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IG: Maina has escaped Police to put ransom on pension chief’s head

JUSTUS ESIRI (1942 - 2013)


NOTHER chapter has closed in Nigeria’s entertainment industry, with the death on Tuesday night in Lagos of foremost actor Justus Esiri. He was 70. The late Esiri hit the limelight with his teacher’s role in the long-running soap on national television in the 1970s – The Village Headmaster. He became a prominent face in Nollywood, playing key roles. News of his death was broken by his son - a celebrity in his own right – Sidney at about 1:00am on Wednesday. Sympathisers visited the family house in Surulere, Lagos Mainland, but no one was willing to speak on how the veteran actor died. Sidney is also believed to have barred Esiri’s widow Omiete from speaking to reporters. The late Esiri hailed from

From Onyedi Ojiabor, Abuja


MBATTLED Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT) boss Abdulrasheed Maina has absconded, Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar said yesterday. Senators are asking Maina to account for about N469 billion, which they claim has been mismanaged. They asked the police to seize him, but the PRTT chief claimed his life was being threatened. Abubakar appeared before the Senate Committee on Police Affairs to answer questions on his inability to apprehend Maina. The IGP said that Maina absconded immediately after the withdrawal of police orderlies attached to him. He has not been seen since then, he added. He told the senators that he was prepared to place a ransom on the head of the fleeing PRTT boss, if that could assist in apprehending him. But the lawmakers insisted that Maina must be arrested and brought to face the Senate panel over his role in the management of pension funds. The senators mandated the IGP to engage the International Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to track Maina. Abubakar told the senators that the delay in signing the 2013 budget had made it difficult for the police to announce a reward for anyone who could help to apprehend Maina. He, however, promised that the police would deploy every available means to apprehend Maina as soon as possible. The police chief explained that in compli-

•Total pension cash allegedly mismanaged

•Pension cash iscovered missing in December 2012

•The cash that Maina says he has saved for the govt


•Ghost pensioners Maina claimed he removed from the system


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Delta State. President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday led the tributes to the actor. Governors Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) and Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta) also paid tributes. A statement by presidential spokesman Dr. Reuben Abati quoted Dr. Jonathan as describing the late Esiri as “an epitome of excellence and creativity”. Fashola, in a letter to the widow, described the late Esiri as “easily one of Nigeria’s most celebrated artistes”. Uduaghan described the late Esiri as “a legend who brought prestige and honour to Nollywood and the acting profession in the

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•Pension cash allegedly diverted (2005 - 2011)

By Victor Akande, Entertainment Editor

IBB, Dasuki on terrorists’ hit list

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‘Village Headmaster’ Esiri dies at 70

•The late Esiri

HE State Security Service (SSS) yesterday paraded three suspects allegedly linked to espionage and terrorist activities with the backing of some Iranian fundamentalists. SSS spokesperson Marilyn Ogar named the main suspect as Abdullahi Mustapha Berende, who trained in modern Shi’a Islamic teaching (Da’ awa) at the Imam Khomeni University, Iran. Investigation by the SSS revealed that Berende was recruited by some Iranian ele-

•Gen. Babangida

ments when he returned to Iran for further studies in 2011 and was trained in the use of AK 47 assault riffle, pistols, production and detonation of Improvised Continued on page 6

Budget: Jonathan’s meeting with lawmakers deadlocked Executive, legislature disagree on four key areas





NEWS JUSTUS ESIRI ( 1942-2013) Timeline of a veteran actor

1942 Born on November 20, 1942 in Oria-Abraka, Delta State. The late actor later attended Urhobo College, Effurun in the then Bendel State, Warri, now Delta State.

1964 He attended the Maximillan University, Munich, German. He proceeded to the Prof. Weners Institute of Engineering, West Berlin, 1967 and the Ahrens School of Performing Arts, 1968.

1968 He started his acting career in Germany. He was the only Nigerian male performing on stage between 1968 and 1969. He also worked for Voice of Nigeria, German Service as a translator.

1969 While performing on stage in Germany, a delegation from Nigeria saw him and invited him home to perform in a government-sponsored programme. He never returned to Germany after the programme.

Jonathan, PDP, colleagues bid farewell to ‘Headmaster‘Esiri H

E read the oration at the burial of the late Enebeli Elebuwa last December. In his oration, he said he met the late Nollywood actor in 1978. “When I turned a warehouse into a studio, he was the one that helped in the design and he was good at it,’’ he said. The orator was Justus Esiri. He died on Tuesday night, about two months after he heaped praises on the late Elebuwa. It was the turn of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his colleagues and Nigerians to heap encomiums on him yesterday for his contribution to the movie industry. His death came a few days after an Abuja-based Nollywood actor, Collins Ifeanyi and a pioneer member, Lagos State chapter of Actors’ Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Lugard Onoyemu, died. Jonathan, in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Dr. Reuben Abati, described the late Esiri as an epitome of commitment, excellence and creativity. Jonathan said Nollywood actors have carved a positive image for Nigeria in the eyes of the international community. The late Esiri, a Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), contributed in no small measure to the creation and sustenance of that image, he said. The President said the movie industry and the country would greatly miss the popular actor who came to national limelight with his acclaimed performance in the popular television series, Village Headmaster and other movies. He commiserated with the Esiri family, the government and people of Delta State and all fans of the revered actor. Jonathan also condoled with the Nollywood family on the passage of a notable member, mentor, pioneer and inspiring actor. He enjoined the younger members to keep the late Esiri’s legacy alive by promoting higher standards in their movies. The PDP described Esiri’s death as a national loss. The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Olisa Metuh, said in a statement in Abuja that the late Esiri was an epitome of virtue. He said the late Esiri used his talent to teach values and patriotism and urged the younger ones to emulate him. Metuh said the late Esiri contributed immensely to the development of the nation's movie industry, adding that his memory would remain fresh in the hearts of Nigerians. `` The nation will indeed miss his wealth of experience and dedication to duty.'' Metuh commiserated with the Esiri family, the government and people of Delta and the Nollywood family, and prayed to God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss. The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) described the late Esiri’s death as painful and an irreplaceable loss to the creative industry. In a statement by its Head, Public Affairs, Mr Brian Etuk, NFC said the late Esiri carved a niche for himself. The statement quoted Mr Afolabi Adesanya, Managing Director/Chief Executive of the corporation as saying “the veteran and legendary actor was a great influence to all television and movie lovers.’’

•The late Esiri (left) and others on the set of the Village Headmaster

Fashola, Uduaghan mourn


AGOS State Governor Babatunde Fashola and his Delta State counterpart, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, yesterday mourned the death of the late Justus Esiri, saying the nation's film industry would be poorer for it. In a letter to the widow of the deceased, Mrs. Omiete Esiri, Fashola recalled that the late Esiri, whom he described as "easily one of Nigeria's most celebrated artistes", took the nation by storm with his titular role in the Village Headmaster. Fashola said: "Easily one of Nigeria's most celebrated artistes, I recall with nostalgia that following the heyday of theatre arts, this stage veteran shot into the limelight in the 1980s, with his pioneering role in the popular Television drama series, the Village Headmaster, in which he played the eponymous character." Fashola enjoined the family to be consoled by the rich legacy which the deceased artiste left behind in the Entertainment Industry as a whole, "where, aside leaving his own footprints, he has also bequeathed his son, the multi-award winning musician, Sidney, or Dr. Sid, who is the rave of the moment in the entertainment industry". Uduaghan described the late Esiri as a legend who brought prestige and honour to Nollywood and acting profession in the country. The governor, in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Felix Ofou, in Lagos said: "He was not only one of the pioneer actors in the country, the late Justus Esiri brought uncommon touch and professionalism to his trade. He was renowned and honoured wherever he went. He was a legend." By Victor Akande Entertainment Editor

“He carved an enviable niche for himself in the Nigerian motion picture industry as a character, actor, skillful and always at his best on the screen.’’ Adesanya, who expressed shock about the sad news, said that the good work of Esiri would continue to resonate for a long time to come. “He was one of the nation’s finest actors dating back to the 80s when he played the lead role in the now rested Village Headmaster series,’’ he said in the statement. Adesanya said the late Esiri’s role and contributions to the growth of the Nigerian motion picture industry would be remembered. “His contributions were rewarded with the national honours award of Officer of the Order of the Niger by the Federal Government in 2007,’’ he said. He said Esiri had appeared in sev-

eral Nigerian television soaps and series as well as featured in films. He said that the actor played Chief Esuga in Supple Blues, Obierika in Things Fall Apart and Prof. Ofori in Delicate Matters, among other movie busters. The Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), in a statement, said the late Esiri’s death has thrown the industry into a mournful mood. The President of the Guild, Miss Ibinabo Fiberesima, described Esiri as a “father”, who mentored her in the Nollywood industry, adding that she would miss the erudite actor. She also described the death of the veteran actor as shocking, saying that the actor was fantastic and very supportive to the guild. The Chairman, AGN Abuja chapter, Mr Agility Onwurah, described Esiri’s death as one death too many, adding that it marked the fourth within a week. “This is a big blow to the industry,

it is getting too bad and I am short of words,“ he said. National Vice President of the Guild, North Central Zone, Ibi Andrew, said the late Esiri’s death was a great disaster and a bad signal in the Nolly wood industry. He said: “It is a bad omen; I am surprised at the sudden death of this great actor. The death of actors has been on the rise since we took over this administration ``. According to Andrew, the industry was trying to contend with the barrage of bad news coming from the entertainment industry. He advised members of the industry to seek “the face of God and his divine intervention in the affairs of the industry.” Many music and movie stars took to the social media yesterday to mourn the deceased. Music star J Martins said: “May God grant Dr. Sid and the family the fortitude to bear the sad loss of his dad and a veteran actor. R.I.P Justice Esiri.” Hip-hop star D'Banj said he received the news with a heavy heart. He said: “With a very heavy heart, I sympathise with the family of the late Justus Esiri. He was a great man and his legacy shall continue forever.” An actress, Susan Peters, prayed to God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Ace producer Emem Isong said the late Esiri would be greatly missed. Actor and ex-host of the Guilder Ultimate Search Chidi Mokeme said the country had lost another great thespian. Star actress Stella Damasus described the late Esiri as her ” TV dad”, adding: “Just don't know what to say but it is well.” In a tribute on the Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET), the late actor was described as scandal-free. The tribute reads: “Soft-spoken but firm, Esiri was a fun-loving and scandalfree actor who brought respect and regard for a profession that was for many years looked down on by the Nigerian society. “And it is no surprise that one of his sons is today a leading entertainer in his own rights, making music that’s making millions happy. Dr. Sid, one of Esiri’s sons who broke the news of his death yesterday, spent years studying to become a dentist, before dumping his certificate and facing music. ‘I just called him and told him both the negative and positive aspects of the entertainment industry and he has to be focused. I scolded but gave him my blessing and he picked up,’ Esiri once said of his son’s choice. “A recipient of the Nigerian national honour, THEMA Awards, NTA Honours Awards and AMAA Awards, amongst many others, he was a greatly decorated performer who won accolades home and abroad for his talent, hard-work and consistency.” The late Esiri died a few days to the premiere of his most recent film, The Assassin’s Practice, which opens in cinemas on Friday. In the movie directed by Andrew Ukoko, the deceased played the role of a failed stock investor, Eviano, who hired an assassin (Eve Person) to stage his suicide and make it look like a botched robbery so that his wife (Kate Henshaw) and daughter (Sarah Akokhia) would live off his life insurance.

•The late Esiri

Death and the Village Headmaster’s men It was the television drama to watch for the time it lasted. The Village Headmaster created by the late Segun Olusola has lost several of the actors who made it tick, writes DUPE AYINLA and OVWE MEDEME


HE soap was rested in 1984, after running for over a decade and making impression on many Nigerians. it was re-introduced a year later, with Dejumo Lewis as the producer. Lewis, better known as the Oloja of Oja in the rested NTA drama series, 'The Village Headmaster', said: "We were not given any valid reason. Some of



NEWS JUSTUS ESIRI (1942-2013) 1984 The Village Headmaster in which veteran Femi Robinson was the headmaster was rested by the management of the NTA, paving the way for the late Esiri to emerge as his replacement in the new Village Headmaster.

1985 Veteran actor and producer Dejumo Lewis, who was the traditional ruler in the rested series, cast the late Esiri as the headmaster in the new Village Headmaster, with Tade Ogidan as director.

1989 The late Esiri’s reign as the village headmaster in the new Village Headmaster came to an end as NTA finally rested it and efforts to bring it back since then has never produced any meaningful result.

2007 The late Esiri was awarded a national honour of the Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) by the Federal Government for his contributions to the development of the country’s movie industry.

2013 He died February 19 at a time the movie industry was yet to recover from the death of talented actors, such as the late Enebeli Elebuwa, Pete Eneh, Akin Ogungbe and Bisi Komolafe.

Their stars dimmed before his Few days before Justus Esiri’s death, two of his colleagues, Collins Ifeanyi and Lugard Onoyemu, died, increasing the population of Nollywood stars who have passed on, write MERCY MICHAEL and AHMED BOULOR

Bisi Komolafe

•The late Olusola

She would have made it into the new year, but death snatched her away on December 31, making hers the last of the many deaths which hit the entertainment industry last year. The late Bisi Komolafe died in Ibadan, throwing the film industry into mourning. The thespian, who was engaged to be married to her Canada-based fiancé, died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, after several weeks of complications, arising from a miscarriage. The late actress was said to be six months pregnant when the complications arose. She had been living in Lagos with her fiancé, Mr. Ijaduola, after their engagement. She suddenly took ill three months ago and was admitted at the UCH. The late Komolafe, who became popular for her roles in flicks like Igboro ti Daru and Eja Tutu, was a member of the Odunfa caucus of the Yoruba film industry. A second child, the late thespian was said to be the bread-winner of her family.

Pete Eneh

Veteran actor Pete Eneh died on November 15 , few days after he had one of his legs amputated due to an infection , at Park Lane Hospital in Enugu. His health was said to have deteriorated after the amputation. The infection, according to reports, started in 2011, after he sustained an injury. His case worsened due to lack of proper medical attention. The actor was said to have been amputated to stop the infection from spreading to other parts of his body. Eneh was said to be diabetic. He spent three months at the hospital before he was advised to get the leg amputated to reduce the risk of the infection spreading to other parts of his body. The amputation took place after efforts to save the leg was unsuccessful. Until his death, the actor, who was often cast as Patience Ozokwor (Mama Gee’s stage husband in movies), was then said to be taking the situation in its stride. Eneh featured in hit Nollywood movies, such as; Naomi, Not Your Wealth, Lonely Life (2006), Divided Kingdom (2005), Price of Ignorance (2005), Heavy Rain (2004), Arrows (2003) and By His Grace (2003) among others.

Enebeli Elebuwa

•The late Olayemi

Enebeli Elebuwa was a prolific actor who had over 130 movies to his credit. The Delta State-born actor, who was born on February 14, was one of the most acknowledged and respected faces in the entertainment industry and on the African continent. Elebuwa, who died at 65, was fondly referred to by friends as ‘Andrew’ because of his role in a Federal Government public service advertisement in 1984. He shot into prominence with the advertisement in which he advised Nigerians against travelling abroad but to find ways of making the country a better place to live in. The late actor, whose first movie role was in Sanya Dosunmu’s 1974 celluloid film, Dinner with the Devil, was hit by a strange ailment, resulting in stroke. The deceased was one of the pathfinders of the Nigerian movie industry, with about 125 movies to his credit.

James Iroha (Gringory)

Veteran actor and member of the rested soap, New Masquerade, James Iroha (aka Gringory Akabogu) died at 69 on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The series was immensely popular in the 1970s and 1980s and was a family delight. Before his death, Gringory was living in abject poverty. He cried out in vain for rehabilitation. He was said to be suffering from an eye ailment. Gringory retired from active public life at a traditional ceremony in December 2011 known as Igboto mma in Amokwe Item, Abia State.


•The late Elebuwa

the tested hands and notable figures left in frustration. When I was called upon to produce the new Village Headmaster series, I put in my very best, brought in Tade Ogidan as one of the producers/directors and cast Justice Esiri as the new village headmaster from Femi Robinson.” He produced it between 1985 and 1989 when the the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) suspended it. Till today, it remains a talking point. No wonder, the NTA attempted to remake it, under the name the new Village Headmaster. Apart from the impression the soap made on people, the men who made it tick also made impressions with their personal lives. At a point, some of its cast members became traditional rulers of their places of birth. The late Funsho Adeolu, who played the role of Chief Eleyinmi, was the Alaaye of Ode-Remo, Ogun State. So

was Oba Wole Amele, Oba Wole Amele, who acted as ‘Counsellor Balogun’ in the rested Village Headmaster. He was the Alara of Aramoko, in Ekiti State. Then, at a point, the concern was that the Village Headmaster clan was being depleted by death. The death two days ago of Justus Esiri, who was the headmaster in the soap, brought up the concern once again. Last year, Enebeli Elebuwa, who played the role of a police officer in the now rested popular soap, died. Its creator and producer, Chief Segun Olusola, died last year too. His wife, Elsie Olusola, a.k.a Sisi Clara, died earlier. Barely two months after the death of Segun Olusola, actor Albert Kosemani Olayemi, who played the role of Gorimapa, also passed away. The actor, who was in his late seventies, died on Friday, August 24,

2012, after battling an undisclosed illness. Olayemi was a foundation member of the late Ojo Ladipo’s group, Awada Kerikeri, where he sharpened his acting talent before his foray into the acting world. Amele died in 2008, after a brief illness. In addition to Village Headmaster, Amele also acted in Kosegbe alongside Jide Kosoko and Kola Oyewo. He again took part in Ayo Ni Mofe, Oleku, and Toluwanile. Amele’s last production before he became a king was in Coming to Africa, a movie he made to tell the story of his struggle to the throne. Joe Layode, who acted the part of a teacher and answered the name Garuba, is dead too. Chief Leke Ajao, alias Kokonsari, died in January 2009. Ajao, who played the role of the Ifa priest of the Oja Village, died in his home town, Iwo, Osun State. He was in his 60s.

Lekan Oladipupo, better known as Gorgio Lekinson, died in January last year in Osogbo, Osun State of heart-related disease. Lekinson was a hugely talented Yoruba actor renowned more for his role in Koto Aye, a classic Yoruba movie, featuring A-class Yoruba actors.


Star actor Hammed Odunla, popularly known as Dento, lost the battle to stroke on August 6, 2012. He was in intensive medical care for months before he died. He was buried according to Islamic rites on the following day at about 10am. Besides being off stage for about five years, he was unfit to practise tailoring, his first job to which he returned.

David Ihezie

David Ihezie, 70, died January last year after a protracted battle with illness. The Enugu-based thespian was one of the most respected elders in the motion picture industry, and he would be missed, not just for his acting prowess, but for the fatherly role he played among actors during his life time.

Akin Ogungbe

Akin Ogungbe, 80, popularly known as Baba Ibeji, died in November, last year. In the seventies, the late Ogungbe acted the role of Baba Ibeji in a Yoruba photo play magazine, Atoka. Ogungbe was a household name, ranking among the likes of the late Hubert Ogunde, Moses Adejumo (Baba Sala), the late Duro Ladipo, Baba Ajimajasan, the late Baba Mero, the late Oyin Adejobi, and the late Ade Love. He, alongside others, pioneered the Nigerian stage performance artistes, who ventured into celluloid film production before the advent of home videos. -Taiwo Bello A producer and director, Taiwo Bello died in Lagos on February 14 last year, exactly a month after his last birthday anniversary. Bello collaborated with some of the big names in the Yoruba movie industry, including star actress Funke Akindele, on some movie projects. He co-wrote the hit movie - Jenifa - with Akindele and worked with her on his 2010 movie, Omije Mi. Bello was bed-ridden for months with cancer.




Banker in dock for alleged N6m theft By Precious Igbonwelundu

A 39-YEAR-OLD female banker, Morenike Ariyibi, was yesterday arraigned before a Yaba Magistrates' Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing N6million. The defendant, a resident of 32, Ebwerie Street, Okota, was said to have stolen the money belonging to Union Bank Plc. She is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. Prosecuting Assistant Superintendent of Police, Felix Ifijen, told the court that offence was committed between June 2011 and August 2012, while the defendant was an employee of the bank. "She conspired with others still at large to commit the offence." "Ariyibi falsified records and withdrew from the bank coffers, without any authorisation, a total sum of N6 million." He said the offence contravened Sections 409 and 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011. Ariyibi pleaded not guilty and was granted N500,000 bail by Magistrate P.A. Ojo with two sureties in like sum. Ojo adjourned the case till March 14.

Kalakuta holds anniversary AS part of activities to mark the 36th anniversary of the burning of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's Kalakuta Republic, the musician's son, Seun, will perform live at the New Africa Shrine on Saturday. Kalakuta was burnt down by soldiers on February 18, 1977. Seun, who is currently working on his third album, due for release in the last quarter of the year, has promised to thrill his fans with the best of Afro Beat vibes from his last album, 'From Africa With Fury', RISE and Fela's evergreen numbers. The show, he said, would be exciting as it will be spiced with yabis.

Pa Adeleye for burial THE remains of Chief Joshua Adetunji Adeleye, the Babalaje of Aga land (Baba Joadson) and father of Taiwo Adeleye, Assistant General Manager (Marketing), Mansard Insurance Plc, will be interred this weekend in Lagos. A service of songs was held yesterday, at 6, Irepo Street, Iju Water Works Gate, Lagos. The funeral service will hold at Arafa Hall, 10, Arowofela Bus Stop, Ajuwon Road, Iju tomorrow, followed by interment at 6, Irepo Street. Guests will be entertained at Sonmori Hall, 9, Fred Williams Street, Lonlo Bus Stop, Iju Station. The late Adeleye is survived by his widow, Margaret Adunni and children, Mrs Omolade Goriola, Adeyemi, Taiwo, Kehinde, and Adejoke Osinowo.

Deputy Speaker Ihedioha bags award DEPUTY Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha has been nominated to receive the 2013 African Achievers Award on Leadership and Good Governance. A letter of nomination by organiser's advisory board described Ihedioha as "a dynamic parliamentarian whose exposure and experience has brought a new lease of life to the Nigerian House of Representative." This year's awards ceremony will hold at Hilton Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya on February 23. Previous recipients of the award include Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rt. Hon. Joyce Banda, Malawi's President, Hon. Thokhozani Khupe, Zimbabwe's Deputy Prime Minister, Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State and others. According to the organisers, the award is to recognise "excellent individuals and organisations that have distinguished themselves in their contribution to the growth and development of Africa."

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'Help, my wife's, daughter's killer is after me' H

IS wife and daughter were killed. Now, he is in danger too; the suspected killer is threatening to kill him. The man, Henry Ekene Ozor, cried out yesterday to the police for protection. Ozor alleged that Henry Chibueze had threatened to kill him within seven days. In tears, Ozor relived how Chibueze allegedly killed his daughter in Igando, a Lagos suburb, four days ago. He prayed the government to save his life and that of his two surviving daughters, Bethel and Victory, from "this nightmare." "The killer has been calling my phone since Saturday, threatening to fish me out and kill me as well. He even sent SMS to me that no matter where I hid, he would kill me within seven days," Ozor said. An SMS shown to The Nation read: "Henrri, if u don't want to pk my call eni place u like ron enter, I we get u.”(sic). Ozor lamented that his sevenmonth pregnant wife, Praise, and seven-year-old daughter, Happiness, were among the seven persons killed by Chibueze. Chibueze was said to have gone berserk when Praise's younger sister, Sandra Ijedinma, who was dating him, said she was no longer interested in the relationship. Those who survived the attack were Bethel; the late Praise's elder sister, Mrs Ngozi Odia, and three of her children. The survivors are in hospital; the others' bodies have been deposited at a morgue. Ozor said: "My life is at risk. Government and the police should come to our rescue. This man should be apprehended. I do not even know where to start from. Chibueze has been threatening me ever since he killed my family members. He came to my house between 8:30 and 9pm on Saturday. "It was Sandra's twin sister, Katherine, who saw a man scaling the fence. When she looked

By Precious Igbonwelundu

closely, it was Chibueze. She asked him what he was doing there and why he scaled the fence. "Getting closer, Katherine said she saw him with a gun while he tried to escape, but Chibueze told her he was here to kill everybody. He said Katherine was the one who told her twin sister not to marry him and ordered her to lift her clothes up that he wanted to shoot her in the stomach. Katherine obeyed out of fear; he shot her but she jumped up and the bullet hit her thigh." Ozor said Chibueze went inside his house where his teenage children had scurried into hiding out of fear. He said: "That bastard shot my wife before my kids. Out of fear, they went to hide under the bed, but he fished out my innocent children and shot them one after the other. "Happiness could not survive the bullet; she died on the spot, but Bethel survived. Then, threeyear-old Victory was the only one spared. She was there and saw how the man shot them. What is our offence? Was it my family that jilted him? Or is he even the first man to be jilted? I have never seen this kind of thing in my life. It is like a horror film to me." He described his late daughter as "intelligent", adding: "She was full of hopes for a bright future. She was a very peaceful and innocent girl that knew nothing about the man in question." Ozor, who recalled that Sandra brought Chibueze to his house about four months ago and introduced her as his lover, said she later changed her mind on the relationship when she discovered the suspect was a kidnapper. He said: "The killer has visited my house. Sandra brought him when he was proposing marriage to her. She met him in Port Harcourt about four months ago. She said she was at a bus stop when the man approached her and that was how they started

‘Getting closer, Katherine said she saw him with a gun ... Chibueze told her he was here to kill everybody. He said Katherine was the one who told her twin sister not to marry him and ordered her to lift her clothes up that he wanted to shoot her in the stomach. Katherine obeyed out of fear; he shot her but she jumped up and the bullet hit her thigh’

dating. He proposed marriage to her and asked her to resign from her job as an Optician at Madonna University, Elele. "When she told her parents, they were opposed to her resignation, saying that it was an unwise decision to take. Along the line, she discovered his secrets that he was a deadly kidnapper and criminal and said she was no longer interested in the relationship. "So, he felt that since we know his secrets, he is no longer safe. That is how the man started hunting us. He said he is going to kill everyone related to Sandra and now, he has taken seven lives in one day. It would have been nine if my daughter and Katherine did not survive the bullet. After killing Sandra, he took her phone and has been calling me with her phone number. Even the SMS he sent to me was through her phone number. "I have been devastated since this incident occurred. I have not even changed my dress or had my bath. I am even afraid to go to my house. After attacking my home, he went to my wife's elder sister, Mrs. Ngozi Odia, where he killed Ngozi and three of her children. As it stands now, we are all scared. We need the government

•Braide to come to our rescue." Sympathisers have been trooping in to commiserate with Ozor, who has been given 24-hour protection by the police. A sympathiser, who pleaded anonymity, described the situation as unfortunate, adding: "The man is heartless. Why did he not face his girl-friend and leave others out? Why did he not leave the little children out of the issue? He won't go unpunished. "I learnt that the police were also guarding her parents who are in Agbor, Delta State. My kinsman has spent nothing less than N200, 000 on hospital bills since this incident occurred. The states and the Federal Government should wade into this matter and get that criminal arrested." At the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), where the victims are receiving treatment, sternlooking policemen were seen on guard yesterday. Two vans were stationed there with policemen; others patrolled. Lagos State Police spokesperson, Ngozi Braide, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), said yesterday that no arrest had been made in respect of the matter because investigations were still ongoing.

Police arrest suspected mastermind of Lagos blast


man suspected by the police to have planted the explosive device that killed a sand dredger, Oladele Pius, under the Amowo-Odofin/FESTAC link bridge on Monday, has been arrested. Police sources said the suspect was arrested early yesterday by undercover policemen who had been keeping watch over the blast scene since Monday. Sources at Area 'E' Police Command, FESTAC Town, Lagos disclosed that the suspect was arrested when he came to remove power cables from the scene. The police, The Nation learnt, are investigating the cable's connection with the explosion as it was passed through the canal to the fence where the device was planted. It was gathered that the suspect who

By Jude Isiguzo

is currently being interrogated at the Police Area Command had made useful statement. Sources disclosed to our reporter that the suspect is an Ijaw man from Delta State, who was said to be an employee of the late Pius. The suspect, it was learnt, had mentioned the names of nine others who were involved in the explosion. On Tuesday, The Nation reliably gathered that the police had arrested those who spoke with the deceased shortly before the explosion occurred. Attempts to get an official comment on the arrest failed as the Area Commander, Mr Dan Okoro, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), did not answer calls put through to him. Lagos Police Commissioner, Mr

•Scene of the blast...on Monday Umar Manko confirmed that his men were holding somebody in connection with the incident. He, however, said he could not say that the person is the mastermind of the explosion

as investigation is still ongoing. Manko, after his visit to the scene, told reporters that the explosion was not caused by a bomb, but as a result of an electrical fault.

Group appeals to Aregbesola on vacant stool



group, the Concerned Orile Owu Elite, has urged Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola to show interest in the vacant stool of Olowu of Orile-Owu. In a statement by Dr Isaac Aderibigbe, its coordinator and Wahab Akinola, secretary, the group said the people had never used any declaration to select their Oba in the past; but through contests among the ruling houses and important personalities. The group expressed displeasure with the report of a peace committee set up to mediate the lingering crisis

By Gbenga Aderanti

over the stool, adding that the genuine six ruling houses and stakeholders were not represented in the panel. "We wish to urge the government of Osun State to jettison any report from this committee as it does not represent the interest of any quarter in the town," the group urged. It further urged the government to set up a neutral body to facilitate the appointment of a new Olowu, saying: "We are not interested in any litigation, that is why we have not approached any court for settlement."

The group which comprises representatives of six ruling houses, religious group, youths and a transport union, said: "The resolution is imperative to save our town from hijackers and the retrogressives who are interested in causing confusion by distorting the words of the gods and throw into dust bin, the consultations carried out, a move which will not, in anyway, benefit the town." The stool has been vacant since the death of the Olowu, Oba Moses Adejobi of the Afelele Ruling House, about two years ago.



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31-year-old student, Dike Chibuzor, has been arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) with 1.430 kilogrammes of cocaine. In a statement yesterday, the agency said Chibuzor was caught at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos, during passengers' screening on a Qatar Airline flight. The substance was found in his luggage. The statement said the agency also discovered wraps of cocaine inside Garbonbound packs of baby powder in the luggage of another passenger, Iwegbuna Ebele. The discovery, it added, was made inside a luggage containing artificial hair, perfumes and artificial nails. It was to be sent as unaccompanied luggage to Gabon on Askye Airline. The drug found with Chibuzor, the statement by NDLEA Airport Commander Hamzat Umar said, "was industrially packed in a way that we had to cut the sides of the bag with a knife to discover the drugs. It would take a professional to detect the drugs the way they were packed." The suspect, a student of a university in Malaysia, was said to have confessed that he was promised $4,000 if he successfully delivered the consignment to Malaysia. The Orlu, Imo State-born suspect, according to the statement, said: "I was asked to take an empty bag to Malaysia for $4,000. When I got to the airport, the drug was discovered. That was how I got involved." Ebele said: "I was given N130,000 by my childhood friend to buy female hair attachment, artificial nails and perfumes. My friend later called me that somebody would give me children's powder which I would add to whatever I bought. The person called me and gave me the powder which I added to the goods. It was in the process of search that the cocaine was discovered. I am a technician who specialises in repairing air-conditioning units."

foundation The foundation-laying of Motailatu Church, Cherubim & Seraphim Worldwide (Kingdom Parish), will hold on Sunday at Magbagbeola Layout, opposite Ilesha Garage, Osogbo, Osun State by 7.30am. Clerics including the Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Osun State, Superior Evang. Abraham Aladeseye and Supt Apostle/Prophet Samson Opadotun; Apostle General Adelani Adejumo, are expected at the event. The event shall be coordinated by the Superintendent of Motailatu Church C&S International Sub-Headquarters, Supt. Israel Akinadewo and other ministers of God from the various parishes, under the spiritual guidance of the Founder, Primate and Spiritual Head, Motailatu Organisation Worldwide, His Most Eminence Archbishop Motailatu Akinadewo.

Serbian, 10 others held for illegal lottery By Miriam Ekene-Okoro

•Chibuzor with his bag

•Ebele... with the items found on him

Student, another man caught with hard drugs By Jude Isiguzo

Ebele, who hails from Akwu-Ukwu, Orifite, Anambra State, graduated

from Orifite Boys Secondary School in the state. NDLEA Chairman/Chief Execu-

tive, Ahmadu Giade, who condemned drug trafficking, urged the public to learn from the arrests.

How we’ll rescue abducted French family, by IG


HE Federal Government will collaborate with Cameronian and other international security allies to track down the kidnappers of a French family of seven in Northern Cameroun, Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar said yesterday. He spoke while receiving members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. Abubakar said he was in touch with the Camerounian diplomats in Nigeria and that both countries would partner to rescue the abducted French nationals. The police chief said: “The French President did not accuse Nigeria. What I do know is that some persons were kidnapped in Cameroon. I am in touch with the Cameroonian Ambassador here in Nigeria. So, we are working jointly to arrest the people. However, you will not expect us to discuss details of such issues on the pages of newspapers.” State Security Service (SSS) spokesman Marilyn Ogar also yesterday said it would be premature to comment on the incident, stressing that the SSS would rather hold on to its traditional mode of secret policing. Nigeria’s borders have been put on the red alert to arrest kidnappers of the six French children, who were abducted from Cameroun and taken into the country. The Acting Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mr. Rilwan Bala Musa, said this in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital yesterday. Cameroun has also confirmed that the victims of the abduction in Dabanga – a Cameroun village 10 kilometre, off Nigeria border in Borno - were taken across the border into Nigeria. They were kidnapped on Tuesday by armed men on motorbike on their way from a trip to Cameroun’s Waza National Park.

•French forces enter Cameroun From Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja and Joseph Abiodun, Maiduguri

“The kidnappers have crossed the Nigerian border with their hostages,” Junior Cameroun Minister Joseph Dion Ngute said in a statement late on Tuesday. He added that security in the Dabanga area had been reinforced and “urgent measures” put in place to find the hostages. It is the first case of foreigners being snatched in the mostly Muslim north of Cameroon, a former French colony. Speaking on French television yesterday, French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said all the evidence pointed to Boko Haram being behind the kidnapping, but there did not appear to be a direct link with France’s intervention in Mali. Immigration boss Musa said: ‘We have already sent alert messages across the borders in the Northeast and all other borders of the nation. We have told our men to be on the alert. We have given the border posts all the support they need to tackle them whether in the day or at night.” The Immigration boss spoke in Maiduguri after a visit to Governor Kashim Shettima. He was in the state as part of his tour of border facilities around the country. Gunmen, who abducted six

“French special forces came in yesterday from N’Djamena to help with the investigation. They left yesterday and came back today” foreigners off the Bayelsa coastline, yesterday demanded a ransom of N200 million for their freedom. A Russian, three Ukrainians and two Indian sailors were abducted on Sunday when their vessel was attacked off the coastline. Bayelsa police spokesman Fidelis Odunna confirmed the development in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa. Odunna said that the Police Anti-kidnapping squad was already trailing the suspects to secure the victims’ freedom. “We have already dispatched our men to track down the kidnappers. “Contact has been established with them and they are asking for

N200 million,” he said. Bayelsa Governor Seriake Dickson recently signed into law a bill prescribing death penalty for kidnapping. “French special forces came in yesterday from N’Djamena to help with the investigation. They left yesterday and came back today,” Augustine Fonka Awa, Governor of Cameroon’s Far North Region, told Reuters by telephone. He declined to say how many French military officials arrived from their regional base in Chadian capital, which is about 60 km from where the French tourists were taken. Asked to confirm or deny whether France had sent special forces, a spokesman at the Defence Ministry in Paris said that their presence was unfounded rumour. “French gendarmes visited the site of the kidnapping yesterday in coordination with Cameroonian police to assess the situation and were protected by French military,” he said. Two Yaounde-based agents from the French DGSE foreign intelligence agency were dispatched to the kidnap zone to work with Cameroon’s secret service and a French army helicopter was sent to help look for the hostages, French BFM TV reported.

Army APC kills two in Abia WO people were killed in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, yesterday as an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) belonging to the Army rammed into a bus park at Ohafia lane, killing two women and injuring several others. An eyewitness said the APC rammed into the park after hitting a tricycle. It rammed into a bus which was loading pas-


From Ugochukwu Ugoji-Eke, Umuahia

sengers. The source said immediately the driver of the APC noticed what happened, he reversed the vehicle and drove off. One of the women killed was said to be evangelising in the park. The injured have been taken to the hospital and the bodies deposited at the mortuary.

THE Lagos State Lotteries Board has arrested a Serbian and 10 others for allegedly operating illegal lottery and online sports betting. The board's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, who gave the name of the Serbian as Mr. Nenad Inkovic, said the suspect committed the offences on Ilaje Street, Ajah, a Lagos suburb. He said Inkovic breached Section 43 (1) (b) of the Lagos State Lotteries Law. The Serbian was charged to court at the Special Offences Tribunal, Alausa, Ikeja, and was granted bail. His international passport was seized. Gbajabiamila said two illegal sports betting and nine public online lottery operators were arrested between January and February at Iju/ishaga, Ojodu Berger, Lagos Island, Ajah, Ikeja and Olowo Ira. Eight of the offenders, he said, were awaiting trial. He said the board would not relent in its effort to rid the state of illegal lottery activities, adding that anyone patronising unlicensed lottery operators would be prosecuted.

Gunmen shoot police corporal By Jude Isiguzo

A Police Corporal was feared dead on Tuesday after he was attacked by unknown gunmen in FESTAC Town, Lagos. The corporal was shot several times at a Sharwama outlet on First Avenue around 9pm. Sources said the rifle of the policeman was also taken away by the gunmen who fled immediately after the shooting. It was gathered that the gunmen had gone to the outlet to abduct a woman who was at the outlet at that time but the policeman tried to stop them and the gunmen's target escaped. This drew the gunmen's anger and they reportedly shot the corporal. A police source at Area 'E' Command FESTAC confirmed the shooting but maintained that the policeman did not die. The source said the wounded policeman was being treated at an undisclosed hospital and that he was responding to treatment.

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NEWS IG: Maina has escaped

•From left: Group Executive Director, Kebiru Rabiu, BUA Group, the company’s Chairman, Abdulsamad Rabiu, Regional Director, Siemens North West and Africa, Mr Fallman Samuel, and Managing Director /CEO Siemens LTD Nigeria, Mr Michael Lakopa at the signing of the $35 million agreement in London for Siemens to build a unique SGT-500 power plant at the BUA’s Okpella Cement factory, in Edo State.

Babangida, Dasuki on terrorists’ hit list Continued from page 1

Explosive Devices (IEDDs). Berende, who hails from Ilorin, Kwara State, told reporters yesterday that his Iranian sponsors did not disclose their mission to him initially. According to him, his Iranian sponsors approached him with an offer to assist him set up a business in Lagos, with an outlet in Ilorin. He was invited to Dubai in the United Arab Emirate for a briefing in 2012. Berende added that it was in Dubai that he as asked to establish a terrorist cell in southwestern Nigeria, with emphasis on Lagos where he was detailed to identify and gather intelligence on specific corporate and individual targets for attack. Berende listed some of the individual targets as former military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida and the deposed Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki. He listed other targets as United States Aids Agency (USAID), Max, Zim International Shipping Company, A. A. Consulting, Peace Corps and the Jewish Cultural Centre (Chabad), all in Lagos. He said his Iranian sponsors were particular about Lagos because the Israelis have an intelligence facility there, which they employ in spying on Iran. According to him, codes were invented to secure communication with his sponsors. Israel was cod-


ed “Uncle”. The US was coded “Aunt”. The suspect claimed to have personally taken photographs of the Israeli Cultural Centre in Ikoyi, Lagos which he sent to his sponsors after which he was asked to establish a business in Lagos to serve as cover for his operations. The SSS disclosed that Berende collected $4,000 upon completion of training, 3, 500 Euros in April, 2012 at a meeting in Dubai; and $20, 000. Giving a breakdown of how the $20, 000 dollars was to be spent, the suspect said $10, 000 was for his relocation from Ilorin to Lagos, furnishing a house, and renting a

From Onyedi Ojiabor and Sanni Onogu, Abuja

It said that the Senate version prescribed life imprisonment for offences under the Clause while the House of Representatives’ version prescribed death penalty. The report said after deliberation, the House’s version of death penalty for acts of terrorism was adopted. It prohibit “all acts of terrorism and financing of terrorism”. It said: “A person or body corporate who knowingly in or outside Nigeria directly or indirectly willingly; does, attempts or threatens any act of terrorism or commits an act preparatory to or in furtherance of an act of terrorism; or omits to do anything that is reasonably necessary to prevent an act of terrorism or assists or facilitates the activities of persons engaged in an act of terrorism or is an acces-

shop for his business. He was to spend $5,000 on his visa processing and $5,000 for his upkeep. In the course of carrying out surveillance, Berende said he engaged the services of three other local accomplices - Sulaiman Olayinka Saka, Saheed Aderemi Adewumi and Bunyamin Yusuf. The SSS arrested Saka and Adewumi, Yusuf is at large. Berende, who said he was still writing his Masters Degree thesis at the University of Ilorin, however, denied any link with Al-Qada or Boko Haram. He described his involvement in the operations as regrettable and embarrassing,

From Yusuf Alli, Abuja


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saying that he never meant to do anything that could betray his country. “Everybody must watch it because there are many gullible people out there who get trapped with promises of assistance. I regret my role because it is very embarrassing. I never meant to betray my country. “I mentioned some names to my Iranian handlers from information given by the guy I put on surveillance. But I later found out that the information could be harmful to my country. “I plead with the people around me, my family and the entire Nigerian people to forgive me and overlook the Continued on page 59


OR the umpteenth time, President Goodluck Jonathan and National Assembly leaders have disagreed on four areas guiding the 2013 budget. The budget comprises N2.3 trillion recurrent nondebt expenditure; N1.6 trillion for contribution to the development fund for capital expenditure; N387.9 billion statutory transfers; N591.7 billion for debt service; and a $79 benchmark. Jonathan and the National Assembly leaders met for about three hours at the Presidential Villa last night and following a deadlock on the four areas, it adjourned for consultation, it was gathered. According to sources, the

PDP governors push for Tukur’s exit as party chair


EOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) governors are to meet today in Abuja on the party’s crisis, including the push for National Chairman Bamanga Tukur’s removal. Some of the governors are pushing a proposal to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to drop Tukur and bring an “amenable” candidate who could genuinely reconcile the party. Others would like the President to call Tukur to order and reconcile the party’s warring leaders. But, barely a few days after his removal, former National Auditor Bode Mustapha, who is a loyalist of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked Tukur to be prepared to step down - if the leadership is insisting that the Southwest Congress was illegal. He is threatening to initiate criminal contempt proceed-

From Yusuf Alli, Abuja

ings against Tukur for allegedly disobeying the Court of Appeal. The governors may meet after a session of the National Council of State today at the Presidential Villa. The governors, who started arriving last night in Abuja , were expected to hold a meeting of the Nigeria Governors Forum ahead of the Council of State session. A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We are attending the National Economic Council meeting on Thursday, but we will use the opportunity to hold a session of the Governors Forum to harmonise our position on a few issues to be discussed at the Presidential Villa. “After the meeting, we will then find time to attend to challenges being faced by our party.

“We have a lot of proposals on the table on the way out of the crisis. Some governors, including our Northern colleagues, certainly want Tukur to go because he is bringing more trouble to the party than anticipated. “To show their loyalty, these aggrieved governors are seeking the nod of the leader of the party, President Goodluck Jonathan to present an ‘amenable’ candidate, who could genuinely reconcile the party, to replace Tukur. “But some of the governors want a soft-landing for Tukur by prevailing on President to reconcile all warring PDP leaders. As it is now, the Southwest is almost alienated from the party.” Responding to a question, the source added: “The governors are to choose any of the options on the table.” Mustapha has asked Tukur to be prepared to step down,

if the party leadership is insisting that the South-West Congress was illegal. Mustapha and a former National Vice-Chairman of PDP(Southwest), Mr. Segun Oni, were removed from office last Friday by PDP leadership, following a judgment of the Federal High Court in Lagos which declared the congress, where they were elected, as illegal. But, in a February 18, letter to Tukur, the sacked National Auditor said if the party leadership was adamant that the congress was illegal, the consequent National Convention which produced Tukur and other members of the National Working Committee, was also null and void. He said Tukur and NWC members must be prepared to step aside for a fresh convention. In the letter, which was written through his counsel, Mr.

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Budget: Jonathan’s meeting with lawmakers deadlocked

Senate endorses death sentence for acts of terrorism HE Senate yesterday endorsed death sentence for terrorists. It adopted the conference report on a Bill for an Act to amend the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 and for other related matters. Chairman, Senate Committee on Defence and National Intelligence, Senator Mohammed Magoro, presented the report to senators. The report was earlier stepped down because some senators opposed the designation of the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to co-ordinate counter terrorism. Some of the lawmakers had argued that the Office of the NSA is not known to the Constitution. But yesterday, the Clause was retained as part of the Act. The report stated that Clause 2 amended Section 1 of the Principal Act, which dealt with “prohibition of acts of terrorism” in general.

ance with the Senate’s directive contained in a warrant of arrest against Maina, he withdrew the policemen attached to Maina immediately it was issued “and since that time, the man absconded and has not been seen”. He said the police were yet to scan immigration documents to determine which country Maina might have fled to because “all the processes should be procedural”. He added that the police would soon declare Maina wanted through the involvement of the INTERPOL, adding that the detectives trailing him visited Biu, Borno State; Maina’s home town, on January 31.

Gboyega Oyewole, the former National Auditor also threatened to file criminal contempt proceedings against Tukur if he is not restored to office within seven days. The letter, titled “Purported removal from office of the National Auditor and the dissolution of South West Zonal Executive Committee of the People’s Democratic Party,” was received on Tuesday by the PDP National Legal Adviser, Mr. Victor Kwon, who acted on behalf of the NWC. The PDP Youths Congress (PDPYC) has called on President Jonathan and the governors to intervene in the crisis. The group made the call in a statement in Abuja through its convener, Mr. Oluwole Durojaiye. The statement said: “The PDP house is crumbling and if urgent corrective steps are not Continued on page 59

areas of disagreement are no-access by the Executive to the budgetary allocations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) until its Director-General, Ms Arunma Oteh, is removed; extension of the lifespan of the 2012 Capital Budget to April; 2013 budget benchmark to remain at $79 per barrel; and mandatory quarterly briefing of the National Assembly by the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, on the status of the implementation of the 2013 budget. A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “These conditions were tabled as sacrosanct by the National Assembly but the Executive rejected them. Instead, the Executive wanted unconditional implementation of the budget. “The Executive also insisted on a $75 per barrel benchmark, based on economic indices at its disposal. The National Assembly said it jacked up the budget benchmark by $4 per barrel to enable the Federal Government embark on massive infrastructural development nationwide. Another source said: “The National Assembly leaders are just bending the rule because the statutory period allowable for the President to assent to the 2013 budget expired last Friday. “If the deadlock subsists, the Assembly will have no choice than to pass the budget into law. This is the first time Nigeria will witness such a development.” Those at the session were the President, the Minister of Finance, who is also the Coordinating Minister for the Economy; President of the Senate David Mark, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal and their deputies as well as other principal officers, among others.

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2015: ‘Jonathan won’t be distracted’


LAIMS that he signed a single term pact with Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors will not distract President Goodluck Jonathan from transforming the country, his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe said yesterday. According to him, the President would not allow such considerations to derail him from improving the socio-economic well-being of Nigerians. He was reacting to the row generated by the revelation of Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu that Jonathan signed an agreement not to seek a second term. The Nation had learnt that all PDP governors have copies of the agreement, which was allegedly signed before the presidential primaries in January, 2011. A source said the agreement accounted for why the Northern governors dumped former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, who lost the PDP ticket to Jonathan at the presidential primaries. It was learnt that Jonathan entered into the agreement “to appease the North”. The agreement was said to have been reached at an emergency meeting of the governors with the then PDP National Chairman, Dr. Okwesilieze

ECOWAS meets over arms trade

•We’ll be guided by Constitution, says Suswam By Joseph Jibueze, Lagos and Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi

Nwodo, ahead of a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party. Twenty of the 27 governors of the party were said to have attended the meeting held on December 16, 2010. The pan-Northern sociopolitical organisation-the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has asked President Jonathan to abide by the “agreement” to vacate office after his current tenure. The ACF said Aliyu’s revelation was not new, and that Jonathan’s eligibility to participate in the 2015 election was not a constitutional matter “but of honour, trust and confidence.” Speaking in a television programme, Focus Nigeria on Africa Independent Television (AIT) on Tuesday, Senior Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, challenged those who claimed that President Jonathan signed the agreement to produce the document. He said nobody could intimidate the President to drop from the 2015 presidential race. Gulak said: “I’m telling you without any iota of doubt and with all sense of responsibility that there has never been

any agreement or pact signed by the President that he is going to run for only one term. “He has never told me about it and I have never heard about it. The governors said they have the agreement, let them bring it. I know as of fact that there is no such agreement”. Okupe, in a statement, said Jonathan would not lose focus from the work at hand “by premature comments concerning whether or not he will seek re-election in 2015.” The statement reads: “While the Presidency had noted the story currently circulating in the media and social networks to the effect that President Jonathan allegedly signed an agreement with some PDP Governors prior to the Presidential primaries in 2011, the President would not allow such considerations to distract him from his determination to improve the economic and social well being of the Nigerian people. “From time immemorial, for every major event or contest in the world, there is always a time and a season apportioned. We wish to state categorically that this is neither the time nor the season to begin electioneering campaign or related discourse for the 2015 presidential elections and so President

Goodluck Jonathan will not jump the gun. “Mr. President will therefore stoutly resist any disguised or open attempt to drag him into debates, arguments or political discussions relating to a presidential election in 2015. “The president considers this as an invidious attempt to sway him from his chosen pursuit of the set out constituents of the transformation agenda which form the basis upon which Nigerians overwhelmingly elected him to steer the ship of the nation in 2011.” The presidential aide said Nigerians had elected President Jonathan to fix Nigeria and that is what he is determined to do. “For the purpose of emphasis, the present focus of President Jonathan include: completion of ongoing projects in the power sector to ensure that Nigerians enjoy steady power supply for domestic and industrial purposes; ensuring remarkable improvement of infrastructure in road, rail and air transportation in every part of Nigeria through speedy completion of major ongoing road projects, construction and rehabilitation of rail lines as well as rehabilitation and modernisation of our

airports.” Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam said Nigerians will be guided by the Constitution which he described as the grand norm in taking decision regarding the second term bid of the President. He spoke with reporters after inspecting ongoing projects in Makurdi ahead of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) billed for the state capital. Suswam noted that wether there was an agreement on single term for President Jonathan or not, at the end of the day, the Constitution is a grand norm on which Nigerians will be guided. So, whatever is outside the Constitution is illegal, null and void. The governor who refused to be dragged into the single term controversy, noted it was too early to begin to talk of 2015. He said: “I think it is too early for us to begin to worry ourselves about 2015, when we are still in 2013. Once you begin to talk of 2015 election, there will be no more governance and people will distract elected office holders with meeting, so let us wait until we get to the bridge before we decide how to cross it.”


EST African countries under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are meeting today in Abuja on the region’s position on the final round of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) . ATT is a response by the United Nations (UN) to the voiced concerns of member states and other organisations about the absence of globally agreed rules to guide their decisions on arms transfers.


From Augustine Ehikioya, Abuja

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan will today leave Abuja for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea for the third Summit of Heads of State and Government of Africa and South America. A statement by thePresident’s Special Adviser on Media & Publicity, Dr.Reuben Abati, said Jonathan is listed among the keynote speakers at the Summit, which will take place tomorrow. Other speakers, the statement added, are the Presidents of Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Lula Da Silva of Brazil and the current Chairman of the African Union. The statement reads: “President Jonathan will be accompanied to the Summit which has the objective of promoting political and economic cooperation between the two continents by the Minister of Transport, Alhaji Idris Umar, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Edem Duke and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri.” “The President who will also meet with Nigerians in Equatorial Guinea on the sidelines of the Summit will stop over in Lagos tomorrow (today) on his way to Malabo to confer with former President Bill Clinton of the United States and visit the site of the Atlantic City Project..” Jonathan is expected back in Abuja tomorrow.

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Masekela, Belo-Osagie for award OREMOST African jazz legend, Hugh Masekela will on Saturday be a guest performer and a recipient of the African Star Champion Award at this year’s Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa (YALDA), fundraising gala dinner. The venue is the Lagoon Restaurant, Lagos. Also, the Chairman of Etisalat, Mr. Hakeem Belo-Osagie, who featured on the cover of Forbes Africa will be the distinguished keynote speaker. Eight young innovators identified during YALDA 2012 international conference will present their unique ideas to the invited guests who are truly committed to Africa’s development at the event. YALDA was established to increase the capacity of African youths to help them develop positive leadership skills and espouse honest work ethics. Former YALDA Harvard Executive Director and YALDA’s conference chairperson Ms. Kalaya Nadina Okereke, said in a statement that interested persons or organisations in the development of African youths can also participate in the pro-

President for Guinea Summit

•President, Newsdesk Media Group, Mr Paul Duffen (third left) presenting the “Invest in Nigeria 2013 magazine” in London to the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Dr Dalhatu Tafida. With them are: Chairman, Central Association of Nigerians in the UK, Mr Bimbo Afolayan (left); Chairman, Business Council for Africa, Mr David Lamb (second PHOTO: NAN right); and Chairman, Nigerian Elders Forum in the UK, Mr Adebayo Oladimeji.

Three kidnapped Ukrainian seamen freed


HE three Ukrainian seamen of the tugboat Armada Tuah, kidnapped on Sunday off the Nigeria coast along three of their colleagues, have been released, the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria confirmed yesterday.

The status of the other three seamen taken hostage (two Indians and a Russian) is still unknown. The kidnappers had asked for a one million euro ransom. Ukrainian diplomats said that the three seamen “are all in good health.”

Senate seeks financial autonomy for AGF


F a Bill seeking to alter relevant sections of the Constitution sails through at the National and state Houses of Assembly, the Auditor-General for the Federation and the Auditor-General for states may become financially autonomous. The Bill is seeking to place the Office of the AuditorGeneral for the Federation and offices of the AuditorsGeneral for the states on the First Line Charge of the Consolidated Revenue Fund. Sponsored by Senator Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North),

From Onyedi Ojiabor, Assistant Editor

the Bill also seeks to empower the Auditor-General for the Federation and that of the states to audit the accounts of statutory corporations, commissions, authorities and agencies. Apart from financial autonomy, it wants timely release of funds and enhanced funding for the offices at both the federal and state levels. Lawan, in his lead debate, noted that a significant impediment to the performance

of the AGF is the system and level of funding over the years. He said: “In other climes, the office of the AGF is funded by direct appropriation by the parliament. “In those jurisdictions, the office of the AGF submits its annual financial requirements to the parliament and the parliament approves what it deems necessary for his operation.” He noted that the task of providing adequate funding for the office of the AGF lies squarely with the parliament

because “the Executive Arm of Government would logically prefer, an under-funded, weak, inefficient office of the AGF.” He said the same thing applies to the states. Lawan said that the Bill was in response to the need to provide the legislation to address necessary challenges that informed the Bill. The Bill unanimously sailed through second reading and was referred to the Senate Committee on Constitution Review for legislative work.

THE Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) will elect its new executives on March 1, at its convention scheduled to hold at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, Oyo State. A statement by the Guid’s General Secretary, Mr Isaac Ighure in Lagos, said the executives would run the affairs of the NGE for the next two years. The tenure of the current executives, led by Mr Gbenga Adefaye of Vanguard, ended in January, the statement said. It said that Malam Mohammed Haruna of Daily Trust would serve as chairman of the eight-man electoral committee. Mr Ray Ekpu of Newswatch Magazine would be the chairman of the convention. According to the statement, a former governor of Ogun and veteran journalist, Chief Olusegun Osoba, will be the special guest of honour. Osoba is also expected to deliver a paper on: “The future of journalism in Nigeria: Evolving models in the age of the Internet”. Information Minister Labaran Maku, is also expected to address the over 300 editors that would attend the convention. According to the guild’s statement, host Governor Abiola Ajimobi will open the event.




APC to present manifesto, constitution in two weeks


HE All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday inaugurated committees on constitution, manifesto/Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and legal compliance, urging them to present their reports in two weeks. The new party mandated the Committee on Manifesto to “establish clear cardinal points as our core commitments to our people, which should include: education, eradication of corruption, uninterrupted power supply, full and gainful employment, affordable local fuel price, health care and food.” According to Chief Tom Ikimi, who announced the terms of reference and names of committees’ members in Abuja, the Committee on Manifesto is expected to define clearly, the philosophical/ ideological content of the APC, “distinguishing it from the other party- the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).” The new party said the manifestos should reflect on the social, economic and political situation prevailing in the country, especially on people’s plight. Ikimi said: “Fundamentally, the manifestos should make our governments at all levels regulator governments, which will create the enabling environment for wealth creation and employment generation.”

•Says manifesto must distinguish party from PDP From John Ofikhenua, Abuja, Osemwengie Ben Ogbemudia, Benin and Jide Orintunsin, Minna

The Committee on Manifesto, he said, should propose a suitable motto and slogan for the new party. He named Chief Audu Ogbeh, Dr. Garba Abari, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Geofrey Yilleng, Alhaji Saliu Momoh, Prof. Tam David West and others as members of the 20-man committee that would select its executive members. According to Ikimi, the assignment for the Committee on Constitution is to examine the constitutions of the merging partners in detail and analyse them. He said the committee should examine political parties’ constitutions from successful democracies with a view to adopting some suitable provisions. The party, therefore, urged the committee to “design a robust and dependable constitution for APC, which would derive its strength from sound democratic ideals and which would deepen our nation’s democracy and ensure a thriving internal party democracy.” It is also to draft a constitution, which provides adequate structure

and safeguard the principle of party supremacy, provided that its provisions do not contravene the provisions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. APC also sought a constitution that would create strong party organs and identify the relevant party positions at all levels such as would be reflective of the country’s social democratic philosophy and propose a recruitment system that would ensure that competent, honest and qualified persons, who would lead the party at different levels and give it sound and credible direction were put in place. Ikimi asked the committee to identify sustainable revenue sources for the party to make it a people-owned party. The 20-man committee comprises Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Aremo Segun Osoba, Dr. Chris Ngige, Chief John Oyegun, Senator Akpan Udoedehe, Abdul Aziz Yari Abubakar, Prof Fabian Osuji Mrs. Lucy Ajayi and others. Referring to the Committee on INEC and Legal Compliance, APC said: “It is to determine and examine all legal issues related to the process of merger of political pParties.” It is also to provide guidelines to the parties involved in the merger, which will ensure full compliance

with the relevant laws by all the parties. Ikimi said the committee is to liaise with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant agencies to ensure a smooth consummation of the merger. The party assigned the committee to document all understanding and /or agreements among the merging parties. According to APC, “the committee is to submit its report to the Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee within two weeks from the date of this inauguration.” The committee is also expected to submit its report in two weeks from the date of inauguration. Members of the 20-man committee are Pastor Ize-Iyamu, Rabia Eshak, Chief Henry Ajomale, Dr. Ibrahim Lame, Senator George Akume, Ahmed Rufai Yerima, Barrister James Ocholi (SAN) and others. The party men at the meeting were the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Almakura, former Kano State Governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Board of Trustee Chairman, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Audu Ogbeh, Senator George Akume, Senator Abbah

Buka Ibrahim, Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Elewa, ACN Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Osita Ugochukwu and others. The first civilian governor of Edo State and a former vice-presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, (ANPP), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, yesterday said the newly formed APC has addressed the issues that led to the pitfalls of previous mergers. Oyegun, in an interview with reporters in Benin, said the major issue the party is grappling with is to put in place a strong leadership structure to enable it wrest power from the PDP in 2015. The Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, yesterday said he supported the merger of the four opposition parties into the APC because the merger would put the ruling PDP on its toes and make it work hard towards winning the confidence of the people. He expressed concern that PDP has been taking the winning of elections for granted from 1999 to date and if care is not taken, the new party (APC) will defeat PDP in 2015. Aliyu, who is also the Niger State Governor, spoke when he inaugurated the newly-reconstituted state Executive Council in Minna.

Women, youth protest in support of African First Ladies’ House From Bukola Amusan, Abuja


ROUPS of concerned women from different organisations have risen in defence of the proposed N4billion African First Ladies’ Peace Mission Secretariat in Abuja, saying the project befits the status of the nation’s capital and would boost Nigeria’s image in Africa and globally. Members of the groups, numbering over 3,000, carried placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Abuja has come to stay’; ‘FCT is working’; ‘Nigerian women support African First Ladies’ Peace Mission’; ‘Young Women Entrepreneurs Support African Peace Mission’ and others. They marched on the Women Development Centre, Abuja through Tafawa Balewa Way and submitted a letter for President Goodluck Jonathan to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed. The President of the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS), Nancy Godwin Bulus, explained the rationale behind the protest. She said it was meant to drum-up support for the building of the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission Secretariat in Abuja. Said she: “It is a thing of joy that Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has been elected as the President of the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission. All Nigeria’s former first ladies initiated one national project or the other. “The late Maryam Babangida initiated the building of the Women Development Centre in Abuja; Maryam Abacha initiated the erection of the National Hospital, Abuja. So, why should Dame Patience Jonathan’s plan for the building of the African First Ladies Peace Mission Secretariat be different?” According to the NCWS President, “it is a unique project, which Nigerian women want. We appeal to the National Assembly to approve the budget for the project. It is an honour to have the project situated in Nigeria and Nigerian women and children stand to benefit a lot from it.”

Police arraign Indians, three others for pipeline vandalism


HE police yesterday arraigned six persons, including two Indians, at a Federal High Court, Abuja, for allegedly vandalising oil pipelines in Okene, Kogi State. The accused are Fatai Afolabi, Emmanuel Igbokwe, Tukur Mohammed, the Indians, Kamal Sharma and Ashok Agarwal. Also accused is a company, Prism Steel Mill Ltd. The accused with others at large, on or before January 15, allegedly conspired to commit felony to wit: dealing in petroleum products without appropriate authority or licence and thereby committed an fence punishable under Section 3(6) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 Laws of

From Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja

the Federation of Nigeria 2004. The police also accused them of damaging oil pipelines in Okene and interfering with the free-flow of petroleum products from Okene; an offence punishable under sections 1 (7)a) and 1(7)(b) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act Cap M17 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. The accused pleaded not guilty. Before adjourning till February 25 for ruling, Justice Ahmed Muhammed ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody. The second and third accused on that day will argue their bail application.

•Medical students from tertiary institutions protesting their non-inclusion in internship at the National Assembly, Abuja... yesterday. INSET: Speaker, House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, addressing the protesters. PHOTO ABAYOMI FAYESE

PDP swears in new auditor


HE leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday swore in Alhaji Fatai Adewole Adeyanju as the new National Auditor. He took over from Chief Bode Mustapha, who was removed last week. The party also inaugurated a 17-member Caretaker Committee for the Southwest to replace the Zonal Executive Committee also sacked last Friday. The oath of office was administered on Adeyanju by Mr. Joe Gadzama, a legal consultant to the PDP in a brief ceremony that took place in the office of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. The ceremony was presided over by the Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, as Tukur did not at-

•Inaugurates S/West Caretaker Committee From Gbade Ogunwale, Assistant Editor, Abuja

tend the event. Jaja explained that the chairman was away on another crucial party assignment. He urged the committee to reconcile the various factions in the PDP Southwest, enjoining them to sacrifice time for the assignment.”There is no offender and there is no offended. So, do not undermine anybody because the dissolution of the Southwest Zonal Executive Committee was in obedience to a court order,” Jaja told the committee members. The Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, Chief Ishola Filani, who spoke on

‘Besides, my committee will cooperate with interested parties, including former governors, ministers and lawmakers to facilitate reconciliation’ behalf of others, said he visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the weekend to clarify certain issues with him. Filani said he went to explain to Obasanjo that contrary to reports in the media, the dissolution of the Southwest Executive Committee

was not targeted at him and his loyalists. That it was in deference to a court order as earlier stated by the party leadership. He also said as a former President and one of the foremost leaders of the party, Chief Obasanjo deserved a visit from the committee to put things in their true perspective. “Besides, my committee will cooperate with interested parties, including former governors, ministers and lawmakers to facilitate reconciliation,” Filani added. The party did not set any time frame for the committee to complete its assignment to pave the way for the conduct of a fresh zonal congress.




Alaafin backs Southwest governors on T regional integration HE Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi 111, has supported the efforts of Southwest governors on regional integration. He said it would boost economic development in the Southwest. The Alaafin said he has been urging the Yoruba in the Diaspora to invest in Yorubaland. In a letter to the governors of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti states on Monday, the monarch said he was spurred into action by the efforts of the governors. Oba Adeyemi said: “Being the political offsprings of the great legend and icon of development politics in Nigeria, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one cannot but praise the determination of the governors to bring the

By Oziegbe Okoeki

glorious days of the old Western Region under Awolowo into life again. “My joy knew no bounds when, recently, I read of the overtures of Governors Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) to extend the olive branch to their counterpart in Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, to join hands with them on the regional integration.” Alaafin urged Mimiko to rise above partisan politics and work with his colleagues in the zone to map out a “well-coordinated strategy” for the socio-economic transformation of the Southwest.

He said not only does he endorse the regional integration agenda, he has a concrete proposal and contribution to make to assist in the realisation of the “noble vision”. Oba Adeyemi said: “I have been in contact with patriotic Yoruba indigenes resident in more than 20 countries in the Diaspora, who share your vision.” He invited Southwest governors to a three-day international convention on investment in Yorubaland slated for Dubai from March 14 to 16. The monarch said: “The main objective of the convention is to launch an international investment drive in

Yorubaland with the involvement of Yorubas in the Diaspora, governments in Yorubaland and Yoruba captains of industry to network with the international business community and inform them of the abundant investment opportunities in Yorubaland.” Oba Adeyemi regretted that his past efforts in a similar direction were filtered away on the alter of politics when he secured free medical equipment for all Federal Medical Centres from patriotic Nigerians in the United States in 1999. He urged the governors to cast aside the “perceived marginalisation of the Yoruba in a federation

Oyo investors get generous land discounts


YO State Government has offered generous land discounts to investors who wish to set up their businesses in the state. It is willing to give land to investors at 10 per cent of the original cost. Already, Total PLC and Kamar Milk Limited have received 17 and 25 hectares of land. Total PLC hopes to use the land for its International Trailer Drivers’ Training Institute and Kamar Limited, a food processing company, plans to build a factory on its portion. Both parcels of land are located on the Lagos-

From Bisi Oladele, Ibadan

Ibadan Expressway. Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Survey Bimbo Kolade spoke yesterday while briefing reporters on the activities of the ministry. Kolade said the discount was part of the initiatives by the Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration to enhance socio-economic development. He said the initiative would make land accessible and affordable, put land into maximum use and encourage industrial growth, among others. People investing in agricul-

ture would get 90 per cent discount; those in manufacturing 70 per cent; commercial, 50 per cent and faithbased investments, 85 per cent. The commissioner said the procedures involved in accessing the land are simple. He said the ministry has begun the automation of processing land documents, which would ensure speedy completion of all title documents. Kolade said the processing of Certificate of Occupancy now takes 60-days; sub-lease, seven days; assignment, 14 days; mortgage, seven days

LASU to start Aeronautic Engineering programme •Produces First Class graduate in Law

Prof. Obafunwa


HE Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, will begin an Aeronautic Engineering programme in the 2013/2014 academic session. LASU will be the first university to do so in Nigeria. The Faculty of Agriculture, School of Nursing and Department of Civil Engineering will also be opened in the new session. LASU’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. John Obafunwa announced this yesterday at the institution’s 18th Convocation ceremony. Obafunwa said: “The university will begin its Faculty of Agriculture at Epe and School of Nursing at the beginning of the 2013/2014 academic session. We have concluded arrangements for the establishment of the Department of Civil and Aerospace Engineering and the Department of Civil Engineering at the Epe campus. “The Aeronautic Engineering programme will be the first in Nigeria. I

The Aeronautic Engineering programme will be the first in Nigeria. I assure you of full scale practical and theoretical training on this programme.

From Adegunle Olugbamila, Education Reporter

assure you of a full scale practical and theoretical training on this programme. The university has also concluded plans for the establishment of the School of Film, Performing Arts and Cultural Studies, which would probably be the first in Africa.” For the first time in its nearly three decades of existence, LASU produced its first First Class graduate in the Faculty of Law, Miss Aderibigbe Kafilat Olasunbo, who has a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.82. She is presently at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja. Ogunkoya Wasiu Emmanuel, a graduate of Chemical and Polymer Engineering, emerged the Valedictorian with a CGPA of 4.82. He won the Senate’s N10,000 Overall Student’s Award, the Outstanding Faculty Student Award and the Tunji Bello Endowment Fund for the Best Student in

Engineering. Of the 8,160 graduating students, 21 had First Class; 1,106, Second Class (Upper); 5,341, Second Class (Lower); 1,592, Third Class; 88, Pass and the College of Medicine, 12. Obafunwa said the nine programmes and one Faculty that were de-accredited by the National Universities’ Commission (NUC) two years ago have been accredited, adding that the university is preparing for the re-accreditation of some programmes in June. The VC thanked Governor Babatunde Fashola for supporting the institution with various projects, such as the Senate building, main library, students’ arcade, the Faculty of Law’s twin lecture theatre and the Faculty of Management Science building, among others. He urged the graduating students to consolidate on the experiences garnered in their alma mater. Obafunwa said: “Since education does not end with the granting of a degree, you must be ready to face the challenges by not only looking forward and be focused, but also looking back to build on your experiences in life. “This is the beginning of a journey into the future. We expect you to be worthy ambassadors of this university and support the alumni association in developing the university.”

and registration of deeds, two days. He said the state government has partnered housing developers under the PublicPrivate Partnership (PPP) to provide 1,400 housing units on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, adding that additional 250 housing units would be ready by the end of June. Kolade said the government increased the housing loan of civil servants from N1 million to N2 million last December to enable them subscribe to the housing scheme, adding that 152 civil servants have benefited from it.

heading inexorably into political unitary compartment”. Alaafin said their target should be a renaissance of the “past glorious days when the defunct Western Region was the model and reference point for the rest of the country in infrastructural, educational, health and agricultural development”. He promised his “total commitment” to the project.


Lagos ACN suspends chieftain


HE leadership of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Alimoso sub-zone, Lagos State, has suspended a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Fatai Sodimu, for anti-party activities. Sodimu was accused of fraternising with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Alimoso Federal Constituency Leadership Forum announced Sodimu’s indefinite suspension after an emergency meeting attended by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba; House of Assembly member Mr. Bisi Yusuf; former Special Adviser to the Governor on Establishment Mr. Femi Adebanjo; six council chairmen and party chairmen from the sub-zone, women and youth leaders. The suspension has been communicated to the State ACN Chairman, Otunba Oladele Ajomale. Sodimu denied the allega-

By Emmanuel Oladesu

tions, saying he did not in any way undermine the party. He accused Alimoso ACN leaders of gross insubordination, indiscipline and incitement of members against the party’s leadership. Sodimu is a former chairman of Alimoso Local Government Council. He defected from the PDP to ACN in 2007. ACN leaders in Ward E, Egbe Idimu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), alleged that he was hobnobbing with PDP chieftains. He was invited to defend himself but he shunned the invitation. ACN Chairman in EgbeIdimu Chief Solomon Ogundola said Sodimu’s suspension was in good faith, adding that members should learn to conform with the party’s rules. Ogundola said Sodimu’s suspension by the ward leadership was only ratified by the constituency leaders.



NEWS Lagos council poll: PDP fails to stop ACN candidate’s appeal By Joseph Jibueze


HE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday lost its bid to stop the appeal filed by the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the chairmanship election in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Dr. Augustine Arogundade. Arogundade is challenging the nullification of his election as chairman. The Election Appeal Tribunal, sitting at the State High Court, Igbosere, dismissed PDP’s objection to the appeal. PDP argued that by Section 14(2) of the Lagos State Local Government Election Tribunal Law, an appeal arising from the decision of the Election Petition Tribunal shall be heard within 21 days from the date of filing. The five-man appeal tribunal described the motion by the PDP’s candidate, Otunba Busari Akande, as “unmeritorious”, saying it reserves the powers to grant an extension of time. In its ruling delivered by Justice Kazeem Alogba, the tribunal held that it has jurisdiction to hear and determine Arogundade’s appeal. It said the Court of Appeal’s Rules relied on by the PDP’s counsel were not applicable to the case. According to Justice Alogba, only the Lagos State Local Government Election Tribunal Law regulates council election disputes. He said Section 54 of the Local Government Law empowered the tribunal to grant extension of time, adding that it was in the interest of justice to hear the appellant’s appeal.” The tribunal gave the PDP’s counsel, Otunba Kunle Kalejaye (SAN), 10 days to reply to Arogundade’s appeal. The tribunal adjourned hearing till March 14.

Fayemi appoints three DGs From Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti

KITI State Governor Kayode Fayemi yesterday appointed three Directors-General for various agencies. They are Mr. Tunde Fakoyede for Public Works; Mr. Lekan Faromika for the Bureau of Public Procurement and Mr. Tolu Dare for the Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery (OTSD).


Mother jailed for burying child alive

•Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola (in white); Prof. Julius Akinyemi of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (left); former Lagos State Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning Mr. Yemi Cardoso (second left); Director-General of the Osun Office of Economic Planning and Partnerships Dr. Charles Akinola (right); a Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard, Callistus Juma and the Senior Director, Strategic Market and Program Development, Harvard, Jane Latcham, during the governors visit to Harvard to forge strategic partnerships between the institution and Osun.

Witnesses: Ondo poll marred by anomalies T EN witnesses yesterday appeared for the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and its governorship candidate, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), at the Ondo State Election Petition Tribunal. They were from Akoko North West and Akure South local government areas. The witnesses were called to testify in support of the petition filed by ACN and Akeredolu, who are challenging the dec-

From Adesoji Adeniyi, Osogbo


N 18-year-old woman, Adeola Joseph, has been sentenced to six years imprisonment for burying her two-year-old daughter, Fatia Nafiu, alive. It was learnt that she buried the child in an uncompleted building near her home at Ijetu in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on February 18, last year. The grave was discovered by a passer by, who alerted residents. They exhumed the child and took her to the hospital. It was gathered that Joseph was apprehended when she went to the uncompleted building to find out what had happened to the child and handed over to the police. The prosecutor said Joseph had made several attempts to kill the child before her last attempt. Joseph pleaded guilty to the charges of attempted murder, felony and breach of peace. She claimed that her parents were against her marriage to the child’s, adding that she had been living alone with Fatia without help from anyone. Joseph said she resolved to kill the baby because she could no longer cater for her. She said her plan was to relocate to Lagos and get a job. Magistrate Olusola Aluko sentenced her to six years imprisonment without option of fine.

From Damisi Ojo, Akure

laration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of the Labour Party (LP) as the winner of the October 20, last year, election by the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC). The witnesses said the election was marred by irregularities in their respective local gov-

ernment areas. More witnesses are to appear today at the tribunal from local governments being contested by ACN and Akeredolu. Before the witnesses were called, the petitioners continued with the tendering of the voter’s register and form EC8-result sheets used in the

poll. The three-man panel, on Tuesday, accepted the inspected election materials, which were loaded in 18 “Ghana Must Go” bags, as evidence. Akeredolu and ACN are challenging election results in the 13 local government areas won by Mimiko. All evidence have been accepted by the tribunal to pursue the petition. Hearing continues today.

Ogun urges council workers to shelve strike


HE Ogun State Government yesterday advised local government workers to shelve their plan to begin a strike today. The planned strike is to protest the inability of councils to remit deductions from workers’ salaries to cooperative societies and other fund managers. The government said it would not negotiate with the workers if they go on strike because opportunities for peaceful resolution had not been fully explored. The workers, under the aegis of the National Union of Local Government Em-

From Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta

ployees (NULGE), Ogun State chapter, yesterday served Governor Ibikunle Amosun a notice of strike resumption. The strike was suspended last September. Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Basorun Muyiwa Oladipo said the government would look into their grievances. He said: “There may not be any discussion if the strike continues, because their demands can only be met if they are on their desks. I know that

strike is a tool used by workers to vent their grudges or get their demands met, but the government is looking into their complaints. We believe that in a short while, NULGE will do the needful. “We had an agreement that the issue would be looked into and that matters that need immediate attention would be met. I am sure that within the next 48 hours or there about, provided they play their own part of the deal, the issue will be resolved. “Some NULGE members are complacent in their duties and need to change their attitude so that certain needs will

be met.” NULGE State Chairman Tajudeen Olusesi said they would go ahead with the strike. The Nation gathered that NULGE’s grievances include the inability of councils to embark on meaningful projects, pay deductions made from workers’ salaries, pay leave bonuses and remit 15 per cent pension deductions. They are also protesting alleged efforts by the Local Government Service Commission to destroy NULGE’s structure through the “indiscriminate posting” of branch executives.

Oyo ACN slams PDP over Ajimobi


HE Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Oyo State yesterday said the state has moved beyond the “pedestrian politics of the Lamidi Adedibu/Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) era, when falsehood was concocted to malign runners of the government”. It was reacting to the PDP’s allegation that the ACN adminis-

tration was giving too much power to the wife of the governor. ACN said: “We lived in this state when the wife of a former PDP governor was always signing files for her spouse. The PDP apparently thinks ours is a reincarnation of such familial governance, but that is not true. The governor, assisted by his executive council, runs Oyo State alone.”

Ibadan rainstorm: Lanlehin urges Fed Govt to assist victims


ENATOR Olufemi Lanlehin (Oyo South District) yesterday urged the Federal Government to assist victims of last Sunday’s rainstorm in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Hundreds of residents were rendered homeless by the violent wind that accompanied the first rain of the year in Ibadan. Many installations of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), including electric poles, cables and conductors were destroyed. The lawmaker sympa-

From Oseheye Okwuofu, Ibadan

thised with the victims and urged the Federal Government to come to their aid. He described the storm as “another sad chapter” in the lives of the people. In a statement by his media aide, Olawale Sadare, Lanlehin urged the victims to take solace in the fact that no life was lost. He said: “One would naturally wish that Ibadan should be spared of situations like this, since our peo-

ple are yet to fully recover from the floods that ravaged the ancient city 18 months ago. “We commiserate with our kith and kin in the communities where the storm left in its wake varying degrees of damage to homes, offices, shops, schools, workshops and places of worship.” Lanlehin applauded the swift response of the state government and urged the Federal Government to play its part. The Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Na-


tional Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation pledged to assist the victims.





We want a SONCAP programme that would serve its purpose; a programme that would be dynamic, where all the identified loopholes would be effectively plugged thereby making it difficult for the plaque of substandard products to continue to dominate the Nigerian business space. -Dr Joseph Odumodu, DG, SON

Customs arrests passenger with $1.1m

Oando promotes LPG usage with 50kg cylinder

By Kelvin Osa-Okunbor

ARGE homes and corporates are in for a good time as Oando Marketing, Nigeria’s leading petroleum products retailer championing switch from unwholesome fuels to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), has commenced free delivery on orders for its 50kg cylinders. The 50kg cylinder is the company’s latest LPG offering which include – 3kg and 12.5kg cylinders, as well as bulk order and Pay-As-U-Gas services. According to Julius Elumaro, Head LPG Sales & Operation, Oando Marketing explained that this is only another way the company aims to delight its customers. He said: “The 50kg cylinder is designed to meet the LPG demands of our industrial and commercial customers, as well as homes with large cooking gas requirements. We are constantly deploying new ways to make it easier and more convenient for our customers to access our products”. He explained that customers can order the product through its Customer Care Unit, using the dedicated phone number or through the website. It is estimated that over 112 million Nigerians still cook with unwholesome cooking fuels estimated to be the cause of many health and environmental issues plaguing the country and the people, especially those in the rural areas.



HE Murtala Muhammed International Airport Customs’ Command yesterday arrested a passenger with $1.1 million, at the international wing of the Lagos Airport. The passenger, identified as Professor Ofoegbu Charles Ononuju, said he is a Director of AZ Petroleum. The Customs Area Comptroller, Charles Epowei Edike, said the passenger declared the currency both on forms CDF1A and CDF1B, but claimed he was travelling to Kenya to solve a dispute with Kenyan community over oil blocks . He said this accounted for his resolve to travel with such huge amount of money. Edike said the passenger and the currency have been handed over to officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC), for further investigation. He explained that in 2012 , the Nigeria Customs Service, Murtala Muhammed International Airport Command, intercepted over $12,1 million from 14 persons who tried to take money out of the country in contravention of extant regulations. Edike said the relevant government agency has been collaborating with Customs to ensure that the law takes its course on the matter. He explained that the rise in the incidence of arrests of passengers trying to smuggle foreign currency is a fall out of the inter agency collaboration.

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• From left: CEO Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar Onyema; Group Chief Executive, Oando PLC, Wale Tinubu; Executive Director, Business Development, NSE, Haruna Jalo-Waziri and General Manager, Listings Sales & Retention, NSE, Taba Peterside at the presentation of Oando O-Gas 3kg Cylinder to the NSE management during Oando’s Facts Behind the Figures at the Exchange.

Jonathan okays N384b for PHCN staff entitlements T HE Federal Govern ment yesterday ap proved N384 billion for the settlement of gratuities and entitlements of the over 54,000 displaced staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). They were relocated following the unbundling of the nation’s power sector. The workers’ union had engaged the Federal Government in a protracted negotiation over the on-going reforms in the sector. The Minister of Labour, Chief Emeka Nworgu, disclosed the approval while briefing reporters at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja. Nworgu, who spoke in the company of the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, the Acting Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Benjanmi Ezra Dikki and the Special Adviser

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to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said the payments would commence immediately. He said President Goodluck Jonathan’s approval was in accordance with the agreement signed in the course of negotiations between labour and Government towards resolving the issue once and for all. He said: “I want to inform you that the agreed benefits accruing to the staff of PHCN in the last negotiation between government and the Labour Unions have been approved by President Goodluck Jonathan. Payment of the agreed sum will commence immediately and that will bring to an end the issue of non-payment of benefits.

“So, we enjoin labour unions in the power sector to work closely with the Ministry of Power in the payment of these benefits as agreed. The process will commence tomorrow (today) and I want to assure them that this will bring to an end the labour issue in the sector. “This payment is only for PHCN staff, and in determining who should benefit, labour and government conducted a biometric exercise. The number of people benefiting is clearly defined by this agreement,” he added. “The total package is approximately N384 billion in full payments of all outstanding benefits that we agreed upon. It will be done within the best principle of transpar-

ency and accountability.” Speaking at the press conference, the Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo expressed appreciation to the PHCN staff for ensuring availability of power as he urged them not to relent in the efforts to complete the remaining reform processes. He said “We are very grateful to the staff of PHCN for all that they have done to make sure that power is available all over the country. We do hope that they will continue to serve patriotically to ensure that no hitch is put in place in the realisation of the entire power sector roadmap.” “We want to make sure that eventually Nigerians get uninterrupted power supply and that is exactly what the roadmap for the power sector would address.” He stated

Uncertainty over PIB stalls Shell’s $30b investment


HE Country Chair of Shell Companies in Nigeria and Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), Mutiu Sunmonu, has said the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and other uncertainties are holding back the company’s planned investment of about $30 billion in two offshore deepwater projects in Nigeria. The Group Executive Director, Exploration and Production, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Abiye Membere, also disclosed that Nigeria currently loses 80,000 barrels of crude oil per day (bpd) to bunkering activities. The volume reflects in production cut of 150,000 bpd. Sunmonu and Membere spoke at the special sessions yesterday at the Nigeria Oil and Gas conference in Abuja. Sunmonu said SPDC would rather wait for stable and right conditions before committing funds to the undisclosed projects. With the uncertainties in

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the oil industry, which include loss of revenue through oil theft and pipeline vandalism as well as the inability to embark on new projects and non-passage of the PIB, Sunmonu warned that Nigeria’s oil and gas industry may be slipping into the era when it took Mexico about 50 years to recover from such challenges in its oil industry. He said: “I recall the Mexican story, it took them 50 years to recover from that loss in oil production, and my worry is that we are slipping into that; even today if we produce a modest allowance of three million bpd and just assume a modest decline rate of 10 per cent, that leaves us with 2.7mbpd. “What this means is that for us to maintain that level of 3mbpd, we must produce additional 300,000bpd. It means that we need at least two deepwater projects

every year and then you are talking about additional $30 billion investment every year for us to remain at that level, but that is not going to be easy. “If we look at our onshore today, it is nowhere near the capacity we have. Most of what we have today comes from our deep offshore operations, but there is a lot more that we can get out of onshore, but that is the place that has serious financing challenges. “Deep water portends a huge opportunity in Shell. We have two big projects we will like to do as soon as we are sure that the environment and the conditions are right. It will cost us about $30 billion, and I am sure it is the same with the other international Oil Companies (IOCs) because each of us has projects in the pipeline, but we are all waiting for the almighty PIB to be able to make these decisions. “It is very clear in my mind that the potentials are

there, but turning those potentials to reality requires a lot of hard work, creative thinking and genuine value creation.” He was of the view that all stakeholders in the industry would make sure that they minimise the leakages in the operations today because crude oil theft continues to be a menace. If our country is losing 100,000bpd to 150,000bpd, that is huge. He said that some of the countries that parade themselves as oil producers today cannot even boast of 80,000bpd and if we are filtering away that much, then it calls for urgent action. Membere said the government is putting security measures in place to curtail the menace of oil theft in the country. He said the measures are yielding results, adding that the passage of the PIB will equally grant host communities opportunities to further provide security around oil installations, thus reducing the menace as the sector progresses.

NAMA gets ultimatum over salary • New condition of service approved By Kelvin Osa-Okunbor


ARIOUS aviation un ions yesterday threat ened to embark on a one-day warning strike if the management of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA) fails to implement the approved salary structure for its personnel. The affected unions are the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE). In an apparent reaction to the strike billed for tomorrow, Friday, February, 22, NAMA, said it would implement the new condition of service contrary to insinuations from the union leaders to the contrary.. The management attributed the delay in implementing the new salary structure to some critical omissions in the document approved by the National Salaries,Income and Wages Commission Addressing NAMA workers at the Freedom Square, Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, National President of the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Comrade Safianu Mohammed, said the strike is imminent.







Investors fleeing North over insecurity, says Kaduna Chamber

HE Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA) has said insecurity in the North is taking its toll on many businesses. At a briefing on the forthcoming 34th Kaduna International Trade Fair scheduled to start tomorrow, the chamber’s First Deputy President, Alhaji Awwalu Makarfi, said investors were running away, from the region because of the problem. “As we are all aware, Nigeria has been facing serious security challenges, particularly within the last three years. These challenges have obviously impacted negatively in our socio-economic activities and political life in the northern part of the country.

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“Consequently, security has remained the priority issue of all our tiers of government at all levels. Effort of the government and its agencies, the contributions of religious and traditional institutions as well as those of numerous organisations toward restoring peace and developmental pace in the country are highly appreciated and commended,” Makarfi said. He said the cooperation and support received from security agencies and the government in recent time

had imbued confidence in business operators, giving them hope that the situation was about to be a thing of the past. On the trade fair, he said about seven countries are expected at the fair. He said the chamber has contacts with industries, manufacturers, marketers and distributors in and outside the country. His words: “Already, positive responses to our invitations have started coming in. The chamber is in close contacts with relevant ministries, departments and agencies at

both federal and states levels. Nigerian missions abroad as well as the foreign missions in Nigeria are also being contacted to ensure greater participation at the Fair. “So far, arrangements for participation of some companies from countries, such as Egypt, Iran, Niger Republic, India, Pakistan, Turkey and People’s Republic of China are at advanced stages. On the security put in place he said: “As you must have noticed from the proposed dates, the 34th edition of the KITF is being planned to hold at

the usual February/March period. With the improved security situation our Chamber is determined to keep to the dates with the help and mercy of the Almighty God. “I am pleased to inform you that the preparations for the 34 th edition of the KITF has commenced in earnest. “We have inaugurated the re-constituted KITF Main Organising Committee and nine other subcommittees. All the Council members of the Chamber are members of the Main Organising Committee. Other members are drawn from state government, security agencies and representations from essential services agencies,” Awwalu said.

Lagos hires foreign experts on real sector


HE Lagos State Government has hired Peruvian development research experts to address the challenges of the real sector. The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs Sola Oworu, said the government’s action was informed by its determination to identify the people’s challenges and proffer solutions. She said: ”We all keep talking about the informal sector but we don’t know the size of the sector. So the idea is to find out how they operate and why these people have refused to move from the informal to the formal sector. Yes, they have problem of accessing funds. “Some of them may be sitting on several capitals (property) but that capital doesn’t have title and without the title, they cannot approach financial institutions in the formal sector for funds. “So, the thing we are trying to do

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in this programme is to find out the various constraints facing those in the informal sector. Why they cannot come into the formal sector. Whether it is paper work or the processes involved.” She said the experts would come up with a report that would proffer solutions to the problems. “If it means embarking on institutional reforms to remove the constraints, that will have to take place so that more people will move from the informal sector to the formal sector,” she said. The Project Manager from Peru, Enrique Diaz, said they have undertaken similar projects in some developing countries with positive results. He said in most of these countries, it was discovered that the challenges faced by informal sector players were similar, but solutions could vary depending on what obtains locally.

‘Export vital to economy’


HE Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr David Adulugba, has said export business is critical to the country’s survival. He said Nigeria should encourage the exportation to other commodities aside from oil. He warned that no nation can survive on consumption, stressing that export business can impact positively on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. He said most developing countries have repositioned their export sectors for prosperity. “It is a proven fact that export business is critical to a nation’s health as it impacts positively on the GDP. This is because it catalyses economic growth; creates a strong base for technological development; encour-

ages economic specialisation; and ultimately high rate of investment. “Yet, their products still appear in Nigeria through the ECOWAS Trade Liberation Scheme,’’ he said. He said most of the foreign companies used Nigerians for temporary jobs without equipping them with the technical know-how. Adulugba noted that Nigeria had relied too much on oil as the main revenue earner, which might not guarantee a prosperous future for the nation’s youths. He said the agency had a number of incentives to encourage export business. He recalled that in the last 15 years, export products had been getting the necessary support, urging operators to learn to operate, according to international standards.

•From left, Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi; Ajayi and President, Oyo Council of Chambers of Commerce, Mrs. Deola Omotosho, during the visit.

NACCIMA condemns infrastructural decay


HE Federal Government has been urged to formulate policies to support businesses, especially Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Dr. Herbert Ajayi, urged the government to adopt a bail-out mechanism that can reduce the harsh operating environment. He said: “The present state of power supply has continued to constrain capacity utilisation in industries and also increase cost of doing business. “The economy will move faster and record a higher percentage in implementation of projects, if security and power challenges are addressed. Many businesses, especially the MSMEs are groaning un-

der the high tariff of electricity, while continuing to spend more on generating power through fuelling of generators.” Ajayi listed some of the challenges facing operators as high cost of infrastructure, insecurity and dumping of sub-standard goods in the country. He added that lack of adequately equipped enterprise zones, industrial clusters and parks at state and local government levels have also been hindering the private sector’s growth. Ajayi urged ministries and parastatals to take the lead in encouraging local production by patronising locally made goods. The economy, he said, is heavily import-dependent, both for industrial raw materials and finished products. NACCIMA has praised the Oyo State government for its transfor-

mation of Ibadan into a modern state capital, adding that it would attract foreign investment and facilitate industrial growth. Speaking when he visited Governor Abiola Ajimobi in his office in Ibadan, Ajayi said: “Our observation is that this state is moving very fast on the path of transformation. We also noticed that Oyo State, particularly Ibadan, the state capital, is getting cleaner and neater. We also want to congratulate you on the commissioning of Secretariat-Bodija Bridge, which will ease movement of people of the state and improve on their living standard.” He urged the governor to give priority to the Chamber and the Organised Private Sector (OPS). The partnership, he said, would fast-track the state’s industrial development and reduce unemployment.

Economy should be private sector-driven


•From left : Finance Manager, MDS Logistics Plc, Funke Olokodana , General Manager, Warehousing & Depot Operations ,Taiwo Ajibola, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer,UACN, Mr Larry Ettah and Managing Director, MDS Logistics Plc , Solomon Aigbavboa Plc at the 2013 MDS’ Management Conference.

HE Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry ,LCCI, has said the economy should be driven by the private sector Speaking with The Nation, LCCI’s Director-General, Mr Muda Yusuf said the private sector is the engine of growth in advanced economies and the only solution to the challenges of the economy. “The Federal Government should work to make the private sector to run the economy, while it focuses on making and enforcing economic policies and collection of taxes. “The private sector seems to operate consistently because the regular government changes makes policy inconsistency and implementation challenges prevalent,” he said.

Muda said government should focus on creating an enabling environment for the private sector to lead business growth in the country. He said the private sector had the capacity to accelerate industrialisation process and open up access to capital for entrepreneurs. “Ordinarily, non-national banks are mainly interested in using customers’ deposits to assist businesses to grow, “ he said. He said the activities of banks in the economy could be effectively influenced by the private sector operators. “Government should only be concerned about taxes to provide the necessary infrastructure and create the ambience for enterprise to thrive,” he said.




Manufacturing will reduce poverty, says survey P OVERTY can only be reduced if the manufacturing sector is rejuvenated, a survey has shown. According to the survey, a stable macro-economy cannot translate to poverty reduction, where there is lack of infrastructure, irregular power supply and an unsound industrial policy. The research was conducted by Dr. Chukwuma Agu, Dr. Hyacinth Ichoku and Dr. John Ataguba of the African Institute for Applied Economics (AIAE) . They investigated some households and their economic status. The researchers said as commendable as the government’s efforts to provide 3.5 million jobs in the agriculture, housing construction, solid minerals, aviation and the creative industries is, the inability of the government to grow the manufacturing sector would make

the vision impossible. The research was commissioned by African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). It showed how the public sector has been crowding out the private sector, and how the muchtalked about growth in the country is non-existent. The report listed factors that impact poverty to include household size, agricultural employment, geo-political cultural and religious peculiarities, deepening human capital. and corruption. The work also examines the impact of sector of employment and selected demographic indicators at the household level. Estimates, according to the report,were obtained for national level data and data from the six geopolitical zones. Determinants

of poverty and inequality used in the study included both macro indicators and micro variables. And the findings are as interesting. “For example, the work found that household size, region of origin and sector of employment are some of the most important determinants of the probability of a household being poor in Nigeria,” Agu said. He added that many African countries that have posted high positive growth rates in the last decade have also seen significant rise in poverty. He said: “Between 2004 and 2010 (a period of less than seven years), the proportion of Nigerians living in absolute poverty jumped from 54 per cent to 70 per cent. This is despite the fact that the country has grown at

about seven per cent consistently for nearly one decade and has also designed a plethora of poverty reduction strategies at all tiers of government. Though it has always been known that growth is not always a sufficient condition for poverty reduction and that tackling poverty regularly requires targeted programmes, Nigeria’s experience presents an absolute paradox. Both policymakers and private individuals are concerned about the drivers of growth and poverty. It is difficult to understand that an agriculture-driven growth in a country with nearly 60 percent of the labour force employed in the sector should produce such adverse growth and poverty dynamics”.

Why Nestle opened N5.4b Distribution Centre


OOD manufacturing giant Nestle Nigeria PLc scored another first in the sector when it inaugurated a N5.4 billion Distribution Centre in Agbara, Ogun State. Declaring the centre open, the Chairman, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Olusegun Osunkeye, said with the centre, goods such as beverages, maggi and golden morn would get to consumers faster than before. He said the centre is Nestle’s biggest factory not only in Nigeria, but also in West Africa. “Spread over an area of four hectares, the new 17,000-pallet capacity warehouse facility is designed to manage the capacity increases following massive infrastructural upgrades at the Agbara factory in the last five years,” Osunkeye said. The Managing Director, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Mr Martins Woolnough, said the centre was built in two years, adding that it uses Radio Shuttle Automatic Racks, a technology which moves goods faster, adding that the centre provides jobs for over Nigerian 1,800 staff. He said: “This new stateof-the-art Distribution Centre reflects more than just an important investment to broaden our nutrition, health and wellness business platform; it illustrates also our commitment to the growth of the economy.” He said Nestle has been doing business in Nigeria for over five decades, during which it brought value to the society by sourcing locally for maize, soya beans and other products, creating employment, offering high quality nutritious products to Nigerians. He said by “opening our distribution centre in Agbara, we will be closer to our consumers now and thus serve them better.” The facility, Woolnough added,wouldfurther strengthen Nigeria’s role as the largest manufacturing operation for Nescafe in the West and Central Africa region and that it is key to Nestle’s growth.

UAC’s CSR projects


AC of Nigeria Plc (UAC) has inaugurated its Goodness League projects in the Northcentral Zone of the country, pledging to spread them to all the zones in the country. According to a statement, the Goodness League is a veritable platform for UAC’s meaningful and credible intervention schemes that tackle social problems and provide an umbrella and synergy for all the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. The programme’s focus is education and it intervenes through the provision of infrastructural assistance, such as comprehensive renovation of school blocks and the provision of science equipment, computers and desks to needy schools. The programme also supports the educational sector through the Free Weekend Classes for Senior Secondary Schools – a volunteer scheme that focuses on mentoring, coaching and counselling and has been successfully implemented in Lagos State. Beneficiaries of the projects in the Northcentral zone are Boys Secondary School, Gindiri, Plateau State; Government College, Keffi, Nasarawa State; Mount St Gabriel’s Secondary School, Makurdi, Benue State and Government College, Bida, Niger State.

SMEDAN DG bags award


HE Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Alhaji Muhammad Nadada Umar, has been conferred with Verbatim Magazine Award of Excellence for enhancing the economic empowerment in the MSME sector. The event was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. Umar dedicated the award to the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga; the Minister of State, Trade and Investment, Dr. Sam Ortom and the SMEDAN management, staff and his family. He praised the management and staff of Verbatim Magazine for the award, adding the media has a great role to play in nation building. He advised the journalists to take more active interest in politics, adding that it would enhance the development of the profession.

UNIDO predicts real sector’s growth


•Akpabio presenting a plaque to Cooter during the visit.

Akwa Ibom to partner Canada on power


KWA Ibom State has sought the partnership of Canadian companies in generating adequate electricity supply to boost its economy. Speaking when he received Canadian High Commissioner in Nigeria Chris Cooter in Uyo, the state capital, Governor Godswill Akpabio said the state’s Independent Power Plant is producing 191 megawatts of electricity, adding that it needs partnership to generate more for distribution to consumers. Akpabio said: “With the recent completion of our independent power plant (IPP), we would want to partner Canadian companies to improve on

the power generation and expansion of the current power to many consumers’’. He also sought Canada’s assistance in the development of Ibaka Deep Seaport, saying: “We will be glad to see Canadian companies coming to develop Ibaka Seaport and to partner with us on the development of the aviation sector through Akwa Ibom International Airport. Already, we are constructing an international hangar, which would make us the first state to land a Boeing 380 aircraft in the country”. Akpabio added: “We want to co-operate with companies in Canada for investment by bringing in more companies

for investment and the development of the state. Akwa Ibom State is an economic hub; so we are building the state for the future. That is why we’re building basic infrastructure to facilitate the economic boom of the nation”. Earlier, Cooter said Nigeria and Canada had moved fast in their partnership in the last six months, noting that in October, last year, both countries signed a trade agreement to cement their ties. Cooter said his country is partnering India on the construction of hospitals, adding that in May, the Canadian government would permit Nigeria to bring 200 persons on a trade mission to the country.

United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) report has disclosed that Nigeria and other developing and emerging economies enjoyed significant growth in the manufacturing sector in 2012, with prospects for more growth in 2013. A release by UNIDO noted that developing and emerging industrial economies in general maintained a strong rate of Manufacturing Value Added (MVA) growth in 2012, despite some deceleration in industrial production due to a decrease in demand for exports. According to the report, the growth rate of world manufacturing output remained low in 2012 due to the prolonged recession in industrialised countries and its negative impact on developing and emerging industrial economies. “Developing and emerging industrial economies’ combined share of world MVA in 2012 stood at 35 per cent. “World manufacturing output grew by 2.2 per cent in 2012, significantly lower than the 3.1 per cent projected midway through last year. “The world’s industrialised countries experienced particularly low MVA growth, with some dynamism in North America and East Asia was largely negated by the sustained recession in Europe. MVA of industrialised countries grew at an average rate of just 0.3 per cent in 2012,” the report stated. According to UNIDO, the global economic crisis beginning in 2009 has not only forced huge job cuts in the manufacturing sector of industrialised countries but has also pulled labour productivity down. It says net manufacturing output in the world’s eight major industrialised economies (G-8) has fallen by a much higher rate than the number of employees, reflecting the fact that many businesses retain a skeleton workforce even during periods when there are no or few orders for their products. “In the longer run, the industrialised countries’ share of world MVA will remain high, as economic progress will mean that more countries will be elevated into the group of industrialised economies,” the report says.

Senate panel: quality products vital to SMEs’ growth


HE Senate Committee on Industry has said standardisation is essential to the growth of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs). Its Chairman, Senator Nnenadi Usman said for SMEs to be relevant, there is need for them to meet the basic standards so that their goods would be acceptable. She was speaking during the committee’s tour of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. The essence of the visit, she said, was to boost trade within and outside the region, adding that the basic thing necessary for

economic growth is the development of the SMEs. Usman said the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has a critical role to play in reducing substandard products and encouraging other African countries to set up office and agencies to develop and maintain standards. She said the visit would explore Ethiopia and map out areas of collaborations between both it and Nigeria in developing and maintaining standards. “Our SMEs should be revitalised to stop dumping. The way forward is to empower SON to train SMEs owners to

conform to standards.This would increase their productivity, expand their business; leading to more income and wealth creation,” she said. She pointed out that Ethiopia also faces the same challenges as Nigeria in terms of dumping substandard goods, adding that Ethiopia has a new way of resolving their challenges which Nigeria must adopt. She said the major challenge most African countries are facing is importation because most importers like to bring in goods at cheaper prices. He said when African products try to compete in the market, they

do not do so well. “It is cheaper to go to China to make a substandard good than to make a good of standard quality in Nigeria. Most people prefer to use cheaper goods even though it does not last. We have had influx of substandard cheap cables from China where people used to build houses which later resulted in fire outbreak destroying lives and property,” she said. She said: “The issue of funding is critical to maintaining standard. We have learnt something about the funding of the agency itself because without fund, the agency will never

work properly and it will not produce any result.” According to her, the summary of the three visits to the three countries showed that they have spent a lot of money to improve their standards and said that they all have well-equipped laboratories that can compete globally. “I think Dr. Odumodu is doing a great job and if better equipped he would do more because he has the will and the capabilities,” she said. She said when one organisation should look at standards, ensuring that goods that are substandard do not enter the country.









IN THE HIGH COURT OF LAGOS STATE OF NIGERIA PROBATE REGISTRY, LAGOS DIVISION WHEREAS the person whose names are set-out in the first Column under died intestate on the date and place stated in the said Column. AND WHEREAS the person or persons whose names and addresses and relationship (if any) to the deceased are set out in the second Column here have applied to the High Court of Lagos State for a Grant of Letter of Administration of the Real and Personal Properties of the deceased. NOTICE IS HEREBY given that Letters of Administration will be granted to such persons unless a NOTICE TO PROHIBIT THE GRANT is filed in the registry within (14) days from the date hereof. S/N NAMES OF THE DECEASED PERSON: 1. Ayogu Daniel Chukwuemeka known as David C. Ayogu late of 10, St. Saviour Street, Okota, Isolo, Lagos who died intestate on the 19th September, 2011 at Lagos. 2. Ibiwoye Bolaji known as Bolaji Michael Ibiwoye late of Aradagun Badagry, Lagos who died intestate on the 20th day of July, 2012 at Lagos. 3. Emmanuel Ayodele Babaleye known as Babaleye Ayodele late of 6, Muritala Mohammed International Road, Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos who died intestate on the 19th May, 2011 at Lagos. 4. Dr. Adetunji Shyllon late of 22, Enitan Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos who died intestate on the 27th November, 2007 at Lagos. 5. Mr. Shobalaje Gbadamosi late of 18, Giwa Street, Igbobi, Fadeyi, Lagos who died intestate on the 22nd December, 2011 at Lagos. 6. Okanlawon Funsho Oluwaseun known as Mrs. Oluwaseun Okanlawon late of Block 80, Flat 29, Maiye Ogundare Street, Magodo, Lagos who died intestate on the 2nd July, 2012 at Lagos. 7. Mr. Onyembilama Israel late of Ibibi-Uratta Village Osisioma Ngwa who died intestate on the 13th July, 2012 at Aba. 8. Reuben Major Tawad late of Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah, Block L, House 28A, who died intestate on 28th September, 2008 at Lagos. 9. Gilbert Udegbunam late of 7/9, Payne Crescent, Apapa, Lagos who died intestate on the 22nd April, 2012 at Lagos. 10. Mr. Nkabi Kalu Umoga known as Umoga Nkabi late of 7/9, Enoma Street, Ago-Palace Way, Okota, Isolo, Lagos who died intestate on the 12th July, 2010 at Lagos. 11. Monday Matthew Akpan late of 85, Alafia Street, Amukoko, Lagos who died intestate on the 29th May, 2012 at Eket-Okoro. 12. Charles Asagwara known as Asagwara Charles late of 109, Awolowo Road, Warder's Barracks, Ikoyi, Lagos who died intestate on the 22nd May, 2012 at Lagos. 13. Mr. Abraham Ifebulachi Obali known as Obale Abraham late of 11, Adegbite Street, Ilasamaja who died intestate on the 29th June, 2012 at Lagos. 14. Mrs. Oluwatoyin Benjamin known as Oluwatoyin Esther Benjamin late of House 8, Lagoon View Estate, Ado Road, Ajah, Lagos who died intestate on the 7th August, 2012 at Lagos. 15. Alhaja Mudirakat Ajoke Ajose (Nee Alatishe) known as Ajose Ajoke Toyin late of Harmony Court APT 23, Block 12, Afric Road, Iponri, Lagos who died intestate on the 13th September, 2012 at Lagos. 16. Chibuzor Anselem Ofoegbu known as Anselem Chibuzo Ofoegbu late of 33, Towolawi Street, Coker, Orile, Lagos who died intestate on the 24th July, 2012 at Lagos. 17. Mrs. Sherifat Fashina known as Mrs. Serifat Fashina late of 6, Amadu Street, Bariga, Lagos who died intetstate on the 26th August, 2002 at Lagos. 18. Oyewole Hakeem known as Oyewole Hakeem Ayinla late of 12, Inabere Street, Lagos Island, who died intestate on the 9th January, 2012 at Lagos. 19. Christopher Emeka Nwagboso late of 4, Church Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos who died intestate on the 5th February, 2009 at Benin City. 20. Ezekiel Akintola known as Akintola Ezekiel late of 1, Adelakun Village, Ibadan who died intestate on the 28th March, 2011 at Lagos. 21. Adeyinka Salami Agbaje late of 2, Kehinde Ashafa Close, Pacific Estate, Akesan, Lagos who died intetstae on the 30th April, 2012 at Lagos. 22. Mrs. Ayo Babalola known as Miss. Felicia Ayo Babalola late of 10, Oyinkansola Bageja Street, Igando, Lagos who died intestate on the 7th June, 2011 at Lagos. 23. Abraham Afolabi Tolu-Omole known as Afolabi Tolu Omole late of Block 73, Flat 2, Phase 4, Jakande Estate, Adeniji Adele, Lagos who died intestate on the 4th April, 2004 at Lagos. 24. Mrs. Adebunmi Adenike Oseni late of 8, Bush Street, Okupe Estate, Lagos who died intestate on the 7th July, 2012 at India. 25. Patrick Akporokoka known as Apoari Cooker late of 24, Olugbode Street, Ajegunle, Lagos who died intestate on the 7th May, 2010 at Lagos. 26. Joshua Ogungbesan late of 24, Adeniji Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos who died intestate on the 1st November, 1984 at Lagos. 27. Ibobo Gabriel Osita known as Osita Ibobo Gabriel late of 7, Ayake Street, Ojo, Lagos who died intestate on the 16th August, 2012 at Lagos. 28. Balogun Ebun known as Veronica Ebunoluwa Balogun late of 402 Road, Flat 10, Festac Town, Lagos who died intetstate on the 7th July, 1995 at Lagos. 29. Anthony Awhejiri known as Ewhewhejiri Anthony late of 32, Isaac Adeyemi Street, Lagos who died intestate on the 26th January, 2008 at Lagos. 30. Madam Ethel Violet Ibilola Johnson late of 11, Ibadan Street (East), Ebute Metta, Lagos who died intestate on the 5th day of February, 1972 at Lagos. 31. Mrs. Queen Edeh Overo late of 18, Ligali Street, Ajegunle, Lagos who died intestate on the 15th March, 2011 at Lagos. 32. Abu Peter late of 3, Omoniyi Olupo Street, Orile who died intestate on the 29th February, 2012 at Lagos. 33. ASP Arome Danmole late of Block 6, Room 6, Bar Beach Police Barracks, Lagos who died intestate on the 8th May, 2011 at Lagos. 34. Chief Tennyson C. Onyerika known as Onyerika Tenny late of 15, Ali Dada Street, Okota, Lagos who died intestate on the 13th July, 2012 at Owerri. 35. Mr. Ogunbanbi Kolawole late of 28, Onasanya Street, Surulere, Lagos who died intetstate on the 17th August, 2012 at Lagos. 36. Okpeke James Ogiri late of 242, Recee Battallion Barracks, Ibereko, Badagry, Lagos who died intestate on the 28th December, 2010 at Otukpo. 37. Mr. Adeagbo Gbolagade late of 7, Giwa Street, Ajegunle, Lagos who died intetstate on the 10th April, 2010 at Lagos. 38. Lilian Adaobi Ezekwugo late of 7, Balogun Street, Ajao Estate Anthony, Lagos who died intestate on the 12th October, 2007 at Lagos. 39. Tijani Onitabo known as Chief Tijani Omolere Ntabo late of 14, Oyebajo Street, Fadeyi, Lagos who died intestate on the 23rd December, 1973 at Lagos. 40. Akinnusi Iyabode known as Akinlusi Iyabode late of 10, Fagbemi Street, Owonroshoki, Lagos who died intestate on the 15th July, 2011 at Lagos. 41. Iyanda Azeez late of 45A, Foresythe Street, Lagos who died intestate on the 11th November, 2011 at Lagos. 42. Robert Adedoyin Adeleye known as Adeleye Robert Adedoyin late of Ojuremiren Street, Odogunyan, Ikorodu, Lagos who died intestate on the 16th January, 2011 at Lagos. 43. Moses Iloputa late of 1, Oluwa Street, Olodi Apapa, Lagos who died intestate on the 9th May, 2009 at Lagos. 44. Mr. Charles Ezeala late of 13, Pastor Joseph Street, Iba, Lagos who died intestate on the 30th April, 2012 at Lagos. 45. Okocha Christopher Ikechukwu late of 35, Shiro Street, Fadeyi, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 46. Okikiolu Olukayode Adebayo late of 22, Olufunmilayo Okikiolu Street, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 47. Mrs. Adenike Sakirat Ajani late of 1, Adetayo Street, Off AIT Road, Alagbado, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 48. Ikechukwu Abugu known as Dr. Ike Abugu late of 3, Niyi Adedeji Street, Ogudu G.R.A, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 49. Mrs. Oluwatosin Ibironke Anibaba late of 12A, Engrald Crescent, Treasure Gardens, Lekki, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 50. Yetunde Anjola Fatokun late of 9, Ishola Solomon Street, Magodo, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 51. Ibikunoluwa Inumidun Fatokun late of 9, Ishola Solomon Street, Magodo, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 52. Olaoluwa ED Fatokun late of 9, Ishola Solomon Street, Magodo, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 53. Vivien Effiong Atangakak late of 8b, Sadiku Street, Ogundele Mafoluku, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 54. Oloko Adetunji Akintola late of Akintola Oloko Drive, Off Unity Road, Unity Estate, Badore, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 55. Ikechukwu Innocent Okoye known as Ike late of 7B, Dr. Ladi Alakija Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos who died intestate on 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 56. Alvana Chidimma Ojukwu late of 12, Gonde Close, Wuse Zone, Abuja who died on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 57. Fortune David Kolawole known as Oladunni (Nee Oyelade) late of 26, Demurin Street, Ketu, Lagos who died intestate on 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 58. David Kolawole Eyinjuoluwa Joanne late of 26, Demurin Street, Ketu, Lagos who died intestate on 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 59. Ehi Joel Allende late of Citel Estate Mbora District, Abuja who died Intestate on 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 60. Adeleke Oluwadamilare Samuel known as Adeleke Oluwadamilare Abayomi Samuel late of Plot 16, Estern Avenue, OGHC Estate, Ota who died intestate on 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 61. Ikechukwu Omonogor Ochonogor late of 8, Nureni Atokun Street, Akesan, Lagos who died intestate on 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 62. Joy Chiedozie Allison known as Joy Allison late of Plot 20B, M.K.O Abiola Crescent, Ikeja, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 63. Sarah Mshelia late of 24, Sure Abdulahi Street, Suleja who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 64. Rev. Ayodeji Kolade Cole late of 37A, Convenamt Garden Estate, Ado, Abuja who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 65. Rev. (Mrs) Ngozi Cole late of 37A, Convenamt Gardens Estate, Ado, Abuja who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 66. Ibidapo Ganiat Lawal known as Lawal Ibidapo Ganiat late of Block 2, Flat 3B, Jubilee Housing Estate, Ikorodu, Lagos who died intestate on the 18th January, 2012 at USA. 67. Awodogan Oluwasenmi Olabinjo late of 17, Akintoye Shogunle, Ikeja, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 68. Frederick Babatunde Olanrewaju Williams late of 11, Ilorin Street, Surulere, Lagos who died intestate on the 10th September, 2012 at Lagos. 69. Mr. Shobowale Femi Stephen late of 3, Oyeleye Street, Cele Village, Alimosho, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 70. Chrsiatiana Uche Ulasi late of 19, Adebambo Street, Egbeda, Lagos who died intestate on the 3rd June, 2012 at Lagos. 71. Alhaji Kelani Olajumoke late of Babanla's Compound, Abeokuta, Ogun State who died intestate on the 25th May, 1979 at Abeokuta, Ogun State. 72. Ashimowu Odee known as Oshimowu Odee late of 27, Kosoko Street, Lagos who died intestate on the 19th November, 1976 at Lagos. 73. Mrs. Ogunkoya Felicia Oyetunde late of Block 78, Flat 3, Jakande Estate, Oke-Afa, Isolo, Lagos who died intestate on the 15th March, 2011 at Ibadan. 74. Rasak Alade Popoola late of 2, Oko-Awo Street, Lagos who died intestate on the 2nd April, 2006 at Lagos. 75. Mrs. Bamidele Akin-Ibisagba known as Akin-Ibisagba Bamidele late of 2, Karimu Street, Solujo, Gbagada who died intestate on the 13th June, 2011 at Lagos. 76. Olowomojuore Bola Alice late of 11/13, Oluwalogbon Street, Shomolu, Lagos who died intestate on the 5th September, 2009 at Lagos. 77. Lola Ojuokaiye late of Road 2, Block 144B, APPT 2, Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos who died intestate on the 12th November, 2012 at Lagos. 78. Mr. Ezekiel Agbai Uche late of 3, Tokosi Lane, Orile-Iganmu, Lagos who died intestate on the 6th September, 2010 at Lagos.

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Beatrice Ifeanyi Ayogu, Ayogu Doreen and Ayogu Roland all of 10, St. Saviour Street, Okota, Isolo, Lagos. The Widow and Two of the Children of the said deceased. Olayiwola Ibiwoye and Olabisi Ibiwoye both of 107, Alafia Street, Amukoko, Lagos. The Father and Elder brother of the said deceased. Mrs. E.F Babaleye, Mrs. Elizabeth O. Idudhe and Mr. Temitope S. Babaleye All of 6, M.M Int'l Airport Road, Mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos. The Widow and Two of the Children of the said deceased. Mrs. Titilayo Shyllon and Damilola Shyllon both of 22, Enitan Street, Aguda, Surulere, Lagos. The Widow and One of the Children of the said deceased. Mrs. Funke Gbadamosi and Miss. Adijat Gbadamosi both of 18, Giwa Street, Igbobi, Fadeyi, Lagos. The Widow and One of the Children of the said deceased. Omowunmi Olamide Okanlawon, Olatunbosun O. Okanlawon, Babamide A. Okanlawon and Abolarinde O. Okanlawon all of Block 86, Flat 29, Maiye Ogundare Street, Magodo, Lagos. The Children of the said deceased. Ms. Blessing Ngozi Onyembilama and Mrs. Naomi Uchechi Nwosu of 20, Dumare Street, Lagos and 7, Eke Macaulaey Street, Iba, Ojo, Lagos. Two of the Children of the said deceased. Zakka Bala Sankey, Nibron Major Tawad, Joshua Major Tawad and Magdalene Major Tawad all of Abraham Adesanya Estate, Ajah, Lagos. The Elder and Younger brothers of the said deceased. Chikezie A. Udegbunam and Caroline K. Udegbunam both of 7/9, Payne Crescent, Apapa, Lagos., The Son and Widow and the said deceased. Mrs. Anyaku Umoga and Mr. Patrick Ogbonna Kalu both of 7/9, Enoma Street, Ago Okota, Isolo, Lagos. The Widow and Nephew of the said deceased. Mrs. Veronica Monday Akpan Matthew and Samuel Monday Akpan Matthew both of 85, Alafia Street, Amukoko, Lagos. The Widow and Son of the said deceased. Miss. Ada Asagwara and Mister Felix Asagwara both of 109, Awolowo Road, Warders Barracks, Ikoyi, Lagos. The Younger Sister and Younger brother of the said deceased. Mr. Sunday Utobo and Mr. John Obali both of 51, Oduduwa Street, Ikate, Surulere, Lagos. The Uncle and Brother of the said deceased. Adewunmi Benjamin and Abayomi Falana both of House 8, Lagoon View Estate, Ado Road, Ajah, Lagos. The Widower and Elder brother of the said deceased. Mr. Fola Adisa Ajose and Lanre Alatise of Harmony Court APT 23 Road, Block 12, Afic Road, Lekki and Jakande Housing Estate, Block 10, Flat 4, Phase 2, Adeniji Adele, Lagos. The Widower and Brother of the said deceased. Mrs. Chinwe Juliet Ofoegbu and Mr. Kenneth Ofoegbu both of 33, Towolawi Street, Coker, Orile, Lagos. The Widow and Brother of the said deceased. Ms. Morufat Fashina and Mr. Gbolahan Fashina of 102, Enuowa Street, Lagos and 38, Omididun Street, Lagos Island. Two of the children of the said deceased. Oyewole Sodiq and Oyewole Idris both of 12, Inabere Street, Lagos Island, Two of the Children of the said deceased. Francis Ifeanyi Nwagboso and Samuel A. Nwagboso both of 4, Church Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos. The Brothers of the said deceased. Mrs. Mariam Akintola and Damilare Akintola both of 5, Baale Street, Akute, Ogun State. The Widow and One of the Children of the said deceased. Mrs. Theresa Adedayo Agbaje, Mrs. Folashade Temitope Ofi and Pastor Michael Muyiwa-Ajayi of 2, Kehinde Ashafa Close, Pacific Estate. Akesan, Lagos and Flat 20, Ikeji Obi Avenue, Pacific Estate, Akesan, Lagos. The Widow, Daughter and In-law of the said deceased. Mr. Adeboyega Adeseko and Mr. Olatunde Rokosu Salawe of 10, Oyinkosola Bageja Igando, Lagos and Block 343, Flat 5, Jakande Estate, Isolo, Lagos. Two of the children of the said deceased. Olayinka Olajope Tolu Omole and Desola Olapeju Tolu-Omole both of 73, Flat 2, Phase 4, 4, jakande Estate, Adeniji Adele, Lagos. Children of the said deceased. Mrs. Toyin Gomes and Mr. Muniru Adeshina Oseni both of 8, Bush Street, Okupe Estate, Lagos. The Daughter and Widower of the said deceased. Akporokoka Emenena Jonah and Akporokoka Benice Oke both of 8, Youlade Street, Gospel Village, Isashi, Okokomaiko, Lagos. Two of the Children of the said deceased. Engr. Joshua O. Ogungbesan and Abosede E. Mosaku both of 24, Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. Children of the said deceased. Mr. Osita Joshua and Mr. Molokwu Godwin of 143, Aka Road, Ajagbandi, Lagos and Plot 172, Block 205, Iba Housing Estate, Lagos. The Brother and Uncle of the said deceased. Mrs. Adejoke Olubunmi Adeusi and Mrs. Esther Olusola Olodun both of 402 Road, C Close, Block 2, Flat 10, Festac Town, Lagos. The Widow and Sister of the said deceased. Mrs. Rebecca Awhewhejiri and Victor Awhewhejiri both of 32, Isaac Adeyemi Street, Lagos. The Widow and One of the Children of the said deceased. Mrs. Honoria Ore Cole and Mr. Oladunni Anodeinde both of 11, Ibadan Street (East), Ebute Metta, Lagos.The Sister and Grandson of the said deceased. Oghene Sheriff Overo of 18, Ligali Street, Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos. The Son of the said deceased. Juliet Abu and James Abbah Okoh of 3, Omoniyi Street, Orile and 21, Ajara Street, Orile, Lagos. The Widow and Brother of the said deceased. Mrs. Martha Arome and Noah Danmole Arome both of Block 6, Room 6, Bar Beach Police Barracks, Lagos. The Widow and One of the Children of the said deceased. Mr. Thompson Onyerika and Ms. Edith Onyerrika both of 15, Ali Dada Street, Okota, Lagos. The Brother and Sister of the said deceased. Mrs. Abibat A. Ogunbambi and Mr. Abayomi Ogunbambi both of 28, Onasanya Street, Surulere, Lagos. The Widow and One of the Children of the said deceased. Aladi Abraham (Nee Okpeke) of 242, Recce Battalion, Ibereko, Badagry, Lagos. The Daughter of the said deceased. Adeagbo Saheed and Adeagbo Tawakalitu both of 7, Giwa Street, Ajegunle, Lagos. Two of the Children of the said deceased. Afam Ezekwugo and Emeka Nwosu both of 7, Balogun Street, Anthony, Lagos. The Widower and brother of the said deceased. Chief Sikiru Tijani Ntabo, Alhaja Abibatu Tijani and Mr. Mumuni Tijani Ntabo all of 14, Oyebajo Street, Fadeyi, Lagos. The Children of the said deceased. Temitope Akinnusi and Olatunde Samuel both of 10, Fagbemi Street, Oworonshoki, Lagos. Two of the Children of the said deceased. Iyanda Sikiru and Iyanda Wasiu of 17, Obadina Street, Lagos and 6, Idiro Court, Lafiaji, Lagos. The Brothers of the said deceased. Adedapo Adeleye and Temitope Adeleye of 24, Akinola Street, Ajah, Ertile, Lagos and 7, Methodist Church Street, Opebi, Lagos. Two of the Children of the said deceased. Ikechukwu Iloputa and Ngozi Okeke both of 1, Oluwa Street, Olodi Apapa, Lagos. The Brother and Sister of the said deceased. Mrs. Ijeoma Ezeala and Mr. Innocent Ezeala of 13, Pastor Joseph Street, Iba, Lagos and 7, Grace Land Estate, Satellite Town, Ojo, Lagos. The Widow and Brother of the said deceased. Mrs. Onyinye Esther Okocha and Dr. Kenneth Uchechukwu Okocha of 8, Zansi Close, Off Adesina Onike, Yaba, Lagos and 398, Herbert Macaulaey Street, Yaba, Lagos. The Widow and Brother of the said deceased. Mrs. Olayemi Scholastica Okikiolu, Olugbemiga Adebayo Okikiolu and Hon. Justice Bola Okikiolu-Ighile (Mrs) all of 22, Olufunmilayo Okikiolu Street, Lagos. The Widow, Son and Sister of the said deceased. Muritala A. Ajani, Temilade Azeez and Olawale Ajani of 1, Adetayo Street, Off AIT Road, Alagbado, Lagos, 19/17, Mohammed Abu Street, Idowu Estate and SW1/55, Oke Ado, Ibadan. The Widower, Sister and Brother-in-law of the said deceased. Mrs. Uzoamaka Abugu and Mr. Emmanuel Abugu of 3, Niyi Adedeji Street, Ogudu G.R.A, Lagos and 45A, Cooperation Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos. The Widow and Brother of the said deceased. Femi Anibaba and Oladipo B. Olujinrin of 12A, Engrald Crescent, Treasure Garden, Lekki, Lagos. The Widower and Brother of the said deceased. Olanrewaju Olajide Fatokun and Ayotunde Olajide Fatokun both of 9, Ishola Solomon Street, Magodo, Lagos. The Widow and Brother-in-law of the said deceased. Olanrewaju Oluremi Fatokun and Ayotunde Olajide Fatokun both of 9, Ishola Solomon Street, Magodo, Lagos. The Father and Uncle of the said deceased. Olanrewaju Oluremi Fatokun and Ayotunde Olajide Fatokun both of 9, Ishola Solomon Street, Magodo, Lagos. The Father and Uncle of the said deceased. Mrs. Ann Effiong Atangakak, Mr. Kingsley Effiong Atangakak and Miss. Fiona Effiong Atangakak of 8b, Sadiku Street, Ogundele Mafoluku, Lagos. 20, oke Agbe Street, Garki II, Abuja. The Mother and Sisters of the said deceased. Mrs. Omobola Oloko and Mr. Gbenga Ayeni Both of Akintola Oloko Drive, Off Unity Road, Unity Estate, Badore, Lagos. The Widow and Cousin of the said deceased. Belynda Nkiru Okoye and Awa Amadi Awa of A2 Labake Court, Park View and 25, Udeco Med Road, Chevy View Estate, The Widow and Attorney of the said deceased. Clara Ojukwu and Samuel Ifeanyi Ojukwu both of 7, Chibuike Avenue, Aba-Abia State, The Mother and Elder Brother of the said deceased. Kolawole Babasola David and Oyelade Kehinde both of 8, Osunketan Street, Lagos. The Widower and Brother of the said deceased. Kolawole Babasola David and Oyelade Kehinde both of 8, Osunketan Street, Ketu, Lagos. The Uncle and Father of the said deceased. Roselyne Ailende and Edna Ailende both of Citel Estate, Mbora District, Abuja, The Sisters of the said deceased. Ademola David Adeleke and Funmilayo Bolanle Adeleke both of Plot 16, Eastern Avenue, OGSHC Estate, Ota, Ogun state. The parents of the said deceased. Tolulope Oluolafe Ochonogor and Ifekan Perry Ochonogor both of 8, Nureni Atokun Street, Akesan, Lagos. The Widow and Brother of the said deceased. David Chukwunonso Allison and Uche Stanley Allison of Plot 20B, M.K.O Abiola Crescent, Ikeja, Lagos and 4, Soluwaka Kadika Street, Maryland Estate, Oke-Ado, Lagos. The Widower and Brother-in-law of the said deceased. Sandra Mshelia and Nasare Mshelia of Area F Police, Ikeja and 19, Jalingo Street, Shagari Phase I, Yola. The Sister and Mother of the said deceased. Arc. Akinola B. Cole and Mrs. Florence Anegbe both of 16, Sule Abore Street, Ojodu, Lagos. The Elder Brother and Niece of the said deceased. Arc. Akinola B. Cole, Mrs. Florence Anegbe and Mr. Gabriel Nwaiwu both of 16, Sule Abore Street, Ojodu, Lagos. The In-laws and Younger brother of the said deceased. Lawal Azeez Olanrewaju and Olaniyan Rilwan Olabode both of Block 2, Flat 3B, Jubilee Housing Estate, Ikorodu, Lagos. One of the Children and Brother of the said deceased. Awodogan Kikelomo and Awodogan Oladoyin both of 17, Akintoye Shogunle, Ikeja, Lagos. The Widow and Sister of the said deceased. Mrs. Gaynor M. Williams of 11, Ilorin Street, Surulere, Lagos. The Widow of the said deceased. Mrs. Titilope Femi Shobowale and Mr. Maurice Chukwu of 3, Oyeleye Street, Cele Village, Lagos and 79, Glover Street, Alagomeji, Yaba, Lagos. The Widow and Counsel to the said deceased. Christopher Afam Ukasi, Abigail Chibuzo Ulasi and Innocent Obiora Ulasi, all of 19, Adebambo Street, Egbeda, Lagos. The Father, Sister and Brother of the said deceased. Mrs. Esan Latifu Kikelomo, Mr. Nureni Olajumoke, Mr. Samodi Olajumoke and Mr. Rasheed Olajumoke all of No. 6A, Lagos Road, Lafenwa, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The Childeren of the said deceased. Abdul Rasaq Adeleke Tijani, Mr. Wale Oris, Mr. Waheed Ayilara and Mr. Adamson Olalekan Ayilara of 2, Ifelodun Street, Agbado, Ogun State, 15, Oyedele Ogunniyi Street, Anthony, Lagos and 53, Oyedele Oguniyi Street, Anthony, Lagos. Grand Children to the said deceased. Oluwaseun Ogunkoya and Oluwatosin Bakare of Block 78, Flat 3, Jakande Estate, Oke Afa, Isolo, Lagos and 29, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos. The Children of the said deceased. Alhaja Raolat Folami, Rafiu Popoola and Issa Olatunji Folami of 2, Oke-Awo Street, Lagos and 47, Moloney Street, Ebute Metta, Lagos. The Sister, Brother and Nephew of the said deceased. Akin Ibisagba and Foluke Dahunsi both of 2, Karimu Street, Gbagada, Lagos. The Widower and Sister of the said deceased. Ifeoluwa Olowomojuore and Damilola Olowomojuore both of 11/13, Oluwalogbon Street, Shomolu, Lagos. The Children of the said deceased. Mrs. Beatrice Ojuokaiye and Miss. Bidemi B. Ojuokaiye both of Road 2, APPT2, Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos. The Widow and One of the children of the said deceased. Mrs. Christiana Ndidi Uche and Ms. Peter Maduka of 3, TOkosi Lane, Orile Iganmu, Lagos and 12, Lisabi Street, Off Fagbile, Surulere, Lagos. The Widow and Nephew of the said deceased.






Ramphele’s entry

Incompetent teachers •This is a serious problem that governments must address because it is ‘garbage in, garbage out’


HE problem we are facing today is as a result of problems in the education sector … Our failure to train these youths is making us to spend more money on security. If you fail to spend money on the education of the children, one day you will spend more money in buying bullets to kill them.” This statement from the Chairman of Kaduna State Universal Basic Education, Ishaya Dare Akau, in reaction to a survey recently carried out on teachers in the state, is thought-provoking. At least 1,300 teachers in the state were said to have failed in tests generally meant for primary four pupils. The state commissioner for education, Alhaji Usman Mohammed, made the revelation at an education summit tagged “Education for all is responsibility of all,” held at the Hassan Usman Katsina House. “A total of 1,599 teachers selected from across the state were given primary four tests in Mathematics and Basic literacy. Only one of them scored 75 percent, 250 scored between 50 to 75 percent and 1,300 scored below 25 percent,” he said. According to the commissioner, the same examination was conducted for 1,800 primary school pupils and many of them failed woefully. If gold rusts, what would iron do? Unfortunately, the story is the same in most parts of the country. Perhaps what is sadder in the Kaduna episode is that this scandalous development is just being discovered now. Teachers in Kwara State also performed woefully in a similar test in 2008; the Ekiti State government

has been having a running battle with teachers in the state since it mooted the idea of teachers’ proficiency test. If we talk of falling standard in education in the country today, perhaps this can be situated within the context of the wobbly beginning that many pupils had. Primary education is supposed to be the foundation on which subsequent learning would be built. Where the foundation is weak, whatever is erected on it is bound to crumble. Sadly, the government is to be held responsible for this trend. Years back, it came up with a policy lowering admission requirements for people seeking to pursue careers in education, thus giving the impression that teaching is an inferior course. Again, most of the satellite campuses in the country have crash programmes for teachers, where they certify them competent to teach after two summer programmes. The implication is that we have half-baked teachers all over the place who have little or nothing to offer. These are unleashed on hapless pupils and students who come out of their academic programmes only a shade better than they were when they gained admission. This is contrary to the practice in some other countries like Finland and South Korea where teaching is held in esteem and their best are sent to the classrooms. Nothing here suggests that there are no good teachers in the country. But the point is that many of the people in our classrooms are not qualified and this is a challenge we have to address. The start-

ing point is to ensure that only qualified teachers are recruited. Gone were those days when teachers’ rewards were in heaven; teaching is a great profession and until we recognise it as such, we would continue to have problems in our classrooms and this would tell on the country because education is the bedrock of development. Even when we have qualified and competent teachers, they must undergo regular training to build their capacity and they should be encouraged to upgrade and update their academic qualifications periodically. Also, their welfare and remuneration must be enhanced to retain and get the best from them.

‘Gone were those days when teachers’ rewards were in heaven; teaching is a great profession and until we recognise it as such, we would continue to have problems in our classrooms and this would tell on the country because education is the bedrock of development. Even when we have qualified and competent teachers, they must undergo regular training to build their capacity and they should be encouraged to upgrade and update their academic qualifications periodically’

Suicide mission • Lagos State govt should outlaw hanging on moving trains by commuters


AGOS State House of Assembly has joined other well-meaning Nigerians to call for appropriate sanctions against those that hang on train coaches on Lagos routes. The assembly raised the alarm against allowing passengers to indiscriminately hang on moving trains, describing the trend as dangerous and an embarrassment to the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), and the host Lagos State. Members of the assembly at a plenary last week called on the state commissioner for transport, the Management of NRC and the Nigeria Police, Railway Command, to arrest the ugly trend, to avoid likely loss of lives and limbs to accidents caused by such behaviour. Hanging on moving trains has be-

‘While the illegal passengers are exposing their lives to danger, they constitute a nuisance to regular commuters and the general public. Their conduct, as rightly observed by the Lagos lawmakers, constitutes a serious embarrassment to the image of the Lagos State government. As such, there is need for the state to join hands with the police and the corporation to check the trend’

come trendy among many young commuters on the very busy Lagos to Ogun State rail route. Observing this macabre form of transportation can be heart-rending, as young men recklessly hang on any piece of metal on the body of the trains as they speed along the routes, giving the impression that life is of little value or easily replaceable. The NRC had threatened to prosecute those involved in such illegal act for attempted suicide. Indeed, sometime last year, the corporation claimed that those arrested were undergoing trial for breaking the law. The corporation also warned people without tickets against free ride on trains. We appreciate that hanging on trains may partly be a sign that there is more demand for services than supply on that route, or even a sign of economic deprivation and poverty. To stem the ugly tide, there is need for an increase in the number of coaches, and the number of times that the train runs, especially at peak hours. Where there is increase in the number of coaches and routes, the NRC can reduce the cost offered to commuters based on the economy of scale. The corporation may note the speed with which commuters embraced the resuscitated rail services, as a sign of the potential huge market waiting to be tapped. Indeed, rail services are one cheap and efficient system of mass transit, and the long-suffering masses of the country can do with an effi-

cient service to reduce the pain in the country. The current dangerous rides also expose the failure of regulation and law enforcement by the railway corporation and the police. We doubt whether passengers who did not pay would be allowed to ride freely, albeit dangerously, if the services are rendered by a private company. The corporation must therefore rise up to the challenge of rendering efficient and secure services. One way forward is to equip and effectively mobilise the railway police, to combat this dangerous activity. The corporation may need to weigh whether to bring in private security or fund its police command, to arrest accidents that can expose it to scandals and legal liability for negligence. A stop of such dangerous rides will likely save scores of lives of young Nigerians, engaging in stunts, in the name of free ride. While the illegal passengers are exposing their lives to danger, they constitute a nuisance to regular commuters and the general public. Their conduct, as rightly observed by the Lagos lawmakers, constitutes a serious embarrassment to the image of the Lagos State government. As such, there is need for the state to join hands with the police and the corporation to check the trend. The reasons offered by the corporation that these passengers board the trains after their departure from regular stations is no justification to allow this public ridicule of the transport system of an emerging mega city like Lagos.


T is time for South Africa’s opposition to collaborate A new party has appeared on South Africa’s monolithic political scene. After months of speculation, Mamphela Ramphele, a veteran activist and former managing director at the World Bank, has finally chosen to step into the fray. The exact policies of her new force, called Agang, are yet unspecified. But Ms Ramphele has made it clear that she wants to challenge the hegemonic African National Congress in next year’s elections. South Africa has much to gain from greater political competition. Under the leadership of president Jacob Zuma, the ANC has turned into a network of patronage and has failed to stem corruption. In spite of growing discontent among party members, Mr Zuma used his well-oiled campaign machine to see off a weak challenge from Kgalema Motlanthe, his deputy, in December’s leadership contest. Mr Zuma is now on course to win a new term and secure his party an absolute majority. Yet its recent record in office has been poor. Growth has slowed and inequality risen. The wildcat strikes across the country’s mines have contributed to a deterioration in the business environment. The education system is unable to meet the aspirations of a growing population and failing to provide the skills that the economy needs. Ms Ramphele’s career as an academic and business leader is an asset from which South Africa could benefit. Her anti-apartheid credentials should resonate with the country’s black majority. The Democratic Alliance, the main opposition party, is trying hard but has so far failed to cast off its image as a “white” party. It would be naive to expect newly born Agang to subvert the ANC’s two-decade dominance. Yet, were Ms Ramphele to present a credible political project, she could put the public mood to the test. Other opposition parties, including the DA, should collaborate with her new force, for example by not campaigning against one another during the next election. The prize would be to force the ANC below the 50 per cent threshold it needs to govern alone. A stronger opposition could also encourage those ANC members critical of Mr Zuma’s line to speak up. Only months after his re-election as party leader, the president may appear invulnerable. But as the experience of other African countries has shown, liberation parties all too often succumb first to corruption and then decline. The ANC should learn to live in a more competitive environment if it wants to continue winning majorities for the right reasons. - Financial Times

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IR: The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process is all about new capital projects being evaluated for potential environmental, social and health impacts. This assessment is used to anticipate and plan for the avoidance, minimization and mitigation of potentially significant negative impacts, as well as for the enhancement of potential benefits during the planning, construction, operation and decommissioning of various projects. The effort to protect the environment is based on people’s awareness of the value of the complexity of the natural world. Stakeholders ought to recognize the importance of conserving biological diversity—the rich variety of life on earth: its ecosystems and species, and the ecological processes that support them.


Protecting the environment In this aspect, recognizing the value of fresh water as a fundamental social, environmental and economic resource ought to be of paramount importance to government agencies saddled with the responsibility of maintaining an healthy environment such as Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) and Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission ( LAWRC)both organs of the Lagos State Government.

Water is life; waters in the state should be made safe to social life as well as for business purpose. As a stakeholder, these agencies of the state government should ginger their efforts towards knowing that access to sufficient sources of wholesome water is essential for the communities in the state, especially those close to the riverside areas as the state is aquatic in nature. These agencies should strive to develop an inte-

grated corporate freshwater management strategy to enhance any current process that might be in operation including tools and guidance on water stewardship and management throughout the state. In addition, they should try as much as possible to develop a global position statement on fresh water, which could stand as a blue print for the world. Both LASEPA and LAWRC should try as much as possible to

APC, hope of the nation


IR: Until recently, I almost lost hope as to whether there was anything the progressives could do to revive this country from total economic and political collapse. It was on this premise I wrote a piece titled, “Open challenge to the progressives” published by this newspaper on April 7, 2012. It was a thing of joy when the progressives took the bull by the horns as they decided to work together and came up with “All Progressives Congress” (APC) to challenge the PDP. In my own opinion, what will differentiate APC from the PDP are its manifesto which all future governors and leaders of the party should adopt. As a Nigerian adult, I cannot mention PDP programme because the party has no clear-cut programme for Nigeria. I will like to suggest the following reforms to the committee in charge of manifesto for APC. Employment generation through agriculture should be given a place of pride. Since PDP took over the mantle of leadership in Nigeria in 1999, agriculture has gone into extinction. Agriculture, they say, is the bed rock of country’s economy. Education reform that will encourage qualitative output should be in focus. As a corollary, Advanced Level education should be re-introduced as a means of entry into our universities. More colleges of education should be established while the existing ones be properly financed. More Technical Colleges should be

established to run courses such as carpentry, electrical installation, fisheries, refrigerator and air-conditioning etc: These of courses will encourage the graduates of these colleges to be self-reliant. Instead of the current three years spent in the technical colleges, the reform can make it four years. The Polytechnic education should be strengthened while relevant technological programmes should be mounted. Discipline should be entrenched into the country’s curriculum. If there is discipline in the land, individuals will not embezzle the pension and gratuity of those who had served their fatherland meritoriously. If there is discipline, a governor of state

will not divert the resources meant to develop the state for his personal purse. Health is wealth, says the popular adage. More than 14 years PDP administration in Nigeria, top government officials and the wife of the President past and present still seek medical services outside the country. I personally feel ashamed of this. The manifesto of APC should accommodate functional health services at all levels. Electricity should be privatized to make it functional like that of Ghana and Togo. The party should introduce new things to Nigerians and let them have taste of what our leaders enjoy when they travel outside the

country such as metro line, good security services etc. Once again, I salute the courage of the leaders of those political parties who have agreed to work together to liberate the country from the current economic and political bondage. It takes courage to do this, and God will see them through. They should not allow sharing of positions and personal interest to work against the smooth take off of the party. God will naturally arrest the enemies of this country, especially those who are determined to work against the merger. • Gabriel Enialola Ayimoro Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko

upgrade their laboratories to a world class in order to achieve this feat. The world is experiencing a great climatic change presently, there is therefore a widespread view that increase in the releasing of Carbon Dioxide to the atmosphere is leading to climate change, with adverse effects on the environment. There is a need in this aspect for Lagos State government to contribute to climate change policy discussions. This discussion should reflect a balanced approach to addressing climate change through short- and long-term measures and the challenge should be to proffer solutions that protect the environment without undermining the growth of the state economy. I strongly believe that a successful climate change policy will be one in which the reduction of non environmental friendly elements vis a vis carbon dioxide is accomplished equitably by the government through long-term and coordinated State frameworks. The major primary sources of nonenvironmental friendly elements in our society is combustion of fuels during various operations and, in some cases, flaring of the natural gas that is extracted along with crude oil( this more peculiar to the South-south region of the country). The longterm commitment should be to improve energy efficiency in our dayto-day operations, which will diminish carbon emissions in the society. With all these factors being put in place and monitored genuinely, the environment surely will be protected with lives getting better. • Ogbe Kayode Richard Lagos

SURE-P and the peril of shamelessness


IR: Racial chauvinism aside, have you noticed that the average black man does not have shame? I however, remember with a sense of shame, sometime last year when African heads of states gathered in Addis Ababa to commission the newly built AU building donated by China for ‘just’ $200 million (N30 billion then)—it was said to have been facilitated by the then Chairman of the AU Commission Jean Ping who is of Chinese descent. Apart from the haunting ignominy that the headquarter of such

a revered Pan-African organisation would be a handout donation from the rapacious Asian giant—an amount a single Nigerian like James Onanefe Ibori or pensiongate’s John Yakubu Yusuf could have paid for without batting an eyelid—I’d thought that our President would try to gain an Orwellian political capital by bragging that Nigeria would foot the bill. Given the size of the impressive edifice, I am pretty sure that such a project would not cost anything less than $1 to 2 billion or even more, on our home soil. How did I

know? The prodigal administration of Yar’Adua-Jonathan in 2009/ 10 awarded contract to Julius Berger to construct a 4.5 km runway at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for the sum of N64 billion ($425 million). That is about the total amount spent by the states of Akwa Ibom , Delta (N27.7 billion), Gombe (N7 billion) and Bauchi (N7.9 billion) to build new airports from scratch, with the latter having a similar sized runway capable of taking the all-new Airbus A380. As if our national pride has not

been despoiled enough, the de facto rulers, Economic Management Team; a sobriquet synonymous with grand larceny and elitist disconnect, have now floated a new shibboleth: SURE-P. I just pity Pa Chris Kolade. Given his track records, I admire the old man; I expect that a man of his calibre would know what shame is all about, and I pray he would know when to resign and salvage all that is left of his integrity... • Asiwaju Linus Onime Lagos





Corruption Incorporated

CAN now understand people who say they do not read newspapers in Nigeria because of the fear of reading something that would give them heart attacks. The level of corruption in our country is just mind boggling. Nigeria produces on daily basis anything from 2million – 2.5million barrels of crude oil. Authoritative sources say that 400,000 barrels is stolen everyday from these. This is 40million dollars every day and over 14.6billion dollars a year. The government knows about this but it is doing nothing either because of collusion, ineptitude or incompetence. These figures are just mind boggling in a country whose per capita income is less than $1000 a year. Imagine what the stolen money could do to transform this country and put us at par with other countries in the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). We have institutions that would reduce if not stop outright the corruption that is ruining every aspect of our lives in Nigeria. We have the Police, the security organisations, the armed forces and the courts of law. A retiring naval officer recently upbraided the courts for freeing bunkerers arrested by the Nigerian Navy after apparently taking money from the criminals. Somebody who knows very well what is going on in Nigeria once said “we have reached the stage of irredeemability in the criminal, and corrupt fraudulent shenanigan going on in our country”. Those of us who are optimistic about our country tend to dismiss this as alarmist effusion but recently, the case of the Police Pension fraud in which 32billion naira Police Pension was stolen by six or so Civil Servants led by one John Yakubu Yusufu shows glaringly that

‘As long as close to 30% of national revenue is stolen, we will continue to vegetate in our state of arrested development, poverty and insecurity’

our country is in trouble. The EFCC took these rogues before the presiding judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Justice Abubakar Talba. In order not to prolong the case, Mr Yusufu allegedly confessed to stealing 23.8billion out of the total 32billion naira stolen. We are told he surrendered properties worth about 370million naira and then pleaded for leniency on the grounds that he has old parents and children whose school fees he had to pay. The Judge Abubakar Talba was merciful and magnanimous by sentencing him to two years imprisonment or an option of payment of 750,000 naira fine. Yusufu, full of smiles paid up the money immediately and walked out a free man to enjoy his loot of at least 32billion after the forfeiture of his property and payment of his paltry fine. Everybody was surprised except the judge but nobody is laughing. Even though there is separation of power in this country and the judiciary is an autonomous branch of government, President Goodluck Jonathan should have called in the judge and quietly ask him what offence he Jonathan has committed against the judge that he decided to ruin his administration. If this judgment stands as it is, it can undermine confidence in the President and his administration because not many people will remember the name of Justice Abubakar Talba; what people will remember is that this was done under the administration of President Jonathan. Mercifully the EFCC has re-arrested this felon and charged him to court not for stealing the original sum of 32billion naira but now for a lesser offence of false declaration of assets. The story is continuing. A lot of Nigerians have reacted vigorously to the unfairness of the justice system in this country. The same week this Abuja judgment was passed, the Provost and Registrar of the Cooperative College of Ibadan were jailed five years and three years respectively for embezzling three million naira. In the same country people’s hands have been chopped off for stealing a goat or a cow in northern part of Nigeria. The essence of punishment is deterrence. Punish-

ment must not be wicked and unusual but it must be commensurate to the offence committed. In China and the Old Soviet Union, corruption is a capital offence punishable by death. It Jide is interesting to Osuntokun note that 4,000 retired policemen are dying without pensions because the money has been stolen by Yusufu and his friends. It is even more surprising and galling that Civil Servants will steal Police Pensions. Is it that Police Officers are totally irrelevant? One can at least understand, if understand is the word, Teachers Pension been stolen, but it is beyond me to understand that Army and Police Pensions will be stolen by civilians. It is like a sheep taking food from the mouth of a lion. Whatever the eventuality of this case, one hopes that this is a challenge and wake –up call to the authorities to take the case of corruption much more seriously. The insecurity, violence and even the Boko Haram movement is not unconnected to poverty and hopelessness. The eradication of corruption and the money saved can certainly be used to lift people up from the degradation of poverty, helplessness and hopelessness in which 65% of the Nigerian population finds itself. Corruption therefore is not only a criminal offence, it is a developmental issue. The only way we can provide security in this country is to create jobs and to get people gainfully employed. If done, this will provide security for the Nigerian people. As long as close to 30% of national revenue is stolen, we will continue to vegetate in our state of arrested development, poverty and insecurity.

Before Maina is sacrificed


NTIL he became the chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team (PRTT), Abdulrasheed Maina, was an unknown quantity in the Federal Civil Service. A level 14 officer, he took his queue behind many other top officers. This is the Maina, who has today become the issue in pension matters in the country. How and what informed the decision to give him the PRTT job, which seems to have entered his head, we may never know. This is, however, not to take away from him, his capability to do the job. His bosses would have seen certain qualities in him which informed their decision to put him on the task team. He is not only on the team, he is the boss. As the team leader, Maina is expected to set example to members in his conduct and behaviour. As the task team’s face, he must comport himself in public and in private and ensure that he does not draw attention to himself. Maina is handling a delicate assignment probing the administration of pension in order to reform the system. The truth be told, our pension system needs reform if workers must not continue to hold the short end of the stick after retirement. We see what many pensioners go through today in the pursuit of their pension. They stay in queue for long hours; at times they bring their beds and toiletries to the pay points because they don’t when they will be paid. When I see aged men and women, who toiled for their country, being treated like this in their twilight, my heart bleeds. As pensioners, these people should not be begging before we pay their entitlements, but that is what the system has reduced them to. In some cases, these pensioners collapse and die on the queue or on their way to the pay centres. These are

some of the ills of the pension system which should have since been corrected. Those who brought in Maina saw in him a man that can bring the desired change to our much abused pension fund towards which workers save but get nothing from after retirement. Maina may be the man to do the job, but the controversy now surrounding him appear not to make it healthy for him to remain on the task team. Those who hate his gut have got him where they want him. Maina played into their hands because he was not tactful in the discharge of his assignment. He didn’t realise that the pension cabal will fight back with all they have. These are people who have been feeding fat on easy money for years and all of a sudden, a small boy comes from nowhere to put san san for their gari. The mistake he made was that he didn’t know when to talk and when to keep quiet. Yes, the PRTT has uncovered what it calls a huge pension fraud and also recovered some money from the fraudsters. It is good that the team has done all this, but can Nigerians know those behind the scam? Are they top government officials? Have they been arrested? If not, what is delaying their arrest? Or has the matter not been reported to the police? In a task like this, Maina and his team have to work with the police for their own safety and to avoid blackmail. We know our society too well. Those who have something to hide and feel that the team may indict them will not hesitate to cry wolf where there is none. Maina may not have borne this in mind when he went blabbing about those involved in pension frauds. Perhaps, if Maina had stopped at that point, he would not have run into trouble, but he didn’t. He added members of the National Assembly to boot and got himself into trouble with the lawmakers. The

distinguished and honourable fellows are now asking for his head for opening his mouth too wide. What did Maina say that irked the lawmakers. He was quoted as saying that some of them demanded bribe from him. The allegation prompted the lawmakers to invite him, but rather than honour the invitation, he chose to hold court right inside the National Assembly Complex and repeated the statement which got him into trouble in the first place. Maina, it seems, has some facts about how billions of naira of pension cash were stolen in the past. It looks as if he has the names of those involved and the huge amount involved. But he seems to have a challenge and that is who will he tell his story. HOULD he tell it to the Na tional Assembly members who are doing an assignment similar to his? Or should he wait until he submits his report before he comes out with the earthshaking tale about how our leaders killed the pension scheme? There lies Maina’s dilemma, which he didn’t know how to handle. He thought that by accusing the lawmakers publicly he would get them off his neck. He didn’t know that he was further compounding his problem. He is now a man on the run because he has bitten more than he can chew. With the Senate and House of Representatives baying for his blood, Maina will not find it easy wriggling out of the problem he has brought upon himself. With the lawmakers employing


blackmail, over this matter, Maina is as good as gone from the task team, if not the civil service. The National Assembly may have its grouse with Maina, but it does not have to malign others in order to make its point. I don’t really like the way Maina treated the National Assembly’s invitation. No person, no matter how big should be allowed to treat a revered institution like the National Assembly the way and get away with it in order not to set a bad precedent. If Maina goes scot-free, others will toe the line and before you know it we will have a legislature which people will treat with scorn. We must not allow that. But with due respect, Senate President David Mark carried his anger too far when he took Maina to the cleaners on February 13 for treating the National Assembly with disdain. In tongue-lashing Maina, Mark descended on the press which he believes has been given undue publicity to the PRTT boss. The fact of the matter is that by virtue of the job he is doing today, Maina has become a news maker. Whatever he does in the course of his assignment is news and he does not need to give the press sacks of money as Mark insinuated before he is covered. As Senate President does Mark give the press that kind of money before his activities are reported? Hear him: ‘’First, for those of you who have been following Maina; he bought over the entire press...’’ Haba, Mr Senate President, were you there when he bought the press? How much did he pay the

‘With the lawmakers employing blackmail, over this matter, Maina is as good as gone from the task team, if not the civil service’

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press? As a top public officer, Mark should weigh his words before he speaks. He is condemning Maina for making wild allegations against the Senate, yet he is doing the‘same against the press. The issue is, however, not the way he spoke but the problem Maina has got himself into. It has been over a week now since Mark drew the battle-line with the Presidency over Maina. Where is Maina? The police that declared him wanted don’t seem to know. Maina is swimming in trouble: the Senate is after him; so are the police and his employers. He risks being sacked for alleged abscondment. Whether Maina is sacked or not will not remove any hair off the people’s skin. We are, however, interested in the outcome of the work of his task team. He should be given an opportunity to submit the team’s report if it is ready before he is punished for the offence(s) he has committed. We should not throw away the baby with the bathwater. Let Maina finish his job before paying the price for his excesses. CORRECTION Joseph Stalin was Soviet leader and not a German general as reported here last week.



COMMENTS “In things that are not enough, when people sit down to share and take decisions, if there is nobody to speak for you, there is problem,’’ Dr Doyin Okupe


HAME on to all those who have said PDP has neither a philosophical foundation nor an ideological orientation. There you have it at last from a PDP leading light who should know having seen it all. As Obasanjo media spokesman, he legally secured contracts from Imo and Benue states. It did not matter that EFCC had to be invited to resolve how the ‘sharing’ was done applying the usual PDP ‘family affair’ approach. The important thing was that both PDP governors involved and Dr. Doyin Okupe were happy and maintained their peace while their political enemies wasted so much energy on non-implementation or non-completion of the road contracts. Except for a few cynical Nigerians and other PDP detractors, ‘sharing’ has long been accepted as PDP prevailing ideology even beyond our shores. Long before Okupe’s testament, John Campbell, former US envoy had during proceedings at a hearing on the topic “Nigeria in Turmoil” in the British House of Commons on the 19 March 2010 presented PDP as ‘an elite cartel at the centre of power in Nigeria’; ‘a political party that came together … as essentially a club of elites for sharing of oil rents and political spoils.’ As if Okupe’s and Campbell’s thesis needed further validation, Audu Ogbe, a former chairman of PDP who claims ‘corruption is the only thriving sector in the country’, has further consolidated the views of Okupe, a PDP insider and Campbell, a detached political analyst. Hear Ogbe, “When I was chairman of PDP, my son never got involved in oil but two PDP national chairmen after me, their sons pocketed over N400 billion with-

‘Our elders may have no control over Jonathan’s policies, but they can at least remind Obasanjo and those who share the PDP ideology of ‘sharing’ that Awo, whose legacies they have tried to obliterate built schools, universities, libraries, financial institutions, manufacturing companies housing estates and plantations, not for self but for the people’


T is expected that a drowning man will not like to go down alone; rather he will be desperate to pull others down along with himself, if it is possible. And where it appears impossible, he comes out confused, frustrated and helpless. I refer here to an interview by the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu – a man who has been in political limbo, since his successor T. A. Orji liberated the state from his grip. The former governor in the interview with his newspaper, The Sun made a lot of claims – cleverly woven lies to attract undue public sympathy. They range from the reasons for the political differences with his successor, the incumbent Governor Orji; how he met the former and how former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo asked his mother to install his brother as his successor in office and other issues. The former governor conveniently failed to tell the world why T.A Orji, his successor went to prison and why he did not quarrel with him until the latter liberated the state following his defection from PPA to PDP. May be the former governor forgot that Nigerians are neither fools nor do they suffer from amnesia. Since 1999, it is an axiomatic that governors do not choose their successors and members of their kitchen cabinet from people they did not know very well or who have not made any impact in their lives before they became governors. It is public knowledge that the governor of Abia State Chief Theodore Ahamefula Orji is a 1978 English graduate of University of Ibadan. After completing his youth service in Sokoto, he was employed as a civil servant by old Imo State Civil Service Commission. From then he was in public service rising to the position of Administrative Secretary in the then National Electoral Commission (NECON) now INEC. His predecessor, with limited education, on the other hand rode on the back of his mother to fame, having served as an errand

Yoruba marginalisation: OBJ and PDP greed out supplying a tea cup of oil.” I also find myself for once supporting Okupe’s admonition that Yoruba Council of Elders, Afenifere (both old and renewal) absolve Jonathan from the war of attrition among South-west PDP greedy members. If they feel short-changed, they should look inward towards their greedy representatives in the PDP. Don’t our people say, the insect that feeds on yam lives as a parasite on the yam? Stripped of an attempt to rope in ACN whose ideology everyone knows is ‘Afenifere’, translated “prosperity for all through creation of an enabling environment for self actualization of each ethnic groups’ potentials”, Okupe a man who thrives in mischief and survives on exploitation of human frailty of leaders like Obasanjo and Jonathan will be right to say Yoruba members of PDP are the architects of the fortunes or misfortunes of the Yoruba nation. I think the Yoruba Council of Elders who has been trying to blame others for the sins of the wing of Yoruba political tendency that imbibes the PDP ideology of ‘sharing’, should listen more to Okupe. Our revered elders “fi ete sile, nwon npa lapalapa’ (leaving undone the pertinent while expending energy on the inconsequential). Instead of confronting Obasanjo the father of Yoruba PDP, who as president deprived the Yoruba of what rightly belong to them, imposed men without character even by PDP’s standard. After all it wasn’t ACN but PDP that masterminded the judicial indictment and imprisonment of Bode George and late Afolabi. It was PDP that took Adebayo Alao-Akala, Gbenga Daniel, Rashidi Ladoja, Ayo Fayose, and Dimeji Bankole to court for alleged, and in some cases, proven financial malfeasance. It was Yoruba PDP members that told a judge that both Obasanjo and

Oyinlola have no respects for rules and judicial pronouncements, and the judge agreed with them. During the eight years of Obasanjo mainstreaming, Lagos- Ibadan and Sagamu Benin, the two most important roads in the country were abandoned because Obasanjo wanted to prove the point that he was president in spite of the Yoruba. Under his imposed state governors, there was virtual collapse of the educational sector. I think our leaders that have been paying solidarity visits to their troubled children who PDP acknowledged as having contributed to the eight years of criminal neglect of the West should ask Obasanjo, PDP legislators of both the upper and lower Houses during PDP years of locusts to account for their stewardship before taking on Jonathan. Senator Babafemi Ojudu, my younger colleague at The Guardian in whom I am very proud gave us an account of his two years stewardship as a senator during our last state association meeting in Lagos. He disclosed that he and his two other colleagues representing the state had decided to ensure N750m (N250m per senator) budgetary allocation for constituency projects is deposited with UNDP that has in turn promised to double the amount and invest same on a project that would provide jobs for the state youths. Ojudu further disclosed that while some states of the federation have as many as 10 federal roads slated for reconstruction or rehabilitation in the current budget, the only federal road listed against his state was a road in Nassarawa or somewhere. He also disclosed that while his state could boast only of one lonely driver or none at all in many of the federal parastatal, some states have between

Between Orji and his predecessor By Ogwo Umah boy for the military hawks that ruled the country for years. That is why he had to enrol for a degree programme at Abia State University Uturu in 2002 as sitting governor of the state. The story of the relationship between the due went back to the time of Kalu’s bid to emerge as the governorship candidate of PDP in the 1999 elections. Faced with stiff opposition, he ran to Orji, then with NECON, for help. The latter, in his good nature obliged. After the elections, Kalu in the attempt to reciprocate the gesture approached him to join his government as Chief of Staff, a very strategic, sensitive and powerful position in government. For the eight years he served as Chief of Staff, he displayed high level of professionalism and diligence, borne of the immeasurable experience garnered in the civil service over several decades. That position prepared him for the Herculean task of governance and challenges of holding public office. After Kalu’s second term, the search for his successor began. The factors that determined the choice of the successor included the personality, the senatorial zone and the choice of majority of the party stakeholders in the state. The then Chief of Staff came in handy as he fitted the bill. Before then, President Olusegun Obasanjo who had been at loggerhead with then Governor Kalu had already thrown his weight behind one of his aides, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu from Abia Central zone to

emerge as PDP governorship candidate and possibly as the next governor of the state. This made the stakeholders in PPA to zero the search for Kalu’s successor to Abia Central zone. That was how the choice of Orji was made by the party. Kalu being from Abia North senatorial zone couldn’t have chosen his successor from the zone again in the interest of fairness and equity. Besides his numerous deputies which he changed at will during his tenure were all from Abia South senatorial zone, the likely zone that might produce Orji’s successor in 2015. At the time Orji emerged as the PPA governorship candidate in the state, his predecessor had been on the wanted list of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for corruption. But because of the constitutional immunity that he enjoyed then, the anti-graft agency could not arrest or prosecute him. That was how Orji was arrested and incarcerated for offence allegedly committed by his boss. While Orji was in EFCC custody, his wife, Mercy Odochi Orji whom he married while both of them were in secondary school being an only child of his parents traversed the nooks and crannies of the state with other party members campaigning for her husband. The people who knew that Orji was being politically persecuted over a criminal offence he knew nothing about voted for him en masse and he won the election against his kinsman and major rival in the election, Chief Ugochukwu of PDP. His release from prison before his swearing-in was made possible following the inability of the EFCC to arraign him to prefer

12 and 20 in spite of the existing federal character principle. PDP sharing philosophy is based on neither existing law of the land, nor justice, fairness and equity. It is not surprising that Afe Babalola, Obasanjo’s friend and lawyer not too long ago claimed that the state of Ekiti roads all through PDP 12 years were in a worst state than what existed during the colonial days. Obasanjo in power was more interested in empowering non-Yoruba. Even Asari Dokubo, leader of a militant group in the Niger Delta recently told a newspaper reporter that he secured bigger contracts under Obasanjo than he got under Jonathan his kinsman. Nasir El Rufai, his former BPE Director General, has just told us he personally borrowed money to buy into state owned companies and used his position to attract donations from contractors towards the building of a private library. While this was going on, he presided over the sales of some Yoruba owned companies like Daily Times, National Bank, and choice properties in Ikoyi allegedly to his in laws and PDP cronies under the dubious privatization and commercialization policies. Okupe also lamented the loss of the office the speaker-ship zoned to Yoruba because of what he and Bamanga Tukur, the current PDP chairman described as internal squabbles among the Yoruba members of PDP. But apart from Dimeji Bankole’s possible enrichment of self and PDP members, the only legacy the Yoruba can point to was his shameless public fisticuffs with Gbenga Daniel over who would take credit for an uncompleted 10-year old Ota Bridge. Two years into the Jonathan presidency, it has become apparent that Jonathan does not give a damn about either the Yoruba, Fulani, Kanuri nor any group for that matter. Jonathan only cares about Jonathan. The shoeless boy, as president, does not see a difference between exploiting his Azikiwe Igbo middle name to secure votes in the East, disparaging the better focused Yoruba governors as ‘rascals’, or instigating the non-Yoruba residents in Lagos against high performing governor Fashola or sacrificing his party constitution after trade off with northern governors to secure the party’s ticket. Similarly President Jonathan did not see anything wrong in channelling his presidential campaign funds through a Labour governor of Ondo State or allowing him free hand to nominate ministers to fill the state slot. To Jonathan all is fair in war as in politics and the end justifies the means. Our elders may have no control over Jonathan policies, but they can at least remind Obasanjo and those who share the PDP ideology of ‘sharing’ that Awo whose legacies they have tried to obliterate built schools, universities, libraries, financial institutions, manufacturing companies housing estates and plantations, not for self but for the people.

any charges. On Orji’s assumption of office as governor, Kalu hijacked the government and installed his younger brother as Chief of Staff. He made other sensitive appointments which included the commissioner of Finance, Works, and Accountant-General of the State and others. Council chairmen in the state were accountable and answerable to Mother Excellency –mother of the former governor. The situation remained like that for almost four years. Throughout this period of manna, Kalu never complained or criticised Orji for anything, not even on non-performance as being bandied now by the same man that was responsible for Orji’s non-performance during his first term. But immediately Orji liberated the state from his control and started promoting good governance driven by people-oriented and legacy projects that are rapidly on-going across the state, his predecessor started crying foul by calling Orji and his government names. But how can somebody who failed in the provision of good governance teach or preach such to somebody that has done far better than him? Is it not the issue of teacher teaching nonsense to his students? Enough of the deceit by the former governor; the state government is no longer his family estate. • Elder Umah (KSJ), a community leader wrote from Aba, Abia State.

‘How can somebody who failed in the provision of good governance teach or preach such to somebody that has done far better than him? Is it not the issue of teacher teaching nonsense to his students?’








'Why Nigerian students excel'



They are already in South Africa pursuing their doctorate degrees in various fields. The six of them enrolled for the programme with the hope of being sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). They applied for sponsorship, but TETFund seems not disposed to granting their application because they are not “fresh applicants”. Now, the lecturers say lack of funds is threatening their programmes, ADEGUNLE OLUGBAMILA reports.

DAVID Oni is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Dave Abion Consulting, an educational consulting firm for those intending to further their studies overseas, especially the United Kingdom (UK). -Page 28

Ajimobi’s wife educates kids WIFE of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, has said her Educate a rural child (ERC) intervention scheme is to create awareness about the moribund educational system in rural areas of the state. She said the scheme hopes to motivate and providing better lives for the rural children so they can compete with their counterparts in the urban areas. -Page 39

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

‘No accreditation no exam’ THE University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) is at it again. Weeks after it was reopened following a three-month closure, it has been hit by fresh crisis. The school was to begin the second semester examination, last Monday, when trouble started. Engineering students disrupted the exercise as they insisted on the accreditation of their course for the school to know peace.

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• Ex-executive Secretary, TETFund, Mahmood Yakubu


•Education Minister, Prof Ruqayyat Ahmed •Babalola Rufa’i

Their ‘threatened’ PhD dreams A

S university teachers, their dream is to be the best in their chosen fields. Mindful of the requirement that every lecturer must have a PhD to be able to keep his job, they enrolled for their doctorate in South Africa, with the hope of getting sponsorship from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). That scholarship seems long in coming, pitching the lecturers against TETFund, which mandate, according to the law establishing it, includes: "To train, sponsor academic staff in the beneficiary institutions to acquire high qualifications both local and foreign" and "To boost academic staff morale in impacting quality knowledge to their student(s)" But for these six lecturers of the Lagos State University (LASU), these words will only have meaning if TETFund approves their scholarship request. They are undergoing their PhD programmes in three institutions in South Africa. But TETFund has refused to fund their programmes, claiming they did not submit their applications before embarking on the PhD. They are: Ademola Adesina, PhD, Computer Science (University of the Western Cape); John Alegbe, PhD, Chemistry (University of the Western Cape); Morounke Saibu, PhD Biotechnology (University of the Western Cape); Oluwakemi Tovide PhD, Chemistry (Univer-

‘When we started the programmes, LASU was in serious crisis throughout that time and nobody could treat our files. It was early last year when the dust had fully settled in LASU that all of us were able to apply for the fund. Should we now be punished for an offence committed by LASU?’ –Teachers

‘It is either we fund or we don't fund - be it scholarships or projects. If you want to do your programmes and you apply through your institution and your application meets appropriate requirements, we will provide the funds, but if you are already doing the PhD programme, we won't sponsor you’ –TETFund

sity of the Western Cape); Curtis Coleshowers, PhD Biotechnology, Forensic DNA Analyses (University of the Western Cape); Adekemi Moronkola, PhD Chemistry (Rhodes University); and Babajide Abidogun, Phd Education - Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood (University of Pretoria). The lecturers are urging the

Federal Government to prevail on TETFund not to renege on its decision to sponsor their PhD programmes on the ground that they "did not apply for the intervention fund upon admission and at the start of their various programmes." They are also calling on TETFund to save them from the financial hardship they are going through as they have no sponsorship from

individuals or organisations. Lack of fund they said is threatening to stall their programmes. In a July 3, 2012 petition, the lecturers said: "We write to express our disbelief over the rejection of our applications for the above-mentioned fund. We were informed that your decision to reject our applications was based on the fact that we did not apply for the intervention fund upon admission and at the start of our various programmes. It is imperative to point out that with this development we are almost uniformly stalled at various stages of our PhD programmes here in South Africa primarily because we are all self-sponsored candidates. Hence you can see why we are all devastated by your decision." The petitioners’ spokesman Oluwaseun Babalola, said but for the crisis that rocked LASU three years ago, they would have processed their applications on time. He said: "When we started the programmes, LASU was in serious crisis throughout that time and there was no one to submit our forms to, nobody could treat our files. It was early last year when the dust had fully settled in LASU that all of us were able to apply for the fund. Should we now be punished for an • Continued on page 26




Virginity test: Ogun bankrolls medical tests •Govt awaits result of psychiatric test on principal


HE Ogun State government has promised to offset medical checkup and counseling bills of the 10 pupils at the centre of the virginity test saga that happened at Ajuwon High School, Ajuwon (Senior), Ajuwon in Ifo Local Government. Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Segun Odubela said they would be examined at the State General Hospital, Ijaiye, Abeokuta. He also said the government is awaiting results of a psychiatric test on the principal of the school, Mrs. Olufunke Aladeojobi which would determine what punishment she would receive. On December 10, Mrs Aladeojobi had directed the school nurse and another nurse to ascertain the virginity status of female pupils of the school, an act that caused outcry from parents, government and other sections of the society. Mrs Aladeojobi has since been replaced by Alhaja Sekinat Omolola Ogunwole as principal of the school. In an interview, Odubela, who is a barrister, said if Mrs Aladeojobi is found to mentally imbalanced, she would be relieved of her appointment and if on the other hand she was discovered to be healthy, she would be demoted. "As far as this administration is concerned, we would not hesitate to take necessary measures on issues that tend to infringe on the right

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of students and teachers in our public primary and secondary schools in the state. Their wellbeing remained sacrosanct to us," he said. Odubela who met with the Parents/ Teachers Association (PTA) of the school recently urged them to forget the past and look forward to a brighter future of their children. He said any side effect that could have emanated as a result of the test would be discovered and cleaned by the time the medical examination is conducted. He also urged parents to always monitor the conduct of their

children, particularly the female ones while at home. "By the time the medical examination is conducted, any disease noticed would be properly cured. I must also urge you our parents to ensure proper monitoring of your children," Odubela said Meanwhile the Ogun State has expressed readiness to partner in any initiative programme aimed at improving public school pupils. He spoke while receiving copies of books on drug abuse donated by Unified Initiative for Drug Free Nigeria, a Non-Governmental

Organisation. Odubela who noted that the books will go along way in exposing pupils to the danger inherent in drug abuse, called on other well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the gesture by contributing in any way they could to lift primary and secondary school pupils in the state adding that the task of ensuring free drug society should not be left to government alone. Responding, the National Coordinator of the NGO, Mr. James Olloh expressed appreciation to the state for ensuring free drug society in public secondary schools in particular. He added that youths will see that the present administration through


its partnership with his organisation has given every young citizen the opportunity to grow up healthy, safe and equipped with skills needed to succeed in life.

Oyo partners UI on quality assurance


HE Oyo State Government has signed an agreement with the Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan (UI) to strengthen the inspection of curriculum delivery in public primary and secondary schools in the state. The partnership, which will see members of the faculty conduct independent inspection of teachers in the discharge of their duties, is expected to improve quality assurance in public schools in the state. Governor Abiola Ajimobi explained that the new initiative was among several taken by his administration to redress the abysmal failure of public school pupils in public examinations. "The recurring abysmal failure of

From Bisi Oladele, Ibadan

Oyo State students in pre-tertiary institutions public examinations has continuously called for credible and laudable intervention to halt the ugly trend," he said. The governor further explained that the poor state of education in the state necessitated the education summit held last year during which stakeholders came up with ideas to rescue the situation. At the summit, Ajimobi said participants agreed that poor delivery of curriculum, among other factors, was a major cause of the mass failure in public examinations in Oyo State. "This, therefore, called for a review of our school monitoring

and inspection, the result of which led to the collaboration." The university is expected to reorientate teachers to develop a more positive attitude to their job, enhance teaching skills, improve performance of students in public examinations as well as submit reports of their inspection to the Commissioner for Education. Through the partnership, the state hopes to measure the pedagogical skills of the teachers in delivering the curriculum and enhance rigorous supervision and monitoring of academic activities. The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Adetokunbo Fayokun, described the collaboration as historical.

Explaining the rationale behind the collaboration, she said: "The need to collaborate with the University of Ibadan became apparently essential when it dawned all stakeholders that there was need to improve productivity by way of developing an achievement tracking mechanism in our bid to reform the sector as a tool to open up the state for holistic development since education remains the veritable tool for development." The state had moved up from its 32nd to 23rd position in the last Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) due to improved facilities and extra-mural classes conducted for students.

Their ‘threatened’ PhD dreams • Continued from page 25

offence committed by LASU?" The lecturers accused TETFund of double standard, claiming that their colleagues from other universities who started at the same time with them are enjoying the fund “but we are not”. The petitioners argued that it is not stated anywhere in TETFund law that application forms must only be from those with fresh admissions. They said the different calendars of the universities where they are studying and the bureaucratic bottlenecks associated with processing application forms and submitting same to TETFund affected the time their applications got to the agency. Copies of the petition were sent to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics) LASU; President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (national headquarters); ASUU-LASU chapter; and Chairman, Education Committee, House of Representatives. The lecturers are praying, among others, a reconsideration of their applications on the principle of fairness and equity; consideration of each application on merit; consideration of applications on the basis of compelling needs; a jettisoning of the principle of fresh and old admission, because it has not been consistently applied. TETFund spokesperson Mr Erasmus Alaneme said the petitioners' claims were not valid. TETFund, he said, provides requirements for allocation for any project or scholarship before approval is granted. He said the agency does not provide partial scholarship, adding that the board either undertake any project completely or otherwise. "It is either we fund or we don't fund - be it scholarships or projects. If you want to do your programmes and you apply through your institution and your application meets appropriate requirements, we will provide the funds, but if

you are already doing the Ph.D programme, we won't sponsor you. "If the lecturers have any problem with their applications; it is their school (LASU) they should ask since they submitted their applications through their university. Those who don't get selected, we usually reply them through their institutions. Maybe they did not meet up with the guidelines for allocation. We have laid down criteria which we cannot compromise. If they don't meet the guidelines, they need not to ask any questions." Former Acting Deputy ViceChancellor Prof Dapo Asaju and Chairman of ASUU-LASU Dr Wumi Oluwatoki told this reporter they were aware of the applications which were submitted early last year. Asaju absolved LASU of culpability. He said the university made frantic efforts to compel TETFund to bend the rules. "Last year, the Vice-Chancellor, I and some key officials of LASU met with the NUC (National Universities Commission) Executive Secretary Prof Julius Okojie over the matter. We tried to appeal to TETFund to bend the rule, but they insisted it is a nationwide policy. They turned down our staff already on their programmes and only considered those who just applied afresh. They said if the petitioners want funding, they should start a new programme and reapply afresh with evidence of their letters of admission. LASU does not have power to reject applications, LASU can only recommend and TETFund will pick and pay the money directly to the universities where the lecturers are doing their programmes. "It is not only those who petitioned that were affected but all our staff who had already commenced their various programmes at that time. "Now, the question you should ask TETFund is: 'What is the policy of TETFund on scholarship? This is Federal Government's money and is it not meant to support scholarships?"

• From left: Mercy receiving her scholarship from Mr Wasiu Odeyemi, Commissioner II, Lagos State Civil Service Commission; Oba Aderibigbe, Senator Ashafa, Chief Lanre Rasaq and Hon Segun Olulade

Lawmaker's scholarship lifts 75 pupils


HE lawmaker representing Lagos East in the Senate, Gbenga Ashafa, has charged parents to support their children's education to the tertiary level. Ashafa made the charge in Epe last weekend during the presentation of scholarships to 75 indigent pupils in Ikosi-Ejirin Local Council Development Area (LCDA). The pupils, drawn from various public schools, were selected by the Gbenga Ashafa Educational Enhancement Programme. Congratulating the beneficiaries, the lawmaker told the pupils to make judicious use of the grants. He urged the parents to see education as a potent tool for development and always support their wards' quest for it. He added that the programme is aimed and sustaining pupils' interest in education. He said: "Today's occasion serves as a pilot project for the indigent students in public schools through-

By Wale Ajetunmobi

out the Lagos East senatorial district. Support for education has always been an integral part of our programmes. "Under this scheme, a lot of success has been recorded. In the last three months, over 10,000 copies of writing materials, mathematical sets and rain coats were distributed throughout schools in my senatorial district. This is not to mention the different categories of scholarships and various financial assistances, all to keep the interest of our children in education." The chairman of the Gbenga Ashafa Educational Enhancement Programme in the local government, Oba Ganiu Aderibigbe, Alayandelu of Odo Ayandelu, thanked the lawmaker for the gesture. "We thank our amiable Senator Ashafa for this initiative. Without this scholarship, the implication

would have been to have these children out of schools without completing their studies, which has the potential to constitute nuisance in our community," he said. The beneficiaries, who were indigenes and non-indigenes of Lagos State, were selected across communities in the LCDA. One of them, Abraham Mercy, a Primary 5 pupil of Anglican Primary School, Ajebo, said she almost stopped schooling when her parents could not afford to pay. She appreciated the senator's gesture, saying: "Thank you sir, Senator Ashafa, for this scholarship; I will go back to complete primary school." At the programme were the LCDA chairman, Hon. Segun Adetoba, leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Epe division, Chief Lanre Rasaq, Commissioner II in Lagos State Civil Service, Mr Wasiu Odeyemi, traditional rulers from Ikorodu, Epe, Agbowa and Ikosi-Ejirin among others.



EDUCATION Okpara varsity admits 4000

Schools ‘painted Lagos red’, the colour of love, during Valentine's Day last Thursday. MEDINAT KANABE and SAMPSON UNAMKA report on its growing significance.

From Ugochukwu Ugoji-Eke, Umuahia


Val's Day of love in schools


ALENTINE'S Day has been added to the list of special days that primary and secondary schools now celebrate. Years ago, schools only celebrated Christmas, end-of-year party, graduation, Children's Day, Independence Day among other as public holidays. Though February 14 is not a public holiday, more and more private schools are increasingly celebrating the day set aside to celebrate love with a lot of fanfare. Investigations by The Nation revealed that some schools encourage pupils to exchange gifts, organise picnics or hold parties for part or the whole of the school day. Many also impose red and white dress code on pupils. Getting the pupils ready for last week's Valentine's Day programme was hectic for some parents. One woman was seen combing shops in Isolo in search of an appropriate outfit for her ward. Another mother residing in Ogba, said she had to go shopping for the gift her son had to give his partner. "He came disturbing us that he had to get a gift for his school valentine partner. I went searching the shops for an appropriate gift and finally got a beautiful water bottle which I wrapped for him to take to school. He got a singlet as his own gift," she said. While some parents fretted about opening their wards' backpack to find notes about Valentine dress code or gift, others were happy that it is that time again when they celebrate. At Lilly white nursery and primary school, celebrating Valentine's Day this year was specifically for grandparents, while at Grace Schools, Gbagada, eatery outfit, KFC treated the pupils to chicken, chips and drinks. Proprietress of Lillywhite School, Ilupeju, Mrs Olanrewaju Osibanjo, said celebrating Valentine's Day teaches the pupils the essence of caring for others. However, not all schools celebrated Valentine's Day formally. Mrs N.f.

• Pupils of Lillywhite School, Ilupeju at breakfast with their grand parents

Uzoaga, Headmistress of the University of Lagos Staff School said her school did not celebrate specially but they taught pupils about love. "Celebrating Valentine’s Day as far as I am concerned is relatively new. You see people say it is a day to show love and appreciation to their loved ones. Then I am like do you really have to show love on a particular day? What happens after that day and what happens every other day? If Valentine means love we have to practice it and show it every day; it shouldn't have any barrier; it should cut across to the needy, the poor and the widows. That's the true Valentine I know. We teach our pupils to love themselves and not to fight one another, and we also teach them not to go about picking other peoples' things because that doesn't show love," she said. Many public schools do not celebrate Valentine's Day. Vice-Principal of Oke-Afa Junior Secondary School (name withheld) said normal activities are held because the state government does not recognise the celebration "Our governor doesn't believe in this sort of thing so we are not allowed to celebrate it in the school. We must continue with our regular activities. It is not officially in our curriculum so we cannot celebrate it. Although it is good to show love and share gifts with people, I still believe it is a personal thing. The way we celebrate it now is not even the right way," he said. However, Principal of the Senior School, who does not want to be named said celebrating it could be useful.

"They don't have to put on red and white to school to celebrate, they can share gifts among themselves if they want to. Valentine is not a bad thing and I am not against it if it can unify us as people or increase the love between family members," he said. On their parts, the pupils for whom the schools mount these programmes, seem to be getting the message of love. Ten-year old Tomilola Olowu, a JSS 1 pupil, said Valentine's Day is a day to show love and appreciate her mother and others for what they have done for her. Omotoyosi Onanuga, 11-year old JSS 2 pupil said it is a day to show love to those who are needy, friends, motherless and even enemies. "I have learnt to show love and that it doesn't cost anything to do so. My mummy said she will buy a new bag and shoe for me." Ajayi Emmanuel, a JSS 1, 12 yrs old pupil said: “it is a day to show love

and exchange gifts. It is a happy day. My parents bought a video game for me. For undergraduates, however, celebrating Valentine's Day depend on whether there was a relationship, money or time to do so. Ifeanyi Okoli, a 100-Level Philosophy student said: "I am not a valentine freak but I think valentine is a day to show love to people and everything but you know some people get the wrong impression about valentine, they think it's a day to have fun and have sex and do a lot of vulgar things." Anifowose Opeoluwa, an education student said his exams were more important than Valentine. "Valentine to me is like if you have a girl you like, you can use that day to show her love, take her out so she will know that you have feeling for her. As for me my exams are near and I have actually left all of that," he said.

S 4,000 new students of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, MOUAU, Abia State took the matriculation oath of the institution, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Hillary Edeoga assured them that problems of accommodation would soon be solved. Speaking at the 20th matriculation of the institution penultimate week, Edoega assured the fresh students that concrete measures have been taken to tackle the challenges of classroom and hostel accommodation, promising that in less than four months into their studies, the problem of accommodation would become history. Prof Edeoga said, "Already, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)-assisted hostel project is nearing completion while the 10 new hostels embarked upon by this administration will be handed over by their various contractors to the university within these months I mentioned earlier." Counselling them to be serious, the Vice-Chancellor said success requires "commitment, dedication, discipline and hard work," adding, "your success in this university depends on how you manage your time, in addition to how you apply yourself to the course of study into which you have been admitted.” He said the programmes of the university are structured to help them become self-employed on graduation and enjoined them to use the opportunity of their educational pursuit to lay solid foundation for their success in life. He said, "It is our belief that the education and training which you will receive in this university will equip you for the challenges inherent in the global society. Our curricula in the different courses of studies are structured in such a way as to make you not only self-employable but also job and wealth creators on graduation".

Be self-reliant, provost urges graduands


RADUANDS of the Oyo State College of Agriculture, Igboora, Oyo State have been charged to be job providers and not seekers. This charge was given by the Acting Provost of the College, Prof Jacob Gbemiga Adewale at the Provost and Finalists Interactive Session organised for the final year students of the College upon the completion and defence of their projects. Adewale emphasised that white collar jobs are no longer available as it used to be in the past. He noted

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that the available jobs cannot take care of hundreds of thousands of graduates that are being turned out by the various institutions in the country. In view of this, he advised the finalists not to trivialise the training and skill acquisition programmes they were exposed to, as it has the capacity of turning them into successful entrepreneurs. The Acting Provost, therefore, admonished them to live up to the objective of the college which is training of youths who will be able to

provide jobs for themselves and others and become agents of food sufficiency and self employment. Adewale also pledged the college's commitment to always monitor, mentor and support her graduands in their quest to provide jobs and food for the people. While Adewale thanked all teaching and non-teaching staff who have imparted the students positively, he was however, full of gratitude to the Oyo State government and the Almighty God for his appointment as the Acting Provost of the college.

ICSAN, Babcock sign MoU


HE Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Babcock University on the Institute's degree linkage programme. The programme is aimed at preparing their students for the work place so that on graduating, they will be professionalizing in Company Secretarial Practice. President of the Institute, Mr Olatunde Busari, at the signing ceremony said the agreement would be mutually beneficial as ICSAN would attract more membership just as the university would make a difference in skill's acquisition for its students. In his remarks, the President and Vice-Chancellor of Babcock University, Prof Kayode Makinde noted with regret the decay in the educational system, pointing out that his university was out to begin a gradual

By Biodun-Thomas Davids

process of correcting the anomaly. According to him, one of the ways to encourage the student's is to professionalize on graduation. He said the university was prepared to extend the duration of its courses from four to five years to accommodate the curriculum by the professional bodies. Makinde said the idea was to get the students prepared for the Labour Market. ICSAN is the only body authorized to conduct the examination and training leading to the qualification of chartered secretaries that can be engaged in Corporate Governance Services, Compliance and Secretarial Advisory Service, Legal Advice and Conflict Of Interest, Corporate Advisory Services, Certification Services and Public Service Administration, and not typists.

• Pupils of Edgewood College, Lekki presenting food items to Mrs Ronke Oguntoyinbo, Matron of the Lagos State Motherless Babies Home, Lions Village, Lekki Phase 1 on Valentine’s Day




ABU holds special convocation


AAUA/Malaysia partner THE Vice-Chancellor of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Prof. Femi Mimiko, has expressed the readiness of the institution to partner the Mardi and Marditeck Corporation Limited, Malaysia, on the establishment of a rice breeding research institute at the university. Mimiko gave the assurance when a six-man delegation from the firm visited him. The VC said: "We have been engaging the Malaysian group for over a year with a view to collaborating with them in the setting up of a research centre that will be focused on developing hybrid rice plantation and palm oil plantation management.” Mimiko disclosed that two academics would soon be sent to Malaysia to undertake concentrated research on breeding of padi rice. Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Zolkifci Mahmud, expressed confidence that AAUA has the potential to provide the research base for the programme.


HE Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria is to hold a special convocation ceremony to confer Honorary Doctorate Degree on former Minister of Defence, Lt General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (rtd) and to launch a N50 billion Phase II Development Fund. The convocation, which is part of the Golden Jubilee celebration of the university, is scheduled to take place on March 2 at the university's convocation square at the Main Campus, Samaru-Zaria. The university's Head of Infor-

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mation and Protocol, Bitrus Galmaka said in a statement made available to The Nation that development of physical infrastructure in the institution has been restricted to Phase I of its physical development plan in the last 50 years. According to him, the university has commenced plans to develop its 8,000 hectares of land in the Phase II of the plan. He said the management has already received and reviewed the

architectural designs of the planned Phase II from a consortium of reputable architectural firms led by alumni of the university. It would be recalled that during the convocation held last November 23 and 24, the university conferred Honorary Degrees on General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd) and Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji, mother of former Lagos State Governor, Chief Ahmed Bola Tinubu. General Danjuma, who was among the awardees could not personally receive his hence the rescheduling of the event.

AOCOED praises Tinubu, Fashola


Law students make donations THE AAUA management has praised the out-going executives of the Law Students' Society of the institution for rendering quality leadership services to their peers. The commendation was given last week at the inauguration of eight 1.5 HP split unit air conditioners and eight 5,000 watts automatic voltage regulators, procured by the society. Inaugurating the equipment meant for the Faculty of Law lecture rooms, the VC who was represented by the Dean of Student Affairs, Prof Oluyemisi Adebowale, said: "On behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, I want to appreciate the effort of the Law Students' Society to make the school more conducive for learning." Mimiko, who noted that the students have added value to the university out of their own volition, said: "It is remarkable to find students coming together to think of how to make life more comfortable for those who will come after them." He said the leaders have set the pace for their successors.

Dept makes insecticide THE Department of Plant Science and Biotechnology of the university has manufactured an insecticide coil (biopesticide) for mosquito control. The Dean of Faculty of Science, Dr Victor Olumekun, who presented the product at the 107th Regular Meeting of the AAUA Senate, said the insecticide was produced from a common plant found in the tropics and subtropics. Olumekun said the invention "is an effort of the department to promote the adoptive use of botanicals as a replacement for synthetic insecticide through research and development." The Acting Head of the Department, Dr. O.F. Olotuah, who is into pest control and management, added: "The botanicals are cheap, readily available, safer and cost effective than the conventional pesticides." He noted that the plant material has been tested and utilised as a stimulant. The insecticide coil was distributed at the meeting.

•Gen. Danjuma

•From left:Ecobank Manager, University of Lagos (UNILAG) branch, Mr Tunji Jayeola; Mr Supo Adigun of FirstBank, Lagos; his daughter Dr Abiola Adigun and her mother, Toyin during Abiola’s graduation at UNILAG.

'Why Nigerian students excel abroad'


AVID Oni is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Dave Abion Consulting, an educational consulting firm for those intending to further their studies overseas, especially in the United Kingdom (UK). A graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Greenwich University, London, his experience at the institution convinced him to regard the UK as the 'perfect study destination'; and influenced the establishment of the firm, upon his retirement from British Petroleum (BP). Oni said Nigerians studying abroad excel because lots of educational facilities are provided, which is missing at home. "What I would say is that most Nigerian students excel when they travel abroad more than they would have excelled here. So when you add their capability to the opportunities open to them when they are in the UK like world-class libraries, good lecturers, good facilities and excellent environment they excel. I won't compare them to UK students but most of them do excel beyond the expectation of many people,” he said. Oni, former Chairman of Odua' Investment, said acquiring education in world class institutions abroad has become a fad, especially among Nigerians as it makes them more marketable to employers anywhere in the world. Aside, he said foreign institutions enjoy good fa-

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cilities and uninterrupted academic calendar that endear them to many who can afford their tuition. On what stands Dave Abion Consulting out, Oni said: "Like some other consulting outfits, Dave Abion is not given to frivolities: In every sphere of human endeavour, there are always gatecrashers, but we stand out for a number of reasons. First, our organisation is recognised by the British High Commission and the British Council. We are also affiliated to the ICEF, an International body that recognises quality and brings quality education consultants in contact with quality education providers. People know us in the industry and we also know our students and their parents very well. We operate nationwide and are fully registered with the authorities. We have offices in Ikeja, Victoria Island, Abuja and Port Harcourt. He said the outfit also develops a mechanism whereby it keeps track of their products after graduation. "We encourage our students to keep in touch with us through email, letters, telephone, text message. When you are still studying, we ensure that there is regular communication between us and we keep that up after your graduation. That's how we are able to learn that four or five of our students came out with first class degrees in their undergraduate studies last year. When they finish, many of them prefer to stay

‘When you add their capability to the opportunities open to them when they are in the UK like world-class libraries, good lecturers, good facilities and excellent environment they excel. I won't compare them to UK students but most of them do excel beyond the expectation of many people’

HE Provost of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Otto/ Ijanikin, Lagos State, Mr Bashorun Olalekan Wasiu has reiterated the commitment of the college to infrastructural and academic renewal. He emphasised that the management would always ensure transparency and accountability in the utilisation of approved funds for the development of the institution. Bashorun disclosed this when he received on behalf of the college, a letter of allocation for TetFUND Special Intervention for the construction of a lecture theatre/auditorium in the college. Bashorun used the opportunity to thank Senator Tinubu, who facilitated the funds. He equally praised the college Moderator, the Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) for releasing funds for the construction of an administrative block, as well as, resurfacing and construction of the college road network.

Women build 95-room hostel From Odogwu Emeka Odogwu, Nnewi

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abroad for a while at least to get quality job experience. Apart from piloting them towards quality education that will make them stand out anywhere, we are interested in how they progress in their careers overseas and on their return to Nigeria. Aside underfunding, Oni argued that another challenge plaguing Nigerian education system is misplaced priority. "If you go to Britain, they try to adjust their educational system to the political and economic realities of their country. For example, you are looking for a plumber or electrician, where are the institutions where you train plumbers and electricians here in Nigeria? UK, USA, Canada, Germany and Australia have institutions that train and certify this category of people. In Nigeria, everybody must go to university and you have lots of graduates who are not employable. "A good plumber could earn more than a university professor in the UK. The plumber is trained in the technical college and is happy to be a plumber. Here, everybody is running after university degrees. Government has to fundamentally develop a policy on education and be determined to provide the proper level of funding needed to execute the policy. The private sector should also be encouraged to play a key role,” he said.


HE Women Ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Nnewi

is building an ultra modern three storey hostel block for students of the Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe (NOCOEN). President, Mothers Union of the Church, Mrs E.N Okpala led women of the church to inspect the facility which is 80 per cent completed. Mrs Okpala expressed satisfaction at the level of work by the contractors handling the project, pointing out that the hostel was initiated to help alleviate the problems of accommodation in the college. Mrs Okpala, represented by wife of Nnewi Archdeaconry, Mrs Chinyere Egwuenu, further informed that the hostel will assist in curbing immoralities in the school and enhance better reading atmosphere judging by the facilities in the project. She said the building contains 95 rooms and would accomodate about 200 students. This is coming as the Anglican Diocesan Health and Community Development Centre has supported 209 vulnerable children with relief materials. The programme Coordinator, Mr Timothy Nnoruem said the group is catering for every child that is experiencing lack of care. The traditional ruler of Ukpor Igwe Dr Felix Onyimmadu expressed gratitude to the NGO for taking care of his subjects.


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The final act


KNOCKS Last week, all hell was let loose at the Ekiti State University (EKSU) following the death of a final year student of Accounting, Teslim Adebola Ibrahim. OLATUNJI AWE reports. *GRANTS Page 36


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Engineering students of the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) last Monday distruped the secAlex Bot likes to ond semester examination. They are insisting on the accreditation of their courses before the take wedding exam can hold. OKECHUKWU EZIKE (400-Level Physics) writes. pictures. The 300Level Television Production student of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Television College (TV COLLEGE), Jos, Plateau State, spoke about his passion for photography when GOTODOK LENGSHAK (400Level Television Journalism) met him.

‘Photography can solve jobs riddle’ •NANS President Gbadebo addressing the protesters...last Monday


‘No accreditation no exam’



HE University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) is at it again. Weeks after it was reopened following a three-month closure, it has been hit by another crisis. The school was to begin the second semester examination last Monday when trouble started. Engineering students disrupted the exercise as they insisted on the accreditation of their course for the school to know peace. The protesters stormed the mini campus, blocking the main entrance. They barred students who were going for exam. Others already in the exam halls were sent out by the demonstrators, who tore their answer booklets. It was the second time the students would be disrupting the degree exam. Last November, the aggrieved students went on the rampage, destroying properties. They also destroyed the portrait of the Vice-Chancellor. In solidarity with the protesters, officials of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) were on the campus. Addressing the students,

•Engineering students hold UNIABUJA to ransom ‘I was beaten mercilessly by the police. They arrested many of us, who were protesting against the non-accreditation of our courses. After we were flogged, they asked us to move into their Black Maria. They were ready to take us to their station when the Commissioner of Police ordered that we should be released’ NANS president, Yinka Gbadebo, said the association would not rest until the management got courses accreditated by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

There were reports of arrest of some students by security operatives, who stormed the campus to disperse the protesters. No university official was available to address the demonstrators, who were chanting

“no accreditation, no exam”. Ikechukwu Johnson, 400-Level Mechanical Engineering, who was reportedly arrested by security operatives, said he was flogged by armed policemen. He said: “I was beaten mercilessly by the police. They arrested many of us, who were protesting against the nonaccreditation of our courses. After we were flogged, they asked us to move into their Black Maria. They were ready to take us to their station when the Commissioner of Police ordered that we should be released.” The institution has been seeking accreditation for all Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine courses. Last May, some students took their case to the Federal Ministry of Education. Education Minister Prof Ruq’uayyat Rufa’i told them that the crisis would be resolved. Prof Rufa’i was said to have given the management a six-month deadline to get the programmes accredited by November. The institution was only able

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Can we Pushing Out create our with own miracle? Agbo Agbo


WATCHED a two hour long documentary on South Africa aired on history channel on DSTV last week. Titled: “Miracle rising: South Africa”, the in-depth documentary chronicled the country and how it emerged from the ashes of Apartheid to become one of the most courted nation in Africa; it was also the story of Nelson Mandela and the price he paid to uplift the nation he loves. Prominent world figures like Bill and Hilary Clinton, Desmond Tutu, former President De Klerk, Cyril Ramaphosa, former US Ambassador to South Africa, Prof James Johnson, Whoppie Goldberg, Quincy Jones, Christianne Amanpour, Richard Branson and others were interviewed. It was a walk through history, and give it to the South Africans they never miss any opportunity. A friend who visited the country last year said everything is appropriately documented; “you see history on almost every street corner”, he said. While watching the documentary, I was amazed that the country did not descend into civil war given the antics of Eugene Terra Blanc and his Afrikaner Resistance Movement and Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s Inkatha Freedom Party. Both did all they could so that a democratic South Africa does not emerge. Terra Blanch and his hate filled white gang even drove a truck right into the hotel where the all parties’ negotiation for the relinquishing of power by the whites was taking place! He and his group wanted the status quo maintained. The producer of the documentary couldn’t have chosen a more appropriate title; it was indeed a miracle to have the present day South Africa. Reflecting on the documentary I realised that back home in Nigeria history is not even given a place in the scheme of things, in fact it was expunged from our school curriculum some years back by our education planners. This brings me to the topic of the day; the Valentine day visit of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar to commiserate with the Alaafin of

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• Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III over his burnt palace. Ordinarily, it would only make the news because a monarch from the North is visiting another from the South, beyond that it would’ve been mere fanfare, but for the fact that both monarchs called for the re-introduction of history in the nation’s educational curriculum makes the visit profound. The monarchs said during their interaction that the Federal Government’s decision to remove history from the nation’s curriculum is wrong and uncalled for. Hear the Sultan: “I advise that we look back in history. How can we know who we are without history? It is important for the Federal Government to have a rethink and bring back history in the educational curriculum. By so doing, our children will know the important aspects of our history, such as the Sokoto Caliphate and the Oyo Empire. “Before Nigeria came into being, there had been Oyo Empire and Sokoto Caliphate. Our people made up the present Nigeria. God did not make a mistake by bringing us together. It is left for us to strengthen Nigeria’s unity through good leadership. We need to look back into history to effectively plan the future of this country. The future is very bright, but we must do everything with the fear of the Almighty Allah, who gives power to whom he is pleased.” His host, Oba Adeyemi III said: “If we do not know history, we do not know ourselves. This is the first time the Sultan will be visiting Oyo officially. In 1922, the Sultan and I represented traditional rulers at the Macpherson Constitution. The cancellation of history in schools is a disaster to cultural identity. It would alienate the people from their history.” When I look back and try to fathom what justification our education planners have for

removing history I can’t seem to find any. In the documentary I recounted earlier, no South African would want his country to return to the dark days of the apartheid era that is why the government took pains to document things for its citizens and visitors to see, most of which have even been turned to tourists destinations bringing in foreign exchange for the country. Robben Island, where Mandela spent 27 years in prison, Mandela’s home in Jo’burg, the spot where Chris Hani was assassinated and others have attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors including many Nigerians. The country documented these events for the post-Apartheid generation to see where the country came from. Why does any nation even bother to document historical facts in the first place? They are documented because it is essential to individuals and to society as it helps us to understand people and societies. In the first place, it offers a storehouse of information about how people and societies behave. An exclusive reliance on current data would needlessly handicap our efforts. How, for instance, can we evaluate war if the nation is at peace, unless we use historical materials? How can we understand the role that beliefs play in shaping family life, if we don’t use what we know about experiences in the past? The ripple effect generated by Chinua Achebe’s latest book: “There was a Country: A personal History of Biafra” is still fresh in our minds. The furore generated by that book was intense as most of our intellectuals from the East and West were turned into amateur historians each trying to make history sympathetic to their cause. Till date, no comprehensive and detailed account of the civil war has been released, all we have are “personal” accounts released by principal actors –both military and civilian – who would definitely want us to see things from their personal accounts, which in some instances, may be biased. Going back in time also helps us to understand change and how the society we live in came to be. The past causes the present, and so the future. Any time we try to know why something happened—like the Boko Haram crisis or religious/ethnic conflicts—we have to look for factors that took shape earlier. Sometimes fairly recent history will suffice to explain a major development, but often we need to look further back to identify the causes of change. Only through studying history can we grasp how things change; only through history can we begin

to comprehend the factors that cause change; and only through history can we understand what elements of an institution or a society persist despite change. For those who may not know, History also serves as a platform for moral contemplation. Studying the stories of individuals and situations in the past allows a student of history to test his or her own moral sense, to hone it against some of the real complexities individuals have faced in difficult settings. People who have weathered adversity not just in some work of fiction, but in real, historical circumstances can provide inspiration that can galvanise an entire nation, the case of Nelson Mandela readily comes to mind. When reading the story of this living legend one would ask himself what propelled him to give away 27 years of his life for a cause? Or what propelled Sir Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of Great Britain to rally his people to confront Nazi Germany during the Second World War? Moral contemplation of these and other historical events have the potentials of bringing out the best in citizens. In galvanizing a nation therefore, no singular attitude is necessary than having a sense of identity which history provides and which is unquestionably why all modern nations encourage its teaching in varied forms. Historical data include evidence about how families, groups, institutions and whole countries were formed and about how they have evolved while retaining cohesion. In my study of American History, I discovered that for many Americans, studying the history of their family amount to the most obvious use of history, for it provides facts about genealogy and a basis for understanding how the family has interacted with larger historical change. Histories that tell the national story, emphasising distinctive features of the national narrative and experience, are meant to drive home an understanding of national values and a commitment to national loyalty. We too can create our own miracle if only we can sit down and look at things dispassionately, the civil war will never “end” as long as there are still issues that generate heated arguments whenever they are raised. In this instance we can learn from the forgiving spirit of the South Africans, at the same time we should not assume that all is well on the surface, Mandela never did. The first step is to re-awaken historical consciousness in our citizens and it is not late to heed the call of the Sultan and Alaafin to reintroduce history into our education curriculum.

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H •Confused students after they were chased out of exam halls

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to get interim accreditation for programmes in three of the faculties. The four faculties were established seven years ago without inadequate teaching facilities. The Engineering faculty has four departments, comprising Mechanical, Civil, Chemical and Electrical and Electronics. CAMPUSLIFE gathered that when the school resumed on February 4, the management did not open hostels. The exam, initially slated for February 11, was postponed by one week. The Vice Chancellor, Prof Sunday Adelabu, who addressed students, last week, said the postponement was necessary to allow students settle down and prepare for the exam. On February 6, the management opened the hostel for only final year students. A student, who identified himself as John Prince, said he came from Lagos and lodged in a hotel because he could not stay in the hostel. Prof Adelabu said presidents of different departmental associations pleaded with him to extend when the exam will start. But CAMPUSLIFE gathered that the departmental presidents met with Engineering students last Sunday, pleading with them to allow the exam begin without hitches. Our correspondent learnt that the Engineering students stood their ground, saying “no accreditation no exam”. The aggrieved students complained that since

2005 when the faculty was established, no student had either graduated or gone for National Youth Service. The Engineering faculty has two graduated sets but none of the graduates has been mobilised for Youth Service. There is also a complaint that the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) is yet to accredit the four engineering programmes. To facilitate a successful accreditation, CAMPUSLIFE gathered, Prof Rufa’i gave N4 billion grant to the university to upgrade its facilities before the NUC team’s visit. One of the protesters said: “We kept ourselves abreast of the movement of the money from the ministry to the school bank account. We thought the money would be used judiciously but here we are; nothing has been done to upgrade any facility in the Faculty of Engineering.” NANS president Yinka, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, he would meet with the management to ascertain the situation of things. He promised that he would obtain the accreditation document from the Vice-Chancellor to show the students. During the protest, there was fire in Red Bricks, a Hall of Residence on the mini campus. A room in the hostel was razed before men of the Fire Service arrived to put out the fire. Aondo Akura, a final year student, said he saw smoke coming out from the block and immediately alerted residents. The university’s Public Relations Officers (PRO), Mr Garba Waziri, could not be reached for comment.

OW did you discover your talent in photography? I have always loved anything that has to do with visual arts, from still pictures to films, documentaries, paintings and other forms of visual expression. During my diploma days in the college, I would ask myself: ‘what will I do after the programme?’ Since I am not from a wealthy home and I didn’t know anybody in the TV College for full time admission, I had to develop my skills in photography. I went for tutorial at Seun Anuwe Photography. This was also during my diploma programme. My elder brother and my mother helped me with the money I used to purchase my first camera. Do you have any role model in the profession? I have quite a number of them. I respect Henrie Cartier Bresson for his application of decisive moment and use of shapes, shadows, lines and frames in street photography. I also respect Moussa Monssa for his advertising and fashion photography. Steffan Roussons enticed me with his photojournalism. Kelechi Amadi Obi’s fashion and arts photography is a source of inspiration for me and Ibrahim Dung’s activities in training young ones. These are role model for me. What is your area of specialisation? At the moment, I do more of wedding and event photography. I also take pictures for a friend that writes for students’ pages in national newspapers. I do other forms of photography to expand my clientele, but in future, I want to concentrate on photojournalism and documentary photography. What are the obstacles you face? The difficulty I face at the moment is the fact that photographic equipment are very expensive, especially the professional gadgets. From camera to lens and lights, everything is expensive and it does not encourage young ones like me to be self-employed through photography. Also, there is

no system that provides for one to rent equipment from a camera store to use for a particular job as it is done overseas. What is the highlight of your career so far? It is wedding. I take pictures of Deborah and Julian and also that of Margret and Ben. This is because I like to capture the happy moments of the bride and groom as well as their families and friends. It gives me deep satisfaction when I deliver to my clients above their expectations. How do you combine study with photography? Well, combining both is not easy. At times, my business clashes with school work. But I always consider the two realms such that my decision to favour one will not adversely affect the other. Also, I work hard to cover for the missed classes even though my knowledge of photography aids my understanding of some courses I do in school such as editing techniques, photography and videography. Therefore, this gives me an edge over most of my course mates. Generally, one must just find a way of striking a balance between the two. Based on your experience, how would you rate the Nigerian photography industry? The industry is doing well because it is expanding and inviting young ones. I believe photography can solve the riddle of unemployment in Nigeria by creating jobs for youth. However, there is a need for proper training of budding photographers, whether formally or informally in school and workshops. There is need to establish a professional body that will serve as a regulatory body for Nigerian photographers. What are your future plans? I want to get a professional camera with lens and its lighting kits. Then, I will get an office space where I will study and practice photography and take more pictures. This will also help me to impart knowledge and experience on others. This is my ultimate dream.



CAMPUS LIFE It was Valentine’s Day on February 14. But there was no show of love at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) where students chose to vent their anger on certain developments in the school. TOLULOPE OGUNLEYE (HND II Computer Science) reports.


TUDENTS of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) gave the institution’s management a shocker on Valentine’s Day. They marched on their Rector’s office in Ikorodu to protest what they termed the authority’s insensitivity to their welfare. The demonstration, which started at 8:45am from the polytechnic’s second gate, was led by the president of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Olanrewaju Balogun. The protesters also besieged the library, chanting solidarity songs with placards. As the students moved towards the Rector’s office, a top official of the institution pleaded with them to halt the demonstration. The official, whose identity could not be ascertained asked the students to return to their hostels, promising that their grievances would be addressed. The students declined to stop the protest, insisting on an audience with the Rector. On getting to the Rector’s office, the Deputy Rector, Olasunkanmi Longe, addressed them, saying the Rector, Dr Abdulazeez Abioye, was not around. Not convinced, the protesters continued the solidarity songs, demanding to see the Rector in person. After a few minutes, Olanrewaju addressed the protesters, saying the union leaders had confirmed that Abioye was not on campus. He said students would still make their grievances known to the management in the absence of the Rector. Stating their challenges, the Speaker of the union, Kehinde Olofintuyi, said students could no longer afford “double payment of Entrepreneurship Educational Development (EED) fee”. Other complaints include deduction in number of students being mobilised for the National Youth Service Corps

Valentine’s Day protest at LASPOTECH

•Olanrewaju addressing the students at the Rector’s office

(NYSC), poor operation delivery at the school’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre, poor transportation scheme, insecurity on campus and incapacitation of the students’ union among others. Longe said he would relay the students’ grievances to the management, promising that“quick intervention” would be made. He said management was not to blame for the decrease in NYSC mobilisation, saying the reduction was informed by NYSC’s new regulation, which stipulated that only graduates that have the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) registra-

tion number could be mobilised for Service. Longe said there would be “regularisation” for students, who did part-time programmes for National Diploma (ND) but admitted on full-time for Higher National Diploma (HND). He said the process needed to be carried out to generate JAMB registration numbers for the affected students before they were mobilised for service. He promised that management would address poor operation of the ICT centre, adding that the facility would be strengthened to service the students better. The crowd was thrown into frenzy when

Longe did not address EED fee. Students interrupted the Deputy Rector, preventing him from making further comment except he agreed to speak on the controversial fee. Longe, who managed to calm the crowd, said he did not have power to speak on EED, pleading with the students to wait for the Rector’s comment on it. He stated that the management did not have any reason to undermine the union, saying the school was only helping the union to collect its dues from students. But Longe promised that the issue would be looked into. The SUG president reiterated that

the union was out to advance the welfare of students. He said another round of protest would be embarked on by students if the management did not respond to the issues raised. The General Secretary of the union, Acheme Ramsonon, said before students went on demonstration, the union had written several letters to the authorities but there were no responses. He said the peaceful protest was to explain the plight of students to the management. Oluwasegun Iroko, the union’s Public Relations Officer, praised the students for peaceful conduct, saying Aluta was not to destroy property during protest.

Students displaced as fire razes hostel The Temp Site, an off-campus residential area of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State, has been hit by fire. It was the second in three months. The three-storey New Castel Lodge was razed. UCHE ANICHEBE (500-Level Law) reports that the victims are still counting their losses.


T was a calm evening that penultimate Thursday at the Temp Site, where most students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka reside off campus. Many students had retired to their rooms to relax. A few hours before midnight, the neighbourhood was thrown into confusion. There was fire at New Castel Lodge, a three-storey building located close to the junction. It was 9pm and students who were relaxing rushed out of the building. There was confusion everywhere as students from nearby hostels ran helter-skelter, calling the attention of the residents to the incident. When CAMPUSLIFE visited the scene, our correspondent saw sympathisers hurling water at a section of the building from nearby houses. CAMPUSLIFE learnt that several properties and certificates were burnt. It was the second time such an incident would occur in the area. Last December, a building housing many stalls was razed in a midnight fire. Traders and students lost properties worth millions of naira to the incident. Our correspondent gathered that the hostel had been experiencing epileptic power supply. According to Bethrand Nweke, a post graduate student residing in the lodge, the light was fluctuating. The situation, which persisted for weeks, damaged the electronic appliances of the residents. But the power voltage, said an occupant, was never regulated by the officials of the Power

Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN). “Electric cables that brought light into the building sparked close to the roof. This resulted to an explosion in the ceiling. All remained quiet for some minutes, until fire emanated from one of the rooms, whose occupant was away,” an occupant told CAMPUSLIFE. Like a scene from a movie, occupants of the lodge and nearby hostels started throwing their personal effects from the window and balcony. A student, who simply identified himself as Chucks said: “I stay at the topmost floor close to the room where the fire started. I was in my room when I heard sparks. The voltage was very high at the time. Almost immediately, sounds of explosion proceeded from the ceiling. I was still in confusion until smoke filled everywhere. We started throwing our properties from the balcony. A female student, who stays close to my room, was not around. There was nothing we could do to evacuate her belongings. As the fire raged, there was confusion. We picked up a few things we could lay our hands on. Some picked only their certificates and ran for their dear lives.” Students battled hard to put out the fire. They scooped water with buckets and bowls, but they could not move close to the scene because of the height of the building. They were later joined by fire fighters from the Anambra State Fire Service.

To the students’ surprise, the fire men announced that their water had been exhausted less than 10 minutes after they got to the scene. The students were disappointed but they did not give up in their resolve to put out the fire. They offered to fetch water into the fire service tank. Armed policemen came to the scene to ostensibly prevent looting of the victims’ properties. After about one hour, the sympathisers’ efforts paid off; the inferno was put out but not until eight rooms on the topmost floor had been razed. The roof and ceiling were shattered by the raging inferno. Though, the first and the ground floors were not affected, the occupants rushed out with their personal effects. Kelechi Ndiokwelu, a student and a resident of Excel Lodge, located close to razed building, said: “I helped in getting water from my hostel. It was such a terrible scene. Though, hundreds of students hurled water from different direction, the fire raged more. We were amazed that the fire service came with an empty tank. Even the policemen did nothing; they stood at one place watching students making efforts. Their presence distracted us. We wondered whether they wanted to shoot at the fire.” Bethrand Nweke said: “I was reading when the fire started. I could only pick a few things I could remember during the rush for safety.” After the fire was put out, man-

•Charred materials in one of the burnt rooms

agement of the nearby hotel, Golfins Suite, offered free accommodation to the displaced students. The victims, who were still dazed at the time, accepted the offer. The following day, police invited the victims for questioning. The incident happened at a time students were preparing for the first

semester exam, which will begin in a few weeks. When CAMPUSLIFE visited Golfin Suite, the victims lamented their losses, blaming the incident on erratic power supply. Meanwhile, the hostel is being rehabilitated. It could, however, not be ascertain when the displaced students will move back to the building.




Students attack suspected kidnappers •Brutalised victim rescued


•Members of the fellowship cutting the cake to mark Valentine’s Day

Catholic students mark Valentine’s Day


HE Nigerian Federation of Catholic Students (NFCS), Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) chapter, gathered members, last week, to commemorate Saint Valentine’s Day. The event was organised by the drama band in conjunction with St. Michael Catholic Church, Ago-Iwoye. The programme was held in the premises of the church. Present at the event were the Chaplain of the church, Reverend Father Michael Banjo, Reverend Sister Chinonye Ubajaka, the NFCS president, Akinyemi Talabi, vice president, Blessing Osuji, a motivational speaker, Shadrack Akinola and the students. The event was anchored by a comedian, Uzoh

From Modestus Diko OOU

Madu, who recently graduated from Performing Arts at OOU. Rev. Sister Ubajaka talked about Christian friendship. In her lecture, she said agape love was the greatest of all love. She enjoined members of the fellowship to desist from the act that would set them against God. After the speech, the drama band presented a play, which centered on sex and rape. The audience were held spell bound during the play. Akinola spoke on Building loving relationships. He emphasised on the need for youth to abstain from sex, stating some negative spiritual ef-

fects that could arise from the act. Reverend Father Banjo spoke on purity and love. After the speech, the drama band presented its second drama, which promoted care for the destitute. Speaking to CAMPUSLIFE, a member of the fellowship, Maureen Kenliho, said: “The event was exciting most especially the drama. It was captivating and educative.” Sylvester Ayodele, an official of the fellowship, said the organisation of the event was not easy but “we give God all the glory.” At the end of the event, students exchanged gift items, after which a cake was cut to mark the day.

AVE for prompt intervention of students, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Minna (FUT MINNA), identified as Innocent, would have been a dead man. Innocent was rescued from a mob, which wanted to lynch him after he was accused for theft by suspected kidnappers. The incident happened last Friday at the main gate of the institution. It was gathered that Innocent was walking alone on Bosso Street on the fateful day. A few meters to the school gate, he was accosted by a group of boys, who were suspected to be kidnappers. Unknown to Innocent, who attended to the strangers, he was being led to a dangerous fate. But when he observed a strange move from the boys, he tried to leave the scene but was prevented by the gang. The suspects accused Innocent of using juju to remove the manhood of one of them. They shouted “thief” and drew the attention of the passersby to the scene. Innocent was immediately attacked by the mob and was being forced into the vehicle of the suspects. Students, who identified the victim, rushed to the scene to rescue Innocent from the mob action. It was later confirmed that he was wrongly accused. This drew the wrath of students, who descended on the suspects before the university’s security operatives moved to the scene to rescue them.

Leaders sworn in


•Cross section of freshers at the ceremony

Don’t associate with cultism, VC tells freshers


TUDENTS have been charged to take their studies serious in order to achieve academic excellence. The charge was made by the Registrar of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Mrs G.O. Ogboghodor, during the matriculation ceremony held for freshers admitted for the 2012/2013 academic session. The school auditorium, the venue of the ceremony, was filled to capacity. Declaring the occasion open, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Osayuki Oshodin, welcomed the freshers into the university, urging them to consider their admission as a “golden opportunity” to achieve their heart desires.

From Esther Mohammed UNIBEN

The Registrar administered the oath of matriculation on the students, after which Prof Oshodin charged the students to be of good behaviour and shun acts that may terminate their studentship in the institution. “As people who are undergoing training to become responsible members of the society and for leadership positions, effort should be made to resort to dialogue and consultation rather than mass demonstration, which, at time, degenerates into violence. Therefore, do not allow yourself to be lured into any form of demonstration even when you are told that it is going to be

peaceful,” the VC told the freshers. Some of the matriculating students, who spoke to CAMPUSLIFE, expressed happiness after the oath ceremony. Joan Chukwudifo, 100Level Theatre Arts, said: “I feel good because I am now a bonafide student of the University of Benin. I hope to give my best to achieve my academic goals.” Another fresher, Perpetual Okojie, who was admitted into the department of English and Literature, said she was on the campus to learn and not to play, adding that she hoped to graduate within the period stipulated for her course. Over 6,066 students were admitted but 5,915 were present at the matriculation ceremony.

HE Student wing of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCHE), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka chapter, has inaugurated its new executive. The inauguration, which took place last Friday at the Chemical Engineering department building, witnessed a large turnout of students. The Head of the department, Dr Joseph Nwabanne, advised the members to surpass the achievement of the outgoing leaders, stressing that the department was known for promotion of excellent and hard work. Nwabanne urged the incoming leaders to “be aggressive” in attending national conferences and students conventions of the mother engineering body. The staff adviser of the society, Dr Matthew Menkiti, advised members of the executive to observe due process in the discharge of their duties. He listed the achievements

From David Osu FUT MINNA

However, students staged a protest, calling on the security men to release the suspects to them. The crowd of students grew uncontrollably. They were chanting “justice and penalty”. When the security officials discovered the growing crowd of students, they moved the suspects to the former Senate building in Bosso campus, where they were locked while waiting for the police. The students, who had surrounded the Senate building, were not deterred; they remained on the spot till 11pm. At 1:30am, medical personnel from the school clinic were invited to examine Innocent, who was complaining of internal pains as a result of the beating he received from the suspects. Efforts of the Students’ Union Government (SUG) president, Taiye Hassan, 500-Level Electrical Engineering, and the Bosso Divisional Police Officer (DPO) to disperse the crowd did not yield any result as the adamant crowd demanded to hand out “justice” to the suspected kidnappers. Around 2am on Saturday, the enraged students agreed to leave the scene but demanded justice for the attacked ex-student. They urged the police not let the suspects go unpunished. The SUG president assured the students that they would be kept abreast of development as regards the prosecution of the suspects. The DPO expressed his profound gratitude to the students for their cooperation and unified efforts to seeing that justice was done. From Oluchukwu Igwe UNIZIK

of the outgoing members, which he said included a purchase of functional projector, fixing public address system and organisation of “best induction ceremony” in the faculty. He urged the new executives to do more. The incoming president, Samuel Aroh, a 300-Level student, expressed gratitude to the students for voting him, while promising to work with other members of the executive to move the department forward. The outgoing president, Chukwudi Umeokwonna, advised his successor to always seek the opinion of the staff adviser before embarking on any activity. Others inaugurated included Nkechi Tony-Okereke, Vice President; Onyekwelu Nwabundo, Secretary; Judith Uchechukwu, Assistant Secretary; Chidiogo Ezekwem, Financial Secretary; Augustine Amraibure, Director of Socials 1; Ogonna Ofojebe, Director of Socials II; Livinus Udeh, Public Relations Officer 1; Ogechi Ezepue, Public Relations Officer II; and Arinze Ezekude, Provost.



CAMPUS LIFE Varsity records maiden independent e-test


•Ezeocha (second right) receiving the materials from Ayodele in her office. With them are teachers in the school and a Corps member

Corps member donates writing materials


CORPS member, Ayodele Lawal, serving in Anambra State has donated writing materials to a group of secondary schools in Awka South Local Government Area of the state. He said the donation became necessary given that many parents could not afford to buy basic materials for their wards due to bad economy. During the presentation of the materials at Community Secondary School, Agulu Awka, Ayodele noted: “The government is trying and willing to change our lives. At the same time, we must help ourselves as well.” The principal of the school, Mrs Florence Ezeocha, praised the initia-

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tive and urged other Corps members in the state to emulate the gesture demonstrated by Ayodele. “This is what we want our youth at home and abroad to emulate. You don’t need to be attached or directly affiliated to a group of people before you can be a blessing to them. This Corps member is from another school and has made significant impact in the neighbourhood. The world will be a better place if such gesture is encouraged and appropriately rewarded,” Ezeocha said. She, however, promised the school would ensure proper distribution of the materials among the

pupils with a view to ensure efficient usage. Ayodele said the need to contribute to the state’s attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was his focus, stressing that he believed little efforts made by millions of people would make life better for majority. The Corpers’ Liaison Officer (CLO) of the school, Daniel Mfon, praised the Corps member, adding that Corps members attached to the school would also do more to uplift the image and the reputation of the school. Pupils who witnessed the exercise also praised the donation and promised to make good use of the items donated.

UI wins award with Jonathan Gullible •Adamawa First Lady praises students


HE stars of the University of Ibadan (UI) shined in faraway United States last Friday. The university’s chapter of African Liberty Students’ Organisation (ALSO) won the 2012 Event of the Year prize with its drama titled A letter from Jonathan Gullible. The award ceremony was organised by Students For Liberty (SFL) in Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington DC. Several students’ groups dedicated to promoting the ideas of liberty on campus converged for the yearly conference of the body last weekend. In a keenly contested challenge, UI students beat their colleagues from the Arizona State University and Slippery Rock University both in the US. The UI students put up a stage drama to propagate the ideas of free enterprise, liberalisation of the Nigeria’s economy, market-based solutions to Africa’s challenges, good governance and classical liberalism. These principles of a free society were the basis of a two•CAMPUSLIFE’s Ayodeji Adesina (standing second right) with Corps members Tunji Ojuola (left), Angela Ekong (second left), Ayodele Dina (right), Ayodele Lawal (squatting left) and Blessing Agnes displaying their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) discharge certificates after their passing out ceremony held at Alex Ekweme Square, Awka, Anambra State...last week

By Wale Ajetunmobi UNIZIK week road show project in univer-

sities in Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Kenya and Ghana using the drama written by Adedayo Thomas to promote liberty. The students used the theatre as a powerful communication tool to propagate the ideas in five Nigerian institutions including the UI and Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education. The expansive auditorium of the University of Cape Coast was filled to capacity when the drama was taken to Ghana. The play was staged to mark the convocation of the university. Over 1,000 people came to see the play. A student of Economic commended the UI students for the delivery of the drama, saying: “This play explained to me all I am here to learn for four years in one hour.” The drama tour was led by Thomas, a playwright, and Assistant Director of Outreach,, Olumayowa

•The award plaque

Okediran. Others in the tour included the ALSO president of UI chapter, Odunola Oladejo and Tosan Akinwole, a student-journalist. Some of the characters in the play included Akin , Sylvester Obieje, and Olabisi Ariyoh. Meanwhile, the First Lady of Adamawa State and the president of Women Education and Empowerment Initiative (WEEIN), Hajia Zainab Nyako, has congratulated the students for the feat. She encouraged students of tertiary institutions in the state to emulate their colleagues from the UI. She promised to continue to support education youth and girl-child, adding that she would not leave women out of her economic empowerment programmes.

HE management of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) seems to have broken away from its usual practice. The university moved a step further in self-reliance as it conducted its first semester exams without external assistance. The institution successfully conducted electronic exams with the facilities of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Though, the process did not go without glitches. Since the onset of the 2009/2010 academic session, the university had been contracted an IT firm, E-TC, to conduct electronic tests for its students but when the incumbent Vice-Chancellor, Prof O.B. Oyewole came on board, he decided to explore the internal mechanism of the school in conducting the electronic exams. Some of the hiccups experienced during the process included network and server problems. On such occasion, the management was forced to

IT gadgets for security outfit


HE management of University of Calabar (UNICAL) has donated a set of computers to the Calabar airport division of the Police Neighbourhood Security Relations Group. The donated computers included one HP desktop computer, Mercury Uninterrupted Power Supply appliance, one Laser Jet Printer and a Mercury 2000W stabilizer. Speaking during the presentation, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof James Epoke, stated that the gesture was a demonstration of the institution’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and partnership in joint welfare and security assurance initiative. The VC, who was represented by his deputy on Administration, Prof James Utsalo, explained that crimes were bound to happen in any community made up of people from different backgrounds. He appreciated the efforts of the team in combating

NYSC group trains pupils


HE Peer Educators’ Trainers Club (C-PETs), a group of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), in Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Osun State, has held a reproductive health workshop for students of El- Shadai International Secondary School, Ikirun. The workshop with the theme HIV education: A panacea to teenage pregnancy effects among secondary schools was held to underscore the importance of adolescent reproductive education among teenagers. According to Michael Ashang, the coordinator of the community development group, HIV education was pertinent to prevent and manage the epidemic among teenagers. The club spoke on different topics, aimed at providing factual information on

From Abiola Solanke FUNAAB

postpone exams, though not without reactions from students. Dayo Adeyemi, 100-Level Physics, whose electronic test was postponed to February 12, expressed disappointment. He said: “I am disappointed after I paid for e-test, the outcome of the process is not encouraging. I am not happy that my first exam in the school is going this way.” The president of the Students’ Union Government (SUG), Temitope Adesipo, explained that when the union got complaints from students, it immediately met with the management to “chart the way forward.” He said the management later rectified the problems as promised, which led to the smooth take off of the e-test the following Wednesday. “There was significant improvement in the process; those grey areas we pointed out to the management were quickly addressed and there was improvement. I monitored the exams together with the Vice-Chancellor; students were going in and coming out without hitches. This shows that the university can conduct electronic exams independently,” he said. From Sam Ibok UNICAL

crime around Etta-Agbor-Airport axis and hoped that both parties would benefit maximally from the partnership. Responding, the chairman, Community Safety Partnership Community Policing, Dr Awak Anam, noted that the partnership was an off-shoot of the community policing project launched by the Federal Government in July 2004. Anam explained that the project was aimed at bringing the police to partner with genuine members of the public for effective crime control and prompt service delivery. He disclosed that sensitisation workshops with members of the public started after about 14 internal workshops intended to partner the community chiefs, elders, youth leaders, churches, schools, neighborhood support groups as well as hotels and motor park operators. He enumerated some achievements by the group to include checking police brutality and lack of respect for human rights as well as unlawful arrests and detention of citizens. From Isaac Mensah UNICAL

adolescent reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. Ashang spoke on the myths, misconceptions, and meaning of the deadly disease, adding that out of 100 per cent incidents of HIV/AIDS, about 80 per cent were teenagers and adolescents with age ranging from 13 to 19 years. Sule Olanrewaju, the organising secretary, spoke on the socio-economic impacts of HIV/AIDS and its management. The publicity secretary of the club, Peace Echendu, spoke on the transmission, prevention, and symptoms of the viral disease. At the end of the workshop, a director at the school, Pastor O. Oladimeji, praised the group for considering the school for the programme. Oladimeji said the seminar would help teenagers in the school to increase their self-esteem and make decisions that would affect their lives positively.




The final act Graduating students rolled out the drums last week to celebrate their impending exit from the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State. HANNAH OJO (one of them from the English Department) and OLUWAFEMI OGUNJOBI captured the mood of the students.


HEN they were admitted into the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), they were eager to identify with their departments. But, after they wrote their final exams, they all chorused: “we have conquered”. They employed different sobriquets in renaming their departments to announce their impending graduation from the school. The graduating students of English called themselves “the connoisseurs”. The inscription on their customised t-shirts read: “Great Ife just unleashed a connoisseur. Me!” A lecturer in the department, Dr E.T. Babalola, on sighting the students, exclaimed: “The outside world should be ready for an impending invasion.” That was the excitement at the OAU, last week, when graduating students moved round the campus to bid their junior colleagues farewell. After their final exams, songs of celebration wafted in the air as the students moved out of the exam halls. In groups, they moved from one hostel to the other, singing and dancing with live bands trailing them. They chanted songs such as Mobo lowo won (I have escaped from their traps) and Four years don waka (Four years have gone), which were sung by popular hip-hop artistes, D’banj and Eldee. They also sung the school

anthem and gospel songs. They waved to their junior colleagues amidst cheers, telling them to “read your books”. The traditional ‘baptism’ was not missing. Male students residing in Fajuyi and Awo Halls came out with buckets of water to “baptise” their graduating colleagues. The departing students were drenched in all sorts of liquid. For Agriculture students, their final exams marked their departure from the bush. They called themselves Cabaleros, Spanish for conquerors. For those in Zoology, it was time to fly out of the zoo. They nicknamed themselves the Aquila Chrysatos, a species of eagle. The list goes on. “It was a long walk to freedom”, said a student of English because the final exams were supposed to have been written last year. Oladele Madamidola, a former president of the National Association of Students of English and Literature (NASELS), described his experience on campus as great. He said: “A lot has been said about my department but I must add that the place is like a refinery; you pass through it and you become a refined gold. You never remain the same.” John Odeyemi, a former Editor-inChief of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), said: “It has not been easy but we give glory to the Almighty God. But I am not going

•The students in their funny outfits

•Graduating students of English department in their uniform waving to their colleagues

back home the way I came here. I came here as an innocent, but I am no longer one. I came here as a gentle boy but I have turned to an agitator.” A graduating student of Microbiology, Joseph Oluwaseun, said he would never forget arriving for 8am lectures by 4am to avoid standing during the classes. Ifeoluwa Olojede, Fine and Applied Arts, said he would not forget roaming the length and breadth

of the campus for seven days before he finally got to his department for registration. On what the labour market holds for them, Samuel Adegbola, the outgoing president of Association of Campus Journalists (ACJ), said the onus lies on the graduating students to showcase what they were taught in school. “OAU has deposited something valuable in us, which will make us stand tall among our contemporar-

ies; we have been prepared not only to handle responsibilities with a touch of success, but also to always make our alma mater proud of us,” he said. To Dara Olajide, OAU is a platform for self-discovering. “This is a place where you shape your destiny. The department of English has been both challenging and dreamshaping for me. I will miss all my classmates, especially the ones that have impacted positively on me.”

How can the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) help to deepen democracy? The president of the labour organisation, Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar, answered this poser when he spoke to Law students of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State last Saturday. AWWAL MIJINYAWA (400-Level Law) reports.

‘How to make democracy work’


T was not all academic activities at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria last week. On Saturday, the Faculty of Law hosted the president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar. The labour leader was the guest speaker at a public lecture organised by Human Rights Club, a students’ organisation in the faculty, which promotes students rights on campus. As early as 9am, the expansive hall of the Centre for Islamic Legal Study (CILS), the lecture venue, was filled to the brim. The Law students sat neatly with staff of the faculty, awaiting the labour leader’s arrival. As Omar stepped into the hall, students stood up to catch a glimpse of him. He was received by members of executive of the club. In his lecture entitled: The role of Nigerian Labour Congress in the sustenance of democracy in Nigeria, Omar noted that the establishment of the labour organisation predated Nigeria’s independence. NLC, he said, was formed in 1912; the amalgamation of Southern and

•Omar (third left) with some of the Law students after the lecture

Northern protectorates came two years after. During the struggle for independence, Omar said the labour union was at the front of the vanguard that fought the British colonialists, adding that the organisation had been a pressure group since its establishment over a century ago. He said but for labour’s struggle, the country would not have gained freedom at the time it did. The comrade paid glowing tribute to Michael Imoudu, the first president of the labour organisation, whose contributions, he said, led to the independence of Nigeria

from foreign rule. According to Omar, the NLC played a prominent role in the sustenance and deepening democratic practice in Nigeria. He said the organisation fought the military regime to a standstill including the regime of Ibrahim Babangida. “It was the Labour Union that came out openly and said no to military rule in Nigeria. The NLC fought strenuously against Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) introduced by the Babangida regime,” he said, adding that corruption remained the scourge making democracy im-

practicable in Nigeria. “When Mrs Farida Waziri was appointed the chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), she visited me. During our discussion, she showed me the list of corrupt individuals in the country. She said Nigeria needed prayers to free it from the shackles of corrupt individuals that prevent its progress,” the NLC leader quipped. Omar said the establishment of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) by government was to weaken the power of NLC, adding that successive governments had tried to create parallel labour unions in states

to check the “legitimate activities” of the NLC. If this is achieved, Omar said, the labour union would be at the mercy of governors. The comrade noted that for democracy to work in Nigeria, there was need to expunge Section 308 of the Constitution which shields elected public officers from prosecution while in office. He said the NLC was not only fighting for the increment of salaries of Nigerians workers but it was also playing A role geared towards strengthening the economy of the country. Dr Kabir Issa, a lecturer from the Department of Local Government and Developmental Studies, ABU, who also spoke at the programme, said only revolution could save the country from the monster of corruption. He said Nigeria was lagging behind among its peers in termS of development and economic growth. In his address, the Secretary General of the club, Usman Ashafa, said: “It is a true assertion that Nigeria democracy lacks the true internal mechanism of democracy. We hope that after today’s lecture, everyone here will adorn himself in gown of struggle to fight for freedom.” Mustapha Katsina, 400-Level Law, said: “We as students are really surprised by Omar’s appearance in person at the public lecture. We are now forced to erase our misgivings about him. We were able to grasp some pivotal issues, which ordinarily we cannot think of. He is indeed a man of virtue and valour.” Muhahammad Abdulkadir, another Law student, said: “The lecture of NLC president exposed to a lot of controversial issues. I must say that personally I feel privilege to hear him speak.”




Paradox of faith-based institutions

By Sam Ibok


FEW months ago, the media was awash with the report that the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has completed its university – Mountain Top University. This is somewhat cheery news for Nigeria, especially the


ECENTLY, “Bieber trend” hit the Twitter social media. Some fans of Justin Bieber, a teenage American pop star, were cutting their body parts and uploading pictures of the injury on Twitter with the tag cutforbieber. This was in an effort to stop the pop star from smoking marijuana. Bieber was allegedly caught by the Paparazzi’s camera, smoking Indian hemp with another pop star, Lil’ Twist, who was an artiste on Young Money music label. Bieber’s fans, knowing the implication of this behaviour, took actions to stop him in a rather ridiculous way, hurting themselves in the process. A few days after, it was reported that a camera man was crushed to death while he was trying to take a picture of the pop star. Bieber, probably, did not care whether someone had died because of his abnormal act. Late last year, a video of Nicki Minaj’s tour surfaced on the Internet. A fan was videoed trying to touch her waist, a move that prompted one of Nicki’s bodyguards to attack the fan with punches. The artiste looked on, showing no sign

Christian population. The burgeoning youth population is in urgent need of more institutions to satisfy the desire to acquire tertiary education. It is often argued that many faithbased universities are better equipped than public institutions. Backed by churches with deep pockets and sincere commitment to improving the society, no expense is spared in the bid to acquire stateof-the-art equipment and facilities for the universities. The efforts have paid off as some universities are now ranked higher than many government-owned schools. Faith-based universities are also unique from another perspective. They profess to focus on the simultaneous development of the mental, spiritual, moral and physical make up of students – setting themselves apart from secular universities,

which have no business catering for spiritual needs of their students. However, in the long run, this emphasis on spiritual training may prove to be their undoing. Public universities are training schools in moral and mutual respect. Apart from providing academic training, students – many of whom have lived with their parents all their lives – are brought in close contact with people from diverse backgrounds and belief systems. Sharing rooms and bunks with Christian northerners and Muslim southerners, for instance, facilitate a better appreciation of the diversity that exists in Nigeria. It creates room for respect and integration of people with strict backgrounds into society. Students in public schools are exposed to the many challenges of time and finance management,

which help them to see how their choices directly affect the quality of their lives and how their choices affect their grades. However, this, to a large extent, is not the case in many faith-based universities. In a bid to ensure spiritual and moral development, the administrators of these institutions have taken over the business of making personal choices for their students. Young adults, who should ordinarily be left to decide how to spend their time and to take responsibility for their choices are made to live regimented life. Students in some of these universities only have access to school-controlled phone lines; they do not dare to be seen talking to ladies or holding hands in public. Exit from school premises is strictly controlled, and some of them attend up to seven services a week.

Are they worth dying for? By Adebisi Adeniji of emotion. The video reminded me of the late Michael Jackson’s immortal song, All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us. A few months back, 19-year-old Sonia Jumbo was suspended indefinitely from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana where she is studying. The reason was not unconnected with the erotic pictures she posted on Twitter, which showed herself and Davido, a Nigerian hip-hop star in a compromising position. People have been stampeded to death, fainted, or injured at concerts where their favorite artistes performed. Ladies have thrown caution to the wind, offering sensitive body parts as surfaces for autographs of morally-deficient artistes. In the process, they make themselves cheap and voluntarily allow the perverts to have a taste of the ‘forbidden fruit’.

People hurt themselves and injure others over sweat-soaked shirts, shiny wristwatches, free musical compact disc and other useless souvenirs thrown by artistes at concerts. Just recently, at the much-publicised Koko Concert, people were asked to pay N15,000 to take pictures with their favorite artistes. A VIP table went at a higher price. At the Summer Jam Festival last year, it cost Nigerians a staggering N500,000 to sit on the same table with Rick Ross, an American rapper. This piece will not be complete if I forget to condemn the manner tweeps - as Twitter users are called beg artistes for “follow-backs” and abuse others on issues related to their favorite artistes. However, the fact remains that these artistes do not care if these people exist. The artistes, on their part, see themselves as tin gods of sort, basking in the attention and generally feeling as if the world revolves around them. Some even see their

position as an opportunity to dole out insults to fans that would not lick their feet and tell them what they want to hear. An allegiance to any cause, whether music or art, is good but when it turns to obsession then something is wrong somewhere. Going to concerts to support one’s favorite artiste is good but when one does to his own detriment, then it is not worth it. Entertainment is a good thing but when one’s favorite artiste sees himself as more important than God, then one must back down. When a fan’s life-savings is given out to sit at the table with Rick Ross or to purchase VIP ticket, then such a person needs help. It is the people that attach importance to these artistes. They are not supernatural human, but we are wont to see them in that manner. Imagine, Cross River State government reportedly paid $200,000 for Nicki Minaj to perform at the

This, in my opinion, defeats the very purpose of university education. University graduates are expected to have learned some wisdom by themselves in order to live independently in society. They must be balanced people, who can tolerate and live with people of different backgrounds and beliefs. They must be responsible people, who can make informed choices and live with the consequences. There is a need to strike a balance. The desire to provide faith-based qualitative education must be balanced with a healthy appreciation of the need to train responsible and tolerant graduates. Until this balance is reached, faith-based institutions will continue to contribute to the imbalance in the society. Sam, 400-Level Curriculum and Teaching, UNICAL recently-held Calabar Carnival. That is approximately N30 million. Our own Eva Alordiah would put up a nice performance if paid around 15 per cent of that amount. Now, I understand the reason there are more Akpans and Ekaettes earning their living by working as house helps. Let us think of the children that can be taken off the street with $200,000. Let us think of infrastructure that can be put in place. Let us think of scholarships that can be given out to the less privileged. Let us think of the widows, the impoverished and the sick on hospital bed. Chris Brown recently stormed Nigeria after he was paid almost $1 million. But our countrymen and women continue to suffer for lack of basic things. Must we live fake lives? Who are we trying to impress? Davido’s musical career continues to soar but Sonia’s educational career is dangling. Who is at a loss here? Are these artistes worth dying for? Adebisi, 200-Level Language Arts, UI

Language as barrier to Africa’s progress


F the technologically-advanced countries of the developed world were to introduce stringent trade agreements against countries, which do not have the technological knowhow to power their economies, what would become of countries on the continent of Africa which depend so much on these advanced countries for its technologies? I pray that such does not happen because majority of countries in Africa would be thrown back to the lowest rung of the economic ladder. Africa is a consumer and not a producer of technology. Most of the technologies we use to power our ‘developing’ economies are imported from the developed countries. In fact, Africa won’t exist again when it comes to world technology. It dampens my spirit to know that there has been no meaningful, sophisticated, widely-acknowledged technology that my fellow African created. How do we, then, change the notion that our continent is the dumping ground for faulty technology? What do we do to develop our own technological identity in this scientific epoch? Pundits have suggested various measures, which governments in African countries can execute to enhance the development of indigenous expertise. Some people have accused African governments of not showing interest to support individuals who have shown ability to invent simple gadgets. It is often said

that such gifted individuals are usually discovered by the whites, who provide them with resources in abundance to produce high-tech gadgets, which, in turn, will be sold to Africa at higher cost. However, it should be known that there are many whiz kids in our continent, who are ready to shock the world with their skills and invents. But the fact that many of them did not go to school or understand English language limits their capabilities to bring out innovation in them. It is no news again that one of the basic problems that bedeviling the continent of Africa is language. Language, as has been seen in certain countries, is the basis of development. The language of instruction in most African countries is a European language. This is likely to create problem for many pupils, who may have wanted to be taught in their mother tongue. Professor Babs Fafunwa, in his research, was able to prove that a child learns better when taught in his or her first language. His discoveries were considered by the Federal Government and were incorporated

into the curriculum for primary school pupils. According to National Policy on Education (NPE), pupils should be instructed in the first three years of their education in their mother tongue or a language of wider coverage in their area of domicile. This policy is not effective, especially in private schools where the teachers always instruct pupils in English language. In such schools, pupils are even compelled to communicate with one another in English; students who are caught speaking vernacular (as Nigerian indigenous languages are often referred to) are punished. Some public schools also engage themselves in this reprehensible practice. This is usually done in order to make sure that the pupils are able to speak English fluently, thereby increasing enrolment in such schools. Most students do not understand theoretical ideas explained to them by teachers in school. They only cram them to pass their exams and this is the reason why they cannot use the knowledge to produce any meaningful thing. The ideas of how to develop meaningful technologies of our own

‘Ideas do not need to be found in a society before they become part of it. Secondly, words of a language do not need to have equivalents in another language before they become part of it’

are with us on this continent but we have not yet adopted them. How do we make students understand ideas coded in foreign languages and use them to invent meaningful technologies? How do we make the ideas incorporated into our various cultures? How do we blend complicated foreign ideas with ours, which would make us to create beautiful things? The road to this end is language. Many have argued that African languages cannot express scientific ideas, claiming that the majority of the ideas are not found in Africa. These people often claim that most of the terms used in the science do not have equivalents in African languages. To me, as a student of language, this argument does not hold water. First, ideas do not need to be found in a society before they become part of it. Secondly, words of a language do not need to have equivalents in another language before they become part of it. Words like ‘algebra’, ‘alcohol’ (both from Arabic), ‘afara’ , ‘agogo’ and ‘fufu’ (from Yoruba) were not rooted in English lexicography. But now, they have been adapted and incorporated into the English dictionary. All of the terms used in the sciences could be made to have equivalents in African languages, if the leaders of the continent are ready for this daunting challenge. It has been proven in linguistics that there is no one-to-one correspondence between language and what it expresses. If this is true then we can use any word to refer to any-

By Taofeeq Adebayo thing. So, the ideas that African languages do not possess equivalent scientific terms in English should be dropped. To make African students understand science in African languages, both the African governments and the people, especially academics have crucial roles to play. Lecturers in tertiary institutions, especially those in language discipline should focus their researches in this area. The governments should also make necessary efforts to make every student learn their indigenous language at every level of education. African languages should be included in the curriculum of education. In my opinion, it is only when scientific ideas are effectively adopted in our culture that we can begin to make progress in indigenous technology. Taofeeq, 400-Level English, OAU



CAMPUS LIFE Music dept holds conference


HE second biennial National Conference of Music and Performing Arts (NACOMPA) will take place at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) between May 6 and 11. The conference, according to a statement by the Head of Music and Performing Arts department, Dr Sam Chukwu, will feature arts review, writings, concepts, theories, model programmes, performances, research and social events of the past in order to understand the present. The conference, which is being organised with the theme Passover pedantry: Contesting the state of musical arts in Nigeria will be used as a reference to project the future of the musical arts and life in Nigeria. The organising committee observed that it was becoming obvious that what transpired in national life in the past decades was no longer a reliable guide to today’s occurrence. The organisers said as the exponents of the musical arts in Nigeria, there was need for new frameworks to understand changes around in the society. They posited that old views of issues re-

Ekiti students inaugurate leaders


HE Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife chapter of the Federation of Ekiti State Students’ Union (FESSU) has inaugurated its new executive. The ceremony, which was held last week, was attended by members of the federation, who thronged to the venue. The incoming president, Temitope Orebe, promised to promote the welfare if the mem-

From Oladele Oge UNN

mained the impediment for people to adjust to the imperatives of today. Other activities of the event will include paper presentations, workshops, poster presentations and musical concerts. In a related development, the annual International Biotechnology Conference of the International Scientific Board of the UNN was held last week. The coordinator of UNESCO Biotechnology Centre Project in UNN, Prof Jerry Ugwuanyi, noted that stakeholders and experts in Biotechnology from the region and beyond addressed critical issues on food security and disease research in Africa. The keynote speaker was Prof M. Nalecz, Director Basic Sciences and the Executive Secretary of the International Basic Science Programme (IBSP), who came from Paris, the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). From Kemi Busari OAU

bers. Temitope, who is a native of Irepodun/ Ifelodun Local Government and 400-Level Law student, advised students to take their primary assignment seriously, urging members to uphold what Ekiti State is known. He promised to carry out programmes, which would address the needs of the member, assuring that bursary and scholarship allowances would be paid regularly. Though, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Bamitale Omole, whi is a native of the state, was absent but lecturers from Ekiti State were present including the immediate past president of the association, Dada Oluwasheyi.

On and Off Campus By Solomon Izekor 08061522600

•Matriculating students at the ceremony

College matriculates freshers


RESHERS admitted by the Ekiti State College of Health and Technology, Ijero Ekiti, have been matriculated. The ceremony was held last week on the campus. The programme, which started at 10:30am, had families and friends of matriculating students in attendance. The Provost, Pastor Bayo Ojo, in his speech, urged them to promote good conduct within and outside the school. He said: “You are not only here to be built academically but morally and mentally. It would be best if you behave yourself as worthy ambassadors of your respective families and this institution.” The Acting Registrar, Mr R.S. Aluko, who administered the matriculation oath on the students, said the freshers should count themselves lucky because “you being here is an opportunity which I advise you to handle with care”. “There are a lot of people out there, who are seeking admission into the college. Over

From Olatunji Awe EKITI

2,000 applicants applied to study various courses but we found only 778 of you worthy,” Auko stated. The Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, Oba Adebayo Adewole, welcomed the students to the Ijero community. He urged them to shun all vices that would disrupt peace in the community, stating that members of the community were always helpful to students. Chinedu Best, an indigene of Anambra State, who was admitted into Medical Laboratory Technology department, said: “I am happy to be here. I chose the college because of its standard and the dedication of Ekiti people to academics. I urge the state government to put more effort in the area of infrastructure on the campus.” The ceremony ended with parade by returning students of the college.

‘I chose the college because of its standard and the dedication of Ekiti people to academics. I urge the state government to put more effort in the area of infrastructure on the campus’

•Some members of the club after their inauguration

Press club gets exco


CAMPUS publication in the University of Calabar (UNICAL), Echo press, has got new officers. The election, which was conducted by an electoral committee led by Raymond Ekemini, 400-Level Medical Laboratory Science, saw the emergence of Umoh Udeme as president. Others elected include Akpanudo Edidiong, General Secretary, Samuel Obibi, Deputy General Secretary, Chris Umanah, Financial Secretary and Christian Odumegwu, Treasurer. The officials were inaugurated in a ceremony held at the parliamentary hall, UNICAL. The event was attended by the Dean of Students’ Affairs, Prof Eyong Eyong, who represented

From Sam Ibok UNICAL

the Vice-Chancellor, Prof James Epoke. Also at the ceremony were the Head of department of Linguistic and Communication, Dr Agada Obute, Chief Security Officer, Mr Adie Boniface, president of Students’ Union Government (SUG), Ayi Ekpenyong, and Speaker of the union parliament, Emmanuel Olayi. The outgoing president, Emmanuel Ahanonu, thanked the management for its support during his tenure. He also appreciated members of the club, who supported his administration. The incoming president, Umoh Udeme, thanked members for confidence reposed in him, stressing that his administration would focus on innovation. Prof Eyong advised leaders of the club to sustain the ideal of objectivity and tell the truth always. The occasion also featured presentation of awards and launching of the club’s almanac and magazine.




Rector admonishes freshers on cultism


IVE thousand, two hundred and fifty (5,250) fresh students of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, have sworn to be of good behaviour, shun cultism and other acts capable of denting the image of the institution or aborting their academic pursuit. The new intakes that had their oath administered by the school Lawyer, Mr Lanre Ojo, comprise of full and part-time students for both the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes for the 2012/2013 academic session. It was learnt that no fewer than

•MAPOLY admits 5,250 students Ernest Nwokolo, Abeokuta

15,350 candidates applied for admission to the polytechnic for over 40 programmes it runs. The Rector, Tokunbo Fowode, an architect, charged the students to start working hard from their first year if they desire to graduate with good grades, adding that their primary objectives in the polytechnic is to obtain their certificates. Fowode advised the students to steer away from examination malpractices and be wary of groups they

identify with on campus, noting that there exist a number of registered societies by the management which law abiding students are eligible and encouraged to join. He said it was the resolve of the institution to reduce vices to the barest minimum, which informed the building of a modern sports complex and provision of sports facilities for students to recreate, burn energies and showcase their talents in various sports. Fowode said: ''It is appropriate to say it here as fresh students, you

should be mindful of the group, association and society to belong to. This advise is coming on the heels of a number of campus vices prevalent in higher institutions these days. "My general message to the new students is just for them to apply to the rigours of academics and do well in school. As at now, we have established our e -library because the PTDF gave a block with about 100 work stations and we are trying to turn that to an e - library. "With what we have in our library now, we hope that the reading culture will come back gradually for our students."

UNILAG DLI gets e-resource room •Uploads course content online


TUDENTS of the Distance Learning Institute (DLI) of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) no longer have to be physically present to get their study materials. This is because the institute, in partnership with Schul Portal Ltd, has uploaded their courses onto a server which can be accessed online and within the campus. The e-resource centre, which can accommodate 300 students, was officially inaugurated by the Education Minister, Prof Ruqayyat Ahmed Rufa'i during the golden jubilee convocation of the university penultimate week. Director of the institute, Prof Olufunke Lawal told The Nation in an interview that the project is in keeping with the dictates of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) education which provides students with resources designed to achieve self learning. In addition to getting materials online, Prof Lawal said other features of the portal include features that allow for interaction between the students and their lecturers or tutors; in-built self-assessment questions to test how well the student understands the topic he is reading; and access to other re-


IBM to partner on ICT MEMBERS of staff of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), AdoEkiti will soon benefit from training on database management courtesy of renowned ICT company, International Business Machines (IBM). A team from the firm visited the university and informed its ViceChancellor, Prof Patrick Oladipo Aina of their intention to partner on ICT training and transfer. The IBM experts, led by Christiana Hu from New York, United States, a specialist in Database, promised to train staff on how to handle database for the students of the university. Others in the team were: Mithilerih Pandey from India who will handle Building and Managing Websites and Marina Salvarpeni from Argentina. The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the experts for the partnership and promised the full support of the university in all aspects. At the occasion were the EKSU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof Olugbenga Aribisala; Registrar, Dr. Omojola Awosusi; Bursar, Mr Amos Tayo Taiwo; Director of ICT, Prof F. M. Aderibigbe, and the Local Consultant for Community Development Service (CDS), Mr Ayodele Ganiu.

Second Semester exam peaceful •The e-resource room By Kofoworola Belo-Osagie

sources that would aid learning. "There is room for assessment. There is inbuilt resource for what you call self assessment within the topics. It is student-friendly. If you are a fast learner, you can learn; if you are average, you can also learn at your own pace," she said. Prof Lawal also said the resource room which will ultimately accommodate 1,000 students, was designed to cater for students who do not have internet access or laptops. However, for those who with both, or and internet-active phone, she said they

learn wherever they are. In future, Prof Lawal said the institute, which has 15,000 active students hopes to compete internationally for students with open universities in the UK, Korea and other places. Speaking further on the innovation, Managing Director of Schul Portal, Mr Julius Momoh-Ozoh said students will not experience down time using the portal because the firm has taken care of power and connectivity issues. He added that apart from the 300 students that can be accommodated in the e-resource,

another 200 students located within the institute, can still connect to the server on their laptops without internet access through an intranet created for the purpose. "Power is not an issue. There is a high-powered 40 KVA inverter that can power the server for over 40 hours so that if any student comes he can be connected. The issue of connectivity is also taken care of. Students can have direct link to the server through the internet," he said. For now, only 100 and 200-Level students have their course materials online.

4,243 students matriculate at Benue varsity ENUE State University (BSU), Makurdi has conducted matriculation for the 4,243 newly-admitted students. They were the ones who made it out of the 15,463 candidates that applied via the Unified Tertiary


From Uja Emmanuel, Makurdi

and Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the 2,918 candidates who applied through direct entry. Speaking at the ceremony held last Tuesday, the Vice-Chancellor of

the university, Prof Charity Angya, urged the students to abide by the matriculation oath by shunning social vices and exhibiting good conduct. "I urge you to allow the contents of the oath to sink deep into your

•From Left: Dr Ayodele Ogunsan, Chairman, Executive Trainers Limited (ETL); Dr Margaret Ladipo, Rector, Yaba College of Technology; Dr Anthea Gregory, Dean, Business School, University of Wolverhampton; Dr Sijibomi Olusanya, Provost, FCE (Technical) Akoka and Mrs Ajoke Ogunsan, MD/CEO, ETL at an executive training programme at the University of Wolverhampton, UK

consciences, especially its implications which you have just subscribed to. In this regard, your conduct must be governed and directed by the spirit of the oath there by focusing your attention on your studies and negating all negative social vices," she said. Angya said the university is not exempted from the common plague in many educational institutions and the wider societies, such as improper dressing, cultism, drug abuse and examination misconduct, adding that the university management has been vigilant and has put in place security measures to check these vices. The Vice-Chancellor, however, disclosed the commitment of the management to ensure a conducive learning environment. She added that the university has put in place vibrant ICT infrastructure to improve the operation of the university portal for effective management of affairs. "On our part, we are determined to provide a conducive environment for learning. The university has the best quality of academic staff that is comparable anywhere in the world and are ready to deliver their best. We are committed to ensuring international standards for teaching, research and learning", she said.

THE security unit of EKSU has put in place measures to ensure that the ongoing second semester examination for the 2011/2012 academic session holds peacefully. Part of their surveillance resulted in the sacking of some undesirable elements, alleged to be planning to disrupt the examination, from their hideout at a spot near Iworoko. The hoodlums numbering about 20 were chased out of a beer parlour where they had gathered to hatch a plot to disrupt the examinations. The Chief Security Officer (CSO) of the institution, Captain Augustine Ajayi (Rtd), said the raid on the hideout was carried out following a tip off. Meanwhile, two members of staff selling fake examination clearance certificates, otherwise known as 'Green Card' to students, are now in police net having been apprehended by the men of the security unit.

200 students, lecturer face panel TWO hundred EKSU students and a lecturer are being tried by the Senate Committee on Examination misconduct. They were indicted for stealing question papers and writing examinations inside a TV viewing centre outside the campus during the second semester of the 2010/ 2011 academic session. If found guilty, they will be suspended or face outright expulsion. Also, several cybercafés operating on campus have been sealed up following the discovery that they were printing fake admissions letters from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for unsuspecting students. Ten cybercafé owners are already in the security net. Reacting, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Aina vowed to rid the university of undesirable elements warning that any student found disrupting examinations or presenting fake papers for admission will be expelled.




Sports and education should go together By Sampson Unamka


PROFESSOR of Sports Management at the Lagos State University (LASU), Clement Oluseun Fasan, is seeking the combination of sports and education. He said this while delivering the 51st Inaugural Lecture of the university entitled: Sport: A tree of life and death. The difference is in the management, at the institution's new auditorium. Fasan expressed fear that a gulf now exists between sports and education. He argued that there is no way sports can succeed without functional education. "Let us stop the lamentation of athletes after their playing days. Let us give them education as they are playing now. Sport is not what they will do for ever. Education can last till the end of their lives," Fasan urged. Fasan said an informed athlete or player will be an economically empowered and enlightened person. He said because the world is now globalised, athletes and students need to be sufficiently informed of the economic benefits that can come their way as well as pitfalls to avoid. He recommended the establishment of Olympic Studies Centre in Africa. He also said LASU is at present liaising with the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) to host the centre, which will be the first of its kind in Africa. Fasan said there can never be any meaningful sports development without corresponding athlete's exposure and coaching education. As against what currently obtains, he suggested that henceforth students be allowed to choose any field in sport that best suits them. "Another problem affecting the curriculum of sports studies and hindering economic emancipation of athletes is the idea to force every student in the department to do the same thing. "I suggest that all students within the discipline take to courses they are professionally inclined. If a student will not be a professional coach or a teacher of Physical Education, why make him or her go through the rigour," he said. He called on the National Universities Commission (NUC), the universities regulatory body, to assist professional athletes that enrol for any course, by giving them a template whereby they can combine their carrers with education. He further stated that universities should be instructed to make their learning mode flexible and accommodate time athletes spend representing the school, state and nation. "They don't have to graduate the same time with their colleagues," he added.

‘I suggest that all students within the discipline take to courses they are professionally inclined’

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•From left: Chairman, BhudranI Charitable Trust Foundation, Kishin Wahwani; Olu of Iju Ishaga, Oba Abass Ajibode; Chairman, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Dr Oloruntoba Oke; Director, Policy Planning Research and Statistics, Ministry of Education, Mr Dayo Alesse; and Education Secretary, Ifako/Ijaye Local Government Education Authority, Comrade Murisik Balogun Taiwo, during the inauguration of a block of six classrooms built by the Foundation for St Kilito Primary School (II), Iju.

Prof Bashir Raji assumed duties as the second Vice-Chancellor of the Fountain University Osogbo (FUO), last December. In this interview with KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE, he speaks on shortage of lecturers and funding support for private universities.

‘We subsidise every student up to 30%’

•Prof Raji


ELL us about Fountain University. Fountain University Osogbo (FUO), commenced academic activities on January 14, 2008 having secured its operating licence in 2007. We commenced activities in two colleges: Natural and Applied Sciences and Management and Social Sciences. That is the first phase - although technically we should have commenced the second phase of the master plan. Hopefully we are commencing it by October this year with two colleges, Arts and Education. We know we still have

to invite NUC for resource visitation which we hope will be positive. Currently, we run 11 programmes and we have NUC accreditation for them. We don't have any of our programmes denied accreditation. We have 63 per cent of our programmes with full accreditation and 37 per cent with interim accreditation. You are graduating your second set next week. The maiden convocation took place in September 2011 and we are planning to have our second convocation on February 28, 2013. At the convocation, we are awarding first degrees to 128 students, out of which 12 came out with first class, while 39 came out second class upper division. Fifty-one of them had second class lower division while 15 earned third class. We are also going to honour three eminent Nigerians with honorary doctoral degrees. They are: Alhaji Abdulatef Olasupo, the chair of the BOT of NASFAT, and an accomplished banker who has contributed immensely to the course of islam.

We are honouring him with Doctor of Banking (honoris causa). The second recipient is Alhaji Suleiman Adegunwa, a renowned philanthropist and industrialist who has contributed immensely to the course of Islam and has also donated to several institutions in Nigeria. He will also be honoured with doctor of Business Administration. The third is Hajia Mohammed Namadi Sambo, wife of the Vice President of Nigeria. She is a philanthropist and through her project, she has touched several lives in Kaduna State and empowered youths and women and also contributed immensely to the course of Islam. The Needs Assessment Committee of Nigerian University revealed a shortage of qualified lecturers in Nigeria. How many lecturers do you have? Shortage of PhD holders is a general problem and we are not excluded from it. What we have done in Fountain is to put in place a staff development programme where all workers with Masters Degree are encouraged to undertake their PhD

within a minimum of three years through scholarship. We pay for their tution just to encourage them. We also rely on sabbatical and adjunct staff from other universities to boost the quality of our faculty. Private education being funded by the government…is it realistic? Even in federal universities, the Federal Government is saying they should get as much as 30 per cent of their funding from Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR). So if you are demanding from the federal universities to increase their IGR, I feel it is wrong for the Federal Government to abandon private and community-based universities without any subvention because education is a social service that is supposed to be guaranteed by the government of the nation to every citizen. A community university like ours owned by NASFAT subsidises students' education. We charge N350, 000 inclusive of accommodation across any course. The Federal Government in their analysis said they subsidise every student to the tune of N500,000 a year and that is what they pay to the universities. If we are charging N350,000 that means we are subsidising every student that comes to the university to the tune of N150,000. I think the Federal Government as the custodian of social services in the country should subsidise the community based university. We are not for profit. It is a community-based university, it is not owned by individuals. There is this belief that faith-based universities collect money from members to set up a school and over 90 per cent of them cannot afford the school. What measures is the school putting in place to cushion the financial pressure on members? I am aware that we made a proposal to NASFAT members that they can give a 50 per cent scholarship to wards of NASFAT members who decide to come to Fountain University. From our interactions, they are actually working along that line. It cannot be 100 per cent free but like a 50 per cent scholarship. What are your plans to improve the university? One area we are focusing our attention seriously is the use of ICT in teaching, research and administration. We are upgrading our website and introducing the e-portal system for staff and students. We found that in most universities the portal is used for students' registration. We are trying to carry it further by introducing a portal for members of staff of the Registry and Bursary that you can have complete e-governance.




King's College PTA seeks support for hostel project •Appeals for more teachers


S the King's College PTA hostel project reaches the third floor, its Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Oriakhi said the association could use some support from individuals and corporate organisations to enable it complete the project on time. Oriakhi, who described the N250million five-star hostel project as the "largest PTA project in Nigeria", said during a briefing last Friday that so far through levies and fund raising efforts, the association is close to completing the first three of five floors in a record of four months. However, he said additional funds will be a big plus to meeting its deadline. He said the PTA hopes to make the three floors ready for use from the third term starting in April to address the acute shortage of bed spaces in the 104-year old college. He said: "This is the biggest PTA project in Nigeria. We are making a lot of progress. Within four months of starting, we are completing the third floor of the PTA hostel. We want to complete it and make it habitable immediately to address the shortage of accommodation. About 50 per cent of students on campus will be housed in this hostel and this will reduce the pressure on existing hostels. “But there have been too many promissory notes from individuals and corporate organisations we have visited. If we get support from them and perhaps the King's College Old Boys' Association, it will help. But a few will soon materialise." The five-storey hostel is designed to have a dining room on the ground floor, corporate rooms, lockers, CCTV surveillance, and state-of-the

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art bathrooms. Apart from the bed spaces, Oriakhi said the dining hall on the ground floor would ensure the pupils eat their meals on time, unlike now that they eat in batches. At the briefing, the association also sought the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) to deploying enough teachers to the school. Oriakhi said the PTA had to employ 36 teachers to make up for the shortfall in teaching staff. Though nine of them have now been absorbed by the ministry, Oriakhi said the college needs more teachers because of its large population. "The PTA has 36 teachers we are paying monthly to supplement the paucity of teachers in the school. There are gaps we are filling. We have been engaging the ministry to assist us to absorb some of the teachers and nine were absorbed last year. However, we don't want to encourage the PTA to employ more teachers. The PTA teachers are not well motivated because of the paltry sum they are paid compared to what their peers are getting. We rather appeal to the Federal Government to employ more teachers because of the large population of students in the school," he said. To enhance the health of the pupils, their parents and teachers, Oriakhi said the PTA is also planning one-week of school health and safety programme to start April 23. During the programme, the chairman said participants would get comprehensive medical check up to assess that pupils are healthy enough to learn, and the teachers to teach.

• Mrs Ajimobi (right), distributing school items to a pupil, courtesy of her ERC project

Ajimobi’s wife educates rural children


IFE of the Oyo State Governor, Mrs Florence Ajimobi, has said her Educate a Rural Child (ERC) intervention scheme is to create awareness about the moribund educational system in rural areas of the state. She said the scheme hopes to motivate and providing better lives for the rural children so they can compete with their counterparts in the urban areas. She made this declaration while presenting school uniforms, bags, and sandals to 350 pupils of St. Anthony Primary School, Awe and Christ Anglican Primary School, Fiditi on the platform of the ERC,

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which was launched at Afijio Local Government Area. Mrs Ajimobi said she discovered that access to education in rural areas is still much lower than those in urban areas, with many rural schools lacking potable water, power, libraries, stationery and quality teachers. She pinpointed educating rural children as instrumental to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. She said: "Through ERC, we also identify and support students with exceptional performances by


awarding scholarship, providing and donating educational materials as well as school supplies like uniforms, sandals, desks and chairs, note books, text books, among others. "My dream in life is to have at least 5,000 children that this project has given life and hope, having in mind that the challenge of education for rural children is complex and requires persistence and resources. However, the keys to success are closer than they have been; so now is a favourable time to act and help transform these into reality by partnering with us," she said.

School seeks sport location from govt

HAIRMAN 2013 sport committee of Pampers Private School, Surulere Mr Akinbola Akinlade, has called on the Lagos State government to assist the school in securing an ideal location to carry out sporting activities at affordable charges. He said this at the 2013 annual Inter-House sport competition of the school held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Sports Centre. He said: "It is not easy securing a venue for an activity like this. We cannot afford the price given to us by the national stadium or the Teslim Balogun Stadium; that is why we are using UNILAG stadium and the place

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is not of standard. "The UNILAG sport ground is not the same as the one we used to know in those days, a lot of things have been taken for granted here." He described the sport meet as 'coincidental and inspiring', coming the day (Monday 18) after Nigeria won the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Cup. At the end of the inter-house sports competition, red house emerged first with 10 gold, nine silver and eight bronze; green house emerged second with 10 gold, eight silver and five bronze while yellow house emerged third.

Green House tops at school sports • Green House Captain, Amarachi Ochinawata (middle), Doyin Garba of Blue House (right), and Fikayomi Iyanda of Yellow House (left), display their trophies during the Beehive School Inter-Sports Day

Valentine breakfast for grandparents ILLYWHITE Nursery and Primary School, Ilupeju celebrated Valentine's Day last Thursday with grandparents of its pupils. They were treated to a breakfast of local dishes including Moinmoin and Eko/pap, bread and tea, and barbequed fish with their grand children. Speaking to The Nation, Mrs Olanrewaju Osibanjo, Proprietress of the school, said Valentine's Day is a period of love and a time to share things with people. She said this year, grand parents were invited to honour them. "We have been doing it for many years with our parents and children so we decided that we need to appreciate our grandparents. That is why we invited them to have breakfast with us on Valentine's Day," he said.


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Apart from breakfast, Mrs Osibanjo said the time would allow the grand parents interact with their grand children, a Nigerian culture the 11-year old school doesn't want to die. "We have told them to prepare a question each for the grandparents we have here asking them about how things were done during their youth," she said. She advised that love should not be shown once in a year but everyday. Also speaking at the event, one of the grandparents, William Iyomere said the programme gives opportunity for them to reassure the young ones of their love and support. The 65-year old lawyer said: "It is a way of trying to tell the kids that we are and will always be there for

them and provide them with parental love. Valentine can unify us as a nation but that will be if we follow the teachings of our religions. All the major religions preach love so if we follow the doctrines we will have a better Nigeria." Another grandparent, Mrs Agnes Olayemi who came from Kogi State to attend the programme, said during her time there was nothing like celebrating Valentine's Day, so "I am happy that I can celebrate if even once". A primary five pupil, 10-year old Iradat Lawal said it is a day to appreciate and share gifts with family and friends. "We wear red and white to show love. It is just magical. I hope and pray that everyone in the society, come together and be one again. Let us stop the fight," she said.


HE Green House has emerged tops at the 2013 annual inter-house sports competition of Beehive School, Agidingbi with 23 medals consisting of 14 gold, three silver and six bronze medals. The event, which held at the school's sports ground witnessed a large turnout of parents and pupils from invited schools from Ikeja and environs. Blue House came second with 23 medals made up of 11 gold, six silver and six bronze medals, while Yellow House came third with three gold, 11 silver and nine bronze medals. Red House came last with three gold, 11 silver and 18 bronze medals. The sports competition saw the pupils take part in various activities such as 50 and 100metres dash, relay race, high jump, sack race and filling the basket, among others. The events also featured races by parents and teachers. The proprietress of the school, Mrs. Latifat Dosunmu said sports

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adds value to leanring. She said: "Sports day is one of our fun-filled days that parents, teachers and pupils eagerly anticipate. The children have practised and it is time to be rewarded for their hard work. Sports is a very important part of learning and child development as it provides them the opportunity to interact with other children, make friends, eliminate insecurities and develop team spirit and leadership skills. I enjoin schools to consciously make sports a part of their school curriculum by putting the right facilities in place." Earlier, Mr Femi Fadeyibi, Chairman, Beehive School Sports Committee said the school’s sports facilities would be improved. “The sports committee is working to improve the facilities in the school to encourage sporting excellence amongst the pupils. As we all know sports has moved beyond recreation to being a complete business for those who wish to make careers out of it," he said.





What a pity!


Y younger brother downloaded an interesting video from the internet. It was a short clip about one Oyinbo woman who visited a local market, probably in Lagos, to interact with the traders. The traders were amused when she started conversing in Yoruba. “E lo l’ele yi?” (How much is this?) She asked, pointing to a small heap of Kofoworola onions on their table. “E lo ni jale?” she bargained further. One of the traders, perhaps a sister or ter of a market woman, tried to 08054503077 (SMS only) speak English with the Oyinbo but she protested in Yoruba, questioning why the young lady didn’t want to converse in the language. This was indeed unusual and interesting. A white woman conversing with market women in Yoruba! Unbelievable! Many whites do not patronise local markets; neither do they converse in our local dialects. She soon had a captivated audience curious to learn about her. “Ki l’oruko e?” They asked. “Titilayo”, she answered and they laughed. The questions went back and forth. They wanted to know where she learnt the language. She wanted to know about the items on display. She asked about stock fish, whether it was used to cook with Ewedu soup. They told her Egusi soup was more like it. Yes! Egusi soup. It sounded familiar to her. She knew it was prepared with epo pupa (palm oil). They affirmed it was so. So, where did Titilayo learn Yoruba from? She answered indirectly. The question was not actually direct too. One of the women repeatedly told her “O ma sanwo Yoruba ti o n so (you will pay for the Yoruba you are speaking). “Mo ni sanwo o. Mo ti sanwo ni America, “ she replied. And when one of the trader’s children claimed she could not speak Yoruba fluently, Titilayo responded by saying, “O ma se o!” (What a pity). It is indeed a pity that an American would learn Yoruba well enough in her country to converse with us while many parents today deny their children the privilege of speaking it or other Nigerian languages. I wish every parent could watch the Titilayo movie. Maybe then it will dawn on them that downgrading their mother tongue in favour of the English Language is not a wise decision. God has wired young children, especially to grasp many languages at once. While experts say a baby from a bilingual background may experience slight delay in speaking initially, they catch up with their peers as they grow, and definitely have an advantage over those who learn only one language. The experts also say the advantage of learning two languages far outweighs the initial delays in speaking. What are the modern day parents afraid of? Why limit the educational and cultural experiences of these children by imposing English Language on them? Some couples speak their local dialect to each other and English to their wards. Ultimately, many children grab the language that way but are not fluent. Sometimes, the children understand what they are being told in their mother tongue but refuse to speak it because they feel it is degrading to do so; that only uneducated people speak in local languages. However, how children regard their mother tongue is dependent on how their parents handle the matter. In some households, a few of them nowadays, English Language is forbidden. The children only speak it in school or to outsiders, not to their parents. In some other homes where the parents are not from the same part of the country, they find a common ground with the English Language, and sadly, their wards miss out from learning their mother tongues. While it is likely they learn their mothers’ languages, many fathers buck at such happening and do not allow their wives to teach them. But language experts say, it is possible for parents from different backgrounds to speak their languages to their wards individually and the child would learn. In other words, it is possible for an Igbo man to speak Igbo to his son, while he learns Yoruba from his Southwestern mother without hitches. The beauty of it is that the child can still learn English Language. The task of teaching the mother tongue and culture is for parents and not the school. Parents are a child’s first teachers, and the home his first school. If they choose to fail in this responsibility, like Titilayo, I can only say, “O ma se o!”


• Mrs Olaogun teaching some pupils using the techniques used to train the teachers

Teachers learn literacy techniques


RS Adenike Ogunade is looking forward to teaching her Primary 1 class at the Wesley Primary School, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos. After years of frustration teaching young children to read, she was one of the 100 public school teachers shown the key to teaching literacy to pupils. The Primaries 1 and 2 teachers attended a five-day workshop at the Lagos State Education Resource Centre, Ojodu, during which they learnt the techniques of teaching literacy. "I really enjoyed this seminar. It is different. I acquired knowledge according to how I should teach," she said. The programme anchored by GFR Educational Services exposed the teachers to how to teach spelling, comprehension, reading, writing and handwriting. Mrs Olubunmi Salako, Coordinator of the programme also said the teachers were taught how to integrate the methods into teaching other subjects apart from Literacy. "This programme is an integrated

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approach to teaching and learning you can teach one subject and teach different areas of other subjects. For instance if you are teaching nouns, you are teaching letters, words, sounds, punctuation and spelling. And the beauty of it is that you can integrate other subjects with English Language. I applied it to Mathematics and Science," said Mrs Salako, who is the Administrator of GFR. The teachers said they looked forward to trying the techniques, especially as they had difficulties teaching their pupils in the past. Mrs Salome Dawodu, who teaches Social Studies at Oroku Primary School, Ebute Metta, was excited about the training, which she said would make teaching pleasurable for them. "It has been worthwhile. Firstly, teaching English Language, especially to the little ones has been so traumatic, a night mare. I would pick my lesson note and think hard about how to bring myself to their level because I used to teach senior classes before. In fact I cannot wait

to start teaching. I am so eager to go and start impacting them," she said. Mr Ajibola Bamidele, a Mathematics teacher at St Paul African Church School, Mushin, said he had longed for such exposure in the past. "I have been looking forward to this type of training for long. Many children have problems reading. Secondary school teachers have complained that children passed to them from primary school cannot read well. When I go back to my school, I will ensure the children go at their own pace. I will ensure I practice all the methods we were taught," he said. With the training, one of the facilitators, Mrs Adetoun Olaogun said the pupils were teachable but for long teachers lacked the effective methodology to teach them. She said: "Most of what the teachers' learnt was methodology. Once they are able to improve their method of teaching, children will learn well." Another facilitator, Mrs Bimpe Giwa, said the effect of the training would have a multiplier effect in all the levels of education.

Special prizes for Cowbell Maths winners


N celebration of its 20th anniversary this year, the management of Promasidor Nigeria has promised special prizes for winners of this year's edition of the Cowbell National Secondary Schools Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC). Announcing the start of registration for the competition, Commercial Director, Mr Kachi Onubogu, said at a briefing held at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja that many more pupils will benefit this year as each school would be allowed to field three pupils each for the junior and senior secondary categories. "Promasidor also increased the number of entries to three students. It will give more outstanding students the opportunity to take part and win amazing branded 20th an-

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niversary year gifts and prizes," he said. Onubogu said the first stage of the competition will take place on March 16 in 200 centres nationwide, adding that the company is targeting 40,000 participants this year, which is the 13th edition. The best two candidates in each state will be invited for a second stage in May while an award ceremony for the winners will take place later in the year. Speaking on the objective of the competition, Onibogu said the aim is to awaken the consciousness and interest in mathematics among secondary school pupils in Nigeria. "We at Promasidor Nigeria through our flagship brand, Cowbell milk have remained committed to our passion towards improving the

overall performance of mathematics amongst the students of our beloved country, Nigeria, while nourishing our tomorrow's leaders with wholesome healthy milk brands," he said. He said that in 2001, NASSMAC became a national competition covering the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja. Over the space of five years, Promasidor has been able to increase the participation in the competition from about 16,000 to 35,000 participants which shows a consistent growth in the number of students who take the test every year and their aim of students this year is 40,000. The Cowbell NASSMAC is open to pupils from 10 to 18 years in JSS3 and SS2 attending full-time secondary schools in Nigeria.

NNPC subsidiary donates books, equipment HE management of InteDawha noted that the company's to school grated Data Services Limited, projects to its host communities cut


a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has donated school furniture and science laboratory equipment to Oba Ewuare Grammar School, Oko in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State. Managing Director of the company, Dr. Joseph Dawha said the gesture was part of the organisation's social corporate responsibility.

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Dawha, who was represented by Mr Yemi Dare, Manager Public Affairs, praised Governor Adams Oshiomhole for improving the standard of education in the state. He said the organisation would continue to complement efforts of the state government at providing infrastructure for schools within its operational base.

across economic, social and educational empowerment. He urged the school authorities to ensure safety and security of the laboratory equipment as well as ensuring that students make judicious use of them. Principal of the school, Mrs. Dorothy Ikheloa, described the company's donation as timely, urging it not to relent in its current efforts.

‘“Ki l’oruko e?” They asked. “Titilayo”, she answered and they laughed. The questions went back and forth. They wanted to know where she learnt the language. She wanted to know about the items on display. She asked about stock fish, whether it was used to cook with Ewedu soup. They told her Egusi soup was more like it. Yes! Egusi soup. It sounded familiar to her. She knew it was prepared with epo pupa (palm oil). They affirmed it was so’

From My Inbox Re: Relationship Vs good grade (Thursday, February 14, 2013) Hi Kofoworola, I have read a lot about your pieces in The Nation newspaper. They are nice. Keep it up please. From M.Y. Gwaram, PhD.

"The first goal of Arsenal's was weird, but this can sometimes happen in football. Then the confidence came back for them and their supporters, but scoring the third goal is very important for us.” Bayern Munich Winger, Franck Ribery, insisting the Bavarians have a good advantage in their 3-1 away win to Arsenal in the Champions League fixtures on Tuesday.


Walcott urges Arsenal to bounce back

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RSENAL forward Theo Walcott has called on his teammates to respond strongly after losing 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Arsene Wenger's side were outplayed in the last-16, first leg match at Emirates Stadum, to leave them as outsiders to progress in the competition. But with important matches coming up in the Premier League, Walcott is keen for Arsenal to pull together and move on from their European nightmare. "We need to try and not dwell on this result. We need to think about getting back to the Premier League. We've got some important matches coming up thick and fast," he told the club's official website. "That Tottenham game (on 3 March) could be a massive game for us. And we need to win against Aston Villa first (on Saturday). "We need to get back to where we should be and start getting a winning run at home." "Our Premier League form has been very good so we can't dwell on this result for too long. "We need to get back to where we should be and start getting a winning run at home."

RANCK RIBERY has hailed Bayern Munich's "very important" goals at Arsenal in Tuesday's Champions League last 16 triumph. The Bavarians head into the second leg with a 3-1 advantage over Arsene Wenger's men, as goals from Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic made Lukas Podolski's controversial strike nothing more than a consolation. The French winger told reporters after the match: "The first half was great for us, we played very well and we scored twice. "The first goal of Arsenal's was weird, but this can sometimes happen in football. Then the confidence came back for them and their supporters, but scoring the third goal is very important for us." Muller, whose strike at the Emirates doubled the lead for Jupp Heynckes' side after 21 minutes, refused to suggest die Roten had one foot in the quarter-finals. "Y ou've been in the business long enough to know that we as footballers dislike saying that we're half way there, or to say that we've already qualified ," he said, curtly. " W e played well, we reached a good result ahead of the second leg and I presume that we can progress, but we still have one game to go." B a v a r i a n goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes it is all to play for in the Allianz Arena clash on March 13, and expressed that knock-out stage progression was in their grasp if they focus on the task at hand. "The victory was an important step, [but] in the second leg our attitude must be good," the German shot-stopper said.


Porto trio wary of Malaga backlash

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It’s not over yet


ASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER helped Bayern Munich edge towards the Champions League quarter-finals but warned the job is not yet complete. Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium means Bayern have a handsome advantage ahead of the home leg on March 13. After receiving his third booking in this season's competition, midfielder Schweinsteiger will be suspended when Arsenal visits the Allianz Arena. That means the Germans will be without a star man, but goals from Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Mandzukic have put Bayern in control of the tie. Schweinsteiger appreciates that, but says there can be no slacking at this stage. "We really got going well, especially in the first 30 minutes, when we let the ball and our opponents do the work," Schweinsteiger said. "We'll have to give it 100 per cent in the return. Arsenal aren't just dropping by as tourists. It's a good result, but it's not over yet.”

LEX SANDRO, Danilo and Jackson Martinez all seemed fairly pleased with the Portuguese side's 1-0 home win on Tuesday, but are wary of their opponents' second-leg reaction Alex Sandro is delighted with Porto's Champions League victory on Tuesday, but is wary of a Malaga backlash in the return leg. The Portuguese giants won 1-0 at the Estadio do Dragao, with a goal from star midfielder Joao Moutinho securing the slim home win over the Group C table-toppers. The defender told "The victory is the most important thing never mind the exact score. "It was important to get something, to win the game at home, to not concede any goals and to go into the next game even more confidently.

"It was very difficult, but we prepared for that. It's going to be even more difficult there, because they're going to attack more, but we'll work hard to be ready for it. It's not just me [playing well] - the whole team has a good understanding and we'll keep it going to win more and more games."


Brazilian compatriot Danilo agreed the home triumph was essential and rued missed opportunities from the Group A runners-up in the attacking department. “We don't have any doubts about what we're capable of," he said. "It was a great match which allowed us to get the victory and take an advantage into the second leg, which is a really important game. "Now we have to rest, and get our heads right because nothing is decided yet, but we've taken a big step tonight [Tuesday]. "I think we deserved to get a few more goals. They defended well, but the most important thing was to win and now we're thinking about the game there. We have to be prepared to defend well, and we have special players who can change the game."


Boxes of 'steroids', testosterone, needles , unlicensed gun found at Pistorius' home


OXES of 'steroids, testosterone' and needles were found at Oscar Pistorius' home where he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead after 'non-stop' arguing, a court heard today. The details were revealed by the prosecution on the second day of the 26-year-old athlete's bail hearing at Pretoria Magistrates' Court where he faces a charge of premeditated murder. Pistorius looked distraught and sobbed with his head lowered as the packed court heard the post-

mortem showed three entrance wounds - the bullets hit the right side of Miss Steenkamp's head, her right elbow - which resulted in a broken arm - and her hip. He claimed it was dark when he shot the model, but today police claimed a witness heard gunshots, saw the lights on, heard 'a female screaming' and then more shots The first half of the hearing saw damning allegations surface, but after a recess his defence team fired tough questions at the main witness, chief investigative officer Hilton Botha

With no decision reached on Wednesday afternoon on whether he will be bailed Pistorius, who last year became the first doubleamputee track athlete to run at the Olympics, will now spend a seventh night behind bars before the hearing resumes in the morning. 'I fired shots through the bathroom door. It dawned on me it could be Reeva in there. I broke the door open with a cricket bat. She was alive. I tried to revive her.' Blade Runner gives his account of killing

Isco cries foul over ´offside´ goal


ALAGA midfielder Isco said Moutinho's goal for Porto in their Champions League last-16 first leg should have been disallowed for offside. The former Sporting man gave his side the lead in the 56th minute, with Porto going on to win 1-0, but Isco said the decision by the official to grant the goal was the wrong call. "The goal was illegal and it shouldn't have counted," the 20-year-old told "But that stuff happens." The youngster then criticised the performance of his team, but also gave credit to the opposition for successfully shutting down the game of the Spaniards. "It has been a bad game for us. We couldn't enjoy the ball and they made it very complicated for us at every moment," he said. "There is still a lot to play for and we must trust we can turn this around before our fans. We leave sad but we still believe we can advance." The second leg of the tie will be played in Malaga on March 3, but Manuel Pellegrini's men will resume La Liga action with their trip to Real Betis on February 24.






The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has recognised Chief Bayo Dayo as the chairman in Ogun State. But the faction supported by former President Olusegun Obasanjo is kicking against the directive. Group Political Editor EMMANUEL OLADESU writes on the new twist to the protracted crises rocking the troubled chapter.

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GUN State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is facing a precarious future. Beset by protracted internal crises, the refusal of its leaders to close ranks has become its albatross. Although the national leadership of the party has now affirmed Chief Bayo Dayo as the authentic state chairman, this has not gone down well with the factional leader, Senator Dipo Odujinrin, who has the backing of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The PDP national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, explained that the party decided to follow the rule of law by adhering strictly to the constitution and court ruling on the protracted leadership tussle in the Gateway State. He said since the court ruled that Dayo is the chairman, he had to abide by the judgment. Hailing the decision, Dayo, an engineer, said that the state executive committee had been strengthened to restore the lost glory of the party. However, Obasanjo’s faction frowned at the decision, saying that Tukur was bent on destroying Ogun PDP. “If they want to destroy the party, let them go ahead. Let them continue”, said the factional secretary, Mr. Dapo Adeyemi, who also chided the National Working Committee (NWC) for its aloofness to the welfare of the chapter. Observers contend that the crisis in Ogun State PDP has been fuelled by the parting of ways by President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Obasanjo. Thus, Obasanjo’s camp believes that Tukur is acting Jonathan’s script. Sources said that the President, who has never underrated Obasanjo, is taking some decisive steps, ahead of 2015. One of the strategies being adopted, added the source, is to pull the rug off the General’s feet by attracting to himself aggrieved party men who have scores to settle with Obasanjo, particularly in the Southwest. The national leadership’s support for Dayo-led executive may have drastically reduced Obasanjo’s influence in the party. As Dayo’s group converged on Ijebu-Igbo to celebrate victory, Obasanjo’s men also gathered at Abeokuta to plot their survival. Feathers have been ruffled. The retired general was rattled by the prospect of diminishing influence in his home state. It was a double tragedy as his supporters who were members ofnthe national executive committee, including Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Mr. Segun Oni and Mr. Bode Mustapher, were dethroned. Owing to ego, the crisis ultimately escalated as they could not reconcile themselves to the reality. Although Dayo, who is being backed by the billionaire businessman, Prince Kashamu Buruji, said that his team was ready for reconciliation, other members of the executive committee doubted the readiness of the other faction to respond positively to the olive branch. Instructively, neither of the two factions can take PDP to victory in an atmosphere of disunity. The tragedy that hit the Ogun PDP was contemplated. The leaders ignored the warning signal due to over confidence. As party leaders were neck-deep in prolonged internal feud, endless personality clashes and protracted bickering, party structures were weakened by rancour, making some members to desert the boat, ahead of 2011 polls. Party leaders who basked in the imaginary euphoria of an elusive power of incumbency woke up on poll day to lick their selfinflicted wounds. Apart from losing power to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) at the general elections, the warring factions built on its abysmal performance at the post-May 29 local government elections. Unable to move on after their shocking defeat at the general elections, the aggrieved chieftains, who started to trade blames, also and penciled down themselves for political liquidation. Ogun PDP obviously went into the general and council elections as a divided house, which was destined to fall. The intra-party squabbles created strains and distractions. Initially, two factions led by Obasanjo and former Governor Gbenga Daniel were at war. As the two groups flexed muscles, parallel lists of candidates were submitted to the electoral commission. But the Federal High Court presided over by Abdul Kafarati rejected the list presented by Daniel’s

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group, pointing out that the faction had ceased to exist following the setting up of the Harmonised State Executive Committee led by Dayo Soremi, a member of Obasanjo’s faction. That ruling infuriated the former governor. In reaction, his followers dumped PDP and encamped in the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), which, ultimately, could not fly during the parliamentary and governorship elections. Both Adetunji Olurin, retired General, and Gboyega Isiaka, governorship candidates of PDP and PPN, were defeated by the ACN candidate, Senator Ibikunle Amosu. The party was engulfed in controversy during the electioneering. Criticisms have trailed the activities of the Harmonised Committee before, during and after the elections. Some party members called for an investigation into the allegations of sales of tickets of candidates on its list. The supporters of the House of Representatives member, David Salako, Abiodun Oni and Adegboyega Salami were more vociferous in this regard. They fingered the hand of a prominent Ijebu-born businessman and hotelier in the act. However, Soremi washed his hands clean of any political vice, saying that his committee was clean. Observers pointed out that Dayo’s team was born in the period of crisis. Two congresses produced two chairmen; Dayo and Odujinrin, but Dayo claimed that the congress that produced him as the chairman followed the due process. He sought reconciliation with the Odujirin faction. When it was evident that the faction was not ready to sheathe its sword, he went to the court. Although a High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, ruled that Dayo was the authentic chairman, the ruling failed to restore peace and unity. Dayo, the embattled chairman has achieved victory, but he is still incapacitated because his group cannot do without the two factions waging war against his leadership. Buruji, who took exception to Obasanjo’s meddlesomeness in local affairs, instead of intensifying his national and continental roles, said that if Obasanjo had been neutral, the two factions would have gone to him to broker reconciliation. But the former President is the pillar of support for one of the factions.


Last year, the leadership crisis escalated as policemen sealed off its state secretariat. The chairman and other party officers were denied access to the office. They cried foul, saying that certain powerful forces were disturbing the peace of the party. They urged the national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, to revive the party from its comma. Dayo warned against the violation of the court judgment. “ We are fighting against the lack of internal democracy and imposition of candidates at party congresses. No party can grow when it lacks internal democracy”, said the chairman, who appealed to Tukur to call Obasanjo and his group to order. The first leg of the reconciliation was successful. Daniel’s group resolved to parley with Dayo’s team. The grouse of Daniel’s followers was that they were not given a fair treatment by Obasanjo and his group. They alleged that they were denied participation at the congress that produced Olurin as the flag bearer. But the former chairman, Dayo Soremi also alleged that Daniel was involved in anti-party activities by joining forces with another party, thereby robbing PDP of victory at the governorship poll. To Buruji, reconciliation and peace have remained elusive because Obasanjo is unwilling to embrace truce. “Pa Obasanjo should have been in a better position to reconcile us as his children, but he is now entrenched in local politics, instead of calling the shots as a father-figure and national leader”, he maintained. In the same vein, Dayo alleged that the former national secretary, Oyinlola, was being influenced to order the sealing off of the party secretariat. He said the national secretary exceeded the limit of his constitutional responsibilities. The chairman said Oyinlola was trying to impose on the chapter the names of those who had been jailed for contempt of court as caretaker committee members. He also said that members of the party were injured and consequently vowed never to condone imposition of unpopular candidates. Party chieftain are of the view that the crisis had taken its toll on the party. Yet, there is no end in sight for the logjam. Since 2011, party followers have been shifting their allegiance to the ruling ACN. They feared that they would be left in the cold. For almost a year, party activi-

‘The court verdict has failed to halt the crisis and douse the intra-party tension. There is no evidence that the Odujirin faction is ready to forget the past. Tukur has said that he will only recognise Dayo as the authentic chairman. But the other faction appears to have ignored his directive. The puzzle is: when will peace return to Ogun PDP?’

ties have paralysed and meetings at the wards and local governments were suspended in many areas. More time and energy have been spent on litigations than party mobilisation, organisation and management. Also, Obasanjo has not reconciled himself with life outside the Aso Villa. Apparently, he did not expect the kind of challenge he got from party chieftains who trembled before him when he was the President. Some said that the change of guard would not affect Obasanjo like other leaders in the state because the governor, Amosun, hails from Owu, Obasanjo’s town. After the 2011 elections, there were brain storming sessions. Party leaders were united by collective political threat. Efforts to reconcile, first and foremost, Obasanjo and Daniel, were mooted. But there was a setback. The former President and Board of Trustees (BOT) chairman suggested that Olurin, former Military Administrator of Ekiti, should be the leader and arrowhead of the party. The suggestion did not go down well with many members. Some said Olurin was new in the party and that he was not endowed with rich political experience. Others said that he lacked structure and he may not command acceptance, loyalty and respect among party members and followers. “Obasanjo insisted on his proposal”, Kashamu recalled, lamenting that the crisis deepened due to lack of consensus on the choice of an arrowhead. Some leaders also proposed an all-inclusive, participatory approach to party administration. They maintained that imposition was old fashioned, stressing that members would have a sense of participation, belonging and self-worth, if they are given opportunity to choose their ward, local government and state leaders at properly constituted congresses. Other party leaders even pleaded with Obasanjo to be the guardian of the process. Past reconciliation efforts also failed because many PDP leaders were not ready for peace. When the former Southwest leader, Alhaji Tajudeen Oladipo, waded into the protracted feud by setting up the transition committee headed by Mustapha to conduct fresh congresses, the decision sparked off emotion. The former chairman, Soremt cried out, claiming that his tenure had not expired. He went to the court, praying the court to ensure that his powers and functions were not be usurped. A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos ruled that only the Soremi-led executive had the powers to conduct congresses. The current chairman, Dayo, claimed that the judgment was not appealed before the March congress. He recalled that the congress was even monitored by the national leaders, INEC and security agencies. He said the bone of contention was that party members were not ready to endorse the chairmanship aspirant supported by Obasanjo. On May 2, the court also re-affirmed that Dayo was the authentic chairman. The presiding judge warned the national leadership against sidelining him. On June 19, another Ogun State High Court sitting in Ilaro, Yewa Division, also affirmed the same position. Dayo’s counsel, Ajibola Oluyede, complained that certain PDP leaders were bent on wrecking the party in Ogun State by imposing an unelected leadership. “When people resist peaceful change, they are looking for violence. If the institution of democracy is swept aside, anarchy will occur”, he warned. At Ijebu-Igbo, Dayo waved the olive branch again. “No victor, no vanquished”, he said, urging warring members to close ranks. He understood that he could not succeed as leader, if the chapter is still factionalised. He tried to pacify Obasanjo, saying that he is the father of all. He urged . He enjoined the party chieftains and supporters to go back to their wards and local governments to rebuild the party. So far, his appeal seem to have fallen on deaf ears. The court verdict has failed to halt the crisis and douse the intra-party tension. There is no evidence that the Odujirin faction is ready to forget the past. Tukur has said that he will only recognise Dayo as the authentic chairman. But the other faction appears to have ignored his directive. The puzzle is: when will peace return to Ogun PDP?



POLITICS In this interview, Igwe Patrick Eze of Amala, Enugu State, speaks with MUSA ODOSHIMOKHE on the eligibility of President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term and other issues.

‘Jonathan has right to re-contest’


HAT is the way out of inse curity in the country? The issue of insecurity has continued to stare us in the face. The impression is that the future is bleak, if adequate measures are not taking to curb the menace. Insecurity is a big threat to the people of this country and sadly, there is no solution on sight. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was correct in his observation when he laid the blame for insecurity on President Goodluck Jonathan for not doing what he ought to do as the Commander-In-Chief. When something starts to attack you on the leg and you allow it to climb up to your neck, the consequences of the attack will certainly be more destructive. This is the way I look at the situation. It is very unfortunate that, for many years now, the people of this country have always been vulnerable to security lapses. In the days of Buhari/Idiagbon Regime, people lost their lives for drug trafficking and politicians, media practitioners and civil society leaders were not secured because of the implementation of Decree 2. During the Babangida Regime, people like Dele Giwa died under questionable circumstance and corruption was the order of the day. Fraudsters dented the image of the country. During the Abacha Regime, prominent people like members of the NADECO ran abroad because they were not secured. Kudirat Abiola lost her life. The administration of Abdusalami Abubakar supervised the transition to civil rule programs. But the problem continued when Obasanjo came. The fight between Umueri and Aguleri, the crisis in Odi and Zakibiam that attracted military action against civilians were regrettable. Again, the rise of Niger Delta militants and assassination of Bola Ige, Harry Marshal, Alfred Dikibo and others were a huge sign of insecurity. When Yar’Adua came, Boko Haram emerged to terrorise the people in the North. It has continued under Jonathan Administration. So, on this note, it is justifiable to blame the problem of insecurity and corruption on the people at the helms of affairs. It is very unfortunate and, if we can’t find a lasting solution, one day, we will have to change the name Nigeria to the Federal Republic of Insecurity and Corruption. Observers have attributed the lingering insecurity to the struggle for power between the North and President Goodluck Jonathan. What is your view? Yes, I agree. People in some parts of the country believe that the Presidency is their birth right. Thus, they want to monopolise it. Nigeria is made up of different groups. Each

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group, either from East, West, North or South, has the right to occupy the office of the President. Now, we are talking about centenary celebration because Nigeria will soon clock 100 years. What we should take note of is that, as we celebrate 100 years, there is a part of the country called the Igbo that has not produced the President, yet they are not making trouble. This is why we are saying that an Igbo man will certainly take over from Jonathan in 2019. The North is agitating for power shift. Can they stop Jonathan’s second term bid? In my own view, Nigerians should better allow Jonathan to continue. Why? Because Jonathan cannot afford to disappoint Nigeria under the circumstance of having their mandate and good will for a second term in office. He would rather work harder to reciprocate and justify the people’s benevolence and massive trust in him. If we say, let us try another President, the person will likely come up with a different agenda that will certainly push him to seek fresh eight years from 2015 to 2023. Let’s challenge Jonathan with another mandate

‘It is justifiable to blame the problem of insecurity and corruption on the people at the helms of affairs. It is very unfortunate and, if we can’t find a lasting solution, one day, we will have to change the name Nigeria to the Federal Republic of Insecurity and Corruption’

and see how far he can go. I am not a praise singer, but I can observe that Jonathan Administration is addressing the teething problems of electricity, bad roads and unemployment. I don’t see the magic another person could do to achieve better things. The opposition is accusing Jonathan Administration of incompetence and shallow commitment to the anti-corruption war. Don’t you think that this will work against him during the election? Corruption has been a big problem in this country for nearly 40 years. Corruption has led to the collapse of many government establishments. Some industries established by government like Sun rise Floor Mill, Enugu, Avop Oil Mill Nachi, Nkalagu Cement Factory, Enugu State have collapsed because of corruption. Go to Onitsha ,we have Premier Breweries. It is no more. Golden Guinea Breweries, Umuahia, Pal Breweries Oko, and Aba Textile are no more as a result of corruption. So, my own view is that people should join hands with government to fight corruption by putting the interest of the country above selfish interest. Can the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeat PDP? If Jonathan Administration can fix roads, fix electricity and create jobs, no amount of merger will stop him from being re-elected. He will even defeat those involved in the merger in their respective wards. If Jonathan can fix the Second Niger Bridge, fix Southeast Road and accord the Igbo more federal presence, the Igbo will, as usual, vote for him massively. Nigeria is celebrating its 100 years of existence. What is your view? To celebrate is normal in life. Besides, such a big celebration by a big country like Nigeria would end up providing jobs for the people. I learnt they are going to build what they call ‘Centenary Village’. The building project and other things they will do will certainly provide jobs for people. At the end of the day, you find out that the centenary exercise will put food on the table of people. So, I totally disagree with those who say that it is a waste. Traditional rulers are agitating for constitutional roles. What is your view? There are different categories of traditional rulers and I’m sure that those making the suggestion are aware of that. In Enugu State, the government is carrying us along. We were given brand new cars to enhance our roles in the state. The issue of granting more powers depends on the capability of government. If the government can allocate certain amount of money for rulers through the budget, let them do it.

From left: National leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN), Chief Tom Ikimi; former governor of Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau; Nassarawa State Governor Umar Tanko Almakura; and his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the Constitution, Manifesto and INEC/Legal Compliance Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abuja... yesterday.

How to tackle insecurity, by CPC chieftain By Jeremiah Oke


CHIEFTAIN of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Lagos State, Otunba Niyi Raheem, has expressed concern over the insecurity in the country. He asked President Goodluck Jonathan to set up a national emergency line similar to the “999” of the United States of America. Raheem, a former House of Representatives candidate in Agege Constituency, said that no country can make progress in the absence of security. He said: “It is important for our security wellbeing that such a number should be localised so that people can have access to emergency and law enforcement agencies. It will help in pre-empting crimes before committal and assist in tracking criminals. It is not a bad idea to try the special number”. Raheem also described security as a joint responsibility, urging the people to cooperate with the government to nip it in the bud. He advised the youths to shun violence, stressing that it is counterproductive. The politician appealed to the perpetrators of dastardly acts to desist from wrecking havoc. He said: “Growth, progress and development of any nation are only possible in an atmosphere of peace.”

‘APGA set for transformation’ By Augustine Avwode


HE Acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Al liance (APGA), Maxi Okwu, has unfolded his vision for the party, saying that it will become the indisputable “third leg” of the party system. Okwu, a former national leader of the Citizens Popular Party and Convener of Save Enugu Group (SEG), said he would embark on what he described as the “three Rs”, which are reconciliation, rapprochement and reintegration. He stressed: “What we intend to do is to ensure that, through the three Rs, we will move APGA from its present parlous state to a level where, as a party, it will constitute the third leg of the Nigerian political life. “Nigerian politics has been built on a tripod since the days of the preindependence period. Let me concede that, if you take the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as one leg and the proposed All Progressives Congress (APC) as the second leg, APGA will be the third leg. This is my vision for now.”

APC will end tyranny, says Mohammed By Emmanuel Oladesu


HE National Publicity Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will end tyranny in the country. Mohammed, who spoke in Lagos, also said that, with the restoration of the two-party system, there will be a balance of terror in the polity. The publicity secretary disclosed that the days of parties proposing the APC are numbered. He emphasised that the implication of the merger resolutions that would be passed by the participating parties is that they will cease to exist. Explaining that the logo of the APC has been agreed upon in principle, he said it is after the parties have written to the INEC that it would be decided whether APC logo will reflect their logo. The ACN chieftain hailed the sacrifice and patriotism of the merger leaders, saying that they have decided to put the nation first. He said the insinuation that the two leading figures; Major general Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) and Senator Bola Tinubu; may clash over the choice of presidential candidate and running mate, is unfounded. Mohammed stressed that they have been tackling the merger challenges in the national interest. He said, to underscore Tinubu’s commitment, he had taken it upon himself to reconcile Buhari and other CPC leaders. He added: “Merger is not about power sharing. The leadership of the merging parties are making sacrifice. What preoccupies their mind now is coming up with manifestos that will carry their messages to Nigerians”. To the ACN spokesman, the merger will achieve a balance of terror and prevent tyranny. He said: “Never again will any political party hold the nation to ransom. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely”. If Nigeria returns to the era of two party system, reminiscent of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and National Republican Convention (NRC) days, the polity will be better for it, he added. Mohammed described APC as the Ark of Noah, urging Nigerians, including the aggrieved PDP members, to come on board. He noted that some PDP governors have hailed the birth of the new party, adding that a political earthquake are expected in the ruling party. Asked whether the moles will not throw spanners into the merger arrangements, he said: “It will be naive not to anticipate moles, but the thoroughness of the leadership will enable APC to overcome the problem”.






Traditional medicine practitioners seek self-regulation


HE Chairman, Lagos State Traditional Medicine Board (LSTMB), Dr Bunmi Omoseyindemi, has called for self-regulation of natural and traditional medicine practice. Failure to do this, he said, would give room to quacks to mushroom the profession. He spoke at the inauguration of the Natural Integrative Medicine Practitioners Association (NIMPA) in Lagos. He enjoined practitioners to work for humanity, to preserve lives, adding that they need to work together to move the profession forward. Omoseyindemi said the practice may be taken over by quacks if nothing is done to curtail their activities, saying practitioners have been operating without registration. He urged members of the association to shun anything that can bring down the association. The association’s Board of

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Trustees (BoT) Chairman, Dr Isaac Ayodele, said NIMPA’s inauguration was to empower practitioners to freely use natural treatment to restore health in patients in line with the need of the people. “Practitioners can apply herbal medicine, naturopathy, homeopathy and acupuncture, among others, to treat the sick,” he said. He said there was a decline in natural therapeutic medicine, adding that the relegation and adultration of the profession was why there is increase in incurable ailments. The Natural Integrative Medicine (NIM), he said, would help tackle ailments that defy other forms of treatments. Ayodele said NIM practitioners should use natural therapies to provide healing rather than using single therapy. He thanked the Lagos State government for establishing the

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affordable way to improve heart health and that’s great news. I am believing manufacturers to use canola oil rather than less healthy choices.” Fashipe said: “Canola oil is high in healthy unsaturated fats (93 per cent), free of cholesterol and trans fat, and the lowest in saturated fat (seven per cent) of any common edible oil. In addition, canola oil is multi-functional with a high heat tolerance, neutral taste and light, smooth texture. “The type of fat in the diet matters just as much as total fat. To reduce the risk of heart disease, health authorities advise eating foods that contain mostly healthy unsaturated fats within the recommended range. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats can lower total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Saturated and trans fat intakes should be as low as possible because they increase total and LDL cholesterol. Trans fat can also


decrease HDL (“good”) cholesterol. “Fats are made of smaller units called fatty acids. Canola oil is low in saturated fatty acids. In fact, it is lower in saturated fat than any vegetable oil found in supermarkets today. And highly recommended”, he stated.

Standardise herbal products, says pharmacist


ESPITE the death of many Nigerians from the consumption of questionable herbal products, the practice is still prevalent, a pharmacist has said. Former chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Lagos State branch, Mr Bola Oyawole, warned that most herbal concoctions have not been standardised. He said those that should be consumed are those listed by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). According to him, the agency usually lists drugs that have passed its toxicity test and are not

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harmful or injurious to health. He said such drugs may not be potent but then, such are not hazardous to health, and as such, safe for consumption. “For the injurious substances that will be going into the body are curtailed,” he added. Oyawole said water can be a potential danger to health, not to talk of harmful substances that one may not know their sources. “Physicians often advise people to boil water which source is questionable or unknown to prevent diseases,” he added. He said it is possible that some leaves may have been sprayed with chemicals such as herbicide, pesti-

traditional medicine into the curriculum of medical schools,” Ayodele said.

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‘Unsaturated fat good for the body’ HAT kind of fat does the body need? The body needs fats like omega-3 and omega-6 to ensure healthy living, says a nutritionist, Yinka Fashipe. Fashipe said it was important to choose fats wisely because some fats are healthier than others. And, “Canola oil provides more healthier fats than any other popular vegetable oil. More so that many people are coming down with cardiovascular diseases.” He said dietary message for consumers has not changed in a decade and it is ‘eat less fat’. “This advice aims to help millions reduce the risk of overweight, obesity and diabetes. In recent years, a new message about fat has emerged the type of fat in the diet is also important. Canola oil is the best blend of fats for good heart. “Canola oil is a good fat. We’ve said it all along and now the health experts, including FDA agrees. Canola oil provides a simple and

medicine, especially in research and development. The Federal Ministry of Health is integrating

cides and other dangerous chemicals. “If herbicides, pesticides sprayed on leaves or plants are used on herbal plants it means another thing has entered into them. And this kills flies and insects so it can harm or kill humans. So people can’t really guarantee what they are taking,” Oyawole said. A traditional medicine practitioner, Dr Gilbert Ezengige, said herbal plants should be cultivated in a healthy environment because of its significance. He said well-grown plants often have the required properties. “Whatever you consume should be able to help your system and not affect it negatively.”

OST toxic toxins start in our hearts. And for true health, healing, and happiness that’s where we need to start. The power of emotional healing: Don’t numb it, feel it. This is the hardest and first step. How many different methods do we employ to avoid feeling what we really feel? Drugs and alcohol are the easiest ways to recognise the numbing effect. But we can also use food, TV, religion, sports, crafts, or just plain emotional repression. Yes, emotions can be truly painful, but it’s the pain of living, of personal growth, of healing. Let yourself feel what’s in your heart. Truly feel it. Find a safe place and let those feelings wash over you. Do the forensics and unpeel the layers. Often, what we first think we are upset about isn't the true thing that is bothering us. Our emotions come in layers. The first layer might be anger. I am angry! But when you peel away the layers, what might truly be driving that is loneliness, or fear, or hurt. This is where talking with a therapist can really help. Sometimes it really helps to have someone help us dig out from under all those layers we've covered our hearts in. As a parent, I often find that when a child is cranky or annoyed, taking time out to sit and talk with them and help them get to the original feeling can be transformative and enlightening for everyone. Ask the universe for guidance. Sometimes it can be really hard to get to the source of what is actually causing us pain or anger. When that happens, it helps to carve out some quiet time in nature and ask for help. The universe will often speak back through nature, through "synchronicity," or through bringing you teachers, if you are open to it. Sometimes those teachers come in the form of a book,

or a situation and suddenly you realise that yes, the universe does listen! That's when detoxifying your heart starts to get fun, because it starts to feel like an adventure. Replace fear with love. Easier said than done, right? Wrong. It's easy. Whenever you feel fear, question it and the situation. Ask yourself, what would love feel like in this situation instead of fear? The world is filled with threats and meanness and angry peoplebut imagine the pain they must be feeling, the hurt in their hearts! It won't get any better by adding to it. The key here is trying to see the world from the other person's perspective. I think this gets easier as we age, since we now experience first-hand things our parents might have felt, for example. It's like exercise, the more you do it, the easier it gets. And just like exercise, you are the ultimate beneficiary. Let it out and let it go. This step requires action and the courage to act, but is key to the healing process. Once you have identified what is truly the toxin in your heart, the only way to get rid of it is to let it go. If there is something you need to say to someone. Say it. But say it with love. If there is something you need to do, a change you need to make, Make IT. But make it with love. If there is something you need to express, but don't have the words, Create it. But create it with love. Your job here is not to hurt someone else (although sometimes that happens), but to have them truly hear what you have to say. That doesn't mean they will change. In fact, they most certainly won't. But you will. You will feel better, lighter, happier, cleaner.Detoxified! Forgive yourself. Things will never be perfect. You will never be perfect. Other people certainly will never be perfect (especially me!). •




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E live in an ever-changing ding-dong, ping-pong world of science, research, technology and medicine complexes. In this world, doctors, like their patients, are captives. The doctor may be a researcher-physician. But this breed is rare. Often, he is a diagnostic agent depended on feeds from research scientists and the pharmaceutical industry. Researchers never all agree on any subject. But for the sake of not disturbing public confidence in their work, they often strike a consensus, which may be correct or wrong, and it is this consensus the doctor prescribes in his consulting room. Until Dr. Barry Marshall challenged his colleagues that surgical removal of the vagus nerve was an incorrect answer to peptic ulcer, in their wrong belief that this nerve activated acid pumps in the stomach, surgery was the trend which was gradually giving way to acid-pump inhibitor drugs. So much money had been pumped into the research of two of these, Taga met for example, and Dr Marshall posed a threat to the investors when he came up with the idea that Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium, was the cause of stomach ulcer. From a surgically removed ulcerated stomach ulcer tissue, he scooped out some Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), cultured it in a beaker, drank the solution, developed stomach ulcer, wiped away H.Pylori with antibiotics and cured the ulcer. How would Taga met sell if doctors changed gear? Dr Marshall almost lost his licence to practice in the controversy which followed his experiment! Dr. William Bates, too, almost lost his licence to practice optometry in New York after he said eye glasses were not the answers to focal problems. His answers were exercise, relaxation and suppleness of the six eye muscles which, when stiff, cannot effectively and efficiently adjust the eye ball to register focal objects on the retina, the light responsive portion of the eye. This natural solution would have brought the eye glasses industry to ruin. Dr. Bates survived the plots of his professional colleagues. Today, he has many disciples who have simplified his thoughts for medical lay persons. I have just begun to read the book of one of them, Martin Brofman entitled IMPROVE YOUR VISION in which he says, for example: "Our physical eyes are the organs of outer perception but they also relate to our inner perceptions. Eyesight is not just a physical process involving acuity, it is a multidimensional function affecting and affected by our emotional and Mental State of Being. Eyesight is also linked to personality and each type of vision impairment correlates with a specific personality type" I am a long-sighted person, and I am futuristic to a fault. I have found, too, that many short-sighted people, that is people who cannot see distant objects without the aid of certain eye glasses, are people who are easily unnerved by fleeting events or matters of the moment. In short-sighted people, the focused image does not reach the retina, and, so, cannot register in the brain; in far sighted people, it registers past the retina. I engage in exercises which focus the eyes on the tip of my nose for some time. But, going by the Bates method, I have to change some of my perceptions of existence to rid myself of the emotional stresses which, he says, register on the muscles of the eyes as in any other organ. Consider, for example the status of the OBLIQUE MUSCLES. They wrap around the eyeball like a belt on the waist line. The one above is called the superior oblique muscle, the one below the inferior. When these muscles are tense and contract, they alter the shape of the eyeball, flattening it. And this affects light transmission. Dr Bates and his disciples say eye glasses merely force vision through whereas the right solution consists of eye muscle exercise, nutrition and emotional balance, all of which are aimed at relaxing these tension-soaked and contracted muscles. Thus, the healing of faulty vision has both external and internal handles. In the introduction to IMPROVE YOUR VISION, author says of the internal handle: "If you have impaired vision, you have not been yourself. You have hidden or suppressed your real self, or lived according to an image of what you think you should be. Can you imagine what your life will be like when you discover you don't have to do that, and you can be the real YOU? Will you feel fear?" ONE of the legacies Dr Bates left behind after his death in 1931 was the success story of the author of IMPROVE YOUR VISION in the INTRODUCTION SECTION of this book. In 1975, he suffered from a cancer in the spinal cord for which his doctors gave him just one month of live. In that period, he learned about how this perceptions and emotional stresses may have given rise to this condition, went off unappetising prescription diet, the doctors had prescribed for him since he was going to die, anyway, changed his perceptions and survived the cancer.! His world view changed, and he found medicine can be a ping-pong! We live in an ever changing world. Last Thursday, some readers of this column telephoned me to ask if I had heard the news that day of a research which suggested that Vitamin C had caused kidney stones in some people. The callers did not say if the research was Nigerian or foreign, or of where the news was published. The wife of one of them declined immediately to follow the daily family routine of taking 1000mg, of alkaline Vitamin C with breakfast. I told her husband, who often called me, that my wife and I and our children, when they were at home, took this much dosage of alkaline Vitamin C regularly for many years and have reported no signs of kidney stones. I appreciated the fear of his wife. You have to have lots of nerves not to be "four legged" after you have been "forewarned," as the Pyrates used to admonish us ahead of their "sail" back on the university. For many reasons, however, including a lack of the details of their research at this time, I find it difficult to swing along with the news. But that is not to say that large doses of Vitamin C may not dispose some people to developing kidney stones, if other conditions make them potential sufferers. I will explain some of my reasons for not warming up to the report at this time.

causes joint knobs on them, and produces peppery sensations and needle prick pains on the skin in addition to joint, a knee joint damaging condition. But these researchers say Uric acid flood is protective because the body opens the Uric acid tap only when antioxidants are Balch and strangler recommend warm lemon juice drink for Uric acid clearance, the same remedy natural therapists reach out for to chase away joint, perhaps because of its alkalinizing effect.

What about phosphates

the body does not absorb well have been found to cause all sorts of problems.

Cow's milk 2) Were the study subject's cow milk drinkers? The Calcium in cow's milk has been found not only to be too dense for human needs, it is poorly absorbed and metabolised as well.

Oxalic acid 3) Do the study subjects consume a lot of oxalic acid-rich foods? Among these foods are Pumpkin vegetable (ugwu) Sorrel (sobo tea), Spinach, beans, Rhubarb, Brussel spronts, and some of those other Cruciferous vegetables widely acclaimed for high antioxidant activities. In Nigeria, pumpkin leaves previously an Igbo vegetable delicacy, has becomes an important part of the national vegetable cuisine. And because of its rich iron content, the juice is widely used for blood building as well as for treating debility and for convalescence from illness. In Lagos, the nation's commercial capital, pumpkin vegetable is the mainstay of many subsistence farmers because of the huge demand for it in homes and restaurants. I experienced a havoc excess oxalic acid can unleash many years ago at The Comet newspaper in Lagos. I had just returned from a trip to Senegal where, everywhere I went, I discovered that sorrel tea, to the Senegalese, was what tea or coffee was to the English man or woman. For several weeks, I drank sorrel tea both at home and in the office. Many of my colleagues joined the queue. Soon, my knees began to ache on exertion, especially wherever I climbed the stairs which I had to do many times a day, shuttling between my office on the third floor and the newsroom and business department, because there was no intercom connection. Thanks to my pharmacist friend from Apa, near Badagry, Mr Ogun, who, with another pharmacist friend in those days co-founded Health Acres with which Mr Akin Soname from Ikene and Mr S.K. Oluwo of blessed memory, then Managing Director of BAGCO, were connected, to produce local herbs. He told me of how oxalic acid combined with free calcium-oxalate stones especially in the kidneys. When I stopped drinking sorrel tea, my knee weakness and pains disappeared. Perhaps I did not have enough substances in my body to prevent a union of calcium and oxalic acid or to break or to dissolve it. Lately, I discovered that any time I added Crayfish to a meal, I experienced heel on alighting from bed the following morning. When I stop crayfish, the pains disappear. So, I stopped crayfish. According to James F.Balch, M.D., co-author of PRESCRIPTIONS OF DIETARY WELLNESS, and Mark strangler, N. D., in their PRESCRIPTIONS FOR NATURAL CURES, a deficiency of magnesium in the diet is a more likely cause of Kidney stones. They say: "A study of 55 people with recurrent kidney stones looked at the effect of supplementing 500mg of magnesium daily for up to 4 years. The average number of recurrences of kidney stones dropped by 90 per cent. Also, 85 per cent of the people in the study remained stonefree as compared to 41 per cent who did not supplement magnesium. Studies have also shown that the combination of Magnesium and Vitamin B6 supplementation is very effective in reducing kidney stone formation. One study of 149 people with recurrent kidney stones who supplemented B6 (10mg) and Magnesium (300mg) had 92.3 per cent improvement in stone formation.

MANY physicians do not wish to accept that an association exists between diet and the occurrence of kidney stones. But, characteristic of the ding-dong, ping-pong nature of these matters, other physicians are pressing the point. Antagonist's experiments in which calcium-rich food, uric acid-forming foods and phosphates were significally reduced in the diet and stone formation persisted. It would appear insist the proponents that not enough consideration was given to other occurrences in the kidney which support precipitation of these substance and the ensuing stone information. Such occurrences include heavy metal presence and infestation of infection agents, particularly in India. In the Western world where a lot of phosphates are consumed, especially from soft drinks and fertilizer frown food drops, there occurs more cases of kidney stones in the exposed population than in other parts of the world with minimal exposure. When in excess, phosphorus and its derivative Phosphates support Calcium leach from the bones and excretion through the urine by the kidney. If, due to any reason, including dehydration, which is common, Calcium precipitation will occur in this organ if the kidney lacks capacity to move out Calcium as fast as it cores. There are too many factors that can cause a kidney stone havoc that makes a narrowing of the searchlight unable to provide a broadsided solution. The Parathyroid glands may be a part of this picture if they malfunction and cause Calcium to leave the body at an alarming rate the kidney may not cyle wit. In the 1980s, I met a young First Class engineering graduate of the University of Lagos, who had this parathyroid gland problem. His legs were so weak that he had to walk aided by crutches. His parents, like his doctors, wanted any medicine that would normalise Parathyroid gland function. I was naive in this area. In retrospect now, I wonder if the problem wouldn't have been a case of systemic candidacies! A check of his blood under the dark field microscope would have been able to say if it was! Hormones, too, would have their own roles to play in calcium not precipitating in the kidney. Are the hormones of the research subject in a state of balance?

Dr Linus Pauling

If he has not gone too far away from the vicinity of the earth, Dr. Linus Pauling, like his disciples, would be turning in his grave, as they say, with research work on Vitamin C such as the one in reference. He devoted most of his search life to Vitamin C research. Twice, he won the Nobel Prize for his work. And each time remarkably, he had not shared the Prize with anyone, as often happens. The kernels of his work are that 1) Vitamin C is required to hold all the 100trillion cells in the adult human body together, through support for the production of collagen, the cellular cement, which is the most abundant form of protein in the body. 2) For a number of reasons, the 60mg daily recommendation set by doctors for adults is no longer sufficient in today's polluted and stress - filled life. 3) Man cannot produce or store Vitamin C for a long time like some animals. So, by the time gums are inflamed and bleeding, or the teeth are loose in their sockets, both classically sign of scurvy, much more damage of sub clinical scurvy would have occurred in the organs within. 4) To him and his colleagues, the optimum daily need of a man, had he the enzyme like some animals to produce Vitamin C, would be, per body kilogramme weight, what these animals produce to be in good health. 5) Some of these animals produce between 3,000 and 19,000 mg every day for about 154 pounds weight. For humans, the tissue saturation point of the Vitamin C was then established at, first, at 1,500mg daily, but later reevaluated at 5,000mg for this weight in healthy individuals devoid of any form of stress. 6) When guinea pigs, primates and some fish were studied, the researchers found that guinea pigs consumed about 2,000mg of Vitamin C a day when at peace with themselves and about 7,000mg to 10,000mg when under stress. From this, scientists now believe humans need about 1,000 times more Vitamin C (that is 6,000mg daily) than today's allowance of 60mg. Vitamin C has been shown to be an antioxidant, to boost immunity, sperm count, asthma, diabetes, and practically all diseases. In 1990, Dr Abram Hoffer and Dr Linus Pauling studied 12,000mg Vitamin C therapy a day on cancer patients Boron and Vitamin D whose conditions had defied surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The cancers were of the breast, ovaries, cervix, uterus DOCTORS often advice diet supplementation with a good and 61 other types. In addition to Vitamin C, the subjects were Multivitamin/Multi-mineral complex. A good one comes with given other supplements (1.5 to 3grammes of Niacin, 250mg Boron and Vitamin D, among many others, both are calcium of Vitamin B6 800 international units (I.U.) of Vitamin and mobilizes for bone mineralization. The body makes Vitamin D 30,000mg of selenium" a control group of 3 cancer patients was from cholesterol under the skin when exposed to the sun. Almost giving no supplements. For most control group patients, the every edible (bread, canned food etc) is Vitamin D fortified these average survival rate was seven months but 122 months in the days. So is cow's milk and many beverages. Can one not really treated group. Even the 20 per cent poor responders in this become overdosed with Vitamin D in these circumstances? Can an group lived twice longer than the control (placebo) group overdose not cause over-mobilisation of Calcium? And can overpatients. mobilisation of Calcium not lead to free form calcium which can Vitamin C, at much higher dosages than the conservative congeal in the absence of Magnesium and Vitamin B6, for example? doctor is preferred to 60mg a day, will continue to excite other Which Vitamin C? doctors and their patient alike. If, indeed, Vitamin C has a hand Uric acid in the formation of kidney stones as some readers of this column 1) It is unclear if the investigation distinguished between Most kidney stones are Calcium stones among other kidney reported last week, it may simply be a case of an "accessory after pharmaceutical or artificial Vitamin C and natural or "health food" the fact". The solution to such stones, therefore, has to be found at Vitamin C. It is important to know which type the kidney stone stones are Uric acid stones. Some researchers have suggested that the roots. After all, don't people who do not take Vitamin C develop sufferers took before calcium turned to stones in their kidneys. over production of Uric acid is meant to protect the body. I doubt if kidney stones? Lately, pharmaceutical Vitamins and cheap Calcium brands which Uric acid sufferers will agree. It causes joint, bends fingers and toes, e-mail: or Tel: 08034004247, 07025077303




e-Business Telecom operators used to charge subscribers exorbitantly for off-net short message service (SMS). Now the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has pegged the price at N4. Subscribers are happy, operators are licking their wounds. LUCAS AJANAKU reports

•NCC Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Eugene Juwah

•Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans

ANY did not believe it when they first saw the message, which came from their service providers. Before now, they had paid through their nose for sending messages. Then came the message placing a ceiling on the charge for short message service, popularly known as SMS. When Kehinde Albert heard about the slash in the price of off-net SMS through his service provider, his initial reaction was that of disbelief. “I saw the message of capping of off-net SMS price on my phone. I thought it was one of the gimmicks these service providers play to get customers. So, I ignored it and moved on. But I was surprised that subsequent text messages sent attracted N4. This is a good development from the NCC. It should move a little further by ensuring that service quality improves,” he said. For Wale Olaogun, secretary, Community Development Committee (CDC), Alimosho Local Government Area, his problem is that he had to pay twice for sending SMS even after the announcement of the slash by the government. “Immediately, I sent the first text, I noticed a debit of N4 before the message was sent; few seconds later, another debit for same amount. To make sure I wasn’t seeing double, I decided to confirm the balance after each message,” he recounted in a letter to The Nation, insisting that he was ripped off. Deolu Ognbanjo, president, National Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOMS), commended the NCC, arguing that with the directive, on-net SMS that used to attract N5 should now be reduced to N1 preparatory to eventual removal of payment for SMS. “We welcome the development. Since on-net SMS attracts 50 per cent of off-net charges, the operators should reduce on-net SMS to N1 per SMS,” he told The Nation. The NCC recently set a price cap of N4 per every SMS for all domestic off-net messages with effect from February 5, 2013. Before the NCC directive, it used to cost between N9 and N10 depending on the operator. No cap was placed on international SMS as demanded by the operators because interconnect rates for international SMS are determined by extraneous factors as they are terminated through carrier service providers in various jurisdictions.

Subscribers’ gain, operators’ loss


•Chief Executive Officer (CEO),MTN Nigeria, Brett Goshen

•NCC pegs sms price at N4 the Association of Licensed Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ALTON), the umbrella body of telecoms operators in the country, said the new price cap has become the last straw that will break the SMS camel’s back, saying it is not a good deal for the operators. It president Gbenga Adebayo, said the new price cap is not profitable for the telcos, lamenting that a situation where the NCC indulges in micro-managing commercial venture was not in the best interest of the industry. He said the NCC directive would push a lot of small and medium businesses out of the industry, adding that most of them have entered into contractual agreement with the service providers before the regulator’s directive. “SMS traffic over the last two or three years when Blackberry messenger and WhatsApp introduced free internet-based messages, which became popular, has dwindled. So, this last straw that the NCC has thrown is just to kill SMS business for service providers because there is meagre revenue from there. Few people use SMS and NCC is placing a N4 price cap on it. It is very bad for our business. “Other than operators, there other value adding providers who buy bulk SMS and resell. This kind of directive would kill this business segment. A lot of them have contracts with the operators, which are longterm contracts,” the ALTON boss said. ALTON’s fears may not be funfounded.

According to a report by Ovum, by next year, telecoms carriers globally would lose $54 billion accruing from the use of SMS due to the increasing popularity of social messaging services - messaging within social networks - on smartphones. Aside Blackberry, WhatsApp, one of the more prominent social messaging brands, has seen its levels of penetration increase in Nigeria, Singapore and the Netherlands. Ovum said this level of growth would continue as smartphone and mobile broadband penetration increases, and expects smaller players, such as textPlus, Pinterest, and Fring to cause further disruption in the messaging space. He noted that the figure is more than double the $23 billion they are expected to have lost by the end of last year, adding that collaboration with handset manufacturers is imperative if operators are to remain relevant and competitive in the instant messaging industry. The new report, which addresses how operators can counteract the social messaging threat from over-the-top (OTT) players, also highlighted the rapid increase in the number of such players, and demonstrates that social messaging is not a short-term trend, but a shift in communication patterns. Said Neha Dharia, “Social messaging is becoming more pervasive, and operators are coming under increased pressure to drive revenues from the messaging component of their communications busi-

‘SMS traffic over the last two or three years when Blackberry messenger and WhatsApp introduced free internet-based messages, which became popular, has dwindled. So, this last straw that the NCC has thrown is just to kill SMS business for service providers because there is meagre revenue from there. Few people use SMS and NCC is placing a N4 price cap on it. It is very bad for our business’

•Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya

nesses. “Operators need to understand the impact of social messaging apps on consumer behaviour, both in terms of changing communication patterns and the impact on SMS revenues, and offer services to suit. OTT players are changing consumers’ messaging preferences, and the pressure they are exerting on operators’ messaging services is forcing them to offer increased SMS bundles and to experiment with messaging pricing models, further dampening revenue growth,” says Dharia. According to Ovum, the importance of collaboration cannot be underestimated as operators look to a Rich Communication Suite (RCS) platform to provide consumers with features such as file sharing, video calls, and internet protocol (IP)-based messaging. But RCS is not expected to reach the mass market before 2014, so for the time being operators will have to rely on innovative pricing strategies, partnerships, and launching operator-branded IP messaging services to keep up with the changing demand. “To take advantage of RCS when the time comes, operators will have to have a strong market presence. This means that they need to move to social messaging now in order to make sure OTT players are not in a better position to take advantage of future opportunities,” says Dharia. But the Director, Legal and Regulatory Services of NCC, Ms. Josephine Amuwa, disagrees. She said the decision was taken after evaluating and analysing SMS traffic information provided by the operators. “There was a recognition that the cost of SMS is too high, especially in view of the inter-connection rate of N1.02 for SMS as determined by the Commission in 2009.” Ms. Amuwa said based on these considerations, and in the interest of striking a balance between sustaining operator’s profitability and ensuring consumer satisfaction, and also in accordance with the powers conferred on the Commission under Sections 4 and Chapter V11 of the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003, it took the decision to set the price cap which “shall be implemented within 30 days from the date of the directive.”




Tokunbo computers harmful to health, says society T HE Nigerian Computer Society (NCS) has raised the alarm over importation of used computers , warning of its potential threat to health, safety and environment. The importation, it added is a disincentive to the growth of the local computer industry. Its President, Sir Demola Aladekomo, said whle the body is working with the Federal Government to address the issue, some Nigerians care bringing the products into the country illegally. “We are worried about the importation of used computers and want the Federal Government to discourage it. Computers are becoming cheaper; they are being assembled in Nigeria. I see no reason why it is not affordable to the local people. The more we patronise our local producers, the better for us. So, we are working with the Federal Government in this respect but unfortunately, you have grey imports and you have unscrupulous importers that bring in these computers,” he said. On the quality of computers assembled locally, he said they are at par

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with the ones from China, Taiwan and even the United States of America (USA) as the components were sourced from the same source. “I do not think that the locally assembled computers are substandard. It may be a case of just wanting to give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. The computers that are assembled in Nigeria are not inferior to the ones assembled in China, Taiwan and the US. They are all assembled, the components come from the same manufacturers, the OS (operating system) come from the same sources. So, I do not see anything that makes computers assembled in Nigeria inferior,” Aladekomo said. The NCS boss said he would have been worried if the silicon tubes were manufactured in the country, adding that all the international players in the industry also import silicon tubes from the same source Nigerians import theirs.

“If you are doing the silicon tube in Nigeria, I will be worried. It’s just like Dell, HP, IBW, all import their silicon chips. The number of companies doing chips in the world are few, so they all import from the same source. It is the same OS, whether it is from Microsoft, Linux or Apple. They come from the same source. So, I do not see why Nigerian computers should be labelled inferior. That is not correct,” he said. According to experts, computer monitors that contain cathode ray tubes is one of the electronic items that constitute dangers to HSE because they contian over 1,000 different chemical substances found in their waste, many of which are toxic. Metals, such as lead and tin, copper, cadmium, mercury, brominated flame retardants, barium, antimony, and beryllium, are said to be contained the wastes arising from the use of computers and other electronic products.

Otudeko to chair digital confab


IRTEL Nigeria Chairman, Mr Ayoola Oba Otudeko, will chair the forthcoming Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition, slated for April 23 to 25 in Abuja. According to a statement from the convener of the confab, Dr. Evans Woherem, MD/CEO of Compumetrics Solutions Limited, he is excited by the gesture of the foremost industrialist. “We are delighted that this distinguished Nigerian, foremost investor, and respected African business leader will chair the 3-day Digital Africa 2013.” Mr Oba Otudeko was the pioneer chairman of the NigerianSouth African Chamber of Commerce which he led from May 2000 till June 2011. During this period,

trade between both countries grew from $16.5 million in 1999 to $2.9 billion in 2010. Giving an update about the event, Woherem said, “Our focus is to bring ICT people from Africa and the rest of the world to interact closely with the users and consumers of ICT across major sectors of the society such as agriculture, SMEs, hospitals and clinics.” “The aim of this continental technology gathering is to promote a better integrated Africa, using modern ICT tools. The event is therefore an important platform to network, share knowledge on the latest developments in the ICT world, do business, and sign deals”.

Firm unveils Internet products


NTERNET security firm, Norton by Symantec, has released the latest versions of its security products into the market. They are Norton 360, Norton Internet Security, and Norton Anti-Virus. The products are Windows 8 compatible and engineered to make Windows 8 safer and faster compared with running Windows Defender on Windows 8. In a statement, the Group Presi-

dent, Consumer Business Unit, Symantec, Janice Chaffin, said the products will guarantee the security of users online. “According to this year’s Norton Cybercrime Report, one in 10 social network users said they’d fallen victim to a scam or fake link on social network platforms. Today, consumers are living nearly every aspect of their lives online and often putting personal information at risk.“

Airtel, others partner on Blackberry 10


•From left: Head, Data Messaging, Applications & Devices, Etisalat Nigeria, Okung Ebiefie; Chief Executive Officer, PTV Phones, Banji Adesanmi and Director, Products & Services, Etisalat Nigeria, Lucas Dada, at the launch of Blackberry 10 in South Africa.

Banks, govt agencies, others risk IT security breach A

N information technology (IT) expert has warned that banks, other financial institutions, government agencies, universities and other corporate organisations may become targets of young people with IT skills if unemployment persists. Tim Akano, vicechairman, WiniGroup Incorporation, an America-based IT security and business solutions company, warned that brilliant young hackers will attack on the data banks of these organisations and sell to others. “IT security is already a major concern globally which threat will become more serious in 2013 and beyond. In Nigeria, IT security is usually handled with levity. With

more young people acquiring IT skills and with little opportunity to earn a decent income due to poor infrastructure that will make them transit to technopreneure, these youths will turn to vulnerable banks, universities, government agencies and other corporate organisations to earn huge income by hacking into their database and sell(ing) it for handsome fees in the online booming black market,” Akano who is also chief executive officer of New Horizons Nigeria Limited, said. According to him, organisations will have to embrace encryption to stave off attacks. “The way out

of this pending hackingearthquake is for organisation to embrace encryption. Organisation that will go unhurt, unembarrassed and stand protected this year and beyond will need what I call:’’7-Layer IT-Security Sweater’’ to cover its origination’s body. Fortunately, this 7-Layer ITSecurity Sweater’’ already exists in Nigeria,” he said, warning that the recent news about the hacking of the Federal Reserve’s and Wall Street Journal’s and Twitter accounts in the America is a tip of an iceberg as to what will come this year.

Benefits of social networking sites, by expert


HARING ideas about entrepreneurship and getting feedback from customers are some of the advantages of social networking sites, Mr Gboyega Adelowore, general manager, Yookos Nigeria, a pan African social networking site, has said. “Social networking sites are platforms that make social engagement a lot easier. It’s not just about making friends but also engaging brands for products and services. With greater inclusion in social networking, we see more idea sharing and entrepreneur rising. Also, brands now find it a lot easier to engage their customers and get useful feedbacks that can help them

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grow. These are important for the growth of any economy,” he told The Nation in Lagos. He added: “Deep internet penetration directly impacts trade through exchange of ideas, goods and services and social networking sites make it easy. This is extremely important.” Speaking about Yookos, he said the firm has embarked on initiatives to match the social networking requirements of social media users by offering an exciting and engaging product. He said that the release of the desktop version dovetails the recent launch of its much anticipated

mobile web version late last year in Johannesburg, South Africa. By offering the mobile version meant especially for feature phones, Yookos has made it possible for more people to join the fastest growing social network in Africa, he explained. According to him, what makes Yookos to be a social networking site of choice is its ability to blend a multiplicity of social media functionalities and features into one intuitive and robust platform. Thus, its users do not have to have accounts on diverse social media platforms as all their requirements are met on a single platform.

IRTEL and MTN have sealed deals with Research In Motion (RIM). The deal will see Nigerians have the opportunity to own the latest BlackBerry Z10 smartphone by pre-ordering for the device through their shops across the country. Airtel says customers who preorderfor the latest BlackBerry Z10 smartphone would be provided with the opportunity of having the device delivered to the nearest sales point of their choice for pick up. For N100, 000 only, Airtel customers would have the privilege of owning the latest device from BlackBerry complete with smart features that would provide them with distinctive communication experience. Airtel’s Chief Marketing Officer, Olu Akanmu, said the company’s superior and widest 3.75G coverage across the country would complement the unique computing fea-

tures of the smartphone to provide customers with a delightful internet experience irrespective of their location. “Our partnership with BlackBerry to serve Nigerian consumers with one of the best in-class telecommunication technology product firms up Airtel’s resolve to dictate the pace of innovation and value creation in the Nigerian telecoms market in our quest to become the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians”, he said. For MTN, the deal will make its customers in Nigeria to be among the first users in the world to experience the new, wave-making Blackberry Z10 smartphone which is the first smartphone based on the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform, giving customers a powerful and unique new mobile computing experience.

‘Why Lagos software institute is yet to take off’


HE Lagos State government is planning to float a Software Institute in the state to create jobs and harness the huge financial potentials of information communication technology. State Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje, who made this known this at the Abat Centre, said that the project has not taken off because of the need to do proper homework on it. He said the government is however, resolutely committed to using science and technology to drive the economic development of the state. According to him, software devel-

opment is one aspect of the technological space that is capable of local value add to both the state and national economy. “We are still on the project. The concept is there. It has a physical component which is the building. What we want to do is do something differently. We want to be creative and build something that is futuristic. We want to use sustainable materials that are friendly to the environment, we are looking at alternative sources of power not only because power is problem but because it is environmentfriendly. A lot has been done at the back end as to what we want to achieve (form the project),” he said.

Sidmach Tech rewards workers


IDMACH Technologies Nigeria Limited, a foremost ICT company in a bid to motivate staff and friends of the company, recently celebrated them for their efforts at moving the company forward. The company presented special awards to Major General Sebastian Achulike Owuama (Rtd); Dr. Mohammed Sakiwa Abdulrahman and Mrs. Deborah Tinuola Ajayi in appreciation of their support and contribu-

tions to the growth of company. The chairman, Mr. Mike Olajide speaking on the awards said: “Today is awesome; I am excited that Sidmach has grown to this level. We have been in business for 18 years now and we have no abandoned project.” Mr. Olajide explained that the Company also maintained its presence in the public and private sectors of the economy and delivered best-in-class solutions and services to customers and stakeholders.










‘At 80, Okunnu remains a guiding light’ •Text of a special tribute by Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the 80th birthday anniversary of elderstateman Alhaji Femi Okunnu at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victorial Island,Lagos...on Tuesday


AM a young man. Indeed, I am a very, very young man. By the look on many of your faces, I suspect many disagree with what I just said. A few of you may even think that the talks of merger have forced me to take leave of my senses. Well, I am not worried about what most people think because I know, beyond the shadow of doubt, that there is at least one person here who surely agrees with my position. And since his is the only opinion that matters today, I stand affirmed and vindicated. That person is the great son of Africa, A Nigerian patriot par excellence, Alhaji Femi Okunnu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and Commander of the Order of Niger (CON). A man who has lived a bountiful, wise and generous life for a century, less just 20 years. Surely, he agrees that I am a young man. Alhaji, for all the fine things you are and for the great things you have done in the lives of the people, I pray that our Almighty yet Beneficent God give unto you countless more years. I pray that the coming years shine even more brighter than the older ones. May this be the best of the birthdays you have already marked but the least of those to come. As young men do, I sometimes wonder in amazement at the feats of those who cleared the path so the rest of us may walk in the right direction. In the case of Alhaji Okunnu, one does not have to wonder for too long how he became one of the most accomplished, refined men of this generation. One only has to see the intelligent commitment and discipline he brought to all his endeavours, whether private or public. One can glean greatness from the courageous life he led in his youth as a sportsman and nationalist on the streets of London. Indeed, his careers as a lawyer and administrator are testimonies in sagacity and great industry. He never put his name to something that was not good; everything he put his name come out better than it was. It is not hard to understand why, at eighty years of age, Alhaji remains a guiding light and positive influence on all of us. Again, as a young man, I look at Alhaji Okunnu and wonder. To understand why he remains a revered man of influence, one only has to read of his deeds and actions. When a man has done great things, he can keep silent and let his accomplishments and admirers speak. Now you know why Alhaji is a man of few words. One word from him is more valuable than a long talk with most other people. Let us recall his service to humanity and the emancipation of our beloved Africa from the grip of colonialism as a former student leader and vice president of the West African Students’ Union in the United Kingdom (UK). Let us recall his service to the evolution of Nigeria’s legal system as an active member of the executive committee of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), editor of the Nigerian Bar Journal and a prolific writer who preserved


for posterity his wealth of knowledge and experience in the scholarly books he has authored. Perhaps more importantly, we must recall his contributions to building this nation as an exceptional administrator who, as a very, very young man himself, left a legacy of excellence as a former Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing. He set the standard for that office; a standard that is yet to be exceeded or even equaled by those who succeeded him. Let us speak of his heroic service to the nation during the civil war when he bravely and adeptly facilitated negotiations between the feuding sides. He did not play it safe to protect himself or his professional career. At a time when the nation needed him in order to survive, he showed himself to be a man of vision and diplomatic grace. He was one of those who helped mend the broken nation and those who gave the future generations a chance to live and prosper in an intact and greater Nigeria. For this, our debt to him is so profound that it can never be redeemed in full. And let shine the light on Alhaji’s multiple invaluable contributions to the formation, growth and sustenance of Lagos State. Indeed, Alhaji Okunnu’s service has earned him a choice place in the hall of heroes of Nigeria and the icons of our state. It was Okunnu, as Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing, who guided the construction of several road infrastructure we all enjoy today such as the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Sagamu-Benin-Asaba Expressway, the Warri- Benin- Auchi –Koton Karfi – Abuja Expressway, the Calabar- YolaMaiduguri Expressway and numerous highways and bridges across the country. During his tenure as the federal commissioner for Works and Housing, the length of the Federal highways increased from 7,000 miles to over 21,000 miles. Without his efforts, our transportation infrastructure would never have grown beyond its colonial legacy. The development of our economy would have been further retarded because vehicular transport would not have been reduced to a fraction of what we now have. Sometimes, one wonders how frail our nation would be if men like Alhaji Okunnu had not contributed so exceptionally to infrastructural development. Alhaji Okunnu is not only a key architect of our transportation infrastructure, he remains one of the guardians of Nigerian democracy. In the early 60s, the government actively considered the promulgation of a law authorising detention without trial. At the risk to his own life, he devoted the five-minute news talk he anchored on Radio Nigeria to rail against the malevolent measure. In his law practice, Alhaji Okunnu successfully litigated to abrogate the Ex-native Authorities and Office Holders Removal Law of Northern Nigeria. Under that law, any former public officer could be banished without trial by the fiat of the governor of Northern Ni-

geria. The law was an direct and naked affront to natural justice and Alhaji stood against the injustice even though the terrible law would never have directly affect him. It is also on record that Alhaji Okunnu successfully challenged a decree promulgated by the Federal Government allowing it to confiscate—without compensation—lands owned by state governments or individuals within 100 yards of the shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean. At this juncture, I must recall some personal and impactful experiences I had with him. He was one of my strongest guardians and in addition to guardianship from childhood, he played a most critical role as advisor during my administration from 1999 when I became the governor till 2007 when I bowed out. Besides giving me 100 per cent support during my electioneering campaign, he was the chairman of the Committee of Chairmen of the Transition Committees which drew up a blue print for the radical transformation of Lagos State that we are witnessing today. The blue print that was developed soon became the leit motif of accelerated development of Lagos. Alhaji Okunnu’s legal and administrative knowledge was invaluable at critical times. Alhaji Okunnu is a resource database particularly on land and highway matters. This you will learn more from Governor Babatude Raji Fashola’s lecture today. I must recall here four defining instances between Alhaji Okunnu and myself. First, I ran to him each time I fell into trouble waters over matters of policy. When we introduced the Property Tax, we ran into stormy weather. He said to me, “Young man, you have a good idea with a little knotty approach”. He suggested that I explain the problem areas in detail and where we were over-reaching. He reminded me of various other areas that needed reconsideration. I left it to him to rework and educate us further. I told him I won’t back down on the need to have an autonomous revenue stream to develop Lagos. Without a source of money to back up beautiful ideas, they will be dead on arrival. We set up meetings after meetings of opinion leaders. The rest is now history. Alhaji Okunnu was there all the way. He is a great problem solver. Secondly, we ran into stormy weather with former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the matter of local government areas creation, leading to the confiscation of the funds accruing to Lagos State. When we went to court, Alhaji Okunnu supported and inspired us all the way. His contribution and participation in the court action was constructive and resourceful. He also demonstrated unequal humility and sacrifice when he yielded his seniority to lead the argument to Prof. Yemi Osibanjo at the Supreme Court. Again, we ran into troubled waters on the highways for the planning of the bus and rail routes starting with BRT lane on Ikorodu Road and other demarcations. Our political adversaries were up in arms against us. Again

Firm dissociates self from threat to demolish GSM facilities

MAJOR contractor to MTN Nigeria, Procomtel Limited, has dissociated itself from a sub-contractor company, Gbaruka Resources, threatening to demolish MTN facilities in the Niger Delta over non-payment for services rendered to MTN. Gbaruka Resources, a service provider company based in Bayelsa State which is a sub-contractor to Prcomtel had threatened to demolish MTN facilities in the Niger Delta over failure to honour the contractual agreement it reached with Procomtel Limited. In a statement in Lagos, Procomtel Limited dismissed the threat by

Gbaruka Resources as not been in tandem with the rule of law, equity and good corporate governance which has been and remains its tenet as a law-abiding corporate organisation. In the statement by its General Manager, Legal service, Ms. Bolanle Opadokun, Procomtel affirmed that it was not in dispute as they were contracted by MTN Plc to build various cell sites all over the country and as such engaged the services of sub contractors like Gbaruka Resources, and a host of others to execute the contracts, for which loans were obtained

from commercial banks at high interest rates to execute the jobs in line with the Turnkey agreement with MTN. The company said while it was not in support of threat by Gbaruka Resources to go unlawful, it was greatly perplexed with the reaction of

MTN in a statement credited to Ms Funmi Omogbemigun, General Manager Corporate Affairs MTN, published in the media, where she claimed that Procomtel was engaged as a site build contractor with terms of reference to carry

Police warn vehicle owners


HE Lagos State Police Command has warned owners of abandoned vehicles parked at Alagbado, Adekunle and Igando Police Stations to remove them within 21 days or lose them to members of the public through auction. They are Mazda marked TH 781 AAA, Pajero Jeep GA 622 EKJ, Toyota Camry MC 47 LND, LT Bus XJ 680 EPE Mazda car TE 502 KJA, Paragon Bus XJ 141 JJJ, and Scania Truck CP 752 APP.


he came to my aid and educated me properly on the matter and advised me to go ahead. He had said: “The Federal Government built the road but it is used by the state. You have the authority to adapt the road to fix the challenges of traffic management.” If they try to stop you, then go to court and I will lead the action. If by way of protest, we are with you, just be peaceful”. Today with his encouragement and inspiration, BRT is a success story for Lagos residents. During the constitutional conference under Obasanjo’s administration , when I called Alhaji Okunnu to lead the state delegation, he said: “Young man, I participated in many constitutional conferences. They have not come out the way I wanted them to, maybe you should choose another man.” After a lengthy discussion and education, I looked at him straight in the face and I said “Sir, you’re not talking to your nephew, you’re talking to the Governor of Lagos State.” He was short of words. I looked at him and I could see in his eyes that he would go out of his sense of duty and passion for Lagos. Here is a man of unequal patriotism to the nation and to all of us in Lagos. There are many other instances, such as the Eko Atlantic project which could not have been possible without his support. We faced a great challenge from the Federal Government amidst the fear that the Atlantic Ocean could take over the properties on Lagos Island and Ikoyi. I thank him and Victorial Island and Ikoyi Residents’ Association (VIIRA) for supporting our policy on the transformation of the Bar Beach. Finally, I look at this exceptional man with wondrous admiration. I admire his grace and charm at 80! I admire the joy, prodigious energy and the contentment he radiates. As I do so, I see the truth in Kahlil Gibran’s observation: “I slept and I dreamt that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.” On behalf of the people of Lagos State and the entire nation, we celebrate you, Alhaji Okunnu, on your 80th Birthday; we express utmost appreciation for your service to humanity; we pray that God Almighty give you many more years to come because we truly need you to continue to help, guide and inspire us very, very young men in the years ahead. Congratulations!

ACCA launches certificate


NEW certificate has been launched by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) to support finance professionals in understanding the new International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) for small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The certificate, known as CertIFR for SMEs, is intended to ensure finance professionals understand the details of the IFRS that has been introduced for SMEs. ACCA, said in a statement: “The aim of the certificate is to ensure finance professionals will understand how the IFRS for SMEs is used around the world and know how to use it in practice. It will also enable them to examine its fundamental requirements for the benefit of preparers, auditors and users of financial statements” It explained that this IFRS has significant disclosure reductions to the full IFRS for larger companies, and different accounting treatments for some items such as goodwill Director, Learning at ACCA, Alan Hatfield said the certificate is available on-demand, so it fits around people’s jobs and lives. “The course is not just for those who want formal recognition; if you value the extra knowledge you can just take the course without completing the online assessment,” Hatfield said.






Nestle Nigeria declares N16b dividend •NSE’s index rises by 1.1 per cent


ESTLE Nigeria Plc has announced that it would distribute N14.66 billion as final cash dividends for the 2012 business year. This brings the total cash payouts for the year to N15.85 billion. The food and beverage giant had earlier declared interim dividend of N1.19 billion. In a statement made available to the investing public yesterday, Nestle Nigeria again blazed the trails as the first quoted company to release its audited report and accounts for the year ended December 31, 2012. The board of Nestle Nigeria indicated it would recommend a final dividend per share of N18.50 in addition to interim dividend of N1.50 paid in December 2012, bringing total dividend per share to N20. Key extracts of the audited report and accounts showed a general improvement in the profitability of the company. On the average, Nestle Nigeria made N21.46 in pre-tax profit on every N100 unit of sales in 2012 as against N18.58

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recorded in previous year. Gross profit margin also improved from 41.44 per cent in 2011 to 42.99 per cent in 2012. While total sales rose by 19.1 per cent, improved cost management magnified the impact of sales growth on the bottom-line, pushing pre and post-tax profits up by 37.64 per cent and 28.12 per cent respectively. Total sales stood at N116.71 billion in 2012 as against N97.96 billion in 2011. Gross profit rose from N40.59 billion to N50.17 billion. Profit before tax increased to N25.05 billion in 2012 compared with N18.20 billion in 2011. Profit after tax rose from N16.50 billion to N21.14 billion. With these, earnings per share improved from N20.81 in 2011 to N26.67 Nestle Nigeria, the highestpriced stock on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, rallied further on the back of the results, leading the advancers with a gain of N71 to close at a high of N981. With highly capitalised stocks leading the rally, the

main index at the NSE, the All Share Index (ASI) rose by 1.12 per cent to close at 33,708.18 points as against its opening index of 33,335.11 points. Aggregate market capitalisation of all equities increased by N12 billion to close at N10.8 trillion as against its opening value of N10.7 trillion. Other top gainers included Nigerian Breweries, which rose by N7.99 to close at N169.99. Dangote Cement added N1.99 to close at N146.99. Presco rose by N1.65 to close at N25.90 while Cadbury Nigeria added N1.59 to close at N40.80 per share. On the downside, Julius Berger Plc led the decliners with a loss of N5.99 to close at N54 per share. Guinness Nigeria followed with a loss of N5 to close at N275. PZ Cussons Nigeria dropped by N3.25 to close at N37. Okomu Oil Palm lost N2.99 to close at N58 while GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria slipped by N1.77 to close at N47.96 per share. Turnover stood at 434.2 million shares valued at N4.35 billion in 7,293 deals. FBN Holdings was the most active stock with a turnover of 39.51 million shares valued at N790.01 million in 755 deals. Fidelity Bank was the second most active stock with a turnover of 32.50 million shares worth N108.32 million in 210 deals while Unity Bank placed third with a turnover of 29.95 million shares valued at N26.78 million in 224 deals.





Bankers’ Committee to engage NCC on cash-less policy


HE Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Sanusi Lamido has said that the Bankers’ Committee is currently working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and other service providers to ensure that some of the challenges of cash-less policy are addressed. Sanusi said this at the fourth annual investors’ forum organised by Renaissance Capital (RenCap) in Lagos. The CBN governor expressed satisfaction with the level of progress made

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on the cashless policy. “The numbers done in terms of Points of Sale (PoS), Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are very remarkable. We started last year with 5000 PoS machines, we ended the year with 165,000 PoS machines. Mobile banking for example, in January was doing N4 million per month, by December last year, it went up to N8 billion. It is moving up and we hope it continues,” he added. Sanusi stressed that some of the challenges confronted

by the policy had to do with telecommunication. He said: “If you want to move data for example, you need more bandwidth. It is not enough to have PoS terminals, or to have ATMs, there is need to expand the bandwidth. There are operational issues, simple things such as: my name is Mohammed Michael in one bank and there is Michael Mohammed in another bank, you will be amazed that you do a transaction on the PoS and you have operational issues because the name doesn’t match. So these are all small

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things that we discovered. We can say that we are not where we want to be, but definitely we are inching closer and we will get there”.

DMO: Infrastructure gap needs to be bridged


HE appalling state of infrastructure in the country needs to be urgently fixed, Director-General, Debt Debt Management Office (DMO), Abraham Nwankwo has said. Speaking at the sidelines of Standard Bank West Africa Investors’ Conference held in Lagos, he said that only an efficient infrastructure will enable the country achieve the growth indexes it desires. Nwankwo, who was represented by DMO Executive, Pat Oniha, said the agency has significant of the N3 trillion pension fund invested in equities. He said that the Nigerian Capital Market has progressed rapidly, return-

ing huge profits for investors mainly because of rising confidence in the market. The highlights from the presentations and discussions at the forum indicated that Nigeria’s pension sector currently has 5.32 million registered contributors. According to PenCom, there are currently N3 trillion in pension assets with 5.3 million registered pension contributors, about 64 per cent of whom are below 40 years. It said that only 25 to 30 per cent of quoted stocks are active on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). The Commission also said about that same percentage meets minimum criteria for pension funds investment and

countries holding only three per cent of long-term funds (LTFs) globally while developed countries hold 34 per cent and emerging economies hold the majority 63 per cent.

this form up to 80 per cent of the trading activities in the market. It also said that countries with large pool of funds generally have better developed economies, with developing


FRICA Exchange Holdings (AFEX) has announced the appointment of Paul Kukubo, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Information, Communication and Technology Board as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for its East Africa Exchange (EAX) subsidiary in Rwanda. Also, John BoscoSebabi, Di-

By Sampson Unamka

rector General at the National Bank of Rwanda will take up the positions of Chief Operating Officer. In a statement, the firm said the appointment was in line with its strategy to build commodity exchanges across Africa. The EAX appointment, which was co-founded by

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Rwanda. Both Kukubo and Sebabi bring the intellectual capital and operational experience we need to deliver the full economic and social impact of this Exchange. “As AFEX expands across Africa into Nigeria , we will continue to recruit high caliber leaders with the expertise to build world-class infrastructure and deliver on our vision.”



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Heirs Holdings, the pan-African investment company, and Berggruen Holdings, came shortly after the exchange was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos by Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Heirs Holdings said: “AFEX has been set up to transform commodities trading in Africa, starting with agriculture in





HE naira appreciated for a second day, reaching its highest in more than a week, as dollar inflows into the nation’s fixed-income securities boosted supply, Bloomberg reported yesterday. The currency of Africa’s biggest oil producer gained less than 0.1 per cent to 157.28 per dollar, its strongest level on a closing basis since February 11. Nigeria plans to sell N170.65 billion ($1.1 billion) of 91-day, 182-day and 364-day treasury bills at an auction today, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said February 13. The nation’s one-year bill yield fell to the lowest in 16 months at a February 6 sale, as offshore demand took bids to a record. The naira has gained from inflows to oil companies investing in Nigeria’s hydrocarbons and portfolio funds, Governor Lamido Sanusi said Jan. 21. “The naira is supported by dollar inflows from foreign investors buying various local-currency debt securities,” Tunde Ladipo, chief executive officer of Lagos-based Valuechain Investment Ltd., said. “Interest on the bills is sustained following the release of lower headline inflation figures.” The nation’s inflation rate fell to nine per cent in January from 12 per cent in December, the lowest level since April 2008, as the effect of a year-earlier reduction in fuel subsidies dropped out of the calculation, the Abuja-based National Bureau of Statistics said February 18. The CBN sold $120 million at a foreign currency auction yesterday to support the naira, matching the previous sale on February 18, at N155.74 per dollar, it said. The yield on the country’s 16.39 per cent domestic bonds due January 2022 declined eight basis points to 10.41 per cent in the secondary market, according to yesterday’s data on the Financial Markets Dealers Association website. Borrowing costs on Nigeria’s $500 million of Eurobonds due January 2021 fell two basis points to 4.385 per cent yesterday.

AFEX appoints CEO, COO


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Obi: hold public officers accountable •Oduah is Champion Man of the Year


NAMBRA State Governor Peter Obi has urged Nigerians to hold elected office holders accountable on how they utilise public funds. He said the essence of genuine leadership is giving service to the people. Obi spoke on Tuesday night at The Champion Man of the Year ceremony in Lagos. The Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, was conferred with the Man of the Year award. The governor said there is nothing strange in the electorate calling on elected officials to give account of what they do with the allocation they receive from the Federation Account. Obi said the concept of governance has been misinterpreted in Nigeria, because people find it difficult to correct public officers because of what they expect to benefit. He observed that sycophancy is fast becoming a sub-culture in Nigeria. Obi said:” There are many

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good people in this country, but the problem of Nigeria is about all of us. “This is because we find it difficult to challenge people in position of authority, on what they do with public funds. “ It is regrettable that only kids these days will tell you the truth. “The culture of sycophancy is fast gaining ground. He, therefore, urged Oduah, not to be carried away by the euphoria of the award. Guest lecturer, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Lagos, Prof. Ibidapo Obe, said for Nigeria to move forward, its leaders must show the capacity for vision, courage and justice. Obe said the qualities the ideal Nigerian leader must possess include vision and imagination to lead the country on the path of integrity. He said until leaders

•Obi presenting the award to Ms Oduah. With them are Iwuanyanwu (left), Managing Director of The Champion Mrs Nwadiuto Iheakanwa and Eze Cletus Ilomunanya .

synergise collective capacity, without putting merit at the bottom of the ladder, the road to transformation may not be far in sight. Obe canvassed a return to regional administration, a proposal, he said, would accelerate the march towards greatness. Also speaking, the chair-

man of Champion Newspapers, Chief Emmanual Iwuanyanwu, described the almagamation of Southern and Northern Protectorates in 1914 as a convenient arrangement by the colonial masters, rather than achieving unity for Nigeria. He said Nigeria, could accelerate its development, if


it uses its natural and human resources. Oduah said : “A lot has been said about the milestones we have attained in the transformation drive in the aviation sector. “ I only need to add that we are just beginning; the mission is far from being accomplished.

“This award is therefore significant in one profound respect – it challenges me and my team in the ministry not to rest on our oars, but to continue to do all we can to expand the frontiers of transformation in the aviation industry beyond what we are seeing today.”

Meeting on stolen artefacts ends MEETING between In a communiqué at the end Nigeria and represen- without hope of the meeting, the museum

tatives of five European museums on stolen artefacts from the Benin Kingdom ended without an agreement on when the objects would be returned. No British representative was present at the meeting. But it was learnt that she may have missed her flight Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation Edem Duke on Tuesday told the European representatives that the Federal Government needs the stolen Benin bronzes to promote the nation’s rich cultural history. Professor Emeritus and

From Osagie Otabor, Benin

Consultant to National Museums and Monuments Prof. Folarin Shyllon told reporters at a briefing that opting for legal action to retrieve the artefacts was a complicated matter for Nigeria. He explained that Nigeria, being a signatory to the United Nations Economic and Social Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO’s) 1970 and 1995 Conventions, could only employ mediation and negotiation through UNESCO’s Inter-Conventional Committee.

Airhiavbere dispels expulsion rumours


HE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the Edo governorship election, Charles Airhiavbere, yesterday said there was no plan to expel him from the party following his decision to challenge the outcome of the election. Airhiavbere, who spoke to reporters at the Benin Airport ,described those peddling the rumour as ‘busy bodies’. According to him, “that’s not true. I am a chieftain of the PDP.

From Osagie Otabor, Benin

“I remain the governorship candidate in Edo State. “Our desire is to continually wax stronger and to ensure that democracy is built in Edo State.” On the chances of the PDP in the local government elections, Airhiavbere said the PDP would give the ruling party a tough time. “From what you have seen today, it showed that we are a formidable opposition in the state. “PDP is still very strong in Edo State,” he added.

experts agreed to develop a data bank on Benin art collections in form of a digital archive of electronic and hard copies. It said all collaborating institutions shall have the right to produce free of charge photographs of Benin art objects. NCMM Director-General Yusuf Usman said the meetings have helped to discover where Benin objects were kept all over the world. Dr. Peter Juuge of Ethnological Museum, Berlin, Germany, assured that Benin objects would be in Nigeria for public display in the future.

Herdsmen kill two in Delta From Polycarp Orosevwotu, Warri


WO people have been killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Tuesday in Uwheru, Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State. Sources said the deceased, Omosivwe Areko and Samson Erhuvwuareyor were going to fish when the Fulani herdsmen came out from hiding and shot them. The source claimed that Fulani herdsmen have been terrorising the community. Divisional Police Officer Gado Garaje said he has sent his men into the bush but cannot confirm whether anybody has been killed.

Wabara to Orji: let’s stick to zoning


ORMER Senate President Adolphus Wabara has appealed to Abia State Governor Theodore Orji to ensure that the next governor comes from Abia South Senatorial zone. In his speech at a meeting in Ohambele, Ukwa East Local Government, Wabara said the time has come when the people of the area should decide their fate. At the end of the meeting, the participants issued a four-point communiqué in which

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they urged Orji and other political stakeholders to maintain what they described as “the zoning formula” in the state by endorsing that the next governor comes from Abia South Senatorial zone. The group said honouring the formula ‘would make for equity and meet the dictates of natural justice, since Abia North has ruled the state for eight years and Abia-Central is having its turn through Orji.




Lawyers hail Odi judgment •Call for Obasanjo’s prosecution We’ve been vindicated, say activists


AWYERS yesterday lauded the court judgment ordering the Federal Government to pay N37.618billion to Odi community in Bayelsa State. Odi community was invaded by soldiers, acting on the orders of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, 14 years ago. Justice Lambi Akanbi of a Federal High Court, Port Harcourt, awarded the damage in his judgment on the N100billion suit filed against the Federal Government. The judgment is coming few months after the former President in Warri, Delta State, defended his deployment of troops to Odi. Lawyers, who spoke in separate interviews, described the judgment as a warning to public office holders not to take laws into their hands. They called for Obasanjo’s prosecution, saying the judgment would assuage the pain and trauma the people have gone through. Those who commented on the judgment include professors of law, Taiwo Osinbajo and Itse Sagay, (SANs), as well as constitutional lawyer, Dr. Fred Agbaje. Osinbajo said the judgment was a good development because it has vindicated the people, who were treated unfairly. He said: “I think it is a good development. It shows that the rule of law has prevailed. “That action by the Obasanjo administration was extra-judicial killing of unarmed people. “I am sure the judgment

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IGER Delta activist, Timi Frank, yesterday hailed the court judgment ordering the Federal Government to pay N37.618billion as damages and compensation for the Odi massacre. The judgment is coming 14 years after the military invasion of Odi in Bayelsa State. Frank, in a statement in Abuja, said the ruling has vindicated the people. He called for the prosecution of former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the violation of human rights. The activist vowed to lead a mass demonstration in Abuja, if the Federal Government refuses to adhere to the court’s ruling. He said: “When the government of former President Olusegun Obasanjo ordered soldiers to invade Odi 14 years ago, we cried foul against the genocide but nobody listened. “Because it was foolhardy to engage the military with bare hands the courageous people of Odi decided to seek justice in the court. ”Today we are happy that our faith in the judiciary was not misplaced. “Today we can say that the judiciary has lived up to its billings as the last hope of the common man.

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will be a pointer to our leaders to be mindful of their actions and reactions while in office because they will be made to account for it.” To Sagay, the court was protecting the right to life of a people. “To kill innocent people is a crime against humanity. What the court did was to hold the Federal Government responsible and I think that is a signal to public office holders to avoid human rights abuse. “It is a commendable decision and will serve as a deter-

rent,” he said. Sagay, who said the massacre was a genocide, noted that Obasanjo has immunity under the law because he acted when he was president. He said: “Obasanjo is protected under our laws because it was an action he engaged in while in government. “But it does not stop the International Criminal Court (ICC) from prosecuting him on crimes against humanity. “He is not protected under international law. “So, the ICC can try him for genocide or crime against

From Osemwengie Ben Ogbemudia, Beninaa

From Vincent Ikuomola, Abuja and Bisi Olaniyi, Port Harcourt

“Today, the judiciary has made the innocent people of Odi have the last laugh . A former Chairman of Odi Local Government, Tari Bolou, said with the judgment, the displaced people will now return home. Bolou said with the landmark judgment, God has answered the prayers of Odi. He said: “We (Odi people) feel elated with the judgment. “We are very happy. God has heard our prayers and cries for justice. “The displaced people have not been able to return home because of lack of money. We will use part of the money to rebuild houses for the displaced people. “The violation of the rights of Odi people is uncalled for.” A human rights lawyer, Ken Atsuwete, urged the Federal Government not to appeal the judgment. Atsuwete urged President Goodluck Jonathan to direct the Attorney-General of the Federation to ensure speedy implementation of the judgment. “Justice must not be delayed through appeal. The Odi people deserve to be adequately compensated.” humanity if it wants to.” Agbaje described the judgment as the best thing to have happened to the government. He, however, raised issues with the judgment sum, which he said should have been higher than N37.6billion. The lawyer said Obasanjo should be tried for committing genocide. Agbaje said: “It is both timely and expected, except that the judgment sum is low compared to the trauma and loss of lives and properties the people of Odi suffered. “If I have my way, such pu-

nitive measure should be paid personally by Obasanjo. “The greatest lesson for the government is that evil doers in government have no hiding place. “The judgment is a lesson to the executive arm and security agents that when next they are sent on a mad mission, they should use their senses rightly. “The summary of my talk is that the likes of Obasanjo must be made to face trial. “He should face trial just like Charles Taylor is facing at the ICC.”

‘Don’t divert relief materials’ From Nicholas Kalu, Calabar


ROSS State Acting Gov ernor Efiok Cobham has warned against the diversion of relief materials meant for flood victims. He said politicising the distribution of the materials, would not only be gross disservice but criminal. The Acting Governor spoke at the handing over of relief materials to the Chairman of Etung Local Government. Cobham, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Eyo Okpo-Ene, said the materials were meant to cushion the effect of the flood.

THE much-awaited list of Edo State commissionernominees’ was finally presented to the House of Assembly yesterday. The Speaker, Uyi Igbe, read the letter by Governor Adams Oshiomhole to the House. Former commissioners who made the list are: Clem Agba, Louis Odion, Francis Evbuomwan, Inegbedion John, Ekpenisi Omorotiomwan, Lucky James, Donald Osikhena, Abdul Oroh, Chris Ebare, and Jemitola Anena. The new ones are: Osarodion Ogie, Patrick Aguinede, Omorede Osifo, Lawrence Aghedo, Orobosa Omo—Ojo, Blessing Oghumu and MacDonald Osememe. Igbe asked the nominees to submit 30 copies of their credentials to the Committee on Business and Rules.

Deaf students protest in Edo From Osagie Otabor, Benin

HEARING-impaired pupils in Edo State have threatened to close down the Ministry of Education, if the government fails to accede to their demands. The pupils had on Tuesday chased their teachers and other pupils home following the scarcity of teachers in their school. They closed their school gate and carried placards until they were asked to send representatives to a meeting at the Government House. The protesters said they were only four special teachers in charge of over 120 pupils. They said they were tired of schooling at the Ihogbe College with other regular pupils and demanded a school building. Their other demands were a school bus, a head teacher for the special school and a hostel. A teacher, who pleaded for anonymity, said deaf pupils could not cope in the same learning environment as regular pupils.


• Delta State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan and his wife Roli (middle) cut their marriage renewal cake in Asaba...yesterday. With them are the Dein of Agbor (left) and Mrs. Otumara (right )

Olaitan: I’ve not got justice, says Oshiomhole


DO State Governor Adams Oshiomhole has urged the police to find the killers of his Principal Private Secretary, Olaitan Oyerinde. He said if a governor cannot get justice, then the ordinary man has no hope of getting same. Oshiomhole spoke when the new Commissioner of Police, Foluso Adebanjo, visited him in his office. The governor said: “I cannot

pretend, I remain aggrieved and I believe it’s a shame, a national embarrassment that a governor can’t get justice. “If a governor can’t get justice, what is the hope of a tomato seller; what is the hope of a mechanic, what is the hope of an okada rider? “The police will not rest, I will not rest until the police find Oyerinde‘s killers.” The governor said the police must recognise that they have a duty to protect the

citizens. He said: “All of us must recognise that we are trustees of the Nigerian people. “We must earn the position that we are privileged to occupy. “Anywhere I see a police officer, I will keep saying it, you must produce Oyerinde’s killers. “I have said it to the Inspector-General, I have said to the President and if I have the opportunity, I will say it to the

United Nations (UN).” He promised that the government would rebuild the Auchi Police Station and the Area Commander’s office bombed late last year by hoodlums. “There is no doubt that the issue of security is very important. Nigerians expect that poor or rich, in poverty or prosperity, we need security.” Adebanjo assured the governor that he would work hard to rid the state of criminals.

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Bauchi sues teachers

BAUCHI State Magistrate’s Court yesterday adjourned till March 6, a suit filed by the Bauchi State Government against officials of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), led by Abdullahi Mohammed Tanko and 13 others, following an industrial action embarked upon by the teachers last month. According to the suit, filed by Alhamdu Rufa’I Sabo Esq., on behalf of the AttorneyGeneral and Commissioner for Justice and the Ministry of Education, “in February 2013, ASUSS conspired, operated illegally and closed government public secondary and primary schools owned by the Ministry of Education.” It added: “The accused purportedly closed schools by harassing and intimidating teach-

From Austine Tsenzughul Bauchi

ers. They inflicted injuries on some teachers who were not willing to join them.” The state counsel told the court that the association is not a registered trade union and it is operating illegally, contrary to sections 96, 100c, 104 and 114 of the Penal Code and Section 267 of the Bauchi State laws. He prayed the court to restrain the accused from parading themselves as leaders of the unregistered ASUSS and to compel the teachers to go back to their classes and not take instructions from any other person. He also implored the court to direct the accused not to assemble or give teachers further directives pending the determination of the substantive suit.

Kano police chief assumes duty •Pledges open-door policy


HE new Commissioner of Police (CP) in Kano State, Musa A. Daura, yesterday assumed duties. Until his latest posting, Daura is the former Commissioner of Police in Enugu State. A statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of the command, ASP Magaji Musa Majia, said the ex-Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim K. Idris, has been posted to the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos for a one year course. Daura, who was born in Daura town, Katsina State, enlisted in the Nigeria Police as a Cadet ASP on December 31, 1984.

From Kolade Adeyemi, Kano

Prior to his appointment, he served as the Commissioner of Police in Ogun, Nasarawa, Enugu states and FHQs Abuja. In his maiden address to the officers and men of the police command, Daura, who promised to operate an open-door policy, sought the support and cooperation of Kano residents to succeed in his assignment. Besides promising his readiness to respond to the needs of the officers and the public, he assured of his willingness to work according to the police rules and regulations. While noting that nobody is perfect, Daura pledged to accept objective criticism and corrections from his subordinates.


Bomb kills three in Maiduguri

HREE persons, including a suspected bomber, were killed in Maiduguri yesterday as a bomb thrown by a suspected member of the Boko Haram sect at a patrol vehicle of the Joint Task Force (JTF), exploded. The bomb exploded moments after pamphlets were distributed by suspected members of the Boko Haram in parts of the town, insisting that there was no cease fire. It was learnt that pamphlets were distributed on Monday evening by some people in

•Boko Haram: there is no ceasefire From Joseph Abiodun, Maiduguri

Maiduguri, Gwange, Hausari and Old Maiduguri, saying that at no time did the sect agree with the government to a cease fire. The JTF, in a statement by its spokesman, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, confirmed the killing of the three persons, including the bomber. He said two persons were injured. Musa, in the statement, said: “An Improvised Explo-

sive Device targeted at the JTF patrol team exploded at the Post Office roundabout in the Maiduguri metropolis about 1pm today (yesterday). The explosion led to the death of three civilians, including the bomber. Two others were injured. A JTF vehicle was damaged. “The attention of the Joint Task Force Operation Restore Order has been drawn to some leaflets allegedly printed and circulated by the Boko

Haram sect, containing a message from the leader of the JAMA’ATU AHLUS SUNNAH LIDDA’AWATI WAL JIHAD, Abubakar Shekau, threatening and warning government, civil servants, politicians, traditional rulers and security agencies that the sect has not reconciled with the government and that it has not declared a ceasefire.” Musa urged the public to disregard such publication and consider it as part of the terrorists’ propaganda to keep the public in captivity and fear.

ACF: North may become a pariah region


HE pan-northern sociopolitical organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has said kidnapping posed a danger to the economy of the North, adding that it would scare away investors from the region. It also frowned at what it described as the discriminatory practices against northerners in the promotion and recruitment into the various units of the security force, asking the governors to use their position to ensure that the situation is addressed in the interest of the North. In a communiqué at the end

of its meeting in Kaduna, the ACF, which is the umbrella body of northern organisations, said unless urgent steps are taken to stem the tide of violent killings and the kidnapping of foreigners in the North, the region may soon have nobody to do business with, as the rest of the world may decide against doing business with the people of the region. The Forum was reacting to the recent kidnap of seven foreign workers and the killing of others in the Northeast as well as the attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado

Bayero. It noted that such brutal activities were alien to the North. The three-paragraph communiqué, signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Mr. Anthony Sani, reads: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of ACF met on February 19 in its Conference Hall, Kaduna. The meeting was well attended and chaired by Alhaji Aliko Mohammed, the Dan Iyan Misau. After some lengthy deliberations on issues of national importance, and of real concern to the people, it

was resolved that the following statement be issued. “NWC considered the controversies surrounding the exercises of recruitment and promotions in some security agencies as they affect northerners with serious sense of concern. “It was against such backdrop that the Forum called on northern governors to use their commissioners in the Federal Character Commission to investigate the allegations with a view to ensuring that the North is not shortchanged.”

Senate moves to regulate rent in Abuja


BILL, which seeks to regulate the relationship between the landlords and tenants, rent control and recovery of premises in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday scaled the second reading in the Senate. The Bill, entitled: ‘A Bill for an Act to repeal the recovery of premises Cap 553 LFN, 1990 Act and re-enact the recovery of premises Act (Abuja) 2011 to regulate the relationship between landlords and tenants, rent control, the procedure for the recovery of premises and for other matters connected therewith 2013’, was sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi. The Bill was endorsed by all senators. Senator Olusola

From Onyedi Ojiabor, Assistant Editor

Adeyeye lamented that it is only in Nigeria that landlords demand two-year rent. Adeyemi said the Bill would address the administration of arbitrary and prohibitive rents and ameliorate the hardship of tenants by making housing affordable and rents sustainable. He noted that when passed, tenants, especially the lowincome earners, who are the majority of FCT residents, can afford decent accommodation. The Kogi West lawmaker said the Bill spells out the procedure for the recovery of premises in the FCT, including its area councils. Said he: “Over the years, the cost of acquiring real property

in the major cities in Nigeria has been on the rise, so much so that Nigeria is becoming reputed as one of the most expensive countries in the real estate sector on the African continent.” Adeyemi noted that in Abuja, the real estate industry is one of the most lucrative sectors because shylock landlords and their agents increase the cost of property arbitrarily. He said a standard twobedroom flat with the requisite amenities, such as water and electricity supply in the KaruNyanya axis costs between N400,000 and N500,000. The same accommodation would cost between N800,000 and N1m, N1.5 to N2m and N2.5m to N3m in Lugbe/Kubwa, Gwarinpa/Garki/Wuse and

•Senate President David Mark

Maitama. The lawmaker said to reduce the cost of property in major cities in the country, mass housing schemes, public and private partnership on housing, cost of land acquisition and cost of building materials must be taken serious.

Kaduna Assembly passes N179b budget


ADUNA State House of Assembly has passed a budget of N179.053 billion for the 2013 fiscal year, with an increase of about N2,573,561,178 on the original budget submitted to the House last December. Presenting the report of the Appropriation and Implementation Committee to the Assembly for ratification, the Chairman of the committee, Yohanna Jatau, said the increase was made because of the inclusion of some vital services, which deserved attention, but were omitted during budget preparation. He said the services were included through the position of the executive and the committee, adding that the capital budget was increased from N102.038billion to N104.5 billion, while the recurrent budget was increased from N74.441billion to N74.553 billion. Former governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, last December, presented a budget estimate of about N176,480,343,008 to the Assembly for consideration, two days before his death. Presenting the report, Jatau said: “At the time of the harmonisation exercise, it was ob-

From Tony Akowe, Kaduna

served that little attention was given to certain aspects, especially in the education, health and agricultural sectors. “This calls for a drastic action to address the problems bedevilling the sectors. In fact, they must be rescued from decay by the executive under the strong input from the House. “Mr. Chairman sir, Hon. Members, a particular mention of one of these sectors is the education sector where it has been observed that in view of the obvious deterioration of the sector and the dangers inherent in the policy of generate and remit system and equally as observed in 1993,

which brought about the shift to generating and spending, there should be a call by the House to direct the expunging/ removal of the education sector from the system or policy of generate and remit as is currently done to allow the schools perform effectively. “This will guarantee good welfare service to students, competitive performance, general maintenance and upkeep of structures, dormitories, laboratories, administrative and school environments, etc. The capital expenditure of the Judiciary and the Civil Service Commission should also be looked into with a view to providing sound structures and equipment. Thus there is need to inject funds into these places.

“At the conclusion of the defence and harmonisation exercises, it has become necessary to invite the House to note that the 2013 budget estimates have an initial proposal of N176,480,343,008, made up of N74,441,824,583 for recurrent expenditure” and N102,038,518,42 for capital expenditure. “That at the defence and harmonisation exercises, some internal transfers and adjustments were effected to make the budget workable. Also, additional inclusion of other vital services, which were oversight, were harmonised through the position of the executive and the committee, amounting to N5,223,203,702, which cuts across all sectors of the capital expenditure.

Igbo in Kano decry killing of polio workers


HE traditional ruler of the Igbo in Kano State (Eze Ndigbo Kano iv), Igwe Boniface Ibekwe, has decried the killing of 10 women polio immunisation workers in the state. He said their death was a loss to the state and country. Expressing the condolence of the Igbo in Kano, Ibekwe prayed that God should grant them eternal rest. He hailed Kano State and the Federal Governments for their financial support to the families of the deceased.

From Kolade Adeyemi, Kano

The Eze Ndigbo, in a statement in Kano yesterday, appealed to the Federal Government to dialogue with the Boko Haram to solve insecurity, “especially now that the sect has suspended its activities.” The statement, signed by the traditional ruler, also urged the Federal Government to financially assist the Kano State Government to ease the burden of managing security challenges in the state. The assistance, he noted, would sustain the gains made in addressing insecurity.



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country”. Another major actor, Eddie Ugboma, 72, noted that the late Esiri was not just his colleague, but a kinsman. Obviously, Ugboma did not betray his emotion: “Such is life,” he said. “We come and go. Death is inevitable, even though nobody wants to die.” Tony Okoroji, Chairman of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), wrote on facebook: “Another crazy day last night. I had just left what I thought was a fantastic event; the birthday of my friend forever, Senator Florence Ita Giwa. Then I got a devastating call at about 12:30am. The great Justus Esiri is no more! I could not sleep.” Okoroji said he saw the late actor during the service of songs for Enebeli Elebuwa, another veteran actor who died last year: “We hugged each other and agreed to see soon to discuss some projects. Now, we will be

talking about a service of songs for Justus Esiri? I loved Justus Esiri with all my heart. He was one of Nigeria’s best ever. How do you replace a Justus Esiri? My heart bleeds,” said the former Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) president. Another legendary actor Olu Jacob said he had not heard the news, until our correspondent called him on the telephone. Jacob recalled that the last time he saw the late Esiri was at the Olympics last year. He said the late actor had talked glowingly about his accomplishments, one of which was that his children had all graduated from the university. Esiri told him that a doctor had administered a wrong injection on him, but he maintained that he (Esiri) was fine afterwards. Both actors worked together for close to five months before the Olympics in London. Dan Imoudu, a cast of Village Headmaster described the death of Esiri as “sad” and “unfor-

tunate”. “We will miss him. We pray that his soul rests in peace. We all should continue to pray and be careful. I wish the family and the entire art world the courage to bear the loss.” “We are all still in shock. We are still mourning,” said his niece, Juliet, who spoke from London. Juliet said he had just left a meeting of relations of the late Esiri. She said the official position of the family would soon be made public. The latest of the actor’s works is a psychological thriller entitled The Assassin’s Practice. The film is meant to be released in Nigeria on February 22. The film also stars Kate Henshaw and Eve Pearson. The premiere of the film was held in London last year. It was exceptionally received by the audience and critics. Directed by Andrew Ukoko, the flick was among three Nigerian films selected for screening at the just concluded prestigious Africa Film Festival in London. The actor also played along-

side South African singer Yvonne Chaka-Chaka in another wave-making movie, Foreign Demons, which enjoyed screenings at international film festivals, including the popular FESPACO in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The late Esiri’s career in theatre and film started in Germany where he went to study Engineering. He began his acting career on stage in Germany and was the only Nigerian male performing on stage between 1968/69. He also worked for the Voice of Nigeria (VON), German Service as a translator. He was performing on stage in Germany when a delegation from Nigeria invited him to perform in Nigeria in a government-sponsored programme, hence his homecoming. His fame was launched widely for his role in the ever popular African TV series, The Village Headmaster where he played the “headmaster”. He was born in November 1942.

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Said Abubakar: “At about the same day, the team arrived at the family house of Alhaji Maina in the heart of the town. Two elderly persons in the compound informed the team that the subject had not visited them for long. “Further inquiry revealed that the subject has a home in Kaduna and the team immediately proceeded to Kaduna on February 2, in search of him without success. “Having established that the subject was in hiding, the Force vide letter No. CZ: 5300/FPRD/FHQ/ ABJ/V.4 of February 1, declared Maina wanted for failure to appear before the National Assembly.” Maina was invited by the Senate committee on Establish-

ment to explain his role in alleged mismanagement of N469b pension cash. He was also expected to defend the allegation of diversion of N273.9billion pension cash between 2005 and 2011 and N195b discovered to be missing in December 2012. Maina reportedly failed to appear before the committee, which he accused of victimis-

ing him. He said rather, he should be credited with saving the country about N221billion which would have been stolen by a pension cartel. He claimed to have removed 71,135 ghost pensioners from the list, in a statement. All efforts to persuade him to appear before the senate committee failed.

Senate President David Mark signed a warrant of arrest but the police failed to arrest him. Last week, the senate gave the executive the marching order to produce Maina or risk a battle. The Presidency subsequently denied shielding him, and ordered the civil service commission to apply the rule against him, being a Deputy Director in the Federal Civil Service.

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incident. If given the chance, I will contribute to the development of this country,” the suspect stated. Ms Ogar said Berende, 50, was arrested in December 2012, following a painstaking investigation that lasted six months.

“From the foregoing, there is conclusive evidence that Berende, in collaboration with his Iranian handlers, was involved in grievous crimes against the national security of this country. Accordingly, he and his accomplices will be charged to court soon,” she said, adding: “The safety of Nigeria is

our collective responsibility. We, therefore, enjoin fellow Nigerians to collaborate with security agencies as we strive to protect our nation from the antics of terrorists within and outside our shores. Let’s collectively remain vigilant and report suspicious individuals and activities to security agencies.”

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sory to any offence under this Act or participates as an accomplice in or contributes to offences under the Act, assists, facilitates, organises or directs the activities of persons or organisation engaged in any act of terrorism or is an accessory to any act of terrorism; incites, promises or induces any other person by any means whatsoever to commit any act of terrorism or any of the offences referred to in this Act commits an offence under this Act and is liable on conviction to maximum of death sentence.” The Act also made the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) the coordinating body for all security and enforcement agencies under the Act. The report said the provision deals with national coordinating bodies in counter terrorism offences and designates specific institutions and vests specific powers and functions on the Office of the National Security Adviser, the Attorney General of the Federation and rel-

evant law enforcement and security agencies. It said that law enforcement agencies shall be responsible for the gathering of intelligence and investigation of offences provided in the Act. Section 30 of the Act states: “Any person (a) without reasonable excuse fails to comply with the requirement of a detention Order; or (b) intentionally obstructs or hinders any person acting in accordance with subsection 2 of this section, commits an offence under this Act and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of N5m or imprisonment for a term of not less than five years. “Subsection 2 of the Act deals with a person or body corporate who knowingly in or outside Nigeria directly or indirectly willingly does, attempts of threatens any act of terrorism, among others.” Senate President David Mark said Nigerians who attend conferences on counter terrorism should be proud to tell their colleagues that Nigeria has passed the Terrorism Prevention Act.

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taken, the Dr Bamanga Tukurled National Working Committee (NWC) would kill the party.” “Last week Friday’s decision of the NWC sacking the South-West Zonal Working Committee and recognising the Buruji Kasamu-led faction of the party in Ogun State is a total affront to the rule of law. “If a judgment of a lower court had been appealed against and the Appeal Court had already granted a stay of execution of the judgment, what interest does the NWC have to have directed the withdrawal of the appeal?

“And if a notice of withdrawal of an appeal was filed and other parties to the case have also notified the court that they are not parties to the notice of withdrawal, shouldn’t the NWC have waited for the Court of Appeal to adjudicate on the notice of withdrawal before going ahead to give effect to the already stayed judgment of the lower court? “Then, why hasn’t the NWC acted on the order of Justice O. E. Abang in Suit Number FHC/L/CS/282/2012, which nullified the National Convention that produced the entire members of the NWC?

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British PM regrets colonial Indian massacre



AVID Cameron on Wednesday became the first serving British prime minister to voice regret about one of the bloodiest episodes in colonial India, a massacre of unarmed civilians in the city of Amritsar in 1919. The killings, known in India as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, were described by Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the Indian independence movement, as having shaken the foundations of the British Empire. A group of soldiers opened fire on an unarmed crowd without warning in the northern Indian city after a period of unrest, killing hundreds in cold blood. Cameron’s visit and expression of regret for what happened stopped short of an apology - but made it clear he considers the episode a stain on Britain’s past. Dressed in a dark suit, Cameron laid a wreath at a memorial to the massacre, a terracotta-colored stone obelisk. He then stood in front of the monument in silence for a few moments. “This is a deeply shameful event in British history, one that Winston Churchill rightly described at the time as ‘monstrous’,” Cameron wrote in a visitor book, referring to the former British leader. The gesture, coming on the third and final day of a visit to India aimed at drumming up trade and investment, is seen as an attempt to improve relations with Britain’s former colonial possession and to court around 1.5

•Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron on (fifth right) walks inside the premises of the holy Sikh shrine of PHOTO: REUTERS/MUNISH Golden temple in the northern Indian city of Amritsar ...yesterday

million British voters of Indian origin ahead of a 2015 election. Before his visit, Cameron said there were ties of history between the two countries, “both the good and the bad”. “In Amritsar, I want to take the opportunity to pay my respects at Jallianwala Bagh,” he had said ahead of the visit. Cameron also visited Amritsar’s Golden Temple, Sikhism’s holiest shrine. The British report into the Amritsar massacre at the time said 379 people had been killed and 1,200 wounded. But a separate inquiry commissioned by the Indian pro-independence movement said around 1,000 people had been killed in the city in Punjab. Brigadier-General Reginald Dyer, the man who gave the order to fire, explained his decision by saying he felt it was necessary to “teach a moral lesson to the Punjab”. Some in Britain hailed him “as the

man who saved India”, but others condemned him. India became independent in 1947. Many historians consider the massacre a turning point that undermined British rule of India. It was, they say, one of the moments that caused Gandhi and the pro-independence Indian National Congress movement to lose trust in the British, inspiring them to embark on a path of civil disobedience. Other British politicians and dignitaries - though no serving prime minister - have expressed regret about the incident before. In 1920, Winston Churchill, then the Secretary of State for War, called the Amritsar massacre “a monstrous event”, saying it was “not the British way of doing business”. On a visit to Amritsar in 1997, Queen Elizabeth called it a distressing episode, but said history could not be rewritten. However, her husband,

Prince Philip, courted controversy during the visit when he questioned the higher Indian death toll. Before he became prime minister, Tony Blair also visited, saying the memorial at Amritsar was a reminder of “the worst aspects of colonialism”. In recent years, British leaders have begun to apologize for some of the excesses of the empire. Visiting Pakistan in 2011, Cameron angered traditionalists at home saying Britain had caused many of the world’s problems, including the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan. When in office, Blair apologized for the 19th century Irish potato famine and for Britain’s involvement in the slave trade, while Gordon Brown, his successor, apologized for the fact that British children were shipped to Australia and other Commonwealth countries between the 1920s and 1960s.


ICC holds pre-trial hearing for former Ivorian leader


ORMER Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo listened soberly Tuesday afternoon as the International Criminal Court in The Hague conducted a pre-trial hearing to determine whether he should face charges of crimes against humanity. At issue: Whether the 67-year-old Gbagbo will become the first ex-head of state to stand full trial at the ICC on accusations that he ordered his forces to murder, rape and commit other heinous acts during post-election violence in 2010. Roughly 3,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands uprooted following a disputed presidential poll that eventually saw Alassane Ouattara installed as Ivory Coast’s new leader. The former West African leader was shipped off to the ICC after months of detention in northern Ivory Coast. He insists he was resisting a

Tunisia’s PM resigns


UNISIA’S prime minister has announced his resignation following the rejection of his initiative to form an apolitical government of technocrats to see the country out of its political crisis. Hamadi Jebali made the announcement Tuesday following a meeting with President Moncef Marzouki. Jebali’s own party, the moderate Islamist Ennahda that dominates the government, rejected the initiative, insisting that the country still needed a government of politicians. The assassination of a leftist politician on Feb. 6 has plunged the country into turmoil and unleashed days of unrest. Jebali said his resignation was a first step in restoring public confidence in the government

pro-Ouattara rebellion from the north. Gbagbo occasionally nodded as his defense lawyer Dov Jacobs argued that his client should be tried in Ivory Coast, not in the Netherlands. “[He] should not face trial at The Hague for a number of reasons, including ... vagueness of the accusations,” said Jacobs, adding that tribunal officials should await more details from Ivorian cases against his client’s former collaborators, including Gbagbo’s wife Simone and youth movement leader Charles Ble Goude. The ICC issued an arrest warrant against Simone, but so far she has not been extradited from Ivory Coast. Outside the courtroom, roughly 300 demonstrators called for charges against Gbagbo to be dropped. Inside the court, prosecutors tried to dismantle the defense’s arguments one by one.

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•Gbagbo at the hearing

“The defense alleges a lack of specificity in the charges and it says the main charge is not mentioned in the document apart from the title,” said one prosecutor. “That with all due respect … is an inaccurate submission.”

Gbagbo is not expected to address the court until later next week. The hearing is scheduled to last until February 28th, and court officials have two months to decide whether to bring the case to trial.

Pistorius: Police gives confusing testimony


HE detective leading the police investigation into Oscar Pistorius’ fatal shooting of his girlfriend offered confusing testimony Wednesday, at one point agreeing with the athlete’s defense that officers had no evidence challenging the runner’s claim he accidentally killed her. Testimony by Detective Warrant Officer Hilton Botha of the South African Police Service left prosecutors rubbing their temples, only able to look down at their notes as he misjudged distances and acknowledged a forensics team left in the toilet bowl one of the bullet slugs fired at Reeva Steenkamp. However, Botha still poked holes in Pistorius’ own account that he feared for his life and opened fire on Valentine’s Day after mistaking Steenkamp for an intruder. The second day of the bail hearing in a case that has riveted South Africa and much of the world appeared at first to go against the double-ampu-

ORMER congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of a civil rights leader and a one-time rising star in Democratic politics, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misusing about $750,000 in campaign money. Jackson, 47, of Chicago, wept quietly as he entered the plea in U.S. District Court in Washington, where Judge Robert Wilkins accepted the plea. Under an agreement with prosecutors, Jackson faces up to five years - the maximum prison sentence allowed by law. Wilkins scheduled sentencing for June 28. His wife, Sandra Jackson appears in the same court later in the day. Both the former Illinois congressman and his wife, Sandra, have agreed to plead guilty in deals with federal prosecutors. Jackson is charged with conspiracy and his wife with one count of filing false joint federal income tax returns for the years 2006 through 2011 that knowingly understated the income the couple received. Both Jackson and his wife face maximum penalties of several years in prison; he also faces hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and forfeitures. Jackson, 47, used campaign money to buy a $43,350 gold-plated, men’s Rolex watch and spent $9,587.64 on children’s furniture, according to court papers filed in the case. His wife spent $5,150 on fur capes and parkas, the document said. When prosecutors charged the couple last Friday, the ex-congressman said he fully accepts the responsibility for the improper decisions and mistakes he has made. Tom Kirsch, an attorney for Jackson’s wife, said she has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors and would plead guilty to one tax count.

tee runner, with prosecutors saying a witness can testify to hearing “nonstop talking, like shouting” between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. before the predawn shooting on Feb. 14. However, Botha later said under cross examination that the person who overheard the argument was in a house 600 meters (yards) away in Pistorius’ gated community in the suburbs of South Africa’s capital, Pretoria. Later, prosecutor Gerrie Nel questioned Botha again and the detective acknowledged the distance was much closer. But confusion reigned for much of his testimony, when at one point Botha said officers found syringes and steroids in Pistorius’ bedroom. Nel quickly cut the officer off and said the drugs were actually testosterone. Pistorius’ lead defense lawyer, Barry Roux, asserted when questioning the detective — who has 16 years’ experience as a detective and 24 years with the police — that it was not a

banned substance and that police were trying to give the discovery a “negative connotation.” “It is an herbal remedy,” Roux said. “It is not a steroid and it is not a banned substance.” The name of the drug, offered later in court by Roux, could not be immediately found in reference materials by The Associated Press. A spokesman for prosecutors later said it’s too early to know what the substance is, as they don’t yet have results of forensic testing on the material. Pistorius, 26, said in an affidavit read in court Tuesday that he and his 29-year-old girlfriend had gone to bed and that when he awoke during the night he detected what he thought was an intruder in the bathroom. He testified that he grabbed his 9 mm pistol and fired into the door of a toilet enclosed in the bathroom, only to discover later to his horror that Steenkamp was there, mortally wounded.

THE young prophet heard God’s voice but surrendered it to the counter-prophesy of the older prophet, who obviously was an enemy in disguise. Eventually, he lost not only his life but also the honour he would have received on accomplishing the task he had been given. When a person is about to experience a breakthrough, promotion or advancement at work, as a family or even a nation, it is commonplace to find enemies that are clothed with the garb of friends surface to fulfil the devil’s ministry to “kill, steal and destroy” ( John 10:10a). They reared their ugly heads before Nehemiah through Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem but were unable to prevail against the work of God because Nehemiah was very vigilant. It is therefore expedient to be sober, alert and also vigilant because the devil walks about looking for whom he may devour ( 1 Peter 5:7-8). During this season of fasting, it behoves every child of God to be vigilant, be wary of temptations that will come through ‘hidden sins’, compromises at work, lies, deceit and son so that fasting is not turned to hunger strike. As you remain vigilant, the hands of the devil shall not settle upon you and God’s promises for your life shall not be truncated in Jesus’ name Prayer: Father, give me a discerning heart that I might be able to identify the adversary in whatever form it appears and grace to overcome temptations in Jesus’ name.



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Cooreman: Pillars will prove a point CL From Tunde Liadi,Owerri ANO PILLARS have been tipped to go far in the 2013 CAF Champions League after the reigning league champions thumped visiting Olympique de Bangui of Central African Republic 5-1 in the preliminary round first leg of the competition. Speaking on telephone from Gombe the technical adviser of Gombe United, Maurice Cooreman said the Pillars he saw outplayed his wards in a friendly match and also secured convincing victory against Olympique de Bangui has the quality to go far in the Africa’s flagship club competition.The one time Enyimba and Ocean Boys coach enthused that Pillars would only have themselves to blame if they fail to at least make it to the Group Stage of the money spinning competition.Cooreman disclosed:”Pillars are a good side and I see them going all the way if they maintain their consistency. We played against them in Kaduna during their preparation for their Champions League game and they beat us 20.”With a 5-1 advantage in the first leg of their Champions League tie, they are as good as qualifying for the next stage. I see them getting to the Group Stage at least.”



Prime sacks eight signs 17 new players


RIME Football Club of Oshogbo, technical crew and management has taken a giant step towards setting aside their poor start in the league as they showed 8 players the exit door and boosted the squad with 17 new players. The management of the team led by former NFF scribe, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, took advantage ofthefirstNationalLeaguetransfer window to reinforce the team. We learnt that their lacklustre performance so far this season in the league was the fundamental reason for the exit from the Oshogbo darling team, who are currently languishing at the bottom of the table log. The sacked players have been ordered to leave the team’s camp with immediate effect. The players sent packing are Bolatito Ogunsanya, Yusuf Aderemi, Lekan Adisa, Godwin Timothy, Ebenezer Odeyemi, David Kehinde, Williams Okogie and Daniel Monday. Meanwhile, 17 players have been recruited to fortify the team from their present underneath part of the National League standings. Top among the newly recruited players are former Sunshine Stars goal poacher, Ganiyu Anifowose, former 3SC captain, Tope Orelope, and former Akwa United striker, Meshack Chubuike. Others are former 3SC central defender, Bisi Olagunju, former Gateway left back, Daniel Osoata, Nurudeen Abolade, Taiwo Oladapo from Crown, Harrison Ibukun from Gabros, Gabriel Okechukwu from Cameroon, Hamidu Ganiyu from Olorunda United, Nnamdi Onyenorah from Olorunda United, Michael Adulogu, Adeniyi Adeleke, Hamed Jimoh from Offa United, Sile Hamed from Ajiroba Ooni, Jimoh Bamigboye from Prime Feeders and Jimmy Bello from Ila FC.


EIGHTON BAINES believes Victor Anichebe’s presence in the Everton team strikes fear into opposition defenders. Anichebe has been a key performer for the Blues this season, scoring seven goals and offering a series of muscular performances after shaking off a catalogue of injury problems. Baines believes the 24-yearold forward is now beginning to successfully harness his physical prowess and technical qualities. The England defender told evertontv: “We have known it for a while and believed in him for a while and he is starting to believe it himself. “We are starting to see the rewards from that self-belief that he has gained. “He has been an important player for us this season. He has come up with some important goals and beyond that he has given us

something, with his strength that we can play up to. Defenders are starting to fear him as well so he is a big asset to us.” Baines said all Everton’s key players will need to be at their best if the Blues are to wrest three points from Norwich at the weekend. Recent clashes have been close affairs but the left-back insists his side have to take maximum points wherever possible as the season reaches its final stages. “They are a good side, Norwich,” Baines continued. “They started the season well. We have found it tough against them and we had a tough game against them down there last season. They are strong at home. “If we want to achieve something draws aren’t going to cut it. We have to find ways to get games won. Sometimes it may not be pretty, but it is about getting games won.”

Eagles must play like a Sport Minister to be honoured cup final —Efe Ambrose I AFRICAN ACHIEVERS AWARD 2013


UPER EAGLES’ and Celtic Football Club of Scotland defender, Efe Ambrose has urged his teammates to approach Eagles’ World Cup qualifier against Kenya next month with all the seriousness it deserves to be able to win the match and brighten Nigeria’s chances in the march towards Brazil 2014 World Cup. Still in celebration mood, Ambrose told NationSport from his base yesterday

From Segun Ogunjimi, Abuja that there was need to sustain the winning streak of the Eagles and his teammates must not give in to complacency at this stage. “We are still rejoicing for winning the Africa Cup of Nation but there is a greater task ahead which is the ultimate goal for country and players, the 2014 World Cup slated for Brazil.

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“Playing Kenya will not be easy because I could remember they gave us a scare during the 2010 qualifiers but we weathered the storm then. “We need to be very determined and continue to show our commitment and resilience to get the World Cup qualification ticket which I am very confident that we will get at the end of the qualifiers”, Ambrose told NationSport from Scotland yesterday.

N recognition of the unique leadership qualities which have been displayed by the Honourable Minister of Sports and Chairman National Sports Commission, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi he is to be awarded the prestigious African Sports Minister of the year 2013. The Award which is organised by African Achievers Award is geared towards recognising excellent individuals that have distinguished themselves in their contribution to the growth and development of Africa. According to the organisers,

the focus is also to motivate all African leaders including prospective ones and youths through recognising persons and organisations that have contributed remarkably to the development of Africa. In a letter of nomination to the Minister, the organisers noted that the National Sports Commission has witnessed unprecedented development and structural renaissance since Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi assumed office as Minister. According to them, the NSC is presently a cynosure of all eyes in Nigeria, Africa and beyond.



NATION SPORT No Mercedes drive in Germany for Kubica FORMULA ONE driver Robert Kubica, who was seriously injured in a crash, will not compete in Germany's touring car championship this year after all. Formula One driver Robert Kubica, seriously injured in a crash in February 2011, will not as suggested be competing in Germany's touring car championship (DTM) this season. The 28-year-old Pole had tested for Mercedes in Valencia this month but his possible drive in the German team's 2013 DTM line-up has gone instead to Spain's Dani Juncadella. Kubica's plans for the year are unclear, but a campaign in the European Rally championship has been mooted. Kubica, with the Renault F1 team at the time, suffered life-threatening multiple injuries in an accident at the Ronde di Andora Rally two years ago. The 27-year-old's righthand was partially severed in the crash in northern Italy when he hit a safety barrier and had to be cut free from his car. He also suffered serious injuries to his shoulder and leg.


IPC: Pistorius dope-tested twice at Games


SCAR PISTORIUS was drug-tested before and during last year's Paralympic Games in London, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Wednesday, adding that on both occasions the results were negative. "Oscar was tested twice in London. First on 25th Aug in an out of comp (competition) test and then also 8th Sept in an in comp test. Both negative," IPC director of media and communications Craig Spence said in emailed comments to AFP. "He'll also have been tested by IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and South African anti doping

agency last year," he added. The details came after police investigating the death of Pistorius' girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home last week told a court in Pretoria that they found testosterone and needles in his bedroom. Pistorius, who made history last year by becoming the first double-amputee to run in the Olympics, is accused of deliberately gunning down Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, February 14. The first drug test in London was four days before the Games opened while the second would have been after he retained his T44 400m title for single and double below-the-knee

amputee sprinters on the last full day of competition. But he appears not to have been tested after winning silver in the 200m race or after coming fourth in the blue riband 100m event. Drug-testing came under the spotlight at the Paralympics after organisers said that unlike at the Olympics that preceded it, they would not drug-test every medal winner. The president of the IPC's anti-doping committee, Jose Antonio Pascual, said at the time that analysing samples from every medallist would be impossible, as there were 503 golds on offer compared with about 300 at the Olympics. Pascual insisted, though,

that at least one medallist would be tested, alongside random testing of other competitors, which he maintained was a strong enough deterrent to prevent doping violations. The IPC has its own antidoping code, which adheres to the general principles of the World Anti-Doping Code and applies to all athletes both in and out of competition. The list of prohibited substances is the same as for non-disabled athletes. Pistorius' lawyer, Barry Roux, told the court that the substance found was a herbal remedy and he was authorised to use it. AFP asked the IPC whether Pistorius had reg-

istered for an exemption of any substance for therapeutic use. The organisation said: "That is confidential information that we cannot release." The International Olympic Committee said they did not test Pistorius during the Olympics and as a result did not have his samples. "The IOC conducted more than 5,000 tests in London, including all top five finishers and two other athletes selected at random from each event," they said in a statement. "Oscar Pistorius finished 23rd in the 400m and 8th in the 4x400m with team South Africa at London 2012.






T has been about six months since the President signed a performance bond with his ministers, and almost midway into the administration’s lifespan. Is it safe to assume that all the members of the team have been faithfully driving the transformation agenda – the Goodluck Jonathan administration’s mantra for good governance? If the team has not done well, is it capable of springing a surprise and, like the Super Eagles, prove bookmakers wrong? Will the coach bring in new players to present a more formidable first eleven? Will those players who are obviously injured be allowed to carry on in the name of Federal Character or will they be dropped? What shape of cabinet are we expecting towards the magical year 2015? Will there be a bigger team to accommodate those grumbling of being marginalised? Here are some suggestions for the President on a more efficient team, one that will accommodate all and, as they say here, give everybody a sense of belonging: Only a few months ago we had a shameful outing at the Olympics, but the fans are now revelling over our victory at the Africa Cup of Nations. A grateful nation has been showering gifts on the soccer heroes. The party was almost marred even before it began by Coach Stephen Keshi’s sudden resignation, which was announced while the team was still in South Africa. The President and Senate President David Mark, apparently seeing the hand of saboteurs and disgruntled elements in the whole thing, stepped in to stop Keshi. These busy officials, the busiest in the land, obviously, would not have had to dump other urgent matters of state to settle the soccer family’s quarrel, if we had done the right thing. How about a Minister of Soccer? The advantages: more room for genuine patriots and more time to cater for other sports so that we can prevent another sham of an Olympic outing. Besides, there will be so much to celebrate. Recall how we almost lost our culture of wild celebration and the country became a vast canvass of blood and tears - until the Super Eagles’ victory. When National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki came on board, he embarked on a massive peace drive, waving the olive branch at the dreaded Boko Haram sect and preaching dialogue. For a while, the guns went silent and the bombs stopped going off. Then, he stopped the much publicised tours and went back to Abuja, apparently to take care of other matters of his delicate office. Then, as if to say dialogue has lost it all to violence, the guns began to boom again. Now from faceless(?) Boko Haram, which claimed to have announced a ceasefire, to Ansaru, which snatched seven foreigners off their duty posts in Bauchi, the security situation seems to have degenerated. On the side are kidnappers and their uncles, the armed robbers who have made life a war for other Nigerians. Why don’t we have another NSA, NSA II, an expert in Conflict Resolution, who will be saddled




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• Dr Jonathan with the responsibility of discussing with those agents of violence? Now that cassava bread has become a regular on many breakfast tables in every village, town and city, shouldn’t Agriculture Minister Akinwunmi Adesina stop the road show and have more time to pursue yet another challenging task, that of telephone for farmers? When Dr Doyin Okupe was appointed Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs, many condemned the wise move. They said Okupe was coming in to play the Rottweiler, tearing at the President’s recalcitrant critics – a role they felt Dr Reuben Abati was not playing. But some actually thought there would be some relief for Abati. How wrong they are! Abati issues statements on behalf of the President, commiserating with one family or the other on the loss of their loved ones to Boko Haram bombs, kidnappers and all other agents of the devil. Shouldn’t there be a


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minister (of tragedy?) to free Abati of the grim, but compulsory job of penning those elegies? Those critics of the rapid transformation at the airports, who are grumbling that huge renovation contracts are being awarded and terminals knocked down for arrival and departure halls to look spick and span should take it easy. Who knows, a Minister of Airport Infrastructure may be appointed. And Princess Stella Oduah will spare some time for air safety equipment and personnel, considering the allegation that many have been sacked and replaced by those of her ethnic group. With the gargantuan cash that has gone into the subsidy mess – cash that would have been spent on building roads and providing medical facilities, for example – it is unimaginable how the minister copes. To the subsidy palaver, add the new cash machine in town, the one that goes by the fancy name SURE-P and the plans to obtain some foreign loans. How about a minister to handle these to free Dr Ngozi OkonjoIweala of such chores so that she can have time for more creative ventures, such as announcing in newspapers how much local governments are collecting and attending all those key economic fora overseas. A good accountant should be able to handle the job – the accountants’ parent body, ICAN, can be asked to make a recommendation – of

Obasanjo, Jonathan and the Odi verdict


HEN former President Olusegun Obasanjo denounced President Goodluck Jonathan’s handling of Boko Haram as tardy and timid, I knew he was going to get a good reply. Dr Jonathan fought back. He described Odi as a disaster and a crime against humanity. He was short of calling in the International Criminal Court (ICC). Now, a court has ordered the Federal Government to pay Odi residents N37.6billion for the atrocity visited on the community by soldiers. This is a lesson for all who wield



LL lovers of freedom and fair play must welcome the news that a Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt has awarded N37.6bn compensation to the people of Odi, a community in Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, for the destruction of their community and the killing of scores of inhabitants. Odi had been invaded by soldiers on November 20, 1999 to avenge seven policemen murdered by Ijaw militants. The attack, which many human rights groups described as genocide, came barely six months into the presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. The former president in fact recently boasted that he ordered the attack in order to send a message to militants and other likeminded criminals that the government would make it expensive for anyone to attack security agents. He went as far as recommending the same indiscriminate tactics executed upon Odi to President Goodluck Jonathan as the latter strives to curb the activities of the Islamist sect, Boko Haram. In his judgement, Justice Lambi Akanbi said: “The destruction of Odi was comprehensive and complete; no aspect of the community was

sorting out the muddled subsidy scene. Who is to be paid what? What for? Who has supplied what? At what rate? These are questions that a minister saddled with other responsibilities may find difficult to answer. For a long time, it has been said that the oil giant, NNPC, does not know how much of the stuff is pumped and shipped out by the multinationals. There has also been the tortuous search for appropriate pricing for fuel, a venture that has culminated in numerous attempts to remove subsidy. Subsidy removal, the government says, will ensure availability of petrol and free the cash for other areas of need, such as building roads and providing water. Market forces. To many Nigerians, it is merely a euphemism for higher pump prices. This, obviously, is too much for a minister. Besides, isn’t there a difference between petrol and petroleum resources? The other day in Abuja, an impudent fellow who saw President Jonathan on the television commented about his dark, glittering shoes. “How wonderful God can be,” said the gentleman, a village teacher holidaying in the expensive city. “Here is a man who once had no shoes. Who knows how many pairs he has now?” “What type does he wear?” “Who are his favourite designers?” These are very crucial questions in an ever inquisitive society, such as ours. A minister of Domestic Affairs won’t be a bad idea, after all. Will it? Erosion has become a major problem in many states. Homes are being washed away and farms are threatened, especially in the Southeast. Unfortunately, many are talking about bad roads only. The government seems overwhelmed by last year’s destructive floods from which many are yet to recover. People are asking: where is the Minister of the Environment? But, to be honest, how much of those calamities can a minister cope with? Can’t we have a Minister of Erosion? And now, dear reader, a little civics test. Match the following names with their portfolios: Ita Okon Bassey Ewa, Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi, Bukar Tijani, Mohammed Musa Sada, Viola Onwuliri, Mohammed Musa Sada and Samuel Ioraer Ortom.

Beyond the Odi judgment spared by what I saw in the pictures showed here. The respondents violated the fundamental human rights of the people of Odi, by the massacre. The people are entitled to fundamental rights to life, dignity and fair play. The destruction of Odi was not as a result of gun battle but clear bombardment; the destruction was malicious.” Relying also on Jonathan’s statement that no militant was killed but innocent citizens, the judge dismissed the arguments and evidence of the defence as worthless. In the Odi attack, some human rights groups estimated those killed by the invading soldiers to be about 2,500, while the government itself estimated the dead to be about 45. Documentary proof was presented in court to show that only three buildings were left standing in the town after the massacre. It was, to the judge and

power. Those who murdered policemen in Odi, many believe, could have been found without levelling the community. Will Obasanjo still be proud of how he handled the matter? Have our soldiers learnt any lesson - that there are rules that govern internal security as against when a nation is at war? Shouldn’t Boko Haram have gone to court for the murder of its leader, Mohammed Yusuf, instead of taking up arms against the state? •For comments, send SMS to 08082036515

•Hardball is not the opinion all men of goodwill, a perversion of the law and morality that Obasanjo could use Odi’s destruction as an example of firmness and decisiveness worthy of the Nigerian presidency. This leads precisely to the most important implication of the Justice Akanbi decision. Though the government is expected to appeal the case even up to the Supreme Court, it is anticipated that the Federal High Court decision will not be overturned. After the legal fireworks finally come to an end, it will be time, based on the judgement, to drag Obasanjo and his military commanders before an appropriate court to be punished most severely. The International Criminal Court (ICC) would have sufficed but for the fact that only crimes committed on or after July 2002, when the Rome statute of the ICC came into effect, can be heard. But since it is imperative to punish the crimes against the people of Odi, it should be possible to find relevant provisions in our laws to make an example of Obasanjo and his commanders and to prove once and for all that in Nigeria, no one is above the law, no matter how highly placed.

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The Nation February 21, 2013  
The Nation February 21, 2013  

The Nation February 21, 2013