, Analysis, Design, Coding, User Acceptance Testing (UAT), Deployment and Hosting/Automatic Backup ii) Staff Training iii) Independent Performance Security& Evaluation (C) ELIGIBILTY REQUIREMENTS Interested Contractors/Consultants shall submit the following minimum verifiable technical requirement to be eligible for contract consideration. Firms interested in bidding for the contact must possess the following eligibility requirement: (a) Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), including Form CAC 1 ,CAC 2 and CAC7; (b) Evidence of Company Income Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years ( 2019, 2020 and 2021) valid till December 31st, 2022; (c) Evidence of current Pension Clearance Certificate issued by the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) valid till December 31st, 2022(this requirement is only applicable to bidders whose number of staff is 15 and above); (d) Evidence of Industrial Training Fund (I.T.F) Certificate of Compliance valid till December 31st, 2022(this requirement is only applicable to bidders whose number of staff is 5 and above or the bidders turnover is 50m and above); (e) Evidence of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Clearance Certificate Valid till December, 31st December 2022; (f) Evidence of Registration on National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Services providers by submission of Interim Registration Report( IRR) expiring on 3ist Dec 2022,or valid Certificate issued by BPP. (g) Evidence of NITDA Endorsement to provide E-Learning Management System; (h) Evidence of Registration to carry out an Independent Performance Security & Evaluation (PSE) exercise from NITDA endorsed evaluation provider; (i) A Sworn Affidavit certifying as follows: - The company is not in receivership, insolvency or bankruptcy. - The company does not have any director who has been convicted by any court in Nigeria and any other country for criminal offences in relation to fraud or financial impropriety. - That no officer of Federal University, Lokoja or BPP is a former or present Director or Shareholder of the company. - That all information presented in the documents is true and correct in all particulars. (j) Evidence of Company Audited accounts for the last three(3) years (2019, 2020, and 2021) duly signed and stamped by a professional accounting/ audit firm and signed by the client; (k) Satisfactory bank reference from a reputable bank stating the Company’s credit worthiness and ability to be granted financial support for the project execution if need be; (l) Verifiable documentary evidence of at least 3 similar jobs executed in the last 5 years. (Copy of award letter, evidence of delivery attached Valuation Certificates, Job Completion Certificates and Photographs of the Projects; (m) List of Plants/ with proof of Ownership/Lease Agreement (n) Company’s Profile with the Curriculum Vitae of key personnel to be deployed for the project stating their designation, qualification and years of experience. (Copies of certificates are to be attached); (o) For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) should be provided (all the eligibility requirements are mandatory for all Joint Venture Partners) and (p) All documents for submission must be transmitted with covering/forwarding letter

under the Company’s /Firms’ letter headed paper bearing amongst others the Registration (RC, Contact Address, Telephone Number and e-mail address. The letter headed paper must bear the names and nationalities of the Directors of the company duly signed by the authorized officer of the Company/Firm. (D) COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS Interested bidders are to collect Standard Bidding Documents (SBD) from the Office of the Head of Procurement Unit, located in Central Store Unit, Felele Campus, Federal University, Lokoja from Thursday, 19th May, 2022 between 10a.m- 3p.m upon presentation of evidence of payment of a non-refundable fee of N10, 000.00 (Ten Thousand Naira) per lot made through Remita Platform in favour of Federal University, Lokoja at any Commercial Bank in Nigeria. (E) SUBMISSION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS Bidders are to submit two (2) hard copies, one copy of technical and one copy of financial bid with soft copy of financial bids only in MS EXCEL format packaged separately in sealed envelopes and clearly marked “Technical Bid” or “Financial Bid”. Thereafter, put the two sealed envelopes together in a bigger envelope duly sealed and addressed to: The Registrar, Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State; Furthermore the bids should be clearly marked with the name of the project on the reverse of each sealed envelope and should be submitted in the Tender Box located in the Office of the Head of Procurement Unit, located in Central Store Unit, Felele Campus, Federal University, Lokoja not later than 12 Noon Thursday 30th June, 2022. Bidders are to ensure that they sign the Bid submission Register at the point of submissions as the university will not be held liable for misplaced bids. Any bid received after the stated date and time shall be returned un-opened. (F) OPENING TECHNICAL BIDS The Technical Bids will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12;00 noon Thursday 30th June, 2022 in the Council Chambers, Federal University, Lokoja ,Felele Campus, while the financial bids will be kept unopened. For further enquiries, please contact the Head of Procurement on this email address: durotola80@gmail.com. All Bidders, Civil Society Organizations and interested Stakeholders are invited to attend the public opening of the tender scheduled to take place immediately following the close of bid submission. However, attendees’ are expected to strictly comply with covid-19 protocol. (G) GENERAL INFORMATION a) Bids must be in English Language and signed by an Authorized Official of the bidder; b) Bids submitted after the deadline for submission will be returned unopened; c) Prospective bidder for each lot should note that enclosure of Technical and Financial bids in one and same envelop will result in exposure of Financial Bids envelope at the time of the Technical bid opening will result in automatic disqualification. d) Submissions that do not meet up with all requirements specified above shall be rejected. e) Evaluation of Bids shall be based strictly on the requirements stated above. f) This Advertisement should not be construed as a commitment or obligation on the part of Federal University, Lokoja to award the contract for the project. g) Only prequalified bidders at Technical Evaluation will be invited at a later date for financial bid opening while the financial bids of unsuccessful bidders will be returned unopened h) The Federal University Lokoja is not obliged to award the contract to the lowest cost bidder and reserves the right to annul the procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with section 28 of the Public Procurement Act, 2007 i) Due diligence exercise shall be conducted to verify all claims made by bidders. j) The University shall not be responsible for any cost incurred by the bidders in connection with the response to this advert.

Signed: Dr. RebeccaAimiohu Okojie Registrar and Secretary to Council


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NEWS No error in JAMB scoring system -Official By Maryam Abeeb

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he Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned the general public, particularly candidates in the just- concluded 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), to be wary of the guile and other unsavoury activities of fraudsters who are making false claims of errors in the scoring of candidates in the 2022 UTME. In a statement, Head, Public Affairs and Protocol,Fabian Benjamin said that he Board is, therefore, maintaining for the upteenth

time, that the UTME is a computer-based test that are scored electronically with no human mediation whatsoever. He added that consequently, the unfounded rumours making the rounds are nothing but the products of the deceitful brains of the masterminds of these baseless imputations. Hence, the Board reiterates that there is no room for errors in its electronic scoring system nor does it plan to organise another UTME. He said, “This clarification became necessary following reports of a purported rescheduling of the UTME from a section of

the social media citing phantom errors in the computer scoring system and a purported apology from JAMB to the effect that another UTME would be organised. “The Board wishes to state that the report is not only false, mischievous, but also misleading and crafted out of the frustration and inability of these fraudsters to dupe unsuspecting candidates owing to the series of innovative strategies the Board had put in place to protect candidates. “The public would recall that the Board had envisaged some of these inglorious strategies of these nefarious individuals and had

sounded a note of warning to the candidates and the general public alike so as to preclude the possibilities of them falling victims of the evil machinations of fraudsters. “JAMB, once again, advises the general public to disregard this items of news as it does not emanate from JAMB nor has it authorise any individual or group been to make such a pronouncement on its behalf. “The Board, therefore, advises candidates to avail themselves of its user-friendly advisories on assessing their 2022 UTME results and other processes through peridic visits to www.jamb.gov.ng.

FCT-IRS unveils electronic tax clearance certificate to check forgery

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he Federal Capital Territory Internal Revenue Service (FCT-IRS) has unveiled an Electronic Tax Clearance Certificate (E-TCC) to checkmate activities of fraudsters who could forge such document. Acting Executive Chairman of the Service, Mr Haruna Abdullahi, disclosed this during his engagement with the members of the House Committee on Public Accounts at the National Assembly on Monday in Abuja. Abdullahi explained that the E-TCC had fortified the process thereby making it difficult for anyone to forge such document because of the introduction of QR CODE. He said this effort would help the Service not to be short-changed as well as boost revenue for the FCT. The Chairman stated that the E-TCC was a document issued by the Tax Authority to certify that an individual or a business was in compliant with the appropriate requirements as stated by law within a stipulated period of time usually for the three preceding years. Quoting Section 85 of the Personal Income Tax Act 2011 as amended, Abdullahi said:”whenever the relevant tax authority is of opinion that tax assessed on the income of a person for the three years immediately preceding the current year of assessment has been fully paid. ” Or that no tax is due on income or that the person is not liable to be taxed for any of those three years, it shall issue a tax clearance certificate to the person within two weeks of demand for the certificate by that person or give reasons for the denial.” According to him, while issuing a tax clearance certificate, due diligence must be carried out to ensure certain conditions were met by the taxpayers and satisfied by tax authority. He stated that application for the E-TCC must be made and duly endorsed by the taxpayer and annual income declaration form ‘A’ and three years income declaration form must also be duly completed and signed by the taxpayer. The FCT-IRS boss also noted that personal emoluments which comprised wages or salaries, including allowances, benefits in kind, gratuities, superannuation or pension schemes and any other income derived solely by reason of employment were declared.

Abdullahi stressed that income declared must be verified, satisfied and evidences of such income be sited while benefit in kind must also be verified based on Section 4 of PITA 2011. The chairman advised taxpayers to always endeavour to declare their incomes accordingly with evidence that would be satisfactory to the mangers of the tax authority, while

due diligence would be carried out appropriately within the stipulated time. “It is evident that the issuance of the TCC is at the discretion of the Service in its justification based on the items listed in section 31 of FCT-IRS Act, 2015 and PITA, 2011 (as amended) may issue or not issue a tax clearance certificate,” he added..

In his remarks, the Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr Oluwole Oke, urged the general public or taxpayers to report any violation of the law, concerning issuance of TCC to the management of FCT-IRS. Oke said that FCT-IRS should consider the legislative arm as a collaborator, who would work to ensure smooth operation of the

service. “We will support you in whatever way to generate more revenue in the FCT, try to have record of all the people resident in Abuja, the data is important, ask for bank statement to know the actual tax to collect. “We will support FCT-IRS and help the Service to bring more people to the tax net,” he noted. (NAN) Igabi local government, Chairman Hon. Jabir khamis,Vaccinate his on Children, during the Igabi local government Primary health care (PHC) flagup Polio Vaccination with 400 Children in Collaboration with Journalist Against Polio,(JAB) at Rigachikun town in kaduna on Tuesday 17/5/22

Ortom warns aspirants against blackmail, thuggery From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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enue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has strongly warned against blackmail and use of thugs by any aspirant in the forthcoming Governorship primaries of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.

Governor Ortom who gave the stern warning at an enlarged caucus meeting of the party held Sunday, May 15th, 2022 at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, said the party will deal decisively with such aspirant(s). It should be noted that the PDP governorship primaries in the

State is slated for 23rd May, 2022 even as 14 aspirants will jostle for the party’s flag. The Governor also, assured all aspirants in the forthcoming primaries scheduled to elect candidates for next year’s general election of fairness and transparency, insisting that

he does not have any anointed candidates for any of the elective positions. He reaffirmed his readiness to support and work with candidates that emerge at the primaries, saying the victory of the party in the 2023 polls was his major preoccupation.

Yoruba leader seeks government recognition By Usman Shuaibu

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he Oba of Yoruba in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Oba Muraina Boladale, has called on the government of the Area Council to take the Yoruba

people along in the scheme of things. He also charged the Aguma of Ggwagwalada, Alhaji Muhammadu Magaji to give the necessary attention to the tribal chiefs in his chiefdom. Boladale, who made the call

while speaking with Peoples Daily Correspondent in his palace in Gwagwalada on Sunday, saying that he would continue to cooperate with Aguma for the overall development of Yoruba community in the area. He charged the Yoruba youths

to continue to live in peace with one another, and asked them to engage in meaningful ventures in the area. Oba of Yoruba in Gwagwalada, however, said he would continue to provide purposeful leadership for his people in the area.


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Letter to the Editor

EDITORIAL

A tragedy waiting to happen

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n explosion at an illegal oil refinery, April 24, killed at least 110 people, police and government officials had said. The blast occurred at the facility, which lied between Rivers and Imo states, police had confirmed. Ifeanyi Nnaji of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told a news agency then that the death toll had risen from 80 as dozens of people “succumbed to their injuries.” The head of NEMA operations in the area said scores of people “with severe burns are still in the hospitals.” A mass burial was planned for Tuesday for those killed in the explosion, many of who “were burnt beyond recognition,” said Declan Emelumba, the Imo State Commissioner for Information.

waiting to explode in our faces. Oil thieves, vandals and illegal refining operators siphon off some 200,000 barrels of crude oil daily from this country’s total daily output of two million barrels, according to industry operators. The oil is tapped from a web of pipelines owned by major oil companies and refined into products in makeshift tanks at the illegal refineries.

The refineries, scattered among the creeks, swamps and waters of the oil-rich Niger Delta, are not only prone to accidents but also cause spills and pollution. Pipeline fires are also commonplace, partly because of poor maintenance but also because of acts of vandalism by people who siphon off petrol and sell it on the black market. Recall that a pipeline blast in the southern town of Jesse in We must admit, the 1998 killed government has been October more than 1,000 doing its best to stop villagers, with the illegal oil refining but government blaming the disaster on such apparently its best though local isn’t good enough. This thieves, residents said the illegality is a response to pipeline was not a crying national need maintained properly.

Although the reason for the blast was unknown, it might have occurred during the process of refining crude oil, which involves boiling it by means of fire. Idris Musa, director general of Nigeria’s National Oil for refined petroleum Spill Detection and We must admit, products Response Agency said the government has the dead included been doing its best to those engaged in illegal oil refining stop illegal oil refining but apparently and bunkering. its best isn’t good enough. This He said an investigation into the illegality is a response to a crying disaster was underway. national need for refined petroleum products. The daily domestic petrol Reacting to the tragedy, President consumption rate is estimated at Muhammadu Buhari described it over 70 million litres but the nation’s as a “catastrophe and a national three refineries cannot meet this disaster.” The sponsors of the illegal demand and refined fuel has to be refinery “must all be caught and made imported. to face justice,” he added through a statement from his office. He also What more, the effort to stop ordered the security and intelligence illegal oil refining is being hampered agencies to intensify the clampdown by powerful individuals, some of on illegal refineries in the country. them even in government. For as long as these people remain untouched We regret what happened, by the law because its arms are particularly the huge death toll. But longer long, illegal oil refining will truth must be told, what happened persist and also the danger of deadly was a tragedy in the making, only explosions. OUR MISSION “To be the market place of ideas and the leading player in the industry by putting the people first, upholding the truth, maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards while delivering value to our stakeholders”

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Britain, IPOB and terrorism By Paul Ejime

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wo consequential implications stand out in the recent United Kingdom Government statement on separatist groups in Nigeria’s South East region. The first is that the deteriorating security situation in the region, the stomachchurning and senseless bloodletting and barbarism that has lately seized the region, and which is at least in part blamed on IPOB and other groups, has dealt it probably an irreversible damage. The second and a corollary to the first is that the United Kingdom which hitherto was a haven for persons associated with IPOB, will no longer be as welcoming, once such persons are deemed to favour violent methods in the pursuit of their cause. Such sentiments are likely to spread to other Western nations, hitherto tolerant and even sympathetic to the ideals of self-determination which IPOB claimed to be pursuing. This is without doubt, an own goal by IPOB, which started off as a peaceful movement, but has now been accused of involvement in the killings in the South East States. The statement from the British Country Policy and Information Note (CPIN) provides Country of Origin Information (COI) and analysis for use by UK Government decision-makers. It allows officials handling particular types of protection and human rights claims by foreigners seeking refuge in England to do so with more comprehensive information. In April 2021, a report credited to the CPIN had indicated plans by the UK government to grant asylum to persecuted members of IPOB and the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), as part of its refugee policy then. That report said that “if a person who actively and openly supports IPOB is likely to be at risk of arrest and detention, and ill-treatment which is likely to amount to persecution, and if such person could prove persecution, then the IPOB member or supporter could be granted asylum.” That policy note was however, taken down a few days later following strong protest from the Nigerian government. Subsequently, a revised CPIN on 13th April 2022 said that “If a person has been involved with IPOB (and/or an affiliated group), MASSOB or any other ‘Biafran’ group that incites or uses violence to achieve its aims, decision-makers must consider whether one (or more) of the exclusion clauses under the Refugee Convention is applicable. Persons who commit human rights violations must not be granted asylum.” The same CPIN explained that “IPOB is proscribed as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government, and members of the group and its paramilitary wing the Eastern Security Network (created in December 2020) - have reportedly committed human rights violations in Nigeria. “MASSOB has been banned but is not a proscribed terrorist group in Nigeria. It too has reportedly been involved in violent clashes with the authorities,” it added. But some Nigerian media outlets misrepresented this revised CPIN by reporting that the UK government had added IPOB to its list of terrorist groups. The Nigerian government swiftly waded in to welcome the development. “It has taken our allies in the U.K. so long to follow (the Nigerian example in proscribing IPOB),” the statement further said, citing what it called: “the deep pockets of IPOB’s international network of funders that allow for lawyers and influence peddlers to aggressively lobby for and

whitewash the activities of their client in Western courts; and… IPOB’s influential communication network of TV and radio stations - including London-based Radio Biafra - employed with great effect to spread misinformation abroad and incite violence at home”. The government urged the UK to follow up with “confiscation of their assets; shut down their communication channels and sanction the issuance of visas to IPOB’s funders in Nigeria,” adding that the US should also “… heed (Nigeria’s) calls and follow suit in designating this murderous terror group as what it is”. The Nigerian statement was hasty and unnecessary. It served no obvious purpose at a time when a section of the international community was going through a change of heart towards IPOB and such other groups in the South East of Nigeria. To underscore this point, the British High Commission in Nigeria quickly weighed in to clarify that the UK government did not designate the IPOB as a terrorist organisation. “We are aware of inaccurate reporting circulating in the media and online that the UK government has added the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to the UK’s list of terrorist groups or organisations banned under UK law,” the High Commission said in a statement. “These reports are untrue. The ‘Indigenous People of Biafra’ (IPOB) is not a proscribed organisation in the UK. The inaccurate reporting relates to the 13 April 2022 publication by the UK government of a revised Country Policy and Information note (CPIN) on separatist groups in South East Nigeria, including the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),” the statement said, explaining that “only violent members” of the IPOB will be denied asylum in Britain. Yet this statement is loud in that it did it openly admit, that is that, there has been a policy change towards granting asylum to persons associated with IPOB and groups like it. This is very significant and could have lasting effect. The IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, who also holds a UK citizenship, has been in the custody of the Nigerian government and facing trial, among other charges, for treason. The circumstances surrounding his trial; the activities and statements of IPOB as an organization and the clashes between its members and the security forces are well documented. Rather than jump in with both feet into an issue with public statements, gloating or otherwise, the government must see that deft diplomatic efforts do win over friends. And therefore, it should invest more in this direction. Such an effort provides the government with an additional, more cost-effective tool for dealing with violent discontent. This development may also serve as a lesson to IPOB and similar other separatist groups to undertake self-interrogation for a change of their modus operandi. While lawful agitation or pursuit of a legitimate cause is allowed under a democracy, the use of violence and the breakdown of law and order nullifies any claim to such a cause. IPOB and its affiliates owe themselves and the Nigerian state at large, a duty to de-escalate tension and violence in the South East in particular, something the international community as evidenced by the UK government new policy seems keen to encourage. Paul Ejime is a Global Affairs Analyst, a former War Correspondent and an Independent Consultant on Corporate Strategic Communication, Media, Peace & Security and Elections.


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OPINION

The constitutionality CAC to suspend trustees of association and appoint interim managers By Idoko Ichaba, Esq

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ection 839 vests the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) with the powers to suspend the trustees of an association and appoint interim managers to run its affairs under the Commission’s supervision. Globally, interest in corporate governance has grown in response to the need to hold organisations accountable to the government, their owners and other stakeholders. This has necessitated the need for numerous legislative enactments to govern this area. In Nigeria, the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2020 (CAMA) is the legal framework that allows businesses and nonprofits organisations to operate. This law was recently enacted, and it happens to be motivated by the government’s desire for an economy that is configured with mechanisms that promote the ease of doing business. While the new law is praised for making it easier for businesses to do business, it also imposes stricter rules on Non-profit Organisations (NGO), Civil Society Organisations (CSO), Community-based Organisations, and even faith-based Organisations that are registered as Incorporated Trustees (IT). The most prominent innovation of CAMA with regards Incorporated Trustees is the expansion of the powers of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) by section 839 of CAMA to have power to suspend or remove the Trustees of an IT and appoint Interim Managers. This is possible where the Association’s affairs

have been mismanaged or there is misconduct; or to safeguard the Association’s property; or in the public interest; and where fraud has been committed in the operation of the Association’s affairs. The crux of this work is whether the power of the CAC to remove Trustees and appoint Interim Managers violates the fundamental right to Freedom of Association. It is worthy of note that Section 40 of the Constitution of Nigeria holds great significance, for it gives an Incorporated Trustee a constitutional right to associate freely without undue external interference. By “associate freely”, it means that the association and its members have the right to decide the fate of the association at every point in time. Some commentators argue that the right to freedom of association is derogatory and the provision of CAMA and any law that derogates it is justified. However, the extent of derogation can only be defined by the constitution otherwise such other defining law becomes inconsistent with the constitution and therefore null and void to the extent of its inconsistency. As provided by section 45(1) of the Constitution the right is only derogated in the interest of defence, public safety, public order, public morality or public health; or for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons. Juxtaposing the provisions of CAMA and the Constitution, it is evident that the instances of derogation of the right to association has been extended by CAMA. One of which is that the constitution did

not contemplate a derogation of this right upon the mismanagement of an Incorporated Trustee. Moreso, it is arbitrary since CAMA did not define what “misconduct” or “mismanagement” entails in this context. Removal of Trustees is constitutional in the instance where members of the association petition to the courts for a change of trustees, but there seem to be some constitutional abnormality if the Corporate Affairs Commission, a party with no interest, suo motu, petitions for a removal of the Trustees of an Association. That is in all sense arbitrary. Nigerian citizens have a constitutionally guaranteed right to association and this right also entails making decisions as regards the running of the association so long as it is within the ambit of the constitution. However, it is germane to state at this point that CAMA set a procedure for removal to be upon an order of the court. This serves as a form of check. Removal only happens upon a petition which shall be heard before an order of court is granted. However, the writer opines that this check is insufficient because the Corporate Affairs Commission, in the first place, does not have a right of action. It also has no affected interest in an Association and therefore should not be given the right to institute actions that touches on determining the running of such association. Idoko Ichaba, Esq is the Managing Partner of Plexus Legal.

To nnmask unknown gunmen in Anambra: All hands must be on deck By Sandra Ijeoma Okoye

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s it not bizarre enough for someone to be in Finland or in the UK, and from such far flung country be influencing the youths and teenagers at home to be engaged in a fight that is unarguably beyond their self-assumed military strength? In as much as I am not unaware that the governor few weeks ago commented on the recent developments in the state… According to a recent statistical facts provided by Statista, an organization that is committed to the provision of market and consumer data, “Political instability, citizen alienation, terrorism and violence define the Nigerian crime scene. Nigeria has recently been included among the countries with the least peace in the world, according to the Global Peace Index. It is the 17th less peaceful state. In addition, Nigeria is the third country most affected by terrorism, based on the Global Terrorism Index. One further serious threat in Nigeria is the risk of mass killing, or genocide. Nigeria is the second country in Africa with the highest risk of genocide and the sixth worldwide. This risk is influenced by a population of over 200 million people, a high child mortality rate, ongoing battle-related deaths, the country’s own history of mass killing, and its ethnic fractionalization”. Pertaining to Anambra State in this context, headlines used in anchoring crime reportages in the state as gathered by this writer through google search engine are ubiquitous; both in traditional newspapers and on virtual news platforms, and they unarguably speak volumes. Analyzed from the perspective of the news headlines gathered, it cannot be pooh-poohed that it is not exaggerating to conclude that the rate of crime in the state has become worrisome. Worrisome enough, just yesterday, gunmen were reported to have attacked three locations in the state. The areas include: Ogidi headquarters of Idemili North local government area, Military checkpoint at the highbrow 3-3 Housing Estate in Onitsha and Eke Oko in Aguata local government area. The incidents occurred barely two days the Governor of the state, Chukwuma Soludo, visited the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Each passing day brings with it different tales of crime. From arson, cult-related killings, carnage to kidnap, mayhem and insecurity has become the order of the day in

the state. Although, no geographical zone among the six geo-political zones in the country can boasts of being invulnerable to crime, however, the severity of psychosis that characterizes the pattern of crime in each of the zones has never being at par with the other. It is against the foregoing observation that governments try as much as they could to always make efforts in combating crime as much as they can. In fact, it has never been this bad, particularly when seen from perspective of the fact that during the precolonial era in Igbo society, crime and criminal elements were at their barest minimum as training children was then seen as a communal effort. Any adult can caution any erring child, whether related or not. Upholding of security and prevention of crime became the responsibility of all agile people in the community. Looking at the spiraling crime rate in the state, it will be expedient to proffer in this context that all hands must be on deck. To this end, members of various communities in the state need to show interest in what goes on in their environment. Suspicious and out of the ordinary activities must be noted and reported promptly to law enforcement agents. In addition, members of the communities as stake holders in crime prevention can form neighborhood watch, vigilante and community policing operations. If such crime precautionary bodies exist, there is need to once again review their compositions missions, goals and objectives. You might have asked, “Why Community participation in crime prevention and control?” The answer to the foregoing question cannot be farfetched as it has become requisite since it appears the police lacked the manpower and resources to effectively police the state alone, particularly with the prevailing rate. It is therefore vital to involve the community members who own and understand their environment better in the overall policing of both rural and urban communities in Anambra. To my view, the State Police Command in Anambra should without dilly-dallying adopt the concept of community policing in the state, with a view to curbing criminal activities. With this, all hands will definitely be on deck in fighting crime as the government, market associations, traditional rulers, community leaders, youth leaders and individuals as well as Journalists would be involved in the fight. On the part of the government, efforts should be made to call any Igbo man in diaspora suspected to be fueling

the security crisis in the state to order. The reason for this mistrust cannot be farfetched as it is possible for someone to be comfortably living in Europe, and from there be remotely brainwashing or radicalizing the youths. This imply that the unarguably struggling youths and teenagers will naively succumb to the antics of their alleged sponsor in diaspora who uses carrot and stick approach to recruit them into the fight. Worse still, they will profoundly have themselves diverted from their usual and reasonable way of thinking as they were assured of witnessing Eldorado on earth upon attaining victory. As it seems, the masterminds of this mental trickery are implicitly credited with considerable psychological skill, while the target is simultaneously assumed to be vulnerable to a large extent. Is it not bizarre enough for someone to be in Finland or in the UK, and from such far flung country be influencing the youths and teenagers at home to be engaged in a fight that is unarguably beyond their self-assumed military strength? In as much as I am not unaware that the governor few weeks ago commented on the recent developments in the state, saying that a significant percentage of persons behind the attacks are from one of the South-East states, I am in this piece suggesting that the fight against crime in Anambra should be of 360 degree dimension, which means that the government should also look inward. After all, our forefathers proverbially said that “It is the in-house rat that informed the one in the bush that food is available in the house”. The governor at the time said, “The point is that majority of the people doing this, from statistics so far, 85 percent of them come from one of the states in the South-East, another 15 percent from another state in the South-East”. To my view, the fast eroding sociological landscape is enough to worsen the security situation in the state. Therefore, there is an urgent need for the government to put its communication machinery into action in order to begin to change the collective mindset of these youths and teenagers. Put in different phrase, there is an urgent need for the government to commence creation of awareness on the need for gullible young ones in the state to be altruistic and committed towards the peaceful and infrastructural development of Anambra State. Be that as it may, it is apt to opine in this context that to unmask unknown gunmen in Anambra that all hands must be on deck. Sandra Ijeoma Okoye is a Public Affairs Analyst.


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COMMENT

Phthalates are harmful substances By Yakubu Danjuma

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he most common phthalates is called diethyl phthalate (DEP) this substance is used together with alcohol to hold scent on the skin for longer period of time. According to the beauticians, the use of DEP in the perfume industry is not restricted because it has been claimed that it “does not pose any known health risks for humans” . The centre for disease control (CDC) defined Phthalates as group of chemicals used to make plastics more durable. They are often called plasticizers. Some phthalates are used to help dissolve other materials. In the modern age, Phthalates are in almost every household products floor covering, lubricating oils, and personal-care products (soaps, shampoos, hair sprays). Phthalates are harmful substances, according to the experts, in the past few years, researchers from all around the world have linked phthalates consumption with asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues. Some types of phthalates have also been identified with an ability to distort the reproductive system in animals. Many household toys contain these materials thereby exposing infants to the harmful substances. Children crawl around and touch many things, then put their hands in their mouths. Because of that handto-mouth behavior which is common among infants, phthalate particles in dust might be a greater risk for children than for adults due to the fact that their body immune system is not fully developed. Other common household like plastic packaging, garden hoses, and medical tubing are also coated with these substances. People are exposed to phthalates by eating and drinking foods that have contacted

products containing phthalates. Some exposure can occur from breathing phthalate particles in the air especially through perfumes and wood finishing. When swallowed, phthalates are converted into breakdown products (metabolites) that quickly leave the body in urine under normal circumstances. Nowadays the ingredients used in making perfumes contain some several forms of phthalates. The most common phthalates is called diethyl phthalate (DEP) this substance is used together with alcohol to hold scent on the skin for longer period of time. According to the beauticians, the use of DEP in the perfume industry is not restricted because it has been claimed that it “does not pose any known health risks for humans” . However, contrary to that claim, some extensive research has shown that DEP is highly injurious to humans, especially to the children in the womb a medical doctor Gideon Chiroma said. This calls for a form restraint and reducing the exposure of pregnant women to perfumes in order to reduce exposure to these harmful substances. A publication by the United States (US) Consumer Product Safety Commission has shown that exposure to DEP applied to the skin causes developmental effects, including changes in brain weight, red blood cell health and other organ systems. The data from various researches also supports the conclusion that

DEP can be considered “toxic” both following short and long-term exposures. Developed countries there have had been some actions taken towards reducing the extensive use of phthalates especially in to children’s products like toys. Globally, more than 50 percent of the population would prefer fragrance-free workplaces, hotels, airplanes, health care facilities and public spaces, and almost 33% of us are suffering obvious symptoms because of the health impacts of synthetic scent, businesses and governments especially in Africa haven’t been complying with laid down regulations on the safety of these products. Some of the ways of reducing the exposure of these substances as identified by scientist all over the world which are; staying away from plastic wrap and practice containers, avoiding the reheating of plastic containers, reducing the use of synthetic fragrance in all of its forms ranging from perfumes to candles, washing powders to car scents and perfume. It is advisable to stay fragrance free, however due to constant exposure to smell in the environment, natural products are recommended for use. Danjuma Yakubu is a Fellow of Doctoral Degree in Biochemistry; Writing From School Of Postgraduate Studies, Gombe State University.* Email: yakubuydanjuma@gmail.com

However, contrary to that claim, some extensive research has shown that DEP is highly injurious to humans, especially to the children in the womb a medical doctor Gideon Chiroma said.

Getting Sports spot on By Kene Obiezu

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lot of pain remains from Nigeria`s failure to qualify for the World Cup coming up later in the year in Qatar. Nigerians feel they should be there and with the abundance of resources available to the country, absence from the competition can never be sufficiently justified. To forestall future heartbreaks, Nigeria has to do a lot of work. Life is a lot like sports. The dynamics of life, the many wheels that turn over in grinding out life as it is somehow subscribe to the idea of sports as an endeavor that has a lot to teach people about life in general. Nigeria has always been a country in love with its sports. All over the country, present at different levels is an abundant evidence of a country in love with sports. Disastrously, on March 28 2022, Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup billed for Qatar later in the year. The failure came after an insipid display at the Moshood Abiola national stadium in Abuja could only grind out a draw against Ghana. In the wake of the setback, many Nigerians were of the opinion that it was a good thing that a country facing so many challenges, some of them existential, did not have any distraction no matter how healthy. The debacle against Ghana was especially a difficult one to take as the Super Eagles of Nigeria bungled an attempt to redeem themselves after a catastrophic outing at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. In December 2021, Gernot Rohr, the German coach who had not done badly in leading Nigeria to the last World Cup in Russia, was fired and swiftly replaced by Mr. Augustine Eguavoen. The decision certainly came back to came back to haunt Nigeria and Mr. Eguavoen was himself fired after Nigeria failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Now, another appointment has been made for the Super Eagles of Nigeria even as another decision of the Federal Government has brought basketball in the country to its knees. On Sunday May 15, 2022, the Nigeria Football Federation formally announced the appointment of Mr. Jose Paseiro as the new Head Coach of the Super Eagles, the country`s senior national men`s football team. The 62-year-old Portuguese played as a striker in his days before going on to acquire extensive coaching experience during coaching stints across four different continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and South America where Mr. Paseiro took in jobs with clubs as well as national teams. Mr. Jose Paseiro comes with an impressive coaching pedigree and the hope is that he can translate that into a long period of dominance for Nigeria on the African scene as well as on the world stage. On May 12, 2022, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced its decision to withdraw Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years in order to find time to cleanse the basketball industry and save the local game from completely crumbling. The decision was said to be in line with the desire of the Federal Government to concentrate efforts on

revamping the sport from the grassroots and reviving the domestic leagues which have become moribund. The decision was apparently not unconnected with the leadership crisis that has lingered in the Nigeria Basketball Federation(NBBF) for over six years. There is no doubt that sports in Nigeria and especially the administration of sports in Nigeria continue to leave much to be desired as square pegs continue to be forced into round holes. The bane of sports in Nigeria has always been leadership which has always bred incompetence. A lot of pain remains from Nigeria`s failure to qualify for the World Cup coming up later in the year in Qatar. Nigerians feel they should be there and with the abundance of resources available to the country, absence from the competition can never be sufficiently justified. To forestall future heartbreaks, Nigeria has to do a lot of work. Nigeria also has a lot to do to fix its basketball as well as other sports where the country retain a lot of potential to go on and dominate globally. There is no quick fix to this as it appears to be an institutional problem more than anything else. But work has to start from somewhere. Kene Obiezu can be reached at keneobiezu@gmail. com

On May 12, 2022, the Federal Government of Nigeria announced its decision to withdraw Nigeria from all international basketball competitions for a period of two years in order to find time to cleanse the basketball industry and save the local game from completely crumbling


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NEWS NEITI presents global open government partnership award to Buhari

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he Nigerian Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) on Monday handed over the global Open Government Partnership (OGP) Award won by Nigeria in December 2021 to President Muhammadu Buhari. The award was won during the last Global Summit of OGP member countries held in Seoul, South Korea. Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, Executive Secretary, NEITI, made the presentation to President Buhari, through the Minister of State, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, at the Ministry, in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the presentation was part of the activities to commemorate the OGP week in Nigeria. The OGP adopts a multistakeholder and co-creation approach that brings together government and civil society actors to address governance problems. Receiving the award on behalf of the President, the minister said it did not come as a surprise that Nigeria beat the whole world to clinch the award at Seoul, the South Korean capital. Agba said the present administration had made laudable achievements despite depleted revenues. He said these include the Second Niger Bridge, nearing completion, the development of rail infrastructure and Oweto Bridge, among others. The minister, who is also the National Co-Chair of Public Sector OGP, however, regretted that Nigerians only saw what was not being done and dwelt on them. “Out of 79 member-countries of OGP, only 10 country Heads of States were invited and chosen based on the world perception of their seriousness in fighting corruption. “Nigeria was among the 10. We are happy that the presentation we made at the event was considered the best, which has resulted in what we are celebrating today,” he said. He recalled that in May 2016, the President made the commitment at the Anticorruption summit in London where Nigeria signed into the OGP. NAN

Google announces $4m Black founders fund for 60 start-ups across Africa

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oogle on Tuesday said that 60 eligible blackfounded start-ups would receive a total of four million dollars in the second cohort of Google for Start-up Black Founders Fund (BFF) Mr Folarin Aiyegbusi, Google’s Head of Start-up Ecosystem, Africa, made this known in a statement announcing opening of applications for Google for Start-up Black Founders Fund for Africa. Aiyegbusi said that following the success of the first cohort in 2021, Google increased its commitment in 2022 with additional one million dollars in funding, and support for 10 more founders. He said that it would result in a commitment of four million dollars to 60 eligible Black-founded start-ups across Africa. According to him, BFF Africa is open to startups in Nigeria, Botswana, Cameroun, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. He said that while the 13 countries were the prime focus due to their active tech and start-up ecosystems, strong applications from other African

countries would be considered. ‘’The Black Founders Fund Africa demonstrates our commitment to supporting innovations in underserved areas. ‘’Black-led tech start-ups face an unfair venture capital funding environment; that is why we are committed to helping them thrive to be better and ensure the success of communities and economies in our region. ‘’The fund will provide cash awards and handson support to 60 Black-led start-ups in Africa, which we hope will aid in developing affordable solutions to fundamental challenges affecting those at the base of the socio-economic pyramid in Africa. ‘’We are hopeful that the support received by the Black founders will enable them to grow their businesses and, in turn, drive economic growth in Africa as they create solutions and give back to their communities,” he said. According to him, selected start-ups will receive between $50,000 and $100,000 non-dilutive cash awards and up to $200,000 per start up in Google Cloud credits.

Aiyegbusi said that support in the form of training and access to a network of mentors to assist in tackling challenges unique to each start-up, would be provided. He said that early-stage start-ups with black founders or diverse founding teams were eligible for selection for BFF. According to him, start-ups which are benefitting Black community and those operating and headquartered in Africa as well as those with diverse founding team, with at least one Black founding member, were also eligible. He said that those having legal presence on the continent and building technology solutions for Africa and the global market and those with potential to raise more funding and create jobs were equally eligible. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Google for Start-ups Black Founders Fund was launched in the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement as part of Google’s racial equality commitment. The initiative is aimed at driving economic opportunities for Black business owners. NAN Igabi local government Primary health care (PHC) flagup Polio Vaccination with 400 Children in Collaboration with Journalist Against Polio,(JAB) at Rigachikun town, yesterday in Kaduna

Vote wisely to protect country’s future, group urges Nigerians

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he Social Action Committee of the Catholic Church has urged Nigerians to vote wisely during the 2023 general elections in order to usher in leaders who would protect the future of the country. Dame Mary Gonsum, National Coordinator of the committee, said this on Tuesday in Abuja. She said that Nigerians should vote in leaders who would ensure the safety of all citizens and chart a bright future for the country. “We need a government that understands that the actions of terrorists undermine and destabilise our unity in diversity, and who have the courage and political will to take them out. “It is up to us to help rebuild the system of government that will set our priorities, our unique strength as a nation, our optimism and spirit of discovery, our diversity and commitment to rebuild our nation. “This is for our common good,” the coordinator said. Gonsum said that Nigerians must learn from the current happenings, register to get their voter’s cards “and

take a vote that will rebuild every fallen wall in our country”. “The future we want, opportunity and security for our families, a rising standard of living, a sustainable and peaceful environment for our children, will only happen if we work together,” she said. Gonsum, who is also the National President of the Catholic Women Organisation, said to get the right leadership, Nigerians must strive for the common good of all. “We must reject politicians that target us because of our ethnicity or religion. We must reject those who believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. “Those with money and power that gain greater control over the decisions that could worsen the current insecurity or allow worst economic disaster. We cannot afford to go down that path. “Our collective future depends on our willingness to uphold our duties as citizens to register and vote. We need every Nigerian to stay active on this in our public life.” She also spoke on the need

for religious leaders to guide their followers properly and root out misguided ideas that lead to radicalism and discrimination. “You should reject any form of fundamentalism or a belief in ethnic superiority that makes our traditional identities irreconcilable with modernity. “You need to embrace the tolerance that results from respect of all human beings,” she said. Mr Peter Agbontaen, Founder, Catholic Action Nigeria, said the group had commenced a public opinion poll on what Nigerians expect from those aspiring to lead the country. According to him, the poll is being conducted via www. catholicactionpolls.com and will record people’s preferred candidates, their demands and pressing issues in their constituencies. “The ongoing presidential aspirants’ poll is to enable Nigerians to vote online and express who their preferredpresidential aspirant is,” he added. According to him, the outcome

of the poll is intended to guide party delegates in the choice they make during party primaries. “We call on all political parties’ delegates to reject the influence of money in the choice of the parties’ candidates and vote for credibility,” Agbontaen said. He called on the general public to visit www.catholicactionpolls. com and vote for their preferred aspirants. The founder said that the committee would associate itself with the top winners after the poll, as they would be those who had the ability to find real solutions to Nigeria’s numerous challenges. “We will create a moral reformation among Nigerians that will be an essential component for mass political mobilisation in this country,” Agbontaen said. Chief Emeka Uzowuihe, Chairman, Political and Governmental Affairs Committee of the Church, said they would unveil a clear document before the 2023 elections, titled: ‘How We Want To Be Governed.’ (NAN)


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he Convener New Nigeria Group and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has stated that the APC-led federal government of Nigeria has failed the citizenry in all her three cardinal election campaign promises. Ohuabunwa, who was in Anambra state to explain to PDP stakeholders the reasons he is

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APC govt failed Nigerians in security, economy, corruption -Ohuabunwa best suited for the presidency in 2023, said the APC-led federal government failed Nigerians in security, economy and corruption. He said the APC said Nigerians should judge them on three things viz security, economy and corruption, but according to him, the economy, security and corruption are worst now and that the failure of the APC government

is a naked fact, stressing that Nigerians should be careful this time not to repeat the colossal mistake they made enthroning APC at the helm of affairs of this country. Ohuabunwa however stated that if elected next president, he would take Nigeria from the position of a third world country to a first world country; to make her

globally competitive and globally respected. He said he was coming to move Nigeria from a nation of poverty of 71% in the economy to a nation of prosperity. He said he would transform Nigeria from a nation of injustice to a just nation and that he would take Nigeria from a nation of insecurity to a secured nation and also focus on investment to create

wealth and drive away poverty. Ohuabunwa said above all, he would introduce righteousness as well as unblemished integrity in governance and administration of Nigeria and also ensure that corruption becomes history to enable the masses to enjoy the dividends of transparency, accountability, probity and honesty in governance and administration.

to choose the right leaders for the nation in 2023, just as he advised politicians to desist from any act capable of causing political violence during the 2023 general elections. On the security challenges facing the country, he charged the Federal

He noted that due to the destruction of the crops by the herdsmen, the prices of the food items have increased in Nigeria, pleading with the government to take necessary action against the Fulani herdsmen.

When asked whether he has political ambition, Otunba said he had no ambition to contest for any political position for now, pointing out that he would continue to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged ones in the society.

NNPP commiserates with victims of gas 2023: Nigerians urged to vote for right leaders He therefore applauded the stated this in an interview with Government to redouble the efforts Shuaibu Peoples Daily correspondent in his to fight insurgents such as Boko Federal Government for reopening cylinder explosion in By Usman Haram, Fulani herdsmen, terrorists Nigerian borders, urging the igerians have been asked residence at Zuba. and bandits for the betterment of government to allow the foreign rice Tunwase urged Nigerians to to vote for the right leaders Kano to come into Nigeria. in 2023 general elections deem it necessary to pray to God the nation. By Musa Baba Adamu

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he New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has expressed shock over the news of a massive gas cylinder explosion at Sabon Gari area of Kano State yesterday in which four persons died and many injured. A statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Major Agbo, NNPP which grieved over the tragedy which affected a nursery and primary school with traumatized children running for their lives. Saddened over the gas explosion, NNPP prayed God Almighty to console, comfort and strengthen families of the deceased and speedy recovery to the injured. “We urge security agents and relevant government agencies to ensure that those trapped in the debris of the collapsed buildings are rescued and receive adequate medical treatment. The traumatized schoolchildren should also receive proper medical care. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this deadly explosion. “Kano State Government, indeed, governments at all levels in Nigeria should ensure that those dealing with combustible and inflammable materials are not permitted to operate near schools to avoid a recurrence of this tragedy. The safety of all Nigerians should be a priority in considering business premises permits and approving schools. This is in tandem with Section 14(2)b of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, which provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. Nigerians expect dividends of democracy not carnage. “It is obvious that the masses desire and deserve a new Nigeria which only the New Nigeria People’s Party is poised to usher in, in 2023 if voted into office. Together, we will build a strong, virile, united, prosperous, equitable and decent democratic society”, the statement said.

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for the overall development of the country. The Vice-chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) South West in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Wasiu Tunwase, who is also the Otunba of Yoruba Community,

Biafra: NEF debunks claims by presidency By Abubakar Yunusa,

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orthern Elders Forum has debunked the statement credited the Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu claimed that the Forum has released a Statement instigating a section of Nigeria to leave the country. Director, Publicity and

Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem BabaAhmed stated this in a statement sent to Peoples Daily Tuesday night said Malam Garba Shehu’s Statement did not quote a single word in the “Statement” and did not mention its signatory or its date. He said “As a former journalist, he must know that no selfrespecting journalist will take this Statement seriously. His Statement was entirely a monologue

castigating the Forum over fiction that only he can understand. “The Forum believes in the rights of all Nigerians to live in peace and aspire to their dreams. It believes in the utility and desirability of a united and strong Nigeria which will meet the aspirations of all citizens. “When the forum made comments in the past about the challenges to our union, security, or

governance, it always did so openly and responsibly. It is baffling to see this unfair attribution from the Presidency, at a time when calm nerves are needed, and statesmanship should be on display. “Northern Elders Forum restates that it made no such release, and advises leaders to note the very sensitive times in which we live at the moment.”

APC aspirant in Abuja South advises electorates against money politics By Usman Shuaibu

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he aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who is contesting for the House of Representatives in Abuja South Constituency, Hon. Kamalu Adamu Shuaibu, has advised the electorates to shun money politics in 2023 general elections. Shuaibu gave the advice in an

interview with newsmen after declaring his intention to contest for the House of Representatives at Gwagwalada APC Secretariat. He urged the electorates to assess the aspirants before voting for them as their representatives. He also charged the electorates to shun anti-party during the election, tasking them to remain committed to

their party. He then called on the executives of APC to always abide by the Constitution of the party in the interest of the contestants. He said if elected into the House of Representatives, he would deem it necessary to lobby his colleagues at the National Assembly to provide the needed facilities for the people of

his Constituency through budgetary provisions. Shuaibu, however advised the politicians to desist from politics of destruction, pointing out that he was contesting for the House of Representatives in order to arrest the problem of injustice meted on the people of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Barr. Mgbudem says no justification for jungle justice against Deborah in Sokoto By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he National Legal Adviser of Accord party, Maxwell Mgbudem, yesterday lamented the gruesome muder of a 200 Level Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, even as he called on the Federal Government to investigate the incident and prosecute the culprits. Recall that last week Thursday, irate youths murdered a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari Collage of Education, Miss Deborah Samuel, over an alleged blasphemy against prophet Muhammed.

Reacting in a statement issued in Abuja, the Accord chieftain, Mgbudem called for urgent measures to ensure that the situation does not escalate to other parts of the country, and worsen the insecurity challenge facing Nigeria. He regretted that life has become short and brutal in the country, hence calling on the Government to take a decisive action that will not only deter future occurrence, but ensure peace across the country. Mgbudem also expressed fears over the rising tension and insecurity across the country, even as it cautioned that such a

situation poses a serious threat to the peaceful conduct of the 2023 general election. Speaking further, he charged the youths to resist the temptation of taking laws into their hands, adding that protesters should stop to allow the State government and security agencies to investigate the root cause of the ugly incident. Nonetheless, he commended eminent Nigerians who have joined their voices to condemn the dastardly act. Meanwhile, he has enjoined the security agencies to take urgent steps to address the insecurity

across the country before the commencement of the 2023 general election, expressing fears that the security situation in Nigeria today is not favourable for the conduct of 2023 general election. Citing the case of Monday and Wednesday sit at home order in the South East by Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the Fulani/Herder violence in the North Central, banditory in the North West and Boko Haram in the North East, said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will be in dilemma if the Federal Government does not take immediate action.


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APC denies changing presidential primary election date By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied adjusting the date of its presidential primary. Recall that there are reports in some sections of the media suggesting that the ruling party has changed the date of its presidential primary from May 30 to May 28. But the party in a statement issued Tuesday by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka described the report as fake. He said: “Our attention has

been drawn to a story of purported adjustment to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Timetable/ Schedule of Activities for the 2023 General Elections which is making the rounds on social media. “The story should be disregarded as fake news. The Party’s Timetable/ Schedule of Activities for the 2023 elections remains as earlier published: Governorship – Friday, 20th of May, 2022; State House of Assembly – Sunday, 22nd of May, 2022; House of Representatives – Tuesday, 24th of May, 2022; Senate – Wednesday, 25th of May 2022;

Presidential – Monday, 30th of May to June 1st, 2022.” The party noted that should an adjustment become necessary, such changes would be communicated via its official communication channels. Meanwhile, the party has inaugurated 37 screening committees to screen House of Assembly aspirants and also to elect the local government and state delegates ahead of the various party primaries. The leadership of the party constituted each committee per state and also for the Federal Capital

Territory (FCT). Each committee has seven members per state, while the Screening Appeal Committee has five members per state including the FCT. Speaking at the inauguration, the Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Abubakar Kyari said the screening will be conducted simultaneously alongside the election of local government and state delegates. He said: “Initially we are supposed to have two processes, but we have decided to combine both

exercises so that you all can conduct the exercises one after the other or simultaneously if the situation permits. “This is the foundation of all the primaries. We have just conducted the screening of the gubernatorial, senatorial and House of Representatives aspirants. “But the basic foundation is what you people are going to do, which is the election of local government and state delegates. APC, we are in government today simply by championing the call for economic and social change.”

Nigeria has moved from weak to falling nation under Buhari, APC – Saraki By Musa Baba Adamu

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ormer Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said that Nigeria has moved from being a weak nation to a failing nation under the present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari. Saraki, a former governor of Kwara State, made this disclosure while speaking in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Tuesday. Saraki, who is one of the presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 elections, claims Nigeria was already a weak nation before Buhari came to power in 2015. He insisted that the country has moved from being a weak nation to a failing state because the present administration has failed the citizens. Saraki, while addressing the PDP delegates in Oyo State at the party’s secretariat, added that the country needs someone who will rescue it from total collapse. Present at the party’s secretariat to receive the former governor were the party chairman, Dayo Ogungbenro, secretary, Wasiu Adeleke, former Minister, Wole Oyelese, Saka Balogun and other party chieftains. Saraki while addressing the PDP members, maintained that the country needs a person who can unite the country and its people. He advised Nigerians to elect someone who has the capacity to be president in 2023.

He said, “Before Buhari, APC came to power, we were a weak nation, but now, we are now a failing nation. There is a difference between a weak nation, a failing

nation and a failed nation. “We have moved from a weak to a failing nation. But, we need someone who can rescue us from being a failed nation.

“We must elect someone who has the capacity. We need a man with experience. We need someone who can unite Nigeria and I am that person.

“We need someone who can unite both the old and the young together. Let us vote for the person that can unite the country.

AfDB President, Adesina makes decision on Presidential ambition By Christiana Ekpa

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resident of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, has dismissed claims that he is running for the presidency. Recall that a coalition of 28 groups had purchased and submitted the nomination form of the All Progressives Congress

(APC) on behalf of Adesina. But reacting to this development, Adesina in a statement issued on Tuesday, maintained that he is not running for president. “I am very touched by all who have gone to a great extent, with such huge sacrifices, of their own volition, to consider me worthy to be proposed for potential

consideration. “The coalition groups of youth, women, farmers, physically challenged and well-meaning Nigerians that have done this have expressed their genuine free will, political right, freedom of expression and association for my consideration, with the interest of Nigeria at heart. “While I am deeply honoured,

humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to be considered. “I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the nonAfrican shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development,” he read. L-R: Borno State Governor, Prof Babagana Zulum; pioneer National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Tijjani Tumsa; and Ekiti State Governor/APC President Aspirant, Dr Kayode Fayemi,during Gov Fayemi’s consultation visit to delegates in Borno State, yesterday.

NYCN chieftain, Rufa’i joins Kano 2023 guber race By Abubakar Yunusa

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chieftain of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and leader of the influential Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), Balarabe Rufa’i, has joined the Kano governorship race on the platform of African Democratic Alliance (ADC). He vowed to change the permutations across all the political parties in favour of the ADC, a hitherto largely unrecognized party in Kano if elected governor. He said politics is an honourable calling that must not be allowed to be toyed with by people who are ill-prepared

and ill-equipped to provide meaningful leadership in the context of the current fast-phased global trend. He said, “If Nigerians and in particular the people of Kano state wish to hear the truth, they should be told that for too long, they have staked their fortunes in the hands of a handful of persons who are apparently ill-prepared and ill-equipped to lead, except for their personal quest for power and acquisition of wealth. “My main motivation for seeking the ADC governorship ticket is the realisation that younger northern Nigerians have a major role to play in rescuing our region from the margin of irrelevance, impotence,

inconsequence and decay in the context of the Nigerian nation which currently runs on the basis of values and practices that we need to understand, adapt to or create alternatives that suit our cultures, circumstances and interests,” he said. Affirming the support of women and the youth of Kano State to the Rufa’i governorship project, Hajiya Shamsiyya Salisu, Chairperson, Women United for Change and Good Governance (WUCGG), noted that the aspiration of such focused young people like Rufa’i is a definite reassurance that the future of Kano youth and women could after all be secured. She said “At the risk of overstating

the obvious, we can safely and proudly say that with the singular involvement of Rufa’i, the ADC, a hitherto obscure party in Kano, is today making a mark with every significant component of Kano, society, making steady inroads with women and youth and its presence is felt among the Kano intelligentsia, community leaders, students in higher institutions, as well as the business community”. The Women Leader hinted also that Rufa’i’s presence in the field has, apart from increasing the popularity rating of the ADC, also rattled other political opportunists vying for the same position across all political parties in the state.


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Choose only competent candidates at your primary election – Group warns delegates By Christiana Ekpa

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he Social Action Centre (SAC) Committee of the Catholic Church in Nigeria has appealed to Nigerians to consider competency as the only ingredient for electing leaders in the 2023 general elections. The spokesperson, Dame Mary Asibi Gonsum, warned Nigerians against the use of religious, ethnic and other affiliations in electing political leaders in the 2023 general elections, saying it would not augur well for the development of the country. The observation was made in a joint news conference in Abuja by the National Coordinator, SACCommittee and National President, Catholic Women Organisation of Nigeria (CWON), Dame Mary Asibi Gonsum. She enjoined delegates of all political parties not to allow themselves to be influenced by the choice of candidates in the coming General elections in the country with the amount given to them by aspirants. Her words, “We call on all political parties’ delegates to reject the influence of money in the choice of electing the party candidates and vote for credibility so that a handful of families or hidden interests will not bankroll our elections.”

122 PDP aspirants vie for 25 seats in Cross River assembly

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total of 122 people are seeking Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) tickets to contest for the 25 seats in Cross River House of Assembly. The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr Mike Ojisi, gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), on Tuesday in Calabar. Ojisi added that 36 PDP aspirants were jostling for the state’s 11 seats in the National Assembly – Senate and House of Representatives. “For the Senate, the southern senatorial district has about 23 aspirants, central has three. It is only in the northern senatorial district that we have one aspirant. “In the governorship category, we have 11 aspirants as at today competing to get the party’s ticket come May 23. “We are ensuring a level playing field for all the aspirants; for now, there is no issue of zoning. “This is because as an opposition party, we need our best hands in different positions so as not limit ourselves,” he said. (NAN)

Kaduna State People Democratic Party Chairman, Mr, Hassan Hyet, Former Governor of Anambra State and PDP Presidential Aspirant, Peter Obi and his Campaign Director, Chief Do yin Okukpe when the Asspirant meet with Delegates in Kaduna yesterday,

2023: 87 aspirants bought APC form for 26 seats in Osun House of Assembly contest By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Chairman, Osun National Committee for State House of Assembly committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has disclosed that 87 persons bought forms to occupy the 26 seats in the state assembly in the coming general election.

The committee revealed this on Tuesday as it commenced screening for aspirants vying to occupy 26 seats in the state assembly. The chairman of the committee, Osagie Ize-Iyamu disclosed that 81 of the aspirants bought their forms in Osun State while the other six purchased their

forms in Abuja. Ize-Iyamu who spoke with journalists before the commencement of the screening exercise noted that the assignment given to the committee by the national secretariat is to screen the House of Assembly aspirants in the party. He said the committee has a

clear guideline, which according to him aspirants should be qualified to vote and to be voted for. “There are constitutional requirements and party requirements. Basically, we want to be sure they are Nigerian citizens, local government certificates, age and educational qualifications.”

2023: I won’t retire from politics until I become Nigeria’s president – Tinubu By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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n All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday, said he will not retire from politics. Tinubu said he won’t retire from politics until he becomes Nigeria’s President. He made the declaration while

wooing APC delegates in Benue State, ahead of the party’s primary election. The APC National Leader pledged to bring his wealth of experience to bear on governance if elected. Tinubu also declared himself as the best man to replace President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Tinubu: “I won’t retire from politics until I am the president of Nigeria. I will bring the experience of my leadership in Lagos state as a Governor to bear on my leadership style in Nigeria. “There’s no contest between me and whoever will emerge as the candidate of the opposition PDP.

The APC National Leader assured that if and when elected as president of the country, he would run a transparent and open government. “I guarantee you that I will run a transparent, open government. Nigeria is rich. What we need is to redirect our resources and channel them in the right direction.”

PDP Primaries: Stakeholders warn against subversion in Imo By Musa Baba Adamu

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders and stakeholders in Imo State have warned against any attempt to subvert the popular will of the delegates by any party officer or AdHoc Panel/Committee members no matter how highly placed. The party leaders also sounded a note of warning that they will no longer tolerate misconduct by electoral committee members sent to Imo State or any effort to tamper with result sheets or any act that may impugn on the integrity of the primaries in the state. The PDP SEC/Stakeholders gave the advice in a statement jointly signed release by its State Chairman, Engr. Charles Ugwu, Hon. (Nze) Ray Emeaña Secretary and Barr. Kissinger Ikokwu State Legal Adviser on Tuesday in Owerri,Imo State. The directive, according to the party leadership, was part

of the resolution of the SEC/ stakeholders meeting held at the party secretariat in Owerri. According to the release ,”The SEC/Stakeholders wish to draw the attention of the NWC to recent activities of Ad-Hoc Committee sent to the state, which has the tendency to invalidate the nomination process for the Party’s candidates in the State should the process of our primaries be deemed faulty. “SEC/stakeholders resolve to sound an alarm and state clearly that the Party in Imo State will no longer tolerate misconduct by Electoral Committee members sent to Imo State or any effort to tamper with result sheets or any act that may impugn on the integrity of the Primaries in the state. “SEC/stakeholders call the National Working on Committee (NWC) to set up an inquiry to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance of the Ideato North and south ad-hoc delegates

electoral materials. “SEC/stakeholders note that in view of the current security challenges in Imo state, the party cannot guarantee the safety of any committee member(s) who chooses to stay in places not provided by the Party. “SEC/stakeholders call on the National Secretary, Senator Samuel Anyanwu to intervene, to ensure that committees sent to Imo State act according to the guidelines for the party primaries. “SEC/stakeholders resolved that Electoral Committee Members sent to Imo State must show their respective letters of appointment, which should be photocopied and acknowledged by the state secretary of the party. The release further reads, “The monitoring function of INEC should begin at the state secretariat Accordingly, the DSS and INEC Officers should be officially present, when the National Committees for the conduct of the various party

primaries are received by the state working committee. “The result Sheets shall be declared in full view of INEC and DSS officers. Failure to produce and timely give out result sheets will be viewed as sabotage and the National Committee for conduct of primaries would not be allowed to leave the secretariat without addressing the press, giving reasons why they did not come with the result sheets. “The National Organizing Secretary is hereby informed about the development in Imo. In addition, the National Committee members shall be made to put it in writing that they did not come with the result sheets. “SEC/stakeholders resolve to send a delegation led by the State Chairman, BOT members, members of the State and national Assemblies, and other leaders to the National Working Committee (NWC) to formally present the position of Imo State.”


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igital freight forwarding startup, Topship has raised a $2.5 million seed round from institutional and individual investors. With the funding, the company seeks to create the easiest way for African businesses to export and import parcels and cargo to their customers, suppliers, and distributors worldwide. The funding was led by Flexport and backed by Y CombinatorSoma Capital, Starling Ventures, Olive Tree Capital, Capital X and True Capital. The individual investors in the round include Immad Akhund, Mercury CEO, and Arash Ferdowsi, co-founder of Dropbox. Topship was founded in 2020 during the pandemic when cofounder and CEO Moses Enenwali noticed a surge in merchants’ needs for shipping parcels and cargo outside Nigeria. He had built relationships with these merchants following his time with logistics company ACE Logistics

Nigerian startup, Topship secures $2.5 million to boost international shipping and e-commerce fulfilment provider, Sendbox. According to Enewali, Topship allows 1,500 merchants to move cargo and parcels from Nigeria to over 150 countries. Although it can help Nigerian merchants receive parcel deliveries from the other way round, they can only

accept cargo deliveries from the U.S., the U.K and China. Enewali said the company is exploring other revenue streams, including trade financing and customs clearance charges. The company has recorded a 50% month-on-month revenue growth since getting into YC this January.

“I think what YC does more than anything is just push you to dive as deep as possible in understanding your users,” said the CEO about Topship’s revenue growth after YC. “Looking into the future, a lot of it’s coming from that ethos of the user being the most important

piece of the puzzle, and we have to be obsessive about it. We’re taking all the learnings and insights that we’ve learned from our users over the past five months or six months and building it into the product in a merchants-focused way,” he said.

Nigeria’s inflation rate hits eightmonth high at 16.82% By Abubakar Yunusa

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he consumer price index, which measures the rate of increase in the price of goods and services, climbed to 16.82 per cent in April 2022 on the back of surging food and gas prices. With the development, it means that the headline inflation rate slowed down in April when compared to the same month in the previous year. The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said this in its Consumer Price Index (CPI) report for April 2022, released on Monday. The figure represents the highest rate recorded since August 2021 which is 0.9% points higher than the 15.92% recorded in the previous month (March 2022). “On a month-on-month basis, the headline index increased by 1.76% in April 2022, compared to 1.74% increase recorded in the previous month,” the report reads. “Similarly, the urban inflation rate increased to 17.35% (year-onyear) in April 2022 from 18.68% recorded in April 2021, while the rural inflation rate increased to 16.32% in April 2022 from 17.57% in April 2021.”

Commandant Intelligence ResponseTeam (IRT) Mr. Olatunji Disu throwing more light on the activities of the suspects during their parade at IRT Headquarters on Friday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Create special FX trading window for BDCs, ABCON tells CBN

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he Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON) has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to establish BDCs’ autonomous foreign exchange trading window (BAFEX) with a determined maximum daily limit. The association said it would enable eligible BDCs to access dollars from banks, autonomous markets, and diaspora forex widows at the prevailing market prices. ABCON said this in a statement issued over the weekend at the conclusion of its national executive council meeting in Lagos. Speaking at the meeting, Aminu Gwadabe, ABCON president, said the creation of the BAFEX window is one of the strategies that the association came up with to save the naira

from further decline and enhance exchange rate stability. Gwadabe said the depreciation of the naira against global currencies was due to pressure from rising dollar demand without sufficient liquidity to meet the demands from retail end users, manufacturers and other key players in the economy. The ABCON boss also requested for enhancement of existing BDCs’ automation portals to file transaction returns on CBN/ ABCON/NFIU/NIBSS portals for effective regulatory monitoring and supervision. He sought the creation of an automation portal to encourage the registration of undocumented and unlicensed operators for effective monitoring, identification and tracking of their transactions.

The president said the reluctance of the CBN to open new windows through which foreign exchange can be attracted to the economy remains a key factor in the naira’s continued fall. He said there is an urgent need to review the guidelines on BDC’s scope of operations to include participation in payment space, such as agency banking, point of sale (PoS) services, inbound and outbound forex transfers, ATM forex services, to reflect the global business model practice. Gwadabe said ABCON developed multiple applications for BDCs’ transformation from being CBN cash dispensers to globally competitive entities with the capacity to attract foreign capital flows to the economy. “We support any measures that would lead to compliance

with the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT), supporting CBN’s exchange rate stability policies and security agencies to punish any BDC operator breaching corporate governance and compliance guidelines,” he added. “It is our sincere belief that the BDCs need to be integrated back officially to ensure their continuous potent role in exchange rate stability management.” Following the apex bank’s decision to stop the sale of forex to BDCs, ABCON has continued to make repeated calls for the restoration of the forex sale. On Friday, the naira depreciated against the US dollar to close at N419/$ at the official market and N595/$ at the parallel market.


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NNPC, MTN among top-performing taxpayers in 2021-FIRS Abubakar Yunusa Abuja

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he Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has listed the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited as the country’s highest taxpayer in 2021. It also listed Nigeria Liquified Petroleum Gas Company Ltd as the most supportive taxpayer for the year. Johannes Oluwatobi Wojuola, special assistant on media and communication to the chairman of FIRS, said this in a statement released on Monday. According to Wojuola, Muhammad Nami, executive chairman of FIRS, commended the companies for being

consistent in contributing towards providing necessary funds for the government despite the economic conditions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The FIRS is pleased to celebrate the top-performing taxpayers who contributed to her success in 2021,” the statement reads. “The service surpassed its tax collection target in 2021 and, in doing so, crossed the N6 trillion threshold for the first time. “The feat recorded by the service was made possible by the uncommon leadership of the President, Commanderin-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria —

Muhammadu Buhari, the active support of our supervisory Ministry, the backing of the national assembly and its leadership as well as the cooperation of all other stakeholders in the tax area. “The combined efforts of all taxpayers made it possible for the Service to achieve the tax revenue collection of 2021, which provided our governments with necessary funds to meet their social contracts with the citizens.” The list of top-performing taxpayers includes Mobil Producing Limited, Star Deep Water Petroleum, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc, Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited, Chevron

Nigeria Limited, Total E & P Nigeria Limited, Airtel Networks Limited, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company Limited, Nestle Nig. Plc. It also included Dangote Cement, Nigeria Breweries Plc, Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd, Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Ltd, NIG Agip Oil Co. Ltd, British American Tobacco Marketing, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Stanbic IBC Bank Plc, and Lafarge Africa Plc. The statement added Northern Cables Processing and Manufacturing Limited (NOCACO) and Ikeja Electric Plc as most improved companies in tax filing and VAT compliance.

Airline operators announce flight disruption over scarcity of aviation fuel Abubakar Yunusa

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igerian airlines, under the aegis of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), say there will be disruption of scheduled flight operations over the growing scarcity of aviation fuel popular as Jet-Al. Obiora Okonkwo, chairman, United Nigeria airline and spokesperson of AON, said this in a public notice issued on Monday. The statement said that the scarcity of aviation is impacting negatively on the seamless conduct of air transport operations and “would lead to flight rescheduling, and, or, cancellations”. “The Airline Operators of Nigeria wish to alert the public of impending disruptions to scheduled flight operations of members of the association. This development is being forced on members by the growing scarcity of aviation fuel popular as Jet-Al,” the statement reads. “The scarcity is impacting negatively on the seamless conduct of air transport operations and would lead to flight rescheduling, and, or, cancellations. “However, the association and its members are working very hard, and in alliance with product marketers, government and relevant stakeholders, to ensure availability and proper pricing of aviation fuel in the country. “While pleading the understanding of the flying public in the face of this reality, we also promise to do all that is necessary, and within our powers, to restore normal flight schedules as soon as possible.”

Two weeks ago, some airlines had complained about the rising cost of aviation fuel and threatened to shut down operations. The proposed strike was

aborted after Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house, convened a meeting of all stakeholders in the industry, including marketers and the Central Bank of Nigeria. After the meeting,

Gbajabiamila said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) agreed to provide the aviation fuel at N480/litre pending when the carriers would be granted a license to import the commodity.

Allen Onyema, vicepresident of AON, had said the rising cost and fuel scarcity can be addressed if airliners are allowed to purchase aviation fuel directly.

.FCT Malam Muhammad Musa Welcoming the leader of Senior Executive Course 44 of NIPSS Prof. Sunday Ochache on a study tour of the FCT Residence during a courtesy call to the Minister yesterday

UBA processes over 25,000 transactions in 4 months

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frica’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc says it has processed over 25,000 transactions in the last four months. The bank was able to achieve this by leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance its service provisioning to meet its customers’ demands. The transactions successfully processed by the bank between January and April 2022, include

requests for Personal Travel Allowance, Business Travel Allowance, Medical bills payment, Upkeep, and School fees payment. This feat is quite huge considering the fact that other banks have not been able to process more than 10,000 transactions within this period. It is also a testament to how technology is revolutionising financial services. Over the years, UBA has invested

in robust technological platforms to support the seamless integration of services in a bid to satisfy the unique needs of its customers in this digital era. “It has also provided access to trade links across most of its digital channels, making it easy for customers to perform transactions from the comfort of their mobile phones. “The bank has continued to

leverage its presence across Africa to create an avenue for trade between countries/individuals whilst facilitating easy payment for goods and services rendered across these borders. “It continues to support businesses with processing Form M and Form Q for the importation of goods, Export Trade – Form NXP (commercial export) and NCX (noncommercial export).


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alm oil is an important vegetable oil that is used as a raw material for both food and non-food industries. Being a vegetable oil, palm oil is cholesterol-free. The oil is used in food manufacturing, in beauty products, and as biofuel. According to reports, palm oil accounted for about 33% of global oils produced from oil crops in 2014. On average globally, humans consumed 7.7 kg (17 lb) of palm oil per person in 2015. Since then, demand has also increased for other uses, such as cosmetics and biofuels. Between 1950s and 1960s, Nigeria was the leader in the world oil palm market. Unfortunately, from that enviable height of controlling about 40 percent of the world market, Nigeria slipped to fifth position, barely producing 3 percent of the global supply of oil palm. What Went Wrong? Over the past couple of decades, Nigeria has performed abysmally in this market, becoming a net importer of oil palm to meet up with the demand gap in the country. Obviously, there are a myriad of production challenges confronting oil palm production in Nigeria and the consequent low or inadequate yield. These range from the age of palm trees which can affect the overall output, inadequate capital for innovation, limited access to land due to the land tenure system, continuous destruction of wild groves from which the fresh oil palm fruits are harvested and difficulty in accessing high value seedlings. Others include: lack of proper scaling of milling technology which result in sub-optimal output, inefficient synergy between stakeholders in the value chain, inability of the small millers to meet industrial quality, quantity and timeliness of delivery, constrained access to fertilizer, high cost of transportation and labour, poor or inadequate management of plantations and under-capacity utilization. Importation of palm oil into Nigeria Of course, with the aforementioned challenges, the domestic demand for palm oil increased above the production, therefore, Nigeria resulted to importation of the product from China and Malaysia. In 2018, 350,000 metric tons of palm oil were reportedly imported into Nigeria. While this was a higher volume compared to the preceding year, it represented an overall decrease in imports of the product. For instance, in

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both 2013 and 2014, the country imported over 500,000 metric tons of palm oil. In 2021, the production of palm oil in Nigeria reached 1.4 million metric tons. Between 2009 and 2021, the production quantity generally increased, registering the highest growth in 2010, when it grew by roughly 14 percent. From 2014 onwards, the output from palm oil production followed a rising trend. According to reports, around 1.8 million metric tons of palm oil were expected to be consumed in Nigeria as of the 2021/2022 crop year. This represented a peak in consumption compared to the ten preceding years, indicating that the farm product is one of the major crops in the country with a growing domestic need. Indonesia’s Palm Oil Exportation Ban The current war in Ukraine and recent ban on palm oil export in Indonesia have however, widened the global demand gap for the product. Surpassing Malaysia in 2008, Indonesia has experienced a rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in recent decades, and the country was responsible for almost 50% of global palm oil production in 2017; Indonesia is now the world’s largest producer. In 2021, its production of this commodity amounted to around 46.2 million metric tons. Indonesia was estimated to produce 46.9 million metric tons of crude palm oil this year,

while domestic demand is only expected to reach 16.9 million metric tons. This would leave a supply glut of more than 30 million metric tons that can’t be exported. Indonesia ordered a ban on the export of the commodity starting April 28, 2022 to address an ongoing shortage of cooking oil in the country. President Joko Widodo announced the ban on April 22, 2022 set to run indefinitely, saying he wanted to ensure the country has enough cooking oil amid a general surge in food prices both domestically and abroad. Since late last year, however, Indonesia has suffered from acute shortages of cooking oil. Why CBN Intervention? Few years ago, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele envisioned an oil palm market that is dominated by Nigeria; overtaking Thailand and Columbia to become the third largest producer through increased production from 1,250,000 metric tones to 2,500,000 metric tones by the year 2028. Currently in Nigeria, oil palm production per annum is 1,250,000MT and the current demand is 2,500,000MT per annum. To meet this demand, the value of imports accounts for about N60 billion annually and unhealthy for the nation’s economy.

However, to achieve 50 percent import substitution through production upgrade within the next ten (10) years, there was need to bridge the demand deficits for domestic production of fresh fruit bunches from 8.5 million MT recorded in 2010 to about 10 million MT in 2020. The additional 1.25 MT of fresh fruit bunches was estimated to produce 150,000 MT of palm oil using an average of 12 percent extraction rate. To change the narrative, the CBN engaged the stakeholders, including State Governors and other top government functionaries from the oil palm producing states, to have their buy-in and partnership in order to stimulate investments in the palm oil plantations. After the engagement, CBN was able to woo thirteen (13) state governors who pledged to make available a total of 904,624 hectares of land for development under the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme. Emefiele had stated that the ultimate goal was to become the third largest producer of palm oil through the cultivation of approximately 350,000H by 2025. According to him, the core objectives of the intervention was to: meet local demand of palm oil, improve local processing quality and standards, conserve foreign exchange reserves, create jobs and enhance the skills of Nigerian people along the oil

palm value chain, facilitate easier access to funding for oil majors, SMEs and smallholders, improve and grow the economy. In line with these objectives, the CBN has facilitated land allocation to investors through states governments. So far, 170,000Ha has been allocated to investors across 11 states. As at January 2020, the bank said, a total of N30 billion was disbursed to seven oil palm companies to support their expansion programmes, with the CBN expecting 40 applications from investors across the country. The apex bank is working closely with the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) to enhance their seeding production capacity and standard. CBN’s Oil Palm Targets To cultivate 350,000 Ha by 2028, the CBN has as its target to: fund more oil palm majors and SMEs that meet funding criteria, towards plantation development and mill construction. To develop framework for inclusion of smallholder farmers, given their potentials. Facilitate stakeholder engagement towards supporting oil palm industry. The intervention is expected to increase oil palm production and support the economic diversification drive of the country.


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Traffic jam: Housing deficit: Minister woos private entities FCT Taskforce as Oak Homes debut in Abuja closes Jikwoyi T phase II junction By Stanley Onyekwere

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n furtherance to its effort towards improving vehicular and human movement, the FCT Ministerial Taskforce on City Sanitation has closed Jikwoyi phase II junction that constitute a major traffic gridlock on the ever busy road. Addressing journalists after sealing the junction yesterday, head of the Taskforce and Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the minister of FCT, Ikharo Attah said the action was to ease free flow of traffic on the axis. Attah had about two weeks ago inspected the Karu-Jikwoyi road with some stakeholders in line with the Minister’s directives to decongest the traffic jam that usually start from Nyanya, Karu, Jikwoyi Kpegyi linking Karish town due to the unconventional activities. He explained that FCT Administration was keen on ending the chaotic situation on the road, by removing all the illegal structures built on the road shoulders on KaruJikwoyi road, especially the Jikwoyi phase II junction which motorists have converted to a bus stop that build up logjam. According to him, sealing of the junction and planned pulling down of the illegal structures was meant to ease movement of vehicles and the residents that ply the route. “Sealing of the Jikwoyi phase II today, is one of the measures that we have taken to ease free flow of traffic on the axis. “We have identified the causes of the traffic gridlock on Karu-Jikwoyi road, we will ensure that all the illegal structures built on the road shoulders are pulled down. “The exercise is not meant to infringe pain on the people, is rather going to address the logjam that people have been experiencing and complaining, strategic stakeholders are fully in support of the FCT Administration stance”, he stressed.

o tackle the housing deficit confronting Abuja, the nation’s capital city, there is an indication that the FCT Administration working assiduously to ensure that private sector entities could feel encouraged to invest more in affordable housing provision FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, gave this indication at the official launch of the Oak Homes brand and the groundbreaking ceremony of the maiden development of The Oak Villas and Victor’s Court, in Abuja. Aliyu, who was represented by the Special Assistant on Technical Matters, Mubdiyu Mustapha, identified high cost of land

registration and irregularity of land titles, policy implementation somersaults, licencing issues, inadequate funding as some of the challenges facing the housing subsector. “In this wise, the Administration is willing to engage in Public-Private-Partnerships that can guarantee accelerated delivery through the provision of land and on-site infrastructure. “With these costs borne by the Administration, it is expected that developers such as Oak Homes are able to bring cheap funds to the table for the construction of the houses, thereby guaranteeing unit selling prices that are affordable to the target market segment. “We shall therefore continue to work with the private sector and

development partners to ensure that continuous progress is made in this direction,” she said. While pledging the dedication and commitment to national development and sustainable provision of housing as mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari, she however acknowledged that housing provision was a fundamental socioeconomic right and a key pillar upon which the effort to lift millions out of multidimensional poverty, shall be judged. Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of Oak Holdings, Mr. Olukayode Olusanya, explained that the project was designed to echo architectural magnificence in luxury buildings and finesse in real estate engineering, stressing that

the Oak villas would also redefine the concept of luxury living in Abuja. Olusanya, however, described the Oak villas as private developments of expansive living areas with careful attention to details and ignition of affluence. According to him, “the Oak villas perfectly embodies the technical ingenuity and extreme inequality of the 21st century. “A heady confluence of engineering prowess, architectural phenomenon and an unparalleled concentration of personal wealth.” He expressed the hope that Abuja would be receptive to what the company has to offer, promising to change the narrative by building castles that befit a smart modern city. R-L; Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari, President Muhammadu Buhari, The Olu of Warri, His Royal Majesty, Tesola Emiko Ogiame Atuwatse 111, Chief Brown Mene, Chief Mrs Olivia Agbajoh, Hon Temi Harriman, Prince Emiko, Julius Rone and Amaju Pinnick Prince Toju Emiko during an audience at the State House yesterday in Abuja. PHOTO; State House

Bwari: Council boss seeks ‘true’ autonomy for local governments By Stanley Onyekwere

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hairman of Bwari Area Council of the FCT, John Gabaya has reiterated the need for more support to the cry and quest for true autonomy for local governments in the country. In particular, he called on the State governments all over the country to release their grip against the ideal running of local governments, where local governments are muscled and squeezed into a near state of oblivion. Gabaya gave this charge yesterday, at the Council Secretariat, during the ongoing study tour of the council by participants of the senior executive course 44, 2022 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos. Represented by the council

secretary, Eli Peter, the Chairman said the action of muscling local governments by State Governments is constituting serious hindrances and impediments to the attainment of true democracy and good governance in Nigeria. According to Gabaya; “The role of local government in the roots and fabrics of good and people oriented governance cannot be overemphasized. It is the government closest to the grassroots, ‘The People.” “Aside this, local government councils perform a number of unique and indispensable functions, such as: providing services and development activities at the grassroots in response to local wishes and initiatives; facilitate the exercise of democratic self-government close to the grassroots; mobilize the enormous human and material

resources at the grassroots for national development; as well as serving as a two-way channel of communication between the grassroots and government at the State and Federal level. “The present practice whereby local governments councils are muscled and squeezed into a near state of oblivion by States Governments all over the country constitute serious hindrances and impediments to the attainment of true democracy and good governance in Nigeria. In fact, it is a heinous crime against democratic and self-government. “The voice and the work of this great Institute commands great respect, regards and attention among scholars, policy makers, technocrats, administrators, politicians and people in leadership positions across the nation and beyond.

“I am therefore very excited and hopeful that your study and report at the end of this course and tour will add more weight to the cry and quest for true autonomy for local governments in the country”, he stated. The Director General of NIPSS, Prof. Ochoche then lead a delegation of the participants to the palaces of HRH, Alhaji Awal Musa Jakuro, Sarakin Bwari and HRH, Danlamin Yaro, the Etsu of Bwari respectively, where the participants asked questions about the role of traditional rulers in administration their subjects, with the view in mind that the have no constitutional role, and how they get their funding. The traditional rulers responded that the solve the security issues and conflicts between their subjects and asked to be given control over land too.


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Drugs tunnel connecting US and Mexico found

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huge drugs tunnel has been found running from Tijuana in Mexico to a warehouse in San Diego in the US. With a length of 1,744ft (531m), the passage had a rail track, electricity and a ventilation system. US authorities had been carrying out surveillance at a property previously used as a stash house for smuggling cocaine when they made the discovery. They seized cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Six people are being held on drug-trafficking charges. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California said the tunnel was 61ft (18m) deep and 4ft (1m) in diameter. Prosecutors say that before the discovery, officers saw several vehicles come and go from the property in Tijuana and the warehouse on Friday 13 May. They were then stopped and searched, the drugs were seized and arrests were

made. When officers entered the warehouse, the cross-border tunnel exit point was found carved out of the floor. The attorney’s office said 1,762lb (799kg) of cocaine, 164lb (74kg) of methamphetamine and 3.5lb (1.5kg) of heroin had been seized. The suspects, aged between 31 and 55, could face a life sentence in prison and a $1m fine if found guilty. “There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” said US Attorney Randy Grossman. “We will take down every subterranean smuggling route we find to keep illicit drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.” The last tunnel found in California was in 2020. That one is also the longest to date, measuring 4,309ft (1,313m) in length. Since 1993, 90 of these types of secret passage have been discovered.

The cross-border passage was described as “sophisticated” by prosecutors

Retired colonel speaks out on Russian TV

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ussia’s mainstream media outlets offer a view of the Ukraine war that is unlike anything seen from outside of the country. For a start, they don’t even call it a war. But our Russia editor reflects on a rare exchange broadcast on state TV. It was an extraordinary piece of television. The programme was 60 Minutes, the flagship twice-daily talk show on Russian state TV: studio discussion that promotes the Kremlin line on absolutely everything, including on President Putin’s so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine. The Kremlin still maintains that the Russian offensive is going according to plan. But on Monday night, studio guest Mikhail Khodarenok, a military analyst and retired colonel, painted a very different

picture. He warned that “the situation [for Russia] will clearly get worse” as Ukraine receives additional military assistance from the West and that “the Ukrainian army can arm a million people”. Referring to Ukrainian soldiers, he noted: “The desire to defend their motherland very much exists. Ultimate victory on the battlefield is determined by the high morale of troops who are spilling blood for the ideas they are ready to fight for. “The biggest problem with [Russia’s] military and political situation,” he continued, “is that we are in total political isolation and the whole world is against us, even if we don’t want to admit it. We need to resolve this situation. “The situation cannot be considered

normal when against us, there is a coalition of 42 countries and when our resources, military-political and military-technical, are limited.” Extraordinary exchange on Russian state TV’s top talk show about Ukraine. Military analyst & retired colonel Mikhail Khodarenok tells anchor Olga Skabeyeva “the situation for us will clearly get worse… we’re in total geopolitical isolation…the situation is not normal.” pic.twitter.com/ ExMwVDszsk The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.View original tweet on Twitter The other guests in the studio were silent. Even the host, Olga Skabeyeva, normally fierce and vocal in her defence of the Kremlin, appeared oddly subdued.

In many ways, it’s a case of “I told you so” from Mr Khodarenok. Writing in Russia’s Independent Military Review back in February, before Moscow attacked Ukraine, the defence analyst had criticised “enthusiastic hawks and hasty cuckoos” for claiming that Russia would easily win a war against Ukraine. His conclusion back then: “An armed conflict with Ukraine is not in Russia’s national interests.” Criticism in print is one thing. But on TV - to an audience of millions - that is another level completely. The Kremlin has gone out of its way to control the informational landscape here: shutting down independent Russian news sources and ensuring that television - the principal tool in Russia for shaping public opinion - is on message.

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urkey’s president has restated his opposition to Finland and Sweden joining Nato - just hours after they said they would seek membership. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the two Nordic nations should not bother sending delegations to convince Turkey, a key Nato member, of their bids. He is angered by what he sees as their willingness to host Kurdish militants. Without the support of all Nato members, Sweden and Finland cannot join the military alliance. On Monday, Sweden said Europe was living in a dangerous new reality, referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the move by Finland and Sweden to join the 30-member military alliance did not threaten Moscow directly - but stressed that any expansion of military infrastructure would trigger a response from the Kremlin. At a news conference on Monday, Mr Erdogan said Turkey opposed the Finnish and the Swedish bids to join Nato, describing

Sweden as a “hatchery” for terrorist organisations. “Neither of these countries have a clear, open attitude towards terrorist organisation. How can we trust them?” the Turkish president said. Turkey accuses the two Nordic nations of harbouring members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group it views as a terrorist organisation, and followers of Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara accuses of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt. All member states must agree that a new country can join Nato, therefore Sweden and Finland require Turkey’s support in their bid to join the military alliance. Mr Erdogan said Swedish and Finnish delegations should not bother going to Ankara, Turkey’s capital, to convince it to approve their Nato bid. His government has also pledged to block applications from countries that have imposed sanctions on it. In 2019, both Nordic nations slapped an arms embargo on Ankara after its incursion

into Syria. Speaking in parliament in Helsinki on Monday, Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto said he was surprised by Turkey’s stance, but added that his government was not interested in “bargaining” with Mr Erdogan. Finland formally announced its bid to join Nato last week. It was joined by neighbour Sweden on Saturday in a move that will end the Scandinavian country’s centuries-long military non-alignment. “Nato will strengthen Sweden, Sweden will strengthen Nato,” Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said at a briefing on Monday. She said Europe was now living in a dangerous new reality, referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “We are leaving one era behind us and entering a new one,” Ms Andersson told lawmakers during a debate in Stockholm, also on Monday. She said a formal application could be handed in within several days and would be synchronised with Finland. Nato has

signalled its willingness to admit the two new members. However, Ms Andersson stressed that Sweden did not want permanent Nato bases or nuclear weapons on its territory. Norway, Denmark and Iceland - all Nato members - immediately said they were ready to support Sweden and Finland by all means necessary if they came under attack. The UK, also a Nato member, has already given security guarantees to Sweden and Finland to cover the transition period. Monday’s announcement by Sweden came as Nato began one of its biggest exercises in the Baltic region, involving some 15,000 troops. Named “Hedgehog”, the drills in Estonia involve 10 countries, including Finland and Sweden. For Finland and Sweden to join Nato, all 30 existing members must say yes. But for now, one is saying no. President Erdogan says he won’t agree to admit countries which apply sanctions on Turkey. NAN


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Kenya’s election 2022: Rigathi Gachagua and Martha Karua chosen as running mates

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he two leading candidates in Kenya’s presidential election have chosen running mates from the vote-rich Kikuyu ethnic group to bolster their chances of winning August’s much-anticipated poll. Deputy President William Ruto has picked businessman Rigathi Gachagua while former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has settled for former Justice Minister Martha Karua. “The two are worlds apart, save for the fact that they come from the Mount Kenya region,” analyst Javas Bigambo told the BBC. The Mount Kenya region is home to the Kikuyu community, the support of which could be vital to determining the outcome of the election. Mr Gachagua is a strong mobiliser and has the ear of struggling Kikuyus, who have been backing Mr Ruto over his plans to address economic grievances. Ms Karua is a political icon beyond the Kikuyu - and is known for her passion for judicial reform and campaigns against corruption. Analysts say that while the intellectual elite might go for the avid anti-corruption campaigner, this election is mostly about economic reforms. “Both sides are tainted by corruption allegations and that is why none is pointing fingers. Corruption is no longer an issue. It seems to be our way of life and it has become hard to show a strong leader who is not tainted by corruption,” analyst Bobby Mkangi told the BBC. Mr Gachagua is facing charges of corruption and money-laundering worth $65m (£53m). He denies the charges, and says he is being persecuted by the state for supporting Mr Ruto.

Businessman Rigathi Gachagua (L) is running on William Ruto’s ticket (R) Outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta is supporting Mr Odinga, with whom he famously shook hands in 2018 to signal that they had reconciled after years of political acrimony. Analysts say that since then, Mr Odinga, a veteran opposition leader who has failed in four previous attempts to win the presidency, has largely ignored all the rot in government. His choice of Ms Karua as running mate is also an attempt to win the female vote, but Mr Bigambo is not sure how successful she will be. “She appeals to the women academically and not practically. She only appeals to part of the middle class and the NGO community who do not have a strong bearing on the election outcome,” Mr Bigambo says. Ms Karua ran to be president in 2013 and got 43,881 votes - or 0.36% of the total number cast. But she is known for being bold and an astute fighter for multi-party democracy. She has walked out on two former presidents. In 2001 she stormed out of an event attended by then-President Daniel arap Moi, protesting against comments made against her then-party leader Mwai Kibaki. Ms Karua resigned as justice minister in 2009 citing frustrations after Mr Kibaki, the president at the time, appointed judges without her knowledge. “The big question is whether or not she has the capacity to step out as the Mount Kenya supremo now that President Uhuru is retiring. Will she be fully embraced among the lower ranks of Mount Kenya?” Mr Bigambo asks. Mr Gachagua on the other hand has been

Both main candidates for the deputy presidency, Martha Karua (L) and Rigathi Gachagua (R), are from the Kikuyu ethnic group lauded by analysts for his ability to tap into says. the political network he was part of while Despite economic issues emerging in this working as President Kenyatta’s personal election as a possible determinant in how assistant and as a district officer in different people will vote, ethnicity still has a strong regions. influence on the electorate. “His ability to negotiate his way to this This is the first time since Kenya’s position considering other names that were independence that a Kikuyu has not emerged fronted and were known nationally is quite as the main presidential candidate - Mr Ruto something,” Mr Mkangi says. is a Kalenjin, the third biggest ethnic group, Mr Gachagua is the member of and Mr Odinga is a Luo, the fourth biggest parliament for Mathira constituency in ethnic group. central Kenya, which has produced three of The two have therefore both nominated a Kenya’s four presidents - Jomo Kenyatta, Kikuyu - the largest ethnic group - as running Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta. mates for the 9 August election, a decision He is a businessman whose speeches on that could make or break their presidential the campaign trail suggest he understands campaigns. the issues affecting the Kikuyu. “The choice of the running mates from “He is the feared political bulldog that the Kikuyu community was the only way the Ruto needed to be able to counter President bloc was going to be incentivised to come out Uhuru in the central region,” Mr Bigambo and vote,” Mr Mkangi says.

No trapped miners found in Burkinabè rescue chambers

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o survivors have been found in rescue chambers of a zinc mine in Burkina Faso, after eight miners got trapped hundreds of metres underground by flood waters last month. The chambers are a place of safety and contain essential supplies like water and food, Reuters says.

“The rescue teams have opened the refuge chamber, unfortunately it is empty,” Reuters quotes the government’s information service as saying. A search is ongoing, according to the same information service, and will continue until any person is found alive or dead.

The mine, which is owned by Canadian firm Trevali, has a depth of more than 710m (2329 ft). It is located about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital, Ouagadougou. Last week, the Canadian mine owners said search crews were working 24 hours a day to find the workers.

The case has caused outrage in Burkina Faso, as rescue operations only got under way following protests and a sit-in at a government building at a nearby town five days after the floods. The area saw heavy thunderstorms on 16 April that cut off electricity and communications.

Ex-Malawi president loses appeal over corruption case

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ormer Malawi president, Bakili Muluzi, has lost an appeal which would have led to a corruption case he is facing being discontinued. The 79-year-old who served two five-year

terms as president between 1994 and 2004 stands accused of diverting 1.7bn Malawi kwacha ($2.4m; £1.9m) of government money into his personal account during his tenure. He denies the charge.

The case was first brought to court 14 years ago but multiple postponements and disagreements over technicalities have delayed its conclusion. Mr Muluzi had sought to have the case

discontinued by the Supreme Court of Appeal, arguing the section of law used by the graft-busting body contradicted the country’s constitution and infringed on his rights as an accused person.

Record number of undecided voters ahead of Kenya vote - polls

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enyans have recorded the highest percentage of undecided voters in the history of the country’s elections, according to various opinion polls. With less than 90 days until the

August presidential election, the CEO of research company, TIFA, says 20% of registered voters do not know whom to vote for, compared to less than 10% in previous elections. “If the candidate who wins [does it]

with a small margin, it’s likely to create a very tense situation where people could contest and say this vote was stolen or it’s not appropriate,” Maggie Ireri said. She also notes that Kenya has seen an increase in polling companies in

this election, and is calling for strict regulation of this rapidly growing sector. “There are a lot of pollsters out there. But the question is whether they are using the right methodology.”

Part of the school’s roof was also been blown off. Police are still investigating the cause of the blast but initial reports suggest it was caused by a gas cylinder in

a welding shop. News of the blast caused tension and panic across the commercial city. Source: BBC

Death toll in Nigeria blast mounts

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he authorities in Nigeria say at least nine people have been killed in an explosion near a primary school in the northern city of Kano.

Nigeria’s ministry of humanitarian affairs says victims have been recovered from the rubble of a building devastated by the blast outside the school.


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N e w s F r o m A S I A Lebanon election: Hezbollah and allies lose parliamentary majority

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he Iran-backed Shia Muslim Hezbollah movement and its allies have lost their majority in Lebanon’s parliament, results from Sunday’s election show. The bloc’s candidates won 62 of the 128 seats, three fewer than it needed. Hezbollah retained its own seats, but President Michel Aoun’s Christian Free Patriotic Movement lost support. A rival Christian party with close ties to Saudi Arabia, the Lebanese Forces, made gains and independent candidates promising reforms won 13 seats. But the lack of an outright winner and Lebanon’s rigid power-sharing political structure means that the chance of significant change is still low. The election was the first held since a 2019 nationwide uprising against a political elite widely seen as corrupt and ineffective. The mass protests were sparked by the start of one of the worst economic depressions the world has seen in more than 150 years. An estimated 80% of Lebanon’s population now live in poverty, and there have been severe shortages of food, fuel and medicines. The country’s problems have been compounded by the coronavirus pandemic and a devastating explosion at Beirut’s port in 2020, which killed more than 200 people. The investigation into who was responsible has stalled repeatedly, as politicians failed to give evidence. • Lebanon poll results raise spectre of new power struggle • Lebanon voters hope to pull country back from brink The Hezbollah-led bloc in parliament

- including the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) and the Shia Amal movement of Speaker Nabih Berri - had 71 seats in the last election in 2018. Hezbollah and Amal’s candidates held on to the 27 seats allocated to Shia Muslims in Sunday’s vote, but many longtime allies suffered surprise defeats. According to the L’Orient Today news site, the FPM won 17 seats, down from 20 in the outgoing parliament, while the Lebanese Forces (LF) won 19, up from 15, making it the biggest Christian party. The LF is led by Samir Geagea, who was one of the most feared warlords during the 1975-90 civil war and is a fierce critic of Hezbollah’s military power. He has said Lebanon needs a “radical change in power” to solve its problems. The BBC’s Anna Foster in Beirut says the LF’s gains might have an impact on the election by MPs later this year of a new president, who has to be a Christian under the sectarian power-sharing system. The victories of independent candidates and non-aligned parties were also significant, our correspondent adds. In the central Aley district, the Hezbollah-allied Druze politician Talal Arslan was defeated by the Taqaddom party’s Marc Daou, who ran on a reform agenda. And in the south - a stronghold of Hezbollah - Elias Jradi of the Together Towards Change list, won an Orthodox Christian seat from Assaad Hardan, leader of the Hezbollah-allied Syrian Socialist Nationalist Party. Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged the newly elected MPs to quickly agree on the make-up of new government,

Yassin Yassin was one of the independent candidates elected to parliament for the first time

which he hopes to lead, “because what we are passing through cannot withstand bickering at the expense of priorities”. Its priorities will be negotiating an rescue package with the International Monetary Fund and drafting laws to help spark an economic recovery. Our correspondent says Hezbollah will still be hugely influential in the

new parliament, but that it might need to do more negotiating and make more compromises to get its own way. Much of the militant group’s power comes from outside the political system anyway, she adds, and not much will change in the day-to-day lives of the people living in its strongholds.

Shireen Abu Aqla: Christian leaders condemn violence at reporter’s funeral

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he Vatican’s representative in Jerusalem has accused Israel of “brutally violating” a decades-old agreement to uphold religious freedom. It follows Friday’s attack by Israeli police on the funeral of PalestinianAmerican journalist Shireen Abu Aqla. Officers kicked and beat pallbearers and fired stun grenades into the crowd of mourners at St Joseph Hospital. Monsignor Tomasz Grysa, who represents the Holy See in Jerusalem, said the action was unjustified and unprovoked. Israel’s police force said its handling of the funeral was being reviewed and accused religious leaders of making “extreme” statements. Abu Aqla, a veteran Al Jazeera correspondent who was a Christian, was shot dead during an Israeli army arrest raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday. At a news conference at St Joseph Hospital on Monday, the leaders of 15 denominations in Jerusalem condemned what they called the “violent intrusion” of Israeli police into Abu Aqla’s funeral procession. Monsignor Grysa said that a 1993 agreement between the Roman Catholic Church and Israel “upholds and observes the human right of freedom of religion, which in this case has been brutally violated”.

Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land, said: “The Israel Police’s invasion and disproportionate use of force - attacking mourners, striking them with batons, using smoke grenades, shooting rubber bullets, frightening the hospital patients - is a severe violation of international norms and regulations, including the fundamental human right of freedom of religion.” St Joseph Hospital’s director, Jamil Koussa, said it was now clear the target of police violence was the coffin itself, showing video of the beatings and new CCTV images of the hospital building being stormed by police, which he described as an attempt to “horrify people in the building”. The East Jerusalem hospital is famous for its maternity ward and known for its care for Muslim, Jewish and Christian families alike. The staff call it a “place of healing”. But on Friday they were treating wounds among their own medical staff. Many doctors and nurses had come outside to pay their respects to Abu Aqla when the Israeli forces surged into the compound. Dr Mohammed Hmeidat, a doctor in the neo-natal intensive care unit, showed the BBC burns he suffered from a stun grenade. “One of them was very close to my feet, and exploded. After that we hurried

to the emergency department and also [the police] followed us to the emergency department,” he said. Israel’s police force said: “Extreme statements, which include assertions about events that are still being examined, only stir up emotions and are not responsible. “Police were present at the incident to maintain public order and to allow the funeral to take place, when there were extremists on the ground who provoked and engaged in an attempt to turn the funeral into a violent event,” it added. “We expect clerics to help calm the area and avoid statements that agitate it.” The force has defended its actions on the day. It has said 300 “rioters arrived” at the hospital, but this has claim been discredited. It has said some people threw stones and it was protecting the funeral plans agreed by the family to use a hearse. It has said this is why it stopped the coffin being taken on foot from the compound. However, the family has categorically rejected the police version of events. At Palestinian funerals, the coffin or stretcher is frequently carried by hand in public as a mark of popular tribute, especially at the passing of a notable figure. At such events it is also not uncommon for plans to change suddenly if more people want to pay their respects. On Friday, the police claimed

mourners threatened the driver of the hearse and then proceeded to carry the coffin against the wishes of the Abu Aqla family. It said: “Israeli Police intervened to disperse the mob and prevent them from taking the coffin.” But speaking to the BBC, Abu Aqla’s brother Tony dismissed the police use of the family’s wishes to justify its actions, accusing them of a “inhumane attack”. “Everybody saw the pallbearers beaten savagely by batons without any mercy, without any respect to the funeral, to the dead,” he said. “I never gave any promises to the Israeli police, this was a national funeral for all the Palestinians to participate in... They had no business to do at the gate [what they did].” Another relative, Abu Aqla’s niece Lina, revealed she had to run and hide in the hospital while trying to mourn. “I honestly was very afraid... because they started throwing stun grenades, and one of them actually threatened to beat me if I don’t move out of the way,” she said. Journalists who were with Abu Aqla and witnessed her death have said the gunfire came from Israeli troops. Israel has said it is investigating, but it has maintained the fatal shot could have come its forces or Palestinian militants. Source: BBC


Property

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Buhari commisions 76 housing unit in Gombe

By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned 76 housing units in Gombe town, Gombe State recently. This was contained in a statement signed and signed by Stephen Kilebi DD( Press and Public Relations Unit)., The Housing Estate which is located at Western Bye Pass, Gombe, Gombe State, was built under the National Housing Programme (NHP) and it comprises of 48 units of 2 bedroom, 24units of 3 bedroom and 4 units of 1bedroon bungalows. President Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim said the completion and commissioning of the Housing Estate was in line with his promises during his presidential campaigns. The infrastructure in the Housing Estate include: well laid out internal roads and drainages, a central borehole with overhead tanks to guarantee constant supply of water for the residents and provision of electricity. President Buhari also revealed that his administration has been able to redeem the unfulfilled promises made by past administrations 28 years ago to provide houses for each member of the Super Eagles who performed gallantly at the African Cup of Nations in 1994, adding that the fulfilment was better late than never. The President added that Super Eagles were given the privilege to indicate where each would want the house to be built, while some wanted it in their villages, the others wanted it where they lived and he has approved that the allocation should be made based on their choices of location, noting that even the deceased among them were not left out in the allocation. He commended Gombe State Government for allocating the land to the Federal Government without collecting fee to enable his administration provide affordable housing units for Nigerians. Speaking earlier, the Governor of Gombe State, Muhammed Yahaya represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Manasseh Jato, commended the Federal Government for providing houses to the residents of Gombe State to cushion the effect of its overstretched houses. He said that Gombe State being a peaceful state has attracted influx of foreigners to settle in it and this has overstretched the housing facilities available. Jato assured the Federal Government that Gombe State would be willing to support the Federal Government in actualising the laudable policy in the state and the country. In his remark at the event, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,who was represented by the Zonal Director,

National Housing Programme, North East Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Arc. Usman Bashir, said that said a similar project was replicated in 34 states of the federation in line with the administration’s pledge to ensure adequate housing for Nigerians. Explaining how the citizens can access the houses, the Minister said “ We have offered all these housing units to members of the general public in a non-discriminatory way by opening the National Housing Portal at Https://nhp. worksandhousing.gov.ng to ensure that those interested are not inhibited by any artificial obstacles and allocations will be made on the basis of those who apply and pay on first come , first served basis.” Speaking Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Bashir Alkali, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Planning ,Research and Statistics, Dr. Dunoma Ahmed, said that it was a programme rolled out by the government of President Buhari to provide acceptable and affordable housing for Nigerians as well as address the housing deficit bedeviling the nation. Alkali said, “The National Housing Programme is promoting local content in line with the Executive Orders 3 and 5. The

use of available local building materials in the National Housing Programme (NHP) has stimulated the economy through the production and use of the materials.” His Royal Highness, the Emir of Gombe, Abubakar Abubakar, represented by Hakeem Mohammed, commended the Federal Government for proving houses for the people of Gombe State through the National

Housing Programme. Attesting to how the project has impacted positively on the lives of the masses in the state, a painter at the site, Musa Umar, said that the project has helped him and other artisans who worked on the project financially . He added that with the money realized they were able to support their families. He commended the government of President Buhari and requested that more projects

should be brought to Gombe State so that their citizens can benefit as well as feel federal government’s impact. In addition, a carpenter,Lazarus Musa, also commended the Federal Government for embarking on such an enormous project in the state, adding that he had fifteen workers under him with whom he rendered carpentary job on the site and paid from the money he got from the contract.

L : R- Deputy Governor of Gombe State Dr Manusa Jatou, Rep. of President Prof Isa Ali Pantani , HRH The Hakari Jalo Waziri Ali Baffa Mohammad Represented the Emir of Gombe, at Official Commissioning of Housing Projects in Gombe State recently.

Real estate experts speaks on how govt can address building collapse menace

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eal good state experts have recommended the Lagos state government to use the heavy stick against defaulting developers as the state’s building collapses worsen due to regulators’ poor implementation of the laws. The appeal comes in the wake of a string of building collapses in Lagos that have put the state in the spotlight recently. With the tragedy at Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, still fresh in the mind, 2022 began when a three-story building in the state’s Yaba region collapsed, killing at least five people. Two months later, Lagos State was back in the news after another three-story building in Ebute-Metta collapsed. A total of ten people died beneath the rubble. Five days after the incident at Ebute-Metta, yet another threestorey building collapsed in Ago, Okota, prompting calls by experts and industry players for the designated agencies of government to step up to their responsibilities. According to experts, the tragic events recorded in recent years in the state might have been abated had the regulatory agencies not slumbered amid the increasing wave of shoddy and unethical practices by unscrupulous developers who had prioritised monetary gain over public safety. A real estate expert, Alfred Olayiwola, said that lack of monitoring and enforcement had given impetus to shady practices in the industry. He cited the lethargic attitude of the government towards following up the

Ikoyi building collapse incident as ample evidence. He said, “No, they are not doing enough because there has not been monitoring. There is no effective monitoring so far. Even the incident that happened in Ikoyi, I don’t think any effective follow-up has been done. We are not hearing anything with regard to the decision they have taken. It is three buildings; if one collapses, definitely, the other two must have been affected.” An expert in property law, Barr Ekpeyong, who took a similar stance, questioned the commitment of the regulatory agencies towards nipping these issues in the bud. He cited politicisation of the system as a major reason why the wheel of enforcement had spun slowly – a reality that has resulted in the many tragedies witnessed in the past few years. Ekpeyong said, “No they are not doing enough. Building approvals have been politicised most times, and there is a lot of bending of the rules for certain privileged persons, which obviously leads to this ugly trend. It’s a reflection of our society, the compromise of morals. There are many people who move to site by simply filing building plan documents. They are friendly with people high up and then the strict supervision is waved. That leads us to all manner of building collapses, which unfortunately is not just loss of capital but loss of lives in the process.” On the implementation of the National Building Code, he said the attitude of the authorities had contributed significantly to the delay

in implementation. “Almost everything in Nigeria is politicised. The stakeholders know the importance of the National Building Code, but unfortunately, the things that matter more to Nigerians is not kept in the front burner.” A building expert and the Director, Centre for Applied Research and Technology Innovations, Yaba College of Technology, Dr. Akinsola Olufemi, said the enforcement net of the regulatory agencies was not widened enough to capture the realities in the industry today. He said, “The two buildings that recently collapsed are not new buildings. They have been in existence for many years. In 2005, when I was the general secretary of the Nigerian Institute of Building, I told them when I called a press conference that more old buildings would be collapsing than new ones. The new regulation we have is specifically targeting new buildings, not old buildings that have been built many years before the regulation. The only time the regulation will focus on them is when there is a need to rehabilitate or renovate them. They do not look at buildings that have been in existence for 40, 50 years.” According to Olufemi, the conversion of buildings originally constructed for residential purposes and the effects of the rainy season could have devastating effects on certain buildings which might eventually collapse due to the strain caused by weakened foundation or the exceeding of its intended live load. “In Nigeria, we do not take cognizance of re-evaluation of

buildings after construction. They were constructed within certain parameters. The constructions are based on the load they were supposed to carry. There is what we call live load or imposed load (the load you bring into the building after it has been constructed). It should not be more than 1.5 kilonewton per metre square, if it is a residential building. If it is a commercial building, it is 2.0 kilonewton per metre square. If it is an institutional building and religious building, it is 3.0 kilo newton per metre square. However, some of the residential buildings today have been converted into religious worship centres without taking cognisance of the load it was meant to carry. Apart from that, there is the effect of water on the foundation. If you design a structure to carry 100 kilogramme of load at a point the water is far from touching the foundation, the capacity of loadcarrying will be reduced to 60 per cent of the original load it was built to carry when the water level increases (during the rainy season) “That is why, in the rainy season, more buildings collapse than the dry season. This is because the water level becomes higher. Yes, the regulatory authorities are doing what they can do within their capacity, but efforts of the government should not only be focused on new buildings. It should also address existing stock of buildings because we have more of old buildings collapsing than new buildings now.” Source : Africanhousingnews


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US midterm elections - a simple guide T wo years after Joe Biden was elected US president, voters return to the polls on 8 November. The midterm elections - so called because they fall halfway through a president’s term - take place every four years. Who is being elected? Americans are represented in government by 535 lawmakers, known as members of Congress. Congress is made up of two chambers - the Senate and the House of Representatives. The two work together to make laws. The Senate is the 100-strong upper chamber. Each US state - regardless of size - sends two representatives. These senators are elected for six-year terms. Every two years a third of the Senate faces re-election. The House of Representatives (often referred to as “the House”) has 435 members. Each one represents a particular district in their state and serves a two year term. All seats are up for election.

a 2020 presidential candidate in Ohio • Former Nasa astronaut and US Navy captain Mark Kelly is seeking to extend his term in the Arizona senate seat he won from the Republicans in 2020 So who is going to win? Historically, the party that holds the White House has tended to suffer losses in the midterms. Signs point to this being a socalled “wave election” in which the Republicans make major seat gains. President Biden also happens to be unpopular right now, with an approval rating stuck at less than 50% since last August. That is likely to undermine support for Democratic candidates.

What is at stake? Currently, all members of Congress align with the Democratic Party or the Republican Party. The Democrats control both chambers, but by very slim majorities. So far, this has made it easier for President Biden, a Democrat, to get things done. But if the Republican Party gains control of either or both chambers, it will have the power to thwart the president’s plans. Republicans need to win five extra seats to take back the majority in the House this November. It is even closer in the Senate, where the seats are evenly split between both parties at present. At present, the Democrats have control because Vice President Kamala Harris has the casting vote in any tie. The Republicans only need to win one extra seat to gain control in November. Primary elections to determine who will contest the general election for each party will take place around the country between May and September.

What does it all mean for President Biden? Even now Mr Biden typically requires every Democrat lawmaker to back any given bill - and even that is often not enough. Conservative Democrats - not Republicans - have blocked several major proposals, including “Build Back Better”, the president’s trillion-dollar package for social programmes and climate action. A heavy defeat in the midterms will make it even harder for the president to introduce new laws. Several Republicans have also expressed interest in taking a closer look at the the Biden administration’s affairs. That could mean opening investigations into everything from the bungled troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, to the foreign dealings of the president’s scandal-plagued son Hunter Biden. Since the 6 January riots at the US Capitol, trust between the two parties has declined sharply. Public health measures, particularly mask rules, have further deepened these divisions. Divided control of Washington is likely to mean more drama and hostility. And what happens next? Once the midterms election ends, all eyes will turn to the 2024 presidential election. It could be a repeat of 2020 both Presidents Biden and Trump say they plan to run again.

A few races to watch • Mehmet Oz, a TV personality known as Dr Oz, hopes to become the Republican senator for Pennsylvania • Republican JD Vance, the author of the bestselling book, Hillbilly Elegy, will face off against

Could 2024 see a Biden-Trump re-run? But various first-time contenders are expected to throw their hats in the ring too. As well as the elections for Congress on 8 November, 36 out of 50 state governors are up

Even now Mr Biden typically requires every Democrat lawmaker to back any given bill - and even that is often not enough. Conservative Democrats - not Republicans - have blocked several major proposals, including “Build Back Better”, the president’s trillion-dollar package for social programmes and climate action.

The Capitol Building in Washington C is home to both the Senate and the House of Representatives for election. Of those 36, 20 are Republican. When presidential campaigns get under way, governors play

an outsized role supporting their party’s candidates and overseeing their state’s elections. A divided Washington and a

crop of new governors could have a major effect on presidential campaigning in 2023 and 2024. Source: BBC


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THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.OLAOFE MUSA .A - CHAIRMAN 2.HASSAN ISMAIL - SECRETARY 3.OLAOFE ABDULLAHI ADEWALE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO IMPROVE THE LIVING STANDARDS OF THE POOR, DISADVANTAGED AND MARGINALIZED GROUP IN THE SOCIETY. 2.TO PROVIDE, CARE AND CATER FOR THE WELFARE OF THE MEMBERS. 3.TO PROTECT THE INTEREST AND WELFARE OF THE MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD. 2.TO WIN SOULS FOR CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : SECRETARY.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. OGBONNA CHINYERE NMA 2. OGBONNA IHEMELANDU ONUOHA 3. ONUOHA VALERIE CHIDINMA 4. ONUOHA UCHENNA CHARLES 5. ONUOHA ONOCHIE SAMUEL 6. IKE CHIDIMMA ANULI THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO ADVOCATE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS/RIGHT TO HEALTH AMONG THE CITIZENS. 2. TO CREATE AWARENESS AMONG HEALTHCARE INSTITUTIONS TOWARDS PATIENTS, BILL OF RIGHTS ALSO PART OF POLICY MAKERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : PRESENTED BY BARR. OGBONNA NMA.

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TIMARBANAT ISLAMIC CHARITY FOUNDATION

HON SIR ANDY AND CHIEF LADY NGOZI UMEOJI FOUNDATION

MISSIONARY SISTERS FOR THE POOREST OF THE POOR FOUNDATION

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : PAUL USORO & CO. LEGAL PRACTITIONERS AND NOTARIES.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020).

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020).

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.BASSEY EMMANUEL - CHAIRMAN 2.GODWIN BLESSING - SECRETARY 3.ORDU CHIDINMA

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. SHODA EBUNOLA MOSUNMOLA - CHAIRMAN 2. AKA ADEBIMPE GANIAT - SECRETARY 3. OLUDAYO YEWANDE OLUYEMI - TRUSTEE THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.A SOCIAL CLUB THAT WILL PROMOTE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : SECRETARY.

SIGNED : SECRETARY.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. BALOGUN AUGUSTINA OMOHAFE – CHAIRMAN 2. BELLO BOBBO RITA – SECRETARY 3. EMMANUEL AWAJI-ITON SOLOMON 4. ODOH ROSE NKECHI 5. BARR AJUDUA PAUL 6. EBILI MATHEW OFOMA 7. BOI-NAI VINCENT SOWAH THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO IDENTIFY WITH THE POOREST OF THE POOR AND TAKE UP THEIR CAUSE IN EVERY POSSIBLE WAY. 2. RELYING ON DIVINE PROVIDENCE TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, THE SISTERS HAVE THE FOLLOWING OBJECTIVES. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

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DIGITALHEALTH INTEROPERABILITY NETWORK CAC/IT NO: 114190.

UMUOGWO-EKEA FAMILY UNION IBUSA, LAGOS BRANCH

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. WAKIL HAJJA GANA 2. WAKIL JIDDA 3. KAWUSKEMA ZENNA

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CHAIRPERSON SECRETARY MEMBER

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. EMPOWER RURAL WOMEN IN NIGERIA WITH VOCATIONAL SKILLS. 2. PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS TO CHILDREN OF THE POOR IN NIGERIA IN ORDER TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REMOVAL, RE-APPOINTMENT, APPOINTMENT AND AMENDMENTS OF AIMS AND OBJECTIVES UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020).

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. UMEOJI ADAORA REMY _CHAIRMAN 2. UMEOJI CHIDI LILIAN _SECRETARY 3. OKENWA GABRIEL OBIA CHINEDUM 4. EKEOMA NGOZI BLESSING THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO SUPPORT THE EDUCATION OF ORPHANS AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED CHILDREN. 2. TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SUPPORT FOR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020).

AMENDMENT OF AIMS AND OBJECTIVE REMOVING THE BELOW AIMS 1,3,4,5,6,7. AND ADDITION OF NEW AIMS TO REPLACE THE OLD AIMS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. CHIEF REGINALD IKE ODIAH 2. MR CHARLES EBIDUWA 3. MR OJEI IFEANYI HENRY 4. MR OSITA ONOCHIE 5. MR NNYAGBO JOHN UCHE 6. MR AMBROSE AWELE OKOLIE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO OPERATE AS AN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE FROM UMUOGWOEKEA RESIDING IN LAGOS 2. TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF THEIR PEOPLE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : SECRETARY.

SIGNED : SECRETARY.

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. CHUKWU NNAEMEKA EMMANUEL RE-APPOINTED 2. AGBANYIM OGECHI NDUKWE REMOVED 3. COLLINS EJIKEME REMOVED 4. EKONG INOBONG JUSTIN NEWLY APPOINTED.

KILLIS CREATIVE FOUNDATION THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. KILLI NANCWAT ELAIAS 2. TSOK BENEDICTA JOHN 3. AYUBA MATHIAS SARKYES 4. AYUBA ANTHONY SARKYES 5. ADAMU JOEL. SECRETARY: TSOK BENEDICTA JOHN THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO PROPEL NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND PROSPERITY IN NIGERIA BY ADDRESSING POVERTY CHALLENGES THROUGH CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION. 2.EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING NIGERIANS ON KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS REVOLVING AROUND: A. FINANCIAL LITERACY AND MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES B. INNOVATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY C. BUSINESS D. ENTERTAINMENT AND FASHION DESIGN E. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.


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SURE FOR YOU RESCUE AND RESETTLEMENT INITIATIVE (CAC/IT/NO. 173837)

SAGE CONFERENCE CHURCH INTERNATIONAL

ASABOR CARE FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020).

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. ASABOR EGHOSA - TRUSTEE CHAIRMAN 2. OKUNDIGIE IMUETIYANOSA - TRUSTEE & SECRETARY THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO CARE FOR THE NEEDY AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN THE SOCIETY. 2. TO CREATE LONG-LASTING SELF-EMPLOYMENT AND WORK OPPORTUNITIES FOR LESS PRIVILEGED PEOPLE AND THOSE WITH LOW INCOMES, INCLUDING WOMEN, THEREBY EASING THEIR SELF-SUFFICIENCY. 3. TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS. 4. TO ESTABLISH SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRES AND VOCATIONAL CENTRES IN ORDER TO TRAIN UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS IN THE SOCIETY TO ACQUIRE VARIOUS SKILLS NEEDED TO CREATE A MEANS OF LIVELIHOOD FOR THEM. 5. TO OFFER FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT TO THE AGED, POOR, LESS PRIVILEGED AND INCAPACITATED PEOPLE IN THE SOCIETY. 6. TO OFFER FREE MEDICAL CARE AND ASSISTANCE TO THE SICK AND POOR IN THE SOCIETY.

THE ABOVE-NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR THE AMENDMENT OF ITS CONSTITUTION UNDER PART F OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 2020. THE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS: 1. THAT AN ADDITIONAL CLAUSE BE ADDED TO THE EXISTING AIMS/OBJECTIVES AS FOLLOWS: “TO PROMOTE GIRL-CHILD EDUCATION AND THE WELFARE OF INTERNALLY-DISPLACED PERSONS (IDPS) AS WELL AS PRISONERS AND OTHER DETAINEES ON REMAND IN CORRECTIONAL CENTRES AND OTHER CUSTODIAL FACILITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY.” 2. THAT THE PARTICULARS OF THE PIONEER CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT THE FOOT OF THE CONSTITUTION BE REPLACED WITH THOSE OF THE NEW CHAIRMAN. ANY OBJECTION(S) TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, MAITAMA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. REV. IMAGHODO OSARUMWENSE FAVOUR CHAIRMAN 2. IMAGHODO QUEEN ESOHE 3. MUSA PROSPER SECRETARY 4. EKWUFULEM CHINYERE JOY 5. ENOBAKHARE GOLD ERONMWON THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

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ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

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MOSHEBEE JOYFUL MINDS INITIATIVES

CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF NNEWI-15537

CHRYSOLITE INTERNATIONAL GOSPEL CENTER

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. MALIK BABALOLA OLALEKAN (CHAIRMAN) 2. ADETONA KEHINDE JOHN 3. MISS KAFAYAT YUSUF (SECRETARY) 4. MUSBAU BABALOLA BABATUNDE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO CATER FOR THE POOR AND DOWN TRODDEN BY PROVIDING FOR THEIR HOUSING NEEDS AND SHELTER. 2. TO PROVIDE FREE EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE POOR. 3. TO PROVIDE FOR CLOTHING NEEDS FOR THE NAKED AND THE POOR. 4. TO ENSURE THAT THE POOR AND NEEDY ARE PROTECTED FROM ADVERSE SITUATIONS. 5. TO CHAMPION THE INTERESTS OF THE LESS PRIVILEGED AND DOWN TRODDEN IN THE SOCIETY.. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REMOVAL AND APPOINTMENT OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 2020.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020).

SIGNED : SECRETARY

PUBLIC NOTICE I AM THAT I AM SOLUTION GLORIOUS MINISTRY CAC/IT NO: 103875

TRUSTEE REMOVED MOST RT REV. OKEKE ODILI HILLARY - RMOVED

THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1 ADEDAPO ADE IDOWU. - CHAIRMAN 2 OLAREWAJU GBOLAHAN CLEMENT - SECRETARY 3 OBISESAN ADEJOKE REBECCA

TRUSTEE APPOINTED --MOST RT REV. OKOYE JONAS BENSON AIM AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST 2. TO DEMONSTRATE THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST, LIBERATING MEN FROM OPPRESSION OF THE DEVIL.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGE SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

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IGBANKE GOSPEL ARTISTES ASSOCIATION

CARE AND SHELTER FOUNDATION FOR THE HOMELESS AND DESTITUTE

SIGNED : SECRETARY

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. IYARE PATRICK - CHAIRMAN 2. JULIUS PEACE OLUSHOLA - SECRETARY 3. UGBOTOR PETER FRIDAY THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO GATHER THE NATION AND PRAISE GOD (PSALMS 97:1 AND 96:3). 2. TO UNIT ALL IGBANKE GOSPEL ARTISTES. 3.TO MOTIVATE AND BRING GREAT VOCALISTS AND INSTRUMENTALISTS TOGETHER TO SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST AMONG THE NATION. 4.TO MAKE ALL IGBANKE SONS AND DAUGHTERS PROUD ALL OVER THE WORLD. 5. TO PROCLAIM THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST, THROUGH SINGING GOSPEL MUSIC. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVENAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART F OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 2020. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. OJOLOWO ADEREMI IDOWU - CHAIRMAN 2. OJOLOWO GOODNESS RIHANATU - SECRETARY 3. ALOZIE ALABA ELIZABETH 4. OJOLOWO ADEKUNLE JOHNSON AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.PROVIDING ACCOMODATIONS TO THE HOMELESS AND DESTITUTE 2.EMPOWERING THE DESTITUTE THROUGH COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 3.PROVIDING THE HOMELESS AND DESTITUTE WITH BASIC AMENITIES SUCH AS FOOD, SHELTER, HEALTH SERVICES AND SCHOOL. 4.TO ASSIST THE HOMELESS AND DESTITUTE WITH BUSINESS TRAINING AND EMPOWER THEM WITH CAPITAL ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION MUST BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL OF THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION AT PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: OJOLOWO ADEREMI IDOWU - CHAIRMAN

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IBEREDEM EMPOWERMENT FOUNDATION

VALOROUS HOPE FOR AFRICAN YOUTHS

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. UDOUSORO IBEREDEM GEORGE ....CHAIRMAN. 2, UDOH ETIENO IME... SECRETARY THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : TO IMPROVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF WOMEN IN RURAL COMMUNITIES ON THEIR BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH VARIOUS SENSITIZATION AND AWARENESS PROGRAMMES. TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN RURAL COMMUNITIES WITHIN NIGERIA. TO EMPOWER THE UNINFORMED WITH BASIC INFORMATION ON THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS.. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1 AKUMA SHEDRACK CHUKWUEBUKA 2. NWIGWE CHINEDU GREGORY THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : IT IS AN ORGANIZATION WHERE STUDENTS ARE GIVEN RIGHT TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS IN REGARDS TO THEIR NEEDS AND CHALLENGES WITHIN THEIR RESPECTIVE INSTITUTION. 2. IT IS AN ORGAN THAT IS OPTIMISTIC IN TAKING RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS AND ACTIONS THAT HARNESSES LEADERSHIP SKILLS AMONG ALL THE STUDENTS WITHIN THE INSTITUTIONS IN AFRICA AND PLAY PART IN PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE WHICH HAS 100% INTEREST ON THE POSITIVE RESTRUCTURING OF THE ACADEMIC STANDARD OF OUR STATE DIASPORA IN HARNESSING BRIGHT MINDS AMONGST US.. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

CARE FOR CLERGY REV. & MRS. ANKUMA CHORI FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF CHAIRMAN AND SECRETARY. UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). OLD CHAIRMAN : OKAFOR CHIOMA OLD SECRETARY: CHUKWUDI MARK NDUKA NEWLY APPOINTED CHAIRMAN: CHIOMA NGOZI - TRUSTEE CHAIRMAN NEWLY APPOINTED SECRETARY: UROUNA JOHN EBIMOBOWEI - SECRETARY RETAINED TRUSTEES ARE : 1 OKAFOR CHIOMA - RETAINED 2 CHUKWUDI MARK NDUKA - RETAINED 3 CHIOMA NGOZI -RETAINED 4 EUGENE CHUKWENDU DICKSON - RETAINED 5 UROUNA JOHN EBIMOBOWEI - RETAINED AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGED SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY.

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘F’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, ( CAMA 2020). THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1 ANKUMA ELISHA CHORI – CHAIRMAN 2 ANKUMA RUTH CHORI – SECRETARY 3 ANKUMA MARTINA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO CATER FOR CLERGY AND THEIR FAMILY, TO ENABLE THEM PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST 2. TO HELP THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN THE SOCIETY 3. TO PROMOTE AND ENHANCE CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SELFRELIANCE 4. TO ESTABLISH SKILLS ACQUISITION CENTRE AND TRAINING FOR THE BETTERMENT OF SOCIETY.. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY


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Waldrum calls Ebi, Oshoala, Ordega, 29 others to Women AFCON camp in Morocco By Albert Akota

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ead Coach Randy Waldrum has invited 32 players to the camp of the Super Falcons as the Cup holders get set for a two-week training camp in Morocco ahead of the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations holding in that country, 2nd – 23rd July. Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defender and captain Onome Ebi, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Toni Payne, and forwards Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala are among those called to the two-week intensive training programme. Thenff.com learnt that the training camp will start on 18th June in the North African kingdom, with all players already advised to arrive in Rabat on 17th June. Nine –time champions Nigeria will play in Group C of the 12-team tournament alongside South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, Botswana and Burundi. Nigeria’s first match of the competition, at which Africa’s four flagbearers to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will emerge, is against the Banyana at the Complexe Sportif Prince Abdellah in Rabat on 4th July. Super Falcons For Training Camp In Morocco: Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France);

Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Rita Akarekor (Nasarawa Amazons); Yewande Balogun (Coppermine United, USA) Defenders: Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens); Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (En Avant Guingamp, France); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ugochi Emenayo (Konak Belediyespor Izmir, Turkey); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Nicole Payne (West Virginia University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens) Midfielders: Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Amanda Uju Mbadi (Atasehir Belediyespor, Turkey); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Charity Adule (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne (Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Suliat Abideen (Edo Queens) Forwards: Anam Imo (Pitea IF, Sweden); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Desire Oparanozie (Wuhan Chegu Jianghan, China); Vivian Ikechukwu (WFC Gintra, Lithuania); Chinonyerem Macleans (GSK Gornik Leczna, Poland); Chinwendu Ihezuo

Onome Ebi (Meizhou Hakka Club, China); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ

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espite missing a number of topflight matches owing to injury, the 27-year-old has wrapped up the gong after scoring 20 goals Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala has emerged as the top scorer in the women’s Spanish Primera Division with Barcelona Femeni. The 27-year-old Super Falcons forward achieved the feat after scoring 20 goals in 19 league appearances and will share the award with Brazilian Geyse Ferreira, who managed 20 goals in 27 appearances for Madrid CFF.

The award was confirmed on Sunday after Barcelona finished the season with a 2-1 victory against Atletico Madrid at Estadi Johan Cruyff. In the game that saw both teams reduced to ten players, Oshoala was introduced in the 63rd minute for Jenifer Hermoso but she could not add to her tally of goals. Barcelona scored through Irene Paredes in the 11th minute before Aitana Bonmati made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute. Amanda Sampedro pulled a goal back for Atletico in the 64th minute but this was after their player Merel van Dongen has been sent off

for a second bookable offence. Barcelona were also not spared as goal scorer Bonmati was red-carded in stoppage time. It was versus Sporting de Huelva that Oshoala scored for the first time in the league this season in a 6-0 victory on October 18. She also had one assist to her name during the campaign. Oshoala switched to Barcelona in July 2019 from Arsenal, for whom she made 13 league appearances in total, scoring two goals. In topping the goal scorer’s chart,

Oshoala, who stayed out of action for eight weeks this campaign owing to injury, became the first Nigerian to achieve the feat. Her goals also helped Barcelona to win the league title unbeaten with 30 wins in 30 games. The team scored 159 goals and conceded only 11. Barcelona and Oshoala will now shift their focus to the Uefa Women’s Champions League final where they are scheduled to take on Lyon at Juventus Stadium on May 21. They will then take on Real Madrid in the semi-final of the Copa de la Reina at Santo Domingo four days later.

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Waldrum calls Ebi, Oshoala, Ordega, 29 others to Women AFCON camp in Morocco

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ead Coach Randy Waldrum has invited 32 players to the camp of the Super Falcons as the Cup holders get set for a two-week training camp in Morocco ahead of the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations holding in that country, 2nd – 23rd July. Goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, defender and captain Onome Ebi, midfielders Rasheedat Ajibade and Toni Payne, and forwards Francisca Ordega, Desire Oparanozie and Asisat Oshoala are among those called to the two-week intensive training programme. Thenff.com learnt that the training camp will start on 18th June in the North African kingdom, with all players already advised to arrive in Rabat on 17th June. Nine –time champions Nigeria will play in Group C of the 12-team tournament alongside South Africa’s Banyana Banyana, Botswana and Burundi. Nigeria’s first match of the competition, at which Africa’s four flagbearers to next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will emerge, is against the Banyana at the Complexe Sportif Prince Abdellah in Rabat on 4th July. Super Falcons For Training Camp In Morocco Goalkeepers: Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France); Tochukwu Oluehi (Maccabi Kishronot Hadera, Israel); Rita Akarekor (Nasarawa Amazons); Yewande Balogun

Super Falcons players celebrating after scoring against Ivory Coast in Abuja in March

(Coppermine United, USA) Defenders: Opeyemi Sunday (Edo Queens); Glory Ogbonna (Santa Teresa FC, Spain); Onome Ebi (En Avant Guingamp, France); Osinachi Ohale (Deportivo Alaves, Spain); Ugochi Emenayo (Konak Belediyespor Izmir, Turkey); Ashleigh Plumptre (Leicester City, England); Nicole Payne (West Virginia

University, USA); Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA); Akudo Ogbonna (Edo Queens) Midfielders: Peace Efih (Kiryat Gat, Israel); Amanda Uju Mbadi (Atasehir Belediyespor, Turkey); Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna FC, Sweden); Charity Adule (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Toni Oyedupe Payne

(Sevilla FC, Spain); Regina Otu (Minsk FC, Belarus); Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal); Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid, Spain); Rita Chikwelu (Madrid CFF, Spain); Suliat Abideen (Edo Queens) Forwards: Anam Imo (Pitea IF, Sweden); Francisca Ordega (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Desire Oparanozie

(Wuhan Chegu Jianghan, China); Vivian Ikechukwu (WFC Gintra, Lithuania); Chinonyerem Macleans (GSK Gornik Leczna, Poland); Chinwendu Ihezuo (Meizhou Hakka Club, China); Ifeoma Onumonu (NY/NJ Gotham FC, USA); Uchenna Kanu (Tigres Femenil, Mexico); Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, Spain)

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ead Coach Bankole Olowookere has picked 22 players for Friday’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup qualification final round, first leg match between Nigeria and Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. The

delegation will travel to Addis Ababa on Wednesday. After home-and-away victories over the Democratic Republic of Congo and Egypt, the Flamingos have a final hurdle to negotiate against a

team that sensationally sent South Africa’s Bantwana packing with a 3-0 win in Johannesburg. Olowookere’s girls are also to be dreaded, having scored 14 goals and conceded none in

their four qualifying matches so far. They defeated DR Congo 8-0 on aggregate and handed Egypt a 6-0 aggregate spanking in the third round. Friday’s match will hold at the Abebe Bekila Stadium in

Addis Ababa starting from 4pm Ethiopia time (2pm Nigeria time) and will be superintended by Namibian officials. The return leg is already scheduled for the National Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, 4th June.

Bayelsa Queens beat Rivers Angels in NWFL Premiership Super 6 opener

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uper Falcons striker, Monday Gift scored a late as Bayelsa Queens got all three points against perennial rivals and defending Champions Rivers Angels in the opening match of the 2022 NWFL Premiership Super 6. Rivers Angels had the better

possession in the early stages of the first half, but failed to take their chances and were however punished in the 33rd minute through influential midfielder Bokiri Joy. The Bayelsa Queens Legend netted, after a group of Rivers

Angels defenders allowed a loose ball to go past them inside their penalty area. Rivers Angels left full back Rafiat Imran leveled in the 76th minute through a well placed freekick, from about 40 yards. The defending Champions

continued to threaten upfront with Maryann Ezeanagu, Chiamaka Okwuchuku and Brume Ikhekua, but couldn’t go past Bayelsa Queens Cameroonian goalkeeper Ange Gabrielle. At the tick of time, Loanee, Gift Monday took advantage of

a counter attack to beat Rivers Angels Ghanaian Goalkeeper Adjei Charlotte to give her team a hard fought victory. Rivers Angels will face Delta Queens tomorrow by 4pm tomorrow at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.


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mmanuel Dennis was voted Watford’s third best player of the season after just one season at the now relegated club. Dennis was beaten to the Player of the Season award by Côte d’Ivoire defender Hassane Kamara with Ben Foster in second place. The former Nice star came out on top of an online vote for the award despite only joining the club in the January transfer window. The 28-year-old made his debut against Newcastle United alongside fellow newcomers Samir and Edo Kayembe, putting in an effective display in a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park. He became part of a defence that kept three clean sheets in six games in February under Roy Hodgson. For Dennis, he has scored 10 goals, provided six assists in 33 Premier League games and could add to his tally for the season when Watford visit Chelsea on Sunday in their last fixture this term. He is one of nine forwards listed ahead of the Super Eagles’ double header international friendly games against Mexico and Ecuador. ADVERT: BUSINESS: NEWS: LAGOS:

ast week, I began a series that dissected the atrocities committed against the commonwealth of the Nigeria nation and its people and the absolute loss of shame by the same party, PDP or rather the unconcerned attitude that makes the party concludes it could return to the same power they literarily abused not too long ago. It remains rationally unexplainable, the audacity of PDP and its handlers, to mull the possibility of a return to Aso Rock. It all comes down to the fact that PDP and its leadership all along, while in power, and even till now, take all of us for granted and have concluded they could have their way around our mentality to decide what is acceptable to us or not. For sixteen years, in the hands of PDP as a party, and individuals who used the front of the party to usurp power and created a new and worse level of non-patriotism and a national abuse of our common heritage; consequently, a dilapidated country began to emerge. Running through, cumulatively and increasingly in magnitude till 2015, was an excessive abuse of state power, an unprecedented financial and social corruption overtook the country’s capacity for sanity and righteousness, until, like in the words of Chinua Achebe “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.” And things actually did fall apart for Nigeria; we lost rational capacity to be a growing and developing country because for sixteen years, administratively, the nation was absolutely denied real and trustworthy leadership. I am set to substantiate this submission with facts of provable acts and doings of PDP, its members and leadership over the period that literally makes them unworthy to ever desire to ask again for our support to return to the same position of power. Since PDP thought all Nigerians suffer shared loss of memory, I will take it upon myself to help joggle their memory back. The atrocities of PDP against the Nigeria people and the commonwealth of the country are enormous and cannot be easily exhausted, but I will attempt to remind us of a few of such gross disregard for decorum and sanctity of governance during the reign of PDP. We knew all along how badly they had treated the country and its people but the non-availability of systems to bring them to justice made us powerless and unable to access the truth and the extent of the atrocities they committed against us for long; but the truth began to surface thereafter. In the build up

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USSIJU MEDANER info@medaner.com, justme4justice@yahoo.com to the 2015 elections, in an attempt to apparently demarket his former deputy, the vice-president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo spoke loudly about his Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the former vice president in his two term presidency. In his words boldly engraved in his book “My Watch” he, perhaps, painstakingly wrote: “What I did not know, which came out glaringly later, was his parental background which was somewhat shadowy; His propensity to corruption; His tendency to disloyalty; His inability to say and stick to the truth all the time; a propensity for poor judgement; his belief and reliance on marabouts; his lack of transparency. His trust in money to buy his way out on all issues and his readiness to sacrifice morality, integrity, propriety, truth and national interest for self and selfish interest.” Much later, some months to the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Mr. Obasanjo in an interview further reiterated his conviction and position on Atiku Abubakar when he said “How can I be on the same side with Atiku?” Mr. Obasanjo asked. “To do what?” “If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support,” he added “I do not have personal grudges with anyone,” Mr. Obasanjo said. “If you do not do well for Nigeria, you do not do well for all of us.” “It is not a question of working with or not working with an individual,” he said. “If you are working for the good of Nigeria, I am working with you. If you are not working for the good of Nigeria it does not matter who you are, I am not working with you.” “I know Atiku very well. And I have mentioned my position with Atiku. My position has not changed,” he said. But “on political ground, my position has not changed. If I support Atiku for a political office other than the one I supported him in the past when I

did not know him,” maybe, but not “now that I know him, God will not forgive me.” The Obasanjo outburst speaks volume of the hurt done to the Nigerian economy and the extent of corruption the party and members were engaged in during their time in office under the banner of PDP. Atiku was not alone in the atrocities, it was an act that became a norm during that period in our political history. Unfortunately, immediately after the 2019 primary election, Mr. Obansajo made a surprising turnaround and boldly told Nigerians to vote for Atiku Abubakar. He told us Atiku is a saint and the president Nigeria needs in 2019. He said for his errors of the past, he, Obasanjo had forgiven him on behalf of Nigerians! As usual, we are all taken for a fool; but we were able to stand our grounds and said a bold ‘NO’ to what we did not want during the 2019 presidential election. The same Atiku, attempting to fly the banner of the same PDP and to return the profligate party to the presidency, was very bold some days ago in a public broadcast, telling Nigerians nobody would steal from Nigeria during his tenure if elected President of Nigeria. What an insult on our shared sanity; they want us to just forget the past as if it does not happen. It was the same party that foistered Allison Diezani on Nigeria for eight years as the Minister of Petroleum Resources and watched her linking the NNPC vaults via numerous financial pipelines to her personal accounts and those of her cronies and allies. The realities and chronicles of her acts and deeds as the Minister of Petroleum Resources are not hidden as they are well captured by the various litigation, both local and international, and much more, by her dastard approach to escape arrest, repatriation and continuous litigation when she ‘bought’ the

The same Atiku, attempting to fly the banner of the same PDP and to return the profligate party to the presidency, was very bold some days ago in a public broadcast, telling Nigerians nobody would steal from Nigeria during his tenure if elected President of Nigeria.

citizenship of the Commonwealth of Dominican Republic and got appointed as the Trade and Investment Commissioner of the country, all in the bid to secure immunity from continuous prosecution. PDP stayed mum on the magnitude of stolen national resources traced to this particular woman and the entire cascading development that trailed the Diezani saga. While the entire country dilapidated on all fronts by the insurgent attacks, Col. Dasuki (Rtd), a staunch PDP man and the Security Adviser to former President Jonathan, in the guise of fighting the national insecurity, took a whopping $2.1 billion and distributed the same among members of the profligate party. I am sure we remember the cases of accusations of N100 million against Bode George, N2.1 billion against Raymond Dokpesi, N4.6 against Attahiru Bafarawa for spiritual purposes, N350 million against Dr. Iyorcha AYU, the current national chairman of party, N650 million against Thisday’s Obaigbena, N10 billion against PDP as distribution to its delegates. The list is endless including Olisah Metuh, Ayo Fayose, Musiliu Obanikoro, Olu Falae, Tony Anenih, and Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor. It is a national reality that the party, PDP left behind only what they could not carry or were unable to lay their hands on. They looted the country and took away from all of us the chance to enjoy our Godgiven resources; and now, they are back, projecting the profligate party and the same actors who administered the philandering of the country for political offices again. The people, Nigerians, deserve better. PDP cannot and must never again be allowed to happen to Nigeria. GOD BLESS THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA! To be continued.

DAN DAN GAYE GAYE

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Jaaaagaba!

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