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Vol. 12 No. 32

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

. . . putting the people first

Al-Muharram 10, 1435 AH

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Oyinlola ask PDP legal adviser to respect court order >> Pg 6

4 road projects gulp N178bn SURE-P funds

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Gov Wada’s convoy kills ex ASUU President

l Iyayi’s death may ‘prolong’ strike l Anguish in UniBen From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin & Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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Sokoto businessman, Alhaji Abu Dankure (left), who was kidnapped by some unknown gunmen with friends and relations that visited to sympathise with him yesterday in Sokoto, after he regained his freedom Monday night. Photo: NAN

ormer President of the Academic Staff union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Festus Iyayi was killed yesterday following a head on collision involving the bus in which he was travelling and a Toyota Hilux in the convoy of Kogi state governor, Captain Idris Wada, along the Auchi-Lokoja highway. Iyayi and three other ASUU activists, who sustained various degrees of injury in the accident, were on their way to Kano for the Union’s National Executive Committee (NEC) scheduled to hold today. Sources say that Prof. Iyayi’s vehicle was hit hard by the last vehicle in Wada’s convoy, which was involved in a ghastly accident almost 11 months ago. But the Special Adviser to the Kogi state governor, Jacob Edi, has denied allegations that it was the governor’s pilot vehicle that hit Iyayi’s car. “There was a collision on a narrow road and it is too early to say who rammed into who. The ASUU car was dodging a trailer and an accident occurred. It is not fair to politicise this incident”, the governor’s aide said. Edi said as soon as the accident happened, the governor directed that the ambulance in the convoy be used to convey the victims to the Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja. Some of the victims, he said, were also taken to cont on page 2

CBN must account I was blindfolded Reps probe NNPC, for FAAC shortfalls for 5 days by my Swiss oil dealers’ N1.088trn scandal >> Pg 3 captors – Dankure >> Pg 6 – Gov Aliyu >> Pg 3


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CONTENTS News 2-10 Editorial 12 Op.Ed 13 Letters 14 Opinion 15 Metro 16-18 Business 19-22 Stockwatch 23 S/Report

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Property 26-27 Motoring 28 Arts

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Dialogue won’t affect constitution review – Ekweremadu

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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eputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has assured that the proposed national dialogue would neither delay nor disrupt the ongoing constitution amendment process. According to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu gave the assurances on Monday while delivering a paper entitled, “Constitution Review Process: A Comparative Perspective” at the ongoing African Legislative Summit being organised by the National Assembly and other international partners. He said in view of the new provisions on how to enact a new constitution already passed by the Senate and awaiting

other steps to become part of the constitution, the ongoing constitution amendment process would rather help to provide the legal frameworks that would give life to the eventual output of the proposed national dialogue. The Deputy President of the Senate said, “There is no way the ongoing efforts at convening a national dialogue would adversely affect or necessitate the suspension of the ongoing constitution amendment process. In fact, the Conference Committee of both Chambers of the National Assembly will soon be put together to harmonize the work of the Constitution Review Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives. “We cannot wait for the national dialogue because we do

not know when it will start or when it will end. But the good thing is that our work will even help to provide the necessary legal frameworks that would give life to the outcome of the dialogue.” He however, pointed out that the way forward for Africa was not necessarily in the abundance of laws, but the willingness and discipline to live by the dictates of the constitution. He added “The important thing is the practice; the value we place on the constitution, and our attitude to governance that will determine whether a constitution will succeed or not. The United Kingdom has no written constitution anywhere, but it is one of the best-governed countries in the world because

of the value system they have entrenched over the years. The American Constitution is one of the smallest constitutions in the world, yet it has sufficed for them for over 200 years. “We believe that with the proper value and orientation, there will be no need for frequent change of the constitution. If we have a just society where we get justice from the courts, where the correct laws are made, and the executive executes the laws without fear or favour and offenders are punished without reference to where they are coming from or their political persuasions, we are going to have a just society; and I don’t think we even need an elaborate constitution to achieve that”, he said.

Gov Wada’s convoy kills ex ASUU President cont from page 1

Kwankwaso will be an asset to APC , says Senator Gaya– Page 37

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the Government House Clinic. The Kogi governor’s spokesperson said the governor later visited the hospitals to sympathize with the victims of the accident. He dismissed suggestions that the accident happened because of over speeding by his boss’ convoy, saying Wada’s convoy travels at 80 kilometre per hour speed. On December 27, 2012, the governor’s motorcade was involved in a crash that killed his security aide and injured two other state officials, leaving Wada himself with a fractured leg. Meanwhile, the death of the former ASUU president yesterday threw University of Benin (UniBen) community into anguish. The UniBen zonal chairman of ASUU, Dr. Anthony Monye-Emina and the only female official of the union in that chapter, simply identified as Dr. (Mrs.) Ilo, who were in the ill-fated bus, were said to be in coma as at press time. Commenting on the death of the late professor of Business Ad-

ministration in UniBen, Professor Friday Okonofua threatened to sue Kogi state government, which he urged to take responsibility for Iyayi’s death. Head of Public Relations Department, University of Benin, Mr. Harrison Osarenren, declined comment on the accident, stating however that the matter will be presented before management of the school today. The former Provost, College of Medicine, UniBen, however called for a thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances that led to the accident. Okonofua alleged that: “It is the governor of Kogi that killed him; a reckless convoy. He killed our own most distinguished academic who has won medals all over the world. We will hold the governor responsible for his death.” As at press time last night, there were indications that the death of the ASUU chieftain may affect the planned suspension of the ongoing strike by the university lecturers. Several sources within ASUU told our correspondent last night

that the meeting would no longer hold today due to the accident. One of the striking lecturers who spoke to one of our correspondents but declined to be named said “the strike continues indefinitely until the deceased is buried and all issues concerning his death are solved”. But this position could not be officially confirmed as concerted efforts to get the current ASUU President, Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge to speak with one of our correspondents failed. He neither answered repeated calls to his cell phone nor replied an SMS sent to it inquiring about the planned NEC meeting of the union. Fagge had earlier confirmed the death of the unionist to newsmen. He said “the sad news was broken to the union in the morning of Nov. 12.’’ He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that he was shocked and could not utter a word. He said “I cannot say anything right now. We have just lost one of our own, Festus Iyayi, who was very dear to us. I am mourning.’’

Professor Iyayi was born in 1947 in Ugbegun, Ishan, Edo state. He obtained a M.Sc in Industrial Economics from the Kiev Institute of Economics, in the former USSR, and his Ph.D from the University of Bradford, England. In 1980, he went back to Benin and became a lecturer in the Department of Business Administration. A well known author, with four books to his credit (Violence, The Contract, Heroes, and Awaiting Court Martial), Dr. Iyayi won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature for his book Heroes in 1988. As a member of staff of the University, he became interested in radical social issues, and a few years after his employment, he became the president of the local branch of ASUU). He rose to the position of national president of the organization in 1986, but in 1988, the union was briefly banned and Iyayi was detained. That same year, he won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature. He was later removed from his faculty position.

4 roads guzzle N178bn SURE-P funds By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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probe by the Senate ad hoc Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), has revealed that the SURE-P Board has spent over N178 billion on four roads and two bridges across the country between 2012 and 2013. According to a presentation made to the Senate ad hoc committee by the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen, the four major roads include the Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road and the Kano-Maiduguri road. Others are the Enugu-Onitsha road, and Benin-Shagamu-Ore road, while the two bridges are Second Niger Bridge and the

Oweto Bridge, linking Benue and Nasarawa states, all of which are being constructed majorly with SURE-P funds. According to the minister, N85.5 billion was spent on the roads in 2012 from SURE-P, while the ministry paid N61billion. Also, in 2013, N93.4 billion was expended on the roads, out of which over N67 billion was paid from SURE-P. It was also discovered that the Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road, which was awarded at the contract sum of N42 billion in 2006, has been jerked up to over N116 billion by the ministry to accommodate “some technical deficiencies”. During the probe, the chairman of the Senate ad

hoc committee, Abdul Ningi, expressed dissatisfaction over the sudden increase of over 76 per cent on the AbujaAbaji- Lokoja road, seeking explanation on why the ministry should approve such increase. He further expressed concern over the increasing cost of road construction in the country, saying that what obtains in Nigeria is far beyond other countries in Africa. In his response, the minister said the original contract was awarded without the requisite designs, adding that the consultant for the road project has been blacklisted by the ministry for not including appropriate technicalities before approving the road design.

Onolememen also said the construction works on the four major roads and two bridges have reached advanced stages, expressing hope that the AbujaAbaji-Lokoja road would be commissioned by the end of next year. Meanwhile, the Senate ad hoc committee has summoned four contractors handling the Abuja-Abaji-Lokoja road to appear before it to explanation how far they have gone in the road project, in addition to the payments already made and the outstanding amount they expect. The affected construction companies are Dantata & Sawoe, Gitto, Bulet International Nigeria Limited and Reynolds Construction Company.


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CBN must account for FAAC shortfalls, says Gov Aliyu From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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iger state governor, Dr. Mu‘azu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday called on the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to account for the shortfalls being experienced in the federation account since May this year. Aliyu said CBN, as the custodian of all funds accruing to the federation, should tell Nigerians what was responsible for the decrease in the income of the country. There have been shortfalls in revenue accruing to the federation account due to dwindling in remittances by the nation’s supply company, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). This shortfall has forced

some state governors to resort to borrowing to run their governments. Aliyu who made the call in Minna at the 3rd MBA International Literary Colloquium, maintained that no one knows the actual amount of income being generated from the nation’s oil resources daily. He said, “There has been a reduction in the revenue coming to the country from the sale of oil; we don’t know how much we make but the outside world knows what we sell and how much we make. “Since May, a lot of money has not been paid into the national purse; we should hold the CBN responsible because they are the custodian of all monies coming to the country.” He reiterated that apart from income from oil, the nation has

to lay more emphasis on agriculture which he said will generate more money for the country and provide more employment for the nation’s teeming youths. The governor pointed out that Nigerian youths deserve credible role models and a system where older generations must mentor the younger generation with opportunities to contribute to national development. “We must however work towards reliving the period 1960 to 1980 where Nigeria youths had considerable opportunities. The economy flourished,

education was expanded; universities multiplied and school enrolment increased at all levels of learning while job opportunities were available for all disciplines.” The Niger state governor also reiterated that the Rivers state governor, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, remains the legal and authentic Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). Meanwhile, Amaechi who was the chairman of the occasion challenged Nigerians writers to publish books and journals on the serial corruption going on in the country.

The Rivers state governor lamented that no writer in the country has written any book on the N2.3trillion stolen from national purse to serve as historical documents for generations yet unborn. Prominent Nigerians at the occasion include the former Military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, Secretary General of the Pan African Writers Association, Professor Atukwei Okai, professor Kofi Anyidoho from University of Ghana as well as other discussants drawn from various Universities in Nigeria.

PDP crisis: Suspension will harden G7 - Saraki By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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ormer governor of Kwara state, Senator Bukola Saraki, has said that the suspension of four key members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction on Monday by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), will harden the G7 governors in the crisis facing the party. He also described the suspension as a serious setback to genuine reconciliation between the G7 governors and the party’s leadership. Saraki, who is a key member of the G7 Group, disclosed this in Abuja yesterday while fielding questions from journalists. He expressed surprise over why the suspension of the former National Secretary of the party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Kawu Baraje, among others, when the appeal court in Abuja passed a judgment recognising Oyinlola as the authentic national secretary of the party.

He said the court judgment was an opportunity for reconciliation, regretting that the recent suspension of the four aggrieved members of the party was an attempt to circumvent the court judgment. He said, “We should not take the issue of the rule of law with levity. Since a court had ruled that Oyinlola should resume as Secretary of the party, PDP should comply with the judgment of the court. These are some of the issues that some of us are angry about. The PDP will be there, long after Oyinlola, long after everybody. Commenting on the alleged crack within the ranks of the G-7 Governors, he said, “The attendance at the G-7 meeting showed that all the governors were present. The meeting provided an avenue that could bring about reconciliation. Even if there were moves within the G-7 to embrace total reconciliation during the meeting, the action taken against Oyinlola had done the opposite. “

Iyayi’s death: Jonathan condoles family, ASUU By Umar Muhammad Puma

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resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday commiserated with the family, leadership and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on the tragic death of former ASUU President, Dr. Festus Iyayi. Jonathan, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said the country has lost a renowned academic and award-winning writer

who rose to national prominence in the 1980s with his courageous leadership of ASUU in its struggle for a better working environment for teachers and academics in the nation’s university system. “The President is particularly dismayed by the fact that Dr. Iyayi has sadly lost his life while going to contribute to efforts to finally resolve the current ASUU strike which has unfortunately disrupted academics in most of the nation’s universities for over four months”, Abati said.

L-R: Managing Director/ Chief Executive, NEXIM Bank, Roberts U. Orya, and former President, African Development Bank, Mr. Babacar N’diaye, during a meeting where the latter pledged his support for the NEXIM- facilitated Regional Sealink project, yesterday in Abuja.

Reps probe NNPC, Swiss oil dealers’ N1.088trn scandal

By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives yesterday ordered immediate investigation into an alleged N1.088 trillion ($6.8 billion) fraud involving the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and some oil dealers in the country. The House, following a motion raised by Rep Abiodun Abudu-Balogun, mandated its joint committee on Petroleum Resoures (Upstream), Petroleum Reaources(Downstream) and justice to carry out an indepth investigation into the allegation. The sponsor of the while quoting from the Berne Declaration report, noted that Nigeria has been duped to the tune of $6.8billion through “Letterbox Companies” and foreign oil companies. According to him, “report indicated that Swiss Traders Opaque deals in Nigeria reveals that the NNPC and foreign oil companies have duped the country over $ 6.8 billion dollars through some Let-

ter Box Companies”. He described the oil scam as the greatest fraud Africa has ever known and the report specifically mentioned vital and Transfiguration Commodity Trading Forms (NNPC Partners) in the shady deals and how Nigeria loses billions of dollars as large volumes of Oil are exported far below the market prices. The lawmakers were alarmed by a report from a Swiss Non-governmental Advocacy Organisation, especially the Berne Declaration which alleged that the NNPC, in connivance with major Swiss oil trading companies, is draining Nigeria of billions of Dollars in revenue through the sale of crude oil below the market value. Abudu-Balogun further told his colleagues that “The sharp practices and deals in the NNPC Crude Oil allocations to local refineries which are not utilized but sold fraudulently at knock-down prices to Geneva based companies through letterbox companies by swap arrangements.”

He stressed that, “Nigeria is the only major oil producing nation that sells 100 percent of its crude to private traders, and rather than market it herself and benefit from the resulting added value with greatest number of beneficiaries of export allocations.” The lawmakers also wondered the intense secrecy surrounding the operations of the NNPC and the oil industry and worried over the damaging allegations contained in the report against the NNPC and its subsidiaries regarding the non-disclosure of its detailed financial report since 2005. The report described the schemes employed by the NNPC and foreign oil importers, such as creating offshore subsidiaries referred to as “letterbox companies”, ship-to-ship transfer to create untraceable paperwork; payment of subsidy money to phantom and non-existing importers, and partnering with politically exposed fraudsters to defraud the country over $6.8 billion from 2009 and 2011.


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Promoting Nigeria’s manufacturing-based economy

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xperts agree that no nation can achieve industrial and economic growth by mere exportation of raw materials alone.They also say that practical efforts must be made to reposition Nigeria from an economy that exports mainly raw materials to a manufacturing economy. The Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, restated this when he spoke at the 2013 Ministerial Platform, organised by the Ministry of Information. “History shows that no country has ever become rich by exporting raw materials without also having an industrial sector, and in modern terms an advanced services sector. “The more a country specialises in the production of raw materials only, the poorer it becomes,’’ the minister said. He said that the Federal Government introduced the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP) in order to boost industrialisation.According to Aganga, it is the nation’s first comprehensive, integrated, and strategic roadmap to industrialisation. He said that the NIRP had identified strategic industry groups where Nigeria already had comparative advantage, with a view to increasing capacity and production in the mid-term. The minister noted that Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSNEs) were the engine room of any economy that was production oriented. “We have developed the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) implemented by the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency (SMEDAN), Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and Bank of Industry (BOI). “It takes industry to the grassroots as SMEDAN will be located in all the states of the federation. “We are driving enterprise in schools and universities so that students can graduate with the requisite skills and entrepreneurial acumen.’’ He also said that MSMEs were being moved from the informal to the formal sector, while local SMEs were being linked to SMEs in the Diaspora. Aganga noted that efforts were on top gear to increase youth entrepreneurship skills and participation in the mainstream economy. “Currently, there are 32 million Nigerians employed by MSMEs. NEDEP aims to increase MSME employment by 16 per cent over three years. “NEDEP aims to reduce the spread between Micro, Small and

Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga

The Federal Government is working on a new automotive policy that will prioritise the patronage of vehicles assembled in Nigeria

Medium Enterprises (SMEs). “By formalising the microenterprises, there is the potential to reduce poverty, unemployment rate and create wealth.’’ The minister also announced that BOI and SMEDAN were spearheading the conversion and upgrade of some Industrial Development Centres (IDCs) to specialised industrial business parks. “New industrial park structures to be developed in line with comparative and competitive advantages that exist in the locations where they are situated. “Industrial business parks will be shared working spaces for enterprises, and will have capacity to conduct industrial skills acquisition and entrepreneurship training programme

“Financing and resources for the industrial parks will be sourced from BOI and State Matching Fund.’’ On sugar production, he said that the Federal Government had approved a New Sugar Master Plan (NSMP).Aganga said that Nigeria was previously among the top five importers of sugar, and only produced about three per cent locally for domestic consumption. “On Sept.19, 2012, the Federal Executive Council approved the New Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) and implementation commenced January 2013. “NSMP has stimulated investments of $3 billion thus far; NSMP is targeting the production of 1.7tonnes of sugar; creation of 117,181 direct jobs and generation

of 411.7MW of electricity.It also targets total forex savings of up to $565.8 million annually, from savings from sugar production and fuel importation.’’ He said that the drive to restructure the economy towards manufacturing was yielding positive results, as shown in significant improvement in balance of trade; with reduced importation and increased export value. Aganga added that there was a decline in reliance on revenue from oil exports as revenue from the non-oil sector improved. “In the first quarter of 2013, non-oil exports accounted for N305 billion.The country recorded a 43 per cent decline in imports between 2011-2012, resulting in savings of about N4.2 trillion in foreign exchanged.

Analysts want the government to take practical steps to boost industrialisation, as Nigeria is trailing behind other D8 countries like Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Egypt that were at par with Nigeria at the inception of the group in 1987.

“In the first quarter of 2013, industry contributed 66.9 percent of the FGN’s non-oil earnings.Import, as a percentage of total,trade fell from 35.7 per cent in 2011 to 20 per cent in 2012, the minister stated. The minister, at a recent meeting with officials of General Motors, also unfolded the country’s automotive policy. ``We are working on a new automotive policy that will prioritise the patronage of vehicles assembled in Nigeria.The policy is part of the Integrated Mass Transit Policy of President Goodluck Jonathan, which is aimed at providing efficient and affordable mass transit for Nigerians”, he stated. “We want to leverage the policy to develop our local automotive industry by ensuring that we patronise vehicles that are assembled here in Nigeria. By so doing, we will be able to boost the productivity of our vehicle assembly plants, create jobs, generate wealth and transform our economy,’’ the minister restated. Analysts want the government to take practical steps to boost industrialisation, as Nigeria is trailing behind other D8 countries like Iran, Turkey, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Egypt that were at par with Nigeria at the inception of the group in 1987.(NAN)


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L-R: Interim National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and APC Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during the 5th anniversary ceremony of the administration of Governor Oshiomhole and official launch of the APC, yesterday in Edo State.

2015: APC govt will end terrorism, if elected, says Buhari From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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ormer Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari has assured that All progressives Congress (APC) would put an end to terrorism and kidnapping if the party is elected in the 2015 polls. The 2011 defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Presidential candidate disclosed this yesterday in Benin City, where he charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remain an unbiased umpire. He said APC is determined to

secure the country, adding that the party is also determined to stop terrorism and kidnapping when it assumes power at the centre. “The APC is fundamentally after two things. We are determined to stop terrorism, to stop abduction of people and make Nigeria work’’, he said. Buhari challenged Nigerians, especially the voters to resist any form of rigging ahead of next Saturday’s Governorship election in Anambra and 2015 Presidential polls by the ruling party. APC National leader and former Governor of Lagos State,

Ahmed Bola Tinubu threatened that APC will not tolerate any attempts to manipulate Anambra elections. He said though the ruling party may not want to surrender power easily to opposition, but APC which he noted are not daft would get it ``in another manner in 2015’’. He berated the federal government for reeling out annually, economic growth statistics which has resulted to job losses and unemployment. Addressing the crowd of supporters, Edo state governor Adams Oshiomhole said, “The challenge is to focus on the

We paid N35bn out of N36bn debt, says Al-makura

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overnor Umaru Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa state has said that his administration has so far paid N35 billion out of a total N36 billion debt it inherited from previous administrations. The governor stated this yesterday while addressing the maiden meeting of harmonization committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. Al-makura while lauding the progress the party was making in From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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isengaged staff of the liquidated national carrier, Nigeria Airways Limited yesterday called on President Goodluck Jonathan to pay their severance benefits owed for a period of 20 years after the country’s defunct carrier was liquidated by former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 2003. The former workers, who gathered for a prayer session in Lagos yesterday, said their counterparts in other countries have received their benefits about

the state and the country at large, said his administration was able to offset the debt and carried out appreciable projects, particularly in terms of infrastructural development, without borrowing a Kobo. He said the APC administration is different from previous administrations because it does not embark on what he described as “cosmetic projects”, but merely concentrates on projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people. On the perceived friction

generated by the appointment of an interim leadership for the APC in the state, the governor said such is to be expected in a democracy, urging members to desist from conduct capable of generating tension. On his part, Gen Ahmed Aboki (rtd), zonal chairman of the APC, announced the decision of Al-makura to donate a building in Abuja to serve as the zonal secretariat of the party. He disclosed that so far, Nasarawa state is leading other states in the country in the effort to make APC stronger.

Defunct Airways workers beg Jonathan over N70bn severance benefits nine years now. The workers who converged under the aegis of Aviation Union Grand Alliance (AUGA) told reporters that it has also mandated the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other unions to write President Jonathan in order to inform him of their travail. Comrade Ibrahim Husseini, who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved workers disclosed that government need about N70

billion to offset the outstanding severance benefits for the former workers and pensioners, the severance package has been pending for 9 years. He further explained that after the initial payment of five years severance benefits, out of the 25 years, by late President Umaru Yaradua, government has never shown any positive response to the several request by the workers to look into their plight.

economy”, and appreciate the role of security agencies for rising to the occasion, with a pledge to send unrepentant kidnappers to the gallows. The governor who paid tribute to his late wife, Mrs. Clara Oshiomhole and victims of kidnapping, however berated the media for celebrating persons with questionable characters in society. “One way to determine whether a leader has done well or not is to look around whether those who started with you at the beginning are still with you at the end’’, saying between November last year and November this

year, the state government has paid to major contractors about N36 billion certificate generated from road construction, schools construction and hospital construction and we recognize that our allocation from Abuja is barely over four billion”. The governor also declared that “every month we pay to contractors about N3.2 billion out of which 85% of the federal revenue is devoted to capital projects that people can see. Our market women who were in the past used during election and abandoned, we have empowered them by giving them cash to rebuild their markets”.

Pandemonium as DPR visits Abuja gas, mega filling stations By Chris Alu

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here was pandemonium yesterday in Abuja, as the Department of Petroleum Resources visited the NNPC mega station to ascertain the level of compliance on the part of operators as regards to safety operations, accurate and up to date gas facilities, certificate of operations, accurate fuel pumps and fire extinguishers for them to operate in an all inclusive environment. At the Central area NNPC mega station, security agents were seeing molesting customers, who went to buy kerosene. On sighting the press, the customers flarred up in anger which attracted huge crowd at the scene, complaining that they had been there since morning to buy kerosene but nobody was ready to attend to them. One of the customers who spoke said NNPC officials gave each group a day to obtain kerosene and that yesterday was their own date but they were unable to buy. When asked, the NNPC manager, Mr. James Alingo said they had

short supply of kerosene and were waiting for another supply. But the customer disagreed, alleging that they have been selling to black marketers who pay more money than the normal price, other mega stations case were almost the same. Also at the Abuja gas dealers point, the team discovered that the dealers were selling gas cylinders with leakages and were also exchanging old gas cylinders for new ones as well as selling expired fire extinguishers to people even when the market environment was not conducive for gas business because of the dangers involved. But the DPR Zonal comptroller of Abuja office, Alhaji Aliyu Halidu said the regulatory body has been in the vanguard of such media campaigns to sensitize buyers of liquefied petroleum gas on their safety and maintenance as well as enlightening them on the dangers of obtaining gas on the road side where people are not duly registered. He said, those who were found guilty will face the full wrath of the law.


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Why 2014 budget presentation was postponed – Senate

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he Senate yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan postponed the presentation of the 2014 budget due to “certain exigencies’’. Jonathan had written to the National Assembly last week seeking to present the budget proposal to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, November 12. The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information,

I was blindfolded for 5 days, says freed Wamakko associate

Media and Public Affairs, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, told newsmen that no further reason was given by the presidency for the postponement. He said the postponement was conveyed in a correspondence to the lawmakers. “It was supposed to happen today, but the President wrote to the National Assembly asking that the event be put off till November 19 due to exigencies that were beyond the control of the Presidency. “The reasons were not made

known, but if the President asks us to give him one more week I don’t think there is any reason for us to start looking for the ‘whys’. “We think that if he needs more time, we should give him more time,’’ Abaribe said. The Senate spokesman, however, added that both chambers of the National Assembly were looking forward to hosting and listening to Jonathan during the joint session on Nov. 19. Abaribe said it was wrong as being insinuated that the post-

ponement was because of the lawmakers’ inability to debate and pass the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). He said the MTEF report had been presented to the Senate. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the MTEF forms the foundation for the 2014 budget. Abaribe also said there was the possibility that the budget could be passed before the end of the year. “Miracles have been known to happen and another miracle

Sultan, Onaiyekan to host inter-Faith Conference By Evelyn Okakwu

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Sokoto-based businessman, Alhaji Abu Dankure, who was last week kidnapped by unidentified persons has regained his freedom, saying his abductors treated him nicely. Dankure, who was released Monday night, said his abductors allowed him say his five daily prayers and never starved or denied him of sleep. The 68 years old business mogul said, “I was blindfolded since I was kidnapped last Wednesday up to the time they dropped me opposite the Sultan Abubakar III Juma’at Mosque, Sokoto, yesterday night”. He also said his abductors did not reside in one location, adding that, “They were speaking Hausa and English and some of them prayed as Muslims, but not in congregation.” Dankure, who is an associate of governor Aliyu Wamakko, said that the abductors did not stay in one place but, “were changing location between some villages. “They removed my gown and dressed me in Jeans, shirt and a round hat and I was in that dress up to the time they dropped me in Sokoto on Monday night. “Whatever it was, I only thank God and I am happy that I am now free and I have peacefully reunited with my family,” he said. It would be recalled that Dankure was kidnapped last week Wednesday at Dundaye village, few Kilometers from the state capital, Sokoto, and had abandoned his car in another village. According to a reliable source, the car was found at Dubawa village, a fifteen minutes drive from the Sokoto metropolis. The source added that the 68 year old Dankure, who grew up with the Governor, “is believed to have been nabbed by those looking for money.” Governor Wamakko of Sokoto State had earlier paid a visit to Dankure’s family and assured his family that he is in good health condition and will soon be released by his abductors.

can happen and we will pass it. We will do our best within the time limit that we have,’’ he said. The senator said the National Assembly was, beyond passing the budget 2014, far more focused on making sure that the 2013 budget was fully implemented. “We also expect that the 2013 budget will be fully implemented because Nigerians need everything that can improve our economy,’’ he told newsmen.

L-R: Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, in a handshake with Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, during the 1st Africa Legislative Summit, yesterday in Abuja.

Suspended Oyinlola ‘instructs’ PDP legal Adviser to comply with court order By Lawrence Olaoye, Abuja & Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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uspended Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, whose mandate as the Secretary of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was recently revalidated by an Appeal court, has ‘officially instructed’ the party’s National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, to ensure the implementation of the court ruling. Oyinlola, in an internal memo, on the official letter headed paper of the party, addressed to the National Legal Adviser instructed Kwon to “do all the needful for compliance with the Appeal Court Order.” While ordering the PDP Na-

Police recover 60 cattle, arrest rustlers in Bauchi

he religious leaders have taken yet another step to strengthen the unity between the two major religions of the country. A statement made available to our correspondent said the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, in a joint effort with the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, Arch Bishop Onaiyekan have agreed to organise an interfaith conference tagged: “The Imperative of interfaith understanding and cooperation.” The conference, which will take place at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, tomorrow, will highlight among other things the ways out of the many religious challenges faced by the country.

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tional Legal Adviser to ensure compliance with the court order on his reinstatement, Oyinlola mandated Kwon to “note that in compliance with the constitution of the PDP, I am expected to sign all official correspondences from the PDP National Secretariat as the Chief Administrative and Accounting Officer of the PDP.” Meanwhile, leadership of the party has written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) notifying it of the suspension of Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Amb. Ibrahim Kazaure from the Party. The National Working Com-

mittee, in a letter dated November 12, 2013 and signed by the National Chairman, Alhaji Dr. Bamanga Tukur, informed INEC of the suspension of the party men on Monday, November 11, 2013 for engaging in anti-party activities in violation of the provisions of the PDP Constitution. According to the party “The decision of the NWC was in exercise of its powers under section 57 (3) of the PDP constitution, 2012 (as amended) and in the overall interest of the Party and its members.” In a related development, the former Acting PDP National Chairman and Interim Chairman of New PDP, Alhaji Abuba-

kar Kawu Bareje has described his suspension and other members of his group as confirmation of impunity by the leadership of the party, led by Alhaji Bamaga Tukur. Bareje in a statement in Ilorin yesterday while reacting to his suspension and other members of nPDP urged his supporters and Nigerians to remain calm, steadfast and prayerful, adding that there was no cause for alarm over his acclaimed suspension and that of some other members of the party. Baraje disclosed that very soon, himself and other members of his group would announce their next line of action.

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Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed yesterday in Bauchi said the syndicate were smashed and 60 cattle were recovered at Mina village in Too local government council of the state. According to the statement, 13 cattle were recovered at Gambiri village while 34 sheep

recovered in Yelwan Duguri of Alkaleri local government Bauchi state. It said two suspects were arrested and investigation is ongoing and urged members of the public whose cattle and sheep were stolen to come along for identification and proof of ownership to collect their property.

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PDP accuses Yari of spending N8.6bn on streetlights From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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amfara state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Alhaji Farukh Umar Ahmad, has condemned the spending of N8.6 billion for the re-installation of streetlight units in Gusau, the state capital, by the administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar. Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Gusau, Farukh Umar, who is also an ex-officiao of the PDP North-west,

recalled the measure taken by the present state House of Assembly in probing the immediate past administration of Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi over the use of N2.6 billion for the execution of same project. He contended that the PDP has formidable evidence that captured Yari’s approval for the release of N8.6 billion only for the removal, repainting and reinstalati0n of the same number of units of streetlights across the main roads of the state capital, against N2.6 billion spent by the immediate past

administration. “Let us take a look at the difference between the power of N8.6 billion and the sister amount of N2.6 billion, just give a simple minus between the two amounts, it would still leave N6.6 billion behind. We can then ask why he who pointed an accusing finger against the spending of N2.6 billion, now found it necessary to raise the figure to N8.6 billion”, he said. Meanwhile, the exofficio further disputed the reasons given by Governor Yari for the dismissal of over civil servants.

FG, Ribadu, others condole Shema over father’s death From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

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he Federal G o v e r n m e n t yesterday sent a strong delegation under the leadership of VicePresident Namadi Sambo to condole Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shehu Shema over the death of his father. The Vice-President arrived Katsina International Airport around 11:00am and went straight to the Shema’s

family home in Sabon Layi where he condoled the bereaved family. Also on the entourage of the Vice-President to condole the governor include Kebbi state Governor, Sa’idu Nasamu Dakin-Gari and Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero. The delegation offered special prayers for the repose of the dead and prayed Allah to forgive his sins and give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Similarly, former defunct ACN Presidential candidate, Alhaji Nuhu Ribado paid a condolence visit on the state governor over the death of his father. It could be recalled that the father of Katsina state governor, Alhaji Shehu Shema died Monday after a brief illness at the National Hospital, Abuja and was buried according to Islamic Rites in Katsina.

than egos. The former Vice President explained that attempts to supplant the power or roles of one another could plant the seeds of conflict and that such temptation should be avoided. On the theme of the Summit, which relates to “political parties and legislative autonomy”, he said legislators were elected in their own right and the idea of expecting them to follow the party line was a potential source of conflict. The former Vice President also reiterated his support for a two-party system for Nigeria, which he said, is more suitable for Nigeria’s peculiar circumstances. According to him, the two-party system “would help to narrow the differences among parties” and remove the traditional fault-lines in our political system.

On internal democracy, Abubakar said although, Nigeria’s democracy is still young, “we have not often taken adequate steps to deepen it,” and that authoritarian tendencies had not been overcome, despite the return to democracy. He noted with concern that “the vestiges of intolerance of opposition and criticism remain quite strong”. He expressed the conviction that political parties should be vehicles for citizen participation in the political process and that the parties should get their interests represented in the legislature. The former Vice President, however, maintained that internal democracy among political parties was “critical to allow for free expressions by all members and for various tendencies to find space for expression.”

Atiku counsels executive, legislature on constitutionalism By Lawrence Olaoye

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ormer Vice President Atiku Abubakar has counselled the executive and legislative arms of government to operate within the confines of constitutionally defined powers and responsibilities in order to avoid longdrawn out conflicts, which might impede governance. Speaking at the opening session of the 2013 Africa Legislative Summit on political parties and legislative autonomy yesterday in Abuja at the International Conference Centre, Atiku said, while the struggle for power between the executive and the legislature is normal, the larger national interest should be allowed to take precedence over their egos. According to Atiku, the people would be served better if the different arms of government are guided by national interest rather


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R-L: Senior Lecturer, Department of Telecommunication Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Dr. Aibinu Musa, explaining their research work to Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr Labaran Maku, Minister of Communications and Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, and Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ola Ibrahim, during the Air Force Inter-Command and Most Innovative Research and Development Projects Competition and Exhibition, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

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Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), during a post crash development seminar, yesterday in Port Harcourt. Photo: NAN

L-R: 1st Vice-President, National Assembly of Djibuti, Mr. Mohamed Hoomed, former UN Under–Secretary, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and former President, African Development Bank, Dr. Babacar Ndiaye, during the 1st Africa Legislative Summit, on Monday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

Wife of the Cross River state Governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke (middle), leading others in advocacy/sensitisation walk to celebrate World Pneumonia Day, yesterday in Calabar. Photo: NAN

People wading through flood, yesterday at Jakande Gate, Alimosho Local government area of Lagos state. Photo: NAN


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News

EFCC cannot prosecute me, former Kogi governor tells court

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ormer Governor of Kogi State Prince Abubakar Audu has told an Abuja High Court that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) cannot prosecute him on a 36-count corruption charges on non-existing laws. He has asked the Abuja High Court to dismiss the 36 count charges brought against him by EFCC for want of diligent prosecution. In an application seeking the dismissal or striking out of his arraignment, Audu said the court has no power or jurisdiction to continue his trial under unknown laws. His lead counsel Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) who moved the application for preliminary objection to the trial argued that Justice Olayiwola A. Adeniyi

cannot assume power to hold the trial until when the accused person has been properly charged under existing laws. The former Kogi State governor was brought for trial by EFCC under the repealed Advanced Fee Fraud and other related offences Act No 13 of 1995 as amended by Act No 62 of 1999. But Ozekhome attacked and faulted the charge insisting before the court that as of now, there is no law or enactment known as the “Advanced Fee Fraud Act No 13 of 1995”. Ozekhome submitted that the laws had ceased to exist in the statute book having been effectively repealed, abrogated, obliterated and no longer have any effect. The counsel further submitted that the law under which Audu was charged was not only dead but should be seen by the Abuja High

Court as if it never existed. He argued that charging the former governor under a repealed act contravened the provisions of sections 36 (12) of the 1999 constitution which stipulated that no Nigerian shall be convicted of a criminal offence unless the offence is defined and penalty prescribed. Ozekhome said charging Audu to court for alleged fraud under a non-existent laws was wrong, unlawful, immoral, illegal and unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatsoever. Besides, the SAN submitted that the former governor was being arraigned by EFCC for an alleged offence committed against Kogi State and that EFCC cannot lawfully prosecute the case without the fiat (authority) of the Attorney General of Kogi State. He insisted that EFCC, being an agency of the Federal

Government can only prosecute alleged offenders under the federal laws adding that since the alleged offence against his client was against Kogi State, it is only the Attorney General of the State that can appropriately put him on trial. “It is not in doubt that the fund allegedly said to have been misappropriated belonged to Kogi State government, a separate entity within the meaning and provisions of section 2 (2) (3) (1) (2) of the 1999 constitution as amended”, he said adding also that the Attorney General of the Federation does not have the power to prosecute his client. While objecting to the application, counsel to EFCC, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) asked the court to dismiss Audu’s application on the ground that the repealed law has been captured under a new one.

Minister urges Nigerians to be innovative By Joy Baba

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he supervising Minister of Science and Technology, Omobola Johnson said in order to sustain the current development, there was need for Nigerians to look inward and gradually wean themselves of over dependence on foreign technology and become more innovative in the use of local resources. Johnson stated this yesterday during the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) inter-command most innovative research and development projects and exhibitions held at the Air Force base Abuja. She said NAF had over the years strived to return professionalism especially since the return of civil democratic rule in the country. She maintained that if Nigeria as a nation could collectively harness her effort, it would surmount all challenges. In his welcome address, the Chief of Standards and Evaluation, Headquarters, NAF Air Vice Marshal Sadiq Abubakar said the objectives of these programs was to build credible and sustainable capacity also to optimize local content in the country’s products and operational equipment. He also said the NAF Research and Development programme was in pursuance of the current Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Bade’s vision to transform NAF into a self reliant and highly professional fighting force through the application of innovative technology in fulfilment of the National Defence and Security objectives.

Engineers call for protection of pipeline against vandals

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he Nigerian Society of Engineers has called for effective protection of the nation’s pipeline against vandals. The Chairman, Kaduna Branch of the Society, Engr. Abdul Audu gave this indication yesterday while speaking to news men. Audu said pipeline vandalisation in Nigeria is one of the major threats to the socioeconomic development of the country. “The act of vandalism is normally carried out by wellarmed and vicious criminals who are ready to eliminate any body that may oppose them. It is generally believed that some of these criminals are well connected and highly sophisticated in their operations. There are also neighbouring opportunists who scoop fuel from damaged pipelines after the real actors must have gone with their big loot”, he said. He said proper and effective security should be in place to guard it. “Well sound security system and other advanced forms of monitoring the pipelines will assist the authorities to always be ahead of the vandals”.

Police seal anti-corruption conference venue

S L-R: Former Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Director, Research and Documentation, Anti-Corruption Network, Hon. Ebenezer Oyetakin, and Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption Network, Dino Melaye, addressing journalists after they were locked out by security personnel, during on Colloquium on Freedom of Information Act 2011 (FOIA), yesterday at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Jigawa NSCDC rewards members, nab two hard drugs barons

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he Jigawa state Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), yesterday honoured and awarded its best performing officers in the state. Speaking during the presentation of the awards, the state commandant, Malam Muhammed Gidado Fari said the command resolved to reward the recipients as a mark of appreciation and recognition for the job well done and also to encourage them on their duties, for to others to copy”. He said 25 officers of the

command who excelled in their various fields were rewarded, “also 250 men in the command who attended arm handling training at Katsina by the military were also awarded with certificates”. Meanwhile, a drug baron and expert in illicit drugs trafficking and distribution in Jigawa state and beyond had been arrested by the state command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in Gumel town. A statement by the state’s commandan said the suspect was on the command’s wanted list. According to the statement, “at around 5pm we arrested a dealer and distributor of hard drugs who

was on our wanted list for a long time”. The statement gave the name of the suspect as Muhammad Jafaru, 25 years, of Gawon quarters and his accomplice identified as Habu from Maigatari local government area. Malam Muhammed Gidado maintained that the suspects were arrested with several prohibited hard drugs which include Tramol capsules, Tramol tablets, Diazer, Exzol and D5. Gidado said the command would hand the suspects to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further action and prosecution.

cores of armed police officers, yesterday sealed off the Nicon Luxury hotel conference room where an anti-corruption conference was planned. The anti-corruption conference was planned by an organisation promoted by former House of Representatives member turned anti-corruption campaigner, Dino Melaye. The police arrived in the early hours of the day with combat officers, including anti-terrorism squads, to carry out the seal-off of only the conference room the anti-corruption campaigners rented for the conference. It was still unclear why the conference room was sealed. The police authority responsible for Abuja, the FCT Command, denied ordering the operation. “I am not aware of it,” the spokesperson of the command, Altine Daniel, said. But Mr. Melaye believed the seal-off was ordered by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar. “The hotel management said the police officers brought an order from the IG,” he said. The spokesperson of the Nigeria Police headquarters, Frank Mba, is yet to respond to inquiries.


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Money Sense

The amazing secrets of financial freedom

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ollow the wealth formula and you will live the life of choice and freedom you’ve always dreamed about. You don’t need hard work, to be the most talented guy, or even connections; you just need to know what rich people know. No matter who you are, or what is your current financial situation, you can become a wealthy man. You only need to know three things to become a moneymaking machine. First, the source of your income is the key element in the wealth-building arena. Some sources will make you rich and others will keep you trapped in the rat race. Second, you should have your expenses under control. Learning how to keep money is as important as knowing how to make it. And finally, you should understand the difference between good and bad debt. I will show you how understanding, and applying, each one of this principles will give you financial freedom. The source of your income Here there are only three ways to earn money and they are: Trading your time for money: This is the worst source of money; if your money comes from this place, you are an employee or an auto-employee. You need to work to earn money. Many guys believe that just because they work for themselves, they are entrepreneurs. But, the truth is that most of them are only autoemployees. Your time is a limited resource, you can only work a certain amount of hours a day, and if you stop working your income supply will

Money Tip: Hard Times and Desperate Measures

Nothing new to these following ideas except more persons are engaging in these short on cash money making ideas than ever before. Selling one’s blood have always been common but making clothes alterations or sewing clothes is always a quick way to bring in some extra income; needless to say, a little know-how of sewing is a great help. In addition, is there anyone that can knit, crotchet or make pot holders? That will do for starters. Let friends at work, at church and mosque know about your skills and be sure to take samples along.

Quote A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox

also stop. You will never become wealthy if your money comes from this source. Using money to make money: This is a great alternative to earn some passive income. This source includes investing in stocks, bonds, gaining money through interests and dividends, royalties earned from investing in other people’s businesses. With this approach, you don’t need to build anything; you just use your money to generate more money. Creating money machines (businesses): Here you create businesses that will make money for you on autopilot. Building multiple small streams of income is the best way to gain financial freedom. But unless your multiple streams of income work on autopilot you won’t be able to build, and manage, a lot of them. To gain financial freedom avoid earning money through active income, trading your time for money, and instead find passive income alternatives that will let you earn money while you sleep, using money to generate money, or creating money machines. Keep your money It doesn’t matter how much you earn, if your expenses exceed your income you are on the road

to financial disaster. If you want to gain financial freedom you need to live below your means. Your unavoidable expenses (rent, gas, energy, food, etc.) should not exceed 50% of your income. You can use 30% of your income for you. Spend this money on anything you want, but no more. Use the rest of the money, 20%, to save and invest.

Healthy debt vs. cancerous debt You should avoid debt at all costs. Debt is like a cancer that will kill your financial future, and your peace of mind. The only time you are allowed to acquire debt is if you are going to use the money to buy an asset. That means you are going to use the money to create a passive income vehicle. Keep in mind that although

these principles are very simple they are also very effective. Learn to earn money through the right source, spend less than you earn, and only acquire debt if you are going to increase your net worth. I promise you will become rich for sure. Learn the secrets of the rich and live a life of choice and freedom beyond your wildest dreams.

Take risk; make N150,000 in one day - Three action items

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here is one million ways to make N150, 000 in just one day. The problem most of us face every day is we choose not to do them. If you are reading this article, chances are, you do not have an annual salary of N360, 000. Reality is, for most of us, making this kind of money is not going to happen from a day-to-day job. It will require some creative thinking. The wealthy think outside of the box, take risks and have a plan. The key to long-term wealth is adopting these characteristics in our lives as action items. If your goal is to make significant money tomorrow then, you must start thinking outside of the box today. Ask yourself, what can I do to make money tomorrow? I can think of some easy things to do very quickly. Have a junk sale. I defiantly have at least one hundred and fifty thousand naira worth of stuff which I do not use anymore. Invest money. Investing money is the most efficient way to make money. What can you buy today for N1500 and sell tomorrow for N3000. The point is, anything you can do tomorrow other than go to work from nine to five is outside of the box. The next action item is probably the most important. In order to do something outside of the box, you must willing be ready to take risks. The fastest way to make one hundred and fifty thousand naira may also be the fastest way to lose it. I do not mean gambling when I say take risks. I am encouraging you to try something new. Try something you have never tried before. The trick is to take risks with your

time, effort and the least amount of overheard risk as possible. Be adventurous with your actions and ideas. Most of the time it will take money to make money however, it is possible to turn ten naira into twenty maybe thirty naira. Your success will certainly be a story of trial and error. So, do not be afraid to fail. Once you have our idea and you are willing to take the risk then it is important to create a plan. Taking the time to think about your next step and why, will always increase your probability of being successful. Start with then end goal first. Work backwards to create your plan, for example, if I wanted to make a quick grand by flipping a car. The goal is to sell a car for one hundred and fifty thousand naira profit. Getting a professional detail and a free inspection will probably help me sell the car but I will have to buy the car for a good price first. So my plan would be to find someone in a bad spot who needs to sell their car fast. Negotiate the deal in my favor. Take the vehicle to get an inspection. Have the car professionally detailed and looking good. Finally re-list the car and cash out. The hardest part of the equation is actually implementing these three concepts into your daily life. Thinking outside the box, taking a risk and creating a plan seem almost too easy. What makes it difficult is getting out of the daily routine and actually doing these very simple things. Imagine doubling your money every week with no or little risk!


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EDITORIAL

This is definitely the golden era in Nigerian sports. You won fairly and convincingly and we are very proud of you. This victory is for Africa and the beginning of revival in the nation’s football. Let this victory be a start off point for you, your family and your country. “We have been conquering the world at U-17 level there is no reason why we cannot win at the senior level. This is a world class team and must remain champions from category to category.” Those were the words of a delighted President Goodluck Jonathan Sunday night at a presidential reception in honour of the victorious Golden Eaglets, who not content with just emerging FIFA U-17 World Cup champions did so in grand style by setting records even Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, all former cadet teams champions, must envy: The Eaglets became the first team on earth to win the prestigious trophy for the fourth time (they won the maiden edition in 1985, 1993, 2007), scored 26 goals- the highest since the inception of the tournament in China in 1985. Besides, the Eaglets won the Fair Play trophy, the Most Valuable Player trophy through Kelechi Iheanacho, who also clinched the silver ball narrowly missing the golden boot by a marginal goal, Dele Alampasu won the Golden Gloves- as the best goalkeeper. The feats meant Nigeria clinched not just the highest honour in the tournament but became the first country in the history of the FIFA cadet competition to win all but a top prize. True, like President Jonathan said, the Golden Eaglets won fairly and convincingly in all the matches. However, their wins were beyond doubt as they trounced title holders Mexico twice with generous scorelines (6-1, 3-0), humbled Iraq (5-0), Iran (4-1), Uruguay (2-0) Sweden (3-3, 3-0) to convince doubting Thomases of their superior depth and firepower and even team and individual

brilliance. That the Eaglets had the capacity to tame their peers to rule the world was palpable at the CAF championship where but for sheer naivety and perhaps exuberance they conceded victory on penalties to their physically intimidating Junior Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire in the final in Morocco, just three months after the Super Eagles stunned Africa to win the Nations Cup in South

Golden Eaglets set tone for national revival

Peoples Daily urges national leaders to learn from the lads who though from different ethnic groups and faiths saw themselves firstly as a bunch dedicated to a sole purpose

Africa. Apart from delectable skills, the Eaglets exhibited character and discipline throughout the tournament, and played strictly by the rules. Little wonder they had the least number of cautions; six yellow cards in all. As accolade of praises for the lads and technical crew pour in spearheaded by an appreciative nation which responded to the honour done her by awarding them cash and national honours, we cannot fail but note that the team had painstakingly been subjected to strategic planning prior to the CAF and later FIFA fiestas. The results have been the convincing performances which many fair weather friends are suddenly capitalizing on to identify with the team. That of course is instructive. Were all spheres of national endeavour meticulously

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and painstakingly planned and executed, the motley of failed national projects and haphazard approach to delivery of essential services perhaps would have been greatly reduced. The courage of the Eaglets, their commitment to set goals and sheer determination to attain them as evident by their resolve, especially after being physically intimidated by their bigger but less tactical opponents- Swedes- to rekindle their depth and adopt a more cohesive approach to subsequent matches surely need be taken to heart by leaders of the various sectors of the nation’s socioeconomic cum political spheres. While the nation celebrates the lads, care must urge the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)- the body which has the legal status to organise and administer football- to adopt a proactive approach that ensures they are kept intact and monitored and therefore prevented from greedily signing slavish foreign contracts in the guise of going professional. They need to be groomed, nurtured and further exposed to international competitions. We suggest that the bulk of the players be graduated into the Flying Eagles and subsequently further chiseled ahead of the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio, Brazil. This requires strategizing meticulously to ensure that the players remain a united force; continue to horn their skills in domestic league and then from time to time are called up to camp so that they can stregthen their cohesion. Peoples Daily urges national leaders to learn from the lads who though from different ethnic groups and faiths saw themselves firstly as a bunch dedicated to a sole purpose: win the FIFA U-17 trophy and worked hard to achieve just that. That indeed is the summary of the quest of these toddlers, who stood taller than their peers at the world stage and therefore re-engineered the path to national revival and eventual greatness. Hurrah our Golden Eaglets!

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Opinion

Nigeria: A state of no infrastructure By Bámidélé AdémóláOlátéjú

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n the last three weeks, I have been crisscrossing Nigeria and the dilapidated state of our country’s infrastructure confronts me in every state I visited. A lot can be inferred about the health of a nation going by the condition of its infrastructure. What does Nigerian infrastructure say about Nigeria? The unvarnished truth is that Nigeria has no infrastructure, the sparse ones we have are in advanced stages of decay. At this point, Nigeria’s infrastructure is held together by rusted iron, crumbling concrete and of course our national pastime – prayers. Our roads are a disgrace and the few bridges and overpasses look like they could collapse at any moment. Our power grid is ancient, the Kainji dam and its outdated turbines look like relics from an old civilization while thermal stations like Egbin are in a precarious state. We have no sewage treatment system; gallons of untreated sewage overflows into the streets from open sewers and canals making Nigeria one of the dirtiest nations on earth. We have no modern way of disposing garbage other than throwing them into rivers and dumping them anywhere anyhow on the streets. Our drains are overflowing with plastics, the lagoon and our rivers are polluted with human waste and effluents discharged by manufacturing concerns causing serious ecological problems to aquatic life. The Murtala Muhammed International, Aminu Kano By Jibrin Ibrahim ower is deceitful and often, people in power think they can do anything they want. It was the French philosopher, Rousseau, who warned that even the strongest is not strong enough to remain master except they can turn force into law and obedience into duty. We live in a Nigeria where the police, the major agent of the rule of law is engaged in reckless harassment of people they perceive to be the enemies of the President. On 3rd, November, they even had the effrontery to invade the Kano State Governor’s Lodge to disrupt the discussions the G7 Governors were engaged in. They have consistently harassed the Rivers State Governor and even prevented his free movement in the state where he is supposed to be the chief security officer. In addition, the Police Commissioner of the State has made a point of being rude and abusive to the Governor and demands to remove the

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International, Nnamdi Azikiwe International airports are national monuments of shame and symbols of decay. The Tincan and Apapa seaports are clogged with far more traffic than they were ever designed to carry. Yankari Game Reserve and other national parks and recreation areas have been terribly neglected and our railroads are a running bad joke. Drinking water systems all over the country are dated with rusty pipes carrying contaminated water into homes where it exists. Most of the country, including the overrated ghettoes of Maitama in Abuja, Lekki in Lagos, subsists on boreholes, unregulated. We can sit down in grand delusion as the lame African giant but the world has since left us behind. At a time when we should be playing catch-up and invest significantly on new infrastructure, our spending on infrastructure is actually tending towards zero. Of course, we can’t have any extra money to spend on infrastructure when 70% of our earnings go to support a bloated civil service and greedy politicians. The politicians are busy paying themselves obscene salaries, allowances and entitlement

packages while our national infrastructure is literally falling apart all around us. In the course of my travel, I observed the following about Nigeria’s decaying infrastructure. Where did we go wrong? What is wrong is that we have become a very materialistic society that is obsessed with primitive acquisition and extra short-term thinking. Investing in infrastructure involves longterm planning for everyone – an exercise in majority good. Unfortunately, Nigerians are only concerned and focused on what is happening right now and on instant gratification. We have become a “nownow” and “sharp-sharp” society whose only concern is the present with sufficient disregard for the future. The politicians are even better skilled than those who elected them. They are only focused on the next election cycle and the stealing or conversion of public funds. They will rather pilfer our commonwealth to buy private jets and build golf courses in the Belize or the Cayman Islands than pave the road to their villages. When contracts are ever awarded, it is at enormously inflated costs with so much corruption and waste. The government certainly

“Decaying infrastructure is symptomatic of Nigeria’s decay as a country because we are decaying in just about every other way that it is possible for a society to decay. We are decaying physically, morally, politically, mentally, economically, emotionally and spiritually. This country is a complete and total mess.

spends a lot of money, but very little of that money is spent wisely. A lot of the money that could be going toward building our infrastructure is stolen or spent on outrageous salaries and political jamborees. With all the stealing going on, we do not have the money we need for maintaining and expanding the nation’s infrastructural base. We have to take up more debt if we have to build infrastructure at a time when the federal, state and local governments are all struggling to stay afloat in an ocean of red ink. While traveling, the question that comes often to my mind is – - Who cares? There is unprecedented lead poisoning in Northern Nigeria threatening the neurological wellbeing of children especially in the state of Zamfara due to unregulated mining activities and lack of mining infrastructure. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) are scrambling to help while our leaders fiddle. Scores of children are going deaf, blind with promise of future reproductive and cognitive problems without our government showing any care. Who cares? Who cares about the effect of Bisphenol A (BPA) leaking into our so-called pure water (the choice of millions) from the plastic? An alternative people have taken to because the government has failed to guarantee safe drinking water to its citizens. Who cares about the environmental impact of indiscriminate borehole drilling

Dangers of partisan Nigeria Police said Commissioner have been ignored. The police even attempted to stop former Governor Goje from entering Gombe on the grounds that he had too many supporters following him. The police appear to be systematically impeding the process of political organisation by the opposition while aiding and abetting that of the PDP led Governments. By so doing, they are fast losing their neutrality. The fear today is that we are witnessing the dress rehearsal in the use of the police as a repressive tool to distort the 2015 elections. No wonder the

G7 Governors had to describe the police as the armed wing of the PDP. The involvement and employment of the police in conducting partisan elections will politicize the force and make them lose credibility in the eyes of Nigerians. It will destabilize the efforts to professionalise the police force. The police authorities must rise to the challenge of refusing to be used as punitive and repressive tools of the ruling political party. The impact of partisan intervention or non-intervention by the police can be destructive on our democracy.

“The police appear to be systematically impeding the process of political organisation by the opposition while aiding and abetting that of the PDP led Governments. By so doing, they are fast losing their neutrality”.

This weekend, President Goodluck Jonathan declared in Guinea Bissau that the era of military intervention in politics in Africa is over. We live in a continent where “it is fashionable for the military to embrace the protection, preservation and total respect for constitutional order and democracy.” The President is absolutely correct. For law enforcement agencies to continue to play their constitutional role however, it is imperative that they are not used in a partisan manner. Once they are pushed into partisanship, they lose their neutrality and can easily become actors in the political game. Those in power should avoid playing with fire. The fact of the matter is that the Nigeria police face a political and constitutional dilemma because of the constitutional provisions, which place the control of the police on the shoulders of an elected executive

and tapping of our finite aquifers? Who cares about the threat of arsenic seeping into drinking water from aquifers due to hydraulic fracturing? Who cares about the dumping of toxic waste from medical supplies, computers and electronics with known carcinogens in residential areas without any form of expert handling because the country has no modern waste handling and disposal infrastructure? Who cares about toxic and radioactive effluents discharged daily by transnationals into the lagoon and its effect on the food chain and the ecosystem? Who cares about the intense desertification of our northern fringes? Who cares that factories have relocated to Ghana in search of stable electricity? Our problems in Nigeria are legion. Where do we begin? Decaying infrastructure is symptomatic of Nigeria’s decay as a country because we are decaying in just about every other way that it is possible for a society to decay. We are decaying physically, morally, politically, mentally, economically, emotionally and spiritually. This country is a complete and total mess. What is happening to our infrastructure on the outside is a reflection of what is happening to Nigeria on the inside. We are livin’ la vida loca. For how long? Who cares? Get used to rotting, crumbling and decaying infrastructure. What is out there right now is only just the beginning. Twitter @olufunmilayo, olufunmilayo @ gmail.com president who is also the leader of his political party. Section 215 of the 1999 Constitution gives powers to the president, acting on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council to appoint the Inspector General of Police (IGP). Under sub-section 3 of section 215 of the Constitution, the president is also empowered to give lawful directives with respect to the maintenance of law and order to the Inspector General of Police and he shall comply or cause them to be complied with. There is an equivalent provision in section 215 (4), which creates such relationship between a State Governor and a Commissioner of Police but this is today disregarded, at least for Governors that are in the opposition. Our challenge is that the constitutional framework we have makes it possible, at least in practice, for the President to give an unlawful directive
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Opinion

Political parties and legislative autonomy (I) By Atiku Abubakar

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t is remarkable that you are having an Africa legislative summit here at Abuja, Nigeria in 2013. Fifteen years ago this summit could not have taken place here, and indeed in most of Africa. Then, law-making in large swaths of Africa was in the hands of dictators, both military and civilian. It is a significant milestone that much of Africa is under democratic rule today. Given Nigeria’s significance in Africa as a leader in the struggle to end foreign rule and apartheid, as guarantor of peace and as a theatre in the struggle to end dictatorial rule and restore democracy, it is quite fitting that you are holding this conference here. I sincerely thank Nigeria’s National Assembly and its National Institute for Legislative Studies for hosting and organizing this conference. A conference such as this is vital for the growth and development of democracy on our continent. It will enable our legislators to share experiences across their boarders and borrow best practices and avoid pitfalls from the experiences of others. It will hopefully enable healthy interaction and sharing of experiences and concerns among legislators, business leaders, government officials and other interested parties. I heartily welcome all the delegates from our sister countries in Africa and those who have made the journey from the Caribbean and other parts of the world. I hope you will be enriched by this conference and that you will enjoy Nigeria’s hospitality. Permit me to say that the topic which has been assigned to me, “Political Parties and Legislative Autonomy,” is quite appropriate

and timely. Many of Africa’s democracies, including Nigeria’s, are quite young and, therefore, have challenges of defining the boundaries and contours of their various institutions, including their legislatures. Most of our political parties, especially in multiparty jurisdictions

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are also rather young and are grappling with issues of party building, party structures, internal democracy and the nature of the relationship between parties and members, legislatures and political parties and political parties and government as well as among parties themselves. Such challenges often lead to conflicts among those institutions, agencies and individuals. And those conflicts are sometimes severe enough to affect governance and threaten the stability of the polity. The recent (and indeed ongoing) struggles between the White House and the Republican Party dominated House of Representatives show that conflicts between different arms of government is not peculiar to Africa or young democracies. As any follower of Nigeria’s young democracy knows, the nature of the relationship among the arms of government have been quite challenging as the various arms, especially the legislature and executive, struggle to understand their role and powers, and vie for “territory,”as it were. To be sure, our democracy is young. But it

is also the case that we have not often taken adequate steps to deepen it. Clearly the legacy of authoritarian rule has not yet been overcome in Nigeria and many other African countries. This is not only because authoritarian rule lasted very long in Nigeria and other African countries but also because many of the key power wielders in our recent history continue to play important roles in the continuing transition to democratic rule. Therefore, the vestiges of intolerance of opposition and criticism remain quite strong. Also the structure of African economies, with the state as the most important source of economic opportunity, heightens the struggle for state power and helps to shape the relationship between parties and members, among parties and among the various arms of government. Political Parties and LawMaking Law-making by the people’s representatives in a multi-party political system is one way to enthrone democratic rule and deepen democracy. Under the system, political parties, made up of people who share broadly

similar visions and ideas about governing society, contest for power. Thus political parties are critical for democratic governance. They provide spaces for the articulation of ideas and visions for the governance of society

for members who broadly share similar visions and ideas. Properly organized and managed, political parties would be vehicles for citizen participation in the political process, the organizing centres of discourse, debates, and contentions by members and consensus moulding for core positions. Through their mechanisms for member interaction, debates, contests and even discipline, parties try to get their interests represented in the legislature. Internal democracy in political parties is, therefore, critical to allow for free expressions by all members and for various tendencies to find space for expression. Thus, political parties are not monoliths; they often contain individuals and groups with varying tendencies, ideas, interests and aspirations. In multi-ethnic, multi-religious societies such tendencies, interests and aspirations sometimes take on ethnic, religious, regional and, of course, class dimensions. This is why, as many Nigerians know, I have been a strong advocate of a two party system for Nigeria, a country

which has these aforementioned fault lines. A two-party system would help to narrow differences among parties as a great deal of differences would already be sorted out within each party. Through legislation political leaders seek to give legal backing to their vision of society, their programmes and policies. The legislative process allows the vision, programmes and policies of one party, group or individual to contest against those of others. The oversight function of the legislature is another avenue for parties to ensure that their vision of society, as expressed in legislation, is adhered to. In presidential systems, the autonomy of the three arms of government is deemed important for checks and balances and accountability. In parliamentary systems, where the members of the cabinet are also members of the legislature, legislative autonomy assumes a different form. In that system the parliament is supreme. The autonomy of the different arms to carry out their functions is essential because they have specific functions assigned to them by the constitution. It would be inappropriate, for instance, for the Executive and Judiciary which have the responsibilities to execute and interpret the laws respectively, to unduly interfere in the manner in which the laws are made. That is why some independence of the law-making arm is essential. Atiku Abubakar, GCON, is former Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria and made this Presentation at the Plenary Session of the Africa Legislative Summit 2013, organized by the National Assembly at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

IDB Loans: The tactlessness of ‘Save Adamawa State Movement’ By Yakubu Musa

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ondemnable intolerance, pettiness and bigotry is what Save Adamawa State Movement (SASM) seem to represent. Just like a militant group, it is claiming to salvage Adamawa but it is the one in dare need of salvation, and it needs to be salvaged fast, before it drags the people of Adamawa to the brink. Many people in Adamawa are today trying to figure out the sense and rationale in one of the reasons given by SASM, which is trying to stop a loan for Adamawa state Government from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), for the construction of three Science Secondary Schools, evenly spread among the three senatorial zones of the state. SASM, under the pretext of constitutionality, said Adamawa, being “a multi

religious and multi-ethnic state, highly sensitive or volatile on religious issues” must not get the loan from IDB being an Islamic Bank! How can anybody with common sense conclude that science schools built for Christian and Muslim students with an interest free loan from an Islamic bank could constitute a threat? This is a big low for any group that thinks that way and such group

can best be described as the new face of militancy. Militants will also hope and pray that SASM succeeds in its quest so as to gather the needed momentum to take on President Goodluck Jonathan for including Adamawa state among beneficiaries of Federal Government 64 Almajiri schools knowing fully well that the state is “highly sensitive and volatile as regards religious

under the pretext of constitutionality, said Adamawa, being “a multi religious and multi-ethnic state, highly sensitive or volatile on religious issues” must not get the loan from IDB being an Islamic Bank

issues! On a serious note, members of SASM need to know that relying on ethno-religious sentiments as a life crutch at the slightest opportunity to score political gains, no longer excites the public. What the public needs now, are justice, peace and good governance. If an Islamic, Christian, Pagan or Idol Bank can offer loans to support good governance and service delivery, it should be collected without qualms. What will SASM say for last week’s subscription to Islamic Bond known as Sukuk by the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, a leader of a Christian dominated country? It is also on record that Anambra, Niger and Gombe states of Nigeria have benefited from IDB loans as well as Nigeria as a nation. Nobody says interest groups should not probe or criticize government activities. Vibrant

opposition is always a welcome development in a democracy, but a situation where some people cannot offer it without petty sentiments is totally unacceptable. Adamawa comprise Christians, Muslims and many tribes. You find intermarriage between Muslims and Christians in Adamawa just as you find Muslims and Christian from the same family and tribes. This decision by God that made Adamawa so wonderful should not be threaten by any group under whatever guise. In great Adamawa, we celebrated the Centenary of Modibbo Adamawa, and so also in great Adamawa we celebrated the Centenary of Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, where both Muslims and Christians congratulated each other for the successes in cont on page 15


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Comment

Mark, Tambuwal, Maikasuwa and the new NASS By Austin Asadu

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s governmental institutions go, the National Assembly is unique as it consists of a political and administrative leadership with regular staff and political aides numbering over 7,000 consisting of directorates, departments and committees both standing and ad-hoc. With this complex organizational scenario, tension and contention has arisen in the past between the political and administrative leadership with allegations of high handedness, imposition, despotism disloyalty and insubordination ruling the waves. Fortunately, the present 7th National Assembly has been marked by a refreshingly high degree of trust, mutual cooperation, loyalty, camaraderie, respect for constituted authority, transparency, accountability and due process in the conduct of legislative, administrative, operational duties and functions. The relationship between the political and administrative leadership has been remarkably free of rancour, acrimony, tension, discord or contention as both arms work in patriotic tandem and unison geared towards moving both the National Assembly in particular and the nation in general to optimum heights. One of the principal reasons responsible for the cordial relationship between the two critical arms of the NASS leadership lies in the profile, personality, character trait, academic and professional experience, vision and leadership exemplar of the political arm led by the Chairman of the National

Assembly and President of the Senate, Dr. Alechenu Bonaventure David Mark, (GCFR) the Vice Chairman, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dr. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (CFR) and the administrative leadership superintended by the Clerk to the National Assembly, Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa (OON). For one, Senator David Mark is a highly experienced, skillfully motivated, dedicatedly patriotic and supremely mature and confident elder statesman who has served the country in numerous capacities as a gallant soldier, governor, minister and presently fourth term senator as well as Senate President for a record shattering two terms. At critical periods in the nation’s history, Dr. David Mark has stood out to be counted as a steadfast patriot and stalwart leader who against all odds resisted the forces of atavism and reaction bent on tearing the country apart. Most famously in the tenuous last days of the ailing President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, a courageous and forthright Senator David Mark authored the iconic ‘doctrine of necessity’ resolution which

paved the way for the ascension to power of then Vice President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. Many both within and outsiders Nigeria’s shores hailed the adroit leadership and dexterous statesmanship of Dr. David Mark at that crucial period of the nation’s history which went a long way in stabilizing and consolidating democracy for generations to come. On his own part, the venerable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has made his mark as a first class legal luminary and eminent jurist who rose to the top most position in the House through overwhelming support of a bi-partisan consensus that decided he was the best man for the job without regard to party, primordial or sectional considerations. As House Speaker, Rt Hon. Aminu Tambuwal has not disappointed his teeming supporters both within and outside the Assembly as he continues to relentlessly champion the cause of the poor and disenfranchised in society. He has led a proactive and vibrant House to beam its search light on the activities of the MDAs in order to

“With this complex organizational scenario, tension and contention has arisen in the past between the political and administrative leadership with allegations of high handedness, imposition, despotism disloyalty and insubordination ruling the waves”.

ensure that waste, fraud, mismanagement and corruption be drastically, weeded out from the system. His activist and egalitarian posture has definitely earned him some hardened adversaries in the nation’s bureaucracy, but seasoned political observers have noted that as far as he continues to serve the ends of fairness, equity and justice, he may not have anything to fear from those whose ox he has had to gore in the process of moving the House and the nation to the next level. As the head of the administrative arm of the National Assembly, a seasoned Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa, himself a distinguished alumnus of NIPSS, Kuru, Jos, has so far demonstrated a keen sense of institutional, bureaucratic and administrative acumen, foresight, diligence and fortitude and has never allowed any personal or pecuniary interest to interfere with his avowed goals of transforming the nation’s apex legislature to meet the exacting standards of even the most advanced and most accomplished parliaments in the ancient democracies of the global order. The revolutionary approach he has adopted in entrenching transparency and due process in the system of promotions, staff deployments, contract awards and procurements has earned him deserved kudos from stakeholders, editorialist and apparatchiks alike. While maintaining a cordial and friendly tone with all across the political divide, an impartial Alhaji Maikasuwa has adopted a strictly apolitical stance favouring none at all which has

earned him grudging respect and even admiration from all the political actors and factions that crisscross the National Assembly landscape. What has actually crystallized the smooth working relationship between Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa and his political superiors has to do with the semblance in character, intellectual mien and comportment of the CNA and the Chairman and ViceChairman of the National Assembly. Dr. David Mark, Barr. Aminu Tambuwal and Alhaji Salisu Maikasuwa have a refreshingly enlightened approach to legislative and administrative business, running an open door policy whereby views, opinion; even dissenting ones are welcome and even encouraged as a way of gauging the mood of the staff and citizens at large. The dynamic trio is intellectually sound, agile and adept at ventilating and distilling ideas, policies and programs geared towards enhancing organizational and institutional effectiveness and efficiency. Another positive attribute of the heads of the two arms of the NASS has to do with their deep patriotic fervour and commitment to the unity and stability of the Nigerian State and have gone a long way in enthroning multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-sectional and multi-cultural harmony, co-operation, tolerance and dialogue throughout the length and breadth of the NASS landscape. Austin Asadu, a Public Affairs Consultant, wrote in from Garki Abuja.

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gospel activities and peaceful coexistence of the two religious bodies. What we need in Adamawa is peace, tolerance and dialogue in settling our differences and not somebody or group would promote divisibility. Inspector General of
Police, who is employed by him, and has power to dismiss him, is likely to obey. More likely, we may be witnessing the leadership of the police going out of their constitutional role to please a President to whom they feel grateful for their appointment. Whatever the situation, we cannot grow and consolidate our democracy if we do not develop a non-partisan police system. During the First Republic, the NPC regime of Tafawa Balewa declared a State of Emergency in the Western Region to give the police full “freedom” to

Infact, the recent launching of the Social Re-integration Group (SOREG) in Adamawa, to promote tolerance and check the excesses of bigots from all sides of the divide came at the right time. SOREG needs to hit the ground running now that we have a self appointed watchdog

group trying to provide people with something sentimental to worry about even if that does not get the people anywhere. My advice to SASM is that, if it really wishes Adamawa well, then it must stop dragging religion into politics. It should realise that sowing sentiments

under any guise is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. Christianity says, “Love thy neigbour as you love thyself”, while Islam says, “Whoever does not love for his brother what he loves for himself is not a true Muslim”. Both religions preach love and tolerance. Love

Dangers of partisan Nigeria Police harass the opposition. In the North, the Native Authority Police was used as an instrument to harass and intimidate the opposition and these practices played a major role in eroding the legitimacy of the democratic order leading to regime collapse. During the Second Republic, the police were also used to intimidate the leadership of the opposition states and state police commissioners acted as if they were alternate governors posted to impose the “federal might”.

This created a huge political anomaly as state governors are supposed to be in charge of peace, security, law and order in their states. It is easy for the President to abuse his powers through using the police for partisan political interference but the result is that the whole system becomes discredited and prone to collapse. This is why Presidents must be very careful about how they deploy powers available to them in ways that are

not compatible with the rule of law. The Police Act is clear that the function of the police is to maintain law and order in a nonpartisan manner. We all have an interest in deepening democracy and consolidating the Fourth Republic. Using the police correctly is a key element in this regard. The relationship between the police and elected public officers must be clearly in conformity with the principles of the rule of law. The loyalty of

is the weapon of the future, we should try to outdo each other in showering love and not hate. Finally, people of Adamawa deserve their existing peace. Yakubu Musa, writes from Yolde-Pâté Ward, Yola South Local Government Area, Adamawa state the police must be to the country and not to the serving President. The President appoints the IGP, but the mode of appointment notwithstanding, it is imperative that the police should be loyal only to the Nigerian state and the people and not to the transient functionaries that appoint them. Regardless of the manner of appointment, the IG and his subordinates need to develop a democratic and republican attitude to their duties as officers of the law and not agents of the person that appointed them. Ibrahim writes from Abuja.


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National Dialogue: FCTA receives committee today By Stanley Onyekwere

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Young men hawking different wares, yesterday at Nyanya, in Abuja.

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Abuja land scam: NSCDC denies complicity By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) yesterday claimed that the 61 houses and other property recently confiscated by the Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC) in Abuja, does not belong to the corps but rather to some indicted officers currently under investigation and prosecution by

ICPC. The media had last week reported that the ICPC seized 61 houses and 45 plots of land from NSCDC officials over cases of land racketeering in FCT and Nasarawa state respectively. NSCDC in a statement by its Corps Public Relations Officer (CPRO), Emmanuel Okeh, said that the Commandant General of the paramilitary agency has reiterated that the organisation

was not involved in sales of land and had never at any point in time delegated persons, organisations or agents to do so on its behalf. The statement reads: “The Corps would like to make it unequivocally clear that the afore mentioned 61 houses and other property seized by the ICPC does not belong to NSCDC but rather to some indicted officers who are currently under investigation and prosecution by ICPC as the

seized property are assumed to be acquired from the proceeds of the illegal land sales by the scammers. “The public may wish to note that the Commandant General, upon discovery of the illicit practice, personally took the case to ICPC for an independent investigation and prosecution as part of his resolve to rid the Corps of bad eggs that may contaminate the system built over the years on incorruptible foundation.”

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he Supervising Priest of the Catholic Church of Annunciation Outstation, Kubwa, Abuja, Rev. Fr. Joseph Olisa, has urged Christians to make greater sacrifices and show more commitment in the defence of their faith and do what is right. Olisa, gave the charge during

an interview with newsmen when the church held her 2013 Harvest Thanksgiving and Bazaar, recently. According to the cleric, developments in society today tend to weaken ``our faith in God and our commitment to the Christian faith; but we must not despair but rather make greater sacrifices in the

defence of this faith we profess.” Olisa said such strength to defend the Christian faith and insistence on doing the right things could be drawn from persistent praises and prayers to God. “The message to our congregation and all Christians during this harvest is for them to

remain steadfast, honest and faithful to God at all times,’’ he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the grand finale of the church’s harvest and bazaar theme with theme: “harvest of praise” featured thanksgiving procession by various groups and societies in the church. (NAN)

he Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCT) would today receive the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, as it holds public hearing in Abuja, during which the administration is expected to present 20 recommendations for consideration during the dialogue proper. According to the FCT minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who disclosed this on Monday, when he received a report of an FCT Steering Committee on National Dialogue, in his office at Area 11, Garki, said the proposed dialogue would provide an avenue for FCT residents to air their views. The minister had on November 5 constituted a 26-member FCT Steering Committee on National Dialogue, led by former Minister of FCT, Dr. Aliyu Moddibo, to come up with recommendations on problems faced by the city since its creation. A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the minister, Muhammad Hazat Sule, said the minister who showered encomiums on the committee for timeliness, resourcefulness and credible work done, added that the leadership role of the chairman of the committee was commendable. “FCT is a miniature Nigeria, the rights of all Nigerians will continue to be protected through justice and equity; adding that rights and privileges of residents will continue to be guaranteed”, the statement said. Earlier, Moddibo disclosed that top on the recommendation list was adequate funding for the FCTA to develop its capital infrastructure, resettlement and compensation, as well as employment opportunities for original inhabitants. It would be recalled that President GoodLuck Jonathan inaugurated the Na tional Dialogue Advisory Committee on October 7 to examine and resolve long standing problems hindering nation-building efforts.

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n FCT High Court yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by an Abuja-based company, Rym Property Ltd that accused Bwari Area Council and the chairman of violating the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Delivering judgment on the suit, Justice Yusuf Halilu held that the information sought by the plaintiff did not fall within the FOI Act. Haliru held that the refusal of the Chairman of the Council to forward to the

plaintiff the law setting up the council does not amount to violation of the FOI Act. In dismissing the suit for lacking of merit, the judge said: ``What has that (FOI Act) got to do with the issue in disputes? At best, the plaintiff herein is a busy body that has no cause of action against the defendants. “I shall dismiss the suit for reasons advance above. I so hold.” It will be recalled that the plaintiff had on April 24 sued the defendants through its

counsel, Mr Musa Abdulmuminu, praying the court to declare that the defendants wrongfully denied him client access to information he requested through a letter dated March 13. He said that on February 8, a Toyota Bus belonging to the plaintiff was forcibly stopped by agents of the defendants. “They removed the vehicle number plate because the vehicle had no waste basket; and they forced my client to pay N2, 000

in fine and N4, 000 for the waste basket,’’ Abdulmuminu said. He said that a letter was forwarded to the defendants on March 13 requesting for the law setting up Bwari Area Council. “The letter also requested for the law permitting the area council to carry out vehicle inspection,’’ the counsel said. He added that the defendants failed to provide the required information as provided by the FOI Act. (NAN)


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Stranded members of the Dino Melaye led Anti-Corruption Network when security personnel prevented them from holding their Colloquium on Freedom of Information Act 2011 (FOIA): Demystifying the Complexities, yesterday at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, in Abuja.

A middle-aged man waiting for alms outside Federal Secretariat, in Abuja, recently. A young girl hawking snacks, recently at Area 11, in Abuja

Some of the security personnel at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, yesterday in Abuja.

Mob action against a fraudster, recently at Central Area, in Abuja. Photos: Justin Imo-Owo and Mahmud Isa


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INSIDE FCT COURTS Unlawful dismissal: Former employee sues John Holt

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Two young men hawking banana chips, yesterday at Kugbo, in Abuja.

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‘Prophet’ arraigned for cheating, possession of fake $4,200

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he police have arraigned a prophet, Olasibekan Olayemi, 22, of Utako village, Abuja, in a Karu Upper Area Court in the FCT, for alleged cheating and possession of fake dollars. The prosecutor, Cpl. Isreal Nongo, told the court that one Bolaji Iman of Airport Junction Road, Abuja, lodged a report against the accused at the Apo Police Station on November 1. He also said that Olayemi deceived Iman and Iman’s friend,

Ahmed Isa, by introducing himself to them as a prophet sometime in October. Nongo alleged that Olayemi showed the complainants fake 4,200 dollars (about N672, 000) and deceitfully collected the sum of N500, 000 and N250, 000 respectively from them. He alleged that during investigation, Olayemi admitted to collecting the said fake U.S. dollars from his boss, one Somi of Ekiti State.

The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 324 and 319 of the Penal Code, but Olayemi denied the charges. The defence counsel, Mr. Tajudeen Adebite, applied for bail for his client, assuring the court that a reliable surety would be provided if bail was granted. Nongo, however, opposed the bail, saying that the man the accused claimed to have collected the fake dollars from was still at large and bail might distort police

investigations. He also said that cheating by personation, which attracts five years’ imprisonment, was not an ordinarily bailable offence. The Presiding Judge, Alhaji Umar Kagarko, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N800,000 with a surety in like sum. Kagarko said the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court, and adjourned the case to Jan. 15 for hearing. (NAN)

Man jailed 8 weeks for attempting to steal

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Karu Chief Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a 55-year-old electrician, George Gaude, to eight weeks imprisonment for housebreaking and an attempt to steal. The magistrate, Mrs. Hadiza Shagari, sentenced Gaude after he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal trespass.

She, however, gave the convict an option to pay N2, 000 in fine. The convict admitted to entering the house of the complainant, Segun Amos, with the intention of stealing. “I was informed by my eldest child that my wife is sick and on admission in hospital. “I had no option than to

attempt to burgle his house (complainants) when I noticed he had gone to work to see if I could steal something to sell. “I beg never to repeat such offence again; it was the devil that pushed me,’’ Gaude said. The prosecutor, Cpl Pascal Njoku, had earlier told the court that the convict trespassed into the house of the complainant

who is a federal civil servant in an attempt to steal. Njoku said the convict was arrested by neighbours who noticed strange noise coming from the house, knowing that the complainant had gone to work. He said the neighbours raised an alarm which led to the arrest of the convict. (NAN)

Court issues warrant for arrest of accused, surety

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ustice Maryann Anenih of an FCT High Court has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of one Sunday Chukwu and his surety, Chima Okechukwu. Anenih issued the warrant at the resumed hearing of the case as Chukwu, an accused, and his surety, Okechukwu, failed to appear before the court to explain reasons for their absence. She also revoked a bail earlier granted to the accused

and ordered for unconditional appearance. “In view of the fact that the accused failed to appear for his trial, the court hereby issues a bench warrant against the accused and his surety. “He is ordered to appear before this court and show cause for his failure to attend his trial,” the judge said. Anenih, therefore, adjourned the case to November 19 for continuation of hearing.

Chukwu was arraigned by the EFCC on a two-count charge of cheating and obtaining N350,000 under false pretext. Earlier, counsel to EFCC, Mrs Mary Onoja, told the court that the case was slated for continuation of hearing, adding that the accused was not in court. “My lord, we presented a production warrant to Kuje Prison for his release, but we received information that the accused was released on bail

sometime in August. “And from the record we have here, one Chima Okechukwu sign the bail bond on behalf of the accused; we also have evidence to show that the letters came from FCT High Court. “My lord, in the circumstances, we pray the court to issue a bench warrant against him, revoke his bail and order him to appear unfailingly to face his trial,” Onoja submitted. (NAN)

former employee of John Holt PLC, Mr. Echezona Nzeribe, has dragged the company before the National Industrial Court, Abuja, alleging unlawful dismissal. Nzeribe, who was an area manager of the company, told the court that he had worked with the company for 15 years before his dismissal. He told the court that he was suspended in June 2012 by the defendant over alleged sale of the company’s generator valued at N2 million by the sales manager. The claimant further explained that the sales manager failed to remit the money to the company’s account. Nzeribe alleged that the defendant suspended him without given him the opportunity to defend himself contrary to the provision of the company’s staff manual. He is also praying the court to order the defendant to reinstate him and pay all his salaries and The Presiding Judge, Justice Peter Lifu, fixed December 5 for hearing, and ordered that all court paper be served on the defendants. (NAN)

Police arraign 3 men for alleged house breaking, theft

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he police have arraigned Abubakar Musa, 18; Hassan Sani, 20, and a 17-yearold boy in a Mararaba Senior Magistrates’ Court for criminal conspiracy, house breaking and theft. The accused, all of Angwan Albarka, Mararaba, are accused of breaking into a house belonging to Mr Hassan Adamu in Angwan Albarka and stealing 18-inch plasma. They are also accused of stealing a TV, Bajay motorcycle, a Nokia C5 and a DVD player. The prosecutor, Cpl. Samuel Okoro, told the court that the matter was reported by Hassan Adamu at the Sani Abacha Road Police Station on October 28. Okoro said that the offences contravened sections 347 and 288 of the Penal Code, but the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Senior Magistrate, Mr. Jeremiah Danladi, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 each and a credible surety in like sum. Danladi ordered that the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court, and adjourned the case to Nov. 13 for continuation of hearing. (NAN)


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NAICOM, NHIS partner on indemnity cover - Pg 21 L-R: Managing Director of Access Bank, Plc Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, Cochairman, Bill & Mellinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates and Chairman, VisaFone, Jim Ovia, after a meeting of Private Sector Health Alliance, held in Lagos on Tuesday.

Group wants Aganga stopped from breaching concession agreement By Patrick Andrew

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he South/South-South/ East Development Group (SSSEDG) has appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to stop the ongoing quest by the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga from reconcessioning the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex even while the initial effort is yet to be fully consummated. Speaking at a press conference

yesterday, the group alleged that the minister was making fresh efforts to reconcession the privatization and concession of the Trade Fair complex even though the exercise was duly completed and handed over to new owners. Leader of the group, Prince Elias Odoemena, said due process was followed in the transaction completed by two former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, late President Umaru

Musa Ya’Adua and President Jonathan (then Vice President and Chairman of National Council on Privatization NPC). “It is surprising that after the Consortium Aulic Nigeria Limited had fully paid the required entry fee and commencement fees and had their concession agreement signed by all concerned in 2007, Dr Aganga has commenced fresh moves to revisit an issue that was concluded and sealed by the two former presidents,” he said.

AfDB launches e-consultation on its new governance strategy

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he African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a Web consultation on its new Governance Strategy for 2014-2018, aimed at receiving feedback from all its stakeholders on their expectations on the Bank’s future governance interventions. “The vision of AfDB is that Africa is governed by transparent, accountable and responsive governments with strong institutions that are capable of driving inclusive and sustainable growth,” said Lobe Ndoumbe, Governance and Financial management Director, at the

launch of the web consultation. AfDB’s new governance strategy is based on the AfDB Group’s Strategy for 20132022 in which governance and accountability are among the core operational priorities, to be mainstreamed across the Bank. AfDB’s “Governance Strategic Direction and Action Plan 20142018” (GAP II) is built on three objectives. It seeks to strengthen governments’ capacity for transparent and accountable use of public resources and citizens’ ability to hold governments to account. It also seeks to improve

outcomes in the sectors and citizen’s ability to monitor them. It also aims at promoting a business enabling environment which supports Africa’s socio-economic transformation, job creation and financial inclusion. The fight against corruption in both the public and private sectors will prevail in all its operations. Through its web consultation, AfDB seeks to inform all stakeholders on its proposed governance strategic directions for 2014-2018 and to receive feedback on their expectations on its future governance interventions. (Source: AfDB)

According to the group, the Aganga’s move to hand over the Trade Fair Complex to another company would embarrassed Nigeria before the international community, adding that the action if it is eventually accomplished was capable of portraying the country as unserious and therefore unstable for business to thrive. The group said that Aganga’s interference in the process had been affecting the smooth take off by the consortium that won the complex and their foreign partners, adding that the consortium might be forced to seek legal redress if the minister was not called to order. Peoples Daily’s efforts to reach the minister or any of his aides for their reaction proved abortive.

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MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY How much are you really helping?

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e’re asked to help in almost every sphere of life -- as leaders, colleagues, friends, and family members – but there is a difference between providing help and inflicting it. Even with the best of intentions, sometimes your assistance will just make things worse. Here are three kinds of “help” to avoid giving: The wrong help. Sometimes the only relief you can give isn’t actually what’s needed – offering management, for example, when leadership is what’s necessary.

The right help at the wrong time. For help to be useful, the recipients must be ready for it. It’s easy to misread openness as an invitation, but providing assistance before it has been asked for is ultimately counterproductive. The right help, but too much of it. If you offer support and it’s received with gratitude, you may not know when to stop. Stay attuned to recipients’ ability to make effective use of your services, and stop when they’re no longer helpful. Source: Harvard Business Review


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Abiola-Edewor is ED Corporate Services, not Communication-NDIC By Etuka Sunday

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igeria Deposit I n s u r a n c e Corporation (NDIC) yesterday corrected the earlier report carried on this platform, which addressed Mrs. Omolola Abiola-Edewor as Dr. Lola Edewor, Director, Corporation’s C o m m u n i c a t i o n Department. The Corporation however corrected that Mrs. Omolola AbiolaEdewor is the Executive Director (Corporate Services) of the Corporation and not the Director of the Corporation’s

C o m m u n i c a t i o n Department as was reported. In a statement issued by the Head, Communication and Public Affairs, the Corporation said “our attention was drawn to the report on our Special Day at the just concluded 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair under the headlines: ‘NDIC embarks on rebranding initiative, to meet mandate’.” The statement said “the report which was published on page 8 of Friday, November 8, 2013 edition of your newspaper erroneously described our Executive Director

NPA applauds company for managing ship wastes

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he Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Tuesday commended the efforts of the African Circle Pollution Management (ACPM) in managing waste generated by ships in international and coastal voyages. Capt. Iheanocho Ebubeogu, General Manager, Public Affairs, NPA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that ACPM had been able to contain wastes from ships and prevent environmental pollution. “Since 2003 the company was engaged for a 20-year contract and it has been working within stipulated environmental protection convention, MARPOL 72/78, in evacuating wastes from ships,” Ebubeogu said. He said the ports owned, managed and administered by the NPA were International Maritime Organisation(IMO) solar spots because they hosted safety convention for ships engaged in international and coastal voyages. Ebubeogu said since IMO stood on four trusts of safety, maritime security, environmental protection and human factors in shipping, the NPA was ensuring that ships’ operations did not impact negatively on the environment. “As IMO solar spots, the NPA ensures standard environmental protection by engaging professionals in evacuating the wastes from these ships. “It is the approved manner recommended by the IMO that warranted the port reception facility outfit that NPA initiated as a

public-private partnership. “The NPA has this facility in all the ports to make sure that both liquid and solid wastes are disposed according to the regulations,” he said. Ebubeogu said it was important to control pollution from the source since nature did not mark out management limits for different organisations. “When the tide flows it can carry any pollution from one point to another. This can cause encroachment, but there should be control from the source or origin of the waste,” he said. Ebubeogu said that with NPA’s ‘Tier 2’ pollution control and management status, it was required to have all it took to contain pollution originating from its own limit. He explained that a “Tier 1”status demanded the NPA to ensure that marine platforms within the environment had the facility to contain pollution within. “We maintain the waste management standards because without such facility, the ships would be tempted to dispose their waste overboard. ‘’So we ensure that Tier 1 and Tier 2 are contained,” Ebubeogu said. (NAN) He said the ACPM also made efforts at various times to keep clearing the marine environment of hyacinth pollution. “The company still works to push the water hyacinths which come from River Majidun in Ikorodu and other places to where they are able to take them off to avoid pollution of the environment,” Ebubeogu said.(NAN).

(Corporate Services), Mrs. Omolola AbiolaEdewor who represented the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim as ‘Dr. Lola Edewor’ and as ‘the Director of the Corporation’s C o m m u n i c a t i o n Department’.” “We wish to crave your indulgence to note and correct that Mrs. Omolola Abiola-Edewor is the Executive Director (Corporate Services) of the Corporation, not Director of the Corporation’s C o m m u n i c a t i o n Department,” the statement concluded.

IMF concludes first PSI review in Uganda, says economic outlook favourable

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he International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded the first review of programmes supported by its Policy Support Instrument (PSI) in Uganda, an official has said yesterday. Ms Ana Coronel, Leader of an IMF team that visited Kampala, stated this in a report at the end of the mission. She said that the team met with critical economic stakeholders in Uganda during the review. “The more than five per cent economic growth recovery was driven by public investment, private consumption and stronger activity in telecommunications. “The recovery has been supported by a strong fiscal stance based on implementation of investment projects,’’ he said. Coronel said that growth was projected at more than six per cent in 2013 while inflation was within the target of programme. “The economic outlook is favourable, with low inflation and higher growth, market confidence is set to induce some recovery in credit to the private sector. “Significant investment in hydropower and road projects is expected to stimulate employment and help bring output closer to potential while addressing critical infrastructure bottlenecks.’’ She said the mission welcomed the reinforcement of Bank of Uganda’s independence.


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NAICOM, NHIS partner on indemnity cover From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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he National Insurance Commission has resolve to partner the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to offer health insurance. Consequent upon this, new medical centres may have to provide evidence of the mandatory Healthcare Professional Indemnity Insurance cover to be accredited NHIS. This becomes necessary to ensure full compliance by medical practitioners with the law mandating them to take such cover. Speaking on this after a meeting with agencies at the instance of the Commission, the Commissioner for Insurance, Fola Daniel, said the collaboration

has become imperative in view of the need to protect and provide succour to innocent victims from the errors and mistakes by medical personnel that may result in death and permanent disability, among others, in the course of performing their duties. Daniel, who was represented by the Deputy Director, Authorisation and Policy, Mr Leonard Akah, told the meeting of the Commission’s efforts at ensuring compliance with the provision of the NHIS laws by healthcare providers as it affects the mandatory insurance cover for such medical providers registered with the NHIS. He highlighted the benefits of such insurance cover for the innocent third parties, and also the healthcare provider. He however, urged the NHIS to

collaborate with the Commission by ensuring that all medical centres registered under it, comply with this aspect of the law, noting that the NHIS could make it a precondition for the issuance of certificate of registration to medical centres. The Acting Executive Secretary of NHIS, Dr. Abdulrahman Sambo, said the meeting between the two agencies could not have come at a better time. He expressed the desire of the scheme towards the successful collaboration with NAICOM for the enforcement of the NHIS laws on insurance. Sambo said out of a total number of 3000 medical centres registered with the NHIS across the country, less than five per cent actually have the professional indemnity cover in place for their

personnel. He lent his support to the constitution of a joint committee to facilitate the collaboration in the next two weeks in view of its urgency. Professional Indemnity Insurance cover is part of the six compulsory insurances under the National Insurance Commission’s (NAICOM’s) Market Development and Restructuring Initiative (MDRI) being pushed for implementation. It indemnifies the medical practitioners against legal liability on negligence, error or omission, committed in their professional duties during the period of insurance. It is based on this that NAICOM suggested to the NHIS to make it a precondition for the issuance of certificate of registration by the scheme to medical centres.

Dismantling of pavilions at Tafawa Balewa Square at the end of the Lagos International Trade Fair, yesterday in Lagos.

Photo: NAN

SA Life settles N3.1bn claims in 2012 From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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tandard Alliance Life Assurance Limited has settle claims to the tune of N3.14 billion during the 2012 financial year against N3.82 billion it paid in 2011. Addressing shareholders at firms annual general meeting in Lagos, the company’s Chairman, O’tegaEmerhor, stated that the life underwriting companies despite the harsh business environment with the period, recorded a gross production of N4.3 billion and a profit after tax of N336 million, just as it has indicated plans to source additional equity capital to expand its business. A breakdown of the gross production according to him, showed that the sum of N2.9

billion represents performance in Gross Life premium income (Group and Individual Life businesses) while N1.4 billion came from investment-linked products. The company’s gross life premium of N2.9 billion indicates a 26 percent growth over N2.3 billion achieved in 2011. He further stated that the “company reported operating result of activities of N448.2 million compared with N299 million in 2011. This represents 50 percent growth over that oflast year, while profit after tax of N336 million was recorded in the year under review as against N246 million loss in 2011 (consequent to IFRS conversion from N44 million profit),” noting that “the performance inprofit level was as a result

of management’s continued prudent management of expenses and underwriting expenses during the year.” Emerhor who reported that the company recorded a profit before tax of N384.9 million during the year under review explained that the financial statements were prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as issued by the International Accounting Standard Board in compliance with the regulatory authorities’ directives, noting that the company’s first time adoption of IFRS transition date was January 2011. Explaining the company’s plans for the near future, Emerhor assured the shareholders that “despite the challenges in the

economy and the market in particular, the management was resolute to do the very best to deliver quality result in the years ahead,” noting that “as part of future outlook relating to expansion, your company plans to raise additional equity capital in 2014 in line with current realities.” Also speaking, the Managing Director of the company, Austin Enajemo-Isire, hinted of the challenging business environment under which the sector operated, noting that the success recorded by his company was as a result of the ownership spirit and dedication of the staff. He assured the public of continued quality service, noting that we will, from time to time, roll out products to meet clients’ changing needs.”

The two agencies have concluded plans to set up a joint standing committee to enforce the mandatory Healthcare Professional Indemnity Insurance in the country.

Law Union launches digital marketing From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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aw Union & Rock Insurance Plc. has introduced a digital marketing system aimed at enhancing awareness on the benefits of insurance and makes its products more accessible to the insuring public. According to the Managing Director of the firm, Mrs. Toyin Ogunseye, who said that it was part of efforts of the company to serve its customers better, stated that the company recently engaged the services of a digital marketing consultant, who is working to ensure that the firm becomes accessible through the various digital social media market platforms. “In order to effectively reach out to potential clients and even existing ones, we have embarked on digital marketing,” she said. “Apart from this, we also have other means of making payment easy for our clients like the POS, mobile money, online payments,” she added. Ogunseye said the company had put in place a number of platforms for this purpose, adding that this became relevant because the whole world was going digital in the market place. With these technologies put in place, she said the insuring public could easily buy and pay for their products from any part of the country. According to her, the company has continued to ensure that it meets the expectations of its customers through the provision of insurance products that meet their needs and prompt claims settlement. The managing director said that through competence, innovation and prudence, the firm would continue to satisfy its clients’ needs at all times. Law Union & Rock Insurance is a fully indigenous public quoted insurance company certified by the National Insurance Commission to operate as a general insurance business underwriter. The company is one of the first generation insurance firms to open office in the country and it currently has over N7bn in total assets and shareholders’ fund in excess of N4bn.


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FirstBank expands its pan-African footprint

By Etuka Sunday

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irstBank Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc announced that it has acquired 100% equity interest in ICB Ghana, ICB Sierra Leone, ICB Guinea and ICB gambia from International Commercial Bank inancial Group Holdings (ICBFGH). FirstBank remains the leading bank in the Nigerian banking sector with a Total Asset base of N3.3trillion (US$21.3 billion) as at 30 June 2013. FirstBank in a statement said, the transaction has been effected through the completion of a Conditional Sale and Purchase Agreement with ICBFGH. With the acquisition, FirstBank will consolidate its position as one of the largest corporate and retail banking financial institutions in subSaharan Africa (excluding South Africa). The transaction delivers against FirstBank’s stated ambition to win significant market share, expand its panAfrican footprint and diversify earnings while delivering value to shareholders. The transaction has considerable strategic benefits directly aligned with FirstBank’s growth plans and provides a very strong platform for regional growth as the Bank expands its operations to take dvantage of opportunities across the wider continent. Expansion offers a range of benefits, including new growth options, a diversified and broader geographic earnings profile, reduced country specific risk and enhanced customer benefits. By establishing a footprint in carefully selected African countries, the Bank expects to improve its ability to effectively serve an increasingly international profile of corporate and institutional customers. Across ICB’s West Africa operations First Bank has acquired existing banking operations in four new markets, with 28 branches of which 17 are in Ghana, 5 in Guinea, 4 in Gambia and 2 in Sierra Leone. ICB’s West African operations employ over 600 people and their assets will enhance the Bank’s

AfDB approves 2.9 bn ZAR loan … Acquires ICBFGH as asset base hits N3.3trn to Namibia balance sheet by 1.32%. With are headquartered in Lagos, our geographic revenue base for Walvis Bay while providing enhanced service over 120,000 customer accounts Nigeria. Container Commenting on the delivery to our new customers. and a focus on the mid-corporate, By leveraging the transfer SME and retail segments ICB transaction, Bisi Onasanya, Chief provides clear alignment with the Executive Officer of FirstBank of FirstBank’s, expertise and Terminal said: “The cquisition of ICBGFH execution capabilities, supported Bank’s existing strategic focus. The transaction has the assets in Ghana, Guinea, Gambia by the Bank’s robust risk construction support of the Boards of Directors of each of the banks involved and the relevant regulatory approvals have been obtained. The combined entity will be incorporated into the international banking operations of FirstBank, which

and Sierra Leone fulfils the first stage of our ambitions to steadily build a broader and more diverse footprint across Africa. We are committed to developing a multi-local business model that broadens

management and corporate governance policies, there is a strong opportunity for an appreciable rise in the combined entity’s asset turnover over time while net revenue synergies are set to improve profit margins.”

L-R: Head, Business Development, Stanbic IBTC Pension Manager, Mrs. Nike Bajomo, Chief Executive Officer of Pension Manager, Dr. Demola Sogunle, Guest Lecturer/Chief Executive Officer, Star Bright Consulting Ltd, Dr. Olumuyiwa Olu-Ayeni, and Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Trustees Ltd, Mrs. Binta Max-Gbinije, during Stanbic IBTC Pension Manager Pre-Retirement Seminar, recently in Lagos.

10 vessels wait to berth at Lagos ports

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he Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on Monday said that 10 vessels with petroleum products had arrived at Lagos ports. The NPA disclosed this in its daily publication, the ``Shipping Position’’. “The vessels will berth at various terminals including Bulk Oil Plant, Single Bouy Mooring, Bulk Oil Plant, New Oil Jetty, Atlas Cove Jetty

and others”. It said that a motor vessel carrying containers had also arrived and was waiting to berth at the APM Terminal. The NPA is also expecting 66 vessels to arrive at various port terminals from Nov. 11 to Dec. 3. It said that of the 66 vessels, 29 of them would arrive with containers, while 13 would arrive with vehicles.

Eleven of the ships would come in with various products like bulk fertiliser and truck heads. Six of the vessels are to arrive with food items including frozen fish and buckwheat, the publication said. The NPA said that four vessels would sail in with general cargo, while the remaining three would arrive with petroleum products including petrol. (NAN)

Brent edges down towards $106 as US crude stocks seen rising

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rent crude futures dropped towards 106 dollars per barrel on Tuesday on expectations of a large increase in U.S. oil inventories. Investors eyed possible economic reforms to be announced by Chinese leaders later in the day. While unsuccessful talks between Iran and world powers at the weekend pulled Brent away from a four-month low hit last week, a strengthening dollar and an expected build in U.S. crude stockpiles weighed on

prices. Brent contract for December delivery was 17 cents lower at 106.23 dollars per barrel at 0736 GMT. U.S. crude was down 25 cents at 94.89 dollars per barrel. U.S. crude oil stockpiles were seen rising by 1.6 million barrels last week, according to a preliminary poll of Reuters analysts. But expectations of higher refinery runs headed into the heating season helped limit a steeper fall in prices.

“Looking at the economic statistics in the U.S., demand should be increasing,” said Yusuke Seta, commodity sales manager at Newedge in Tokyo. “We should see a drawdown in stocks in the coming weeks, as refiners increase runs ahead of the peak winter season.” The U.S. oil inventory data reports this week will be delayed by a day due to the Veterans Day holiday on Monday. Industry group, the American Petroleum Institute, will release its report on Wednesday and

the U.S. Energy Information Administration will publish its data on Thursday. A strengthening U.S. dollar also weighed on oil prices. Following unsuccessful talks over the weekend, investors will also be watching for the next round of talks between Iran and world powers due on Nov. 20. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he hoped an agreement would be signed within months, while London and Tehran revived diplomatic ties. (NAN)

By Chris Alu

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he African Development Bank (AFDB) has approved a total sum of ZAR 2.9 billion Namibian money (US$338 million) as sovereign guaranteed loan for the building of a new container terminal at Walvis Bay New Port by the Namibian Ports Authority. The Bank said the grant is in line with Namibian Ten Year Strategy plan of building infrastructural development in the region, a long side the Bank has also approved UA 1.5 million (US $2.3million) loan for logistics and capacity building in order to complementing the port project loan. According to Namibia’s Finance, Mrs. Sara Kuugongwelwa Amadhila, who received the loan on behalf the Government in Namibia Capital said that the money would help the country to develop its National Development Plan with the aims of positioning the country as a regional logistics hub by the year 2017. She said AfDB is committed in financing big African project with unwavering commitment. Also speaking , AfDB Director of Transport and ICT, Amadou Oumarou: said that the Bank is assisting Namibia in the area of diversification and distribution of port facilities on the southwest coast of Africa, and also providing the much-needed alternative for the region’s landlocked countries.” According to him, the Project is expected to enable Namibian port to triple the containerhandling capacity at the Port of Walvis Bay from 350,000 TEUs to 1,050,000 TEUs per annum. And also finance the purchase of upto-date port equipment and the training of pilots and operators for the new terminal. The grant component will fund the preparation of the National Logistics Master Plan study, technical support and capacitybuilding for the Walvis Bay Corridor Group and training of freight forwarders with particular emphasis on female staff. The project outcome includes improvement in port efficiency and increase in cargo volumes by 70% in 2020 as a result of increased trade in the region. The benefits of the project will include among others, the stimulation of inter-regional trade and regional integration, private sector development, skills transfer and most importantly employment creation, leading to significant economic development and poverty reduction in Namibia, and the SADC region.


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Made-in-Nigeria automobile in the works?

By Ben Adam Shemang

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rom American specifications to German machine, European, Japanese and Korean automobiles, and now India, one question that continues to agitate the minds of Nigerians remains – When will a locally manufactured vehicle be on display for auto shows in Nigeria? The quest and yearning for a fully made in Nigeria vehicle has been long. In the early 1960s, private companies like UAC, Levent is, SCOA, RT Briscoe, and BEWAC, pioneered the establishment of auto assembly plants using Completely Knocked Down (CKDs) or Semi-Knocked Down parts in the country. Some decades ago, there were vehicle assembling plants in the country, as the French vehicle plant, Peugeot, was in Kaduna, Volkswagen of Nigeria (VW)from Germany was based in Lagos, a tractor company in Bauchi, among others. It could be recalled that, as part of efforts to manufacture a Nigerian automobile, the government adopted Peugeot 504 and other locallyassembled models as official cars. The idea then was to transfer technology, believing that Nigerians who were working there, would learn the art of vehicle manufacturing, take over these companies, and thereafter, launch a truly made in Nigerian vehicle. Many of the raw materials were to come in from Itakpe Iron Ore company and the Ajaokuta Steel Complex, the largest complex in Africa and one of the biggest global complexes. These vehicle plants ended up importing either finished vehicles in the country. The lofty intention of Nigeria in the automobile world became a mirage and a ruse. Suddenly, a Nigerian vehicle manufacturer has entered the market and is making waves. This is the Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company (IVC). Sadly, this initiative was not sustained, despite government’s involvement in the industry between 1970 and 1980, after sealing agreements with car plants in Europe to set up vehicle assembly plants using CKD parts in the wake of the growing middle-class. Early this year, I heard about this company, I sought for the brain behind it, it turned out to be Chief Innocent Chukwuma, who is the Chief Executive Officer

In what could be tagged best news out of Nigeria in a while, Innoson vehicle manufacturing company has launched its factory in South-East Nigeria Behold the Made-in-Nnewi, Nigeria vehicle

of the company. He came for an interview with the Voice of Nigeria (VON), where I interviewed for thirty minutes. Even when he spoke extensively about the types of vehicles his company was making, inside me, I had some doubts. However, some events convinced me later. During the last National Good Governance Tour led by the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, the team visited the site and journalists saw vehicles manufactured there. This year again, the All Nigeria Editors’ Conference took place in Asaba, Delta state. On the day of tour of projects by members of the Guild of Editors to see what Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan, it turned out that the vehicles the editors used were from this local manufacturer. I was in the same luxurious bus with members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and with People like Garba Shehu, spokesman for former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Mr. Bolaji Adebiyi, a Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan, Malam Tukur Abdulrahman, the Managing Director of New Nigerian newspapers, among others. When the conference ended, I was privileged to be part of a team that visited the company to see things for ourselves in Nnewi, Anambra state. The General Manager, Mr. Henry Jude Nnamdi Onusogu took us round the company. We saw finished

vehicles of different makes like Sports utility Vehicles SUVs, IVM 65402.7l Buses, IVM5000 Mini Buses, IVM6660 Medium buses and IVM 6800 mini Luxurious buses. These buses have seating capacities of 15, 18, 21, 26, 29, 33 and 45. The company also makes ambulances, pick up vans and IVM5251 series (garbage Compactor) andIVM5003 (swing arm Refuge truck). Inside the company, Mr. Onusogu will gladly take one to all the sections of the company. Each vehicle has a section and production line. One finds irons being turned and cut to shape and size of the portion of vehicle being made, they are further turned to the skeleton of the vehicle, each part fixed, the vehicle begins to take shape, the finishing portion treats the vehicle against rust, electrical fittings are done, washing completed, tyres fixed, the vehicle is washed and rolled out. And thereafter, a driver

test runs it for about hundred kilometres. At the entrance are irons sheet of different shapes, the vehicles already have been designed into different shapes. Panel beaters are there, all working, welders are there doing their best. Engineers in overall wears keep tap on every part of any vehicle and followed from one level of manufacturing to the other – from commencement to rolling the vehicle out for onward delivery to those placing orders. With the public display of some of the vehicles at the 2nd Nnewi International Auto Trade Fair held at the Beverly Hills Hotels (Gabros Sports Complex) in the last quarter of 2009, IVM did not only silence the critics, but made a bold statement about its readiness to achieve the avowed mission of being the first (indigenous) auto maker to produce truly Nigerian vehicles that are affordable and reliable.

And definitely, the prices of vehicles from Innoson motors are cheap because, no one talks of import duties. But the Nigerian should accept this as a home-made gift and should be promoted, especially schools, transporters, the armed forces, ministries and governments at all levels, among others

IVM is today a success story which has attracted effusive commendations and awards from various quarters. Vehicles from IVC were formally shown to the public during the 2nd Nnewi International Auto Trade Fair in November, 2009. On October 15, 2010, President Goodluck Jonathan officially commissioned the company. While declaring the plant open, President Goodluck Jonathan not only hailed Chukwuma for the courage of venturing into an industry many ran away from, but also assured him of government’s patronage from the government. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, in describing the business says: “so far, so good”. A number of west African countries have started patronizing the company. Orders are usually placed for production and with a dedicated workforce, delivery is on schedule. Just of recent, there was an announcement by the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga that a foreign car manufacturer like Datsun will establish vehicle plants in Nigeria. Chief Chukwuma see sit as a welcome development as Nigerians will be able to compare what he has and what foreign companies have. He is however complaining of electricity because no single vehicle can be manufactured with out light. He needs more tax incentives but says the investment climate is

favourable with a workforce, and a large internal market. Among awards given the company are “Nigeria’s Young Global Champion in manufacturing by ThisDay newspaper, 2011, , Special Merit award by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Distinguished Entrepreneurship Award for Indigenous Excellence in automobile manufacturing by NACCIMA, Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), by late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua, Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR), by President Goodluck Jonathan, among many others at home and abroad. Now that the vehicles are manufactured here it is hoped that governments will patronize this company by following the example of the Delta state government. The Federal government has directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)and the National Population Commission to buy their operational vehicles from this local company. This is a gradual implementation of the new policy on Automobile in Nigeria, whereby importation of second hand vehicles, popularly called Tokumbo or Cotonou, will be stopped in the near future. And definitely, the prices of vehicles from Innoson motors are cheap because, no one talks of import duties. But the Nigerian should accept this as a home-made gift and should be promoted, especially schools, transporters, the armed forces,

ministries and governments at all levels, among others. Also recall that a team of Nigerian engineers made up of students and their professors from University of Lagos (UNILAG), University of Benin (UNIBEN), and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, have promised to design, build and test ultra-energy-efficient and environment-friendly vehicles. The quest is under the auspices of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), on behalf of Shell Companies in Nigeria. In what would be a debut entry for sub-Saharan Africa at the Shell Eco-Marathon, three student teams from three Nigerian universities have begun preparation to compete at the 2014 event in Qatar.

Representatives from each team accompanied by their team managers were at the Shell Eco-Marathon in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, recently on a learning visit to acquire knowledge from participating entrants at the event. Shell Eco-Marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra-energy efficient vehicles. With yearly events first in the Americas, then Europe and Asia, the winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. The events have sparked off debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency. A member of the Nigerian

team of engineers, Mohammed Dauda said the Nigerian team will link up the Shell EcoMarathon to the quest for competitive made-in-Nigeria car. According to the university don from ABU, Zaria, “We can link it up because when we participate next year, remember this event is tailored at producing a highly energy efficient car, both prototype and sub-urban concept. All the parts that will be used in making this highly energy efficient car will be fed into our Nigeria car project. In essence, participating in EcoMarathon will help us make a highly energy efficient and sophisticated car. “What I agree with is that Nigeria will be able to make a highly energy efficient car. We might adapt some technologies rather than simply make all of it because it may increase the cost. What I am assuring you is that we will be able to make car in Nigeria. When you say 90 percent, it means all the 90 percent of the materials and inputs will be sourced locally. That I am not sure because we do not have the empirical evidence to show you as it is now.” “We see this as an opportunity as well to rekindle that flame in Nigeria to develop a Nigerian car despite these challenges. Our support is to enable this process to go forward and bring this into the consciousness of Nigerians. Our national pride and also our place in Africa and the world is at stake. It is not good enough to put a car together but it must compete and there is need for creativity and something unique.” Dauda noted that the

Some of the Completely Knocked Down (CKDs) or Semi-Knocked Down parts at the plant

optimism for a 100 per cent made in Nigeria car began as part of the Centre for Automotive Design and Development (CADD). The ABU don explained: “It started as a project called three-wheel project which was started by one of the military regimes. After the three-wheel project was completed, it was tasked with looking at the possibility or feasibility of making a Nigerian car. When it completed its work then, the military administration went ahead to set up CADD and domiciled it in ABU, which was headed by Clement Folayan who was then the Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Dean of Engineering ABU, Zaria. “The detailed work which they started by producing a three wheel vehicle was tailored after the India three wheel vehicle. That was the initial prototype they developed. After that they developed two more four-wheel vehicles, which indeed toured Nigeria. It drove all over the country and ended in Abuja where they presented it to the Minister of Science and Technology then.,” Dauda stated. The university don said that the project was divided into phases. The second to the last demonstrated that essentially a Nigeria car could be made and which has made and demonstrated its capacity of being driven, the university don noted. “The last part of the project was presenting this report: the technical design, the financial analysis, which is the economic analysis to the business community, what they call a stakeholder conference. In

that forum, the stakeholders conference, is supposed to present a made in Nigeria car, a functioning made in Nigeria car to the business community and start the process of commercialising it, which essentially involves setting up a factory by the business community to start the Nigerian car. So that was where we were, it never happened.” “During the Obasanjo administration, he dissolved the CADD and brought that function under the National Automotive Council. As we are now, that function is supposed to be under the National Automotive Council but the business community has not shown interest in developing that. The whole of these activities happened about 2002”, he further said. Dauda however added that a lot of research activity has gone into automotive parts in Nigerian universities, a decade after the CADD was scrapped and assured that with the research output that can be pooled from the Nigerian universities, the team is capable of making even a better car than the one developed by CADD. “Perhaps if the business community is not interested in developing it, government must provide seed money for the school to now build a pilot plant for the production of the made in Nigeria car, then that will in essence be demonstrated to the business community that is a viable venture and they may buy in. That is how all the countries that have built cars started,” Dauda concluded. Ben Adam Shemang is a Deputy Director, Voice of Nigeria (VON).

Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing company is set to produce sundry commercial automobiles, utility vehicles and passenger cars, in collaboration with a consortium of Chinese auto manufacturers.


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Property Surveyor bodies begin merger talks, seek new identity By Stanley Onyekwere

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n a move to respond to government’s calls for the construction industry to work closer together, leadership of professional institutions in the built environment may have commenced discussions to bring all surveying bodies under one single organisation, as is the practice in the United Kingdom. The three surveying professions in Nigeria, namely, the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors (NIS), Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV) and Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS) are independent of each other and guided by different ethics and practice. But under the latest move being championed by the NIQS president, Mr. Agele Alufohai, discussion has been jump-started between quantity surveyors and estate surveyors. Alufohai who confirmed the development at the RICS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme in Lagos said, “discussions are at an early stage. No final decisions will be reached without consulting the members of both bodies.” In his presentation on Mind the Gaps: thoughts on Surveyors in National and International Life at the Luncheon/Annual General Meeting organized by the entity - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Nigeria Group, he suggested the formation of Association of Surveying Bodies of Nigeria (ASBON), which will be a platform for closing the gaps and unifying the bodies. His words: “Internationally, we have the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) speaking with one voice for all surveyors. The story is different here in Nigeria and we can begin to look at various ways of addressing these issues in ways that are acceptable and beneficial to all. By leaving the various operational laws of the three surveying bodies intact, can we think of a unifying name.” Alufohai spoke of two major gaps in the surveying profession, One: the one between quantity surveyors, estate surveyors and land surveyors. “ I believe that by coming together, associating together more often, Nigerians will gradually associate surveying with a single idea. We are simply going to have a bigger voice on national economic issues, both that concern us directly and those that we are qualified to speak about by virtue of our training.

Low-cost housing: New mortgage platform widens affordability net From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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iscourse on the Nigerian property market almost always centres on affordability, which explains the high vacancy rate estimated to be in the region of 20-30 percent in a country with 17 million housing units demandsupply gap. For a combination of reasons including greed and low purchasing power of over 70 percent of Nigeria’s 160 million people, most property developers and investors build for the high-end market where only castles and mansions affordable by the rich in society are put on the market. The few who build for the lowend market where demand is quite high complain of low patronage, low turnover and low margin, all because mortgage which helps buyers in this market to own homes is literally non-existent and/or unaffordable at 20-22 percent (commercial) interest rate.

Interestingly, however, some real estate stakeholders have intervened with mortgage platforms which have widened the affordability net by accommodating the interest of low-income earners to enable them realise their dream of owning homes without overshooting their income, thereby offering hope for both the low-income home buyers and low-cost housing developers. One of such mortgage platforms is being provided by Pison Housing Company, a real estate and housing finance advisory firm acting as mortgage loan originator and strategic developer. According to officials of this company, this scheme, which is developed to provide homes for engaged professionals, civil servants and entrepreneurs with stable source of income, offers various convenient payment schemes for individuals who can meet specific primary requirements. The mortgage plan schedule,

they explain, can accommodate income earners between the N1.2 million and N9 million annual margin, adding that with a down equity contribution of 20 percent, intending homeowners can subscribe for up to 80 percent of their desired property ranging from N2 million to N15 million with an interest rate of 17 percent per annum on the amount borrowed with a tenor of three to seven years. The scheme, however, demands the title document of the property as the collateral while principal repayment is scheduled for monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or yearly depending on the plan subscribed for. The juicy part of the offer is that subscribers can split their balance into a periodic contribution while construction is in progress, thus affording them the opportunity to live in their homes while payment continues. The opportunity also extends

to developers who are willing to build for low-income earners within the said house price bracket. However, just like individuals, some basic requirements must be met such as building plan approvals and land title, but the projects must have reached advanced stage before such funds can be granted. It could be recalled that Abbey Building Society plc, one of Nigeria’s old generation primary mortgage banks (PMBs), was also offering first-time home buyers similar mortgage platform to enable them own homes at the Teju Royal Garden Estate in Lagos. The bank, which is also financing the development of 1,000 affordable housing units comprising 1, 2 & 3-bedroom semi-detached bungalows at the estate situated along Lagos-Badagry Expressway, is offering those wishing to buy from this estate 17 percent fixed interest rate mortgage repayable in seven-10 years.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

PDP headquarters under construction in Central Business Area, Abuja.

Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Facility managers seek inclusion in project development, sustainability From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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acility managers have condemned their exclusion from most project developments in the country, saying the gap which currently exists between them and architects have continuously led to increased difficulty in managing and maintaining most structures after delivery. The managers, under the aegis of African Facility Management Institute (AFMI), said the need for a coherence partnership between project managers, architects and facility managers during project developments would aid innovate aesthetics for easy facility maintenance after project delivery. Speaking at a one-day work-

shop organized for Facility Managers in Lagos, Mohammed (MKO) Balogun, CEO, WSP FMC Nigeria Limited—a facility maintenance company—stressed the need for architects to put the local environment into context when designing buildings. “It is important that architects put into perspective our local environmental conditions and challenges when building in Nigeria so that even after delivery, these structures can be easily managed and maintained by facility managers,” he advised. Continuing, he said, “Facilities and structure management processes must also ensure environmental sustainability, even as the world inches towards a green environment.”

Balogun further stressed the need for effective communication between projects managers, facility managers and clients who will eventually use facilities on delivery while building is in progress. His advice to facility managers is to see their expertise as value adding rather than cost centers, noting that if they localize best practices and standards worldwide to the Nigerian market their clients would see them differently. On tips to ensuring effective facility management, Balogun, highlighted the need for effective documentation, strategic planning, data comparison and analysis. “Regular facility review is very important; because it helps validate records and data which are

key beneficial instruments for any facility manager, as efficiently managed equipment or structure leads to longevity,” he added. The gain in facility management companies merging for big projects was also highlighted by Balogun, noting that “joint bids are encouraged for enormous projects because partnerships are vital to performance contracting and definition of projects outcome from the onset because of the in-depth project evaluation by both teams. “As facility managers, the onus is on us to up the stakes as the world have migrated from methodologies to results, he said, adding that clients are no longer interested in processes but result”.


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Property

APDC Capital Estate, Phase 1: A city within a city By Stanley Onyekwere

ish to taste Some of the features in the estate include: • All the bedrooms are ensuite • All bedrooms have built in wardrobe • All Kitchens come with store and built–in cabinets • All houses have guest toilets (except 1 bedroom flat) Facilities to be included in the estate include; Neighborhood Centre Commercial Centres Recreational centres Banks Crèches, Schools Clinic Police Post Places of worship [/center]

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uy into APDC Capital Estate (Phase 1) Kaba District Abuja. You can’t miss this opportunity of owning an affordable home in Abuja. Estate comprises of; 1,2 and 3 bedroom flats, 3 bedroom Terraces (with and without BQ), 4 bedroom semi detached duplexes are on sale. The estate is located in Kaba District, Phase IV of the FCT, just after kubwa ( a popular satellite town in Abuja). It is being developed by Abuja Property Development Company Ltd (APDC). The Estate is primarily targetted at the following groups of people; 1. Contributors to the National Housing Fund (NHF; this is your golden opportunity to utilise your contributions to the scheme 2. Private individual wanting to purchase a home 3. Buy-to-let investors. Buy multiple units (in blocks) and take advantage of the potential future rental income due from these properties in view of the rising demand for rental property in Abuja 4. Sub developers to take up Carcasses ( in blocks only) to fin-

Karmo Housing Estate

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hese beautiful medium income have been completed and sold. Planned for 56 families and covering approximately a land area of 10,000 sq. m, Karmo Housing Estate is a total deviation from the rigid estate planning concept. Excellently terraced and self-contained, the fifty six (56) units of 2 bedroom bungalows are located in Karmo, Abuja (a suburb, 10 minutes drive from the Wuse district). Beautifully located among already existing life camps and housing estates (Julius Berger, Aprofin, Agura Hotels etc), the estate possesses a suburban scenario away from the ever hectic, busy life of Abuja. Though designed in a cluster formation, each unit is planned to give its occupant a high level of privacy. The estate situated very close to an existing road network is adorned with an efficient network of services (road, water, electricity) to ensure functional living. The arrangement of the units allows ample space for movement in and out of the site, around the estate, parking and green space. Each bungalow has a living room with dinning recess, 2 modest sized bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a kitchen, a front entrance foyer, and a backyard verandah. They also provides privacy within a communal setting.

Payment Plan 1.NHF Contributors: Mortgage finance is available for National Housing Fund (NHF) con4 Units of 3 Bedrooms flat for sale Kumasi Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja Property Description: 4 units of 3 bedrooms flat all rooms en-suite with attached ensuite 1 room BQ for each flat! Sitting on about 900sqm land. Located @ wuse 2 on a corner piece in a Serene environment of Wuse II Abuja. It is very suitable for either residential or quiet office purposes! Presently under renovation but for sale as it is incase new buyer wants to re-model. Property Features: Type: Detached Duplex Bedrooms: 3 Total Area: 900 m2 Covered Area: 900 m2 Marketed By:Metal Bricks And Mortar Structures Ltd, Plot 696-8 Ubiaja, Garki Ii, Abuja, Nigeria Website: http://winnersproperty. estateagentsng.com For More Inquiry Call: 08038390534 08137196385 1000 square metres of Estate Land Garki New Town, Apo, Abuja Property Description: Estate land for sale at Apo resettlement by shop rite 1000sqm of land approved to construct 5bedrooms fully detached duplex with infrastructures on-going selling. Offer lasts till property is sold. Price: N6,000,000 Marketed By: Metal Bricks and Mortar Structures Ltd Plot 696-8 Ubiaja, Garki Ii, Abuja, Nigeria (Content from Nigeria Property Centre)

tributors and anyone interested in mortgage financing. Interested buyers should apply to APDC for further processing with Abbey Building Society or their preferred Primary Mortgage Institution (PMI). 2.Non National Housing Trust Fund subscribers contributors Outright Payment: 100% upon application attracts 5% discount for the 1st 50 customers , or pay in installments as follows; a. 1st Installment: 30% upon application b. 2nd Installment: 30% within 3 months of initial payment c. 3rd Installment: 30% within 3 months of second payment d. 4th Installment : 10% upon completion (before handover For Further details, contactAisha +234 7045000496 Bello +234 8176139837 Mairo +234 8159501081 Gabriel +234 7036649043.

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Audi A5 offers more than mere surface charms

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uxury coupes have a certain sex appeal. Perhaps it’s their defiant lack of practicality that gives them such a glamorous edge. The 2014 Audi A5 is one of the more fetching choices in this comely bunch and it offers more than mere surface charms. This shapely twodoor impresses in almost every way imaginable. Some cars present a beauty that’s

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somewhat of an acquired taste, but this is not the case with the A5. Its sheet metal boasts an allure that’s easily understood. This stylish refinement is also reflected in the cabin, which is one of the most deluxe and eye-catching interiors in the segment. The A5 continues to inspire praise on the open road, with sure-footed handling that makes you want to take the long way home. It even has a sensible streak, in the form of strong fuel economy. And drivers who frequently face intemperate weather will appreciate its available all-wheel drive. Under the hood is a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While this engine might seem puny relative to the six-cylinders that dominate the segment, in reality, the A5 is only slightly slower than its rivals under full acceleration. If you crave more power, you could always look at the Audi S5 and Audi RS 5, both of which offer improved performance and sharper handling. The 2014 Audi A5 is in many ways an ideal luxury coupe, and it has the goods to please a wide range of buyers in this segment. With competition like the BMW 4 Series, Infiniti Q60 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, this Audi isn’t exactly going up against lightweights. Still, it stands out even among this distinguished lineup by offering a thoughtfully calibrated blend of luxury and The 2014 Audi A5 is offered in four-passenger coupe and Cabriolet (convertible) body styles. All cars are sold in a base Premium trim level, and from there you can choose whether to add the Premium Plus and Prestige option packages, which dictate the availability of other option groups. The base A5 Premium trim

level comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof (coupe), automatic lights and wipers, trizone automatic climate control, leather uphol-

The range-topping Prestige package includes the MMI Navigation Plus package and adds adaptive headlights, a blind-spot monitor-

stery, eight-way power front seats with four-way driver lumbar support, split-folding rear seats, a dash-mounted MMI electronics interface controller, a 6.5-inch display, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a 10-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an iPod interface. The Cabriolet adds a power-operated convertible top and a wind deflector. To this you can add the Lighting package, which includes xenon headlights and LED running lights and taillights. Opting for the Premium Plus package gets you all the Premium trim’s standard equipment and the features in the Lighting package, along with keyless ignition/entry, auto-dimming and heated mirrors, heated front seats and driver-seat memory functions. To that, you can add the optional MMI Navigation Plus package, which includes front and rear parking sensors; a navigation system; Bluetooth audio connectivity; an upgraded, console-mounted MMI interface; a slightly larger 7-inch display; a rearview camera; HD radio and Audi Connect (enhanced Web-based navigation, information and WiFi hot spot).

i n g system and a premium 14-speaker (12 for the convertible) Bang & Olufsen sound system. Also included are unique “S line” exterior details, including fender badges, bumpers and door sills. A5s fitted with the Premium Plus or Prestige packages are eligible for the optional Sport package, which includes a sporttuned suspension, front sport seats, the Audi Drive Select system (providing driver control over steering and transmission settings) and shift paddles for automatic transmissions. An S line Competition package is also offered and comes with the sport suspension, 19inch wheels with performance tires, unique exterior trim elements, brushed aluminum interior trim, sport seats and a threespoke sport steering wheel. An S line Interior package (available only with the Prestige package) adds extended leather upholstery, a black headliner, a threespoke steering wheel, unique aluminum interior trim and sport seats. The Black Optic package (Premium Plus and Prestige only) adds 19-inch wheels and high-gloss black elements.

An Audi Exclusive Line Interior package (Premium Plus and Prestige) features premium two-tone leather upholstery and other interior upgrades found in other packages. The Driver Assist package is Prestige package-only and adds adaptive cruise control, adaptive

steering and Audi Drive Select. Cabriolet models with the Premium Plus or Prestige package are eligible for the Comfort package that adds a neck-level heater, premium leather upholstery and perforated and ventilated front seats. Stand-alone options include 18-inch wheels, a variety of wood interior trim and a power rear sunshade (on Prestige coupe only). Powering the 2014 Audi A5 is a turbocharged 2.0-liter fourcylinder engine that produces 220 horsepower and 258 poundfeet of torque. Coupe models come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and allwheel drive. A5 Cabriolets come standard with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an option on the Cabriolet and it comes paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is also offered for all-wheel-drive coupes. Fuel economy is estimated by the EPA at 26 mpg combined (22 mpg city/32 mpg highway) for the coupe with the manual transmission. The automatic drops down to 24 mpg combined (20/29). The front-drive Cabriolet gets 27 mpg combined (24/32) and the all-wheel-drive version rings in at 24 combined (20/29). Standard safety features for the 2014 Audi A5 include antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side and knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags (for the coupe only). A blind-spot monitoring system is standard for the Prestige package and optional on Premium Plus models. The Prestige trim also comes standard with adaptive cruise control that includes a collision mitigation system with forward collision alert and automatic low-speed braking. Source: Edmunds.com


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Arts & Culture

NANTAP to inject new talents into theatre industry

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he President, National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Mr Greg Odutayo said the association planned to inject new talents into the theatre industry. Odutayo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of a media briefing on the forthcoming festival of plays tagged: “FESTINA’’ that the old writers and actors had been there for long. ``Our old writers have been there for long but we need to inject new talents so that they can carry on the mantle of leadership in the area of keeping the theatre industry going.

“We cannot allow theatre to die in this country, we need to keep it running,’’ he said. According to him, new talents are needed in play writing, production, directing and other areas concerning theatre. Odutayo said that the association would develop the youth in these areas. “We need to build up our stage plays and let our people come to see what we can do with stage plays.’’ He described theatre as very vital in the growth of arts and culture in the country. “It is a platform to project our

works both from the old and new generations. “It is a challenge for us that we are not doing more to promote theatre,’’ he said. Odutayo said that funds or not, theatre practitioners must go on production. FESTINA 2013 is mainly about stage plays from different writers and producers and it will be celebrated in collaboration with the National Theatre. It will hold from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10 with different plays everyday. The grand finale will be the induction of fellows of the theatre followed by an award night. (NAN)

By Erik Kirschbaum

works, estimated to be worth up to 1 billion euros ($1.34 billion), has been criticized by those who say that publicizing such finds is vital to finding their rightful owners. The Nazis plundered hundreds of thousands of art works from museums and individuals across Europe. Many are still missing. The Munich trove been hailed as one of the most significant discoveries of looted art, fuelling speculation about its provenance and claims from heirs of Jewish collectors who were robbed, dispossessed or murdered by the Nazis. The 79-year-old recluse at the centre of the mystery, Cornelius Gurlitt, has vanished. He has not been charged but has been under

on Saturday from the house of Gurlitt’s brother-in-law Nikolaus Fraessle near Stuttgart, Bild am Sonntag said, after Fraessle called police himself to hand the art works over. The federal government, which ordinarily leaves such cases to state justice officials, stepped up its involvement after the United States asked it to publish a list of the art works. Focus quoted German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle as saying he was taking a personal interest in the case and that behind many of the paintings found “are quite likely dramatic stories of people pressured and persecuted” by the Nazis. The apparent official reluc-

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ermany, under pressure to hasten inquiries into Nazilooted art works stashed in a recluse’s flat, has sent legal experts to help local authorities in Munich resolve myriad ownership issues, Focus magazine reported. The federal government’s intervention follows criticism that authorities stayed silent too long about 1,406 art works by European masters they stumbled upon last year. Focus, based in Munich, said the government sent “several staffers” to the Bavaria justice ministry on Friday. “The federal government is working hard to ensure that information about the confiscated works of art is made available as there are now indications that Nazi persecution could be involved,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said the same day. Focus, which broke the Nazi art story a week ago, also said on Sunday customs experts believe some of the art cannot be legally returned to its original owners because it came from state museums - and restitution claims would likely fail. Customs officials seized the paintings, sketches and sculptures from Cornelius Gurlitt in February 2012. They were hoarded by his father Hildebrand, a war-era art dealer put in charge of selling “degenerate” art by Adolf Hitler. “A large portion of Hildebrand Gurlitt’s treasure confiscated from his son can probably not be returned to the rightful owners,” Focus magazine said, quoting from an internal customs office analysis made for the Finance Ministry that refers to 315 pieces of the “degenerate” art work found. The legal status of the art remains murky and disputed nearly 70 years after World War Two. Some legal experts say Gurlitt may even get to keep it but others say Germany could nullify his ownership under the 1998 Washington Declaration, a set of principles for dealing with looted art. The secrecy and the delay in publishing an inventory of the

File photo of a print of the painting ‘Lion-Tamer’ by artist Max Beckmann is displayed in a book about the German expressionist at Lempertz auction house in Cologne November 4, 2013. investigation for tax evasion and concealment. On Sunday Bild am Sonntag newspaper said Gurlitt had been seen near his Munich apartment last Monday. Der Spiegel news magazine said it had received a confused-sounding letter signed by Gurlitt dated November 4 asking that it not use his name. “The good news is about that is that Cornelius Gurlitt alive,” Der Spiegel wrote. Separately, German authorities confiscated 22 paintings

tance to publish an inventory infuriated families whose ancestors were robbed by the Nazis. Charlotte Knobloch, a leader of the German Jewish community in Munich, said it was bad enough that the looted art had not been returned sooner, but it would be a scandal if it turned out officials had wasted 18 months since its discovery. “It can’t be possible that the injustices of the past are compounded now,” she said, appealing to Merkel to take charge.

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uring the world tour of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart as directed by Chuck Mike, we ran into many former District and Colonial Officers who said they never realised that the Igbo’s had existing structures for conflict resolution or other aspects of communal living because they just assumed that these were non-existent hence the urgent need to colonise and bring them to civilization but in retrospect and with the benefit of hindsight they realized that a lot of them ended up destroying the cultures and the world view of a people and a generation. The same sentiments have also been expressed after watching Wole Soyinka’s Death And The King’s Horseman. The arts thus offer a very powerful platform in which communities and individuals can acquire knowledge about the achievements, values and aspirations of other cultures and other people. The arts should be explored as a positive force in building community and this is particularly true of festivals where the spirit of community is brought to bear on all the participants. These also help to explain our humanity while strengthening our community and our diversity. All of these are positives on the use of culture and the arts especially in societies and communities which need to explain certain aspects of their cultures and their peoples to others. These also help to build direct, personal experiences. The experience taught one the different aspects of the arts being moved by social media as well as new interventions using new technology. Even photography can be a social force to be reckoned with. Apart from the images, it can also be a means of documenting the history both the positive and the negative of a people. Cases on the struggle for independence in Bangladesh are richly documented and these have even been woven into a documentary on that monumental struggle with a rich vocal narration. The relevance of the arts is indeed immeasurable. The stage arts because of its people to people power even in the age of the internet and digital mediation, still retains open, new and potentially transformative means of perception, explanation and education. The trip equally exposed one to the usefulness of bequests and gifts for the benefit of more people. I am still trying to look for the list of Nigerians who have given up their personal estates or buildings for the public good. In Bellagio, one had cause to look up the list of Nigerian Foundations that give grants and gifts to NGO’s or organizations in the arts. Sadly, most of the search turned up the fact that most give for music and lately comedy because these are the aspects of the arts that draw the crowds. Most of us in search of funds to do our work on a consistent basis continue to turn to foundations and bodies that give to the arts in ‘Africa’. This is broad but the trend in the last two years is that a lot of funding attention is given to arts organizations working in South Africa and lately North Africa. There are sadly no foundations or bodies devoted solely to giving for the arts. If anyone turns up a search contrary to mine I would very much want to be educated. In a country with our population and wealth this is a very sad commentary. This for me is another pointer to the fact that though we are a wealthy, rich and blessed nation, we are still very poor in spirit. However, on coming back, one was again struck by the oddities of our nation. Have you returned through Abuja airport recently? First, while waiting to clear immigration, the majority have their passports checked while some are waived thorough another point to go on without any checks. Not the diplomatic queue. Second, you get to the baggage claim section. It strikes you that the belt is a very small one. Then there is the array of trolleys waiting to carry luggage. There is also a large array of people standing by the belt and most of them are not even passengers! Some of the passengers go to sit on benches and give their names to these ‘agents’ with trolleys to retrieve their luggage. This causes a lot of ‘go-slow’ on the belt and in the process a lot of boxes and bags get thrown. In the process of all this, even if you are lucky to retrieve your luggage you cannot leave the belt area because you have been blocked in by those with trolleys, those waiting to collect their luggage and those just hanging around with nothing to do. The surreal in all this is we are all just waiting by the belt, watching the luggage go round and those that have collected are also just looking because they cannot leave. It is a chaotic situation. Any attempt to protest this is greeted with – we are trying to make a living! One would have thought that the ideal thing is for the trolleys and their minders to wait outside the baggage claim area after customs and once you retrieve your luggage you seek their services? Why would one go to sit on a bench and ask someone who did not travel with you to retrieve your luggage? Welcome back home. Concluded


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The Military, Politics, and Power in Nigeria (I) Book Review Title: Ibrahim Babangida: The Military, Politics, and Power in Nigeria Author: Dan Agbese Year of Publication: 2012 Publisher: Adornis and Abbey Place of Publication: London No of pages: 433 Reviewer: Umaru Pate

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his is a book on the story of Ibrahim Babangida, Nigeria’s Military President for the period, 1985 to 1993. Written by Mr Dan Agbese, one of the country’s most respected newspaper editors and finest columnists, it reveals the story of IbrahimBabangida, the orphan who rose from obscurity in Minna to the zenith of his career and shot his way to be the Military President of the most populous African nation at the age of 44. The book, more than any other document that I have read on the subject gives a detailed account on theBabangida personality, his journey through life, complexities, challenges and myths. In the book, Agbese had achieved his ambition of writing a “definitive biography of the most controversial political figure in the country today”. The book has eighteen chapters spread over 433 pages with an introductory prologue as well as a closing epilogue. It addresses the common aspects of an individual’s life; in this case, explaining the environment and circumstances of the birth of Ibrahim Babangida; his early childhood, Islamic, primary and secondary schooling; relationship with parents, relatives and community members. It traces his rise in the Military and reveals his mainstreaming into Military politics and the power structure in the country up to the time he shot his way to the Presidency; and his reign and stepping aside. The first two chapters focus on the earlier days of Ibrahim Babangida who, together with his only sister, Hannatu, grew up as orphans. Relatives, family friends and the community saw him through the primary and later secondary school at Bida. Babangida grew up with mates, friends and elders that have remained in his life till date. The fellow was born with the art of prospecting, promoting and protectingvaluablefriends, in addition to being endowed with a high sense of charm and generosity, traits that have significantly influenced and affected his relationships and directions in life. The fellow, from the onset had abundance of “care, compassion and sympathy” in him. He was a very popular boy in the primary as well as the secondary school where he was also appointed the Head boy in the final year. From chapter three, the reader is introduced to the story of the Nigerian Army and specifically, howBabangidajoined the Nigerian Military Training College (later NDA), and his formative years in the service after being commissioned in 1963. From then on, Babangida and friends lived and enjoyed their days as young officers in Kaduna. In the mid-1960s, Babangida and colleagues actively par-

ticipated in containing the violent political upheavals that erupted in Tiv land and the Western Region. That, perhaps, “begun what was to become a long trek to the destiny that fate had decreed for him” in the politics of the nation. Babangida’s experiences and active involvement in Military politics beginning from the first coup in 1966 dominate chapters four to five. The chapters reveal the details of the Nzeogwu led coup and the plot that saw to the ousting of General Ironsi and the eventual rise of General Gowon as the Head of State. Here, too, the reader is exposed to the story of the civil war and Babangida’s active participation when “all the time, he featured prominently; his name echoed all over”. But it was not all luck for him. At a point, he was shot and wounded in the battle front with “the bullet … lodged in his chest and he needed surgery to remove it” but opted not to remove the bullet; it has remained in him till date.Incidentally, that gunshot hastened his marriage to Maryam in September, 1969. He reasoned that it was just luck that he survived the shot. It would have been the end of the family tree; a thought that he rejected particularly with him being the only surviving male child of his parents. Thus, to ensure that the lineage has continued, he hurriedly married and returned to the battle front to see to the end of the war.

Chapters six and seven revealBabangida’s deep involvement and participation in the coup that removed General Gowon and installed General MurtalaMuhammed. He played a very strategic role with officers like Yar’adua, Buhari, Sani Bello and Joe Garba in installing the government and influencing the performance of the administration. He was admitted into the Supreme Military Council (SMC) during the administration, making him the most junior officer in the highest ruling authority in the land. That was an important landmark in his life because it exposed him to immense political education, helped him to know more people and learnt a lot about political intrigues, balancing andscheming. Perhaps, one major deed that catapulted Babangida’s profile in the regime was his role in foiling the Dimka led coup against General Muhammad’s regime in 1976. His courageous act of bravery in dislodging armedDimka from the Broadcasting House unarmed and without sheddingblood,brought him fame and wider recognition and respect in and out of the Military. Suddenly, his name shone all over Nigeria as the fearless officer that confronted the coup plotters and successfully dislodged them and foiled theconspiracy. In 1981, Babangida became the Director of Army Staff Duties at the Defence Headquarters and

was promoted a Major General. Indeed, “his star and profile were rising. Few people failed to notice that”. Chapters eight and nine focus on the period of the civilians and the plot that led to their overthrow by the Military on the night of December31, 1983. Again, it was clear that Babangida was deeply involved from conception of the coup to its delivery. In the words of Agbese, “Babangida and Idiagbon were coordinating most of the activities in the north and certain parts of the west and the east”. In fact, upon hearing of the coup, a leading politician in the Shagari government instantly identified Babangida as “the ‘moving spirit behind the coup’ with the support of retired Major General Yar’adua”. The coup was successfully staged and General Buhari emerged the Head of State with Babangida as the Chief of Army Staff. Chapter nine is devoted to the performance, controversies and the challenges of the Buhari regime. The sailing was indeed rough and frustrating for Babangida, making him to maintain low visibility, confined to the background. In less than a year, deep crack had ‘appeared in the leadership of the military administration… Babangida found himself on one side and Buhari on the other”. Serious distrust fuelled by rumours and ill wind between the two leading figures frustrated Babangida to the point of contemplating of resigning from service and quitting the government. His childhood friend, General Nasko persuaded him against the idea. Clearly, an irreversible battle line was drawn between the Head of State and the Chief of Army Staff. The outcome was the Babangida coup that threw out Buhari on August 27, 1985. Chapter ten gives the details of the Babangida coup; a blow by blow account of what transpired and the tension and suspense that accompanied the dramatic take over from General Buhari.Babangida mounted the saddle fully conscious of the situation in the country and the challenges that the government must address. He knew that Nigerians expected much from him and “being a good student of people and environment”; he must win the hearts and minds of the citizens. In particular, he was confronted with three major issues, namely, how to endear himself to the public; how to win over the politicians who were calling for a return to civil rule two years into Buhari’s regime; and how to halt the economic decline. Accordingly, the regime set out painting the picture of a sensitive leadership that is conscious of the rights and interests of the people as opposed to the one it overthrew. Series of programmes and activities pertaining to the political direction of the country, economic recovery, human rights, press freedom and general matters preoccupied the regime’s attention in its first six months in office. But four months into his reign, Babangida uncovered a coup plot in which a friend and senior member of the government, Major General Vatsa and some officers close to him were implicated. The plotters were tried and eventually sentenced based on the law.

POEM OF THE WEEK Telescope to the planets This life that I’ve dedicated myself to Is delicate– Sometimes the solitude That I ride Terrifies me, its interiors Are made of glass ceilings, At any second They can crack, Shatter and pour down shiny pieces (Silver) and I would be touched, subdued, Killed by that frozen darkness. Like the moving black In ancient space hovering Around the planets, I Fight to exist. Words screaming For life shift to the page– Always shifting and so I let them go. They come in A flood, a rainbow–even In shallow waters they Still pull their weight. These starry words have Built their home away from Home–their house is my House where I Yield to the power Of their soft waves and Engraved upon my soul Is a telescope to The wonders of The universe, the sun blazing, The moon’s belly cowering And a seasoned poet.

Meditation in the Cemetery This is A writer’s territory Everywhere Is the history Of waiting and years History repeated And slowly Everything Occupational is divorced From nature The morning after church There’s nothing Foreign about this silence It burns the air like poetry The skin of William Carlos William’s Plums – dew is bitten I find poverty and Sacred objects where I am standing A contract with God Phil Collins Is on the radio Telling me To think twice Christina’s Rossetti’s summer Has come and gone It is so cold here That it feels as if my feet Are in a cement bucket.

QUOTE “Someone who dreams cannot be forced to stop— there are no limitations to dreams, because we do not own dreams, dreams are from God.” ― Christina Westover, Poisoning Sylvie


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he arrest, at the end of October, of Essam elErian, a senior leader in Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm, places in prison a near totality of the most outspoken Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders. They join the thousands of low and middle ranking MB members who are lucky enough to be alive, instead of being killed like hundreds of others, in the military’s and security forces’ vengeful violence that have occurred since the military coup of July 3. The on-going brutal crackdown on the Brotherhood in Egypt is the lowest point of a breathtaking political parable that, since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, rocketed the MB from prison to palace and then back to prison. Not surprisingly, much of the debate in and on Egypt now revolves around finding an explanation for these tumultuous events and what to expect for this 85-year-old, mainstream Islamist movement, which remains, in spite of everything, the main organised civilian political force in the country. As an outsider with a background in history, I tend to look more at structural changes rather than everyday politics, and it strikes me as no coincidence that the target of such ruthless state repression is the main organised mass actor on the Egyptian scene, after the demise of Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. MB and its Freedom and Justice political offshoot, are widely accused today of being inherently authoritarian, arrogant and most of all, incompetent. This is certainly true and many examples prove it, though it is equally true that their “civil” political rivals (mainly liberal and left-wing parties and organisations) are no less so. The only difference lies in the fact that the latter groups do not have a true popular constituency to begin with, and do not pose - at least for the time being - any serious challenge to the authoritarian state. The result of these civil forces’ actions, though, be they intentional or not, will most likely push the country towards a much more authoritarian, arrogant and incompetent regime than the one endured during Morsi’s short presidency. Time will tell where the responsibilities lie as the details of the power struggle, inside and outside the state, during Morsi’s presidency, are revealed. However, even in this highly volatile and polarised situation, it is undeniable that the MB government was systematically if not always coherently - curbed and boycotted by unreformed authoritarian state structures and institutions, the so called “deep” state. No one with even the most superficial knowledge of the Egyptian Leviathan state, could ever think that any newcomer,

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The Muslim Brotherhood dilemma: Where to go from here?

Brotherhood supporters during a protest

even the accommodating conservative counter-elite of the MB, would be welcome. The Brothers, thus, while tasked to govern the country, were in fact engaging in a fierce battle for the control of the state and for political survival. With the country in complete disarray, it was relatively easy for the state’s elite to foment an anti-Brotherhood climax and to turn the MB into the scapegoat for all the country’s woes. The Brothers made many mistakes, but clearly they cannot be judged simply on the basis of their actions while in power. What they can be judged on is to have paired up with the wrong side since the start. As before, with Gamal Abdel Nasser (1952-54), Anwar Sadat (first half of the 70s) and Mubarak (80s), the Brothers brought democratic legitimacy to the regime, and kept searching for a compromise even when things were deteriorating. In 2011, they acted as a stabilising force, abandoning the street and approving the political transition as designed by the

Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). But, just like before, they were rapidly kickedoff the plate once the time was ripe and their services were no longer required. What lies behind this recurrent losing strategy political short-sightedness, longing for power, or a too gradualist and reformist approach to change? It’s probably a mix of these factors as with all complex organisations with a dominant position. Our take however, is that the Brotherhood leaders’ prevalent strategy, after the ousting of Mubarak did not aim to change Egypt’s political and socioeconomic status quo, however gradually. Rather, the main objective was to incorporate the “pious bourgeoisie” into the country’s ruling elites and reestablish elite dominion on a far firmer ground, thus ending the anomaly of Islamist exclusion. The Brotherhood’s inclusion seemed also to have gained US approval, providing the Islamists delivered good (neo-

liberal) economic governance and did not cross red lines on sensitive strategic issues. The MB is not a stranger to serious waves of repression, and history has already proven the capability of this political, but also, or maybe mainly, socio-religious movement, to survive dire times. For the time being, and notwithstanding the current, almost unprecedented crackdown, the MB remains the main organised political actor in the country as the continuing unrest, in spite of repression, demonstrates. On the other side, the regime is far from being consolidated, and all of the country’s acute problems persist or are even exacerbated after almost three years of political instability. If we listen to the supporters of “the revolutionary process” idea, we are only at the beginning of a radical renewal of politics in the Arab world that started with the popular uprising in 2011, but that could linger, with ups and downs, for years or even decades to come. For once, the engine

The Brothers made many mistakes, but clearly they cannot be judged simply on the basis of their actions while in power.

for this process of change does not lie in the elites or foreign actors, but in the people largely spontaneously protesting the failure of the post-independence development model or, better, its more recent neo-liberal twist. What will the MB do in this context? Most of the debates on its current options focus on a possible radicalisation of the movement. However, the violence/non-violence dilemma that immediately comes to mind does not seem to be the point. The existence of an MB armed faction, the so-called “secret apparatus”, was only an asterisk linked to the de-colonisation process. The MB has long ago consolidated its reformist non-violent approach. Instead, the real debate should revolve around two opposite courses of action. The first is the possibility for the Brotherhood to be co-opted again, should the current coalition disintegrate. Or, the Brotherhood could search for a different strategy relying more on its popular component and opting for a radicalisation of its politicaleconomic programme. As unlikely as this may be, it would be the only way for the MB to spearhead the revolt by providing a framework for popular forces, and fulfil, with a bolder strategy, the country’s rising popular expectations. It might be the last chance for this distinguished movement not to be slowly relegated to the sidelines of history. Source: Al Jazeera


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Tunisia police, Islamist militants in deadly clash

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after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the tourist resort of Sousse last month, the first such assault in more than a decade. “The security forces killed one terrorist, wounded two others and arrested the rest of the group after a confrontation with militants hiding in a house in (the city of) Kebeli,”

said Mohamed Ali Aroui, a spokesman for the interior ministry. He later said eight people had been arrested and five cars seized, including one that he said was rigged up with a bomb. Two members of the security forces were wounded during the clashes which took place at dawn yesterday.

wenty nine people died and several others were injured after a bus collided with a truck in South Africa, the government said yesterday. The accident happened in the country’s eastern Mpumalanga province on Monday night. “Twenty nine people were killed and scores of injured passengers were taken to a nearby hospital,” the government said in a statement. Road use is the primary

means of travel in Africa’s largest economy, and the government has introduced tough laws to clamp down on reckless driving and poorly maintained vehicles as it tries to curb an annual toll of 14,000 deaths. At least 22 people were killed in March when a double-decker bus crashed into the side of a mountain while navigating the dangerous Hex River Pass 140 km (80 miles) northeast of Cape Town.

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humanitarian chief says. John Ging said the two sides should stop “filibustering” and give health workers access to children in the South

unisian police killed an Islamist militant and wounded two others yesterday the Interior Ministry said, after clashes in a southern city close to the border with Libya, where authorities say Tunisian militants are being trained and armed. Tunisia’s government has increased security operations

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Since an uprising ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali nearly three years ago, Tunisia has faced a widening split over the role of political Islam in one of the most secular countries in the Muslim world. But the assassination of two secular opposition leaders this year by Islamist militants sparked protests by opposition parties which demanded that the ruling moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, resign because it was too soft on hard-liners. The government earlier this year began a crackdown on Ansar al-Sharia, a local militant group authorities say is linked to the local al Qaeda wing. Tunisian authorities are also worried about spillover from the turmoil in neighboring Libya, where the weak central government is struggling to contain rival militias, Islamist gunmen and former fighters. As well as Ansar al-Sharia, North Africa is home to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other militants such as those led by veteran MokhtarBelmokhtar, who claimed responsibility for the attack on Algeria’s Amenas gas plant in January.

Sudan polio vaccination ‘blocked’- UN

fforts to vaccinate 165,000 children against polio in Sudan have been blocked by the government and rebels, the UN

A polio vaccination worker

Kordofan and Blue Nile states. The government and rebels had ignored a Security Council resolution to give health workers access, he said. The UN fears that conflict in the two states could lead to a polio outbreak. According to the UN World Health Organization, Sudan has been polio-free for more than two years. South Kordofan and Blue Nile border South Sudan, which seceded from Sudan in 2011 after a peace deal to end years of civil war. The UN held talks with the government and Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) to carry out vaccinations from 5 November to 12 November

but “unfortunately we have been filibustered with process and discussions and disputes which have amounted to no access”, MrGing told journalists, after briefing the Security Council. It should use its “significant authority” to force the government and SPLM-N to let health workers in, he said. China’s UN ambassador Liu Jieyi, who is the current president of the UN Security Council, said the lack of access was “disturbing”. However, he did not refer to any action that the Security Council intendedtotakeagainstthegovernment and SPLM-N, the Associated Press news agency reports.

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he Congolese government delegation has left Ugandanhosted talks with M23 rebels after the two sides failed to agree on the wording of a document intended to officially end the insurgency. The peace talks, attended by UN officials, took place in the Ugandan city of Entebbe. Lambert Mende, a spokesman for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) government, blamed Uganda for the breakdown. “Uganda seems now to be acting as part of the conflict. It has interests in M23,” he said. The failure to sign a document to end the conflict shows the deep mistrust in the region, a barrier standing in the way of long-term peace despite the defeat of the M23’s 20-month insurgency by DRC’s army. OkelloOryem, Uganda’s junior foreign affairs minister said he expected it would take a few more days before any deal could be signed. Oryem did not comment on DRC accusations that Uganda was backing the rebels. Mende said the government was not prepared to sign a deal with a rebel movement that had already declared its own dissolution. The DRC wants the rebels to pledge not to take up arms again, he said. The world’s largest UN peacekeeping force is in the DRC, helping the government fight M23. Despite the demise of M23, a plethora of other rebel groups operate in DRC’s mineral-rich east, which is also riddled with conflicts over land, ethnicity and access to resources. The M23 group controlled strings of towns in the mineral-rich eastern DRC before troops backed by a 3,000-strong UN force pushed them out of the country last month. Government troops wrestled Bunagana, the last town in rebel hands, from the group on October 31. Two days afterwards, and 20-months after they started the rebellion, the rebels sued for a ceasefire.


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China pledges bigger role for free market as part of reforms

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hina’s ruling party has pledged to let markets play a “decisive” role in allocating resources, as it unveiled a reform agenda for the next decade, looking to overhaul the world’s secondlargest economy to drive future growth. The official Xinhua news agency announced yesterday the close of the four-day meeting, known as the Third Plenum, which has traditionally set the economic tone for a new government. In the meeting, which brought together all 376 members of the ruling party’s Central Committee and took place amid intense security and secrecy, a decision on “major issues concerning comprehensively deepening reforms” was approved, Xinhua said. Citing a communique, Xinhua said that the market will play a “decisive” role in the allocation of resources, though it did not elaborate. In previous policy statements, the Communist Party had often described markets as playing a “basic” role in allocating resources, Xinhua said, meaning the new language amounts to an upgrading of its

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role. China has in the past used the meetings to signal major changes in policy, most notably at a Third Plenum in 1978, when it embarked on the landmark drive that has seen it transformed over the past three decades from a Communist-style command economy into a key driver of global growth, trade and investment.

Over the course of the meeting Chinese state media repeatedly raised the prospect of major reforms. In a front page editorial, party mouthpiece the People’s Daily praised past economic reforms for bringing prosperity to the world’s most populous country and called for more. The meeting comes after China’s economy racked up its

worst growth rate in 13 years in 2012, expanding at an annual rate of 7.7 percent. President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang must unleash new growth drivers as the economy, after three decades of breakneck expansion, begins to sputter, burdened by industrial overcapacity, piles of debt and eroding competitiveness.

yria’s internationally recognised opposition group has approved nine “ministers” for an interim government charged with running Syrian territory that is in rebel hands. The move by the National Coalition followed its announcement earlier in the day that it planned to attend proposed peace talks with the Syrian government, if certain conditions were met. It also stipulated that President “Bashar al-Assad and those with the blood of Syrians on their hands have no role in the transitional phase and Syria’s future”. In a statement issued after two

days of meetings in the Turkish city of Istanbul, the National Coalition said it would take part in the Geneva peace talks only if humanitarian aid is allowed to reach besieged areas and the government releases political prisoners. “Whether or not to go to Geneva is the decision of the Syrian people,” Louay Safi, a member and spokesman of the National Council, said in a statement on Sunday. “The Coalition is nothing but a mechanism to apply their will.” The National Coalition has struggled for months to cobble together an interim government, in

part because of infighting among the various exile groups involved, ranging from secular intellectuals to Islamist activists. Western leaders have expressed encouragement following the National Coalition’s inclination to take part in the Geneva talks. Speaking in Abu Dhabi, John Kerry, US secretary of state, said any decision by the opposition to take part in talks would be a “big step.” “We take note of the fact that ... the Syrian opposition voted to go to the Geneva II [conference]. This is a big step forward and a significant one,” he said.

saying it,” Zarif said on an Iranian TV talk show. He said that “considerable progress’’ was made during three days of talks in Geneva, but claimed that most of the hours were spent with the US, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany trying “to resolve differences among themselves”. The Iranian foreign minister said he was still hopeful a deal would be reached, but insisted any agreement must include the lifting of all Western sanctions against Iran. Kerry said earlier on Monday that Iranian envoys had backed away from a wider deal this

weekend seeking to ease Western concerns that Tehran could one day develop atomic weapons.

“There was unity but Iran couldn’t take it,’’ Kerry said during a stop in Abu Dhabi.

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ran and the United States have blamed each other for the failure to reach an agreement on a deal to limit Iran’s uranium enrichment in exchange for an easing of Western sanctions in talks in Geneva. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticised US Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks that blamed Iran for lack of the deal and said that the American’s “conflicting statements” damaged confidence in the process. “Conflicting statements harm the credibility of the one who keeps changing positions and damages confidence. The goal of dialogue is to reduce the lack of trust. Conflicting talk doesn’t give credit to the person

Asia & Middle East Typhoon relief effort picks up in Philippines

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nternational relief efforts to help the Philippines overcome the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan are building momentum. Foreign governments and international aid organisations have pledged tens of millions of dollars in emergency funds and supplies and several countries are sending warships. Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian chief, released $25m on Tuesday from the UN’s emergency relief fund to supply emergency shelter materials and household items, and provide emergency food assistance, health services, safe water supplies and sanitation facilities across the Philippines. Amos told Al Jazeera she was not happy with the international response to the crisis. “I don’t feel that they’re moving fast enough,” she said. Officials figures put the total number of people killed by the storm that hit the Philippines’ central islands on Friday at 1,744. However the UN says 10,000 people are feared dead in the city of Tacloban alone. Another 800,000 people have had to flee their homes, and getting aid to people is proving extremely difficult. In total, close to 10 million in 41 provinces have been affected by the disaster. Both the US and Britain deployed warships on Tuesday carrying thousands of soldiers set to join a major operation to help survivors. The Pentagon said the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, equipped with 5,000 sailors and more than 80 aircraft, left Hong Kong for the Philippines, where it will be joined by four other US navy ships. It should arrive in two to three days and join 180 members of the US Marine Corps assisting in the humanitarian efforts on the ground. “The weather is pretty bad out there, so we are limited by seas and wind,” Captain Thomas Disy, commander of the USS Antietam, a missile cruiser that is part of the carrier group, told reporters in Hong Kong. “But we are going to be going as fast as we possibly can.” The US has also pledged $20m in aid. Britain boosted its aid to $16m and David Cameron, the prime minister, said the destroyer ship HMS Daring would sail to the Philippines “at full speed” from its current deployment in Singapore, along with a Royal Air Force C-17 transport plane. Ban Ki-moon, the UN chief, said the aid effort “must expand urgently in the days ahead”, while the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement appealed for nearly $95m to provide 100,000 families with food, water and shelter over 18 months.


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International

Polish police clash with far-right protesters

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olish police used rubber bullets to break up groups of masked far-right youths who threw fireworks and set fire to cars when a nationalist march through the centre of the capital turned violent. The march is an annual event to commemorate Poland’s national Independence Day, and for the third year in a row it broke down into running battles in the middle of Warsaw between rioters and riot police.

Several thousand right-wing protesters began their march peacefully - watched by their own stewards in orange vests and with a police helicopter circling above. The violence started when a few dozen youths, their faces covered by balaclavas and football scarves, broke off from the procession into a side street and started attacking a building where left-wing radicals occupied a squat. Riot police moved in, and came

under attack from youths throwing firecrackers and stones. As the rioters dispersed, several cars were set on fire. Police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said officers had used rubber bullets, truncheons and pepper spray against the rioters. Several people were arrested. Five officers were taken to hospital, local media reported. When the march reached the Russian embassy - a symbol for

some Poles of repression during Soviet rule - a part of the crowd threw firecrackers towards the building, but riot police formed a cordon around the perimeter, and the crowd later moved on. “There is no excuse for hooliganism. We condemn the violation of the Vienna Convention,” Marcin Wojciechowski, a spokesman for the Polish Foreign Ministry, said on Twitter in reference to rules on the protection of foreign missions.

Russia can seize Putin foe Navalny’s assets- court

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ussia can seize assets of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic, a Moscow court ruled yesterday, in connection with embezzlement charges that the activist says is an attempt by the authorities to intimidate opponents. Under charges filed by the federal Investigative Committee last month, Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg face up to 10 years in jail for theft and money laundering. No date for the trial has yet been set. In a separate case, a Russian court handed Navalny, 37, a suspended five-year sentence for theft in September. “Today the court allowed the seizure of property,” a spokeswoman for the court said. She said it was up to federal investigators to decide if and when to enforce the ruling. Navalny has called the new charges an attempt to “terrorize” those who displease the authorities. He wrote on his blog yesterday: “I have no idea what property they’ve seized. They didn’t invite me to the court when they decided the issue.” Navalny, who has campaigned

online against corruption among Russia’s ruling elite, helped lead a wave of protests after allegations of fraud in the December 2011 parliamentary election won by Putin’s ruling party. Investigators have accused the Navalny brothers of defrauding a Russian branch of the French cosmetics firm Yves Rocher of 26 million roubles ($814,600), and a cargo delivery firm, the Glavnoye Podpisnoye Agentstvo, of 4 million roubles. Navalny has called the charges “absolute nonsense”. He was convicted in July of organizing the theft of 16 million roubles from a timber firm in the Kirov region in 2009, after a trial he described as Putin’s revenge for challenging the Kremlin. He was unexpectedly freed while awaiting an appeal hearing, allowing him to run in Moscow’s mayoral election, where he posted a strong second place against an ally of Putin. Navalny’s assets on a preelection declaration included a third of a 78.5-square-metre apartment, a 2004-model Hyundai car, a Russian-made Lada car, a bank account holding 2.7 million roubles ($82,400) and shares in several companies. The Council of Europe

yesterday said Russian judges were not fully independent and Putin should reform the judicial system, long criticized as subject to political interference and an obstacle to foreign investment.

The report by Europe’s human rights body follows international criticism of Putin over the conviction of opponents, including Navalny and members of the Pussy Riot protest group.

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Venezuelans throng stores amid price curb

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hrongs of Venezuelans stood in lines outside appliance stores for a fifth day yesterday after President Nicolas Maduro deployed the army to force retailers to slash prices. After taking control of several

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appliance stores last week, Maduro vowed late on Sunday to step up inspections of businesses selling shoes, clothes, automobiles and other goods to make sure they aren’t gouging consumers. He also said he will impose

limits on profits as the government tries to curb inflation running at 54 percent. In eastern Caracas, the national capital, a five-block line of bargain hunters, some waiting since Saturday, snaked from a JVG electronics store hoping for the chance to buy televisions, washing machines and refrigerators at deep discounts. “We have been waiting for this for a long time,” said Sixto Mesa, a government supporter. Maduro is gambling that by expanding price controls he can regain support he has lost since winning election in April, as inflation soared to a two-decade high and the US dollar shot up on the black market to nine times its official value. Analysts said the measures might

bolster government candidates in next month’s mayoral elections, but warned that the tougher rules are likely to inflict more damage on Venezuela’s economy by discouraging investment and adding to shortages that reached a record level in October. “We can’t just close the businesses; the owners have to go to jail,” Maduro said in an impassioned speech on Sunday night in which he cited Jewish, Muslim and Christian texts to harangue businessmen he accuses of usury. “We can’t allow our hard currency to be used to rob people through the sale of these goods.” At the same time Maduro is attacking merchants he calls the “parasitic bourgeoisie”, he has vowed zero tolerance for looting.

Europe and Americas EU negotiators clinch deal on 2014 budget

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egotiators in Brussels have clinched a deal on the 2014 EU budget after a night of hard talks, cutting spending by about 6% compared to 2013. The budget is 0.5bn euros bigger than what austerityconscious government leaders were demanding. It reflects stricter new terms agreed by EU leaders in February. There will be greater funding for economic growth, jobs, innovation and humanitarian aid, Lithuania’s Deputy Finance Minister Algimantas Rimkunas said in a statement. His country currently holds the sixmonth rotating EU presidency. EU agencies dealing with migration, asylum and border control will also be strengthened, as will the European financial supervisory authorities, he added. About two-thirds of the budget will go on subsidies for farmers and on development projects in the EU’s poorer regions, as in previous years. But the spending on such projects - called the “cohesion” budget - is being cut by about 7bn euros. Four governments voted against the compromise deal - the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden, German ARD television reported. They wanted the EU to make deeper cuts. The deal was reached after 16 hours of negotiation, and still requires final approval from the parliament and EU ministers next week. The UK Conservative leader in Europe, Richard Ashworth MEP, welcomed “what is an effective freeze of the EU budget - headline spend is still set to fall by 6%”. He said that “alongside the historic 3.8% reduction which we have secured on the EU’s long-term budget, this is further evidence of us bringing genuine discipline to EU spending”. “It is particularly welcome that money has been switched away from less-useful budget headings to the important areas of research and development, education, training and jobs,” he added. He called the budget “a step in the right direction”. There remains some opposition to the deal in the European Parliament, however. Helga Truepel MEP of the Greens said it was “a bad deal that will continue the perpetual cycle of EU under-budgeting”.


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Strange World

French restaurants seat guests by how good-looking they are

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ooks are undoubtedly very important, but some people make too much of physical appearance. A group of restaurants in Paris is accused by two of their former employees of seating clients according to their good-looks. “The good-looking ones are led to the good places, where they can be easily seen”, claim the former employees, and “as for the nongood-looking ones, it is imperative that they be dispatched to the corners of the room”. The restaurants accused of having such a shallow policy are strategically situated near popular tourist attractions: Le Georges is in the the famous Centre Pompidou, while Cafe Marly is located near the Louvre museum. Apparently, this marketing strategy has a lot to do with the way in which the two restaurants are perceived by those passing by them. In fact, the staff members in charge of placing the guests at their tables were

allegedly confronted for seating less attractive people at the best tables. “What are these ugly mugs doing at this table? Everyone can see them when they come in. It’s very bad for our image,” the employees were allegedly reprimanded when they broke the rule. The only exception to this rule are celebrities, who, regardless of their looks, are automatically offered the the best seats in the house. If people are seated according to their attractiveness, what happens when people call to make reservations? The restaurant’s personnel obviously can’t tell if someone is good-looking or not just by hearing their voice, so the solution is that of saying “We’ll do what we can but we can promise nothing”. The decision of where to place the guests is taken the minute they show their faces. It’s not only the guests who are selected according to their looks, but also the hostesses working for the two Parisian restaurants. As

former employees recall, women have to be tall, model-looking and younger than 30 in order to be hired. The two restaurants, Le Georges and Cafe Marly, are part of the

Costes group, owned by Thierry and Gilbert Costes. Although Gilbert is allegedly proud of implementing this criterion, the official spokesperson of the group declared that the owners “have

no comment”. The position of other members of the Le Georges restaurant is rather secretive, as they don’t deny the existence of this practice but they refuse to offer any explanation.

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test demanded for SouthIndian “Lady Tarzan” talks to Gender Korean women’s football player elephants and they listen H

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4-year-old Nirmala Toppo is the heroine of Rourkela, an industrial city located in the Indian state of Odisha, after she talked the elephants that had invaded the settlement into returning to the forest. The Catholic girl from Jharkland claims she began talking to elephants after her mother was killed by some pachyderms. “I then decided to learn the techniques to drive them away”. The technique Nirmala refers to involves praying and literally talking to the elephants. “First I pray and then talk to the herd. They understand what I say”. By using these simple “tricks”, the girl helped the authorities of Rourkela deal with a herd of elephants that had settled in a residential area of the city.

“When the herd entered the city, we tried our best to contain its movement. We managed to make the herd go into the local football stadium, but we were not sure how we could drive them back to the forest. It was a difficult task,” forest official P. K. Dhola said. Out of options and pressed for time, they remembered that there was someone who could help them. “We knew of a tribal girl who lived in Jharkhand, who talked to elephants and was able to drive them back. We called up her father and she arrived along with some other tribal people from her village”. Nirmala didn’t disappoint her people: she walked many miles with the elephants, until she got them

back to the forests. This caused her infectious blisters on her feet, but as she states, “the infection is now gone and my wound has almost dried up”. Although what Nirvala did worked as a charm, there are skeptical voices that doubt her methods. For example, the social activist Rabi Pradhan points out that there are no scientific studies demonstrating that elephants understand human vocabulary. Indeed, if there was a study asserting that, elephants would have to be polyglots. However, Nirmala claims that she speaks her tribal language when she addresses the elephants and that this is why they understand her. There are people who believe that elephants understand people as a result of their cohabitation. This sure sounds familiar, doesn’t it? As a member of the Jharkhand’s Simdega district council states, “we call Nirmala a lady Tarzan. Whenever marauding elephants enter a village or destroy crops, the local forest department officials never turn up. It is then that the villagers approach Nirmala for help. And she is able to successfully drive away the herd after talking to them”. Almost 3000 elephants live in the forests of 3 Indian states, areas that witnessed many conflicts between humans and animals, especially because of the mining industry. A report of the ministry of environments and forests estimates that more than 80 people and 200 elephants were killed in the last 10 years.

ere’s something that doesn’t happen every day: the coaches of five of South Korea’s seven women soccer league teams have threatened to boycott the national competition if Seoul City Amazons striker Park Eun-Seon does not have a gender test. The 26-year-old was named best forward this season, with 19 goals in 22 matches. At 1.80 meters tall and weighing 74 kilograms, park Eun-Seon really does have a physique worthy of her team’s name, and could probably even secure a place in a men’s soccer team, which is exactly why several coaches of rival squads are threatening to boycott South-Korea’s women’s soccer league if she isn’t required to take a gender test. But according to Seoul City Amazons officials, Park’s manly physique isn’t reason enough to humiliate the player by forcing her to pass yet another gender test. They claim the whole thing is part of a “conspiracy” because she has shown such remarkable form this last season, after a long career slump. Seoul Sports Council general secretary Kim Joon-Soo seems to agree. ”We have no intention of accepting the gender verification test just to stop the boycott,” he said. ”This is a serious violation of human rights that she’s suffering for a second time. The question regarding Park’s gender identity shall never be raised again. The city of Seoul will take all necessary measures to protect our player’s human rights.” The Korea Football Association said Park has already passed a gender test when she was 15, and the player herself wrote on Facebook that she has had to pass the test several times,

including in a World Cup and in an Olympics, and there were never any problems. ”I know these people are trying to destroy me … In the past, I would have thrown my hands up and left, but I’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and I will not give up so easily.” It’s true that in the past, she preferred to back away when her gender was questioned, the last time being in 2010, during a South Asia tournament. China raised questions about Park Eun-Seon sex, and she preferred to back out from the competition. This time, it appears she is taken a different approach. Originally, the coaches of six rival teams asked for yet another gender test, but on Thursday, one of them expressed regret and announced his resignation, adding that their motives had been misunderstood and that they had been joking. Yeah, very funny!

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Digest Want to feel a warm glow? It’s just a walk in the park By Nick Mcdermott

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osing weight and staying happy could be as easy as a walk in the park. Time spent enjoying nature helps boost our selfcontrol and optimism by up to a sixth, scientists claim. Their study found that time spent in urban environments leaves us prone to rash decisions, while exposure to the great outdoors helps us slow down and better consider our future. The results suggest increased competition for resources in towns and cities forces us to focus on immediate reward, while the abundance found in

nature allows us to regain selfcontrol. Lead researcher Professor Mark Van Vugt from VU University Amsterdam said on a practical level, the findings indicate it would be better to exercise outdoors, as we are more likely to stick to our fitness regime. The same approach could also be applied to big financial decisions, with a short walk in a park or woods help an individual to focus on the future and whether to invest now or keep on saving. ‘Urban landscapes tend to make us very impulsive and

Finding: Researchers found that time spent in urban environments leaves us prone to making rash decisions

more short-term thinkers. Being in towns and cities increase competition - for status, resources, partners - and so we feel the need to make quick decision,’ said Professor Van Vugt. ‘But being in lush, green nature elicits a feeling of resource abundance. This allows to think more long-term and for higher reward. ‘Nature promotes eating a larger piece of cake after exercise, while being in a city, our instinct is for instant opportunism, and we would opt for a smaller slice of cake immediately.’ The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found people’s selfdiscipline increased by 10 to 16 per cent after exposure to nature as opposed to urban landscapes. The report said: ‘Cues of natural environments- as opposed to man-made urban environments - entice people to prefer greater, delayed rewards over smaller, immediate rewards. ‘This is an important result because delay of gratification is an essential ingredient for promoting individual and social change pertaining to, for instance, healthy lifestyles, antisocial behaviour, resource conservation and population

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Simple: Losing weight and staying happy could be as easy as a walk in the park, a study has found

growth.’ It also found that the benefits were a result of people caring more about the future, rather than a boost in mood. Adults in Britain spend an average if three-and-a-half hours of hours in front of the small screen each day - around 15 per cent of their life. The population’s increasingly sedentary lifestyle and vast use of tablet computers, televisions, smartphones, laptops and games consoles, has been linked to obesity problems and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. A previous study by Utah

University found that leaving your laptop at home, switching off the smartphone and taking a walk in nature can help boost brain power by as much as 50 per cent. Researchers found that adults performed much better in a creative test after spending four days in the great outdoors disconnected from modern technology. It also found that being in a park or woodland can improve your problem-solving skills, thus explaining why a holiday helps recharge the batteries after busyperiods of work. Source: Dailymail.co.uk

Early bedtimes could combat child obesity P By Emma Innes

utting children to bed earlier may be a simple way to keep their weight down, research has shown. Childhood obesity is not only caused by fast food, sugary drinks and lack of exercise, the new findings suggest. Lack of sleep also appears to be an important factor.

Scientists made the discovery after adjusting the sleep patterns of 37 children aged eight to 11, more than a quarter of whom were overweight or obese. For the first week of the study, children were asked to sleep their typical amount. During the second week the children randomly had their sleep time either reduced or lengthened. Over the course of the third

When children increased their sleep, they reported consuming an average 134 fewer calories per day and lost half a pound in weight

week, they were given the opposite sleep schedule. When children increased their sleep, they reported consuming an average 134 fewer calories per day and lost half a pound in weight. Tests showed they had lower fasting levels of the hunger-regulating hormone leptin. ‘Findings from this study suggest that enhancing school-age children’s

sleep at night could have important implications for prevention and treatment of obesity,” said Dr Chantelle Hart, from Temple University in Philadelphia. ‘The potential role of sleep should be further explored.’ The findings are published in the journal Pediatrics. Dr Hart is now working on a followup study to determine whether increased sleep produces significant changes in eating patterns, activity, and weight. ‘Given all of its documented benefits, in many ways, you can’t lose in promoting a good night’s sleep,’ she added. S o u r c e : Dailymail.co.uk

Researchers have found that childhood obesity is not only caused by fast food, sugary drinks and lack of exercise, but also a lack of sleep


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Factional clash stops nomination of Bauchi APC interim leadership From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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ll efforts by the stakeholders of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bauchi to form interim leadership of the party in the state failed as the exercise was marred with clashes of interest Our correspondent gathered that two groups emerged at the meeting expected to nominate members into the interim leadership held yesterday. The meeting was attended by party stalwarts in the state but the process ended up in chaos.

The youths in their hundreds chased away the party elders from the venue of the convention at Zaranda Hotel in Bauchi when their favoured candidates lost out. Our correspondent learnt that some elders, led by Senator Mohammed A. Mohammed, attempted to impose themselves as leaders of the party and this fid not go down well with the youths who disrupted the meeting. This reporter learnt that at the meeting, Senator Mohammed was nominated by his group to be the interim chairman of the party with

Dr Yakubu Leme as Secretary, Alhaji Garba Gardi as Treasurer and Ali Wakili as Publicity Secretary. His nomination did not go well with some of the party members and they vehemently rejected them as they were calling for free and fair election. They also advocated the idea of making an independent person as the protem chairman. Other party stalwarts who backed Senator Nazif’s position include Alhaji Sani Mallami, former All Nigeria Peoples Party Chairman in Bauchi, Alhaji Baffa Tafida, former Chairman Action Congress

of Nigeria and Alhaji Aliyu Saidu former Chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change . Others are Hon Isa Hamma Missau, Hon Ibrahim Zailani, Alhaji Abdulmuminu Muktar, Garba Malu Chiroman Shira, Hon Aliyu Gebi,Hon Salisu Sabo all of them backing the emergence of Colonnel Hameed Ali (Rtd) as the interim leader of the party before the general convention. Meanwhile most of the stakeholders refused to speak to the press insisting that they would resolve their internal differences.

L-R: Special Adviser to President on Inter-Party Affairs, Sen. Ben Obi, Resident Electoral Commissioner for Delta, Dame Gesila Khan, Chairman, InterParty Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC), Dr Yunusa Tanko, during a voter sensitisation/ civic education workshop for political parties and stakeholders, on Monday in Awka. Photo: NAN

Kwankwaso will be an asset to APC , says Senator Gaya

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enator representing Kano South, Alhaji Kabiru Gaya, has said that Kano state governor, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, would be huge asset to the All Progressives Congress (APC) both in Kano and in the country if he eventually decamps into the opposition party. Gaya, who was speaking to newsmen in his Kano residence recently challenged any politician that would not be happy to see that his or her party is having Kwankwaso in his fold. Gaya, who is also the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Governments, hailed the move stressing that Kwankwaso is welcome to join the opposition party. “I am happy that governor Kwankwaso coming to APC with his people. Why should I envy people to come and help me in building my party? He is much welcomed and

we need people like him to join us and push the country forward”, he disclosed. He added that when Kwankwaso join they would sit with him (Kwankwaso) to fashion out modalities on how to further strengthen the structures and pillars of the party. The former governor stressed that he so much believed in destiny and God’s plan and that was why he saw no reason why he should make

a choice on who to join APC and who not to join the party. “It is God that gives whatever he chooses to His servants; so why should I envy anyone coming to join hands with us in our strong party?”, he stated. Gaya who was on his way to monitor some projects he executed in his Senatorial district, Kano South stated that in his sixth year as a Senator, he was able to empower more than 7,000 people, apart

from erecting three bridges in his constituency that cost over one billion Naira. “I singlehandedly helped in the establishment of 6,000 irrigation farms across the Kano South Senatorial district. In any of the 16 local governments that made up my constituency, I established at least one Skills Acquisition Centre for our youth and women. I was able to put on 500 street lights in four local governments,” he claimed.

Groups hail Sen Adamu’s leadership skill From Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia

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wo community based groups, the Lafia Progressive Association (LAPA) and the Alago Union (AU),have lauded the leadership skills of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, saying the former governor has placed the state on a genuine part of growth and development. Both groups, through their respective presidents, Isa Abdullahi

of LAPA and Aliyu Ari Lawal of Alago Union,made this known in separate speeches when the groups paid Sen Adamu a visit at the weekend in Keffi. While acknowledging the tremendous foresight of the former governor, particularly in laying foundation for peace in the state, the groups noted that his forays into such areas like agriculture, education and infrastructural development during

his eight year tenure, has placed the state in better stead. In his response, Adamu, while commending the two groups for identifying with him, urged them to participate fully in the development of the state. He noted that as groups, they have a critical role to play in initiating programs that could positively impact on their communities and the state at large.

Edo APC: Tinubu, Buhari advises INEC ahead of 2016

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ormer Lagos state Gov. Bola Ahmed Tiinubu yesterday urged the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to re-strategise ahead of the 2015 general elections. He made the appeal at Gov. Adams Oshiomhole’s fifth year anniversary in office and launch of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party in Edo. ``We are therefore reminding INEC that it has the responsibility to direct the people and correctly advise the people that it will guarantee a free, fair and credible election. ``We know that power is not easy to surrender. But we want it and we will get it in an honest manner because APC has come to stay,’’ he said. He commended the people of the state for their foresight in voting for Oshiomhole adding, ``your votes have not been misplaced by the amount of massive development being experienced in the state. ``Since you took that decision five years ago, Oshiomhole has never looked back in terms of infrastructure and economic development of Edo state. ``You have seen and witnessed the radical development. But let me say that this is not our final destination. ``Our destination is to take over the federal level to replicate what Oshiomhole and other APC governors are doing in their states. ``You have accepted APC and it is now your duty to begin to spread the good news around your neighbourhoods and communities’’. Similarly, former Military Head of State, Gen Muhammadu Buhar (rtd), who congratulated Oshiomhole on his achievements, said, ``I am happy that the people can now see the difference’’. Buhari said that he was optimistic that Oshiomhole would continue with his good work of developing the state. He said that an APC government at the centre would work to eradicate poverty and provide security to the nation. ``If you vote us into power, we are prepared to tackle cases of abduction and killings of people across the nation so that people can move freely in whatever part of this country. ``APC is here to take power in 2015 to effectively manage the economic fortunes of our land,’’ he said. (NAN)


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Politics

I’m committed to ensuring Jonathan doesn’t come back in 2015-Fani-Kayode Why are you in Dutse? am here to see one of the most distinguished and important figures in our country today. A man that has dedicated most of his life to making a difference in the fortunes of Nigeria. He is a friend of mine, he is a brother and I have come to look around the state. I have also come to have consultations with him about a number of things that are going on in the country today and we are all trying to join hands together to ensure that this country moves in the right direction especially as 2015 is approaching. I must say that I am very impressed with what I have seen here because I did a tour for about four hours and I am impressed and at the end of the day. That is the most important thing; the ability of a leader and chief executive of the State to be able to actually show tangible results and I must say that I am absolutely overwhelmed. Now I can understand why so many good things have been said about his excellency by so many key leaders in our country especially our leader, President Olusegun Obasanjo. I have seen why he is so moved by the efforts of his excellency. Seeing is believing. I want to tell everybody, no matter what part of the country you come from, you have to come to Jigawa to see what the Governor has done. The second thing is the usual consultations on the issues about the country on which direction to go. Your consultations obviously have to do with the new PDP and the crises that has engulfed the party for which Lamido is a member. What is your stance on the event in Abuja when a DPO was instructed to embarrass the aggrieved Governors? First I want to remind you I am not in PDP, I left about 6 or 7 months ago and I stated my reasons as of the time. One of those reasons is what happened the other day. I saw the video and I saw the story as it was happening, I was getting calls from some of the stakeholders who were in the meeting and it amazed me and saddened me that with all the efforts that some of those that were subjected to this humiliation have made for our country, somebody like his excellency Governor Sule Lamido was one of those that fought for the re-establishment of democracy, I am not sure the people appreciate that. When they formed the G9 to convince Abacha to begin to leave after that they formed the PDP, I was a very junior member; I came in very late. I wasn’t even in the country. They were the people that formed the party. From the G9 then the G18 then the G37 and then the PDP and

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Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, former Minister for Aviation under former President Obasanjo was in Dutse, Jigawa State capital to consult with Governor Sule Lamido on 2015. He spoke to newsmen just before his meeting with the governor and he bared his mind on the current crisis rocking the PDP, his exit to APC and his relationship with the embattled Aviation Minister, Mrs Stella Oduah. Our Jigawa Correspondent, Ahmed Abubakar, was there. Excerpts then it became a formidable force that it was for so many years. It was there before President Obasanjo became the President. So for people like that to be subjected to that kind of humiliation; for a DPO to be sent to attempt to stop a meeting that was being held within the confines of the Kano State Governor’s Lodge in the middle of the night, and it was not a large political meeting but just a gathering of individuals and of course, they have the right to do that; for them to walk in and do what they did, I think it was very disgraceful. I take Two things from it: the first thing is that it serves as a vindication for the decision and choice some of us made sometimes ago, because for as long as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria continues to run the party, the PDP and the country the way he is doing, then we need to ensure that there are many changes to endure that he doesn’t come back. The way to do that is to leave and fight from outside. I feel that when those that are fighting from inside are subjected to this kind of thing, it tends to vindicate the position some of us had taken. The other thing is that regardless of the party, we really do need change. It doesn’t matter which party you are in and you are in the PDP what they call the new PDP which I call the original PDP, if you are within that faction within the PDP then it tells you that you need to fight a lot harder to ensure that the party becomes that which it was meant to be and that which it was before this tyranny and incompetence and this sheer wickedness sets in. It also means that those of us that are outside the PDP, in the APC or wherever you are, and those that have like minds within the PDP like the G7 Governors and many other Governors, I assure you are having consultations with many of us and have expressed their desire

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and determination to make a choice to leave the Goodluck camp at the appropriate time. It means we have to join hands to come together not to allow ourselves to be intimidated but operate within the law to try to ensure that we have a change and that is the most important thing. If at the federal level they had put 10% of the effort that somebody like Governor Lamido has put in from the state development, they would have made a difference. You are here as witnesses and I sincerely hope that you will let the world know. I don’t speak lightly and I am not one that is given to saying things just for the sake of saying them and I find it very easy to criticize, no matter how big or how small, but at the same time when you see a good thing, you need to be honest and courageous enough to come out and say it, this

Nigerians have lost their lives and clearly there have been mistakes here and there and the person that is charged to protect the lives of the Nigerian people in the sky don’t seem to be doing their job the way I feel it should be done

has nothing to do with whichever party you are in. If only the Federal Government and the leadership of this country had been able to do the same thing or even 10% of it at the federal level for the people of this country, people wouldn’t be complaining too much. They are not doing that and at the same time they are treading on everybody in their own party. It also means we have to join hands to come together not to allow ourselves to be intimidated but operate within the law to try to ensure that we have a change. I think we really have a problem and it is for us that have been in positions of leadership in this country, that command some level of respect, to try to do our best to set the country on the right path for greater change. Are you going to ask him to join the APC as part of your consultation? My own view is you don’t have to be in the same party simply to achieve an objective. My objective is clear, I am totally committed to ensuring that President Goodluck does not come back in 2015. That is borne out of the conviction, it is not even a political choice or decision, it is because I fear for the future of this country if he does. It is nothing personal, I have nothing against him. As a matter of fact he is quite a gentle person, I just think he is

not capable of running our country. We should be bold to say that. Whether you are in the new PDP or in the APC, for me it doesn’t really matter provided your objectives are the same. I get the feeling that the objective of those in the G7 in the new PDP, I wouldn’t want to speak for them, but I assume that they are the same with that of the APC. They also don’t feel comfortable with the leadership of their party and they want to effect change so we have to work together on a suitable candidate to take on the President in 2015. That would be my own choice but I think each one would have to make up his own mind. Some of them may have very strong ties with the PDP and probably feel that they don’t want to leave. I don’t know but each person has to make his own choice. I had friends that left the PDP years ago. People like El Rufai, Ribadu and so on but it took me a lot longer to leave than them but we are all together now within the same party. I sincerely hope that others will come including the G7 Governors. You had an issue with the Aviation Minister just before the bullet proof cars scandal, did you set the ball rolling for her barrage of attacks? Well, let me start by saying that I have absolutely nothing personal against Mrs. Stella Odua. Sometimes in this clime in our country when people criticize, the object of their criticisms sometimes feel that there is something personal, ‘he hates me, he doesn’t like me.’ I could speak from myself, from my nature I don’t see the individual, I only see the result of his or her actions and I am compelled to speak about that purely out of concern for the lives of many people in this country. If you have a situation whereby 200 people have died in the space of 2years, you had seven plane crashes including Helicopters, light aircraft and all crashes put together almost 200. Nigerians have lost their lives and clearly there have been mistakes here and there and the person that is charged to protect the lives of the Nigerian people in the sky don’t seem to be doing their job the way I feel it should be done. I think it is the question that is being put to her now concerning her conduct. My concern is in trying to ensure peoples’ lives are protected because we all fly in this country. Comments like accidents or crashes are inevitable and that they are acts of God, I don’t think are too helpful. Other than that, I wouldn’t like to say too much more. I don’t think it is right to kick somebody who is down. I think she has more than enough issues. I wish her well and I sincerely hope that she can sort herself out.


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90% of accidents caused by human error-VIO From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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he Zamfara state Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO), Alhaji Aliyu Muhammad Zurmi, has said that 90 percent of fatal road crashes recorded on Nigerian highways are caused by human error. Such situation, he said, impact negatively on the fight against road accidents. The VIO who spoke at the opening of a one-day executive meeting of Petrol Tanker Drivers (PTD) for the North-west zone held in Gusau, attributed the cause of accidents to the impatience, reckless driving and non professional use of road signs. He specifically called on the tanker drivers to drive with caution, regretting that some of them do not respect the rights of other road users. He advised drivers to always contact the VIOs for proper counseling even before they were issued with the driver’s license. On the part of the state government, Zurmi said, plans were underway to erect road signs in all the dangerous bends and other critical locations so that drivers especially first timers can be cautioned on how to drive.

4,900 inmates in Lagos prisonsController From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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he Controller of the Nigerian Prison Service, Lagos, Mrs. Catherine Nonye has said that there are over 4,900 inmates across various prisons in the state. She said this on Monday at the handling over ceremony of four operational vehicles by the state governor, Babatunde Fashola to the Nigerian Prisons Service, Lagos, to improve their efficiency in the state. Nonye lamented the state of prisons in the state, saying: “We have about 4,900 inmates in the various prisons in the state and transporting some of them is a bit hard. “We are happy with these buses as it will add to our fleet and will facilitate the movement of inmates from the prison to the courts’’, she said. The prisons boss listed other problems faced by the command to include inadequate court houses even as she called for the state government’s assistance in improving the prison facilities. She assured the state government of continuous partnership, as this will ensure effective criminal justice system in the state. Fashola while handling over the operational vehicles tasked the federal government to improve funding of the Service, saying “proper funding of the service was imperative to strengthen criminal justice administration system.”

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Centenary celebration: Suswam faults identification of money lender’s house From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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overnor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state has faulted the nomination of the house of one Audu Maikudi, a money lender as a significant monument to be showcased from the state during Nigeria’s centenary celebration. The governor who made the condemnation yesterday when the Director-General of the

National Commission for Museum and Monuments, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi paid a courtesy visit on him at Government House Makurdi, noted that there were better identifiable projects in the state to be showcased. He mentioned the office of the deputy governor which was built by the colonial masters in 1921, the old bridge constructed in 1932 as well as the ancient city of Abinsi

that has many colonial buildings still standing strong. “I totally disagree with the commission for identifying the house of a money lender to be showcased from Benue state during the centenary celebration when there are better monuments that the State can pride in. The aim of your function is to identify important artifacts and other monuments that can be

showcased not only to Nigerians but also the world”, Suswam said. The Commission’s DG, in his remarks, disclosed that over 100 sites have been identified to be showcased during the centenary celebration, adding that it was aimed at highlighting the nation’s similarities in our differences. He said the identified sites will be subjected to scrutiny before accent by the Presidency.

L-R: Captain James Baitachi (rtd), Lt. Emmanuel Ayuba, Lt. Audu Giwa Kure, Secretary to the Government of Niger state, Hon. Saidu Ndako Idris Kpaki, Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Youth Development, Hajiya Hassana Jummai Aliyu, Lt. Danjuma Albobi, and Lt. Mamman Daniel Joshua, during a visit by the newly commissioned officers of the Nigerian Army from Niger state to the SSG, on Monday in Minna.

Court orders Bauchi govt to appear against ex-councilors From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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he National Industrial Court sitting in Jos on Monday ordered a fresh hearing notice to Bauchi state government to appear before it and respond to a case filed against it by ex-councilors who were asking for their outstanding entitlements. The court said the government’s failure to appear on Monday left it with no alternative than to compel the government to appear.

The case was adjourned several times because of the failure by the government to send its representative to respond to the petition filled by 323 councilors of 2008 to 2011. Counsel to the appellants, Dalbadal Victor told the court that the government had declined any response to any of the court processes from the beginning of the case in December 2011. “We have properly served them with all the notifications, but they have not filed any

defence. No counsel to represent them, no form of response from the beginning of the matter up to this time. My clients intended to hold peaceful protest but I stopped them. We have made efforts to settle out of court but they fail to fulfill the agreement. We don’t have any place to ventilate our grievances rather than this court”. The Judge, R. H. Gwandu, in her ruling, warned the counsel to the appellants not to use inciting words and advise his clients not to seek their right through

unlawful means, but continue to be diligent and keep fate with the court as the best way to seek for justice. She asked for another hearing notice to the respondent, emphasizing that, “The fact that I don’t vent my anger to the party involved because they are not in court, but I look at their action as a contempt of court, and if they fail to respond, I will subpoena them to be in court”. The case has later been adjourned to January 20, 2014 for next hearing.

Court slams 7 months imprisonment on man for fraud

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Lagos High Court, Ikeja on Monday sentenced a 27-year old man, Junior Williams also known as James Smith to seven months imprisonment for involvement in fraudulent act. The presiding judge, Atinuke Ipaye, said the sentencing followed the guilty plea by the accused after an amended charge of offences bothering on fraud brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Having found the defendant guilty of all the counts, Judge Ipaye therefore sentenced him to seven months imprisonment on each of the counts, adding that the sentence shall run concurrently from the day he was arrested. Prior to the conviction, counsel to the anti-graft agency, Muhammed W. Bawa told the court that the commission received a petition from Four Point Hotel By Sheraton that the convict used stolen credit card and various documents and laptop to perpetrate the fraud.

According to him, “Junior Williams (alias James Smith) had in his possession a document dated 16th May 2011 title “GENTLEMEN ‘s AGREEMENT financial instruments via swift MT199+MT103” purported to have originated from Barclays Bank Plc, 1, Churchill Place, London to Redsea Cooperative Hotel for the transfer of funds is good, clean, clear and free from non criminal origin lien encumbrances and third party interest which you fraudulently represented to him that you possess from him.”

Bawa stated further that the convict obtained credit under false pretence for himself through incurring liability for Unified Payment Nigeria, the acquiring company for VISA credit card transaction by booking an online room reservation at Four Point By Sheraton Hotel with stolen credit card No PAN49354901096990649 in the name of James Smith. The offence contravene Section 364(1) and punishable under Section 361(1) of the Criminal Law Vol 44, no 11 Laws of Lagos state, 2011.


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Lagos sanctions 9 principals, others over misdemeanour N o fewer than nine teaching staff of public secondary schools in Lagos state including four Principals, three vice-principals and two class teachers have been sanctioned with various punishments ranging from demotion, transfer, deferment of promotion and stern warning for contravening approved promotion criteria for public secondary schools and mutilation of students report cards.

A statement issued Monday by the state Ministry of Education explained that the decision to punish the teachers was taken after an emergency Personnel Board Meeting of the Education District III, Falomo and was meant to serve as a deterrent to others who might flout the state’s policy on promotion criteria in the future. The statement listed the affected teachers all from the Education District III as including

Mrs. A. A. Ogunsina , a grade level 17 Officer and the Principal of Dolphin Junior High School, Lagos Island, Mr. O. F. Talabi, the Vice Principal (Academics) of Dolphin Junior High School, Lagos Island, Mrs. R. O. Adebara, Vice Principal (Academic) and the Acting Principal of Girls Senior Academy, Lagos Island, Mr. Joshua A. Afolabi, Principal, Ebute Elefun Senior High School, Lagos Island, and Mrs. Abigail O. Makanjuola, Principal, Girls

Junior Academy, Lagos Island. According to the statement, other affected teachers are Mrs. Falilat O. Shodipe, the Vice- Principal of Girls Junior Academy, Lagos Island, Mrs. Muninat A. Rafiu, a class teacher also at Girls Junior Academy, Lagos Island, Mrs. O. A. Fajulagbe, Principal, Dolphin Senior High School, Lagos Island and Mr. Olaniyi A. Bada, a class teacher at Dolphin Senior High School, Lagos Island.

Officials of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), monitoring the sales of petroleum products at Mobil filling station, yesterday at Utako, in Abuja.

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to the development of the education system in the state. He stated this yesterday at his palace while receiving the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and current Commissioner, Political Affair at the ECOWAS Commission, Hajiya Salamatu Hussain, whom the school was named after. He said Salamatu’s contributions to educational

development across the state made the Kebbi state government and other stakeholders did her the honour. “She is a role model; she has established educational foundations across the state’ she always seek for my advice anywhere she finds herself; she deserved this honour”, he said. Responding, Hajiya Salamatu

who was at the palace on a courtesy visit, assured the emir and the people of the state that she would continue to support the education sector, most especially girls-child education. “I am a female Lawyer; I promise to support the education sector, and I want parents to assist their children both in the western and Arabic education”, she said.

Yuguda warns students against vandalising govt properties From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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overnor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state has warned students in all state owned institutions of learning against vandalising school properties or face the consequences. Yuguda gave the warning yesterday when he paid an unscheduled visit to Government Secondary School, Toro, in Toro local government area of the state. He tasked the management of schools in the state to ensure they enforce discipline in the lives of students, as it will go a long way to inculcate moral values in them. According to the governor:

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he Igbo community in Kwara state has appealed to President Jonathan to ensure that all ethnic groups in Nigeria participated in the proposed dialogue. The President-General of the community in the state, Engr. Trulove Njoku, who made the appeal during an interview with journalists in Ilorin, said there was no way various burning issues could be resolved without the convergence of these groups. “This national conference or national dialogue should not compromise the unity of Nigeria. There should be fairness among all ethnic groups that would participate in the course of discussing issues affecting our nation”, he said.

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Gwandu emir backs renaming of secondary school he Emir of Gwandu and Chairman, Kebbi state Traditional Rulers Council, Maj. Gen. Iliyasu Bashar [rtd] has described the renaming of the Abdulahi Fodio Girls Secondary School to Salamtu Hussain Girls Secondary School by the Kebbi state government as the right step

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Teenager in court over alleged attempt to rob with toy gun

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From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

Igbos in Kwara want all ethnic nationalities at Confab

“The state government has invested so much in the educational sector of the state by equipping schools with computer sets, supply of textbooks, reconstruction work at the

schools, improvement of teachers’ welfare and the feeding system. With a massive investment such as this, I expect the best from the teachers and the students”.

Yuguda who lamented that the system was infested with unqualified teachers in the past, noted that the state government flushed out those teachers and replaced them with qualified ones.

teenager, Yusuf Rasaq, who allegedly attempted to rob proprietress of a school with a toy gun, yesterday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on a twocount charge. Eighteen-year-old Rasaq, who resides in Ikorodu, Lagos, was charged with attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. The prosecutor, Insp Roman Unuigbe, said that the accused conspired with another person still at large and attempted to rob the proprietress of Reigns Primary School, Ikorodu, Mrs Christiana Omoloye. Unuigbe submitted that the incident occurred on Oct. 26 at the school premises. He said that the offences contravened Sections 296 and 297 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that attempted robbery attracts up to 14 years jail term. The Magistrate, Mrs Olufunke Hamzat, granted him bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum. She adjourned the case till Dec. 16 for mention. (NAN)

Katsina residents urge govt to construct link roads

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ome residents of Katsina town yesterday appealed to the state government to construct access roads to link seven communities in the state capital with the new Ring Road, to boost economic activities. Some of the residents said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Katsina that the access road would benefit the

residents of Yammawa, Rafukka, Kofar Sauri, Tudun Yan’lufidda, Kukar Gesa, Farin Yaro and Kofar Guga. They commended the state government for its efforts in roads construction, but noted that the absence of a road linking the communities was causing hardship to the residents.

One of the residents, Alhaji Usman Tinau, said: ``Construction of access roads to link the ring road is very important because it will accelerate the development of these areas. ``Gov. Ibrahim Shema’s administration is known for construction of access roads in rural and urban areas of the state, hence

the need for it to make same gesture for Kofar Sauri to Kofar Guga area of the Katsina town.’’ Alhaji Haruna Kuki, a resident of Rafukka, said ``If access roads are provided to link the ring road, they will boost the socioeconomic well being of the people not only in the affected areas, but also the entire state capital.’’(NAN)


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Italy picks Balotelli, others for Eagles Stories by Albert Akota

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he Super Eaglesl get a stiff test when they meet the Italian National team as Coach Cesare Prandelli has named a crack 28 man squad to tackle the Super Eagles. Italy, who have already qualified

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for the World Cup are due to face Germany in Milan on Friday, before travelling to London to engage Nigeria at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground in an international friendly . There is a recall for Zenit St Petersburg defender DomenicoCriscito who has not been part of the set up for about two years, as well as Parma’s Marco Parolo and Mario Balotelli. Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon leads an all star cast that includes Juventus playmaker Andrea Pirlo, Lazio’s youngster Lorenzo Insigne, Thiaggo Motta and Manuel Pasquale. Juventus defender, Angelo Ogbonna, who has Nigerian parents, also made the team alongside Christian Maggio and Federico Balzaretti, as dependable defender Giorgio Chiellini drops out due to injury.

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Mergersa vows to shock Eagles at Calabar

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thiopian midfielder AsratMegersa was left distraught after his team lost 1-2 against visitors Nigeria Super Eagles last month in a World cup 2014 playoff match. Visibly the best player in the match, the tall and talented midfielder gave a virtuoso performance that earned him praise from Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi but that was not enough to help his team to a dream win against the African champions. Megersa who returned back to Ethiopia after a stint in Israel playing for Hapoel Ramat Hasharon still feels they could get positive results against Nigeria away in Calabar. “Nigeria is a good side with very talented players but in our first leg match in Addis we pushed them to the wall but crumbled late in the game despite the good game we played. “We have a battle in our hands in the return leg on Saturday but I believe as footballers we cannot

Keshi glad over Obi, Moses BBC award nominations Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi, has said that his excitement to learn that John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses are among the five shortlist for the 2013 BBC Africn Footballer of the Year. BBC revealed its shortlist for this year via its Newsday programme. The three other shortlisted players are Jonathan Pitroipa of Burkina Faso, Gabon’s PierreEmerickAubameyang and Ivory Coast midfielder, YayaToure, who makes the shortlist for the fifth successive year. Keshi, 51, said the nomination of Mikel and Moses shows that the African champions are now competing with the best on the continent. He revealed how he spoke to the Super Eagles on resumption as head coach of the team two years ago on worming their ways into winning individual honours while balancing their ethics as team players at the same time. “I’m hearing this for the first time. I’ve been busy preparing for the World Cup game against Ethiopia. “But I’m happy to hear this and it is pleasant news for the players, the team and the nation. I hope one of them can win it. “I must say this is a result of hard work, commitment and openmindedness to learn and make sacrifices as individuals and as a team. “When I became coach of the team I sat down with the boys and made it clear that they have the ability to be rated among the best players in not just Africa but the world.

“These boys already know much about the game and I’m sure I can’t start teaching like small boys. “I try as much as possible to make them feel like they are in a family which is important and it has worked well for us and that’s why we have players being nominated for awards now. But it’s down to the good work of the players, coaches and officials.

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“Now I am confident that we are on the verge of good things to come once we continue with this same pace and I am happy that what we started two years ago is bearing fruits. I hope one of them will win the award this year,” Keshisaid. Austin Okocha was the last Nigerian to win the BBC award in 2004 after he had won it the previous year.

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rule out a comeback at this stage as everything is possible in football.” “We have all been dreaming big for the World cup and the mood in camp is very upbeat but we leave all to God to help guide us in

Calabar one truth is that we are all proud of where we have come from since the qualifiers started. “We hope for good results and that is what we are working hard for now,” Asratsaid.

Akpoborie warns Eagles against complacency

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ormer Nigerian forward, Jonathan Akpoborie has charged Super Eagles not to take the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia for granted. Both sides will clash in the decisive 2014 Fifa World Cup African play-offs on Saturday at the UJEsuene Stadium, Calabar. The Eagles will head into the clash with the first fixture 2-1 win against the East Africans in Addis Ababa in October. Akpoborie said the Ethiopians will be a hard nut to crack when both sides square up for the decisive challenge this weekend given their brilliant performance back home in Ethiopia. “The Super Eagles shouldn’t take the Ethiopians for granted as they’re capable of causing an upset here in Calabar. “The game in Addis Ababa was a difficult one though we won 2-1

by sheer brilliance of Emmanuel Emenike. “The Ethiopians stood out in that game even though they lost and will be more dangerous when they take to the pitch on Saturday against the Eagles in the reverse fixture. “The Eagles must gird their loins for a tough game as Ethiopians are not finished as far as the race for Brazil 2014 is concerned. “I’m positive the Eagles will grab a decent result that will hand them the World Cup ticket but must work extremely hard to achieve the feat,” the former VfL Wolfsburg striker said. The aggregate winners of the encounter will automatically qualify for the quadrennial global football showpiece coming up in the South American state, Brazil next summer.

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Federation postpones annual public service games

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he President of Federation of Public Service Games (FPSGA), Dr Victor Orji has said that the 2013 FPSGA game billed for Nov. 21 to Nov. 30 has been postponed. Victor, who disclosed this Abuja, said that the games have been re- scheduled for December. According to him, the game was shifted based on their numbers of participating and the Head of Civil Service promotion exams while other offices are still waiting to get approval. “The date of the game has been shifted to December because some of our members are participating in the Head of Civil Service promotion exams going on, “And also some offices are yet to get approval to participate in the game due to the resources which comes in

end of the month. “So we are hoping that by end of this month they would have gotten the approval and everything will be in place,” he said. “The game will not affect the NYG because Abuja is hosting, ours is in Benue so there is no problem with that,” He however said the football play-off billed for November to select clubs from each zones was also cancelled. Orji said looking at the numbers of football clubs registered arrangement had been put in place to accommodate all the teams which led to the cancellation. Peoples daily Sports recalled that 30 football clubs had initially indicated interest to participate in the

football play-off billed for Nov. 4 to Nov.9 at the National stadium. “We decided after the meeting to cancel the play-off after considering some other things we realise that we can accommodate all the teams that have register for the game. “So we do not have to screen or the team participating in the zonal elimination, all the 30 clubs will participate in the game,” Orji further stated that they were under-going screening to ensure that athletes registered under a particular organisation were staff of that organisation. “We are going from one office to the other for the screening exercise to ensure that athletes that are registered under a particular organisation are staff of that organisation.

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Don’t expect NSC to fund your activities, minister tells sports federations Stories by Albert Akota

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inister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission (NSC), Bolaji Abdullahi yesterday insisted that federal government will only support federations that have gold medal capacity at international competitions while disclosing this at the inauguration of the 2nd batch of National Sports Federation in Abuja, noted that era of jamboree has past and NSC has stir from era of uncertainly to an era of inclusion and greater participations. Minister explained that the inauguration of the 2nd batch of the federation implies that 32 of the 41 federation have successfully conducted their election. “I am aware that the present the board does not preclude any federation from indentifying credible Nigerians that can help in uplifting the sports to an appreciable level. “As a further step towards the full democratization of our sports, all federation must enjoin to encourage their sports federation to imbibe the culture of constituting their boards through democratic process. The practice of selecting people for sports association is against

the norm of international sports federation. “Therefore, NSC can only support those that have gold medals capacity to be taken part in any international competitions especially Commonwealth and Olympic games in 2014, “he said. Minister however, reminded the newly elected member that their election to federations is a clarion call to national service and charged them to work as a team.” Abdullahi said. In his remarked, DirectorGeneral of the NSC, Gbenga Elegbeleye, said that time had come for Nigerian sports to reclaim its lost glory. “This is the final lap of the democratization process of the national sports federations. It is time to give support and make necessary contributions that will positively transform our sports” The newly elected federations are Nigeria Aquatics federation, Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF), Nigeria Cycling Federation, Nigeria Golf Federation, Nigeria Hockey Federation, Nigeria Kick-boxing Federation, Nigeria Rowing and Yachting Federation KungFu Federation, Nigeria Rugby Federation, Nigeria scrabble Federation and Nigeria Shooting Federation

he President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Alhaji Aminu Maigari yesterday said that they have intensified preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup showdown against the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia. Maigari, who stated this in Abuja during an interactive session with the media, said that the NFF was aware of the expectations of Nigerians in the Nov. 16 showdown in Calabar. According to Maigari, the NFF had decided to give the match the attention it deserved, to ensure that the Super Eagles qualified for the World Cup at the expense of the Walya Antelopes. “We are on the last lap of this campaign and we hope to be victorious at the end of the

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game, we are fully prepared for Saturday’s encounter against Ethiopia. “Though I am not aware of

how many players that have arrived the camp of the Super Eagles, I believe that all is well. “Nobody is taking this match lightly; we are committed to this cause because we want to create history,’’ Maigari said. Meanwhile, Emeka Inyama, a member of the board of the NFF, urged Nigerians to pray for the team as it strived to consolidate on the recent success of the Golden Eaglets at the just-concluded U-17 World Cup. He added that the prayers of Nigerians contributed to the success of the Super Eagles in the last African Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa. The Super Eagles would need to consolidate on their earlier 2-1 victory against the Walya Antelopes, to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.

Amputees pledge to lift Nation’s Cup in Liberia

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he Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF) National team yesterday boasted that it would lift the Cup of Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) in Liberia, holding from Nov. 25 to Nov. 30. The Assistant Coach of the team, Gbenga Dosunmu, said that the players had been exhibiting tremendous skills at the training sessions. “I am happy with the level of responsiveness of the boys to the painstaking programmes we subjected them to, they are obedient and yielding to corrections, which is very encouraging. “In spite of the open camp, non-response from the national body, they still show interest and the zeal of victory is manifesting in their general performance,’’ he said. According to him, Nigeria was able to make a mark at the 2011 edition held in Ghana by thrilling Nigerians in the Diaspora and other football fans. “I am very optimistic that football enthusiasts will be on the

Amputee players look out for our national team, while other participating teams will be warming up to confront us.’’ He said it was disheartening that no adequate preparation was being made to fortify the team’s readiness for the competition, urging the National Sports Commission (NSC) to give them some attention. ``The team is expected to be in closed camp, engage in friendly matches and probably go for a training tour to get exposure, but

nothing is forthcoming, even till date. “These boys are out to make the country proud like the Golden Eaglets just did, notwithstanding their physical challenges. All they need is adequate preparation from the NSC and other corporate organisations,’’ he said. The NAFF national team presently trains behind the Stadium Hotel, Surulere, while waiting to be invited to camp to tidy up their preparations for the continental tournament (CANAF).


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Ribery: Zidane tried to lure me to Real

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ayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has said Zinedine Zidane “tried all he could” to persuade him to join Real Madrid. France international Ribery was heavily linked with both Madrid and Barcelona before joining Bayern in 2007, and speculation that he could join one of them resurfaced before he signed a new deal to stay in Munich in 2010. The 30-year-old told BeIN Sport, in quotes reported by AS, that he was happy in Germany but would not rule out joining compatriot Zidane in Madrid at some point. “I am not interested now because Bayern is my family,” he said. “Barcelona and Madrid are very big teams. There was a moment when both teams were interested in me, and I liked

both. “But I had a moment in which I felt closer to Madrid than Barcelona. Zidane wanted me to go to Madrid and he tried all he could.” Ribery, who played a starring role in Bayern’s treble-winning 2012-13 season, said he believes he has a good chance of picking up this year’s Ballon d’Or. “I feel good about it,” he said. “It is getting closer and closer. This has been one of my best years. I was lucky enough to win everything.” FIFA president Sepp Blatter revealed last weekend that this year’s shortlist for the prize would contain five names, two more than in previous years. Those five names will be announced early next month, with the prize handed out in Zurich on 13 January.

Franck Ribery Lionel Messi’s ongoing injury issues threaten his fouryear stranglehold on the prize, although he is still tipped to make the list.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is another certainty to make that cut, with Neymar and Zlatan Ibrahimovic others thought likely to be on the list.

tletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has withdrawn from the Spain squad with a leg injury. The Brazil-born 25-year-old, who has won two caps for his homeland, confirmed his wish to play for Spain and was named in the squad to face Equatorial Guinea and South Africa. He qualifies through residency having joined Atletico in 2007. Costa played for Brazil against Russia and Italy in March, but friendly games do not commit international players. He was left out of the Brazil squad for June’s Confederations Cup and is not tied to one country until he has played in an official competitive game. He has scored 13 goals in 13 La Liga appearances this season. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari had said last month that he would pick Costa for the

upcoming friendlies with Chile and Honduras. Scolari added that “Spain should respect Brazil’s right to choose its players” and accused Costa of “turning his back on the dream of millions”. Speaking last week, Costa admitted the decision to switch allegiance was a difficult one. “It was very difficult to choose between the country where you were born and the country that has given you everything,” he said. Costa is the fifth Brazil-born player to be included in a Spain squad following Heraldo Becerra, Catanha, Donato and most recently Marcos Senna. He has been replaced by Juventus striker Fernando Llorente in the squad. Holders Spain will defend their World Cup title in Brazil next summer.

Mertesacker, Ozil, Klose doubtful for Germany squad

Arsenal duo Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil are struggling with illness.

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ermany coach Joachim Loew could be without Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Miroslav Klose for the forthcoming friendlies against Italy and England.

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Costa ruled out of Spain squad with injury

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A virus had ruled Arsenal centre-back Mertesacker out of Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday, and while teammate Mesut Ozil did appear at Old Trafford

he has also contracted the illness. The German Football Association (DFB) announced that neither player will be present when the Germany squad meets in Munich ahead of the two games. However, the DFB did not reveal whether they were expected to be available before the flight to Milan on Thursday. Lazio striker Klose has travelled to Munich but is unlikely to be available for either Friday’s game in Italy or Tuesday’s game in England. The 35-year-old, who has just returned from a foot injury, damaged his shoulder in Lazio’s 1-1 draw against Parma and will be examined by DFB doctors in Munich on Monday. With 68 goals, Klose is currently tied at the top of the Germany all-time scorer list with legendary striker Gerd Mueller.

latan Ibrahimovic’s brilliant overhead goal for Sweden is among the ten contenders to win the 2013 FIFA Puskas Award. Ibrahimovic capped an incredible four-goal display in Sweden’s 4-2 win over England on Nov. 14, 2012 as he executed a bicycle kick from 30 yards out that looped over goalkeeper Joe Hart. The Paris Saint-Germain striker is on a ten-strong list to land the FIFA Puskas Award, which was won by Slovakia’s Miroslav Stoch in 2012. Also on the list is Neymar for his thumping shot for Brazil in their 3-0 Confederations Cup win over Japan, and Udinese’s Antonio Di Natale for his stunning volley against Chievo in April this year. Votes for the winner are to be cast on FIFA.com and francefootball.fr until Dec. 9 before a second round of voting will take place from the three leading strikes. The victor will be announced at the unveiling of the FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich on Jan. 13, 2014.

Messi out for 8 weeks

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ionel Messi has likely played his last game of 2013 after tests carried out on Monday found that the Barcelona forward tore a muscle in his left thigh during the previous night’s 4-1 Primera Division win at Real Betis. Messi, 26, appeared to suffer an injury during a sprint while challenging for the ball with Betis defender Jose Caro in the 18th minute. The four-time Ballon d’Or winner immediately approached the Barca dugout to tell them he was hurt, and Andres Iniesta replaced him in the 21st minute. At the time it looked like the Argentina captain had suffered another muscle problem, and confirmation of a tear came via a club statement released. Given Barca’s last match before this season’s winter break is at Getafe on Dec. 24, it now looks likely Messi will get to spend Christmas at home in Argentina and perhaps be back in action for his club’s first game of 2014 at home to Elche on Jan. 4 or 5, before attending the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 13.


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Britain extends ATP World Tour Finals deal to 2015

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he BBC will continue broadcasting the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals from the O2 in London in 2014 and 2015 after extending its contract with the ATP. The deal gives non-exclusive television and full radio commentary rights, with eight singles matches on television, including a semi-final and the final. The BBC has also secured nonexclusive live radio and online rights to all ATP World Tour Masters 1000 matches. The ATP World Tour Finals have been on the BBC since moving to London in 2009. The 02 Arena has hosted the ATP World Tour finals since 2009 and will do so until at least 2015 The tournament, held annually since 1970, is the climax to the men’s professional season, with the top eight singles players and doubles teams competing for the last titles of the season.

Djokovic beats Nadal to win World Tour Finals

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ovak Djokovic retained his ATP World Tour Finals title with a convincing win over world number one Rafael Nadal. The Serb, who lost the top ranking to Nadal last month, won 6-3 6-4 at the O2 Arena in London. Djokovic, 26, extended his unbeaten run to 22 matches as he claimed the season-ending title for the third time. He will now head to Belgrade, where Serbia take on the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup final from Friday. Nadal might have earned the year-end number one ranking after his remarkable return from injury in February, but Djokovic denied him a first ATP Finals title and laid down a marker for battles to come in 2014. “It’s the highest quality of tennis that you have next to Grand Slams, because every match that you play, you play against a top 10 player every second day,” said Djokovic. “Especially this year, with back to back Paris Bercy

tournament and London, wasn’t easy for sure. Always the happier of the two playing indoors, the pace and depth of Djokovic’s returns in particular put pressure on Nadal and played a major part in the Spaniard double-faulting four times in the opening set. In a blistering start, Djokovic was one point from going 4-0 clear as he stood up to the baseline and returned Nadal’s firepower with interest. However, a missed backhand on break point let the Spaniard off the hook, and Djokovic’s game briefly deserted him. An unexpected sliced backhand from Nadal caught the Serb off guard and drew an error that allowed the top seed back into the set, but Djokovic gathered himself to hold for 4-3 and then launched another assault. Nadal, 27, might have won three of his five meetings with Djokovic this year but the Serb won comfortably last

Novak Djokovic time out in Beijing, and when the Spaniard began spraying forehands early in the second set, a repeat looked on the cards. Djokovic converted his third break point for a 2-1 lead with yet another deep return that Nadal could not handle, and he had two points to break for a fourth time.

Jamaica doping scandals tip of iceberg, says senior drug tester

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amaica’s most senior drug tester says the country’s recent rash of failed tests might be the “tip of an iceberg”. Dr Paul Wright said that the

Caribbean island’s anti-doping regime had been woefully short of the international standards required. His comments come a week

after the World Anti-Doping Agency visited Jamaica to investigate claims that the country’s athletes were not being tested rigorously enough.

Former Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission executive director Renee Anne Shirley sparked the crisis when she said the agency conducted just one out-ofcompetition test in the six months leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Her criticisms, made in an article in Sports Illustrated, followed a series of adverse findings involving Jamaican track and field athletes. Asafa Powell, the former 100m world record holder, was the biggest name to test positive, but four others including Powell’s training partner - the Olympic relay gold medallist Sherone Simpson - also failed tests at the

country’s national trials in June. Both Powell and Simpson claim that they took supplements that might have been contaminated with the banned stimulant Oxilofrine. Wada officials are due to discuss their visit to Jamaica at an executive board meeting in Johannesburg on Tuesday and could make a series of recommendations to improve the country’s anti-doping policies. But Dr Wright - a senior doping control officer with Jadco who has 30 years of experience of drug testing in sport - is concerned that Wada’s intervention will not lead to the sweeping changes required to give the world confidence in Jamaican sport.

Grand National winner fined £3,000 over Southwell run

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Powell and Simpson

WBO orders Burns to fight Crawford

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lans for a February rematch between WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and Raymundo Beltran look to be off after the governing body ordered Burns to make a mandatory defence. The WBO has told Burns’s management to begin negotiations with mandatory challenger Terence Crawford of the USA. The letter, dated 8 November, gives the Burns camp 30 days to arrange the bout. However, unification fights with either Miguel Vazquez or Richar Abril remain possibilities for the Scot.

Burns retained his world title after a controversial draw with Beltran in September. The 30-year-old champion suffered a broken jaw early in the fight, with the Mexican challenger’s manager saying his fighter had been “robbed”. And promoter Eddie Hearn said he thought Beltran had done enough to win “a close fight”. The much-hyped Crawford, 26, from Omaha, is unbeaten in 22 contests. Burns could go after IBF champion Vazquez or bid to take Abril’s WBA belt, but negotiations would need to be done quickly following the WBO’s intervention.

Ricky Burns

rand National-winning trainer Sue Smith has been fined £3,000 by the stewards at Southwell over the running and riding of hurdler Emral Silk. Conditional jockey Jonathan England was suspended for 18 days and the horse banned from running for 40 days. Stipendiary steward Robert Sidebottom said the rider “didn’t make all reasonable substantial effort to achieve the best possible placing.” Smith’s 66-1 shot Auroras Encore

won the National at Aintree in April. The wife of former top showjumper Harvey Smith, based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, was the third woman to train a National winner after Jenny Pitman (Corbiere 1983, Royal Athlete 1995) and Venetia Williams Sue Smith

(Mon Mome 2009). Emral Silk (12-1) finished seventh of eight behind winner John Reel, beaten a total of 42 lengths on his hurdles debut. “They have been found in breach of schooling and conditioning in public,” said Sidebottom. England’s ban runs from 25 November to 12 December. It was his second offence within 12 to 24 months. Emral Silk is prohibited from competing in a race from 14 November to 24 December.


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QUOTABLE QUOTE “To show how unserious the government is, it was during the recent meeting that our members had with President Jonathan, that the President saw the copy of the agreement that we entered with the government in 2009. How do you expect us to trust the government? And the president was chairman of the federal government delegation. – ASUU members on FG offer

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espite flight hiccups from Lagos to Calabar and Abuja to Calabar, only nine Super Eagles players missed the maiden training session of the team ahead of Saturday’s clash against Ethiopia in the Canaan City of Calabar. The Head Coach, Stephen Keshi has led all members of the technical crew and other officials into the city now described as Nigeria and Africa’s number one tourism destination. Few hours later, Chippa United of South Africa central defender, James Okwuosa arrived camp to become the first player from outside the shores of Nigeria to arrive. Immediately after lunch yesterday, John Mikel Obi came in with John Ogu and MLS star, Bright Dike. Everybody was getting animated. Few minutes later Victor Moses arrived, Godfrey Oboabona too, Nnamdi Oduamadi remained the good boy he has always been and just as training commenced Elderson Echejile joined his mates at the UJ Esuene Stadium. The five home based stars that opened camp on Monday and you will know how happy camp has been.

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n the midst of the unsavoury debate over the rightfulness of a six month’s extension of emergency rule on Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, I hope the government is listening to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam’s mantra for curbing the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east? Nigerians of various hue, including parliamentarians who gave a go-ahead for the extension of the emergency rule have been asking the question over and over again if this rule had provided the answer for violence. We are daily witnessing acts of violence involving robbery, decoitry, kidnapping, and murder everywhere. In the North and other parts of the country, people are amassing illicit arms and ammunition. The forces of hate and violence are becoming more and more entrenched, almost becoming impenetrable to the security forces. With the deadly onslaught of Boko Haram particularly in Borno and Yobe, Nigerians have every reason to be skeptical about the strategies in place for curbing insurgency and crime. Until it chose a nationalistic approach to the problem, the administration at the centre had dismissed suggestions of security lapses out of hand, and pushed conspiracy theories against political opponents in the North. Things have now eased up a great deal. The government no longer jumped the gun with namecalling before it became clear who is to blame for incidents

he paramount ruler of the Iquo People of Calabar Municipality, His Royal Majesty, Edidem (Dr) Thomas Ika Ika Qua, has declared that phisically, spiritually and otherwise, the Super Eagles have already berthed at the World Cup holding next June in Brazil. The team will play the final leg, second round qualifier against the Wailan Aibecs (Antelopes) of Ethiopia of Ethiopia in Calabar. Speaking in his palace, when he received team coordinator, Emmanuel Atta and Media Officer, Ben Alaiya, who were sent by Head Coach, Stephen Keshi to seek his royal and fatherly support, the traditional ruler said the match will not be as easy as envisaged but the Nigerian side has what it takes to pick the World Cup ticket. “I have been reading all manner of boasts by the opposition that they will come here and defeat Nigeria and I simply say how can somebody who has never crossed the big river says he has killed a crocodile. The oppossition will definiytely fall”, he said. “The God of Nigeria and that of the land of Calabar is with the team and no amount of evil machinations will make the team not to achieve its aim”, he declared.

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of terror. May be they have begun to put national interest first. News Agency of Nigeria quoted a member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Goni Haruna, (APC, Yobe) decrying the six months extension, saying “100 percent of the state, including myself and the Governor (Ibrahim Gaidam), say no to the extension of emergency rule in the state”. He said since the emergency rule was declared, the people of the state had come under severe attacks by the Boko Haram group. He further stated that the state had been unable to provide the dividends

of democracy to its people because much of the resources available to the government was being spent providing security. The governor in his reaction asserted that it was not the extension of emergency rule that would end insurgency but a fullthrottled army push to quell the Boko Haram. To do other than this, he said, would amount to “motion without movement”. In the opinion of the governor, members of the insurgent group were in possession of superior weapons than the army. He then advised that “the Federal Government must provide high caliber arms and weapons to succeed in the fight against terrorism. Until the country’s security outfit is fully equipped with more superior arms, equipment and reinforced manpower, we may have slim chances of winning the fight against terrorism.” This is a new and dramatic turn in the entire debate. It brings to the fore, the issue of the responsibility of leaders to the armed personnel they send to fight for the country. In this war against insurgency, what is often forgotten is the thousands of

Politics in Nigeria can get tweaked and twisted and this happens all the time. But no right-thinking government can risk a situation in which its army is the under-dog in this kind of war. Army’s reputation for its ability to restore law and order whenever the police fails continues to take a big hit in, not only the North-east but in North-central states of Plateau and Benue. No national army wants to be the under-dog in this kind of situation and our leaders must act to reverse this. 7458 1765 9046 1969 0344

men (and women) who gave up, and are still giving up their lives to see Nigeria is united and safe. It is to this issue that Gov. Gaidam spoke. His was a clever speech that resonated will with many in the region. Politics in Nigeria can get tweaked and twisted and this happens all the time. But no right-thinking government can risk a situation in which its army is the under-dog in this kind of war. Army’s reputation for its ability to restore law and order whenever the police fails continues to take a big hit in, not only the North-east but in North-central states of Plateau and Benue. No national army wants to be the under-dog in this kind of situation and our leaders must act to reverse this. Having noted this, it is important that the engagement with the insurgents is not reduced to the level of bullets and guns alone, as many have repeatedly said. Even after making much hue and cry about human rights violations, civil society groups and most of the citizens do appreciate the good work of the security agencies. There is no known method yet, by which heavilyarmed insurgents can be contained without a resort to arms even in situations of self-defence. But beyond this, government policies should begin with honest intentions to aim at changing the lives of the poor inhabitants of these strife-torn areas. As everyone agrees, poverty lies at the heart of all the violence. In addition to the creation of job opportunities, education and socio-economic empowerment, government should start taking the right messages to the people. Do poor Muslims want to fight poor Christians or fight poverty? Do poor Beroms want to fight poor Fulanis or fight poverty? With civic education using radio, classrooms, churches and mosques, political and other social gatherings, poor Nigerians will come to know that the battle we have to fight is to become richer, not to shoot at or slit one another’s throat.

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