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Govt Searches For Over 200 Nigerians ‘Contacted' By Coronavirus Patient ISSN-2052-1979

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Coronavirus in Nigeria! The Scare, The Measures

BOSS OF THE WEEK

Tony Elumelu: Celebrating a Selfless, Well Endowed Philanthropist

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Now That Corona Virus Has Navigated Its Way to Nigeria

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Tony Elumelu: Celebrating a Selfless, Well Endowed Philanthropist By Eric Elezuo

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i n t a g e To n y Elumelu is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and f o u n d e r o f T h e To n y Elumelu Foundation. A Nigerian national honours holder, the Commander of the Order of Nigeria (CON), and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR). It worth noting that Tony successfully held the fourth edition of his annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurial Forum with about 54 African countries participating. Born Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu on March 22, 1963, in Jos, Nigeria, the economist by training, v i s i o n a r y entre preneur and

philanthropist, acquired and turned Standard Trust Bank into a top-five player in Nigeria. In 2005, his corporate reputation as an African business leader was sealed when he led the largest merger in the banking sector in Sub-Saharan Africa to acquire United Bank for Africa (UBA). In five y e a r s , h e transformed it from a single-country bank to a panAfrican institution with over seven million customers in nineteen African countries. In 2011, New African magazin

e listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in Africa, and a year later (2012), he was recognised as one of "Afri

ca's 20 Most Powerful People" by Forbes Magazine. Following his retirement from UBA in 2010, Elumelu founded Heirs Holdings, which invests i n t h e financial services, e n e r g y, r e a l estate a n d hospitalit y , agribusines s , a n d healthcare sectors. In the same year, he established the To n y E l u m e l u Foundation, an Africa-based and African-funded philanthropic organisation dedicated to the promotion of excellence in business l e a d e r s h i p a n d entrepreneurship, and to e n h a n c i n g t h e competitiveness of the private sector across Africa. His stated objective at t h e formation o f To n y Elumelu Foundation was to "prove that the African private

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sector can itself be the primary generator of economic development." The Foundation is charged with the mission of driving Africa's economic development by enhancing the competitiveness of the African private sector. As a premier pan-Africanf o c u s e d n o t - f o r- p r o f i t institution, the Tony Elumelu Foundation is dedicated to

Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), a publicly quoted conglomerate that has business interests in the agribusiness, energy, and hospitality sectors. Elumelu was subsequently appointed chairman of the corporation. His enterprise is not limited to self financed enterprises as he serves as an advisor to the USAID's Private Capital Group for Africa (PCGA)

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establish world-class hospitals and diagnostic centres across Nigeria, at the invitation of the Federal Government and the Presidential Jobs Board, engineered to create 3 million jobs in one year. He also serves as a member of the Global Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative (SE4ALL) and

economic prosperity and social wealth. Elumelu sees Africans taking charge of the value-adding sectors and ensuring that those value-added processes happen in Africa, not through nationalisation or government policies, but because there is a generation of private sector entrepreneurs who have the vision, the tools and the

USAID's Private Capital Group for Africa Partners Forum. One will not be wrong to address him as a philosopher as well as he is the originator of the term Africapitalism. According to him, Africapitalism is an economic philosophy that embodies the private sector's commitment to the economic transformation of Africa through long-term investments that create both

opportunity to shape the destiny of the continent. He insists that Africapitalism is not capitalism with an African twist; it is a rallying cry for empowering the private sector to drive Africa's economic and social growth. Having studied under Professor Porter at Harvard Business School, Elumelu subscribes to Michael Porter's concept of Creating S h a r e d Va l u e ( C S V ) .

Tony Elumelu, wife and children

the promotion and c e l e b r a t i o n o f entrepreneurship and excellence in business leadership across the continent, with initiatives like The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) In a bid to expand his conglomerate as well as his business horizon, in 2011, through Heirs Holdings, he acquired a controlling interest in the Transnational

Partners Forum. He also sits on the Nigerian President's Agricultural Transformation Implementation Council (ATIC). He is also vicechairman of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria (NCCN) whose formation he was a key driver in, and serves as Co-Chair of the Aspen Institute Dialogue Series on Global Food Security. Elumelu additionally chairs the Ministerial Committee to

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Professor Porter is the Founding Patron of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. In the same vein, CSV refers to the idea that "companies must take the lead in bringing business and society back together." It asserts that "businesses acting as businesses, not as charitable donors, are the most powerful force for addressing the pressing issues (society) face(s)." In 2003, the Federal Government of Nigeria granted Tony Elumelu the title of Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR), a national honour, and in 2006, he was voted African Business Leader of The Year by the Africa Investor magazine and was also recognised as African Banker of the Year in 2008 by the African Banker magazine. In 2009, the Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar'adua honoured him with a place on the Presidential Committee on the Global Financial Crisis. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious National Honour of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) for his service in promoting private enterprise. Apart from being recognised as one of "Africa's 20 Most Powerful People in 2012" by Forbes Magazine as well as being featured in the New African Magazine's list of the "100 Most Influential Africans in Business". He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the Benue State University and an honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

In 2013, Elumelu received the Leadership Award in Business and Philanthropy from the Africa-America Institute (AAI) Awards. He was also named African Business Icon at the 2013 African Business Awards. In addition, ESI-Africa, frequently described as "Africa's power journal", named Elumelu in its 2015 'ESI Most Influential Figures in African Power' list, in January 2015. Elumelu is not just a financial wizard; he also writes as well as provides incredible inspiration to writers. Some works that involves him include: How to Excel at Work – Proven strategies for achieving superior work performance by Bili A. Odum -a book inspired by Elumelu's work ethics. Elumelu has contributed to the Nigeria Leadership Initiative White Papers, writing on Leveraging private sector approaches in transforming government delivery.

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The Power of Vision: The TOE Way: A handbook Insights on Tony Elumelu is a testimonial compiled on the occasion of his retirement as Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer at the United Bank for Africa. It contains messages from Aliko Dangote, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, Professor Michael Porter, f o r m e r Wo r l d B a n k managing director and Nigeria's Minister of Finance, Ngozi OkonjoIweala, President of Sierra Leone; Ernest Bai Koroma, former United States Comptroller of the Currency, Eugene Ludwig and Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He has written about his philosophy and the economic development of Africa for several publications around the world including The Economist, the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times.

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Eliana, Parents Visit Rev. Mother Esther Ajayi After Successful Operation In India Story: Femi Gabriel

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fter a successful heart surgery and treatment in India, Eliana Jewola alongside her parents, on Thursday arrived Nigeria and ushered to visit Rev. Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi at her residence in Maryland, Lagos. The baby who once suffered a hole in the heart was sponsored by the Esther Ajayi Foundation on all expenses paid treatment to India. Charging Eliana’s parents, Revd. Mother urged them to dedicate her to God's work. "You have to make sure that this child goes before God. Just as Hannah allowed Samuel in the Bible to yield to God's work, so should Eliana be. It has been God all the way; you have to channel her gaze towards establishing a heart foundation. By this, she would give back to humanity", she said. The baby’s father, Mr Oyewole Jewola, who said his family will be forever grateful to Rev. Mother Abimbola Esther Ajayi for paying all the bills associated with the issuance of their travelling passports, visa, medical, flight and other miscellaneous, vowed to consecrate Eliana for God's use. "She is for God", he said. Mr Oyewola and his wife, Florence, narrating how pathetic the situation was

for the family before Revd. Mother, through her foundation - the Esther Ajayi Foundation, came to their rescue, hinted that their daughter's health situation made them further confirmed how powerful God is. Eliana's father as well appreciated the amazing love shown to them by the Ajayis during Rev. Dr Ademuyiwa Ajayi's

birthday in India. He said "Mummy's coming to Delhi, as a check-up on us, I was so excited and I felt so concerned that what have we done to deserve this goodness from our mother, because someone leaving Nigeria because of us that she does not know from anywhere and she came with her husband Daddy and their first son, Mr

Emmanuel. The three of them flew all the way from Mumbai to Delhi. That distance by air is two to three hours and very stressful. They purposely came to visit us because of our little daughter. I really thank them very much". The baby was however received at the airport by LOC team, led by Mr Abiodun Joshua, JP.

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28 Contacts Quarantined, Firm Shut in Ogun over Coronavirus

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ollowing the incident of Coronavirus recorded in Ogun State, the state government says 28 people who had contact with the Italian victim of the disease have been identified and quarantined. The government also said the firm where the victim visited in Ewekoro has been shut down. The state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, disclosed this, o n F r i d a y, w h i l e addressing newsmen on the update of the Coronavirus incident in the state. The governor said efforts were on to identify more contacts to curb the spread of the disease.

Abiodun said, " T h e particular company in question has b e e n practically shut down and they have set u p t w o isolation centres within the premises. "They have identified all those that have been in contact with this index, totalling about 28. All those 28 people have been quarantined." Earlier, the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr Tomi Coker, said the victim, whose name was

not given, fell ill in a cement company in Ewekoro, where he visited for a business engagement from Italy. Coker while explaining how the 44-year-old Italian victim entered the state said, "In the last 12

hours, the first case of the chronic virus has been identified in Nigeria and the individual was visiting Ogun State. “The individual is of Italian origin and he is a consultant to the Lafarge, Ewekoro factory."

Anti-Congo Regime Protesters Set Fires In Paris

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aris police arrested dozens of protesters on Friday who burnt scooters and garbage bins outside a concert venue hosting a Congolese singer they accuse of giving a voice to the Kinshasa regime. The nearby Gare de Lyon train station was partially evacuated amid the chaos and police warned Parisians to stay away as a thick, black column of smoke bellowed over the city centre. Authorities had banned protests around the concert by singer Fally Ipupa at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, but dozens turned out in anger nevertheless, facing off with the artist's fans and trading insults.

"With their music, they (the Congolese government) are bringing an entire people to their side while they slaughter and rape women and children," opponent Willy Dendebe told AFP at the scene. "I have been here (in France) for 30 years because of them! Thirty years and we let them be here in France as if nothing has happened. So yes, we are angry!" Police said 30 people were arrested and 54 fined for participating in a banned protest. On Twitter, Paris police denounced the "unacceptable violence" and posted a

video of what it said was "scandalous behaviour" by protesters shown wielding large roadworks barriers to prevent firefighters from getting to the flames. The SCNF train service operator said the underground section of the Gare de Lyon was

evacuated as a precautionary measure. Train traffic was severely disrupted. Outside the station, AFP witnessed a dozen firetrucks at work amid the smouldering wrecks of about 30 vehicles, mainly scooters.

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Reps Summon Bank, Farmers Over Anchor Borrowers Programme

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he House of Representatives on Friday summoned the management of the Bank of Agriculture over the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria's Anchor Borrowers Programme. The reps also summoned farmers across the country that failed to repay their loans. The Federal Government's agriculture transformation agenda was designed to encourage crop production and processing to achieve self sufficiency. The programme is being implemented by the Central Bank of Nigeria in collaboration with the Bank of Agriculture. But the House of Representatives said it was sad over the bank's handling of the Anchor Borrowers Programme initiated by the CBN. A member of the House committee, Dr Zainab Gimba, representing the Bama/Ngala/Kalabalge constituency in Borno State, said farmers from the North-East were not happy with the BoA. Gimba said farmers had on several occasions visited her office and the committee with complaints of finding it difficult to access loan from the agric bank. But in his response, the Managing Director of the BoA, Dr Kabir Adamu, dismissed the Gimba's claim, saying it was a lie to say that the bank had not

released funds to farmers in the North-East. He claimed that many farmers in the region took loans in billions but failed to repay them. H e s a i d , " We a r e collaborating with the National Refuge Commission to help resettle those displaced through agriculture. "Last year, we made a donation of rice, blankets and other materials to support the people. We have also signed MoU with the North East Development Commission and agreed on key areas of mechanisation, production and so on, to see how we can support them. "On the issue of Anchor Borrowers Programme, let me say that people are good

at telling lies. Once people don't get what they want, they would distort every other thing. Many people took loans but refused to pay them." He added, "Let me take Dili-Biu for example, we gave them about N3bn in 2018 and it has since expired but they have not paid anything back. The only recovery captured in paper is five per cent recovery and that five per cent is equity contribution from the farmers. "We have been following them, nothing has happened. Suddenly, N600m came in from the Central Bank of Nigeria and then they started mounting pressure on us to release money to them. We then said, what

happened to almost N3bn that we gave you? At least demonstrate commitment by paying back what we have given. "Both the Central Bank of Nigeria and the beneficiaries put pressure on us to keep disbursing money. At the end of the day, when recoveries are not made, we are the ones facing difficulties getting the farmers to repay." Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Committee, Muntari Dandutse, said the bank should appear before it alongside its debtors and those who had applied for loans but couldn't secure them.

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Era Of Tax Evasion Gone – FIRS

he Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mr Muhammad Nami has warned tax defaulters to settle their indebtedness to the government as there is no hiding place for tax debtors. He said this in a statement issued by the FIRS on Friday in Abuja. The FIRS boss urged the Nigerian elite to show example in tax payment to the people by making full disclosure of their taxable incomes to the service. This, he stated, would ensure rapid development of the economy. The statement said he spoke during a meeting with the House of

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Representatives' Public Account Committee chaired by Oluwole Oke. Nami said, "The Nigerian elite must work to change the masses' perception of us as tax dodgers. When it comes to tax matters, our image out there as elite in the society is that of unpatriotic privileged people who resort to all sorts of tax avoidance and tax evasion schemes despite making good money or returns in their businesses. "To the man on the street, the typical Nigerian elite makes so much from the system in terms of taxable income, yet he or she does not pay his or her fair share of tax to the government."

He said many people are of the opinion that wealthy Nigerians don't pay tax. The FIRS boss added, " G o i n g forward, this s h o u l d change. The u p p e r echelon of society must s e e t a x avoidance and tax evasion as unpatriotic act, and stop it forthwith. "The era where the Nigerian big man shirks his tax responsibilities to the nation is gone. "It is a thing of the past as the

FIRS under the current board and management will press everyone, especially the tax dodging elite, to pay their fair share of tax for the overall benefit of all in the nation-building process."

PDP Dumps Plans To Seek Review Of S'Court Judgments

he Peoples Democratic Party may have abandoned plans to seek a review of the Supreme Court judgment dismissing its case against the election of the President Muhammadu Buhari. The PDP and its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission's declaration of Buhari of the All Progressives Congress as the

winner of the 2019 presidential election. The former ruling party lost its case at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, and also lost at the Supreme Court. But the party indicated on Monday that it would approach the apex court to review its judgment. Sources close to the leadership of the party said there was pressure on the party to forget the plans due

to what they described ''as the need to respect the sanctity of the Supreme Court.'' Also, it was learnt that the decision of the party was fuelled by the manner the apex court treated the appeal filed by the APC for the court to review its judgment on the Bayelsa State governorship poll. The Supreme Court stopped David Lyon of the APC from being inaugurated as Bayelsa State governor, along with Biobarakuma DegiEremienyo, on the eve of his inauguration after the deputy governor-elect submitted forged certificates to the INEC. Douye Diri of the PDP, who came second in the November 16, 2019 election, became governor.

But Lyon and his party approached the Supreme Court to reverse its judgment. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja, also called on the Supreme Court to review its judgments on the governorship elections in four states. The party also demanded a review of the apex court's judgment on the 2018 governorship election in Osun State. In the judgment, the Supreme Court upheld the APC's candidate, Governor Gboyega Oyetola's victory and dismissed the PDP candidate, Ademola Adeleke's appeal.

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Govt Searches For Over 200 Nigerians 'Contacted' By Coronavirus Patient

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equel to the detection of the disease in Nigeria on Thursday, the governments of Lagos and Ogun states have begun the search for those persons who may have had contact with the patient. It was also learnt that they might also be placed under surveillance for two weeks once identified by the government. L a g o s S t a t e Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Abayomi, said during a press conference on Friday that the Italian, whose identity has yet to be revealed, tested positive for the virus in Lagos after he travelled to Ewekoro, Ogun State, for a business appointment at Lafarge Africa Plc. Abayomi stated that the Italian flew a Turkish Airlines flight into the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos, from Milan, Italy, having transited through Istanbul, Turkey. Meanwhile, Saturday PUNCH exclusively learnt that there were 121 passengers on the Turkish Airline flight. T h e c o m m i s s i o n e r, however, noted that the patient did not exhibit any symptom as of the time he arrived in the country. He explained that the patient spent the night in a hotel around the airport area in Lagos before he left for a consultancy appointment in Ogun State, where he was also l o d g e d i n a n

accommodation provided by Lafarge. The commissioner revealed that the patient fell ill on Wednesday while still in Ogun State and that he was transferred to Lagos on Thursday where he was diagnosed with the virus, after which he was quarantined. Also speaking during a press briefing in Abeokuta on Friday, Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr Tomi Coker, noted that before arriving in Ogun State on Tuesday morning, the patient had made contact with three people in Lagos State in the night. She added, "He stayed at a guest house and at about 4 p m o n We d n e s d a y February 26, he developed fever. The hospital of Lafarge was very sensitive to the case, they responded immediately and contacted Lagos that they had a high suspicion." Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi

Hamzat, who was a guest on Television Continental on Friday, said, "This young man came in from Milan. He came in on the 26th. He has a consultancy job with a company in Ogun state. "He went to Ewekoro and then he fell ill and the doctors were smart enough to say this is somebody that is coming from Italy that has just suddenly fell ill. So they took him in. So we sent an ambulance there with a pep jacket. So they brought him in and then he was diagnosed. "Within four hours, he was diagnosed. Our diagnostic tool seemed to work better than we expected. Normally it takes about eight hours but within four hours, we were able to determine it. So he is in our biosecurity lab in Yaba." Nigeria is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa and the third

country to record the Coronavirus after Egypt and Algeria since its outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019. As of Friday, 83,000 cases have been confirmed, out of which 8,000 were classified as serious. At least 2,800 deaths have been recorded while more than 36,000 people have since recovered. Apart from China which has the highest number of cases, the Coronavirus has spread to over 20 countries of the world, including the United States, Japan, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Hong Kong, Australia and Taiwan. T h e Wo r l d H e a l t h Organisation has since declared the disease outbreak as a global health emergency while scientists and pharmaceutical companies across the world are battling to find a vaccine for the disease.

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5G Deployment Difficult Without Power - NCC

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h e N i g e r i a n Communications Commission has acknowledged that the deployment of 5G will be difficult if power supply remained inconsistent in the country. The commission added that extensive fibre infrastructure deployment at the last-mile would also facilitate the deployment of 5G. T h e N i g e r i a n Communications Commission stated this during a discussion with Nigerians at a special panel session at the Social Media Week Lagos. The Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity at NCC, Bako Wakil, and an Assistant Director in the Spectrum Administration Department of the Commission, Kenneth

Uzoekwe, addressed participants at the event. Speaking on the topic: '5G Networks: Socioeconomic benefits and challenges', Wakil said Nigeria would derive huge socio-economic benefits from commercial deployment of the 5G, which would boost the economy. He explained that all communication possibilities that allowed extremely accurate and nearinstantaneous transfer of large quantities of data could be achieved with 5G. Wakil said 5G technologies would ensure better experience of virtual realities, driverless cars, drone operations and the Internet of Things. Wakil described 5G as the newest generation of technology which "will bring about transformation in the

country in the area of smart city, smart transportation, efficiency in medicine, a lot of automation, and 5G will control a lot of appliances and devices with respect to Internet of Things." "The difference between all other existing generations of technologies such as 2G, 3G and 4G lies in speed and data capacity. The 5G deployment, however, offers even faster speed, high latency and high capacity that will transform consumers and business e x p e r i e n c e s " Wa k i l emphasised. He noted that while the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy was coordinating the NCC, the National Frequency Management Council, and the National Broadband Plan to address broadband infrastructure

deficits,Tinubu the poor state of electricity supply in the country needed to be addressed by other sectors of the economy because that matter was outside the purview of the NCC. Wakil explained that the NCC, having adopted the Open Access Model for enhanced broadband infrastructure deployment, it had licensed six out of seven proposed infrastructure companies to deploy fibre access in all the 774 local government areas of Nigeria. Speaking about NCC's preparedness for commercial 5G, Uzoekwe said there was enough spectrum bands that had been identified and could be used for the deployment of 5G.

Gas Supply From Nigeria To Ghana, Others Resumes

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he West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited has said it is resuming its supply of natural gas from Nigeria to its customers in Republic of Benin, Togo and Ghana. WAPCo disclosed this while announcing the successful completion of the cleaning and inspection of its 20'' o ff s h o r e p i p e l i n e f r o m Badagry in Nigeria to Takoradi in Ghana. WAPCo is the operator of the West African Gas Pipeline, which was built to supply natural gas from Nigeria to customers in Republic of Benin, Togo and Ghana. "The internal inspection of the 569 km offshore pipeline was c o m p l e t e d o n S u n d a y,

February 23, 2020, almost one month ahead of the scheduled completion date of March 20, 2020," it said in a statement on Friday. The statement said a significant amount of data was successfully gathered during the inspection and would be analysed over the next couple of months to further provide critical insights and assurance of the overall integrity of the pipeline to support WAPCo's continuous optimal operations. It said, "Following the successful cleaning and inspection of the offshore pipeline, WAPCo is resuming the transportation of gas to its customers in Benin, Togo and

Ghana. "In Ghana, WAPCo is currently transporting natural gas to its Takoradi Regulating and Metering Station only. Gas transportation to its Tema Regulating and Metering Station will commence after the completion of ongoing expansion works under the Ta k o r a d i t o Te m a Interconnection Project expected to be operational in March 2020." WAPCo said it was grateful to its stakeholders for the show of support during the cleaning and inspection exercise that allowed it to safely and efficiently execute the work plan ahead of schedule. "With the completion of the pipeline cleaning and

inspection exercise, WAPCo is better positioned to offer reliable and improved service to its customers in Ghana, Togo and Benin in their effort to provide a greater access to affordable and reliable power for economic growth," it said.

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Coronavirus in Nigeria! The Scare, The Measures By Eric Elezuo

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t may have been expected, but the shock it generated across the nation, especially Lagos and Ogun states where the index has lasting contacts, was nothing short of devastating. It was the unceremonious arrival of the dreaded Coronavirus disease, christened COVID-19 into the Nigerian territory. On Friday, February 28, 2020, Nigerians woke to the partial shock of the

arrival of the two months old world scourge, which has so far defied the technological know-how of highly advanced countries where it has made transit, chief among them its originating country, China. Va r i o u s c o n s p i r a c y theories, crazy as it sounds, have been circulating that the virus somehow escaped from a Chinese lab, either by accident or design. But

scientists studying its genetic code have debunked the notion as categorically untrue, linking its source to bats. They were of the opinion that it probably jumped to another animal, which passed it on to humans. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals. Seven, including the new virus, have made the jump to SKC Ogbonnia humans, but most just cause cold-like symptoms.

However, the COVID-19 is not as severe as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) having killed more than 1,500 people between them since 2002. Supposedly, Coronavirus is believed to have originated in a "wet market" in Wuhan which sold both dead and live animals including fish and birds. The animal source of the

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latest outbreak has not yet been identified, but the original host is thought to be bats, which are host to a wide range of zoonotic viruses including Ebola, HIV and rabies. Bats were not sold at the Wuhan market but assumed to have infected live chickens or other animals sold there. The disease has now spread to over 30 countries around the world, including popular southeast Asian holiday destinations such as T h a i l a n d , Vi e t n a m , Singapore and Malaysia as well as United Kingdom, Italy, Iran, Algeria and the latest, Nigeria. Nigeria happened to be the first sub-Saharan Africa country to be hit by the Coronavirus. The virus was brought into the country via an Italian national who works in

Nigeria and flew into the commercial city of Lagos from Milan on February 25. The Commissioner for Health in Ogun State where the index was first restricted, Dr Tomi Coker, said the victim, whose name was not given, fell ill in a cement company in Ewekoro, where he visited for a business engagement from Italy. The 44-year-old Italian victim is a consultant to the Lafarge, Ewekoro factory. Following the incident, the state government says 28 people who had contact with the Italian victim have been identified and quarantined as a measure to curtail the spread. The government also said the firm where the victim visited in Ewekoro has been shut down. The governor said efforts were on to identify more contacts to curb the spread

of the disease. "The particular company in question has been practically shut down and they have set up two isolation centres within the premises. "They have identified all those that have been in contact with this index, totalling about 28. All those 28 people have been quarantined," the governor, Mr. Dapo Abiodun said, The discovery of the disease in Nigeria has put to test the well promoted readiness the Nigerian government claimed to have. Prior to confirmation of its presence in Nigeria, the government has boasted of its readiness to tackle the scourge, having earmarked a huge budget in anticipation. But critics, including the senate has said the

country has failed its citizens as the index beat security check at the airport to gain entry into the country. But be that as it may, the CEO of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Mr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, has continued to talk tough, maintaining that the country is more than capable of dealing with coronavirus. " We s u c c e s s f u l l y managed Ebola and we manage outbreaks all the time and are currently managing Lassa fever. We have a strong team that is used to doing this." Collaborating Health Minister, Dr. Osagie Ehanire's assertion that the victim did not escape scrutiny at the airport, but showed no symptoms as at the time of test, Ihekweazu said the man was screened on arrival at the airport, however, he presented no symptoms at the time, which is w h y t h e temperature scanners at the airport did not detect he was ill. It must be noted that the index fell ill after over 24 hours he arrived in Nigeria. He stayed at an hotel on arrival before travelling to Ogun State the next day. "Screening is not a fool proof method as the virus has an www.thebossnewspapers.com


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incubation period of four to five days," he added. The NCDC boss praised the Nigeria doctors for their resilience, saying the speed with which Nigeria identified and confined the patient is a sign the country is prepared to deal with the outbreak. The scenario is quite different from what obtained in Iran and Italy where widespread contact has been made before confining. Meanwhile, authorities have obtained the passenger manifest from the Turkish airline the victim flown just as many of his contacts have been t r a c k e d a n d quarantined. In giving hope to Nigerians, the Health Minister assured that there was no need for alarm as Nigeria was well prepared to deal with the disease. He said that the country had four laboratories where patients can be tested and at least 60 doctors have been

deployed to Lagos's main airport to support ongoing screening effort. In his reaction, the president of the Nigeria Medical Association, Dr Francis Faduyile, expressed fears over the safety of health workers while directing its members to treat every single case as a possible coronavirus infection. Medical experts has said that cleanliness more than face masks and hand gloves remain the best

precautionary measure against the rampaging disease. They maintain that frequent hand washing with soap and water and alcohol-based sanitizers are some of the key ways of ensuring infectious diseases such as coronavirus do not spread. In 2014, Nigeria contained the spread of Ebola virus within its territory, which killed about 11, 000 persons across West Africa. The

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Wo r l d H e a l t h Organization recently said that an outbreak of coronavirus in Africa would hit the continent harder than China. T h e n o v e l coronavirus has killed at least 2,800 people worldwide, the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 83,000 global cases, with infections in every continent except Antarctica. In all, the governors of the two states, Lagos and Ogun, Mr Babajide Danwo-Olu and Mr. Dapo Abiodun, have risen to the challenge, and are leaving no stones unturned to see that the virus did not spread further than the present much hopes abound that the Italian victim will recover as his condition is 'stable'.

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Now That Corona Virus Has Navigated Its Way to Nigeria guess what, the chicken has finally come home to roost and the corona virus or COVID-19 as it is also referred to internationally has finally arrived on our shores surreptitiously and unwittingly, just like the Ebola Virus a few years ago. We were lucky then,

I guess we’ve always been very lucky with our carefree, cavalier and oftentimes lastminute.com attitude and approach to life

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ellow Nigerians, let me say emphatically that nothing travels faster than bad news. We were all enjoying our supposedly tranquil c o u n t r y, w i t h t h e equanimity of mind that comes from being a longsuffering people bedevilled by man-made problems, when suddenly all hell broke loose two days ago. It is usually in our character to treat serious issues very lightly and with criminal levity. That was the case with the corona virus brouhaha as the beginning of denouement of tackling this harbinger of death travelled across the world. While most countries prepared for the worstcase scenario, Nigerians and their leaders carried on as if they are invincible and have death locked up in their pouches, like Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. I guess we’ve always been very lucky with our carefree, cavalier and oftentimes lastminute.com attitude and approach to life. Well

that our meagre and inferior resources managed to contain what would have become a national tragedy of monumental proportions. We m u s t c o n s t a n t l y commend the bravery of the late Dr Ameyo Adadevoh who singularly ensured that Nigerians beat the Ebola Virus scourge by taking several heroic measures. These steps included resisting the pressure and overbearing influence of the Liberian Ambassador to release, the Liberian carrier, Patrick Sawyer, so that he could attend a conference. She also inventively created a makeshift isolation unit for Sawyer by using wooden barricades and continued to treat him, despite the absence of protective equipment or any manual about how to respond to the virus beyond what she had personally learnt from educating herself. I salute once again an amazing woman, an Amazon of the medical profession and a stellar Nigerian who will

forever be listed in the pantheon of Nigerian greats. Back to the corona virus and our significant lack of preparation and defences to fight this medical calamity once more. I remember landing in Ghana some weeks ago. I was stunned by the level of preparedness at the airport. My God, there was nothing like bigmanism, the queues were painfully long and incredibly frustrating. But we were all politely patient and nobody complained as it was obvious this could be a matter of life and death, if care is not taken and the great attention to detail that we were witnessing was not enforced. Sorry, if I’m always giving kudos to the people and government of Ghana on occasions such as these. Truth is Ghana deserves the encomiums and adulations I pour on its people and government. I readily admit that Ghana is far from being perfect

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Pendulum and it is a much smaller country to govern than our beloved Nigeria. But Ghana has very limited resources which it has managed more prudently, than we have managed our humongous resources and potential. What has largely helped Ghana is discipline. That same discipline is what was on display when I arrived at the Kotoka International Airport and was subjected to a rigorous scanning process to ensure that incoming passengers do not have symptoms of the corona virus. There is nothing wrong in acknowledging an African country that is doing its best against all odds. Africa has a lot to learn from Ghana. I first encountered Ghana about 25 years ago and I can safely say I’m still very impressed with the quality of life in education, Medicare, infrastructure, s e c u r i t y, t o u r i s m , electricity, and so on in the country. I have seen Ghanaian governments come and go, but the country has been largely blessed with cerebral and visionary leaders who have maintained the course and even improved the fortunes of their people and counntry. You can say Ghana’s economy is poor compared to other countries, but Ghana has managed its poverty well. The worst of Ghanaian leaders would easily be the best of leaders in most African countries. I have gone through this preamble to demonstrate

why Ghana is always ahead of many other African countries. When the Ebola virus broke out in a few West and Central African countries, Ghana immediately set up a very sophisticated testing system at its international airport. Till this day, it is a must to go through electronic screenings at Kotoka International Airport, Accra. In most other African countries including Nigeria, we were told the sophisticated equipment were ordered, but it seems that they were never delivered and certainly, as in the case of Nigeria, they were never deployed. Those that were delivered, and I won’t bother commenting on the standards, have long since been disbanded, dismantled and discarded. In any event, I consider

that from disuse and lack of proper and constant maintenance, they have become relics of a distant past, even though not so distant. Ghana never indulged in such misadventure. The efficiency at Ghana airports is of International standards. Not just that. Their data collection is superb. At the Immigration desk, finger-printing machines, as well cameras, are well positioned. You don’t have to take your passports to two different counters, thus saving some time. I have never been able to rationalise the basis for such procedure in Nigeria. Security, scrutiny and scanning of passengers is normally an unobtrusive and confidential process by the security agencies of other countries. As it is, you

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immediately know the identity of these supposed spooks of the DSS. How bizarre and crude! On the health and safety front, germicides and hand sanitisers are provided for you to cleanse your hands and fingers. Even the Customs’ desks provide gloves and so on. My epistle today is therefore of a social service nature. How can my dear beloved people of Nigeria support our government at this dangerous hour? If we choose to play politics with the corona virus, it may prove fatal and calamitous for thousands of our impoverished and ill-cared for people. I have been contacted by friends from Israel and South Africa who seem to know what to do in the present circumstance.

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Let me begin with the information I received a b o u t O P E R AT I O N CHRISTOPHER. “Christopher is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) software that offers deep m a r k e t i n g , consumer/citizen engagement and research services. It is a sophisticated real-time data-profiling platform with the ability to profile

detect huge discourse on social media about the Corona virus. Christopher then replies to these questions and concerns by engaging in these conversations to provide citizens with safety tips, food health tips, travel tips etc. In a period of 1 week, Christopher served replies to over 2.8 million South Africans addressing their

superlatively gifted guys. Christopher was provided with all the information relating to Corona virus as available on the health insurance website which was loaded onto the software. Using Artificial Intelligence, the software responds to queries on social media by extracting relevant information in a personalised manner. This has helped provide more

current state of the worldwide pandemic Tinubu crisis that the corona virus potentially represents. Clearly, it is only a matter of time before COVID-19 is declared a pandemic by t h e Wo r l d H e a l t h Organisation. There is no doubt that it is causing major global concern. With globalisation taking people across transnational borders as has

target audiences and analyse the information. Christopher enables private and public organisations to respond with accurate, hyperpersonalised messages to relevant consumers when it is relevant to them by engaging in relevant conversations in real-time on social media platforms. In South Africa, Christopher is currently using Social Listening to

concerns, queries and providing guidance on Corona virus. We are yet to see anything of this magnitude in Nigeria even when, as I write, the founder of Christopher is in Lagos. If needed and necessary, our authorities should reach out to the 25 years old genius who conceived of this wonder solution. There’s no doubt about the wizardry of these

accurate and timely responses to citizens’ concerns and queries beyond the traditional media approach. This is the power of Christopher technology using AI to tap into consumers micro m o m e n t s a n d conversations to deliver mass personalisation.” Now to my friends in Israel. From Israel comes this unique technology which evolved from the

h a p p e n e d g l o b a l l y, leading to the first confirmed case of the Italian who flew through Turkey, before landing in Lagos and travelling to Ewekoro in Ogun State, COVID-19 is spreading at an unprecedented alarming rate. The main risk factor for the corona virus spread is difficulty in tracking down potential points of disease transmission and

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dispersion. Investigators for the World Health Organisation are struggling to chase down the path of infected travellers before they come in contact with healthy individuals around the world. The Israeli model for preventing corona virus is well developed and is one that can be purchased as soon as popossible. As the literature on the system which is known as Columbo goes: “In order to aid countries to minimise the risk of corona virus entering through its country’s borders, we recommend the customer to use Columbo system which provides location history (accurate up to devices GPS capabilities). As an investigation and intelligence system, Columbo allows for crossovers of relevant locations and timestamps to quickly locate potential infectious individuals. Use cases on this system’s functionality within the

current situational threat are presented below: Use cases 1. Identifying individuals that were present within a country that appears on a defined “Risk List” and are present in the country as well as present in the country within the 14-day range since leaving the risk country. 2. The routes taken by risk individuals while they were within the country (locations as well as the frequency of visitations to each location), which can then be automatically displayed on a map within the system’s GUI (i.e. Heatmap)\ 3. The system can crossreference between individuals that visited countries of risk and whether they adhered to quarantine after returning to the country (quarantine identification: defined as one location with XX meters of movement) 4. Identifying 1st and 2nd degree circles to outline associates of risk populations within the

country. 1st degree circle includes individuals that have come within 2 meters risk population and 2nd degree being those that have come within 2 meters of the 1st degree circle. The system is not foolproof and comes with drawbacks which the literature highlights. “Disclaimers. • Because collection is within the country, we can get only the country roaming subscribers who came from pre-defined countries. • Limited collection due to timeframe and budget – best effort. • Prerequisite of open GPS • Prerequisite of individuals having used applications while they were staying in the country. • The system is not guaranteed to identify all individuals that are present within a designated location at a specific timeframe.” Even Canada has an Emergency Alert system which I am aware is being

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offered to Nigeria by some entrepreneurs w Tinubu i l l i n g t o collaborate between the Canadians and Nigeria. This system would effectively gather pertinent and relevant information and news for dissemination locally or nationally as required. It would practically eliminate the menace of fake news and its attendant scare mongering. I always try to give praise where and when it is due. Our leaders should learn to engage with their people in a positive manner. It is heartwarming that Governor Dapo Abiodun represents the kind of progressive, forward-thinking and proactive leaders that we need in Nigeria today. The candour with which he has dealt with the presence of the corona virus in Ogun State, the limitations, inadequacies and lack of preparedness that he recognises are faced by his State and his willingness to co-operate with States and agencies to immediately contain the spread of the virus and the urgent and viable steps taken in this regard are significant and admirable and laudable. My take is that we do not have to reinvent the wheel when we have systems like Christopher and Columbo available to assist our efforts. We can see and purchase what is readily available…

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Exemplars of Greatness: The Heroic Stride ByofTolulope Strive Masiyiwa of Africa! A. Adegoke “The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by” – Felix Adler have no doubt that the wonderful model of destiny, The Nikola Tesla Story that we studied last week have been of tremendous blessing to you. As the Scripture says, “He who walks with the wise will be wise…” (Proverbs 1:20). It is for this reason that we must, once again, accompany some of the heroes of our contemporary time through the story of their life’s journeys, so that we can receive the necessary impartation of wisdom, guidance and inspiration for our own uplifting. So, here is another exemplar that you just cannot do without knowing about! Strive Masiyiwa was born in 1961. By his 40th birthday, he had outwitted the dictator Robert Mugabe. By the age of 50, he was a multimillionaire mogul. Now, Masiyiwa – telecoms entrepreneur, philanthropist and proud Pentecostal – is among a cadre of African moguls aiming to turn the continent into a power house of productivity and entrepreneurship. Masiyiwa’s story is full of trials and tribulations, including a battle against the government of Zimbabwe that earned him death threats and probably made him flee the country in the year 2000.

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But it is also replete with triumphs. According to James Mwangi of Global Development Advisors, “Strive is one of a small but growing group of Senior African business leaders and entrepreneurs deliberately engaging in dialogue beyond business. Instead, those leaders are looking into Africa’s future overall, and in their broadmindedness and sense of obligation, they are the latterday Mellons and Carnegie.” Like Cornelius Vanderbilt, who saw early on that railroad infrastructure would revolutionise the American economy, Masiyiwa is using his mobile phone network as a platform for economic development across Africa, from education to healthcare. This has made him a man in much demand. In addition to overseeing the multi-country operation of his $750 million firm, Econet Wireless, and his Kwese Satellite television, he sits on

prominent boards like that of Rockerfeller Foundation. He appears on philantrocapitalist panels, is tapped by Richard Brandson for support, and dines with religious leaders at the White House’s annual Prayer Breakfast. In 2016, Masiyiwa took up the board chairmanship of Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, a post previously held by his friend, Kofi Annan. It gives him an even broader Pan-African reach than he already had. For all this, Masiyiwa presents as disarming and humble. He is a small man with a globe-like head, spherical and smooth. He favours gold-framed spectacles and light coloured ties, often in pastels that contrast nicely with the sharp black of his suits. He speaks softly and kindly, and punctuates his talk with jokes and exclamations. Masiyiwa would likely credit the Lord for his success. He turned

seriously into faith during the darkest of his tribulations, in the mid-1990s, and has never let go. “Do you read the Bible for an hour every day?” a CNN interviewer asked him in 2011. “Is that correct? I have read that.” “Oooh!” said Masiyiwa. “That’s when I am busy. I can read it for five hours in a weekend.” Religion motivates his philanthropy, which involves orphans and schooling, and is very personal: According to June Wales, President and CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum and World Affairs Council, “I spend most of my waking hours interacting with philanthropists but Masiyiwa really stands out. A lot of folks talk about engaged. Philanthropy – this is the real deal.” Masiyiwa was born in what was then Rhodesia (Now Zimbabwe) and was barely four years old when severe conflicts broke out in the

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talking that will have bankers country. The first major and investors interested in reason for the conflicts was what you do, and there is a getting independence from way to talk which makes Britain and then rejecting them shun and run from you, white-minority rule. In 1968, and it has nothing to do with Masiyiwa fled to Zambia, where you come from.” across the border. Their Many of the pieces he posts neighbours were Scottish, online evoke his who had a son. That was stubbornness, tenacity and more or less how young ability to educate himself Masiyiwa landed in an into being better; his utter Edinburg boarding school. prescience, too. In the midMasiyiwa returned to Africa in 1978, keen to join the 1990s, only a few would have guerrilla fight for independence. But a Strive Masiyiwa and wife, Tsitsi cousin in the Zimbabwe African National Liberation Army, later to morph into Mugabe’s Zanu-PF, advised that independence was nearly won. The new country would need people to run. And so, Masiyiwa scored a scholarship to University in Wales. In 1984, he returned with an engineering degree to Zimbabwe, which was then four years into its nationhood. He worked briefly for the government’s telecoms company, but state enterprise frustrated him, he says. After borrowing the guessed that cell phones equivalent of $75, Masiyiwa would become a major started a construction growth section in African business. Not only that, he countries. The government of spent two years studying Zimbabwe certainly did not. banking in order to procure a Masiyiwa did. He offered to small business loan – this develop a cell phone network before the advent of Internet in tandem with the State – and changed his social telecoms company, but the networks to better Mugabe-controlled understand the business government rejected his offer community. He learnt the – a refusal that Masiyiwa language of the golf course wrote, “must surely rank and of balance sheet. amongst follies in the world According to him, “In money of business: They could have game, there is a way of owned the Econet Wireless

Group, but instead they declared war on me!” The State telecom refused to grant Masiyiwa a license to cell-frequencies, claiming it had a monopoly. That was when Masiyiwa sued in 1994. The case went on for five years, and at one point early on, Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court ruled against Econet, leaving, apparently, no chance to appeal. As Masiyiwa recounted, “When we lost the Supreme

Court case in June 1994, I was totally devastated. Two years of work appeared to have gone down the drain. My dream was shattered. The lawyers made it clear that there was no appeal possible, and we packed away all the files. “Although four years earlier, I had survived abduction by what I believed, at the time, to be divine intervention; I never pursued this further from a spiritual perspective.

Church for me remained a place of funerals and wedding ceremonies. “When we got married, my wife tried very hard to get me to go to church, but whilst always respectful of her values, I never went. On Sundays, I would drop her and our then young daughter, at her church and go for my weekly squash game with “the boys” and dutifully pick her up, after the service. She was then pregnant with our second daughter. “On the Sunday after our Supreme Court defeat, I was still too gutted to go and play with the boys, but I took my wife to her church, as usual. She begged me to come in with her, but again I refused. I drove round the block and decided to return…I sat in the back, by myself. “My wife did not know I had returned. It was the first time in my life I had listened to a church service, without the compulsion of duty for an event held there. It seemed as though everyone in the room, except me, was so happy! The young American pastor was preaching about Jesus Christ, whom I thought I had known all my life. And yet now I realised that I did not know Him; I only knew of Him. Disturbed, I left hurriedly and went and sat in the car. “Throughout that week, I continued in my miserable daze, but I was also disturbed by what I had heard in that service. I went back the following week.

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tell you that He is the one giving you those dreams, and He is going to make it happen. He has also given you a new heart; you are going to have such compassion. Please come forward, if you are that man.’ “There could have been 500 people in that room, that Sunday evening. I got up, and made my way to the front of the room. A few days later, a miracle would occur, which would take us back to court, in a very dramatic way…” To put in a nutshell, some years later, Masiyiwa won the case. Econet now has a majority share of users in Zimbabwe and operations in more than 15 countries. It started offering mobile banking through its phones a few years ago, and within 18 months, some 20 per cent of Z i m b a b w e ’s G D P w a s passing through its networks. This reveals one of the keys to his success: foresight. At the time he was fighting the Mugabe government over his licence, hardly could anyone have imagined that mobile phone networks could become platforms for banking, or that they would so dramatically affect economic and h e a l t h c a r e infrastructures. Masiyiwa has come to relish obstacles and challenges. When asked, “What are you doing with the challenges around you?” He replies that they are opportunities in disguise. And like other prominent African businessmen,

he believes that “Ultimately, A f r i c a ’s d e v e l o p m e n t challenges are also its business opportunities.” Gaps in infrastructure, healthcare delivery and the like are “huge opportunities to unlock value,” not barriers to entry. Once those barriers are addressed people get more disposal income, and market opportunities grow – creating a phenomenal virtuous cycle. And that, perhaps, was what Masiyiwa meant in the year 2016 when he sat on a panel with Bill Gates, Tony Blair, Paul Kagame and others, and told the audience to stop considering Africa “exotic”. Instead, he said, it is a business climate like any other – defined by challenges and opportunities – and one that rewards innovation, determination and homework. Masiyiwa is, indeed, a living

proof of the power of TENACITY. Added to that is the ability to FOCUS on the crown and not the crisis. And most importantly, his story reveals the strength of divine grace that comes through salvation! He went through the painful processes to get ultimately paid. He carried his cross to get his crown. He empowered himself with relevant skills and knowledge and applied them all through divine wisdom to solve challenges in a changing world. Being a lover of God, he became empowered and conquered his zero, then, emerged a HERO! The key question is, what have you learnt from all these inspirational narrations and experiences so far? And what will you do about it? Exemplars of Greatness Series continues next week…

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reetings Destiny Friends, Beauty lies in the eyes in the beholder is a popular saying, which has proved to be true because if you ask ten blind men to describe an elephant, they’ll describe the elephant based on the way they feel it. One of the beauty-aspects of life is its originality. In this contemporary age where digital communication has gone global, no one likes a fake product, a fake friend, a fake person, etc; everyone likes it when you’re the best version of yourself. Though some schools of thought might relish in the aphorism, “fake it until you make it”, If truth be told, there’s nothing sweeter than when success is organic, especially when people identify with you for what you truly represent. When you’re fake, it goes to prove you’re not worthy and confident of yourself. But when you’re the original version of yourself, it makes your life much more simple, easy and accessible. Let me share an insightful business tip with you; when you’re fake, you’ll only attract fake people around you thereby driving your potential helpers away from you, but when you’re the original version of yourself, you give fake people the opportunity to run away and the original people the opportunity to come closer.- Food for

thought. In one of the chapters of my first published book Design Your Destiny- Actualizing Your Birthright to Success, titled: Understanding Your Uniqueness, a striking statement therein is a quote from Oscar Wilde “Be yourself, everyone is taken”. This affirms the saying, you can lie to others but you can never lie to yourself. The question now becomes, how do you distinguish not only yourself but your brand? During the course of this article, we shall be focusing on how we can make not only yourself unique, but also our brands, business, and lifestyle in general. We shall conclude with advice on how to stay relevant in business. A brand must uniquely solve a particular problem and it must recognize the target audience it hopes to serve. Brand differentiation can be a corporate brand, product brand, or even a personal brand. In order to truly know yourself and what people think about you

and your product, ask them what do think about you and your product? Depending on the response you receive, you can evaluate and reconcile it with who you truly are and what your brand represents. Let’s take the case of CocaCola, for instance, it has been in existence for one hundred and twenty years and therefore needs no introduction nor marketing. The interesting thing about Coca-Cola is that no one knows the composition/ ingredients. That goes to tell you they have distinguished themselves. Let share practical examples of how you can distinguish yourself, your brand/product. Position Yourself Location is very important in business. Being at the right place and time is very critical for the success of your business. Your ability to know what is needed and lacking in any region can influence your brand recognition. Regardless

of where you are in the world, figure out w here your customers, services or skills will be relevant and find a way to get there. This helps to give your customers more opportunities to be involved in the decision-making process. It also provides customers the benefits of distinctiveness and variety, enabling them to choose the experience that is most meaningful to them. Cultivate Stronger Relationships: It is widely believed that you are addressed the way you dress and your network determines your net worth. If you have great clientele base and build a solid relationship, you stand a better chance of getting business opportunities due to the referral you’ll get. Consistency One of the most important keys to distinguishing yourself is consistency; over the course of months, will people begin to recognize and

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appreciate your brand for what it is. Craft your brand identity carefully, and stick to it once you’ve found a way to distinguish yourself. Be informed Information is power. Make it a duty to inform your customers about new developments in the industry. You can do this by way of newsletter, flyers, text messages or social media engagement. In that your customers will know you are not interested in their money, but you also care about them. Tell A Story People like stories that relate to them or why you do what you do. Your story may also be about the source of your product, service or inspiration and it can also relate to you. Every successful brand has a compelling story behind it. Great Customer Service Customers love great customer. Exceeding expectations can differentiate your brand. For example, little words like thank you, gifts, can I help you find something? Constant checking on your customers and informing them of new products helps them to see you a reputable brand due to how you have positioned not only yourself, your employees but your business in general. Make people feel value: You can appeal to people’s emotions by delivering an emotional experience that’s associated with your product or service. Great customer service and pricing are very influential factors for customer service. When you deliver a world customer service, your customers stay happier and stick around longer. The quality of a company’s customer support and service directly impacts the overall

customer experience. Take care of your employees by treating them right and they will, in turn, treat your company/business well. Give Back Modern customers like a bonus, points, gift cards, and other incentives. Most people love to get behind a brand that gives back to the community. By emphasizing corporate social responsibility (CSR), you can differentiate your brand and get an edge over the competition Provide Higher Quality When you are recognized as a brand that specializes in giving quality products, a distinct class of people will be familiar with your business. E.g. Rolex watches are unique. Luxury brands are able to command premium pricing through an emphasis on higher-quality Toyota and Honda cars are regarded as durable cars while Bentley is regarded as a luxury car. Finding a true strategy Having a unique strategy is very important in succeeding in business. Coming up with a great strategy may be the single most difficult step in building a business. But it may also be the most important. Here are a few possible strategy variables to consider: High quality versus low price, narrow versus broad product line, high-tech versus low-tech product, trendy v e r s u s conservative products, brand name versus g e n e r i c , customized versus standard, niche market

versus mainstream market. Solve a real problem for customers Once you identify those unsolved problems, you can take a few different approaches to solve them. However, once you come up with a plan of attack, validate it with your customers before implementing it. Brand Ambassadors Brand advocates are people who love your brand so much they promote it to friends, family, or colleagues. They are also commonly referred to as “brand ambassadors”. When they become convinced of the value you offer the market, they start promoting. They do this on their own, without any request from your company. This constitutes a great form of free advertising for your business. And it’s the best type of advertising. Become an expert If you paint yourself as an expert in your space, customers and prospects will look to you for advice. They will look for your content when they have a problem that needs to be solved. They will search your website for other resources that will help them. Focus on social listening Skills

Consumers use social media to gather new information about a brand than ever before. They also use social media to blast negative comments across the airwaves when they have a poor experience. Consumers using social media have more power than ever to dictate the direction and future of a company. If you disappoint customers, many will quickly take to social media to share their negative experiences with the world. And it is done in a public forum, which can kill your brand reputation. When someone posts a comment—whether positive or negative—you need to respond as quickly as possible -be engaging. In conclusion, how does your brand differentiate from the competition? Is your packaging distinctive or stand-out in some way? How could you change that? What does your brand do to differentiate your customer service? Are there new audiences you can reach through differentiation? What would it take to reposition as a luxury brand and differentiate through added value?

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Konga Projects $10million Daily Turnover By 2024

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opular e-commerce outfit, Konga has revealed that the business is aggressively working towards hitting the $10 million daily turnover mark by 2024 as committed to investors. To realize the target, the company disclosed that the growth trajectory and overall operational efficiency backed by the consistently reduced losses it has witnessed are critical factors in the projections. Making known the brand’s ambitious plans was Nick Imudia, co-CEO, Konga (Online). Imudia revealed that ecommerce is the riskiest business anyone can attempt in the 21st Century. However, he stated that Konga is putting the necessary machinery in place to achieve the goal. To this end, he stated that Konga would work assiduously to reach a target of $5 million daily turnover by 2022 as

preparation towards realizing the $10 million set target by the end of 2024. ‘‘It is an extremely ambitious target. But we must deliver as we do not really have a choice,’’ he told journalists. Since its entry into the Nigerian e-commerce market as one of the foremost pioneers in the sector, Konga has stood out; with its several revolutionary strides first launching what is known as market place and then composite e-commerce in Africa, ultimately catapulting it to the top position in Nigeria’s ecommerce sector. “Konga has used the last decade to lay a solid foundation for ecommerce business in Nigeria and to build trustworthy relationships with customers and potential investors across the Nigerian business spectrum. With the high level of trust, the brand has

gained among shoppers in and out of Nigeria, it is safe to say Konga is ready to scale big in the early part of this third decade. Therefore, we are targeting $10 million daily turnover by 2024. We shall attain half of this target at least by 2022. To meet this target, we would be relying on the e ff i c i e n c y w e h a v e brought to bear on the business and the renewed confidence the Konga brand enjoys among critical stakeholders. “There is no iota of doubt that Konga remains in prime position to attain this target, especially when one looks at the consistent growth the brand has recorded in the past years. Konga has grown over eight times since the business was acquired by the Zinox Group. Secondly, we have consistently reduced our losses by nearly 70 percent. Added to this is the addition of new and thriving business units

such as Konga Travel, among others, all of which have enjoyed huge growth and massive acceptance by our rapidly expanding customer base,” Imudia said. Konga, which remains the only e-commerce brand in Nigeria operating an omnichannel structure, currently has more than 32 stores across the country. With the aid of KongaPay, a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) licensed payment platform, which recently added Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cardless withdrawal and U n s t r u c t u r e d Supplementary Service Data (USSD) features, Konga has captured more Nigerians in the ecommerce net, while l e n d i n g a n unprecedented level of ease and refinement for online shoppers across the e-commerce landscape.

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UBA Launches ‘Click Credit’ To Ease Access To Cash For Customers

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nited Bank for Africa (UBA) plc has launched ‘Click Credit’, a time loan designed to address the urgent needs of customers whose salary accounts are domiciled with the bank. As a bank backed by a strong retail franchise with over 1,000 business offices serving 19 million customers, the panAfrican financial institution has introduced this product in line with its mission of creating value for its customers while assisting them to meet their urgent needs. The loan product, already being enjoyed by millions of customers in Nigeria, will be extended to the bank’s other franchises in Africa. Click Credit, which has been carefully crafted to improve the lives of the UBA customers, is a superfast loan product which will allow qualified customers to apply for up to N5 million loan and pay back over 12 months at an interest rate of 1.58 percent per month, with no hidden fees. Specifically, salary earners from N25,000 per month who fall between the ages of 18 and 59 can benefit from this facility with no extra fees. No need for collaterals, no paper-work or other difficult issues when it comes to this facility as customers can even apply via LEO, UBA Mobile Banking and UBA internet banking.

Jude Anele, UBA’s group head of retail banking, who said qualified customers have begun to enjoy the service, explained that the loan provides immediate access to funds once eligibility is confirmed in less than a meeting. “ A s A f r i c a ’s m o s t innovative and technology-driven financial institution with an array of novel products and services tailored to the needs of its millions of customers, we have launched Click Credit, which is straightforward and more affordable than many other loan products in the market,” Anele said. “Its unique feature is that it meets a critical credit need for our customers.” Anele, while emphasising the critical role that credit plays in any developing

and developed society, to be there in the said it is part of the moments that matter to customers’ financial our customers, hence our power where they can be huge investment in assisted to get the things technology and other they need, when they need f a c i l i t i e s t o m a k e them without hassles. banking easier and While explaining that this seamless,” Olusola said. product is being rolled out She said the bank has first in Nigeria and deepened its focus on the subsequently in the rest of most important aspect of U B A’s c o u n t r i e s o f its business which are its operations, Anele said customers. UBA is committed to To ensure ease of access, ensuring that Click Credit customers can apply for h e l p s t h e b a n k ’ s Click Credit by simply c u s t o m e r s t o c o v e r dialling *919*28# or via critical needs and set them UBA’s chat bank ‘Leo’, up for success, having UBA Mobile Banking moved past that moment app and UBA internet of need. banking. Dupe Olusola, UBA’s Customers can also group head, marketing, speak to the bank’s reiterated that the bank Customer Fulfilment remains focus ed on Centre (CFC) about e m p o w e r i n g i t s Click Credit. The terms customers to fund their of the loan are available urgent needs. on the bank’s website. “At UBA, we work hard www.thebossnewspapers.com


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CreditRegistry Celebrates 17yrs Of Credit Risk Management In Nigeria

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reditRegistry, Nigeria’s largest and pioneer credit bureau, on Friday marked almost two decades of helping to de-risk the supply of credit to the Nigerian economy by providing data on creditworthiness. The milestone for the credit bureau, which Financial Times Magazine listed as one of Africa’s top 20 most innovative companies, has been on account of the support from its customers, shareholders, management, directors, industry regulator and peers, CreditRegistry said. “We are Nigeria’s largest credit information database, we are the country’s largest credit bureau and the

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foremost leader in our industry. It wouldn’t have been possible without our customers,” said Jameelah Sharrieff-Ayedun, MD/CEO CreditRegistry in Lagos. According to SharrieffAyedun, part of the highlight of the 17-year journey in Nigeria has been CreditRegistry’s provision of fast, easy and efficient access to data and financial software solutions that smoothens the process of verifying creditworthiness for consumers and top financial institutions in Africa’s largest economy. “Now lenders are able to give you a loan without meeting you physically. They can rely on the information we provide t o a s s e s s y o u r

creditworthiness,” Sharrieff-Ayedun said. At CreditRegistry’s annual cocktail event for customers, Andrew S. Nevins, Partner – West Africa Financial Services Leader and Chief E c o n o m i s t , PriceWaterhouseCooper, commended the credit bureau for being a big part of the push for the implementation of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) p o l i c y, a m o n g o t h e r accomplishments.

Nevins, who gave the keynote speech at the Eko Pearl Tower, said access to credit for consumers and businesses is necessary in driving the economy. “When I first arrived here in 2008, there wasn’t enough credit going into the private sector,” said Nevins, noting that limited credit opportunities to small businesses and consumers, at that time, was due to information gaps.

Investors Dump Banking Stocks Amid Regulatory Headwinds

nvestors dumped banking stocks plunging the banking index into biggest daily loss at 4.78percent, its biggest loss since the beginning of the year, at the close of trading on the nation’s bourse on Monday. Despite a decent result by tier-1 bank Zenith on Friday, its shares tanked 3.78percent to close at N19.10, United Bank for Africa shed 7.43percent to N6.85, Guaranty Trust Bank also

dropped 3.76percent to close at N26.90, First Bank dropped 7.83percent at N5.30, Access Bank also dropped 6.38percent. Consequently, the All-Share Index declined by 1.27percent to 27,041.03 points – the largest 1-day decline since falling by 1.55percent on 23 December 2019. The Month-to-Date loss increased to -6.25percent, while the Year-to-Date return moderated to 0.74percent. Over the weekend the Bankers Committee of the apex bank,

the umbrella body of Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) officials and managing directors of deposit money banks in the country rolled out sanctions to some banks for breaching FX rules on using wired funds to finance banned/prohibited items. The names of the affected banks include Fidelity, Stanbic, FCMB, FBN, UBA, and GTB. The committee also announced another set of 14 banks that violated FX rules, they include Access, Ecobank, Fidelity, FBN, FCMB, Polaris, Heritage, GTB, UBA, Zenith, etc. In what could be termed as stifling the revenues banks, the apex bank has now declared the high-yielding

Open Market Operations as poison for banks henceforth. “OMO has now become poison as against honey that it used to be. Banks are enjoined to remove its eyes from OMO and play responsibly,” CBN said. The committee also warned that that Cash Reserve Ratio which is the share of a bank’s total deposit that is kept with the CBN shall continue at discretionary application and can be as high as 30-40percent if the apex bank detects that the banks bid for Open Market Operations (OMO) The apex had last month raised the CRR by 500bps to 27.5percent from 22.5 percent.

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FirstBank Emerges Winner of 2019 Oil and Gas Banker Award

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irst Bank of Nigeria Limited has won the Oil and Gas Banker of Year 2019 award, and was honoured at the Patrons’ Dinner and Industry Awards of the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. T h e f o u r- d a y e v e n t , comprising conference and award dinner, is acclaimed to be Nigeria’s G o v e r n m e n t o ff i c i a l platform for the petroleum industry gathering which has evolved to become Africa’s premier business and technology conference for not just oil and gas but for other industries in the e c o n o m y, n o t a b l y ; maritime, automobile, banking and finance, power (electricity), pipelines, LNG, infrastructure, engineering and construction amongst others. Speaking on the award, the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan said, “we take pride in this recognition, as it represents the nation’s identification with our leading role in promoting the growth of the oil and gas industry. We remain steadfast on being the financial partner of first choice to Nigerians and, indeed across Africa as we collectively strive towards the continued growth of the economy at large” The event had in attendance; Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited,

represented by Mrs. Bashirat Odunewu, the Bank’s Group Executive, Energy & Infrastructure as a panelist to deliberate the topic “What are the key challenges when it comes to managing risk and generate sustainable long-term incountry value development environment”. Other speakers in the panel were Mrs. Olayemi Anyanechi, M a n a g i n g D i r e c t o r, Partners Sefton Fross; Bank A n t h o n y O k o r o a f o r, Chairman, Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN); Mr. Bitrus Bako Nabasu, P e r m a n e n t S e c r e t a r y, Ministry of Petroleum Resources; and Patrick Olinma, Executive D i r e c t o r, O i l & G a s Commercial, Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. Over 5000 individuals and Corporate bodies from across 43 countries i n c l u d i n g ; D r. S u n

Xiansheng, Secretary, and private players in the General, International oil and gas industry Energy Forum (IEF); which has been the J e a n - M a r c T h y s t è r e mainstay of the Nigerian Tchicaya, Minister of e c o n o m y , p o s t Hydrocarbons, Republic independence. With its of the Congo; Dr. Omar “Oil and Gas Contract Farouk Ibrahim, OPEC Finance products”, the Governor for Nigeria; Bank finances the Oil & Jens FrolichHolte, State Gas value-chain by Secretary, (International p r o v i d i n g Development) Ministry A d v i s o r y / A g e n c y o f F o r e i g n A ff a i r s , services, Acquisition Norway; Carri Lockhart, Finance/Reserve based SVP Portfolio and Partner lending to indigenous oil Operated Development producing companies, a n d P r o d u c t i o n trade Finance for crude International Equinor; oil export and refined Gabriel Mbaga Obiong product import and Lima, Minister of Mines contract finance for oil and Hydrocarbons service companies Republic of Equatorial ranging from simple G u i n e a a n d M a g d a hospitality to complex Chambriand, Former turnkey Engineering, CEO, National Agency of P r o c u r e m e n t a n d Petroleum Natural Gas Construction, amongst and Biofuels Government o t h e r t a i l o r - m a d e of Brazil amongst others, t r e a s u r y a n d c a s h participated in the event. management solutions. FirstBank has over the years supported public www.thebossnewspapers.com


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FG Mulls Forensic Audit of DISCOs' Account

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ollowing its dissatisfaction with reported claims of the current level of investments in the electricity sector by the Power Distribution Companies, the Federal Government on Thursday said it would carry out a detailed forensic audit of the accounts of the DISCOs. The aim is to enable government to know how much that has been invested in the power sector so far by all the various stakeholders since the 2013 power privatization exercise This is just as the Federal Government also directed all the State governments to furnish it with total investments they have committed into the power sector so far.

Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents after the Monthly National Economic Council NEC meeting presided over by Vi c e P r e s i d e n t Ye m i Osinbajo at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Shaibu who was flanked at the briefing by Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo – Olu and Ebonyi state Governor, Dave Umahi, also directed state governments

to furnish the NEC committee headed by Nasir El- Rufai, the total investments of each state before the end of March. Shaibu, while providing update on the ownership structure of electricity distribution companies, said NEC, a body comprising the federal and governments of the 36 states of the federation approved requests by the El- Rufai committee to carry out "comprehensive forensic audit of bank

accounts of DISCOs, also directed States to file account of their investments in the DISCOs to-date". "The committee requested for additional two months to enable it to complete its assignment Explaining while the Excess Crude Account fell from $325m to the current paltry $71.813m, Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi said the Governors had agreed to invest the sum of $250m on infrastructure development through the Nigeria Sovereign Investments Authority, NSIA, while the remainder was used to pay consultants investigating the NNPC accounts.

Dangote Cement Proposes Final Dividend Of N16 Per Share Dangote Cement Plc has proposed final dividend of N16 per share for the period ended December 31, 2019. The full year revenue of the largest cement maker came in lower in 2019 at N891.671billion against N901.213billion in 2018, representing a decline of 1.06percent. Profit before tax (PBT) of N250.479billion in 2019 as against N300.806billion in 2018 represents 16.73percent decline. The group's after tax profit for the full year 2019 period printed at N200.521billion from a high of N390.325billion in

2018, representing 48.63percent drop. The proposed final dividend which is subject to the appropriate withholding tax and approval will be paid to shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on May 25, 2020. The register of shareholders will be closed on May 26, 2020. Stock investors on the Nigerian Bourse failed to price-in this dividend as the share price remained at N170. Earnings Per Share (EPS) decreased to N11.79 from a high of N22.83 in 2 0 1 8 , d o w n b y 48.36percent. www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Etinosa Begs Apostle Suleman Over Comment On Bleaching EVENTS

Iyalaje, Ooni Of Ife Others Celebrate Spectacular 2020 Aje Festival In Ife

Celebrities Storm Cocktail Party For AMVCA Awards Nominee Ighalo Dedicates First Manchester United Goal To His Late Sister


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Jim Iyke Shares Photos With Son In Paris

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ollywood actor, Jim Iyke, who is currently in France took to Instagram to share these adorable new photos and videos of himself and his son enjoying a stroll together in Paris. See more photos

Etinosa Begs Apostle Suleman Over Comment On Bleaching

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ontroversial Nollywood actress Etinosa Idemudia has made a reputation for herself for being in the center of ugly social media drama and the movie star is at it again. Etinosa recently took to

her official page on photo sharing app, Instagram, with an open apology directed at popular clergyman, Apostle Johnson Suleman. The actress started off by noting that she made an expensive joke which was

taken out of proportion. Etinosa said the post she had previously shared in the past was not in any way directed at the man of God. Recall that we earlier reported that Etinosa had claimed that Suleman had a side chic, after she took him up on his stand against women that bleach their skins. The actress categorically called out the last name of the spiritual leader and urged him to go and rest. However, in her recent post, she made it clear that she was not referring to him. She apologized to Suleman for any discomfort or embarrassment that her post may have brought upon him. In addition, she pleaded with the man of God to pray and have mercy on her soul. She said: “Man of God, dear big brother AJS, have mercy on me and pray for my soul"

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Anthony Joshua Shares Photos of His Family on Instagram

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n g l i s h professional boxer who is a two-time unified heavyweight c h a m p i o n , A n t h o n y Oluwafemi Olaseni Joshua has taken to his Instagram page to share a lovely pictures he took with his family The famous boxer is pictured here with his father, sisters and son.

Noble Igwe Advises Children on Sending Money to Their Parents

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igerian Blogger, Noble Igwe has advised that people should avoid being pressured into thinking they owe their parents anything. Noble Igwe on his social media page stated that believing you owe your parents anything is the biggest scam ever invented and children should not be pressured

into sending money to and taking . Stop the pressure! their parents. He wrote; The biggest scam ever invented by parents was/ is making their children send them money in their own age. I repeat, you don't owe your parents anything. They were here before you and should have prepared for old age. Parents are always taking

Please Make Me Your Fourth Baby Mama - Lady Begs Wizkid

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very beautiful Nigerian lady has begged star boy Wizkid to sleep with her his and make her baby mama number 4. The lady known as Blessing Melvin hit the musician's social media page to express her love for him She noted she wants Wizkid to impregnate her and make her baby mama number 4 since she loves

him so much and can't hide h e r feelings any longer. We have traced the lady to h a v e photos of her. Check them out;

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head of the 7th edition of the 2020 Africa Magic Viewers Choice award, the nominees were hosted to an exclusive cocktail party on Thursday, February 27, 2020, which held at Harbour Point in Victoria Island, Lagos. The event was hosted by award winning on-air personality, IK Osakioduwa. The party was of course attended by the nominees such as Ramsey Nouah, Adesua Etomi-Wellington, Jemima Osunde, Bimbo Ademoye, Funke Akindele-Bello, Abisola Aiyeola and many more superstars. The movie stars all came to the event looking all glammed up, classy and elegant and we can't get over the moment they all shared together at the event. See pictures of our best dressed stars from the event below:

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Iyalaje, Ooni Of Ife Others Celebrate Spectacular 2020 Aje Festival In Ife Story: Eric Elezuo Photo: Segun Lawal

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Iyalaja of the Source, Princess Toyin Kolade and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

he Iyalaje of Apapa, Princess Toyin Kolade, in company of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and other major traditional heavyweights were on ground as the 2020 edition of the popular Aje Festival was celebrated at the Ile Odua Palace, in the city of Ile-Ife. The yearly fiesta, which brought traditional rulers and Nollywood practitioners including Adewale Eleso, It's Rainbow, Lanre Hassan (Iya Awero) and Saheed Balogun, also had in attendance the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and Consular General, Brazilian Embassy, Helges Samuel Bandeira.

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In his speech at the meet, Oba Ogunwusi, who is CoChairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers, urged governments at all levels to raise the standard living of the citizens through favourable economic policies. "As it stands today, Nigeria has a population of few men and women controlling the economy while countless others are languishing in

poverty. We cannot continue like this," Ooni said. He hinted that the Aje Festival is a unique way through which the Yoruba people globally remember the deity known for wealth and riches. "Aje is a deity which is known for wealth and riches. Its annual celebration as you have witnessed today is to acknowledge its relevance to us as people..."

R-L: Princess Toyin Kolade, Alhaji Idris Aregbe & Mr. Seye Kehinde

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Bisi Ibidapo-Obe and Radeke Kupoluyi

While expressing happiness at the huge turnout of guests from within and outside the country, the coordinator of Aje Festival, Princess Toyin Kolade thanked the Ooni for the opportunity, pledging her commitment to the development of the Yoruba cultural heritage. In his remarks, the Lowa Adimula of Ife, High Chief Adekola Adeyeye, described the 2020 Aje festival celebration as the best in history, thanking the Ooni for upholding the cultural values of Ile Ife. An international participants, Mr. Rodrigo Abdon from Brazil also described the festival as awesome. One of the major highlights of the cultural fiesta was the colourful procession to and fro the Aje temple just as Apala music maestro, Musiliu Haruna Isola, gave the guests the best of entertainment.

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Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun Of Epe Celebrates 20 Years On The Throne Story: Eric Elezuo Photo: Ken Ehimen

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HRM Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun

he popular town of Epe in Lagos State was agog weekend as the paramount ruler, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola celebrated his 20 years on the throne. The highly cultural and traditional event provided a landmark opportunity to recognise notable Nigerians who have impacted meaningfully on the society as they were conferred with chieftaincy titles. The recipients included Hon. Shina Peller and his wife who became the Akinrogun of Epeland and Yeye Akinrogun respectively and Mr.

Stephen Jennings as the Amuludun of Epeland. Others were Mr. Frank Mostler, who is now Bobatuluse of Epeland; Mr. Ganiu Shonubi and his wife as the Asiwaju Bobaselu of Epeland and Yeye Asiwaju Bobaselu, and Abdul Ganiyu Awokoya became Otunba Bobagbayi of Epeland. The grand occasion thereafter dovetailed into a sumptuous reception at the Epe Recreation Ground where diginitaries were treated to the best of cuisines and choice wine amid melodious tunes from fuji maestro, King Wasiu

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Abdul Ganiyu Olusegun Awokoya

Ayinde Marshal (KWAM 1) The dignitaries at the occasion were Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, Oba Saheed Elegushi and his wife, Honorable (Mrs.) Yinka Babalola, Hon. Toyin Akerele, Honorable Bola Olumegbon Lawal, Honorable Tobun Abiodun, Sir Kesington Adebutu and his wife, Otunba Teni Zaccheaus, Otunba Lai Oriowo, Chief Folu Oguntade, Honorable Prince Bayo Balogun, Honorable Segun Olulade, Chief Jide Odekunle, Otunba Deji Osinowo, Ològe Yaya Busari, Baba Oba Dipo Abdulsalam, Prince Gbolahan Animashaun, Mr Adebayo Adesola, Hon. Tajudeen Olayemi Ajala, Otunba Lekan and Erelu Tola Osifeso. www.thebossnewspapers.com


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Ms. Princess Kehinde Akande and Mrs. Dipo Dina Toyin Kolade

Pastor Femi Faseru

Mrs. Kafayat Olajide and Princess Riyanot Animashaun

Hon. Shina Peller and wife

Oloye Yaya Busari and Otunba Deji Osinowo Adeleye

Hon. Prince Balogun and Alhaja Adetoun Balogun Celebrant andBayo Nollywood Actresses

Prince Jide Odekunle, Akin and Prince Toks Adegbite

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Pastor Femi Faseru

Hon. Tobun Abiodun with Chief Shakiru Akanni Seriki

Mrs. Jumoke Animashaun and Mrs. Biola Dada

Yomi Allen Odutola, Hon. Ajilesoro Taofeek Abimbola and Prince Adedapo Ajilesoro

Alhaji & Alhaja Muritala

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Lagos State Deputy Governor, Kadri Obafemi Hamzat and wife with Oba Kamorudeen Animashaun and Aremo Segun Oniru Princess Toyin Kolade Pastor Femi Faseru

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f you are part the hundreds that has been meeting up with a guy for occasional dates, talking on the phone for hours, and just vibing well and getting to know each other. As time goes on, the dates become more frequent… you feel good with each other, everything is nice and sweet… but there are still no labels. Yo u a r e d a t i n g a n d basically doing other ‘relationship stuff’, but you’re still not in a relationship because, of course, the topic has not been broached even though it’s eating you up inside. This is a familiar juncture for many ladies. The part where you have to say, "damn it, I need to know what we are doing here!" After a while of dating and being together without labels, the need for clarification and clear expression of intent is needed so you know if what you’re feeling is mutual or you’re on your own. You know it could go either way – he could just be enjoying the dates, sex and all that while you are already catching feelings and getting attached; or he could be feeling you too but wondering if the time to ask is right or not. Also he could just be seeking just friendship with benefits, or just a casual sexual relationship. The easiest way to find out would be to ask him, right?

It sounds pretty easy to mention that all you need to do is ask what it is you’re both doing; and what all the dates, hangouts, and phone calls mean to him. You need to ask, so you know whether you are both on the same page or not. Sadly it’s never that easy to ask Most women fear that the guy might not be interested in a relationship, that all the time they’ve spent dating and hoping for a happy ending would be a waste. So they continue in the situationship even further… setting themselves up for bigger misery. The real possibility of disappointment is not what

many are prepared to face and imagine initiating this conversation and the guy happens to just be catching cruise and enjoying himself, with no feelings attached. That’ll be mightily awkward to say the very least. These are some of the reason why many women would rather stay in the comfort of not asking the 'what are we' question. However, as probable as the disappointment might be, you still need to know! Ignorance is not bliss in this situation! If a guy is not clearly stating his intentions or putting labels on what's going on between you both and you feel time is

being wasted, you need to absolutely ask. Regardless of fear of losing him. But when is the right time to ask? Some believe one month is ideal depending on how quickly the bond is being created and how strong it’s getting. In my opinion, you have to ask before the end of three months after your first meeting. This is reasonable enough so that you don’t appear desperate to be in a relationship. It also ensures you don’t stay too long dating him only to find out that he has no intention of being in a relationship with you.

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Gehenna: Hell Fire

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Gehenna" in the New Testament, is described as a place where both soul and body could be destroyed (Matthew 10:28) in "unquenchable fire" (Mark 9:43). The word is translated as either "Hell" or "Hell fire" in many English versions. There is however no description in the scriptures for our situation in Nigeria. We are having a taste of 'Hell fire' in all its definitions and ramifications: We are are at the Gate of Hell or Puertas del Infierno. How else can we describe a situation where people live without electricity 124 years after electricity generation started in Nigeria (1896) and the establishment of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Company in 1929; four years after my late father was born. Since then the story has not been a rosy one for the people. Nigeria is endowed with large oil, gas, hydro and solar resources, and it already has the potential to generate 12,522 megawatts (MW) of electric power from existing plants, but most days it is only able to generate around 4,000 MW, which is insufficient and even at that we experience system breakdown when no power is available. Yet, seventy years ago, precisely on 27 May 1949, Nigeria supplied electricity to Ghana: But today Ghana's electricity situation has improved so much that the country is now exporting electricity to its neighbors. Electricity fluctuations and long hours

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without power are now things of the past; but not so here. Nigeria is Africa's m o s t populous nation, but it has failed consistently to generate, transmit and distribute e n o u g h electricity to power its development process and accelerate economic growth: From the petty trader selling pure water, to the small welder, the street corner barber and the mallam selling soft drinks in the neighborhood, its complaints galore. Add to this the cries of agony and anguish of industry and commerce; it's a tale of woe. The matter has gotten so bad that Nigeria now ranks as one of the largest importer of personal generating sets in the world. No doubt we have a huge challenge with power in Nigeria because we lack infrastructure to provide it despite all the billions of Dollars spent since 1999. The Nigerian energy supply crisis refers to the ongoing failure of the Nigerian power sector to provide adequate electricity supply to domestic households and industrial producers despite a rapidly growing economy, despite having some of the world's largest deposits of coal, oil

and gas and the country's status as Africa's largest oil producer. Currently only 40% of Nigeria's population is connected to the energy grid whilst power supply difficulties are experienced around 60% of the time. At best, average daily power supply is estimated at four hours, although several days can go by without any power at all. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is reported to have blamed his successors, for being responsible for the rot in the country's power sector. But his administration too has a share in the blame. There is a general lack of political will on the part of the country's leaders, bothering on cluelessness. Obasanjo focused on the reform of the electricity sector as one of the major priorities of his administration. Gaspowered plants were set up across the country; turbines and other equipment were imported. But this is not the

full story. There was lackadaisical attitude towards the whole project that resulted in the inability of the power plants to meet up with the growing d e m a n d s . T h i s supply/demand gulf is the result of a myriad of problems ranging from obsolete and dilapidated power plants, lack of and very poor maintenance of the plants, and poor managerial efficiency. This is what you get when you have leaders that lack vision. Our current power generation is nothing to write home about; our consumption per capita remains one of the lowest in the world. Between 1975 and 1983, the following power projects were developed; the Jebba Dam, Shiroro Dam, and Egbin Power Station. Between 1983 and 1999, there was no single kobo invested in power generation. If anything, the ones that were there were allowed to rot. Between

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Sermon 1999 and now, close to $32billion has been spent on power and nothing to show for it, but a paltry 4000 MW. Ye t , i n o t h e r c l i m e s , resources of fewer amounts have been judiciously used to provide reasonable amount of power. The 22,500MW Three Gorges hydroelectric power plant in China is the largest hydropower station in the world. It cost the Chinese people only $29Billion. The Itaipu hydroelectric power plant with an installed capacity of 14,000MW ranks as the world's second largest hydropower plant. Located on the Parana River, at the border between Brazil and Paraguay, the facility cost them only $19.6 Billion. The Guri power project also known as the Simón Bolívar hydroelectric power station, ranks as the world's third biggest hydroelectric power station. The Guri power station supplies around 12,900GW/h of energy for Venezuela. It cost the people of Venezuela only about $ 22.5bn. Yar'Adua's Government also launched a Gas Master Plan to address the problem of gas supply to the power plants built by the Obasanjo government, which failed to take into account the supply of gas to these stations. But despite all efforts Yar'Adua could not make much difference. President Jonathan launched a P o w e r S e c t o r Transformation Plan and reorganized the PHCN by selling off the Federal Government's majority stakes in the 18 companies unbundled from PHCN in the shape of six Generation

Companies (GENCOS), 11 Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and a Transmission Company owned fully by the Nigerian government. Despite all efforts, the problem persisted. All the past administrations, since 1999 including the present have invested resources on the power sector, yet we are not only in darkness but roasting in manmade hell. If it took Moses 40 years to get the children of Israel to the 'promised land', it did not take 40 years for the leaders of modern Israel to turn the Negev desert into an agricultural wonder. It did not take Singapore forever to become an Asian Tiger, nor for Japan to become an economic miracle after its defeat in the Second World War. South Korea is a modern day marvel. Dubai and other Emirates in the Gulf are today, tourist destinations and China is the second largest economy in the world. How long must we wait in the 'Gates of Hell'? The answer is blowing' in the wind. In summary, we do not have regular power in Nigeria because of the security situation, corruption, and inadequate investments in increasing our generation and transmission capacities. Distribution issues are sometimes attributed – to vandalism. But the major problems remain infrastructure constraints across the entire value chain; insufficient gas pipelines, obsolete generation plants and equipment, as well as inadequate and poorly maintained transmission grid.

Transmission lines are old and at the point of system collapse on any given day. Even should more power be generated, the transmission network is unable to carry any additional load. Designed for a peak capacity of only 3,000 to 3,500MW per day breakdown of the lines is a daily occurrence. Lack of maintenance and security challenges in parts of the country only add to the difficulties. B E W I L D E R I N G LY, Nigeria has become a cauldron of white elephants, one of the most symbolic of the lot should be the Mambilla hydropower plant located in Taraba State, which was initiated during the Shehu Shagari administration in 1982. Thirty-Eight years later, the 3,050-megawatt project is yet to generate one watt of electricity. One phrase sums up this fiasco: shame of a nation. Until there is a meaningful and purposeful reform of the power sector, the average Nigerian will continue to wallow in excruciating heat without deliverance. It is particularly worse at this time of unexplained climate change when the whole atmosphere is akin to the Biblical and Quranic hell fire, yet we are not dead or in purgatory. We are living beings at the gate of hell; but our condition is not permanent. Those whose hellish condition would be permanent are those who are responsible for our present predicament. Ahhhhh! They will experience the Hell Fire that was promised transgressors in the Quran.

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They will suffer what Allah promised in Sura Ibraheem: "And you will see the criminals that Day bound together in fetters; Their garments of liquid pitch, and their faces covered with Fire"(Quran14:49,50). See also Quran 3:192; 9:63; 3:131; 5:37; 2:167; 4:168169; 33:64; 72:23; 66:6; 74:26-30; 40:49; 43:74-78; 10:27; 39:60; 23:104; 39:71; 22:19; 14:49-50 and countless other places. Ultimately, the Nigerian electricity story is a symptom of leadership failure on a monumental scale. But! The 'gates of hell' shall not prevail against our collective resolve to create a better life for ourselves and our offspring's. The time for change is now and we must fight against those who are bent on impoverishing our lives and making us wait forever at the 'Puertas del Infierno.' Barka Juma'at and a happy weekend

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Ighalo Dedicates First Manchester United Goal To His Late Sister

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igerian striker Odion Ighalo scored his first goal for Manchester United on Thursday, February 27, 2020, and dedicated the goal to his late sister Mary Atole. Ighalo's elder sibling Mary died in December 2019 43 after collapsing at her home in Canada. The Nigerian striker who has been grieving scored on his Manchester United start in a Europa League clash against Club Brugge at Old Trafford on Thursday. While celebrating the goal, the 30-year-old who is on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua pulled his jersey up to reveal the photo of his late sister printed on a white shirt. The striker will continue to do this for the rest of his career as he plans to dedicate all his goals to his late sister. "Every goal I score from now until I finish my career will be dedicated to God and to her," the former Nigeria striker told

The Sun. "I have written her name on my special white Tshirt and put her name on my boots. I want to show the world she is always with me." The 30-year-old has also etched his late sister's name onto his football boots.

Dessers Gets Nigerian Passport, Set For Super Eagles Debut

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eracles Almelo of Holland forward Cyriel Dessers has obtained a Nigerian passport paving the way for his invitation to the Super Eagles for next month's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations double-header against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone. Dessers according to a report in fcupdate.nl was issued the passport on Tuesday. The 25-year-old was born in Leuven to a Belgian

father and Nigerian mother. He is now expected to be named in Nigeria's squad for the games against Sierra Leone after pledging his allegiance to the three-time African champions. Dessers is currently the top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie with 15 goals in 24 appearances. The Super Eagles top Group L after winning their opening two games against Benin Republic and Lesotho.

Rohr Faces Selection Headache Ahead Eagles-Sierra Leone Match

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uper Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is facing a selection headache ahead of the team's 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying double header against Sierra Leone next month. And the area the Franco-German tactician has major problem is in the attack where as many as eleven forward players are presently shining for their respective clubs. The likes of Victor Osimhen, Samuel Chukwueze, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon, Kelechi Iheanacho, Josh Maja, Samuel Kalu, Ahmed Musa, Emmanuel Dennis, Cyril Dessers and Henry Onyekuru are doing well. Osimhen has been in the form of his life since joining Lille from Sporting Charleroi of Belgium last summer, netting 18 goals and making six assists in 36 games in all competitions. In all competitions, Simon has hit the back of the net on nine occasions while setting up eight other goals in 28

appearances for Nantes where he is currently on loan from Levante. Iheanacho has a tally of three goals and four assists in ten league appearances this season while he has eight goals in 15 games across all competitions for Leicester City. So far during the 2019/20 season, 20-year-old Chukwueze has netted three times and rendered as many assists after making 24 Spanish top-flight appearances for Villareal.

Super Eagles will play against fellow West African country, Sierra Leone on March 27 in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tie at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State.

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Let’s Save Our Youths from the Police

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he rate at which the Nigeria Police identified as Inspector Fabiyi Omomayara,

exert ex-judicial killing against the Sergeant Olaniyi Solomon, Sergeant

younger population has become very Solomon Sunday and Corporal Aliyu

alarming. Only last weekend, the death of Mukaila, were captured on tape killing two

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Remo stars of Sagamu player, Tiamiyu boys in the Igando area, in broad day light, Kazeem aka Kaka, was reported. Kaka had who were alleged to be phone thieves. been pushed off a moving vehicle and was Many months after, the matter has remained crushed to death by another on rushing under the carpet. vehicle along the Sagamu expressway.

Earlier in July, Inspector Ogunyemi

And as if there is a silent collusion, the Olalekan and Sergeant Godwin Orji, both police authorities immediately defended attached to the police Anti-Cultism Squad, their own, saying that Kaka jumped off on were pencilled for killing one Johnson his own to evade arrest

while on his way to watch a football match

The Ogun State Police Public Relations in Lagos. Much as the police assured that Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, told the world justice will be done, the matter still remains that Kazeem died after he jumped off a unresolved. moving police truck while attempting to These are just a few of the lot as men of the evade arrest and interrogation. He also said Nigeria Police, especially SARS and antiKazeem was arrested for wearing army cultism squad, continue to snuff the life out fatigues.

of young victims. It appears that once a

Hear him:

young man appears flashy or rich; he must

“A police inspector attached to Zonal be a fraudster, better known as ‘yahoo Intervention Squad, Obada-Oko, in yahoo’. Abeokuta, was said to have received

Notwithstanding campaigns aimed at

information about the deceased that he was ending SARS and the Vice President’s always putting on military apparel knowing clampdown on the outfit, the harassments fully well that he was not a military and killings have failed to stop, but personnel.

increased in proportion.

“Based on the information, the inspector As usual, after the brutal death of Kazeem, went to Sagamu and saw the deceased the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adamu putting on a military cap consequent upon Mohammed ordered the disbandment of which he got him arrested,” the police SARS satellite offices nationwide. spokesperson said.

How far those measures will go remain to be

But a witness to the murder, Sanni seen as every measure put in place to check Abubakar, said the police lied about how his the blood thirsty nature of most police friend was killed at the hands of personnel officers has so far not been fruitful. of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad One would think that a more stringent (SARS), and went ahead to tell the story of measure be applied. The type that will claim what transpired.

the position of a top ranking officer at the

While Nigerians continue to wonder at the misdeamour of his officers. By so doing, the kind of mentality that permits a uniform offense of these trigger happy officers will personnel to brazenly take the life of an be shared with their superiors, thereby innocent person, it still remains a mystery bringing in more monitoring. In this way, why a lie can be concocted by superior the superiors will be able to rein in their authorities to defend the murder. It can only flocks when they know that their jobs are on mean that the likes PPRO Abimbola the kind for their officers mistake. Oyeyemi is complicit to the atrocities, and It must not continue to be business as usual, should be made to explain why he fed the and lives of innocent youths continue to be world the half truth.

wasted while no one is punished.

Kazeem is not the only one as countless It’s time to save our youths

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