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Fed Govt awards N28b contracts •Air conditioned train for Lagos-Kano route before Xmas From Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja


T was a bazaar of contracts at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) yesterday. Rail lines, including the Lagos-Kano track, which is to open for use before Christmas, are to be revived. Ministries of Health, Foreign Affairs and Communication Technology have billions of naira contracts. A new National Identity Card scheme is to take off with N6.3 billion. Ministers took turn to brief State House reporters on the particulars of contracts awarded in their ministry at the end of the meeting. Minister of Transport Idris Umar said the Federal Executive Council approved the contract for the purchase of two sets of five-car Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs), each with a capacity for 540 passengers and an additional six 60-seater passenger coaches to be used for intra city mass transit services. The contract is N4.3billion, with a completion period of 13 months. He added: “The rehabilitation of the ongoing narrow gauge track is in progress. The Lagos-Kano, which is the western axis, will be open for use before Christmas. “It is against this background that government decided to place the order for the purchase of the two-set Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs), which is a train that has two locomotives and three coaches - all linked togethContinued on page 2

•CHEERS! Syrian rebels celebrate on top of the remains of a Syrian government fighter jet which was shot down at Daret Ezza, on the border between the provinces of Idlib and Aleppo…yesterday. Story on page 60 PHOTO: AFP

Sanusi under attack

Babalakin’s trial begins today

•NLC, TUC, Falana, others reject CBN governor’s 50% sack proposal


By Dupe Olaoye-Osinkolu and Oseheye Okwuofu, Ibadan


HERE was outrage in Labour circles yesterday over Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s call for the sacking of 50 per cent of civil servants. Sanusi, who spoke at a seminar in Warri on Tuesday, listed the sack as part of measures to reflate the economy. Continued on page 60


FTER a week of indecision, Bi-Courtney Chairman Dr. Olawale Babalakin (SAN) has agreed to face trial over the N3.4billion allegedly laundered for ex-Governor James Ibori to buy a Challenger aircraft. Also to face trial are Stabilini Vision Limited, Bi-Court-

From Yusuf Alli, Abuja

ney Limited, Alex Okoh and Renix Nigeria Limited. It was learnt that a team of Senior Advocates of Nigeria will defend the suspects, whose trial is likely to take place in the court complex built by Babalakin’s company. They are to face a 27-count charge in the High Court of La-

gos State, Ikeja Division. The charge borders on the alleged laundering of $11.3million abroad for Ibori through Erin Aviation Account in Mauritius. The charge sheet, dated November 21, was filed by A.M. Yusuf, Esq., on behalf of the Economic and FinanContinued on page 4

Fear of bombs at National Assembly grips lawmakers CAN urges governors to take action ACN: PDP helpless


ECURITY remained the issue yesterday, with scary lawmakers urging the executive to tackle the monster. House of Representatives members declared the National Assembly a likely target of terrorists.

From Victor Oluwasegun, Dele Anofi, Abuja and Nwanosike Onu, Awka

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) was worried that rampaging gunmen were killing people all over the country. And the opposition Action

Congress of Nigeria (CAN) said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government was helpless, going by the statement credited to its National Chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, who said the party “is not a security agency”. Members of the House of Rep-

resentatives were meeting yesterday when they recollected the attack on the Command and Staff College — the elite military facility — in Jaji on Sunday, the attack on the police office in Abuja on Monday as well as Tuesday’s Continued on page 4





Judiciary... a tale of powerplay, politics and miscarried justice The judiciary is seen as the last hope of the common man, but politics and powerplay have left its hands tied, writes Group Political Editor BOLADE OMONIJO


HE is delectable. She is polished. She is deep. Those who know her say she had been marked for greatness on the Bench very early in her legal career. Now, 36 years after she was called to the Bar, she has been elevated to preside over the affairs of the Court of Appeal, thus assuming a pivotal role in the temple of justice in the country. She is Justie Zainab Adamu Bulkachuwa, the acting President of the Court of Appeal to whom the mantle of ensuring that justice is dished out of that court in interim capacity has been handed. Before she moved to the Appeal Court, she had served as a judge of the High Court of Bauchi State, and then, on creation of Gombe, Chief Judge in the new state. Justice Bulkachuwa is known to be fearless and dependable, according to those who have intimate knowledge of her and had appeared before her over the years. Her appointment at a time another woman sits atop the judiciary, a critical third arm of government, has boosted expectation that radical changes may follow. She is expected to partner Her Lordship, Justice Miriam Aloma-Mukhtar in ensuring that the much needed reform of the judiciary is carried out to save the branch of government and protect the society. However, this is an unusual time. Would the time permit her do the needful? First, she has three months in the first instance. That may not be enough to carry out wholesale reform of the Appeal Court over which she now presides. Second, the fact that she is a tentative presiding officer makes the job even tougher. Anyone holding an office in acting capacity has to be cautious and tentative. She knows eyes are on her and that another person could be appointed in her stead before she could carry through whatever package she may deem necessary to cleanse the system. Perhaps, most important, the circumstances of the exit of the last substantive holder of the office could constrain her performance. The judiciary, no doubt, is experiencing the worst of times. The Katsina Alu-Salami face off and the sordid revelations that came up in the process have lowered the esteem of the judicial system. It has called to question the integrity of high judicial officers and their capacity to adjudicate sensitive matters. A little introspection on the journey to the exit of Justice Ayo Salami, the Appeal Court President, who was suspended in questionable circumstances in August 2010, could help here. At the heart of the matter that blew open the rottenness in the judiciary was the petition involving Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, who was governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State in 2007, and Mohammed Maigari Dakingari, who was the flag bearer of the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP). The tribunal, over which Justice Nasiru Oniyangi presided, decided in favour of Wamakko. Dakingari and his party had contended that Wamakko was not validly nominated by the PDP. He held that the PDP candidate had been nominated by the ANPP before he crossed over to his new party, and that, at the time nomination of candidates lapsed under the

Electoral Act 2006, Wamakko had not resigned his membership of the ANPP, neither had he informed that party that he no longer was its flag bearer. This, according to the petitioner, meant he held double nominations contrary to extant electoral laws. Besides, there was contention over the nomination of Wamakko's running mate, Mukhtar Shagari who, at the time, was then President Olusegun Obasanjo's Minister of Water Resources. He was alleged to have failed the timelines in the Electoral Act in perfecting his nomination. He had to do so far away in Nasarawa State. Lagos lawyer Festus Keyamo felt that it was an affront on the law to allow such infraction stand. He went to court. Despite the pleas and prayers and the attached evidence, Oniyangi's tribunal ruled against the petitioners. But, Bulkachuwa reversed that decision and ordered a rerun. The woman stood tall. Her decision was regarded as courageous and confidence in the judicial process was restored. There have been many twists and turns to the tale. The rerun was held. And Dakingari returned to the courts for redress of alleged infraction of the law. At the centre of the new plea was, again, contention that Wamakko was not qualified to run and did not win in accordance with relevant laws. By then, a division of the Appeal Court had been created in Sokoto. The court was on the verge of resting the matter when the Supreme Court intervened in arresting judgment. That was after the matter had been heard and a decision reached. A discomfited Wamakko approached the highest court of the land to stop the Appeal Court in delivering judgment. It was alleged that the verdict had leaked and would be against the governor. As Salami later deposed, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alloysius Katsina-Alu had approached him to allow his court seat on the matter before the Appeal Ciourt could deliver its judgment. It was a strange, if not bizarre, intervention. Salami, a no-nonsense judge, wasted no time in dismissing the CJN's request. The Appeal Court was, at the time, the final court in adjudicating governorship elections. Only in pre-election matters was the Supreme Court assigned a role. Besides, even in that case, it was not a matter to be settled administratively between the CJN and the PCA. Salami was not directly involved in hearing the case. All he was allowed to do by law was constitute the panel that heard the matter. The CJNwas a stranger to the matter. Of course, the CJN denied Salami's allegations. It is even more worrying that more than two years after the matter blew open, the courts have not been allowed to decide who was right- the CJN or the PCA. Nigerians deserved to know who failed them by standing in the way of dispensing justice. But they were denied. The state had quickly moved in. The National Judicial Council, over which the CJN presides, after a very controversial sitting, first recommended Salami's "promotion" to the Supreme Court. Salami alleged that he was not served the agenda of the meeting and that the decision was

Our failure as a nation to punish corruption and corrupt practices clearly manifested itself in the April 2007 Elections. The unfathomable scale of the electoral robbery was a measure of the large-scale corruption in our society

•Acting PCA Justice Bulkachuwa

‘Our society of corruption’ W HEN the tribunals were constituted, the late Chief Chief Gani Fawehinmi, a legal luminary, challenged them thus: “The various tribunals have been set up pursuant to Section 285 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, to deal with grievances arising from the Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly Elections. Appeals from these Tribunals go to the Court of Appeal, which is the final court in those elections i.e. Governorship, National Assembly and State Assembly. “Brazing and bizarre corruption by highly placed public officers at the Federal and in the States caused the unprecedented Electoral robbery in the April 2007 Elections. Our failure as a nation to punish corruption and corrupt practices clearly manifested itself in the April 2007 Elections. The unfathomable scale of the electoral robbery was a measure of the large-scale corruption in our society. “Unfortunately, the downright dishonesty of some of the Judges who were involved in 2003 Election Tribunals gave the Nigerian people much worry. I will refer to two instances: The first was the Anambra South Senatorial Election Tribunal, which looked into the grievances of a contestant Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu against the election of Dr. Ugochukwu Uba. The Tribunal found for Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu against Dr.

Ugochukwu Uba. Dr. Uba appealed to the Court of Appeal. “Meanwhile, he had been sworn in as a Senator. The matter came before the Court of Appeal and the Court of Appeal of three Justices, Hon. Justice Okwuchukwu Opene, Hon. Justice David Adedoyin Adeniji and Hon. Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs disagreed among themselves. “Two of the Justices Hon. Justice Okwuchukwu Opene and Hon. Justice David Adedoyin Adeniji gave judgment to Dr. Ugochukwu Uba and the third Justice, Hon. Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs, the youngest of them disagreed and dissented and gave judgment to Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu. After the appeal, the National Judicial Council (NJC) received petitions that two of the three Justices took bribe. The National Judicial Council established under Section 153 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 set up a committee headed by late Justice Kolawole, a retired Justice of the Court of Appeal. “After a thorough investigation by the Committee it was found that Justice Okwuchukwu Opene who presided at the Court of Appeal took a bribe of N15,000,000.00 (Fifteen million Naira) and Justice David Adedoyin Adeniji took a bribe of N12,000,000.00 (Twelve million Naira) and three unascertained Ghana-must-Go bags and that Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs the youngest of them refused to take bribe. He re-

jected corruption and did the Judiciary proud. “Consequently, the National Judicial Council (NJC) recommended to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that these two justices, Hon. Justice Okwuchukwu Opene and Hon. Justice David Adedoyin Adeniji were guilty of corruption and abuse of office and that they should be sacked as Justices of the Court of Appeal. On the 3rd of May, 2005, the President acting under Section 292 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, dismissed those two Justices from the Judicial Bench of Nigeria. “The second instance was the Akwa Ibom State Governorship Election Tribunal set up after the 2003 governorship election. There were five members of the tribunal. Whilst the proceedings were still pending in the Tribunal, on the 10th July, 2003 the petitioner petitioned the Chief Justice of Nigeria who is the chairman of the National Judicial Council (NJC) complaining that four of the five members of the tribunal i.e. the chairman, Hon. Justice M. M. Adamu (a lady), Hon. Justice D. T. Ahura, Hon. Justice A. M. Elelegwa and Chief Magistrate O. J. Isede had been compromised. “The National Judicial Council (NJC) investigated the complaints through a committee set up for that purpose and found that the allegations were true and that the Chairman of the Election Tribunal and three other members received bribes during the sitting. They were accordingly dismissed from the judicial Bench. One judge who was not a mem-

contrived as it took place at a meeting he did not attend. Given the fact that the PCA is regarded as equivalent to the Justice of the Supreme Court, Salami turned down the Greek offer. Katsina-Alu, close to his retirement, regarded Salami's rejection of the move as an affront and got the NJC to recommend suspension of the PCA. To perfect the act, the NJC made the recommendation to the President who was quick in acceding to the strange request on a Sunday, perhaps to forestall Salami obtaining a restraining order the following day. Since then, there has been no let up to the intrigues and shenanigans of the judicial lords. The Justices have

proved that politicians and unscrupulous businessmen do not have the monopoly of mindless tactics that could drag down the society.

ing the truth to power and attempting to curtail the dictator's appetite for absolute powers. In more recent times, the judiciary in Pakistan, Egypt and Morocco have stood against the quest by the executive arm to take up judicial roles, too. In Nigeria, the courageous act of the Supreme Court justices who heard and determined the appeal by E. O. Lakanmi have endured the ages. They are always cited by lawyers to insist that the Nigerian society must be governed by laws and not capricious whims. Lawyers who spoke with The Nation on the independence of the judiciary and the Rule of Law referred to the 1970 decision of that court under the leadership of the late Justice Adetokunbo Ademola as the

Politics of the judiciary One major challenge that the judiciary has faced over ages is maintaining its independence. This has been linked to its integrity. The judiciary is not only a third arm of government, but designed to act as a check on the powers of the executive and the judiciary. It has the burden of ensuring balance in the system and ensuring that the Rule of Law prevails all the time. In Idi Amin's Uganda, Chief Justice Luwumi had to pay the supreme price for speak-




•Justice Aloma-Mukthar (middle) and other justices of the Supreme Court shortly after she was sworn-in and conferred with a national honour by Dr. Jonathan.

•Lagos lawyers protesting alleged politicisation of the judiciary

ber of the Tribunal, Hon. Justice C.P.N. Senlong of the Federal High Court was also dismissed for corruption and abuse of office because he was found to have associated with one of the contestants in a corrupt manner. (His dismissal has since been upturned in court and he has been reinstated). These two examples of judicial corruption must not be allowed to happen or re-occur in the new tribunals for the 2007 Elections. “The tribunals should also bear in mind that there are two sets of people

who were unconstitutionally injured during the electoral robbery. First, the voters. By Article 13 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights Cap. A9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 which became part of our laws on 17th March, 1983 and which was confirmed by the Supreme Court as part of our laws in the case of Abacha v. Fawehinmi (2000) 6 NWLR (Pt.660) 228 which provides that: “13(1) Every citizen shall have the right to participate in

the government of his country, either directly or through freely chosen representatives in accordance with provisions of the law. “The voters have a fundamental right. The voters whose votes were not made to determine who should govern them either at the centre or in the states have no locus standi to petition the tribunals. The second set of injured Nigerians are those who contested but were robbed of victory. They have a right of access to the Tri-

bunals to ventilate their grievances under the appropriate provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. They obviously have locus to lay their grievances before the respective Tribunals. Let it go down in history that the Nigerian Judiciary through its tribunals in 2007 must courageously and honestly right the wrongs inflicted on the electorate of Nigeria during the most fraudulent polls in the nation’s history.”

foundation of judicial activism in the country. Other Justices who sat with Ademola were G.B.A Coker, Ian Lewis, Charles Madarikan and Udo Udoma. They rendered invalid Edict No 5 of 1967 and Decree No 45 of 1968 by declaring them ultra vires. They thereby set aside the judgments delivered by the High Court and the Western Court of Appeal. Other Justices who have made Nigerians proud included Chukwudifu Oputa and Kayode Eso. Their generation at the Supreme Court insisted that absurdities and illogicalities in the law must be resolved in favour of the society. Again, they did so when full blown military dictators reigned supreme and would not brook challenges to their powers. It was an ear when decrees were

manufactured overnight to twist the arms of judges and waved in court. The Justices appropriately handled such situations. It is instructive that, many years after he had retired from the Bench, Justice Eso chaired a committee that frowned at the corrupt tendencies in the courts and recommended the sack of 49 judges shortly after the return of civil rule in 1999. One major question that Justices Mukhtar and Bulkachuwa would be confronted with is how to guarantee independence of the judiciary and tame the corruption monster. Is it being self accounting enough to jealously guard the autonomy of the third branch of government? Is it

enough to deliver verdicts that could stand the test of time? What role is expected of the administrators?

tance only got Musharaff more incensed as he promptly dismissed 60 other judges who stood with the Chief Justice on the matter. Chaudhry's colleagues on the Supreme Court Bench were not left out of the protest. They stood as one and refused penetration of their rank. Following stiff resistance, the CJP was reinstated on July 20. But, on November 3, Chaudhry was dismissed again as the military leader imposed emergency rules and strengthened his hands in handling such matters. All the Justices refused to take oath under the Presidential Constitutional Order and the Lawyers Movement insisted on the establishment of the Rule of Law, Supremacy of the Con-

Examples of Pakistan, Egypt Following an attempt by General Pervez Musharaff to concentrate all powers in his office as unelected President, the Bar and Bench in the country rose against the move. On November 3, 2007, a Lawyers Movement was established, especially, to resist the removal of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry on March 9. The presidential decision was immediately denounced by the Supreme Court Bar Association that declared it "an assault on the independence of the judiciary." The resis-

stitution and Civilian Supremacy over the Military. The battle line was thus drawn. Rallies and protests continued throughout what remained of 2007. After the long march, lawyers were arrested, detained and tortured in a bid to break their ranks and resolve. Musharaff, who had resigned from the Army in order to pretend to being a civilian President, was finally compelled to leave office in August 2008. Backed by the people, displaying raw courage, the lawyers and judges survived the repression and won the battle. The drama in Egypt is still playing out. President Mohammed Morsi, who was a beneficiary of popular revolt against dictatorship, turned his back on the people and the Rule of Law by acquiring wide powers tantamount to subjugation of the other arms of government. Consequently, the highly conscientised people rose against the rule of the thumb. The protests continue on the streets of the major cities. More instructive is the stout resistance offered by the judiciary. The Supreme Judicial Council, an equivalent of the NJC, rejected the decrees, describing them as "unprecedented attack on the independence of the judiciary". In response, President Morsi last week fired the head of the judiciary, Justice Abdel Majid Mahmoud. At that point, the Egypt Judges Club came out boldly to support their leader and this has become an albatross for the President who had thought that the Chief Justice would be isolated by other judges for fear of dismissal. Mahmoud is still challenging that savage attack on the institution over which he presided. What is the situation in Nigeria? Despite the obvious politics being played by the Chief Executive of the Federation and the ruling party, the judges have largely being silent and complacent. The only real response during the short tenure of Justice Dahiru Musdapher was the Judiciary Reform Bill presented to the National Assembly as the branch's contribution to the Constitution Amendment process. Even then, he would not ruffle feather by directly criticising the President. The only indication that Justice Mukhtar could go a little further than her predecessor was the decision by the deeply divided and weakened National Judicial Council that Justice Salami should be reinstated forthwith. It added that the President needed not be notified of the decision. However, as observers saw, the NJC had earlier abdicated the role by submitting to the President the power to suspend the PCA. At what point did it discover that only the NJC is empowered to discipline judges, especially of Justice Salami's caliber? Unlike the judges in Egypt and Pakistan, when President Goodluck Jonathan disregarded its resolution as he regularly does with the legislature, and proceeded to appoint another PCA in acting capacity, the NJC merely played the Pontius Pilate. It is business as usual. Section 153 of the Constitution is clear on the procedure for exercising discipline on the PCA, Supreme Court Justices and the Chief Justice. The supreme law that would not tolerate interference with judicial independence, states that the category of judges could only be removed at the instance of the NJC, passing its recommendation through the President to the Senate. Suspending Justice Salami for more than one year without the imput of the legislature is sidetracking the law and impuning the integrity of the judiciary. Neither Justice Dahiru Mohammed, nor his deputy who has stepped in as CJN has mobilised the judiary to resist the dangerous step taken that could be cited as precedence in years ahead. Where the judges in Egypt and Pakistan, backed by the Bar and the public lived up to their responsibility, the Bench is failing the Nigerian state and posterity.



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•From left: Prime Minister of Saint Kitts & Nevis, Mr. Denzil Douglas, Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio and deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu during the prime minister’s visit to Uyo …yesterday

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bombardment of Auchi, Edo State. They declared that the National Assembly is not safe of terror attack. They urged the Executive to increase the security agencies’ intelligence gathering strength and supply sophisticated arms to personnel to enable them confront criminals. Discussing a motion of urgent national importance brought by Abubakar Momoh, the lawmakers believed that the insecurity had reached a level where no facility is safe. Momoh, leading the debate, said the Tuesday robbery in Auchi, Edo State, which claimed the lives of security men and civilians, indicated that insecurity has reached unmanageable proportions. Another member, Rapheal Nnanna, observed that the invasion of the Special AntiRobbery Squad (SARS) headquarters in Abuja indicated

that security personnel lacked the capacity to solve the problem. According to him, the SARS invasion was less than 24 hours after the bombing of a Church at Command and Staff College, Jaji, by gunmen, in which 17 people were reported killed and many others injured. “The state of insecurity in the country has reached an embarrassing level. What happened in Jaji and SARS headquarters is embarrassing to the leadership and people of this nation,” he said. Nnanna said if the gunmen could operate at the premises of security agents and stroll leisurely away, they could also invade the National Assembly. He warned: “I see these people coming to the National Assembly, very soon.” Samson Osagie(Edo, ACN) said the Federal Government must come up with a realistic strategy to checkmate bandits. He said there were

far-reaching implications of allowing the present trend of insecurity to go on. His words: “We can’t afford to fold our hands and watch these people kill and maim people the way they are doing.” Jerry Alagbaso urged security agents to increase their efforts at gathering intelligence. He called for immediate supply of sophiscated arms to security personnel to enable them confront criminals. “The government must improve on the sophiscation of arms that our security agents use; that is the only way they can overcome the current challenge. Our security must improve on intelligence gathering,” he said. Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, who presided, however, did not recap the debate. Tempers flayed at the Women Development Centre in Awka, Anambra state yesterday, when the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo

Oritsejafor challenged southern governors to confront their colleagues in the North to stop the killings by the Islamist sect, Boko-Haram. Anambra State Governor Peter Obi challenged the church and clergy to block all the government houses to stop corruption, the way it happened in Philippines some years back during the tenure of President Ferdinand Marcos. They spoke during the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of CAN. Oritsejafor decked in milk-coloured Safari dress, urged the governors of the 17 southern states to hold periodic meetings where issues affecting their people would be tackled because of what he described as Boko Haram’s barbaric activity. Oritsejafor said he is not comfortable with the “silence” of the southern governors whose people are being killed indiscriminately by Boko Haram. He said the

cial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation. A top source in EFCC, who spoke with our correspondent in confidence, said: “We have received assurances from Babalakin that he will appear in court for arraignment on Thursday (today). He offered to come for arraignment; we have no reason to doubt him. “We may, therefore, have no reason to arrest him before trial. What is important is to serve the cause of justice.” Responding to a question, the source added: “There is an understanding that all the suspects will be at the EFCC office in Ikoyi by 7am and it is from there that they will be taken to court. “Babalakin has been cooperating with the EFCC in its investigation; there is no problem at all.” Another source, who also did not want to be named, said Babalakin relocated from Abuja to Lagos on Wednesday evening for his trial. “He is innocent of the charges but it is normal to arraign any suspect in court. This investigation has been on in the

last seven years without anything found against Babalakin. “The arraignment might be an attempt to break his spirit but justice will prevail at the end of the day. “It is going to be a major legal battle and we have assembled a crack team of lawyers to defend him and four others. “Ironically, Babalakin will be arraigned in the same court complex which his company built to taste. That is life, everything has a purpose.” All the suspects will be arraigned in court for alleged “conspiracy to commit felony to wit: corruptly conferring benefit on account of public action, contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code Law, CAP. C17, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.” They are also to respond to the allegation of “corruptly conferring benefit on account of public action, contrary to Section 98A (1) (a) of the Criminal Code Law, CAP. C17, Laws of Lagos State, 2003”. The third peg of their trial borders on alleged “retention of proceed of a criminal conduct contrary to Section 17(a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004”.

ACN to PDP: you’re clueless on security challenge


HE Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday said the statement credited to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Bamanga Tukur, that the ruling party is not a security agency and should not be blamed for the insecurity in the country, is evidence of cluelessness over the worsening state of insecurity. In a statement in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN, expressed its happiness that the Chairman of the biggest non-performing party in Africa has finally come to terms with what the ACN and others have been saying for a long time, that the PDP lacks the where-

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withal to preside over a country that is hungry for security and development like Nigeria. ‘’What the PDP Chairman is saying, in essence, is that his party is no longer fit to rule and that Nigerians should look elsewhere if indeed they want a government that will ensure the security of their lives and property,’’ it said. ‘’Thank you, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, for speaking from the heart and admitting that your party, the PDP, has finally reached the end of its tether.’’ The ACN said it is inconceivable that a man of Alhaji Tukur’s standing, experiContinued on page 63

Govt awards N28b transport, ID card, other contracts Govt approves N6.3b for ID cards scheme

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er.” “They are fully Air conditioned and the same type you have in Europe, China, America and other parts of the world. They are going to be used on the existing narrow gauge track.” “By next year when the eastern corridor - Port Harcourt to Maiduguri – will be fully rehabilitated, we will get additional supply of these locomotives and coaches.” The contract for consultancy services for the residence of the supervisor of the construction of inland river port at Jamata- Lokoja was approved. The contract is N121,114,875, with a completion period of seven weeks. Besides, the FEC also approved N189.7million for the supply of radiation and explosive detection devices to be used by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA). The contract has a completion period of four months. Another contract passed yesterday was the supply of anti-Tuberculosis drugs worth N297.87m. The drugs, according to Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu, are capable of


NEW identity card scheme, which will take off with N6.3billion, has been approved. The cash is for the importation of 13 million smartcards to be used in registering Nigerians under the National Identity Management scheme. The scheme, according to the Minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, is expected to begin next month. Mrs. Johnson, who spoke to State House correspondents yesterday, said the first phase of the identity card scheme, on which N34. 2 billion had already been spent by a previous administration, would cost N30.1 billion in the next three years. She said the first category of the contract, intended to jump-start issuance of the identity card under the accelerated implementation of the National Identity Management System (NIMS) treating 500 multi-drug resistant cases. No less than N400,000 is needed to treat one patient. The Federal Government intervened “for the sake of those who can’t afford that cost”. Chukwu said more of the drugs would be provided next year to meet high demand as 5,000 drug-resistant

From Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja

project, is the contract for the supply of smart card awarded to Messrs Auspoint Ltd, Nigeria Security Printing and Minting Company and Telnet at N5.3 billion. The second category is a contract for card personalisation to be executed by Messrs Chams Consortium Limited and Messrs One Scorecard Ltd for over N1 billion. The initial smart cards will be imported; subsequent ones will be manufactured in the country in compliance with the local content initiative. Mrs. Johnson said 30,000 Nigerians had already been registered in a pilot project embarked upon by the NIMS. More smartcards will be procured next year but they will have to be produced in Nigeria. Already, 30,000 applicants have been registered with Direct Data Capture machines that have been distributed to all states.

new cases emerge every year and these are different from the 800,000 normal tuberculosis cases treated yearly. Also approved for the health ministry is the purchase of vaccines worth $2.10m (N333m) for routine immunisation, which has since 2006 been supplied through UNICEF for safety reasons.

Johnson said: “The cards will contain both the National Identity number of every Nigerian citizen that enrolls; it will also contain the biometric data for each citizen as well. The card will also host 13 applications and the reason for this is the beginning of the harmonisation and the integration of government agency databases for agencies that require the authentication and the validation of the citizen’s identity. And this will include things like the National Health Insurance Scheme, passport, pensions, drivers Licence, tax, voting data and, of course, payment systems as well. “The first tranch of cards of 13 million that were approved by FEC today will be imported, but the personalisation will be done here in Nigeria. The expectation is that come 2013 when we order the next tranch of cards, they will

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Prof. Viola Onwuliri spoke of a landmark diplomatic agreement between Venezuela and Nigeria to allow transit and 90day stay for holders of official and diplomatic passports of both countries. She said the President approved the release of N13 billion to clear debts owed by

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Nigeria’s foreign missions. The minister, who said the issue was not with the ministry as the missions get direct funds, noted that the CBN and Ministry of Finance promised to release the funds promptly. Also, the Council approved N4.9billion for the construction of new Presidential Banquet Hall in Abuja and reha-

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•From left: A member of the Board of Trustees, Osigwe Anyiam Osigwe Foundadion, Simeon Ndunka; Director, Charles Anyiam-Osigwe; former President, Sri Lanka, Chandrika Kumaratunga; and Co-ordinator-General of the foundation, Michael Anyiam-Osigwe, during the arrival of the keynote speaker for the 13th Session of the Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation annual lecture series at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos... yesterday. PHOTO: ISAAC JIMOH

Senate berates NDLEA boss, others for victimising staff T

HE Senate yesterday berated the leadership of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for alleged victimisation, intimidation and frustration of personnel of the agency. This followed the adoption of the report of its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition on the alleged wrongful termination of the appointment of Mr. Adamu Magaji, a worker with the agency. Magaji was said to have been victimised and his appointment terminated for refusing to compromise official responsibility. A Superintendent of Narcotics, Magaji served in the Owerri, Imo State command and was appointed the officer in charge of the “Strike Force” before his appoint-

From Onyedi Ojiabor, Assistant Editor and Sanni Onogu, Abuja

ment was terminated. He sent a petition to the Senate detailing the circumstances that led to the termination of his appointment. Magaji alleged that his refusal to release Obi Okorie, a drug baron he arrested, as demanded by his superior officer, Mr. Abdul Momodu, led to the termination of his appointment. The NDLEA was said to have based its action to terminate Magaji’s appointment on an unsubstantiated claim that Magaji was fraternising with and receiving money from Okorie. But Magaji insisted that be-

cause he refused to obey the directive of Momodu, the Assistant State Commander, he threatened to deal with him. The Senator Ayo Akinyelure-led committee, in its report, deplored the manner the NDLEA leadership treated Magaji. The committee wondered why the appointment of an officer, who should have received commendation for diligence and commitment to duty, was terminated. The committee noted: “From the investigations carried out by the committee, it was not obvious that Magaji’s relationship with Okorie and his wife was for any reason other than the interest of the job but, prejudicial to the

agency and given that Okorie was arrested by Magaji, mere assertions are not enough to sustain the termination of his appointment.” The committee recommended that the termination of Magaji’s appointment should be nullified and his appointment reinstated, “since there was no evidence to warrant his termination.” It recommended that NDLEA should pay Magaji his entitlements to date. Senators rebuked the leadership of NDLEA for discouraging commitment to duty. The lawmakers said besides reinstating Magaji, those behind his travail should be fished out and punished.


Northwest geo-political zone to shape the future of their daughters by ensuring that they are enrolled in schools in the region to access free and quality education. The minister said the workshop was aimed at empowering mothers to increase the enrolment capacity of children in their communities. Said he: “We believe that the children are closer to their mothers, and that the mothers can impact on their lives, especially the girls. They can encourage them to attend schools.” The workshop had over 320 participants drawn from Kaduna, Jigawa, Kano, Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi states. Wike hoped that the capacity-building programme would meet the objective of the ministry to

achieve improved enrolment among girls. The Northwest Zonal Coordinator of the Universal Basic Education, Mr. Aliyu Kardi, recalled that the issue of women education in the North was raised since 30 years ago. He said it is receiving more attention now with the success recorded at the workshop. Kardi said the female children would enjoy much economic benefits if they are educated. The Assistant Director Gender Education in the Ministry of Education, Mrs. Adeola Fola Ola, urged parents not to bury the potential of their daughters by denying them education. An education consultant in the ministry and a facilitator at the workshop, Mr. Muhammed-Sani Usman, noted that it is regrettable that few


girls in the North are enrolled in schools. He said most of the girls are given in marriage by their parents when they are supposed to be in school. Usman said to remedy the situation, there is need to establish more schools for girls with boarding and catering facilities as was done in the 60s and 70s, adding that more female teachers should be employed.

200 election offenders on trial, says Jega


HE Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, yesterday said over 200 offenders have been prosecuted for allegedly involving in electoral malpractices. Speaking during a con-

From Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja

sultative workshop with the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) on the plans and progress towards the 2015 general election, he said lack of funds has affected the prosecution of the electoral

offenders. Stressing that there were no records of prosecution of the offenders before he came into office, Jega cited the case of a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member who indulged in electoral malpractices and was prosecuted by INEC and

convicted during his tenure. He called for the establishment of an Election Offenders Commission to try offenders, because according to him, INEC as is currently constituted does not have the human capacity and logistics to try election offenders.

From Chris Oji, Enugu

state governments have over the joint account has ensured that the development objective of the direct allocation is not met. The development, he noted, has left the local governments worse off than they were prior to the policy shift, adding that they lack the autonomy to provide services and implement development projects for local administrators. Atiku recalled that when he inaugurated the ALGON on November 30, 1999 at the African Women Centre, Abuja, the main objectives of forming the association were listed “as, among others, the promotion and protection of the rights, privileges, interests and autonomy of local governments for the survival of the local governments in Nigeria.” He said he was glad that many of the objectives had been realised and “that you have sustained the spirit and momentum.”

Reps to meet on local content


HE House of Representatives Committee on Local Content will hold a one-day special stakeholders’ conference in Abuja on Monday. With the theme: “Stimulating Local Capacity “, the conference will focus on measurement and evaluation of capacity utilisation towards an enhanced Nigerian content development; waiver administration and the implications in the achievement of Nigerian content development; as well as attractive and sustainable project funding and indigenous operators. According to a statement by the committee, the conference will attract experts from the oil sector, labour unions

and government ministries and agencies. The Chairman of the Committee, Asita, said: “This conference is a follow-up to the Nigerian Local Content Summit held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, between June 25 and 26. The Nigerian Content Act was signed into law on April 22, 2010, by President Goodluck Jonathan. The Act mandates the utilisation of Nigerian human and material resources for the provision of goods and services to the petroleum industry within an acceptable quality. The responsibility to implement the position of the Act rests on the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

84 communities to benefit from IGHTY-four commuEU’s gesture nities in Bayelsa State


Wike: 7.5m girls out of school HE Minister of State for Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike, has said 7.5 million girls are out of school. He spoke on Tuesday in Sokoto at a capacity-building workshop organised to scale up mothers’ associations at the senatorial level. It was organised by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) office for the seven states in the Northwest geo-political zone. Represented by the Deputy Director Special Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Bosede Omotowa, the minister said it was bad that of the over 10 million children out of school in the country, about 7.5 million are girls. Wike noted that such statistics was not good for the future of the girl-child. He urged mothers in the

ORMER Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, yesterday called for the devolution of more powers and revenues from the Federal Government to the state/regional governments. He said every tier of the government should be selfreliant in terms of revenue. Atiku stressed the need to ensure internal party democracy so “that the selection of candidates for elections to the local government and others is carried out by the generality of party members rather than a few godfathers.” He spoke at a Conference on Rediscovering the Local Government System in the Emerging Constitution, organised by the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) at Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu. The former Vice-President said though the joint state/local government account was meant to acknowledge the role of the federating states in the local government administration, the control that the

are to benefit from the European Union (EU) pet project called MPP9. It will also be launched in other states in the Niger Delta. EU Ambassador in Nigeria, David Macrae, who spoke in Yenagoa when he visited Governor Seriake Dickson, said the union was determined to bring development to Bayelsa and other states in the Niger Delta. The envoy, who was accompanied by officials of the National Planning Commission,

From Isaac Ombe, Yenagoa

said the project was aimed at bringing development closer to the rural dwellers and assisting the communities to address their needs. He added: “The project will also promote good governance in the area.” Macrae said in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the beneficiaries, the MPP9 programme assessed the needs of the affected communities and formulated policies based on its assessment.

Rotary seeks collaboration with EFCC


HE Governor of Rotary Club, District 9125, Mr. Felix A. Obadan, yesterday called for cooperation and collaboration between the Rotary Club International and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to promote professional ethics and peace. According to a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, the District Governor made the call when he led a team of the district’s top officials from 23 states, including the Federal Capital Territory on a visit to the Kano zonal office of the commission. The statement said:

From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation

“Obadan said they were at the EFCC because they believe in the work of the commission. “We at the Rotary Club believe in what EFCC is doing and would want to encourage the commission to join the Rotary Club in promoting integrity in Nigeria so that peace can endure through selfless services.” “Obadan said Rotary International with members drawn from various professions is committed to the promotion of ethical standard and values that promote humanity and peace through selfless service.




N2.7b ‘fraud’: EFCC probes more suspects


HE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is probing more suspects in the N2.7billion fuel subsidy scam. The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu, yesterday said the EFCC has not invited him or any member of his family in relation with the subsidy scandal. Although the minister was not mentioned in the report of The Nation on Sunday, he said he had been under pressure to clarify issues surrounding the scam. Wogu, who spoke with our reporter, said: “As a public officer, I have tried my best to live above board. “Neither I nor any member of my family has been invited for questioning by the EFCC since the investigation began in February. “And I am in no way involved with the issue at all as wrongly insinuated. “I do not have any share in Pinnacle Contractors Limited, which has been used to get import allocations. “I have to make these clarifications to The Nation because I have been receiving calls as if I was involved in the scam.” The EFCC yesterday admitted

•Minister denies invitation •Agency receives search report From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation

that it received a search report from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), which confirmed that Pinnacle Contractors Limited was registered on July 20, 2001 with RC No. 419968. But the commission insisted that it is still looking into the alleged pseudo owners of Pinnacle Contractors Limited. In the last few months, the EFCC has been probing the ‘strange’ payment of subsidy to Pinnacle Contractors Limited. The company is one of the 25 firms recommended for criminal investigation by the Federal Ministry of Finance. The company got a subsidy claim in 2011 without allegedly importing any fuel. The ongoing probe has, however, become complicated, following claims that the company had been

sold to Masters Energy Oil and Gas Limited without its shareholders retaining their interest. Also, another angle to the ongoing probe is how a sold firm benefited from the fuel subsidy regime to the tune of N2.7billion. Investigation by our correspondent showed that three more suspects have been invited in connection with the fraud. A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “Our investigation into the N2.7billion fuel subsidy scam is still ongoing. “We have invited more suspects since Monday. “One major challenge we have is about the status and the “real” owners of Pinnacle Contractors Limited, which collected the subsidy. “We are suspecting that there is more to the ownership of the firm than meets the eye. “Our team is seeking to know whether the company was dead or

merged as at 2010 and how did it come about fuel import allocations? “We have established that the company got subsidy for fuel not imported into the country. “It might take time but we will crack the nut surrounding the ownership of Pinnacle Contractors Limited.” The source added: “We got a search report with more issues to clarify. “The report will assist us to probe more on some lapses we have noticed from the statements obtained from some people already interrogated. “From the search, the firm was incorporated on July 20, 2001, with the First Nature of Business described as ‘unspecified.’ “The directors are Obi Uju; Eribo Felix; Sotunde Femi and Onu Ogbonnaya. “With initial share capital of 1,000,000, the company type is rated as “Limited by shares.” “The address of the said firm is Plot 1227, Oka Akoko Close, Garki II.”

‘Suntai has started speaking’ •Two aides discharged From Fanen Ihyongoi, Jalingo


HE Senator representing Taraba South, Emmanuel Bwacha, has said Governor Danbaba Suntai, who was involved in a plane crash and flown to Germany, is recovering fast. Bwacha, who is the governor’s friend, had been with the governor at the Specialist Hospital, Yola, and the National Hospital Abuja, where the governor was taken to before he was flown abroad. He was also with Suntai at the German hospital. Bwacha returned to Nigeria yesterday. Bwacha, who spoke to reporters in Jalingo, said: “The governor started speaking before I left for Nigeria. But he has spoken more audibly and clearer on telephone with me now. “His wife initially spoke with me, and then she handed over the phone to the governor who spoke with a discernible voice.” Bwacha allayed fears that Suntai would be incapacitated. He dispelled the rumours that the governor has a spinal cord injury and was bleeding from his head. He said Suntai, at the time of the accident, was injured in the abdomen, had a fracture on the hand and his body was swollen, which made him unconscious. The lawmaker said: “The governor is recovering fast. He is stabilised now. I am surprised to hear the rumour in Nigeria that he has a problem with his head and spinal cord. It is not true. “Ideally, a plane crash is not a bicycle accident; he needs time to recover well. In fact, it was by divinity from God that he even survived. Those with evil wishes would be put to shame and would definitely not go unpunished.” Bwacha said two of the governor’s aides: the Chief Security Officer (CSO), Timo Dangana and Chief Detail Joel Dan, who were also on board the ill-fated Cessna 208 aircraft, have been discharged from the hospital. “The CSO and the Chief Detail are on their way to Nigeria today (yesterday). “The governor is now left with his Aide de Camp (ADC), Dasat Iliya, in Germany,” he said. Suntai was involved in an air crash on October 25. The plane was flown by him.

Budget: EFCC, NDLEA risk zero allocation From Victor OluwSegun and Dele Anofi, Abuja


HE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) risk having no budgetary provision for their operations in 2013, the House of Representatives has warned. The warning followed the absence of the Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of the two agencies before the House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics and Financial Crimes to present and defend their budgets for 2012 and 2013 yesterday. The Committee, chaired by Adams Jagaba, warned the chairmen to appear on Monday or be prepared to face the consequence. Members of the Committee regretted that the National Assembly was not taken seriously by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). EFCC Secretary Emmanuel Akomaye, who represented the anti-graft agency at the session, told the lawmakers that the Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, was out of the country. NDLEA representative Femi Ajayi ,who is the Director-General, said the Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, was indisposed. Jagaba regretted that the EFCC Chairman could not tell him about the trip when they met last week. The EFCC was also faulted for failing to follow official process of informing the committee about the absence of its chairman. Jagaba said Larmode’s absence at the budget defence appeared to be intentional. “If the EFCC Chairman doesn’t meet the 11am Monday appointment, it means you (EFCC) don’t need money to run this agency in 2013 and you risk zero allocation,” Jagaba warned.

House intervenes in Lagos $600m loan crisis •Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar (left), Niger State Governor Babangida Muazu (right) and Enugu State Acting Governor Sunday Onyebuchi (second right) at the 13th Anniversary/National Conference of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON )in Enugu...yesterday

‘Anyone not counted in 2016 ceases to be a Nigerian’


HE Chairman of the National Population Commission (NPC), Festus Odimegwu, has said any Nigerian who is not captured in the next demographic survey beginning next year would not be recognised as a citizen after the 2016 national population census. He spoke yesterday at the second National Family Planning Conference in Abuja. Odimegwu said the N600 billion needed to conduct the exercise would be generated by the Commission from the sale of data to the private sector, if the Federal Government fails to provide it. According to him, data on religion and ethnicity, which were left out in past census analysis would be included in that of 2016. He said: “Anybody that is not covered in that census will not be part of Nigeria. This is a commission where everything will work. “You have to know their religion and ethnic number for the country to work. “We will raise money from the sale of data to the private sector to run the agency. The data base will help in national planning.” He said Nigeria needs accurate demographic data to plan properly, stressing that the current situation whereby different government

•Next Census to give ethnic, religion data From Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja

agencies conduct exercises to obtain biometric data is not the best for the country. “There is nothing in Nigeria that is better than our population. No great country is there without their population. That is why China, India and the United States are great. “The issue is not the size of our population. The problem is the

quality of people. If we take care of the quality, it will take care of the quantity. A PhD holder will have no need for 16 children,” he said The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, said the issue of the quality and quantity of population was like that of the chicken-and-egg since a large population without the means to cater for them was a problem.

Jonathan urges court to dismiss RESIDENT Goodluck JonathOyinlola’s suit an has urged an Abuja Feder-


al High Court to dismiss a suit by former Osun State Governor Olagunsoye Onyinola, seeking to stop the National Judicial Council (NJC) from re-instating the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami. In a joint Counter-Affidavit with the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), Jonathan said the suit constitutes a gross abuse of court process. Besides, the NJC urged the court to dismiss the suit because the plaintiff lacks the locus standi to institute the action. Describing the suit as mischievous and a witch-hunt, the council said

From Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja

the suit was an extension of grievances nursed by Oyinlola against Justice Salami following the nullification of his election by the Governorship Election Appeal Tribunal in November 2010. Justice Abdul Kafarati yesterday fixed January 24 for ruling after hearing the preliminary objections. The plaintiff is seeking an order of perpetual injunction restraining President Jonathan from acting on the recommendation of the NJC to reinstate Justice Salami, contending that the recommendation is null and void.


HE House of Representatives has intervened in a petition filed against the Federal Government by the Lagos State Government on the alleged frustration of a $600 million World Bank loan. The Chairman of the Committee on Aid, Loans and Debt Management, Adeyinka Ajayi ( ACN-Osun), said the committee had invited the state to shed more light on the loan. In a presentation, Governor Babatunde Fashola said the sudden stoppage of the loan had affected the financial plans of the government. “We have a commitment with the World Bank for a loan of $600 million offered to Lagos. “It is supposed to be in three tranches, and the first tranche was paid in 2011. “We were expecting the payment of the second tranche when the loan facility was stopped. “As I speak, we have not received any official communication from the Federal Ministry of Finance about it.” Fashola said the Minister of Finance told him on telephone that the state could not accommodate the loan in its 2013 borrowing plan. The governor pleaded that the second tranche of the loan should be included in the 2013 borrowing plan and the third in the 2014 borrowing plan. Fashola lamented that before the sudden stoppage of the loan, the state’s 2013 budget had already been planned in line with the requirements of the World Bank. He said he was not told why the loan was stopped.




Man, 85, ‘defiles’ minor in Ado-Ekiti


N 85-YEAR-old man, Samuel Oladipupo, has been arrested for allegedly defiling a 12-year-old in AdoEkiti, the Ekiti State capital. The victim is a JSS 1 pupil. Oladipupo allegedly committed the crime on Sunday at his home on No 9, Barrack Road, near Okesa Police Station. When interrogated by the police, the octogenarian denied committing the crime, saying: “I only attempted to have sex with her with her consent.” He claimed that the victim seduced him. Oladipupo said: “I sent her to buy me recharge card on that day and she helped me to load it on my phone. To prove that I did not intend to

•Suspect: she seduced me From Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti

commit the crime, I allowed her to leave my house after she loaded my phone without touching her. “But she returned later and said she was hungry. I told her I had bread and stew and she followed me inside and ate the food. When she finished eating, she rested on the chair and undressed without any prompting from me. “She started playing with herself and invited me to come and play with her. As a man, I began to lose control. I pushed her onto the bed and climbed on top of her, but it occurred to me that it might

be a set up and I quickly stood up. I did not defile her.” The victim insisted the old man defiled her. She said she was returning from where she had gone to repair her school sandal when Oladipupo, who she had earlier in the day helped to buy a recharge card, called her. She said: “When he called me, he accused me of stealing his phone and I told him I did not steal his phone. He then ordered me to follow him into his sitting room. “When we got there, we found the phone on the television and he apologised to me. “As I was about to leave, he held my shoulders and

dragged me back. He threw me on the couch and forcibly had sex with me. My screams attracted a woman who came to my rescue and took me to my mother.” The victim’s father, Mr. Ojo Ajijola, alleged that Oladipupo is a serial rapist, who “is fond of seducing and raping teenagers”. Police spokesperson Mr. Victor Babayemi said the victim had been taken to the State Teaching Hospital for tests. He said preliminary findings confirmed that Oladipupo had committed the same crime many times in the past. Babayemi said the accused would be arraigned as soon as the minor’s test results are out.



From Adesoji Adeniyi, Osogbo

State has demonstrated tragic incapacity to appreciate anything done by Aregbesola. It is up to the people to assess and pronounce judgment on Aregbesola’s performance, because it is their lives that are being impacted upon and not the PDP’s deficiency before ACN took over. “The taste of the pudding is in the eating. The people of Osun already know the difference between the very corrupt and visionless leadership of the PDP, which they experienced for 90, and the focused leadership of the ACN, which truly represents the masses. “We urge the people not to be discouraged by the undue criticisms of the opposition, as PDP is only displaying its ignorance about a lot of things.”

Osun spends N339.4m on poultry •Aregbesola for Ogun NUJ lecture From Adesoji Adeniyi, Osogbo, and Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta


•Ajimobi and Amaechi...yesterday

on the necessity of state police in reducing crime. He urged members of the Oyo State Executive Council to be dedicated to the service of the people and emulate the former Premier of the defunct Western Region, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Amaechi said Awolowo’s commitment to humanity and the people he governed

was responsible for his “undying popularity” among the Yoruba. He said the late Justice Esho contributed immensely to the peace enjoyed in Rivers State today through his recommendations as the Chairman of the state’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2008. Ajimobi described Amaechi as “a man with

special ability to manage human beings, as attested to in his handling of the NGF”. He said Amaechi has encouraged politicians and public office holders to be honest and courageous. Ajimobi said Amaechi has turned Rivers into a model State, adding that he was willing to replicate some of Amaechi’s programmes.

Ogun suspends 1,024 fake teachers



HE Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Osun State has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against undue criticism of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration. Reacting to the PDP’s criticism of the Aregbesola administration in the last two years, ACN said residents have the ability to determine the administration’s performance without the PDP’s help. In a statement by its Publicity Director, Mr. Kunle Oyatomi, ACN said Aregbesola and his team have served the people diligently in the last two years. The party said the government has touched every part of the state, adding that it was up to the people to decide if Aregbesola deserves a second term. It said: “The PDP in Osun

•Commiserates with Esho’s family

HE Ogun State Government has suspended 1,024 teachers for forged certificates and other irregularities. According to the report of CITC Consulting, the firm employed by the government to audit the teacher’s certificates, 475 teachers were suspended for possessing forged certificates, 274 for not appearing for the screening,

From Tayo Johnson, Ibadan

YO State Governor Abiola Ajimobi will, on December 7, inaugurate The Polytechnic at Ibadan’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre, the first phase of the Central Administration Building and a 33KVA electricity sub-station. The institution’s Deputy Rector, Mr. Adebisi Adeniran, spoke with reporters yesterday on the activities lined up for the institution’s 28th Convocation ceremony. Adeniran is also the Chairman of the Convocation Planning Committee. The deputy rector, who was represented by the Chairman of the polythechnic’s Committee of Deans, Mrs. Taiwo Olurin, said: “The governor will inaugurate three landmark projects at the ceremony. They are the ICT Centre, the first phase of the Central Administration Building and a 33KVA electricity sub-station. “A total of 6,544 students will be graduating. The graduation and award-giving ceremony is the grand finale of the activities lined up for this year’s convocation.” Other activities lined up for the ceremony are Jumat and church services tomorrow and Sunday. Adeniran said the National Diploma, Higher National Diploma, Post graduate Diploma and full Professional Diploma certificates would be awarded to the graduates.

Osun ACN warns PDP against ‘undue’ criticisms

Amaechi hails Ajimobi on Oyo’s beautification IVERS State Governor Rotimi Amaechi has hailed his Oyo State counterpart, Abiola Ajimobi, for cleaning up Ibadan, the state capital. He said he used to think Ibadan was a dirty city. Amaechi spoke during a visit to Ajimobi at the Governor’s Office, shortly after commiserating with the family of the late Justice Kayode Esho at the deceased’s Ikolaba home. He said contrary to widespread information that Ibadan was extremely dirty, he was impressed with the ancient city’s aesthetics. Amaechi said: “With what I have seen today, Ibadan is not all that a dirty city as we were made to believe. Even the primary school opposite the late Justice Esho’s house is neat, contrary to the impression given to people outside the state. “I also confirmed from the Eshos that the governor is doing a lot to change the face of Ibadan and the state.” Amaechi said the state’s clean up would have a positive effect on its economy. On the ongoing constitutional review, he said the Governors’ Forum wants the practice of true federalism and believes in the provision of basic social amenities for the people. On the creation of state police, Amaechi said the forum was still deliberating

Ajimobi to unveil ICT centre, others at Ibadan Poly

236 for being unqualified, 12 for exceeding the statutory length of service and 11 for age discrepancies. Two of those suspended were considered to be impostors and 14 were found to be dead. Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chief Mufutau Ajibola said the suspension takes immediate effect, pend-

ing the formal determination of the cases by the panel raised in the Office of the Head of Service. He said the names of the offenders and the documents they presented to the government are being compiled for presentation to the police. Ajibola restated the government’s determination to flush out persons “polluting the noble and respected pro-

fession”. Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Segun Odubela said: “The exercise is about quality assurance of our human capital. All our investments to provide affordable quality education will only yield result if we have well qualified and motivated teachers in our classrooms.”

HE Osun State Government has spent N339.4 million on poultry in the last one year. Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security Wale Adedoyin said this in Osogbo, the state capital, during a ministerial news conference marking the second anniversary of the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration. He said the money was sourced by the state government under the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme (CACS). Adedoyin said under the scheme, interested poultry farmers are supplied with day-old chicks, feeds, drugs, vaccines and other logistics until six-eight weeks, when they attain the right market weight. He said the scheme is yielding a positive result and four farmers have made profits, ranging from N1.1 million to N1.8 million. Adedoyin said nine farmers have also made profits between N500,000 to N900,000. He said 65 farmers made close to N500,000 profit, adding that “about 224 out growers under the scheme generated over 783 jobs”. Adedoyin said the state government made N10 million available for youth empowerment through agriculture. He said the programme, tagged “O-REAP Youth Academy”, would not only empower youths, but also breed a new crop of technological and innovative farmers. Aregbesola will deliver a lecture on Thursday at Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. The lecture is part of activities marking this year’s Press Week of the Ogun State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ). Aregbesola, who is to be honoured with an award on the occasion, will speak on “Democracy in Nigeria: The journey so far”. Ogun NUJ Chairman Wole Shokunbi said the Press Week would begin on Sunday and end on Friday. The theme of the celebration is: “Towards ensuring food security: The role of the media”. Governor Ibikunle Amosun will open the ceremony. Prof. Phillip Adetiloye of the College of Plant Science and Crop Production, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), would also deliver a lecture.




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Fake soldier arrested for armed robbery


EMESIS yesterday caught up with a 24year-old fake soldier, Israel Amusu, from Igbira Ikenesido, Kogi State. He was arrested for attempting to snatch a Golf II Volkswagen Car, with registration number FH 135 APP . The car belongs to Ebenezer Olamidele, an electrical engineer, at Jokoro Street Elere, Pen Cinema, Agege, a Lagos suburb. Speaking with reporters, the suspect said: “I got admission to study Mass Communication in one of the nation’s universities, but I had a financial problem. My father, a furniture maker, died four years ago and my mother, a food vendor had no money to sponsor me. “Some time ago, I met Kevin, aka Ogbanje, who claimed to be a soldier at the old Sango toll gate, in Ogun State. He was going to the NYSC orienta-

By Boniface Ebele

tion camp at Iyana-Ipaja and we exchanged phone numbers. “Two weeks later, he called me on phone to meet him at the toll gate. When we met, I took him to No. 32, Jankara Street, Agbado-Ijaiye to meet my family. I later followed him to Iyana-Ipaja. “He said the Army could recruit me. He, therefore, invited me to a parade telling me that I could be recruited if I performed well. He took me to a corner and brought out an Army uniform and boot and asked me to wear it. He wore his own Army uniform with a Lance Corporal rank. I wore the one with private rank. “I was having N1, 500 on me. He took it and bought a N500 worth of Baron hot drink and pocketed the balance. As we

were drinking, we saw a Golf car coming, we had a motorcycle, and he used it to block the car and ordered the driver to come out. He searched the car, collected the driver’s money, handsets, wrist watch and pushed him out. He tried to ignite the engine, but couldn’t. “When the driver raised the alarm, people came to his rescue, my friend escaped with the motorcycle. I was caught. “The mob arrested me. They wanted to set me ablaze but some good Samaritans among them pleaded with them to save my life and they handed me over to Elere Police Station. I was later transferred to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Lagos State Police Command.” The Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, has ordered the SARS, to fish out


the fake soldier from his hiding place. But Amusu gave the SARS operatives a wrong address of the fleeing man. SARS’s chief, Abba Kyari, a Superintendent of Police (SP) has released the car to its owner. The fake soldier is cooling his heels at the Scorpion Cell, Police Headquarters, Ikeja, until investigation is completed.

‘Lagos ground water is not safe’

•From left: Executive Director, Konsoden Associates Ltd, Mr Adesoji Adeyemi, Mrs Koya, and Dr Folami at the event... yesterday PHOTO: OMOSEHIN MOSES By Segun Balogun in one compound is separated

sewage alone but for all waste water. In fact, it is easier to treat sewage than to treat waste water from our kitchen, bathroom, and laundry. Therefore, the water we pass out into the gutters is more dangerous to the environment than the sewage we keep,” he said. LSWRC’s Executive Secretary Mrs. Tanwa Koya, said the government, will from next year begin to regulate the sinking of boreholes and septic tanks. “Most times, the septic tank

from the borehole in another compound by a fence separating the two compounds. There have been established cases where sewage water seeps into boreholes,” she said; adding that Lagosians should endeavour to send samples of water from their boreholes to the Lagos State Drug Quality Control Laboratory for testing. Mrs. Koya said the state will soon start to sanction owners of water pipes that pass through gutters because such

are source of contamination. “When such pipes bursts, the water becomes contaminated. The state has spent money to purify the water but the leaking pipes are polluting it. Although, all we are doing now is to sensitise people about our existence and objectives, the time will come when we will have to start sanctioning such acts according to the law,” she said. The forum also featured presentations from experts.

‘We are committed to reducing unemployment’


HE Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area Chairman Apostle Oloruntoba Oke has said his administration is committed to reducing unemployment among the youths. Oke spoke during the flagoff of a three-day vocational training and skill acquisition for 300 youths at the Events Centre, Iju, an outskirt s of Lagos. The training which ends tomorrow, is organised in partnership with two non-governmental organisations (NGO), Nigeria National Youth Award (NNYA) and Peace Maker Development Organisation (PMDO) , New Jersey, USA. The council chief said the event, the second since he assumed office a year ago, is his administration’s response to the elusive white-collar jobs

By Adebisi Onanuga

He said the defence counsel refused to be served with the process. The counsel to the defendants, which included James Ocholi(SAN); Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN); Yemi Sowemimo (SAN) and K. Oragwu, opposed the witness. “ My Lord, we strongly oppose the calling of this witness because his name is not on the original proof of evidence served on us by the prosecution. “We were just served with the amended proof of evidence this morning in court, which we rejected “Allowing him to testify will be an ambush on the defendants and it will contravene the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2011,” Adedipe argued. Justice Okunnu said any further adjournment would further waste the court’s calendar. She recalled that the trial dates were fixed with the consent of all parties and adjourned the matter till January 24.

Banker arrested for alleged THE POLICE in Lagos N2.7m theft


PECIAL Adviser on Environment to Lagos State Governor, Dr. Taofeek Folami, yesterday raised the alarm over what he called the pollution of the table water through improper discharge of domestic waste water on a daily basis. He said government would soon start regulating the sinking of boreholes and septic tanks. It was at a stakeholders’ sensitisation and interactive session organised by the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission (LSWRC). Folami said all domestic waste water are discharged into gutters instead of the septic tanks. “It is a great challenge to ensure that our ground water is not polluted by domestic sources. Because the table water in Lagos is high, it is easy for these waters to pollute the ground water,” he said. Folami advised residents to channel all their waste waters into the septic tank. “Septic tank is not meant for

A LAGOS State High Court, Ikeja yesterday rejected a witness called by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from testifying in the on-going trial of the former Managing Director of Finbank Plc, Okey Nwosu. Nwosu and three other directors, Dayo Famoroti, Danjuma Ocholi and Agnes Ebubedike are accused of stealing N10.9 billion from the bank. Justice Lateefa Okunnu stopped Mr. Emmanuel Damudu because his name was not included in the proof of evidence served on the defence. Damudu is an investigative officer of the EFCC. At the resumed hearing yesterday, counsel to EFCC, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), called Damudu to give his testimony. He said Damudu was one of the officers of the EFCC who investigated the matter and that he was being called to tender some documents to the court. Jacobs pointed out that Damudu’s name was listed as a witness in the amended proof of evidence.

By Yinka Aderibigbe

and growing rate of unemployment among the youths and their preponderance to engage in crime. Oke said: “The first, which was held a few months ago, recorded a huge success with participants numbering about 500. This programme has about 300 youths drawn from various groups such as Youth Council, CDAs, churches and mosques participating.” He said his administration focuses on youth development with a target that a large number of them would have benefitted from the sundry vocational programmes being put in place by the council by the end of his tenure. He therefore, implored participants to see the programme as “a golden opportunity to be job creators and make the best of whatever

skill they learnt in the threeday exercise. The Co-ordinator of the programme, Mrs Bilkis Ayepola, said the exercise entitled: Youth and wealth in service oriented skills, focuses on exposing the youths to areas where they could offer services in exchange for cash, thereby becoming self reliant. She said participants would be trained in skills such as event planning and management, outdoor decoration, photography, master of ceremonies, cleaning services, soap making and production of disinfectants. PMDO’s Executive Director, Pastor Mrs Shola Adedeji, said her organisation decided to come back home and assist in developing the huge human capital that has remained largely dormant because of the over-reliance on white col-

lar jobs. She said the youth, which remains the future of the country, must be guided to see that they could function outside the box, and be employers of labour and creators of wealth. She therefore, urged them to make the best of the opportunity and turn their lives around. One of the participants, Mr Isaiah Silva, a gospel artiste, who came for training in event planning and management, praised the council and organisers for bringing such a programme to the grassroots. Silva, a physically handicapped singer who attended the programme on wheel chair, urged other participants to make the best of the opportunity available to them and become employers of labour rather than remain jobless.

have arrested and charged before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, a 30 year-old banker for allegedly stealing N2.75 million. Miss Regina Mbah is on trial on a count charge of stealing. Prosecuting Inspector Marcus Okon, told the court that the defendant is a marketer with a new generation bank. He said the amount, which was meant for fixed deposit, belonged to one of the bank’s customers, Charity Emenog. Okon said instead of fixed depositing the N2, 750, 000, Mbah converted the money for her own use.

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He told the court that the alleged offence was committed between 2009 and 2010, at 2A, Mogaji Street, Ijeshatedo, a Lagos suburb. According to the prosecutor, the alleged offence contravened Section 285 (5)(a) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011. Mbah pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted N200,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum by Magistrate O.O. Martins. She adjourned the matter to December 12.

Man, 39, arrested for ‘stealing’ N8m A 39-YEAR-OLD man has been charged before an Igbosere Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing N8 million. Clement Esene was alleged to have fraudulently collected the said amount from Chief Martins Onovo with the pretence of investing it. Prosecuting Inspector Stephen Molo, said Esene in March last year, at Lekki Phase I, collected N8 million from the complainant. He said the defendant pretended that he would help the complainant invest the money in GBC Engineering Services. Molo said the presentation was false, adding that the defendant converted the money to personal use. He said: “As if that was not enough, the defendant on December 31 last year, issued a post-dated Intercontinental Bank Cheque leaflet with number 13784713, with account

number 00000063 for N8 million to Onovo as payment for his money only for the cheque to be dishonoured. “The cheque was dishonoured as a result of insufficient funds in the account.” The prosecutor said the offence contravened Sections 312, 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, as well as 1(a)(b) of the dishonoured cheques (offences) Act. 102, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 1990. Esene pleaded not guilty. Magistrate A.A. Adefulire granted the defendant N500, 000 bail with two sureties in the like sum. “Sureties are to be gainfully employed with evidence of tax. The sureties are to equally have at least the sum of N250, 000 in their account while addresses of sureties must be verified,” he said. Adefulire adjourned the matter till December 17.





Bomb scare at Ekiti Govt House

HERE was confusion yesterday at the Ekiti State Government House when a man suspected to be carrying a bomb was arrested in front of the Government House. The man, in his 20s, was reportedly brought to a spot close to the main entrance of the Government House by a commercial motorcyclist, about 10am. An eyewitness, who simply identified himself as Johnson, said the suspected suicide bomber alighted from a motorcycle. He was said to have


•Suspect not carrying explosives, say police From Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti

covered his face with a veil and made phone calls in a suspicious manner. An official at the Government House said: “When I saw the man making phone calls, I approached and queried him. Immediately the motorcyclist who brought him sped off, he became aggressive. “I then alerted the security officers manning the entrance to the Government House

From Tayo Johnson, Ibadan

and banish hunger forever. “We are going beyond food production to food preservation. We are taking a bold step towards achieving this feat through teaching and research. We can have a food revolution in this country. It will enable us to produce food and preserve it. “An institution can thrive by not only reaching out to the society but by changing its condition. There is no university that is comparable to the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. The human resources we have cannot be equalled. We have over 200 professors, over 250 readers and over 500 senior lecturers. “UI is not looking for donation but for a sustainable partnership that will be very productive.” The Secretary of Flour Mills Plc, Alhaji Olalekan Saliu, said: “We are here to partner the University of Ibadan to improve food security in Nigeria through research. As the fore-

Group urges govt, others to develop Makoko By Precious Igbonwelundu


who also came to query him. They dispossessed him of his belongings.” He said dangerous objects including charms and knives were found on him. Ekiti State Police Command spokesman, Mr. Victor Olu Babayemi, confirmed the incident. He said the suspected suicide bomber has been arrested, adding that “no explosive material or bomb was found on him.” Said he: “Somebody was just trying to draw attention

to himself. No bomb or explosive material was found on the man. He only behaved in a suspicious manner and that attracted the attention of people, which made them to raise the alarm. He exhibited a conduct likely to cause the breach of public peace. “The suspect is being detained at the police headquarters. Investigation is ongoing.” Governor Kayode Fayemi was not in the office at the time of the incident.

UI determined to banish hunger, says VC

HE Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said the university, in collaboration with other partners, would work towards ensuring food sufficiency and banish hunger from the country. He spoke yesterday when he received the management of Flour Mills Plc, which seek to partner the university in research development on grains. The VC said: “We shall collaborate to leapfrog the effort to banish hunger in Nigeria. We are happy that we have a Minister of Agriculture who is interested in growing and preserving farm produce. “The Malaysians are currently uncomfortable that when Nigeria eventually gets it right in terms of palm oil production, their country will be in trouble. We believe that a country of over 160 million people should have no business being hungry. This country is so richly blessed with resources. We can turn the food challenges to an opportunity

CJN extols Justice Eso

GROUP, the Socio-Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC), has urged government, investors and well-spirited individuals to join the people of Makoko to develop their environment. The Executive Director of SERAC, Dr. Felix Morka, spoke at an exhibition of the slum in Lagos. He said the exhibition was SERAC’s effort to showcase the totality of the Makoko people. Morka said contrary to the allegation that the people are criminals and hoodlums, Makoko inhabitants are law-abiding citizens, adding that they are only poor. Said he: “Makoko has a rich cultural heritage. I do not know of anywhere in this country where you have a twins festival. This is an annual festival during which twins in the community and neighbouring communities gather to celebrate. “SERAC decided to support the people through this exhibition to allow them showcase to the world their rich cultural heritage. As the photographs show, you can see that these are people, who, despite being poor, are determined to overcome their poverty by engaging in a legitimate vocation. “While some are fishing, others prepare smoked fish. Some are wood cutters while some sell wood. They are engaged in different legitimate activities. They are not discouraged by the poverty that surrounds them. They are confident that they will survive. “What the government should do is reason with them. It should discuss with them on how to rebuild their environment. “The pictures show a community under threat. Some of the people were affected by the July demolition.” Morka enjoined the government and private investors to develop Makoko, noting that this is the only way to make the people feel secure and happy. He said: “Their environment is not conducive. I don’t support that they should live in a deplorable condition. What I canvass is a situation whereby the place will be made habitable.” A human rights activist from Brazil, Fabienne Hoelzel, said Makoko people are a part of the culture and history of Nigeria, adding that these should be preserved. She urged the government to maintain the natural setting of the people, but their environment should be developed and made conducive. Said she: “Unlike the rest of us who live in ready-made houses, these people build their homes by themselves. They should be encouraged to do more because they have a lot to contribute to the society. “The truth is that their current living condition is deplorable. It is very bad. Government should upgrade the environment and allow the people to live in their natural environment.”

most flour mills in Nigeria, we are trying to articulate our corporate social responsibility services by ensuring food sufficiency for all. “We want to encourage research into grains to boost

availability of food. We also bear in mind that there is shortage of animal feeds and cassava in Nigeria. Our efforts are geared towards addressing the current situation to prevent famine.”



HE Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Miriam Aloma Muktar, yesterday described the late Justice Kayode Eso as “a great man”, who contributed to the reform of the nation’s judicial system. Justice Muktar, who signed the condolence register at the Agodi GRA home of the de-

ceased in Ibadan, wrote: “To say that we will all miss him is an understatement.” The CJN was accompanied by the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Badejoko Adeniji, and senior federal judicial officers. Justice Muktar, who was received by the eldest son of the deceased, Olumide, held a closed door meeting with the deceased’s family. It lasted for about two hours. A family source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the meeting focused on the burial arrangement for the deceased and the role to be played by the judiciary. One hundred and twenty persons had so far signed the condolence register. Eso, a renowned jurist, died on November 16 at a London hospital. He was 87.



NEWS I’m committed to polio eradication, says Dangote

South African firm pays $335m for MTN Nigeria shares


SOUTH AFRICA firm, Shanduka Group, yesterday purchased a R2.96 billion (about $335million), minority stake in MTN Nigeria, the company said. The stake was purchased through the company’s subsidiary, Shanduka Telecommunication, based in Mauritius. It is the largest investment the company has made outside South Africa, Shanduka Group said in a statement. “This is Shanduka’s most significant investment in another African country. “It is a business that is well established within a market that has great potential for further growth. “Shanduka will continue to pursue opportunities in

By Lucas Ajanaku

other parts of Africa,” said CEO Phuti Mahanyele. The stake was purchased from three private investors. MTN Nigeria is the largest mobile operator in Nigeria with over 45 million subscribers and an estimated market share of 48 per cent. The company is an indirect subsidiary of MTN Group, which holds a 78.8 per cent stake. Reacting to the transaction, former president, Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) Emmanuel Ekuwem said the development portends danger to the future of telco in Nigeria. According to him, Shanduka Group could not be blamed for the transaction

because a buyer buys from a willing seller. “If the investors had made their intention to sell open, there would be Nigerians who will buy the shares. President of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers of Nigeria ( N A T C O M ) D e o l u Ogunbanjo said it is sad that Nigerians can sell their shares to South Africans. "Why did they make the transaction secret? “Do they think there are no corporate and individual Nigerians that can buy the shares at the price Shanduka bought the shares? “It is very sad and I will recommend that if the transaction is reversible, it should be reversed immediately," he said.

From Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja



OREMOST entrepreneur Aliko Dangote has said he would partner governments to stem the poliomyelitis scourge. His charity organisation, the Dangote Foundation, has partnered the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to tackle the menace. Dangote decried the rising

profile of polio cases in Nigeria, especially in Kano State. The World Health Organization (WHO) had branded Nigeria as the largest contributor of the global polio burden and the only country in the world to have all three types of the polio virus — Type 1, Type 3, and circulating vaccine-derived Type 2 viruses. He said the transmission of the disease in Nigeria posed a threat to the global polio eradication effort. Both Foundations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Kano State Government to eradicate the disease. “Now is the time for Nigerians to come together to strengthen the quality of our

health systems. “Routine immunisation is the fundamental cornerstone of every primary health care system. “All children should have access to vaccination which has been shown to be one of the most effective investments for a healthy and productive life.” Also, the United States has pledged to continue rendering assisting Nigeria till polio is eradicated in the country. The Country Director of the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Nigeria, Dr. Okey Nwanyanwu gave this assurance at the American Embassy in Abuja yesterday during a briefing on the World AIDS Day with special focus on disease outbreak and control in Nigeria.

Ezeife seeks abolition of states


ORMER Anambra State G o v e r n o r Chukwuemeka Ezeife yesterday in Abuja called for abolition of states to foster equality and unity among various ethnic groups. Ezeife, who spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said there was a need to merge existing states into regions, as most of the states were not viable. He said the return to regional government would help to quell religious and ethnic unrest. Ezeife said the clamour for the creation of more states would affect the development of the country. “There are too many states and they are mostly unviable. “If you remove Lagos and Oyo, all the states are unviable, whereas they arose from very viable regions. “What we should do is to reduce the number of states but since we cannot cancel existing states, we should put them together into regions or zones,” he said. The former governor said the merger would also afford various regions the opportunity to unite and solve problems of lack of social amenities and ecological problems, such as erosion. “We have six geo-political zones and these zones can be given more power to run their own zones. “Let’s recognise the six existing geo-political zones as federating units,” he stressed.

Advertisers celebrate


HE Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) has announced its 20th anniversary celebration. There will be an anniversary dinner at the Ocean View Restaurant, Victoria Island, Lagos, tomorrow. Its Executive Secretary, Ediri Ose-Ediale, said: “Today, ADVAN sits as a major player in the marketing community by providing its members insight, collaboration and advocacy. “Membership includes 60 companies with over 200 brands that collectively spend over N100 billion in marketing communications and advertising.”





Banks need to start lending to the real sector of the economy because when the chips were down, it was government funds that were still used to bail these banks. - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina

Fuel subsidy costs N679b, says PPPRA • ‘No rift between Okonjo-Iweala, P Alison-Madueke over subsidy claim’

ETROLEUM Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday said the Federal Government has spent N679.736billion on fuel subsidy this year. Executive Secretary of PPPRA, Reginald Stanley stated this while defending the agency’s budget before the Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Petroleum (Downstream) in Abuja. He said the PPPRA has so far saved N671.706billion in subsidies this year, adding that of the N679billion subsidy payments, the NNPC got N337.7billion, while other marketers received N342billion from January to October, as against N1.351trillion paid for the same period last year. He said of the N1.351tillion

From Onyedi Ojiabor, Vincent Ikuomola and Sanni Onogu, Abuja

subsidy disbursed between January and October last year, NNPC got N517.325billion, while other marketers received N834.117billion He said the shortfall in payments for January to October this year, represented 49.7 per cent less than the payments for the same period in 2011. Stanley said a daily average of 35.642million litres of fuel was supplied this year. Of the amount, he said the NNPC supplied 18.232million litres, while other marketers provided 17.409million litres

between January and October this year. He said this was against the daily average of 59.712million litres of products supplied during the same period last year, made up of NNPC’s 22,424,064.94 litres and other marketers’ 37,288,686.75 litres. He said the total daily average supplied this year represented 40.11 per cent less than the quantity supplied for the same period last year. He further disclosed that the total numbers of marketers are now 38 as against 128 last year. While defending the agency’s N5.7billion overhead expenditure last year, Stanley said the amount represented

the salaries of 249 staff, PayAs-You-Earn (PAYE) and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). Meanwhile, the Presidency has said there is no crack in the cabinet over unpaid petroleum subsidy claims. Reports making the rounds indicated that there was a disagreement between Minister of Finance and Coordinating minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, and the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani AlisonMadueke over N1.13trn subsidy claims. According to the report, a delegation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation led by Alison-Madueke

was said to warned President Goodluck Jonathan of an imminent fuel scarcity in the country if government failed to pay the debt after attempt to make the finance minister settle the bills raid. However, Dr. Reuben Abati, the media aide to the president reacting to the report yesterday said, “I am not aware of any disagreement between the two ministers. I read those stories too but those stories are usually speculative. They are not based on any substance and I think we should refrain from this attempt to set one individual up against the other. “The cabinet over which Mr. President presides overworks as a team and at all times, what he emphasises is team spirit. I am not aware of any open disagreement between the two ministers.”

• From left: Chairman, Odogwu Group of Companies, Chief Sunny Odogwu; Managing Director, NEXIM Bank, Mr. Roberts Orya; Deputy General Manager, Turk Eximbank Mr. AlaadidinMetin and Vice President, Finance, Administration and Banking Services, AFREXIM Bank, Mr. Denys Denya, during the visit to Turk Exim Bank in Ankara, Turkey.

DATA STREAM COMMODITY PRICES Oil -$107/barrel Cocoa -$2,686.35/metric ton Coffee - ¢132.70/pound Cotton - ¢95.17pound Gold -$1,800/troy ounce Rubber -¢159.21pound MARKET CAPITALISATIONS NSE JSE NYSE LSE

-N6.503 trillion -Z5.112trillion -$10.84 trillion -£61.67 trillion

RATES Inflation -11.7% Treasury Bills -7.08% Maximum lending -22.42% Prime lending -15.87% Savings rate -2% 91-day NTB -15% Time Deposit -5.49% MPR -12% Foreign Reserve $43.5b FOREX CFA -0.2958 EUR -206.9 £ -242.1 $ -156 ¥ -1.9179 SDR -238 RIYAL -40.472

Banks report N28b fraud in 2011, says NDIC


TOTAL of 2,352 fraud cases involving ¦ 28.40 billion with expected/contingent loss of about ¦ 4.071 billion were reported by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in 2011. This information is contained in the 2011 annual report of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC). According to the report, this figure represents “an increase of 53.5 per cent in 2011 over the number of reported fraud cases of 1532 in 2010.” The increase was attributed to rising fraud cases through internet banking and suppression of customer deposits by bank officials. The NDIC was however happy that “though the amount of fraud and forgeries increased by 33.40 per cent from ¦ 21.29 billion in 2010 to ¦ 28.40 billion in 2011, the expected loss decreased by 65 per cent from ¦ 11.68 billion in 2010 to ¦ 4.07 billion in 2011.” The report stated that the top 10 banks with the highest number of reported fraud cases accounted for 87.1 per cent of the banking industry fraud cases in 2011 compared to 51.08 per cent in 2010. The types and nature of the

• N4b lost From NdukaChiejina (Asst. Editor) and Ibinayin Bose Blessing, Abuja

fraud and forgeries committed during the year under review revealed that ATM Fraud and Fraudulent transfers/withdrawals accounted for the largest number of perpetrations as had been the case in the preceding year. There were also rising fraud cases through internet banking and suppression of customer deposits. According to the report, there were 738 ATM frauds; 331 Fraudulent Transfer/Withdrawal of Deposit; 280 cases of Presentation of Forged Cheques; 240 cases

of Outright Theft; 219 incidences of Suppression of Customer Deposit; 123 cases of Fraudulent Conversion of Cheques; 112 Non Dispensing Of Money But Registered By The Electronic Journal; and 108 cases of Internet Fraud. Of the 2,352 fraud cases reported during the year under review, 498 were attributed to staff/staff participation which showed an increase of 141 from 357 cases reported in 2010. Despite the increase, the losses resulting from activities of unscrupulous staff of banks declined by 62.3 per cent from ¦ 6.43 billion in 2010 to ¦ 2.42 billion in 2011. “The reduction was as a result of better and improved security and inter-

nal control measures put in place by the banks for transactions involving large sums of money,” the report said. However, the number of staff involved increased by 39 per cent in 2011 from the preceding year. The highest number of staff involved in cases of fraud and forgeries during the year under review was from the clerks and cashier status as had been the case in the preceding years with the lowest being from the typists, technicians and stenographers. The report attributed the causes of frauds to two categorised namely: institutional/ endogenous factors and environmental/exogenous factors.

NNPC insists on $75 benchmark • Budgets $13.8b for 2013 From Victor Oluwasegun and Dele Anofi, Abuja


HE Nigerian National Petroleum Corpora tion (NNPC) is hinging its operations for 2013 on $75 benchmark for the price of crude oil, it emerged yesterday. The corporation has set a revenue target of $43.6b predicated on the production of 2.455 million barrels per day for the same period. As at September this year, the corporation has generated $6.3b as revenue. It was also revealed that exploration of new basins frontiers apart from the Lake Chad would be intensified in the coming year. NNPC’s Group Managing Director (GMD), Andrew Yakubu, who appeared yesterday before the House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) however solicited for improved funding for the oil giant to be able meet its set revenue target. The breakdown showed that to be able to achieve the work plan on both existing and new oil exploration, $13.84b was proposed for its operations in 2013 while $13b would be required for the aero-magnetic survey that would jump-start new frontier exploration activities. While the Committee raised eyebrow over the release of $1m out of total sum of $293m appropriated for exploration, the NNPC was also requested to submit a comprehensive reports of the list of ongoing and new oil and gas projects, internally generated revenue (IGR) and actual amount remitted to the federation account so far as well as daily petroleum production. Besides, the lawmakers pointed out that NNPC have to increase the petroleum strategic reserve as the nation’s reserve is deleting without efforts towards increasing it. Also, the lawmakers questioned the effectiveness of commissioned private security companies paid several millions of naira while vandalism of NNPC oil facilities in oil producing States were on the increase. Proliferation of about 20 illegal refineries beside NNPC and Chevron farms and increasing oil theft was another source of concern to the Committee as revealed by the justconcluded investigative hearing conducted by the Committee.

CBN stops legacy banks’ cheques from ROM January 2, 2013, no houses. clearing clearing legacy or liquidated “This development is unac-


banks’ cheques will be acceptable in Nigerian clearing Houses. In a statement issued yesterday and signed by Director, Banking and Payment System, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) ‘Dapo Fatokun, said any bank that flouts this directive will be sanctioned in line with ex-

By Collins Nweze

tant guidelines. The statement reads: “The Central Bank of Nigeria has noted with concern, the prevalence of legacy/liquidated banks’ financial instruments being processed and cleared for settlement in various

ceptable and should be discouraged forthwith. The deposit money banks are advised to stop issuance and circulation of legacy/liquidated banks’ financial instruments in our clearing system particularly as we have migrated to Nigeria Uniform Bank Account Number (NUBAN).”

• CBN Governor Sanusi Lamido




Senate, Reps want SURE-P scrapped


HE Senate yesterday canvassed the imme diate scrapping of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P). It asked the Federal Government to scrap the agency for allegedly spending huge sums of money on moribund projects. The lawmakers at a joint session with the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) noted that the SURE-P committee has failed to impact on the lives of Nigerians through clear cut infrastructural provision. These observations were made when Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Christopher Kolade, appeared before the Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representa-

From Onyedi Ojiabor, Asst. Editor and Sanni Onogu, Abuja

tives to defend his 2013 budget proposal. A member of the Committee, Hon Peter Akpatason (Akoko-Edo Federal Constituency) noted that all the interventions made by the SURE-P fell into existing projects of the Federal Government being handled by relevant agencies. Akpatason added that the SURE-P projects fall within the existing scope of Federal Government responsibilities. He said, “Our belief is that road projects, the most prominent like the East-West Road , it is the responsibility of the government. “It ( East-West Road ) has been there over the years and funds have been appropriated

for that. Why is it that it is the same thing that the ministries have been doing that SURE-P is putting their money into? “What is the job of the ministries? If the ministries were that efficient, why are we having this backlog of uncompleted projects? “We are of the opinion that either the SURE-P is fully responsible for identifying new projects or participating in the procurement phase to the extent of awarding contracts and financing such projects with their expertise. “Otherwise, if they are to continue to finance portions of projects that ministries have been responsible for, then there is no need for it to exist. “We are saying that it is either you exist as an independent body that initiates and par-

ticipates in projects and ensure the completion of the projects or you allow the ministries to do it. “The SURE-P fund is the Federal Government’s share of the extra revenue that comes from the increase in petrol price from N70 to N97. “These payments are made by individual consumers of the product. So it is money that is coming from the pockets of Nigerians and Nigerians will like to see such monies being spent on visible projects, projects that will impact positively on the lives of the people. For instance, we have been talking about the building of refineries. “I do not think that anything precludes the government from spending such money for

building new refineries even if they have to privatize them later.” Another member of the committee, Senator Danjuma Goje, said that the existence of SURE-P is an indication that the Federal Government has lost confidence on the ability of the ministries to carry out their mandates. He said the money given to SURE-P ought to have been given to the ministries. He said: “I see confusion somewhere in all these. It is either you give the money to the ministries or you give SURE-P the money. It is not good for one person to award a contract and another body comes to pay for it. Goje lamented that the SURE-P is another avenue to

spend money on overhead even though when there complaint that overhead is taking a larger chunk of the national budget. He also accused the Kolade led committee of achieving only about 35 per cent of its 2012 budget. In his presentation, Kolade told the lawmakers that the sum of N135billion has accrued to the committee so far being Federal government share of the subsidy. He listed some of the projects where the funds have been applied to include social safety nets like maternal and child health, public works for youths, mass transit, vocational training centres and culture and tourism (capacity building) which gulped N16.7billion.

Naira firms against dollar


AIRA strengthened the most in more than a week after Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Lamido Sanusi said the regulator won’t abandon its mandate of price stability. The currency of Africa’s biggest oil producer appreciated 0.4 per cent to 157.45 a dollar, reversing yesterday’s decline. The naira has strengthened 3.1 per cent this year, the second-best performing currency tracked by Bloomberg in Africa. “The CBN is responsible for stability,” Sanusi said at a conference yesterday. “If we abandon that function because we’re pursuing somebody else’s job, we will lose it.” The apex bank boosted borrowing costs to bolster the naira and “anchor” price expectations, Sanusi said. The Monetary Policy Committee has left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at a record high 12 per cent this year. Consumer prices rose 11.7 percent in October, staying above the central bank’s goal of less than 10 percent.

How to achieve transparency in lottery, by expert From Olugbenga Adanikin, Abuja


ATIONAL Lottery Regulatory Com mission (NLRC) has been urged to embrace new lottery technology that would foster transparency in the sub sector, a Consultant to ‘Payday lottery’, Mr. Duncan Troy, has said. He stated that with the initiative, the commission can monitor and audit revenue generated from lottery operators across the country. Troy spoke yesterday during a visit to the Director General, NLRC Mr. Peter Igho, to seek an operating license for Payday lotto in Abuja. He said: “Payday is a platform that can be used by the commission to view revenue generated, so that they can plan, audit themselves and see how many games are going through, who is winning and where they are winning.




CPC laments absence of consumer protection policy


HE efforts of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to assist consumers is being hampered by the absence of a policy on consumer protection, CPC’s Director-General, Mrs Ify Umenyi, has said. This, she told reporters in Lagos, has made it possible for some firms which shortchange Nigerians to go free. Besides, the agency also suffers from improper structure, the nontake-off grant and lack of budgetary provisions. These handicaps have made it difficult for Nigerians to feel the impact of the agency as much as they should 13 years after its cre-

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ation, she said. She said notwithstanding, the agency’s management has resolved to uplift CPC, with its limited resources. Umenyi said so far, the agency had been able to establish offices in the country’s six geo-political zones, in Lagos, as well as in the Federal Capital Territory(FCT). It has also been able to establish six zonal offices, opened market desks, created awareness on the rights and responsibilities of the consumers and also infused the rights of the consumer into primary and junior secondary school

curricula. She said CPC under her dispensation had executed surveillance and enforcement operations in different markets and the prosecution of offenders in Kano, Lagos, Zaria and Kaduna. Umenyi also listed the resolution of many consumer complaints; conducting of quality tests and analyses, introduction of products and services listing and monitoring programmes, as well as collaboration with sector regulators and national standard bodies as part of the agency’s accomplishments in the recent. She lamented the cases of trampling on rights of consumers, not-

ing that the consumer is king in the market place. According to her, a virile protection regime is a catalyst for economic growth and an attraction for foreign investors because it promotes genuine businesses, thereby sustaining existing employment and creating new ones. She said it also encourages businesses to adopt best practices for efficiency and higher productivity, leads to the provision of a greater choice of products at lower prices, enhances the quality of available products and services, engenders healthy competition needed for a thriving economy while creating consumer confidence, which ultimately drives the economy. On what could be done to assist the agency to achieve its objectives, Umenyi said one way is the entrenchment of consumer protection as an essential component of the country’s national trade and industrial policy, enactment of robust legislation on

competition and consumer protection or the proposed bill on federal competition and consumer protection commission by the National Assembly, as well as the enhanced funding for the effective discharge of the council’s responsibilities. Umenyi said products bought by consumers must be appropriately labelled as required by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON). She advised consumers to demand for receipts after purchase as the these described details of the retailer and the good. She urged consumers to avail themselves of warranties on products bought. “The law provides for manufacturer’s warranty and in some cases, retailers’ warranty. “In the case of the former, the exercise of consumers’ rights under these warranties must necessarily be done through the retailer. “

Govt urged to improve infrastructure

A •Umenyi (left) and Director-General, Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Mr John Isemede, at the event.


Nigeria, Pakistan to partner on sugar production, others

HE Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, has said Pakistan and Nigeria are set to develop sugar and textile sectors of the economy. Aganga stated this at the Eight Developing Nations (D-8) summit in Islamabad, Pakistan. He said the Pakistani authorities has also agreed to collaborate with Nigeria in Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) financing. Aganga said the agreement was reached at a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Mr Munir Qureshi and the Deputy Governor of the Pakistani Cen-

tral Bank, Mr Kazi Muktadir. He said some governors were in Pakistan to import agricultural tractors and added that the area of collaboration was for tractor manufacturers to come to Nigeria and set up assembly plant in the country. The minister said the meeting agreed that a trade delegation from Pakistan should visit Nigeria Next Month to facilitate the partnership between the two

countries. On the importance of the D-8 summit, Aganga said the group accounted for one seventh of the world’s population. “The population is about one billion, so it is a big market. They are about 13 per cent to 15 per cent of the world’s economy; so on its own, it is a very powerful group,” he said. He noted that with commitment and cooperation, the D-8 could become another global economic power.

N expert has called on governments at all levels to improve social amenities to boost development of the country. He said if this is done not only will people benefit from it, industrial growth will manifest at a faster rate. The Managing Director of Pentagon Real Estate Investment Limited, Lekki, Lagos, Pastor Emeka Okoye, who spoke at a ceremony by the firm, cited the real estate sector as an area hit by lack of good roads, water and light. He said abroad, especially the United States where he spent about 20 years, such amenties are taken for granted as the government ensures they are available for business and living. He urged the Federal Government to emulate its counterpart in developed countries, emphasising that there can be no meaningful development without adequate infrastructure. On the importance of good roads, he said they also ginger urbanisation. For example, he said the value of their property appreciated from the N350,000 that the clients bought a plot of land some years to about N1.5million at the moment principally because of not inflation but the opening up of the area by the government, a factor which made many people to move there.

By Joseph Eshanokpe Speaking on its estate - Cedar Garden based in Ibese, Ogun State, he said it was conceived as a model community. Located in an industrial area, Agbara, he said, the community, which can also be accessed from the Lagos-Badagry Expressway is strategic in that it is in the Agbara Industrial Layout, which has so many multi-national companies, such as Nestle Nigeria PLC, Unilever Nigeria PLC,and Pharmadeco Nigeria Limited. Besides, the estate is surrounded by two private universities, Opic Estate and the Lagos Free Trade Zone, noting that with these the area would be ideal also for small and medium scale entrepreneurs. He said the on-going mega road and rail construction project by the Lagos State Government, when completed, would open up the area, and link it with other parts of the metropolis as well as the Central Business Area through railway, water and road transport. He described the investment as a vehicle for service delivery in the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs) in the provision of housing. Over 50 subscribers to the estate collected their certificates of occupancy and other land title documents at the event.

Firm gives customers cars


LAM Nigeria Limited, the producers of Mama Gold rice, has rewarded its customers with new cars for their performances this year, promising to sustain the gesture in the years to come. Other customers, who did not qualify for the car gifts, went away with various valuable gifts, such as DSTV walkers, refrigerators, air-conditioners, washing machines, LCD televisions and micro-wave ovens. At the customers’ end of year party, the company’s Managing Director, Rice, Mr Anil Nair, said the rewards was based on the company’s policy of setting the standard for rewarding customer loyalty. “We believe in celebrating the mutually beneficial relationship which exists between us and our customers and also to let them

know they are valued and respected,” he said. Five KIA cars were given out to customers in the Super Eagle rice AWUF promo which started in April this year. He assured the customers that Olam would continue to use its expertise in rice production to maintain the standard of their products and the availability in the market. Anil said the company has the largest rice farm in Africa and a milling plant in Nigeria which has also contributed in generating employment opportunities for farmers and traders. He said the firm has re-cultivated over 1,000 hectares after the recent flooding which ravaged parts of the country, and added that the company through NEMA will continue to extend succor to victims of the flood disaster in its own way.

•Nair and Finance Director Olam Nigeria Ltd. Dushyant Kumar at the event. PHOTO: ADEJO DAVID



INDUSTRY The Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr Joseph Odumodu, says over 85 per cent of products in the country are substandard. Of this, over 80 per cent are manufactured in China and imported into the country. In this interview with TOBA AGBOOLA, he speaks on SON’s efforts to remedy the situation and the forthcoming Nigeria Quality Summit, among others.

85% of products in Nigeria substandard Y

ou started the Tolerance Campaign about two years ago. What are your achieve-

ments? The Zero Tolerance to substandard products campaign is geared to rid the markets of fake and substandard products. On my assumption of office, it was found through research that the prevalence of substandard and unsafe products in our markets was outrageous – over 85 per cent. The zero tolerance campaign was our battle plan to fight this menace. So far, we are on course.Thetransformational Agenda of Mr Presiden,t especially concerning the manufacturing sector is on course. It is one thing to win a battle and another to win the war. We intend winning both the battle and the war. Our target remains to get the level to less than 30 per cent by 2013. The agency has, so far, seized substandard products such as tyres, cables and electronics worth N2billion since the launch of its zero tolerance policy last year. We have sealed over 50 firms involved in illegal businesses. Nigeria as an import-dependent economy and the country remains the highest in the world that patronises sub-standard products. Nigerian importers should be blamed for dumping sub-standard products in the country because they tell the manufacturers to lower the standard in order to cut costs and maximise their gains. Once you patronise a sub-standard product, you are indirectly killing our local industries and by extension endangering your lives and that of others. How have you been able to align your mandate in SON with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration? The President has clearly defined his agenda and though I have not been in government for a long time, I nonetheless have a clear vision of where he wants to get to. All we have been trying to do in our ministry, Trade and Investment, is to key into that agenda. The three major goals we are focusing are: first, is to ensure that products that get to consumers meet the minimum criteria of standards and performance; second is that we facilitate trade both domestically and internationally; and the third of course is the promotion of export. That in a nutshell is the mandate of SON in relation to the agenda of this administration. But we all know that government’s agenda is not just a statement of purpose but more about how it has impacted or will impact on the average Nigerian. How are you handling the influx of substandard products from Asian countries? When I came into office, I did a baseline study between March and May 2011 and to my shock, we found over 85 per cent of products in the market were substandard. We started looking at how we got to this sorry state. We found it was just because there was practically no enforcement – either it was poor, weak or lack of the political will to really do this. And if you have listened to us, if you have watched our actions, all we did was to say ‘no this must stop’. We launched a zero tolerant campaign on substandard goods. We went to the markets and talked to them to find out why and how they

are coming and from where they are coming. We attacked those loopholes. For example we found most of those products are coming from Asia. Also, it was because of our porous system that they are able to come in easily. You know the President gave KPIs (key performance indicators) to the ministers, and my minister gave me. And so I had to give to my directors and my external consultants because if something goes wrong, the minister will first fire me before the president fires him. Every time you give me a SONCAP certificate that turns out not to be true then you are scoring zero in your kPIs and after about six months you are out. One thing I have observed in Nigeria; it is not about policy but implementation of those policies. If you point people, everybody falls in line. It’s been long since we heard about SON destroying seized goods. Why? Every time a Nigerian goes abroad to buy substandard products two things can happen. It is either he succeeds and sells it or it is impounded and destroyed. Mind you about 80 per cent of consumer goods in Nigeria are imported. If you destroy them who loses? If he spends $100 million, the individual has lost his money but most importantly Nigeria has lost her wealth because he did not pay with fake dollars, he paid out of Nigeria’s wealth. But my emphasis is not on destruction. If we seize products that are aluminum based, we pass it to aluminum companies; they smelt and use it correctly locally. In the last three months, we have seized N2 billion worth of cables. With the agreement we have with the Cables Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (CAMAN) they can use them


and sometimes they pay us for it. These cables are iron-based but they are supposed to be copperbased because copper is the best conductor of electricity. Our people go to wherever and ask the producer to make 80 percent iron and 20 percent copper and they bring it here to sell. Destruction to me is not a way to show that I am working but a failure of the regulatory framework because my first emphasis is to stop these fake goods from entering Nigeria. And I can tell you the people who are doing this know that I am here now and their business is being affected. You ask the people selling cables and they tell you ‘this madman in SON won’t let us be’. But initially when I came in they said after three months he would get tired. But I have refused to retire instead I am adding more fire. And we have destroyed goods

anyway. We seized five million tyres and was spending over N1million to keep them. One day, I decided to get rid of it. Immediately after burning them I received a letters from concerned Nigerians asking why I did that knowing the environmental implication. Of course I am aware but just wanted to get it off my back so I do not continue to pay. Let me at this juncture add that whatever we do, the most important solution to substandard products is with the consumer. There are substandard products even in the developed countries but the difference between those environments and Nigeria is that we embrace substandard products, as if to say, we love it. Each time you remove one substandard product from the shelf, what you asking somebody somewhere is, make more, business is booming. If you put it on the shelf and nobody gets it they will not bring more. So, we must do everything that is possible to sensitise the consumers on the ills of fake goods. But again, Nigeria has a huge illiterate population. So, that’s another challenge. From our study, we found there are more substandard products in the hinterland than in the urban areas. Even people who adultrate petroleum products move away from the metropolis. In Lagos, moving towards Epe, the percentage increases because there is less check, detection or evaluation. In fact, I am beginning to think that may be some day we will find substandard human beings in Nigeria. It is that bad. SON is hosting the Maiden Nigeria Quality Summit. What informed the event? Nigeria Quality Summit is a child of necessity. One thing that kept spinning in our heads: when the

task of cleaning the markets is done with, which products would take over? We believe that only quality products comparable to the best in the world will hold sway in the market. And we ask ourselves: how many Nigerian made products meet the required standards? The answer is not encouraging. Quality is a skill and anyone who wants to play and win in today’s market place must learn the secrets so we said Nigerian manufacturers have to be updated on trends as regards best practices and this can only be done when we tap from the wealth of experiences of established economies. And that’s where the idea of the Quality Summit emerged. When shall you be hosting this year’s NIS Award? Unfortunately, the NIS Award will not hold this year and for some good reasons. The award has been held year in year out and some companies have been winning but when we did a serious re-evaluation of the award processes, we ask ourselves some very pertinent questions about the award if it has been of value to the recipients over the years? Has it helped the companies in generating more profits or sales? Or whether it has given the companies an added advantage over their competitors? The answer we got was in the negative so I have directed that the NIS Award be retooled for enhanced value delivery. The Award is undergoing retooling and rebranding processes and will hold next year. Let me also use the opportunity to assure companies when the exercise is completed you will witness an improved NIS Award that it will be more value driven so watch out and be prepared.

Unilever distributors get 300 vans


NILEVER Nigeria PLC has kicked off its van assistance scheme by giving 13 vans to a key distributor. The firm will deploy over 300 vans worth over N1billion to key distributors. Speaking to reporters, the Customer Development Director, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Mr. Kwaku Boateng, said the deal has an objective of making their products available, in not more than 50 metres from the doorstep of every consumer and also to advance the partnership with their distributors and their bank which he called a tripartite fashion to work for a common reason. He added that the partnership and the scheme, in a way, have added benefits and advantage of creating more jobs to Nigerians . He said: “We need to employ more drivers, more sales men, and more brand ambassadors, which is a way of generating jobs for Nigerians and this has always been the centre of Unilever’s goal. “Under this scheme, over 300 vans are involved and the total value is around Nbillion; today, we are deploying 13 vans to one of our key distributors which is Caniz Nigeria Limited and it is the first deployment. We chose Caniz as the first distributor to get the vans because it is situated in a market that is almost on top covering areas, such as Ogba, Ojodu, Magodo, Mowe, Ibafo and other areas.

“To Nigerians who want our products, you don’t need to go far. All it takes it just 50 meters from your doorstep”. The firm’s Vice President, Operations, Mr Anil Gopalan, said Unilever cares for its consumers and appreciates their support for making their brand household items which in turn yield turnover for the company and its staff. He said the job would not have been complete without the distributors who help to deliver the products to the consumers. He enjoined them to make use of the vans to deliver Unilever’s objectives, add-

ing that the vans would help them to work better and easier. Managing Director, Caniz Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Florence Izagbo, also one of the key distributors of Unilever Nigeria PLC, said her company has been operating for about 12 months and it has been delivering at its best despite different challenges. She said the Unilever started the Van Assistance Scheme in order to enable them partner together to drive the coverage agenda which in turn go in line with Caniz business vision ,adding that they will be able to cover more areas, deliver beyond

their reach with the kinds of more hands they will hire to drive the service and to achieve their goals. “Unilever gave us these vans to reach out to their consumers and to deliver their brands to the doorsteps of many Nigerians and this, we will do. Right now, we are covering Ogba, Akute, Ojodu, Ibafo, Ojota, Lambe, Mowe, Magodo, and the parts of Agege has just been added to us. We have about 350 POPs to supply and there are wholesalers whom we are to service as well in these areas and also a drop point where consumers can go to get their supply.”

• From left: Brand Manager, Bournvita, Mrs. Adebola Williams; Sales Director, Cadbury Nigeria Ltd, Mr Paul Udochi; and Legal Adviser, Lagos State Lottery Board, Ms. Mayowa Okayiga, at the second draw of the on-going Cadbury Bournvita Yummy Life promo, in Lagos. PHOTO: ADEJO DAVID













Unsubsidised incongruities •Presidency withers as subsidy palaver yields curious revelations


HEN and how the fuel subsidy scam will end seems not in sight, but one incontrovertible point is that the Jonathan presidency gets sucked into it and is worsted almost every passing day. Each day dawns with a widening circle of suspects, co-conspirators and brigands in what will pass for the worst freefor-all pillaging of Nigeria’s treasury in recent times. Recall that last January, President Goodluck Jonathan had kick-started the year with the announcement of the yanking off of a supposed subsidy in the price of petrol. It was a total removal which caused the retail price of the commodity to increase by about 100 per cent. The reaction of Nigerians was spontaneous and unanimous in rejecting the change and insisting on a reversal. A weeklong protest ensued, which shut down most of the country and turned violent in some places, claiming lives. After one week of anomie, the president backed down by reducing the price of petrol from N140.00 per litre to N97.00 (up from N70.00); government perhaps in response to the charge that there was no subsidy in the first place, further went on to raise various probe panels to review not just the subsidy regime but to x-ray the entire oil and gas sector in order to reveal the impediments and constraints.

Subsidy shocker

The story went that Masters Energy which supposedly bought Pinnacle continued to use the Wogu family name to get fuel import allocations for the new parent company, Masters Energy, to execute. We dare say that we find the Wogu family business tale curious, insulting and implausible, to say the least. Is it not strange that families sell businesses in Nigeria, “lock, stock and barrel”, not retaining any interest whatsoever in it? Besides, it sounds fictional that a company that has changed ownership could remain influential enough to secure multi-billion naira worth of allocations from

congruity seems to have become the new policy of the Jonathan administration, especially as it concerns this subsidy affair. In the first place, the petroleum resources minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke under whose watch, authority and approval the subsidy scam was perpetrated has remained in office and is indeed, setting up committees to probe what is obviously her inefficiency and mismanagement of the oil and gas sector. Again, at the helm of a Presidential Committee on Verification and Reconciliation of Subsidy Payments is the managing director and chief executive of Access Bank, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, whose bank played crucial roles for its customers in the subsidy transactions. Having him sit in judgment over some of the companies his bank had mutually rewarding business dealings with is to take the incongruous to another level.

Fish wives tale Further, we must state that we do not believe Wogu’s fish wives tale in the least and we think he has insulted the intelligence of Nigerians to no end by that hocus-pocus of a story. We suggest that he should be asked to go or at least step aside until investigations are concluded. The former minister of power and steel, Professor Barth Nnaji had to resign on a question of compromise of his office. This is a graver offence and Wogu’s continued stay in office will do nothing but further damage to the Presidency and the administration. Of course he must be removed immediately from heading the White Paper Committee. As we have said on this page before, the subsidy affair has taken a life of its own and it is sure to define the Jonathan administration whichever way it is eventually resolved. Will it unravel Jonathan or will he find it a stepping stone to greatness and statesmanship?

The aftermath of the January subsidy shocker, the subsequent mass protests and the • Wogu panoply of probe committees have yielded results both the govern- government for its new owners. Yet ment and the people probably never again, how come the Federal Minisenvisaged. First was the revelation try of Finance made such huge that trillions of naira in phantom payouts to such a company without ‘subsidy’ payouts was made to party as much as a cursory check? To think cronies and (it is now being revealed), that these huge payments were made perhaps members of the executive arm to Pinnacle after and in spite of the of government. Some of the probes, January upheaval, signposts how especially the one headed by Mallam deep corruption has seeped into the Nuhu Ribadu, former chairman of the system. Economic and Financial Crimes ComWe would not have been overly mission (EFCC) have reported troubled if Wogu had not been remindboggling malfeasance, fraud cently appointed by the president as and mismanagement in the oil and chairman of the White Paper Commitgas sector. tee in the criminal investigations that The government, especially the indicted Pinnacle Contractors. We Presidency, seems to be out on a limb find this phenomenon utterly inconin finding solution to this ‘subsidy’ gruous and worrisome and the signals crisis that seems to get more toxic to this sends are at once dangerous and the system as the days go by. Just a debilitating to the system. In fact infew days ago, yet another twist was introduced to the twirl as a sitting cabinet minister was linked to a com‘Further, we must state that we do not believe Wogu’s pany indicted for subsidy fraud to fish wives tale in the least and we think he has insulted the tune of over N2.7 billion. The firm, Pinnacle Contractors Limited, is sus- the intelligence of Nigerians to no end by that hocuspected to be owned by the current pocus of a story. We suggest that he should be asked to Minister of Labour and Productivity, go or at least step aside until investigations are concluded. Mr. Emeka Wogu. Wogu had denied any knowledge of Pinnacle Contrac- The former minister of power and steel, Professor Barth tors in one breath and in yet another, Nnaji had to resign on a question of compromise of his it is said that the company was office. This is a graver offence and Wogu’s continued stay owned by Wogu family but was sold in 2010 before the subsidy scam in office will do nothing but further damage to the Presidency and the administration’ started.

Georgia’s bad dream


HEN President Mikheil Saakashvili swiftly conceded his party’s defeat to his fierce rival, Bidzina Ivanishvili, after last month’s Georgian parliamentary elections, it raised hopes that the transfer of power might avoid the score-settling that has disfigured the country’s post-Soviet politics. Although Mr Ivanishvili railed against alleged abuses of power by Mr Saakashvili during the campaign, he too seemed willing to be conciliatory. The new premier promised not to seek revenge against the president’s United National Movement, which had ruled Georgia since the “Rose revolution” of 2003. It has not taken long for this flowering of cross-party cordiality to wither. Since the poll, the prime minister has pursued a widening campaign against politicians and officials connected with Mr Saakashvili. There has been a wave of arrests of officials and former ministers. In the latest sweep, a group of interior ministry employees have been charged with conducting illegal surveillance of Mr Ivanishvili’s Georgian Dream coalition during the campaign. Few doubt that Mr Saakashvili has questions to answer about the way the UNM ran Georgia before the election. In its desire to dominate affairs, his government too often blurred the line between party politics and state institutions. The sense that the government used the justice system for its own ends was a factor in its defeat. Some of the treatment meted out to Georgian Dream was highly questionable. But Mr Ivanishvili’s party must take care not to fall into the same trap in its thirst for redress. Some of the prime minister’s public statements, in which he has talked about pursuing UNM officials until they stop “hysterically lying”, have the flavour of a witch hunt. Having criticised Mr Saakashvili for using state institutions for political ends, Mr Ivanishvili should give the judiciary space in which to do its work independently. Inquiries into the last government’s conduct would command more confidence if there is less shouting from politicians on the sidelines. Mr Saakashvili’s allies are warning that such conduct puts Georgian democracy at risk. While that is too alarmist, the premier’s high-handedness is not without cost. Unchecked it could undermine the country’s efforts to integrate more closely with the European Union and Nato. This is one of the Rose revolution’s better legacies. Mr Ivanishvili should not undermine it. - The Financial Times

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IR: Please permit my humble request to celebrate Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, a distinguished African/Nigerian son and world citizen who turned 68 recently. His life in the past twenty years has been devoted to public service and indeed service to mankind. Prof. Gambari needs no introduction in our clime having held office as Foreign Affairs Minister after the collapse of the Second Republic. This erudite academic after this noble appointment became Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to United Nations (UN), setting the record of being Nigeria’s longest serving permanent representative in the UN till date. Altogether, this great Nigerian served five Heads of State and Presidents, in a period spanning over a decade. Upon completion of his mission assignment, the UN, in respect and recognition of his industry offered him yet another appointment as Under-Secretary/Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on African Affairs thereby becoming the Under-Secretary/ Head, Political Affairs Dept of the UN- the most important office after that of the Secretary General. Prof Gambari served UN as UnderSecretary/Special envoy of the UN Secretary-General to the troubled Myanmar where his mediatory efforts yielded fruits. This led to the


IR: The death of Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, a former Governor of Oyo State, on Sunday November 11, 2012 as denied Oyo State a true progressive politician. Unlike many contemporary politicians who junketed from one party to another in search of the Golden Fleece, Adesina began as a progressive of Awolowo’s school of politics and remained so till the end. Alhaji Lam Adesina’s consistency as a politician was a contributory factor to his success in politics. Alhaji Adesina’s role in the struggle for democracy that the nation is enjoying today is indelible. He along with other activists like Baba Omojola, Comrade Ola Oni and so on confronted the military junta through organized resistance in form of mass rallies, public demonstrations etc, to seek for the de-annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election and en-


Ibrahim Gambari at 68 multi- party democracy and the release of Aang Sun kyi from house arrest after close to two decades and her election recently into the parliament. The career of this seasoned diplomat in the UN cuts across important committees, commissions and special assignments including the chair of UN Security Council, UN committee on Apartheid, the head and special representative of UN Secretary –General during the UN/ Angola Peace Mission, International compact with Iraq, UN special envoy to Myanmar(formerly Burma) and until recently joint UN-AU special representative to Darfur. The highpoint of his striking career was his being the last chairperson of the UN Committee against Apartheid under which aegis he presented UN’s congratulatory letter to President Nelson Mandela during the latter’s inauguration in 1994. He was recently honoured with a national

award by the South African people and government for his diplomatic forays in that country. Before I met Prof. Gambari in person, we had been in communication for over 6 years. Indeed, all through my undergraduate days, we communicated mostly through e-mails when I was in dire need of one of his books: Nigerian Foreign Policy after the Second Republic. It is to Professor Gambari’s credit that he not only sent the book to me from his US base, he even asked how he could get the book across to me, till we finally agreed that it should be sent through his son in Lagos. This was to open a ready made courier for more book gifts and other items that the amiable Prof sent to me. Before we met physically, he called me one night, to intimate me of his arrival and to plan our meeting the following day. Our meeting was less dramatic, due largely to his hu-

Tribute to Lam Adesina

thronement of democracy. Perhaps, Adesina paid dearly for his effrontery by being thrown into detention and became a “prisoner of war” courtesy of Col. Ahmed Usman, the then military administrator of Oyo State. Adesina’s efforts and suffering in the hands of the military was not in vain because the appreciative people of Oyo State gave him their mandate to govern them at the inception of the present civilian dispensation in 1999, as the Governor. Consequently, he was nicknamed Majiyagbe 1. Arguably, the period of Alhaji Lam Adesina as the governor of Oyo State between 1999-2003 would remain a reference point in the anals of Oyo State. This is because Lam Adesina ruled with the fear of God and his was a civilized administration devoid of acrimony between himself and his deputy, between the executive and the legislature.

His achievements as Oyo State governor were feasible and practical. Free education, free health services, integrated rural development- all items on the manifestos of the Alliance for Democracy were implemented. Although, the federal allocation to the state was not as buoyant as that of today, however the meagre resources of the state were well managed. He lived in his own house for months; he did not buy an official car for himself throughout his four years tenure but rode the official car inherited from Col. Oyakhire. In addition, all segments of the state - civil servants, students, market men and women, traditional, drivers’union enjoyed dividends of democracy to the fullest. One remarkable fact about Lam Adesina’s era is that his government did not erect self promoting bill boards or newspaper advertisements to showcase its achievements.

mility. Inspite of being in the midst of glitterati, he gave me an audience and promptly requested I should come to his residence in the night where we even2tually met properly and were able to exchange thoughts freely. Ever since, our relationship has blossomed. Ours is a father and son relationship; he shared with me moments of joy and despair, most particularly after my recent road traffic accident, he not only called to offer soothing words, he gave a fat contribution to aid my recovery. Once again, permit me to salute the humility and kindness of this great son of Africa and a distinguished Nigerian. May Allah continue to protect him and his immediate family members that are paying huge sacrifice for his involvement in public life. • Badejo Adedeji Nurudeen, Adeniji Street, Lawson/Itire road, Surulere.

To say that Adeshina lived a fulfilled and meaningful and impactful life is to say the obvious. Alhaji Adesina did not live for himself alone. As a teacher, politician, columnist, pro-democracy activist and a governor, he served humanity. He never owned mansions at home and abroad, no fleet of cars, no jets. The crowd that assembled within hours paid last respects before his burial; with tributes and encomiums showered on him as evidence of his impactful life. One wishes that our contemporary political leaders should borrow a leaf from Adesina. They should see power as a means to an end and not end itself; use it for the betterment of the society and not for personal aggrandizement and primitive accumulation noticeable among our leaders today. • Adewuyi Adegbite Apake, Ogbomoso.

The chameleon called NJC


IR: It is an indisputable fact that the invaluable role of the judiciary to the sustenance of justice, peace and progress of any society can not be over-emphasized. This explains why any society that lacks justice can only experience peace of the grave yard. The judiciary by its critical role in the Temple of Justice is expected to be upright, consistent and just and where this is not the case, that society is in trouble. The latest macabre dance by the National Judicial Council (NJC) on the issue of recall of suspended President of the Court of Appeal calls to question the integrity of the bench. Just recently, Nigerians and the whole world were taken aback, when the announcement was made that the NJC had recommended to President Jonathan the appointment of a new acting Appeal Court President; contrary to its earlier recommendation in May for the recall of Justice Ayo Salami to his position as the President of the Court of Appeal from his unconstitutional and unlawful suspension in August 2011. The NJC in realizing its error in suspending this incorruptible and honest judicial officer agreed that the President had no role to play in the recall of the suspended PCA. The NJC had on October 2, 2012 told the Abuja Federal High Court that President Goodluck Jonathan had no powers under the law to play a role in the reinstatement of the suspended President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Salami. The NJC told the court that rather than Jonathan, the exclusive power of recall resides in it. Why the sudden change of position? May be the NJC has forgotten that it reportedly forwarded a letter recommending Salami’s reinstatement to the President. With this latest dance, one is indeed convinced beyond all reasonable doubt that our judiciary is in dire need of judicial surgery. The NJC has only succeeded in ridiculing the judiciary as an arm of government that is not upright, disciplined, principled and inconsistent in handling matters concerning even itself. What then becomes of the image of this institution as the last hope of the common man in the dispensation of justice? Well, only time will tell. • Nelsondel Ekujumini, Adesina Street, Ikeja, Lagos.




Police accommodation and my friend IGP Abubakar


ET me say from the beginning that I am an admirer of police IGP Abubakar. I got close to him at a workshop celebrating democracy day held at the villa sometimes in May 2012. I was invited to the workshop as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations. I was not wearing a nametag, so IGP Abubakar may not be able to remember who I am. We did not talk, but we exchanged pleasant glances and I kind of liked his body movement whenever something ridiculous was said by one of the speakers. Just let me say I like his boyish looks and youthful countenance. When he took over as IGP, the first decision he took was to dismantle police checkpoints on the highways. This was a masterstroke. With this decision, he endeared himself to the all Nigerians who had become victims of police harassment on the high way. The hours of my journey from Lagos to Ibadan were reduced by half and my fear of being shot by drunken policeman holding a gun and asking my driver and I questions disappeared. The fear that armed robbers might take over the roads has generally not materialised. This is not to say that the roads are completely free of armed robbery and armed brigands. There has been an armed robbery attack recently on the roads between Iyin and Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State and on many other roads in the country. But the IGP’s removal of road blocks remains unimpeachable. The public face of the police as represented by the current IGP remains friendly and attractive. As a Nigerian, I know that policy innovation and change are usually challenged by entrenched vested interest. IGP Abubakar may not be complaining loudly, but he must be definitely fighting to get his colleagues to embrace his policies. It is a pity that the Boko Haram problem remains intractable. But this is not a police problem alone; it is the problem of the armed forces and the problem of all Nigerians. People have suggested that we must take palliative measures to reduce the sufferings of people in the affected areas and give people hope where there seems to be no hope. In order to make policing successful we need holistic approach because after all, in a period of hopelessness, when dying is seen sometimes by fanatics as an easier option than living, policing becomes difficult. Organised state violence as represented by the police and the Armed Forces can only deter when people care for their lives. But the element of deterrence is removed when people are ready to die and have no fear of dying and believing that by dying they go to a better place in the hereafter. We must continue to pray and encourage the police IGP and his team, but in leading the police, the IGP must ensure that he makes life tolerable for the rank and file of the police. This is actually the kernel of this write up and appeal not only to the IGP but to Mr President and the legislative branch of govern-

ment to come to Macedonia and help the police. Whenever I drive on Bank Anthony way in Ikeja, coming from the local airport and I see the police barrack on my right, I feel sad. The place is so totally run down and the houses dilapidated with dirty clothes hanging in the veranda, corridor and windows of all the buildings, giving the impression of largely filthy and unkempt surrounding. These buildings are standing on prime land in Ikeja and they are an eyesore in a rapidly modernising city like Lagos and in the words of Ronald Reagan, the former American President, I say to IGP Abubakar “please tear down these walls and these buildings”. They are not fit for human habitation. What I am saying for this barrack would apply to virtually all police barracks in Nigeria. I cannot but single out Ibadan where I live. The police command headquarters in Iyaganku in Ibadan has buildings with broken windows and generally rundown environment. I have no doubt that the police IGP and his team are aware of this and I am sure the Executive and Legislative leadership in Nigeria is also aware of this. There is need therefore to do something about this because to me, this is a national security matter. We cannot keep police rank and file in filthy and unhealthy surroundings and expect them to see themselves as stakeholders in the society and this perhaps accounts for the mutual distrust if not hatred between the police and the people they are supposed to protect. If we want to get the best results from our police, we must properly provision and house them. If the government finds it difficult to build decent barracks for the police, government should have a rethink about police accommodation. In some countries in the western world for example, the police live among the people in their own homes and go to their offices routinely. In the case of emergencies, they can be summoned to these offices where equipment and ammunitions are kept. Our government could adopt this practice and give every policeman loans to build his own home wherever he likes. But perhaps, Nigeria is not ripe enough for this kind of policy. So we must go back to the issue of building decent barracks for policemen. We can have a ten-year programme of Police Barrack Development. These barracks perhaps could be built at the outskirts of the cities in some kind of police villages where environmental beauty and greening would be taken into serious account. The current practice where policemen are housed in one-room apartments should be jettisoned. Series of threebedroom bungalows for the rank and file would be appropriate and policemen would also be educated about the need for small families. Some years ago, a Police Development Fund was launched. Unfortunately, this excellent idea was marred by corruption and the billions collected were stolen by those put in charge and the case like all cases of corruption in Nigeria

has died a natural death. But in the mean time, the problem of policing remains. People complain about the police but do nothing about their material condition. There is a need to do something about this and if needs be, some of us might send a private person’s Bill to do national Assembly for discussion

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and for possible passage. The policeman can become our friend if we stretch our hands of fellowship to them. Cynics may ask if there are no other institutions needing reform. Yes the whole country needs reform. But we must start from somewhere. There can be no improvement in our lives if there is no security. It follows that we must do first things first by securing our society through a reform of the police and thereby securing our lives, because at the end of the day reform is about people and police reform would guarantee human security and societal well being. In other words, police reform should be a priority not because of altruism but because it is in our enlightened self interest.

‘But we must start from somewhere. There can be no improvement in our lives if there is no security. It follows that we must do first things first by securing our society through a reform of the police and thereby securing our lives, because at the end of the day reform is about people and police reform would guarantee human security and societal well being. In other words, police reform should be a priority not because of altruism but because it is in our enlightened self interest’

A nation under siege


IGERIA is not at war, but it is at war with itself Why do I say this? In the past three years, internal security has been stretched beyond its limit while trying to curtail the activities of those who have declared war on the country. With no corresponding response from the security agencies to their murderous acts, these renegades have made the country virtually ungovernable. Yet, we have a government and a thing like this is happening. It is the job of government to secure the country and ensure the safety of lives and properties; but doing this has become an Herculean task for the present administration. These days, all sorts of characters with guns strike at will, killing, maiming and looting. If Boko Haram is not doing its own, bandits are busy terrorising the people. No part of the country is safe now from the grip of these bad boys. Perhaps, if it had been Boko Haram alone, the public would have known the direction to face to seek divine solution to this gargantuan problem. As things are, the people are between the

devil and deep blue sea. Who do we run to or who do we run from between Boko Haram elements and your run-of-the-mill bandit? None, I say, because there is no difference between them; it is like six and half a dozen. They are only different in name, but similar in evil deeds. As if to see who will outdo the other, these renegades have been unleashing terror on the country in a relay race like manner. As soon as one finishes a lap, it hands over the baton to the other and vice versa. Between Sunday and now, the nation has known no rest from these animals in human skin, apologies to the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. And I tell you, they, especially Boko Haram, are not selective in those they attack. They attack civilians, military and para-military personnel. So, if the military and the police can be attacked, who then is safe from Boko Haram and those we commonly refer to as die-hard rogues? Although, Boko Haram has a history of attacking military and police formations, it has never done so in quick succession as it did on Sunday and Monday. On Sunday,

‘For how long will the people continue to live in fear of Boko Haram and hoodlums? The fear of these people is the beginning of wisdom for many Nigerians now. We live in fortresses, yet, we are not safe. Billions of Naira are voted for security and defence, but we don’t know how the money is spent because neither us nor our properties are safe. We-the leaders and the led- are at the mercy of renegades, who have become law unto themselves. Will we ever know peace?’

it hit the elite Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State, and on Monday, it took its destructive campaign to the Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Headquarters in Abuja. That same Monday, gunmen struck in the polytechnic town of Auchi in Edo State, looting and killing. In Jaji, 15 were officially confirmed dead. The figure is believed to be higher than that unofficially; two reportedly died in the SARS attack. Fifteen persons, among them three soldiers, were said to have died in Auchi. Chances are that the casualty figures are likely to be than these by the time we take proper stock of what happened. I will be putting it mildly to say I’m not shocked by the attacks on the military and police formations considering what they went through in Boko Haram’s hand not too long ago. The attack on the 244 Recce Brigade also in Kaduna a few months ago prompted the army to devise means of stopping the Islamic group’s suicide bombers from hitting home easily. The metallic security device, we were told, can stop any bomber who runs into it at the entrance of any building, particularly a church, where it is placed. Were there no security device at the entrance to the church in Jaji last Sunday when Boko Haram struck? Or is it a matter of complacency by the army? Could it have relied only on its namearmy- to scare away the fundamentalists? What about the police? With the havoc Boko Haram wreaked on the Force Headquarters not too long ago, should the police have gone to sleep so quickly in taking steps to tame the group? Does it not speak volume about our police that Boko Haram could successfully hit another of their facility

and get away? The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), it was reported, has ordered that security be beefed up in all police and public buildings, is that to say, there were no such security measures in place before now? Boko Haram and hoodlums will always be a step ahead of our security agencies if they are only quick at taking fire brigade measures. With the way Boko Haram has been terrorising some parts of the country, these agencies don’t need to be told that they have to be pro-active and not reactive to curtail the group’s activities. If they continue like this, it will only amount to shutting the stable when the horse has bolted away. But for how long will the people continue to live in fear of Boko Haram and hoodlums? The fear of these people is the beginning of wisdom for many Nigerians now. We live in fortresses, yet, we are not safe. Billions of Naira are voted for security and defence, but we don’t know how the money is spent because neither us nor our properties are safe. We-the leaders and the led- are at the mercy of renegades, who have become law unto themselves. Will we ever know peace? Yes, we can, if the government can get its act together and use its might to do what should be done in matters like this. Should a government keep quiet in the face of serious challenge to its authority by renegades? The answer is no. I pray that the government will summon courage to act before things get out of hand (as if they haven’t) because it will be too late to cry when the head is off. No renegade can be bigger or mightier than government, except a government which does not know the enormity of its power.

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READERS’ TURN RE: When president fight Boko Haram’s reign of terror is fuelled by its knowledge that we have a leader that lacks courage and vision, to send a signal to the blood suckers that somebody is in charge; that is why they issued irritating terms of dialogue to the presidency to our shame from: Joseph Solomon, Kaduna, 08099577661. It is better our president accepts instructive criticism and rise to the Boko Haram challenge. His in action shows that he does not value life just like Boko Haram. From: 08030817528 The president should go to battle with Boko Haram not former President Olusegun Obasanjo. From: 08163498511. President Jonathan is planning to seek second term in office, that is why he is afraid of fighting the killergroup in the Northern part of Nigeria. From: Bola Oluwatuyi, Akure, 08136055942. May the Lord grant our president listening ears, a receptive heart and wisdom. From: 08095607404. Our president is too soft on Boko Haram. He should stop saying that Boko Haram will soon be a thing of the past because whenever he says so, the evil men hit harder. From Edet Bassey, 08027343842.





IKE most Nigerians who know Dr Wale Babalakin only through his celebration by PDP, I cannot also claim to know him beyond the positive picture of a brilliant lawyer, an astute businessman, a hard taskmaster in pursuit of excellence, painted in our heads by the media. If there were doubts about those positive attributes, they disappeared at the site of MM2 masterpiece he built on concessionary basis. If there were still other cynics, PDP, his current nemesis, took care of them by forcing him on the public consciousness. It was Obasanjo’s government that first appointed him Chairman of the Constitutional Drafting Sub-Committee of the National Political Reforms Conference in 2005. He moved up in 2007 to become an Honorary Special Adviser on Legal Matters and General Counsel to late President Musa Yar’Adua. In February 2008, he was conferred with the National Honour of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR). He was later appointed Prochancellor of the University of Maiduguri and Chairman, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Nigeria Federal Universities. PDP presented him as a national icon and role model that represents ‘the new Nigerian spirit of enterprise, scholarship, courage and consistency’. But all that changed when Obasanjo, in spite of fraudulent ‘due-process’ policy his administration introduced, unduly influenced the choice of Babalakin’s Bi-Courtney above other PDP warring contenders for the reconstruction of the 106 kilometres Lagos Ibadan express way at N89.53 billion on “Built, Operate and Transfer Concession Agreement over a period of twenty five years. The project like many derailed basanjo lofty initiatives became a victim of internal PDP wrangling while Nigerian users of the road suffered untold hardship. Babalakin’s name became a metaphor for all that is wrong with PDP; graft, corruption, inefficiency, ‘I don’t give a damn’ attitude’ of its office holders who squandered billions on rehabilitation of roads year after year, while the nation’s network of roads remain in state of near collapse, Babalakin’s name also took on the imagery of: death of thousands of motorist as a result of accidents, wasted man hours of motorists caught in the traffic grid lucks, unruly truck drivers, who cannot be tamed by an undisciplined PDP administration interested only in squabbles over contracts, the shame of Ogere where motorists crawl for over five kilometers due to indiscriminate parking of trailers at both sides of the roads and more. Yet Babalakin has chosen to leak his wounds


UST recently while receiving participants of the senior executive course 34 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), President Goodluck Jonathan just like his predecessors made recourse to the familiar refrain of blaming corruption in the oil industry thereby justifying erroneous official thoughts that the total removal of fuel subsidy was the only guarantee to encourage private sector investment in the country’s refinery business. And also the only path that can put an end to importation of refined petrol. In the course of the interaction, Mr. President even made allusion to the fact that unlike Nigeria which has four dysfunctional state owned refineries operating below 30 percent of installed capacity, Canada has 16 functional privately owned refineries operating at installed capacity. With all due respect, Mr. President’s analysis is illogical. The basis of comparing Nigeria to Canada does not exist in whatever ramification because apart from the fact that they are poles apart in the Human Development Index (HDI), Canada is neither an OPEC member nor an oil producing country like Nigeria. On the other hand, Nigeria can only be compared to countries like Somalia, Afghanistan etc in terms of failed statehood or in terms of its being an oil producing country with other member states in OPEC. The issue of state ownership of functional fuel

‘The question to ask is, doesn’t this policy somersault typify inconsistency, conflict of interest and confusion for government to budget public money for Turn-Around-Maintenance (TAM) and at the same time be canvassing private ownership of refineries?‘

Babalakin as a distraction quietly. He has refused to talk about his many wars with government officials, the tanker drivers in Ibafo, and above all, his battles with demons, witches and other evil forces that drove this well educated man to seek spiritual help from churches that dotted both sides of the express road. But as a detached observer, I sympathise with Babalakin solely on account of the double jeopardy he has now suffered. While Nigerians blamed him for the tragedy of the failed Lagos Ibadan derailed project, he is presently being hounded by EFCC. It alleged his companies- ‘Stabilini Visioni Limited and BiCourtney Limited, between May 2006 and December 2006 laundered N3.4b for Ibori through Mauritus to buy an aircraft. It has also claimed that Babalakin knew the money to be as a result of criminal conduct by the said James Ibori. It did not however say how. Owning an aircraft in Nigeria has become a status symbol. The president has a fleet of nine. Between 2000 and 2012, PDP years of locust, the number of private aircrafts grew from 20 to about 150. They are mainly owned by ‘members of the political class, business organisations, religious leaders, business persons, and a number of state governments, including Rivers State, Lagos State, Taraba State and Akwa Ibom State’. Why is EFCC not showing interest in how serving political office holders and private individuals channel the funds used in purchasing their private jets? And Since EFCC expects Babalakin to know or care about the source of money for contracts awarded by governors, shouldn’t the organization extend the probe to all those who got contracts from Ibori as well as from other indicted ex PDP governors? What we have been told is that Delta state government awarded contract to Babalakin’s firms along with some others who transferred

the money to Mauritius to purchase an aircraft We have not been told that Babalakin’s companies involved in this transaction collected money without executing the contract. Even if it is thus established, when did EFCC start running after failed contractors? Is this not the same PDP that defended President Jonathan’s appointment of Dr. Doyin Okupe as presidential adviser on Public Affairs in spite of his alleged shoddy implementation or non implementation of contracts from Imo and Benue states? In the two cases, all the PDP men agreed money exchanged hand. In fact Benue and EFCC went to court demanding for a refund of N600m for contracts not fully implemented. As it is often the case, it would appear we are being entertained by government and EFCC, once again to divert attention from other national issues. First, even if the involvement of Babalakin’s companies in contract to purchase air craft for Ibori has suddenly become an offence, what can Lamorde’s EFCC do about it? Was it not only last week he informed the senate that ‘several cases involving top politicians, accused of stealing public funds, have lingered for years after an initial public fanfare with’ some of the indicted officials still roaming the country as kingmakers, lawmakers, and political gladiators.’ Did the alleged laundering of money to buy aircraft by Ibori and Babalakin’s companies fall under the category of ‘small petty thieves, 419 and yahoo yahoo boys’ he claimed his agency has capacity for? Besides, we have witnessed this theatre of the absurd before. EFCC once chased Dimeji Bankole the former Speaker of the Lower House from Abuja to Abeokuta in the middle of the night to execute his arrest for alleged

President Jonathan’s subsidy ruse! By Nelson Ekujumi refineries in all OPEC member countries of which Nigeria is a member is not in doubt and we should use this opportunity to avail Mr. President and his economic team this fact. Algeria, for instance is the World 15th largest producer of crude oil (2,125,000bpd) with 5 state owned refineries, maintains petrol pump price at US$0.41 (N61); Libya as at early 2011, before Muammar al-Qaddafi death), the World 17th largest producer of crude oil (1,79millionbpd), with 5 functional refineries maintains petrol pump price at US$0.17 (N25); Iraq, the World 13th largest producer of crude oil (2.4millionbpd), with 11 functional refineries, maintains petrol pump prices at US$0.38 (N56); Iran, the World 4th largest producer of crude oil (4.2millionbpd), with 9 functional refineries and having the World 10th largest refinery (Abadan refinery, refining 450,000bpd), maintains petrol pump price at US$0.65 (N96); Kuwait, the World 10th largest producer of crude oil (2,49millionbpd) with 3 functional refineries subsidizes petrol at US$0.22 (N33). Furthermore, Qatar, the World 20th largest producer of crude oil (1.2millionbpd), with 2 functional refineries maintains petrol pump price at US$0.22 (N33); Saudi Arabia, the World 2nd largest producer of crude oil (8.8millionbpd), with 9 functional refineries and having the World 5th largest refinery (Ras Tanura refinery, refining 550,000bpd), subsidizes petrol for its citizens at US$0.16 (N24); the UAE, the World 8th largest producer of crude oil (2.8millionbpd), with 4 functional refineries maintains petrol pump prices at US$0.48 (N71); Ecuador, the World 30th largest producer of crude oil (485,700bpd), maintains petrol pump price at US$0.44 (N65); and Venezuela, the World’s 11th largest producer

of crude oil (2.47millionbpd), with 12 functional refineries, and owns the World 2nd largest refinery (Paraguana refinery, refining 940,000bpd), maintains petrol pump prices at US$0.02 (N3). From the above analysis, one can see that if we want to make a logical and common sensical comparison on the functionality or otherwise of state owned refineries, our best bet would be with our OPEC colleagues with whom we have something in common. So the critical question to ask is; why are state owned refineries functioning optimally in other OPEC member countries except Nigeria? The answer which we all know and are sure Mr. President knows too even if he is trying pull wool over our eyes is the fact that the non functionality of our state owned refineries is due to corruption and not ownership, pronto! Again, Mr. President stood logic on its head when he made an analogy of the oil situation in Nigeria to one’s daughter who has a boil on her face, that it’s either you allow it to remain and deface the girl or you make her visit the surgeon for operation at great pain, cost and inconvenience, the end result of which will be a beautiful face. Mr. President as it has become his trademark and that of his government got it wrong again. The issue is that when one has a seeming problem, you first of all examine the cause of the problem with a view to proffering lasting and not cosmetic solution. My answer to Mr. President’s analogy is that, it is only the medical doctor who can examine the patient and prescribe the appropriate treatment and not the father of the girl who is naturally swayed by fatherly emotion to assume that if there is a lump on his daughter’s face, then it’s a boil, what if its just pimples? On the other hand, let’s even assume it’s a boil, won’t it be better and economical if it’s treated through

fraud. There were even some temporarily chased out of the country. The former EFCC helmswoman once assaulted us for weeks through daily press briefings about the sins of those Sanusi, the CBN governor claimed contributed to the collapse of banks due to their non performing debts. To the shame of EFCC and Sanusi, some of those names have become pillars of Nigerian economy after buying some of the banks following government injection of tax payers’ money. Others have become government advisers while many leading light of PDP on Sanusi’s list are now law makers working feverishly to curb corruption in Nigeria. Without the distractions of Babalakin and Ibori who has proved to be bigger than Nigeria until the intervention by the British judiciary, this government and its EFCC have their cups full. Only last week, the world acclaimed audit firm, KPMG in its report. rated Nigeria as the ‘most fraudulent country in Africa, with the cost of fraud during the first half of 2012 estimated at N225 billion ($1.5 billion)’.The Africa Fraud Barometer only last Wednesday identified ‘Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa as accounting for 74% of the total number of cases of fraud on the African continent, with Nigeria recording the highest overall value of fraud in the first half of the2012’. The Punch newspaper, putting together reports of various probe committees set up by the President says ‘over N5tn in government funds have been stolen through frauds, embezzlements and theft since president Jonathan assumed office in May 6,2010’

‘We have not been told that Babalakin’s companies involved in this transaction collected money without executing the contract. Even if it is thus established, when did EFCC start running after failed contractors? Is this not the same PDP that defended President Jonathan’s appointment of Dr. Doyin Okupe as presidential adviser on Public Affairs in spite of his alleged shoddy implementation or non implementation of contracts from Imo and Benue states?’ administration of antibiotics and other non surgical means rather than the pains and scars of a surgery? We still remember vividly that this same old worn out song of the necessity of removal of fuel subsidy which has been over played by successive governments was also publicly rehearsed by the Goodluck Jonathan led government. Nigeria apart from being the world’s sixth largest producer of oil, was the only OPEC member country that does not have an accurate data of its oil production because of corruption. It is also the only OPEC member country that exports crude and imports refined petrol for local consumption with the attendant economic loss of other by-products of crude oil to its economy. Just recently, even President Goodluck Jonathan publicly admitted that Nigeria was the only oil producing country in the world that is grappling with the issue of oil theft. While Nigerians and groups were calling for debates and dialogue on the issue because we are in a democracy, they were taken aback when they woke up to a new year on January 1st2012 to a new price regime per litre of fuel at N141 in utter disregard for their wishes and aspirations, the rest as they say is history. No one is sure what awaits the citizenry on January 1, 2013. The latest call for total removal of fuel subsidy by Mr. President is an escapist admission of failure and one is shocked and surprised that it is coming at a time when the present government has submitted a 2013 budget proposal to the National Assembly in which it has outlined an expenditure of N251.2 billion for the repairs of the four comatose refineries. The question to ask is, doesn’t this policy somersault typify inconsistency, conflict of interest and confusion for government to budget public money for Turn-Around-Maintenance (TAM) and at the same time be canvassing private ownership of refineries? Any attempt by the present administration to hike the price of fuel per litre now or in the near future under any anti-people rationalisation guise will not be condoned by the people. A word is enough for the wise! • Nelson Ekujumi is Executive Chairman of Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM).


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Lagos loses first match

•As Tourney Director, Imoedemhe lauds standard

• ...Hockey Action between Ogun state yellow jersey and Gombe state. Photo: Bola Omilabu

By Innocent Amomoh and Akeem Lawal


HE Lagos State Hocke y T e a m yester day lost its first match in t h e Hockey event of the ongoing National Sports Festival (NSF)l, Eko 2012. NationSport gathered that the team lost 0-1 to Nasarawa State in a keenly contested match which left spectators in thrilled. Speaking exclusively to our correspondent after the matches held at the Legacy pitch of the National Stadium, Tournament Director of the Hockey event at the festival, Walter Imoidemhe lauded the standard exhibited so far. He said the proceedings of the events were divided into four poles to beat the stipulated time set for the completion of the events. With 11 teams in both the male and female categories, the best teams will advance to the quarter finals, and the best to

the semi final and finals respectively. “ I a m impress ed with the standard so far. It can get better, you know we are just starting and today is the first day,”. Imoedemhe , however, cautioned that security should be intensified as the tournament progresses as tempers could start rising.” “The atmosphere is still calm now and everything is moving on smoothly. But I think that security should be intensified because when we get to the quarter and semi finals, temper may start rising from the players and officials,” he said. He said the female matches will kick off today at the same venue. Meanwhile, in other matches played Delta defeated Borno 2-0, while Rivers drew 0-0 with Ekiti. The match between Ogun and Gombe was still being decided as at press time.

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Electronic scoring system for Taekwondo •Seminar for coaches, officials


OR the first time in the history of the National Sports Festival, Electronic Scoring System will be used at the Taekwondo event which is scheduled to start today at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Chairman, Lagos State Taekwondo Association (LSTA), Ogunnowo Jimmy informed NationSport that Beijin Olympic silver medallist, Chika Chukwumerije will be the facilitator. Speaking during a seminar organised by the Lagos State Taekwondo Association (LSTA) in conjunction with Nigeria Taekwondo Federation for officials and coaches, Ogunnowo Jimmy said the seminar became necessary in order to keep abreast of the changing nature of Taekwondo rules.

By Innocent Amomoh and Akeem Lawal

“The seminar is geared towards ensuring that we keep our officials up to date concerning the National Sports Festival. Taekwondo is a very dynamic sport and so are the rules. There are new rules coming out almost every three months, in fact we have to go to website to even update and international seminars are held almost every quarter. So we felt that before this competition can kick off, we need to keep everybody abreast of the new rules, new equipment and of course, the coaches need to be aware of the new rules. Because of the negligence of new

rules, they will feel they are being cheated. This time around, we’ve done it in such a way that everybody is carried along including coaches. “This is the first time in the history of National Sports Festival that we are using the electronic scoring system; this is what is being used at the Olympics level. So we decided to bring it here so that we can move our competition and officiating to international standard. So we’ve brought in an Olympian, Chika Chukwumerije, who is going to be the facilitator on the use of the electronic scoring system. All the officials that will be officiating here will be thoroughly taken through the process so that we will have an hitch free competition. “Apart from the officials being


•Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed,

By Innocent Amomoh and Akeem Lawal targeting the three points. But I thank God we went home with a point. We have to go back and work harder ahead of our next game. There was nothing wrong with my team, but we missed a lot of scoring chances that came our way, that was what happened to us. We will now go back and amend our lapses. In his reaction, Chief Coach of Team Cross Rivers, Stephen Adinya said he will work on the team’s lapses ahead of today’s game against Zamfara. “We wanted to take our time to make sure we hold ourselves and that is why we make mistakes. But in subsequent matches we are going to improve on our lapses. “Every team at the festival is hoping to win and. It’s not easy for any state to say they are coming here to just pick a point just like that, everybody has to fight for every point. Kwara Team gave us a good fight and that is why we ended the game in goalless draw. I’m playing Zamfara in my next match tomorrow (today) and I will start winning from that game.

Ogun announces '' instant cash reward "for Athletes


S a way of encouraging athletes to do well at the on-going 18th National Sports Festival "Eko2012" the Ogun state government has announced instant cash rewards for its athletes that win medals at the festival A statement from the Press officer of the State Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr Rotimi Oduniyi said Gold medal winners will be given N40,000 on the spot, Silver medallist N30,000, while Bronze medal winners get N20,000. Oduniyi said the instant cash reward is aside from the global reward that will later be announced by the state

By Innocent Amomoh and Akeem Lawal government for medal winners and the contingent at the end of the festival Meanwhile, the Ogun State Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun charged the state athletes to come within the first three positions at the end of the festival Addressing them Governor Amosun said he will surprise them if they are able to achieve the feat He challenged them to confirm the state’s proud standard in Sports and announced his government resolve to help them even after their sporting career.



•Ibrahim Yakowa, Kaduna State governor

Volleyball hostilities commence


ADUNA STATE on Tuesday in Lagos defeated Team Niger 25-20; 25-20; 17-25 in the women's volleyball event at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival (NSF). The encounter, which took place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, saw Team Kaduna battling to overwhelm hard fighting Team Niger. The game lasted over an hour. Reacting to the development, Leo Christopher the Head Coach of Team Kaduna described the match as ``intense’’. He added that the opposing team were no push overs, and described the officiating as fair. "It was a tough match that we played, they came all out to win which meant that the match could have gone either way; as for officiating it was fair enough,''he said. Meanwhile, Abubakar Taofeek the Head Coach of Team Niger completely disagreed with the submissions of Christopher. "Poor officiating marred the game am a referee myself so I understand the nitty gritty of the game, at least my girls played very well that is the consolation,''he said. In the Male category, Team Rivers trounced Team Ogun by 3-0; in a match that lasted for one hour and 13 minutes. Team Ogun’s Head Coach, Abinde Segun told NAN that he was highly disappointed at the results because his players performed below expectations. "It felt bad they played below expectation am looking forward to next game our next match we should be able to put our acts together,''he said. Tamuno Omiete, the Secretary of Team Rivers told NAN that he was not surprised at how his team played. "Before I came to Lagos, I knew how good our team can be. "And I am confident that when we meet Ondo we won’t fall short of our previous performance,’’he said.

HE boxing event scheduled to commence on Wednesday at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos has been re-scheduled for today, an official said on Wednesday. Adams Tee Jay, Chairman/Technical Director of the event, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the boxers had yet to conclude their registration, necessitating the shift by one day. NAN reports that the boxing bouts had been scheduled to hold at the National Institute for Sports (NISports) gymnasium inside the National Stadium in Surulere. Tee Jay said many of the boxers were yet to conclude their weigh-in, medical check-up, as well as the draws and byes, meant to determine their pairings. "We are yet to conclude a whole lot of processes such as the registration, medical check-up, weigh-in and draws and byes, which will determine who meets who. "However, we are very optimistic that all these processes will be concluded before the end of Wednesday and by Thursday, we will be ready to start," he said. Tee Jay said that all the boxers and state officials

were aware of the need to conclude the registration and medicals, adding that it was to guard against future controversies. "The purpose of this exercise is essential because it will serve as a guard against future controversies.’’ According to the chairman, the boxing event is still not in any way behind schedule. The 14-day fiesta which opened in Lagos on


The game turned out the way we expected it to be, but nevertheless we would not be carried away by our win as we hope to win our next game,'' he said. "We started the game on a sluggish pace and it seemed that my boys lacked confidence, I said a few words to them and they picked up the pace," he said. Omodiagbe Agbonmere, who scored a brace for Team Delta, told NAN that he was pleased with his performance during the match stressing that: ``I am very happy that my team won and we hope to do better in our next match.’’ Meanwhile, Sanusi Musiliu, the Head, Coach of the Oyo football team, said that the team would improve in spite of the defeat. ``We hope to play better in our next match. We will not lose focus or let our emotions to weigh us down and we have to concentrate on our loops holes," he said. He added that their next match

By Innocent Amomoh and Akeem Lawal

• Gov. Godswill Akpabio surging forward to score became their undoing when Akwa Ibom netted their fourth goal through Precious Akpan in the 86th minute to put the match beyond the Osun side. With this win, Akwa Ibom has improved their chance of progressing to the knockout stage having won their first group match against Taraba 2-1 on Monday. However, Osun had to redouble their efforts to have any chance of advancing having recorded 2-1 wn over Benue in their first group match before yesterday’s 1-4 loss to Akwa Ibom. In the male event, Delta also whitewashed an indisciplined Oyo team 5-1.

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would be an uphill task because they will be taking on the host team. ``Our next match is going to be very tense because we are going against the host team, and we would not let our guard; and we will play our best. I see hope for us. I know we can do this and i believe in my boys," he said.

Badminton serves off today By Innocent Amomoh and Akeem Lawal


HE Badminton event of the National Sports Festival Eko 2012 will commence today at the Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos. The events will start in the morning with 26 states participating. It stated yesterday with the draws and a refresher course for the home based coaches.

IVERS STATE yesterday increased their gold medal tally to three, to remain top of the medal table of the 18th National Sports Festival holding in Lagos. At the end of 500 metres cycling event at Eric Moore street, Rivers state proved their mettle to Nigerians that their first position in the 17th edition of the festival was not a fluke. Goodnews Edet and Tombrade Grikole both of Rivers State won the gold medal in the male and female 500 metres cycling event. Garba Aliyu of Oyo State and Onyenobo Doe of Delta state rode behind Goodnews to stay in second and third position. Durogbade Joke of Oyo state, Esther Ginikanwe won the silver and Bronze in the female category.

From, Osemwengie Ben Ogbemudia Lagos state, with Esther Ginikanwe Bronze medal to register their first medal as host state in the table. With three gold, one silver, Rivers State for now remains top of the medal table giving a signal to Delta and Edo state of the possibility of the twenty million at stake for the over all winner of the festival.

Agbo set for gold again


ELTA STATE Judo Athlete Michael Agbo has stated with genuine intent that he is not in this year’s Eko Festival for child’s play, that he was in Lagos to retain the Gold medal he won in the 60kg category in the last Sports Festival in Rivers State. The young Agbo who was dressed in gorgeous Delta traditional attire was full of confidence ahead of his first fight on Thursday, and he promised to take out any opponent that comes his way.

“My main objective is to retain the Gold medal I won in the last festival in Rivers, I know its not going to be easy, but I have worked hard for this festival and I know my efforts will not be in vain” The soft spoken Agbo further said that he has nothing in his mind rather than the Gold medal“I don’t feel anything less than Gold, because I want to prove to everybody that my last Gold medal in the Last sports festival in Rivers was no fluke’.“I have prepared very well for my

Agege Stadium scoreboard still under construction


ANS on Wednesday expressed disappointment over the nonfunctioning of the scoreboard at the venue for Women Football event of the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival at Agege Stadium, Lagos. Some of them who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said that the scoreboard should have been completed before now. Wosilat Ogunjobi, a mobile telephone recharge card seller, said that the facility should have been ready before the commencement of the competition. "The scoreboard gives details of the goals scored in a match and as such should have been made functional earlier than now," she said. Also, John Bala, a security guard said that it was shameful seeing workers still working on the scoreboard while matches were going on. "Spectators who came late for the match had to ask people about the situation in a match or its outcome whereas they could have seen it on the board,’’ he said. Others who spoke said the state government had done well in getting ready the facilities for the Games and blamed the contractors for the delaying the completion of s o m e .

• Edward Osim. Photo by John Ebhota

•As Rivers top medal table with 3 gold

Delta whips Oyo in the male football ENNETH Ikpahwore, the Head Coach of Team Delta football team has attributed his team’s 5-1 trouncing of Team Oyo in the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival to hard work. Ikpahwore told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday after the match, that he was impressed with his team’s performance. NAN reports that the game which started on a slow note eventually took a dramatic turn, after the Delta boys took the game by the scruff of the neck The team had earlier won their first game through a walkover after the Abia football team failed to turn up. ``It gives me pleasure to say that my boys have done well, and have made me proud. They were able to put all that I have being teaching them in the training into practise, and they also listened to all that I put across to them during the match.

F the four goals netted by Akwa Ibom in their 4-1 triumph over Osun in the female football event of the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012, Hope Nfreke netted a hat-trick to give Akwa Ibom team a second victory. Within 72 minutes, Nfreke scored the hat trick to inspire her team to a convincing win over the South West team at the Agege Stadium . Three minutes into the encounter, Nfreke started her goal haul, while she increased her goal to two in the 40minutes to give Akwa Ibom a 2-0 lead at half time. At the start of the second half, Osun reduced the tally in the 54th minute through Mary Abimbola to give her team hope of leveling the match. But the petite Nfreke was all over the place tormenting the Osun defence and her effort paid off in the 72nd minute when she netted her third goal of the match to give Akwa Ibom a 3-1 lead. Several efforts by Osun to salvage the situation with all the players

• Chika Chukwumerije (r) fights Cuba's Robelis Despaigne during their match in men's plus 80-kg at the London Olympics

Eko 2012: Registration, pairing of boxers delay matches

Football: Cross River holds Kwara WARA STATE was on Wednesday held to a goalless draw by Cross Rivers state in the football event of the ongoing National Sports Festival, held at the football pitch of the Yaba College of Technology. Gombe State also played a goalless draw with Enugu State in the second match of the day played at the same venue. In a chat with Nation Sport after the encounter, chief coach of Team Kwara, Adebayo Moshood said his strikers failed convert the begging chances. “Actually I’m not satisfied; I was

upgraded, the coaches should know when officials take some decision that might look funny. It might not really be funny, but it is according to the rule. For example, there was a rule that was called five minutes, it was changed to 10 minutes last month. So if for any reason, somebody falls into that kind of challen ge, he might want to prot est. So we have taken time to ensure that all the coaches and referees are in the seminar, so t h a t everybody is on the same p a c e a n d o f course with the use of this electronic scoring system, manual interference or human interference will be very limited.

Akwa Ibom humbles Osun in female football

opponents and I am in top shape to face any of them. My coach has put me through all the necessary training and techniques to the best level and I fully ready to make the people of Delta State happy by winning the Gold in Lagos” The young baby faced Agbo also spoke briefly about his experience at the last Sports Festival in Rivers State.

NAN reports that workers were seen working on the scoreboard when matches were being played. Meanwhile, Enugu team defeated Benue 3-0, while Edo and Ogun drew 1-1 the matches played so far in Group A.

Team Kano positive on good outing


HE Director of Sports, Kano State, Nasiru Suleiman, has expressed the hope that the state’s athletes to the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos would excel. Suleiman made the assertion on Wednesday in Kano during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). The Director, who is about leaving for Lagos to meet Team Kano, said the athletes’ objective at the festival was to participate and win as many laurels as possible. "A contingent of 121 athletes and 43 officials is already in Lagos to represent the state and we are optimistic that we will surpass our performance at the last festival in Port Harcourt,’’ Suleiman said. NAN reports that Team Kano finished 11th at the 17th National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt in 2011 with 12 gold, 6 silver and 10 bronze medals. NAN also reports that events like cycling, football, cricket, hockey and wrestling had started at Eko 2012.








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Malpractices inflate exams cost EXAMINING bodies are forced to spend a lot more conducting public examinations in the name of curbing malpractices, says Registrar of the West African Examinations Council •Uwadiae (WAEC), Dr Iyi Uwadiae. Addressing journalists after the 54th meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC), the highest decision-making organ of the Council on examination conduct in Nigeria, at the Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Uwadiae said the Council is forced to institute measures to check leakages of question papers, and cheating in the hall, which increases the financial burden of conducting the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE). -Page 39

CAMPUS LIFE •An eight-page section on campus news, people etc

A medical school’s long road to accreditation IT was long in coming; taking all of nine years. When the news broke of the accreditation of the College of Health of Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi, many students could not believe it. Their attitude was that of “we have heard that before.”

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Vice-Chancellors, especially of state-owned universities, are becoming an endangered species. They do not know when the wind will blow in their favour or against them. Academics and unionists are not happy with the development, report KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE, ADEGUNLE OLUGBAMILA and OKODILI NDIDI.

The politics of VCs’ appointment T

HE office of the Vice-Chancellor (VC), is coveted by many professors in universities. It is a post that confers prestige and respect on the occupant. But these days, VCs appear to have lost their esteem. They are hired and fired at will, particularly in stateowned and private universities. The owners of these institutions mostly disregard the statutes establishing them. Many state universities’ branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are currently quarrelling with their owner governments over arbitrary removal, reappointment and imposition of VCs without recourse to the laws stipulating roles of the candidates, university senate, governing councils and the government in the selection process. In the past, state governments sacked the VCs of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) and the University of Ado-Ekiti (UNAD), which metamorphosed into the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti. Currently, teachers at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) are on strike over the reappointment of Prof Barineme Fakae as Vice-Chancellor for a second five-year tenure, even when the first did not follow due process. Governor Rotimi Amaechi has stopped their salaries over their sixmonth strike, arguing that it is the government that appoints vice-chancellors. A fortnight ago, the Ebonyi State

University, Abakaliki branch of ASUU rejected the governing council’s reappointment of Prof Francis Idike, whose initial appointment in 2008 raised concerns because the government did not stipulate a tenure. Also, Governor Rochas Okorocha has replaced Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU) Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Betrand Nwoke, with Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie, the immediate past National President of ASUU. The development, which has also been causing ripples among major stakeholders, was condemned by many of the students and some lecturers, who noted that the institution needed an established management that will be allowed a free hand to run its affairs. When The Nation visited the university, they complained about the frequent changes in the leadership of the institution. Some of the students queried the governor’s decision to sack the VC in the middle of examination, noting that the midstream change was capable of destabilising them and affecting their performance in the examination. Mr Uchenna Ezeana, a 300-Level

student of Architecture, said the timing of the VC’s removal had made it difficult for the students to take a decision or make their position on the matter known to government. “We are writing our exams and the announcement jolted most of the students but soon we will meet and sound it to the government to allow the management a free hand to run the affairs of the school as obtained in all other institutions”, he said Another female student of the Department of English Language, Chinonso Uguagba, said she cried on receiving the news of the VC’s sack, describing him as a ‘father’ to the students. She further noted that the frequent changes in the leadership of the institution has psychological effects on the students, “just when we are getting acquainted with a particular Vice-Chancellor and his administrative style, he will be booted out and another will take over and begin the process all over again”. Although some of the lecturers who spoke on condition of anonymity, expressed optimism that Awuzie’s leadership will strengthen the administrative aspect of the university, many picked holes in the

It is not good for a vice-chancellor to be changed arbitrarily just because of a change in government. The Federal Government stipulates five-year single terms. Anything longer than five years is not good

manner Nwoke was unceremoniously sacked. However, a senior lecturer who decried the “overbearing interference of the government in the running of the institution” which he said is dangerous does not think Awuzie’s appointment will change things. “The coming of Awuzie as another acting Vice-Chancellor will not change anything about the running of the school, it will only bring about clash of interest within the university community,” he said. Explaining the circumstances surrounding Nwoke’s removal and Awuzie’s appointment, the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Nze Ralph Njokuobi, said it was the prerogative of the Visitor to appoint and sack VCs, “he knows why he did what he did, his actions in the university can’t be questioned”. He said the university cannot have a substantive VC for now as a result of the absence of a Governing Council. “We have other bottlenecks in the institution, we don’t have a Governing Council to rectify the appointments of Vice-Chancellors”. The former Governor, Ikedi Ohakim sacked a sitting VC, Prof. Innocent Okonkwo, who went to court to challenge his sack before the expiration of his tenure and until that is resolved the school will only have acting Vice-Chancellors. According to him, “the students are currently taking their exams and the new acting Vice-Chancellor has resumed, it will not affect our academic activities, we do know that the tenure of an acting VC can • Continued on page 26




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Stakeholders draft teachers’ guides for Basic Education is important because the Teachers OR the purpose of ensuring an Curriculum Guides are to be distributed to effective implementation of


the newly revised nine-year Basic Education Curriculum (BEC), teacher educators, curriculum development experts, content specialists, policy makers, school teachers and professionals from the private sector from all parts of the country gathered last week in Lagos to write Teachers Guides for each of the subjects taken in primary to junior secondary schools. The platform for the week-long intellectual exercise was provided by the Nigerian Educational research and Development \Council (NERDC) which has the responsibility of developing curricula, instructional materials, as well as training teachers on the use of the curriculum. Executive Secretary of NERDC, Prof Godswill Obioma, said the development of Teachers Guides is very important because it enhances teachers’ ability to teach and evaluate their pupils well. He added that the development of the Teachers Guides is an inno-

vation as curriculum development in the past was not accompanied by focused Teachers Guides. The development of the guides is a follow-up to the recently completed revision of the 9 – year BEC which has 10 subject listings instead of the 20 in the old curriculum. The participants in the writing workshop were grouped into their areas of subject specialization, with each group having six writers who worked on the conceptual framework for the guides. Obioma said the units and components of the conceptual framework, include: understanding the revised curriculum, breaking it into syllabus, scheme of work, unit of work, lesson plan and their preparation, modern teaching approaches among others. His words: “The eminent personalities at the workshop have successfully come up with draft copies of the Teachers Guides. The next steps will involve the critique and editorial workshops. This exercise

schools nationwide alongside the revised basic education curriculum early next year. He said training in the use of the guides will follow its distribution in all the six geo-political zones of the country.” He added that NERDC developed the guides infusing contribution from Indonesia and Malaysia.. Explaining the special attention given to vocational education in the curriculum, Obioma said it is meant to help groom self reliant pupils after nine years of basic education. “This emphasis on vocational studies in the revised basic education curriculum is radically different from what obtains in the existing one which has Agriculture and Home Economics as elective subjects. In the revised curriculum, these subjects are being taught as pre-vocational studies. By the time every Nigerian child goes through the new programme he or she would have learnt one skill or the other,” he said.

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only be elongated at the mercy of the Visitor to the University so the development is not strange”. The IMSU-ASUU Chairman did not fault Nwoke’s removal as he said he had overstayed in acting capacity. However, he added that Awuzie’s appointment is not the important thing as much as the government respecting the statutes of the university. He said: "His removal did not come as a surprise to us because he had exhausted his tenure as acting VC and anybody could have gone to Court to challenge his continued stay as acting VC. "Ohakim disrupted the system by dissolving the tenure of the last substantiative VC. This brought about the issue of the acting because no one will be appointed as VC until the suit is vacated. Ikedi’s composition of the Visiting Panel was faulty and the timing of the visit was also wrong, his actions are responsible for these problems in the university.” On Awuzie’s appointment, he said: "We don't see anything special in the appointment of Awuzie, our goal and target is the welfare of the members of the Union and it does not matter who is appointed, so long as it is in line with world best practices". "We have no doubt that Awuzie will bring his vast experience to bear in the administration of the institution but we are not dancing over his appointment. All the previous vice-chancellors were staunch members of the union and we are happy that another of our own has been appointed that's all to that". Reacting to Awuzie’s appointment

as Ag Vice-Chancellor, ASUU leaders from other institutions were cautious about making comments. However, Chairman of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria chapter of ASUU, Dr Muhammad Aliyu, said the union would not cry foul over the appointment since the Vice-Chancellor that was removed was Acting, and not substantive. He added that an acting VC can only stay in office for six months. “The appointment (of Awuzie) is just recent. We have not got the details of why the other VC was removed. But he was an acting VC not a substantive VC and acting VCs can only stay for six months. It is okay for another Ag VC to be appointed when one is removed. If it is a substantive VC that was removed, the case will be different. As an academic, Awuzie is qualified to be appointed a substantive VC.” On his part, former ASUU National President, Dr Dipo Fashina said the union only reacts when a situation has been fully appraised. “I don’t want to speak for ASUU (national). But truth is ASUU doesn’t just react that way. What I am saying is that ASUU would have to look at why he was removed vis-a-vis the laws governing the university. ASUU will get all the facts. If his removal followed due process, then ASUU will not react. Interestingly, ASUU has scheduled its NEC meeting at early December and I’m sure the issue will come up for discussion, and ASUU would take a stand. Fashina also faulted the process for selecting vice-chancellors in Nigerian universities, saying it is not stringent enough.

ANDIDATES who excelled in the June/July 2012 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO), will be rewarded at the Annual Excellence Awards instituted by Learn Africa Plc (formerly Longman Nigeria Plc), nextTuesday. Outstanding teachers and schools will also be rewarded at the event holding in the conference room of the learning resource company in Ikeja, Lagos. A statement by the company’s Head of Marketing/Foundation Manager, Mr Allwell Nwankwo, noted that in the first category of awards, the best three students in the examination nationwide will be rewarded with N100,000, a laptop computer and a plaque (first prize); N80,000 and a plaque (second prize); and N60,000 and a plaque for the third place winner. With the overall best result, Sandra

Obianuju Anazor, from the Federal Government Girls’ College, Onitsha will win the first prize; Chizoba Obasi of Stella Maris College, Abuja and Ahia Oghenefego Matins from Brilliant Child College, Akoka, Lagos will be rewarded for placing second; while Aina Morenikeji Feyisayo, from Federal Government College, Ijanikin, Lagos, will get the third prize. Following this, the top three candidates in the examination from each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, will also be rewarded with certificates and N40,000 for the winner, and N30,000 and N20,000 for the first and second runners-up. Nwankwo also said special recognition would be given to outstanding teachers from each school that produced the first prize winners at the state and national levels. In addition to cash prizes for the students, their schools receive library books.

ABU ASUU Chair appointed director HE Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Dr. Muhammad Kabir Aliyu has been appointed Deputy Director of the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation, Arewa House, Kaduna. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof Abdullahi Mustapha, who approved the appointment said, in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mallam Waziri Isa Gwantu, the appointment was in recognition of Aliyu’s commitment to the development of the university. According to the statement, the appointment which is for the period of two years and renewable for another two years takes effect from November 1, 2012. Mustapha expressed hope that Aliyu will bring his experience as an ASUU activist, to bear in the services of the university. Born in 1964, in Dutsenwai, Kubau Local Government Area of Kaduna


State, Aliyu attended L.E.A. Primary School between 1970 and 1976 and proceeded to Government Secondary School Musawa in 1976 and finished in 1981. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Archaeology from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1989, his M.Sc. Degree in Archaeology and Anthropology in 1990, and his PhD from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2004. He joined ABU in 1988 as a Graduate Assistant and rose through the ranks until he was appointed Associate Professor in 2009. He has held several positions in the University including Head of Archaeology Department, Assistant Dean (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Arts from 2006 - 2008. Until his appointment, Dr. Aliyu served successfully as the Deputy Dean of Students for two terms (2008 - 2012). On the labour front, Aliyu had served as ASUU Secretary between 1999 – 2002 before he was elected chairman.

guard is not good for the growth of universities. He advocated that all universities, irrespective of their ownership structure, have stipulated tenures that can be assessed for effectiveness. “It is not good for a vice-chancellor to be changed arbitrarily just because of a change in government. The Federal Government stipulates five-year single terms. Anything longer than five years is not good. It could be a four-year tenure that could be renewed after the vicechancellor’s performance is reviewed and found to be satisfactory. But it should not be more than one renewal. If a vice-chancellor stays on in office for too long, he will lose focus,” he said. Also responding, a former vice-

chancellor who has fallen victim to arbitrary removal by a state government, who does not want to be named for legal reasons, described government’s disregard for law as stupid. “It is the most stupid thing government can do because it breeds instability and it is against the essence of intellectualism,” he said. He advised government to follow the laws of the university in the appointment and removal of vicechancellors. “What they should do is to follow the law. Every university has statutes that states how vicechancellors should be appointed and removed. If followed, there will be no problems,” he said.

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“But generally, the problem with our university system today is that we have not yet found a perfect means of appointing a vicechancellor. Personally, I strongly believe the process should be very stringent, if it is, then their removal will also be difficult. Unfortunately, many of the processes of their appointments are still riddled with discriminations and manipulations. It is so sad that today, many vice-chancellors’ appointments have the hand of their pro-chancellors many of whom are appointed by political parties.” Speaking on the tenure issue, former Vice-Chancellor of the Redeemers University (RUN), Mowe Prof Oyewole Tomori between 2005 and 2011, said frequent change of



EDUCATION Educationist seeks external exams for finalists From Bisi Oladele, Ibadan


•Pupils of Mind Builders School, CBD, Ikeja, performing at a cultural programme

NGO moves to rescue public schools through out paper testing comO rescue the declining educatext messages phased pletely. He added that the exam tion standards in primary and board had introduced new syllabus


secondary schools, a nongovernmental organisation (NGO), Save Nigerian Schools, has floated a platform through which pupils will develop schools in their communities without waiting for the intervention from the government. The project, according to the convener of the NGO, Paago AleeleImabel, is also geared at improving infrastructure in rural schools. All a pupil needs to do is to nominate a school with academic or infrastructural challenges, via a text message to a dedicated code - 35140. “The N10 gained from such message may help to fix one thing or the other in the school,” Paago said. He said the move was necessary given the helplessness of governments in checking the dwindling standards in public schools. Paago spoke at an interactive session between teachers, pupils and parents, organised by Best and Brightest Innovation Limited at Ajumoni Senior Secondary School, Okota School Compex, Okota,

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Lagos. He said: “Education stays at the background in the scheme of things in Nigeria. The only time we get to hear about education is the moment when results of major examinations are released; when everything would have gone bad. But if you and I get involved by nominating schools through the short code, we are going to pull the resources together and use it to effect a direct change in the schools that need to be helped out. This is a donation from the Nigerian students to the schools.” In attendance were the Registrar of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Mr Oluwarotimi Shodimu and a representative of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Mr Chima Akano. On the plan by JAMB to introduce online examination, Akano said by 2015, JAMB would have

Firm donates 300 free vouchers for TOEFL


RILLIANT but indigent Nigerian students with impressive ‘O’ Level grades can get one of 300 vouchers that the Educational Testing Services (ETS) has donated for African students to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) free of charge. The organisation, which conducts TOEFL, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and other tests used to admit students into colleges and universities in the United States, is collaborating with the Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), a bureau under the U.S. Department of State to distribute the vouchers to indigent students and improve access to US higher education. On its part, ECA provides brilliant students with financial and counseling support to meander the admission requirements of U.S. institutions, and help those from less privileged backgrounds secure scholarships through its Education USA Advising Centers. During a media teleconference that involved participants in Washington, Lagos and Abu Dhabi, last Tuesday, Ms Meghann Curtis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs at ECA, said taking the tests will provide eligible candidates chance to apply to study at U.S. colleges and universities under the guidance of EducationUSA Advising Centers in various African countries. She added that they could also get opportunities to win scholarships if they excel and urged the various

in Compact Disc (CD) format, which would help candidates to practise on computer before the exam. He directed applicants to the board’s website for information about the new testing method, saying candidates still have the option to write paper testing in the 2013 exam. Speaking on performance in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), Akano said ignoring instructions was one of the reasons candidates fail, saying: “On many occasions, candidates don’t read the instruction and guideline, which always lead to their failure.” Counselling the pupils, Shodimu urged them to study the requirements in the JAMB brochure, noting that many candidates chose UNILAG as their first-choice institution without reading further to learn the specific requirements of the institution. He also advised them not to look down on any discipline, while counselling parents to stop forcing their wards to study a particular course.

HE Director, Educational Advancement Centre (EAC), Ibadan, Mr Muyiwa Bamgbose, has called for external examination for graduating students of Nigerian universities to ascertain the quality of certificates issued by their institutions. Bamgbose made the call at the valedictory service for the outgoing students of the centre who are expecting their Cambridge “A” Level results on Friday. EAC trains students for the Cambridge examinations. The educationist, who is the pioneer in mobile learning in Nigeria with its product, Mobilearn, said the call became necessary in view of the prevalent situation where many graduate job seekers are found unemployable. Bamgbose said that many graduate job seekers are unemployable because there is no mechanism to verify the quality of training they received from their alma mater. He insisted that government may need to set up an agency in the ilk of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) to conduct external examinations for graduating students across universities to ensure that only those who are well-bred receive degree certificates. He said education in Nigeria needs to be overhauled to bring about a change from teaching to recall to teaching to think, adding that the system should allow only qualified and committed

teachers to teach. “Job seekers perform poorly because the National Universities Commission (NUC) sets the curriculum while universities teach and mark. Maybe we should have another regulatory agency that will confirm the quality of training in universities. I believe we should begin to have moderation at the university level just as we have at the secondary level where WAEC designs the syllabus, schools teach and WAEC marks and grades. This will help us to see the kind of graduates we desire in Nigeria,” Bamgbose said. Speaking on behalf of other graduating students, Buliameen Babalola, a visually-impaired boy, urged his colleagues to see their completion of the programme as the closure of a chapter and the beginning of a new challenge. Babalola, who was adjudged the best student in Art, said EAC was relevant to their past, present and the future.

‘Ogun will ensure success of e-UTME’


HE Ogun State government has assured the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) of its readiness to ensure the success of the Computer Based Test (CBT) in the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Segun Odubela gave the assurance while flagging-off the scheme on behalf of the state government in his office.

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EducationUSA advising centers to seek out qualified students from indigent backgrounds. Explaining the rationale behind the vouchers, Eileen Tyson, Executive Director, Client Relations at ETS, said international education helps beneficiaries develop better perspective of life. “International study changes our perception and enriches lives and it helps us to be better citizens of the country we live in. I should know because I studied in Liberia,” she said. Two African students, Imoleayo Abel, a Nigerian, and Lethabo Nxumalo from South African, who have benefited from opportunity funds of the ECA also shared their experiences studying in the U.S. during the teleconference. Apart from the weather and the food, which he had to get used to, Abel said studying Engineering at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania has been inspiring. “On an American campus, you


In a release issued by the Press Officer of the ministry, Kayode Oduyebo said the steps taken by the Board would ensure prompt delivery of raw scores, eliminate cases of incomplete results, and check examination malpractices. In his remark, Head of the JAMB Office in Ogun State, Mr, Abdul Hakeem Abdulhameed, said the new scheme will be replicated in the 20 local government areas of the state.

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are limited only by your imagination. You can think about an idea, talk to your professors and grow with it. You are not limited by the infrastructure; you are encouraged to explore,” he said. Dehab Ghebreab, Public Affairs Officer at the EducationUSA Advising Center, Lagos said students with at least seven ‘A’s in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) can get the voucher in Nigeria.

‘On an American campus, you are limited only by your imagination. You can think about an idea, talk to your professors and grow with it. You are not limited by the infrastructure; you are encouraged to explore’

HE National Universities Commission (NUC) has given full accreditation to 18 out of 22 programmes presented by the management of Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) IkejiArakeji in Osun State. At a press briefing ahead of the university’s fourth convocation, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sola Fajana said the remaining four programmes were granted interim accreditation. The fully-accredited courses include Entrepreneurship, Economics, Political Science, Mass Communication, Religious Studies, Microbiology, Bio-Chemistry and Mathematics among others. Those with interim accreditation are Philosophy, Literature-in-English, Computer Science and Physics. Speaking about tomorrow’s convocation, Fajana said 316 graduands will receive their first degrees – with nine graduates in first class, 189 in second class (Upper) 94 in second class (lower) and 24 graduands in Third class category. He said all first class graduands will be employed. “Our conventional practice of automatically granting appointment to our first class products is now a permanent policy of the university , we have promptly sent out letters

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of appointment to all the 14 first class graduates from our second set and about 10 of them have responded by submitting their letters of acceptance. “This is to encourage JABU undergraduates to strive towards excellence, “ Fajana said. The VC said as part of the fourth convocation programme, a new chancellor, Pastor Wemimo Odunaiya, who is an astute industrialist and active member of the University Board of Trustees will be installed to replace the former Chancellor, the late Oba Oladele Olashore, the Aloko of Iloko - Ijesa during the convocation. The JABU VC said the university is also partnering with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Abuja in the area of training and re-training of the staff members of the agency by the University Department of Mass Communication and for Students/Staff exchange in the practice of journalism. Fajana also disclosed that the inauguration of JABU colleges Advisory Boards is to be held today while the new gate house donated by the General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) Pastor D.K Olukoya would be formally commissioned the same day.



EDUCATION School celebrates 10th anniversary

UNILORIN FILE 119th inaugural lecture today

By Kofoworola Belo-Osagie


THE 119th inaugural lecture of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) will be delivered today, by Prof. Adebisi Funsho Adedayo at the university’s auditorium. Adedayo, who is of the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, will be speaking on How the Other Half Lives.

Belgore to endow building THE former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Alfa Belgore, is to donate an e-learning building to the Faculty of Law, UNILORIN. Inspecting the site of the building last Thursday in company of the donor’s representative, Alhaji Belgore, and principal officers of the University, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, appreciated the donor. The Vice-Chancellor, who said the donation is coming at a time the university is seeking Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the development of its facilities, charged other Nigerians to emulate Belgore. Also speaking, the representative and the brother of the donor, Alhaji Belgore said the former Chief Justice was happy to contribute his quota to the development of the university.

Council warns workers MEMBERS of staff of the UNILORIN have been warned to desist from running programmes without due approval from the university or be sacked. Acting on the recommendation of a committee on the matter, the Governing Council of the university, also decided at its 134th meeting held on October 12 to 13 that workers undergoing such programmes be surcharged six months salary payable within two years. A circular signed by the Registrar, Mrs Olufolake Oyeyemi, added that the Council has directed that henceforth the university should include the condition as a clause in the appointment letters of future employees.

•Wilson (left) shaking hands with Mrs Oladunjoye, while Mrs Orelope-Adefulire (right) and Hon Alawiye King (left) watch.

Give us uniforms, Lagos pupils demand


HE parade ground of the Police College, Ikeja teemed with secondary school pupils from across the state for the third anniversary of the re-launch of uniformed voluntary clubs to public schools in Lagos State. Pupils spotting uniforms of the Boys Scouts, Red Cross, Sheriff Guard, Girls Brigade, Man ‘O’ War and others marched around the field with excitement in their clubs’ formation before dignitaries from the Lagos State government, the Ministry of Education, and other organisations. Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire was on hand to take the salute, while the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Hon Wahab Alawiye-King and the Education Commissioner, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye provided support. A firm, Brian Munro Ltd, also spiced up the programme with its Munro Gluclose-D products and other gift items such as exercise books, pens, and t-shirts, worth over N4 million, it distributed to the participants – in addition to its N500,000 donation for the event. Though the pupils praised the clubs for teaching values, they called on the government to provide more uniforms for members of the various clubs. According to

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them, more pupils who would have participated in the parade couldn’t because they did not have uniforms. Some also claimed they do not get to hold regular club meetings. Zainab Agbaku, a pupil of Samsudeen Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu, said through the Sheriff Guard organisation, she has learnt to be obedient to elders, not to steal or fight – in addition to physical training. “It has been worthwhile. We do parade and jog and learn many things. Our meetings hold regularly. But there are no uniforms, so the students are complaining. I am the only one from my school because others don’t have uniforms,” she said. Jamiu Alimi of Ojota Senior Secondary School also said he alone represented his school. He added that he had to get his Sheriff Guard uniform – including the beret and his boots by himself at more than N10,000. In her speech, Mrs OrelopeAdefulire, who said the pupils should attend club meeting on Wednesdays in their uniforms, underscored the contributions of the clubs to inculcating values in the pupils.

“Since the re-launch programme, the uniformed clubs have helpd us to rediscover and awaken some virtues such as discipline, obedience, honesty and leadership traits in our children, which are necessary to build an enduring and a progressive society,” she said. The Deputy Governor and the Education Commissioner also thanked Brian Munro Ltd for its support and urged other firms to do same. The Managing Director of Brian Munro Ltd, Mr Paul Wilson praised the re-introduction of the clubs to schools, saying participating will teach the pupils useful values and skills. Ahead of the event, he had led a delegation of top officials of the organisation to the ministry of education during which he told Mrs Oladunjoye that the Glucose D product can contribute to the well being of school-aged children by keeping them alert and energised to participate in cognitive and psychomotor activities. “We think our brand is particularly good for youngsters so they can enjoy their time in school and still have energy afterwards. We think it provides Bran Munro the opportunity of investing in Nigerian children.

Honeywell baking school graduates 20


ITH the graduation of 14 students last Friday, Honeywell Flour Mills Plc, has produced 270 master bakers. At the event held at the Honeywell premises in Apapa, Lagos, the Executive Vice-Chairman, Honeywell Flour Mills Plc, Mr Folaranmi Babatunde Odunayo, urged the students, who completed the Course 20 Regular in two weeks, to join the alumni body of the institute to keep its database growing. Odunayo, who was represented by Honeywell’s Director, Marketing, Mr Benson Ebonwan, said the training which involved both oral and written courses, is meant to improve the creativity and productivity of already established bakers. “We remain focused on achieving our objective of using the baking school as a tool to empower bakers with basic and modern baking skills so they could run their bakery operation more profitably. It is our belief that people can always do more with better

S an emerging school of scrabble champions, Hallmark School, Agidingbi, has included an inter-school scrabble competition as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations. Speaking at a briefing last Tuesday, the school’s Director, Mrs Meg Nwobia said the school’s pupils have excelled in many competitions over the years. .Recently, she said three pupils won tickets to compete in the World Scrabble competition courtesy of their performance at a competition organised by Chrisland Schools, while another will be participating in a competition in Uyo. “Three of our pupils, Mofe Lawal, Pese Alo and Dara Olayanju came first, third and seventh position in the just-concluded Winifred Awosika Scrabble Tournament. All three have been invited to participate in the World Youth Scrabble Championships in the UK. Dimimu Olayanju was the only primary school pupil invited to participate in the Governor Akpabio Scrabble competition holding in Cross River State,” she said. However, as organisers, Hallmark pupils will not compete during the scrabble competition coming up between December 12 and 16. Other activities for the anniversary include a book fair, science and arts exhibition, awards for essay competition, 10th anniversary/endof-year party, and a dinner for parents. Mrs Sarah Osunde, a parent and Hhthe programme of activities reflects the seriousness the school attaches to cerebral matters. “The event is not just for merry making. We have a sense of responsibility to ensure we do not just play. That is why we decided to include the scrabble competition,” she said.

•Mrs Nwobia

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knowledge. We are confident that as bakers gain more knowledge and grow their business, they would in turn contribute their own quota to the growth of the economy.” The trainees were taught the art and science of baking, common challenges bakers face and how to solve them as well as maximising bakery output via production of varying bread varieties. To the graduands, he said: “We say congratulations! You now have in your hands the key to modern baking technology and do have the power to positively transform your business and make them more profitable. We are convinced that you will take full advantage of the knowledge you have acquired through this school and will tap into the huge opportunity outside there to grow your business.” The event also featured presentation of certificates to graduands as well as special recognition to exemplary students.

•The graduands cutting their cake with the management team of the organisation

One of the graduands, Idongesit Umana who runs a private bakery in Abuja, described the training as demanding. “The training was demanding.

We always leave our hostel early and arrive here by 9am everyday to start the training and we do not finish until 7pm. With this training, I’ve learned new ideas and the

modern way of baking and the different means flour can be applied for maximum use beyond the usual white bread that most bakeries are fond of.”


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*CAMPUSES Winning *NEWS souls *PEOPLE through *KUDOS& KNOCKS Last week, all hell was let loose at the Ekiti State University (EKSU) following the death music

of a final year student of Accounting, Teslim Adebola Ibrahim. OLATUNJI AWE reports. *GRANTS Page 34


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Tanko Yusuf Atiku is a student of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU). The 300-Level Law student and immediate past president of Taraba State Students Union (TASSU) shares his political experience with AWWAL MIJINYAWA (classmate).

‘Campus politics not for laggards’

•Tanko •Story on page 30


Students of Benue State University College of Health Sciences won a major battle last week. After a series of protest, their courses were accredited nine years after the college was established. MSONTER ANZAA (200-Level Medicine) reports.

•The Medical College gate taken over by the police after students’ demonstration last month

A medical school’s long road I to accreditation T was long in coming; taking all of nine years. When the news broke of the accreditation of the College of Health of Benue State University (BSU), Makurdi, many students could not believe it. Their attitude was that of “we have heard that before”. On several occasions, their hopes have been raised and dashed over the college's accreditation. The long wait ended last November 15, following the visit of the accreditation team of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) to the university's teaching hospital. Before accreditation, the students, many of whom have spent not less than seven years in the college, had protested to draw attention to their plight. The MDCN team visited the hospital in June and was not impressed with what it saw. It gave the management six-months to meet certain requirements, failing which the college may be banned.

In February, students besieged the Benue State Government House, demanding to see Governor Gabriel Suswam, but they met his Deputy Chief Steve Lawani After waiting for eight months, the students again demonstrated against what they dubbed the management’s inability to secure accreditation for the college. The protest led to the closure of the college for about six weeks. During the period, the accreditation team came to access the college’s facilities. After the initial disbelief which greeted news of the accreditation, the students took to the Facebook to celebrate. President of the Benue State University Medical Students Associa-

tion (BESUMSA) Kawen Pededo, 400-Level Medicine, wrote on his page: “It means we now have something that will take us up to graduation.” Speaker of the association’s parliament Andrew Iorkyaan, also in 400-Level, said he got the news from a friend but did not believe it. He said he did not envisage the accreditation coming the way it did, pointing out that the greatest pain he suffered during the “years of stagnation” was the time and opportunities he lost. Stephen Tornyor, a 400-Level student, who has spent seven years in school, said he has been part of the struggle for accreditation since 2006 and was shocked when the news

came in. He said his worst moment during the “stagnation” was when people made derisive remarks about his future. He said he was now preparing for the lecture halls and hospital wards “because that is where I rightly belong.” Another 400-Level student, who claimed to have been in the university for eight years, Jeff Isah, thanked God for the accreditation. He thanked The Nation for its support during “our long years of struggle for accreditation.” The Public Relations Officer of the medical students’ association, Samuel-Nelson Atsehekaa, 300Level Medicine, said he was elated by the news, adding that his morale was dampened whenever he thought about when he would graduate. Ferdinand Mbahon, 400-Level, praised Governor Suswam and the •Continued on page 30

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Pushing Out

When runs become the norm on campuses



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OR quite some time now, I have been focusing on infrastructural and academic challenges in tertiary institutions in the country; I only dwelled on social issues twice since June. I feel the need to dwell on this today after my encounter with three student union officials, two from the university and one from a polytechnic. By virtue of their assignments they are “itinerant” students who traverse campuses mobilizing students to support causes related to their welfare. While discussing with two of them, the issue of “runs” kept propping up. Even though I have a firm understanding of what the term means, I thought it wise to understand what it meant from their perspective. One of them told me “authoritatively” that about 80per cent of students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria engage in one form of “runs” or the other. “Runs,’ according to him “cuts across prostitution, peddling leaked examination question papers, drug trafficking, cultism, writing exams on behalf of other students, acting as middle men for Juju priests, acting as ‘leg men’ between dubious lecturers and student etc.” I told him that 80per cent is quite a high percentage to categorise students, but he stood his ground claiming he’s right with his assertion. “I visit campuses across Nigeria and I want to “authoritatively” (that word again) inform you that a large percentage of our female colleagues are involved in one form of prostitution or the other in their bid to make ends meet. I know those who are from dirt poor homes brandishing the latest iphones, Samsung galaxy notes and pad, ipad and all forms of gadgets, where do they get the money to buy these gadgets from”?

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university authorities for the development. He said his most challenging moment “during the stagnation were the discouraging comments from friends that almost killed my zeal for studies along the line.” The college re-opened last Monday and students have since moved into their hostels. Addressing the students on Tuesday, the Provost, Professor, Shima Gyoh, blamed the delay of the accreditation on poor

He also “authoritatively” told me of colleagues he knows who are confirmed drug traffickers and couriers using the safe campus environment to ply their trade. My alarm bell was triggered when he “confirmed” that the trade has gone beyond sale to actually taking of drugs by a high percentage of students. His colleague also informed me that female undergraduates frequent a popular red light district with strip bars in Lagos making between N5,000 and N50,000 per night depending on the status of the bar and the clientele involved. Based on their analysis of the condition on our campuses, I cast my mind back to an incident I witnessed involving a female undergraduate with a colleague during an official assignment some years back. I was awakened early in the morning by scuffle outside my hotel door and I had to come out. There I found this “lady” of no more than 23 years holding my colleague by his trousers; I was a bit embarrassed because I never expected to see the guy in question in such a compromising situation. It turned out that he picked her off the street the previous night promising her N10,000 for the night only to renege after the deed had been done. The “lady” did not take it lying low hence the scuffle. She looked outwardly polished and groomed prompting me to ask why she decided to do what she is doing. She opened up that as a 400 level undergraduate then, the allowance she gets from her parents cannot take care of her “needs” which was why she “supplements” it with “having fun”. There was therefore no need to try to counsel a woman who has already made up her mind on what to do with her life. So

what the student union officials shared readily came to mind, it was only the percentage that I had issues with. Percentage or not, why have we lost our moral compass that what used to be reprehensible is now taken for granted? Do we have to look for scapegoats in poverty, hard times, infrastructural decay, funding etc to massage our profligacy? It is instructive to note that in some homes, parents are aware that their children or wards have, or are imbibing lifestyles they know are being fuelled by questionable source of maintaining such lifestyles and no questions are asked, everyone simply looks the other way. The level of moral bankruptcy in Nigerian today, calls for sober reflection and urgent attention to nib the growing drift in the bud. It is often argued that moral uprightness is an important ingredient in building prosperous nations anywhere in the world. That is why nations take the issue of moral upbringing, especially among their youths, very serious. This is because the younger generations are often seen as the leaders of tomorrow. So, their mental and spiritual state of minds is of importance to our desire for development. The growing rate of campus profligacy in our campuses today should be a source of serious concern to well-meaning Nigerians. It is often said the ivory towers is the last stage in moulding the leaders of tomorrow preparatory for their engagement as thought leaders and policy makers of the future. So, if such towers are now saturated with the menaces of the worst form of moral degeneration, then the nation is in deep crisis. Campus prostitution is now a common “business” in campuses with the culprits no longer hiding their trades. There is no tertiary institution that is immune from this crisis. This is a bad omen for motherhood and academic excellence as we know it of old. Ironically, as the nation experience the growing rate of campus “runs”; it is not far from the visible decay in the leadership structures. That means there is direct correlation between moral uprightness of a society and the kind of leadership in that society. The Nigerian state and the leadership structures have been the major promoter of these illicit businesses in our campuses. Insights from the student union officials showed that these future mothers are often used to “ac-

Long road to accreditation design of the teaching hospital and admission of students when the hospital was not ready. Prof Gyoh noted that he passed through medical school without accreditation problem, saying what happened would make the students to be sensitive to their environment. He “assured them that the hospital had full accreditation” promising that he and other staff

were not going to make money from them by selling lecture notes or forcing them to buy books. The Dean of Preclinical, Prof Simeon Adebisi, read out the timetable to students, urging them to return to classes now that the collective struggle is over. At the time of filing this report, students were seen tidying up their rooms and getting ready for lectures which have since begun.

10TH CAMPUSLIFE WORKSHOP/4TH AWARD CEREMONY TOMORROW THE second phase of the bi-annual workshop for our correspondents across campuses is here again. It starts tomorrow. The programme, which is the 10 th in the series, also featured the 4th Award Night, where some of the student writers will be rewarded for their contributions to the pages in the last 12 months. Since inception in 2008, these sessions have been jointly sponsored by the Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Plc. These firms take up the entire bill, from transportation, accommodation for the three days and feeding. We remain indebted to them. The venue for the workshop and award ceremony is highbrow Lekki part of Lagos. To make things easier for the invited correspondents, especially those who are coming in from outside Lagos, arrangements have been made for them to gather at the corporate headquarters of The Nation, where vehicles will be waiting to convey them to Lekki. In the invite sent across to the correspondents, details about take-off time were stated. Punctuality is of the essence. The guest speaker at the award is Dr Aus-

tin Tam-George, from the Institute of Communications and Corporate Studies. He will be speaking on the theme: The role of media in national rebirth. At the workshop, Editor of The Guardian newspaper, Mr Martins Oloja, will take the students on The campus journalist and national rebirth. Students being expected are: Gotodok Lengshak, TV College, Jos; Uche Anichebe, UNIZIK; Stanley Uchegbu, UNICAL; Ayodeji Adesina, NYSC Onitsha; Taiwo Isola, UNIMAID; Philips Ogbaje, MAUTECH; Francis Egwuatu, FUTO; Princewill Jacob, PTI Effurum; Victor Nwokedi, FUTO; Awwal Mijinyawa, ABU Zaria, Olivia Abenmire Ushie, KSU Ayingba; Geraldine Okolie, Oko Poly; Michael Adebayo, UNILORIN; Isaac Mensah, UNICAL; Wilberforce Arevore, OAU; Habeeb Whyte, UNILORIN; Tunmise Oladipo, NYSC Ibadan; Chinenye Igwe, FUTO; Tolulope Ogunleye, LASPOTECH; Muhammad Kamaludeen Abubakar, NSUK; Idris Abubakar, NYSC Kaduna; Oluwafemi Ogunjobi, OAU; Adebisi Adeniji, UI; Muibat Salam, MAPOLY, Damilola Olayemi, Redeemer’s University; Sikiru Akinola, OAU; Gilbert

Alasa, UNIBEN; Mark Orgu, YABATECH; Hannah Ojo, OAU; Philip Okorodudu, DELSU; Anzaa Msonter, BSU; Esther Mark, UNIJOS; Ngozi Emmanuel, NYSC Ilorin; Nnamdi Johnpaul, TV College, Jos; Daniel Lawrence, EBSU; Onyinye Nkwocha, NYSC Calabar; Tunji Awe, EKSU; Emeka Attah, UNIZIK; Dele Oge, UNN; David Ishaya Osu, FUT MINNA; Gerald Nwokocha, NYSC Abuja; Chidiebere Umeorizu, COE Pankshin; Chisom Ojukwu, FUTO; Yinka Olatunbosun, IBBU Lapai; Emmanuel Shebbs, UNICAL; Nurudeen Yusuf, LASU; Faith Olaniran, FUT MINNA; Mohammed Alabi Abdulkarim, NYSC; Zeenat Dije Ibrahim, NYSC Abuja; and Emeka Ugwu, EBSU. Those who have not confirmed can still do so by re-opening their email boxes. Remember, representation is not allowed. I look forward to seeing you all, as l wish each of you journey mercies. -Wale Ajetunmobi, Co-ordinator, CAMPUSLIFE

company” a visiting guest whenever there is social event in town or whenever one is needed. Such events include political conventions, party meeting, and social jamborees. The major clients of these so called campus big girls are often top government or business officials. It is therefore little wonder that the business is receiving enough patronage because of its attendant material gratification as exhibited by the general show of material status by some students in campuses. Previously, such “businesses” were done covertly. This was due to the fact that the value system of the Nigerian state and the moral consciousness of the ivory tower were on a high alert against such menaces gradually destroying our society today. It has been argued in some quarters that the rise in campus social vices is a direct result of the growing rate of poverty and hopelessness in the country occasioned by failure of leadership over the years. This general hopelessness and despair, the argument goes, is what fuels such lifestyles. As far as I’m concerned such argument holds no water. Why would a young lady whose father earns less than N100,000 monthly be wearing a Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian or Indian “human hair” which cost between N80,000 and N300,000? Would her spotting such hair make her more intelligent or beautiful? This is not the case because they are being sold a lie, and as usual, they always fall for it. I know ladies who come from very poor backgrounds who held their heads high, maintain their moral rectitude and today they are influential members of the society, poverty of no poverty; it depends largely on the families and individuals involved. So what we are grappling with now is purely the product of new lifestyles of unbridled ostentation and materialism which will lead us nowhere as it is becoming glaring everyday with the hue and cry from Nigerians. Is there a way out of this mess that we’ve found ourselves? There is a way, as far as I’m concerned and that way is for us to revisit the family institution; that is where everything falls and rises on. The Bible that I believe in made it poignantly clear that if you train a child in the way he should go when he is young, he’ll not depart from such route when he is old. It has been tested for centuries and it has never failed and it will never fail. This is our starting point.

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HAT prompted you to join politics? Active participation in politics has never crossed my mind due to the time-honoured slogan that ‘politics is a dirty game’. When I came into the university, I noticed our congress meetings were dominated by verbal fights and the entire struggle was punctuated with the usual Nigerian problem of socio-tribal and religious divide coupled with inactivity. From then, I made up my mind to join politics and show others that politics is, indeed, not dirty. What were the challenges you encountered when you contested to lead Taraba State students? It was the usual challenges encountered even in the larger society: students kept inquiring whether I belong to this or that religion; whether I hailed from the northern or southern part of Taraba and the usual tribal angle. In fact, some were of the view that a 200-Level student, as I then was, should not be allowed to lead them. But by God’s grace, I am a southern Taraba Muslim. Naturally, my tribal brothers from the south found it very difficult to reject me. In a similar vein, I also won the sympathy of students from the northern part of the state. So, I came to bridge the ethno-religious divide within TASSU politics. How would you describe your

relationship with other members of the executive? I had a cooperating people in the executive. We all had a mindset that we were on revival mission to redeem the image of what was known as TASSU. So far we have made appreciable progress. I did see dedication, accountability, betrayal and laziness during our days and I learned from those things. What achievement did you record during your tenure? We were able to organise orientation programme for students. Needless to say, this was not achieved in the last three years. We also organised unity trips at the end of each semester to take interested students to Jalingo. We were also able to create unity through congress meetings and disseminating necessary information to members such as, bursary news and other scholarship among other things we did. Would you advise students to join campus politics? Let me be a bit philosophical. My answer is yes and no. I said ‘yes’ because if students shy away from campus politics, who will take their place? So the advice is for the students who can strike a balance between their academic workload and extra-curricular activities. I will say ‘no’ because campus politics is not for those not properly grounded in their academics. Students who hold their lecture notes without reading but venture into student politics will definitely be committing academic suicide.



CAMPUS LIFE Law students from the institutions in the Southeast tested their strength during a moot trial organised by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the NNAMDI AZIKIWE University (UNIZIK), Awka. UCHE ANICHEBE (500-Level Law) writes.

•justice Obiora presenting trophy to the winners


AW students from universities in the Southeast converged at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, last week, for the maiden inter-university Moot Trial Competition in honour of Chief Beluolisa Nwofor (SAN). The contest was organised by the Attorney-General of the Students’ Union of the university, Chukwujindu Onwuzuligbo. The final of the competition was held in the auditorium. The participating institutions included the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, and the host university. The competition was divided into the preliminary and final phases. At the preliminary stage, the contending schools were paired to argue their cases. While UNN argued against IMSU, UNIZIK was paired with EBSU.

•Some of the participants in the contest

Battle of baby lawyers The moot court proceedings at the preliminary stage were presided over by Justice Ijeabalum Onwamagbu of Anambra State judiciary. At the end of the first stage, students of EBSU and IMSU proceeded to the final stage, which began with a courtesy visit by the participants to the office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Joseph Ahaneko. The traditional leader of the Nise community in Anambra State, His Royal Highness Igwe Iloh, who was also present during the visit hailed Chukwujindu for his “giant strides”. He congratulated the students for participating in the competition, while advising them to be diligent and focus in their academic endeavours. After the courtesies, the students pro-

ceeded to the auditorium for the final stage of the competition, which was based on a criminal matter. The session was presided over by Justice Peter Obiora, of the High Court. After long hours arguments from the both sides, the counsels made their closing addresses and awaited the judgment of the court. At the end, the judge ruled that EBSU did not only win the arguments and presentations but it also won the competition. Obiora stated: “In every competition, a winner must emerge. The counsels for both sides have been in their best performance, so much so that one would even mistake them as barristers of the conventional courts.” He pointed out their strengths and

weaknesses and commended the school authority for supporting the contest. Chief Nwofor (SAN) lauded the organisers and participating schools. In his words, “it is not really the trophy that matters, but the learning. The winning teams emerged because they effectively played their roles in the temple of justice. This event has enabled the participating students to unveil the Lord Denning in them. I commend them heartily.” The participating schools were presented of Awards of Excellence and certificates to the participating schools. Prince Ndiokwere, a student of IMSU, was adjudged the Best Counsel in the trial. According to him, “the competition was a won-

derful experience for me but there is always a winner.” Francis Aloh, EBSU lead counsel, said the host school was excellent in terms of hospitality. CAMPUSLIFE also spoke with participants from the host school. Innocent Akpuchukwu, 500-Level, said: “I congratulate our colleagues from Ebonyi State University and all the participants in the contest. With this gesture of Chief Nwofor, he has expressed the passion he has for excellence and human development.’ Chief Nwofor, the sponsor of the event, is a respected jurist and author of several legal works. He was conferred with Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in the year 2005. He also received several national and international awards. In 2007, he was conferred with Development of Nigeria Merit Award (Law and Legal Services Category).

Governor of Ekiti State Dr Kayode Fayemi surprised students when he joined them to commemorate the International Students’ Day. OLANREWAJU AWE (200-Level Political Science, Ekiti State University) writes.

Fayemi dances Azonto with students


HEY didn't expect him to be there, but when word got out that he was coming, students trooped out to receive Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi. There was excitement as they filed into Lady Jobowu Hall in the Government House of Ekiti State. “This is going to be a remarkable day for me because I have never had the opportunity to engage a governor in an interactive session,” said Adejoke Kalejaiye, 300-Level Business Administration student of Ekiti State University (EKSU). In no time, the governor arrived. This sent the crowd into a frenzy. Every student wanted to catch a glimpse of the governor, who arrived with officials of the Ministry of Education. Welcome to the celebration of the International Students’ Day. It was organised by Adeolu Oyebode, an activist and 2010 graduate of EKSU. The event was preceded by a press conference at the NUJ Correspondents’ Chapel by members of the Ekiti State chapter of the Joint Campus Committee. The students addressed the state of education in the country. They canvassed the creation of office of Special Assistant to Governor Fayemi on Students Affairs. The anniversary started in 1939

when Nazi security forces stormed the University of Prague after students demonstrated against the killing of Jan Opletal and a worker, Vaclav Sedacek, who revolted against the occupation of Czechoslovakia during the Second World War. Nine student leaders and over 1,200 of their colleagues were massacred in a concentration camp. The day means a lot to student activists in Nigeria. In Ekiti State, student leaders across higher institutions joined the rest of the world in celebrating the day. The theme of the event was Creating a sustainable partnership between the students and government to enhance participatory governance. Fayemi had dinner with the students. The participating schools included EKSU, Afe Babalola University, AdoEkiti (ABUAD), Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti (ADO POLY), Federal University of Oye (FUOYE), College of Education, Ikere, School of Nursing and Midwifery and College of health Technology, Ijero Ekiti. In the governor’s entourage were the Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Hon Olabode Folorunso; Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Eniola Ajayi; Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs K. Aderiye, and the EKSU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oladipo Aina. Stressing that education remains the

•Dr Fayemi (in fez cap) dancing Azonto with the students at the function

•Some of the students’ leaders with the governor

shortest route to poverty eradication, Fayemi said his administration was committed to providing functional education through the introduction of skill acquisition in schools. He said idle youths posed a serious threat to the society, adding that this was why he initiated the Volunteer

Programme and Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurial Scheme. Folorunso gave the vote of thanks before the governor stepped out to dance with the students. Fayemi surprised many when he performed the step Azonto song. He was joined by the his cabinet member present at the

programme. Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE after the event, a student from ABUAD said Fayemi showed a rare gesture by joining students of the state to commemorate the students’ day. He said people in position of leaders should emulate the governor for his simplicity.




•Prof Gana (middle) with another guest and the officiating pastor at the convention


OR five days, Christian Corps members converged at the Redemption Camp in Keffi, Nassarawa State for the annual convention of Nigeria Christian Corpers’ Fellowship (NCCF). The programme tagged I come soon caused heavy vehicular movements in Keffi as the Corps members, who came from all the states of the federation, started trooping into the capital city. President Goodluck Jonathan, during the opening ceremony, told the faithful not to be disturbed by the present security challenge in the nation, assuring them there would be turnaround. The president was represented by

•The Corps members in prayer session

Jonathan, Gana task Corps members on development From Ayodeji Adesina KEFFI

the chaplain of the Aso Rock Chapel, Reverend Albert. He said the government appreciated the services rendered by Corps members in ensuring developments in their places of primary assignments. He said the impact of the Corps members could be over emphasised in the nation and in leadership, saying the former President Olusegun Obasanjo gave his life to God on the

platform created by the serving youth, who had paid regular ministerial visits to Yola prison during the former president’s incarceration in the prison. The former Information Minister, Prof Jerry Gana, who chaired the ceremony, counseled the youths to lay good examples for the coming generation by rendering selfless service devoid of hypocrisy, tribalism and hatred. He, however, prayed for divine protection and torch on all corps mem-

bers in Nigeria and tasked them to remain patriotic in their duties to the nation and humanity. Other clergymen that also ministered during the four-day programme included Bro Gbile Akanni, Peace House Gboko, Pastor James Abiona and Pastor Sam Oye among others. The programme also featured entrepreneur development, health and marriage counseling. In his speech, the NCCF national president, Stephen

Kogi varsity resumes session


HE Kogi State University (KSU), Anyibga, has finally resumed a new session after postponement of its resumption date. Students returned to the campus on Monday for academic activities. The management released a statement directing the returning

Odekunle, told participants: “It is very important that a believer know that there is more to life than clothes, cars and houses. Our attention must be focused on the kingdom of God.” A Corps member from Ebonyi, Esiri Uwejeyan, described the event as lifetransforming. Victory Jumbo, a Batch “A” Corps member, also expressed satisfaction about the programme of the convention. From Olivia Abenmire-Ushie KSU

students to commence the online registration immediately. Freshers are expected to pay their acceptance fees before they register for courses. In a related development, the varsity has released the selected students for its pre-degree programme. In a statement, the management said all applicants could log to the university’s portal for their admission status. Late registration for the pre-degree programme would not be accepted, the statement said.

Geophysicist delivers 24th inaugural lecture


•Aishat with colleagues at the orphanage home

Corps member marks birthday with orphans


BATCH “B’ Corps member, Miss Aishat Abdulkadir, serving in Awka South Local Government, Anambra State, marked her 26th birthday with orphans in the Ministry of Women Affairs in the state. The ceremony was held last Sunday. Aishat visited the orphanage home in company of her colleagues at about 12 noon. The kids were cheerful as they received them. Aisha told CAMPUSLIFE: “We must all show the orphans our kind heart with a view to make them not to think about their predicament because of not being with their biological parents. I have deep concern

From Ayodeji Adesina NYSC ONITSHA

for the abandoned and the neglected in the society. I believe as we are reaching out to communities through our services as Corps members, we should also reach out to this special class of people. They are part of the society and we must treat them as one.” The Ahmadu Bello University graduate of Geography said she hoped to build an orphanage home in the future, saying: “we have to put in our best to make lives worth living for the orphans. “ On the reasons why she marked her birthday with the motherless

children, Aishat said: “I have passion for children and I love attending to the abandoned children. Anytime I see children, I just want to be around them.” She also counselled parents to educate their daughters on the importance and honour of motherhood and the benefits of caring for their offspring. She said if a girl-child was properly mentored, she would not get unwanted pregnancy or be tempted to abandon her baby. Aishat cut cake with children and donated domestic materials to the orphans. In appreciation, the children sang and pray for long life for the celebrator. Earlier, Aishat visited hospitals to pray for the sick.

PROFESSOR of Geophysics, Emmanuel Udensi, has delivered the 24th inaugural lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT Minna), Niger State. After a procession of the principal officers, which included lecturers, Registrar, Chief Librarian, Bursar, Deans and Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the ViceChancellor and Chairman of lecture, Prof M.S. Audu, declared the lecture opened. He congratulated the inaugural lecturer for attaining such great feat in his career. The lecture’s venue, First Bank Agricultural Hall, Gidan Kwano campus, was filled to the brim. Prof Udensi spoke on Subduing the earth with exploration Geophysics: My Contribution. He explained that ‘‘most of the wealth of the earth is found inside the earth and thus Exploration Geophysics has been a strong tool in the betterment of hu-

From David Osu FUT MINNA

man life.” He said since Exploration Geophysics could be utilised to exploit natural resources particularly groundwater to improve human living, deliberate efforts must be made by government to fund the technology, which he said to be expensive. Expressing his gratitude, Prof Udensi thanked the Almighty God for “attaining the highest rank’’ in his chosen profession. Giving the closing remarks, chairman of Seminar and Colloquium Committee, Prof Z.D. Osunde, appreciated the management for the support. Being the first inaugural lecture under her leadership since she assumed the position, she reiterated her commitment to ensure success of future lectures.



CAMPUS LIFE Dept loses student From Michael Adebayo UNILORIN

•The late Zainab •Prof Omole(seventh from right) with OAU staff after unveiling the board last week


HE Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Prof Bamitale Omole, has unveiled a giant billboard that displayed the map of the university and the location of every building and route on the campus. Erected at the main entrance of the university, the large billboard is visible enough to direct a firsttime visitor to locate his way on the campus. Prof. Omole praised the staff of Advanced Space Technology Appli-

VC unveils OAU map From Sikiru Akinola OAU

cation Laboratory, OAU, under the supervision of the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Abuja, for donating the location guide, which he said was the first of its kind since the establishment of the university 50 years ago. Presenting the location guide to

the VC, the co-ordinator of the technology, Mr Ezekiel Eguaroje, appreciated the management for providing a conducive environment for the staff, stressing that the cordial relationship between OAU and the body would continue. Prof Omole stated that management would continue to provide the needed leadership for the university community in order to maximise the potentials of all staff and students.

•Biogas Digester built by students of the institution after the workshop

Students trained on Biogas Digester


S part of capacity building and to deliver trained personnel in public health, the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON) in conjunction with the department of Public Health, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), organised a threeday workshop on design and construction of Biogas Digester. The experiment was supervised by the head of Public Health department, Prof Amadi Nkwa. Students of Environmental Health Technology in undergraduate and post-graduate level, lecturers and participants from Colleges of Health Technology across the Southeast and Southsouth regions of the

From Mohammed Sani FUTO

country were trained on methods to manufacture a functional for Biogas Digester. Biogas Digester is a technology that digests organic waste products like cow dung, pig waste, effluent, garbage, human faeces, saw dust, rice mill, crops residue, dairy etc. This is possible in the absence of oxygen to produce methane gas. The gas is used as fuel in cooking and also for various industrial applications. The technology reduces deforestration and improves sanitation by linking toilets with biogas plant. The trainer was Prof M.C. Sridhar, who was assisted by Mr Hameed

Taiwo, Dr Gbolade Ogunwade, Prof Amadi Nkwa and Mr A. Ashak. After the training, Celestine Onah, 500-Level Environmental Health, said: “The training on Biogas technology construction and installation is timely. It comes at a time streams of waste in our cities have reached epidemic proportion, but the technology will utilise wastes and produces a gas that is useful in our life”. Bello Jibril, 500-Level student, said the training was to increase the knowledge of students in the technology. He added: “Though methane is dangerous in causing global warming, nevertheless, tapping it for utilisation will certainly reduce its effect on the ozone layer.”


EARS flowed uncontrollably at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) when 300-Level students of Computer Science heard one of their classmates, Zainab Towolawi, was dead. The news hit the campus on a Monday morning when students were preparing for lectures.

Zainab, who was known among her colleagues as Zeelahwee, participated in a game of chess held during the West African University Games (WAUG) at the University of Ilorin. Zainab, 19, could not resume the present session because she was in hospital for an undisclosed ailment she had been battling with for over three months. She finally gave up the ghost last week. Her course mates, who were already prepared for lectures, cancelled the classes immediately. They also called off lectures the following day. Students moved round the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences in black shirts to mourn their late colleagues. A classmate, Omodolapo Yakub, said: “Life is a journey and the world is the path we have to pass through. We were all born and definitely we shall all end our journey one day. Towolawi Zainab concluded her journey just like that, so also everyone will one day. We all love her but God needs her now. Zeelahwee, you shall live forever in our hearts.”

Students benefit from Okorocha’s scholarship


MO State Governor Rochas Okorocha has delivered his major campaign promise to the people of the state by issuing cheques of N100,000 each to undergraduates of Imo State University (IMSU), who are indigenes of the state. Those who also benefitted from the gesture were students of Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo who received N80,000 each and the students of College of Heath Science and Technology, Amaigbo, who received N60,000 as scholarship. In a speech at the ceremony tagged Investment for the future and held at the Hero’s Square, Owerri, Governor Okorocha said the event was a great moment of his life. He said there was no legacy that is greater than the provision of free education to the people, adding that with such legacy, the children of the poor could acquire formal education to develop the society. Okorocha said that of all the projects embarked upon by his administration, none endeared to him as the free education given to over 19,000 students of Imo State origin. He added that his administration achieved the feat through sacrifice and commitment to service, adding that he forfeited N4 billion security vote just to ensure that the free education programme succeeded. He charged the students to be of good behaviour and ensure that the “candle of free education for Imo indigenes, which has been rekindled is kept burning beyond this generation.” Earlier, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof Adaobi Obasi

•Gov. Okorocha From Jennifer Ngerem IMSU

,said the ongoing revolution in the education sector in the state included the building of 12 classroom blocks in each of the 305 wards in the state, building of the Young Scientists’ College, the Owerri City School, College of Advanced Professional Studies (ICAPS), increasing the subvention given to Imo State University from N57 million to N152 million among others. The high point of the occasion was the presentation of cheques to hundreds of retirees from the state’s civil service for their gratuities and the presentation of four buses and a hilux van to the government by Diamond Bank Plc.



CAMPUS LIFE The Apostolic Faith Campus Fellowship has held a music concert for students of the Delta State University (DELSU). PHILIP OKORODUDU (500-Level Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering) writes.


USIC is said to be a food for the soul. This popular saying played out when the youth wing of The Apostolic Faith Campus Fellowship held a special music concert at the Theatre Arts Studio, Abraka Campus of the Delta State University (DELSU). It was time for spiritual refreshment targeted at winning souls for Christ through music, “having realised that many people now find it difficult to sit down and listen to the word of God for just 30 minutes but are willing to listen to good gospel music that touches the soul with a variety of musical instruments for as long as possible,” one of the organisers said. Echos of “amen” rented the air as the orchestra played gospel songs. Students clapped excitedly after each rendition. Various musical instruments, such as the violin, viola, trombone, trumpet, baritone, flute, clarinet and keyboard were played by the choristers with skill, a feat that made participating students wonder how the choristers combined academic work with music without stress. The students were not alone at the musical fiesta. Lecturers and staff, including Dr. Atinuke Idamoyibo of the Music Department, Dr F.C. Ugbe, Geology Department, Dr E.A. Atakpo, Director of Information and Communication Technology, and Dr Jeremond Ekelemu of the Department of Fisheries attended the event. Also, there were presidents of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) and Joint Christian Campus Fellowship (JCCF), ThankGod Nuwhele and Stanley Efe respectively. Dr Ekelemu gave an exhortation at the service.

Some of the songs played by the choir included You are my all in all by Dennis Jernigan, Abraka must be saved by Paul Akazue, I’m winging my way by J.B Coats, and a special violin solo of Ijoba Orun by Lara George among others. The special violin solo was sung by Emmanuel Ichipi, 400-Level Chemical Engineering. Elated ThankGod, who just graduated from Philosophy, told CAMPUSLIFE after the event that the concert was interesting and spiritually motivating to the soul. He added: “This kind of event should be organised annually with good publicity to bring in the students because they will love this.” Sandra Akhayere, 200-Level Business Education, said the concert was uplifting and inspiring. He said I’m winging my way rededicated her spirit to God. The president of campus fellowship, Zebulum Orogun, 400-Level Geology, attributed the success of the event to God, adding that the support of the pastor of the mother church of the fellowship, Rev. Funsho Shobowale, made the choristers to put in more effort towards the realisation of the concert. “Glory be to God for the success of the maiden edition of the fellowship’s musical concert. It was a test of the awesome power of faith in the word of God. We cannot forget the exhortation “I can do all things through Christ that strengtheneth: Philippians 4:13-19 of the District Overseer, Reverend Funsho Shobowale, which serves as an impetus from the inception of the concept through its actualisation,” Zebulum said. He thanked the guests and students who graced the event.

Winning souls through music •One of the choristers, Emmanuel, playing the violin during the concert

•Cross-section of members of the choir

NANS marks International Students’ Day •Condoles Saraki family


HE Kwara State axis of the Joint Campus Committee of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has held a rally and public lecture to mark this year’s International Students’ Day. The lecture was the maiden edition in the state. The day was first marked in 1941 in London by the International Students Council. Since then, the tradition has been sustained by International Union of Students. The public lecture took place at the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) secretariat in Ilorin and had in attendance various speakers who spoke on diverse national issues. One of the guest lecturers and the Dean, Students’ Affairs, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Prof Olubunmi Omotesho, spoke on The role of higher education in national development. Omotesho, who was represented by Mr Alex Akanmu, disagreed

•Students during the rally in Ilorin From Hameed Muritala UNILORIN

with the popular belief that the standard of education in Nigeria was falling. He said education had improved and expanded over the years. “The only difference between Nigeria’s education of yesteryears and that of today is the expansion we are experiencing in

terms of students’ population, manpower and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Standard of Nigeria higher education is better, what we need to do is to increase and improve on our capacity to accommodate the expansion and challenges we are facing,” the DSA noted. While urging the public to stop

condemning the education system in Nigeria, Omotesho advocated for the adoption of indigenous languages in teaching at various levels of education in the country. He said: “Our education system will be better off if our local languages are celebrated and adopted in teaching students at schools, we

should not rely wholly on foreign language.” The don disclosed that Nigeria’s education system, which many condemned, had produced great personalities, who had contributed to national development. In his speech, General Manager of Kwara State Broadcasting Commission, Alhaji Abdullateef Adedeji, advised the students to shun social vices and behaviours that could tarnish the image of the country. He maintained that the youths had a crucial role to play in nation building, while challenging them to show commitment and always engage in positive and productive activities that could bring about national development. Adedeji, however, charged the government to formulate policies that would engage the youths in nation building, thereby securing a better future for the country. Other personalities, who spoke at the event, included the chairman of Kwara State chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Barrister Rafiu Balogun, Kwara State commander of National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Segun Oke, founder of MAD Positive Initiative, Miss Naomi Ikhureigbe, and founder of Youth Rescue Foundation (YRF), Mrs. Bimpe Adeniyi. After the public lecture, the students walked to the family house of the Sarakis to commiserate with the former governor of the state, Senator Bukola Saraki, over the death of his father, Dr Olusola Saraki. They were addressed by the senator and Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed and other top government officials of the state.




Obama: Lessons for young Africans


ISTORY was made in the United States on November 4, 2008 when 47-year-old Barrack Obama was elected president of the most powerful nation on earth. The election of Obama, a black American of African descent, from Kogelo in Kenya, as the first black president in the US will for a long time be a subject of discussion in all nooks and crannies of the world. No one ever expected that a black man could attain such position of prominence. It was the belief of everyone that it would be a herculean task, if not an impossible one, for a black man to be elected president in a country widely known for its racist inclination. However, Obama’s re-election on November 7 has no doubt swept the ancient prejudice against black people and inferiority complex into the junkyard of history. The Obama’s victory has, no doubt, bro-

By Taiwo Isola

ken all the myths that have surrounded white supremacy in America. Nelson Mandela recalled how the blacks had been marginalised, treated as second class citizens, denied of their rights and never given fair justice. He said: “A law was also formulated to teach African children that they are inferior to their white counterparts.” When on the night of November 4, 2008, the election of Obama was announced to the world, television camera caught Reverend Jesse Jackson and other people shedding tears of joy. Jesse Jackson cried because he remembered quite well the history of how black people had been treated in America which has made the entire black race in other countries of the world looked down on themselves and believed there was

no inherent good in them to display to the world. The Obama re-election was no doubt a sweet assurance that the long fight for the freedom and dignity of the Black race has been effectively fought and won. However, it is not enough for us to learn just historical dates and events, it is imperative that we learn from history itself. History has proved that we can equally achieve outstanding feats as done by the Europeans. We do not have to continually depend on them for survival, instead we can maximise our potentials and surpass what they have done. We can unleash the treasures in us to design amazing inventions. We can now start taking responsibilities for our greatness because if a black man could be the number one citizen in the United States, and by inference of the world, then we can attain any height we set out to

reach. We cannot continually place blame on what some people did or did not do. Rather we’ve got to take up the challenge like Obama did and create the future we desire. Obama could have dwelt in self pity and inferiority complex and concluded: “I am not good in anything because my brain is black and no black man has ever been allowed near the White House!” His feat would have been a self-fulfilling prophecy, but he took up his seeming disadvantage and wrote his name in the granite of history. Nelson Mandela gave this speech on September 21, 1953 before his imprisonment: “Teach the children that Africans are not an iota inferior to Europeans.” The Obama victory has clearly shown every African youth that the world will pave a path for a man who knows his identity and destination. To that young African

youth, would you rather say ‘yes we can’? Taiwo, 200-Level Human Anatomy, UNIMAID

Keeping pace with changing times in varsity


VERY serious-minded student in any Nigerian university spends more money conducting researches for his or her assignments than what he or she spends on feeding daily. The costs even become higher when such researches are done under the billings of business cyber cafes, which range from N100 to N150 per hour. Interestingly, research and its attendant cost is a necessary burden which every student must bear in order to keep afloat academically. However, it becomes the challenge of university administrators who are sensitive to the plight of students and who understand the demands of 21st century teaching and learning, to make the burden lighter for their students. It is against this backdrop that the management of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Bartho Okolo, established a robust Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure through collaborations with ICT companies like MTN Nigeria, Cisco system, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft Corporation,

By Inya Agha

Waivon Networks Ltd, HITACHI and Xirrus incorporated to boost internet facilities needed for research activities, teaching and learning, and administration in the university. With reliable internet services in place, the university management offered to students a subsidised average internet fee of N33 per day for 24 hours internet access as opposed to over N150 per hour charged by cyber cafes. The decision to introduce the fee was collective, involving all stakeholders of the university including students’ leaders. The stakeholders prevailed on the management to liberalise the internet services following its restriction and near shutdown in the last academic session. The Students’ Union, in particular, led a delegation to the ViceChancellor to make a case for the service and agreed to a minimal token for it. However, some disgruntled elements, who are averse to progress, have taken advantage of the token fee to incite some ignorant students

who took laws into their hands and protested against the token charge in Enugu Campus of the UNN on the October 8, 2012. Expectedly, many people have wondered the rationale behind the misguided protest. Some parents have even called to condemn the action and questioned if it were cheaper for students to keep patronising business centres which charge up to N150 per hour than to pay the N33 (N12,000 for one year) for 24 hours internet services offered by the university. It is regrettable that in this digital age, where graduates who are ICTcompliant are preferred among their peers in the globally competitive labour market, some students of the UNN would rather choose to spend their money on frivolities than support the university’s effort to enhance their competence. Unarguably, the internet fee is nothing compared to the money students spend daily on to visit acquaintances. Unlike many universities in the country, which only provide internet services for management offices and establish a cyber café where students

are fleeced by per hour billing, the UNN chooses to decentralise its internet services because it understands the place of the internet in research and knowledge creation. Driven by the need to produce well rounded graduates that will continue to find their feet in the globally competitive labour market, the university has started the installation of electronic smart boards in classrooms to interface with teaching and learning. When completed, the internet-ready boards will, among other things, offer students an online direct real time experience from industries across the world. In the face of this, one will be forced to ask: in whose interest are these projects embarked upon; the university management or the students? It is worthy to mention that for the past two years, students of the university have been enjoying free internet services within the university community. It is a common sight to behold students surfing the internet with their laptops in different corners of the university. Many of them use the free internet services to conduct their researches in a re-

Numerals: More than just numbers

By Feyisara Ibitoye


UMBERS have been around for ages. They are as old as human civilisation. This is as a result of their importance to us and how our lives revolve around them. Numbers are mathematical objects used to count, label and measure. They are also used to represent amount or quantity of things. As humans, we have grown to be dependent on numbers. Numbers have always found a connection point right from the birth of a child,

even before such a child is conscious of his existence. In other words, time connects from cradle by virtue of the fact that the time of birth of virtually every child is conventionally taken, and the weight of the child and all other numerical details are specially recorded. At a certain age, there is a formal introduction to numbers in school and the child becomes conscious of it, its principles and applications. The knowledge of numbers serves as a veritable guide throughout our lifetime. The physical quantity and time have their foundations built and grounded on numbers. For time to make sense to us, numbers are needed, but numbers have not always been around. The history of numbers is traceable to the 7th century (626A.D) India. They were then called Hindu Numerals and originally contained nine numbers. The system of numbers was later adopted by Persian (Arab) Muslim scientists who revised and developed the Indian version of numbers into Arabic format. One of the scientists who spearheaded this development was Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn Musa AlKhwarizmi (780-850A.D).He was a mathematician, astronomer and geographer. After a long study of the Hindu numerals, Al-Khwarizmi created the

Arab numerals by observing the shape and number of angles formed by each of the Hindu Numerals and modified them to suite the Arabic context. Al-Khwarizmi‘s intellect also birthed the number Zero (meaning no angle), which is the major difference between the Arabic and the Hindu numerals. As a result of its practicality and simplicity, the Arab numerals were adopted in Europe and are now used worldwide. The maxim “power in numbers” cannot be attributed to population or multitude alone but also to numbers as they are. As the saying goes: “Stay important and stay in power” implies, numbers have, through their value, accrued power; the power of judgment and governance over human affairs. It is in numbers that the president presents annual budgets to the National Assembly. Embedded in these budgets is the fate of the masses but the question is: do they really perform their functionalities? Do they really deliver and set in motion the action that will convey the people to the proverbial promise land? It is in numbers that the outcomes of elections are determined, whether the people’s choice emerges as expected or not, or whether elections are marred with irregularities or not.

The game of football is won, lost or drawn not by the dribbles or accurate passes, tackles or skills exhibited by the players but by the number of goals scored in the game. It is in numbers that computer programs run computers in this computer age. The internet is a virtual realm built with multitudes of codes and numbers. It is in numbers that students’ academic performances are assessed. Whether students will progress in their academic pursuits or wait for another whole year is a matter of numbers. The all-desired “A” and the fearsome “F” is the undoing of numbers. In essence, the practicalities of AlKhwarizmi’s Hindu-Arabic numerals cannot be overemphasised and the list of their uses is infinite. Numbers are a blessing to mankind. Imagine our world without them; a world in disarray, a world of commotion where nothing is quantifiable. As humans, we should be more observant and appreciative of numerals for they are important to us. A deeper view of numbers would lead to better understanding and development of the universe we live in. Numerals are not just numbers and should not be treated unjustly and with levity. Feyisara, 200-Level Physics and Electronics, AAUA

laxed mood, while others spend their leisure time building and reinforcing their relationships with friends on social media. The gains of such useful engagements tell on the students who are now better informed than ever and more research oriented than before. The management is charging the token fee for the sustainability and maintenance of the internet infrastructure. This gesture will not only moderate the cost of research for the students but also boost the university’s aspiration to be at the forefront of research and knowledge creation in Africa and also keeps pace with changing times in the environment of learning. Students should not allow themselves to be deceived, those opposing the internet fee should think twice, let them calculate the amount they spend in business centres, they will surely understand that the management is trying to make their burden lighter. A word is enough for the wise. Inya is post-graduate student of Mass Comm., UNN

Fellowship gets ambassadors From Ayodeji Adesina NYSC ONITSHA

IT was a night of glitz and glamour as new ambassadors were elected for the Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship (NCCF), Anambra State chapter. A total of 10 males contested for the Mr NCCF’s slot but Gbenga Ezra, a Batch “B” set, defeated other contestants with 13 points. Miss Pricilla Adaha was elected to be Miss NCCF after defeating other candidates with 17 points. Priscilla graduated from Linguistic department in Nassarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), while Gbenga studied Fishery Agriculture from the University of Benin (UNIBEN). The two winners showed excellent skills and runaway dexterity, which won them the confidence of the voters. The president of the chapter, Tunji Ojuola, advised the winners be good ambassadors of the fellowship. He added that the new positions came with responsibilities, urging the ambassadors to strive for excellence. The General-Secretary of the fellowship, Bro Ayodele Dina, in his remarks, encouraged the defeated candidates to work with the winners to ensure success of the tenure. The immediate past Miss NCCF, Blessing Yusuf, appreciated the fellowship members for their corporation and supports during her reign. She however promised to provide necessary assistance to the new ambassadors.




Management Institute honours VC


HE Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Prof Hayward Mafuyai has been honoured for his demonstration of “strong leadership qualities” towards the development of education in Nigeria. The Institute of Public Management (IPM) Nigeria gave him its Honorary Fellowship, which is the highest honour that the Institute can bestow on individual. According to the IPM, Prof Mafuyai deserved the honour because he had transformed the attitude of the university’s staff to work within one year in office, which, it said, was necessary to reposition the institution. After the conferment, an induction and investiture ceremony for new members of the Institute was held at the Institute of Medical Research Center Yaba, Lagos State. The VC identified public management as a crucial aspect of development of any organisation. He noted that there must be efficient management for any country to develop, especially one confronted with challenges such as security, economic and financial problems. Mafuyai, who was represented by the

•Prof Musa (left) receiving the plaque on behalf of Mafuyai From Amos Pam UNIJOS

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration), Prof Musa Ibrahim, identified the mismanagement of the country’s resources both human and natural as one cankerworm that has aggravated the difficulties faced by Nigerians. He emphasised that if resources were properly managed, the country would be better and called on public officers to re-

consider their duty and responsibility to manage the country’s resources properly so that all Nigerians would benefit. The VC commended the Institute, which within four years of its existence, achieved membership level of about 10,000. In his address, the chairman of council of the Institute, Pastor Matthias Awoyiokinor, who was represented by his vice, Reverend Michael Nwokolo, said the Institute was as a unique and well-articulated

organisation. The Registrar of the Institute, Gabriel Opene, said public management was a concept that had taken over public administration in developed countries, which people in Malaysia had imbibed. “That is why they are faring better than Nigeria and other African countries,” he said. He expressed optimism that the concept would bring the needed change in Nigeria to enable the country move forward.

On and Off Campus By Solomon Izekor 08061522600

•Some of the participants after the campaign

Groups rally for women, girl-child


GROUP, Beyond the Classroom Foundation, in conjunction with Association of International Economic and Commercial Sciences Students (AIESEC) and Female Empowerment Against Violence and Abuse (FEAVA) project, last Saturday, organised a campaign geared towards ending violence and abuse against women and girl-child. The rally, which was tagged Youths against violence and abuse, started at the University of Lagos (UNILAG). The procession moved round the surrounding streets of the institution before terminating at the take off point. The initiative was to commemorate the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which holds every November 25. Participants in the rally included professionals from various industries, representative of AIESEC Nigeria, officials of Dobbie

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Outreaches, Chamagne Foundation, Community Empowerment for Peace and Health, World Youth Alliance, and the press corps. As the walk progressed, residents of Bariga were sensitised on the dangers of abuse of the girl-child. The campaigners also counselled the residents on violence against the women with special attention given to residents, who confessed to being victims of abuse. The participants carried placards with inscriptions such as “No to gender-based violence”, “Protect her, please protect her”, “Say no to violence and abuse”. The co-ordinator of the project, Miss Raquel Jacobs, said he hoped men and the society in general would recognise how to care for the female gender, without abusing her physically and emotionally.




Oyo College teachers read riot act


NLESS the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, urgently intervenes in the crisis rocking the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education (EACOED), Oyo, the academic calendar may be disrupted, as lecturers are threatening a show down. The lecturers, under the umbrella of College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), are bitter about the inconducive working conditions and environments which include non-compliance with retirement age of 65, inadequate office accommodations and disrepair of roads linking the two campuses (Erelu, Lanlate) of the college. The union wants the governor to visit the main campus of the college to assess the situation himself. Addressing journalists, chairman, COEASU, Dr Olugbenga Ayena, said besides few chief lecturers, who were allocated personal offices, all others are lumped together in the few available offices. Ayena also said the roads linking Erelu and Lanlate to the college are in terrible state of disrepair, resulting in the death of some students and traders at Oroki junction of Erelu campus by a truck recently. “Since the governor came into power, he has not visited the institutions . Several meetings held with the Commissioner for Education have not yielded any dividends. We will not give any audience to the commissioner again, until the governor who is also the Visitor comes for personal visit in order to ascertain the situation of things,” he said. Another issue of contention is the retirement age of 65 for colleges of education and polytechnics as approved by the Federal Government, which he said the state government refused to implement.

Art exhibition today in Lagos By Ayoola Sarumi


HE Nigerian Undergraduates’’ Exhibition of Arts (NUXART) will hold the 10th edition of its

annual exhibition today. The exhibition tagged: Empowering Nigerian youths and showcasing Nigeria arts at the national stage, is part of activities lined up for the official opening of the Eko 12 National Sport Festival at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Participants are mostly Fine/Creative Arts students from over 80 tertiary institutions nationwide. According to a statement signed by the President, Nigeria Arts Group, Dr Patrick Okpah, “The initiative was borne out of the desire to impact and motivate the youths, especially undergraduate students, towards self sustenance and instilling in them entrepreneurial skills through the machinery of arts exhibitions.”

•Lament poor office accommodations, others From Bode Durojaiye, Oyo

He said, “We presented the Federal Government’s approval, and other evidences that in the whole of the Southwest, only Oyo is yet to implement it, but all to no avail. We have exhausted all peaceful avenues. Also we want the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) imposed on new workers as conditions for employment removed henceforth, because this is unfair and unjust policy.” The COEASU Chairman also demanded for autonomy for the Lanlate campus of the college, saying the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) did

not recognise the campus due to lack of autonomy. “Available information down shows that NCCE is planning to close the Lanlate campus to lack of autonomy. Anytime we hold meeting with the commission, staff from the campus were usually ordered out of the venue because the commission did not recognise a campus that lacks autonomy. The present situation where the Principal and Vice-Principals appointed to head the campus are tied to the apron string of the main campus in Oyo town is unacceptable.” However, Ayena praised the late Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, for contrib-

uting to the development of the college while he was governor. “Alhaji Lam Adesina relocated the College, while in power, from Egypt to the promised land, with strong financial backing. Ever since, succeeding governments in the state did not do anything to develop the college. Ninety per cent of the capital projects are provided by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETF). As we were trying to go and meet him to intervene, we heard that he was on sick bed, and we started praying and fasting for his quick recovery, but we were disturbed when news got to us that he had died Alhaji Adesina was indeed a selfless political leader.”

FUNAAB FILE Don to chair institution THE Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) has elected Prof Babatunde Adewumi as its National Chairman for the next two years. Adewumi is the Head, Agricultural Engineering Department, College of Engineering, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB). He was elected unopposed during the 33rd National Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the institution at Bauchi. Adewumi served as the National Vice-Chairman of the institution for two terms before being elected Chairman.

Alumni win presidential scholarship

•From left: Mrs Otti, Dr Otti, Dangote and Ribadu

Library better than aeroplane, says Ribadu


ORMER chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commissions (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu has criticised giving aeroplanes as gifts, saying it is better to endow libraries. He made this known at the unveiling of the Laz Otti Memorial Library donated to Babcock University by the Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Dr Alex Otti, in Memory of his late father, Pastor Lazarus Weze Otti on Sunday. Ribadu said he was happy to be associated with the project as he was at the foundation laying three years ago, praising the donor for the gesture. “You are giving back to the society from what God has given to you, not many people would do this. Think wisely and give back to the society. You will die and will not be buried with your aeroplanes,” he said as he counselled other influential people to give. The special guest of honour and President, Dangote Group Alhaji

By Medinat Kanabe

Aliko Dangote said until Nigerians start helping the needy, there will be no peace. He said Nigerians are not good at giving, forgetting that everyone came to this would with nothing and would go back with nothing. Promising to provide the library with the necessary furniture and fittings needed to complete the project, Dangote said a renowned scholar, Harold Hood said what a school thinks about its library is the measure of what it feels about education. After defining what a library is, the richest man in Africa said having a good library is taking a step in the acquisition of knowledge and knowledge is power. “Libraries are regarded as natural partners in local economic development efforts. The library is a place for an inquisitive person to learn, he can during his reading hours stumble on something that would change his life forever.” Speaking about the project, Dr Otti

said his family decided to remember their father who died 18 years ago with something for posterity. Said Dangote: “We remember him every year but today is different. This is the way he would have loved to be remembered because education was his passion, that is why when he didn’t have money to go to school, he struggled doing menial jobs to send himself to school and with his little education, he decided to teach before he was called to the ministry.” He hinted that the construction cost much less than the university’s estimate because it was done using direct labour. “We bought the materials and we called the labourers ourselves.” In his remarks, the Babcock ViceChancellor, Prof Kayode Makinde said the gift was in recognition of what the giver had received from God. “Rather than forget, they have chosen to give so that the world can see they are grateful to God for what he did for their father,” he said.

TWO graduates of FUNAAB are among the winners of the Presidential Special Scholarship for Innovation and Development (PRESSID). They are Adewale Adetomi and Hammed Olanrewaju, both of the Department of Electrical/ Electronics Engineering, College of Engineering (COLENG). A release signed by the Head of the department, Prof Samuel Wara said the scholarship would enable the recipients to pursue Masters and Doctorate degrees, with effect from the 2012/2013 academic session. Adetomi is a Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering at FUNAAB while Olanrewaju Hammed is working with a private company. They graduated in 2010.

‘e-UTME will check malpractice’ THE new President of the FUNAAB Students’ Union (FUNAABSU), Mr Tope Adesipo has praised the introduction of electronic Unified Tertiary Matriculation (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), saying it will curb malpractices of any kind. He appealed to stakeholders in the education sector, especially the government, to help upgrade JAMS’s internet facilities of the JAMB to guard against network problems. Speaking on his plans for his tenure, Adesipo said he will focus on introducing innovations that will help students in various ways, assuring those that elected him of transparency and accountability in the union’s dealings.

Elizade varsity names VC


UTHORITIES of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin , Ondo State, have approved the appointment of Prof. Valentine Ayobore Aletor as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor. A statement signed by the Registrar of the university, Omololu Adegbenro, noted that the appointment takes effect from December 1. The Professor of Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition since 1995 is a product of the University of Ibadan (UI). Until his appointment, Aletor was the Director, Centre for Research and Development (CERAD) and the Lead Researcher, Centre of Excellence in Food Security at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). The don has been on the Na-

tional Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Panel since 1989 and was among the team that conducted the maiden institutional accreditation exercise of the Elizade University in 2011. Aletor led a team of researchers at FUTA to win the maiden NUC Research Grants award in Agriculture and another multi-disciplinary team of researchers that won $7m grants from the World Bank to assist FUTA emerge as the Centre of Excellence in food security. He facilitated another $60,000 grant to train 13 M.Tech. and Ph.D students under the World Bank Innovators of Tomorrow(IOT) scheme. Prof. Aletor is married to Dr Oluwatoyin Aletor, a Senior Lecturer in Food Chemistry, FUTA, and they are blessed with three children.

•From left: Dr Wesley Okei of the University of Lagos; Mr Segun Fayose,MultiChoice Nigeria; Mrs.Aderonke Bello,Managing Director,Innovative Literacy Services Limited and Prof Foloorunsho Falade of the University of Lagos at the final judging exercise of the 2012 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards held in Lagos.



EDUCATION ACE FILE College reopens rain semester ADEYEMI College of Education, Ondo has resumed academic activities for the 2011/2012 Rain Semester. The Division of Student Affairs, in a statement, appealed to all students to embrace peace to enable them complete the session in due course. The circular, signed by the Dean Student Affairs, Mr. N.O. Olarinoye, said the college has mobilised successful graduates of the 2010/2011 for the batch C of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. He noted that this feat was achieved through the cooperation of college stakeholders, adding that it could be repeated for the 2011/2012 graduates under peaceful atmosphere.

Ondo committee donates materials THE Ondo Development Committee has donated sports materials to Adeyemi College of Education (ACE)Demonstration Secondary School, Ondo. The donation was presented to the school at the Oba Adesanoye Civic Centre in appreciation for the excellent performance of one of the students in the Ekinmogun Day 2011 Essay Competition. Miss Daso Olubusayo had emerged third place at the 24th edition of the competition.

Ojerinde, Tinubu, bag awards THE Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB) Prof Dibu Ojerinde and wife of the former Lagos State Governor, Senator Oluremi Tinubu are among distinguished members of the ACE Alumni that received the award of excellence from the association. The association, at its 2012 National Reunion held at the Olusegun Obasanjo auditorium, also honoured the Provost of the College, Prof Adeyemi Idowu; Managing Director, Macmillan Nig. Plc, Dr. Sanya Adelekan; Provost, Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Dr. Modupe Ogunkoya; Dean, Faculty of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Prof Remi Ogundari, and Chief Executive Officer, Ayomidele Ventures, Mr Ayomidele Henry Oyeniyi; among others. The reunion lecture titled: The role of the alumni in peace and conflict resolution in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions was delivered by Prof Remi Ogundari.

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Registrars of colleges of education urged on performance


EGISTRARS of about 120 public and private colleges of education in Nigeria under the auspices of Conference of Registers of Collges of Education in Nigeria (CORECON) converged at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Otto/ Ijanikin, Lagos State last week. They were urged to“return to your various duty posts with a renewed mind to move your administrative acumen up to the next level.” This was the charge handed down by the host registrar, Mr Bola Disu. Disu, a lawyer, told his colleagues to wake up to the dictates and realities of modern administrative techniques in the world. Delivering a paper with the theme: Judicial overthrow of the disciplinary powers of tertiary institutions under the Nigerian Laws: ADR to the rescue? Disu said: “I do hope that all of us here, tertiary institution managers and administrators, have the special privilege to lead administration at one level or the other would properly see our appointments as a call to service. “I hope we will see our different offices as a special call from God, a sacred trust from humanity, from our country and from education to contribute to the development of our country, our people through the agency of the registries of our different colleges. “For us as leaders in tertiary in-

•Members of the Committee of Provosts of Colleges of Education in Nigeria after their 66th meeting at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/Ijanikin, Lagos... on Tuesday. By Adegunle Olugbamila

stitutions, we should banish the temptation to use our offices as our own territories, empires, or provinces, where we do whatever we like. Our offices should not be a platform for personal aggrandisement, ego massaging or self enrichment. We should creatively share resources, knowledge, experiences,

databases, confidences and the likes among our different institutions. We do not have to re-invent the wheel; we should learn from one another, individually and as organisations so as to enrich our conduct and nourish our institutions.” He charged the delegates to strive at all times to equip and improve themselves professionally, emotionally, technically, and spiritually to enable them assume the enviable positions of leadership, role models and dependable administrators. In his address, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof Mohammed Junaid who spoke through a representative, Dr Abdulkareem Yunusa, outlined the expansion of teacher education

programmes in Nigeria in which he catalogued his commission’s efforts to improve on the quality of teacher education. Earlier, the National President of the association, Mr Muhammad Musa who praised the host institution, described the conference as a “platform for members to recharge their administrative batteries, exchange ideas, compare notes, and seek ways to improve individual productivity in line with 21-century demands.” The weeklong conference with the theme: New paradigm in the funding of tertiary education in Nigeria also attracted a presentation from the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Etisalat counsels pupils

T •Representative of the Director-General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Mathew Adegbola (right), displaying the certificate and plaque presented to his bos,s Mr Ajibade Peters as he was conferred a Fellow of the Certified Board of Administrators of Nigeria (CBAN) at the institute’s annual fellowship Award at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. The award was presented by the Chairman of the occasion, Rev. Magnus Atilade.

WELVE-YEAR- old Nwagwu Chukwu Emeka, a pupil of Ireti Junior Grammar School,

emerged the winner in a debate between his school’s Senior Grammar School; Girls Senior Grammar School, and Falomo Senior High School, all in Ikoyi. The young Emeka stood shoulder to shoulder with his seniors where he spoke in support of the motion: Parents have more responsibilities to play over student than their teachers. The event was a career/counselling programme organised for public school pupils by communication

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giant, Etisalat Nigeria. It was held at the Icubator Hall Lekki, Lagos last Thursday. The event showcased an array of speakers who threw light on how to make the right choice of career. The programme was hosted by Etisalat and Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network (LEARN). Other schools in attendance include: Aunty Ayo High School, Ireti Senior Grammar School, Falamo Senior High School, Girls Senior Grammar School, Irate Junior Grammar School, and Falamo Junior High School.




Corona students urged to strive for excellence


IERY motivational speaker and author... Toyosi Akerele, was the cynosure of all eyes at the annual prize giving Day of Corona Secondary School, Agbara, Lagos. Though she was the second guest speaker to step onto the podium, her inspirational message earned her endless applause from the pupils and their parents. Toyosi said, if a lady like her who grew up in a relatively poor background and attended public schools could brave the odds and still be successful, then pupils of CSS rated as an expensive school by every standard had no reason to fail. “Many of your contemporaries are better intellectually and could unleash their potentials if they had the privilege of attending a better school like CSS, but many among them are in public schools with an unquenchable passion of making it someday. So, if with the challenges less privileged children go through, they can still keep their dreams, then you whose parents have seen enough reason to enroll you here have no excuse to fail.” She recalled that many years back, determined students burned the midnight candle to study and excel. Knowledge acquisition, she added, is easier today because with just the punch of a button, anybody can

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explore the world through many online educative and social interactive sites. Toyosi said success lies in their ability to think out of the box, be change agents even at their young level, while not giving themselves to immoralities. “While I was struggling to survive as an undergraduate, I was told if a man slept with me he would give me N50,000, but I also encouraged myself that if I can use my head, I can make over one million. There is nothing in life that is impossible only if you have set up your mind to achieve it without taking shortcuts,” Toyosi said. She also told them their generation has a challenge to rebrand Nigeria, so they should purge themselves of the thoughts that they cannot make a difference even at their levels. In her opening address earlier, the Director, Corona Secondary Schools, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, pinpointed excellence, hardwork and passion for whoever wishes to suceed in life. “Appreciating excellence as hardwork, and hardwork as excellence, is the tonic for a dynamic and result-oriented students and

Lawmaker seeks curriculum review


ATIONAL Assembly (NASS) House Leader Mulikat Akande-Adeola has called for a five-year periodic review of school curriculum. She also advocated increase in funding and entrenching indigenous culture in the curriculum to prevent cultural decay. She spoke at the 2012 Festival of Arts organised by Funtaj International School in Abuja. Akande said: “Everything needs to be revised on a five-yearly basis in the curricula. As things are improving, we will begin to see what the children need to grow. If the curricula in schools, even in the universities have inclusions like skill acquisition, technical training, a lot of people won’t be looking for white collar jobs, people will begin to do things on their own.” She praised the school management for promoting indigenous culture apart. “It’s a big deal for our children. A lot of them don’t know how to speak their language again. So, when they perform like this, they begin to appreciate their culture. It is something some of them can take, live and build on.”

•Corona pupils entertaining guests with one of their numbers

passionate visionaries who wish to be accomplished in life,” she said. Adefisayo said parents’ trust is not misplaced as regards the academic and moral principles Corona is expected to inculcate in their children. She added that the school’s countless academic achievements have grown in leaps and bounds, adding that the school has recorded best results in the world, and in Cambridge IGCSE for the last two

not seen things work, and the way it should be, so they are only willing to tell you that it cannot be the way it should be but, you don’t have to believe them because they are just reflecting their disappointment and failure so that you can be like them.” The occasion also featured presentation of academic awards to outstanding pupils in various classes, as well as performances from Corona students.

Malpractices inflate exams cost

From Olugbenga Adanikin, Abuja

She said it is important to entrench local languages in the school curricula because some of the schools don’t consider it important. Principal of Funtaj School, Mr John Monger said that the festival of arts is significant to the school following observations that Nigeria’s cultural values are ebbing away. According to him, the reasons are that most students find it difficult to be identified with their true origin, and many cannot even speak their native languages; hence it is important for children to know their origin. Monger said: “It (event) is an opportunity where the students show their culture in different parts of the country which I think it’s mostly important for a country like Nigeria. “I come from a country where our culture has almost thinned out. The culture of England has disappeared over years. I say again to the people of Nigeria that their culture is very important and I think in events like this, the languages, and the dance keeps the country strong.”

consecutive years, and is still maintaining the impressive performances of their students. Mr Idowu Olofinmoyin, a lawyer and former headboy of CSS 2002 set, who spoke on the theme of the occasion: Limitless possibilities: Believe, behave and become, encouraged to develop good opinions that can distinguish them in the future and drive the country to the promise land. His words: “Because people have

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•Dr Uwadiae


XAMINING bodies are forced to spend a lot more conducting public examinations in the name of curbing malpractices, says Registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Dr Iyi Uwadiae. Addressing journalists after the 54th meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC), the highest decision-making organ of the Council on examination conduct in Nigeria, at the Excellence

Hotel, Ogba, Uwadiae said the Council is forced to institute measures to check leakages of question papers, and cheating in the hall, which increases the financial burden of conducting the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE). He said: “These measures that we have put in place are capital-intensive. They involve a lot of funds we should have used to do other things. We now spend more money to conduct examinations. Where we ought to send one person, we send five; where we ought to go once in two weeks, we go daily. In our days, WAEC used to drop questions in schools once in two weeks. The principal would just lock up the questions and no student would go there. But it is not so now.” However, he said improvement in teaching and learning in schools would reduce the incidence of examination malpractice and urged governments and school authorities to do their parts.

Ekiti e-school programme for technological competence


•The alumni members of Government College, Ibadan (‘62 Set, in blue T-shirts) accompanied by their wives posed for a photograph at the 2012 annual alumni association re-union held at the school premises in Ibadan.

“ What we should do first is to ensure there is effective teaching and learning taking place in schools,” he said. To curb examination malpractice in Nigeria, the WAEC Head of National Office (HNO) for Nigeria, Mr Charles Eguridu, said the Council has invested in some measures including introducing biometric registration, embossing photographs on certificates and some other security measures he could not disclose. “We have in the pipeline an amended version of the mobile phone usage during examinations. We are about to roll out new rules concerning biometric registration once the examination board accepts,” he said. In her address on behalf of the NEC Chairman Hajiya Fatima Abdulrahman, National President of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), said NEC considered malpractice cases against 101,398 candidates of the 1,695,872 that sat for the May/June 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

HE on-going distribution of laptop computers to pupils in Ekiti State public secondary schools under the Computer-perstudent initiative of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration has been described as a step aimed at enhancing students’ technological competence. The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Eniola Ajayi said this in Ado Ekiti at a students forum organised for students from public and private secondary schools in the state. The event, which featured quiz competition, career/motivational talks, mentoring session and film show, was attended by representatives of the schools, teachers and officials of the teaching service commission and the Ministry of Education. Other highlights of the event in-

clude the presentation of cash gifts to 24 pupils who emerged winners in the Challengers series organised for schools in the 16 local government areas in the state. Dr Ajayi said the initiative will keep the students abreast of technological trends and compete favourably with their colleagues across the globe. She added that the importance of the initiative cannot be overemphasized even as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as well as the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) prepares for electronic examinations in 2013 and 2015 respectively. The height of the forum tagged: The future starts now was an interactive session where students made suggestions on what they would want government to do for their schools.





Coping with horrid hostel facilities HE photographs of hostels taken by the Committee on Needs Assessment of Nigerian Public Universities that toured 61 of the 74 federal and stateKofoworola owned universities were quite revealing if not upsetting to view. They provided graphic tails of what obtains in the 08054503077 (SMS only) average on-campus halls of residence provided by many institutions. The hostels are ugly, overcrowded, and unhygienic because of poor sanitation and unsightly toilet facilities. I have been to the hostel accommodation of at least one of the universities pictured in the report and I know that the situation is that bad. Back then, apart from the accommodation used by the medical students in their clinical years, the other halls of residence were poor. A room that would have been fairly convenient for four students is usually allocated to eight or 10. With the additional squatters, the number of students in the room may increase to as many as 15. Those students unable to get wardrobe spaces made lockers and clothes hangers, which they nailed to the wall next to their bunk beds such that if they had to sit, especially on the top bunk, they almost always had to bend their heads. In those same rooms, students brought in fridges, and used electric or kerosene stoves to cook. Looking back, it is distressing to imagine how they coped with the situation. With many students unable to afford more expensive off-campus accommodation available in some university towns, they settle for the relatively cheaper halls of residence - and a life of inconvenience, filth and health hazards. Answering the call of nature is a nightmare for many of them daily. When I had to use one in that particular hostel more than a decade ago, I nearly passed out. I could not breathe and hurried out before I was done. There were no kitchens so students did their plate washing on the balcony and disposed the waste water and leftovers indiscriminately into the courtyard. If you were passing at a time somebody was in the 'kitchen', you were in danger of getting drenched with smelly, peppery liquid. It was not uncommon for students who could not stand the dirty bathrooms to bath in the open early in the morning. Even if they had wanted to, the bathrooms were grossly inadequate for the number of users so it was easier to bath outside. I found it quite sad that after so much time, little has changed with the hostel facilities in that school. In its report, the committee noted that the state of the hostels were enough to make the students lose confidence in themselves. Students deserve better but it will take concerted effort on the part of management to improve the situation. The committee discovered that none of the universities accommodated up to 35 per cent of their students' population. This means that as these institutions admitted more students, they did not consider the provision of on-campus accommodation priority. On the contrary, universities in the UK use the availability of quality hostel accommodation to attract students. They even provide students with information about the various types of off-campus residences they can rent around the university. If we are to introduce best practices, Nigerian universities should consider moving in this direction. Already, I know some universities have started improving their hostel facilities and charging students more to stay there. However, there is need for authorities to drastically increase quality hostel accommodation on campus, which will attract students that seek better accommodation outside. More importantly, it will drive down the obnoxious cost of off-campus hostels. Some students pay between N100,000 to N400,000 for spaces off-campus, amounts that even some working class adults cannot afford. It is generally said that Nigerian students learn under duress. They have to struggle so hard to gain admission. After they do, registration is unduly tedious and securing good accommodation can be so stressful that without it, a student is unable to concentrate on his/ her studies. Those lucky to get accommodation even find it challenging to study because the environment is not conducive. Erratic power supply means they cannot read when they like; water scarcity means they have to wake up long before dawn to queue for water at the risk of going late to class. (Sometimes, they even do without a bath.) Is it now a wonder that Nigerian students excel when they travel abroad where every thing is so comfortable? Life does not have to be so hard. Let us make our students comfortable so they can excel.



•Rosemary (second left) and Tomi with dignitaries at the event

Quality essays surprise judges


ANY bemoan the negative reversal of fortunes in the Nigerian education sector. However, assessors of the 2nd Dickens Sanomi National Essay Writing competition for secondary schools were marvelled at the high quality of the 12 essays shortlisted for the top prizes. The beautifully written essays sowed doubts in the minds of the eight-man review panel and necessitated an oral interview session to determine whether the pupils truly authored the essays, the content of which the panelists thought demonstrated wisdom beyond their years. Junior school pupils wrote on: Role of Parents in Determining the Choice of Career for Children, while the senior pupils wrote on: Proper Career Choices Amongst our Youths and its Impact on the Nigerian Society. As the finalists presented themselves before the judges, one after the other at the Crystal Palace Hotel, Garki, Abuja a day before the awards ceremony, the assessors could only exchange surprised looks, excited that such qualities of young minds exist in the education system. The top three pupils rewarded in both categories were described as stars during the awards ceremony that was part of the fifth Annual Lifeline Public Lecture held at the Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Centre, Abuja. In the JSS category, Tomi Madurelemi of Regent School, Abuja, came first, winning N300,000 in scholarship while her school got N250,000 project grant. Tomi narrowly edged out Oluwabusola Bello of Hope Bay College, Agege, Lagos who placed second because there couldn’t be two winners. She

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was given N200,000 and her school, N150,000. In third place was Nkoyo Okon of Regina Pacis College, Abuja, winning N150,000 and N100,000 for her school. In the SSS category, Enifeoluwa Adewole of Kings International College, Ibadan, came first; Adeodu Oluwatobi of Word of Faith School, Abuja came second, while Rosemary Olele of Bloombreed School, Port Harcourt was third. They won between N400,000 and N150,000 in scholarships. Special Adviser to the President on Technical Matters Mr Nze Nwankpo was so impressed by the insight in the essays that he read portions of them to the audience. He said: “I found surprising insight in the contributions that have come out of the essays I was given to look at. One of them reads: ‘All careers are to be treated as equal as they really are, depending on the level of passion and flair for the career. This probably explains why the banking sector is full of so many engineers and pharmacists turned bankers overnight’. “The six essays are a brilliant protest that parents are crushing their dreams. One essay linked how forcing children into careers affects the economy ultimately. It is very impressive to see the type of creativity it awakens in the children.” Hogan Dickens Sanomi said the essay competition was part of programmes of the foundation as set up in memory of his father, the late Dickens Sanomi, who was an Assistant Inspector General of Police in his life time, because he loved writing and kept diaries from 1953 to his death in March 2011, which they read.

Also speaking about performance in the competition, Mrs Egogho Sanomi, daughter-in-law of the late policeman, said: “In reviewing the essays we were blown away by the sheer intellect in the writing. Usually we just review them but this year we invited the finalists for interview. We wanted to know our finalists and put faces to the essays.” Dr Nkem Momah, who runs Life Line as an NGO that provides emergency care for accident victims, partnered with the Dickens Sanomi Foundation in implementing the essay competition. He also attested to the inspiring quality of the essays. “We received 252 essays from 16 states within a period of over three months. We got 40 essays with potentials to win. They were marked and reduced to the 12 best. I was personally awestruck by some of the works I saw,” he said. Like she argued in her essay, which was one of those read by Nwankpo, Rosemary said in an interview that all professions should benefit from scholarships so that some programmes are not considered inferior. “Courses such as Medicine, engineering attract scholarships while others like Theatre Arts don’t attract scholarships. This is one of the reasons many Nigerian youths go in to courses they don’t want to do,” she said. Her mother, Mrs Peace Olele described Rosemary’s victory as a product of hard work and the grace of God. She counselled parents to help their pupils “My advice for other parents is that they should check their children’s work after school, try to find out where the children are not doing well instead of blaming the children and the school,” she said.

64 schools for reading festival


O fewer than 1,255 pupils from 64 secondary schools participated in this year’s edition of the global reading festival in Kwara State last Saturday. The event took place simultaneously in 17 countries across the globe, while 17 states in Nigeria participated. Speaking at the Gemstone global reading festival held in llorin, wife of the Kwara State Governor, Mrs. Omolewa Ahmed used the occasion to harp on the imperatives of improving literacy level, by instilling reading culture in students and raising peace ambassadors across the globe. She urged parents and other stakeholders to encourage reading culture in children and revealed that her Leah Charity foundation

From Adekunle Jimoh, Ilorin

will soon be establishing reading clubs across secondary schools in the state as part of its education programme. Initiator of the Gemstone Global Reading programme, Fela Durotoye, said youths would get a sense of positive direction through the initiative. Highlights of the reading festival was the reading of a book (17 Secrets of High Flying Students by Fela Durotoye) by Mrs. Ahmed and wife of the immediate past Governor of Kwara State, Toyin Saraki who was represented by the Director of Wellbeing Foundation, Mr Tayo Erogbogbo to the pupils. Dignitaries present at the event included members of Kwara State executive council, wives of politi-

cal office holders and permanent secretaries.

‘There were no kitchens so students did their plate washing on the balcony and disposed the waste water and leftovers indiscriminately into the courtyard. If you were passing at a time somebody was in the 'kitchen', you were in danger of getting drenched with smelly, peppery liquid’ •Mrs Ahmed


“I am talking to Papiss and trying to calm him, telling him that he’s still he same player and we are still very confident in him. It’s only been a small period if you compare it to, say, Torres’ period. But you would have to say it’s something we are going to have to keep an eye on because we don’t want it to end up like poor old Torres has ended up at times. He’s a great player, Papiss, and we want to get the best out of him.”

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Europa League could be axed U

EFA president Michel Platini is considering SCRAPPING the Europa League. The much-maligned tournament could be ditched in favour of an expanded Champions League. Many English managers have bemoaned European football’s secondbiggest club competition. Most have fielded weakened teams to keep their star players fit for their domestic weekend fixtures. With broadcast deals set to change in 2015, Platini plans to discuss any switch over the next two years. The Frenchman said: "There is an

Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew admitting Senegalese ace, Papiss Cisse's form is cause for concern, but was not as bad as Torres'.


Zico stands down as Iraq coach •Michel Platini


ongoing debate to determine what form the European competitions will take between 2015 and 2018. "We talk, and we will make a decision in 2014. There is nothing decided yet." The Europa League, which was known as the UEFA Cup, earns just a sixth of the Champions League’s £1.08billion annual revenue. But ditching it in favor of a 64-team Champions League would likely be opposed by European Club Association members. Platini has also blasted FIFA president Sepp Blatter for dismissing his idea of extra officials behind the goal-line as

being too expensive. UEFA are continuing with the five officials and Platini said the cost was minimal compared to goal-line technology. He added: "I'll give you some numbers. Mr Blatter said that five officials is expensive. "In our UEFA competitions, if you want to put in goal-line technology it costs us £25.8m in the first year and £43.6m over five years. Referees, it costs us £1.85m. "If you put in the goal-line, it is the gateway to video in football in general. I'm against it all."


RAZILIAN legend Zico has resigned as coach of the Iraqi national team blaming a dispute over his contract. Brazilian legend Zico has resigned as coach of the Iraqi national team blaming a dispute over his contract. "I would like to inform via this website that I have sent a communication to Fifa ... and to the Iraq Football Association declaring that I consider my contract to be void due to the IFA's failure to abide by its terms," he said on his internet website. "I will provide further

details shortly." The 59-year-old midfielder was put in charge of Iraq in the summer of last year and since then his side have played 21 games, with 10 wins and six draws. Home matches have been played in Doha for security reasons. The Iraqis are still in the running to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and are currently third in Group B of the Asia Zone final qualifiers with five points from five games, trailing second-placed Australia only on goal difference. The top two teams qualify directly for Brazil in 2014 while the thirdplace team goes into a playoff system. Prior to being coach of Iraq, Zico was in charge of several teams including Japan, Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow. The head coach position is currently vacant in Brazil, but Zico has always said he had no interest in that job as there was too much pressure involved.

'Cisse you're Police arrests Sunderland fan not as bad as Mourinho still an Torres'


ENEGALESE ace Cisse lit up the Premier League last season with 13 goals after joining Newcastle in January. But the striker has managed just one league goal in 11 this campaign — and that one came via a lucky deflection off his back. Toon boss Alan Pardew admits the form of the 27-year-old is a concern, but denies his goal troubles have reached the level of Spaniard Torres, who has scored just 19 goals in 88 games for Chelsea. Pards said: “I am talking to Papiss and trying to calm him, telling him that he’s still he same player and we are still very confident in him. “It’s only been a small period if you compare it to, say, Torres’ period. “But you would have to say it’s something we are going to have to keep an eye on because we don’t want it to end up like poor old Torres has ended up at times. “He’s a great player, Papiss, and we want to get the best out of him.” The Magpies are on a woeful run having lost their last three Premier League matches, including two at St James’ Park. Toon head to Stoke tonight for what is likely to be another tough test and Pardew admits his team are not a happy camp at the moment.




OLICE have made an arrest 24 hours after launching an investigation into an alleged racist gesture towards West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku at the Stadium of Light. Northumbria Police confirmed a 21-year old

man was in custody after being arrested on suspicion of racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment. He is being interviewed, pending possible charges, following an incident that cast a further shadow over football’s image in a season that has lurched from one controversy to another. After scoring his side’s third goal, in a 4-2 win over Sunderland on Saturday, on-loan Chelsea marksman Lukaku was photographed celebrating against a backdrop of a fan appearing to make a monkey gesture at him. It caused an immediate

outcry, with Northumbria Police swiftly beginning the task of identifying the fan and Sunderland making it clear they were ready to co-operate fully with the authorities’ investigation. Sunderland are understood to have been informed of the arrest and are waiting to hear whether charges will follow before commenting. They stressed after the incident, however, that they employ a policy of zero tolerance towards any instance of racist or anti-social behaviour and are ready to implement a ban, if anyone is found guilty of abusing Lukaku.


WBO adds unique title belt to Pacquiao v Marquez 4th

awarded to the winner between Pacquiao (04/02/54, 38 KOs) and THE winner of the anticipated Marquez (54 -6 to 1, 39 KOs) in match between Filipino Manny honour of their careers and Pacquiao and Juan Manuel especially for these last 10 years that Marquez, who meet for the fourth have excelled in the boxing world. time on Saturday, December 8 at the "We look forward with great MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be expectations to the extraordinary honored by the World Boxing design created by master craftsmen, (OMB) with a special belt and and Edward Majian Sahaghian collection of "Champion of the Ardash Strap Champion of the Decade", which is being produced Decade. It by Edward Ardash Sahaghian and will be a Sartonk Majian of Designs and will unique work be revealed shortly. of art. •Toure The historic belt, which was agreed upon an affirmative vote delivered by the Executive Committee of the OMB last month •Juan Marquez (R) against during the annual convention in Manny Pacquiao Hollywood, Florida, will be

Inter supporter


EAL Madrid boss Jose Mourinho remains one of Inter’s biggest fans. “I celebrate when they win and I suffer when they lose.” Mourinho spent two years at San Siro before quitting after leading the club to the Champions League, the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia in 2010. “Real offered me the bench for the third time,” he said in an interview with Portuguese TV station TVI. “My friends told me that

there would always be something missing if I had not gone to Madrid. “I left because if you win with Real Madrid then you make history. However, my heart remains Nerazzurro. “Nobody has given me the same sort of happiness that Inter have. I cried on more than one occasion when I left. My heart is in Milan, I have an everpresent nostalgia for Inter. “Inter are a family and I will always belong to that family. I celebrate when Inter win and I suffer when they lose.”

I'm used to playing with rookies — Ryan Giggs


YAN Giggs admits he has become accustomed to playing alongside Manchester United teammates who were not even born when he made his debut. The Welshman, who turns 39 on Thursday, is the only active Premier League player who featured in the opening matches of the competition more than 20 years ago. Veteran midfielder Giggs said: "I got used to the fact a long time ago that I am playing with someone who wasn't born when I made my debut and all these sort of things that come up. "So yeah, I have just got

used to it. It's something I have got to live with I suppose." In a question and answer session on the Premier League's official website to mark the milestone of 250million fans being passed, Giggs hailed Manchester United's encounters with Liverpool as his favourite matches and rates former Arsenal fullback Lee Dixon as his toughest opponent.






Deputy Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU examines the activities of state creation agitators in the Southwest geo-political zone, prospects and constraints of the exercise.

Southwest and politics of state creation U NLIKE other geo-political zones, agitation for state creation in the South west is not fierce. To the agitators, it is not a do-or-die affair. Their activities are limited to Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo and Lagos states. No new state is being agitated for in Ekiti State, which is still struggling to survive, 16 years after its creation. In Ondo State, some people are calling for the creation of Akoko State. Some people from the oil-rich south senatorial district are also lifting their voice in support for the creation of a separate state. But there is no evidence that they have forwarded any memorandum to the National Assembly. In Ogun State, Ijebu and Remo Divisions want a separate Ijebu State to be carved out of the Gateway State. In Oyo, Ibadan and Ibarapa districts are mobilising support for the birth of Ibadan State. In Lagos State, some political leaders from coastal areas are promoting the cause of Lagoon State. The leaders and people of IleIfe and parts of Ijesa are rooting for Oduduwa State. Their efforts, sources said, have the blessing of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade. The elite are coordinating the battle. Thus, observers perceive a hidden agenda. Although the agitators hinge their struggles on the need for easy administration and development, observers believe that the elite are clamouring for more access to power and state resources through state creation. Thus, they cannot rationalise the clamour with allegations of marginalisation, inequity and injustice in the Southwest. But they derive motivation from the fact that, if state creation will be possible, each of the six geo-political zones will benefit from the exercise. Therefore, they are leaving nothing to chance. When a state was first created out of the Southwest, it had a political undertone. The then Tafawa Balewa Government was not merely responding to the cries of the minority in the Bendel and Niger Delta areas who were later lumped together in the Midwest State. Political historians recall that the purpose also was to cut the wings of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and reduce the influence of his party, the Action Group (AG). Awo did not oppose state creation; in fact, he was irritated by the refusal of the Prime Minister to also carve out states from the expansive Northern Region. In 1967, when the Yakubu Gowon Administration created nine states, the West was clearly marginalised. The West only had Western State and Lagos State. The distribution was skewed to the advantage of the north. In 1976, when Murtala/Obasanjo created 19 states, the states in the west increased to five. In 1989, Osun State was carved out of Oyo State. In 1996, Ekiti State was created, making the states in the west to rise to six. Many Southwest leaders have refrained

• Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Adetona

from making inflammable remarks about state creation. Observers contend that they do not have confidence in the entire constitution amendment, which the Leader of Yoruba General Assembly, Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd) described as a charade. Neither have the leaders discouraged their colleagues who are backing traditional rulers and community leaders canvassing state creation. It is because the zone described by analysts as the most politically sophisticated and enlightened zone know that creation of state under a civilian regime is the most problematic and cumbersome process because of stipulated constitutional provisions.

Akoko State Akokoland is inhabited by an important Yoruba subgroup sharing borders with Kwara, Kogi and Ekiti State. But the area is a far-flung expanse, stretching from Owo border to Ekiti and Northcentral states. The people of Akoko are peace-loving. Agriculture is the main occupation. Commerce only seems to boom in their headquarter, IkareAkoko. If it is created, it will be another civil service state like Ekiti. Unlike Ondo South, it lacks oil and mineral resources that can be used to develop the state. But advocates of the state are of the view that there are worse settlements and communities in the north which enjoy state status and draw monthly allocations from the national treasury. However, the clamour is not properly coordinated. It does not enjoy the backing of the majority in Ondo State.

Ibadan State Leading the battle is the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oyo State, Oba Samuel Odulana, his chiefs and elected representatives from Ibadan/Ibarapa axis. Many believe that, by its sheer population, Ibadan is qualified to become a state. Thus, the monarch justified the demand for the creation of Ibadan State, stressing that the metropolis is qualified for the status by population and historical evidences. The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), which had submitted a memoranda to the national Assembly on the agitation, is more vociferous. The association pointed out that the

• Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Odulana

people of Ibadan have more claims than the promoters of Oduduwa and Ijebu states. CCII leader, Chief Adebayo Oyero, said the proposed Ibadan State would be viable because of the untapped potentials that would ultimately boost its internally-generated revenue. He said the population of Ibadan and Ibarapa districts, which are larger than many states in the country, have made the basis for the Ibadan State more compelling and convincing. He said Ibadan is the only regional capital that is yet to transform into a state. “We want to remind the distinguished senators that Ibadan is the political capital of the Yoruba, having been the capital of the defunct Western Region and Western State. Every honest community in the Southwest must concede to Ibadan the right of first choice. Ibadanland and Ibarapa have abundance of social, economic, administrative and political infrastructure to support and sustain a state. Others will be a distant second”, said Oyero in the memorandum. “The population of the three known requests from Oyo, Osun, and Ogun states, that is, Ibadan State, Oduduwa State and Ijebu State are 2,880,569; 1,265,491 and 1,250,435. If population is a criterion, the choice seems obvious. For other criteria of economic, social, administrative, landmass and political considerations, Ibadan State has a very wide edge”, he added. Oba Odulana, who was a member of House of Representatives and Parliamentary Secretary to former Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa in the First Republic, said Ibadan is the lone pre-independence administrative capital that is not enjoying the status of a state. The monarch, who had personally written to the Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker, to demand Ibadan State since 2008, pointed out that the two senators representing Oyo Central and Oyo South Districts are from Ibadan, adding that, out of 14 House of Representatives members, seven are also from Ibadan city. The monarch added: “Ibadan has 16 House of Assembly members out of 32 and 155 elected council chairmen and councillors. We earnestly hope that the National Assembly will set in motion the necessary legislative machinery that will make the creation of Ibadan State a reality.” Oyero, who shared this view, said: “The total popula-

‘The population of the proposed Ibadan State is more that eight states in Nigeria-Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Taraba and Yobe. Ibadan and Ibarapa had jointly submitted memoranda in 1989, 1991, 1996, 2003, and 2006 for the creation of the proposed state. I can tell you that Ibadan State will be more viable’

• Ooni of Ife, Oba Sijuwade

tion of the proposed state is 45.61 per cent of the present Oyo State.” He added: “The population of the proposed Ibadan State is more that eight states in Nigeria-Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Gombe, Kwara, Nasarawa, Taraba and Yobe. He said Ibadan and Ibarapa had jointly submitted memoranda in 1989, 1991, 1996, 2003, and 2006 for the creation of the proposed state. I can tell you that Ibadan State will be more viable. We will eliminate waste. In Oyo State, Ibadan is the livewire; 80 percent of the internally generated revenue comes from Ibadan and Ibarapa. Our plan is that in Ibadan State, we will not have a bloated staff. ICT will reduce personnel cost. Currently, in Ibadan, there are untapped potentials. I moved into my house in Ibadan 31 years ago and up till now, I have not paid tenement rate. Ibadan is a gold-mine untapped. “Physical development in Ibadan is haphazard today. No policy on planning. No political will till implement planning regulations. Up to now, Ibadan has no master plan. The current administration is trying with the establishment of the Ministry of Planning and urban Development. Ibadan State will lay greater emphasis on this. Ibadan can be a mega city.”

Ijebu State For more than 20 years, Ijebu have been clamouring for state creation. In a memorandum submitted to the government when he was chairman of Ijebu-Ode council, Chief Bisi Rodipe passionately argued that the state would be viable because of the resources available in the state and the sheer enterprise of the people. When Senate President David Mark visited Ijebu-Ode as guest of honour at the annual Ojude-Oba festival, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, told him that its creation is the priority of his people. Senator Mark reportedly backed the agitation, saying that it was in order. The geography of the state will not be a puzzle. Remo is joining forces with Ijebu and there is the understanding that Ijebu-Ode will be the capital. That means that, if the state is created, Yewa, Awori and Egba people will cohabit in Ogun State. It was a wide departure from Remo’s clamour for a distinct identity. When the colonial masters created Ijebu province, Remo people led by Oba Williams Adedoyin rejected the label of Ijebu, saying that he was the paramount ruler of Remo, while Awujale’s jurisdiction was limited to Ijebuland. The colonial masters did not see any difference between Ijebu and Remo because it appeared to them that both spoke the same dialect. But Oba Adedoyin fought his identity battle up to the Privy Council in London and the court verdict affirmed his claim to a separate identity. However, Shagamu, his administrative •Continued on page 44



POLITICS Safeguards will prevent state police abuse, says lawyer


LAWYER, Mr. Ajibola Basiru, has disagreed with opponents of state police who insist that it would be abused by the state government. He said constitutional safeguards will prevent abuse and sustain the security process. Basiru, who is Osun State Commissioner of Special Duties and Regional Integration agreed that state police or any form of state institution is prone to abuse at intellectual level. However, he said there are safeguards against abuse, urging the opponents of the idea to have confidence in the law and due process. Basiru, who spoke with reporters in Osogbo, Osun State capital, added: “Has the federal police not been use to abuse? Should it therefore, be abolished? There are facts to show that the federal police is prone to abuse. It was the federal police that was used to abduct a governor, Ngige, and nothing happened. It was the federal police that was used to terrorise our people in Osun State throughout the purported second

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term of Oyinlola. The legal practitioner further stated: “Every institution has the tendency to be abused. The panacea for abuse is the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. There is what is called Habeas Corpus in law all over the world, developed in England as early as 13th century. Then, there were cases of abuse in England. It was decided that the state should produce the person being detained and give reasons. The only solution to our security problem is state police. “Even now, some states still use the federal police to harass opposition. But the rule of law and judiciary will be the bulwark against any abuse. If you continue to post those who don’t understand the language and culture of the people to keep security, we will continue to have problem. How many federal countries have the type of security arrangement we have in Nigeria?”

Southwest and politics of state creation •Continued from page 43

headquarters suffered the tragedy of being rejected as the proposed capital of Ogun State as recommended by the Irikefe Panel. However, the Akarigbo, Oba Michael Sonariwo, and his chiefs believe that Remo is closer to Ijebu than Egba and Egbado.

Oduduwa State The promoters of Oduduwa State are the leaders and people of Ife and environs, including EdunAbon, Ifewara, Ifetedo, Modakeke, Ode-Omu, Apomu, Osu, parts of Ijesa and former Ife territories in the pre-colonial days. Ife had competed for the capital of Osun State with the steel rolling city, Osogbo, during the Ibrahim Babangida regime. It was believed that the creation of a council in Enu-Owa, IleIfe, the palace of Ooni, was part of efforts to pacify the great monarch, after Ife lost the capital to Ataoja’s territory. In 1996, the imaginary geography of the Oduduwa State covered some Ekiti/Ijesa towns of Efon, Okemesi, Imesi-Ile, and Esa-Oke. But the Ekiti towns of Efon and Okemesi reiterated their belief in the creation of Ekiti State. Sources said that these towns are not willing to be part of the proposed Oduduwa State.

Lagoon State Opinion is divided on the desirability of Lagoon State, which its proponents said should be carved out of Lagos State. Their first argument is that Lagos State, with a population of almost 180 million, is too large. The agitators are led by an eminent Lagosian from Ikorodu, Chief Babatunde Benson (SAN). In the reckoning of the exponents of Lagoon State, the coastal towns should be carved out to form the new state. Thus, the new state is expected to comprise Ijebu-speaking Epe, Ikorodu and Ibeju-Lekki; Lagos Island, Eti-Osa, Apapa, Ojo and Badagry, the tourist haven. If the prayer is answered, then, Lagos State will comprise Kosofe, Somolu, Agege, Ikeja and Alimoso. But it is doubtful if the agitation has the blessing of the state government. Asked to shed light on the position of the government, Information and Strategy Commissioner Lateef Ibirogba said that agitators for state creation were free to express themselves as citizens of Nigeria. He refrained from making further comment. Also, at the zonal public hearing on constitution review by the National Assembly held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) urged those demanding more states to ponder their viability and financial implications.

‘Internal strife, PDP’s worst enemy’


F there is one stakeholder that is troubled to the marrow by the internal crises that have for long remained a stubborn virus in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he is perhaps Chief Femi Alafe-Aluko, who has thrice attempted to govern Osun State on the party’s platform. “Internal wrangling has remained terrible bile in my party, even up to the national level; that is why we have not really done well in the last two elections in particular. But today, I thank God we are singing a different song,” said Alafe-Aluko who has been a key player in the party’s efforts urgent revival. Alafe-Aluko, who spoke with The Nation in Lagos did not share in the fear in some quarters that as the much-expected 2015 general elections are around the corner, the PDP may find it difficult to win any state in Southwest, owing to intra-crisis rocking it. “I firmly believe that PDP will reclaim the mandate that was giving to it in 2003. People have experienced the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and PDP administrations. After 2007 general elections, PDP was locked in the bottom and after that, they won a House of Representatives election in Oyo State. “I am very optimistic that we are bouncing back. Although, there is still much to be done, the way we choose our party’s candidates, but I am sure our current national executive is working hard to instil discipline in the party and I think we can go to the general elections as an indivisible party. If PDP could come second in the recent Ondo state gubernatorial election, with all the factions, imagine if the party was united, they would

• Alafe-Aluko By Dada Aladelokun, Assistant Editor

have given Mimiko a run for his money. We all know what the problem is and I am sure, our elders are doing so much to rectify it,” he said. Assessing Nigerian politics as it has been over the years, the politician expressed his view in relation to the welfare of ordinary Nigerians: “Things are improving and we will eventually get there. If you have been watching the American presidential debates, you would find out that the economy has been playing dominant role. The problem with Nigeria is not that we are not making money; I believe that the oil revenue is not properly managed. Nigeria was in the same economic situation with Asian Tigers in the early 60s, and now countries like Singapore, Malaysia and others have moved ahead. India and Pa-

kistan are now nuclear power countries. The per capita income of Singapore is one of the highest in the world. We used to be the giant of Africa and we can only be a giant through economic and military might. But nonetheless, the future is still bright. I think the current government is doing everything humanly possible to ensure that the welfare of the ordinary people is taken care of.” But there are both economic and political threats here and there across the country, how do we reconcile these? He was reminded. His reply: “To me, Boko Haram is number-one socio-economic problem with a bit of political undertones. But I am sure Mr. President will succeed. This country belongs to all of us and dialogue will solve it, not by bombing or killing. How many do you want to kill? How do you fight someone who wants to commit suicide, somebody who wants to die? But I believe they have sponsors. So, the option of dialogue is the best.” He also spoke about corruption that has over the years, remained a monster in the country: “Yes, we have all the institutions - the EFCC, ICPC and what have you. But I always ask: How many people have been successfully prosecuted? We have seen it recently in America where persons were not just being accused; the first thing they would do is to put them in jail, high-profile names.” “It is not when you jail someone who stole N1 million or N2 million and you give someone who stole N20 billion a national award, no! We should fight it headlong and it should start from the top. I believe Mr President is very determined to fight this corruption problem,” he added.

PRONACO chief seeks unity of organised labour, ACN


HE former Director of Security and Logistics, Pro-National Conference Organisation (PRONACO), Comrade Linus Okoroji has urged the organised labour and non-governmental organisations to join forces with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to defeat the ruling party in 2015. Okoroji who made the remark during his 62nd birthday at St. Matthew Catholic, Church, Lagos, explained that the organised labour, other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and ACN would unseat the ruling government if they harness their political strength.

• From right: President Goodluck Jonathan greeting South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) National Treasurer, Dr Mathew Phosa, and PDP National Chairman Bamanga Tukur after the President’s meeting with PHOTO: AKIN OLADOKUN them at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

By Musa Odoshimokhe

He said: “There is no doubt in my mind that the shortest and easier manner to achieve change in 2015 is for organised labour, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to collaborate with the ACN. In our considered opinion, the party remains the most vibrant, vocal and leading opposition party in Nigeria today.” The labour activist who suggested that such collaboration could be achieve through negotiation and strategic meetings, noted that if progressive forces took over the leadership of the country, all the hopes that were lost would be rekindled and the ordinary people would benefit for it massively. In his words: “There should be strategic meetings and negotiation between leadership of NGOs, labour and CSOs on the one hand and on the other hand, meetings and negotiations with the leadership of ACN with a view to channelling the strength of the party for the benefit of the people.” Okoroji, in his address entitled; ‘Towards a Working, Progressive, Development and People-Oriented Nigeria’, said there was the big issue of impunity and lack of rule of law everywhere. “It may not be wrong to state that we are still under the brutal rule of military dictatorship as espoused by the ruling party.” He maintained that the federal structure inherited at independence was lopsidedly arranged to meet colonial interests and had projected the narrow interest of some powerful few who were bent on retaining the status quo. He maintained that with another opportunity to tinker

• Okoroji with the constitution, the wrongs could be corrected. “Some regions since independence assumed the octopus status, they monopolised the political system and power. They made political changes unachievable; sometimes they are referred to as oligarchy or the caliphate nevertheless they have their surrogates all over.” According to him, efforts to stabilise the polity since independence have not received adequate attention because of misrule: “It is disturbing that all the political parties that at one time or the other, ruled the country since independence had been sponsored by the old establishment that failed to give room for progressive ideas. “Our most profound concern is the fact that this establishment and the political parties they promoted and sponsored lack progressive ideas, development tactics and people-oriented philosophy; this we must guard against now.”





Vegetables, others can be used to V manage diabetes

EGETABLES have been recommended for the treatment of diabetes. According to a traditional healer, Dr Lambo Adebisi, eating vegetables, seeds and nuts can help manage the condition. He said the disease can be treated naturally, especially with raw diet and by making some life changing decisions. Diabetics can also use natural herbs and remedies to survive diabetes, he added. “There are many remedies available today, it all depends on people’s body and genetics. No cure works 100 per cent for everyone. A raw diet is only the beginning. Diabetics should continue to


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eat healthy for the rest of their lives to ensure they can be free of the disease returning,” he said. Adebisi said there are herbal preparations which help to remove sugar from the body, thereby providing succor to the patients. He identified fig leaves as one of the best known therapies for treating diabetes, adding that it has other uses. “The fig leaf has antidiabetic properties. The diabetic needs less insulin when

on a treatment of using the fig leaf extract. The diabetic should take the extract with breakfast, first thing in the morning. An additional remedy is to boil the leaves and drink it as tea,” he said. “Black seed, also known as Nigella Sativa is a cure for many diseases. and considered to be a miraculous cure. It has been used for everything from acne to pancreatic cancers and doctors are raving about the results. “Another remedy for the treatment of diabetes is to take one half cup of the seeds

that have been heated and a half cup of water cress seeds (mustard seeds can be substituted) and a quarter of a cup of ground pomegranate peel.” Cinnamon, Adebisi said, has been reported as a good source for the treatment of diabetes in a study done in 2003 by Khan and Associates. “Sixty people were tested in the group and one-third of the group was given a placebo. The end results were very impressive and the overall health of the group was increased with glucose

down 18 per cent; LDL cholesterol and triglycerides also showed reduced levels. Everyone was excited and the word of using cinnamon spread,” he added. Grape seed extract, he said, is another notable therapy for diabetes. “This has been proven to improve the conditions associated with this disease. Grape seed performed greatly in studies conducted in 2006 in Toyama, Japan in 2009 in Romania and also in Portsmouth, United, Kingdom. “The Department of Health Sciences of the University of Jaen Research found that an oil rich diet may prevent diabetes,” Adebisi said.

Committee seeks govt support

GROUP devoted to developing herbal remedies, National Expert Committee (NEC) has called for the Federal Government’s support to realise its objective. At its monthly meeting held at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), the body urged the government to give it necessary recognition and support to turn the business of herbal remedy around. According to its Chairman, Prof Adebukunola AdefuleOsitelu, the group was established to promote herbal medicine by developing evidence-based herbs for the treatment of various ailments. She said country’s herbal medicine can compete favourably with other forms of remedies and support the health care delivery system if given needed support by the government. The don said herbal medicine is a big money business. Mrs Adefule-Ositelu urged herbal practitioners to come forward with their formulation and carry out clinical trials on them so that they can be documented. “It is when they bring their formulas

•From left: Provost, Federal College of Complementary and Alternative Medicine of Nigeria, Lagos, Dr Idowu Ogunkoya, Prof Adefule-Ositelu and Prof Akinadewo at the event. PHOTO: WALE ADEPOJU

out and evaluate their potency that they can begin the process of getting global recognition,” she added. She said clinical trials are important and details of herbs can be sent to local and international journals as evidence of their potency.

The practitioners, she said, should be involved in all steps of the way. Former Director-General, Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA), Prof Oluyemi Akinadewo, said the Federal Ministry of Health didn’t support the innovation of the body.


“The group is a body of scholars who want to move the practice forward,” he added. He said NEC intends to set up model herbal clinics in the country’s six geo-political zones, adding that it needs a space in each zone to do that. “It is at these clinics that the herbs can be used on the

patients,”he added. Akinadewo said the body has herbs that have been tried, tested and perfected. He said the body needs collaborators to move forward as it cannot handle the issue of developing the sector alone, adding that other stakeholders should join the committee to reposition the practice.

NGOs empower TBAs By Nneka Nwaner i


WO Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), the Brown Button Foundation and Yinka Mafe Foundation held a one day training for traditional birth attendants (TBA) in Shagamu town hall, Ogun State. They also distributed free medical kits. The NGOs offered free medical diagnosis and treatment to indigenes, which coincided with the launching of the new Lawata Health Centre, Shagamu. The TBAs were trained on how they can help the doctors who often have busy schedules. The Brown Button Foundation, led by its founder/ CEO, Adepeju Jaiyeoba, a professional lawyer, brought medical doctors, who took turns to sensitise the traditionalists, who listened with keen interest. Over 100 traditionalists graced the occasion. They were encouraged to pay interest to the teaching so as to avoid death resulting from over bleeding or infection. Thus, they were warned to wash their hands and avoid infections, as personal hygiene in the delivery environment is also essential for saving lives. The doctors encouraged the attendants to emphasise to pregnant women on the need to eat foods rich in iron so that they are fortified after bleeding associated with child birth. Labour should not delay beyond 11-12 hours before they are referred to a paediatrician or hospital. Also birth delivery kits were distributed. In it were white aprons, hand gloves and clothes to aid hygienic delivery. There was also a demonstration of how the kits are to be used.

Research institute to build capacity

HE Research Institute of Traditional and Alternative Medicine (RITAM) is training practitioners to be able to treat patients. According to its Chief Medical Director (CMD), Dr Johnson Idowu, this is to provide human resources at various levels of the national health care system. He said the institute has developed three categories of training curriculum for good manufacturing practice (GMP), professional and academic validation. “The GMP is in collaboration with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and

Control (NAFDAC), Lagos zone, while the second is a continuous professional development training for RITAM consultants regarding its associate/ fellowship membership. The third is a certificate programme,” he added. He said there are about 2,000 registered National Association of Natural Medicine Practitioners (NANTMP) members in the Southwest alone, adding that they can be prospective workers at the primary health care (PHC) system. The practitioners, Idowu said, are required to have proper training in traditional

and conventional medicine, saying the training will affect the quality, safety and efficacy of treatment. “It is after achieving these steps that we can beat our chest and say ‘no traditional medicine practice, no PHC’. This will also remove the stigma placed on our practice, that we are illitrates, by orthodox medicine practitioners,” he added. Idowu said practitioners need to have a two-year internship at teaching and general hospitals to be able to understand the core aspect of care. Idowu said the opportunity is also open to interested

retirees who want to be involved in health care delivery system. They will be able to have a career in the practice of modern traditional medicare within their immediate community, he added. He said conventional medical practitioner such as medical doctors, nurses and medical laboratory scientists, among others, can also receive the training. “Also, registered practitioners with the Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB) and NANTMP or other recognised bodies can register for the programme too,” he said.




Are witches behind ‘death attack’ during sleep? another doctor who used natural remedies in his protocol. The doctor put him on an energy analyzing machine which in a few minutes began to beep when the probe hit the mitral valve. The doctor gave Tradeau natural supplements which cured his mitral valve prolapse. Tradeau had had to travel to Mexico for this treatment because the American Medical Association forbade its use in the United States, one reason consciencious American doctors were learning for Canada and Mexico where medicine was more open-minded. Tradeau returned with joy to his American doctors, his story goes, to request a re-run of the old checks. They told him it would be a waste of their time and his money because the condition was irreversible and corrective surgery was risky. He insisted. And they agreed. To their amazement, Tradeau no longer had mitral valve prolapse. What went wrong? They stuck to their guns that the condition was irreversible naturally and came up with only one conclusion: they must have MISDIAGNOSED Tradeau’s heart problem. The annoyance of this experience challenged Tradeau to search for natural cures conventional medical hates to adopt, and this influenced the title of his book. He found that many people were dying from poisons they consume with food, especially microwaved food, and medicine, for the money, was offering them drugs and surgery, instead of nutritional and lifestyles changes. This is by the way.


OOD day! Were you troubled by witches or wizards in your sleep last night? I mean …did you feel as if you were choking or suffocating, unable to breathe for one second or more, feeling as though someone was pressing life out of you, but you survived only because, somehow, in the nick of time, against all the odds, you were able to move one arm or leg … or shout JESUS? Many people go through this experience once in a while or regularly, and wake up to mount a search for someone to hang for it. This is good business for the growing army of modern day Nigerian pastors. Spiritually speaking, Nigeria falls within the “abnormal zone” of the earth. In this zone, there is an overpopulation of phantoms and demons. This cannot be helped because, spiritually speaking, most inhabitants of the abnormal zone experience life at this level. Fear and superstition rule their mind, blur their spiritual eyes and vision. And the priests feast on it. Arguably, Nigeria has the world’s largest concentration of churches per square kilometre. But this has not cleansed the land of witches and wizards. So, in this fertile land of fear pastoral work is often not about teaching God’s Will in Creation, or about imparting the knowledge of Creation, which many priests lack, anyway. Pastoral work has descended into festering fears of witches and the enemy, and offering miracles and deliverance from an evil world which their clients partook in bring about and, under the law of Nature, must experience. Prosperity, not God’s Will, is the vision of the congregation. Pastors are richer than businessmen and thieving politicians. And God has become an errand boy who must rain fire and brimstone on enemies; provide jobs and promotions, husbands, wives and children, NOT the Creator whose Will must be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Is the church different today from the synagogue from where Jesus chased out money changers? Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean that witches do not exist, or that they do not do those things they are said to do. Witches are people who, one way or another, have recognised certain principles or laws in the working of Creation, and apply them negatively to the detriment of other people. At 24, I had my first Out of Body Experience (OBE) and, soon after, became “day conscious” once or twice in my dreams. An OBE means the real you, the spirit, steps out of its physical body, beholds that body and beholds himself or herself. Day consciousness in a dream means you know in that dream state that your physical body is somewhere and the real you, the human spirit, is somewhere else, and you can experience life in that somewhere else as you do during day-time consciousness. From this experience, you come to recognise that there is another life outside physical life, that the body you use in that other world maintains the physical body you left behind in your bed, and that any harm or injury to that non-physical body will, ultimately, manifest in the physical body. That is why people who are shot in their dreams may suffer pain or disease in the corresponding parts of their physical body. That is also why the Abikus or Ogbanjes bring back wound marks on their mutilated physical bodies. For the soul body picked the injury before it finally separated from the physical body laid aside in death. Thus, I perfectly understood the secretary of Mr Aloysius Obiyo, proprietor of UNIVALUED Global Ventures, when his sister died of “tummy ache” which the family ascribed to “Spiritual attack”. I heard a similar story last week in Shomolu from a church-daughter of my sister. Her 14 -year - old sister complained of “tummy ache” in the afternoon, and died in the evening. I was in high school in the 1970s when one of my uncles, Mr Jimi Oshidipe Isonyin, died in hospital after a “tummy” complaint. All of us were furious with the doctor. What kind of doctor was this who couldn’t manage a simple tummy ache?, many ignorant members of the extended family asked. There is a common string which runs through all three deaths, and perhaps more, which does not necessarily make them the outcome of “spiritual attacks”. They were all cases of burst appendix. The appendix is a small pouch at the tip of the ascending colon (big intestine). The location may be found if the middle finger of the right hand is placed on the navel and the thumb is projected outwards to the right. The health of the appendix depends on the health of the digestive system. When there is too much pressure in the intestines from constipation or gas, the pouch may be forced open and filled with fecal matter. This, of course, sets up infection, inflammation and pain often called “tummy aches” because the pain may radiate upwards to the abdominal region. In many people, the appendix has been grumbling for years. Doctors call the situation “grumbling appendix”. Doctors often have no solution but surgery. Mr Dotun Akintoye, my best man, was booked for surgery about 10 years ago. When I advised him of some herbs he could take to quieten the appendix and he complied, the need for surgery disappeared….till this day. When many people hear of surgery, fear overwhelms them, and they begin to think of who may be behind their travail. That is a characteristic of the “spiritual abnormal zone” where people do not see events as equations in which they are involved as principal characters, and solutions to problems lying in the withdrawal or termination of their own inputs into the equation.



HE same goes for near–death experience during sleep. For some years, I was a sufferer from these events known medically as “sleep apnea”. In that sleep state, I would know I was only a few moments away from physical death, and would appear to be unable to do anything about it unless I could move a hand or leg, or shout. Sometimes, help would come from my wife rolling over me, and

I would open my eyes to find myself breathing hungrily, hard and fast, as though I wanted to pack into my lungs and system, in the shortest possible time, all the air I had been deprived of for ages. Sometimes, it would be a sudden burst of wind slamming a door that would bring respite. It is always amazing how help always stood by when we are deep asleep, especially if before we went to bed we didn’t fail to beseech the Lord for His Protection. After such a prayer, I sometimes remember my grandmother, and never fail to remember my spiritual (not religions) upbringing since the 1970s. My grand mother forbade anyone to sleep on his or her back. She taught us grandchildren that witches were on the prowl at night, and could see all the internal organs of people who slept, Chest up. So, we learned to sleep, side down. Spiritual upbringing taught me about elemental or Nature beings. They are servants of the Almighty Creator who are the forces which produce what we call Nature. Baalam, as reported in the Old Testament of the Bible, saw them after his horse had sighted them in activity, but in error named them Angels. They are servants of the Most High who are meant to help us in all situations, even to protect our physical bodies during sleep, and our souls or ethereal bodies during OBEs. Most people have OBEs but do not know. A dream may be an OBE in which the dreamer may, or may not die day conscious on the other side. The spirit never tires or sleeps. When the physical body goes to recharge its batteries as it were during sleep, the soul or spirit “travels” out of that casing for guidance or experiences that should guide its future earthly conduct. Thus, the Pharaoh would dream of seven lean cows eating up seven fat cows, a dream slave boy Joseph would correctly interprete to mean seven years of bumper harvests and plenty overtaken by seven years of blight bad famine. Egypt would, therefore in the years of plenty save food for the years of blight.

Sleep apnea


HIS condition belongs to a class of health troubles known as sleep disorders. These disorders have different causes and symptoms. Calcium and Magnesium deficiency, for example, may cause the nerves, brain and blood vessels not to relax for sleep. The brain may not have enough neurotransmitters. These are chemical substances which calm the brain. Serotonin, one of them, sends the brain to sleep once the eyes pick the signals of nightfall. Too much serotonin may cause Narcoptesy or steep attack, in which a person may fall asleep when walking to a bus stop or while conducting a Board meeting. There is also the Restless Legs Syndrome in which poor blood circulation and nerve irritation may cause such sensations as may make one wish to move the legs, and knee jerks which get one up from sleep. Fatigue and depression are culprits in sleep disorder. They make the body consume neurotransmitters faster than they are produced by the body. This creates a deficiency. High blood pressure, iron deficiency, constipation, late meals, caffeine and microwaved food cause trouble also. Kevin Tradeau, in his NATURAL CURES ‘THEY’ DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT, says a lot about the health danger of micro waved food and why the Russians banned microwaves in their country. The summary is that microwaves damage the molecular structure of foods, transforming them into poisons, even when, visually, they remain appealing. Besides, they eliminate the “life force” in food which maintains the life forces in humans. Tradeau cites an experiment, which anyone can perform at home, which persuaded many people in Europe to throw away their microwaves. In that experiment, two groups of seeds were sprouted. One group was fed microwaved water group did not germinate. But the group fed clean, filtered water grew lushfully. Tradeau himself was a victim of these matters. At 21, he suffered a heart attack. It took his doctors several days of strenuous laboratory tests to discover that he had mitral valve prolapse from birth. They told him there was no cure, and surgery was risky. He went helter shelter, as they say, in search of help. Then, he met

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N sleep apnea, breathing ceases or is suspended and, should it not be resolved suffocation occurs. That means death. In other words, sleep apnea can lead to respiratory failure and death. This process has been suggested to be cause of cot deaths in which otherwise healthy babies are found stone dead, with no other reasonable explanation for this occurrence. Doctors are still baffled about the cause of sleep apnea. But they are not giving in to the witches – at - work hypothesis. One leading assumption is an infection of the region of the throat behind the nose and the mouth called nasopharyngeal zone. The common cold infection, like bacterial and candida havocs, have been suggested as causes of inflammation and collapse of this airway. As the airway narrows, air from the nostrils is forced through, towards the lungs, and this partly causes the snoring sound. That’s why people who snore are most likely candidates for sleep apnea. In Europe, many snorers go to bed with all kinds of devices in their mouths to open up this air passage. Kevin Tradeau will wonder; Why don’t they do candida, bacterial and viral cleanse? The body must be filled with toxins and germs and the immune system must be seriously depleted. The snore and the sleep apnea must be ways through which the body is telling us to do something urgently before it is too late William Shakespeare, that great literary English giant, knew about 100 years ago that the snore is a serious message when he wrote in The Tempest: “Thou dost snore distinctly. There’s meaning in thy snores” Healing Sleep Opnea In all probability, infection is present in the throat/ air passage zone. There is inflammation as well. Soft muscles and nerves in this region may have been damaged as well. To imagine the ongoing inflammation and damage scenarios, think of two loaves of bread, one fresh from the bakery, the other soaked in water overnight. Tissue in the throat/ air passage zone may be like the second loaf of bread. To eliminate germs, the following herbs and / or food supplements may be useful (1) Amazon Throat E-Z (2) Colloidal silver for gagging (3) Oregemo Spray or gel. (4) Echrnacea Supreme (5) Golden Seal root capsules or tea (6) Sage tea ((7) Kyolic garlic (8) Amazon AF, for candida (9) Amazon AV, for viruses (10) Bell’s Shark Liver Oil for viruses. Antinflamatories that may help may include Broad Spectrum Bioflameds to which may be added Activated Queration, also a bioflamoid, Curcumn 2000x, Ginger, Pantothenic Acid, Udo’s oil, Flax Seed oil buffered or alkaline Vitamin C. To relax the nerves and tone them, nerve tonics should be considered. Some of these are B – complex vitamins, St. Jolin’s Wart, Vervain, Valerian root, Passion, flower, when it comes to the healing of damaged tissue, we need a good multimineral multiple formula, or a good (about 40) green leaves powder formula. The same goes for zinc, amino acids collagen, and the proprietary blend called Stem Cell Activator. Actually Tradeau’s healing protocol included Stem Cell injections. This has to be carried out by or under the supperusion of a medical doctor with the expertise. Stem Cell Activator is a proprietary intermediate stage process as the name implies. It supports the production in the bone marrow, say the producers, of stem cells which circulate in the blood and are attracted to tissue where damage has occurred or where replacement cells are required. There, this neutral cell adjusts itself to the local tissue environment, becoming, for example, a cell of the eye or a liver cell. With this healing scenario, it is certain that snoring and sleep apnea can be reversed, and the thought of witches being behind suffocation or near – death experiences diminished. How I wish Mrs. Switzer will read this. Her husband Melvin, a 200lb British dockworker, held or still holds the Guinness Book of World Records title with a snore sound of 88 deubels. That’s about the sound of a motorcycle engine at full speed. Mrs. Switzer had to lay her good ear to the pillow when she slept at night. She went deaf in the other because of the motorcycle noise on the other side of the bed, reports the Doctors Book of Home Remedies. But she isn’t screaming witches or seeking pastoral deliverance from them.

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e-Business Winds against the soul of NigComSat Bill The Senate has a huge task on its hand in respect of the NigComSat Bill. It has received what some describe as ‘’a deluge of memoranda’’ for and against the bill. To sift the wheat from the chaff, it has referred them to its Committees on Science and Technology; and on Communication. LUCAS AJANAKU reports.


FTER being given the floor to speak by Lanre Ajayi, president, Association of Telecoms Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), who moderated the Stakeholders’ Forum on the bill in Lagos early this month., Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, chief executive officer, Teledon Group and former president, ATCON, cleared his throat, looked at Ahmed Rufai, managing director, NigComSat, and asked: “What are the responsibilities of NigComSat that it is unable to discharge creditably well because of the emcumberances of the configuration of its status? What are you as NigComSat? What are you expected to do that you cannot do that will warrant the extension of your role?” Rufai replied: “We were established by CAMA (Conpanies and Allied Matters Act) by an executive pronouncement. We were registered as a limited liability company owned by the government. You are aware that there is a new ICT policy that says NigComSat can only sell bandwidth. Does that translate to services? Does any satellite operator in the world sell only bandwidth? The answer is no. They also sell services.” He lamented that with the new ICT policy, he would be required to run after GalaxyBackbone for it to come and buy bandwidth from NigComSat. “I cannot do that because we are children of the same father,” he said, adding that he has been constrained by the situation of things not to add value to the economy, despite the availability of bandwdth which can take Internet to unversities and secondary schools.” Specifically, Ekuwem took exception to Part 1 (5) (k), which is seeking “international cooperation on communication satellite technology, including but not limited to membership of the Internaional Telecommunications Union (ITU).” He argued that the functions of the Minstry of Inforrmation Technology may clash with taht of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). He said: “With respect to our relationship, I forsee a conflict in ITU World Radio Conference meetings about representation. If NigComSat is there, who speaks for the country?” Though he said the bill was borne out of Rufai’s patriotism, he said the autonomy he is seeking may be unhealthy for the growth of the industry, insisting: “The government has no business doing business.” Rufai said the government exists for two reasons: To provide welfare and security, arguing that even the United States that is clad in the cloak of ultra-captalism had to inject trillions of dollars to salvage the private sector from collapse. He added that autonomy was needed for NigComSat to operate like an international entity. He said in Intelsat, Immarsat and other important satellite companies started as the government entities before transforming into private entities. This was one of the various sessions on the bill which the Joint Committee co-chaired by Senators Robert Ajayi Boroffice and Gilbert Emeka Nnaji would have to examine and okay. The public hearing on the bill in Abuja generated much heat. The session rose after about four hours without any resolution. The committee, however, adjourned to address the issues raised by participants. Although Communication Technology Minister, Omobola Johnson and her Science and Technology counterpart, Prof Ewa Henshaw, opposed the bill, they spoke from different perspectives. While Johnson complained that the bill had no role for her and called for its privatisation, Henshaw insisted that the satelite company is owned by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA), its parent. Representative of the NCC, Mr Okechukwu Itanyi, opposed the bill on the ground that it may usurp the regulatory functions of the NCC. He quoted from an earlier version of the bill before it was passed by the House of Representatives in March


2012, and not the one approved by the House of Representatives. Like Henshaw, Director-General of NASRDA, Mr Mohammed Seidu, said NigComSat belongs to his agency, describing it as a department and opposed the bill because two satellites’ agencies could not exist in the country. While Galaxy Backbone Managing Director, Gerald Ilukwe, insisted that if the bill must be passed, grey areas that appeared to conflict with other laws should be expunged, Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Yomi Bolarinwa, was unequivocal. “Having gone through the bill as passed by the House in March, together with my directors, we can say that there are no areas of conflict,” he said. Dr. Chris Uwaje of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON) spoke on the international best practices where space agencies exist with commercial satellite companies and cited many global examples from the US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, among others. Uwaje said the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) existed before Intelsat and cited others, such as Intelsat, Eutelsat, Pan Am Sat, ArabSat, Sinosat, among others, adding that NigComSat should be empowered to exist and become successful like others “because it is a critical national backbone infrastructure.” Responding to Mrs. Johnson’s claim that NigComSat will not do well until it is privatised, Rufai insisted that the firm could generate about N20 billion monthly if it is empowered by the minister, through the provision of enabling policies. He said NigComSat’s Head End and Direct to Home (DTH) Platform is equipped to perform a smooth transition from analogue to digital broadcasting and promote Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) that will take broadcast service of all broadcast media to every part of the country. He also quoted a government’s memo to buttress the point that privatisation was not yet on the table. Rufai said NigComSat is neither a space agency nor a regulator adding that such fears were misplaced. He cited laws elsewhere in the global community, saying that NASA in the US and its commercial arm, International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (Intelsat) were established by Acts of Parliament in 1962. Indeed, Intelsat enjoyed government’s funding for 37 years before it was privatised and right now, it is owned by over 100

‘Although Communication Technology Minister, Omobola Johnson and her Science and Technology counterpart, Prof Ewa Henshaw, opposed the bill, they spoke from different perspectives. While Johnson complained that the bill had no role for her and called for its privatisation, Henshaw insisted that the satelite company is owned by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASDRA), its parent’



countries with a fleet of 54 satellites. He described NigComSat as an important national infrastructure which cannot be subjected to a civil service structure if Federal Government’s N50 billion investment is to be protected, stressing that foreign investors’ confidence will be rekindled if it is backed by an Act of the National Assembly, arguing that with its status, a mere pronouncement and board resolution could lead to its winding up. NIGCOMSAT, Rufai said, is a strategic investment and provide high profile commercial value for the country. It is, therefore, a sine qua non for knowledge-based economy. Citing other relevant issues relating to this, Rufai said the US military has six geostationary satellites called MILSTAR, which allows military formations access to coded communications. The same applies in the UK, which has Skynet, while France and Italy have Syracuse and Sicral systems. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has NATO 3,4A and 4B for communications within, adding that NIGCOMSAT could provide a platform for the military and security agencies to address crimes readily. Earlier, a member of the committee, Senator Isa Galaudu (PDP, Kebbi) alleged that the way most agencies and parastatals under Communication Technology ministry made their presentations point to the suspicion that they may have been allegedly influenced by the minister, adding that it was unlikely for these agencies to say the same thing when the minister was not there. But the minister denied this, saying: “We have a very good and cordial relationship.” Senate Minority Leader, George Akume said, what is important was National interest and if this bill will bail Nigeria out of the woods and bring the country at par with technology, rich nations, then, we should remove the clauses that looked offensive and let the bill be.




‘How ICT can boost economy’


F the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector is well organised, it could displace oil and gas, Sir Ademola Aladekomo, president, Nigerian Computer Society (NCP), has said. During an interview with The Nation in Lagos, he said if the nation gets its acts right, the sector is capable of contributing five per cent annually to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). He argued that the importation of used personal computers (PCs) was not only dangerous to safety, health and the environment but inimical to the growth of indigenous original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) . He said: “The IT sector can contribute N500 billion annually to Nigeria’s economy. I do not see why IT should not contribute five per cent to Nigeria’s GDP. Look at India. India does more in knowledge, in IT. That we can do twice over in oil. A single IT company in India does as much as we do in our oil in Nigeria. So oil is not it, it is the-knowledgedriven economy that is the an-

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swer.” According to him, there are three stages of development, namely efficiency and innovation, lamenting that the nation was still far from innovation which is the last stage. “If you look at the stages of development, you have factor which is the most basic. Factor is like the natural resources used to develop. The next is efficiency where the little resources you have, you use it efficiently, either agricultural services or manufacturing services. The next one is innovation. So, we have factoring, efficiency and innovation. “We are still at that lower end (of the rung of the ladder), still far from efficiency let alone innovation and we are saying that can we leap-frog and go to innovation which can only be achieved through IT and that is the ultimate. If you look at the US and Japan and other developed countries, they are developing through innovation. “You probabaly have not heard

of small countries called Finland, Norway. These are countries where Nokia, Linux, the high-tech industries come from and they contribute so much to global economy. And that is what China, Taiwan, India are also contributing to the world now,” Aladekomo added. He is otptimistic about the future, especially now that the Federal Government has created the Ministry of Information Technology. “Now that we have the minister of information technology, they are doing a lot toward developing people in IT, creating employement. One of the major drivers of this is to create employment in our country and we say we can create one million jobs that are IT based within five years, two hundred thousand within two years. “The minister is doing the best by bringing a platform for that, ensuring that we not only develop entrepreneurs but also fund them by bringing out ventur capitl into the market. Not only that, they also create incubators and industrial parks.”


UALCOMM,Airtel and Spinlet, a renowned music application firm, have signed an agreement on Techno 3 smartphone. Speaking at the launch of the 3G mobile phone in Lagos, Arif Chowdury, vice-president, Techno, said: “The youth in Africa are vibrant and want to stand apart with their own identities. As a mobile phone company, we understand the need to constantly engage them and Techno as a brand is committed to connecting with the African youth’s motivations and passions. “The Techno N3 is designed specifically for the young African consumer and offers a great mobile phone experience with access key features that young people look for such as social networking, access to thousands of apps and entertainment at a good price point,” he said. Qualcomm, a global leader in 3G next generation mobile technologies

Airtel, others partner on Techno phones will provide N3 with powerful chipset known as Snapdragon MSM7225A which will give users delight in using 3G smartphone while the Android smartphone is bundled with Airtel SIM and it is expected to ride easily on the 3.75 G provided across the country by Airtel. Chief Sales Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Inusa Bello, said: “As the mostfriendly network, Airtel will always explore opportunities to delight Nigerian youths as this is in line with our brand vision of becoming the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians. With this partnership, N3 users will have an amazing opportunity to enjoy the fastest 3.75G Internet in all the 36 states.”

MTN introduces TV on phones


TN Nigeria’s subscribers will soon watch on television their data-enabled handsets, as the company rolls out its new Mobile TV service. The telco explained in a statement that MTN Mobile TV service will offer live streaming of TV content and ‘made for mobile’video to data-enabled handsets such as Blackberry, iPhone and Samsung Galaxy range of phones, as well as tablets, such as iPad and Galaxy Tab, among others. Though MTN pioneered a mobile TV service in 2007, which was on the Digital Video Broadcasting for Handheld (DVB-H) platform and required customers to purchase special handsets to enjoy the service, with the latest innovation, any data-enabled phone or device can watch television programmes and related content from about twenty TV channels on phone via MTN

Mobile TV service. Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, MTN Nigeria, said: “All our customers need to do to enjoy this service is to activate the WAP browser on their mobile handsets and devices; they can either access MTN Mobile TV packages via the MTN Play Portal, or by typing in the address of the Mobile TV portal imoovtv and they are good to go.” He added that customers can also send a short message service (SMS) with the keyword “Mobile TV” to a short code and they will be sent the link to the Mobile TV portal. The firm’s Corporate Services Executive, Mr Akinwale Goodluck, said: “MTN Mobile TV is another addition to a long list of innovative products and services we have developed for the benefit of our customers.”

ATCON holds forum Dec. 12


HE Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) will hold its Telecoms Executives and Regulator Forum on December 12 at the Golden Gate Paradise, Ikoyi, Lagos.

•From left: Business Head, Hand Held Products, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr Emmanouil Revmatas; Kim and Samsung Brand Ambassador, Mr Olubankole Wellington (Banky W), at the launch in Ikeja, Lagos.

Samsung launches Galaxy Note II


AMSUNG Electronics has launched its new Galaxy Note II in Nigeria. The device, a mix of smartphone and tablet with an improved digital stylus called the S Pen, was unveiled to the public at Westown Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. Speaking at the launch of the product, Managing Director, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr Bravo Kim, said Galaxy Note II will ensure that Samsung maintains its dominance over Apple and other smartphone manufacturers in the global smartphone market by positioning itself as a niche to meet the demands of consumers desir-

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ous of larger screens and more user-friendly display. “The Galaxy Note II is taking over the fame of its predecessor, the Galaxy Note, which opened a new category of smart mobile devices last year. A great number of innovations were injected into the product towards delivering new value to enhance the lives of our consumers and also provide them with the ultimate communication experience. The device has already gained fame, alongside a solid reputation, among individuals and mobile carriers across the globe

and we are very proud of its accomplishments,” he said. Kim reiterated Samsung’s commitment to fulfilling its brand promise of inspiring the world and creating the future through its commitment to bringing new and meaningful innovations to the doorstep of customers. Powered by the latest version of Google’s Android operating system, Jelly Bean, the Galaxy Note II features a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor and 4G LTE connectivity. Its 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED display is ideal for users who want the productivity of a tablet with the portability of a smartphone.

Glo offers free 30 % bonus, six-month data


HE new Glo Bolt Internet modem has been loaded with spectacular free benefits, including a free Glo SIM card, 500 MB of data once the SIM is registered and activated and free monthly data for six months for new and existing data subscribers on the Glo network. Subscribers to any of its products, such as Always Macro, Always Min, Always Max, the Silver, Gold or Platinum plans, will get a 30 per cent bonus and 200 MB free data for six months. It will be given to

2subscriber as soon as he activates a plan of N1,000 and above monthly. Globacom’s General Manager, Marketing, Ashutosh Tiwary, said Glo Bolt thrives on “speed and performance and, with the service, the subscriber is always a winner because we recognise that speed is a driver of value”. Tiwary said Glo Bolt offers unparalleled value since the cost of the modem has been reduced and bundled with a free SIM and 500 MB free data on activation.

“Our innovative plan sharing and plan gifting capability will also make Glo Bolt the internet service of choice in the market”, Tiwary added. On the gifting feature, Tiwary said a Glo customer can now buy an internet subscription and send it to friends, family members and loved ones as ‘gifts’. This feature is especially useful when the person buying the gift does not want to share his subscription with the intended recipient. The gift recipient will be notified of the gift via customised SMS from the sender.

Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah, is expected to present a keynote address, said ATCON President, Lanre Ajayi, who will present a welcome address.

Firm launches software for business


N application to help businesses achieve process excellence, the Enterprise Business Process Management Software, has been launched in Lagos. At a seminar hosted by the maker, Software AG in partnership with Northern Spark, corporate organisations were shown how the new tool could help transform their businesses. Represented at the event were United Bank of Africa (UBA), Zenith Bank Plc, Leadway Assurance, C&I Leasing Plc, Vetiva Capital Management Ltd, The Kwen Ltd, Elcom Serve Ltd, Radson Associates Ltd, Uraeus IT, among others. There were sector-specific discussions as participants were taught how some of the issues facing business leaders could be surmounted through the use of the software. Partner Manager, Software AG, Sandy Redgate, said the software was designed to improve profitability, efficiency and help drive business growth strategies, customer acquisition, retention, asset growth and cost management. The software, which he described as high performance technology, aids discovery and assessment, supports a modernised roadmap, enhances business process excellence and facilitates the alignment of business and information technology. “It’s about process integration. The solutions we offer are vertical to all industries. There’s a fair spread in the industries, such as oil

By Nneka Nwaneri and gas, banking, retailers, electronic makers,” Redgate said. According to him, the solutions have been tailor-made for the African market. “Investors look for good corporate governance. Organisations should implement good governance. We have tools and strategies to help you get there. “We will support Northern Spark from an implementation perspective. We pride ourselves with contributing to local content,” he said. Northern Spark General Manager, Bob Anderson, said the software’s business tools, which include mobile applications, save cost, create business efficiency and impr o v e f i n a n c i a l p e r f o r m ance. He said Software AG, which has been operating in the last four decades, and is the fourth largest software in Europe with presence in 70 countries, helps users in terms of design, analysis and management, as well as process governance, to help better position businesses. A Professor of Business Strategy at the Lagos Business School (LBS), Chidi Ogbechie, said many companies in Nigeria are not cost-conscious. “A business grows with the kind of technical choices we make. The way we use information technology is what gives us the competitive advantage,” he said.





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WHY SALEM UNIVERSITY PRE-DEEGREE PROGRAMME IS UNIQUE: ™ At Salem University, we provide global leaders (Pre –degree students) a serene environment with modern facilities for quality learning. ™ We provide excellent, competent, committed and reliable lecturers. ™ The global leaders are coached to sit for the SSCE (NABTEB, NECO, WAEC e.t.c.) and UTME 2013 examination with a view to passing all O’Level subjects and also meet JAMB cut-off points. ™ We offer state- of-the art e- library facilities with enough textbooks in all the relevant fields to aid learning. ™ The pre- degree programme provides the global leader the opportunity to re-focus and re-strategize without distractions. ™ Salem University is a Christian-based University, through the Total Leadership Training Concept (TLTC) programme, the global leader will be spiritually awakened and strengthened in wisdom by the renewing of the spirit, mind and body. ™ The global leader will gain automatic admission into 100 Level if he/she passes the subjects offered at pre –degree and meets the minimum cut-off point for 2013 JAMB. Our records and achievement speak boldly for us. Admission requirement: - Candidates should posses five (5) O’ Level credits in SSCE/NECO/NABTEB at one or two sitting. However, candidates with four (4) credits in relevant subjects may be considered for admission. Duration of the Programme: - Two semesters of intensive course work (November- June) Accommodation: -The University is fully residential. All candidates admitted into the programme shall be accommodated on campus. HOW TO APPLY: You can purchase the application form immediately at Salem University campus, Lokoja or pay N 6,000 into Salem University consultancy account No 2018318542 at First Bank, and then come to the University with the teller to fill the form. For further details, visit our website. or Contact 07052242470 and 08050857975. 08078375358, 08073946744. CLOSING DATE: 31ST December, 2012. NOTE: Lectures commenced in November, 2012. Signed:

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•Vice President Namadi Sambo (left) greeting former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar during the 2012 Comptroller-General’s annual conference in Katsina State...on Monday. With them is Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shema

•From left: Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr Kingsley Kuku. Chairman of the occassion, Timi Alaibe, the awardee, Mr. Allen Onyema, a lawyer. and his wife, Alice at the conferment of Pan Nigerian Nationalist award on Onyema by Emminent Friends Group International...last weekend

•Osun State Governor’s wife, Mrs Sherifat Aregbesola (right) during her condolence visit to Mrs Hellen Aina Esho, the widow of Justice Kayode Esho at their Ibadan, Oyo State home...yesterday.

•Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang (right) registering at the Joint Tax Board (JTB), during his visit to the Board office... on Monday. With him is the Board Chairman, Mrs. Rauta Bitrus

•Chairman, Bailey Cole Consulting Nigeria, Mr. Toyin Munis (left); Director, Finance Intelligence and Research, State Treasury Office, Mrs. Titi Akibayo; Lagos State Accountant-General, Mr. David Sunmonu and Managing Director, Bailey Consulting Nigeria, Mrs. Ola Tubi at the beginning of a four-day workshop organised by the Lagos Treasury office in collaboration PHTO: OMESEIN MOSES with Bailey Consulting for Finance Managers in Lagos...on Tuesday

•L-R: Social Secretary, Lagos State Medical Guild, Dr. Wale Akeredolu; Chairman, Dr Tayo Lawal; CEO, Lagoon Hospitals Group Ltd, Dr Olumuyiwa Odusote; Dr. Olakunle Onakoya and Vice Chairman, Dr. Ibrahim Ogunbi at the 2012 Annual Medical Guild General Meeting and Conference Medical Continuing Education at the LCCI Events Centre, Alausa, Ikeja.

•Rector, NTA TV College, Jos, Dr. Ayo Fasan (right), his wife Atinuke and their son Femi during his graduation at Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State.

Mr. Jeff Raiks, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (second left), Kano State Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President, Dangote Group of Companies signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Routine Immunisation in Kano






High-cap stocks lift NSE with N34b gains


IGHLY capitalised stocks rallied yesterday to restore a bullish overall market position as gains by major manufacturing, banking and petroleum-marketing companies covered losses by several stocks. While two in every three price changes ended on the negative, substantial gains by large-capitalisation companies such as Nestle Nigeria, Total Nigeria, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria (GSK), Nigeria Breweries, Conoil, PZ Cussons Nigeria, Ashaka Cement and FBN Holdings helped the overall market position to a gain of 0.44 per cent. The benchmark index at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the All Share Index (ASI)-which tracks changes in prices of all quoted equities, inched up to 26,342.85 points from its opening index of 26,226.25 points. Aggregate market value of all equities added N37 billion to close at N8.417 trillion as against its opening value of N8.380 trillion. Nestle Nigeria led the bullish stocks with a gain of N15 to close at N640. Total Nigeria followed with addition of N5.93 to close at N124.68. GSK rose by N2.06 to close at N43.40. Nigeria Breweries gained N1.99 to close at N140.

By Taofik Salako and Tonia Osundolire

Conoil gathered 84 kobo to close at N17.80. PZ Cussons rose by 49 kobo to N27.98. Ashaka Cement added 44 kobo to close at N19.44 while FBN Holdings chalked up 28 kobo to close at N14.83. However, most equities closed on the downside. Portland Paints and Products Plc and Flour Mills of Nigeria led the slackers’ list with a loss of 20 kobo each to close at N3.80 and N66 respectively. Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (Nahco) lost 17 kobo to close at N5.35. Union Bank of Nigeria and Oando dropped 14 kobo each to close at N7.30 and N11.85 respectively. Honeywell Flour Mills dropped by 8.0 kobo to close at N1.97. Custodian and Allied Insurance and Eterna lost 6.0 kobo apiece to close at N1.16 and N1.32 respectively while Sterling Bank, Skye Bank and Dangote Sugar Refinery dropped 5.0 kobo each to close at N1.50, N3.85 and N5.70 respectively. Investors staked N1.28 billion on a total of 168.47 million shares in 3,859 deals. Boosted by 63.3 million shares traded in Transnational Corporation of Nigeria, the conglomerate sector topped the activity chart with a turnover

of 63.55 million shares worth N63.36 million in 173 deals. Banking sector followed with a turnover or 55.45 million shares valued at N448.18 million in 1,527 deals. Meanwhile, the NSE yesterday attributed the delay in release of market data on Monday and Tuesday to the changes due to re-basing of five indices. NSE stated that the rebasing was completed two days ago. The affected indices were Consumer Goods, NSE 30, Banking, Oil and Gas and Insurance Indices. Head, market operations, NSE, Mr Ikponmwosa Obaseki, said the Exchange’s trading system maintained 100 per cent availability during the period and traders experienced no issues during these trading days as speculated in some quarters. He explained that index updates are post-trading activities, carried out after trading hours but within a rather short time window. NSE began publishing the Bloomberg NSE 30 Index in February 2009 with index values available from January 1, 2007. On July 1, 2008, the NSE developed four other sectoral indices with a base value of 1,000 points, designed to provide investable benchmarks to capture the performance of specific sectors. The revised index values have been uploaded on the NSE website, and the next rebalancing of the indices, an exercise which the Exchange undertakes in collaboration with Bloomberg Inc, is set to take place at the end of the year.





Leasing assets hit N623b on enhanced SMEs lending


HE leasing assets have hit N623 billion on rising commitment to providing loans for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), the Chairman of Equipment Leasing Association of Nigeria (ELAN), Mr. Kahinde Lawanson, has said. He spoke at a one-day business forum on the “implications of current tax regime on equipment leasing business in Nigeria.” He said the sub-sector has continued to grow despite difficulties faced by operators in the acquisition of productive assets. Lawanson stated that the leasing industry was engaged in providing access to

By Collins Nweze

finance to the SMEs, increasing domestic capital base, financial product innovation and development of secondary market. He, however, noted that the continuous growth and development of the industry depend on strong infrastructure including, conducive tax and legal frameworks which are part of the major pillars that drive the industry. He said that the association had over the years, focused on ensuring favourable tax regime and appropriate leasing law for the leasing industry. Lawanson lamented that

the present regulatory environment was not supportive enough to drive and sustain development in the Nigerian leasing industry. ELAN, the umbrella body for lessors, has been advised to work with the federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) and other stakeholders to ensure a better tax regime for the leasing industry. He said that tax issues remain significantly unresolved because of constraints of the tax laws hence the need for the FIRS to continue its proactive initiative by exercising its discretionary powers within the current laws to review and

improve on the latest circular issued in 2010 The forum noted that leasing is a significant financing alternative that facilitates acquisition of capital assets, foster economic growth, creates employment and enhances tax revenues. Globally, taxation is

for top banking industry operators and judges to crossfertilize ideas on contemporary banking and related ju-


WELVE finalists have emerged for the 2012 edition of UBA Foundation National Essay Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria. The finalists emerged following the call for entries, in which secondary schools students were invited to write on an essay titled: ‘What I will do if I were the President of Nigeria.’ The finalists emerged from the nationwide entries received. In a statement, the foun-

dicial matters for the soundness of the banking industry and development of the economy.


By Oluoma Omeihe

cial Reporting Council of Nigeria in accordance with the Act setting it up. She made the call in her address at the 17th Annual National Conference of the association in Abuja, stressing that constituting the board would enable the council to formulate policies toward the realisation of International Financial Reporting Standards in Nigeria. “Furthermore, the Board of the Bureau of Public Procurement

Sustainability in the Midst of an Unsecure and Corrupt Environment: Lagos State in Perspective, the guest speaker will be Prof. Benjamin Osisioma while the President/Chairman of Council, ANAN Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim, will be the hostess. Hajia Ibrahim recently called on President Goodluck Jonathan to constitute the Board of the Finan-


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Price Loss 2754.67 447.80

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needs also to be put in place to formulate policies that will guide government agencies in procurement and ensure some sanitisation of the process of awarding contract,’ she said, recalling that the 55th session of the United Nations on September 18, 2000, adopted an eight-point programme popularly called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to which countries that are signatories were expected to meet.

Ondo; Arokoruba Cheetam West – Akwa Ibom; Amina Buhari – Kebbi; Ugwuegbulam Ogbona – Lagos; John Jacob – Plateau; Onah Chidera – Enugu; Muokamuche Chijindu – Lagos; Akanni Oluwakayode – Lagos; and Peace Chukwu – Enugu. A total of N2,250,000.00 will be doled out by UBA Foundation. Apart from laptop gifts, the overall winner, first and second runners up will get an educational grant of N1,000,000, N750,000.00, N500,000.00 respectively, to study in any Nigerian universities of their choice. The National Essay Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria is conceived by UBA Foundation as measuring tool following a similar initiative by the bank in secondary schools called, “Read Africa Project” that saw the bank donate literally books to several secondary schools across the country and Africa, with a view to stimulate and reinvent reading culture among secondary school students.




dation said the finalists were selected from over 2000 entries by a panel of three Nigerian professors and were invited for another written test on 1st November, 2012. The finalists will be writing on another chosen topic under supervision, after which the best student will emerge along with two runners up. The twelve finalists are: Abisoye Onanuga – Lagos; Nwaezuoke Anastasia – Lagos; Gbe David –Abuja - FCT; Oluwagbemga Ayomide –

ANAN holds public lecture, award night HE Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN) Ikeja Branch will on tomorrow, hold its sixth year public lecture, award and dinner night in Lagos. The event will take place at the Banquet Hall, Airport Hotel, Awolowo Way, Ikeja by 5 pm. With the theme: The Role of Professional Accountants in Economic Growth and

Value Added Tax, Withholding Tax, and Capital Allowances. The forum regretted that leasing appears to be regarded as an industry with heavy margins and more lucrative than loans and advances for tax consideration.

Finalists emerge in UBA Foundation essay competition

NJI, CIBN partner on dispute resolution for banks T HE National Judicial Institute (NJI) and the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) are collaborating to articulate strategies and framework that would ensure effective resolution of cases involving banks and other financial institutions in the country. In a statement, CIBN said this and other topical issues will dominate discussions when seasoned jurists and financial experts gather in Abuja during the 2012 National Seminar on Banking and Allied Matters for Judges. The seminar with the theme: Banking and Judiciary Reforms in Nigeria” has been scheduled for December 5 in Abuja and was designed to provide a forum

one of the pillars that is utilised to drive growth and development in the industry. However, the present tax regime in Nigeria is not supportive enough to drive and sustain development of leasing in Nigeria, essentially on issues relating to

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NEWS Ngige to float leadership foundation

Millions gone in Aba market fire From Sunny Nwankwo, Aba


OODS worth millions of naira have been destroyed in a fire that razed the Yoruba/Lagos Line section of Eziukwu Market in Aba, Abia State. An eyewitness, Mr Ijioma Kalu Lekwa, said the fire almost destroyed the herbs and scraps sections of the market. He said the fire started around 4pm on Sunday and could not be put out until 2am on Monday. According to him, the fire started when most residents were attending social or religious functions and the traders had locked up their shops. The resident said the few people around were unable to put out the fire because they did not have sufficient tools. Lekwa blamed the security guards at the market for not responding promptly to the fire alert. He said: “When we saw the fire, we rushed to alert the market security guards. But they refused to open the gate to enable the people put out the fire. That would have saved some goods. “My son and his friends informed the state fire servicemen. But they were told that the fire service did not have water and that their vehicles were bad. So, they said they could not go anywhere. “As the fire spread, I laid a pipe from my borehole to supply water to the market, to salvage the situation. Other people were using buckets and other improvised materials to put out the fire as it was getting out of control. Even when our water was exhausted, we switched on our generator to pump more.” A trader, who was in pain over his loss, blamed the security guards for not responding promptly when they were alerted. He said: “We went to alert the market security guards. But they refused to open the gate to allow people go into the market. We might have saved some people’s goods. “I don’t know if they thought we were raising a false alarm. It

•The rubble of the burnt market...yesterday

was when one of them, who was probably returning from a canteen, saw the smoke and what was happening, that he alerted his colleagues. By the time they opened the main gate and allowed people into the market, the situation was already out of hand.” The Chairman of Lagos Line Traders Association, Dr Nwaeze Udenwa, said he was attending a wedding ceremony when he was informed about the fire. He said the market would

have been razed, if not for the few people around. Dr Udenwa, who sells roots and spiritual materials, said about 50 shops were razed. He hailed the police for protecting the goods recovered from the fire. The businessman urged the government and kind-hearted persons to assist the affected traders to return to their businesses. Mr Basil Adibe, a timber merchant, said the fire destroyed all his family have laboured for three years after returning from Jos folowing Boko Haram insurgence. A scrap dealer, who lost everything to the fire, Mr Aloysius Ukaegbu said: “A few months back, this place was flooded whenever it rained. That affected our business. We were anticipating improved patronage since the rain has stopped. But look at what has happened now! All the goods I had were burnt down. How am I going to start all over again?”

FORMER Anambra State Governor and Senator representing Anambra Central, Chris Ngige, has promised to float a leadership foundation to produce outstanding leaders and promote the well-being of Nigerians. The senator spoke at the launch of the Dozie Ikedife Foundation. Ngige described Dr. Dozie Ikedife as one of the outstanding Igbo, adding that he uses his resources to improve the lot of the common man. He said: “I am not surprised at this development; it is in line with Dr. Ikedife’s nature. I have studied him since his days as the Presidential Liaison Officer in Anambra State and the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. This is something I would love to support. I’ll even float a leadership foundation to assist this group and Nigeria to actualise our goals and national objectives.”

Igbinedion, Useni,others for varsity’s matriculation Adegunle Olugbamila


I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Catherine Chigemezu Osuagwu, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Catherine Chigemezu Anozia. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

ACN will win in Imo in 2015, says Udenwa


FORMER Imo State Governor and chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Achike Udenwa, has

From Okodili Ndidi, Owerri

said the party would defeat the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in

the 2015 election. He said the ACN would enthrone good governance and save Imo State from looming anarchy and endemic maladministration. Udenwa spoke during ACN women’s conference in Owerri, the state capital. The former governor said the party would deploy its resources in 2015 to take over power and redeeem the state from its current anomie. He said: “ACN was instrumental to unseating the previous administration in the state. We will re-enact what we are known for in 2015, that is, good governance and empowerment of the people, especially the women.” Udenwa urged the women to begin aggressive mobilisation to prepare the party for victory. He noted that women and children are the most affected during misrule. A former lawmaker and chairman of the occasion, Uche Onyeagocha, hailed the

women for the initiative. He said women have a strategic role to play in returning Imo State to the path of good governance and prosperity. Onyeagocha said: “Imo State is gradually becoming a state where anything goes. But our party is interested in good governance. That is why we are here to brainstorm on how to takeover power in Imo to correct the ills of the present administration.” The National Women’s Leader, Hafisat Baba Mohammed, called for stronger cooperation among the women. She noted that they can decide the political fate of the state and country in 2015. The state Women’s Leader, Mrs. Carol Amadi, said the conference was convened to awaken the women and prepare them for their strategic roles in the party and state. She added that ACN is alive in Imo State.

Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada, Benin City, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion will chair the forthcoming matriculation/award ceremony of Littoral University (Institut D’enseignement Superieur De Littoral) opposite Ecole Cegdjassin Porto-Novo, in Republic of Benin on Saturday, Its Vice-Chancellor Prof Ayeni Oyebode has said. Other distinguished guests expected at the event include former Minister of Information Chief Alex Akinyele; former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Lt. Gen. Jeremiah Useni and Maj-Gen Emmanuel Abisoye and the Nigerian Ambassador to Republic of Benin, Lawrence Obisakin among others. According to Ayeni, the event would be preceded by a dinner today at the Presidential Palace Hotel, Adjina PortoNovo. Ayeni added that an inaugural lecture with the theme: Essentials of Cross border education: Paradigm shift for Africa socio-political and economic emancipation, will be delivered by a distinguished scholar of Economics Dr Peter Sonaike tomorrow at the Muzee Da-Silver Hall PortoNovo.

Funeral for Ogun community leader

Vehicle owners warned


THE Lagos State and Nigerian Ports Authority Command have warned owners of abandoned and accident vehicles parked at Onne, Gowan Estate, FESTAC and Badagry Divisions to remove them or lose them to members of the public through auction. They are M/Benz marked RV395OWF, BMW car AE702DBU, Peugeot 505 AA761MUS, Ford bus XA699MHA, BMW AU384USL, Vlokswagon bus XR114GGE, Subaru Legece GB03KJA, Volkwagon bus XR259FST, and Trecyclus QN886EKY. Others are Toyota Supra KF452AAA, Rover car KY475KJA, Renault Espace 9617K01, Honda Civic car AP577LND, Mazda Veclos BH266RSH, Opel car EC734SML, Volkswagon Golf car AZ257AKD and Honda Pilot Jeep TY210FRJ.

HE final funeral rites of Elder Felix Olubamiro Efunkomaya, who died on September 3, and Mrs. Selimot Efunkomaya begin today with Service of Songs at their Lalu Community, Aiyepe road, Sagamu, Ogun State home. The time is 3 pm. Mrs. Efunkomaya died on April 22, 1968. Christian wake will hold at 22c Fagbamila Street, Igan, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State between 4 and 6 pm tomorrow. The funeral service is slated for St. Paul’s Anglican Primary School, Igan Road, AgoIwoye, Ogun State on Saturday. Internmet will follow at Elder Efunkomaya’s AgoIwoye home the same day, a statement by Mrs. Foluso

•The late Efunkomaya

Efunkomaya has said. The late Efunkomaya is survived by children, grandchildren and great grandchildren among them are Mr. Adesegun, a Quantity Surveyor, Miss Sola Efunkomaya, a lawyer Gbenga and Oluwaseye.





NEWS N800m fraud: EFCC accuses court of indulging Kogi officials

Three killed in Plateau attacks •Police impose curfew on beer parlours T T WO relations of the Chairman of Barkin Ladi Local Government of Plateau State, Emmanuel Loman, are among the three people killed by gunmen on Tuesday night in fresh attacks. The attacks occurred in Sho village early yesterday. The victims - Ezekiel Gyang and Toma Jatau - were said to be on a motorcycle heading to their farm when they were ambushed by gunmen. Ten people were killed in attacks at a beer parlour on Monday, bringing the death toll within three days to 13 in Barkin Ladi council. The council Chairman, Emmanuel Loman, told The Nation that some people, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, attacked residents of Sho vil-

From Yusufu Aminu Idegu, Jos

lage early Wednesday. He said: “The gunmen, who hid at strategic parts of the village, opened fire on two of my relations who were on a motorcycle, heading to a farm. “The victims died instantly from the gun shots. The sound of the guns alerted the villagers. They ran towards the scene and saw the bodies of the victims. The assailants had disappeared.” It was learnt that the villagers combed the bushes and hills for hours without getting the assailants. The third victim, Monday Davou, was killed at Sopp vil-

lage in Riyom Local Government Area on his way to the farm. Loma urged the Federal Government to prevent further killings in the local government. The council chief said it was scary that the villagers were being murdered despite the presence of security agents. Following gun attacks on beer parlours in Plateau State, the police command has imposed curfew on such joints. A statement in Jos, the state capital, by the command’s spokesman Abuh Emmanuel, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), said: “The Plateau State Police Command, worried by the recent attacks by unknown gunmen in drinking joints in

parts of the state, hereby appeals to the operators of drinking joints in Barkin Ladi and Riyom local governments to close their drinking joints by 6pm. Drinking joints in Bukuru-Jos areas and other local governments are advised to close by 7pm. “The appeal has become imperative because of the insurgent attacks on drinking joints in the state. Besides, the command enjoins the public to cooperate with the police and other security agencies to rid the state of criminals, who are bent on disrupting the fragile peace in the state. “The public is encouraged to go about their normal businesses; the command has plans to deal ruthlessly with enemies of peace and peaceful coexistence in the state.”

Nyako summoned as Adamawa PDP crisis HE national leadership gence of candidates for the redeepens of the Peoples Democent local government election


cratic Party (PDP) has invited Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako over the festering crisis in the state chapter. Nyako will face a panel comprising members of the National Working Committee (NWC) tomorrow to defend his role in the intractable crisis rocking the party in Adamawa State. The governor and some members of the party’s leadership have been in a row over issues that may have arisen as a result of conflict of interests within the Adamawa chapter.

From Gbade Ogunwale, Assistant Editor, Abuja

The party announced the decision to invite Nyako after its NWC meeting yesterday. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, told reporters in Abuja that the decision was taken after the party’s leadership appraised the intra-party crisis in the Adamawa PDP. Although he did not specify the allegations against Nyako, sources at the national secretariat said it might not be unconnected with the emer-

in the state. But Metuh said the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, would not preside over the NWC panel that will grill the governor. According to him, the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Jaja, will preside over the panel. He added that Tukur has never presided over or participated in any NWC meeting where issues on the crisis in Adamawa chapter were discussed. Tukur is from Adamawa


State and he is believed to be at loggerheads with Nyako in what many see as a power tussle.

HE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday accused a judge of the Federal High Court in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital, Justice I. E. Ekwo, of condoning the antics of a former Chairman of Ogori/Magongo Local Government, Gabriel Dauda and a former Commissioner for Agriculture, Albert Soje Adesina. The anti-graft agency said the alleged antics are a ploy to delay their prosecution. A statement by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, alleged that the court bowed to the suspects’ request for an adjournment at a critical time they were to open their defence. The statement said: “The suspects were arraigned on April 1, 2010, with seven other top officials of the Kogi State Government before Justice Adamu Bello of the Federal High Court in Abuja. They were charged with money laundering and criminal misappropriation of public funds of over N800million. “One of the charges against the accused reads: “Gabriel Dauda, while being the Caretaker and Chairman of Ogori Magongo Local Government of Kogi State, and Albert Soje Adesina, while being the Commissioner for Agriculture, Kogi State, about 2004 in Kogi State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, conspired between

From Yusuf Alli, Managing Editor, Northern Operation

themselves to do an illegal act by involving in money laundering and criminal misappropriation of public fund to the tune of over N800million. “They had pleaded not guilty to the charges read to them and were granted bail for N100 million, with one surety each, who must be a Nigerian of honest and reasonable character, residing in Abuja and own land worth N100million. “The accused, however, applied and got the case file transferred to Kogi division of the Federal High court. “At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, Dauda and Adesina, who were supposed to open their defence, following the closure of the case by the prosecution, told the court that they needed more time as five of their witnesses were not in court. “But the prosecution counsel, Wahab Shittu, told the court that since the two accused persons were the principal witnesses among the defence witnesses, the two should mount the witness box and be cross-examined. “According to Shittu, since the EFCC has successfully prosecuted its case by calling six witnesses and tendered several exhibits, the adjournment which the accused were seeking was unnecessary. “The judge, despite the argument by the prosecution counsel, adjourned the case till December 4, 2012.”

Youths oppose appointment of new VC for FUT Minna


OME youths in Niger State yesterday protested the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Prof Musibau Akanji. The youth, under the aegis of Concerned Citizens of Niger State, staged a peaceful rally at Gidan Kwano campus of the school. Another group, on Monday, wrote the Governing Council of the university, threatening to burn down both campuses if Akanji was

Appeal Court upholds Uba’s election


HE Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu yesterday upheld the election of Senator Andy Uba as the duly elected senator for Anambra South. Chuma Nzeibe of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had appealed the judgment of the Election Petition Tribunal, which upheld Uba’s election as the senator for Anambra South. The Appeal Court struck out the seven issues Nzeribe raised on the grounds that they were baseless, frivolous and constitute an abuse of court processes. The appellant was fined N20,000 as relief to the plaintiffs - Uba, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INIEC). Following petitions by some of the candidates, the court had ordered a fresh election, which Uba won.

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sworn in as the sixth ViceChancellor. The council, at its 97th meeting on November 20, announced the appointment of Prof Akanji, despite a suit filed by three professors in the institution at a Minna High Court challenging the selection process that produced the new Vice-Chancellor. It was learnt that the development and a pending suit may be the reason the Minister of Education, Professor

Ruqqayatu Ahmed Rufa’i, directed that Prof Akanji’s swearing-in be put on hold. He was to take oath of office during the valedictory Senate session in honour of Prof Mohahammed Audu, the former Vice-Chancellor, whose five-year tenure ended on Monday. Locking the main gate of the campus as early as 7.30am yesterday, the 100 placard-carrying youths vowed to make the institution ungovernable if Prof Akanji was not dropped for their preferred candidate.

Emir of Zaria appoints Ma’ajin Zazzau


HE Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, has approved the appointment of Aliyu Ma’aji as Ma’ajin Zazzau. The Emir said the turbaning will hold at his palace in Zaria, Kaduna State, on December 21 at 2.30pm. Aliyu Ma’aji succeeds his father, the late Alhaji Iliyasu Kubau as the Ma’ajin Zazzau. In ancient Hausa/Fulani emirates, the Ma’aji was the designation given to a royal chief, who was responsible for the emirate’s economy and its treasury. Ma’aji was born on December 24, 1972 in Zaria, Kaduna State. He is an Assistant General Manager with responsibility for the Corporate Communications Department of Unity Bank Plc. A Mass Communications graduate of the Bayero University, he was the pioneer Group Business and Economy Editor of Daily Trust between 1999 and 2001. He left the newspaper and became the Head of Communications in two other banks between 2001 and 2004. Ma’aji joined the British American Tobacco (BAT) in 2004 and became the company’s West Africa Area Communications Manager in charge of Nigeria, Benin Republic and the Republics of Niger and Togo. He left the company in 2008 and joined Unity Bank Plc. Ma’aji led the bank’s rebranding project and drove its recapitalisation communications programme, including playing a prominent role in its corporate strategy and restructuring plan in 2010. A widely travelled and internationally trained professional, Ma’aji has attended several international Master’s classes in communications and business trainings in over 25 countries.




Kidnappers kill girl, 4, policeman in Benin


FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl and a policeman were yesterday killed in Benin, the Edo State capital by kidnappers. The girl was shot in the head when her mother ran into the kidnappers on Akpakpava road. Eyewitnesses said the kidnappers came out of their

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getaway vehicles, which were stuck in traffic and started shooting indiscriminately. The witnesses said the kidnappers ran into heavy traffic at Second Junction after abducting Dan Odiete, an Estate Surveyor. It was gathered that the

kidnappers shot at the vehicle driven by the girl’s mother, thinking she was after them. The witnesses said the girl and her twin sister were in school uniforms. It was learnt that her twin was injured. The policeman killed was said to be the kidnap victim’s orderly.

Two other persons, including a policeman, were shot. They were taken to the Central Hospital in Benin. A source at the hospital told The Nation that two of the victims were brought to the hospital. Police spokesman Anthony Airhuoyo said he was yet to get details of the incident.

Airhiavbere’s appeal suffers setback


N appeal filed by Maj.Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14th governorship election in Edo State, against a ruling of the lower tribunal, which stopped him from presenting additional witnesses, suffered a set-back yesterday. Airhiavbere is challenging the victory of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the election. A judgment of the appellate court yesterday would have determined whether Airhiavbere could call additional witnesses to testify at the tribunal. Airhiavbere’s attempt to call two witnesses to testify at the tribunal on Monday was rejected. There was confusion at the Court of Appeal when the suit was called. Oshiomhole’s counsel Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), ACN’s

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counsel Austin Alageh (SAN) and that of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Robert Emukperho, told the court that the suit number was strange to them. Olanipekun refused to take appearances after Airhiavbere’s counsel Efe Akpofure announced his appearance, saying he had no brief on suit number 320. He said the appeal listed for hearing was 320 but the one he had bore number 330. Olanipekun said: “I do not have 320 at all. I am still confused as to which appeal I am to appear for.” Akpofure told the court that the suit number for hearing was 330 and that the court registrar mistakenly recorded it as 320. He urged the court to take the appeal suit number 320 and

applied that the appeal with suit 330 be changed to 320. Akpofure requested a short break to enable him sort out the differences in the suit number. He said: “Suit 320 was listed today. The petitioner’s case will close tomorrow at the tribunal. We should take the appeal on the suit listed on the cause list. “There is no confusion. All the parties filed their briefs to the appeal. The mistake is by the registrar.” Justice Helen Ogunwumiju later read out a letter written by the tribunal’s Secretary, Ms. Josephine Aliu, which stated that the petitioner perfected the condition of appeal and paid for two records of appeal, but requested for one record of appeal. Alageh said the appeal was unknown and that it would be better to adjourn to enable the appellant sort things out with the registrar.


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apprehend the hoodlums. He urged the InspectorGeneral of Police to deploy more men and weapons to Auchi to unmask the culprits. Odubu commiserated with the relatives of those killed in the robberies. The monarch described the attacks as “coordinated” and urged residents not to be demoralised. The team visited those injured during the robbery at a private hospital. When the deputy governor

visited Auchi Police Area Command and Divisional Office, signs of the attack were everywhere. The roofs of the buildings were blown off and expended bullets and cartridges littered the premises. An Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) had been destroyed by dynamite and the fence and buildings were riddled with bullets. The team also visited the attacked banks. It was learnt that the robbers used dynamites to open the vault


HE trial of the suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, the former Private Secretary to Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, will begin today. The suspects were remanded in prison custody after they were arraigned in September. They are Garba Maisamari, Muritala Usman, Moses Okoro, Auta Ali, Umaru Adamu, Wilfred Iserhienhi, Hassan Babete and Idris Abdulhamid. Oyerinde was murdered by

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gunmen at his Benin home at about 2am on May 4. Chief Magistrate Francis Idiake had said the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter and ordered that the case file be sent to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for advice. At today’s trial, the court will respond to the DPP’s report, which exonerated the Executive Director of the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Reverend David Ugolor.

Edo Poly workers suspend strike



He opposed the oral application by Akpofure for temporary adjournment. Justice Ogunwumiju urged counsel to the respondents to announce appearances so that the confusion could be resolved. Olanipekun said the registrar should not be blamed for the confusion. He said: “We sympathise with them. You cannot use one record for two different appeals over a judgment delivered on two different days. The application to amend is totally incompetent.”

Govt officials visit Auchi attack victims DO State Deputy Governor Pius Odubu yesterday assured residents that those responsible for Monday’s attack on four banks and a police station in Auchi would be brought to book. He spoke at the palace of the Otaru of Auchi, A.H Momoh, Ikelebe III, shortly after addressing victims of the robberies. Odubu, who led government officials on an assessment tour, said the government would do everything possible to

Oyerinde: Suspects for court today

of one of the banks. Odubu was accompanied on the tour by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Julius lhonvbere; Majority Leader of the House of Assembly Philip Shaihu; Director of the State Security Service (SSS) Bello Bankori; Acting Commissioner of Police Mohammed Hurdi and the representative of the 4 Brigade Commander, Lt. Col. Olu Famakiwa. Hurdi said seven civilian casualties were recorded in the attacks.

ORKERS of The Polytechnic, Usen, Edo State, have called off their strike, following an agreement reached with the management of the school and the state government. The workers went on strike to protest the non-payment of their two-month salaries, nonremittance of eight-month checkoff dues by the school management

and the non-remittance of eightmonth cooperative deductions, among others. In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached with the Chief of Staff, Mr. Patrick Obahiagbon, who represented the government, the union agreed “to suspend the strike on the assurance that the government would listen to their yearnings”.

Integration summit today


HE Nigerian Youth Integration Summit will hold today at at the Silverbird Galleria, Victoria Island, Lagos, by 10am. It would be chaired by Mr. Ben Murray Bruce. The convener and former President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Dr. Chris Ekiyor, said the summit would explore how to foster unity in diversity. He said the summit aims to break the barriers of ethnic divisions. A book, ‘Fostering Unity in Diversity’, written by Beauty Odiakaa.

PUBLIC NOTICE RAINBO FAMILY FOUNDATION This is to inform the general public that the above named organization has applied to the corporate Affairs Commission for registration under part C of the Companies and allied Matters Act. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. TINA BANKU AGBOR———————————PRESIDENT 2. MR KINGSLEY DIBANG OGAR———————SECRETARY 3. MISS BEATRICE UGOCHI HEMESON AKPOBIRE The Aims and Objectives 1. To PROMOTE UNITY AND COMMON CAUSE FOR THE FAMILY Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission,Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.


Two held for ‘illegal sale of arms’ in Delta


WO middle-aged men have been arrested by the police in Ozoro, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State for “illegal sales of arms and ammunition”.

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Felix Efenijigho and Johnson Ugweba were arrested at a compound in the community during the alleged sale of arms and

ammunition to spies spent by the police. Items recovered from the suspects included one double barrel, 30 live cartridges, two jack knifes, one Army kit bag, one locally made single-barrel

gun and six ammunition. The Divisional Police Officer of Ozoro Police Division said the case had been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

DELSU lecturers decry incessant kidnappings HE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, branch yesterday decried incessant kidnappings in Ethiope East Local Government Area, which hosts the university.



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In a statement, the ASUU Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Mordi, said academics in the university are under siege, adding that kidnapping has become a weekly occurrence in the university

environment since 2011. He said university workers and their families have become easy prey for the hoodlums, adding that security agents have never arrested the masterminds of previous kidnap cases. Explaining that the

hoodlums are resident in the host community, the lecturers urged the police to sit up and apprehend them. They called for a well equipped vigilance outfit in their host communities to be complemented by the police and army.

NDDC donates vaccines, others to flood victims

HE Niger Delta D e v e l o p m e n t Commission (NDDC) has begun the distribution of typhoid vaccine, anti-malaria drugs and other medical consumables worth millions of naira to flood victims in the region. At Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, Governing Board Chairman, NDDC, Dr. Tarilah Tebepah, said the gesture was to prevent an outbreak of diseases in the flood ravaged communities.

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He said: “The flood took everyone unawares like most natural disasters, but we can anticipate what follows when the water recedes. T hat is why we have decided to intervene to save our people from preventable diseases.” The Managing Director, Dr. Christian Oboh, said the commission had earlier distributed relief materials to the victims. He said NDDC was mindful

of post flood realities, which include health hazards of different dimensions. He admitted that some lessons have been learnt from the floods, saying “we now know that we should be better prepared next time. For now, we will do our best to help alleviate the suffering of the people”. Representative of the North Central on the Board, Senator Tunde Ogbeha described the gesture as timely and assured

that the Commission will remain focused in providing succour to the people and meeting its developmental obligations. Director, Education, Health and Social Services in the Commission, Dr. Christiana Atako said the drug distribution started with Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Imo and Rivers States, while the other affected states of the region will be covered in the 2nd phase of distribution.




FOREIGN NEWS Saudi diplomat killed in Yemen


AUDI Arabia confirmed that one of its diplomats and his bodyguard were shot dead by gunmen in the Yemeni capital Sana’a on Wednesday. “Khaled al-Anazi, a Saudi assistant military attaché, and his Yemeni bodyguard were killed by unknown gunmen in Al Khamseen Street in Sana’a,” said a Saudi diplomatic source in the capital Riyadh. “Investigations are underway to identify those involved in the assassination,” added the source. Al-Anazi and his bodyguard were killed in a drive-by shooting, the Yemeni government-owned September 26 newspaper reported online. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, Abdullah al-Khalidi, the Saudi Deputy Consul, has been held captive in an unknown area since he was kidnapped in southern Yemen in March. Al-Qaeda had claimed responsibility for his abduction. Insurgents with suspected ties to al-Qaeda have widened their influence in Yemen, taking advantage of a weak central government

Teenage girl beheaded in Northern Afghanistan for refusing marriage


TEENAGE girl was beheaded by a relative in northern Afghanistan after she refused to marry him, police said on Wednesday. “Gisa, 15, was beheaded on Tuesday by her cousin Sadeq, in Khanabad district of Kunduz province after she and her family refused to allow the girl to marry him,”’police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Hosseini said. “Police arrested Sadeq and his friend Massoud, who had helped him to kill the girl,” Hosseini said.

Sadeq confessed that he killed the girl after she and her family rejected his request to marry her in spite of repeated appeals, Hosseini said. “On Tuesday, Sadeq and his friend, Massoud, entered the girl’s house. When they found out she was alone, they beheaded her with a knife.” Meanwhile, it will be recalled that Malala Yousafzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani girl was shot by the Taliban because of her campaign for girl education. She was targeted and nearly killed by the Taliban for supporting education for girls.

U.S. Disease Centre to boost health care in Nigeria T HE United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention has urged the Federal Government to take proactive measures to promote health-related issues in the country. Dr Okey Nwanyanwu, Country Director of the centre, made the call at a World AIDS Day press briefing organised by the United States Embassy in Abuja on wednesday. The briefing focused on “efforts to help Nigeria respond to health issues and outbreaks”. Nwanyanwu said there must be synergy among institutions for Nigeria to have a good health system.

“There has to be a modicum of veracity in the things we do and if we value the lives of people we have to make sure that we put sufficient resources and that those resources are transparently disbursed and used for the betterment of the health of our people. “I think the Federal Government is giving due attention to the health of the people but many people in the health system don’t understand what public health is all about. “A lot of money is spent in the tertiary institution; that’s the end stage of public heath

rather than on the primary side. “If you prevent things, you don’t have to cure. Curative therapy is always more expensive than prevention and a lot of people don’t want to spend money on prevention because the disease hasn’t occurred so they don’t want to spend money on something that hasn’t happened. “If you prevent that thing from happening it wouldn’t happen and at the end you have a lot more money in your hands. “They need to change things. The tertiary institu-

tions are getting better but they are not where they ought to be and that’s part of the reasons why Nigerians spends several hundred million dollars every year seeking health care overseas.’’ The director said the centre was working with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) through its Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme. He said the programme included training of personnel involved in investigation and surveillance of disease outbreaks in the country, adding that since inception in 2008, 73 outbreaks had been investigated.

Syria conflict: Twin bomb blasts rock Damascus


T least 34 people are reported to have been killed and many injured by two car bomb explosions in a south-eastern district of Syria’s capital, Damascus. State media said “terrorists” were behind the blasts in Jaramana and broadcast pictures showing several charred vehicles and damaged buildings. The district is predominantly Druze and Christian, two communities which have so far not joined the uprising.

Earlier, there were clashes between security forces and rebels in Jaramana. There has been fierce fighting in recent days in eastern parts of the countryside around Damascus, known as the Ghouta. Pro-government TV channel Addounia said the car bombs had exploded in Jaramana shortly after 06:40 local time (04:40 GMT) The car bombs exploded in an area which is predominantly Druze and Christian two minorities which President Bashar al-Assad’s gov-

ernment says it is protecting from “terrorist extremists”. These are not the first attacks in Jaramana to have been blamed on those seeking to overthrow the government. But in the past, the armed opposition has denied any involvement and repeatedly said it is targeting Mr Assad’s forces and not minority groups. Areas like Jaramana are heavily guarded by progovernment militia known as Popular Committees. The conflict in Syria is rapidly taking on a sectarian dimension. Earlier this month,

similar attacks took place in pro-government Alawite districts like Mezzeh 86 and Woroud. Meanwhile, government forces continue to bombard rebel-held areas in Damascus and elsewhere in the country that are predominantly Sunni. The opposition says the decisive battle to overthrow Mr Assad will be in Damascus. The city has become heavily fortified, with security forces personnel and checkpoints all over. Many people here feel the tension of further escalation yet to hit the capital.


Outrage over Sanusi’s sack call •Continued from page 1 He said the government was servicing civil servants, legislators and local government officials with 70 per cent of its income, leaving a paltry 30 per cent for development. But the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Civil Service Workers Union and Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) were up in arms against the CBN governor over his suggestion. The labour union called for his resignation or his sack by President Goodluck Jonathan. The NLC described Sanusi as an agent of death because, according to the Congress, he wanted to escalate the insecurity in the country. TUC President General Peter Esele said the problem of Nigeria is the greed of the elite. Esele said Sanusi should tell the people what the CBN budget is. “Sanusi is the most loquacious of Central Bank Governors. Central Bank governors all over the world and all other treasury governors comment on monetary policies, which is responsible for the growth of their economy. They are not headline makers; they only make news when necessary. The CBN governor should resign, if he is bored with the job or if the CBN is too small for him, and look for a job that will get him ready headlines. “ Nigerian people don’t know the cost of running the CBN. He should start from there. The House has been asking him for the budget of CBN, and he has been evasive,” Esele added. The NLC, in a statement entitled: “Sack Sanusi now”, signed by President Abdulwaheed Omar, said: “We see in Sanusi an agent of death that must be defeated and crushed before he further destroys the Nigerian economy. While President Jonathan is promising to create more jobs, Sanusi is calling for mass sack of civil servants in a country with one of the highest number of unemployed, which has indeed led to gross deprivation and the current state of insecurity in Nigeria. While we believe the Federal Government will ignore the ranting of this hollow economist, Sanusi has never demonstrated patriotism in all his advice on economic and financial management in Nigeria. “Sanusi’s only understanding of govern-

ance is simply about saving money and not saving lives as his proposals are repeatedly devoid of human content and without consideration for the implications on the larger society. The burden that will come with mass sack as high as 50 per cent of civil servants, in addition to the already saturated unemployment market can better be imagined. Governance is about improving the quality of lives of the people and not destruction of productive lives.” The NLC condemned Sanusi’s statement on local governments, saying, “No matter how inefficient the system is. Local government is an important tier of government in a federal system and what we need is to strengthen the system to enable it deliver good governance to the people as it is the closest to the grassroots.” The General Secretary, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, said he was surprised that the CBN governor could not differentiate between civil servants and public servants. He said the strength of the entire civil service is below 100,000. And that the public service, comprising the Army, Navy, Customs, EFCC, NAFDAC, among others, has 970,000 workers. Lagos lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) in a statement said Sanusi’s call is irresponsible. It is diversionary. It is an invitation to anarchy. The wage bill of civil servants is not the problem of the economy but the gross mismanagement, corruption and capital flight perpetrated by a parasitic ruling class. “The CBN has continued to distort the economy through galloping inflation, reckless manipulation of forex market and a deleterious monetary policy. In 2011, N245 billion was voted for fuel subsidy but the CBN illegally paid out N2.3 trillion for fraudulent fuel importation. “Mr Sanusi’s call is designed to cover up the unprecedented looting of the economy. Not less than N3 trillion has been channeled to bail out banks run down by his friends. The auditor-general of the federation has just disclosed that N4.4 trillion has been stolen by MDAs while NEITI has said that $9.8 billion has been withheld illegally by oil companies. On its own part, the Nuhu Ribadu-led PRSTF has reported a loss of over $50 billion. Why is Mr Sanusi not asking that the stolen funds be recovered? In the face of mounting unemployment, the retrenchment of workers by 50% is going to lead to an upsurge in armed robbery and other violent crimes.




Imo Volleyball team sends warning signal to Lagos

Rivers beat Bayelsa 71-63 A By Innocent Amomoh and Akeem Lawal


IVERS State began its gold quest in the Male Basketball event on a bright note by defeating Bayelsa State 71-63 points at the basketball court, Rowe Park on Wednesday. Other results also saw Kwara State beat Imo State 65 - 50, while Kaduna State showed superiority over Zamfara with a 64 – 44 points. Oyo State overpowered Gombe State 62 – 54points, while Enugu State failed to live up to expectation, losing 34 – 49 points to Plateau State. In the female event, FCT began its quest for the gold medal on a winning note beating Ondo State 43 – 34.

•Women Basketball event between Delta state and Ogun state, during the 18th National Sports Festival Eko 2012, Delta won by 45-31 Photo: JOHN EBHOTA

S the Volleyball games kick started yesterday in the ongoing 18th National sport Festival , Imo state male team have sent a warning signal to the host team, Lagos state, after they spank Kebbi state in a three straight win. The Owerri boys who will be traiding tackles with the host team today at the Teslim Balogun stadium defeated Kebbi state, 25-12 in the first set, 25-14 in the second set and the third set which was a tie exercise from the beginning to almost to the end,ended 27, 24. According to the Ogbonna Uche, head Coach Imo state male Volleyball team who spoke with our correspondent said “ Our victory today is a warning signal to Lagos state team. My boys are up to the task. As you can see they are not ready to show mercy, I mean they are not ready to toy with any game.”

Kwara boss commends Lagos for ‘glamorous’ opening ceremony


AGOS state has been commended for putting up a glamorous opening ceremony for the 18th edition of the National Sports Festival, ‘Eko 2012’ held at the Main Bowl of the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on Tuesday. Special Assistant to Kwara State governor on Sports, Suleiman Toyin Olokoba in a chat with NationSport said the opening ceremony has really showed the historical heritage of Lagos state as the show would go down in history going by the success it recorded. “Sincerely speaking, I really appreciate the opening ceremony and with what I saw, I believe that Eko 2012 will be a successful festival. The government of Lagos State has actually displayed their own culture and historical background of the State. It is

now a challenge to other states who will be hosting the subsequent ones. This shows that Governor Raji Fashola is really interested in sponsoring

of this festival and the state displayed what we know as their culture and it was really colourful. Though Kwara State finished

18th at the Garden City Games with five gold, six silver and 12 bronze, Olokoba, however believes the state will finish among the top ten states.

Evans boosts Eko 2012 with cartons of Glucose


VANS Medical PLC has identified with the 18th National Sports Festival tagged Eko 2012 by supporting the sports fiesta with some cartons of Glucose. At a ceremony held at the Lagos office of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) on Monday, the Marketing Manager, Evans Medical PLC, Richard Okpor, said the company was glad to partner with the 18th National Sports Festival, acknowledging the vital role sports play in unifying the country and encouraging friendship among its people.

Okpor added that the firm has over the years enjoyed a warm relationship with the government and people of Lagos State. In his own reaction, Sales/ Marketing Director Evans Medical PLC, Adeleye Oyewo believes the products will give the athletes enough energy that will assist them during the festival. Receiving the sponsorship package, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, Secretary-General of the LOC, expressed deep gratitude to Evans for its support. He assured the company that it would derive great value

from the partnership with the organisers.

•Spank Kebbi 3- 0 By Paul Oluwakoya The team captain, Christopher Ujunwaiwu, who was the talisman of the team with his height advantage, said Lagos fans won’t be a threat to the team “ We have passed through a lot iof training before now,

we have been exposed to a lot during our training in imo state, so I don’t think Lagos fans will in any way intimidate us, infact they can’t be a threat.” He said Meanwhile, kebbi state player, Yakubu Arugungun has promised to work hard in the next game in other not to go home early in the tournament.

NFF to organise fund-raising dinners for Eagles


HE Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) met at the Secretariat, Abuja on Wednesday, 2012 to discuss on pertinent issues in Nigerian football and decided as follows: The Committee set up an adhoc committee to organise fund-raising dinners for the sole purpose of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles’ participation at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be hosted by South Africa. Funds raised at these dinners will complement the expected grant from the Federal Government for the prosecution of the Super Eagles’ campaign. 1st Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh is Chairman of the committee. Executive Committee approved that the 2012 Annual

General Assembly of Nigeria football take place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on Thursday, 13th December 2012. Arrival of Congress members is set for Wednesday, 12th December, while departure is on Friday, 14th December. Committee resolved to invite Board Members of the Nigeria Premier League to a meeting at the NFF Secretariat on Thursday, 29th November 2012, to deliberate on all outstanding issues around the NPL, with a view to facilitating the holding of the NPL Congress and the commencement of the 2012/ 2013 League Season within the shortest possible time. The Executive Committee approved the re-constitution of NFF standing committees two years after their inauguration.

Development of athletes remain to priority for Lagos —Enitan-Oshodi


OST of the 18th National Sports Festival, Lagos, has said that developing its athletes to global standards rather than winning at all costs, remains a top priority for the state. Lagos State Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Wahid Enitan-Oshodi insisted yesterday that nothing was going to make the Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola derail from that policy thrust. Enitan-Oshodi, however, observed that that did not

preclude the state from picking the top spot from the ongoing EKO 2012, having put so much effort into preparing Lagos athletes to excel. “Gov. Fashola has not said that Lagos is not interested in winning Eko 2012. What he said is that developing our athletes from the grassroots will remain the focal point of his administration rather that dissipating energies on how to win with poached athletes,” observed Enitan-Oshodi at an interactive session in Lagos

yesterday. He revealed that the state way back in February hired six foreign coaches including American Lee Evans to help transform Lagos sports from the grassroots. The coaches are handling the states’ track & field, Swimming, Weightlifting, Boxing and Rowing at the ongoing games. The commissioner stressed that the youth development focus of the Fashola Administration informed why the opening ceremony was largely dominated by youths.






National Assembly can be bombed, say lawmakers Continued from page 2

southern governors should challenge their Northern counterparts on what they are doing to secure the lives of southerners living in their domain. The bombings, killings and attacks in the North were targeted at Christians and at Muslims who disagree with their extremist ideology, according to the pastor. He said it was all in its bid to exterminate Christianity and enthrone Sharia. Pastor Oritsejafor said: “We commend the efforts of the security agencies. However, with the way the sect members are succeeding in their attacks on military and other security posts and installations, including churches in their environments as evidenced in the bombing of a church inside the Command and Staff College, Jaji, it is obvious that they have not done enough. “I speak in this manner because as we are here, my heart goes to these brothers, sisters and children who have paid the supreme price in a

state that is supposed to be secular. “We cannot shy away from discussing it because the Boko Haram sect has become a presence that is always there, somewhere in the subconscious. “Those of us who receive daily distress calls from relations of victims of the sect’s members and our men on ground know how it feels. “Since July 26, 2009 when the sect members had their first clash with security agencies in Bauchi till today, Nigerians and, in particular Christians, have been subjected to all sorts of harm. “Without the security measures you have put in place, there would have been killings in the South in reprisal for the bombings and killings of their brothers and sisters in the North. “Why would your counterparts in the North not have such measures on ground to secure the lives of your people? We have reached the point where you should all speak out against this menace of Boko Haram.

“You should hold your colleagues who govern states where your people are being killed accountable. “You should ask for explanation, why your people are being displaced from their business places and killed in both open and private. You should let them know that their silence in the face of all these happenings is unacceptable. “The verdict of the International Criminal Court that the Boko Haram sect has committed crimes against humanity has again vindicated my stand that the American government and indeed the international community should, as a matter of urgency, designate Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. “We in CAN are strongly considering criminal charges against Boko Haram for crimes committed against Christians at the International Criminal Court because we cannot continue to fold our arms while the sect members continue with the killings of Christians in Northern Nigeria. That will be done soon,”

Pastor Oritsejafor said. For Anambra State Governor Mr. Peter Obi, it is time to say that enough is enough. He said governors would not continue to fold their arms and allow their people killed. According to him, those to be blamed are political leaders because of their greed and quest for money, but the church according to Obi, must help in building a better society. His words: “It is time for the church to take responsibility of correcting the political leaders. A country can not move forward in the face of too much greed, the level of greed; in the country is too high. “The church should equally help the government to identify the role models in the society; we need not to celebrate fraudsters in the society. “CAN should launch a fund to help our people and churches in the North who are suffering persecution; we need to go with our brothers and sisters in the North; we must hang together with

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ence in public life and international exposure will not know the powers and responsibility of a ruling party. ‘’The PDP sired the President Goodluck Jonathan-led Federal Government that controls the security agencies in the country, and the party’s Chairman is not unaware of this fact. If therefore he says the party should not

be blamed for the insecurity stalking the land, he definitely knows what he is saying, which is that the ‘PDP is clueless’,’’ it said. The party said Nigerians should take their destiny in their own hands by using every democratic means to get the PDP out of their lives, since the ruling party has wasted all of 13 years and billions of naira in the resources of the common-

wealth since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999. ‘’The insecurity that has now reached a level at which daring gunmen will attack the police and the military, the very institutions the country relies upon to ensure its internal and external security, is a reflection of the deep rot in other spheres of life in Nigeria. ‘’To be fair, the rot did not

start in 1999. But 13 years is a long enough time for a party that is worth its name to make an appreciable effort to turn things around. Sadly, the situation is worse today than it was 13 years ago. If the PDP says it should not be blamed for the country’s woes, it means it is finally ready to get the heck out of the scene to allow capable hands to take charge,’’ The ACN said.

them or one day, they will hang us.” “We will meet our counterparts in the North for a discussion on the issue of Boko Haram. Though we have been discussing it before

now, we can not allow our people to be slaughtered on a daily basis in the North. It is time for people to speak against what is wrong and evil in the society,” Obi said.

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N2.2billion. Resurfacing of some roads and remedial work on bridges in Garki and Wuse 1 Districts will cost N2.78billion. The construction of the new 150-seater banquet hall is awarded to Julius Berger Nig. Plc “for security reasons”. “The second project approved by Council is building of a 150-seater Banquet Hall in the Presidential Vil-

la. We notice that it is not in tandem with what is outside the country; even smaller countries have better banquet halls near the presidential residence and, of course, part of the things we are going to provide there is 150-seater with all the facilities that will cover the walk ways, security, Hall conveniences, technical room and press briefing room. The minister said the project would generate about 750 jobs during execution.

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be produced and personalised in Nigeria, in furtherance of the local content agenda and job creation agenda of the Ministry of Communication Technology and of course President Jonathan’s administration.” Mrs. Johnson added: “Anyone in the 36 states that enroll to get a social identity number will get the chip. It is on first come first served basis. We are immediately going to the 774 local governments with connectivity. At the

point of enrollment, you will be asked to show some form of identity that shows you are a Nigerian.” Other approvals are the contract for the engagement of consultants for Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) fiscal allocation and statutory disbursement audit 20072011, construction of the JosKafanchan 132 KV, rehabilitation of Umana-AgbaEbenebe-Amansi Akwa road and the construction of Ogrute-Umuida-Unadu-Akpanya-Oduru road.








IRST, a confession: The subject of this article is well known to this reporter. So, dear reader, take it easy, if you feel that there is a tinge of subjectivity here. But, I assure you, Notebook will be as conscientious as it has always been. Our first meeting was in September, 1974. The sun was getting set to set, its recession a bit slow. Behind the hills that ring the town, the sun was showing its face, bright but weak. And there he was, just after a long row of palm trees that lined the red - earth, dusty road that led to the school premises, mowing a field of green grass that had grown wild. He had on only a pair of white shorts, his trademark, as I discovered later. No top. As he looked up from what I later found out to be a routine task for him when students were on holiday, he wiped sweat off his brow and continued his business. I announced my presence. “Good evening sir.” “Pele o (hello). How’re you?” “I’m Gbenga Omotoso, the table-tennis player you discussed with Mr Babajide in Ibadan.” His face brightened up. He burst into laughter and seized my hand as he screamed: “Ping pong!” And so began my relationship with the man who paid my – and many others’ - way through secondary school, a teachers’ teacher, father of many children –none of them his, biologically - , worthy chief, consummate farmer, confident trainer and frontline humanitarian. Chief Guy Gargiulo, an Italian naturalised Briton, was the headmaster at Ajuwa Grammar School, Okeagbe – Akoko, Ondo State, from 1963 to 1978. He had had a short stint as Physics teacher at Igbobi College, Lagos before moving to Okeagbe to help give the school a push. He advanced in age to 80 on August 13, but all was quiet as he was away in England. He returned to Nigeria this month and a reception was held in his honour last Saturday on the premises where he helped shape the future of many students who are today prominent citizens: Otunba Solomon Oladunni, former Vice Chair, Mobil. Tuyi Ehindero, ex- Managing Director, Unilever, Zambia. Tunji Abayomi, rights activist-lawyer and politician. Akinwunmi Bada, ex-CEO, Transmission Company of Nigeria. Oba Oladunjoye Fajana, ex-African Development Bank/World Bank chief and now Ajana of Afa, Okeagbe. The Right Rev. Jacob Ajetunmobi, Bishop of the Anglican Communion, Ibadan Diocese. Tayo Alasoadura, former Commissioner for Finance, Ondo State. Commodore Sanmi Alade, Nigerian Navy. Mike Igbokwe, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and a legion of others in banking, sports, industry and government. There are not many people of whom one can say: “O…he had a great influence on my life.” Many there are who can proudly say this of GG, as we excitedly call him. All his efforts were geared towards imparting in us all the virtues to which he subscribed – hard work, courage, loyalty, endurance, honesty and more. He feared nothing. The only fear he ever had was being bitten by snakes, he told us. But the day he held one and was bitten, the fear ended. Then he started reading about snakes. We were taught how to catch and keep them. But GG

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Reminiscences (GG at 80)

Gentlemen, ti a ba ti n fi apari isu han alejo… (When hosts begin to show the guest the hard top of the yam, it’s time to leave.) But, why should I suffer to •THE UNIPORT FOUR: Tekena, Lloyd, Chidiaka, Ugonna get a permanent stay here after about 30 years? I still, even in my old age, contrib• Chief Gargiulo...on Saturday ute to building this great warned us never to go near the cobra, saying country. there was no remedy to its poison. The last time I visited, he had a snake, which he nicknamed Angelina, at home. His idea of education is not the mere acquisition of a certificate as a visa to some perceived Eldorado; not a theoretical exploration of some esoteric facts and figures, but a total package to prepare the youth for any challenge that life may hurl on their way. Every student was encouraged to learn a trade - bricklaying, auto mechanic and others. The Ajuwa Printing Press, which was run by students, was popular. It printed our exercise books, report cards, inspirational poems, such as Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling’s If, and the ubiquitous poster, “Speak English, remember your WASCE” that adorned our classrooms. Gargiulo persuaded us all to love farming we all had copies of a poem he wrote on Obasanjo’s Operation feed the nation (everything then was an operation; the military era) - as he led the way every evening. The maize farm was a beauty to behold, the sheer greenery and the glittering golden, thread-like strands sprouting from the cobs. The vast row of teak, their rustling leaves dropping in the harmattan. The short palm trees and their scarlet fruits. The gmelina. Our yam came from the school farm. The eggs we had once a week came from the school poultry. It was fun caring for the rabbits and watching the cows graze. Our farm products were sold and the proceeds invested in shares in the name of the school. For GG, sport was a priority. The yearly marathon was compulsory for all. So was

swimming. The community and the students built a dam to facilitate this. From the dark brown pool and the pontoon that were carved out of the dam, boys and girls were moulded into national champions. No fewer than two former students are now coaches . This reporter was a table tennis star, the very reason I won his heart. He believed that no student was so bad that there was no redeeming feature. He once told of a student who led the mechanic club. He was poor, academically, but Gargiulo predicted his greatness. The man rose to become a top Leventis Motors manager, admired by all for his deep understanding of Mercedes cars, just like the Germans. It was not all fun at Ajuwa. I recall a riot. GG had gone to Ibadan to buy books. The day he was to return, students stormed the OkeagbeIkare road, bearing cudgels and sticks. They were singing war songs. Some sympathisers

advised GG to stay away to save his life. He refused to. A few metres away from the school, he parked the van and walked, his face wreathed in a big frown, even as he asked the unruly students:”What’s going on here?” “You want to kill me? Go ahead now!” He was booming like a lion and swearing–he always did when seized by anger–. His hair sprang up and his hands betrayed red hot blood running through his veins. His face was red – it was always so whenever he got angry. One after the other, the students dropped their weapons, ran into hiding behind the palm trees and sneaked into the classrooms. GG, later in the night, relived the incident. He told me: “I saw that you, like the others, held a stick, but I was damn sure you wouldn’t hit me. It was the wise thing to do; otherwise you would be attacked.” I never knew he saw me among the mob. GG had few friends, among them the late Tai Solarin, the frontline educationist and critic. Gargiulo was always struggling to speak Yoruba. Why? The logic was that if he could speak Yoruba, there was no reason for us not to speak English. His favourite proverb is Aya nini ju oogun lo (Being bold is greater than having juju). To those who scorned him for always wearing shorts, he would say: Sokoto gbooro ko d’ola (Trousers are no symbols of wealth). He wore trousers only on special occasions, such as when a governor was visiting. When Immigration officials harassed him in Akure, the Ondo State capital, demanding his papers, they got more than they bargained for. They asked him to be reporting in their office every day, wondering why he would not relinquish his British nationality if he so much loved Nigeria. One day when he was tired of it all, GG faced the officials and said: “Gentlemen, ti a ba ti n fi apari isu han alejo…(When hosts begin to show the guest the hard top of the yam, it’s time to leave.” “They didn’t let me finish. They said ‘go; just go now!’ That was the end of the matter. But, why should I suffer to get a permanent stay here after about 30years? I still, even in my old age, contribute to building this great country.” The last time I visited my alma mater, less than two years ago, I learnt of how Gargiulo shed tears on seeing the destruction of his dream. I was touched. Ajuwa is a like a war – ravaged town, battered and bludgeoned by the very people who swore to care for it. Plundered. An old lady, used and dumped. Is this strange? No. Considering the rot in almost all areas of our national life, the fate of Ajuwa is not strange. But, when cometh another GG?

Obasanjo finds his size?


HEN former President Olusegun Obasanjo lampooned President Goodluck Jonathan’s handling of the Boko Haram monster, it was clear that a civil war was on in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Jonathan didn’t turn the other cheek. Cheeky Christian? Rather, he delivered a blow at the heart of Obasanjo’s much vaunted agility to tackle such problems. He said Odi was a disaster, an

atrocity against women and children. In fact, His Excellency was short of calling in the International Criminal Court. Enter Gen. Yakubu Gowon. He said Obasanjo’s castigation of Jonathan was “highly irresponsible”. Now, observers are asking: Has Obasanjo found his match?



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Terrorism: A worst nightmare is unfolding


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UST as everyone feared, another militant Islamic sect is gunning and bombing its way into national reckoning and into the lethal mix of homegrown terrorism. Two days ago, according to reports, a sect calling itself Jama’atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis Sudan (or Ansaru) claimed responsibility for the Monday morning attack on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) police facility in Abuja. Observers had thought that the wellknown Boko Haram had a hand in the attack. By accepting responsibility for the Abuja attack, Ansaru, which came into notoriety some months ago for its involvement in the Sokoto anti-terror showdown that killed a Briton and an Italian, seems to be the clearest evidence that Boko Haram has spawned hydra-headed monsters. Early this year, Boko Haram leaders had claimed they were not always behind every terror attack in the

Northern part of the country. Few believed them. But now, it is indeed evident that the Nigerian terror network has fragmented dangerously into ambitious groups and cells. Ansaru is believed to be led by a certain Abu Usamatul Ansar, and the sect fancies itself as the defender of the interest of Islam and Muslims in Africa. It also pledges to liberate those oppressed in detention centres by law enforcement agents. In addition it has ominously vowed to defend Muslims attacked by Christians in parts of Plateau State. The SARS attack was of course more symbolic than effective, but it indicated that splinter terror groups were beginning to come out of the closet and out of Boko Haram’s shadows. There will be many more terror groups revealing themselves in the coming weeks and months and planning and executing desperate attacks to prove their

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relevance and power. There may also be countervailing militia groups dedicated to protecting, as in Plateau State, those attacked by Islamic terror groups such as Ansaru. It is not only the rest of the country that must now battle the horrible nightmare of terror groups’ proliferation, increasingly too, the original Boko Haram may as a result become more vulnerable to a denudation of its influence and power. It knows that it is actually in danger of being overshadowed by either more focused or better organised terror groups. It may, therefore, feel that a better strategy is to negotiate while it still has value. But more than anything else, including the possible weakening of Boko Haram’s internal cohesion, the danger to the country of a fragmented terror network is real and in fact apocalyptic. Nigeria’s nightmare may just be starting.

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